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12-06-2011, 12:03 PM
Hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes by starting the new thread. I just didn't want someone new to see the old thread closed and think we had all gone AWOL.

I'll be back later to post.

12-06-2011, 11:17 PM
Hi everyone, I'm new here :) Having trouble losing weight - I love good food and seem to lack any will power to keep from giving in! I'm hoping wonderslim is my answer and look forward to getting to know everyone for support! How is everyone doing on the diet? I'm hoping to start tomorrow and stop falling off the wagon for good! :) I weigh 198 and would like to get back down to my comfortable weight of 150.

12-07-2011, 12:04 AM
Welcome, LPN! I'm pretty new myself. Today was my 6th day on WonderSlim and I'm pleased to share that I haven't veered away from the plan one iota in these 6 days! Wow...this may be a first for least a first in the last 15 years or so.

I'm finding this program an easy one to do and I hope you find the same.

Look forward to hearing from you.

12-07-2011, 10:29 AM
Thank you for starting the new thread, TOY! And welcome, LPN!! I am glad we have a forum dedicated to Wonderslim devotees :-) I just ate my veggie omelet and I am drinking my first shake of the morning (chocolate cream mixed with coffee!). This is definitely a hard time of the year to begin and stay committed to a diet, but you have to start somewhere and make small changes along the way! I am always curious to know what snacks and "extras" from Diet Direct's website are worth the money, I've been doing the plan about 3 weeks now, and I've tried a lot of it! Back to work now, but hope to see some more posts on here this week!

12-07-2011, 10:55 PM
I'm glad you mentioned the omelet. I bought a box of those in my last order which came yesterday and had totally forgotten. (Obviously, I didn't unpack the whole box yet.)

I have Christmas presents and decorations strewn about so I just barely opened the box and grabbed the chips that I had ordered after my previous samples. I really like them for the crunch and curiously the texture (or something...haven't decided but I don't think it's the actual taste) remind me of pork rinds. I don't necessarily like pork rinds but there's that bit of extra toughness (for lack of a better word) that makes them last longer in my bag than chips. I think that's why I like the WS chips. Maybe I could have simplified this whole paragraph by saying they remind me of a cross between a chip and a cracker.

Anyway, I just had to have more so I sent another order of various stuff and of course, added items to get the free shipping. The original reason for the second order though was for the chips. I didn't think I could wait until I needed shakes and bars to wait on the crunchies.

It is hard to go on a diet this time of year but I'm calling it my bonus time. Just think we'll have a jumpstart on all the dieters who begin in January! I'm hoping my doctor gives me clearance to start some type of exercise so I can ease into it, too, before January. I've just had too many false starts with Januarys that I'm hoping starting in December will break the tradition.

12-10-2011, 12:39 PM
I will be starting Wonderslim soon. My box is supposed to arrive Monday, so I will start Tuesday. I am excited to start, and a little nervous too, as I am not exactly known for my will power when it comes to food.:)

12-10-2011, 01:30 PM
Last Binge, love your name...LOL

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with these WS products if you've been on other plans before. It may just be me and my "better" mindset and attitude this time but I really think these products are tastier than plans I have done before.

This is my 10th day today and I have not cheated! If you only knew me, you'd realize what a major accomplishment that really is! There have been times when I haven't even made it past the first day...seriously.

This time I am convinced I can make it. I'm 59 years old and lose so much slower now. I wish I'd had this much determination when I was younger but alas, that's water under the bridge.

Good luck for a great start on Tuesday and please stop by in to share your progress. I'm not going to weigh until I've been on this a month (got my doctor's permission this week which I was relieved to get since I suspected he'd nix) so I have no idea yet how well I'm doing. My weight changes so much with fluid retention that I find even weighing once a week can derail me. So this time I'm trying to avoid the "enemy" until one month out. Not sure I can make that goal a reality but I'm going to try to because I think it will work better for me.

Have a good weekend and get that "last binge" out of the way...LOL

12-19-2011, 01:22 PM
Just checking in just in case anyone is checking to see if this thread is active.

Today begins the 19th day of my program. Evidently all the planets aligned and I put on my big girl panties and dealt with it before I started because even as shocked as I am to say this...I have not cheated nor even been tempted!

I's almost scary because it's so unlike me!

Anyway, all is well and I'm still planning to wait until one month has passed before I weigh. I will check back in off and on but it does get "lonely" just chatting with myself. I can do that just as well offline and it's much quicker to talk in my head...LOL

I just know that in times past I have gone back to a thread to see someone's progress only to never hear the next chapter in their journey. I dodn't want to leave that same impression.

I'll try to at least stop by each week...sooner if someone posts...and comment. I have subscribed to both threads where I post so I know when it's active.

Merry Christmas in case I don't get back again before the holiday!

12-19-2011, 01:46 PM
I'm here Toy, so glad you are doing so well. I am ordering my package next week and am so looking forward to getting this 40 odd pounds off. I need to for health and just for me. We are moving to Florida in the spring and God knows how nice all the ladies look out there. All kidding a side, I want to feel good for me, and I am tired of all the diet traps out there that we both have tried. No resolutions, just finally do it!
Merry Christmas...Happy Holidays,


12-22-2011, 01:29 AM
Melanie (I think I used Melsie on the other post), I'm glad you're around to chat with and I know you're excited to get started on the program.

I've really been surprised at how easy it is to follow. Today marks the end of my third week and what is interesting is that I sometimes realize at the end of the day that I haven't hit my calorie range and have to grab a pack of the protein chips. It's probably a good thing though and I grab them over a dessert because they help me drink even more water.

Good luck as you begin. Stay in touch when you can...

Merry Christmas!

01-01-2012, 02:32 AM
Reporting in as I promised.

The clock struck midnight and I got to weigh.

The last time I weighed was December 1. I have been on WonderSlim for exactly one month and have lost...

19 pounds!

To say I am pumped with excitement is like saying water is wet. I have a feeling it's not going to be the fireworks in the neighborhood keeping me awake tonight.

01-01-2012, 05:16 PM
Fantastic! I'm starting the program tomorrow morning and am excited. Would love to have a loss like yours.

Jill in CO

01-01-2012, 11:23 PM
Jill, I have a tremendous amount to lose and had "hoped" for 10 pounds in the first month because I am 59 years old. I don't lose as easily as I did when I was younger. Plus, I haven't been able to do any exercising due to some health issues but I'm planning to start a water therapy type exercise place this coming week.

I know it isn't the solution for most people but I think my decision to wait one month to weigh really helped me stick to it. I've always tended to slack off if I'm doing good or have a pity party with food if I'm not successful. I have come to the conclusion that the scale is one of my worst enemies in a weight loss program!

I stayed within my target calories today but had to have the traditional New Year's Day meal of hog jowl, cabbage, and black-eyed peas. Tomorrow I'll be back to the regular lean and green.

Good luck as you begin. Hope to see you again on the board!

01-01-2012, 11:35 PM
Good Evening all-I have started wonderslim today. Hoping to get a jumpstart.

01-01-2012, 11:39 PM
Good Job-are you just doing wonderslim or are you also eating something.

01-02-2012, 12:30 AM
Shero, I'm following the WonderSlim program with a tweak now and then when we eat out or something. When I do "tweak" that dinner meal, I try my best to make sure that I don't overdo the calorie intake.

For the most part though, I am following their program as it is. I am only drinking water though even though I love diet Coke and Diet Pepsi. I find that they cause cravings for me. I know they are allowed but I choose to stick with water only. (I did buy some Crystal Light lemonade but haven't made it up yet because so far I am satisfied with water.)

You may have read what I wrote earlier, too, about my decision to weigh only once a month. It's quite a radical change for me but I'm finding it so much less stressful. I literally weigh on the first day of the month and then "allow" myself to forget the scales until the next month.

I couldn't be happier with the program. I like the taste, the convenience, and even the price when compared to various other programs I have tried in the past. I think this is a plan I can stick with for the multi-month journey I have ahead of me.

Good luck on your program! I hope to see you again on the boards.

01-02-2012, 07:27 PM
Thanks for your response Toy. I have tried WS before and it did wonders LOl. As long as I stick to it. Right now I am only on the nutrition drinks- day two and I feel good. I am looking forward to success. I figure I will do straight WS for 6 weeks-and then slowly reintroduce food in the proper amounts, I know it sounds radical but if I slip and have a meal or two. I will not be disappointed. After all I figure if surgery patients go on a liquid diet for six weeks-why cant I. I will watch my nutrition intake so I do stay healthy.

01-02-2012, 07:28 PM
I found Wonderslim after purchasing some MWLC nutients-compared labels and realized they are mostly the same.

01-02-2012, 09:04 PM
Shero, I'm not familiar with MWLC. What is it?

Just be careful not to consume too few calories by doing only shakes.

Did you lose alot when you did WS before? I'm never done this particular program before so I'm not sure what to expect after that first month. Do you remember if the rate of loss changed drastically or just enough to account for the initial water weight loss?

I do wish there were more people conversing who had been on the program before. There is a facebook site but I don't feel very comfortable expressing my questions, etc. there since it's more public than a diet forum. (Of course, I know this is public, too, but you have to be pretty bored to seek out a diet forum when you're not needing least it wouldn't be on my top ten list...LOL)

01-03-2012, 10:18 PM
Hi everyone. I've been reading the posts about Wonderslim and decided to make an account on here. I literally just purchased some of the shakes on eBay. I have been considering purchasing one of the packages from Diet Direct but I have a few questions about it. I saw that there are actual meals -- is it just a heat and serve kind of dehydrated thing? Also, when you order from Diet Direct does it come with "Diet Direct" plastered all over the box or is it more discrete? I'm concerned about my neighbors seeing it and taking it if I am not home at the time of delivery, especially if it's a large box and looks like it might have been expensive(sad, I know).

01-03-2012, 11:50 PM
MWLC-is Medical Weight Loss Clinic. I have never joined it but found some leftover and start them, then found diet direct and compared the labels. The packaging was the only thing different. I did wonderful on the diet direct last time. Currently I am doing diet direct only with a few ops-like a pomangrate and some popcorn.
This is my third day and I feel great. I am keeping track of my calorie and nutrient intake on my Kindle Fire.
Yes I am taking in less calories then I should but I am watching my nutrients and feel this is no less radical than having surgery. Hello Diet I do believe the box is plain brown. If you are worried about it being stolen cant you have it delivered to a friend or relative.
I am not eating any of the Diet Direct foods yet but have in the past and had my favorites. Of course the bars are excellent. The pasta is not too bad and I was thinking the omelet sounded good. Sometimes you can buy the Diet Direct items off ebay but then you get things you may not like.

01-03-2012, 11:53 PM
The meals are kinda dehydrated heat and eat.....

01-04-2012, 12:06 AM
HelloDiet, the boxes I've gotten are just plain brown boxes with no logo on them. The reason I even noticed is because around Christmas I was getting various presents in and had to look at the return address to know when my Diet Direct food came in.

Shero already answered about the meals but I will interject that when it says "microsafe bowl," I finally learned to interpret that as a large bowl so that the pasta can boil and cook. Ummm...had many microwave accidents until I realized I needed a much larger bowl to cook the tiny amount. I haven't tried the soups or omelet yet but I really like the pasta dishes. I'm probably the world's worst to eat a particular thing over and over until I tire of it so although I have an assortment of things, I haven't branched out yet to try them.

I've liked everything I've tried so far with the exception of the pretzels. For some reason their taste didn't appeal to me which is unusual since I love pretzels. My rule is I'll try them at least twice before I cross it off so my final decision is still pending. On the other hand, I love the other chips, etc.

Shero, you're exactly right on the surgery being radical. I had almost decided to go that route but I am a major wimp when it comes to going under the knife (or even going to the doctor for that matter...LOL). Sounds like you're doing really well. Keep it up and I love hearing about your success with the program in the me much hope for my future.

01-04-2012, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the info Shero & TOY. I just placed an order for the 2 week kit. I'm really hoping this works as well for me as it has been for others on this site.

01-04-2012, 10:23 PM
Another good day except for the 1/4 of a hotdog. I mean just the plain hotdog no bun no nothing. So I will make sure to add it to my calories. Today I have had 2 chocolate shakes-they are from diet direct but they are Bariatric Wise. And one Wonderslim Berry smoothie (love them). The chocolate shake is very thick but is packed with nutrients. I am also very excited that I walked on the tread mill for 11 minutes. Doesnt sound like a long time but it is more than yesterday. Toy I enjoy your encouragement and the others that are using wonderslim. I cant wait to hear how much people have lost at the end of January. Me included.

One thing I have noticed is my sense of smell is going wacko. I went to Meijers yesterday and the food smelled so strong. Of course I was by the deli. Tonight when I cooked supper for my husband I could smell those hotdogs. So when I had a 1/4 of one I was proud. I wanted to stuff the whole thing in my mouth-extreme but true.

I refuse to not cook for my husband. It's like I am testing myself. But I feel so empowered by the decision to do this. My fear is that I will not stick to it. That is why I need support on this forum. I will probably just post here because it is the program I have chosen. I sure hope to hear how everyone is doing.

01-04-2012, 10:32 PM
Hellodiet-I am excited for you. You will have to keep us informed on how it is going. I take it you bought the 2 week package. Are you going straight on the Wonderslim or are you going to eat something (other than Wonderslim) for the two weeks. I will have to find my stuff that came with the Medical Weight loss clinic nutrients. There was some good recipes that came with it. I am such a Balsamic Vinegar fan now.

01-04-2012, 10:34 PM
Lpn how are you doing?

01-04-2012, 10:42 PM
Ok-one more post. I was looking back on the post on this topic, and I saw that Toy had lost 19 lbs in one month. Toy-wow what an accomplishment. Stick with it cause I'm excited to see what the scale says for you at the end of the month. I am no young chick anymore so it was nice to see your age.

One thing I am doing is not telling many personal friends what I am doing. I have had years of sabatoge and if they dont know they cant do that. My husband, beloved adopted neighbor Mother and one person at work. I have a facebook and they dont know. Kinda fun-like keeping a dirty little secret. LOL

01-05-2012, 12:44 AM
I totally identify with what you said, Shero, about continuing to cook for your husband. I am lucky in that some of my husband's favorite foods are things I have no interest in whatsoever such as gumbo and real spicy foods. Sometimes I tell him he has an asbestos tongue since he seems to tolerate (and really like) hot, spicy food whereas I don't even want the temp of my bland soup very warm...LOL (Makes for an interesting dish though because I never know how his stuff tastes and sometimes I put too much of the hot stuff without meaning to...)

I haven't told many that I'm on this either. If I shared it with some of my friends, I know their response would be "which one are you on now?" because I have tried and retried so many times. I so hope and pray that this time I will have finally learned to apply everything I've learned from all those different plans and "graduate" to a healthy lifestyle once and for all. Strangely enough I do think I have gained at least some knowledge from each diet program I have done...trouble is I didn't practice what I learned.

I'm excited to have someone to converse with on this journey. Long roads seem so much shorter when there's someone to chat with along the way. I try so hard to not let my "diet" take over the conversations between my husband and myself and since he's the only one I'd really openly share the ups and downs with, I need this outlet, I think.

01-05-2012, 11:59 AM
Hi everyone! My name is Maggie and I am a Wonderslim newbie. I just started this morning and I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. It's been a little rough with the outward support of my extended family- my uncle and my mom (whom I love dearly and know they love me) have made some really frustrating comments about how low the calories are and blah, blah, blah. No one cares about me shoving thousands upon thousands calories in my mouth, but this program has cause for "concern". I'm 340 pounds at 5'7. I need help. I won't starve, but it will be a drastic change for me.

Sorry for the vent, but I completely feel for you Toy and everyone else who has dealt with sabotage or unnecessary commentary. What we all need is to build one another up and encourage each other to continue on. I am so excited to be on a forum with other people doing this program.

Yesterday I got my box and I don't know about anyone else, but my super duper excitement was replaced by the feeling of "Oh wow, it's for real now". Last night I broke down the meals according to the plan into daily bags so all I have to do is grab a bag and I'll have everything ready to go. I'm a wife, mother to a toddler, and a full-time college student so simplicity is good. I'm back to my excitement but for that moment, staring at that box full of packets essentially, I got a little panicky.

My breakfast of apple cinnamon oatmeal and mocha java smoothie was pretty good. I took the Wonderslim multivitamin as well. I have to admit that I ended up (sorry for the info) throwing up just a little bit ago. I don't know if I am getting sick, or if it was the food, or maybe the vitamin threw me off kilter. What I do know is that I am going to keep on trucking!

I look forward to getting to know all of you on here- THIS IS OUR YEAR!!!! Praying that each and every one of you reach your weight loss and health goals :)

01-05-2012, 01:31 PM
Maggie, so glad you're here...the more the merrier!

To be so different, we're alike in other ways. I certainly don't have the challenges you do as a mother to a toddler nor the college classes. (Never had children to my dismay and I'm retired now.) I'm 59 but only until March (touchy subject since I'm already getting mail that says "now that you're 60...LOL). Actually, age has never been an issue for me...certainly not like weight has been but I am getting to the age where the weight is affecting my health (seriously, I KNOW that it's affected it in years past but I'm "feeling" it now if that makes any of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind kind of experiences in life.)

Where we are so alike is in height (still claim 5'7" but I think my bones have settled a bit and I may be closer now to 5'6". However, I need a foot more so I don't sweat the inch. Weight-wise, I don't have the courage to share but let's just say I'm close to where you are now that I've lost 19 pounds. There's still a bit more of me than there is of you but not a whole lot. I hope I don't offend you when I say that in some way that is comforting to me. Not that I would ever wish this on you, but that you know and understand the challenges and trials, etc. However, given what I guess your age is and such, I daresay your mobility far exceeds mine. That should really work to your benefit as you lose should your age. I try not to think about the excess skin I'm going to have because that's a worry for another day. Unfortunately, the thought does seem to haunt me somewhat.

I haven't tried the oatmeal yet. I have some though. I'm pretty set in my pattern of the few bites of cereal I get. I had considered cutting costs by using my own cereal from the grocery but I have a very heavy hand when I pour cereal so I'm better served by using their pre-packaged kind. The first morning I about freaked when I saw the it's just habit so I haven't ventured into the oatmeal or the hot cakes or the omelet. I think I'm in the mindset of as long as it's working and I'm satisfied, why mess with it mentality. Seems like routine always trumps over variety in my book whether it be healthy or not. Too many repetitions of the foods I liked led to this state of being over the years. Now I'm trying to use my "rut" to work for me rather than against me!

I wish you much luck as you continue your start of the program. Hopefully, the little incident with the vomit was from the vitamin. I used to have major problems with vitamins not wanting to set well in my stomach. Haven't had much problem with these although I detest that vitamin taste and after-taste. I take alot of pills for various health issues and have started taking that vitamin first so that I end up with many mouthfuls of water to wash away that taste as I take my other prescribed meds. (I'm also taking those Omega-3 pills they suggested. No complaint about those though because so far I've yet to taste them.) One of my goals though (besides the weight loss and mobility issues) through this diet is to get rid of as many pills as I possibly can. My first bloodwork will be three months after I started this plan so I'll be excited to see if my numbers reflect the dietary change like I expect them to but I keep reminding myself that I doubt my doctor will adjust the meds after only 3 months. (Basing that on so many tried and failed problems with diets in the past, etc. I think it will take more than 3 months to prove to him that I do mean business this time.)

My husband and Yorkie are both sleeping in this morning so I have written way too much, I think. It's so easy to get carried away when it's a quiet world around me...LOL...that translates to no CNN blaring in the background. He's not up so it's not on...LOL.

One more thing...meant to ask earlier...what's your major?

01-05-2012, 06:45 PM
Yes, Shero, I got the 2 weeks worth. I'm really excited to be starting this for myself, I can't wait to get my package! I'm going straight on the Wonderslim.

Maggie, I noticed that you are from WI. Which part? I am in western WI. :)

01-05-2012, 07:59 PM
Love your post Toy :) You've been such an inspiration from reading your previous postings. I'm an English major with hopes to teach high school students someday. When I was researching Wonderslim I thought about just buy grocery products and then dividing them up, but that thought exhausted me, lol. I understand the trials of being this size all too well. I've done some incredible things with exercise when I'm in the zone, but right now everything just aches. Tonight I realized that my chest sits on my stomach and that my stomach sits on my legs (when I'm sitting back on the sofa)... akward. It was just another reason to tuck away into why I'm doing this.

Welcome hellodiet! I'm from southeastern Wisconsin close to the Illinois border. I wish you great success on the beginnings of your journey! :)

01-05-2012, 10:00 PM
Woo Hoo, we're getting a regular little cadre of WS people here! I think it helps when others share the highway. Then, there's someone coming by in case you have a flat tire.

HelloDiet, you will be shocked at how fast your package will get to you if you ordered from Diet Direct. I was amazed! So far I have nothing but praise for the company and have done all my ordering online. I had one phone contact with them when I washed the blender bottle in the top rack of my dishwasher and the lid top will not stayed locked down anymore. It pops in but pops right back up. They were wonderful and said that it was supposed to be dishwasher safe and they'd send me another one which I've already received. (I had bought an extra one to leave in the car so I'd not have a "ready" excuse if I got caught out needing food since I don't always remember to pack a bar or chips or something but so far, I've been good. Truth be told, I think I had a senior moment and forgot I won't be needing one for work since I always had the habit of getting something like that to leave at work instead of transporting it daily.) Anyway, the gist of the story is that they were super nice and sent me a complete replacement even though I only needed the top. Guess my dishwasher gets too hot or something or it could be how I placed it in the rack, I guess. I'm not going to experiment anymore so I'll never really know, I guess. The lady I talked to said she washes hers in the dishwasher so maybe I just had one of those crazy experiences I sometimes do that leaves me puzzled.

Shero, if there's one thing I do wish they would address is their "lack of" a website with a community message board, etc. I mentioned it to the lady and she told me about their facebook page. Only thing is, I don't want to talk about things there under my own name associated with my weight. I sorta live under this grand illusion that others don't have a clue how morbidly obese I am. LOL...gee, never realized how much of a fantasy life I really do live...LOL Anyway, I do enjoy this board but from the quotes in their WS catalog, there seem to be many who use the product. Just wish there was a community site where we could hear more success stories, etc. The ones on their catalog site seem heavily edited for brevity. Not complaining though since I have found "my people" on this thread!

Maggie, gracious compliment but I feel anything but inspirational when it comes to weight loss! It's been the bane of my existence since I was 9 or 10 and hasn't let up yet. However, I am so hopeful that this time is my time. I seem to have (finally) a more mature outlook on the whole experience so perhaps I can learn to deny myself a moment's pleasure on the lips so I can achieve the hips (and other parts) I want. I just want to be able to buy plus clothes in a regular store (even Wal-Mart!) and not have to use a speciality store to spend an enormous amount to buy something that looks like it came from Wally's. (Nothing against Wal-Mart at all...I'm serious when I say I want to be able to fit into their plus clothes for casual wear. However, I also want to be able to get something nice from an upscale place when I want to dress up. I've never been a label shopper per se but I would enjoy wearing clothes that "matched" the price I paid...if that makes any sense.)

I was a secondary English major, too. Did my student teaching in sophomore and senior English and then in the summer before my first teaching job added an elementary certification. Ended up teaching middle grade elementary for about 10 years until I moved to the love of my career...teaching junior high math. Miss that classroom to this day! The last three years I was a grant writer/books supervisor in Central Office. It was a promotion I couldn't resist but I missed my students terribly and even though I was out in the schools frequently, it wasn't the same because they weren't "my kids" anymore. You will love teaching, Maggie!

Folks, I promise I'll try not to write a book every time. I'm just so sleepy and trying so hard to stay awake long enough so that I'll sleep all night. (I have a horrible habit of sleeping an hour or two and then be awake in the middle of the night for a few hours before I can get sleepy again.) Somehow the wires in my bio-rhythm or whatever the latest buzz word is for your body's clock have gotten crossed or something and if it doesn't straighten out on its own, I'm going to have to resort to an Excedrin PM or something. When I do that, I should sell tickets because those pills put me to sleep and then when I'm awake, it's as though I'm sleepwalking through the next day. I have had conversations (or so they say) on the phone that I don't even recall and I wouldn't dare drive because my reflexes are affected.

I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow. I'm awaiting my order, too, because just like a kid, I eat my favorites first and keep pushing back the things I plan to try one of these days.

01-05-2012, 11:00 PM
I am so excited about this Wonderslim Forum. We all seem to have things in common. I am fifty years old-dont tell anyone they still think Im 21 LOL
I have never had children. Have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I believe there is an underlying issue but that's to long of a post for today and not really where my mind is.

So here goes for my day-

I was an hour and a half late for work because I overslept. The start to my day triggered a series of events. I didnt get all my Baratic Wise Chocolate shake down but most of it. This shake is so thick and it's compariable to two of the wonderslim shakes. I had my water and WS Berry Smoothie and ready for the work day. Usually I go out to cash my check on Thursday's. Off I go with my shake in hand. The shake was just not enough. When I stopped at the Gas Station I bought a diet 7-up. I have not had a drop of pop since I started my adventure on New Years day. I am a Pepsi drinker and have to confess sometimes I drink a 2 liter a day. (wow I wonder how come I am overweight). Back to work I go but I am hungry-so I buy a Ham and Cheese sandwhich on Wheat out of the vending machine-throw a catsup and mustard packet on it and walla.

By the way I work at a desk all day so no exercise for me except for the short trots across the office.

I stopped at Walgreens and did some after Christmas shopping. I love bargains and I am so good at finding them.

I get home around 7 after dropping by to see my Great Niece and nephew for a minute.

Now at home I am still hungry. Just couldn't think of a shake I needed food. Husband not really into eating. My mind is racing "I need food". So I think WS Spicy Pasta-one of my favorites. I did cook two packages which adds up to 230 calories. Oh and it was so good. I feel content and happy with myself. See my goal was to do all liquid for 6 weeks because I am convinced that if stomach surgery patients can do it there is no reason that a person that is not having the surgery cant follow the same regimen. But my head tells me today I needed calories and when I put them in my Kindle Fire I will find out my calorie intake was still low. Not as low as other days this week but still low.

I am so glad people are posting on this WS thread because I find myself very eager to hear how other people are doing with their Wonderslim dream.

Let's all remember that it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound and 3500 calories to gain a pound. That's basic-and yes there are variables like how your metoblism is and stuff.

Sorry for the misspells. I am just not going to take the time to fix them-though I should cause Im supposed to be a good speller LOL.......

Working to get rid of the bread loaf so I can tie my shoes.

Thanks all for reading this and let's make this a super support system for our Wonderslim dream.

01-06-2012, 06:18 AM
Grrr for two reasons.....

It's 4 am and I'm been fully awake since the 2 o'clock trip to the bathroom but I checked email and saw a new post so I was going to respond since I can't sleep right now but then.......

Double grrrr...I was typing away when I hit something on the keyboard that wiped out over half of what I had typed.

So now I'm going to pout a bit by turning off the laptop and trying to go back to sleep. I'll write later when I'm not angry at my new laptop! (Fairly new and the touchpad is off center so I end up on wrong keys. Of course, it could have something to do with balancing the laptop on my stomach while I'm flat on my bed but I had perfected it with the old laptop. Unfortuately, the old one didn't like that last full glass of water that drenched it.)

Have a good day, ladies...I'll talk to you later on in the day when I'm a bit more alert.

01-06-2012, 12:36 PM
Looks like I won't get my DD package until the 10th...if the FedEx estimated date is correct, anyways. I was hoping to start on Monday...hmm. If I would have just ordered the day before and not questioned it... :P

01-07-2012, 07:38 AM
Sorry, Diet, that you won't be getting your food as quickly as you first thought. It seemed like mine came a bit slower this week than usual. I suspect they are still catching up from the holidays, etc.

Time for a confession of a sort...just to keep it real. I ate a package of animal crackers last night. The calorie count was 240 and I had some leeway left in my calories for the day but those were really what I'd call empty calories and didn't advance me anywhere. I guess I could beat myself up and wallow in self-loathing but I'm not going to.

Normally, I would use that derail to keep on messing up but I promised myself this time it would be different. I'm one of these my-own-worst-critic type of person and unless I make myself realize that "less than perfect" is okay, I am doomed to fail again. Funny how in the wee hours of the morning I can think things through better than in the moment itself.

I'm reminding myself strongly of the one-day-at-a-time commitment that I have made to myself. It doesn't excuse my slip-up but it does help put it in perspective when I remember that tomorrow is another day to restart and continue my journey. One foot in front of the other...that's the only way I'll end up getting to where I'm going.

Have a good week-end!

01-07-2012, 02:42 PM
Hi, I'm Rose, and I'm happy to find this forum.
I started the New Lifestyle Diet plan on Nov 11, 2011 @ 258 pounds. Due to cost and much better customer service I started buying Wonderslim products after the first month. (Do you know the shakes and food is the same nutritionally, just different packaging.
I'm so thankful to God that this diet is working so well!
I can beat myself up for not starting this earlier, or gaining back a lot of weight I lost in 2006...but that's not productive. I'm just pressing on now and taking it one day at a time.
As someone said "The weight loss sure makes these shakes taste a lot better!"
I look forward to us encouraging each other through this journey.

01-07-2012, 05:21 PM
So it has been a rough couple of days. My fiance and I have been talking a lot about me getting healthy (he is a healthy fit guy, and doesn't quite understand the overweight factor for women). He has been trying to be really supportive, but lately it has been comments like " I love you to death but I'm worried that you will be depressed after you have a baby." I'm not even pregnant, so he is really concerned.

Sorry...rambling :) Anyway, I have been searching and searching for the right plan for me. I tried calorie counting, and had some success, however, I have no self control...NONE!!! So I have decided that I really need a more concrete plan to follow. Eat this now, this later, ect. It looks like Wonderslim is a great plan. I think I'm going to try the 2 week package and see how things go.

Keep up the good work and's so nice to see.

01-07-2012, 06:37 PM
Well things have been going good but not great for me. I had kinda a binge Thursday-ate what I had posted and continue to eat 1/3 (individual pkg) of ritz crackers with some Frito Lays cheese. Then a white chocolate snowman (which was not worth eating) and a pomegranate. The snowman was small but still.

Funny how I call this a binge because there are so many positives to it.

A. Only a third of the pkg of ritz crackers-when it was brand new when I opened it.

B. There were two snowmen so I could have eaten both.

C. The pomegranate is a good food if you are watching calories not carbs.

Ok but still felt that I binged. Remember my goal is to wonderslim only.

I'll fix it. I didnt eat anything yesterday-no shakes nothing with the exception of 2 cups of popcorn. I went visiting so I go home very late and my stomach was burning so I figured I better eat something.

I know I should eat and just need to get back on track.

Saturday-yum yum-lets go out to breakfast hubby---my body is wanting calories and I can tell it.

So here is my Saturday morning breakfast at Bob Evans:

2 eggs-poached (they call it something else)
2 dry wheat toast with a little thingy of margerine on it.
1 bowl of fruit (I did not eat all the grapes so I had food to bring home).
2 mini whole grain pancakes.

So as we sit there and we are eating I am attempting to eat slowly savoring every bit. My husband and I are discussing this weight loss issue and he suggest "the walk away diet". See I am a clean your plate person-very seldom do I push food away.......

I did it today-I only ate one of the pancakes. I eyed that pancake until the waitress took it away. I was full but I could have ate it.

So I am claiming victory. I need to get a shake down tonight and get back to that routine I had established earlier this week.

Hoping to hear how everyone else is doing this weekend. BTW-this is not the typical Bob Evans Breakfast for me....I'm to hungry to list the items that I usually eat but believe me this was a "lite" breakfast for me.

Had to buy a new scale my old one went haywire on me. Just at the right time.............Ugghhh Obstacles. You know you are trying to do something good when everything keeps getting in your way.

01-07-2012, 10:41 PM
Wow, Rose! If I'm reading it right, you've lost about 40 pounds since November? Super wonderful! I had read somewhere else that things in several of these "liquid" diets were the same with just different packaging. Haven't done very much research myself on it though. I personally think WS has a better taste than Medifast and I haven't tried any of the other shakes, etc. on the market. I am just so happy with what I'm doing that I'm "almost" (I was taught never to lie...LOL)..."almost" eager to see the doctor and get bloodwork in March. I've been told I'm a diabetic in denial so I'm most interested in what the A1C average for the three months will be. So glad you've joined us here. It's not that "misery loves company" because I'm actually not miserable on this plan but it is definitely "the more the merrier" since not everyone can post every day. If there are enough of us who do, then we'll get some type of encouraging post just by peeking in the thread and that's a very good thing!

Oh, Desi, how I can relate. I think of my husband and myself as Jack Spratt and his wife and there's no telling what others think. He's 6 feet and soaking wet and fully clothed "sometimes" weighs 145. He has health issues that prohibit him from gaining weight while I can gain on aromas. It is so frustrating but he is supportive thankfully. This time his fear is that I'm not getting enough calories and there is a possibility he is right since I'm not nearly as hungry now that I'm getting all this protein. I think when I start the water exercising (supposedly next week) I'll add one fruit and a protein because I'm not sure I'll have the energy I need to participate if I don't.

Shero, I can totally relate to your attitude toward your eating...and personally, I think it is a victory when you can leave some of what you normally would have eaten still uneaten. At least, I know it is for me. Normally, I suck it all up like a powerful human vacuum cleaner and am only left with remorse. When I'm able to withstand the "pull" of what I'm indulging in and actually stop my behavior, that is a step toward freedom. Forgive me for this advice though but please do think of how you are confusing your metabolism when you skip meals. I know everyone's body is different but when my body can't count on getting its food, it starts storing what I do eat for those times I ignore it. It just doesn't work for me. Don't know whether to offer sympathy or congrats on your new scales...LOL. I had to do the same thing last year. I had 2 kinds that were weighing my husband accurately and couldn't get the same reading twice on either one for me. I finally (at his encouragement) broke down and bought one of those balance doctor-type least when I step on and off it, I get the same reading!

HelloDiet and Maggie, hope you are doing well. One day closer to your order being there, you're getting excited and nervous at the same time! Maggie, I hope you're tolerating the food better now. Hopefully both of you will check back in soon.

Have a great rest of the week-end, everyone. I just realized I've got to get up and go throw the rest of the box of animal crackers away...been meaning to do that all day and haven't gotten around to it. Rather than trying to avoid thinking about them, I've got to toss 'em.

01-07-2012, 11:44 PM
Hi Toy and other Wonderslim conquers-

I agree that I need to have shakes everyday. To be honest I am scared of food right now. My eating behavior was so compulsive that I am afraid to eat. Yesterday was an off day-Didn't have to work so I just didn't make a shake. I spent the evening visiting with my neighbor and cousin-just didn't do it.

I can tell that I go off track. I was doing good with two shakes a day.
Along with a meal or a meal replacement from Wonderslim. I really do believe in this product-I need to accept that this must become a daily routine. I bought a new shaker today so now I have more than just my 2 cup blender. The BariWise chocolate shake calls for 16 oz's of water so it is really thick in my blender.

For those that wonder how it is best blended. Here is how I do it-Put the water in the blender at 6 or oz for the berry or strawberry WS (Wonderslim) smoothies. Blend and then add ice cubes and blend it again. I believe my 2 cup blender was about $12.00 and it's a work horse.

I read an article on another forum and it kinda depressed me. I wish I knew how to do a link for you but sorry I'm a newbie.

01-08-2012, 12:08 AM
Is anyone doing any specific exercise regimen with WS? I know the Diet Direct website says that the kits come with a lifestyle guide with exercise and activities to do. I'm getting really antsy because I am super excited to start doing this and better myself. I've been setting goals in my head and trying to figure out if I should get myself a little something for each goal I reach.

My first goal is to get out of plus size clothes. I'm hoping it goes pretty smoothly as I'm currently a 1x. This is really my first try at weight loss. I'm 24 so it seems like it's constantly on my mind and I'm really dedicated to getting on the WS and not cheating myself out of the things I know it can do for me.

01-08-2012, 12:11 AM
Beginning in 2009, he and his team recruited 50 obese men and women. The men weighed an average of 233 pounds; the women weighed about 200 pounds. Although some people dropped out of the study, most of the patients stuck with the extreme low-calorie diet, which consisted of special shakes called Optifast and two cups of low-starch vegetables, totaling just 500 to 550 calories a day for eight weeks. Ten weeks in, the dieters lost an average of 30 pounds.

At that point, the 34 patients who remained stopped dieting and began working to maintain the new lower weight. Nutritionists counseled them in person and by phone, promoting regular exercise and urging them to eat more vegetables and less fat. But despite the effort, they slowly began to put on weight. After a year, the patients already had regained an average of 11 of the pounds they struggled so hard to lose. They also reported feeling far more hungry and preoccupied with food than before they lost the weight.

The Fat

01-09-2012, 08:34 AM
Thanks for the welcome, Toy. I posted quite a long post yesterday and it didn't show up.
I did post the link for a mileage tracker for the transcontinental bike ride, so possibly that is the reason? If anyone wants it personal message me.
Hope everyone has a great week and is another step toward their goal!

01-09-2012, 05:19 PM
REKP, glad you said that about a post not showing up! I have tried to post 2 totally different times to Shero about that study of the people regaining their weight and lost very lengthy posts. I decided I wasn't "meant" to post I'm glad to hear it's messing up for you, too. I thought maybe it was me being too preachy or something. Sometimes I fall back into the schoolteacher mode without meaning to and I would never want to offend.

Shero, the gist of what I was sharing (that got lost a couple of times)is that (from what I have learned through reading and diet experiences) our bodies adjust to whatever calories we provide. Our bodies are these wonderful miracles that adapt to survive... even when we treat them badly they will find a way to survive for some time period.

If we are on a low calorie, "fixed" amount each day, our bodies will adjust to that and pretty much accept it as a means for survival. If the body needs more energy, it will burn fat, etc. When we suddenly quit dieting and consume even say 500 more calories per day than usual, it will store those for future use...resulting in a possible one pound gain per week. That's why any diet that's plausible includes a maintenance phase where you slowly reintroduce additional food/calories back in. Plus, they tell you to set a gain weight that you will not exceed such as 3 or 5 pounds so that you are consciously aware of how your body is reacting to the new additional food/calories.

In my opinion (garnered from study and experience) that's why plans such as Medifast and WonderSlim, etc. have the lean and green meal you add in yourself. It is expected that that meal will vary from day to day resulting in a variance in calories so that your body does not become dependent upon x number of calories to sustain itself. I have to consciously remind myself of this because I am the world's worst at getting stuck on a favorite meal, etc. and repeating it for a few days in a row.

I do try my best to alter my day's calories if by nothing else than eating an extra bag of the protein chips on some days or such. I'm trying to hit a range of 1200 to 1500 calories with a greater emphasis toward the lower end. However, some days, I purposely go above the 1500...not often because I am trying so hard to lose. However, I don't want my body to "learn" a set number of calories per day as the norm because I doubt if I can balance it with burning calories by exercise since I hate to exercise.

I don't know if any of that made any sense whatsoever but it does in my mind...LOL. There are many other reasons such as vital nutrients, etc. that your diet needs variety but that's a tale for another day. I'm already afraid that this won't post and I don't know if I can make myself type all this out yet again. (Actually, right now I'm avoiding housework that is screaming my name so yeah, I could probably laze around on the laptop the rest of the afternoon. It has become my in "take me away" ...LOL)

Hope all of you shakers are moving and shaking this Monday. As for me? I'm loving retirement today because I'm in a major lazy mood.

By the way, I just sent in a couple of months order for shakes...they're on sale this week. My favorites are cocomint and mocha. What are yours?

01-09-2012, 09:12 PM
Hello all-

I have had a good day. I am hungry but that seems to be a continuous state for me.

Toy-there is no way that I was offended. Please advise me all you can. I want to lose this weight and keep it off this time. I have lost and gained so much in my life. It is very difficult when you have done this over and over.

The last gain and loss was 2 years ago at Christmas. This was a total stress loss-I went from Christmas to the next Thanksgiving and lost 60 lbs. I was hardly able to eat and had joined curves. Someday I will explain the stress but right now it is used as an example. I was not working and had time for Curves.

On thanksgiving the stress factor worked out and I got a job. Curves sold to someone else. I started eating, quit Curves cause I couldn't find time and began to join the office feed club. So within a year I gained 60 lbs back.

I gained it all back and here I am. I have had a good week.

I just read that article and it kinda bummed me out but I do know that I can never go back to "pigging out". That's just the plain and simple truth.

I have a treadmill and hope to add it to my schedule. There was one time I was really getting into it but once again. Quit. I had a spreadsheet going and graphs and everything.

Please keep updating and posting all-I look so forward to it. For those that are losing their post. Try putting it in a word or word pad document and save it first. Then cut and paste it here..........nothing like losing something you put so much into.

01-10-2012, 08:35 AM
Thanks for the info on the way our bodies get used to a set number of calories and will sustain on that amount. I vary my calories a day pretty much to around a thousand give or take 100-200. I may see how I can vary it a little more. Certainly don't want it to get used to living on that amount.
I worked with a girl that had been on Optifast for almost a to her goal weight and "quit dieting" that day. She gained the weight back so quickly. I've had that mindset as well. Either I've been "on a diet" or "not dieting." Life changes caused me to put on a lot of weight too, Shero. This time I'm determined to keep the good habits I'm using and not fall back into the "not dieting" lifestyle. I lost over 100 pounds in 2006 by walking on the treadmill and portion control. Injured my knee, couldn't walk without pain, ate more due to boredom and gained 80 pounds back over the next 5 years. Found Wonderslim and that I enjoy my exercise I'm on my way to a healthy lifestyle again.
I was SO hungry all day yesterday. I don't know the reason, hungrier than I had been for the 9 weeks I've been on the program. Made decent choices, but the calorie count yesterday was anything but consistent with the 60 days before :-) The difference was that any lapse from the programs I've been on before resulted in a binge. Yesterday I had one apple off plan (I'm doing shakes and a lean and green meal) and 5 ounces of protein and double the veges I usually eat, but I'm so happy I didn't follow past patterns and eat that cake that was calling me from the refrigerator.
Shero...great tip on doing the word pad first, then pasting it over here! Thanks.
Hope everyone has a good choices day!

01-10-2012, 02:35 PM
REKP, I totally agree with you about the derailing and have experienced the same thing. The other day when I was hungrier than usual, I ate a bit more but didn't follow my usual pattern of stuffing myself. Amazing, isn't it?

I have no idea whether I've suddenly matured in my thinking about food or what but I had no intention of doing the usual binge and I didn't. This has no basis except my intuition or my guess but I think I've finally begun to listen to my body's needs. Isn't that the craziest thing? Makes me wonder if "normal" people have been listening to their bodies all along and that's the piece I've been missing.

I almost "feel" crazy admitting this but I have caught myself a couple of times having an inner dialogue with myself about wanting something to eat. The "conversation" in my head has ended with a version of "and this will accomplish what"...LOL I guess as long as the conversation stays inside my head they won't come with the white coats to take me away.

All joking aside...I really do find myself thinking about food in a totally different way nowadays. It's a bit surreal at times because I think I'm finally realizing what an emotional eater I was...with emphasis on the WAS.

Whoever would have thought that I would pause before eating something only to reject it or replace it with a healthier option? I don't understand it but I'm thriving on it so I'm sticking to what I've been doing. There is something "magical" about not weighing but once a month for me. It is keeping me honest in a way that I've never experienced before on any diet. I used to con myself with "deals" like I can eat this because I don't weigh for 3 more days, etc. Now with the scale so far removed from my thoughts, I don't seem to be entertaining the thought of cheating. I think that's why I spun my wheels for so many years. No telling how many times I lost and regained the same pounds by playing the rationalization game!

Some people thrive on weekly weigh-ins but for me, it was just a trigger. Once I weighed, I gave myself free rein to splurge because it was a week until I had to step on those dreaded scales again. I can't even imagine myself weighing every day the way some do because my weight changes so quickly due to fluid retention. I would never succeed that way.

I think I've adopted Goldilocks mantra...and that this is "just right" for me. As long as I take it one-day-at-a-time and put one foot in front of the other, I can continue this journey. Who knows...maybe I'll even begin to look forward even more to the first of the month when I step on the scales. I do get a bit excited at the thought but not enough to step on them before time.

Have a good day, everyone, and Shero, thanks for the tip about saving the post in word processing first. Duh...never even thought of that...but I was getting major frustrated!

01-10-2012, 09:18 PM
I love you guys. I feel like I belong. I want to thrive on this weight loss. I am not a half full or half empty kinda a person, Im a that glass is full but sometimes it is full of yuk. LOL. You know if I could have changed this decision to go on this weight loss journey the one thing I would-is the day I started. New years is everyone's change date so you are hearing all the negative that goes with people trying to change. Like-most people keep their New years resolution for two weeks. Then you mind starts to think of failing again. How can you make a life change forever. When food is something you really like.

I have been eating supper with my hubby-usually making a tweek to our meal so the preparation is different. I am looking at every label counting every calorie (except for one or two). LOL It has been 10 days since I have had any regular pop. That is a miracle.

I am thriving on this. That is what is most important. REKP and Toy thanks for your post-hope to read more.

01-10-2012, 09:24 PM
Rose-what is a transcontinental EB ride? You really went from 258 to 218. Between Nov and Jan. Wow-how many calories a day where you taking in-guess Im asking for sample daily menu. That is great weight loss and very encouraging. What is a lean and green meal? Must be in something that comes with Wonderslim?

01-10-2012, 10:33 PM
So I left work early today to go to FedEx and pick up my package from DD. :P I went through and sorted everything into Ziploc bags so I can just grab a bag and go in the morning. I also tried the free sample(chocomint bar or something) and it was pretty decent, much better than I expected. I'll be starting the WS on Saturday as I have something going on on Friday and I know I'll cheat otherwise, lol. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do for the lean and green meals yet while I'm at work.

I'll probably decide after my first week of eating the WS if I'm going to reorder(depends on how well it's working out for me). Can you pick and choose the things you get in the DD packages? I thought I saw someone saying something about it on one of the threads but I'm not sure. How does that work?

01-10-2012, 11:33 PM
HelloDiet, I just knew you'd be on today because it's the day your food was coming in! Thought about you! I order all my WS as ala carte because there is so much in the packages that I don't like. However, I have never ordered by phone...I order online. I remember reading somewhere, too, that the reps will work with you and let you do some substituting when you order the package. I don't know that from personal experience though since I've never tried it. I keep reordering my stand-bys (cocomint and mocha shakes and the cereals) and once in awhile add in something that I haven't yet tried. I still haven't tried some of the stuff I got in that first order.

Shero, the lean and green meal is what WS calls (and I think MF may call it that, too) the meal you eat "on your own." It's where you eat "real" food (regular people food, if you will): 3 oz lean protein (4 oz if very lean),
2 veggies, 1 starch, 1 optional. The optional includes things like olive oil, etc. that you might use to prepare or season the food with. Veggies are generally green, hence the name green and the starch is generally a complex carb. If you need more specifics, just ask and I'll elaborate further.

Girl...10 days since no pop? (Must confess it was hard to type "pop"...everything here in the South is Coke even though it may be Pepsi or Dr. Pepper...LOL) That's wonderful! I am as proud of my not drinking my diet Cokes (prefer diet Pepsi actually) as I am anything I've changed. It's not forbidden at all but I have discovered that it triggers cravings for me. Of course, it could be because I've always used my diet drinks to chase a candy bar...LOL (It used to be a joke whenever I was out with friends that I might order a hot fudge cake with a diet drink. I just always preferred the diet drink to the regular.)

Some days I have more problem resisting the diet Coke in the frig than I do all the food stuff laying around. However, to date I am still resisting...41st day of my change. I thought all the intellectuals say that it takes 28 days to break a habit. I guess they don't understand a habit that's become an addiction. I still crave my diet drinks like an addict wants another hit but I am determined to withstand the temptation. Again, one-day-at-a-time seems to be working for me.

01-10-2012, 11:47 PM
Aww thanks for thinking about me today TOY! :)

I really want to try the Marshmallow Chocolate Cookie gourmet bars. I keep going to DD just to look at the picture, haha!

01-11-2012, 01:41 AM
LOL...I did the same thing and finally ordered them on Monday. Of course, they aren't here yet. I was excited to see the shakes on sale since I seem to favor two particular flavors. I stocked up on those and will keep pushing my least favorites to the side.

Good luck as you begin...

You are smart to wait until the day you know you can be successful. No sense in disappointing yourself by starting on a day when events will not be in your favor. However, that's not a pass to wait until next month...LOL.

01-11-2012, 11:57 AM
Hello all!
I am new to this site...really any type of blogging site and hope this venue will serve as a support as I start WonderSlim tomorrow. Well, if it arrives today!
I am already inspired by everyone's success and the tales of their journey.:0)

01-11-2012, 12:50 PM
Hi Shero
Still having problems getting my messages to post, but the transcontinental bike ride started in Virginia and ends in Oregon. 4065 miles) It's a website that has a photo of each mile (I think actually down to the .1 mile) that you can track your mileage, whether walking, running or biking. It's inspirational to me to see where I end up each day.
Apparently they will not let me post the link to it. Google virtual transcontinental bike ride. It is the exercise lbl gov site.
Great job on resisting the pop/coke to you and Toy! Keep up the good work!
HelloDiet: Loved your post about the marshmallow brownie bar on diet direct. It is one of my very favorite foods on this diet! I'm not even a big fan of chocolate and I LOVE these, as well as the butter pecan bars.

01-11-2012, 01:02 PM
SUCCESS with the last post, going to try one more.
I have lost 40 pounds in 9 weeks. I started out on the New Lifestyle program, but changed to Wonderslim food to be able to save some money and have better customer service thru Diet Direct.
My lean and green meal is from New Lifestyle diet. It is 8 oz of lean protein, or 3 eggs, or 8 oz lowfat cottage cheese and two cups of green veges a day.

My usual day looks like this
7a) 1 packet of Wonderslim product
10A) Nutrition bar or salty snack. The BBQ Cheerio looking things from Diet direct are really good!
1p) 2 packets of product
4p) 2 packets of product
7p) Lean and green meal
10p) 1 packet of product.
I use all the food interchangeably.
Diet direct is great about letting you customize what you want. I ordered a 3 month supply at the end of 2011, called with my handy dandy catalog in front of me and ordered exactly what I wanted. The customer service rep said NO Problem when I told her I wanted to substitute other items for the items they had listed for the 3 month supply.
Welcome ExTex I've been delighted to find this site and the support of Toy and Shero. Look forward to your posts!

01-11-2012, 01:33 PM
Yet one more :-) Found this on a friends Facebook post last night, it really spoke to my heart.

"If it is important to you, you will find a way.
If not, you'll find an excuse."

To all of us finding a way to be exactly what we want to be!

01-11-2012, 02:25 PM
Welcome, ExTex! I'm excited for you to start this journey along with us and especially welcome to the thread. I think you'll find that sharing the experience with others will make the journey a bit more fun and I know, less lonesome. You won't be far behind us at all because the longest anyone of us has been on this (I think) is REKP who started in November, I started in December, and HelloDiet is starting probably the same date as you. Shero is transitioning or combining this with another program she was on so I'm not sure of her start date per se.

I haven't started my excercise regiment yet. We had cleared the day for errands and planned to go register for the water exercise program but I didn't rest well last night. Once in awhile I have a muscle clench in my lower back and when it does, I can't get comfortable. (Actually the water therapy might help but I'm too tired to go today.) Anyway, when this first happened years ago, the doctor gave me a knock-out shot but I've discovered over the years that if I can get into a deep enough sleep, the muscle will relax on its own. Luckily it doesn't happen all that often but I've learned the hard way to just give it up and rest and relax or else I just prolong the agony. There doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason as to why it clenches either but once it happens, it seems you're more prone to it happening again. Grrr...

Love the quotation, REKP! I don't know the exact wording of the quotation but it reminds me of the sentiment that if it really means something to you, you'll find the time. I realized several years ago that saying I didn't have time didn't hold water as an excuse because I always managed to "find" the time to do the things I really wanted to do.

Have a good day, folks! (By the way, I just love this subscription thingey where you get an email when someone posts on the thread. I've never done that before this time and it makes it handy knowing when there are new posts.)

01-11-2012, 03:38 PM

Thank you so much for responding! :0) I am still anxiously awaiting my package. I really want to start tomorrow....I don't think I can do one "last binge" without seeing in on the scale! lol
In regards to exercise, I started the Power90 program a few days ago. It is really tough and I am not sure I will be able to continue once I am Wonderslim. My goal is just keep moving.Your choice of a water exercise program is a good one. It is great for building stamina and tone while supporting the joints.
Since my weight gain I find that I am literally hiding out in the house which is so unhealthy in so many ways. I plan on taking this one day at a time and, again, really look forward to sharing with all of y'all. Dieting is tough! I lost 90 lbs about 7 years ago and kept if off until the last few months when I put on 20. Compared to the 90, 20 lbs shouldn't seem like such a big deal but I am overwhelmed with the weight gain. Truly. I guess because I know how easy it is to snowball out of control again and who wants that?!
Anway, thanks again, TOY.

01-11-2012, 04:55 PM
To help prepare myself for Wonderslim-ming, I downloaded and printed some material from the Medifast website. I find I always do better with a schedule when on a structured eating plan, something to look at which tells me what and when to eat. To that end, I printed the Medifast daily food check list, as well as their lean and green choices page. I am hoping it helps keep myself me. :0)

(FedEx man....where are youuuu???)

01-11-2012, 06:14 PM
It is so frustrating to be ready to start something and not have the materials at your disposal!

Here's hoping your FedEx guy is just running behind today!

Hopefully, you'll get your box before the route ends today.

Sounds like you are well-prepared except for the foods arrival.

And...congrats on the 90 pounds you lost before...gosh, keeping it all off but 20 is a major accomplishment! With only 20 to go, you'll soon be sliding into home plate...all ready for the "barer" summer season!

01-11-2012, 06:36 PM
So sorry to hear about your back pain. Hopefully the water exercise will help when you feel like doing it. Try to get some rest until it lets up!

01-11-2012, 08:46 PM
Welcome ExTex and hello to HelloDiet. I have been on Wonderslim since Jan 1st. My goal was to only do the Wonderslim shakes but I have been doing the shakes at Breakfast and Lunch and a small meal at supper. The Bariwise Chocolate shake comes from Diet Direct also. I am not feeling good tonight so won't be along post. Guess the Noro virus is going around so I am not sure if it that or just the stomach flu. I ate a very lite Turkey sandwich incase it may be lack of food.

I am keeping track of my calories on my Kindle Fire-they have a free program and I love it.

Keep up the good work.

Remember if it's a good thing there will always be obstacles and losing weight is an excellent thing.

Thanks for the info on the lean and green.

01-12-2012, 10:01 AM
Hello to Shero! Hope you and TOY are feeling better today.

My package arrived late last evening. Whew! I unpacked it this morning and already had my shake. Wasn't bad at all. I am staying out of the kitchen for the next few days. I told my husband and son they are on their own. I have all I need in my office upstairs. Yes, the food addiction has gotten that bad for me.

Shero, is that all you're eating? 2 shakes and a small meal? That doesn't sound like enough.

REKP- you're a cyclist? So is my husband. A terrific sport. I love watching the Tours!

Toy, thanks! This twenty lbs gain happened overnight. One morning, I woke up and Poof! nothing fit in my closet. Gotta hate it when that happens! ;0)
I think I forgot my golden rule, " I can not eat like everyone else. Ever. And it's OK." I have learned that carbs are not my friend....I spiral out of control when I eat them. It's kinda scary. That's what drove me to WonderSlim; I am completely out of control with my appetite and really need the restriction to re teach the taste buds and satiety button.

How is every one doing today? Ready with our water bottles? : o)

(hopefully, I don't start to bug y'all, just want to keep in touch because I do believe our success rate is higher if we don't do this alone)

01-12-2012, 12:25 PM
ExTex, you certainly won't bug me. I enjoy checking in and finding new posts. I think that participating on the board keeps me from letting my diet dominate all my conversations with my husband. Chatting about it here seems to get it out of my system (if that makes any sense) and I don't dwell on it 24/7. I imagine he appreciates all of you as much (or even more than) I do...LOL

REKP, thanks for the kind words about the back pain. I haven't had the muscle clench this bad in several years. I think the water will help in the respect that hopefully it will improve my flexibility alot. My range of motion has certainly been affected by my immobility these last few years. I think moving in water will help the muscle tone so that I can move better on least that's the goal. Just don't know if I'm up to going to sign up for the pool today. I've learned from past experience that if I don't take it easy after a back problem, I end right back in the same shape. It's like having a charley horse in your leg that goes away and then clenches again just when you think you're over it. Guess I'll play it by ear since it's still early in the day. (I always cringe when I type anything about the time because when this posts, the time will be crazy different from the time it is now. I haven't quite figured out how these times are derived.)

Shero, are you liking your Kindle Fire? I love my Kindle but am considering telling my husband I want the Fire for my birthday. Haven't quite made up my mind since I'm still not sure how much it overlaps. However, I think I would enjoy having it in waiting rooms instead of lugging my laptop, etc. Still not sure though but we are entering the time of the year I call my "gift zone" ( my husband's dismay). February=Valentine's Day, March=my birthday, and April=our anniversary. Plus, this year is our 25th anniversary so it will be more special than usual. At our age and with our health issues, it's unlikely we'll both be around for a 50th. However, one never knows! We both married late in life...first marriages for each of us and boy were we set in our ways. We still don't even use the same toothpastes...LOL

HelloDiet, I imagine you are gearing up to start your program. Sending positive thoughts your way for a successful start to a losing year.

Maggie and others, haven't forgotten you either! If you're lurking, drop a quick post to let us know how you are. I know you were having a bit of a problem with the products...hope that's all worked out for you. I read somewhere that someone else discovered an allergy (or something) to soy protein. I hope that's not the problem you're having.

Hope everyone has a great day! As for me, I'm getting anxious for the first of the month to get here so I can weigh again but I'll survive the wait. I think I'll be able to better project once I know this second month's loss. I see all these great buys on fall/winter clothes right now and sorta wish I knew what size I'd be next fall/winter so that I could buy a few things but I have no clue. Guess I've never explained that over the years I had clothes of all sizes when I dieted. Some I'd "outgrown" and hoped to diet into again, etc. and some I had for motivation. However, all I have now are the huge clothes because our house burned in 2002 while we were both at work. Now I no longer have the option of shopping in my own closet for things that fit as I lose. However, I'm going to have to lose much more than I have before things get so loose that I look utterly sloppy so that's a worry for another day!

01-12-2012, 03:22 PM

I can relate to boring the people in our lives about our programs. I told my mother about it over coffee and after awhile her eyes started to glaze over! lol

Again, so sorry about your back. I can just imagine the pain and frustration you are experiencing. You 'll get to your water program when you're ready and able to.

I can't believe it is so late in the day! I have to eat my lunch. I decided to work out first because I know if I put it off for too long, I simply do not do it.

Hope everyone's day is going well. :0)

01-12-2012, 08:58 PM
Good Evening all-I am feeling better. I never was physically sick but every time I stood up I was nauseated. I know the noro (sp) virus is going around because it was on the news.

It was a snowy day here in Michigan so it was nice to home. I called in sick and tomorrow is my day off. I do accounting in a company that does manufacturing and distribution of Weathervanes, bird related items, mailboxes, etc. I work there for a Temp company and have been there for close to 15 months. I am sure as we get to know each other I will vent about it. Right now I am into talking about the diet.

ExTex-we are all here to support each other and I love to hear your comments. I certainly agree with Toy. I was trying to do only the wonder slim shakes but I find myself eating a meal also. The first week I was eating less than 1,000 calories. This week I have been taking in more.

Toy-how do I mark forums so the are like my "favorites" I find myself reading alot of them and it is confusing me. I would really like to mark a few so I dont end up trying to figure out how everyone is losing-I need a support group and have found this WS forum is the one I really like. I would love to know when people post. I need to get my tickler on here also I think I have posted enough now. So if you give us newbies some 3FC's website training-I would sure like it.

I love my Kindle Fire-I got it for Christmas so I am still new at it. It's the first Android based item I have owned. I am not a big tex-ter and a few months ago got my first cell phone that will browse the web. The calorie app is great. I have been faithful to keeping a calorie count since 1/1/12 because it is so user friendly. From what I can tell the food's that are automatically in the program is excellent. I have added the Wonderslim shakes and that was easy. My neighbor got a Nook a few days from Christmas and that has given me the opportunity to compare them. I like my Kindle Fire better for the following reasons: The KF has speakers at the top edge-the Nooks are on the back. The first month your KF gets free Amazon Prime and so alot of App's are free. I am not sure about the Nook but when I helped set it up I did not find this but I am not sure if it was available or not. Toy I would say if you can afford one-you got a weighing coming up so good time to reward yourself. They are not a laptop but they are an excellent portable word processing, pictures, gaming and bookreader.

REPK-Thank you for the sample day. 40# in the amount of time you lost (2 months)is such an inspiration. Are you counting calories? I keep going back to your post to make sure I have it right. I was impressed with the regamine. I need to get the exercise going so I can get such a good start.

How is everyone doing with writing in the word program then posting it? I have started doing it so I can respond better to the post by reading them while I am writing.

My hope for this forum is that we can become great support for everyone. Have a great evening and remember it's ok to leave some food on the plate.........

I am a question person so I have a final one-is any adding more protein to their shakes? My neighbor suggested it. I wish I knew more about protein-it seems to be an important issue.

01-12-2012, 10:01 PM
ExTex, sorry if my post was misleading. I'm not coordinated enough, or have enough stamina to be a real cyclist. The best I can do is my exercise bike :) I love to watch the bike races on tv and pretend that's what I'm doing when I'm on the exercise bike.

Shero I really am not counting calories, I'm just sticking pretty much to the shakes and lean and green meal. I do check once in a while to make sure I'm not blowing it out of the water with my protein or vege choices.

Toy: I had to laugh when I read your post about going shopping in your closet. I had just put the remainder of my "someday" clothes into my "wear everyday" closet! I'm going to have to go shopping soon, I would like to get in on some of the end of season sales too, but have no idea what size I will be when I get to my goal.

Hope you all have a good night!

01-13-2012, 01:54 AM
Gosh, Shero, this will be like the blind leading the blind for me to try to teach something about this board...LOL...still unsure how to get back to some of the things I've passed before! However, I did learn how to subscribe to this thread which is how I know when someone has posted. I really like that feature so I don't cruise over here and find I'm just talking to myself. (Thankfully that's not happening these days!)

Anyway, go to the very top of this page of posts and right under the page numbers you'll see a tab called "Thread Tools" (mine's in dark purple). In that pull-down menu you'll see a choice that says "Subscribe to this thread". Then you'll get a screen that allows you to choose an option for notification (I use the instant by email). The description about the folder just tells how many subscriptions you have on this board and then click on "add subscription". That's all I did. You can do that on any of the threads on here that you want to follow. (Then if you ever want to stop the email notifications, you go to the same tab and click "unsubscribe")

That's all the exploring I've really done but I really like this feature. Evidently we put in our email address when we signed up (I can't remember) because you don't have to enter it, etc. Just those clicks and you're ready to go. What I like about it is that if there are five new posts, I still only get one message that day telling me there's a new message.

As for your question about adding more protein...I'm not. I'm just a little bit scared to mess with their formula because it is already high in protein and I know there has been controversy in the past about high protein diets affecting the kidneys. That's why I try so hard to get alot of water drunk now. I had to do one of those 24-hour urine collections a couple of times now because of them finding protein in a urine sample. Hope that's not TMI but neither of those times were times when I was dieting but I am conscious of it still. I'm not sure I would even entertain the thought of putting in more protein without asking a doctor...but then I've had an issue with that before. I'm just kind of supporting the mentality of if it's working for me, why mess with it...if that makes any sense.

However, confession time...LOL. Even with that mentality, I vary what I'm eating as my lean and green by carefully calculating the calories some days. Suffice to say that tonight's dinner didn't have one speck of green in I guess I am messing with the program in that sense. We had two college ballgames to watch tonight (grrr...lost them both) and that equates to pizza around here. I didn't do that but I did order the chicken strips after I discovered that they were baked...Papa John's...who knew???? Seriously, I was checking to find out their calories when I literally accidentally discovered they were lightly breaded and BAKED! So I didn't feel deprived when food was delivered but I also didn't force myself to eat green either. However, when all was said and done, I didn't exceed my calorie range today and it did help my feelings. (Probably the wrong thing to admit since I do eat emotionally. However, I have felt yucky with this back for nearly 3 days now so I decided to splurge a bit. I do think the back is feeling some better so I'm hopeful that tomorrow will be normal. It wasn't the miracle chicken that did it though...I finally got into a deep enough sleep that the muscle relaxed. Now if it's still relaxed by the morning, I'm good to go!)

REKP, I loved those days when I moved clothes to the "wear" closet! It is so much fun to get back into a favorite outfit that haunted your thoughts.

ExTex, HelloDiet, and everyone else...haven't forgotten you. Hope all is going well.

Everyone have a great Friday and a relaxing week-end. Looks like it may be quite a cold one.

01-13-2012, 08:49 AM
Good Morning All!

Well, yesterday was my first day and I did it. I have to admit I was pretty crabby but all and all it was a good day.

Shero, I ate less than 1000 yesterday but not sure if I want to continue consuming so little. I am using the Medifast eating plan with the Wonderslim products. The products are pretty similar in nutrition, but the eating plans are quite different although after doing the math, the "real food" on either program accounts for roughly 350-400 calories of the day. The real difference is the carb count. Wonderslim allows more carbs in their food choices. Since eating carbs got me back into this place, I think its best to eradicate as much as them as I can!

I don't think you need to add protein. We are already consuming so much!

Toy. thank you so much for the info on how to get email notification of posts. I could not figure out how to do it!!

The closet.....I can't fit into anything in my closet! Not a darn thing. I am not working right now, so sweats are okay to wear for now. I lost my job as a Special Education Teacher due to district restructuring and layoffs over a year ago and can't get back into the teaching game. There are many districts here who have frozen hires and with so many teachers out of work, it is near impossible to get an interview. I know a quite a few principals who are trying to help to no avail. Anyway, long story short, I applied to nursing school and start in a few months. It will be my third degree and third career change. Ummm, yay?!? :0)

Off to take my son to school!

Wishing everyone a fantastic day!!!

01-13-2012, 08:59 AM
The post about Papa John's chicken strips made my day! My husband loves Papa John's Pizza. Now I can have something tasty while he is having his pizza during our ball games. (Go UK!)
That's the reason I like this board so much! We can all help each other on this journey.
Something I've tried the past couple of days that has been really good...I'm not a big fan of chocolate and have ended up with a lot more packets of chocolate shake than I ever wanted (didn't know originally that you could customize the month supply of food) I've been adding just a pinch of coconut to the pudding and it's so good! I know I can get through the other 50 packets I have left if I can add the coconut. Kinda reminds me of a mounds bar.
Hope everyone has a good (on plan) day!

01-13-2012, 10:06 AM
Oh dear, REKP, it's too soon for us to be parting ways! Remember those games I said we lost? One of them was to your UK women by one point! Yep, I'm orange and white by marriage...UT Vols all the way...LOL (I strongly suspect your guys will be beating us like a drum in the near future, too. I think we play you next.)

Just kidding about the parting of ways because I have many friends who are UK fans. My former school system was on the KY border (west) so about half our faculty were UK fans while the others were UT. I'm quite used to friendly rivalry...but let's just say I won't be making any bets on who wins that upcoming game...LOL. (It would "make" our season though...)

Talking about the pudding...for the life of me I can't figure out why on earth I even bought pudding. The shake can be made into that, too. I'm going to have to experiment one of these days to see if I can water the pudding down enough to make it a shake. (I don't even particularly like regular, calorie-laden pudding so I don't know what possessed me to order it...and of course, in one of my Susie Homemaker rare moments, I discarded all the boxes so exchanging is not an option.)

On some diet I was on...think it might have been Medifast...I discovered the world of sugar-free DaVinci syrups. I ordered lots of different flavors but I think one of my friends found some in TJ Maxx and I think Wal-Mart carries the hazelnut. I bought exotic flavors though like toasted coconut, etc. Guess I need to get them out of the cabinet and play mad scientist to see what I can concoct. The cherry and raspberry are great in lemonade as I remember. I can't recall offhand where I ordered them from (and some flavors don't ship in winter because of glass bottles) but a search in Google would locate it, I'm sure.

ExTex, some of you gals worry me with your calorie count even though I know it's none of my business. I really think if you're going to go below 1200 you probably should discuss it with your doctor. You can do some real damage by going too low if you're not, you'll get your body so accustomed to such a low amount that you're more likely to gain it back quickly when you return to normal. I know we're all adults here and I probably should keep my fingers still (as opposed to mouth shut) but I rather like having ya'll around to chat with... Just do a bit of research and/or talk to your doctor. It's just not healthy to go "anorexic" (sp?) when you diet. Now I promise I'll stop harping on least in this post.

On a different note, ExTex, I am so sorry to hear about the teacher lay-offs. I can't even begin to imagine how stressful that must be. Luckily I retired before anything like that happened because I can't visualize myself ever doing anything but teaching. It was the only goal I ever had in life as far as a profession went. They said before I even started to school people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I always answered exactly the same which amused everyone. I said I wanted to be "an old maid schoolteacher." Since I didn't marry until I was 35, I used to think I had put a curse on myself! Funny thing is that at that time I didn't know anyone who was a one ever could figure out how I came up with that response.

So far, so good with the back today. I think I'm going to able to actually function like a human instead of a rock today. However, it is so very cold outside that I doubt that I want to run errands. Best thing about being retired (other than sleeping in) is being able to postpone stuff until a prettier (warmer) day. I was good at procrastination before I retired but now I've practically perfected it.

Have a good Friday, everyone.

01-13-2012, 10:27 AM
Oops, I'm back for a quick note to REKP lest I forget. I did have to forego my favorite honey mustard dipping sauce. One little cup had 150 calories! I opted for the barbecue which only had 45. Who'd thought there would be that much difference?

We love getting food delivered especially when we watch sports so I have started making it a habit to pull up the nutritional facts on the laptop before I order. Otherwise, I just make do with stuff in the kitchen.

These are pretty expensive but I learned about them when I was on NutriSystem. If you add turkey pepperoni (yes...they do make it and it's actually tasty!), you do feel like you are part of the bunch eating pizza. Hold on...gotta go search for the URL because I can't even remember the name of the pizza. They come packed in dry ice...pretty neat. Just 248 calories for the whole pizza and they're slightly larger than a personal one you might get out... larger than a saucer, smaller than a plate. Anyway, they are cheese and you can add veggies and stuff. Expensive like I said but a treat

As usual, I wrote more than I meant to...LOL...but I happened to remember about those pizzas and didn't know if you had heard of them. I hadn't until I read it on the Nutrisystem boards when I was on their program. As I said once before, I have picked up ideas and such from all the different diets I have done so maybe I didn't totally waste my time and money. LOL...yeah, believe that and next I'll be selling swamp land...LOL

01-13-2012, 01:36 PM
Hello Ladies-

i have changed my weight day to Friday instead of Monday. So I am a few days short of a week-so since Monday I have lost 3 lbs. That means 13 lbs since 1/1/12. That is a pound a day. At first I was bummed because I had lost so much last week but now that I do the daily thing-I am excited. Funny how things can look when you see it at a different angle.

Pizza-who doesnt love pizza-maybe I will figure out a low calorie pizza. Though I did have it for supper one day. 1/10th of a Red Barons pizza with the pepperoni off. Why did I eat a 1/10th cause I read the label and the serving was 1/5. I did not want the calories of the 5th. I had lowfat cottage cheese on it. Wasnt bad.

I have increased my calorie intake this week-I am averaging about 1500 calories now. The calculation on my program is at 1600 calories and I would meet my goal weight of 150 by Feb 2013.

I would love to see a fast weight loss for the first three months. I would accept 15lbs a month which would be 45 lbs. According to what I read on this forum that would be realistic.

Gotta get busy around the house, my goal is to get that treadmill dusted off. I would love to get something that burns more calories but I think that will be a onelander dream. Nothing burns calories if you dont use it.
I have a nice treadmill and I am sure if I could to the preprogrammed walking it would really be a great program. I need to get up early in the morning and get it done before I go to work---this would be a big accomplishment for me..............Cant wait to be able to post a tracker on here/

Toy-I didnt get married until 34..

Talk to you later.

01-13-2012, 05:40 PM
It's not my usual time to post but I got this in an email today. Just read it and had to share before I forgot or lost it. LOL

Shampoo Warning

I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!!!!!

I use shampoo in the shower!

When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and

Printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning,


No wonder I have been gaining weight!!!

Well! I have gotten rid of that shampoo and

I am going to start showering with Dawn dish soap instead.

Its label reads,


Problem solved!

If I don't answer the phone
I'll be in the shower!


01-13-2012, 10:38 PM
Toy: I'm very, very concerned about the game tomorrow. We have such a young team without much "away" experience. Indiana beat us. The game against Auburn was ugly, but at least it was a win :-)
The pizza sounds really good. Going to have to check on that.

Hope everyone has a great weekend...on plan!

01-14-2012, 12:01 AM
Sooo I'm finally starting WS tomorrow! :) I went to a job interview this morning and got a call back not even half an hour after I I'm debating on whether or not to leave the other part time job that I already had. The new job is only 12-19 hours a week and the other one is usually about 20-25 but pays less...but I know it would be so much easier to do the WS with the new job. Hmm. Decisions, decisions!

I just realized that I can make pretty much everything right in my bedroom...The oatmeal, the chicken and noodles...duh, boiling water straight out of my Keurig! So I hope I don't get off track especially when that Keurig is sitting only a few feet away and "normal" food is in a totally different room, haha :)

01-14-2012, 09:27 AM
Good Morning all...
Weigh in this morning was good. Another 3 pounds lost. Although I always hope for more, I am very satisfied with that.

HelloDiet...Congratulations on your new job offer. That will be a good start to the new year if you take it! Sounds like you have a good plan to have the hot water for soups readily available.

Shero: Great job on dusting off the treadmill and getting on an exercise program. Walking is wonderful exercise. I lost all my weight before with walking and portion control. I'm certain, had it not been for my knee injury, I wouldn't be dieting again. I had a MP3 player full of music I liked and could just zone out and walk.

ExTex: Congratulations on going into nursing school. It's hard, but the rewards will make it worth while. Really good job security in nursing.
My husband and I are both RNs and spent 25+ years as travel nurses. I do case management and product education now.

Toy...Looking forward to the game today. Have a lot of errands to do before 11 am! I actually like UT, just not when they play UK :-)

Have a good weekend everyone.

01-14-2012, 10:50 PM
Day 1 went pretty well until 4PM when I had already had dinner and was I ate some dry cereal and then took a nap to get my mind off of food. I might have also accidentally had a drink from Starbucks...and maybe a fish sandwich. :P

I think I just didn't space my food out far enough throughout the day so by 4 all I had left was one thing and I didn't want to eat that and then starve all night. Tomorrow will be better, I'm sure...but right now I'm pretty disappointed in myself. On the bright side, I only had a small drink from Starbucks and at least I wasn't cramming my face with everything in sight, lol

01-15-2012, 12:17 AM
REKP, congratulations on the weight lost! (Mumbling under my breath..."I can be a good sport"). Congrats on KY winning, too. I so thought we were going to pull an upset. Oh, well. Ordinarily I wouldn't have been surprised but they played so well and kept it soooooo close! Grrr...LOL

HelloDiet, don't beat up on yourself. Today is over...just start fresh tomorrow. Drink lots of water, too, as that will help you feel full as you transition. I personally think the shakes keep me feeling full longer than the bars but that may just be a personal thing. I never have understood it but it's almost as though the bars leave me wanting to eat more and I never have that inclination with the shakes.

I haven't done well at all today because I haven't eaten nearly enough. I have had an upset stomach since the wee hours and just haven't been hungry. I've slept most of the afternoon and I suspect I was just worn out from not sleeping well last week. Not sure exactly what but I do need to eat something else...stomach still doesn't feel settled so I'm a bit hestitant to eat.

Shero, congrats on the 3 pounds, too! Seems like that's the number this week. I hope I, too, have lost that much! Sometimes (especially when I don't feel well) I am a bit questioning of my resolution to only weigh monthly. I think it's more of a weird "pity party" because I feel yucky and think that a loss might pep me up. Oh well, the first of the month will be here before you know it.

Theoretically I can't imagine that I "haven't" lost weight but I really don't feel like I have. Of course, I've been in loose gowns all week so maybe if I changed into street clothes, I could see a difference. This has just been a "dishwater" week with the back first and now the stomach. It's been a new experience since until this week, I've felt so much better after starting the diet. I should be mature enough to realize that this diet isn't going to halt the daily aches and pains, etc. I've just never been a good patient and this is no different. I know that rest and sleep are important expecially when your body is undergoing the "stress" of a diet so I suppose this is my body's way of getting me to rest although fitfully.

ExTex, hope you're doing well. Anyone lurking? I hope you'll feel welcome to post, too. Maggie (and others who have posted)...hope all is well.

Tomorrow will be a better day, I'm sure. Everyone enjoy what's left of the weekend.

01-15-2012, 12:36 PM
Hello All! I tried to post yesterday but in the middle of it, my computer just started to shut down. Of course I was too frustrated to get back on at that point. Technology sometimes makes me want to tear my hair out.

Congratulations to all of us for accomplishing another day, mistakes and all! HelloDiet, donít worry about it! My first day I literally locked myself in my office, read tons of these posts, did about three meditations for weight loss and snapped at anyone who came near me. :0) My boy and hubby were great sports. The second day, I had such a bad headache I stayed in bed most of the day and again snapped at everyone. Lol Yesterday, my third, was pretty darn good. I actually got out of the house and watched my husband eat pizza at Samís while drinking my shakeÖ.and I didnít want to kill him! He is one of those guys who is a real bear if he doesnít eat. I had to beg him to feed himself but the darling didnít want to derail me. I gotta say, I feel great today. You can do it, HelloDiet. Just take it one day, one hour at a time. Sounds trite, but itís true. I am not really a meditation kinda gal but the ones on YouTube really helped.

Toy, thanks for your concern about the low caloric daily intake.  And I donít take offense; I think most people advise others out of a good place. I agree with you, too. I am mixing it up from day to day. I am a great believer in tricking the body so it doesnít think itís starving. I had great success losing 90lbs seven, almost eight years ago by doing the same thing and hope to repeat it this time. Iím not as hungry on WonderSlim, thankfully. I tried Medifast in the past and hated it. I ended up devising my own plan to lose weight. This program is so much better!

Iíll miss teaching, Toy. I already do but couldnít wait any longer for a job. It was too depressing. Knowing I have such great opportunities ahead of me is exciting and I really canít wait. REKP, I am very interested in working as a travel nurse. I want to wait until my son graduates high school; heíll be in eighth grade when I am finished with my RN program so hopefully, I can get a lot of experience in a hospital that would make me a more attractive candidate for the job. Any advice you could give would be much appreciated.

REKP, I am still impressed with your cycling! My husband is a killer on the bike. In the warm weather months he goes on 25-40 mile rides a few times a week with a cycling team and rides his trainer at home, too. I just laugh when he invites me on a ride. Even if itís just us, I canít keep up. The bike and I are not friends!

Shero, congratulations on your weight loss, you too, REKP! Itís so encouraging to read about success. Toy, I am sure youíre losing too! I plan to wait until Thursday to weigh in. Itís hard though as I am one of those obsessive scale jumpers and I am afraid if I donít see the results I want it might derail me. If sometime in the wee hours of Thursday morning you hear a piercing wail, thatíll be me, anguished at the numbers not moving on my nemesis, my scale. :0)

Wishing everyone great success and good health today!

01-15-2012, 12:39 PM
Yesterday was also I hungry day for me. We go out for breakfast on Saturday's so that is always a challenge. The waitress at Bob Evans remembers us from the week before.

I also had more yesterday than should have-but I ate good things-salads and a pomagranite. The popcorn was the calorie bust.

When we are so hungry is it the bodies way of saying hey-I need calories. I dont mean to sound like we can binge on chocolate and chips but logically feed it. I think if we were to log it we would find out it's about the third day of "intense" calorie reduction. I am thinking of my program that is on the KF (Kindle Fire) that has me on a calorie intake of 1600 calories for a 2lb weight loss. That means that I am restricting my body of 1000 calories a day. So to maintain my weight I would be taking in 2600 calories a day. That is a big drop. Just my theory hope it makes sense. Basically I am asking-when we are so hungry is the body saying "it's ok I need a few more calories".

It has been 13 days since I had a regular pop. I would say that's great. I have had some diet pop-mostly 7-UP or Sprite. Not a daily thing but in the last week. It's usually when I go to the store after work. I am still claiming victory.

Remember weekends are always hard. I am finding that smells are just awesome-hope I cant gain weight from them. LOL. ;)

Hellodiet-We are glad to see your post and a little slip is ok.

Looking forward to hearing from others.

01-15-2012, 12:47 PM
I forgot!

I've already had two mishaps with my WonderSlim shaker.

The first I was standing in my upstairs living room shaking up a Berry Smoothie when it exploded everywhere. And I mean everywhere! The chess board, chess table and chairs, the floor, the wall, even my cat! Usually I would just laugh it off because really, a black cat with purple smoothie dripping off of her glossy coat with that look on her face?! Hilarious. But all I could think of was, that's my lunch and I am starving!!! I was almost in tears. (Yep, it was the first day ;0)

The second time, this time over the kitchen sink, I was mixing a chocolate shake with warm coffee. Should of have heeded the warning and used only cold liquids. Again, an explosion! Can I just say this stuff is the stickiest goo I ever encountered? Not easy to clean up at all.

So, ladies, make sure your caps are on tight and liquids are cold when shakin'!

01-15-2012, 12:47 PM
Ex-Tex when you get on the scale it is not going to be wails of disappointment. [It's going to be screams of excitement and your husband dragging you out of the bathroom because you keep getting off and on the scale because you are in unbelief off the weight

Our glass is not half full------ it's full of Wonderslim

01-15-2012, 12:51 PM
Ex Tex-maybe your shaking a little too much. If you stop and open it then go back to shaking does it help???? BTW I got a shaker at Walmart for $6 that has the metal thingy in it. Love it. I use the pure protein bars-has anyone tried these?

01-15-2012, 01:00 PM

I think you're right. Hunger is a sign of the body needing more calories, and also a sign that you're losing weight. This is a drastic program and we should expect to be hungry, some days more than others. I think drinking water is key as well as eating every two to three hours.

I am always the most hungry at night, less so in the morning, so I try to save at least one Wonderslim Meal replacement for after dinner. I also eat all of my lean and green at dinner time. I usually stumble if I am hungry when I go to bed and that's when I cheat. Finding my "pattern" has helped a great deal.

01-15-2012, 01:03 PM

Your post made me laugh out loud! Thanks!!

I think my explosion the first time was because the white cap was loose and the second because the liquid was too hot. But, you might be onto something! I am sure I am shaking it too hard as well. I blame it on the mad delirium of wanting to eat as quickly as possible! lol

01-15-2012, 01:10 PM
Last post, I promise!!! ;)

I just wanted to say, Y'all are fantastic! Your posts have really made it easier to diet. Just knowing I'm not the only one doing this really helps!!

A big thank you!

01-15-2012, 02:37 PM
LOL...had to laugh at the "shaking too hard"...

I've mentally been considering the shaking to be arm exercises. First I shake with one arm, then I switch to the other...LOL

I'm pretty sure I've over-shaking the drink but my arms are getting a work-out.

I also add a couple of small ice cubes to mine plus I think I probably put in more water than suggested. It's my "sneaky" way of getting more water in my day plus the drink takes longer...although if you saw me drink it, you'd believe I was drinking medicine. I don't savor it at all...just drink it like it's a race with the clock or something.

I woke up this morning hungry. I think that's supposed to be a good sign that the metabolism is firing up or something. Some mornings I'm not hungry at all when I awake. Could just be a carry over from the stomach upset yesterday and because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I think I must have had a low grade fever, too, because my lips are really chapped which is most unusual.

Anyway, I feel back to normal today...thankfully. (Forgot to mention that as I shake my WS, I can't help but think of that song, "Shake, shake, shake...shake your booty" LOL...since when I shake, everything tends to jiggle, I guess I am...unintentionally...LOL)

01-15-2012, 03:31 PM
What is worse-shaking wonderslim all over the place or watching a raw egg sliding down the cupboard to the floor?

When I first started back on Wonderslim I thought about the hunger pains-I never feel them when I am not dieting. It was kinda exciting I knew I was doing a good job.

ExTex-you can never post to much. Seems like we have lost some people posting here lately though. Cant wait to see the monthly totals. I am so excited....

01-15-2012, 07:13 PM
Oh! Am I hungry today!!! :0p

I think I've tried just about everything in my package and definitely came up with some "never agains."

First off, the oatmeal. Oh my! I could barely choke it down. I couldn't handle the glue like consistency. It makes me shudder just thinking about it!

The chicken noodle soup-I so wanted to like this and I just didn't. I was really disappointed. I am wondering if I should even bother trying the cream of chicken....

The strawberry smoothie and yogurt. Too sweet for me! I don't mind the berry smoothie; it makes for a nice change from all the chocolate.

Peanut Butter bars. Eh. Not a fan of peanut butter so I figure, why bother? Might as well get something I like.

I am sending all of the above back for exchange as well as the chocolate cake and cheesecake. I really don't need them as the bars will do fine if I need a sweet treat.

All in all, I have ten boxes to exchange. I have some favorites to replace them with....

Spicy Pasta
Veg. Chili
Cereal-both kinds
Chocolate shakes-any sort

I am in love with the Spicy Pasta! Really, I think I could eat it every day for lunch. The Veg. Chili is not bad either after you spice it up a bit.

Do any of you have any favorites? What do your days look like as far as what you eat?


01-15-2012, 07:15 PM

Love your "exercise." And I am sure I will now hear "Shake, shake, shake, shake your booty!" the next time I am shakin'!

~where is everyone anyway????~

01-15-2012, 07:25 PM
Oh, yeah...

Since I asked the question, thought I'd answer it myself!

8:00 - Cereal with a cup of black coffee (or two or three ;)
10ish- shake
12ish- Spicy pasta or Veg. Chili or bar
3ish- shake
5:30- 6 oz of baked cod with seasoning
2 c romaine
1/2 c cooked veggie (zuchinini, broccoli, etc)
1-2T low cal low carb dressing
5 green or black olives

anytime before 8- a shake, bar, or pudding. What ever I am in the mood for so I don't go to bed hungry.

Again, I am following Medifast with 5 replacement meals and 1 lean and green.

I also sneak in a hot dill pickle if I really hungry. It seems to calm down the hungries and I usually drink 16oz of water with it because they are so stinking hot!!

01-15-2012, 07:26 PM
Shero, your poor egg! and cabinets :0)

Toy, so glad to hear you're feeling better today!

01-15-2012, 09:30 PM

I read your post Jan 1st in another thread; 19lbs in a month! That is amazing! Congratulations :)

01-15-2012, 11:54 PM
Toy: Thanks for your kind words about the game. You have an upcoming star in that Stokes kid. Wish we had him!
Glad to hear you are feeling better. Hopefully it will continue.
I'm very excited to hear your results the first of next month.

I went to Big Lots today (love that store), I found some Nutrisystem brand soy chips. Bought one to compare to my bbq cheerio looking things I like so much from Diet Direct. The Nutrisystem ones have 2 gm less protein, but also 10 fewer calories and I think 1 less sugar. They are delicious! They are also $1.00 and my diet direct soy snacks are $1.50. I'll be stocking up on these.

This board is helping me as well. It does feel good to know you are not alone on the journey.
Good night all! Hope we all have a good (on plan) day tomorrow!

01-16-2012, 11:59 AM
Last post, I promise!!! ;)

I just wanted to say, Y'all are fantastic! Your posts have really made it easier to diet. Just knowing I'm not the only one doing this really helps!!

A big thank you!

:grouphug: LOL.

01-16-2012, 04:17 PM
Day 3. It's just after 2PM and I'm soooo full. I don't even want to look at another shake today, LOL. I really really really like the vegetarian joe. At first I was like "Vegetarian? What the heck am I eating?" and then I really liked it. :P

I've been having headaches like some others mentioned. I think it's just from lack of caffeine...I used to down Mountain Dew like crazy...and I haven't had any since Friday afternoon.

I bought a few of those Healthy Choice steaming entrees in the frozen food section at Target and have been doing those for dinner. They are pretty good and it says the diet exchanges right on the box like 1 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable inside. I really can't cook so I don't know what else to eat...anyone have any suggestions?

01-16-2012, 07:43 PM
Okay, FattyFatFat, come out, come out, wherever you are! Now we've seen you lurking, we've love for you to jump in and post. Of course, joining in our LOL's is good, too. Seriously, we welcome others to our support system here. Mainly we chat but it's encouraging to see others share the journey. You don't have to be doing WS to jump in.

HelloDiet, I'm not a good one to make recommendations about the lean and green because lately I'm not getting as much green as I should. I am trying to stay with chicken or fish as my protein (or eggs) since I learned in the past that I don't do as well with beef. I think it's only because I overeat the beef where I'm not tempted to overeat the chicken or fish. Pork has never been much of an interest to me since I had to help with hog killings when I was a kid. I pretty much don't like pork except bacon and once in a blue moon, ham. I wouldn't eat chicken until I was out of college because I watched my Granddaddy kill a chicken on his farm once. (Always said that if I'd ever seen a cow killed, I'd probably have been a vegetarian. What I have learned though from the dieting is that my lack of a strong protein amount in my diet is one of the reasons I am so fat now. Pity I didn't learn that earlier in life. I had no idea that protein really did keep you feeling full.)

Shero, are you giving your cabinets a facial? Had to laugh at your description of the egg mishap but I did feel for you. Can hardly think of anything messier to clean up than a slimy egg. Although I wouldn't want to clean up that shake mess that ExTex had either!

REKP, think you're right about the Stokes kid. I was impressed with his play...shoot, I was impressed with his shoe size (20!)...gosh, no wonder they have to special order his shoes. I think he's going to really be an asset as the season progresses. I was just proud we weren't totally blown out of the gym when we played your team. Must say though that I really don't like your's a left-over feeling from when he was at Memphis and dissed some of our players. I don't like that type of behavior from an authority figure period. Hopefully, you guys at KY can clean up his act!

Got to go...hear my hubbie come in from getting take-out at Outback. I'm having salmon with no salt, no seasoning and mixed veggies with no seasoning. I'm generally able to get two meals out of this one so it's a real good thing...LOL

Got a late, late start to the day since I didn't go to sleep soundly until after daylight. Somehow my days and nights have gotten screwed up...grrr.

Hello and hope your day went well to anyone I missed. Doubt if I'll be back on tonight but I'll check in tomorrow.

01-16-2012, 11:56 PM
:-D Well, in that case. I've been doing pretty good myself! I don't use any of the programs anymore (though i've tried quite a few), now I just exercise a good bit and have been losing a lot of weight simply by drinking cold water and working on my rations. I DO eat much healthier than I used to, staying away from fried foods so much and all snacks except maybe twice a month. I figure as long as I still get my snacks to satisfy my cravings, I won't yearn for them so much later, you know? Not saying that will work for everyone, as it's still about portioning, but I'm just too busy to count calories. I eat ALMOST what I want (minus all the extras spices, sugars, etc.;.. pretty plain tasting but you get used to it and start to like the natural flavors of things) and just eat less food but more often. Like instead of me eating 3,000 calories in one meal. I'll eat 1,000 calories in 3 meals. I just make sure I am always doing something, whether it's on my exercise bike, walking up and down the steps over and over, or my personal favorite dancing while cleaning up!

01-17-2012, 11:00 AM
Good Morning, Ladies

Day 5....doing well. Haven't cheated and don't really have the urge either but I certainly still get hungry. I am fine all day and then around 7:00, I could eat a buffalo. I really hope that goes away.

HelloDiet, sounds like you're doing really well! Congratulations. I can't speak to frozen entrees for a lean and green meal; I generally cook all our meals. Sorry! I had very bad headaches too the first few days. Hopefully yours will dissipate as mine did.

Toy, I had a boyfriend in college whose family tradition on Thanksgiving was to butcher two hogs. When I would arrive to his grandmother's country home, I was faced with said hogs hanging in half off the trees facing the driveway. Yeah... seeing that could turn you off meat. I was vegetarian for years.

REKG, thanks for posting about Big Lots; I plan to run by there today and see if my store has the Soy Chips as well. Worth a shot!

You're doing this by yourself, Fattyfatfat? My hat is off to you. I know that is tough. I agree with you....eating less more often is the way to go. And water, you need to drink a lot of water always.

I tried the WS pancakes today. Pretty darn good and very filling. I topped them with Walden Farms Pancake Syrup. At no calories, fat or carbs, it is amazing how good it tastes.

Have a good day!

01-17-2012, 11:11 AM
Hey everyone!

I am glad to see some activity on this forum! When I first started ordering WonderSlim products from Diet Direct in November of last year, there wasn't much activity on there. I have already lost about 8-9 lbs from this diet, but I have not been strict and have definitely cheated many times (dieting around the Holidays is tough!) I've always been good with the working out part, but not so much the eating right part :-)

Since I have tried a lot of their food now, I can comment on what my favorites are. I like to mix the shakes with my coffee in the morning (and I have never had anything explode, knock on wood) and then I follow the plan the rest of the day, as far as having 2 more shakes, a lean entree and bar/high protein snack for lunch, and then a lean and green meal for dinner. It seems to work pretty well for me and I don't get overly hungry as long as I am conscious of eating something every 3 hours or so.

My favorite shake is probably the Coco-Mint! Least favorite so far is the Strawberry Yogurt, but I haven't tried the Vanilla yet so I might like that even less, LOL! My favorite lunch entree is probably the Vegetarian Joe, but I also like the Spicy Cheese Pasta a lot. So far, I haven't been a big fan of the soups, but the Chicken Noodle is probably the tastiest of the three WonderSlim options. I'm not really into the desserts, so I have been substituting extra bars or entrees for them in my 2-week packs that I have been purchasing. The cereals and omelet are my go-to breakfast choices, I do not like the oatmeal or the pancakes at all.

I have started trying some of the snacks they offer on Diet Direct's website and so far my favorites have been:

WonderSlim Diet Cinna-Crunch 'n Chocolate
WonderSlim Protein Diet Chips (Especially the honey mustard...YUM!)
BariWise Protein Potato Chips (All Flavors--particularly Pizza & Salt and Vinegar)
Bariwise Fat-Free Biscotti (Almond Chocolate Chip is my favorite so far and they are great dipped in one of Diet Direct's diet hot drinks)

I have tried some of the candy options as well, but they are so addictive and i tend to over-indulge so I really should not be buying them frequently, LOL!

ProtiDiet Sugar Free Chocolate Dream Protein Bar (YUM)
Chocolite Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars (YUM!)
Atkins Endulge Bar (I tried Chocolate Coconut and it was like a yummy, low-card Mounds bar)

I also have found an AWESOME type of protein snack/candy that I LOVE! They are called OH YEAH! Protein Wafers--you can get them online at Amazon or Vitamin Shoppe and they are YUMMY! 220 calories for 2 but only 8g. of cars and low sugar. Try them! I particularly like the Vanilla & Peanut Butter Cup, but again they are so yummy you will just want more!!

Hope this helps some people that are new to the plan and looking to try out some new snacks!!!

01-17-2012, 11:31 AM
I have to disagree with you on Coach Cal. I think I speak for most of the KY fans, we love him! I haven't heard him say anything derogatory about another teams players...I wouldn't like that either...what I usually hear him say is any other team can beat UK if our players don't play their best! :-) We've gone from NIT under Gillespie to Final 4 last year with Coach Cal...what's not to like! :-)

Welcome to the new posters! Other than basketball rivals :-) we're a pretty friendly bunch and I think are very supportive of each others weight loss attempts.

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. Getting ready to travel at the end of the week, stress with packing and the work ahead. I ate an apple, then on to some home fried potatoes at dinner. Bummer! I can actually count on the fingers of one hand the times I've completely blown the diet since November, but yesterday was one of those days. Woke up this morning and the first thing that crossed my mind was the country song "wasted." I wasted yesterday and don't want to waste any more days on my long road to my ideal weight.
Funny, too, usually when I have a bad day, I can add 5 or 10 miles to my exercise bike routine and feel better about it. Last night I truly had to "gut out" the daily 10 miles. Felt like it would never end.
Here's to a better day, and to getting my mind back in this weight loss program! I hate to exercise in hotel gyms, and know I have to this week. I also hate to try to "adjust" my food while traveling. End up paying $14 for a wilted romaine salad with 6 little shrimp, or $9.00 for a tomato, 4 olives and 2 basil leaves. (Honestly, both happened within the past couple of months!)
Would appreciate any tips on staying on plan and eating out.

01-17-2012, 12:01 PM
Welcome, Ash! Thanks for posting your product preference; I am sending back about ten boxes to DietDirect to exchange and your post was helpful.

Exercise-I am struggling in that area. I was doing Power 90 before I started WS but now I don't have the energy to last through the first 10 minutes of the program! I think I am going to hop on the tread mill every day instead.

REKP, don't worry about the slip; it's bound to happen. What you do the day after is what matters. I can appreciate your struggles will traveling. I am facing that dilemma as well. I will have to go out of town myself next week for around 6 days. I am trying to figure out how to do it successfully....I think I am going to pack my own salad dressing as well as those bags of pre-washed salad mixes and pre-cooked chicken strips in a cooler for my lean and greens. It is not for work, but for and with family so I am sure I will not encounter as many challenges as you will. Good Luck!

Have a great day/night all!

01-17-2012, 12:19 PM
REKP, that's what I like to hear about your coach. I had a feeling he might change a bit by being KY's least I had hoped. That's not saying much for the atmosphere he "came from"... I thought the tolerance there for dissing others was much more lenient. (Hey, we had the same with that football guy...Lane...he didn't last long in the SEC with his bad-mouthing either. It's one of the things I like best about the SEC. We're all UT until we're out and then we support any other SEC teams still in the mix...regardless!)

As for eating out, my suggestion is to always go for the fish if you can tolerate fish at all. The reason I opt for that is because it is tasty without adding extra sauces, etc. I generally get anything they add to it put on the side so I can decide on its value to me. Depends on my calories for the day as to whether I indulge. Lately I even get my dressing for my salad on the side so I could try the "experiment" of dipping your bite of salad into the dressing. I wouldn't have believed it possible but I really did have dressing left in the little cup after eating the salad!

Ash, I really like those cinna 'n chocolate snacks, too, but I haven't tried the salt & vinegar chips. Thought about it because I do like that flavor but I have so much problem with fluid retention that I didn't order them. I may add a pack to my next order just to have something different to enjoy during the Super Bowl. I try to have different snacks for the game that day so I'll treat myself, too. Glad you're jumping back in to the chat here. Look forward to hearing more from you.

Fattyfat fat, gosh, it's hard to type that name for you! Glad you decided to share your journey with us. You give me hope that I can adjust to this without the packaged food when the time is right. I just really like the convenience and non-thinking that goes with it during this phase. Plus, it is satisfying which is such a novelty for me while on any kind of diet. I really envy you for sticking to your exercise routine. That's what I have got to change big time. Hope you continue to hang out here and chat with us!

ExTex, sound like you're doing great! Hate to mention this but drink more water if you're still hungry at 7 or even have another shake or bar. I finally realized that I needed something else so I could sleep better. Last night was more restful, thankfully. I think I was suppressing the hunger and just couldn't go to sleep with my stomach that empty. I ate a bar but tonight I think I'll try a shake instead. My days and nights are backwards again and I don't think I was getting in enough calories while awake...if that makes any sense.

HelloDiet, I saw those entrees you mentioned during a commercial recently and wondered about them. They sounded pretty good...are they tasty? I like quick and easy when I'm fixing my lean and green and if I can get it that way, all the better. The only drawback for me is the sodium sometimes but I'm not having the charleyhorses like I was at first. I think I went overboard trying to avoid sodium at first but I'd just had that scare with the feet and legs swelling, etc. Everything seems to be such a fine balance.

Are any of the rest of you taking the vitamins with your WS? I'm taking the vitamins and the amino acid (Omega thingeys) they suggested and just noticed yesterday that my fingernails seemed stronger than normal. Mine usually break and peel so easily that I'm tickled...guess my body likes the vitamins. I've never been one (in my life) to stick to vitamins so this diet is bound to be helping my bloodwork in more ways than one. I have bloodwork scheduled for March which will be three months after I started this so I am eager to see the results. I normally detest bloodwork but for once I am excited to see what these last three months will reveal.

Shero, just realized I hadn't spoken to you! Hope your day is going well. I look forward to hearing from you in your next post!

Hope everyone has a good day. I finally feel rested enough to (hopefully) get some things accomplished today.

01-17-2012, 09:18 PM
Hi all-

Hope those in the states that arent getting the snow are enjoying it. Here in Michigan we are being to remember what winter is like. It was raining this am when I went to work and snowing by noon. The roads were icy when I left. Probably got 3-4 inches at least between noon and five.

I am having a hard time this week-I dont even want to say how hard I fell. Today especially since everyone at work (but me) ordered Pizza Hut pizza at work. Yes-I had one piece and a tuna sandwich. I didnt take my smoothie so I bought the tuna from the vending machine. That was to try to get through the pizza thing. Didnt work.

Supper was a mess too. I need to go grocery shopping so I have alternatives to this type of situation. It will be interesting to see my calorie count today. Maybe it wont be as bad as I think.

On a positive note- day 17 without any regular pop. That is so excellent for me.

So when an infant falls they may cry a little but they get right up and walk again.

Hope all is well. Gotta get those calories added up. Yuk-but I'm going to do it.

Have a great evening all-Glad to see some people posting that I havent seen before.

01-18-2012, 12:29 AM
Have a great evening all-Glad to see some people posting that I havent seen before.

OK, I'm going to pop in then too. I've been lurking for a couple days.

I started Medifast 1/10 and weighed in this morning to see a 10 pound loss. Like a lot of you, I am an emotional eater. It seems like a protein high diet has eliminated some of the cravings for me (because I'm sure as stressed as ever before!)

Glad I found you guys. I've already taken advantage of the diet direct tip. ;)

01-18-2012, 09:22 AM
Toy and ExTex: Thanks for the tips for eating out while traveling. I do like fish, what a good idea for the sauce on the side. I've never done that, although I do order salad dressing on the side.

Yesterday was a lot better for me. I was determined NOT to repeat Monday
Even the exercise bike was easier last night.

Shero, How much snow do you have? We had about 1/2 to 1 inch here last week, it paralyzes the county! Schools out, businesses close "due to weather" hehe..I will be the first to admit I can't drive in snow. Apparently nobody else can either with the number of accidents reported that morning.

Welcome to our new poster! Thanks for joining us.

Off to Big Lots this morning for a supply of the BBQ soy chips.

Hope everyone has a great, on plan, day.

01-18-2012, 12:37 PM
Hello all and welcome new posters. :)

Yesterday was tough. I broke down and pigged out on popcorn and not the safe air popped kind either. The on the stove with a lot of oil kind. And hot chocolate with Kahlua mixed in. And a leftover chocolate Santa. The scariest thing was not the food that I ate but rather the manner in which I ate it. Just mindless, compulsive eating. I feel horrible today. I could barely get out of bed. So back on plan today. I am viewing it as a lesson that my body doesn't want that crap instead of beating myself up.

Rose, I went to Big Lots; they didn't have the BBQ soy chips though they did have some Nutri System food. Darn! ;)

We haven't had much snow this season, perhaps two inches. I can't say I mind though...I am a lousy driver in the snow!

Another day...another shake!

01-18-2012, 12:40 PM

Ten pounds lost in nine days? Wow, that is incredible. What does your day on plan look like?

01-18-2012, 02:36 PM

I am on my 4th day with Wonderslim. In the last couple of years I have packed on another 40 lbs. My husband retired & I started eating 3 meals a day. I had a knee replacement and lost about 20 of the new fat :dizzy: but now need the other knee done & have been running a fever for over 3 months with lots of medical tests which have revealed asthma & 2 spots on one lung. Dr wants to wait another 7 weeks to do a second cat scan seeing if either spot has grown. He said, "Sometimes if we don't mess with these things, they won't mess with you." I kind of agree.

My husband was a truck driver all over the country so I was almost always completely alone. I ate things like a pkg of two Hostess cupcakes for a meal or use a package of cookies for 2 days of eating, with no protein, no fruits or vegies - like a 6 year old who's parents aren't around. Now I am paying for it with an almost non-existant immune sytem & the weight has caused my spine to have severe problems, etc etc So I can't stand up for more than a few (very few) minutes at a time. I'm 58.

I can't believe I did those things as I'm typing! I know that besides my self-image, my spine and joints would hurt a lot less with less weight to lug around. I did the first day of Wonderslim with 5 shakes and a lettuce & brocolli salad with 2 tsps of Ranch dressing. I had lost 2 lbs the next morning.

Argued with husband & daughter the second day & had 5 shakes along with a fried chicken breast and multi tablespoons of chunky peanut butter. Surprisingly I was only 1 lb up the next morning. (204)

Good again yesterday except instead of a salad I ate 2 hot dogs (no bread) dipping them in mustard. Up 1 lb this morning to my beginning weight. (205)

Going to try again today. I've had one shake and the bar Wonderslim put in as a free sample. I'm hoping to have just shakes and a salad this evening.

Thank you SO much for reading this. We just moved into this small town so I could be closer to my grandchildren & then I got sick a month later, so I rarely see them or my daughter. I need friends so badly! Thanks again!!!

01-18-2012, 02:53 PM
Welcome, Shasta! Woo Hoo on the weight loss! You are doing fantastic and we're so glad you decided to join in our chat. It helps, I think, to have others to chat with along the way. In my case, it's keeping a marriage husband was getting more than bored with my singular topic of conversation. Being retired does have some drawbacks as in less time to converse with friends about the day-to-day events. This board helps a great deal.

Shero, wish we had snow...well, just a dusting, maybe...instead we dropped nearly 50 degrees over the day yesterday and went from a balmy (though windy) 70 to a frigid mid-20's. Such a drastic change, of course, brought concern about thunderstorms and tornados. The weather didn't use to scare me but having had our house hit by a tornado changed that...and now I cringe and slightly panic. We were only roof damaged as the tornado started descending at the house on our right but as it progressed down our street, it got worse and the second and third house to our left were totally destroyed. It was a surreal time in our neighborhood for days and weeks. Luckily no one was injured.

I'm still snuggling under the covers even though it is past time to be up and about. Not even going to try to do a roll call, shout-out this morning since I don't think my brain has even engaged yet. Just a quick wish that everyone has a good day today and any slip-ups are minor. I think all of us are changing our views and habits. I know I used to use a slip-up as a springboard for more cheating. Now, I seem to be better able to put it in perspective and get back on track. I think that's one of the missing puzzle pieces I had to find. Messing up doesn't have to mean I've given up...wonder why I'm just now learning that???

Have a good day, everyone!

01-18-2012, 06:03 PM
I'm so glad you joined us. Wonder Slim is an effective program, and I'm sure you will find it easier to make good choices as you get into the program more. We all slip, we all pick ourselves up and dust off and start again.
Sorry to hear about your health problems. I'll be in prayer that they will lessen or disappear as you journey along with us. When you feel bad, it's really hard to get your mind around dieting.
Again, glad you're here!

01-18-2012, 06:25 PM

Thank you so much for answering. Feeling really crummy (sickness) now but I just couldn't go lie down. I had to keep checking this site over & over to see if anyone wrote back to me. I know - pretty pathetic!! My husband's family owns a ranch, so when he was driving I was literally Alone on a big South Dakota prairie.

I was planning on picking my grandkids up & or going over there & playing board games, UNO or whatever but just can't stay up too long at a time. I've been watching a lot of Everybody Loves Raymond & I'm pretty sure I see myself in the mother! haha No wonder they don't come over!

I lost 4 inches in the last year as I put on the additional weight - literally the straw that broke MY back! Now I am 5' 1 1/2" & started at 5' 5 1/2" - it's obvious that the extra 75 lbs are very hard on my joints & spine. I could make myself do things with this low grade fever but the pain of my back & knee prevent that. Learn from me & lose it now!! :) Thanks again for answering. I am thinking that I will really need to keep track of calories because I'm sure an almost totally sedentary person uses a LOT less calories. My husband is actually a dear and has been making shakes, etc for me. Thank you again for writing back!! :carrot:

01-18-2012, 07:36 PM
ExTex: Bummer that they didn't have the soy chips at your Big Lots. I went back this morning and almost cleaned ours out :-) I found some Nacho Cheese flavored ones as well. They have 110 calories and I think 11 G protein.

Just a funny. I was loading my cart (did buy 30 packages) and a little white haired lady was on my elbow. She said "You must like those!" I told her about the protein diet and that the chips fit the profile for a snack. She said what do they have in them? So we read the complete label together. She then decided she couldn't have them because they were processed in a plant that processes wheat food. :-) Got to the checkout and got the same comment from the cashier. Once again, went through the nutritional advantages and the diet. As I left she was headed for the display to check it out. I told my husband I felt like I should be a paid spokesperson for the high protein diet.

Violet: So sorry you're in so much pain. I know you offer good advice to get the weight off now. I'm in hopes by July 4 year I'll be half of my former self, and know I will be avoiding some weight related health problems.
I've always enjoyed going through South Dakota. Beautiful scenery!
Isn't it great to have a supportive husband? Mine is a good guy as well, but I have to admit, he is starting to glaze over when I talk about this diet.

Toy: Hope you have had a great day. Do you have an IPAD that you work on in bed? I've tried it with my laptop, but seem to strangle myself with the cords. :-)

I've had a good, on plan day. Dreading travel for the rest of the week, but need to get it over with. Hopefully it will be my last road trip for a while.
Have a good rest of the week if I don't post again, I'll be back as soon as we get back home.

01-18-2012, 09:19 PM
Shasta and Violets-welcome to Wonderslim.

I must say I am becoming co-dependent on this site. So I too am finding myself here over Facebook. Better this site than food for emotional support. My hope is that we all become friends.

As I said yesterday-I am struggling with food. This is why I wanted to do just the shakes for a few weeks. I figured if pre-surgery patients (stomach) why cant I. My problem this week is getting my shakes in. Why? I dont have the answer. I had the bari Wise chocolate shake this am. It is compared to two Wonderslim shakes.

Work is the problem area-that stupid vending machine. I had my Berry smoothie (WS) with me but instead I opted for the vending machine. This is what I had-a tuna salad sandwhich (200 cal and 10 grams of fat). I had a half cup of Dindy Moore Stew. Dont know the calories but will later. Guess what I am still hungry. Money in the pocket. So I get a salad. Low calorie but this is where I claim victory.........A packet of Reg Ranch dressing. When I first read this 3 Fat Chicks I read to stay away from white sauces-and Ranch dressing. I looked at the label and there was 21 grams of fat. I found someone to take it but I am so thankful I read the label before I used it. I have been known to read a label after I have ate it. LOL

Yesterday I added my calories on the Kindle Fire and was surprised to see that I did not have as many as I thought. But I want more for myself-I want to see results.

As I have read post on this site I have realized that we all have something in common. There are so many factors and so many things to change. If I could count the number of times I have lost weight only to gain it back.....Why????????? Well to be honest I come from an obese family on my mothers side. My mother always showed love through food. Food is more than nutrition to me-it is emotional comfort. I eat fast. I have all the bad habits of an overeater. Ugghh-so much to change.

Life is not all hum drum though-I got on the treadmill today. Kudos for me.

Michigan has had a great winter with the exception of the last 10 days. Currently it depends on where you are in the state. I live about 15 miles (guess) from Lake Michigan. Where I work is about 5 miles from the lake north of here. We probably have 7 inches on the ground at work and 3-4 here at home. The snow has been falling melting and then melting again. We are supposed to get 3-4 inches overnight. I like snow usually. I am getting to regret driving the older I get but I still like the challenge. I wanted snow so bad for Christmas but all we got was a dusting of it.

I need to go to big Lots here and see what I can find. Sounds exciting-I love to find deals.

Sorry to hear of all the medical problems. Violets-you lost 4 inches of your height? Please explain more. Have your disks in your back collapsed?

I spell good if I have to. LOL

Have a great night girls.

Fatty-Fat-we need to add something to your name like Fabulous FF. Fatty-Fat sounds so negative.

Toy where do you live?

01-19-2012, 01:16 AM

Ten pounds lost in nine days? Wow, that is incredible. What does your day on plan look like?

I was shocked myself! Had to tighten my bra straps today (cuz that's where I need to lose weigh from, right? :D).

I bought a couple of lots off ebay so I could try some different items and have been doing the 5 meals a day plus the lean and green. I have been doing a shake for breakfast, mid morning snack bar, soup for lunch, afternoon bar, lean and green dinner (turkey burger w/mustard and sautťed mushrooms with a cucumber or broiled chicken breast and salad), and then soft serve.

I just got my diet direct order and attempted the pizza for lunch today and couldn't stomach it. Big thumbs down on that one.

I find that I'm not hungry at all and as long as I keep myself occupied I'm not tempted to stray. I printed out the journal checklist and keeping myself accountable helps. Think I need to drink more water though. And I know I screwed up today because I grabbed a handful of goldfish from my kid's plate without even thinking. Hopefully the 20 minutes on the treadmill will offset that!

Shero, I'm heading to Michigan this summer for a cruise. We will be going through Holland, Beaver Island, Sault Ste Marie, and Mackinac Island. Any local pointers?

REKP, just saw your Big Lots post. Will have to check ours out tomorrow!

01-19-2012, 02:18 AM
Thank you all for welcoming me!! When I read over your posts, I laugh at how similar I am with your slip ups/"stinking thinking" and drool reading about your lean & green meals. Especially the turkey burger with mustard & sauted mushrooms!
I was shocked myself and very scared feeling when I was told 8 months ago that I was 5' 3". I said, "No, that's wrong - I've always been 5' 5 1/2". So the nurse put me on another scale. Same height. My back was hurting but it was off and on and I'd just sit down if I needed to. Then 2 months ago, I was 5' 1 1/2". It felt scarey & unbelievable. What was happening? It was like the rug being pulled out from under me. My doctor (who might need a bedside manner lesson) said, "This is the worst MRI (of my back) I've ever seen." Thanks!! LOL Actually, I like the way he is straight up about things. I had one crushed disk, a few that had collasped and a few have fused together & the good ones are just bulging. The damage report was 2 pages long! Neurologist said he could fuse my back & put a rod in it. Two brothers (6 of us altogether) have had that done & they both said, "Don't do it." They said they hurt more now than they did before. This is probably partly genetic although those 2 brothers are the heaviest of all of us, so.. I think I will keep my ears open because my knee replacement was miraculous & it wasn't like I was screaming in pain in the hospital. There are a lot of new drugs - you can stand it.
I want to lose weight as quickly as possible because I think the pain will let up some. I hurt more carrying a gallon of water than I do not carrying it, so weight loss should help, I hope. That's why I went for a liquid diet. I stuck to the plan today with only 5 shakes and light popcorn - says its 60 calories. I didn't have the green & lean. Too desperate for pain relief. Pain is a great motivator! :)
Good-night and may we all have an on-plan day tomorrow.
ps Think of me if you see Everybody Loves Raymond's mom... :)

01-19-2012, 08:37 AM
Good morning all!

It is so wonderful to see everyone posting! Welcome Violet! Thank you for sharing and I, too, will keep you in my prayers.

There is so many people I want to write back to but I only have a few moments before I have to take my son to school so if I miss you, I am sorry.

Shasta, thanks for sharing your meal plan! Sounds like we're doing the same program except I am using Wonderslim products instead of Medifast. I journal my meals as well as the calorie count. Helps keeps me honest.

Rose, that's funny! You are a spokesperson! Now if we can only get you paid for your good work.....;)

Cravings.....we all seem to have them. Wouldn't it be nice if we craved our shakes? lol

I'm like you , Toy. I usually beat my self up for slipping off the plan and use that as an excuse to cheat all the next day. Surprisingly, I didn't do that this time. Yesterday went fairly well and I weighed myself this morning and I have lost 4 lbs. Not too shabby. My husband scolded me for wanting a higher number....."it took you six months to gain the weight, you can't expect it to come off in ONE month." He's right. He's a doll.

Both my husband and 12 year old boy are very supportive. I feel lucky for that. The other day while I was eating my chocolate and popcorn, my son kept looking at me then put his hand on my arm and said, " Mommy, aren't you dieting?" I said yes, but I kinda slipped. "Oh. That's okay! There's always tomorrow." Then he gave me a hug and snuggled up to share my popcorn while we watched T.V. He is a great boy.

I'm off to nag said boy to brush his teeth!!!

Good day for all of us!~Jady

01-19-2012, 07:53 PM
The big test_

I went out with my mother to lunch today and brought my spicy pasta with me in a thermos. The waitress did raise an eyebrow but didn't say anything. lol I bought tea and happily stayed on plan. It wasn't so bad!! :)

I am making pork roast for dinner tonight with potatoes and carrots for the guys. I plan on just eating the pork with a salad. I can't remember which of you posted that they still cook for their families. I feel the same way....I just modify the meals a bit to suit all of us.

Hope everyone had a great day!

(Shero, I am dependent on this site too! Would rather check in with y'all then get on FB :) )

01-19-2012, 09:01 PM
Hi all-good going for all of you. I have had an ok day. Seems like this week 3 is hard. At least I can say I am on week three.

Wow thank you for the big lots hint. They had so much Nutrislim food. Lots of soups. So now when I am at work and struggling I can have one of them. They even had some meals. I am excited.

Violets-my husband had a slipped disk and was scheduled for surgery then two days before the surgery he was outside shoveling and I was like what are you doing----he said trying to get the pain back. I am not sure but the pain in is leg was gone. A miracle. He still has some back pain because he is a Automotive Tech (fancy title for mechanic). But not close to the pain he felt before -he had bad sciatica.

Shasta-those are great places for the cruise. The UP is beautiful. Michigan has caught a bad rap in the past. But I am a true Michigander. We have all the lakes and they are awesome. Just be careful swimming in them because they can be deadly. Shasta where do you stop at on the cruise?

I find that I lose weight the last place I gain it. Hope you all have a great evening.

01-19-2012, 10:01 PM
I lose weight from the head down.....and I really need to lose it in the waist down so I can get back into my clothes!!! lol

Shero, so glad you found easy to pack options to take to work. I can only imagine how hard it is to stay on plan when away from the home. I am a lot like you. I have family members who struggle with obesity, one even had gastric bypass. Food has more of an emotional pull for me than anything else. It's a hard habit to break. We'll do it. We have to find our triggers as well as find safe replacement foods. For me, it was staying away from carbs like breads, rice and pasta and my safe food was homemade chicken soup with tons of veggies. Soup has always been a comfort food in my family. My grandmother would always have a pot on the stove when we traveled to her house over the holidays from Texas to Pennsylvania.

Until I had surgery in June, I was able to keep the 90 lbs off that I lost 8 years ago. You can do it. I can do it again. I think WonderSlim helps curb those cravings for sugar and carbs. I don't is only the beginning of week 2 for me and though I slipped, I feel like my tastes are changing. I had a diet soda the other day and had to throw it away. It was just too sweet. I think this program will really help all of us.


01-19-2012, 10:04 PM
Can I just say Direct Diet is amazingly fast?!

I sent back a package for exchange on Tuesday from here in MO, it arrived at Direct Diet today and they have already filled the order and sent back it back out. I should get it Saturday. Incredible service.

Has anyone tried the WS cheddar or honey mustard "chips?"

01-20-2012, 05:10 AM
Violets, first off a big virtual hug (being careful of your back) and a huge welcome! You are definitely among friends here. I haven't been on since you first posted except that post that appears to be right after yours. That day when I posted, it wasn't there! It took forever for my post to "take" and I wonder now if it was because it was processing yours before mine or something. Regardless, I got so tired waiting for the process to finish that I figured it wasn't going to post and hit escape or something to get me out of the loop. Not sure whether it was the site or my computer company but I was having trouble with several programs "running" and going nowhere that day.

Anyway, life got in the way and I haven't been back on since so I'm so glad to meet you! I don't have anything near like what you do but just a day or two of back pain can make me collapse in near tears. I am lucky because mine involves a back spasm (taut muscle) that will relax if I can get deep enough asleep. My "life" that's gotten in the way the last two days is gout. Oh, the near tears become real...I hadn't had too bad an incident in the last year and a half until 2 nights ago when I couldn't even sleep for the pain. Late yesterday I began to feel a bit better but the stabbing pain in my toes and feet sometimes attacks with no warning whatsoever. Nearly 60 and I sit on the edge of the bed dreading having to get up to go to the bathroom. It hurts so much to be on my feet when I'm having an "attack" of this. Didn't sleep at all for nearly a day and a half and then slept nearly all day yesterday. Needless to say, my days and nights are even more reversed than before.

It's all played crazy with my diet, too, but in a strange way. Suddenly my body isn't even aware of day or night and I'm not eating correctly at all but it's a case of not getting enough calories and nutrition. I am getting "scared" (not really scared but can't think of a better's like very early morning here and my eyes are wide open but my brain is asleep)...anyway, getting worried that I'm not losing like I'd hoped this month. My husband thinks I'm crazy for thinking that way but I don't feel lighter...not at all. I also don't feel the energy "rush" I get after getting my food straightened out...that's why I'm concerned that I'm not eating enough. I think my metabolism has finally completely blown a fuse or something!

Didn't realized I have invited you all to a pity party! I think it's a bit of the after effects of another gout attack. I am so puzzled because I haven't been eating "rich" foods, etc. which are supposedly the culprit of those attacks. Truth be known, guess I'm a bit depressed over feeling so yucky. January has always traditionally been a dull month for me and not feeling well just adds to the mix. My house is so needing my attention and I am so not feeling like attending to it. I have housekeepers who come every two weeks to do the heavy stuff and I've cancelled them this week because the house hasn't improved since the last time they were here and I'm embarrassed.

Early morning confessions, etc. We do have to run errands this and taking our Yorkie to the groomer's. It's her spa day (as I call it). It's the one day I allow myself to cheat a bit as I get an egg McMuffin at McDonald's. It's sort of a tradition that we've been doing for three years except I used to get much more. (Believe it or not...this one has country ham and biscuits, too...not on the menu but you can order it...ONLY McDonald's we have ever discovered that does this and that's what my husband will get. Of course, he can tolerate the calories and salt, etc. all 6-feet, less than 150 pounds of him! He needs most of the weight I need to lose but cannot gain because of health issues.)

Shero, we live in TN...the western part of the state...farming part. Beautiful state regardless of what part but we love going to the Smokies in the autumn or spring. When we were younger, we'd do football weekends in Knoxville and enjoy the autumn foliage with couples from college. It's so crowded now that a 2-mile loop though some of the beautiful country can take 5-7 hours in bumper to bumper traffic so we haven't done our favorite spots in a few years. I think we will again now that we're retired and can plan a middle week trip sometimes.

Can't remember if I've mentioned one of my favorite lean and greens...a spinach and grilled chicken salad from Subway. It's filling and different...course you can add your choice of other veggies. Their fat free ranch is only 60 calories for a packet...I think the salad is 130 but don't hold me to that as I'm not sure I'm remembering correctly. Anyway, it's delish!

Well, I'm finally getting sleepy again so forgive me for not chatting more personally to each of you. (Forgot who asked but I keep a laptop by my bed so when I have sleepless nights...or days...LOL...I can reach over and surf.) I've also discovered the Netflix site and joined it so I can watch old movies (not b&w old...but 60's, etc.) and tv shows I've missed over the years. I'm really enjoying it immensely but it may be a contributing factor to my ever changing sleep problem...LOL

I hope all of you have a great day. I think of each of you almost every day. It seems to help knowing that there are others shaking and chugging...LOL

Back to dreamland now but I'll try to get back online again tonight. My day seems to be missing something when I don't chat with you all.

01-20-2012, 12:17 PM
Does anyone know of a good oatmeal we can have? I tried the Medifast one today and it was gross even with a Truvia and spray butter.

Has anyone returned anything to Dietdirect? I want to either send the pizza back or put it up on ebay - whichever is easier.

Thanks for the Michigan info Shero. It's a work cruise but I'm so looking forward to a week without children. :dizzy: I don't think I can link. It's the Magical Lake Michigan cruise from Blount Small Ship Adventures.

Still haven't made it to Big Lots. Might have to go today and stop at Subway. :D

01-20-2012, 01:16 PM

I returned 10 boxes to Diet Direct just Tuesday; they received it Thursday, filled the order and sent back out the same day. It should arrive tomorrow. It was very easy.

I am not a fan of oatmeal, diet or not so I can't advise you there. Sorry.

01-20-2012, 01:46 PM
Just a quick note:

For those of you who have an IPhone, there's an app called track3. It was designed for diabetics and it has a great calories/carb log. It lets you set your Daily nutrition goals, has a pretty good search engine for calorie counts and also allows you to customize your own food calorie counts. It's really helped me.

(It also has a Restaurant Search....I looked up Subway and you're right, Toy, the grilled chicken breast sald has 130 calories, 9 carbs and 20 g of protein. Awesome!)

01-20-2012, 02:19 PM
Thanks ExTex. I guess I will send the pizza back instead of ebaying it. (Ha, autocorrect changed "ebaying" to "obeying.")

I just got back from Big Lots and did not find any soy chips. They did have a huge Nutrisystem section and I picked up a poundcake for $1. I saw some Quaker bars and bites that I had never seen in the market before. They're called Stila and come in parallelogram boxes. The bites have 80 calories and 1.5 gram of fat. Seems like a good sub if you need something crunchy.

All their Christmas stuff was 90% off too so the trip was totally worth it! :D

01-21-2012, 12:07 AM
Gained two lbs back-so today is not good. Frustrated and need encouragement.

01-21-2012, 09:22 AM
Hi Shero:
Just took a quick look at the board and saw your note. You are disappointed with your weight loss this week, but keep in mind, it's only the loss of a skirmish...not the war! We can do this. I read enough posts on the boards to see that others have lost a tremendous amount of weight on this diet. We can too! Look over your last week, calories and exercise. If all the numbers indicate you should have lost, then it has to be the result of fluid or hormones that caused the weight gain. (Those seem to be the biggest wild cards.) Even on Biggest Loser, where they work out 5 hours a day, they occasionally stay the same or lose 1 pound after the week.
You can do it!!! We all can do it! We just have to stay in the game!

Toy: Bless your heart! You are having a siege of medical problems! Will keep you in my prayers along with Violets, that the pain won't derail your efforts.
Don't you hate doubt? I have no doubts whatsoever that you will have lost a lot with only once a month trips to the scale. I'm probably as eager to see you post that loss as you are. You're one tough cookie to be able to resist the siren song of the scale for that long! I would have to put mine under lock and key, and lose the key to go a month without it calling me.

Travel is not horrible this time, but I'm so very thankful that it will be the last road trip for a few months. I love, love, love, working at home. So much more comfortable than hotels, and hotel gyms. My exercise bike routine has suffered this week, but I'll catch it up when I get a chance at home.

ExTex: When we're home I cook for my husband. I've found that if I do cook ahead meals on days when I'm not hungry, at all, all I have to do is defrost something and heat it up for him for dinner.
Your son sounds precious! Encouragement is great, especially when it comes from someone you love.

01-21-2012, 11:09 AM
Hang in there, Shero! I know its hard to see that scale move the wrong direction but I agree with Rose; it could be anything. If the weight gain is because you fell off plan, that's okay too. Just get back on today and make the necessary adjustments to your eating plan so it's a bit easier for you to stay on plan. Maybe you need to eat more of the meal replacements instead of the shakes. It really will be okay :) This plan works and we can all do it!

Rose, glad to hear your road trip is working out! I am doing the same for my family; I cook a little more on the days that I do cook and put the extras in the freezer for days when I am not up to the challenge of throwing a meal together. Thanks for the compliment; I just adore my little guy! We are very close; I raised him by myself since he was a newborn until last March when I remarried. I always wished I had more children but it wasn't meant to be. My ex husband left us when JP was three months old and I couldn't even think about dating for many many years, much less give another man a child....I married very badly the first time, I could write book of horror stories! lol Anyway, I'm thankful for what I have.

Toy, I am so sorry for your aches and pains. I really hope you're able to get your sleep cycle back on track and that you feel better soon.

Violet, how are you? :0)

Shasta, Thanks for the tidbit about the snacks at Big Lots. I picked up some Christmas decorations too! Though they were only 75% off when I went a few days ago. I love a bargain!!

HelloDiet? How are you doing? Haven't see you or FFF in a while....

Have a great weekend every one!

01-21-2012, 04:57 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry I have been off this site for a couple of days. Sometimes I feel too bad physically to get on & sometimes I feel too bad emotionally to get on! I think January is a hard month in general.

Right now I'm avoiding getting on FB after a little back and forth with my grown daughter. We moved to a little SD town (1,200 people) because their family lives here. She & her husband have 3 kids, 2 from him and 1 that came before she was married or had met him. Her oldest son is now 13 & has a lot of emotional problems. I kept him for most of his first 2 years so of course I did get very close to him. It was hard on her to be a single parent & the resentment toward him showed. So yesterday I ended with "If only Cody was Tim's biological son, his whole life would be different." And then I haven't been back on Facebook!! He sees a counselor once a week. My daughter probably figured it was easier to schedule it (after 2 years of me saying he needs to see someone) than listen to me. I can get really tangled up in my mind about this. I can't think of anything that could *get me* the way this does. Yesterday I found out that she hasn't had time to place the order for something he wanted to spend the money I gave for his birthday Oct 5. He said he kept the page up on the computer but... So I lost my mind which helps all of us S O much... We don't have cookies or even granola type bars because I haven't developed the willpower to have them around. Back to the peanut butter jar. Now that I look back, I can remember typing that on FB, clicking the computer off and stomping to the kitchen cabinet. I now weight 203 today & started 5 days ago I think at 205.

Well, I'm sorry - I should probably write or type a journal type thing everyday before I write anything public...

I did want to ask about something though. I see that some or a few of you have switched from a liquid diet to more of an Atkins type diet (which has worked almost unbelievably well for me in the past-plus it seems to relieve inflammation for some reason (arthritis.) I wanted to ask what made you make that decision. I bought a lot of shakes because *the plan* was to drink shakes exclusively & lose 20 lbs a month or whatever the highest amount I saw on youtube was. :) Of course, Atkins/low carb wouldn't work either with 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter thrown in. As I keep track of calories (even peanut butter, which was more than the shakes total yesterday) it looks like I need to stay at about 800 a day to lose. (I can barely walk from spinal disinigration (best way I can think to describe it and arthritis damage.) You don't need or use very many calories if your biggest exertion is walking to the peanut butter cabinet when your husband is in the bathroom!! He doesn't get on me but the one time he walked in on me I felt so ashamed. So mostly sitting and lying down doesn't burn many calories.

I keep planning on looking up and printing sciatica stretches & bought a yoga mat & beginner's video. I also thought of looking up exercises you could do from a chair or sitting. Maybe typing this will help push me towards actually doing that!!

I saw that someone had typed that she didn't mean to invite us to a pity party and here I am giving the PROM of pity! Thank you for being on here, for caring and for sharing!! I wish everyone a Great week-end!

ps "I have housekeepers who come every two weeks to do the heavy stuff and I've cancelled them this week because the house hasn't improved since the last time they were here and I'm embarrassed." Oh, how I can relate!!! But the I'll buy something from the vending machine to help me not eat pizza, then I still ate pizza story - that is MY brain - couldn't believe someone else thought that way too!

01-21-2012, 05:09 PM
Sorry to do a double take but the solution to my daughter not having time to order my grandson's present for 3 1/2+ months just dawned on me. Triple Duh! I'll print up a pretty gift certificate myself and he can come over & I'll order it. Strange how that didn't occur to me until after I wrote it all out. Another good reason to journal.

01-21-2012, 10:24 PM
Violet, you sound like a wonderful caring Grandmother and I am sure your grandson appreciates and loves all that you do for him.

It's hard not to run to the peanut butter when we're upset. It's completely understandable. I am so sorry about your pain. Sounds like your idea of exercising in your chair is a good one. You have to start where you're at! :0)

Personally, I am following the Medifast diet while using WonderSlim products. Medifast recommends 5 meal replacements and one lean and green meal. I chose this route because I find that I am easily addicted to carbohydrates. I can not eat a normal portion of, lets say, pasta and get satisfied. I simply can not stop eating. It snowballs for me......I crave more and more food, I gain weight, I get depressed, I eat more because I am depressed, I gain weight, I get depressed, I nauseum.

So far the 5 and 1 plan works pretty well for me. Which is not to say I don't struggle or fall off plan. I think this is a program that will allow me to succeed.....and I will most likely incorporate some of the foods/shakes into my normal everyday life after I lose my weight.

I really do hope your pain subsides. Have a good night. :0)

01-21-2012, 10:31 PM

I carry a similar burden about some family members I have. What do you do when they can not see what they are doing to their children? I have learned that all I can do is pray for them and show them as much love as possible.

I get in such a Tizzy over it...........

01-21-2012, 10:36 PM
I'm with you, Shero and of course, Violets. Nothing is more upsetting than watching the children get hurt because of the stupidity of adults. I like your solution, Shero, prayer and love.

01-22-2012, 01:41 AM
The main lie I tell myself: "This is ok because starting tomorrow I'm going to do it right."

01-22-2012, 03:25 AM
Well, my solution lately has been to go to bed when I'm so hungry. I think my brain is beginning to confuse "tired" with "hungry" and I think it relates back to the emotional attachment I had to food as in it causing a numbing feeling. Realistically, I guess the food gave a quick spurt of energy which made me think I felt better or was less tired. In reality it just caused a surge which fizzled and then led to more overeating, etc. Ever feel like you were a hamster on a treadmill?

I am so messed up my sleep cycle with this approach that it's taking a bit of time to straighten out. Here it is not even 1 am and I'm wide-awake and ready to start the day. Here's where I get so messed up. If I get up and do something, then I'm tired and ready for bed again by the time the rest of the world is starting their day. If I lay here and toss and turn, I end up with a bruised feeling body and will eventually fall asleep only to oversleep the clock. Gosh, I hate to be on a schedule when I'm retired but I don't think I'm going to be as successful as I could be if I don't get a set routine down.

I keep telling myself that once I start the aqua-exercise, I will get into at least a "semi" normal routine but I keep postponing the sign-up which gets me nowhere...grrrr! This is good though because I am getting angry enough to fight back which helps neutralize my excuses, etc.
I think my failure to maintain a routine is what is causing my difficulties lately. I am hungry right now in the middle of the night but it's because I opted for bed over dinner...which also means I skipped my night meds...not a good option for my health, I know. Soooooooo...I think I'll put down the laptop and go raid the kitchen for a meal and then meds. Maybe then I can sleep until a normal time. I don't know. I'm playing this pretty much by ear because my internal clock is so crazy messed-up right now.

Shero, as the others said, don't let that slight gain stop your progress. It could be something as simple as fluid retention, etc. It's the reason I don't weigh often because my weight changes almost seems like it changes hourly. Plus, if you're exercising more, it could be muscle development which is a good thing overall because you will burn more calories in the long run.

Violets, the best gift you are giving your grandson is being there for him. It's a fine line grandparents have to walk sometimes to keep that door open for the grandchildren. If you have to "make nice" with your daughter to keep the peace for your grandson, I am confident you will because your unconditional love for him is what he needs. I think your idea for a gift certificate is a wonderful solution. He is lucky to have you in his life.

REKP, glad your work travel is easing up. I am very impressed with your work-out routine even when I moan about getting active and it's not even inconvenient! I need some of your dedication and resolve!

ExTex, I agree that you have a special son. Not many would even acknowledge their parents being on a diet much less be encouraging! He's a rarity for sure and what a good supportive fellow you are raising! He'll make some lucky girl a great husband some day because he notices and cares about what is going on in others' lives.

By the way, ExTex, I love those chips you were asking about. Honey mustard is good but surprisingly my favs are the cheddar but not because they remind me of cheddar...LOL There is something about them...can't decide if it's the texture or taste or what that remind me of pork rinds. They're a little bit on the thick/tough texture which takes longer to eat than the snacks that are shaped like cheerios. I like that they take longer for me to eat and they satisfy me much more then the other.

Shasta, wish I knew what to recommend on the oatmeal. I haven't tried WS's yet but I remember how much I disliked MF's. I haven't looked at the nutritional facts on grocery store oatmeals but you might do that. I think they have some that are lower in calories than the norm. I know I didn't like what I called "fake" oatmeal though.

FFF (love using this rather than the words...thanks, ExTex), how are you doing? Thinking about you and HelloDiet!

Anyone out there reading and lurking...jump in and chat. We're all in the same process of day-to-day combat. Sometimes it helps the most to chat when you're in a slump or had it together but it fell apart, you know? This is a real, life-long journey for me and I know if all the days are great, it just wouldn't be a realistic trip. I stumble, I falter but as long as I get back up and try again, I haven't failed. I'm plugging along even though I feel as though I haven't lost...grrr...I'm hoping the first of the month weigh-in will give me a bit of encouragement.

Have a great day, everyone! I'm off now to eat "supper" (LOL) at 1:30 in the morning! Duh...

01-22-2012, 06:06 AM
I hope it's ok for a guy to post here on 3FC because I haven't really been able to find a lot of discussion about this diet better than here! I haven't been around the forum much, but seems like a good community :^:

Anyway, I actually ordered the New Lifestyle Diet 2 week kit a couple days ago and it will be here on the 30th. I ordered it before ever knowing about Wonderslim and after doing some reading I think I will switch to WS after my 2 week NLD kit is done.

I have roughly 60-70 lbs to lose and am pretty much fed up with being uncomfortable in my clothes! I know ladies want to look good for their spouse and I would love to look good for my beautiful wife, make her proud to show me off, lol. Good luck to everyone, a lot of you are a great inspiration on what we can achieve if we stick to it :)

01-22-2012, 06:16 AM
Welcome, Speed of Sound!

I don't know anything about the New LifeStyle Diet but glad you joined us. We post under WonderSlim but I think a few of us are doing other things or a combination of things.

Anyway, the more the merrier! I think you're our first guy to speak up so I applaud your "bravery"...LOL Seriously, needing to lose weight is definitely not gender specific so you are more than welcome to chat with us here. The encouragement we get here by posting and reading is what keeps me focused some days.

I was just about to go back to sleep (after eating and watching a few catch-up shows that I missed...just love online episodes!) when I checked email and saw someone had posted. Of course, I just had to read and then couldn't resist responding.

Good luck on your journey!

01-22-2012, 06:27 AM
Thanks for the reply TOY! Indeed we all need the same motivation no matter the gender and nutrition applies to everyone pretty much equally. I'll admit I love internet forums and am a member of tons of different discussion boards for every topic I have interest in, but this is the first one that has sort of a female focus to it, lol. I did order the 2 week kit for Men though (I had to double check my order, heh.)

Wonderslim, New Lifestyle Diet......... they seem to be about the same thing. I know it won't be easy and I really like a quote I read a while back.

"Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Which hard do you want?"

01-22-2012, 12:44 PM
Welcome Speedofsound!

I had to pop over and research New Lifestyle Diet and it appears to be more like Medifast with meal replacements and one lean and green meal. Wonderslim allows for fruit and starches but really all three are very similar. :0)

I have read other threads on this site and we do seem to have more of a community than others. Yay, us!! I think we all realize losing weight is a bit easier if we do together. I am constantly jumping online to help keep myself focused.

Toy, the first few days of the plan I was putting myself to bed early when I was hungry, too! lol You'll get yourself back on schedule, :0) Thanks for letting me know about the soy chips. Sometimes I need a bit of a crunch and celery sticks don't always suffice.

Hey, Speed, when you get your package can you please post how you think the product tastes? Their introductory box is ridiculously inexpensive and their nutritional info seems to be the same as Wonderslim's. I love to save the green stuff.

And love your quote!!

01-22-2012, 12:56 PM
Got home in time for church this morning. What a blessing, both for the service, and feeling blessed to be home again. This week was not bad. Lots of eating out, but better choices than I made in my November travels. Toy: The tip about the fish and sauce on the side worked great. Not even any raised eyebrows when I ordered it that way.

Weigh in: I was down 2 pounds. I always hope for more, but considering that I ate several more salty protein snacks than I routinely do, I think it was a success.

Welcome to speedofsound. Love it when we get new people posting on the board. Also love the quote about which hard we choose.

Toy and Violets, hope you guys are having a day with less pain.

Toy: When I diet, I have problems sleeping as well. I really don't know the reason why. When I lost 100+ pounds in 2008 I went several months on 3-4 hours of sleep per night. I just woke up and was not able to go back to sleep. With that and work, it wore me down quickly! I tried Benadryl, which was a waste of good medication, still didn't sleep. Then tried Unisom. It works for me. I fall asleep soon after taking it, sleep for 7 hours then wake up ready for my day. I saw the same pattern of sleeplessness when I started this diet and started taking it right away.
(Disclamer...Always check with your doctor before taking any medication :-)
But it works for me. I read an article recently that said getting adequate sleep actually increases weight loss when dieting. Hope your sleep pattern stabilizes.

Violets: Peanut Butter is one of my trigger foods as well. I love the stuff, but when I start eating it, I had might as well get me a bowl and set down to overeat. I just don't stop until I've had too much.

Hope you all have a great (on plan) week!

Hi Shero and ExTex!

01-22-2012, 03:21 PM
Boy, REKP, I hope you're right about the sleep leveling out. I know that sleep is supposed to be an important part of dieting but I am getting a bit freaked out with my crazy sleeping schedule. I did mention it to my doctor during the last diet (just now realized this happened when I was on NutriSystem, too) and he suggested OTC melatonin or he said I could take the PM version of Excedrin or such. I don't want to get dependent on anything and he said neither would do that. I'll ask about the Unisom. I take so many different meds that I always ask before I add in anything. I'm always a bit scared of my meds interacting with something. One of my goals of this weight loss is to be able to get off some of these meds. Hopefully, I can eventually quit some of them although I doubt I'll get to quit the thyroid since it's non-functioning or my heart med but maybe the blood pressure and the diabetes meds. Pretty sure I'll still have to take the gout med, too. However, at this point, giving up any of them would be a stellar event for me! (I am thankful for the meds but I hate taking medicine...LOL)

Now, don't make me regret telling you about this product, Violets and REKP...LOL. Peanut butter is not a trigger for me...can't even really remember eating it much as a child but when I was on NutriSystem, I learned of a product that pb lovers used on that diet. It's called PB2 and you can read about it on or I haven't personally tried it but those who loved pb and missed it on their diets raved about it. Just don't get it an pig out or I'll feel real guilty! It's quite an interesting product and it's in powder form as I understand it.

I like the quote, too, Speed and to expand a bit...if a person lives long enough there are quite a few things that are harder to do than diet. I've been through some of them as I'm sure many of you have. It helps put this in perspective, too, at least in my life.

I agree with the previous observation that we have a supportive community here, too. I'm very grateful for that and not surprisingly I have found that I don't even entertain the thought of eating while I'm typing...LOL. But best of all (to me) is that I can talk about my struggles (or victories) without feeling like I'm boring my husband to death. He is very supportive but just doesn't want to hear about it 24/7. I can't imagine why...LOL

Hope everyone has a good afternoon. We're being warned about severe thunderstorms in the area tonight which may cause tornadoes. It's always an eerie feeling when they warn about the weather this far in advance (they started yesterday). It tends to heighten the stress but it's better to know than be surprised. I just hope it doesn't get as bad as they are predicting. Been there, done that so to speak.

01-22-2012, 04:10 PM
The main lie I tell myself: "This is ok because starting tomorrow I'm going to do it right."

Oh how I know this so well. I took the weekend off from the food issues. I have not counted calories or did any shakes. I havent pigged out either though. Back to the shakes on Monday.

Welcome Speed of Sound-nothing wrong with a man on this forum. Happy to hear that not only women struggle.

Sunday entertainment-watching a car in the ditch. We have them about 3 times a year. This was the first for the season. Please take this advice-Do not stand around your car when it is in the ditch. The roads are slippery that is why you went in the ditch in the first place. Makes me crazy to watch this. We tell them but they tend not to listen.


01-22-2012, 09:27 PM
Just had to share....

Today held a small victory for me; We went out to Incredible Pizza for dinner and fun tonight. It has a pizza, pasta, potato, salad and dessert buffet. Before we went I had a shake and packaged my 6 oz of chicken breast dressed with Red Hot and my 2T of blue cheese dressing. I then used the salad bar and built my own lean and green "Wings and Blue Cheese Salad." And I wasn't tempted at all. :) And I am full. Very full!!!

Let's hope this continues!

Toy, my husband has been very supportive too. He is my official pudding maker. :) He's taking it a bit further and trying to lose ten lbs himself. He thinks the weight loss will help him gain speed on the bicycle. Although it's a great idea and I fully support him, two cranky dieting adults do not always interact well with each other. On the way to dinner, we were squabbling about how to get there, who was right, who was wrong (I'm sure everyone can relate ,lol) until we were so frustrated we began to really snipe at each other. Then, from the back of the car came the voice of reason. JP told us, "Hey, you're both hungry. Just let it go, pretend the conversation never happened and never bring it up again." ......from the mouths of babes!!!

Shero, taking the weekend off probably helped you. Sometimes just taking a break helps you refocus. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. :)

Rose and Violet, I read about Walden Farms 0 cal, 0 carb, 0 fat peanut butter. Maybe that will help to curb a craving.

Rose, congratulations on your weight loss! That's great. And you lost while traveling?! Kudos to ya!

Does anyone else think the shakes are more filling than the other WS products?

Have a great night, Everyone!!! (especially you, Toy! ;)

01-22-2012, 09:59 PM
ExTex, I agree that you have a special son. Not many would even acknowledge their parents being on a diet much less be encouraging! He's a rarity for sure and what a good supportive fellow you are raising! He'll make some lucky girl a great husband some day because he notices and cares about what is going on in others' lives.

Thanks, Toy, This really made my day!

01-23-2012, 10:20 AM's the teacher in me...LOL...absolutely love to see compassionate children.

I'm excited because I woke up before 8 and feel quite rested for a change. I may actually get some housework done today in spite of myself!

We survived the storm with only high winds and heavy tornadoes spotted too close by...thankfully. I haven't read today's paper yet to see how the entire area fared...just know my subdivision spot.

I did have a slip-up with some cookies I found lurking under my storm supplies. Wish I could testify that I bypassed them but old emotions of storms past and nervous thoughts took their toll. What a shame! However, I made a conscious decision in the moment and let emotions override good sense but I'm back in control again. (And, of course, in the interest of total honesty...there are no cookies left.)

In days of yore, I would have used that slip-up to "punish" myself by eating anything and everything I had been denying myself. Not so this time so in a strange way, I am claiming victory. It didn't sabotage my goal in the long-term because I awoke just as determined as ever to get this weight off. Not gonna happen with cookie detours!

Just keepin' it real. Now I'm off to reclaim my rule over this messy house. I have been in a battle royale with the house ever since I moved in and have never gotten it organized like I wanted. (I was actually in the hospital with a heart problem when we moved in...two months after our home burned down so it took me a long time to even feel like I was at home. I diagramed out furniture placement, etc. and furniture store deliveries set it up, etc. Easy moving for my husband since we only had clothes in garbage bags, etc. that we'd accumulated since the fire.) Anyway, this house is pretty but I've never felt like it was "us". We grew up on farms and our house that burned was in the country with acreage. Now we're in a subdivision wall-to-wall. I know it's best at our age and with our health issues to live close to hospital facilities, etc. but I miss the freedom living in the country brings.

Gee, didn't mean to get off on that track at all! Hope everyone has a great day today. I'm going to fire up the metabolism and tackle the first most hated of all rooms to clean! Never said I had the best attitude as I don my Susie Homemaker personna...LOL

01-23-2012, 10:25 AM
Me again! I generally check email, facebook, and our thread before I leave the bed to start the day.

In my quick pass on facebook (after I posted here), I noticed this quotation as the status of my former principal. He's retired now, too.

It was too good not to share with you.

Opportunity knocks at the door but temptation leans on the doorbell.

Pardon the grammar but...ain't it so!

01-23-2012, 10:44 AM
There is always something new to read in this thread and thats a good thing! Sometimes I wish forums had a "like" button, much like facebook, so that people would at least know that their posts are appreciated even if no one responds. I don't have anything to add to the diet discussion just yet, but just a few more days until my stuff gets here and I'll be joining you on this thing.

01-23-2012, 12:46 PM
You know, I totally agree, Speed. (I'm taking a quick break from housecleaning...well, maybe not too quick. Remembered I was supposed to reorder my prescriptions yesterday and forgot so I stopped what I was doing to get on the computer. Gone are the days when I file it away in memory and actually remember it when I need to! Been meaning to reorder for 5 days...down to my last heart pill tomorrow! Luckily our drugstore is just blocks away and they are pretty fast on their refills...and I love being able to reorder online.)

If you haven't already started increasing your water intake, that's something you can start before your package arrives. I sometimes think that a person could lose a few pounds just by being completely hydrated. Many times the fluid we first lose is because our bodies finally let lose of the water we are reserving for the "dry" times. Plus, I've read lots of times that we often confuse hunger for thirst. Amazing, but evidentally true.

Well, off to make a phone call now and then back to cleaning. I haven't actually left the kitchen yet so the bathrooms still await. However, I have chicken cooking for homemade chicken vegetable soup later (even though our temp is still unseasonable...60 degrees outside in January!), soup just sounds good and is so filling. Used to always make beef veggie soup but now I adjust it to chicken...just as flavorful and less fattening. (I also have to make some gumbo later for my husband or forfeit the shrimp so I may have to adjust the mental schedule I planned before I got out of bed.)

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that some of the bars are on sale this week at Diet Direct. I've learned that they pretty much have some WS product per week on sale. That assortment box is $16 this week, too, I think. I got it weeks ago but still haven't sampled all the things in it. This week I ordered a different cereal that's supposed to be a bit like Apple Jacks. I think the brand was Kay's...same online source as WS. Also, ordered some of the Kay's pretzel snacks. The nutrition profile is very akin to WS except I think the cereal may have a bit more protein. Gosh, I don't know why I start typing this things before I recheck the numbers. Oh well...don't have time just now because if I don't watch it, I'll be back in my "avoidance" mode. Happens alot when I face housework I'm not crazy about.

Best thing yet about today is that I feel better than I've felt in a week. Not going to pause too long to examine it...just going to enjoy it...LOL

Have a good one, everyone!

01-23-2012, 01:14 PM
We were also safe from the storms last night, not nearly as bad as they had predicted in our area. (Thank God!) We had some water blow in (under, around?) our garage door. This was new....
Thanks for the PB2 info. I spent a good amount of time looking at it on Amazon. Will have to keep it in mind for the future. They even said you could cook with it. My husband LOVES Peanut Butter cookies. Will have to check it out.
I'm cleaning today too! 3 full rooms down, ceiling to floor and taking a break now to do fun stuff :-)
My best friend started WonderSlim/New Lifestyle the first of the year and has lost 15 pounds in the first 2 weeks. This program works! I'm going to see if she will join us on the message board.
Starting taking in additional water prior to starting the diet is a great idea. I struggled with the water for the first few days, but now it is no problem at all. I actually get thirsty, which never happened before this diet.
ExTex: Loved your post about your sniping with husband and son stepping in as peacemaker. What a great sounding kid! We need more like him!
Will post soon about some options with the travel nurse jobs. One friend has kids in school, she takes them along with her sister to a beach community every summer during their school breaks. She is working so she doesn't have as much time to enjoy the area as her family, but she has said she could NEVER afford to live on the beach for 2 months otherwise. The kids and sister love it! There are lots of ways to work around home and routine if you're inspired to do it.

01-23-2012, 07:10 PM
Today was horrible, horrible, horrible.

I got on the scale and did not lose an ounce since last Wednesday and I haven't fallen off plan for four or five days, drank all my water, walked, etc. Then I had to try on clothes because nothing (and I do mean nothing) fits in my closet and I have to have something to wear besides my husband's sweat pants or my pajamas. With these 20 lbs I am up three sizes. THREE SIZES.

Then my poor mother called on the phone and I sobbed my frustration to her.

Then I came home and ate because that's is the surefire way to solve my problem.

I feel like quitting.

(my turn for the pity prom)

01-23-2012, 07:55 PM
I'm so sorry to hear you're having a horrible day (and it does sound bad!)
Don't give up! You're going to see results next weigh in...and I was so impressed with your way of eating a good, healthy, balanced meal in the buffet. You can do this! We all can! If you quit now (and you're like me) you will be looking back in 6 months and saying "I should have stuck with it, look where I would have been today!"
You are on your way to being exactly what you want to be, having that 20 pounds off and being back down 3 sizes! Give it just a little more time...finish the diet foods you have on hand and see where you are by that time.
Big Virtual Hug

01-23-2012, 09:14 PM
Well Hello:

After a weekend of "vacation" I am back on the wagon. ExTex I felt just like you last Friday. I was ready to quit. ExTex we can all do it. Maybe we shouldnt be weighing so often.

20 lbs. and up three sizes? Doesnt sound right to me. I know if I lose 20 lbs I will not go down 3 sizes.

So I am back to the mind set that I am going to eat like someone who is having baratic surgery. I know that it sounds so radical but if pre-surgery people can do a 800-1200 calorie diet-why can't I. I am almost confident that my doctor would support this theory. I am not going to spend $40 to get her opinion since I believe she would say-you go girl. I guess I could call but I am a sensible person so here I go.

My theory is that my eating is so out of control that when I allow myself "regular food" I get out of control. I have no restraint. I am at about 500 calories today. Had 3 shakes and a Nutrisystem lunch. Yes my calorie count is low but the evening is not over.

Walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes-I am trying the preprogrammed cycle but cannot go as fast as them but am doing the grade. I dont get many calories burned but I am looking for the increase in metabolism not really burning calories.

I need to be as consumed with dieting and exercise as I can food.

What character traits do overweight people have in common? Is it the results of dsyfunctional families? Learning to eat too fast due to half hour lunches? Eating in our vehicles? We some how find food as comfort instead of nutrition for our bodies.

My goal is be an encouragement to you all. I need to know that others have the same struggles as me. It sounds like week three of the new year was difficult for many of us. At least we made it to week three. Have you noticed no one is taking about New years resolutions anymore.

Glad you hear that you all are safe. Toy-wanted to let you know that we have two yorkie-poos. Teena and Gidget.

01-24-2012, 12:52 AM
We're here, ExTex, and we've here to stay. You'll work through this frustration and be the stronger for it. It's hard and depressing and every other bad thing you can think or say about it but if it was easy, none of us would have gotten in the shape we're in right now...just don't stop posting! I really believe we can let this thread take some of our frustrations away instead of eating through the problems. I know pouring out my thoughts here doesn't cause the regret and dismay that eating it out does.

I haven't done this "less weighing" long enough to know if it's really a viable solution or not but I do know it's working for me. There are so many factors that make our weight change quickly: hormones, stress, bowel habits, water intake, exercise, the time of day you weigh, and even the amount of salt we had in the last meal. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that my weight can change as much as 5-7 pounds during the day. I realize that I have a fluid retention problem associated with the heart condition but I "think" I have also learned I have a more than a slight allergy to scales. I used to try to weigh just once a week when I was on a diet but then I'd react to the number emotionally by either celebrating or eating away my misery and disappointment.

Either way was disaster for me and my program! This time I am avoiding the scales as though they are poison although I do still wonder...especially since I don't feel as though I'm losing any weight. Logically, I know I must be. I'm trying to go by how I "feel" rather than a number on an object. It's a radically different approach for me and one that I've never researched but it seems to be helping me cope. I have such a long way to go that I never really "celebrated" the little losses if that makes sense. My thinking would run along lines of how much farther I had to go rather than how far I had come. I was beaten before I pretty much started because it seemed so hopeless.

This time I decided to adopt the recovering alcoholic's mantra of "one day at a time." I'm learning that I can make it one day...but if I slip, I haven't messed it all up because there's another "one day" beginning in just a few hours. Simplistic maybe but it's working.

Thing is...a month from now the time will have passed whether we stay on plan or not. But I know that a month from now if I don't stay on plan, I won't be the same I am now. It never works that way for me. If I stay on plan, I'll either lose more or stay generally the same but if I stray from the plan, I will be heavier. I stray, I's as simple as that at least for me.

So, the current disappointment can be temporary because you know that one month from now you will not be where you are today...choice to make though is what you want to see a month from now. For some reason the electric bill helps me keep it all in focus. That darn bill cycles around so quickly that it's hard to believe it's been a month! Pick something like that in your life that occurs on a monthly cycle and let it put the quickness of a month in perspective for you. Dieting sure will not do it...a month of dieting seems like an eternity ahead but those bills sure do cycle around quickly in their one month apart.

Let us help to encourage you. You can do this and you will be so proud of yourself that you stuck it out. You had a bad day. Allow yourself a few minutes to grieve, pout, scream...whatever (as long as it's legal...LOL)...get it out of your system but then recover and push onward. We're here for you regardless but you need to be there for yourself. You are worth the effort you are putting in to reach the goals you've set for yourself!

Now...I do hope you realize that tomorrow or the next day or the next, I will be needing a pep talk from you. As long as we don't all crash and burn on the same day, we will survive. That's why a support group is so vital to something like this...the strength of the group can help support us when we're having a bad day. Sending you a virtual hug to help you over this bump in the road...

01-24-2012, 08:21 AM
Welcome back Shero!
Toy...your pep talk made me feel better this morning. Think I'll cut and paste it to my "motivation board" I keep on my desk.
Thanks to all the great people on this board that help to make this process easier! As my great niece would say, "you guys are AWEEEEESOME."
Here's to an on program day for all of us.

01-24-2012, 02:42 PM
Hello, my friends!

Thank you, thank you for your encouraging posts. I even had a "moment" (ya know, tears in my eyes) They really help.....and all of you are right. This is just a step on a journey and if I get off the path now I will really regret it.

I think y'all are right; the scale is not my friend and I am going to adopt your approach, Toy, and stay off of it. It's too much pressure and if the scale doesn't move I get so upset. Better to just keep logging my calories and carbs, exercise and just weigh once or twice a month.

I think I set myself up; I expected this weight to come off quickly. You read the claims that you can lose 3-5 lbs a week and that is just what I expect. When it doesn't happen, I fall into the pity party (I can't lose weight, there's something wrong with my body) What a bunch of BS!!

So, today I pulled on my big girl panties (literally!! LoL), bought some clothes, put everything that fits into one section of the closet and put my smallest size (goal) far from reach. I don't need the pressure of looking at them knowing I am so far away from getting back into them. I even bought myself a new winter coat. The old coat is way too small and I am sick and tired of being cold. Luckily, winter clothes are on clearance so I was able to outfit myself pretty cheaply. My new coat was only $15!! And it is super nice!

Thanks for coming to the "emotional rescue!" I can't tell you how much it helps to have a group who can understand.

Big Virtual Hug to all of you!!!!!!

01-24-2012, 07:34 PM
ExTex, Toy and REKP I am glad to see your post everyday as I come on here to see what is going on. I am wondering were the others are. REKP-what does your name stand for?

I have been thinking alot about the struggle we are all having. We want that immediate cure all. I have always thought it would be neat to have a copy machine for our bodies and we could just reduce it by 50%. Can you tell sometimes I'm a bored bean counter?

Just think if we could lose 10 lb's a month by July we could be 60# lighter. Some of us would reach oneland. Can you imagine. I would be so happy. In November of 2010 I was at 209 and boy I was looking forward to the oneland. But see I put it all back on. So here I am starting over. I can dwell on the reasons why I put it back on, but why not dwell on exercise, find foods that are low calorie.

WE can do this again. Lets go. Let's enjoy this venture we all are on together.

You all are my support group and I appreciate you and your honesty.

01-25-2012, 05:14 AM
Shero, that 10 pound loss a month is what I'm hoping for. I think it's "doable" without least I hope so! It wouldn't put me in onederland by a long shot but it would be a great beginning to be there by July.

ExTex, excited to hear about your shopping trip! I always used to think that I looked my best when I was dieting. Seemed like I used to go on a shopping spree and take more care with my appearance, etc. Of course, this was when I worked. Now I laze around all day enjoying retirement and most of my clothes money has been toward loungewear, i.e. gowns and pj sets. It's been an amazing eye-opener as to how few outfits I really wear now that I'm retired. That's not to say I still don't buy as though I'm working every day but I don't dress up for the classroom or office now when I'm out and about. It's actually a bit liberating, I think...LOL

One of my goals in the recesses of my mind is to get to a place where I feel comfortable and look/feel okay in blue jeans. Not sure it will happen since I've never been much of a jeans person even when I was more normal sized. However, one of the reasons I wasn't a jeans person was because it didn't fit into my "career" look. I think I could adjust to being a jeans-type woman in my retirement.

I've felt better these last two days (and gotten more accomplished) than I have in the last month or so. I may regret this on February 1 but I have started adding more calories to my day. I'm not eating bad things but a bit more. My husband has said all along that he didn't think I was getting enough calories but I'm stubborn and didn't want to sabotage myself. However, I kept thinking that I wasn't getting that "surge" of energy that I usually do when I've been on a diet a few weeks. my crazy sleep (or non-sleep) patterns were confusing and tiring. the last few days, I have eaten a bit more and the change has been dramatic.

I feel so much better and actually have some energy! Plus, I'm sleeping better, too. I haven't totally conquered the sleep problem (3 am here and I'm awake...duh) but it's so much better than it's been. I am very hopeful that I have found the fuse. Strangely enough, the upswing started after I ate those darned stale Oreo's the other night. (And, no, don't start worrying that I'm off the deep end with what I'm eating. I know cookies and such are not the answer...LOL. I'm just adding 200-300 more calories of healthy stuff and I do believe it's making me feel more energetic.)

In the back of my mind I had been telling myself I would have to do this anyway when I started the water exercise. (By the way, we're planning to go sign up today...finally.) However, I didn't realize how much better I would feel by adding a fruit and protein or veggies to up my calories a bit. World of difference in my activity level so far!

Now, I'm hoping to doze back off for a bit. Too early to get up and just have to sit quietly so that the rest of the house can sleep.

Have a good day, everyone!

01-25-2012, 10:27 AM
Shero: The REKP is just my initials. Had to throw the maiden name in there
(Kidd) to get something original.
ExTex: I'm so glad you're feeling better about this process. You will make it!
Sounds like you did great with your shopping spree! A winter coat for $15.00! Good find!
When we were traveling last week I stopped by a JC Penney outlet. They had their winter things on a 75% off sale. Only got some gloves, scarves and a hat. Didn't even think of looking for a coat. After all the winters in a warm climate, I don't like to wear a coat. I bought a leather coat at JC Penney last year, (3X) that no longer fits. I never wore it. Just another thing for my Goodwill stack. I found some CJ Banks pants for $12.99 a pair! I love the brand, they fit me better than anything else out there. By the way, I got them in a size 20! It's been 3 years since I was in that size.
Toy: Glad you're recovering some of the energy. I wasn't really expecting the weakness I felt during the first couple of weeks on the diet. I seem to have rebounded and feel a lot better now. (Maybe it's those stinkin' vitamins that I hate so much :-)
Hope everyone has a great....on

01-25-2012, 03:59 PM
Hello Everyone! :0)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful on plan day! So many people and topics to address :) .........

REKG, thank you for the information about travel nursing. That is exactly what I want; to be able to travel to different areas with my family in tow such that they can enjoy the perks. My husband can retire in 3.5 years so he can come with. We're 10 years apart almost to the day. He's 51, I'm 41.
That's great about your new size!! Getting down into smaller sizes is always a great thrill for me, might be my biggest motivator to lose weight. I can't wait to go shopping in my closet! I liked your comment about your never worn winter coat; I was brought up in the southwest and never really needed a heavy coat. It took me close to ten years to acclimate myself to that particular piece of clothing. I just couldn't stand having one on. Now I can't stand feeling the least chill. My husband grew up in Minnesota and thinks I am jsut the biggest wimp; I complain when the temp drops to 40!!

Shero-Yes! Love your idea of "shrink me" copy machine. How wonderful would that be? Glad to see you're back on the wagon as well. :) I need to get back on the treadmill. That is my goal for tomorrow. After I drop my boy off at school, I want to go straight to my gym and hop on one.

Toy, Yay, You're feeling better! Hopefully your sleep cycle with right itself out. I can't wait until I gain a little more energy. Hopefully next week. The shopping spree was not as fun as I would liked it to be, but truth be told, it is nice to have a few outfits that actually fit correctly. When I was a special ed. teacher, my mantra was "meet them where they are" in regards to educating my students. I decided I needed to apply that to myself. Just accept where I am in this process and make steps towards accomplishing my goals. And stay off the scale!!! lol

I took my mom to the mall today and then out to lunch. Anyone who was watching would have had a giggle, I'm sure. We poured over that menu with our iPhone in hand trying to pick out the best dish so I could stay on plan. We must have spent at least fifteen minutes exclaiming "Oh, you can't have this!"and "can you believe how many calories that has???" It was fun. In the end, we each ended up with a plate of Mussels. 180 cals, 14g carbs and 13g protein. Not too shabby.

Off to shake my afternoon snack!

01-25-2012, 05:16 PM
Alright, I ordered some snacks and entrees from Wonderslim to go with my new Lifestyle diet shakes and bars. The Wonderslim stuff got here quick, and I still have to wait until monday for the New Lifestyle package to arrive! Ugh, can't wait to get through this initial 2 week kit so I can just order through Wonderslim from then on. Also, Wonderslim is a good bit cheaper than New Lifestyle for the exact same products, wow.

In the meantime maybe I can get my post count up so I can get one of those fancy tickers that some posters have! How do you get those anyway?

01-25-2012, 09:16 PM
So many have posted today. Glad you see all commenting.

Toy-you are always a joy to read-you are so diligent to talk to everyone. Sleep seems to be an issue with everyone as we greatly (LOL) age. My husband has the same issues as you. I was watching TV about it one day and they suggested staying awake for 24 hours to re-adjust your sleeping habits. Oh remember when-all night skates-sleep overs-late nights watching TV or visiting with friends.

REKP-did you realize that this site has a clothing exchange? You mentioned Goodwill pile so why not find someone who can use the clothes on this site.

I have some Wonderslim hot cocoa mixes and soups if anyone is interested in them. I would give them to you and ship them. Let me know and I will give you a list. I have had them too long to return them.

ExTex-what I wonderful bonding over calories-LOL. I find myself looking at calories and fat grams alot now-before I eat it even. I need to find a good ratio because when I do it on the Kindle-it is off because I am not taking in the calories it recommends-well this week at least. (LOL) For anyone that would like to know the program-it is Lose It-has a picture of a scale on it. I believe you can use it online and on Android based programs. I would like to know how many grams of protein, sodium, etc.

I have done well this week and find it nice to eat a "little something at lunch". I've been trying some soups-lite of course. Last night I tried a Nutrisystem BBQ Pork Wrap-that I got at big lots-it was too sweet. But it filled me while hubby ate his hamburger. Need to experiment with some home made lite items. I love balsamic vinegar and used to have some nice recipes that came from Medical Weight Loss clinic.

Went grocery shopping tonight which is always a challenge. They say to stay on the outer edge of the store-so I tried that. With a few trips down the other. So excited to have food in the house-and I tried very hard not to get junk. I did get some junk for my husband-need to find a system to let him have them without me getting into them. If it comes to locking them up. Than so be it.

Speed of Light-glad all of us didn't scare you away. The ticker is on your setup but I think you have to be here for a month and have 20 post-if I remember right.

Well January is almost over-Excited with reserve what the monthly total will be.

Have a great evening all.

01-25-2012, 09:18 PM
Here is the link for the site were you can keep track-

01-25-2012, 10:28 PM
Hello-I thought I would post my calories for the day-yes for some they may be low-please I know. These calories are close to a pre-op intake. 800-1200 is what I hear. No surgery for me. Just some tight calories.

730 calories. I could eat 845 more calories if I wanted to lose 2# a week. I would rather be closer to 2 1/2.

Fat-11.8g 14%, Carbs 103.2g 56%, Sodium 1825.3 mg., Protein 68.8g 31%. I have to adjust these precentages due to calories. My fat was low-so I got most of my calories out of Carbs & protein. You can tell I didnt have my shake at lunch. Hum. I know before when I lost a ton (lol-I have never weighted a ton but have realized I say that often); i counted fat and kept it around 30 grams. Hey the grams of fat, carbs and protein almost make up 100%---duh. Looks like I need to increase my protein and decrease a little on carbs. I like carbs-I admit I didnt have the most nutritious lunch-A sandwhich and baked chips........ Just would like some input.

01-25-2012, 10:49 PM
My ticker is cool but I was just brought to reality when I saw the 106 pounds to lose. Guess I didnt realize......

01-25-2012, 11:31 PM

You made me curious as to how my nutrition added up today, and today was a pretty typical day.

993 calories (give or take a few :-)
28 g fat
48 g carbs
133 g protein.

My calorie range probably goes from around a thousand to around 1200 depending on the type of lean and green I have for dinner.
This has been very successful for me. I know I can't have many more carbs than this, since I seem to be hungrier when I eat more.

I'll check out the clothing exchange!

01-25-2012, 11:38 PM
REKP-What was your menu today. You were very high in protein and a lot lower in carbs.

01-26-2012, 07:07 AM
Love those tickers you girls have added but most of all, I love your bravery! I would never be able to put that with mine. I am so self-conscious of the number which is why I now avoid the scales like the plague...just depresses me so much. Speed, I have no idea how to get that ticker thingey but I have read the same comments about it taking so many posts, etc. before you could attach. Come to think of it, I now remember that Shero sent you a link. They are really cool but the only time I've ever braved one was when I used a ticker for a short term goal. Just can't stomach the sight of the whole journey being there before my eyes. Makes me totally lose sight of the one-day-at-a-time, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other concepts. I think it's a wonderful tool though to illustrate one's journey...just don't have the vision to post mine.

Glad you got some of your goodies, Speed. It gets exciting to see those treats arrive. Today I got the Kay's cereal that I had ordered. It is definitely a nice change (although I really like the WS cereal alot). I still ordered it in individual bags even though I think some sites offer it in boxes (not sure about Diet Direct). I know my portion control with cereal and it is not normal! Anyway, I almost felt like I was cheating. I'd say the little bag has a generous three times more cereal than the WS and maybe even four times as much. Because the WS cereal is so few bites, I have been using a disposable coffee cup each morning (I know...styrofoam is bad for the environment but my husband got these at Sam's by mistake...even though now I'll have him buy them on purpose...). The half cup of milk doesn't get as lost in the coffee cup and my 4-5 bites of WS cereal (exaggerating a bit for effect but the cereal does satisfy me) is visible. This morning, I had to fill that cup up at least 3 times because when I eat the Kay's Apple Cinnamon cereal, I'm going to need a bowl...very surprised was I. It looks like Cheerio's and has a pleasant (but not overly sweet) cinammon taste. Other reviewers compared it to Apple Jacks but it's been so long since I've eaten that cereal that I'm not sure that's how I'd describe it. Apple Jacks are much sweeter...guess I could add sweetner for the effect but I liked them as they were. What I really liked was the sheer volume...nice alternative but like I said, I have been completely (and surprisingly!!) satisfied with the WS cereal...both flavors. (Came back to this paragraph to add that this cereal has 30 more calories but 4 more grams of protein).

Shero, where is that clothing exchanage you mentioned earlier? I'm still pretty much focusing on our little spot on the board. I did venture out this morning to respond to a heartfelt plea from a post I found by accident. Plus, I responded to someone else somewhere in our pre-packaged section. Invited both of them to join us but haven't seen them yet.

I agree with Rose or Tex (forgot who said it) about our community. Seems like we are a bit more active than some of the other threads on here. I like the personal connection. All that random ships in the night is good every once in awhile but I like to put down roots or nest somewhere. LOL...that song from Cheers..."go where everybody knows your name" just ran through my head...LOL I laugh because none of you "know" my name. It's Deborah but my friends use the nickname Debbie. Toy is a name that I use on another forum and I used it here because it brings back fond memories. I had a friend in college named Toy...have no idea where or how he is today but I always liked his unusual name. Always associated it with fun...LOL

Really, ExTex? Mussels? Pardon me while I choke...LOL Sounds like your Mother and you would really blend well with my husband. He loves mussels and I cringe. Never have forgotten that he ordered raw oysters on our honeymoon...thought I was going to lose it right there at the table. Amazing what a weak stomach I have...I can't see past the slime but he loves stuff like that. He has taught me to like fish though. When we first married I would only eat tuna fish and only in a sandwich...LOL I still don't do the exotic stuff he tries sometimes but I have branched out a bit over the years. (Makes it easy to cook while I'm dieting though because the things I fix him I would never want to temptation whatsoever which is a good thing if I can control the gag as I cook...LOL)

Rose, any relation to those who owned the Davis-Kidd bookstores in TN? I think several of them have sold to larger corporations but they were by far my favorite bookstores around. The one in Nashville (can't remember if it's closed or not) was my absolute favorite and I think it was the granddaddy store. It was near Vanderbilt's campus and had the neatest atmosphere ever. The only bookstore I have ever been to that rivaled the atmosphere was one in Denver. Oh my! I loved that city but it was primarily due to that bookstore. Love my Kindle but I do hope this move to ereading doesn't further erode the bookstores. (Think I read that sales were up though for "regular" books over Christmas.)

Boy, I am jumping all over the place this of consciousness, maybe? In Southern speak, we would call this "chasing rabbits"...LOL

Changed my mind again about enrolling in the water exercise. I know...I think I'm getting on my husband's last nerve with all this mind changing. Anyway, my rationale this time is that I am so close to the first of the month weigh-in that I want to enroll afterwards. That way I can have a distinct "marker" from pre-exercise loss to compare. I totally thrown out the first month since it's that early water weight loss. I'm interested in seeing the February 1 loss and I want that to be pure diet only (if that makes any sense). my mind it's totally logical...LOL. In other words, when I start there the next month, I expect to see a difference in loss from this month although I realize it's not really a scientific study. It's a personal "test" if you will. If I throw myself into this exercise thing and don't see a significant change in weight loss, I may rethink my exercise program. (Of course, I do expect to feel better, have a better range of motion, increase my energy, etc. so I do realize that not all benefit will show on the scale. Just interested in this little foray at first though to see its effect on weight change with all factors remaining about the same. I will up the calories by a fruit and protein though so I don't collapse at the pool.)

Had to giggle a bit, Rose, as I feel the exact same about that blasted vitamin. I have read comments from folks about "aftertaste" of the shakes, etc. but nothing gives me the aftertaste like that darn vitamin. No matter what brand I've ever tried, I still have that yucky taste in my mouth about a gagging feeling...ugh. This is the absolute longest in my life that I have ever been consistent with taking vitamins. No telling how many expired bottles I have thrown out over the years. I still make a face every morning but I swallow the critter.

I'll close with a quick thanks of appreciation to each of you for your posts. I get so excited to see an email about 3FC indicating a post. It really does help to chat about the journey and be accountable to someone besides myself. This month is nearly gone and we've stuck it out...woo hoo!

To any past posters who may be reading and to any lurkers taking the scenic tour, jump on in. We welcome you to share, too. Whether you're just passing by or plan to stay awhile, pull up a chair and chat with us. Pour yourself a big glass of water and sip along with us as we start another day on our journey.

Have a good day, everyone!

01-26-2012, 07:10 AM
Yikes! Didn't realize I'd written a novel!

I think I started it around 4 am and it's a little after 5 now...gotta get this sleep thing under control. I have developed diarrhea of the fingers...LOL

Bye again!

01-26-2012, 10:26 AM
I eat every 3 waking hours. 7-10-1-4-7-and around bedtime. Yesterday I had a shake/pudding at 7-1-4 and bedtime. I had a meal replacement bar at 10 am and chicken breast (baked-no skin and spinach for dinner at 7.) Pretty typical day. The days I have more calories are the days I have Wonderslim oatmeal or cereal for breakfast and spicy pasta for lunch. (Although the milk for the cereal also adds more protein those days.)

Toy: No relation to the Kidd in Kidd-Davis that I know of. We all seem to have originated from one Kidd that came to the US as an indentured servant from England. As best I can tell, he came to get out of jail :-)
I, too, love that bookstore. They had one on Hillsboro road in Nashville that I loved. (Living in Franklin TN at the time.) I hate to think that buying books for my nook is going to put a bookstore out of business, but it's just so easy to get what you want and never have to leave the house to do it.
I think your idea to wait until your next weigh in to join the water exercise is a very sound one. You will be able to tell if adding the activity speeds up weight loss (which I'm sure it will!) Sometimes personal research doesn't have to be scientific. If it works for you, that's good enough!

Shero: Would love to have your soups if you aren't going to eat them. I really like them! Let me know how you want to handle payment for postage or for the soups.

I so enjoy this message board and have been talking it up to my friend that is doing Wonderslim. Hopefully she will join us soon!

Hope everyone has a great...on

Speedofsound: Have you started increasing your water intake yet? Excited for you to get your shipment and start this journey with us. I started New Lifestyle too, but found the customer service and shipping at Diet Direct to be SO much better. Haven't ordered from New Lifestyle since my initial months order. My "coach" at New Lifestyle didn't answer my email questions. This message board is lot more helpful than she was.

My best, non scale victory this week. Walking down the hallway in front of my husband last night, he said "Your butt is a whole lot smaller" :)

01-26-2012, 10:37 AM
I thought I'd post my caloric intake too:

849 cal
10 fat
67 carb
108 protein

I usually stay around 700 but last night I ate a bar. Those bars are killers for me. 24 carbs is a lot of carbs for one item. I highly doubt I will reorder them although they taste so good.

Medifast 5 an 1 plan recommends:

800-1000 cal
<30 g fat
<100 g carbs
at least 70 grams of protein

The Lean and Green Meal should be:

250-300 cal
NA fat
>25g protein
<15 g carbs

I pretty much stay within these limits on a daily basis.

I'm tired today....think a nap is in order. i haven't been able to sleep the past few nights...getting only about 3-4 hours. I don't know if it has anything to do with the diet; I have periods where I just can't sleep.

I'll post more later!

Happy day, shakers!! :0)

01-26-2012, 11:25 AM
Gosh, I hope you guys know I respect you as adults but I just had a "Mom" moment and I've never been a Mother!

I worry about the small number of calories you all are getting each day. I just wish you would each check with your doctor or something because it scares me. Probably because of things I've been told by a doctor in the past now that I think about it.

I'm just a worrywart, I guess. I know that once I was on a diet below 1000 calories and my doctor literally told me not to do anything more than breathe and minimal daily activity...absolutely no exercise. Plus, I had to go to the doctor every week and have bloodwork analyzed every month!

I don't want to offend any of you and I'll hush again but it scares me and I can't just not say it every once in awhile. I suppose it's just in my nature but I'm growing very fond of you guys and I don't want you to get sick or something.

Just ignore me when I get these panic/worry attacks about you. I know you're adults and I have no business meddling but I just can't help myself.

I do worry though about you though...

01-26-2012, 12:14 PM
Okay, folks...I've spent the last hour reading research, etc. but I was mainly looking for an equation I remembered years ago which allows you to reasonably estimate your body's resting metabolism rate.

I've lifted the definition of the rmr from the source I indicate but I broke the equation down into more manageable steps as I did for myself. Found out that by not moving at veg-out, at my weight and eating 1200-1500calories a day, I am under my calorie needs by over 800 per day which should (in a perfect world) give me a loss of 1.5 to 1.7 pounds per week doing nothing but breathing and living.

Here's how to figure out your calorie needs per day to live...not anything else but keeping your body's organs working, etc.

Quoted from the source given:

"Unless you are a highly trained athlete, your biggest daily calorie cost is something called resting metabolic rate (RMR), or the calories you need just to exist. Breathing, heart beat, cell metabolism, kidney function, and even thinking and dreaming uses calories. Muscle cells use calories even when at rest. Eating and digesting food, standing, sitting, talking, and surfing the Internet all burn calories beyond the basic RMR requirement."


To calculate your RMR (resting metabolic rate)
Most accurate equation is Mifflin-St.Joer equation

Step 1: Change your weight from lbs to kg by dividing your weight by 2.2
Then multiply that number by 9.99 (Jot it down somewhere)

Step 2: Change your height from total inches to cm by multiplying the inches by 2.54
Then multiply that number by 6.25 (Jot this number down, too)

Step 3: Add the two numbers you jotted down and record the new number.

Step 4: Multiply your age by 4.92 and then subtract that result from the new number you got in the step 3.

Step 5: Differs by sex
Men add the number 5 to your result in step 4
Women subtract the number 161 from the result in step 4

This is a good estimate of your basic metabolism resting rate...the number of calories you need each day to live.

Now, I'm saving this in my documents so that when I reach my goal weight, I can recalculate to determine what calories I can eat with no activity, etc. and then hopefully be able to expand that number by physical movement, etc.

Okay...I feel better now...LOL

01-26-2012, 02:10 PM
I liked your formula a lot better with my misplaced decimal point first time I figured it...I thought I needed 16,440 calories just to breathe :o

I have never, for a minute, bought into the idea that a calorie affects every person on earth the same. (Going against all kinds of medical science here.)
My sister in law looks like a string and eats like a horse. I, on the other hand, look like a rubber ball and eat minimal amounts. She will lose weight if she doesn't take in the (just an estimate) 20,000 calories I see her eat daily :-) If it was a certainty, we could figure the exact calories we need to cut to lose 2 pounds a week, and would lose it on that amount of calories without fail. Each of us has seen that plan go haywire, when we have eaten the exact number of calories and seen the scale stay the same or (gasp) gain a pound or two. There is very little talk of fluid fluctuation, and why, or hormone fluctuation, or why. It is one of the many things that drives me crazy about dieting.

Toy: Thanks so much for your concern for the amount of calories. The advice is noted :-) This diet is working really good for me, and following the New Lifestyle handout...the recommended nutrients per day for any woman is
1230 calories. I stay pretty close to that with my give and take food choices. 174 protein, I'm usually a little below that, 92 carbs, also a little below that and 23 grams of fat. Pretty much right on that one.

As long as I continue to see results and feel as good as I am feeling right now, I don't think I'll be changing anything except possibly adding a little higher carb vege to the lean and green meal.

I really love all the support on this board! You guys are great.

01-26-2012, 05:56 PM
LOL...glad you gals aren't taking offense. Just consider it the retired math teacher in me...LOL

Thing is...I feel better for having shared it of those "should I say nothing or speak up" kind of mornings. I hoped it would be taken in the spirit it was written. Just took me forever to find it since it had been quite some time since I'd seen it.

I totally agree that everyone is different. I'm reading a book right now that is making a great argument that much of obesity is associated with factors such as hormones, etc. Presents quite an interesting theory, too, since many thin women do gain weight post-menopause. Haven't read enough yet to know what the author considers other major factors. (Unfortunately, he also makes quite a valid point toward physical exercise increasing appetite rather than the reverse. Not what I needed to hear by any means since I'm always looking for an excuse to play like a rock.) The book is slow to read since I've primarily stuck to light fiction since retirement. The accompanying book by the same author is so technical I gave up on it entirely. Not interested in the medical field and research, etc. and I may just pass that on to my doctor for their clinic library.

I do think though that there is some validity in the transition from low calorie to normal causing rapid weight gain. Not so sure how I plan to address that (well, guess I do but don't want to think about it right now) when I reach goal. Of course, there are many miles still to go before I face that hurdle.

01-26-2012, 10:43 PM
Oh Toy-I will never be offended by advice especially from a teacher. If it would help you feel better I will call my doctor's MA and have her ask my doctor. The problem with going is it is a $40 copay and I currently have a $200 bill that hit my co-pay for blood work.

One thing about calorie intake is that you have to consider the source of the calorie intake. If someone was not doing the nutritional shakes I believe it would be hard to get proper balance of nutrients on less than 1000 calories.

I have been keeping close track of my calories and balance of nutrients. My question is: why is it ok for a pre-surgery person to only be on nutritional shakes at an 800 calorie diet? If I was getting ready for weight loss surgery I would be on nutritional liquids for 8 weeks straight. This is what my co-workers husband has to do since he had surgery. Currently is having a hard time eating anything. Cant keep anything down.

I would love to know what my Cholesterol is now. The last test my Triglycerides they were 213. Hdl 41 Ldl 107-total 191....I would love to get off the medicine.

I think I need to pick up some protein bars for mid-morning snacks. keeps track of your weekly daily average also.

Here is my specs for the day:

Fats- 19.6 17%
Sat Fat 7.7
UnSat Fat must be the balance LOL
Carbs 131g 50%
Protein 85.8 33%

This is my daily average for nutrients this week:

Fat 15g 15%
Carb 122.6g 53%
Protein 73g 32%

Some how I need to reduce my carbs and increase my protein. I just need to know how many grams of protein I am supposed to get......Still dont have the answer.

I did a test on Web MD last night-it was very close to what Lose It and my scale is saying regarding BMI's, etc. I have to read it more closely.

Didnt someone who post on here have the WL (weight loss surgery)?

REKP-The soup is yours. No need to worry about shipping-I have 10 pkgs of cream of chicken, 1 pkg tomato soup, 1 pkg cream of mushroom. These are individual packages. I may have more in another cupboard -I will be happy to get room in my WS cupboard because I need more of the berry smoothies soon. Send me a Personal Message and I will get them in the mail to you. I'll take them out of the box but flatten it so you have it.

Anyone like the Raspberry Hot Chocolate? I have a box of them. I wish I liked them because I see they have 12 grams of proteins and would make great mid morning snacks.

For the clothing exchange do a search for it and you will find it. I think it would be awesome to donate to someone on this forum or even sell the clothes at Goodwill value. Especially if your new to a size and dont plan on staying there long.

Toy-the only problem I have with you being a retired teacher is I have to search how to spell all these words, especially since I work in an office......My spelling skills have went down hill since I got older....

Speed of sound are you there?

I was reading some of the older wonderslim threads and was kinda disappointed to see that alot of people dont post now. What ever happen to them?

I want to encourage all of us that are still posting to make an obligation to each other to be dedicated to this forum and keep the support going.

As far as the ticker goes it's under your signature but I had to go to the quick links to set it up. Now can someone tell me how to edit it when I lose weight. Toy I agree about seeing that number if front of your face everyday but I believe you can set it up so it just counts down your weight loss instead of starting weight. After the shock of seeing I need to loss 100+ lbs. I just looked at how pretty it was and how well the button went with it. I told myself-I have 100lbs to loss now but by July that could be almost cut in half. What bothers me is that 2 years ago I only had 50#'s to lose. Look forward instead of backward.

Walked the treadmill today-1.25 miles in 30 minutes. Going to an incline of 4% and back down.

Have a good night all.

01-27-2012, 01:51 AM
LOL, Shero...I notice the spelling errors and grammar errors and typos in MY posts and get worried about my own thought processes but they don't bother me in others' writings. (I taught math most of my life, not spelling...but I did grant writing, too, so I am most critical of my own writing.) I don't even understand most people now because I haven't gotten into texting (and don't plan to) so I am especially comfortable reading and writing to you all here. (I have quite a bit of trouble "understanding" some of the younger folks on facebook. One of my cousins had to explain something her son wrote just this week. It was one of those comical situations when I thought a word meant its normal meaning and it was used entirely different...LOL) I know how many typo mistakes I make when chatting and realize that with time crunches and such, we all make them. (Not to say that it doesn't bother me to see words spelled incorrectly on formal presentations or by businesses. Just had a back-and-forth recently with the state dept. of education here for posting a video on their website from the head honcho with commissioner spelled incorrectly twice! Have to admit I got a bit of satisfaction about that correction though since the video was touting the new teacher evaluation system in TN. This new "race to the top" campaign in TN is robbing many of my teacher friends of their joy in the classroom and I'm sick of it. Not sure what the answer is but this isn't it! Grrr...if I get started on this, I'll never get back to sleep tonight so I'd better drop it quickly!)

My only comment about the severe limit on calories for those facing gastric surgery is that it is for a very short period of time. Plus (guess I have a second comment, too, LOL) I suspect they are doing this under a doctor's supervision. What I read today about severe restricting of calories kept emphasizing "short period" so I think that must be a key factor. I kept repeatedly seeing that 1200 number, too, in different places I researched. I thought I had remembered 1500 in the past but it's been years since I've done much reading on this. I generally just join a program where it's all counted for me. I did read (which was comforting) that the liquid diets are much more nutritious than they were in the early days making them safer nowadays for use in restricted diets. (Seems like I do remember having to take potassium and maybe some other supplement when I was on Medifast eons ago. That was when you could only get it through a doctor's office, etc. but strangely enough my insurance paid for it back then. I never did understand that at all since it was food.)

I did read a bit on other forums today and found one site devoted to liquid diet discussions that was interesting. It had pages of before and after photos which tend to fascinate me. It's been so long since I've been a normal size, I look at those photos and wonder what I'll look like, too. LOL...some of them look so much younger than they did when fat. I have a growing suspicion that I'm not going to look younger though. The one thing the fat has done is kept the wrinkles at bay and I think age is literally going to slap me in the face...LOL I laugh because it's one of the few things that will not keep me up at night. I wonder where the years have gone but truthfully getting older doesn't bother me. I miss teaching but I really am enjoying this stage of my life. After all these years, I've finally learned how to say no to the things I'm really not desiring to do.

I'm starting to feel a bit sleepy for a change so I'm going to run with the feeling and close for now. Hope all of you have a good day, tomorrow!

01-27-2012, 02:38 AM
I don't know if you guys ever used Walden Farms 0 calorie dressing or sauces, but I was in the process of ordering some from their website and came across this coupon code to get buy 5 Get 5 free.

Enter CL-Q112-05 at checkout and it deducts it from your total. I ordered 10 items and it came to $33.90 including shipping. Regular price would have been $58.98 iirc.

I've been wanting to try out their salad dressings and syrups and I do believe they are ok on the wonderslim plan (from what I read on other forums).

01-27-2012, 09:07 AM
Speed of sound:
What a great find! I just ordered a the 10 items (buy 5 and get 5 free) and was able to use the coupon you posted. I can't wait to try my new finds...
Peanut butter spread, 3 different salad dressings and 3 different pancake syrups. I'm also trying the calorie free Mayonnaise. Suspect that it will be vile, but had to try :-)

Toy: A few years ago a hospital we were at gave all the employees a calculator for Christmas. It had Commitment, Dedication and Excellence on the little plastic cover. Excellence was spelled wrong :-) Great for a laugh and coffee room breaks talking about what kind of "Excellence" they had hired to proofread.

Hi ExTex and Shero. Hope we all have a great, on plan, day!

01-27-2012, 09:39 AM
I thought about it back and forth but I didn't have the guts to order the Mayo, lol! I am trying the different veggie/chip dips, chocolate syrup, 4 different dressings, and sweet bar-b-que sauce. Hard to believe they all have 0 calories, 0 carbs, 0 fat, 0 sugars. Please let us know what you think of the Mayo and peanut spread, I've read really good things about it! If I can find a few things I really like from the lot, I'll be happy with the purchase.

I'm thinking I will use the veggie dip with my broccoli/ cauliflower and also with some protein chips I ordered from diet direct.

01-27-2012, 12:37 PM
Hi all-

I did some research on "starvation mode" last night and believe there is more research to do-that was my conclusion. I did read that your body will not go into starvation mode while on a 800 calorie diet and that you need to go longer than a day or two on low calories to go into starvation mode. Of course it depends on who is doing the reseach. So I will do more research and report what I learn. 500 words or less LOL

Well-I ending up not doing well last night. Will not be putting those foods in my Kindle. I wasnt even hungry when I did it. I think I was being a rebel. I had a cinnamon roll, baked chips and some cream cheese (spinach and anchove). Not sure why-the cinnamon roll was great but after the baked chips and cream cheese I kinda felt sick-it was kinda a stomach feeling of "youve had too much fat". Im sure my fat grams were over the hill with the cream cheese. Hope this did not blow my wow week because I have tried very hard. Tuesday's weigh in is on my mind and I want to see some results.

REKP-got your address and will get those soups out to you this weekend.

REKP-what size are you in currently. I see you are at 213-I am thinking at 213 you are probably a size 18. Didnt you lose 40# in 4 months? I get so confused with who did what-it's like I need to make notes on who did what. LOL...I think as we all keep posting we will get to know each other better.

WE have lost a few posters. Right now it looks like there is only 4 of us. Hope to see more.

Speed of sound-how is your diet going? You are such a guy-the womans post are like four feet long and you post 3 sentences. I am just joking about it. My husband is like that-Ill send him a long detailed message and I get a one word reply- Just an observation please dont be offended........I am glad to see you here.

One complaint I have is that even though I have lost 10 lbs this month I cant feel it in my clothes. Patience. I am sure it is in places I cant notice

01-27-2012, 02:42 PM
MAJOR freak out this morning!

I got dressed in front of the bathroom mirror instead of throwing on clothes in the bedroom. Yikes...

I have rolls of fat where I never had them before! First I freaked out then I realized I have developed "rolls" because there are "spaces" where it was once solid!

My "Oh NO!" turned to "Woo Hoo!" pretty quickly once I realized what I was seeing.

What a great way to start a Friday...

01-27-2012, 05:52 PM
Doing a happy dance for you. I love those non scale victories!

The pants I bought last week are 20's. I hope to be in a 14 when I get to my goal of 163. I'm pear shaped and my butt is always the last to go when I start losing weight. But considering I was a 26 when I started this, I'm pretty happy with the progress. I am actually just finishing my 12th week of this tomorrow, but have lost 45 pounds as of last week. My loss has been dwindling for the past 2 weeks (3 pounds and 2 pounds) Really hope it has picked back up this week. The things you mentioned eating last night are sounding WAY too good to me right now. I don't know why I'm feeling so unsatisfied today. I'm not hungry, but just not satisfied. Haven't broke over yet, but I'm doing everything I can think of to stay out of the kitchen right now. :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend.

01-28-2012, 09:05 AM
Hi all:
I lost 2 pounds this week. At the same time I'm happy for the loss, I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong that it's not more. Thinking I'm going back to all shakes and puddings this week and see if there won't be a better weight loss this week coming up.
Kinda doing a weak happy dance this morning.

Just thinking when I was so serious about dieting a few years ago, I hit a huge plateau at 235. I honestly did not lose a pound for 5 weeks and had not changed my diet or exercise at all. I lost about 5 pounds the 6th week. Maybe my body is just adjusting to this diet by slowing down the weight loss now, at least it's not a no loss plateau if that's the reason.

Hope everyone has a good, on plan, weekend!

01-28-2012, 10:23 AM
My son's teacher has been on Weight Watchers for about a year and has lost a very large amount of weight (~100lbs). I spoke with her last week and she said she has not lost anything in the last 5 weeks, but has not changed anything about her plan. She is feeling pretty bummed about since she still has some more weight to lose. Hope the plateau breaks for both of you guys, don't get discouraged!

I'm starting Wonderslim Monday morning (finally!) and I fully expect a least a few no loss weeks on the road to goal. I'm thinking if I hit a plateau I will try liquid only for a a few days to try and break it. Maybe it will work, I really don't know :shrug:

01-28-2012, 06:30 PM
Hi REKP-I think you are losing sight of the fact-you lost 2 lbs. That is not a plateau. Remember, if you lose 2.5 lbs. a week that is 10 lbs a month. How much have you lost total this month?

We get so obsessed with the scale and numbers. Your exercising so who knows what the ratio is that you are gaining muscle and losing fat. You could be losing more fat the month but it wouldnt show because you have more muscle. Hope you get my point.

You now have lost more that have left to lose. That is a big milestone. I noticed it on your ticker. 47 lbs lost and 46 to go.

I am trying to keep focus and it is so close to the new month that I am scared I will also not be happy with the weight loss.

What I am happy about is that I have stuck to trying very hard for a month.

REPK-looks like Monday will be the mailing day. I forgot all about it today. REPK-your ticker is from your start date in Nov correct.

I also reseached "starvation mode" and believe that an 800 calorie "nutritious" diet is fine. Your body does not flip back and forth into it if you skip a food or dont eat for a few hours. Basically the conclusion I have come to is they say if you have more than 5% body fat it is almost impossible to go into "starvation mode". Alot of the information came from a study done by Minnesota state.

Good luck Speed of Sound with your Monday start.

01-28-2012, 08:04 PM
Shero: It sounds like you were listening to my conversation with my husband this morning. He said the exact same thing. I've lost 12 pounds this month and I AM very happy with that. I just want to see the big losses I was having for the first few weeks. :-)
Ok...ready to kick the hornets nest again. What do you all think about "eating back" calories you've lost with exercise? I really don't enjoy exercise enough to want to do it just to eat more. It truly seems counterproductive to me.
Thanks for the research Shero! Looking forward to your happy dance post after your weigh in!
Where are you Ex-Tex? I miss your posts!

01-28-2012, 08:05 PM
PS: My ticker is just with this diet, from Nov 6 to present.

01-28-2012, 11:04 PM
Well-I was just looking on the previous posts and realize we have lost quite a bit of posters. Fatty-fat-fat, Shasta, Violet, now Extex and Where is Toy.

REPK your weight loss is going to slow down because as your weight falls you need less base calories. So you will steady off. But every time you say Nov 6th I have to count on my hand how many months that is. 3 months for 47 lbs. I am just amazed at the weight loss. That is 15 lbs a month. Over 3.5 lbs per week-that is so shocking.

I could only dream of that kind of weight loss.

01-29-2012, 07:49 AM
I'm here! I'm here! I'm here! LOL

I was MIA yesterday because I was out-of-town visiting and playing with my favorite two-year-old. She's technically a cousin but in closeness measure she's more like a granddaughter or close niece. She's also the first (nearby) baby girl in the family in nearly 40 years so I am having major big-time fun spoiling her. She absolutely entertains and fascinates do most toddlers. I just love them when they reach the stage where they can communicate and play. I think we played most every toddler game...pretend and real...that's imaginable yesterday. Including the hokey pokey which I didn't remember as making me so dizzy...LOL

I honestly don't see how a mother of a toddler gets the first thing done. Guess if I'd been a mother I would have learned but when I'm around a toddler, I am just spellbound. Had the best time yesterday playing with her and babysitting while her mother ran errands.

Only bad thing is that they don't live close to me so I drove a bit over an hour each way and by last night my legs were major swollen again. They are down a bit this morning but not normal yet. It's really a bummer because since I've been dieting (after the ER scare with the legs and feet), they had not done this again. They hurt last night but at least the pain is gone this morning. I'll be off my feet with them propped up all day like the doctor advised last time and maybe I can avoid another ER/clinic visit. (The last time they put me on IV antibiotics and then major oral pills. This looks and feels like a repeat of that last problem instead of just edema but I'm hopeful it's not.)

Anyway, one of the things that crossed my mind (after the thought that I didn't want to have to go back to the doctor!) is how close we are to February 1. all I can think about is this swelling and subsequent weight gain. I need it to go away quickly so I won't be disappointed when I weigh in. Shoot, besides the scale being my mortal enemy, the other reason I opted to just weigh once a month was to avoid crazy ups that I imagine this swelling/fluid is causing. Guess I'll need a padded cell if it doesn't go down and I show a gain on the first. It's one of those emotional overrides of my intellectual/logical self. I am so eager to see a loss (and NEED to see it!) that I cringe at the possibility of a gain...whether fluid or not.

Oh, well, I'm just going to play Scarlett O'Hara and think about that tomorrow. No sense worrying about it because these days will pass whether the fluid sticks around or not. I didn't drink as much water yesterday so I'm hopeful that pushing the water today will help "drain" my body a bit. I'm really so wanting to not have to go to the doctor until March like he and I had planned. At that point I will have been on the diet for 3 months and 2 weeks and should show a decent weight loss. (I'll also be one day past turning I desperately want that visit to be an upbeat one...LOL. I already know I'm getting a vaccination for shingles then and I need an upbeat visit to counteract the shot. Have I ever mentioned what a wimp I am...LOL)

In reality shots don't bother me much. What I'm dreading is the bloodwork. I'm very fair-skinned and my veins hide and then roll and bloodwork is a trauma. Once in awhile I'll get someone who listens to my request to restick as often as needed. The sticks don't hurt me near like the probing does. Must be some unspoken code of honor or something to not stick many times or they don't believe me for some reason. It's also hard to get them to use a tiny needle at of my biggest complaints with the medical community is that they look at my fat body and think I need the "biggest" of everything...yeah, big blood pressure cuff but not needles and certainly not major doses of meds. Even in OTC meds, I take the minimum dosage.

Well, I'm off to a day of self-imposed bed rest to try to get my legs and feet back to normal size. Wish I remembered where I put my Kindle! I know where my husband's is but he'd think I'd contaminated it if I loaded a fiction book, I'm sure...LOL (Can you imagine...I "inhale" books and he only reads non-fiction. Hmmm...if I get too bored, I might just read a best-seller on might be worth the fireworks! Plus, I can always delete it later if I chicken out. Wonder how carefully he examines the bill? LOL) Just kidding, I guess. I'd ask first...really...or maybe I can find a non-fiction book I can "suffer" that's a thought!

Hope all of you are having a good weekend. Speed, good luck as you begin. I think you're going to like this product. Rose, I had a doctor tell me once that if you reach a "setpoint" (a place where your body weighed that amount for awhile), you might stall a week or so. Maybe, that's where you are...your body is reviewing old memories (LOL...that's my interpretation, not the medical response). Shero, appreciate the research you've done. Makes me feel much better! I kept reading, too, about how nutritious the new products are. I'm probably getting a more nutritious "feeding" per day than I did before I started the program. ExTex, are you still plugging along?

Most of the boards I've ever been on have those that come and go and those that comprise a core, so to speak. Hopefully, some of those that have been MIA for a few days will jump back in and post again. Life, after all, does get in the way sometimes no matter what our intentions are about posting on a regular basis. I'm clutching this thread like a lifeline because it helps me focus on being faithful to my dreams and goals. And, like I've said before, it keeps it from being my main conversation every day to my husband. He probably appreciates you all as much as I do!

I noticed we're getting many views from others. I would like to invite those passers-by to jump in and post whenever they want to. We're primarily on WonderSlim but not limited totally to that. We always welcome new ideas and thoughts, etc. on dieting. We may toss it around and then use it or not but the exchange is entertaining and food for thought at least. Plus, the food for thought isn't fattening...woo hoo! But, if you're shy about posting and had rather lurk, that's fine, too. You can help us keep the cobwebs out of the rafters if you feel so inclined.

Have a good day everyone. I'm just going to laze around and recover from yesterday's playdate with a two-year-old. Otay? (Her favorite word at the moment...LOL)

01-29-2012, 09:31 AM
I know how you feel TOY, I have rolling veins and usually end up in a lot of pain and bruised up from bloodwork. I always hope to get someone who is experienced at drawing blood, but usually it's the new girl that just cant get a hold of that pesky vein!

Hopefully some rest will help out with the swelling, don't forget that even if you are holding water it doesn't mean that you have not been burning fat. When it does all release you'll get that much more of a loss.

I'm like your husband, have never finished a fiction novel that wasn't assigned in school. I love biographies, history/politics, editorial/opinion genres when it comes to books ---- but I'm a pretty big comic book fan, so I get all my fiction in the form of superheroes! That's literary work at it's zenith! My wife can read fiction for hours on end, but hates political opinion type books.

01-29-2012, 02:21 PM
I have tried every diet under the sun and was wanting to try medifast. I am a teacher, and have a small child, so the budget just wasnt there. I stumbled on your thread and have been a "lurker" for a bit, as they say...ordered and got my stuff yesterday-began today. SO kinda starving. I know i need to drink more water, thats always been my downfall. Do you HAVE to eat 7 of their meals a day to lose???? I was wanting to do it as 3 MR shakes a day, 2 supplements and 1 lean and green...keep my carbs around 50 a day and 100 grams of protein. Any thoughts or tips would be helpful...thanks in advance and I am so excited to be starting this with some folks who are familiar with it. ALSO- i came across the "impatient dieter" and I just have a hard time believing it. according to her she lost 25 pounds in a week....WHAT i dont even think so!!! thoughts?

01-29-2012, 03:51 PM
also is there a way to save specific forums, like this one, in my profile so i can get to here easier?

01-29-2012, 04:32 PM
Glad you joined us, Nowisthetime!

You definitely can lose on the program without all 7 items. I'm unsure as to whether any of us are actually doing it as written. I'm incorporating the shake and cereal for lunch, sometimes a bar or meal for lunch, and a lean and green for dinner. In between times but not scheduled, I use the protein snacks such as the chips, etc. I'm trying to get high protein but low calories in the other things I eat during the day.

As far as marking the thread...not sure how to do that but you can link the thread to your email. This lets you know when someone has posted. Use the thread tools tab that comes up under the page numbers when you first click on our thread. There's an option there that lets you "subscribe" to the thread.

Look forward to hearing more about your journey. Post whenever you can...I personally think it helps keep on track.

Speed, your choice of reading sounds like my husband's except for the comics. I've never even seen him look at the comics in the newspaper! (...but I get a thrill out of explaining something to him and then relating that I learned it in my "dime store" novels...his term for my fiction...LOL) His choice of reading matter doesn't bother me nearly as much though as the constant 24/7 of CNN...grrrr. I can lipsync their stories myself by the end of the day!

01-29-2012, 08:00 PM
NOW IS THE TIME-I currently am doing two to three shakes a day. I eat a lite meal for dinner or lunch-I do have some slips believe me. 25# a week-umm I've never done it. Under the "thread tools you can subscribe to this forum. Then when you come on you can look under quick links. I have found wonderslim to be a great base program. has a wonderful calorie counting system.

Currently I have a bariwise chocolate shake in the morning it is compariable to two shakes. These are also sold by Diet Direct but it is more expensive.

Please let me know what you think of your Walden farms foods. I am waiting for taste test results.

Toy must have been visit with the children day yesterday. I went and visited with the grand children yesterday. Always enjoy their company.

Weekends are always hard.

01-29-2012, 08:36 PM
Welcome Now is the time! So glad you joined us. I found the first couple of weeks to be harder than any of the following weeks have been. As far as the person that has lost 25 pounds in one week....pretty sure I could gain that much if I half way tried, but haven't heard of that much of a loss without major surgery and removal of body parts :-)
Toy: Your visit with the little friend sounds delightful! So sorry you're paying for the ride with swelling. Keep legs elevated and keep drinking!
Speedofsound: Let us know how tomorrow goes. You're going to do great! Keep your eye on that goal! I didn't even think of the dips for fresh veges from Walden Farms. Let us know how those taste.
Shero: Will definitely let you know what I think of the stuff I ordered. I'll try anything and will generally like most things to eat...well, duh...look at me :-)
I'm not a fan of chocolate, or capers, but other than that I like almost everything.

01-30-2012, 07:01 AM
Not even 5 am yet and I'm wide awake so I'll check in. Not planning to write a book though as I'm hoping to go back to sleep.

Just two days till weigh-in so I'm trying to mentally prepare myself. I know it won't be the huge number of last month but I am so hoping for at least ten. I'm trying not to focus on that but it is hard...LOL

I don't want to set myself up to be disappointed. That's the way the "old" version of myself on a diet went. I'd hope for a number then if it didn't happen, I'd have a pity party and drown my sorrow in food. OR...if I exceed the number (very rarely...LOL) I would relax my standards and push the limit by eating of the "forbidden." Either way was a disaster in the making because when I'd done that enough times, I just chucked the whole process.

I'm trying to change my mindset to "It is what it is." It's just an object that measures my weight and shouldn't be considered a barometer for my behavior! Not sure I'm totally on board with that yet as I have too many past experiences of set patterns. However, so far this time has been different in so many ways. Who would have thought I would have managed to say off said object for two whole months weighing only on the scheduled day? Not me...LOL!

This month has been more challenging in the aspect that the initial excitement has waned and the realization that I'm in it for a long haul has registered. Gotta keep reminding myself of the one-day-at-a-time concept so I don't look so far ahead that I get discouraged.

Hope everyone has a good day today! Looks like most of the swelling in my feet and legs is back to normal so hopefully I can get out of bed and have a normal day again. However, I'm still sleepy so back to dreamland I go. Gotta love that about being retired!

01-30-2012, 11:24 AM
I started Wonderslim at midnight last night. I work at night, so my schedule is a bit wonky at times. I'm off the next two days, so I go back to a "normal" living schedule for a couple days, then back to night owl mode.

Had the vegetarian joe to start things off and I found the flavor to be really good. A tad bit on the small size of a portion, but it was actually quite filling. The way I have my eating schedule set up allows me to have both the joe and a shake for lunch (at midnight, lol) so I made a chocolate shake. I just shook it up in some water with a couple ice cubes and it was good, reminded me of a drink called Yoo-hoo. I had a snack at 4:30 this morning (bar-b-que cheerio snack things) and they were fantastic!

Got home from work this morning at 8:30 and had a shake, but this time I prepared it using my magic bullet and a few ice cubes blended. Wow, what a difference that made! The shake was much much thicker and frothier, really good-- this will be my preferred method of making these shakes. Buy a magic bullet if you haven't already :)

I have some chicken breast ready to bake along with some iceberg salad for my lean and green tonight. I also have the charts to keep a running tally on everything I consume.

I am more than prepared for this diet because of forums like this, so I thank you in advance for helping me take this first step. I will weigh every Monday morning after work, fully dressed to keep the weigh ins consistent week to week.

First weigh in 258.8

01-30-2012, 08:05 PM
Speedofsound: Sounds like you're off to a great start! I like the bbq cheerio things as well. One of my favorite snacks!
Look forward to your posts on how you're doing!

Toy: Glad the swelling has gone down some. Hope you're back to normal soon. You know UK and Tenn plays again tomorrow, right?

Have a great (on plan) night!

01-30-2012, 08:57 PM

This month has been more challenging in the aspect that the initial excitement has waned and the realization that I'm in it for a long haul has registered. Gotta keep reminding myself of the one-day-at-a-time concept so I don't look so far ahead that I get discouraged.


I agree TOY this is the first month for me and I already am challenged.

Had a big challenge today-a birthday at work so wa-la lots of Donuts. I resisted-boy did they smell good. But I was afraid if I had one I would give up and have two.

That is why the shakes and packaged foods are so good for me. Portion control.

Wednesday a.m. is on my mind alot-keeping me on track.

Here is some great info on yogurt-Greek Yogurt

What makes Greek yogurt a delicious tool for weight loss is its protein content. It has twice as much as other yogurts. "Protein takes longer to leave the stomach," says sports nutritionist Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD. "That keeps you satisfied longer." As a bonus, Bonci tells WebMD, the body burns more calories digesting protein than carbs. Non-fat, low-fat, and low-sugar types keep a slim profile. Found this info on Web MD.

My coworker also brought in some info from her husbands nutritionist-It has a guide of protein: 60g for women, 75g for men. If you want more information on the foods it list let me know. It has a list of 15g protein meals and a grocery list. I would also suggest that you research to much protein.

Hoping and praying for a 15# loss for the month. I would be so excited. When will I be able to see it? :carrot:

01-30-2012, 10:35 PM
Well..I've been lurking threads about Wonderslim for about three weeks now. I've ordered a four week starter kit and I have it now..actually got it within two days. I am planning on going grocery shopping tomorrow to get my veggies and stuff for my lean and greens and im really looking forward to getting started. This is my last attempt at getting this weight off which means i HAVE to make it work!!

Im also going to get a treadmill off craigslist so I can walk for an hour a day (hopefully every morning if i can get my motivation in check)...and do Zumba after work. i havent done my oficial weigh yet...239 is my best guess based on how much i weighed last time i did. Hope im not too far off! excited to get to know yall and uncover my skinny twin in the process! :-)


01-31-2012, 12:21 AM
Hey y'all!!! :)

Sorry I've been MIA; the stomach flu hit my house Friday and I just haven't had a moment to post. I gotta say I've missed the chats!

I am ashamed to say that I totally fell of the wagon. Ice cream was brought into the house (my personal drug of choice lol) and I couldn't I begin again tomorrow. I kept the weight off thankfully and look forward to shaking again with my friends.

I finally got my pilates machine from my parents house and it is sitting here right next to me in my office. I cannot wait to jump on it tomorrow.

Walden Farms- I have their pancake syrup and it is amazing. I don't think I'll ever use anything else. I also bought the BBQ sauce and a salad dressing (Ranch I think) but I haven't tried them yet. Please post what you think about your selections.

Toy, I am excited as you are about your weigh in and glad to see your swelling has subsided. I love your resolve to take it one day at a time; if you don't see the number you expect...jump back on here and we'll support you through it.

Shero, thank you so much for your research! There is a Greek Yogurt based salad dressing in the produce section of our grocery store. I mentioned here before but the name escapes me now. Any way for 2 T it has 35 calories and 1 or 2 carbs and it is yummo. If you'd like, I can find out more about it for you.

Rose, Hi! Glad to see you're doing so well. I can relate to the way you gain and lose weight.;) I am the same way! lol

Speed, so glad you had such a great first day! Isn't it amazing how great these products taste? The pancakes are great!!

Welcome to every one else!!!! Keep posting!

Glad to be back!!! :0)

01-31-2012, 01:51 AM
I've just read over a few of our, I have strayed from this plan several times already. Ridiculous!!! Toy, you and Rose are going strong. How do you do it? I just can't seem to get there mentally.

01-31-2012, 09:51 AM
I wanted to welcome our newest poster...Sara. You look so pretty in your photo! I look forward to having you join this journey with us.

ExTex: Bummer that the stomach virus visited this weekend. You can't diet when you are feeling bad. I know that from past experience.
I'll have to check out the greek yogurt salad dressing. I love that stuff! Sometimes I will get the plain greek yogurt at Kroger and have it for my lean in the lean and green. It has the protein without many calories and minimal carbs.
You mentioned staying strong...I had the very best diet advice, ever, from a charge nurse in Arizona. He was in great shape (a cage fighter.) He said in order to make any change you have to have an equal amount of push and pull to change. I seem to have found that balance this time.
Push: I absolutely hated how I looked, my clothes were too small, airplane seats made me feel cramped, I had to ask for a seat belt extender, people would look at me in buffet lines with a sneer, I couldn't walk a block without feeling out of breath, my knee hurt....the list goes on and on.
Pull: Determination that each day is going to be better than the one before, I'm going to make sure two people in my life have to shut up about my weight. (Thankfully husband is not one of them :-) I want to be at goal weight before our family reunion in October, I want new, beautiful clothes. I want my mammograms to be easier to read. Apparently dense breasts are the reason some very small cancers are missed for a while. It was the reason mine didn't show up for a couple of years. (Thankful to God that it did finally show up in time for early intervention!) I hope my knee will allow me to walk on the treadmill again when the weight is off. I want to finish my exercise bike ride by July 4...4065 miles in 14 months!

I've tried to diet many, many times in the past 3 years since I started gaining my weight back, but I've found I was focusing on only the push or pull and was not successful. Everyone will have different reasons, but those are the ones I keep in mind daily.

Hello to everyone else! Hope you have a great, on plan, day.

01-31-2012, 10:40 AM
Day one, 2 days ago was a practice day...yesterday i started and stayed on plan all day. it was hard....mentally i suppose. I was getting my 2 year olds supper ready and oh boy did i want a chicken finger :( BUT i didnt. I had my roasted chicken and salad, and it was OK....i know in a few says it will get easier. I do kinda feel like a food addict tho, reasoning to myself that a. this isnt practical so why not have a steak or cheese and call it low carb, etc....however, atkins never did teach me portion control or eating often, so I think its important to try this wonderslim route for a month or 2 before i try to go "atkins/ Wonderslim" Has anyone tried a combo of the 2 and done just as well or better as if doing just pure wonderslim? I am excited to be on here with you all, and am going to try an do daily check ins, even just for accountability and to see how you all are faring. good luck to all today and to the new folks like me, eyes on the prize :)

01-31-2012, 11:10 AM
Thanks, Rose. I have some of the same push and pulls...I am going to list mine and post them to help keep me focused.

Nowisthetime; I remember when my son was small and I constantly finished his plate for him! It's hard to resist sometimes. lol I am using Wonderslim products 4 to 5 times a day and eating a lean and green once a day. So far it's worked out fairly well and I love the forced portion control. I think it will help in the long run.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

01-31-2012, 11:39 AM
Quick welcome to Sara! Glad you've joined us and hope to hear from you often.

Welcome back, ExTex...we've missed you! Glad you're feeling better from that pesky bug.

Everyone else...I'm catch up to you later in the day. I've overslept (ahh!) and I've got to get up and moving. My husband has to go out-of-state for a couple of days for doctor's appts. and I promised I'd send some fresh muffins with him. Gotta get to baking!

Wish I could go with him but there's the puppy (could handle that issue more easily than the second problem...) Mainly I can't go because it's close to a 5 hour trip and my legs and ankles/feet can't handle it right now. It's just a follow-up from an earlier office visit so I'm not too worried about it.

Anyway, got to get clicking so I can keep my promise. Talk to you guys all later...

01-31-2012, 12:20 PM
Shero: Just remembered I forgot to ask you for the list of the 15 gram protein meals. I would love to have that. I know, when the "acute" phase of this diet is over, I'm going to have to remain on some sort of a higher protein, lower carb maintenance plan to keep from regaining. It's still a long way in the future, but I can start looking at options now.
Hope you're having a great day and a big ATTAGIRL for resisting the doughnuts in your office.

01-31-2012, 12:30 PM
Shero, I would love to see your protein meal list as well. :)

Toy, I use this system developed at to keep my house clean. I really struggled keeping all my balls in the air when it was just me and the boy with a house, extra curricular activities, grading papers, lesson plans, IEPs, etc. lol You know the "Teacher Drill." Check the site out. It may help. :)

01-31-2012, 01:33 PM
Ugh. I just tried the WS Cheese Steak macaroni...I had to throw it out. Yikes.

01-31-2012, 06:49 PM
Just a quick update on day 2, everything is going splendidly. I am following the New Lifestyle Diet plan while using a combo of wonderslim and NLD products. Both products are supposed to be the exact same, but having tried a New Lifestyle Diet chocolate shake for the first time, it actually seems to taste better than the Wonderslim.

It may just be all in my head, so I am going to order a box of the Wonderslim chocolate and do a taste test because they have the exact same ingredients and nutritional info.

In case anyone is curious, they are both made by a company called Robard Corporation and are packaged under several brand names. I would post a link, but I can't quiite yet.

01-31-2012, 07:53 PM
Ok-I am claiming my weight lost total for the month today....Couldnt wait any longer. I have lost 15 lbs. I am excited but wish it could have been more. I struggled and hope February is easier. 3#'s and I will be closer to 200 than 300.

I think you can mix and match any program as long as the basis is the same. We need to all find our way to make it through and be as comfortable as possible.

Can't wait for the rest of you to post your monthly loss. I will work on posting the info for the meals later. REKP your soups are on their way-sent them out yesterday.

01-31-2012, 09:29 PM
Hello All
Well I'm new to wonderslim and I saw this blog in Sept and decided to order it. I never started because hadnt felt quite ready. Well . I started 4 days ago because of this blog, back in Sept I read the series of wonderslim threads ..
I have gained 70...yes....70 pounds in 6 months .so my starting point is 230. My dieting "saga" began as a kid lol. Always a chunk. so my all time highest weight was 280 in 2003. I went on a low fat high fiber diet including about 70 or so grams of protein .I did it. I lost it all and got down to a truly unbelievable weight of 124.For about a week . Then I stayed at 135 for a bit and gained and maintained 160 since 07. But now im back to the drawing board.
So I'm on it . Im over being depressed about it . Darn it.Im alive. I did gain so much because of an operation and steroids with it .I saw my body bust and outgrow everything I owned.It was rough.But reading this very thread I think I found my solution.I know I can do this .I know we can do this .Ive ate my way through my pain .I dont want to have to go through this any more .Its hard being fat. It hurts.My body cant take this weight any longer.
Sorry such a dramatic opener ,lol. So what Im doing is 1200-1400 calories a day. Im using wonderslim ,bars ,lean cuisine lol,and a big salad as a meal .Im eating abt 7x a day.Oh and fruit like one a day. I also get 1 serving of milk etc.(cheese) a day.
Im taking your advice Toy . I will be doing my weigh in on the first too.All of your words have been so uplifting ladies .Thank you all.
By the way Im a hairdresser so hence the name. God makes al things beautiful in time .

01-31-2012, 09:30 PM
sorry for the grammatical errors teach.

02-01-2012, 07:09 AM
Welcome Scissorhappy...and especially for that "teach" comment. It made me smile which so far this morning is the first smile I've given my face.

Shero, super happy with your loss! Fifteen pound is a tremendous loss!

I'm in a bit of shock and not the happy kind at all. I just weighed and I only lost 5 pounds this month. I think I'd like to cry but the tears just aren't there. What a time to have dry eyes!

I choose to believe that it's my body playing catch-up with last month's whopping loss but 19 and then only 5? It's a bit of a let, change's a huge let down. However, I'll try to do a Pollyanna and voice that that's 24 in two months and that's not too shabby, I guess.

Rose, I totally forgot about the game, too. Gotta remember to look up the scores when I leave this thread. With my husband on a road trip, I watched Biggest Loser instead of just taping it and totally forgot the game. Now I'm trying to recall whether he asked me to tape it. I sure hope not since I didn't...I do remember a conversation about the game but can't recall what he said about taping it. I'll play Scarlett O'Hara and think about that tomorrow...LOL

Oh well, looks like I didn't lose my sense of humor along with those 5 pounds so that's a positive. I'm just shocked, I guess. I didn't follow the plan as religiously as the first month and I guess the lesson was learned. I know I'm certainly not running to eat something because I feel more than slightly nauseated. Wish I could explain it to myself better...there was the attack of the stale oreos that I ate that stormy night but other than that, I kept the calories within my range.

Now more than ever I'll be interested in what effect exercise has on my losses. I have been on self-imposed back rest several days this last month with my back and my feet/legs. Other than that, I can't even venture a guess. Maybe my fat is checking to see if I'm really serious this time about losing. After all, they've been fooled many times before.

Note to fat cells...sorry but this is a real eviction notice! I'm going to swallow my disappointment but not in a digestive fashion. Right now, I'm going to try to sleep a that's a real way on earth I'll be able to sleep with this non-loss bouncing around in my head...but I'll surf the net or something until a more decent time for me to get up. It's not even 5 am and if I get up this early, I may wreck my day's food plan. Today I go back to the eat every 2-3 hours regime. I have slacked off on that aspect of the program because I haven't been hungry that often but maybe that's part of my problem this month.

Grrrr...what I really want is a drink! No, I don't "drink"...what I want is a huge glass of diet Pepsi but I know what that will do. Diet drinks are my trigger and water will become only a bath item. Not going to do it! I haven't had a diet drink (cola...have had Crystal Light lemonade a couple of times) in 2 months and I'm not going to falter on that...I'm just not. I know they are allowed but those are not "kind" to me.

Okay, that month is over. Today begins a new month and (yikes) a shorter one. Back to the basics for me with no tinkering. I always did like even numbers more than odd anyway and this is an "even" month.

Everyone have a good day. I plan to even though I have major housework on the agenda. (PS...ExTex, afraid I'm a FlyLady drop out from way back! Maybe I should start reading the emails again...usually just delete from habit.)

02-01-2012, 09:49 AM
Welcome Scissorhappy! Glad you joined us. What kind words about us helping to inspire you. Thank you!

Shero: What a great weight loss! Doing a happy dance for you! Thank you for sending the soups. I haven't tried the mushroom one yet and look forward to it especially.

Toy: I'm actually doing a happy dance for you too! 5 pounds is a bag of flour, or a bag of sugar that your body is no longer carrying and won't see again. Keep your mind on the fact you have lost 24 pounds in two months! That's an amazing loss. Your determination will carry you through the rest of this diet. I'll be very interested to know what will happen when you add the water exercise to your plan. You can and will do this. We all can!

Speedofsound: So happy to hear everything is going good for your new eating plan. I really haven't noticed a difference in the taste of the food, but just had to force myself to do the chocolate shakes, so probably would not have noticed the difference in taste. (I had 40+ packages of the chocolate from my first orders in November...told my husband he probably wasn't getting enough protein before he runs, so he has been drinking one as a pre-run snack. He actually likes them!)

ExTex: Bummer that you didn't like the Cheese Steak Macaroni. I actually like all those meals I've tried. I do add hot sauce to almost all of the ones with macaroni. They just remind me of Hamburger Helper type meals and I usually add hot sauce to those too.

There was one big "pull" from my previous weight that I forgot to mention yesterday. I have found this diet to be expensive (especially for a self proclaimed queen of cheap.) I absolutely refuse to waste my money. With the 3 month package of food I ordered the end of December, I have $1115 invested. So far with 47 pounds is $23.72 a pound. I have to get that number per pound way down to make myself happy :) When I gave my husband the number he said "If someone offered to make 50 pounds drop off you for 1100 dollars would you say yes?" OK>>>heck yes! I would have handed them a check and be a shadow of my former self right now. I realized it's essentially the same, I just have to work at it and it is going to take some time. We can all do this!

Hope everyone has a great, on plan, day

02-01-2012, 10:23 AM
Im struggling again :( I keep wrestling with the question, which will i lose more on and will i mess up wonderslim and the 250 bucks i spent using them as "snacks" in an atkins diet...will they conflict? will i lose more doing JUST wonderslim or JUST atkins??? I feel like i NEED to chew my food, but i can do anything for a month. Any of you fold done both and opted for WS exclusively, if so ,why?

02-01-2012, 10:31 AM
i dont know :( u ladies seem to be doing great, i ate broc and cheese soup last night and felt so guilty tho it was only 200 calories and 20 carbs, i dont wanna feel bad over that! BUT i dont wanna be 100 pounds overweight too. waaaah

02-01-2012, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome guys! :-) And thank you for the compliment on my photo. I used to model before I blew up like a balloon haha...I'm a ham for the camera when I'm confident about how I look. Needless to say that photo was about 50 lbs ago -_-. But soon I'll be back to my skinny self so no worries. :-D

Does anyone that's on Wonderslim have thyroid disease of any kind? I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and I'm wondering how I'll do on this. I know I can still lose, it's just harder to accomplish. It would be encouraging to know if any of you guys have a similar condition that fights against weight loss.

02-01-2012, 12:24 PM
I absolutely refuse to waste my money. With the 3 month package of food I ordered the end of December, I have $1115 invested. So far with 47 pounds is $23.72 a pound. I have to get that number per pound way down to make myself happy :) When I gave my husband the number he said "If someone offered to make 50 pounds drop off you for 1100 dollars would you say yes?" OK>>>heck yes! I would have handed them a check and be a shadow of my former self right now. I realized it's essentially the same, I just have to work at it and it is going to take some time. We can all do this!

Hope everyone has a great, on plan, day

Your husband is absolutely right! I had this same conversation at work and everyone agreed that they would pay $5000-$10000 right then to make the weight disappear.

02-01-2012, 12:37 PM
Toy, you lost 24 lbs in 2 months!! that is fantastic! You should be very proud of yourself. It is a journey, we'll get there. I am adding exercise to my program as well. I just got off my Pilates machine and have a nice sweat goin'! Let's see how exercise speeds up our progress.

Shero, 15 lbs?! Yay! Keep it up! :)

Hi, speed. Congratulations on your successful second day! Thanks for letting us know about taste of NLD. It always helps to know what products are out there.

My weight loss for January was 8 lbs. I'm okay with that considering my many slips. I am changing a few things this month; first, I will take that silly vitamin. It makes me nauseous, but I understand it helps with your energy level. Second, I will eat every three hours. I think I let myself get too hungry and then the mindless eating begins. Third, I will jump on my Pilates every day. EVERY DAY. Hopefully, with these changes I will see a ten lb loss for February.

To those of you I missed, keep shaking! :)

have a wonderful day, everyone!

Rose, I can relate to the money pull. I told myself its either spend money on Wonderslim or buy a whole new wardrobe! I so want to get back into my clothes....I miss them terribly. Sounds silly, but its true. While I was exercising today I was imagining myself back in to some of my favorite outfits. lol Whatever works, right?

Nowisthetime, don't worry about what will make you lose weight faster; pick a program that you can stick to. On WS you can chew food. you get to eat one lean and green, a fruit, a small starch, in addition to your WS meal supplements. I am not sure what products you have but WS does offer entrees like spicy pasta, vegitarion chili, cereal, even pancakes. You'll do fine.

Welcome, scissorhappy! So glad you're here with us. Glad we were able to inspire you and look forward to your posts. :)

02-01-2012, 12:38 PM
It is so strange how my posts are written in one order but when I "publish" them to the site, they come out differently. Crazy.

02-01-2012, 02:29 PM
Nowisthetime: I've been thinking about your question about combining Wonderslim with Adkins. I'm not sure they wouldn't be at odds with each other from the start. Wonderslim is high protein, low carb (but does have some) and very low fat. From what I remember about Adkins, it was high protein, low carb and fat wasn't counted. It may have changed since I was on it eons ago. Really, what I would suggest is to try Wonderslim as directed for a month. Use your lean and green meal to get the satisfaction of chewing your food (or divide it into two meals!)
I have tried to mix diets before and it hasn't been successful for me. This time I decided to pick one and stick with it.
I think Speedofsound and I are both doing the New Lifestyle plan, using Wonderslim products. I think Shero, ExTex, and Toy are all doing Wonderslim, but with an eye on calories. I'm not as focused on calories, since I know if I follow the plan exactly I'll be getting from 900 to 1200 a day with the variable being the type of lean and green meal I choose.
Just my opinion...let us know what you decide to do and we'll all support your choice!

02-01-2012, 03:06 PM
Nowisthetime, I follow the Medifast plan using WS products. So 5 WS meal replacements and one lean and green meal.

Medifast 5 an 1 plan recommends:

800-1000 cal
<30 g fat
<100 g carbs
at least 70 grams of protein

The Lean and Green Meal should be:

250-300 cal
NA fat
>25g protein
<15 g carbs

I pretty much stay within these limits on a daily basis.

Rose, I will have to look into the plan for NLB. I am not really sure what it calls for.

Hope this helps!

02-01-2012, 03:17 PM
Shero, Did you say you use the Bariwise Shakes/Puddings? Diet Direct has a sale. How do you like them?

Kays Natural Protein Chips- has anyone tried these? Opinion?

Thanks!! Jennifer

02-01-2012, 03:19 PM
Got the soups in the mail today. Thanks so much! I truly appreciate them.
Hope you're having a great day!

02-01-2012, 03:27 PM
ExTex: New lifestyle is 7 packets of the protein meals a day and one lean and green meal. (8 oz of lean protein and 2 cups of green veges)
Should be around 1000-1200 calories according to your choices for the lean and green, around 160 protein, 72 carbs and 18 fat.
Sorry I was mistaken about your plan you are following:o I get confused as to what we all are doing.
I'm waiting for my Walden Farms order now. Should be here today. I'm excited to try the things I've ordered.
Sara: I haven't had any thyroid problems, but do know that soy protein can mimic the hormone estrogen. That is the reason I chose the diet high in whey protein instead of pure soy protein.

02-01-2012, 05:06 PM
Rose, don't apologize! We are on so many different plans!! I was just trying to help Nowisthetime. :) Thanks for the info on NLD. Sounds much like Medifast with the addition of two protein supplements.

Can't wait until your get your Walden Farm order; please post your thoughts.

02-01-2012, 08:02 PM
Hello all,

I am so excited for you all having lost weight. Stick with it. We can all do it together. Just think we have lost not gained. 24#'s in two months. That is so great. Isnt it funny how we can take our own joy away by wanting more-hum kinda like food.

REKP-glad you got the soups already.

I am using the Bariwise shakes-they are fine-a little thick but the ones I am using is like a double shake. My neighbor and I bought them a while ago and she did not use them I bought them from her. I saw they were on sale along with vitamins which I do need.

Cost of the Wonderslim program-priceless. This is definately cheaper than stomach surgery or joining Medical Weight Loss clinic. You can watch Craigslist or Ebay if you want to feel like you are getting a buy. That is how I started on the shakes-bought some out of my local paper. They were Medical Weight Loss clinic shakes then found diet direct and compared them-wa la same thing.

Here is the list of 15g Protein Meals from my co-worker who's husband had stomach surgery:

2 eggs w/low fat chees and veggies.
1/2 cup beans w/1/4 c. lowfat cheese and salsa
1 c. Kashi Go lean w/fat free yogurt or milk
Weight Control Oatmeal made with milk
1/2 c. cottage cheese w/fruit
2 slices ham rolled up w/ onion/pickle and low fat cream cheese
1/4 c. soynuts mixed w/ 1/2 c kashi Go lean with teaspoonful of dried fruit.
Salad greens topped w/ 1 hard boiled egg, 1/4 c low fat cheese, fruit, other veggies and low fat dressing.

Listed Nutrition Goals
Protein: 60g for women, 75g men daily
Fluids: at least 64 ounces daily
Vitamins: Fusion? Multivitamin (2/day) calcium citrate (1000-1200mg/daily) vitamin b12 (at least 500 mcg daily).

Eating schedule: Ease your way into 3 meals and 1-2 snacks daily-dont go longer than 5 hours without eating.

This is Phase 4: Lean Protein, Veggies & Fruit.

I also have a handout from Class One:Principles to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery.

Sit down to eat
keep serving bowls off the table
set utensils down between bites
aim to be the last one done with one helping.
use smaller utensils,chopsticks, or non-dominant hand to eat.

Eat on Schedule:
Plan to eat within an hour of getting up/every 3-5 hours through the day.
dont allow yourself to get overly hungry-leads to overeating unhealthy choices.

Smaller amounts more often.

Vitamins: Adult multivitamin daily.

Exercise. Move more today than yesterday.

Go over a nutrition Label-
Always start with the serving size.
Choose food with less than 5 grams total fat
Choose foods with 2 grams saturated fat or less per serving. Avoid Trans fats.
Get in the habit of looking at total protein.
Choose grain-based products with at least 2 grams of fiber per serving.
Try to limit sugars to 10g or less per serving.

02-01-2012, 08:06 PM
Welcome Scissorhappy. Don't run with them LOL. Glad to see you have joined this forum of Wonder-ful people.

02-01-2012, 09:05 PM
Lots of Medifast on Ebay.

02-01-2012, 09:16 PM
I have lost major weight 2x in the last 17 years-why I dont I keep it off?

1995-stress. I probably lost around 70 or so pounds that year. I guess a broken heart will do that to you. Best thing that could have ever happened when it comes to relationships. I was looking so good when I got married in 1996. Gradually put it all back on over I would guess 5 years. Happy and eating again.

Stayed in Xland until Christmas 2009. By October 2010 I had went from 267# to 204#-I was so excited about oneland. Once again in a stressful situation and took it off. Stress was resolved by thanksgiving 2010. Happy and eating again. Got a job in a office Nov 2010. Oh how they love to eat.

January 2011-what the heck happened again-back up to 267. At this weight even my eyelids get fat.

Here I am and what do I expect to be different this time? what makes you go "hum"?

02-02-2012, 12:47 AM
Hi all
Thank you all so much for saying "hi".Well its another day .I am finding it hard to eat all my food . I know I need to.Maybe Id rather eat nothing at times than the food?lol Either way I am committed,and thats awesome.I am trying to just be my body is a machine and am "trying" to visualize food as just fuel.Not my crutch lol. Toy - My ,My ,My Congratulations on your loss teach. Maybe you should pick up a couple big sacks of potatoes and a smaller one ,walk down a couple aisles and really "feel" your weightloss? I am so happy for you and your feat . REKP - Thank you for the warm welcome and such encouragement. We got this ! Shero -I do run with 'em lol.thanks for such helpful info.I will try some of the meal ideas for sure . ExTex-So glad your feeling better and back in the saddle again and your pilates machine thats so wonder-ful. - Hi to everyone new here to . So I weighed in and I lost 6 pounds in 5 days.I hope I can wait for the first each month. I dunno if i can do it tho.I might sneak on and off it so lets see.I do know that I am eating a lot healthier and that is the main goal for me. Wishing you a calm relaxing day guys .....

02-02-2012, 10:31 AM
Thanks for posting the 15 gram protein plan, Shero.

What makes me go "hum?" I first gained weight after my husband left my newborn son and me in Jan 2000. I just ate and ate and ate. Finally, I had enough. I was only in my early 30's and already my ankles and knees hurt so I lost the weight. 80 lbs. I think that was 2004? 2003? Can't remember.

I kept it off until this past summer. I had a 11 day stay in hospital, 5 of them in ICU. After being so sick for so long, I went a little crazy with the food. At that time, I needed to gain weight but I went 20 (really 25) lbs too far. I couldn't stop eating. I have a tendency to binge eat.

I went on WS because I know myself. I could very easily put back all the weight plus more. I have never been able to just restrict my calories, fat grams etc. I really need a restrictive plan. I didn't have too many problems maintaining my weight loss before though I have to admit this time around losing the weight is a lot tougher. Who knows. I do plan to keep WS in my daily post loss diet. I think starting my new career in nursing will help too. Getting laid off my job as a teacher took a toll on my psyche.

I am hoping two things with this plan. First, to lose the weight! lol Secondly, to retrain my body and my mind to eat healthy foods in the correct portions. I also recognize this time around, I have to exercise.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

02-02-2012, 10:38 AM
Is anyone taking an appetite suppressant? Vitamins?

02-02-2012, 04:10 PM
Good afternoon! Hope you all are having a good, on plan, day.

Scissor: CONGRATULATIONS on that great loss! Isn't it wonderful to see the scale moving in the downward direction. I liked your idea about picking up the bags of potatoes and walking around with them to help visualize your loss.
ExTex: Congratulations on getting back on your exercise routine! I firmly believe that it is at least as important as the food you eat to speed weight loss. I do take a vitamin every day. I hate them, they make my stomach queasy, but I do seem to have more energy since I've been taking them.
Shero: Thanks so much for the protein meal list. I appreciate that. I have also lost a lot of weight, then gained back a lot. I look back at choices I made after my knee injury, first not being able to walk without pain was a major factor in the regain. Then SO many bad choices with food. I was eating like I had never had a weight problem. I know now I'm going to have to watch what I eat for the rest of my life. My husband is thin and athletic. He can eat what he wants. I just can't eat as much, or many of the same things I fix for him.

I'm challenging myself to 100 days of excellent choices, in everything. I can do ANYTHING for 100 days, and by that time I should be very close to my goal weight. I will have some travel in there, which adds a degree of difficulty but I'm trying to convince myself if I can do this at home there is no reason to dread the travel.

02-02-2012, 04:26 PM
I got my WS package today! I aid I was going to start next Monday but now Im like, I wanna start today!

02-02-2012, 07:25 PM
Welcome Amelia! Let us know how your first day goes.

02-02-2012, 09:35 PM
Hi gals :hug: Well another day and I'm doing better today with eating I think. I do feel slightly awkward,like I'm nauteous(sp?).That helps with the not being famished. I'm not taking any diet pills but take a costco vitamin most days. I do find if I keep my hands busy that will help . I understand the spot your in girls thanks for the help gals. I haven't really excerSIZEd at all just trying to do my chores with more vigor lol. I did get on the scale and it said 8 sooo yay :dancer:. But I dont want to get on everyday lol.Now only 92 to go ..... :dizzy: I think THIS IS GOING TO WORK ! We all have the power to make this change happen. I am satisfied my aloted amount of food. There really isnt much thinking as to what to eat, it is what it is . I remember the biggest was always ....What am I going to eat ? lol After my surgery I went all crazy eating everything and anything .Hence the gain . Not having to really "think" about what I'm eating now makes all the difference for me. There are so many choices in life -I dont even wanna think about food .I like that I can work this program without thinking much about it .lmao Did you notice how many times I said eat ? I guess I am .Off drink my shake :carrot::D

02-02-2012, 09:38 PM
I had non cosmetic breast surgery btw not weightloss surgery by the way .

02-02-2012, 10:52 PM
Walden Farms 0 calories stuff came in today. Ugh, I barely tried the french onion dip and it was terrible. I'm afraid to even touch the rest now! :barf:

02-03-2012, 10:48 AM
Speed, your little green sickie cracked me up! Did you get the pancake syrup? I have it and think it's fantastic. Let us know if you try anything else. :)

Amelia, Welcome!

Eight pounds already? Wow! You must be so excited, Scissors!

Love, love, love your idea of 100 days of excellent choices, Rose. If I haven't said it before you inspire me! So far I love working out on my Pilates machine. I think I may have found something that I can keep up for life; I actually look forward to my workouts. I haven't done that since high school when I was on the swim team.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

02-03-2012, 12:10 PM
My Walden Farms 0 cal order came yesterday as well. So far I've tried the chipotle mayonnaise and bacon ranch salad dressing. The mayo is spicy and kinda tart. Would never have guessed it was mayonnaise if I hadn't been reading the label at the time. It was more Miracle Whip type taste than mayo, I think it would be good as a dip for veges and on some meats.
The bacon ranch dressing was mild. Had taste, but not a lot. I didn't use much, will use more next time.
I had some of the mayo as a dip for my cheddar chips this morning and thought it tasted good!
So far I would order both again. Thanks for the coupon code Speed! Sorry your dip was a bust. Try the other stuff, it may surprise you. I'm looking forward to the pancake syrup.
ExTex: thanks for the kind words. I had a full day of great choices yesterday and look forward to more of the same today.

Hello to everyone else out there. Hope you all have a great, on plan, day!

02-03-2012, 12:43 PM
Welcome Amelia. Glad to have you join us.

I have not done well this week. I had a surprise-"Aunt Flo" came to visit. I usually dont have to deal with her so a T.O.M. is very unusual for me. I have ate so much. Guess I'm not fully through menopause.

Watching exercises on The View. It's so funny. Boy does Sherry look good. Zumba looks so fun. Anyone interested in them can go to the Views website.

Glad I didnt buy Walden Farms before everyone taste tested.

Have a good day all.

02-03-2012, 12:52 PM
Hi Everyone!

I'm new to this thread and I'm just coming back to the boards after a long hiatus (and, of course, a weight gain!).

I did Medifast a few years back and lost 30 lbs in 3 months .. then, I went on vacation, got cocky & went off program, gained it all back PLUS (isn't that always the way!). Since then I've done a few other programs with minimal success.

I had a serious talk with my Dr about having lap band surgery .. I am 54, 5'6', almost 80 lbs overweight .. and have GERD, knee pains, and most recently - shortness of breath upon exertion ... I can't keep walking down this "self destructive" path. We decided that I'd try Medifast ONE more time before surgery - then I saw "Wonderslim" .. and read that it taste better than MF .. AND you can have fruit! (yay!). My Dr agreed so I ordered my starter kit .. it is due for delivery tomorrow.

Now, I am not saying lap band is a bad thing .. I have many friends who have had it with great success .. I'm just saying that I personally am not at that point where I feel I'm at my "last straw".

I'm praying that with Wonderslim, God, my online support friends, and Weight Watchers (I rejoined for the 800th time a few weeks ago ... am still going to go to the meeting for additional support ... plus that weekly scale will hold me accountable - they don't necessarily have to know I'm doing WS!) THIS TIME WILL BE MY SUCCESS STORY!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Talk to you all soon :)