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07-31-2012, 08:53 PM
Ok Ladies, I need to get back on track. Before my back surgery and pregnancy with my twin girls, my lowest weight was 197. Right now I'm over 250 (gained A LOT with my pregnancy), was 294 right before I delivered. I was on modified bedrest at 28 weeks, and full bedrest at no walking, nothing. So, I am literally starting all over again.

Not sure how I'm going to do it this time...I don't have my trainer...he moved! :( Guess I will be relying on you all to help keep me accountable. I will probably do what I did last on my eating first, then begin the exercise. I'm breastfeeding my twin girls, so that limits how often I can really work my chest feels so darn heavy all the time, not sure how I will get on the elliptical.

What are your plans this time around???

07-31-2012, 09:01 PM
I've been trying my best to get back on track but have had some dental work done lately, so I eat what I can when I can. I've been doing zumba and walking. Not sure what plan to go with this time, but I have to find something I like. I hate having the extra lbs back

07-31-2012, 10:26 PM
Welcome Vicki! I can certainly relate. I just had a baby, too, and I gained a ton of weight. I'm the heaviest I've ever been and I, too, am starting all over again. I also know exactly what you mean when you say your chest is too heavy for exercise! Same here! I can't even fit into my old sports bras, so I have to wear 2 bras to get some support while I work out. I definitely think you should start exercising as soon as you can. It will help with the endorphins, give you energy and make you feel good. It's the one time I can get out of the house during the week and have my "me" time - without the baby, without the laundry and all the other stuff I have to do at home. Even if you can squeeze in just 20 minutes a day - it will make all the difference! (At least that's what a trainer at the gym told me!)

As for me and my plan, I'm doing a remote patient program with a doctor based out of Beverly Hills. He sees patients from all over the US - you can do a telephone consult by phone and he creates a unique plan for you based on your body, metabloism and what your weight loss goals are. He is very understanding, encouraging and understands all of us are different and need different things. Whether that's appetite suppressants, lipotropics injections, meal replacement programs, etc. It's pretty thorough.

07-31-2012, 10:27 PM
PM me if you want his info!

08-01-2012, 01:33 PM
Hey girls! Thanks for sending me the info!

I am starting over but not to the extreme. I lost 50 pounds before and put 25 back on. I got into a new steady relationship and well....thats what happens. I weighed in at 195 this past Saturday and will weigh in each week on Saturday mornings.

This time around, because my social calendar is sooooo hectic and the kids will be starting up softball/baseball again..I am going the Atkins route. No measuring or counting, just eating a whole lot of meat and watching what carbs I do take in (after induction). The standard for induction is 2 weeks, I may try to push it to 3 weeks if Im not struggling. So far so good but then again, its only day 3, lol.

You guys have some serious hurdles and road blocks to overcome but Ill push ya all the way through! :-) Good luck ladies, Ill try to check in at least once a day.

08-01-2012, 02:43 PM
Thanks luckylindy! Question...what is induction?

08-01-2012, 04:58 PM
Induction is the first 2 weeks of the Atkins diet, it goes is phases....induction, 2, 3, OWL.

Anyway, its the most strict part of the Atkins diet. You cannot go over 20g of carbs a day and it really is mainly protein, lots of eggs, chicken, seafood, and beef. The only carbs one should be eating is from green veggies such as salad and broccoli. Im NEVER hungry so I think this program may be a good fit for me. :-)

08-02-2012, 10:15 AM
So....its towards the end of the is everyone doing?

Me, pretty good! The amazing thing about this is I stopped craving sweets all together, NEVER want them. I made peanut butter cookies for the kiddos last night and cinnabuns for breakfast this morning and it didnt faze me in the slightest.

The only downfall, I have crazy headaches, which I read is common and will go away after a week but still, I come home and want to sleep away the headache. Dinner last night was delicious and I am going to have the same today....naked chicken wings tossed in franks hot sauce with bleu cheese, YES, this is my diet, crazy, lol.

Are you guys having any challenges?

08-02-2012, 08:54 PM
My challenge is that I don't have time to really make myself food...the girls consume my time and then the down time I do have, I spend breast feeding or pumping to increase supply for when I return to work. I really need to get myself in gear. I will be doing the shopping this weekend and get super healthy foods...the hubby has been doing the shopping since I was 28 weeks. It's hard to get motivated when caring for 9 week old twins and a 4 year old and getting no sleep. I get 5 hours of sleep a night...going to take some time getting used to my new schedule. Really hard when I will return to work in 2 weeks. Ugh. This is gonna be tough.

08-03-2012, 12:29 AM
I am twin mom too. I know it is tough to get time I between to workout but take it easy do some simple workouts at home until you go back to work. I am trying myself to lose over 50 pounds that I gained during preg and after my twins will be 2 .i need some motivation

08-03-2012, 12:06 PM
Keep your head up girls. Although I do not have babies or twins, I do have 3 kids (now, lol, my way of my boyfriends two). It takes baby steps. Do the grocery shopping first, then pack healthy snacks a week in advance. One of the things that I started doing with this "diet" *hiss**gasp*....ahem, "lifestyle change" is making a lot of my meals on Sunday's, ie: I make mini quiche with egg, cheese and sausage, and then freeze them in individual baggies. That way I just grab them from the freezer when I first wake up, throw them in microwave at work, and then eat them at my desk. Just a thought? I know, I know...easier said than done.

Im going to touch on my TMI moment....warning, warning.

I got TOM yesterday, except, heres the problem...I have not gotten TOM in 9 years! Needless to say, I am a big baby not having dealt with this in so long. I have not worked out but 2 days this week and this just adds to my fall. I also want to weigh in tomorrow but as I did with my previous weight loss, if I feel bloated on weigh in date, I wait, to avoid frustration.

I am amazed that I am not missing carbs in the slightest. The headaches have also subsided. I am craving soda like **** but I can deal with it. I am suppose to go out to Macaroni Grill for lunch today. I have been going over the menu ALL MORNING and realized, just how bad the carb count is in EVERYTHING, even salad! But then again, this IS an Italian restaurant. I dont want to make my friends suffer for my diet restrictions.

08-03-2012, 02:02 PM
Thanks for the explanation of induction :)

Vicky, you can do it! Don't feel overwhelmed, just take one step at a time. Do the twins go in day care? hope you don't mind me asking, but I'll need to make a decision soon on what do with my baby while I work. Luckily I can work from home right now, but that won't be forever.

08-03-2012, 05:03 PM
OK so I weighed this morning and updated the ticker, ugh!!!!! Not happy at all about those numbers, but ladies we've done this before and I know we will do it again.

Lindy(kinda weird calling you that now, lol) I thought it was bad that I haven't had TOM in 3 months and got it the other day. I couldn't imagine going 9 years.

My dental work is all done for a few months. I was supposed to get my wisdom teeth out but the surgeon at aspen dental wouldnt do it because the root of one was too close to my jawbone and he was afraid he would fracture my jaw and have to send me to the er. Now I have to wait til September to see another oral surgeon. Only one of them gives me problems, I was really hoping to get them out.

Give me some motivation, gotta at least get up and walk

08-06-2012, 10:44 AM
Burgundy...that is so funny because we know each other's "real names" from facebook. lol. So now you have some time to buy since you are not getting dental work, that being said, what program are you putting in place to take this weight off?

I do my walk every morning, for a while there I had to switch to bike riding because I was getting bored and found that to be good change. Today I started walking again and enjoyed it. I guess I just have to keep it fresh, besides, the different changes are all good for the body. I am signing up Gabriella for swimming next week, ok...funny story, when I was Gabriella's age, up until 14 I was on a swim team that trained for the Olympics (not everyone on the team was chosen, but I was one that they were "grooming"), anyway, this whole Olympic thing got me on memory lane and I was telling Gab, and so now she wants to try it, lol. I could care less about training her for the Olympics but if it could help towards a scholarship, that would be awesome. Im also hoping it helps me get back in the pool. :-) She is also in running club and if I had the resilence she has, Id be good, lol.
Burgundy, start out small, park your car in the farthest place possible and walk, thats how it all began for me.

Ok, NOW FOR THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! I weighed myself this week and lost 10 pounds in my first week on Atkins! Woot woot! I know its just the big "flush" but I am seriously happy. Even if its 2 pounds each week moving forward, I would be happy with that.

I have a new goal in mind. My birthday weekend in January 20th and we will be on a cruise with 8 other cabin of friends and family, so I would like to be 150 by that cruise. It would be my most aggressive goal to date but the Atkins diet is soooooo easy, I dont see any problems.

What is everyone else's goals? Short term/long term?

08-07-2012, 08:27 PM
Lindy-im not really following "a plan". Just cutting out most carbs and drinking a ton of water. I walk almost everyday, gonna start adding some running in soon and I do zumba on wii. There's also a place close to where I live called lumber mans monument, there are 276 stairs there so I go down and climb back up and try to do it twice. Its hard work.

Congrats on 10 lbs. That is fantastic. I would be happy with 2 lbs a week too. Good luck, I know you can do it. You are a machine. We can both get to 150 by January!!!!!!

Vicky where are you? How are those babies?

08-08-2012, 12:06 PM
Yes! I think 150 by January is reasonable goals, even if I fell shy, Id be ok with 160, lol.

I WISH we had something like that here, the stairs I mean. I could take the stairs at work but people would look at me like Im nuts and I always do better in an outdoor environment.

What is everyones weigh in days? And whats on the menu for the day?

08-08-2012, 03:24 PM
I would say today is my toughest day since starting this weight loss program a week and a half ago. Not a "Im gonna give up day" but just a "I want to go to sleep and be done with today". I feel very tired and dizzy. I believe this is a result of me drinking a cup of black coffee, of which, I am not a coffee drinker at all but I was hoping it would held as a ahem, "dieretic".

Im also extremely hungry and did not pack any snacks today in my moment of daze this morning. Just struggling all together. I have a job interview tomorrow for a part time job, fingers crossed. I wouldnt be heart broken if I didnt get it because Im kinda afraid of trying to work 2 jobs while taking care of a family of 5 but my DBF was laid off and we are tight on money and this is only a seasonal job for Halloween, so I figure...Hey, I can do this for 6 weeks - I think. :-? lol

08-08-2012, 10:59 PM
OK so we have some work to do to get to 150. The stairs are awesome. I think I posted some pics of them on Facebook. I love going there. There's a big sand hill at the same place. That really gets the heart pumping climbing that thing. God luck with the job interview.

I got in a about 2 and a half miles today. Yesterday I went about 3. Gotta add in more exercise. I'm trying to stay away from the scale except once a week. Why is that so hard for me?

08-09-2012, 06:47 AM
Hi everyone, I'm sort of new - joined ages ago but haven't been on the site since 08!

I am an American expat in England (after years in Asia and France). In my early-mid 20s I was at my heaviest (I am 42 now) and got to goal through hard work and a strict diet. After my daughter was born, I've gained and lost the same 15-20 pounds several times - she is 14. I really do despair that I will never be able to keep it off!

2 weeks ago, I decided to give up all sugary drinks (I was having sugary tea a couple of times a day). I've also cut out processed foods and joined the gym. I've been several times (5 to be exact), but I am finding it hard to motivate myself to really puch when I'm there. I've just ordered a Zumba DVD and after my cardio fitness is a little better, I'll join a class.

I am 5'4" and 147lbs - I would like to lose 20lbs, but would be happy with 15.

Would love to find support (I am a great weight loss buddy - better at giving advice than doing it myself - LOL). ~MJ

Sugar candy
08-09-2012, 10:32 AM
Just starting to diet, but I need some diet buddies. Anyone interested please. I am happy , fun and get along with others.But I need some help to get going. thank you sugar candy.;);)

08-09-2012, 12:26 PM
Hi Belle and Sugar!

You can absolutely join this group! are doing ALL the right things! My profile says Im 5'5 but I need to change that to 5"4, so we are the same height. Oh what I wouldnt give to be 147 *sigh* SOON I HOPE! I struggle with exercising at home, I need a workout buddy in order to stay consistant. Have you tried P90x? I did that with a friend for 90 days and it totally changed my body. Strangely, I didnt lose weight but I sure lost inches! Do you have anyone you can work out with?

Sugar....we are an awesome group that actually has reunited from a couple years ago, its pretty cool. What is your program?

So what are your goals ladies and where are your tickers??? haha :-p

So, some good news....I got through yesterday, no cheating - thank god. Today I am starving! But Im going to get lunch now and take care of that little problem, lol. On another awesome note - I GOT THE JOB! And more than ever, Im dedicated because of the position because I, duh duh a shot girl for Halloween Horror Nights! Yikes! I have a regular fulltime job but my DBF was laid off and we need extra money.

Ok, Ill catch up later!

08-10-2012, 12:17 PM
Burgundy : still around, just super busy. I used to think losing weight was the hardest thing to do...boy was I wrong! It's taking care of multiples! If I'm not feeding them, I am pumping to create a supply for when I go back to work, or I am attempting to get some sleep...which is a luxury now. How are you doing workout wise? Getting back on track?

Lindy: YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR! That is awesome. I definitely think you can make your have a cruise to look forward to! I saw that FB post and was totally jealous. :)

NewMommy: my girls will be going to daycare. My first daughter was at an athome licensed daycare for her first 2 years...I will be taking the twins to that same daycare. When they are 2, I will move them to the public daycare my oldest is currently at so they can get structure and be around kids their own age.

Doing ok eating wise...bought super healthy food at the store, and with the girls, it's not easy to go out...even through a drive thru. Going to weigh myself tomorrow. Just have to keep the sweet tooth incheck. I have spoken to quite a few multiple moms who said that their craving of sweets increased with breastfeeding multiples. Plus I have to eat extra calories to keep my supply up, just have to make sure it's from good foods.

Fuuny thing: my sister in law is preggo too! Expecting a girl in Oct...lots of estrogen in our family. Having her baby shower tomorrow.

08-10-2012, 02:54 PM
Maddiesmom (so weird to say that, lol) - where there is a babyshower, there is cake! weary of it with that sweet tooth of yours. Glad you can check in. I understand that you life is probably so crazy and its not going to get any easier going back to work *hugs* Keep your head up and continue to do the healthy eating. I breastfed my daughter and I think it contributed to my weightloss quite a bit. Sadly, I was at my highest weight, one year after she was born, lol.

I want to know if any of you have trouble from your significant others when it comes to eating. Mine is a complete pain. He tries....sometimes....but he really is making it harder than it needs to be, especially this week. Grrrr.

I hopped on the scale today, which my weigh in day Saturday's normally but I put on a pair of jeans and they felt awfully snug. I have not lost a pound this week. Im ok with it, really. Considering my 10 pound lost in one week, Ive lost more in one week than I have in 6 months. Im suppose to be done with induction on Sunday but I may carry it over one more week in hopes I can lost a couple more pounds. If I can be down 15 by labor day, that would be a major accomplisment.

So...besides Maddiesmom doing the shower. Does anyone else have anything fun planned this weekend? Me and the BDF are kid free tomorrow so we are going to go to the marina and hang out, then maybe a movie in the evening - yay. :-)

08-11-2012, 11:42 PM
Forgot to do my weigh in todsy...was running around from the time I woke up to the time I had to keave for the baby shower. Ate well...salad, opted for lemon chicken instead of pasta. I did have dessert..a small piece of tiramisu. Could have been a lot worse.

Had a picture with my sister in law and I feel like I look ginormous. I know I kinda have to get over it...I mean, I just had twins. At my last doc visit before having the girls, I weighed 294 and I've lost over 40 since then..which is babies, extra fluid, etc, but I would like to think there's some weight too. Being out of commission is rough. Feeling down that I have to start all over: back pain, knee pain, sciatica...all the problems that I had when I was overweight. Looking on the brighter side, I weigh less now than I did when I started my journey before. Just have to get more motivated...and actually get some sleep as well.

08-13-2012, 01:22 PM
Hey Maddiesmom...the issues you are having now are just a reminder of why you want to get to goal, and the sooner the better. :-) Sleep is sooooo important to weight loss and I know that might be one of the biggest struggles of all, so just put emphasis on that (when possible) and keep it movin'. :-) The weight came on in 9 months, its not going to come off in 3...:-) You did it once, you will surely do it again. :-)

Welp, I didnt lose any weight this week. My weigh in date is on Saturday's and my weight on Saturday was still 186. I weighed in today and I was up 2 pounds....188 but I'm not recording it because it is likely water weight and its not an official way in day. I felt bloated so I felt the need to check on myself. I also cheated yesterday. :-( On a "normal" diet, cheating can be forgiven, on Atkins, I throw my body out of ketosis and it takes DAYS to get back to ketosis so Im really frustrated with myself over that. Nothing I can do about it except keep watching what I am eating.

Feeling tired and lethargic, likely from the sugar high I had yesterday, so I just want to get through this day and go home and relax.

08-15-2012, 02:29 PM
Just checking in. I am a little frustrated right now. I am up 2 pounds, with a total of 10 pounds still lost in 2 and half weeks. The issue is...thats water weight and those 10 came off in the first week! I do not understand how me cutting out pasta, bread, rice, cakes, ice cream, etc. has not resulted in a large loss, it just really baffles my mind. I am promising to stick with this change in eating for 6 weeks, BUT if I go up more than 5 pounds, its all off the table.

08-19-2012, 09:33 PM
OK been MIA for a bit, but staying on track for the most part. My pup was sick all week. Took him to the vet 3 times. He had to stay overnight one night. He is finally better and back to his hyper little self. Then i helped my aunt with vbs at her church. I did all the crafts with the kids. That was fun. Had a birthday party today and i did have cake so i walked and walked to burn those calories. I have actually stayed off the scale this week. Me and 2 friends started 100 miles in 30 day challenge today. Day 1 I got in 6 miles.

How is everyone doing today?

08-20-2012, 10:51 AM
Burgundy - I love that challenge! Good for you!

Im doing ok. I am in week 4 of Atkins and only down 8 pounds, I was down 10 but gained 2 my second week and have not been able to rebound from that. The one thing I did differrently in weeks 2 and 3 was have artificial sweetner, so I am wondering if that halted my weight loss? Anyway, I am going to try and go the whole week with no sweetner and see if that helps. If it doesnt, I may have to switch to another diet because honestly....eating nothing but meat and fat for 4 weeks is not as great as I thought in my first week, especially if the scale isnt moving. Grrrr. I also start working out today at the gym. Mycousin is sending me a new set of P90x (mine was stolen by someone I let borrow and I have asked for them 10 times and they keep "forgetting". Another....grrrr. Anyway, I would like to see some extreme results by cruise time and I did 90 days of P90x before so hopefully I have the mojo to do it.

So, how are we going to hold ourselves more accountable? What are we going to do to "offset" our slip ups?

Mine...if I eat too much, I will offset it by doing Just Dance for 30 minutes. Its something that I enjoy and something I can do even if it is raining.

08-20-2012, 05:42 PM
Lindy-is there a lot of floor work with p90x? I have tailbone problems and can't do much floor work but have always been interested in p90x. I don't think I could make it just eating meat and fats. You have so much willpower. I love the idea of doing just dance, I love that game too. Have you tried zumba on wii? I love zumba 2.

Gonna get out and walk at least 5 miles today. Gotta take the dogs first then bring them home and go again. Gotta beat the other girls on daily mileage. Its a race to the finish. My competitive side comes out;)

08-20-2012, 05:59 PM
Hey Ladies!

I'm going to get back on track by cutting everything in half over the next 2 weeks. I have an OB visit to motivate me! My weigh in won't be until the

Today is my 2nd day cutting everything in half at meals and having 100-150 calorie snacks in between with all the fruits and veggies I want. I habitually eat too late so I'm preparing dinner at 5:30pm, and trying not to think of lunch and dinner as buffet portions!

After losing 10lbs on Jenny Craig, I know this will work for me. I just need to be serious about it. Jenny Craig was only awesome because I didn't have to prepare anything.

I'll definitely be a buddy for you!

08-21-2012, 09:25 AM
Burgundy - I like that competitiveness! I need to do a challenge with my friends and see if I can achieve the same. The P90x abs workout is brutal on the tailbone and I have to modify it on almost every exercise but the other ones arent that bad. The worst for me, which is also the best workout is plyometrics, it involves a lot of jumping and wellll....after you have a baby, jumping just isnt in the cards, lol. So I usually replace it with Kenpo, which I LOVE....its like kickboxing. How are you doing on eating?

Unpregnant - welcome to the group! Your concept of just cutting portions is much like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, so it sounds like you will be successful. What do you have planned for exercise?

Yesterday was a great success in my eyes, we are without A/C in FLORIDA of all hot and muggy places and I wanted ice cream...BAD (Burgundy - thanks for the encouragement). I passed it up and took a cold bath, then ate some scrambled eggs and went to bed, lol. Not happy about eating before bed but whatever got me over that hump, I was doing it! I'm slacking on exercise, didnt make it to the gym yesterday because me the DBF are both under the weather. I will probably start P90x next week, once I am 100%. In addition to doing Atkins, I am counting my calories and ratios, I am doing quite well. 5% carbs, 60% protein, 40% fat, and about 1400 calories a day.

So, does anyone have any goal outfits? Victoria Secret has all their swimsuits on clearance for $15 so I bought three size mediums yesterday....hopefully that is what I will be wearing on the cruise, lol.

08-22-2012, 03:38 PM
Ok girls...just wanted to share my good news! I am not quite at one month, but I am officially down 12 pounds! Plateau is done, for now. :-) pants were too big to put on today! :-D

Burgundy - I really like the new pic of you, you look great!

08-22-2012, 09:47 PM
Lindy-BIG CONGRATS on 12 lbs, that's great. I don't think I have lost anything. Gotta eat better. I had a burrito tonight then looked at the calories and it was 760 Cal's. Yikes! not sure if p90x would be for me. Need to do more workouts on the wii

100 mile challenge is going great. I've walked 19 miles in 4 days. I want to get to 25 by the weekend. We are going out of town for the weekend so I have to keep myself on track . I need to start eating more fruits and veggies and eat more raw. Gonna get the hubby to stop bringing snacks in the house cos I always find myself eating them,. I did pick up some v8 today, maybe that can curb my cravings at night.

08-23-2012, 11:20 AM
I tried and started, tried and started about 30 times before I finally became successful, the hardest thing for me was just cutting back on my portions and eating raw, I just have NO filter so that fact that you can, is awesome. I'm jealous. I think I am ok with going low carb for long term results. I dont miss sweets anymore and the only thing I can really imagine eating again...on occasion...would be pizza. Oh how I miss pizza these days.

Anyway, I'm still a lazy butt and not exercising. I really need to start toneing stat because my uniform for Halloween Horror Nights is not "forgiving". I have decided I will start P90x next week, Monday to be exact. :-D

08-26-2012, 10:50 PM
Omg, ate too much today. Back on track in the morning. W were out of town all weekend. I only walked 4 miles the whole weekend. We went to Gabriel iglesias. He is hilarious. Ray to get back on track and starting dropping lbs. How is everyone?

08-27-2012, 09:44 AM
Hey Burgundy! I am so jealous...I love Gabriel Iglesias, sounds like a fun weekend.

I wish I could say I had a good weekend but I didnt. I went TOTALLY off diet for the first time in one month. We took the kids to Legoland, and I was hungry from walking around all day and I didnt want to order 5 cheeseburgers at $7 a pop just to fill me up so I had a balances meal. Then I figured I already threw myself out of ketosis so I did the same thing on Sunday. I DID track my calories though and although they were VERY high, I did not consume more than 2,500, therefore even if the scale does bounce a little, it will not be actual fat because I did not consume enough to gain a pound. Well, this is at least what I am telling myself, lol.

I am back on board today though and ready to stick with it. I am interested to see how much this will stall or impact my weight loss. *shrugs shoulders*

Anyway, it is a rainy day here in Orlando as we are getting some of the bands from Hurricane Isaac, makes me in a blah kinda mood. is everyone else doing?

08-29-2012, 05:24 PM
Lindy if you ever get the chance to see Gabriel live you have to do it. His shows are awesome. This is the 2nd time we've seen him. How is the weather down there, still rainy from Isaac?

My eating has been horrible lately. The scale is up a few lbs and its driving me nuts. I do good for a little while but can't seem to fall into a routine. I'm still working on 100 miles in 30 days. Today is day 11 and I've walked/ran 34 miles. I will get to 50 by the 2nd.

Made it to 36 miles today.

08-30-2012, 10:05 AM
Burgundy - the important thing is to stick with an exercise routine, because that you can make a habit. You are doing SO well....good for you! The eating thing is hard and I am finding that my cheat weekend was SO not worth it. I gained weight, which is likely water weight but still. And I felt awful on Monday and Tuesday, much like a hangover. I finally am feeling good but as of this morning, I am still not in ketosis, hmpf. I will wait patiently and see what happens.

Has anyone heard of the It works wraps? Im going to a party tomorrow, which ultimately seems like a pyramid scheme but for $25, I have nothing to lose.

09-01-2012, 02:06 PM
Lindy-i am sticking to my walking routine. I've been 44 miles in 14 days. I would really like to get to 50 by tomorrow. I haven't walked yet today, so its possible. I went 6 miles yesterday. I'm gonna add more workouts even if its just wii fit. And drink more water. We have a birthday party to go to tonight. No cake for me.

I haven't heard of it works wraps. What is it?

Hope everyone is doing OK.
Vicky-how are those babies?

09-01-2012, 04:53 PM
I took the dogs a mile and plan on 2 more this evening. I should definitely make it to 50 by tomorrow. Half way, yay!!!

09-04-2012, 01:13 PM
Bugundy - yay! If the weather was not so hot here, I would love to walk more often. Right now it is just hot and matter what time of day.

I weighed in this weekend and STILL no loss. On that note, I'm abandoning Atkins. I mean seriously...6 weeks on this program and the only loss I had was 10 pounds...on my first week! It is ridiculous. I dont overeat, I dont undereat, and my grams of carbs do not exceed 30 - AT MOST, there is no reason for it. I am going to start calorie counting again. This is what I did when I lost that 50 pounds. Let's see how this goes. :-(

09-04-2012, 10:10 PM
Lindy i need to count calories too. That's how I lost my 50 too. I haven't lost any yet cost I haven't gotten my eating under control. Gonna work on that this week.

I didn't walk today. I'm still at 50 miles. That's OK though. I know I can make it to 100 by the 17th. I went to my consultation with the oral surgeon today. Gonna get my wisdom teeth out on the 21st. I'm ready to get rid of the bottom left one. Its just been a pain in my butt for the last 3 months. Maybe I'll lose some weight then, lol.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

09-05-2012, 11:36 AM
Burgundy - you are so funny. Its funny how we "hope" pain will help with weight loss. When I had my gullbladder removed, I didnt eat for 5 days, the pain meds made me tired and nauseated. I lost 15 pounds in one week but it quickly came back. *sigh*

I did a walk yesterday because the weather was nice. It was more leisurely than cardio but enjoyable nonetheless. Today I do P90x. I am interested to see how that goes because I am feeling under the weather today and exercise is the last thing I want to do. I am hoping some soup at lunch time and som meds help.

I hope Maddiesmom is doing well. I cannot imagine how hectic things are in her house with twins AND a toddler.

09-06-2012, 03:25 PM
Lindy-how did p90x go? Did you go to the it works wraps thing?

I've made it to 58 miles with 11 days to go. I will probably get another walk in tonight if I have time. I'm going to a workshop on sugar addiction at 6. Interested to see if I learn anything new. Its a free class so I'm excited to go.

09-06-2012, 03:48 PM
Burgundy - Ive learned just how crazy sugar addiction is. I went one month without it and felt great, fell off the horse and opted not to get back on, lol. I am counting it in my calories and allowing one sweet treat a day but it does make it hard. But I have to be realistic, I will NEVER cut sugar completely out of my diet so I need to do things in moderation.

P90x went great. I really hate the way Tony Horton talks, especially after doing these DVD's for so long so I put him on mute and pump up my music. It makes the time go by faster and it is much more enjoyable.

OH...the It Works Wraps! I hate to "rave" about it because it really does sound like a pyramid scheme, especially the more I read up on it but I did the wrap last Friday. As of Monday I lost 8.75 inches (in three different measurements on my belly)! It is crazy. ANd it wasnt water weight because I remeasured this morning after sushi yesterday, which means bloat central, lol....and I am still good with my numbers. The thing is, just looking in the mirror, I dont see it. But in my before and after photos, there is a difference for sure. Plus the measurements. I really didnt like our rep who sold the product; she didnt educate me on the process like I had hoped, so I went and ordered 4 more wraps off ebay. Ill wrap again on Monday and let you know next Friday if I am lucky again. If biggie, they were only $15 a wrap on ebay.

You know what else I am doing; such a cornball. Every time I go to the bathroom, I do 15 squats; with as much water as I drink, I should see results sooner or later, lol.

09-08-2012, 07:20 PM
Hey girls! So nice to see the gang back together ; )

Burgundy - thanks for the note on fb - I had no idea you guys had another thread going.

Maddiesmom and Lindy - so good to see what you guys have been up to.

I've let my weight go back up to my starting weight in the last 4 months or so (partly due to some health issues recently) so I'm starting over. You guys made such a difference to me before - I look forward to having some company on my return journey!

How's the weekend going for everyone? I'm heading out for a run right now and am on day 3 of no wheat. Has anyone read the wheat belly diet book? I read some articles about it and thought it was worth giving a try but I have a hunch counting calories works best.

Thanks again for inviting me back!

09-10-2012, 01:24 PM
So, I've had a chance to go back and read the posts on this thread more carefully.

Lindy - I'm probably the only one out of the loop but can you fill me in on the dbf? All I know from your previous posts is that he has two kids and is looking for work. How did you guys meet? What made you fall for him? What kind of work does he do? By the way, your profile pic is totally gorgeous - you have the best smile! I think you're super smart to use the cruise as motivation. I don't know if you remember but when I first joined you guys, I was in a panic over having to wear a tight strapless bridesmaid's dress three months later - it helped me stay focused and I'm sure the cruise will do the same for you.

burgundy - so sorry to hear about your dental troubles! That's so tough. I lost a few pounds when I had my wisdom teeth out so I bet you will too - mainly from skipping a few days of solid food. Healthy popsicles (sugar free or no sugar added) would be handy to have around during your recovery. Is it still planned for next week? Love the new profile pic - you can tell from the photo that you have the prettiest skin ever *sigh* I'm totally jealous! Great to hear that you're enjoying zumba - I've done some classes but haven't tried it on wii. Sounds like you are doing great on your mileage challenge - I'm so impressed!

maddiesmom - Congrats on your twin girls! I hope you're doing okay now that you're back at work - I can only begin to imagine how busy you are. I was very sorry to hear that your back pain is back - I know how much you struggled with that before. Hang in there, sweetie!

Knowing you guys are here makes such a difference to my attitude - I did well sticking to plan this weekend, just knowing I'd have to come and tell you if I hadn't. Things are pretty horrible with my bf - I think I've told you guys before that he struggles with depression - it's been pretty bad lately so I finally told him that I couldn't be with him until he gets help. Sounds reasonable, doesn't it? Unfortunately, when he's in a mood, he thinks I'm the problem, not his depression so we're completely out of touch and I'm all but positive he's not getting any help (as in anti-depressants) at all. Such a bummer....

So I'm trying to channel my energy into a more positive direction and lose the weight again, this time hopefully for the last time! A buddy of mine who is between jobs came to crash at my place for a while and we're going to try to motivate each other to work out and eat healthy.

Hope you all are doing well....

09-10-2012, 03:57 PM
Hey Dance! I am SO happy that you joined the group - good job Burgundy! I also sent AJ an email and private message but sadly, she hasnt replied. Me and AJ actually became really close after we stopped coming to the forums, we would video chat and she even did the coolest flat stanley book for my daughter. Gabriella STILL treasures that book and I am so sad that in between her changing locations (she went to Seattle), that we lost contact. I was also overwhelmed with doing the single mom thing and didnt fight harder for the friendship...shame on me. Anyway, in the here and now, I met my boyfriend through a mutual friend, we went to bbq and the rest is history. We are now living together. He was in construction sales but was laid off back in March and has yet to find anything....very stressful for our relationship. Neither of us get child support so we are all living off of my income right now - yea, it sucks. But I had a good run for 2 years where everything was amazing and harmoneous so it was my turn to go through some trials and tribulations. I am SO sorry to hear about your boyfriend. That was a long run that you had and it is a shame that he didnt improve on it. Everything happens for a reason, who knows what will come along down the road when you are ready ...or maybe it will even put some fire under his butt to help correct the concerns you have. Good luck.

Im suppose to be counting calories and I have but I have not stopped eating when I get to my count of 1600 per day, lol. Right now Im at 1700 and havent eaten dinner, so Ill probably do something light. Right now I am averaging 2100 per day. Im a little "off" from a 2 month run on Atkins so my body is not use to consuming less. Hopefully this week I can get lower and lower each time.

How was everyones weekend? Mine was eh, I worked my second job and it was crazy busy. I want to go to sleep sooo bad, so I am just counting the hours. :-)

09-11-2012, 12:54 PM
Lindy - That sounds like a tough situation financially right now with a lot of pressure on you. I hope it's very temporary. So glad you've found someone special though - no one has a bigger heart and deserves it more! I'm sorry to hear you're out of touch with AJ. Do you still have her cell number? I couldn't find it anywhere.

So, still trying the no wheat thing and it seems to make all my salty/crunchy and sweet cravings go away which is kind of amazing to me. I starting being careful last week and have lost five pounds since then (without counting calories) with one more to go before I'm back at my maximum ticker. I couldn't bear to increase my max, even though I changed scales - isn't that silly? Can't wait to be back on the ticker and have it slide down.

Got in a good run yesterday and am planning a walk after work and some upper body weights. What does everyone else have in mind for exercise today?

Anyone interesting in setting a mini-goal for Oct 1 and challenging each other to meet it? I don't know if I can do it but I would like to be at 190 by 10/1 so that's 9lbs in 3 weeks - yikes!

Hope you all are having a skinny Tuesday...

09-11-2012, 03:20 PM
Hey Dance....good job on the exercise. These day's I am seriously slacking and my body knows it. When I dont exercise, I feel so tired and lazy. I am trying to get in P90x 3 times a week to start. I also am on my feet and running around like a chicken with my head cut off at my second job on the weekends, so I seriously count that as exercise. As far as AJ goes, I do have her cell but I think she may have changed it because I did not get a response when I reached out to her. Maybe one day we will reunite.

I like the mini goal idea. I am going to shoot for 180 by October 1st. And then I made another goal of 170 by October 31st - that one is a bit more agressive but I HAVE to be at 150 by my cruise, thats my ultimate goal.

I have another thoughts....lets post what we are eating, or at least what we can remember we ate, lol. Here is mine:

Breakfast (322 calories): fried egg, 2 pieces of turkey bacon, one toast with blackberry jam, one cup of cranberry juice

Snack (61 calories): opcorn, air-popped

Lunch (580 calories): black forest ham subway sandwich

Snack (258 calories): low fat fruit yogurt parfait and 20 grapes

Dinner(267 calories: 4 oz. of shredded pork, 1 cup of cucumbers with fat free italian dressing

09-11-2012, 05:24 PM
Lindy - sounds like a great goal! You are plenty busy - I'm sure your second job counts as serious exercise - this is the shot girl gig, right? And I like the food accountability thing. Here's mine:

B: tea with skim, raspberries and blueberries
L: Steamed veggies, chicken breast and peanut sauce
S: babybel cheese, red pepper slices
D: (at least, this is what I'm planning on) homemade red lentil soup, green salad with almond slices and avocado and vinaigrette

Ok, burgundy - we need a mini-goal from you! ;)

09-11-2012, 05:35 PM
Wishing all the best in losing your weigh that you need...

09-11-2012, 10:09 PM
OK ladies, my scale hates me and today I was up 4 lbs from my ticker weight, so my mini goal right now is to just get back to 193. My food sucked today so I don't even want to post it. I'm doing good with my mileage challenge. I've walked/ran 74 miles and have 6 days left. That's a little over 4 miles a day. I went 6 yesterday and two today. I'm gonna do this, I'm too competitive not to finish.

Dance, I'm so glad you decided to join us here. Its great motivation for me to have some of the old gang back. Hopefully you got you health issues taken care of. My teeth extraction is still scheduled for the 21st. My twin sister just had a wisdom tooth out on Sunday. My mom said its that freaky twin thing, lol. I haven't done zumba in a while, I should get off my butt and do it. I really enjoy it. So sorry to hear about the bf troubles. I really hope he gets the help he needs.

Lindy-sounds like you are super busy with 2 jobs. That has to be tough but you are one tough cookie so I know you can handle it. :)

09-12-2012, 12:26 AM
Just thought I would give you a look into what I'm into these days. The boys I always talked about are all in school now so I no longer have that job, i still see them often though. So now I am an avid crafter. I love it. Heres some of the jewelry I made over the last few days. I do most of my crafts at night to keep myself busy and away from the kitchen.

09-12-2012, 01:09 PM
Burgundy - those are gorgeous!! I especially love the one in the middle. There's something crazy therapeutic about beading, don't you think? I had my niece over last month for a sleepover and we both made necklaces - so much fun. You are just rockin' it on your 100 mile challenge - I'm so impressed! If you keep up with the miles, I bet you'll have no trouble getting back to ticker by 10/1. So, what are your days like (besides crafting of course) now that you're not taking care of the boys? Are you looking for a new job or not right now?

My buddy and I went for a walk last night and I stuck to plan for dinner so overall yesterday went well. Today, here's the plan:
b- 2 egg cups (crustless mini-quiches with spinach and mushroom from the south beach plan)
s- raspberries and blueberries
l- chicken panang with broccoli and brown rice
s- red pepper slices
d- salmon and green beans (I think)

Planning on a run in the rain after work - anyone with me for miles today?

09-12-2012, 03:28 PM
Hi chickadees!

hotpink - thanks for the words of encouragement. If you are interested in joining in conversation, please do so. :-)

Burgundy good job on the beading. Are you selling them on ebay or at craft fairs or anything? It's funny because I can do good when it comes to eating but awful at exercise these days. I think time is not on my side.

Dance - the lentil soup sounds soooo good! Do you have a recipe?

My plan for today is to do P90x. As I stated previously, its 3 days a week but based on my current schedule....those 3 days HAVE to be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I might be able to swap out a day on Sunday but its kind of a gamble because we are going out Saturday night and I know I probably wouldnt want to do anything on Sunday, lol.

My food for the day is:

Breakfast (452): fried egg, 2 pieces of turkey bacon, light cranberry juice, 2 slices of toast with blackberry jam
Snack (110): banana
Lunch (520): 2 cups of whole wheat pasta with very light sauce
Snack (130): lavendar tea and red pepper slices, pop tart mini crisps
Dinner(491): pulled pork with cucumber and italian dressing, half a canteloupe

09-12-2012, 07:43 PM
Lindy - Here's a link to a very similar recipe to the one I kind of made up as I went along - I don't use cumin and I add white pepper instead to make it taste like the version in a local restaurant that I love. I buy the red lentils at a health food store as my local regular grocery store doesn't have them.

It really sounds like you are going through such a busy time right now that working out may be a lower priority. If you could squeeze in p90x 1-2 times a week, I think that would be great. Don't they say losing weight is 80% food and 20% exercise? Sounds like you are on it on the food front. Hang in there!

09-12-2012, 07:44 PM
Oops - forgot that they strip out links now - try googling middle eastern lentil soup recipe and pick the one on

09-13-2012, 09:25 AM
Hello Ladies! Sandy here. Burgund sent me the link. Unfortunately I couldn't remember my old password etc.. since I have another computer and my data was gone. Oh well, starting over in more ways than one. I tried to load a Profil Pic and it kept failing. I can't remember, do you have to wait a while before they allow that? Anyway, good to see you Dancer! I see everyone faily regular on Facebook, but it is so nice to have a private conversation on here ;-)

I'm good, extremely busy with work, but will do my best to check in daily. Yes, I too am where I was. The weight came back with stress at work and in life. I'm in Management and it called on 'overdrive' 11 hours a day. I come home, eat and go to bed. Love my job and the people I work with, just a really busy atmosphere.

Life at home is great.......well, some stress there too, as my daughter and grand-daughter moved back in. Love them, but it does make for more housework ;-( My grand-daughter to just adorable, but busy, busy, busy. LOL Oh, and my son who is now in the Army is due to have my other grandbaby, a boy the end of October! Bubba is good, change jobs since we shut down our business. There have been tough you Nikki, however hopefully we are on the upswing.

Weightloss, I'm so sick of having to lose weight, and have done it all. The only time I was really successful I counted calories and wasns't working, so I could totally focus on me. Anyway, I'm doing the Body by Vi, so we will see. I have had several friends lose 30+ pounds on it in a few months.

Maggiesmom, so happy for you!!! What beautfiful babies! I know your thrilled ;-)

Sorry about AJ. I hope she is doing well. Such a delight. Hey what about Tiff? I know they moved, but on occassion I see her on FB.

Need to do some work. Wish my pic would load ;-( Have a great day all. I will log my foods also.

09-13-2012, 12:14 PM
Sandy - how fun!! Can't believe we've got the group back. I can't really remember on when they allow a profile pic but what I think I do remember is that the picture has to be fairly low in pixels so if you have a high res photo you may need to save it down to another format, like for sending over email if that makes sense.

So, girls - here's what I'm thinking - let's get to our goals and have this time be the last time. Then we can all move over to maintenance and keep each other on track in a thread there. I thought last time was going to be the last time for me - that I was done and would never gain it back. I was of course totally wrong!! For me, counting calories was too hard to maintain over time. And when life got complicated, that just went out the window. We'll see what happens this time but I'm thinking the south beach plan may be a good long term one for me.

Did fine on food yesterday but am a bit stalled on weightloss. Planning on a 3 mile walk after work and will do some weights. What's on for you ladies?

09-13-2012, 10:54 PM
Hey Dance, yes I reduced the pixels but continued to get an error message. I'll try again another time. Not feeling well together, believe I have a stomach flu. Haven't been sick in many years, so

South Beach Diet I never did, so can't remember particulars of it. I, like you, hope this is the LAST time!


09-14-2012, 12:47 AM
Dance-thanks. The one in the middle is my fav too. I'm getting so close on my miles but only 4 days to go, yikes. Right now my days consist of mainly crafting. Getting ready for some fall craft shows and my inventory is low. I made some necklaces, earrings and bookmarks today. Still have a lot to make and under a month to get it done. I am with you on the idea of this being the last time we all have to lose this weight. I am ready to be in maintenance mode.

Lindy-I've thought about eBay or etsy but I think I'll stick to craft shows for now. P90x 3 times a week and your busy schedule should be plenty of exercise.

Sandy-yay, you joined us. Now we just need tiff, neesy, staccie and aj. Sorry you are sick but happy you have a job you love now. The pics you post of your granddaughter are adorable and congrats on the new grand baby in the oven, lol.

I got 4 miles in today. I wanted to go 7 but that didn't happen. I got busy crafting, cooking and just lost track of time. That puts me at 81 miles. 19 in 4 days, I gotta do this. Hope everyone had a great day. Night ladies

09-14-2012, 07:51 AM
Wow Burgund, impressive! I wish I had more organization with time :-/.

Filling a 'tad' better today, so hopefully the day will go by quickly. Have to stop at Dunkin Donuts for my employees lol.........ugh gonna be hard but I'll do my best robe good!

Burgund are you counting calories or what?

Neesy...yes I see her on FB from time to time. She looks great. Did she divorce after her husband went overseas? I know they weren't married long and for a while was trying to join him.

Yes grandbaby 2 should be here the end of next month! So excited for them!

Well off to work. Have a great day!

09-14-2012, 03:24 PM
Hey chickadees, I missed out on checking in yesterday - busy, busy.

Sandy - so excited you are back in the group! I see your busy schedule...are you working out of another state as well? What does the company you work for do? It seems like fun based on some of your fb posts. So how long has your daughter and grandbaby been back? Is this a temporary or unknown timeline that they are staying? Either way, Im sure it is nice to have more access to your grandchild. :-) Neesy does look AH-MAZING, she obviously has kept her weight off, lol. I have been dying to know what was going on with the husband scenario but did not feel inclined to pry. Any which way, I hope she is happy.

Burgundy - I swear girl, I admire your discipline to get those miles in! I was successful in doing P90x yesterday, will shoot for this evening, and then again on Sunday.

Dance - thanks for the "google" recipe, haha. - I am going to try for it this weekend. South Beach really does seem doable - good luck. Im gonna stick with counting calories. With these new phone apps, its much easier to record everything. 90% of my stuff I just scan with the bar code scanner. I lost 50 counting calories, so hopefully I am as successful again. Whatcha got planned for exercise today?

Has anyone reached out to Tiff about this group? If not, I can. Neesy too.

Well, I got my P90x in yesterday and plan on doing it again today. The strain of my boyfriend not working is always hard on any relationship but he is starting to feel depressed about me supporting our family of 5. I told him that it is only temporary but needless to say, he is very discouraged. I keep telling him that we could be worst off, we could be so tight on money that we cant pay bills and right now we can still vacation and do family outings but its a hard pill to swallow. I really am not sure where I am going with this, just venting I guess, lol.

Ok, food for today:

Breakfast (267): fried egg, two pieces of turkey bacon, 1 multigrain waffle and sugar free syrup
Snack (110): banana
Lunch (560): wendy's cheeseburger, chili, and coke zero
Dinner (520): chef boyardee pizza (half)
That leaves me with 167 calories to use on whatever snack. Im thinking frozen yogurt but not sure what. Il eat those calories though, lol. Im always starving by 7:30.

09-14-2012, 08:31 PM
Hi Ladies,

Yes Neesy looks fabulous. I too didn't want to pry and agreed that she seems very happy in St. Petersburg. Tiff I think moved, started a new job and is almost done with school from what I recall by her posts. She also looks like she is still losing weight and very happy. I haven't reached out to either.

It is hard when your the breadwinner, as I have gone thru the same scenerio here. I traveled for 6 months, which brought in more income which was great. The suite and hotel maid was fantastic. Sad coming home back to I am in Management for a communications company Frontier. Love the people I work with and the company itself. They are very good to us.

Ok, I haven't started anything. I go the Body by Vi smoothie stuff - tastes great, but I need to put together what else. I think I will stick to counting calories and see how it goes. I am so sick of dieting......ugh.....but know it has to be done.

Tried to load a picture again. Pixels are less that required, so they must block for a time when your new. Geez, wish I could have remember my 2008 information. lol


09-16-2012, 09:46 AM
Very quiet in here. Hope everyone is well.

09-17-2012, 03:37 PM
Hey Sandy - I dont really have a chance to check in on the weekends so Ill likely be out of commission during that time. I am doing well with the calorie counting and will weigh in on Friday. I want to give it 2 weeks for my official weigh in but my clothes are fitting MUCH better so I know I have to be down. :-) I am also starting to take measurements vs. hopping on the scale.

I worked on Saturday but was off on Sunday. I start my Halloween Horror Nights shot girl position on Friday and Saturday night. This is where I start making tips so finger's crossed it goes well.

So what did everyone do this weekend? As predicted, I didnt get my 3rd workout in but thats ok, Ill push this week. Baby steps.

Breakfast (223): oikos greek yogurt with granola, one sausage link
Snack(220): cupcake :-/
Lunch (1084): hibachi chicken and scallops, white rice, lomein noodles, miso soup, salad with ginger dressing
Dinner(85): 5 egg whites with hot sauce

09-18-2012, 02:26 PM
Sorry - got caught up in some work craziness and had a busy weekend so I've been out of touch for a few days.

Lindy - when you start the shot girl job, will you be working three jobs or will that replace your other second job? Your scallops sound yummy - I need to find a good recipe for them. I'm getting bored of my usual foods...

Sandy - I hear you on the whole hotel maid service thing! I travel a fair amount from work and there's always a little let down when I come back from a business trip and realize that no one is going to make the bed for me at my house ;)

Still sticking to my no wheat, low carb eating plan but have been snacking on too many wheat-free crackers - need to stop doing that! Tons of exercise this weekend - weights and running both days. Yesterday was a rest day so I need to make up for it today with a good run after work. What's everyone else doing for a workout today?

I've been too chicken to get on the scale for a couple of days so will definitely weigh in again tomorrow. How often do you guys jump on the scale?

09-18-2012, 03:30 PM
Hey Dance - its the same company, so I will go from daytime hours to night hours and tips, but only two jobs.

Workout - ugh, I suck at working out these days. I do 20 squats everytime I go to the bathroom, and I did 4 sets of arms weights with 10 reps each. I am going to shoot for a walk this afternoon when I get home.

Scale - I have been holding off for 2 weeks since I transitioned from Atkins to calorie counting and knew there would be some weight gain. That being said, my weigh in is Saturday morning. Ill keep you girls posted on Monday morning.

My food for today -

Breakfast (512): 100% whole wheat bagel with 1 fried egg, 2 slices of turkey bacon and 1 slice of cheese. 1 cup of light cranberry juice.

Snack (64): 1 cup of raspberries

Lunch (640): Smokey Bones veggie burger on grain bun with bbq baked beans

Dinner(102): 6 egg whites with hot sauce

09-19-2012, 02:32 PM
Hello chickadees!

Kinda quiet around here. :-) Calorie counting seems to be going pretty successful for me. I find I am most hungry at work, which stinks because I eat up 80% of my calories before I even get home but once I am home, I am so busy, it doesnt even matter. Still slacking on working out. I give myself a pep talk every day before I get home..."ok, just put your stuff down, change and get to it", or..."after I help her with her math homework, I am going to turn on the DVD and complete P90x" - um, nope and nope. I have reverted to keeping a 15 pounds weight under my desk and doing 4 sets of 10 in arm weights, continuing my squats when using the bathroom, and walking the stairs at work. What motivates you to get your workouts in?

My food for today:

Breakfast (310 calories): 100% whole wheat bagel with 4 tbsp of fat free cream cheese

Lunch (580): Jr. Whopper with no cheese and no mayo, small onion rings, diet coke

Snack: 1 cup of canteloupe, 1 truffle

Dinner: 1 boneless, skinless 4 oz. chicken breast, 4 slices of tomato

That leaves me with 35 calories. I will likely go over my range but I am shooting for some sort of fruit as my evening snack to use up those calories.

09-19-2012, 08:06 PM
Lindy - I'm totally the opposite - I do fine during the day but when I'm home in the evening is when the snacking monster takes over *sigh*.

Scale hasn't budged in a few days and I skipped my workout yesterday. Am going for a run when I get home no matter what ;)

B: cheese and mushroom omelette
L: raw almonds, nectarine, blueberries, 3 babybel cheese
D: not sure - maybe green salad with avocado, tilapia and roasted cauliflower

Hope you galsl are doing well!

09-19-2012, 11:27 PM
Hey. Quick check in. We are heading out of town tomorrow for a few days. Getting my teeth pulled on Friday. I'll have some down time after that and will do personals then. Trying to get as much made before then as I can. I've been chicken too and haven't been on the scale in a week. I went out and bought ice cream the other night, bad, I know. Gonna give it to my SIL and the kids. Gotta get it out of this house. I did finish my 100 miles in 30 days. I twisted my ankle on Sunday(day 29) but I finished out the last 5 miles on Monday. Then I gave myself yesterday and today as rest days to let my ankle heal. Its feeling better today. I'm hoping to get a workout and a swim in tomorrow at the motel. I'll check in hopefully tomorrow evening.

09-20-2012, 11:55 AM
Dance - I'd be starving if I ate what you ate, lol. I look at my food list and yours and I am like - holy moly, how is it possible I can lose anything in comparison to your food log. :-p We will see on Saturday what the scale delivers. :-)

Burgundy - good luck with the dental procedure....and good job on getting in your 100 miles! Once my second job slows down (after October), I am going to shoot for the same challenge! I like it.

Today is such a weird day. I dreamed about zombies and vampires all last night, it was SO flippin' strange. Then I woke up with a massive headache and could not get my act togther. I got liquid eyeliner in my eye, so my makeup looks awful and I just really feel out of sorts and kinda blah. Its like, I just want this day to end so I can restart tomorrow. Although, I dont know how excited I will be about tomorrow since I am working from 8 am to 130 am! Yikes!

Ok, here is my food for the day:

Breakfast (367): 1 fried egg, two pieces of turkey bacon, half a whole wheat bagel with blackberry jam

Snack (160): sour punch candy - what a waste of calories but my goodness was it tasty.

Lunch (380): Steak and cheese sub from subway - 6 inch

Dinner (380): Steak and cheese sub from subway - 6 inch

I'm sure I might add on some calories since I am already -87 and have nothing else to snack on all day but I will do my best to stay in my limits.

09-20-2012, 12:53 PM
burgundy - congrats on 100 miles!! That's seriously impressive. Good luck with the procedure and let us know how you're doing.

lindy - well, you are way younger and way busier than I am! ;) Sorry your day got off to a bad start - I totally know what you mean though - some days I just want to hit the restart button and get a do-over. Tomorrow sounds really tough - do you go straight from one job to the other with no break?

So, I'm down a pound on the scale today - finally! That puts me back at the high end of my ticker and I can start moving things from there. Got in a good run last night and did arm weights. I'm planning on a walk with a buddy after work and some sit-ups and leg lifts today.

Here's the food plan for today:
B: 2 south beach egg cups with zucchini and parmesan, 3 cups of tea with skim milk (needed major caffeine this am)
S: lf yogurt with splenda and raspberries
L: lentil soup, red pepper slices and jalapeno dip, blueberries
D: green salad, chicken sausages, roasted cauliflower

Hope you are all having a skinny day ;)

09-21-2012, 01:56 PM
I'm working from home today - ah, bliss! Got started early and took a break to go for a run so I've got that out of the way nice and early.

My food plan is pretty boring - similar to yesterday -
B: 2 egg cups with spinach and mushroom, tea with skim
s: lf yogurt with raspberries and splenda
L: tunafish salad and avocado slices, carrots, cucumber slices
D: green salad, broccoli, chicken stew

Might meet some girlfriends for a glass of wine. Still no world from the bf (or is it ex-bf now?) He's listed himself as single on FB so I guess it's officially ex but I'm not quite there in my head I guess. My plan right now is to focus on myself and get skinnier as fast as possible (well, as fast as I can) so that when we do connect at some point in the future, he'll see what he's missing. Silly, I know. Any advice from you girls?

09-22-2012, 07:32 PM
Hey ladies. I'm feeling pretty rough after my extractions. I still can't feel my bottom lip. I'm living on very little mashed potatoes, ice cream and Vicodin. The hygienist told me tomorrow will probably be the worst day. Not looking forward to feeling worse than I do today.

Hopefully I feel better in a few days.

09-22-2012, 09:04 PM
Poor you! Hang in there, burgundy - at least it will be over soon. Popsicles were what made me happy when I was recovering from mine years ago - maybe you can send your hubby on a grocery store run.

Went for a walk today but didn't quite have the energy for a run. Will shoot for that tomorrow. It's TOM and I'm ravenous all the time - can't wait for this to have past.

How's everyone else doing?

09-24-2012, 12:37 PM
Morning, girls! I'm off to Phoenix for a few days. Am going to try to get in a run before I head to the airport. Not a great weekend for me, mood and eating-wise. Hope you all are doing well!

09-24-2012, 01:42 PM
Hey Dance - enjoy Phoenix, that place is on my bucket list in places to visit. What are you going there for? Oh, on the ex-bf note. Definately keep your distance and when he does contact you, make yourself scarce. If he proposes meeting up on a certain day or time, dont blow him off, just select a different day and tell him you have plans. I absolutely LOVE break-ups, lol, weird I know. But it is almost always my drive in losing weight and sticking to a program. I like your thinking of "what he's missing" - I giggled. It is SO hard but so worth it in the end to sometimes take a break. Or - who knows....long term, maybe being with someone else. Its a bit premature for that but I'm just sayin'. You guys have quite a history so hopefully you can work it out.

Burgundy - I am so sorry to hear you are in so much discomfort. Maybe the scale will be gracious to you and see some pounds lost for agony you are going through. How long is your recovery time? I had my wisdom teeth pulled when I was 12 so I dont remember the pain like most people.

So, I started the shot girl position this past weekend. I did ok. Not what I was hoping for but it is still early and not many people are in "halloween" mode yet. I am standing on my feet for 7 hours though and when I looked up calories burned for my position, it stated I burned 700 calories on Friday night and 850 calories on Saturday night - woot woot. The bad thing is I ate WAY under my calorie range (without even trying) on Friday - 900 calories, ridic. But I made up for it on Sunday with 2800 calories, lol. The scale was good to me though and I get to move my ticker down to 185. Ill take it! The bf and I are strained these days. I am tired and exhausted from busting my butt and he made a comment how I "slept all day" yesterday bc I took a 2 hour nap. Anyway, I woke up super cranky and told him that maybe if I wasnt busting my butt working 2 jobs to take care of him I wouldnt be so tired. Ugh - remove foot now. Such a bad mistake because it kicked him while he was down and has now caused strain on our relationship. He is putting ona good game face but I can tell he is none to happy with me or my comment. I cant rewind, only move forward and hope he gets over it.

My food for today is bad...but oh so good.

Breakfast (252): 1 fried egg, 2 pieces of turkey bacon, 1 banana
Lunch (780): 1 big mac, 1 small french fry
Snack (50): chocolate truffle
Dinner (400): two stuff scallop

09-25-2012, 10:10 AM
Well I'm down to 192 today. That's 5 lbs down in 4 days. I'm heading back to the oral surgeon today. My swelling isn't going down so they want to make sure I don't have an infection. I'll check in later. Maybe I will feel better then

09-26-2012, 01:44 PM
Hey Burgundy - great on the loss, so sad to hear about the discomfort. I see your posts on FB and I feel awful.

I hope Dance is having fun in Arizona and getting her mind off the ex bf.

Here is an update on my food log:

Breakfast (140): Pillsbury cinnamon bun
Lunch (830) 3 empanadas, twix candy bar - yea, completely unbalanced lunch but oh so delicious
Dinner (514): steak filet, red potatoes, peas

That leaves me with a little over 100 calories for a snack, probably popcorn.

Im in training all day today and tomorrow, then I work doubles the next 4 days. :-/ Not sure how active I will be but I will try to check in.

09-26-2012, 08:02 PM
Hey gals!
Just got back from phoenix and am trying to psych up for a run

Burgundy - hope things are gradually getting better for you - sorry about the tough recovery!

Lindy - good luck with the training and the double shifts - that sounds really tough.

Will check in soon...

09-27-2012, 07:01 PM
Food so far today:
B: 2 spinach and mushroom egg cups
S: lf yogurt with raspberries
l: chicken panang with broccoli and brown rice
D:not sure yet - probably green salad, tuna fish salad and avocado slices

I'm meeting a buddy who just had a baby for a walk in the park after work and may get ambitious and shoot for a run in the morning.

Hope you all are doing well....

09-28-2012, 09:47 AM
Hey Dance! How was Phoenix? What sent you that way? And how is the weather up in Colorado? Visiting Colorado is on my bucketlist. Any suggestions on when the best time to go is and what area?

Yesterday was an incredibly rough night at work and left a bad taste in my mouth. A bunch of a hole guys hitting on you, saying incredibly disrespectful things and all I could think about was being home in bed with my honey and checking on the kids. I made it home by 1 am and am back at work at 8 am today, I then go back to work at 6 pm tonight and work until 3 am - yikes. I am also livid because my cash drawer didnt come out to the right amount with sales, so I had to give back $20 of my tips to cover the difference, oh you bet I am going to be more careful again, I was so livid.

On a positive note....I am down 183. Working like crazy is paying off because although I count my calories, man oh man do I eat like crap, lol.

09-28-2012, 11:27 AM
Dance-did you get that run in? I'm jealous, I am not liking having to be a couch potato.

Lindy-sorry you are having a rough time. Are you ever home? I would be mad about having to give up tips too. Better luck tonight. Good job on the loss, you are running your butt off.

I went back to the oral surgeon on Tuesday and Thursday. Tues he knocked me back out and drained the infection and gave me iv antibiotics. Yesterday he said its slowly getting better. I'm ready for my face to look normal again. I'm on antibiotics and anti inflammatories for 2 more weeks and a soft food diet. Haven't eaten much of anything this last week. I'm down 11 lbs in a week. I did change my ticker. Hopefully after all this is over, I can keep it going in the right direction. This sitting around not doing much is for the birds. I did manage to make a few bracelets and necklaces last night before bed. Only a week til the craft show. I hope I make it.

09-28-2012, 03:07 PM
Burgundy - I am so glad you are feeling slightly well enough to do crafts, at least that helps pass the time. Sorry to hear about the infection. Ill have to say a prayer for you in hopes you are well enought for next week's craft show. On a positive note---errr, kinda, lol...congrats on 11 pounds down! Is it weird to say I am a little jealous, lol, juuuusttt kidding.

Well ladies, this is probably the last time I will be checking in until Monday. Crazy busy weekend and I am already started to feel tired...and I have another 13 hours till I get to come home. SOrry to belly ache so much, just tired of working, working, working. At least the scale is "working" in my favor. :-p

09-28-2012, 05:01 PM
Lindy I'm really hoping and praying that these 11 lbs will stay off once I can eat better. I'm trying to eat more now that I'm not in as much pain. The surgeon suggested I get a liquid multivitamin for babies and just up the dosage so I started that today. I can't wait to be able to go out for walks again. Thanks for the prayers. I need them. Try to have a good weekend. Maybe the scale will be nice to you and show a loss on Monday.

I have a lot of work ahead of me this week for the show. I only have 25 necklaces made and me and Chris have to make some displays. I don't want everything just laying flat on a table. I'll try to check in tomorrow. Have a great weekend ladies.

09-29-2012, 02:55 PM
burgundy - poor you! I can't believe what you're going through. 11 pounds is amazing though - I think you'll be able to keep it off too. It must be hard to be stuck on the couch - when the infection goes down, can you start walking short distances again? Hope the crafting is going well. Take some pictures of your displays if you get a chance - I'd love to see them!

lindy - sorry about the yucky guys in the bar - that can't be fun. You seem like one of the most well equipped people to deal with someone like that though - I can just see you wise-cracking back and putting them in their place! As far as visiting Colorado, it depends some on what you want to do - hike (late summer/early fall is best) or ski (march is usually the best snow conditions). Phoenix was just a quick work trip to meet with my team there - nothing exciting. I like the landscape there though and it's a quick flight so I never mind going.

Mixed bag overall this week - scale isn't budging so I'm going to try South Beach phase I - that means no fruit and no starches. We'll see how it goes. I got in a great run this morning and a weights workout so that's on the positive side. I'm meeting a buddy for a walk tomorrow morning and may even try to run beforehand - we'll see if my knee is up for that.

Still struggling with the ex-bf stuff - we've never spent this long apart - it's 7 weeks so far with no real contact. Ugh. I'm really trying just to work on me as that's the only thing I control - easier said than done though. I'm thinking of taking a week off and not going anywhere - just exercising like crazy and doing lots of home spa stuff. I have some vacation to burn up but I can't face going on a fun trip without him yet. What do you think of my home-weight-loss-camp idea?

What happened to Sandy? I hope she comes back. You girls are the best - so glad we've reconnected here.

09-30-2012, 06:33 PM
So - went for a walk with a friend this morning and am planning on running this afternoon. I'm going to be busy with meetings this week so not sure how much exercise I'll get mon-fri.

B: 2 egg cups
L: Half avocado with tuna salad
D: green salad and salmon (I think)

Hope you're doing well...

10-01-2012, 10:42 AM
Dance - what a great idea on the home spa/gym week! If I had vacation time to burn, I would do that in a heartbeat; Im actually quite envious at the sound of that. Making an ex and ex - there is always a reason for it and it is never easy; I'm sorry that it has resulted in absolutely no contact but sometimes that is what is best. I'm a firm believer in "everything happens for a reason"; I also love that saying "if you love something let it go, if it comes back to you its yours, if it doesnt, then it never was". This has been quite applicable to me. I did it with my ex-husband and my current bf, they both came back. Then I did it with this jerk who I dated for 2 years and he is now happily engaged to someone else (and has cheated on her already) - so, the moral of the story is....maybe you'll find ou soul mate somewhere else or maybe he is your soulmate but needs to finish out his soul searching. :-)

I had a good weekend. I pretty much eat whatever I want now I just count the calories. I am severely sleep deprived which absolutely stinks. My friend offered me free tickets to see Fiona Apple tonight but I am so run down and dog tired, I passed. Crazy.

Ok, I have to get moving today, Ill catch up with you girls later.

Burgundy - hope you are starting to feel better.

10-01-2012, 04:53 PM
Quick update. Today is an AWFUL food day! I am hungry and cannot fill up if my life depended on it. I am trying to ignore it but these are hunger pangs...ridic! I am currently at 1864 calories for the day, to include dinner, but the portion for dinner is small and I feel I could eat an all you can get buffet right now....grrrr. I may have to have a splurge day to subside this, Ill let you girls know tomorrow how I held up...or didnt hold up, lol.

10-02-2012, 02:11 PM
So the grand total for yesterday's calories was 2764! OMG....I make even myself sick. But hey....I can honestly say, I needed it. Today is much better, if I stick to my dinner plans, I am currently at 1382; which is 218 under my BMR. Right now I am not hungry, so thats good because I am normally starving between 1 and 2 every day. Dinner is a salad and pork chop, yum.

10-04-2012, 12:12 PM
Hi everyone. I'm new here and after reading stories I really feel motivated. I'm a 24 year old culinary student. Food is what I enjoy the most. I love eating and cooking. I'm 295 pounds and 5'8 tall. I have a 11 month old daughter and she's the very reason why I want to lose weight. I want to be able to play with here as she grows which I can't do now because I easily get tired. Also I want to be healthy, been having difficulty in breathing and chest pains which I guess is because of being morbidly obese.

I hope to make new friends and lose weight like most of you guys.


10-05-2012, 02:06 PM
Welcome, chefchesca!

Lindy - I know what you mean - some days I'm just ravenous for no apparent reason. Glad that's over for you. I really appreciate your relationship thoughts. It seems like it's actually getting easier with time. I think I am going to do the week off staycation thing still though - keep the focus on self-improvement, right?

Burgundy - how are you doing with the recovery? Are you back to eating normal food?

I'm down another pound so I'm finally moving my ticker - can't wait to get into some smaller sizes.

I'm off to my grandparents in washington state from saturday to tuesday so not sure how often I'll be able to check in.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

10-06-2012, 10:30 PM
Hey ladies. I have had a busy week. The craft show was today. Didn't do very well but very few of the vendors did. Every was looking not buying. That's OK though, gonna try another one next month. I was happy to make my booth fee back.

My face is finally back to normal but I still can't open my mouth all the way. I've been around 190 for a few days. Gotta get back to exercising so I can lose now.

I have my 2 year old cousin tonight and tomorrow. Makes me really want one of my own. My dogs aren't too sure about her.

I should have more free time to check in this coming week. Hope y'all are enjoying the weekend.

10-08-2012, 11:24 AM
Hey girls!
Quick driveby post from my grandparents. Weather here is gorgeous and I'm getting in a good walk everyday and sticking to plan.

Burgundy - glad you are on the mend and that the swelling is coming down. Have fun with your cousin - sounds like she'll keep you busy.

Lindy - hope the weekend shot girl shifts went well - are you exhausted?

10-08-2012, 01:33 PM
Hey girls! Yay - we are back in motion, I missed you guys. :-)

Chef - welcome! We are an awesome support group and have been through weight loss journeys for like - what 4 or 5 years now. How are you doing on your journey so far. What are your plans/goals?

Burgundy - glad to see things are doing better. Sorry to hear the craft fair was not a complete success. Do you guys have farmers markets there? We have a TON of craft booths at our farmers markets and they do really well.

Dance - lucky you! I wish our weather was a little cooler. I hate it being 90 in October, I just want a slight change of seasons, ya know. How are you doing eating wise while you are there? Yep, worked Halloween Horror Nights and I am exhausted. It is definately taking a toll on my body, when I am off Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I go to bed at 8-830 - absolutely ridiculous. And by the time I am recharged on Thursday, its time to do it all over again. Fortunately I am off this Friday night and I get to take the kids to the local carnival, so Im excited about that. Money wise I am doing phenominal...I made $450 in just tips on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, so that is my saving grace for me...mentally.

I know I am doing really crappy on food today but I dont care, I tired and hungry, and just dont want to count. Ill resume a normal schedule tomorrow and try to cut down my calories to 1200 on Tuesday and Wednesday, then resume eating my BMR the rest of the week.

Got to go, lots of work to do today. Ill catch up later!

10-08-2012, 03:46 PM
Hi so Im not exactly overweight to the BMI charts but my build is a bit too large for my small frame. My BMI is about 24 which is on the high end and that makes me uneasy and stressed around food. I want to get my BMI to a comfertable lower range as I find that Im never rearly comfertable in clothing and hate shopping for clothes because of this tiny issue. I need help to keep me on track as I give up for the most stupid reason like Ive had a treat but ALWAYS TOO much of the treat. Need Support :D

Starting Weight 58 want to go to 53-52

10-08-2012, 11:21 PM
Dance-I'm ready to get out for a walk. Might try one tomorrow. My mouth is still a little sore so it might have to be a slow walk. It will be better than nothing though.

Lindy-good to hear you get a day off. We do have a farmers market but it may be over, I'll have to check and see. I have a friend that does shows all the time and she said around November they really pick up. I had taco bell for dinner so I'm right there with you on the crappy food, but it was soft so I didn't have to chew a lot, lol. Gotta do better.

Missliljo-if you need encouragement you've come to the right place. You must be using kgs? Where in NZ are you? My twin sister lives in Christchurch.

Still at 190, so I didn't keep all 11 lbs off but 7 is still awesome.

We are planning a fall festival at church for the end of the month so me and the SIL did some shopping for that today. Hopefully we have a lot of kids show up.

10-09-2012, 12:16 AM
Hi All! I am a newbie! I started on this site AGES ago and have been up and down since. About 3 months ago I took a birthcontrol shot and I managed to gain about 15 lbs! I feel horrible! Nothing fits.. and now I am eating out of depression and my body aches... I have come here for inspiration! Please help me try to get back to the old me again! Here's to new beginnings!

10-09-2012, 03:42 AM
Similar story here, lost control some months ago while following a carb diet (which mostly had me eating chips lol) and finished dueling against other users for weight control. I am looking for a long time dieting buddy to make a couple of duels and control weight on the LONG term :)

10-10-2012, 12:33 PM
Hey chickadees....I am normally a lot better about checking in but I think I am coming down with a bug or something because I have been so lethargic lately. A little bit of a cough and sore throat too.

Miss - welcome to the group. It is a great inspiration and we talk about everything from relationship issues to food issues. I understand your struggles with the whole BMI thing. Everyone else can say "you are an ideal weight" or "you look fine" but it is what we feel is ideal that matters. We are the ones that have to look in the mirror every day. What kind of exercise routine are you doing?

Burgundy - did you get your walk in yesterday? We need to do something about keeping each other accountable. It cant just be like "oh well"...hmmm, maybe we can limit eating out to 3 times a week? I dont know...just thinking out loud, what are your thoughts? If that was the rule, then I would have pushed the limit at my 3 times already. :-?

Doin - OMG...I soooo now how you feel. I did the birth control shots and put on LOADS of weight. As soon as I got off, I lost 10 pounds in like 2 months, it is crazy. I now do Mirena and am very happy with that. I have not gained weight and dont even realize it is there. You just have to eat foods to help balance out your hormones, that is what my doctor advised me. However, that is easier said than done.

Mikaya - so what program are you going to do now? I tried the Atkins diet several months ago and lost 10 pounds in my first week, then I didnt lose anything for 5 weeks, at that point I threw in the towel and went back to calorie counting. It is what is easiest for me....ya know.

10-10-2012, 12:51 PM
I am going to move this thread from Introductions into into Diet Support. I think you have made a new group!
Hang on tightly because here we go!!!!!!!

10-11-2012, 09:26 AM
Morning, all!
just had a mole removed from my forehead yesterday. I'm glad to have it gone but am feeling a little weird with a big bandaid on my face. I'm planning on running three miles after work today probably in the dark - anyone wanna join me for a workout?
food plan for today:
b: half omelette leftover from yesterday's breakfast meeting
l: chicken bowl with double veggies and peanut sauce
d : green salad with tuna fish

Lindy - hope you're feeling better today!
Burgundy - were you able to get out for some gentle exercise? How is the recovery going? And yes! Seven pounds is crazy awesome.

10-12-2012, 01:35 PM
OK - so I totally wimped out yesterday and vegged in front of the tv instead of running - I suck. I'm running with a friend though tonight which always gets me out the door. Kind of quiet around here - hope you all are doing well...

10-12-2012, 01:56 PM
Hey is quiet but as long as everyone keeps checking in every few days, I am a happy girl.

I am feeling better today...sadly, things are a bit crazy in my household. The bf is sick, his son has the flu and my daughter took a dive over her handlebars this morning and I am on the verge of bringing her to the doctor for x-rays. She is bruised up pretty bad but insisted on going to school, hour later I get a call and I pick her up and she is all swollen. Poor baby. Fortunately I am off from my second job tonight - woohoo. We had plans to go to the carnival but I just dont see that happening. Oh well....a little night of R&R is definately not a bad thing.

How is everyone doing food wise? I can pretty much eliminate exercise from my routine. Working 80 hours a week is sucking all life out of me, I find it difficult to even take the stairs at pathetic. No loss on the scale but I have been pretty bad at keeping track of calories this week so that is no surprise. I plan on roping it back in tomorrow though. Its a pattern...I do well for 4 weeks, then fall off, then well for 4 weeks.

On that topic...what is everyones bad habits, short comings, and "kryptonite" when it comes to losing weight?

What is everyones plans for the weekend?

10-13-2012, 03:21 AM
Lindy - how did it go at the carnival? Is your family doing better today? So sorry go hear about your daughter getting so banged up.

Ran tonight and will go again in the morning. At least I'm finally down another pound - that took forever.

My worst thing Lindy is getting the munchies after dinner when I should be done eating. Curious to hear other answers ...

10-13-2012, 08:17 PM
Doinit-welcome, join right in. Are you following a certain plan?

Mikava-we have a great group of ladies here and we try to keep each other accountable. What plan are you following now?

Lindy- are you feeling better. I've had a head cold all week. I did walk that one day then it cold and has been raining for a few days. I am such a chicken in the cold. I told Chris we are gonna eat out only once a week but it never seems to work out like that. I'm gonna start writing it down and when we reach a limit of (your number is good) 3 times a week, that's it. No more. Is your household getting back to normal? How is your daughter after her tumble? I'm doing OK food wise but no movement on the scale but I blame that on no exercise. Just haven't felt like it the last few weeks. I'm like dance-I get the munchies at night. Sometimes Chris will sit down and have a snack at like 11pm and I find myself joining him. I have been crafting to keep myself out of the kitchen and it seems to be working.

Dance-did you run with a friend. My friend called yesterday to go for a walk but I wasn't home and didn't make it. Congrats on that lb. I'm still at 190 but I don't want to move my ticker.

This cold really kicked me in the butt(or head). I went from all the trouble with my mouth to this. I still have gaping holes where my teeth were extracted and still can't open my mouth all the way. I think that's keeping me from eating a lot. The oral surgeon said i couId come back in for them to check that out or wait it out a little longer. I opted to wait it out a little while longer since the surgeons office is about 3 hours from my house.
I picked up some sugar free Popsicles so if I need a snack they are only 15 calories.

10-15-2012, 12:23 PM
burgundy - poor you! first the oral surgery now a cold? That doesn't seem fair at all. I did run with my buddy on Friday - we've been doing that on Fridays for a couple of weeks now - I hope it becomes a habit. Way better for me than wine and cheese at a happy hour somewhere!

Got in my run on Sat as planned and had some visiting relatives over for dinner. Yesterday I didn't get in a real workout but helped a friend unpack after her move which involved a good amount of stairs - they have an old victorian house with 3 floors plus a basement so it was better than vegging on the couch for sure.

Just IM'ed with my ex for the first time in 2.5 months - wanted to let him know about a friend of ours dog who had a leg amputated and needed to use some stair treads that my ex had made for our house when a different dog would come to visit. Anyway, totally weird. He's going to visit his dad over thanksgiving. No mention of anything else - like missing me or wanting to get together. I didn't ask him anything about his moods or anything either. *sigh* Any advice?

We always used to like to talk politics so I was thinking I might touch base with him after the debate this week. I'm thinking IM and phone for now though - I'd prefer not to see him until I've lost another 10lbs or so. (I lost around 8 to get back to ticker and 2 since so that's 10 so far since this reboot - another 10lbs would have me looking much better.)

It's my b-day this coming weekend and it will be the first time in 10 years that I haven't spent it with him. Ok, pity party over - heading back to work...

10-15-2012, 04:09 PM
Awww, Dance - I totally understand you missing him. Just channel those feelings of missing him into some good workouts. I think you used a good avenue with the dog stairs to catch up and let him know you still think about him, I personally would digress in talking politics and just wait and see what happens with him. broke up for a reason, sometimes people need time to miss the other or to change bad habits. It is ultimately your life and it is easier said than done with me being in a relationship but I was single for 4 years and do know that it does feel better at times to be in a relationship.

Burgundy - I wish I had something to distract me more, I really need to consider a hobby. Today I have consumed SO much food...its ridiculous. I just keep eating and eating and eating. I wouldnt be surprised if I gained a pound. This happens every once in 2 weeks or so and I just let it happen and get it out of my system. I have not dropped any more weight either but I havent been counting calories, so obviously that is the culprit.

Gabriella is doing good, she just got banged up really good but no broken bones...thank god. My bf's son Jack ended up having strep throat and the flu so we are all trying to fight from catching that. Work is great....well, the people arent but the money is. I only worked 20 hours this weekend (15 actually out in the filed) and 5 closing and opening...and I made $450 bucks. Its nothing to sneeze at for a PT job. :-)

10-15-2012, 07:51 PM
Lindy - you are totally right - I'm going to leave things as they are for a while. He knows I'm around and open to being in touch but if he still hasn't taken steps to treat his depression then I still don't want to be part of it. I manage to get a little shaky on that point sometimes but you've talked me out of it for sure. Workouts, here I come! Meeting a friend for an after work walk - will run a bit to meet her and run on the way back so I should be able to get my heart rate up some.

Glad your daughter is healing up. If you happen to have any vitamin D3 around, take some extra of that, I'm convinced it helps me fight colds and flus when I'm around a virus. Sounds like you are doing great with your pt gig - that's pretty impressive. Any luck on the job search front for your bf? I totally know what you mean on the crazy hunger thing - that happens to me every so often and it's like it doesn't matter what I do, I'll be starving all day no matter what. I wish I understood what made those occur - if you figure it out, can you let the rest of us know? ;)

Food today:
b: lf plain yogurt with splenda and raspberries
l: mixed steamed veggies, chicken and curry sauce (from a local healthy fast food chain)
d: chicken, green salad, sauteed mushrooms

What's everyone else eating?

10-16-2012, 09:53 AM
Hey Dance....

I wish I could run places to meet up or run errands, it might motivate me more. In Orlando, everything is miles away and on a public road (in which NO ONE knows how to drive)...its awful. I see people swerving all the time and when I pass them and look up...they are usually on their phone, smh. So I'd be fearful to be even remotely close to them. I have a friend who lost over 200 pounds in a year by educating himself with nutrition classes and a personal trainer. He now wants to help others, free of charge so we are going to start a grueling schedule in November once I am done with the Halloween pt job. On the boyfriend part...nope, nothing. I told him he will have to work at Walmart starting in December if he does not find something soon. His unemployment runs out in March and I do not want to cut it that close.

My food for today is definately going to be light. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY overate yesterday, like...I felt so gross when I went to bed. So today I am doing an iced coffee for breakfast, maybe some soup for lunch, and then chicken and a salad for dinner. *sigh* if only I could swing meals like that every day. The bf is sick now and the kids are slowly getting better. Ill have to do the D3 because I am SO fearful of catching this. I am getting my flu shot next week so hopefully that helps.

I am proud of you for sticking to your guns with your ex. It is SO hard to not go back to what is comfortable. I remember when I broke up with my ex how I cried over and over, thinking I ruined my family but in the long run, I ended up being happier. I just needed to get over the guilt and lonely hump...ya know. We are fastly approaching the holidays - yikes! That means MORE challenges along the way. Get ready girls. Ill catch up later...busy day at work today.

10-16-2012, 05:49 PM
Lindy - I totally know what you mean about Orlando - everytime I've been there for work it seems very spread out. Remember when we got together at Panera a couple of years ago? I'll have to see if I can come up with another excuse to make it down your way ;)

It is really really helpful that I have around 4 close girlfriends that live near enough to me that we can meet in the park for a walk or run - definitely helps me with after work stuff in particular. This time of year with it getting darker earlier, it's so hard to resist the lure of the couch when I get home.

Doing okay foodwise today - no exercise yet - will try to run after work.

B: flaxseed microwave muffin with no sugar added jam
L: trout with green beans and almonds
D: leftover curry chicken with veggies
S: lf plain yogurt with splenda and raspberries

Hope you all are doing well!

10-18-2012, 10:52 AM
Down a pound this morning! I'm going in late to work today so I have time to fit in a run in the morning instead of waiting till after work when I'm tired. What's going on with you girls today?

10-18-2012, 02:41 PM
Hey ladies....I am so sleepy today. I went and did BBQ for lunch and that comfort food is not sitting well with me now. I cannot wait to finish up this second job so I can focus on my eating and working out again.

Not too much to report. I had an awful day with w co-worker yesterday. I work with nothing but men and you get used to the "environment" but one of them was so rude and demeaning - he really set me off in the worst way possible. Fortunately it was an awesome night last night at my pt job and it made all the difference.

Dance - congrats on the consistant weight loss. I cant wait to join you, lol. :-)

10-18-2012, 03:45 PM
Lindy - sorry about the sleepies. I read somewhere that afternoon tiredness in women is often related to dehydration. Any chance you can go get a big glass of ice water? The second job ends at halloween, right? So, 13 more days? Hang in there! And sorry about the co-worker too - that's such a bummer. And I have a long way to go to catch up to you since you never let yourself gain back as much as I did. Hoping to be much closer to your weight soon!

Anyone interested in setting a thanksgiving mini-goal? I'm shooting to be 189 by Thanksgiving Day.

I'm meeting my sister for dinner tonight then we are going to see my niece in the high school play - should be fun.

Hope you all are doing well...

10-19-2012, 11:38 PM
Hey girls!
Just got back from a run with my Friday night running buddy and am having a healthy dinner - chicken breast with sauteed mushrooms and a green salad. I worked from home today so I'm feeling pretty lucky to have hung out in sweats all day - sometimes it's the little things ;) Tomorrow morning my sister is coming over for a loop in the park and then I'm getting a pedicure with some girlfriends. What's on for everyone else this weekend?

10-20-2012, 06:50 PM
Hey girls - I know you all are crazy busy - hope you are having a good weekend!

I'm feeling like I have so far to go - it's getting me a little discouraged. I'm so disappointed in myself for letting it get up this high again. I ran again this morning with my sis (that makes three days in a row - woohoo!) and I just kept wishing there were 20-30 pounds less of me to move. *sigh* I know it will take a while rationally but I just want it gone already!

My girlfriends just took me to lunch and to a pedicure - very sweet.

Take care and post when you can!!

10-20-2012, 10:53 PM
Hey ladies. I decided its time to check. Been a busy week getting ready for our fall festival at church for the kids. I have kept myself off the scale all week and plan to check it on Monday. There probably won't be a loss but we'll see. I've been getting in a few walks but not as many as I would like. I can tell I was a couch potato those few weeks after my extractions. Gotta get back in the swing of things.

Dance-Happy birthday. sorry things are rough with the bf. I have a husband you can have for a while, lol. He's frustrating me a lot lately. Congrats on the lb. I'll do a thanksgiving goal with you. I would like to be back to ticker or below. You shouldn't feel discouraged, you have been continuously losing. I looks like you are on the right path. We can all sympathize with letting ourselves gain some weight back, but I know we all have it in us to lose it (again and for good)

Lindy- we really need to get back to counting calories but at least we aren't gaining weight. I'm glad to her gabriella is good. Is the rest of your family better?

10-21-2012, 02:29 PM
burgundy - now you've got me curious! If you don't mind me asking, what's your hubby doing that's frustrating you? Good idea on waiting a while between scale checks. I make myself nuts weighing every day. Hope you get the number you want tomorrow!

A friend gave me a free month's membership to his gym so I may go over there later for a workout - should make a nice change from my loops in the park.

I had a great birthday overall with friends and family. My ex IM'd me late last night and we ended up making plans to go to a museum exhibit in a few weeks. I think it will be good to touch base and see if he's making any progress. I suspect the answer will be no but it will help me get clarity either way.

10-21-2012, 10:19 PM
Dance-we've just been spending too much time together. He knows all the right buttons to push. I think he thinks its funny. Sometimes I want to have a serious conversation and he just wants to joke about everything. Frustrating.

I would love a free membership to a gym, they can get expensive.

Hopefully your ex has made some progress and you two can figure out where to go from there.

I got in a 3 mile walk this evening. I have to fund something to keep me motivated during the winter. Guess I'll pull out all my wii games(just dance 1,2 and 3, zumba, wii fit plus). Can't let myself go just because its cold. Now its time to watch the walking dead, I love that show.

10-22-2012, 02:21 PM
Hey girlies!

Sorry I always drop off on the weekends.

Burgundy - so today was D day...what did you weight? Do you have any more craft shows to attend?

Dance - OMG....when I read your planned outing with your ex, I must admit, I got a little giddy, lol. I think it says a lot that A. you were able to plan to hand out together, and B. youget to see if you made the right decision...or he made the effort to fix it. I know your goal seems so far away but it really is not and it seems like you are doing quite well in staying consistant. Heck, I have been eating AWFUL lately and have not gained any weight so with you eating that well AND exercising, you should see a consistant drop on the scale.

My household is slowly getting better. We are ALL on antibiotics and I am just hoping I can shake this lump in my throat by Wednesday. My last 4 doubles are Wed, Thur., Fri., and Sat. Im not sure if I am on the schedule for Sunday but I know I have less than a week and that makes me happy. :-D And then we have some stuff to look forward to. We bought tickets to the Gator game before my bf was laid off, so we have that game in 2 weeks and then we made plans to go the Walt Disney World's Food and Wine Festival with our friends on Friday the 9th, lots of fun stuff.

Ok...busy Monday, back to work. So to clarify. How many pounds is everyone's goal by thanksgiving? I am shooting for 175 - 8 pounds!

10-22-2012, 08:08 PM
It's on, girls! So, here's our list of Thanksgiving goals. I'll post updates whenever we get any losses (which should be often!)
Lindy - 175 - 8lbs
Burgundy - 186 - (not sure - burgundy, how much does that mean you need to lose?
Dance - 189 - 6lbs

And, I'm extra motivated since I'm seeing my ex in two weeks - I know it doesn't sound like much since I'm losing so slowly, but I'd like to be down 2 more pounds by then. More if possible - we'll see. But real ones - not just water weight, if you know what I mean.

Burgundy - nice job on the miles! It is hard when it gets colder - I totally agree. For me (since I'm at the office during the day), the darkness doesn't help either - very unmotivational.

To deal with exactly that issue, I've been working on lining up walks or runs with a bunch of different girlfriends. I'm hoping that will help me stay on track!

Lindy - so glad you are on the mend and that you are getting close to the end of the extra job. That has got to be exhausting!! That's great on the fun stuff to look forward to - we all need something on the horizon.

No scale progress for me today but I picked up some healthy stuff at costco at lunch so I will be doing a bunch of cooking this week if I can fit it in.

Off to walk with a friend... Hope you guys are having a nice evening....

10-22-2012, 11:39 PM
Lindy-i was in a rush leaving the house this morning and didn't get on the scale. I will tomorrow then I can let y'all know how many lbs I have to lose. Sounds like you have some fun family outings planned. Glad to hear you are all on the mend. My cold lasted a week or so but I had enough antibiotics in me from my teeth it wasn't too bad.

Lindy-i know what you mean about the dark. It gets dark so early and I'm used to walking in the evenings. I have to remember to go about 4 now. Plus its been raining here so much, I have to get out when I can.

I didn't get a walk in today, I was at the church ll evening decorating. It looks so cute in there. I did do just dance 3. That got me sweating. It has a 7 day sweat plan. I'm gonna make that goal this week. 21000 "sweat drops" for the week. I got 3000 today.

I've been reading a lot online, so I'm gonna up my b6 and b12 to hopefully kick start the nerve in my lower jaw so I get some feeling back in my chin and lip.

Hope everyone had a great day.

10-23-2012, 04:38 PM
Random whoosh this morning! Down 2 pounds - I got on and off the scale like four times since it seemed so unlikely. I can't imagine I'll get lucky like that again anytime soon.

Burgundy - glad the church decorations are turning out well. And love the idea of a sweat drop count! Too fun... Curious to hear about your progress on the scale too.

Nicky - hope you're feeling even better today! Just a few more days till that 2nd job is toast - must feel good.

Am planning on a run after work today.

Food plan:
B: 2 eggs
L: trout and green beans
D: steak salad
S: raw pecans, green olives

What's everyone else eating?

10-24-2012, 01:44 PM
Ugh - horrible night last night. I was awake from 11:30-5am, I think. Totally groggy today. Don't you hate it when that happens randomly? You guys have any good secrets for when you're awake in the middle of the night?

I wimped out on my run yesterday so I'm going to try to make myself do it today although I can imagine that will be on the tough side since I'll be wiped out by the end of the day. Oh well.

Hope all is well with you guys...

10-24-2012, 09:13 PM
OK weighed in. I'm at 191 so I want to lose 5or 6 lbs.

I'm in the middle of making 200 cake pops, but luckily I've made so many, I don't even want them anymore.

Gotta get to dancing. I walked almost 4 miles with a friend earlier. Now I just have to keep this motivation going.

Dance-my sleep is always messed up. Usually I don't fall asleep until about 1 or 2 am. Luckily I don't have to get up early so its OK but a lot of times I sleep way later than I would like to. If I watch a movie that usually makes me sleepy or reading for a while helps me fall asleep.

10-24-2012, 10:02 PM
Burgundy - love the new profile pic - you look gorgeous! Are the cake pops for the fall festival at the church? Frosting is a big weakness for me - I'm impressed that you haven't been tempted!!

Now we have our official Thxgiving challenge stats:

Lindy - 175 - 8lbs
Burgundy - 186 - 5lbs
Dance - 189 - 6lbs, 4lbs left to go

Heading to bed super early - talk to you guys tomorrow...

10-24-2012, 11:10 PM
I really want to be able to move the ticker so maybe I'll make mine 185 so 6 lbs for me.

10-25-2012, 12:16 PM
Okay - with revisions from Burgundy and from me!

Thxgiving challenge stats:

Lindy - 175 - 8lbs
Burgundy - 185 - 6lbs
Dance - 188 - 7lbs, 5lbs left to go

Didn't get on the scale this morning for a change ;) Am going to try to just weigh in maybe 3x a week so I don't make myself so nuts. No exercise today - had an early meeting and have a work dinner later - oh well. Hope you all are doing well....

10-25-2012, 04:35 PM
Hey girls....I like the goals and kudos to you Dance on your whoosh! That is definate motivation. I really have no secrets when I am up at night. I am not a night time grazer, I get very thirsty and those are empty calories but that is about it.

Im just giving you a girls a heads up, I am checking out starting to today and will check back in on Monday. I am in the final stretch of my second job and just tired. My girls also have a tournament on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and when I am not working, Ill be going to their games.

Hope you chickadees have a successful weekend, cant wait to read up on your success on Monday. Enjoy the weekend! :-D

10-25-2012, 05:10 PM
Good luck with the marathon weekend, Lindy!

10-27-2012, 11:13 AM
Morning, girls!

I know you're super busy so I won't hear much from you for a bit.
Burgundy - hope the fall festival is going well - post pix when you can!
Lindy - hang in there - just a few more nights as a sexy zombie nurse ;)

Hope we get a check-in from Sandy and Maddysmom sometime soon...

Down another pound today - now at 192. Since I'm making some progress, I'm going to get ambitious and lower my thxgiving goal to match burgundy's. Plus, that goal would get me to the high end of an overweight bmi which would be nice.

So here's the revised goals:
Lindy - 175 - 8lbs
Burgundy - 185 - 6lbs
Dance - 185 - 7lbs left to go

I took my parents to the airport super early today so I've been up for forever already. Am going to do some cooking (soup and veggies) and go for a run later this morning. My niece is spending the night tonight and we're going to work on beading projects - should be fun. 7 days till I meet up with my ex - hoping to get down a few more pounds by then - we'll see.

Hope you guys are doing well!

10-28-2012, 09:37 PM
Hey girls!
Super busy day today - raked leaves in the morning, then walked 4 miles with a buddy then had a massage then went for a 3 mile run with another friend. Didn't have much of an appetite today for reasons that are unclear (but I'll take it).
B: 1.5 flax muffins with sugarfree jam
L: didn't have time - just a handful of almonds
D: honeycrisp apple with 3 slices of sharp cheddar

Lindy - Congrats on finishing your second job!!!

Burgundy - How did the fall festival go?

Hope you guys are doing well....

10-28-2012, 11:59 PM
Lindy-final stretch, yay. You have to be exhausted.

Dance-you are rocking it. You are right on my heels. I have to kick it up a notch. 7 miles today!!!!! I haven't walked in 2 days but I did finish my just dance challenge. I needed 21000 sweat drops, ended with 21126. I'm happy I finished that. I have been thinking about dusting off 30 day shred. Not sure yet. I don't think I will do it ever single day. That or get back into zumba, I really like that. The fall festival was so much fun. We didn't expect a big turn out because we have a small congregation but there were 37 people there and 18 were under the age of 18 so it was good. I have pics on my camera. I'll have to upload them soon.

Hope your weekends are going good. Time to watch the walking dead, yay.

10-29-2012, 01:48 PM
Burgundy - great job with the just dance challenge! I'm not good at committing to every day either but I think either 30ds or zumba be a good workout choice if you make it work with your schedule/availability. Did you have your weigh-in today? I bet you're down a pound with how busy you've been lately.

Nothing exciting on the scale today as I think I'm retaining a little water in my sore muscles - it turns out raking leaves is liking doing lots of squats as you keep bending down to scoop up the leaves once they're in a pile. Majorly sore!! Am planning to work from home this afternoon and will take an exercise break to rake a bit more and maybe run a 3mi loop. I also have a walk with a friend in the evening so it should be a good exercise day. Am hoping the water weight will be gone soon and will reflect on the scale. My pants which fit well last week are loose today so I have my fingers crossed for a mini-whoosh soon.

Here's my food plan:
B: half apple with natural peanut butter
L: chicken curry (no rice), spinach, veg curry (going to indian buffet)
D: chicken sausage, roasted brussel sprouts, green beans
S: greek yogurt with raspberries

What are you guys eating today?

10-29-2012, 04:27 PM
Hey ladies! And I am done! Woo-hoo. My body hurts because they changed things up the last weekend to see if sales were any better. That being said. I walked 15 miles on Saturday night! In heels! Crraaazzzyyyy. I have some serious shin splints which is a bummer because I was going to shoot for a run tonight but I might try a little walk instead. Now is the time to step up my game around the house and in my workout. I have 80 days until the cruise and want to get to 150. Its an ambitious goal but I think I can.

Dance - congrats on the pounds loss. You are just rocking it this time. I hope I can get your dedication soon. I started out well today with food but it turned horribly wrong bc I didnt have any healthy snacks. A trip to the store is in order.

Burgundy- glad to hear the church event went well. Have you hopped on the scale lately?

My food for today:

I bought this new shake that is suppose to help give you energy and balance your insulin levels...its called rockin wellness. Anyway, I had a shake this morning - one scoop of powder and almond milk.

Lunch: Chipotle bowl. Brown rice, chicken, letter, tomato, cheese, pink beans and fresh guacamole. Sadly...a grade soda at 300 calories! Grrr.

Downfall: 4 milano raspberry cookies AND a jelly donut, and a french crueller - ridic.

Dinner: homemade chili. I made a huge pot for work and everyone ate most of it will be consumed in the next couple of days.

Dance - it is getting so close to meeting up with your ex. Are you going shopping for a new outfit? Have you spoken since making plans?

Burgundy - are you 100% back to normal food?


10-29-2012, 07:45 PM
Lindy - so glad it's over and you'll have more free time again. I 'm impressed by your endurance. Chili sounds great and filling enough that I bet it will keep you away from the milanos! On the ex front - no new outfit planned just trying to keep losing and no we haven't been in touch at all. I'm not expecting much from our outing - I bet nothing will have changed and he won't be getting help or seriously looking for a job. Not that I'm against a fairytale ending :) it just seems sadly unlikely. Will keep you guys posted though.

Just did some raking and am going to go for a short run in my barefoot shoes. Hope all is well....

10-30-2012, 12:14 PM
Ugh - the scale so isn't loving me this morning. Major sore muscles again so I think I'm probably still retaining water. Oh well....
Here's my food plan for today:
B: greek yogurt with strawberries
L: burger with no bun, salad
D: chicken sausage, green beans, sauteed spinach
S: raw almonds

How are you girls today?

10-30-2012, 04:06 PM
Hey Dance!

Great day for me. Had training in the morning, which is making the work day fly by. Carving pumpkins tonight with the kids.

Did some errands at lunch, which results in me eating at Panera. Not too bad though considering.

Breakfast: Rockin' wellness shake with almond milk
Snack: fried egg, 2 slcies of turkey bacon
Lunch: half a turkey sandwich, a cup of brocolli and cheese soup, lemonade
Snack: greek yogurt - honey
Dinner: still on the fence. Maybe some more chili, maybe another shake? The shakes fill me up like I have never seen before.

Ok, gotta finish some stuff before the day is over.

10-30-2012, 06:12 PM
Lindy - now that's the girl we know - bursting with energy and full of enthusiasm! Amazing what catching up on your rest can do, right? Glad your life is slightly less insane now. And pumpkin carving sounds like a blast - take some photos! Just looked up the ingredients in your shake - sounds very interesting. Glad it's working so well for you.

Am going to a friend's goodbye happy hour (he's leaving the company) in a bit so no exercise for me today. Just need to decide on my 'drink' strategy - I've cut way down on wine and other drinks lately to save on empty calories. I'm thinking soda water with lime and I'll save up my 2 glasses for the week for the weekend. What do you guys do about cocktails and empty calories?

10-31-2012, 10:32 AM
Hey Dance....the cocktails was a hard one for me because I am not a big drinker but I am a social butterfly. I actually would do vodka and a diet drink most often. Vodka takes the taste of whatever you mix it with and its low in calories. However, sometimes I would just throw in the towel, lol.

Ahhhh....Halloween is upon us which means temptation city. Maybe not so much for you guys but we have 3 kids in the house who are vowing to have the "most candy" - which in turn, means it is laying around. Grrrr. It really stinks I couldnt stick to my diet while working Halloween Horror Nights because honestly, the holiday's are not going to make it any easier. I am going to try to start next week incorporating some exercise. Tonight is trick or treating, Thursday night is a hair appt., Friday night I am getting ready for the kids birthday parties, Saturday is the kids birthday parties, Sunday is family day at my grandmas. So next week it is, lol.

So - any fun plans this weekend? We are halfway through the work week - woohoo!

10-31-2012, 12:21 PM
Lindy - good idea on the vodka with diet combo - I'll give that a try! I put fresca (which is diet) in red wine over ice sometimes for an instant diet sangria. Not sure it would be to everyone's taste though.

Halloween is tricky. I decided to skip it this year - I literally took the light bulb out of my front porch light so that it would not automatically go on at dusk. I just didn't feel up for having the candy in the house this year - plus it was a bit of a tradition to do the giving out candy thing with my ex. I'm going for a microdermabrasion at the end of the day (have you guys ever done one? It makes your skin so smooth and your pores so tiny!) and am going to go for a run after. That's my idea of a wild and crazy halloween ;)

Food plan for today:
B: Greek yogurt with 6 strawberries
L: green beans with almonds, 1 babybel cheese, half apple with peanut butter (random, I know)
D: green salad with lots of veggies and vinaigrette, chicken breast

So, exercise plan for the week - run today, run tomorrow, run fri - boy, am I exciting! ;)

Hope you guys have a happy halloween!

10-31-2012, 02:54 PM
Never had microdermabrasion before....I think I would love it though. My pores are big, and I get blackheads on my nose so once the DBF is working again, that will be on my to do list. Or on my cruise because I vowed to not worry about money when I went on that vaca.

Anyyyyywwayyy, enjoy your evening ladies. I know I will. :-) Happy Halloween!

10-31-2012, 09:14 PM
Am hiding out from the trickortreaters, catching up on bad tv. Decided not to run - my tummy is a bit off tonight. Kind of discouraged today - scale was back at 193.0 this morning :( so hopefully that's temporary. Not gonna change my ticker unless it stays like that.

Hope you guys are having fun tonight...

11-01-2012, 04:19 PM
Got a good night's sleep last night and am feeling much perkier today - sorry to have been so blah yesterday!

Am back at 192 today so not exactly setting a new world record here for speedy weight loss but at least it's headed down again.

Here's my food plan for today:
B: 1 scrambled egg
L: half apple with peanut butter, green beans with almonds
S: raw almonds
D: chicken fajitas without the tortilla - grilled chicken with sauteed onions, cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes and guac. Maybe some roasted brussel sprouts too.

My appetite and cravings have definitely gone way down with this way of eating but I'm afraid I've plateaued already - I guess we'll see.

Planning on a run after work - what are you guys eating/doing for exercise today?

11-01-2012, 05:52 PM
Hi everyone, I am new here and have just been reading some of your posts to get motivated a bit better!

Dancer, I was reading your eating plan and am thinking it is not very much! Have you figured out how many calories you should be consuming per day for your height? I know that if we don't get enough, our bodies think that we are starving and then hold on to the weight for dear life. I use to about starve myself years ago and I think I messed up my metabolism doing that. I have a friend who is 5' tall and has just lost 75 lbs since January, on 1200 calories a day. I am 5'2 and have been on weight watchers in the past and lost eating more than you do. I hope I don't sound like a know-it-all or a mother hen! I just want to give you food for thought, since maybe you aren't losing because you're not getting enough to eat. What are your thoughts? I do admire your determination and self-control!!!

11-02-2012, 10:11 AM
Decorlover - welcome! Thanks for the kind thoughts. I'm getting between 1200 and 1600 cals /day which should be about right for my age and activity level. I was just venting with the girls (and maybe being a bit of a drama queen). How do you like ww?

Went for a nice walk with a friend last night in the 60 degree weather - wish it would stay like that instead of getting colder. I'm down a pound this morning so I'm going to stick to my plan and see what happens.

Haven't heard from my ex at all about getting together tomorrow. I'd like him to be the one to reach out to set a time - we'll see what happens.

Food plan for today:
B: greek yogurt and strawberries
L: leftover chicken fajitas without the tortilla
S: apple slices and sharp cheddar
D: costco pot roast, sauteed spinach, brussel sprouts

Happy Friday, girls - hope you're doing well!

11-02-2012, 02:58 PM
Dancer, I guess I am not a very good estimator of calories, lol. I think it is awesome how well you are doing with your diet and exercise. I am not doing WW anymore. I have in the past and I do think it is a great, level-headed approach to dieting. I just don't want to pay for it, lol. I am now doing IdealShape protein drinks for breakfast and sometimes lunch, trying to cut calories that way. Unfortunately, I have not been very careful other than that and am losing very slowly. Hopefully joining this site and being encouraged and inspired by others will help my resolve! I think it is cool how you plan out your food for the day. Do you do that each morning or make a weekly plan or what? I think I should start counting calories, too. Sometimes I eat something and
Ithink it isn't very many calories, and then find out later how wrong I was!

Time for me to get off my butt. I haven't exercised in a few days, so I better get downstairs and on the elliptical.

11-02-2012, 11:36 PM
Hey ladies, quick check in. I'll do personals tomorrow. My pup got sprayed by a skunk tonight so I'm gonna give her a 3rd bath then relax.

I've been trying to burn 500 calories a day doing zumba or wii fit plus. I got to 440 today. I like zumba better. You move more and wii fit seems to take a lot longer with less moving and breaks between exercises.

I get the exercise right but eating has been bad lately. Why can't I make better choices????? I'll get this right someday and get to my goal weight.

I have been making frappucinos. They are pretty good. They are one scoop of slim fast(110 calories) a cup of black coffee and 3 tsp of creamer(30 calories). Put in a blender with ice. I had a chocolate one tonight. Gonna have a vanilla one in the morning. Had to find a substitute a few months ago. I love the ones from burger king but stopped drinking them after I found out the small has 400+ calories.

Hope everyone has a great weekend

11-03-2012, 10:59 AM
Oh no, burgundy! Poor doggy! Sounds like you are doing great on exercise and since that revs your metabolism, I bet you'll see it on the scale. Great idea on the frappucinos. Yours sound much lighter than the ones from fast food places.

Still haven't heard from my ex - I'm thinking I may give it till early afternoon - we'll see.

Got in a great run last night with intervals of sprinting. Am going to try that again this morning once it warms up a bit. And maybe go for a manicure.

Hope you guys are doing well!

Eta - he finally called and we are still going to the museum today. Will fill you in later...

11-05-2012, 01:12 PM
Hey guys!
Down a couple more pounds over the weekend. Probably not my healthiest losses as I had lost my appetite over the weekend worrying about guy stuff and then had a migraine last night which made me kind of nauseous. Oh well - I'll take it.

It went well with my ex on Saturday - better than I expected. He actually got on antidepressants and seems to be making serious progress in sorting his life out. He's a little mixed up about us but I can work with that over time. The chemistry part seems better than ever ;) so that was fun. We're going to get together next week when I have a few days off and he called me on Sunday night to chat when he had only left my house a few hours before after we spent 24hrs straight together. Fingers crossed!

Hope you girls are doing well. How are you doing on our thanksgiving challenge? I know you've been so busy. Hoping to hear from you soon!

ETA: Planning on a run after work with a friend so that will definitely help me get some exercise after being super lazy yesterday.
Food plan:
B: egg/ricotta pancake with sliced strawberries
L: Lamb kebab with baba ghanoush
D: steak salad with avocado, green beans

I'm eating such rich proteins on this plan that I run out of appetite for veggies. I think I'm going to start eating veggies first at each meal going forward.

ETA 2: Hey - where are you guys? Hope to hear from you soon!!

11-05-2012, 10:47 PM
Dance-you are gonna be at your thanksgiving goal in no time. Me, on the other hand, might not be. The scale isn't cooperating. I've been drinking water like its going out of style. Just gotta try harder I guess. Glad to hear your ex is helping himself and that y'all had fun. I'm gonna keep on trying and catch up to you soon. The scale jumps between 191 and 193 with me lately. So annoying.

Lindy-where are you hiding??

11-05-2012, 11:08 PM
Burgundy - good job on the hydration - I need to try to be more like you that way. I've been particularly bad about that lately - will shoot for having a glass of water near me all day at work tomorrow and see if I can turn that around. What kind of exercise are you doing this week?

Just got back from a half run/half walk with a buddy in the very dark and chilly park - I hate the time change :(

11-06-2012, 04:26 PM
Howdy girls! Having one of those blah days - nothing major but I'm a little bummed that no one seems to notice that I'm losing (although I am very aware that I have tons more to lose) and a little post-reunion let-down related to my guy situation. Any ideas on how to get my mojo back that don't involved an entire bag of potato chips?

Burgundy - Are you crafting like crazy right now? I'm wearing a necklace I made today - it made me think of you and all of the craft sales that are around during the holiday season.

Lindy - I think I saw on fb that you are volunteering today - that's so cool! Curious to hear how it went when you come up for air.

Food plan
B: - skipped - (not deliberate, really a bad idea), two cups black tea with milk
L: chicken breast and mixed veggies with yellow curry sauce
D: pot roast, mushrooms, green salad, 2 small baby potatoes with butter and sour cream (my plan only allows carbs like these with fats - yum!)

What are you guys eating today?

11-06-2012, 05:45 PM
Hey everyone! I have been a member of 3fc for a long time but i never post. I have decided that i. Must hold myself accountable. I do really good on tracking my food. And i might eat bad items once or twice a month. And by bad i mean a pint of ice cream or a couple of pieces of pizza. I try not to do thousands of calorie binges. But i must keep my sanity! Lol
my goal for november is to get.more active!!!!!! I need to walk my dog at least 4 times a week. We always walk 1.5 or more miles and i started taking the hilly route too. I started out at 229 and currently am 193.6. My final goal is 140-150. Or less if i can get there!!! I look forward to making new friends here that can help me on my journey to a healthier living!!!

11-07-2012, 12:34 PM
Welcome, Nessa! It sounds like you are making great progress!

Morning, girls! I'm over the blahs. Didn't weigh in this morning since I spent the night at my parents after picking them up at the airport. I'm planning on a run in the dark when I get home - you guys should see me when I wear my headlamp - it's quite a look ;)

Food plan for today:
B: One scrambled egg and 2 slices bacon, two cups of tea with milk
L: Not sure yet -am going out to lunch with colleagues and don't know where
S: half apple with peanut butter
D: Steak salad

How are you guys doing?

Lindy - how crazy is it to be in FL right now with the state results still up in the air? Glad all the political ads will be off the tv now at last...

11-07-2012, 05:53 PM
Hey girls! Sorry I dropped off for a while there. I was off on Thursday and Friday of last week with Jury Duty and then I worked the election on Tuesday, so crazy busy.

Nessa - welcome to the group. Hopefully you stick around. We are great friends and it seems our weights are all in the same area. It is a lot easier to keep pushing when you are all shooting for the same goal!

Dance - I seriously had to do a quick scroll before all the other posts to see what came of your get together with the ex. I was elated to hear how well it went but then you mentioned a set-back? Care to share how so? Hopefully its just in the moment. I would channel your frustration through exercise. I was reading a story on the daily mail today about a women who lost over 60 pounds in 6 months because she saw her ex with his new gf and she was thinner than her so that made her upset. But instead of turning to food, she used her sadness and agression in exercising and was quite sucecssful. If you can skim through that webpage, you should check it out.

Burgundy - I am going to try you frappe idea this weekend! Thanks for sharing! I was like, ohhhh, I can definately do that. I am ADDICTED to frappes, fortunately it is winter season and I dont crave them as much when its cool in the air.

Yesterday was crazy, especially working the election. Glad it is over because I was fearful I might lose some friends along the way, lol. I did have to defriend one person but I was not close to them, just a highschool aquaintance.

My Thanksgiving goal is not looking so good. However, I do start running today in preparation for the Color Run in January. I am hoping that contributes to my weight loss. I am really convinced I have to step up my exercise because I REALLY, REALLY enjoy food way more than I should. I wish I could find something that "sticks" but I just dont have my mojo right now. Even with a cruise 71 days away and all my friends who are going are super svelt, that should be motivation enough. *shrugs sholders* Ill work on it.

Ok, I am babbling and I have to get ready to head out. Catch up later! I will be out of commissioner from Friday to Sunday because we are going to a food and wine festival all day on Friday and then a Gator game on Sunday but Ill check in tomorrow. And will be back on Monday.

Oh, one last note. We are having a cold front right now - in the 60's - yes! It is a cold front for us, lol, so I am really going to enjoy my run tonight. :-)

11-07-2012, 06:16 PM
Lindy!! So nice to hear from you - I knew you were alive and kicking from seeing posts on fb so I wasn't worried that way - just missing your company around here. Just read the article you mentioned - what a great before and after contrast! I'd love to look like the after - someday, right? All is fine with the not-so-ex. He called Sunday night and last night and we're getting together tonight after I run. The old me would have canceled my run to have more time with him - not the new me! I need to take care of myself first. At least right now.

Starting running again together with the cruise motivation will get you going on your plan - I'm sure of it! Didn't you buy some bathing suits on sale a while back for the cruise? I think you just needed a little bit of a break after your second job ended - you'll get right back into it. And I know what you're like when you get into it ;)

Your plans sound super fun this weekend - enjoy! And enjoy the sweater weather for now. It's actually warmer here than it is there - how unlikely is that...

Burgundy - did I see a fb post on hair dye? Are you changing your hair color? Post some pics if you've changed your look. Curious to see...

11-07-2012, 06:31 PM
How have yall done this week so far. I had a minor slip up on monday but have been strict ever since! Cant wait to get to know yall!

11-07-2012, 06:37 PM
Nessa - you must be getting close to getting your ticker, right? Maybe I'm not remembering correctly, but it seemed like it required 20 posts or do I have that wrong? Curious to see what design you pick ;) Do you have a thanksgiving mini-goal to add to our list?

11-07-2012, 08:51 PM
Yes. Last time i tried to add one it wouldnt let me. So im assuming its because i dont have enough posts yet. I always weigh the least at the end of the week so friday i was 192.2 and now i am 194.0 but i think that gain has to do with my tom so goal for.thanksgiving is 188. And dec. 1 goal 185.8. But i.will be happy with any loss :)

11-07-2012, 11:16 PM
Dance-i do great with water now if I could do the same with food. Have you added in more ? I agree with Lindy exercise is the way to go, back away from the chips, lol. I'm still crafting but not as much. I was thinking about "setting up shop" on haven't made up my mind yet. I think we need a pic of you in this headlamp. I use one at night when I read after Chris is asleep. Sounds like things with the ex are going good. I'm glad you went for the run before seeing him. Its important to take care of you.

Nessa-welcome!! You're right in the same weight range with all of us. We have the same final goal set. My scale argues with me about that number but I'll get there someday.

Lindy-I tried the frappe with a packet of sugar free carnation instant breakfast(only 60 Cal's) pretty good that way too and 50 to 60 fewer calories. My thanksgiving goal isn't looking good either, but you never know. The color run sounds fun. I didn't do any 5k's this year.:(

I did change my hair. Added some blonde highlights to the front. I changed my avatar, not the best pic but it was all I had. Not gonna post the post workout hair.

I've been doing pretty good with workouts. Did zumba tonight and it said I burned 860 calories. Gotta get in good workouts tomorrow and Friday. Have a girls weekend this weekend, we are going out of town to do some Christmas shopping and I'm not sure if there will be time for workouts. Luckily most of them workout often so we might squeeze something in.

11-08-2012, 11:21 AM
Good morning chickadees!

DANCE - GOOD FOR YOU! I am so happy to see that you are making yourself a priority. Its hard when you are trying to date, or in your case rekindle a relationship but that is one thing I wish I would have done with this relationship Im in now. I sacrificed my health and weight for a couple extra minutes a day and now I am regretting it - BIG TIME! So, how did the meet up go last night? It sounds like things are trucking along?

Burgundy - I like the highlights! I really, really wish I could go like an auburn color but it took me FOREVER to get the blonde I am now and I really dont want to back track. I cannot believe how many calories your burn with Zumba! I really need to consider that.

Nessa - those seems like really realistic goals, I love that! What are you doing in the form of exercise? Care to share anymore about yourself. What area are you from? Dating, married, single? Kids?

I got my run in, it was VERY short but I am taking baby steps to not burn myself out - ya know. I will go again tomorrow and then I will shoot for Sunday at some point. I have no idea what I am doing for lunch because I will be running errands. I am not even trying to eat healthy so I know my thanksgiving goal is not very realistic at this time. I have to look back and see what I set for myself because I forgot already, lol.

11-08-2012, 11:23 AM
Ok, just say my goal...175. NOT gonna happen, not even humanly possible unless I starve myself, which also is NOT gonna happen, lol.

I am currently 189. Yep, looks like I put some pounds on. :-( If I can get to 185 in the next 2 weeks, I would be happy with that.

11-08-2012, 11:59 AM
Hey everyone!! Hope everyone's day is going good so far! I woke up to the scale saying 192.6 so i'm happy!!! :) hopefully i will get to know yall better so i can fit in the convos better!

But for now to answer your questions: i am 29 from central arkansas. I have been walking our dog at least 2 times a week. We walk 1.5 miles or more each time. And i was going to commit to 4 days a week min. But with dst its dark when i get home so i dont like walking him in the dark. I have been contemplating joining a gym and going during my lunch hour because i have more energy then anyway.

My husband and i have been married for 7 years and well we want kids but so far all we have is our fur-kid. I dont know about yall but i dont get much help as far as diet goes at home. I love my hubby and all but he refuses to eat healthy!! Lol

11-08-2012, 01:33 PM
Morning, ladies! Kind of fun that our mini-goals and long term goals are similar - it's so much easier to relate to each others' challenges and frustrations that way. I went up 2lbs on the scale today (but ate right on plan and exercised the last two days) so I'm thinking it might be water weight and am not going to worry about it unless it sticks aground ;)

Nessa - your post count reads 20 now so you should be able to set up your ticker - congrats! I just read that getting in a half hour walk after dinner lowers your blood sugar (which makes it easier to lose weight that day) - any chance you could get your hubby to go with you on an after dinner walk with the dog? Just an idea... I agree with you about being out in the dark - much more depressing and for me at least much harder to get myself to leave my warm and cozy house. Glad the scale is headed in the right direction for you!

Burgundy - love the new hair! I liked it dark too but it's fun to mix things up sometimes, right? Great job on the workout. I'm planning on fitting in some zumba next week with a friend - should be fun. Where are you going for your girls' weekend? That sounds like a blast - and shopping all day can be exercise of a sort too. I'm trying to follow your lead and drink more water but I can tell it's still not enough - will see if I can do better today!

Lindy -way to go on getting in your run! I ran last night and will run again tomorrow morning, if I can get myself out of bed - that's going to be tough. 185 sounds like a workable short-term goal - I'm sure you will nail it. And I love your super blonde hair - I've seen your recent pix on fb and it's a gorgeous, very eye-catching color. No need to mess with success ;) I'm going to get some copper and dark copper highlights next week to see if I can rev up my look a bit. Will post pix if it turns out well.

Thanksgiving goal recap:
Lindy: 185
Burgundy: 185
Dance: 185
Nessa: 188

Girls, we can do this! Anyone got a special outfit they're wanting to fit into for thxgiving? I'm hoping to get into my size 12 jeans finally but I may need to be 180 to do that - we'll see. Do you guys mind my asking what sizes you're wearing these days? I started out this time at 16w which is more like a regular 18 and am down to 14s. Cannot wait to get into 12s though...

ETA: Totally forgot to mention my ex :) Too funny. We had a nice time last night and are getting together again next week for a movie/dinner date then he'll be out of town for the holiday for a week or so. I think that's probably the right pace for now. He's still a little hung up on the whole 'we're not back in a relationship' thing which is definitely something I'll have to dig into over time but I can handle it for now at least since neither of us are seeing anyone else. You girls have been my rock during this crazy time and I can't tell you how much your friendship and encouragement means to me. *hugs*

11-08-2012, 04:07 PM
Well i finally did it.....i joined a gym!!!!! No more excuses for me... Its too dark or cold etc i cant walk the dog! Or my hubby doesnt want me to. I am going during my.lunch hour every day! And today i did a 50 minute hard workout on the elliptical. Incline of 10 and resistance of 4-6. 3.3 miles!! Whoo hoo. Now this better make me lose weight instead of gain!

I was wearing 16's comfortably at my heaviest and 14's were tight. The brands were not your daughters and liverpool. Because sometimes brands matter. Now since i have lost i know the 14's are fairly loose and i must have a belt. But i havent tried any other sizes on. But im guessing i will fit in a 12 at least

11-09-2012, 12:20 AM
Thanks for the compliments on my hair. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I like it now.

Lindy-im really hoping the calorie tracker on zumba for wii is accurate. If it is I've burned over 2900 calories since Sunday. Good job on the run. I'm not eating very healthy neither but gonna try harder. I got some fruits and veggies today.

Neesa-yay for scale going down. I'll tell you a little about myself. I'm 31, married, no kids, 2 Boston terriers, live in Michigan, moved here from alabama. I walk them often. I try everyday but have been slacking lately cos I hate the cold. We usually walk 2 miles. My hubby is the same way. He doesn't eat healthy at all and doesn't exercise with me. I would love for him to walk with me but he has plantar fasciitis so his feet hurt to walk far. I walk with a friend most of the time. Good job on joining a gym.

Dance-I love zumba on wii but still haven't been to a live class. We are going to Traverse City. I've only been there once so it will be nice to see some different scenery. We will probably get a lot of walking in. 185 looks so nice for thanksgiving but I'm not gonna get my hopes up. I'll be happy with 189. I'm wearing 14s right now. I can get into 12s but they are snug. Sometimes it does depend on the brand like neesa said. I'm glad you are enjoying yourself with the ex:). I'm sure over time he will give you the answers you want. Slow and steady.

I did zumba again today. Burned 855 calories. I can make it over 3500 calsburned for the week tomorrow. We'll see if its accurate. Gotta get my bag packed tomorrow and cook some dinner for the hubby so he doesn't just eat out all weekend. He's not a great cook, lol. I'll try to check in tomorrow then I probably won't be able to again until Monday or Tuesday.

11-09-2012, 12:25 PM
Morning, ladies!

Burgundy - you are a calorie burning machine - way to go! Agree on the brand thing. I have one pair of jeans that are 12s that totally fit but everything else is 14s so they are clearly an exception. Hope you have a blast this weekend - curious to hear what you find shopping....

Scale is at 189 this weekend so heading back in the direction of the 188 I saw earlier this week. Hope to make some progress this weekend!

I'm burning up some vacation days next week and am planning on lots of exercise as well as decluttering, deep cleaning and organizing. It'll be a lot of work but it always makes me feel better about the world after.

Hope you guys are having a great Friday!

11-09-2012, 01:41 PM
well the scales said the same same morning as yesterday 192.6. but its not a gain so ill take it!! Im fixing to head to the gym soon. Its been a crazy day so far for me! Hope everyones friday is going well!

Burgundy- o.m.g. I lovvvvvveeeeee your hair!!!! How old are your dogs? Do they do better af night when you walk them? It seems like Capone acts out more if he doesnt get to walk or play chase etc.

Dancer- i wish i could get the hubbs to go with me but he wont even eat right with me!!! Lol ive asked but he will never go with us. So i thought perfect solution.... Ill go to a gym on my lunch break!! Wrong!!! Now he is asking if im getting a new man or cheating on him etc!!!! Its crazy....... i think i finally made him undrrstand i am doing this for ME!!! I want to look good and feel good about myself!!! And im not cheating and im not leaving you.!!!!

Have any of you ladies dealt with anything like that?? Im just really put out that he thinks that and im not real sure handle it!! I love him with all my heart and want no one other than him. And it frustrates me that he would even think i would even think i would step out on him or leave him!!!

Thanks yall have been great!

11-10-2012, 12:00 PM
Who hoo!!!! 191.0 this morning!!! Hope you all have a great Saturday!!!!

11-10-2012, 02:58 PM
Great job Nessa!!!! Gotta run but will come back and post more later ...

11-10-2012, 07:21 PM
Girls -
It's somewhere between rainy and snowing today - brrr! I got my run in before the weather changed luckily. It was my sister's b-day yesterday and I managed to avoid even a bite of the homemade tiramisu. This avoiding sugar thing is getting much easier, thank goodness.

Burgundy - hope you guys are having a blast this weekend!

Lindy - how was the food and wine fest? Sounds like a blast.

Nessa - sounds like the gym is working for you! Congrats on your loss today! You mentioned earlier that your hubby is a little concerned about the reasons behind your weightloss. I haven't run into that exact situation myself but I hear it mentioned a lot on the board. Maybe spend a little more time than usual reminding him why you love him.

Hope you are all doing well....

11-11-2012, 02:05 PM
Morning, all!

Scale is back at 188 this morning, finally, after hovering between 190 and 189 since Tuesday. Still three more pounds to go for my thxgiving mini-goal - I really want to make it happen and after struggling all week to get back to where I started the week I don't know what to do more of/less of. Since I have some extra days off this week, I'm shooting for a 3 mile run or walk every day and super strict adherence to plan. Wish me luck, girls...

I've been cleaning out drawers all morning (part of my major decluttering effort this week) and have a huge pile of stuff to donate. I'm keeping select pieces of my too-big stuff this time, something I didn't do last time, and I've decided I'll keep it until I've maintained my goal weight for 3 years. May sound kind of strange to you guys but maybe it will give me extra motivation to maintain once I'm there.

Am finishing up breakfast and planning on a run in the little bit of snow we have out there. And some quick weights as I've been totally slacking off with my supposed weight lifting plan.

I'm going tile shopping with a friend this afternoon who is in the middle of some remodeling projects - should be fun!

Hope you guys are doing great....

11-12-2012, 03:19 PM
Wow - you girls have been busy while I have been out!

Nessa - SUPER KUDOS for the loss! That is awesome! I can TOTALLY relate to the jealous hubby thing. Not so much a hubby, but BF. Although, I have gained 25 pounds since we got together so he is ok with me losing weight, just have to deal with the comments. Im sorry, I totally understand. Quick background on me since you shared. I live in Orlando, Florida, grew up on CT and have lived in FL for my adult life. I have one daughter that I raised as a single mom, I am divorced but in a new relationship with my current BF, who I live with. He has two kids, who we have custody for and we are raising all our kids together. You will hear me go on tangeants about him bc he lost his job back in March is still not working but hopefully that changes soon. I have a goal of 150 by January 17th, as I am going on the cruise but am doubtful I will meet that goal. One can try though! How is the gym going so far? How many days a week are you shooting for?

Burgundy - you are seriosly burning calories like a crazy woman! I am certain you are going to see a whoosh soon! I am thinking of getting zumba for Wii. Do you think it is worth it for sure? Anything new with the crafts? Did you sign up with Etsy yet?

Dnace - kudos on the continued drop! I definately foresee you making your goal! You are just so dedicated this time. I wish I could find that mojo. Its funny because the one time I kept to my diet was when me and my ex separated, and it was all about me. I wish I could get back into that frame of mind. No holiday outfits. Thanksgiving is just not that big of thing with our family. My grandma cooks, always has and we go and eat. Then come home and nap, lol. I have been dying for years to make my own Thanksgiving meal ON Thanksgiving but my grandma always gets upset. I just figure I should enjoy what I have now, I'm still young and will have my day later on in life.

Welp, the food and wine festival was awesome. I dont feel I ate a lot but my god did I drink a lot of empty calories! They had a berry beer, which I HATE beer but it taste just like juice, so I had a couple of those. Then there was this dragonfly berry pina colada in Mexico that I wanted to try, so I did. Then a watermelon slushy....empty, empty calories! Then on Saturday, god, we ate the best darn bbq ever. Then went for Mexican that night. Just ate a lot of crap that was not necessary.

I did install a pedometer on my phone though to record my steps and I am shooting for 10,000 a day. I was very successful on Friday and Saturday. Going over my range but only 5k on Sunday and only 890 today! haha....Ill do walk maybe tonight, if my boyfriend goes with me. If not, I am definately running tomorrow. Ok, got to catch up on work since I was out some extra days last week. Talk to you later!

11-12-2012, 05:53 PM
Hey yall. Sorry i have been absent. But i have a cold. So i am on steroids and antibiotics...... I just hope this doesnt kill my weight loss!! I didnt even feel like working out!!! Hopefully i will fell better and will catch up with everybody soon.

11-12-2012, 10:19 PM
Hey girls!

Lindy - You are absolutely right - it's much easier to lose weight when you've just broken up or are single. Living with your partner and/or kids would make things a 100x more complicated and I have so much respect for you guys fighting the weight loss battle with tempting junk food in the house! Sounds like you had a great time this weekend - glad to hear it :) No fancy outfits around here for thanksgiving either. I like to have a dressy top (maybe velvet or sequins or something) for christmas events (usually with jeans, since it's denver) but I haven't found anything I love this year so sounds like I need to do some more shopping ;)

Nessa - So sorry you're not feeling well - hope you get over your cold quickly! Those are some pretty serious medications for a cold - do you maybe have asthma and that complicates things? Taking a break from working out while you're sick is perfectly all right - your body need to focus on healing :) Keep us posted on how you're doing...

Burgundy - tell us about your big weekend when you get a chance - looking forward to hearing all about it!

Hang in there, all...

11-13-2012, 10:22 AM
Nessa - hope you're feeling better! I remember when I was losing weight the first time, I got sick and had to take a break from working out, well, after a week I had a huge WHOOSH. Maybe you will be as lucky? lol

Burgundy - what did you get in your shopping endeavors?

Dance - I realized that I never answered your size question. I currently am wearing a 12 in pants and dresses....comfortably. When I slipped on a 14 the other day because I was feeling bloated, I looked like I was floating in them. When I was down to 170, I was wearing an 8/10 - depending on the brand. That being said. I was thinking about my goal. It was previously 130 and so many people would tell me....thats too low. And then I thought about sizes. And I thought about me being in a size 8 at 170 and have decided to change my ticker to 150. I think that is more reasonable and will put me at the size that I want, which is a size 6. I still want to have some curves. So I am updating my ticker today. So, have you gotten any good workouts in lately Dance? I am going to the gym with a friend today. He lost 200 pounds with working out and he is going to help me focus on doing the same.

Annnnywaaayyy, I have to get working. Ill catch up later.

11-13-2012, 11:27 AM
Lindy - good plan on the revised goal! You are looking so trim in your recent head to toe pics on fb - I think 130 would leave you pretty curveless ;) Size 8 or at best size 6 is my goal but I don't think I was reliably a size 6 back when I was between 130 and 140 so I don't know if I'll get that far. 8 would be really nice though!

Planning on a run in the park today and have book club tonight at a buddy's - should be fun. The ex situation is getting worse rapidly - I'll fill you guys in later when I can face it a little easier. Thank god I started losing weight when I did (wish it had been six months earlier!!) - now I kind of feel like I could get back out there a little in a month or two. *sigh* We'll see...

Hang in there, ladies...

11-13-2012, 04:32 PM
Hey everybody!! Sorry i have been mia! I have a terrible cold. So i am now on my 2nd round of antibiotics and my second round of steroids!!!! I still feel horrible but made nyself go workout on my lunch break. So theres a plus!!!

Im really hoping that it doesnt mess up my weight.loss too bad....... But i was up to 194.4 this morning :(. Any tips???

Ill catch up with yall later!! Happy tuesday!!

11-13-2012, 05:04 PM
Dance - I am anxiously waiting to hear what is going on with the ex. Just remember...sometimes an ex is an ex for a reason. It is hard but realisitic sometimes. Hope everything is ok. You will most definately be ready to get out there in the coming months, heck, maybe when you are least expecting it...a holiday party perhaps? You will meet someone.

Nessa - hope you are on the mend soon. I have heard working out can be detrimental to getting better but I have also heard it could be beneficial to "sweating" things out. My tip would be to enjoy the rest time and stick with liquids and soup. When I get sick I eat a lot less, is that the case with you? You could most definately be retaining water because of the steroids so I would stay off the scale for the next week...if possible.

Ok, got to wrap up for the day. Not as excited as I was this morning about going to the gym but I know I have to make it a habit and then I will. I used to LOVE going to the gym...*sigh*...I wish that would happen already. I am SUPER bloated today, pants are snug, so I am destined to get moving.

11-13-2012, 05:55 PM
Dancer- that is awesome on the 188!!! And yes i have asthma so it always complicates any sickness! Lucky me! Lol i just hope that the now 2 rounds of antibiotics and 2 rounds of steroids arent too detremental weight loss!!! But at least the hunger hasnt been too bad as it normally is but i still am not a fan of steroids!! Sorry about ur ex. But lucky is right he is prob. An ex for a reason and u will find someone amazing!!!

Lucky- i sure hope you you are right.... A whoosh would be awesome!! lol thats awesome that you have a friend that can work out with you and help you lose weight!! I normally just put my ipod on shuffle and go! Yes i normally eat less when i'm sick. But for whatever reason when they put me on steroids i can not lose weight normally i gain!! I hope its just water weight like you said!! Hopefully if i do gain it wont be alot.

i felt better once i started working out but im pretty wore out now! I cant wait for 5 so i can go home!!! Lol im glad i made myself work out tho! I know i will end up weighing every day i just cant make myself not weigh! I thibk its because i am so worried i will gain all my weight back!! I just have to not let myself get depressed over the numbers!!!

And lucky i am like you i always dread going to the gym.... But once i get there its awesome. Stick with it you will get your groove back!

Thanks yall! You are great!!!!

11-14-2012, 12:27 PM
Ok - the good news is I made my thxgiving goal a week early. The less good news is my ex has some past baggage to deal with and it looks like his idea of how to deal with it (and hopefully to get past it) is to casually date other women for a while. I know it sounds totally nuts and it's embarrassing to have to write but he felt like a loser when he was younger and I guess needs to get out there to fix that. I'm spending time with him again today and then I'm going to tell him to go do his thing and get it out of his system. We both want to be together long term so we'll see what happens. But he can't have me and them at the same time so it'll be tough for a while (I'll miss him) and I'm definitely going to start dating other people (at least once I've lost a bit more weight). I'm thinking I may try to see him for something day-time and casual occasionally to remind him of what he's missing but maybe once a month or so. Any advice?

Nessa - hope you're feeling better today!

Burgundy - we miss you! hope you get a chance to fill us in on your weekend adventures soon.

Lindy - You are always so supportive - I know you get how complicated guy stuff can be ;) Lots of shades of gray in my world right now. Hope things are going well for you guys.

11-14-2012, 03:33 PM
Nessa - kudos on the workout! How are you feeling today? What kind of workouts do you get in?

Dance - maybe dating each other is exactly what both of you need to make it together in the long run. Here is an interesting story. Gawd, I have a crazy amount of guy stories from my dating experiences. My ex-husband and I dated for a while and then one day out of the blue he said he wanted a break to date other people, this totally threw me off guard but Im not one to let a man see me cry so I smiled and said ok. We took a break for about 4 months, occassionally we would talk. Maybe to wish him a happy birthday or happy holiday (it was around this time); and if I knew he was going some place I showed up one time (I didnt make it a habit, just did it ONCE). Now, this was a gamble cause he could have easily been with another girl but I went with it. Well, after that one instance, in which case I was looking...AH-MAZING, if I do say so myself, lol, he called to meet up with me 3 weeks later. After that he begged me to take him back. Not asked poilitely...begged. It was the weirdest thing. Its like, he knew I was doing awesome and really did not think I would just say "sure" so he wanted to get his point across. Ok, long...dragged out story but point is - THIS CAN HAPPEN! I would honestly try to make yourself limited, just when it is absolutely necessary. And who say's you cannot date now? You can date and still lose weight? I mean...I am all about empowering yourself and working towards building confidence. On that note - CONGRATS ON HITTING YOUR THANKSGIVING GOAL!!!

11-14-2012, 11:23 PM
Dance- thats good that yall can date. Maybe it will make things better.

Lindy- even if i dont feel good....i make myself go to the gym during lunch. I get 50-60 minutes on the elliptical and i try to make myself work hard. So i hope it pays off!!

I did see 192.2 this morning......crossing my.fingers!!

I.will catch up with yall later... I have to get some sleep. Hope yall have a great day filled with weight.loss!!

11-15-2012, 12:25 AM
Hey ladies. I'm finally back, lol. Been home for a few days just been busy.

Neesa-are you feeling better? Good job getting to the gym. My dogs are 5 and 4, they sleep so much better when we walk at least 2 miles in the evening. They have so much energy if we don't walk.

Dance-wow!!!! 185, you rock. I don't think my goal is in the cards for me. My sister had the same situation with he husband except it was her that wanted to "sow her wild oats". Her husband is from new Zealand so he went home and she stayed in the states and started seeing other people. This went on for about 6 months, then she realized how much he husband meant to her and how much she missed him. So she bought a ticket to new Zealand in march 2007 and has been there with him ever since. So i say see other people for a while. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Lindy-i love zumba. I definitely think its worth it. I bought the new one a few days ago, zumba core. Gonna try it out tomorrow. I'm still crafting but have a lot of inventory so haven't made much. I sold a few things this weekend to my friends. I have a pedometer on my phone but always forget to turn it on.

I had fun shopping this weekend. I didn't buy a lot. Got my niece a brownie baking kit and my nephew a Mario checkers set. I only got myself a new shirt. Then just a few other small items for stockings. I'm gonna make my mom a necklace, bracelet and earring set. My sister has requested a certain kind of earrings so I'll make those too.

The scale was still at 191 when I got home on monday. I don't think its ever going to move for me. Gonna stay off of it this week. I did zumba tonight, burned almost 800 calories.

My throat is feeling scratchy, I hope I don't get sick. I've already had one cold this fall. I dont want another one so soon. Hope everyone is having a good week.

11-15-2012, 10:43 AM
Morning ladies - well, my arms are hurting BAD from Tuesday's workout. I woke up at 3 am in so much pain I had to take 3 advil. I dont think I did anything "too" extreme in weight, so I just feel really bad that I am this out of shape that by body hurts so bad. I did not work out last night because I had some stuff I needed to get done but I plan on doing the gym tonight.

Burgundy - I hope you're not getting sick! Wow, it really seems to be going around these days. Tis the season. Just fuel up on zinc...that was my lifesaver last month.

11-15-2012, 12:17 PM
Hey everyone!!!! I think im finally on the mend!! I still dont feel great but 110% better from monday!! And the scales said 191.2!!!!! Who hoo!!!!!! I might hit my goal. But even if i dont i will not be upset. Any loss is progress!!!

Burgundy- my dog is 1 & 1/2. And he is just like your dogs. If we dont work off some of his energy in the evening he is soooooo high strung when we are trying to relax! Lol how long do you do zumba to burn 800 calories??? I have it on wii but i feel stupid dancing in room......and the hubby finds its pretty comical as well! Lol And i hope you dont get sick. It seems like the stuff going around this year is so hard to get over!!!!

Dance- that is so awesome that you met your thanksgiving goal a week early!!!!! Congrats!!!!

Lindy- holy cow!!! That is awful that you woke up hurting!!! Dont over do it in the gym!!!! But it could be a good sign too that you are working out right!! I have been sore but never hurting so bad i woke ip or needed meds........maybe i need to re-evaluate! Lol

Hope all you ladies have a good day!

11-15-2012, 05:36 PM
Hey girls! First of all *big hugs* to all of you for being so sweet and encouraging. You guys mean a lot to me!

Nessa - So glad you're feeling a bit better - being sick and trying to stick to plan is seriously tough! And goal or not, you are totally headed in the right direction which is all that the goals are there to encourage in my mind.

Burgundy - glad you had fun on your shopping outing! I appreciate hearing the story about your sis - whether or not it goes that way for us, I think I can use the time now to work on myself and be better for it either way :) Try taking some extra vitamin D capsules along with your zinc - I swear it helps! I haven't had a cold in the year since I started doing that.

Lindy - ooooh - sorry about the sore muscles - that sounds brutal. You remind me that I need to go do my upper body workout ASAP! Thanks, sweetie, for the story about your ex - it really helped on a tough day for me.

On the weight loss front, I'm down to 184 but I have been on the weirdest eating plan due to all this emotional stuff. I just hope I can keep it off once I get my appetite back. Just saw my ex for the last time for a while - probably about three weeks if not more. He wants to take salsa classes with me in December - I'm thinking about it. That would mean seeing each other roughly once a week. Might make it harder for me to get some distance so I'm not sure. And he might change his mind about it if he gets too busy dating or something. We'll see.

Gonna head out for a run and do my weights. Hope you guys are doing well...

ETA - forgot to mention that I am now only 'overweight', not 'obese' according to BMI. Small woohoo!

11-15-2012, 09:38 PM
Omg omg.omg!!!!! What a productive day for me!!!!! I did awesome o. Plan and did 60 minutes on the elliptical and made 4.51 miles and burned 600 calories. Did really.good with my eating. Got home...... Walked the dog for 1.90 miles.....then the problem came. The hubby wanted to bring food home.and wanted applebees. Well no problem there. The problem was he threw a fit for me to make a decision right then and i couldnt look at the menu because he was so close etc. So i just blurted out the 3 cheese chicken pene. Badddddddddd decision. Its 34 points by its self not including the breadstick (i'm only allowed 30 points per day).

But i was so proud of myself...... I took it out and divides it into 4's. And i only ate 1/4 of it!!!!! So go me!!!! Only 9 points and i still have like 2 to spare!!!!! Ahhhhhhh i love how my attitude changes so much when im working out!! Ill catch up with yall tomorrow!! Have a great night!!!

11-15-2012, 09:52 PM
You are a rock star, Nessa! Great job!

11-16-2012, 10:50 AM
Omg!!!!! Guess what i saw on the scales this morning?????? 189.8!!!! I know my weight changes every day so i dont want to count my chicks before they are hatched......but only 4 pds. Away from my 10 pd. Goal by dec 1 and good riddance 190'!!!!!! Lol

11-16-2012, 10:59 AM
Omg!!!!! Guess what i saw on the scales this morning?????? 189.8!!!! I know my weight changes every day so i dont want to count my chicks before they are hatched......but only 4 pds. Away from my 10 pd. Goal by dec 1 and good riddance 190'!!!!!! Lol
I envy you! I'm at EXACTLY 190.0. :dizzy:
What a pain in the gut.

11-16-2012, 11:55 AM
I promise...keep working.... It will happen to you too!! I went up to 194 at the begining of the week and then bam today good news!!!

You ladies are all amazing and i would have already quit if it wasnt for yall!!!! Big hugs and thank you!!!!!!

11-16-2012, 12:05 PM
Nessa - congrats on your will power and weight loss! I plan on weighing myself this weekend, so I will report what the scale says on Monday. How many days a week do you workout? Ok...crazy question but is your hubby in shape? I notice when the guy is in okshape, they care less about your weight loss battles (ie: making a quick decision). Which I dont get?

Dance - I would just sit back and wait on the salsa classes. You will know as it gets closer if its the right move. Hopefully by then you will be down quite a bit in weight too so maybe it would be beneficial to see him then. I would also not make yourself AS available. IE: give a "we'll see" response instead of a "yea, we can do that". Relationships shouldnt be a chess match but a lot of times, they are. Congrats on your continued loss, keep this as motivation and keep focusing on you.

So, does anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? We are doing family photos tonight, tomorrow I have my admissions test for college in January and then its a Walking Dead Marathon the rest of the weekendc lol.

11-16-2012, 12:30 PM
Nessa - way to go!!! You're going to nail that thanksgiving goal!

Lindy - good plan on the wait and see. I'm not going to get in touch with him other than to send some photos that I promised to send via email and I'll do that on Sunday (after he starts his drive to California to see his dad). If/when he gets in touch when he gets back, we'll see what happens. You are right - I need to make sure I get busy. I've made a list of guys that I think I could get in touch with on (I don't like showing my profile so I keep it hidden and just write them an email with my info). I need a little more time before I want to go on a date as I'm having a small scar on my chin treated by a plastic surgeon this afternoon and I don't want to go out with a scab on my chin ;) I think I should be healed up by the first week in December. I'm also hoping to be 180 before I go on a date so I feel better about myself.

Going for a run in a bit and then doing a little shopping before my dr's appt. Have a great day ladies!

11-16-2012, 01:26 PM
Ok. I have an odd question/statement. And you will find none of my questions are normal!!!lol

but have any of you ladies noticed how easy and awesome it feels to cross your legs once you've lost weight??? Lol i just realized this a few minutes feels nice for you legs to touch and point towards the floor instead of stright out!!!!! Lol

11-16-2012, 01:35 PM
Lindy.... You always give such good advice!!!!! Ur so smart!! Now to your questions...... So far because of being sick i have done 4 days a week but the goal is 5 once the holidays are over! Cause next week i will only be at work 3 days. And my gym is an hour from where i livd. and lord no on the hubby being in shape. He has gainex WELL over 100 pds since we have been married. He had lost a ton after his divorce and kept it off for a few years. He met me at 180 and i honestly dont know what he weighs now but its over 300 i know. He wears a 46 in jeans and thats under his stomach!! So hes just insecure im sure.

11-16-2012, 11:23 PM
Lindy - I just reread your post and realized that I blew by your comment about college - wow!!! Tell me more - I'm assuming you'll go part time and keep working, right? What do you want to study?
Nessa - you are so right - being able to cross your legs attractively is super fun!!
Burgundy - hope you managed to beat that cold.

Got in a run and a walk today so all is good on the exercise front. Had that thing done at the doctors and now look kind of strange with a huge bandwidth on my chin but it should heal quickly and it's all part of my master plan for major self-improvement so that I can drive the ex crazy with jealousy ;) as well as focusing on me for a change.

Good night girls - have a great weekend!

11-17-2012, 12:06 AM
Lindy-you must really be kicking some butt at the gym. Don't hurt yourself. I feel OK now, but I am loading up on vitamins. No fun plans this weekend. I have a turkey to cook on Sunday for church. Gotta find a birthday present for a friend's daughter tomorrow. Get caught up in the walking dead. When you get caught up you should watch the talking dead, its on right after the walking dead. What are you going to college for? I have wanted to go back to school for years but haven't gotten off my butt to do it yet. I really want to go into nursing.

Neesa-you are rocking it in the scale. Glad you are feeling better. I do zumba on the wii. I try to do a full class everyday(didn't happen today). I just go by the calories it says I burn but I dont know if its accurate or not. I really hope it is:) good job with the food. I did that all weekend, of course we had to eat out so I only at half or less and brought the rest home. Made good lunches this week. Girl, you need to change that ticker.

Dance-youre gonna be 180 by thanksgiving if you keep losing at this rate. Woohoo for no longer being obese! I'm sure the bandage isn't as bad as you think.

Today was kind of a lazy day. I did clean my house a little and rearranged the .living room and dining room. I only did a short class on zumba 2 and a few songs on zumba core. We had a late dinner and I wasn't feeling working out with a full belly.

11-17-2012, 12:08 PM
Welp....190.0 on the scales this morning! :( but i didnt eat bad or anything guessing water weight. But we are going to my family's farm today so i wont be eating much of anything and we are going to see my grandfather who is in the nursing home...... :*( so sad will be an emotional day!

Burgundy- it took me forever to figure out how!! Lol but its done now!!

Lindy- i wish i could force nyself to go back to school!!! What are you going for?

Hope yall have a great saturday!!!

11-18-2012, 04:39 PM
I hope yall are having a good weekend!!

I had a very trying day yesterday. My papo was very emotional and kept me crying pretty much the whole 2.5 hours we were there!!! I wish he could go home! :(

Anyway...... I didnt eat all day long and on the way home the hubbs run thru taco bell. I know horrible fast food!! But i was starving! But i did good. I stayed in my point range so that was good. anway the scales said 189.4 this maybe i am out of the 190's for good!!

Hope yall have a good rest of the weekend!!!!

11-19-2012, 10:19 AM
Good morning chickadees!

Welp, I hopped on the scale this morning and after a bad weekend indeed, I still squeezed in a loss. I am now 187...I'll take it! I am going to College to get my Bachelor's of Science with a minor in sign language interpretation for the government. At least I hope for the government. I would like to keep my pension but this is something I always wanted to do. Well...I always wanted to be a judge but I am not that dedicated in my life right now to pursue that so Ill take baby steps and do my second desire.

I have to thank you girls because I keep seeing the tickers go down and it motivates me to try harder. Since we are all the same weight range and height range I feel inclined to keep up with you. :-) So - THANKS!

Burgundy - what is your weight in day? How did your turkey come out?

Dance - how long do you have to wear the bandage on your chin? Im thinking a week after Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to get out there and date. I did at one time. Didnt really care for it. Then I did Plenty of Fish - OMG, what a joke! Do they have that where you live? I met every loser in Florida on that site, lol. I finally met my guy that I am with now through a mutual friend. The best way to meet people. :-) Good luck on your dating endeavors. Dont let them frustrate you. Some are great, some...not so much. It is just trial and error and it makes you a better person by getting out there and dating a bit.

Nessa - so sorry to hear about your grandpa. :-( I am super close with my grandparents so I know how hard it can be. I'm sure just being there with him was comforting though. Kudos to you for staying in your point range at Taco Bell. Im guessing you are on weight watchers? Are you off this week or a couple days this week with the holiday? Just cruious is you are going to make it to the gym. It might be a struggle for me but I will try to get in 3 days minimum.

11-19-2012, 10:44 AM
Induction is the first 2 weeks of the Atkins diet, it goes is phases....induction, 2, 3, OWL.

Anyway, its the most strict part of the Atkins diet. You cannot go over 20g of carbs a day and it really is mainly protein, lots of eggs, chicken, seafood, and beef. The only carbs one should be eating is from green veggies such as salad and broccoli. Im NEVER hungry so I think this program may be a good fit for me. :-)

Hi luckylinda,
I am brand new to this forum and this is my very first post. I did the Atkins diet and was successful. It was restrictive, but simple because you get quickly familiar with how many grams of carbs are in the few things you can eat. I walked everyday for at least 2 miles and began losing a pound a day. I have hypothyroidism so my dr. decided this was not the way to go, because my thyroid level was out of range due to my metabolism pumping too fast. She suggested the Meteranian(sp) diet but I refused and told her that was waaaay too much counting for me. I said I would do a low carb but not an extreme low carb and see how that works for me, but I have yet to begin that program. I was ultimately losing too fast in the induction phase taking in only 20 carbs per day, and sometimes less as I just was not hungry, and I am always wanting snacks, go figure. I think the walking caused the one pound a day loss as well, because you don't have to exercise to lode weight on Atkins. I am going to try just taking in maybe 60 carbs per day and see if my thyroid agrees with me.

11-19-2012, 12:57 PM
Morning, ladies!

Nessa - great job on the losses - sounds like you'll make your thanksgiving goal! Sorry about your grandpa - that must be super tough. I just visited mine a few weeks back and it was hard to see him so much older and weaker so I can definitely relate.

Lindy - love the idea of your career plans and am as always totally impressed by your ability to do a million things at once! Congrats on the loss - you may need to update your ticker when you get a chance :) The bandage thing should only be through the weekend and I imagine I'll be able to cover any remaining pinkness with foundation after that. I was thinking I might start contacting a few people on match late this weekend with the possibly not that realistic goal of trying to meet someone for drinks the weekend of Dec 1st. We'll see if I can pull that off. I got hightlights on saturday and they're pretty awesome - I told my stylist I needed 'dating hair' and she delivered ;)

dimples - welcome!

So, I stayed busy and active all weekend even though I wanted to mope (or call my ex) and I'm going to have a small group of friends over for a holiday happy hour on 12/8 so that should give me a good distraction to plan for. I'm going to make sure no food off my plan stays in my house after the happy hour so my sis may be taking home a lot of leftovers but she'll be cool with that. I'm going for a walk after work with a friend tonight, a run in the morning and then another walk after work tomorrow so I'm trying to keep my exercise level on the high side so that I can bust on through this mini-plateau and get back on a losing streak.

Have a good one!

Rhonda Marie
11-19-2012, 02:54 PM
I am looking for a weight lose buddy, any takers?

11-19-2012, 06:04 PM
Lindy- congrats on 187!!!! That is so awesome about you going back to school!! I wish i could force myself to go back for my final 16 hours and get my bachelors degree! But i hate school! I also feel ur pain on the dating websites. But that is also where i met my hubby so i cant knock them. I would have met him otherwise. But i met some crazies along the way. Yes i am doing weight watchers. But i have an app on my phone and do it on mybown...and with ya'll'S help too! i just wont pay their monthly costs for membership. I am off thursday-monday. I had planned on hitting the gym all 3 dys this week and then walking the dog the rest of the days.....but i managed to strain my ankle so looks like i will have to do light workout 1-2 days. It seems like i finally get well and then i get hurt! Will it always be an uphill battle?? Lol

Dimples- welcome!

Dancer- i hope i hit my goal.... We shall see. But for whatever reason i saw 192.8 on the scales thia am........ugh so depressing! Lol as i said to lindy... Online dating isnt too bad- that is how my hubby and we have been married for 7 yrs. And are happy. And i would have never met him otherwise. But i met pleanty of odd balls and crazies along the way. 1 even came to kill me one night- thank God i didnt open the door! So just be careful!! And we need pics of ur new hair!!

Rhonda- welcome!!

Well i have been 189 all weekend and done well on food choices etc...... And this morning i saw 192.8..... WTH?????? I did drink a ton of water lets hope its water weight!!!!! Why cant we all just be skinny minis and never have to worry about what we eat or worki.g out?? Lol

how do all of you plan on staying on target for Thabksgiving??

11-20-2012, 01:41 PM
Rhonda - welcome! Love your glasses, btw.

Nessa - Isn't the scale a pain? One of the wise women that hang around these boards used to say we use the scale to measure weight loss because it's convenient, not because it's accurate so try not to stress too much and just look at your week over week trend which I know is headed downward. The daily fluctuations can really make you nuts.

To answer your question, I don't get that excited for some reason about thanksgiving foods (not a fan of pie, not that excited about mashed potatoes, etc.) so I'll just have some turkey and vegetables and splurge on a glass of wine and call it good. I'll go for a run that morning and for a walk with the family later in the day so I'll get plenty of exercise. What about you girls?

Got in a great run this morning and did a sprint at the end so I'm still flying on a runner's high - hope it lasts all day.

What are everyone's plans over the holidays?

11-20-2012, 02:29 PM
Welcome Dimples and Rhonda! Dimples thanks for the story, it is great motivation. I need to start walking more.

Rhonda - what program are you going to do? And what means of exercise are you comfortable with?

My plans for Thanksgiving are pretty low key - eat, shop and maybe a movie. My goal is to clean the house tonight and tomorrow so I can enjoy my surroundings for the 3 day weekend and not clean. OH....we will also be putting up our Christmas decorations as I resume my second job next week. Not nights though...only weekends and it should be fun because I am on the parade route so I get paid to watch parades. :-)

Im not a huge fan of Thanksgiving but I am of Christmas. My family is fromt he Czech Republic so on Christmas we have a meal more close to our culture. My shortcoming is the sides on bean casserole and stuffing. I can also do without wine with my meals but I do like a soda when I'm "comfort" eating. :-p

Ok, girls, I am trying to do a test online so my time is limited today. Lets do a Thanksgiving weekend challenge. Starting tomorrow, we need to get in a 15 minute walk in any way shape or form possible, at minimum. Whether it be walking stairs, walking in place, walking the dogs....lets burn some calories since we might consume a few extra over the weekend.

11-20-2012, 07:36 PM
Sounds good, Lindy! My version is going to be a 3 mile run or walk everday, Weds-Sun. We'll see how that goes ;) And good luck with the test...

Yucky day at work - ugh. Not sure if I'll be able to work from home tomorrow as I had hoped - we'll see. Will NOT turn to comfort eating tonight to make myself feel better though - no way. I'm getting antsy about being at a mini-plateau again - you guys know how I get. I think it's been about 6 days straight of no losses while exercising a ton and sticking exactly to my eating plan so I am due for a whoosh! Realistically I know that when I lose quickly for a bit it always slows down after so I just need to be patient. But you know how it is - I'm in a huge hurry to get this weight OFF OF ME! :) *sigh*

Hope you ladies are having a better day than mine!

11-21-2012, 10:18 AM
Today is looking better than yesterday. Down a pound finally to 183, I'm working from home today, I'm going to run at lunch in the 70 degree weather and I'm wearing a smaller bandaid.

I'm starting on thanksgiving cooking today between conf calls - how about you guys?

11-21-2012, 12:44 PM
HEy everybody!! It has been one crazy week already for me!! The scale is still reading 192.2 so i dont know if the steroids just caught up to me or what...because im still doing so good on food and im working out even with my ankle. Not as hard but its better than no workout!!

Anyway. We had unexpected family show up and my hubby is getting his truck fixed. We added one more family gathering to the thanksgiving mix and i have a ton of cooking to do. So i may be very scarce on here until the weekend!

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!

11-21-2012, 03:27 PM
Hey girls!

Dance - yay for that 1 pound! You are doing so well, dont let little plateaus get the best of you, they are only temporary. When you start to see a plateau, take a break from the scale...maybe a week, at that point you will hop on and see the loss you needed and all frustration will be out the door.

Nessa - it is most definately the steroids. I get steroid shots for my allergies and for the two weeks following, the scale ALWAYS goes UP, UP, UP...then a big whoosh. Dont let it frustrate you, just now its chemicals in your body and your body has to adjust. Keep trucking with your eating and exercise plan.

I will be out of commission after this post. I am off the next 4 days and intend to stay busy with putting up Christmas decorations, shopping and resting. I will catch up on Monday. HAPPY THANKSGIVING GIRLS! Tis the season to stay on track and not be a statistic with all the weight gain. :-D

11-22-2012, 12:33 PM
Lindy - have a blast with the christmas decorations - that's part of my plan too. I was thinking I'd do everything but the tree and will do that the following weekend. Lights outside are already up but not turned on from when my handymen were here last week.

Got in a nice run this morning and am doing a little more cooking before heading over to my mom's. Down another pound today so I've got something extra to celebrate ;) And breakfast is 5 pieces of bacon and whole fat greek yogurt with blueberries - yum!

I hope all of you have a wonderful thanksgiving with your families!

11-23-2012, 04:01 PM
Hi guys, I'm new here. I just thought I'd need a place where I can talk to like-minded people to give and get support! How's everybody? :)

11-23-2012, 11:55 PM
Hey ladies. Sorry I've been MIA. Busy week. Helped a friend with her daughters sweet 16 party on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cooked and ate way to much yesterday. Then had the 16 year olds 2 year old sister last night and today. Did a little black Friday shopping but I waited until this evening.

I've been staying away from the scale for the last week and a half or two weeks. I've been eating too much and really don't want to look at it. Maybe in the next few days I'll hop on there, we'll see. I'll do personals tomorrow. I'm exhausted and gonna hit the hay. I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving. I'm thankful for all you ladies helping me on this journey.

11-24-2012, 03:11 PM
Burgundy - sounds like you've been busy! That was so nice of you to help out with the party - I bet it was much appreciated. How were the crowds when you went shopping? I only went to the grocery store yesterday - I couldn't face the retail thing.

So, I made myself write to 7 guys on today - we'll see what happens. I have another 5 or so on my list of possibles and will try to write to them tomorrow. My goal is to have been on at least one date before I'm next in touch with my ex and I'm thinking he may be back in town next weekend. Will keep you guys posted. Am heading out for a run shortly...

11-25-2012, 11:31 AM
Hey girls!
The scale shows me at 183 today so I'm doing my usual of floating back up a pound before it sticks. Oh well. Had a dinner party last night and stuck to my plan so I'm happy about that. I'm planning on running and maybe rollerblading today if it's nice out. I've heard back from three of the guys I wrote yesterday - this whole thing feels really weird but it will get easier I hope.

How are all of you doing?

11-25-2012, 01:15 PM
Hey everybody!!!!! So how was everyone's Thanksgiving?? And did anybody go black friday shopping?

It was one crazy week for me!!! Both of the Thanksgiving dinners that we went to were great. And im not that big on holiday food so i didnt eat too much. The only badbthing i ate was a piece of egg custard pie! Now yesterday is a different story. My lil sis came up because she had to work and couldntbe with the family so she wanted to have a dinner with me. And she wanted chinese. So i tried to stay good. I only ate 1 egg roll and 1 spring roll and 2 wontons. The rest was veggies or meats so i tried to not mess up too bad! We shall see

and i only stayed up late friday night to buy my hubbys christmas gift at half way was i going to fight all the craziness at a store!!

Well i will let you all go for now..... the scale did read 188.4 this morning. Lets hope this time its for good!!!!!!

11-25-2012, 03:50 PM
Nessa - that's great! That was your thanksgiving goal, right?? Woohoo!

I've set 175 as my xmas goal - no idea if I can do it but I want to try. Anyone want in on a little Christmas goal action?? :)

11-26-2012, 10:09 AM
Morning chickadees!

I'm totally down for a Christmas goal...I'm shooting for 170, aggressive but I need to push myself. I go on a cruise in 52 days and need to be down to what I was before. I went black Friday shopping...well, actually black Thursday shopping and now I am totally done. I dont have to buy anything else. I did not get my walking in as planned because I was sick from Friday morning...until now. I had to start taking Mucinex yesterday because I need to break up this congestion, the bad thing...and kinda good thing is it is making me nauseated beyond belief. Seriously....if I wasnt sick, I'd think I was pregnant again, lol. Its good because I have absolutely no appetite and want to drink TONS of water. This is good timing right after Thanksgiving to try and shrink my stomach a little bit. I know...I know...weird for looking at the positive in being sick, lol.

Dance - any more progress with those guys you reached out to? Are you still wearing the bandage or is that gone?

Nessa - kudos on your loss! You just keep losing and losing, and you are not having to make major sacrifices, that is awesome!

Sugar - welcome! What is your plan/goal?

Burgundy - time to get on plan girl! You and I have been really eating off plan and we need to rope it back in. How are we going to do this? I told the DBF that he needs to tell me no when I go for something I want that I shouldnt have. He is ok with this because he always says he wants me to be successful. Then I usually yell at him and tell him I can cheat every once and while, lol. But I told him not this time, even if I get mad, make me stick to plan, haha. How sad am I! :-D

11-26-2012, 12:26 PM
Ok - we are on for christmas goals!!

Dance: 175
Lindy: 170

Who else??

Lindy - the bandage is off, the scar I wanted gone is gone and I'm a new woman! ;) It was a pain while I was all bandaged up but I'm already happy to have had it done which is a pretty quick result. I've now heard from 5 of the 8 guys I wrote to over the weekend (and two of them haven't seen my email yet) so I'm pretty happy about the response rate. We'll see what happens from here. I'm hoping to lose a few more pounds by the weekend - that will help with my willingness to date, I think. Good luck with the no treats plan - is there anyway to reduce the amount of tempting junk food at home for a few weeks or is that too hard on the kids?

11-26-2012, 03:03 PM
No treats in my house is not possible with the kiddos but I think I can deal. I dont over eat on sweets, my shortcoming is lunches which are greasy and fatty. Anyway, lets see what the month of December brings me. I went to the gym at lunch today...was hoping to "sweat" out this cold. No luck yet but my plan is 3 days a week minimum, plus one walk on the weekends. That's enough for my busy schedule.

11-26-2012, 03:12 PM
So, you guys may think I'm nuts but I just scheduled an appt for Dec 19th with a spider vein treatment place as my reward for hitting my thanksgiving goal. Since I have barely been going out at all since the ex and I broke up and I'm mainly shopping in my spare closet (with all of my smaller size stuff), I figure I can afford it and maybe I'll have more incentive to wear shorts when I fit into smaller sizes. You guys are so young - you probably don't have any ugly spider veins, I bet. I'm kind of nervous about it - no one likes needles, right? Lots of time to get mentally prepared between now and then...

ETA - just saw your post, Lindy. Interesting that lunches are your weakness - that's not one of my LOOONG list of weaknesses, oddly. Great job on the gym!! I'm shooting for a run 4x/week - hard when it's dark and cold and vacation/holidays are over but I'll see what I can do.

11-26-2012, 04:41 PM
Dance - I think thats awesome you are awarding yourself! Spider veins run in my family but on my moms side, all my cousins my age have them but I take after my dad, so I dont have them. However, my one cousin got that treatment and it is amazing! Its like amagic eraser. Her veins were gone on the spot! I hate telling people this because I am so young but I hope to get botox one day. For ONE REASON ONLY. I have what you call a "111". Its where I furrow my brow so much that it has gotten "stuck", so a lot of people tell me that I look angry when I never am, lol. I would love to fix that one thing and nothing else really. Its been a thorn in my side for over a year. Anyway...kudos to you for scheduling the procedure. Did they offer any sort of winter promotion? I would think business is slow now and picks up in the summer.

11-26-2012, 08:03 PM
I've been getting botox for a few years. It works super well on 11s or 111s - I think you would like the results whenever you decide to experiment with it. I look at it as 'wrinkle prevention' if that makes sense. My really mad face is no longer really mad - it's just kinda mad but I'm okay with that ;)

Thanks for the info on your cousin - I'm glad to hear someone's had the treatment on their veins and was happy. No crazy promotion but the price didn't sound bad and the doctor is a vein specialist instead of being a medspa thing, which made me feel better about it.

I think I'm going to take today as an exercise rest day - I'm kind of headachy. Gonna head home and crash early, I think. Talk to you tomorrow, ladies!

11-26-2012, 11:11 PM
OK ladies. I'm so far behind I'm just going to catch up from my last post.

Dance-planning the party was fun. I helped her with her husbands 40th last year.
I went black Friday shopping in the evening so there really weren't any crowds. I think my Christmas shopping is done. Just have to make my sister the earrings she wants. Good luck with the guys you emailed. I gotta kick my butt in gear and catch up to you. You're gonna be a new woman. Its great to have non food related rewards.

Nessa- good job on not overindulging. Wish I could say the same. I'm glad one holidays is done. Congrats on 188.

Lindy-are you feeling better? I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose yesterday. The sore throat is gone thanks to honey. I love that stuff. Its great for everything. My nose is still stuffy but that I can live with. You gotta help keep me accountable. I've been wanting to slack on exercise and getting into the pecan pie I made. Gotta get that out of the house. I need to tell my husband to do the same for me.

I want to get in on the Christmas goal but first I have to get brave and get on the scale. I'll let you know in the next few days.

I had my first day at the soup kitchen. I was a server, its so rewarding knowing you are helping these people or just giving them some company for a few hours. I had a lot of fun doing it.

Saturday, I did a 10 minute jumping jack challenge video and have been sore ever since. I was lazy yesterday and watched the walking dead instead. Tonight I did just dance 3. I'm gonna have to pull out some of my different dvds to switch it up. I had to take a break from zumba.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

11-27-2012, 11:24 AM
Hey girls...still sick, I only ate 2 pieces of bacon, 2 pieces of lebanon bologna, and a cup of chicken broth yesterday. Just feeling blech. I plan on doing the gym at lunch. Apparantly my workout went well yesterday because I woke up pain no gain. :-)

Burgundy - just hop on the scale and do it! Girl, you got the exercise thing down, now you need to just watch your eating. Forget dieting, just eat within reason. Try to say "ok, no cakes or pies this week", next week "no pasta or rice", but still in indulge where you need to. With the exercise, it will come off. :-) You need to be tit for tat with the rest of us. :-) *steps off motivational soapbox* ;-)

Dance - hope you were just having a lethargic day and not catching what the rest of us had/have. What is your plan for working out today? Have you heard from your ex at all?

11-27-2012, 02:03 PM
Burgundy - Hope you're feeling better! No more hiding from the scale -that's how a small oops turns into a bigger one, right? C'mon - join us in setting a christmas goal! Tell me more about the soup kitchen - that's so great that you're doing something for the community.

Lindy - Poor you - sorry about the blechs. I think I was just low energy yesterday. Back to normal today - got in a good run in the park this morning (brrr!) so I'm good on that front. Am thinking about going for a pedicure tonight after work as a treat. No word from my ex since a week ago Sunday (the sunday before thxgiving) when he was heading out on a roadtrip to see his dad. As of yesterday, he was still there acc to fb. His plan earlier was on the way back home to visit some woman (that he sort of hooked up with in the past at a school reunion) as part of his plan to, ahem, 'address his insecurities' or whatever. No idea if she ended up being okay with his plan and it's driving me nuts not to know but there's nothing I can do about it either way. I asked him to give me a few weeks (at the very least until he gets back to Denver) to get my head straight and to focus on generating new options before he gets in touch and I'm pretty sure he'll stick to that. I've been writing emails back and forth with the match guys but I'm really not looking for penpals and I feel like since I wrote them first, they need to be the ones to ask me out, don't you think? Ugh, just kind of want this part of my life to be over with already and to be done losing the weight and be dating a nice guy. How are things with you and your bf lately? Is the job market still pretty tough?

11-27-2012, 10:31 PM
Wow!!! I am so far behind!!!!!
Lindy- so sorry u are sick. That stuff is awful!!! Good news is with you eating virtually noting...... You should see a major loss!!! Horrible way to lose it but hey a loss is a loss! I hope you get to feeling better!!!!

Burgundy..... Hope you are feeling better.too!

Dancer- i am with you..... I wish my weight.loss journey was over and i was skinny and having to.maintain!!!! Lol

well my scales said 191 thia.morning but i had guzzled a ton of water before i weighed.....i was parched! Lol so.lets hope the water was the problem and not the egg.custard pie! Lol

11-28-2012, 11:40 AM
Good morning girls -

Nessa - it wouldnt be right if there wasnt some fluctuation on the scale after Thanksgiving..:-).....I wouldnt sweat it, I'm sure you will see the scale move soon. How are you doing with the gym? Any more...or less support for the hubby?

Dance - I am amazed that you are still running with the cooler weather. Especially in the morning. When it gets cold, while I enjoy it, it makes me want to sleep more, more so in the morning. How has the food eating been going? My experience with online dating was I was the agressor most of the time, I was so annoyed when people wanted to be pen pals. If you talk for a while and the guy does not initiate anything...just say something casual like "so when are we going to have a face to face conversation, or when can we discuss this topic over dinner"; if they dont schedule something at that point, then maybe you need to keep on trucking. I like a guy in control a little bit, so I totally get it.

As for me, I still have this cold but have gained my appetite back. I also passed it along to Gabriella and my co-worker, so I feel kinda bad. I got the gym in yesterday and plan to go again today. I was going to do lunch but Im craving Chipotle, so I may have to do that and just go straight after work.

11-28-2012, 12:42 PM
Nessa - what did the scale say today? I bet that water weight came right off. What's your christmas goal going to be?

Lindy - Gym after work sounds good - I didn't make it out running this morning so I think I'm going to go in the dark after work.

Tough day today :( I saw on fb that my ex is driving up the CA coast which means he's going to visit that woman that he sort of hooked up with at a hs reunion a long time ago. I saw from her profile on FB that she's blond and around a size 4. She wanted to have an affair with him when she was married which I know means he would never seriously consider her for something long term due to her infidelity issues but it still kills me a little. Nothing exciting from the match guys so far. I just want to hit fast forward so bad and be over this part. Instead, I'm going to stick religiously to plan and get this weight off! I know everyone has gone through tricky times with breakups and I'm not trying to make it a bigger deal than it is - just a little sad today.

11-28-2012, 02:27 PM
Dance - trust me....I dont think anyone is making it a bigger deal than it is. Break-ups are never easy and I swear, I would rather walk around with the flu and a broken foot than have to deal with the emotional strain of a break-up so please feel free to use this place as your sounding board, we are here for you. And your thoughts about your ex's visit are completely legit, no one wants to know their ex is with another person, whether it be a fling, relationship, heck...even a blossoming friendship...its not easy. I really am sorry you are going through this. I think once you go on a few dates, it will ease the pain. I will say, I am super proud of you for sticking it out. When I get sad I over eat, so at least you are channeling your emotions in better ways.

My no so DBF is really on my nerves today. I know him not working and me buying the Christmas presents for my kid, his kids, and family is taking a tolll on him but instead of being appreciative, he is being a complete jerk and is snapping at me at every chance he gets. I was starting to change my mind about going to the gym and said I would just do it on the weekend but now I want to go so bad and run out my frustration with him.

11-28-2012, 06:32 PM
Lindy- i have so many vacation days that i have to use before the end if the year that im only at work like 3-4 days a week. But everyday that i am here i go work out at lunch. Im loving the time off work....but hating the time away from the gym. And well the hubby is trying to be more understanding and cookingbbetter but God love him..... He isnt much of the supportive type! Lol ur better than me tho.....if i missed working out at lunch....there is nobway i would go after work!!

Dance- the scales said 1 pound lighther today so i felt a bit better but i swear im destined to be 190 or above!!! Lol i feel like a slave to the scales some days!!! Lol i would love to be 177 by Christmas but ill be happy with any loss!! I hate that you are going thru that with ur ex. Breakups suck and it always stings so bad when they go out with other people. But like lindy said use us as you shoulder... We are here for you. That would be great if you could go on a few dates too. Maybe it will be out of his system soon. But it is really awesome that you are able to use that to work out harder and lose weight....i always turned to food!!!!! If you keep it up you will be skinny in no time!!!!

11-28-2012, 08:15 PM
Christmas mini goals:
Nessa: 177
Lindy: 170
Dance: 175
Burgundy: ????
(btw, you girls set some serious goals!!)

Thanks, Lindy - you're right of course. Sorry to hear things are a little tricky with the bf - I vote for going to the gym to blow off some steam to lower the tension level. I've heard back more info from two of the match guys - one who said he's really looking for an avid downhill skier (to go every weekend) which is totally not me so that one is crossed off. The other was the first one to catch my eye and he wants to go for coffee on Sunday - we'll see what happens. I'd rather go for a drink ;) Will keep you guys posted...

Nessa - congrats on the scale moving the right direction again! I'm going to see if I can channel that energy I was feeling earlier into a cold run in the dark.

Talk to you guys tomorrow...

11-28-2012, 10:47 PM
Lindy-hope you and Gabriella are on the mend. I'm getting there, been sneezing my head off today. Are things with your bf better. I'm sure he is stressed that you are taking care of hi e and his kids and you are the easiest person to take his aggression out on. My husband does that do me too. We have been in that same boat at the beginning of our marriage.

Dance-the soup kitchen is called Fishes and Loaves, its run by the Methodist church in town. I'm a server so I get to interact with all the people that come in. Some weeks I will go in early and do all the prep work. I was the eatery manager at Kmart so they want me to learn all the jobs so if they need someone they can call me. I'm glad to learn them all. You may have to be the one to initiate some dates if these guys don't. If the ex is going to "sow some wild oats", you should too.

Nessa-glad the scale was down for you today. I feel the same way about the 190s. I'm so sick of them.

OK I'm not happy about this at all, but I got on the scale today. Its at 193. I did not lose 1 lb but its OK. Even gonna update the ticker. Moving on. My sister talked me into doing 30 day shred. We started it today and are shooting for 30 days straight. I go to Alabama in 24 days so we will end up doing the last
5 days together.

Our last few Christmas gifts came from amazon today so we are done, yay. Now just need to finish wrapping.

I went thru my closet last night and got rid of 23 shirts. Gonna give them to my cousins friends. She's 15 and they don't have a lot of money and I know she will get a lot of use out of them . Now I can lose weight and buy more.

11-28-2012, 10:52 PM
Lost 67 pounds since April 2012 and I have 50 more to GO!! The holidays are such a struggle with all the great treats that come into the office consistently. Feels like the last pounds will be the toughest and the longest. :(

11-28-2012, 11:45 PM
Snowstar-join right in. We have a great support system here. What plan are you doing?

OK I made myself do a golds gym dance workout on the wii after 30ds. I'm gonna start doing 30ds earlier in the day and keep up my wii workouts at night.

11-29-2012, 12:11 AM
Wait to go snowstar!!!!!!!! Awesome on the 67 pd loss!!!!!!

11-29-2012, 10:22 AM
Wow snow! That is an amazing loss. Dying to know, what are you doing?

I'm loving the goals girls - we can definately do this! Im realizing how aggressive my goal was and am a little scared, lol. I have a cruise coming though so I need to push myself harder than ever.

Nessa - kudos on another pound down.

Burgundy - your exercise plan sounds great!

Dance - I use to meet my guys for coffee, I actually preferred that because if we didnt click, it was quick and painless, lol.

I am doing at minimun...45 minutes a day at the gym, some days...over an hour. I am trying to eat low carb, but not no carb. I did slip up this morning bc I bought a candy bar froma co-worker who was selling it for her kid but Ill be going to the gym. What do you guys think of cheats every once and a while? I any of you have candy or some cake here or there? I once a week? Or do you think it sabotages your whole effort? Just curious.

11-29-2012, 11:12 AM
Lindy..... I am so with you on my goal..... I think it was a little aggressive on the number. Esp. Since i will miss several days if the gym! Im a little concerned about my goal too!!!

As far as the cheating goes....... As long as you can control yourself and not eat a gallon of ice cream or 10 candy bars at a time......i think cheats are ok. If i didnt cheat occasionally i would go crazy!!!!! And hey it might slow my weight loss depending on what and how much i eat......but that is better than me depriving myself and eventually breaking and going on one huge binge and totally wrecking my diet. But i think everyOne is different so some people im sure cant cheat at all! But thats just my 2 cents

11-29-2012, 01:30 PM
snowstar - welcome!

burgundy - Your soup kitchen work sounds great - what a neat thing to be doing. I bet it puts everything in perspective, right? And you're right, I need to write to a few more guys to generate some more options - I'll do that tonight. Hey - what's your christmas goal? If you're doing 30DS, do you usually see results quickly? I can't remember.

Got in my cold, dark run last night and am planning on another one tonight. I need a whoosh! I keep hovering between 182 and 183 and I'm ready to get to see a new number!!

ETA - Lindy and Nessa - I missed seeing your posts when I posted.

Lindy - Since I'm doing such a strange (higher fat, less than 50g of carbs/day) plan to cure my carb addiction, I haven't cheated (except for a second glass of wine once or twice). I'm also strangely not really tempted to cheat since my cravings have gone away. Maybe you'll see something similar as you lower your carbs, who knows. I'm nervous about my xmas goal too, especially since I've been plateauing all week! We'll get there, I hope.

Nessa - May as well shoot for the stars, right? Hope you get to your goal!

11-30-2012, 12:55 PM
182.0 today so I'm within a tenth of making it to 181 which was my goal for a different challenge - the lose 10lbs by 12/1 - I better see the right number on the scale tomorrow! Am running with a friend after work and am going to be extra careful with what I eat.

How's everyone doing?

11-30-2012, 01:47 PM
Hey is a bad food day for me but I was planning on it.

I cant go to the gym today because I am going out right after work and didnt want to have that disheveled look. For breakfast I had an Strawberry banana Atkins shake - no Im not on Atkins but they are good meal replacements so I keep them in stock. Anyway, onto peer and I rotate and she picked Red Lobster....nooooo, not cheddar bay biscuits! YES! Cheddar Bay Biscuits. I wont get into the nitty gritty but just know...I consumed 1845 calories at lunch! But not, it doesnt stop there....we are going to meet a friend for birthday drinks after work and then onto a Sushi dinner with a different group of friends. Ill just consider this a HORRIBLE day and move past it. But I may skip weigh in this week in fear. I plan on doing a bike ride tomorrow morning, then cleaning all day and depending how I am feeling, I might end my day with P90x to make up for today.

Dance - kudos on your continued weight loss! I am SO jealous of your discipline! What do you have planned for the weekend?

Nessa - is this a long weekend for you? I remember you saying you had a lot of vacation time to go through.

So - as much as I love the holidays...sometimes I hate the holidays. The food isnt terrible for me...ok, ok...minus today but it is the social gatherings and drinks. What do you guys love/hate about the holiday season?

11-30-2012, 09:02 PM
Dance- that is so awesome!!!!! You are so.close!! U got this. I am also jealous of you!!!!!! Have you planned any coffee dates.or anything?

Lindy- one day of bad eating wont kill will be fine. But dont feel bad........i wanted.chinese green beans today. So i and got a to-go plate. While i ate a ton of green beans i did have honey and sesame chicken and a.couple of the wontons. But all i have eaten hopefully it wont mess me up too bad!!!! Yes. This is my second 5 day weekend.......its killing me!!!!!! I love the time off work and all but dang i miss the gym!!!!! So while i long for my days off and will miss the heck out of them when they are over my diet and weight will be soooooooooo much better!!!!!! lol

that is also why i am so scare on here lately. I am hangingbout with my sister and.cousins and wrapping Christmas etc. It really has been crazy around here lately. My sis thank goodness has decided to stay in college 1 more semester to get her degree then she is moving off to go to fashion design school. And we are close so its.still stinging a little bit! But i know she has to go create her.own life and she will do well..... We were all just worried that after 5 years of college she was going to just quit...... So its been crazy!! Wow.... I didnt mean to go on and on about my life but that is what has been going on with me. The last scale reading was yesterday 189.8 so i look forbit to be over 190 before i get back to work on tuesday. But i have 4 gym days next week!!!! prob gonna be sore!!!!! I do so much better on plan when im working!

12-01-2012, 09:55 AM
Lindy - sounds like a tough day to keep calories low with all you
had going on - how did you do at the sushi place?

Nessa - your long weekend sounds great to me! Can you talk your sis into joining you for a walk?

The scale finally cooperated today and I'm at 181. Six more to go for my Xmas goal. I'm going to go through my current closet to get rid of stuff that looks too big and see if there's anything in my smaller sizes closet that fits now. Got an email from another match guy and will write him back. And still have the coffee date planned for tomorrow - will let you guys know how it goes.

Have a great weekend!

12-01-2012, 12:10 PM
Omg omg.omg. The scales says 188.2 this morning............ Am i finally out.of the 190's??????? My fam. Will be up here shortly so ill get on her later and catch up!!!!!

Dance...... She might go. I havent asked. dog always enjoys i cant let him down! Lol

12-01-2012, 02:55 PM
Nice work, Nessa!

12-02-2012, 12:45 PM
Morning, girls!
Down another pound today - finally a whoosh between yesterday and today. I have the weirdest pattern - 2lbs a week lost over two days of the week then the rest of the week maintaining or floating back up a pound until the next week. Do you guys have that issue at all?

I set my profile to visible on match and am getting lots of emails. Not necessarily from guys that meet my criteria but I'll give them a chance over email and we'll see. I'm a little nervous about the coffee date this afternoon - wish me luck!