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LaurieDawn
08-13-2012, 06:02 PM
August, 6, 2012 - August 2, 2013.

I have seen several people refer to one-year commitments they made to stay focused on weight loss. Since I just started a new, temporary job, I decided it would be the perfect time to make a similar commitment. So, these are the dates. I don't commit to doing this perfectly. Just to never giving up, regardless of how difficult life gets or how temperamental the scale gets.

I love the idea of committing to something I can control. Scale numbers are sometimes so fickle. Dates are not.

Anyone care to join me?


Goddess Jessica
08-13-2012, 06:31 PM
Congrats on your commitment!

So how will your focus change this year?

LaurieDawn
08-13-2012, 06:57 PM
Ah! Leave it to you to ask the tough questions! My pattern for the past three years has been to commit hard-core on breaks from law school. So I saw 20-30 pound losses over summer and winter breaks (depending on the length of the break), then regains when I went back to school. This summer, I have again lost about 30 pounds. But instead of returning to school, I am finally out in the 'real world.'

I spent the last week developing a plan that will fit with my work schedule. But there will still be challenges. The commitment will help me to plan for the blips. Maybe occasionally, exercise won't be feasible. But instead of quitting, I will honor my commitment by planning a mitigation strategy, then resuming full force when things normalize.

I definitely could have done better over the past three years. But the craziness of law school, combined with a divorce, made it very challenging. So I am moving past regret and on to a new strategy. Gentleness and commitment, baby!


Slimjem
08-13-2012, 07:31 PM
I love your quote! I find it easier to say a year than specific scaled numbers. You've got me motivated and I will try to not give up anymore. One day at a time!

LaurieDawn
08-14-2012, 10:45 AM
Thank you, Slimjem. I love that we're at the same weight as we start this together. And you're right. Even though the commitment is for a year, I can only be successful if I take it one day at a time. Today, I am sleep deprived. But I don't anticipate a year of seamless days, so that will be today's small challenge.

MizMelis
08-17-2012, 12:18 AM
I love this !, I'll definitely join you, though my "year" started 4 months ago when i started my journey and i vowed the day i started eating healthier and getting in exercise when i could, that within one year, i would be at, or be close to my goal weight. I'm slightly different since i have to have a number to strive for to keep motivation up, but i also didn't want to set unrealistic goals that actually might hinder my loss instead of helping it.

beescwee
08-17-2012, 08:37 AM
I'd love to join you, especially because the 6th August is my birthday! It's the perfect day to end a year of hard work on. I started dieting again last week on the 8th. I too have lost in the past and regained. I need to learn to accept that if I have a bad day/week, I can't just give up like I've done before! I'm not going to lie, I'm nervous! Eek! You're all absolutely right though, not giving up should be the most important goal of all :)

synger
08-17-2012, 09:35 AM
I'm in. I remember someone on here who did this, and it worked very well for her. Part of it is long-term, because a year is enough time to make a solid difference. But part of it is short-term, because it helps you get over the "I don't know if I can do this for life" mentality. I can do ANYTHING for a year... and during that year you slowly but surely build the habits that will allow you to continue after that year.

My problem has been too many cheat days, and too much alcohol. When I drink, my plan for eating sensibly goes out the window. And, when I drink my calories instead of eat them, I'm much hungrier the next day and more likely to overeat.

So, on-plan (JUDDD with a lower-carb framework) and limited alcohol (two drinks on Fridays). I can do that for a year!

RJR
08-17-2012, 10:32 AM
Yes! Yes! Yes! :)

Mine started July 10th. This was the day after I kicked out my cheating husband. I'm so much happier now! I've lost 16 pounds so far.

For me my year commitment is lose weight, learn to exercise, and no dating for the whole year. Also, find a way to get a divorce but that's extra if I can swing it :)

TiffNeedsChange
08-17-2012, 10:46 AM
My year long commitment started in July (I started Atkins). I have promised myself that I will be at or near a normal weight by my 30th birthday next June. Another part of my commitment is to get moving everyday, even if I am not up to working out I will clean, cook, or whatever!! Nice to have some others to do this with!! We can do this!

kaplods
08-17-2012, 01:48 PM
September 9 will mark my second anniversary in my local TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) group.

The annual national membership dues are $28 and the local chapter dues are $5 per month (which are usually waived if a member lost weight the previous month, so if you lose every month, you get free dues... though if the treasury gets low, we substitute some other incentive for a month or two).

There are so many ways to "win" prize money that my goal every year is to come out ahead (spend less on my dues and chapter expenses than I earned in prize money).

The first year I broke even. This year, I've come out ahead (though I stopped keeping track once I broke even). This third year, I plan on keeping a better record to see how much I can "get paid to lose weight."

I've always treated the renewal of my membership every September as sort of a rededication ceremony of sorts. It's going to be extra special this year, because hubby is joining with me again (spouses and family members in the same household pay half price for national dues).

I've always succeeded with support groups, but in the past I'd always convince myself that I could and should "do it on my own," and I don't do very well on my own.

The membership dues AND my little accounting game in which I'm trying to "win by losing," has really kept me motivated and participating. In the past, when I wasn't losing I would think "I'm wasting my money," and then I'd quit. Which is why TOPS has been so much more motivating to me than Weight Watchers, because if I really work hard, I can actually "get paid to lose weight." Even breaking even feels like an amazing acheivement (I've "earned" free help).

I also reward every five pounds with a donut charm (for Pandora style bracelets, but super cheapy version from Michael's and JoAnn Fabric), and when I go to my TOPS meeting or when I go out to dinner at a restaurant or at someone's home, I wear the charm bracelet (now two bracelets - 20 charms on one, representing 100 lbs and 1 charm on the other, representing 5 lbs). It's just heavy enough to remind me to stay vigilant about what I'm eating (because if I gain weight I remove the corresponding bead and don't wear it again until I've earned the bead back). I don't think of it as a punishment, just as "I can wear it, when I've re-earned it).

The tangible reminder really helps me stay focused. I've thought about wearing the bracelet every day, but I'm not sure I'd stay as conscious of it, as I do when I wear it occasionally (I probably should wear it during TOM week at least).

LaurieDawn
08-26-2012, 12:18 PM
SO excited that you decided to join me, MizMelis, Bee, Synger, RJR, and Tiff! And, Kaplods, I always appreciate your well-informed, interesting, and supportive posts.

The past few weeks have been rough, sort of. I am facing a trio of challenges that would normally cause me significant difficulties.

1. I have gone off-plan, and had no real negative consequences, other than slower loss. This is probably the thing that caused me to re-gain about 100 pounds a few years ago. I decided I was happier with slower losses and a looser eating plan, and it quickly devolved from there. I am trying to go against my nature by not being totally OCD about this, because I can't keep a Biggest Loser type schedule and still maintain my 'normal' responsibilities. So I avoid logging food and counting every calorie, cuz that triggers the OCD in me, and I end up neglecting my work or my kids, etc. But I think I am getting sufficiently lackadaisical that I need to start tracking again for a week or two. **sigh**

2. Things are heating up at work, which triggers my 'put in endless hours at work' OCD response. Which means no exercise, which translates into losing touch with my body and poor eating. I need to schedule it DURING the workday for the next few weeks. I can still get in early and stay late, but will get a break that will help me be productive. And I need to do small things like stand to review documents, go to the bathroom on the floor below, taking the stairs both ways, etc.

3. I injured my shoulder lifting weights. Stupid and annoying, but not debilitating. I have continued to do cardio, but I will quit crying about it, and hoping it heals on its own. I will go to the doctor in the next two weeks if it's not better. This will be the hardest of the three, but I need to take care of my health.

It's a commitment, baby, and I will honor it.

42goingon20
08-26-2012, 11:25 PM
I am committing to a year. Just started last week, but you will see a post from me a few times a week until August 2013, and thats a promise! But really I need to commit to a lifestyle change...... so maybe I will commit to 50 years!LOL

LaurieDawn
08-27-2012, 12:53 AM
Love the name, 42goingon20! Looking forward to your posts. I, too, hope to renew my commitment year after year. But this upcoming year is going to be awesome!

HealthyMeWannabe
08-27-2012, 06:05 AM
I'd love to join this group! I'm a person who tends to begin a weight loss journey by giving 110% for a month or so and then giving up when the scale plateaus, which causes me to gain back what I've lost. So I'd love to hold myself accountable for a solid year of sticking with it.

August 27, 2012-August 26, 2013 will be the year I finally get myself under control and make the changes in my life needed to drop the excess pounds and sustain a healthy weight when I reach it. :cheer:

My plan:

1. Do some sort of exercise daily! Whether it's the office gym on my lunch breaks or the Wii Fit in the evenings, I've got to get my tail moving.

2. Track my food and exercise on My Fitness Pal consistently. I use the app but am not consistent about it. I can usually for for 5-7 days before "forgetting" to log one day or two. I need to stick with it.

3. Cook more and eat out less. It's cheaper, healthier, and tastier!

susiemartin
08-27-2012, 07:36 AM
Count me in. August 17, 2012 - August 17,2013 :)
I'm dealing with slower than expected losses & adjusting to a new food plan.
I weighed myself this morning and plan to weigh & measure myself on the 1st of every month for a year. Too much concentration on the scale probably isn't a good thing for me right now. For now it's day by day - which will turn into month by month ...and before you know it ...1 year :carrot:

LaurieDawn
08-27-2012, 08:18 AM
Yay, Susie! Since I decided to track for a few weeks (and did track yesterday), I slipped a bit into OCD mode and wanted to weigh this morning. I resisted, though, if for no other reason than last night was a low sleep night, so the scale would not have been kind. I used to weigh every day, but the weekly weigh - in helps preserve my sanity when I am losing more slowly. Monthly sounds like it will work for you!

HealthyMeWannabe
08-27-2012, 09:29 PM
Why is it whenever I decide to do something, some outside force decides to try to make that harder for me? For example...I gave myself a goal to be able to run a mile before the month was over. Then, two weeks into the month I really messed up my ankle. It took a week to get back to where I could jog again, but obviously I'm not going to reach that goal. Still, I'm working on it.

I posted on the previous page that I was going to exercise daily. Well, I wake up this morning just fine but by the time I got to work I was sniffling, sneezing, coughing....I sounded like I should be in a NyQuil commercial. Yuck. Still, I made myself go upstairs and work out for a half hour. I felt great doing it and after, but by the end of the day this stupid cold really has me down and out. I came home and napped for an hour. I really hope to feel better tomorrow. And that outside force that keeps going after me, STOP IT! :mad: You're not going to get me! So stop trying. :P

RJR
08-30-2012, 09:47 AM
I'm sorry you are having a rough go of it Healthy :hug:

Goddess Jessica
08-30-2012, 12:19 PM
Healthy - I know what you mean. It seems like whenever I start something new, outside pressure wants me to cave. For what it's worth, I've decided that it would happen whether I was exercising or dieting so I just keep plugging away. I've got a nasty head cold and I still ran yesterday. I think it actually helped some of the crap in my head clear out. And on the positive side, I can't smell anything soooo I am not hungry. HA!

LaurieDawn
09-02-2012, 01:04 PM
So I am feeling unstoppable! I seem to be in a weight loss rhythm, and am enjoying both scale and non-scale rewards. I also had my biggest weekly drop ever this week!

And the problem? This is one of my danger zones. I get overconfident. Sure I can have that in the house! I have absolutely learned to be able to stop at one cookie. You know.

The worst thing I do, though, is increase my expectations. I lost 6 pounds this week? Why - that's 24 pounds a month! I should be at goal by Christmas, right?

So my goal is to enjoy the good time while remaining aware that challenges will come. I just was able to start lifting again this week after a shoulder injury. I have work travel coming up. And I absolutely know that a six-pound drop is a fluke, and doesn't necessarily represent fat loss (though it might, as it has come after weeks of slow losses).

Viva la year of commitment! May more weeks be like this one!

angieand2girls
09-02-2012, 11:50 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes! :)

Mine started July 10th. This was the day after I kicked out my cheating husband. I'm so much happier now! I've lost 16 pounds so far.

For me my year commitment is lose weight, learn to exercise, and no dating for the whole year. Also, find a way to get a divorce but that's extra if I can swing it :)

RJR - what state are you in? I did my divorce myself without any lawyers and saved a TON of money. I'm the ultimate DIY'er (Do It Yourself'er). If you need any tips let me know. :)

sassyangies
09-03-2012, 05:00 AM
Hi! Count me in please. I started over Friday the 1st. I'm happy to find this group because it's so hard for me to keep up the motivation after a couple of months. The last time I tried so hard and went for over 3 months and that's the longest I have ever done this so hopefully I can top that and go for-ever. I don't have specific number I'm aiming towards, just anything lower than I am now and to not give up.

Good luck to all you ladies!!
Angie

LaurieDawn
09-03-2012, 09:38 AM
I am doing my divorce on my own as well. I did go to law school, though, so I have an advantage there. It's still challenging.

Don't know about your financial situation, RJR, but you may qualify for legal aid. Or your state's bar might have a pro bono program that could help. Or if you have a law school close, they might have a clinic. Otherwise, the bar or the judicial branch might have forms online you could use. If you have children or a lot of assets, though, or if you suspect your husband might be hiding assets, a lawyer is probably best.

Sassyangies - good to have you join us. Your goal of patient persistence is my goal too.

Here's to a great year!

HealthyMeWannabe
09-03-2012, 10:30 AM
Morning folks! I hope everyone's having a great Monday! It's Labor Day here and I am off work. Woo hoo!!!!! :cheer: It's cloudy and cool outside. It's a GREAT day for a run or a walk! I'm so getting out there later on! Right now my husband and I are working on cleaning the house. I'm just taking a 5 minute break and checking in with everyone. ;)

RJR
09-03-2012, 10:58 AM
I actually just got a letter from Legal Aid yesterday saying I'd probably qualify for getting a lawyer for 250 and I'd have to pay for file and court fees. I'm currently looking hard for a job so I can try to get this going. With no kids (no kids that are biologically his) and no assets I could probably do it on my own but if I can get a lawyer for 250 I'll do it, just because I'd feel more comfortable with one.

Thanks so much for the comments and advice, both of you :)

I'll be 8 weeks into my year tomorrow and I'm losing an average of 3 lbs a week. I'm really happy with my progress. I'm also happy with my emotional progress... I'm facing all of this stuff head-on and I'm working through the hurt, anger, sadness, and taking care of myself. It hasn't been easy, but in all honestly it's been a lot easier than being with my husband was. This hurt is different and it can get better. My marriage was never going to get better. I'm doing really well, I think :)

angieand2girls
09-03-2012, 08:12 PM
That is soooo great to hear RJR! My divorce was tough for me too, but what divorce isn't, I guess?

Oh, I never mentioned that I wanted to join this challenge! :) I started a year challenge on my own on July 2, 2012 so I'm in Week 10 of my 1 year commitment. My 1 year dates are July 2, 2012 - July 1, 2013. I've NEVER EVER been able to make it to a year although I have set LOTS of 1 year commitments in the past. This one WILL be different! :)

alaskanlaughter
09-03-2012, 09:49 PM
im just getting to the end of a one year commitment to the gym...last september, or possibly october, i committed to a one year gym membership and ive been going nearly every work day since then...mostly focused on running, somewhat on weight machines but the running works me out harder than the weight machines do and i like it better...i plan on re-upping my gym membership when it expires here sometime in the next month or so

Everlasting
09-04-2012, 11:31 AM
I'm going to start my one year commitment now, let it be known in my signature 8/4/12... I had lost a lot of weight, and then gained a lot back in the last few years of dating, getting married, having a baby. I think I've been going through a depression after having my baby and feeling like I can't do anything about the weight but I know I can!

My plan is to use sparkpeople to count my calories again, at least to start, as that is what worked for me before. I'm also going to start walking once more. My body wouldn't know how to do it now but I ran a half marathon a couple years ago, and I'd like to get myself back to that point. I also have a lot of workout dvds that I hope I can do with my daughter around. I need to lose the weight because she is already walking and it's getting hard to chase after her and keep up, so she is my big motivation. I actually typed in my stats on sparkpeople this morning, and I put in the starting weight and end weight I hope to accomplish (150), and it told me that 10/19/2013 is when I could expect to reach that if I stay on track... that will be exactly on my daughter's birthday! I know things don't always go smoothly in the weight loss world... I spent a couple years off and on losing a lot of weight before, but that is a neat thing to think, that I could be down to a 'normal' weight by the time she turns 2.

42goingon20
09-07-2012, 03:34 PM
Still here! Starting my 3rd week on WW, down 6.8 lbs. Hope to be down 10 by 9/30.

angieand2girls
09-09-2012, 11:00 AM
Still here! Starting my 3rd week on WW, down 6.8 lbs. Hope to be down 10 by 9/30.

Wow! Nice weight loss for just two weeks! That's awesome! Keep it up!

As for me, I'm still moving along nicely. I have taken this entire week off from exercise (9/3 - 9/9) because I went 9 weeks hardcore (Insanity) and I needed a recovery week for my body. As you all can see from my signature info, I only weigh once every 100 days because in the past, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I had become de-motivated by the scale numbers and ended up quitting way too soon. I've gotten to the end of 10 weeks this time because the scale was not in my life LOL! But, that's just me of course lol. I REALLY REALLY want to make it to 1 year and lose HALF MY BODY WEIGHT! :D

LaurieDawn
09-09-2012, 11:26 AM
Really feeling like I am in an easy rhythm lately. Down 2.4 pounds this week. And it has been painless. I have incorporated some IF principles, so I don't feel obligated to eat when I am not hungry, or even every time I get hungry. So I always have calories for unexpected treats. I rarely eat them, but I am never white-knuckling. I am sure I will need to white-knuckle again from time to time, but it's exhausting, and nice to avoid when I can.

Also fighting an urge to be discouraged over something stupid. My swearing-in ceremony is 9/21 (assuming I passed the bar exam), and I want to be down 50 pounds since I last saw my law school class at graduation in May. This was never a goal. In fact, I have specifically avoided time-oriented goals. And it doesn't matter. And at this point, it won't happen. So I don't know why I am obsessing about it. Oh, weight loss. Even when we're on good terms, you mess with my mind.

DollyR
09-09-2012, 06:10 PM
I am in. I started August 1 by basically eating less than before and try to get in some exercise although that is difficult due to a recent health problem. (see my other thread) I may not do it fast this time but I hope to see 6 to 10 pounds gone a month. My goals are set to 10%. The first one being about 30 pounds. I try to each more plant based foods and protein each day. (9 days of hospital food threw me off balance for a few days.) 13 pounds so far. I would like to see 4 more by the end of Sept.

Lishar
09-09-2012, 09:36 PM
Better late than never right. My journey started July 27. I am not sure why but I picked tomorrow to start eating healthy. I think a few days before I saw candid pictures of myself in my daughters yearbook from school. SHOCKER. I knew I needed to do something. Another shocker was when I got on a scale and saw how much I weighed.

SO my year Commitment will be from July 27, 2012 to July 27, 2013. I will continue eating healthy after that but I don't think I will ever go back to eating a whole family size twizzler bag by myself :o. I see what that did to me. That plus sitting on my *** got me to 265lbs.

I am stubborn when I need to be and I will be stubborn about staying on my Plan.

KittyKatFan
09-09-2012, 10:09 PM
Congratulations - you have made a very wise decision. I made my first one-year commitment on July 18, 2011 and I am convinced that doing so was a key factor in my staying on track for so long. When I did occasionally fall off track, I remembered my personal commitment.

I remember one time in particular, on the first Monday in January this year. I had gotten back from vacation the week before and had not done so well on vacation or in the remainder of the week I returned. On that Monday, my alarm woke me up at 4 am so I could head to the gym. I didn't want to go and thought about just going back to sleep. But I reminded myself that I had made a one-year commitment, so I got my butt out of bed and went to the gym - and had one of my best workouts.

On July 18, 2012, I re-committed for one more year. So I'm right there with ya, working on my two year commitment. Almost 14 months in!

Coffeelover64
09-12-2012, 07:33 AM
I've also started a One Year Commitment and it will be from Labor Day 2012 to Labor Day 2013. I'm doing Weight Watchers but on my own, I find I prefer to do it that way. Good luck to everyone!

LaurieDawn
09-16-2012, 12:51 PM
Lisha! So glad to see you here!

Coffeelover - welcome. I, too, don't really like the whole 'group weight loss' thing. Glad to have you join us.

KittyKat - what an inspiration you are. I hope to be able to duplicate your post next year, explaining to someone else how this helped me stay on track.

I had a no-loss week for only the second time since I started-though I have had multiple low-loss weeks. Going to tighten up and adjust strategy a bit, but I passed the bar exam! Will forever be a great week in my memory, and I may not even remember that it corresponded with a no-loss week. Cuz life is about way more than the scale. And the whole point of this commitment, at least for me, is to find a way to integrate weight loss with life.

Coffeelover64
09-16-2012, 08:57 PM
Congratulations LaurieDawn, what an accomplishment!! :carrot:

I've often noticed that low-loss or no-loss weeks are followed by big whooshes. I'm sure that's the case with your, well, even if not, who cares? You passed the BAR!!

angieand2girls
09-17-2012, 12:48 AM
WOW! CONGRATS LAURIE!! That is soooooooo awesome!!!! Yeah who cares about the low-loss week! The bar? This week goes down in Laurie-History! lol! Great job!!! :)

proaxis21
09-17-2012, 01:27 AM
Maybe i'm trying to do too many things at once with dieting exercising and trying to cut ALL bad things out of my diet. Its like I want to change everything at once, and when I cant do that, I go back to binge eating.

I don't understand! I WANT to lose weight. I WANT to look at myself and be happy with what I see.

Can someone help me, maybe put me in the right direction as to where to start? I love veggies and fruit but they never fill me up. I just cant seem to get full of of the veggies/fruits. Should I work on one thing at a time...Like reducing sugar intake, or fast food? And when do I add another goal on, like once I reduce my sugar, should I start cutting out breads??? Im just so confused.

Please help!!!

LaurieDawn
09-17-2012, 09:50 AM
Thanks, Louise and Angie! I agree. Bar passage trumps all! (But I would love a whoosh next week!)

Proaxis21,there is no 'right' way to do this. Some people do better changing everything at once. Others prefer to change one thing at a time. I would recommend reading through goal thread to seen how other people have been successful. Personally, I did multiple changes at once. And am now tweaking. It's allow about figuring out what works for you.

angieand2girls
09-17-2012, 01:46 PM
Maybe i'm trying to do too many things at once with dieting exercising and trying to cut ALL bad things out of my diet. Its like I want to change everything at once, and when I cant do that, I go back to binge eating.

I don't understand! I WANT to lose weight. I WANT to look at myself and be happy with what I see.

Can someone help me, maybe put me in the right direction as to where to start? I love veggies and fruit but they never fill me up. I just cant seem to get full of of the veggies/fruits. Should I work on one thing at a time...Like reducing sugar intake, or fast food? And when do I add another goal on, like once I reduce my sugar, should I start cutting out breads??? Im just so confused.

Please help!!!

Proaxis - It sounds like making too many changes all at once might be a bit overwhelming for you, so maybe you should take your advice and cut out one thing at a time. Like Laurie said, some do go cold turkey all at once with everything but some don't. The key is finding out what works best for YOU.

Me personally, I started by calorie counting. I decided how many calories I would eat in a day, and I built my meal plans around that. I also decided that for me, I could not go cold turkey with desserts...so.....I had a VERY small dessert EVERY DAY at dinner time and doing that has not interfered with my weight loss or health in any way. I am still losing successfully. Also, I decided I would start an exercise program (I chose Insanity) and my plan was to just do MY best and continue to progess at my own pace.

Are you a vegetarian? If not, maybe add more lean protein because protein tends to keep you full longer. I'm the same way with fruits/veggies...they never fill me up.

Whatever changes you decide to make, make sure they are realistic for you so that you can continue them long term.

Coffeelover64
09-17-2012, 08:52 PM
I started by really analyzing the reasons I have been overweight for the last 15 years (I'm 47, btw) and focused on correcting those things rather than than going head-first into some complicated plan. In the end, I knew I needed to focus on portion control, adding some structure to my eating, cooking at home more, and moving more. Over the summer I started working on these sort of one at a time, then on Labor Day, I pulled out my old Weight Watchers materials and started doing that, with some tweaks. Normally, I'm the type that pics the latest diet (usually a strict one) and does some kind of bootcamp fitness-wise that exhausts me and fill me with dread, but this time I'm being kinder to myself and making it more of a long-term lifestyle change. Well, at least that the plan, I only started the WW earlier this month! :) Overal though I don't recommend the 'all at once' approach if it's going to lead to all or nothing, binging, etc. That's what used to happen to me when I tried to do too much at once.

angieand2girls - where you from in Michigan? I'm here too - metro Detroit area.

SMSDREAMER2007
09-17-2012, 11:00 PM
Ok, I have read this post a few times and keep thinking. I didn't make it a whole year before but I plan to now. I will make a whole year commitment. My commitment started on 9/10/12. My commitment is I will do my absolute and level best to eat and act in ways that are HEALTHY for me. I won't be perfect. I will stall. I will have slip ups but I WILL get right back on track and forgive myself so I can continue on my healthy lifestyle. That is my commitment to myself! (Oh and I will blog about it all too hehe)

angieand2girls
09-18-2012, 01:57 PM
angieand2girls - where you from in Michigan? I'm here too - metro Detroit area.

Hey Coffee! I guess I would be considered metro Detroit too! I live in Novi. How about you? :)

Coffeelover64
09-19-2012, 01:05 PM
Other side of town - Rochester Hills!

angieand2girls
09-19-2012, 06:26 PM
Other side of town - Rochester Hills!

Nice! I used to attend Oakland University which I think is over there. Nice to meet a fellow Michigander here on 3FC! :)

Coffeelover64
09-19-2012, 07:31 PM
I'm right by OU. My son attends there. :)

angieand2girls
09-20-2012, 09:27 PM
Awesome! College seems like it was such a long time ago. I feel old lol. I was at OU for the 1997-1998 school year. :)

So how is everyone's commitments coming along? I'm doing well and moving along nicely. I've been enjoying the classes at the gym this week and I'll be starting round 2 of Insanity on October 1st. Can't wait! I miss it! (never thought I'd ever say that lol). My food has been good too. I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow for the upcoming week.

Hope everyone is doing well!

NothingButChanges
09-20-2012, 09:39 PM
I would love to join this group! My 1 year commitment started last month on the 21st. I committed to myself that I would have a life makeover and totally change my life in a year. Weight loss is apart of my overall commitment (and I didn't officially that until a few days ago) so that's why I am here.

LaurieDawn
09-21-2012, 09:47 AM
I am struggling with eating lately. And exercise. So much going on right now. But that's the rest I made the commitment, right? I do well until about 8:30 or so, then I eat just a little more than I should.

So - going to restrict my food completely beginning at 7:30. I will allow myself water and decaf green tea. For a week.

Not coming this far to let my progress slowly dissipate into the ether of creeping bad habits.

SMSDREAMER2007
09-21-2012, 04:05 PM
Struggled the last 2 days and completely gave in to everything over vacation :\ Oh well back on it again today. Gotta lose this 6 lbs of excess water weight (which I hope it is because I did NOT eat 20k extra calories, but with PCOS you never know.....) Still tired from the valarian root I took last night. Getting right back on the horse tomorrow which I have almost never done before so I am know I will make it to goal this time (Assuming the BF quits bringing me home sweets >.<)

LaurieDawn
09-23-2012, 12:27 PM
Glad I made the food restriction after 8 commitment. I had planned a celebratory dinner after getting admitted to the bar on Friday, but life intervened. I ate something small for dinner, then took care of the commitment. In the process of this commitment, I ended up going to a Chinese buffet at 8:30. (Long story.) A landmine for me. Made especially dangerous by the fact that I felt a little entitled to overeat since it was such a big day, and my celebration had gotten blown off. But it was easy. It was too late for me to eat. So I didn't. Entitlement, plus a little bit of deprivation attitude (after skipping my celebration), plus my favorite type of buffet, plus a buffet, plus the time of day when my self-control is practically non-existent. Easily could have had disastrous results. And I didn't have anything but water. And got a (small) scale reward in return.

SMSDREAMER - good luck getting the excess water weight gone. So frustrating!

SMSDREAMER2007
09-23-2012, 12:56 PM
WTG laurie! I don't know I could have done that :\

Down .7 from mon which after the up and down with sodium and knowing i was on plan all but wed and thurs, etc kind of annoys me. I don't think I have EVER had just .7 loss for a week. For a day, yes but not for a week :\ Anywho On plan today. Was super tired when I woke up so I added some emergen-c to my smoothie bad Idea Bleh, the oragne taste totally overpowered my amazingly good tasting choco berry smoothie >.< so not doing that again tomorrow :\.
Kind of excite yet nervous. I have my PCP and dieticians appt's tomorrow AND my driving test YIKES. I'm PRAYING I pass. I am SOOOO ready for my license.

anywho I need to go get ready, my cousin is taking me driving today since its his car I am using tomorrow for the rest. Have a great OP day ya'll!

LaurieDawn
09-30-2012, 09:29 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, SMSDREAMER!

I officially took an unplanned maintenance break. Been either 228 or 229 for 3 weeks. A little frustrated. Mostly relieved that I am not that bothered that much by it. I am recommitting myself to loss, but thrilled I am somehow not fighting the 'You can never do this' demons. Those are way more dangerous to me than struggles and stalls.

Viva la commitment!

Lizz
09-30-2012, 04:23 PM
I am recommitting, once again but hopefully this time with a more stubborn attitude and for the better. :-) I have so far in about 22 months lost 45 lbs. Which feels not bad actually, especially on days when I rearrange my wardrobe for autumn and realise that some of last year's clothes no longer fit me - because they look misshapenly big on me! That was a great feeling. And the same for skirts fitting again that I last wore in my early Uni years, so about 8 years ago! But I also realise that during this much time I could have done better and that I need to keep going until I reach my goal of a healthy bodyweight, active lifestyle and in-shape self. So I am here again and game for a 1 year commitment, starting today.

My year long commitment started in July (I started Atkins). I have promised myself that I will be at or near a normal weight by my 30th birthday next June. Another part of my commitment is to get moving everyday, even if I am not up to working out I will clean, cook, or whatever!! Nice to have some others to do this with!! We can do this!

TiffNeedsChange, I can so relate to your ambition! My 29th birthday is just a few weeks away now and I had the idea that I want to give myself a "fit me" for my 30th birthday next year and start that new decade with a new and more positive outlook on life and not let my weight get in the way of being physically and socially more active and outgoing.

We can do this! :)

LaurieDawn
09-30-2012, 10:49 PM
Thanks, Enjoynlife! Love your screen name, BTW. Life doesn't have to be miserable just because we're not at the weight we prefer. In the interest of full disclosure, my posts are using the fake it till you make it principal. I try to find the outlook that will help me the most, and then try to believe it. :-)

Lizz - congrats on the recommit!

Coffeelover64
10-01-2012, 08:28 AM
I've been MIA for a week or so because we've had company. I stayed on plan except for yesterday when we went to the local cider mill for cider and donuts. OK, I ate two small ones.

Lizz, congrats for making a goal for your 30th! I'm sort of doing the same thing, but for my 50th. I'll be 48 later this year, but I figure at my age, it's going to take some time to get my health and fitness back. So I'm on the 2 1/2 year plan. :D

angieand2girls
10-07-2012, 12:19 AM
So how is everyone doing with their commitments?

I had a muscle go out in my back on Wednesday and I've been resting since then. It kills me not to exercise. I've become accustomed to loving it so much now. I miss my Shaun T! LOL! Anyways, I'm going to ease back into it on Monday. I was supposed to weigh on the 10th but I'm pushing it back to the 17th so I can be well into my exercise again.

Hope everyone is doing well!!

angieand2girls
10-07-2012, 11:33 AM
Wow! Great job on the 5 pounds! I agree, water or not, it is no longer on your body! :)

What strength training program are you starting? I'm actually going to be starting one in about 2 weeks (Chalean Extreme). I've been doing mostly cardio since I started (with a bit of arm exercises with 8 lb dumbbells) but now I feel it's time to REALLY get into some intense muscle training.

Yes I'm so close to 100 days! Today is day 98! The mirror and my clothes have been telling me that I'm having great results. We'll see what that number says in 10 days! :)

LaurieDawn
10-07-2012, 12:26 PM
Oh, Angie - the suspense is killing me! I, too, hope you have great results! (But really, since you're getting such great feedback from your clothes and the mirror, it doesn't matter all that much...)

Enjoynlife - I LOVE those whooshes. And so often, they come after a period of time when water has replaced fat on your body for a little bit. I read an article about it that was admittedly theory without a strong research base, but it made sense to me. And it's a theory that helps make the mental struggle easier for me when I hit weeks of slow/no loss, so I've embraced it. =)

I'm down a little bit. I was having a great week until Friday night, when I made a conscious choice to eat pizza for the first time since June. It was good, but I woke up the next morning dying for water and feeling a bit miserable. Like a hangover, I suppose (as a non-drinker, I'm only guessing). Back on plan. And don't think I'll crave pizza again for a very, very long time.

I still remember the first time I lost a significant amount of weight. I only had 30 that I reasonably needed to lose, and I had lost it all, but I was on a very strict form of eating. I remember breaking down and having something not on plan. After that, I was done. I never got back my "mojo," and eventually gained it all back.

The pizza episode reminded me of two things. 1 - Missteps do not mean failure, and indulging is sometimes better than days of obsessing and accompanying struggles. 2 - There are some foods (pizza, cookies, etc.) that open up huge cravings for EVERYTHING for me. Maybe remembering the second will be helpful in deciding that i don't really want to indulge after all.

LaurieDawn
10-07-2012, 09:31 PM
Enjoynlife - I think you are amazing. I am Sssooo happy to have you around! Thanks for always making me feel great. Three things:

1- I feel amazing! I meant I am only down a bit on the scale, when I wanted to have a bigger loss, and I had been on schedule for it because I generally get post-TOM whooshes. But when I went back and read it, it sounded exactly like you had interpreted it. :-) Loved the encouragement nonetheless, so am happy I wasn't as clear as I should have been.

2 - psyllium. When I go high protein / significant calorie restriction, I tend to only have bowel movements every 3 or 4 days. I don't think there's anything wrong with it, but I prefer to use psyllium, which is natural, just because it seems healthier to 'clean out' more frequently. And it really does make things 'smooth' and regular for me. I would just recommend building up slowly, as it initially causes gas issues.

3 - I know nothing about probiotics. :-(. Wish I did. I take a few supplements, mostly to help avoid muscle cramps and because I am susceptible to anemia, plus a multi because I calorie restrict and don't want to have to focus on micros the way I do on macros. But I encourage you to start a thread about it and engage the collective wisdom here (and wake up the board a bit!)

LaurieDawn
10-12-2012, 10:30 PM
I don't know how I missed your earlier post! I tend to be very hit-and-miss, but this is a thread I tend to monitor.

I use the WM brand psyllium. I take six with 20 ounces of water once a day. Make sure if you take a multi (which I do), you don't take it at the same time.

I have never heard the advice to not take it daily. I don't take it as medicine, but as a supplement. (It's really only different in my head, I think.) But when I worked as a nurses aide, they gave it to elderly patients daily to prevent constipation. I don't know...

I hit 50 on Wednesday, then proceeded to work all night that night and far too late on Thursday night, so 5:15 am to 2:00 am (app. 45 hours by my math) before a short sleep night. Bad sleep affects my weight, so we'll see if I hold onto the loss for WI. :-) I have never changed my ticker mid-week before, but I am not sorry I did!

Looks like you experienced a great whoosh yourself! And if you've been working your plan, your October loss may represent fat loss. Based on my imperfect understanding of what you health writer wrote about 'squishy fat and whooshes,' I will explain, badly. The theory goes that as your body burns fat for energy, sometimes those cells will fill with water temporarily. Thus - squishy fat. Then, if you drink sufficient water, it will sometimes release all of that water fairly quickly. I have never noticed my fat being 'squishy,' but I do experience whooshes! Don't know if the theory is true. Don't really care. It helps me stay focused during low-loss times. And this is so mental.

Angie - cannot wait to hear about your success! Your discipline is awe-inspiring.

angieand2girls
10-12-2012, 10:45 PM
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Angie, I hope your 103rd day is going awesome!!! :D I know you are getting excited to see the results of all your hard work.

enjoynlife - Thanks so much! I'd be more excited if I could get out of my own head lol. TOM just started today and I'm sure the hormones are fueling my self-image issues. I'm bloated and it shows in the mirror and I'm just feeling the weight loss blues (I want to be at goal already). It's like when I wake up I run to the mirror expected to look 50 pounds thinner from the day before! LOL When I don't see it I get mad LOL! I know, I'm weird. Ehhh...this feeling will pass. BUT CONGRATS ON YOUR 11.4 POUND LOSS!! Fantisimo!!!

LaurieDawn - WOOOHOOOO!! 50 POUNDS!!! That's so awesome! Congrats on that! :) I can't wait to see 50 pounds lost (as you can see by what I wrote lol).

LaurieDawn
10-13-2012, 12:05 PM
Angie - I really don't ever see loss or gain in the mirror. That's why I am always surprised when people I see every day notice. But I see it in odd ways. I had bought a pair of size 18 jeans a few weeks ago. I haven't worn jeans forever because I won't spend much money on transition clothes. These were on clearance for $5, so I bought them. I decided to try them on again, and I sort of have a feel for whether something will fit just based on where the waist is when I start to pull them up. I thought there was no way they would fit, but they did. I also sat between two coworkers in an auditorium. I was terrified to be the fat girl encroaching on their space. But I could sit there without touching either one. It was awesome.

These super long weight loss journeys are so mentally taxing. I hope you are seeing (and can appreciate) rewards from staying on plan, since you are not getting scale- based rewards very often. For me, these are things like not feeling powerless over food or weight, feeling my body get stronger and fitter and being more capable as a result, really enjoying exploring new foods, etc.

Just a few more days of waiting! Good luck getting through TOM hormonal madness.

angieand2girls
10-13-2012, 11:19 PM
LaurieDawn & enjoynlife - You ladies have truly made me feel better! Thank you sooooooo much. I knew this journey from start to finish wouldn't be perfect and that I'd hit a low point at some point in time. I'm just glad that I didn't allow it to send me back into old habits. These changes really seem to be sticking. :) Laurie, on Wednesday when I weigh, I have a pair of size 18 pants waiting for me to try on too! When I first started 100-something days ago, I could not get them up past mid-thigh, no joke. So I hung them back up and vowed not to try them on again until weigh in LOL. I'll definitely let you ladies know how that turned out. :) Thanks again for your support!

LaurieDawn
10-14-2012, 11:41 AM
Angie - almost there. Hoping for a great weigh-in and pants fitting!

Enjoynlife - you are way too kind. Talking about this helps me keep focused. I love that this board gives me a chance to do that.

Official weigh in this morning, and I am the same as last Monday. Which means I kept off an overnight 5-pound drop, which is something to celebrate, but am not losing day to get. I guess it's not surprising. Hope I drop some by next Sunday, though. Its would be great to be in the 210s!!!

LaurieDawn
10-16-2012, 11:36 PM
Tomorrow is the big day, Angie!!! Sending good scale vibes your way!

angieand2girls
10-17-2012, 12:06 AM
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I'm nervous but I'm ready! Be good to me scale!! LOL! I'll be sure to update sometime tomorrow morning. :)

angieand2girls
10-17-2012, 09:28 AM
Tomorrow is the big day, Angie!!! Sending good scale vibes your way!

I posted in the "getting out of the 260's and 250's" as well, but I'll post here too!

I am down 50.25 pounds!!! I weighed in at 201.75!! I promise you that I could not believe those numbers. It was WAY more than I expected...even at my best lowest guess. I have a balance scale too so I inched it down one pound at a time starting at 252 (my last weight). When it didn't balance out at 220, nor 215, I started to tear up. I am still SOOOO overwhelmed right now, I'm so serious lol. This is HUGE! How did I do that in 3.5 months? The 18's I had picked out to try on were too big so I moved down to the 16's which fit me comfortably (no muffin tops and not tight at all). I look like a new person with new clothes on. I just can't believe it.

LaurieDawn
10-17-2012, 11:56 AM
WOW!!!! I am SSSOOO happy for you! What an accomplishment. And new clothes on top of it!

I can't imagine ever adopting your strategy, but it worked out really well for you. :-)

Are you really going to wait another 100 days? You are SO close to Onederland!

LaurieDawn
10-17-2012, 11:58 AM
Plus - not even tempted to touch those break room donuts now!

angieand2girls
10-17-2012, 02:12 PM
WOW!!!! I am SSSOOO happy for you! What an accomplishment. And new clothes on top of it!

I can't imagine ever adopting your strategy, but it worked out really well for you. :-)

Are you really going to wait another 100 days? You are SO close to Onederland!

HA! It's funny because I hear that alot! LOL! Some think my strategy is darn-near impossible LOL! But I've proved to myself that when I've regained control and power over myself, I can do it. :)

Yes I'm going to wait another 100 days....well, it's 93 days at this point since today's weigh in was a week late. What I'm learning along this journey about myself, my body, and my mind is what keeps me going.....the good and the bad.

healthyginger
10-17-2012, 08:38 PM
Is it too late to post a committment to this thread? I'll do it anyway. I just finnished a 100 day committement to a specific plan. Here my focus is on time. I've never gone over 8mo. on any weightloss venture. I committ to write what I eat in my food journal everyday for a year. I committ to check in here and post at least once a week (except during my twice year spiritual retreats where there are no electronics) and even then post the Sat. after I get back, no matter how the healthy eating plan-lifestyle is going. I love this. The 100 day challenge really helped me, but then earlytimes are usually the easiest for me. I also committ to post once weekly for a year in my blog- this keeps me honest with friends far away who can't see how I am doing. This is a couple of dearly loved friends that I finally became honest with about me life as an obese person.

angieand2girls
10-17-2012, 08:41 PM
Angie girl you are amazing!!! :hug:

I can only imagine how you are feeling right now. Woohoo!!!

In honor of your awesome accomplishment I am making my first post on my new tablet and I also hit day 20 and can finally get a ticker. :D

What a fantastic day! I am so thrilled for you!!!

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! :D

angieand2girls
10-17-2012, 08:45 PM
Welcome healthyginger! Wow, congrats on your 100 day accomplishment! 100 days can make a huge difference, I know first hand. :) Are you going to be starting another one?

angieand2girls
10-18-2012, 02:38 PM
Welcome Ginger!

I'm definitely past the whoosh stage and back to turtling. It is so frustrating, but better than the alternative and I feel so much better eating healthier so that is a win-win. Day 18 of 365 and going strong sticking with my plan. :D

I ordered the Fat 2 Fit book; I hear it is a good read.


The wooshes aren't over, you'll just get them when you least expect it! :D Great job with almost 3 weeks in the bag! :)

LaurieDawn
10-18-2012, 05:20 PM
Welcome, Ginger! Happy to have you here!

Enjoynlife (my phone has learned your name - awesome!) - Congrats on day 18. I think the first three weeks are the hardest.

I am totally considering a variation of Angie's strategy. Started daily weighing again about a week ago, and am somewhat frustrated. Gone up the last two days because of low sleep, but I know I am on plan and working out hard. Considering monthly weigh ins.

I did not want to quit or cheat when the scale went up again this morning, though. I just put on my (getting looser) size 18 jeans, my medium (tight) sweater that emphasizes my best #ahem# assets, and thought about how great I felt after lifting weights last night. Part of me thinks it will help me be more patient and set me up for better maintenance if I go the monthly route.

Don't think I am ready, though. Thanks for sharing your success, though. I will definitely keep it in mind in case my frustration levels start to mount. :-)

LaurieDawn
10-18-2012, 06:20 PM
I know I am building some muscle - or at least preserving it - cuz I can feel it. But I am also eating at a deficit, so I am not building a ton, more's the pity. :-) Sizing is stupid and random. But it still made me feel good that the sweater says medium! It probably is too tight for work, but I don't care! It's a complete office day, and I like the sweater! I don't measure, though, simply because I am WAY too lazy. I commend you for doing it, though.

Can I go off topic quickly? I just need some insight. I just started seeing this guy - J. I like him, and feel like I might come to really like him as we hang out more. But who can predict these things? This other guy, G, told me a few days ago that he was really into me. I told him I was unavailable, as I had just started seeing J. After one more invitation for a date, he asked if we could be friends. Of course, right? So I am still getting to know J, and still enjoying that, and still wanting to see where that goes. But I am kind of getting into flirting with G. That's okay, right? I have been married 20 years, and am newly-divorced. I have not promised anyone anything, and would not lie to either. But I like having the attention of two men. Guidance?

angieand2girls
10-18-2012, 07:37 PM
LaurieDawn - as long as you are honest and not deceiving anyone or yourself, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the attention of more than one man in my opinion. I'm not the conforming type (i.e. all these social rules and standards that society seems to live by) so I like to share and experience life with people and be free.....free to experience who I choose. I say live your life with no regrets. :)

angieand2girls
10-18-2012, 07:44 PM
enjoynlife - Not weighing for a long time also teaches me patience.....which is quite important to have when you're chugging along on a weight loss journey. I encourage you to "pull an Angie!" :D

LaurieDawn - I wanted to ask you about your weight training. How long have you been doing it? And have you been eating at a caloric deficit the whole time you've been weight training? I'm going to be starting with heavy weights next week and I've been researching about this whole caloric deficit/no muscle gains things. I like to hear from people's personal experiences though. How would you say your muscle gain has been thus far? Average? Below? Thanks for any info you can provide! :)

LaurieDawn
10-18-2012, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the input on my off-topic question, Angie. It's just so important to me that I can feel good about myself, so I can't feel like I am just using someone because I like the attention. :-/

Lifting nutrition strategy. I offer all of this with the caveat that I do not precisely track calories, nor do I take my measurements.

I read New Rules of Lifting For Women. The nutrition info is really geared to women more concerned with body recomposition than those who have a lot of fat they need to lose. So I agonized about it, read a lot of bodybuilding nutrition information, read a lot of Alwyn Cosgrove's stuff, posted on a couple of boards, and finally decided that I really needed to prioritize fat loss. Which means calorie restriction. Which almost inevitably means muscle loss. It makes sense. People often describe lifts in terms of body weight. 'She can deadlift her body weight.'

But - weight lifting has tons of advantages even for those who simultaneously calorie-restrict, IMHO. First, it preserves muscle mass. Second, it is a good calorie burner. Third, the 'afterburn effect' lasts way longer than cardio. Finally, when my ex-husband texts me something infuriating and I want to engage in a long, brutal text war, I text him that I can't talk because I am at the gym. Then I take out my anxiety and anger there, and he's no longer on my radar if it's something dumb, or I am able to handle it better if it actually needs to be addressed.

I concentrate my calories for muscle repair work after I lift. I eat very few processed carbs, but I will eat fruits and veggies. I eat protein bars for convenience, but when I have time and opportunity to cook, I eat mostly chicken, egg whites, and fish.

So far, I have lost 51 pounds from about June 12 until today, so about 4 months, and I can feel solid muscle among too much fat. I also wear smaller sizes than before at this weight.

That's my experience with it. Hope it's helpful.

LaurieDawn
10-18-2012, 10:38 PM
Good advice on keeping 'em separated, Enjoynlife! Flirting is kind of awesome.

angieand2girls
10-18-2012, 10:39 PM
Yes LaurieDawn that helps out a lot. I had been mulling over this in my head...trying to find the best way to go about it. I like to hear how others are doing with it as well. Thanks so much! :)

angieand2girls
10-19-2012, 10:01 PM
You and Angie are such inspirations. Not just because you both lost so much in 4 months or less, but because you both seem to be smart about how you lost it. Added bonus: You both are super supportive and sweet when I desperately need it. :hug:

p.s. Did y'all see the new baby panda that San Diego has? So cute!!!

Awww, thank you soooo much!!! You are so kind! :) We are all in this journey together and whatever we can share to help each other get to our goals is what this community is all about. That's why I really love it here. I learn so much from others as well. :hug:

MrsTryingAgain
10-20-2012, 12:14 AM
I'm committed!
When I decided I had enough of being overweight on Oct. 5th 2012, I actually made my own calendar, but it's for 18 months. On it I marked the 5th of each month with 1, 2, 3, etc. all through the year. I'm still figuring out my mini goals, other than my final of being down to my goal weight of 175. I'm hoping my goald will be sooner, but I figure approx. 5 lbs a month is do-able.
I've had a lot of stresses at work & with family matters the last few months. I'm going to do my very best not to let myself be derailed. If I get down to my goal before my "time is up" (on my calendar), I'll use the remaining time to keep myself on track & re-learn maintainence. (If you don't know, I've lost 100 lbs. before)

LaurieDawn
10-21-2012, 12:44 PM
Enjoynlife - sorry I am just getting to this. You are right about lifting heavy. It may be 3 pounds for your mom. My understanding of heavy lifting is that you lift close to failure. It is a term meant to differentiate between the current recommendations and the whole 'toning' type of Lifting that usually consisted of high reps of very little weight. I am still a newbie, so I don't know about the Spartans program. I just choose a weight that is challenging, but still lets me use good form, then I lift to failure. The first time through a routine, it's really guesswork, which Is why I make sure to record my routines.

I have gone way off the deep end on Friday and Saturday. I woke up this morning bloated and nauseous. This is by far the worst I have done since June. And it's okay. I am up to 225.2. And back on plan today, not just for the weight loss, but because I genuinely feel crappy when I eat like this.

Good luck with the lifting, Enjoynlife. I really enjoy it.

stargazer222001
10-21-2012, 10:24 PM
Anyone mind if I join in on the one year adventure? I am basing my start date off the final go ahead from my doctor on Tuesday, so October 23 2012 to October 23 2012. I want to be healthy by the time of my major birthday vacation next year. I've been browsing through this forum and figuring things out. I haven't set my mini goals other than after my first 25lbs lost I am visiting the local massage school for a cheap massage :)

LaurieDawn
10-21-2012, 10:53 PM
Stargazer and Mrs.TryingAgain - so good of you to join us!

I am officially back on plan, and fighting off cravings desperately. But I would rather fight them off after a slip- up than after a massive regain. So - bring on the white-knuckling, baby. I should have a good loss next week if I successfully stave them off, though.

angieand2girls
10-21-2012, 11:23 PM
Yeah Laurie, you're going to have a big drop next week and you'll see that those two days didn't make one bit a difference. :) Back in July, two weeks after I started, I went on a mini-vacation to Chicago and ate all kinds of food that weekend (including practically a box of fresh-baked cookies from one of my favorite restaurants...even a big mac meal from McDonald's on the road), and it obviously didn't hurt the rate at which I've lost weight over the long run. That's the beauty of moderation. :)

LaurieDawn
10-23-2012, 02:21 PM
!This was just what I needed today! Yesterday, I faced a tremendously challenging life crisis, and there was nothing I wanted more than to indulge a sugar binge. I thought to myself, '' I can have ice cream and still lose weight.' And that is absolutely true. But I also knew that the way I was feeling emotionally, it would not stop with a single serving of ice cream. So I took a deep breath and avoided binges until I could get to the gym and alleviate stress that way. Unfortunately, I didn't make it there until 11:30, and I get up at 5:15. But I needed to lift more than I needed the sleep, and I am not being as tortured today by cravings. I also asked my friend to not bring snacks for our meeting tonight. As much as I hate to be a diva, I feel like staying on plan is pivotal for me today.

Enjoynlife, it sounds like your lifting plan is awesome. Moving sucks, though, so I hope you make it through that without too much pain. Thanks for all the continous support. It is so nice to be able to feel like you are in my corner!

Angie - thanks for your support, too, and the reassurance on the water weigh. I really needed to hear it.

Stargazer - I am so excited to hear about your triumphs and walk with you through your struggles. A year is a long time. It is amazing to have great companions on the way.

Pink Hurricane
10-23-2012, 03:27 PM
I realize I am almost three months late but I would love to join in on this commitment with you! I would love to be in the 180s or less by August of 2013.

And I'm glad you were able to avoid the urge to binge during that stress. I have a hard time with that myself and that is something I am working on currently. Trying my hardest to make this happen!

angieand2girls
10-23-2012, 10:30 PM
[COLOR="Navy"]:wave: Angie, you still feeling sky high? I think about you often. Aren't you doing that 12 hour fasting thing? I thought I saw that in another thread somewhere.[/FONT]

Hi ladies!! Enjoynlife - I am definitely back to normal LOL. It's like I've pushed a reset button and now I'm focusing on the next 100 days as if it were the first. I want these smaller jeans I have on to be as loose as my starting weight jeans by the time I weigh again. I started Chalean Extreme today and it was great! I LOVE lifting heavy!!! I can already tell I'm going to be sore in the morning lol. Oh and yes I'm doing intermittent fasting (IF) where I fast 20 hours daily and eat all my calories in a 4 hour window. It's been going great so far! Thanks for thinking of me! :hug:

LaurieDawn
10-24-2012, 02:58 AM
Pink Hurricane - SSSOOO happy you made your way over to this thread. The one thing I dislike about the weight-specific threads is that you lose people. I love that you're doing the extreme fitness challenges with both P90X and now Insanity.

Angie - I too am looking to reset my brain to think of this as a new effort. I have lost 20 pounds more times than I cannot count. I can lose 20 pounds again, espresso because I have the habits already developed. Right
:-)

angieand2girls
10-24-2012, 09:36 AM
Yes! With the habits already developed and in place, all you have to do is keep pushing through! That's what I've been telling myself for this next phase too.

Today is Day 115 of 365. I'm still going strong. I like to mix things up every so often and this heavy lifting was the perfect thing to incorporate. I also incorporated some focused ab work and after Monday's ab work, I'm STILL sore lol. My eating is still spot on, but after my lift session yesterday, I got REALLY hungry. I'm thinking I may need to up my calories a couple hundred on those days. We'll see.

How is everyone doing? :)

Pink Hurricane
10-24-2012, 03:05 PM
This morning I did the first day of the 30 Day Shred and also did the Ab Ripper X. My husband wants to start Insanity this weekend, we are both going to do the fit test first, and then jump into the program. I'm trying to figure out a good way to incorporate the 30DS and P90X with Insanity. Maybe an every other day deal or something? I'm not sure yet, just depends on how things go with Insanity.

Thank Laurie! I agree with you about the other threads. I like having them there because there are other people who are in your similar position too, but I don't like that people leave them too haha.

angieand2girls
10-24-2012, 08:09 PM
Enjoynlife - My body adjusted quite well to the fasting hours. At first, trying to fit all my food in a 4 hour window was tough! The first 2 days, I was so full LOL! But now? After I eat my first meal at 11am, I kid you not, I am hungry by 12 noon so I eat again, and then HUNGRY by 2pm, so I eat again (which is my biggest meal). It's like..my body eats that food up so quick!

LaurieDawn
10-28-2012, 11:07 AM
I am out of control and completely off plan. I am dealing with life crises. In some ways, my current issues are more serious and difficult than bar prep and divorce, but it is ridiculous for me to turn to food as a coping mechanism. Food has always failed me in that regard. Even now, I am bloated and nauseous from the double cheeseburger and cookie binge at lunch yesterday.

I am not stupid, though. I am not hopeless. I am just letting myself slip back into familiar habits at a time of crisis. It's a reasonable response, if not a well-advised one.

But as much as I have wanted to avoid 3FC, I have not done so. As much as I wanted to avoid the scale (because it represented accountability), I did not. I am still committed.

So, if y'all don't mind, I am going to post every morning this week. I haven't decided whether I will weigh daily or not.

Welcome to white-knuckle Sunday. My hunger in these past few days has not been the regular hunger I experience when on plan. That I can manage until I find a suitable food option. My hunger cycle when I am completely off-plan goes from slightly nauseous in the morning (like right now) to ravenous around 11ish. And it's not hunger that is easily ignored. But I do ignore it, until I eat until I finally feel 'full' - which occurs long after I have consumed too many calories. Plus, I eat any sugar within my grasp, which makes me hungry again, but it's yet a different kind of hunger. It's sugar-nausea, for lack of a better term, and it doesn't go away until I eat more substantive food, which in turn makes me overfed and bloated again.

So, for today, I will suffer through feeling hungry and underfed. I will eat small portions. I will not eat cookies, cake, donuts, or candy. Not even a bite, and not even if they are right next to me. I will acknowledge discomfort is a part of this process, but it is not painful, and it is a reasonable price to pay. I will also acknowledge that I am not where I was two weeks ago with eating and exercise, and in some ways, this is a new beginning. And beginnings can be hard, but they are lovely.

Day 1. I will lift weights at 10:00, even if my house isn't as clean as I would like. It's the only available time to do it. No sugar in any form (at least not anything with a large quantity of sugar), and deliberately small meals. (I typically eat large meals within a short period, sort of a modified IF, but that isn't working for me right now. I prefer eating that way, though, so I hope to resume it within the week.)

I have heard of refeedings. I don't know if I believe they are actually beneficial. And if they are, they should be done with much more deliberation and care. Nonetheless, I am calling this my refeeding period. Onward.

LaurieDawn
10-28-2012, 05:08 PM
Haha! Totally NOT pregnant. Thanks for asking. I have lost 100 pounds before, so I am not new to this. I have tried MANY times to eat in a calorie ranges that is neither super low nor super high. I have never been successful. So I do not stress it or worry about unxereating. I also don't track calories precisely because that also plays havoc with my OCD tendencies. I don't know if I would have been within maintenance range. I am guessing I would have been slightly above yesterday. The biggest problem, though, was the way I felt. I experienced the 'gotta eat the whole package of not very good cookies until they're gone' phenomenon. Did not make me feel good about myself, my body, or my ability to maintain a sensible weight. Also made me feel too bloated and nauseous to work out. And the out-of-control feelings are always associated with eating off-plan, even when I haven't been on-plan for months. For me, I don't think it's a result of undereating.

I don't know why you are having issues with the psyllium. I started out with three, and I now take eight. I drink lots of water around it, though. But so do you, if I recall correctly. There are other fiber therapy options out there, though. Maybe you could experiment?

Pink Hurricane
10-28-2012, 05:45 PM
Laurie I love your attitude about everything. It really inspires me to keep going and try to better myself and learn from my mistakes. I gained this week, and I do the same as you, whenever I am under a lot of stress I always, always want to turn to eating. I have been working so hard on getting that under control this past year and I have gotten better about it, but it does happen.

As far as refeeding yourself, I have been calculating my BMR and TDEE to make sure I am eating enough, not too much and such. It's all kind of confusing but I believe if I continue to stick with what I know and make sure to mix up my workouts, then I will get the results I am looking for. I am about to start heavily on the 30 Day Shred and then I am going to do an Insanity and P90X hybrid after completely 30DS. I think my body is craving change, and I hope that will bring the whoosh, and at least make me stronger.

I almost binged this weekend, and even though I went over my daily caloric intake, I didn't go overboard. I went for a walk this morning to clear my head and try to get my balance back in order, and I feel ready to continue with what I have started. I keep reminding myself that this is now my lifestyle, it's not a temporary fix. I want to be as healthy as possible, making small changes along the way.

Natlyne
10-28-2012, 09:02 PM
I'm a little late to the party but hoping I can add in my commitment!

My lightbulb moment was in May, but I struggled for a while and only made the serious commitment to get rid of this weight once and for all on August 14th.

I don't have a specific weight to be at for Aug. 14th 2013. I just want to stick with this. I don't want to gain back any of the weight I have lost. And I want to keep working at losing weight.

I've tried losing weight before, and always go strong for a few weeks, hit some kind of a bump in the road (PMS/TOM, life stress, scale doesn't change, get sick, etc) and fall off the wagon. That is not an option this time. I'm not on a diet, I am on a journey to be healthier and fit, and live a long and healthy life.

:D

LaurieDawn
10-29-2012, 08:59 AM
Pink Hurricane - Yay for not bingeing! So often, that's a victory in itself. I am half-convinced I should buy a Jillian video, too. Let us know how it goes.

Enjoynlife - I think figuring out how much you can eat and still lose is a much smarter approach than mine. I adopted mine just because of my OCD/ED issues. And not that it matters, but I am very old-fashioned about sex. I have been on six dates with four different guys in the last six weeks, and the farthest I went with any of them was a hug. :-) Not pregnant. :-P

Dougsgirl - so glad to have you! I have been struggling lately to stay on the Wagon, and it really helps to have this commitment and this support.

Day #1 successful! Didn't get in much cardio, but did lift yesterday morning. Stayed on plan. Decided yesterday to wait two weeks to weigh, but impulsively got on the scale this morning and was up a pound. Think I will hide the scale.

Day #2 - stay on plan. Stay away from sugar. Continue small meals. Concentrate on water intake. Get 3 miles in of HIIT on the treadmill today. Don't weigh tomorrow!

Have a fantastic day, everyone!

angieand2girls
10-29-2012, 09:21 AM
Hi everyone! :)

Yeeaaaah, sooooo....since I started heavy lifting at the beginning of last week, my hunger levels skyrocketed. So last night, my hunger got so extreme that I just had to eat something after my cut off (I'm doing IF). I ended up eating an extra 515 calories than planned so that took me over my daily limit by 106 calories which isn't so bad, but I had no exercise of any kind yesterday either lol. I've got to get more calories in on lift days. It's like my body explodes with hunger LOL. Well it's a new week and I'm ready to burn some fat!

Dreamer2012
10-29-2012, 11:16 AM
Hello everyone. Am I able to join in here? :) I'd love to give a one year commitment.

I started on June 1st 2012 and today actually happens to mark day 150 for me. I have scrapped any goals per month to reach between now and January as my last year in college is proving to be stressful. I would like to, however, be able to continue to still be able to stick to healthy eating and add in exercise.

LebenAlles
10-29-2012, 01:15 PM
Hey all, I think I'll jump in here as well. I technically started my journey in december of last year, but I hit a speedbump for about six months (I never gave up, just struggled for a bit) and officially got my act together on August 27th 2012. So that will be my start date. On that day I weighed 271.8 and started calorie counting using MFP.
In one year I'd like to be at around 170 to 180 lbs. I'd like to have grown more active, taking on at least two new activities such as running, biking, hiking or all of the above. I'd like to go a year continuing to count calories, incorporate healthy whole foods into my diet, and become less dependent on treats. Based on the past, at that weight I'll be around a size 10 (which is inconceivable). Oh, and once I get under 200, I'd like to start lifting.

So there is my year commitment! I'm excited about what this year has to offer me...and what I have to offer it!

Pink Hurricane
10-29-2012, 02:33 PM
Officially making the commitment.
Day 1 of 365 :hat:

I am about to be dealing with a lot of stuff, nothing bad, just a lot of stuff is having to be done at once within this next month and I know I will be super busy. But regardless of all of that, I plan to stay completely committed to what I am doing for myself. Did 30DayShred today, feeling pretty good, couldn't complete every rep but stuck it out through every second of the cardio circuits today. Fixed a spinach salad to take to work along with a side of baby raw carrots and I think I should be doing that at least two days of my work week.

I had a great weekend with my husband, he's been my biggest supporter and continues to be. We are going to have to wait on starting Insanity together because he has been having some health issues, which he shouldn't be having considering his healthy body, fitness level, and age. They did a battery of tests on him and referred him to a cardiologist. I will update more when we know more, I'm worried about him but I know he is in good hands and that we can figure out the source of the problem. A lot of my stress right now is coming from that, I have been praying and staying positive!

Dreamer2012
10-29-2012, 02:43 PM
Enjoynlife, I used to be a daily weigher when I first started. Found it very discouraging and stopped. I changed to weekly and worked for me during the summer. Since I've been back in college, I do it every second Sunday now because my exercise has been limited due to lack of motivation I know I wouldn't be losing anything major. Thanks for the welcome :)

Welcome to everyone else who joined today! I shall be here until June 1st 2013, at least! :p

angieand2girls
10-29-2012, 03:58 PM
I haven't really dated since my last divorce. I know I need to get out there and applaud you for doing so. My excuse is my weight, but I think the truth is I just haven't wanted to yet and am enjoying life without the male hassles at the moment.

Angie: :wave: It is good to know you are not perfect! Sounds like you have the right idea about upping your calories on lift days. Burn baby burn!

Right now I am going through information overload. Increasing my calorie range is going to take some getting used to after 30 years of decreasing them. I'm debating the whole weighing daily thing and might be "pulling an Angie" sooner than 2013. I'll make a decision after PMS/TOM is over and I can think straight.

:lol: Girrrrrrl, I am FAR from perfect! LOL! I've had a good run so far but I knew there'd be hurdles to jump eventually....I choose to handle them with as much grace as possible.

I feel the same way you do about the dating thing though. I'm a new divorcee and I partly blame my weight for not wanting to date, but like you, shoooot, I needed a BREAK from men! :D

Okay Enjoynlife, I need you to be brave, pull a "ME" (LOL) and take a 14-30 day "kick-the-scale" challenge! When we've given too much power to a particular thing that's affecting us in ways we don't like....we must find a way to take that power back. So kiss that scale goodbye for a couple weeks and focus on the lifestyle. Hey, if anything, it's a good challenge eh? :)

angieand2girls
10-29-2012, 04:01 PM
Welcome Dreamer, LebenAlles, & PinkHurricane! :D

angieand2girls
10-29-2012, 04:04 PM
Officially making the commitment.
Day 1 of 365 :hat:

I had a great weekend with my husband, he's been my biggest supporter and continues to be. We are going to have to wait on starting Insanity together because he has been having some health issues, which he shouldn't be having considering his healthy body, fitness level, and age. They did a battery of tests on him and referred him to a cardiologist. I will update more when we know more, I'm worried about him but I know he is in good hands and that we can figure out the source of the problem. A lot of my stress right now is coming from that, I have been praying and staying positive!

I'm also sending positive energy your way for you and your husband. :hug:

Dreamer2012
10-29-2012, 04:06 PM
angieand2girls, I remember when I saw your signature and the dates you would weigh in... Can't believe how far you have come! A big congratulations, you are doing fantastic! :D

angieand2girls
10-29-2012, 04:17 PM
Thank You So Much!!! :D

LaurieDawn
10-29-2012, 04:37 PM
Wow! Look at our thread becoming super active!

Pink Hurricane - So hoping for good news about your husband's health. I am glad you are so active, though. I know when I get super stressed, especially about things I can't fix, I appreciate the opportunity to work out some of that anxiety at the gym.

Dreamer - I just graduated in May. I agree - that last year is incredibly stressful. So glad you are here.

Leben Alles - I love reading your posts. Excited to have you join us. I have some of the same goals as you. Excited to work on those together.

Enjoynlife - I am going 12 days scale-free! Not quite 'pulling an Angie,' but it will be good for me. I don't plan on stepping on the scale until November 11.

Enjoynlife and Angie - I only recently got divorced (about a month ago?), but I was separated for two years prior to that. So I done took my break. :-) But honestly, I forgot how needy guys are. If things don't work out with this last guy, I think I am done for a while. It's just too much energy for this time of my life. On the other hand, we have date #3 scheduled this week, so maybe it will develop its own easy rhythm? Who knows? I am a total newbie. If only I had kept up my skills like my ex did by dating on the side during the marriage, I would be much more adept at it. ;-)

Elladorine
10-29-2012, 06:10 PM
I don't commit to doing this perfectly. Just to never giving up, regardless of how difficult life gets or how temperamental the scale gets.

I love the idea of committing to something I can control. Scale numbers are sometimes so fickle. Dates are not.

Anyone care to join me?
I've been lurking in this thread for a while and have been meaning to join. :) I totally agree with the idea of committing to something within our control! I'm not losing nearly as fast as I'd like (but hey, does anyone? :dizzy:) so I'm doing my best to concentrate on making healthy choices, one day at a time, one meal at a time.

I made my commitment back on March 5th. I haven't been absolutely perfect but I've managed to stick with what I'd promised for myself: to track everything I eat in a day planner. It worked for me many years ago (as long as I kept with it) so I figured it was worth another shot. So far I've made it through 34 weeks and have managed to push myself to keep going, even through the weeks that felt extra difficult or even hopeless because the scale didn't reflect my efforts. And in that time I've lost 34 pounds, which averages to exactly one pound a week! My ultimate goal was to fill the planner up completely so I could pick out another cute one to start all over with, and in the process I hoped to establish a ton of healthy habits. ;)

I can't wait to see how far I've come by next March. I should be lighter, healthier, happier . . . and much more informed about how to take care of my body. I've spent the past several months pushing myself, tracking my progress, and establishing good habits that used to feel absolutely impossible!

I wish everyone in this thread luck. It can be done! And in my opinion, making a commitment like this is probably the best thing you'll ever do for your health, even if you don't lose as fast as you'd like. Taking the time to establish good habits and figure out what's best for your body is so worth it. :)

angieand2girls
10-29-2012, 09:11 PM
Enjoynlife - I am going 12 days scale-free! Not quite 'pulling an Angie,' but it will be good for me. I don't plan on stepping on the scale until November 11.

Enjoynlife and Angie - I only recently got divorced (about a month ago?), but I was separated for two years prior to that. So I done took my break. :-) But honestly, I forgot how needy guys are. If things don't work out with this last guy, I think I am done for a while. It's just too much energy for this time of my life. On the other hand, we have date #3 scheduled this week, so maybe it will develop its own easy rhythm? Who knows? I am a total newbie. If only I had kept up my skills like my ex did by dating on the side during the marriage, I would be much more adept at it. ;-)

Laurie - a 12 day break is awesome!! I know you can do it and hopefully it will help you remove some of that stress and frustration that the scale can often bring. :) And on the dating tip...what you said about guys being so needy is soooo true! I think that's another main reason why I don't want to date right now (I tried dating a guy while going through my divorce but...WHEW!!...WAY too needy). And I've walked in your shoes as well (with the husband dating on the side during the marriage...ugh!). I feel like I need all of my energy to go towards getting the bulk of this weight off.

Ladies, you know what I've noticed? It's like....food is in the air. A lot of people I know have been having a hard time with overeating. It's like once the cold weather comes, there is some kind of chemical release in the atmosphere that says, "You are hungry! Eat!" I even felt like that yesterday and ate more food than I'd normally eat. It's so weird.....fall/winter months makes us want to hibernate and eat more food! LOL!

angieand2girls
10-29-2012, 09:21 PM
And in my opinion, making a commitment like this is probably the best thing you'll ever do for your health, even if you don't lose as fast as you'd like. Taking the time to establish good habits and figure out what's best for your body is so worth it. :)

Hi Elladorine!! I TOTALLY agree with all you said, especially about establishing good habits and figuring out what's best for your body even if we don't lose as fast as we'd like. It's so true. It's in the journey that we learn what's important and valuable, not jumping straight to the finish line. This definitely helps put things into perspective when I'm having those "I want to be done already" days. Thanks so much for your insight! :)

LaurieDawn
10-30-2012, 08:27 AM
Elladorine! So lovely to have you here. Your long-term success, positive attitude, and creative solutions are always so welcome.

Day #2 successful. I struggled with cardio last night. I don't know why, but my asthma was bothering me, and I thought of 100 reasons to quit within the first half mile. But I wasn't going to report that here. So I kept on, finishing three miles at an average pace of 4 mph. I didn't tear it up, but I did it! And I did not allow myself a single piece of candy. :-)

Day #3 - will be a challenge. My work day will be disrupted, but I will need to lift before the kids' trunk or treat night. Just bought candy I can resist. Who likes Baby Ruth? Or Dum Dums? I will find a time to lift. I will instruct my children to keep the candy away from me. And I will not indulge in a single piece of candy. For me, right now, that would be disaster. Also, very glad I hid my scale, or I would have gotten on it this morning. What happened to my will power? Also noticed super-scary scale thinking yesterday. Glad I made my pledge.

LebenAlles
10-30-2012, 09:40 AM
Laurie - I think I'll join you on the 12 days of no scale. I am an EXTREMELY compulsive weigher...and while that's wonderful when the weight is coming off as it keeps me pumped up and excited, it's horrible when it stops coming off even when I'm on plan. Soooo...this is going to be hard, but we can do this, right? I think I'll have to hide mine too.

I think I might pick up the exercise a little as well. I had cut waaay back for awhile because it only seemed to make me ravenous, but it also made me feel better about myself and I could use that pick me up.

LaurieDawn
10-30-2012, 11:10 AM
Yay 12 days of no scale! Glad you are joining me. :-)

I know it's sacrilegious to some, but I see hunger as part of this process. I don't want to ALWAYS be hungry, but most normal weight people get hungry. And working out is important to my sanity!

Working from home today, so got my work-out in early. Woot Woot.

angieand2girls
10-30-2012, 11:16 PM
Enjoynlife - YEAH!!! 30 DAYS SCALE FREE!! That's an awesome challenge! You KNOW I'll be in your corner cheering you on! :D I know you can do it. And here's to a nice big drop when you do step on it again on December 1st!

I'm still hanging in there ladies. Nothing new to report. Still working out, eating healthy, moving it right along. My 6 year old has a fever so I'm taking her to the doctor early tomorrow morning, which means an even earlier workout for me. Gotta get it in!

LaurieDawn
10-31-2012, 08:49 AM
Angie - hope your baby feels better soon. Thanks for being such a rock-solid supporter and example!

Enjoynlife - I do intervals when I do the treadmill, so an average of 4.0 means I walked way more than I ran, since I walk at 3.7. I also graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2009. And got married before 25. Way before. We could be twinners. Congratulations on your scale pledge! I think it's a good thing.

Day #3 successful! For a minute, I debated whether to call it that. I rejected tons of candy opportunities, and felt good about it. Informed my children that unless they hid their candy from me, I would be junking it. They don't need it either. But I did decide at the end of the day to have a Reese's. And when the first small bite didn't taste as good as I had imagined, I tossed it. I also ate a few handfuls of cereal. But I also ate enough healthy protein to support muscle recovery and kept my calories low. So, not as strict as days one or two, but successful nonetheless.

And I am jonesing for the scale. Weird, cuz I have been happy with weekly weigh-ins for about four months. But it is in the closet instead of on the bathroom floor, and in the closets it stays!

Day #4 - Bags of candy surround me already from last night's trunk or treat, and official trick or treating tonight. #sigh# Going to limit the number of houses they go to. I will allow myself two pieces of candy AFTER 9:00 pm. Going to do 3 miles on the treadmill. Going to transition back into more 'normal' on-plan eating.

angieand2girls
10-31-2012, 09:33 AM
LaurieDawn - that's awesome that you were able to toss that Reese's in the trash after realizing it wasn't what you expected. Gosh, I can remember countless times that I've eaten candy and junk food and although it wasn't good to me, I just kept eating it. See, you've got this! Oh, and when you say you've eaten enough protein to support muscle recovery, how many grams are you taking in? I've been wondering if I'm taking in enough myself. And stay away from that scale! LOL! The jonesing that you're experiencing is your scale-withdrawal symptoms LOL. They'll pass soon :D

LebenAlles
10-31-2012, 09:42 AM
Day#1 of no scale. Is it sad that I woke up thinking about it? I had my partner put mine away as well so I wouldn't be tempted to cheat. I have to admit though, it's slightly freeing to not have that number flashing over my head like neon vegas lights all day, like it usually does. Unfortunately I can still remember yesterday's number, before I started this challenge, but I'm trying to leave it in the dust.

I've been in a new position at my job since June, and with it came a new building. This building has food days EVERY DAY. It's ridiculous. There's rarely a day that I don't walk in to either amazing smells or a group of people gathered around talking about the various flavors of pies, puddings, dips, and cupcakes that they brought in. And it's really the way they all bond, so me not joining in is kind of like dissing the new group. I know technically I could bring in something healthy but really, I'd rather not even go within range of the 'Table of Dooooom'.

I am glad I don't have kids yet, at this moment. Having to resist their loads of candy would be pure torture, so I feel for all you Mom's out there having to resist. Stand firm! It's not worth it...mostly. :devil:

Pink Hurricane
10-31-2012, 02:01 PM
Day 3 of 365

I did my 3rd day of the 30 Day Shred today and can already start to tell a difference in that I am able to almost complete every repetition needed. I'm glad I am beginning to get stronger, and am hoping for a decent loss for my next weigh in. I'm highly considering only weighing in once a week and no more because daily weigh ins are beginning to drive me insane, even though I did get away from 229 again and weighed in at 226.6 this morning. Guessing my gain last week was from water weight.

Also thank you everyone for the kinds words and thoughts for my husband. He will be wearing one of the heart monitor devices for two weeks starting soon so they can hopefully get to the root of the problem and fix what is going on. It's been stressing me out but I'm staying positive. :)

Penny22
10-31-2012, 04:52 PM
Hi Ladies! I am so excited for you all! I started my "one year journey" last August 17th 2011. My goal was 100 lbs within a year. And thank the Lord, I made it (technically, it was the end of Aug ;) Now I am onto losing the last 25 lbs. Well, about 23 now. :-) And then onto a lifetime of healthy eating. I am so blessed because my Husband is on board with all of this and we made the changes together (he has lost about 80 so far). I was on a bit of a plateau for Sept and Oct, but since yesterday have been foscusing on making more of a concentrated effort. We never did go off our healthy eating plan though-like for example we do not eat sweets or fast foods. Anyways, looking forward to finishing strong and being as healthy as I can be! Wishing you all the best as well! :-)

angieand2girls
10-31-2012, 08:41 PM
Penny22 - that is AWESOME!! WOW! You are such an inspiration! I, too, want to lose 100 pounds in a year (well more like 126 pounds), and so far I'm off to a good start. I hope to be able to say the same thing in months to come. Thanks for sharing your experience :D

Enjoynlife & LaurieDawn - thanks for the well wishes for my baby. She has a stomach virus and has been running to the toilet all day long! The doctor said no school or trick-or-treating as she should be indoors because of her fever and loose bowels. Crap! On Halloween! I had purchased her a custome and everything. So I decided to do a halloween hunt inside of our house (I live with my parents and they have a pretty large house). So I had her and her sister (4years old) put on their customes and I hid piles of candy all around the house. They ran from room to room filling up their bags with candy..it was so cute! lol They told me "this was the best halloween ever!" LOL! Good thing it doesn't take much to please kids :D

I think my crazy hunger has leveled itself out. I haven't been getting as hungry this week like I did last week. I've been trying to stay out of the mirror because I was becoming obsessed with staring at myself in it LOL! Why is it so easy to move from one obsession to another? Geeeez. Anyways, the new pants that I've been wearing are starting to bag on my waist, butt, and thighs. Wow! Already? But the one thing I'm worried about is loose skin on my stomach. After two babies and being large for so long....it's jiggly and I have tons of stretch marks. I'm hoping I can make some decent progress on it when it's all said and done. I want to wear a bikini on the beach for once in my life!!!!

Hope you ladies are doing well! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! :D

LaurieDawn
11-01-2012, 11:35 AM
Riddle me this. Through most of this journey, I have weighed weekly. Even when I gave myself permission to weigh daily, I didn't always do it. Now that I am scale-free, I wake up looking for the scale like I did when I lost almost every 100 pounds four years ago. Weird.

Angie - what a great mom you are! This is a story your kids will tell for years. (And something I need to work harder to remember - they won't remember how much you weighed, just that you loved them and found a creative solution to make their holiday special.

Penny - Thanks for the inspiration. It is really helpful to hear stories like yours, especially with all of the doom and gloom stuff about obesity.

Enjoynlife - I graduated with my bachelor's in 2009, then went to law school and got my
JD last May. Lots of school! I am not a good source for nutrition information, but I absolutely will share what I do. I am, as you know, a bit OCD and am also prone to ED. I could easily get obsessive about numbers, and lose my job and lose track of my kids. So, instead, I have chosen a plan that I can do without triggering OCD. It is immeasurably better than my off-plan eating, so I try not to obsess about the fact it's not ideal. I eat very simply. I eat, primarily, pre-prepared chicken breasts, tuna and salmon packets, egg whites, protein bars, and Greek yogurt. I supplement with veggies and fruits. That's it. I will throw in an egg yolk every four eggs or so, maybe add some cheese. Otherwise, I supplement with a daily vitamin, drink tons of decaf green tea, and take fish oil supplements, glutamine, magnesium, and zinc. I am not recommending it necessarily. But it does keep me full and feeling good most of the time. Plus, I have pretty well-developed visible muscle (under layers of fat) and have been losing sizes pretty steadily.

Pink Hurricane - WTG on the Shred! Glad to hear you're getting more information about your hubby. Keep us updated, please. Hope it's all great info. Impressive way to manage stress, too!

Leben Alles - my scale challenge buddy! I know exactly what you mean about the neon light. Mine still flashes, but it's kind of broken, flashing all these numbers that it 'might' be. And the work food! It's the worst! Right now, the break room has cornbread, cupcakes, pumpkin cake bars, and some cool-looking Japanese snack cakes. And I have to continually there to make my decaf green tea! Still, somehow my head's in the right place, and I am having no problem resisting. Totally was NOT the case last week!

Day #3 a success, though not ideal. I ate four pieces of candy, and skipped dinner to give me the calorie room to do it. No guilt, though. Just gotta figure out how to get the candy out! And three of the pieces had peanut butter. Protein, right?

Day #4 - I will lift weights. I am at work until 10ish, and work is the safest place for me foodwise, usually. I promise I will be trashing some cupcakes if everyone is gone and they are still here, though!

LaurieDawn
11-02-2012, 09:59 AM
I am a little concerned about the kidney thing. I had stones 18 months ago. But I don't have kidney disease, and I am drinking lots of water, and losing weight - all of which are good for my kidneys. And yes ED is a guy thing. :-P At least one version of it. (Could not think of an appropriate funny thing to say here.)

Day #5 a success. In fact, it was easy-peasy. Stayed away from breakroom treats. Not a single piece of Halloween candy. Had a great lifting session. Coulda used more sleep (didn't get to the gym until 10:15, and I get up at 5:15), but good day otherwise.

Day #6 - Back to normal on food. Rest day for exercise. Going to intentionally loosen up a little this evening. Not a splurge per se. I don't think I can yet handle a small serving of ice cream, for example. I will think of something awesome, though.

LebenAlles
11-02-2012, 11:36 AM
Hey Guys,
Day #3 for me on the no scale, and really, I'm still not missing it. I did gaze at the empty spot on the bathroom floor for a minute but then I had a little conversation with myself.
I was like "so what if you weigh next weekend and the number still hasnt changed? It would be disappointing, yes, but you're doing everything you need to be doing, so it's either possibly have a disappointing day that day, or have a disappointing day every day that the scale doesnt move. At least this way, there is hope!"
And then I moved on. Yes, I do talk to myself often. And yes, I most always answer myself as well. Definitely nuts.

Laurie: I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to suffer past the endless office food. What really gets me is when I see the same tiny girl loading up a plate day after day. I want to corner her and demand she tell me how many hours she spends in the gym burning all this off. Because thinking that she can eat all this and not have to burn it off at the gym is too depressing.

Enjoynlife: I completely understand your frustrations with the whole calorie in/calorie out, BMR business. I eventually had to stop reading about it all because I got so much differing information. I'm just sticking to MFP on my calories for now and doing what feels right. It's nerve racking, though, to think that my 'formula' could be wrong and I'm either not eating enough calories or eating too much or need to be altering it or less carbs or less sugar or more protein or... Ugh. Why can't it be simple? Some people say it's simple, but then they usually go into a deal about what -they- think is the right way, and it's usually different than half of what other people say. AGH!

angieand2girls
11-02-2012, 01:11 PM
Enjoynlife - did that pharmacist explain why your chances of kidney stones increase from eating healthier? And LaurieDawn - you had them in spite of the fact that you were eating healthy? That's crazy. I'd be interested to hear the theory behind that.

You ladies are doing awesome avoiding the scale! You make me proud :D

LebenAlles - You are NOT nuts! Girl, I talk to myself ALL the time! People don't talk to themselves enough....we could talk ourselves out of a lot of stuff we'd end up regretting if we only had that little conversation LOL!

LaurieDawn
11-02-2012, 10:42 PM
Angie - High protein is supposed to be hard on the kidneys. Lots of different opinions about this, but my doctor said that unless your kidneys are damaged, it shouldn't be a problem. Kidney stones are not caused from damaged kidneys, so I'm not too worried. And Enjoynlife - I was thinking back to my eating habits at the time I got the kidney stone. I was actually vegan at the time, ironically enough. (I was vegan for about two years 14 years ago, and I went through a short phase of trying to return to the vegan lifestyle about at that time. Lasted about two months.)

Just wanted to report my "loose" day, intended to make me less crazy after my strict series of days. I spent the whole day trying to decide what was so good it was worth splurging on. Had a bite of a reportedly "amazing" cream horn. Not worth another bite. Did have a few mini-pumpkin sugar cookies. Quite good, but I threw the rest away. Then I went to the store, and found pomegranates for $.69 each. I LOVE pomegranates, but won't spend $3 or $4 for one, the usual price here. So, as I dedicate my Friday night to work (Yay?), I ate an entire half of one (and got delightfully sticky doing so), and feel like I had a GREAT splurge day, though calorie-wise, I'm probably still eating at a decent deficit. I may even go for a walk later. Nothing major, as I want to respect the rest day, but it would be fun. Maybe I'll plan splurges more often. I had a great time choosing what I would eat, and making choices about what wasn't worth it. And I am feeling quite full and satisfied right now. =)

And Leben Alles - I agree. Talking to yourself keeps you saner!

LaurieDawn
11-03-2012, 06:54 PM
Thanks, Enjoynlife! It was only slightly worse than Halloween, a 'strict day.' Being on plan makes it so much easier for me to make choices that support my long term plan! P. S. I really like your long (and short!) posts.

Tomorrow would have been a great weigh-in. Post-TOM. Back on plan after being off for a week or so. All of the elements in place. But I am not doing it. #DeepBreath

Lishar
11-03-2012, 07:09 PM
When I started I had hoped to loose as much weight as I could as fast as I could. Now I realize this is a process and will take time. I will give it a year and maybe more. It has to be a life change rather than a quick fix. I would love to get this fat gone right now but I know that is not going to happen.

Like Lauriedawn I lift. Probably not as much as her but heavy for me. I was lifting for toning but decided to push it. I am amazed at how much I can lift. I still am using some machines and some dumbells. I just leg pressed 190lbs. When I started they were having me lift 40lbs. I knew I could do more.

Sorry to ramble. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

angieand2girls
11-03-2012, 11:20 PM
Lifting is no joke. I sweat just as much heavy lifting as I do when I do Insanity. I be huffing and puffing lifting those weights! :)

Tomorrow is a rest day. I love my Sundays. I'm fighting a cold but I still got my exercise done today. I hope everyone has a great weekend! :D

LaurieDawn
11-04-2012, 12:14 PM
Lost my post! Hate that! The brief version:

Lisha - Love that you posted here. I so enjoy keeping up with your amazing progress. You're so positive all of the time.

Angie - Woo hoo on both lifting and Insanity. Hope you conquer that cold quickly.

Did not weigh today. Really wanted to last night. This morning, I let it go without too many tears. Glad I did this challenge.

Yesterday - Stayed on track with food. Lifted in the morning. Sore today (woo hoo!)

Today - Fasting until 5 p.m. Going to get to the gym and do some steady-state cardio for the first time in forever. Going to try to go for at least 10 minutes at a very slow run (4.8 mph) rather than my usual intervals that have me running at a still pretty slow 6.4 mph for 1-2 minutes followed by walking at 3.7 mph for 2-3 minutes. Just want to be able to say I can run a mile. Hoping for good results, as I have been definitely been improving my fitness levels. Just haven't tested them in this particular way.

Last day of the weekend! Only seven days left before I get to see if I finally broke out of the 220s. (And, in my mind, I already have, so it will be interesting to see how delusional I am. =))

Lishar
11-04-2012, 01:15 PM
Lauriedawn- Thanks for the welcome. I try and keep postive. I was feeling a bit down a few weeks ago. Its seemed like I was never going to get out of the 230's. I spent almost the whole month of October trying to get out. I am trying to find the right balance for my calories. I ate 2000 yesterday and lost. I was shocked especially after lifting. I am trying to eat between 1700 and 2000/day. I get impatient and frustrated like everyone else. :)

I really want to pick your brain about New Rules. Are you still on that? I have been reading the book more and getting scared. Those exercises seem so hard. I am lifting using a different system and seeing success. I know New Rules works I just need to get the courage up to start. Part of my problem is I don't have a spotter.

I have been trying to increase my speed. This week I started jogging for a few min and have worked up to 5min. You are amazing to run. I am nervous about my knees and running.

I hope your kidney stones disolve on their own. That really sucks.

Why are you fasting? If you don't mind me asking?

I lifted yesterday and felt GREAT. . I guess the endorphins kicked in. I went as Rosie the Riveter for Halloween. I got a few comments on my guns. ;)

Angie good for you doing insanity. I have read that one is hard. I hear you about sweating while lifting. I wear a heart rate monitor to track my calories while lifting and walking. I get my HR up in the 130's at times lifting. Especially squats with a kettlebell. It feels good though. I read somewhere a quote a love "Sweat is fat crying".

LaurieDawn
11-04-2012, 02:21 PM
I love the costume, and I love that you're showing your guns! I am still too focused on my excess flab to really show off my guns, but I LOVE them.

As for the kidney stones, I only had one once, and it was in July of 2011. I just commented on it because of the protein/kidney question someone asked. Thanks for the well-wishes, though. =) I am hoping to NEVER have a recurrence.

New Rules questions. Yes, I am still doing it, and actually just finished my last work-out of Phase 3 yesterday. Woot woot! I love it. Tony Horton (the P90X guy) just came out with a new series of 10-minutes work-outs (Stacking, I think he calls it) that seem based on the New Rules principles, another indication of the effectiveness of these principles, in my mind. I love New Rules because the moves really work multiple areas at once. I tend to get very, very sore after.

There are challenging exercises in there for sure. I know I don't always get them right. Even then, though, I feel like doing it 90% is yielding good results. When I go to a new phase, I often watch youtube videos with the exercises to learn them if the diagrams aren't sufficient. I have also asked people in the gym to help me with complicated exercises. But it really is pretty "bite-size." And that's one of my favorite parts of it. I learn two parts of each phase at the beginning of a phase, then learn them better as I work through the phase. Then, I learn new exercises for the next phase. As for a spotter, I don't use one. If I can just drop the weights if they are too heavy, I don't worry about not having a spotter. I don't bench, for example, because I don't want to break my chest. But I will squat and deadlift because I can just drop them if the weight is too heavy. Never had to drop weights, though.

The fasting is a religious thing. I do it once a month, first Sunday of the month. I have "adopted IF principles," but I don't really do IF. I may decide to do it at some point.

I love how I feel about my body after I lift. I am much more aware of the amount of excess fat I have on my frame, but I am also aware that I can move quickly and well (not athlete-level, but I can zoom through a grocery store when I need to get stuff done), have great balance, can move fifty-pound boxes without much difficulty, etc. Lifting is awesome. And I really like New Rules in particular.

LebenAlles
11-04-2012, 06:36 PM
I've always been a bit too muscular for my taste, at least in my legs, so I've not gotten into the lifting yet. I do, however, want to be a toned thinner version of myself, so once I lose another 30 lbs or so, I plan on starting. I definitely don't want to get rid of the fat and become a little weakling, that's for sure.

I've gotta say, the scale challenge has been hard this weekend. I almost weighed myself with my eyes closed and was going to have my partner look at the weight, just so someone would know...and maybe so she could tell me if I'm headed in the right direction. But I didn't. The scale remains in the laundry room.

I do feel like I've lost some lbs though. I went to the mall yesterday and tried on a size 16 pencil skirt at Sear's that zipped but didn't allow me to sit down without fear or hulking that thing to pieces. I also tried on some 16 jeans that went on but wouldn't button. The 18's fit pretty comfortably now, though, and the 18W's at target were actually too big. Clothes sizing is so annoying sometimes, but still, it was all encouraging.

Something else encouraging was when I found my size 24W pants in a storage bin and was able to fit both legs (though a bit snug) into one pant leg. Absolutely insane to have already lost that much, even though I still have a ways to go. I also found some pics of me and my partner from her sister's wedding last october and oh. my. goodness....we were both hefty ladies. Like, wow. She's lost almost 60lbs and I've lost at least 54 since then and man does it make a difference. I just can't believe we ever let ourselves get so large! Yeesh!
Laurie, hang in there with me on the scale challenge! This mess gets a bit tough after a few days. I still haven't decided if it's 'for me' since the anxiety of not weighing the last two days has been a lot like the anxiety of the scale not moving except I don't have any numbers to either calm myself down with or tell myself to get my butt in gear with. I dunno, the not knowing part is a little rough. We'll see though...I'm determined to stick it out since I made the commitment.
Hope everyone is well!

LaurieDawn
11-05-2012, 11:33 AM
LebenAlles - I am right there with you on the scale challenge. I'm glad I am doing it, and I will also see it through, but I also feel like I'm white-knuckling it until I finally get to weigh on Sunday. I do think it will be good news, though, and since I didn't get to see my weight yesterday, I feel like I will be highly motivated to stay on plan and keep up with exercise so that I will get to actually see the work I did last week show up on the scale. So, maybe I will decide that all of this was worth it. I don't measure, and I don't do pictures, so the scale is my only real barometer of success, and I really miss it. We'll see. Sunday, baby. Onward.

Day #8 a success. I fasted until 5:00, had a fairly substantial meal, and was done for the night. I had to cut my cardio short due to a small family crisis, but I did get in about 1.5 miles. Only ran for 6 minutes at 5.0 miles per hour, but I'll take it. Next cardio day, I'll try to push it to 7 at 5.2.

Day #9. Back to being super strict. My van is having problems, so I took it in to the shop and am sitting at the McDonald's next to the mechanic's just trying to get some work done. Sad and discouraged about that. I'm missing WAY too much work for family problems. Did not need this on top of it. But also not going to eat McDonald's food, even their "healthier" choices. I purchased a lovely Dasani water instead. It is located in a Wal-Mart, though, so I will probably go buy some grilled chicken and fruit if my van's not fixed by 2:00 or so. I'm feeling okay about waiting to eat until then. (Love that I am convinced IF is a good thing so I don't sweat about missing a meal any more.) Not going to eat any candy/junk food today. Depending on my vehicle status, I will also lift. Phase 4 of New Rules starts today! (Or maybe tomorrow.)

Have an amazing week everyone! This full-year thing is really starting to sink in. Thinking about having to do it for the next fifty or sixty years is starting to be intimidating. But I can surely do a year. And then reevaluate.

angieand2girls
11-05-2012, 11:59 AM
LebenAlles - I used to have that scale anxiety from NOT weighing too. This isn't the first attempt for me at not weighing myself. The first times I tried it in the past (some journeys ago), I had anxiety from not weighing, just the same as I did from weighing all the time. What finally clicked for me was the mental adjustments/revelations I needed to come to about this whole weight loss journey. I had to realize, for one, it's not a race. For two, I had to LIVE the lifestyle. If I am to TRULY embrace a healthy lifestyle, then I have to just live it. Why am I watching the scale constantly like it's a clock? Like I'm pressed for time or something? I realized I had turned weight loss into some kind of a race/competition against........what really? What happens if I let go of all that and just live the healthy lifestyle? So now, during my periods of not weighing, I live the lifestyle and forget about the rest.....because I completely trust and believe in what I'm doing....that this lifestyle will lead to weight loss success. I know it may sound easier said than done, but once it clicks internally, it gets easier and easier. :)

Have a great week everyone! :D

Pink Hurricane
11-05-2012, 02:49 PM
Just caught up on everyone and I am dropping in real quick to update.

Day 8 of 365

Life has been nothing short of insane for the past week, and the coming weeks will be sure to remain the same. My husband and I are planning our ceremony and reception (we had a courthouse wedding at the end of the summer) for the beginning of December and it is getting hectic as it is getting closer trying to find the photographer and get the cake taken care of and pay for the reception hall and all the other crazy stuff going on. I'm still staying on plan though, and exercising almost everyday because I know regardless of all the stuff going on I can still make time for myself.

I think that is why 30 Day Shred is fitting in so well into my schedule since it only takes about 30 minutes to do the whole thing. I did Day 7 today and I feel great, I can tell it's almost time to level up for sure. My husband is wearing the device that monitors his heart this week and next week, and he has his appointment with his cardiologist on Thursday for an ECG. I just want them to figure out what is going on so we can fix the problem.

Other than that I'm just trying to do my best and forget the rest!

Lishar
11-05-2012, 04:45 PM
I guess this is day 101 of 365 and more if needed.

I went into the weight room and bench pressed a barbell for the first time. I have been only doing dumbells. Not much 45 and 55lbs but its a start. Lucky for me there was only 3 others there so I did not feel as intimidated. I am proud of myself. I was thinking of not doing it but forced myself. Another woohoo moment was when I leg pressed 220lbs. I was holding myself back with lifting lighter weights. I will say the DOMS I had yesterday was bad but good too if you know what I mean.

I was gobsmacked today to see I dropped another pound. I had a long plateau in October. I have been eating more and I think that is what is helping get over the plateau.

Ladies I need to stay off the scale but think I will have to work up to it. I have tried several times but I cant stay away. Its funny because I did not weight myself for years.

Pink Hurricane How exciting to plan your reception. I have read many good things about 30 day shred. I hope they find out what is wrong with your husband. I wore a halter monitor when I was pregnant. I kept having a fast heart rate. They never figured it out and it went away.

Enjoynlife- thank you for the welcome. Its nice to be able to chat with other lifters also.

angieand2girls I totally agree with what you wrote. This has to be a lifestyle change to stick. I started out with number loss goals. Its not a race its a journey. Stay on plan and the weight will come off.

Lauriedawn. congrats for getting so far in New Rules. Sorry your van is in the shop. Our Jeep is still in the shop. We took it in for service brought it home and it died on the way to work. It turned out the part they put in was falty and broke some parts of the engine. Now the supplier is fixing those parts. Lucky we have 3 cars. We are also getting more work done because the engine is apart and they can get to those areas for free.

LaurieDawn
11-05-2012, 06:58 PM
Other than that I'm just trying to do my best and forget the rest!

Only have a second. Just wanted to say -

I may not be currently working through P90X, but I still love me some Tony Horton!

LaurieDawn
11-06-2012, 08:08 AM
Angie - I just love your philosophy and your faith in your choices. I am struggling so much with the scale challenge, and I know it's because I still think of this as a race. But you are losing fast, and not making yourself crazy. It's awesome to see.

Pink Hurricane - Glad to hear you're getting stuff done even while stuck in limbo regarding your husband's health. Good luck with the wedding planning, and I trust everything will turn out well for your husband.

Lisha - I love to hear how you're rocking it in the weight room! I love to use a machine after a muscle-bound guy and leave it on the same setting. My van is fixed, but I think it's on its last legs.

Enjoynlife - So glad to hear you are feeling better. But you have never been a Debbie Downer. You are consistently upbeat and incredibly supportive, actually.

Went over calories yesterday. My teenage son made pumpkin pie and offered me some after I should have been done eating. I ate a piece. One of the few times when eating it seemed more important than staying on plan. And I didn't drink enough water. Still, I did lift weights, and I probably still ate at a deficit, so I am still feeling good.

Today - Wanted to start the day with another piece of pumpkin pie. Not gonna do it. Back to work. Back on plan. Lots of water / decaf green tea. Need to be stricter about calories. Have a tennis date tonight. Probably won't be great cardio, but should be fun. (It is our fourth date. Does that mean we are officially 'dating?') Election Day. My job is riding on one of the votes. Hope it goes in my favor. :-)

Pink Hurricane
11-06-2012, 03:52 PM
Lishar- First off that is great about you lifting the barbell! I work with free weights right now and struggle with 7 lbs so I cannot weight to start lifting bigger weight, and pressing. I'm glad to hear that nothing has happened like that with your heart since after your pregnancy, and as far as my husband, he has been having the racing heart along with palpatations, chest pain, and the last PT test he did he had a terrible time catching his breath (first time it has ever happened) along with chest pain and palpatations that occured later that night. Considering he's about to be 22 and has been in great physical condition for most of his life, they wanted to immediately get to the bottom of what is going on. I hope it's nothing big, his mother said she has had issues with high blood pressure and high cholestorol most of her life, so it could be a factor. But every time he has a symptom he records it, I'm just glad the doctors are being so proactive right now, and I hope we find it is nothing big.

Also, I love 30 Day Shred, it kicks my butt so good and I can't wait to level up!

Laurie- Yes I love Tony Horton and I can hear him yelling in the back of my head during my workouts, I cannot wait to have the time to add P90X back into my schedule, hoping to do that after completing the 30 Day Shred.

Yay for your tennis date!!!! That would be so much fun! I would be tempted to have that pumpkin pie too but good for you for being on top of things. And yes, as a fourth date I would call that dating for sure :wink: I hope you have a ton of fun tonight!


Day 9 of 365

This whole exercising almost everyday is becoming more of a habit. I did the 8th day of 30DS and felt really good throughout, I checked out a little bit of Level 2 today to see what I will be working with and I am nervous and excited because it's going to be harder, but I need it. Also, I am going to take my measurements again when I am halfway because I can already tell a bit of a difference in my arms! I had a grilled chicken and spinach salad with shredded cheese for lunch today to try to give myself some protein, not sure what I am making for dinner tonight though.

Today I found the cake I have always wanted to have for my wedding since I was a kid, and it's going to be a navy and pink cupcake cake! :D Well the cupcakes will be chocolate, the icing will be pink, and the ribbon and trim around the tiers will be navy (main color for the wedding). I'm so excited, and it's the one thing that can have a lot of pink besides the flowers (hubby and I agreed beforehand the whole wedding will not be pink). Everything else will be navy or white :lol: It's starting to come together, can't believe how close it is already!

LebenAlles
11-07-2012, 09:29 AM
Angie - I too admire your dedication and conviction in the choices you've made for your healthy lifestyle. I definitely say keep on keeping on and do what you do!

As for me, I might stretch out to three or four days in between weigh-in's, but I don't believe I'll go this long again. Or at least, not any time soon. I miss the perk of completing my day with My Fitness Pal and being told 'You will weigh XXX.X in 5 weeks if you keep this up'. Right now, it's not accurate (or at least I hope not) since I haven't weighed in and that is disappointing. I also miss the high's of seeing the tangible results of my progress. I totally understand that it shouldn't be a race, but I do have some date goals that correspond with some up coming events in my life, and knowing that I'm hitting those goals sure is a pick me up. It's definitely help put things in perspective for me though, and allowed me a chance to take a step back and see the positive things that aren't scale related. So thanks for that!

Laurie - Good on us for sticking with it! I don't know about you but I'm proud of myself for sticking with it despite the fact that we haven't completely wanted to. We've been good on our commitment, and that says a lot.

I've been loving my walks in the weather we've been having lately. It's been gorgeous (and chilly!) down here lately, and we're actually able to see a fall season for once. Leaves are actually changing! It's nice down here in the deep south :)

Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

LaurieDawn
11-07-2012, 10:53 AM
LebenAlles- I am counting the seconds until I step on the scale again. I may have to push until Monday because I may be traveling this weekend. :-(. I am so glad I did this. I felt like it got me back on track. But I miss the neon number flashing. I look in the mirror, and I know I am fat. Though I also know I am making progress, I hate that I have no measure of it. This is AWESOME for Angie, but I need more reward more consistently. I think I will probably go back to once a week.

Pink Hurricane - your cupcakes sound incredible. I love pink. :-) And navy. I also love that I am in the habit of working out. Iove my body so much right now, even with its imperfections, because I am finally taking care of it.

Had a decent on plan day yesterday. My tennis date turned into a two-mile walk. Not adequate cardio, but good enough.

I started my food today with a donut. I work with a good, brilliant, honest judge who fought against a nasty opponent who lied and smeared him for months. The election came out as hoped, and the judge brought donuts in to celebrate. I proudly ate a 'justice donut!' I am slightly nauseous, as my stomach was completely empty, but it tasted like freedom and democracy. :-) I didn't plan well today, so I will have only sugar snap peas and protein bars until I leave work, but I will stay within my calories for the day and shop for work food tonight. Viva democracy!

angieand2girls
11-07-2012, 11:52 AM
Good Morning, ladies! :)

LebenAlles & LaurieDawn - at least you ladies gave it a full-faith try, ya know? In the end, we have to be happy with our choices. It'd be counter-productive if they made us miserable lol. :D

Is Thanksgiving really two weeks and a day away? That's just bananas to me. Where is the time going? Is anyone cooking for Thanksgiving? How are you going to handle the upcoming holidays?

TOM is due any day now...I can see it in my lower gut. Ugh. I bloat so much a day or two before it comes. And my energy levels plummet. But I persist. Have a great one everyone!

rachellosesitall85
11-08-2012, 02:33 AM
I'm coming in late but I wish you all the best!

angieand2girls
11-08-2012, 09:25 AM
Hi rachellosesitall85! It's never too late to join. Just hop on in with your 1 year commitment. We all have different times where we started. Welcome! :)

This morning as I was walking by the mirror, I noticed that my waist is really starting to suck in. I used to have so much fat on my waist/stomach that I looked "straight". Now the curves are REALLY showing! My waist seems to be shrinking at a faster rate than my hips, which is really bringing out my shape. Gotta love the NSV's! :D

Happy Thursday!

LaurieDawn
11-08-2012, 12:29 PM
Hi rachellosesitall85! It's never too late to join. Just hop on in with your 1 year commitment. We all have different times where we started. Welcome! :)


Yep. What Angie said. Excited to have you join us.

Yay for your shrinking NSV, Angie :-) That is SO great. I actually have been feeling the opposite lately. I recognize I am smaller, but I am also shocked that I am so big still. After losing 50ish pounds,I should be skinny!

As I am closing in on the end of the scale challenge, I have become apprehensive about weighing. Interesting to me. I will do what I always do after I think I have gained and just do it, but I am surprised to be both reluctant to step on the scale and desperate to do so.

I am done with the daily updates, though. I appreciate everyone's patience with them. They fot me back on track and through Halloween, which is probably my toughest holiday for weight control.

I plan on playing basketball this evening with a bunch of young guys. So. Can't. Wait.

angieand2girls
11-08-2012, 03:00 PM
I recognize I am smaller, but I am also shocked that I am so big still. After losing 50ish pounds, I should be skinny!

I know the feeling. When I look at my ticker, I realize that I still have more weight to lose than I've already lost. It would have been nice to have lost the 50 and been done! I haven't even hit the halfway mark yet. Sigh.

When is your scale challenge over? I hope you get the weight loss you desire. :)

LaurieDawn
11-08-2012, 07:33 PM
When is your scale challenge over? I hope you get the weight loss you desire. :)

I timed my scale challenge to coincide with my regular Sunday weigh-in, so it's over Sunday. But I am out of town this weekend. So I am tempted to jump on tomorrow morning. But I won't. So, Monday. Unless I decide to do something stupid like pack my scale. That would be really dumb. So, probably Monday. Probably.

Lishar
11-09-2012, 12:07 AM
Angie Congrats on your 50lb loss. You rock. I hear you about more to loose. I look at mine and think almost 40lbs but still another 60 to go. I plan on treating myself at my halfway mark. I just need to think of something nice.

Laurie Don't bring your scale. LOL. Monday will be here before you know it.

I ate out on Tuesday and retained a lot of water. Wednesday I drank a lot trying to flush it out. I think I ended up retaining more. Last night I woke up and felt a heavy feeling in my chest. Scared me but I knew it was just the extra water. I think a lot of it flushed out today. Hopefully I will see a decrease in the morning.

I ate to plan and had a nice cardio. I made a personal best with my walking. I walked/jogged 2miles in 32min. This is huge since when I started I walked 2.5MPH on the treadmill. This was my off lifting day. Back to the weights tomorrow.

Have a great Friday Ladies.

LebenAlles
11-09-2012, 09:36 AM
Yep. What Angie said. Excited to have you join us.

Yay for your shrinking NSV, Angie :-) That is SO great. I actually have been feeling the opposite lately. I recognize I am smaller, but I am also shocked that I am so big still. After losing 50ish pounds,I should be skinny!

As I am closing in on the end of the scale challenge, I have become apprehensive about weighing. Interesting to me. I will do what I always do after I think I have gained and just do it, but I am surprised to be both reluctant to step on the scale and desperate to do so.

I am done with the daily updates, though. I appreciate everyone's patience with them. They fot me back on track and through Halloween, which is probably my toughest holiday for weight control.



Laurie - I'm with you on all of this. In my mind I'm like, 'I absolutely must have lost weight' but then there's that nagging thought of what if I haven't since there have been times in the past when I thought I did and didn't or even worse, gained. But, like I've said before, I know I'm doing what I need to do, so that's what really matters. That is definitely a major thing that I'm taking with me from this. As long as I can tell myself that, then it's all good.
I gotta admit though, packing my scale seems like something I'd be tempted to do, haha!

And yes, there is so much left to go! But it's been an incredible journey and I'm super proud of myself already, so there are only good things to come, for sure.

Angie - That's awesome about your NSV! It's one thing to know you're making progress but seeing it in the mirror puts it on a whole new level. Congrats!

Lishar - 2 miles in 32 min is awesome! Congratulations!

Rachel - :welcome2: :D

LebenAlles
11-11-2012, 11:27 AM
Copying over what I posted on the 250's thread:
So I have to admit that I weighed in a day early. And the results, coupled with the fact that I interviewed for a higher position at my job and it doesn't look like I got it, spurned me into an all day tirade of bad decisions starting with an egg and cheese biscuit and ending with waaaay too much wine. Something I haven't done in at least six months. Pretty depressing.

So, yeah, yesterday I weighed in 248.8, which is only down 2.2 pounds in not only the twelve days I didn't weigh, but also since October 20th, which was 3 weeks ago. 2.2 lbs in three weeks. That really really sucks.

I'll go ahead and say that I'm not giving up, and I'll get through this, but I'm definitely never doing a scale challenge again. The gravity of the disappointment is so much worse when you've been building something up to be better than it really turns out to be. Especially when you've been insanely good and all science and logic points to the fact that you should have lost so much more. Ugh. Pity Party for One.

LaurieDawn
11-11-2012, 11:34 AM
Enjoynlife! So good to hear from you. I had wondered where you had gone. How are you feeling about things? I know you were struggling the last time you posted, and you were supportive for everyone else in your last post (as always), but you didn't post anything about you. Not that you have to. But I do hope things are going well. Thanks for the congratulations on my judge. He's awesome. But I did cringe when you said "activity partners." I don't need an "activity partner." I don't spend enough time with my kids or my friends as it is. I was not really looking for another platonic friend! =)

LebenAlles - Thanks for the support and encouragement. You are right. I want to "get to goal," but I already feel so much of the benefits of this lifestyle. I may be fat, but I am much fitter than many of my thin friends. And that means a lot. Are you almost done with your scale challenge? I know we started around the same time. I just don't remember how close we were.

Lisha - Hope you were able to successfully flush the water weight. The chest thing sounds kinda scary, though. Hope you're feeling better as well.

Pink Hurricane - Hope you are getting some great news about your husband's health in the near future. I have been thinking about you.

Scale challenge officially over today! Yay! Now if only I could weigh. When I worked out in the hotel's fitness center yesterday. (Not perfect, had to modify some of my lifts, but grateful that I got to lift even on the road, especially after I broke one of my resistance bands yesterday, and those are usually my back-up plan.), I was super tempted to step on the scale in the fitness center. A strange scale. In the evening. After lifting weights. In the last few hours of my 12-day challenge. So strange. But I didn't. I was then tempted to go downstairs first thing in the morning and use the gym scale. And I would have, except I didn't want to weigh in clothes. I want to see the best number possible!

So, one more day. And I'm not really all that anxious about it, surprisingly, but am glad the scale will be back in my life. I also have decided to try Lyle McDonald's Rapid Fat Loss diet starting tomorrow. I have all the suggested supplements and the food. If it works, I will only do it for two or three weeks. Just enough to hopefully quell this stupid impatience. =/ So, it will be daily weighing while I give that a shot.

LaurieDawn
11-11-2012, 11:42 AM
LebenAlles - I was typing my post and missed your post. I'm SO sorry that it didn't turn out like you wanted it. I'll also say the super obnoxious, but sometimes helpful, thing. 2.2 pounds in 12 days is actually a decent result. (I KNOW I will be disappointed if I get the same result, though, so I absolutely relate to how you feel.) Now, I am feeling anxious to step on the scale. Reading your post, though, is actually really helpful. I am now picturing a similar result, and hopefully, working through the potential disappointment.

Glad you're still here and still fighting. It's a super long battle to face. Glad we're facing it together.

Pink Hurricane
11-11-2012, 02:34 PM
Angie- Congrats on your shrinking waist!!!! That's one of the best NSV, keep up the amazing work!

Lishar- Your running time for two miles is awesome! When I first started running I was so slow it made me cry, but one of the coolest things about staying consistent with working out and lifting is seeing your body change and get stronger.

Enjoyn- Thank you, it's been really hard and things have been so busy so I am stressing but working out has become my quiet and peaceful time oddly enough lol. Now how have YOU been missy?

LebenAlles- I hear you on the scale and slow weight loss part. For the past almost six weeks, I have lost a total of 6 pounds, which included the scale bouncy between 3 lbs in between the 6 pounds I had lost. It is beyond frustrating but someone told me not to see weight loss as linear because there are SO MANY factors when it comes to weight loss and gain. They said to keep going like nothing else matters, because it will catch up with you. So as frustrating as it is, do just like you said, KEEP GOING! Easier said than done, yes, but it can and will be done. I cannot wait to finally see a whoosh but rather than being upset with myself and my body when there is no change or very little, I just workout again, I try my best to eat right and do something nice for myself. Keep your head up and keep going, you got this!

Laurie- Thank you for thinking about us! The only thing new that is going on is that he had an appointment for his ECG on Thursday and the woman that did the test said that after he is finished and sends in the heart monitor device Thursday, to make an appointment with his cardiologist and they will go over all the results from every test he has been under. So we might not know anything else until another week or two from now.
Glad to hear that you had a good trip and that you got in a good workout there too! I would be so tempted by that scale as well, so good for you for overcoming that. Hope you have a good weigh in tomorrow, can't wait to hear how it goes! As far as the rapid fat loss diet, what does that consist of?


Day 14 of 365

Well I did day 11 of the 30 Day Shred this morning, it was my first time with Level 2 and it KICKED my butt, baaaaad. I am already feeling sore but I have got to keep at it. On Friday I weighed in at 226.6 so I'm still around the same 3 pounds as usual. Super frustrating but honestly I cannot wait to take my measurements this coming Friday to see how much of a difference has been made already. It will be my halfway point with 30 Day Shred, and I can definitely see the difference in my arms and even my hips.

Things are starting to come together for our ceremony and reception, it's three weeks away but everyone keeps telling me to stop stressing, much easier said than done hahaha, especially with hubby's heart health. I'm watching the Patriots game and about to make some broccoli and cheese, I've been craving it for the past few days. I really hope to see a whoosh in my weight loss soon, so I just gotta stick with it.

LaurieDawn
11-12-2012, 09:45 AM
Pink Hurricane - The not knowing is tough. Glad it has an end date.:-) Sounds like the wedding is coming together. Congratulations!!!

Enjoynlife -So sorry about your multiple frustrations. The 'lifting heavy' thing is challenging, especially at first.And the scale frustrations -ay yi yi. Great time to change up strategies, though. When things are not cooperating, I struggle to keep moving forward. I am so impressed that you keep doing so without hesitation.

219.4 this morning. A 2-pound loss since October 10. I feel ya,.LebenAlles. Also, a 6-pound loss since my last weigh-in. I feel frustrated by my lack of information. I love to crunch data, but i have so little. Is this the top of my current weight range? The bottom? The middle? So glad i did the scale challenge. So glad it's done.

Starting thr Rapid Fat Loss diet today. It's Lyle McDonald's crash diet. He warns again and again that it's better to lose the weight slowly. But I just want fast progress right now, and I think it will help. It's very low-cal, low-fat, low-carb. Almost exclusively lean proteins and specific veggies. Not all that different from my current plan, but more extreme. Going to commit to at least a week. Won't do it for more than four weeks. I am impatient, but not straight-up stupid.

Yes, I know it's not smart. But I had been on track to get to Onederland by New Year's, and I just want to make the push. Daily weighing. Crash dieting. I know it's wrong. But it feels so right.

LebenAlles
11-12-2012, 10:20 AM
219.4 this morning. A 2-pound loss since October 10. I feel ya,.LebenAlles. Also, a 6-pound loss since my last weigh-in. I feel frustrated by my lack of information. I love to crunch data, but i have so little. Is this the top of my current weight range? The bottom? The middle? So glad i did the scale challenge. So glad it's done.

Starting thr Rapid Fat Loss diet today. It's Lyle McDonald's crash diet. He warns again and again that it's better to lose the weight slowly. But I just want fast progress right now, and I think it will help. It's very low-cal, low-fat, low-carb. Almost exclusively lean proteins and specific veggies. Not all that different from my current plan, but more extreme. Going to commit to at least a week. Won't do it for more than four weeks. I am impatient, but not straight-up stupid.

Yes, I know it's not smart. But I had been on track to get to Onederland by New Year's, and I just want to make the push. Daily weighing. Crash dieting. I know it's wrong. But it feels so right.

Part of me, very selfishly, is glad that my pity party for one is now a pity party for two, but I'm sorry you had to deal with that same disappointment. After my weekend of wine, cheese and whine I'm looking at 250 now...but I really feel like I needed a weekend of 'forget this crap'. So now, today, I'm back on track...whatever track that might be. I'm interested to see if this 250actually sticks or if was mainly waterweight or what. And I'm curious to know if the 248.8 was the lowest I'd hit those 12 days. Oh scale, how I missed you.

I've read about the Rapid Weight Loss diet from a few other 3FCers. I've seriously considered it as well..let me know how it goes. I know it's more like a temporary jumpstart and not sustainable, but sometimes you need that jumpstart, you know? To get you out of a rut. I seem to need a drastic change up every 20-25 pounds or so, since for whatever reason it's then that I stall out. Glad we're in this together though, for sure!

LebenAlles
11-12-2012, 10:28 AM
I did also want to say thank you to the rest of you for the encouragement. I definitely need it!

angieand2girls
11-12-2012, 02:19 PM
I had a conversation last night with my ex and my first thought was I can't let him see me like this. How can I get off 30 lbs extremely fast. I would still be obese but I would weigh what I did when we were last together.

Enjoynlife - Although my main motivation is for my own health and benefit, seeing my ex again gives me that extra push. He's in the military and has been deployed since June. He won't be back until March/April 2013. I think he'll be pretty surprised when he sees me again...I have not mentioned anything about me losing weight (although he talks about how he goes to the gym all the time and is losing and looking good). I stay silent lol. I wonder how much he'll drool when he sees me again :D

Pink Hurricane - So 30 Day Shred is pretty good eh? After this round of Insanity is done (I have 4 more weeks), I'm going to take my 2 week break (water fast/kundalini yoga, etc), and then move into a different exercise routine. I think I may consider 30 Day Shred. It sounds like it's pretty tough. Hang in there!

LaurieDawn & LebenAlles - Okay so you two ladies are not quite happy with the results of your weigh in. But....have you noticed changes in other arenas? Like...are your clothes fitting better/looser? Do you notice any non-scale changes in your body or how you feel? I ask this because this weekend I saw a picture online of two women. They both were the same height and they both weighed 150lbs. One of the women's body fat percentage was 18% and the other woman's was 30%. The difference was unbelievable in how they looked. The woman with less fat was at least 3 sizes smaller in appearance....way more lean and well developed muscles. I'm really starting to understand the importance of body composition rather than what weight the scales kicks out on any given day. The scale measures it all (muscle, water, fat, food, bones, anything in/on your body). If you lost 15 pounds, but more than half of it was muscle would you be happy with that? If the scale shows you lost only 2 pounds but in reality it's because you're developing lean muscle tissue (and holding on to water weight in the process), is that 2 pound loss a failure? It is impossible to step on the scale and interpret that gain/loss accurately. Please don't be sad/upset with your losses ladies. You are winners!!! :D

cheeriloos
11-12-2012, 02:44 PM
Hey everyone, I am just starting out again trying to lose my weight again, this time its a little more urgent as I'm getting married on january nineteenth and i really want to be under 200 lbs. I also want to commit for a year , or more as I don't want to gain it all back after the wedding . I read a few of your posts and find this thread to be quite inspirational , I know what you guys are feeling on not losing much. I'm on day 11 and have only lost 5 pounds then gained 2 back by eating foolishly with my big ego from losing 5 pounds! , I'm back on track today and really want to keep it up!

angieand2girls
11-12-2012, 04:12 PM
Welcome cheeriloos! I see on one of your tickers that there's a wedding coming up? Is it yours? Glad to have you here to hang out with the rest of us and lose some fat! :D

Lishar
11-12-2012, 06:02 PM
LaurieDawn & LebenAlles - Okay so you two ladies are not quite happy with the results of your weigh in. But....have you noticed changes in other arenas? Like...are your clothes fitting better/looser? Do you notice any non-scale changes in your body or how you feel? I ask this because this weekend I saw a picture online of two women. They both were the same height and they both weighed 150lbs. One of the women's body fat percentage was 18% and the other woman's was 30%. The difference was unbelievable in how they looked. The woman with less fat was at least 3 sizes smaller in appearance....way more lean and well developed muscles. I'm really starting to understand the importance of body composition rather than what weight the scales kicks out on any given day. The scale measures it all (muscle, water, fat, food, bones, anything in/on your body). If you lost 15 pounds, but more than half of it was muscle would you be happy with that? If the scale shows you lost only 2 pounds but in reality it's because you're developing lean muscle tissue (and holding on to water weight in the process), is that 2 pound loss a failure? It is impossible to step on the scale and interpret that gain/loss accurately. Please don't be sad/upset with your losses ladies. You are winners!!! :D

Thank you for putting this into perspective again. I was down to 227 last Monday. Then all of a sudden (water weight) last thursday I am up to 230. I am now trying to loose that get get back to where I was last week. I am getting there but its slow. In my head I know its just water but in my heart I am bummed. I increased my weights so know that is what is going on. I am trying to keep a postive attitude and stay on plan.

LaurieDawn
11-12-2012, 08:29 PM
I totally agree that the scale number is a poor indicator of progress. And I am not upset over my loss per se either. It's a process, and I am headed in the right direction. But I don't take measurements (because I hate to), and it's a tool. I know it is temperamental, and I am glad I backed away from it, but I am glad to have the additional data. Clothes don't tell the whole story, either, and I am not good in detecting slight changes in how something fits. The scale gives immediate data. I LOVE that you are so successful doing it the way you have, Angie. I just don't want to count calories, and I don't have faith I can design a successful plan that does not include either calorie-counting or the scale.

angieand2girls
11-13-2012, 09:24 AM
Back in 2005, when I got to goal for the first time, I didn't calorie count either. I designed an exercise plan, and I made the decision to eat healthier and cut my portions. You definitely don't have to calorie count to be successful, but you have to be mindful every step of the way, which I'm sure you are. :) And I'm also not trying to encourage you to do it my way, I just wanted to point out an example of something to keep in mind as we step on the scale...even for myself. It was a real eye opener. The scale may give immediate data, but how much value does it hold (given the example of both 150lb women looking completely different)? I just wanted to point it out...for myself included....so that maybe if any bad feelings arise from stepping on the scale, it may help to know it may not be as bad as we think. :)

LebenAlles
11-13-2012, 09:42 AM
I took measurements for awhile and then found that getting frustrating as well as apparently I have a hard time taking them in the same place every time. Or maybe sometimes I cheated so the next time i tried to do it right it looked like I had gained an inch or two. I did, however, update my measurements a month ago (hopefully consistently and without cheating) and I took them again over the weekend and it looks like I lost a few inches in my waist, hips and thighs. So that is definitely something. And my shopping trips have definitely been a lot more successfully lately. So all is certainly not lost, Angie, and thank you for that reminder!

And even though it seemed like I saw less results when I did any other exercise than walking, I think I'm going to pick up the kickboxing again. Even though I tend to have a predisposition of being 'hulky' when I gain muscle, I'd rather things be firmer than they are right now. And I liked being able to feel the new muscles taking over the fat, so yeah. Maybe I just won't go into it as hardcore as I did before.

I guess the frustrating part is just knowing that even after almost a year of this, I'm still a 250 lb girl. And in no way, shape or form is a 250lb girl healthy. So it's hard. But isn't everything worthwhile? Sometimes you just have to have your pity party for a few days and then pick yourself up again and carry on. I'd definitely rather be a 250lb girl than the 305lb person I was before. Definitely.

Lishar
11-13-2012, 11:35 PM
I don't know if its the weather changing or my lack of progress. I am getting a bit discouraged. I am not watching what I eat as closely. I am still around my goal calories but my macros suck. I am exercising but its hard to get excited about it when I am not seeing anything for my effort. I am sorry if this is a bummer post. Maybe I am getting close to TOM and that why I am in such a mood. I am not going to give up because I have made some progress. Its just hard when I see how much more I have to go. I just have to get past the plateau which will be one of many I am sure.

LaurieDawn
11-14-2012, 01:11 AM
Sounds like a lot of frustration mixed with some hard-core determination. Can I just say how much I love that?

And venting (yay the healing power of venting!), theories, strategies, plans, challenges, goals. And SO MUCH SUPPORT. And that's at least part of the reason, I think, that we're still chugging along.

Cuz it gets better! And then harder. But we never quit.

So I did Day #2 of the RFL diet today. My morning weigh-in showed a 0.6 pound gain. But since I didn't sleep last night (so wasn't really a true morning weigh-in), I am considering it a win, if not a loss per se.

I get 2 cheat meals per week, and I planned on having one tonight. But I got stuck at work, and did not eat. So Day 2 protein intake was subpar. But what the heck? If I can have occasional high-cal or high-carb days without worrying, I will embrace my low-protein day and just do better tomorrow. :-)

angieand2girls
11-14-2012, 09:21 AM
I don't know if its the weather changing or my lack of progress. I am getting a bit discouraged. I am not watching what I eat as closely. I am still around my goal calories but my macros suck. I am exercising but its hard to get excited about it when I am not seeing anything for my effort. I am sorry if this is a bummer post. Maybe I am getting close to TOM and that why I am in such a mood. I am not going to give up because I have made some progress. Its just hard when I see how much more I have to go. I just have to get past the plateau which will be one of many I am sure.

The Winter Blues, as some would call it. I know how you are feeling. The changes are happening, it just may not be visible on a day to day basis. Sometimes, I'll want to see visible results every morning, but I know deep down that's not rational. You are awesome in that you are not giving up. What sucks about your macros?

angieand2girls
11-14-2012, 09:26 AM
Laurie - So far so good on RFL eh? That's great! I'm curious to know if the shaking up of your macros (with the higher carb days) will speed up your fat burning. What are the cheat meals like? Can you eat anything you want for those meals?

Lishar
11-14-2012, 12:38 PM
The Winter Blues, as some would call it. I know how you are feeling. The changes are happening, it just may not be visible on a day to day basis. Sometimes, I'll want to see visible results every morning, but I know deep down that's not rational. You are awesome in that you are not giving up. What sucks about your macros?

Reading your post made me cry so I know TOM is right around the corner :o I tend to get more sensitive if you know what I mean . My protein intake has sucked this week. I use MFP and try to keep my macros 40% carbs, 30% fat and 30% protein. I just have not had the motivation to care. I need to drink my protein powder to keep it up. I also need to go shopping so I have better choices in the house. I will drink one for breakfast and get started with improving my protein for the day.

I will say that I was shocked today to see my shoulder/back muscles in the mirror today. I know my shoulder muscles are big because I don't have any fat covering them but to see the back muscle connecting to my neck from the front was suprising. Hopefully that NSV will keep me for a bit.

Another victory or loss of motivation I have not decided which. I did not weight today. I lifted yesterday and got dressed before getting on the scale. I just decided not to get undressed to weigh. My rings are tight so I know I am retaining water. I think this might be a transition point for me. I have been on the weight loss journey for almost 4 months. I have lost that intial enthusiasm/motivation. I just need to figure out how to keep this up for the long haul. How to do this as a way of life. Heathier eating and exercise. I guess this is like a relationship with ups/downs.

Lauriedawn. Cheat days sound fun. I sort of had one yesterday. I ate a chicken sandwich and a chicken salad from Mcd for lunch and then went out for mexican last night. I ate as many chips as I wanted but ordered a very good fish.

You are right we will not quit. Because I am a stubborn *****. LOL I am a taurus and this bull is stubborn when pressed to the wall.

Coffeelover64
11-15-2012, 07:53 AM
Hi everyone - I posted earlier in the thread and then disappeared. I fell off the wagon big-time when I was going through some health issues (lots of tests for pelvic pain) and then stopped focusing on my diet. I'm now recommitting to my one-year focus. However, this brings to light one of my major issues - whenever 'something' is going on, and I've got to focus more acutely on something other than the diet, then the diet goes out the window. So as long as the diet can be my biggest concern, I'm ok, otherwise 'poof' I drop it like a hot-potato. I must change this behavior pattern because in life, stuff happens.

Anyhow, I hope you ladies have had more success than I have!

LebenAlles
11-15-2012, 09:10 AM
Coffeelover - I think you're not alone with that 'major issue' as most all of us have fallen off the wagon at one point or the other, usually due to life things that come up and need our attention. 3FC is certainly a good place to go to get advice, encouragement, tips, etc when those times come up, so I encourage you to use it to its full capacity!

Congrats on your new committment! Just remind yourself that you CAN do this this time, and you WILL. You've got this!

Coffeelover64
11-15-2012, 10:16 AM
Thanks so much LebenAlles! :)

What I've decided to do is to make a 'idiot proof daily menu' for when I'm going through something stressful or I'm just too busy to plan everything out.

kimbo720
11-15-2012, 12:05 PM
Oh wow, I was getting so discouraged until I found this post. I started my journey on March 27, 2012 after my yearly visit to the doctor. At that time she asked me, "Why are you this over weight". I burst into tear without an answer. I have been heavy all my life and take care of everyone else but myself. So I decided that I was gonna lose 100 pounds before I went back to see the doctor March 2013. So far I am down 84 pounds. But its so easy to get discouraged. I joined a daily exercise class in the morning, follow the weight watchers plan and have lots of support. But every time I feel like I am accomplishing my goals I self sabotage. Its like I am so afraid of something. I am now 3.6 pounds from being under 200 (its been over 20 years since I have been under 200) and it scares me to death. The trainer I work with thinks I am nuts. He has no idea what it is like. I do so good then I relapse. Does anyone else feel this way? Will it go away? I fear more than anything reaching my goal and gaining it back. How do you stay focused and committed?

angieand2girls
11-15-2012, 12:48 PM
Thanks so much LebenAlles! :)

What I've decided to do is to make a 'idiot proof daily menu' for when I'm going through something stressful or I'm just too busy to plan everything out.

I think that is an EXCELLENT idea. Having a plan keeps you one step ahead. I can also relate to having stress make me turn to overeating and non-ideal food choices (I went through a painful divorce earlier this year and all I did was eat and eat). I had to learn to truly love myself...in every way..in every aspect of my life. Loving myself included taking care of my body...inside and out.

angieand2girls
11-15-2012, 12:59 PM
Oh wow, I was getting so discouraged until I found this post. I started my journey on March 27, 2012 after my yearly visit to the doctor. At that time she asked me, "Why are you this over weight". I burst into tear without an answer. I have been heavy all my life and take care of everyone else but myself. So I decided that I was gonna lose 100 pounds before I went back to see the doctor March 2013. So far I am down 84 pounds. But its so easy to get discouraged. I joined a daily exercise class in the morning, follow the weight watchers plan and have lots of support. But every time I feel like I am accomplishing my goals I self sabotage. Its like I am so afraid of something. I am now 3.6 pounds from being under 200 (its been over 20 years since I have been under 200) and it scares me to death. The trainer I work with thinks I am nuts. He has no idea what it is like. I do so good then I relapse. Does anyone else feel this way? Will it go away? I fear more than anything reaching my goal and gaining it back. How do you stay focused and committed?

Kimbo - :hug: to you. I'm reading your post and I'm in complete awe of how much progress you've made since the end of March. You should be absolutely proud of yourself. You ask how to stay focused and committed? By continuing to do what you're doing. You have proved to yourself that you can! Take a moment to look back and see how far you've come. 84 pounds!!! YOU did that. That says a lot about your power, your control, your focus. Keep that as you slide your way under 200 pounds and to your ultimate goal. You have everything you need already. You have absolutely nothing to fear. Know that it's okay to love yourself. You've taken care of others....but you MUST have a place in there for you too. Don't be afraid...be proud. And you won't gain the weight back as long as you continue to stay in control. Do you have to eat perfectly for the rest of your life to stay in control? HECK NO! LOL! Moderation is what keeps us balanced. I feel like you are doing WONDERFUL! Just work on embracing yourself and loving yourself every step of the way. :)

LaurieDawn
11-15-2012, 01:00 PM
Laurie - So far so good on RFL eh? That's great! I'm curious to know if the shaking up of your macros (with the higher carb days) will speed up your fat burning. What are the cheat meals like? Can you eat anything you want for those meals?

The meals are not free-for-alls. They are just opportunities to be a little less strict. My stats are so janked because of my sleep schedule, I hesitate to draw conclusions from them. But the scale has dropped steadly (as all low-carb diets tend to cause water weight reduction initially), and I m feeling both good and satisfied. But it's only day 4 still.

LebenAlles - thought of you when I walked into a table piled super high with carby goodies at work this morning. Generates the 'I could have eaten 6000 calories, but stayed at 500, so my body will give me credit for forgoing those 5500 calories' response. But I am really shocked at how little I want any of it today. Gotta like the super-low-carb cravings reduction thing. Likely short-term, but I will definitely ride it out!

Louise - I have been thinking about you. So glad you are back. Totally into the simplified menu concept. Not always nutritionally ideal, but coupled with a multi vitamin, infinitely better than the standard American diet.

kimbo720
11-15-2012, 02:40 PM
Angieand2girls, thank you so much. I will try and work on loving myself. Its just hard to think about myself when others need to be taken care of. Love this thread and being able to get encouragement from others.

Lishar
11-15-2012, 07:56 PM
I am working my way out of this funk. I am finally back down to 227 which was my low from a week ago Monday. I walked/ran last night and kept having to make deals with myself to keep going. At first it was 15min then 20,30 and finally I walked/ran 3 miles in 50min. It reminded me of how hard I had to work to keep going when I first started. I think I am going to stop running for now. The side of my knee is hurting. I may just be too big to start. Too much stress on my knee.

kimbo720 It was a big revalation for me to take care of myself for a change.

Lauriedawn congrats on your good choices. I have had a few temptations with muffins/donuts.

angieand2girls Don't you think learning to love yourself helps with being sucessful with the weight loss. Feeling like you are worth the effort that it takes to get the weight off. Not sabotaging youself when you get a certain amount of weight loss.

kimbo720 congratulations on your weight loss so far. Sometimes it takes a moment to spark us to get motivated. For me it was seeing a picture of myself in my daughters yearbook. I was the fat unhappy woman in all the pictures. I did not want to be that fat unhappy woman anymore.

Coffeelover64 I think its a good idea to keep planned meals or snack on hand. I find when I need to go shopping I make poor choices because of the limited foods on hand.

angieand2girls
11-15-2012, 09:53 PM
Lishar - Wow! You ran 3 miles? That is mega impressive! It sucks that your knee had to start giving you problems, but at least you now know you can do it! I'm not sure how much I weighed when I started running on the treadmill but I started at 5 minutes at a time. Then the next week I'd increase the time by one minute. Each week I increased it by one minute so now I jog 1.25 miles very comfortably in 15 minutes. You may not have to give up the running completely...maybe just a little bit at a time and build it up? That's awesome that you are back at your low! You stuck with it and didn't give up so you shall see your rewards. :)

I've been eating on the high end of my calorie range this week and what do ya know? I've been hungrier! Huh? What sense does that make? My body is loving the additional food, but it wants more LOL.

Are there any Twilight fans here? I'm looking forward to seeing the new one this weekend. :)

Lishar
11-15-2012, 11:42 PM
Angie Oh no I can only jog for about 5min at a time. I alternated walking/jogging for 3 miles and it took me 50min. I am wondering now if it might be from a lifting I did last week. I have had pain each time I have tried it since. Its the lying leg curl. It kills the side of my knee's so I have not been doing it. I figure sharp pain is bad. Burning pain is doable.

angieand2girls
11-16-2012, 01:12 PM
Oooooh okay. I still think those 3 miles are awesome! :D I'd like to work my way up to 3 miles slowly. Sharp pain sounds like a potential injury ready to surface. I'd definitley take it easy on the knees for several days. I had a back muscle pull on me about a month ago and it drove me crazy that I couldn't workout..but it was worth not injuring it anymore.

I see from your ticker that you're over 100 days into your 1 year commitment. Doesn't that feel awesome?! :)

LaurieDawn
11-16-2012, 03:42 PM
Kimbo! I missed welcoming you the last post. I didn't even see this last page before I posted. What you have done is AWESOME. And it seems pretty common for lots of people to stumble when they hit or are about to hit milestones. I don't know why. I hit 50 pounds lost on 10/10, and made almost no additional progress for almost three weeks. Just hang on. Hopefully, you'll adjust mentally very quickly.

Angie - You are a rock. So glad you're here supporting and working your plan.

Lisha - Glad you're coming out of the funk. Hope the scale is kind to you and your efforts. And I agree with Angie about the sharp pain. So not worth it to risk the injury!

I ended up falling for the workroom sweets in the late afternoon. Darn hubris! But I just called it my first cheat meal, and the scale still registered a very slight (.2 pounds) drop this morning. And back to plan today. Hopefully, my next cheat meal will be both planned and something I REALLY want. =)

cheeriloos
11-16-2012, 04:32 PM
Hi Ladies! Sorry I disapeared (spelling?) I chalk it up to Lo carb brain fog:dizzy:

I started the MRC diet on my own on the first of nov, and on the 12th I started the RFL I have yet to weigh in but today is only day 3 I'm excited and hopeful that I will get to my goal by January!
Cofee welcome back! :)

Angie thank you Yes Its my wedding, my Fi and I have been together 4 years and we're finally tying the knot. Yay!

Laurie! We're in this RFL thing together! and nearly same stats too :)

enjoy: Thank You! Its really nice to read it! :)

Hope you're all having a great day~

LaurieDawn
11-17-2012, 11:25 AM
So glad to have a fellow RFL'er, Victoria! I plan on doing it through the New Year, then trying to transition back to a less extreme plan. So far, though, I am loving it. Super easy to follow, keeps me full, and while I do feel deprived sometimes, I feel deprived sometimes anyway. =) And I love the scale feedback I am getting.

angieand2girls
11-17-2012, 01:45 PM
Look at you Laurie!!! You are almost in the 2'single-digits! That is awesome! That plan looks like it really gave you the push you needed. Wow. Do I see Onederland before New years? :D

LaurieDawn
11-17-2012, 03:00 PM
I am cautiously optimistic, Angie. :-) Five pounds in five days, and I did do a free meal in there. For the record, every time I see your signature, I wonder how you can stand not having confirmation that you are, indeed, in Onederland. :-P

angieand2girls
11-18-2012, 12:37 AM
I am cautiously optimistic, Angie. :-) Five pounds in five days, and I did do a free meal in there. For the record, every time I see your signature, I wonder how you can stand not having confirmation that you are, indeed, in Onederland. :-P

Ha! I know, I'm crazy right? :D I haven't confirmed it but I can feeeeel it LOL! I think I'm more excited to see how far into Onederland I can be by the next time I step on the scale. :) I'm not expecting the crazy numbers I pulled the first time (especially now that I'm heavy lifting), but it's kind of fun not knowing and wondering what it will be when the time comes. :dizzy:

cheeriloos
11-18-2012, 08:10 AM
Laurie, I did RFL from tuesday to friday then friday night some friends came over and I planned on following the plan but a good friend really wanted me to drink, (we always drink togther) I resisted for a good hour and a half but finally gave in, I only had 2 shots but then I felt guilty and ate some fried plantains, handful of doritos and a glass of milk, weird combo I know I was looking for stuff to binge on Like I used to. So the next morning which was yesterday I went to weigh in and I had not lost one pound on Rfl which really made me sad, NO CARBS for nearly 5 whole days and nothing? Or maybe I ruined it with 2 shots and the carbs fom the chips? and then gained back what I lost instantly? idk so saturday I went to a friends and had thanksgiving, then today my family is coming and we're eating thanksgiving here . Monday I'll give it another 4 days but if I don't see some progress I thnk I'll give it up and go back to my other method which is still a PMSF but less drastic, you can have 80 cals of carbs idk how many grams that is as I slept terribly last night . I can't wait til this is all over I feel obligated to eat Thanksgiving food and sacrifice my way of eating. Idk whats wrong with me but i'm still pretty sad about doing RFL for that long I know it wasnt a month but I had very high hopes.
-crushed really

Coffeelover64
11-18-2012, 09:43 AM
I think that is an EXCELLENT idea. Having a plan keeps you one step ahead. I can also relate to having stress make me turn to overeating and non-ideal food choices (I went through a painful divorce earlier this year and all I did was eat and eat).

I have mixed feelings about Dr. Phil, but one of the things he said either in his weight-loss book or on one of his shows about weight-loss was something like 'what are you going to do when your diet is no longer the biggest focus' because that's what he's seen happen so many times. People start off with a real bang, are totally committed, the diet is front and center but then something else becomes more important and the diet goes poof. He was suggesting that we need to find a way to make the diet totally automatic and habit-like so that these habits will carry on even when we have more important things to deal with than the diet itself. This is just common sense but I think many of us (myself!) tend to almost over-focus on the diet instead of making it just another habit. Most of us still brush our teeth and take a shower during times of stress becuase it's such an ingrained habit.

Thanks for the warm welcome back everyone! Now I'm catching up and seeing where everyone;s at!

LaurieDawn
11-18-2012, 09:01 PM
Victoria - I am so sorry to hear you didn't see a good scale result. I don't know how many extra calories you consumed in that single meal, but it's hard to believe it would wipe out your entire deficit. I have had really good success on RFL. I weigh daily on it, and that really keeps me motivated. Today will be day 7, and as of my morning weigh-in, I am down 6.4 pounds. So, a little over a pound per day. Maybe you just are struggling with short-term water weight from your unplanned meal? Regardless of whether you stick with RFL or not, glad that you are maintaining your focus.

cheeriloos
11-18-2012, 10:13 PM
Thanks Laurie ;) My family celebrated our Thanksgiving today as we're a blended family and our kids will be going to their dads for thanksgiving, I plan on giving RFL another untainted shot this week to see if I will get results this time. I start again tomorrow am. I am going to weigh in and see what damage all the turkey, pie, etc did. I'm glad its all over. I've only got a few dishes left! I hope I have a good loss this week because I already scheduled massages and I want to "earn" them :)

How is everything going for u guys?

angieand2girls
11-19-2012, 09:17 AM
Good Morning ladies,

I woke up and the only thing I wanted to do was go back to sleep. I'm giving myself the pep talk already because I had feelings of not wanting to exercise. It's helping. Gotta get my daughter off to school and then knock out the morning exercise.

It's Thanksgiving Week! I hope it's a great one for you all! :D

LebenAlles
11-19-2012, 10:05 AM
Laurie and Cheeriloos,
I've been looking around for info on the RFL diet and I see that the book is seriously expensive in the few places I could find it. Did you guys buy the book or did you find free information online on the specifics of what to eat and so forth?

Angie,
I hear you about wanting to stay in bed. I bet you rock it on the exercise this morning...hope the rest of your day goes well!

I lost what I gained from my binge plus a tiny bit more this past week, so that's good at least. My weight predictor app still has me in 2014 for reaching my goals, haha, but that's better than the 2020 it was saying a week ago. Funny stuff. I'm just at a lull right now, but I have no doubt that itll pick up.
I did decide to participate on my office's thanksgiving on friday, but I feel like I was really successful. I got one bite of all the things I wanted. Just one. It made me not feel deprived but also not guilty. I think my coworkers were surprised to actually see me eating on a food day for once!

Hope everyone is well this Monday

Lishar
11-19-2012, 01:16 PM
Hello ladies. I have been more than a bit out of sorts this last week. I think hormones were kicking my but last week. Depressed to angry and everything in between. I think I am getting perimenopausal. UGH.

I was very depressed and down this weekend. My oldest was sick so no gym. So I sat on my butt and watched movies all weekend. Looking back this might have been good to give my knee a break. I kept on my diet. Mostly because we are broke and we have not goodies in the house.

I lost weight and am down to 225lbs. 40lbs down which I am so happy about. I hope this will spark my mojo back. I also hope it stays. I seem to be a jumping jack with my weight the last month or so. My next goal is 50lbs lost and fingers crossed I will lose it by New Years. So 10lbs in 6wks is achievable.

Pink Hurricane
11-20-2012, 07:57 AM
Day 23 of 365

Things have been so crazy busy that I barely have time to sleep. All of the ceremony plans are coming together, hubby and I have to go to a marriage course tomorrow which is going to take almost all day and of course Thanksgiving, on top of a very busy week of finalizing everything for the wedding. Family will start coming in starting next Monday and we will have hubby's best friend and his wife staying with us. Gotta finish detail cleaning our house too.

SO MUCH TO DO!!!! I have not been able to do the 30 Day Shred which makes me sad, but luckily while at work I have been able to fit in time to run or walk while the boys are playing at the park. So I am still getting in my exercise, still staying on plan and trying to make sure I stay on top of everything. As soon as everything is settled back down I will be back on 30 Day Shred and moving forward.

In the midst of all of this, I am back down to 225.6 and hoping to be at 224.6 before my wedding. If not, it's no big deal, I love the way my dress looks. I am terribly insecure about my arms but I realize that is just silly and I should enjoy this day without those insecurities.

Anyways, I am going to come back on here later today or tomorrow and catch up on everyone. I have missed checking in everyday!

LebenAlles
11-20-2012, 09:18 AM
Lishar - Congrats on 40lbs lost!!! Feels good, doesn't it?? I hear you about the being depressed part. The holidays in general, despite all their happiness and cheer, are actually a depressing time for a lot of people, even when it doesn't fully make sense. It's called Seasonal Affective Disorder having to do with the longer nights and less light. So yeah, just know that you'll make your way out of it, and until then you have a great milestone to celebrate

Pink - Very exciting about your wedding coming together! I know the next few days are going to be madness, but I'm very happy for you and all that you have ahead of you. Hang in there!


For whatever reason, I went 'food nuts' yesterday. Ate waaaay too much, and I don't even know why. Perhaps I have a little bit of the S.A.D. myself. Ha, I never realized it spelled 'sad'. Anyways, so yeah, last night I went crazy with the sweets. That's usually the indicator that I'm going to be on TOM soon, oh joy. I've GOT to reign it in, if nothing else but so I can keep my control through the holidays. This is always where I lose my mind and gain weight back, so I have to be vigilant this time.

One day at a time, am i right?

Lishar
11-25-2012, 01:15 PM
LebenAlles I was wondering about SAD too. I have lived up here for 15 years. I think it was hormones having a wack at me. I am feeling much better this week.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I was suprised at how quickly I got full. I did eat a slice of my pie (turtle pumpkin pie). That was my only splurge. I made myself butternut squash instead of mashed potato and it was really yummy. Almost half the calories.

Still staying on plan. I just need to ramp up my exercise again.

LebenAlles
11-25-2012, 06:04 PM
I've gotta say, I've been absolutely terrible this past week. Not just thanksgiving, but the whoooole week. Now, usually this would be the point to where I'd say 'screw it' and keep eating the way I have been. But I say I've had my holidays, enjoyed myself, and now it's to the point to where I'm not enjoying it anymore. I'm tired of not feeling healthy. So, I'm just going to pick up where I left off and make better choices. I've got four weeks left til my vacation to NYC, plenty of time to lose 5 or 10 more pounds, feel better in the new clothes I bought for the trip, and gear up for allll that walking I'll be doing during the trip.
I gotta say, I'm really looking forward to going back to healthy eating this week. My body really misses it.

LaurieDawn
11-25-2012, 09:06 PM
I have had a rotten week too. Thanksgiving was bad. Friday was perfectly on plan. Saturday was the worst. Today, not high calorie, but bad calorie choices. (Swedish fish and licorice made up 90% of my calories.) I have had a hormonal, ex-filled nightmare of a holiday weekend.

So, yep, I relate to both Lisha and Leben Alles. And I am also really needing to get back on track. My ex made me feel really guilty about gym time, but screw him. He should be smart enough to encourage gym time. Makes me sssooo much more pleasant.

Tonight - the weights. Tomorrow, eating much more healthy foods. Tired of feeling like crap.

angieand2girls
11-26-2012, 12:58 AM
Looks like we've all caught the overeating bug. My calorie limit is 1,700 and I ate 2,346 calories today. They were not all good choices either (about 900 calories were comprised of tootsie rolls, popcorn, resees puff cereal with milk, sun chips, and a verners pop). I ate all that and today was a rest day for exercise too. Yeeeaaaaaah. And the crazy thing is.....I'm still hungry lol. I'm sure the day won't do much harm in the long run.

Tomorrow is a tough workout day so maybe that will help utilize some of the calories I ate lol.

I feel you ladies! We are not perfect but we will get there! :)

Pink Hurricane
11-26-2012, 10:27 AM
I caught the same bug. Meh.
Super stressing but in a good mood at the same time (how is that even POSSIBLE??) about this Saturday. I only work today and tomorrow then I will be off for a week, our friends are coming in Wednesday so we have to go pick them up from the airport about two hours away (yay mini road trip!!!) and then his family is coming in town. More on that family stress later.

I am looking forward to getting back to a normal routine after the wedding and fun stuff, and once my husband is cleared from his cardiologist to workout again we are going to start Insanity. He said I won't be able to keep up with him, I said he's never seen me go hard on a workout. I now have extra motivation to push through, so after the wedding I am going to get a head start by doing the fit test a few times and doing some of the extra DVDs they send. :lol:

Oh and I weighed in at 225. Glad I lost a teeeeeeny bit, but I still feel like there is no excuse why I am still above 224 after almost two months of staying OP. I'm guessing there needs to be a change made somewhere in my eating...

Coffeelover64
11-26-2012, 12:23 PM
Yeah, I'm in the same boat as a lot of you - caught the overeating bug. In my case, I was alright up through Wednesday evening, and then we all went out for Chinese, then of course I hosted Thanksgiving. Ate too many leftovers and too much in general. Yesterday I was back to tracking my calories!

Purplefirefly
11-26-2012, 09:54 PM
Are you guys accepting new members to the group? I have been planning a one-year commitment for 2013, but tomorrow so more than a year I guess, then I just found this challenge thread and got so excited! I would love to join in and learn from those who have already made some progress on this commitment.

angieand2girls
11-27-2012, 09:12 AM
Purplefirefly - Welcome! Hop right on in, it's open and free for all. :) What kind of commitment are you setting for yourself?

Last night was pretty crappy. The power went out in the neighborhood and while it was out in the middle of the night, my 4 year old starts puking. Looks like she's caught the stomach virus her sister just got over (6yo). Can you imagine how hard it was to clean up puke in the dark with no power? lol I had to use my cell phone flashlight but didn't have much battery power left. And whatdaya know? As soon as I hop back into bed after cleaning (4:30am), the power comes on lol.

I'm also just tired in general. I'm actually ready for this Insanity round to be over. I have all of this week and next week left but I'm just sick and tired of going hard every single day. It's definitely time for a switch up in exercise. I'm so ready.

How is everyone?

LebenAlles
11-27-2012, 10:31 AM
Purplefirefly - Welcome! Congrats on making the commitment and like Angie said, feel free to jump right in with details and what not.

Angie - Very awesome that you're sticking it out. I imagine that the results so far have been noticeable though, as far as toning and all that good business. Do you do any before and after pics to help track your progress? I can understand where you're at though. Sometimes you just psychologically need a slooowwww down period. Breakneck speed is hard to maintain. Oh the long journey of weightloss.

Day one of RFL for me today. I went out and bought some meat meat and more meat yesterday (or should I say, poultry, fish and more poultry)...already had a ton of veggies. This should be interesting. Again, I'm not expecting this to be sustainable and I know I might gain some of it back when I go off of it, but I bought two pairs jeans, several sweaters, and a pair of black dress pants for my NYC trip purposefully tight and uncomfortable with the hopes that it would motivate me to lose. Well, the trip is 3 and a half weeks away and things aren't going well. And money doesn't grow on trees. So I gotta step it up and make something happen so I can fit into those things. I think a good ten pounds will do it for me. So here we go...

angieand2girls
11-27-2012, 11:52 AM
Actually, I didn't stick it out lol. I put the Insanity DVD in....half-a**ed the warm up and first interval, then turned the DVD off with 35 minutes left. I'm burned out. For 10 weeks straight (with this being the 11th week), I have exercised 6 days a week, TWICE a day. I was going to reduce my exercise after Insanity was done, but that reduction is going to happen starting today LOL. I won't be finishing the last two weeks of Insanity. I'm completely okay with this. I've already done a full 9 week round and got in a full 7 weeks in the second round, so that's 16 weeks of Insanity I've done! I'll still be doing my Chalean Extreme (which I still absolutely LOVE) and my 30 minute cardio sessions at the gym (I'll be focusing on my running). I'll still be working out 6 days a week this week and next week, but only once a day now which I can handle...and no cardio everyday. I'll end up putting Insanity in my rotation where I'll rotate between the massive amount of exercise DVD's I have.....so I'll still end up doing it but not everyday. I feel good about this change! LOL! :D

I also want to change up my macros. I've been reading a lot about a ketogenic diet and I want to give it a try. I think I'm going to put together some meal plans in the coming weeks and see how it works for me.

With RFL, do you have to severely restrict your fat intake?

Lishar
11-27-2012, 12:19 PM
Hello Ladies. I am going to try and get back on a routine again. I have not gotten back after my oldest was sick for a week. Plateau again. My eating has not been great but not really bad either. I am just not exercising like I was.

Angie you night sounds horrible. My oldest was always really good about getting to the toilet. My youngest not so much. She is as bad as the animals getting it all over the carpet. Take a break. You have been going really hard. I totally understand you not finishing after the night you had.

Lebenalles good luck on your new diet. I am just calorie counting with My fitness pal. It seems to be working. I just plateau a bit more than I would like.

Welcome purplebutterfly.

LaurieDawn
11-27-2012, 01:40 PM
Just checking in very quickly. So glad you're here, Purplefirefly.

I have been avoiding 3FC so I didn't feel as guilty about the fact that even after a very good eating/exercising day on Friday, I went off the rails Saturday, restricted calories but ate empty calories Sunday, then back to really poor eating yesterday.

And today is a new day. Checking in to 3FC, seeing all of you and hearing about how you're fighting through your struggles, and being accountable.

My very stupid plan for the day: I am way behind at work. I am exhausted from family drama. And I have no patience for planning food today, and I am SICK of what I have been eating. So, for today, all I will eat is protein bars. I have them at my desk, I have been avoiding them and missing them, and I can restrict calories easily on them. I know they're glorified candy bars, but at least they have both protein and some other nutrients. For today, it will work. Tomorrow, I will be smarter. And I will hit the weights.

LaurieDawn
11-27-2012, 01:43 PM
Plus I weighed today and updated my ticker. Always makes it easier for me to feel more energized when I'm "starting over" when I have an accurate ticker. I will not leave it at my low weight and then fight to get back down to that weight. I want to move it for every hard-fought pound. Because even when I put on stupidity pounds, they're hard to get off. And I want credit for them, dang it.

LebenAlles
11-27-2012, 02:13 PM
Laurie - I did the same thing with my ticker today. Although, I just realized that I must've mistyped because it says "247945 lbs gained, 248080 lb. to go. Don't give up!" Ha!! Funny stuff...certainly glad that isn't the case, good lord. But yeah, I had gotten down to 247.7 before thanksgiving, but since I went batsh*t crazy....yeah.

Anyways, I think all of us are needing a recharge. And really, we don't have to feel bad about that. We're all doers. Not just talkers, but doers. And if we need a break, we'll take a break. Then we'll jump right back in there, and start doing again. Like good ole Lyle said in his book, sometimes you just need a break psychologically. It's good for the soul.

I'm finding that about every 20-25 lbs or so, I have to change things up. I started with WW then 25 lbs in I hit a plateau. After six months of plateauing, I switched to MFP. That got me through the next 30 lbs and now I'm needing a kickstart. So RFL it is. When I get back from NYC, who knows what I'll do next? One thing I can guarantee though, is that I'll be doing something. I'm doing this.

Coffeelover64
11-27-2012, 03:38 PM
I'm with you guys - I'm going to have to redo my ticker. I'm not very good at keeping it updated. I was lower than what's stated on it, now I'm higher!

angieand2girls - wow, you must be fit! Insanity and Chalean extreme are tough workouts! I'm obviously larger than you, and I find it difficult to exercise vigorously without hurting myself when I'm above about 180. In the mean time I'm doing Leslie Sansone and water aerobics classes.

angieand2girls
11-27-2012, 05:39 PM
Coffeelover - I definitely was not fit when I started LOL! I've progressed as time went on and I'm definitely more fit than I was when I started. I do feel that my muscles have conditioned immensely to allow me to do Insanity at a heavier weight. Chalean IS tough, but I've always had the ability to develop big muscles and have always been strong for a woman. I actually had my testosterone tested a few years ago and supposedly it's above what's normal for women. Maybe that's why I can handle tough workouts? LOL! I keep hearing that women won't bulk up when they lift heavy because they don't have as much testosterone....and then I wonder about women like me....who have above normal levels. I guess time will tell if I end up looking like He-Man LOL!

Some of you ladies are doing RFL. I found a website that discusses it so I'm going to read up on it to see if it's something I'd want to do to bring in some change. :)

LebenAlles
11-27-2012, 11:59 PM
I gotta say, today was hard and then again it wasn't. I wasn't nearly as hungry as I thought I'd be, but I also wasn't very thrilled about the limitations of my menu. There's no grey area to this RFL. At first I was afraid it'd be like Atkins where you're eating bacon all the time, wrapped in butter...but RFL restricts fat intake as well, so no bacon and definitely no butter (which is something you asked earlier, Angie, and I forgot to respond...sorry!).

I love vegetables and I love lean meats. So that part is a win win for me. But I also love to snack. And even more so, I LOVE dessert. I only had 7 grams of sugar today. I think the only time that has happened...oh wait, that has never happened. And wow, even though I got my 85g's of protein in today, I had very very little calories. Like...crazy little. And that seems weird. I think I'm going to have to get creative and figure out how to make different things with the small choices I have available. I think I could do some chicken lettuce cups with some modifications to the sauce. And a turkey patty with sauteed mushrooms could be good. Hmmm...

Angie, I'd be interested to see that website you found...

I have to keep remembering that this is a 'safe crash diet'...or as safe as you can get it, at least. It's a jumpstart, not a permanent thing. And something I've discovered about myself in the past year is that I actually do have willpower. So yeah...I can do this.

Sorry for the 800 peptalks I give myself on here. I think half the time it's really just me trying to convince myself of something...trying to ingrain it in my brain. Sometimes it even works!

LaurieDawn
11-28-2012, 03:09 AM
Laurie - I did the same thing with my ticker today. Although, I just realized that I must've mistyped because it says "247945 lbs gained, 248080 lb. to go. Don't give up!" Ha!! Funny stuff...certainly glad that isn't the case, good lord. But yeah, I had gotten down to 247.7 before thanksgiving, but since I went batsh*t crazy....yeah.

Anyways, I think all of us are needing a recharge. And really, we don't have to feel bad about that. We're all doers. Not just talkers, but doers. And if we need a break, we'll take a break. Then we'll jump right back in there, and start doing again. Like good ole Lyle said in his book, sometimes you just need a break psychologically. It's good for the soul.

Maybe it's because I'm tired and a little emotionally fragile, but I laughed so hard at this, I started crying. Suddenly, my 2-pound gain seems completely innocuous. Good luck losing your 250000 pounds!

I also love that you said that about talkers and doers.

And Angie, I love how you keep things in perspective!

Super low calorie day for me, plus lifting. Not the smartest combo, but that's how it works out sometimes. Tomorrow - back to 'normal' eating. :-)

LebenAlles
11-28-2012, 10:24 AM
Laurie - Ahhh the laugh-cry. I feel like I do that a lot more these days. But seriously, compared to the 250000 I have left to lose, a couple of pounds ain't nothin!

So this RFL thing works. Or at least the first day did. 246.8 this morning. Down 3.4 lbs since yesterday morning! Holy crap. I know that's pretty much the rest of the water weight from Thanksgiving but 246.8 is 246.8 and I'm pretty damn pleased. And get this...I'm already in one of the sweaters and pairs of pants that I started this diet to fit into! WTH??

I'm already working on a plan for not gaining everything back when I stop the diet, and I hope it works. I know I'll gain at least a little back, but maybe I can stop myself from gaining it all? We'll see. I can definitely say, though, that the first day was a success!

angieand2girls
11-28-2012, 12:36 PM
LebenAlles - it's a forum on lylemcdonald.com. The only thing that makes me nervous is the low fat lol. I've been losing eating a moderate amount of fat (maybe 30-33% of my calories) and going too low fat makes me angry....literally LOL! I feel anger and generally I don't feel as good (I've tried low fat before). Of course RFL is a non-permenant thing so I'm sure the weight loss boost is worth the reduction in fat. :) Here is the link:

http://forums.lylemcdonald.com/forumdisplay.php?f=7

All I know is, I'm definitely ready to change up my meal plan. I've never done low-carb before but it's really peaking my interest.

Today has gone pretty well so far. Since I quit Insanity, I decided to go to the gym this morning (instead of the afternoon) and I pushed myself further on the treadmill. I went 2.65mi in 35 minutes. I jogged the first 1.5mi nonstop and while increasing the incline every 2 minutes. My quads are screaming at me right now lol...but I'm pretty proud of myself. I used to jog the whole 35 minutes straight which is what I'm building back up to. Now time to stuff my face. :D

LebenAlles
11-29-2012, 10:33 AM
Angie - Yeah, I kinda went a bit psycho this morning when I couldn't find anything to wear, ha...so it might be taking its toll on me. The thing is, it's working. Really well. And I don't feel constant hunger either, which I didn't expect. Cravings, yes, but not hunger.

245.4 this morning. That's about five pounds already, on day 3. What I'm hoping to do now is to lose as much as I can before going absolutely nuts, then come off it slowly and still have a big loss.

Laurie - How have things been since you've come off of it? Or have you?

angieand2girls
11-29-2012, 11:34 AM
haha! That's hilarious! I had a funny mental image of you rummaging through your closet! lol! I'm so glad it's working for you. How many calories do you end up eating in a day on average? You definitely have the right idea about coming off it slowly to maintain what you've lost while on the plan. 5 pounds in 3 days is pretty impressive!

Laurie - I too was wondering how RFL went/is going for you. :)

angieand2girls
11-29-2012, 11:35 AM
Hello Ladies. I am going to try and get back on a routine again. I have not gotten back after my oldest was sick for a week. Plateau again. My eating has not been great but not really bad either. I am just not exercising like I was.

Angie you night sounds horrible. My oldest was always really good about getting to the toilet. My youngest not so much. She is as bad as the animals getting it all over the carpet. Take a break. You have been going really hard. I totally understand you not finishing after the night you had.

Lebenalles good luck on your new diet. I am just calorie counting with My fitness pal. It seems to be working. I just plateau a bit more than I would like.

Welcome purplebutterfly.

Lishar - how have things been going? Have you broken past your plateau?

LaurieDawn
11-29-2012, 12:40 PM
My experience in a nutshell. Started RFL. The first six days, averaged a pound per day loss. Woo hoo. Went into PMS mode, didn't really lose much. Hit Thanksgiving, and family stuff plus the typical 'I feel so deprived' mindset, plus my ex giving me grief about gym time = a mini-breakdown. I would do great on my lifting days, progressively worse on my non-lifting days.

So, 219.4 when I started on Sunday, November 11. Down to 213.0 by November 18. Out-of-control week plus PMS, and up to 216.8 Tuesday, November 27. Decided to go off RFL (which I was only actually doing every other day, and completely off the rails on non-lifting days) to regroup.

So, I am now doing what I was doing before I heard of RFL, but still taking supplements, and planning to restart Sunday. I was down to 213.6 yesterday and a new low of 212.2 today. I am also post-TOM and shedding carb bloat again (plus the icky but real factor of expelling the weight of waste from too much food).

So, I am a mix of weird facfors, so it's hard to tell what coming off should look like. But happy to be eating my protein bars for the next few days (and honestly, I allowed myself one post-lifting on RFL most of the time anyway as an incentive for getting to the gym), and should be ready for the next real push on Sunday. Would love to be in Onederland by New Year's, but it's an incredibly long shot at this point.

LebenAlles
11-29-2012, 01:43 PM
Angie - Clothes were flying everywhere and lots of four letter words were said. It wasnt a pretty sight.

Laurie - That's not bad at all. Just a 3lb gain? I can deal with that. I can't imagine trying to do this right at Thanksgiving time. I'd go nuts. But hey, you're right about at the 60lbs lost mark, too. Very awesome. Long hard road, eh?

As for me, I'm doing it very strictly. Every day, only eating things off the list, taking the supplements, no exercise and all that jazz. For me, I'm set for 85g of protein a day and right now that's about 500-600 calories. Which makes it sound like I'm starving myself, but I'm really not. I am starting to feel pretty tired though. Not sickly feeling, but not as much energy. I guess that's to be expected. For me, though, the tired doesn't compare to how awesome it is to wake up in the morning and see that damn scale go down. That can set me in a good mood quite easily, despite an utter lack of wardrobe.

LebenAlles
11-29-2012, 02:09 PM
Oh, and I read part of that forum and apparently Lyle actually comments on it, which on its own is very cool...but most of the time he kinda comes off as an a$s. I mean, i see where he's coming from since people ask things that are in the book, but jeez. He gets down right snippity.

LaurieDawn
11-29-2012, 05:22 PM
I am so happy you are rolling through it! Just to be clear, I don't attribute the 3-pound gain to coming off of RFL. I attribute it to the 64-ounce Coke, the ice cream, the cookies, the high-sugar cereal, etc. I ate terribly on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lots of extra, high-calorie, carby food equals temporary crazy weight gain, no matter the plan, at least in my experience.

angieand2girls
11-29-2012, 09:44 PM
Laurie - your Thursday/Saturday/Sunday sounds like my today. Today I just felt like eating...and I went ahead and gave myself permission, with the promise to myself to not do it again until my weigh in two months from now. I mean, a couple extra calories here and there is fine every now and then, but I added a WHOLE LOT of extra calories...like an additional 1,600 on top of the 1,400 of my on plan food. I usually don't have the urge to eat a lot but today it's like my body wanted FOOOOOD LOL! It was mainly carbs too. I hardly ever do this so I don't feel too bad.

But on a positive note, I went to try on some clothes today to see what size pants I'm in now. On July 2, I was a 24W. Today, I fit into size 14's! They were a very comfortable fit too (no muffin tops). I had room in them. So I went home to try on the 12's in my closet and they zipped and buttoned but created too much of a muffin top for my taste, so I'm not ready for them yet. I also bought some spanx to help with my loose skin on my stomach. Ugh. I've never been this loose before having kids and being obese, but it is what it is. I'll just have to deal. I still look good. :D

LaurieDawn
11-30-2012, 03:25 AM
I don't know why I feel the need to correct this, but Friday and Sunday were good days, cuz they were lifting days, and exercise keeps me on track. So, Thursday, Saturday, and Monday were my bad days.

Woot! Angie, you are ROCKING this. I love that you know you look good. :-)

Coffeelover64
11-30-2012, 07:54 AM
angie - wow! that's a remarkably smaller lower half! But don't get me started on Spanx! lol

I finally stepped on the scale yesterday after not weighing myself since before Halloween. I expected that I had gained back the weight I had lost (8 pounds, so not a big deal). But surprisingly I had lost a pound. I've given it some thought and decided to try more of a 'habits based' approach. Basically just clean eating without following a specfic program or counting calories. I'm going to give it a month and see what happens. Very long story but I'm also a binge-eater and my doctor has put me on a low-dose of Prozac and from past experience I know that this reduces the binging. Strict diets increase the amount of binging so...I'm just going to build clean eating one habit at a time.

LebenAlles
11-30-2012, 10:44 AM
Angie - That's awesome! Both the fact that you were able to give yourself a much needed break without feeling guilty AND that you're in a comfortable 14. That gives you the leeway to be able to shop pretty much anywhere you want, which is pretty exciting if you ask me.

Coffeelover - Congrats on losing instead of gaining! During the holidays that's an even better accomplishment...you should be proud

Laurie - Sounds like moderating your 'bad' days to every other day really helped out. That might be a tactic I use to taper off of this thing in a few weeks. Though in NYC, moderation will be out the window for sure. Bakery's are planned on a daily basis, h*ll yeah!

243.4 - I have to admit, I'm getting addicted to this scale dropping business. At the rate I'm going, I'll have hit my first RFL goal (and subsequently my first NYC goal) by midweek next week. Only four pounds away from that one! And so far, I'm sleepy but still not feeling crappy, so that's good. From all that I've read, though, the second week is much much harder.
I did come up with a few 'recipes' for the plan that are making it easier to not get burned out, so that helps. If any of you ladies decide you want them, let me know!

LebenAlles
12-01-2012, 03:23 PM
241.6 this morning!! So freaking close to the 230's and my 'acceptable' goal for December 21st/NYC. Going to shoot for 235 once I hit the 239 goal.

Had my first free meal and it was glorious. Hummus and Gyro on pita from my favorite Greek restaurant, and half a brownie and a cupcake (red velvet with cream cheese frosting from a bakery down the street...oh. my. god.) for dessert. Might have stretched it with the dessert, but it was WORTH it. Definitely helped with the deprived feeling and gives me an even greater will to keep going. I am curious as to how it will effect tomorrow's weigh in though.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Lishar
12-01-2012, 08:35 PM
I have been so busy. I am sorry for not checking in. I just feel guilty about posting but not reading all your post. I will try to do that soon. I am doing OK. I still have not made it back to the gym. DH even commented tonight. I will try and get over there Monday. No childcare on the weekends and DH works all weekend (nights). We see him about an hour each day when he works.

I think I broke my plateau. I lost only 6lbs in November. Not great but I guess its better than nothing. Keeping on plan expect for the exercise. I reduced my calories to compensate.

Have a great weekend everyone.

LebenAlles
12-03-2012, 10:32 AM
243.2 this morning. That free meal set me back a couple of days which has upset me, but I shouldn't be surprised. 7 lbs in a week is still pretty great.

I was back on plan yesterday and will continue for the rest of the week. I was planning another free meal tomorrow or Wednesday since I'm allotted 2, but I don't like how much it set me back. I'm fine with not having another til Saturday. Hopefully tomorrow shows some more progress.

Hope everyone is well.

LaurieDawn
12-04-2012, 02:14 PM
Checking in. My dad came to town nd my daughter had a birthday. Got chaos at work and things at home. My food and exercise choices have suffered. Plus,I have sort of got the 'new relationship and that's where I want to focus my time' thing going on. Back on it today, baby. I am at 213.0 as of this morning. Going to lift, eat right, and hike some trails this evening.

Lishar
12-04-2012, 10:34 PM
I finally got back to the gym today. I forgot lunch so we had to come home. My husband volunteered to take the kids back for the afternoon while I went to the gym. He can be sweet. I was able to walk 3 miles in an hour not great but I did it. So that is what matters.

I made the best dinner. Crockpot roast beef with asperagus and Yorkshire pudding for the family. I had a sweet potato. I love yorkshire pudding. I might have a slice or two on Christmas.

LaurieDawn my DD birthday was Monday. I hope things settle down for you.

LebenAlles I hope you get back to where you want to be. I have been up a pound or two since my drop last week.

LebenAlles
12-05-2012, 05:14 PM
I've totally blown the diet out of the water. I guess that's the problem with these quick fix diets. You can be bee-boppin along, doing well, and then BAM, the cravings strike. I'll do fine until dinner and sometimes even through dinner, but right before bed I just SNAP...and end up ending something I wouldnt eat normally. Like putting ice cream on a chocolate graham cracker and calling it an ice cream sandwich. WTH? And today I bought my kryptonite...those little debbie christmas trees. And Cheetos. I havent eaten either of those in a long long long time. I have lost my mind.

So right now my plan is to just not gain ALL of the weight back in the next few days and to start back up again with RFL on Monday. I think I started it too many weeks before my vacation and psyched myself out or something. And I also think that the free meal might not be a good idea for me. At least not the way I did it. Cuz man, I was ROCKING it before that free meal. Durn! Oh well, lessoned learned. Now I've just gotta reign it in.

Laurie and Lishar, glad you guys checked in. Wonder how Angie is doing? Holidays are tough.

angieand2girls
12-06-2012, 01:04 AM
Hi ladies! Sorry I haven't checked in. Last thursday, after my chalean extreme workout, and after having ate all my calories for the day, my body wanted food soooo badly. Or maybe it was my head? Either way I was hungry as crap so I binged. I ate whatever was in the house (cookies, chips, cereal, etc). I counted every calorie though. I stopped at around 3,497 calories for the day. My carb intake was massive....522g. Oddly enough, I didn't feel that bad about it...so I went to bed. But when the morning came (last friday), I was supposed to exercise and I didn't even feel like doing that...and I was STARVING when I woke up (damn carbs). So right then and there, I decided to start my fast. I was away from the boards because I know fasting isn't supported here on 3FC so I didn't want to post, but I do it for internal healing, both mentally and physically (I've improved my health quite a bit). Anyways, I had one planned for next week (which was planned back in July as part of my 1 year health & fitness journey), but I started it early. I'm not exercising right now, but just focusing myself inwardly. My food demon is very much still alive lol. I've kept him at bay for a good while, and I wonder if I'll ever be able to rid myself of him completely. I never want to go back to going crazy with food...or losing my control completely. But I admit...I love food! I'll check back in several days ladies! Keep pushing! And I am NOT giving up! :)

Lishar
12-07-2012, 01:14 AM
Lenbenalles I hear you about cravings. My DD Loves cheetos and I had a few from her bag last week.

Angie hugs about your binge. I have never fasted but I know people who do. How long will you do that?

Not much new here. Keeping on keeping on. I was down to 223 but that did not last long. Trying to get back there. I ate before being about to weigh this morning so oh well no weight today. I have not decided if I will check in the morning.

cheeriloos
12-08-2012, 12:39 PM
Hi Girls, I know its been a while.

How are you all doing on your programs? :)

I was really disappointed in myself after RFL I was on it for nearly a week and did not lose one single pound. after that was thanksgiving and i ended up going up to 221, I said forget it. I was losing just fine on my diet and got greedy for my wedding . I stopped that RFL thing i'm sure it works for many ppl if you do it right i guess i did it wrong and its just not my thing. I've lost all the weight I put on and i'm down to 210.5 now. Thank God . What a roller coaster its been . I'm only 6 weeks away from my wedding date and i need to be under 200 for my self confidence I will feel much better walking down the aisle in the 100's rather than the 2's . I have decided to walk 100 miles before my wedding and started hitting it hard. I'm really happy to be losing

LaurieDawn
12-08-2012, 03:31 PM
Victoria - Good on you for picking a pln that works for you! I liked RFL, but it's only a tool. Your hammer's working just fine. Super exciting about the wedding!

Angie - I think fasting is amazing. I can't wait to hear how it goes.

LebenAlles -I totally feel you on the post-RFL binge. I still don't regret it, though. Not only did i lose weight, it injected a bit of needed energy into my weight loss efforts.

Lisha - The steadfast determination is what wins. Glad to hear about your new low.

210.2 this morning. Skipping my lifting today for work and a date. Sad, but not regretting the decision.I really like this guy.:-) Hopefully, I will be productive enough today that I will get a chance to lift tomorrow.

cheeriloos
12-10-2012, 10:33 AM
Good Morning Ladies~ Hope you're all doing well!

I weighed in today at 209.5 Yes! I get a reward finally! I"m gonna get a manicure today as my reward ai cant wait til my love comes home to watch the girls so I can treat myself. I'm excited for my next reward already :D

LebenAlles
12-11-2012, 10:19 AM
Good Morning Everyone,
Day 2 back on RFL and I'm back to 245 (had climbed back up to 249, yikes!). I definitely think I started it too soon before so I'm on board and excited this time. Ten days? I can do that. And I'm almost positive that I'll make it to at least 239 which was my very first goal for the end of the year. Maybe even the second goal of 235, which would be awesome. That way maybe my gain from the vacation won't put me back in the 240's.
Cheeriloos, congrats on your awesome weigh in! You're so close to onderland, I bet you can taste it. I hope you enjoyed your manicure.

Angie, I can definitely see the benefits of fasting. Clearing your mind and your body at the same time has to be a good thing. Do what you do!

Laurie, you're also insanely close to onderland! I'm excited for you, keep it up!

Lishar, glad to hear you're hanging in there!

angieand2girls
12-12-2012, 12:50 AM
Hi ladies! It seems like everyone is doing well! I see some Onederland creepers! That's so exciting!

I did some tweeking to my weigh in's. My next official weigh in was supposed to be February 1, 2013, but I wanted to get a New Year's weight before I started my lower carb meal plan on January 1st, so I'm going to weigh in on December 31, which is in 20 days (I added a countdown ticker lol). I've never done the low carb thing before so I figure getting a starting weight would be helpful before I plunge into higher fat and higher protein foods. I'm going to try it for two months and see how it goes. After a month of it, I'll weigh in again on February 11th and if all is going well, I'll go back to my every 3 months or so. The break from exercise has been wonderful. My body is getting the rest that it needs. I'm going to pick up some kundalini yoga on Monday, then ease myself back into gym classes, the treadmill, and then my full swing heavy lifting and intense cardio. But this time, only 5 days a week (instead of 6), and only 2 of those days will be twice a day exercise (instead of all 6 like last time). I'm going to slow my speed down this next round....and start taking it at a pace I could keep up with long term. Plus, it would be good to start losing at a slower pace so my skin can catch up! :)

cheeriloos
12-12-2012, 08:34 AM
Angie - How exciting, I love watching other ppls progress, I know you will do fantastic at your weigh in. I do low carb and low cal but not high fat. maybe you can try healthy fats if you are doing high fat I heard there is still some controversy on eating high fat diet. You will do great either way :)

angieand2girls
12-12-2012, 12:37 PM
Thanks cheriloos! :) Controversy exists everywhere. There is even controversy on what's considered healthy fats. I educate myself as much as I can (and even that can be controversial and endless) and I use my intuition and experimentation for the rest. The only way I will know what works for my body is to experiment with it. If it doesn't do well for me, then in the trash it goes. :)

Lishar
12-12-2012, 12:40 PM
Angie your plan sounds great. I still think you are amazing to keep away from the scale. I see the benefits but I don't think I could be that strong.

I have taken a break from exercise but not planned. MY DD was sick so I had to stay home and I have just not gotten back into the routine again. I know once I do I will wonder why I stopped so long. The YMCA has childcare and its an hour or 2 alone. Which for a SAHM is very much needed. We homeschool so my girls don't go away to school every day. I need a break. LOL.

LenbenAlles- Good Luck on your reboot. I don't think I could do RFL.

Cheeriloos WoW below 210 amazing. Great job.

Lauriedawn- I hope your date went great. You are getting so close to onderland.

I have seemed to gotten past my plateau between 223-225. I am 221.8 this morning.

Have an amazing week ladies.

angieand2girls
12-12-2012, 10:08 PM
Lishar - is your daughter feeling better now? I know how you feel about needing a break. I'm a single mother of 2 (ages 5 and 6) and my 5 year old is not in school yet (her birthday is past the state deadline) so I have a child with me every minute of the day. I hope you can find some time for yourself soon.

Ladies, I've been doing a lot of reflecting during my downtime. I won't write a novel about it here (although I easily could lol), but in a nutshell, I feel a strong desire to revamp my health goals. I don't want to be 126 anymore. I went and bought some new clothes over the weekend and I look damn good. I have noticed that since having kids, my boobs are a cup size bigger than they used to be at this size. When I wore a 36 band size, it was always a DD, but I'm a 36DDD. And my hips are wider than they used to be. In the past, when I wore a size 14, I could only fit large shirts. But now my bottoms are 14's (getting very close to 12's) and I wear medium blouses very easily. My waist to hip ratio has increased since having two babies (because of wider hips...so my waist looks even smaller) and you know what? I LOVE IT! I absolutely adore every last curve on my body and when I put on clothes that reveal my shape, even I can't believe my eyes. I have loose skin on my stomach and at first, I was bothered by this. But I sat with this too and realized, it is what it is. I embrace it and I still love my body even with the loose skin. I bought a shapewear tank top and it sucks my stomach in so good that you'd never be able to tell I had any loose skin. Basically what I'm saying is.....I no longer care about the weight. I don't want to set any more weight goals. I would like to get to a very comfortable size 12 (coming soon) and then focus on toning my body through heavy lifting and cardio. I realized just how pleased I am with how I'm looking visually so now I'd just like to do some tweeking to tighten up a bit. I'm still going to weigh myself on December 31st as a new year reference but it won't matter what the scale says. I'm changing my goals to be size-related, rather than weight. I consider myself to be pretty fit. I have incredible endurance (Insanity will do that for you lol), I can jog a mile with ease, I'm strong.....I have come a long way and can do more than some can that is smaller than me. If I can be healthy and keep all these beautiful volumptous curves? Then I am right where I want to be.

Sorry for the long post (I tried not to type a novel lol) but those have been my revelations over the past week. I will still move into a low carb diet (to see how it works for me as a long term thing) and I'm still doing my exercise plan because I've grown to LOOVE exercise. I'm slowing it down, but I'm not stopping. I'm taking time to smell the roses along the way LOL. Thanks for listening ladies. :)

Lishar
12-12-2012, 11:00 PM
Good for you Angie. Its nice to be happy with yourself. Being fit is much better than being a lower number. If that makes sense. I think you are on the right track.

I really did not want to go to the gym tonight. MY DH encouraged me. I Have not been back lifting so I just did cardio. I walked for an hour about 3 or so miles. I forgot to look. MY problems is that I often have to pee in the middle. So I have to leave and come back. LOL. After having 3 kids my bladder is shot. TMI.
I am glad I did. I feel better now. I just need to get back into a routine. My kids love going to the play area. So its win win.