100 lb. Club - ReGainers ReLosing ~ Get it off again!

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11-01-2012, 12:10 PM
This is a board for those who need the support to relose that which we have regained. Anyone is welcome!

11-01-2012, 12:33 PM
Got past the Halloween candy with only small failure. Holidays are here. Got the music out to look at it yesterday, nice thoughts right now. I am in a good space for a little bit. Who knows how long it will last. My life is a cycle of: on plan, gungho on plan, trying to stay on plan, and lost it. The lost it is where I seem to be spending most of my time lately. The willpower is not even near my plan goals. Well today is a new day and that makes it brighter. Have a great on plan day. Funky

11-01-2012, 09:24 PM
FUNKY ~ thanks for starting the new November thread -- and a new month brings with it a fresh new beginning. :cheer2:

We had a good day. Went out of town to get our new glasses. I got some neat-o funky ones too. Will have them in about 2-3 weeks. Food was good as well. Tomorrow will be busy with a test at our nearest city hospital; and maybe we'll get to do a bit of clothes shopping if the weather is good and the roads stay clear for us.

Hope you all have a fabulous OP Friday tomorrow ... :D

11-02-2012, 12:55 PM
Nov 2nd already. How did the year go so fast? Had curry chicken yesterday, very good. Had leftovers this morning, curry always tastes good. TOM is here and I weighed myself, big mistake.

I wonder where everyone is? Funky

Judy Lynn
11-02-2012, 01:27 PM
Hi Funky and Rosebud. I am still hanging in there. My eating has been good, even though my scale does not reflect it. I need to just put that out of my mind, and keep going or else I know what will happen. I will keep gaining!

I ordered new glasses too! I needed a new prescription anyway, so I figured it was time for a change.

I have a physical coming up on Dec. 6, and man would I like to be down a few pounds by then. My doctor always mentions my weight, well I guess that's her job, but I still hate it.

Well, TGIF! Have a good one!

11-02-2012, 11:10 PM
HI JUDYLYNN ~ sounds like you are doing well, so just keep going. Sometimes, it takes a little time for the scales to go down, but you are still losing fat and inches, etc.

FUNKY ~ maybe you could pass on your weigh-in on that week; continue on the other weeks instead, so you don't get too discouraged by the water-weight gain during that time.

We had a good day; the weather wasn't so bad after all and the roads stayed clear for us all the way. We didn't have time to shop but wanted to get back home as it started to snow just as we were leaving. We had lunch out and I ate lots, so I had a very, very light dinner and am sure I still stayed under my daily amount but I can also count it as a flex day if I want to as well. :D

Have a wonderful OP weekend ladies ... just do your very best!:cool:

11-03-2012, 12:48 PM
Hello all. I need to go get new glasses, my eyesight has gotten so bad since last year. I am wearing drug store glasses to read but now it am wearing them on the end of my nose and I look so old that I am going to go get bifocals and wear them all the time. My friend says it is hard to do that, is it?
I am weighing but I am just going to let it go and move on. I am in a good place right now I do not know how I got here but I am easy going right now. Maybe this will not turn out well.

Judy Lynn I hate it when the Dr states the obvious about weight. I just hate to go to the doctor. I hope the physical goes well. What is it for?

Justwant2be Snow how fun. We are supposed to be snowy in Utah but we haven't had snow in years. We get it in the mountains that goodness but my kids have not made a snowman in years. I miss it. I hope we have a snowy Christmas. Too bad about the shopping but it sounds like you are doing great on plan. Congrats.

Well love to you all. Funky

Judy Lynn
11-03-2012, 06:54 PM
Funky, the physical is just a regular check up, the kind we are supposed to have yearly, but it has been about three years. I hate them too. Get to do all the fun tests: Boob squishing, poop test, blood work, and that is before I go to the doctor appointment where I get poked and prodded. Never fun, but worth the peace of mind, I guess.

I was down .6 of a pound this morning at my weigh in. Not great, but at least it is in the right direction.

Well, everyone have a great weekend!

11-03-2012, 09:09 PM
I wonder where everyone is? Funky

I don't know about everyone else, but I have been so busy with nursing school and my job as a CNA that I barely have time to catch up on everything on here!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have to go to work in a little bit; working 8 pm to 7 am.

Laters!! :wave:

11-03-2012, 09:49 PM
FUNKY ~ yes, that is part of the process; you know now what to expect on that week, so you can just ignore it and move on. It helps to be aware. We're pretty high up on the continent so we get snow every year for sure; it is part of life here and brings winter tourists to ski and snowmobile. I like having all four seasons; and find the snow very pretty on the trees and bushes. You just have to know how to dress for warmth here, that's all. :D

PEGGY ~ yes, you have a busy life both working long shifts and going to school too. I sure don't miss those days ... ;)

JUDY LYNN ~ hope the check-up turns out positive for you in the end; and congrats on that downward movement ... :cool:

We had a regular November day here: overcast but nothing much fell today. The roads melted a bit though. We still have some snow elsewhere. We are supposed to get some :sunny: tomorrow, but we'll see if it shows (it didn't today). Food was good today; we had fish for dinner tonight. I kept busy indoors doing light housechores, sorting more clothes, doing laundry, and such. Some movement is better than none.

I want to try out my ski poles again, but we'll see how that feels before I venture out too far. If I feel OK, I'll walk a bit, but if not -- I'll be switching to indoor stuff this winter like I did last year. I still lost 25 lbs last winter so I would be happy to match that this year too.

Have a wonderful OP weekend everyone ... :cheer2:

11-04-2012, 08:48 AM
I am in the right frame of mind to lose this weight plus some. I had to stop looking at what i had gained back and just faced the weight on the scales. I am now looking at how much i have lost in all and kept off. I am doing great and pray it continues.
Cooking a pot of pinto beans today and some cabbage. My house will smell awful but both are healthy and I love them. Im trying to eat real food with the exception of an ocassional slimfast.
I wanted a glass of wine last night so bad but didnt give in because i didnt want the calories in it. I know my head is in the right place when i start thinking like that.

As for getting glasses..I went from no glasses to lined bifocals. I thought I would die! It was truly hard. This time I went from lined bifocals to no lines and it hard also. In fact I still have trouble after a couple of weeks reading a book. She said it would take time. I do know I can see so much clearer in general with my new glasses. I had went a bit to long between eye exams(almost 2 yrs).

Guess i will swap out our clothing today and then do a few things outside to get ready for putting up my christmas stuff. Hard to believe its coming so fast!

11-05-2012, 07:49 AM
I did it!! I stayed on plan all weekend! Thats a huge success for me!!

Judy Lynn
11-05-2012, 11:46 AM
I did it!! I stayed on plan all weekend! Thats a huge success for me!!

Way to go dgramie! That's great! :bravo:

I didn't do too bad this weekend. I am aiming for a solid two pound loss this week, so I need to buckle down.

It sure was nice drive to work in the daylight this morning.

Better get some work done. Have an awesome day!

11-05-2012, 01:10 PM
I regained 30+ lbs from my low weight this past spring. I was 164 and now I'm 191 after losing a few lbs from my high weight this summer. Loss of job, inability to find more work, and other stress all played a factor. I've been down and wallowing in self-pity for the past few months and now I'm finally in the state of mind to tackle weight loss again!

My goal is to lose the 30 lbs I've regained by my birthday, May 14. I've cleaned up my diet for the past couple weeks and recently started walking again. I'm excited to lose the weight and wear all my favourite clothes again!

Here's to a fresh start. I know we can do it!

11-05-2012, 10:47 PM
Welcome RIESZ ~ this happens to a lot of people; major stresses in their lives come and they turn to food. Before they know it, they gain back some or all they have lost. Kudos to you for checking this at just 30 lbs. You can do this; you did it before. We all need to learn new strategies to deal with our stresses in this life. It is so hard, but we can do it.

I was stressed with my DH for a bit today, but I was determined not to let it be a reason to overeat; and I didn't ... yeah! THis Alzheimers is such a battle some days; he'll do well for one or two days, then have a zinger once again. I walked out of the kitchen and found something else to do. :D

dGramie ~ good for you having an OP weekend! Yeah!!! :carrot:

Judy Lynn ~ I find the sudden darkness hard to adjust to also. It feels so weird to constantly wake up to darkness or these very grey skies. I love to wake to :sunny: in the morning. Oh well, Mr. Sunshine will be back in December, I'm sure.

Have a terrifically OP Tuesday, everyone; I'm cheering for you all ... :cheer2:

11-06-2012, 08:47 AM
I have an unexpected day off! A little one is sick and stayed home with mommy today. So now I have to decide what I want to do with my day. I am tempted to run around with a good friend, but know I need to do some deep cleaning.
I have a long list made of chores I need to accomplish around the house in the next few weeks but it would be so much more fun to run around. LOL

11-06-2012, 11:41 PM
Just checkin' in ladies ~ had a busy day running errands, paying bills, and shopping today. Got lots of walking in -- that's for sure and my feet really are feeling it. Food was good too. Time to get these feet up for the night.

Have a wonderfully OP Wednesday, everyone ... :D

11-07-2012, 04:40 PM
Hi everybody. I'm so sorry I keep jumping in and disappearing. I'm back on plan and determined to stick with it until February 1. I've been holding steady at minus 40 down from my high weight, but still 70 lbs above what I weighed 18 months ago, so not good. Hope I'll see you guys around a lot. I need support!!

11-07-2012, 06:12 PM
Hey mind if I join in the discussion a bit?

I didn't lose a hige amount of weight, but I did lose about 18-19 lbs, which is the most I ever have. This was about 2 years ago. Pretty much all of it is back :(. I started again on movember first and so far feel like I am doing really well. Most days have been OP and even the misses were far better eating days than the ones I was having before beginning again.

I first saw my highest weight of 186 about 3 1/2 years ago and twice lost almost 20 lbs, and twice gained almost all of it back.

I'm really looking forward too not only losing that 20 lbs again, but making it all the way to goal (or to a weight I feel good and healthy about).

Looks like many of you hav emade some incredible strides and even with regaining you ladies are an inspiration.

Judy Lynn
11-07-2012, 07:14 PM
Ubergirl, I was thinking about you on the weekend. Glad you are back.

Welcome, Wannabe. What is Live Fit?

Sounds like you had a busy day, Rosebud. Have a nice, relaxing weekend.

My DH is going to a hockey game tonight, so I will be alone in the house until late. This is when I would usually binge, when no-one is watching. But I am determined not to tonight. I will eat my dinner and then get busy doing something else.

11-07-2012, 11:13 PM
Ubergirl ~ glad that you keep coming back; that means you are still trying, and that's what matters. Try to focus on the positives -- the 40 lbs you have off and the rest that you will get off in the future. Forward focused = forward progress! :hug:

:welcome: Wannabefit ~ You must still look pretty good at 185 lbs, esp being 5' 11" tall. I bet you could reach your goals fairly quickly, but maybe a slower approach may help you keep it off this time. Healthy eating, in moderation, for good??? You CAN do it!!!

JUDY-LYNN ~ today, was just as busy, but only at home; keeping busy helps DH and I with the stresses of his Alzheimers which is so upsetting for him these days as it is progressing so fast now. We do like to take it easier on the weekends though, so we'll do more relaxing stuff then too.

Was so nice to see the :sunny: come out today; so we went out to enjoy it. Supposed to be back tomorrow, so we'll take advantage of that for sure. Have a great OP day everyone ... :cheer2:

11-08-2012, 12:06 AM
Just a drive by waving. Still mostly on plan and losing poundage if not quite tonnage. Busy time for me for the next few eeeks, then I will get to be at home and cook better foods and do my exercising outdoors instead of with the video.

Hope everyone is doing well.


11-08-2012, 09:22 AM
Hi folks... SO GLAD to be back online! It's been difficult. I didn't realize how much being online is an important part of my day. I've been able to check email at my neighbor's house. I had been using DH's business computer.. then IT starting having problems, too. The Geek Squad replaced my hard drive. It was still under warranty. However, it took so long and lots of phone calls to see the status.

I am doing OK - on plan again. I am grateful for that. I am one pound above my ticker weight. It's sometimes ok to maintain. I had some binge days.. but, finally was able to pull it together and have been writing down a plan, measuring, & loggin, drinking lots of water, do my stretches & strengthening, & have lots of healthy food in the house.

I will be back later, when I have time to read and catch up.

11-08-2012, 01:35 PM
Hi all! Been a busy week with my youngest, he had a dentist appt and an orthodontist appt., then parent teacher conference. Been off plan but not much off. I still feel guilty about being off plan but I think I am eating too few of calories because I am not losing. More like I gain and lose the same three lbs. Down to my posted weight but up again. So frustrating.

Judy Lynn. That is exactly what I do, when I am alone I binge. I need to get myself together.

Beverly Joy. So glad to have you back. I know what you mean about being offline. It is like your missing your arm and coming here helps me not feel so alone.

Well hope you are all well. Keep up the good work. Funky

11-08-2012, 01:58 PM
BeverlyJoy, thanks for the welcome back and glad you've got internet back.
Judy Lynn, I also binge when alone.
wannabe, welcome. it is frustrating to regain! But at least we know we can do it.

Proud of myself because I had to go out to eat unexpectedly and yet managed to stay on plan. I've made a few modifications to my original weight loss plan. The last few times I've gone back on plan I haven't seen much of a drop right off the bat and that has been frustrating, have proven to myself time and again that the fewer refined carbs I eat the more I lose, even when I'm doing a strict calorie count. So I'm aiming for a grain free breakfast and lean and green for dinner, leaving any grain consumption for the middle of the day. So far so good. Here's to day 3!

11-08-2012, 03:54 PM
191.2 -> 190.8 this morning! It's not much but I'll take it. Feels good to chip away at this regain and I have hope I'll be able to make some real progress in time for my birthday in May.

11-08-2012, 04:06 PM
191.2 -> 190.8 this morning! It's not much but I'll take it. Feels good to chip away at this regain and I have hope I'll be able to make some real progress in time for my birthday in May.

Riesz, good for you! I'm sure by May you'll be thrilled!

11-08-2012, 07:35 PM
Back to catch up.

Reiz - remember, one pound is equal to four sticks of butter. It all adds up. Carry on.

ubergirl - kudos for working out the food change of plans! Yes.. sometimes we need to tweek our plans. That's for sure. Glad you are back into your rhythm.

angelskeep - glad you are losing along some changes in your food lately.

justwant2bhealthy - hope you have been able to spend your time outside. Hoping your DH has lots of good/great days!

losetoall - hop right back on your plan and you'll be OK. Life happens sometimes... and then we move forward.

Judylynn - me, too. I usually overeat and binge when I am alone. Hope you were able to get through it!

want2bfittness - WELCOME! So glad you posted. We are all 'eaters' trying to find sanity with food. Folks here are so nice, helpful & supportive.

dgrammie - Hi! Hope you had a good day off.

Remember - always treat yourself as kindly as you would treat a good friend.

11-09-2012, 08:30 AM
Hi folks: (back again.. new day. LOL)

I weighed today & am at my ticker weight. I am grateful. Yesterday was a healthy day & I am grateful for that too. My credits include: planning/measuring/logging food, lots of water, stretches & strengthening & posting. I am getting back into the 'swing of things.' I will especially concentrate on eating seated only today, doing my journal work and reading my avantage/response cards.

Tonight I am going to a 'candle party'. My neighbor is hosting as a favor to her good friend. It will be interesting, really. DH should come because he loves candles more than me. However, the neighborhood 'guys' are getting together to watch the kids and hang out while the ladies party on. I know my friend will have some veggie pizza. I am allowing myself one small piece and some veggies on the side. I will have my dinner salad before I go. I must remember that eating junk food is not an emergency. I really need to stay away from the sweets, however. Sometimes sugar is like a narcotic to me.... hard to stop when started.

Hope you all have a great day.

Judy Lynn
11-09-2012, 12:02 PM
Hi Beverlyjoy, I'm glad you have your computer back, you were missed. Congrats on getting back to your ticker weight!

I made it through Wednesday night without overeating. I got busy with some bookkeeping and then watched Survivor, so my mind was occupied and not thinking about food. Here is how low I was getting before I got back on Weight Watchers. My DH is going out of town for a few days later this month. I was mentally planning all the treats I was going to have while he was away. Sometimes I think there is something wrong with my head. Anyway, now I am going on the trip with him, so I won't have to face that challenge.

Have a great Friday everyone!

11-09-2012, 01:51 PM
BeverlyjoyGood idea to plan for your night out.
JudyLynn Lol. I can totally imagine myself planning treats for myself when alone. Although, weirdly enough, when I'm alone for extended periods, I usually eat less. It's the binge eater in me. I seem to like that feeling I get from eating something in secret and "getting away with it". LOL as if, at 265 lbs I'm "getting away with it."

I'm very firmly on track. I am taking a much more aggressive approach this time. After my regain (which happened roughly from Oct. to May of last year) I've tried to restart a bunch of times and I keep getting frustrated when I don't see the scale move. Now, I'm on a plan that is more similar to the one I started out with back when I first started losing. It's hard, because I'm watching carbs very tight and even gave up artificial sweeteners in the hopes that I can tamp down the cravings. The good news is that I'm now 7 lbs lighter than when I forced myself to step on the scale last weekend. Of course, I know a good bit, or maybe even all of it is water weight, but there is something about seeing that scale drop that helps me get in the groove. I know from experience that it DOES get easier, but boy is the beginning tough.

11-09-2012, 10:55 PM
HI LADIES ~ so nice to see so many of you dropping by again.

BEVERLYJOY ~ glad you have your PC repaired finally. You are doing well planning your food when with groups like that. So difficult, but doable. Thanks for your encouragement. We take one day at a time around here; and tackle one issue at a time too. Best way really.

JUDY-LYNN ~ :lol: Many people eat less when others are around. I am more like UBERGIRL, I do even better alone. It seems we are one or the other: either secret bingers or tempted by what our family members have around us. The way my plan is now, after lots & lots of tweaking, I am able to avoid the triggers most of the time.

RIESZ ~ Congrats! Every ounce counts!!! :carrot:

FUNKY ~ See if increasing your calories just a bit helps i.e. 100 calories a day for a week. At least, then you would know for sure. Congrats for doing better though ... :)

BARB ~ congrats on your loss and keeping OP ... :cheer3:

dGramie ~ hope you had a good week too ...

We've been getting lots done around her this week; doing fall cleaning and other odd jobs that needed doing. The sidewalks were clear of ice, so I braved a cold wind and did a good walk today; proud that I pushed myself to do that. Eating has been good too.

Hope you all have a great OP weekend ... :cheer2:

11-10-2012, 09:15 AM
Hi relosers! First of all, I want to thank you for your warm welcome back - from when I was getting my new hardrive and wasn't online. It's so nice to hear.

Yesterday was a great food day. I am so grateful. My 'food strategy' worked well at the candle party. Instead of eating an salad before I went there... I had a small slice of chesse and some honeycrisp apple. The party had an amazing spread of goodies. First, I checked out all food availble. I decided what I wanted: a couple cubes of cheese, some mini pretzels & some veggies. I sat AWAY from the food. I told myself. NO SECONDS. I had some sugar free pop and then a bottle of water. YAY It gives me hope for the next time.

I made a HUGE pot of veggie beef soup. It's not unusual for me to make alot of soup and freeze some for later. I am thinking there might even be enought for one supper after Thanksgiving. It's tradition, however, we out for Chinese food the Friday after. We'll see.

I worked on eating only when seated yesterday. It's hard, really. I caught myself all day long mindlessly wanting to lick the fork/spoon andtasting as I cook or clean up food. I did really well - only slipping up once. I am grateful for the willingness try.

Other goals accomplished yesterday were: plan/measure (when possible)/log food, exercises, lots of water, do journal work and reread my advantages of eating well/healthfully.

It will be a quiet weekend. Probably watching some college football and cleaning my office. It has a futon and it will be used at Thanksgiving.

justwant2bhealthy - kudos for all that exercise - many different ways, too. So glad your food is good.

ubergirl - so glad to hear you are firmly on your plan. FANTASTIC thing on your big weight loss. Even if much of it is water weight.... just think of how much better your whole body funtions without all that water!!!

Judylynn - well done on getting through Wed. without overeating! Using those distractions to keep you busy and your mind off of food is so good. As for you saying: Sometimes I think there is something wrong with my head - well, many of us here feel that way too. For some reason food plays an intrical part of lives - in a different way that 'thin' people live with food. I guess we just need to learn to live with food in a sane manner.

Have a great day, everyone.

Judy Lynn
11-10-2012, 06:15 PM
I was down 1.4 pounds at my WW meeting today.

I'm having a nice, relaxing day. Tomorrow I will have to get busy and do some chores around the house and some bookkeeping.

Hope you all are having a great weekend.

11-10-2012, 11:41 PM
Beverlyjoyexcellent work at the party and thanks for the welcome back.
judylynncongrats on the loss!!!
Good day today. Ate out again,but made excellent choices. Down another Pound today. Am grateful that I'm starting off with a good loss. Really encourages me to keep going.

11-11-2012, 10:22 AM
Hi guys! I'm so happy. Weighed in this morning and down another pound! I've seen the scale drop every single day for a NINE pound loss in seven days. Ok, I totally know that a lot of this is water. Right before I started, I had been traveling and eating fast food. Still, it's such an awesome way to kick start my new weight loss effort!
Have a great Sunday!

11-11-2012, 01:17 PM
:high: for ubergirl and Judy Lynn on the losses!!! Keep up the good work!!

I hope everyone is having a terrific Sunday!

Laters! :wave:

11-11-2012, 04:48 PM
Hi relosers & friends - yesterday was a healthy day. My plan took a slight change when I substituted hummus for pnb on my rice cake for a snack. Not a big deal. However.. then I ended up eating the pnb on another rice cake anyway. I was still within the limits of my plan- but, this can be a slippery slope.

Some goals include:
eat seated only - ate standing only one time
always left a bite of food on my plate
read arc/rc
gave myself credit for doing healthy things around food several times as the day went on
ate slower some of the time
weighed/no exercise/five glasses of water
planned/wrote it all down
ate no second helpings
did journal work

I am so very grateful for the willingness to try.

I've found that this week saying 'Stand Firm' to myself when I am faced with unplanned food or big cravings & desires around food.

I've been going to bed a little bit earlier than usual. Sometimes it's easier than dealing with the food thoughts spinning in my head.

ubergirl - I am doing a happy dance in your honor. :carrot: Yes.. some of that weight loss is probably water. However, extra water is so hard on our body and it's systems. Great!!!

judylynn - wonderful weight loss! :D Carry on.

Hi sluggerbean.

Hope you are all having a great day.

11-11-2012, 09:47 PM
Ubergirl ~ so glad for you for this success ... :cheer2:

BeverlyJoy ~ you had some great successes there too; so one little glitch isn't so bad really. You can learn from it ... :)

Judy-Lynn ~ congrats on the loss as well ... :carrot:

:wave: Sluggerbean ~ nice to have you drop by for a bit ... :lol:

We had a good weekend; not too much stress (just a little, but managed it better). Some ***** dropped but it is all melted now. Food went well all this week and weekend; glad for that. My Christmas tree is upstairs now but the decos may take a while; when DH is up to it ... ;)

Hope you all have a great OP week coming up ... :D

11-11-2012, 09:57 PM
Thanks for starting this thread- it is much needed motivation and support for me. I was doing really well with a weight loss program earlier this year and then didn't make my program a priority when life got very stressful. I have totally given up on healthy eating lately and look and feel terrible. Time to get back on track starting tonight!

11-12-2012, 08:44 AM
I had a good weekend and stayed really close to plan. I am thrilled because we had a meal out at a family reunion on sat evening and then a baby shower yesterday. I feel great about the choices I made. I even skipped the cake at the shower!! woohoo!!
We have had temps in the mid 70s the last few days and today we are in the 40s for our high.
I am hoping to do some decluttering today and getting things in order for the holidays.

Judy Lynn
11-12-2012, 09:13 AM
Being fat really sucks! I spent a couple of hours yesterday looking in my closet for summer clothes to take to Las Vegas. We are leaving on Thursday for a 5 day mini-vacation. Even though I have lost a few pounds in the last three weeks, my belly is still huge and finding shirts to cover it is not fun. I am tempted to buy a few cheap things at Wal Mart just to get me through this, but I really don't want to spend any money on clothes at the moment.

I look forward to the day when I can just grab a few shirts and capri pants out of my closet and go. Even more than that, I look forward to the day that dressing is fun again. Man, that has been a long time!

We also spent about an hour on an all-out search for our passports as they were not in the usual spot where we keep them. That was stressful! I was beginning to think we weren't going to be able to go. Thankfully, we found them. DH had stuck them in the sunglass holder in the car for safekeeping on our last trip to the States.

Well, on the good news front, my scale is down a pound this morning. :)

11-12-2012, 09:23 AM
Hi relosers/friends. - yesterday was a healthy day - I am so grateful.

I made my daily food plan - however, DH kept changing what he wanted for dinner. First it was more of the soup I made on Friday, then pizza, finally he came home from the market with fixin's for spaghetti dinner. I was able to change gears and work within my plan to eat a healthful portion. I had 1/3 cup of pasta with 1/4 cup of sauce and, don't faint, it was enough. ( had a nice salad too) I am so grateful for the willingness to stay within my overall food plan.

I accomplished many of the goals on my list: logged/measured/stayed within plan, lots of water, stretches & strengthening, so seconds, ate seated (all but one taste), read arc/rc, 6 glassed of water, mindful of sodium, journal work & ate slower. In fact, I made breakfast and dinner last over 20 minutes - that' amazing for me.

Sometimes, I need to get my 'mind right' on this slowing down and really tasting food. I implemented my 10 second rule and 2 minute warning action - I call it. I consciously counted to 10 after each bite (in my mind). Half way through dinner - at the ten minute mark I just stopped eating for two minutes. It's the only way I know how to slow myself down. Maybe, just maybe, I can sometime naturally eat slow. I am grateful for the willingness to try.

Even though the food plan I got from the dietician is very flexible in content of foods - she was very sure of how she wanted me to break up my meals and snacks. I go to see her next week. I am trying to stay within that framework

Next week starts the 'eating season' with Thanksgiving. I really want to get my healthy eating roots firmly planted so I can face it all in a sane manner. We will have my son and family, my sil & neice, and wonderful stepmom here all weekend. I have to start thinking about a strategy of feeding everyone for four days. Yikes. Well, at least I am thinking ahead. I always say: learn from the past, plan for the future, but take it one day at a time.

My sweet mama fell last week. I was with her. She fell into a shrub which braced her fall. She said she was fine and carried on with her day. I wanted her to go to the ER. She checked with the nurse who comes to her senior apartment and she said if she had landed on the concrete she would have to go to the ER - not so falling into a bush. Anyway - four days later she is covered in briuses. I finally convinced her to go to the doctor. Hopefully, he can get her in today. I am hoping she doesn't ultimately have something broken. She says that she doesn't hurt any more than she usually does. (arthritis, oesterperosis, etc) Send positive thought her way if you have a moment.

Have a GREAT day.

11-12-2012, 10:26 AM
After a month of being waaaaay off plan, I am now at my highest weight again. I chose to not weigh myself at all during the last month and completely disappeared from these boards, all the while pretending that I was fine, but I am now paying for it (duh). When I stepped on the scale this morning and saw that everything I had worked for earlier in the year was gone, I got really depressed. But then I KNOW that it's all MY doing and that I am the only one who can do something about it.

So back on plan I go, started with a 40-minute walk with the dog this morning and a healthy breakfast. I just started 2-week vacation at home, so I have to use all that free time to good use and start taking care of myself again.

11-12-2012, 12:00 PM
Hi everybody!

Judy Lynn I completely hear you about wanting to be able to just grab some clothes and go!!! Trip to Vegas sounds super fun!
Beverly Joy Sorry to hear about your mom, but glad you have fun Thanksgiving plans. I've had good Tksgivings in the past by deciding ahead of time exactly what I was planning to eat. So much more fun to enjoy the meal without that sick overstuffed feeling.
Justwant2b Christmas! Oh my! I haven't hardly wrapped my head around Thanksgiving! You are so organized!
Kait and MartineHello and welcome!

Had an excellent weekend, to finish up my first week on plan. I can feel my head shifting back into the space I used to live in. One of the things that happens when I start paying attention to my eating is that I have to find other pleasurable things to occupy my time. I have had a tendency in the past to reward myself. Tired? Eat. Bored. Eat. Stressed? Binge eat carbs. When I'm not eating, I have to think of other things to make me happy, and so I start thinking about other ways of taking care of myself, like doing things with my hair, experimenting with new kinds of lotions and make-up, listening to music, etc.

One minor snafu this am. I'm trying to wean myself off of putting whole milk in my coffee. I never gave it up, even when losing 100 lbs the first time around. This time, I decided t wean to low-fat milk, but then I came up with the bright idea of using evaporated milk, It has a nice creamy flavor but you don't have to use as much. Right? Well, imagine my shock this morning when I drank two cups of coffee and realized I had used the whole can. 200 cals of milk in my coffee. Sigh. Will try to adjust my plan so that I don't go over budget today, and I guess tomorrow it's back to low-fat milk.

11-12-2012, 01:03 PM
Wow it is so fun seeing so many people here and so thought provoking and inspirational. My weekend consisted of eating. I know it is terrible. I just lose it sometimes. My husband bought Costco muffins then I made a Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. I did okay on the dinner but the morning muffin put me way over calories. Then this morning I had turkey, stuffing, and fluff salad. Way too much. I have got to get it together. Write more later. Funky

11-12-2012, 09:09 PM
FUNKY ~ just start fresh this week. Are all the TG leftovers gone? You may have to practice measuring again for a while; eating only one plate (no seconds), and so on. What is fluff salad? Was that for BF or lunch? Maybe if you measured everything, you could have this and stay on plan too. Or, maybe you already do. Hang in there anyways ... :hug:

JUDYLYNN ~ yes, we can really relate to your post about the clothes. Oh, to not have to go through several choices before deciding what to wear. I do remember being able to do that when I was younger; would love to be there again for sure. :hug:

Also, our friend, RONNI, in another thread was mentioning how ugly the clothes are now. No kidding -- ugly colors, ugly styles, ugly shapes, ugly fit, and so on. No sleeves, no waist, no length, no midrifts -- who makes these clothes? It's like searching for a needle in a haystack to find a regular, warm cardigan; or a pair of pants that come up to your waist; or a long tunic top, or one that has sleeves. How about a dress with some length and sleeves? Oh, I shouldn't have started on this, but it irks me so ... :lol:

... learn from the past, plan for the future, but take it one day at a time.

I like that one too. So that is the key to your family get together -- plan, plan, and plan some more. Have lots of healthy options along with other choices; heck, have mostly healthy options. ;)

UBERGIRL ~ so you had a little coffee along with your milk, eh? :lol: I know a lady that fills her cup half full with milk or creme, then adds the coffee. How are you with 10% creme? Same issue? Maybe just go back to your low-fat or whole milk. I thought that with creme you may use less, but then maybe not ... ;)

Yes, look for other things to do; things to distract you; other ways to soothe, and so on. Try to keep busy, busy, busy; and out of the kitchen too. I spend most of my spare time in my little PC room here -- coming on here or other favorites sites, answering emails, listening to music, journalling, reading, doing puzzles, and so on. If the weather isn't too bad, I go outside for a bit too. Anything that helps ... :)

dGramie ~ :bravo: Good for you; you are on a roll. I am decluttering here presently too. We got lots done last week. Now I just have to tackle my PC room; we call it my office, but it's really just my own little haven. We had really warm temps here the last two days too: in the 50's F -- which is great for this time of year.

Welcome back, Martine & Kait ~ good for you both for braving this battle once again. You did it before, so you can do it again ... :hug:

We had :rain: almost all day long; didn't stop til dinnertime. Not sure how it is out there right now, but the temps have dropped back down to around 32 F or 0c. So, we just did stuff indoors today. Have almost all the fall cleaning done already; we're much faster this year.

Eating is good. Had leftover roasted chicken and veggies from yesterday; but made a nice rice-barley pilaf with spinach/veggies to go with that for tonight. I had some of my pumpkin custard for my snacks today. :D

Have a terrific OP Tuesday, everyone ... :cool:

11-13-2012, 07:40 AM
Hi relosers...yesterday was healthy - I am always grateful for that. Goals from yesterday:
eat seated only - all but once
no seconds - all of the time
plan/measure/log - yes
exercises - yes, stretches & strengthening
slow mindful eating - some of the time (I made breakfast last for 20 minutes, yay)
read my advantages of losing weight
did my journal work
mindful of salt & drinking water - yes
leave a bite of food on my plate - yes

I took my Mom to the doctor and then for xrays. Also she neeeded an antiobiotic for something else. We should get the results later this week.

I am still thinking about my strategy for Thanksgiving weekend. It will be full of many fattening meals. I must think about how to manuver myself through the weekend healthfully. I will concentrate on family - even though I have lots of cooking to do all weekend. I must make sure that there are healthy options for me readily available or it will be to easy to lose all sense of sanity around food.
Another thing to do is - send the leftovers out the door as folks leave during the weekend.

justwant2bhealthy - so glad your food is good! I love your 'cheerful' and helpful posts to folks. Thanks.

Hi, Losetoall, - hop right back on your plan and you will be OK.

Hi martime- welcome! - your walk sounds like a great way to start your healthy eating plan. It's nice that you have 2 weeks to really concentrate on it. Glad you posted.

ubergirl - so glad things are going well. you said: when I start paying attention to my eating is that I have to find other pleasurable things to occupy my time. Me too. As for the coffee - have you tried fat free half and half. My friend LOVES it. and it's much less in calories and a similar taste.

judylynn - I agree with you 100% ... being fat does suck! I hope you have a great time on your trip. Find things in which you'll be comfy for your trip. When the weight is gone... you can donate them to the needy, maybe.

dgdrammie - I am doing a happy dance in honor of you making it through those challenges last weekend, Carry on!

Kait WELCOME So glad you posted. The past is gone and over. Move forward to your plan again. You can do it.

Have a great day.

11-13-2012, 08:20 AM
I ended up not getting much accomplished yesterday on the house but will try again today. Food was ok yesterday. I am pretty proud of eating raw veggies for dinner last night. Im trying to eat up leftovers from the relish tray. I did enjoy it!
I should keep raw veggies in the fridge at all time but I dont!

11-13-2012, 03:08 PM
Justwant2be. I totally agree about the clothes issue. There are no waist jeans only hip jeans and I hate them because they always feel like they are falling down and I am showing my underpants. And everything is so ugly I hate it. I do not shop anyway because of money and my size but the last few years my jeans have been smaller and I have not found any that fit comfortably. So frustrating.

Dgramie. I know what you mean about the fresh veggies, I would love to have them all the time but I have to buy them in season, low cost and eat them right away or they go bad, so I am limited in my choices.

BeverlyJoy. Awesome idea about sending home the leftovers. The problem is I like not cooking for a few days so I love the leftovers for that reason. My big challenge is that I love the stuffing, I broke again and had some for breakfast after I already had breakfast. I am so bad. Another day shot well I will start again tomorrow.

I have no self control. I am not gaining with my binges just not losing and my binges are better than they used to be. I am eating more than my goal calories but I am not throwing in the towel like I used to. That is better than before and this board keeps me stay grounded.

Went out to lunch with some girls from my church yesterday. One of them just found out she has breast cancer and is going to go and have her breast removed on Friday. We just got together to wish her luck and let her know we love her. I was so full from my Thanksgiving binge breakfast that I did not eat just a diet coke so my calories stayed under control somewhat. Cancer at 36 what a nightmare.

Well love you all, have a great on plan day. Funky

11-13-2012, 10:31 PM
FUNKY ~ sent up some ^prayers^ for your friend that the surgery on Friday will go well without complications; and for peace & a quick recovery too. That was a nice thing to do for her; what good friends ... :)

You are making progress in your choices; I see the improvements as time goes by. With practice, these strategies do get easier as they become new, good habits. I send home pie with my guest at Christmastime. This year I am making cherry-rhubarb (one of my faves, so will have a piece); and pumpkin for DH and those who like that one.

dGramie ~ I keep baby carrots in my fridge all the time; I like to have some with lunch or to munch on when I am making dinner too.

BEVERLYJOY ~ thanks. I don't know if we can get that Fat-Free Half & Half here. I've never seen it, so I just buy the 10%, although guests use it more than I do. Sometimes, I put a little bit on DH's oatmeal too.

Had a decent day: just a few stressful moments that I managed to get through. Got lots done today -- did a lot in my PC room today (sorting and tossing); almost done. Went through DH's dresser; have to tidy it up on a regular basis. FoOod was good; had poached salmon with veggies for dinner.

Hope you all have a wonderfully OP Wednesday tomorrow; hang tough now ... :cheer2:

11-14-2012, 07:20 AM
Hi relosers/friends - yesterday was kind of a crazy day.

We had some cleaning folks in to do our house. (A wonderful Christmas gift from my mom.) They cleaned just about every surface in our house. I am so grateful! They were here all afternoon. I really couldn't get into the kitchen to make more than almond butter toast.

By dinner time I was actually feeling some hunger. DH decided he wanted a pizza. (no sense in messing up the ultra clean kitchen he said.) I ate my planned salad. It was a wonderful salad - lettuce, chicken, cheese, raisins, homemade crutons, evvo & vinegar. But, it wasn't pizza. I even got through dinner without a bite of pizza. However, I felt so 'deprived' :dizzy: that later on I ate an extra 500 calories or so. That number isn't the end of the world. It's that horrible feeling that I was deprived of pizza - even though it was pepperoni and I don't like that kind of pizza very much. My extra eating was totally a 'rebound' eating spree. I need to learn that just because DH is eating something it doesn't mean that I get to eat whatever he eats. This is so hard for me. I struggle with it.

Like I said above, 500 calories isn't the end of the world in extra food. However, it felt so bingey. That's not good. Today is a new day and I will make a new foodplan.

Today I got to change my ticker today. Like Uber girl, I've had a huge 'swoosh':

Last Tuesday 11/4 - 225 pounds :( - after at least a week of being way off plan. (offline too with no computer) I felt horrible. My fingers were swollen, etc. I got back on my plan.
Last Wednesday 11/5 - I weighed 221. (down 4 overnight) I am certain it was water that my body let go of. I felt better.
Last Friday 11/7 - I weighed 218 (back to my ticker weight) - this is what I weighed about three weeks ago.
- Today I weigh 216. So that's 9 pounds since last Tuesday. I am grateful. I am absolutely certain that a major portion of this loss is water. I am glad to be rid of the water and weight for sure. I feel better, especially with the water weight gone. I could feel the 'heaviness' of the water in my body. I am happy, however to see 216 again & I get to change my ticker. :)

dgrammie - kudos for eating those raw veggies. That is a good reminder to me... when I have a salad already made up that is nice to have handy for a meal or a side dish.

losetoall - I hope your friend's surgery has the very best result. You said. "not throwing in the towel like I used to" is a step in the right direction, for sure. It usually really helps me to plan the day's food. That way I don't have those 'food thoughts' spinning around in my head... because, it's already planned out.

justwant2bhealthy - yum, your salmon sounds so good. Credit for getting some cleaning and sorting done.

I hope you have a GREAT day.:D

11-14-2012, 10:56 AM
Hi Relosers,

Beverlyjoy I have tried the fat free half and half, but I think, if I remember right, that they take out the fat but add a bit of corn syrup to make it more palatable... The coffee tastes bitter to me with 1 percent, so yesterday, I tried adding about a TBS of the evaporated milk to the 1 percent and that tasted good.
Funky and Justwant2b Check out Lands end. You can get pants that have high waists and a lot of other just "average" clothes and they come in all sizes. Are you guys in Canada? Not sure if that makes a difference.

Took a whirlwind trip to and from Boston yesterday-- had to get up at 4 am, and was overjoyed to weigh in at 262-- down another pound. Didn't have enough time to eat breakfast. I grabbed a yogurt and some berries to eat in the car, but didn't have time to eat it. Luckily, I threw an apple in my purse because I didn't get a chance to eat again until almost one, after HOURS of non-stop running around. I was FAMISHED. Ended up in a restaurant that had NO good choices! Ordered a chicken ceasar salad, which was really the only option, ate the whole thing and an hour later was starving again. Didn't get dinner until I got home at almost 9 pm. Luckily there was still a whole lot of delicious low-cal soup from the day before, so I ate that and some plain yogurt with berries. Felt like I spent the entire day running around while simultaneously being CRAZY hungry, and was rewarded by the scale showing 264 this morning!! Of course, I know that it's water weight-- I always retain water when I travel, and today, I'm drinking lots of water. Obviously, it would have helped if I'd gotten up ten minutes earlier and had time to eat my breakfast, but it was such whirlwind trip that I simply didn't have time to eat much. Next time, I will for sure pack some almonds in my purse. The good news is that I stayed on plan in spite of the obstacles.

Judy Lynn
11-14-2012, 11:40 AM
Good Morning Everyone!

Uber, good for you for sticking to your plan throughout your busy, hungry day. I am so bad at that. I can't stand to feel even a little bit of hunger. As soon as it starts my brain starts ringing alarm bells. Must eat something now! I usually keep some almonds in purse for these occasions, because if I don't I will eat the first thing in my path. It's stupid, really. I remember DH telling me one day that it wasn't going to kill me to be a little bit hungry and wait for dinner.

Beverlyjoy, what a nice gift from your Mom. Our cleaning lady came in yesterday too, but I wasn't too happy with the job she did on the kitchen floor. Congrats on the whoosh! I feel deprived sometimes too, but maybe it is better to have one slice of pizza with a side salad, that way you don't feel deprived and aren't prone to a binge? I'm not sure. We need to figure out solutions that are going to work for a lifetime, I know that. This is all so complicated, isn't it?

Rosebud, good for you for getting the PC room tidied up. I need to do that before Christmas as that is the room one of my sons is going to sleep in.

Funky, prayers for your friend. Hope all goes well.

dgramie, WTG on the veggies. I am not much of a raw veggie eater. Now give me a plate of roasted veggies, and I am all over it.

Well, I have to weigh in at Weight Watchers today even though I just weighed in on Saturday. We are going to be away this weekend, so won't be able to go to the Saturday meeting. I am a bit nervous about this trip. There will be a lot of eating in restaurants, which usually spells trouble. I will just have to make the best choices possible. My goal is to come back home with a loss, however small.

11-14-2012, 05:25 PM
I am happy to say this is my first successful re-attempt at getting back to previous weight. I am down 7lbs already and feeling super motivated!


11-14-2012, 10:45 PM
AVE ~ Congrats, that's a great start ... :carrot:

BEVERLJOY ~ like someone else suggested, I go ahead and have that slice of pizza and a salad -- that way I don't ever have to feel deprived becuz I luv, luv, luv pizza. I also make my veggie pita pizzas for lunch 1-2 times a week. Ask your dietician, I'd bet she would say you can eat pizza. The key issue is moderation, I think. Usually, I eat my salad first, so that fills me up before I eat the pizza. You are doing very well on your weightloss too. As you say, carry on ... :cheer3:

JUDYLYNN ~ have a great trip and just do your best. I love roasted veggies too; make them all the time but I am starting to like raw veggies and salads a lot as well. They are becoming a staple for me.

UBERGIRL ~ thanks for the tip about the clothes place; will look into that. Yes, I do live in Canada; not sure if they are here though. You had a good food day when you went to Boston anyways; yes, it's a good idea to take some protein like almonds with you next time.

We had a good day here; got lots done. My weekly chores (like the bathroom) plus some more fall cleaning. Only have a few things left to do but I keep thinking of more things each day. Food was good (made tomato patties with coleslaw, and veggies). I even went out for a walk after dinner tonight ast the sidewalks and roads were clear. Happy that I had no pain tonight, so was able to do the whole block. Despite a nippy wind, I enjoyed it and was glad I went out. :D

11-14-2012, 11:48 PM
Hi All,

Avezy So happy that you are off to a good start. I'm down 10 since my restart and I'm amazed at how good it feels.

JudyLynn It's funny that I don't really mind being genuinely hungry. I'm a compulsive/binge eater, so the feeling that I get when I feel like I "must" eat is really nothing like hunger. I find real hunger easier to ignore that compulsive desire to eat. Isn't that weird? Good Luck with the weigh in!

Beverly Joy Boy do I get "feeling bingey" but it sounds as if you handled it fine.

Justwant2b What are tomato patties? Sounds yummy.

Another good day. Still feeling pretty hungry though. When I eat mostly veggies and protein I get sort of bored. But my strategy of eating more of my calories earlier in the day seems to be working very well.

11-15-2012, 09:14 AM
Felt blah yesterday(tom) and made myself go for a walk in the cold crisp air and guess what...I felt better!!

11-15-2012, 09:56 AM
Great job ubergirl and avezy on the losses!!! :bravo:

I am down 3.8 pounds this week to 209.0; that is 110 pounds gone! :carrot:

Keep up the good work and positive thoughts everyone. We can make this a very successful holiday period for weight loss and maintenance!!

Laters!! :wave:

11-15-2012, 01:09 PM
Hi relosers/friends... I had a healthy day yesterday. I am grateful.

I kind of have myself in a tizzy about Thanksgiving weekend. We will have seven people from our family here for four days. I know my SIL is bringing four pies. DH and SIL have decided to go down Memory Lane with the restaurant food of their childhood. We have lots of family gatherings here, at our BIL's, our neighbors, etc. It hard to explain, but, sometimes I feel kind of 'frantic' when I am around lots of food I can't have, don't know what will be available or haven't planned for. It would be easy to say who cares for the long weekend. I don't really want to do this.

I am very excited to see my family - it's just the food that I find hard to face.

I guess... 'tis the season' is beginning.

Some ideas are:
-I plan to have healthy foods available too - so I CAN make better choices. I don't want to feel deprived for the four days.
- as Dr. Beck suggests allow several hundred calories for each day - like I was on vacation.
- I am in charge of the food that goes into my mouth.
- Not fair - oh well.
- Tatoo 'moderation' to my brain.
- Eat to live... don't live to eat. Food is just nourishment. (hard to wrap my head around, but, true)
- Enjoy family more than food- including my two grandkids.
- Willingness to use my resistance techniques. (the D's - Distance myself, Drink Water, Distractions, Deep Breathing, Don't drive for food, Don't be a baby.)
- Call a 'food friend'.
- learn from the past, plan for the future, but, take it one day/meal/snack at a time.
- NO second helpings

Any of you have a gang in for the weekend, too?

Thanks so much.

Hope you are all having a great day.

11-15-2012, 04:22 PM
BeverlyJoy I do understand exactly what you are talking about it. I really don't like that feeling of being in one of those food saturated environments where there are treats everywhere. Especially the stuff laying around on the tables gets me-- stuff that you can just graze on as you walk by-- but all this forethought is certainly going to help you.

I have my mom in town, but besides that, it's just our family so it won't be bad. Wish we were going to have a gang in spite of the food temptations you are in for lots of fun!

11-15-2012, 08:49 PM
UBERGIRL ~ TOMATO PATTIES are a family recipe (from both sides) from our grammas and we love them. Basically, they are savory meatballs stewed in tomatoes. I love to serve it with green beans and coleslaw. My family always had it with mashed potatoes but I often have baby new potatoes and/or corn instead. Here's the recipe (my version) --

PATTIES: combine and form into 12 meatballs
1 lb LEAN hamburger
3/4 cup oatmeal (1-minute kind)
1/2 tsp each Sage & black pepper
1 tbl onion soup mix

SAUCE: stew patties in/with ...
1 medium onion, chopped
28 oz can tomatoes, chopped
1 cup kernel corn, frozen
1 tbl onion soup mix
1/2 tsp each garlic powder + black pepper

METHOD: Brown meatballs on each side in a large skillet with onions, then add the tomatoes with juice and corn. Add seasonings, and simmer-boil (covered) for about 30 minutes while you make the other stuff -- i.e. potatoes (I start these first). I cook green beans for a side dish; and we find Coleslaw is particularly nice with this meal. It IS yummy; and I get to have leftovers for other meals too (i.e. lunches).

PLUS, it's true what you say: true hunger pangs are nothing like that binge urge that is caused by other sources. It is actually a good idea to let yourself be a little bit hungry at times, just so that you can re-learn what that feels like again. Some people binge just becuz the food is there; that is why we need strategies to deal with this. It is hard for sure.

BEVERLYJOY ~ you have some really good strategies there to help you get through that weekend. Can you maybe involve yourself in some activity that would keep you busy so you won't think so much about food? Like maybe playing with your grandkiddies -- maybe planning some games for them, etc.

PEGGY ~ Congrats to you on those 3.8 lbs; you are doing great! :carrot:

dGramie ~ good for you going for that walk. I went out again tonight and it was even warmer so the wind didn't feel so bad. I even went a bit further tonight (48 minutes). I have to talk myself into it sometimes, but I am ALWAYS glad I go when it's done ... :D

Had a good day: food was good, and got lots done. Always nice to feel like you got something accomplished each day. Got rid of some junk in the dumpster too, but don't tell my DH ... ;)

11-16-2012, 08:43 AM
just- I got rid of some more stuff again also. I still have a few cabinets to go. cant wait to be done and know my clutter is under control again. I am not going to start on the back bedroom till no one is here. I will work on it as I can and try and get it so the grandkids can sleep in there again. I have a feeling its going to become the catchall for the wedding stuff.

bev- I have the kids here this weekend and I love having them but its always hard to know what to cook and stay on my diet.

uber- enjoy your mom

peggy - great weight loss.

I had a good food day yesterday but just kinda blah again. I will be so glad when Tom packs his bags and leaves for good.

11-16-2012, 11:36 AM
Ok, I'll admit that I get a little bit neurotic about the scale sometimes. I was STARVING all day yesterday. I think I really didn't eat enough. Went out to lunch and got broiled chicken-- came with a whole leg and thigh and half breast, skipped the bread and the rice and just got veggies. Brought the leftover home, about half the chicken, and then had to go somewhere and was out late and not time to make dinner, so I shared the leftover with my hubbie for dinner, so I ended up getting 3 meals out of one lunch! But last night before bed I was starving. I think I topped out under 1000. So, here's the scale part. This morning, I wanted to do my normal weigh in (first thing in the morning). Now, I know this may sound weird, but I'm a daily weigher so I practically have a Ph.D in the scale, and I know that I always weigh about half a pound MORE after my shower. The weight of wet hair??? Who knows. Anyway, long story short, I ended up jumping in the shower first. Morning weigh in 262.2. So, maybe if I hadn't taken that shower I would have posted a loss. I'm planning to eat a little bit more today because I don't want to be this hungry for another day in a row.

11-16-2012, 01:53 PM
Hi relosers/friends - yesterday was mostly OP - I am grateful. I had an extra snack in the evening. I was still within my plan. . Credits are: planned/measured/logged, journal work/exercise and I have been planning ahead for my challenging week ahead.

Have a great day. Will try to get back for personals.

11-17-2012, 11:30 AM
Hi relosers - Yesterday was mostly OP - Am grateful. I need to work on doing extra eating in the evening.

Some credits for yesterday:
left a bite
no seconds
did my journal work
planned/measured/logged food
checked in here
weighed in
ate breakfast and dinner very slowly

Today DH and I are going to see our cousin's new home and watch college football. They used to live 5 minutes away. However are about 30 minutes away. I kind of miss having them around the corner. Anyway, I called and said I was bringing some veggies and dip. I called back to ask about dinner so I could plan dinner better. They are getting pizza. I am planning to have just a couple little pieces.

I hope you are having a wonderful day.

11-17-2012, 09:49 PM
Ubergirl. Your scale story is just like me. It made me feel better that I am not alone. Thanks for the share.

My husbands birthday is this weekend and we have eaten out 3 times and I overdid it. Back on track tomorrow. My treadmill is broken. My kids broke it but my husband said he would fix it. Just needs a leg put where the bracket failed. Not that I use it alot but just the idea of it being broken makes me sad.

I have been working on getting out of the house and making friends. I am so shy and selfconscious that I have a hard time leaving the house but I have been to church twice and gone out with some of the women twice. I am too much inside my head so it is good to get out but I am always scared about saying the wrong thing and worried about what to talk about. It is so hard... I am planning to go to church again tomorrow so I am really trying. If I could lose some weight I would feel more comfortable about my clothes and stuff.

Well hope you are all well. Have a great OP night. Funky

11-17-2012, 10:03 PM
Hi Ladies, More tomorrow! Just popping in after a crazy day. Decided to eat a little more yesterday after two very low calorie days-- not entirely on purpose-- where I ate under 1000cals. Yesterday, did 1400 but was crazy hungry all day anyway. This am weigh-in I was down to 262 (down from 262.4) I'll take it. Today, lunch AND dinner at restaurants, but I think I made good choices. Lunch, the calories were on the menu and I chose chicken noodle soup and half greek salad. Dinner, I had mozzarella with tomatoes and grilled ahi tuna. VERY delicious and filling. We'll see how the weigh in looks tomorrow.

11-18-2012, 12:08 AM
:wave: HI EVERYONE ~ just checkin' in as well. Spent my day doing stuff around the house. Made some homemade muffins this aft and sorted out bill receipts for the month as well (just filing them really). Watched a movie and did some puzzles tonight. Food was good; we had baked fish with a few tators and a mixed salad for me.

EDIT2ADD: despite the nippy cold, I went for walks the last two nights as I wanted to take advantage of the clear sidewalks. The stars were out both nights; very, very close and so lovely.

Hope you are all having a wonderful OP weekend ... :cheer2:

11-18-2012, 08:14 AM
Hi relosers/friends - yesterday went well - I am grateful. We got to my cousin's and they had made sloppy joes with turkey for supper. That was easy, really, I had a small portion on one half of the bun. Credit. I actually think I like it better with turkey than ground beef. I took ONE plate of veggies with some dip, two chips, and a dab of cheese dip while watching the game. Credit for NO seconds or chocolate chip cookies. I did, however, gave into a couple of miggie tootsie rolls. Over all, it went well. Am grateful for that. When I got home my snack was a little more than I planned - but, all within my limits. All in all, I think it was a good day.

Credits for yesterday:
planned (as well as I could)/measured/logged
ate seated, mostly
LOTS of water
read advantages

Today is more of getting the house ready for company company. The grocery list is huge. I am including lots of healthy things too. I need to have them here.

My sleeping times are way, way off. I am waking up at 3:30 am or so and can hardly make it to 9:30 pm. I need to get this figured out and get on a better sleep schedule.

justwant2bhealthy - glad your food is in a good place..that's nice. Yes, I will spend lots of time playing with the grandkids! After that...I"ll have to go back to the food to help feed the gang in from out of town. I've been thinking of alot of ways to get through this holiday weekend. Thanks for your input!

Ubergirl - kudo's for making good choices at all the restaurants, etc. You are doing well. Carry on.

losetoall - I hope you get your treadmill fixed soon. You've done so well... losing 13 pounds already. I am glad you are putting yourself out to make some friends. I understand shyness... my sister is shy too. Just remember you are not just that number on the scale. You are wonderful at any weight.

Have a great day, friends.

11-19-2012, 09:40 AM
Hi Relosers:

Happy that it's Monday morning and I am celebrating the beginning of my third week on plan.:carrot::carrot::carrot: Scale is creeping downwards but I'm down a total of 11 lbs since I started. (got a big water weight whoosh at the beginning, but it's still a pretty fabulous start!)

Have not started exercising, as I'm trying to take a relaxed approach and not push myself too hard.

BeverlyJoy I enjoy reading about your planning and goal setting. I like your very sane approach. I think I tend to be very rigid a lot, and doing something like eating two choco chip cookies would be very hard for me. In the end, it is about learning a sane approach with food. Right now, I'm focusing on getting the weight off, but eventually, I'm also going to have to learn to be flexible without resorting to binging and weight gain.

Funky I really get that about being shy. I'm shy too and love nothing more than staying home. But having a social life is part of being balanced. I struggle with that a lot as I love staying home and I'm friendly, but not really outgoing at all. I applaud your efforts.

losetoall Excellent work on the 13 pounds. You are doing great!

11-19-2012, 07:44 PM
Went on a vacation over the weekend and somehow gained a pound... I hiked 7.6 miles in 2 days and the night we got there we walked nearly 2 miles! How did that even happen?!

11-19-2012, 08:04 PM
Hi relosers -yesterday went well. I was able to extend breakfast and dinner to at least 20 minutes.Credit! Another credit goes to my DH who went shopping for Thanksgiving but didn't bring home the ice cream (for the pies) because he know it would be hard for me to resist. Maybe he is listening.

Other goals accomplished: planned/measured/logged food, journalled, exercise, read my advantages, no seconds and more.

We are invited Friday morning for a family get together for folks to meet my my new granddaugher. I think I"ll call and see what they are serving. I've already offered to bring something.. but, my SIL said not to bring anything. I'll ask again. It was nice of them to host this.

Tomorrow I go back to see the dietician. It's been a learning experience. One important thing I learned is that I needed to eat a bigger breakfast than I've eaten in the past. It's been helpful.

I hope you all are having a good day.

11-19-2012, 11:49 PM
Went on a vacation over the weekend and somehow gained a pound... I hiked 7.6 miles in 2 days and the night we got there we walked nearly 2 miles! How did that even happen?!

Don't you HATE that? But it must be water. I know I always gain when I travel or walk a lot. Sounds like a fun time and you'll certainly get a pay off for all of that exercise.

Beverly Joy I think I all of the planning is going to help you cruise right through the holidays and enjoy all of the fun and family time.

A good day for me. Ate out AGAIN! (if you can't believe it...) My fallback on a restaurant menu is grilled tuna. I've had it 3x in a row.

11-20-2012, 12:00 AM
AVE ~ Yes, those one and two lbs blips are almost always water-weight (from my experience), esp when you've done a lot of exercise. It will come back off in no time. :D

Had a good day too; food was good. Made a Shepherd's pie from Sunday's leftovers; and had a pita pizza for lunch. Went for a walk after dinner tonight and the stars were out again with that quarter moon as well -- lovely.

We had company visit two days in a row; wow, that's a lot for us. ;) I made homemade tomato-veggie soup with dumplings for lunch yesterday, and we had some of those HM muffins this aft. I make jumbos for DH and smaller ones for me; plus I cut the sugar and fat in them, but they still taste nice with the fruit in them.

Hope you all have a wonderful OP week; and here's a cheer for all your successes lately ... :cheer2:

11-20-2012, 02:19 PM
Hi.. yesterday went well - I am always grateful for that. I was about 95% on plan. I planned/measured/logged, did my exercises, drank lots of water, had no seconds, read my advantages, did my journalling, gave myself credit a few times & ate slowly for two meals.

Today I met with my dietician. I have lost seven pounds since I last saw her in October. Yay. We talked about how I divide up my food and made some good suggestions. I told her that I was nervous about the busy weekend... especially Thanksgiving day. She asked which foods I really wanted to have. I said: turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green beans casserole (that famous pilgrim recipe ;) ), & pie. (I don't care about rolls, sweet potatos, mashed potatoes becasue I can eat those anytime.) She said to have what I like in a reasonable amount and enjoy each bite. I said that I will feel deprived that I can't eat that way all weekend with the leftovers. She reminded me that I will not have been deprived because I get to have it on Thanksgiving. I've never thought of it in those terms. I am also adding veggies to the relish tray on the table - I am sure I will be the only one eating them. I'll let you know.

Gotta go and take my mom to the drug store.

Have a great day.

11-20-2012, 08:22 PM
BeverlyJoyExcellent work on the 7 pounds. You are doing great! We have the same favorite Thanksgiving foods, except that I don't make a green bean casserole, but honestly, stuffing is just my favorite thing in the world.

I had a good but sort of unexpected day, plan-wise, but I ended up kind of depressed and I'm trying to fight these thoughts that I have.

What happened was that somebody sent me a whole bunch of pictures of myself all dressed up-- different angles and full length body shots. It was SO DEPRESSING. I didn't realize that I had gotten quite that big again. And my hair didn't look how I thought it looked, and the outfit that I thought looked smart looked bulky and fat lady. I'm doing great with my plan and I'm down 12 lbs so far, but looking at the pictures reminded me that I'll probably have to get down to close to 200 before my body matches the image in my head, and I know that will take forever.

I know there's no point in dwelling on it when there is nothing I can do about it except for what I'm already doing, so I'm trying to move past it. I WISH I could lose it as fast as I gained it back, but of course, I can't. So I need to remember that if I'm patient, eventually, I'll get back to where I was.

11-20-2012, 10:24 PM
BEVERLYJOY ~ your Thanksgiving dinner plans sound great to me. I would have the leftovers, but no pie the next day. I just watch my portions sizes; and no seconds. You could also fill up on the veggies on the pickle tray and/or some salad if still hungry (or start with some salad).

:hug:UBERGIRL ~ about the pics. I think we've all been through that where someone sends us pictures that show us bigger than we thought we were/are. I keep them as motivation to try harder. We have mirrors in our kitchen; one whole wall is mirrors with gold swirls. Well, let me tell you -- I have a constant reminder every which way I turn; no kidding myself in this kitchen. I see myself and say "Geez, get out of the kitchen fast!" ;) :lol:

Had a good day today. I spent the morning mending again (taking up hems on pants so I have warmer pants to wear this winter). Food was good again today as well; and I went out for a walk after dinner too ... :D

Have a wonderfully OP Wednesday, everyone ... :carrot:

11-20-2012, 11:09 PM
I am feeling OK about facing Thanksgiving weekend. Grateful for the willingness to try and have food sanity.

The dietician said that I could have a piece of pie or a serving of stuffing each day after Thanksgiving - put to count it into my plan. (ie - planning ahead for it) She did say that what I should not do is have that whole Thanksgiving dinner again a couple more times over the weekend. Really, that makes sense. She says it depends on whether or not I think I can 'handle' it without having a binge afterwards.

Ubergirl - Stuffing is my very favorite Thanksgiving dish, too. As for those pictures... I know it's disappointing, but - you can get where you want to be again. It's a neverending journey we take with food and food sanity. Forgive yourself for gaining some weight back. You are so much more than a number on the scale or a moment in time in a photograph. I always say: learn from the past, plan for the future, but take it one day at a time.
Also, Uber - I too, just today was telling myself that I won't feel good about myself until I weigh 205 - then I had to have a good 'talking to' - to myself about just what I said to you. *sigh* We all try to move forward and stay positive.

Justwanttobehealthy Yes, I am putting out a veggie try along with the fattenning h'orsderves before hand. I will try to fill up on those. So happy to hear of your healthy food day...yay! Kudo's for your walk after dinner. Carry on.

I am so looking forward to my family getting here. So joyful!!

11-22-2012, 12:03 AM
:wave: HI ~ just checkin' in tonight; had a good and busy day. Temps have been great for this time of year, and clear streets tonight. Food was good today; and went for a walk after dinner. :D

Hope all our American friends have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY tomorrow -- enjoy it!

11-22-2012, 09:26 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

I'm trying to adjust my head after a frustrating weigh-in this morning. As much as I KNOW it shouldn't matter, I'm still early and fragile enough being back on plan that I get a little scale crazy. Two excellent on plan days. Went to bed a little hungry and woke up a little hungry. I was really expecting a loss. Stepped on the scale and I still saw the 1 lb bounce from yesterday still there. I feel a little disappointed, but I say to myself "okay." But then I thought, I dunno, maybe the scale is on an uneven spot or something. So I move the scale and step on it again. It says 258.5. I'm over-joyed. Yes! But then, I think well, two different weights, I better step on it a third time. And now it says 257. That's whenI realize the battery is probably a little low, and I really don't know what the right weight is. It shouldn't matter, since I've been firmly on plan all week. But I really wanted a new low weight to inspire me to stay on track today, since I have some planned treats today.


Oh well. Happy day to all.

11-22-2012, 10:17 AM
Ubergirl you and I could be twins. The scale story made me laugh because I have done that so many times. Are we crazy or what?

Yesterday I spent the day eating and by dinner I had given up and ate dinner too which I should not have touched at 800 calories. Well then got up and I am down a lb. Craziness. I even moved the scale and held my underwear to make sure of the lb. I don't get it but oh well. Thanksgiving is at my in laws house so no leftovers to throw me off. But I am so not ready for the drama that comes with going to their house. I just want to eat and then leave but you know it is hours of torture making small talk. Their house is so small that there is no where to sit so I am sandwiched between people I hate. But food wise I think that I will be okay. They never make a desert I like and I am planning small portions. Hopefully it will work.

Well love to all. Funky

11-22-2012, 11:38 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. :thanks1:

My week has not gone well at all. I worked the overnight shift on Saturday and ate way too much on Sunday while trying to stay awake and get back on my regular schedule. :o Then on Tuesday, my nursing class had a potluck and again I ate way too much and then ate dinner which I shouldn't have even touched! :(

So today's official weigh-in puts me up 1.6 pounds, but I expected a gain from all of the eating I did. On a good note though, I was back on plan yesterday and as it is just me, DH, & DS today, I will be on plan today as well. I have already walked 3 miles in 41 minutes today and I work the 3-11 shift at the nursing home, so I will burn more calories there. ;)

Have a great day everyone!!

11-22-2012, 01:37 PM
Making stuffing. IT IS MY FAVORITE. Trying to remember that I only want ONE SERVING.

11-22-2012, 06:57 PM
Am sitting here pretty stuffed and ready for the post-Thanksgiving report.

Good day leading up to THE BIG MEAL.

Oatmeal and raspberries for breakfast, 1oz cheese and an apple for lunch.

For Thanksgiving, I ate a GOOD SIZED meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, boiled shrimp, braised leeks, and yams. Quite a bit of butter in all of the dishes.

It was not a light and healthy meal. It was a heavy meal. But, I've been one hundred per cent on plan except for that one meal, and so I'm feeling like it was an okay decision to eat the meal.

Am paying now, because I have a full stomach. Everybody was too full to eat pie, so nobody has had any, but people will probably eat some later.

I'm not sure if I'll have a slice or not.

Hope all of you had a great day. I'll check in after tomorrow's weigh in. Yowch!

11-22-2012, 07:16 PM
hi everyone! Maybe I will post here if that's ok? I am re-losing too.

Ubergirl, stuffing is my favorite too, lol. I decided not to make any this year, no yams either since I love those and it is hard to stop. I cook the whole meal so I get to decide. I am still making mashed potatoes and gravy and apple salad, having pies and rolls for the kids, but my plate is going to be turkey and green beans/mushrooms. Period. Next year if I am at goal I will make a fabulous gluten-free stuffing and enjoy it.

11-22-2012, 10:22 PM
:welcome: Back, LYN ~ Hey, you lost it before so you can do it again. In this thread, we all hope to learn from our mistakes and make this last. You can too, I just know it! :D

UBERGIRL ~ sounds like you did pretty good to me ... congrats!:)

TO OUR OTHER FRIENDS HERE ~ I hope you enjoyed the day and all the good food. Try not to fret over it, just continue on tomorrow and all will be OK. I have done this many times, and it really works.

OH, the scale woes -- we've all been through them; done the same thing too. Now, I just weigh myself every so many weeks; it works for me. Next one is Christmas Eve Day morning. I've done more walking this stretch, so I don't know if that will make a difference or not; it will be interesting to see.

Had a good day; food was good. The weather was very warm -- around 54 F. It was perfect for my walk after dinner. Hope you all have a good OP day tomorrow -- all back on track, OK? :hug:

Judy Lynn
11-23-2012, 11:20 AM
I just thought I would let you all know that my husband had a bad stroke while we were on vacation on Las Vegas. We are still here in LV waiting for him to stabilize enough to be air ambulanced home. My world is in turmoil right now.

11-23-2012, 11:39 AM
I just thought I would let you all know that my husband had a bad stroke while we were on vacation on Las Vegas. We are still here in LV waiting for him to stabilize enough to be air ambulanced home. My world is in turmoil right now.

Oh my goodness. I'm am so very sorry to hear this! Sending thoughts and prayers. Hang in there and know that we are thinking of you.

11-23-2012, 12:22 PM
Oh Judy Lynn. It is the worst to be away from home when the worst happens. I hope you are okay and your husband can stabilize soon. My thoughts are with you. Funky

11-23-2012, 01:27 PM
Judy Lynn, so sorry to hear this! You and your husband are in my prayers.

11-23-2012, 03:38 PM
Judy Lynn :hug: :hug:

Prayers have been sent. I hope everything works out.

11-23-2012, 05:15 PM
Scale bounce to 263 today after big Thanksgiving meal. Today has only been so-so. But in the for the long haul. Onward!

11-23-2012, 09:06 PM
JUDY-LYNN ~ ^PRAYERS^ have been sent for your DH and you -- that all goes well and he heals quickly without any lasting effects ... :hug:

:snowglo:We had a big ***** storm here today, so it's a snowy, white Winter Wonderland out there; and it's snowing again right now. It does look very pretty though. We had freezing rain first, then it turned to snow by noon. I won't venture out in this kind of weather; not safe for me. So I am going to do indoor stuff instead.

I did my floors today (that's good exercise too) and other stuff inside. I like to do some toning, weights, and dancing in the wintertime but I am looking out for some more ideas of what I can do this year indoors. Mulling a few things over. Food was good today. :D

Hope you all are back on plan as much as you can today ... :cheer2:

Judy Lynn
11-24-2012, 10:11 AM
Thank you all for your prayers and support, it means a lot.

11-25-2012, 05:56 PM
Well, I sure got my exercise in yesterday -- spent some time yesterday afternoon shovelling snow. First, the front steps; then later went out again (after warming up a bit) and did my half of the laneway (well, almost half). DH came out and finished the end for me as my back was starting to hurt a bit by the time I got to the heavy stuff he put near the road. Thankfully, I wasn't sore later on, nor today either. I must be getting more fit becuz I wasn't even winded during or after.

Food was good too. Today, I made two pineapple loaves for DH and dessert to go with our roast chicken and veggies. Having today as a rest day; only did some laundry earlier on. We only had a light sprinkling of snow today; very pretty actually ...

Hope you all have a good OP day ... :cool:

11-27-2012, 11:25 AM
JudyLynn - I am so so sorry to hear this about your husband. I am wishing him a recovery with the very best result. Sending prayers, positive thoughts and hugs to you.

11-27-2012, 11:33 AM
Hi relosers - despite my planning and thinking I was ready to face the food laced four day weekend with family and freinds... I wasn't able to stay with my plan. I've had a very broken spirit - thinking it could never 'happen' for me. I posted separately about it. Thankfully, folks were so kind and helpful to me and helped me to forgive myself, put it in perspective, and to get back on my plan. Thus, I have planned for a good, healthy day. And, am hoping to get through it.

I had a bounce up with my weight. It should go down, hopefully, after a few days.

justwanttobehealthy - ouch. Glad your back feels better today. Shoveling is good exercise!
uber - glad you are in this for the long haul!

Have a great day, folks.

11-27-2012, 12:20 PM
Hi relosers!

It's me - I'm back. Ugh!!! I started this journey and never really made a lot of progress (20lbs here and there and regain) until my husband left me and then the weight fell off. The problem is that it happened because I was upset and barely eating and running all the time to work through anxiety and stress. That isn't a permanent fix and now that I am doing well (and have a great boyfriend!), I am right back where I started a few years ago where I can't seem to get into a healthy routine and make permanent changes. And now I've regained about 20lbs.

I am not completely focused on the scale as getting my lifestyle organized. I have learned that if I don't do that, whatever I lose will just come back anyway. But, that quick weight loss was somewhat "addicting." I keep fantasizing about losing a lot of weight very quickly. I know that I can't do that, it wasn't good for me and now I need to make a permanent change. It's just taking me a while to get my head screwed on straight and get back to saying no to junk/sugar and keeping a healthy daily calorie level. And of course, finding time to exercise!!

In an odd way, I feel like a newbie. Why can't I just "pick" it up again? It's amazing how quickly you can fall out of the routine. One missed workout becomes a week becomes a month, same for eating junk/going over calorie levels.

I'm going to the gym today at lunch and I ate my greek yogurt for breakfast. I'm trying. One meal and one choice at a time.

So good to see some "familiar faces" on here! We encouraged each other before, we can do it again.

11-27-2012, 06:43 PM
BeveryJoy I know how you feel. I am glad you are forgiving yourself. I have the same thoughts about myself. You can do this. We can do this together.

Justwant2be. Shoveling is good exercise. I wish we had more snow. Not that I like shoveling but I like the snow. I am glad you were not sore.

BeachBreeze. Welcome back. Weighing myself is addictive to me. Fantasizing about losing fast I think is normal for everyone, it's normal for me. Nothing wrong with fantasizing but it does get me down when it doesn't go fast for me. Congrats on the new boyfriend. Having someone you love makes life so much better.

After taking a week to get myself together (it seems like I have taken a week off) but was being careful. Skipping dessert and counting calorie was okay. Just went over my calories 7 days in a row but I am back on track. I lost the two pounds I gained. It was a nice surprise this morning.

Well love to all. Funky

11-27-2012, 11:38 PM
HI EVERYONE ~ we all have those days that get us down, but you can sometimes save the day, the week, or the month. I got into some nachos yesterday am, but saved the day by having soup for lunch, skipped my AS, then had a light dinner, and tiny snack in the evening. Just keep going ...

:welcome: back, BREEZE ~ I agree that we all fantisize about losing the weight faster (I still do now & then), but I know that won't work for a permanent solution in the long run. I know others can make us feel that we should go faster too and that just adds more stress that we don't need. NO, we have to stick to our overall game plan; slow and steady wins the race ...

BEVERLYJOY ~ I agree -- just keep going, girl; this can all be worked out over the month for sure. You'll see that soon ... :hug:

FUNKY ~ see, sometimes we get these amazing surprises even when we aren't perfect; that's becuz 90 % is OK too!!! :D

Yes, I'll try to watch it with the shovelling -- will just be more careful and stop sooner. I can do the steps and small porch OK. I was trying to give DH some much needed motivation ;) by helping and it did work ... :cool:

Food has been good this week otherwise; and staying under my calorie amounts even with some finagling yesterday. Back on track today for sure. Shopping planned for tomorrow. Hope you all have a great OP week -- keep plugging away, ladies ... :cheer2:

11-28-2012, 08:54 AM
Hey everyone! I did a good job yesterday of staying to my calorie goal and exercising. The scale dropped this am to 168. I think I had some TOM swelling but now it's slow and steady. I know today is critical to setting the habits to be fully back in the swing of things. I have planned ahead and I'll take it one choice at a time.

Thanks for the welcome everyone! You are all doing so well.

Losetoall - I think a week off can be helpful. I have definitely learned that weight loss is a mental journey more than a physical one. Taking the time to get your head together is so important. I think it can boost your metabolism a little, too. Nice to see the loss!

Beverly - this time of year is so hard because there are so many things to keep us distracted from or to make it harder to stay OP. Just keep trying and getting back into it. One meal might mean an extra several hundred calories, but if we take the whole rest of the week off, it can turn into an extra thousand or more and now we've gained weight. Not from the original thing but from letting it get to us and keeping us off plan. You'll get there! You can do it!

Justwant2be - LOL at shoveling to get him to do it. I used to do that. Shoveling is great exercise. I liked mowing the grass, too. Now, it's so different because DB won't "let me" do those things which is sweet, but I do kind of miss the physical exertion. Good job on getting your day back on track!

Have a great day, ladies!

11-28-2012, 10:10 AM
Hi relosers -yesterday was a much better day - I stayed with my plan until bedtime. I have a running nose & post nasal drip. I had a couple of lemon drops. Bad idea... just triggered other unhealthy eating. Thus, the lemon drops are in the trash covered with dishsoap. Yay.

Wednesday is my 'official' ticker day. Today the scale says that I stayed the same as last Wednesday. I guess I 'undid' the damage of overeating during the long Thanksgiving family-athon (and eat-athon). It dropped off quickly. I am so, so grateful for that.

Yesterday -I did write down my food, ate a little slower and drank lots of water. Grateful for the willingness to try.

Today I am off to get some more healthy food in the house, meetings for work, and an appointment. I've planned my food and got out my journal.

Hope everyone has a healthy day. Gotta go. I'lll try and get back for personals!

11-29-2012, 11:37 AM
Hi relosers...I am so happy to say that yesterday was a healthy day... I am grateful. I planned/measured/logged food, did my exercises, weighed, lots of water, slowed down a little, left a bite (most of the time) & went to the store for healthy foods to have a more 'friendly' food environment at home. It's nice to have a few credits again.

Been busy... I will try to get back!

11-29-2012, 01:15 PM
Great Job Beverly!!

I am holding on by my fingernails right now to resist the office potluck. There is some YUMMY food in there. AAARGH! I am going to sneak out and take my gym bag and go to the gym instead. Hopefully when I get back, it's all gone. Even though there are salads in there (one of which I brought), I still don't trust myself.

11-29-2012, 05:54 PM
I am back to do some personals...

Beechbreeze - WELCOME BACK. --hoping it all goes well for you. Good idea to get to the gym instead. Wonderful to see the number on the scale go down. YAY. I agree - one day off and hopping back on the plan won't be such a huge impact.... but, a week off certainly can. Good reminder.

Justwant2behealthy - kudo's for meeting your taco fest with healthier choices later on.

losetoall. - kudo's for getting those two pounds off by counting calories. GREAT. Yes... we can do this together. Thanks.

11-29-2012, 06:29 PM
Just checking in to say hi, I am reading all your posts and cheering you on!

11-29-2012, 10:09 PM
BeachBreeze. You are an inspiration, running from the situation literally. Great job!!!

I was going so good then my husband worked late and I got pizza for the kids and I. I didn't go overboard but I am over calories and now I have all the leftovers to avoid. I got the delite pizza so the calories are half. So that is good. I will exercise tomorrow. It is TOM and I am so sluggish. Did a bunch of laundry and cleaned the kitchen now I have a couple ladies from my church coming over at 8 pm so I have to clean the living room.

Love to all. Funky

11-30-2012, 03:26 PM
Hi folks - yesterday was a healthy day. I am always grateful for that. I stayed with my plan well. Also, planned/measured/logged food, exercised, lots of water, journalling, deep breaths before each time I ate, ate a little slower, concentrated more on the taste a few times, and even felt the fullness couple times.

My cold is getting better. I was boiling water for moisture in the air and ruined my pot when I forgot about it. I was going to make some soup today... guess not until I get a new pot.

Hope you are all having a great day.

12-01-2012, 03:28 PM
Hi relosers: yesterday was healthy until bedtime, when I ate extra unplanned food. I can't change the past... moving forward today.

I coming to the winddown of my headcold. It's spread to one eye - all crusty. I don't think it's actually pinkeye. We'll see tomorrow which 'direction' it goes. I have an appointment anyway Tues to have a followup on my bloodwork numbers.

DH brought home some Hershey chocolate syrup. He loves chocolate milk. I put in on the fridge door behind something else - so I won't see it everytime I open the door. He's now out to get 'something sweet'. He's not overweight... yet, he can eat a whole bag of candy. Not fair... Oh well. He told me he'd hide it from me. I can usually find it, if I look. I need to stay out of it!!!!

We might get out the Christmas decorations this weekend. I am really not up for it, however. Maybe tomorrow.

Some credits for yesterday: planned/measured/logged food, did exercises, had lots of water, weighed myself, and ate slower.

I hope you are all having a great day.

12-01-2012, 11:39 PM
:wave: HI EVERYONE ~ Finally checkin' in this week, as I've had a lot on my mind lately. Got the results of my tests Thursday afternoon -- I have a very, very large tumor in my abdomen (from stomach to pelvis); but thank GOD, it is benign (not cancerous). Needs to be removed (asap) as soon as they can find a brave team of surgeons to tackle this challenge. If you believe in prayer like me, I would appreciate some for sure. Thanks.

Eating has been OK; stayed under calories most days. Today was a flex day; still good though. I up my cals more towards 1800 in the winter as I feel cold if I don't. Anyone else have that issue? And, I don't really know how much I weight anymore as this tumor weighs a lot, so I will delay the weigh-ins until they get it out (becuz it's growing).

Hope you all have been doing well this week. I see you have been trying to avoid some temptations. Know how that feels for sure -- don't we all? You can do it relosers; hang in there. Have a great weekend ... :cheer2:

12-02-2012, 01:08 PM
Hi relosers - yesterday was on plan - grateful. I used my Beck ideas to not eat the tortilla chips I wanted when they were in front of me. The same for DH's waffle on his plate when I was cleaning up dinner. Yay. I did my journal work, read the info I am working on, planned/measured/logged my food, took two meals to twenty minutes, tried to taste my food more often than not, weighed, left a bite, & took several deep breaths before each meal and snack.

I really need to work on not tasting and licking my fingers & spoons when cooking and fixing meals. Those old habits slide back in so easily.

I got out a soup pot from 25 years ago and made my chicken soup. I need to get a new pot, however, later on.

The Christmas and holiday gatherings are starting to come in and be planned. Should be fun... it can be if I get my 'mind right' about all the food. I will keep trying.

justwant2bhealthy oh my goodness. I am so very sorry to hear of this tumor. Yes, in our family we say 'better out than in'. So glad to hear it's benign. I hope you can have this done quickly. Sending prayers and hug. I can understand not wanting to get on the scale with the tumer there. I am going mostly well this week. Yesm you are right... we all keep moving forward the best we can.

Lyn Hi... hope you are having a good week too. Think positive.

losetoall glad you were able to work the pizza in. It always feels so good when the living room is cleaned up... I love it

Have a great day!

12-02-2012, 07:23 PM
Justwant2be. Maybe you should weigh then when it comes out then it will be a lose. My sick mind at work. So sorry about the tumor. I hope the surgery happens fast nothing worse than having to wait. Prayer fron here.

BeverlyJoy. Good job on the techniques. Sounds like you are doing okay. It is hard everyday. Why can't it get easier.

I have the tree up but no decorations on it yet. It is nice to have the lights on they make me peaceful. I have been struggling with the calories eating more than the plan but not more than 1800 a day. I try to stay between 1200-1400 but with the holidays I feel...... I don't know what... Deprived?!? I am still counting and keeping track and that is something. I haven't thrown in the towel yet. That is saying something

Well take care all. Funky

12-02-2012, 07:43 PM
I hope you guys don't mind if I join you. I have let life get me off track since April and have gained back about 30 pounds. I have been back on plan now for 2 days.

12-03-2012, 12:06 AM
BEVERLYJOY ~ thanks ... I hope I don't have to wait too long, but it does take time to find the surgeons and arrange everything.

FUNKY~ I was weighed at the docs on Thursday so I know what their scales say anyways. I can weigh on mine before I go too if I want to. Will try to just stay on plan as much as I can until then. Today was good. My aunt brought over a healthy lunch today, with some cake for dessert, so I had a small piece too, but stayed inside my cal cap anyways. Had a light dinner too and that helped a lot. :D

12-03-2012, 02:43 PM
FitGirlyGirl ~ Glad to have you!!

JustWant2Be ~ I hope you have the surgery really soon! :hug: What a scary thing to find out. Glad it is benign.

Next week will be very stressful for me; I have final exams for this semester (I don't want to stress eat) and then we will be traveling to visit my mother-in-law and attend my husband's family's Christmas party. This will be the first time they have seen me since I have lost so much and the first time I have done any traveling. I hope I will be able to stay somewhat on-plan.

I hope everyone has a great week this week.

Laters!! :wave:

12-04-2012, 11:12 AM
hi guys.

I am sitting at 217 still. I bumped up to 218 on the weekend but back down today. I was hoping to get to 199 by Jan 1 but that's pretty much impossible now. My body is letting go of the fat verrrry slowly this time. Two pounds last week, two pounds the week before that, so if I can lose 2 pounds a week I will weigh 210 the weekend before New Years. So now I am just hoping for 209 by January 1 and out of the 200's in very early February. Sheesh this takes SO LONG the second or third time around.

Hope you all are hanging in there. The holidays can be tough.

12-04-2012, 12:37 PM
Hi - yesterday was healthy. However, once again I ate extra in the evening. I must find the willingness to use techniques I know help in this situation. My sabatoging thought was... 'oh this extra apple and some chocolate aren't going to make a big difference'. If it was once in a while, maybe not. But, it's becoming an every evening occurance. I need to answer this thought.

Yesterday I was able to eat slower, drink lots of water, do my exercises, stay with my plan (mostly) wieghed, & plan/measure/log. I weighed myself yesterday and saw it go up a pound, which I know wasn't possible. It really made me bummed for a portion of the day. I need to wrap around my brain that 'it's only informaiton'.

I hope you are all having a good day.

12-05-2012, 10:37 AM
Hi... today is my official 'ticker' day. I've been up and down and all around with the same pound. Today the scale again says 215. - as it was last Wednesday.

My food was all over the place yesterday... however, within my range. I ate some pistachio nuts before bed. I think I will need to write down some kind of a plan to use my resistance techniques especially for the evening.

Credits: exercise, water, wrote down all that I ate and always left a bite of food on my plate.

Today I go get my bloodwork rechecked. I think it should be improved.

Have a great day.

12-05-2012, 11:05 AM
Beverlyjoy, I understand about the same pound, or even the same 5 pounds. I think it's been like 5 months now that every month I have seen 217 on the scale at some point. Up and down around it but never really getting away. It is hard work to get off a stuck point. We will get it.

Judy Lynn
12-05-2012, 11:34 AM
Hello ReLosers, I just wanted to let you know that my husband passed away on Saturday night from his stroke. He is now at peace. I am still reeling from shock and hoping I wake up from this nightmare.

12-05-2012, 11:52 AM
Oh Judy Lynn, I am so sorry. Sending thoughts and prayers to you :(

12-05-2012, 02:15 PM
Judy Lynn, I am so sorry!! :hug: Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. :hug:

12-05-2012, 02:23 PM
:hug: Judy Lynn :hug: I am so sorry to hear this. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. :hug:

12-05-2012, 10:30 PM
:hug:JUDY-LYNN ~ That is a terrible shock! May GOD bless you and your family with His love and peace and comfort at this time ... :hug:

12-06-2012, 07:21 PM
Hi ... checking in. I did weigh this morning and it was the same. Grateful. I must admit that yesterday was an off plan day. I got up knowing it would be.

Today is going well.... 'news at 11' - actually tomorrow. It's getting through the evening that has been my challenge of late. I just ate my dinner and I think I'll read my advantages.

Hope you've all had a great day.

12-07-2012, 12:57 PM
Judylynn. I am so sorry. What a nightmare. My prayers are with you. I hope the funeral goes well and you get home okay from Las Vegas and the family arrives okay. Love, Funky

12-07-2012, 10:15 PM
GOOD NEWS ~ a surgeon has come forward, and a tentative date has been set for December 20th or 24th in Hamiliton, Ontario, Canada. I go to see this surgeon for a pre-surgery consult next Friday in Sudbury. Then my BIL & brother will come and get us to stay at there place before and after the surgery as well.

Went up town and got the rest of our gifts and things we needed for the trip; plus eggs & bread to tide us over til then. Food has been good this week; had salad and home-baked thin-crust pizza for dinner tonight.

Hope you all have a wonderful OP weekend ... :cheer2:

12-08-2012, 12:05 PM
Justwant2b. Good news?!? No that is great news!!! What would you do if there was no one to do it? Live with it growing? That is crazy! How far from Toronto are you? That is great you have family there. You sound upbeat. Good for you.

I have been working on staying in my calories, not successfully though. Another weekend to struggle through. I am planning on going to church on Sunday still shy and selfconscious but I am going to do it for my life.

Hope you are all well. Have a great OP day. Funky

12-09-2012, 12:29 AM
FUNKY ~ you are correct -- not only great news, fabulous news!!! Hey, I :cry: cried :cry: when I heard that he was willing to do it. I am about 500 miles north of TO where I live. Most of my family live in Southern Ontario, as that is where I was born and raised (I am a Northern Ontario transplant).

As for your question, my specialist would just keep putting out calls/requests until someone answers him. I told DH that I'm sure that there would always be some rogue (brave, nervy, courageous) surgeon out there who would be willing to do it. I think that more would be willing to do it than some might believe, as we have many choices here -- Hamilton, London, Toronto, Ottawa, etc. Hamilton was recommended the most, so I was so happy to hear they offered so fast!

No, this very, very large (massive) tumor has to come out and soon -- it is so cumbersome and problematic, causing lots of new health issues for me now. My specialist said this should have been caught and taken out 10 years ago.

Yes, go to church and enjoy yourself; in time, you will get more used to it and meet lots of nice people. Keep going, on the food issues too -- practice makes perfect, but hey, 90% isn't so bad either ... :hug:

12-09-2012, 09:14 AM
Justwant2bhealthy - I am so glad you've got the date and can now look toward getting through this and on to better health. Wonderful. I'll send positive thoughts and prayers your way. Be brave, friend.

I am struggling with neighbors bringing goodies into the house as gifts. DH finally took them outside to eat with the kids playing outside.

I've planned for a healthy day today.

12-09-2012, 11:32 AM
Justwant2bhealthy~ wow, I don't know if I'd read about the tumor before. I haven't been on the boards much recently. But I am so glad you found a surgeon to help you! Praying it all goes smoothly and you are feeling better very soon.

Beverlyjoy~ I struggle with that too, but this year nothing has showed up yet. The worst for me is the potluck type events with the big spreads of holiday foods. I have one of those on Monday.

Weigh in was good to me today, down to 215. That is 3 pounds this week! So happy to see it. It is motivating to get a 'whoosh' like that.

12-09-2012, 11:55 AM
Justwant2B ~ Prayers going up for a successful surgery and recovery & praise that it is happening!! :goodvibes

Funky ~ Yes, I agree, go to church. You will enjoy yourself & will find the peace you need. :hug:

Lyn2007 ~ Congrats on the whoosh!! That is fabulous!! :carrot:

I ask all of you to keep me in your thoughts & prayers this week. I have finals and I have always had problems with stress eating; encouragement is needed. Plus I have a Christmas potluck on Wednesday in class and then I am helping cater a barbecue dinner that evening. To top it all off, I will be leaving for a trip to Arkansas Thursday evening. :stress: I am so close to ONEderland that I don't want to blow it this week.

Have a great Sunday everyone!!

Laters! :wave:

12-09-2012, 08:32 PM
PEGGY ~ thanks so much; keeping you in prayers that all goes well with your exams and eating this month. Yes, you are sooo very close to ONEDERLAND -- you can do it!!! :cheer2:

LYN ~ I only found out myself very recently, although I suspected it for some time. Thanks for your prayers!

BEVERLYJOY ~ thanks for your encouragement and prayers! When people give me too many food gifts, I share them with others.

You know, PEGGY got me thinking that after this surgery, I may very well be in or very close to ONEDERLAND myself. Won't that be wonderful? What a great thing to look forward to after this surgery! :)

Eating has been good. I up my calories just a little bit (closer to 1800) in the winter to offset the cold, and that has been helping me keep warmer. Hope you all have a wonderful OP week coming up ... :D

12-10-2012, 02:31 PM
Hi everyone. I was here before, on this thread, but I drifted..... I'm back! I didn't put all of my weight back on, but got close. Thank goodness for that .4 pound that didn't add back on. :)

Anyway, I went back to the gym this morning, spin class. I am stiffening up as I sit at work, but I made it through the class. I am trying to get back on track. I didn't want to wait until after the holidays. I just want to get back to feeling good again.

I do see some familiar faces!

12-10-2012, 05:03 PM
Hi relosers...finally, yesterday was an on plan day. Credit...YAY. We had a pasta dinner with all the trimmings. I had to pull all of my resistance techniques out of my hat to get through it. It was really tough.. but, I perservered.

Yesterday I wrote it all down, drank lots of water, did my exercises, always left a bite. Credit. I went to bed early.. just easier than facing any evening eating.

I've still got a cold, sinus, swollen glands... ready for them to get better.

Good news... I got my bloodwork back. Triglycerides were 443 - now 239. They need to get below 150. Cholesterol was 232 - now 182. That's in three months. I am pleased. Credit!!

I've been reshearsing for some programs this week.

Hope you are having a good day,

12-10-2012, 11:42 PM
Thank goodness for that .4 pound that didn't add back on.

:welcome: back, DIANE ~ :lol: that was cute -- glad that you decided to join us again ... good luck!

BEVERLYJOY ~ that's a good number on the cholesterol -- what do think made such a difference in your numbers? Others would like to know too I'm sure ... ;)

Spent our day getting ready for our trips south; first the visit to the surgeon on Thursday. Then started packing our duffel bags for the trip down south for the surgery itself (to stay with my sister and her family). Trying to get everything ready ahead of time -- which actually helps keep my mind occupied. Food was good today too.

Have a great OP Tuesday everyone ... :cool:

12-11-2012, 12:40 PM
Day 2, went to the gym, so 2 days in a row! I went to Body Pump today, it was kind of difficult and I can see that I lost a lot of strength by not continuing working out. But, I'll get it back......

Nice Beverly! Those are good numbers!

Rosebud, thanks for the welcome back!

12-11-2012, 02:00 PM
Yesterday was a healthy day... always grateful for that! I planned/measured/logged food, did my exericses, drank lots of water, always left a bite, got healthy food to keep in the house, & took several deep breathes before each meal or snack. Credits!

I went to bed early. Thus, no extra eating then. However, I woke up at 2am. I couldn't fall back to sleep right away. So I had some warm milk and chamomille tea. I finally fell back to sleep in the recliner. I am not concerned about that 'extra milk'.

Yesterday DH and I decided we weren't going to bake any of the traditional Christmas goodies (His mom's raisin & nut bread and butterscotch & sugar cookies) I was really excited. I figured I could make some hot cocoa mix and jar it up to give as a 'homemade' present. I don't think I'll be tempted to binge on it. BUT - today, DH changed his mind. So, we have to figure out plan B.

I am still dealing with feeling sick. At this point it's postnasal drip and few other things. Ready for it to be gone!

I am reshearsing alot today for my performances tomorrow.

As per justwant2bhealthy's question as to how I got my lab numbers down. Basically is was cutting out a lot of sugar and fat. (two of my favorite food groups). I was suprised to see how much it had gone down in three monthes. You'd think with that much a difference in lab numbers I would have had a bigger weight loss. Oh well. However, I am very pleased.

slash - two days in a row at the gym is awesome!!! Carry on. So great to see your post.

justwant2bhealthy - sounds like you are getting things all organized for your surgery and trip. That's good. Glad you are not eating over any of it. Kudo's.

sluggerbean - am sending postive thoughts and prayers for you to get through finals without overeating/bingeing. PLAN the best you can.

lyn - awesome weight loss!!!!

losetoall - hang in there with your many gatherings. PLAN the best you can.

I hope you are all having a nice day.

12-11-2012, 05:14 PM
I am soooooo sad to report I have gained back EIGHTY pounds. I feel depressed all the time because of this and I find it dominates my thoughts. It feels so awful so if anyone reading this is feeling tempted to get off plan, PLEASE don't do it. It isn't worth it. If you are a praying person, I'm begging you to say a prayer for me today that I can get back on track. I'm just sooo down I don't even know if I can pick myself up and start again, but I know that I must - even though I have failed at it the last few weeks. Thanks for letting me 'vent' and sorry for the "downer" this afternoon.

12-11-2012, 05:51 PM
Praying for you Ritzy. I know it is hard, but you will feel so much better about yourself once you get going again. Hugs!

12-11-2012, 06:03 PM
Thanks, Lyn! Seeing that you have experienced a similar situation and knowing that you are praying REALLY does help so much! Blessings to you.

Judy Lynn
12-11-2012, 08:58 PM
Hello ReLosers, Well the loss of appetite stage is over, and now I am comfort food eating. I really want/need to get this reigned in, or else I know where it will lead. I got some fruit today and that is always a good start for me to have fruit between meals instead of carby junk.

12-11-2012, 11:45 PM
JUDY-LYNN~ hang in there, girl -- fruit is a good idea. :hug:

:welcome: back, RITZY ~ just chip away at it one-step-at-a-time, one-day-at-a-time! Yes, we've all been there; some of us more than once (like me), but it is possible to get the victory. Sending up ^prayers^ for you as well. You can do this; we all can!!! :hug:

BEVERLY-JOY ~ Yay for plan "B" -- sooo, what is it? :lol: ... enquiring minds want to know ... ;)

I'm doing OK with the food; am so glad that I am. I up my cals a bit in the wintertime, so that may be helping me. Actually, DH stresses me more with hiding his pj's, clothes, and blankets in the basement. Now, I am calling it "the black hole" ... :lol:

Have a wonderful OP Wednesday, everyone ... :cheer2:

12-11-2012, 11:49 PM
Justwant2Bhealthy: Thanks so much for the encouraging words and the prayers - and congratulations on your success! That is wonderful!

12-12-2012, 11:31 AM
hi relosers,

I dropped a pound overnight and am back to 214. I got all choked up. That is the low weight I got to when I first was losing this weight in 2007... well, technically I started in 2007 and got to 214 in 2008. I hit this weight and stalled out, regained and stayed there for almost 2 years while TRYING to lose more. Then in 2010 I started at 234 and got down to 175. Here I am, back to 214 again. Emotional. Hope I see a lower number soon. I want outta here (the 200's).

12-12-2012, 11:46 AM
Hey Ritzy, just keep in mind that if you were the only one who messed up and regained the weight, we wouldn't need this thread. It definitely is depressing, but you can't think about it. You just need to start again and take it a day at a time. Beating yourself up doesn't help!! I'm on day 3 of the restart, so we'll keep moving forward starting........ NOW! :)

Lyn, that's a good thing to have happen!! Now you can blow past that number and move downward!! Good for you!

Judy Lynn, I've heard that drinking hot tea can help, too, unless you are wanting to add a snack at that time. The fruit is a good way to go.

Well, I made it back to the gym again today. 3 days in a row. I'm happy. I'm forcing myself to go so I can get back in the habit of being there daily. Today was spin again. I had spin on Monday too, and "that" area was a little sore, but I made it. They have another spin class on Friday. Might have to see if I can do it again.

Now, if people could just not bring in goodies to the office, that would help.

12-12-2012, 01:19 PM
I will work on changing all my stats for my current state. But heres what going on in a nutshell.

In the last year I have gotten out of a unhappy marriage of 17 years, fallen in love with the man of my dreams, lost alot of people in my life during the transition due to situation, trained for and ran a 1/2 marathon had to have knee surgery due to injury, and caring for my 6 amazing children as they adjust to our split custody arrangement.

I have lost myself , my super strict plan started to slip, my exercise became 2 times a week not daily, Sodas became everyday as did chocolate, alcohol became too frequent and fast food.
I think i am punishing myself for everything yet I do believe I am doing the right thing long term the adjustment is just killing me or am i allowing it to!?!.

So I have put on 30-35 pounds. I don't feel energetic and positive like I did and i refuse to go back to plus size anything. My new pretty clothes are uncomfortable. Eating isn't making me happy neither is the soda and alcohol drinking.

I'm better than this . As of yesterday I recommitted , I'm going to try 6 days on 1 day off for now to see if that is more realistic life plan. Working on no soda and alcohol. No chips, fries, potatoes, fried foods, very limited sugar. More water, raw veggies, fresh fruits, protein shakes, lean meat, and moving more.

This board is such a positive helpful place. It encourages me to keep fighting even when i get off track, deal with lifes rain storms and hurdles. Look forward to catching up with everyone.

12-12-2012, 01:27 PM
Slashnl: I totally get everything you said. I just found myself in a very low spot the day I posted and my low spirit showed in my post. I am doing some better today, but still battling those feelings of "how could I let myself do such a stupid thing" feeling. :-) Thanks for your comment. I appreciate the support here. That's why I knew where to come to when I found myself in such a low state.

12-12-2012, 08:35 PM
Getting back on track is so much harder than doing it the first time was. I keep finding myself stress eating because all of the life stress that helped me gain back the weight is still there. I didn't know I was a stress eater until recently. Before I was just an all the time eater and after I started working on losing weight I guess I never had enough stress to trigger this before. Now I have all of this and I have no idea how to cope with being a stress eater. It's something I'm going to have to learn to control.

12-13-2012, 11:46 AM
Roxy, you're so right. It is SO much harder the second time... and harder still every subsequent time. For me, it has gotten boring. It is no longer exciting to see these numbers on the scale even though they are a loss. What will be exciting is getting back under 200 again and moving towards a new low.

Well, 214 only lasted a day... I am on a whoosh track I guess because I got 213 this morning. Well, that means I "only" have 38 pounds of regained weight left to shed. Just keep going...

12-13-2012, 11:58 AM
I agree with all of you. It just isn't fun to have to go back through the same weight that we already lost. The numbers shouldn't be as high as they are and with working out, I've found myself saying, "I USED to be able to lift more... I USED to be able to increase resistance more on the spin bike." Irritating to take such a big step back.

That said, I went to the gym again today for Body Pump. That makes 4 days in a row. (I'll quit counting the days soon because I'll be taking off on the weekend.) Just one day at a time.

Lynn: Yay Whoosh! Getting there!

12-13-2012, 12:07 PM
Hi...checking in. I am happy to say that on my official weigh day, Wednesday, I stayed the same. My food has not been consistently on plan. I will consider this OK for now.

My performances went very well yesterday. We all had fun!

I've made my plan for today. Next week I see the dietician. It would be nice to see a loss from last time.

I told my SIL that I am not doing a lot of baking this year. (we will be there for Christmas) I said it was for health purposes. She said it's fine. She is still getting some pies. DH is back and forth on whether or not we will bake. I told him that a bottle of nice olive oil is really a good gift. "It's not like raisin nut bread." he said. True. We will figure it out.

I hope folks are doing well in the sea of December party/Christmas/holiday etc foods available.

Plan plan plan some more.


12-13-2012, 12:08 PM
I have been struggling so much. I am up 2 pounds and I have been struggling with the same 5 pounds for months but now it is 7 pounds. I just can not get it together, I have been eating junk food. I have been staying in the 1500 calories but just junk food, I even got into the chips and dip and I do not even like it that much. I am the chocolate fan and I have been in that too. So discouraging.

I see 214-213 and I am so jealous. I would love to get there. I do not know how you guys do so well and lose so fast. I am just so frustrated and sad. Enough with my bellyaching. I hope you are all doing good and having an OP day. Funky

12-13-2012, 08:55 PM
TodaY was day two back on plan. Yesterday I made it to the gym and did 4 miles then 30 minutes of weights and abs. My calories totaled 1300 for the day. I had only water and 1/2 sweet tea. No breads, pasta,potatoes 1300 calories of good healthy food. I grocery shopped for veggies, fruits and chicken and turkey, more waters and crystal light. I created a NO FAIL kitchen for me and that made today so easy. Last night I spent time reading weightloss websites and took a hot bath and did a facial. I got to bed early and stayed out of the cleaned up kitchen.
Today was right on track I am at 1250 calories and I am done eating for the day. I spent 1.5 hours at the gym doing 4 miles, weights and yoga. I took my vitamins and stuck to water and crystal light. I will have a nice soak in the tub before getting into to bed to read again. I'm making sleep a important factor right now too.
I felt happier and more "together" today just by taking care of myself again. Hope everyone else is doing well.

12-14-2012, 11:38 AM
Losetoall, I totally get it. You might see 213 in my sig now and think I am doing great, but what isn't in my sig is how I was 217-225 for the past 9 months. I was trying, too. Counting calories, carbs, trying to stay with whole foods, etc and just going up and down the same 8-10 pounds over and over and over. I seem to loose in big chunks... like, 60 pounds chunks... and then stall out for months.

The whole key is to never quit, don't even let the regain get all the way back to start weight if you can possibly help it, and just keep working at it. Eventually, you'll get results!

12-14-2012, 11:45 AM
That's really good advice, Lyn. It's good for me to hear, too. I have a long way to go and I know that there are going to be times when it will seem pointless. But, I have to remember that when it seemed pointless... and I quit... I made it worse again. That can't happen.

Just keep going! That's what I need to tell myself!

Day 5 at the gym. One more spin class. It was so tough and I was so glad for it to be done. Oh my. I'm glad tomorrow is Saturday! I'm relaxing in the morning instead of the gym!

12-14-2012, 01:09 PM
Thanks Lyn for the good advise. I am just going to have to admit it will be my whole life not just till I lose the weight. It is good to hear you are in the same boat and that you are finally losing.

I am going for all fruit and veggies today hoping to get those two pounds off. I can not face this holiday eating thing! I just feel like I am missing out on the holidays by not being able to eat all the fun food. I need to just get over it. If I try to just have a little (which would fit in my calorie range) I lose it and eat a ton. I lose my mind literally and do not think about anything. I have no self control at all if I start. So I have to stay away of all of it.

I have all my Christmas shopping done except the stocking stuffers, those seem really hard to get because it is either just junk or really expensive small stuff. I have no clue what to get my parents. So I guess I am not totally done. They have everything so I will probably get them a gift card but what is the problem. I love them but I know others feel it is the easy way out, so I am going the easy way.

Well love to all and I hope you are have a great OP day. Funky

12-16-2012, 11:33 AM
hi Relosers. How's your holiday season going?

I made cookies with my little girl yesterday. Oh I wanted to lick the bowl something awful, but I didn't. I smelled the cookies instead. I had a split second of thinking about eating "just one" but knew the sugar would make me want to eat the whole batch so I didn't do it. I made myself some hot tea instead. And I am so glad because the scale was very kind to me this morning! The whoosh is continuing and I am amazed, 4 pounds this week. I am sure it will slow down next week. Part of that was water loss from my cycle. But I am just happy to see the scale going in the right direction finally after spending this whole year struggling to get below 217! Hope you all are doing well too!

12-16-2012, 07:49 PM
- checking in. Today is going well. I am very excited that my sister will be here tomorrow for a few days on her way to Cape Cod.

I am trying to remember to drink lots of water. Happy to say - cookies came in the door from neighbors and I haven't been tempted. I will write in my journal again the resistance techniques I need to remember. There's no chocolate... so, it's not quite so tempting.

Still no baking of Christmas goodies for me. The neighbors & kids came over for their gifts. Guess what, no one complained or had a fit that we didn't bake anything to give them. LOL DH did get some sugar cookies at the grocery for the kids. They took them home the extras. We did, however, get one of those christmasy cans of popcorn for them to take home.

Hope you are all doing well.

12-17-2012, 12:49 AM
:wave: RELOSERS ~ :welcome: to the newbies who have joined us over the last few days, while I was away. For the rest of you -- this is a very stressful and difficult time of year to stay on plan, so don't be so hard on yourselves. It took me some years to finally figure out how to get through this time of year (the hardest one of all really). That is what drove me here in the first place: a disastrous Christmas that ran into the new year, where I ate way too much junk, and I was so discouraged.

Each year, I tweaked and tweaked until I found a better way to manage it. FUNKY, like you, I am starting to not really enjoy some of the junk. I had some chips and dip this weekend but didn't enjoy it that much, so I think I will just nix that from now on.

I was away for two days -- went to see the surgeon who will do my surgery, which will be on DECEMBER 24th at 8 am at the Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For those who pray, I sure could use all the prayers and good thoughts I can get. Please pray especially for the anesthesiologist, so that I can stay under long enuff to take out this huge tumor/growth.

As for eating, I am just doing maintenance for this week for my upcoming surgery, so I can be strong for it. No more junkies for me for awhile; will try to eat very well and stick to about 1800-2000 calories. I had fish and salad for dinner to offset the snack though. ;)

I agree with LYN -- no matter how you do, JUST KEEP GOING, ladies -- that is so key to success. It's like going up a hill and you trip or get tired; you don't quit or you'll never finish. You pick yourself up and brush yourself off, and you keep going. Eventually, you will make it to your destination -- the top of the hill! :D

We will be heading down south on Tuesday to go to my sister's before the surgery. Pre-surgery tests will be done on Friday before. I will be busy, but am taking my laptop so I can keep in touch here. Thanks for your prayers, everyone -- I appreciate them all so much ... :hug:

Pink Hurricane
12-17-2012, 10:24 AM
Wanting to check in!

It has been quite a while since I posted on this thread, but after our ceremony and reception and having family and friends in town, it was a crazy few weeks. I gained 7lbs which I was not happy about, but got back on plan and a slow build up of exercise again last Monday. I lost 3.6lbs of the weight I had gained back over the break, so that's a start. It's so frustrating because I personally feel like losing the weight that I have regained is harder than just losing it originally. But that's a mental block for me that I am constantly working on. So I said goodbye to the 230s for a final time, weighing in at 229.2 on Friday. Hoping to be at 228 by this week's weigh in!

12-17-2012, 12:17 PM
Jeez. I totally forgot to weigh myself this morning. I hate it when I forget. I can tomorrow morning, but I like to be consistent on Mondays. Oh well, I guess I need to get back in that habit too. Getting back on track is so fun. :)

I went to spin class this morning, so that was good. I'm going to make it every day this week (through Friday). I know that next week will be a little messed up.

Have a great week everyone!

12-18-2012, 12:13 AM
So for the past year even though I put on 40lbs & had to go back to wearing my fattest 'fat' clothes, I managed to stay completely blind to how much bigger I'd actually gotten or at least I was deep in denial. I was in a dance studio for a zumba class tonight and all the mirrors made me finally acknowledge the cold hard truth. It was a bummer and for a second all I could think about was how far I had to go. But then I got over it because really? I'm already busting my behind to rectify my situation, self recrimination wasn't going to get me anywhere.
However the point to all my rambling is that I'm mystified at how much photoshop I was doing in my head. Can anyone relate?

12-18-2012, 07:09 AM
justwant2bhealthy - I am so glad you got your time and date for the surgery. I have you in my prayers.

My food has been good for the last two days... so grateful. I go see the dietician today.

I sister is here. There's no reason to eat unhealthy. She doesn't really care about elaberate fattenning food. She does like ice cream every day, however. Vanilla is her choice... mine is chocolate - so, it's not so tempting.

I still have not made any cookies, breads, etc for Christmas. Guess what - we are all living through it. However, the big 'test' will come from thus Thursday to the next.

I'll check back later.

12-18-2012, 10:07 AM
Good morning everyone! My week of craziness with finals and travel has ended. I stayed pretty much on plan during final exams but I went over on calories while traveling. I usually ate on plan for breakfast and lunch, but dinner did me in. I got in half of my usual exercise each day, so I am happy about that; and I did drink all of my water each day and I had absolutely NO SODA!!! I weighed this morning and have only gained 3 pounds so I feel ok with it.

Back on plan today as I get ready to go for my morning walk. Have a great Tuesday!!

12-18-2012, 11:32 AM
Foreverfaye - I love the way you put that, photoshopping your view of yourself. I'm very much with you, because I was in denial for a long time, thinking that even though I had stopped working out and watching calories, that I wasn't gaining weight. Brought me right back up again. But, you are also right not to go with beating yourself up. It isn't worth it.

Sluggerbean - Finals are tough. Glad you made it through!

Beverly - Glad to hear that you aren't missing the sweets at all. It must be great to not have the temptation!

For me, back to the gym again today for body pump. I didn't like the way my knee felt when we did lunges. I'll have to watch that. But the good news is that I weighed myself and I lost 2.2 last week. It definitely could have been better, because I need to get back to counting calories, but not bad anyway.

Pink Hurricane
12-18-2012, 01:11 PM
ForeverFaye I know exactly what you mean by photoshopping in your own head. I did that for a good 6 months before I finally 'saw' what I actually looked like. The moment that did it for me was when my 14s were too tight, then within about 6 weeks my 16s were too tight, and I could barely button up my 18s. That was my wake up call moment to make me stop gaining what I had already lost, and actually reach my goal this time around.

And you are right, beating yourself up over mistakes does not do any good now. That is something I have always had to work on myself because I am VERY hard on myself, about a lot of things.

Hope everyone has had a great start to the week! I am sticking on plan eating wise and walking almost every day, with spurts of jogging and running. I am probably going to start Insanity soon, when my husband is ready, so I am trying to think of something to do in the meantime. (I'm considering 30 Day Shred and maybe a Zumba dvd).

12-18-2012, 02:45 PM
Been sort of off plan. Counting calories though which is an improvement to what I used to do. Back on plan and being careful. Gained 4 lbs but lost them as of today. I just want to get back to 216 again then it will be 20 pounds. But I am optimistic today anyway. I have my large meal at lunch time then light for dinner. Hard not to snack in the afternoon but I am working on it. Exercised for 10 minutes yesterday that is all I could fit in. But I had an amazing thought, who cares if it is only 10 minutes at least it is something and it counts right. Before I felt like I wasn't exercising unless it was 30 minutes but I am going to do 10 minutes or whatever I can fit in and let it go. Just a thought.

I love coming here and reading what everyone is doing you guys inspire me. Thanks. Have a great on plan day. Funky

12-19-2012, 01:02 PM
Back to the gym today for spin class. We had a snowstorm move through, so I had to do a little shovelling before going to the gym. So a little workout before the workout. I'm tired! The roads were a little icy too, so I was going slow and I was late to spin class, but looking at all of the empty bikes, I can say that at least I got there!

Hope everyone has a great day!

12-19-2012, 02:28 PM
Had gone from 232 to 187 and am back to 206 after some intense plateauing and then moving across the country and freaking out over school. Sad to be where I'm at but motivated! Started yoga today so I'm hoping with yoga + zumba + bike riding I can keep motivated and excited about exercising rather than becoming bored or thinking of it as a chore. Last year I lost a ton of weight because I was skiing constantly and burning alllll of the calories. Unfortunately Colorado offers a LOT more exercising opportunities than does Louisiana. :(

12-19-2012, 05:20 PM
I finally went from 250 to 236 only to get back to 250.This all happen when I started eating sugar again.First started with a little ice cream here a soda once in awhile then next thing, I know Im eating sugary foods and soda almost every day.Now no more sugary foods/sodas Im determined to lose the weight I regained plus some more.

12-20-2012, 08:14 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm back on 3FC after several years and figured this was a good place to post as I'm a classic loser/regainer. I lost about 50lbs years ago, kept it off for over 5 years and then had it gradually sneak back on when I went back to teaching. I lost about 30 pounds last year and then had some stress this year and it all came back again. Same old story you've all heard before. I saw some hideous photos of myself from Thanksgiving and decided I really need to get this under control. I'm down two pounds in a week, which inspires me. :) Looking forward to posting/reading.

12-21-2012, 11:20 AM
Hi relosers... We have done our trip and missed the snow. Wonderful to be here with family. Am being mindful of food choices - trying, anyway. I hope you are all safe, warm (if in snow) and enjoying family and/or friends.

12-22-2012, 10:57 AM
I am up 6 lbs. I have lost it and am eating everything, I can not control myself. Christmas cookies and candy everywhere. And the kids are home so it is impossible to exercise. What am I going to do with myself. I am calorie counting at least. That is good. Very stressful. Family coming Sunday and I am not prepared. I have to clean and cook and wrap and all that stuff, and I can not find the mental energy to start. Well enough bellyaching, hope you are all well. Funky.

12-22-2012, 01:07 PM
HI EVERYONE -- I am in Hamilton, Ontario in a lovely hotel suite awaiting my tumor surgery on Monday AM. My sister and bil are spoiling us rotten here -- GOD BLESS THEM! I`ve lost a bit of weight again; but I think most of it is water weight. That alwasy seems to go up and down in my body. I know this tumor (Daisy) is eating some of my food and my body sure lets me know when its hungry ... ;)

Just wanted to let you know our trips down were great and we have some :sunny: here today -- really nice! Having a good time just relaxing right now. Take care and have a wonderful OP weekend ... :D

Pink Hurricane
12-24-2012, 09:19 AM
Welcome back LovesBassets!!!! This is the best time to be joining up for sure! Also, we have similar goals so that's always a good thing. :)

Things have been so quiet around here lately, so I am looking forward to when everyone comes back and the boards will be busy again. I already have my plan set for today and tomorrow, I started 30 Day Shred again this morning and will be doing it until my husband and I start Insanity.

Today I will be eating lightly, but good, filling food to keep me satisfied so I do not go over plan tonight and tomorrow night with all the family dinners that are always so good. I am going to sample a bit of everything that I want to eat and track it, hoping not to go overboard. Starting the 30DS again this morning has put me in a great mood and I feel more than ready to get the rest of the weight I regained off, plus more!

Happy Holidays everyone!!!!:snow4:

Judy Lynn
12-24-2012, 04:39 PM
HI EVERYONE -- I am in Hamilton, Ontario in a lovely hotel suite awaiting my tumor surgery on Monday AM. My sister and bil are spoiling us rotten here -- GOD BLESS THEM! I`ve lost a bit of weight again; but I think most of it is water weight. That alwasy seems to go up and down in my body. I know this tumor (Daisy) is eating some of my food and my body sure lets me know when its hungry ... ;)

Just wanted to let you know our trips down were great and we have some :sunny: here today -- really nice! Having a good time just relaxing right now. Take care and have a wonderful OP weekend ... :D

Good luck with the surgery Rosebud! Bye bye Miss Daisy!

12-25-2012, 02:04 AM
Hello! I was really hoping that I would never have to join this thread....

Well, I lost my job in September and went into depression. I'm at about 247, I was at 232! I'm so mad at myself for gaining so much in such a little amount of time. How in the world does it take only a few months to gain 15lbs but then it takes forever to get it off? I have been doing a little exercising this week so I can figure out how I want to restart my weight loss. I think I'm going to add in the Wii Fit this time.

Pink Hurricane
12-25-2012, 08:19 AM
Hello! I was really hoping that I would never have to join this thread....

Well, I lost my job in September and went into depression. I'm at about 247, I was at 232! I'm so mad at myself for gaining so much in such a little amount of time. How in the world does it take only a few months to gain 15lbs but then it takes forever to get it off? I have been doing a little exercising this week so I can figure out how I want to restart my weight loss. I think I'm going to add in the Wii Fit this time.

Losing a job is tough, and depression is a trigger for weight gain for many people so do not be so hard on yourself. I have gained a substantial amount of weight in a short period too, so you are not alone. I had almost reached my original goal, got down to 187-185, sooooooo dang close to my goal. And then a LOT of stuff started happening and I ended up having to take care of a family because the mother had to go through having breast cancer again and I put my health on the back burner. I gained back HALF of the weight I had lost (highest weight was 275) before I knew it. So now I am here to lose the extra, plus finally reach my goal. You CAN do this, I know you can. If you ever need an extra push or anything just let me know. Also I think the Wii Fit is a great tool! Congrats for taking a step in the right direction by realizing you need to stop the cycle and get back to increasing your health!

12-27-2012, 08:55 AM
Justwant2bhealthy... I am thinking of you. Hoping all went well with the very best result as you recover from your surgery.

Home sweet home - the scale puts me up 1 pound over my ticker weight. That's kind of a miracle. Back to it again.

Hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday season.

12-27-2012, 11:23 AM
Justwant2b. Please be okay!!! I am thinking about you.

BeverlyJoy. That is amazing I would like to hear about your trip. Details girl.

Shellbellster. I know where you are coming from. Quitting my job put me in a tailspin and depression I am still working on. I feel for you and know this is the place to be.

Pink. What an amazing woman you are. How is you friend now??? Cancer free?

Well I am up 4 pounds. So much junk food and candy I can not resist it seems. Logged all of it. 1000 calories over a day. What a mess. Well back to it today. I was kind of on it yesterday I did have some veggies with my candy. :-)
Christmas was a success. I haven't seen my sons in two days because of Pokemon DS games. Well I remember that it was like that for me when I was a kid. Well hope everyone is well. Love ya. Funky

12-28-2012, 09:34 AM
Hi...yesterday was on plan. YAY. Credit. We had workers here a good portion of the day... in the kitchen. I worked around them and kept it on plan. Credit! I wrote it all down, lots of water, exericise and stayed away from DH's pizza last night. Credit.

The kitchen counters are beautiful. It's in honor of our anniversary in January. (35 years). DH REALLY wanted the granite. Is he watching HGTV on the sly. *wink*. I picked it out. Lovely.

All Christmas Cookies have left the building.

Sing to the tune of Sounds of Silence:
Hello veggies, my old friend
I've come to munch with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains - Within the sound of crunchy veggies.

My trip - we spent three days with our family in Michigan. (son, dil, and 2 grandkids) It was wonderful. Our little Maya, nine months old, was sick - so we stayed in. Fine with me! We gave our grandson his gifts a day before we left. I was joyful to see his excitement and the fact that he loved them. He was also happy that he got to open his little sister's gifts too.
Then... we were off to northern ohio for a few days with DH's sister and our neice. It was relaxed and fun. Aside from them coming home with so many cookies... it was fun. We played scattergories. A tradition.

timetolose - sometimes those pounds that come on fast will go fast. Hop back on your plan and you will be OK.

shellbellster - WELCOME! so sorry to hear of your job loss. For me, it's important to have a plan or a framework for how I will live healthfully with food. So glad you posted.

Hoping everyone has a GREAT day. Gotta scoot.

12-29-2012, 01:21 PM
I was helping DH put the new faucett in... and I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Phooey. I know what to do. I had to take the medicine with food last evening. I did eat extra - I don't have to eat extra today, however.

Before then.... yesterday was an awesome healthy day. I planned/measured/logged, did my journal, always left a bite of food on the plate, ate slower, did some debreathing before I ate, exercised, lots of water & did some reading of my Beck book.

I hope you are all doing well!!!!

12-31-2012, 10:38 AM
Up 5 lbs and my boobs are back. Amazing what 5 lbs will do. Husband is on the way to work this morning. He had all last week off and it was so fun. Back to reality for today anyway. My boys are home from school until Wednesday so at least I have them around. They got computer games for Christmas and I haven't seen much of my 13 year old. We went and saw the lights downtown last night and walked around, it was nice. On plan all day yesterday down a pound. TOM is here and I am hoping to lose a little with that. I wish it was easier. It is so hard all the time.

Beverly. I am sorry you got hurt I hope you are feeling better. We have a dripping shower and now the sink has started. You want to come here and fix ours now that you are an expert.

Well hope you are all well. Funky

12-31-2012, 12:08 PM
Hi everyone. Sounds like everyone is getting back on track after the holidays. I was on vacation for all of last week, but came back with a cold. I wasn't up to getting on the scale this morning... actually, I forgot... but I'll get back on track. Hopeing this cold will go away quickly. It's so hard to exercise and cough all at the same time.

Hope everyone has a happy New Year! Here's to a great 2013!

01-02-2013, 10:27 PM
HI EVERYONE ~ yay, I am finally back on the net today, and am recuping at my sister's place. Need lots of sleep and rest over the next 4+ weeks. Sooo, it was indeed a huge tumor -- 100 lbs!!!! I am so thankful and grateful to GOD; and the surgeons, doctors, surgical support staff, nurses (male & female), and all other hospital staff that went out of their way to help me through this surgery.

There was so much kindness and care; I cannot express how impressed I was with them all at the Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, ON. It was indeed the right place for this operation.

FUNKY ~ yes, I am OK; not to worry. We just got home Monday night and I was trying to catch up on my sleep. My BIL set up my computer for me today, so I could come in and talk to you all.

BEVERLYJOY and JUDY-LYNN ~ thanks for your words of support; they mean a lot.

Time to just get lots of rest and sleep over the next while as I learn to walk again. I am doing great; started with my canes right off which was fantastic. Now we look for improvement along the way.\\\

Take good care all and have a wonderfully successful 2013!!! :hug:

01-03-2013, 12:23 AM
justwant2bhealthy - I am so glad your surgery went well. Oh my goodness...100 pound tumor.(Hoping this is a typo) I am so, so glad you are free of it, my friend. It's wonderful that you are getting this great care at the hospital. I still have you in my prayers. Take care now.

Hi..today is going in a positive direction! I got on the scale. I am up a few
pounds. I know some of it is the medicine I am taking makes me retain water. The scale is good information as Dr. Beck says.

I have lots of healthy food - so my environment is good.

I've been rehearsing today. I didn't have to take the 'la la' drug. I am grateful for that. My lower back is improving. I contacted the school & they will help me get my things in and out of the school. Grateful folks are kind.

Hope you are having a GREAT day. Reminder - treat yourself as well as you'd treat a good friend!

Judy Lynn
01-03-2013, 09:15 AM
Rosebud, I have been thinking about you and wondering how you were doing. 100 pounds!!! :fr: I hope that is a typo! I have never heard of a tumour that big. Good luck with your recovery. You sound like you have a lot of grit, and you will do fine.

01-03-2013, 11:58 AM
Rosebud. Wow. I am so glad you are okay. You have to learn to walk again??? Is this because of the surgery? Sleep, sleep, sleep beautiful woman. I hope to hear more from you.

I am back down 3 lbs from my 7 lb gain. I hate dieting. I love food but I feel better when I eat reasonably. I would rather be careful with my food than exercise. I hate exercise even more. What a baby I am, I need to suck it up and just get it together. I am feeling good about the 3 lbs so I am in a good place. Other than my whining. Thanks for listening. Relosing sucks!

BeverlyJoy I hope your back gets better soon and school goes well. What exactly are you doing? Rehearsing?

Slashnl. I hope your cold is better?!? It is terrible to have a cold in the winter time. Going in and out of the cold makes it worse I think.

Have a great OP day. Funky

01-03-2013, 12:09 PM
Glad to hear the surgery went well, Rosebud! Keep healing and get lots of rest!

I don't have much to report. I'm heading back to the gym on Monday, to make sure I get the sickness out first. I'm feeling good, but just making sure.

Beverly, hope your back gets better. That's no fun!

Funky, I'm with you. Wish it was easier than having to diet and exercise!!! ha!

01-04-2013, 10:10 PM
Hi... checking in. The past couple days have not been stellar in the food department. I am up a few pounds from my ticker weight. Credit for getting on the scale.

DH had to go out of town on business. When he left I threw away his chocolate and candy canes. He was mad. But, he got over it. I feel badly that he didn't have his goodies around. But, Dr. Beck says that we have to be willing to 'stick to what works'.. even when it makes others a little unconfortable. There are times when I can 'handle it'. Sometimes I can't. There just has to be one place in the world that doesn't have all the foods I find difficulty staying from... right in my face and environment. I want that place to be my home.

My performances went very well today. Folks were very nice about helping me get things in and out of the school. Grateful for that.

losetoall - as for my rehearsing...I am a performer - 22 years. It's the most joyful profession I could have ever imagined.

I will catch up tomorrow. Good evening.

01-05-2013, 01:39 AM
*sneaks in with her head hanging low* Hi, my name is dreamer and I am a regainer....again. This time worse than ever!

I remember some of you from when I was here before and I am HAPPY to see you making such AMAZING progress! as for me.....Well last time I posted I think I was going to the nutritionist...well I did...and by following her advice I gained 40 lbs... Yep, 40 lbs of my 80 lost went straight back on..... *cries* I am now about 12 lbs down from that but have 38 to go to get to my lowest *cries and sniffs* I'm going back to what I KNOW works not what some nutritionist thinks works for the AVERAGE person. Sigh...here we go at it again. LETS GET IT OFF PEOPLE!

Pacifica Bee
01-05-2013, 12:19 PM
Hi All

This seems the place for me for checking in. I am happy to see the encouraging posts here from people who are in the same boat I am, regaining after losing and trying to find the will to lose again.

The extra short version of my story is that in January 2010 I weighed 332 pounds. By October of 2011, I was down to 144 pounds. I got tired of the whole diet business, so I was on "maintenance" for all of 2012, and gained back 31 pounds, so here I am in January of 2013 and as of the 1st, I was 174-ish.

I spent the last 3 months trying to talk myself into getting back on track again. It became very clear to me that I have serious food and eating issues when I would wake up int he morning and tell myself "today I get back on track!" and then spend the rest of the day in a fog of denial as I shoved peanut butter in my mouth, and then berated myself as I was trying to fall asleep that night. I don't know what changed, but last weekend, I woke up with a clarity and peace of mind and knew that I was really ready to start up again.

It has been a week now of being very strict again with myself - strict calorie counting, and making sure I get enough protein. I was trying to be at 900 calories (I have severe hypothyroidism so calories for me have to be way lower than for healthy metabolisms. IT SUCKS). I realized yesterday that I didn't have enough protein so added an egg to my daily menu and upped my calories to 1000.

I guess I will see how it goes. I feel strong and confident. The scale is telling me I am doing good (the miracle of water weight has me at 169.6 this morning, a loss of 5 pounds in the first week. I am not updating my ticker with that though, unless it remains the same tomorrow).

Stay strong ladies! We can do this :)

01-05-2013, 01:02 PM
Pacifica - Sadly because of medical stuff I have to be severely low too :\ / 1200 cals on a 270 lbs body Blegh. Good job for coming back and I know what you mean about the whole telling yourself you will come back but don't I spent 3 months GAINING 40 lbs after seeing a nutritionist and stopped seeing her 3 appts in because I was gaining so much and she wasnt listening, kept telling me to just do what she said and eventually it will come off WRONG. So now I am down 15 lbs total since coming back (Mostly water myself) and 33 lbs away from my lowest :\. The whole time after stopping seeing her? Yea that was spent telling myself I was going to start again and half assedly starting while still following her advice which helped me gain the weight *facepalm*

We both stopped that now. LET'S DO THIS!

April Snow
01-05-2013, 06:51 PM
Hello Relosers!

Time for me to check in here too. I went from 261 into the 190s and I think I freaked out a bit. This is silly but partly because I had a big whoosh and broke into Onederland when I was completely not expecting it. And then ended up getting really sick and on antibiotics and off plan and gaining about 10 lbs in a week. And I tried a couple of times but just never found my groove again, and stopped logging into 3fc, which was a HUGE mistake.

So here I am 60ish lbs later. Ugh, ugh, ugh. The only positive thing is that I am still below my prior high. I could waste a lot of energy wishing I had decided to turn things around 20 or 40 lbs ago. But I can't turn back time, and at least I am acting NOW. Before it turns in to 80 lbs, and 20 lbs higher than I ever was before.

on plan food is purchased, and I'm ready to go tomorrow. I am doing a strict plan so without the right food, I couldn't be on plan today, but I've been being generally careful since I made this decision a few days ago, not going crazy with "one last hurrah" of junk food or anything.

So looking forward to tomorrow and joining all the relosers, and I can't wait to make up all this lost ground and keep going from there.

01-05-2013, 10:06 PM
Hi All,

I had lost 70 lbs. at one point. I maintained that through an ugly divorce and lots of personal drama and upheaval. Running was a huge thing in my life. I was running races, then, while training for a race, I did some ligament damage to my foot. Over a year and 45 lbs. later, it still hasn't healed.

Fortunately, I've finally stopped feeling sorry for myself about the running thing and have decided there are no good reasons to gain back the other 25 lbs. back. I started Weight Watchers in Nov. I'm hoping this is the time it all clicks and becomes a permanent lifestyle change.

01-06-2013, 02:15 PM
Hi All!

I wanted to chime in too. My lowest was 182.8 from 271. Then everything stalled. I knew that I needed more strength training but I just wanted to "live a little" and stop being so regimented at that point. Well, we all know what happens when those thoughts creep back in.

Here I am today 35 lbs heavier. 2013 is my year to get to goal. I will not take NO for an answer. I have conquered so many demons along this journey and I am ready to face the toughest ones at the end of this journey! I am home today and doing some food prep for the week. I have my C25K W1D3 on tap for this afternoon.

I am IN this!!!! Let's do this together!!!

01-06-2013, 05:49 PM
Hi everyone. I started my weight loss journey 10 years ago, at around 190 lbs. I ended up at 140, a size 8, and happy with myself. Three years later, I spent a year in Ireland and my weight krept up to 170. After that, I went back to college, lost a bit, graduated, met my now husband, and have been steadily putting on more weight. I started my pregnancy in 2008 at about 240 and ended it at 300 lbs even. After that, I got down to about 230...and am now back up to 300. :(

I'm back again...and working hard to lose it for good this time! My husband is doing Weight Watchers with me, and that is SO motivating for me!

01-06-2013, 06:36 PM
Hiya! Nice to meet you all.

I started my weight loss journy in 2006 when I was 264 pounds. I got down to 198 in 2008. Then I regained about 20. Over the next couple years I gained maintained. Then I gained another 20. After a move and big changes in my life, I stepped on the scale and realized I am now 280. Yikes. That's a far cry from my brief time in onederland.

I'm committed to getting back there this year.

01-06-2013, 08:52 PM
Hey all newbies. Welcome back. I know we can melt all of this off together and get to our goals! Good luck and good burn! Let's do this! This is our year!

April Snow
01-06-2013, 09:43 PM
I updated my ticker and numbers and am officially back on track!

Foucault - I also got to 198 before I lost my focus and backslid. Here's to you and me breaking through that 197 barrier and beyond!!

01-07-2013, 12:45 AM
Hello ladies (and possibly gentlement)! I'm also getting back on the permanent weight loss track. I started at 312 10 years ago and got down to 172 this June. Then, I wanted to live a little and eat anything and everything that came to mind. Cookies (whole bags). Candy (whole bags). Chips (whole bags). Donuts (whole containers). You get the point. Low and behold, I have regained 40 lbs. I have been on track for three days now (started Jan. 3rd) and have lost 17 lbs, which is all of my Holiday bloat. I am back on track and ready to get down to my goal weight of 165. Good luck and good health to all. And, if you would like to help me get free clothes (because nothing in my closet fits. Too big.), please vote for me at http://bit.ly/13cLZ2t. A Year of Free Dresses for 10 Years of Wonderful Weight Loss. Not a bad trade-off at all.

01-07-2013, 01:40 AM
Welcome princess! I know how you feel about the clothes thing, I gained so much weight back I can't wear any of my pants :\. Sadly that means it is sweats, pajamas and skirts/dresses for me right now. :'(

01-07-2013, 08:54 AM
Hello all :)
My all time high was 288lbs. in 1996. It took me 13 years to gain most of it back. Last Wednesday I weighed 285lbs. - I was shocked!! I mean shocked!!!
I've promised myself a year long commitment and "one day at a time". So far this is Day 6 :cool:

01-07-2013, 12:20 PM
Hi relosers! Welcome! to all the new folks posting here!

It's time to forgive ourselves of any weight gain and move forward in a positive direction. My new 'mantra' in life is: Learn from the past, plan for the future, but take it one day at a time.

Yesterday was a healthful day... on plan. Yay. I did accomplish many of my goals: drank lots of water, weighed (down some), planned/measured/logged food, took 3 cleansing deep breaths before each meal, & ate slower a few times.

The ham and bean soup is bagged up in the freezer for a quick meal later on. My neighbor gave me her left over ham & bone after she said she was going to pitch it. It was a lot of ham with that bone. I made a big pot of soup that DH and I had for dinner two nights, packed up 3 quarts for the freezer, 2 single servings for my mom and stepmom, and ended sending soup back to my friend's family when they game down with the flu. I told her to never toss it again.. I"ll make soup or she should. Also - I've made some brown rice to use in several meals this week. So I am getting back into the planning ahead mode - which for me is always so helpful.

My back is really feeling alot improved since the plumbing pulled muscle incident. Grateful for that.

Remember to treat yourself as kindly as you would treat a good friend.

April Snow
01-07-2013, 12:27 PM
Happy Monday all! Hope everyone is getting the week off to a great start. I am not planning to be a daily weigher but couldn't resist a peek today and already down .8. It really feels great to be taking control back over my life and my body.

01-07-2013, 01:05 PM
Welcome to all the new people in this thread. Just know that we all UNDERSTAND and can relate to what you're going through. I just came back a couple of weeks ago, too. Beverly is right, though. Let's not beat ourselves up anymore. What's done is done, and we just need to move forward. We'll get it!

I lost a little bit from last week, so that was nice. It wasn't even a full pound, but it is always nice to see it go down. I was still feeling the effects of a cold last week, so I didn't do much exercise. Going back to the gym tomorrow. I still need to figure out more of a plan with food, but I'm staying on track fairly well.

Have a great day everyone!

01-07-2013, 08:58 PM
I'm going to check in on this thread. :)

As you can see by my ticker (which needs to be updated) I was down in the 160s, where I'd stalled. I was plateaued there for a LONG time, which bummed me out. I got bored and discouraged, and backslid some. Not bad, but back up to 171. I was still exercising etc. but not really paying attention to my eating. THEN this past summer, I ended up with Random Problems With the Lady Garden. I'll spare you the TMI for now, but I underwent a lot of testing, many bouts of drugs, and a kick to my self-esteem. I'm still not 'better' and am seeing an OB-GYN almost on a monthly basis, but I'm sort of tired of wallowing in self pity, you know? So I still have weird pain and discharge (see? I didn't spare you for long, did I? Bwhahahaa) but I've let myself creep up to a whopping 182 lbs. I'm so ANGRY at myself, as I have only myself to blame. I was bummed at plateauing at 161, but you know, maybe that's just where my body was happiest. It sure isn't happy at 182!!!

So here I am. Hi! :)

01-07-2013, 09:00 PM
Thanks for the welcome, super awesome thread. :-)

April - I know we can break that horrible barrier than pulls you back into the 200s as soon as you see the 19_ on the scale. No more self-sabotage!

Today was a good day. A loss on the scale motivated me to keep at it and stick to my plan. I've decided I need to load up on raw veggies for lunch each day. Instead of throwing them in a salad and covering everything with dressing, I opted for cutting up some of my favorites and eating them over the course of a couple hours while working through my lunch. It makes me feel more satisfied and fuller. Plus, I can stuff myself with the veggies since they are low on calories.

I'm sticking to my daily elliptical workouts. It's been a little over a week and it is getting so much easier. Less muscle fatigue and I've lost the need to stop and take a break. I still want to stop for a 10 second rest, but I push through it.

I hope you're all having a good day!

01-07-2013, 11:20 PM
Susie - You are RIGHT! You will be happy 1 year from now. You may have backslid but we all do in one realm of our lives or another and you will surpass your wildest dreams this time around ;)

Beverly - COMPLETELY agree. Everyone has backslides. btw, the soup sounds YUM!

April - That's great!!!

Slash- Glad you are feeling better! Sorry that you were sick and you are right any loss is a loss, Something I am trying to remember ;)

Chrissy- The good news, you didn't let it get any farther than that! You know how to lose weight and 20 lbs of regain is easier to get rid or than 40 or even 60!

Foucault - Isn't it great!? I love the elliptical I am just sad I don't own one :\

I am having to learn to either accept the ups and downs of daily scale stepping or try to keep off and only weigh once a week. Hard decision :\ I need to work at it , the thing is that if I will slip up if I don't weigh daily so we will see. In other news I have lost another 1.5 lbs in about 2-3 days I don't remember exactly. This week in general has been a good week in terms of keeping on track, I did have one thing with wheat in it which I usually don't do, but I didn't like it that much so I won't be having another. All I know at this point is I can't WAIT to be back to my lowest weight and continue down from there!

01-08-2013, 12:03 PM
SMSDreamer - It's tough to be disciplined to stay off the scale, but if it bothers you to see the fluctuations, it may be just what you need to do. Some people can handle the ups and downs. I let it get to me when there is an increase, so I try to stick to once a week.

Went back to the gym this morning. It was hard. Taking the week and a half off was not helpful, but back at it. Spin is tomorrow. I'll be there!

Have a great day!

01-08-2013, 12:14 PM
I have been off my program since Halloween..I got on the scale 3 days ago and saw I am up from 224 mid October so time to get back on track! I adjusted profile and signature to current weight and I am re starting to making better choices ! Hope everyone has a great New Year!

April Snow
01-08-2013, 12:17 PM
I am having to learn to either accept the ups and downs of daily scale stepping or try to keep off and only weigh once a week. Hard decision :\ I need to work at it , the thing is that if I will slip up if I don't weigh daily so we will see. In other news I have lost another 1.5 lbs in about 2-3 days I don't remember exactly. This week in general has been a good week in terms of keeping on track, I did have one thing with wheat in it which I usually don't do, but I didn't like it that much so I won't be having another. All I know at this point is I can't WAIT to be back to my lowest weight and continue down from there!

I've done both - daily weigh in and weekly. Never longer than that. I think it really comes down to what motivates you with no right or wrong answer.

But the biggest decision for me was that I decided I didn't have make a commitment one way or the other. If I feel like getting on the scale, I get on it. If I don't, I don't. I am not going to waste any mental energy or will power talking myself into not weighing if I am curious and want to know.

I think it's helpful that I did have a spell where I was doing daily WIs, so I learned to navigate the ups and downs without freaking out too badly if there is a temporary blip upwards. But mostly, I try to keep my focus on staying on plan more than what the scale says, and I look at the scale as a tool to keep me on plan instead of being the end result, if that makes sense.

And it's helped me to use the scale whether it's good or bad - if the numbers are going down, then it's good encouragement to stick with what I'm doing. If the numbers are going up, then I take an honest assessment of whether I'm really on plan and what I need to change. And even if I am really on plan but the numbers went up, well, I've been around the block enough to know that yeah, that happens too, and I just need to stick with it, and chances are I'll see a whoosh at some point soon.

01-08-2013, 12:33 PM
I love the elliptical. I hit it twice a week for an hour while watching KLG & Hoda. Time always flies with those two.

In unbelievable news, it's amazing how much water the body can maintain. In the past six days, I have lost nearly 20 pounds. Now I understand those Biggest Loser weigh-ins. ;)

Pink Hurricane
01-08-2013, 01:19 PM
SMSDreamer~ I know what you mean with daily weigh ins. I like it because it helps me to understand my patterns and what can make fluctuations happen, but that is why I have one day set aside a week that I have an official weigh in. Eventually I want to only weigh once a week, but then again I feel like right now since I have so much to lose, it's best to weigh daily. I have to constantly tell myself not to get upset with daily fluctuations, because weight loss in not linear.

Diane~ Hope spin goes well tomorrow! I hope to get back into spinning eventually, I loved it when I used to go!

Kmstacy~ Glad you are back, I had to do the same thing!

April~ I share your views with daily weigh ins. It can help more than hurt as long as you do not become obsessed, that's when I have had trouble in the past though.

Gina~ You are kicking butt! Way to go! :cheer2:

I crept back up to the 230s thanks to TOM, too much sodium, and holiday festivities. So yea, I've been back on track for the past week so I hope to see a whoosh soon. All I know is once I get back to the 220s, I never want to the the 230s again! I did 30 Day Shred again this morning, and I am highly considering getting back on P90Xs lean program. I want to kick my own butt into gear!

Pacifica Bee
01-08-2013, 04:21 PM
I am having some seeeeerious TOM issues this month. I always have issues between low calories, hormonal imbalance (thanks thyroid!) and fibroids, but I am so sick of it! I have been holding on to water weight for weeks now (I've been in the middle of my cycle since December 23. Brings to mind the sexist joke about not trusting something that bleeds for this long but doesn't die...) but the worst part is the puffy feeling. My fingers and everything else feel stiff and chock full of excess water.

I'm itching to get back into an exercise routine. Seeing people talk about getting to the gym is making me even more antsy. I have a home gym in the garage, and used to run/walk several miles a day but with the cold weather, I am SO miserable that I can't bear to leave the house.

Ack! I feel like a big ol' complainer now, but I guess it is just that kind of day.

01-08-2013, 04:47 PM
I think I'll stick with daily weighing; it keeps me honest-er. I was down 1.5 lbs this morning. Chose not to exercise as my ankle was REALLY sore and swollen yesterday. Seems better today, but my hip is sore; starting to think it's back related. Poop. Oh well, on track with my eating.

01-08-2013, 05:36 PM
Folks - checking in. Yesterday was a healthy day.... always grateful for that! I completed many of my goals: plan/measure/weigh food, lots of water, weighed (down a tich), exercise, read advantages, did my journal work, always left a bite of food on my plate, took three deep breaths before each meal, and ate slower a few times.

It feels good to have a few healthy days 'under my belt.'

I had to switch out my dinner when DH really wanted grilled cheese and tomato soup. I could make it work within my plan. It was fine.

Hoping you are all having a great day.

01-08-2013, 08:54 PM
smsdreamer - I struggle with the scale obsessing too. I *want* to weigh myself every day, but my weight fluctuates between a half a pound to two pounds. If I step on tomorrow and see a 1 pounds gain it obliterates my motivation even if a week from now the net result is a two pound loss. I'm trying to keep myself off the scale until Fridays.

slashnl - Do you like spin class? I've never joined a gym, but was always curious.

kmstacy - Good for you for jumping back on the horse. It's just a minor setback on your journey.

april - I love your outlook on the scale problem. Maybe approaching it on a day-by-day basis and not fretting over making sure you weigh in every day or making sure you *don't* will break the spell it has on me.

princessgina - Holy crap! That's a huge drop in 6 days. Water is our friend.

pink hurricane - Do you like PX90? I attempted Insanity, but got lazy after two weeks. I really wish I could stick to one of those programs because I think they would help with muscle building.

pacifica bee - I hope you're feeling better soon. I hate when TOM puts me at the blah mood where I just can't stand to do much of anything that is absolutely necessary.

chrissybean - Congrats on the weight loss! I hope your ankle/hip/back mends itself soon.

beverlyjoy - I need to follow your example and slow down when I eat. I swear you'd think it's a race if you watched me shovel food in my mouth.

Today was a good day. Over half the things I put in my mouth today were raw vegetables and fruits. I loaded up on black beans in my chili for dinner and had some whole grains in the form of oatmeal this morning. I finished day 10 on my elliptical. It's still a challenge since I use the programmed workouts that raise and lower the intensity, but feel accomplished and happy when I finish. Hope you all had a good day too!

01-09-2013, 10:29 AM
G'morning ladies! I recognize some of y'all but not all, so I'll reintroduce myself. I'm Angi, at one point I weighed more than 289, I'm guessing I had passed 300 at some point, as I had lost several sizes in order to get pregnant and stepped on the scale at one point during my 2nd pregnancy and say 289 and never looked at the scale during my pregnancy again. I've seen the pictures of me pre-weight loss to get pregnant so...who knows.

I joined the site in 05 at 255+ got down a bit, thought I had it handled then came back on and off over the years until I eventually got down to 198-195lbs. in 2010. Then, I broke my right leg and left elbow, was completely bedridden for months. During this time, I was a single mom to two kiddos while attending school full time during the day and working 12 hour shifts at night. It was very difficult to stay on track with so much going on AND not even being able to drive or walk. Eventually I revocered from that, but had crept back up to 219. During this process, I had ended an engagement, met a new guy and we now have a child. We're still together, but in the almost 3 years, I've crept back up into the 240s. I have to get this under control. I don't need or want to be a size 0 or 2, I just want to be healthy, to be able to get on my horse by myself, to hang out on the floor with my kids without feeling like my fat is crushing my bones into the hardwood. I want to be below 200, somewhere around 150-175, and I'll keep a final goal based on how I feel, how clothes fit and how my health is.

I do know for me, I do so much better on a primarily veggie based eating style, couple of fruits in the morning, some grains and very little meat. Meat seems to be my cryptonite :( So, I've been on track for a few days and the scale yo-yos up and down a few pounds daily, which looking back on my older posts seems to be the norm for me, as my body detox's or flushes out, whatever.

Looking forward to getting to know you ladies (and gents if you're around)!

01-09-2013, 12:14 PM
Wow so many new people. Welcome!

I have been watching everything I eat but last night over did it with meatballs and noodles. Up a lb. but working to get my holiday weight off. It is amazing how much 5 lbs makes on my boobs. It is nice to have the girls back but I am up and that is not good. Too bad I can not lose it in other places first. It seems like we lose it from the top down.

I understand about the sabotage and panic when lost a bunch. After I get down I lose it and gain again for comfort I think. I guess I do not like attention, I do not get it. I want to lose it but then feel uncomfortable with the change. Not that I have had much success lately. I just can not get it together. I have decided that I am going to shoot for 200 and leave it at that. It seems like that is my comfort weight and my body seem to take that but I haven't been there in 3 years and that was only for a short time it seems like.

Well back on track today. Had cereal today. Have not had cereal in a year. I stay away from carbs but could not resist today.

Hope all are well. That care. Funky

01-09-2013, 12:18 PM
Went to spin class this morning. It was really, really hard. I figured it was probably due to my not being there for the past week and a half, but then I heard one of the really fit girls complaining about how hard it was, so I think it was just a challenging class. I kept trying to encourage my legs to keep going and that they could do it. Ha. Body pump tomorrow. Just have to keep plugging along.

Angi, I remember you from before. I'm glad you're back!

Foucault: I have to say that I admire your ability to respond to each person individually. I'm really not that good because I get lost looking back at what was posted, so you impressed me! I do like spin, but it is a tough class to get used to unless you ride bikes a lot. At first, you have so many pains in all the wrong places just from sitting on the bike. But if you can get through the first couple of weeks, it is much better. It burns a lot of calories, too.

Pink Hurricane
01-09-2013, 12:45 PM
Foucault~ I really do love P90X, I feel like it's super hard and I love the way I feel after even when I am not able to complete all of the reps. But I agree with you, it is hard to stick to a longer program like that! Also I'm in the same boat as you, I am trying to make half of my intake fruits, veggies, and whole grains if possible!

Complete another day of 30 Day Shred. I am going to finish up the round then move on to P90X and then Insanity when my hubby is ready to start that up! The scale this morning showed a small loss, so I think it's finally going to start catching up to me!

April Snow
01-09-2013, 01:58 PM
Hi Everyone! Still plugging away and feeling good to be getting back on track after so long. And it's Wednesday, so that's always good, half the work week finished!

01-09-2013, 02:12 PM
Hi ladies!

I feel like I'm officially back in the groove. This time around, I feel like I will be completely successful - the difference is my support system. I have people around me at work that help me get to the gym - we put it on our calender! And I have my amazing DB that is just as committed to eating healthfully as I am. I want not just to lose the weight but to really, truly develop healthy eating habits AND - the big one - mentally healthy eating habits. I know I can be successful in the short term starving myself and that even if I could keep that going long term, it would not be healthy for my body or mind. I'm actually really excited about the future again.

I have exercised every day and eaten 1300 to 1500 calories every day for a week and am down almost 5lbs. I'm sure that will slow down and I expect it to, but mostly I am happy because I've put good things in place to make sure that I do this the right way - FINALLY!

I'm a data geek - I see my body as a continual science experiment and am fascinated with the way it gains and loses day to day based on what I have done, not done or maybe done "on average" over the previous three days. So, I weigh daily. The blips don't get to me. I have done it long enough that when I see a big drop, I expect a minor blip the next day. I think I'd go crazy if I couldn't weigh for a week. I'd feel even less connected to the outcome and kill myself wondering about this or that minor variation. (Reading this, I can see my mild OCD tendencies lol - oh well. It's who I am and I have accepted that! :) )

01-09-2013, 06:21 PM
So happy to say that yesterday was a healthy day - I am always grateful for that. I really was able to do many of my goals & tasks.

I took my mom to the dentist and it turned out to be a much longer appointment. Then she wanted to go run errands. By the time I got home it was 2pm. So I had missed my morning snack and lunch. At first I had a moments 'panic'. But, I remember that I could easily skip a meal and 'survive'. I was glad to have it to draw back on. While Mom was in the office and used that time to do my daily journal and read arc/rc and read Beck.

In the morning I was stirring up the new jar of almond butter before putting it into the fridge... I was willing to throw the almond butter spoon in the soapy water and not eating the extra off the spoon. YAY. It's funny how other people wouldn't even think one way or the other... but, it's major for me.

One of the best things that happened yesterday was that I didn't eat anything after my evening snack. That's so hard for me.

I met many other goals yesterday(no seconds, left a bite, planned/measured/logged, told myself to 'stand firm' when I wanted to eat in the evening, deep centering breaths before eating and more) - I am grateful. It makes me feel hopeful again. I know that there are techniques to use help in those situations...when I find the willingness to use them. I don't always have the willingness, of course. Keep working at it. I guess if all this 'food stuff' was easy we would all be at healthy weights.

One of my goals is to start doing my meditations again.

Also.. I got to move my ticker down one pound. I am at my pre-holiday weight. Grateful.

I hope everyone is doing well!!!!

01-10-2013, 06:31 AM
I'm doing good too:) Scale is moving in the right direction!

01-10-2013, 12:13 PM
Well, I didn't make it to the gym today, but I will be there tomorrow. I got up this morning and I just felt so tired. Maybe I should have pushed myself, but I decided to just take the morning off. Back to Spin class tomorrow.

Have a great day everyone!

Pacifica Bee
01-10-2013, 12:51 PM
I've been exactly on plan with no problems this whole week. It feels so good to NOT berate myself for messing up :) I hope I can hold onto this feeling when a temptation comes up. It is really great motivation for me.

I need to start taking my vitamins again. I am so paranoid about my hair starting to thin again (and from how thin it is now well, that would be VERY bad) with dropping fat intake and calories low. I even went out and got myself some ladies Rogain to start using preemptively.

Stay strong all!

01-10-2013, 04:18 PM
Wooo already 2pm! Afternoon, ladies! Still on plan! I spent a good portion of yesterday and last night, going through my old posts from before when weight seemed to be just flying off of me, and amazingly enough, all my old fitday entries are still in there. I've got my cabinets and fridge stocked and I'll keep on rocking along. Down 3 lbs so far this week, but it doesn't count until Monday.

Hope everyone's doing wonderfully!

01-10-2013, 09:03 PM
Hi relosers..... yesterday was healthy and sane.... I am always grateful for that. I accomplished many goals: planned/measured/logged food, always left a bite, read my advantage cards & Beck, did my centering breathing before meals, slowed down for one meal (at least tried to be more mindful, anyway), & did all my Beck journal writing. For the second night in a row and didn't eat an extra amount in the evening. And... I woke up at 3am and didn't eat then either. Many credits and grateful, too.

My stomach has been a bit upsit... feels like heartburn and reflux. I must be diligent about not eating or drinking a couple of hours before bedtime. (other things too)

I made an appointment to see and meet a new family doctor. I've been upset with mine for a long time. Enough is enough... my grandma would say. My new doctor has a good reputation for being a good diagnostician and a caring doctor, too. That is in four weeks.

Sounds like many folks are getting back into it. So glad for that.

01-10-2013, 09:40 PM
angi - Hey, at least you know that meat triggers you to begin the feasting. I love pizza and I can't stop eating it until it is gone.

losetoall - It's a bittersweet goodbye to the girls. Nice to have 'em, but even nicer to see the numbers on the scale get smaller.

slashnl - Ugg, I bet spin class isn't that kind on the butt. I've seen people do it and it looks intense, but I think I'd probably die of a bruise my behind. :-) I admire you for going and pushing through the workout, though!

pink hurricane - Insanity really is crazy. I enjoyed it while I was doing it, but the kiss of death was that I could only fit it into my schedule in the morning before work and I'm just not a morning person. It was a constant struggle between staying in bed for another hour or sweating my *** off at 5:30am.

april - Glad to hear you're still on plan and plugging away!

beach breeze - What a great attitude you have! It's so nice to have people around you who support and share your goals.

beverlyjoy - That's awesome that you had so many "little" victories like not eating the almond butter off the spoon after you stirred it. You're right; that is a significant accomplishment and show of willpower.

susiemartin - Yay! Scale moving down is always a good thing.

pacifica bee - I have that same worry. My mom has thin hair. Mine has always been fine, but recently I noticed it feels like I have less than I once did. If you find a magic cure to it, let me know.

I'm doing well. I was down two pounds this morning when I stepped on the scale. Total of 5.5 pounds since I started this journey two weeks ago. I just keep telling myself I need to think of it 10 pounds at a time. I just need to loose 10 pounds 13 times to get to my ultimate goal of not being overweight. If I can do it once, I can do it again.

Does anyone have a Pita Pit near them? There is one a few blocks from where I work. They have some excellent and tasty choices for lunch/dinner that are low-calorie. I had a HUGE vegetarian pita with a nice helping of feta cheese for only 340 calories. I was absolutely stuffed after I finished it. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a new place to try.

April Snow
01-10-2013, 09:59 PM
Hey everyone - looks like we've got some great activity here with people staying on plan with food and activity. Yay for all of us!

Today is my first day 100% on plan in terms of the specific plan I am doing (Dukan Diet = low fat and very low carb). The rest of the week, I've been doing ok with calorie counting, while using up some of the food I had in the house.

I've definitely lost weight already so I do feel like my Sunday start date is legit. But I really like how I feel when I do my hard core plan so I'm glad to be making my real start with it today.

01-11-2013, 02:19 PM
Hey kids--can I join? Been a long time member, lost a bunch a weight and gained most of it back. Tried to come back more than once, slipped and out of shame avoided this site.

It's a new year and I'm back. I thought I'd hit a couple of threads for some encouragement and accountability. Biggest motivation--big trip to London planned for April. If I could drop 30 that would be delightful but 20 would make me infinitely more comfortable on the plane and walking the streets doing all those fun touristy things I want to do .

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

April Snow
01-11-2013, 03:21 PM
Hi ANewCreation!! I'm a new reloser too, just started back up this past Sunday. A trip to London sounds like some great motivation to me, you will definitely enjoy things much more feeling 20 or so lbs lighter!!

01-11-2013, 04:28 PM
Hi... checking in. Yesterday was mostly healthy. I did eat extra last night... kind of a stress thing. My stomach was upset and I ate soda crackers... one lead to more and then other foods, too. I wasn't willing to do what needed to be done to stop. *Sigh* Dr. Beck's book always says to think about all the many good choices you've made during the day... not just when you went off plan. Of course, that's true. I made many good choices all day long - I'll give myself credit for that.

I got up today and weighed myself and moved forward in my day and putting some of my goals into it.

Today I spent 2+ hours on the phone with the business office of the hospital where I had my gall bladder surgery last year. I was going over things and found an error that they made. They overbilled me and I didn't catch it until their new system of billing came out with more info on it. We are sending each other our 'paperwork' and then we'll compare our thoughts on it. I was all exasperating.

My mom has told me many times that it's the worst business office she's ever dealt with. She has had many of these l-o-n-g phone conversations with them too in regards to errors. I totally agree with her now. Moral of this story... don't just believe the bills from tests, etc that come in the mail. Check carefully. Computers are only as 'smart' as the people who put in the information.

Have a wonderful weekend. If it's in you food plan - plan, plan and plan some more. Planning is good! (at least for me.)

Welcome to newcreation.

01-11-2013, 05:17 PM
Afternoon all! Welcome back ANewCreation!

Enjoying this break in the weather, it's projected up to 70s today! We had 3 feet of snow 10 days ago, and rain since then, but its gorgeous outside. Went and fed the horses, found a spare pony o.O in the pasture, popped the baby in the stroller and wandered around a bit. When the older kids get home, we'll probable take another stroll.

Can I just say, I've been saying for months and months, "I need to start dropping red meat again, it's just to hard on my system, I need to drop the starchy boxed sides at meals, it's to hard on my scale" and it feels SO good to be doing that. Amazingly, no one's complained. Thankfully, my kids love veggies and Luke does too. He works 6 days a week, 12-15 hour days, so he wants his meat, I've just been double portioning his and making sure to pop alot of more healthy snacks in his lunches as well as his normal snack sized bags of chips and stuff. His cooler's been empty everyday, so I guess he's eating it all.

Have a great weekend!

01-11-2013, 08:48 PM
Sorry all I have been away lately and have missed so much so I won't be doing personals. I did see a snippit abut pita pit while scrolling down though. I have a pita pit bout half of a mile from my house and 1 on campus at my school. Love it, wish it didn't have so much sodium though :\

Anyway, No loss so far this week, I think it is because I have eaten out so much, which I have been pretty much within cals every day, but the sodium has been way over what it should be *cries* Sodium always makes me hold water :\ Anyway I am busy busy busy with school. I have a TON of homework to do and its all due here soon *yikes!*. Just wanted to check in and say that even though I haven't lost weight this week I have been pretty much on plan. I think I might be 500 or 600 cals over for the week, that shouldnt make a huge difference in weight loss though.

01-12-2013, 08:03 AM
Hi relosers...yesterday was 100% on plan. I am really grateful for that. I did plan/measure/log food, exercise, water, weighed, no seconds and left a bite. Credit. One of my big credits is when two of my cutiepie neighbor little sisters came over with cookies and asked if I wanted one. I smiled and said 'no thank you'. YAY It's nice to have a place to come and say how proud I am of this. Many folks couldn't understand.

DH and I have been thinking of going out to do 'something'. Don't know what, yet.

Have a GREAT weekend.

01-12-2013, 08:56 AM
Im back...been doing good this year. I am back to my prechristmas weight and the scales are stuck there. I have 4 months to lose before my baby girls wedding. I have been exercising daily and it sure improves my mood.

01-12-2013, 09:32 AM
april - I hope your first day totally on plan went well!

anewcreation - A trip to London sounds fantastic! Welcome and good luck on dropping those 30 pounds.

beverlyjoy - I think reminding yourself of the good choices you made while acknowledging and moving on from any bad decisions is a fantastic idea. Beating myself up for binge eating is what ultimately throws me off my plan for days/weeks/months/years. Learning to accept it and put my nose back to the grindstone is super important for now AND the future. Also, good luck with the billing department. That sounds like a pain in the butt!

angi - Good for you for moving toward incorporating things you know you should be eating into your meals. I don't have kids, but I'm always in awe of people who are able to manage a family's meals and their own meals while loosing weight. I'm sure it's 10x as difficult.

smsdreamer - I've only been the Pita Pita a couple times, but I really enjoy it. I feel like you get a lot of food for relatively small calories. Glad you mentioned sodium, though. I get so wrapped up in calories and forget to take that into account as well.

dgramie - Yay for being back to pre-holiday weight!

I've been doing well. I made a conscious decision to have Friday as my "off" day. This just means that I take a break from the elliptical trainer and have pizza for dinner. I skimped a bit on my breakfast and lunch so I had over a 1,000 calories to eat pizza for dinner. It satisfied me and now I feel like I can go through the coming week without cravings for "bad" food.

I've got big plans today. A healthy breakfast, working out on my elliptical, walking my dog (since the weather is so nice!), grocery shopping for great foods, and cleaning my apartment. I feel like it's going to be a productive day. I really wanted to weigh myself this morning, but when I check it each day I always get discouraged over the fluctuations. So, I'm going to hold out until at least tomorrow or Monday.

I hope everyone else has a good Saturday on tap!

01-12-2013, 01:39 PM
Hi April Snow, good to know I'm not the only newbie--we can do this!

Angihas2, thx for the welcome. It's nice to see how you are incorporating your healthy habits with your family yet tweaking it for the hubs--good job!

SMSDREAMER2007, sodium does a number on me too :( Why oh why do restaurants use so much salt???

Beverlyjoy, congrats on turning down the cookie--I understand and celebrate with you! What did you and the hubby decide to do for fun?

dgramie, having an event sure helps me with my weight loss goals and I bet it's pretty motivating for you too ;)

foucault, thanks for the encouragement!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend :carrot:

April Snow
01-12-2013, 02:17 PM
Happy Saturday Morning ReLosers!! We're going to have a quiet indoors day today, thanks to the current 9 degree temps! lol! I've challenged my son to some Wii games so I'll get in my activity that way (and he's underweight but still needs to burn some energy so he's not bouncing off the walls. :))

I've got some good healthy, on-plan foods to cook today and tomorrow, I love to be able to get the week started off with lots of my food ready to go.

Hope everyone is getting the weekend off to a great start!!

01-12-2013, 10:47 PM
Beverly - YAY for refusing cookies, that is SO hard for me too!

dgramie - Yay for getting holiday weight off, 4mos is a lot of time to get some weight off, you'll do it!

Foucalt- Yes YUMM!!!!! Love pita pit SOOOOO much food for low calories, the sodiuum is the killer :\ I'm jealous of ppl who can go to subway/pita pit and others a like and still lose weight. Sadly the sodium in it and wheat makes me stall. *jealous* on you being able to take one day as a cheat day. I haven't been able to take one of those yet. I usually end up not being on plan in the days following :\ Soon though, soon.

Anewcreation - Because it makes the food addicting and you eat and buy more! It is sucky though :\

April - 9 degrees??? Its like 25 here and I am SHIVERING waiting for my heater to kick in to high gear (I have been gone all day and it's a space heater so it takes a while to make things warm once I turn it on)

Been a pretty good day for me, sodium is super low at 1300 and cals are low about 100 cals under. I spent 5 hours at the salon *cries* so I ended up being too lazy and tired to make dinner and had a protein bar LOL. oh well, better dinner tomorrow ;)

April Snow
01-13-2013, 10:53 AM
5.8 loss this morning - woohoo!!! :broc: Gotta love that first week back on plan! And it always helps to see that scale reward to keep on track for the next week.

01-13-2013, 11:54 AM
Happy Sunday! Congrats AprilSnow on your loss!! I'm back on my 1st week too, those 1st weeks worth of losses are thrilling, aren't they?

Yesterday was good, although much, much rainier than anticipated. Instead of the park, we decided to take the kids out to the farm, they spent some time grooming and walking the horses. We had a snowstorm Christmas week, so there were a lot of branches down, I spent some time dragging those all over to the firepit, raking all the leaves. Amazing the calorie burn! We let the kids have a bonfire and a few friends showed up. Ended up doing an impropmtu bonfire/weenie roast. So, even though it was one of my cycle up days where I can eat more calories, I stuck with 1 hotdog, 1 bun and half a s'more. Sodium was much higher than normal, but calories were on track. Now its flushing the sodium out ;/ I did manage to stick with unsweet tea and coffee instead of soda or beer, I love an occassional beer, but I also know, with a beer in hand, it would have been much easier to indulge in a 2nd dog or s'more, so better stick with what I know.

My father in law unloaded a bunch of meat on us, he has an enormous deep freeze but he's a trucker and only home on weekends, so he wanted to empty it out so it didn't all go bad. Unfortunately my freezer was pretty full too. We managed to get everything in, except a huge bag of leg quarters. I think I'm going to peel the skin off and toss the whole bag in the crock pot with some seasonings, have some for dinner tonight and probably the rest of the week in the version of soups and toss ins for salads and whole wheat pasta or brown rice meals.

Tomorrow is my official weigh in day, can't wait to move my ticker! That's such a happy little thrill to see it slide down and "x amount of pounds lost" show up.

Hope everyones doing wonderfully!

01-13-2013, 12:45 PM
Sorry it took so long to get back to you all, but I caught a nasty flu while in the hospital and have been so sick. Couldn't keep anthing down and needed lots of sleep. Finally, this week I am feeling better and able to eat to build up my immune system and strength.

NO, ladies -- that was NOT a typo -- the tumor they took out was indeed ... 100 lbs!!! My sister said they took out a person -- LOL! They knew it was massive going in, as it started at just under my stomach and went down to my pelvis. The interesting thing was that I had absolutely no fat in my abdomen at all -- just the tumor, then the muscle and skin layer that was stretched to its max.

I am so gratedful that huge tumor is out and so quickly; as it was causing me lots of health issues this summer and fall. The flu set me back a bit but now I can move ahead and recover better. Am staying with my family (my sister's place) and they are taking great care of us.

Thanks for your words of support and encouragement ... :hug:

01-13-2013, 04:14 PM
Sorry it took so long to get back to you all, but I caught a nasty flu while in the hospital and have been so sick. Couldn't keep anthing down and needed lots of sleep. Finally, this week I am feeling better and able to eat to build up my immune system and strength.

NO, ladies -- that was NOT a typo -- the tumor they took out was indeed ... 100 lbs!!! My sister said they took out a person -- LOL! They knew it was massive going in, as it started at just under my stomach and went down to my pelvis. The interesting thing was that I had absolutely no fat in my abdomen at all -- just the tumor, then the muscle and skin layer that was stretched to its max.

WOW!!! Tumor operation & then the flu! Yuck!! I hope you get to feeling better SOON!! :hug:

I'll keep you in my prayers!!

01-13-2013, 04:28 PM
WTG april! I love that first week's HUGE drop too. I think mine was like 15 lbs of water weight, sadly it makes the following weeks feel SOOOOOOO slow LOL.

Angi- Cookout YAY!!! Those are so fun!

2bhealthy -WOW! 100 lbs tumor???? Well I guess the nice thing is it helped with weight loss, SO happy it is gone, now you can be healthy! What kind of tumor was it?

I lost 2.8 lbs this week which is odd considering I am retaining water at night. I don't know why I am but I am, That number SHOULD be larger, but because of the water retention it isn't Sadly. Oh well 2.8 lbs is good for one week so I'll take it! I REALLLYYYY want to get back to my previous low of 237 as FAST as possible. I hate seeing the 260's considering I SWORE I'd never be here again. I even saw all the way back to 280's (Mainly water) because of the nutritionist I was seeing not listening to me when I told her certain things don't work with my body.