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11-04-2012, 11:30 AM
As we all know, Halloween marks the unofficial start of the holiday season! My Sunday paper was filled with store circulars covered in red, green, and snowflake motifs. Retailers are trying to get us in the holiday gift giving spirit even before we have reached Thanksgiving! I haven't been to a shopping mall lately, but I'd be willing to bet that the Pandora Christmas Radio channel is already being funneled into the ears of shoppers everywhere. When this time of year rolls around it can only mean one thing - food!

kelijpa, one of our 40-Something posters, shared this insight - "They say if you can maintain over this time of year it's like losing 7-10 lbs as that's the average gain." In my mind, if I can even maintain my current weight, I will be ahead! So, that's my main goal over the coming month - to maintain my current weight. If I lose, terrific. However, my main challenge will be staying within my weekly calorie range.

As for today, TOM snuck up on me. This keeps happening. I wasn't expecting it to come until 11/10-11/11, and here it is 11/4 and it's arrived! I didn't even have much in the way of PMS this time around, although I have been feeling bloated and the scale has been very stubborn. I hate getting my period every 3 weeks! This really sucks, and I'm sure it is affecting my weight loss since I am retaining water so often. Anyway, it explains my cravings for chocolate and sugar these past 2 days. Ah well....at least maybe I can look forward to scale finally cooperating in a few days? Here's hoping.

Good luck today and during the month of November! :hug:

11-04-2012, 11:46 AM
Thanks guacamole!!

11-04-2012, 12:02 PM
Sum38 - Nice to "see" you! :)

11-04-2012, 01:01 PM
This will be my 1st "food season" that ill be conscious of calories n eating healthy! Ill admit im a bit nervous about it! I dont want to deprive myself of all the holiday goodies BUT i dont want to gain anything back either! This will definitely be the time to practice portion control n a test to how bad i want to succeed in my new healthy lifestyle change! Tabata class has gone from 2 days a week to 3 days a week at the Y n ive joined to help me keep going. Tabata is killer but the changes ive experienced this past month of starting is enough to keep me motivated to continue them! Heres wishing us all the best of luck, health n blessings thru this food season!

Moving Forward
11-04-2012, 01:53 PM
Oh the holidays! I posted a thread on this myself a few days ago. This is my first season trying to lose through the holidays too. I'm still formulating my game plan. I am absolutely committed to sticking to the plan--whatever I decide it will be. 2013 is going to see a skinny me, even if it kills me. Lol!

Guacamole-my body is doing the same thing with TOM. Lately, it is becoming every few weeks. I read somewhere that fat cells release estrogen during weight loss. I'm not sure how accurate this is, but it could explain wonky hormones.

11-04-2012, 04:44 PM
Hi everyone! I have been dreading the holidays bc it is the first Christmas I will spend without my children. Not looking forward to that at all.....also I know that I am already at the high end of my weight.....so add to that the seven holiday lbs I always gain......well.....it's not pretty......so I am determined to get in the groove this month before December rears its ugly head.....right now though I would be happy just to have electricity......still recovering from hurricane sandy

11-04-2012, 08:43 PM
Hi everyone!

After Thursday being awful emotionally and foodwise I got my act back together and did much better for the last few days. I ended up on my official weigh day Sat. at 144.2 and this morning 143.8. Hoping I can keep it up and since I already binged all the Halloween candy away that temptation is gone anyway. The tension with DD has been a bit better but with her teen hormones on crack its only a matter of time. But my part is I have to just not let it get to me and stay calm. The difficulties she has gotten herself into won't be resolved completely for a while but we can only take it one day at a time. As for now I am continuing the calorie cycling. It overall seems to be working for me. I seem able to do a few low cal days knowing I can have a few mildly higher days. Its been a bit easier for me mentally to stick to.

Zumba I hope you get power again soon!!!

11-04-2012, 10:12 PM
Hello all, birthday's over, back to the regular program, this is a challenging time. I, like Guac, am hoping to maintain over the holidays, I'm secretly hoping to lose a couple pounds, but really just managing through these times will be a success.

Yesterday I broke out the old step, I did step aerobics while DH was on the treadmill, it was fun, but I forgot how hard it was! It was a success, I was hoping to be able to do something while he was on the treadmill, instead of waiting around for him to finish, this was just for when we're both working out at the same time, normally he does his earlier and I do mine later in the day.

Zumba, sorry to hear you're still without power, my in-laws were excited today to see a new power pole coming down the street, they have been without power as well since monday, hopefully they'll be set up tomorrow or the next day. you're in our thoughts!

Best to all

11-05-2012, 06:38 AM
Morning :coffee:

No weigh in for me, I am too scared. My belly feels big and bloated :( Yesterday was an okay day, not perfect but better than the days before. -- My upcoming trip is motivating me. I will see many of my high school friends and I don't want them saying that living in USA has turned me in to a cow :moo:

Exercise walk 4.5 miles

split pea soup
portobello salad with chicken

I hope everyone will have a fab and fit day!

11-05-2012, 11:24 AM
I'm planning to maintain through these next couple of months as well. I wanted to reach my normal BMI (149) and coast through the holidays. I have since exceeded that, and hoping that once I resume a normal diet, I can stay somewhere between my low, wherever that will be, and 149.

...I have been dreading the holidays bc it is the first Christmas I will spend without my children. Not looking forward to that at all :hug: Zumbachica! Sorry, it's hard! I remember my sister's first holiday alone. She decided it would be a much needed vacation. She went and got a few Blockbuster DVDs she wanted to see, some good food to eat, and did a movie marathon, essentially hiding from the holiday! My husband and I used to love doing this pre-kids when we had no other holiday plans. It doesn't have to suck, and everything doesn't have to be a reminder that your kids aren't home.

11-05-2012, 11:47 AM
Dont think ill go near the scale for a few days cuz itll be TOM any moment now ugh! Cold weather has found VA sooner than usual, we have been having windchills in the 20s already n it truly sux! I have a hard time getting motivated once cold weather hits.
Zumba, hope u get power back soon, thats always my biggest worry during a storm of course for us that means we lose water too! Good luck sweety! Have a good day ladies.

11-05-2012, 12:08 PM
Had my first "bad" day since being on maintenance ... I actually at a blooming onion at a steak house. Ugh! Felt sick afterwards which I guess is my body saying "What the **** was that??"

Back on IP P1 for a day or 2 to recover ....

Zumba - still no power? Feel for you guys. I'm in eastern PA and although everythings a mess, it could have been much worse ...

11-05-2012, 12:30 PM
Hello, all. Weekend eating wasn't great, but could have been worse. I went for my annual mammogram screening this morning. I was a nervous wreck. Ever since my first screening two years ago, when they found a cyst and a small tumor (which both turned out benign) I have been terrified. Last year's 2011 mammogram was uneventful, thank goodness! However, I still remember the horror I felt in 2010 going back for more tests, needles, etc. The waiting for results was a killer. So, now I will be on pins and needles until I know that my mammogram is ok.

I went for a short walk after the mammogram to calm down and clear my head, which helped a lot. One thing that struck me is that before the exam, the tech asked if I still menstruated and then asked when my last period was. Now I am officially old. Before the question was always, "When was your last period?" The assumption being that I had it! Now, the assumption is that I don't! Ahhh...getting old is so much fun.

Have a good on plan day today!

11-05-2012, 02:38 PM
Happy Monday all!
Did not have a great food weekend. We took a road trip to MN, which is 6 1/2 each way. We took my foster son to see his grandfather whose health is declining and has been moved to an assisted living center. Watching Matt and his grandpa together was so beautiful, just typing it out brings tears to my eyes. The love they have for one and other is tangible when they are together. Grandpa has some memory issues too, we were afraid he would not remember Matt but he did, took him a minute to recognize him but he did remember Matt and so many of the things he enjoys. Matt was so patient with his grandpa, helping him play bingo and answering the same questions over and over. The saddest thing is that Matt does not have much family, his grandpa and grandma raised him until he was 12 or so and to see how much love they have and how far apart they are just breaks my heart. All in all, it was a good trip even though food was not great.
I am back on track today and am going to do my best to resist weighing until Friday so I have time to get rid of some water weight. Don't want to get discouraged, and then down on myself too much.

11-05-2012, 03:51 PM
Hello Ladies,
I hope you don't mind me joining your 40-Something group. I've just recently started the IP program and am loving the results. I travel a lot during the week for work, so at some times it can be challenging, but I've managed to lose 10lbs in my first two weeks.
I'm very proud of myself, I spent the day at California Adventure and Disneyland on Saturday and managed to stay on program. I just ate a salad for lunch and one for dinner..I did a lot of walking, so I'm sure that was good for me too :-) I look forward to getting to know all of you better!

11-05-2012, 04:08 PM
Hello Ladies,
I hope you don't mind me joining your 40-Something group. I've just recently started the IP program and am loving the results. I travel a lot during the week for work, so at some times it can be challenging, but I've managed to lose 10lbs in my first two weeks.
I'm very proud of myself, I spent the day at California Adventure and Disneyland on Saturday and managed to stay on program. I just ate a salad for lunch and one for dinner..I did a lot of walking, so I'm sure that was good for me too :-) I look forward to getting to know all of you better!

Welcome and best of luck!! Good job and making it through a day at Disneyland! Wow!

11-05-2012, 04:20 PM
:welcome3: Suchawittygal

NEMom What a sweet event! :hug:

guacamole Congrats on your mammogram!! I am way over due and I think I will go and schedule one now. -- Let's hope all turns out well, I am sure of it!

healthyangie Isn't amazing how bad and greasy foods turn on us? Or is it that we just felt "bad" all the time and it was a norm?

dangerouscurvesahead I am a total winter girl :lol: I LOVE walking/hiking through snow. Yeah, I am an oddball :D -- Stay warm.

twinieten Nice to have you here and we will support you through the holiday season. :hug:

kelijpa I am hoping and wishing too, that this season will end with a loss and not with a gain. We can do it! :cheer:

cbigsis Raising teenager daughter is hard!!! My son is so easy going but my DD is spitfire. Good luck with her!!! I hope things settle down.

Zumbachica I can understand your pain!! I am sorry!! Could you take a fun mini vacation somewhere?

Moving Forward Same here!! 3013 is going to be the year when I got skinny! Edited to correct: 2013....I bet I will be REALLY skinny by 3013 :lol3:

Sorry if I missed anyone :wave:

11-05-2012, 09:38 PM
Sum, you are great, love reading your post! 2013 is going to be get skinny (healthy) and stay that way. I'm so committed to maintaining (of course have to get there first, but tenative goal for eastertime) I really want to live the healthy lifestyle for good.

It was a good OP day, but super hard to get my butt down on the treadmill, I did it though. I have this goal of a 5K a day, I was walking it outside, but now it gets dark so early and we're having that cold snap, too, just too raw, not ready to get all bundled up...I miss my outside already... :( better days are coming, definitely will get out for a good hike on the weekend.

Welcome Suchawittygal, it is a nice group.

Guac, I need to schedule mine, thanks for the reminder!

best to all

Moving Forward
11-06-2012, 12:56 AM
What a nice group you all are! I'm glad I've found you. I've been on 3FC for a few months now and have seen several of you around. I look forward to getting to know you all better.

11-06-2012, 01:01 AM
Well power is back on!,,, schools are still not open and gas lines are long.....I spent the day cleaning and catching up on laundry....so no time for a work....but I'm one step closer to normal life and can get into a routine.......

11-06-2012, 08:31 AM
Morning :coolsnow:

Another freezing morning. I finally had an OP day. Calories ended around 1500. :yay: I did venture out on my scale and it showed a 3 pound gain. Oh, when will I learn?
Today will be a challenging day. First I am meeting a friend for lunch. -- I planned out what I am going to eat and I WILL stick to my plan (500cal). But evening will be difficult; my son's crosscountry banquet is tonight and I am not sure what is being served...luckily it sounds like pasta and friend chicken, which both are not an option for me because of my Ceiliac. So that would leave a salad as my only choice. Sometimes having a gluten intolerance is a blessing. :p

Weight 156.5
Exercise walk 4.5 miles
shrimp taco and rice soup
Total cal ???

11-06-2012, 10:16 AM
Had a decent OP day yesterday. Ate too much at dinner but still within my calorie range and I was SOO tired yesterday that I feel asleep for before I could have an evening snack.
I decided to change up my exercise routine two days a week. I really need to work on my stomach and thighs so this morning I started to lunges, squats, planks and crunches hoping to target some of these areas. I have tried workout videos before but have not found one I really like so I am just making up my own. My legs felt like rubber afterwards so I am sure I will be sore tomorrow. I just hate walking and seeing my thighs jiggle any my muffin top drives me crazy!

Zumba - So glad that you finally got power back.

Have a wonderful on plan day all!!

11-06-2012, 05:13 PM
Hello ladies!
Ugh! 1st freeze hit lasnite, woke up to dead flowerbeds n garden. TOM hit yesterday so tween that n cold had hard time gettin motivated but breakfast of coffee, ibuprofen n lrg banana helped a lot. Went to the Y n did full work out n was glad i did. Zumba so glad things r starting to get back to normal for u playing catch up that in itself is a work out lol! Sum i do love winter scenery n such but the early nites n bone chilling cold just makes my brain want to hibernate lol. My eating has been OP so far n exercise is on track. But im so missing the great outdoors already! Im hoping to do a day of hiking on a sunny day soon!

11-06-2012, 05:58 PM
Hello, all! Zumba - glad your power is back! Nice to see everyone. I'm glad I'm not alone in missing the great outdoors. It's my favorite place to exercise, but the cold is so unpleasant. Hard to get motivated to exercise inside a sweaty cramped gym. Stationary bikes are nothing like the real thing!

So far, I am within calories - but I only have about 250 left and it's only 4pm. Ugh! I am not hungry now, because I ate a very late lunch around 2:30, but I know I will be hungry by 6-7pm. I will try to hold off eating until later, and then have some fruit.

I am happy to say that I voted in the Presidential election today. Amazing that there was a time when women couldn't vote!

Have a great day today!

11-06-2012, 07:19 PM
I hope that everyone voted today! :love:

Moving Forward
11-07-2012, 05:41 AM
It's 1:36am and I'm having trouble sleeping. I'm all keyed up over the election. This is not like me to be so invested in politics, but today I am. Tomorrow is going to be a hum-dinger I guess. The good news I was a few hundred calories below my limit today. Zumba--I hope life is getting closer to normal for you. Dangerouscurvesahead and all who live in colder climates--sorry! Hang in there. I'm frankly hoping for more rain this year. We had a drought last year and can't afford another year of drought.

11-07-2012, 09:42 AM
Hello, all. Did ok calorie wise yesterday. Weighed in at 151 this morning. Cold and damp outside today. Good luck today, everyone!

11-07-2012, 10:10 AM
Good morning all!!! Yes, it is certainly chilly and we are bracing ourselves for another storm here on Long Island....still, I am grateful that the children finally went back to school today and that we are safe and warm. So many people still do not have power and lets not even talk about the death count.....its just awful.

On a more positive note I am getting motivated to get back in shape, plan on popping in that Insanity DVD today.....also got rid of all the tempting snacks in the house....so I'm back in the game...slowly but surely i'll get to a better place so that i can handle the holidays without a major gain.

11-07-2012, 10:22 AM
Good morning all!
Pretty good day yesterday. Over my low calorie number by about 100 calories but I can live with that.
My thighs are definitely feeling the lunges and squats today. Ouchie. Did the elliptical and weight machine this morning. Back to lunges, squats and planks tomorrow.
Have a long day of work and a night of housework. What a day to look forward to.
Hope you all have a wonderful on plan weekend!

11-07-2012, 03:00 PM
I've been so sick, but on the mend. I need to get back to my exercise routine, but I've lost a lot of blood, and I'm dehydrated and malnourished. Now I can add insomnia from heck to the list. I'm exhausted, but when I lie down to sleep.... nuthin'. I'm also adding foods back in to my diet, as my body tolerates, and having troubles keeping in check. I want to go crazy and eat everything! My stomach is taking less food, like it shrunk, so I'm trying to keep it there with smaller, more frequent meals.

Anyone have any advice.... the sleep issue, staying on track with the diet, and reintroducing excercise?

Good work NEMom!

I heard about that on the news Zumbachicha.... like you need more! Stay safe! I hope your power stays on.

11-07-2012, 09:54 PM
Twinetin, you poor thing, sorry to hear you've been so sick! I'd try and work on the dehydration, maybe there's some kind of smoothie, protein shake kind of thing you could try to get your strength up so you can start exercising. you don't want to relapse it sounds like for sure.

Zumba, congrats on the power return, one of my friends in the Poconos just got hers back Monday. Amazing how we humans adapt and overcome.

NEMom, Chris Powell was on Dr. Oz and put up a couple videos of quick exercises, if you go on Dr. Oz's site, go to search, click on videos then put in Chris Powell you can see them, they look interesting. You're talking about squats reminded me of them.

Sounds like we're all doing our best to get OP, 'tis the time of year to do the best you can on the days you can to balance out the days you can't :goodvibes

Welcome Movingforward

best to all :sunny:

11-08-2012, 10:27 AM
Thanks for the video tips kelijpa I will check into them.

Zumba - I hope you are not getting hit too hard today. I am glad things are slowly improving for you!

I had a very bad day yesterday. Things out of my control sent my stress through the roof. Several years ago, I cut people out of my life that thrived on chaos but now I ma being sucked in. UGH, I hate drama in life. Even though my stress level went up. I did NOT binge. I stayed within my calorie limit and I even managed to clean the basement which is something on my TO DO list for last night, however, after everything blew up yesterday afternoon, I really wanted to say F it but I didn't.
Tonight I am cleaning the upstairs, it will take a couple of hours but if I can get it done then my 'regular' housework for the week will be done and Sat. when the weather is suppose to be nice, I can clean my car and watch the football game without the guilt of 'I need to do xyz'.
My exercise this morning was more lunges, squats, crunches and planks. Legs still HURT!
I am going to weigh tomorrow morning. Not feeling real good about it even though I have had a good week because my ring is a little tight. I use how lose or tight my wedding ring in as a guide to how much water I am retaining. Weird, I know.
Have a GREAT day!!! One day closer to Friday. YIPPEE!

11-08-2012, 10:48 AM
I am going to weigh tomorrow morning. Not feeling real good about it even though I have had a good week because my ring is a little tight. I use how lose or tight my wedding ring in as a guide to how much water I am retaining. Weird, I know.
Have a GREAT day!!! One day closer to Friday. YIPPEE!
I hear you about the rings,not weird at all! I take great pleasure from being able to easily slip my rings on and off... Certainly not something I could do 35 pounds ago! Okay, maybe it is weird LOL but I'm in the same boat with you.

11-08-2012, 03:14 PM
I do the ring thing too! When they are tight, I know I'm in trouble! I weighed in at 152 this morning. Ugh! So far, I am within calories, but I haven't been making great food choices today.

I hope you all have a fantastic day!

11-08-2012, 08:09 PM
I'm worried about this week, too, even though my one ring won't stay upright on my finger, it keeps spinning around...lol...the ring is the thing...lol

I feel like I need to take better track of what I'm eating, I pretty much eat the same breakfast and lunch for stretches so I end up not journaling my food and I think that combined with my body saying hey, maybe something different for lunch here...who knows, just going to keep doing what I'm doing and see if tracking sheds some insight into what I could tweak.

NEMom {{{hug}}} sorry to hear about the stress, that stinks, but at least your house'll be clean, I'm going to throw in a load of laundry on my way to the treadmill in your honor :D

best to all

11-09-2012, 12:13 AM
Well, completely blew my calories tonight. Ended up going out for a late night "snack" with DH. It included dinner rolls, a spicy salmon crunch sushi roll, and a pina colada martini! Of course, this was after I had already spent all my calories for the day. We were kind of drowning our sorrows after a not-so-great parent teacher conference for our lovely teenage son, who makes us want to pull our hair out at times. It was fun...but I feel guilty now.

On the bright side - my mammogram came back clear! I'm good for another year, which is a huge relief!

Hope you all had a better day than I did staying on plan.

11-09-2012, 10:31 AM
TGIF!!! We are suppose to have nice weather today and part of tomorrow and it all goes down hill from there. They are saying snow and rain. Yuck!

Guac - I would have enjoyed the Martini too. Sushi is not my thing but it was only one time, its not like you do this every night. Totally ok! So glad your mammogram came back clear!

kelijpa - I am so glad I am not the only one who does the ring thing. When mine spins around, I know it will be a good weigh in.

Got my house cleaned or at least what I call the basics done, dusting, vacuuming, mopping and cleaning bathrooms. Sat. I would like to clean out my car one more time before it gets too cold for me to care about it. I made a list of 'extra' cleaning that needs to be done. Washing kitchen cabinets, using magic eraser on marks on the walls, etc. I want to start working on these things before I have people over on Thanksgiving. They many not notice it but I do.
I have one rant about my DH. I really hate it when I am cleaning and instead of moving out of the room I am cleaning or asking if I need help, he lifts his feet up so I can vac um and mop around him. I feel so disrespected when he does not at least ASK 'Hey babe, anything I can do?'

Ok, finally weighed in this morning. 164.6 I am trying to be happy with that number since I did have three days of being off plan last week but honestly, it sucks. I was almost 5lbs less this time last year. Makes me very mad at myself.

Gonna meet a friend for a few drinks tonight, I need a night out and she is a hoot!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

11-09-2012, 03:46 PM
TGIF! i need to blow off some steam so i can get back to being me, hope you ladies dont mind...
been a rough week in my lil world! let me start by saying im not in any way shape or form blaming my husband im just saying, hes in the process of losing his 3rd sibling to cancer in as many years as well as battling his own demons (alcohol)(9 months sober). hes been very moody and snappy and i cant even pretend to know how hes feeling or what hes going thru! and to add salt to the wound ive been PMSing and already in a blue mood cuz of the cold weather coming so soon and the time change it affects my body and brain in a negative way ugh! so yes everyones been on eggshells (poor kids). my only way of helping him is to not snap back when he snaps at me cuz i know hes under alot of pressure and i also know that my problems will pass (thank God). but lasnite he made 2 comments that had me d*** near rip his head off and after my replies i went and took a shower and went to bed to let it drop. 1st remark- youve been going to the gym for 2 months now working out why are you still so sore and tender?! my answer~ im in the process of losing weight and toning so i cant let my body "get used" to anything so each week i push on a little more once i get to the maintaining stage that will be different (kinda). 2nd remark- the kids told him i bought a few boxes of cakes and they are in the cabinet if he wants any and he looks at me and says well there goes the gym and diet huh?! my answer~ i can have anything i want thank you very much as long as i dont inhale the whole flippin box and account for it and to the cabinet i went and got not only a twinkie BUT a chocolate zinger too just to prove a point (yeah yeah its that inner brat in me). and to the shower i went. now im hoping for my usual 1-2lb lose at weigh in monday just to drive the point home even more ugh! i took the day off today from the gym because its bright and sunny and warm out and want to be outside which is where im hoping to spend most of the weekend (suppose to be a beautiful weather weekend)to clear my head and soothe the inner brat some. sorry for the pout, rant, rave, tantrum whatever you wanna call it but wow had to get it off my chest! the only way i know to help my hubby whom i love very much and want nothing more than to make things easier for him is to stay out of his way and just let him have his rants, tantrums and such without adding to them and as long as hes doing it without alcohol letting him know ill be there when he needs me!

11-09-2012, 06:37 PM
Guacamole - congratulations on the clear mammogram; always a big sigh of relief!

11-10-2012, 10:32 AM

Had a very crazy week and busy with my girlfriends and dinners and lunches out and scale shows it :o 157.5 pounds this am. Zumba I am totally slipping with my pre vacation challenge :dizzy: Oh well, I still have time :D

Weight 157.5
Exercise Walk 4.5 miles
white tea
fruit smoothie with protein
tuna steaks with ginger sauce, jasmine rice and salad

11-10-2012, 12:08 PM
Hi everyone! I had to light the heater this morning its feeling cold in So Cal!

I'm having a really hard time staying OP right now since my mom is staying at my home. I am super stressed out to the max and mom is showing major signs of Sundowners. We have argued 6 nights in a row about where she would sleep because she wont sleep in her bed. I am trying to be a good daughter but she becomes angry and aggitated and wants to argue then cries. So all this stress has knocked me off healthy eathing, hardly sleeping, and about 3 pounds up. I'm really at the end of myself today and just needed a place to get it all out. I'm exhausted...and this is even affecting my job. Has anyone had experience with this sort of thing and how to move your mom into your home with all this stuff going on? I had to call my sister to come over last night at 11pm to calm mom down. I'm not sure what to do next. She blames me for everything then says no one loves her no one believes her. I think I need a support group for this for sure.

Scale shows 3.4 lb gain this week ugggggh! So so so upset with how I am feeling......

11-10-2012, 08:47 PM
Hello again lovely ladies,
I have been avoiding posting because I wanted to have something positive to write about. I got nuthin.
I came back for inspiration and hope, and now I'm feeling frustrated reading about all your progress, commitment, and determination. I'm so jealous--I wanna be moving in the same direction as you are!
I am still intensely motivated to change my lifestyle and incorporate more exercise, but quite honestly, I haven't done enough about it these past few weeks. Thankfully, life is going OK for me (for now), with nowhere near the level of anxiety that some of you have in your lives, so I have no excuse. I have just been super-busy with work and kids and too many other distractions.
I know I have the mindset, and that's the first hurdle, right? I just HAVE to make solid plans for myself and carve out the time needed to implement them. I have a lot to lose, and it's going to require a lot of effort.
One of my long term goals is to lose a lot of weight before a gathering next year--I haven't seen these people in ages (you know how that is!). I have to start imagining success, not failure, as that date approaches.

Oh.....Sorry to disappoint some of you, but I was told that 2013 is MY year to be skinny! (It's printed on all the calendars already.)

Good to hear you are getting the mammograms. I have 2 SILs currently battling aggressive breast cancer, and annual mammograms saved them. I'm getting one this month as well.

...ok.... I'm logging off to do lots of household chores. THEN I'M GOING TO PUT IN THE EXERCISE TAPE and probably start an earthquake. I will post big losses. Very soon. Promise.

11-10-2012, 11:02 PM
Dorrie & Dangerous

:hug::hug: to both of you right now. I can only say that both of you should be very kind to yourself right now. Complicated/stressful/difficult situations can bring all sorts of surprising emotions out of people.

NONE of these emotions will be solved by overeating or any of the "blaming self-talk" that you might find yourself engaging in. I wish more than anything that problems could be solved with a Snickers bar. But they can't :(:(

Again, :hug::hug:

11-11-2012, 09:41 AM
I think I ate maint. calories yesterday, which I am happy about. -- I ended up making a pitcher of Sangria (yum).

weight 157
walk 5 miles

white tea
meatballs, mashed potatoes and salad

11-11-2012, 11:33 AM
Syndehat - thanks, your so right.

I was able to stay OP yesterday even with mom wanting to go out for dinner and wanting a pumpkin pie. Soo hard but I did it. I'm feeling a bit better.

Hope everyone here has a great day and week on plan. dorrie

11-11-2012, 07:16 PM
Hi folks! I've been out of sorts and am not on OP....hurricane threw me off big time.....can't get it together...really bad migraine the other day.....but I'm not giving up! O workout today....was busy cleaning out my closet.....what an ordeal and I'm still not done!

11-12-2012, 10:58 AM
Hugs to all you wonderful ladies who are facing big hurdles right now. Makes some of my issues seem really petty.

I did not think I had a bad weekend. Not totally OP but close to maintenance however, the scale was still up 2lbs this morning. So frustrating! I need to stay off the scale on Monday's OR I need to get back into weighing everyday even on the weekends to keep me on track.
This week my goal is to give up my evening Diet Dr Peppers and rum. I have found myself drinking two or three of these a night. A habit I need to get out of for sure. I think this is also stalling my weight loss.
Got a lot checked off my to do list this weekend. Did not get my car cleaned before the cold moved in but did spend 3 1/2 hours doing some deep cleaning before family gathering next week. It is amazing how much brighter things are when I actually clean the light fixtures. I also discovered it is necessary to clean my oven more than once every 10 years. ICK. Even my DH commented he did not think it was possible to get it that clean.

Goal for today: Stay within calorie range. Leave Diet Dr Pepper and rum ALONE today.

Happy Monday all!!!

11-12-2012, 11:28 AM
Today is the day!! No more excuses!!! I am GOING to stay OP.

Nemom I am giving up my daily wine. I think it is holding me back. -- I think I will let myself have some wine on Saturday nights as a reward. We can do it.

11-12-2012, 12:38 PM
Hugs to everyone struggling and still trying to stay on plan! :hug:

I have been living with the churning feeling in my gut that I am going to blow it all. I did come to the realization that I have control - even though it is so easy to believe that I don't. My eating this weekend, as usual, wasn't great but has been worse in the past. I went for a 4 mile walk this morning and it did me good to feel like I was doing something positive for myself.

Good luck today, everyone! We can do this!

11-12-2012, 02:37 PM
my Healthy Eating class started back up today... my weight is still 205 from Nov. 1st which sucks but at least not a gain. my waist measurement is the exact same which i just dont understand how i can be slowly but steadily losing weight and although i lost 4 inches right off the bat in the beginning around my waist ive not lost anything inch wise since?! i swear it always seems like for every 1 step forward theres 3 steps back! ok yeah i know i screwed up by eating those cupcakes the other night to spite my dh but dang! the teacher decided not to order new bloodwork up for the regulars only the newbies so will have to wait to see if those are getting any better althou she did do my bp 110/68 so at least that # is good. idk sometimes this can just be so discouraging but gimme time to adjust and ill find some good signs again (i hope). syndehat~ thanks for the kind words and yes you are right of course, its just that inner brat in me that doesnt want to be told NO, NOT ALLOWED, CAN'T. she can be such a PITA for me sometimes lol! hope you ladies are all doing good today and looks like i need to tighten the reins abit for myself and buckle down!

Moving Forward
11-13-2012, 05:05 AM
Dangerouscurvesahead, your class sounds like such a good idea. Stay patient. I know it's easy to get discouraged when the scale or measurements don't reflect your efforts. This happens to me and then like magic I wake up one day and something has changed for the better. I can relate to the cupcakes. I was at a family party on Saturday and ate the best cupcake I've ever eaten in my life (literally). Someone else who had the same kind of cupcake said "It changed my life.". That's a little over the top but just goes to show we need to live a little and not regret it.

11-13-2012, 08:11 AM
This thread gets long very fast!

Dorie, in my experience, other than patience and time, an anti anxiety medication can help a great deal, such as Xanex. It's been awhile, and I hope your mom has settled in and you're doing well. I know it must be very stressful. But seriously, consider a trip to the doctor for an anxiety medication that you can give to your mom on an as needed basis. It could help.

Dangerouscurves, I hope your dh is feeling better. It's hard to bite your tongue sometimes, but necessary.

Guac, I'm glad your mommogram was clear.

Sum, I had to give up wine. I wasn't willing to use the calories. It was just a choice. Calories here, or calories there.

Why is it so hard to get back to doing something you stopped doing?? I haven't exercised, and I had the time over the weekend, and I had the time yesterday, but I'm not doing it! I need to get back to my running, and stick with exercise 3-4 days a week! So I'm wondering if not actively losing weight through the holidays is a good idea. Maybe I should stick with it for the last 10 pounds or find myself not wanting to start over again in January. However,
I'm enjoying the freedom of a few extra calories a day, including being able to have a glass of wine without worrying about it stalling my progress.

I realize I still have MAJOR food control issues. I ate cheesy potatoes last night because there wasn't a reason not to. I measured out my portion, and ate slowly. Then I went back for seconds. Then I went back and picked at the pan. REALLY?? All the while thinking, I shouldn't be doing this. What the heck, you know? Does it ever end?

My blood work came back a couple of weeks ago, and I'm bothered by the fact that my HDL cholesterol is high. I eat so healthy, and I've lost so much weight and yet it's still high. I don't know what I can possibly do to lower it. take niacin, and I won't take a statin drug.

11-13-2012, 08:34 AM
I finally had a perfect OP day :love: I hope I got my mojo back. I don't want to waste any more days... well this week will be interesting. Tomorrow is my bday :yay: and I have plans for Friday and Saturday nights with friends.

Plan for today
Weight 156
Exercise walk 5 miles

white tea
large salad with tuna
chicken breast, salad and rice

11-13-2012, 10:28 AM
Twin - I realize I still have MAJOR food control issues. I ate cheesy potatoes last night because there wasn't a reason not to. I measured out my portion, and ate slowly. Then I went back for seconds. Then I went back and picked at the pan. REALLY?? All the while thinking, I shouldn't be doing this. What the heck, you know? Does it ever end?

This is so me. I eat a reasonable portion and continue to go back for more all the while berating myself for doing it. Crazy.

Sum - Yeah! One OP day will lead to another and another. Great job!

I stayed within my calories for the day but did not make the best food choices. I did stay away from Diet Dr. Pepper and rum. One success for the week!

Tonight, I have to go to a meeting at the High School. They are giving HS students Ipads to use and we have to go to a meeting about it tonight. Love sitting on the hard benches in a packed gym. NOT!

My DD went to CO to visit grad schools yesterday. Man, I did not realize how expensive grad school was. 4 years cost more than my house. She needs to get her MA at least and wants to get her PHD but she is gonna need to put in the work to look for scholarships cause mom and dad cannot foot that bill.

Hope you all have a wonderful on plan Tuesday!

11-13-2012, 02:35 PM
hello ladies~
sorry ive seemed so negative lately ill just blame it on PMS and go from there lol! dh seems to be doing a little better the past couple days, we just kinda deal day to day. waiting for the phone to ring but not wanting it to ring at the same time. he calls and talks to his brother daily and his days seem to coincide with how his brothers days are going which makes sense. im feeling calmer and more level headed (thank God) and although the measuring tape didn't make me feel good yesterday, actually made me feel down right rotten i do know that i am making changes for the good for me and my body, i can see the changes! and on that note i had this dream of me as a lean mean fighting machine, looking all hot and sexy with this great big huge, jiggly, flabby belly still just as big as ever around my middle when i looked down (wow talk about a rude awakening) ugh!
I love going to my healthy eating class its such an encouraging and informative group people as we all learn from each other and the fact that its run by a clinic really helps us dig deep into our well being and changes with bloodwork, bp, weigh-ins and measurings. sometimes i think i drive the teacher/nurse nuts cuz ive always got questions for her but she has come to expect them now too lol. this is a constant learning process and if i dont ask how will i learn right?! anyway, have a great day ladies and thanx so much for helping me clear my head and blow off steam here instead of on my family HUGS!

11-13-2012, 03:16 PM
Hello, everyone. Did my 4 mile walk/jog this morning. Weighed in at 152. I can't seem to eat well enough to get to a lower weight. Ahh... At this point I am just trying to maintain...but I am not satisfied with just doing that. I am forcing myself to weigh in a few times per week. When I avoid the scale it goes up, so I have to face it and know where I stand.

Good luck today!

11-13-2012, 03:22 PM
NEMom I have two kids who both want to be doctors. One side of me is really proud, another side is really scared. We won't retire any time soon :lol3:
Kudos to your DD (and smart mama :D)!!!!!

11-13-2012, 06:35 PM
{{{hugs}}} to all who need one! I can't believe I wasn't on here the whole weekend, it was a busy one, and might have been the really nice one for awhile!

Happy Birthday Sum! Great to have an OP day! To you and NEMom, I was having the nightly "relaxer" either a glass of wine or irish cream, I think it was definitely helping to slow down my weight loss efforts.

And NEMom, you are an inspiration with the cleaning! I was laughing when I read your post, this weekend the sun was streaming in the sliding glass doors and showed every speck of dust, I ended up cleaning the kitchen and then the sliding glass doors, it was like you said, amazing how you could see out them! haha

Shaking it up this week, going fruit/veggie for a couple days, just feel I need a jump start, I think I was getting into a rut with same thing for breakfast and lunch every day.

Guac, good news on the mam! I need to get mine...I was reading one of your posts thinking I'd love to be at your weight I'm 20lbs heavier and 2 inches shorter!! :goodvibes

Seemyfeet, come in and post the good and the bad, you don't have to wait for major news, we love to chat.

Zumba, my heart goes out to you, I can't imagine going through what you and so many in the path of Sandy are going through!

Bye for now and best to all

11-14-2012, 09:12 AM
happy Birthday Sum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11-14-2012, 09:22 AM
Happy B-day Sum!

Hugs to everyone struggling with both life and weight loss...

11-14-2012, 10:15 AM
Happy Wed. all!! Half way through the week.

Two nights of NO Diet Dr. Peppers and rum. Sure would have enjoyed on last night after a meeting at the HS. Our HS gave all the HS students iPads for school/home. Great idea and I realize that we are lucky our school is offering these to the students (my kids go to a small HS) but did not look forward to the 2 hour parent/student/admin meeting last night. A deer hit my car on the way to the school, not a ton of damage, just enough to NOT exceed the deductible I am sure. We were 1/2 hour late to the meeting but luckily it did not last the entire 2 hours. Instead of Diet Dr. Pepper and rum, I ate two low fat fudge bars and they are yummy. Put me slightly over my calories for the day (by 100) so not too awful.
Stepped on the scale this morning and still at 165 (belch) but hoping after my monthly friend is gone I will show an actual 1lb or two loss.
Tonight, have to do laundry and dishes. Wed. is my TV night so I will have some couch time too.

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

11-14-2012, 10:19 AM
Hi Everybody!! Life seems to be getting back to normal around here for most people..there are STILL some with no power.....and those that have lost homes are still looking for a place to live and a plan on how to go on.....thanks everyone for your good wishes.........

I finally lost a few lbs, probably because I took the liberty of taking myself off of Welbutrin. I believe it was making me anxious which in turn was making me want to eat more. I know that antidepressants work wonders for most people but this junk was making me worse. It was making me angry and aggressive and ruined an important relationship of mine. I believe it was making it harder for me to lose weight.....

So...now what? LOL....

Starting the Brazilian Butt Lift today......bought those DVD's a long time ago and never got around to doing the program. The insanity workout was just too time consuming, these DVD's are shorter, and probably easier!!

Have a good day everyone!! Stay focused!!!

11-14-2012, 10:30 AM
It's my Birthday!! I love birthdays. I have two BIG boxes waiting for me...and I am such a kid what comes to presents.

I had my first celebration last night and I am soooo proud of myself. I had grilled salad that I could have a few glasses of wine. I came 300 calories under my maint. calories. Yay! Gives me hope that I can handle this birthday week with good choices.

11-14-2012, 10:33 AM
NE MOM...enjoy your t.v. night!!!:)

KELIJPA: good for you for going fuit/veggie...think of it as a cleanse. I too have to get more veggies in the next few days to jumpstart stuff....those brussel sprouts keep looking at me when i open up the frig!!! :D

TWINIETEN: It has been my experience that unless exercise becomes a habit you never truly get into the groove, starting off is the hardest part....people say that all the time about Zumba..they get addicted to it and feel bad if they miss one day.....I wish I felt that way about somethiing other than zumba but so far haven't found anything else that makes me want to look forward to working out.

MOVIEFORWARD: I wish I had a cupcake change my life...I would be all over that!!!:carrot:

DANGEROUSCURVES: how wonderful that you are in a weight loss class..it must be such a big help to have someone telling you what to do, giving you support. I think all adults should take a class like that, overweight or not just so we can learn about nutrition.

DORRIE I just want to give you a big hug and tell you that I understand. My mother is very difficult, always was, and since my Dad died her mental health has declined, Peopel don't want to be around her.....she has alienated herself with her difficult behavior. We know she needs to be on meds but refuses to take them and the doctor told me we can't force her or disguise the medication as something else. She isn't senile or has dementia and is aware of what she takes for her blood pressure, etc. I dread the day she comes to live with me which I think will most probably happen since both my sister and my brother want nothing to do with her. it sounds awful to try and love and help someone that you care so much about but they are helpless and taking care of them is stressful. I feel guilty about it, and yes, it probably pushes me to eat..anything stressful does. Okay well Iknow I went off on a tangent, just wanted to let you know that I understand. Hang in there and be kind to yourself.

11-14-2012, 11:04 AM
Happy Birthday Sum!

ZUMBA: I was in a nice little groove with fitness before school started. I was running regularly, and I would actually feel bad if I missed exercise for a couple of days. I actually felt that thing that people say they feel... when they have to exercise! I never thought that would happen to me. But school started, and priorities needed to be rearranged. I was running less, and dropped boot camp, because there just aren't enough hours in the day. So I was already on a down slide, and then stopped completely. Now I have to get back on it. I have the day off, and the weather is so cool. I should really head out right now before I get in to house work and other things I need to get done.

Congrats on the loss, BTW! It sounds like Wellbutrin wasn't helping at all!

11-14-2012, 03:07 PM
Happy birthday SUM!!! Hope you have a great one!

Moving Forward
11-14-2012, 09:40 PM
Twiniten- I seriously relate to your exercise issue. I'm currently laying in bed, but should be on the treadmill. It's simple physics for me--a body at rest wants to stay at rest. I'll do it if you'll do it. :)

Dangerouscurvesahead-- I loved your dream. :dizzy: I'm sure you're looking fabulous, especially since you are seeing the changes.

Guacamole--A four mile walk/job. Good for you!

Sum38--happy birthday! I hope it's been a great day.

Zumbachica-- be sure to let us know what you think of the Brazilian Butt Lift. I'm looking for a good workout program to do at home.


I'm wearing the new size 10's I bought this weekend and feeling really good in them. I've been a 14 for years. That's great and I know I should be thrilled. However, I've been totally on plan this week and haven't seen any losses on the scale. This may be related to my TOM, which for some reason has been going on for at least two weeks this time. What's up with that?! I'm not sure if this is related to weight loss or something else. I just had my hormone levels tested and they were normal. Sorry everyone if this is TMI. Anyone have any insights?

11-15-2012, 10:02 AM
Happy Thursday All!!!

Happy to report that I had no Dt Dr Peppers and rum last night. That makes three days in a row. I also stayed within my calorie range last night too. I stepped on the scale this morning and it was down a little to 164.2. Does not seem like much for all my hard work but at least it is going in the right direction.

Gonna work on the housecleaning basics today so I can spend my time this Sat. doing some more cleaning items on my to do lists.

Have a great day all!

P.S. Moving Forward - I think it is time to call your doctor. 2 weeks sounds like something could be wrong.

11-15-2012, 12:30 PM
Hello laaaaadeeeees,

You guys crack me up! I checked in yesterday morning before work but didn't have time to post anything.

kelligpa--thanks for responding. I feel so welcome :)

NEMom--your "165(belch)" was too much! ROFL--All Day Long! (yea, I've been in a boy centered family my whole life.) Goodness gracious, I'm trying to get my boys through HS, and the thought of supporting these oxen all the way through grad school is exhausting! (just kidding...I'll probably be moving into their dorm rooms with them, sob)

twinieten--likewise with "scratching at the pan" ROFL-ADL! I'm gonna hang onto that phrase! I started this journey with brain retraining efforts. Finding a humorous tag to attach to things I cannot control or that bother me really helps. Next time I reach for a morsel I don't need, I'll be thinking "there I go...Scratchin' at the Pan again!". Better than feeling bad or out of control.

Sum--I wish you a Happy Birthday! even though I am a Birthday Scrooge. I had a BD this month, too, and had a bit of a setback with my life changing goals. It rocks that you can celebrate and still maintain!

Dangerouscurves--You're a wise woman to vent here as your DH is going though these struggles. He sure has a lot on his mind. I've been in similar places with my DH too sometimes....he is a man, after all....Mars versus Venus, etc. Take care of yourself. And him.

Dorrie--I found your post haunting as I experienced this with my MIL. It was a very difficult time, especially as our kids were just babies. She's gone now and I miss her. It hurts that my boys do not have her in their lives. Somehow, you just have to find support and stress relief for yourself. Back then, I was still losing pregnancy weight, but I started slowly going in the other direction due to stress. There are an increasing number of options for helping families in such situations--drop in adult day care, more in home care, etc. It's expensive, but not as costly as losing your health. Sundowners is tough. Have you asked your Dr. about melatonin? Hang in there!

I'm doing better with my plan. Not enough time for exercise. 14-16hrs each day at work. But I am sticking to the food plan. I am losing, but I know it will not be enough to make me happy at the end of the week. Ugh. Chin up and nose to the grindstone!

11-15-2012, 12:52 PM
Hi Ladies,

This week is going GREAT! I started a 6 week challenge on facebook with 15 other women and I feel totally motivated to stay OP. We are trying to lose 10 pounds by xmas...crazy time I know...but I feel that if I can survive my bday I can survive Thanksgiving as well.... I was really bloated when the challenge started (158.5)...so I feel like I am almost cheating because the bloat is dropping off :lol:

11-15-2012, 02:38 PM
Good Afternoon ladies~
NE~ wtg girl on the no dt.dr.pep/rum! Sum~ Happy Belated Birthday, hope you've had a great week! Moving Forward~ congrats on the size 10s, can't wait to see that size myself! Zumba~ how's the brazilian butt thing going, have you started it yet? heard 1 of the girls here at the Y talking bout it couple weeks ago that its killer (not even sure why shes doing it anyway looks like you could bounce a quarter off her lil behind!) how are you doing since being off the wellbutrin? im part of the prozac nation myself and altho it does slow my weight lose process i couldnt imagine me without it, well i could but i wouldn't like me very much again lol! SeeMyFeet~ hello and welcome! thanks for the encouragement, every little bit helps these days! After all I do love the man dearly and would hate to go to jail for popping his head off, i'll just wait til life is "normal" again and say ... remember this?! lmao j/k j/k (but d*** it sounded good).
Didn't make the gym yesterday my whole schedule got screwed up and once i got back home the most energetic thing i did was adjust the covers around me as i kept the couch from running away! But i did make it in today and worked my behind off to try and make up for my laziness. I also got on the dreaded scale and it's stuill reading 205 so i must have hit a plateau and need to do some adjusting (prolly my carbs) to kick it back in motion, BUT at least it's not a gain YET! Have a great day ladies and if ive missed anyone im sorry *waves n hugs*

11-15-2012, 05:36 PM
hello all, just a quick check in, going to take the little dog for a walk, he'll be thrilled, I'm thrilled that it's nice enough to walk outside.
NEMom - sorry to hear about the deer damage, I had a similar thing about a year ago, not enough to file a claim...darn things!


11-15-2012, 10:22 PM
Hi, gang...
Eventhough I joined the board last month, I have yet to post here. I just don't really feel I have much to say, but I realize that if I don't try...am I really helping anyone else?
Sum38...belated birthday wishes! Nice to see another Nov. birthday here.
Today was good journey-wise. Ate healthy, drank plenty of H2O & went for a 45 min. walk with hubby this evening.
Bad part of the day was H was to have a dr's appt this morning. We went into the office, they had NO appt for him!! He was really, really upset. He'd spent 2 days in the hospital at the end of Oct. He has diabetes & HBP, which have not been treated for waaaaaay too long. Not only did they not have an appt. for him, but the staff was R-U-D-E & did NOTHING for him. Needless to say, now that I've gotten him calmed down, I'm going to look for a new dr. starting tomorrow AM.
You have to know H does NOT get upset/angry. In the 24 yrs I've been with him, I have only seen him upset/angry once. No exaggeration either.
Keep your fingers crossed that we find a good dr who will treat my hubby so he can get his health issues under control & he can continue to make me crazy for years & years to come!

**I'll try to make a regular appearance here to encourage everyone! Have a good weekend! Be healthy!**

11-15-2012, 11:30 PM
Greetings all,
(2 posts in 1 day. Record.)

Last Sunday I posted in frustration, got off my behind, went to the store and purchased plasticware and healthy food. Carved out my own fridge shelf to fill with healthy snacks and meals. Portioned out 400cal meals (salad or shrimp/pasta) and 200cal snacks (cott cheese/tomato/chives or grapes/cheese cubes or hummus/pita or apple/cheese cubes or pistachios) and 200cal breakfasts (hot tea & 4 fig newtons). I prepped up everything on Sun--was like cooking Tx dinner! Everything stored well, and I still have some rations for tomorrow. Got some exercise Sun and Mon, but too busy with work T&W. Urrrghh.

I only dine on my prepared items and drink water or tea, and I keep it <1000cal.....plus a liquid donut at night.....which, sadly, must go. And, you know, if that vice goes, I'll just have to pick up another. i'm considering taking up swearing:)

iiiiiiiii'm not sure about this, tho. Measured and checked calories carefully and tried to keep things under 200 and 400 in each container so I could over-estimate my daily cals. Still, I just don't have that losing feeling. Would appreciate some good, storable meal/snack suggestions.

Dangerouscurves--Do we have a new furniture virus goin around? Curious, but my chair is doing the same thing as your sofa. I'll have to sedate it, because it's time for my SeeMyFeet Butt Lift. Also a killer program :]

Hey MrsTA--fingers crossed.

Time to pack my feed bag for tomorrow. and do some make-up exercises.

11-16-2012, 10:26 AM

Sum- Good for you for joining your friends on a 6 week FB challenge. This should really help during the holiday feasts.

DCA-I have the same problem with my couch most evenings. Those darn covers are slippery and I have to keep readjusting them. LOL. Glad that you made it to the gym.

TryingAgain-Welcome to our group! So glad that you are here with us. I am sorry for your DH medical issues and rude treatment at the dr's office. I am with you, time to find a new doctor. Have you thought of asking some of your friends for recommendations. I am with you, I will not go to a place if the staff is rude. Even if I love the doctor.

SMF- WOW! You are organized. I am just not organized enough to plan my food that far ahead. Hats off to you my dear! Keep going, eating healthy, moving as much as you can and you will soon have the losing feeling.

Well, my food night sucked last night. I got my basic house cleaning done, treated myself to a Dt. Dr. Pepper and rum and then proceeded to eat bread and butter. No snack foods in my house because I would eat them when I am in a binge mode. Did I eat just one piece of bread and butter? NO, I had like 5 and then I ate crackers. Ritz with garlic that my DH likes but I don't. However, that did not keep me from eating half a package of them. Times like last night, I feel like I am banging my head against the wall. And the only person I can blame is ME. ME.
More car problems. More money out the window. I ask myself, why am I spending so much money to fix a car for a kid that is not even mine to drive. For a kid that I get no financial support for. Oh yeah, because I love him even though he is not mine. Love doesn't help the pocket book though. Just what I need right before my favorite day of the year. Black Friday shopping. NOT.

Thanks for letting me rant. Life can just really get to me at times. Thank you ALL for being here.

Have a GREAT weekend all.

11-16-2012, 12:59 PM
NEMOM..I know that feeling that you feel after you binge on stuff you shouldn't have.its horrible..but you need to just dust yourself off and get back on the wagon....beating yourself up over it isn't going to help you, it simply invites negativity into your mind. It sounds like you are under a ton of stress......I hope things get better for you soon especially with the car situation.

SEEMYFEET...Wow!!! I'm so impressed with how you portioned your food out..I wouldn't even knwo where to start with that. You are so organized.

SUM: message me your facebook tag , I want to add you on facebook...

DANGEROUSCURVES: I'll take a plateau over a gain any time! :)

MOVING FORWARD: I haven't did the BBL workout yet......I'm going to start tomorrow.....(I hope). Taught a zumba class today and am a bit worn out...I actually forgot to eat breakfast and felt dizzy during class...and you know when you're the instructor you just can't STOP...LOL...

11-16-2012, 02:01 PM
Hey everybody.....I taught a class this morning so that was my workout for the day.....I was hoping to get BBL done also but I don't have the energy. Getting nails done later on this afternoon :)))) I know that Thanksgiving is coming up which makes me nervous, I usually start ating Thanksgiving and I don't stop until New Years.....trying to do things differently this year........

11-16-2012, 02:43 PM
TGIF! altho i say that as if it means a break of some sort... not even close! i dont go to the gym on the weekends but i do use that time to catch up on house work, laundry and such that always seems to want, need, demand my attention! hunting season has been in since beginning of october so my hole in the woods becomes the local hunting lodge yeehaa! don't get me wrong we always have fun and a great time (great times in my world usually means LOTS of food)but lord it gets exhausting and glad to see january roll around and all the camo, guns and such actually get put away!
I'm thinking that whole "zombie appoccolypse" theory doesn't just affect humans because my furniture always seems to take on a life of its own once cold weather hits! I'm constantly having to keep my bed and flannel comforter from roaming around freely and my favorite cozy chair just can't seem to be content to sit quietly and entertain itself, but only during the cold months hmmm...
NE~ isn't it funny how even things you don't like suddenly look, smell, taste good once the binge monster sneaks up on you?! I buy things i know i don't like to avoid that and dang if my taste buds don't change in an instant! OR better yet i get the... "if it can't run from me ima eat it" urge and nothing is safe then! gee and i cant understand how i got to the size 20-22 i was last spring lol duh!
SeeMyFeet~ you are my idol! i can get that organized in the beginning and then get to comfy and slack off and well am now a proud member of 3FC lol!
MrsTA~ lol welcome and jump in whenever the mood or a thought hits ya we are here to laugh, cry, understand just what your feeling guaranteed lol!
Well, have a great weekend everyone... if we can't lose then i at least hope we don't gain til we meet again!

11-16-2012, 08:13 PM
Hi all had a good weigh in thanks to the 3 day fruit/veggie juice fast, the end of the third day was incredibly tough, won't do that again for awhile, sometimes I just have to try something and see if I can do it. Now I've got to keep it off!! yikes... :D

NEMom {{hug}} tough stuff, I've read alot on binges and how to recover, most say the best is to just put it behind you and do the best you can going forward, it is amazing our capacity to beat ourselves up though...

My goal for the holidays is to try and maintain, wish me luck!

Best to all, hang tough, and try to be as kind and forgiving to yourself as you would be to someone else

11-17-2012, 02:04 AM
SeeMyFeet...swearing? Interesting trade-off! :lol: I'm always trying curb my swearing. Any healthy changes are awesome, keep up the great work!
kelijpa: Congats on surviving the fast & the weight loss. I've never been one to even attempt one. I did a fast once when I was in college, part of a religious thing. Got a horrible headache.
Zumbachica: You CAN do better this holiday season. Plan your attack. Know when you are going to be faced with those big meals/treats/etc anything that may cause you to go off track & plan your day accordingly. Exercise a little more. Use a great phrase a little more, "No, thank you." Keep a bottle of water handy as well as some tasty HEALTHY snacks. Lastly, keep in mind portion control.

The holidays can be rough for all of us. Let's be there for one another. Cause whether we like it or not, we may be the only difference between staying on course and not.
Need to rant & rave about that mean thing some insensative family member said? Let's hear it! Need to confess that you slipped? We won't judge you, but we will help you do better next time! Did you do really good or at least better than you thought you would? Let us celebrate with you! This is a support board, remember??? ;)

My day? Not too bad. I had to take my walk to the local mall, which is not my favorite but at least I got my exercise in. Ate good...dinner was yummy baked salmon steaks with steamed veggies. Tomorrow is a work day, oh well.
Hope everyone has a happy & healthy weekend! BE GOOD! :lol:

11-17-2012, 09:14 AM
MrsTryingAgain You are absolutely right. -- I love how active this thread is, it is nice to have support form fellow 40 +. -- We can stay on path if we stay accountable to each other!! We may be doing this alone in real life, but we have each other here and it means a great deal to me!! I started a xmas challenge with some ladies from myfitnesspal, and I don't want to disappoint them, therefore I have had an on plan week all week.

I went out last night to a karaoke bar, and it was a blast.

Plan for today
Weight 153.8
Exercise Walk 5 miles

green tea
salad with salmon
TBD, going out with friends

11-17-2012, 11:24 AM
Another binge last night.......why do I even bother to post on here? Well today is a new day.. Have a 31 gifts party to go to and will try to make good choices.....it's going to be hard ..the hostess read me her menu.....

Moving Forward
11-17-2012, 11:52 AM
MrsTryingAgain--your words of support were just what I needed to hear today. I look forward to hearing how everyone else's insensitive relatives are behaving over the holidays. My share of family drama is guaranteed to come. Lol!

Keljipa-- you are a strong woman to tough out a 3 day fruit/veggie fast.. You absolutely earned that good weigh in.

NEMom-I've been there! Although not a total binge, the other day I impulsively ate an Indian sweet. I didn't even know what it was, nor did I really like it. Once I finished it, ugh. And I wish I could forget how many calories it had once I looked it up.

Dangerouscurvesahead--Hunting season sounds like fun, but I can definitely see why you are looking forward to January. That on top of the holidays has got to make weight loss interesting for you.

Zumbachica-- I have never done Zumba but it looks fun. I'm impressed you actually teach it! I think I woul be one of those winded ladies standing at the back of your class. Lol! I'm with you on the eating through the holidays thing. I am determined it will be different this year too.

Sum38--good for you for being on plan all week! Have fun with your friends tonight.

I've been on plan and just today registered my first loss in a week--0.1 pounds. I'm happy to see the scale move in the right direction, but don't feel that reflects my efforts at all. Tomorrow we are doing an early Thanksgiving at my house and I'm determined to stay within my calories. My plan is to calorie cycle so that I eat about 900 calories today, leaving me about 2000 calories for the big meal tomorrow. I'm going to fast tomorrow until dinner to save up all the calories. And I'm going to get on the treadmill both today and tomorrow and burn about 200 calories each time. I think my plan is a little rigid, but it matches my level of anxiety and makes me feel a little more in control. I could just let my hair down and enjoy it, but I'm realizing I still have the real Thanksgiving and the other holidays coming up. Wish me luck. :stress:

11-18-2012, 07:52 AM
Hello Everyone!

I'm back from my trip - and down 2 pounds! But I had to eat starchy carbs because the food choices were very limited. Now home, kickboxed yesterday and ran the trail in the afternoon! I signed up for a 5K "Turkey Trot" Thanksgiving morning - so it's motivating me to keep on track.

No kids today - so I'm going to try to get the Xmas decorations up and of course clean....:-/

I will definitely make time for a run today - it's going to be sunny and in the high 50s!

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

11-18-2012, 09:47 AM
Hello, things are going pretty good, we're very fortunate with the weather for this time of year, had "treat day" Friday, getting back OP, yesterday hiked at a nearby trail, it was good, have a plan today to get out for a hike, we have a stretch of decent weather predicted, so I'm looking forward to hopefully staying the same or if the planets align, maybe dropping one more pound....:goodvibes

MrsTryingAgain, thanks for the kind words, I have to have coffee, that's the difference for me with having headaches with the "fast", it's a fast from meat, carbs and cheese really, and I couldn't do it for any longer than 3 days, in fact next time I might just do 2...Way to go getting your walk in when it's not your favorite way to get it in!

Zumba - :hug: i've been on the binge train, it sucks, don't quit posting, keep toughing it out, you probably have so much residual stress from the hurricane recovery it's going to take some time to get back to your normal. We're here for you!

MovingForward - I've been where you're at too! The scale doesn't cooperate, congrats on staying on program (OP) and keep at it, enjoy your early Thanksgiving, whatever happens with your calories, just get back on your program when it's done. At a WW meeting years ago they talked about "slips" and recommended looking at is as just one meal or one day and getting back to program, rather than thinking well, that's it, might as well give up, advice that's stuck with me for many years, of course, I don't always do that, but if I do it more often than not I'm better off! :D

WTG Sheila! Like the idea of Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving!

Best to all :sunny:

Moving Forward
11-18-2012, 12:09 PM
You all are probably going to think I'm a neurotic mess after this post. Really, I'm not. Just a woman on a mission riding the emotional roller coaster of weight loss. After feeling so down about the scale not budging for me (probably due to my marathon TOM), today I had a nice whoosh. Such relief. Tonight is my first Thanksgiving dinner and I'm working my plan. I've already logged the calories (very generously) for tonight based on the menu. As long as I fast until dinner, I'll be on plan. I'm going to enjoy the night now--there's even wine and pie budgeted. :dizzy:

11-18-2012, 12:12 PM
Hi Ladies,

I have partied all weekend :) My birthday celebrations need to end and I need to focus my energy on my weight loss. It was fun tho. I love my friends.

kelijpa Us as well and supposed to have absolutely gorgeous weather. I will be thinking of you when I do my hikes as well :)

Sheila Woot! 2 pound loss whilst away from home is amazing!

Moving Forward have a happy Thanksgiving celebration. -- I as well have been thinking about calorie cycling. -- After two days of heavy drinking I am fasting today and staying around 1000 calories.

Zumbachica I hope last night was better for you and managed to go binge free. It is so hard to stop.

To everyone else :wave:


11-18-2012, 02:36 PM
Thanks for your encouraging words everyone and congrats to those with wishes :carrot:

I reached a high today on the scale and am stopping to regroup. I need to really dig deep and figure out why I can't get it together.....I know I am under stress....but I can't use that as the excuse forever.......I'm not headed in a good direction......going to do some serious soul searching today and take a breather....think up a new plan......

Thanks again everybody

11-18-2012, 03:33 PM
Well, I cleaned what I could of the first floor - my daughter brought up the Xmas decorations before she went to her Dad's and brought up the Valentine's decor instead of Xmas (sigh) - and yes, I decorate for Valentine's day...LOL

And I just got done running the trail. I've been craving and eating those darn starchy carbs - had pretzel sticks and roasted pumpkin seeds for lunch! SHEESH! The run felt great - felt like I ran off my carbs and it was 55 degrees and sunny - perfect running weather! Now trying to decide what to do with the rest of my day. Part of me wants to just RELAX and UNWIND before the work day tomorrow...another part of me knows I should really start cleaning the second floor. :(

That said, it's a short work week - Only 2 1/2 days then a nice, long, thanksgiving weekend! So here's my rationalization and plan: I'm taking the rest of this beautiful day OFF. :-) Tomorrow I will strip all of the beds and start laundry before I go to work, then continue laundry at lunch. 5:30pm - kickboxing, then home by 7 - will make all of the beds then relax. Tuesday morning, I'll start the upstairs bathrooms - will empty waste bins, clear the clutter and spray down all surfaces with bathroom cleaner - then at lunch I'll finish the upstairs baths...after work - 5K on the treadmill then declutter my bedroom (I'm worse than my teenagers)...lol Then Wednesday - I'll do the morning at work, then come home at noon and finish the upstairs. With any luck, my daughter will have come back over after school one night and brought up the RIGHT decorations, and taken the Valentines decor back down to the basement. No workout on a pre-race night, so after I finish the upstairs I'll pull all the decor out and start "playing" with it....Thursday morning - Turkey Trot at 8:30, then home by 9:30 for a full blown decorating marathon while the kids are having Thanksgiving with their Dad....as for me, I'm having a "Tofurky" :) Will throw it in the oven after the race and by the time I'm done decorating it will be finished. Then I'll lay down for a nice Thanksgiving nap to gear up for Black Friday shopping with the kids - our plan is to be at Target at 9pm then be at the mall by midnight! :-)

The rest of the weekend I can relax with the kids - I think we're going to get a real tree this year....I'm just in the mood for one. :) So Friday afternoon (after we sleep the morning away) we will go find a Christmas tree.....

I feel better now that I have a plan. :-) Also feel like I should start laundry now starting with the kid's bedding....LOL That's not too hard, and it will make me feel less guilty for taking the afternoon off! :-)

Oh - and I will NOT leave any room in this house empty-handed....so I'm going to clear clutter and put things in their place as I move around - should help when I start the deep cleaning later this week. :)

Hope everyone is having a great day!

11-18-2012, 05:32 PM
Good week for me! Last Sunday's weigh-in put me back at my all-time high after 2 weeks of half-heartedly sticking to a program. Aaaarrrggghhh! I did not let that depress me--I got motivated and MAD, and today I can happily report a 5lb loss that I maintained for TWO days! Woot Woot! I have a program. I am sticking to it. And that's that.

I did 30min aerobics 4/7 days this week.
I did not use the elevator at work once. (I moved up to the 10th floor.)
I spent Friday night and Sat shopping and cooking for the family and my plan. Pasta dishes, quiches, and crock-pot soups, as well as low calorie snacks and salads. I calculated calories for every dish and doled out the correct portions for me. Yes, as some of you have noticed, my refrigerator is organized! Wish I could say that about the rest of the house! Thanks for all the nice comments--I need the motivation to keep this up. This has really worked out well. We even had drop in guests for dinner last night (kid's friends) and I had fresh, ready-made meals for everyone already prepared!

My join date here is listed as May 2011? Hmm..... Not sure what was going on then. I have been looking for the right Door to a new life for some time. It was Aug 2012 when I began a more serious search for that Door. I re-found this forum and I found My Door. I opened the Door and walked into a dark hallway of Angels and Demons. The Demons got the better of me a few weeks ago and pushed me out, but I opened that door again on November 11 and started walking with purpose. Nov 11 is now the first day of the rest of my life--my New Year's Day. I will continue walking down the dark tunnel until I can reach the door at the end that opens up to a world of better habits, happier thoughts, and thicker skin. You guys are my Angels in this dark tunnel now, and MrsTryingAgain, your post to Everyone brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for that.

--My short term goals for this week: aerobic exercise 6/7 times. More stair climbing. Add some weight lifting. Stick with calorie counting. Drink more water.
--Long term goals: to get strong and fit enough to play tennis every day with my boys this spring. Without the asthma.
--Even longer term motivation: a convention next summer. Fit and Fabulous.

Hope this finds everyone dried out, electrified, staying warm, feeling supported and on plan!

11-18-2012, 10:24 PM
Well, no loss. :( But no gain. :) I was thinking about it today as I was running errands though...I feel better than I did just a month or so ago! So that is definitely a PLUS!
I think what may have prevented me from loosing lbs/inches was my eating wasn't always spot (TOM creeping up on me or just stress?) on & my exercise was a little down too. The weather wasn't the best & my left foot along with it's buddy sciatica was a little bit bothersome. I took full advantage of them not being a bother today to go for a nice fall walk in the park with hubby! :cloud9: We had a lot of fun...it was very quiet & still, felt like just the 2 of us.

My goals for this week:
1. Watch the eating more closely...TOM be damned!
2. Exercise somehow each day. Need to get H to help me set up my Wii Fit.
3. Stop by often & be a support to those who may need it over this holiday week. I will be an ear for those who's family may not be the most stupportive.

YOU CAN DO IT!!! Don't let aunt so & so/parent or sibling tell you otherwise!!!

11-19-2012, 07:28 AM
ok, weekend over, decided to pop in here this morning to start the week off right. I'm going to try and stay OP 'til Wednesday, get my workout in Thursday a.m., enjoy the meal and visit, we're staying at the in-laws, not sure what Friday will bring, but there is an opportunity for a nice walk from their house, DH has a reunion Friday night, then back to normal Sat.

Deer season starts the monday after, so he'll have more challenges than me, but I usually get invited to the cabin for supper, those guys are definitely not dieting when they're up here, roast beef, spaghetti, hallupki (not all on the same night...lol).

So mini goal remains through the holidays to maintain, maybe get to just overweight bmi, that's a 3 lb. loss, but if I manage to maintain, I'll be happy with that.

Hope all of you have a great week! Here we go!!

11-19-2012, 09:37 AM
Hello Everyone,

Well, I woke up with a horrible head cold today. :(

Just at an Ezekiel English Muffin with a slice of veggie cheese...lunch is a meeting - salmon salad, dinner will be my veggie stuffed peppers.

I'm hoping this cold doesn't get worse...I really need to run these next two days for the 5K on Thursday - at the same time, if my body needs rest, I know I should accommodate it.

Heading into the office now - one of those bad hair days, and I just feel yucky - I LOOK like I have a cold.....

And PMS - feel bloated on top of it all...UH!

At least it's a short work week.

11-19-2012, 10:47 AM
WOW! Congrats to all you wonderful women who have experienced losses and have such strong plans to stay the course during the holiday season! I am so proud of all of you!

I had a wonderful weekend but was not OP. I get so frustrated with myself because I can be so good most of the week and blow it on the weekends. UGH.
We had a small family gathering yesterday and I saw one of my aunts whom I have not seen for probably 2 years. She looked at me and said your so skinny, I can't believe it. This was so nice to hear (I am not skinny but she has not seen me since I lost weight). It was a reminder that this year has been a struggle to maintain my weight loss and I have not made progress losing the last 10 pounds I want to but I have done a wonderful thing, I have maintained (up and down 5-8 lbs) my loss for a full year.
My goal for this week is to stayed under my calories by 200 so I have enough banked for Thanksgiving and not feel guilty of I have some pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes. Then back at it on Friday. Gonna do some Black Friday shopping on Thursday night and Friday morning. So excited.

Take care all you wonderful ladies!!!

11-19-2012, 11:50 AM
Hi Ladies,

We are having yet another gorgeous day. I am about to go for a walk and enjoy this beautiful day.

I managed to shed some weight last week and scale was firmly planted at 153 pounds...3 more pounds and I am at 140's again :love:

Plan for today
Weight 153
Exercise weights and walk 5 mi

white tea
Salmon, potatoes and veggie


11-19-2012, 12:31 PM
Sum38 - Here's to the 140s!

NEMom - Good for you for maintaining! That is such a tremendous accomplishment. I know the scale will get moving for you again soon.

Sheila22 - Feel better! You are doing awesome with your exercise and eating!

kelijpa - I'm with you on trying to stay OP through Wednesday! Thursday, all bets will be off, although I will try to control myself during Thanksgiving. Good luck.

MrsTryingAgain - It's the NSV's that keep us motivated. Feeling better doing your daily errands and chores is a tangible success that really makes a difference in the quality of your life.

SeeMyFeet - Hooray for the 5lbs! Way to get back on the wagon!

Zumbachica - Regrouping is always good. Don't be hard on yourself - your progress at both maintaining and losing is nothing short of amazing!

Moving Forward - Good luck over Thanksgiving. Remember that we are all here fighting the good fight with you - you are not alone!

11-19-2012, 04:51 PM
Hello all......I did some serious soul searching yesterday. Figured out that I'm sabatoging my weight loss and my health because of my distress with what is going on in my life right now. I know that this will be the first Christmas that I don't spend with my children and that has been weighing heavily on my mind. I can't turn to food for comfort, because gaining weight is making me feel worse..it isn't a solution. So now that I hung the dirty laundry I'll tell you about the plan that I commit to.

Looking in the past there were only two plans that have worked for me. Atkins and Belly Fat Cure. BFC seems to be a bit healthier since I don't do well when in ketosis. (I feel shakey and get headaches from low potassium)..so tonight I'll be taking the book out and blowing the dust off of it. Starting now would be senseless because I intend on eating sugar on Thanksgiving (I love me some pumpkin pie!) and stuffing should be in a food group in itself...LOL....so starting the day after Thanksgiving I'll be committed. Let's see how much weight I can lose before Christmas! I have a dress that i"d love to be able to wear on New Years Eve even if it means i"ll be wearing it with bunny slippers in the house watching the ball drop on t.v.!!

So thank yiou everyone while I have suffered on this journey. Thanks for listening.....and I hope to be reporting some swooshes soon!! :)

11-19-2012, 06:12 PM
Hello All,

Well, I made it through the work day, but no running tonight. :(

Sore throat - I think due to sinus drainage...so I changed into my sweats and will rest and relax on the couch. The only silver lining - I don't want to eat anything because of my sore throat. :)

It's definitely the international travel that is catching up with me. I'm so glad I'm "grounded" for the rest of this year.

Nervous for the 5K on Thursday - I'm hoping tomorrow I'll feel better enough to run. And definitely hoping to feel better by Thanksgiving. This is one of those "colds" where I know I'm going to lose my voice...and big board meeting on Wednesday...:( Maybe I'll get some sympathy points... LOL

Hope everyone has a nice evening - it will definitely be an early one for me (hopefully I can sleep)


11-19-2012, 06:15 PM
Sheila22: :hug::hug: Sorry you are not feeling well. Funny you bring this up. I was talking about just this thing on Sat. with a co-worker. It almost feels like the whole universe is in cahoots to make you miserable. I'm sorry, but remember it'll pass. :hug::hug:

NEMom: Bathe yourself in the compliment! Let it be something to carry you through the holiday season! :woohoo::woohoo:

Zumbachica: Making needed changes is a way to shake things up & hopefully reach your goals. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

A very quiet day...a day off from work again, which is okay. Had a good breakfast, got some laundry & housework done. I wish I had clothes & a home that would clean themselves! That would be awesome!!!

Have a walk planned for a little later this afternoon. Water & food have been really good so far...I'm just going to have to keep my eye on the goal: a healthy day.

Have work tomorrow & Wed. then off for Thanksgiving. Planning on a very, very quiet,healthy holiday.

Have a great Monday & may it carry you all through the whole week! :cheer3::cheer3:

11-19-2012, 09:50 PM
MrsTrying Sounds like you had a very nice productive day!!!! :carrot:

Sheila Feel better!!!!

Guac how are you doing girlfriend?

Sum I love your energy, i can feel it over the puter!!!

NEMOM I can't wait to hit the stores myself for black friday, something I never do but this year I said that I would to get a jump start on Christmas shopping!!

KelijI heard it is deer season which is probably why there was a huge buck in my yard today......this city girl knows nothin' bout no deer....they scare me....and eat my plants..LOL

11-19-2012, 11:05 PM
Sheila22--Get well soon. I was plagued with head colds/sinus last year. They're awful. You're a real trooper!

NEmom--your aunt is my favorite!

Zumbachia--breaks my heart you won't be with your kids. I hope you can plan some fun, adult activities for yourself.

Good day, so far. I packed a snack instead of a meal in my work feedbag and only had about 600cal until 8pm. The calories creeped up on Sat and Sun, and trying to make up for it. Walked 2km with DH and could really feel the calorie deficit. Had some ham for energy, and saving up for a liquid donut and veggie snack. I know I should give that up, but it's been a nice end-of-the-day, child-free ritual for DH and me for some time now. I'm slowly weaning myself off the bottle with smaller amounts of lower calorie LD.

What's in my head today: (to the tune of Righteous Brothers' "You've lost that Loving Feeling) "I've Got that Losin' Feelin' Whoa oa that Losin' Feeeelin'", other fun songs, my short and long term goals, visions of skinny-ness and health.

What's slowly being eliminated from my head: self loathing, hopelessness, feelings of futility.

I found Sarge's No Excuses Boot camp. What a hoot!

Moving Forward
11-19-2012, 11:22 PM
MrsTryingAgain--I second your TOM be damned sentiment! Thanks for being a support for us!

Kelijpa-- Your plan sounds so reasonable. I wish I could approach holiday eating with your sanity.

NEMom-- congrats on maintaining your loss for a full year. That's a serious accomplishment. Take the compliment from your aunt to heart. I'm sure she genuinely meant it!

Sum38--I'm a few pounds behind you. When you mentioned the 140's, that got me a little more mentally focused on my goal. I can't wait!

Guacamole--Thanks for reminding me I'm not alone. This forum is great. Without it, I'm not sure how this whole thing would be going for me.

Zumbachica-- Your soul searching will help you tremendously. I'm sorry about Christmas. We are here to support you. I love how you are picking yoursel up, dusting yourself off, and making a plan. Good for you.

Sheila22-- Take care and get some rest!

I made it through our early Thanksgiving last night. I followed my plan and am hoping for the best from the scale. It was interesting that my mother, who has not seen me since I've lost 20 pounds, didn't even seem to notice. Neither did anybody else. It did come up that my brother is starting Nutrisystem and my sister-in-law has lost 10 pounds. I just kept quiet, grateful I'm fine without my family's validation.

11-20-2012, 07:19 AM
Good morning girls -

Well, no sore throat this morning - I think its just a really bad head cold. Hopefully it will pass before Thursday, and hopefully by this evening I can run - even if only for 20 minutes....

Scale is up - I was at 137 at the end of my trip - now hitting 139 and 3/4! :?:
Not sure what's going on - could be my cold, that my muscles are sore from working out so much over the weekend or PMS....

However, I've been enjoying the liquid doughnuts (wine) a bit too much, and I've re-introduced starchy carbs into my diet...so that could be it too. I really need to pull myself into "bootcamp" after Thanksgiving - I definitely want to end the year on a positive note! In fact, my goal is to be at 130 by Xmas...

So - I need a strategy to get me through Thanksgiving, then another from Thanksgiving to Christmas...

Through Thanksgiving - if I'm feeling better I will run tonight then the 5K on Thanksgiving - - but as a supplement, I'm going to forego the carbs today and tomorrow (Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving - foregoing that stuffing is unrealistic and undesired! :) )....then Thanksgiving day I will take a nap for Black Friday shopping with the kids at midnight (mall) - and I'm making my Tofurky for my Thanksgiving dinner. My ex makes the best stuffing balls on the planet - fortunately, we are on very good terms and he brings me over a few...lol

Thanksgiving weekend I will still enjoy my wine - but Monday November 26th I'm going completely dry - no liquid calories for 4 weeks and no starchy carbs. Then on the 21st - I can enjoy through year end having hopefully lost 10 pounds (or close) and not feel guilty. And I will enter 2013 at or very near my goal weight! :)

The holidays are hard aren't they? Even as I type this, I'm thinking about the inevitable invites between now and Xmas to "go for a drink"...I went "dry" before, I can do it again - it's really not worth gaining 10 pounds over the next month by holiday "binging" (which is exactly what I did last year)....I know I will feel so much better if I focus on ME and think of this as a Christmas gift to myself....it's really just another month but I know myself, and will constantly have to "self coach" to avoid rationalizing and using it as an excuse to eat crap and drink wine.

No meetings today - in fact, I could actually work from home. But the guilt is going to take me into the office - at least for the morning...then tomorrow an early conference call then I'm done at 9:30! :-) Hoping my daughter comes over tonight and helps me bring up the Xmas decor....I would really like to have the house decorated by the time the kids walk in the door on Thanksgiving evening.

Feeling better while I'm writing this (think the coffee is helping...lol)...stuffy head, but otherwise much better than yesterday. Hopefully this is my sickness for the season and it's over soon!

I hope everyone has a good day.


11-20-2012, 08:37 AM
My accountability confession of the day: I had Pad Thai for dinner and scale kindly rewarded me with 2.4 pound "gain". UGH! Now it will take me days to get rid of that sodium and water weight. IT WAS NOT WORTH IT :mad:

So today I will drink extra water and take a long walk.

I am excited over Thanksgiving and the items I am making. -- What speciality items are you making?
I make
-pumpkin cheesecake
-butternut squash with onions and pecans and parsley
-acorn stuffed with apple and cornbread stuffing (gluten free)

11-20-2012, 03:04 PM
Today is my Friday. YIPPEE!!!
I am taking Wed. off work to clean house since we will have a house full on Thursday for Thanksgiving and then friends over for a football game on Friday.

Scale is still not moving but since I still struggle on the weekends and with occasional night binging I am trying not to get too discouraged.
I was able to keep my calories about 200 below my goal yesterday and am hoping I can do this on Tuesday and Wednesday so that I can indulge on Thanksgiving. I will indulge guilt free, just need to watch the binging on left over desserts Thursday night.

I will check in over the next couple days to try and keep myself on track.
Wishing you a a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

11-20-2012, 11:33 PM
I'm still here. Still sticking to the plan. So tired today from lack of sleep. I've finally mustered enough grit to go do my 30min aerobics. Gotta be able to X that off the list today. Hmmm....there may be a connection between late night exercise and lack of sleep. Always learn the hard way, I do.

I've decided my scale is male. No matter how I plead, it just thumbs its nose at me and goes in whatever direction it wants. (Was that sexist?? OK, it's a teenager, then. But don't tell my DS--he'd be insulted!) Up 2 this morn--paying for that calorie creep over the weekend, I'm sure.

I hope that getting this fat off is not going to be like giving my little boys a haircut! Then again, if all my fat cells ran away and hid under the bed, that would be super fantastic!

Few more posts and I'll get a tracker. Something cool to play with!

Hope everyone stays on track. Don't be defeated by a bird! Or a pumpkin!

11-21-2012, 09:02 AM
Happy almost :turkey: Turkey Day!

What's your game plan?

I am baking pumpkin cheescake today, cornbread for the stuffing and cutting up the butternut squash that it will be ready for cooking tomorrow.

Otherwise my plan for today

Weight 154.8
Exercise walk 5 miles and upper body toning

I am doing a 24 hour fast today. I ate last night around 6 pm.

Sending :dust: to all

11-21-2012, 10:29 AM
I've never joined in on the 40 somethings chat but wanted to finally jump in and say hello. I am 47, and have an 8 year old and a 10 year old. I've been dieting since they were born. sigh. I really want to make progress and finally do this. I am looking forward to chatting with other people in my age group and finding tips on how to walk this journey successfully!

11-21-2012, 04:43 PM
:welcome3: chickadee2 This thread has some amazing ladies in it and you will find loads of support here to start dropping those unwanted pounds and also for everyday life hurdles. :love:

Moving Forward
11-21-2012, 06:49 PM
Here we are on Turkey Eve. Sum38, I love your idea of a 24 hour fast! I'm calorie cycling today and keeping it light. I went out last night with my bestie and had a super fun girls night. I don't even want to know how many calories I ate! If I don't do something smart here quickly, the scale will know.... After tomorrow, I hope to resume more routine eating again.

11-21-2012, 09:16 PM
Welcome chickadee!!!! This is a great board!

Well tomorrow will be a day of eating....I'm waking up super early to start cooking for just me and the kids..def a first! Turning a new leaf on Friday.....going to challenge myself to stay OP until Christmas!

11-21-2012, 10:09 PM
hi, everyone! I hope I can join a 40-something group, too! I'm a little late in the game for this month, I realize, but this is the first holiday season that I'm going to be VERY conscious of trying to watch what I'm eating most days.

Oh, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I'm going to eat whatever, but from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas, I plan to watch calories. This will be a HUGE challenge, as I love holiday parties, cookies, etc.

11-21-2012, 10:44 PM
Greetings chickadee2!

I feel your pain. I'm pretty new here, too, and I am finding a lot of strength in this forum.

and Olehcat (didn't see your post)

True confessions: I don't know how to subtract. Yesterdays gain was 3lb, not 2. Ugh. And went way overboard with the midnight (healthy) snack and liq donut last night. That, along with late-night exercise kept me awake all night. Lather-rinse-repeat--when will I break this cycle? I woke up thinking that it would have been better if I had just gone to sleep early, skipping the aerobics. Ugh. (This IS working! I am NOT beating myself up and having a pity party! No more of that! Though I KNOW I'm on the right track, it will take a good -15lb until I'm sure and smug. I will not doubt, and I will not be defeeted! teehee)

Better day today. This morn's weigh-in was -3lb, so back on track, and under 600cal, so far this eve. I'm glad I kept up the exorcising (yes.....as in demons). Quick post for motivation, and down to the basement for more aerobics!

Got Tx underway. Brining a turkey breast in low-salt, lemon/herb. (Wow, turkey is a lot leaner than chicken.) Keeping it simple, small, and healthy (sweets I don't really like (pumpkin pie--yuck), no herbal butter, etc.) Trying a wheat bread with flax recipe in the breadmaker.

Hey! I got my tracker! And I gave myself a new birthday. I won't be a Birthday Scrooge with this one!

Off to feel the burn!

11-22-2012, 05:51 AM
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I woke up at 3:30 - tried to go back to sleep - still awake.

At any rate, I run my 5K in 5 hours!!! WOO HOO! I'm still snotty and congested, but will use Afrin and run this race! I just know I can clock under 30 mins...I have a super fast 5K playlist which will keep me on pace...I can do this!

....and - putting a Tofurky in the crockpot with a few potatoes (carbs) and my ex will bring me stuffing balls, but not until late - his family dinner is at 6:30 and he will bring the kids over around 9ish - - then Black Friday shopping!! :)

After the race I'm going to come home and decorate for Xmas. My daughter is going to come over to help which is really nice :) Think she wants a break from the madness - Thanksgiving can be hectic - so glad I'm not hosting a feast! :)

When I'm done decorating I'm going to enjoy my tofurky, throw in a chick flick have some wine and then take a nap to gear up for the all night shopping :) My kids are really looking forward to this - me - - - not so much, but I love being with them. :)

My plan - I intend to fully enjoy this day of "thanks" - eat (albeit tofu turkey), but also starchy carbs (potatoes and those awesome stuffing balls before shopping)....Monday starts my personal "bootcamp" until the 21st.....no wine, no carbs, lots of exercise.....but this weekend I'm going to enjoy myself! Funny, but running is now enjoyment, so hopefully I'll stay flat on the scale over the weekend with my daily runs. :)

Gearing up for the holidays - I'm really getting in the mood now...work will be a bit hectic for the next couple of weeks, but then will settle down. I'm starting to think about my new year's resolutions....exercise (running) has now become a lifestyle for me...even my food choices....but I really need to create a good healthy food plan for the kids...I'm so glad I'm finally leading by example. :) Have to think about my goals for 2013...with my bootcamp I will enter it at my goal weight! :)....maintenance is DEFINITELY one of them!

I am so thankful for this board and for all of you....you ladies are amazing and sincerely inspire me to "do me" every day. THANK YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving!

ps. I'll check in after the race and let you all know how I did! :)

11-22-2012, 08:47 AM
Sheila22 - GOOD LUCK on the race!!!! I know what you mean about running being for enjoyment. I'm about to go out on a 4-mile run this morning, and I'm really looking forward to it.

SeeMyFeet - thanks!!! I don't like pumpkin pie, either, so I will skip that today. But I imagine I'll eat a lot of mashed potatoes and stuffing to make up for it! :-p

11-22-2012, 08:21 PM
Happy thanksgiving!

What a day....woke up early and cooked up a storm....I really enjoyed it....exhausted now!

Ate way too much like I knew that I would....fresh start tomorrow...

Had a nice day with my kids and that's all that matters to me now!

11-22-2012, 09:51 PM
Hello, everyone. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sheila22 - Good luck on your 5K! How exciting!

I cooked up a storm and ate like a hurricane! I am currently in a near turkey coma. I think I ate all of my weekly calories in one night. This doesn't bode well for the holiday season! Ugh... I know I need to step things up. I need some will power and motivation and I need it now! It was nice to spend time with family and friends, though.

Take care, lovely ladies!

11-22-2012, 11:48 PM
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. H & I did. It was quiet, healthy & just the 2 of us.

We had a healthy breakfast. I called my mom & we had a cup of coffee together over the phone, a great chance to catch up. Went for a walk (45 mins) in the park. It was amazing because there was TWO otters in the creek that runs through the park. Watched some tv---we were catching up on NCIS, a show we both love. Had a nice light turkey dinner, we decided to save the salmon for tomorrow night.

On a serious note, H & I had a long talk. I don't know if I mentioned that since H went to the dr on Tues, he is now on SEVEN medications. :( It's really rough, because not only does he have diabetes & HBP but he has a heart arrhytmia. We have made a pact to work on getting & staying healthy. We'd like to see just how many of the medications we can get him off of by June.

Sheila22: Hope your run went well.
chickadee2: Welcome to this board. Better late than never!
Anyone who over-ate...forgive yourself & get back on track ASAP!

You can do this! You can do this! You can do this!

11-23-2012, 08:46 AM
Morning :sunny:

I hope everybody had a beautiful and relaxing Thanksgiving!

I cooked a ton; it makes me happy. BUT I did not over eat. I stopped when I was full. -- Scale only registered a 0.4 pound "gain".

I gave all leftovers away.

One holiday successfully celebrated.

MrsTryingAgain We are having salmon today as well :) Nice healthy meal with veggies and rice. YUM!

11-23-2012, 12:49 PM
Happy Black Friday everybody!!! I passed on the shopping last night....although I give people credit for going out there and getting those deals......and just think, if they were out shopping they weren't eating :dizzy:

Today is the first day of my new beginning. I taught an aqua class and it felt good to move after all that eating yesterday. :belly::swim: I don't feel guilty about it, because Holidays are not what did me in, it is every day life that has. I come from a culture that eats tons of food on holidays :p and food is meant to be enjoyed...but then other days are when you show control ...that's the part I mess up on!!

I'm going to put in another workout while I still have workout clothes on and then have a protein shake. dinner tonight is whatever I can make out of letover turkey, anyone have any ideas other than a sandwich?

11-23-2012, 01:05 PM
SUM: wow, you had will power on a holiday. I give you so much credit. You're doing great and will get to the goal of yours by feb. I'm starting my journey today.....feel very optimistic and strong. Food isn't going to own me anymore...

MRSTRYING: So many people are on so many medications in the this country. it is a pet peee of mine...people are overmedicated. Doctors are in bed with pharmaceutical companies and drugs have side effects that sometimes cause more harm than the good they are supposed to do. The less meds the better and your husband is smart to try and deal with his issues with getting healthy other than with drugs.

GUAC: I know I have nerve giving you advice. But it was Thanksgiving, dont' beat yourself up over what you ate or how much you ate. Shame doesn't help. I have been in this industry for a long time and I always tell my students to forget about the damage done yesterday and focus on tomorrow. Think about looking and feeling great on christmas or wearing a slinky dress on new years eve....:love::hat:

OHLCAT: four miles? bless your heart, I only run when someone is coming after me with a knife or I see a check out line at the supermarket that looks like it has no people waiting ....

SHEILA: Wow, what a health Turkey day it sounds like you had complete with a 5K.....awesome!

SEEMYFEET: I always said I was going to brine my turkey but never did ....does it really make that big a difference? Maybe next year God willing.

And everybody else, keep up the good work, and if you have no good work to keep up then start the good work!!! LETS" DO THIS!!

11-23-2012, 03:16 PM
Wow! All that exercise! You ladies put me to shame! 5k Holiday run--that is a goal I should aim for sometime next year. Zumba--your comment cracked me up! I think brining does make a difference. I add lots of lemon + zest, garlic, rosemary, and other herbs. Makes it more flavorful and moist and makes the kitchen smell wonderful. The only thing I don't like is the extra salt. Don't tell anyone, but I didn't add salt this year. The salt helps keeps bugs from growing, but I reasoned that the bird would be in the refrigerator all night anyway. Besides Salmonella=weight loss, right? (Kidding, just Kidding) I cooked to higher temp to be sure.

I, too, cooked up a storm. My daily weigh in yesterday was down #0.5! That was motivation enough to keep me from tasting my way back up and scratchin' at the pan (ha). I made an apple crumble, and when I tasted ~ 1/16 t, I had to quickly put a lid on that thang like it was Pandora's box! That was the most super delicious dish--and I'm not a big fan of sweets that aren't chocolate. Fortunately, I did not make a large amount, so the rest of the family should finish it today. I will make an effort to calculate calories from yesterday.

Today's weigh-in was down another #2!!! So happy to move that ticker!! (That means it's permanent, right??) I was not smart enough to give away leftovers. I'm counting on the family to gnosh away on those--and give me a break from the kitchen!!

Must Exorcise today so I can keep that ticker movin'!

11-23-2012, 10:32 PM
Nice quiet day. Did NOT go out for black Friday. I don't go back to work til Sunday, so H & I are spending a lot of quality quiet time together, which is actually a really nice thing.
Healthy eating. Drank plenty of H2O. We went for a long walk this afternoon. I'm really, really hoping to loose something (anything?) by Sunday...my weigh-in. I do feel good so that is a plus all by itself.

Zumbachica: I know what you mean about all the meds. Believe me, I want him OFF these $@%& things! So that is why I'm really working with him to get off them. If he wasn't feeling the way he was before the meds as compared to now...I'd be looking for another way to care for him. But he doesn't have the leg cramps, the crazy hot/cold spells & the horrible headaches now. I've gotten him totally on a schedule. I'm really ready for this to change ASAP.
SeeMyFeet: I love a tasty, herb turkey. I know what you mean about snacking. That has ALWAYS been my biggest downfall. I always think that just one more bite won't hurt....yeah, but it's those 20+ before that!!! ;)
guacamole: Forgive yourself! I don't know about you, but when I'm being hard on myself, I tend to eat more...then I feel bad, then I eat more....You get the gist. Forgive, get back on track & learn from yesterday. What made you eat more? What was the triggers? Use those things you learned to make a plan of staying on track for Christmas, New Years, etc....
SUM38 Loved my salmon! Whenever I'm not eating healthy I seem to forget just how tasty fish can be. And I love fish! From tuna to salmon to trout to snapper. I got to keep this in my head...fish is tasty & good!

Everyone be healthy!

11-24-2012, 08:44 AM
I had a swoosh :dance: Finally my Thai food binge is out of my system and I dropped nearly 3 pounds overnight. -- I was worried that I would not register a loss for the week, but now I am a tad bit lighter than I was a week ago Monday. Woot!! I am incredibly ready to kiss these 150's goodbye.

I absolutely adore WhiteHouseBlackMarket clothes. They had 30% off sale and I stocked up. Their sale items as well were all 30% off and I took a full advantage of that. I saved a ton. I bought pants one size too small that I have something to aim for. :)

Did you guys do any shopping? I BTW shopped online :D

11-24-2012, 08:45 AM
Good morning All!

Happy Day after the day after...well, up of course, lot of eating went on, as expected, we did go for a six mile walk yesterday a.m. so keeping that going, will pull in the eating today, so ready to do that, after eating well for so long, as much as I enjoyed the feast, it seemed like it took forever to digest and feel normal again... :goodvibes

Feeling good this morning.

I enjoyed reading all the posts, lots of activity, I completely stayed off the internet for 2 days, hard to believe!

Welcome Chickadee and Olehcat!! This is a great group, lots of inspiration and great ideas and support!

best to all

Sum, we posted almost the same time, I absorbed your swoosh! haha :D it was pretty much what I expected, actually a little better and I know with a little extra effort it'll swoosh right back off!

11-24-2012, 08:50 AM
kelijpa Sorry that you found my lost pounds, but please don't send them back :D

Moving Forward
11-24-2012, 12:19 PM
Hi ladies. I've been super busy since turkey day and haven't had time to go on 3FC at all. I'm currently at my in-laws with another marathon day ahead of me. I have no idea how the scale feels, but I think my intake has been reasonable--at least to have maintained after Thanksgiving. I got most of my Christmas shopping done on Black Friday, which I'm really happy about. And I'm happy to report that some of my relatives have finally noticed my weight loss. Don't ask why this mattered so much to me, but after all my hard work for some reason it did. I hope everyone is hanging in there!

11-24-2012, 12:23 PM
MrsTrying--I read some old posts and realized how concerned you must be about your DH. Sounds like you have a great marriage, and you must be so worried. You guys just keep walking and keep moving and eat healthy. And let out all your worries here.

well 2# up today. Arg.
Tom arrived today. Double Argh.
A week early. Triple Aarrggh.

I'm not moving the tracker because these 2# are coming OFF!
I've been bad bad bad--two whole days without exorcise. Worked late yesterday--but that's no excuse. And the late night liquid donuts with hubby have got got got to go. I'm signing up for a 21 day challenge soon, so I can make that happen.

11-24-2012, 12:39 PM
Hi all!

Staying in today and am determined to get some major decluttering and organizing done! I had a bad headache yesterday so I spent the afternoon and evening doing a whole bunch of nuttin.....

Goals for today:

Water water water

Low carb eating

Lets see how I do....

11-24-2012, 12:50 PM
I had a swoosh :dance: Finally my Thai food binge is out of my system and I dropped nearly 3 pounds overnight. -- I was worried that I would not register a loss for the week, but now I am a tad bit lighter than I was a week ago Monday. Woot!! I am incredibly ready to kiss these 150's goodbye.

I absolutely adore WhiteHouseBlackMarket clothes. They had 30% off sale and I stocked up. Their sale items as well were all 30% off and I took a full advantage of that. I saved a ton. I bought pants one size too small that I have something to aim for. :)

Did you guys do any shopping? I BTW shopped online :D

I LOVE WHBM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11-24-2012, 01:13 PM
Zumba we were separated at birth :)

11-24-2012, 03:09 PM
Zumba we were separated at birth :)

Yes we were! Most of my clothes are from there or Boston Proper! I need to lose weight so I can fit into all my clothes again!! I can't afford to build up that wardrobe again.......:(

11-24-2012, 03:25 PM
Oh, boy, you guys, I did NOT do a great job the last few days. Well, on Thursday I had planned to not worry about it. I ate to capacity around 1 p.m. and then did not have anything else the rest of the day. i didn't even manage dessert except for a few bites later that night when I could fit something in my stomach. So Thursday, while gluttonous, was okay for me. It was yesterday that was so bad! I completely fell apart around my family and went out for Mexican food at lunch (even there, I tried to not do too badly in that I ordered vegetable fajitas and guacamole). Still, I had some chips and probably ate too much overall. But it was dinner where I did the most damage. I had a martini AND glass of wine and TONS of pizza. *SIGH* I ate pizza like I haven't ever had it before and will never get it again. And then this morning, I had a scone and few cookies when I had planned to go right back to plan. What IS it about holiday weekends where I just lose all reason? It's like I don't want to lose the weight...

zumbachica - me too. Trying to drink tons of water. I feel so gross today!

SeeMy Feet -- what are liquid donuts?? (or do I want to know, lol)

Moving Forward - So awesome that people noticed your loss! I am nowhere NEAR a point where anyone would notice anything from me, especially not after the last two days!

Kelljpa - thanks for the welcome! omg, I need a big push right now. I honestly feel so discouraged after the last few days. I feel like all the weight I've lost in the last month has piled right back on. I know that's not true, as it's all water retention, but it's such an unpleasant feeling in my stomach!

Sum38 - Yay, whoosh! I love that feeling.

Zumbachica - LOL!! I didn't run yesterday, though, so am hoping to get to it today, although I am feeling VERY lazy today, haha.

11-24-2012, 09:35 PM
Ole hat.....move on girl.....it's done. Holiday weekends get us out of routine..I know I'm out of sorts for sure...think about tomorrow.....:smug:

11-24-2012, 10:20 PM
My last quiet day a home. :( Cleaned house, ate healthy through the day, drank plenty of H2O & walked for nearly an hour late this afternoon. REALLY, REALLY hoping to move my ticker down tomorrow!!! :crossed:

olehcat: We probably "fall apart" around family because it is "comfortable" for the most part. Holidays we probably feel that "they only come once a year so what's the harm?" The harm comes when we don't know when to say when. Moderation & control go right out the window. We need to learn to say this great little word: "No." Adding a thank you on the end is also appreciated. ;)

SeeMyFeet: Yup! My hubby is really, really important to me. We've been each others yin & yang for so long...finish each others sentences, have the same thoughts & all the rest. I like the idea of a 21 day challenge. I think taking up a challenge is a great way to start a healthy habit. GOOD LUCK!!! Let us know how it goes!!!

MovingFoward: Congrats on having relatives notice your weight loss! I can hardly wait for mine to be noticed, but I knwo it's going to take awhile more. It's okay...it is a "goal" to reach, right?

BE HEALTHY! Enjoy whatever time you may still have before returning to work or school!!!

11-25-2012, 03:01 AM
wowee guys you have all done sooooooo well...i admire your pluck and courage...i am only starting out and i have been a good girl for 7 days now...there is still room for improvement but i am working on it...but otherwise doing well...saying no and no thanks a lot...tis getting easier and easier...even ignoring the cravings and hunger...which is a first for me...i am determined to stay this out..i am not as physical as some for all sorts of reasons but i am trying...i have only just turned 40 and feeling old!!...now it is time to change!!...i have loved reading all of your posts and i hope you don't mind me sticky beaking..it has been a true inspiration..many thanks cheers liz

Moving Forward
11-25-2012, 03:42 AM
wowee guys you have all done sooooooo well...i admire your pluck and courage...i am only starting out and i have been a good girl for 7 days now...there is still room for improvement but i am working on it...but otherwise doing well...saying no and no thanks a lot...tis getting easier and easier...even ignoring the cravings and hunger...which is a first for me...i am determined to stay this out..i am not as physical as some for all sorts of reasons but i am trying...i have only just turned 40 and feeling old!!...now it is time to change!!...i have loved reading all of your posts and i hope you don't mind me sticky beaking..it has been a true inspiration..many thanks cheers liz

Welcome Liz! I've never heard the term "sticky beaking" before. What exactly does it mean?

11-25-2012, 03:55 AM
lol sorry...it means sticking your nose into other peoples business..a busy body??...thanks for the welcome i do appreciate it...i am aussie so i will probably say strange things!!..rofl...cheers liz

Moving Forward
11-25-2012, 03:58 AM
Oh, boy, you guys, I did NOT do a great job the last few days. Well, on Thursday I had planned to not worry about it. I ate to capacity around 1 p.m. and then did not have anything else the rest of the day. i didn't even manage dessert except for a few bites later that night when I could fit something in my stomach. So Thursday, while gluttonous, was okay for me. It was yesterday that was so bad! I completely fell apart around my family and went out for Mexican food at lunch (even there, I tried to not do too badly in that I ordered vegetable fajitas and guacamole). Still, I had some chips and probably ate too much overall. But it was dinner where I did the most damage. I had a martini AND glass of wine and TONS of pizza. *SIGH* I ate pizza like I haven't ever had it before and will never get it again. And then this morning, I had a scone and few cookies when I had planned to go right back to plan. What IS it about holiday weekends where I just lose all reason? It's like I don't want to lose the weight...

zumbachica - me too. Trying to drink tons of water. I feel so gross today!

SeeMy Feet -- what are liquid donuts?? (or do I want to know, lol)

Moving Forward - So awesome that people noticed your loss! I am nowhere NEAR a point where anyone would notice anything from me, especially not after the last two days!

Kelljpa - thanks for the welcome! omg, I need a big push right now. I honestly feel so discouraged after the last few days. I feel like all the weight I've lost in the last month has piled right back on. I know that's not true, as it's all water retention, but it's such an unpleasant feeling in my stomach!

Sum38 - Yay, whoosh! I love that feeling.

Zumbachica - LOL!! I didn't run yesterday, though, so am hoping to get to it today, although I am feeling VERY lazy today, haha.

Olehcat-- I think many of us are in the same boat with you. I've had a bunch of crap I wouldn't normally eat this weekend. We are out of our routines and in food centered social situations. I'm visiting my in-laws and while the meals have been great for me, all the goodies around are getting me. And tomorrow I'll be baking all day. Yikes! Hang in there. Monday is coming.

My last quiet day a home. :( Cleaned house, ate healthy through the day, drank plenty of H2O & walked for nearly an hour late this afternoon. REALLY, REALLY hoping to move my ticker down tomorrow!!! :crossed:

olehcat: We probably "fall apart" around family because it is "comfortable" for the most part. Holidays we probably feel that "they only come once a year so what's the harm?" The harm comes when we don't know when to say when. Moderation & control go right out the window. We need to learn to say this great little word: "No." Adding a thank you on the end is also appreciated. ;)

SeeMyFeet: Yup! My hubby is really, really important to me. We've been each others yin & yang for so long...finish each others sentences, have the same thoughts & all the rest. I like the idea of a 21 day challenge. I think taking up a challenge is a great way to start a healthy habit. GOOD LUCK!!! Let us know how it goes!!!

MovingFoward: Congrats on having relatives notice your weight loss! I can hardly wait for mine to be noticed, but I knwo it's going to take awhile more. It's okay...it is a "goal" to reach, right?

BE HEALTHY! Enjoy whatever time you may still have before returning to work or school!!!

Good for you on the good behavior. I've talked to your scale. It will be nice to you. :hug: Also, I'm so glad other people get why it's nice to have your loss noticed. My brother-in-law apparently missed the big convo about it last night. At home, he asked my sis-in-law if I had lost a bunch of weight and then said he thought so, but wasn't sure if it was ok to ask. I wonder how many other people have felt the same way. I'm thrilled when people ask, unless I've been gaining of course! Your day will come soon. Something nice to look forward to.

I'm feeling pretty pooped after this weekend. It's all been good, but I'm looking forward to work on Monday. I hope everybody enjoys what is left of the weekend.

11-25-2012, 06:57 AM
hmmm yes congrats on being noticed..one of the reasons why i have been so anti-diet for lack of a better word is my mum...she is forever on me about losing weight..heck i know what i look like and i know i have to lose it...she just harps on and on..this of course makes me rebel and go the opposite way...she forgets that she was once in the same boat as me...my mum yo yo dieted most of her life..even had her stomach stapled but put it all back on..she is now almost anorexic and does not eat much at all due to bad health...so i suppose i have learnt that yo yo dieting does not work that it is an attitude change, a life style change that counts....that i am willing to do...so i have not told my mum i am doing this and how committed i am...i just do not want to...she has a very negative attitude towards me and believes that i will not succeed and will give up...nah not happening...my uncle told me this and he would not lie to me...anyhows she will find out herself in due course...i hope that i feel okays about falling off the band wagon if i let it happen...i soooo hope i just get back on and ride that horse till its flogged...i am determined to do it!!...fingers, toes and eyes crossed!!..lol..lol..thanks for having me here!!...cheers liz

11-25-2012, 08:55 AM
Ole hat - I'm with you girlfriend - I got on the scale this morning - 143 - up almost 5 pounds!! I've been doing like a Mardi Gras here! SHEESH!! LOL I have completely allowed myself to eat whatever I want whenever I want - uh, and most of it has been starchy carbs....

And what is worse - I ran 5K Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but the scale is STILL UP!!! A testament to my carb gluttony....

I will NOT beat myself up about it though - I told myself I was doing a "Vegas" weekend (what happens over Thanksgiving weekend, stays in Thanksgiving weekend...LOL). Tomorrow begins my holiday "bootcamp" until the Friday before Xmas - no alcohol (or any liquid calories), no starchy carbs, exercise 5 times a week....and I don't feel deprived about doing this during the holiday season - I saw what ONE weekend of indulgence has done to me - - certainly don't want to make it a MONTH of indulgence!!! LOL

That, and candidly I feel better when I'm exercising self discipline - it's like this personal power thing or something - gives me a feeling of strength and confidence....this weekend was like spring break in college - and candidly, every morning I woke up, felt bloated, yucky, craving carbs...sometimes its good to go off the wagon to appreciate how good it feels on it. :)

So today is my last day of "indulgence" - tomorrow will be a bear...but I'm going to prepare for it. Making lentil stew in the crockpot today...and going to try to eat less starchy carbs...maybe a veggie taco salad for dinner....but I AM going to enjoy some wine this evening....my last until Xmas!

Definitely need an Xmas break food plan that works better than this weekend did - I think I ate 10 stuffing balls since Thursday!!!

Hope everyone has a great day! I'm cyber shopping already...LOL

11-25-2012, 10:39 AM
Sheila - oh yes, omg, that awful jump in the scale. And I only ran once this weekend so far! :) But it will shift downward fast as soon as we get back into our regular routine. Let's just drink a LOT of water and in a few days things will probably jump down near to normal! *crosses fingers*

MrsTryingAgain - yep, so true. My big issue is not knowing how to control myself. Having one cookie is okay. Having five? Not so much. But when I'm in social situations or around my family, I get caught up in the moment and my willpower goes out the window. It really is my big trigger point for overeating.

zumbachica - yay, we can get back on the horse!

lizarddau - welcome! I have always been fascinated by Queensland Australia! My now ex-husband once almost got a position there and at the time I did all this research on it. I'd love to visit one day. It's too bad that your mum's not more supportive. I'm glad you are seeing that your'e doing this for YOU.

Moving Forward - yes! Monday! We can do this!

11-25-2012, 10:44 AM
It is snowing!! :coolsnow: I love snow. I was going to take a day off from walking, but I may need to reconsider, I love snowy woods and how quiet they are.

Sheila22 I love your Vegas weekend...I will use that later on :cool: -- I gave up my wine last Wednesday...I actually feel better and more rested each morning. It was not that I drained a whole bottle each night, just a glass or two but I guess it affected my sleep patterns. Weight loss seems to come easier as well.

lizarddau :welcome3: and no you are not sticky beaking, love having you here!

Moving Forward I hope you can get some rest today!

MrsTryingAgain I hope your ticker moves as well :hug:

Zumbachica How does Boston Proper clothing run in size wise. I just got their cataloque for the first time and I was going to order some stuff from them.

olehcat You need to think like Sheila :D Vegas weekend!! -- Monday will get here and it is a new week :hug:

To everyone else :wave:

11-25-2012, 11:48 AM
I GAINED ANOTHER TWO POUNDS!!! What the hay!!! :?::?: This means WAR.....I can't believe how I'm on this downward spiral .....I have never felt so out of control in my life......:shrug::stress: When I was on the scale this morning I almost started to cry....I don't remember weighing this much..in years....

SUM...I wonder if your snow is headed our way now. I would welcome it, the first snow is exciting, it gets old by the end of the season though. Boston Proper runs true to size....I never ordered their pants, only tops and dresses. Love love love anything i've gotten from them. Too bad none of it fits now :(

OLEHAT: I'm drinking water like a fish today in the hopes that that will help.

SHEILA: I don't know what a stuffing ball is but I want some....

LIZARDAU: how exciting to have an Aussie on board with us. I love how you word things. Welcome.....I have family in Oz and they used to visit . I remember my cousin telling me that she never had a twinkie.....You don't have the same junk food as we do which is probably a good thing.

Okay well, tomorrow it is back to the grind for most of us. I for one am happy to see this weekend over...I need to get back into a routine....Tonight i'm picking up ********** shakes from a friend. I am doing a three day cleanse to jumpstart some weight loss or at the very least get off this bloat....

11-25-2012, 12:55 PM
Thank you everyone for making me feel like I am not alone! I ate out of control this weekend - I also gave myself permission to eat whatever whenever. I was going to make Sunday my back on plan day - and promptly started the morning with coffee and leftover brownies! Sheesh!

I know I can take control back over the rest of the day - but it's just so cold and the kids are home and - does anyone else like to eat big when the weather is cold? I guess it's a comfort thing? Anyway, I'm not sure if I can stay on track today or not - there is leftover deep dish spinach pizza in the fridge from last night (I didn't have any last night - stuck with veggie chili and (before you think I was too good) cheddar fries!). The good news is that we didn't have Thanksgiving at our house - we had a potluck at someone else's house - so there are no leftovers tempting me from the holiday meal.

Anyhow, good luck everyone - and again, thanks for letting me know that I am not alone in my struggles and that there is hope to get back on the wagon! :hug:

11-26-2012, 02:44 AM
Do I stomp my scales to death? Or do I toss in front of a moving bus? Sorry, guys...I've been good, but my scales evidently didn't get the memo!!! Yup, I stepped on the scales this AM, it read 260...huh? Isn't that what I weighed last weigh-in? I checked that my scales were zeroed out...stepped on them again---260. Did this 3 times!!! Then I cussed the thing & put it away. :(:(:(
FINE!!! :mad: This week I'm going to be more diligent. I haven't quite decided what it'll be, but I'm bound & determined to make that thing LISTEN TO ME!! I'm the boss, not it! I do feel better than I did when I started back in early Oct., but it would be nice to see results.
Okay, I'm done ranting. I'm not going to let this derail me. I'm better than this! Just hope it doesn't screw up my projected goal. :o

SUM38: Enjoy the snow! We don't get it where I live. If we do, it's just a dusting (I live in the Sacramento Valley floor). But I do love to see it on the surrounding mountains! Hope the walk was awesome! I love walking in nature when it quiet. Did I mention the last time H & I walked the park we saw 2 otters...really cool.

guacamole: Yes, we have a tendency to eat during colder months. Not only is it comfort but it warms the body & soul. Plus on top of that we have holidays racked & stacked....Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Think about how many get-togethers you have from the end of October thru to the end of January, Super Bowl time?

Zumbachica: I'm putting on my camo gear & my combat boots! I have to do the same thing! I'm going to kick butt! :kickbutt: I'm sick & tired of the scale not moving downward. This ia a war WE are going to WIN! Remember NO PRISONERS!!!

lizarddau: :welcome2: We love anyone sticky beaking! (Love that term...gotta use it some time!) Glad we can inspire you! 7 days being good is an awesome start! Keep up the excellent work!!!

EVERYONE: Have a healthy & happy week! If you're off-track, get back on it ASAP! You can do this! Remember we are all on this journey together!!!

11-26-2012, 07:57 AM
As part of my 6 week challenge, Monday is the official weigh-in date for this particular group. - I lost 0.4 pounds last week; an inch of my chest; 1/4 of an inch of my waist and 3/4 inch of my hips. :woohoo: Even though my weightloss was not that big, I celebrate ir because I managed to drop something during a Holiday week :yay:

My personal official weigh in date is Friday... I am getting confused :dizzy: lol

11-26-2012, 08:11 AM
Okay Ladies! It's Monday! Holiday weekend is over and it's time to get back to basics! :)

I'm putting myself in a serious "bootcamp" for the next four weeks - which takes me to Friday December 21st...I will lose the weight I gained this weekend and hopefully a few more pounds before the Xmas holiday break! So - no starchy carbs (pasta, potatoes, bread, rice), no alcohol or any other liquid calorie, and I will exercise (either run or kickbox) 5 times a week. These first few days are going to be hard...but by next weekend I'll be back into the groove. :)

So - breakfast - 2 veggie sausage patties with a slice of veggie cheese - lunch - veggie chili (no crackers) from my favorite restaurant - kids don't have school and now that my daughter is driving I will meet them for lunch! Dinner - hmmm...might have my daughter pick up some black bean soup from Panera after she and my son are done Xmas shopping....I love that stuff!

Okay - so "Vegas" was fun, but now back to reality! :) Gotta hit the shower and get ready for work. Hope everyone has a great day!


11-26-2012, 08:54 AM
Good morning, all! :)

It is Monday and already my schedule is "off" because I have jury duty this week. But I have a plan.

One thing about calorie counting and one reason that I feel reluctant to do it sometimes is that I feel so confused by the numbers. Some people say 1200 calories is too low, but others say it's just right for shorties over 40 (like me). My fitness pal gives me 1200 to lose 1 pound a week, even with exercise, which really isn't a huge loss considering how little food is involved. Some people claim they can't lose weight on 1200, but I see a lot of success stories here on the site of people who are losing very nicely on 1200 calories.

What about you guys? Are you counting calories to lose weight? What is your magic number, if so?

Sheila - yes, Vegas is over, alas. I know I partied hard, haha. I had friends over last night for a healthy dinner, but I still ate too much of it. I actually made homemade veggie chili in the crockpot yesterday. It's so easy to make at home and it's about 240 calories per a generous serving. Yum!

Sum38 - my personal weigh-in date is Fridays, but I didn't do it this past week because it was the day after Thanksgiving. I haven't weighed myself since Thanksgiving because I know I have a bunch of extra water weight on from the overeating and drinking. I will weigh myself on Friday and then after that start weighing every day again.

MrsTryingAgain - I KNOW how that feels, wanting to stamp your scale to death. Yep!

guacamole - yes, I know I love to eat when it's cold! I suggest making big pots of healthy soup because it will warm you up and satisfy you without all the calories!

11-26-2012, 08:58 AM
It sounds like everyone is doing great and staying on track during the holidays! WTG!!

I admit, I'm having troubles. I went through round two of being sick and the result was another nearly 3 pound loss in two, which I have quickly (sadly) made up for. I guess it's nice to know that I've been kind of a piggie but I'm not suffering any real consequences. However, that loss was a nice pay off for the misery.

But the sad thing is, it's not healthy loss. I'm still struggling, I'm not exercising, I'm low energy and I'm sure much of what I have lost is the good muscle I built up over the last year. I'm praying this is the last round I have with this bug, because I'm tired of the tired. I'm tired of sitting on the sidelines of life, spending my evenings in bed by myself because I need the extra sleep.

Sorry to moan and groan.

Welcome lizarddau!!

11-26-2012, 09:08 AM
Zumba - with all of the stress going on on your life, have you considered that you might be depressed? I know that I have suffered from depression in the past and I had no resistance to any bug. I was always getting sick and I was constantly tired. All I ever wanted to do was crawl into bed and sleep. I truly thought I suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes seeing a therapist to get you over the "hump" is all you need to get past all this. It's amazing how much our physical health is tied into our emotional health.

11-26-2012, 09:33 AM
Hello Ladies!

Well it is Monday, kids at school and back to the grind. I actually did my first day of BBL today! yes, I worked out before going out to teach two zumba classes and work out OTHERS....strange I know, but I need my own workout, zumba isn't really about me or for me. Anyhoooooo.....I get to make my first shake.....I'm determined to lose atleast four lbs with the three day cleanse, maybe more if I kick up the workouts........I lost two lbs of bloat that I was carrying around yesterday...thank Goodness because I felt so so uncomfortable in my pants and was afraid that I would be wearing a hefty bag the rest of the week. I kid you not when I say that I refuse to buy new clothes in a bigger size......I'm not giving myself permission to be bigger......I'll just look like a stuffed sausage in clothes that are too small for me!!!

Cyber Monday, anyone online shopping? I would love some new flannel pajamas from Victoria's Secret. Oh yeah, I should be Christmas shopping for OTHERS! hee hee...

I will catch up and address you all later...have a healthy day y'all!

11-26-2012, 10:59 AM
Hi all,

Welcome Lizard! Good to have you here

Sounds like most of us are having the same issues, I'm just trying to be as good as I can when I can. Like good breakfast, exercise, good lunch, maybe not so good supper tonight, going over to the hunting cabin for supper, I have ideas I'll be good, but it's once a year, I'm sure I'll eat more than I mean to, so I'm going to get my hind end on the treadmill and take the dog over to the rail-trail later, so he can get a good walk in as the woods are off limits today, first day of rifle season, not taking any chances.

Guac, I love the soups, chilis, stews, casseroles that come with the cooler weather, I try to stick with broth based soups if I can and lots of veggies in the chili/stew and not so much cheese in the casseroles, I try, doesn't always work out, but sometimes it does :goodvibes

Zumba, definitely an uptick in the tone of your posts from one to the other, make sure you stay hydrated, helps with headaches and flushing your system, my experience has been a biggish loss then some gain back when you break the fast/cleanse but for me it's a great kick start and like you say get rid of the bloat, good luck with it!

I like the Vegas analogy too, that's a fun way of looking at it.

Might dig out the artificial tree today, last year we had a real live one, planted in the yard in the spring and all, ready for the no maintenance one this year...

best to all :sunny:

11-26-2012, 11:09 AM
Happy Monday everyone!

Welcome Lizard!

Zumba - I need to borrow some of that energy!

After a long weekend of eating ... it's back to P1 for a few days for me! I feel like crap ... The only thing I did healthy was dancing on Saturday night - of course that was paired with lots of wine so ....... It was FUN though!

I think I'm just going to throw out all those leftovers staring at me in the fridge. Sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and filling. Would have been nice to have some protein left over but that went quick!!

Kelijpa - I skipped deer camp this year as I knew it meant even more "goodies!" Where in PA are you? Me too! Are you a hunter? I tried, but simply couldn't do it. My husband and son fill the freezer every year so I don't need to anyway.

11-26-2012, 03:18 PM
Hello to all the newbies to our thread. Wow, I missed so much when I was off last week. My VEGAS is over too. My eating was out of control this past week and weekend and my scale shows it. Back in the game. I know I will not make my year end goal but want to be as close to 160 by the end of the year as I can.
My DD was home for the holiday, she has a cold and decided to share it with me. What a sweetheart. Not. Having a cold is going to make exercise harder this week but I will do what I can.
Keep fighting ladies! You are all an inspiration to me!

11-26-2012, 04:14 PM
Hi again all....I'm getting a headache from this cleanse already....good Lawd...I'm so toxic!! Anyhow so far so good, I'll be happy to get through day one successfully. The shake was very filling and not that bad.

healthyangie: that burst of energy I had this morning is long gone, I could take a nice long nap right now!

11-26-2012, 04:28 PM
Hi again all....I'm getting a headache from this cleanse already....good Lawd...I'm so toxic!! Anyhow so far so good, I'll be happy to get through day one successfully. The shake was very filling and not that bad.

healthyangie: that burst of energy I had this morning is long gone, I could take a nice long nap right now!

It will be all worth it. I had a binge this afternoon. Don't know what happened there, but now I am overly stuffed and sad :( Maybe I will do a cleanse with you...what kind do you do?

11-26-2012, 08:48 PM
Sum just nip that binge stuff in the bud! binging has made my life miserable. the shakes are s ha ak eology....they are expensive but I got it from a friend, not that there is much left in the bag but there is enough for me to finish the cleanse. Basicially its two or three shakes a day, fruit, and a meal of fish or chicken with salad. I put fruit in the shake to make it more palatable, and one stevia packet. I cheated today by having some steak after cooking it for my kids :( but overall I stuck to it and I feel better. Anything is better than how I was eating, i have been out of control for weeks. I think the shakes upset my stomach a little but I'm sticking with this for two more days come hades or high water!!!!

NE feel better! Colds are no fun!!!

11-26-2012, 10:08 PM
Sum - I'm with you girlfriend - I had an official "failure to launch"... LOL

Today was supposed to start my official "bootcamp" until the 21st. Agree about the leftovers in the fridge - they must be destroyed. :) Binge evening...but fresh start tomorrow - 25 days until the 21st! I can do this!!! My stated now public goal - to lose 10 pounds in 25 days. That means absolutely NO carbs, NO liquid calories, all lean seafood, veggie meat, fruits and veggies...(uh and lots of homemade lemonade with truvia as my wine substitute) for 25 days!!!! And running 5 days a week!!! I will hit that treadmill at 5:45am tomorrow morning for a 5K!

Funny - I've been simply "noticing" my psychological triggers...home from work - trigger for a glass of wine....sitting on the sofa with a good movie and a blanket - trigger for junk food (carbs specifically)....stressful day - trigger....I don't consider today a setback - just noticing how amazingly simple it is for those bad habits to slip back into place - why aren't the good its as easy??? Hmmmm..... maybe you have to "burn it to earn it" kinda thing....and if you didn't have to make an effort, the prize wouldn't be as valuable to you? I see a movie opportunity here...lol....one where everyone were thin and were all trying to gain weight - and struggling to eat excess calories, to not be as active...posting on a 3 thin chicks board.... LOL....in all sincerity, I think it's more difficult because it's character building....I keep trying to tell myself that...:)

Tomorrow is a new day - I made a 25 day "countdown" calendar and printed it off with each of my daily goals...No Carbs, No Alcohol, Exercise....I just need to flip that switch again from want to will!!!

I'm not going to TRY tomorrow...I'm DOING THIS. It's only 25 days!!!!! Then I can enjoy the holidays guilt free - although honestly, I want to be smarter about it than my total carb binge this weekend. :) Need to definitely plan for that.


11-26-2012, 10:55 PM
We can do this Sheila!! I feel horrible about my over eating and I need to forgive myself and move on. I would like to drop 10 pounds by Christmas as well. I took some pix tonight of my belly and let me tell you, it set me straight :lol:

11-26-2012, 11:05 PM
HealthyAngie, we're in northeast PA, almost at the NY border, I don't hunt, for deer camp I just go over and visit and eat...yeeps, I did get on the treadmill today and drank most of my water, I hate when that bad habit of not drinking water shows up, I dont' get it, but will just have to make an extra effort.

I'm thinking of freezing some of the leftovers, there's some pie, rutabaga I don't think much more than that, I'll have to look before too much time goes by, don't need some refrigerator surprise...ick...

Sheila, best of luck to you, you sound determined, just keep picking yourself up and you'll be ahead of the game when you get through 25 days.

Sum, :hug: I hate the binge, even a little one gets my goat, I started to read this e-book, "It was food vs. me and I won", I couldn't get into it right now, but it looks interesting, she is a secretive binger, or was I should say. I did read "Hungry, a memoir" I thought it was an interesting read.

best to all :sunny:

here's to a good week :goodvibes

Moving Forward
11-27-2012, 12:59 AM
Wow! So much happens on this thread in two days.

Sheila--I love the plan. The calendar was a brilliant idea. You should be feeling great by Christmas.

Sum--Forgive and forget. Tomorrow will be a brand spanking new day.

NEMom- It's that time of year again. Get better quickly. I'm dreading that first cold of the year. And there's so many sick people around!

HealthyAngie--I took your advice. The mashed potatoes went down the garbage disposal. Whammy! They weren't even that good so I'm glad they are out of my life.

Zumbachicka-- I, too, want to borrow some of your energy! I'm not sure how you don't count teaching, but whatever works for you is what you've gotta do. Good luck with the cleanse.


I was just glad to see the scale held steady for me after the long holiday weekend. I tried hard to use moderation, but definitely ate more than I should have. I, too, am getting serious about being back on plan. Today was a good day, back in my routine.

11-27-2012, 07:03 AM
NEMom I hope you are feeling better! -- My hubby was sick during the entire Thanksgiving Holiday, I think he had the flu.

MovingForward Congrats on your steady scale. That is awesome...one holiday successfully behind.

kelijpa Good idea about freezing the leftovers. That way you can actually enjoy them in small size portions.

healthyangie Isn't amazing how our bodies tell us when we are not so kind to them...good luck on P1.

guacamole How are the days past Thanksgiving treating you?

Zumba I hope day 2 goes well for you!!

11-27-2012, 07:29 AM
oooooooh gosh you guys are sooooo fast...i am way behind...thanks soo much for the lovely welcome...to those who aren't feeling well i hope you all feel better real soon...is there a trick to staying on top of this thread??..lol..lol..sorry if i am not up to date...anyhows i have made it through another day...sheesh even went out with hubby on date night...sipped iced water (it is darned hot here) with a slice of lemon and had a plate full of salad with lemon squeezed over the top...ummmmm i am peeeeeing a **** of a lot...is this normal??...tis good for me cause i was swelling sooo much in the legs that i went to the doctors..there is no problems with my circulation after being tested..turned out to be hormonal as i have just had my monthlys...and my legs are back to normal...told hubby tonight that my boobs will disappear...he took that well!!...we will wait and see!!...only early days yet...oh another good thing is that i have psoriasis on my right palm and left elbow and somewhere else unmentionable (well the psoriasis is not good but the healing is)...the patch on my palm has almost healed and the one on my elbow is doing well i think...hard to see it without being a contortionist..but positive things happening...now all i need to do is start the hydro exercise and i should be laughing...good to be here guys!!...cheers liz

11-27-2012, 07:34 AM
oh one more thing..i have worked in aged care for a long time..i no longer work due to a bad back and other things...i always say to the oldies (as i call them and no disrespect intended) that one day elle mcpherson is going to be old, saggy and wrinkly too!!..old age tends to even out the playing field if you ask me!!...cheers liz

11-27-2012, 08:17 AM
Good morning everyone.....I am checking in to get myself psyched for the day and will respond to all your posts later...but first I want to say that the cleanse IS working. I had a minor swoosh this morning.....not a big one but i'm happy to see the scale move in the right direction for a change. I also notice that I am PMS so happily i'll lose a bit more when AF comes. Not obsessing over food is a relief, I'm sort of trying to focus on other things. I still have to cook for the kids, but I'm not going out of my way to make things that I can't resist. Oh and my butt is hurting from BBL, so that definitely does do something. If I can get through 30 days of that I will be pretty pleased with myself because I very rarely stick to any workout plan that is done at home...Only teaching one easy class today and plan on getting some christmas decos out today from the cellar to try and make myself a bit less depressed about the holidays. I know divorce isn't easy, but knowing that I won't have my kids on the holiday is really doing a head job on me. No wonder I eat out of control. Have a healthy day ladies, ttyl.

11-27-2012, 08:23 AM
Good morning. I finally weighed in after all the holidays. Well, I'm at 145.6, which is not horrible considering how much I overdid it, but not great either. Oh well! I'm not changing my weight on this site, not yet. I think by the end of the week I'll at least be down to 143.something since some of it is still water weight, I'm sure!

I stuck to 1200 calories yesterday, and oh boy that was hard. I was hungry a good deal of the day, but I get that, that's always the case when you first start out. I'm thinking of switching it so that it's 1200 calories but without counting fruits beyond like 2 servings and all vegetables? Has anyone ever done it that way? It seems more reasonable. I feel ridiculous counting broccoli, you know?

lizard - I'm only going to be able to catch up with whatever page the thread is on, I"m afraid, haha. And yes, sooo true about aging evening out the playing field, lol!

Sum38 - ugh, pictures, they are always humbling! I have been trying to do that every month. Still depressing!

sheila22 - I totally have some of those very same triggers! We can do this. I am allowing some wine today but that's because I've fit it into my calories for the day, but if it was left up to me, I'd have a FULL glass and then some after a stressful day!

NEmom - I hate colds! So far I've been lucky, and I work with kids...*knock on wood* because I know every single time I get sick, my diet/working out goes out the window and I put on weight. :-/

11-27-2012, 09:50 AM
:dizzy:OLEHAT: I think it is ridiculous to count broccoli or any vegetable. even WW has unlimited vegetables in their programs. Noone got fat eating vegetables, they are good for you and get the most nutrients for your calories. Just my two cents, I'm sure many would disagree with me.

LIZARDU: I also have problem with retaining water. Basically it is because I do not drink enough water to flush it out. My ankles are especially bad at times and it makes me hate my legs. Anyhow keep dirnking that water, and remember, Lemon is a dieretic. It will help get rid of the bloat too.....

MOVING FORWARD: Back to routine is a good thing, we all mentioned that here . Thanksgiving did a job on most of us. As for the Zumba thing I'll try and explain it to you in a way that makes sense. Our bodies get used to what we do after a while. I teach five classes a week but they aren't very challenging because most of my students are older gals or deconditioned students (or uncoordinated). This is what i mean when I say that my classes aren't for me. I know that my classes definitely help me, but they aren't enough for me to lose weight and get into the kind of shape that I need to be in. So I'm shaking things up with working my muscles in a different way adding a different kind of workout ..........and also adding resistance training. I also want to note that DIET is 90 percent of the equation, atleast it is for me. I know people that run marathons that are overweight because after a run they eat whatever isn't nailed down. Hope I didn't go off on a lecture...LOL...I just have a lot of people ask me why I have a weight problem if im an instructor.

SUM: I giggled when you said taking pics set you straight. i need to take pics for my 30 day BBL challenge and I'm afraid of the camera turning to salt or something. I don't look at my body for a reason. :dizzy:

11-27-2012, 10:33 AM
Good morning to all the wonderful 40 something ladies on this thread!

Zumba- Congrats on your woosh and sticking with your cleanse. I should probably try something like this, I have some protein shakes I can use. I will have to give it some considerable thought.

Sum- I had a small binge yesterday too but tracked what I ate as best as I could and ended up eating right around maintenance calories. Not bad but not what I need to be doing either.

Olecaht-Congrats on sticking to 1200 calories. 1200 is what MFP has me stay at and it is hard some days. I have given some thought into not counting veggies too. If they are free in WW I wonder why I should have to count them. I do count the fruit I eat though.

I am soo tired. Colds have this affect on me, like I can sleep and sleep. I did get up to work out this morning but it was not a real hard work out. I tried though so that counts for something. Hoping I have a much better food day today. I really do not like this constant yo yoing that I am going through.

Happy Tuesday all!

11-27-2012, 02:07 PM
NEMom I hope that it is just a cold not the flu :hug:

ZumbaLMAO...if mine did not turn into salt yours won't :) :D -- I let it all hang out, no sucking and tucking, and the sight was not pretty. I will take pix every 5 pounds I drop, hopefully I can see that ugly gut shrink.

olehcat You may be carrying up to 5 pounds of water weight; it will come off quick. :)

I am 5-6 days away from TOM and I am starting to feel the hormonal shift happening. I need to mentally prepare myself that is is only water weight that I will gain...I hope I won't get totally bummed out over it. I am on a roll and I hate that TOM has to mess with our bodies.

I walked my 5 mile walk and now I am hydrating myself in hopes that if I keep well hydrated, maybe TOM won't make me into a water balloon. :D

11-27-2012, 02:42 PM
Hi everyone. I'm new to this thread. November is on it's way out and I have been looking at my scale like a pendulum. I haven't been discouraged. I still get up to do my routine spin, weight train and calorie count. i have had a rough month, not really Turkey day, for me it was TOM. I will see the numbers crunched soon. *crossing fingers*. Kudos to all you maintainers and weight droppers. :carrot:

11-27-2012, 03:39 PM
Hello all! Quick pop in to say that I feel like an overstuffed turkey. PMS is here and my eating is pretty horrific. I walked on Monday but nothing today. Went for miso soup, tempura, and sushi with hubby. It was great, but I over ate and my stomach is rebelling. I hate this feeling and will have to remember it next time I am faced with eating too much. I don't even know how many calories I have consumed. That's why I don't eat out often! I am going to guess 1200 and go from there. Not much left to work with for the rest of the day.

Sorry for the ramble. Good luck today!

11-27-2012, 06:42 PM
zumba-hey zumba great news on the swoosh hun!! you go gal!! i am not weighing myself...nuts i know!!..but i refuse too on the basis that i am in it for the health benefits rather than the weight loss..weight loss to me is a bonus!!..lol...lol..lol...but mind you being a diabetic i go for a checkup every 3
months so i will be weighed then...will be interesting to see what difference i make at that time!!

oh yeah and i am planning on being naughty whilst i am away but hopefully my body will rebel and will deter me from doing it again!!

wow and i have been battling hunger and craving like you would not believe!!!!...i am doing the soup diet...low in calories and carbs..which i find suits me!!..i have done this before and lost 4 dress sizes..this won't be a permanant eating plan but just for now!!..i have heaps of veges and some fruits..and meat twice a week!! i am cooking for hubby and trying not to taste or sample whilst i am doing it...was a bad habit of mine!!

nemon-i soooo hope you feel better soon hun!! look after yourself!!

sum-5 mile walk....woweeee i only wish..my exercise is piteously small..but baby steps for me!!..gotta do the hydro thing..will be seeing the physio on friday and the pool opens on the 8th..then it is all go for me!!

avolon-hey there hello to you!..nice to see you here..i am sooooo glad we do not do thanksgiving here down under!!...i am flat out battling through christmas and new year me thinks!!

guac-get back on track hun!!..yeah i had one of the worst monthlys just recently but stayed true..had to lol it was my first week..rofl..you have lost soo much i am sure you can do the rest!!

oh i found out a way of catching up with this thread..i opened up a notepad and did a draft on there and now i will copy and paste!! see ya all later..cheers liz

11-27-2012, 08:41 PM
(rant coming)

I haven't posted enough to warrant a rant....but.....I have had a bad few days. I had been grateful that I'm in a period when the great fan of life is not slinging guano around. Fortunately, nothing has hit the fan; nonetheless, I have been in a really really really bad mood. Thanks to TOM. I am not usually affected this way. If anything, I tend to get sad, not irritated. I cannot concentrate, feel weak, fuzzy headed. I just want to sit and stare. The colder weather is also bothering me a lot. My feet are ice, & that keeps me awake. The heated air is drying up my sinuses. I cannot smell or taste. My fingers are cracked to the point of bleeding. My face is painfully dry and also broken out. (yes, I'm drinking lots of water.) Good news is, I don't feel like eating. But I also have not been exercising and counting my calories like I should. Caffeine doesn't help. Perky music isn't helping. Forcing a smile isn't helping.

In sum, MyGetUpAndGo got up and went. I want to do more than the minimum. I want go get back on track. How can I get out of this funk?

11-27-2012, 10:11 PM
oh wow that is horrible for you...i am sorry i have no idea what it is like to be that cold...here it is sooooooooo hot you don't feel like doing anything...i tend to exercise early morning and at night when the darned sun goes down or get in the pool where it is cool...i can only say to ride the tide and when it is all over get back up again...you are an amazing woman do what you can to spoil yourself (without consuming too many calories)...have a really hot shower or bath (again i have no idea of the cold so you have to excuse me if what i say makes no sense to you)...okays i will stop there...suffice to say i soo hope you feel better soon!!....cheers liz

11-28-2012, 12:11 AM
Oh... I have perspective and I know things could be a LOT worse. I just cannot accept that I will be so unmotivated and unproductive once (or twice, or thrice) a month. The other day, I stopped by the grocers and I felt like crying because I was so weary. This cannot be part of the "new me". I will stop whining soon and start problem solving.

11-28-2012, 03:42 AM
Man! Miss a day here, it's like missing a week! You guys are doing awesome keeping each other motivated. That is the whole idea behind a site like this...pushing & pulling each other along the way.

Things have been good. I have my combat boots on & I am going to win this battle! I walked for 50 mins. this AM. It was awesome! I took a route I haven't done in several years. And I did it in what I would consider record time since, I haven't walked in so long! I'm just about 12 mins. over my usual pace for the route. Not shabby!

Please also pray/send good vibes. H blacked out twice tonight. I finally got the truth out of him...he didn't eat dinner tonight, he'd just forgotten about it. :?: I'm still going to have him call his dr. in the AM. Thank God he wasn't driving or out by himself. He had ZERO recollection of blacking out either time. SCARED THE HEL7 OUT OF ME!!! I'm hoping all it is is that his blood sugar was down. Believe me, I'm watching him like a HAWK! He is NOT going far, even if I have to tie him to the bed post! (Don't get an ideas, this if for his health! ;))

Sorry to cut this short...I've gotta get H showered & to bed.


11-28-2012, 04:50 AM
gosh that is scary sweetheart..i hope that hubby is all right!!...cheers liz

11-28-2012, 08:01 AM
Good morning! Tiny weight loss from yesterday.......I cheated on my cleanse a little and had salty meat so I'm thinking that is the problem......oh we'll..today is day three...I'm going to have three shakes and no food today except for fruit.....lots of water. I'm also supposed to have green tea but I think it's just plain nasty.....I have tried hard to like it over the years.......:D

Will catch up with you all later on....I have to get little man to school. Didn't get to do BBL yesterday so I'm definitely doing that this morning before I get too tired......later gators!

11-28-2012, 08:03 AM
SeeMyFeet - I used to have absolutely horrific TOMs. It was so bad that basically I was like you described for about 1/3 of almost every single month! Bloated, weary, achy, I would put on about 5 pounds which ruined almost every weight loss effort I started because it would stay for almost 10 days (the extra weight), then on top of that when TOM arrived, I would have incapacitating cramps that would make me throw up and keep me in bed for a day. Basically it was ruling my life. I couldn't dare arrange travel or sign up for races or anything because if it happened to fall on about three critical days of TOM, it would be ruined. Anyway, I went on these pills that basically take my period away (they're a kind of low dose birth control pills, but they made my period go away completely). Suddenly I could start losing weight, no more cramps, no more horrific PMS(T) symptoms, I feel like it gave me my life back. So anyway, long ramble short, I just wanted to let you know that I completely sympathize. I remember how horrible that was.

MrsTryingAgain - how awfully scary!

guacamole - so easy to eat 1200 in one meal, it's scary!

lizarddau - great idea about notepad! :)

avalonmoon - hi, welcome!

zumbachica - yep, nobody got fat while eating vegetables, so I'm not counting them! Makes me feel like I have options, like if i"m absolutely starving and I've had 1200 already I can eat some raw veggies!

Sum38 - I think I was carrying some water weight, today I'm down to what I was on Thanksgiving, which was still about 1.5 pounds above my low of that week, but we're getting there! :)

So, today I weighed in at 144.2. I'm excited because I really hope to be 143.something by the end of the week. My low from the Friday BEFORE Thanksgiving was 142.8, then I had a large eating day the next day and never got a chance to fully recover before Thanksgiving weekend. So on Thanksgiving I weighed in at 144.6 (I think), and so now I'm fully recovered from Thanksgiving weekend, yay! Anyway, like I said, I'll be satisfied if by Friday morning I weigh 143.something and then I can see the 142.8 by some time the next week and that will bring me back to "normal."

11-28-2012, 08:48 AM
Morning :sunny:

After eating so and so for two days, to my great surprise weight is holding steady. Yay! And it is PMS week :yay:

Plan for today

weight 152.4
exercise walk 5 mi

white tea
salmon, potato and veggie

Sending :dust: to all!!

11-28-2012, 09:39 AM
:hug: toMrsT and H. Hope all goes well at the Dr.

Well....up and at 'em today. Getting back in the saddle again. The scale went down :encore: in spite of all this lethargy :kickcan:. Yay. Hopefully, that will help brighten my mood and help get me back on track :exercise:.

(Uh oh. I get smilies now. Goin' crazy!)

11-28-2012, 10:09 AM
Wow! What a fantastic group. I hope you don't mind if I join.

I will be 42 on Sunday :) and am a mom of 4. Oldest is 17 and youngest is 2 :) Crazy, right? Add to that my husband travels 70% of the year and I work full time and it gets even crazier!

I am down to 193.4 today, just 1.2 lb above my pre Thansgiving weight (192.2). I started running again last night (Couch to 5K) and have been eating clean since Sunday. Here's to a slimmer me in 2013!

11-28-2012, 10:27 AM
Sheila... Oh how right you are.....waaaaay too easy to slip back in to old ways! I have a cheese ball weakness, and my MIL brought a gigantic tub that she bought at Costco or some other place when she visited us at TG. Somehow it ended up in my room. My kids?? I don't know....... Somehow I haven't removed it, though, and I find myself reaching in to that darned thing thinking "it's OK, I have calories to spare"!! While laying in BED, watching TV!!! (hang my head in shame :o) I shouldn't be thinking that way. I may not be aiming to not lose, but I still have pounds to lose and I certainly don't want to gain. When all is said and done, now or later, this is the wrong way of thinking!! That's how I got fat in the first place. UGH!!

Zumba- I love s ha ak eology!! Expensive as heck, but when I'm using it, I feel good. I wish I could afford to keep that monthly cycle going, or find some kind of equivalent and less expensive product. I have 2 and a half bags, so I think I'm going to add this stuff back in to my diet a couple of days a week and see if I can get the benefit of what's in it.I'm glad your cleanse is working!

Lizard- I go through that too, where I'll just pee buckets. It's normal especially when beginning a weight loss program. I wish that would happen for me today. I didn't drink any water yesterday. Yes, zero water. Just Diet Coke. Then those blasted cheese balls and I feel like a water balloon. Maybe some lemon water will help. And lots of it! I used to fast regularly and have all-protein days to help with water retention and, I even got a prescription from my doctor for those days when the retention is horrible. Well, and for your hubby... a handful is all he needs, right? ;)

Olehcat- Not bad!!

Seemyfeet- Oh my gosh you sound miserable!! It sounds like you need a humidifier! Have you thought about supplementing. Maybe some kind of female hormone supplement could help? My PMS varies. Some months, I'm weepy. Some I'm grumpy. Others, I crave. Stupid hormones.

MissTryingAgain- that's scary about your husband! I hope he's OK!!

I continue to battle my yuck. I'm took my last antibiotic today, and I'm terrified for a relapse because I'm certain it hasn't cleared up. I'm going to continue with a CAM approach starting today, and hope it keeps the beast at bay, until my body can fight it and win. I'm going to go running tonight with my running group, and make a real effort to get back in to running several days aweek. I registered for a 5K nearly a year ago and it's coming up in two weeks and I've been off my feet for months!

11-28-2012, 11:16 AM
:welcome3: Kyrren -- My hubby is a road warrior as well; he travels Monday- Thursday/Friday each week. Nice to have you here!!

11-28-2012, 11:18 AM
twinieten I hope you get better soon!! -- I am on antibiotics as well. I have had a pesky ear infection for 3 months. It feels like it is finally clearing up with this round of antibiotics. -- Do you feel that antibiotics are making you retain water? I feel kinda puffy, esp my face and hands.

11-28-2012, 11:23 AM
Sum - Thanks for the welcome. Recently DH has been only gone Mon-Fri., which is nice. Usually 3-4 times a year he is gone anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. That gets old really fast! But for him he gets to see a lot of places. He has been to Alaska twice and several different places in Canada over the last couple of years.

Sorry to hear about the illnesses/ear infections. Hope everyone is well soon.

11-28-2012, 11:56 AM
Welcom Kyrren!

Seemyfeet - I find that some days I just let myself be miserable ... of course I do warn people who might cross my path :D Let's face it, we can't always be rainbows and sunshine :)

Sum - hope you get rid of that infection!! They suck! When I get upper infections, I'm all swelled up too, but I think it's more the infection than medication. But of course the medications always get my intestines in a twist!

misstryingagain - I'd push him to the doctor too! I hope all is well, keep us posted.

Had my 3 week check yesterday and I was assuming I was up around 4-5 lbs but to my surprise I was actually down .6 lb! I think I'm still being paranoid a bit ....

Getting myself psyched up for January when I go back on Phase 1 to try and loose an additional 10 lbs ...

Anyone get their Christmas shopping done yet? Did you buy any goodies for yourself since there's such good sales?

11-28-2012, 01:45 PM
Angie :woohoo: on your drop! -- I have ONLY shopped for myself :D I am easy to shop for :lol: I received my first shipment from WHBM and I absolutely LOVE everything. I ordered mostly everything too small because I am determined to shrink.

11-28-2012, 03:06 PM
Hello Ladies~
Well, i survived the week long holiday with everyone home and a couple extras thrown in! things are back to normal and im rested up and been back to my daily routine, thank God! I have to admit that ive been hiding from my scale this month im terrified to go near the thing! BUT i will bite the bullet and jump on at the end of the month since the last time i did was halloween morning.leftovers didnt last but a couple days thanks to a house full of men and kids and for that i am oh so thankful! my football team won on turkey day which definitely made it better lol! GO SKINS! ive been climbing in and out of a 30ft tree stand a few times and im thinking it has something to do with my back bugging the crap out of me the past few days. it's not hard for me but thats the only thing ive been doing differently that may have irritated it.
Hello and welcome to all you newbies and happy holidays to all you wonderful ladies!

11-28-2012, 03:12 PM
Hello, all. Sorry to hear about those of you under the weather. It's great to see so many motivated women. Send some of that my way! I went out to lunch again with hubby. It's nice having him home in the morning/ early afternoon, but hard on my diet. I basically have had someone home since Thansgiving on extended vacation days and it is hard to stay on track with kids and hubby home. I do much better when I have the daytime hours to myself. I am within calorie range, but without much extra for dinner. I hate that!

Good luck today!

11-28-2012, 05:57 PM
goodmorning all...wow this is soooooooo hard...these cravings for carbs are just about killing me..does it get better??...my mind is forever telling me eat it!! eat it!!..or thinking about stuff that is well plain not good for me..shut up mind!! suffice to say i did not give in...i catch myself going to lick the spoon when cooking or taste whatever it is i am cooking for hubby...nope i am not going to do it!! huh exercise is another thing though....i wish i was more motivated to do it..i just plain not!! i am hoping that the trip to the physio on friday will help with this!! the occasional walk around the block i know is not good enough...the pool is not open till the weekend of dec 8th and then that monday i am in like flynn!! off to the local markets today for fresh vege and fruit!!..okays going to get the doggie woggie and go for a walk..it is soooooooo darned hot here!!..kinda discouraging!!

see-woweeeeeeeee whoooooooooot whooooooooot glad you are feeling better hun and the loss even better!!

kyrren-welcome welcome i am new here too..good to meet you

twin-it is good to hear you are feeling better...fingers, toes and eyes crossed that you have got it all!!

sum-my hubby is a diesel mechanic...he looks like a golliwog most days..(well that is what my stepmom calls him)..i call him a grease monkey!! hope you feel better too!!

healthy-christmas...urgggghhhhhhhhh!!..nope no money this year!!..does not matter though cause we are saving for the new year sales instead..that will be our christmas!

gauac- i am with you there about it being easier when you are alone at home by yourself...my plan is to try and eat before i go out!!...lol...lol..lol..i said try!!..wink wink!!

have a good day everyone!! Cheers liz

11-28-2012, 10:22 PM
Hi Everyone...

Tough day today thanks to my soon to be ex....there is a special place in a hot place for him, I hope he gets there soon :devil: No wonder I can't lose weight, my cortisol level is probably through the roof...anyhoo I just wanted to say hello to everyone and stay motivated. Today was my last of my three day cleanse, I was going to do JUST SHAKES but broke down and had some real food......I hope there is a drop in the scale tomorrow otherwise i"m going to be very disappointed. Drinking this junk wasn't fun.....I would much rather EAT my calories then drink them......not to mention the job this cleanse did on my stomach...it's a cleanse alright! :p

LIZARDAU I am a big fan of low carb living although the past few years I haven't been able to pull it off as well. You do lose the cravings as long as you keep your protein high and don't allow yourself to get super hungry, also sugar is the :devil: Hang in there...and you know licking a spoon isn't going to kill you. Eating the pot will...LOL

GUAC I would imagine having hubby home and going to lunch would make it harder to stay OP, but enjoy the time you have together...:hug:

DANGEROUS baby that back! God only gave you one!!

SUM I can't wait to fit into my WHBM clothes again!! Lets exchange pics after we srhink and wear our duds!:dizzy:

HEALTHY ANGIE When you say phase One what are you referring to?


Sorry if there is anyone that I missed. I'm feeling a bit anxious tonight so I'm just going to call it a night and try and get to sleep. There is a full moon and some kind of eclipse so that may be why I"m out of sorts...who knows....Can't wait to see that scale tomorrow!! Crossing fingers and toes!!!

11-28-2012, 10:55 PM
Wow! Wild wimmin of weight-loss world!

Every body seems so motivated or moving in that direction! :cheer:

Tx :thanks: for all the perk-me-up comments. (I don't dare take hormones--blood clots run in my family.) I am finally emerging from my brain fog :faint:, and trying to get motivated again :coach:. I was prolly also fighting the yucks last week - seems like everyone around me is getting sick. Time will tell if my immune system was successful.

Hope everyone is recovering from her yucks, yucky Ex-es, and Dr appts. No time for shout outs - still some time for aerobics. Still not in the right frame of mind :halfempty: / more of a Fake-It-Till-Ya-Make-It attitude. Whatever gets the ## off, right?

2nite: 30min aerobics (or bust), NO liq donuts, some laundry/kitchen cleaning, and paperwork for work :write:. Hope to get to sleep before midnight.

Every day in every way: better and better and better

Moving Forward
11-29-2012, 01:57 AM
Hi ladies.

SeeMyFeet--I'm pulling for your immune system. Hope you are all better soon.

Zumbachicka--Whatever he did, I'm so sorry. Glad to hear he's your almost-ex! There's no way that cleanse didn't work. It sounds like you worked for it with all those shakes.

Lizard--I feel like my cravings have gotten much better over time, but I still have my moments. I can relate to you catching yourself in old habits like licking the spoon. I seriously do that myself. I'm a bit envious of your heat, but you can keep it if it's too hot. Be sure to enjoy that pool.

Guacamole-- Enjoy the extra time with your hubby. I'm making this weight loss plan work with routines and am so thrown off when things change. I can see why it's tough. 99% of my off-plan moments happen in social situations.

HealthyAngie--Between black Friday and cyber Monday, most of my Christmas shopping is done. It's impossible to resist buying things for myself when I see the sales. I got myself new dishes and makeup. I'll go clothes shopping after New Years. I can't wait!

Dangerous curves-- Glad you survived. I bet you are tired with all those people around. Take care of the back. Over activity will do that to me.

Sum38--Since I'll be in the market for clothes soon, I'm curious about this clothing company you like so much. Can you tell me more about it-- why you like it, how the clothes tend to run, etc?

Kyyren--Welcome! I'll be turning 42 in a few weeks and my name is Laurie. Glad you joined us.

Twinieten--Good luck with the training. Hope you feel better soon.

I'm sorry if I've missed anyone. Hope you are all well.

Today I brought a Greek salad to work for lunch. When lunch came around, I had to fight off the biggest, fattest craving for the golden arches. I won, but boy was that a nail biter. The difference in calories was huge, and that's what ultimately got me to eat the poor unappreciated salad. I'm so glad that doesn't happen very often. Jumping in the car and heading for fast food is an old behavior I have basically eliminated.

11-29-2012, 05:25 AM
I'm geting checked in really late. Hope everyone had a good day. Mine could have been better.
H is feeling better. :) Talked to his doctor, it probably was his blood sugar level. He does however wants to see him. We were also told that he will have to wear a heart monitor for 7-10 days to see what's really going on with his heart.

Hope all those who have been under the weather are feeling better. :hug: Stay hydrated & hope to see you back healthy soon.
I'll catch up more with everyone later. See what the dr. says. Keep positive thoughts! Thanks!


11-29-2012, 08:20 AM
Moving Forward WhiteHouseBlackMarket whbm.com has amazing clothes. They are VERY well made, never go out of style. Very classic looking clothing. Their sizes, hmm... I take 8 in jeans, 8/10 in skirts and 12 in dresses (my boobs are too big for their styles...lol) I think they run pretty average, no massive vanity sizing. -- What I like, because the clothing is so well made I have been able to built a quite an impressive wardrobe. Zumba just introduced me to their sister company called Boston Proper and I am going to order a few pieces from them as well.

11-29-2012, 08:31 AM
Down another pound from Monday :woohoo: I have 1.5 pounds left at 150's, woot! I will probably cry when I see those 140's back :D

Today will be my spike day. I am spending the afternoon with my girlfriend; first we will go for a walk (good girls :D) and then off to a Mexican for some dinner. I just need to stay away from margaritas and I am golden :angel:

Everyone have a fab and fit day.

11-29-2012, 08:36 AM
Hope everyone has a great day!

I weighed in a whole pound heavier today, ugh, and the only explanation is that there were a few things I could not count accurately yesterday. I was on jury duty and lunch was provided for us, and while I tried to order healthy (a veggie wrap), I'm pretty sure there were a lot of calories in it, as I saw there was mayonnaise and the veggies were marinated. Also I had a doughnut (which I did count), and also I had some hot sauce with some roasted veggies in the evening that was high in sodium. So now I'm back to normal and being in control of my own food!

How are most of you going about losing the weight? Calorie counting? Other ways?

11-29-2012, 10:25 AM
Great to see this thread so active!!! Love seeing all you wonderful 40 something women rockin it.

Food for the past two days has been good but I have not gotten my exercise in because of my stupid cold. It's all I can do to make it through work. I just go home and crash.

Scale is still not my friend, it is down from my thanksgiving week feast but still not down to my lower number from a week ago. Getting sick of the up and down scale game. I need to get my groove back and stay on plan more days than not.

Happy Thursday all!

11-29-2012, 11:16 AM
This is for Zumba (or for anyone who may be interested :D) -- This is what I am wearing todayhttp://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/browse/product.jsp?maxRec=22&pageId=1&productId=570060072&viewAll=&prd=Velvet+Military+Detail+Jacket&subCatId=&color=&fromSearch=&inSeam=&posId=6&catId=cat210004&cat=Jackets&onSale=&colorFamily=&maxPg=2&size=

11-29-2012, 11:21 AM
I guess I should have taken a picture...:lol3:

11-29-2012, 12:29 PM
zumba -I'm referring to IP (Ideal Protien) Phase 1 where you don't have any carbs and limited calories for the day. It's meant to rebalance your glucose levels ...

Sum -I LOVE Black and White!! Between them and Express they're my main shops!

Moving - I KNOW! It's great when it's BOGO so I can use that excuse! One for them, one for me :D

DH is actually thinking about doing IP with me in January. It will be interesting since he doesn't have a lot of will power and loves his beer. Doctors say to get rid of the snoring, sore joints, etc. he needs to lose about 40 lbs ....
Anyone know any tricks I can use to convince him? I'm not a "policing" type person and I love him at any weight. Also, he has never once told me I needed to lose weight so I'm stuck on how to support him ...

Freakin cold in Eastern PA today!

11-29-2012, 04:42 PM
HealthyAngie – Congrats on the loss! No shopping here yet, but I hope to get some done in the next week! I hope that DH is true to his word about starting in Jan. It is so much easier than doing it alone at home. I just give him tips when he asks. He will ask me what I eat or how to cook something or my recommendation for snacks on the road and restaurants. I just give him advice when he asks, and cook extra of what I’m eating if he wants the same.
Dangerous – Sorry hear about your back. But glad about your team winning!
Guac – I know what you mean about the DH being home. Thankfully mine started LCing about a 2 weeks ago. It has made thing so much easier for me. I still have to cook for the kiddies, but lucky for me they love the LC veggies (cauliflower, green beans, salads, peas, etc.). I always keep fruit around for them too. They do hate it that I do not make or keep sugary treats in the house, but they have gotten used to it now.

Lizard – for me the cravings got better after a few weeks. Now as each week goes by I think less and less about snacks in the form of sugary or salty processed food. Thanks for the welcome.

SeeMyFeet – glad things are looking better, and I too subscribe to the fake-it-til-you-make-it attitude sometimes. Most of the time it works 

Moving Forward – I hear you on the fast food fight. I had something similar yesterday. My friend and I went out for lunch to get stuff for the office and were right in front of BWW. I wanted to go so bad, but I told her no, we have our lunch back at the office and we need to be good! Yay!

MrsTryingAgain – Glad to hear a little good news about the DH. My DH had to wear the heart monitor for a few days. Needless to say he ended up taking it off himself after about 48 hours. Men! I hope your DH gets some results from it.

Sum – Have a great time with your friend today and congrats on the weight loss. I have never checked out either of those two clothing stores, so I am going to take a look this evening.

Olehcat – Sorry about the pound up, I know it is frustrating to not be in control of your menu, but great attitude about moving forward.

NeMom – glad you are having a success at staying on plan. Hope you feel better soon.

My scale didn’t move today. I’m relieved actually because I did a pretty intense workout last night and expected to be up. But still 193.4 and hoping to see a loss tomorrow, because only light workout planned tonight.

11-29-2012, 07:09 PM
ooooooh it is frustrating...i soooo wish i could do more exercise on land...when i walk both of my legs go numb on me after a while...forces me to stop...grrrrrrrrrrrr!!..oh well i will continue to try..going to physio this afternoon..he might have some answers..i suspect it is my back that is causing this problem and unfortunately there is nothing much you can do about it..might just have to be the pool for me..fingers crossed everyone that with the physio's help and my doctor i can get into the local pool for a cut price!!

oh good news i put on a pair of leggings yesterday that fit me better than when i first put them on!!...probably water loss but still good...nope i am not going to weigh myself at all..i do go to the doctors every 3 months and they weigh me there so i will find out then how i am doing!!

mrstrying-hope your hubby gets some better news hun!!..will wish you both the best of luck!!

sum-enjoy the mexican!!..congrats on the loss...i went out to the markets with my bestie yesterday and we stopped for chinese (this happens to be my favourite)...she had a meal and i chomped on radishes (which were darned hot) and drank a bottle of water..i waited till i got home to have something to eat!!

olecat-i am watching my carbs and fat and mainly eating heaps of vege and fruit..i am doing the soup diet for a while...probably modify it a bit later on when i have lost a bit!!

nemom- oh i hope you feel better soon hun!!

kyrren-wow you are an inspiration..i soo wish i could be as physical as you guys are!! and i think 87kg is fantastic!!

moving forward-that is amazing!!...you are amazing to fight that compulsion and win..i think every little win is a big one!!..you go gal!!

11-29-2012, 09:14 PM
Sum38 - what an awesome outfit!

Hello, all! I love seeing so many people posting - all of us fighting the good fight. However, I do feel overwhelmed to respond individually - I am so far behind! I do read the posts and they do help me - so thanks to all of you for sharing your daily struggles and successes! Sometimes I feel so alone and overwhelmed in this journey.

TOM is here again....ugh! I haven't stepped on the scale this week - I didn't eat well overall and didn't exercise except for Monday. I had lots of veggies today - roasted brussel sprouts (yum!), cauliflower, and asparagus. Seasoned with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. I grilled chicken and burgers - ate mine without a bun. Mashed potatoes too - bad guac! Anyway, I went nuts in the kitchen cooking and also grilled out in the cold. I actually enjoy grilling in the winter.

Will I ever break these 150s? Will I give up before I get to goal? The answer to these questions and more lies ahead.

11-30-2012, 02:14 AM
Good evening all!
It was a crazy busy day for me. And one that was an emotional roller coaster. Trust me, I like the roller coasters at Disneyland faaaaar better! Been trying to get assistance for H's meds and nobody seems to know their head from a hole in the ground. It wasn't until late this afternoon that we might have found some assistance. :crossed: I can't afford all his meds & appts but I also can't afford to have him in the hospital either. UGH!
Went for a walk in the rain. Loved it! I found a really, really cute pink rain jacket on eBay for only a couple of bucks, it matches my striped Totes umbrella! I looked cute as could be if I say so myself! :lol:

Okay, on to responding to other posts:
guacamole:Yes, you WILL break the 150s! Give yourself a chance. TOM of is never really kind. But you are doing well by eating your veggies! Lastly, grilling in cold weather...H LOVES it! One time when snowed 10 inches where we lived at the time, he made a path to the grill & used it. About 20 mins later a neighbor called to say we were making him crave bbq, so he did the same thing! :lol:

lizarddau: I have the same type issues. I battle with sciatica & probably nerve damage...I have constant numbness in my left thigh. Been to several drs. & they can't give me any answers. :mad: Give yourself time. Be patient. I could barely walk for 10 mins 6 weeks ago, now I can do upwards of 45 mins. It may not always be perfect, but I'm doing it & it's getting better! :) Also look for other options if they are available for little or no cost in your area. Let us know how it goes!

healthyangie: Trying to help a spouse is not always easy, or should I say ever? ;) As you've probably seeing in my posts my hubby's health is a major concern for me right now & a lot of that revolves around him not eating as healthy as he should & exercise. Maybe if you can just talk about how you can help each other...help mates to one another! Make healthy meals together. If you don't grocery shop together, that is one thing H & I do...at least make the HEALTHY shopping list together. Try to find alternatives to the junk he may currently be eating. We used to ALWAYS have chips in the house, but now it's fresh fruits/veggies, yogurt & lightly salted nuts. Soda is a some time thing...water & iced tea is our new beverages of choice! Finally...be patient, be encouraging, be forgiving & work together to find new HEALTHY options. Then take him along for a walk! :kickcan:

NEMom: Stay hydrated. :getwell: I know it's hard to keep yourself going when you feel lousey. I think accomplishing work each day is good. When your up to par you'll be back at it! Ready to take names & kick butt!

SUM38: Congrats! COME ON 140s!!!! Did you enjoy your dinner out. Hope the margaritas behaved themselves!!! :yes:

MovingForward: Good job! Gold star for the day! I know it's not easy to say NO to things we crave. But the more you are able to say NO the easier it gets. I have only really craved fast food once since I started on this journey...and it was when H was stuck in the hospital. Stress eating. :o Remember nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels!

11-30-2012, 02:31 AM
hey mrs trying and all of you lovely gals....yeah the numbness sucks but i am still persisting...went to a physio today armed with xrays and scans taken some 5 years ago and a specialist report...did i mention i have shermans disease and osteo arthritis throughout my spine??...he said it is the degeneration of my spine that is causing the numbness and that exercise such as running, aerobics and other such exercises are probably a no no for me...i have tried the gym and found it hurt me tooooo much after 3 months and it is very expensive too...so our plan of attack is some pilates exercises and also some hydro therapy...this suits me fine i have done something similar before and i love the water..i am a cancerian so us crabs are drawn to water like a magnet...always been a bit of a water baby.....my plan is to walk twice a day with my pudgy doggie woggie...long story and i posted this in the pudgy pet thread so i won't repeat it here...you can go there to see some of my scrapbook pages too if you like...i design the kits used to make them...so all is good so far!!...looking forward to some lean steak and steamed vege for tea tonight and also a walk with doggie woggie and hubby..
hope you all have had an awesome day!!...cheers liz

when i was out it did cross my mind to get something to eat...but nah i resisted!! whooooooooot whoooooooooot!!..came home and had a coffee instead!!

11-30-2012, 02:35 AM
gauc hang in there...look at what you have done already..sheeeeeesh i am just starting out...and i tell you it feels like i am climbing mt everest in more ways than one...what you have lost is amazing i think...to me that is just great!!...stick at it girl!!...cheers liz

11-30-2012, 08:18 AM
Okee, I was being naughty :( I ate my whole meal of shrimp and beef tacos, with rice and re-fried beans; had 2 margaritas and in the evening I had 2 more glasses of wine. -- Needless to say I am NOT stepping on scale this am...I did last night and scale was sky high :o I used my yesterday's stats for the 40 somethings weekly weigh-in. -- But it was fun though :dizzy: I love my friends.

Today back on track; my walk and it is a lower body toning day; squats and planks. I am still sore from Wednesday's squats session :D

lizarddau Ouch, sorry to hear about all those problems you are having :( I hope water therapy will get your back stronger.

MrsTryingAgain I am so sorry about your hubby :hug: Hang in there!

guacamole YUMMY!! I love roasted veggies and I think I will make some for tonight's dinner. -- You will beat these 150's :hug: We are neck to neck what comes to our weight.

Kyrren hope your scale gave you a favorable number this morning.

healthyangie Let's hope that your hubby joins you. Maybe he could do a different kind of diet where he could still enjoy a beer or two? South Beach perhaps? Or just calorie counting? -- I snore :o and it has make me work harder on this weightloss because I am embarrassed over it.

NEMom I hope your cold is gone.

olehcat You probably got a lot of sodium out of catered food, plus sitting all day long would bloat anyone. -- I hope scale has gone down for you.

:wave: to anyone else I missed.

Have a fab day!!

11-30-2012, 11:28 AM
Weird morning...Had an early morning meeting at work, then had to run home to pick up some things, so thought I'd check in...

Still struggling with the Bad Mood For No Reason :mad: :stress: :bomb: :tantrum::?:. I'm pretty even-tempered, and normally it's an outside trigger that puts me in a Bad Mood. After 10 years of stress and drama, everything's pretty good for me now. Maybe my emotions are programmed to go through a slump? Is this due to the perfect storm of new lifestyle/menopause/low blood sugar? Surely this is not the new me?

Anyway, this is the place for setting goals and solving problems, right? I started a 21 day challenge to rid myself of the late-night liquid donuts habit--a calorie-saving strategy and also a strategy to help me move into an Early-to-Bed/Early-to-Rise/More Productivity In All Areas lifestyle. Getting caught up on projects at work would put me in a better mood......The scale is definitely not helping--up yesterday and today :mad:....I'm struggling to keep this Bad Mood from derailing my Lifestyle Efforts....Not doing too bad on calories, but definitely need more exorcise.

Well....gotta put on the calm, professional face and get back to work. Keep my secrets, will ya?

11-30-2012, 11:33 AM
I love all of you ladies! :hug:

Thanks so much for the encouragement. I need it!

Stepped on the scale to 153 today. Ughh! Although, who knows how high I was a few days ago? Since this is the first time I weighed in this week, maybe I actually gained and lost a bit? My waist bands have been tight.

Back into the trenches....

11-30-2012, 01:01 PM
Thank you all for the well wishes. I am starting to feel better but not 100% yet. I have not exercised all week but plan to be back at on Monday.
Food last night was not great. Had a small binge, I was trying to feed my cold or something. I really need to find something else to do in the colder evenings than watch TV and eat!
I have a goal for the weekend to stay as close to OP as possible. I really need to drop this weight and weekends always set me back.
I hope all you wonderful ladies have a wonderful weekend!!!

11-30-2012, 02:36 PM
Happy Friday Ladies!
well, i braved the beast today (scale) and to my utter shock and surprise im DOWN 2 lbs (203)for the month! granted it's half my normal monthly loss but hey at least it's not a gain and it's 5 day before my TOM! that puts me down 29lbs so far, 56 lbs to goal and 2 more lbs closer to my first mini goal! YEEHAA! i'm soooooo excited and i just can't hide it! lol gonna be a great weekend in my little pea brain anyways lol!
SMF~ love the "exorcise" reference! maybe spend a little alone time and do a little more "exorcise" to help with your mood and work out any frustrations? personally i think it may just be the added pressure that the holidays seem to bring even when your thinking your not under any? good luck and your secret is safe!
NEM~ glad your finally starting to feel better and i'm sure you will be back on track in no time at all! weekends are hard for me as well cuz everyone is home plus added company and that always means more food none of which is healthy in the least ugh! heres wishing you a great weekend and a better start for your coming week!
Guac~ ur always such an encouragement for me even when i was a long time lurker lol no matter how good or bad you "think" you did or are doing you just keep right on "plugging along" to use ur phrase lol and encouraging everyone else to keep going!

11-30-2012, 02:46 PM
zumba~ woman i get tired just reading about all your work out and classes and such- u go girl!
lizard~ i so feel ur pain with the back theres a whole different meaning to back ache and back pain and i have found this out the hard way! spent all last year thinking i was going to have to get a walker to use just to get around my home and i had just turned 44 when it happened! hence a very big wake up call for my new lifestyle (trying hard to avoid surgery that they say may not even help anyway).
sum~ here i'll help... next time those margaritas twist your arm just say ur having a couple for me and cheers lol!
MTA~ i so truly hope things get worked straightened with with your dh's health and the financial issues which def doesnt help the stress levels, your in my prayers as all you wonderful women are!
have a great weekend all and if i missed anyone please forgive me! hugs to all!

11-30-2012, 04:25 PM
hi there guys good morning to you all!! having a berocca and steaming some vege for breaky...good thing it is shopping day today..running out of veges..lol..lol..lol..going for a weee walkie soon and start the
pilates later on in the day when my body has warmed up a bit..i get a little stiff from sleeping..but gets better as the day goes on!..i am going to soldier on despite the pain!!..tis not going to beat me!! everyone try and have a good day...see ya later!!..cheers liz

sum-thanks for the well wish..i am okays it is something that i just have to live with..i will do almost anything to improve my situation at the
moment..being in pain is no way to live and lets face it we are not getting any younger!! oh and i love margarita's!!

see-hey hun i can sympathise with you over the bad mood thing...since i have been cutting the carbs my temper has been a bit unpredictable and i am usually soooo easy going...i put it down to my body reacting to the low sugar..and the exercise well i need to do more of that and i will...you will too hun!!

gauc-oh wow keep on plugging along..i am sure you will get there...i see how much you have lost already so i knows you can do it!!

danger-congrats on the loss hun!! whoooooooooooot whoooooooooooot!! yeah about the surgery...nope won't help me and i have heard so many bad things about people who have had it that i probably would not go there if it was an option...my back is too badly effected by the shermans disease and arthritis that i don't think they could fix it!! yah and ditto about the wake up
call lifestyle change!!

11-30-2012, 06:40 PM
So how is everyone? I weighed a pound less this morning, so back to 144.6. I'm really crossing my fingers for another drop for tomorrow!

So my new calorie amount (which includes veggies) is 1400. It seems do-able. I mean right now it's a Friday evening and I'd love to have bunches of pizza and/or wine, but tonight will not be that night. I will save calories for something like that. I'm going to see a play with my mom and there will be a wine reception afterwards so I've saved some calories for a glass of wine.

I had more treats than I would like today, but all within my allotment. I bought some very healthy food at the grocery store today for the coming week.

lizard -sorry you're having back pain! That's no fun! What is the soup diet?

dangerouscurves - wow, congrats on the weight loss! That's always fun when you're not expecting it and it happens!

NEmom - I find it almost impossible to stay on plan when I have a cold. Go you for trying!

guacamole - ugh, I hate those jump upwards like that! It has happened to me more than I care to admit. It will go down. Lots of water and stay on plan!

Sum38 - yes, definitely probably sodium in the food! And oh, actually the margaritas and Mexican food and wine sounds SO GOOD!

Moving Forward
12-01-2012, 12:05 AM
Happy day everyone! I too, am feeling a little overwhelmed so will have to shout out to people sporadically. I'm reading everyone's posts, enjoying your insights and learning from all of you.

Sum-Thanks for the info! I've already checked out the website and the clothes are beautiful! Maybe I'll need to treat myself soon.

Dangerouscurves--woo hoo! Celebrate!

I weighed in at 154.5 today, a new low for me. :carrot: With that said, I very rarely see a low weight again the next day. For whatever reason, my body either continues with a whoosh or makes a small jump up on me. And it looks like my TOM is here... I've been pushing myself the past few days to lower my caloric intake even lower than usual. I'm not suffering, surprisingly, but I hope I'm not sabotaging my metabolism. Today I've eaten about 900 calories, but I don't at all feel like I've starved myself. It was all nutritious and satisfying. I'm open to any opinions about this.

I saw my mom last night. She noticed my weight loss for the first time. With genuine surprise, she said "What happened to your boobs?". She said that's the first thing she noticed. Gotta love family. :rolleyes:

12-01-2012, 12:22 AM
oh wow moving!!..i am sooooo laughing my face off...sorrry...what your mum said is what i am dreading..rofl...although i am trading off being more healthy with the loss of my bust..i do not have much to start with..lol...lol...tis okays hubby has to like it or lump it...oh wow hilarious..sorry about the pun!!..i have been to see the new james bond movie and i was soooo good i did not have my favourite popcorn but bought some apples and had a glass of water instead!!..sooo proud of myself...almost 2 weeks now..going to do some pilates when i finish the housework!!

oh the soup diet is basically a vege soup...with lots of cabbage..you can eat this anytime you want...day 1 have fruit and all the soup you can eat...day 2 have all the veges you want and one potatoe and soup...day 3 combine veges and fruit and soup...day 4 have up to 6 bananas and milk and soup...day 5 allowed 1 piece of steak (very lean) and soup and up to 6 tomoatoes...day 6 allowed meat at every meal and soup...day 7 brown rice and unsweetened juice and soup...now i don't do this strictly...but i do try and follow as much as i can...like on banana day i might have say only 4 bananas...on meat day only 2 meals with steak or lean chicken...on day 7 i might just have rice for one meal and or maybe not depending on how i feel...so basically what i am doing and i think i am going to cut the soup...a bit sick of it at the moment is just eat the fruit and veges and other stuff...mix it up a bit...cut out the banana day and only have one banana..cut out the rice and perhaps have that really cool very low carb noodles made by the brand changs??...not sure yet but that is what i am planning on doing next week..continuing the low carb thing but not having soo much soup!!

12-01-2012, 12:53 AM
I can only pop in for a minute. Busy day, but a fairly productive day. Got all of H's meds!!!! We found that a certain chain was basically HALF the price. (Still too expensive--$240---but with a little help from my AWESOME mom...we were able to get a month's worth to keep him healthy til maybe we get assistance) We are also looking into discount programs, too. I am far more relaxed as compared to yesterday. :cry: I didn't have one single crying fit! Yesterday I cried for over an hour straight. :cry: I just felt soooo devestated by the news we were given about getting assistance for H's health.
We both ate healthy and went for a walk in the rain late this afternoon. It was sooo AWESOME!! There was a double rainbow! It's sooo awesome when nature gives you a bonus for going out & enjoying some time with her! ;) I got work in the AM. Oh, well...

MovingForward: Congrats on the new low! Doing a little happy dance for ya! Yup, family gotta love it...you really have no choice! :lol:

olehcat: Good job on the weight drop. Hope your healthy shopping pays off, I find the healthier the shopping the better I feel.

liz: Sounds like you are making good progress. Keep it up!

dangerouscurves: WOO HOO!!! A goal reached! Congrats! Hearing about others reaching their goal makes me want mine even MORE!! Thanks for the push!

NEMom: Glad your feeling better. Being sick, sucks! But you already know that, right?

guacamole: I'm right there with you! I have the combat boots on & have been marching (hopefully) to a loss on Sunday. Hup, two, three, four! You know what you're fighting for!

SeeMyFeet: I have the same issue. I work in customer service...one of the most THANKLESS jobs. Some people are so rude & nasty. I honestly wished that they had spent a month serving people like them...maybe then they'd be a little nicer. (Ask me some time about a local politician!) :hug: Just breathe. Don't let some wart on society's behind ruin your day. You are better than that! :hug: Also remember that they may be nasty because their life is so shallow & pathetic. I always make up some story like that in mind, so that the only joy in their life is stepping on others. But I know that your parents nor mine raised ladders nor doormats! Karma will get 'em! :devil:

SUM38: So the margaritas & other things won, huh? Well, be good & get back on track. It was just ONE day out of all days. Remember we all have to splurge once in awhile....just not all the time! ;)

Night all! Hope everyone has a great weekend! Be healthy! Catch up with you when I can!

12-01-2012, 01:07 AM
hey mrs trying...good news on hubbys meds...here in aussie land we have a fairly good health system and people who are pensioners get a pretty good deal with meds and stuff..however some are not covered by the medicare system...and that is when you pay big bucks...we also have a pretty good aged care system too where people are cared for no matter how wealthy or poor...so we are pretty lucky in some ways..don't get me wrong it has its downfallys and it does miss some very needy people like the homeless, mentally ill and disabled...but i think they are working on the disabled though...i am sooooo sorry you are feeling sooo sad...please know that things will get better if slowly...it sounds like you guys are going in the right directions anyways...ooooooh a double rainbow is sooo cool i have seen one or two and they are spectacular...wishing you both all the best...cheers liz

oh i dropped in on having a break from cleaning...it is soooooooooooo hot here i am sweating my butt off and i have the air con and fans going...urrrghhhhhhh bugger i hate the heat!!

12-01-2012, 01:25 AM
:rofl: MovingForward--your mom is too much! :joker: I wouldn't mind one bit if I lost some of mine :moo:.

Lizarddau--sounds like a well-thought out meal plan. Did you come up with the plan yourself?....Hey....don't you push your land exercises too much--listen to your body. Pain is a signal. Way to resist temptation today! (one step at a time)....wait a minute---you can drink coffee in that heat?

Dangerouscurves--WOW. So close to ONEderland!!!!! Trying to contain my jealousy!!! (Jealousy, not envy) :wave:

olehat--hope you enjoyed the play. And wine. :smoking: (getting carried away with these smilies!)

Twineten--war u at?? you realize...you've been sick all November?!?!?

Awwwwww...MrsT--I feel so bad that you've been that upset!!! I know how it is when life deals blows like that......I haven't had such a scare from my DH yet, but I know I would be terribly upset, too. Hugs from all of us :grouphug: . Sounds like there's hope that an improved lifestyle for your husband will provide health benefits (and possible relief from expensive prescriptions). Keep marching forward....toward those rainbows and that pot of gold!

Happy thoughts directed toward everyone else. Did some folks get taken by the Tx turkey? cbigsis? Suchawittygal? newleaf? dorrie? chickadee? I know there are some more.

I am glad it is Friday. Been pretty good on calories, not so much on exorcise. I plan on avoiding the liquid donuts again tonight and sleeping in tomorrow. Maybe until 7:30 :eek:. Lots of work to catch up on this weekend, but I have GOT TO GET SOME EXERCISE!!!!

Keep on keepin' on, all!

12-01-2012, 01:30 AM
yeah gosh hun i can drink coffee anytime, anywhere...tis my only addiction per say apart from food...lol..lol...i cannot function without coffee although i did buy some green tea to try and get off it but heck i thought tis my only vice left...food is not a problem now so coffee it tis..with low fat milk and artificial sweetner it is my chocolate, my treat!!..lol..lol..lol...crickey better get the floors done before we go shopping!!...EEEEEEEEEEKKKK!! hubby will be home any tick of the clock...cheers liz

12-01-2012, 09:00 AM
lizarddau I have been coffee free about a month now. I had one cup of decaf on Thanksgiving, and it was very good. -- I drain a pot of white tea each morning. I must say, my tummy feels much better. I used cream and lots of it, and I decided to let go. It was surprisingly easy, tho... Now if I could let go of the wine ;)

SeeMyFeet Lol, see what I just said...I too need to give up the liquid calories...I did not have any wine last night ...:woohoo:

Mrs T (that what I am called as well :D) I am glad you found some "cheaper" options. Sometimes when you write the manufacturer directly, they could help you with coupons etc.

Moving Forward :cheers: to TOM...mine came a few days early, and brought nearly 4 pounds with "him" as a gift :mad: -- Congrats on your new low. We are just about the same weight and height.

olehcat How was your weigh in this am?

dangerouscurvesahead :yay: on your drop!!!

:wave: to NEMom and guacamole. Where is Zumba?

12-01-2012, 09:20 AM
My weight is still up over 3 pounds because of TOM and my splurge day on Thursday :( I ate quite clean yesterday and I was a tad bit disappointed that scale stayed stubbornly up. Oh well, this too shall pass.

We are listing our house up for sale today. I am so surprised that I am not stressed out over it. It has been our home for 10 years...now we are off to new adventures.

I am taking a day off from walking. My body is sore. I upped my workouts this week, more sets for weights and added squats into the mix as well.

Sending :dust: to all.

12-01-2012, 06:14 PM
Hello all, I posted in Dec, then figured I'd see what I missed over here, I see I missed alot...lol

Sounds like we're keepin' on keepin' on...I managed to lose a pound and a half over the month of Nov. considering my birthday, thanksgiving and supper with the guys at the hunting cabin, I'll def. take it.

It's been definitely winter like here, but supposed to warm up then cool down, then warm up again...don't know what I'd do without the treadmill.

Tried to take my little half-crazy dog to the rail-trail today, he was way too excited, didn't know what to make of the joggers, dogs, etc. it wasn't too busy thank goodness, but I won't take him again unless is just at dawn or something when less people are there, he was sniffing everything, then pulling to try and catch up to other dogs, growled at a jogger, it might have been the first time he saw a jogger...we always walk or hike...oh well, we tried...I can't have him growling at people, we'll have to go elsewhere, but hunting season will be over soon, so it won't be an issue to walk around here with him.

ok, that was way more than I meant to post...best to all

12-02-2012, 10:31 AM
Morning!! :flow2:

We went out for sushi and I am BLOATED! Surprisingly scale went down a bit, but it is still up 2 pounds from Thursday. My sushi did not help...

Plan for today

weight 153.8
exercise 5 mile walk
upper body weights

white tea
salad with avocados and tuna
turkey pineapple chili :drool:

Wishing everyone :dust:

12-02-2012, 12:19 PM
Eh, weighed in at 144.6 today (after a nice drop yesterday to 143.6). I'm SO close to the lower 140s I can taste it! I've run 4 miles two days in a row. I need to incorporate strength training and need to figure out how to do that. I'm a little lost in that realm.

Moving Forward – heh, I love it when my boob size goes down, actually. I wear like a 34D, so it’s so hard to find a small band size and larger cup size. When I’m closer to my regular ideal weight, I’m a 32 with still a larger cup size. I am not sure about the lowering of calories. I’d like to say that it’s fine as long as you feel good and energetic and are getting the proper nutrients, but the whole metabolism thing is mystifying to me.

Lizarddau – how is the soup diet going for you? Do you see results? I know which diet you’re talking about now. I think we call it the cabbage soup diet here! I think I tried it once and only lasted a day, LOL! Also I don’t like some of the food on it, like I HATE skim milk, so I never knew what substitutions were appropriate on any given day.

MrsTryingAgain – glad you were able to get all the meds! It’s so scary when dealing with major health issues like that. I am excited about using my food this week (and today). And I do not understand people who have to be so nasty in public like that. I always try to treat people out and about the way I’d want to be treated. It’s just decent.

SeeMyFeet – I always enjoy wine, haha, part of my problem!

Sum38 – My weigh-in yesterday was 143.6, which was awesome (still not back down to 142.8 but whatever, getting closer) but then today it was back up to 144.4! Ah, well. Tomorrow I am determined not to have a high weigh-in as I almost always do on Mondays for some reason. Good luck with your house! And omg, I love going out for sushi but yes, the bloat is crazy afterward!

Kelijpa – heh, I’ve never had a dog, but I’ve always wanted one for running purposes. I can see it can be more complicated if they are not used to seeing other runners! :D

12-02-2012, 12:30 PM
New month, new chat


12-03-2012, 01:36 PM
Nice drop on my B-day down 190.8.

No weight today - battery died on my scale.

MrsT - :hug: :hug:

Be back when I can