Ideal Protein Diet - Fabulous at Fifty+ .... A home for those of us 50 and older on IP! VOLUME 7




rainbowsmiles
11-29-2012, 04:16 PM
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Welcome to the Vol. 7 home of Fabulous at Fifty + !!
started by DanafromAustin

This is the place to share our thoughts, ideas, challenges, frustrations, and most importantly our joy of being 50+
LOVIN' LIFE and on IP. Welcome everyone! :grouphug:

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rainbowsmiles
11-29-2012, 04:17 PM
its getting close to that time again ladies...and since i will be away tomorrow and the weekend, thought i'd get a jump on the new thread :)

WE ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

rainbowsmiles
11-29-2012, 04:23 PM
WEIGHT ON MONDAY 11.26.2012 290.8
FINAL WEIGH IN: THURSDAY MORNING 11.29.2012 288.2

VITAMINS: yes yes yes
WATER: close to 80 ounces

WHAT I PLAN TO DO TO MAKE IT HAPPEN: stay focused, post, update my menu, pack my ip travel kit for the weekend!!

HOW SUCCESSFUL I WAS WITH MY PLAN TODAY: superb!!! 100% and on target!

posting in early because i am leaving tomorrow for the weekend...be back late sunday night!!

someone please volunteer to update the bootcamp board :) :D

thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!


rainbowsmiles
11-29-2012, 04:26 PM
I'm actually getting to the point where my middle isn't bigger than my top. I'll post a pic update one of these days. I was gonna wait another month. Still have the same shirt but I bet It'll be the last pic in that shirt...

I'm sitting at my desk looking fondly at my wedding pics and can't wait til I'm THAT size (about 190) again but I was SQUEEZED into my dress. Someday that dress will be too big too! Hopefully by our 6th wedding anniversary on 7/7

Baby steps!

yes, baby steps add up!!!!! make sure you SAVE that top and just keep taking photos wearing it even as it falls off your shoulders!!

WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

my mini bootcamp so far has yielded a 2.6 loss in 3 days!!!!!!!!!! and got me into a new decade!! yeah bootcamp!!

greeniris
11-29-2012, 07:21 PM
Congratulations Rainbow!!!! and I'm still chuckling at your poem! LOL

Lisa - nothing wrong with baby steps! You're doing great!

I've stayed OP today, but need to finish my supplements & water. I think my first P3 breakfast is going to be Peachy Bread Pudding (one of LizRR's recipes)!

rainbowsmiles
11-29-2012, 07:24 PM
Congratulations Rainbow!!!! and I'm still chuckling at your poem! LOL

Lisa - nothing wrong with baby steps! You're doing great!

I've stayed OP today, but need to finish my supplements & water. I think my first P3 breakfast is going to be Peachy Bread Pudding (one of LizRR's recipes)!

peaches...............................yummmmmmmmmm mmmmm
one day ....

rainbowsmiles
11-29-2012, 07:33 PM
:hohoho:all packed for the family christmas party!! :wreath:TSO 2morrow night and christmas presents on sat and church on sun....its gonna be an awesome weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rudolph:

WingnutandMe
11-29-2012, 08:35 PM
Oops. Just posted in the old thread. Better close it down, Rainbow.

Molly

rainbowsmiles
11-29-2012, 08:38 PM
love u molly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
old thread now closed....thanks!!

Rhonduz
11-29-2012, 10:01 PM
Ok I admit it. I did not do so well today. Don't really know what happened but all my resolve went to h@@@ in a hand basket. And I am mad ar me. Ok tomorrow will be a new day. I'm over it TGIf for tomorrow! Got the grand boys starting at 3:30 tomorrow and a sick momma. Say a prayer for rhonduz pleazzzzzzzz!

Halfagain
11-29-2012, 11:02 PM
Wow, yes, TFIG indeed, tomorrow. I probably did something silly tonight - if not off plan. I doused my beef and veggies with soy sauce, and my WI is tomorrow.... drink drink drink water!!! so I soak it all up for a day or two... ah well, it tasted great. I got my Wii today!! but it's going under the tree for Christmas. Still we had 14 days for returns, so wanted to make sure it worked :) it does.. I got to "box" for a few minutes just to make sure it worked. Got the ol' arm flaps going... I'll have to remember to wear my arm shapers! I'm excited about really getting to play with it.

Soooooo since Wii is Christmas... I may still get something special for the 100 lb mark (hopefully next week). Probably a bracelet I'm thinking.

patns
11-30-2012, 12:15 AM
Wow, yes, TFIG indeed, tomorrow. I probably did something silly tonight - if not off plan. I doused my beef and veggies with soy sauce, and my WI is tomorrow.... drink drink drink water!!! so I soak it all up for a day or two... ah well, it tasted great. I got my Wii today!! but it's going under the tree for Christmas. Still we had 14 days for returns, so wanted to make sure it worked :) it does.. I got to "box" for a few minutes just to make sure it worked. Got the ol' arm flaps going... I'll have to remember to wear my arm shapers! I'm excited about really getting to play with it.

Soooooo since Wii is Christmas... I may still get something special for the 100 lb mark (hopefully next week). Probably a bracelet I'm thinking.

Did you lose almost a100 pounds since June? That is amazing! You deserve a nice bracelet.
Good luck on the weigh-in

AliKay
11-30-2012, 06:47 AM
Morning Ladies! Congrats Rainbow on the 8's...Love the poem! Halfagain, you are amazing! Woo Hoo!

Weighed in last night at my brother's and I'm down 2.8 pounds for this week. I've passed my 1/2 way mark for pounds lost, to my first goal of 180! Five more to Onederland! I like the Boot Camp, revised version for me, keeps me accountable.

Have a wonderful day! We are supposed to hit 60 today...20 degrees two days ago and 60 today!

sstw1
11-30-2012, 08:56 AM
Good morning! Rainbow, LOVE your poem! Wow - and wonderful chef AND a poet....aren't you the renaissance woman:-) As far as the shrinking boobs, my DAUGHTER walked into the house this week, gave me a hug and proceeded to make comments about my cute "mosquito bites" on my chest! Sweet, huh? LOL.

Well, I stayed OP yesterday, however, somewhere along the way, I totally forgot a packet. Even looking through what I posted yesterday, I didn't include a packet for lunch - and it wasn't until I was sitting at an LSU basketball game last night that I realized I had missed a packet. Mmmm - "menopausal moment" maybe? Grrrr.....

Today's menu:
Breakfast: 2 c coffee and IP RTU Vanilla Drink
Lunch : Cucumbers & IP Pina Colada Drink
Snack: IP Crispy Cereal Pancakes & Celestial Seasonings "Sugar Cookie" Tea
Dinner: (Going out for our 5 year dating anniversary, so not sure, but probably 8 oz filet and steamed veggies.) Going to be hard to resist one glass of wine to toast our anniversary - but am going to remain strong and order sparkling water with lemon!!!

Boyfriend has been so supportive of me in the endeavor, and tells everyone about my accomplishments, so I'm sure he'll be on board with me passing on the wine, even though we LOVE going to wine tastings and events.....but it will be there when I get to goal - and when my blood tests reveal drop in bp, glucose numbers and cholesterol!!!!!!

Have a happy Friday:)

lisa32989
11-30-2012, 09:24 AM
peaches...............................yummmmmmmmmm mmmmm
one day ....

Okay, we need to find a peach-flavored-sumthin-or-other!
Is there an alternative peachy drink?
Peach Mio? (the Mango-Peach tastes more like Mango to me. Haven't tried the Peach Tea yet. I'm a plain-unsweet tea girl so not sure about this one)

Ideas?
I can find subs for my other fav flavors: raspberry, strawberry (thanks WF) Blueberry, lemon, lime, cherry. But PEACH...<le sigh>....
I'm not even that big of an apple girl but I like the WF apple butter. WHERE's my peach? (remember "Where's the beef?") Oh my, I'm in a mood this morning...:rofl:
************************

Even tho I'm not to my next goal, I've started looking for my wii fit on ebay. With Christmas looming, I'm guessing prices will be going up. I'll get one when I find a good price & just keep it in a closet or the garage. It will get hooked up when I meet mini goal #4 (=205).

I took one of my (TWO!) exercise balls to work. I'm going to start using it for my desk chair, hoping I can increase core strength in this passive manner and start working on rehabbing my back. I have SI joint probs and I've been to PT for it in the past. I got into such bad shape through falls and injuries and then needing foot surgery and then recovery from foot surgery that the need for the exercises for the SI joint went on a back-burner. It is TIME to move forward with this. Back pain keeps holding me back. I can't even walk very far w/o back pain rearing its ugly head! grrrr

This is my first step toward adding some exercise back into my life. It amazes me that 5 years ago I was going to the gym every morning at 5 am (before my hip started hurting). How quickly we can go downhill :(

But now I'm headed up, up, up!!! :goodvibes:cloud9:

greeniris
11-30-2012, 09:29 AM
Weighed in last night at my brother's and I'm down 2.8 pounds for this week. I've passed my 1/2 way mark for pounds lost, to my first goal of 180! Five more to Onederland! I like the Boot Camp, revised version for me, keeps me accountable.

Congratulations! Almost 3 more lbs gone forever!!!
Good morning! Rainbow, LOVE your poem! Wow - and wonderful chef AND a poet....aren't you the renaissance woman:-) As far as the shrinking boobs, my DAUGHTER walked into the house this week, gave me a hug and proceeded to make comments about my cute "mosquito bites" on my chest! Sweet, huh? LOL.

Well, I stayed OP yesterday, however, somewhere along the way, I totally forgot a packet. Even looking through what I posted yesterday, I didn't include a packet for lunch - and it wasn't until I was sitting at an LSU basketball game last night that I realized I had missed a packet. Mmmm - "menopausal moment" maybe? Grrrr.....

Today's menu:
Breakfast: 2 c coffee and IP RTU Vanilla Drink
Lunch : Cucumbers & IP Pina Colada Drink
Snack: IP Crispy Cereal Pancakes & Celestial Seasonings "Sugar Cookie" Tea
Dinner: (Going out for our 5 year dating anniversary, so not sure, but probably 8 oz filet and steamed veggies.) Going to be hard to resist one glass of wine to toast our anniversary - but am going to remain strong and order sparkling water with lemon!!!

Boyfriend has been so supportive of me in the endeavor, and tells everyone about my accomplishments, so I'm sure he'll be on board with me passing on the wine, even though we LOVE going to wine tastings and events.....but it will be there when I get to goal - and when my blood tests reveal drop in bp, glucose numbers and cholesterol!!!!!!

Have a happy Friday:)
Kids! Even when grown up they say the 'darndest' things! My boyfriend (VIP) is also very supportive of me...could not have done this without his complete support! He didn't even complain when I was grumpy & moody (well, not seriously complain - made jokes about it though). Enjoy your anniversary dinner out!

Yesmyqueen
11-30-2012, 09:42 AM
Hello all you fab 50's, happy Friday! I'm up earlier than normal and feeling Hungary, but I'm hoping that means something's working. Hope everyone has a super day! Teena

evepet
11-30-2012, 09:57 AM
Congratulations Rainbow!!!! and I'm still chuckling at your poem! LOL

Lisa - nothing wrong with baby steps! You're doing great!

I've stayed OP today, but need to finish my supplements & water. I think my first P3 breakfast is going to be Peachy Bread Pudding (one of LizRR's recipes)!

Now how did I miss 'Peachy Bread Pudding'? :) I did try LizRR's pumpkin pie as breakfast while I was on my temporary P3 stint. Very good. I just made the custardy part, and ate my gluten-free cereal while it was cooking. Felt like I was eating dessert for breakfast. Enjoy. I really appreciated the taste of apples .... yogourt.... blackberries. I think that's going to be the hardest thing to give up again, going back to Phase 1 for a while.

Congrats again - you've done really well. :hug: Enjoy those P3 breakfasts - you've earned them.

:hohoho:all packed for the family christmas party!! :wreath:TSO 2morrow night and christmas presents on sat and church on sun....its gonna be an awesome weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rudolph:

Have a great family christmas party!

Ok I admit it. I did not do so well today. Don't really know what happened but all my resolve went to h@@@ in a hand basket. And I am mad ar me. Ok tomorrow will be a new day. I'm over it TGIf for tomorrow! Got the grand boys starting at 3:30 tomorrow and a sick momma. Say a prayer for rhonduz pleazzzzzzzz!

Ok - today's a new day. :hug: Thinking of you and sending lots of good, positive energy your way.

Wow, yes, TFIG indeed, tomorrow. I probably did something silly tonight - if not off plan. I doused my beef and veggies with soy sauce, and my WI is tomorrow.... drink drink drink water!!! so I soak it all up for a day or two... ah well, it tasted great. I got my Wii today!! but it's going under the tree for Christmas. Still we had 14 days for returns, so wanted to make sure it worked :) it does.. I got to "box" for a few minutes just to make sure it worked. Got the ol' arm flaps going... I'll have to remember to wear my arm shapers! I'm excited about really getting to play with it.

Soooooo since Wii is Christmas... I may still get something special for the 100 lb mark (hopefully next week). Probably a bracelet I'm thinking.

Wow-wow-wow. 100 lbs almost gone next week. That's wonderful. What an accomplishment. You definitely deserve a special treat next week - a bracelet sounds like a great way to commemorate it, and will be a good reminder too of what you've accomplished and how far you've come.

Morning Ladies! Congrats Rainbow on the 8's...Love the poem! Halfagain, you are amazing! Woo Hoo!

Weighed in last night at my brother's and I'm down 2.8 pounds for this week. I've passed my 1/2 way mark for pounds lost, to my first goal of 180! Five more to Onederland! I like the Boot Camp, revised version for me, keeps me accountable.

Have a wonderful day! We are supposed to hit 60 today...20 degrees two days ago and 60 today!

Congrats on the -2.8lbs! I like these boot camps too, and like you I'm using it as an extra tool to help me stay 100% this week. I'm not strictly speaking 'boot camping' - but I've made a committment to follow-the-letter-of-the-IP-law and stay 100% for the next two weeks. Especially so as I'm testing whether going to P3 for 5 days will have any affect in shaking up my metabolism and getting the weight loss going again. Gotta give it my best 100% shot! I'm soooo hoping it works.... :crossed: it helps me get into the 150s within the next couple of weeks.

Good morning! Rainbow, LOVE your poem! Wow - and wonderful chef AND a poet....aren't you the renaissance woman:-) As far as the shrinking boobs, my DAUGHTER walked into the house this week, gave me a hug and proceeded to make comments about my cute "mosquito bites" on my chest! Sweet, huh? LOL.

Well, I stayed OP yesterday, however, somewhere along the way, I totally forgot a packet. Even looking through what I posted yesterday, I didn't include a packet for lunch - and it wasn't until I was sitting at an LSU basketball game last night that I realized I had missed a packet. Mmmm - "menopausal moment" maybe? Grrrr.....

Today's menu:
Breakfast: 2 c coffee and IP RTU Vanilla Drink
Lunch : Cucumbers & IP Pina Colada Drink
Snack: IP Crispy Cereal Pancakes & Celestial Seasonings "Sugar Cookie" Tea
Dinner: (Going out for our 5 year dating anniversary, so not sure, but probably 8 oz filet and steamed veggies.) Going to be hard to resist one glass of wine to toast our anniversary - but am going to remain strong and order sparkling water with lemon!!!

Boyfriend has been so supportive of me in the endeavor, and tells everyone about my accomplishments, so I'm sure he'll be on board with me passing on the wine, even though we LOVE going to wine tastings and events.....but it will be there when I get to goal - and when my blood tests reveal drop in bp, glucose numbers and cholesterol!!!!!!

Have a happy Friday:)

Don't forget your packets... you definitely need every single thing we're allowed on this diet. :hug: I love to hear of VIPs who are so supportive on our journey - sounds like you've got a keeper there. Have a great 5 year anniversary tonight! Sounds like you've got a plan.

Okay, we need to find a peach-flavored-sumthin-or-other!
Is there an alternative peachy drink?
Peach Mio? (the Mango-Peach tastes more like Mango to me. Haven't tried the Peach Tea yet. I'm a plain-unsweet tea girl so not sure about this one)

Ideas?
I can find subs for my other fav flavors: raspberry, strawberry (thanks WF) Blueberry, lemon, lime, cherry. But PEACH...<le sigh>....
I'm not even that big of an apple girl but I like the WF apple butter. WHERE's my peach? (remember "Where's the beef?") Oh my, I'm in a mood this morning...:rofl:

"Where's my peach?" indeed.:rofl: It was the fruit that I enjoyed the most during the recent few days I spend doing a P3 stint in the hopes of rejuvenating my weight loss efforts. It tasted sooooo good! (As Rainbow says... le sigh). And I wasn't a big fruit eater before.

__________________
Day 1 of 'Return to Phase 1' went very well. I was a little worried that I'd have cravings, be hungry, or otherwise have difficulties getting back into the strictness of P1 - but all was well and I was totally 100% Even found a few ProtiDiet pudding packets at the back of my cupboard, so I didn't have to use my tofu chocolate mousse recipe as a substitute for that.

My menu for today will be:

Breakfast: French vanilla protein shake blended in strong decaf chai tea w a dash of cappella french vanilla flavor drops.
Lunch: ProtiDiet green pea soup, blended with 3/4 cup of zucchini/1/4 cup red peppers, with curry to taste and freshly ground black pepper on top. Plus 1 cup side salad of cucumber/celery/radishes w dried basil, 1 tsp evoo, acv, dash of stevia & sprinkle of sea salt.
Dinner: 8 oz pork loin chops cooked in slow cooker with 1/2 cup celery & 1/2 cup onion, with 2 tbsp of WF bbq sauce brushed on them. Served with 1 cup broccoli.
Evening Snack: Either ProtiDiet pudding or a warmed up Chocolate Truffle Protein Shake.
Water... water... water...

Cheers everyone. Have a great OP Friday.

AlisonS
11-30-2012, 11:16 AM
Okay, we need to find a peach-flavored-sumthin-or-other!
Is there an alternative peachy drink?
Peach Mio? (the Mango-Peach tastes more like Mango to me. Haven't tried the Peach Tea yet. I'm a plain-unsweet tea girl so not sure about this one)

Ideas?
I can find subs for my other fav flavors: raspberry, strawberry (thanks WF) Blueberry, lemon, lime, cherry. But PEACH...<le sigh>....
I'm not even that big of an apple girl but I like the WF apple butter. WHERE's my peach? (remember "Where's the beef?") Oh my, I'm in a mood this morning...:rofl:
************************

Even tho I'm not to my next goal, I've started looking for my wii fit on ebay. With Christmas looming, I'm guessing prices will be going up. I'll get one when I find a good price & just keep it in a closet or the garage. It will get hooked up when I meet mini goal #4 (=205).

I took one of my (TWO!) exercise balls to work. I'm going to start using it for my desk chair, hoping I can increase core strength in this passive manner and start working on rehabbing my back. I have SI joint probs and I've been to PT for it in the past. I got into such bad shape through falls and injuries and then needing foot surgery and then recovery from foot surgery that the need for the exercises for the SI joint went on a back-burner. It is TIME to move forward with this. Back pain keeps holding me back. I can't even walk very far w/o back pain rearing its ugly head! grrrr

This is my first step toward adding some exercise back into my life. It amazes me that 5 years ago I was going to the gym every morning at 5 am (before my hip started hurting). How quickly we can go downhill :(

But now I'm headed up, up, up!!! :goodvibes:cloud9:

Melaleuca has a product called Splash H2O that comes in the flavor Tangerine Peach - mostly peachy. It is a 0/0/0 drink.

jampooh
11-30-2012, 11:23 AM
Went shopping in my closet last night. Found that some of my favorite things now fit ( and will fit better after about 5-10 more pounds). Many of them perfect for the Holidays.

patns
11-30-2012, 11:27 AM
Morning everyone. snowy and cold here and I have a terrible head cold. So not a pleasant day.
I decided to work from home today. I was reading on the end of of last thread about Molly's boss and had to wonder if the same person could be running from down south way up north.
I am very experienced in my job having done it for 40 years. I also have a 30+mile compute each way. My boss is a marvel at calling last minute meetings on Friday afternoons and sending texts when I'm half way home that she needs something immediately. Of course everything she is looking for is well documented on the computer but she is not savvy enough to figure things out.
Actually I could be retired this year but a dear friend and co-worker has breast cancer and the stress of dealing with that along with the worry she would have to come back to the same team with our boss was too much. So I told her I would stay in that spot and if she came back they would have to put her on a different team. Besides the money comes in handy for now.

Anyway, enough for that rant!

Eve pet, I was trying to track you down and found you posting back here. I was wondering if you went back to using the baking mixes yet. I think I will make the waffles this morning.
I was thinking about your muffin recipe but I don't have any tofu.

I have been reading the many threads that have popped up all over on maintenance and becoming more and more confused. I am a closet maintainer I guess. I reached my goal of 130 at the end of April. But as soon as I went on phase 3 I instantly gained 5 pounds that I have been trying to get off ever since. they do say that happens to some people.

Anyway I am still totally confused with all the pages of info on maintenance, firstly because there is no way I can eat all they suggest and not gain. My omron scale says 1280 calories a day to maintain and I think that is right.

But I just realized my total confusion is because not being able to eat wheat or dairy, I eat very few carbs anyway. My natural way of eating is phase 2 with a protein shake for breakfast. people are talking about being allowed to have a ham and cheese sandwich etc but a sandwich is a distant memory for me.

The reason I really want to get the 5 pounds off again is because it all goes to my belly and put me between pant sizes. It is more of a problem with summer pants, which often go S,M,L. S is 6-8, M is 8-10. So small is too small, M is too big. well I have some months left to work on that problem before I need summer pants again.

Sorry for the long rant about nothing. just trying to get into work mode.
it was -20 here last night and our ancient kitty Harriet had me up several times in the night. She cannot believe the cold and snow has come again and will not use her litter box. She kept howling at me to open the door so she could check if it had warmed up any. She finally gave up and ran out quickly to pee. Now she's all cuddled up in front of the gas fireplace to sleep the day away.
Pat

evepet
11-30-2012, 11:57 AM
Morning everyone. snowy and cold here and I have a terrible head cold. So not a pleasant day.
I decided to work from home today. I was reading on the end of of last thread about Molly's boss and had to wonder if the same person could be running from down south way up north.
I am very experienced in my job having done it for 40 years. I also have a 30+mile compute each way. My boss is a marvel at calling last minute meetings on Friday afternoons and sending texts when I'm half way home that she needs something immediately. Of course everything she is looking for is well documented on the computer but she is not savvy enough to figure things out.
Actually I could be retired this year but a dear friend and co-worker has breast cancer and the stress of dealing with that along with the worry she would have to come back to the same team with our boss was too much. So I told her I would stay in that spot and if she came back they would have to put her on a different team. Besides the money comes in handy for now.

Anyway, enough for that rant!

Eve pet, I was trying to track you down and found you posting back here. I was wondering if you went back to using the baking mixes yet. I think I will make the waffles this morning.
I was thinking about your muffin recipe but I don't have any tofu.

I have been reading the many threads that have popped up all over on maintenance and becoming more and more confused. I am a closet maintainer I guess. I reached my goal of 130 at the end of April. But as soon as I went on phase 3 I instantly gained 5 pounds that I have been trying to get off ever since. they do say that happens to some people.

Anyway I am still totally confused with all the pages of info on maintenance, firstly because there is no way I can eat all they suggest and not gain. My omron scale says 1280 calories a day to maintain and I think that is right.

But I just realized my total confusion is because not being able to eat wheat or dairy, I eat very few carbs anyway. My natural way of eating is phase 2 with a protein shake for breakfast. people are talking about being allowed to have a ham and cheese sandwich etc but a sandwich is a distant memory for me.

The reason I really want to get the 5 pounds off again is because it all goes to my belly and put me between pant sizes. It is more of a problem with summer pants, which often go S,M,L. S is 6-8, M is 8-10. So small is too small, M is too big. well I have some months left to work on that problem before I need summer pants again.

Sorry for the long rant about nothing. just trying to get into work mode.
it was -20 here last night and our ancient kitty Harriet had me up several times in the night. She cannot believe the cold and snow has come again and will not use her litter box. She kept howling at me to open the door so she could check if it had warmed up any. She finally gave up and ran out quickly to pee. Now she's all cuddled up in front of the gas fireplace to sleep the day away.
Pat

Sorry to hear that you're under the weather Patns. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Yes, I decided to come back to P1 and do my best to get down a few more lbs. If I can somehow (and it will be a stretch, given my weight loss history) manage to lose 4lbs over the next two weeks, then I'll be at 158lbs and I'd seriously consider phasing off for good. But when I'm honest with myself I admit that I'm not yet happy with the way I look - it's all due to still carrying too much weight in my tummy area. Like you said, it affects the sizing of pants, and in general still makes me feel a little 'dumpy' figure-wise. I just hope that another 4 lbs lost disappears from that area and not from my upper body or thighs. I definitely do not need more weight loss above or below the stomach area.

I haven't re-stocked those low carb muffin mixes you're referring to. I did it on purpose so I wouldn't have them around to tempt me. So the 'grain' carbs portion of my P3 breakfasts came from either a serving of gluten-free oatmeal, a serving of a gluten-free cereal that I'd ran across and bought about a month ago (in anticipation I guess), or a sandwich bun thingie made by Dempsey's called a 'thin bun' which is whole weight and very tasty. Oddly enough, while these all definitely made me feel quite full through the tummy immediately after finishing breakfast, by lunch time I felt like I was burning it off. And I didn't experience any 'up and down' on the scales with any of them. I lost 1 lb after my first day on P3, and then remained constant. Maybe because those grain carbs are limited to the breakfast meal in P3?

I've been reading everything I can find on Maintenance too. I only realized yesterday that there's an excellent (older) thread in the stickies called 'Life After Phase 1'. I'm half way through it, and found it quite useful.

I think I'll be ok with incorporating dairy back into my diet... but I'm going to really keep an eye on how the carbs work out as I eventually return to P3 and phasing out for good.

I feel sorry for your aged kitty. Can't say that I blame her, not wanting to run out into a cold, dark night to do her 'business'. Hopefully the litter box will look more attractive to her as an option soon. :)

So for the next couple of weeks I'm really buckling down and hoping against hope that my 5 days on P3 helps to get the scale moving again. I'd dearly love to phase out and enjoy a 'fun day' at our family Christmas get together... but I know that I won't enjoy it unless I'm at a weight that feels like I've accomplished what I set out to do.

Feel better soon. :hug:

PS. - Have to say I've been blessed through my working history with mostly good bosses. Sounds like yours can be rather inconsiderate.

Lizzy63
11-30-2012, 12:46 PM
Congratulations Rainbow!!!! and I'm still chuckling at your poem! LOL

Lisa - nothing wrong with baby steps! You're doing great!

I've stayed OP today, but need to finish my supplements & water. I think my first P3 breakfast is going to be Peachy Bread Pudding (one of LizRR's recipes)!

Welcome to phase 3! :carrot:

Please let me know how the bread pudding is. I have not tried that one. I did a variation of the Oatmeal/Apple pancakes - left out the apple and put blueberries on top instead, and reduced the egg white so it wasn't too liquid. If you like oatmeal, you'll love that one - and it was quick and easy to throw together in the morning before work.

Congrats on the new decade, Rainbow! :bravo:

greeniris
11-30-2012, 12:50 PM
Just checking in quickly to say HELLO, and put my menu in for the day...

B'fast: Cream of Chicken Soup (I know, but I'm still not feeling well)
Lunch: Roasted Pork Loin (8 oz), Spinach salad & raw broccoli
Supper: probably either BBQ (WF) pork or pork tacos, cauli rice
Snack: EAS CarbadvantEdge choc drink, warmed up

VIP will be gone again most of the weekend, so hoping I can sleep a lot to shake this darn bug. (Good news: he just got hired in at Lowe's here, so between his 2 PT jobs he shouldn't have to travel to IN anymore for sub-contract work on the weekends! Yay :D)

DanafromAustin
11-30-2012, 01:44 PM
Wow this has been a very talkative group since I've been gone the last couple of days, and a new volume too. Thanks Rainbow for starting it once again, especially because your starting page always looks way better than what I could come up with.

Rainbow have a great weekend away, it's sounds like so much fun!. For those of you under the weather...get better soon. Halfagain...almost to 100 pounds lost, that is amazing. :bravo:

_____________________________

Well I am doing much better today than the last few days. I had to go for my yearly MRI last month and well to make a long story short they saw some things that needed to be checked out further and in that process they found a suspicious looking growth in my kidney. Well to make an even longer story short I was freaked out that I had kidney cancer for the last couple of days, but thankfully the doctor called late yesterday and it's not cancer. I just need to have another ultrasound in six months to make sure that the cyst isn't changing, and if it does then I will probably opt to have it removed just to be on the safe side. The doctor said I've probably had it for years, but because I had to go in for another test, they accidentally found this. I tell you hitting middle age can really suck sometimes. Anyway, I've been so stressed I had no problem staying on boot camp because when I get stressed I can't eat. However when I did get the good news yesterday we went out to dinner to celebrate and I had a yummy 8oz steak with some steamed brocolli. Now that all is well again I can once again concentrate on the upcoming holidays and going home in about a week to celebrate Hanukkah with the entire family.

So today will be my last day of bootcamp.
B: 8oz. of Greek yogurt
L: IP pudding and roasted seaweed
D: IP brocolli and cheese soup and roasted asparagus
s: IP pudding

Halfagain
11-30-2012, 02:35 PM
Did you lose almost a100 pounds since June? That is amazing! You deserve a nice bracelet.
Good luck on the weigh-in
Thank you! yep all on IP since end of June. I'm pretty amazed at how well this has worked and how "easy" (not always easy, but overall easy) this plan is to stick to for me.

Morning Ladies! Congrats Rainbow on the 8's...Love the poem! Halfagain, you are amazing! Woo Hoo!

Weighed in last night at my brother's and I'm down 2.8 pounds for this week. I've passed my 1/2 way mark for pounds lost, to my first goal of 180! Five more to Onederland! I like the Boot Camp, revised version for me, keeps me accountable.

Have a wonderful day! We are supposed to hit 60 today...20 degrees two days ago and 60 today!
Congratulations on the loss! and for 1/2 to goal :carrot:. Rainbow I totally agree on the poem :hug:


Rainbow have a great weekend away, it's sounds like so much fun!. For those of you under the weather...get better soon. Halfagain...almost to 100 pounds lost, that is amazing. :bravo:

_____________________________

Well I am doing much better today than the last few days. I had to go for my yearly MRI last month and well to make a long story short they saw some things that needed to be checked out further and in that process they found a suspicious looking growth in my kidney. Well to make an even longer story short I was freaked out that I had kidney cancer for the last couple of days, but thankfully the doctor called late yesterday and it's not cancer. I just need to have another ultrasound in six months to make sure that the cyst isn't changing, and if it does then I will probably opt to have it removed just to be on the safe side. The doctor said I've probably had it for years, but because I had to go in for another test, they accidentally found this. I tell you hitting middle age can really suck sometimes. Anyway, I've been so stressed I had no problem staying on boot camp because when I get stressed I can't eat. However when I did get the good news yesterday we went out to dinner to celebrate and I had a yummy 8oz steak with some steamed broccoli. Now that all is well again I can once again concentrate on the upcoming holidays and going home in about a week to celebrate Hanukkah with the entire family.

Thanks Dana. I'm so glad you are okay, and cancer is not in the picture now. I'm glad they found the cyst so it can be monitored and you can figure out what (if anything) needs done there. It's so good to hear from you... I've missed you.

Boot camp for today - well lets start with weigh in. Down 1 lb this week. Since I weigh daily I can say I was down 2.6 lbs on Wed, but for whatever reason some crept back, so end result for the week is 1 lb. Well I know I had a flirtation (okay it was MORE than flirtation) with Soy Sauce. I must be salt sensitive somewhat because the Soy Nuts (eaten on Wed night Thurs) will make me add water weight as well. I do love salty.....

Today's meals are:
B: EAS chocolate fudge shake
L: Proti-Diet Chili, salad
D: baked chicken, zucchini, bell pepper
S: The Simply Bar chocolate peanut
water water water water

Vitamins - done for today.

On a NSV - I tried on some size 18's from my sister's donations. They fit! Not squeeze me in two fit..a bit snug, but hey they fit... good enough for me anyway. I'm wearing 'em! A different brand or fabric probably would not, but these do.

Yesmyqueen
11-30-2012, 05:56 PM
Report for Friday
B- vanilla rtd
L- spinach salad,cup of mixed veg's,vanilla rtd,coffee
D- stuffed pepper w ground turkey,mix veg's,eas strawberry drink

All vits and water!

DanafromAustin
11-30-2012, 06:31 PM
Thanks Dana. I'm so glad you are okay, and cancer is not in the picture now. I'm glad they found the cyst so it can be monitored and you can figure out what (if anything) needs done there. It's so good to hear from you... I've missed you.

Boot camp for today - well lets start with weigh in. Down 1 lb this week. Since I weigh daily I can say I was down 2.6 lbs on Wed, but for whatever reason some crept back, so end result for the week is 1 lb. Well I know I had a flirtation (okay it was MORE than flirtation) with Soy Sauce. I must be salt sensitive somewhat because the Soy Nuts (eaten on Wed night Thurs) will make me add water weight as well. I do love salty.....

Today's meals are:
B: EAS chocolate fudge shake
L: Proti-Diet Chili, salad
D: baked chicken, zucchini, bell pepper
S: The Simply Bar chocolate peanut
water water water water

Vitamins - done for today.

On a NSV - I tried on some size 18's from my sister's donations. They fit! Not squeeze me in two fit..a bit snug, but hey they fit... good enough for me anyway. I'm wearing 'em! A different brand or fabric probably would not, but these do.
Thank you, you are so sweet. :hug: Whoo Hoo on fitting into the next size down. Nothing better than that. :D

Report for Friday
B- vanilla rtd
L- spinach salad,cup of mixed veg's,vanilla rtd,coffee
D- stuffed pepper w ground turkey,mix veg's,eas strawberry drink

All vits and water!

Great Job!!!


With all that has been going on in my life the last month or so, I really slacked off on going to the gym. So I decided today was the day, no excuses. I went, but totally forgot to take along an extra protein to eat once I got done working out. BIG MISTAKE! I lifted weights, and when I was done I felt SO shaky. I ended up eating a bar when I got home, boot camp or not today because I really needed something more substantial than just a RTD. Note to self...don't do that again.

greeniris
11-30-2012, 08:31 PM
Went shopping in my closet last night. Found that some of my favorite things now fit ( and will fit better after about 5-10 more pounds). Many of them perfect for the Holidays.
Julie, you are doing so well! Wearing your favs for the Holidays is a wonderful NSV!
Welcome to phase 3! :carrot:

Please let me know how the bread pudding is. I have not tried that one. I did a variation of the Oatmeal/Apple pancakes - left out the apple and put blueberries on top instead, and reduced the egg white so it wasn't too liquid. If you like oatmeal, you'll love that one - and it was quick and easy to throw together in the morning before work.

Congrats on the new decade, Rainbow! :bravo:
I love oatmeal; thanks for recommending this dish! I picked up some things at the store to make the P3 b'fasts today...fruits, silken tofu, Kashi cereal, granola, bread & eng. muffins, and Almond Silk


Wow this has been a very talkative group since I've been gone the last couple of days, and a new volume too. Thanks Rainbow for starting it once again, especially because your starting page always looks way better than what I could come up with.

Rainbow have a great weekend away, it's sounds like so much fun!. For those of you under the weather...get better soon. Halfagain...almost to 100 pounds lost, that is amazing. :bravo:

_____________________________

Well I am doing much better today than the last few days. I had to go for my yearly MRI last month and well to make a long story short they saw some things that needed to be checked out further and in that process they found a suspicious looking growth in my kidney. Well to make an even longer story short I was freaked out that I had kidney cancer for the last couple of days, but thankfully the doctor called late yesterday and it's not cancer. I just need to have another ultrasound in six months to make sure that the cyst isn't changing, and if it does then I will probably opt to have it removed just to be on the safe side. The doctor said I've probably had it for years, but because I had to go in for another test, they accidentally found this. I tell you hitting middle age can really suck sometimes. Anyway, I've been so stressed I had no problem staying on boot camp because when I get stressed I can't eat. However when I did get the good news yesterday we went out to dinner to celebrate and I had a yummy 8oz steak with some steamed brocolli. Now that all is well again I can once again concentrate on the upcoming holidays and going home in about a week to celebrate Hanukkah with the entire family.

So today will be my last day of bootcamp.
B: 8oz. of Greek yogurt
L: IP pudding and roasted seaweed
D: IP brocolli and cheese soup and roasted asparagus
s: IP pudding
OMG Dana - you must have been terrified! What a huge relief that it isn't cancer....((HUGS))

Anyone else watching "Christmas at Rockefeller Center"? I love the Christmas specials :)

WingnutandMe
12-01-2012, 09:59 AM
Good morning, all

The curse of getting up for work at 5:50AM Monday through Friday, you're wide awake around that time on Saturday. At least it turned into early morning cookie baking.:dance:

I found out that I can retire a month earlier as they will pay me for my vacation since I'm retiring. It's not a use it or lose it situation like if I just quit. I've now asked to retire 1/31. More time to get organized for our move up north. I'm getting real excited now.

WI tomorrow. Send all those good thoughts and the whoosh fairy so I can make my 100# loss mark. I only need to lose 1.6#. Will it taunt me for another week? I've been 100% except maybe a bit short on water. Fingers crossed.

Have a great OP day.
Molly

Lizzy63
12-01-2012, 10:22 AM
Molly - keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you. How exciting it will be to have lost 100 pounds! That must take a heck of a lot of discipline and determination.

Dana - glad to hear your health scare turned out OK.

Was talking to someone at work who's been working with a personal trainer on strength building. She says 30 minutes twice a week has made a big difference for her.

What's your routine? Do you work with a trainer? Thinking maybe its time. I am at about 32% body fat at the clinic, but would like to be a bit lower. (My new Omron scale at home measured BF higher - not sure what's up with that!)

lisa32989
12-01-2012, 11:02 AM
I found out that I can retire a month earlier as they will pay me for my vacation since I'm retiring. It's not a use it or lose it situation like if I just quit. I've now asked to retire 1/31. More time to get organized for our move up north. I'm getting real excited now.


Well I am doing much better today than the last few days. I had to go for my yearly MRI last month and well to make a long story short they saw some things that needed to be checked out further and in that process they found a suspicious looking growth in my kidney. Well to make an even longer story short I was freaked out that I had kidney cancer for the last couple of days, but thankfully the doctor called late yesterday and it's not cancer. I just need to have another ultrasound in six months to make sure that the cyst isn't changing, and if it does then I will probably opt to have it removed just to be on the safe side. The doctor said I've probably had it for years, but because I had to go in for another test, they accidentally found this. I tell you hitting middle age can really suck sometimes. Anyway, I've been so stressed I had no problem staying on boot camp because when I get stressed I can't eat. However when I did get the good news yesterday we went out to dinner to celebrate and I had a yummy 8oz steak with some steamed brocolli. Now that all is well again I can once again concentrate on the upcoming holidays and going home in about a week to celebrate Hanukkah with the entire family.

You two have both gotten good news this week.

Dana: So sorry you were so scared...and so glad the relief came :hug:

Molly: I have a retirement countdown on my phone (already). I'm not as stressed as I was for the past several years but I'd sure be happy to be able to retire and find a retirement job in warmer climes...while you move North! I love the area where you are moving...I spend my summers not too far from there on Grand Traverse Bay. Working from home would work for me!
I have 4.5 years so it is a LONG countdown. I put it on there during one of my MOST stressful times...ever!

DanafromAustin
12-01-2012, 12:48 PM
Good morning, all

The curse of getting up for work at 5:50AM Monday through Friday, you're wide awake around that time on Saturday. At least it turned into early morning cookie baking.:dance:

I found out that I can retire a month earlier as they will pay me for my vacation since I'm retiring. It's not a use it or lose it situation like if I just quit. I've now asked to retire 1/31. More time to get organized for our move up north. I'm getting real excited now.

WI tomorrow. Send all those good thoughts and the whoosh fairy so I can make my 100# loss mark. I only need to lose 1.6#. Will it taunt me for another week? I've been 100% except maybe a bit short on water. Fingers crossed.

Have a great OP day.
Molly
Sending the whoosh fairy your way...how exciting! And 1/31 will be here before you know it. :carrot:



Dana - glad to hear your health scare turned out OK.

Was talking to someone at work who's been working with a personal trainer on strength building. She says 30 minutes twice a week has made a big difference for her.

What's your routine? Do you work with a trainer? Thinking maybe its time. I am at about 32% body fat at the clinic, but would like to be a bit lower. (My new Omron scale at home measured BF higher - not sure what's up with that!)
I work out 3x per week and for no more than 30 minutes, which is more than enough time to lift weights. I don't use a personal trainer as I just met with a trainer when I joined the gym and I told him what I wanted and he told me the best way to get there. I don't do any cardio there, just weights as really that is what will change your body the most. My cardio is mainly just taking the dogs for walks.

----------------------------------------

Happy Saturday everyone! This has been the mildest winter so far here in Austin. Today it's going to be 82 and breezy. I just bought myself a new down jacket as my last jacket was pre-IP and you could fit two me in there now. However with all of these warm days there's no need for it so far. The winter here in Austin is very short as it starts to warm up by early March.

Yesterday I finally broke down and ordered the Omron scale on Amazon. Not sure if I really want to know what it's going to say about me, should be interesting.

Hope y'all have a great day.:D

Halfagain
12-01-2012, 12:48 PM
Good morning, all

The curse of getting up for work at 5:50AM Monday through Friday, you're wide awake around that time on Saturday. At least it turned into early morning cookie baking.:dance:

I found out that I can retire a month earlier as they will pay me for my vacation since I'm retiring. It's not a use it or lose it situation like if I just quit. I've now asked to retire 1/31. More time to get organized for our move up north. I'm getting real excited now.

WI tomorrow. Send all those good thoughts and the whoosh fairy so I can make my 100# loss mark. I only need to lose 1.6#. Will it taunt me for another week? I've been 100% except maybe a bit short on water. Fingers crossed.

Have a great OP day.
Molly

I'm excited for you on the retirement and the move! Wow, that will be so nice for both of you. I am channeling the whoosh fairy your way.

Okay - skip this if you like it's blah blah poor me talk... but this is what I'm thinking: Work has been in my dreams, and I'm waking up every 3 hours thinking about it. It didn't help that I actually got up at 3 AM and went out and checked my work email and did some work for a hour this morning. Shopping isn't a good way to take my mind off it, as that gets expensive. Maybe I should go to the farm - although that's $60 in gasoline to go. Eating out is not in the picture anymore (that's what our old routine was - comfort foods). Maybe I'll go walking at the mall... (danger danger Will Robinson), oh shopping mecca and food court land of old... but it holds some beginning exercise (walking), things to see (in the warmth of indoors). There' also Molbak's http://www.molbaks.com/in-store.html this is place for oxygen, coffee, and green lush plants and flowers. Sort of like stepping into the jungle, only not as hot. They have a huge set of combined green houses, a couple gift shops with everything from yard maintenance to coffee cups, jewelry, candles, and t-shirts. It's a magnet for people shopping, but I haven't done it in years. They have quite the Christmas Tree displays too, and tons or ornaments. I could maybe allow myself to buy one ornament to commemorate this time in life, in between my old self and the new me that should be maintaining next year by this time. Hey, I could go to the zoo (naw too cold and wet today), or a movie (last time I went I couldn't fit in the seats worth a darn). Anyway, I need to do "something" just not sure what yet. DH would suggest house cleaning I'm sure - ugh. Maybe my sister-in-law is off work today.. I haven't talked to her in a couple weeks, or seen her since July. Text is sent... we'll see if she's free to come play. I'll follow up with what I landed on.

WingnutandMe
12-01-2012, 12:53 PM
Molly: I have a retirement countdown on my phone (already). I'm not as stressed as I was for the past several years but I'd sure be happy to be able to retire and find a retirement job in warmer climes...while you move North! I love the area where you are moving...I spend my summers not too far from there on Grand Traverse Bay. Working from home would work for me!
I have 4.5 years so it is a LONG countdown. I put it on there during one of my MOST stressful times...ever!

I may be crazy to leave the semi-warm down here (still gets below freezing at times), but neither DH nor I really like it here. I think up there is doable if we don't have to go out in the mornings no matter what to go to work. I hope to just sell things at yard sales and on ebay, help DH with the cars, and garden. Right now there is only dialup connectivity. No DSL, no cable, not even cell service in the area. We will look at satellite, but it's got limitations (had it before). Hope for something to be able to sell on ebay. The big challenge will be hauling everything up there. Still, I'm all excited. Maybe I can make it to goal by this spring. Pounds are hanging on now for dear life.

Molly

DanafromAustin
12-01-2012, 12:59 PM
Okay - skip this if you like it's blah blah poor me talk... but this is what I'm thinking: Work has been in my dreams, and I'm waking up every 3 hours thinking about it. It didn't help that I actually got up at 3 AM and went out and checked my work email and did some work for a hour this morning. Shopping isn't a good way to take my mind off it, as that gets expensive. Maybe I should go to the farm - although that's $60 in gasoline to go. Eating out is not in the picture anymore (that's what our old routine was - comfort foods). Maybe I'll go walking at the mall... (danger danger Will Robinson), oh shopping mecca and food court land of old... but it holds some beginning exercise (walking), things to see (in the warmth of indoors). There' also Molbak's http://www.molbaks.com/in-store.html this is place for oxygen, coffee, and green lush plants and flowers. Sort of like stepping into the jungle, only not as hot. They have a huge set of combined green houses, a couple gift shops with everything from yard maintenance to coffee cups, jewelry, candles, and t-shirts. It's a magnet for people shopping, but I haven't done it in years. They have quite the Christmas Tree displays too, and tons or ornaments. I could maybe allow myself to buy one ornament to commemorate this time in life, in between my old self and the new me that should be maintaining next year by this time. Hey, I could go to the zoo (naw too cold and wet today), or a movie (last time I went I couldn't fit in the seats worth a darn). Anyway, I need to do "something" just not sure what yet. DH would suggest house cleaning I'm sure - ugh. Maybe my sister-in-law is off work today.. I haven't talked to her in a couple weeks, or seen her since July. Text is sent... we'll see if she's free to come play. I'll follow up with what I landed on.
Well you definitely need the weekend off of doing ANY work. As I tell my husband, "Leave it at the office." Of course easier said than done with computers at home these days, and in his case, his office is at home. The one good thing that came out of his needing heart surgery is that he is learning that there is a time to turn off work and just enjoy being home. Now most days he shuts down all work related projects by about 5:30 and nothing on the weekend. Nothing like major surgery to give one a little perspective on life.

I love going to the movies, especially now that the seats are nice and roomy again. Go out and enjoy yourself, and whatever you do - don't stay home and house clean. You deserve to go out and have fun.

greeniris
12-01-2012, 04:04 PM
Halfagain - I'm feeling antsy too, but ended up cleaning house today. Still not done, but put a big dent in it! (I think it's been nearly 4 years since I've been to the movies!)

Molly - That is awesome news! The end of January will be here before you know it! Ummm - maybe a bit more cookie baking will help burn those pesky lbs away before your next WI! hehehe

I'm really having 2nd thoughts about moving to P3 tomorrow...my scale showed I was up 1.5 lbs this morning! Have to admit that I did have a cheat yesterday, but not enough to cause that gain...Really wondering if I'm mentally ready to move on???? It has been such a struggle the past few weeks to stay OP. Grrrrr - really thought I had this, but now that it's 'P3 Day' tomorrow, my anxiety level is going up up up!

This week I've had a viral infection last week, but now coming down with VIPs bacterial infection, so started antibiotics this morning. Feel a nap coming on soon...have a good weekend...

evepet
12-01-2012, 05:21 PM
Wow this has been a very talkative group since I've been gone the last couple of days, and a new volume too. Thanks Rainbow for starting it once again, especially because your starting page always looks way better than what I could come up with.

Rainbow have a great weekend away, it's sounds like so much fun!. For those of you under the weather...get better soon. Halfagain...almost to 100 pounds lost, that is amazing. :bravo:

_____________________________

Well I am doing much better today than the last few days. I had to go for my yearly MRI last month and well to make a long story short they saw some things that needed to be checked out further and in that process they found a suspicious looking growth in my kidney. Well to make an even longer story short I was freaked out that I had kidney cancer for the last couple of days, but thankfully the doctor called late yesterday and it's not cancer. I just need to have another ultrasound in six months to make sure that the cyst isn't changing, and if it does then I will probably opt to have it removed just to be on the safe side. The doctor said I've probably had it for years, but because I had to go in for another test, they accidentally found this. I tell you hitting middle age can really suck sometimes. Anyway, I've been so stressed I had no problem staying on boot camp because when I get stressed I can't eat. However when I did get the good news yesterday we went out to dinner to celebrate and I had a yummy 8oz steak with some steamed brocolli. Now that all is well again I can once again concentrate on the upcoming holidays and going home in about a week to celebrate Hanukkah with the entire family.

So today will be my last day of bootcamp.
B: 8oz. of Greek yogurt
L: IP pudding and roasted seaweed
D: IP brocolli and cheese soup and roasted asparagus
s: IP pudding

It's no wonder you were feeling stressed! So glad to hear that all is ok. :hug:

Good morning, all

The curse of getting up for work at 5:50AM Monday through Friday, you're wide awake around that time on Saturday. At least it turned into early morning cookie baking.:dance:

I found out that I can retire a month earlier as they will pay me for my vacation since I'm retiring. It's not a use it or lose it situation like if I just quit. I've now asked to retire 1/31. More time to get organized for our move up north. I'm getting real excited now.

WI tomorrow. Send all those good thoughts and the whoosh fairy so I can make my 100# loss mark. I only need to lose 1.6#. Will it taunt me for another week? I've been 100% except maybe a bit short on water. Fingers crossed.

Have a great OP day.
Molly

That's great news about your earlier retirement date Molly... and your cookie baking too of course. :) It's been apparent how much your work is stressing you, and how much you want to retire. January 31st will be here before you know it!!! I'd be moving SOUTH not North - LOL - but everyone's different.

I've got my fingers and toes crossed, and I'm sending good thoughts...prayers...good vibrations... and hopefully the swoosh fairy... your way to help you hit that -100lbs!!

Molly - keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you. How exciting it will be to have lost 100 pounds! That must take a heck of a lot of discipline and determination.

Dana - glad to hear your health scare turned out OK.

Was talking to someone at work who's been working with a personal trainer on strength building. She says 30 minutes twice a week has made a big difference for her.

What's your routine? Do you work with a trainer? Thinking maybe its time. I am at about 32% body fat at the clinic, but would like to be a bit lower. (My new Omron scale at home measured BF higher - not sure what's up with that!)

That's interesting that the clinic scale shows your body fat% lower than your home Omron. I hope that would apply to my situation too. I read recently that one should wait and do the body composition part of the Omron measurements after being up and around for a few hours. Something about water distribution or something being different in the body when we first get up? As I always hop on my scale first thing after getting up, I guess I should make a point to check that out.

I've got the Slow Burn DVDs. Got them specifically because they were recommended to go along with the IP dieting process. But up until recently I haven't been very motivated to do anything with them. I need a kick in the butt! I have been using my elliptical more - but that's cardio.... definitely need to get some weight training in too.

I'm excited for you on the retirement and the move! Wow, that will be so nice for both of you. I am channeling the whoosh fairy your way.

Okay - skip this if you like it's blah blah poor me talk... but this is what I'm thinking: Work has been in my dreams, and I'm waking up every 3 hours thinking about it. It didn't help that I actually got up at 3 AM and went out and checked my work email and did some work for a hour this morning. Shopping isn't a good way to take my mind off it, as that gets expensive. Maybe I should go to the farm - although that's $60 in gasoline to go. Eating out is not in the picture anymore (that's what our old routine was - comfort foods). Maybe I'll go walking at the mall... (danger danger Will Robinson), oh shopping mecca and food court land of old... but it holds some beginning exercise (walking), things to see (in the warmth of indoors). There' also Molbak's http://www.molbaks.com/in-store.html this is place for oxygen, coffee, and green lush plants and flowers. Sort of like stepping into the jungle, only not as hot. They have a huge set of combined green houses, a couple gift shops with everything from yard maintenance to coffee cups, jewelry, candles, and t-shirts. It's a magnet for people shopping, but I haven't done it in years. They have quite the Christmas Tree displays too, and tons or ornaments. I could maybe allow myself to buy one ornament to commemorate this time in life, in between my old self and the new me that should be maintaining next year by this time. Hey, I could go to the zoo (naw too cold and wet today), or a movie (last time I went I couldn't fit in the seats worth a darn). Anyway, I need to do "something" just not sure what yet. DH would suggest house cleaning I'm sure - ugh. Maybe my sister-in-law is off work today.. I haven't talked to her in a couple weeks, or seen her since July. Text is sent... we'll see if she's free to come play. I'll follow up with what I landed on.

Hope you ended up doing something enjoyable today - and not housework!

I may be crazy to leave the semi-warm down here (still gets below freezing at times), but neither DH nor I really like it here. I think up there is doable if we don't have to go out in the mornings no matter what to go to work. I hope to just sell things at yard sales and on ebay, help DH with the cars, and garden. Right now there is only dialup connectivity. No DSL, no cable, not even cell service in the area. We will look at satellite, but it's got limitations (had it before). Hope for something to be able to sell on ebay. The big challenge will be hauling everything up there. Still, I'm all excited. Maybe I can make it to goal by this spring. Pounds are hanging on now for dear life.

Molly

I don't blame you for being excited. It's going to come up quickly now. :) I'm sure you'll be able to find something to sell on ebay... sounds like a good idea.

Halfagain - I'm feeling antsy too, but ended up cleaning house today. Still not done, but put a big dent in it! (I think it's been nearly 4 years since I've been to the movies!)

Molly - That is awesome news! The end of January will be here before you know it! Ummm - maybe a bit more cookie baking will help burn those pesky lbs away before your next WI! hehehe

I'm really having 2nd thoughts about moving to P3 tomorrow...my scale showed I was up 1.5 lbs this morning! Have to admit that I did have a cheat yesterday, but not enough to cause that gain...Really wondering if I'm mentally ready to move on???? It has been such a struggle the past few weeks to stay OP. Grrrrr - really thought I had this, but now that it's 'P3 Day' tomorrow, my anxiety level is going up up up!

This week I've had a viral infection last week, but now coming down with VIPs bacterial infection, so started antibiotics this morning. Feel a nap coming on soon...have a good weekend...

I've spent hours recently reading the old archived Maintenance threads, and it seems that almost everyone gets paranoid and worried at this stage. There is some good info in there. I'm sure you'll do great though - you certainly have so far! I'll admit to being somewhat envious of you and Lizzie, having already hit your goal weights and able to move on into maintenance. I'm really hoping that my scale gets moving again with my next weigh in. I've been reminding myself not to worry so much, as that just makes things worse. :mad:

Also sorry to hear that you're not feeling well recently.... hope you get feeling better soon.

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Hi everyone! I suddenly realized that I hadn't checked in here yet today. :)

Nothing major from my end to report on.... gads, I must lead a boring life... I never have much to report! I woke up wide awake this am at 7am (which is early for me - especially for a Saturday) and for some stupid reason had the urge to sort/organize cupboards! Turfed out a bunch of stuff that I haven't used in ages from my bathroom vanity cupboards, and it's now beautifully clean and organized. Had already re-organized the clothes portion of my clothes closet, but went at the shelves there too. Much neater now. Lots of 'found space'.

I've been keeping strict with my 100% on P1. So far so good. Only problem? is that I feel like exercising and I'm not sure whether it's really a good idea or not. Been using my elliptical more.... I got in the habit during those days when I did my Phase 3 'trial'. Hope I'm not shooting myself in the foot, weight-loss wise.

My menu today is:
Breakfast: Heated Chocolate Truffle Protein Drink.
Lunch: New Hope Mills mix waffle with WF pancake syrup; salad of cucumbers, celery, red pepper, radishes, and scallions.
Dinner: Have a steak marinating, and will eat with combo of spinach and broccoli.
Evng Snack: ProtiDiet Pudding pack.

Guess that's all for now. Hope everyone has had a good Saturday, and a great evening as well. Cheers for now.

Yesmyqueen
12-01-2012, 05:55 PM
Good morning, all

The curse of getting up for work at 5:50AM Monday through Friday, you're wide awake around that time on Saturday. At least it turned into early morning cookie baking.:dance:

I found out that I can retire a month earlier as they will pay me for my vacation since I'm retiring. It's not a use it or lose it situation like if I just quit. I've now asked to retire 1/31. More time to get organized for our move up north. I'm getting real excited now.

WI tomorrow. Send all those good thoughts and the whoosh fairy so I can make my 100# loss mark. I only need to lose 1.6#. Will it taunt me for another week? I've been 100% except maybe a bit short on water. Fingers crossed.

Have a great OP day.
Molly
Yea Molly, your on count down now, and sending you best wishes for hitting that 100 lb mark, WOW! What an accomplishment, your a great motivator, love ya! Teena

I'm excited for you on the retirement and the move! Wow, that will be so nice for both of you. I am channeling the whoosh fairy your way.

Okay - skip this if you like it's blah blah poor me talk... but this is what I'm thinking: Work has been in my dreams, and I'm waking up every 3 hours thinking about it. It didn't help that I actually got up at 3 AM and went out and checked my work email and did some work for a hour this morning. Shopping isn't a good way to take my mind off it, as that gets expensive. Maybe I should go to the farm - although that's $60 in gasoline to go. Eating out is not in the picture anymore (that's what our old routine was - comfort foods). Maybe I'll go walking at the mall... (danger danger Will Robinson), oh shopping mecca and food court land of old... but it holds some beginning exercise (walking), things to see (in the warmth of indoors). There' also Molbak's http://www.molbaks.com/in-store.html this is place for oxygen, coffee, and green lush plants and flowers. Sort of like stepping into the jungle, only not as hot. They have a huge set of combined green houses, a couple gift shops with everything from yard maintenance to coffee cups, jewelry, candles, and t-shirts. It's a magnet for people shopping, but I haven't done it in years. They have quite the Christmas Tree displays too, and tons or ornaments. I could maybe allow myself to buy one ornament to commemorate this time in life, in between my old self and the new me that should be maintaining next year by this time. Hey, I could go to the zoo (naw too cold and wet today), or a movie (last time I went I couldn't fit in the seats worth a darn). Anyway, I need to do "something" just not sure what yet. DH would suggest house cleaning I'm sure - ugh. Maybe my sister-in-law is off work today.. I haven't talked to her in a couple weeks, or seen her since July. Text is sent... we'll see if she's free to come play. I'll follow up with what I landed on.

Ha, this all sounds too familiar, yes get out there and do something fun or you might end up on the couch witch happens to me more often than I like, you deserve some fun girl.:corn:

Halfagain - I'm feeling antsy too, but ended up cleaning house today. Still not done, but put a big dent in it! (I think it's been nearly 4 years since I've been to the movies!)

Molly - That is awesome news! The end of January will be here before you know it! Ummm - maybe a bit more cookie baking will help burn those pesky lbs away before your next WI! hehehe

I'm really having 2nd thoughts about moving to P3 tomorrow...my scale showed I was up 1.5 lbs this morning! Have to admit that I did have a cheat yesterday, but not enough to cause that gain...Really wondering if I'm mentally ready to move on???? It has been such a struggle the past few weeks to stay OP. Grrrrr - really thought I had this, but now that it's 'P3 Day' tomorrow, my anxiety level is going up up up!

This week I've had a viral infection last week, but now coming down with VIPs bacterial infection, so started antibiotics this morning. Feel a nap coming on soon...have a good weekend...
Sorry to here your feeling a bit I'll, and your probably just having those scary feelings of change,and it is scary, I know I'm terribly afraid that I'm going to plump right back up! NEVER!!!

Glad everything is ok Dana, wishing you the best.

Hi everpet, your too funny!

Miss you rainbow!

Hope everyone has a nice Saturday!

WingnutandMe
12-01-2012, 07:03 PM
I've got my fingers and toes crossed, and I'm sending good thoughts...prayers...good vibrations... and hopefully the swoosh fairy... your way to help you hit that -100lbs!!

I don't blame you for being excited. It's going to come up quickly now. :) I'm sure you'll be able to find something to sell on ebay... sounds like a good idea.


Halfagain - I'm feeling antsy too, but ended up cleaning house today. Still not done, but put a big dent in it! (I think it's been nearly 4 years since I've been to the movies!)

This week I've had a viral infection last week, but now coming down with VIPs bacterial infection, so started antibiotics this morning. Feel a nap coming on soon...have a good weekend...

Thanks all for wishing the whoosh fairy my way. We'll see tomorrow.

evepet, I have no problem with finding things for ebay. I've been buying and selling antiques and "junque" for 22 years now as a hobby. You can't imagine how much stuff has gotten piled up and not sold. My house looks like an episode of Hoarders. :fr:

All this cleaning frenzy everyone is getting into is shaming me. I just can't get that motivated and organized. I did pull some clothes from the guest room closet that I can now wear over to the master bedroom closet for work. Closet shopping is fun.

Sorry to hear about all the sickness and so glad to hear Dana is safe from any real problems. Please get better soon, all.

Molly

Halfagain
12-01-2012, 08:12 PM
Greeniris, I'm sure you will make the right decision. I sure can't advise you, but I'm sending the positive thoughts your way.

Today ended up being pretty fun. DH decided I needed company so he dutifully went to the garden/flower store and we shopped for a couple new ornaments. We stopped for lunch at Outback. Then we ended up at Lowe's and I found a new pot for my poor African Violet.

Thanks all for the support. I think tomorrow I'm going to go get my hair cut short! It's shedding either just normally or due to the diet - not sure which. I have taken Biotin for months, but shorter hair will be less of a pain I think. Then, I may just dye it as well... I haven't done that in a few years. We'll see.

Sounds like I got out of the house just in the nick of time! All this talk about cleaning got me thinking maybe I should have done that. Maybe a bit tomorrow.

evepet
12-02-2012, 01:51 AM
Thanks all for wishing the whoosh fairy my way. We'll see tomorrow.

evepet, I have no problem with finding things for ebay. I've been buying and selling antiques and "junque" for 22 years now as a hobby. You can't imagine how much stuff has gotten piled up and not sold. My house looks like an episode of Hoarders. :fr:
Molly

Now that you've reminded me, I seem to recall you saying a while back that you've been a collector and seller of "junque' for quite some time. I've always thought that it sounds like a fun and profitable way to make some extra cash.

Greeniris, I'm sure you will make the right decision. I sure can't advise you, but I'm sending the positive thoughts your way.

Today ended up being pretty fun. DH decided I needed company so he dutifully went to the garden/flower store and we shopped for a couple new ornaments. We stopped for lunch at Outback. Then we ended up at Lowe's and I found a new pot for my poor African Violet.

Thanks all for the support. I think tomorrow I'm going to go get my hair cut short! It's shedding either just normally or due to the diet - not sure which. I have taken Biotin for months, but shorter hair will be less of a pain I think. Then, I may just dye it as well... I haven't done that in a few years. We'll see.

Sounds like I got out of the house just in the nick of time! All this talk about cleaning got me thinking maybe I should have done that. Maybe a bit tomorrow.

Sounds like you had a fun day. Nice of hubby to keep you company. Looking forward to seeing your new 'do'.

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I'm up unusually late for me because I got sidetracked ordering some Christmas gifts online tonight. Just when I was thinking it was time to go to bed, I got leafing through the latest Canadian Tire flyer and saw some things that looked like good gift ideas...wanted to do some comparison shopping online.. and suddenly I'm realizing it's been two and a half hours I've been looking at stuff online. But I've found items that I actually like even better, at good prices, etc., and the order is placed. Should be delivered by the end of this week. Gotta love online shopping. I will still likely go to Canadian Tire tomorrow, to take advantage of the current good price on a couple of items that I actually need...I guess they'll end up being Christmas presents to myself. LOL.

My bed is definitely calling now though. Good night all.

joysh
12-02-2012, 02:18 AM
Just wanted to say hi and post my new picture. Today was the Christmas Festival here in Natchitoches, LA. Parades, (Louisiana style), parties, 80,000 people come to town, lots of food everywhere, fireworks, all the streets closed to cars, and lots of fun. If you've ever seen the original Steel Magnolias movie, it's that Christmas Festival - and that's our town.

Anyway, picture me drinking my chocolate RTD as I watch the parade with bunches of friends, eating my IP white cheddar chips from the shiny silver packet as I walk down among the fried food frenzy. I was absolutely fine!

The new picture is what I wore today and, of course, the beads are beads that were thrown from the floats, Mardi Gras-style.

I don't know why I'm still up. It's time for sleep. More soon.

Soooooo since Wii is Christmas... I may still get something special for the 100 lb mark (hopefully next week). Probably a bracelet I'm thinking.

Wow!! the 100-pound mark! That's fantastic!

And Molly is also nearing the 100 pound mark! So wonderful!

Went shopping in my closet last night. Found that some of my favorite things now fit ( and will fit better after about 5-10 more pounds). Many of them perfect for the Holidays.

Oh, shopping in the closet is the best. I'm now on the last batch of clothes in my closet. Also had a friend gift me with 4 pairs of pants (great ones including brown jeans from Chico) that she outgrew. She lost 15 pounds and her 12s are too big. They fit me now, but I think they'll be too big for me in 3-4 weeks!



Whew! Glad it all turned out ok, Dana! I'm sure that was very scary.

sstw1
12-02-2012, 06:45 AM
Good morning, everyone. Rainbow is going to kick me - I've been a bad private - didn't check in yesterday....oops. Busy decorating the house, inside and out, as well as wrapping gifts all day long and didn't get on the computer. Soooo, my report: lost between 1 - 1/2 pounds since starting "reporting in" on Monday - depending on how "the scale is feeling!" Stayed 100 percent OP yesterday, and hoping that will have another slight drop before I go for my official WI Monday.

Dana, I am SO HAPPY that your results came back with a NEGATIVE for C...whew, what a relief!

Molly - congrats on an earlier RETIREMENT!!!!!

Joysn - my son is graduating with his masters from Northwestern 2 weeks from yesterday. I LOVE Natchitoches - such a cute town. I went to the Christmas Festival last year when he was just starting. We'll all be back for graduation on the 14th!

Hope everyone has a wonderful and OP Sunday!

AlisonS
12-02-2012, 07:40 AM
Sorry for the long rant about nothing. just trying to get into work mode.
it was -20 here last night and our ancient kitty Harriet had me up several times in the night. She cannot believe the cold and snow has come again and will not use her litter box. She kept howling at me to open the door so she could check if it had warmed up any. She finally gave up and ran out quickly to pee. Now she's all cuddled up in front of the gas fireplace to sleep the day away.
Pat

Try 'Cat Attract' cat litter, that is a good brand to try with cats who do not want to use the box. I have a cat with such sensitive paws that I have to rip up Viva paper towels for her to use in a small litter box. It is usually the litter that causes that issue, but sometimes placement of the box is also an issue if they do not feel safe where the box is. Good luck!

AlisonS
12-02-2012, 07:50 AM
I may be crazy to leave the semi-warm down here (still gets below freezing at times), but neither DH nor I really like it here. I think up there is doable if we don't have to go out in the mornings no matter what to go to work. I hope to just sell things at yard sales and on ebay, help DH with the cars, and garden. Right now there is only dialup connectivity. No DSL, no cable, not even cell service in the area. We will look at satellite, but it's got limitations (had it before). Hope for something to be able to sell on ebay. The big challenge will be hauling everything up there. Still, I'm all excited. Maybe I can make it to goal by this spring. Pounds are hanging on now for dear life.

Molly

Where are you moving, Molly? I would think you could make a fortune on ebay just doing consignment sales of clothes from all of the people on here! I bet I have given away thousands of dollars of clothes, which I was happy to do, but even better if someone had been able to sell on ebay and split the $$!

WingnutandMe
12-02-2012, 10:07 AM
Where are you moving, Molly? I would think you could make a fortune on ebay just doing consignment sales of clothes from all of the people on here! I bet I have given away thousands of dollars of clothes, which I was happy to do, but even better if someone had been able to sell on ebay and split the $$!

We are moving to our cottage on a lake in the northern half of the lower peninsula of Michigan.

I have lots of things to sell on ebay, but our problem up there is the internet connectivity.

Clothes. I have not thrown out or donated a piece of clothing yet. OMG. Trash bag upon trash bag piled up. I was looking for a dress form to help display for the pictures, but haven't found one cheap enough to suit me.


Just wanted to say hi and post my new picture.


And Molly is also nearing the 100 pound mark! So wonderful!



joysh - you look fantastic.

Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks.

I also measured for the first time in eons. I have lost 8.5" in my chest, 3.5" in my arms, 11.5" in my waist, 12" in my hips, and 3.5" in my thigh (still thunder thighs). I am very large boned, so I will always be larger than most for my height.

This would not have happened if it had not been for all of you. For you lurkers out there, the program does work if you stick to it. Not all of us lose as fast as others, but it happens.

Thanks again for the support,
Molly

P.S. Rainbow, we miss you.

joysh
12-02-2012, 10:12 AM
This week I've had a viral infection last week, but now coming down with VIPs bacterial infection, so started antibiotics this morning. Feel a nap coming on soon...have a good weekend...

Feel better, Greeniris! Wow! You're 2 pounds from goal and moving to P3! How amazing!


Joysh - my son is graduating with his masters from Northwestern 2 weeks from yesterday. I LOVE Natchitoches - such a cute town. I went to the Christmas Festival last year when he was just starting. We'll all be back for graduation on the 14th!!

What is your son's major? I teach there and I'll probably be there for the morning commencement. I've been here for 6 years and I really like it here. So you understand what Christmas Festival is all about. No one could have explained it to me accurately, except that it's probably like Mardi Gras.

Lizzy63
12-02-2012, 10:17 AM
Congratulations on making 100 pounds, Molly! What an awesome accomplishment! You should be very proud!

lisa32989
12-02-2012, 10:20 AM
Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks.

I also measured for the first time in eons. I have lost 8.5" in my chest, 3.5" in my arms, 11.5" in my waist, 12" in my hips, and 3.5" in my thigh (still thunder thighs). I am very large boned, so I will always be larger than most for my height.

This would not have happened if it had not been for all of you. For you lurkers out there, the program does work if you stick to it. Not all of us lose as fast as others, but it happens.

Thanks again for the support,
Molly

P.S. Rainbow, we miss you.
MY HERO!!!
:congrat::woohoo::congrat::woohoo::congrat: :woohoo: :congrat::woohoo::congrat:

:hat::bravo::dance::cheer3::cheer2::cheer: :celebrate: :woo::balloons::belly::snowglo:

Yesmyqueen
12-02-2012, 10:42 AM
We are moving to our cottage on a lake in the northern half of the lower peninsula of Michigan.

I have lots of things to sell on ebay, but our problem up there is the internet connectivity.

Clothes. I have not thrown out or donated a piece of clothing yet. OMG. Trash bag upon trash bag piled up. I was looking for a dress form to help display for the pictures, but haven't found one cheap enough to suit me.




joysh - you look fantastic.

Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks.

I also measured for the first time in eons. I have lost 8.5" in my chest, 3.5" in my arms, 11.5" in my waist, 12" in my hips, and 3.5" in my thigh (still thunder thighs). I am very large boned, so I will always be larger than most for my height.

This would not have happened if it had not been for all of you. For you lurkers out there, the program does work if you stick to it. Not all of us lose as fast as others, but it happens.

Thanks again for the support,
Molly

P.S. Rainbow, we miss you.
:cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::x cheer: Here's to you sweet Molly, WOW! What an acomplishment!

Happy Sunday! Everyone, have a great day. Teena

Lizzy63
12-02-2012, 10:45 AM
Greeniris, I'm sure you will make the right decision. I sure can't advise you, but I'm sending the positive thoughts your way.

Today ended up being pretty fun. DH decided I needed company so he dutifully went to the garden/flower store and we shopped for a couple new ornaments. We stopped for lunch at Outback. Then we ended up at Lowe's and I found a new pot for my poor African Violet.

Thanks all for the support. I think tomorrow I'm going to go get my hair cut short! It's shedding either just normally or due to the diet - not sure which. I have taken Biotin for months, but shorter hair will be less of a pain I think. Then, I may just dye it as well... I haven't done that in a few years. We'll see.

Sounds like I got out of the house just in the nick of time! All this talk about cleaning got me thinking maybe I should have done that. Maybe a bit tomorrow.

How exciting - a new haircut to go with your new body! Please share pics! I love my short hair - so low maintenance - even though DH would prefer it longer.

joysh
12-02-2012, 11:08 AM
We are moving to our cottage on a lake in the northern half of the lower peninsula of Michigan.
joysh - you look fantastic.Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks. I also measured for the first time in eons. I have lost 8.5" in my chest, 3.5" in my arms, 11.5" in my waist, 12" in my hips, and 3.5" in my thigh (still thunder thighs). I am very large boned, so I will always be larger than most for my height. This would not have happened if it had not been for all of you. For you lurkers out there, the program does work if you stick to it. Not all of us lose as fast as others, but it happens.

WHOO WHOOO!!!!
:balloons::balloons::balloons::balloons::balloons: :cheer::cheer::bravo::bravo::cp::cp::dance::dance: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! HOW WONDERFUL!!!!

Halfagain
12-02-2012, 11:31 AM
Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks.



Congratulations! You are an inspiration. Great Job!


Joysh you look fabulous! Great new pics!

I ordered a bracelet & charm from Amazon for my upcoming 100 lb . http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Charm-compatible-European-Bracelet/dp/B001NAHW2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354465451&sr=8-1&keywords=LACY+14K+GOLD+on+925+Silver+Charm+BEAD+co mpatible+with+European+Bracelet The reviews say the charm is smaller than it appears to be in the photo.

patns
12-02-2012, 12:00 PM
Wow so much news to catch up on!!!

I have to run but wanted to say happy,happy, happy for Molly!!!!!

What I hated about going to the clinic was the expection you "had" to lose 2-3 pounds a week which is likely impossible at over 60. So I switched to alternatives and saved a bundle.

Molly, you say you are a slow loser too by IPA standards but 100 pounds in less than a year at 60+???That is totally mind blowing!!!

I'll bet very few doctors would be able to see that kind of success with the many patients they are concerned with who are in their 60s.

Of course Molly is barely in the 60+ group but what a tremendous thing you are doing for your ongoing health Molly. Just think how much harder your ongoing recovery with your foot would be at 100 pounds heavier!

WAY TO GO MOLLY!!!!

Pat

evepet
12-02-2012, 12:25 PM
Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks.


Yay!!! :carrot: Congratulations!!! So happy for you! :yay::carrot:

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I ordered a bracelet & charm from Amazon for my upcoming 100 lb . http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Charm-compatible-European-Bracelet/dp/B001NAHW2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354465451&sr=8-1&keywords=LACY+14K+GOLD+on+925+Silver+Charm+BEAD+co mpatible+with+European+Bracelet The reviews say the charm is smaller than it appears to be in the photo.

Very pretty indeed. That will be a lovely keepsake to celebrate your achievement.

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Joysh - love your recent pic. You are looking terrific.

I've had a small success myself this am... stepped on the scales soon after I got up, and it's registering a -1.5lbs. Yay! I credit my days on P3 for this... and my discipline re sticking 100% on P1 since Thursday. Seeing that loss on the scale certainly strengthens my resolve and reinforces me. (This is even after having a waffle yesterday for lunch, which is kind of shooting my 'flour=weight gain' theory in the foot. I notice I did have a fairly low sodium day yesterday).

Hope everyone has a great Sunday.

WingnutandMe
12-02-2012, 12:35 PM
Wow so much news to catch up on!!!

I have to run but wanted to say happy,happy, happy for Molly!!!!!

What I hated about going to the clinic was the expection you "had" to lose 2-3 pounds a week which is likely impossible at over 60. So I switched to alternatives and saved a bundle.

Molly, you say you are a slow loser too by IPA standards but 100 pounds in less than a year at 60+???That is totally mind blowing!!!

I'll bet very few doctors would be able to see that kind of success with the many patients they are concerned with who are in their 60s.

Of course Molly is barely in the 60+ group but what a tremendous thing you are doing for your ongoing health Molly. Just think how much harder your ongoing recovery with your foot would be at 100 pounds heavier!

WAY TO GO MOLLY!!!!

Pat

Thanks, Pat.

I ran into the same problem with the clinic I started with. Harassment when I was only losing 2# a week, "you're cheating" I have been on alternatives since April. I've lost 63# since then.

I like your compliment "barely in the 60+ group." 63, that's about a third of the way. Going way too fast.

Molly

BushyTailed
12-02-2012, 01:08 PM
Went shopping in my closet last night. Found that some of my favorite things now fit ( and will fit better after about 5-10 more pounds). Many of them perfect for the Holidays.

LOVE the idea of shopping in my closet -- made me chuckle. How great it must feel -- good for you!!

I'm excited for you on the retirement and the move! Wow, that will be so nice for both of you. I am channeling the whoosh fairy your way.

Okay - skip this if you like it's blah blah poor me talk... but this is what I'm thinking: Work has been in my dreams, and I'm waking up every 3 hours thinking about it. It didn't help that I actually got up at 3 AM and went out and checked my work email and did some work for a hour this morning. Shopping isn't a good way to take my mind off it, as that gets expensive. Maybe I should go to the farm - although that's $60 in gasoline to go. Eating out is not in the picture anymore (that's what our old routine was - comfort foods). Maybe I'll go walking at the mall... (danger danger Will Robinson), oh shopping mecca and food court land of old... but it holds some beginning exercise (walking), things to see (in the warmth of indoors). There' also Molbak's http://www.molbaks.com/in-store.html this is place for oxygen, coffee, and green lush plants and flowers. Sort of like stepping into the jungle, only not as hot. They have a huge set of combined green houses, a couple gift shops with everything from yard maintenance to coffee cups, jewelry, candles, and t-shirts. It's a magnet for people shopping, but I haven't done it in years. They have quite the Christmas Tree displays too, and tons or ornaments. I could maybe allow myself to buy one ornament to commemorate this time in life, in between my old self and the new me that should be maintaining next year by this time. Hey, I could go to the zoo (naw too cold and wet today), or a movie (last time I went I couldn't fit in the seats worth a darn). Anyway, I need to do "something" just not sure what yet. DH would suggest house cleaning I'm sure - ugh. Maybe my sister-in-law is off work today.. I haven't talked to her in a couple weeks, or seen her since July. Text is sent... we'll see if she's free to come play. I'll follow up with what I landed on.

Halfagain: Wow, that's tough to have such a stressful job. I'll have to read old posts to find out more about our situation, but I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Just wanted to say hi and post my new picture. Today was the Christmas Festival here in Natchitoches, LA.

Anyway, picture me drinking my chocolate RTD as I watch the parade with bunches of friends, eating my IP white cheddar chips from the shiny silver packet as I walk down among the fried food frenzy. I was absolutely fine!



Joysh -- You look great!! Congratulations! I think you mentioned that you teach at Northwestern. What do you teach. My husband is a professor. Seems like a great job.


Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks.

I also measured for the first time in eons. I have lost 8.5" in my chest, 3.5" in my arms, 11.5" in my waist, 12" in my hips, and 3.5" in my thigh (still thunder thighs). I am very large boned, so I will always be larger than most for my height.



WOW!! Molly, that's great, and an inspiration for those of us (like me) who are just starting. 100 lbs in 45 weeks seems like a really good rate to me. And, wow, the change in your measurements is impressive. You look great!


I ordered a bracelet & charm from Amazon for my upcoming 100 lb . http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Charm-compatible-European-Bracelet/dp/B001NAHW2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354465451&sr=8-1&keywords=LACY+14K+GOLD+on+925+Silver+Charm+BEAD+co mpatible+with+European+Bracelet The reviews say the charm is smaller than it appears to be in the photo.
Nice idea -- fantastic to treat yourself. You deserve it. But I especially love the idea of getting a new haircut and dye job. Then you really feel like a new person. What fun!

I'm just starting IP. Heard about it shortly before Thanksgiving, and started right after. It's gotten easier after the first 3 or 4 days. I'm pretty excited about it. Reading these threads has really been a motivator!

I see several of you mentioned the Omron scale. Guess I'll look into that. I have a good scale for just weight, but I LOVE the idea of tracking other things. Any particular model you all recommend?

Well, off to get things done.

joysh
12-02-2012, 01:29 PM
Have a great day, everyone!

Joysh you look fabulous! Great new pics!

Thanks, Halfagain!


Joysh - love your recent pic. You are looking terrific.

I've had a small success myself this am... stepped on the scales soon after I got up, and it's registering a -1.5lbs. Yay! I credit my days on P3 for this... and my discipline re sticking 100% on P1 since Thursday. Seeing that loss on the scale certainly strengthens my resolve and reinforces me.

Thanks, evepet! I haven't yet started to learn about maintenance and the other phases, but I think I'll be there some tie in January.

LOVE the idea of shopping in my closet -- made me chuckle. How great it must feel -- good for you!!
Joysh -- You look great!! Congratulations! I think you mentioned that you teach at Northwestern. What do you teach. My husband is a professor. Seems like a great job.... I'm just starting IP. Heard about it shortly before Thanksgiving, and started right after. It's gotten easier after the first 3 or 4 days. I'm pretty excited about it. Reading these threads has really been a motivator!

Hi BushyTailed! I teach music education. Are you in Louisiana? The job is good, but the pay is not great. I really like Northwestern and Natchitoches and enjoy working with the students and faculty.

Welcome to IP and to the forum. I read these for the 2 weeks before I started. It's great to be part of this community. Enjoy IP!

DanafromAustin
12-02-2012, 03:14 PM
I'm up unusually late for me because I got sidetracked ordering some Christmas gifts online tonight. Just when I was thinking it was time to go to bed, I got leafing through the latest Canadian Tire flyer and saw some things that looked like good gift ideas...wanted to do some comparison shopping online.. and suddenly I'm realizing it's been two and a half hours I've been looking at stuff online. But I've found items that I actually like even better, at good prices, etc., and the order is placed. Should be delivered by the end of this week. Gotta love online shopping. I will still likely go to Canadian Tire tomorrow, to take advantage of the current good price on a couple of items that I actually need...I guess they'll end up being Christmas presents to myself. LOL.
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I'm very happy to say I finish all of my holiday shopping and didn't step into a store once, I did it all online. I hate the crowds and trying to find a parking space at the malls this time of year. Much happier internet shopping.

Just wanted to say hi and post my new picture. Today was the Christmas Festival here in Natchitoches, LA. Parades, (Louisiana style), parties, 80,000 people come to town, lots of food everywhere, fireworks, all the streets closed to cars, and lots of fun. If you've ever seen the original Steel Magnolias movie, it's that Christmas Festival - and that's our town.

Anyway, picture me drinking my chocolate RTD as I watch the parade with bunches of friends, eating my IP white cheddar chips from the shiny silver packet as I walk down among the fried food frenzy. I was absolutely fine!

The new picture is what I wore today and, of course, the beads are beads that were thrown from the floats, Mardi Gras-style.

You look fantastic!!! :hug:



Yes, party time. I made the 100# loss today. Thanks for everyone's good thoughts and wishes. I'm a slow loser, so it's taken me 45 weeks.

I also measured for the first time in eons. I have lost 8.5" in my chest, 3.5" in my arms, 11.5" in my waist, 12" in my hips, and 3.5" in my thigh (still thunder thighs). I am very large boned, so I will always be larger than most for my height.

This would not have happened if it had not been for all of you. For you lurkers out there, the program does work if you stick to it. Not all of us lose as fast as others, but it happens.

Thanks again for the support,
Molly

P.S. Rainbow, we miss you.
100 pounds !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So proud of you and all of your hard work. :hug::carrot::bravo::cp::dance::dancer::congrat:


I'm just starting IP. Heard about it shortly before Thanksgiving, and started right after. It's gotten easier after the first 3 or 4 days. I'm pretty excited about it. Reading these threads has really been a motivator!

I see several of you mentioned the Omron scale. Guess I'll look into that. I have a good scale for just weight, but I LOVE the idea of tracking other things. Any particular model you all recommend?

Well, off to get things done.
Welcome to IP and this wonderful 50 plus group. So happy you could join us. :welcome3: This is the Omron scale we are all talking about: http://www.amazon.com/Omron-HBF-514C-Composition-Sensing-Monitor/dp/B0020MMCDE/ref=sr_1_2?s=hpc&srs=2530054011&ie=UTF8&qid=1354479144&sr=1-2

lisa32989
12-02-2012, 03:25 PM
Wow so much news to catch up on!!!

I have to run but wanted to say happy,happy, happy for Molly!!!!!

What I hated about going to the clinic was the expection you "had" to lose 2-3 pounds a week which is likely impossible at over 60. So I switched to alternatives and saved a bundle.

Molly, you say you are a slow loser too by IPA standards but 100 pounds in less than a year at 60+???That is totally mind blowing!!!

I'll bet very few doctors would be able to see that kind of success with the many patients they are concerned with who are in their 60s.

Of course Molly is barely in the 60+ group but what a tremendous thing you are doing for your ongoing health Molly. Just think how much harder your ongoing recovery with your foot would be at 100 pounds heavier!

WAY TO GO MOLLY!!!!

Pat

So, a couple weeks ago, my coach told me IP is taking the 3-5 lb/week claim OFF of all of the printed materials.
WE ARE NOT SLOW LOSERS!!!!
They are finally admitting this is not the norm :dance:

Lizzy63
12-02-2012, 03:32 PM
LOVE the idea of shopping in my closet -- made me chuckle. How great it must feel -- good

I'm just starting IP. Heard about it shortly before Thanksgiving, and started right after. It's gotten easier after the first 3 or 4 days. I'm pretty excited about it. Reading these threads has really been a motivator!

I see several of you mentioned the Omron scale. Guess I'll look into that. I have a good scale for just weight, but I LOVE the idea of tracking other things. Any particular model you all recommend?

Well, off to get things done.

Welcome Bushy Tailed! Are you bright eyed too??

I have the 514 model Omron, which is the one Rainbow and some others here recommended. Had it about a week, but love it so far. Measures body fat, muscle, visceral fat, resting metabolism, BMI, and even body age.

evepet
12-02-2012, 03:36 PM
Welcome Bushy Tailed! Are you bright eyed too??

I have the 514 model Omron, which is the one Rainbow and some others here recommended. Had it about a week, but love it so far. Measures body fat, muscle, visceral fat, resting metabolism, BMI, and even body age.

This morning mine finally told me that my Body Age is younger than my actual age! I started out with it showing 10 years older. Yay!

Lizzy63
12-02-2012, 03:41 PM
Yeah!! That's great! When I last checked I was spot on my actual age, but who knows, since I'm still losing in phase 3, it would be nice to get below my actual age! We'll see what happens in the morning. The scale has been calling me and I checked just my weight this morning - it was down to 146.4.

Of course, I have no idea precisely how they arrive at this number, and they don't explain it very well in the instructions, but it would still make me feel good!

Halfagain
12-02-2012, 05:52 PM
How exciting - a new haircut to go with your new body! Please share pics! I love my short hair - so low maintenance - even though DH would prefer it longer.

New Pic complete :-) got the hair cut, and did the dark chocolate color. I know I will love this style. It's still a bit wet from the coloring, but I wanted to take it while it was still light outside. It should fluff up a bit more when all dry.

I stopped at the nail salon I used to go to (where I'd get acrylic nails because my nails were so brittle and peeled so much). Since doing IP and probably the added Purvana (hair/skin/nails biotin supplement) my nails are the best they have been in my entire life, even when I was a teen. I got a manicure and painted Fire Red! Some new thing - well new to me, called a gel nail color? The shop owners don't speak english well, so I'm not sure what the advantage is of it, but I was so happy not to get acrylic nails, I said sure.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/98lbs.jpg

joysh
12-02-2012, 06:26 PM
So, a couple weeks ago, my coach told me IP is taking the 3-5 lb/week claim OFF of all of the printed materials.
WE ARE NOT SLOW LOSERS!!!!
They are finally admitting this is not the norm :dance:

Yay! I'm actually fine with losing just a little more slowly than some others. As impatient as I am, I think it's better for me. Of course, it's more expensive, but I feel better adjusting more gradually. Ok - we'll see how I feel after WI on Tuesday! I stayed the same last week after a 5 pound loss the week before. It's very erratic with me.

New Pic complete :-) got the hair cut, and did the dark chocolate color. I know I will love this style. It's still a bit wet from the coloring, but I wanted to take it while it was still light outside. It should fluff up a bit more when all dry.

Love the haircut and new picture! And nails too! Yay! I'm ready for my red Christmas nails. I need to get to a big city for that. Next weekend for me!

Lizzy63
12-02-2012, 06:54 PM
Halfagain - love the new hair - you look FANTASTIC!

I think the gel polish is supposed to last longer, but honestly I'm not into doing my nails. I did get a pedicure when I lost my first 20 mostly because I wanted the pampering for my feet, but I did get the bright red polish.

BushyTailed
12-02-2012, 07:28 PM
Joysh -- I'm not from Louisiana, I live in Southern California now. My husband is a mathematician, so whole different set of people. My sister-in-law used to teach piano. She still performs but doesn't teach anymore. Do you have an instrument that you specialize in? Or maybe voice? Anyway, I love your progress photos. What a difference!

Thanks, Dana, for the link to the Omron scale. That looks so cool. I love gadgets and have been looking at it. The Omron web page lets you download the PDF of the instruction manual (how cool is that?) so I've been perusing.

I had a question, PatNS, about your post. You said that your scale gave your maintenance calories amount was 1280. In the manual, it says the scale gives your resting metabolism; and that that is about 70% of your total metabolism. Is 1280 your resting metabolism? That is 70% of 1828 calories. I'm just curious if you all have found that it's better to aim for the "resting metabolism" and not include any extra. I'll understand it all better once I have the scale in my hands.

Hi, Lizzy. Yep, hope to be bright eyed AND bushy tailed. I wanted a login name that was sort of motivating. Like, "I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed and I'm going to do this." And as my weight tends to be in my hips, thighs, and rear, the "Bushy Tailed" part of it seemed kind of accurate.

I've ordered the scale. I can hardly wait to see how old it thinks I am. . .

HalfAgain: Fun, fun, fun new hairstyle and color. And I know I'd love the nails. I get acrylic because I'm hard on my nails and it's the only way for me to have any; but a friend gets gel and she loves it. Very shiny, color lasts well, and not as hard on your real nails as the acrylic. Let me know you like them. I'd like to try them some day -- just to see -- but my nail tech doesn't do gel.

Hope everyone has a great next week!!

DanafromAustin
12-02-2012, 08:46 PM
New Pic complete :-) got the hair cut, and did the dark chocolate color. I know I will love this style. It's still a bit wet from the coloring, but I wanted to take it while it was still light outside. It should fluff up a bit more when all dry.

I stopped at the nail salon I used to go to (where I'd get acrylic nails because my nails were so brittle and peeled so much). Since doing IP and probably the added Purvana (hair/skin/nails biotin supplement) my nails are the best they have been in my entire life, even when I was a teen. I got a manicure and painted Fire Red! Some new thing - well new to me, called a gel nail color? The shop owners don't speak english well, so I'm not sure what the advantage is of it, but I was so happy not to get acrylic nails, I said sure.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/98lbs.jpg
You look GREAT!!! I was getting the gel nail color and loved it, but unfortunately for me my cuticles hated it. They would swell up and become really painful. I think I'm allergic to some chemical that's in the product and the same thing happened to me when I tried the acrylic nails. The gel nail polish doesn't ruin your nails like the other overlays do, but still allergic to it. I even googled my issue and found I was far from alone in this problem. Oh well, now I just treat myself to a pedicure once a month instead.

rainbowsmiles
12-02-2012, 08:49 PM
just a quick pop in cause i was surely missing everyone!!!!!
i'm back home safe and sound....until the weekend again...

sorry i could not find any time to post this weekend while away at family time. i didn't even take my laptop because i knew i would be so busy!!

will catch up tomorrow...have to unpack and do loads of laundry now!!

but JUST HAD TO GIVE 2 SHOUT OUTS!!!!!!!!!

MOLLY....OMG!!!! 100 POUNDS GONE...YOU DID IT GIRLFRIEND!!! i just knew you would!! i agree with everyone....YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!! and such a HUGE INSPIRATION to never ever ever give up or give in!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:encore: :bravo: :cp: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer2:
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

BARB!!! OMG...i love love love love your new photo and you look 15 yrs younger!!!!!!!!!!!! love the hair love the new you, love the top!!! YOU JUST LOOK SO HAPPY AND FABULOUS!! i just heart you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVERYONE ELSE....I'M BAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

evepet
12-02-2012, 09:13 PM
New Pic complete :-) got the hair cut, and did the dark chocolate color. I know I will love this style. It's still a bit wet from the coloring, but I wanted to take it while it was still light outside. It should fluff up a bit more when all dry.

I stopped at the nail salon I used to go to (where I'd get acrylic nails because my nails were so brittle and peeled so much). Since doing IP and probably the added Purvana (hair/skin/nails biotin supplement) my nails are the best they have been in my entire life, even when I was a teen. I got a manicure and painted Fire Red! Some new thing - well new to me, called a gel nail color? The shop owners don't speak english well, so I'm not sure what the advantage is of it, but I was so happy not to get acrylic nails, I said sure.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/98lbs.jpg

Wow - you look so much younger! Good job!

Halfagain
12-02-2012, 09:47 PM
Yay! I'm actually fine with losing just a little more slowly than some others. As impatient as I am, I think it's better for me. Of course, it's more expensive, but I feel better adjusting more gradually. Ok - we'll see how I feel after WI on Tuesday! I stayed the same last week after a 5 pound loss the week before. It's very erratic with me.

Love the haircut and new picture! And nails too! Yay! I'm ready for my red Christmas nails. I need to get to a big city for that. Next weekend for me!
Thank You! Here's to another great WI on Tuesday (raising my water glass your way) - I know what you mean about being impatient I used to have a mini goal to loose 3 a week, and I made that for quite a while, knowing it would slow down. I have had to modify my min-goal to be 2 a week, and I may well need to change that mini-goal at some point to less. My little charts and graphs setting goals really helps me focus on seeing where all this is leading.

Halfagain - love the new hair - you look FANTASTIC!

I think the gel polish is supposed to last longer, but honestly I'm not into doing my nails. I did get a pedicure when I lost my first 20 mostly because I wanted the pampering for my feet, but I did get the bright red polish.
Thank you! LOL I walked into the bathroom and had to do a double take seeing myself a few minutes ago. It's what I'm used to seeing in the mirror :-)
I like doing my nails, but I think DH likes me doing them more. He suggested I should start doing them again actually. I was surprised he even thought about it. The person doing the manicure even gave me a shoulder/arm/neck massage! Oh boy! I can get used to this.


Thanks, Dana, for the link to the Omron scale. That looks so cool. I love gadgets and have been looking at it. The Omron web page lets you download the PDF of the instruction manual (how cool is that?) so I've been perusing.
Hi, Lizzy. Yep, hope to be bright eyed AND bushy tailed. I wanted a login name that was sort of motivating. Like, "I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed and I'm going to do this." And as my weight tends to be in my hips, thighs, and rear, the "Bushy Tailed" part of it seemed kind of accurate.

HalfAgain: Fun, fun, fun new hairstyle and color. And I know I'd love the nails. I get acrylic because I'm hard on my nails and it's the only way for me to have any; but a friend gets gel and she loves it. Very shiny, color lasts well, and not as hard on your real nails as the acrylic. Let me know you like them. I'd like to try them some day -- just to see -- but my nail tech doesn't do gel.

LOL on how you chose your name :-) I LOVE it! I can't do the fancy scale option, as I have a metal implant and at least from what I've seen they scale says it won't work quite right with that in there. I'll just do my normal scale and be envious of you all. Let us know how you like it when it comes. Thanks for the nice comments! I'll let you now how the gel things go. I have been amazed so far that I the nail tech was pressing warm wash cloths over them not that long after, and I didn't booger them up before I got home (unlike the old days I remember with just regular polish)

You look GREAT!!! I was getting the gel nail color and loved it, but unfortunately for me my cuticles hated it. They would swell up and become really painful. I think I'm allergic to some chemical that's in the product and the same thing happened to me when I tried the acrylic nails. The gel nail polish doesn't ruin your nails like the other overlays do, but still allergic to it. I even googled my issue and found I was far from alone in this problem. Oh well, now I just treat myself to a pedicure once a month instead.
Thank you Dana! Great info on the nails. I remember getting painful cuticles with the acrylics before. I think they painted too close to them or something. So far, knock on wood, these haven't bothered me. I am very reactive to scented cloths soap or dryer sheets (get hives), so I hope these aren't something that will set me off.

just a quick pop in cause i was surely missing everyone!!!!!
I'm back home safe and sound....until the weekend again...

sorry i could not find any time to post this weekend while away at family time. i didn't even take my laptop because i knew i would be so busy!!

will catch up tomorrow...have to unpack and do loads of laundry now!!

but JUST HAD TO GIVE 2 SHOUT OUTS!!!!!!!!!

MOLLY....OMG!!!! 100 POUNDS GONE...YOU DID IT GIRLFRIEND!!! i just knew you would!! i agree with everyone....YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!! and such a HUGE INSPIRATION to never ever ever give up or give in!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:encore: :bravo: :cp: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer2:
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

BARB!!! OMG...i love love love love your new photo and you look 15 yrs younger!!!!!!!!!!!! love the hair love the new you, love the top!!! YOU JUST LOOK SO HAPPY AND FABULOUS!! i just heart you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:D
Welcome home Rainbow!! You were missed! Thank you for such sweet comments about the changes. I'm still getting used to them :-) but it was a very fun day. I'll have some fun at the work dinner coming up next week and surprise folks there for sure.

Halfagain
12-02-2012, 09:50 PM
Wow - you look so much younger! Good job!
:hug: Thank you!

Yesmyqueen
12-02-2012, 11:11 PM
New Pic complete :-) got the hair cut, and did the dark chocolate color. I know I will love this style. It's still a bit wet from the coloring, but I wanted to take it while it was still light outside. It should fluff up a bit more when all dry.

I stopped at the nail salon I used to go to (where I'd get acrylic nails because my nails were so brittle and peeled so much). Since doing IP and probably the added Purvana (hair/skin/nails biotin supplement) my nails are the best they have been in my entire life, even when I was a teen. I got a manicure and painted Fire Red! Some new thing - well new to me, called a gel nail color? The shop owners don't speak english well, so I'm not sure what the advantage is of it, but I was so happy not to get acrylic nails, I said sure.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/98lbs.jpg
:whoo::whoo::whoo::whoo::whoo::whoo::whoo::whoo::w hoo::whoo:WOW!!!!!You look so good, way to go girl, looking so young. Makes me want to color my hair again, my DH doesn't want me to color, says he likes it o natural, but I'm not sure I do? But as for gel nails, you will love them, they last a long time, and
Way to go on red, tiz the season! Yes! Great job.

just a quick pop in cause i was surely missing everyone!!!!!
i'm back home safe and sound....until the weekend again...

sorry i could not find any time to post this weekend while away at family time. i didn't even take my laptop because i knew i would be so busy!!

will catch up tomorrow...have to unpack and do loads of laundry now!!

but JUST HAD TO GIVE 2 SHOUT OUTS!!!!!!!!!

MOLLY....OMG!!!! 100 POUNDS GONE...YOU DID IT GIRLFRIEND!!! i just knew you would!! i agree with everyone....YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!! and such a HUGE INSPIRATION to never ever ever give up or give in!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:encore: :bravo: :cp: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer2:
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

BARB!!! OMG...i love love love love your new photo and you look 15 yrs younger!!!!!!!!!!!! love the hair love the new you, love the top!!! YOU JUST LOOK SO HAPPY AND FABULOUS!! i just heart you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVERYONE ELSE....I'M BAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Yea rainbows back,we missed you!

Well I had a little slip up and I'm trying to just dust off and forget about it, I made a big batch of chex mix with pecans,cashews,walnuts and almonds and all the other stuff, any way it smelled soooo good and I had to stir every 15 minutes, well each time I stirred I ate one of each nut, UHGG so I figure that's probably 1/4 c of mixed nuts. So my fat for the day is up but at least it's not too bad on carbs and no sugar, so I'm going to forgive and forget!
I just got some more keto stixs on Friday and I am still in ketosis, I hadn't any stix for probably a month and curiosity got the better of me, so I was happy about that, how many of you guys use the stixs?

Well now that I've got all that out, I feel better, thanks to all of you, now off to bed after this football game! Goodnight all! Teena

patns
12-02-2012, 11:47 PM
So, a couple weeks ago, my coach told me IP is taking the 3-5 lb/week claim OFF of all of the printed materials.
WE ARE NOT SLOW LOSERS!!!!
They are finally admitting this is not the norm :dance:

That is good news. Now is the clinics in my area would take it off the signs they all have out front to catch people's attention as they drive by!!

patns
12-02-2012, 11:54 PM
New Pic complete :-) got the hair cut, and did the dark chocolate color. I know I will love this style. It's still a bit wet from the coloring, but I wanted to take it while it was still light outside. It should fluff up a bit more when all dry.

I stopped at the nail salon I used to go to (where I'd get acrylic nails because my nails were so brittle and peeled so much). Since doing IP and probably the added Purvana (hair/skin/nails biotin supplement) my nails are the best they have been in my entire life, even when I was a teen. I got a manicure and painted Fire Red! Some new thing - well new to me, called a gel nail color? The shop owners don't speak english well, so I'm not sure what the advantage is of it, but I was so happy not to get acrylic nails, I said sure.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/98lbs.jpg

Love it!!! You look years younger.
I had to smile about not being sure what they were putting on your nails but you got it in fire engine red. You have this make over business well under control!

patns
12-03-2012, 12:06 AM
Yay! I'm actually fine with losing just a little more slowly than some others. As impatient as I am, I think it's better for me. Of course, it's more expensive, but I feel better adjusting more gradually. Ok - we'll see how I feel after WI on Tuesday! I stayed the same last week after a 5 pound loss the week before. It's very erratic with me.

I love seeing your update pictures because we started at the same weight and your goal is the same as mine. I lost the last 30 with IP but 44 before that.

But at your current weight your body shape is pretty much what mine is at 135. You are going to look fantastic at goal.

So speaking of body shape I finally took a huge step and did some exercise today.
Someone had mentioned the Crunch Super Slimdown Pilates Yoga Blend DVD.
The poster said she had actually been able to go through the whole thing when she weighed 270, so I thought I should be able to handle it. I think it will work well. I was only able to do 25 of the 45 minutes of it today but will try to improvr on that time tomorrow.
I sure hope it does SlimDown as it says on the cover but sure has a lot of stretching.
Pat

patns
12-03-2012, 12:16 AM
Joysh --

I had a question, PatNS, about your post. You said that your scale gave your maintenance calories amount was 1280. In the manual, it says the scale gives your resting metabolism; and that that is about 70% of your total metabolism. Is 1280 your resting metabolism? That is 70% of 1828 calories. I'm just curious if you all have found that it's better to aim for the "resting metabolism" and not include any extra. I'll understand it all better once I have the scale in my hands.


Oh I didn't think about that.I will be interested to see what you think after you read what comes with the scale. But truthfully, my default position seems to be resting!

But about 1200 calories does seem to be my upper limit without gaining but I am sure I could raise that with steady exercise. So let me know what you think when you had a chance to figure out your scale.

I accept everything it says as gospel because it says I'm 5 years younger than I am, maybe it is just trying to flatter me so I don't throw in out in our current arctic weather.

patns
12-03-2012, 12:31 AM
Dana, I had meant to tell you before I am so happy that your heath scare worked out as it did. It must have been a terrifying few days.

Each time you mention holidays I get a memory jolt that Hanukkah is so early this year. In my family it's Hanukkah for my sister's family and Christmas for everyone else and they usually are close in time so I send gifts back home to the east coast at the same time. But this year is different, I better get on a run tomorrow!
Pat

DanafromAustin
12-03-2012, 12:13 PM
just a quick pop in cause i was surely missing everyone!!!!!
i'm back home safe and sound....until the weekend again...

sorry i could not find any time to post this weekend while away at family time. i didn't even take my laptop because i knew i would be so busy!!

will catch up tomorrow...have to unpack and do loads of laundry now!!

but JUST HAD TO GIVE 2 SHOUT OUTS!!!!!!!!!

MOLLY....OMG!!!! 100 POUNDS GONE...YOU DID IT GIRLFRIEND!!! i just knew you would!! i agree with everyone....YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!! and such a HUGE INSPIRATION to never ever ever give up or give in!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:encore: :bravo: :cp: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer2:
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

BARB!!! OMG...i love love love love your new photo and you look 15 yrs younger!!!!!!!!!!!! love the hair love the new you, love the top!!! YOU JUST LOOK SO HAPPY AND FABULOUS!! i just heart you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVERYONE ELSE....I'M BAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
You have been missed!!! Happy to hear it was a great weekend with family, nothing better for sure. I get to see almost all of mine next weekend when we fly home. Can't wait. :carrot:



So speaking of body shape I finally took a huge step and did some exercise today.
Someone had mentioned the Crunch Super Slimdown Pilates Yoga Blend DVD.
The poster said she had actually been able to go through the whole thing when she weighed 270, so I thought I should be able to handle it. I think it will work well. I was only able to do 25 of the 45 minutes of it today but will try to improvr on that time tomorrow.
I sure hope it does SlimDown as it says on the cover but sure has a lot of stretching.
Pat
Good news on the exercise, enjoy!!!:exercise:

Dana, I had meant to tell you before I am so happy that your heath scare worked out as it did. It must have been a terrifying few days.

Each time you mention holidays I get a memory jolt that Hanukkah is so early this year. In my family it's Hanukkah for my sister's family and Christmas for everyone else and they usually are close in time so I send gifts back home to the east coast at the same time. But this year is different, I better get on a run tomorrow!
Pat
Thanks Pat. Yes it was scary since I've already had cancer once and I really didn't want to go down that road again.

Hanukkah is very early this year, but what is really crazy is 2013. It's Thanksgiving weekend. Of course my mom is thrilled because that means she gets us home for Thanksgiving AND Hanukkah too next year. Of course that means that the following year Hanukkah should end up around Christmas. The first candle this year is Saturday night. I've got everything wrapped and ready to go.

My teenage son, who is often too smart for his own good, figured out what one of his gifts was this morning. We bought him a blue tooth speaker for his iphone so he could play the music stored on his phone, and it was wrapped and placed with all of the other gifts in the livingroom. So he's in the living room on his phone, fooling around with the bluetooth on it, and all of a sudden music starts coming out of one of his gifts. Of course that stinker figured out very quickly what we got him. We ended up giving it to him early. ;) Now he will just have 7 gifts to open instead of the 8, for the 8 nights of Hanukkah. :stardav:

greeniris
12-03-2012, 12:49 PM
Oh Dana - the gift outsmarted you! LOL

Susan - glad you had a wonderful family weekend, and that you are back with us for a few days before taking off again!

Halfagain - great new look! I had short hair most of my adult life, so now going for the longer look, and really liking it. (Also color frequently or I'd be all gray.)

Welcome to the Fab 50's BushyTailed! You won't find better support anywhere else!

Joysh - love the new pics - you're looking fabulous!

Teena - I want to make Chex mix too, but have been putting it off for the very reason what happened for you! I LOVE nuts, so know I won't be able to try even one without going overboard! Shake it off and begin each day new gf. You're doing great!

I know I'm missing some as I hardly posted at all over the weekend, so HELLO to everyone!

Well, I did begin P3 yesterday. The 1.5 lb that showed up on Sat. morning had disappeared by Sun. morning, so I jumped in with both feet! So far so good. Have to run to the store again after work to get a couple more things. P3 requires different food than what I've had in the house for 6 months, so need to re-stock.

Have a great OP day everyone!

Yesmyqueen
12-03-2012, 06:48 PM
Hello everyone, where are you?

WingnutandMe
12-03-2012, 06:50 PM
Hello everyone, where are you?

Internet was down and then I was dealing with DH needing a new prepaid cell phone and getting really impatient with the customer service people and now I'm just catching up from being offline.

BUT, it's now time to make dinner. Busy, busy, busy.

Molly

Lizzy63
12-03-2012, 07:29 PM
I'm here, Teena!!

Welcome back Rainbow!

Started week 2 of phase 3 today - down 2.2 pounds over the past week. I know it won't last, but I love that I can have the big breakfast and still lose!

Halfagain
12-03-2012, 07:39 PM
Love it!!! You look years younger.
I had to smile about not being sure what they were putting on your nails but you got it in fire engine red. You have this make over business well under control!
LOL yep, that is funny - do whatever, make it RED! I'm still liking them so I guess I did well.

Oh Dana - the gift outsmarted you! LOL

Susan - glad you had a wonderful family weekend, and that you are back with us for a few days before taking off again!

Halfagain - great new look! I had short hair most of my adult life, so now going for the longer look, and really liking it. (Also color frequently or I'd be all gray.)

Well, I did begin P3 yesterday. The 1.5 lb that showed up on Sat. morning had disappeared by Sun. morning, so I jumped in with both feet! So far so good. Have to run to the store again after work to get a couple more things. P3 requires different food than what I've had in the house for 6 months, so need to re-stock.

Have a great OP day everyone!
Thank you Greeniris, and once again Congratulations for taking the leap into P3! I'm proud of you. Wow that's just awesome. I can't wait to join you in maintenance.

Teena - I LOVE your new avatar :hug: Yep every now and then stuff happens, and we just have to move on. You are doing great! Sounds like you have what it takes to get to goal to me with your can-do attitude.

I just found out I'm going with a group from work to see the Seattle Men's Chorus doing "Baby it's Cold Outside" this weekend. Hubby doesn't get to come with, but it should be fun with my co-workers to hang with. One of my team mates sings in the Chorus :) http://backbeatseattle.com/2012/12/03/show-review-seattle-mens-chorus-w-ana-gastayer-baby-its-cold-outside-benaroya-hall/ I've already tried on the black sequin dress, but it's too snug still. No worries I'll wear slacks and a nice top (layers I think will be good) I'm excited. I haven't been to a movie, let alone a live performance of anything in years. The group is planning on dinner out and "noshing"... that has me a little worried, but there's other IP'ers in the group and ex-IP'ers who know the protocol. I'm sure they will be supportive rather than enablers in the wrong direction.

DanafromAustin
12-03-2012, 08:03 PM
Well, I did begin P3 yesterday. The 1.5 lb that showed up on Sat. morning had disappeared by Sun. morning, so I jumped in with both feet! So far so good. Have to run to the store again after work to get a couple more things. P3 requires different food than what I've had in the house for 6 months, so need to re-stock.

Have a great OP day everyone!
Enjoy those phase 3 breakfast, they are yummy!

Hello everyone, where are you?
Busy day. Love your new pic.

DanafromAustin
12-03-2012, 08:10 PM
LOL yep, that is funny - do whatever, make it RED! I'm still liking them so I guess I did well.

I just found out I'm going with a group from work to see the Seattle Men's Chorus doing "Baby it's Cold Outside" this weekend. Hubby doesn't get to come with, but it should be fun with my co-workers to hang with. One of my team mates sings in the Chorus :) http://backbeatseattle.com/2012/12/03/show-review-seattle-mens-chorus-w-ana-gastayer-baby-its-cold-outside-benaroya-hall/ I've already tried on the black sequin dress, but it's too snug still. No worries I'll wear slacks and a nice top (layers I think will be good) I'm excited. I haven't been to a movie, let alone a live performance of anything in years. The group is planning on dinner out and "noshing"... that has me a little worried, but there's other IP'ers in the group and ex-IP'ers who know the protocol. I'm sure they will be supportive rather than enablers in the wrong direction.
How fun! I'm sure you will find something to eat when you are out to dinner, especially if you are going with others who are on IP also. There is security in numbers for sure.

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I bought the new pasta package from IP today. Other than it wasn't very much, it wasn't too bad for low carb pasta. I put some WF pasta sauce on it, and it was edible.:chef:

AlisonS
12-03-2012, 08:12 PM
100 pounds!!!!!! Oh my!!!! That is wonderful, Molly, Congratulations!!!

evepet
12-03-2012, 08:19 PM
Hi everyone! It's just been a busy day, keeping me away from the computer. In fact, I did my grocery shopping early pm today and then decided to immediately go out again and visit my local Canadian Tire to pick up a food processor I'd been eyeing (now on sale) and a few other items. I found myself thinking that I have more energy these days... guess carting 50 lbs less body weight around helps!

Rainbow - nice to see you back & glad that you had a great weekend.

YesMyQueen - I think most of us have had some momentary lapses. The thing is to just accept it for what it was, and move on. Which it certainly sounds like you are doing. Actually I give you a lot of credit for being able to ignore yummy Chex mix even being available in the house, let along having withstood the 'trials and tribulations' of sampling it while making it. I still avoid bringing a lot of food items into the house, knowing that they'll just tempt me.

HalfAgain - sounds like a nice evening with your co-workers. And it's great to know that there are other current and past IPers in the group. For sure you'll have lots of support. Have a great time.

Dana - had to laugh at your story about your son 'finding' his gift. LOL.

GreenIris - I know what you mean about re-stocking with different items for P2 breakfasts. I bought a few things for my 'trial period' that I didn't quite use up, and that are still in my pantry or frozen in my freezer. The interesting thing is that they aren't beckoning 'eat me!' to me. I hope this is an indication that I've developed better eating habits overall. (thankfully though, I only bought a small container of blackberries and did finish them and the container of Greek yogourt while in P3 temporarily - having those around would have been more of a challenge). I was worried especially about having a bunch of apples in my crisper... they sure tasted good last week - but I think it's more bearable, seeing them but not being able to indulge, knowing that I'll soon be eating them 'legally' again.

As I was out and about today, I noticed my jeans are feeling much looser. I think I'll soon be ready for the next size down. Yay! And I'm especially happy because I can feel/see that my tummy area is improving. Double Yay!!

That's all for now. Hope everyone has had a good day.

Fishette
12-03-2012, 08:39 PM
Do you Canadians buy everything from the tire store? Then again, no one has said they bought some tires there. Just curious... :dizzy:

lisa32989
12-03-2012, 08:42 PM
I just found out I'm going with a group from work to see the Seattle Men's Chorus doing "Baby it's Cold Outside" this weekend. Hubby doesn't get to come with, but it should be fun with my co-workers to hang with. One of my team mates sings in the Chorus :) http://backbeatseattle.com/2012/12/03/show-review-seattle-mens-chorus-w-ana-gastayer-baby-its-cold-outside-benaroya-hall/ I've already tried on the black sequin dress, but it's too snug still. No worries I'll wear slacks and a nice top (layers I think will be good) I'm excited. I haven't been to a movie, let alone a live performance of anything in years. The group is planning on dinner out and "noshing"... that has me a little worried, but there's other IP'ers in the group and ex-IP'ers who know the protocol. I'm sure they will be supportive rather than enablers in the wrong direction.
Oh man... I have a great outfit for that event...I just don't think it is "tall" enuf for you!

BushyTailed
12-03-2012, 09:36 PM
First of all, I'm impressed that several of you are in Phase 3. I assume you had to first do a Phase 2 (I signed up for IP through Ideal To Go website, so I didn't get all the info. I need to look it up so I have it in mind.) At any rate, it's exciting that so many have stuck with your diet and made their amazing goals!

HalfAgain -- super fun to see a live performance. They are so much fun. I can hardly wait until you fit in your black sequined dress and post photos. You can think about how great you'll look in your sparkly frock while passing on the food at dinner.

Fishette -- My reaction was the same as yours when Evepet mentioned buying Xmas gifts at this tire store. I pictured her tree on Christmas morning, with piles of wrapped radials nestled underneath. And then I pictured the people receiving these presents. I pictured big guys, in overalls, wearing John Deere Tractor hats. But I looked up Canandian Tires -- lots of neat-o stuff for sale. Including tires, I guess, if your tastes run that way.

Just started the 2nd week on IP, and it's getting easier. I tried the kale chips day before yesterday, and immediately went out and bought 4 for packets of kale. They were kind of weird, but I sure liked them. And the jicama with splenda and cinnamon is really tasty, too.

I'm finding this such a good resource!

Lizzy63
12-03-2012, 09:49 PM
Don't tell the IP police, but I actually skipped phase 2. I was feeling rebellious and ready for a closer to normal diet. :)

patns
12-03-2012, 10:08 PM
Do you Canadians buy everything from the tire store? Then again, no one has said they bought some tires there. Just curious... :dizzy:

Yep, we buy lots of stuff from "Crappy Tire" including tires. They were originally automotive but then evolved into home stuff too. Really great for Christmas decorating, kitchen appliances, cook wear, gardening supplies and plants trees etc., etc.

patns
12-03-2012, 10:20 PM
My teenage son, who is often too smart for his own good, figured out what one of his gifts was this morning. We bought him a blue tooth speaker for his iphone so he could play the music stored on his phone, and it was wrapped and placed with all of the other gifts in the living room. So he's in the living room on his phone, fooling around with the bluetooth on it, and all of a sudden music starts coming out of one of his gifts. Of course that stinker figured out very quickly what we got him. We ended up giving it to him early. ;) Now he will just have 7 gifts to open instead of the 8, for the 8 nights of Hanukkah. :stardav:


Remember the Kodak gifts used to come with cards that said OPEN ME FIRST? This is the modern updated version of that. LOL

I was busy running around with hubby as he was getting scans etc for his visit to surgeon for 6 month check up from his lung surgery for cancer. He has recovered so quickly I am sure his news will continue to be good.
But again forgot to get Hanukkah gifts. Guess my niece and nephew think I am the " 8th night gifter". My gifts are always last.

evepet
12-03-2012, 10:48 PM
Do you Canadians buy everything from the tire store? Then again, no one has said they bought some tires there. Just curious... :dizzy:


Fishette -- My reaction was the same as yours when Evepet mentioned buying Xmas gifts at this tire store. I pictured her tree on Christmas morning, with piles of wrapped radials nestled underneath. And then I pictured the people receiving these presents. I pictured big guys, in overalls, wearing John Deere Tractor hats. But I looked up Canandian Tires -- lots of neat-o stuff for sale. Including tires, I guess, if your tastes run that way.

Just started the 2nd week on IP, and it's getting easier. I tried the kale chips day before yesterday, and immediately went out and bought 4 for packets of kale. They were kind of weird, but I sure liked them. And the jicama with splenda and cinnamon is really tasty, too.

I'm finding this such a good resource!

Yep, we buy lots of stuff from "Crappy Tire" including tires. They were originally automotive but then evolved into home stuff too. Really great for Christmas decorating, kitchen appliances, cook wear, gardening supplies and plants trees etc., etc.


:rofl::rofl: Thanks for the little giggle while reading your comments BushyTailed. The Canadian Tire store isn't really very aptly named these days. :) Radials aren't on my Christmas gift list this year. :)
As Patns explained Canadian Tire sells a wide array of household stuff. Today I picked up a couple of stocking stuffer items, as well as a food processor and Lagostina non-stick frying pan for myself. At this week's sale prices I couldn't resist indulging myself. I grew up in a farming community and there were certainly quite a few guys (not all necessarily 'big') wearing John Deere caps :).... but not where I'll be giving and receiving presents this Christmas morning.

joysh
12-04-2012, 01:20 AM
I love seeing your update pictures because we started at the same weight and your goal is the same as mine. I lost the last 30 with IP but 44 before that....But at your current weight your body shape is pretty much what mine is at 135. You are going to look fantastic at goal.


Yes, we're the same height. I'm actually thinking of making my goal 130 so I have a little room there. I'll see how I feel when I get to 135.


Joysh - love the new pics - you're looking fabulous!

Thanks, greeniris!

I just found out I'm going with a group from work to see the Seattle Men's Chorus doing "Baby it's Cold Outside" this weekend. Hubby doesn't get to come with, but it should be fun with my co-workers to hang with. One of my team mates sings in the Chorus :) http://backbeatseattle.com/2012/12/03/show-review-seattle-mens-chorus-w-ana-gastayer-baby-its-cold-outside-benaroya-hall/

Sounds like fun! Hope you take a picture in your outfit!

I just got back from chorus practice. I've been singing with the Red River Chorale this year and it's loads of fun. We're getting ready for our Christmas concert next week. It's beautiful music: Ceremony of Carols by Benj. Britten and Rutter's Gloria with a little orchestra. The music is wonderful. The women have to wear these special long black dresses. I did not want to invest the money in a dress this fall because I think I'll be smaller by the next concert. So I borrowed a dress in October for the October concert from someone who isn't singing this year. It was a size 10 and I was amazed that it fit! I haven't tried it on yet for next week, but I'm sure it will be big already. Ah, well. The joys of shrinking!
:):)

AliKay
12-04-2012, 06:54 AM
Morning all! Been MIA for several days and there sure is alot of news on here to share. Congrats everyone..MOLLY, you did it! Inspiring is what comes to mind. Halfagain love the haircut and color, makes me want to run out and get mine cut but I usually sit in the chair ready for change and my stylist will say.."your usual cut?" I chicken out every time.

Rainbow welcome back! Running late this morning but just wanted to say Hi to everyone. You're an amazing group of women for "cyberpals."

Have a great day!

jampooh
12-04-2012, 11:41 AM
All of you are so inspiring. Worked the last four days fri-mon. Have a couple of days off now. More time to read and post.

joysh It's been along time since I sang in the community chorus,it was fun. Working afternoons does not let me commit to much in the evenings. But it is better for my health and diet than midnights was,so give and take.

Halfagain Our area as many opportunities for going out. My sister, a friend and I recently saw Man from Malancha done by the local theater. They are very good. Went to vegee restaurant before and had a wonderful big salad. Good night out.

WI tomorrow, feel good

DanafromAustin
12-04-2012, 01:10 PM
Remember the Kodak gifts used to come with cards that said OPEN ME FIRST? This is the modern updated version of that. LOL

I was busy running around with hubby as he was getting scans etc for his visit to surgeon for 6 month check up from his lung surgery for cancer. He has recovered so quickly I am sure his news will continue to be good.
But again forgot to get Hanukkah gifts. Guess my niece and nephew think I am the " 8th night gifter". My gifts are always last.

Hope your husband has a great doctor visit. :hug:

Yesmyqueen
12-04-2012, 04:25 PM
Hello everyone, happy Tuesday, so glad to here from all of you, yesterday I got a little concerned when our thread was blank from about 11 till ? Anyway I'm happy to read all about everyone! I'm off to help in laws load and unload wood, should be a lot of good bending involved I'm sure. Talk at you later. Teena

Lizzy63
12-04-2012, 05:06 PM
Hi, all - don't know how I forgot to share this yesterday, but I put on a pair of size 8 pants for work - been holding back because I didn't think I was there yet - and THEY FIT! I am happy now and have no desire to lose more weight or be a smaller size. I honestly didn't think when I started at an 18 that I would ever be that size - I was thinking maybe a 12.

I have lots of clothes now that need to go - mostly 12s and 14s - I will post this stuff on the clothing exchange eventually, but offering here first, since my clothes are probably more mature styles, if that makes sense. If you're looking for clothes in those sizes, let me know and I'll let you know what I've got. They gotta go so its not too easy for me to slide back into old habits.

rainbowsmiles
12-04-2012, 05:41 PM
lizzy....... :cp: awesome news!!!!!!!!!!! way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesmyqueen
12-04-2012, 07:44 PM
Hi, all - don't know how I forgot to share this yesterday, but I put on a pair of size 8 pants for work - been holding back because I didn't think I was there yet - and THEY FIT! I am happy now and have no desire to lose more weight or be a smaller size. I honestly didn't think when I started at an 18 that I would ever be that size - I was thinking maybe a 12.

I have lots of clothes now that need to go - mostly 12s and 14s - I will post this stuff on the clothing exchange eventually, but offering here first, since my clothes are probably more mature styles, if that makes sense. If you're looking for clothes in those sizes, let me know and I'll let you know what I've got. They gotta go so its not too easy for me to slide back into old habits.

Yea! Lizzy good for you, and I would be all over those cloths but I plan on wearing a 8/10 myself, in about jan/ feb. can't wait!

greeniris
12-04-2012, 10:07 PM
First of all, I'm impressed that several of you are in Phase 3. I assume you had to first do a Phase 2 (I signed up for IP through Ideal To Go website, so I didn't get all the info. I need to look it up so I have it in mind.) At any rate, it's exciting that so many have stuck with your diet and made their amazing goals!
I did do 2 weeks of P2 before going on to P3.
Don't tell the IP police, but I actually skipped phase 2. I was feeling rebellious and ready for a closer to normal diet. :)
Lizzy - you're such a rebel! LOL

Hi, all - don't know how I forgot to share this yesterday, but I put on a pair of size 8 pants for work - been holding back because I didn't think I was there yet - and THEY FIT! I am happy now and have no desire to lose more weight or be a smaller size. I honestly didn't think when I started at an 18 that I would ever be that size - I was thinking maybe a 12.
WhooooHooooo!

AliKay
12-05-2012, 07:06 AM
Hi, all - don't know how I forgot to share this yesterday, but I put on a pair of size 8 pants for work - been holding back because I didn't think I was there yet - and THEY FIT! I am happy now and have no desire to lose more weight or be a smaller size. I honestly didn't think when I started at an 18 that I would ever be that size - I was thinking maybe a 12.

Congratulations! :carrot: That was always my problem, leaving the clothes lay around in Rubbermaid containers...I would just slide right back into them when I put the weight back on. This time, I'm doing the same thing, getting rid of them. What a great accomplishment, a size 8. Woo hoo!

Morning Ladies! Cold out there this morning, the furnace has been running it seems forever. Two days ago it was in the 70's, today 40. :)

Have a wonderful day everyone! Running late this morning! Cheers!

sstw1
12-05-2012, 07:19 AM
Good morning, everyone! Lizzy - congrats! Don't you just love that feeling of clothes being too big, or previously tight clothes - or better yet, clothes that were completely unwearable due to being too small, now fitting well? LOVE that!

Well, I got a new piece of "exercise equipment" Sunday night.....a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky!!! And she LOVES to go on walks - lots of them! We adopted her from somebody in Mobile, AL who had been hurt on the job and could no longer care for her. Her name is Chloe and she is absolutely beautiful. All white with sky blue eyes - and gentle and calm as can be. Anyway, I'm finding that I'm getting A LOT MORE WALKING in (even in the rain) since Chloe joined our family! I think this is the happiest I've been since my mom died earlier this year....She's better than any anti-depressant!

Have a wonderful day, and thank you all for being here. Your stories, tips, and support and so appreciated by so many - including me. :)

Sharon

DanafromAustin
12-05-2012, 10:28 AM
Hi, all - don't know how I forgot to share this yesterday, but I put on a pair of size 8 pants for work - been holding back because I didn't think I was there yet - and THEY FIT! I am happy now and have no desire to lose more weight or be a smaller size. I honestly didn't think when I started at an 18 that I would ever be that size - I was thinking maybe a 12.
Great news on the size 8 :bravo:


Well, I got a new piece of "exercise equipment" Sunday night.....a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky!!! And she LOVES to go on walks - lots of them! We adopted her from somebody in Mobile, AL who had been hurt on the job and could no longer care for her. Her name is Chloe and she is absolutely beautiful. All white with sky blue eyes - and gentle and calm as can be. Anyway, I'm finding that I'm getting A LOT MORE WALKING in (even in the rain) since Chloe joined our family! I think this is the happiest I've been since my mom died earlier this year....She's better than any anti-depressant!

Have a wonderful day, and thank you all for being here. Your stories, tips, and support and so appreciated by so many - including me. :)

Sharon
Congrats on your new exercise equipment, and yep nothing better. My two are looking at me right now thinking, get off of the computer and exercise us...NOW!!! Looks like it's time for a walk. Have a great day everyone. :D

Lizzy63
12-05-2012, 10:41 AM
Good morning, everyone! Lizzy - congrats! Don't you just love that feeling of clothes being too big, or previously tight clothes - or better yet, clothes that were completely unwearable due to being too small, now fitting well? LOVE that!

Well, I got a new piece of "exercise equipment" Sunday night.....a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky!!! And she LOVES to go on walks - lots of them! We adopted her from somebody in Mobile, AL who had been hurt on the job and could no longer care for her. Her name is Chloe and she is absolutely beautiful. All white with sky blue eyes - and gentle and calm as can be. Anyway, I'm finding that I'm getting A LOT MORE WALKING in (even in the rain) since Chloe joined our family! I think this is the happiest I've been since my mom died earlier this year....She's better than any anti-depressant!

Have a wonderful day, and thank you all for being here. Your stories, tips, and support and so appreciated by so many - including me. :)

Sharon

Congrats on the new addition to your family! My Robin (yellow lab) is a great motivator. She's just so excited and happy about our walks. And so loving! I don't feel like our little empty nester family would be complete without her.

greeniris
12-05-2012, 11:07 AM
Hi all:

Crazy crazy at work these days - and am afraid it might be like this all month :( The good news is that they're looking at getting medical insurance for me soon, and increasing my hours to 40 p/week starting in January! My job description and title will be changing as well. All good:)

P3 is going well; tried Kashi Go Lean cereal this morning, with part of a banana on it...mmmmmmmmm! :D

For my MFP buddies - I'm not going to be able to keep my food diary up-to-date as we've used up most of our limited MBs of 'net service at home. Living "in the sticks" as we do, options are very limited for service, so this is what we deal with. For some reason, we seem to use it up faster some months than others. But I am staying OP.

Back to the grindstone...have a great day!

BushyTailed
12-05-2012, 11:07 AM
Hi, all - don't know how I forgot to share this yesterday, but I put on a pair of size 8 pants for work - been holding back because I didn't think I was there yet - and THEY FIT! I am happy now and have no desire to lose more weight or be a smaller size. I honestly didn't think when I started at an 18 that I would ever be that size - I was thinking maybe a 12.


Size 8??? Yeegads. I haven't been in a size 8 since I was about 30 (nearly 30 years ago) and that was back when size 8's were a lot bigger than they are now. Congratulations!! Maybe you could wear the pants inside out so everyone can see the size tag?

Well, I got a new piece of "exercise equipment" Sunday night.....a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky!!! And she LOVES to go on walks - lots of them! We adopted her from somebody in Mobile, AL who had been hurt on the job and could no longer care for her. Her name is Chloe and she is absolutely beautiful. All white with sky blue eyes - and gentle and calm as can be. Anyway, I'm finding that I'm getting A LOT MORE WALKING in (even in the rain) since Chloe joined our family! I think this is the happiest I've been since my mom died earlier this year....She's better than any anti-depressant!


Sharon, Love having dogs. They do make me so happy. Sorry to hear about your mom. Mine died last October -- over a year ago. She was senile and chair bound and I thought pretty unhappy; but losing her was hard. Harder than I thought given that I had lost most of her already to senility. Anyway, I almost immediately went out and got a puppy. So cute, so enthusiastic, so. . . .HAPPY. It makes two dogs for us, and I just love having them. Your husky sounds absolutely beautiful.

Hope today is a day of accomplishment. I feel behind on everything -- 'tis the season, right? But the diet is going really well. Didn't feel hungry at all yesterday, and that's so nice.

Ho, ho, ho!!

rainbowsmiles
12-05-2012, 12:02 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8340/8247859664_af0906c3df.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8247859664/)


ok its not friday but here is fridays funny early!!!

evepet
12-05-2012, 12:20 PM
Hi, all - don't know how I forgot to share this yesterday, but I put on a pair of size 8 pants for work - been holding back because I didn't think I was there yet - and THEY FIT! I am happy now and have no desire to lose more weight or be a smaller size. I honestly didn't think when I started at an 18 that I would ever be that size - I was thinking maybe a 12.

I have lots of clothes now that need to go - mostly 12s and 14s - I will post this stuff on the clothing exchange eventually, but offering here first, since my clothes are probably more mature styles, if that makes sense. If you're looking for clothes in those sizes, let me know and I'll let you know what I've got. They gotta go so its not too easy for me to slide back into old habits.

Woo-hoo! Size 8!! Way to go. I've been meaning to ask... I recall you saying that you (like me) were hoping to see the 'final stretch' of weight loss focus from your tummy/stomach area as you lost those final lbs to get to your goal weight. Has that happened for you, now that you're at goal... actually under goal!

Good morning, everyone! Lizzy - congrats! Don't you just love that feeling of clothes being too big, or previously tight clothes - or better yet, clothes that were completely unwearable due to being too small, now fitting well? LOVE that!

Well, I got a new piece of "exercise equipment" Sunday night.....a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky!!! And she LOVES to go on walks - lots of them! We adopted her from somebody in Mobile, AL who had been hurt on the job and could no longer care for her. Her name is Chloe and she is absolutely beautiful. All white with sky blue eyes - and gentle and calm as can be. Anyway, I'm finding that I'm getting A LOT MORE WALKING in (even in the rain) since Chloe joined our family! I think this is the happiest I've been since my mom died earlier this year....She's better than any anti-depressant!

Have a wonderful day, and thank you all for being here. Your stories, tips, and support and so appreciated by so many - including me. :)

Sharon

Ohhh --- Chloe sounds adorable. What a great piece of 'exercise equipment'. And so nice that she's helping to lift your spirits after your mom's death.

Great news on the size 8 :bravo:


Congrats on your new exercise equipment, and yep nothing better. My two are looking at me right now thinking, get off of the computer and exercise us...NOW!!! Looks like it's time for a walk. Have a great day everyone. :D

Hope you and your doggies had a nice walk.

Hi all:

Crazy crazy at work these days - and am afraid it might be like this all month :( The good news is that they're looking at getting medical insurance for me soon, and increasing my hours to 40 p/week starting in January! My job description and title will be changing as well. All good:)

P3 is going well; tried Kashi Go Lean cereal this morning, with part of a banana on it...mmmmmmmmm! :D

For my MFP buddies - I'm not going to be able to keep my food diary up-to-date as we've used up most of our limited MBs of 'net service at home. Living "in the sticks" as we do, options are very limited for service, so this is what we deal with. For some reason, we seem to use it up faster some months than others. But I am staying OP.

Back to the grindstone...have a great day!

Kashi Go Lean.... I'll have to add it to my P3 shopping list. :) Glad to hear that all is going well for you.

Size 8??? Yeegads. I haven't been in a size 8 since I was about 30 (nearly 30 years ago) and that was back when size 8's were a lot bigger than they are now. Congratulations!! Maybe you could wear the pants inside out so everyone can see the size tag?


Hope today is a day of accomplishment. I feel behind on everything -- 'tis the season, right? But the diet is going really well. Didn't feel hungry at all yesterday, and that's so nice.

Ho, ho, ho!!

Got me chuckling with your 'wear the pants inside out so everyone can see the size tag' comment. :D If I ever get myself whittled down that small, I'll be tempted!!! Glad to hear the diet is going well for you. It sure helps when you're not hungry!

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Well it's been about a week since I've been back on P1. I've stayed at 160.4 since Sunday... well, actually up and down slightly, but right around there. I started back on P1 last Thursday at 163.0lbs, so I've got the scale moving again by -2.6 lbs. I'm staying on P1 for at least another week, and seeing what happens. I'm realizing that I've been putting extra pressure on myself... that I've fallen into this attitude of wanting to phase off soon in order to enjoy Christmas a bit more... but I also realize that I certainly don't have to phase off before I'm 100% happy with my weight and body. I can totally enjoy Christmas, while remaining on P1. I'll be amongst people who are very supportive of what I'm doing... although I wouldn't be surprised if I'll get a few 'you're slim enough now' comments, if I'm still on P1. But I can deal with that. :)

Anyway... sort of just thinking out loud here. :)

Cheers to all of you, and hope you are having a great day.

Came back to add: I recently bought a spiral slicer unit - had to order online and received it a few days ago. Since then I've been making long strands of zucchini 'spaghetti' and cucumber spirals. Funny how serving it up looking different like that can make it more enjoyable. Very nice, just with a touch of evoo/acv/spice dressing. I had to remember to cut the spirals though... otherwise it's all one long string! The first time I tried it I was wrapping it around my fork forever... forgot it was all still 'attached'. LOL
I bought the Joyce Chen Spiral Slicer, which was recommended because it's got stainless steel parts and is quite stury. Apparently there's another model out there which has plastic 'teeth' and doesn't work quite as well. This little machine sure does 'spiralize' the veggies. http://www.rawnutrition.ca/productsearch.aspx?qs=Joyce+Chen

jampooh
12-05-2012, 12:32 PM
WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses. Feeling good so far this is the best thing I have done in a long time.
Planing a trip to Denver to see a friend from nursing school. Not as worried now about being short of breath at the high altitude since my wt will be even lower by then.

rainbowsmiles
12-05-2012, 12:34 PM
WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses. Feeling good so far this is the best thing I have done in a long time.
Planing a trip to Denver to see a friend from nursing school. Not as worried now about being short of breath at the high altitude since my wt will be even lower by then.

way to go julie!!!!!!!!!!! :bravo: :cp: :encore:

WingnutandMe
12-05-2012, 04:14 PM
Hi all:

Crazy crazy at work these days - and am afraid it might be like this all month :( The good news is that they're looking at getting medical insurance for me soon, and increasing my hours to 40 p/week starting in January! My job description and title will be changing as well. All good:)

P3 is going well; tried Kashi Go Lean cereal this morning, with part of a banana on it...mmmmmmmmm! :D

For my MFP buddies - I'm not going to be able to keep my food diary up-to-date as we've used up most of our limited MBs of 'net service at home. Living "in the sticks" as we do, options are very limited for service, so this is what we deal with. For some reason, we seem to use it up faster some months than others. But I am staying OP.

Back to the grindstone...have a great day!

I'm so glad to hear about your great luck at work. I know how bad things are job-wise in Michigan. Congratulation. Hope this a turn around a big corner for you.

Also glad to hear you enjoying those P3 breakfasts.

Hope to be able to get together this spring when we return to the cottage for more than a week or so at a time.

Molly

Lizzy63
12-05-2012, 04:21 PM
WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses. Feeling good so far this is the best thing I have done in a long time.
Planing a trip to Denver to see a friend from nursing school. Not as worried now about being short of breath at the high altitude since my wt will be even lower by then.

That's a FANTASTIC loss - way to go, Julie!!

Evepet - I don't know how to explain this, but I think things are sort of shifting around and evening out - less of a saggy pooch. The little crease below my tummy is much less noticeable and I am getting more of a waist. Anyhow, it's a good thing!

Yesmyqueen
12-05-2012, 04:31 PM
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ok its not friday but here is fridays funny early!!!
Lmao so funny!

WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses. Feeling good so far this is the best thing I have done in a long time.
Planing a trip to Denver to see a friend from nursing school. Not as worried now about being short of breath at the high altitude since my wt will be even lower by then.
Awesome loss jampooh! Great job!

evepet
12-05-2012, 04:39 PM
That's a FANTASTIC loss - way to go, Julie!!

Evepet - I don't know how to explain this, but I think things are sort of shifting around and evening out - less of a saggy pooch. The little crease below my tummy is much less noticeable and I am getting more of a waist. Anyhow, it's a good thing!

Thx Lizzie. That gives me hope. :)

greeniris
12-05-2012, 08:52 PM
WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses. Feeling good so far this is the best thing I have done in a long time.
Planing a trip to Denver to see a friend from nursing school. Not as worried now about being short of breath at the high altitude since my wt will be even lower by then.
Wow Julie! That is absolutely AWESOME for so far into the program!!!!!


Kashi Go Lean.... I'll have to add it to my P3 shopping list. :) Glad to hear that all is going well for you.
There are 2 flavors that are low enough in carbs, both in the Heart Healthy variety...the Cinnamon one and the Honey one. Unfortunately the blueberry one has too many carbs :(


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Well it's been about a week since I've been back on P1. I've stayed at 160.4 since Sunday... well, actually up and down slightly, but right around there. I started back on P1 last Thursday at 163.0lbs, so I've got the scale moving again by -2.6 lbs. I'm staying on P1 for at least another week, and seeing what happens. I'm realizing that I've been putting extra pressure on myself... that I've fallen into this attitude of wanting to phase off soon in order to enjoy Christmas a bit more... but I also realize that I certainly don't have to phase off before I'm 100% happy with my weight and body. I can totally enjoy Christmas, while remaining on P1. I'll be amongst people who are very supportive of what I'm doing... although I wouldn't be surprised if I'll get a few 'you're slim enough now' comments, if I'm still on P1. But I can deal with that. :)
Glad to see things have turned around for you, both on the scale and in your outlook. Funny how when one changes the other seems to follow along most of the time!

I'm so glad to hear about your great luck at work. I know how bad things are job-wise in Michigan. Congratulation. Hope this a turn around a big corner for you.

Also glad to hear you enjoying those P3 breakfasts.

Hope to be able to get together this spring when we return to the cottage for more than a week or so at a time.

Molly
Thank you! That is a relief to be getting medical insurance soon. Have been without it for over 2 years now. I'm excited that we'll be "neighbors" soon Molly! (Well, maybe the term 'neighbor' is a stretch - LOL)

That's a FANTASTIC loss - way to go, Julie!!

Evepet - I don't know how to explain this, but I think things are sort of shifting around and evening out - less of a saggy pooch. The little crease below my tummy is much less noticeable and I am getting more of a waist. Anyhow, it's a good thing!
Interesting. And really good news!

joysh
12-05-2012, 09:04 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

rainbowsmiles
12-05-2012, 09:19 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

awwwww JOY JOY JOY!!!! I love the name Elijah too!!! How wonderful. I have 3 grandsons and they are so much fun!!! So glad all is well and that everyone is healthy!

Bring your grape drink for the wine party and cinnamon spice tea!!!
hugsssssssssssssssss

Lizzy63
12-05-2012, 09:30 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

Congratulations Joysh!! Love those traditional names!

I am looking forward to a sleepover with my middle grandson, Noah, on Friday. He's going to help us choose a Christmas tree - better late than never.

NinjaNurse
12-05-2012, 09:35 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

Congrats!!! Love the name!!

sstw1
12-06-2012, 06:29 AM
WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses. Feeling good so far this is the best thing I have done in a long time.
Planing a trip to Denver to see a friend from nursing school. Not as worried now about being short of breath at the high altitude since my wt will be even lower by then.
:carrot::carrot:CONGRATS!!!!:carrot::carrot:

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ok its not friday but here is fridays funny early!!!

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!:p

Hi all:

Crazy crazy at work these days - and am afraid it might be like this all month :( The good news is that they're looking at getting medical insurance for me soon, and increasing my hours to 40 p/week starting in January! My job description and title will be changing as well. All good:)


Great news - especially with the health insurance!

Hope all have a wonderful day!

Sharon

evepet
12-06-2012, 09:58 AM
WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses. Feeling good so far this is the best thing I have done in a long time.
Planing a trip to Denver to see a friend from nursing school. Not as worried now about being short of breath at the high altitude since my wt will be even lower by then.

That's a wonderful loss for 9 wks in! Congrats! You're doing fantastic.

Glad to see things have turned around for you, both on the scale and in your outlook. Funny how when one changes the other seems to follow along most of the time! [/COLOR]

Thank you! That is a relief to be getting medical insurance soon. Have been without it for over 2 years now. I'm excited that we'll be "neighbors" soon Molly! (Well, maybe the term 'neighbor' is a stretch - LOL)

Interesting. And really good news!

Yes, interesting how attitude affects this process so much. I do feel more relaxed again, now that I've removed the stress from myself of 'having' to phase out in time for Christmas. Congrats on the medical insurance - that must be a real weight off your mind.

HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

Congratulations Grandma! That's wonderful news. Love the name Elijah. Enjoy your Wassail & Wine Party!

awwwww JOY JOY JOY!!!! I love the name Elijah too!!! How wonderful. I have 3 grandsons and they are so much fun!!! So glad all is well and that everyone is healthy!

Bring your grape drink for the wine party and cinnamon spice tea!!!
hugsssssssssssssssss

Hi Rainbow! The grape drink & cinnamon spice tea is a great idea. I also like soda water with a splash of Mio for a 'festive' drink; and Celestial Seasoning Bengal Spice tea - fragrant, spicy and delicious.

Congratulations Joysh!! Love those traditional names!

I am looking forward to a sleepover with my middle grandson, Noah, on Friday. He's going to help us choose a Christmas tree - better late than never.

I'm sure Noah will have lots of fun helping you choose a tree.

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Good Day everyone.

I'm going to be out and about on a few errands and appointments today. Right now I've been planning the day, thinking how best to arrange to get my meals in as required, etc. Think I've got everything sorted appropriately.

No significant news from my end. Just wanted to pop in - say 'Hi!' - and wish you all a very good day.

rainbowsmiles
12-06-2012, 10:04 AM
evepet :wave: hi right back at 'cha!!! have a great day!!

NinjaNurse
12-06-2012, 12:03 PM
Rainbow: How come I always think of you when I am trying to invent something new with my IP packs?? Ummmmmmmmmmm what would Rainbow do??

wuv2bloved: I was at WI today and was going to say, HEY! you know that girl who posted our your FB page?? I KNOW HER!!

BushyTailed
12-06-2012, 12:19 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

How exciting!! I can't wait until I get grandkids!!

I am looking forward to a sleepover with my middle grandson, Noah, on Friday. He's going to help us choose a Christmas tree - better late than never.

I LOVE Christmas, especially when I get to share it with children. What fun to choose a tree with your grandson. Hope he'll help you decorate it, too.

I'm also just dropping in to say "hi" before I get busy. Hope you all have great days!!

greeniris
12-06-2012, 12:28 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!CONGRATULATIONS GRANDMA!! And to your daughter's family too! Love those new little ones :hug:

sstw1
12-06-2012, 02:21 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

What a wonderful and early Christmas blessing!!!!! Congrats to you and your family!

rainbowsmiles
12-06-2012, 03:28 PM
Rainbow: How come I always think of you when I am trying to invent something new with my IP packs?? Ummmmmmmmmmm what would Rainbow do??

haha thats too funny!! :D made my day!! :hug::hug:

Yesmyqueen
12-06-2012, 05:32 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

:cheers: congrats! What a wonderful present!

Well today was WI and lost 2 lbs, and was happy about that and Tom is just days away so next week should be good. My DH and I are going out of town for a weekend get a way and see George Lopez, and some christmass shopping and see a river of lights and some lovin! I can hardly wait! Leaving in about 2 hours, got my cooler packed and rtds and pkts And vitiamins , I'm ready! Yea!

rainbowsmiles
12-06-2012, 06:02 PM
Rainbow: How come I always think of you when I am trying to invent something new with my IP packs?? Ummmmmmmmmmm what would Rainbow do??

wuv2bloved: I was at WI today and was going to say, HEY! you know that girl who posted our your FB page?? I KNOW HER!!

:cheers: congrats! What a wonderful present!

Well today was WI and lost 2 lbs, and was happy about that and Tom is just days away so next week should be good. My DH and I are going out of town for a weekend get a way and see George Lopez, and some christmass shopping and see a river of lights and some lovin! I can hardly wait! Leaving in about 2 hours, got my cooler packed and rtds and pkts And vitiamins , I'm ready! Yea!

yeah :cp: on the 2 pounds gone!!! woohooo!!
have fun on your trip and stay safe!!

Fishette
12-06-2012, 06:51 PM
So happy for you, Joysh, and the new addition. You would think they would let you off work to be there in person, but there is plenty time for rocking and burping yet to come. It is also a good way to avoid snacking when you have your hands full with a little one.

Lizzy63
12-06-2012, 07:03 PM
:cheers: congrats! What a wonderful present!

Well today was WI and lost 2 lbs, and was happy about that and Tom is just days away so next week should be good. My DH and I are going out of town for a weekend get a way and see George Lopez, and some christmass shopping and see a river of lights and some lovin! I can hardly wait! Leaving in about 2 hours, got my cooler packed and rtds and pkts And vitiamins , I'm ready! Yea!

Way to go, Teena! Enjoy your weekend.

Halfagain
12-06-2012, 10:11 PM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!
Congratulations! How exciting :-)

:cheers: congrats! What a wonderful present!

Well today was WI and lost 2 lbs, and was happy about that and Tom is just days away so next week should be good. My DH and I are going out of town for a weekend get a way and see George Lopez, and some christmass shopping and see a river of lights and some lovin! I can hardly wait! Leaving in about 2 hours, got my cooler packed and rtds and pkts And vitiamins , I'm ready! Yea!
Woot! Way to go! Hmmm I don't see a "high five" guy to put on here.. so here's a hug! :hug:

Work is still crazy. Hoping whoosh fairy comes my way tonight....WI is tomorrow.

DanafromAustin
12-07-2012, 12:53 AM
HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!

WI was pretty good this week, too. Another 1.5 pounds gone!

Tomorrow night I'm having a Wassail and Wine Party for my department and some friends. This means I'll provide wassail, wine, and many non-IP snacks. But I'm going to stay OP 100% anyway. No problem at all!

Mazel Tov!!! Love the name.

joysh
12-07-2012, 01:11 AM
Thank you all for the congratulations! I'm very excited about meeting little Elijah in a week and a half! Yes, I love the name, too. His four year-old sister is Luca (meaning light)!

Tonight I had my annual Wassail and Wine party for the entire music faculty at my house, with a few of my close friends too. I made all the food, even baked and decorated cookies last night. I won't describe the food, although I did not eat any of it. I sent most of it home with friends, but will need to dispose of the rest tomorrow. It was wonderful to have the house filled with people and not to feel tempted to eat and eat, and then feel bad. I just enjoyed being with everyone without stuffing my face.

Thanks for the ideas about the grape drink and tea. I just drank my water in a wine glass and noshed on the veggies. I also ate one of my IP double chocolate bars. Yum.

Congratulations Joysh!! Love those traditional names!

I am looking forward to a sleepover with my middle grandson, Noah, on Friday. He's going to help us choose a Christmas tree - better late than never.

Noah is also a wonderful name!

sstw1
12-07-2012, 07:37 AM
Good morning, ladies! Just wanted to wish you all a nice weekend. We're heading out to Disneyland tomorrow afternoon for a few days, so I'll be MIA until we get back. Already loaded up on IP products to take with me to stay as close to OP as possible - wish me luck!

I'll touch base when we get back!

Sharon

patns
12-07-2012, 07:57 AM
Have a good time at Disneyland Sharon. I think the IP products would work very well there, you will be so busy walking with so much to do that food is just an afterthought.

Joysh, everytime I read wassail in your posts for the past few days I felt the urge to break out in song, which would certainly would not sound like your guests. Does wassailing actually involve singing or just drinking and eating from house to house?

I do love your grandchildren's names and also Lizzy's grandson's. Having spent 40 years in elementary classroom I really notice children's names.
We did go through a period in which people were making up what sounded to me strange names but the tread now is really back to the traditional names.

But it broke my heart the other day to meet a child called Felony.

AliKay
12-07-2012, 09:24 AM
WI today 6#!!! That was a pleasant surprise. Felt like it was 9 wks ago when I started and had big losses.

Congrats! :carrot:

HI Dear 50+ Fab IPeeps!

Just want to share my wonderful news! My daughter in Syracuse gave birth this morning to my new little grandson, Elijah! All are well and healthy and I'm so thankful!!! I'll go up on Dec. 17 after finals and grades are in. So excited!! Hooray! Hooray!


What a great way to start the holidays! Love the name!

:cheers: congrats! What a wonderful present!

Well today was WI and lost 2 lbs, and was happy about that and Tom is just days away so next week should be good. My DH and I are going out of town for a weekend get a way and see George Lopez, and some christmass shopping and see a river of lights and some lovin! I can hardly wait! Leaving in about 2 hours, got my cooler packed and rtds and pkts And vitiamins , I'm ready! Yea!

Two pounds more towards your goal....Congratulations! :carrot:

Good morning, ladies! Just wanted to wish you all a nice weekend. We're heading out to Disneyland tomorrow afternoon for a few days, so I'll be MIA until we get back. Already loaded up on IP products to take with me to stay as close to OP as possible - wish me luck!

I'll touch base when we get back!

Sharon

Have a wonderful time in Disney, I just love it there. :)

Morning!! Down another 2 pounds for the week...it might actually have been 3 but the scale was jumping up and down and I just took the number that came up twice. Hate when that happens but next week it should be a bigger loss then, right?

Spent and hour last night restringing the last row of lights on the tree, hate when that happens. Put a new box on, plugged the old ones back in and they lit up :mad: so I tossed them. They were and older set so who knows.

Off today so I'll be baking and freezing it for the holidays. Have a great day everyone!

bubbleblower
12-07-2012, 09:37 AM
Just wanted to introduce myself. I just started yesterday and am happy to have found this group. So far the diet is easy (I know; that's probably easy to say after just one day on the plan!). The only problem I'm having so far is a killer headache, but I'm hoping that will go away over the next few days.

I don't have as much weight to lose as some (I'm at 160 and my goal is 135; height is 66.5"), but I'm finally feeling like I may have found a diet that will work for me. For the past 15 years it's been a constant struggle.

DH and I are going away for a long weekend next weekend and then will be away for a couple of weeks over the holidays. Guess I'm going to have a lot of IP food in my bag! I thought about waiting until after the holidays to start, but that probably would have meant just having more to lose when I finally did get started.

Halfagain
12-07-2012, 10:27 AM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

joysh
12-07-2012, 10:49 AM
Good morning, ladies! Just wanted to wish you all a nice weekend. We're heading out to Disneyland tomorrow afternoon for a few days, so I'll be MIA until we get back. Already loaded up on IP products to take with me to stay as close to OP as possible - wish me luck!
Sharon

Sharon, have a wonderful time in Disneyland!! What fun! BTW, I'm Sharon, too!

Joysh, everytime I read wassail in your posts for the past few days I felt the urge to break out in song, which would certainly would not sound like your guests. Does wassailing actually involve singing or just drinking and eating from house to house?

I do love your grandchildren's names and also Lizzy's grandson's. Having spent 40 years in elementary classroom I really notice children's names.
We did go through a period in which people were making up what sounded to me strange names but the tread now is really back to the traditional names.

But it broke my heart the other day to meet a child called Felony.

Hi Pat. I've done the caroling, but this party of Wassail and Wine was just a gathering of people to eat and visit and yak away while listening to my wonderful Christmas music mixes. We did have a short piano concert from a 6 year old, who played Jingle Bells and Ode to Joy to an audience of the most accomplished musicians in town! When I lived in Houston for many years, my annual party included hours upon hours of singing and music-making, but its latest incarnation here in Louisiana is a bit different. The guests are all professional musicians, so they relish the time NOT to play instruments, but to visit. Strange, huh? I make a great wassail, though, with fruit juices and spices. Non-IP, but no added sugars.

My other daughter named her twins Eva and Charlotte. It is interesting how the more "traditional" names are making a comeback.

Just wanted to introduce myself. I just started yesterday and am happy to have found this group. So far the diet is easy (I know; that's probably easy to say after just one day on the plan!). The only problem I'm having so far is a killer headache, but I'm hoping that will go away over the next few days....DH and I are going away for a long weekend next weekend and then will be away for a couple of weeks over the holidays. Guess I'm going to have a lot of IP food in my bag! I thought about waiting until after the holidays to start, but that probably would have meant just having more to lose when I finally did get started.

Welcome, Bubbleblower!!Yes, the headache will go away in a few days and once you're in ketosis you'll start to feel really good! Good idea to start now! I've been on this since June and thought I'd be done by Christmas, but it will be January for me. I'm a little relieved that I don't have to worry about the holiday foods, since I have always gained 5-10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years. This year I'll lose during that time and that will be the best way to start the new year!

:welcome::welcome:

joysh
12-07-2012, 10:52 AM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! HALFAGAIN!!!!
HOW AMAZING !!!!!!!!
:congrat::congrat::congrat::balloons::balloons::ba lloons::balloons::balloons::broc::broc::broc:

What an achievement!!!!

bubbleblower
12-07-2012, 11:00 AM
Welcome, Bubbleblower!!Yes, the headache will go away in a few days and once you're in ketosis you'll start to feel really good! Good idea to start now! I've been on this since June and thought I'd be done by Christmas, but it will be January for me. I'm a little relieved that I don't have to worry about the holiday foods, since I have always gained 5-10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years. This year I'll lose during that time and that will be the best way to start the new year!

:welcome::welcome:

Thanks! My DH remarked this morning that he was really surprised that I started the diet at this time of year. From my perspective, it was the best time for me to start. Yesterday we had a "Holiday Desserts Party" at work and there were at least 6-7 tables crammed with goodies. I made sure to eat one of the IP snack bars beforehand and went down to the party, water bottle in hand. I didn't even find the sweets all that tempting (I'm not that big of a sweets lover anyway), but I know that I would have tried a little bit of just about everything if I hadn't started the program. Then I'd just be further behind by the time the holidays were over.

I was up every two hours last night visiting the bathroom so I know that what I lost is just water weight, but it feels great to be on the right track!

bubbleblower
12-07-2012, 11:01 AM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

Wow!!! CONGRATS! :bravo:

evepet
12-07-2012, 12:28 PM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

Woo-Hoo!!! Way to go HalfAgain!

You've joined the Century Club! :dancer::dancer::dancer:

Thanks! My DH remarked this morning that he was really surprised that I started the diet at this time of year. From my perspective, it was the best time for me to start. Yesterday we had a "Holiday Desserts Party" at work and there were at least 6-7 tables crammed with goodies. I made sure to eat one of the IP snack bars beforehand and went down to the party, water bottle in hand. I didn't even find the sweets all that tempting (I'm not that big of a sweets lover anyway), but I know that I would have tried a little bit of just about everything if I hadn't started the program. Then I'd just be further behind by the time the holidays were over.

I was up every two hours last night visiting the bathroom so I know that what I lost is just water weight, but it feels great to be on the right track!

Welcome Bubbleblower. Yep - it's working if you were up on and off all night peeing! LOL. That's a sure sign. :)
I'd been feeling a little sorry for myself, thinking that I'd already be at goal by Christmas. But the more I think about it, the more I think it's better that I'm still 'actively dieting'.... much less temptation this way to overindulge.

greeniris
12-07-2012, 12:29 PM
Just wanted to introduce myself. I just started yesterday and am happy to have found this group. So far the diet is easy (I know; that's probably easy to say after just one day on the plan!). The only problem I'm having so far is a killer headache, but I'm hoping that will go away over the next few days.

I don't have as much weight to lose as some (I'm at 160 and my goal is 135; height is 66.5"), but I'm finally feeling like I may have found a diet that will work for me. For the past 15 years it's been a constant struggle.

DH and I are going away for a long weekend next weekend and then will be away for a couple of weeks over the holidays. Guess I'm going to have a lot of IP food in my bag! I thought about waiting until after the holidays to start, but that probably would have meant just having more to lose when I finally did get started.
WELCOME to both IP & the Fab 50's thread here on 3FC! Enjoy your upcoming travels!

I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.
AWESOME-NESS!!!! Congratulations halfagain!!!! And you've really lost it fast :D

Lizzy63
12-07-2012, 01:05 PM
CONGRATULATIONS, HALFAGAIN! That is AWESOME!!

rainbowsmiles
12-07-2012, 01:12 PM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:bravo::jig::angel::cb::cp::dance::dancer: :flame: :woohoo: :cheer3::broc::cheer::celebrate::balloons:

way to go!!!!!!!!!! such an inspiration!!!

lisa32989
12-07-2012, 03:35 PM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

:congrat::woohoo::congrat::woohoo::congrat: :woohoo:
:celebrate::celebrate::dance::broc::dancer: :flow2: :celebrate::celebrate:
AND THE CENTURY CLUB GROWS!!!
Molly has some great company!!!!

:congrat::woohoo::congrat::woohoo::congrat: :woohoo:

AliKay
12-07-2012, 06:02 PM
Halfagain...CONGRATULATIONS! Woo Hoo! You are a wonderful inspiration to me. :cb: :cb: :cb: :carrot::dance::dance::dance::cheer::cheer::cheer: :congrat::congrat::congrat::cheer2::cheer2:

WingnutandMe
12-07-2012, 06:18 PM
Just wanted to introduce myself. I just started yesterday and am happy to have found this group. So far the diet is easy (I know; that's probably easy to say after just one day on the plan!). The only problem I'm having so far is a killer headache, but I'm hoping that will go away over the next few days.

I don't have as much weight to lose as some (I'm at 160 and my goal is 135; height is 66.5"), but I'm finally feeling like I may have found a diet that will work for me. For the past 15 years it's been a constant struggle.

DH and I are going away for a long weekend next weekend and then will be away for a couple of weeks over the holidays. Guess I'm going to have a lot of IP food in my bag! I thought about waiting until after the holidays to start, but that probably would have meant just having more to lose when I finally did get started.

:welcome:
Come here often. This is the best bunch of people and the best program you could find. I was like you and had given up on ever losing weight as nothing seemed to work. But it has.

As for the headaches. I know some mentioned that they will go away (just carb withdrawls) but it is also with the withdrawls and extra water being eliminated there is an electrolyte imbalance. Take a teaspoon of salt on your hand and lick it off and drink a glass of water (or put the salt in the water). You should see the headache go away quickly. Soon, a couple more days, you'll be in ketosis and things will get even better.

For traveling, you need Rainbow's IP survival bag (see in in this thread, http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/263056-ip-daily-chat-wednesday-07-18-12-a-5.html scroll down almost to the bottom of the page) She'll tell you it was a lifesaver. I travel a lot, but mine is not this cute and organized.

I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

:carrot: :cb: :cp:

:dance: :flow1: :dancer:

:cheer2: :cheer3: :broc: :cheer:

:goodscale:

:goodscale: :yay:

:welcome: to the CENTURY CLUB. Nice to have you here with us.

Molly

Halfagain
12-07-2012, 06:46 PM
Thanks everyone! Wow, honestly loosing 100 lbs has always seems like a far off daydream to reach. Goodness knows I've dieted where I had at least that amount to loose many times in my lifetime and I have never achieved this milestone before. I'm really happy, yet somewhat surprised, that I have come so far. I know I will have other milestones I will meet, and I will get to maintenance. I will not let anything get in my way of accomplishing feeling healthy and to feel good about how I fit in clothing, and other places (aka movie theater seats, airplanes, etc). I know for sure my goal is under 200 lbs. How far under 200 is yet to be decided for certain. DH assures me that lots of cookie baking is in order - to achieve my goals :devil: He is willing to commit to helping me.

Not only am I feeling healthier now, my skin and nails are in the best shape they have been in since I can remember. Pre-teen years maybe they were this nice. Not sure if it's the diet, water, or supplements, but wow! What a change. Also my blood work I had done a couple weeks ago came back with everything being great. I'm wearing smaller clothing, smaller shoes, I can fit in a coffee house booth easily now. So many changes have happened over this 23 (had to look it up) weeks... I'm just amazed. I look forward to changing sizes faster, seeing very sizes I haven't seen in years be wearable for me. Seeing what size I end up wearing at 199 lbs, and making the call how much more I want to go. It really isn't about the size, or the lbs on the scale after 199.... it's about how I feel, still I'm looking forward to that journey,

I really appreciate everyone's support here - it means so much to just get the motivation and ideas from you all. LOL so in a long winded way - I'm saying I am not relaxing my resolve, or kicking back now. I want to be done with this phase 1 busiess ASAP! Soooo.. (raising my water glass) here's to at least another 55 lbs off of me, and sticking to the plan! :hug:

evepet
12-07-2012, 06:59 PM
Thanks everyone! Wow, honestly loosing 100 lbs has always seems like a far off daydream to reach. Goodness knows I've dieted where I had at least that amount to loose many times in my lifetime and I have never achieved this milestone before. I'm really happy, yet somewhat surprised, that I have come so far. I know I will have other milestones I will meet, and I will get to maintenance. I will not let anything get in my way of accomplishing feeling healthy and to feel good about how I fit in clothing, and other places (aka movie theater seats, airplanes, etc). I know for sure my goal is under 200 lbs. How far under 200 is yet to be decided for certain. DH assures me that lots of cookie baking is in order - to achieve my goals :devil: He is willing to commit to helping me.

Not only am I feeling healthier now, my skin and nails are in the best shape they have been in since I can remember. Pre-teen years maybe they were this nice. Not sure if it's the diet, water, or supplements, but wow! What a change. Also my blood work I had done a couple weeks ago came back with everything being great. I'm wearing smaller clothing, smaller shoes, I can fit in a coffee house booth easily now. So many changes have happened over this 23 (had to look it up) weeks... I'm just amazed. I look forward to changing sizes faster, seeing very sizes I haven't seen in years be wearable for me. Seeing what size I end up wearing at 199 lbs, and making the call how much more I want to go. It really isn't about the size, or the lbs on the scale after 199.... it's about how I feel, still I'm looking forward to that journey,

I really appreciate everyone's support here - it means so much to just get the motivation and ideas from you all. LOL so in a long winded way - I'm saying I am not relaxing my resolve, or kicking back now. I want to be done with this phase 1 busiess ASAP! Soooo.. (raising my water glass) here's to at least another 55 lbs off of me, and sticking to the plan! :hug:


I'll raise a glass to that! :cheers: I'm chuckling too, at your hubby's comment. Lots of cookie making will for sure speed the weight loss. After all, we have to let our VIPs feel part of the process! :D :hug: Congrats again. You are certainly very well on your way to a much healthier, happier you.

rainbowsmiles
12-07-2012, 09:43 PM
Thanks everyone! Wow, honestly loosing 100 lbs has always seems like a far off daydream to reach. Goodness knows I've dieted where I had at least that amount to loose many times in my lifetime and I have never achieved this milestone before. I'm really happy, yet somewhat surprised, that I have come so far. I know I will have other milestones I will meet, and I will get to maintenance. I will not let anything get in my way of accomplishing feeling healthy and to feel good about how I fit in clothing, and other places (aka movie theater seats, airplanes, etc). I know for sure my goal is under 200 lbs. How far under 200 is yet to be decided for certain. DH assures me that lots of cookie baking is in order - to achieve my goals :devil: He is willing to commit to helping me.

Not only am I feeling healthier now, my skin and nails are in the best shape they have been in since I can remember. Pre-teen years maybe they were this nice. Not sure if it's the diet, water, or supplements, but wow! What a change. Also my blood work I had done a couple weeks ago came back with everything being great. I'm wearing smaller clothing, smaller shoes, I can fit in a coffee house booth easily now. So many changes have happened over this 23 (had to look it up) weeks... I'm just amazed. I look forward to changing sizes faster, seeing very sizes I haven't seen in years be wearable for me. Seeing what size I end up wearing at 199 lbs, and making the call how much more I want to go. It really isn't about the size, or the lbs on the scale after 199.... it's about how I feel, still I'm looking forward to that journey,

I really appreciate everyone's support here - it means so much to just get the motivation and ideas from you all. LOL so in a long winded way - I'm saying I am not relaxing my resolve, or kicking back now. I want to be done with this phase 1 busiess ASAP! Soooo.. (raising my water glass) here's to at least another 55 lbs off of me, and sticking to the plan! :hug:

every time i read about your journey i get more and more excited!!! you inspire me so much!! i've had a slack 2 days...hit a stall and let it discourage me and i love reading all the motivating posts like this one!!

love u so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-07-2012, 09:47 PM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8252994853_39f7938eb0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994853/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8252994447_77a0374a63_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994447/)

help!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishette
12-07-2012, 09:55 PM
Definitely the black! You look festive in either one!

Halfagain
12-07-2012, 10:24 PM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

help!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love them both! I can see the delima. I am going to say the black one, just because I love that lacy bit at the neck so much. You are beautiful which ever you wear. Have a wonderful night out!

:hug: thank you for the sweet comments on my post too! :hug:

WingnutandMe
12-07-2012, 10:58 PM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

help!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love blue, but my first impression is definitely the black. You're getting skinny, but black is sooooo slimming. When I wear black slacks to work, I get 3 or 4 times the compliments and weight loss comments. I think you'll wow them in that black dress. Way to go, gf.

Have a great time.
Molly

exactor
12-07-2012, 11:03 PM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!


You look awesome in both but I'd definitely go with the black one!

NinjaNurse
12-07-2012, 11:56 PM
Just wanted to introduce myself. I just started yesterday and am happy to have found this group. So far the diet is easy (I know; that's probably easy to say after just one day on the plan!). The only problem I'm having so far is a killer headache, but I'm hoping that will go away over the next few days.

I don't have as much weight to lose as some (I'm at 160 and my goal is 135; height is 66.5"), but I'm finally feeling like I may have found a diet that will work for me. For the past 15 years it's been a constant struggle.

DH and I are going away for a long weekend next weekend and then will be away for a couple of weeks over the holidays. Guess I'm going to have a lot of IP food in my bag! I thought about waiting until after the holidays to start, but that probably would have meant just having more to lose when I finally did get started.

Welcome! This is a great place for support and ideas.

NinjaNurse
12-07-2012, 11:58 PM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.

Wonderful news!! Congrats!! I am sure you look beautiful!!

NinjaNurse
12-08-2012, 12:01 AM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8252994853_39f7938eb0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994853/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8252994447_77a0374a63_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994447/)

help!!!!!!!!!!!!

You look so elegant in the black, but the blue is more festive. I would do the black.

AliKay
12-08-2012, 12:57 AM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8252994853_39f7938eb0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994853/)



Oh they are both great dresses but I vote for the black one. It's a stunner and you are shrinking everyday. You look amazing in it. :)

rainbowsmiles
12-08-2012, 08:12 AM
thanks ladies for all the input!!!! the blue dress makes me feel like a princess!! it was given to me 13 years ago and i have never been able to wear it. i almost gave it away several times, but in the end am so glad i kept it. it is a size 20!!

there is a story behind the black dress!! i posted about it here in 3fc!!!
it took me awhile to find the old post...but it is here in this thread
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/300-club/220197-positive-uplifting-notification-one-positive-thing-about-me-today-part-thirtee-5.html#post3631240

here is a copy!

ok....so this is a HUGE positive....for me....as i am always intimidated to set goals...because i seem to utterly fail at them if i profess them....weird i know!! so i am not ready yet to set any specific weight loss goals, or exercise goals....other then to work on them....but i decided i would make a goal for the end of the year....and it is a new years eve formal gown!!

yesterday...my dh and i wandered into the goodwill store here in our area...as some of you know, dh is still out of work having been laid off just over a year now...so funds are minimal. i rarely ever find things in my size at goodwill, but we have a really nice store and nigel finds BRAND NEW clothes with the tags all the time!! so i went exploring. i was basically looking for some exercise clothes i can wear to the gym, like long long baggy tshirts!! from the mens section.

something caught my eye...a glimmer of a sparkle...and there hanging on the display was this beautiful long formal black gown! in all my years...and i am no spring chicken...i have NEVER OWNED a long formal black gown. never. it has always been a dream of mine to be oh so elegant and wear a long formal gown. so i went over to it...to have a nice close look. it is beautiful!! the top section is gorgeous!!! as you can see, the area is a bit see-thru...with a ribbon like design that crosses and forms an "x" like area, and there are black sequins in each section that glimmer in the light.

it is a size 20!!! i wear a size 34!! 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32...uggg 34! it would be a long stretch if i were to be so bold as to reach a goal of a size 20 by the time NYE comes again....still...this dress seemed to speak to me...something inside of me became excited...i took the dress into the dressing room, not to try on, but to just hold it up in front of me...my hips stuck out on both sides of the imagine reflecting back at me. is it possible??? dare i dream??? standing there i felt like a princess looking at this dress!!!! i love the long sheer scarf that you can drape across your neckline and let hang down long in the back!!

this is a Jessica McClintock Gunne Sax Formal and is BRAND NEW with the tags!! the tags said $189.00, but the dresses sign in the store said $5.99!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? so i went and asked the sales lady....how much the dress was, and she said, all dresses are $5.99.

SERIOUSLY??? wow...thanks!!

so i showed dh...and he said what you got there miss susieQ?? i said its a dress...and he said, its pretty, and i said i know...he said does it fit?? and my face blushed red and i said well, n-n-n-o, ...well, not yet! so he gives me this look!! so i said, i will make a deal with you....if i lose enough weight to fit into this dress by new years eve next year...will you take me out on the town for a new years celebration?? and he said, i would be honored!!

so this is my year long goal....to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to fit into this stunning gorgeous long formal black dress by NEW YEARS EVE 2012!!!!

it was to be a new years eve dress....so i am not sure about when to wear it!!

dh is voting on the blue dress because he says he has a tie to match! hahahahaha and he says the black on will be too formal!!

ok well i will have to decide soon. the black dress is a wee bit snug in the tummy area...and a few inches shorter, which is why i like the blue one because its fully long to the floor....plus i have blue shoes to match!! haha

ooooh decisions decisions!!!

love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for your kind words and support!!!

Minch
12-08-2012, 08:24 AM
Rainbow, I'd say stick to your original goal...wear the black on New Year's Eve and the blue to the Christmas party tonight. Whichever way you choose, it's a dream come true for you! You're beautiful in both and you'll feel like a princess on both occasions!

Congratulations to you on meeting your goals thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

lisa32989
12-08-2012, 08:46 AM
Oh Sweetie, you already had a plan for that beautiful black dress for NYE. Just wait til you get this black outfit I wore to Vegas! Then you'll need him to to take you TWO places! :hug:

Now that we know the story, blue for the party, black for NYE!
Can you beeleeve you bought a dress and made dreams come true??? :cloud9:
I think I finally have a box!

rainbowsmiles
12-08-2012, 09:00 AM
Oh Sweetie, you already had a plan for that beautiful black dress for NYE. Just wait til you get this black outfit I wore to Vegas! Then you'll need him to to take you TWO places! :hug:

Now that we know the story, blue for the party, black for NYE!
Can you beeleeve you bought a dress and made dreams come true??? :cloud9:
I think I finally have a box!

seriously....when i bought the dress....i honestly....and i hate to admit this...but i honestly never thought i'd ever fit into it. i am usually an optimist!!! and dh says well if you never thought you'd fit into it why did you buy it! haha simple huh!

but...in reality....i have not been this small, and to most people, 288 pounds is NO WHERE NEAR SMALL....but it has been 25 plus years since i saw that number on a scale which is why i never thought it could REALLY HAPPEN FOR ME.

but then i found IP!!!

now....NOW I BELIEVE I WILL SEE A SIZE 18 AGAIN IN MY LIFETIME!!!

now THATS a dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lizzy63
12-08-2012, 09:11 AM
Rainbow - didn't see your post about the dress until just now, but even from the original post, I was thinking BLUE! You look stunning in both, but I just love the color on you. Now that I have got to the end and see the whole story, I say definitely blue, and save the black one for NYE. Just think, by the time the holidays roll around in 2013, you'll have to find some new fancy dresses...

This makes me think that I am going to have to start looking too. I have several long gowns that I usually wear only when we go on a cruise. Going to have to do some shopping to be prepared - you never know when I'll find a good deal...

WingnutandMe
12-08-2012, 09:28 AM
With your story, gf, you need to do what Minch said. Wear the blue to the Christmas Party and save the black for NYE. That post from right before I found IP or 3FC, so inspirational. If I wasn't such a toughie (never cry), I would have been in tears.

Have fun. You deserve every minute as you've worked so hard to get where you are right now. The rest of the journey will be a piece of cake (just don't eat it).

Luv ya, gf
Molly

lisa32989
12-08-2012, 09:47 AM
seriously....when i bought the dress....i honestly....and i hate to admit this...but i honestly never thought i'd ever fit into it. i am usually an optimist!!! and dh says well if you never thought you'd fit into it why did you buy it! haha simple huh!

but...in reality....i have not been this small, and to most people, 288 pounds is NO WHERE NEAR SMALL....but it has been 25 plus years since i saw that number on a scale which is why i never thought it could REALLY HAPPEN FOR ME.

but then i found IP!!!

now....NOW I BELIEVE I WILL SEE A SIZE 18 AGAIN IN MY LIFETIME!!!

now THATS a dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh yes you can!
We can all realize our dreams if we just stick together :grouphug:

Halfagain
12-08-2012, 10:04 AM
:hug: Rainbow :hug:
Here I was thinking this was the one and only outing for the year before you would be too small for either dress. Knowing you have two (2) dates - problem solved! Wear them both (on different occasions) - they are both wonderful dresses. Enjoy your night out tonight. I also have two formal dresses (both black). I'll need to find something formal around February to go to so I can wear one of one of them. They should fit around then I'd suspect.

DanafromAustin
12-08-2012, 10:08 AM
I hit my 100 lb loss mark today! I'm so excited! I'll have to do new photos today, but I just had to say something here quick.
:congrat: You are amazing!!!!!!!!!!! :bravo: So PROUD of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8252994853_39f7938eb0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994853/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8252994447_77a0374a63_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994447/)

help!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the black, but definitely the blue as it's a beautiful color on you.

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Crazy week here and this morning we are catching a flight back to CA to spend Hanukkah with the entire family. Can't wait and will catch up with all of you when we get back. Hugs to all of you...:grouphug:

maezy1
12-08-2012, 12:28 PM
Rainbow - do you even realize HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE and how you look in those dresses!!!!! I vote for the black one on New Year's eve because by next NYE you will be too small to wear it!

bubbleblower
12-08-2012, 12:36 PM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8252994853_39f7938eb0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994853/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8252994447_77a0374a63_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994447/)

help!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really love the blue on you. I would wear that one for the Christmas party, and the black one on NYE.

Congrats on the major weight loss! Both dresses look great on you!

joysh
12-08-2012, 02:01 PM
thanks ladies for all the input!!!! the blue dress makes me feel like a princess!! it was given to me 13 years ago and i have never been able to wear it. i almost gave it away several times, but in the end am so glad i kept it. it is a size 20!!
love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for your kind words and support!!!

OK, Rainbow. I'm grading final exams and stopped for a moment to read the forum thread. I read your black dress story and started to cry.

Yes, CRY!! What a wonderful story!!! We are all transforming ourselves!!! It's so amazing!:hug:

You look stunning in both of the dresses! Your husband sounds like a wonderful guy, too.

Last year, I remember wishing and praying that some magic would come along and I could lose the excess 70 pounds I've been carrying around for so many years. I didn't really believe it would, but wondered if there was anything that would work for me.

It is so inspiring to read all of our stories and see our successes and share our challenges and triumphs. I'm so honored and humbled to be here among all of you amazing people who have the courage to take charge and change.
:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:

evepet
12-08-2012, 02:23 PM
Rainbow, I was 50-50 as to whether the black dress or the blue one... I honestly think you look really good in both of them. Then I read your story of how you bought the black one for New Years. So - I agree with those who say wear the blue one for the Christmas party, and the black one for New Years. You look great in both of them.

benice
12-08-2012, 03:49 PM
so tomorrow night is my hubbys christmas party...a somewhat formal affair....so i thought i'd ask your opinion on which dress to wear!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8252994853_39f7938eb0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994853/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8252994447_77a0374a63_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8252994447/)

help!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi! I don't think we've ever corresponded, but I've seen you post a lot and find you so encouraging and bubbly!

These dresses both look beautiful on you. I love your story about the black one. It seems like it is perfect for NYE. The blue makes you look like a fairy princess. For some reason, it seems to suit your personality. Have fun at your events!!!!

greeniris
12-08-2012, 08:50 PM
Rainbow - you are beautiful in both dresses, and I hope NYE is still a go so that you can wear both gowns! I'm so glad you bought the black dress when you saw it, if only to give you a concrete goal to work towards. YOU DID IT, but I'm not surprised at all. You have the inner strength that it takes, and it will take you a long way. Enjoy the parties!

rainbowsmiles
12-09-2012, 07:43 AM
well ladies.....i went with the blue dress!!! i felt like cinderella!!! its been so hard for me to PUSH myself out into the public eye.

this is the first christmas office party i have been to!! in the past, i have missed out on a lot of fun activities because of my weight and low self esteem. it was nice, to just go, and not HIDE IN THE CORNER!!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8257756696_f1c80bf6a5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8257756696/)


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8362/8256686629_e7d9fdfc1f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8256686629/)

it was a lovely evening and i was mostly 100%. i did indulge in a tiny tiny cup of some she crab soup....otherwise, had salad, green beans, a small piece of chicken breast and a smaller piece of prime rib. NO WINE!!!!!! NO BREAD!!!! NO DESSERT!!!!

after dinner, we all enjoyed a fireplace and some music and then dh and i went walking in the starlight on the grounds!! the party was at one of the southern plantations here in charleston, so it was just a perfect night. they have horse and stables there, and buggy rides, only not open during the winter, even so, i laughed out loud at one point, thinking, over there in that barn is cinderellas carriage!! haha

later back inside...enjoying coffee and good conversation...dh leaned over and whispered in my ear...you looks absolutely radiant and you are the most beautiful woman in this room!!! i was floored!! it brought tears to my eyes but i held them in! he doesn't always express himself like that, so it was a very special moment. we exchanged smiles and i knew i had taken a giant leap forward in dragging myself out of obscurity and trying to get a life back living among others and not just hiding out in the house all the time. i just might get used to this socializing!!!!!!!! hahahaha its amazing how all the extra weight, only weighed me down more socially then physically!

thanks again ladies for all your love and encouragement and support!!!!!!!!!!

not sure yet about NYE....but i hope we can go somewhere i can wear my dress, if not, i will just wear it at home!!!!!!!!!!!!

bubbleblower
12-09-2012, 08:06 AM
later back inside...enjoying coffee and good conversation...dh leaned over ans whispered in my ear...you look absolutely radiant and you are the most beautiful woman in this room!!!

That brought tears to my eyes! It really says it all. You looked really beautiful, and soooo happy! And it's as much about what's inside as what's outside. Our weight can have such an impact on our behavior and the way we feel about ourselves.

Congrats on doing so well at the party, too! That's great that you were able to resist so many temptations!! Keep up the good work!

P.S. And there's nothing wrong with having a private party at home for NYE. The black dress will be perfect either way. :)

lisa32989
12-09-2012, 08:33 AM
well ladies.....i went with the blue dress!!! i felt like cinderella!!! its been so hard for me to PUSH myself out into the public eye.

later back inside...enjoying coffee and good conversation...dh leaned over ans whispered in my ear...you looks absolutely radiant and you are the most beautiful woman in this room!!! i was floored!! it brought tears to my eyes but i held them in! he doesn't always express himself like that, so it was a very special moment. we exchanged smiles and i knew i had taken a giant leap forward in dragging myself out of obscurity and trying to get a life back living among others and not just hiding out in the house all the time. i just might get used to this socializing!!!!!!!! hahahaha its amazing how all the extra weight, only weighed me down more socially then physically!

not sure yet about NYE....but i hope we can go somewhere i can wear my dress, if not, i will just wear it at home!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay girlie, I'm crying too!
I bolded your comments above that "got me". The weight does so many things to us, doesn't it? And people think it is just about the physical when it is SO MUCH MORE!

You were radiantly beautiful in your blue dress. I'm glad hubby took the special moment to say so. Sometimes they miss those. I'm married to Man Of-Few-Words. It is probably best most of the time, but I do miss some of those sentiments from time-to-time. I'm so happy for you that your dh gave you that gem :hug:

Surretha
12-09-2012, 08:40 AM
Aww, you are beautiful! I love your story and can empathize with you on the hiding-out feeling.

rainbowsmiles
12-09-2012, 08:50 AM
That brought tears to my eyes! It really says it all. You looked really beautiful, and soooo happy! And it's as much about what's inside as what's outside. Our weight can have such an impact on our behavior and the way we feel about ourselves.

Congrats on doing so well at the party, too! That's great that you were able to resist so many temptations!! Keep up the good work!

P.S. And there's nothing wrong with having a private party at home for NYE. The black dress will be perfect either way. :)

thank you!!!! you are so right...our weight does have an impact on so much of the way we feel about ourselves! i had not truly realized how much of a social recluse i had become! i never minded going places, just dh and me...but avoided social activities!!!

i felt like singing....

I'm steppin' out with my baby Can't go wrong 'cause I'm in right It's for sure, not for maybe That I'm all dressed up tonight
Steppin' out with my honey Can't be bad to feel so good Never felt quite so sunny (only i was singing the word "skinny" instead!!! haha) And I keep on knockin' wood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g742gWRA8E


Okay girlie, I'm crying too!
I bolded your comments above that "got me". The weight does so many things to us, doesn't it? And people think it is just about the physical when it is SO MUCH MORE!

You were radiantly beautiful in your blue dress. I'm glad hubby took the special moment to say so. Sometimes they miss those. I'm married to Man Of-Few-Words. It is probably best most of the time, but I do miss some of those sentiments from time-to-time. I'm so happy for you that your dh gave you that gem :hug:

i know what you mean about being married to a man of few words. so yes, those rare moments tend to really stick in my head...forever!! it was so nice of him to say that i i made sure to tell him later! :)

its funny...learning how to handle the "feeling pretty" feeling. its a very rare thing that i have that feeling! last night, well, we were a bit over dressed!!! and in the past i would have felt awful and so self conscious, but last night i just felt pride and felt like cinderella!! i love finding the strength to be confident in myself! it takes a lot of strength for me too!! dh is good for that!! he can sometimes be over cocky confident! hahaha but i think that is the british in him! hahaha even so, those rare spoken moments, just make my heart melt! i am one lucky lady!

rainbowsmiles
12-09-2012, 08:52 AM
Aww, you are beautiful! I love your story and can empathize with you on the hiding-out feeling.

thank you Surretha. Oh please, lets learn to 'COME OUT"of our shells together!!! NO MORE HIDING!!!!! life is toooo short......let's start living it more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lizzy63
12-09-2012, 10:27 AM
SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! What a perfect evening. And you do look gorgeous! Thank you for sharing pictures.

evepet
12-09-2012, 12:17 PM
Rainbow - another here who has tears in her eyes, after reading your post about your party last night. You looked beautiful - happy and vibrant. So glad that you had a great time - and your hubby's comments were so touching! Just wonderful. Give him a big hug for all of us. :hug:

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Just checking in to say 'Hi!' to everyone here. I'm a bit under the weather - think one of these flu/cold bugs caught me. This is definitely a day for relaxing, sleeping, and taking it easy.

Shedit
12-09-2012, 12:19 PM
Wow RAINBOW your pictures are Fab! YES to NY at home with the elegant black dress, candles fresh flowers and some sultry music to dance to!
Congratulations to making it out to the party and yes you easily could have been Cinderella last night. DH made it to Prince Charming in my book with his sweat acknowledgement of YOU!

patns
12-09-2012, 12:29 PM
I cried too! I didn't post yesterday but was looking carefully at the dresses. Both are beautiful. I didn't comment because I couldn't decide on which I liked best. But when I read your story of how you got the dresses I really agreed with what your hubby said about the color of the blue one being so flattering and it being more festive than the black one which is more formal.
I was thinking about the black one even if you want to save it till next year it would likely be easy to take in.

Such a magical evening for a beautiful lady. I was thinking it was your "coming out" evening and I know hubby must have been busting his buttons with pride to escort you.

maezy1
12-09-2012, 12:56 PM
ok, another crier here. You looked stunning!!!!!! truly breathtaking in your blue dress! Cannot wait to see you all dressed for NYE!!!! So happy for you!

Halfagain
12-09-2012, 03:33 PM
well ladies.....i went with the blue dress!!! i felt like cinderella!!! its been so hard for me to PUSH myself out into the public eye.


Sounds like a wonderful evening. May it be the first of many more to come.

I went shopping yesterday. I went to the mall, more to people watch than anything. LOL it was exactly how I remembered around Christmas time - very crowded, hard to park, lines, etc. However with the weight loss I didn't feel like the Good Year Blimp walking around in all the crowds, and walking from end to end of the mall, and being on my feet for all but a few minutes (waiting for a decaf Americano) was not an issue. I had to laugh hearing the ~9 y/o boy telling his father (who was headed into Victoria Secret, kids following) "I don't want to go in there"!

Yesmyqueen
12-09-2012, 05:35 PM
Hello everyone, just got back from our weekend get a way, had a great time and stayed OP, glad to be back home though, much easier to eat at home. I missed you all even if it was only a few days.
And Halfagain-
:congrat: on hitting the 100 lb mark, so awesome!

And rainbow you made me get a bit tearied eyed with that story that we all can relate to and you looked beautiful!

lisa32989
12-09-2012, 05:38 PM
Half Again: I half-chuckled at your Good Year Blimp comment. Not b/c it is funny but b/c I've felt it. We don't have to feel that way ANY MORE!

So, small NSV feels HUGE to me:
Yesterday I did a bunch of cleaning/rearranging. I would usually need to ice my back afterward. I was busy before the party and didn't have time. And today I was fine. The weight loss is affecting EVERY aspect of my life! Even my back/hip problems :jig: ( <--that's me trying to dance with a sore back :dancer: <--and me moving better 45 lbs lighter)

At the party last nite, a friend came up to me, put his arm around me and said, "Did I hear you say you'd be fifty in March?" When I confirmed, he told me I looked like I was in my early forties :D Then he told me I looked great! I told him about IP (he would be a great candidate) and he told me he'd call me next week. He's looking for a new job and he's afraid he won't get interviews at his current weight (health insurance liability).

I hope he calls.

That conversation sure felt good!

NinjaNurse
12-09-2012, 05:49 PM
well ladies.....i went with the blue dress!!! i felt like cinderella!!! its been so hard for me to PUSH myself out into the public eye.

later back inside...enjoying coffee and good conversation...dh leaned over and whispered in my ear...you looks absolutely radiant and you are the most beautiful woman in this room!!! i was floored!! it brought tears to my eyes but i held them in! he doesn't always express himself like that, so it was a very special moment. we exchanged smiles and i knew i had taken a giant leap forward in dragging myself out of obscurity and trying to get a life back living among others and not just hiding out in the house all the time. i just might get used to this socializing!!!!!!!! hahahaha its amazing how all the extra weight, only weighed me down more socially then physically!

thanks again ladies for all your love and encouragement and support!!!!!!!!!!

not sure yet about NYE....but i hope we can go somewhere i can wear my dress, if not, i will just wear it at home!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainbow you looked stunning!!!
Maybe you and your husband can go away overnight NYE (easier said than done at this stage) and have a nice romantic dinner so you can wear the black dress.

WingnutandMe
12-09-2012, 06:42 PM
Want to say, Rainbow, you looked stunning and you now have a beautiful eternal memory of last night and NIgel's words to you. How wonderful. Makes me all warm inside.

We all need to take a message from Rainbow about not letting weight weigh us down in all those other areas besides the physical.

Been busy busy, road trip again at the last minute. Trying to catch up today and now back to work again tomorrow. Counting down to retirement.

My WI was 1.8#. Being an analyst by trade, I analyzed what has changed, Being on alternatives, I've realized I switched to a protein bar that has probably too many carbs for me (I think I'm super sensitive). I will switch out to others to see if it will make a difference. Sure hope so. I'd like to get back up to my minimum 2# to get rid of these last 20+ lbs.

Sorry to hear about those who have found some nasty germs. Get well soon.

Molly

Fishette
12-09-2012, 10:12 PM
Hold the phone! This is the 50s-plus thread, and it seems that our Rainbow can't be a day over 30 in her blue dress pics! :D

Beck81
12-09-2012, 10:54 PM
Rainbow, your story was very touching. You are a beautiful lady inside and out.

rainbowsmiles
12-10-2012, 11:31 AM
This is the best bunch of people

As for the headaches. I know some mentioned that they will go away (just carb withdrawls) but it is also with the withdrawls and extra water being eliminated there is an electrolyte imbalance. Take a teaspoon of salt on your hand and lick it off and drink a glass of water (or put the salt in the water). You should see the headache go away quickly. Soon, a couple more days, you'll be in ketosis and things will get even better.

For traveling, you need Rainbow's IP survival bag (see in in this thread, http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/263056-ip-daily-chat-wednesday-07-18-12-a-5.html scroll down almost to the bottom of the page) She'll tell you it was a lifesaver. I travel a lot, but mine is not this cute and organized.

:welcome: to the CENTURY CLUB. Nice to have you here with us.

Molly

Molly!!!!!! you are so right....THIS IS THE BEST BUNCH OF "FRIENDS" EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the tip about the headache....and salt....wow, that really worked!!!!

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I'll raise a glass to that! :cheers: I'm chuckling too, at your hubby's comment. Lots of cookie making will for sure speed the weight loss. After all, we have to let our VIPs feel part of the process! :D :hug: Congrats again. You are certainly very well on your way to a much healthier, happier you.

that comment above made me crack up!!!! i bet this is the only diet where cooking baking makes you lose weight faster!! hahaha reminds me of an old saying...
DON'T REACH FOR YOUR PLATE, REACH FOR YOUR MATE!!:D:D

Definitely the black! You look festive in either one!

:hug::hug::hug:

I love them both! I can see the delima. I am going to say the black one, just because I love that lacy bit at the neck so much. You are beautiful which ever you wear. Have a wonderful night out!

:hug: thank you for the sweet comments on my post too! :hug:
:hug: :hug: :hug:

I love blue, but my first impression is definitely the black. You're getting skinny, but black is sooooo slimming. When I wear black slacks to work, I get 3 or 4 times the compliments and weight loss comments. I think you'll wow them in that black dress. Way to go, gf.

Have a great time.
Molly
:hug: :hug: :hug: BLUE is dh favorite color!!!

You look awesome in both but I'd definitely go with the black one!
:hug: :hug: :hug:

You look so elegant in the black, but the blue is more festive. I would do the black.

:hug: :hug: :hug:

Oh they are both great dresses but I vote for the black one. It's a stunner and you are shrinking everyday. You look amazing in it. :)

:hug: :hug: :hug: you know...thing different thing about IP is that even if the scale doesn't show movement the body is continually shifting and sculpting our shapes!!!!!!!!!!! i love seeing my waist!!

Rainbow, I'd say stick to your original goal...wear the black on New Year's Eve and the blue to the Christmas party tonight. Whichever way you choose, it's a dream come true for you! You're beautiful in both and you'll feel like a princess on both occasions!

Congratulations to you on meeting your goals thanks for sharing your wonderful story!
:hug: :hug: :hug: it is a DREAM COME TRUE!!!!

Rainbow - didn't see your post about the dress until just now, but even from the original post, I was thinking BLUE! You look stunning in both, but I just love the color on you. Now that I have got to the end and see the whole story, I say definitely blue, and save the black one for NYE. Just think, by the time the holidays roll around in 2013, you'll have to find some new fancy dresses...

This makes me think that I am going to have to start looking too. I have several long gowns that I usually wear only when we go on a cruise. Going to have to do some shopping to be prepared - you never know when I'll find a good deal...
:hug: :hug: :hug: ooooo yes.....can't wait to see your dress for your cruise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With your story, gf, you need to do what Minch said. Wear the blue to the Christmas Party and save the black for NYE. That post from right before I found IP or 3FC, so inspirational. If I wasn't such a toughie (never cry), I would have been in tears.

Have fun. You deserve every minute as you've worked so hard to get where you are right now. The rest of the journey will be a piece of cake (just don't eat it).

Luv ya, gf
Molly
oooo gf....you really are an old softie at heart :) :hug: :hug: :hug:

:hug: Rainbow :hug:
Here I was thinking this was the one and only outing for the year before you would be too small for either dress. Knowing you have two (2) dates - problem solved! Wear them both (on different occasions) - they are both wonderful dresses. Enjoy your night out tonight. I also have two formal dresses (both black). I'll need to find something formal around February to go to so I can wear one of one of them. They should fit around then I'd suspect.

:hug: :hug: :hug: not sure about NYE and outing yet. as you all know, dh said he was going to surprise me with snow this year for christmas, so will have to see. i'd sacrifice NYE out for some snow for christmas!! haha SNOW SNOW SNOW....I WANT SOME SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

if i get some snow, i will make a snow angel!! :angel:

I love the black, but definitely the blue as it's a beautiful color on you.

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Crazy week here and this morning we are catching a flight back to CA to spend Hanukkah with the entire family. Can't wait and will catch up with all of you when we get back. Hugs to all of you...:grouphug:

:hug: :hug: :hug: are you in CA now???? what part?? Ca is a nice state!! i loved going to LA and Hollywood!!!

Rainbow - do you even realize HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE and how you look in those dresses!!!!! I vote for the black one on New Year's eve because by next NYE you will be too small to wear it!

:hug: :hug: :hug: awww maezy.....you say the sweetest things!!! well i won't be too small to wear it! hahaha its actually very very tight!!! the thing too is the top is more "revealing" than i have ever been comfortable wearing. it would definitely push me out of my comfort zone!! it IS sexy and me and the word sexy never really went together!! hahaha but i'm trying to bring sexy back!! :rofl: oh no i didn't just type that!! hahahaha :rofl: :rofl:

I really love the blue on you. I would wear that one for the Christmas party, and the black one on NYE.

Congrats on the major weight loss! Both dresses look great on you!

:hug: :hug: :hug: thank you bubbleblower!! and WELCOME :welcome: to an amazing thread with the most BEAUTIFUL, INTELLIGENT, FRIENDLY, CARING, LOVING, AMAZING LADIES on 3fc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, Rainbow. I'm grading final exams and stopped for a moment to read the forum thread. I read your black dress story and started to cry.

Yes, CRY!! What a wonderful story!!! We are all transforming ourselves!!! It's so amazing!:hug:

You look stunning in both of the dresses! Your husband sounds like a wonderful guy, too.

Last year, I remember wishing and praying that some magic would come along and I could lose the excess 70 pounds I've been carrying around for so many years. I didn't really believe it would, but wondered if there was anything that would work for me.

It is so inspiring to read all of our stories and see our successes and share our challenges and triumphs. I'm so honored and humbled to be here among all of you amazing people who have the courage to take charge and change.
:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:

:hug: :hug: :hug: awww gf.... :hug: :hug: :hug: i do understand. i don't think it an accident that we are all on this journey at the same time and have found each other in these threads. this thread is contagious!! it inspires me every day!!!!!!!!!!

i tried a few years ago, to hang out on 3fc and i was in the over 300 crowd. and there are a lot of amazing ladies there...but, there was way too much complaining and excuse making....and i had no motivation oh my own, so just faded away like so many do. then i heard a motivation speaker say, look around you, and find someone who has the success you want, and then follow them and do what they do. i tried to "FIT" (no pun intended) into other 3fc groups, but surprisingly, as in real life, some threads are discriminating against very large ladies and well, i didn't FIT in! but here....even though i have way way more weight to lose than just about anyone on IP...YOU AMAZING LADIES have made me FEEL SKINNY even at 288 pounds!!!!!!!!!!! you all have just accepted me and encouraged me and lifted me up and without all of you i would never have even been able to fit into that little black dress and it would still be HIDING....like i did, in the back of a corner in a closet.

that is why i love this 50's plus thread so much!!! there is total acceptance!!!!!!!!!! it doesn't matter if we have tried and tried over the years to lose weight without success, or if we have just now started, or if we have 10 pounds to lose or 210 pounds to lose, ALL OF YOU understand and love and accept us all!!!

for me...that is half the battle right there!! its hard to step out in the eye of someone else and admit you have a problem with food. its even harder to go day in and day out...feeling the scrutiny of the entire population practically glaring at you in disgust when you are in public so its really no wonder that the bigger i got the more i hid away in the house.

having this newfound (i want to say confidence, but its not yet) courage, to just go be in social situations is liberating!!! The transforming of losing weight and the uplifting support found here in this thread, gosh, just gives the best tools for stepping into that courage!!!

i don't want to live the rest of my life, envious of others who LIVE life instead of letting life pass me by!!!

oh gosh, this is getting too long and too mushy!!!!!!! sorry!!

i just am EVER THANKFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO VERY VERY VERY THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU!!!!!

Rainbow, I was 50-50 as to whether the black dress or the blue one... I honestly think you look really good in both of them. Then I read your story of how you bought the black one for New Years. So - I agree with those who say wear the blue one for the Christmas party, and the black one for New Years. You look great in both of them.

:hug: :hug: long dresses sure make a lady feel like a princess!!!

Hi! I don't think we've ever corresponded, but I've seen you post a lot and find you so encouraging and bubbly!

These dresses both look beautiful on you. I love your story about the black one. It seems like it is perfect for NYE. The blue makes you look like a fairy princess. For some reason, it seems to suit your personality. Have fun at your events!!!!

:hug: :hug: :hug: thank you benice!!! awww i FELT like a fairy princess indeed!!!! i can't wait to wear it again!! i already did a few alterations to it, to make it smaller!! yipeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainbow - you are beautiful in both dresses, and I hope NYE is still a go so that you can wear both gowns! I'm so glad you bought the black dress when you saw it, if only to give you a concrete goal to work towards. YOU DID IT, but I'm not surprised at all. You have the inner strength that it takes, and it will take you a long way. Enjoy the parties!

:hug: :hug: :hug: the love i feel in this thread is truly the most inspiring and beneficial aspect of my protocol!! YOU LADIES ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

That brought tears to my eyes! It really says it all. You looked really beautiful, and soooo happy! And it's as much about what's inside as what's outside. Our weight can have such an impact on our behavior and the way we feel about ourselves.

Congrats on doing so well at the party, too! That's great that you were able to resist so many temptations!! Keep up the good work!

P.S. And there's nothing wrong with having a private party at home for NYE. The black dress will be perfect either way. :)

:hug::hug: YOU are so right about the WEIGHING OF THE WEIGHT!! and ooooo i love love love your idea about a private party!!!!!!!!!!!!! that settles it...black dress is on private party or public!! woohoo!!! :dance:

Okay girlie, I'm crying too!
I bolded your comments above that "got me". The weight does so many things to us, doesn't it? And people think it is just about the physical when it is SO MUCH MORE!

You were radiantly beautiful in your blue dress. I'm glad hubby took the special moment to say so. Sometimes they miss those. I'm married to Man Of-Few-Words. It is probably best most of the time, but I do miss some of those sentiments from time-to-time. I'm so happy for you that your dh gave you that gem :hug:

:hug: :hug: :hug: lisa....you are so right!!! its just not all about the excess fat and skin. there is so much more that weighs on us!! i feel like one of those documentary shows where the person literally TAKES OFF A FAT SUIT. i want this fat suit gone!!!

Aww, you are beautiful! I love your story and can empathize with you on the hiding-out feeling.
:hug: :hug: :hug:

SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! What a perfect evening. And you do look gorgeous! Thank you for sharing pictures.

:hug: :hug: :hug: thank you lovely liz!!!!!!!

Rainbow - another here who has tears in her eyes, after reading your post about your party last night. You looked beautiful - happy and vibrant. So glad that you had a great time - and your hubby's comments were so touching! Just wonderful. Give him a big hug for all of us. :hug:

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Just checking in to say 'Hi!' to everyone here. I'm a bit under the weather - think one of these flu/cold bugs caught me. This is definitely a day for relaxing, sleeping, and taking it easy.

:hug: :hug: :hug: oooh hope you feel better soon!!!! its never easy being sick around the holidays. the holidays can be so stressing so make sure you take good care of yourself!! DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR JUST YOU TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow RAINBOW your pictures are Fab! YES to NY at home with the elegant black dress, candles fresh flowers and some sultry music to dance to!
Congratulations to making it out to the party and yes you easily could have been Cinderella last night. DH made it to Prince Charming in my book with his sweat acknowledgement of YOU!

:hug: :hug: :hug: ooo i love the way you think shedit!!!! i know...right...wasn't that sweet of him to say!! i told him last night again, thank you for the words, and he said well they are true, and was shrugging off me thanking him, and i said, listen, THANK YOU...those words meant a lot to me....and i just want to thank you for thinking them and even more for expressing them!!! i think he blushed!! some british people are not prone to express themselves often!!!

I cried too! I didn't post yesterday but was looking carefully at the dresses. Both are beautiful. I didn't comment because I couldn't decide on which I liked best. But when I read your story of how you got the dresses I really agreed with what your hubby said about the color of the blue one being so flattering and it being more festive than the black one which is more formal.
I was thinking about the black one even if you want to save it till next year it would likely be easy to take in.

Such a magical evening for a beautiful lady. I was thinking it was your "coming out" evening and I know hubby must have been busting his buttons with pride to escort you.

:hug: :hug: omg...that is an excellent way to think if it...it was so much like a "coming out" evening!!!!!!!!!!!! like a butterfly coming out of metamorphosis!! i have been hiding in that cocoon way too long!!! time for me to spread my wings and soar!!!!!

ok, another crier here. You looked stunning!!!!!! truly breathtaking in your blue dress! Cannot wait to see you all dressed for NYE!!!! So happy for you!
:hug::hug::hug: hugsss gf!!!!

Sounds like a wonderful evening. May it be the first of many more to come.

I went shopping yesterday. I went to the mall, more to people watch than anything. LOL it was exactly how I remembered around Christmas time - very crowded, hard to park, lines, etc. However with the weight loss I didn't feel like the Good Year Blimp walking around in all the crowds, and walking from end to end of the mall, and being on my feet for all but a few minutes (waiting for a decaf Americano) was not an issue. I had to laugh hearing the ~9 y/o boy telling his father (who was headed into Victoria Secret, kids following) "I don't want to go in there"!

omg that comment by the little boy cracked me up....not just because its funny....but i said the same thing about 7 years ago when my daughter took me to the mall and wanted to go shopping...i so dislike the mall and have not been back since!!!....she is a tiny thing, size 2...and wanted to go into VS and i was at my full weight and i said NOOOOO WAY....i don't want to go in THERE!!! hahahaha so i sat on a bench in the middle of the mall watching people go by. dh laughs at me b/c he says he is on lucky man because his wife hates shopping and hates the mall!! hahahaha

Hello everyone, just got back from our weekend get a way, had a great time and stayed OP, glad to be back home though, much easier to eat at home. I missed you all even if it was only a few days.
And Halfagain-
:congrat: on hitting the 100 lb mark, so awesome!

And rainbow you made me get a bit tearied eyed with that story that we all can relate to and you looked beautiful!

welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!! hope you had an awesome time!! WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS MY QUEEN SMILE!!!! :queen:

Half Again: I half-chuckled at your Good Year Blimp comment. Not b/c it is funny but b/c I've felt it. We don't have to feel that way ANY MORE!

So, small NSV feels HUGE to me:
Yesterday I did a bunch of cleaning/rearranging. I would usually need to ice my back afterward. I was busy before the party and didn't have time. And today I was fine. The weight loss is affecting EVERY aspect of my life! Even my back/hip problems :jig: ( <--that's me trying to dance with a sore back :dancer: <--and me moving better 45 lbs lighter)

At the party last nite, a friend came up to me, put his arm around me and said, "Did I hear you say you'd be fifty in March?" When I confirmed, he told me I looked like I was in my early forties :D Then he told me I looked great! I told him about IP (he would be a great candidate) and he told me he'd call me next week. He's looking for a new job and he's afraid he won't get interviews at his current weight (health insurance liability).

I hope he calls.

That conversation sure felt good!

:hug: :hug: :hug: awww you do look much younger!!!! i laughed about the good year blimp comment too!!! no more blimp for me!!!!

Rainbow you looked stunning!!!
Maybe you and your husband can go away overnight NYE (easier said than done at this stage) and have a nice romantic dinner so you can wear the black dress.

:hug: :hug: :hug: will keep you posted. dh won't tell me whats in plan for christmas and snow but i am getting excited!!!!!!!!!!!

Want to say, Rainbow, you looked stunning and you now have a beautiful eternal memory of last night and NIgel's words to you. How wonderful. Makes me all warm inside.

We all need to take a message from Rainbow about not letting weight weigh us down in all those other areas besides the physical.

Been busy busy, road trip again at the last minute. Trying to catch up today and now back to work again tomorrow. Counting down to retirement.

My WI was 1.8#. Being an analyst by trade, I analyzed what has changed, Being on alternatives, I've realized I switched to a protein bar that has probably too many carbs for me (I think I'm super sensitive). I will switch out to others to see if it will make a difference. Sure hope so. I'd like to get back up to my minimum 2# to get rid of these last 20+ lbs.

Sorry to hear about those who have found some nasty germs. Get well soon.

Molly

oooh molly....20 more to go and WOW....YOU HAVE DONE OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!! only 20 to go!!! woot woot can't wait to celebrate each and every pound with you!!! :dance: :dance: and yes, Nigel really came through for me. he always seems to notice when i am getting a little overwhelmed by a situation and often will just reach over and hold my hand...and that calms me down...but to speak out like that, well, it was very special indeed!!!
where was your road trip??? Nigel says there is a road trip for christmas but i dont know where yet. but he did say it would involve snow!!!! yipee!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hold the phone! This is the 50s-plus thread, and it seems that our Rainbow can't be a day over 30 in her blue dress pics! :D

omg...gf you just MADE MY DAY!!!!!!!!!!! correction...MY YEAR!!!!!!!!!:hug: :hug: :hug:

Rainbow, your story was very touching. You are a beautiful lady inside and out.
:hug: :hug: :hug: BECK!!!! what a nice thing to say!!! thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-10-2012, 01:35 PM
OMG LADIES....i just had to share this....
my youngest son (he is 28)...posted on my FB ... an inspirational video and then tagged me and said this....
"some cool motivation. thinking of you Susan, for you give me inspiration."

made my heart melt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to think "I" can inspire my kids!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW!!!
THATS A BLESSING INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!

tear in my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WingnutandMe
12-10-2012, 06:43 PM
OMG LADIES....i just had to share this....
my youngest son (he is 28)...posted on my FB ... an inspirational video and then tagged me and said this....
"some cool motivation. thinking of you Susan, for you give me inspiration."

made my heart melt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to think "I" can inspire my kids!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW!!!
THATS A BLESSING INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!

tear in my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Rainbow, you are inspiring for everyone you meet.

That's especially nice that it's your son. Children don't often appreciate their parents. You are so lucky.

I feel lucky to just know you through this forum. So sad you're a days drive away.

You'll laugh at our road trip. On the road for 10 hours, but within a 125 mile diameter circle. On a mission to find a car trailer to eventually haul all the classics north. Had to go south to Columbus since I left my phone at my desk at work and it has the GPS. Then back up to a town a ways north of Atlanta to check out a trailer. Real piece of junk. Back down to Atlanta to then go west almost to the Alabama state line to check another trailer. Bought it, so back home, southeast. Used a tank of gas on our Toyota Tacoma that gets 30+ mpg. Oh, some of the time was spent sitting in a convenience store parking lot with the Netbook checking Craigslist, calling ads.

Can't wait ot see where Nigel takes you for snow. Surprises are soooo exciting.

Time to cook dinner. DH is out helping a neighbor with car problems. Who knows when he'll be in.

Molly

P.S. You guys were on page 2. Boo.

rainbowsmiles
12-10-2012, 07:19 PM
Dear Rainbow, you are inspiring for everyone you meet.

That's especially nice that it's your son. Children don't often appreciate their parents. You are so lucky.

I feel lucky to just know you through this forum. So sad you're a days drive away.

You'll laugh at our road trip. On the road for 10 hours, but within a 125 mile diameter circle. On a mission to find a car trailer to eventually haul all the classics north. Had to go south to Columbus since I left my phone at my desk at work and it has the GPS. Then back up to a town a ways north of Atlanta to check out a trailer. Real piece of junk. Back down to Atlanta to then go west almost to the Alabama state line to check another trailer. Bought it, so back home, southeast. Used a tank of gas on our Toyota Tacoma that gets 30+ mpg. Oh, some of the time was spent sitting in a convenience store parking lot with the Netbook checking Craigslist, calling ads.

Can't wait ot see where Nigel takes you for snow. Surprises are soooo exciting.

Time to cook dinner. DH is out helping a neighbor with car problems. Who knows when he'll be in.

Molly

P.S. You guys were on page 2. Boo.

aww molly :hug::hug: that is very sweet of you to day. you are so right...its made my heart glad to hear it from my son!!

WOW!!! busy road trip!!! somehow i can just picture you on a road trip mission hunting that trailer!! sorry it took so much gas to get around!!

i have NO idea where i am going to be on christmas morning!! i thought michigan but then last night nigel said it was a state he has never been to....so i am like, say what??? we went to windsor canada and drove right through michigan and over the ambassador bridge at detroit, so that rules out michigan! haha thats the only clue he said he will give me, other than its almost guaranteed snow and it will be cold!! so now i am off to find a REAL winter coat!! i don't even own anything thicker than a fleece hoodie and the raincoat i can now fit in to! haha

have fun making dinner!!!

Yesmyqueen
12-10-2012, 07:26 PM
OMG LADIES....i just had to share this....
my youngest son (he is 28)...posted on my FB ... an inspirational video and then tagged me and said this....
"some cool motivation. thinking of you Susan, for you give me inspiration."

made my heart melt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to think "I" can inspire my kids!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW!!!
THATS A BLESSING INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!

tear in my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh how nice, a sweet son, I just love it! And rainbow I so agree with you about these ladies are the best on our 50s thread, I feel like we're all exactly the same weight on the inside!

Lizzy63
12-10-2012, 07:26 PM
Rainbow - how exciting! Maybe you're going skiing?

rainbowsmiles
12-10-2012, 07:31 PM
Oh how nice, a sweet son, I just love it! And rainbow I so agree with you about these ladies are the best on our 50s thread, I feel like we're all exactly the same weight on the inside!

thats a perfect way to put it!!!! i love it!! we are all the same weight on the inside!! :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Rainbow - how exciting! Maybe you're going skiing?

ummmm skiing???? yikes!!! i have never been snow skiing!! i'd break my neck!!! hahahahaha

Lizzy63
12-10-2012, 07:54 PM
You would be love it! Balance is easier for women because we have a lower center of gravity.

patns
12-10-2012, 08:05 PM
i have NO idea where i am going to be on Christmas morning!! i thought michigan but then last night nigel said it was a state he has never been to....so i am like, say what??? we went to windsor canada and drove right through michigan and over the ambassador bridge at detroit, so that rules out michigan! haha thats the only clue he said he will give me, other than its almost guaranteed snow and it will be cold!! so now i am off to find a REAL winter coat!! i don't even own anything thicker than a fleece hoodie and the raincoat i can now fit in to! haha

have fun making dinner!!!

OMG!!! You will be driving right through here on your way to Alaska!!!!

Just joking but if you want snow I have at least a ton of it in my back yard you are welcome to.

I was thinking of you talking about fitting in at 288. It is all relative. I think the other day you mentioned your dress was size 20. At my heaviest I was 204 pounds. At 5'' I was a size 20. So the weight has way more space to spread out over when you are tall. I likely looked way heavier at 204 than you do at 288.

Halfagain's story about the little boy in the mall reminded me of a family I saw this weekend too. It was a mother, an elderly man and a tiny girl. The adults were speaking Mandarin. Granddad sat down and mom was obviously telling the little one to stay put with him till she came back. Mom was no sooner out of sight when the little girl had granddad by the hand leading him to the Disney store and the princess dresses. She couldn't have been more than 2 and had him wrapped right around her finger, So cute, she was a little princess to him for sure.

rainbowsmiles
12-10-2012, 08:48 PM
OMG!!! You will be driving right through here on your way to Alaska!!!!

Just joking but if you want snow I have at least a ton of it in my back yard you are welcome to.

I was thinking of you talking about fitting in at 288. It is all relative. I think the other day you mentioned your dress was size 20. At my heaviest I was 204 pounds. At 5'' I was a size 20. So the weight has way more space to spread out over when you are tall. I likely looked way heavier at 204 than you do at 288.

Halfagain's story about the little boy in the mall reminded me of a family I saw this weekend too. It was a mother, an elderly man and a tiny girl. The adults were speaking Mandarin. Granddad sat down and mom was obviously telling the little one to stay put with him till she came back. Mom was no sooner out of sight when the little girl had granddad by the hand leading him to the Disney store and the princess dresses. She couldn't have been more than 2 and had him wrapped right around her finger, So cute, she was a little princess to him for sure.

ALASKA!!!!!!!!!!! AS IF!!! NOW THAT WOULD REALLY BE A DREAM!!

but i think thats a wee bit too far to drive!! hahaha

love the story...about the granddad!!! thats precious!!

patns
12-11-2012, 12:53 AM
ALASKA!!!!!!!!!!! AS IF!!! NOW THAT WOULD REALLY BE A DREAM!!

but i think thats a wee bit too far to drive!! hahaha

love the story...about the granddad!!! thats precious!!

Aim for Alaksa next, I am right on the way. I need to stop some morning on my way to work and take a picture of the bison strolling around like it's July but they have about a foot of snow on their backs. I drive through a National Park on my way to work and often see Americans taking pictures of the hundreds of bison there on their way to Alaska. I am surprised when I see people from places like Maine and think wat a drive!

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 07:28 AM
Aim for Alaksa next, I am right on the way. I need to stop some morning on my way to work and take a picture of the bison strolling around like it's July but they have about a foot of snow on their backs. I drive through a National Park on my way to work and often see Americans taking pictures of the hundreds of bison there on their way to Alaska. I am surprised when I see people from places like Maine and think wat a drive!

:rofl: haha i would be ONE OF THOSE "americans taking pictures of bison" haha i guess canadians think americans are silly....getting all excited over bison!! haha

i was like that in oregon getting so exciting over seeing a whale for the first time that wasn't in captivity!!

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 07:41 AM
oooo got a new clue!!!! its been driving me crazy....hahaha....trying to plan for a trip when i have no idea where i am going!!...i like to be organized!!!

a sticky note on the fridge...."susan's snow surprise is within a 20 hour drive!!"

susan's snow surprise hahahahaha love that!!!

ok....time to go do a radius on the map!!!

lisa32989
12-11-2012, 12:36 PM
oooo got a new clue!!!! its been driving me crazy....hahaha....trying to plan for a trip when i have no idea where i am going!!...i like to be organized!!!

a sticky note on the fridge...."susan's snow surprise is within a 20 hour drive!!"

susan's snow surprise hahahahaha love that!!!

ok....time to go do a radius on the map!!!

Well, its not Alaska!

Lizzy63
12-11-2012, 12:39 PM
Hmm... you are in Charleston, SC, right?? Maybe Toronto??

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 01:00 PM
Hmm... you are in Charleston, SC, right?? Maybe Toronto??

hmmmmm i've never been to toronto!!! let me go check!!!
hey its only 15 hours!!! could be a great candidate!!!
wow, that would be so cool!!!!!!!!!!!

he didn't mention having to need a passport....YET!! hahahah

bubbleblower
12-11-2012, 01:23 PM
hmmmmm i've never been to toronto!!! let me go check!!!
hey its only 15 hours!!! could be a great candidate!!!
wow, that would be so cool!!!!!!!!!!!

he didn't mention having to need a passport....YET!! hahahah

Well, except he said it was a "State," right? And I don't think he'd want to risk passport issues ... How about Colorado or Maine? For the former, you'd have to drive pretty much non-stop to make it in that time, but maybe ....

He sounds like a great guy!! How fun that he keeps giving you little clues! I'm sure wherever it is, it will be great!!

Halfagain
12-11-2012, 01:59 PM
I seemed to have developed a seasonal social calendar. I rarely go out after work, or do things in the local/live world with others besides my family. This has changed this month, and I'm not exactly sure at all about it. I have plans for all but one weekend, and a couple events planned in the week days. Seems awful busy to me, I'm not complaining so much as baffled how this happened and why I have events on my radar where I don't have plans for 11 months out of the year. I think it's added to my stress level, even if the gatherings are friends, etc - it's not having down time to just veg. Thank goodness none of them are gift/ornament exchanges or something I have to do more than make a large salad to bring with. Okay now I sound like a Scrooge.

Anyway - tonight's event is dinner out with the work bunch. They chose an Italian restaurant. I will get there late due to a conflicting appointment, so i needed to checked out their menu ahead of time (so I don't have to pour of it once I get there). The only meal/protein item I see I can really stay on plan with is the baked salmon, and tell them to hold the cream sauce, cheese, etc and to ensure the broccoli that comes with it is not cheesed, oiled, etc. That will work - I'll do that. Still it's a bit concerning if they are out of the salmon. Option 2 is a Cesar salad, less the stuff I can't have (so it would have romaine lettuce, tomatoes, not sure what they got) I better slip some dressing in my purse if I have any packets left - I think I'm out. Oh they do have green beans sautéed in olive oil.... wonder if they can use less oil, or steam them.... surely they have a microwave. LOL - sorry I sound so self centered... "what can I eat"... I worry too much about stuff. Planning ahead is good for me but I do the 'what if' game in my head a lot and that isn't good. Tonight will be fine and either I can eat there, or I'll eat afterwords. It is about seeing my co-workers and relaxing a bit with my water..hmmm maybe I'll bring some grape drink.. that will tickle my coworkers to no end with my fake wine. They laugh at me and my tea and decaf coffees :) I'm not offended by that at all, I laugh too... at them and their (pink/blue/green/red/white) mixed foo foo drinks.

Okay break time over.. back to work!

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 02:03 PM
Well, except he said it was a "State," right? And I don't think he'd want to risk passport issues ... How about Colorado or Maine? For the former, you'd have to drive pretty much non-stop to make it in that time, but maybe ....

He sounds like a great guy!! How fun that he keeps giving you little clues! I'm sure wherever it is, it will be great!!

it IS FUN...but it IS driving me nuts not knowing!! hahaha i'm worse than a little kid!!!

we have been to colorado and maine so that rules them out....

GOOD POINT about the "states"....he DID say it was a STATE he had never been to...

these are some i have narrowed it down to
1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
these two seem too far???

3. Minnesota
4. Nebraska
5. Iowa

6. Connecticut
7, Massachusetts
8. Rhode Island
9. Vermont
10. New Hampshire

bubbleblower
12-11-2012, 02:08 PM
When I went out to brunch the other day and there was literally nothing on the menu that would work for me without major modifications and leaving items out. I ended up telling them to give me the grilled romaine lettuce (unadulterated except for maybe *very* minimal olive oil brushed on it) and grilled chicken with no dressing. It was great! The flavor you can get from just a light grilling is terrific.

No one blinked an eye. I think so many people are on Atkins or other restricted diets that no one really cares. There also are just lots of picky eaters out there (a concept I never understood since I was told to clean my plate from an early age! :lol:), so waiters and waitresses are quite used to dealing with special requests.

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 02:08 PM
I seemed to have developed a seasonal social calendar. I rarely go out after work, or do things in the local/live world with others besides my family. This has changed this month, and I'm not exactly sure at all about it. I have plans for all but one weekend, and a couple events planned in the week days. Seems awful busy to me, I'm not complaining so much as baffled how this happened and why I have events on my radar where I don't have plans for 11 months out of the year. I think it's added to my stress level, even if the gatherings are friends, etc - it's not having down time to just veg. Thank goodness none of them are gift/ornament exchanges or something I have to do more than make a large salad to bring with. Okay now I sound like a Scrooge.

Anyway - tonight's event is dinner out with the work bunch. They chose an Italian restaurant. I will get there late due to a conflicting appointment, so i needed to checked out their menu ahead of time (so I don't have to pour of it once I get there). The only meal/protein item I see I can really stay on plan with is the baked salmon, and tell them to hold the cream sauce, cheese, etc and to ensure the broccoli that comes with it is not cheesed, oiled, etc. That will work - I'll do that. Still it's a bit concerning if they are out of the salmon. Option 2 is a Cesar salad, less the stuff I can't have (so it would have romaine lettuce, tomatoes, not sure what they got) I better slip some dressing in my purse if I have any packets left - I think I'm out. Oh they do have green beans sautéed in olive oil.... wonder if they can use less oil, or steam them.... surely they have a microwave. LOL - sorry I sound so self centered... "what can I eat"... I worry too much about stuff. Planning ahead is good for me but I do the 'what if' game in my head a lot and that isn't good. Tonight will be fine and either I can eat there, or I'll eat afterwords. It is about seeing my co-workers and relaxing a bit with my water..hmmm maybe I'll bring some grape drink.. that will tickle my coworkers to no end with my fake wine. They laugh at me and my tea and decaf coffees :) I'm not offended by that at all, I laugh too... at them and their (pink/blue/green/red/white) mixed foo foo drinks.

Okay break time over.. back to work!

interesting about the social calendar growing....

a for the italian restaurant...they usually have chicken and you can always order grilled chicken no sauce if the salmon isn't available...you can have them make it with fresh tomatoes and fresh basil and fresh garlic....thats what i did at olive garden. then i had the side salad with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers.

good luck and let us know how it goes...

YES YES YES on the MOCK WINE...it is my go to for nearly every outing!! i always have one with me!! always!! my last order was 10 boxes!!! hahaha

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 02:11 PM
edit....scratch mass and new hamp....i forgot we flew into boston and drove to PEi and went right through those!!! the list is getting smaller!!!!!!!!!!!

Halfagain
12-11-2012, 02:25 PM
When I went out to brunch the other day and there was literally nothing on the menu that would work for me without major modifications and leaving items out. I ended up telling them to give me the grilled romaine lettuce (unadulterated except for maybe *very* minimal olive oil brushed on it) and grilled chicken with no dressing. It was great! The flavor you can get from just a light grilling is terrific.

No one blinked an eye. I think so many people are on Atkins or other restricted diets that no one really cares. There also are just lots of picky eaters out there (a concept I never understood since I was told to clean my plate from an early age! :lol:), so waiters and waitresses are quite used to dealing with special requests.

interesting about the social calendar growing....

a for the Italian restaurant...they usually have chicken and you can always order grilled chicken no sauce if the salmon isn't available...you can have them make it with fresh tomatoes and fresh basil and fresh garlic....thats what i did at olive garden. then i had the side salad with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers.

good luck and let us know how it goes...

YES YES YES on the MOCK WINE...it is my go to for nearly every outing!! i always have one with me!! always!! my last order was 10 boxes!!! hahaha
Thank you both for the ideas/support. I feel like a winer (and here I said I don't do wine :)) I do not see grilled chicken in any of their options, but I'll ask if need be. They don't even have a chicken Cesar. It's a small non-chain type restaurant so I was lucky menus were on line. They don't list cucumbers in any of their salads so I dont think those are options. Deep fried - lots of stuff - and pizza, pasta, desserts are their thing. Even the healthy salmon option is coated with cream sauce and other off plan things. I know why the non-dieter group thinks it's excellent eats. I would be tempted to back out of tonight's dinner except I don't want to let this diet drive me to that. I was hoping they would have chosen a steak place like last year, or a seafood place. Oh well, it will work one way or another.

patns
12-11-2012, 02:27 PM
Well, its not Alaska!

Darn!!! Susan didn't you tell him I was expecting you????

No Americans are not silly taking pictures. Every time I see the masses of bison I am amazed. I want to take a winter picture but didn't so far because I don't want to pull to the side of the highway with the winter driving conditions.
I am curious as heck now as to where you are going. Likely New England which I just love as I am originally from Nova Scotia. Actually I think I will take a scoot down there when I go back east this summer.
Snow is not a priority for me!

patns
12-11-2012, 02:28 PM
hmmmmm i've never been to toronto!!! let me go check!!!
hey its only 15 hours!!! could be a great candidate!!!
wow, that would be so cool!!!!!!!!!!!

he didn't mention having to need a passport....YET!! hahahah
Toronto is usually pretty mild, not a great destination for snow seekers.

bubbleblower
12-11-2012, 02:47 PM
Hmmm.... I'd bet on one of these:

North Dakota
2. South Dakota
3. Minnesota
4. Nebraska
5. Iowa


Any other draw to any of them?

bubbleblower
12-11-2012, 02:53 PM
Thank you both for the ideas/support. I feel like a winer (and here I said I don't do wine :)) I do not see grilled chicken in any of their options, but I'll ask if need be. They don't even have a chicken Cesar. It's a small non-chain type restaurant so I was lucky menus were on line. They don't list cucumbers in any of their salads so I dont think those are options. Deep fried - lots of stuff - and pizza, pasta, desserts are their thing. Even the healthy salmon option is coated with cream sauce and other off plan things. I know why the non-dieter group thinks it's excellent eats. I would be tempted to back out of tonight's dinner except I don't want to let this diet drive me to that. I was hoping they would have chosen a steak place like last year, or a seafood place. Oh well, it will work one way or another.

Hmmmmm... That's tough. Is there anything on the appetizer menu that would work? I'll sometimes order mussels in tomato sauce, or very light on the olive oil, along with a salad. Even a shrimp cocktail with a salad could work. Even when I'm not on a diet I'll often just order two appetizers off the menu and leave it at that. My DH, who has no need of losing *any* weight often does the same thing. Not everyone likes a heavy pasta dish with rich sauces.

You may even want to call ahead and explain that you're going to be with a group for dinner and are on a very restrictive diet and would like to discuss whether there are menu items that you would be able to eat. It may help to give them some advance notice, and you may find some options that were not apparent.

Either way, I'd go to the restaurant prepared so you could discretely munch on some OP items just in case ... I'll often carry a bar in my purse for emergencies.

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 02:56 PM
Darn!!! Susan didn't you tell him I was expecting you????

No Americans are not silly taking pictures. Every time I see the masses of bison I am amazed. I want to take a winter picture but didn't so far because I don't want to pull to the side of the highway with the winter driving conditions.
I am curious as heck now as to where you are going. Likely New England which I just love as I am originally from Nova Scotia. Actually I think I will take a scoot down there when I go back east this summer.
Snow is not a priority for me!

awww i wasn't ribbing YOU...i was just saying that "I" am one of THOSE...people who locals INSTANTLY SAY...there's another one of those blessed ole tourists with a camera taking photos of EVERYTHING!!!! hahaha i don't just take A photos i take 1000!!! hahahah

they say 1 photo is worth a thousand words and i say 1000 photos are worth a lifetime of memories!! hahaha

i LOVE LOVE LOVE nova scotia and pei. i would move to pei today!!! i hope i am lucky enough to get back there one day!!

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 03:05 PM
Hmmm.... I'd bet on one of these:



Any other draw to any of them?

i had originally thought north dakota as its the only state that "I" have not been to of the lower 48....(alaska and hawaii are the other 2)
but the closest place in ND is OVER the 20 hours to drive there.

south dakota is right at 20 hours and a few minutes...so...???

i do remember him saying some time back, when i was doing christmas shopping online...and lamenting the dislike of having to go to the mall for anything!!....he said, one day i'm going to take you to the biggest mall in america and take u shopping!! hahaha and the mall of america is in minn. he LOVES to shop....me i hate to shop!! hahaha

shopping at the mall of america would NOT be my idea of christmas fun!! hahahaha

so i'm still stumped...i hope i get another clue in the morning!!!!

bubbleblower
12-11-2012, 03:31 PM
he said, one day i'm going to take you to the biggest mall in america and take u shopping!! hahaha and the mall of america is in minn. he LOVES to shop....me i hate to shop!! hahaha

shopping at the mall of america would NOT be my idea of christmas fun!! hahahaha

uh oh ...:o

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 03:43 PM
uh oh ...:o

hahaha i know right??!!!!!!:p i'm so bad!! oooh lord, now i am worrying that it is minneapolis!! hahahaha

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 03:50 PM
barb...maybe you can have this for dessert!!
Le Whaf
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/kitchen-gadget-turns-flavor-vapor-150358292--abc-news-Recipes.html

WingnutandMe
12-11-2012, 08:46 PM
Hi, all

Just a quick drop in to say hi to my fellow 50+ers.

Can't wait to see where Rainbow is going to be going for Christmas. From what I've seen it's quite white up at our place in Michigan. Next year good chance we'll be there in the winter.

Halfagain, hope your dinner turned out okay tonight. Preparation is the key to success on this plan.

Have a great evening, all.

Molly

lisa32989
12-11-2012, 09:51 PM
i had originally thought north dakota as its the only state that "I" have not been to of the lower 48....(alaska and hawaii are the other 2)
but the closest place in ND is OVER the 20 hours to drive there.

south dakota is right at 20 hours and a few minutes...so...???

i do remember him saying some time back, when i was doing christmas shopping online...and lamenting the dislike of having to go to the mall for anything!!....he said, one day i'm going to take you to the biggest mall in america and take u shopping!! hahaha and the mall of america is in minn. he LOVES to shop....me i hate to shop!! hahaha

shopping at the mall of america would NOT be my idea of christmas fun!! hahahaha

so i'm still stumped...i hope i get another clue in the morning!!!!

Oh look! someone else who dislikes shopping! That would NOT be my idea of any kind of fun on any kind of day. This time of year, I guess I'm a shopping Grinch. A shopping Grinch and a snow Grinch (what can I say? I like the big, Green Guy!). At least I'm listening to my share of Christmas music and did a little decorating!
But hubby knows that about you, right? The not liking to shop? He wouldn't, would he?

rainbowsmiles
12-11-2012, 10:20 PM
Oh look! someone else who dislikes shopping! That would NOT be my idea of any kind of fun on any kind of day. This time of year, I guess I'm a shopping Grinch. A shopping Grinch and a snow Grinch (what can I say? I like the big, Green Guy!). At least I'm listening to my share of Christmas music and did a little decorating!
But hubby knows that about you, right? The not liking to shop? He wouldn't, would he?

hahahaha i sure hope he wouldn't!!! he KNOWS i hate shopping!!!

shoot...he is the primper in the family!! he takes longer to get ready than i do!! hahaha its the british proper in him!! he likes shopping too!! i call him "fonzie" cause he can't pass a mirror without looking in and pulling that comb out his back pocket!!! hahahaha

i love his self confidence and wish i had some!!

me i go off without a purse and without makeup and without a brush!! haha i'm just au natural!!! thank goodness he loves me that way!! but he does like it when i wear the red lipstick!! hahaha i NEVER wore red lipstick growing up!! never!! not until i met him later in life!! :)

it took me several years just to get the confidence to wear red lipstick. sad huh! haha now, i am getting used to it, its not my favorite, i like pink, but i wear it because he likes it!!

i hope it not to the mall of america!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Halfagain
12-12-2012, 12:43 AM
:-) Well thanks or the vibes and support with my fussing over menus. Dinner went without a hitch - they had salmon and were happy to leave off the cream sauce - though it was petty saucy with I am not sure what exactly, but it tasted good. They serve family style, sized for two or four. I was glad I spoke up when they went to order (one person ordered for everyone - as it was a share thing) and said I needed to order the salmon. They got two shared appetizers, and 4 meal items (all huge bowls of pasta or cheese/cream heavy items). I got lots of "kudos" for sticking to plan. It felt a bit awkward for a while, but I think it worked out okay. Someone ended up having some of the salmon with me, and a couple wanted to share the side of broccoli - but I ended up bringing some salmon home with me for tomorrow and a big plate of spaghetti for my DH.

It was a very nice visit and dinner. I was the only one not feeling the carbs afterwards. :)

Halfagain
12-12-2012, 01:01 AM
barb...maybe you can have this for dessert!!
Le Whaf
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/kitchen-gadget-turns-flavor-vapor-150358292--abc-news-Recipes.html
LOL that's amazing.. though somehow would seem not the same without the textures or temperatures. Not sure I'd love it, but it would be fun.

patns
12-12-2012, 01:33 AM
edit....scratch mass and new hamp....i forgot we flew into boston and drove to PEi and went right through those!!! the list is getting smaller!!!!!!!!!!!

You drove to PEI??? That was a quite a trip. Did you go through Nova Scotia too?
Oh I just read on and see you did get to Nova Scotia. I am biased as I grew up there but think it is one of the most beautiful places.

Maybe I can convince you and hubby to come north west. You for bison viewing and let him know that the largest mall in North America is actually in the West Edmonton Mall. That one and the Mall of America are owned by the same family.
Well soon you should know where you are headed, I hope you don't burst from curiosity before then (and us too).

lisa32989
12-12-2012, 07:48 AM
hahahaha i sure hope he wouldn't!!! he KNOWS i hate shopping!!!

shoot...he is the primper in the family!! he takes longer to get ready than i do!! hahaha its the british proper in him!! he likes shopping too!! i call him "fonzie" cause he can't pass a mirror without looking in and pulling that comb out his back pocket!!! hahahaha

i love his self confidence and wish i had some!!

me i go off without a purse and without makeup and without a brush!! haha i'm just au natural!!! thank goodness he loves me that way!! but he does like it when i wear the red lipstick!! hahaha i NEVER wore red lipstick growing up!! never!! not until i met him later in life!! :)

it took me several years just to get the confidence to wear red lipstick. sad huh! haha now, i am getting used to it, its not my favorite, i like pink, but i wear it because he likes it!!

i hope it not to the mall of america!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You'll definitely want to drop that hint...what not to do...

evepet
12-12-2012, 10:57 AM
Oh look! someone else who dislikes shopping! That would NOT be my idea of any kind of fun on any kind of day. This time of year, I guess I'm a shopping Grinch. A shopping Grinch and a snow Grinch (what can I say? I like the big, Green Guy!). At least I'm listening to my share of Christmas music and did a little decorating!
But hubby knows that about you, right? The not liking to shop? He wouldn't, would he?

I definitely have to be in the right mood to shop, and that mood doesn't hit often. :) I was thrilled to be able to handle most of my Christmas shopping online this year. That's my kind of shopping.

:-) Well thanks or the vibes and support with my fussing over menus. Dinner went without a hitch - they had salmon and were happy to leave off the cream sauce - though it was petty saucy with I am not sure what exactly, but it tasted good. They serve family style, sized for two or four. I was glad I spoke up when they went to order (one person ordered for everyone - as it was a share thing) and said I needed to order the salmon. They got two shared appetizers, and 4 meal items (all huge bowls of pasta or cheese/cream heavy items). I got lots of "kudos" for sticking to plan. It felt a bit awkward for a while, but I think it worked out okay. Someone ended up having some of the salmon with me, and a couple wanted to share the side of broccoli - but I ended up bringing some salmon home with me for tomorrow and a big plate of spaghetti for my DH.

It was a very nice visit and dinner. I was the only one not feeling the carbs afterwards. :)

I've been reading of your planning your Christmas dinner evening. Sounds like all went well. The salmon sounds delicious. Kudos to you for sticking firmly OP. :hug:

hahahaha i sure hope he wouldn't!!! he KNOWS i hate shopping!!!

shoot...he is the primper in the family!! he takes longer to get ready than i do!! hahaha its the british proper in him!! he likes shopping too!! i call him "fonzie" cause he can't pass a mirror without looking in and pulling that comb out his back pocket!!! hahahaha

i love his self confidence and wish i had some!!

me i go off without a purse and without makeup and without a brush!! haha i'm just au natural!!! thank goodness he loves me that way!! but he does like it when i wear the red lipstick!! hahaha i NEVER wore red lipstick growing up!! never!! not until i met him later in life!! :)

it took me several years just to get the confidence to wear red lipstick. sad huh! haha now, i am getting used to it, its not my favorite, i like pink, but i wear it because he likes it!!

i hope it not to the mall of america!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shopping just isn't my idea of fun either - especially on Christmas Day. Better do some careful 'hinting'. LOL.

-----------------------------

Hi everyone. I've been checking the posts occasionally the past couple of days but not posting much. Still under the weather, and just not feeling very 'social'. Mostly sleeping, resting, and eating.

Speaking of eating... today's WI has me at 157.4lbs - which is -2lbs from a few days ago. ( I believe it was Sunday when I got a 159.5 on the scale.). My appetite is completely shot with this flu/cold, and it's a struggle to make myself eat, but I'm keeping on track fairly well. I have pain and cold meds that don't contain sugar, so that was ok. Lots of water, hot herbal teas, etc., and a focus on veggies that contain a high level of Vit C. I'm also finding my chicken noodle soup was somehow more palatable than the other more creamy ones. Back to Vit C in veggies again, who knew green peppers and jicama were so good for Vit C? Add in the juice of a lime, and a cup both of spinach & asparagus and I'm well over the RDI. Plus I have these packages of True Lemon, which is 100% pure crystallized lemon (it's a 0/0/0 'addition' as per OP) and each packet contains 25% RDI of Vit C. A useful thing to have around during cold and flu season. I like the fact that I'm upping my Vit C intake to attack the germs through the use of natural foods, rather than a supplement.

Being sick has no doubt helped to facilitate some of this, but since I have been able to continue eating pretty well OP, it's also confirming that my 'Temporary to P3' experiment of a couple of weeks ago has somehow helped me lose about -6 lbs within 3 weeks again. That definitely was the right thing for me to do. It's also reinforced the belief in me that it's ok now to move on to P3 and phase out for next two weeks - so that's what I've decided to do. I'm currently at the weight at my Dr. recommended when I saw her this past August. At our family Christmas get together on Dec 27th, I'll be beginning maintenance. I'll get some maintenance experience under my belt, see how I feel, etc., and if I find I want to get down to a lower weight still in 2013 then I'll go back for another month or so on P1 again.

Cheers to everyone. I hope you all have a happy, great day. :)

Yesmyqueen
12-12-2012, 11:07 AM
:-) Well thanks or the vibes and support with my fussing over menus. Dinner went without a hitch - they had salmon and were happy to leave off the cream sauce - though it was petty saucy with I am not sure what exactly, but it tasted good. They serve family style, sized for two or four. I was glad I spoke up when they went to order (one person ordered for everyone - as it was a share thing) and said I needed to order the salmon. They got two shared appetizers, and 4 meal items (all huge bowls of pasta or cheese/cream heavy items). I got lots of "kudos" for sticking to plan. It felt a bit awkward for a while, but I think it worked out okay. Someone ended up having some of the salmon with me, and a couple wanted to share the side of broccoli - but I ended up bringing some salmon home with me for tomorrow and a big plate of spaghetti for my DH.

It was a very nice visit and dinner. I was the only one not feeling the carbs afterwards. :)

Great job staying on plan! Most of the time it's not hard but every now and then I've had to really talk to myself, but so far nothing terribly bad.

Rainbow your so funny, and you have all of us on the edge of our seat, where you actually get to go, what a wonderful DH.

Well I have had a long Tom and very strange emotions, WI is tommrow and I have no idea if its going to be flat or good, oh well as long as not up!

Wishing everyone a great day! Teena

greeniris
12-12-2012, 12:37 PM
:wave:Just popping in to say a quick HI ALL:wave:

Have been crazy busy and stressed (work related). I begin Maintenance on Saturday :D Will make that evening my 'free' meal (not gonna do a whole day right off the bat), then free days on Christmas Day & again on the 28th (Christmas with my son & his family). P1 days after each, then who knows when the next free day will be...will see how I handle these 3 first.

Back to work...Have a great day!

Lizzy63
12-12-2012, 12:47 PM
Hi, all - Another one that dislikes (to put it mildly) shopping here! Why do all men think all women like shopping???

I will even order multiple sizes of things online, if I'm not sure what will fit, and send back whatever doesn't work - just so I don't have to go shopping! With this diet, the delivery people have been very busy at my house.

Halfagain - You're doing great - sounds like you handled the dinner well.

Evepet - Sorry you're not feeling well. You may find that you still lose on phase 3. I lost at 3+ pounds in that 2 week period. Looking forward to seeing you on the maintainers thread too!

Greeniris - We're in it together - on day 3 of maintenance today. Basically doing phase 3, with "additions." 1/4 cup of pecans or a piece of cheese with lunch or for a snack, or a small sweet potato or other carb with dinner. So far so good! If I find I'm gaining at end of week, I'll review my calories in MFP and adjust down next week.

rainbowsmiles
12-12-2012, 01:54 PM
OK.....this new clue just doesn't make much sense for a clue!!!
here is what was on a piece of paper...taped to my desk chair...

O my Darling, Who knew the road from Brighton would lead to Charleston and I would marry the Darling Princess of my Dreams!

May All your Winter Snow wishes come true, And I'm Sure they will, for Darling, not everything is as it seems!

:-) Well thanks or the vibes and support with my fussing over menus. Dinner went without a hitch - they had salmon and were happy to leave off the cream sauce - though it was petty saucy with I am not sure what exactly, but it tasted good. They serve family style, sized for two or four. I was glad I spoke up when they went to order (one person ordered for everyone - as it was a share thing) and said I needed to order the salmon. They got two shared appetizers, and 4 meal items (all huge bowls of pasta or cheese/cream heavy items). I got lots of "kudos" for sticking to plan. It felt a bit awkward for a while, but I think it worked out okay. Someone ended up having some of the salmon with me, and a couple wanted to share the side of broccoli - but I ended up bringing some salmon home with me for tomorrow and a big plate of spaghetti for my DH.

It was a very nice visit and dinner. I was the only one not feeling the carbs afterwards. :)

ooooh YOU DID EXCELLENT!!!!! well done!! so proud of you for sticking to you plan!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

You drove to PEI??? That was a quite a trip. Did you go through Nova Scotia too?
Oh I just read on and see you did get to Nova Scotia. I am biased as I grew up there but think it is one of the most beautiful places.

Maybe I can convince you and hubby to come north west. You for bison viewing and let him know that the largest mall in North America is actually in the West Edmonton Mall. That one and the Mall of America are owned by the same family.
Well soon you should know where you are headed, I hope you don't burst from curiosity before then (and us too).

yes, we drive from Boston through Maine to PEI and it was a fabulous trip. I have been an Anne of Green Gables Fan for my entire life...I played "Anne" in my high school play!! and my life can so relate to hers!! so we went on a trip to see the Green Gables House and tour the island! I love love love PEI!! I truly enjoyed Maine too and saw my first ever Moose...in the distance....the very very far distance...so far that DH says it wasn't a moose but i say it was!! hahaha

yeah...the curiosity is driving me insane!! i love to plan plan plan. i found a coat on ebay and hope it gets here in time!! haha i don't even own a winter coat!!

so last night i said, how am i supposed to pack to go some place i don't even know i am going! he said just pack all warm clothes!! and no flip flops! hahahhaa i LIVE in my flip flops!!
he said make sure you pack gloves, scarves, hats, a coat, warm socks and your rubber wellies! and take your binoculars! ok is that a clue???

arghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! so i was chatting with my daughter and she scolded me and said, stop trying to ruin your surprise!! haha just go with it!! and i told her easy for her to say because she wasn't the one being surprised!!

don't get me wrong, i love surprises....i just like being in the "know" too!! hahaha

You'll definitely want to drop that hint...what not to do...

its too late....if its minn. it will have to be minn!! and i will shop with pride!! bt i hope its not shopping! hhaha

I definitely have to be in the right mood to shop, and that mood doesn't hit often. :) I was thrilled to be able to handle most of my Christmas shopping online this year. That's my kind of shopping.
Shopping just isn't my idea of fun either - especially on Christmas Day. Better do some careful 'hinting'. LOL.

-----------------------------

Hi everyone. I've been checking the posts occasionally the past couple of days but not posting much. Still under the weather, and just not feeling very 'social'. Mostly sleeping, resting, and eating.

Speaking of eating... today's WI has me at 157.4lbs - which is -2lbs from a few days ago. ( I believe it was Sunday when I got a 159.5 on the scale.). My appetite is completely shot with this flu/cold, and it's a struggle to make myself eat, but I'm keeping on track fairly well. I have pain and cold meds that don't contain sugar, so that was ok. Lots of water, hot herbal teas, etc., and a focus on veggies that contain a high level of Vit C. I'm also finding my chicken noodle soup was somehow more palatable than the other more creamy ones. Back to Vit C in veggies again, who knew 8 spears of asparagus contain 62% of the RDI for Vit C? Also a cup of jicama contain 40%. Throw in the juice of a lime, and a cup of spinach and I'm well over the RDI.

Being sick has no doubt helped to facilitate some of this, but since I have been able to continue eating pretty well OP, it's also confirming that my 'Temporary to P3' experiment of a couple of weeks ago has somehow helped me lose about -6 lbs within 3 weeks again. That definitely was the right thing for me to do. It's also reinforced the belief in me that it's ok now to move on to P3 and phase out for next two weeks - so that's what I've decided to do. I'm currently at the weight at my Dr. recommended when I saw her this past August. At our family Christmas get together on Dec 27th, I'll be beginning maintenance. I'll get some maintenance experience under my belt, see how I feel, etc., and if I find I want to get down to a lower weight still in 2013 then I'll go back for another month or so on P1 again.

Cheers to everyone. I hope you all have a happy, great day. :)

i'm sorry you have not been well...good for you to keep drinking your liquids and i love the chicken noodle soup!! every order contains at least 1 box of chicken noodle soup and 1 box of grape drink!! my 2 favs!!
i never knew those veggies has so much vit c!! good to know!!

aaah you have done so well!! and now you will be moving into a new and exciting phase!!! woohoo!!!



Rainbow your so funny, and you have all of us on the edge of our seat, where you actually get to go, what a wonderful DH.

Wishing everyone a great day! Teena

he has me on the edge of my seat too!!! hahahaha

:wave:Just popping in to say a quick HI ALL:wave:

Have been crazy busy and stressed (work related). I begin Maintenance on Saturday :D Will make that evening my 'free' meal (not gonna do a whole day right off the bat), then free days on Christmas Day & again on the 28th (Christmas with my son & his family). P1 days after each, then who knows when the next free day will be...will see how I handle these 3 first.

Back to work...Have a great day!
:wave: hi greeniris!! so glad you popped in i've been missing you!!!! Its wonderful to see and follow someone who has 100% success with this plan!!! you have done outstanding!!!

Hi, all - Another one that dislikes (to put it mildly) shopping here! Why do all men think all women like shopping???

I will even order multiple sizes of things online, if I'm not sure what will fit, and send back whatever doesn't work - just so I don't have to go shopping! With this diet, the delivery people have been very busy at my house.



yeah i dont know why that is an assumption either...seeing as several ladies here don't like shopping either!! you guys make me feel good about not liking to shop!! hahaha :hug::hug:

OOOOO MISS DANA.....MISSING YOU!!!!!!!:hug::hug:

rainbowsmiles
12-12-2012, 05:01 PM
hope everyone is having a good day!!!

WingnutandMe
12-12-2012, 05:57 PM
hope everyone is having a good day!!!

Hi Rainbow,

Just finished going back to the start of the clues and reading them to dh. He's fascinated as he's more of an analyst than I am and I make my living doing it.

BTW, compliment Nigel on the last clue. dh was impressed and said give him a thumbs up. Very well crafted.

So, what does Brighton have to do with it? Or is that where he's from and is just talking about being so lucky your paths crossed and he found you? There is a Brighton in Michigan (we pass it every trip), but you say you've been to Michigan.

hahahaha, dh has Mapquest up right now. he's really loving this.

Keep us posted.

Molly

WingnutandMe
12-12-2012, 06:04 PM
:wave:Just popping in to say a quick HI ALL:wave:

Have been crazy busy and stressed (work related). I begin Maintenance on Saturday :D Will make that evening my 'free' meal (not gonna do a whole day right off the bat), then free days on Christmas Day & again on the 28th (Christmas with my son & his family). P1 days after each, then who knows when the next free day will be...will see how I handle these 3 first.

Back to work...Have a great day!

Good luck on maintenance. I'll have to catch up with you this spring and find out all about maintenance. That should be about when I'm starting.

BTW, saw your picture on the what are you wearing thread. Wow, you look fabulous.

Enjoy.

Molly

rainbowsmiles
12-12-2012, 06:09 PM
Hi Rainbow,

Just finished going back to the start of the clues and reading them to dh. He's fascinated as he's more of an analyst than I am and I make my living doing it.

BTW, compliment Nigel on the last clue. dh was impressed and said give him a thumbs up. Very well crafted.

So, what does Brighton have to do with it? Or is that where he's from and is just talking about being so lucky your paths crossed and he found you? There is a Brighton in Michigan (we pass it every trip), but you say you've been to Michigan.

hahahaha, dh has Mapquest up right now. he's really loving this.

Keep us posted.

Molly

yep he is from brighton! Brighton England!!
and yes we have been to michigan!

evepet
12-12-2012, 07:13 PM
[QUOTE=rainbowsmiles;4555012]
i'm sorry you have not been well...good for you to keep drinking your liquids and i love the chicken noodle soup!! every order contains at least 1 box of chicken noodle soup and 1 box of grape drink!! my 2 favs!!
i never knew those veggies has so much vit c!! good to know!!

aaah you have done so well!! and now you will be moving into a new and exciting phase!!! woohoo!!!


Realized I made an error in my earlier post - I'd checked the various veg I have on supply at nutritiondata.com, but must have misread. Thought I'd clarify here, as I don't want to mislead anyone. Asparagus isn't that high in Vit C. But jicama and green pepper are powerhouses. I/2 cup of chopped raw green pepper alone gives 100% of the daily RDI. And 1/2 cup of jicama gives 22%. Juice of one lime gives about 20%.

WingnutandMe
12-12-2012, 07:37 PM
Realized I made an error in my earlier post - I'd checked the various veg I have on supply at nutritiondata.com, but must have misread. Thought I'd clarify here, as I don't want to mislead anyone. Asparagus isn't that high in Vit C. But jicama and green pepper are powerhouses. I/2 cup of chopped raw green pepper alone gives 100% of the daily RDI. And 1/2 cup of jicama gives 22%. Juice of one lime gives about 20%.

WOW. No wonder I've stayed healthy this last year. My easy go to lunch is peppers sliced and salted. Almost four times the RDI.

Molly