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wuv2bloved
12-15-2012, 08:06 PM
We are almost to 500 post so I am going to go ahead and start a new thread. I don't get to spend as much time on here as I used too since I picked up a second job for the holidays. I do catch up when I can, seems like everyone is doing well and a lot of you are at your halfway marks which is outstanding. Very proud of each and everyone of you.

Christmas is just around the corner then we only have New Years left then no more holiday's for a while. Lets try, no wait.....lets STAY on program for the holiday's. This is going to be a first at New Year's to NOT say I wanna lose weight this year. I will be maintaining this New Year, which will be a battle in itself but I KNOW if I can do this for 19 months this way that I CAN and WILL do this for the rest of my life. I KNOW I am NOT going to go back to where I was no matter what.

We have a very strong support group that has become an extended family for many of us. Its great to know that we are only a click away from getting help whenever we need it. I promise to try to be around more, I will do my best!


mompattie
12-15-2012, 09:44 PM
wuv you inspire me on a daily basis. And you're in my head girlfriend!!!

Lisa. I am scared to death of failing. Everyday. Sometimes it consumes me and I think everyone is secretly thinking I'll fail. Just like all the other times before. LE sigh.

Starshine
12-15-2012, 10:22 PM
Christmas is just around the corner then we only have New Years left then no more holiday's for a while. Lets try, no wait.....lets STAY on program for the holiday's. This is going to be a first at New Year's to NOT say I wanna lose weight this year. I will be maintaining this New Year, which will be a battle in itself but I KNOW if I can do this for 19 months this way that I CAN and WILL do this for the rest of my life. I KNOW I am NOT going to go back to where I was no matter what.

We have a very strong support group that has become an extended family for many of us. Its great to know that we are only a click away from getting help whenever we need it. I promise to try to be around more, I will do my best!

Ah yes, you are inspiring, Wuv! I will stay 100% through the holidays and as long as I can! I will not get back to what I was before IP. No way! :)

wuv you inspire me on a daily basis. And you're in my head girlfriend!!!

Lisa. I am scared to death of failing. Everyday. Sometimes it consumes me and I think everyone is secretly thinking I'll fail. Just like all the other times before. LE sigh.

Oh, mompattie, I most definitely don't think you'll fail! You've come so far! And you too are inspiring! But yes, it is hard, and the thought of failing is terrifying. IP has been so easy for me (past the first month or so), and I just hope I can do maintenance the same way.


Halfagain
12-15-2012, 10:50 PM
.....lets STAY on program for the holiday's. This is going to be a first at New Year's to NOT say I wanna lose weight this year. I will be maintaining this New Year, which will be a battle in itself but I KNOW if I can do this for 19 months this way that I CAN and WILL do this for the rest of my life. I KNOW I am NOT going to go back to where I was no matter what.

We have a very strong support group that has become an extended family for many of us. Its great to know that we are only a click away from getting help whenever we need it. I promise to try to be around more, I will do my best!

You inspire so many here Wuv. You inspire me. I'm proud of you, and I know you will be rocking maintenance when I get there (I can't wait to hear your stories when I get to reading the maintenance threads). Enjoy your holidays! For my holiday season treat - I've been adding a touch of sugar free gingerbread syrups to my vanilla shakes (I'm one wild and crazy gal!)

wuv you inspire me on a daily basis. And you're in my head girlfriend!!!

Lisa. I am scared to death of failing. Everyday. Sometimes it consumes me and I think everyone is secretly thinking I'll fail. Just like all the other times before. LE sigh.

Mompattie, no way are you going to fail. You are in control. I have no doubts you will succeed. Look how far you have come! You got this.

MonicaKolesnik
12-15-2012, 10:57 PM
I have been trying my hardest to see the accomplishment in what I am doing. Physically it is easy (meaning not hurting myself with exercising the weight off) and because of that it scares me for maintenance. I will need more activity, exercise, toning and much much more to be able to keep the weight from coming back and then getting my body where I want it to be. I wish sometimes that IP would also allow me to do more physically so I could build up the habits now. Things will not change in a day, and food was not my only problem and it worries me once the plan part is gone the cravings and hunger will be to much. Glad to know I am not the only one. :hug:

lisa32989
12-15-2012, 11:05 PM
For those who missed my post about my fears in the previous 100% thread, it is here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4557546-post492.html)
I really appreciate the comments from those of you making me feel not-so-alone!

Patti: We are all with you. Together we can do what we can't do alone and we won't ALL fail! Stick with all the winners!

BTW: The clothes are all boxed and bagged (going to 3 different places). Feel fear, face fear, move on thru & DON'T EAT OVER IT!

I have been trying my hardest to see the accomplishment in what I am doing. Physically it is easy (meaning not hurting myself with exercising the weight off) and because of that it scares me for maintenance. I will need more activity, exercise, toning and much much more to be able to keep the weight from coming back and then getting my body where I want it to be. I wish sometimes that IP would also allow me to do more physically so I could build up the habits now. Things will not change in a day, and food was not my only problem and it worries me once the plan part is gone the cravings and hunger will be to much. Glad to know I am not the only one. :hug:
IP actually only restricts exercise the first few weeks. We're allowed to exercise, we just need to start slow, which any of us out-of-shape messes (oops! Sorry! Should just speak for myself) should do anyway.....start slow....

MonicaKolesnik
12-15-2012, 11:31 PM
For those who missed my post about my fears in the previous 100% thread, it is here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4557546-post492.html)
I really appreciate the comments from those of you making me feel not-so-alone!

Patti: We are all with you. Together we can do what we can't do alone and we won't ALL fail! Stick with all the winners!

BTW: The clothes are all boxed and bagged (going to 3 different places). Feel fear, face fear, move on thru & DON'T EAT OVER IT!


IP actually only restricts exercise the first few weeks. We're allowed to exercise, we just need to start slow, which any of us out-of-shape messes (oops! Sorry! Should just speak for myself) should do anyway.....start slow....

Before IP I use to take my dogs on 2-3hr hikes in the hills 3 or more times a week (only spring, summer, and fall damn Saskatchewan winters..) That will not work on IP because 1 extra pack will not make up the deficit of calories burned. That is why I am hoping to be at goal by the time it is nice weather here. ( haha maybe by may....brr....) I have started adding in stretching yoga routine on the wii starting slow. I love that it easy but for me it is weird because if it comes easy it is like I did not earn it. :dizzy: I am hard on myself as always I know. But I am sure I am not the only one.

scorbett1103
12-15-2012, 11:41 PM
Before IP I use to take my dogs on 2-3hr hikes in the hills 3 or more times a week (only spring, summer, and fall damn Saskatchewan winters..) That will not work on IP because 1 extra pack will not make up the deficit of calories burned. That is why I am hoping to be at goal by the time it is nice weather here. ( haha maybe by may....brr....) I have started adding in stretching yoga routine on the wii starting slow. I love that it easy but for me it is weird because if it comes easy it is like I did not earn it. :dizzy: I am hard on myself as always I know. But I am sure I am not the only one.

It's funny you should say that. I had posted my progress pictures on facebook and got a LOT of questions about what i was doing to lose the weight. Every time I found myself hesitating to respond - because IP is SO "easy" in terms of no working out, and meal planning around packets, I thought people might downplay my success as being "too easy".

But the truth is that's ALL coming from ME. Maybe it's a defense mechanism that goes along with fear of failure - I'm afraid of failure so if I DO fail, I can say the diet was too easy and I failed because I didn't really work for it.

How untrue is THAT statement???? I may not be sweating at the gym, but I have sweat through temptation after temptation, and conquered every one. I have stepped out of my food comfort zone and learned to love veggies I had never tried before. I HAVE worked - it may be more INTERNAL than EXTERNAL work, but it's still tough and still WORTH SOMETHING. We need to dismiss the LIE that just because this is a fast weight loss, that our efforts aren't worth as much.

Halfagain
12-16-2012, 12:29 AM
For those who missed my post about my fears in the previous 100% thread, it is here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4557546-post492.html)
I really appreciate the comments from those of you making me feel not-so-alone!

I hear you Lisa. I have been there too, about about 10 years ago too. It was not 100 lbs then it was 80 something, but I had not started as large as I did this time. Like you described, I had given away my large size cloths and then proceeded to gain back the weight over the years. I have learned from that experience, and while I'd be a fool to think maintenance will be smooth and easy, I am determined.

We have talked about being ready to even begin a weight loss plan and how each of us find our own determination and willingness to do what needs to be done. Nobody can turn on a switch for us, and get us in that mindset (much as we'd like to help family, friends, others get motivated for whatever would help them). I know what has happened in my past, but that does not define my future. We need to know we are worth it. I feel it. I've heard the passion in your emails (and many folks here as well) about staying on plan - and having determination. I see no reason that this determination will just go away when we get to goal - if we don't just let go of the resolve. I relaxed my guard last time - I won't make that mistake again :) I know you have it in you to hold onto your resolve as well. I do understand the concern - and I know I'm not Wonder Woman, but I have faith, experience, understanding, determination, and support here. Besides if I really didn't think I could maintain I'd be in fear of even trying - I'm not trying anymore - I'm doing.

I'm feeling so much better physically and I have another ~60 lbs to go. It's exciting to think about the future. I'm looking forward to exercising starting in the new year and building up my endurance slowly of course. I really am a couch potato right now, but back in the day I used to do daily YMCA workouts etc. This is going to be great!

Beck81
12-16-2012, 01:55 AM
Lisa, I know what you are feeling. I too am scared to death of maintenance. My biggest loss before was 60 lbs and I was at my heaviest before I started IP. It has been quite awhile since I have dieted because you feel like such a failure when you gain the weight back. BUT I really understand now that carbs are the culprit and I need to stay away from them. I am not ready to phase off yet and won't until after the Holidays so I can avoid the temptations even if I continue to lose. I have never been this thin in my adult life and I am loving it so I have to stay this way. This forum helps so much and we have to stay on here for years to come! Good luck everyone!

MonicaKolesnik
12-16-2012, 08:46 AM
It's funny you should say that. I had posted my progress pictures on facebook and got a LOT of questions about what i was doing to lose the weight. Every time I found myself hesitating to respond - because IP is SO "easy" in terms of no working out, and meal planning around packets, I thought people might downplay my success as being "too easy".

But the truth is that's ALL coming from ME. Maybe it's a defense mechanism that goes along with fear of failure - I'm afraid of failure so if I DO fail, I can say the diet was too easy and I failed because I didn't really work for it.

How untrue is THAT statement???? I may not be sweating at the gym, but I have sweat through temptation after temptation, and conquered every one. I have stepped out of my food comfort zone and learned to love veggies I had never tried before. I HAVE worked - it may be more INTERNAL than EXTERNAL work, but it's still tough and still WORTH SOMETHING. We need to dismiss the LIE that just because this is a fast weight loss, that our efforts aren't worth as much.

Scorbett I just wanted to say I love the way you put things. I have a problem verbalizing my feelings in small concise sentences, which is a little funny cause in person I am quiet the talker who shares almost anything with anybody and is known to say it like it is, but you really have a great way of getting what you mean across and I for one appreciate it :) You are absolutely right that internally and mentally it was and is hard at times and We should not over look that. As Lisa said so well it may be my fear of failure using the ease of this diet as an excuse for later if I need it. Plus if it was really that easy wouldn't everyone be doing it? ;)

lisa32989
12-16-2012, 10:53 AM
I see no reason that this determination will just go away when we get to goal - if we don't just let go of the resolve. I relaxed my guard last time - I won't make that mistake again :) I know you have it in you to hold onto your resolve as well. I do understand the concern - and I know I'm not Wonder Woman, but I have faith, experience, understanding, determination, and support here. Besides if I really didn't think I could maintain I'd be in fear of even trying - I'm not trying anymore - I'm doing.

I'm feeling so much better physically and I have another ~60 lbs to go. It's exciting to think about the future. I'm looking forward to exercising starting in the new year and building up my endurance slowly of course. I really am a couch potato right now, but back in the day I used to do daily YMCA workouts etc. This is going to be great!
Hey! Me too! Doing! ~60 to go. Re-starting exercise in the new year. Used to be a daily gym work outer. Current couch potato. Not alone!!!!

Plus if it was really that easy wouldn't everyone be doing it? ;)
OMG. DH used to say this to me when I was working on my last degree (EdS in Ed Admin for any teachers in the room). It was quite the motivator!

rofl306
12-16-2012, 12:02 PM
Ditto for all that is said!

To me what feels different about this "diet" is that it feels to me like a lifestyle change. Eating around the carbs has become easier and easier after 20 wks. I don't want other people's fries or hamburger buns or potatoes. I am a bit worried about not letting it become an everyday thing but I think if I consider it weekend food things might be more manageable. This style of eating seems more probable for success than any other diet I have seen.

Lossing the weight, any amount of weight, is a success even when not at goal. Any gain back is a slip up and can be corrected quickly by returning to phase 1, it is not a failure!!

You are the BEST and most successful group of 'losers' I have ever chatted with. YOU are strong and YOU can do this!

:dust:

Cindy56
12-16-2012, 12:57 PM
I agree with those of you who worry a little about finishing IP. I, for one, cannot imagine going back to burgers and fries ever again. I'm not tempted at all by other people's food right now. (yes, IP does a great ob of curing cravings!) what scares me is that I will have a really difficult time adding carbs back into my diet and I want to be sure to be balanced in what I eat after IP because I am never, ever gaining this weight back. I am so grateful to all of you. I read these threads every day and you are all so inspirational. I am amazed how long you have all have done this plan with such fabulous results, but, mostly, i am impressed with how supportive and positive you are of and for one another! You all are truly a beautiful bunch. I just wanted to say Thank You because even though I haven't been on here long or posted much, I feel that I've benefitted so much from all of you. Whenever anyone asks me what I'm doing, I tell them all about IP, but I also tell them about this amazing 3fc forum. I can't imagine doing this alone without my virtual support group! Thanks again, all!

lisa32989
12-16-2012, 01:20 PM
I agree with those of you who worry a little about finishing IP. I, for one, cannot imagine going back to burgers and fries ever again. I'm not tempted at all by other people's food right now. (yes, IP does a great ob of curing cravings!) what scares me is that I will have a really difficult time adding carbs back into my diet and I want to be sure to be balanced in what I eat after IP because I am never, ever gaining this weight back. I am so grateful to all of you. I read these threads every day and you are all so inspirational. I am amazed how long you have all have done this plan with such fabulous results, but, mostly, i am impressed with how supportive and positive you are of and for one another! You all are truly a beautiful bunch. I just wanted to say Thank You because even though I haven't been on here long or posted much, I feel that I've benefitted so much from all of you. Whenever anyone asks me what I'm doing, I tell them all about IP, but I also tell them about this amazing 3fc forum. I can't imagine doing this alone without my virtual support group! Thanks again, all!
Cindy: I lurked for over a month on 3fc-IP before I started IP and before I said a word here. I learned SO MUCH so I think I "get" what you are saying. I stick with the inspirational folks.
There are people who don't come here anymore (or not much) because they don't want to see negativity (complaints about slow losses, repeated inquiries about how to tweak the diet to lose more, generally newbies who come in & don't read/learn first, and more...we even had someone who came in who it seemed WANTED to start controversy about our plan!).

It frustrates me, too and I'm glad there are others on 3fc-IP who have more patience than I, who can deal with these folks, as I am learning to leave them alone. But I can't leave here. I need this place right now. And I need all of you! Thanks for being here and thanks for being 100%. I needed to know it can be done without cheating :grouphug:

ragdoll74
12-16-2012, 02:00 PM
I'm terrified of losing control of my emotional eating again when I get in maintenance. I have a plan for maintenance, but what if I can't follow it? One of the reasons I have been 100% OP my entire time on IP, is that I have seen so many posts from people who try to restart IP and can't seem to stay OP. A common thread seems to be that it is easier the first time around.

I'm excited about my progress and need to try to have more faith that phase 4 will work for me as well as phase 1.

Starshine
12-16-2012, 07:18 PM
I see there are a lot of us who fear losing control again from emotional eating when we hit maintenance. I don't know how I'm going to deal with that to be honest. Right now, I stop myself before eating and realize, that's not what I really want, and then if a bit later, I still need some comfort, or something, I have some herbal tea.

On another note, I had a great loss this week. I wasn't expecting it, as I had a huge loss last week, and TOM hit this past week, and I just thought I would have my lowest loss yet. But no, my body was being nice to me. :) I lost 3.6 pounds last week. :dance::dance:

I think I'm going to lower my goal, but not for a few weeks. I just want to say that I have less than 10 pounds to go first, before I lower my goal by 5-10 pounds. :)

I can't believe the results I've had on this diet. To think that back in August I was wearing tight 22 Levis and now I'm in a size 12. And going from a 3x t-shirt to wearing a medium now. To me, IP is a miracle diet. I would have never believed I would be at this weight again, and I'm not stopping now.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Yesmyqueen
12-16-2012, 07:51 PM
Wow, I just caught up on reading all the posts since wuv started a new thread and I can't believe everything I have been reading, you guys must have been reading my mind, everything I have been worrying about and feeling you guys have been discussing and let me tell you I was having a couple of feeling out of control days, I managed to keep it together and I feel so much better after reading all your concerns are just like mine and YES!! We have each other here and we will still be here for one another lb by lb and epically in maintiance WE GOT THIS! Teena ps thank you all

KitKat169
12-16-2012, 09:49 PM
For those who missed my post about my fears in the previous 100% thread, it is here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4557546-post492.html)
I really appreciate the comments from those of you making me feel not-so-alone!

Patti: We are all with you. Together we can do what we can't do alone and we won't ALL fail! Stick with all the winners!

BTW: The clothes are all boxed and bagged (going to 3 different places). Feel fear, face fear, move on thru & DON'T EAT OVER IT!


IP actually only restricts exercise the first few weeks. We're allowed to exercise, we just need to start slow, which any of us out-of-shape messes (oops! Sorry! Should just speak for myself) should do anyway.....start slow....

I'm another one with fears of can I be successful in maintenance. I lost 75lbs before on a low glycemic self-managed diet then went through a series of life trials and gained 65lbs back before IP. So I've started talking about this to a few people:

My IP coach said that in maintenance I'm not doing anything different than now, its just a different menu. I will see her for support and accountability every month or two. I will weigh at home regularly and monitor my progress, I will continue to log my food diary on my iPad app. I will continue to vary my day to day intake, i.e. right now I do a few leaner proteins then mix it up by doing beef or lamb with a higher fat content for a couple days. My body seems to like the cycle. I will continue to eat the veggies that I have come to crave and even throw in a few new ones to the mix. I will continue to be conscience of my choices and not blindly eat. Yes I will also fall off the wagon once in a while (really once a week!) and then I will self correct the next day with back to Phase 1.


It's funny you should say that. I had posted my progress pictures on facebook and got a LOT of questions about what i was doing to lose the weight. Every time I found myself hesitating to respond - because IP is SO "easy" in terms of no working out, and meal planning around packets, I thought people might downplay my success as being "too easy".

But the truth is that's ALL coming from ME. Maybe it's a defense mechanism that goes along with fear of failure - I'm afraid of failure so if I DO fail, I can say the diet was too easy and I failed because I didn't really work for it.

How untrue is THAT statement???? I may not be sweating at the gym, but I have sweat through temptation after temptation, and conquered every one. I have stepped out of my food comfort zone and learned to love veggies I had never tried before. I HAVE worked - it may be more INTERNAL than EXTERNAL work, but it's still tough and still WORTH SOMETHING. We need to dismiss the LIE that just because this is a fast weight loss, that our efforts aren't worth as much.


My doctor was supportive too when I saw him Friday. I said "the easy part is almost over now the hard part begins". He said that nothing that I have done over the past year has been easy and I shouldn't downplay my effort. And having taken the time to relearn about my body and eating different, I am set up for future success - I just need to start believing and accepting it. I was the one that made choices to get me to where I am today. If it was easy, then everyone else would do the same.

I hear you Lisa. I have been there too, about about 10 years ago too. It was not 100 lbs then it was 80 something, but I had not started as large as I did this time. Like you described, I had given away my large size cloths and then proceeded to gain back the weight over the years. I have learned from that experience, and while I'd be a fool to think maintenance will be smooth and easy, I am determined.

We have talked about being ready to even begin a weight loss plan and how each of us find our own determination and willingness to do what needs to be done. Nobody can turn on a switch for us, and get us in that mindset (much as we'd like to help family, friends, others get motivated for whatever would help them). I know what has happened in my past, but that does not define my future. We need to know we are worth it. I feel it. I've heard the passion in your emails (and many folks here as well) about staying on plan - and having determination. I see no reason that this determination will just go away when we get to goal - if we don't just let go of the resolve. I relaxed my guard last time - I won't make that mistake again :) I know you have it in you to hold onto your resolve as well. I do understand the concern - and I know I'm not Wonder Woman, but I have faith, experience, understanding, determination, and support here. Besides if I really didn't think I could maintain I'd be in fear of even trying - I'm not trying anymore - I'm doing.

I'm feeling so much better physically and I have another ~60 lbs to go. It's exciting to think about the future. I'm looking forward to exercising starting in the new year and building up my endurance slowly of course. I really am a couch potato right now, but back in the day I used to do daily YMCA workouts etc. This is going to be great!

I'm terrified of losing control of my emotional eating again when I get in maintenance. I have a plan for maintenance, but what if I can't follow it? One of the reasons I have been 100% OP my entire time on IP, is that I have seen so many posts from people who try to restart IP and can't seem to stay OP. A common thread seems to be that it is easier the first time around.

I'm excited about my progress and need to try to have more faith that phase 4 will work for me as well as phase 1.

Hey first I have to say, love your name Ragdoll. I have two ragdolls of my own so maybe I'm a bit biased.

As for stopping and struggling to maintain OP after restarting, I can say that it is once again fully in our control. I phased off in Sept for a vacation, went more off track than I planned during the vacation but knew the day I got back was the day I was 100% back OP. Yes I have struggled with it in my mind but the important part is that I haven't given in. It was my choice to finish this journey and not give in to temptations - the same choices you make everyday that you stay OP. I'm glad you brought this up though because it is another reminder to me that I can be stronger than I think sometimes. My fears about being thinner than I have ever been in my adult life and most of my childhood are still fears to face but I can do this. You can do this.

All the talk about getting rid of clothes has me thinking again about my closet. I have separated out 4 garbage bags full and they are sitting in my basement waiting to be given away. I would have done it sooner but the normal drop off location for me has closed so I need to find the next closest one. They usually only take donations during the weekdays so it has been a challenge finding time to fit it in while working. I hadn't gone through my closet in a couple months though and not through the winter clothes so this morning while getting dressed, I spent a few extra minutes trying on and purging. I was quite pleased with my purge pile by the end of it so I had to take a picture. For perspective, my very large cat is sitting beside the pile and it is still twice his height! The items are in the washing machine now so I can bag them up.

KitKat169
12-16-2012, 09:53 PM
wuv you inspire me on a daily basis. And you're in my head girlfriend!!!

Lisa. I am scared to death of failing. Everyday. Sometimes it consumes me and I think everyone is secretly thinking I'll fail. Just like all the other times before. LE sigh.

Mompattie, I think you'll do better than you think now. I'm glad I will be a year plus on this journey because it has given me the time I need to deal with these emotions and to realize that I can do this. Give it time and just believe!

Also I found a couple brunch recipe ideas that may help you. I posted them under the recipe thread.

Fishette
12-16-2012, 09:54 PM
Love the cat, Kitkat. I haven't been able to have a cat since I married my very allergic husband 12 years ago. Give him a good scratch behind the ears for me. :p


I am not worried about maintenance. I know quite a few IPers in maintenance who have kept it off for over a year and still look fantastic. All but one, who freely admits that his cheat/fun day starts at 5pm Friday and goes until 8am Monday. Yeah ... I can see how that's just not gonna cut it...

KitKat169
12-17-2012, 12:10 AM
Love the cat, Kitkat. I haven't been able to have a cat since I married my very allergic husband 12 years ago. Give him a good scratch behind the ears for me. :p


I am not worried about maintenance. I know quite a few IPers in maintenance who have kept it off for over a year and still look fantastic. All but one, who freely admits that his cheat/fun day starts at 5pm Friday and goes until 8am Monday. Yeah ... I can see how that's just not gonna cut it...

My cat will appreciate the extra attention on your behalf.

I know one IP maintenainer too and she's doing well (my cousin who told me about the program to begin with). I have also started reading the maintenance threads on occassion and while there are challenges that come up, it sounds like most are doing well. It is just as encouraging to hear about those who have strayed by a few more than desired pounds but coming back for a re-boot to get themselves back in line before it gets too far out of control.

joysh
12-17-2012, 12:55 AM
Hi Everyone!

I haven't posed in a couple of weeks. I've been in the black hole of finals, grading, Christmas performances and parties, etc. etc. I even had my own party, but stayed OP 100%.

Tomorrow morning I fly up to Syracuse to see my newborn little grandson!

I'm nearing my goal. I'm going to move it to 130 from 135. I just need to lose a bit more to feel right. But I foresee reaching goal sometime mid-end of January. I agree, it's a little scary. But I'm just as determined to keep it off as I was to lose it. I agree with Wuv and all of you: we've come this far, we can continue. I'm going to follow whatever the maintenance protocol is. I really want this to be My Last Diet. Right now I'm excited about the prospect of maintenance, but also a little scared. But it's so wonderful to have this new body that I'm committed to keeping it!

Warm hellos to you all!:wave::wave::angel::angel:

sonyainva
12-17-2012, 09:04 AM
I'm terrified of losing control of my emotional eating again when I get in maintenance. I have a plan for maintenance, but what if I can't follow it? One of the reasons I have been 100% OP my entire time on IP, is that I have seen so many posts from people who try to restart IP and can't seem to stay OP. A common thread seems to be that it is easier the first time around.

I'm excited about my progress and need to try to have more faith that phase 4 will work for me as well as phase 1.

Ragdoll i hear you. not only am i scared about maintainence, it seems folks around me are so skeptical that i will keep it off this time. but i think another common thread is the folks who are on here even after reaching goal are able to maintain.

I see there are a lot of us who fear losing control again from emotional eating when we hit maintenance. I don't know how I'm going to deal with that to be honest. Right now, I stop myself before eating and realize, that's not what I really want, and then if a bit later, I still need some comfort, or something, I have some herbal tea.

On another note, I had a great loss this week. I wasn't expecting it, as I had a huge loss last week, and TOM hit this past week, and I just thought I would have my lowest loss yet. But no, my body was being nice to me. :) I lost 3.6 pounds last week. :dance::dance:

I think I'm going to lower my goal, but not for a few weeks. I just want to say that I have less than 10 pounds to go first, before I lower my goal by 5-10 pounds. :)

I can't believe the results I've had on this diet. To think that back in August I was wearing tight 22 Levis and now I'm in a size 12. And going from a 3x t-shirt to wearing a medium now. To me, IP is a miracle diet. I would have never believed I would be at this weight again, and I'm not stopping now.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

congrats on 3.6, that is huge!!!

Kitkat - I read your post, I am worried about IP, because my coach does not really want to see me more than once a month, i think in the beginning i would need to see her every week, for me p4 is more important than p1. i am hoping if i buy enough from her she won't care.

Oh today is day 6 of 28 for being 100% OP.

January 9th is judgement day for me.

ragdoll74
12-17-2012, 09:25 AM
Hey first I have to say, love your name Ragdoll. I have two ragdolls of my own so maybe I'm a bit biased.

As for stopping and struggling to maintain OP after restarting, I can say that it is once again fully in our control. I phased off in Sept for a vacation, went more off track than I planned during the vacation but knew the day I got back was the day I was 100% back OP. Yes I have struggled with it in my mind but the important part is that I haven't given in. It was my choice to finish this journey and not give in to temptations - the same choices you make everyday that you stay OP. I'm glad you brought this up though because it is another reminder to me that I can be stronger than I think sometimes. My fears about being thinner than I have ever been in my adult life and most of my childhood are still fears to face but I can do this. You can do this.

All the talk about getting rid of clothes has me thinking again about my closet. I have separated out 4 garbage bags full and they are sitting in my basement waiting to be given away. I would have done it sooner but the normal drop off location for me has closed so I need to find the next closest one. They usually only take donations during the weekdays so it has been a challenge finding time to fit it in while working. I hadn't gone through my closet in a couple months though and not through the winter clothes so this morning while getting dressed, I spent a few extra minutes trying on and purging. I was quite pleased with my purge pile by the end of it so I had to take a picture. For perspective, my very large cat is sitting beside the pile and it is still twice his height! The items are in the washing machine now so I can bag them up.

I have 2 ragdolls also. We have the blue colorpoint in my profile pic and also a blue bi-color. The ragdoll in your pic is so pretty. We had one that looked just like her but sadly she passed away as a kitten from FIP.


Hi Everyone!

I haven't posed in a couple of weeks. I've been in the black hole of finals, grading, Christmas performances and parties, etc. etc. I even had my own party, but stayed OP 100%.

Tomorrow morning I fly up to Syracuse to see my newborn little grandson!

I'm nearing my goal. I'm going to move it to 130 from 135. I just need to lose a bit more to feel right. But I foresee reaching goal sometime mid-end of January. I agree, it's a little scary. But I'm just as determined to keep it off as I was to lose it. I agree with Wuv and all of you: we've come this far, we can continue. I'm going to follow whatever the maintenance protocol is. I really want this to be My Last Diet. Right now I'm excited about the prospect of maintenance, but also a little scared. But it's so wonderful to have this new body that I'm committed to keeping it!

Warm hellos to you all!:wave::wave::angel::angel:

Love the updated pic! You look amazing.

rainbowsmiles
12-17-2012, 11:50 AM
joy!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU LOOK GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tobehealthy
12-17-2012, 12:40 PM
Interesting posts about the fear of maintenance. I've had a rough week with temptations and just generally feeling like I wanted to go off plan. I'm realizing now having read this that it was my fear of failing that is making me want to quit. Not just failing to get to goal, but failing to stay there.

Thank you all for your honest and uplifting posts.

stargirl66
12-17-2012, 12:54 PM
I too share the same fears of failure. I've often said that losing weight is hard, but maintaining is harder. I've yet to be 100% successful at it. But just now as I type this, I'm realizing that the "100%" part of doing IP must continue into maintenance. That same mindset of knowing what needs to be done and doing it can't fall by the wayside just because we have more freedom with food choices. I'm glad to know we have a community of maintainers here that we can join when we're ready.

Halfagain
12-17-2012, 01:35 PM
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
Henry Ford

Not saying we should not encourage people, but the belief is inside each of us. We have to believe in ourselves and know we are worth it. Okay edited again! I'm wordy - and if you don't believe at first - do it anyway :-) we've seen those successful people here, they are saying how they did it, you and I can do it too.

MonicaKolesnik
12-17-2012, 02:50 PM
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
Henry Ford

Not saying we should not encourage people, but the belief is inside each of us. We have to believe in ourselves and know we are worth it. Okay edited again! I'm wordy - and if you don't believe at first - do it anyway :-) we've seen those successful people here, they are saying how they did it, you and I can do it too.

Well said :)

scorbett1103
12-17-2012, 06:39 PM
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

OK, holiday/life stress got the better of me today, thankfully I dealt with it IP style but I'm still not happy with myself because of it.

I am having another one of those years where I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, and all I want to do is enjoy the holidays with my kids. But this one wants us to visit on a certain day, my mother in law wants the grandkids to help her decorate HER tree, and the only day my SIL can be there happens to be the day I planned to do OUR tree decorating. I'm late for everything because I can never finish something in time to move on to the next thing. I'm COOKED.

So I had a tearful convo with hubby on the ride home from picking him up at college. Stress levels were up, and I hadn't eaten lunch. I grabbed one of my Fudge & Graham bars, and started eating it while I was finishing up a baking order that I needed to deliver on my way to work. Got that packaged up, and couldn't find the other half of my bar. Started getting stressed again, decided to just grab another bar. By the time I finished that, I found the other half of the first one.

What bothers me is that I ATE IT. Yes, it was still an IP product, yes doing an extra restricted today isn't going to kill me...but it was the fact that I had eaten half a bar, proceeded to eat a whole other bar, and then ALSO ate the other half even though I knew I didn't need it. It was TOTALLY stress eating.

I'm sure it's just life stress plus holiday stress getting overwhelming...but I am going to have to come up with better strategies for dealing with it, otherwise I am DOOMED if it hits me when I'm in maintenance!

Hgamroth
12-17-2012, 06:58 PM
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

OK, holiday/life stress got the better of me today, thankfully I dealt with it IP style but I'm still not happy with myself because of it.

I am having another one of those years where I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, and all I want to do is enjoy the holidays with my kids. But this one wants us to visit on a certain day, my mother in law wants the grandkids to help her decorate HER tree, and the only day my SIL can be there happens to be the day I planned to do OUR tree decorating. I'm late for everything because I can never finish something in time to move on to the next thing. I'm COOKED.

So I had a tearful convo with hubby on the ride home from picking him up at college. Stress levels were up, and I hadn't eaten lunch. I grabbed one of my Fudge & Graham bars, and started eating it while I was finishing up a baking order that I needed to deliver on my way to work. Got that packaged up, and couldn't find the other half of my bar. Started getting stressed again, decided to just grab another bar. By the time I finished that, I found the other half of the first one.

What bothers me is that I ATE IT. Yes, it was still an IP product, yes doing an extra restricted today isn't going to kill me...but it was the fact that I had eaten half a bar, proceeded to eat a whole other bar, and then ALSO ate the other half even though I knew I didn't need it. It was TOTALLY stress eating.

I'm sure it's just life stress plus holiday stress getting overwhelming...but I am going to have to come up with better strategies for dealing with it, otherwise I am DOOMED if it hits me when I'm in maintenance!

Oh sweetie go easy on yourself. You are a rockstar and you are human. Mother-in-law stress is the worst! As you have advised MANY others, get back 100% right now and you will be fine. NO ONE can be absolutely perfect all the time and even the best of the best have a weak moment. I personally think you are going to be just as great during maintenance as you have been throughout your IP journey. Hang in there! :hug::hug::hug:

Hgamroth
12-17-2012, 07:07 PM
I AM DONE!!! Finals are OVER and I got all A's! I have been so busy and I don't see anything slowing down for me any time soon. I survived my first FUN day! I stuck with my typical phase 3 breakfast and phase 2 lunch and was more relaxed at dinner. I went to my hubby's Christmas party and enjoyed the nice dinner but still passed on the baked potato AND the dessert! I really do not crave the sweets like I used to. I was really proud of myself. At first I was worried I would go nuts once I got to maintenance but I am so aware of nutritional content in foods now. I really don't want to waste calories and carbs on things I am not really craving badly.

lisa32989
12-17-2012, 07:15 PM
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

OK, holiday/life stress got the better of me today, thankfully I dealt with it IP style but I'm still not happy with myself because of it.

I am having another one of those years where I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, and all I want to do is enjoy the holidays with my kids. But this one wants us to visit on a certain day, my mother in law wants the grandkids to help her decorate HER tree, and the only day my SIL can be there happens to be the day I planned to do OUR tree decorating. I'm late for everything because I can never finish something in time to move on to the next thing. I'm COOKED.

So I had a tearful convo with hubby on the ride home from picking him up at college. Stress levels were up, and I hadn't eaten lunch. I grabbed one of my Fudge & Graham bars, and started eating it while I was finishing up a baking order that I needed to deliver on my way to work. Got that packaged up, and couldn't find the other half of my bar. Started getting stressed again, decided to just grab another bar. By the time I finished that, I found the other half of the first one.

What bothers me is that I ATE IT. Yes, it was still an IP product, yes doing an extra restricted today isn't going to kill me...but it was the fact that I had eaten half a bar, proceeded to eat a whole other bar, and then ALSO ate the other half even though I knew I didn't need it. It was TOTALLY stress eating.

I'm sure it's just life stress plus holiday stress getting overwhelming...but I am going to have to come up with better strategies for dealing with it, otherwise I am DOOMED if it hits me when I'm in maintenance!
Before I made it to 100%, I had several days of more than one restricted. It is not the end of the world. It is a signal that we still reach for food as a coping mechanism. Surprise! We've been doing something new for a few months and we expect to have changed a lifetime of habits (sort've overnite). And then we're PO'd at ourselves when we slip back into old ways.
You didn't eat everything in sight. You ate something extra from the plan. And you didn't hide it. You admitted it. Huge change, I bet, from previous behavior.
I "get" why you are mad at yourself but I hope you are gentle with yourself, as well. Know that you are learning new behaviors and new ways of reacting and it doesn't all come naturally. Change to something new takes time. It is a learning curve

You are doing great! :hug:

sonyainva
12-17-2012, 07:25 PM
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

OK, holiday/life stress got the better of me today, thankfully I dealt with it IP style but I'm still not happy with myself because of it.

I am having another one of those years where I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, and all I want to do is enjoy the holidays with my kids. But this one wants us to visit on a certain day, my mother in law wants the grandkids to help her decorate HER tree, and the only day my SIL can be there happens to be the day I planned to do OUR tree decorating. I'm late for everything because I can never finish something in time to move on to the next thing. I'm COOKED.

So I had a tearful convo with hubby on the ride home from picking him up at college. Stress levels were up, and I hadn't eaten lunch. I grabbed one of my Fudge & Graham bars, and started eating it while I was finishing up a baking order that I needed to deliver on my way to work. Got that packaged up, and couldn't find the other half of my bar. Started getting stressed again, decided to just grab another bar. By the time I finished that, I found the other half of the first one.

What bothers me is that I ATE IT. Yes, it was still an IP product, yes doing an extra restricted today isn't going to kill me...but it was the fact that I had eaten half a bar, proceeded to eat a whole other bar, and then ALSO ate the other half even though I knew I didn't need it. It was TOTALLY stress eating.

I'm sure it's just life stress plus holiday stress getting overwhelming...but I am going to have to come up with better strategies for dealing with it, otherwise I am DOOMED if it hits me when I'm in maintenance!


You are one of the inspiring women on this site for me.
Read dr tran's book over the weekend, he talks about our relationship with food. One of the things we have to overcome is feeling guilty when we eat something. You ate, he says enjoy it, savor it and from the next moment start fresh.

It's a busy time of the year, you have a lot on your plate, be compassionate to yourself.

ragdoll74
12-17-2012, 08:03 PM
Scorbett- sending a big hug your way. Take some deep breathes and relax. It happened, it doesnt mean it will happen again in maintenance.


Holly- way to go!

scorbett1103
12-17-2012, 08:36 PM
Thanks guys :) Definitely need the boost today :)

It's so true that we shouldn't feel guilty about eating anything, it's the emotional separation from food that needs to be addressed (stress eating in my case). I think I was less guilty about having that extra restricted, than about knowing that I made a conscious choice to eat the rest of that other bar - it wasn't a mindless act, I actually thought "I shouldn't eat this because I just had one...but screw it, I'm in a bad mood and I'm going to eat it anyway". THAT is what I want to examine a little bit, because my HEAD knows that food really doesn't do anything to help. It didn't make me feel better, it actually made me too full so that I ended up not eating any veggies at lunch and had all 4 cups at dinner. I really think I shoved that other half in my face out of spite!!!

I'm trying to appreciate the fact that this holiday seems to have multiple extra layers of emotion attached to it. My mother in law is one of my best friends, I love her as if she were my own mom - and I know WHY she wants to get the grandkids together. Her mom (hubby's Mimi) passed away in January after a bad bout with CHF. Her dad has advancing alzheimers and lives in the in-law apartment attached to their house - he is usually pretty ok but lately has been looking for Mimi and not believing people when they tell him she passed. My MIL recently had a health scare, and found out she has autoimmune hepatitis, and she's had a rough go with the medications she has to take. After all that, she is definitely needing some grandbaby cheer. In my case, I am stressed about the load I carry at home (hubby is a full time student and I've been working 2-3 jobs to keep us afloat till he graduates in May), and I've been wondering if I just had a WHOOSH because I can feel my emotions on edge more than they should be. Darn estrogen!

Sorry for the long winded post, I'm so glad I can vent here and get my clean slate tomorrow :)

lisa32989
12-17-2012, 08:41 PM
Scorbett, sweetie, vent anytime
We're all in this together, even tho we all have different issues
Hang in there...:hug:

sahmmommy2
12-17-2012, 09:38 PM
I AM DONE!!! Finals are OVER and I got all A's! I have been so busy and I don't see anything slowing down for me any time soon. I survived my first FUN day! I stuck with my typical phase 3 breakfast and phase 2 lunch and was more relaxed at dinner. I went to my hubby's Christmas party and enjoyed the nice dinner but still passed on the baked potato AND the dessert! I really do not crave the sweets like I used to. I was really proud of myself. At first I was worried I would go nuts once I got to maintenance but I am so aware of nutritional content in foods now. I really don't want to waste calories and carbs on things I am not really craving badly.

CONGRATULATIONS on the finals! I don't think I could do school again. It's great to hear about your maintenance success too! It's a huge unknown for me and I've been trying not to overthink it too much:)

Thanks guys :) Definitely need the boost today :)

It's so true that we shouldn't feel guilty about eating anything, it's the emotional separation from food that needs to be addressed (stress eating in my case). I think I was less guilty about having that extra restricted, than about knowing that I made a conscious choice to eat the rest of that other bar - it wasn't a mindless act, I actually thought "I shouldn't eat this because I just had one...but screw it, I'm in a bad mood and I'm going to eat it anyway". THAT is what I want to examine a little bit, because my HEAD knows that food really doesn't do anything to help. It didn't make me feel better, it actually made me too full so that I ended up not eating any veggies at lunch and had all 4 cups at dinner. I really think I shoved that other half in my face out of spite!!!

I'm trying to appreciate the fact that this holiday seems to have multiple extra layers of emotion attached to it. My mother in law is one of my best friends, I love her as if she were my own mom - and I know WHY she wants to get the grandkids together. Her mom (hubby's Mimi) passed away in January after a bad bout with CHF. Her dad has advancing alzheimers and lives in the in-law apartment attached to their house - he is usually pretty ok but lately has been looking for Mimi and not believing people when they tell him she passed. My MIL recently had a health scare, and found out she has autoimmune hepatitis, and she's had a rough go with the medications she has to take. After all that, she is definitely needing some grandbaby cheer. In my case, I am stressed about the load I carry at home (hubby is a full time student and I've been working 2-3 jobs to keep us afloat till he graduates in May), and I've been wondering if I just had a WHOOSH because I can feel my emotions on edge more than they should be. Darn estrogen!

Sorry for the long winded post, I'm so glad I can vent here and get my clean slate tomorrow :)

First of all HUGE HUG!!!!! Second, I think you're doing exactly what you need to. You're identifying and analyzing the trigger. You'll figure out a different way to deal with it from this experience. It's much better to identify them on phase 1 than wait til maintenance!

sonyainva
12-17-2012, 09:58 PM
Calm by dr Peter is great for relaxing you, magnesium basically

KitKat169
12-17-2012, 11:23 PM
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

OK, holiday/life stress got the better of me today, thankfully I dealt with it IP style but I'm still not happy with myself because of it.

I am having another one of those years where I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, and all I want to do is enjoy the holidays with my kids. But this one wants us to visit on a certain day, my mother in law wants the grandkids to help her decorate HER tree, and the only day my SIL can be there happens to be the day I planned to do OUR tree decorating. I'm late for everything because I can never finish something in time to move on to the next thing. I'm COOKED.

So I had a tearful convo with hubby on the ride home from picking him up at college. Stress levels were up, and I hadn't eaten lunch. I grabbed one of my Fudge & Graham bars, and started eating it while I was finishing up a baking order that I needed to deliver on my way to work. Got that packaged up, and couldn't find the other half of my bar. Started getting stressed again, decided to just grab another bar. By the time I finished that, I found the other half of the first one.

What bothers me is that I ATE IT. Yes, it was still an IP product, yes doing an extra restricted today isn't going to kill me...but it was the fact that I had eaten half a bar, proceeded to eat a whole other bar, and then ALSO ate the other half even though I knew I didn't need it. It was TOTALLY stress eating.

I'm sure it's just life stress plus holiday stress getting overwhelming...but I am going to have to come up with better strategies for dealing with it, otherwise I am DOOMED if it hits me when I'm in maintenance!

Thanks guys :) Definitely need the boost today :)

It's so true that we shouldn't feel guilty about eating anything, it's the emotional separation from food that needs to be addressed (stress eating in my case). I think I was less guilty about having that extra restricted, than about knowing that I made a conscious choice to eat the rest of that other bar - it wasn't a mindless act, I actually thought "I shouldn't eat this because I just had one...but screw it, I'm in a bad mood and I'm going to eat it anyway". THAT is what I want to examine a little bit, because my HEAD knows that food really doesn't do anything to help. It didn't make me feel better, it actually made me too full so that I ended up not eating any veggies at lunch and had all 4 cups at dinner. I really think I shoved that other half in my face out of spite!!!

I'm trying to appreciate the fact that this holiday seems to have multiple extra layers of emotion attached to it. My mother in law is one of my best friends, I love her as if she were my own mom - and I know WHY she wants to get the grandkids together. Her mom (hubby's Mimi) passed away in January after a bad bout with CHF. Her dad has advancing alzheimers and lives in the in-law apartment attached to their house - he is usually pretty ok but lately has been looking for Mimi and not believing people when they tell him she passed. My MIL recently had a health scare, and found out she has autoimmune hepatitis, and she's had a rough go with the medications she has to take. After all that, she is definitely needing some grandbaby cheer. In my case, I am stressed about the load I carry at home (hubby is a full time student and I've been working 2-3 jobs to keep us afloat till he graduates in May), and I've been wondering if I just had a WHOOSH because I can feel my emotions on edge more than they should be. Darn estrogen!

Sorry for the long winded post, I'm so glad I can vent here and get my clean slate tomorrow :)

Sending hugs your way. So sorry about your experience today but I think you did great under the circumstances. And it is not always about the journey but rather the lessons learned from the journey. Your journey sounds pretty full right now so I think that you need to forgive yourself and move on.

Tonight I got an email from my coach. She sends these inspirational messages weekly along with the reminder to send in our food order so she can have it ready. With the recent theme about fear, maintenance, emotions, etc. I thought her words had extra special meaning. Plus it is a good time of the year to spend a few minutes for ourselves, remember our year, acknowledge our achievements and set our sights forward to the gift of our year ahead. So here are the words of my coach:

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 2012 & GET READY TO ROCK YOUR 2013!!!
During the remainder of this year 2012, create an opportunity to look over the past year and acknowledge your accomplishments. Give yourself the gift of self-gratitude and list out your achievements - big and small. We just don't do this often enough! Write out a list even!!! Now while you do that, consider the challenges that you have moved through and grown beyond! What lessons can you take away from those situations? Preserve the lessons and let go of the any lingering negative emotions and memories. We sometimes mistake that we need to hold on to the emotions, like fear or anger, thinking on some level that they protect us and guide us. No, no, no... it's the lessons learned from those situations that gives us the wisdom and guidance that keeps us safe and helps us to make better choices as we move forward. So let go of the old limiting emotions for they can cloud things, and really acknowledge and preserve the lessons. Then look to 2013! I love the start of a New Year; it's full of hope and promise of a terrific year ahead that's wide open to all possibilities! What would you like to create, be and do that would enhance your life? What's one thing you would love to create next year, that at Dec. 2013 looking back you would say, "Wow, what an amazing year!"? As your coach, I would love to support you in making that happen!!! So, if you're willing, let me know, and I would love to help you rock your 2013 into a wonderful year!!!! It is possible! Let's do it!

IP43
12-17-2012, 11:41 PM
I'm just popping in to say hi. I've been offline lately due to crazy business but I miss all the chat so had to come have my 3FC fix. We're off to Florida for the holiday, so I have 5 more days of mayhem, then I'll be off for 2 weeks to relax, catch up on sleep and reading my 3FC recipes... looking forward to that!

In case I'm not on again for a bit, Merry Christmas to you all!

MonicaKolesnik
12-17-2012, 11:47 PM
First of all HUGE HUG!!!!! Second, I think you're doing exactly what you need to. You're identifying and analyzing the trigger. You'll figure out a different way to deal with it from this experience. It's much better to identify them on phase 1 than wait til maintenance!

Never thought of it that way, and your absolutely right that it is SO important to figure out what triggers each of us, Boredom, stress, filling a void, etc. I am absolutely in awe of all of you who are doing this plan with children and large families and all the other personal challenges, I don't know how you guys do it. I only have to worry about myself and my DH (and pets) and with all the extra hormones even that is enough to make me crazy at times. I think you should all give yourselves a pat on the back and see how OUTSTANDINGLY STRONG YOU ARE!!! I feel very privileged to be on this journey with you :grouphug:

Hgamroth
12-17-2012, 11:50 PM
I'm just popping in to say hi. I've been offline lately due to crazy business but I miss all the chat so had to come have my 3FC fix. We're off to Florida for the holiday, so I have 5 more days of mayhem, then I'll be off for 2 weeks to relax, catch up on sleep and reading my 3FC recipes... looking forward to that!

In case I'm not on again for a bit, Merry Christmas to you all!

HI!!! I've missed you!!!

IP43
12-18-2012, 12:07 AM
HI!!! I've missed you!!!

Thanks! It's funny -- this time of year we think of family and friends and that's probably why you're all on my mind! We've had all of our "festivities" early because we'll be travelling, so I almost feel like I've made it through the holidays already! Work parties and family parties all done. Now just to make it through this busy week at school, and pack up for our trip and then I'll have time to surf the latest IP recipes and get ready for the New Year.
4 more long days to go! LOL... The kids are just a WEE bit excited that Chrismtas is almost here. Aren't we all I guess :) Have a good one! :hohoho:

LizRR
12-18-2012, 12:36 AM
I had a great time yesterday at the Half Marathon in Shiner, TX...www.shinerbeerrun.com! That was a definite Fun Day! I finished it in 2:10 while gossiping/catching up with a good friend who is moving from Houston to Chicago and getting married in 2 weeks in Cancun - we can't go due to finances, but it was great to to be able to 'send her off' in a total Texas race.

It was so much fun and my family was there at the end for the festivities, it was also a smaller race so definitely not as crazy as the San Antonio or Dallas Halfs I did recently. It was raining cats & dogs that morning, then stopped ~30 minutes before the race. The roads were actually in good shape for the run. I think the weather might have 'scared off' a few folks too.

I am going to 'lay low' this week and stick with Phase 1. I have found myself in a scary place scale-wise and was putting off doing Phase 1 until I did my race yesterday, even though I have been at the high end of my 'safe zone'. But now that it's over I jumped on the Phase 1 wagon today, pulled a rookie move with 2 restricteds in 1 day (Bar at breakfast and Spaghetti at dinner), but oh well.

ragdoll74
12-18-2012, 09:53 AM
Kitkat- thanks for sharing that. I need to definitely let go of the fear of regaining.

Liz- Way to go on the half marathon again! I'm so glad you post on here still. It's nice to see that you are in control and able to get right back to phase I.

Paint Lady
12-18-2012, 10:21 AM
Good morning ladies. I'm sure most of you don't know me. I don't post very often anymore. I do pop in and read every now and then because you guys still inspire me when I need it. I'm hoping to return the favor. I've been in maintenance for a year. I lost 60 lbs on IP, reached my original goal. I decided to stop at that point for different reasons, with the idea that after a year of maintenance, I might restart IP to lose a few more lbs.

Maintenance is scary for about the first few weeks. By then, you start to realize exactly what you can eat to keep from gaining. You watch the scale like a hawk and you analyze every bit of food that passes through your lips. But, you get the hang of it. You might slip up here and there, sometimes unknowingly, sometimes on purpose. But, you do what you have to do to get it off if there is any sustained gain. At some point, you settle into a routine, your new way of eating. It becomes habit. I don't eat white carbs. I eat whole grain wheat bread, brown rice and pasta sparingly, and sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. That's what works for me. You will figure out what works for you. My go-to food is greek yogurt. I buy it in the 32 oz containers and I buy it often. There is so much you can add to it to make it a really yummy treat and it's full of protein. I don't often have carb cravings, but when I do, I say to myself that if I still want it after I eat my yogurt, then I can have it. Most of the time, I don't want it anymore. If I do cave and indulge in the carb-heavy craving, I don't eat nearly as much of it as I would have pre-IP. Then I move on.

You can do this. It may not be as easy as phase 1 or phase 2, because you have to make the choice everyday what you will eat. But, it becomes routine. Saying no to certain foods becomes routine. There were a few bumps in the road when I started maintenance (right at Christmas!), but it all worked out. I'm usually around 5 lbs under my goal weight, with a fluctuation of 2-3 lbs that I don't worry about. I have set a ceiling weight of 160. If I reach that, I have to rein it in. That works for me.

scorbett1103
12-18-2012, 10:48 AM
KitKat - thank you for those words! We definitely need to be willing to acknowledge our "wins", and remember that for every mistake we can probably come up with two or three great decisions! I had started a list of positive changes I wanted to make in 2013, but going back over 2012 to see how far I've come would be a great exercise!

Paint Lady, thank you for chiming in! What you are saying is what I *hope* maintenance will be like for me, congratulations on finding your rhythm and maintaining for the whole year!!

Starshine
12-18-2012, 11:19 AM
Good morning ladies. I'm sure most of you don't know me. I don't post very often anymore. I do pop in and read every now and then because you guys still inspire me when I need it. I'm hoping to return the favor. I've been in maintenance for a year. I lost 60 lbs on IP, reached my original goal. I decided to stop at that point for different reasons, with the idea that after a year of maintenance, I might restart IP to lose a few more lbs.

Maintenance is scary for about the first few weeks. By then, you start to realize exactly what you can eat to keep from gaining. You watch the scale like a hawk and you analyze every bit of food that passes through your lips. But, you get the hang of it. You might slip up here and there, sometimes unknowingly, sometimes on purpose. But, you do what you have to do to get it off if there is any sustained gain. At some point, you settle into a routine, your new way of eating. It becomes habit. I don't eat white carbs. I eat whole grain wheat bread, brown rice and pasta sparingly, and sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. That's what works for me. You will figure out what works for you. My go-to food is greek yogurt. I buy it in the 32 oz containers and I buy it often. There is so much you can add to it to make it a really yummy treat and it's full of protein. I don't often have carb cravings, but when I do, I say to myself that if I still want it after I eat my yogurt, then I can have it. Most of the time, I don't want it anymore. If I do cave and indulge in the carb-heavy craving, I don't eat nearly as much of it as I would have pre-IP. Then I move on.

You can do this. It may not be as easy as phase 1 or phase 2, because you have to make the choice everyday what you will eat. But, it becomes routine. Saying no to certain foods becomes routine. There were a few bumps in the road when I started maintenance (right at Christmas!), but it all worked out. I'm usually around 5 lbs under my goal weight, with a fluctuation of 2-3 lbs that I don't worry about. I have set a ceiling weight of 160. If I reach that, I have to rein it in. That works for me.

Thanks so much for this Paint Lady. As Scorbett said, I so hope my maintenance is like this too. I want it to become a habit and not one where I'm fighting myself. I've done that for almost all my life, and it just is not where I ever want to be again.

Thank you for these words!

wuv2bloved
12-18-2012, 11:27 AM
PAINT!!!!!....GOOD TO SEE YOU STILL AROUND!!!!!

rofl306
12-18-2012, 12:49 PM
Hello everyone!

I had a great WI for a change, down 3 in one week. I really needed that for incentive. I had spoken to my coach about phasing off the last couple of weeks. I feel good, I have clothes that fit, and just looking for a break from the plan. I know you all have had the discussions on here and it is not a popular opinion so I said nothing. Anyway, I chose to do phase 2, that many skip, since I wanted time to figure out what my phase 3 breakfasts would be. My body seemed to like phase 2 and I lost 3 pounds. Yah! so happy. So back to phase 1 for me. I guess sometimes I can eat too little, just my opinion.

Have a GREAT day everyone!

lisa32989
12-18-2012, 02:06 PM
Hello everyone!

I had a great WI for a change, down 3 in one week. I really needed that for incentive. I had spoken to my coach about phasing off the last couple of weeks. I feel good, I have clothes that fit, and just looking for a break from the plan. I know you all have had the discussions on here and it is not a popular opinion so I said nothing. Anyway, I chose to do phase 2, that many skip, since I wanted time to figure out what my phase 3 breakfasts would be. My body seemed to like phase 2 and I lost 3 pounds. Yah! so happy. So back to phase 1 for me. I guess sometimes I can eat too little, just my opinion.

Have a GREAT day everyone!
My mom started working P2 days in when she had about 20 lbs to go. It actually increased her losses some weeks (and made her life easier when travelling)
I don't think there is a ONE BEST way to do it. I do know that sometimes our bodies get very used to what we are doing and we need to "shock" our bodies into dropping weight again. Glad P2 worked for you! Some people even use P3 for that "shock" but if P2 worked, even better b/c it is much lower carb!
I'm not there yet but it is certainly something I've already thought of, if it happens to me.

ragdoll74
12-18-2012, 02:37 PM
Hello everyone!

I had a great WI for a change, down 3 in one week. I really needed that for incentive. I had spoken to my coach about phasing off the last couple of weeks. I feel good, I have clothes that fit, and just looking for a break from the plan. I know you all have had the discussions on here and it is not a popular opinion so I said nothing. Anyway, I chose to do phase 2, that many skip, since I wanted time to figure out what my phase 3 breakfasts would be. My body seemed to like phase 2 and I lost 3 pounds. Yah! so happy. So back to phase 1 for me. I guess sometimes I can eat too little, just my opinion.

Have a GREAT day everyone!

That's so great! A big advantage of having a coach is they suggest tweaks to the program.

I was too afraid that if I tried to switch to phase 2 & 3, that I would have a hard time getting back to phase 1. I didnt want to lose my focus.

rofl306
12-18-2012, 03:14 PM
My mom started working P2 days in when she had about 20 lbs to go. It actually increased her losses some weeks (and made her life easier when travelling)
I don't think there is a ONE BEST way to do it. I do know that sometimes our bodies get very used to what we are doing and we need to "shock" our bodies into dropping weight again. Glad P2 worked for you! Some people even use P3 for that "shock" but if P2 worked, even better b/c it is much lower carb!
I'm not there yet but it is certainly something I've already thought of, if it happens to me.

Thanks for letting me know that P2 worked for your mom too. I wasn't expecting a good loss again. I was just thinking I had to get use to my body for awhile and then decide if I wanted to lose more. If the weight is willing to come off now - I will let it. I am kinda sad about not have oranges for Christmas. It was the only thing I had worked out for sure on the P3 breakfast. The rest I was still researching and making a shopping list.

That's so great! A big advantage of having a coach is they suggest tweaks to the program.

I was too afraid that if I tried to switch to phase 2 & 3, that I would have a hard time getting back to phase 1. I didnt want to lose my focus.

I have been reading the maintenance literature and thread lately and it looks like we will be shifting in and out of the phases for the rest of our lives. I think changing phases will be okay and easier than if we went back to old eating habits and then tried to return to P1. The more I become acquainted with P3 & 4 the more I think it is achievable. At least I hope it is! I'm sure we can do this together. No looking back to fat clothes.

Paint Lady
12-18-2012, 08:42 PM
Hmmm... I have a question. Why are people skipping phase 2?

Hey Wuv!! Good to see ya! Are you phasing off yet?

Yesmyqueen
12-18-2012, 08:44 PM
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

OK, holiday/life stress got the better of me today, thankfully I dealt with it IP style but I'm still not happy with myself because of it.

I am having another one of those years where I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, and all I want to do is enjoy the holidays with my kids. But this one wants us to visit on a certain day, my mother in law wants the grandkids to help her decorate HER tree, and the only day my SIL can be there happens to be the day I planned to do OUR tree decorating. I'm late for everything because I can never finish something in time to move on to the next thing. I'm COOKED.

So I had a tearful convo with hubby on the ride home from picking him up at college. Stress levels were up, and I hadn't eaten lunch. I grabbed one of my Fudge & Graham bars, and started eating it while I was finishing up a baking order that I needed to deliver on my way to work. Got that packaged up, and couldn't find the other half of my bar. Started getting stressed again, decided to just grab another bar. By the time I finished that, I found the other half of the first one.

What bothers me is that I ATE IT. Yes, it was still an IP product, yes doing an extra restricted today isn't going to kill me...but it was the fact that I had eaten half a bar, proceeded to eat a whole other bar, and then ALSO ate the other half even though I knew I didn't need it. It was TOTALLY stress eating.

I'm sure it's just life stress plus holiday stress getting overwhelming...but I am going to have to come up with better strategies for dealing with it, otherwise I am DOOMED if it hits me when I'm in maintenance!

Scorbett, I'm feeling a lot of the same feelings you have been talking about, but in a little different way, feeling a bit out of control last week, had 2 days of extra restricteds, and that's ok we're still on the track and fears of going to be able to maintain but as others have said we will be just fine we all have each other!

I AM DONE!!! Finals are OVER and I got all A's! I have been so busy and I don't see anything slowing down for me any time soon. I survived my first FUN day! I stuck with my typical phase 3 breakfast and phase 2 lunch and was more relaxed at dinner. I went to my hubby's Christmas party and enjoyed the nice dinner but still passed on the baked potato AND the dessert! I really do not crave the sweets like I used to. I was really proud of myself. At first I was worried I would go nuts once I got to maintenance but I am so aware of nutritional content in foods now. I really don't want to waste calories and carbs on things I am not really craving badly.
Congrats on all A's and staying in control.

Well today I had one of those moments I've read about from others and today was my turn, my DH took me to get a new outfit for his christmass party coming up on the 22nd and I took two pair of pants size 10 and 12 and the 10's went on and fit perfect even a little loose in the legs, but not the gut, but I cried, couldn't believe that was me and than the fancy shirt my DH picked out fit and the boots zipped right up and to top it all off everything was on sale and we got an extra 20% off because it was Tuesday, I cried again what a perfect shopping expierence! Makes staying OP even easier, well at least today anyway ha!

lisa32989
12-18-2012, 08:58 PM
Hmmm... I have a question. Why are people skipping phase 2?
Now that you stay P1 until 100% to goal, many coaches put people directly on P3. I will do P2 first.

mompattie
12-18-2012, 09:11 PM
Mompattie, I think you'll do better than you think now. I'm glad I will be a year plus on this journey because it has given me the time I need to deal with these emotions and to realize that I can do this. Give it time and just believe!

Also I found a couple brunch recipe ideas that may help you. I posted them under the recipe thread.

You are a sweetie! Thanks so much, going to find those recipes!!!

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH

OK, holiday/life stress got the better of me today, thankfully I dealt with it IP style but I'm still not happy with myself because of it.

I am having another one of those years where I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, and all I want to do is enjoy the holidays with my kids. But this one wants us to visit on a certain day, my mother in law wants the grandkids to help her decorate HER tree, and the only day my SIL can be there happens to be the day I planned to do OUR tree decorating. I'm late for everything because I can never finish something in time to move on to the next thing. I'm COOKED.

So I had a tearful convo with hubby on the ride home from picking him up at college. Stress levels were up, and I hadn't eaten lunch. I grabbed one of my Fudge & Graham bars, and started eating it while I was finishing up a baking order that I needed to deliver on my way to work. Got that packaged up, and couldn't find the other half of my bar. Started getting stressed again, decided to just grab another bar. By the time I finished that, I found the other half of the first one.

What bothers me is that I ATE IT. Yes, it was still an IP product, yes doing an extra restricted today isn't going to kill me...but it was the fact that I had eaten half a bar, proceeded to eat a whole other bar, and then ALSO ate the other half even though I knew I didn't need it. It was TOTALLY stress eating.

I'm sure it's just life stress plus holiday stress getting overwhelming...but I am going to have to come up with better strategies for dealing with it, otherwise I am DOOMED if it hits me when I'm in maintenance!

Oh sweetie go easy on yourself. You are a rockstar and you are human. Mother-in-law stress is the worst! As you have advised MANY others, get back 100% right now and you will be fine. NO ONE can be absolutely perfect all the time and even the best of the best have a weak moment. I personally think you are going to be just as great during maintenance as you have been throughout your IP journey. Hang in there! :hug::hug::hug:

Scorbett - what Holly said I DITTO 1000000%!!! Be gentle with yourself, you are amazing. PURE awesome, you're doing awesome and you will continue to do awesome. You handled that curve ball awesome!!

I AM DONE!!! Finals are OVER and I got all A's! I have been so busy and I don't see anything slowing down for me any time soon. I survived my first FUN day! I stuck with my typical phase 3 breakfast and phase 2 lunch and was more relaxed at dinner. I went to my hubby's Christmas party and enjoyed the nice dinner but still passed on the baked potato AND the dessert! I really do not crave the sweets like I used to. I was really proud of myself. At first I was worried I would go nuts once I got to maintenance but I am so aware of nutritional content in foods now. I really don't want to waste calories and carbs on things I am not really craving badly.

WAY TO GO!!!!!! A's!!! Holy cow woman, way to rock those classes!! Soon you can take a big breath and enjoy the holidays!

Sending hugs your way. So sorry about your experience today but I think you did great under the circumstances. And it is not always about the journey but rather the lessons learned from the journey. Your journey sounds pretty full right now so I think that you need to forgive yourself and move on.

Tonight I got an email from my coach. She sends these inspirational messages weekly along with the reminder to send in our food order so she can have it ready. With the recent theme about fear, maintenance, emotions, etc. I thought her words had extra special meaning. Plus it is a good time of the year to spend a few minutes for ourselves, remember our year, acknowledge our achievements and set our sights forward to the gift of our year ahead. So here are the words of my coach:

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 2012 & GET READY TO ROCK YOUR 2013!!!
During the remainder of this year 2012, create an opportunity to look over the past year and acknowledge your accomplishments. Give yourself the gift of self-gratitude and list out your achievements - big and small. We just don't do this often enough! Write out a list even!!! Now while you do that, consider the challenges that you have moved through and grown beyond! What lessons can you take away from those situations? Preserve the lessons and let go of the any lingering negative emotions and memories. We sometimes mistake that we need to hold on to the emotions, like fear or anger, thinking on some level that they protect us and guide us. No, no, no... it's the lessons learned from those situations that gives us the wisdom and guidance that keeps us safe and helps us to make better choices as we move forward. So let go of the old limiting emotions for they can cloud things, and really acknowledge and preserve the lessons. Then look to 2013! I love the start of a New Year; it's full of hope and promise of a terrific year ahead that's wide open to all possibilities! What would you like to create, be and do that would enhance your life? What's one thing you would love to create next year, that at Dec. 2013 looking back you would say, "Wow, what an amazing year!"? As your coach, I would love to support you in making that happen!!! So, if you're willing, let me know, and I would love to help you rock your 2013 into a wonderful year!!!! It is possible! Let's do it!

This is awesome. The end.

Hello everyone!

I had a great WI for a change, down 3 in one week. I really needed that for incentive. I had spoken to my coach about phasing off the last couple of weeks. I feel good, I have clothes that fit, and just looking for a break from the plan. I know you all have had the discussions on here and it is not a popular opinion so I said nothing. Anyway, I chose to do phase 2, that many skip, since I wanted time to figure out what my phase 3 breakfasts would be. My body seemed to like phase 2 and I lost 3 pounds. Yah! so happy. So back to phase 1 for me. I guess sometimes I can eat too little, just my opinion.

Have a GREAT day everyone!

I think you have done a splendid job and phasing off seems to be working with your body!!! Great job!!!!
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After some gut wrenching discussions with my coach and my DH, I have decided to phase off for 10 days. Mentally I need a break. Physically I have hovered around the same weight for months. We think that a balanced diet for the holidays - not extreme either way - but a choice to maintain, is what I need right now. Mentally taking the break I plan to hit P1 with a renewed sense of dedication and determination. Physically my coach and I feel my body needs the shock to get the scale moving again. I will be back to 100% on Dec 27th (my Phase 1 restart day, already planned out). I had internal conflict on this decision, but do feel I need it. Moreso, I NEED the restart and I WILL NOT STOP. 10 days is all I am taking, and I hope to maintain or at least only gain a wee bit. Hope you can all support my decision. :hug:

ragdoll74
12-18-2012, 09:37 PM
You obviously put a lot of thought into it and have a great plan. We'll still be here for you while you maintain and when you get back on phase 1.

MonicaKolesnik
12-18-2012, 09:41 PM
After some gut wrenching discussions with my coach and my DH, I have decided to phase off for 10 days. Mentally I need a break. Physically I have hovered around the same weight for months. We think that a balanced diet for the holidays - not extreme either way - but a choice to maintain, is what I need right now. Mentally taking the break I plan to hit P1 with a renewed sense of dedication and determination. Physically my coach and I feel my body needs the shock to get the scale moving again. I will be back to 100% on Dec 27th (my Phase 1 restart day, already planned out). I had internal conflict on this decision, but do feel I need it. Moreso, I NEED the restart and I WILL NOT STOP. 10 days is all I am taking, and I hope to maintain or at least only gain a wee bit. Hope you can all support my decision. :hug:

Only you know what is best for you. We are all here for you and will be glad to see you back here 100% and hopefully back to losing weight. :hug: take the break and enjoy it. Merry Christmas :snow4:

Starshine
12-18-2012, 10:16 PM
Mompattie, good luck with the maintenance, and jumping back on. You do what is right for yourself!

rofl306
12-18-2012, 11:22 PM
After some gut wrenching discussions with my coach and my DH, I have decided to phase off for 10 days. Mentally I need a break. Physically I have hovered around the same weight for months. We think that a balanced diet for the holidays - not extreme either way - but a choice to maintain, is what I need right now. Mentally taking the break I plan to hit P1 with a renewed sense of dedication and determination. Physically my coach and I feel my body needs the shock to get the scale moving again. I will be back to 100% on Dec 27th (my Phase 1 restart day, already planned out). I had internal conflict on this decision, but do feel I need it. Moreso, I NEED the restart and I WILL NOT STOP. 10 days is all I am taking, and I hope to maintain or at least only gain a wee bit. Hope you can all support my decision. :hug:

mompattie I will fully support you! We started from not eating this way to being 100%. I fully believe that we can eat other food and return to being 100%. I am amazed at how much going to P2 for one week rebooted me. I believe that you will do great. I look forward to hearing from you after the holidays. I will be away so contact may be hit and miss. Merry Christmas! :hug: :hug:

Hgamroth
12-18-2012, 11:38 PM
After some gut wrenching discussions with my coach and my DH, I have decided to phase off for 10 days. Mentally I need a break. Physically I have hovered around the same weight for months. We think that a balanced diet for the holidays - not extreme either way - but a choice to maintain, is what I need right now. Mentally taking the break I plan to hit P1 with a renewed sense of dedication and determination. Physically my coach and I feel my body needs the shock to get the scale moving again. I will be back to 100% on Dec 27th (my Phase 1 restart day, already planned out). I had internal conflict on this decision, but do feel I need it. Moreso, I NEED the restart and I WILL NOT STOP. 10 days is all I am taking, and I hope to maintain or at least only gain a wee bit. Hope you can all support my decision. :hug:

I support you 100%! I think a mental break is what you need and I am betting you will have a big loss with your restart. My body was stalling the last month so I figured it was because my body was done. I phased off 15 pounds earlier than my original goal and I am now losing again IN MAINTENANCE! I think part of my stalling was because of the mental stress I was putting on myself. I hope you have a Very Merry and stress free Christmas! I will be checking on you on December 27!!!

Fishette
12-18-2012, 11:47 PM
Enjoy the break, Mompattie...I'll be joining you on 1 Jan.

KitKat169
12-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Good morning ladies. I'm sure most of you don't know me. I don't post very often anymore. I do pop in and read every now and then because you guys still inspire me when I need it. I'm hoping to return the favor. I've been in maintenance for a year. I lost 60 lbs on IP, reached my original goal. I decided to stop at that point for different reasons, with the idea that after a year of maintenance, I might restart IP to lose a few more lbs.

Maintenance is scary for about the first few weeks. By then, you start to realize exactly what you can eat to keep from gaining. You watch the scale like a hawk and you analyze every bit of food that passes through your lips. But, you get the hang of it. You might slip up here and there, sometimes unknowingly, sometimes on purpose. But, you do what you have to do to get it off if there is any sustained gain. At some point, you settle into a routine, your new way of eating. It becomes habit. I don't eat white carbs. I eat whole grain wheat bread, brown rice and pasta sparingly, and sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. That's what works for me. You will figure out what works for you. My go-to food is greek yogurt. I buy it in the 32 oz containers and I buy it often. There is so much you can add to it to make it a really yummy treat and it's full of protein. I don't often have carb cravings, but when I do, I say to myself that if I still want it after I eat my yogurt, then I can have it. Most of the time, I don't want it anymore. If I do cave and indulge in the carb-heavy craving, I don't eat nearly as much of it as I would have pre-IP. Then I move on.

You can do this. It may not be as easy as phase 1 or phase 2, because you have to make the choice everyday what you will eat. But, it becomes routine. Saying no to certain foods becomes routine. There were a few bumps in the road when I started maintenance (right at Christmas!), but it all worked out. I'm usually around 5 lbs under my goal weight, with a fluctuation of 2-3 lbs that I don't worry about. I have set a ceiling weight of 160. If I reach that, I have to rein it in. That works for me.

Thanks for popping in. Great advice.

My mom started working P2 days in when she had about 20 lbs to go. It actually increased her losses some weeks (and made her life easier when travelling)
I don't think there is a ONE BEST way to do it. I do know that sometimes our bodies get very used to what we are doing and we need to "shock" our bodies into dropping weight again. Glad P2 worked for you! Some people even use P3 for that "shock" but if P2 worked, even better b/c it is much lower carb!
I'm not there yet but it is certainly something I've already thought of, if it happens to me.

I also go to P2 every now and then depending on travel and meeting schedules. My coach and I were talking about my holidays strategy tonight and agreed that I'll need to do several P2 days to manage all my events.

Scorbett, I'm feeling a lot of the same feelings you have been talking about, but in a little different way, feeling a bit out of control last week, had 2 days of extra restricteds, and that's ok we're still on the track and fears of going to be able to maintain but as others have said we will be just fine we all have each other!


Congrats on all A's and staying in control.

Well today I had one of those moments I've read about from others and today was my turn, my DH took me to get a new outfit for his christmass party coming up on the 22nd and I took two pair of pants size 10 and 12 and the 10's went on and fit perfect even a little loose in the legs, but not the gut, but I cried, couldn't believe that was me and than the fancy shirt my DH picked out fit and the boots zipped right up and to top it all off everything was on sale and we got an extra 20% off because it was Tuesday, I cried again what a perfect shopping expierence! Makes staying OP even easier, well at least today anyway ha!

Congratulations on the shopping trip!


After some gut wrenching discussions with my coach and my DH, I have decided to phase off for 10 days. Mentally I need a break. Physically I have hovered around the same weight for months. We think that a balanced diet for the holidays - not extreme either way - but a choice to maintain, is what I need right now. Mentally taking the break I plan to hit P1 with a renewed sense of dedication and determination. Physically my coach and I feel my body needs the shock to get the scale moving again. I will be back to 100% on Dec 27th (my Phase 1 restart day, already planned out). I had internal conflict on this decision, but do feel I need it. Moreso, I NEED the restart and I WILL NOT STOP. 10 days is all I am taking, and I hope to maintain or at least only gain a wee bit. Hope you can all support my decision. :hug:

You've got all the support you need from me! I did my temporary phase off for me cruise in Sept and in hind sight I think it was a good time to break and regroup. Since I knew it was temporary and my P1 date was set, I had no problems getting back to it and have had good success since. I also learned a few lessons from the experience that I need to revisit when thinking about future maintenance.

My WI tonight and zero pounds but 3 inches. My coach was pleased but I admit I was hoping for pounds too. I guess I'm still struggling with digestive issues right now. I also wonder if I'm retaining some water. I treated myself to Crystal Light Appletini mix this weekend but it contains aspartame and it can affect me. Oh well. It will even out eventually. This was my last WI until January. I'm on my way to BC to visit my Mom and family for Christmas. I'm back home on Dec 31. It will be a busy trip as I'm trying to get together with almost everyone I know in the province but I plan to take a bit of me time as well. I'll need to keep up with all of you to keep me motivated to stay strong over the holidays. I've got my food all packed so I plan to do awesome.

mompattie
12-19-2012, 12:41 AM
Thanks guys!!!!! I really appreciate the support, honestly, I was most worried of what everyone here would say! Thanks again, and I wish everyone peace, joy, love this Christmas. I wish you each a million blessings for 2013! See everyone Dec 27th!! Xoxoxoxo

scorbett1103
12-19-2012, 10:24 AM
Mompattie - you have done so well and if taking a break is what you need, we all know you will come back fighting when you're ready!

Well after my "oops" the other day, I had a GREAT weigh in today - 1.8lbs and a half inch! I usually see a low week after a few good weeks in a row, but that's close enough to 2lbs that I won't call it a low week, especially this close to goal! Thanks again everyone for the moral support :)

Starshine
12-19-2012, 10:45 AM
My WI tonight and zero pounds but 3 inches. My coach was pleased but I admit I was hoping for pounds too. I guess I'm still struggling with digestive issues right now. I also wonder if I'm retaining some water. I treated myself to Crystal Light Appletini mix this weekend but it contains aspartame and it can affect me. Oh well. It will even out eventually. This was my last WI until January. I'm on my way to BC to visit my Mom and family for Christmas. I'm back home on Dec 31. It will be a busy trip as I'm trying to get together with almost everyone I know in the province but I plan to take a bit of me time as well. I'll need to keep up with all of you to keep me motivated to stay strong over the holidays. I've got my food all packed so I plan to do awesome.

KitKat, congrats on the 3 inches! Hope the digestive issues work themselves out for you.

Have a great time in BC with your family! I haven't been up your way in years, but, oh, the memories. What a beautiful place.


Well after my "oops" the other day, I had a GREAT weigh in today - 1.8lbs and a half inch! I usually see a low week after a few good weeks in a row, but that's close enough to 2lbs that I won't call it a low week, especially this close to goal! Thanks again everyone for the moral support :)

Great weigh in, Scorbett! You'll be at goal in no time! :)

lisa32989
12-19-2012, 01:23 PM
After some gut wrenching discussions with my coach and my DH, I have decided to phase off for 10 days. Mentally I need a break. Physically I have hovered around the same weight for months. We think that a balanced diet for the holidays - not extreme either way - but a choice to maintain, is what I need right now. Mentally taking the break I plan to hit P1 with a renewed sense of dedication and determination. Physically my coach and I feel my body needs the shock to get the scale moving again. I will be back to 100% on Dec 27th (my Phase 1 restart day, already planned out). I had internal conflict on this decision, but do feel I need it. Moreso, I NEED the restart and I WILL NOT STOP. 10 days is all I am taking, and I hope to maintain or at least only gain a wee bit. Hope you can all support my decision. :hug:
How could we not support you? You know what you need. You know what you have been through and you know your plan. Some bodies need a shock. Stress will stall weight loss so if the stress of being OP is more stress than it is worth, a break is definitely in order! Any of us could run into that issue. Fantastic that you discussed with your coach and have plan of action. They'll help keep you accountable. Happy Holidays! :hug:
Well after my "oops" the other day, I had a GREAT weigh in today - 1.8lbs and a half inch! I usually see a low week after a few good weeks in a row, but that's close enough to 2lbs that I won't call it a low week, especially this close to goal! Thanks again everyone for the moral support :)
Yay!!! :cp:

My WI tonight and zero pounds but 3 inches. My coach was pleased but I admit I was hoping for pounds too. I guess I'm still struggling with digestive issues right now. I also wonder if I'm retaining some water. I treated myself to Crystal Light Appletini mix this weekend but it contains aspartame and it can affect me. Oh well. It will even out eventually. This was my last WI until January. I'm on my way to BC to visit my Mom and family for Christmas. I'm back home on Dec 31. It will be a busy trip as I'm trying to get together with almost everyone I know in the province but I plan to take a bit of me time as well. I'll need to keep up with all of you to keep me motivated to stay strong over the holidays. I've got my food all packed so I plan to do awesome.
Congrats on the 3 inches! It sure says something is happening! I'm with you on the water retention. It can happen so easily!
Enjoy your family over the holiday!

KitKat169
12-19-2012, 07:14 PM
My travel day isn't going as well as planned. First I cut up veggies for the trip but in my rush when my friend picked me up, I forgot them in the fridge. I found a salad at the airport to eat on the plane with my IP crispy cereal muffins but it had feta and tomatoes on it too. I ate some of the feta because I didn't have any dressing. Tomatoes are normally fine but I've had them at home for three days so I shouldn't be having any more this week. I am now in the Calgary airport waiting for my next flight. All planes are delayed because of snow in Vancouver (I wanted rain not snow when I got there). So I stop at a restaurant in the airport. Not even the salads there are IP friendly. I had sausage soup with "garden veggies". More tomatoes and a bit of corn and beans. It was a small serving. I have my bars with me so I'll have enough IP food to get me through to Vancouver but I'm really missing the veggies. I'll do another trip around the airport to see if I can find something more. Maybe I can order chicken wings with blue cheese dip and celery sticks, hold the chicken and dip!

rofl306
12-19-2012, 08:24 PM
I am planning for my travel. I thought of how difficult it is to get veggies on the go. I decided to make more stewed rhubarb and can it for travel. Well the best laid plans need attention. I put the rhubarb and water on the stove but forgot it. Saved it just in time to not burn to the bottom of the pot - little to no liquid left. But I was able to can enough for yummy travel (by car) veggies that dont need to stay cool.

KitKat169
12-19-2012, 10:00 PM
The travel saga continues. I've now been in Calgary airport 2 1/2 hours longer than I should have been and there is another hour 15 to go for the current predicted take-off. I ended up leaving security and found roasted chicken with mushrooms for dinner. Then I spoiled myself with a 15-minute chair massage and 15-minute oxygen therapy session. So at least now I'm fed, relaxed, energized by the oxygen and spending time on 3FC using free Wifi. Got to make the best of an uncontrollable situation.

rofl306
12-19-2012, 10:20 PM
Kitkat169 so sorry the weather has affected your travel plans! Best wishes for a safe journey!

scorbett1103
12-19-2012, 11:41 PM
KitKat - what a difficult day you have had, but look at how well you handled it!!! You definitely deserved the massage :)

mompattie
12-20-2012, 09:01 AM
Good morning girls!

Well I feel like absolute crap. I am restarting TODAY. I woke up this morning with this revelation and suddenly felt it was right and it was time. I'm not waiting until the 27th as previously planned. I am cutting my break SHORT. I feel done with the break, have had some holiday goodies and I feel like crap! I am ready to feel energy again!!!!!! I love IP and I love how it makes me feel!! And these carbs make me feel sluggish, sore, tired, blech. So today I am going hard! Plus the scale says 266. Shoot. Not the direction I want it to go!!!!! So now I've reloaded my glycogen tank, I've gotta purge it yet and get back into ketosis!!

This feels right. Break officially over.

Starshine
12-20-2012, 09:10 AM
Welcome back, Mompattie! Sorry you feel so ill from the carbs, but thank you for letting me know! That tells me I should really watch it, and not get all those carbs in. So it's helpful info.

Hope getting back to ketosis is easy for you!

ragdoll74
12-20-2012, 09:16 AM
That was quick Mompattie! Welcome back

rainbowsmiles
12-20-2012, 09:20 AM
ok all you beautiful ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!
i wish you all a fabulous week....and a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
taking a lap top so might get some air time...but if not, know that you are all in my thoughts and THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT this past year!!

i am over the moon excited about the prospect of seeing some S.N.O.W.!!!!

VERMONT.......HERE I COME!!!! OK LITTLE MOOSEY MOOSES....I am gonna be looking for U!!!!

leaving 2nite...first stop....DC....then on to LADY LIBERTY!!!

see ya soon brooklyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and mother nature...PLEASE KEEP SENDING THE SNOW TO VERMONT!!!

i'm dreaming of a white Christmas!!!!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-20-2012, 09:21 AM
mompattie....i love you!!!

Starshine
12-20-2012, 09:32 AM
Have a great time, Rainbow! I love Vermont! I have a VT sticker on my car that is sooooo old. :) Hope you get the snow and you get to wear that killer black dress too! Have a great holiday! :)

mompattie
12-20-2012, 11:26 AM
mompattie....i love you!!!

Right back at ya babe!!! Merry Christmas Rainbow and have an amazing wonderful holiday!!!!

stargirl66
12-20-2012, 11:42 AM
Mompattie - so glad you'ved decided on your own to get back on the plan earlier than anticipated. You got this! It's amazing how quickly some foods can make us not feel so good, and troubling to think we let ourselves feel that way for so long. No more!

Rainbow, have a wonderful trip! We are right in the middle of a blizzard (10-14" forecast today), so we are guaranteed a white Christmas.

Liz - Great job on the half-marathon, you're an inspiration! It's great to know that P1 is always there when we need it. Such a simple program - LOVE!

The scale continues to move in the right direction. According to my scale at home, I'm just about half-way to goal.

I saw my Mom and Dad for the first time last night since I've lost all this weight, and they were just so surprised, amazed and happy for my success. "What a transformation!" It was exciting :-)

Happy Holidays to all my IP friends. May you have wonderful time with family and friends, and get ready to rock 2013!

LizRR
12-20-2012, 02:40 PM
Wow, can I just say how awesome it is to see Cadu is back! I am so happy to see her back, even with life 'hiccups' we are all here for each other. I plan on sticking with you IPeeps for a loooooong time. One of the traits of successful maintenance is community, and this is more like family.

The travel saga continues. I've now been in Calgary airport 2 1/2 hours longer than I should have been and there is another hour 15 to go for the current predicted take-off. I ended up leaving security and found roasted chicken with mushrooms for dinner. Then I spoiled myself with a 15-minute chair massage and 15-minute oxygen therapy session. So at least now I'm fed, relaxed, energized by the oxygen and spending time on 3FC using free Wifi. Got to make the best of an uncontrollable situation.

Kitkat, sounds like you turned chicken-$h!t into chicken salad! I loooove those chair massages...

Good morning girls!

This feels right. Break officially over.

Lol...that was short! I must say, it's amazing how Bad you feel eating Bad Food...love you beautiful lady, enjoy your healthy holiday season to the fullest! Really brings out how you really are what you eat...

lisa32989
12-20-2012, 04:11 PM
Okay, any thoughts of quitting early are out the window (I didn't have them now but you never know what a few more months could bring).
I want to feel great, greater, greatest! Any foods that make me feel otherwise are out. I just can't take it anymore (the feeling bad like I did before IP)

Thanks Mompattie and others for sharing your experience.

wuv2bloved
12-20-2012, 04:17 PM
Okay, any thoughts of quitting early are out the window (I didn't have them now but you never know what a few more months could bring).
I want to feel great, greater, greatest! Any foods that make me feel otherwise are out. I just can't take it anymore (the feeling bad like I did before IP)

Thanks Mompattie and others for sharing your experience.

Good decision!!!..stay focused!!

Willi
12-20-2012, 07:53 PM
mompattie - I didn't get a chance to say that I will certainly support you while you phase off because you are back!! Way to go GF, you are an inspiration for me!

Rainbow- enjoy the snow. If you don't get enough of it you can always come back to Nova Scotia. We have our share now!

KitKat169
12-20-2012, 08:59 PM
Good morning girls!

Well I feel like absolute crap. I am restarting TODAY. I woke up this morning with this revelation and suddenly felt it was right and it was time. I'm not waiting until the 27th as previously planned. I am cutting my break SHORT. I feel done with the break, have had some holiday goodies and I feel like crap! I am ready to feel energy again!!!!!! I love IP and I love how it makes me feel!! And these carbs make me feel sluggish, sore, tired, blech. So today I am going hard! Plus the scale says 266. Shoot. Not the direction I want it to go!!!!! So now I've reloaded my glycogen tank, I've gotta purge it yet and get back into ketosis!!

This feels right. Break officially over.

You got it! Congrats on the break lesson learned and recommitting back a bit early. I told my coach just before leaving on holidays that I may have troubles staying 100% but my planned cheats are eating extra vegetables (IP approved ones). So if you need to give in still over the holidays maybe that is an option for you.

ok all you beautiful ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!
i wish you all a fabulous week....and a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
taking a lap top so might get some air time...but if not, know that you are all in my thoughts and THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT this past year!!

i am over the moon excited about the prospect of seeing some S.N.O.W.!!!!

VERMONT.......HERE I COME!!!! OK LITTLE MOOSEY MOOSES....I am gonna be looking for U!!!!

leaving 2nite...first stop....DC....then on to LADY LIBERTY!!!

see ya soon brooklyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and mother nature...PLEASE KEEP SENDING THE SNOW TO VERMONT!!!

i'm dreaming of a white Christmas!!!!!!

Have a great trip Rainbow!


Kitkat, sounds like you turned chicken-$h!t into chicken salad! I loooove those chair massages....

I love the way you put things!

I finally arrived in Vancouver 4 hours later than planned but safe and sound. They aren't used to snow so it is funny to hear how the city shuts down. However they had high winds too so that didn't help. Today I settled in at my mom's, shopped for vegetables and I'm now making dinner. It is easier to stay OP when I take control of the food! I had an easy shopping trip to finish my Christmas shopping: we don't buy gifts in my family but instead we are making school kits to donate to MCC for missions. Last year I had to search several stores for the items on my list but this year they had enough in stock at the first store I went to. So now it's time to sit back and enjoy the visiting.

MonicaKolesnik
12-20-2012, 10:09 PM
Good morning girls!

Well I feel like absolute crap. I am restarting TODAY. I woke up this morning with this revelation and suddenly felt it was right and it was time. I'm not waiting until the 27th as previously planned. I am cutting my break SHORT. I feel done with the break, have had some holiday goodies and I feel like crap! I am ready to feel energy again!!!!!! I love IP and I love how it makes me feel!! And these carbs make me feel sluggish, sore, tired, blech. So today I am going hard! Plus the scale says 266. Shoot. Not the direction I want it to go!!!!! So now I've reloaded my glycogen tank, I've gotta purge it yet and get back into ketosis!!

This feels right. Break officially over.

So glad your back!! Hope for your weightloss to get a good kickstart!
:carrot::carrot::cb::cb::broc::broc: :kickbutt:

mompattie
12-20-2012, 11:33 PM
Wow, can I just say how awesome it is to see Cadu is back! I am so happy to see her back, even with life 'hiccups' we are all here for each other. I plan on sticking with you IPeeps for a loooooong time. One of the traits of successful maintenance is community, and this is more like family.



Kitkat, sounds like you turned chicken-$h!t into chicken salad! I loooove those chair massages...



Lol...that was short! I must say, it's amazing how Bad you feel eating Bad Food...love you beautiful lady, enjoy your healthy holiday season to the fullest! Really brings out how you really are what you eat...

You got it! Congrats on the break lesson learned and recommitting back a bit early. I told my coach just before leaving on holidays that I may have troubles staying 100% but my planned cheats are eating extra vegetables (IP approved ones). So if you need to give in still over the holidays maybe that is an option for you.



Have a great trip Rainbow!



I love the way you put things!

I finally arrived in Vancouver 4 hours later than planned but safe and sound. They aren't used to snow so it is funny to hear how the city shuts down. However they had high winds too so that didn't help. Today I settled in at my mom's, shopped for vegetables and I'm now making dinner. It is easier to stay OP when I take control of the food! I had an easy shopping trip to finish my Christmas shopping: we don't buy gifts in my family but instead we are making school kits to donate to MCC for missions. Last year I had to search several stores for the items on my list but this year they had enough in stock at the first store I went to. So now it's time to sit back and enjoy the visiting.

So glad your back!! Hope for your weightloss to get a good kickstart!
:carrot::carrot::cb::cb::broc::broc: :kickbutt:

Thanks guys!!!!! Love ya right back!!! It's awesome to see Cadu back! I love and need this forum and all you guys! We're here for each other, through thick and thin! I'm excited for tomorrow's my last day of work before Christmas! I'm ready for a break! Planning veggies and washing salad to tote along! :carrot:

Cindy56
12-21-2012, 06:54 AM
Okay, any thoughts of quitting early are out the window (I didn't have them now but you never know what a few more months could bring).
I want to feel great, greater, greatest! Any foods that make me feel otherwise are out. I just can't take it anymore (the feeling bad like I did before IP)

Thanks Mompattie and others for sharing your experience.

I couldn't agree more. Thanks, mompattie, for taking one for the team! I think that you've saved a few of us from giving into some Christmas carb temptations! You've just confirmed that it's just not worth it. Thanks for your very generous gift to those who may have been contemplating a little detour over the holidays. My raspberry jelly is going to taste even better this morning since I know that I'm going to be 100% OP no matter what.

Thanks again, Mompattie, for sharing.

fam4me
12-21-2012, 11:43 AM
Enjoying a day off from work and taking time to read this thread. So glad to everyone staying OP for Christmas. I keep telling myself that I can have a rolled out cookie next year. Just started the novi-cleanse. Hoping it alleviates some of the stomach aches I get. My coach also said that getting rid of the toxins will allow my body to work on getting rid of fat instead of the toxins. Finishing some Christmas baking today and last minute preparations.

IdealProteinNewbie
12-21-2012, 10:48 PM
I would like to join this group!!! I offically hit 80 pounds down today (40 left to go but I know I can achieve it) and this group has been amazing. Wuv, LizRR, WingNut, etc. you are all awesome!!!

Yesmyqueen
12-21-2012, 10:49 PM
Good morning girls!

Well I feel like absolute crap. I am restarting TODAY. I woke up this morning with this revelation and suddenly felt it was right and it was time. I'm not waiting until the 27th as previously planned. I am cutting my break SHORT. I feel done with the break, have had some holiday goodies and I feel like crap! I am ready to feel energy again!!!!!! I love IP and I love how it makes me feel!! And these carbs make me feel sluggish, sore, tired, blech. So today I am going hard! Plus the scale says 266. Shoot. Not the direction I want it to go!!!!! So now I've reloaded my glycogen tank, I've gotta purge it yet and get back into ketosis!!

This feels right. Break officially over.
Pattie, were all here for you and you will feel better in no time at all, you got this!

Mompattie - so glad you'ved decided on your own to get back on the plan earlier than anticipated. You got this! It's amazing how quickly some foods can make us not feel so good, and troubling to think we let ourselves feel that way for so long. No more!

Rainbow, have a wonderful trip! We are right in the middle of a blizzard (10-14" forecast today), so we are guaranteed a white Christmas.

Liz - Great job on the half-marathon, you're an inspiration! It's great to know that P1 is always there when we need it. Such a simple program - LOVE!

The scale continues to move in the right direction. According to my scale at home, I'm just about half-way to goal.

I saw my Mom and Dad for the first time last night since I've lost all this weight, and they were just so surprised, amazed and happy for my success. "What a transformation!" It was exciting :-)

Happy Holidays to all my IP friends. May you have wonderful time with family and friends, and get ready to rock 2013!

Star girl you have really done great! Good job and happy holidays to you and everyone as well!

IP43
12-21-2012, 11:50 PM
I had sent MomPattie a note saying "don't do it" , then read the postings here so see my message came too late. I mentioned to her that I "took a break" in October, and it has been a 2 month battle to get back on track. I wasn't too worried about it, but now 20 pounds heavier (OMG-That fast!!!) I don't think I'm waiting till the New Year either. However, I don't have all the supplies and we're travelling, so I'm doing some healthier eating till the New Year, and have plans to see my coach the week I return to get back in the groove and earn the right to post here officially ;) I also feel like crap these days. Bring me some water and veggies! I've missed them!
Have a great holiday all. I'll probably be able to "catch up" when I'm chill-axin' in Florida. Can't wait for some sunshine!

Getting up to get in the car for 4:00 a.m. so better get back to packing.:clause:

sonyainva
12-22-2012, 08:13 AM
I had sent MomPattie a note saying "don't do it" , then read the postings here so see my message came too late. I mentioned to her that I "took a break" in October, and it has been a 2 month battle to get back on track. I wasn't too worried about it, but now 20 pounds heavier (OMG-That fast!!!) I don't think I'm waiting till the New Year either. However, I don't have all the supplies and we're travelling, so I'm doing some healthier eating till the New Year, and have plans to see my coach the week I return to get back in the groove and earn the right to post here officially ;) I also feel like crap these days. Bring me some water and veggies! I've missed them!
Have a great holiday all. I'll probably be able to "catch up" when I'm chill-axin' in Florida. Can't wait for some sunshine!

Getting up to get in the car for 4:00 a.m. so better get back to packing.:clause:P

Will catch up when you come back, sunshine sounds so good.

I would like to join this group!!! I offically hit 80 pounds down today (40 left to go but I know I can achieve it) and this group has been amazing. Wuv, LizRR, WingNut, etc. you are all awesome!!!

Congrats on losing 80, thats fabulous.

Mompattie- truly happy to see you are back on ip. It gets tempting. All the mind games I play in my own head, so not funny.

Its a journey filled with joy, fear, exhilliration, doubt, determination, fear of p4. But together we will get through

LizRR
12-22-2012, 11:46 AM
Hey 100%ers! Hope all is well, I have been lurking more lately - mostly because my laptop sucks and I only have my phone to reliably work with at home. But I have a feeling 'Santa' is going to remedy that situation in a few days. My son is in the shower w/hubby, he is doing much better today - still a cough, but not as congested - poor little guy was MISERABLE yesterday. Highlight though was constant cuddling on the couch with him napping on my chest.

I am at the high end of my 'safe zone', I adopted Mailie's +/-3lb rule of maintenance and have been saying I was going to Phase 1 to nip it in the bud, but the past 2 days of being home and unstructured schedule have led to unplanned snacks, etc - no fun days, but definitely would feel more comfortable getting to the lower end. I 'lost track' of things without that set menu and routine, one of the reasons I love the 'What Are You Eating Today' thread...makes you plan it out! Paired with my fatsecret.com tracking of what I actually eat it is a great way to get insight.

KitKat169
12-22-2012, 08:27 PM
Just checking in for the day. I had a bit of a snap at my mom this afternoon who ate one of my BBQ ridges as I was putting them in a bowl for my snack. I know it was only one but I was really hungry and she was already eating an apple so no need for her to eat my food too! I won't use this as an excuse to eat a second snack though. For dinner tonight I'm making chicken, turnip fries and roasted fennel. So far, it has been easy staying OP with the limited events. For Monday night I'm going to a get together with lots of really bad/good appies and desserts. I'm taking the stuffed mushroom cap recipe that I posted in the recipe threads a few days ago.

lisa32989
12-23-2012, 02:16 PM
Okay, I'm sore from laying around too much nursing this nasty cold.
Today I got up and made zucchini maple oatmeal muffins for "brunch" (11 am breakfast!)

Dinner with friends tonite at a fabulous steak house. They chose this place BECAUSE of my diet. Gotta love friends who ROCK!

Tomorrow is Christmas with the in-laws.
Nuff said? LOL.
In their defense, they are really trying. DH told me they are ordering-in food and getting meatballs, pasta, & salad. Everyone is bringing desserts. They've asked to have some meatballs w/o sauce specifically for me. How sweet of them for trying! I'm getting ready to call to thank them and also let them know meatballs will have off-plan fillers. I'll bring my own, with sauce I can have. I'm also going to find out about appetizers and offer to bring my standard veggie tray. These people DO NOT eat healthy so I'll load it with ranch dip and carrots, in addition to the celery and cukes for me.

WLS Cocomint frozen pudding will cure any sweet desire I'll have during dessert. Just to be sure, I'll have something different at home tonite.

I may bring some coffee in a thermos, since they aren't coffee drinkers and last time I had coffee there it was...not really drinkable.

Tuesday we leave for FL. Long day in airports. Celery and cukes will be my friend and I'll get a salad at ATL on our layover :p. I was glad to read about other people not having luck with RTD in carry-on so I'll just bring my shaker and packets (bringing an extra just in case). All will be well.
We'll leave the house about 8:30 am and because of the layover and change in time zone, won't be in West Palm Beach until almost 6 pm....long day BUT the snow Scrooge will escape predicted snow in St Louis!

IP43
12-23-2012, 10:32 PM
Well I made it to FLA and was pleased to see the "low carb" menu at the crock and block, and many restaurants with calories etc. posted. Very cool! Unlike my flying friends, I did 15 hours driving day one, and another 12 today (with 2 ADHD kids in a squished truck) .... and I wonder why I'm getting greyer! LOL... Thank goodness for "tech toys" to keep those boys busy. 27 hours of licence plate bingo or "the wheels on the bus go..." just wouldn't fly for my guys.
Looking forward to time to catch up on 3FC!

IP43
12-23-2012, 10:37 PM
Oh I forgot. My MIL brought over a thing by the Epicure spice company that you can cook apple slices, veggies etc. in microwave. 4-6 min later you have a small batch of toasty chips! She apologized that each batch took so long and I laughed and said "usually this takes me 3 hours in my oven so I can wait 6 min!!
Of course she had some diff spices etc. but I didn't care about those. I want me one of those gadgets! It looks like a rubber rack but has holes and legs so there is air flow all around. For best results, let chips sit a few minutes to crisp up even more. Mmmmm.....
(Note: Even tho I loved it and wanted it and she said she never hardly uses it, she didn't leave it for me so I'll have to find out how to get one on my own. I'm not sure if Epicure is in the States tho')

lisa32989
12-23-2012, 10:54 PM
Oh I forgot. My MIL brought over a thing by the Epicure spice company that you can cook apple slices, veggies etc. in microwave. 4-6 min later you have a small batch of toasty chips! She apologized that each batch took so long and I laughed and said "usually this takes me 3 hours in my oven so I can wait 6 min!!
Of course she had some diff spices etc. but I didn't care about those. I want me one of those gadgets! It looks like a rubber rack but has holes and legs so there is air flow all around. For best results, let chips sit a few minutes to crisp up even more. Mmmmm.....
(Note: Even tho I loved it and wanted it and she said she never hardly uses it, she didn't leave it for me so I'll have to find out how to get one on my own. I'm not sure if Epicure is in the States tho')
I'm pretty sure I saw one of those at Bed Bath and Beyond. And if not there, it is available thru Pampered Chef, if PC is in Canada.

Hgamroth
12-23-2012, 11:01 PM
Hello all!!! Today is my birthday and my hubby bought me a DEHYDRATOR!!!!! I am so excited to make zucchini chips tomorrow!!!! I have been having a hard times lately with making food choices and I also feel that it has to do with lack of planning. When I was in phase 1 EVERY meal was planned out and with parties, shopping and having company, I am really struggling. My personal goal tomorrow is to PLAN PLAN PLAN!

IP43
12-23-2012, 11:04 PM
I'm pretty sure I saw one of those at Bed Bath and Beyond. And if not there, it is available thru Pampered Chef, if PC is in Canada.

Thanks Lisa. We DO have Pampered Chef - which I love- but I'll look for the other store too. Much appreciated.

stargirl66
12-23-2012, 11:13 PM
Hello all!!! Today is my birthday and my hubby bought me a DEHYDRATOR!!!!! I am so excited to make zucchini chips tomorrow!!!! I have been having a hard times lately with making food choices and I also feel that it has to do with lack of planning. When I was in phase 1 EVERY meal was planned out and with parties, shopping and having company, I am really struggling. My personal goal tomorrow is to PLAN PLAN PLAN!

Happy Birthday Holly! :bday2you:Enjoy that dehydrator :)

IP43
12-23-2012, 11:17 PM
Happy Birthday Holly! :bday2you:Enjoy that dehydrator :)

Nothin' says "Happy Birthday" quite like turkey jerky or zuchinni chips! LOL Enjoy!

Beck81
12-24-2012, 12:32 AM
Hello all!!! Today is my birthday and my hubby bought me a DEHYDRATOR!!!!! I am so excited to make zucchini chips tomorrow!!!! I have been having a hard times lately with making food choices and I also feel that it has to do with lack of planning. When I was in phase 1 EVERY meal was planned out and with parties, shopping and having company, I am really struggling. My personal goal tomorrow is to PLAN PLAN PLAN!

Happy Birthday, Holly! I don't like to hear you're struggling in maintenance as I'll be there soon. Figure it out for me and let me know. :)

Hey 100%'s, I finally got on my laptop and figured out how to post a avatar picture! It is a picture of me at my sons wedding. I've lost 20 more since then and I am almost to goal so I'll put up before and afters, once I figure that out. ;) Have a wonderful Christmas.

IdealProteinNewbie
12-24-2012, 01:25 AM
Wow, Beck81, you look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

Beck81
12-24-2012, 01:54 AM
Wow, Beck81, you look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

Aw, thanks!

Willi
12-24-2012, 06:50 AM
Wow, Beck81, you look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree, you do look amazing!

Willi
12-24-2012, 07:17 AM
All the best of the season to all of you!

scorbett1103
12-24-2012, 08:12 AM
Happy Christmas Eve!!! Littlest one was up early so we're watching the Curious George Christmas special, and I'm sipping on a post-exercise Syntrax Nectar Cappuccino :) My house is going to start looking like a GNC if this keeps up, I LOVE the Syntrax drink mixes!

Today's game plan is finishing up the last baking orders (well, one baking order, and one cake pop bouquet for my pastor and his family!), making cutout cookies with the kids, wrapping family gifts with the kids' help, and then I'm singing at two services tonight. I am going to switch lunch and dinner because I'm going to be at church from 4pm to 9pm, and it'll just be easier to bring a bar or snack item than try and pack dinner. Tomorrow will be the same, but only because my in laws are doing Christmas dinner early since I have to work at 3pm.

And in other good news, I've been tracking my meals on MyFitnessPal and it's been saying I'll be BELOW my goal weight in 5 weeks! If that's true, I might actually be phasing off around my birthday!!! That would be an amazing birthday present for myself - a new physique, better health and the first year in a LONG time where weight loss was not on my "to do" list!

Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday!!!

Willi
12-24-2012, 08:33 AM
Happy birthday Holly!

Hgamroth
12-24-2012, 10:36 AM
Happy Birthday, Holly! I don't like to hear you're struggling in maintenance as I'll be there soon. Figure it out for me and let me know. :)

Hey 100%'s, I finally got on my laptop and figured out how to post a avatar picture! It is a picture of me at my sons wedding. I've lost 20 more since then and I am almost to goal so I'll put up before and afters, once I figure that out. ;) Have a wonderful Christmas.

Thank you and I love seeing your picture! You look great! As far as my struggling, at least I know why I am struggling and I can fix it. TOM is also late again so my 3+ gain is probably related to that as well. Planning is KEY to staying successful. I was just catching up on posts and it sounds like LizRR is going through the same thing. I am still new at maintenance so the only advice I can give is to PLAN. :)

ragdoll74
12-24-2012, 11:17 AM
Happy birthday Holly!

Beck81 you look great! 1 lb from goal also.....must feel great!

Scorbett that will be a great birthday present to yourself! I'm hoping to phase out around Valentines day, and be in maintenance by my anniversary mid March.

Starshine
12-24-2012, 12:22 PM
Happy Birthday, Holly!

And Beck you look simply stunning! :)

Scorbett, you'll be there in no time. I bet before 5 weeks. :)

I was house sitting the last two days, and OMG, all the junk in that house. I don't know how you guys do it. I live by myself, so I can control what comes in here, but over there, all the chocolate, candies, cakes, ice cream to just start the list. I stayed 100% though. :)

I've decided that when I want to eat off plan, it's a stress thing, so herbal tea is now my go too (and walking, if I can do it). It calms my mind and takes away the want to eat. I kind of feel a bit bad, as it's substituting tea for food, but sill, it calms me down and just de-stresses me, so I don't think it's a bad habit, as long as it doesn't become addictive.

I've lowered my goal weight by 10 pounds, so we'll see what I look like then. Still lots of fluff (thanks for the term, Scorbett. :)) that I want to get off.

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Hope the holidays are happy, full of joy, and everything you want them to be. :snowglo:

lisa32989
12-24-2012, 01:13 PM
Hi all
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!
:tree:
I went to the store early today to get some last-minute items and...argh! Forgot the green beans for tonite's family (in-law)get-together. So, back to the store I go...and I'm betting it'll be much more crowded than when I was there earlier. :p

I posted in the daily & won't cross-post other than to say I had my WI today and I was down 3 more lbs! I was SO AFRAID to put my next mini goal as my NYE challenge goal weight but now it is definitely within my sites!

As you 100%ers all know, there is NOTHING BETTER than going to a fancy dinner with friends on a Sunday nite and having a Monday morning weigh in with NO WORRIES b/c you remained 100% OP. I had a fabulous steak last nite. It was 12 oz so I cut about a third off and gave it to my husband (I'm surprised he isn't GAINING weight while I'm on IP). He also took my squash b/c I misunderstood when the waitress described the veggies but he traded & gave me some asparagus (I thought it was summer squash, not winter squash...oh well)

One of our friends couldn't keep his hands out of the bread basket and I told him we could put it by me...I'm really shocked at that this morning. I just don't want that stuff. What a difference a few months on IP makes (besides the 50+ pounds off me!). I want this attitude with food to stay with me forever. I NEED this attitude about food to stay with me forever.

This is my Christmas wish.

ShanCo
12-24-2012, 02:25 PM
"I want this attitude with food to stay with me forever. I NEED this attitude about food to stay with me forever. This is my Christmas wish."

LOVE this Lisa! I agree mine too!!! :)

Starshine
12-24-2012, 02:28 PM
"I want this attitude with food to stay with me forever. I NEED this attitude about food to stay with me forever. This is my Christmas wish."

LOVE this Lisa! I agree mine too!!! :)

Me too! Happy Holidays, All! :)

ragdoll74
12-24-2012, 02:42 PM
Starshine...Ithink the tea and walking are a healthy way to deal with stress!

Lisa- You are almost to onderland!

I was thrilled to have a 3 lb loss this morning, making it a total of 9 in 3 weeks. If this momentum continues I'll be at goal in 7 weeks. Not sure if I will be phasing out after that or lowering my goal. I think I want to get down to 23% body fat, which means lowering my goal 6-7 lbs.

I also won my league's fantasy football superbowl yesterday. =) I'm not sure what was more exciting...winning the superbowl or losing 3 lbs this week.

MonicaKolesnik
12-24-2012, 04:31 PM
I want this attitude with food to stay with me forever. I NEED this attitude about food to stay with me forever.

This is my Christmas wish.

Lisa I am hoping this is the attitude that comes thru by the end of the week when my family comes down. I have had such good momentum right now (its like the weight is just melting off) and I don't want to do anything to jeopardize that. Now it's off to work my three 12hr night shifts over Christmas. I am hoping for all of you to have a healthy happy Christmas!!! I am sure I will be here for support multiple times over this holiday season and love getting inspired from all of you strong 100% er's :hug::no:

Starshine
12-24-2012, 04:32 PM
Radgoll, that is a great loss! Congrats on that. I do hope you get to goal soon. I know you will! :)

Congrats to on the fantasy football! Two wins in two days. Can't be more happy for you. :)

Yesmyqueen
12-25-2012, 12:29 AM
Merry Xmas to all! So glad to be sharing this change of life journey with you all and thank you all for sharing your advice and experience. Teena

KitKat169
12-25-2012, 04:21 AM
Merry Christmas everyone!

MonicaKolesnik
12-25-2012, 04:46 AM
:snow4::gift2::rudolph::snow4::gift2::rudolph:
Merry Christmas too you all!!!! Me at work on nights trying to look like I am excited!!http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q715/Monica_Kolesnik/image_zps2535c674.jpg

Hgamroth
12-25-2012, 06:51 PM
Merry Christmas!!!

Monica, you are really slimming down! Wonderful!

Hey if anyone wants an idea for a great calorie burner...Just Dance! Holy Moly is my daughter giving me a workout and we are having a blast!

Cadu
12-25-2012, 08:04 PM
Merry Christmas Everybody
I am starting over tomorrow. It is bitter sweet for me. I am so looking forward to feeling better and looking better again and mostly to gaining control again..... but... I am so not looking forward to those first few days. I remember that they were rough for me. By day 5 I was feeling great so I do have that to look forward to.
Welp, Let the Journey begin...

MonicaKolesnik
12-25-2012, 08:15 PM
Merry Christmas Everybody
I am starting over tomorrow. It is bitter sweet for me. I am so looking forward to feeling better and looking better again and mostly to gaining control again..... but... I am so not looking forward to those first few days. I remember that they were rough for me. By day 5 I was feeling great so I do have that to look forward to.
Welp, Let the Journey begin...

Good luck to you on your re-start. The first few days will suck but thankfully you already know how great it feels once you get through it. We are all here for support :)

It will be a great Christmas present to yourself. :present:

Thanks Hgamroth!!! You look great!!

Cadu
12-25-2012, 08:20 PM
Good luck to you on your re-start. The first few days will suck but thankfully you already know how great it feels once you get through it. We are all here for support :)

It will be a great Christmas present to yourself. :present:

Thanks Hgamroth!!! You look great!!

Thank you Monica.. I am going to cash in on that support invite :D

WingnutandMe
12-25-2012, 09:16 PM
Thank you Monica.. I am going to cash in on that support invite :D

All the support you gave some of us will be returned fourfold. You know how valuable it is to depend on the forum. It can be addicting, but it's a worthwhile addiction. Stick with us.

Love you, Cadu :hug: :hug:

Molly

Hgamroth
12-25-2012, 09:48 PM
Merry Christmas Everybody
I am starting over tomorrow. It is bitter sweet for me. I am so looking forward to feeling better and looking better again and mostly to gaining control again..... but... I am so not looking forward to those first few days. I remember that they were rough for me. By day 5 I was feeling great so I do have that to look forward to.
Welp, Let the Journey begin...

I am starting right along with you so we can support each other. I have had a very hard time the last week and do not like seeing the scale creeping up. I need to keep a careful watch on those numbers. I loved how I felt on phase 1 and I want that control again as well. Good luck Cadu! You can do it! :hug:

IP43
12-25-2012, 11:07 PM
:hohoho:Merry Christmas all! My gift to me was an empty shopping bag with a note that I get to fill it with post Christmas sales. May change that to buying some products I don't have at home. Shopping is shopping so I'll enjoy either way!
Enjoyed Christmas poolside with my boys -- shuffleboard and tennis as well. Beat them at a basketball free throw too. I think we were all surprised but it's nice to have more energy than I used to. I think I'll just have fun "playing" all week!

Beck81
12-25-2012, 11:35 PM
I agree, you do look amazing!
Thanks!

Thank you and I love seeing your picture! You look great! As far as my struggling, at least I know why I am struggling and I can fix it. TOM is also late again so my 3+ gain is probably related to that as well. Planning is KEY to staying successful. I was just catching up on posts and it sounds like LizRR is going through the same thing. I am still new at maintenance so the only advice I can give is to PLAN. :)
You, Liz and I will have to figure it out together.

Happy birthday Holly!

Beck81 you look great! 1 lb from goal also.....must feel great!

Scorbett that will be a great birthday present to yourself! I'm hoping to phase out around Valentines day, and be in maintenance by my anniversary mid March.
Thanks!

Happy Birthday, Holly!

And Beck you look simply stunning! :)

Scorbett, you'll be there in no time. I bet before 5 weeks. :)

I was house sitting the last two days, and OMG, all the junk in that house. I don't know how you guys do it. I live by myself, so I can control what comes in here, but over there, all the chocolate, candies, cakes, ice cream to just start the list. I stayed 100% though. :)

I've decided that when I want to eat off plan, it's a stress thing, so herbal tea is now my go too (and walking, if I can do it). It calms my mind and takes away the want to eat. I kind of feel a bit bad, as it's substituting tea for food, but sill, it calms me down and just de-stresses me, so I don't think it's a bad habit, as long as it doesn't become addictive.

I've lowered my goal weight by 10 pounds, so we'll see what I look like then. Still lots of fluff (thanks for the term, Scorbett. :)) that I want to get off.

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Hope the holidays are happy, full of joy, and everything you want them to be. :snowglo:

Thank you. My husband has chocolates, ice cream, chips all the time and I have stayed away for 8 months and hope I can continue.

Merry Christmas Everybody
I am starting over tomorrow. It is bitter sweet for me. I am so looking forward to feeling better and looking better again and mostly to gaining control again..... but... I am so not looking forward to those first few days. I remember that they were rough for me. By day 5 I was feeling great so I do have that to look forward to.
Welp, Let the Journey begin...

Welcome back Cadu. You can do it!

I made it through 3 days of Christmas gatherings and stayed OP! My family's today had tons of good food and I wasn't even tempted. WI tomorrow as long as I can move the appointment up as I have to go into work earlier. I should make my goal and the 100 lb weight loss. I was 127.4 on my scale this morning which is usually 2-3 lbs less than my coaches. I am still nervous about phasing off...

scorbett1103
12-25-2012, 11:55 PM
Beck81 you look amazing!!

Oh and I missed Holly's birthday! :woo::celebrate::balloons:
Happy Birthday lady!

Congrats to everyone who stayed OP during this holiday!!! I stuck to my guns too, even though my Christmas eve schedule got TOTALLY botched (I completely missed lunch, which was supposed to be my protein meal, and was off schedule even though I stayed on plan), and in spite of the goodies I had a delicious OP dinner of turkey and rutabaga this afternoon. I pretty much used my game plan from Thanksgiving, so I wasn't stressed :)

Hope everyone enjoyed a safe and happy holiday!!

scorbett1103
12-25-2012, 11:57 PM
Beck, I am really nervous about phasing off and maintenance too - I am terrible at calorie counting and I just hope I can find the right balance of food and exercise with as little math as possible :) I wonder if we over-think maintenance a bit because P1 is SO easy, as soon as we have to "fly solo" we freak out. I feel like it should be simpler than we make it. We'll see once I'm there....

Beck81
12-26-2012, 12:14 AM
Beck, I am really nervous about phasing off and maintenance too - I am terrible at calorie counting and I just hope I can find the right balance of food and exercise with as little math as possible :) I wonder if we over-think maintenance a bit because P1 is SO easy, as soon as we have to "fly solo" we freak out. I feel like it should be simpler than we make it. We'll see once I'm there....

Thanks, Scorbett. Phase 1 was so easy for me. Knowing exactly what you could eat made it pretty simple. But I think being in ketosis helped so much with the cravings and hunger. I know I have to continue with lots of veggies and stay away from most carbs. I plan to stay on this forum which has helped so much. I don't always post that much but I read it all the time. So thanks everyone!

KitKat169
12-26-2012, 02:36 AM
Merry Christmas Everybody
I am starting over tomorrow. It is bitter sweet for me. I am so looking forward to feeling better and looking better again and mostly to gaining control again..... but... I am so not looking forward to those first few days. I remember that they were rough for me. By day 5 I was feeling great so I do have that to look forward to.
Welp, Let the Journey begin...

It's great to have you back Cadu :D


I made it through 3 days of Christmas gatherings and stayed OP! My family's today had tons of good food and I wasn't even tempted. WI tomorrow as long as I can move the appointment up as I have to go into work earlier. I should make my goal and the 100 lb weight loss. I was 127.4 on my scale this morning which is usually 2-3 lbs less than my coaches. I am still nervous about phasing off...

WOW! I can't believe you'll make goal soon and isn't it funny that it will be during the time of the year where everyone else gains. Good luck tomorrow.

I made it through the big days with just a bit of a hiccup. Christmas dinner was easy because it was at my mom's (where I'm staying so I did a lot of the prep including IP friendly options). Christmas Eve however was more challenging than I thought and I made a couple slips. I wish I had planned better. Dinner was a Subway salad and IP bar before church then afterwards I was at my brother's place with tons of finger food. I had veggies (good), chicken fingers, dry ribs and cheese (not good) as my protein meal. Past years there has been more suitable cold and hot meat options so I didn't think it would be a problem. But by then I was hungry so I felt I had to have something. I will give myself a well done for staying away from all desserts, nuts, chocolates, etc. no temptations there.

Tomorrow will be leftovers which will work fine for me. We are also going to see Les Mis movie and the chocolate soy puffs are already in my purse.

Starshine
12-26-2012, 09:53 AM
Thanks, Scorbett. Phase 1 was so easy for me. Knowing exactly what you could eat made it pretty simple. But I think being in ketosis helped so much with the cravings and hunger. I know I have to continue with lots of veggies and stay away from most carbs. I plan to stay on this forum which has helped so much. I don't always post that much but I read it all the time. So thanks everyone!

That's my plan also when I hit maintenance. I can't be doing sweets and I'm going to try to limit carbs to make sure I don't start craving those things. I got excited yesterday thinking that in maintenance, I can have green beans, Brussels sprouts, snow peas, tomatoes and eggplant all in one week. :) If I keep up that way, I think I may do okay in maintenance. Vegetables have to be my focus.

My day yesterday was a bit rough. I was by myself most of the day for the first time in years. It was hard staying on plan. I actually ended up with more veggies than I should have had (1 extra cup of spinach), but other than that, I had lots of tea, watched the Doctor Who Christmas special :) and took a long bath with salts and some wonderfully smelling oils.

Oh, and you guys will understand this, my TOM is well into it's second week. Oh, I wish TOM would find another place to play. :)

Congrats to everyone who stayed on plan! :)

MrPhillips
12-26-2012, 10:03 AM
Becky81

I just looked at your before and after pictures! You look fantastic! Your my new incentive to keep motivated! Awesome job!

scorbett1103
12-26-2012, 10:57 AM
Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!

Starshine
12-26-2012, 11:03 AM
Wow, Scorbett! What a great holiday present! Congrats, congrats, congrats! :)

Hgamroth
12-26-2012, 11:05 AM
Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!

YOU. ARE. AWESOME!!!!

ragdoll74
12-26-2012, 11:49 AM
:bravo: Scorbett...that is not easy to do so close to goal!

stargirl66
12-26-2012, 12:51 PM
Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!

:dance::dance::dance:WoW, that's awesome!!!

NewPath
12-26-2012, 02:15 PM
Hello friends!
I have not been here for a while. I have missed all of you! I quickly lurked through this volume....my Gosh, you all look and sound amazing! I am on vacation so I hope to have a chance to catch up on all you 100% skinnies!!!!
Jules

dawn again
12-26-2012, 02:28 PM
Hey guys! Glad to see everyone is doing so well! I am on vacation too..got the little gas logs on cause it's freezing here!! and some cabbage cooking on the stove. Hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday season :)

lisa32989
12-26-2012, 02:42 PM
Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!
Was that Santa or the whoosh fairy?
Congrats!

Beck81
12-26-2012, 05:35 PM
Becky81

I just looked at your before and after pictures! You look fantastic! Your my new incentive to keep motivated! Awesome job!

Thank you. I have to figure out how to put it on my main page.
Thanks KitKat.
Thanks Starshine. I like the protein bars so they will be my sweets when I need them.

Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!

Way to go Scorbett! I want you in maintenance with me for all your knowledge!

Hello friends!
I have not been here for a while. I have missed all of you! I quickly lurked through this volume....my Gosh, you all look and sound amazing! I am on vacation so I hope to have a chance to catch up on all you 100% skinnies!!!!
Jules

Hi NewPath. I have been thinking of you and wondering how you were doing.

Had my weigh in today and I blew by my goal! I lost 3.8 lbs and 2 inches off my waist through Christmas even! :carrot: that deserves a dancing carrot. I'm putting 130 on my ticker but it was actually 129.8. Started phase 2 today so the hard part is beginning. Wish me luck!

Starshine
12-26-2012, 06:02 PM
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Had my weigh in today and I blew by my goal! I lost 3.8 lbs and 2 inches off my waist through Christmas even! :carrot: that deserves a dancing carrot. I'm putting 130 on my ticker but it was actually 129.8. Started phase 2 today so the hard part is beginning. Wish me luck!

Wow, congrats, Beck! Way to go and of course, good luck! :)

scorbett1103
12-26-2012, 06:20 PM
Hello friends!
I have not been here for a while. I have missed all of you! I quickly lurked through this volume....my Gosh, you all look and sound amazing! I am on vacation so I hope to have a chance to catch up on all you 100% skinnies!!!!
Jules

Nice to see you back Julie!!

Was that Santa or the whoosh fairy?
Congrats!

A little of both, I think :) I'll take it!

Way to go Scorbett! I want you in maintenance with me for all your knowledge!

Had my weigh in today and I blew by my goal! I lost 3.8 lbs and 2 inches off my waist through Christmas even! :carrot: that deserves a dancing carrot. I'm putting 130 on my ticker but it was actually 129.8. Started phase 2 today so the hard part is beginning. Wish me luck!

Aw thanks! I just hope I can get it all in my head before I start :)

Amazing weigh in!!!!! That deserves a plethora of dancing carrots :)
:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

NewPath
12-26-2012, 07:48 PM
Thank you. I have to figure out how to put it on my main page.
Thanks KitKat.
Thanks Starshine. I like the protein bars so they will be my sweets when I need them.



Way to go Scorbett! I want you in maintenance with me for all your knowledge!



Hi NewPath. I have been thinking of you and wondering how you were doing.

Had my weigh in today and I blew by my goal! I lost 3.8 lbs and 2 inches off my waist through Christmas even! :carrot: that deserves a dancing carrot. I'm putting 130 on my ticker but it was actually 129.8. Started phase 2 today so the hard part is beginning. Wish me luck!

Beck
You will do just fine in your new phases!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

ragdoll74
12-27-2012, 10:28 AM
Beck- Congrats on making goal! :cp:

KitKat169
12-27-2012, 07:01 PM
Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!

That's a great WI! You are going storm through those last few pounds.

Hello friends!
I have not been here for a while. I have missed all of you! I quickly lurked through this volume....my Gosh, you all look and sound amazing! I am on vacation so I hope to have a chance to catch up on all you 100% skinnies!!!!
Jules

Nice to see you again.

Had my weigh in today and I blew by my goal! I lost 3.8 lbs and 2 inches off my waist through Christmas even! :carrot: that deserves a dancing carrot. I'm putting 130 on my ticker but it was actually 129.8. Started phase 2 today so the hard part is beginning. Wish me luck!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! So happy that you've made goal.

Hgamroth
12-27-2012, 07:24 PM
Hello 100%ers! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I am currently headed out of town to a bed and breakfast with the hubby! So excited! I am planning a serious reboot when I return because I have lost a bit of my control the last 2 weeks and I need to regain it! I will catch up on the threads when I return!

Starshine
12-27-2012, 07:33 PM
Hello 100%ers! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I am currently headed out of town to a bed and breakfast with the hubby! So excited! I am planning a serious reboot when I return because I have lost a bit of my control the last 2 weeks and I need to regain it! I will catch up on the threads when I return!

Have a great time, Holly! :)

Delgen
12-27-2012, 07:49 PM
Hello everyone! it has been since September...and I missed you all! I did phase 4 all fall, but my mom broke her hip in Oct and I lost track of most everything. However, I will say it pays to do it right. I honestly think my pancreas was reset, and even though I would say I was off program, I gained only 5 pounds. Went in to WI today and am back on phase 1 for a reboot.

So I wanted to check in with you all...both old faces and new! Your support has gotten me through.

mompattie
12-27-2012, 08:14 PM
Oh I forgot. My MIL brought over a thing by the Epicure spice company that you can cook apple slices, veggies etc. in microwave. 4-6 min later you have a small batch of toasty chips! She apologized that each batch took so long and I laughed and said "usually this takes me 3 hours in my oven so I can wait 6 min!!
Of course she had some diff spices etc. but I didn't care about those. I want me one of those gadgets! It looks like a rubber rack but has holes and legs so there is air flow all around. For best results, let chips sit a few minutes to crisp up even more. Mmmmm.....
(Note: Even tho I loved it and wanted it and she said she never hardly uses it, she didn't leave it for me so I'll have to find out how to get one on my own. I'm not sure if Epicure is in the States tho')

Diane, I bought one from Epicure a few months ago. I used it once and honestly don't like it at all! I made zucchini chips with it and they were soft flimsy and burnt in places. I wouldn't buy it again!

Hello all!!! Today is my birthday and my hubby bought me a DEHYDRATOR!!!!! I am so excited to make zucchini chips tomorrow!!!! I have been having a hard times lately with making food choices and I also feel that it has to do with lack of planning. When I was in phase 1 EVERY meal was planned out and with parties, shopping and having company, I am really struggling. My personal goal tomorrow is to PLAN PLAN PLAN!

:bday2you: happy belated birthday Holly! Score on the dehydrator!! Let us know how it works and what recipes you try!!

Happy Birthday, Holly! I don't like to hear you're struggling in maintenance as I'll be there soon. Figure it out for me and let me know. :)

Hey 100%'s, I finally got on my laptop and figured out how to post a avatar picture! It is a picture of me at my sons wedding. I've lost 20 more since then and I am almost to goal so I'll put up before and afters, once I figure that out. ;) Have a wonderful Christmas.

Hold the phone!!!!! Sons wedding???? How can you possibly be old enough to have a married son??? You look 25!!!

Hi all
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!
:tree:
I went to the store early today to get some last-minute items and...argh! Forgot the green beans for tonite's family (in-law)get-together. So, back to the store I go...and I'm betting it'll be much more crowded than when I was there earlier. :p

I posted in the daily & won't cross-post other than to say I had my WI today and I was down 3 more lbs! I was SO AFRAID to put my next mini goal as my NYE challenge goal weight but now it is definitely within my sites!

As you 100%ers all know, there is NOTHING BETTER than going to a fancy dinner with friends on a Sunday nite and having a Monday morning weigh in with NO WORRIES b/c you remained 100% OP. I had a fabulous steak last nite. It was 12 oz so I cut about a third off and gave it to my husband (I'm surprised he isn't GAINING weight while I'm on IP). He also took my squash b/c I misunderstood when the waitress described the veggies but he traded & gave me some asparagus (I thought it was summer squash, not winter squash...oh well)

One of our friends couldn't keep his hands out of the bread basket and I told him we could put it by me...I'm really shocked at that this morning. I just don't want that stuff. What a difference a few months on IP makes (besides the 50+ pounds off me!). I want this attitude with food to stay with me forever. I NEED this attitude about food to stay with me forever.

This is my Christmas wish.


You are awesome!! I'm so proud of you for staying 100% during the holidays!!!

Merry Christmas Everybody
I am starting over tomorrow. It is bitter sweet for me. I am so looking forward to feeling better and looking better again and mostly to gaining control again..... but... I am so not looking forward to those first few days. I remember that they were rough for me. By day 5 I was feeling great so I do have that to look forward to.
Welp, Let the Journey begin...

Welcome back!!! Let the official kick butt P1 begin!!

Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!

:cp::bravo: awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!

Hello 100%ers! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I am currently headed out of town to a bed and breakfast with the hubby! So excited! I am planning a serious reboot when I return because I have lost a bit of my control the last 2 weeks and I need to regain it! I will catch up on the threads when I return!

Have an awesome time!!! I'll be here doing my reboot when you're back!M

Hello everyone! it has been since September...and I missed you all! I did phase 4 all fall, but my mom broke her hip in Oct and I lost track of most everything. However, I will say it pays to do it right. I honestly think my pancreas was reset, and even though I would say I was off program, I gained only 5 pounds. Went in to WI today and am back on phase 1 for a reboot.

So I wanted to check in with you all...both old faces and new! Your support has gotten me through.

Welcome back Cindy!!!!!
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Hi everyone!!! Day 1 restart going awesome!!!! I finally got in to see a doctor today and got some inhalers and meds for this wicked cough I've had for a month! Hope they work soon, I'm ready to ditch the pantry liners KWIM? :dizzy:

Christmas went really quickly, and I'm happy to be home and back in my own routine. Kids are happy to be in their own beds, playing with their toys and enjoying not having school. Aside from the freezing temps (it's like -30 C here with wind chill), it's a great week off.

IdealProteinNewbie
12-27-2012, 08:30 PM
Pattie,
I'm a "lurker" from way back but I've been joining in lately. I know you were on your own, went to a coach, took a short break and are back to finish what you started...you can and will do it!!!

scorbett1103
12-27-2012, 09:10 PM
KitKat, thank you for the kind words!! :)


Hello 100%ers! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I am currently headed out of town to a bed and breakfast with the hubby! So excited! I am planning a serious reboot when I return because I have lost a bit of my control the last 2 weeks and I need to regain it! I will catch up on the threads when I return!

Have an amazing time!! You will own this when you get back :)

Hello everyone! it has been since September...and I missed you all! I did phase 4 all fall, but my mom broke her hip in Oct and I lost track of most everything. However, I will say it pays to do it right. I honestly think my pancreas was reset, and even though I would say I was off program, I gained only 5 pounds. Went in to WI today and am back on phase 1 for a reboot.

So I wanted to check in with you all...both old faces and new! Your support has gotten me through.

Welcome back Delgen!!



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Hi everyone!!! Day 1 restart going awesome!!!! I finally got in to see a doctor today and got some inhalers and meds for this wicked cough I've had for a month! Hope they work soon, I'm ready to ditch the pantry liners KWIM? :dizzy:

Christmas went really quickly, and I'm happy to be home and back in my own routine. Kids are happy to be in their own beds, playing with their toys and enjoying not having school. Aside from the freezing temps (it's like -30 C here with wind chill), it's a great week off.

Pattie!!!! ROFL @ panty liners...the things we endure, right? LOL

You are going to ROCK your reboot. Can't wait to celebrate your victories!

mompattie
12-27-2012, 09:54 PM
Pattie,
I'm a "lurker" from way back but I've been joining in lately. I know you were on your own, went to a coach, took a short break and are back to finish what you started...you can and will do it!!!

Thanks and yes that's right!! I have lost 85 lbs since the spring. My short break was exactly 7 days and today was a very successful Day 1 restart!!! :)


Pattie!!!! ROFL @ panty liners...the things we endure, right? LOL

You are going to ROCK your reboot. Can't wait to celebrate your victories!

Thanks Scorbett!! Yes, the things we endure after childbirth! LOL! Thanks for your encouragement!! Today was an awesome day! I'm crediting sipping my new David's Tea today for my great day!!

Beck81
12-28-2012, 12:37 AM
Beck- Congrats on making goal! :cp:

That's a great WI! You are going storm through those last few pounds.


Nice to see you again.



CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! So happy that you've made goal.

Thanks!

Welcome back, Delgen!

MomPattie, thank you for the wonderful compliment.

If you click on my name you can see my before and after. The picture in the blue dress was at my nieces wedding a month ago so I've lost more since then. 2 days on phase two going well.

Halfagain
12-28-2012, 12:38 AM
Had my weigh in today and I blew by my goal! I lost 3.8 lbs and 2 inches off my waist through Christmas even! :carrot: that deserves a dancing carrot. I'm putting 130 on my ticker but it was actually 129.8. Started phase 2 today so the hard part is beginning. Wish me luck!
Congratulations! Wishing you lots of luck on the new phases. However I know, you know, you have power! You will rock maintenance I'm sure.

Beck81
12-28-2012, 12:44 AM
Congratulations! Wishing you lots of luck on the new phases. However I know, you know, you have power! You will rock maintenance I'm sure.

Aw thanks, Halfagain. I'm feeling pretty good about it.

Delgen
12-28-2012, 01:26 AM
Thanks!

Welcome back, Delgen!

MomPattie, thank you for the wonderful compliment.

If you click on my name you can see my before and after. The picture in the blue dress was at my nieces wedding a month ago so I've lost more since then. 2 days on phase two going well.

Great photos of before & after! you were gorgeous then, but even more so now!
:carrot::carrot::carrot:

LizRR
12-28-2012, 02:19 AM
Hey folks - I have been miserably sick the past few days, each morning waking up more congested & hacking harder than the day before - hoping tomorrow I finally turn a corner - not exactly how I wanted to spend my holidays!

I got a new laptop for Christmas, and have to say that the new Windows 8 ... I am not a big fan. Have been spending a lot of time configuring and setting things up to be the way I like it.

sonyainva
12-28-2012, 03:04 AM
Scorbett you are my inspiration, way to go!

Beck- saw your before and after, amazing, congrats on reaching goal!

Bunch of amazing people on these boards

Starshine
12-28-2012, 06:16 AM
Hello everyone! it has been since September...and I missed you all! I did phase 4 all fall, but my mom broke her hip in Oct and I lost track of most everything. However, I will say it pays to do it right. I honestly think my pancreas was reset, and even though I would say I was off program, I gained only 5 pounds. Went in to WI today and am back on phase 1 for a reboot.

So I wanted to check in with you all...both old faces and new! Your support has gotten me through.

Welcome back, Delgen. When I first started and was reading all the posts, you were definitely one of my inspirations!

Hey folks - I have been miserably sick the past few days, each morning waking up more congested & hacking harder than the day before - hoping tomorrow I finally turn a corner - not exactly how I wanted to spend my holidays!

I got a new laptop for Christmas, and have to say that the new Windows 8 ... I am not a big fan. Have been spending a lot of time configuring and setting things up to be the way I like it.

Feel better, Liz! Oh, and interesting on Windows 8. I'm intrigued by it (I like the tech toys :)), but not sure if it's a good one or not. Still like my Windows 7.

momat40
12-28-2012, 07:15 AM
If you click on my name you can see my before and after. The picture in the blue dress was at my nieces wedding a month ago so I've lost more since then. 2 days on phase two going well.

Congratulations on your successful transformation. You look great!

Hello everyone! it has been since September...and I missed you all! I did phase 4 all fall, but my mom broke her hip in Oct and I lost track of most everything. However, I will say it pays to do it right. I honestly think my pancreas was reset, and even though I would say I was off program, I gained only 5 pounds. Went in to WI today and am back on phase 1 for a reboot.

So I wanted to check in with you all...both old faces and new! Your support has gotten me through.

Delgen, sorry your mom broke her hip. Hopefully she is mending well despite the cold. Great hold on your reboot. Much success.

Hello 100%ers! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I am currently headed out of town to a bed and breakfast with the hubby! So excited! I am planning a serious reboot when I return because I have lost a bit of my control the last 2 weeks and I need to regain it! I will catch up on the threads when I return!

We are leaving to the Smokey Mountains tomorrow. Hello 11 hr. road trip w/4 & 6 y/o! I've been doing Phase 1 this week to allow for the occasional indulgence and Phase 3 mix. Once I return, I hope there isn't much of a reboot.

Hey folks - I have been miserably sick the past few days, each morning waking up more congested & hacking harder than the day before - hoping tomorrow I finally turn a corner - not exactly how I wanted to spend my holidays!

I got a new laptop for Christmas, and have to say that the new Windows 8 ... I am not a big fan. Have been spending a lot of time configuring and setting things up to be the way I like it.

Liz - Feel better.

Delgen
12-28-2012, 08:33 AM
One day of reboot down. Not in Ketosis yet, but had a great day yesterday.
This is the perfect time for me to reboot. I am off of school until mid January, and should have my 5 pounds off by then, and even back into phase 3 or 4.

Got up at 4:00 this morning to get my son to the airport for his return to Portland after Christmas. I will miss him terribly! He is a music teacher, in his second year, and it super rewarding to see him doing so well. So he is back to the West coast after a week of being here with us in Montana!

So let the rebooting begin!!!

Starshine
12-28-2012, 08:36 AM
Wonderful first day, Cindy! You'll have that weight off in no time. :)

Sorry your son is leaving, but so glad to hear he is doing so well. He'll probably enjoy the milder weather of Portland over Montana. :)

Willi
12-28-2012, 08:52 AM
Hello everyone! it has been since September...and I missed you all! I did phase 4 all fall, but my mom broke her hip in Oct and I lost track of most everything. However, I will say it pays to do it right. I honestly think my pancreas was reset, and even though I would say I was off program, I gained only 5 pounds. Went in to WI today and am back on phase 1 for a reboot.

So I wanted to check in with you all...both old faces and new! Your support has gotten me through.

Welcome back!

Willi
12-28-2012, 08:54 AM
Congratulations! Wishing you lots of luck on the new phases. However I know, you know, you have power! You will rock maintenance I'm sure.

Great new avatar picture, your face is much more defined! :D

Delgen
12-28-2012, 08:56 AM
Wonderful first day, Cindy! You'll have that weight off in no time. :)

Sorry your son is leaving, but so glad to hear he is doing so well. He'll probably enjoy the milder weather of Portland over Montana. :)

We had the first white Christmas in a long time, and he was loving it. Pretty cold here, but he was pretty happy with the snow:)

mompattie
12-28-2012, 09:12 AM
Thanks!

Welcome back, Delgen!

MomPattie, thank you for the wonderful compliment.

If you click on my name you can see my before and after. The picture in the blue dress was at my nieces wedding a month ago so I've lost more since then. 2 days on phase two going well.

Wow!! Your before and after pics are amazing!!! You have done so awesome!!!! Proud of you gf!!!! And you are stunning!!!!

Hey folks - I have been miserably sick the past few days, each morning waking up more congested & hacking harder than the day before - hoping tomorrow I finally turn a corner - not exactly how I wanted to spend my holidays!

I got a new laptop for Christmas, and have to say that the new Windows 8 ... I am not a big fan. Have been spending a lot of time configuring and setting things up to be the way I like it.

Awwww sweetie!!!! Hope you feel better soon!!! I have hacked and coughed for a month now!! Finally went to doctor yesterday and started on meds and an inhaler and I feel a lot better already this morning! My advice: don't be me and cough for a month. Go see a doc sooner rather than later! Love ya and get some rest!!!

Today is gonna be an awesome day 2 restart! I've got a hot cup of Timmies here and my tea packed for work! DH is home with the kids so they're sleeping in. While I don't get to sleep in, I get to sneak out to work without waking kids up, scrambling to make breakfast, get one ready for school and haul the other out into the cold darkness of a Saskatchewan morning to go to the babysitters. It's a treat for me big time to just slip outta the house with sleeping boys at home!

Have an awesome day everyone! Lets give ourselves the best gift of health!

IdealProteinNewbie
12-28-2012, 09:26 AM
Had my weigh in this morning, down 1 pound...I'll take it, especially over Christmas. Next week I should definitely be in onderland!!!

Starshine
12-28-2012, 09:27 AM
We had the first white Christmas in a long time, and he was loving it. Pretty cold here, but he was pretty happy with the snow:)

Oh, I would imagine he loved seeing some snow. :) We're cold here, especially not hitting the highs we normally get. A bit of snow, but as you know, the West needs much more of that white stuff.

Starshine
12-28-2012, 09:30 AM
Today is gonna be an awesome day 2 restart! I've got a hot cup of Timmies here and my tea packed for work! DH is home with the kids so they're sleeping in. While I don't get to sleep in, I get to sneak out to work without waking kids up, scrambling to make breakfast, get one ready for school and haul the other out into the cold darkness of a Saskatchewan morning to go to the babysitters. It's a treat for me big time to just slip outta the house with sleeping boys at home!

Have an awesome day everyone! Lets give ourselves the best gift of health!

Oh, that sounds like a great start to the day! I have a busy day here, so I was up at 4:00 talking my dog for a long walk, which was just so fun. I love a city when only the earliest workers are out. Just something so peaceful about it.

Had my weigh in this morning, down 1 pound...I'll take it, especially over Christmas. Next week I should definitely be in onderland!!!

Congrats on that great loss over Christmas!And WONDERLAND! :)

IdealProteinNewbie
12-28-2012, 11:15 AM
Thanks Starshine! My home scale said 199 but the clinic scale was 200 so had to go with the "official" number lol

Starshine
12-28-2012, 11:32 AM
Thanks Starshine! My home scale said 199 but the clinic scale was 200 so had to go with the "official" number lol

Wonderful!!!!! Congrats. :)

lisa32989
12-28-2012, 12:38 PM
Day 4 of vacation. 100% OP due to planning. All of my 100%ers already know it can be done. Hopefully lurkers will see it too!

Going out to dinner tonite & already looked at the menu yesterday to plan. The people I'm with are respecting my plan (I have great friends!). Last nite they asked me my dinner needs. I think they've got it now. 8 oz meat & 2c veggies pretty simple. I grocery shopped for my veggie needs for lunches. Keeping it simple while I'm away from home.

Lotsa great WIs! Congrats to all. My WI day is usually Thurs but I'm off schedule due to holidays and vacation. I'll weigh here on Mon but scale isn't calibrated to my clinic so still a guesstimate. Next official WI w/b 1/7/13. I'm pretty sure I'll hit that halfway mark but wondering how close to onderland I'll be? That's still 50 lbs from goal but its a nice benchmark!

I know myself well. Like the song said: one thing leads to another. Thank you so much for being a place where cheats aren't discussed! They just aren't an option for me and this thread always feels like my "safe place".

MonicaKolesnik
12-28-2012, 01:32 PM
Pumpkin pies are made, turkey and spiral ham are in the fridge, bread is shredded for stuffing, and all the fixings are purchased and ready to go. now just waiting on my parents and sister to get here. I have planned out my meals and fixings to go with their food to keep my 100% on plan. Preparation is very important. Can't wait to see everyone!!

:snow4::snowglo::snow4:

dawn again
12-28-2012, 01:57 PM
Hello everyone! I'm on vacation, so I am being lazy today!! Lost 3.2 lbs at WI this week! Very proud :)

MonicaKolesnik I love your picture!

Hope everyone has a great day :)

MonicaKolesnik
12-28-2012, 02:10 PM
Hello everyone! I'm on vacation, so I am being lazy today!! Lost 3.2 lbs at WI this week! Very proud :)

MonicaKolesnik I love your picture!

Hope everyone has a great day :)

Thank you so much :hug:

stargirl66
12-28-2012, 05:46 PM
Greetings everyone! Whew, I'm glad these holidays are winding down now. I have one more celebration at a restaurant this evening (entirely 100% of course!) I've successfully faced temptations and challenges this past week but got through it all, yay! I'm ready to be back in the comfort of my daily routine now. ;) I was amazed at how many people who hadn't seen me since pre-IP reacted positively and were interested in what I was doing. I gave the IP information to my uncle, so maybe he'll decide to give it a try.

Had my weigh in today and I blew by my goal! I lost 3.8 lbs and 2 inches off my waist through Christmas even! :carrot: that deserves a dancing carrot. I'm putting 130 on my ticker but it was actually 129.8. Started phase 2 today so the hard part is beginning. Wish me luck!

Wow, congrats to you!!! You look amazing :carrot:

Hello 100%ers! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I am currently headed out of town to a bed and breakfast with the hubby! So excited! I am planning a serious reboot when I return because I have lost a bit of my control the last 2 weeks and I need to regain it! I will catch up on the threads when I return!

Have a fabulous and relaxing time away with hubby. I have no doubt you'll get right back on track when you get home.

Hello everyone! it has been since September...and I missed you all! I did phase 4 all fall, but my mom broke her hip in Oct and I lost track of most everything. However, I will say it pays to do it right. I honestly think my pancreas was reset, and even though I would say I was off program, I gained only 5 pounds. Went in to WI today and am back on phase 1 for a reboot.

So I wanted to check in with you all...both old faces and new! Your support has gotten me through.

Welcome back! Nice to see a familiar face pop back in, and that goes to Julie too (Newpath).

Hey folks - I have been miserably sick the past few days, each morning waking up more congested & hacking harder than the day before - hoping tomorrow I finally turn a corner - not exactly how I wanted to spend my holidays!

I got a new laptop for Christmas, and have to say that the new Windows 8 ... I am not a big fan. Have been spending a lot of time configuring and setting things up to be the way I like it.

Sorry you're not feeling well, hopefully you'll be better soon. A few family members are struggling with the Windows 8 too, it's so different and hard to get used to.

Today is gonna be an awesome day 2 restart! I've got a hot cup of Timmies here and my tea packed for work! DH is home with the kids so they're sleeping in. While I don't get to sleep in, I get to sneak out to work without waking kids up, scrambling to make breakfast, get one ready for school and haul the other out into the cold darkness of a Saskatchewan morning to go to the babysitters. It's a treat for me big time to just slip outta the house with sleeping boys at home!

Have an awesome day everyone! Lets give ourselves the best gift of health!

Hope your day 2 is going great! I've begun drinking hot tea in the mid-afternoon and really enjoying a hot beverage on these cold days. I've also been enjoying not having to do all the work with the kids in the morning, it's made the holidays less stressful for me, but I'll be back on the routine next Wednesday, which is good in many ways.

Hello everyone! I'm on vacation, so I am being lazy today!! Lost 3.2 lbs at WI this week! Very proud :)

MonicaKolesnik I love your picture!

Hope everyone has a great day :)

Awesome loss!!! Hope you're enjoying your vacation.

And I agree, Monica's pic is really nice! :)

KitKat169
12-28-2012, 06:16 PM
Today is gonna be an awesome day 2 restart! I've got a hot cup of Timmies here and my tea packed for work! DH is home with the kids so they're sleeping in. While I don't get to sleep in, I get to sneak out to work without waking kids up, scrambling to make breakfast, get one ready for school and haul the other out into the cold darkness of a Saskatchewan morning to go to the babysitters. It's a treat for me big time to just slip outta the house with sleeping boys at home!

Have an awesome day everyone! Lets give ourselves the best gift of health!

You have the right spirit for your restart. It is almost infectious enough to make me want to get up and work today but I'm content with a couple more vacation days.

Oh, I would imagine he loved seeing some snow. :) We're cold here, especially not hitting the highs we normally get. A bit of snow, but as you know, the West needs much more of that white stuff.

I was happy to be on the coast for Christmas and to get a green break from my months of winter.

Had my weigh in this morning, down 1 pound...I'll take it, especially over Christmas. Next week I should definitely be in onderland!!!

Well done. You'll have a week of anticipation then a New Year present with ONDERLAND.

Day 4 of vacation. 100% OP due to planning. All of my 100%ers already know it can be done. Hopefully lurkers will see it too!

Going out to dinner tonite & already looked at the menu yesterday to plan. The people I'm with are respecting my plan (I have great friends!). Last nite they asked me my dinner needs. I think they've got it now. 8 oz meat & 2c veggies pretty simple. I grocery shopped for my veggie needs for lunches. Keeping it simple while I'm away from home.

Lotsa great WIs! Congrats to all. My WI day is usually Thurs but I'm off schedule due to holidays and vacation. I'll weigh here on Mon but scale isn't calibrated to my clinic so still a guesstimate. Next official WI w/b 1/7/13. I'm pretty sure I'll hit that halfway mark but wondering how close to onderland I'll be? That's still 50 lbs from goal but its a nice benchmark!

I know myself well. Like the song said: one thing leads to another. Thank you so much for being a place where cheats aren't discussed! They just aren't an option for me and this thread always feels like my "safe place".

Planning is definitely the key. The only time I got into a bit of trouble over Christmas was the one night I didn't plan as well.

Greetings everyone! Whew, I'm glad these holidays are winding down now. I have one more celebration at a restaurant this evening (entirely 100% of course!) I've successfully faced temptations and challenges this past week but got through it all, yay! I'm ready to be back in the comfort of my daily routine now. ;) I was amazed at how many people who hadn't seen me since pre-IP reacted positively and were interested in what I was doing. I gave the IP information to my uncle, so maybe he'll decide to give it a try.


I'm just getting started on round 2. Tonight is dinner out with my DB and SIL, tomorrow lunch with my other DB and SIL then a dessert evening with friends. Sunday is a late lunch with more relatives. I think all of these should be easy to stay OP except my DBs have a hard time understanding what kind restaurant will be suitable. I keep saying i just need proteins and vegetables but they ask me about everything else under the sun like rice/sushi, fish and chips, crepes, etc. Oh well, I'll have an emergency snack in my purse just in case and there is a subway near by if I need a salad after any of these meals.

Cadu
12-28-2012, 07:38 PM
Just popping in real quick, feeling like crap, but thats to be expected. Hubby had knee surgery today so time to cater to him (after a full day of greuling work I may add).. aint life grand!!!! hahaha

Just wanted to touch base.

Beck81
12-28-2012, 08:05 PM
Great photos of before & after! you were gorgeous then, but even more so now!
:carrot::carrot::carrot:

Scorbett you are my inspiration, way to go!

Beck- saw your before and after, amazing, congrats on reaching goal!

Bunch of amazing people on these boards

Congratulations on your successful transformation. You look great!



Delgen, sorry your mom broke her hip. Hopefully she is mending well despite the cold. Great hold on your reboot. Much success.



We are leaving to the Smokey Mountains tomorrow. Hello 11 hr. road trip w/4 & 6 y/o! I've been doing Phase 1 this week to allow for the occasional indulgence and Phase 3 mix. Once I return, I hope there isn't much of a reboot.



Liz - Feel better.

Wow!! Your before and after pics are amazing!!! You have done so awesome!!!! Proud of you gf!!!! And you are stunning!!!!



Awwww sweetie!!!! Hope you feel better soon!!! I have hacked and coughed for a month now!! Finally went to doctor yesterday and started on meds and an inhaler and I feel a lot better already this morning! My advice: don't be me and cough for a month. Go see a doc sooner rather than later! Love ya and get some rest!!!

Today is gonna be an awesome day 2 restart! I've got a hot cup of Timmies here and my tea packed for work! DH is home with the kids so they're sleeping in. While I don't get to sleep in, I get to sneak out to work without waking kids up, scrambling to make breakfast, get one ready for school and haul the other out into the cold darkness of a Saskatchewan morning to go to the babysitters. It's a treat for me big time to just slip outta the house with sleeping boys at home!

Have an awesome day everyone! Lets give ourselves the best gift of health!

Just popping in real quick, feeling like crap, but thats to be expected. Hubby had knee surgery today so time to cater to him (after a full day of greuling work I may add).. aint life grand!!!! hahaha

Just wanted to touch base.

Thanks everyone. I don't tell people now how much weight I've lost. I'm uncomfortable saying over 100 but it nice to share on here.

MomPattie, you are ready to finish this program!
Delgen, you'll lose your 5 quick.
Cadu, the crappy feeling will go away soon, you can do it!

Starshine
12-28-2012, 08:11 PM
Thanks everyone. I don't tell people now how much weight I've lost. I'm uncomfortable saying over 100 but it nice to share on here.



I know, I'm kind of uncomfortable when people ask now too. I'll probably end up losing close to 100 pounds, and well, that's not something I want to share with everyone.

You do look sooooo fantastic, Beck. Just wow!

ptod
12-28-2012, 08:22 PM
I got some weird feedback today.....

What does it mean when someone says "I hope her face doesn't get too skinny?" :?:

WingnutandMe
12-28-2012, 08:23 PM
Thanks everyone. I don't tell people now how much weight I've lost. I'm uncomfortable saying over 100 but it nice to share on here.

I'm just the opposite of you. I tell everyone I've lost 105 lbs. I'm so proud. Before I would lose 30 or so pounds and get to about 200 and then give up and quit and then gain even more (like were I started on IP). I'm not giving up this time. I hope for about 20 more pounds gone before I phase off.

BTW, you look great.

Molly

ptod
12-28-2012, 08:23 PM
Just popping in real quick, feeling like crap, but thats to be expected. Hubby had knee surgery today so time to cater to him (after a full day of greuling work I may add).. aint life grand!!!! hahaha

Just wanted to touch base.

Cadu - hang in there!

ptod
12-28-2012, 08:47 PM
Thanks everyone. I don't tell people now how much weight I've lost. I'm uncomfortable saying over 100 but it nice to share on here.

I know, I'm kind of uncomfortable when people ask now too. I'll probably end up losing close to 100 pounds, and well, that's not something I want to share with everyone.

I'm just the opposite of you. I tell everyone I've lost 105 lbs. I'm so proud. ....I'm not giving up this time. I hope for about 20 more pounds gone before I phase off.

For me it depends on who asks. I won't tell close family - only my DH knows how much I have lost. All I say to the rest of the family, if asked, is A LOT! I will tell strangers the truth especially waitresses that wonder why I need to know ingredients in spice rubs or sauces. Actually my DH usually blurts it out & I explain if they have more questions.

Wingnut - no hoping - only doing what feels right to you! :D

scorbett1103
12-28-2012, 08:54 PM
I have a big mouth - if someone mentions anything about my weight I blab :) I was very shy in the beginning about telling people HOW I was losing it, but got much braver around the 40 pound mark. Now I tell anyone that will listen :)

Ishbel
12-28-2012, 09:26 PM
I got some weird feedback today.....

What does it mean when someone says "I hope her face doesn't get too skinny?" :?:

HEY!!!! Nice to see your posts :wave:....it means they're jealous!

Cadu: proud of you! :hug:

Mompattie: your enthusiasm is jumping off the screen!!! Whoop whoop!!

(Posting off a iPhone sucks)

IP43
12-28-2012, 09:35 PM
[QUOTE=Beck81;4566872]Thanks everyone. I don't tell people now how much weight I've lost. I'm uncomfortable saying over 100 but it nice to share on here.

QUOTE]

Ok, I was curious enough to look too and WOW! Now I'm inspired!! You started 2 months before me.... if I'd kept up my mojo while I had it, I'd be as sexy as you by now! ;)

That's enough to reinspire me even more! Thanks for sharing your pics!

Beck81
12-28-2012, 10:17 PM
I know, I'm kind of uncomfortable when people ask now too. I'll probably end up losing close to 100 pounds, and well, that's not something I want to share with everyone.

You do look sooooo fantastic, Beck. Just wow!

I'm just the opposite of you. I tell everyone I've lost 105 lbs. I'm so proud. Before I would lose 30 or so pounds and get to about 200 and then give up and quit and then gain even more (like were I started on IP). I'm not giving up this time. I hope for about 20 more pounds gone before I phase off.

BTW, you look great.

Molly

I have a big mouth - if someone mentions anything about my weight I blab :) I was very shy in the beginning about telling people HOW I was losing it, but got much braver around the 40 pound mark. Now I tell anyone that will listen :)

[QUOTE=Beck81;4566872]Thanks everyone. I don't tell people now how much weight I've lost. I'm uncomfortable saying over 100 but it nice to share on here.

QUOTE]

Ok, I was curious enough to look too and WOW! Now I'm inspired!! You started 2 months before me.... if I'd kept up my mojo while I had it, I'd be as sexy as you by now! ;)

That's enough to reinspire me even more! Thanks for sharing your pics!

Thanks.

I didn't mind telling my losses at first but now I feel like they think, wow she was big!

ptod
12-28-2012, 10:33 PM
HEY!!!! Nice to see your posts :wave:....it means they're jealous!

Ishbel - :wave: I have been lurking on several threads. Nice job bringing your VIP into the cult....errrr......WOE. ;) I reread Liz's pumpkin pie recipe every few days...I bet it is heavenly..... :drool:

hahahaha - it was a comment from one of my brothers I saw on Christmas - hadn't seen him since Easter. He said it to my mom after we left her house.......though maybe he is a bit jealous.


I am struggling to decide what my final goal should be. I first posted it at 175 and when I got there I decided to drop it by 5#.

For lower health insurance premiums (we carry our own policy), I should be have a BMI under 25 - that would be somewhere between 154 - 159. But how do I account for the extra skin I have? Anyone think I can get away with telling the insurance company that I might weigh 172, but if they would subtract 13# for the excess skin I am at the right BMI? :dunno:

scorbett1103
12-28-2012, 11:20 PM
Ishbel - :wave: I have been lurking on several threads. Nice job bringing your VIP into the cult....errrr......WOE. ;) I reread Liz's pumpkin pie recipe every few days...I bet it is heavenly..... :drool:

hahahaha - it was a comment from one of my brothers I saw on Christmas - hadn't seen him since Easter. He said it to my mom after we left her house.......though maybe he is a bit jealous.


I am struggling to decide what my final goal should be. I first posted it at 175 and when I got there I decided to drop it by 5#.

For lower health insurance premiums (we carry our own policy), I should be have a BMI under 25 - that would be somewhere between 154 - 159. But how do I account for the extra skin I have? Anyone think I can get away with telling the insurance company that I might weigh 172, but if they would subtract 13# for the excess skin I am at the right BMI? :dunno:

Is it possble that you can corroborate your weight loss with doctor's records of your weight before you started dieting? It might be as simple as getting a note from your MD that states you were X weight last year, you are Y weight this year, and he estimates Z pounds of excess skin from the weight loss.

LizRR
12-28-2012, 11:37 PM
I am soooo behind on all the posts!!!!! Feeling semi-human again, I had thought about working out the past few days (my last run was Christmas Eve), but put it off and am running with the group tomorrow. We also got sleet/snow/ice down here in TX on Christmas Day and the sidewalks finally cleared up today.

As wonderful as it was to having my family at the house visiting, it is nice to have 'my routine' back. The fridge is restocked with veggies and I have my cucumber-lemon ice cream cubes in the fridge chilling!

Confession time, the past few 'sick days' I wasn't on my best behavior. The scale has remained relatively stable (although still at the high end of my safe zone, dipped down for a short while, but back up again), as I didn't go 'hog wild', but my choices could definitely have been better. Did a perfect P1 day today and look forward to having my routine back!

mompattie
12-29-2012, 12:38 AM
Had my weigh in this morning, down 1 pound...I'll take it, especially over Christmas. Next week I should definitely be in onderland!!!

Way to go!!!! ONDERLAND here you come!!!!!

Day 4 of vacation. 100% OP due to planning. All of my 100%ers already know it can be done. Hopefully lurkers will see it too!

Going out to dinner tonite & already looked at the menu yesterday to plan. The people I'm with are respecting my plan (I have great friends!). Last nite they asked me my dinner needs. I think they've got it now. 8 oz meat & 2c veggies pretty simple. I grocery shopped for my veggie needs for lunches. Keeping it simple while I'm away from home.

Lotsa great WIs! Congrats to all. My WI day is usually Thurs but I'm off schedule due to holidays and vacation. I'll weigh here on Mon but scale isn't calibrated to my clinic so still a guesstimate. Next official WI w/b 1/7/13. I'm pretty sure I'll hit that halfway mark but wondering how close to onderland I'll be? That's still 50 lbs from goal but its a nice benchmark!

I know myself well. Like the song said: one thing leads to another. Thank you so much for being a place where cheats aren't discussed! They just aren't an option for me and this thread always feels like my "safe place".

You are totally amazing how you are so committed!!! Amazing willpower and persistence. You know the secret! :carrot:

Thank you so much :hug:. I agree, you look fab Dah-ling, absolutely fab!!M

I got some weird feedback today.....

What does it mean when someone says "I hope her face doesn't get too skinny?" :?:

Ptod's back n da house!!!!! Hi!!! :wave::wave:

I'm just the opposite of you. I tell everyone I've lost 105 lbs. I'm so proud. Before I would lose 30 or so pounds and get to about 200 and then give up and quit and then gain even more (like were I started on IP). I'm not giving up this time. I hope for about 20 more pounds gone before I phase off.

BTW, you look great.

Molly

Me too!!! Sing it from the mountaintops sister!!

HEY!!!! Nice to see your posts :wave:....it means they're jealous!

Cadu: proud of you! :hug:

Mompattie: your enthusiasm is jumping off the screen!!! Whoop whoop!!

(Posting off a iPhone sucks)

Ish!!! Thanks!!! Reboot going well!!! Yeah, posting from iPhone bites. iPad worse. You have NO CLUE how much a backtrack and retype thanks to autocomplete!!! Argh!!!

[QUOTE=Beck81;4566872]Thanks everyone. I don't tell people now how much weight I've lost. I'm uncomfortable saying over 100 but it nice to share on here.

QUOTE]

Your loss is amazing. Simply amazing. Be proud girl!!

Ok, I was curious enough to look too and WOW! Now I'm inspired!! You started 2 months before me.... if I'd kept up my mojo while I had it, I'd be as sexy as you by now! ;)

That's enough to reinspire me even more! Thanks for sharing your pics!

You to this!! WE got this!!! Keep thinking: goal shopping trip with ME!!!

I am soooo behind on all the posts!!!!! Feeling semi-human again, I had thought about working out the past few days (my last run was Christmas Eve), but put it off and am running with the group tomorrow. We also got sleet/snow/ice down here in TX on Christmas Day and the sidewalks finally cleared up today.

As wonderful as it was to having my family at the house visiting, it is nice to have 'my routine' back. The fridge is restocked with veggies and I have my cucumber-lemon ice cream cubes in the fridge chilling!

Confession time, the past few 'sick days' I wasn't on my best behavior. The scale has remained relatively stable (although still at the high end of my safe zone, dipped down for a short while, but back up again), as I didn't go 'hog wild', but my choices could definitely have been better. Did a perfect P1 day today and look forward to having my routine back!

I'm glad you're feeling a bit better today!! And amen to routine!!! I'm ready for its well!!!

Ishbel
12-29-2012, 01:42 AM
ptod Well! As a Canadian I can't comment on better rates on insurance...sorry. What I do know...is that someone with a reasonable goal for their personal weight history and biological makeup will have an easier time in maintenance. I chose my goal weight because my mom had a hard time at 160 and well, I was 305 (313 at my highest)...so I hang out between 160-165. I'm an 8-10 I have some 6's in my closet. I'm so happy to not have the the two 28 size tops (I found two of them that I didn't know I had) and 24 pants (numerous of those). :)

I'm SO glad that you've been lurking...I watched for you! You're posts always make me laugh! :) Yeah, VIP is doing well...I'm quite proud of him and happy to have someone who will eat how I eat (WOE? Who's posts have you been reading! <snicker>) :)


beck Congrats on the century club!!! Congrats on GOAL! :D Welcome to almost maintenance! :D Girl, you're before and after are AWESOME, I have mine in a frame above the scale so I see it everyday. Also, I remember reading one of your posts about not telling anyone how much you lost. I am also timid to tell people unless they are relatively close in friendship, to tell exactly how much I lost. However, I don't always think that they look at me and think "wow she weighed that much" (sometimes I do). I do know they estimate my weight 20 lbs lighter then I am which always makes me laugh inside. I am more comfortable in my skin nowdays...more so then I was 8 months ago that's for sure. You'll get more comfortable too and eventually the new you is the new normal and the questions tend to fade away. GOOD LUCK! :D

Starshine
12-29-2012, 11:25 AM
[QUOTE=IP43;4566934]

Thanks.

I didn't mind telling my losses at first but now I feel like they think, wow she was big!

I find if the person has known me for a while, and is a good friend, I don't mind discussing it. I don't like it though when a friend told someone else I had lost a lot of weight and said it was like 70 pounds or something. That's my business, and not virtual strangers. That being said, the person came back later and we got to talking and she was really impressed and wanted me to know that, and we had a nice chat.

I'm feeling now more like my usual self, instead of the obese person I had become (which was a miserable time for me physically and mentally). For most of my adult life I was size 12-14, so not bad for someone my height (5' 7 1/2"), but I was always fighting weight/eating issues, since I was a kid.

I guess I want people to see me the way I am now, and not the person I was when I was obese (withdrawn, depressed, etc.).

That being said, I am very proud of my weight loss and my transformation. I am amazed by it, and I truly hope, pray, whatever, that I can be this person going forward. I never want to have those eating issues again.

wuv2bloved
12-29-2012, 11:51 AM
Looks like a lot has been going on around here. WOrking the 2 jobs is taken me away from my online time. My internet at work is too slow for me to even attempt to get on here to read or post. It would take me two hours to read one page, its crazy. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I see there are a few rebooters around which is awesome!! welcome back!

LizRR
12-29-2012, 01:15 PM
Beck81 - don't know if I said it yet - but CONGRATULATIONS on getting in The Century Club...you look amazing!

Did a great, but chilly (25F) run this morning with the group - I was down 2lb this morning, so sitting at 146, but still on the wrong side of my safe zone, and with TOM lurking around the corner I am hoping to get a little lower before next week!

lisa32989
12-29-2012, 01:41 PM
Hi favorite thread peeps!

I'm trying to soak up every moment in FL before retuning to St Louis for the rest of the winter. We're staying with friends this year and I definitely miss easy beach access but we're headed there later & the place we're going for Happy Hour has an open air raw bar. Sounds like dinner protein to me! The rest of today's packets will work in there somehow. Inexpensive fresh seafood isn't available in St Louis so I'm "gettin me some"!

It's just so great being able to sit outside after being in the house. The tropical flavor packets are tasting great down here.

I have my Orange (or is it tangerine?) Mio and Dasani pineapple coconut in my purse. Great substitutions when not drinking.

Have a great 100% day! See you later or on MFP

Cadu
12-29-2012, 02:38 PM
Cadu, the crappy feeling will go away soon, you can do it!

Thanks Beck! BTW, you are gorgeous



Molly

Molly! I have missed you. You are really kicking butt, I am in awe :hug:

Cadu - hang in there!

Ptod you look great as well, Thanks for the encouraging words my friend


Cadu: proud of you! :hug:


:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:



Confession time, the past few 'sick days' I wasn't on my best behavior. The scale has remained relatively stable (although still at the high end of my safe zone, dipped down for a short while, but back up again), as I didn't go 'hog wild', but my choices could definitely have been better. Did a perfect P1 day today and look forward to having my routine back!

Lizz, glad you are feeling better.. sure did miss you too. and your pic.. OMG you couldnt be any cuter.

Looks like a lot has been going on around here. WOrking the 2 jobs is taken me away from my online time. My internet at work is too slow for me to even attempt to get on here to read or post. It would take me two hours to read one page, its crazy. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I see there are a few rebooters around which is awesome!! welcome back!

Wuv thanks for the words of wisdom in the PM, it helped me get back on track :hug:

Hello Everybody.. I am feeling much better today, Whew.. a little irritable and headachey but much better. I really cant believe all of your pics. You ladies have done an amazing job and you all look fabulous. I am jealous but happy for you all. you worked so hard to get where you are and you all deserve it. Have a great day..

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 04:05 PM
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sending you all some
SNOW LOVE FROM VERMONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IdealProteinNewbie
12-29-2012, 04:08 PM
Rainbow,
I'm a "lurker" from way back but have recently been joining in. You are the CUTEST!!! The clues your husband gave you before your trip were awesome too!

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 04:11 PM
beck....you are so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love your smile and wow, you are such an inspiration!!!! you have done an outstanding job on getting to your goal!!! what a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and a new year with an amazing NEW YOU!!! well done!!!!!!!!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 04:12 PM
Rainbow,
I'm a "lurker" from way back but have recently been joining in. You are the CUTEST!!! The clues your husband gave you before your trip were awesome too!

aww thank you!!! it was so much fun trying to guess!!! i am so glad i finally guessed so i knew what to pack!!! vermont is so gorgeous and i loved the snow!!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 04:14 PM
cadu....it sure does my heart glad to see your smiling face back in the family fold :) its a new year coming and a new commitment too!! so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 04:16 PM
Holidays have not only been survived, they have gotten a righteous butt whupping. Just did my weigh in, I am down 3.4 pounds and 3/4 of an inch!!! HELLOOOO 160's!!!

That means:
-one pound until I get another reward bracelet
-eight pounds to goal
-three pounds from the weight I last maintained for several years before having kids!

total awe!!!!!!!!!!!!! way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!!!!! so proud!!!!
:jig:

Starshine
12-29-2012, 04:44 PM
Rainbow!!!!!!!!! Love your snow sign, and your new avatar! You look fantastic. :) Way to go. And I adore Vermont too. My VT sticker on my car needs replaced. :)

Welcome back!

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 04:54 PM
Rainbow!!!!!!!!! Love your snow sign, and your new avatar! You look fantastic. :) Way to go. And I adore Vermont too. My VT sticker on my car needs replaced. :)

Welcome back!

:hug::hug: thanks starshine!!! you should have told me about the bumper sticker...i would have happily mailed you one :)

isn't vermont a lovely state! i loved all the lakes and parks....sure wish i could have seen a moose!!!! haha

Cadu
12-29-2012, 05:03 PM
cadu....it sure does my heart glad to see your smiling face back in the family fold :) its a new year coming and a new commitment too!! so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!

You are the cutest!!!!!!!!
:hug::hug::hug:

Starshine
12-29-2012, 05:05 PM
:hug::hug: thanks starshine!!! you should have told me about the bumper sticker...i would have happily mailed you one :)

isn't vermont a lovely state! i loved all the lakes and parks....sure wish i could have seen a moose!!!! haha

Ah, thanks for the offer of the VT sticker. :) People out this way (West) have no idea what it means. :)

I love Vermont. When I lived in the DC area, I used to go up there once or twice a year. All those lakes and the nature. I loved the Northeast Kingdom the best. Such a beautiful place. I don't miss the mosquitoes though. :) Not a problem this time of year, but the summers....

Sorry about the moose! The closest I've ever gotten to a moose was actually really close up (running right beside me!!!!!). I was in the Rocky Mountains up in Colorado. If you want to see wild animals, I'd urge you to check out Jasper National Park up in Alberta, Canada. It's big, and has tons of lakes, and huge mountains, and greenery and more wild animals then I've ever seen. It is the prettiest place I've ever been. I'd love to go back someday. My heart just sang when I was there.

Again, welcome back, and feel better!

Delgen
12-29-2012, 05:12 PM
I got some weird feedback today.....

What does it mean when someone says "I hope her face doesn't get too skinny?" :?:

They are just not used to seeing you thin. I have gotten that too, and I only lost 30 lbs.

Don't worry. You are adorable!

Delgen
12-29-2012, 05:20 PM
:hug::hug: thanks starshine!!! you should have told me about the bumper sticker...i would have happily mailed you one :)

isn't vermont a lovely state! i loved all the lakes and parks....sure wish i could have seen a moose!!!! haha

Susan you look fantastic. and just as wonderful

lisa32989
12-29-2012, 05:20 PM
Rainbow got her snow & I got my beach, complete with dolphins!

Starshine
12-29-2012, 06:09 PM
Rainbow got her snow & I got my beach, complete with dolphins!

Ooooh, dophins! How wonderful, Lisa! Can't wait for new photos. You are beautiful, like Rainbow. :)

ptod
12-29-2012, 06:23 PM
Is it possible that you can corroborate your weight loss with doctor's records of your weight before you started dieting? It might be as simple as getting a note from your MD that states you were X weight last year, you are Y weight this year, and he estimates Z pounds of excess skin from the weight loss.

Interesting that you should me mention corroborating medical records before and after. We actually had to pick up our own insurance just this past August so the insurance company requested medical records at that time. The records showed from quite heavy (gulp) to about 220 at the end of June at my annual physical - I was 210 when we actually applied for coverage. When we come up for renewal this year, my records will show me at least 50# lighter. Gosh darn it they will! Yeah me!


They are just not used to seeing you thin. I have gotten that too, and I only lost 30 lbs.

Don't worry. You are adorable!

When someone says I am adorable I will TAKE IT! Thank you!
My avatar pic has to be close to 6 months old - guess it is time for a new one.

ptod
12-29-2012, 06:37 PM
ptod ...What I do know...is that someone with a reasonable goal for their personal weight history and biological makeup will have an easier time in maintenance....so I hang out between 160-165. I'm an 8-10 I have some 6's in my closet. I'm so happy to not have the the two 28 size tops (I found two of them that I didn't know I had) and 24 pants (numerous of those). :)

The one thing I refuse to do is be a slave to an 'ideal' weight that someone else (insurance company/ideal weight calculator/etc) has decided I should be. I want to EAT FOOD and maintain at a reasonable weight. If I am a little over the 'ideal' weight so be it.

This week my coach asked me again how low am I going to go. I was honest with her - I told her I didn't know. I know where my primary care person suggested per the 'official charts' - under 160 would be the 'right' BMI. But my doc also said to stop when I felt good. I told my coach (who is also a doctor & has done IP herself) that I have quite a bit of extra skin to account for somehow. However, I told my coach that even with the skin issue that I thought I would wear a smaller pant size at this weight (mildly frustrating). I seem to be the opposite of many who have said they are smaller at a given weight than the last time they weighed a particular weight. I finally said to my coach I think 165 is where I should start to phase off. I know I haven't changed my ticker to reflect that yet. I want to make sure I didn't pick the number just to move the conversation along and/or to make sure I am not settling.

With all that being said so everyone knows I am really a sane person.....
I still want to be you when I grow up. You are a ROCKSTAR!!!! This is your shape :belly: ; this is me :sumo: hahahahaha I need both your 10s & your 6s to go out in public.

I'm SO glad that you've been lurking...I watched for you! You're posts always make me laugh! :) Yeah, VIP is doing well...I'm quite proud of him and happy to have someone who will eat how I eat (WOE? Who's posts have you been reading! <snicker>) :)

Once a stalker, always a stalker. :D It is much easier to be with someone who 'gets it'. My DH was skeptical at first, but now eats mostly the same as I do, even in most restaurants. He did eat some of everything and more at Christmas dinner and was surprised at what happened when he stepped on the scale.

WOE :o

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 06:49 PM
Ah, thanks for the offer of the VT sticker. :) People out this way (West) have no idea what it means. :)

I love Vermont. When I lived in the DC area, I used to go up there once or twice a year. All those lakes and the nature. I loved the Northeast Kingdom the best. Such a beautiful place. I don't miss the mosquitoes though. :) Not a problem this time of year, but the summers....

Sorry about the moose! The closest I've ever gotten to a moose was actually really close up (running right beside me!!!!!). I was in the Rocky Mountains up in Colorado. If you want to see wild animals, I'd urge you to check out Jasper National Park up in Alberta, Canada. It's big, and has tons of lakes, and huge mountains, and greenery and more wild animals then I've ever seen. It is the prettiest place I've ever been. I'd love to go back someday. My heart just sang when I was there.

Again, welcome back, and feel better!

the northeast kingdom is where we were!! we were right on willoughby lake not far from the canadian border. we drove miles and miles looking for moose!! we saw a "stump" at dusk one night, and got all excited at first, then realized it was a stump!!! and then we say one painted on the wooden side of a building....garage or barn perhaps???

so we dubbed the moose we saw....STUMPY and WOODY!!!

then we drove to the haskell library in derby line, the one that straddles the US and CANADA borders!! so i was able to get a photo of me standing in BOTH!!! it was there we saw a MOOSE HEAD!! stuffed and hanging on the wall! oh well, next time!

we have been to colorado and estes park and the rocky mountain national park and saw lots of deer, elk, rams, but no moose there!! haha we did see some critter called a long tailed red marmot i think it was. hairy little critter!!

Susan you look fantastic. and just as wonderful

cindy....my little cheerleader!!!! oh how i have missed you!!!!!!!!!! WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainbow got her snow & I got my beach, complete with dolphins!

oooo i am so pleased you were able to see some dolphins!!!! i love to see them swimming and playing!! have fun on your last few days!!!!!!!!!

Hgamroth
12-29-2012, 07:08 PM
Rainbow! Come to beautiful Yellowstone! Elk, Moose, BEAR, mountain sheep, eagles... You would LOVE it!

rainbowsmiles
12-29-2012, 07:32 PM
Rainbow! Come to beautiful Yellowstone! Elk, Moose, BEAR, mountain sheep, eagles... You would LOVE it!

sounds like a plan!! i have never been to yellowstone. i have seen elk, bears, mountain sheep and eagles!!! just not a moose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Starshine
12-29-2012, 07:45 PM
the northeast kingdom is where we were!! we were right on willoughby lake not far from the canadian border. we drove miles and miles looking for moose!! we saw a "stump" at dusk one night, and got all excited at first, then realized it was a stump!!! and then we say one painted on the wooden side of a building....garage or barn perhaps???

so we dubbed the moose we saw....STUMPY and WOODY!!!

then we drove to the haskell library in derby line, the one that straddles the US and CANADA borders!! so i was able to get a photo of me standing in BOTH!!! it was there we saw a MOOSE HEAD!! stuffed and hanging on the wall! oh well, next time!

we have been to colorado and estes park and the rocky mountain national park and saw lots of deer, elk, rams, but no moose there!! haha we did see some critter called a long tailed red marmot i think it was. hairy little critter!!



Stumpy and Woody! :D And Willoughby Lake. OMG. I loved that place! The Northeast Kingdom is magical.

I was in a national forest in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. They let you have dogs there, so that's where I end up going instead of the actual National Parks. We were doing some camping/hiking and that's when my dog and I came upon a moose with your young child moose (I'm sure there is a particular word for that :) ). The moose got tired of me pointing at it and saying "moose" to my dog (she was young and so I wanted her to see big animals like that). The moose decided to charge us. I was scared to death. I just had my dog beside me and in a stay, and just waited, as there wasn't anything to do. She passed within like two feet of us. She was just trying to scare us away from her young one, so I took the hint and left. :)

I was so glad that it ended peacefully and with me and my dog still alive. And it's a cool story and a great memory. :)

And you just have to show us those photos of you! :)

:hug:

Starshine
12-29-2012, 07:46 PM
Rainbow! Come to beautiful Yellowstone! Elk, Moose, BEAR, mountain sheep, eagles... You would LOVE it!

Oh, oh, oh and buffalo too! :) And Old Faithful too. Gorgeous place!

Hgamroth
12-29-2012, 08:58 PM
Oh, oh, oh and buffalo too! :) And Old Faithful too. Gorgeous place!

HOW could I forget BUFFALO??!!! They come right up to your car!

wuv2bloved
12-29-2012, 08:59 PM
Wuv thanks for the words of wisdom in the PM, it helped me get back on track :hug:

Anytime, You know how to find me when and if you need me :) welcome back :hug:

Hgamroth
12-29-2012, 09:12 PM
My in-laws are back in California and I am now ready to get back into a routine, especially with my meals! I am nervous about day 2 and day 3 of phase 1 but will concentrate on remembering how good I feel after those days pass!

Still getting caught up on the threads. How are you doing MomPattie and Cadu? Day 3 today? Delgen, so nice to see you on the threads!

mompattie
12-29-2012, 09:17 PM
DOING great!!! We had company today, it was awesome!! Tucked in for a movie with the kids tonight!!! Catch up tomorrow! :-)

KitKat169
12-29-2012, 10:15 PM
I'm falling behind on posts today. Great to hear from so many old and new people. Last night was a challenging evening out with my DB and SIL, Indian food but not like I usually see. I ordered a vegetable kebab baked in the tandoor oven and it was finely chopped vegetables (mostly carrots) covered in a crispy batter. The okra was good but also mixed with tons of cooked onion. I took that over the kebab though.

Lunch today with my other DB and SIL was easier with a nice smoked salmon frittata and salad. Tonight I'm going to a dessert night with friends I haven't seen since before I started IP. I have two different snacks in my purse to choose from. I woke up sick with a cold this morning but I'm trying to ignore it for another couple of days and then I can relax.

For those comments about not sharing your weight loss number, I understand it this week. I have felt proud and ready to share up until one person this week where I just rounded up the loss to 100lbs knowing that I've probably hit that but just haven't done an official WI. Saying that number out loud shocked me and felt weird, I'll keep to quoting 97.5 for now.

Fishette
12-29-2012, 11:14 PM
Rainbow! Come to beautiful Yellowstone! Elk, Moose, BEAR, mountain sheep, eagles... You would LOVE it!

My experience in your neck of the woods...

I used to travel at a moment's notice to wherever my boss needed me. She called me one day and asked if I could travel to join her the next day to work on a proposal. I said, "sure, no problem." She said, "and don't worry, we have a tent and a sleeping bag for you. But don't pack any deodorant because it will attract the bears." :?::?::?:

Turns out she was camping with her son's Boy Scout troop in the Tetons! Why didn't I ask *before* I said yes??? However, I had a wonderful time and it is truly breathtaking country.

Hgamroth
12-29-2012, 11:20 PM
My experience in your neck of the woods...

I used to travel at a moment's notice to wherever my boss needed me. She called me one day and asked if I could travel to join her the next day to work on a proposal. I said, "sure, no problem." She said, "and don't worry, we have a tent and a sleeping bag for you. But don't pack any deodorant because it will attract the bears." :?::?::?:

Turns out she was camping with her son's Boy Scout troop in the Tetons! Why didn't I ask *before* I said yes??? However, I had a wonderful time and it is truly breathtaking country.

That's great! Oh the Tetons are so beautiful!!! My son went to the Tetons with his 4th grade class for a week last February and he STILL talks about it. Days of snowshoeing, cross country skiing and eating. Saw moose, elk, and eagles. I may get to go with 4th graders this February. I better get into better shape by then!

Fishette
12-29-2012, 11:26 PM
Wow, I can't imagine going in the winter. I went in August and nearly froze my tush. The sleeping bag was nice and warm, but unzip the thing and it was 20 degrees in my pup tent! I'm in awe of you hardy folk!

ragdoll74
12-30-2012, 11:22 AM
We went camping in Yellowstone during 4th of July one year and it was freezing overnight. If we go again, I'm planning on staying in one of the hotels at the park.

I would love to downhill ski in the Tetons some day. Cross counrty skiing and snow shoeing seem like too much work.

rofl306
12-30-2012, 11:33 AM
Back from our winter vacation to the mountains. My DH and DS skied three different mountains this year. They had a blast with my SIL's family on my DH side. I caught up on some movies with the SIL from my side. I had intended to get some reading in also but those plans didn't work out.

Glad to see so many new people and so many returning. 2013 will be great for all of us!

mompattie I see you made it back before I did. Glad to see you here!

I have spent a day trying to catch up on all the achievements of everyone over the holidays but wow! way more posts than I thought there would be...Good job everyone for your dedication and to all those struggling for your perseverance! I am sure January will be much easier.

wuv2bloved
12-30-2012, 11:40 AM
Good morning everyone, CNN is doing a story with before and after pics so I submitted mine...here is a link to it
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-903363

ragdoll74
12-30-2012, 11:48 AM
Very cool Wuv!

Starshine
12-30-2012, 11:56 AM
Good morning everyone, CNN is doing a story with before and after pics so I submitted mine...here is a link to it
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-903363

How exciting, Wuv!!!! You are such an inspiration. :)

Starshine
12-30-2012, 11:57 AM
We went camping in Yellowstone during 4th of July one year and it was freezing overnight. If we go again, I'm planning on staying in one of the hotels at the park.

I would love to downhill ski in the Tetons some day. Cross counrty skiing and snow shoeing seem like too much work.

The Tetons are so beautiful, especially around sun up. Just gorgeous. Note to self. Have to travel North more. :)

Starshine
12-30-2012, 11:59 AM
For those comments about not sharing your weight loss number, I understand it this week. I have felt proud and ready to share up until one person this week where I just rounded up the loss to 100lbs knowing that I've probably hit that but just haven't done an official WI. Saying that number out loud shocked me and felt weird, I'll keep to quoting 97.5 for now.

I'm thinking I'm going to lower my goal weight, and I'll come very close to that 100 pound mark. It is hard to say in my head. Although on these boards it will feel like the goal reached, it should be.

You've done so well, KitKat! Everything to be proud of!!!

Hgamroth
12-30-2012, 12:06 PM
The Tetons are so beautiful, especially around sun up. Just gorgeous. Note to self. Have to travel North more. :)

Very gorgeous but cold!!! I am freezing today and was telling myself to plan a trip south! You are getting so close to goal!:)

LizRR
12-30-2012, 12:11 PM
RAINBOW!!! BACK From Vermont!!!! YEAH!!!!

I LOVE VERMONT! When I lived in Boston 8-10 of us would go in and rent a ski house in Killington, VT for 6-months. I would go up every weekend Nov-March, the only times I wouldn't go was when I was going to CO or UT for skiing/snowboarding. Crazy skiing Texan who loves New England winters....that's me!

I never really had to deal with the bad side of snow - my landlords loved me and would dig out my car and owned a plow so I always had no problems - I think they felt sorry for the Texan girl.

mompattie
12-30-2012, 12:17 PM
Back from our winter vacation to the mountains. My DH and DS skied three different mountains this year. They had a blast with my SIL's family on my DH side. I caught up on some movies with the SIL from my side. I had intended to get some reading in also but those plans didn't work out.

Glad to see so many new people and so many returning. 2013 will be great for all of us!

mompattie I see you made it back before I did. Glad to see you here!

I have spent a day trying to catch up on all the achievements of everyone over the holidays but wow! way more posts than I thought there would be...Good job everyone for your dedication and to all those struggling for your perseverance! I am sure January will be much easier.

Glad you made it back!!!! Sounds like a wonderful holiday!!!! I'm glad your back!!!!!

Starshine
12-30-2012, 12:19 PM
Very gorgeous but cold!!! I am freezing today and was telling myself to plan a trip south! You are getting so close to goal!:)

Yes, cold, especially in the winter!!! We were at 7 degrees yesterday morning. Our normal low in this part of New Mexico is about 15 this time of year, and it was coooolllllld on my walk yesterday morning. I was thinking about a trip South myself. :)

Thanks for noticing the close to goal, Holly! :) I weighed in this morning and I'm down 4 pounds. Yay!!!!!!! TOM finally left after almost 3 weeks. OMG, I was happy about that. I'm going to lower my goal by at least 10 pounds, I'm just waiting to do it, so I won't have that much more to lose (psychological).

IdealProteinNewbie
12-30-2012, 12:21 PM
Starshine,
You are absolutely crushing it, way to go!!!

Starshine
12-30-2012, 12:54 PM
Starshine,
You are absolutely crushing it, way to go!!!

Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! :hug:

You're doing a great job too!

mom2hi
12-30-2012, 02:30 PM
Wuv, read your CNN link...so cool! You are such an inspiration to all of us, I have shared your youtube link with everyone I know struggling with their weight!

wuv2bloved
12-30-2012, 02:37 PM
awww.....thanks! :hug:Wuv, read your CNN link...so cool! You are such an inspiration to all of us, I have shared your youtube link with everyone I know struggling with their weight!