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01-01-2013, 09:40 AM
Happy New Year !!!

Thought I would hop on and start our January chat thread! :D

Well - I weighed in at 149.5 this morning (sigh) - no surprise given my eating patterns over the last few weeks, but still - that scale is SWINGING - no doubt all the sodium and water weight ups and downs.

My last day off before back to work. I didn't get everything done that I wanted to, but I did have a nice break!

Given my weigh-in this morning, I may have to recalibrate my Valentine's Day goal - the goal is still 15 pounds down, but might be unrealistic to hit my goal weight in 6 weeks if I'm actually at 149.5 right now (that would be a 20 pound loss in 6 weeks!). All I know is I'm going to work hard to get there - if I'm at 135 by Valentine's day I'll be happy. :D So new Valentine's goal is to weigh in at 135.

I'm going to have another cup of coffee - then hop on the treadmill for my first run of 2013. :)

Happy New Year!!

01-01-2013, 10:13 AM
Good morning and Happy New Year! I missed out on December chat. I felt like I was butting in after it had been going on for weeks by the time I could jump in an participate.

I'm starting off the new year with health and fitness. After battling the horrible and awful C. diff for 2 months, I feel like I'm finally getting my health back! This morning, I'm going to go run a 5K! I feel like I'm starting 2013 off right.

It's time to refocus and re-prioritize and get back to losing. I only have 10 or 15 pounds left to go! Maybe you and I can reach 135 together, Sheila! Although I didn't weigh myself this morning (forgot), I've been hovering between 148 and 152 for the past 2 months. I'm ready to take that last step and get back on on the weight loss wagon.

My New Year resolution, lose the last 10-15 pounds and work on strength, and to keep fitness as a part of my life. It's so easy to get busy and let the fitness part go.

01-01-2013, 10:30 AM
twinieten - Hello!!!! And I'm gearing up to run a 5K this morning too! (albeit on my treadmill - it's snowy and cold outside here) - yes - it sounds like we have the same goal! Okay - let's do it together!! And we both run! :carrot: Woo Hoo!!! 2013 is here and it's our GOAL YEAR!!!!!

So - I'm setting annual goals (resolutions), but also monthly goals to feed my bigger ones. In January I will lose 10 pounds. That will put me in the 130s!!! To do that, I need to lose 2.5 pounds per week - and to do that - exercise 5x/week, no starchy carbs or dairy (I'm lactose intolerant - but I LOVE dairy so this is hard for me), and journal / weigh in daily. Also staying on these boards really helps keep me on track - so I'm definitely going to leverage all of you to keep me going!!! :D

WOO HOO! We're on our way!

01-01-2013, 10:54 AM
Hi! I'm fairly new here. I hope it's okay for me to jump in.

Shelia22 & twinieten ~ I was looking at both of your stats and I must say I'm impressed! I hope I can do as well as both of you have done. I hope you do well in your 5K's!

I've tried every diet out there and have avoided counting cals like the plague. So in Novemeber (2012) I've decided to try counting cals. It's going slow but It's working AND it's not as bothersome as I thought it would be. My New Year's resolution is to stop my night time nonsence eating. I think this weight would fall off of me if I just stopped this one thing. I've been practicing and some nights I win the fight and some nights I lose. But as of today I'm getting serious! I'm also going to start excersising slowly, maybe 3 times a week to start.

This morning I weighed-in at 184.5. I'm up 1/2 lb from last time I weighed. I didn't count cals yesterday because I decided to take a break from it. Instead I controlled myself and stopped eating when full. My diet wasn't healthy at all yesterday. So today, back to counting and eating healthy!

01-01-2013, 11:43 AM
Hello, everyone! Happy New Year! I weighed in
in this morning at 151. It's a step in the right direction! Hubby and kids home today and we will be going out for lunch. Looking forward to getting on track again in the new year and finally reaching my goal!

Have a fabulous day and may we all have a healthy and successful year!

01-01-2013, 11:46 AM
Weight is sky high 158.8... my trip is in 3 weeks...I would really like to shed 8 pounds :eek: Let's hope I have loads of bloat!! :D

Happy New year to all!

01-01-2013, 12:01 PM
Well - I just finished my 5K run! It was a bit rough (had to burn off that holiday binge last night)...but it's amazing how much more energy I have after I work out! I'm getting ready to deep clean my bedroom and bathroom today! WOO HOO!! I'll turn on the music, open the shades, and let some light into this place - - that's one thing about my bedroom I wish I could change - - in my last 3 houses I was isolated enough that I could at least have ONE window shade open - but I have neighbors on both sides of me now, so it's not possible - - but when I'm in cleaning mode - somehow it's more energizing to have them open.

valentine21463 - welcome!! And absolutely jump in!! And I know calorie counting can be difficult at first, but as you've learned it becomes easier over time - do you keep a journal? When I lost 40 pounds I wrote down every calorie (well estimates if necessary) - it really helped to keep me on track! There is also a great software package by Calorie King that can help you track not only your food intake but also the calories you burn with exercise - it's awesome - but for some reason, I prefer pen and paper...:). Also with the nighttime eating - I think that's one that many of us have - I know I do - - there is a great book called "the power of habit" - talks about how we can change our patterns....so for me - I used to come home from work, open the fridge, pour myself a glass of wine....yada yada - - then I intentionally shifted my "pattern" to come home from work, change, and go for a walk (which turned into running)...unfortunately, it's easy to fall back into the old patterns (which I did over the holidays :dizzy:) - so I need to "reprogram" again...but it is definitely do-able!! Another one of my New Year's resolutions is to NOT eat in the living room in front of the TV. It's embarrassing for me to say this, but my kids and I eat more there than in the dining room. So from now on - if I want food, I'm going to have to eat at the kitchen island or at the dining room table. AND - I'm going to start having dinner with my kids in the dining room. Even if they have already eaten when I get home - they will come into the dining room and we will sit and visit (even if I'm the only one eating - LOL). I honestly think it will be good for all of us. :D The other thing I'm going to do to avoid those evening eating cravings is start knitting again. Keeps my hands busy and my mind occupied! So see - there are a lot of things you can do!! :D

I'm glad this year is finally here!! WOO HOO!!! What I know is that I'm going to be 10 pounds lighter by the end of this month (down another dress size and into the 130s!!), 15 pounds lighter by Valentine's Day, and at my goal weight of 130 by March 1st! (actually my goal is 128 - I want a couple of pounds for "wiggle room") And I'm going to start going to my kickboxing class two days a week (even if I have the kids), and run a 5K 3 days a week...I will expand my social network - and become like the people I "hang with" (my kickboxing crew and all of YOU!! :D) we are going to have a fabulous and positively transformational year!!

Time to turn on the music, pull up these window shades and start CLEANING!!! :D Hope everyone has a great day!

Oh - and ps - I WILL try that hula hoop before the end of this day! LOL I'll let you all know how it goes...

01-01-2013, 12:10 PM
Sum - :hug: Join me in "BOOTCAMP"!!! You got this girlfriend! 8 pounds in 3 weeks is a bit aggressive for me personally - almost 3 pounds a week - but I also know that when I stop drinking my liquid doughnuts, stop eating the starchy carbs and cut out the dairy - my weight just skydives!!!

We're here to support you!! I think I need to plan a trip to accelerate my goal weight achievement - - hmmm.....Maybe Spring Break with the kids somewhere awesome?? Have to give that some thought! Sum - I might have missed your post, but where are you going??? You can SO DO THIS!!! DO YOU!!!

01-01-2013, 12:13 PM
And Guac - it's our GOAL YEAR!!!! I'm so excited for us!!! :cheer2:

We seriously need to have virtual on-line "parties" when we each hit goal! LOL

01-01-2013, 01:35 PM
Happy New Year All!

2013: Year of Fitness
Skinny girls look good in clothes, Fit girls look good naked!

To Moving Forward: I am a bit more than sore - quads are a' screaming- that dang box jump is rougher than it looks. Apparently I jump from waist up (maybe I think I am gonna fly?) instead of exploding/pushing from feet up - thanks to my DH for that eval... Not to mention that my balance is apparently none to good. I wobble on the stepups, too. No biggie- that just means I can only get better!!
I am so glad I did it at home, though! I didn't want to look like a wimp in public! My big issue with my home gym was that I have no cable machine - then I discovered resistance bands with handles! I can loop them around (mine have break in the middle so you can pull each cable independent) the bars on the squat cage and do plank with rows, lat pulldown, etc. I bought my Olympic bar and plates on sale at Dicks Sporting Goods (still on sale, I think)- 189 and squat cage was 299. It was an early birthday present to myself! I figured it was less $$ than a gym membership for one year and I am much more inclined to work out in the privacy of my own home ... some of the noises I make are less than ladylike!:o:o And I may have whimpered a few times... My recommendation: Do EXTRA stretching afterwards... I bought 'the stick original roller massager ' and it has already paid for itself after one workout. It is amazing how it kneads the knots out of muscles! And Epsom salt for soaks...
I was also really concerned that without all the cardio I normally do I wouldn't burn enough calories so I wore the trusty HR monitor and BOY was I wrong! I actually burned MORE per minute than straight cardio. I most assuredly got a workout - just ask my quads, hammies and glutes.

01-01-2013, 02:22 PM

So glad to have found this forum and so glad to have "stuck with the program" (the program, ANY program) for 52 DAYS!!!!

Hey...all you skinni-minnis!!...this is MY year to achieve Goal too!!! It's just going to take me A LOT longer to get there!! That's OK...I'll celebrate with you in March....you celebrate with me later (AND celebrate your maintenance!!)

I haven't fully fledged out all the resolutions I want to make...but high up on the list again is a positive mental state and thicker skin....to stop second-guessing myself....reduce worry and fretting about the future...I'm taking the steps to make positive things happen....

2013: year of Fitness and Health, year of Accomplishment, year of New Friends, year of Organization, year of Success, year of Lasting Happiness

one step at a time...hour by hour/day by day, we'll get there!!!!

01-01-2013, 02:54 PM
It was a frigid 32 degrees out there, which is pretty darned cold for those of us in Arizona! I managed to finish the 5K in 36 minutes, with an average pace of 12 minutes per mile.

I ran with a group (Lifetime Fitness Commitment Day 5K), and kind of attached myself to one woman and kept up with her. I thought I'd die, but I did it while only stopping to walk a couple of short times.

Now it's time to keep myself out there and keep running. The weather is so good for it now, because I can run in the afternoon, after work. Lately I've been going home from work and I've been so fatigued, I sleep for about 40 minutes. I started B12 shots 2 weeks ago, and ladies, if you are tired, try them. They work!

Valentine, it took me almost 3 years to do it, but I did it! I've lost 60 pounds, so far! If you've done the diet yo-yo as I have, you already know that it feels really good to be thin! I hope you can do it faster than me! Good luck!! you can do it!! Counting calories is really the way to go, and it's so easy with so many free web sites and apps. I use Bodybugg, and love it! I tried losing weight for awhile with no progress, until I started counting calories with Bodybugg. For me, the only way to lose weight is to count. Hopefully I can lighten up on that in maintenance, but until I maintain for a few months, I will keep counting.

Sheila, you'll probably lose me in your dust when you shed that 10 pounds in January! Good luck to you with that goal! Don't worry about me, though, I'll catch up!

I'm going to join you in the cleaning. I'm taking the next 4 days off of work, and I plan on doing a lot of cleaning of this house, but hopefully I will also get out to do something fun with my kids while they are out of school. My bedroom is going to be my main focus, as well. It seems like if I can keep that room clean, the rest of the house follows.

Same to you SeeMyFeet! Good luck with your goal! It is your year!!

Nice 2FatCats! "Skinny girls look good in clothes, Fit girls look good naked!" I plan to be the latter by the end of the year.

Guac, I always watch your progress because you and I have similar start weights and similar goals. I'll look forward to hitting our goals this year, together (even if weeks or months apart)!!

I'm on a positive post-run high right now, and feeling psyched for the new year, hitting goals, and being THIN! I'm so excited for us too!!

01-01-2013, 03:37 PM
twinieten - woo hoo on your 5K girlfriend!! Awesome job!!! Doesn't it feel fabulous after a run?? I love it!

SeeMyFeet - We are all going to hit our goal this year! I LOVE your resolutions!

2FatCats - I'm so jealous of your weight lifting!! It's really something I need to do - especially my arms and abs - they are like jello!

I'm finished cleaning my bedroom and both of the upstairs bathrooms - bedding is in the laundry - so all I have left to do is make my bed later! Feels good to have it done - I didn't deep clean, but that's okay - I'll tackle areas over the next 6 weeks.

My daughter popped over (love it when she does that) - we're watching a movie and she is doing homework. Hope everyone has a great day!

01-01-2013, 03:51 PM
Hi, Ladies. Jumping into the chat. I've held off in the past because I find it a little overwhelming to keep up, but I will try...

New Years Day started off right. I made poached eggs with homemade salsa, and white beans with cumin and lemon for lunch. Yum. And my boys are finally getting old enough, they are starting to eat this way, too. The eggs were really just for DH and I; I was surprised when my boys ate them too.

For exercise, I shoveled the driveway.

I'm really trying to lose 10 pounds this month, and have successfully turned away from mindless nibbling once already today. Here's to keeping up our determination!

01-01-2013, 04:00 PM
HI, everyone!

I tried to catch up, but there's no way. Fresh start, fresh slate. I hope you had a great holidays.

I know I'm ready to reset. I've eaten HORRIBLY since about a week before Christmas, blah, but there's no more reason to eat badly. Yesterday I went to a New Year's party at my sister's house and I didn't eat so much but drank WAY too much wine. Spent the night there, woke up ready to start fresh and had a big danish for breakfast *face-palm*

So my goal is not going to be centered around losing weight. It's more about nourishing my body and getting strong. I really hope this will translate to losing the extra weight, though.

01-01-2013, 04:22 PM
happy New Year! New year new cycle new beginnings! Lets do this!

01-01-2013, 09:29 PM

Started out healthy. I made H & I a really simple omlet with a little grilled chicken, little bit of green pepper then topped with a small bit of grated lo-fat cheese & fresh salsa. YUM!
We then bundled up (it's cold, clear & breezy here in No. CA) & went for a 50 minute walk in the park. We went to another section that we hadn't explored before, but we'll be there again!
Talked to him about getting bikes...maybe with my tax return since that'll be right around our anniversary (April 1st!). He likes the idea, we just want to see what the dr. says & how things progress.
He is scheduled to go in on the 10th to get his heart monitor. He was told he'd have to wear it for possibly as long as 2 weeks. Then drs. will plan for the pacemaker. I'm a little scared, but I know he'll feel MUCH better once this is all taken care of.
Day #1 of 2013: Healthy! Good eating, plenty of H2O & exercise. Plan for tomorrow & the remainder of the week...MORE of the same....
:drill::drill:NOW! WHO'S WITH ME??!!!!!:drill::drill:

newleaf123, twinieten, valentine21463: :welcome2: I think you'll really like it here! Ya know, you coulda joined us at anytime, but we are glad you're here!! We are all here for the same reason, so we can & will help each other along the way.

valentine21463: I too have to take B-12. I also have to take iron. Mine are all in tablet form. Yes, if someone is having an issue with fatigue they may be having a problem with either iron or B-12. Check with your dr., cause it seems to be common in women. I effects ALL the women in my family.

SeeMyFeet: I'm with you. I do have a few things down in black & white (on my blog), but for goals? Nothing written down yet. Mostly it's healhiest eating possible, exercising more regularly, and being supportive of my hubby & you guys here. I don't know exaclty how much weight I can loose, but I'm going to try. I'm pretty concerned about my blood pressure & heart health. Definite goal: A PHYSICAL.

olehcat: Kick that unhealthy behavior to the curb. The holidays are over. You can do this!!! Sounds like our goals are very similar. Eat healthy, do healthy & if there is rewards to reap it's a bonus. Go for it!

Sheila: Goal by March 1? AWESOME!!! :bravo: My goals are going to be more abstract. To be able to walk/hike/bike for an hour plus without feeling like I'm going to pass out. I do know I need to loose the lbs., but I can't concentrate on the right now. My good is to be a different shape...something other than ROUND. ;)

guacamole: May a step in the right direction lead to many more steps that same way! Here's a little something for you...:dust: :goodluck:

Well, I've got to do a load or 2 of laundry. :rolleyes: Need clean uniforms for work week. Wish Santa woulda brought me a new job for Christmas. It was on my list!!! Oh, well.


01-01-2013, 09:34 PM
Question to All:

How do you ladies keep yourselves accountable at work? My DH had an idea today. . .

At home we have a chalkboard in the kitchen for needed grocery items and I use it to tick off my water intake. Two weeks ago I posted my weight - I figured that's where the temptation to overeat/eat unhealthy is, not in the bathroom by the scale!!
Today I added my DHs weight as he started eating healthy and exercising. He thought it was a great idea (he hadn't noticed mine *sigh*) and is going to do it at work. On the bulletin board where EVERYONE can see it!!!! Not sure I would be that brave... Any thoughts or ideas?

Sweat is just fat crying!

01-01-2013, 09:54 PM
2FatCats - I take my journal to work - I don't do anything quite as public as your DH, but it helps me stay on track!! AND - I have a portable elliptical under my desk with some old tennis shoes! I'm fortunate to have an office with a door - so I just close the door and walk on the elliptical - especially if I'm on a stressful conference call!! I mean - why not?!? If I had a cube, I would just put it under my desk and bicycle!! (I've done that before in my office too...LOL) - I also have resistance bands in there....you've inspired me to use both more often this year!!! :D

MrsTryingAgain - You go girl!!! WOO HOO!! Sounds like you had a fabulous day!! Just an FYI - my kickboxing instructor just turned 40 and had a pacemaker put in - (her 2nd one!!) - she is fabulous!! Runs 5K races, teaches kickboxing 4 days a week - she's truly an inspiration! And she feels SO much better now!! More energy and everything! I just wanted to share that with you because it made me really nervous when she had the surgery, but now she feels so much better!!! I pray your husband has the same success!!!! :)

Work tomorrow - :( Mixed feelings because I need to get out of this house, but at the same time, I know there is a lot of stress waiting...(sigh)...I will kickbox tomorrow night after work - breakfast - a protein soy shake, lunch - vegan soup and dinner - crustless veggie pizza - - it will be a great day. :D

I'll check in tomorrow!! :)

01-01-2013, 10:04 PM
Feeling good today, as the day is winding down. Ate lots of wonderful, healthy food, including a new recipe for smoked salmon & chipotle chowder... Yum. Have 4 portions leftover I'm the fridge, so I guess I know what I'm eating for lunch the next few days...

Thanks for all the warm welcome. I really enjoyed reading about people's goals and resolutions for the year. My goals are carried over from last year:

:) increase the amount of homemade food that my family eats, decrease the amount of restaurant food and soda
:) Recognize that life is short, and let go of any anger, angst, etc more quickly
:) Work towards health and fitness

01-02-2013, 12:55 AM
I just wanted to expand on the B-12 thing. The good news is, if you go to a med spa, you don't have to have a doctor's prescription! My doctor would have me test and would tell me I don't need B-12. BTDT. And yes, I've had a ton of other tests to try to determine why I have such fatigue, and nothing was revealed.

Anyhow, I'd used the B-12 shots for weight loss before, and even though they didn't do anything for my weight, I sure felt good. After being sick, I started wondering if maybe I could use a little B-12, which is great for immunity among other things. The oral or sublingual kinds did nothing for me, so I went back to the med spa. I bought regular B12, not the weight loss kind. So far so good! I've had only 2 shots, but I feel a difference.

Accountability at work... I don't know. I couldn't possibly make my weight public, but good for your DH!! I just make sure to update my food journal through the day if I eat something, like cookies, or candy or whatever I happen to grab. It's easy to think that one won't hurt, but several "ones" add up and recording them helps keep me focused. I'm just glad the holidays are over, and so ends the steady flow of sweet treats and yummy snacks.

01-02-2013, 06:36 AM
Happy New Year all, up 2 lbs. from the parental holiday meal, but that's it, now it's time to get back OP. Looking forward to making my goal this year and getting a big loan paid off in July, so 13 is looking promising so far... :D

best to all :sunny:

I'm already a page behind...will catch up later, got to shower and get off to work, first day back to that routine, too... :D

01-02-2013, 11:10 AM

Weight is up a bit 159.4 this AM. I so don't want to go over 160, that would just crush me.

I am planning on walking 5 miles today and eating clean.

I started a 1000 Miles in 2013 challenge, please check it out. I finished it last year and people were asking to start a new one for this year. Join me ladies! I think I plan on walking 650 miles this year and doing 350 miles of elliptical (about 5500 minutes).

What are your goals for this year?

01-02-2013, 11:17 AM
Sum38 - I would love to join the 1000 Mile challenge. How are you determining elliptical miles? Does your machine calculate them, or are you doing some sort of conversion? I have a big trek coming up in March and plan to do a fair amount of walking beforehand to train... We hike 18 miles on Day 1 -- eek!

01-02-2013, 11:30 AM
Happy! Happy! New Year!

New Year - time for a new start. I have been on holiday vacation for the past 2 weeks and have taken an unplanned diet vacation too. My scale definitely showed it this morning, back up to 168 UGH! 8 lbs heavier than I was at this time last year. This fact does NOT make me happy with myself at all.:mad:
My first day of 2013 was on plan as far as eating but I could not muster up enough energy to exercise. However, I was up early and got a good exercise session in this morning and the food I brought to eat at work today is all on plan.

My NEW mini goal is to be back down to 160 before my 43rd birthday. Would love to be lower but I just cannot lose 5-6lbs a month anymore. I have to be happy with a slower 3-4lb loss.

Still using my e-ciggy - 30 days today with out a regular smoke. Just let me say, I LOVE my electronic cig.

Cheers to a happy and healthy new year for all of us!

01-02-2013, 11:52 AM
Heidi I count 15 minutes of elliptical time as a mile. It is pretty accurate according to my fitbit as well...gives me 2000 steps for each 15 minutes I work out.

01-02-2013, 12:56 PM
Hi everyone, I am extremely new here but it is a long overdue step. I have been overweight for the last two years. I am 43, married and a mom to fraternal twin daughters who are 7. I lost my job about 4 years ago and decided to be a stay at home mom as the profession in the medical field I specialized in was hard to find jobs in due to technology advances. When my daughters started Kindergarten in August 2011, I started college ... a long time dream of mine. After starting at the beginning with no credits, I was accepted into an Registered Nurse Program August 2012 and I will be starting my 2nd semester in the RN program on January 14th.

With my inactivity and long study hours and constant eating, I have gained 45 pounds which I have maintained for over a year now but not lost anything.

My husband also needs to lose about 60 pounds. Individually we are both tracking calories using My Fitness Pal and we found it is a good tool for us. He is a runner and has gotten back to hitting the treadmill regularly and tracking calories. Sadly, I am not much into fitness and have a hard time motivating myself to workout.

I am beginning slowly by using another App called 5K runner and today will be day one of that program. I have also decided for myself to slash a majority of carbs from my diet for a while and slowly add them back once some weight comes off.

I live in Minnesota and will be restricted to exercising within my home until spring as I do not do ice and snow well ... LOL

I wanted to jump in here right away but I see I am two pages behind. I look forward to learning about each of you and trying to stay caught up here in this thread. Thank you for the welcome on my introduction thread the other day ... it means the world to me.

01-02-2013, 01:19 PM
Hello Everyone!

Just popped home for lunch - had a soy protein shake for breakfast, lunch was leftover crustless veggie pizza. Dinner - probably soup - it is REALLY cold here today!!

Re-entry after the holidays is so rough! - I'm already feeling the urge to drink wine tonight - LOL...my scale went down to 148 this morning (I'm hoping a few more pounds quickly come off) - - sounds like a 7 pound holiday gain isn't that unusual though - my work pants are really tight today - - (sigh) - - it's definitely motivating me to stay on track.

Well - back to work. Hope everyone has a great day!


01-02-2013, 01:26 PM
This is my first post. After lurking for a while I have decided its time to start the New Year off right, commit to losing the pesky twenty pounds, and get into better shape so my knees and hip ache less.

01-02-2013, 03:20 PM
Heidi I count 15 minutes of elliptical time as a mile. It is pretty accurate according to my fitbit as well...gives me 2000 steps for each 15 minutes I work out.

Well, I thought about this while I was at the gym today... and according to the elliptical I was on for 30 minutes, I only went a mile. Really?? I'm not sure I believe that... because I'm in pretty good shape. But watching the mileage was irritating to me -- so, not the best challenge LOL

But it got me thinking. I think I will commit to exercising 250 days this year. That's a little less than 5x a week. And exercise can mean anything intentional, like getting out for a walk, or lifting weights, or doing cardio. Really, just a motivation to get out and do *something* 5 times a week. When I'm in the zone, I pretty much do that already, but this way I can keep it in the forefront of my mind.

Thanks for the idea!

01-02-2013, 05:03 PM
Junem- Welcome! You came to the right place!

Newleaf, that's a great goal! I'm planning on exercise a minimum of 3 days per week. Any more than that, I end up stressing myself out. I'll probably take advantage of my extra time in the next couple of weeks, though, before school starts.

Oh Sheila, I'm so JEALOUS!! My scale went UP another pound!! I'm now four pounds above my first goal weight! I know it's a lot of water with my popcorn binge last night, and the 5K, but sheesh... I was not prepared to see 153.6 this morning!

But even with my greenishness, I must still wish you a congrats!!

I went to Lifetime Fitness today and had my "health score" done. They look at cholesterol, blood sugar and other stuff.... I was surprised my blood sugar was so high, and that my orthostatic bp dropped, but then again... with being sick, my adrenals are probably so tired, and then there's all that holiday binge.... maybe I'm not surprised. My blood sugar is really all over the place so I need to work on that. I can't imagine 15 additional pounds will make any difference, so I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to become diabetic. I already eat pretty healthy. The holidays, however, not so much. Maybe talk to my doc in another month or so when I've gotten back in to the swing of things.

Then I worked out with a personal trainer. With the 5K yesterday, I'm tired and sore!! I wish I could afford one on one with a personal trainer more often. :(

01-02-2013, 05:43 PM
Healthy breakfast, healthy lunch. Water is on track. Walked for 55 mins. Now I have to get ready for work. joy....:(

junem: Weclome to the board! Hope you find the encouragement & support that will help you reach your goals!

twinieten: Yes, if you can head offf diabetes before it becomes an issue...DO IT! My hubby is diabetic (insulin controlled). It's do-able but it seems to bring along many friends (other healthy issues). His health is one reason I am doing what I am...I figure if we do it together, he has a better chance of being healthier.

newleaf: Your goal sounds a bit like mine. I can't seem to count on my body to "let go of the pounds", but I CAN make sure that I exercise at least 5 days a week. I don't know if I'm going through menopause or other things...but it appears that something seems to keep the pounds hanging on. It's irritating but I'm not going to focus on numbers on the scale...that will come. I'm doing my "Field of Dreams" mantra...if I exercise, the pounds will drop. :lol:

Sheila: Leave the wine in the bottle. Remember that the wine is not as terrific as loosing those few pounds that are bugging you. :) Also you want those pants to be looser, right? Come on, put down that wine glass. You deserve better!!!

nonswedewest: Welcome to you. May we be able to help you & your hubby reach your goals. MN, wow that is a cold state! I'll send you a little CA sunshine if I could!!! :)

NEMom: Glad you're still plugging away on not smoking! AWESOME!!! I'm so proud of you! Loosing weight is tough, but adding in stopping smoking is a double-whammy, but YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! Good for you! You are an inspiration to all of us! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

Gotta run. Work is waiting for me. More laters!

:drill::drill:BE HEALTHY! IT IS DAY #2 OF 2013! BE THE AWESOME WOMEN I KNOW THAT YOU ARE!!!:drill::drill:

01-02-2013, 06:02 PM
Today I started strength training for the first time. My muscles feel weak right now, whcih means I'll probably be very sore tomorrow! My big present to myself was a weight bench that came fully assembled! :) I had tried to buy one at Walmart but when I opened the box and saw how much assembly was involved and I remembered my history of assembly fail on even the simplest projects, I realized that was not for me and I returned it. I ordered one on amazon that had free shipping and it came fully assembled. It's small, so probably not great for a taller person, but it's perfect for me, and adjustable!

I haven't weighed myself yet. I'm too afraid. But I'm eating well. I am also weaning myself off wine. I had a LOT over the holidays but right now I'm having about a glass, but my eventual plan is to have it just on weekends or special occasions only. It's probably the hardest habit to crack because I associate it with post-work relaxation! :) I dont' even drink that much usually - just a glass, but a habit is a habit, and it's not doing me any favors as far as I can tell!

@twiniton - oh, I wish I could justify getting a personal trainer. That sounds intense! I need to get my running back in gear, too!

@MrsTryingAgain - go you on the morning walking! It's too cold where I am right now, brrr.

@newleaf - that sounds like a great challenge!

@sheila22 - I'm feeling you on the wine! I'm allowing myself ONE glass tonight (as opposed to the multiple glasses I was having over the holidays!) and am going to wean myself :D

@NEmom - go you on the continuing to not smoke! That's so excellent!

@sum38 - I'd like to join the walking (or running) challenge!

@2fatcats - wow, posting my weight at work sounds like my very worst nightmare, LOL!

@zumba - yes we can do this! This is our year!

01-02-2013, 08:42 PM
olehcat- Me too! :cheers: I love my evening wine, but when it came to calories, I just couldn't justify it and saved it for weekends, special occasions or days that ended with ef-it. I tend to like it or want it more when it's cold, but in general, I don't want it as much as I used to a couple of years ago.

Good luck with the home gym! I think investing in home equipment was the best thing I could do for myself (and my family if they decide to use any of it). I went back to the gym, but I still like the idea that I can get in a quick 15-20 minutes at home without even bothering to change my clothes or put on shoes, if I just don't have time.

01-02-2013, 09:37 PM
I love having a home gym, too. I try to make it to the "real" gym 2x a week, but all the rest is at home. Also, I keep a set of dumbbells at the garage door and try to lift them a few times when I go in and out. I figure it can't hurt LOL

01-02-2013, 09:43 PM
WELCOME Junem and nonswedewest! And if I forgot anyone - WELCOME!
It's hard to keep up! :dizzy:

@ Olecat: Epsom salt may have saved my life yesterday! I did box jumps and step ups wrong! Note to self: Always use your entire foot, don't jump and land on tippy toes. Ooops. Apparently I go up and down stairs on my toes, too. When I use my entire foot - glutes and hammies. Who knew?? I paid for my tippy hops - Quads tried to kill me in my sleep the first night. But - after 2 hot epsom salt baths yesterday, some time with my trusty heating pad I was fine by my 1700 workout tonight. Okay, not fine but just normal sore. Not the "ohmygoshican'tsitdownpottysore". Good thing hubby doesn't leave the lid up - my quads would have dropped me in! And forget 'hovering' in public - I just held it.

@NEMom: :carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot: Keep up the excellent non-smoking work!

@Mrs/Olecat: Currently it's -6, with a feels like -21. Absolutely NO walking outside in my future.

About B12 thing: When I was super tired - it was an extremely low vitamin D...gotta love living in the frigid north!

Tomorrow is a super-fun dr. appt - ultrasound. The internal kind. :o
Gotta love getting older. TOM is closer together, much much heavier and longer. Just hoping everything is okay since I'd really like to keep all the parts I came with! Perimenopause needs to become menopause because I'm over it!

01-03-2013, 07:32 AM
I ended up spending my day cleaning up my house, never ventured out for my walk :( -- I must get my mojo back what comes to exercise!

I ate clean, but scale did not reward me. 159.2 this am

Sending :dust: to all.

01-03-2013, 10:11 AM
I'd say cleaning the house is exercise enough Sum! I have yet to get to mine. My week off is whittling away. I'm hoping to get a lot done tomorrow.

2FatCats... OMG :rofl: I know that sore! I hope your foot feels better! Have you ever tried epson salt lotion? You can make your own. I haven't thought about that in a long time. I should try making a batch, myself! Ew, I hate that kind of ultrasound. Just go to your happy place. I hope it goes well!

I have made no progress on my weight loss for 2013. :( I ended up eating very badly yesterday... Starbucks, and a muffin, and topped off my evening with a glass of wine. Lots of carbs, lots of calories. The only good thing I did was order a "skinny" latte, which shaved a couple hundred calories off the trip. I knew what i was doing, and I 'gave myself permission'. It wasn't a willpower thing. But regret usually happens in the morning. I'm still a whopping 153, a full 4 pounds heavier. I need to get serious.

Today I will take my kids to the science museum, and I plan on a run this afternoon when it's not too cold outside. Unless we get home from the museum late.... no matter what, I'm going to go to a yoga class tonight. It's been a long time since I've done yoga, and I loved how yoga gave me strength and flexibility.

01-03-2013, 10:18 AM
2fatcats good luck with your ultrasound today; I hope all is well. I've had my share of those; no fun...

Sum38 you'll get your mojo back, no doubt. I find that when I eat well but don't exercise, my scale doesn't drop either... what's with that?! Ugh. Hopefully you get your exercise today and get that drop!

Olehcat I hope you're not too sore today.

I had a good day yesterday -- ate well, exercised well. Had a scale drop today. Love that positive reinforcement! Hoping for the same today. I'm going to go get on the elliptical in a few...

01-03-2013, 11:31 AM
Overall I had a good food day yesterday. Ate a little too much dinner but still in calorie range so I will call it a win.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Actually, I think I went to bed on the wrong side of the bed last night. (WARNING, I NEED TO VENT, PLEASE STOP READING IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HEAR MY PI$$ING AND MOANING)
I maybe PMS or something but I am so over my family, life and annoyances that are driving me crazy.
It is my own fault I am sure but I am so sick of my lazy family. My hubby was home all day yesterday as were my teenage boys and do you think one of them could do so simple as unload and load the dishwasher, could my son take his empty laundry basket out of the kitchen and down to the laundry room on one of his many trips to the basement? Heck no. Mom will do it.
Could my mom, who lives with me get the mop and wipe up the dog pee in the dinning room last night. It was right by her desk. No, she puts down a paper towel, not even making the slightest move to actually wipe it up and then she leaves it on the floor. UGH.
Could my 21 year old daughter figure out her book purchases and take care of her moving arrangements. Why am I in charge of renting her books and figuring out how to get internet to her new location. Why couldn't she have just stayed in the dorm for one more semester? Does she realize how much this stupid move is costing ME? and the stress it is causing ME? NO! All I am going to hear about for the next 4 months is how unhappy SHE is - she caused it! UGH. I am so over it all. I just want to run away from all of them.
Guess what I get to do tonight after work - go home and clean my stupid house because I have to go out of town this weekend to move my DD to her new temporary location for the upcoming semester and I know that no one at home will lift one little finger while I am gone and I don't want to go home after a long weekend with dog hair and a dirty bathroom to look at.
Poor me I know. Just not feeling like a very appreciated wife, mother and daughter today. :dizzy::dizzy:

01-03-2013, 11:53 AM
(NEMom) :hug: Just don't smoke!!! -- I think holidays are really hard when all of a sudden the whole family is together and family dynamics are off.

01-03-2013, 12:14 PM
NeMom!:hug: I know how you feel. My kids are home for vacation too, and the place is a disaster area. They were talking about allowance tomorrow (my payday, I get paid, they get paid), and I pointed out that I reserve the right to keep their pay if I have to chase after them to do the jobs they have been asked to do. I mean, if my boss had to do that, I'd get fired. I can't fire them, but I can withhold pay. UGH!

I think it's the season and it's really hard when everyone is home, all day, all the time, making messes...... I tell myself that some day, they'll all be grown and gone and my house will be quiet, empty and clean all the time. Enjoy the chaos while I can.

Your disclaimer made me laugh!

01-03-2013, 12:20 PM
I've been doing good up until yesterday. We had a pizza and chicken wings from pizza hut for dinner last night and today I woke up feeling like garbage. I'm trying not to beat the crap out of myself and I'm trying to just move on and continue. So today I am going to stay on my plan as if nothing happened yesterday. Funny thing is I was so proud of myself this week because after the holiday I only gained 1/2 pound. I guess I blew that! Glad I didn't brag about it. hahaha.

01-03-2013, 07:47 PM
Wow - this work re-entry thing has really thrown my exercise off - I didn't exercise either yesterday or today - and tomorrow I have a 7am meeting :(

...HOWEVER, I WILL run when I get home from work tomorrow night.

I was literally so busy today I didn't eat until this evening - I know that's not good - - I ran out of the house for an early meeting (forgot to grab my shake) - then my daughter called me from school sick - the doctor worked her in so I had to run there at lunch then right back to work - - thank goodness I used my crockpot this morning and my veggie chili was waiting for me when I got home!!

So - VERY low calorie day (which I guess is good) - - weird thing is that I wasn't even hungry - think it was because I was so pre-occupied with everything.

Just wanted to check in - I hope everyone has a great Friday, and I will try to catch up on my post reading and posting over the weekend!

Oh - scale went down another pound this morning - - 147! :D - - HAS to be loss of water weight coming off!

01-03-2013, 09:10 PM
Hope everyone is having a good day! :)

I AM a bit sore today from the strength training, but mostly I'm worried about my knee that has been really sore since I did some lunges/squats last week. I'm afraid I've messed it up so that I can't go running. Ugh. I just can't seem to get myself to the gym (I HATE going this time of year because of all the new year resolution people who go for about 2 weeks) and there is ice on the ground outside so I dare not risk running outside.

Sheila - YUM! Love veggie chili! If I wasn't too lazy to go to the store this evening, I'd get the ingredients and make it for myself!

valentine - I've been in a constant fight with myself about ordering food. Mostly I've won and been able to resist. Just reading your post above has helped me resist again. I know that I, too, would feel like garbage afterwards if I did it! Thank yoU!

NEMom - yep, been there, done that, with irritation toward everyone in my family when we've all been together for too long. I felt like that after only a few days hanging out with my parents and sister's family this holiday season!

@newleaf - not too bad with the soreness, but definitely sore! :) And go you on the scale drop!

2fatcats - yes, an epsom salt bath sounds LOVELY right now. I think I have some...hmmm...might have to do that before bed! Except seriously, my cats try to get in the tub with me, thus taking away the relaxation factor, especially because I know they don't really want to and when they discover they're jumping in water, I'll be clawed up! :D

@twinieten - yes, I have a plan to cut down on the wine, but not until after this weekend. :) I'm cutting back on the food first, then wine.

01-03-2013, 11:18 PM
It happened!!! My weight-loss effort has been noticed by someone!!! I haven't seen my mom in a few weeks & she asked how my weight loss was going. I told her & she said, "It's definitely notice-able." :D

Today was healthy. Ate really well. Dinner will be a green salad soon. Plenty of H2O. H & I went for an hour long walk along the river, it was cold but sunny.

2fatcats: Hope your appt. goes well. I hate having to have "proscedures" done. UGH!!

twinieten: Hope you enjoyed the museum! Love those places. Hope you got to run & go to yoga. Best of luck getting serious with your journey.

NEMom: :hug::hug::hug: Do I need to come over there & whip your family into shape?!! :drill: I'll do it if I have to!!! No one who is over the age of say 10...shouldn't be pitching in. Moms are moms NOT MAIDS/SERVANTS!!! If clothes didn't make it into the hamper...you went without. If there was something you needed help with (ordering books/figuring out school stuff), it was not done by Mom, it was done with Mom's assistance. You need a family meeting or an intervention!
Good luck! Hope things improve...if not, go on strike!!! It's a thought...

Valentine21463: Forget about the Pizza Hut. It's done. It's over with. Move forward. We all slip up from time to time, after all we live in the real world. You can do this!!

Shelia: You wore me out just reading your post. But don't keep a pace like this permanent...it can't be healthy. Hope it mellows out...SOON!!!

olehcat: Love the idea of a home gym! Wish we had room for one! Maybe if/when we move. Habits are hard to break, but so often we are better off for it. Unless of course it is a healthy habit like exercising/healthy eating! ;) I personally never got into wine, but soda...HECK YEAH! It took like 3-4 weeks to break myself of just reaching for a diet Pepsi, my kryptonite. Good luck! You can do this!

:drill: :drill:OKAY, LADIES OF THE 40's BOARD....BE HEALTHY!! BE STRONG!! BE AMAZING AS I KNOW YOU CAN BE!! DOT IT!! DO IT!! DO IT!! :drill: :drill:

01-04-2013, 06:28 AM
Hello all, just a quick check in, the holidays went well overall, had a loss this week, almost out of this decade! wow, there was a time I didn't think that was possible, the goal is in sight...wow Thanks for all your support, ideas, tips, etc. keep 'em coming! I can't keep up, but do enjoy reading and responding when I can, you are a great group.

best to all :sunny:

01-04-2013, 07:37 AM
I am not stepping on scale this morning. We celebrated my FIL's bday at a steakhouse and I was stuffed.

I did do elliptical for 30 minutes :woohoo: Maybe I am getting my mojo back. Today I must evacuate my house for a showing, and I am taking a 4 mile walk.

Our house "sold" but the buyers turned out to be total jerks. At inspection they wanted to get more down (we had already come down $20K)... listen to this...garage needs a firewall; one wall of drywall replaced...cost $100; they wanted $2000 off the price :mad: Other similar things and we had to say no... then they held our house "hostage" for nearly 10 days thay would not sign mutual release and we could not show the house...why are people so slimy???? I would never intentionally harm anyone just because I did not get my way :( He wanted this house, but he wanted it $30K under market value :( :(

Have a happy and healthy day everyone! Hugs! :hug:

01-04-2013, 08:36 AM
kelijpa :woohoo: on your loss. Me too can't keep up with personals but keep reading :)

01-04-2013, 08:37 AM
SIX pounds!! S-I-X! OMG I'm so upset right now!! I stood on the scale and 154.6 stared back up at me!! My goal, 149. WRONG WAY!! I know a lot of that is water, but SERIOUSLY?? Ack!! :?: I think I'll take a water pill today.

Congrats on your loss kelijpa!! And Valentine, you too! And on your sale Sum! That buyer does sound slimy. Ugh! People can be awful.

MsTrying... Love that NSV!! Congrats!!

I'm heading to the gym now. I think maybe I should stop going there. It seems I gain a pound each time I go!

01-04-2013, 09:40 AM
Drive-by hello....Saw a shooting star on the way to taking my DS to school...(He starts at 7am, so it's still dark.) Kinda sad that my first thought was that it was some kind of sign or portent relating to my weight loss....sigh...just stopping by to brush away the coffee breath before my dental appointment...Clean teeth--yay!

01-04-2013, 11:19 AM
FYI: there is a really inspirational thread on the "main page" showing people's transformations... I added my January 2012 and January 2013 photos, if you're interested... (link to thread below)


01-04-2013, 11:40 AM
FYI: there is a really inspirational thread on the "main page" showing people's transformations... I added my January 2012 and January 2013 photos, if you're interested... Wow, look at you!! You look fabulous! You don't even look that big in the first picture, but then in the second one, I can really see the difference. WTG!!

01-04-2013, 11:42 AM
@twinieten Do you eat a lot of sodium? Unwittingly, maybe? I am convinced that sodium is the devil and the cause of all things evil in my world. If I even 'think' about salt my weight goes up. I was slightly nervous to soak in epsom SALT...
Not once in the past 24 days have I busted calories or failed to work out on plan. BUT my scale still goes up if I eat sodium. And it doesn't take much...I have to keep mine under 1500mg a day. Just keep at it - you'll get there!

@kelijpa :carrot: Keep it up!

@Sum I sold RE for a few years but the other Realtors were, for the most part, liars and thieves and out for themselves (no bitterness here:(). And, sadly, the buyers, too. They had million dollar tastes but a 100K budget. I always told my sellers (when they got low offers or crazy demands) - remember that someone liked the house enough to want to live there - but they just aren't going to for free/at your expense! When people begin making totally unreasonable demands - there is usually something else going on - wife/hubby/partner changed mind, some find another house and they just want out of your deal without losing earnest $. Some just get scared at the thought of commitment and bolt. Some are just a$$es. :shrug: Someone else will come along that belongs there - all houses eventually sell. Try not to let it stress you - take your frustrations out at the gym!

I love the weight loss confessions thread that guac started but no one has posted since September:http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/40-somethings/245921-weight-loss-confessions-7.html

Here's a little one: I make 'bargains' with my bathroom scale.
Sometimes I accuse Sheba (my new scale) of misrepresenting the truth. We banter - I make promises (more cardio, more weights) to her if she'll show me what I want to see - she flashes in disbelief (scale equivalent of eye-rolling) - I threaten to replace her like I did the last one.
And if she insists on telling me her truth - I pick her up, take the batteries out, recalibrate her and step back on...sometimes in a different spot on the floor - just in case that spot o' tile wasn't level...and my old one I figured out if I leaned back a little to the right, it would go down a half pound.

I'm trying to focus on fat % loss this time. Now if only that little caliper, Samson, would stop telling fibs! I think they're in it together.

01-04-2013, 12:37 PM
Yes, FatCats, I think sodium is the evil culprit. And popcorn (carbs). I have not gone above my calorie target, but the quality of my calories leaves much to be desired. Plus, I have exercised almost every day, and my muscles are sore! They're likely holding water too. Plus, I know I'm not drinking enough water, so my body holds more. It's so hard in the winter when it's cold. Much easier when it's hot outside. I'm going to empty my 80oz bottle today, and I took a water pill. I hope my scale is kind to me in the morning.

I'm laughing so hard over your confession. You should add it to the Confessions thread and revive it!

01-04-2013, 01:15 PM

I just started a new 40-somethings thread:

Sometimes just reading other people's positives reminds me of mine.
Anyone in?

01-04-2013, 01:21 PM
Hello, everyone! Quick post just to let you know that I am still committed to 2013 being OUR year to achieve our weight loss goals!! I am reading, but mostly on the go on my mobile phone, so no time to post at length. I struggle every day to stay on track and I think that my SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is in full swing with the bitter gray weather and not being able to get out and exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. I won't give up though - no way will I allow myself to get back to the unhappy and obese woman I used to be. I'm not going down without a fight!

01-04-2013, 01:28 PM
LOL FatCat, thanks twinieten, nice to see you guac

I am really careful about sodium, too. I hate to eat out, primarily for that reason. All I ever get is a salad, dry, and even with that there's usually really salty cheese or nuts on it. Uggh. At home, I cook with almost no salt. Unless I'm baking, then I throw in half of what the recipe calls for, just in case it's somehow needed?? Dunno.

I had surgery last year and my friends all brought dinner for 2 weeks. Their food was all delicious -- because they all use salt LOL.

01-04-2013, 03:57 PM
newleaf: I find recipe after recipe that is called "healthy" that has 1000+ mg of sodium! That's great if I don't eat anything else that day....
Salt is so insidious, too. Even lettuce has salt. 1 cup shredded green leaf = 10mg. Good Grief! Is nothing sacred?? And sadly, no, I didn't just look that up. And sadly, yes, I am a fountain of sodium-o-pedia knowledge. *Sigh* My husband told me I take all the joy out of food/eating:D.
And I'm with ya on dry salads - it's like the juice from tomatoes is my 'dressing'! I feel like I won the lottery if I bite into a cucumber AND a tomato at the same time!

01-04-2013, 04:33 PM
I feel like I won the lottery if I bite into a cucumber AND a tomato at the same time!


01-04-2013, 07:19 PM
@MrsTryingAgain - oh that's awesome that someone noticed your efforts!! :) That's always so nice. And right now I have room, although I may be moving somewhere smaller come summer, but my weight bench is very small, I think it will fit wherever! :)

@sum38 - too bad people have to be such jerks. :( My sister and her family went through that when they BOUGHT a house. THe sellers acted really shady and didn't even seem to want to actually sell the house, and then they tried to get them to sign on to some lawsuit about a roof problem that they were not taking care of and so my sister and her husband decided to back away. I was relieved for them because it all just sounded so icky. I hope yours works out well for you soon!

@twineten - yeah, like some of the others have said. Probably mostly sodium. I go through that if I eat out or if I eat soup the night before. I'll be bloated like a balloon if I dare eat Asian food!

@newleaf - way to go! I love those inspirational threads! I will check that one out. I love the goals section the best! :) I always try to look for people around my height who started around whre I am and are at my goal weight or getting there! Bonus if they are over 40! ;D

@guac - hi! I will be very much unable to do much personal responding starting Monday when my vacation is over and a very difficult semester starts for me (working full time plus 2 grad level classes! D:), so I get it. BUt I will so be here reading and hopefully saying hi when I can.

I'm going out to eat with some friends this evening. I can't stop thinking about the onion rings there. *sigh* If only I would surprise myself and just get a salad! :)

01-05-2013, 07:30 AM
I'm really not that afraid of salt. I'm a heavy salter at home, but I use the good celtic or himalayan sea salts, which are so good for you and healthy, with all of the extra minerals. Adrenal glands are real salt lovers.

It's the table salt you have to worry about. It's the eating out, and the processed foods that are the problem. That's where I have gone wrong this week. Some chicken wings, some popcorn (I finished the bag, thank goodness, so I can quit torturing myself with it), some fast food and just not eating on plan or very well, and a little bit too much mindless eating.....

I make grocery list this weekend, get some shopping done and back on the wagon. Fruits, veggies, good and healthy snacks. Weigh, measure, record.....

I lost a mere pound since yesterday, so I'm back at 153... still 4 pounds above goal, and back in to overweight BMI. Infuriating.

Guac, good to see you!

01-05-2013, 08:56 AM
love the humor, strength, inspiration and guts displayed in this group.
Wish I could post more, one of my goals is going to be to check in here every day, so I can do my part.

thanks ladies!
keep on keeping on...or keeping off... :

01-05-2013, 01:05 PM
Hello All,

Thank goodness it's the weekend! Only 3 days of work this week, but felt like I put in 80 hours! It's going to be a stressful year with a lot going on. I've resolved that in addition to hitting my goal weight, I am going to learn to cope with major stressors in a healthy way. When I went through my divorce I gained 50 pounds - it's definitely not going to happen this time. So - I am going to study up, and implement.

I know working out is definitely on the "how to cope" with stress list. And not drinking at all - I need to be STRONG and GROUNDED.

Speaking of workouts - I kickboxed for an hour this morning - felt great to punch a bag for an hour...LOL.

Weighed in at 147.5 - the scale seems to be bouncing back and forth...(sigh). And I anticipate being up tomorrow - after kickboxing it always does.

Well, my daughter needs my PC for a school project - so I'll check in later!

01-05-2013, 01:16 PM
I am doing 3 week slimfast plan. It worked in the past and I know exactly what I can eat and when. Scale was up...163..:eek: this morning. No more excuses.

01-05-2013, 01:25 PM
We went shopping today to stock up, it was nice to grocery shop with "program" in mind, not what do I need for xmas cookies, etc... lol

Am going out with the snow shoes today, it's supposed to get warm and maybe even rain, so that will be the end of the season, unless there's another big storm, I'm ok with the end of the season...this was enough for me!

There was a slideshow on abcnews' website that showed some recipes from The Chew, but didn't have the actual recipes, so I went to the chew's website and found them, there's alot of recipes on there, these were Daphne Oz's new years resolution recipes, I was interested in the one smoothie, it was really easy, I might try it, it's grapefruit (I'm substituting orange since I don't have grapefruit) carrots and ginger.

best to all, I need to come up with my goal for 2013 (besides weight loss) I'm thinking of something with steps, I'm addicted to my lifefitness pedometer...

we're probably going to do a 2 day juice, monday and tuesday. I get a newsletter from Reboot/Joe Cross, they're going to post some videos with exercise and nutrition info if anyone's interested in checking that out.

01-05-2013, 01:58 PM
I only have a few moments before I have to clock in for work. But I wanted to pop in & say, "IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!!!"

I saw a dear friend of mine who I haven't seen since Thanksgiving. First thing she said, "Gail, you look terrific! You've lost weight, haven't you?" I couldn't help but grin from ear to ear!!! 2 compliments in 3 days! WOO HOO!!!

This morning when it was soooo cozy warm in bed, that stupid alarm clock went off. I truned it off, thought about rolling over & catching a few more zzzz's. Then I said to myself, "Nope. Others on the board get up & get out when there is snow on the ground. When the thermometer is in single digits or worse. GET UP! GET DRESSED! GET IT DONE!" So I did. Again, it's your YOUR fault! ;)

Who knows maybe tomorrow I'll have a little heart-to-heart with my scales. Maybe just maybe we can bury the hachet & be on better terms? A girl can always hope!

Anywhos, I'll check in with you all after work. Gotta run!


01-05-2013, 02:07 PM
:woohoo: MrsT:woohoo:

01-05-2013, 03:53 PM
:woohoo: MrsT:woohoo:

^^ THIS ^^

01-05-2013, 05:14 PM
Well....I was a good girl too this morning....grabbed the puter first thing and got some work done....then worked out for the first time in ages and ages....wasn't easy but I did it!---the lungs are still shaky from the bronchitis, low blood sugar from atkins induction and no breakfast, and asthma getting worse with the cold....yadda yadda....no more excuses...time to get on a schedule....I only got one body and one chance to rock it....I'm gonna be rockin through my old age !!!! 70 year old in go-go boots!

It's funny to read stuff that only we ladies can relate to....like the scale routines and conversations. For me, no eating or drinking until I first shower and then weigh. Should give me incentive to hop out of bed and get the workout done first thing....before the teenagers drain the hot water heater.

Well my bathroom shelf project cost <$10 for corbels and ribbon...used leftover shelf board and took me < a week! I couldn't find the size baskets I wanted, so I recycled some plastic tubs, old shower curtain fabric, and decorated with ribbon. Stylish and organized! And done! (This is why it is taking me so long to clean out the basement!)

....yea, well MrsT....you've become one of Them now!

Shiela--I hear ya about stress and the upcoming work year...I've just gotta get some solid routines, learn how to compartmentalize my life better, and get a DGAS attitute. Still working on giving up the evening wine w/ Hubs....speaking of which...

Originally posted by twinieten:
olehcat- Me too! I love my evening wine, but when it came to calories, I just couldn't justify it and saved it for weekends, special occasions or days that ended with ef-it.

What calendar you using Twinieten???? On my calendar, WTF comes after Sa Su M&T every single week. Maybe I should get a different calendar.

ok....now I'm going to work on my complexion and dry skin....olive oil soak for the hands and face....scary monster time....

01-05-2013, 07:39 PM
2FC = we have weigh-in charts that are taped on the door in the cabinet by the door in the kitchen, I was mortified when my husband showed it to my mother and sister in law when they were here, my MIL said, you were over 200...God bless you and gave me a kiss, now I'm proud of where I'm at compared to where I was, but I do remember that day...lol

Sheilla = had the 3 day week that seemed like 6 days too, especially the one day, I think it was Thursday, I swear they were doing an experiment with slowing the clock down, I wasn't the only one, it crawled, hopefully next week will be better, like all things, getting back to the routine... :)

MrsTA = congrats on the notices! that's a great feeling, and hey, it's your fault, too! lol...because of you I'm on here for the 3rd time today and went out and snow shoed for an hour and a half with my little dog, THANKS :D love your scale named Sheba, so much fun

NEMom = congrats on kicking the regular cigs with the ecigs, sorry to hear about the stuff with your fam, that stinks, hope it gets better for you. :hug:

came across this fantastic thread in Elladorine's signature block, it's about using beads as reward/motivation, I've heard of other things using beads,but this is great and motivational http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-loss-support/268452-my-visual-motivation-rewards-beads.html

best to all :sunny:

NewLeaf = thanks for the link to the transformation page, it was definitely inspiring!

Came across a couple interesting things today, one on facebook, SkinnyKitchen looks like great recipes and ideas, also on PBS Create I'm watching ChristinaCooks, checked out her website, vegetarian and vegan cooking classes, she just said if you have someone with health issues sneak some lentils in once a week, not sure why, but that's what she said...

Moving Forward
01-05-2013, 08:05 PM
Hi ladies. Just popping in to say hello. I've been reading to keep up, but really don't have much time to write much. You ladies continue to inspire me and remind me that I'm not the only one out there on this journey. I've started my weight training and have done 2 workouts so far. I'm soooo sore. But it feels good. Take care everyone. Keep plugging along. :wave:

01-05-2013, 09:50 PM
Hi ladies, your all very inspiring...enjoyed reading threw this thread. Your helping me stay focused today, the evening hours are my downfall. Trying very hard not to snack after 7:30 pm. Have been workingout here and there, but nothing very steady...this must change. Hope you don't mind me jumping in, I need some accountability.

01-06-2013, 01:05 AM
suzyslimdown - WELCOME!! You can do this!! And we are here to support you! DO YOU!!! And check in with us on your daily progress!! It really helps!! :hug:

Moving Forward - "HURTS SO GOOD!" I know how you feel - so sore, but at the same time - know that you made your fat cells cry because they had to leave!! :D Keep up the great work!!!!

kelijpa - I need to check out those recipe sites!! But I make an incredible and SO EASY vegan stew! I just throw into a crockpot a bag of veggie crumbles, any veggies I have in the fridge/freezer (spinach, zucchini, onions, green peppers, etc)...the some legumes - kidney beans, lentils, you name it - add some chopped garlic, crushed tomatoes and a little bit of water to cover everything - - I eat on it for a week!!! :D and sometimes I add chili powder or taco seasoning for a little kick! It's awesome!! :)

SeeMyFeet - I'm going through a lot work wise this year - and I found this book called " The Ten Things To Do When Your Life Falls Apart" by Daphne Rose Kingma - it sounds ominous - - but I picked it up knowing I was in for some turbulent times and WOW - - one of the best books I've ever read!! And it sounds like your bathroom shelves are AWESOME!!! Wish I were as creative and had that skill!!! Any way you can post a pic??

MrsTryingAgain - YOU GO GIRL!!!! :carrot::carrot::carrot: I'm so proud of you!!! And you inspire me!!! Tomorrow morning before I do anything I'm getting on that treadmill!!!:D

Sum38 - :hug: You got this girlfriend....CHOOSE YOU. It is so easy for us to "default" to our old ways - - but we are stronger than that!!! YOU are strong!!! :hug:

I actually had a productive day! Kickboxed, then came home and read some of "The ten things to do when your life falls apart" - (which is not how I feel, but REALLY is FABULOUS and helps put stress in perspective) - - then I cleaned my exercise room!! Took a whole car-load to Goodwill - - felt GREAT!!!! :D

Now going to bed - a great day and evening with the kids - - Oh - and we ALL tried the hula hoop!!! My son loved it so much he asked me if I could buy him one to take to his Dad's house (which I immediately ordered for him:) )

LIG (Life IS Good!!!)

:hug: -S

01-06-2013, 01:11 AM
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01-06-2013, 09:08 AM
What calendar you using Twinieten???? On my calendar, WTF comes after Sa Su M&T every single week. Maybe I should get a different calendar.

ok....now I'm going to work on my complexion and dry skin....olive oil soak for the hands and face....scary monster time.... Does WTF stand for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday? Or does it stand for "What the f****?" It seems both would be accurate and appropriate! I had a real ef-it day yesterday, the kind of day that makes you want to throw up your hands and say "forget it", or (ef it) but my daughter had been dying to go to the pool. We went swimming (indoor, heated, nice!) and my "exercise day off" turned in to exercise in the pool as I played with my daughter. Then it was Costco, dinner, and I forgot all about that glass of wine. I went to bed early, and I slept like a log!

Still, no weight loss! I was so good yesterday!! I'm up even up a pound. Talk about WTF??? Being "normal" sure was nice. Now I'm back to "overweight". :(

Mrs T!! WOOT! I'm going running today and if I decide not to, I'm going to think of you and go lace up my running shoes. I want to make sure I run at least twice per week to not lose what I've gained and work up to 10K. If you can get out of bed when it's cold, I can certainly go for a run in pleasant weather after work.

SeeMyFeet- Asthma is the worst! Mine seems to have kicked up too since it's cold, and especially when I do anything cardio. I hate it. I sometimes wonder how much of it is psychological, though, when it comes to exercise, at least.

And for everyone else, your posts are positive and supportive. Thank you! I'm sorry I'm not addressing everyone personally, but I have to run off to work now. I love reading how you kick boxed, or cleaned out your exercise room, or accomplished an hour of work before the kids get up, and all the things you're doing. Not just talking about doing, but actually doing. You all inspire me! I feel like I haven't been productive, even though I've gotten a lot done. There's just so much. Being a working mom is so hard.

I plan to go running today after work. Then shower, and clean up some before it's time to get to bed. I have 2 more days off of work after today, and I'd like to use those days to get my house clean. Really clean!

01-06-2013, 10:13 AM
Okay, official day 1 on Slimfast plan. Weight 161 this am. Sheila I am choosing me :D Thanks girlfriend :hug:

Food plan
snack fruit

Elliptical 30 min

01-06-2013, 01:56 PM
HELLO EVERYBODY!!! i haven't been here in a while and I really miss my friends!!!! How is everyone doing? I have fallen from the flock so to speak. Had a court date that kind of threw me off kilter. I also have been helping my friend with cancer and we have been hanging out a lot, and also eating alot!! I have decided that I cannot go out to eat anymore unless I learn how to make good choices. I can't be tempted by the bread basket, or cave in when the waiter says "Would you like to see our dessert menu?".

On a happier note I did make it to the gym to lift weights a few times. it is going to take a lot more than that to see changes but I made the first few steps and I feel comfortable around the machines. Still not hitting the free weights, I don't feel comfortable enough to do that with people watching but eventually I will. I'm going to kick up my Zumba classes a bit more and plan on going to more zumba events and other instructor's classes to get added workout........

I never got the Atkins program off the ground, starting that TODAY......and sticking to it for atleast two weeks, then slowly adding in my oatmeal and berries. The thing I hate about Atkins is that there aren't many things you can have for snacks...one can eat only so much cheese.

SUM I see that you are doing slim fast. I wonder how I would do on that, if the shakes would sustain me.

I can't update my ticker because I don't know what i weigh. I am afraid to get on the scale. This is rare coming from me becaues I weigh myself every bloody day came rain, shine or earthquake. Clothes are still not fitting.....bought a pair of "Not Your Daughters Jeans" in a big size to get me through this "phase"..and I really pray it is just a PHASE.

No more funny dating stories on my end. I did meet an interesting fellow who told me after a couple of hours of talking to him that I had such a tiny waist and a great hourglass figure. I"m sure he probably had atleast 14 beers in him at the time but i'll take all the compliments I can take. I've been working hard at camouflaging my problem spots. On a sour note a day later my friend said to me that it was a shame my thighs are the way they are, because the area above that is great and so is the area below....uh...thanks........no lie ladies I must carry ten lbs of fat in my saddlebags alone......surgery is not an option now so I have to do this the old fashioned way.....and I've got all of you and this thread to help.....

So far today, breakfast links and two hard boiled eggs. Im full!!!!!

Have a great day everyone!!!

01-06-2013, 02:08 PM
So between you and I Zumba we would make one good looking woman :D I carry my weight on my tummy area, but I have long (even tho I am short) and lean legs. I usually hide my belly and show off my legs with dresses and skirts and high heels. I also have big boobs and I usually try to dress in a way that my girls are nicely represented (not slutty :lol3:)...so my legs and boobs draw attention away from my huge belly.... gotta play all the good cards :lol:

01-06-2013, 02:24 PM
:^:SUM Yes..CHOOSE YOU MY FRIEND!!! We have to take care of ourselves because noone else will!!!!

TWINIETEN Good for you for forgetting that glass of wine...sounds like you had a ton of fun in that pool and you probably burned a ton of calories too!

SHEILA Wow,, your day is so full and productive, i feel like a slug reading yoru post!! Now you have inspired to get off my fat butt and start cleaning my room today..maybe put a few things on ebay that I need to get rid of.

SUZISLIM Nighttime snacking has always been my downfall. After a few nights of not doing it , you sort of break the habit and it gets a bit easier....

MOVINGFORWARD Weight Lifting rocks!! I just wish I were better at it..and more committed...but i'm getting it in when I can.......I've been trying to focus on triceps and glutes,abductors and adductors.. the areas that I hate the most.....and that soreness is the best soreness in the world!

KELIJPA Never forget where you were! You should be so proud of yourself..and remembering is what is going to prevent you from getting to that place again......

SEEMYFEET how is the atkins going so far? Are you going to any atkins sites for any ideas and/or recipes

MRSTRYING those are the best compliments, aren't they? keep those in your head as incentive to keep going.

01-06-2013, 02:39 PM
So between you and I Zumba we would make one good looking woman :D I carry my weight on my tummy area, but I have long (even tho I am short) and lean legs. I usually hide my belly and show off my legs with dresses and skirts and high heels. I also have big boobs and I usually try to dress in a way that my girls are nicely represented (not slutty :lol3:)...so my legs and boobs draw attention away from my huge belly.... gotta play all the good cards :lol:

I hear that! LOL...I also have huge boobs and thank goodness because they make the rest of me look a bit smaller, I can only imagine how pear shaped I would look if I were flat chested!!!! Someone told me that i could probably get a reduction because of my shoulder pain but i'm too afraid of looking pear shaped if the "girls" were a bit smaller so they're staying right where they are..saggy udders that they are and all...

I was blessed with a small waist and no matter how much weight I gain I always have that waist, someone told me once that my waist saved me..and she was right....but it doesn't mean that I look good...a huge butt and thighs is hard to camouflage, there are just so many long sweaters and tights you can wear. I miss my old jeans and tops....so its one like donkey kong.....I'm fighting to get my wardrobe back. I spent a ton of money and alot of time build up this wardrobe, i'm not about to give it all away ...I want to feel comfortable in my clothes the way I did last spring when I lost weight. I found myself pulling stuff out of the closet that i hadn't worn in a year or two and feeling really good and confident. There is a lot to be said for that kind of feeling. It makes me leave the house and feel like I can take on the world, it means that i"m in control..it means that I have atleast one area of my life in check.......

I was a woman in a 20 year unhappy marriage..i learned to eat to cope..and the fat on my body was protection ....noone would want me and thus not be able to hurt me....I need to do this now for me......it goes so much deeper than being able to wear that outfit from White House Black Market....I wish people really knew that instead of thinking i'm this silly little twit that thinks she's fat and is crying over a lousey twenty lbs...

01-06-2013, 03:22 PM
Zumba~ I'm so proud and inspired reading your post. You're so right, it goes so much deeper than being able to wear something. Each day is a different challenge, but remembering how empowered you felt can be an inscentive to get back there. I so just want to be fit and strong for me and my future, so I can do whatever I feel like doing.

Thanks for the inspiring words!! I've got to get this next 20 off for sure.

One thing I remember eating alot of on Atkins (besides cheese, eggs and sunflower seeds) was green beans, don't forget you can eat some vegetables, can you eat cream cheese or laughing cow, maybe celery filled with that....

01-06-2013, 03:28 PM
Zumba~ I'm so proud and inspired reading your post. You're so right, it goes so much deeper than being able to wear something. Each day is a different challenge, but remembering how empowered you felt can be an inscentive to get back there. I so just want to be fit and strong for me and my future, so I can do whatever I feel like doing.

Thanks for the inspiring words!! I've got to get this next 20 off for sure.

One thing I remember eating alot of on Atkins (besides cheese, eggs and sunflower seeds) was green beans, don't forget you can eat some vegetables, can you eat cream cheese or laughing cow, maybe celery filled with that....

Thanks for "getting it " Keli.....Love the gromit pic by the way...my kids were big into Wallace and Gromit when they were little....we had the movies and any figurines that they made......

Yes, i know that there are bigger people that lose patience when someone like me complains about their weight..but i look in the mirror and all i see is fat and ugly....its a horrible way to live..never looking at your body in the mirror...and loathing oneself. If only knew the real story of me...I like coming here because it is a non judgement zone. I used to get dirty looks in weight watchers and i remember people making comments when I won my key there for lifetime.....i wont go back there for that reason, not to mention its expensive and counting points to me is a real drag. More power to those that have success there but it wasn't me!

01-06-2013, 04:13 PM
ooooooooooo Zumbachica!!!! :hug: I was Cursed with the same legs!......Funny, but with my increased wt, my legs look "normal"....Hey...wait...that's not really funny.... I'm shooting for a low weight so that, hopefully, with increased age and muscle loss, maybe lots of toning and stretching can help reduce that "trouble spot"....It is imPOSSible to hide....

Today marks 13 days on Atkins....I've been pretty good....I have had liquid donuts a time or two (zero carb, but the Atkins congregation might excommunicate me for it!) and three cheats with pistachios (not many tho). I have been weighing daily and from the weekly averages, it looks like this strategy has spurred some wt loss, but not as much as I hoped, plus I'm worried I might be stalling. I decided to stick with it one more week and see how things go...no cheats this time! I do not like Atkins, and I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to transition....I have to get the numbers low before I transition.....There is more activity on the Atkins forum this week...lots of new dieters for the new year...Hey, come&post over there too--this is HARD and I need motivation.

01-06-2013, 04:44 PM
Hey, all,

Hope everyone's doing well. This is my last day of vacation and must return to work tomorrow morning! Then a week from tomorrow, my two classes start, and I'm so afraid I'm not going to be able to handle it all, the work plus working full time, plus trying to exercise and get my writing in -- and have some semblance of a social life. And I don't even have kids or a husband. But I'm going to take things one day at a time.

Made a decision about my eating. I'm going to eat the majority of my calories at one meal. This is something that has worked well for me in the past, and I have loved how it made me feel and how much energy I ended up having once I got past the initial first few days. But I could never keep it up because I'm self-conscious about people noticing whether I'm eating or not. Silly, right? I've decided I'm not going to care. Unlike most people, I will start with having my main meal in the morning, then at lunch with my coworkers, I will have a light, light salad, and then the rest of the day just tea/coffee/water, with veggies or fruit in the evening if I'm hungry. This will also keep me from drinking wine most evenings! Anyway, I'll be NOT doing this plan on Fridays/Sundays, as that's when I tend to have more social events in the evening. Hardly ever on Saturday and rarely during the week.

In other news, ladies, I feel TERRIFIED to weigh myself. I haven't weighed myself since right before Christmas, when it said 144. I know I"m up. I'm probably right back up to my starting weight. Maybe it's worse than that, I don't know. All I know is that for two 1/2 weeks straight I've been eating crazy and drinking WAY more wine than usual. I've ordered takeout far more often than usual (had Thai food last night), I've had sweets (although not a huge number of those, actually, come to think of it, I've mostly been craving stuff like Chinese takeout food or stuff like fries or onion rings). In addition, I hardly exercised at all this break. A few random surges here and there. So yeah, I feel this extra layer of fat in my tummy and I could SEE it when I went to the gym today and looked in the mirror. I looked HUGE. So yeah, am very scared to weigh. Am considering not weighing at all for about a month while my new lifestyle has a chance to work. That could be discouraging, too.

@seemyfeet - Atkins is not for everyone. I know I don't love it myself, although I always feel good when I do it. It's just that I'm not a huge meat fan. I wonder if something like primal or paleo might be better for you? It's similar to Atkins but more veggies and fruits allowed right from the beginning. And I'm sure if oatmeal was your only "grain" it wouldn't be a big deal. Or like kelijpa said, add more vegetables to the Atkins. Nobody ever got fat on vegetables.

@zumba - I get just how you feel. I store my fat in my upper legs. In addition, I'm short. So I have short, stumpy, fatty legs that are not remotely attractive. I would love it if I could hide them permanently, as even when I weighed 110 pounds, they were disproportionately HUGE on me. But like you, I have a tiny waist and tiny arms and my boobs are average sized, so I look good from about the waist upward, LOL.

That's it for personals for now because I am rambling forever and I need to stop, but I love reading ALL your posts. This is such a fun group!

01-06-2013, 04:47 PM
I'm still here....I am feeling better. I am still only eating soup but I think I am going to slowly try to eat a bit more, I am going to try a salad minus my usual oil and vinegar dressing. The swelling around my left rib cage and went down. I am feeling pain in my back pretty good though. I am going to have to go back to the doc for that. Husband and daughter are complaining of their back and necks hurting still. The drunk driver won't contact his insurance and they can deny my claim if he won't contact them so I am stressing about that. gotta love drunk drivers. I was joking today saying i am on the drunk driver car wreck victim diet...lost 10 lbs so far...not a great way to lose it. I will really have to watch what I eat when I can eat normally again because it will all try to stay on me and then some. i also don't really want to count it because I am afraid my body will try to reclaim it.

I hope everyone had a great New Years! I need to catch up on the thread.

I really want to go to the gym and walk in the water but I will go another week to see how i am feeling and then ask the doctor. But today I mentally feel GREAT!!!! Physically I feel better and think I have reached the top of the mountain and going downhill to a nice recovery.

Zumba-I have that same butt and thighs..I lost my waist when I gained too much weight though but it used to be tiny..still smaller than most women my size..but I have a little chest...when I lose weight I will be a negative A :( ;)
I think of myself now looking good though. It isn't until I see a picture of catch a reflection in a window that I think" DANG!!! I am FAT!!!" but back in the day when I was as small as I could get 135 size 7/8 I thought I was as huge as I physically am now. I don't like to see pictures of myself now though because it the reality but mentally I feel I'm fine until I see the image. i am getting tired faster, and I feel it in my bones...that sort of thing.

01-06-2013, 05:36 PM
Atkins folks: Way back when I did it I missed sweets most of all. I used to buy the extra creamy cool whip in a tub. If you freeze it you can pretend it's ice cream.;) Only 2 carbs for 2 TBS!
And I had to supplement with psyllium husks ...all that protein without fiber=well, you know....
What about protein shakes? Not the $$ ready-to-drink kind. The made- with-water-add-powder kind? They can be really low carb, too. I still have two a day now - gotta have plenty of protein to build muscles! The casein kind are slower to digest so it will leave you fuller longer. The whey type are quicker to digest so are good first thing in am - especially if you are like me and wake up hungry/crabby. The faster food gets into my system - the happier my husband is! Lots of flavors, too - not just choco and vanilla. Graham cracker, mocha cappuccino, peanut butter, etc.

Does anyone else here count macronutrients or just carbs and/or calories?

As for shape - I'm tall and built like a ruler. From every direction. My mom used to tell me that if I turned sideways and stuck my tongue out I'd look like a zipper. :p

01-06-2013, 08:27 PM
Atkins follks: Way back when I did it I missed sweets most of all. I used to buy the extra creamy cool whip in a tub. If you freeze it you can pretend it's ice cream.;) Only 2 carbs for 2 TBS!
And I had to supplement with psyllium husks ...all that protein without fiber=well, you know....
What about protein shakes? Not the $$ ready-to-drink kind. The made- with-water-add-powder kind? They can be really low carb, too. I still have two a day now - gotta have plenty of protein to build muscles! The casein kind are slower to digest so it will leave you fuller longer. The whey type are quicker to digest so are good first thing in am - especially if you are like me and wake up hungry/crabby. The faster food gets into my system - the happier my husband is! Lots of flavors, too - not just choco and vanilla. Graham cracker, mocha cappuccino, peanut butter, etc.

Does anyone else here count macronutrients or just carbs and/or calories?

As for shape - I'm tall and built like a ruler. From every direction. My mom used to tell me that if I turned sideways and stuck my tongue out I'd look like a ruler. :p
Psyllium is important during Atkins for sure! Muffin made with flax helps! I would put a ton of cream cheese on it.....

I was just at the store looking for Atkins frozen dinners but no store seems to carry them yet around here!!! Grrrrrrrrrrr

I buy atkin shakes for those mornings that I'm in a rush out the door or for lunch...

01-06-2013, 08:33 PM
ooooooooooo Zumbachica!!!! :hug: I was Cursed with the same legs!......Funny, but with my increased wt, my legs look "normal"....Hey...wait...that's not really funny.... I'm shooting for a low weight so that, hopefully, with increased age and muscle loss, maybe lots of toning and stretching can help reduce that "trouble spot"....It is imPOSSible to hide....

Today marks 13 days on Atkins....I've been pretty good....I have had liquid donuts a time or two (zero carb, but the Atkins congregation might excommunicate me for it!) and three cheats with pistachios (not many tho). I have been weighing daily and from the weekly averages, it looks like this strategy has spurred some wt loss, but not as much as I hoped, plus I'm worried I might be stalling. I decided to stick with it one more week and see how things go...no cheats this time! I do not like Atkins, and I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to transition....I have to get the numbers low before I transition.....There is more activity on the Atkins forum this week...lots of new dieters for the new year...Hey, come&post over there too--this is HARD and I need motivation.

I remember there was someone on that forum that was kind of bossy and kept talking about the original atkins program as opposed to the newer version....so I never got too involved on that thread.....

01-06-2013, 08:43 PM
Well, I did it. After work I was really worn out. Sometimes (most of the time) I'm so tired I can lay down and fall fast asleep, and stay fast asleep for hours. Today was one of those days. But I was thinking about all of you and your motivation and accomplishments, and I made it a priority to run. I got out there and ran 3 miles, and now I'm home and I'm going to enjoy that glass of wine and the steak my husband cooked for dinner. Then I'll get some sleep. :carrot:

2FatCats, the only thing I count is calories. The more complicated things get, and the more I have to think about things, the less likely I am to stick with it. Counting calories is complex enough for me!

Oh Onmiwei! Sorry about your accident and the pain. What a terrible rule, making the drunk driver contact insurance before they do anything! As if!

I think weight loss is good, no matter where it comes from, so congrats! I was sick with C. diff for 2 months and it helped push me over the threshold in to the "normal" category way ahead of schedule. Being sick was the worst, horrible, evil disease, and I know I lost muscle as well as fat, but I'll still take it!

Olhecat, I know how you feel. Don't avoid the scale too long, though. The sooner you face it, the sooner you can get on with things. Last year, back in January, I began "the great avoid" and I gained back 15 pounds of hard work. I love your meal idea. I've been told to follow a king, queen, pauper meal plan, but it's not my thing. Since my family and I sit together and eat dinner, dinner ends up being my biggest meal. If I could have it my way, I'd make lunch my biggest meal, and keep dinner light. Good for you making the decision not to care about whether or not people see you eating or not. People pay entirely too much attention to what other people eat when maybe they should be paying attention to themselves!

Zumba, once your weight is gone, then you can revisit the idea of a reduction. My friend had hers reduced and then she lost weight. She wished she did it the other way around. Then she'd have perky ones. I lost my boobs when I lost weight. They are a nice little C cup. I wish I could get a boob job not to make them bigger, but to make them defy gravity. Yours could do that under the disguise of a medical necessity! That's terrible about WW and your experience! I can't believe they weren't more supportive there!

I'm an apple. I have too much belly. I gain weight equally, all over, and lose it equally, but the belly is being pretty stubborn. If I relax my belly (I hold it in all the time, 24/7) I look 6 months pregnant. Gross. When I'm thin and have less belly (I have always had a little pooch), I don't think my figure is too bad. I have enough butt and enough boobs.... just wish I had less waist. Or more hourglass. Something.

I know what you mean about complaining about weight. I just keep my mouth shut, now. Out there in the world, at least. As far as anyone is concerned, I'm done dieting. At this point, it's best.

Sum, keep up the good work! If it works for you, I may decide to give the slim fast plan a try! I have Yoli stuff, so I may just do a week of that, or longer. We'll see.

01-07-2013, 07:33 AM
SeeMyFeet~to transition, I would try to eat as little processed food as possible, if you're going to go back to bread, whole grains, there are low carb wraps/tortillas available.

I went back to smoothie for breakfast (baby spinach, almond milk, banana, wheat germ and homemade peanut butter), we're doing a 2 day reboot/juice fast, low sodium V8 for lunch and snack, carrot, apple, etc. juice for dinner.

Bought a big package of frozen flounder at Sam's, also going back to eating more veggies, gotta get those nutrients in.

Someone I used to work with does the Paleo diet, I think the key is to try and eat or use whole foods not processed, today is my later day to go in, still, better get moving.

Zumba~I'm a lifetime member of WW as well, my plan is to get to WW goal and go back to meetings once a month (free at goal) to help with maintenance, just an extra accountability getting weighed by someone else.

best to all :sunny:

01-07-2013, 07:43 AM
@twinieten - you're right. I decided to face the scale music this morning. Not as horrifying as I was beginning to believe, but I put on about 5 pounds this holiday season. I was at 146.6 Actually am surprised it's not worse, given that I hardly exercised at all and was on an eating bender for about 2 weeks straight!

Have a happy Monday (as happy as possible), all!

01-07-2013, 09:10 AM
Good morning chickies! I broke down last night and totally binged out on cookies....I didn't even like the cookies that much. I also had popcorn. I hate those out of control moments.....The stress of divorce is weighing me down and I just can't get a grip on things. I started the day today with a nice big Atkins breakfast....so........let's hope I can keep this up....Teaching two classes this morning and as much as I dread it I"m happy when it is over.....It is going to be a busy day today....having coffee and bracing myself for it..LOL....have a good day everyone!!

01-07-2013, 09:51 AM
Mornin' Ladies,

Well...I don't know if this Atkins experiment is causing me to stall, or if this is my natural "cycle". I seem to have a mini-stall every 3.5 wks....could be related to my other "cycle"....dunno...haven't been at this long enough. Kelijpa: I do not eat processed food...not using bars/shakes. I am a home cook--make my own bread/pie crust...rarely eat cereal (granola)... I have a farmer friend who supplies us with goodies...I do buy noodles and frozen veggies...and I don't have a sweet tooth. My biggest vice (in the diet area) is liquid donuts...my little act of rebellion...but I have that under control as well....at some point I need to grow up and give that up completely...

You go Zumba! Way to get back on track! I know this is an emotional time for you... look up and look forward...you have friends and people who love you...keep them around you right now!

After stepping on the scale, I was tempted to quit this regimen, but I'll give it a few more days...I suppose the bounces are getting smaller...perhaps due to salt regulation?.....I cannot live with the brain fog, so I have to modify the plan to fit me....

01-07-2013, 10:30 AM
Ran 5K this morning - now heading into the lions den - wish me luck!

01-07-2013, 11:25 AM
Ugh...scale is way up...163.6..that is 10 pounds in a month :( I feel so depressed.

01-07-2013, 12:30 PM

Found this quote for you:

“Get Off The Scale!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

01-07-2013, 12:32 PM
Sum!! Sorry. :hug: I don't want to tell you to not be depressed, because I would be too. I'm depressed over my gain, which seems to bounce between 4-6 pounds. But now you know where you are and you can focus on getting it back off. It shouldn't take too long considering it's probably mostly water.

Meanwhile, olehcat, I'm glad you are happy with your smaller than expected gain! And that you finally faced your scale. I'm such an avoider, so I know how hard it can be.

Sheila! Nice job on the 5K!

Zumba, sorry, i can't imagine the stress. Wouldn't it be nice if the stress motivated us to work out instead of eat or sleep? Why does it always end up being about food? For awhile there, I'd start feeling blue if I missed too many workouts, but I'd still be more inclined to eat my feelings rather than exercise them away. I wonder why that is? Well, back on track for you. If you didn't eat the cookies, you wouldn't have figured out that they just aren't all that good.

I did a metabolic test at my gym today where they find your best workout heart rate, to burn the most fat, and then the program helps to improve fitness level. It measured heart rate, to determine my target heart rate, and my VO2 (Volume O2) which I'm not sure what it means but mine was 20 at the lowest heart rate. I hope it works. I just want to lose the belly fat. I just want to look good. I could care less about health and whatever. I want to be hot! I'm so vain. I think I'll go to a Tae Kwon Do class tonight. I really want to finish what I started a couple of years ago.

01-07-2013, 12:44 PM
Hello, all! I love you ladies - you keep me going and voice the thoughts going on in my own head. Went for a 2 mile jog today - I was huffing and puffing but I kept going. It felt so good to be outside - even saw my deer friends in the woods off the trail. It was cold, but I needed to get back into the outdoors.

I just feel like I am having those "midlife" thoughts about all the things I didn't accomplish and all the times I procrastinated and all the times I let "haters and naysayers" get me down. I feel like if I can accomplish my weight loss goals, than I can move on to accomplish other goals in my life. Is it wrong to hinge one on the other?

I don't know.

Eating hasn't been great over the weekend. Trying to get back in the saddle today.

Good luck today, everyone! You all are such an inspiration.

01-07-2013, 12:48 PM
Thank you ladies :grouphug: You rock!! Sorry that I am feeling so negative; this too shall pass!! Today is my second day doing slimfast plan.

I am just bummed out because I am going home in 2 weeks and I will arrive there as a cow :moo: I was sooo hoping to be fit and trim. -- But going home is stressing me out (mom issues :() and it has made me over eat for a month now, and Xmas did not help either....

01-07-2013, 01:05 PM
:hugs: to all
we went out for our planned pizza, and antipasto, 1 beer, up 2 lbs...yeesh
1st day of juice fast going ok, the breakfast smoothie was great, I'm so in the habit of grabbing a pack of peanuts or something, it's an adjustment just not eating something.

Sum~you've got 2 weeks to work with, make the best of them, 163 or 4 at our height isn't that bad, it's just that you've gotten used to being smaller so it seems worse, some days I feel fatter or like my belly is bigger and I've lost 30...makes no sense...

Guac~I think it's the time of the year for self-reflection, for us that means some focusing on what we haven't done instead of what we have done, got a newsletter today at work that's all about focusing on the positive to achieve your goals, I sent it home so I could share some of it later.

best to all :sunny:

I miss Lizard :D

01-07-2013, 01:08 PM
kelijpa - looking forward to the newsletter insights.....feeling rather melancholy today.

01-07-2013, 01:33 PM
Hi Ladies: first time on this forum - would like to join for some support. I've been very depressed lately and I'm hoping that eating right and getting back on track will lift my spirits. Hope everyone has a happy and successful 2013.

I'm starting over again after giving up in October after a really good start. Failure is not an option this time. Feeling the way I do is not living, it's existing.

01-07-2013, 01:40 PM
Hi Ladies: first time on this forum - would like to join for some support. I've been very depressed lately and I'm hoping that eating right and getting back on track will lift my spirits. Hope everyone has a happy and successful 2013.Welcome! it's amazing how shedding a few pounds can lift your spirits and improve how you feel about yourself!

01-07-2013, 02:18 PM
Good Morning all the lovely ladies of the 40-something board!!!

Had a very busy, busy day at work yesterday. Ate healthy, drank plenty of water...didn't get my walk in, but I was running all over the shop thanks to the boss only putting 3 people on the schedule. Sunday's can be really hopping, but he wouldn't know that because he's NEVER around on weekends! UGH!
I have another busy day on tap. Getting everything out of the way that I won't be able to get done on my next day off, because H will be going in for his monitor. Yup, he gets it on Thurs. so we are wrapping up all the last of the forms & stuff. I already feel that tension knot beginning to build in my neck AGAIN! :(
I do plan to go on a walk this afternoon. It's not going to be easy, it's not going to be "pretty", but I'm going to get a lot of things done! I want Thurs to go as smooth as possible. I know it's just a monitor but H is nervous. I think it's the idea of what it might find & where it will lead from there. We KNOW he needs a pacemaker, but will something else be discovered? I'm doing all I can to keep him positive, calm & relaxed.

I'm sorry I don't have time to catch up with everyone right now. I just wanted to pop in & say, "I'm thinking of you guys!"


:drill::drill: MOVE IT! MOVE IT! LET'S REACH, REACH, REACH FOR OUR GOALS! :drill::drill:


01-07-2013, 02:51 PM
Happy Monday All!
I had a very busy weekend moving my DD from her dorm room and into my uncles home to finish up this school year. I was so tired when I finally got back home last night that I took a nap, then of course I could not go to sleep last night so I slept through my alarm this morning and did not get my work out in. I did not weight this morning. Food over the weekend was not great, plus I am being visited by TOM. Did not want to depress myself even further.
I am determined to lose down to where I was a year ago (160) and those additional 10 lbs that I want to lose. I need to quit beating myself up for my gain and just get it done. Ugh, I am sick of myself and all these failures.
About 3 years ago, I had a terrible and very painful case of plantar factitious in both of my heels. I ended up buying a pair of ZCoils (very UGLY shoes) and wore them for about 6 months and my pain finally went away. I have not had a problem until a couple weeks ago and it has flared up, out of the blue, in my left heal. It is so painful that I pulled out my ZCoils to wear in hope for some relief. I hated to do it because I have become so vain about my looks but I am hoping my stint wearing them is short. Man, getting old sure sucks at times. I feel like I am falling apart.

P.S. Still not smoking and using my eciggy! 34 days or so and still loving the eciggy!

01-07-2013, 06:17 PM
Welcome Cantlookinthemirror. Your login name is so negative. How much we weigh isn't everything, see 2FatCats "Get off the scale" quote above. I love that BTW.

I've decided to cut beer out of my diet. Would like to hear how anyone else is approaching alcohol consumption. I want to allow myself one pint once a week, of something really good like a Dogfish IPA. Or should i just cut it out until I reach a mini goal?

01-07-2013, 08:02 PM
NEMom I had plantar fascitis before, and went to physical therapy. Besides stretches and exercises, she used an ultrasound machine on my foot. So when I had the torn tendon in my foot, I went on line and found a little portable home ultrasound machine for around $60. I really think that helped my foot heal.

Also, I highly recommend a massage technique called Active Release Technique (ART). I had it done for an injured tricep and then again when my back hurt so bad and it really helped.

Congrats on not smoking for a month!! I think I'll look in to that eciggy for my husband. I want him to use Chantix, but he wants to go cold turkey. Maybe this could help him.

I hope you can get on with things so you can stop feeling like a failure. Which I'm sure you're not. We all get busy and other things have to take priority.

01-07-2013, 08:20 PM
Here's some stuff from the newsletter, more later...feeling a little out of sorts myself, hopefully weather related...

Replace negative “self– talk” with positive “self‐talk.” Many of us are guilty of puttng ourselves down. We think thoughts about ourselves that we would never dream of saying to someone else. So, why say it to ourselves? Turn off that negative tape that repeats in your head, and learn to keep
it positive instead.

Start a “Success Diary.” Note your achievements and things that you do well rather than focusing on failures and shortcomings. Recognize each positive change as a victory. The small steps are just as important as the big ones. Give yourself credit for each step you take on your journey to healthier lifestyle.

Look on the bright side. You’re more likely to succeed if you expect success. Envision yourself attaining your goals rather than frettng over failure. It takes practice to become more optimistic, but everyone can do it even if it’s in varying degrees.

Respect others’ if they choose a less healthy path, but don’t decide to follow them. Not everyone will be ready to join you on a path to a healthier lifestyle. Respect their decision, and insist that they respect yours too. Branch out and find others with similar interests for mutual support.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

01-07-2013, 08:33 PM
Sorry to read that some of us are struggling... :hug:

As for the alcohol, I guess its a personal choice. I don't choose to give it up, sitting down with a nice drink is a way to connect with my husband. Going to the neighbors for drinks is a monthly tradition. So... I try to eat less when I know I'll be having a drink or two, I brace myself for the fact that the scale will be up the next morning regardless, and then I move on. Maybe it's slowed down my weight loss, but I've got the time. Life is short; I try to take pleasure in it where I can, and those moments with my husband and with my neighbors are part of the pleasure.

01-07-2013, 09:00 PM
Hi, all,

I feel weird and weak from doing arm exercises today. I hope I haven't hurt myself, lol. THAT would be a great way to start my strength training, right?

SO I like how I feel when I do intermittent fasting, but doing the main meal in the morning will NOT work. D'oh. Oh, digestive woes just before work because I ate food I don't normally eat in the morning (I don't like breakfast food that much so I was eating regular food I'd eat later in the day). No fun!

@newleaf - I hear you on the "life is short." Wine is like that for me (but see below) :D

@junem - I am trying to cut back only because I drank so much wine over the holidays and got myself into a bad habit of going through about 1/2 a bottle a night for awhile, but I will not give it up completely. I'd like to re-add it as a one glass a night pleasure, but I need a bit of detoxing post-holidays! :)

@kelijpa - I like the idea of a success diary!

@NEmom - that sounds SO painful (your heel stuff). Yikes! But yay on continuing not to smoke!

Gotta go now, sorry I didn't get to everyone!

01-08-2013, 12:33 AM
Hello everyone! I was able to eat a salad last night without getting sick so I had another one today. YAY..but my back really hurts and I have to take my daughter back to the doctor due to her back hurting. The drunk driver finally contacted his insurance company so that took some stress off me. And we also went in for a free consult from a lawyer because that might help take some more off as well. Let them deal with the insurance company and just bring us the offers....but we aren't even done with doctors appts yet so I am still iffy about the lawyer just yet. I just want to be back to normal and him to be doing some time the sooner the better.

Still now work out for obvious reasons.

Newleaf-I am the same way. I do like a glass of wine every so often or some other kind of drink. Still have to life our lives as long as we do it responsibly I see nothing wrong with it (as I just bash an irresponsible drunk driver in my previous paragraph.)

kilipa-I am in bad need of replacing the negative talk to the positive and I am working on that.

01-08-2013, 01:11 AM
Busy, busy day. H is all set for his monitor on Thurs. I know it'll be the beginning of a new HEALTHIER chapter for both of us. I'm sooo ready for it!
Healthy eating. Walked for an hour. Plenty of water. So I'm staying on track for my resolution. :D

onmiwei: Glad to hear you're feeling better! Must be nice to be actually able to eat something! Glad you're able to let the laywers & insurance fight it out for the most part. YUP! This guy belongs behind bars! I have no sympathy for people like him.

olehcat: HA HA!! I'm working out my arms too! I just finished working my biceps, triceps & traps! I'm sure I'll hurt tomorrow! Oh, well...I need to tone.

newleaf: Yup, alcohol is a personal choice, except like in the case of H. His medical condition & meds really make that a no-no. So in support of him, I've decided to quit too. And in reality, I don't need the empty calories. I just hope anyone here partaking of adult beverages doesn't drink afterwards...there I really do have an issue.

kelijpa: Those are awesome! Negative talk is one that is really hard to stop, but I look it at as SELF BULLYING! If we take a stand against bullying we should also NOT BULLY ourselves! I do journal. I'm not perfect at it, but I find it helps me stay on track. Our own paths...we all decide what is best for us. I'd just hope that it's a path to better health. How we get there is personal. What works for one doesn't work for all. Thanks for sharing those tips!

NEMom: UGH! I hate moving! Wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy! Glad it's done. AWESOME! I don't know how you're kicking the habit, but I'm proud of you! I know about foot pain. I spend all day on my feet & they HATE it! I find the better shape I'm in the better they seem to be, less painful. I also soak them & massage them nearly every evening...they are pretty spoiled! ;)

guacamole: Walking is one of my favorite exercises. I love getting out & seeing what I might see. Just the other day I walked right up on a redtail hawk...just wish I had my camera. Next time! My eldest brother gave me code to remember ABC...always bring camera. I've seen some crazy things, like turkeys in the church yard right across the street! Also I'm just a nut about nature.
***See end of post: some of what I've seen recently***

junem: I have also cut out alcohol. Hubby can't have it because of his health condition & meds. I do it to support him. Trust me, there are days I'd love a dark, hoppy beer & a shot of Jack...but I really don't need the empty calories. I also don't want to make things any rougher on him.

CantLookInTheMirror: :welcome: Glad to have you join us! I think your screen name probably voices exactly what many of us feel on most days. But know this...you can change that! Make little changes, then once those become second nature...make a few more little changes. Like you don't have to run a marathon your first day, just walk for 10-15 mins. Try & replace one "unhealthy" thing for something more healthy. Trade 1 soda for a big glass of water or unsweetened iced tea.
You can do this! You are worth it & let us support & encourage you along the way!! :)




01-08-2013, 06:41 AM
good morning all!
nice pics MrsTA, good luck with the monitor!
day 2 of juice fast, woke up with a beauty of a headache...can't wait to get in the shower and hydrate, looking forward to some real food tomorrow. DH is making a baked potato thing, he says we have to earn our potato...lol

best to all :sunny:

01-08-2013, 07:19 AM
Morning ladies :sunny:

So sorry about my poutyness yesterday! I was just so down.
Feeling better today, scale rewarded me with a 4 pound bloat loss :woohoo: So day 3 on slimfast for me (I did cheat a bit; I had some wine with dinner....)

NEMom; congrats on your ciggys...when do you think the e-ciggy can be put away? :)

Sending :dust: to all!

01-08-2013, 08:06 AM
Morning ladies :sunny:

So sorry about my poutyness yesterday! I was just so down.
Feeling better today, scale rewarded me with a 4 pound bloat loss :woohoo: So day 3 on slimfast for me (I did cheat a bit; I had some wine with dinner....)

NEMom; congrats on your ciggys...when do you think the e-ciggy can be put away? :)

Sending :dust: to all!

Four lbs?! Awesome...now I'm thinking I should try slim fast.....what do you eat for dinner?

01-08-2013, 08:11 AM
I had made some beef stew and had a bowl of that; I added some feta cheese on top. An apple with some peanut butter as an evening snack and two cheese sticks as an afternoon snack. I was pretty full. Now I am totally motivated to stay on slimfast. -- It is not that bad if you have the snacks between shakes. It is really taking away some bloat!!

01-08-2013, 09:00 AM
Hi, everyone.

Mrs.TA totally agree on the drinking and driving. It is reprehensible for people to do that, the effects of which being experienced by onmywei. Happy to say we only indulge at home or literally next door, where we walk home.

Sum38 congrats on the whoosh! I think I would fall over on the floor in shock if my scale ever went down that much in one day! Glad you've found something that is working for you.

Well, with 13- and 11-year-old boys in the house, we've finally installed one of these net-nanny type thingies, and unfortunately it's blocking Mrs.TA's photos! Ugh... Sorry I can't see them. I'm sure they aren't of the nature of the type of things we're trying to block... LOL

01-08-2013, 09:08 AM
Good morning, all, just a brief drive-by, try to answer a few things before I have to go to work...

@sum38 - I remember one of my favorite eating light dinners was getting Progresso's lentil soup and adding spinach and feta cheese to it! Completely filling and healthy and low calorie! ;) Wow, 4 pounds of bloat!

@MrsTrying - I hurt a little this morning, but not too badly. Mosty just stiff. It was my first day back at work after vacation and I ended up feeling like I was hit by a truck last night anyway, much less with the exercise stiffness, lol

@omniwei - definitely do not drink and drive! Over the holidays I was lucky to be staying with family both times so I could drink all I wanted and didn't have to go anywhere! ;)

I was down .6 of a pound this morning, yay. And I didn't even do the IFing right yesterday. Today is a new day. I am not eating anything until lunch, at which point I will have a light salad. Then I will have the remainder of my calories at dinner. This worked like a charm a few summers ago for me, so I'm hoping to really get into the right pattern for it.

Also, sheila! No wine yesterday. Day 1 of no wine for my plan of a MOSTLY dry January! :)

01-08-2013, 10:31 AM
Good morning ladies!

I had a good food day yesterday. Kept my calories under 1300 so I am happy about that.
I had a rough morning but did manage to get 30 minutes of exercise in so at least it is a little. Hoping my morning is better tomorrow so I can get my normal routine in.

For alcohol, I generally on drink rum and diet pop. I try to limit it to the weekends, however, some nights I say Fuc! it and have a drink or two. The last time I looked my drinks only had like 70 calories so not too bad.

@twinieten - I will look into the ultra sound machine. I am not going to do PT but will find some stretches to do at home. I know my Zcoils work if I wear them long enough, they are just so UGLY! I will send you a PM about the ecig.
@SUM - A HUGE congrats on your 4lb loss. AMAZING! I am lucky to loose that in a good month.
NEMom; congrats on your ciggys...when do you think the e-ciggy can be put away? - I am NOT even thinking of that yet. I am slowly lowering my nic levels and I may or may not choose to vape zero nic flavors when I get there. The hand to mouth thing is huge, plus the flavors are so good, it helps keep me from snacking.
@onmiwei-I hope all goes well with the lawyer and healing! Prying noting serious is wrong with your daughter! Get a GOOD lawyer, talk to a few before you decide and then let them take care of the insurance companies and stuff.

Have a wonderful day!!!

01-08-2013, 10:41 AM
olehcat That soup sounds yummy! Thanks! I will try it!!!! BTW, I love IF! Good luck.

01-08-2013, 10:44 AM

Found this quote for you:

“Get Off The Scale!

You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

LOVE IT!!!!!!!:hug:

01-08-2013, 10:58 AM
Morning All,

to Kelijpa and all (about the positive thinking) : I started this thread.... a few folks are stopping by to post now. Just reading about other people's positives helps me to remember more of mine!

As for alcohol - I have AS (cousin of rheumatoid arthritis) and I take shots for it weekly. No mixing with alcohol AT ALL. So, choice made for me!

I have decided that that inner meanie that lies and tells me bad things to hurt me can also tell me 'fibs' to help me!
Sadly, I am allergic to almost everything. As in - I am allergic to antihistamines. So, in effect, I am allergic to my allergies. Sigh. So...
Hubby and I were at the grocery store and he pointed out something to eat. I shook my head and said, "Nope, can't eat that." He said, "Why? Are you allergic?" Hmmm. YEP. I am now! So I tell myself I am allergic to cookies, chips, whatever junky food it is. It kinda works! I've been saying it for a couple of weeks now. Kinda like affirming that I don't eat that stuff anymore. Nor will I in the future...because I'm allergic! And, truthfully, the way I feel after eating crap - kinda does make me feel physically sick.

Gotta run ladies, I'm out of spinach, tomatoes and berries.

01-08-2013, 11:06 AM
Hi Ladies -
I hope some of you remember me. I was here last year, during the first half of the year, and lost 35 pounds. Then for some reason I decided to stop trying so hard, and in the last 6 months have gained 10 pounds back. The new year has made me realize I need to get back on track, so for the last week I have back at it. I'm a calorie counter, and 49 years old. NE Mom, You and I seem to have a lot in common - similar weight loss stats, and we're both using an e-cig, although I've had mine for about 3 years now. (yikes!) It's my crutch, and I admit it - but it helps me not eat so much, so I'm keeping it.

I have found a solution for the nightly wine I seem to think I deserve. I tried flavored seltzer water in a wine glass. It seems like for me, part of it is just the ritual, so drinking a non-sweet drink out of a wine glass seems to satisfy me while I watch tv or play online in the evenings. And it's zero calories!

I'm looking forward to rejoining the group and to weight loss success!

01-08-2013, 12:13 PM
I joined this gym I belong to because they offer early morning classes. I have to be at work by 7, so I'm limited on the classes I can take. I find that the A.M. classes are great for me because they motivate me to get out of bed and get my exercise in early. Without a class, I usually talk myself out of getting out of bed to exercise before work.

I didn't have to work today, so I did a "dry run". I went to the class, got ready for work and drove to work just to see how long it would take. It will be doable, but I'll have to leave the class early.

I forgot to weigh myself this morning, but the gym scale has me up 2 more pounds from yesterday!! Now I'm 6 pounds above goal. I hope my scale proves theirs wrong. I'm devastated. The scale is going the wrong way. I'm disappointed that even after a week, I haven't been able to get myself back down. TOM came along, but sadly my gain was too early to blame TOM. Plus, the most I've ever gained/lost as a result of TOM is 2 pounds.

I know that at this point I need to fast, or go back to my Yoli diet, but the timing is bad, and I'm not prepared to do either. Perhaps next week.

I got your PM NEmom. I'll write you back there. WTG on keeping your calories down! I haven't been so good at that.

Sum, I'm so glad you had your whoosh! That Progresso soup idea.... YUM!

2fatcats, love your new allergies! LOL! I've used allergies as an excuse before, for those nosey types who pay too much attention to what I'm eating, or not eating.

Welcome back Linda! I think it's great that you let things go but didn't gain a whole lot!

01-08-2013, 02:09 PM
lindaWw I do that too - put sparkling water in a fancy glass, it definitely feels like a treat!

twinie sorry that you're possibly going the wrong way... Hopefully the AM classes will help.

01-08-2013, 02:52 PM
Thank you everyone..I went back to the doc and he has me on meds that will knock me out for two days. ugh..my house needs cleaned..oh well. I can still eat salads! YAY! I haven't added meat back in because I am not sure going so long without meat would be the best thing to just toss back in there right away. Still making my yummy homemade soup. He isn't sure why I can't eat without pain. He is assuming my ribs are so bruised that the stomach is putting pressure on them when I eat. OR I have an ulcer from all the stress the last few months that was aggravated by the seat belt that really wasn't causing issues But I would assume that would have shown on the CT scan...as long as it goes away I will be happy.
My poor daughter had a panic attack driving the first time to school by herself a truck like the one that hit us came up really fast on her at a stop light and she said in her mind she heard the whole wreck again and then her head hurt like she hit it again during the accident. The guy didn't hit her but in her mind it was the accident all over again. Poor thing...The doc said this time was OK but if it keeps happening she might need some counseling.

Sum-4 lb loss!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!! I was thinking since I am already not eating I could go to a slim fast diet...

Olechat-Congrats on the weight loss..

NEmon-My dad quit smoking cold turkey when he heard that second hand smoke was what was making me sick. You know back then they weren't sure it was really doing anything. He would say all the time up until his death that he still wanted a cig after dinners or when he was stressed. Regular gum, carrots and celery helped with the wanting to having something in his hand to put into his mouth. and thank you...We went to a lawyer in town that is one of the biggest firms and has a very good reputation. WOrking at a bank I met the owner...he treated everyone well when he was at the bank. They have really good reviews. We didn't want to go with one of those that are "you were hurt in an accident CALL ME.." people on the commercials. And of course all the ones I called to ask about how they worked for accidents that were also local firms they all begged us to come in. They know they have a case and it was more like "money money money!!!"..the firm we went with was more "let's just have a chat...and then you tell us if we can help you and if we are right for you."

I hope EVERYONE has a great day and if I have massive typos and posts that make no sense (or at least less sense than normal) I blame the meds :D

01-08-2013, 03:41 PM
Hi, I am new here......I am almost 50 and have gained about 30 lbs.....it is so hard to even lose an ounce right now, even strictly watching what I eat, counting calories, and working out for 40 minutes a day......I am going through peri/menopasue, and it really is tough!!!!!! Any thoughts or ideas to get this weight loss started other than doing what I am doing? :mad:

01-08-2013, 08:49 PM
Hello all! Can't believe how many posts I got to read just from this morning!

Congrats on the loss Sum!
2FatCats~love the allergy thing, I've done that myself, I'm allergic to that, it makes me break out in fat...lol also, I do enjoy that positive thread you started, it's great, thanks!
Onmiwei~hope the meds help you heal, what a trial you and your family are going through.
Welcome back Linda! That's really not a bad gain, DH has been griping about his 5 lbs. he gained at deer camp and kept on through the holidays... :) it's great to have 3FC to come back too.
Binders~welcome, a big difference for me is making sure I drink enough water, and trying to find ways to add more veggies, I've been reading alot about plant-based diets. I'll never be a strict vegetarian, but definitely see benefits of more veg. good luck to you

best to all :sunny:

01-08-2013, 09:00 PM
Made a wonderful spiced red lentil soup tonight. Kind of had the spices of chili, but not the heaviness. I was shocked when my 13-year-old asked if he could taste it, and the even more shocked when he liked it. Hooray!

Learned a new trick tonight. Frozen tomatoes are great for soup making. They are a cinch to peel, and so easy to dice! I never would have thought to freeze tomatoes, but I got a bag of them in my winter CSA, left over from the summer harvest. What a delight!

Have a good night, everyone. I'm struggling to keep the munchies away tonight...

01-09-2013, 01:25 AM
Okay, in about 36 hours H will have his heart monitor. We had a long talk on our walk today...he is nervous about what it might find. He also is concerned with having a pacemaker put in. I can't blame him, but I am here beside him. We'll get through this TOGETHER!!!
Ate well. Plenty H2O. I even got my walk in this evening at the mall. Not my favorite place to walk, but when it's too dark/too cold. I'm going to be able to walk on my favorite path tomorrow AM, because I don't have to be at work at the crack of the freakin' morning. UGH!

newleaf123: That soup sounds awesome. Is it really spicy? How much sodium (thinking of H---he LOVES chili but it's load with sodium)? Also thanks for the tip about the tomatoes!! Munchies? Have you tried chewing gum? That can sometimes help. :)

binders: :welcome2: I hear ya about the menopause. I seem to be on the verge of that. It does make it harder to lose weight, but you can do it! You may want to check with your dr. that everything is in order health-wise. That your hormone levels aren't all out of whack or that you aren't lacking some vitamins/minerals/etc. Can't hurt, right? Just don't give up! I was stuck for nearly a month, I was about to toss my scales in front of a speeding semi! Good luck!

onmiwei: :hug::hug: I hope things improve, sweetie! I feel so bad for your daughter! Give her a big hug for me! I've had panic attacks in the past & those ARE NOT pleasant at all!!! Yes, if she does continue to have problems with what happened do get her help & make sure your lawyer knows...it can become part of a victim impact report. Make the bonehead who hit you pay for her help!!!

twinieten: I'd love to join a gym, but $$ is too tight & there's not one open 24 hrs. to make it easy for me to make use of it with my whacked schedule. Oh, well....hope you enjoy it!!!

LindaWW: Welcome back! Hope we can help you reach your goals! Love flavored seltzer water! It really helped me kick the soda habit. I used to have like 6-8 per day...not now! Love that seltzer water. :p

2FatCats: Thanks for the new thread....I'll check it out next. Inner meanie...great discription! I have one of those, too. She is a mean little WITCH! She lies to me, she makes me think so little of myself, she also tells me I'll NEVER make my goal & the list goes on. I just wish I grab her by then hair & then kick her like a hackysack!!! (No, I don't know how to use one of those but I know it involves a lot of kicking!!! ;) )

Okay, I'm going to go check out 2Cats new thread. Then probably head to bed. I'm sleepy...not used to going to work early. I'm a night owl, but actually I'm also part early bird. So they are constantly at each other. hate it. Anyone else like this? I do well as long as I get at least 7-8 hours sleep, which I didn't last night. ZZZzzzzzzz...


01-09-2013, 06:22 AM
Good morning all!
The juice fast went well. 2 days is plenty for me! I was reading about a 5:2 program, where basically you eat regular 5 days and then on 2 non consecutive days eat 500 calories for women or 600 for men, I'd say a different kind of IF. When we do the juice fast we do the days together, I think next week I'll try throwing it in on two non-con days just to see if it's more tolerable. Also, I always go back up a little when I start eating, wondering if splitting it up will change that...

We aren't super strict on the juice fast, we allow ourselves coffee or tea, I use almond milk in my smoothie...just not chewy food...lol...

Newleaf, the lentil soup sounds great, supposedly lentils once a week helps lower your cholesterol, so that could be a bonus, I love lentil soup, never made it with the red.

MrsTryingAgain best of luck with the monitor and pacemaker, sounds like you guys are working together well to make the best of it. Congrats on getting the walk in in the cold and dark, that can def. be a challenge this time of year!

best to all :sunny:

01-09-2013, 08:01 AM
Guys, I'm having one of those discouraged moments. I've been in the 140s since last January at this time. Not once in all of 2012 did I get back down to my "usual" for the past 7 years or so, which was mid 130s (which is still too chunky for me, really). I would throw a party right now if the scale would just go under 140. Now I feel like I've made that so far away by way overindulging over the holidays. I've made it right to 140 a few times, but then it's like my body wants to bounce right back up to the mid 140s again and if it had its way (if I wasn't constantly freaking out over my weight), I would probably end up to 150 or so (whcih was my high in late October).

I NEED to be at about 135 to technically be a healthy weight for my height. That's about 10 pounds at this point, so discouraging. It takes SO long to lose 10 pounds, especially when you're not terribly overweight.

Anyway, just needed to whine a little. Thanks for listening!

By the way, I love IFing because you don't have to think so much about every little thing that goes in your mouth all day long. I hate thinking about food and eating and counting every single thing and obsessing. I love that all I have to worry about is my salad at lunch and then one meal in the evening, no snacks. And it's the ONLY way I know where I can live with a low enough calorie amount to lose weight and still be satisfied. Confession: I HATE most traditional diet foods. I hate low-fat/no-fat yogurt (like the real stuff), I hate skim milk, I gag on steamed broccoli and chicken breasts. Whole grain bread blah blah blah , being a negative nancy here! Thanks, I just HAD to get that out in a big confessiony whine.

Intuitively, I just feel that for me, losing weight has to be done by figuring out a Me Diet, something that works personally for me and might be a bit out of the conventional wisdom box.

@kelijpa - I've thought about that 5:2 fasting, too. Right now I'm just sticking to a version of Fast 5 because I eat a light, light lunch with coworkers (so I don't have to explain why I'm not eating, really, lol) and then I eat my main meal as an early supper (around 5 if possible). I don't eat before or after or in between. The every other day one sounds intriguing, too. I might switch things up and do that some time, too. Originally I was plannign to do the one meal in the morning, but digestive issues didn't allow that after the first day, so I switched!

@MrsTrying - good luck today with your husband's heart monitor!

@newleaf - I LOVE lentil soup! And That's great to know about tomatoes!

@omniwei - I just hope you'll be feeling a lot better soon! No fun to be in so much pain!

@LindaWW - haha, I have tried that seltzer water in a wine glass thing! Sometimes it helps me to add a squeeze of lime juice and a splash of vanilla! It makes me feel like I'm drinking something special then, at least.

@2fatcats - like your method of saying you're allergic to yourself! :) Hmm...must try that!

@sum38 Thank you!

That's all the personals because when I go back a page, it deletes what I've already written sometimes! So anyway, hope everyone has a good day!

01-09-2013, 10:43 AM
Mrs. TA No, the soup wasn't really spicy, as in hot spicy. More just flavorful spicy. You could certainly make it as spicy as you want. Mine had no added salt, so the only sodium was what was naturally in the (whole foods) ingredients. I got the recipe off of the website/blog Your Health Is On Your Plate. Here is the link. http://drsukol.teachmed.com/ I skipped the kale. I love kale, but just didn't like the idea of it in this soup. Good luck to your husband...

All If you are interested in the soup recipe, or just a great "healthy eating" blog, see above.

Have great days, everyone! I'm off to the gym.

01-09-2013, 11:46 AM
First the good news: Since I started getting serious about weight loss again, I have worked out for one hour every day so far. Even on busy days, where I had to break it up into 2 half hour segments to get it done. Since I use a BodyBugg to track my exercise and record my calories daily, I know I have been at a calorie deficit of 800 or more for the past 5 days.

Now the bad news - yesterday I came home from a busy day and was so hungry that I just went kind of crazy, and started eating whatever I could get my hands on. I knew dinner was only an hour away, but I still managed to shovel in about 500 calories before I got hold of myself. I was arguing with myself that I could just go crazy and call this a free day, but I made myself stop and only had a salad for dinner. Then I went and got back on the treadmill and did another half an hour at 12% incline to make up for the craziness.

And I've made it all week without any wine! The evening seltzer water has been doing the trick! However, we're going to a wine tasting with friends on Friday night, so that will be tricky. But tickets are expensive, so I'm going to enjoy myself and get right back on track the next day.

Thanks for welcoming me, and making me feel a part of this group! :)

01-09-2013, 12:40 PM
I've been reading about fish oil and how good it is for you for weight loss, cholesterol, glucose metabolism, brain function etc.. I've been taking about 3 grams a day, but I'm reading upwards of 15 grams a day or even more, like 30-45g, is even better. I'm thinking about trying it, even though it means taking a liquid form (blech). Pill form in that volume would be way too expensive.

I got my B12 shot yesterday and I already feel better. Energy! I also made a great effort to drink my 80oz of water. I almost finished it.

Sorry you all have had to deal with my whining the past few days. I know you understand the frustration when the scale goes up instead of down. It's one thing to gain weight, but something else entirely to gain it in a week. I finally shed 2 pounds and I'm back down, happily to 151.6lb. I don't like the idea of even a two pound gain, but that's a little bit easier to swallow.

I met a friend at the gym this morning. My last day off and I didn't sleep in.:( we lifted weights, did some cardio, and I was home again before the kids even got out of bed. That's when I noticed my pants were on inside out! Getting dressed in the dark..... Today I hope I can get the house clean! At least some parts of it. My entire vacation is gone and I didn't get the house clean!

OK now, stop Linda, you're making me look bad! Seriously, when I first got my Bugg, I was just like that. I'd do great all day, go out to eat and then I'd jump on the treadmill just a little bit more to offset what i just did. It's so great that even though you had a lapse of control, you corrected for it with a lighter dinner and a few more calories burned! Having a treadmill at home really helps, doesn't it? I've since slacked on using this exceptional tool! I've been focusing hard on getting back to my old BB habits.

Thank you Newleaf! I've printed the recipe for that soup. I'm going to make some this week! I'm sure my kids will thank me. NOT! We have a rule here. If I bothered to cook it, you'll bother to eat it.

Olehcat, I agree with you on the IFing. I still count, measure and pay attention to everything I eat, but it sure helps take some pressure off. Especially when it comes to eating out, and having treats. I'm also with you on the traditional diet foods. I mean, I like veggies, fruits, chicken, certain breads, and such. But given the choice, I'm going to choose white food first, and fatty meats, etc.. I used to love yogurt, though. Since being sick, I can't seem to stomach it. Which is strange considering the probiotics. I've been drinking kefir, instead, which is actually better than yogurt where probiotics is concerned.

I think our bodies must really like certain weights. I think my body loved the 170s and I think it really also likes the mid 140s. I need to work hard to get below 140 and stay there. I'd like my weight to fluctuate between 135 and 140 because that's where I think I look good.

kelijpa that 5:2 sounds very interesting! Sounds like a nice alternative to IFing or even something to do along with it. I think little tricks like this to help lose faster or maintain is such a good idea.

I've been sitting here since getting home from the gym this morning. It's time for me to get moving and get something done.

01-09-2013, 01:11 PM
Morning All,

Just a perimenopause thought for those of you that may/may not be there(dr said I was in peri last Jan@ 41). Last week I had those oh-so-fun trans ab and trans vag ultrasounds and then promptly put them out of my mind. Well...at 1830 last night my GP dr called me. Apparently I have some fibroids, a cyst and a really, really thick endometrium lining. Her words... The first thought I had was, "This better not interfere with my workouts." She told me she was glad that when I came in last month for a checkup I asked about the erratic, longer and super heavy TOMs (not normal for me) I have had for 3-4 months. She said it was early enough that if anything was abnormal (her main concern is the thick lining) that it could be taken care of.
So today I am waiting today for the OB/GYN to call me to schedule a biopsy. Yippee. More nakedness.:o Why couldn't it be an arm or something out in plain view??
In my quest to find something positive - I realized it was a good thing I had listened to my body and not let my embarrassment over someone seeing my chunkiness in all its glory stop me. Or fear of the lecture I would get about my weight. In the past (at my heaviest) I skipped 3 years of those visits for just such a reason. Speaking of, I have to call my sis today, she has avoided those visits for over 7 years...and she's 53. Bad girl!

On a lighter note - after hubby and I had talked about it for a bit - he says, "Well, you'll probably lose a little if you have to have something removed." *sigh* He tries so hard.

To all you ladies out there that avoid the doctor:

Don't wait to get checked out - if you think there is something not normal for you - go do it. In fact, do it anyway! Maybe it's been abnormal so long that it's normal for you. Don't let your fear of reprimand or embarrassment of undressing and having someone see your stretchmarks, flabbiness or sagginess stop you. You would make your daughter go anyway, wouldn't you?

01-09-2013, 01:49 PM
Hi Lovely Ladies,

Sending :dust: to all today :sunny:

01-09-2013, 03:04 PM
2FATCATS: Thanks for the warning and I hope everything turns out okay for you. Doctors have seen it all, we shouldn't be embarassed but I know what you mean....i hate it..

TWINIETEN:. Your pants inside out made me chuckle....

OLEHCAT: you and I are trying to lose the same amount of weight although I have a small frame and should probably weigh even less. I never thought I would be this big again.....140 looks a long ways off and getting below that would be some kind of miracle. Just shut your eyes and visualize that number on the scale...you can do it. we can do it....

Sorry if there is anyone that I missed, please know that I read all of your posts.

01-09-2013, 03:08 PM
Well I got on the scale this morning...had to do it eventually. It wasn't a happy number, not even close. I don't want my body getting used to this weight, but I think it is too late for that. it isn't budging!!! I failed miserably at Atkins, I don't knwo why since I was successful on that diet so many previous times. I just can't get my act together. Tried again today, and again failed because I ate some pizza that my son didn't finish. My punishment now is no real dinner....I am not worthy. Harsh, yes....but that is how it has to be.....

I haven't been getting enough water down, so I'm drinking it now while doing housework.....

I'm wearing my "fat pants" today....they are really old and I kept them, and boy am I glad I did since nothing else fits except sweat pants. The worse part is they are tight on me, in fact right now they are digging into the fat on my hips and they are killing me. They are also cordoroy so when I walk my thighs rub together and I should be starting a fire soon...try explaining THAT ONE in in the Emergency Room!

01-09-2013, 04:01 PM
binders as for menopause, my advice is to keep on with what you are doing, but maybe eat a tad less. I've been in menopause for a couple of years, and for me, losing weight hasn't really been any harder than pre-menopause. But I do find that I need to eat a little less than I might otherwise think appropriate (I don't count calories, so I can't really be any more specific).

01-09-2013, 04:04 PM
2fatcats I hope everything is okay... :hug:

zumba ouch! Don't be so hard on yourself, mentally. Sure, skip dinner tonight if you need to, but try not to beat yourself up...

01-09-2013, 04:09 PM

Had a healthy breakfast. Bout to start a healthy lunch. Got in a 50 min. walk & have started my water for the day. Pretty good start. Hope that others are following suit! :goodvibes:goodvibes:
Tomorrow H gets his monitor. I think the closer it gets the mor nervous he gets. He's been asking a lot fo questions & I've been looking up answers as much as I can online. Like I said he has a learning disability (dyslexia) so it's hard for him to ask questions in a way that he gets answers. So he can get really frustrated at that, so it's part of how I help him.

2FatCats: Hope all you medical things go well. I know what you mean about being "overly exposed" but like Zumba said, "Been there, seen that" is kinda how it is for drs. I know BUT IT'S YOURS!!! :o Good advise. Anything not right...get it checked out. I just wish that it wasn't so freakin' expensive! Another reason to try & be healthy as possible. Just do darned costly to be otherwise! :tantrum:
I, too, am probably in the midst of menopause. My TOMs were always as regular as the sun coming up in the AM...I went 3 months without one, then I spotted for awhile. Then a month later a actual TOM. I need to get in & have a physical myself!

Zumba: Come on sweetie! You can do this!!! :hug::hug: I know it's rough especially when you have to reach back to something you really didn't want to. UGH! Cordoroy I believe is a torture device! I know what you mean about starting a fire! :flame:

newleaf123: Ooooh!! Thanks for the recipe!!! I'm going to save it & try it for my honey. Like I said he's been missing chilli cause of the sodium. I have been looking at low sodium recipes but I just haven't had a lot of time with my screwy schedule. But once again THANKS! We'll try is soon, maybe my next days off. :)

Sorry to cut this short. Gotta start getting ready for work. joy.... Cyber hugs to you all!!! :hug::hug:

:drill::drill: BE GOOD! BE HEALTHY! STAY ON TRACK! WE CAN DO THIS! GO! GO! GO!!!!!! :drill::drill:

01-09-2013, 09:14 PM
Newleaf thanks for the link, I love reading health blogs and recipes, I think it's great to see what's out there and there's so much whole food, veggie, healthy blogs out there to glean from, it's wonderful.

2FatCatsthanks for the reminders about those checkups, I need to make the appointments for sure, DH wants to have his blood work done now that he's gotten healthier to see if the numbers are better, his highest were triglycerides, they wanted him to consider meds, but he wanted to try and get there without, we'll see if it worked.d

MrsTryingAgainthanks for the butt kickin' :D you know we're worth the effort

Twinietenlol about the pants, I thought I had my shirt on backwards that I was wearing under my sweater, when I looked in the mirror when I was washing my hands in the bathroom at work, i was like, oh no, went in the stall took off the sweater, then the shirt under and it was the way it was supposed to, it was just a thicker seam in the neckline, I thought it was a tag, yeesh, there isn't even a tag in that shirt...lol...really wasn't looking that closely at myself in the mirror before, I guess... :D

I'm going to try the 5:2 next week, monday and wednesday, my regular juice fast, nothing crazy, just splitting it up, haven't done the 2 day 2 weeks in a row before either, easy way to have a meatless monday, that's one of the suggestions from the newsletter, too, try a meatless monday, one of the magazines, like family circle or woman's day touts the meatless monday, too.

I want to get this next 20 off and see if maybe I want to try for 10 or 15 more, I think I could get to 135, never able to maintain it though, I think 140 will be a good healthy weight for me at my height and build.

Zumbachica I have totally been there with the big pants I kept becoming the only pants that fit and were tight, I kept them again when I lost weight, they were pretty sad looking and almost gained to the point where they were the next size, I would have been able to wear them again if they weren't like DH calls them "hobo pants". I finally tossed them in the rag bag, it didn't work for me to keep that one pair, but I think I will keep the ones I was wearing today, they're to the point I don't have to unbutton to put them on and they were digging into my legs tight not too too long ago...you'll get there girlfriend, I sense the fire in you!

Sum thanks for the willpower dust, I must have felt it today, someone brought in chocolate rum balls, everyone was raving about them yesterday, there were some left today, but I resisted, tried to think of them being out overnight and maybe something crawled on it...not the best way to look at them, but it kept me away...lol

best to all :sunny:

01-10-2013, 12:17 AM
Hello to all my friends in the 3FC world! So sorry I have been remiss in posting lately. You wouldn't know it but I have been lurking, nearly every day secretly checking in with you all. :)

Still on my WW plan but my progress has really stalled lately. Since Thanksgiving I have only lost 1.6# :mad::mad::mad: !!!! I swear I have been faithful to my plan, and I had been expecting a plateau but I mean, c'mon! This is CRAZY!! The other factor is that I have gone back to work so, while I am able to better control my access to food and the nibbling that can sometimes come with being at home alone all day, I am doing a lot more sitting at the computer. So, the little bit of exercise that I was getting is pretty much gone. Clearly that is a part of the overall stall that I am experiencing. I would never claim that the first 45# came off easy (cuz it didn't) it is clear that the next 100 will only come off when I incorporate exercise into my plan.

**sigh** :censored:

My new years resolution was to begin the couch to 5K plan and prepare myself for running 5K's starting in the spring. They have a big Mothers Day and Memorial Day 5K runs here so I have set my goal for trying to be ready for one of those. Here's hopin'

01-10-2013, 07:59 AM
Ladies, hi!

I woke up feeling so liberated about my weight for some reason this morning and thought I'd share.

I like my method of IFing and one main meal a day where I get to indulge a little because I've saved most of my calories for then. I don't mind skipping breakfast (not into breakfast foods at all, and mostly I'm always eating in a rush at that time, plus there are temptations to get a scone on the way to work!) and I don't mind eating a very light salad at lunch (everyone at my table at lunch eats super light salads. I would feel like a piggy if I dared even eat a sandwich then, LOL). And I don't mind the hunger that really settles in around 2 p.m. and goes right to dinner. I really don't. So I want it to work SO MUCH. I think I can make it work, even if I have to tweak things as I go along.

In an ideal world, I would have my main meal at lunch, but can no do since I don't want to have it at work (I want to enjoy it at home).

Anyway, about the being liberated about my weight...I weighed myself this morning and I was up from yesterday. I think I know why. I ate a very sodium-filled soup last night and I did (*cringe*) have a glass of wine last night even though I said I wasn't going to do that during the week and it is my last week on my BC pills and I tend to bloat up AND my muscles are still really sore from my workout two days ago. So I really am retaining tons of water right now, I think. I mean, I'm so sore, I can hardly stretch, so yeah, am definitely having a lot of water retention in my muscles.

Anyway, I just realized this morning that I just wasn't going to care about the numbers. I wasn't going to flip out at the fluctuations. I was going to keep doing what I'm doing for at least a month, so I can see what, if anything, needs to be tweaked. I feel like my body has no choice but to let go of fat if I'm eating less, doing strength training three times a week, and running four-five times a week!

Onward to today!

01-10-2013, 11:18 AM
OLEHAT: I think what you're doing is great. After my second son was born and I went back to working out I had decided that I was going to pay no attention to the scale. I refused to weigh myself and felt that I would know I was losing by how my clothes felt and how toned I was (i was much younger then..lol) I started working with a trainer and doing cardio on my own....eventually my big ugly sweat pants were falling off of me and people were telling me how I looked so much smaller. When I finally got on the scale it showed that I was only 8 lbs lighter, but i had gained so much muscle that i was a good four sizes lighter! I lost mega inches without losing a ton of weight.....it was kind of bizarre but taught me not to be a slave to the scale. Okay about your IF, I think it is great as long as you stay hydrated. Different things work for different people. I do not think eating six small meals works for me....all it meant was that I was eating all day and I always ate over my amount of calories at each meal. And quite frankly I'm too busy to look at the clock every four hours and say it is time to eat or what not. Last spring I was pretty much just eating one large meal a day for a while because I was depressed and had no appetite and guess what? I lost weight and didn't pass out or anything. In fact, in other countries people eat one big meal during the day and pretty much have barely anything the rest of the day....(eat breakfast like a pauper, lunch like a king and dinner like a pauper again)....So more power to you girl, it sounds like you have it all down pat and I wish i were at your weight right now!

KELI..you made me laugh when you said HOBO PANTS. That's how i fel lately..a hobo

MRSTRYING: I love how positive your posts are and all the emoticons...thank you for your positive energy and pep talks!!!!!

01-10-2013, 11:39 AM
Well I ruined my Atkins day yesterday AGAIN. I was doing really well but last night was my son had a concert and we always celebrate afterwards by having something sweet. I had bought a box of black and white cookies for him, and of course having them out on the counter was more than I could handle. I wound up having a quite a few and the fact that I shook a ton of sensa on them (LOL) Ifelt so guilty the rest of the night. I managed to still look .08 of a lb so atleast I didn't have a gain.

Today my friend has her last chemo...yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy....going to the cancer center to visit and see her ring some bell when it is over....I don't think i'm going out to eat tonight like we usually do after her chemo so no temptations for me tonight.......

I hope everyone has a great day!!!!!! Willpower and focus my friends!!!!

01-10-2013, 11:40 AM
Good morning all!

I am feeling very discouraged today. I got on the scale and the number is so bad I cannot even believe it. I have had three good food days and am working on my fourth today but the number on the scale is higher than Monday and just don't know why it is so high. Days like this make me want to give up but I know if I do, I will balloon up to my starting weight in no time.
I am wondering if this has something to do with quitting smoking and after my metabolism settles down if I will go back to losing a little at least. UGH, very discouraged and upset today. Wish I lived close to ZUMBA so we could cry together.

Mrs Trying - Hope that all goes well with DH today!!!! Thinking of you.

To all struggling, I am sending you :hug::hug:!!

01-10-2013, 12:39 PM
I am sorry if I am not doing personals! I just don't have it in me at the moment.

I am super stressed out over my upcoming trip home. Just found out that my sister will be there as well. I have not spoken with her over 2 years...she is a total witch :(

So needless to say I have been stress eating....

I am drawing strength from all of you, and trying to stay accountable. I had a bad night last night and ate half the fridge, but I am back on plan today. I can't let the past haunt me :)

Sending :dust: to all.

01-10-2013, 02:31 PM
Sum - my family can be majorly stressing at times. I repeat this little mantra in head during the real touch situations.

"It is what it is .. and they are who they are..."

Wish you the best of luck with it all! You're strong, we know you can handle it :)

01-10-2013, 03:35 PM
Angie that is a great mantra! I keep telling myself that "this too shall pass" :) But I think I will keep repeating your "It is what it is .. and they are who they are..."

01-10-2013, 05:36 PM
Hi Ladies! Would you mind if I popped in? I'm new and still making my way through all the threads but thought this might be a good place for me to settle in since I'm in my 40's (47 in February - WOW - when did THAT happen?!) and you all can probably relate to many of the same issues that come with this phase of life.

I started eating better earlier this month and am trying to get back in the groove of weighing, measuring, calorie counting, etc., and am hoping to make a few friends along the way.

I've read back several pages but didn't take notes so I don't remember who's doing what but hugs to those who are struggling with car accidents, family issues, stress, "fire thighs" and "inside out pants". <----- Those last two cracked me up! :rofl:

Hope everyone is having a great day!

01-10-2013, 06:27 PM
PotScrubber of course, welcome! Love your avatar... Are those your own tomatoes?

01-10-2013, 06:53 PM
Welcome Potscrubber! I'm fairly new here myself. The ladies here are all very welcoming, it seems. The 'fire thighs' and inside out pants cracked me up too - I meant to come back and post about that, but I guess I got busy and distracted.

Sum, so sorry you're stressed out about the visit to your Mom's. I wish I could say something that would help you cut yourself some slack about it. I feel bad about how worried you are about your trip :(

I made a mistake, and the wine tasting is next Friday, not tomorrow - so that gives me some more time to get the smart eating thing down before I have to go. However, I'm having some girls over for wine tonight. We always get together on Thursdays, and take turns hosting. Tonight's my night. I hope they aren't too annoyed when they see I'm serving fruits and veggies for appetizers, and baked chips instead of the usual high fat fare. I went to a lot of trouble to make the food look really appetizing and pretty, so I hope they appreciate that.

Ok, I'm rambling....gotta run!

01-10-2013, 06:54 PM
Hello, all! Reading but not posting lately. My calories have been through the roof this week. I've been scared to weigh myself. I went jogging 3 times this week, and each day I grew stronger and had more stamina. However, any kind of exercise where I really push myself to the limit makes me want to eat the entire house! My appetite has gone through the roof. It reminds me why I decided a while back to cut down on the exercise and just work on calorie intake until I am closer to my goal weight. Today, my son came down with the flu! He is doing ok and on medication, but I stayed home with him and got no exercise and ate and ate. Almost 2,400 calories! Ugh. I won't be getting any exercise over the next few days until he is better, so I really need to stick to my calories - not an easy task over a weekend. I just hope this flu doesn't end up going through the whole family. Another ugh - tomorrow I have a dress fitting for a wedding I am in. I promised myself to eat well this week - instead, I doubt the dress will fit! I dread wearing it and being seen at the event. :(

Just not feeling it today.....hope you all are faring better than I am...

01-10-2013, 09:43 PM
Good to hear from everybody. Hugs to all who are struggling, kudos to those that are doing well!

I had to use the treadmill tonight instead of walking outside, got home a little bit later from work, had the incline on 5 for my 5k walk, boy am I feeling it now...

Was just telling DH I had the little dog out and slipped on the snow and ended up sitting on my butt on the snow bank, thank God I didn't get hurt, but the funny thing was the little dog came running over and I guess he knew I was ok, cause he started humping my arm...dang dog...lol

Hope things get better for all of us, actually I'm sure they will!

best to all :sunny:

01-10-2013, 09:45 PM
Hello fellow 40ishers I am new to the site and I am having a bit of a problem setting up my info. I wanted to know if anyone could help me with the setting up of a weight bar??!! Thanks in advance

01-10-2013, 10:08 PM
@zumba - thank you for telling me all that! It makes so much sense to me to do what I'm doing because like I said, I just don't like breakfast that much and lunch is not a good time to enjoy food anyway because I'm with my coworkers and just being around them at lunch is distracting and not conducive to enjoying food. I have a friend who has recently lost 10Kg (not sure how much that is in poundage, somewhere over 20 pounds?) by eating no breakfast, having her main meal at lunch, and then eating just light veggies and a little cheese at night. I'm sort of doing the same thing, only I'm switching it so that my veggies are at lunch and my main meal is in the early evening. Man, this weight loss thing is so hard, isn't it, especially when going through stuff.

@NEmom - Don't feel too bad. It has to be an incredible feat, giving up smoking and trying to lose weight. I can't imagine. I think you're doing a marvelous job. The other stuff will work out as long as you are consistent and don't give up.

@sum - wow, that really sucks that you have to deal with someone so unpleasant in your family! I find I ALWAYS have to drink to handle being around my extended family!

@potscrubber - welcome!

@guacamole - I hope the dress fitting isn't too painful! Hope your son feels better!

@kellijpa - LOL! Silly dog!

@chunkalicious - I think you have to have been on the forum at least 20 days and made a certain number of posts to get a weight bar! Someone can correct me if I'm wrong... Welcome!

01-10-2013, 11:09 PM
I found myself chopping into sixteen equal pieces each of the five kosher dill slices floating on top of my ground beef at dinner tonight. (It would have been a hamburger had I been more patient with the flipping.) I sobbed to my DS that I had transformed into a pampered pooch on accounta this Atkins diet....eating premium meats off china...."Shouldn't your plate be on the floor?"...."Oh no! I'm *that* pampered."........"Mom......can you chop your pickles a little smaller?"....."HEY! This is a scarce potato in a potato famine...gotta spread it thin and savor it."....Not wanting to promote or condone this Atkins lifestyle, I will now refer to it as the Lucky K9 regimen. (not the same luck as kelijpa's dog....althooooo .. my TH is returning home from a week-long business trip later tonight...)

Day 17 of Atkins....no bread, no pasta, no fruit, no liq donuts (this week), fewer than 20 carbs....and I am in a major stall...I fear the consequences of abandoning the LuckyK9, and regret joining the K9 cult in the first place. Brain and Eyes are in league against Taste Buds & Intestine for dominating influence over what goes in my mouth. Brain's Pleasure Center is rebelling & demanding more deliciousness, and Intestine is just downright devious. Let's just say this LuckyK9 needs to "go for a walk" more often. I think I'm a candidate for colonic floral transplant (faecal bacteriotherapy); perhaps we all are. These transplants have been used to treat Clostridium difficile in humans....and obesity in mice.

Sticking with the LuckyK9 for a while longer...for no good reason...I suppose I could be stalling no matter what regimen I'm on.

01-11-2013, 01:09 AM
Hi, ladies! Hope that you had a good Thursday & that it'll carry you through this weekend! :dust::dust:
H got his monitor this afternoon. Shock of all shocks he only has to wear it for 48 hours. I guess with modern medical technology they can tell what they need that soon. Course I'm sure if they feel the need to another reading, they'll do so. Little frustrated though...the dr's office was supposed to call in a prescription for the syringes or insulin pens cause H is getting low. They didn't! :mad: We stopped by the office & H talked to them again....I told him if they don't get their act together, I'll do the "talking" next time! I will not put up with this "stuff" when it comes to my hubby's health.
On the journey part of my day: healthy eating :yes:, 1 hour walk in the park :yes:, H2O :yes:. I took H to the park because I know how nervous was, eventhough he wouldn't admit it. He always tells me, "I'm not nervous", but then he'll ask me the same question over & over again. Where do we go at the hospital? Do you have the paperwork? How long did the dr say I might have to wear it (the monitor) for? UGH!!! Oh, well. It's done. We just have to keep a small, short diary anytime he feels light-headed, if his heart-rate goes up or anything odd.

kelijpa: Good job on keeping your exercise in, in spite of landing on your bum. Your dog on the other hand...um, needs to learn some self-control!! :o

SeeMyFeet: Good job sticking with the program. I don't know if I could do it. I don't like being told, "You can't have _____." Cause then I WANT IT! Sure, I have basically cut out alcohol, junk food & candy...but if at some point I want a little, I can have it. Just not a whole bag of candy, bottle of booze...and not all the time!

guacamole: I'm sooo sorry to hear about your son. Hope he gets well soon! I'm sending you self control...do you feel it? You can do this! You can do this!

PotScrubber: :welcome2: to the AWESOME 40-somethings board! Hope you find a great home here with the support to help you reach your goals! We really do have a great bunch here.

LindaWW: I think the gals are your wine tasting might be pleasantly suprised. I'm sure they had quite enough of the heavier "party-type" stuff over the holidays. Who knows, you may start a trend for them?

Zumba: I'm sending positive thoughts & prayers for your friend who's going through treatment. I wish I could kick cancer out of our world/solar system. I've seen it take sooo many special people & just devestate those left behind. Now you know why I DO NOT have chocolate or any candy for that matter in my home...I CANNOT say no! As my maternal grandma would say, "I come by it honestly." My grandpa (her hubby) had a HUGE SWEET TOOTH!!! He always had candy around. Fact is I can remember him impatiently waiting for the homemade ice cream to be ready at family reunions! My mom would nearly have to smack his hand with the large serving spoon!!! Her own dad!!! :lol:

NEMom: I wouldn't be a bit suprised if you your quitting is possibly effecting your weight loss. Think about it, you eliminated something your body was used to & now it's gone. I don't know if there's any studies on it. Have you looked around to see if any drs or scientists think there might be so correlation? Sorry, I'm a big nerd...I love to research all kinds of things. Not just health things or medical type things. I just basically go bonkers looking up whatever thing catchs my thoughts at the moment...that's me!
Either way....just don't give up! I'm sure that once your body adjust, I'm sure the pounds will bid farewell. :crossed:

SUM: :hug::hug: Ah, family....can't love 'em (in most cases), can't kill 'em. Sorry, I've been down this road soooo many times that I can walk it in my sleep. I'm sorry your family stresses you so. I wish I knew what to say. I, too, haven't spoken to either of my sisters since Dad died in 2000 (1 is a horrible alcoholic, the other is just horrible). My brothers? I've got 4 & they treat me like I'm 4 or my personal favorite non-exsistant. I still love them, for Mom's sake, but it's not at all easy. I wish you the best. On the rare occasion I do have to deal with family, I exercise more & harder. I take my frustrations out physically, feel the burn & usuall I'm just too tired to give a rat's you-know. :dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust: I'm sending you this much dust cause I know how tough it can be! It's also one dose for each of MY siblings...hope ya don't overdose! ;)

Heading to watch Person of Interest with my hubby. Love me some Jim Caviezel! :love::love: JJ Abrams knows how to make a great show!!!


01-11-2013, 08:09 AM
I've gone back to work, so no more time to sit and browse 3FC all day. I feel like I missed too many posts. I read other's responses... like kelijpa falling on her bum :p... I have to go back and read that one. So sorry if I miss aanyone below with my responses. I always like to try to get everyone because I like it when others respond to me.

Yesterday I came home P.Od! Work. Management, completly off their rocker.... incompetent. UGH! So I ran off my frustrations.

I was so excited to plug in my BB. A full day of work (good calories, good steps) and then a run, and I was good with my food up until dinner (Del Taco). Much to my surprise, no deficit. Surplus. UGH! Seriously?? What does a girl have to do? Starve? Yes.

The more I exercise, the hungrier I get. It's very frustrating. It completely undoes what I've done.

I was so good yesterday, too. I didn't go for desert even though all of my coworkers did. I told them I just wasn't in the mood for anything sweet. Which (happily) was true!

I did this metabolic test that showed where my heart rate needs to be for maximum burn and I'll tell you what, it's impossible! My HR zones are much higher than the average. Say zone 1 is 80 to 100, mine is 80-122, for example (not actual numbers). Then zone 2 would be 100-130, mine is 122-150. Crazy.

I couldn't understand why I couldn't run so far yesterday. Well, it's because I was trying to maintain my heart rate in the zones set up by this program= high. I know i need to push myself, but's ridiculous hard! I'm going to see if somehow it might be off.

Girl Scouts today. Beware, cookies sales are beginning in some areas!

NewLeaf, I made that lentil soup and was anticipating a luke warm response. Much to my surprise, everyone loved it, especially my 13 year old who would have finished the pot of his dad didn't insist he save some for me!

Zumba! Not the fat pants!! Me no likey fat pants. LOL on the fire comment! Does Sensa really work? So sorry about your friend with cancer. That's rough.

Syndehat sorry you're loss has stalled! :( I know how you feel. I'm back at work too, and I was hoping it would help with all of the activity, but apparently not. I hope you start losing again soon.

Sum, sorry you're so stressed about your family trip. Just smile and nod, smile and nod. My family is quite the "interesting" bunch, and I tend to bite my tongue a lot, smile and nod a lot. That's how I deal. I kind of enjoy the passive aggressive game with them, though.

Linda, love your wine night munchies! I hope your friends were happy and supportive! I wish I had wine-night friends!

MyTryingAgain, I'm glad to hear your dh got his monitor and is on his way towards a healthy heart. I hope the doc office called in the script so you didn't have to become involved!

Guac- I'm having the same problem. Only worse, I come home and it's not about food, it's about CARBS! There was an open bag of Lucky Charms on the counter the other day and I dove in! Last night, I went way over calories eating nuts and dried fruit. Out-of-Control. Luckily, up only .6 pounds.

Chunkalicious, 20 some odd posts and 3 months, I think, something like that, before you can have a ticker/signature. Just post away! Welcome!

SeeMyFeet, your post cracked me up! You just have to get through this part, the hardest part. You can do it!!

Kelijpa- ROFL! Glad I'm not the only one with clothing malfunctions.

Potscrubber, and chunkalicious, Welcome! :welcome2:

01-11-2013, 09:19 AM
Good morning everyone........this atkins thing isn't working for me this time and im not really sure why. I have done it a few times before over the years and was pretty successful at it. I'm going to keep trying and if I don't have any significant loss by the end of this weekend i"m going to have to go to another plan....not sure exactly what that plan is.

What I plan on doing today is getting my supplements in and get into the habit of taking those...also I need to get more water down......

Going to Walmart today to look for the frozen atkins dinners, they are a new product and no supermarket has them yet.....thinking those may save me on those nights i made something for the kids that I can't eat, or when my husband has the kids and i don't feel like cooking just for me.....

Have to teach my aqua class now...I wish I had a body bugg so I can see how many calories I burn in class. I think my body is just so used to the amount of exercise I do, that I really need to punch it up a bit.....maybe i'll blow the dust off of my Brazilian Butt Lift DVDs.

Stay strong today everyone.......I'm so impressed with you ladies and the amount of exercise that you do as well as how well you pay attention to what you are eating. We are all trying here.....there are no slackers in this bunch.....


01-11-2013, 09:21 AM
By the way the Sensa isnt working...I think it is more a psychological thing..like I sprinkled this crappola all over my food now so I will eat less....I don't find that to be true, but since i paid good money for this junk I;ll keep trying...

01-11-2013, 11:03 AM
I get so behind on all these posts...I am so sorry. I see some of us are doing well..others struggling. But the main thing is we are here and we are keeping it up! So I say we all should be happy with ourselves on that.

I can eat again with out pain! YAY!!! I am keeping small healthy meals though. THe doctor knocked me out with pain meds for two days and I must say there isn't the pain that is like 'omg..just go away..it hurts..rip my spine out please..." but more of a dull "hey..i'm hurt..don't over do it..." pain. which I can stand. So I am not sure if it just released all the tightnes or some swelling..not sure..but much better. I do have to go back because he said i did d something to my ribs. There is still an area you cant touch unless you want to see how high I can jump through the roof. I also got great news about my car..it is totaled but it was worth much more than I thought...and even after my research I got top dollar for it with their first offer. I thought it would be worth what our daughter's cheap little car was worth since my car was 6 years old. But for some reason Vibes keep their value well I guess. I can still get a very nice used car for what I am getting. Which takes the stress of "I had a great car..perfect for me..now I have to have someone else's throw away..." off of me. So I am feeling so much less stress right now.

I have gained some weight back like i thought when I started eating..partly because the pain meds have blocked me up. I have meds for that as well..they just don't work as well as this one herbal tea I have. But I am unsure if I can drink this herbal tea with the meds..never know how herbal remedies mix with prescription pain meds. I did wear jeans for the first time yesterday I have been living in sweats and yoga pants to not put pressure on my side..and my jeans were loose! WOOT WOOT!!!

I wish you all a WONDERFUL Friday!!! And I hope everyone's bad days turn good!!!! I feel very good today and I want everyone to feel the good vibes coming from me!!! Hopefully it will put a little smile on your face as well!

01-11-2013, 11:08 AM
Movement(s) today! Like Sisyphus pushing his boulder, I have moved my ticker/tracker up into the higher, less fatty atmosphere. Whew! Let's hope the gods are not punishing me and it stays there. The last time I moved the ticker/tracker was Dec 29. The boulder soon started rolling downhill, yet I pushed and pushed and hit that number three times again before I finally muscled that rock higher up the hill today. Patience is a virtue I must work harder to acquire.

Zumba--I am dismayed "seeing" you spend your money on things that don't work. I have me doubts about those pre-packaged LuckyK9 meals. The higher fat that I suspect is included in those boxes will likely wreak havoc on your system, especially if you're having trouble sticking to that regimen. Prolly less fat in Kibbles&Bits. Prolly less expensive, as well....But then again, I haven't researched it. Best of luck with finding something that works for you, even if it is a psychological trick.

Weekend coming up. Here's to hanging on to your resolve, Everyone! :cheers:

01-11-2013, 11:10 AM
Hi all. Thought I'd try to keep up with this forum too...as I do better with more support. I also follow the daily check-in on the general weightloss page.

I've been down this road before (more than once), the most recent (and most successful) was with 3FC. I recognize a few names (hi Guacamole and twinieten!) I'm a calorie counter, looking to lose 50 pounds or more.

I look forward to getting to know you all!

01-11-2013, 01:21 PM
So - I have almost given up posting personals - if I don't catch them quick - I get behind.
But I, too, read them all!

I have to say - you guys are way way way too hard on yourselves. It makes me sad to see all of your struggles/challenges. Sometimes it even makes me downright angry that you talk about/to yourselves in such a derogatory manner. :mad: But it has made me aware that I do it, too, and I am striving desperately to stop.

I believe there are a few main reasons I have failed to maintain my previous losses are:
#1 I expect different results but continue to do the same thing over and over. When I get to my 'goal weight' I still look soft and flabby. Enter weights.

#2 Not sustainable: I can’t starve myself at 1100-1200 calories a day for long – I am just setting myself up for a major binge episode and then the guilt. And I am done with feeling guilty for eating or proud for starving.

#3 I am an emotional eater. How did I not know that? I put food in my mouth to avoid saying/feeling what I should. So no more eating my words. I am reading a great book that is showing me to recognize my relationship with food and get right with it.

Small confession: Yesterday was my one month mark and I am doing so well I didn't want to post and sound like I was 'bragging' or inadvertently make someone else feel down because they were struggling.
I wanted to share my success in a 'you can do it, too' attitude.

So - I have stayed on plan for one month and lost 14.4lbs scale weight. I lost fat without loss of lean muscle so I can maintain my metabolism. I eat about 1500 calories a day (never go below my BMR), with protein grams being equal to my desired body weight. Carbs are about equal in grams to protein and fiber is upwards of 30g. Fats are the smallest portion at roughly 35g. And- I still keep my sodium under 1500mg. Eventually - I will add calories (more protein) up to well over 2000 to build even more muscle. I do the NROLS 3x a week and occasionally very light cardio/walk on off days – just to get blood flow through the muscles.

I weigh and log all my foods (and my DH's) in mynetdiary program. Is it easy? Nope, but it's easier than it was 30 days ago. Is it fun? Sometimes, but not always. But it is easier and a heck of a lot more fun than being fat. Even better - I am NEVER hungry. Seriously. Sometimes I feel like I can't possibly eat anymore and I have to make myself have a snack before bed. And - best of all - this is sustainable. It is something I can continue to do because I'm not starving or punishing myself.

If you are hungry - truly tummy-growling hungry - then your body is telling you something. If you don't feed your body then over time - it will adapt and ramp down to preserve life - that's what it's supposed to do. Your metabolism gets nervous that you are going to stop giving it energy so it sends you a 'polite' little hunger pain to let you know that if you don't eat - it will act. It's like an early detection symptom. "Hey! Feed me - or I'll be forced to save you and operate on less fuel to keep you going." So you ignore the warnings and over time your metabolism becomes more efficient and eventually you have to exercise more and more just to maintain/increase the weight loss or cut food intake down (the dreaded plateau?). That just tells your metabolism - ACK - slow down – become even more efficient!

If anyone thinks they can't do it - look at bodybuilding sites with before/after pics of 40's ladies who lift weights. I expected them to be all bulging and such. Nope - more like the fitness models you see in magazines. Inspiring!

01-11-2013, 01:43 PM
That is awesome 2FatCats!! And never feel like you are bragging...we all draw strength from other people's success :hug:

01-11-2013, 01:47 PM
Okay, I am doing a bit better and feeling more relaxed about my trip. I made some plans that I will only see my sister on Mother's bday party and there will be so many people that I can totally ignore her :D She will stay a few more days but I just simply will stay away; I refuse to be pulled into her drama!

Scale is staying below 160, which makes me happy. I hated seeing 164 on that thing :eek:

I had to stop doing the slim fast plan, it gave me horrid tummy aches. So I am trying south beach. I had load of success on SB before.

Sending :dust: to all.

01-11-2013, 02:06 PM
2FatCats - that is awesome news! Please always come here and tell us your successes - it makes the rest of us feel like we can do it too! When I first started dieting and working out a year ago, I started with 1500 calories and lifting weights 3 days a week. I went a month and didn't lose a pound. After much trial and error I discovered I can only eat 1200 calories a day if I want to lose. It stinks, but that's just how it is for my body. Even then, the weight loss is slow - about 1 pound a week, but I refuse to try to eat less than 1200 calories!

Last night went pretty well. According to my tracking, I ate (and drank) about 1800 calories - which would be maintenance for me. The appetizers I made went over well. We had homemade salsa and baked chips, and carrot chips, snap peas, broccoli and ranch dip made with greek yogurt and also grapes, strawberries and apple slices. A friend brought a huge chunk of brie, but I put it in the fridge and said we'd have it later - and later never came! Unfortunately, the scale was up 4 pounds for me this morning :( Not sure what's up with that, but I'm trying not to get too freaked out about it...although it made me want to just throw in the towel and eat doughnuts this morning, I admit. But I will stick with the program and hope it's just water retention from the wine or something. I'm hanging in there! No plans to do anything this weekend, so staying on track should be easier. Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday. I'm going to go hit the treadmill...

01-11-2013, 03:24 PM
Just have time for a quick post before I have to get ready for work.


Went for an hour long walk today. So far eating has been healthy. I do have to get started on the water soon.
H slept well with his new piece of equipment. I don't know how I'd do. I don't like strange things on or near me when I sleep. But H can sleep basically anywhere, anytime. So if he's not able to sleep you KNOW there's something wrong.

Gotta run. Hugs to you all! :hug::hug::hug: Keep up the egg-salent work!!!

01-11-2013, 03:27 PM
:welcome3: Moondance!!

01-11-2013, 03:52 PM
Newleaf - thanks for the welcome. Yes, those tomatoes are ours. We have a small garden and focus on heirlooms. There are Green Zebra's, Wild Everglades (the small cherries) and I forget which variety of red. The Golden Beet is also ours and is a favorite. The garden is pretty thin now as we are planning on moving but we'll throw a few store bought starts out there just to hold us over and make it look productive for potential home buyers.

Linda - glad to hear your foods went over well. Sorry to hear about the up-tick on the scale but I'm sure you can shake it off quickly.

Guacamole - sorry to hear about the son's flu and hope he recovers quickly. This morning I told DH to make sure he had his hand sanitizer in his truck and to USE IT often throughout the day because neither one of us need to get sick.

SeeMyFeet - I enjoy reading your posts. I hope your brain and intestines will come in to agreement!

Today was grocery shopping day. I kept my hand sanitizer in my shorts pocket and used it every few minutes because people were sniffling, snorting and coughing every where. Have a good menu planned for next week (dinners) but need to start eating more balanced during the day. It takes me a few weeks to get in the groove.

I know there's a few I missed but I did read all the posts and thank you all for the warm welcome. Hugs to those who are struggling and congrats to those who are doing great!

I hope everyone has a great day!

01-11-2013, 07:46 PM
Sum~best of luck on your trip, sounds like you're in the right frame of mind.

2FatCats~Congrats on finding your program and thanks for the great post, loved your spiel about metabolism and not getting yourself into starvation mode, I totally believe that.

Potscrubber~I love the garden, ours is snow covered right now, haven't grown heirlooms except some tomatoes my father in law has seeds from tomatoes his father grew, pretty neat heirlooms.

MrsTryingAgain~glad to hear DH is doing well with his monitor, thanks for the motivation.

Zumba~pulling for you! :cheer2:

:grouphug: great group, sorry to all I missed, love reading everything

best to all :sunny:

Started TOM today, so taking the day off, still working on getting that water in...

01-12-2013, 09:24 AM
Good morning all,
Can't believe I was last to post and first this morning!

We watched Loopers last night, good movie, there was alot of shooting in one area, but it was good and a little thought provoking.

We're have treat lunch, then back to it, thawing and foggy here, hope enough of the snow melts before it gets cold again to not have an icy landscape.

Hope everyone has a great day/weekend :sunny:

01-12-2013, 10:33 AM
Hello, all! Reading but not posting lately. My calories have been through the roof this week. I've been scared to weigh myself. I went jogging 3 times this week, and each day I grew stronger and had more stamina. However, any kind of exercise where I really push myself to the limit makes me want to eat the entire house! My appetite has gone through the roof. It reminds me why I decided a while back to cut down on the exercise and just work on calorie intake until I am closer to my goal weight. Today, my son came down with the flu! He is doing ok and on medication, but I stayed home with him and got no exercise and ate and ate. Almost 2,400 calories! Ugh. I won't be getting any exercise over the next few days until he is better, so I really need to stick to my calories - not an easy task over a weekend. I just hope this flu doesn't end up going through the whole family. Another ugh - tomorrow I have a dress fitting for a wedding I am in. I promised myself to eat well this week - instead, I doubt the dress will fit! I dread wearing it and being seen at the event. :(

I hope the dress fitting went well....they always leave a lot of room in those dresses for alterations, so I'm sure it went fine. Please don't feel dread, you have time to lose some inches before the wedding...
Just not feeling it today.....hope you all are faring better than I am...

I just wanted to touch on the thing you said about being more hungry when you exercise. This is so true!! When I was doing Zumba full time and teaching two to three classes a day I wasn't rail thin....(in shape, but not as small as I should have been for someone that worked out like that)...winds up the more activity was making me RAVENOUS...I woudl come home from a night class and want to eat anything that wasn't nailed down and it was 8pm ...I would never tell anyone not to workout but I just think more people should be aware of this phenomenon..and not judge an instructor for having more junk in the trunk then you think she should have.....if she's teaching 11 hours a week she's probably hungry ...LOL

01-12-2013, 10:36 AM
Good morning!

I sort of failed at my eating plan most of this week. So this weekend I have GOT to recalibrate. I can do this. I will NOT regain all that weight I lost. Last night I ended up having half of a frozen pizza, 2 glasses of wine, a little bag of cherry sours (since WHEN have I eaten candy??? Like never!) and a large brownie. Healthy, RIGHT? Ugh. Feel so gross right now. I'm throwing the leftovers out and starting fresh today. I need some fresh veggies. I LOVE kale, for example, but I don't have any at home. I can do this!

@potscrubber - I need to be more meticulous with the hand sanitizer, too, I work in a school and kids are ALWAYS sneezing/coughing on me. My immune system is pretty good right now, but I do NOT want to get the flu!

@Mrs.Trying - I find it SO hard to get on the water track. I love water and I can easily live on it, but I go for a long time without drinking a lot of time. It's habit because I work at a job where it's difficult to get to the bathroom, so I'm used to deliberately dehydrating myself so that I don't have to go very often. Must work on that somehow...

@LindaWW - probably just water weight. I know when I eat high-salty snacks my weight is WAY up the next day, especially combined with hormonal stuff or working out.

@2fatcats - good for you! You're doing awesome! That's not bragging, I LOVE to hear success stories. I find it very inspiring, especially when I feel like I'm failing! :)

@moondance - welcome! Love your name!

@seemyfeet - yay, movement!!!!

@omniwei - glad to hear you're doing better!

@zumbachica - I'm so sorry the atkins isn't working! I do find that the only way it works is without ANY cheating, and I mean any. And I know I find that just about impossible these days! I did Atkins some years back (maybe 10 years ago) and stuck to it for about a month. I did lose about 8-10 pounds at the time and I felt GREAT. But man, I didn't let a single bit of sugar or carb that wasn't vegetable pass my lips. Also, I didn't drink alcohol then at all. I wish I could go back to that, but realistically I know I can't sustain that lifestyle, especially with living much closer to my parents now than I did then (they invite me over for dinner a lot)

@twinieten - ahaha on work frustration! That's me after every faculty staff meeting! :0

Have a great Saturday!!!

01-12-2013, 10:50 AM
Yesterday I just didn't feel like eating right, so I didn't. Today the scale is up 2 pounds. Hmmm, correlation?? Ugh. But I am putting my mind back into the game today.

01-12-2013, 10:57 AM
Gosh darnit I typed out a whole big post and it got lost..what the hay??!! I coudln't possibly write all of that over....but i'll give you a brief synopsis..

Atkins still not working but I am PMS and it was only one real day that I didn't cheat *yesterday....so I cant expect to see a drop so soon...I am no stranger to atkins, did it a few other times over the years..one time i was so successful at it and kept the weight off for two years, it was great...I never felt and looked so good in my whole life. I don't think at this age I can recreate that but I'm going to atleast try. Yes, for the person (i quickly skimmed) that said i'm better off eating dog food you're probably right and believe me I seriously considered it. I am no fool, I know that Atkins induction isn't hte healthiest diet but that is why it was only meant to be done for two weeks.....I think I'm doing my body a greater disservice eating like an out of control rabied raccoon......but I do appreciate your input.

I wont' be getting to the gyn this weekend, its the first weekend that i had my kids in three weeks! YOunger child has a birthday party to go to tonight so I"ll be going on a "date" with older son. I already looked up the restaurant's menu last night so I know what I am going to order. Its korean food so I'm good with fish and vegetables, just have to stay away from the rice .....probably a ton of sodium but thats true for almost all restaurant food......

I hate this plateau that i"m on, that scale is STUCK and I need to see it go down just to have something to feel good about and to know that there is hope.....right now I am the first to admit that I don't care how I get there. Desperate women do desperate things....

Have a great weekend everybody!!!

01-12-2013, 12:27 PM
Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Yesterday started out as such a good day for me - I did some light weights in the morning, had homemade veggie soup for lunch, and did an hour on the treadmill in the afternoon. I was thinking hubby and I would sit by the fire tonight and split a bottle of wine, so I was saving my calories. Somewhere around the time the kids got home from school, I just went crazy - I ate 2 leftover cinnamon rolls, and half a bag of chips! Ugh - I hate doing that. But I added it up and figured if I did leftover veggie soup for dinner, I'd still be ok. Instead, I went to pick up my daughter at the teen center around 5:30, and while I was gone my husband ordered pizza. So I come home and walk in, and there's steaming hot, delicious pizza - my weakness. He was so proud of himself for handling dinner - I couldn't not eat it! Well, I could have, but I sure didn't. :( So to punish myself, no wine by the fire. And now I'm sure there's no chance the 4 pounds I was up will be gone today :( Why do I sabotage myself like that? I think if I could figure that one out, I would have this weight issue licked.

Zumba - I hear your frustration on the Atkins diet. Years ago, the first time I tried Atkins I dropped 30 pounds in nothing flat. I never cheated and the weight just fell off. Everytime I've tried to recreate that time, I've never been successful. I don't know why that is - but it's frustrating, that's for sure!

Here's to all of us having a good day today, and being successful in our goals!

01-12-2013, 04:39 PM
Hello Everyone!

Olehcat - Hope you get yourself recalibrated this weekend! I'm having a hard time with water myself. I use to have no problem drinking it but for some reason I'm finding it a lot harder this time around. One thing is I'm starting too late in the morning. I've got to start earlier if I want to get it all in and not be up all night trekking to the bathroom!

Newleaf - sorry to hear about the gain but you'll probably have those pounds gone in no time.

Zumba - sorry to hear about your post. That must have been frustrating! I hope you start seeing some success with your plan and breaking through that plateau. Enjoy your kids and dinner out. It sounds fun!

Linda - HUGS! Congrats on logging everything and finding that you hadn't completely blown it after all! I'm not sure I could pass up fresh pizza either. Friday night is our pizza night and I make it from scratch but last night I went back back to Portobello Pizza's. If you like mushrooms just scrape out the gills and stuff them with whatever you want. I use spinach, sliced tomato, green pepper (and onion for DH). Top with sauce and cheese and bake. All the flavors of pizza and none of the guilt!

Gorgeous day here today but I spent all morning/early afternoon prepping veggies and reorganizing the fridge. It was so stuffed I couldn't get anything out without unloading half the contents. It's still stuffed but at least manageable. Didn't sleep well last night and thankfully I had a simple dinner planned. Big huge Greek Salad, homemade dressing, leftover roasted chicken and crusty bread. I peeked at the scale today and I was down another 2 but I don't count it. I only count what Wednesday says but I was happy to see that I'm still on the right track.

Oh, and for those of you in the north (I'm in Florida)...I'd bet that Spring isn't too far off. The Robins are starting to move. Not in giant swarms yet but twice I've seen packs of at least a dozen or more. When they really gather they gather in packs of hundreds if not thousands. Them and the Starlings. Haven't seen the Starlings yet but the Robins are always first anyway.

Congrats to those doing well and hugs to those who are struggling! Hope you all enjoyed your day!

01-12-2013, 06:51 PM
I'm trying to decide if I'm going to use my one free day on my exercise today. I couldn't get out of bed this AM. Too cold, didn't get to bed til waaay late last night & had to be in early. HATE THAT COMBINATION!!! :mad:
Who knows, I may just go to the mall or something & walk. I love my walks, but I know if I don't get at least 6-1/2 -7 hours sleep...I'm basically garbage at work. I'm cranky, I also find myself not eating healthy & drinking WAAAAY too much coffee. Who said that?!!! No such thing as too much coffee!!!! ;)
I keep rationalizing that I'm "keeping my resolution" if I take a day off, but I also kinda want to be better than what I've planned for me. Does that make sense?

:drill::drill:Hope all of you are doing well for this Saturday! BE GOOD TO YOURSELF! BE HEALTHY! TAKE THIS ALL ONE STEP AT A TIME...THIS IS A JOURNEY NOT A RACE! :hug::hug: CYBER-HUGS TO YOU ALL!!!:drill::drill:

I'll try & catch up with everyone this evening after I get off work. :)

01-12-2013, 07:07 PM
Wasn't it nice of November to step in and give January a little break? I can tell the rest did her good. She's resumed her post and is at work again with renewed vigor. But the surprise visit with November was so nice! (I hope she visits again in August!) I enjoyed the atomized droplets of almost fog she spritzed on my face during the warm walk to my car after work. And the smells that November brings! Autumn smells that evoke longing and memory...harvest and dying fields, new school year, homecoming games, secret crushes...Those feelings that arose from the smell of new mist on dry grass...what memories were they? Playing in the hayloft? Changing the bedding in the rabbit hutch? So long ago... my, how everyday habits and routines change over the years. And how powerful smells are. Small wonder the Sensa folks came up with the idea of connecting smells with satiation and weight loss. This gives me an idea. I am several days tardy with my promise of chocolate oatmeal cookies for my family; I also have a weakness for them. I will try cooking them with an onion slice strapped under my nose.

Sigh. Yesterday was my two month birthday. I am one of those people for whom the advertising approach of appealing to Fresh Starts/New Day--those approaches common in cereal commercials--finds resonance. (And those advertising strategies always bring memories of college and hearing the King's Singer's sing 'You are the New Day'.) Anyway, I am compelled to pause, reflect, analyze....I have this compunction to write out all the good things I've done and all the bad things I've avoided. But I've already bored myself with that, and I'm not feeling a particular need for either a butt kick or a back pat (plenty-o-that going on in my head). Instead, in celebration of this anniversary, I will post the data that has been hypnotizing me for the past two months.

I plot my morning weigh ins (each day gets a different colored dot) and a weekly average (black dots). The blue dotted line is a predicted weight loss of 1%. Calorie counting was my first approach, then I switched to Atkins on a Tuesday (big blue dot). To me, it looks like similar results for both approaches. Final conclusion, find an approach and stick with it, ignore the daily fluctuations, find some way to be patient, and watch the numbers go down. I have to confess (maybe I should put this in guac's other thread), I'm not happy with the rate of weight loss. I know I am being unreasonable, but I want MORE off FASTER. Can't help it; that's just what I want. And it's motivating me, so don't try talking me out of it!

01-12-2013, 11:34 PM
Well we did treat lunch, McD's hadn't been there in months, then we went shopping for furniture, no plans to buy just yet, but had fun sitting in different chairs and couches, then we went to the rail trail and walked 4 miles in 62 minutes! So, we were just going to get milkshakes for after workout treat, but decided to get ice cream for home instead since it was getting late..

probably no need to tell you, half gallon of ice cream is gone between the two of us...yeeps...I weigh everyday, so not looking forward to what tomorrow's going to look like....after looking at my old calendars and seeing I haven't been this weight since the end of 2008 and all proud of myself...oh well, should have seen that coming from a mile away, but it's gone so won't be tempting from the freezer.

SeeMyFeet~you made me laugh with the onion strapped to your nose image :D you are inspiring me with your weight chart, I got my '08 weights logged into excel, even tho' it kind of depressed me looking at '09 and how many times I quit weighing myself and then weighed in 10 or more lbs. up. I'm looking forward to logging in this year and seeing the progress in the right direction.

And tomorrow will be a better day for sure!
best to all :sunny:

01-13-2013, 01:37 AM
So I ended up taking my "free day". Had to get some groceries...old mother hubbard's cupboard was bare. Can't eat healthy if there's nothing to eat. So stocked up on veggies, fruit & high grain bread/cereals. YUM! YUM! YUM!
Only bad thing was that while I was shopping H had a really ugly dizzy spell. He looked like he was on the verge of blacking out. Thankfully there was this awesome store employee got him a chair. He was able to sit for about 10 mins. & then felt fine enough to finish up with me. Thank goodness I didn't have to take him to the hospital or that he didn't black out.

kelijpa: WOW! Great walk! Yup, that is why H & I get only enough for ONE serving each. So we aren't tempted. Ice cream...actually ANY sweets...are just too tempting AND BOOM! WE EAT TIL GONE!! :o

PotScrubber: We seem to have robins here in no. CA year round. Just the other day I saw a whole mess of them. They like to hang out in this one area near our place. Good ole rockin' robins! I'm with you on the simple dinner. The simpler the dinner, the better I like it! I have a hearty breakfast, decent lunch & then light/simple dinner. Yup, on Tues., my day off...I'm scrubbing the fridge, reorganizing it & going to basically make a schematic of WHERE everything should go so we don't run out of stuff or buy duplicates of things we won't eat soon enough.

I gotta scoot. I got work again in the AM. :yawn: Good night all! Have a sunny Sunday, even if there may not be any shining where you are....it's been gray, frosty & even foggy around here. BE HEALTHY! You are cared about! Don't forget that!!!

01-13-2013, 09:30 AM
Hello Everyone!

I've been AWOL - WORK. :( But it's the WEEKEND!! Yesterday I cleaned out my dresser drawers - felt great - today - CLOSET. And I ran 5K yesterday, did 100 crunches and hula hooped for a song. Today I'm taking the day off of running (I've ran 4 days straight) - - so housework will be my exercise.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

01-13-2013, 10:34 AM
Hello Lovely Ladies,

I am happy today that I get to change my ticker....I lost a little over a lb...not much...but happy to see the scale finally go down a bit....I was stuck! Went out to d inner last night and made some smart choices so I'm pretty proud of myself for that....still doing the low carb thing and will for probably another week and then i'll switch to belly fat cure kind of eating which is much healthier than atkins in my opinion.

Plan on doing one of my workout DVDs today.....and taking out my Rules of Weightlifting for Women book to try and get an idea of what i'm doing when i get to the gym....up until now i've been pretty much winging it, but i've worked with so many trainers in the past I pretty much know what i'm doing....

Should be a quiet Sunday with my kids......

01-13-2013, 10:40 AM
SHEILA: oh my goodness!! Your posts are like speed....I want to clean out drawers now...LOL....you are just a ball of energy...

MRSTRYING: so glad your husband is okay..that is scary...

KELIJPA: okay the ice crfeam is gone, nothing you can do about it now..drink a lot of water today....

SEEMYFEET: the onion idea is brilliant!!! LOL....probaby would work a lot better than Sensa...bahahhahahahahahahah

01-13-2013, 11:33 AM
oh, everyone..here comes a bit of a whine!

I gained weight. I weighed myself this morning and I was 148.6!!!! I don't even have the heart to change it on my ticker, but I really should. The only reason I didn't change things before was that I was sure that holiday bloat would drop right off in a few weeks. Now I really need to start over from scratch. Anyway, it's no mystery WHY I gained weight. Yesterday and Friday were like a free-for-all for me. I have no idea why I do that to myself.

So I talked about recalibrating. I don't know what all is causing the bloat or weight gain as far as actual food I'm eating, so I went grocery shopping yesterday and got a lot of healthy food and arranged it so that it's easily accessible to me (like buying already cut up broccoli/cauliflower (I like them raw, not cooked), apples and oranges outside the refrigerator in a bowl, kale already cut up, cut up green and red peppers, etc.

I decided that while I like IFing and it feels good, I need to focus only on weight loss right now and that I need to go back to what I was doing when I was being so successful back in November -- running was my exercise and I ate a big, big salad for lunch with a hard boiled egg, 1/2 of a chicken breast, 1/4 of an avocado, all kinds of veggies, homemade vinaigrette that also had olive oil in it. So plenty of healthy fat and protein and LOTS of veggies, plus some kind of fruit. For dinner I would have some sort of lentil soup or vegetarian chili or a stir fry with chicken or shrimp without the rice. For breakfast I would have some sort of omelette. If I needed a snack, I'd have a piece of fruit or some almonds.

So I would do that faithfully during the week and then on the weekends, I'd let loose a little. I didn't mean I'd go to town and eat out at McDonalds at every meal or anything, but it would allow some flexibility for when I go to my parents' house for dinner or if I had some sort of social event. I lost weight every week I did that and didn't go crazy on the weekend. I even had some social events during the week that I was a little "off plan" on (like Halloween). That's how I got down to 141 from 151 (mostly). Plus, I ran 30-40 minutes.

Now I think strength/resistance training is super super important and should be part of my life, but I'm going to temporarily drop it until I get closer to my goal weight. The reason is, I don't want to be thrown off by not losing weight because of the water retention and building muscles until I'm at a point where I know for sure that I am losing weight steadily doing what I'm doing. Otherwise if I hit a stall I won't know whether I'm not losing because of muscle/water weight or because of how I'm eating.

And for REAL, I'm dropping the wine during the week. I want to go to having it only on Fridays and Sundays. *pinkie swears with Sheila, LOL*

@seemyfeet = your graph looks fantastic! I need to look at it more closely. How did you do that? Is that through excel? Go you! You are absolutely right about finding something that works for you and then sticking to it and not worrying about fluctuations. That's my problem in a nutshell.

@zumba - yay!!! You went down! :)) (I just fixed my ticker to GO UP to reflect current travesty of weight).

@MrsTrying - yikes! That must have been scary! My dad is on so many medications that he has dizzy spells and has had some bad falls in the last year. :( It's really scary!

@kellijpa - yay! It's a good feeling to feel like you're the lowest weight you've been in a while. I'm determined to get there myself! My big "number" to beat my angst from the last few years is to get under 133. Then I'll be the lowest weight in almost 7 years for myself.

01-13-2013, 12:02 PM
It's amazing how fast this thread moves when you can't check in 20 times a day!

Beware the Girl Scouts are out! I'm sure some of you have already seen the scouts about, but here, presales are just beginning and we're looking at inventory coming in next month! Last year wasn't an issue for me, having so many cookies around. This year, I feel like I'm struggling to stay on track.

So far, I'm failing miserably at achieving my goal. I know we're only 2 weeks in to the year, but seriously..... Bear with me while I gripe away and feel free to skip to more positive posts.

I'm not losing. I'm gaining. I'm doing well getting out there and exercising, but I'm failing at maintaining my calories. I'm hungry! But it goes beyond that tummy grumbling hunger. It's a craving for something. Not necessarily sweets. Just for food, for something good, to replenish the lost glycogen stores perhaps? So I want to feed my body rather than let it burn the fuel supply that exists primarily in the middle, all that fat? Is that it? I feel like I have lost control and I justify eating by telling myself I've earned it or that I can have it because I burned so many calories exercising. Trouble is, I'm still eating way more than I've burned.

So I'm not going for cookies, necessarily, but I'm eating the anything else that's not nailed down that looks good. Maybe I need to reintroduce the junk policy. If I want it, and if I like it, keep it out of my sight or it goes in the trash. My husband and my kids have plenty of junk to choose from so I would not be depriving them to ask them to eat BBQ chips and Chips Ahoy instead of sour cream and onion chips and powdered gem donuts. Yesterday I ate fairly healthy, and then we went out for ice cream. Not a bad thing, but I could have chosen the "sinless" small instead of the "sinful" large....

I guess it's time for a new gimmick, but I don't know what that is. I don't want to spend a lot of money. I don't want to do Yoli right now. Maybe I need to join Weight Watchers again and count points for 3 months. That worked last time. I lost 10 pounds really fast. Payday. My Bodybugg subscription is about to expire, and I wonder how useful this tool is to me anymore. Besides, I've been wearing this thing strapped to my arm for the last year and a half, and I'm ready to give it up. I had hoped to wear it for a few more months in maintenance, but I'm not sure I'm going to renew my subscription. Not unless they send me a coupon. I can always renew again in a couple of months if I change my mind.

The insanity ends right now. New resolve. New commitment! I'm going to keep my calories under control. I'm going to choose good quality calories like fruits and vegetables. Even when I'm hungry, I will drink some hot tea or water and remind myself about the journey and the goal.

Linda- you and me, Girlfriend, we have to sew our mouths shut or something! Or follow SeeMyFeets lead and strap unions below our noses! The worst is when you know you're doing it, you keep telling yourself to stop, and then you reach in to the bag again! :dizzy:

PotScrubber- that mushroom cap pizza sounds so good! There are so many yummy and healthy alternatives to the unhealthy foods out there. Why do we struggle so much? I guess partially because it's easy. Watching the migration of the birds must be amazing! We just don't see much of that here.

SeeMyFeet- Share!! Bragging, it is not. Motivating, it is. To read other's success in this forum is such a positive influence, and makes me think I can do it too!

Zumba- WTG making healthy choices!

To everyone who's lost or stayed on track, CONGRATS! :carrot:

01-13-2013, 05:07 PM
Beware the Girl Scouts are out! Thank you for the warning. I won't answer the door.

I dropped a whole bag of skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot a bit ago, looks like a chicken week for me and I bought 3 cans of different beans, forgot how much I like beans...black beans, kidney, and butter beans.

Linda thanks for that pizza idea with the portabello mushrooms, wow that sounds good.

I did my living room march or walk while watching t.v. this morning only 25 min. (while hubby was in the shower)....I can't workout with him watching, or distracting me. I should do some more he just fell asleep in his chair.

01-13-2013, 05:18 PM
God Help Me!
Today I am officially the parent of two teenage boys!

01-13-2013, 07:16 PM
Thanks for the support everyone, had a good day today. Back on the wagon.
Didn't go for the big walk, haven't taken a day off this week, so today is it.
Did do a little shoveling, the big thaw is happening, yay, so we had to move some chunks around so the walkways will melt off.

Olehcat~sounds like you have a good plan, I made a sort of turkey pot pie, no crust just some panko and regular bread crumbs on the top, had a small bowl of that and a nice salad for supper. I always feel better when I eat more veg.

Twinie~do you think you're lacking some vitamin or mineral? I smiled at your sinful ice cream, reminded me of mine...

Zumba~congrats on the loss, I always say I can't lose 10 lbs. if I don't lose 1!

SeeMyFeet~sounds interesting!

best to all, let's have a good week! :sunny:

01-13-2013, 07:31 PM
BRRRR!!! It's cold outside!!! Went for a walk at 7:45 this morning so I could be to work on time. DANG!!! Everything was frozen over. H kept grumping at me for taking him out...I told him, "Hey, get this out of the way & you can stay inside ALL DAY if you want! Turn on the heater. Cuddle up with the cat. Drink coffee. Besides, this is good for both of us!!" I didn't have that luxury! Had to go to work. UGH! :tantrum: Oh, well at least I have a job...
H is feeling fine. Tomorrow I have to be a butt kicker! He is nearly out of insulin. Called the nurse on Tues., Wed., (went in on) Thurs., Friday. No prescription had been called into our pharmacy!! He'll be out on Tues AM. I'm furious! His dr. is awesome, but his support staff (I'll be nice here) leaves A LOT to be desired!!! :mad: The nurse assured him on Wed. that she would fax over the needed documentation...nothing. I swear that she's not the brightest lightbulb on the string!!! I guess I need to tie a ribbon very snuggly around her neck as a reminder!!! :devil:

SeeMyFeet: Kids...gotta love 'em cause no one else will! ;) Yeah, I often wonder how the heck my mom raised 4 boys & 3 girls. I swear I'd be either in prison or a mental institution if I tried the same thing!!!

suzysd: I'll be right over! What time's dinner! ;) Maybe on my day off I'll toss some chicken in our crock pot. I'm kinda waiting for my hubby's new cookbook (he is an awesome cook) it is diabetic crockpot recipes. Crockpots are awesome! Toss whatever in, set it & go about your day...and makes the whole house smell YUMMY!

Zumba: EVery little bit counts! Take it! Claim it as yours!! Go girl!

Gotta run back to work. UGH! Cyber-hugs to you all! :hug::hug:

:drill::drill:BE GOOD! BE HEALTHY! REACH FOR YOUR GOALS! YOU CAN DO IT!:drill::drill:

01-14-2013, 08:19 AM
hi, all, no time for personals this morning, but I have really loved how active this chat is and love coming here to read your posts!

My big whine of the day is that counting every single calorie is HARD. So I've got to figure out a way to stream-line this. I don't have time to spend 45 minutes on making and calculating my lunch cals!

I feel like such a chunk this morning. Last night was my dad's birthday and I drank champagne and had cake.

Today will be day 1 without wine. I will not have wine Monday through Thursday. And possibly beyond that, actually, because I am planning on traveling to visit a friend who lives 2 1/2 hours away on Friday and staying a few nights, and she and her husband don't drink much, if at all.

Oh! I discovered a nice substitute for wine, too! Someone else here mentioned putting seltzer water in a wine glass. I did that, but I also added about 1 oz (50 calories) of pomegranate juice! It has a very tangy almost wine-like taste, with about 1/3 of the calories and no alcohol! That's what I'm planning on using this week as substitute! :)

01-14-2013, 08:28 AM
So today is my wake up call. After 4 days of wild abandon, I'm up 6 pounds. Really?!? Seeing the big fat round 170.0 was surprising, an a wake up call. Either I'm done, ready to throw in the towel and my lost 40 pounds, or I'm not.

Of course, I'm not done, and I'm not throwing in the towel, ever. Head --> back in the game.


01-14-2013, 08:36 AM
(( Newleaf)) I am right with you on this one! We can do it. My big reality check was 160.... Today marks day one on South Beach Diet. I had tons of luck with it before.

11 days till my trip home, how many pounds can I shed in 11 days? :rofl:

01-14-2013, 08:52 AM
Hi ladies.

I see some of us stopping to regroup. It is important that we do that when we see what we are doing isn't working.

I'm definitely PMS so I wonder if getting on the scale is a fruitless effort. I will do it anyway but doubt that scale will move unless I am really strict with my eating.

Going to do my Butt Lift DVD now, then I teach two classes...no wonder I'm exhausted by late afternoon.

SUM, you could definitely have results in 11 days with SBD, if anything you'll lose bloat and feel more comfortable in your clothes. SBD never worked for me, there's not enough fat to keep me satiated. But I know people who have done really well on it. I even have the books, then again I have books for every diet...its insane!!

I had better get started on this day NOW!

01-14-2013, 09:01 AM
Kelijpa- It's possible I'm deficient somewhere, but I recently upped my minerals, including cal/mag. It's frustrating but I think it really comes down to me, and my willpower to resist eating the house because of a craving. It's not hunger. Thanks for the suggestion, though! Tomorrow, I get my B12.

Today I start fresh. Again. I started fresh yesterday too, before eating potato chips. They're gone now. Each day is a chance to have a fresh start. I have to go to work so that offers a good calorie burn and a high step count. Then I plan on going to Tae Kwon Do tonight.

01-14-2013, 09:03 AM
twinieten It is a new day :sunny:

Zumba What videos do you do?

01-14-2013, 09:52 AM
I always have trouble sleeping on Sunday night. Up at 3am again. Turned on the hall light so as to not wake up TH. There, illuminated on the floor was Bathroom Scale....slim, smart, silent.....so close to death.....

I think I am at opposite ends from many of you. I need the daily data from the scale, and I have some mastery over diet. It's the exercise regimen that is slow to come for me, yet you have mastery and also enjoyment in that area. I should spend my weekends planning out a workable exercise program, but again I fell short this weekend. I do enjoy the silliness of my hula hoop--and it provides a good workout--hopefully; as I get better at it, I will naturally spend more time with it. I will force my brain to imagine muscles, tone and fitness...and sleeveless dresses in summer. I will imagine effortlessly running for miles. Brain first, body next. (Although when I imagine these things, the weather is warmer!)

Thanks to the Girl Scout warnings, I now have an unreasonable fear of little girls. And their evil cookies.

01-14-2013, 11:19 AM
Happy Monday Everyone! Today is a new day, and the beginning of a new week. I'm ready to re-commit today, after a so-so weekend.

NewLeaf - I am right there with you. No matter what I do lately, that big ole 170 is staring at me on the scale every morning. Before the holidays, I was down to an all-time low of 158. But Thanksgiving and Christmas came along, and I really just was only trying half-heartedly, and sometimes not at all. It's so frustrating to think about losing those same pounds again, when they were so hard to get off the first time! I could just cry....that makes it hard to face this with a positive attitude, but I'm going to try.

Olehcat - I am happy to report that I had NO wine this weekend, even though that little voice kept suggesting I have just a glass or two "since it was Saturday night". I really like your idea of seltzer water with pomegranate juice - I'm going to try that - so thank you!

Exercise was not great this weekend. My right hip has been hurting, and I'm wondering if it's from the squats I've been doing, or walking on the treadmill at the highest incline. I only notice the pain when I sit on the couch in the evenings. it just aches, and makes me wonder if I'm doing something wrong, workout-wise. But I don't want to stop. Today I'm going to try to find time to look for a youtube video that demonstrates form for squats. I always feel them in the front of my thighs, instead of my glutes, so maybe I'm doing them wrong?

SeeMyFeet - I am not a fan of exercise either. Comes from a hateful, sadistic PE teacher I had in high school. Funny (no - sadly) how something like that can still have an affect on me 30 years later :( Somedays I imagine finding him on FB and telling him the lifetime effect his cruel remarks in class had on me for the rest of my life - but that's just my fantasy!

Somewhere on this site I saw a suggestion of sending yourself reminders on your phone to eat right, not snack and exercise. Today I'm going to set that up on my iphone. I'm thinking one for mid-afternoon - reminding me to get on the treadmill before the kids get home from school; one right before dinner to remind me that it's ok to be hungry, and to wait for the evening meal; and one in the evening to remind me not to snack. I figure it can't hurt - maybe I'll even listen to myself!

Have a great day, everyone!

01-14-2013, 01:07 PM
Hello, ladies! Love reading your posts. Newleaf's line about eating with wild abandon - point the spotlight on me too! Since last Thursday I have been on a sugar and carb binge. It's unbelievable how I sabotage myself. My dress for the wedding wasn't ready, so I didn't have the fitting last week. I am supposed to go in tomorrow. I am not looking forward to it. Ugh. I need to work out my emotional issues if I ever want my weight to go down lower. It's like I can't allow myself to be successful and happy. Maybe I am only happy when I have something to complain about or let myself down yet again.
I have a dinner to go to tonight - not sure what to wear as I feel so large and uncomfortable right now. Trying to save up calories for tonight - so far I've had coffee, yogurt, and kashi cereal. It's tiding me over for now....I just hope I don't cave in before tonight. I almost had a handful of Rolos earlier - luckily I diverted myself in time.

Good luck today! :hug:

01-14-2013, 02:11 PM
SeeMyFeet I was up with you!! 3:15. My TH had to get up at 6 and I tiptoed downstairs hoping that he would not wake up; he did not :) You and I will be asleep by 8 pm tonight :hug:

Linda Do you ever see a chiropractor? I hope your hip feels better soon!

Guacamole Have fun tonight! I bet you'll look beautiful!

01-14-2013, 04:37 PM
Guac, I can totally relate to you. I've been wondering if this isn't another fruitless effort to lose weight again, when I know in my heart I haven't dealt with all the emotional reasons for my eating. Then I wonder if I'll be strong enough to face them once I've lost a bit of this weight. I know I've got to change more than just what I'm eating if I want any loss to be permanent. Good luck to us both!

Thanks for the cookie reminder. Right on it's heels was the message from our troop leader that cookies will be in on the 28th.

I look at the calendar and realize there are junk buying/eating opportunities all year, one right after the other, with a short reprieve at the end of summer
Jan: Girl Scout Cookies
Feb: Valentines Day
Mar: Marti Gras, St. Patricks Day
April: Easter
May: Mother's Day
June: Father's Day
July: Independance Day
September: ?
October: Halloween
Nov/Dec: Christmas
Anytime: Birthdays, anniversaries, showers (baby, bride), and other celebrations.

In order to adjust my thinking, I have to remember that if I pass up any particular candy/cake/cookie/sweet, that there is another one coming just around the corner.

Anyway, weigh in today: down 1 pound. Not spectacular, but I'll take it.

01-14-2013, 05:03 PM
Moondance September; Labor Day

01-14-2013, 07:49 PM
MOONDANCE: Thanks for writing that out....it really proves that there is always a reason to go hog wild. September usually includes Labor Day which is a big barbeque party weekend.

GUAC: Good luck with your fitting. I totally get the whole emotional eating thing....in fact I was considering going to OA meetings to sort things out but I just don't have the time. Until we figure out what is eating us we'll keep eating...its so hard to get a handle on it.

LINDAWW. Just keep telling yourself that you will be getting those same pesky lbs off and MORE......and this t ime you'll be saying goodbye to them for good.

SEEMYFEET: I weigh myself every morning....very rarely do I not weigh myself.

SUM: I have a ton of videos but right now my favorite is brazilian butt lift, I just have a problem staying consistent on it.

01-14-2013, 07:54 PM
Hi all, I put in a pretty good day today eating wise. I am going to have an atkins shake for lunch every day....it really curbed my hunger today. I wasn't my usual ravenous self. I also served dinner early, cleaned the kitchen and am "done". I don't want to eat anything else tonight. If I"m dying of hunger I'll have an atkins bar. I'm pretty proud of myself...just wish aunt flow would arrive soon so that I could be rid of this bloat. I don't like taking diurex pills, but if I'm this uncomfortable tomorrow I will..my boobs are killing me!

Someone mentioned visualization of how they will look or wear thinner..I keep imagining a color block dress I saw in WHBM catalogue...form fitting, not the kind of thing you wear when you have thighs like mine....I am going to buy that dress dang nabbit and rock it out!!!

01-14-2013, 08:23 PM
Hi WeightLoser - I would suggest posting this in the Weight Loss Support forum. Seems like lots of people read and respond there. I don't have any suggestions for books, sorry. Others here may be able to help you out, though.

Today was a good day for me! I stuck to my meals, did an hour on the treadmill, and had no snacks between meals, and most importantly, I didn't even want to graze during that hour before dinner when I usually seem to want to eat everything in sight! I don't know what was different. Yesterday I was hungry all day. Actual growling stomach and all. Today, I felt munchy a couple times, but never actual hunger. And I had the same breakfast and lunch both days. I just don't understand how my body works, I guess. If I can be motivated like this the rest of the week, I'll surely see a drop in my weight by the end of the week when TOM is over.

I need to remember how good it feels to have a successful day - and how lousy it feels when I mess up.

01-14-2013, 08:23 PM

I sent you a pm with a video link to learning proper squat form - I destroyed my quads/knees doing them wrong!

01-14-2013, 08:24 PM
Thanks 2FC! I'll go check it out right now!

01-14-2013, 10:35 PM
We moved around our living room furniture, we had some fun looking at furniture over the weekend, like fantasy shopping, maybe pick something up after the income tax comes. So, it was pretty neat, maybe I'll post that in the NSVs to just say lets do it, rearrange the living room...

So, so many I want to respond to...don't have time, boo hoo, NewLeaf, love the head-->back in the game, Guac, always good to hear from you, Sum, best of luck with the trip and I agree with Zumba, if you can lose some of your bloat you'll be good, you're so far ahead of so many out there, don't feel bad about your couple extra, you're going to be great. SeeMyFeet, you always crack me up, thanks for the smiles and laughs, Congrats Linda on having a good day, that's always a good feeling, if you can get one in a row that's better than none! Moondance, thanks for the calendar perspective, my DH and brother's birthday are in August so there's always at least one barbecue and we have a labor day party, so that's Sept. and that kind of starts the holiday season....yeeps, so if I overdo every holiday I'm scr*wed...lol

Had a good OP day today, got my 10K steps in at work, bonus, and did good on the intake, looking forward to some crustless turkey pot pie tomorrow night...yum

best to all, will check in the a.m. :sunny:
love this group :hugs:

01-14-2013, 11:49 PM
Geezy peezy, too freezy on the kneezy! Holy cow, I thought both legs would freeze stiff on the walk after work. Yikes! My word, January, go take another vacation! (err..How many religions of the world did I just insult?)

I'm breaking up with Dr. Atkins. It was good while it lasted. At least I have the memories. Better to have been carnivorous and lost than not to have lost at all. Today is day 21, and I did really well. Major cheats: a couple rounds of 0 carb liq donuts, and a few pistachios. Since I don't see much of a difference VLCarb vs VLCal, I prefer the VLcal method. Now I'm worried...if I go from 20--200 carbs a day, I know I'll have a major bloat. So I'll take a lot of advice from stage 2, stay away from VHC pasta, rice, bread, etc. But look out Apple, I'm comin' after ya soon........Oh No!!....now I have Annoying Orange's voice in my head---one of the joys of having boys.....AO is not nearly as bad as "Nugget in a Biscuit" or "Nyan Cat"....(if you haven't gone there yet, DON'T.)

I stopped by the grocs and bought some bootstrap molasses. In a week or so, I should be able to spike my warm tea with some. Thought the vitBs and minerals would be good for me. But really, I just want to poop.

My DS was ill and absent from school today. I think if he is well enough to interrupt my typing so he can compare his foot size with the size of my head, then he's well enough to go back to school tomorrow, don't you think?......sigh.....I live in a zoo.......

Good luck with the squats, furniture moving, dress fittings, family travels, butt lifting, avoiding the Zombie Girl Scouts, and all that other running around you guys do!

01-15-2013, 03:51 AM
Froze my buns off this AM on my walk! The north wind was blowing right off all the snow. Even at 10:30-11:30 there was still frozen over puddles & frost on the rooftops. DANG!!! Welcome to sunny CA...riiiiight.
I just got in from work. UGH! Had to work late to get a project done. I wish my boss knew how to schedule! I hate getting off at 11:20 PM right before my day off. Whatever. I've got a job...be happy.
Ate well. Drank plenty H2O. Now I'm just sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy. I've got a full day planned. #1 is getting H's insulin syringes! No ifs ands or buts we are not going to leave the drs office without the prescription! I may have to turn in the wicked B of the west to get it done, but I really hope not. It makes that knot in my neck really tight & my head hurt.
Gotta run. Gotta get up early.

So for all you great gals...


01-15-2013, 06:45 AM
Good morning ladies, off to work I go. I could have slept in today for sure.

I can't remember who said about the reminders on their phone, I went really lowtech, I stuck a tiny post it note on my computer at work that just says 150 nobody but me knows what it means...whatever works, right?!

good day all :sunny:

01-15-2013, 06:54 AM
@kellijpa - that's a really good idea! I think I'll do that, too! (post-it note)

@seemyfeet - good luck on switching over! I have no advice, but breaking up with Dr. Atkins, LOL!

I went down 2.4 pounds overnight, and I knew I would have a bit of a downward dip because I did nothing but pee yesterday! Thank goodness. It was awful and scary to see a number I hadn't seen since the end of October! I'm still WAY too high for me, but I can do this!

01-15-2013, 08:58 AM
Geezy peezy, too freezy on the kneezy! Holy cow, I thought both legs would freeze stiff on the walk after work. Yikes! My word, January, go take another vacation! (err..How many religions of the world did I just insult?)

I'm breaking up with Dr. Atkins. It was good while it lasted. At least I have the memories. Better to have been carnivorous and lost than not to have lost at all. Today is day 21, and I did really well. Major cheats: a couple rounds of 0 carb liq donuts, and a few pistachios. Since I don't see much of a difference VLCarb vs VLCal, I prefer the VLcal method. Now I'm worried...if I go from 20--200 carbs a day, I know I'll have a major bloat. So I'll take a lot of advice from stage 2, stay away from VHC pasta, rice, bread, etc. But look out Apple, I'm comin' after ya soon........Oh No!!....now I have Annoying Orange's voice in my head---one of the joys of having boys.....AO is not nearly as bad as "Nugget in a Biscuit" or "Nyan Cat"....(if you haven't gone there yet, DON'T.)

I stopped by the grocs and bought some bootstrap molasses. In a week or so, I should be able to spike my warm tea with some. Thought the vitBs and minerals would be good for me. But really, I just want to poop.

My DS was ill and absent from school today. I think if he is well enough to interrupt my typing so he can compare his foot size with the size of my head, then he's well enough to go back to school tomorrow, don't you think?......sigh.....I live in a zoo.......

Good luck with the squats, furniture moving, dress fittings, family travels, butt lifting, avoiding the Zombie Girl Scouts, and all that other running around you guys do!

Oh my Gosh....this is the post of the week, it made me laugh out loud for real!! Just want to reach out to my fellow Atkinsonisan. It isn't working for me...I know i"m doing something wrong, just don't know what. I think that even though my carbs are low my calories are high so my body is scared and confused and doesn't know what to do.......I admit that i'm not getting in enough vegetables or water. Aunt Flo is definitely screwing up my efforsts too.....Now that you are moving into the next phase incorporate some berries, have that apple, just don't go hog wild on bananas and fruits that have a high glycemic index. You did really well....I"m not sure how much longer i'm going to do this since its becoming an epic fail but I bought all the atkins junk so I think Ill keep ging, otherwise 20 dollars woruth of shakes are going to be sitting around until they expire and get thrown out.....

Keep doing your thing and hope your son feels better....I love having boys. They certainly are entertaining at times.

01-15-2013, 09:07 AM
Okay well in my efforts to do more stupid things that don't work I am gonig for hypnosis tonight. My girlfriend found a groupon and made appts for both of us.....this should be interesting. I am gonig to try and take this seriously. I don't understand the process and how it works....but at this point it shouldn't hurt, unless the hypnosis goes haywire and I wind up eating more......

So glad that it got cold again, yesterday was a warm clammy day and my sinuses were not happy. I think January should act like January..the colder the better..kill off all the ticks , etc. On the other hand I'm so grateful that i'm not shoveling snow..I'm getting too old for that!

want to wish everyone a good day.....

01-15-2013, 09:14 AM
OLEHCAT: that was a nice drop! You definitely were bloated big time ...it must feel good to get rid of all that. I can't wait to pee out all this bloat, I may take a diurex today.

KELIJ: good reminder with the post it note....whatever it takes......visualization is so important and I really think it helps.

MRSTRYING: its a shame you have to fight for every little thing when ti comes to your H's medical stuff..get those syringes and do what you have to do to get them...

01-15-2013, 10:15 AM
Hi, all. Love all the posts.

kelijpa I can so relate to the haunting old spreadsheets and records. Ugh. But I can't toss them. I just try my hardest not to look when I stumble across them.

I was down to 167.8 this morning, backing away from that scary 170.0. What a mind game this all is... I'm committed to stitching together 2 good days in a row. It is truly frightening to me how quickly the scale can move up. Yeah, water weight, bloat, whatever. But at some point, up becomes up, mental deflation sets in, and towels get thrown in. I do not want that for myself.

Tip: find something really valuable to you that you can either do now or wear now, and do it or wear it like your life depends on it. For me, it's comfortably wearing my rings. I don't ever want my wedding and engagement rings to not slide on and off easily again. That had made me so sad... And being able to easily wear them again is meaningful to me. I'm sure everyone has something meaningful to them...

01-15-2013, 11:46 AM
Good Morning, woke up to sore calves this morning...fighting the urge to take a break. I think it would be better to get moving. I have been walking and biking and just a few extra added new moves from a 10 min. toning dvd really showed me how many muscles I haven't been using.

I stopped by the grocs and bought some bootstrap molasses. In a week or so, I should be able to spike my warm tea with some. Thought the vitBs and minerals would be good for me. But really, I just want to poop.
You crack me up...I love starting my day with a good laugh..."thanks".

01-15-2013, 12:05 PM
Geezy peezy, too freezy on the kneezy! Holy cow, I thought both legs would freeze stiff on the walk after work. Yikes! My word, January, go take another vacation! (err..How many religions of the world did I just insult?)

I'm breaking up with Dr. Atkins. It was good while it lasted. At least I have the memories. Better to have been carnivorous and lost than not to have lost at all. Today is day 21, and I did really well. Major cheats: a couple rounds of 0 carb liq donuts, and a few pistachios. Since I don't see much of a difference VLCarb vs VLCal, I prefer the VLcal method. Now I'm worried...if I go from 20--200 carbs a day, I know I'll have a major bloat. So I'll take a lot of advice from stage 2, stay away from VHC pasta, rice, bread, etc. But look out Apple, I'm comin' after ya soon........Oh No!!....now I have Annoying Orange's voice in my head---one of the joys of having boys.....AO is not nearly as bad as "Nugget in a Biscuit" or "Nyan Cat"....(if you haven't gone there yet, DON'T.)

I stopped by the grocs and bought some bootstrap molasses. In a week or so, I should be able to spike my warm tea with some. Thought the vitBs and minerals would be good for me. But really, I just want to poop.

My DS was ill and absent from school today. I think if he is well enough to interrupt my typing so he can compare his foot size with the size of my head, then he's well enough to go back to school tomorrow, don't you think?......sigh.....I live in a zoo.......

Good luck with the squats, furniture moving, dress fittings, family travels, butt lifting, avoiding the Zombie Girl Scouts, and all that other running around you guys do!

:rofl: :rofl:

I want to poop too :lol:

01-15-2013, 12:46 PM
What a great group here! Insightful and funny...fantastic combination!

Question for you all...I need suggestions on how to boost my energy levels. I was recently diagnosed with Crohn's (yes, I'm one of the few fat Chron's people...makes we wonder how big I would really be). One of the side-effects that I'm experiencing with my new meds is fatigue. I'm always soooo tired. Even 8 hrs isn't enough. Currently I'm taking so many meds that I'm not taking vitamins (who wants so swallow MORE pills?) but maybe that's what I need. I'm not very educated on vitamins, or any other energy boosting ideas, so I'm throwing it out to all of you.

suzyslimdown: Great job with not giving in to the urge to take a break!

newleaf123: I totally relate to the ring thing. Can't even wear my wedding ring right now and I refuse to spend the money to get it enlarged. Additionally, I have a dress that I want to wear and feel sexy in again. I'm too fat to feel sexy right now. :cry:

Zumbachica: I'll be interested to hear what you think of hypnosis. I tried it for quitting smoking. Didn't help me, but I can see where it might help others. Are you going to transition out of Atkins too?

olehcat: Power to the Pee!

kelijpa: Sticky notes, skywriting, messages in code...whatever works to keep you on track! I LOVE rearranging furniture. When I was a kid, I used to rearrange my bedroom like every 6 months. It kills me now that there is only one way for the furniture to fit in my bedroom. The living room is another story...

MrsTryingAgain: Sorry you had to work so late and that it's so cold. I didn't think the "Sunny CA" applied to the northern part, just So. Cal. But I've never been there, so that's just my perception. Only 2 months of winter left...Do what you need to do to get what your H needs. I hate that assertive women are called a B, but assertive men are called strong. Assertive doesn't mean aggressive, it means being persistent about getting what you want/need. Good luck!

SeeMyFeet: I've done Atkins before and I think your approach is good. Good luck with the transition. "AO is not nearly as bad as "Nugget in a Biscuit" or "Nyan Cat"." I have no idea what this means, but it sounds funny... I would say your son is ready to be back in school. Bootstrap molasses...how is this different from regular molasses?

2FatCats: I didn't know there was such a wrong way to do squats that you would injure your knees so bad. Now I'm curious...

LindaWW: Doesn't that drive you crazy? Same food & activity for days in a row, but some days you're hungry, others not, some days you're tired, others not. How on earth are we supposed to figure ourselves out?

01-15-2013, 04:23 PM
Moondance, ditto on the rings. I refused to get mine made bigger; it just seemed like I was succumbing to the weight if I did that... Good luck with the Crohn's. My teenage cousin has that... I know it's hard...

Went to REI today and bought a couple pairs of size 12 hiking pants on clearance for my trek in March. They are too snug. I am *hoping* that I can lose enough weight in 2 months so they fit nicely... But I did check the return policy just in case... I remember someone else once posting, maybe on the main board, about how the brands at places like REI tend to not be vanity sized. Seems to be the case, with what I tried on.

01-15-2013, 07:48 PM
NewLeaf~you hang on to that towel, do NOT throw it, you're doing great and thanks for the great thought about finding something with meaning in the here and now...I'm almost annoyed at how loose my pants are, yesterday I was thinking about how tight they were at one time, it would break my heart for them to be tight again...truly...

Zumba~if nothing else hypnosis is supposed to be really relaxing and refreshing, it will be interesting to see how it goes.

Moondance~our bedrooom is the same way, we got the king size bed and dresser that really only fit in there one way, I love it, always wanted the sleigh bed, but it does make me squirm sometimes that you can't rearrange in there, not that I'm a big rearranger, but do enjoy changing it up sometimes.

Went for the walk at the rail trail by myself after work today, did it in 66 minutes so pretty good pace for being by myself, it was chilly, thank God DH's jacket was in the car, made it just enough layers.

I love this board, makes you think, makes you laugh, inspires, it's great, Thanks Ladies!

Best to all :sunny:

01-15-2013, 08:58 PM
kelijpa yes, hold onto that thought dearly, about your too loose pants... And great job on hitting the trail again today!

01-15-2013, 09:03 PM
Kelijpa Wow 66 min. walk nice job...gettin it done.:)

01-15-2013, 09:25 PM
Undertook some retail therapy today, LOL. Bought some pretty little glass teacups at IKEA; I'm enjoying a nice cup of green tea at the moment...

01-15-2013, 09:50 PM
Another good day here! Made only good choices, foodwise and did 45 minutes on the treadmill, and 15 minutes of weights. It's been awhile since I had 2 successful consecutive days lately, so I'm happy!

Also, I have a crew here, putting stone on the fireplace in our new family room downstairs, so I probably made a dozen trips up and down the stairs today, checking on them. Bonus exercise!

Ordered some jeans online in my regular size, and they came today and were too big. It's a good thing, but I needed a new pair of jeans now - instead I'll be returning them and waiting for them to send out a smaller size. It's an inconvenience, but I guess I can live with it!

Sounds like everyone who's checked in so far has had a pretty good day - keep it up girls!

01-16-2013, 01:10 AM
GRRRRRrrrrrrr!!! I got it done. It was like pulling teeth, but I got H's syringes. That darnded knot in my neck is about the size of a large grapefruit. I'm about to go take a shower, some Advil & go to bed. It got so ugly that H couldn't even speak...I had to do all the talking. I was just this side of saying, "Do you want me to get my flying monkeys??!!!!"
I did write a letter of complaint to their coporate office. H's dr. is great, but the support staff S-U-C-K-S!!!! It ends up making the patients loose confidence in their dr if they come to find out that staff is not communicating their concerns/questions to the drs. Makes people ask, does my dr give a darn about my health? Does he/she not know HOW to treat my condition? Also it shouldn't take weeks, multiple calls & stopping by TWICE just to get syringes for the insulin you've already be prescribed. DUH!!!
Most classic was she asked what size syringe he needed!!! Really? She had his medical records in front of her!!! He just started taking insulin a few months ago...& it's all been the flex-pen type! ARGH!!!
Did walk for just about an hour & 20 mins. today. We had to kill time between when I called & allowing the pharmacy to fill the prescription. I may have overdone it on the eats, stress. H2O was good. Not too bad of a day all things concerned.

LindaWW: Congrats on the good day AND the smaller size needed! WOO HOOO!!!!

kelijpa: I know what you mean about bundling up! Sometimes that cold air just bites right through all clothing. BBBRRrrrr!!! Good job on moving on down that rail trail!!!

newleaf123: Good luck with the pants! I can't wait for spring. I want to go hiking....I find it to be the most interesting way to get exercise!

Moondance: Sorry to hear about the Crohn's disease. But when I hear fatigue I go right to iron & or vitamin deficiency...not sure which might be the case for you. Crohn's is actually one medical condition I know basically nothing about. Can you maybe ask your pharmacist or dr? I always have my hubby check with his dr if he has a question that I can't easily find an answer for. Don't ever be afraid to ask questions of these professionals, that is what they are there for. Good luck.

suzy: I give you permission! GO! ;) As for the sore muscles: be sure to stretch, warm up those muscles. Take a warm shower, we have one of the massaging ones on a wand. LOVE IT! Got it for H's sore legs, but it has really helped my sciatica & neck "knot". Also use an antiinflamitory like ibuprophen/aspirin. These things should help. Also be sure to give you muscles times of rest...this helps the release & rebuild. Hope they are better soon!!

Well, time for a shower, journaling, maybe a little reading, brush the Agatha Noel & bed.


01-16-2013, 11:58 AM
Happy Wednesday! :D

Calories were good and got time in on the elliptical yesterday. Pretty pleased with myself. Wish I weren't sooo tired. My BFF invited me to go to dinner with her while her kids were playing in the Pep Band. I declined, as I knew I couldn't control myself calorie-wise and wasn't prepared mentally for the challenge. I was better off at home cooking what I had planned. I hate passing up restaurants...someone else who shops, cooks, serves, and cleans up! :lol:

MrsTryingAgain: So sorry for the fight you had to engage in to get your H what he needs. I too have run across great doctors but crappy support staff. Unfortunately you deal with the staff more than the doc. I have a follow-up appt. with my Crohns Doc at the end of the month. I'm just looking for other people's experiences. Crohns is described as "uncontrolled inflammation" and can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus. What are you reading right now? I'm currently reading a bio on Robert Redford. It's okay...

LindaWW: Congrats on the consecutive days. It sure does feel good! You may need the jeans now, but how great did it feel to have to return them for a smaller size??

newleaf123: I need to check-out our IKEA here. Went through the furniture floor once but didn't have time for the housewares floor. I need to go back. Your tea time sounds lovely! Ooo...size 12 pants! That's great!!

kelijpa: Rail Trail? Is that an old railroad track bed? Sounds like you did it at a nice, brisk pace. WTG!!

Have a great, on-plan day! :hug:

01-16-2013, 12:12 PM
Well yesterday I was just a bit sore and decided to power threw it, I managed 3 miles felt good most of the day, I decided to do another 3 when I got home.....big mistake. As the evening progressed my calves became tighter and tighter. My husband thought it was funny I could hardly walk to the bathroom, I didn't find it funny at all. Good morning to super sore muscles and that flight of stairs we have is like lighting them on fire. O.k I have to rest them no choice now. I wanted to workout again today because I have to work a couple of long days Thurs. and Fri. and probably won't have time....three days off...too long.

Mrs. tryingagain...If you didn't live in california I would think are husbands have the same doctors office. Sorry for all your trouble and stress they put you threw.

Linda....kind of a nice surprise to find out your smaller then you thought, too bad you have to wait.

Have a good day ladies, all try not to feel too quilty.

01-16-2013, 02:07 PM
This week has been a little bit of a learning curve for me. Here's what I learned:

1. Fiber One's new chocolate cereal has only 88 calories per serving.

2. Fiber One's new chocolate cereal is delicious.

3. 88 calories is not much, and all that fiber makes it a good, filling snack.

4. It's a really bad idea to have 6 servings of Fiber One Chocolate cereal in one day.

Until further notice, I'm afraid I may be making all future posts from the bathroom. No more OD'ing on high fiber cereal for me!

01-16-2013, 05:25 PM
Linda~watch out for sugar free chocolates as well...thanks for the warning...trying not to smile...been there, done something similar...

Moondance~yes the rail trails are old railroad beds that have been converted to walking trails, here's a link you can enter your zipcode and see if there are any in your area http://www.traillink.com/

SuzySlimDown~make sure you do some calf stretches before and after, I usually try and stand on a step or something and just let my heel hang over for a count of 10 or so and do that about 3 times, gentle stretches, I try to keep stretching because I worry about my achilles tendons, sometimes I just get a burning there and would hate for something to happen!

MrsTA~sorry you have to deal with stuff like that, that stinks, enjoy the shower and working out that grapefruit!

Newleaf~I'm going to have a cup of tea also, with some honey, have the slightest sore throat, fighting it with everything I have, good healing energy flowing through my body...

Had to do a snow walk today, after it all melted we got 3 more inches today, just happy it's not more.

best to all :sunny:

01-16-2013, 10:42 PM
Hey everybody.....
Hypnosis yesterday was such a bust. Winds up it was some guy who rented space in of all places.... a bowling alley. There were so many people there and we were crammed into this little room like sardines. Im a bit claustrophobic and a germaphobe, so needless to say I was not feeling relaxed...people were asking stupid questions....It still surprises me of how clueless some people are about weight loss....the actualy hypnosis was supposed to make us skeeve food so we were supposed to imagine maggots and bugs and worms in food....needless at break time me and my friend looked at eachother and ran the heck out of there. We laughed a lot about it but I was really disappointed...was hoping it would have helped. I had no clue it was going to be a full class like that..I thought we were going to be in a doctor like office. Today was an "I just don't care" day. Ate what I wanted and I have to say I honestly loathe myself. Ive tried everything. Well almost everything. Tomorrow is a stressful day, more court stuff re: divorce. No wonder I eat like I do......I saw an article in readers digest that gives a four day weight loss jump start. Shakes that you make yourself and snacks..i'm tempted.....I also can't wait to get my period. I am so bloody miserable and bloated....my whole body aches.....

Oh, an interesting thing the hypnotist said to do....shot glass full of purple grape juice before meals...it has leptin and that should make you feel full..well that's a new one on me!!

01-16-2013, 11:50 PM
Oh Zumba...another good story!...but a sadder version of the one I imagined when you mentioned hypnotist. Too bad it worked out that way. Going to a hypnotist with a friend sounded like a fun idea. Never know till you try! (Hope the groupon was inexpensive!) Wow, what a racket that guy is running! No, you're not crazy, grapes have no leptins...pectins & lectins yes...but not leptin. He sounds like one of those kinds of "businesspeople" who make me sick--those who prey on the poor, sick or unfortunate. When my MIL was in the throes of Alzheimers, lots of such shady liars came out of the woodwork. Her mailbox was always full of advertising flyers and "bargains" aimed at confused old-timers. You don't really think about the "You Could Be a Winner!" advertising approach until you see the effect that it has on people like my MIL. Those guys know what they're doing, and they should be drubbed out of "business". Whoa...sorry for the side track....bad memories...

Anyway Chile, give yourself a break! You're right in the middle of a divorce and, of course, it's upsetting. It's ok to focus on not gaining for a while. Not gaining would actually be a major victory. When I saw the knife set called "the ex", I immediately thought it might be something you'd enjoy.

Linda--gives me an idea...F1 Choc cereal + blackstrap molasses. I used to make a yummy oatmeal/BS molasses cookie when my kids were "slow". I secretly referred to them as "Colon Blow" cookies.

Life without Dr. Atkins is not as bad as I feared, even after I made the horrible mistake of ingesting 200carbs worth of black-eyed peas on day1 post Atkins. Felt really gross for a few hours, but the scale this morning was doing it's predictable bounce down...whew! Don't worry, Zumba, I haven't completely thrown him over...I'll be making I-need-a-skinny booty calls in the future, I'm sure. (what a horrible thing to say...I'm sure he was a refined and cultured man!)

I spent a few hours in a funk last night after poring over my excel spreadsheet. A mix of PMS hormones and cold, hard facts. I have a summer "deadline" and it's motivating me like I've never been motivated before. But I don't see how I can lose enough to make me happy by then. I also have mountains of stressful challenges facing me at work this year. For the past few months, I have had the rare luxury of focusing on my weight loss obsession. Will I be able to keep focus under the pressure of deadlines, workplace politics, stress, and busy boys? I think my mood last night was actually internal conflict. I know I am not exercising enough. I slowly began to realize that there is time for toning and muscle building to have an effect. War on two fronts!

01-17-2013, 07:07 AM
Zumba~:hug: We saw a hypnotist at an amusement park, some of the people "went under" some didn't, she had like 10 people come up and i think by the end 3 or 4 seemed to be affected. I don't think seeing maggots in your food is effective imagery, you still have to eat...if it really worked that could really screw you up

SeeMyFeet~even though you feel in a funk about it, it's good that you're looking ahead, you can make a plan to try and keep your weight loss efforts in the front of your brain.

best to all :sunny:

01-17-2013, 07:13 AM
SeeMyFeet I have a poem for you :)

"Hello! Do you know me? If you don't, you should.
I am ONE POUND OF FAT, and I am the happiest pound of FAT that you would ever want to meet!

Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me! After all, I am only ONE POUND OF FAT. Just ONE POUND. Everyone wants to lose 3 or 5 or 15 pounds, but never ONLY one.

So, I just stick around and happily keep you. Then I am free to add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you never seem to notice...

That is, until I have grown to 10, 20 or even 30 pounds in weight...

YES... it is fun being ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT... left to do just as I please.

So, when you weigh in, go ahead... just keep on saying, "Oh I only lost one pound." (As if that is so terrible.) For you see, if you do this, you will encourage others to hang around me because they will think that I am not worth losing.

And I LOVE being around you... your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips, and every other part of you. HAPPY DAYS! After all, I am ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT!!!"

I love that poem when I am feeling down over how much weight I have to lose.

((Hugs)) :hug:

01-17-2013, 08:33 AM
Morning ladies :sunny:

My bloat is leaving, thanks to my strict eating plan. I am following Southbeach and it seems to be working.

I have been reading lately about diet supplements, and stumbled upon Green Coffee Extract and Raspberry Ketones. Has anyone tried them? Or does anyone have an opinion?

01-17-2013, 08:53 AM
Morning ladies :sunny:

My bloat is leaving, thanks to my strict eating plan. I am following Southbeach and it seems to be working.

I have been reading lately about diet supplements, and stumbled upon Green Coffee Extract and Raspberry Ketones. Has anyone tried them? Or does anyone have an opinion?

My friend swears she lost weight from rasp. Ketones. I bought them but haven't been taking them regularly. I also bought garcinia cambogia and will start that when I, eating well otherwise why bother.

01-17-2013, 08:59 AM
Zumba I think I will try the supplement. What I read, it is not harmful etc.

01-17-2013, 10:19 AM
Hi! I just started this site yesterday, and I think it is great! I got on a scale 1/7 for the first time in over 8 months and was appalled to see almost 204 pounds (but not really surprised considering my eating habits of the last year!) Anyway, I decided that day to change my lifestyle and drop the excess pounds. I'm 46, and I have started counting calories on My Fitness Pal with a goal of 1200-1500 a day. So far, so good, I am down to about 198 pounds. I need to make some mini goals, but haven't yet. I'm hoping the support on here will help me stay focused!

01-17-2013, 11:21 AM
Hi Jennifer and welcome, I have only been here a short time also. The ladies are very nice and supportive. It's also just a great place for modivation and good laugh, which we all need.

01-17-2013, 11:22 AM
Jennifer. Welcome, Welcome! I am pretty new here too. Just want to encourage you to have some mini goals that are exercise related.

01-17-2013, 12:29 PM
Hello to all the fabulous women in this forum! I have been reading everyone's daily progress but just have not had a chance to post.
My weight loss is at a standstill. I have been bouncing up and down between the same 3 pounds and it is driving me crazy. My food has really been pretty good. I have not had any crazy days for the past couple of weeks but it is still not moving down and staying there. Exercise has been so so but am starting to get stricter with myself on it.
I am trying to stay in the game until the end of the month before I switch things up. It has been rough and so discouraging seeing the scale not move down when I know I have been in a calorie deficit but I really don't know what else to try besides calorie counting. I do know that I probably need to work on keeping my carbs lower but I enjoy fruit. If I do not see a loss by the end of Jan then I will have to research other options.
Day 44 of no smoking. Still using my ecigs and really loving it. I feel like it helps me to keep from mindless snacking at night which is a nice benefit.

Happy Thursday all!!!

01-17-2013, 01:52 PM
No time for personals...we're having a birthday celebration in the office today and I need immediate intervention! :lol:

#1: Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with chocolate sprinkles. I LOVE chocolate, but I don't want the cake. I WILL be pressured to eat it.

#2: They're having "Toaster Oven Thursday". Frozen snack stuff (pizza rolls and such) available. While I don't feel tempted to eat them (I never have liked them), the smell is KILLING me. I'm beginning to get hungry but don't want to eat lunch for another hour or so...I don't have enough food to last me the afternoon.

Please send me some Will Power Dust!!!

01-17-2013, 01:56 PM
Here ya go, Moon

01-17-2013, 04:08 PM
:welcome2: Jennifer! Hope you find all the encouragement & support you need to reach your goals right here!!! Good luck!!! You can do this!!!

Moondance::dust::dust::dust: I know what you mean! Someone brought cupcakes to work day before yesterday for a co-workers bd. UGH! I was GLAD I had the day off! But there was like 4 left over yesterday...I looked at them, shook my head & had a cup of hot spicy chia tea! YUM!! If you can take your healty goodies with you...I take a mix of sweet (raisins/apple slices), salty (soy nuts), crunchy (carrots/celery) as a weapon against temptation. I know if I have an alternative, I should be able to say, "No thanks." :dust::dust::dust:

NEMom: Lady, you rock! I am so proud of you for quitting smoking. Give yourself time for weight loss, you are asking a lot for you body to do. You can do this. Remember it took time for you to put the weight on, it'll take time for it to come off. But it WILL COME OFF!!

SUM: Thanks for the poem! Believe me I am oh so thankful for ANY pound lost. Just so long as I don't find it again! :rofl: This is something ALL OF US LADIES need to remember the weight went on ONE POUND at a time...it'll probably come off the same way. Patience, persistance wins the race!!!

A FREEBIE FOR YOU ALL! TAKE ALL YOU LIKE! USE IT LIBERALLY! THE MORE YOU USE IT, THE MORE YOU GET! BE SURE AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS!! :dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::d ust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dus t::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust::dust:

Psst...why are you guys all covered with dust? Did the maid take the week off? ;)

01-17-2013, 04:35 PM
I love all that will power dust!.,!