Ideal Protein Diet - Fabulous at Fifty+ .... A home for those of us 50 and older on IP! VOLUME 9




rainbowsmiles
01-24-2013, 01:45 PM
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Welcome to the Vol. 9 home of Fabulous at Fifty + !!
started by DanafromAustin

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

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rainbowsmiles
01-24-2013, 01:45 PM
woohoo ladies..time for a new thread!!!!

rainbowsmiles
01-24-2013, 01:46 PM
Now that I am heading to smaller sized clothes, I think my crazy dormant fashionista side is coming out. Do/did any of you go nuts with clothes even if they weren't necessarily age appropriate??
I don't mean daisy dukes and bikinis but I want to experience fashion I like, and don't want to look like a fool. GWIM??
For example, I am obsessed with cowboy boots. Damm, County Outfitters ads on FB. I live in NE. Would I look like a total idiot if I ever got cowboy boots and wore them with a skirt or shorts???
XOXOXOX

GO FOR IT!!! life is way way way too short.....to not enjoy the things that make you FEEL HAPPY!!! i have always been a person who dresses to the beat of her own heart....it feels good!! IT FEELS GREAT!!! clothes can really make you feel younger, prettier, bouncier!! WEAR THOSE BOOTS GF!!!!!!!!!! and post up a photo!! wear them PROUD!!!:hug::carrot::carrot:


WingnutandMe
01-24-2013, 02:56 PM
I can't quote from the previous thread as rainbow has closed it.

Barb, where in Georgia might you be sent? I'm in Georgia and would love to try to catch up with you while you're here. Let me know.

I feel for those up in the cold. It's in the 60s here. This will probably be my last southern winter.

I see we have some new posters. I feel for you trying to keep up with all of the threads. I quit and stick with this and the 100% thread. Don't get discouraged, at least come here we're sanely insane.

Ninjanurse, go for it. I can't wear boots with the adema problems in my legs, but I love anything studded and embroidered.

NSV got comfortably into jeans I could not get past my thighs about 6 weeks ago. I've only lost about 10# in that time. Still sculpting, I guess.
Molly

Halfagain
01-24-2013, 05:10 PM
Barb, where in Georgia might you be sent? I'm in Georgia and would love to try to catch up with you while you're here. Let me know.

I feel for those up in the cold. It's in the 60s here. This will probably be my last southern winter.

I see we have some new posters. I feel for you trying to keep up with all of the threads. I quit and stick with this and the 100% thread. Don't get discouraged, at least come here we're sanely insane.

Ninjanurse, go for it. I can't wear boots with the adema problems in my legs, but I love anything studded and embroidered.

NSV got comfortably into jeans I could not get past my thighs about 6 weeks ago. I've only lost about 10# in that time. Still sculpting, I guess.
Molly

Hi Molly. I'd be in Augusta if I am approved, but not sure how long I'd be there, etc. It's just in a "maybe" stage of planning. I usually get sent once a year for one thing or another, so we'll see. Congratulations on the jeans fitting! :dance::dance::dance: I tried on one of those fancy dresses of my sisters, and it shows more of my tattoo than I would want to show at a fancy event, but it fits! Wow, that was just back in December trying it on. There was no way it was fitting. Hmmm maybe I will get into those size 16's by mid February.... I'll just stick to the plan and we'll see :)

Ninjanurse - I agree with the others here - wear what makes you happy! Me? I'm sporting a pink camo hoodie lately. Not really age appropriate at all, but I like it :-) Guess I'm dressing down rather than up lol - but it's fun.

Thanks for opening the thread Susan :hug:

rainbowsmiles
01-24-2013, 05:22 PM
molly...and barb....we just have to make a meeting happen when barb is this way!!!!!

Yesmyqueen
01-24-2013, 05:40 PM
I can't quote from the previous thread as rainbow has closed it.

Barb, where in Georgia might you be sent? I'm in Georgia and would love to try to catch up with you while you're here. Let me know.

I feel for those up in the cold. It's in the 60s here. This will probably be my last southern winter.

I see we have some new posters. I feel for you trying to keep up with all of the threads. I quit and stick with this and the 100% thread. Don't get discouraged, at least come here we're sanely insane.

Ninjanurse, go for it. I can't wear boots with the adema problems in my legs, but I love anything studded and embroidered.

NSV got comfortably into jeans I could not get past my thighs about 6 weeks ago. I've only lost about 10# in that time. Still sculpting, I guess.
Molly
Yea Molly sexy fitting jeans!

:wel3fc: to cactus flower, side jäger and gmadi, welcome to our family, I have been on IP since August and this is my home for sure, but as Molly said go surfing and looking around so much to take in and good Recipies and advice.

Jampooh, awesome another 2.5 that's a great loss, and if you try MFP I'll be one of your friends there I go by tkvdragonfly and it has my picture, I have been using MFP instead of my book for about 2 months.

Ninja nurse, wear the BOOTS!

All you other ladies saying HI!

WI today was down 1, my rings are a little tight so doc said I was retaining water and he gave me a big o,l explaining, I have been eating some higher carb vegetables and a few too many restricteds for the week and although I'm still in ketosis it's enough to make you're liver react and hold on to more sodium, anyway it's all good it will all catch up as long as I keep on keeping on!!!

rainbowsmiles
01-24-2013, 05:54 PM
:queen: only 23 more pounds to goal!!!
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maezy1
01-24-2013, 05:56 PM
NINJANURSE!!! go for it!!!! I'm trying to get to a decent size by Bayou Country superfest on Memorial day weekend to wear a cute jeans skirt and cowboy boots! yes country outfitters is making it difficult for me to avoid as well!!!! Hope everyone is having s great day today
Friday is around the corner!!! WOOHOO!

beckyjwebb
01-24-2013, 06:24 PM
Hi everyone
I would like to join you. I am 60 and 21?2 years ago I lost 30 lbs on IP and I went crazy for new clothes. It was so fun. I started back on Jan 4 and have 10 lbs off and getting that itch to go shopping again.

AlisonS
01-24-2013, 07:54 PM
I had a nice NSV last night - I was at a training session for Master Gardeners in my county, and I was looking at the shirts that they had for sale at the break. I told the lady that was selling them that I wanted a light green one, and she said "OK, fill out the order form - what size do you take, small?"

OMG someone thought I was a size small! Not really even close to that, but OMG! Made my day!!

I have been buying clothes kind of out of necessity, because after you lose 66.8 pounds nothing fits, not even underwear. I share the concern about dressing too young. It has been so long since I have worn clothes that can even be remotely considered fitted, I'm just not even sure what I am supposed to look like, if that makes sense. Since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss, I am reluctant to buy anything too expensive or too many clothes at one particular size.

cactusflower
01-24-2013, 08:31 PM
Thanks so much for the very warm welcome...I am starting week 4 and enjoying the results and the program and the feeling of control if that makes any sense :?: It is just that I spent years and years waking up every single morning planning on following some program yet never even making it through the day! I try not to think about all the wasted time and just look forward :D

Hope you all have a wonderful evening. I am currently in the frigid northeast but very much looking forward to a move in about 2 months to the toasty southwest :carrot:

Lizzy63
01-24-2013, 09:49 PM
Welcome to the new folks - Becky, cactusflower, and any others that I missed. Lots of new people lately - should keep things interesting!

Barb - congrats on the jeans!

Been so busy, I forgot to report that I bought a new suit for work this weekend, and the pants were size 6!! I have been maintaining for 2 months now in a very narrow range, so this was a surprise. I am happy to be an 8, but it still felt nice! Still wish I would lose more in the top, but it's looking like that's not meant to be... Anyhow, I should be ready for my upcoming job interview.

Bellamack
01-24-2013, 10:23 PM
Good luck Lizzy on the Interview & congrats on the New size 6 suit, awesome :)

Yesmyqueen
01-24-2013, 10:29 PM
Hi everyone
I would like to join you. I am 60 and 21?2 years ago I lost 30 lbs on IP and I went crazy for new clothes. It was so fun. I started back on Jan 4 and have 10 lbs off and getting that itch to go shopping again.

Hi beckyjwebb welcome to our family, you will love it here!

I had a nice NSV last night - I was at a training session for Master Gardeners in my county, and I was looking at the shirts that they had for sale at the break. I told the lady that was selling them that I wanted a light green one, and she said "OK, fill out the order form - what size do you take, small?"

OMG someone thought I was a size small! Not really even close to that, but OMG! Made my day!!

I have been buying clothes kind of out of necessity, because after you lose 66.8 pounds nothing fits, not even underwear. I share the concern about dressing too young. It has been so long since I have worn clothes that can even be remotely considered fitted, I'm just not even sure what I am supposed to look like, if that makes sense. Since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss, I am reluctant to buy anything too expensive or too many clothes at one particular size.
Oh girl I here you about waiting to get anything new, most of my cloths I'm pretty much swimming in, all I have gotten are 2 pants and 2 shirts, almost afraid not sure why but I really need to get over being afraid to get rid of all these, I kinda look pitiful so my sister says, HA!

Thanks so much for the very warm welcome...I am starting week 4 and enjoying the results and the program and the feeling of control if that makes any sense :?: It is just that I spent years and years waking up every single morning planning on following some program yet never even making it through the day! I try not to think about all the wasted time and just look forward :D

Hope you all have a wonderful evening. I am currently in the frigid northeast but very much looking forward to a move in about 2 months to the toasty southwest :carrot:

So cactusflower I'm a newmexican girl, I live in Farmington, what part of the state are you planing to move to? I have lived in NM all my life, wouldn't even know what it would be like to live in a different climate, although I do love the mountains, I'm only about 40 minutes from Colorado and I drive up every Thursday to WI and see my coaches.

Welcome to the new folks - Becky, cactusflower, and any others that I missed. Lots of new people lately - should keep things interesting!

Barb - congrats on the jeans!

Been so busy, I forgot to report that I bought a new suit for work this weekend, and the pants were size 6!! I have been maintaining for 2 months now in a very narrow range, so this was a surprise. I am happy to be an 8, but it still felt nice! Still wish I would lose more in the top, but it's looking like that's not meant to be... Anyhow, I should be ready for my upcoming job interview.

Whoo who! Size 6 NICE! Good for you and good luck!

Yesmyqueen
01-24-2013, 10:32 PM
Oh and thank you so much for noticing rainbow that I only have 23 lbs to go, I really haven't thought about that number as much as my weight and weekly loss, you made it sound Great! Thanks GF:hug:

Halfagain
01-24-2013, 11:36 PM
molly...and barb....we just have to make a meeting happen when barb is this way!!!!!
That would ROCK! :carrot:

WingnutandMe
01-25-2013, 12:20 AM
That would ROCK! :carrot:

We all need to keep in touch. What's the date possibilities, Barb? Sounds exciting already.

Molly

jampooh
01-25-2013, 12:40 AM
As for journaling, that I said I am so bad at. I am going to try a site fatsecret.com. There is data base of all types of foods, brand names, even IP foods. You pick the food that you had at each meal, the calories, protein, fats etc. are calculated for the amount of that food you pick. Now I just have to be sure to print out the report to take to my coach each week. It also has places for documenting exercise and other things.

cactusflower
01-25-2013, 09:41 AM
Hi everyone
I would like to join you. I am 60 and 21?2 years ago I lost 30 lbs on IP and I went crazy for new clothes. It was so fun. I started back on Jan 4 and have 10 lbs off and getting that itch to go shopping again.

Welcome!! I am new here as well and it really is a great place!

I had a nice NSV last night - I was at a training session for Master Gardeners in my county, and I was looking at the shirts that they had for sale at the break. I told the lady that was selling them that I wanted a light green one, and she said "OK, fill out the order form - what size do you take, small?"

OMG someone thought I was a size small! Not really even close to that, but OMG! Made my day!!

I have been buying clothes kind of out of necessity, because after you lose 66.8 pounds nothing fits, not even underwear. I share the concern about dressing too young. It has been so long since I have worn clothes that can even be remotely considered fitted, I'm just not even sure what I am supposed to look like, if that makes sense. Since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss, I am reluctant to buy anything too expensive or too many clothes at one particular size.

:carrot: terrific job - so exciting!!

Welcome to the new folks - Becky, cactusflower, and any others that I missed. Lots of new people lately - should keep things interesting!

Barb - congrats on the jeans!

Been so busy, I forgot to report that I bought a new suit for work this weekend, and the pants were size 6!! I have been maintaining for 2 months now in a very narrow range, so this was a surprise. I am happy to be an 8, but it still felt nice! Still wish I would lose more in the top, but it's looking like that's not meant to be... Anyhow, I should be ready for my upcoming job interview.

Thanks so much and :cheer3::cheer2::cheer3: on the 6!!!

Hi beckyjwebb welcome to our family, you will love it here!


Oh girl I here you about waiting to get anything new, most of my cloths I'm pretty much swimming in, all I have gotten are 2 pants and 2 shirts, almost afraid not sure why but I really need to get over being afraid to get rid of all these, I kinda look pitiful so my sister says, HA!



So cactusflower I'm a newmexican girl, I live in Farmington, what part of the state are you planing to move to? I have lived in NM all my life, wouldn't even know what it would be like to live in a different climate, although I do love the mountains, I'm only about 40 minutes from Colorado and I drive up every Thursday to WI and see my coaches.


Whoo who! Size 6 NICE! Good for you and good luck!

Thanks so much - we are heading to the Las Cruces area. We lived there a few years ago while caring for a family member who was ill.

greeniris
01-25-2013, 10:42 AM
Holy cow! Don't check in for a couple days and we have 2 pages of a new thread already! Thanks Susan for starting this again.

Welcome to all the newbies! I love this thread, and spend most of my time here, even though I'm officially in maintenance now. It can be overwhelming to try to keep up with so many different threads, so find a couple you're comfortable with, then check in often and post frequently. It really does help, even if you have a great coach.

So many things I'd like to comment on, but time is limited lately...things at work are bad. Thankfully my supervisor is now out of town until a week from Monday. Should keep the stress levels down a bit.

Fishette - a special thank you to you for recommending the cream to help with my constant hot flashes. The cream does seem to be working - hot flashes are dwindling.

TGIF all!

evepet
01-25-2013, 11:09 AM
As for journaling, that I said I am so bad at. I am going to try a site fatsecret.com. There is data base of all types of foods, brand names, even IP foods. You pick the food that you had at each meal, the calories, protein, fats etc. are calculated for the amount of that food you pick. Now I just have to be sure to print out the report to take to my coach each week. It also has places for documenting exercise and other things.

I've been tracking my daily food intake on fatsecret.com since last March. I love being able to see not only the carb/fat/protein intake per day, etc., but also the amount of sodium, potassium, etc. I find it really useful. You'll get to the point where it takes no time at all to keep track of things there.

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

Hi everyone. Was surprised when I stepped on my Omron this am to see that I'm down a bit again... down to 153.2 this am, which is about a -1lb loss in less than a week. Maybe some sodium retention before? Not sure... the only other thing I've been doing differently is adding the vibracize. It is supposed to help weight loss, so maybe it really IS helping. Whatever, I'll take it. :)

Hope all of you have a great day.

rainbowsmiles
01-25-2013, 11:12 AM
:encore: way to go lizzy on those new pants in a size 6!!! such good luck at your job interview!!! you got this!!!

greeniris....so good to see your smiling face pop in here even though you are in maintenance!!

molly....and barb....we can IM each other more details to keep personal info like that private! :) just on the cautious side!

alison...i know that must have made your day when they mentioned size small! you continue to just excel at this protocol!!! way to go gf!

queen...you are welcome!! never ever lose sight of your goal!! :)

welcome cactus and becky :) :welcome:

maezy gf....kick up those heels in some pretty boots!!! send us a photo too!!!

evepet :cp: woohoo on the scale being down!! little by little...step by step....pound by pound we will make it!!

jampooh....i like to journal....i like writing things down...it helps me to keep the perspective!! we could all write a book!!! about our journies!!

:wave: hi bella, dana, cindy, everyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!

lisa32989
01-25-2013, 12:18 PM
I had a nice NSV last night - I was at a training session for Master Gardeners in my county, and I was looking at the shirts that they had for sale at the break. I told the lady that was selling them that I wanted a light green one, and she said "OK, fill out the order form - what size do you take, small?"

OMG someone thought I was a size small! Not really even close to that, but OMG! Made my day!!

I have been buying clothes kind of out of necessity, because after you lose 66.8 pounds nothing fits, not even underwear. I share the concern about dressing too young. It has been so long since I have worn clothes that can even be remotely considered fitted, I'm just not even sure what I am supposed to look like, if that makes sense. Since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss, I am reluctant to buy anything too expensive or too many clothes at one particular size.
I'm shopping 2nd hand stores. I'm fine right now but when warm weather hits, I'll have ONE pair of capris. NOTHING ELSE!

My husband and I belong to a club that has T-Shirts. Last nite I inquired about a new one. Mine is a 2x and is basically a dress now. I said I could use a large but maybe I should wait a bit and just get a medium. The owner told me when I'm ready for a medium, she'll GIVE IT TO ME (I was offering to purchase). Definitely waiting for the M now! Since I've always been busty, I'm guessing a small will not be in the future.

rainbowsmiles
01-25-2013, 12:28 PM
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Yesmyqueen
01-25-2013, 12:39 PM
I'm shopping 2nd hand stores. I'm fine right now but when warm weather hits, I'll have ONE pair of capris. NOTHING ELSE!

My husband and I belong to a club that has T-Shirts. Last nite I inquired about a new one. Mine is a 2x and is basically a dress now. I said I could use a large but maybe I should wait a bit and just get a medium. The owner told me when I'm ready for a medium, she'll GIVE IT TO ME (I was offering to purchase). Definitely waiting for the M now! Since I've always been busty, I'm guessing a small will not be in the future.

Wow your new avatar is so pretty!

Thanks for the code rainbow, will try it.

Halfagain
01-25-2013, 12:47 PM
saw this post on anothwr thread!!! don't know if it works but pretty cool!!

LOL well since I just placed a $60 order with them two days ago, without any coupons (I'm spoiled I have come to expect one available anymore), this one probably does work :-) I hope it does for everyone. This time I did order DH his own box of bars. I ordered myself an extra box from what I normally order too. I don't ever cheat by eating more than one a day, but anymore I pretty much exist on the veggies, protien allowance, and the RTD shakes from local stores, and a restricted bar. Sometimes do the chocolate cake packet too, but that's about it. Sounds boring I know, but honestly I've been so heads down with work since November, it's simple and easy for me.

Thank you Susan for sharing. I may double check the cupboard if there's anything else I need :hug:

Halfagain
01-25-2013, 12:50 PM
I'm shopping 2nd hand stores. I'm fine right now but when warm weather hits, I'll have ONE pair of capris. NOTHING ELSE!

My husband and I belong to a club that has T-Shirts. Last nite I inquired about a new one. Mine is a 2x and is basically a dress now. I said I could use a large but maybe I should wait a bit and just get a medium. The owner told me when I'm ready for a medium, she'll GIVE IT TO ME (I was offering to purchase). Definitely waiting for the M now! Since I've always been busty, I'm guessing a small will not be in the future.

Va-Va-Voom! wow look at you in that new Avitar! awesome! Great story on the T-Shirt :-)

lisa32989
01-25-2013, 01:00 PM
Va-Va-Voom! wow look at you in that new Avitar! awesome! Great story on the T-Shirt :-)

Wow your new avatar is so pretty!
Thanks ladies!
For our newcomers, here is the old avatar, 60 lbs ago
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8413515241_7a017a85aa_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8413515241/)

cactusflower
01-25-2013, 01:20 PM
saw this post on anothwr thread!!! don't know if it works but pretty cool!!

Thanks so much for posting this!

Thanks ladies!
For our newcomers, here is the old avatar, 60 lbs ago
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8413515241_7a017a85aa_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8413515241/)

You look fantastic!! :carrot::carrot:

LOL well since I just placed a $60 order with them two days ago, without any coupons (I'm spoiled I have come to expect one available anymore), this one probably does work :-) I hope it does for everyone. This time I did order DH his own box of bars. I ordered myself an extra box from what I normally order too. I don't ever cheat by eating more than one a day, but anymore I pretty much exist on the veggies, protien allowance, and the RTD shakes from local stores, and a restricted bar. Sometimes do the chocolate cake packet too, but that's about it. Sounds boring I know, but honestly I've been so heads down with work since November, it's simple and easy for me.

Thank you Susan for sharing. I may double check the cupboard if there's anything else I need :hug:

Sounds like a great idea!

I've been tracking my daily food intake on fatsecret.com since last March. I love being able to see not only the carb/fat/protein intake per day, etc., but also the amount of sodium, potassium, etc. I find it really useful. You'll get to the point where it takes no time at all to keep track of things there.

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

Hi everyone. Was surprised when I stepped on my Omron this am to see that I'm down a bit again... down to 153.2 this am, which is about a -1lb loss in less than a week. Maybe some sodium retention before? Not sure... the only other thing I've been doing differently is adding the vibracize. It is supposed to help weight loss, so maybe it really IS helping. Whatever, I'll take it. :)

Hope all of you have a great day.

Thanks so much for the info and also for your website!

Holy cow! Don't check in for a couple days and we have 2 pages of a new thread already! Thanks Susan for starting this again.

Welcome to all the newbies! I love this thread, and spend most of my time here, even though I'm officially in maintenance now. It can be overwhelming to try to keep up with so many different threads, so find a couple you're comfortable with, then check in often and post frequently. It really does help, even if you have a great coach.

So many things I'd like to comment on, but time is limited lately...things at work are bad. Thankfully my supervisor is now out of town until a week from Monday. Should keep the stress levels down a bit.

Fishette - a special thank you to you for recommending the cream to help with my constant hot flashes. The cream does seem to be working - hot flashes are dwindling.

TGIF all!

You are SO right about finding a few threads to join. I just about gave up hope after posting a few places and was pretty much ignored :?: but I am feeling so good about finding this thread!!

Thanks so much everyone :hug:

Lizzy63
01-25-2013, 02:29 PM
Thanks ladies!
For our newcomers, here is the old avatar, 60 lbs ago
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8413515241_7a017a85aa_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8413515241/)

Wow, Lisa! You look FABULOUS!!

NinjaNurse
01-25-2013, 02:47 PM
Maezy1: I'll have to meet you down South to get some proper help with buying cowboy boots. Thanks to you 'enablers' I am pouring over the Country Outfitters site!!

Halfagain
01-25-2013, 05:49 PM
You are SO right about finding a few threads to join. I just about gave up hope after posting a few places and was pretty much ignored :?: but I am feeling so good about finding this thread!!

Thanks so much everyone :hug:
I sort of felt like that at first too. It was almost that I had to get some weight off to be credible (or it felt that way). I'm feeling good about this tread too :) Also there's no shortage of helpers on most of the lists already, so sometimes it feels like so many people respond with the same thing. I guess I feel more chatty here and go off topic often. Nobody yells at me for that (yet) :)

I found a scrub top in my sister's things. It's pretty blue with purple and sort of flowery mix. Shiny poly or whatever .. with pockets. These tops are handy! If I do go traveling I'm going to wear this and my cargo pants with pockets all over them LOL. So much for restrictions on purses and computer bags etc.. I'll just have items stored all over in all my pockets. Imagine getting thru the metal detector - emptying them all out hahaha.

cactusflower
01-25-2013, 07:00 PM
I sort of felt like that at first too. It was almost that I had to get some weight off to be credible (or it felt that way). I'm feeling good about this tread too :) Also there's no shortage of helpers on most of the lists already, so sometimes it feels like so many people respond with the same thing. I guess I feel more chatty here and go off topic often. Nobody yells at me for that (yet) :)

I found a scrub top in my sister's things. It's pretty blue with purple and sort of flowery mix. Shiny poly or whatever .. with pockets. These tops are handy! If I do go traveling I'm going to wear this and my cargo pants with pockets all over them LOL. So much for restrictions on purses and computer bags etc.. I'll just have items stored all over in all my pockets. Imagine getting thru the metal detector - emptying them all out hahaha.

Thank you so much for this post! It's so nice to know others feel the same way. And BTW, you are doing a fantastic job!!! :)

greeniris
01-25-2013, 07:50 PM
NSV got comfortably into jeans I could not get past my thighs about 6 weeks ago. I've only lost about 10# in that time. Still sculpting, I guess.
Molly
Whoo hooo!! WTG Molly - this must feel especially good after your last WI...can't always go by the # on the scale my friend!

I had a nice NSV last night - I was at a training session for Master Gardeners in my county, and I was looking at the shirts that they had for sale at the break. I told the lady that was selling them that I wanted a light green one, and she said "OK, fill out the order form - what size do you take, small?"

OMG someone thought I was a size small! Not really even close to that, but OMG! Made my day!!

I have been buying clothes kind of out of necessity, because after you lose 66.8 pounds nothing fits, not even underwear. I share the concern about dressing too young. It has been so long since I have worn clothes that can even be remotely considered fitted, I'm just not even sure what I am supposed to look like, if that makes sense. Since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss, I am reluctant to buy anything too expensive or too many clothes at one particular size.
Way cool NSV! Be sure to check out the 2nd hand stores - I have been amazed at the great clothes I've been able to find at them. The Salvation Army Family Store loved seeing me come in because they knew whatever I bought would be donated right back to them in a few weeks to be sold again. This way you can try different styles inexensively as well, see what looks and feels good in more fitted styles.


Been so busy, I forgot to report that I bought a new suit for work this weekend, and the pants were size 6!! I have been maintaining for 2 months now in a very narrow range, so this was a surprise. I am happy to be an 8, but it still felt nice! Still wish I would lose more in the top, but it's looking like that's not meant to be... Anyhow, I should be ready for my upcoming job interview.
Surprise! Must be your body is still 'sculpting'! Best of luck with the interview Lizzy.

Oh girl I here you about waiting to get anything new, most of my cloths I'm pretty much swimming in, all I have gotten are 2 pants and 2 shirts, almost afraid not sure why but I really need to get over being afraid to get rid of all these, I kinda look pitiful so my sister says, HA!
Teena, it will be like a weight off your shoulders to get rid of those too-big clothes! I know what you mean about feeling almost afraid; but you are still the same person inside where it counts. I had these 'identity crisis' things a few times throughout my journey too. You've worked hard to get where you are gf. Let yourself enjoy your successes along the way...

I've been tracking my daily food intake on fatsecret.com since last March. I love being able to see not only the carb/fat/protein intake per day, etc., but also the amount of sodium, potassium, etc. I find it really useful. You'll get to the point where it takes no time at all to keep track of things there.

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Hi everyone. Was surprised when I stepped on my Omron this am to see that I'm down a bit again... down to 153.2 this am, which is about a -1lb loss in less than a week. Maybe some sodium retention before? Not sure... the only other thing I've been doing differently is adding the vibracize. It is supposed to help weight loss, so maybe it really IS helping. Whatever, I'll take it. :)

Hope all of you have a great day.
Congrats on the loss! I'd really like to try the vibracizer, but my gym doesn't have one. (Maybe I'll ask to see if they are thinking about it.) Also not sure how it would effect my knee right now.

I use MFP, but find it frustrating trying to figure out everything in my 'recipes'. As I rarely use an actual recipe, every time I make meatloaf or chili for example, it's different from the last time, so I have to enter the whole thing all over again. Time-consuming & frustrating, but necessary for continued success.

I'm shopping 2nd hand stores. I'm fine right now but when warm weather hits, I'll have ONE pair of capris. NOTHING ELSE!

My husband and I belong to a club that has T-Shirts. Last nite I inquired about a new one. Mine is a 2x and is basically a dress now. I said I could use a large but maybe I should wait a bit and just get a medium. The owner told me when I'm ready for a medium, she'll GIVE IT TO ME (I was offering to purchase). Definitely waiting for the M now! Since I've always been busty, I'm guessing a small will not be in the future.
WOW! Lisa - you look fabulous! What a fantastic change! And...Great NSV! There's some motivation for you! LOL RE: warm weather clothes - I've been buying a summer shirt here and there when I find one I like on clearance sales, but no shorts or capris yet.

Edit - THANK YOU for sharing Nashua Nutrition's promotion! I just looked at their site earlier this week and didn't like this week's specials, so was going to wait another week or so...now I don't have to:D

WingnutandMe
01-25-2013, 09:32 PM
Thanks ladies!
For our newcomers, here is the old avatar, 60 lbs ago
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8413515241_7a017a85aa_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8413515241/)

Haven't been on all day, but WOW Lisa, you look great. So different.


You are SO right about finding a few threads to join. I just about gave up hope after posting a few places and was pretty much ignored :?: but I am feeling so good about finding this thread!!

Thanks so much everyone :hug:

If you ever get ignored on this thread, PLEASE let us know. We want to keep our good reputation of being a warm bunch of people.

Am fighting a cold. Have had it on and off all week. My doctor said sometimes your body can suppress it pretty well. Today was pretty much a downhill battle. Need to get to bed early as I just can't pass up a few yard sales tomorrow morning. Of course, always checking for inexpensive clothes since my wardrobe is a bit skimpy now.

Molly

rainbowsmiles
01-25-2013, 09:36 PM
Am fighting a cold. Have had it on and off all week. My doctor said sometimes your body can suppress it pretty well. Today was pretty much a downhill battle. Need to get to bed early as I just can't pass up a few yard sales tomorrow morning. Of course, always checking for inexpensive clothes since my wardrobe is a bit skimpy now.

Molly

:hug: aww molly....i have been fighting mine off for a month, it comes anc goes, fever, chills, runny nose, drainage, it basically sucks!!

ooooo i haven't been to a yard sale in years!!! wish i was there!!

take care dear friend!
susan

greeniris
01-25-2013, 10:26 PM
Feel better soon Molly.

Fishette
01-25-2013, 10:58 PM
Welcome to all the newbies! I love this thread, and spend most of my time here, even though I'm officially in maintenance now. It can be overwhelming to try to keep up with so many different threads, so find a couple you're comfortable with, then check in often and post frequently. It really does help, even if you have a great coach.

Fishette - a special thank you to you for recommending the cream to help with my constant hot flashes. The cream does seem to be working - hot flashes are dwindling.



I'm glad it is helping! I tell everyone it really saved my sanity, and that was 10 years ago.

I just hang out here in this thread, plus the Maintainers and Reboot thread. It's funny because the folks that used to be chatty on the Maintainers thread are now chatty on the Reboot thread. It is good to know that we can continue to support each other through all our phases and cycles. But if you see something clever on another thread, I wouldn't mind if you put a link to it here. ;).

Definitely going to use the Nashua code. That's super!

cactusflower
01-26-2013, 08:31 AM
Haven't been on all day, but WOW Lisa, you look great. So different.



If you ever get ignored on this thread, PLEASE let us know. We want to keep our good reputation of being a warm bunch of people.

Am fighting a cold. Have had it on and off all week. My doctor said sometimes your body can suppress it pretty well. Today was pretty much a downhill battle. Need to get to bed early as I just can't pass up a few yard sales tomorrow morning. Of course, always checking for inexpensive clothes since my wardrobe is a bit skimpy now.

Molly

Thanks so much Molly - it really is as great thread. Hope you feel better and have a great time shopping :hug:

lisa32989
01-26-2013, 08:39 AM
Haven't been on all day, but WOW Lisa, you look great. So different.

Am fighting a cold. Have had it on and off all week. My doctor said sometimes your body can suppress it pretty well.

Thanks so much, Molly. I figured it was time to show the 60 lb loss.

I hope you & rainbow are taking your Vitamin C & D3. I REALLY cut down on the viruses I caught when I normalized D levels. I had no idea most people are deficient until a few years ago! It probably took a year for my body to really normalize but since then, I rarely get a cold. I just had one in Dec but in 2011 DH had 4 or 5 and I had ZERO. And I work in preschools and daycares! I swear by it!

cactusflower: I felt ignored when I first started on the boards too. I think it is about jumping in, asking questions, having people getting to know you. I'm glad you found a place that feels comfortable. I lurked A LOT at first until I found a comfort level. I got my feelings hurt and almost left once (nobody knew but me). I'm glad I stayed!

maezy1
01-26-2013, 08:52 AM
WOW! GreenIris you are right!!! Miss a few days and 3 pages are full!!!
GREENIRIS thanks for staying on this site and page. You are such an inspiration to me!

welcome to all the newcomers!!! It is wonderful to have new faces on the 50+ page!!!!!

Wore my smaller size jeans (16) and a fitted shirt to work yesterday and was bombarded with compliments. I am not comfortable with this yet but I am working on it. I had 3 people come in my office and talk to me about wearing clothes that fit to show off my body and that I better do this all the time.
A GREAT NSV yesterday - ok the bad news - I found a lump during my monthly exam. Went to the dr, referred to the surgeon and I am thinking very positive and all will be fine. I never once thought about eating to sooth my emotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of you!!!!!!!! THIS is what 3FC & especially THIS thread has done for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

65X65
01-26-2013, 09:30 AM
Alison- congrats on your 65+lb loss...and have fun shopping!!! :carrot:

I can't wait until I have that problem. I've only been on the plan since the second week of January...and have lost only 4.7 lbs so far... so I have a L-O-N-G way to go....but your success gives me hope. I will be 65 at the end of August...and my goal is 65 lbs for my 65th! That is a little less than 10 lbs a month...and looking at your tracker...you have done a great job.

You need to be my new best friend....:^:

brunette8706
01-26-2013, 09:59 AM
Thanks ladies!
For our newcomers, here is the old avatar, 60 lbs ago
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8413515241_7a017a85aa_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8413515241/)

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OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU LOOK AMAZING! What a transformation in your body weight and love your new style. Beautiful!

Lizzy63
01-26-2013, 11:02 AM
WOW! GreenIris you are right!!! Miss a few days and 3 pages are full!!!
GREENIRIS thanks for staying on this site and page. You are such an inspiration to me!

welcome to all the newcomers!!! It is wonderful to have new faces on the 50+ page!!!!!

Wore my smaller size jeans (16) and a fitted shirt to work yesterday and was bombarded with compliments. I am not comfortable with this yet but I am working on it. I had 3 people come in my office and talk to me about wearing clothes that fit to show off my body and that I better do this all the time.
A GREAT NSV yesterday - ok the bad news - I found a lump during my monthly exam. Went to the dr, referred to the surgeon and I am thinking very positive and all will be fine. I never once thought about eating to sooth my emotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of you!!!!!!!! THIS is what 3FC & especially THIS thread has done for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maezy - sorry you have to deal with a lump now, on top of everything else! Keep thinking positive. You know all of us will be sending good thoughts your way!

Not eating at a time like that is a great NSV - not sure i could handle it so well.

65X65
01-26-2013, 11:08 AM
..to all of us getting started...& your pics are just incredible and gorgeous! Your support and advice is really a gift to the community. Thx!:)

evepet
01-26-2013, 11:11 AM
Maezy1: I'll have to meet you down South to get some proper help with buying cowboy boots. Thanks to you 'enablers' I am pouring over the Country Outfitters site!!

Another enabler here!! Go ahead and allow a little fun and drama into your wardrobe. You deserve it. Besides, it's fun to try different looks. Cowboy boots are an 'investment'. You'll be able to wear them for years so get a pair you really love.

I sort of felt like that at first too. It was almost that I had to get some weight off to be credible (or it felt that way). I'm feeling good about this tread too :) Also there's no shortage of helpers on most of the lists already, so sometimes it feels like so many people respond with the same thing. I guess I feel more chatty here and go off topic often. Nobody yells at me for that (yet) :)

I found a scrub top in my sister's things. It's pretty blue with purple and sort of flowery mix. Shiny poly or whatever .. with pockets. These tops are handy! If I do go traveling I'm going to wear this and my cargo pants with pockets all over them LOL. So much for restrictions on purses and computer bags etc.. I'll just have items stored all over in all my pockets. Imagine getting thru the metal detector - emptying them all out hahaha.

This is my main thread now, along with sometimes posting in the maintenance thread and occasionally checking the daily chat. But this is my favorite. You have me picturing you as you check through those metal detectors, loaded down with your IP 'bits and bobs'. LOL.

Thank you so much for this post! It's so nice to know others feel the same way. And BTW, you are doing a fantastic job!!! :)

It's great to have you here cactusflower, and I'm glad that you feel comfortable. This is a great group and we're always willing to share our collective experience and chat about whatever is on our minds.



[COLOR="darkgreen"]Congrats on the loss! I'd really like to try the vibracizer, but my gym doesn't have one. (Maybe I'll ask to see if they are thinking about it.) Also not sure how it would effect my knee right now.

I use MFP, but find it frustrating trying to figure out everything in my 'recipes'. As I rarely use an actual recipe, every time I make meatloaf or chili for example, it's different from the last time, so I have to enter the whole thing all over again. Time-consuming & frustrating, but necessary for continued success.


Thx Greeniris. I am really pleased to see my waist and stomach being whittled down. Not just for the aesthetics of it, but because of health implications. As to vibracize, I know that it's used for therapy fairly extensively but whether or not it would be good for your knee would depend on the diagnosis you get. If you find a place that offers vibracize sessions locally, you might want to look into it. I was examining myself in my full length mirror this morning (also trying on some clothes, etc) and noticed that the cellulite in my thighs is much better. I can't say for sure that it's the vibracize that has done it, but there's nothing else I've altered in my routine.



Am fighting a cold. Have had it on and off all week. My doctor said sometimes your body can suppress it pretty well. Today was pretty much a downhill battle. Need to get to bed early as I just can't pass up a few yard sales tomorrow morning. Of course, always checking for inexpensive clothes since my wardrobe is a bit skimpy now.

Molly

Sorry to hear that you've been fighting a cold bug Molly. Hope you knock it out soon. And good luck at the yard sale today - I love them!

:hug: aww molly....i have been fighting mine off for a month, it comes anc goes, fever, chills, runny nose, drainage, it basically sucks!!

ooooo i haven't been to a yard sale in years!!! wish i was there!!

take care dear friend!
susan

Hi Susan! Another yard sale lover here...... I've gotta wait until spring though, unless somebody here wants to hold one in the snow. :)

I'm glad it is helping! I tell everyone it really saved my sanity, and that was 10 years ago.

I just hang out here in this thread, plus the Maintainers and Reboot thread. It's funny because the folks that used to be chatty on the Maintainers thread are now chatty on the Reboot thread. It is good to know that we can continue to support each other through all our phases and cycles. But if you see something clever on another thread, I wouldn't mind if you put a link to it here. ;).

Definitely going to use the Nashua code. That's super!

I recall looking for something to 'save my sanity' because of all those menopausal symptoms around 10 years ago too. If I'd heard of this cream back then I probably would have tried it before resorting to HRT as I did for a couple of years. I was so tired out from lack of good sleep (night sweats) that I would have tried anything. I'm so glad it's helping greeniris.

Thanks so much, Molly. I figured it was time to show the 60 lb loss.

I hope you & rainbow are taking your Vitamin C & D3. I REALLY cut down on the viruses I caught when I normalized D levels. I had no idea most people are deficient until a few years ago! It probably took a year for my body to really normalize but since then, I rarely get a cold. I just had one in Dec but in 2011 DH had 4 or 5 and I had ZERO. And I work in preschools and daycares! I swear by it!

Wow Lisa, you really do look different - and AMAZING! Way to Go!!

BTW, I agree about the VitC and D3. While I did catch one of these bugs back in early December, it was relatively mild compared to what I saw going on around me. From what I read, adequate levels of VitC and D3 are also helpful for weight loss and maintenance.



Wore my smaller size jeans (16) and a fitted shirt to work yesterday and was bombarded with compliments. I am not comfortable with this yet but I am working on it. I had 3 people come in my office and talk to me about wearing clothes that fit to show off my body and that I better do this all the time.
A GREAT NSV yesterday - ok the bad news - I found a lump during my monthly exam. Went to the dr, referred to the surgeon and I am thinking very positive and all will be fine. I never once thought about eating to sooth my emotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of you!!!!!!!! THIS is what 3FC & especially THIS thread has done for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep positive Maezy. :hug: It's great that you didn't even think of eating during your stressful time as an emotional crutch.

And kudos on the compliments about your new slimmed down look in your size 16s. It's nice that some of your colleagues responded so positively.

I had a nice NSV last night - I was at a training session for Master Gardeners in my county, and I was looking at the shirts that they had for sale at the break. I told the lady that was selling them that I wanted a light green one, and she said "OK, fill out the order form - what size do you take, small?"

OMG someone thought I was a size small! Not really even close to that, but OMG! Made my day!!

I have been buying clothes kind of out of necessity, because after you lose 66.8 pounds nothing fits, not even underwear. I share the concern about dressing too young. It has been so long since I have worn clothes that can even be remotely considered fitted, I'm just not even sure what I am supposed to look like, if that makes sense. Since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss, I am reluctant to buy anything too expensive or too many clothes at one particular size.

What a great NSV! I know the feeling about not wanting to buy too many clothes in one size or style - we zip through the sizes pretty quickly, and the costs can add up. Like many others here, I've been checking my local consignment shops from time to time to see what might catch my eye and look good. I'll soon start checking for summer blouses, slacks, and capris.

Welcome to the new folks - Becky, cactusflower, and any others that I missed. Lots of new people lately - should keep things interesting!

Barb - congrats on the jeans!

Been so busy, I forgot to report that I bought a new suit for work this weekend, and the pants were size 6!! I have been maintaining for 2 months now in a very narrow range, so this was a surprise. I am happy to be an 8, but it still felt nice! Still wish I would lose more in the top, but it's looking like that's not meant to be... Anyhow, I should be ready for my upcoming job interview.

Size 6 pants! Woo-hoo! :) You're doing wonderfully well in maintenance. It's reassuring to see. BTW - best of luck on the upcoming job interview.


Oh girl I here you about waiting to get anything new, most of my cloths I'm pretty much swimming in, all I have gotten are 2 pants and 2 shirts, almost afraid not sure why but I really need to get over being afraid to get rid of all these, I kinda look pitiful so my sister says, HA!


Get out there (budget permitting of course) and get yourself some clothes that fit! :) and show off that new, slimmed down figure. :hug: As several others have pointed out too, you can find some good stuff in consignment shops too. I hear you re 'hanging on' to some bigger clothes... not sure why exactly, but I've still got a few 'bigger' items hanging around too. I did give many of my 'biggest' sizes to my local Good Will a few months ago, but now my 'medium big' clothes are too baggy, and taking up space in my closet. I had a range of sizes of clothes stored away that I've progressively fitted back in to as I've lost the weight, and now I'm in my smallest ones. I think the only 'bigger' clothes that I'll hang on to are some T-shirts, sweaters, and fleece tops that I like better a bit looser anyway.

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Hi everyone! Happy Saturday!

Got up this am and for some reason was in a mood to try on some clothes again. As you know, I was chuffed to fit into my old and dearly loved jeans last weekend. Well, I located the other item of clothing that I hadn't yet been able to fit back in to - a slim fitting pair of teal blue dress slacks - and they fit perfectly again! Woo-hoo! There was no way I could have got the zipper or buttons done up back before Christmas. I'm only -4 lbs lighter, but I've definitely been re-sculpting through the tummy and mid-section. Gotta love it. :D I also tried on several tops and I find I've lost just enough more through the stomach area that everything just slides down and fits loosely enough to look great. I really don't think I need to lose much more at this point, just concentrate on toning up. All in all, feeling very positive about myself today.

(Sorry this turned out to be a bit 'me.. me.. me') I think we all have to have a healthy degree of self-love though, in order to feel justifiably proud of ourselves, the way we look & feel at our improved weight levels. It supports and drives the determination and resolve to keep going - or maintaining - whatever the personal case may be.

Cheers for now.

greeniris
01-26-2013, 11:30 AM
I'm glad it is helping! I tell everyone it really saved my sanity, and that was 10 years ago.

I just hang out here in this thread, plus the Maintainers and Reboot thread. It's funny because the folks that used to be chatty on the Maintainers thread are now chatty on the Reboot thread. It is good to know that we can continue to support each other through all our phases and cycles. But if you see something clever on another thread, I wouldn't mind if you put a link to it here. ;).

Definitely going to use the Nashua code. That's super!
I've noticed the Maintainers thread is pretty quiet most of the time; must be because some have gone to the Reboot thread. I'll have to check that one out (it's probably the one I 'should' be on anyway).
Went to Nashua's site last nite to order, and my favorite bar (HealthSmart choc peanut) is out of stock! That's never happened :( So holding my order until the last minute for the promo to see if they come back in stock. Also noticing a lot of the products are going up in price.

WOW! GreenIris you are right!!! Miss a few days and 3 pages are full!!!
GREENIRIS thanks for staying on this site and page. You are such an inspiration to me!

Wore my smaller size jeans (16) and a fitted shirt to work yesterday and was bombarded with compliments. I am not comfortable with this yet but I am working on it. I had 3 people come in my office and talk to me about wearing clothes that fit to show off my body and that I better do this all the time.
A GREAT NSV yesterday - ok the bad news - I found a lump during my monthly exam. Went to the dr, referred to the surgeon and I am thinking very positive and all will be fine. I never once thought about eating to sooth my emotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of you!!!!!!!! THIS is what 3FC & especially THIS thread has done for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh Maezy - Sending you warm, positive vibes and lots of hugs! And look how far you've come - not turning to food! What an inspiration YOU are!
I love the Fab 50 thread - I'm not going to leave :D
Thx Greeniris. I am really pleased to see my waist and stomach being whittled down. Not just for the aesthetics of it, but because of health implications. As to vibracize, I know that it's used for therapy fairly extensively but whether or not it would be good for your knee would depend on the diagnosis you get. If you find a place that offers vibracize sessions locally, you might want to look into it. I was examining myself in my full length mirror this morning (also trying on some clothes, etc) and noticed that the celluloid in my thighs is much better. I can't say for sure that it's the vibracize that has done it, but there's nothing else I've altered in my routine.

Got up this am and for some reason was in a mood to try on some clothes again. As you know, I was chuffed to fit into my old and dearly loved jeans last weekend. Well, I located the other item of clothing that I hadn't yet been able to fit back in to - a slim fitting pair of teal blue dress slacks - and they fit perfectly again! Woo-hoo! There was no way I could have got the zipper or buttons done up back before Christmas. I'm only -4 lbs lighter, but I've definitely been re-sculpting through the tummy and mid-section. Gotta love it. :D I also tried on several tops and I find I've lost just enough more through the stomach area that everything just slides down and fits loosely enough to look great. I really don't think I need to lose much more at this point, just concentrate on toning up. All in all, feeling very positive about myself today.
Whoo Hoo! Love it! RE: the cellulite - I noticed a couple months before I phased off P1 that my cellulite was just about gone, and I hadn't begun exercising yet - just walking a few times a week.

greeniris
01-26-2013, 11:46 AM
Good Saturday morning! Still really cold here, but they're saying it should be 'warming' up to the mid-30's in the next week. Tomorrow night there is a good chance we'll get a major storm, but could be rain, mix of rain & snow, or just snow - depending on the atmosphere temps. Whatever it will be, Monday morning commutes will be interesting.

Not much to report, just procrastinating on doing chores, paying bills, etc by being on here. Going to town later to get groceries, work out, check out the clearance sales at Dress Barn, and have the MRI done. Will put a pork loin in the crock pot before I leave so dinner will be done when we get back. Have a good weekend!

rainbowsmiles
01-26-2013, 11:57 AM
I hope you & rainbow are taking your Vitamin C & D3. I REALLY cut down on the viruses I caught when I normalized D levels. I had no idea most people are deficient until a few years ago! It probably took a year for my body to really normalize but since then, I rarely get a cold. I just had one in Dec but in 2011 DH had 4 or 5 and I had ZERO. And I work in preschools and daycares! I swear by it!


yes you are right, i forget about vitamin d3!!

joysh
01-26-2013, 12:17 PM
Good morning, fabulous IPers!

Hooray for Saturday!! I'm getting ready to make the 4 hour drive to Dallas for the weekend.

Just wanted to check in with everyone! I'm in the "home stretch," finally, although my goal is to lose 10 more pounds before I begin to phase off. I'll do one last move of my goal weight down the last 5 more pounds! At this point people are telling me to stop, but I know what size I want to be. I want to comfortably fit into 8-10 pants. Actually, I'd love to wear size 8 pants. 10 would be loose. Right now my 12s are getting loose. (I was wearing 22 pants when I began IP - or 2x)

The news is that I'm done shopping in my closet. I'm "going where I haven't been before" so I really down to the bare minimum wardrobe. I've bagged up lots of clothes and will bring them to Goodwill next weekend.

Last night I went to a large dinner party. Once again, staying OP is much easier than before. I brought yummy mixed grilled veggies (rutabaga, zucchini, mixed pepper strips, and cauliflower) and everyone loved them!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :):):)

Been so busy, I forgot to report that I bought a new suit for work this weekend, and the pants were size 6!! I have been maintaining for 2 months now in a very narrow range, so this was a surprise. I am happy to be an 8, but it still felt nice! Still wish I would lose more in the top, but it's looking like that's not meant to be... Anyhow, I should be ready for my upcoming job interview.

Yay!!! Size 6 pants!! How wonderful!! Congrats, Lizzy!

I I told the lady that was selling them that I wanted a light green one, and she said "OK, fill out the order form - what size do you take, small?"OMG someone thought I was a size small! Not really even close to that, but OMG! Made my day!!

I have been buying clothes kind of out of necessity, because after you lose 66.8 pounds nothing fits, not even underwear. I share the concern about dressing too young. It has been so long since I have worn clothes that can even be remotely considered fitted, I'm just not even sure what I am supposed to look like, if that makes sense. Since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss, I am reluctant to buy anything too expensive or too many clothes at one particular size.

Alison, I'm with you on this. I'm wearing fitted clothes, even though some might consider it "too young." I never had that experience and want to do it now. It's fun! Also, I've got the challenge of having to buy a few things to wear (can't go without any clothes at all....) but not expensive items because I'm still just passing through. I hear you on this one. I've been shopping at Ross and at sales, picking up a couple of items here and there. At this point, the pants I bought right after Christmas are now loose and I'm back to needing something to wear. Last week I bought new underwear when I realized it was so big that it bunched up!!! lol!!!

It is just that I spent years and years waking up every single morning planning on following some program yet never even making it through the day! I try not to think about all the wasted time and just look forward :D:

Welcome, Cactusflower!! You'll do great on this one!

As for journaling, that I said I am so bad at. I am going to try a site fatsecret.com. There is data base of all types of foods, brand names, even IP foods. You pick the food that you had at each meal, the calories, protein, fats etc. are calculated for the amount of that food you pick. Now I just have to be sure to print out the report to take to my coach each week. It also has places for documenting exercise and other things.

Haven't heard of this one yet, but I use Myfitnesspal on my ipad. Seems to be the same type of app. I've been using it since October. I bring it to my WI and show my coach, if needed.

Thanks ladies!
For our newcomers, here is the old avatar, 60 lbs ago
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8413515241_7a017a85aa_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8413515241/)

LOVE your new avatar picture!!!! Awesome,Lisa:cp::cp:

Rainbow and Molly, feel better soon, dear Ones!!!!!!

Another enabler here!! Go ahead and allow a little fun and drama into your wardrobe. You deserve it. Besides, it's fun to try different looks. Cowboy boots are an 'investment'. You'll be able to wear them for years so get a pair you really love.

What a great NSV! I know the feeling about not wanting to buy too many clothes in one size or style - we zip through the sizes pretty quickly, and the costs can add up. Like many others here, I've been checking my local consignment shops from time to time to see what might catch my eye and look good. I'll soon start checking for summer blouses, slacks, and capris.


Yup! I agree about the boots! I LOVE my boots, even though they are not specifically cowboy boots!

Good Saturday morning! Still really cold here, but they're saying it should be 'warming' up to the mid-30's in the next week.

Good to hear from you! You're looking so good, Cindy!!

Fishette
01-26-2013, 06:58 PM
Something to check into if you are of a mind to get rid of your fat clothes...

There is a charity in several major cities called Dressed for Success. They work with inner city women to give them job hunting skills and a nice suit for their interview. Once a women lands a job they give her about a week's worth of business attire, as well as training on dealing with workplace issues. If you have business attire that you have shrunk out of, please consider sending it to this charity. You can find them in the web, and they are in multiple cities. I plan on taking my like-new suits to the one in DC. I think someone could really use them more than I could use the cents on the dollar.

WingnutandMe
01-26-2013, 07:21 PM
Wore my smaller size jeans (16) and a fitted shirt to work yesterday and was bombarded with compliments. I am not comfortable with this yet but I am working on it. I had 3 people come in my office and talk to me about wearing clothes that fit to show off my body and that I better do this all the time.
A GREAT NSV yesterday - ok the bad news - I found a lump during my monthly exam. Went to the dr, referred to the surgeon and I am thinking very positive and all will be fine. I never once thought about eating to sooth my emotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of you!!!!!!!! THIS is what 3FC & especially THIS thread has done for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on wearing fitted clothes and the compliments. As for the bad news, you're in my prayers. Hopefully, it's something innocent from all the released estrogen with the fat burning. :hug::hug::hug:

I can't wait until I have that problem. I've only been on the plan since the second week of January...and have lost only 4.7 lbs so far... so I have a L-O-N-G way to go....but your success gives me hope. I will be 65 at the end of August...and my goal is 65 lbs for my 65th! That is a little less than 10 lbs a month...and looking at your tracker...you have done a great job.

You need to be my new best friend....:^:

I started the second week of January ONE year ago. I know how you felt this time last year, a long way to go, but see where you can get. I sometimes still feel like it's not real. I continually can't believe what I see when I pass my full length bathroom mirror. You'll make it. Time will pass fast, especially reading posts on 3FC.



Sorry to hear that you've been fighting a cold bug Molly. Hope you knock it out soon. And good luck at the yard sale today - I love them!

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Hi everyone! Happy Saturday!

Got up this am and for some reason was in a mood to try on some clothes again. As you know, I was chuffed to fit into my old and dearly loved jeans last weekend. Well, I located the other item of clothing that I hadn't yet been able to fit back in to - a slim fitting pair of teal blue dress slacks - and they fit perfectly again! Woo-hoo! There was no way I could have got the zipper or buttons done up back before Christmas. I'm only -4 lbs lighter, but I've definitely been re-sculpting through the tummy and mid-section. Gotta love it. :D I also tried on several tops and I find I've lost just enough more through the stomach area that everything just slides down and fits loosely enough to look great. I really don't think I need to lose much more at this point, just concentrate on toning up. All in all, feeling very positive about myself today.

(Sorry this turned out to be a bit 'me.. me.. me') I think we all have to have a healthy degree of self-love though, in order to feel justifiably proud of ourselves, the way we look & feel at our improved weight levels. It supports and drives the determination and resolve to keep going - or maintaining - whatever the personal case may be.

Cheers for now.

Thanks for the well wishes. It's strange as I woke up this morning like yesterday never happened. Not a sniffle one. It did the same thing last Sunday. Must be some allergy. I'm puzzled.

Yard sales were a dud. At least I saved my money. I still have to go. I have the "thrill of the hunt" disease. VERY addictive.

Don't worry about the me me me. What you've got to say, you should be "crowing" about. I think it's fabulous. We need to brag on ourselves. Usually, no one else will and I know that you live alone, so you need it more so (I lived alone for 28 years before Chris found me again 35 years after our last goodbye). Glad you have so much to talk about.

Good morning, fabulous IPers!

Hooray for Saturday!! I'm getting ready to make the 4 hour drive to Dallas for the weekend.

Just wanted to check in with everyone! I'm in the "home stretch," finally, although my goal is to lose 10 more pounds before I begin to phase off. I'll do one last move of my goal weight down the last 5 more pounds! At this point people are telling me to stop, but I know what size I want to be. I want to comfortably fit into 8-10 pants. Actually, I'd love to wear size 8 pants. 10 would be loose. Right now my 12s are getting loose. (I was wearing 22 pants when I began IP - or 2x)

The news is that I'm done shopping in my closet. I'm "going where I haven't been before" so I really down to the bare minimum wardrobe. I've bagged up lots of clothes and will bring them to Goodwill next weekend.

Last night I went to a large dinner party. Once again, staying OP is much easier than before. I brought yummy mixed grilled veggies (rutabaga, zucchini, mixed pepper strips, and cauliflower) and everyone loved them!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :):):)


Rainbow and Molly, feel better soon, dear Ones!!!!!!


Be careful on your trip.

Thanks for the well wishes, you can se above that I'm got some elusive thing.

Glad to see you have done so well and are so close to the finish line. You have the right mind set for this. Congrats.


Big dud for lunch today. Ryan's advertised Mongolian stir-fry. I thought it would be like so many I've been to where you can pick your meat and veggies and sauce and they then just stir fry it. NO. They have some veggie mixture, mostly cabbage and carrots, they put the sauce on, which is soy and teryaki (I stopped him) and it's mixed with your choice of rice or noodles, which I said, no, just meat and veggies. Fortunately, they only give you a small amount. Being lunch, there was no plain meat, just pot roast in gravy, breaded stuff and some sausage. I had a couple pieces of sausage, yeah, I know too fat and a big salad. Know that's not a place to go. Oh well.

Now to find something for dinner. A bit more protein and more veggies. At least I'm at home and can make it myself.

Have a great evening.
Molly

Yesmyqueen
01-27-2013, 12:28 AM
WOW! GreenIris you are right!!! Miss a few days and 3 pages are full!!!
GREENIRIS thanks for staying on this site and page. You are such an inspiration to me!

welcome to all the newcomers!!! It is wonderful to have new faces on the 50+ page!!!!!

Wore my smaller size jeans (16) and a fitted shirt to work yesterday and was bombarded with compliments. I am not comfortable with this yet but I am working on it. I had 3 people come in my office and talk to me about wearing clothes that fit to show off my body and that I better do this all the time.
A GREAT NSV yesterday - ok the bad news - I found a lump during my monthly exam. Went to the dr, referred to the surgeon and I am thinking very positive and all will be fine. I never once thought about eating to sooth my emotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of you!!!!!!!! THIS is what 3FC & especially THIS thread has done for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go mazy on your smaller pants! And we will all be waiting and praying that your lump is nothing to worry about, and good job on not turning to food for comfort, sounds so familiar.

Alison- congrats on your 65+lb loss...and have fun shopping!!! :carrot:

I can't wait until I have that problem. I've only been on the plan since the second week of January...and have lost only 4.7 lbs so far... so I have a L-O-N-G way to go....but your success gives me hope. I will be 65 at the end of August...and my goal is 65 lbs for my 65th! That is a little less than 10 lbs a month...and looking at your tracker...you have done a great job.

You need to be my new best friend....:^:

65x65 when I started back on July 27 I remember whining to DH this is going to take long I have so much to loose, well 62 lbs later and with all the help here from the 50's ladies, and support it has really gone quite fast so just take one day at a time and we will all get there, one lb at a time, or so! You can do it!

Today I went to a consignment clothing store and was really surprised at how nice the cloths were and today all pants were 1/2 off so I got a nice pair of Levi's size 10,yea!, and a tee shirt, I'm definately going back in about 10/15 more lbs, in the mean time this week I'm concentrating on getting rid of some cloths that are too big.

Hope everyone has had a nice Saturday and wishing you all a great Sunday! Goodnight all! Teena

cactusflower
01-27-2013, 09:10 AM
Thanks so much, Molly. I figured it was time to show the 60 lb loss.

I hope you & rainbow are taking your Vitamin C & D3. I REALLY cut down on the viruses I caught when I normalized D levels. I had no idea most people are deficient until a few years ago! It probably took a year for my body to really normalize but since then, I rarely get a cold. I just had one in Dec but in 2011 DH had 4 or 5 and I had ZERO. And I work in preschools and daycares! I swear by it!

cactusflower: I felt ignored when I first started on the boards too. I think it is about jumping in, asking questions, having people getting to know you. I'm glad you found a place that feels comfortable. I lurked A LOT at first until I found a comfort level. I got my feelings hurt and almost left once (nobody knew but me). I'm glad I stayed!

Thanks so much Lisa - all the encouragement here is wonderful! And I am glad you stayed too!!:hug:

WOW! GreenIris you are right!!! Miss a few days and 3 pages are full!!!
GREENIRIS thanks for staying on this site and page. You are such an inspiration to me!

welcome to all the newcomers!!! It is wonderful to have new faces on the 50+ page!!!!!

Wore my smaller size jeans (16) and a fitted shirt to work yesterday and was bombarded with compliments. I am not comfortable with this yet but I am working on it. I had 3 people come in my office and talk to me about wearing clothes that fit to show off my body and that I better do this all the time.
A GREAT NSV yesterday - ok the bad news - I found a lump during my monthly exam. Went to the dr, referred to the surgeon and I am thinking very positive and all will be fine. I never once thought about eating to sooth my emotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of you!!!!!!!! THIS is what 3FC & especially THIS thread has done for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:hug: to you!

Way to go mazy on your smaller pants! And we will all be waiting and praying that your lump is nothing to worry about, and good job on not turning to food for comfort, sounds so familiar.



65x65 when I started back on July 27 I remember whining to DH this is going to take long I have so much to loose, well 62 lbs later and with all the help here from the 50's ladies, and support it has really gone quite fast so just take one day at a time and we will all get there, one lb at a time, or so! You can do it!

Today I went to a consignment clothing store and was really surprised at how nice the cloths were and today all pants were 1/2 off so I got a nice pair of Levi's size 10,yea!, and a tee shirt, I'm definately going back in about 10/15 more lbs, in the mean time this week I'm concentrating on getting rid of some cloths that are too big.

Hope everyone has had a nice Saturday and wishing you all a great Sunday! Goodnight all! Teena

Great job - how exciting:carrot::carrot:

Happy weekend everyone! I was MIA yesterday because we only have one computer at home and my DH goes to kidney dialysis 3 times a week (he is 58 and I am 51) and he can take it with him. Those days tend to be long and trying . We also have an 11 yr daughter so sometimes heated "chats" about who goes on the computer first! :smug:

Hope you all have a wonderful day!! ::hug:

cactusflower
01-27-2013, 09:21 AM
I've noticed the Maintainers thread is pretty quiet most of the time; must be because some have gone to the Reboot thread. I'll have to check that one out (it's probably the one I 'should' be on anyway).
Went to Nashua's site last nite to order, and my favorite bar (HealthSmart choc peanut) is out of stock! That's never happened :( So holding my order until the last minute for the promo to see if they come back in stock. Also noticing a lot of the products are going up in price.


Oh Maezy - Sending you warm, positive vibes and lots of hugs! And look how far you've come - not turning to food! What an inspiration YOU are!
I love the Fab 50 thread - I'm not going to leave :D
Whoo Hoo! Love it! RE: the cellulite - I noticed a couple months before I phased off P1 that my cellulite was just about gone, and I hadn't begun exercising yet - just walking a few times a week.

I just wanted to mention something I found. I know Nashua is great, but there is another site I read about called MY DIET SHOPZ and they have a lot of the same products and maybe a tiny bit cheaper in some areas. That might help as a back- up!

Good morning, fabulous IPers!

Hooray for Saturday!! I'm getting ready to make the 4 hour drive to Dallas for the weekend.

Just wanted to check in with everyone! I'm in the "home stretch," finally, although my goal is to lose 10 more pounds before I begin to phase off. I'll do one last move of my goal weight down the last 5 more pounds! At this point people are telling me to stop, but I know what size I want to be. I want to comfortably fit into 8-10 pants. Actually, I'd love to wear size 8 pants. 10 would be loose. Right now my 12s are getting loose. (I was wearing 22 pants when I began IP - or 2x)

The news is that I'm done shopping in my closet. I'm "going where I haven't been before" so I really down to the bare minimum wardrobe. I've bagged up lots of clothes and will bring them to Goodwill next weekend.

Last night I went to a large dinner party. Once again, staying OP is much easier than before. I brought yummy mixed grilled veggies (rutabaga, zucchini, mixed pepper strips, and cauliflower) and everyone loved them!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :):):)



Yay!!! Size 6 pants!! How wonderful!! Congrats, Lizzy!



Alison, I'm with you on this. I'm wearing fitted clothes, even though some might consider it "too young." I never had that experience and want to do it now. It's fun! Also, I've got the challenge of having to buy a few things to wear (can't go without any clothes at all....) but not expensive items because I'm still just passing through. I hear you on this one. I've been shopping at Ross and at sales, picking up a couple of items here and there. At this point, the pants I bought right after Christmas are now loose and I'm back to needing something to wear. Last week I bought new underwear when I realized it was so big that it bunched up!!! lol!!!



Welcome, Cactusflower!! You'll do great on this one!

Thank you so much - you are doing an awesome job!

65X65
01-27-2013, 09:39 AM
..for your comments. I have had a bad sinus infection starting before I went on the plan. Ended up on antibiotics the first week and am just now off them and feeling fit and fine again. Everyone on another thread says that kind of thing slows one's start. So glad I was able to weather it though, and stay OP in spite of what I call dismal mini-losses for my first two weigh-ins!! (2.2 lbs and 2.7 lbs) I guess if those mini-losses are consistent though, I might be able to join all of you in doing the new clothes dance this summer!! :carrot::sunny:

Love this thread...it's just what I need....

Fishette
01-27-2013, 09:53 AM
Some folks have been talking about wearing clothes that are too young. It brought back a memory of when I was a kid in the late 60s. The mother-of-teenagers who lived across the street wore miniskirts and go-go boots, and her hair was dyed blond and teased up high on the top and long to her waist in the back. To a judgmental 10 year old, I thought she looked ridiculous. She looked like a Dean Martin Golddigger - anyone remember that show? I think now, if I looked as good as a Dean Martin Golddigger, I would wear miniskirts and go-go boots, too, and I'm a heck of a lot older than she was at the time. ... Well, maybe I would wear leggings under the miniskirts nowadays! :)

WingnutandMe
01-27-2013, 10:42 AM
WI this morning. After last week's zero, I had a 3.4# loss this week. I'll take that. Puts me into the 170s. I have not been there for over 25 years. This program is amazing. It's so nice to feel "normal" and not feel like everyone is staring at this fat woman, sneering. The only draw back is my face is now wrinkling. I'm using special firming creams, but I guess I have to expect that at almost 64 years old.

Have a great OP Sunday, all.

Molly

lisa32989
01-27-2013, 11:10 AM
WI this morning. After last week's zero, I had a 3.4# loss this week. I'll take that. Puts me into the 170s. I have not been there for over 25 years. This program is amazing. It's so nice to feel "normal" and not feel like everyone is staring at this fat woman, sneering.
Someone called the whoosh fairy a tart. I started calling her elusiveness "sweetart". And the scale looks like it might have finally moved below 200.
Officially WI tomorrow but my wii fit weighs heavier than my clinic and yesterday wii fit said under 199.
That 3.4 is a nice whoosh for you. Congrats on entering the new decade of weight. The program really IS amazing, isn't it?

Lizzy63
01-27-2013, 12:10 PM
WI this morning. After last week's zero, I had a 3.4# loss this week. I'll take that. Puts me into the 170s. I have not been there for over 25 years. This program is amazing. It's so nice to feel "normal" and not feel like everyone is staring at this fat woman, sneering. The only draw back is my face is now wrinkling. I'm using special firming creams, but I guess I have to expect that at almost 64 years old.

Have a great OP Sunday, all.

Molly

Wow - that's great, Molly! You're gonna have to post a new photo soon! :carrot:

evepet
01-27-2013, 01:01 PM
Today I went to a consignment clothing store and was really surprised at how nice the cloths were and today all pants were 1/2 off so I got a nice pair of Levi's size 10,yea!, and a tee shirt, I'm definately going back in about 10/15 more lbs, in the mean time this week I'm concentrating on getting rid of some cloths that are too big.

Congrats on the size 10 Levis! Yes, you can find some really good stuff in consignments stores. It pays to check frequently. A friend of mine is very budget conscious and finds a LOT of good stuff there. I was amazed at the winter coat I found. So far I haven't needed a lot of clothing, as I've had my own smaller sizes to fit back into and a couple of family members gave me a bunch of stuff too. But I'm now in my smallest sizes, so if I lose much more I'll be needing to move into smaller sizes too. Like you, I need to do a clean-out of the closet and donate the stuff I've outgrown.

..for your comments. I have had a bad sinus infection starting before I went on the plan. Ended up on antibiotics the first week and am just now off them and feeling fit and fine again. Everyone on another thread says that kind of thing slows one's start. So glad I was able to weather it though, and stay OP in spite of what I call dismal mini-losses for my first two weigh-ins!! (2.2 lbs and 2.7 lbs) I guess if those mini-losses are consistent though, I might be able to join all of you in doing the new clothes dance this summer!! :carrot::sunny:

Love this thread...it's just what I need....

I'm 100% I wouldn't have made it to my original goal, and found the focus to then continue on to a lowered one, without the support and encouragement here. It makes a phenomenal difference. Sorry you had such a 'sick start' to IP, but you stuck it out and things (all around) will get better now. For sure you'll be doing the 'happy new clothes dance' come spring and summer.

Some folks have been talking about wearing clothes that are too young. It brought back a memory of when I was a kid in the late 60s. The mother-of-teenagers who lived across the street wore miniskirts and go-go boots, and her hair was dyed blond and teased up high on the top and long to her waist in the back. To a judgmental 10 year old, I thought she looked ridiculous. She looked like a Dean Martin Golddigger - anyone remember that show? I think now, if I looked as good as a Dean Martin Golddigger, I would wear miniskirts and go-go boots, too, and I'm a heck of a lot older than she was at the time. ... Well, maybe I would wear leggings under the miniskirts nowadays! :)

LOL - I think I had a similiar neighbor! Certainly similiar 'look'. :) I don't know about more extreme styles because I'm pretty conservative and stick to fairly classic clothing... but I definitely find myself much more attracted to slimmer fitting clothes, and more colour now that I'm slimmer. I love having a waist again, even if I still could stand to whittle it down more. I need to buy some belts to wear with my jeans and slacks, as I spent so many years wearing only overblouses, etc., that I don't own a single one. And shopping isn't an unpleasant chore anymore - it's fun to try different styles and see how they look now.

WI this morning. After last week's zero, I had a 3.4# loss this week. I'll take that. Puts me into the 170s. I have not been there for over 25 years. This program is amazing. It's so nice to feel "normal" and not feel like everyone is staring at this fat woman, sneering. The only draw back is my face is now wrinkling. I'm using special firming creams, but I guess I have to expect that at almost 64 years old.

Have a great OP Sunday, all.

Molly

That's fantastic Molly! Way to Go! I hear you on the wrinkling of the face becoming more noticeable too ... I've noticed it too. I guess we have to expect at least a few wrinkles when we hit our 60s. I'm not far behind you... 62 next month. When I look back to a year ago, and know that I hadn't even contemplated this dieting journey back then, I'm so grateful that I did find IP and 3FatChicks and stick to the program. it amazes me how much happier and healthier I am now.

Someone called the whoosh fairy a tart. I started calling her elusiveness "sweetart". And the scale looks like it might have finally moved below 200.
Officially WI tomorrow but my wii fit weighs heavier than my clinic and yesterday wii fit said under 199.
That 3.4 is a nice whoosh for you. Congrats on entering the new decade of weight. The program really IS amazing, isn't it?

That's great Lisa - welcome to the 100s. I like that "sweetart" moniker. I've always said that you can attract more flies with sugar than salt, and apparently that includes the whoosh fairy. :)

BTW... ever since you started that thread about 'Do You Like Pina Coladas?' I can't get that song out of my head!

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Happy Sunday everyone. Nothing new to report here, just wanted to check in. Hope everyone enjoys their day.

Halfagain
01-27-2013, 01:22 PM
Way to go mazy on your smaller pants! And we will all be waiting and praying that your lump is nothing to worry about, and good job on not turning to food for comfort, sounds so familiar.



65x65 when I started back on July 27 I remember whining to DH this is going to take long I have so much to loose, well 62 lbs later and with all the help here from the 50's ladies, and support it has really gone quite fast so just take one day at a time and we will all get there, one lb at a time, or so! You can do it!

Today I went to a consignment clothing store and was really surprised at how nice the cloths were and today all pants were 1/2 off so I got a nice pair of Levi's size 10,yea!, and a tee shirt, I'm definately going back in about 10/15 more lbs, in the mean time this week I'm concentrating on getting rid of some cloths that are too big.

Hope everyone has had a nice Saturday and wishing you all a great Sunday! Goodnight all! Teena

Great job on the consignment finds! I have yet to go - but you and others who have found such treasures at low prices are definately inspiring me.

You are just rocking this program Teena. It is amazing how fast time goes bye and how all those losses add together. Small and large - going in the right direction or just not going up.... they combine (oh my gosh Wonder Twin Powers Activate! came to mind LOL - form of...... I smaller pant size!)


Happy weekend everyone! I was MIA yesterday because we only have one computer at home and my DH goes to kidney dialysis 3 times a week (he is 58 and I am 51) and he can take it with him. Those days tend to be long and trying . We also have an 11 yr daughter so sometimes heated "chats" about who goes on the computer first! :smug:

Hope you all have a wonderful day!! ::hug:
Ahhh I remember my son's and my chats around that age. :-) I don't know if daughters or sons are easier - but I get it for sure. I was hard to get my son to open up and talk to me, still is at 22 y/o. Sorry about you DH having the 3x a week dialysis too - but it's nice he can play computer games, surf the web, or do email while he's there. You need a computer so you can do instant messaging with him :-) You don't need any high speed or fancy stuff for that... then again, I guess that's why they made smart cell phones :-)

Some folks have been talking about wearing clothes that are too young. It brought back a memory of when I was a kid in the late 60s. The mother-of-teenagers who lived across the street wore miniskirts and go-go boots, and her hair was dyed blond and teased up high on the top and long to her waist in the back. To a judgmental 10 year old, I thought she looked ridiculous. She looked like a Dean Martin Golddigger - anyone remember that show? I think now, if I looked as good as a Dean Martin Golddigger, I would wear miniskirts and go-go boots, too, and I'm a heck of a lot older than she was at the time. ... Well, maybe I would wear leggings under the miniskirts nowadays! :)

Harper Valley PTA :hug: was the show. I agree! Based on this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbCJSVTfess

Halfagain
01-27-2013, 01:35 PM
NinjaNurse - lol saw this and thought about you.... not the same kind of boots but love this song anyway... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww I'll be one of your backup dancers :-)

maezy1
01-27-2013, 02:43 PM
Thanks to all for the positive thoughts and prayers I am still very positive that all will be fine. Never thought that I would be so anxious for Tuesday to arrive! (appt with the surgeon)
NINJANURSE I actually have a Country Western store within walking distance from my house! I have decided that my favorite Country boots will be my gift to ME when I reach Onederland!!! They will be perfect for the Bayou Country Superfest on Memorial Day weekend!!! Might even have to get a nice short, but not hoochie mama short, skirt to go with them!

evepet
01-27-2013, 04:12 PM
Harper Valley PTA :hug: was the show. I agree! Based on this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbCJSVTfess

I remember 'Happy Valley PTA' too - both the song by Jeannie C. Riley and the TV show, but I'm pretty sure Fishette is recalling a group of young beautiful ladies called 'The Golddiggers' who hosted the summer season of The Dean Martin Show from 1968-1970. I didn't realize that it was quite as popular as it apparently was, or that the group disbanded when Dean Martin decided to take a new direction, away from TV and to a new Las Vegas act. The GoldDiggers left television too, to become part of Dean's Las Vegas act.

http://www.originalgolddiggers.com/deanmartin_summer.shtml

Yesmyqueen
01-27-2013, 07:20 PM
Some folks have been talking about wearing clothes that are too young. It brought back a memory of when I was a kid in the late 60s. The mother-of-teenagers who lived across the street wore miniskirts and go-go boots, and her hair was dyed blond and teased up high on the top and long to her waist in the back. To a judgmental 10 year old, I thought she looked ridiculous. She looked like a Dean Martin Golddigger - anyone remember that show? I think now, if I looked as good as a Dean Martin Golddigger, I would wear miniskirts and go-go boots, too, and I'm a heck of a lot older than she was at the time. ... Well, maybe I would wear leggings under the miniskirts nowadays! :)

Yes I remember always trying to act and look like the big girls, with short skirts and halter tops and big hair, but of course my parents did not allow such things but I would always push the envelope, ha!

WI this morning. After last week's zero, I had a 3.4# loss this week. I'll take that. Puts me into the 170s. I have not been there for over 25 years. This program is amazing. It's so nice to feel "normal" and not feel like everyone is staring at this fat woman, sneering. The only draw back is my face is now wrinkling. I'm using special firming creams, but I guess I have to expect that at almost 64 years old.

Have a great OP Sunday, all.

Molly
Yea Molly super loss, and now the 170's, seems like only yesterday we were congratulating each other for hitting onederland, we rock!!

Someone called the whoosh fairy a tart. I started calling her elusiveness "sweetart". And the scale looks like it might have finally moved below 200.
Officially WI tomorrow but my wii fit weighs heavier than my clinic and yesterday wii fit said under 199.
That 3.4 is a nice whoosh for you. Congrats on entering the new decade of weight. The program really IS amazing, isn't it?

Yea Lisa can't wait to here you say onederland.

Great job on the consignment finds! I have yet to go - but you and others who have found such treasures at low prices are definately inspiring me.

You are just rocking this program Teena. It is amazing how fast time goes bye and how all those losses add together. Small and large - going in the right direction or just not going up.... they combine (oh my gosh Wonder Twin Powers Activate! came to mind LOL - form of...... I smaller pant size!)


Ahhh I remember my son's and my chats around that age. :-) I don't know if daughters or sons are easier - but I get it for sure. I was hard to get my son to open up and talk to me, still is at 22 y/o. Sorry about you DH having the 3x a week dialysis too - but it's nice he can play computer games, surf the web, or do email while he's there. You need a computer so you can do instant messaging with him :-) You don't need any high speed or fancy stuff for that... then again, I guess that's why they made smart cell phones :-)



Harper Valley PTA :hug: was the show. I agree! Based on this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbCJSVTfess
Halfagain, now I can't quit singing those songs, my sons about to throw something at me! Thanks for always being there for support, your the best!

Fishette
01-27-2013, 07:30 PM
You are both right! I was thinking of the Dean Martin dancers
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9UBtWgP66bY
But my neighbor was dressed like the Harper Vally PTA song described!

On another note, my friend at church was gushing and congratulating me on my weight loss today after church. It was bittersweet, because she knew all about IP 5 months ago, but when I tried to get her to do it with me so we could support each other, she said her social life with eating and winery hopping was too important to her and she didn't want to not have any fun for 9 months (she had 90 pounds to loose). She was going to do weight watchers again - no, really do it this time. That conversation was in late August. Now I'm at my goal weight and she is either the same or even heavier. I didn't say anything except thankyou, but I could tell she was upset with herself. She could have been over half way to goal by now. I feel for her, but can only try to be encouraging. Again she said she was starting weight watchers at work this week. What can I say? The proof is in front of her. That glass of wine must be very important.

greeniris
01-27-2013, 11:01 PM
WI this morning. After last week's zero, I had a 3.4# loss this week. I'll take that. Puts me into the 170s. I have not been there for over 25 years. This program is amazing. It's so nice to feel "normal" and not feel like everyone is staring at this fat woman, sneering. The only draw back is my face is now wrinkling. I'm using special firming creams, but I guess I have to expect that at almost 64 years old.

Have a great OP Sunday, all.

Molly
WTG Molly - I knew you were due for a great WI!!! So happy for you gf :D :hug:
Someone called the whoosh fairy a tart. I started calling her elusiveness "sweetart". And the scale looks like it might have finally moved below 200.
Officially WI tomorrow but my wii fit weighs heavier than my clinic and yesterday wii fit said under 199.
That 3.4 is a nice whoosh for you. Congrats on entering the new decade of weight. The program really IS amazing, isn't it?
Are we celebrating another reaching Onderland this week??? Lisa, that is AWESOME!!! Congratulations !!

Today I went to a consignment clothing store and was really surprised at how nice the cloths were and today all pants were 1/2 off so I got a nice pair of Levi's size 10,yea!, and a tee shirt, I'm definately going back in about 10/15 more lbs, in the mean time this week I'm concentrating on getting rid of some cloths that are too big.

Hope everyone has had a nice Saturday and wishing you all a great Sunday! Goodnight all! Teena
Another big step in the right direction Teena - getting rid of the too-big clothes. Congrats on the size 10s!

I just wanted to mention something I found. I know Nashua is great, but there is another site I read about called MY DIET SHOPZ and they have a lot of the same products and maybe a tiny bit cheaper in some areas. That might help as a back- up!

Thanks for telling us about this site. I checked it out for a minute, and the Proti-Diet prices are def lower. Haven't taken the time to see which other brands they have yet.

Thanks to all for the positive thoughts and prayers I am still very positive that all will be fine. Never thought that I would be so anxious for Tuesday to arrive! (appt with the surgeon)
NINJANURSE I actually have a Country Western store within walking distance from my house! I have decided that my favorite Country boots will be my gift to ME when I reach Onederland!!! They will be perfect for the Bayou Country Superfest on Memorial Day weekend!!! Might even have to get a nice short, but not hoochie mama short, skirt to go with them!
LOL! Laughing at the hoochie mama short skirt comment!!!!

On another note, my friend at church was gushing and congratulating me on my weight loss today after church. It was bittersweet, because she knew all about IP 5 months ago, but when I tried to get her to do it with me so we could support each other, she said her social life with eating and winery hopping was too important to her and she didn't want to not have any fun for 9 months (she had 90 pounds to loose). She was going to do weight watchers again - no, really do it this time. That conversation was in late August. Now I'm at my goal weight and she is either the same or even heavier. I didn't say anything except thankyou, but I could tell she was upset with herself. She could have been over half way to goal by now. I feel for her, but can only try to be encouraging. Again she said she was starting weight watchers at work this week. What can I say? The proof is in front of her. That glass of wine must be very important.
So sad for her...hopefully she will soon realize that her health is so much more important than the kind of socializing she currently prefers...

lisa32989
01-27-2013, 11:44 PM
On another note, my friend at church was gushing and congratulating me on my weight loss today after church. It was bittersweet, because she knew all about IP 5 months ago, but when I tried to get her to do it with me so we could support each other, she said her social life with eating and winery hopping was too important to her and she didn't want to not have any fun for 9 months (she had 90 pounds to loose). She was going to do weight watchers again - no, really do it this time. That conversation was in late August. Now I'm at my goal weight and she is either the same or even heavier. I didn't say anything except thankyou, but I could tell she was upset with herself. She could have been over half way to goal by now. I feel for her, but can only try to be encouraging. Again she said she was starting weight watchers at work this week. What can I say? The proof is in front of her. That glass of wine must be very important.
My friend who lost 50+ lbs on IP told me about it last year Nov (2011). Check out my 3fc join date.
The info ruminated in my head for 7 months before I made a decision to start IP and then didn't start for ANOTHER month. (I used EVERY excuse NOT to do it - mostly about the overly processed foods in IP, which is still a concern of mine, but I view it as short-term).
I'd certainly be at goal had I started when I learned about it.
But, it takes what it takes.
I wasn't ready.
I had a friend in overeaters anonymous who used to say this: This program isn't for people who NEED it, it is for people who WANT it.
I believe the same is true for IP.
You have to want it
Like we do!

Fishette
01-28-2013, 12:31 AM
Good point, Lisa.

Molly, Evepet, Teena, you are looking mighty fine!

bubbleblower
01-28-2013, 09:43 AM
Mornin', everyone! Glad to see everyone is doing well! Like some of you, I'm starting to notice more wrinkles, especially around my mouth and neck. Anyone have any night creams they particularly love? I started looking at reviews for various products a couple of days ago, trying to decide what to buy, but thought some of you might have a fave.

I had been a little concerned about my next trip south to go diving since my BIL/SIL were coming with us, and my BIL in particular *loves* to eat and drink. Well, I needn't have worried too much about sticking to the program since when I talked to him the other day he said that he, too, was on a medically supervised high protein diet plan! He's lost 40 pounds so far and still has a ways to go. :) Apparently he was diagnosed with some other health related issues so his doctor suggested he go on the diet and lose weight. I'm not sure exactly what it's called (Medi-something) but he gets B vitamin shots and takes an appetite suppressant, but it doesn't sound like he eats pre-packaged meals. He also said he cheats, but I guess he sticks to it for the most part since he's lost a chunk of weight in a couple of months. Anyway, that should make the meal planning a little bit easier!

Hope y'all have a great day!

Fishette
01-28-2013, 10:39 AM
Had have 2 friends that were on a program like your BILs, Bubbleblower. They wanted to loose weight but they wanted to eat foods you could buy at a grocers and they didn't care how long it took. One was on a 1000 calorie a day diet and the other on 1200 calorie per day (she was 3-4 inches taller). They lost about 5 to 7 pounds a month and look great. They took the B12 shots once a week. I bet you and BIL will be able to build a new relationship over your experiences.

greeniris
01-28-2013, 10:41 AM
Good Monday Morning! Temps are in the upper 20's, but we got nearly 6" of new snow mixed with freezing rain since yesterday. Almost didn't make it out of my driveway this morning; but I'm at work for the duration today. Supposed to contine getting rain/sleet through tomorrow, so may decide to stay home tomorrow. I can take some things home with me to work on.

Going to the gym again tonight. Am mostly working on upper body with the weight machines, but do some moves with the medicine ball the trainer showed me to work on my core. And spend about 10 minutes on the elliptical first, though the doc probably wouldn't approve (due to my knee). Will go see him again later this week to find out what the MRI showed, and how to proceed from here.

Good news...am working hard to get my choc intake down. Wondering for those of us that are 'true' chocoholics, if we should completely stop eating/drinking everything chocolate...including the IP/alternative choc drinks, puddings & bars. Seems to me that having them while successfully losing weight sort of gives us a false sense of 'safety' with it, then when we hit maintenance we can't have it at all because when we do, the cravings start up with a vengeance! Anyone else have thoughts about this? (I'll post this on the Maintainers thread too.) Or maybe I'm just weak in this area and need to toughen up. IDK. Choc seems to be the one thing I've really struggled with in maintenance.

Have a great Monday all!

evepet
01-28-2013, 10:55 AM
Halfagain, now I can't quit singing those songs, my sons about to throw something at me! Thanks for always being there for support, your the best!

Me too.... especially the 'Do You Like Pina Colada' song that Lisa posted about a few days ago. Now I can't get that song out of my head.

You are both right! I was thinking of the Dean Martin dancers
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9UBtWgP66bY
But my neighbor was dressed like the Harper Vally PTA song described!

On another note, my friend at church was gushing and congratulating me on my weight loss today after church. It was bittersweet, because she knew all about IP 5 months ago, but when I tried to get her to do it with me so we could support each other, she said her social life with eating and winery hopping was too important to her and she didn't want to not have any fun for 9 months (she had 90 pounds to loose). She was going to do weight watchers again - no, really do it this time. That conversation was in late August. Now I'm at my goal weight and she is either the same or even heavier. I didn't say anything except thankyou, but I could tell she was upset with herself. She could have been over half way to goal by now. I feel for her, but can only try to be encouraging. Again she said she was starting weight watchers at work this week. What can I say? The proof is in front of her. That glass of wine must be very important.

My friend who lost 50+ lbs on IP told me about it last year Nov (2011). Check out my 3fc join date.
The info ruminated in my head for 7 months before I made a decision to start IP and then didn't start for ANOTHER month. (I used EVERY excuse NOT to do it - mostly about the overly processed foods in IP, which is still a concern of mine, but I view it as short-term).
I'd certainly be at goal had I started when I learned about it.
But, it takes what it takes.
I wasn't ready.
I had a friend in overeaters anonymous who used to say this: This program isn't for people who NEED it, it is for people who WANT it.
I believe the same is true for IP.
You have to want it
Like we do!

ITA. It certainly took a combination of factors to get me to the point where I felt committed 'in my head' to another serious dieting effort. In my case it took a combination of a brother's death, terrible shopping experience, and some pending health woes to get me to that point. Until then I simply ignored it. IMO it's useless to attempt a diet unless/until the head is 150% in it.

Good point, Lisa.

Molly, Evepet, Teena, you are looking mighty fine!

Thanks!

Mornin', everyone! Glad to see everyone is doing well! Like some of you, I'm starting to notice more wrinkles, especially around my mouth and neck. Anyone have any night creams they particularly love? I started looking at reviews for various products a couple of days ago, trying to decide what to buy, but thought some of you might have a fave.

I had been a little concerned about my next trip south to go diving since my BIL/SIL were coming with us, and my BIL in particular *loves* to eat and drink. Well, I needn't have worried too much about sticking to the program since when I talked to him the other day he said that he, too, was on a medically supervised high protein diet plan! He's lost 40 pounds so far and still has a ways to go. :) Apparently he was diagnosed with some other health related issues so his doctor suggested he go on the diet and lose weight. I'm not sure exactly what it's called (Medi-something) but he gets B vitamin shots and takes an appetite suppressant, but it doesn't sound like he eats pre-packaged meals. He also said he cheats, but I guess he sticks to it for the most part since he's lost a chunk of weight in a couple of months. Anyway, that should make the meal planning a little bit easier!

Hope y'all have a great day!

Have you tried argan oil? I think it's helping more than my standard creams. I bought a bottle of 100% natural argan oil at my local health supplements store, and squeeze a drop or two in my moisturizer morning and evening. It's supposed to help with skin elasticity, etc. It was originally recommended here to be added to one of the 'elasticity encouraging' body lotions (which I do as well) but I also ended up putting some in my facial moisturizer. I've been using it about 6 months now, and do think it helps. I've almost used up that bottle, and will soon be going back for another. I don't want to be without it.

That's good news about your BIL. Hope the the health situation that precipitated the need isn't serious, but it's good to see that he's on target now to better health.

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Good morning everyone. Woke up to a fresh deep layer of snow on the ground, and as weather is turning somewhat milder it's heading into freezing rain later today ... sounds like possible headaches for commuters. Glad I don't have to go anywhere in particular, and can just admire it from my windows.

Nothing new to report - as is 'per usual'. Just wanted to check in and wish everyone a good day.

bubbleblower
01-28-2013, 11:03 AM
I bet you and BIL will be able to build a new relationship over your experiences.

I think you're right! Already, I've had more to talk with him about over the phone than normal. Hopefully we'll be a positive influence on each other, but I'll be perfectly happy even if it ends up that I'm the one helping him most of the time. I doubt he's been on a real diet ever before in his entire life, so I'm looking forward to helping him make some good choices at least for the two weeks we'll be eating most of our meals together.

On another note, I got up this morning and found that DH had already whipped up a meal for dinner and started it in the crock pot: well trimmed corned beef (he even proudly held up the big slab of fat he removed before starting), sauerkraut, and rutabaga. (Oh, and I checked and the corned beef is 0 carbs.) It's his own creation so we'll see how the whole thing comes together but he's usually an excellent chef! I thought it was really thoughtful how he replaced the potatoes that he'd normally use and trimmed everything up so well. It should be a good meal for this dreary, drizzly day.

greeniris
01-28-2013, 11:09 AM
Evepet - ITA about being mentally committed to losing weight before beginning any program. If your head & heart aren't ready, you won't succeed IMO.

I use a lotion with Argon Oil in it for after showering, but use an Oil of Olay product on my face & neck once a day. So far I've been lucky re: the wrinkles. Last time I lost a significant amount of weight I got a lot of wrinkles, so the Olay seems to be working well.

Bubbleblower - glad your BIL is getting healthier too.

bubbleblower
01-28-2013, 11:23 AM
Evepet

I use a lotion with Argon Oil in it for after showering, but use an Oil of Olay product on my face & neck once a day. So far I've been lucky re: the wrinkles. Last time I lost a significant amount of weight I got a lot of wrinkles, so the Olay seems to be working well.

Bubbleblower - glad your BIL is getting healthier too.

I'm glad he's getting healthier, too! He's had a tough couple of years with radiation and chemo so now that all that is behind him I think he's ready to focus on making sure he's able to stick around for as many years as possible. He sounds determined to make it to onederland by the time we head down in two weeks. I'll be doing everything I can to make sure he stays there and stays on track. I'll even be ensuring he does his weekly weigh ins so he at least doesn't lose too much ground while on vacation! :)

I just got a bottle of an Oil of Olay product and will be giving it a try. I started earlier this week. Thanks!

WingnutandMe
01-28-2013, 02:55 PM
Good news...am working hard to get my choc intake down. Wondering for those of us that are 'true' chocoholics, if we should completely stop eating/drinking everything chocolate...including the IP/alternative choc drinks, puddings & bars. Seems to me that having them while successfully losing weight sort of gives us a false sense of 'safety' with it, then when we hit maintenance we can't have it at all because when we do, the cravings start up with a vengeance! Anyone else have thoughts about this? (I'll post this on the Maintainers thread too.) Or maybe I'm just weak in this area and need to toughen up. IDK. Choc seems to be the one thing I've really struggled with in maintenance.

I thought about your stop all chocolate and realized I would have next to NOTHING left for packets and bars. Pretty much if it's not chocolate, I don't have it. That's scary if the cravings are as bad as what you say. Hmmmmm.

I feel for all of you with cold and snow. It's in the mid 60s here. This is the mildest winter in my 18 years here. We already have a lot of narcissus and daffodils blooming. I even saw a fruit tree all in bloom. This could be bad as Georgia's February can be pretty winter-ish.

Time to get busy. It's pretty easy to just sit and vegetate being in retirement. I don't want to get like that, plus there's a zillion things that need to be done and organized to start our move up north.

Molly

evepet
01-28-2013, 03:07 PM
I feel for all of you with cold and snow. It's in the mid 60s here. This is the mildest winter in my 18 years here. We already have a lot of narcissus and daffodils blooming. I even saw a fruit tree all in bloom. This could be bad as Georgia's February can be pretty winter-ish.

Molly

Wow, I envy you with the temps in the mid60s and having narcissus & daffodils blooming. The fact that they're 'rushing the season' can certainly be bad too though. Last year we had a really mild winter, and the apple and pear trees around these parts got 'fooled' and came into bud too early... got caught by frosts later, and much of those crops was lost.

joysh
01-28-2013, 03:17 PM
She looked like a Dean Martin Golddigger - anyone remember that show? I think now, if I looked as good as a Dean Martin Golddigger, I would wear miniskirts and go-go boots, too, and I'm a heck of a lot older than she was at the time. ... Well, maybe I would wear leggings under the miniskirts nowadays! :)

I remember this. yes, I understand my age, but I also believe that we are what we think we are. When people tell me I've lost 10-15 years on IP (look that much younger) I agree - and I want to dress that way! Not necessarily like a 20 year old, but at least like a beautiful 40.

... Now I'm at my goal weight and she is either the same or even heavier. I didn't say anything except thankyou, but I could tell she was upset with herself. She could have been over half way to goal by now. I feel for her, but can only try to be encouraging. Again she said she was starting weight watchers at work this week. What can I say? The proof is in front of her. That glass of wine must be very important.

I'd certainly be at goal had I started when I learned about it.
But, it takes what it takes.
I wasn't ready.
I had a friend in overeaters anonymous who used to say this: This program isn't for people who NEED it, it is for people who WANT it.
I believe the same is true for IP.
You have to want it
Like we do!

Lisa and Fishette - so, so true! We cannot make anyone ready for this. We cannot even "convince" anyone that IP is wonderful. All we can do, is work on ourselves,do the best we can. By doing that we become examples for others. They will ask when they are ready. Lisa, I had the same experience.

My doctor brought IP to town a few years ago and suggested it to me several times. I was not ready and didn't even want to hear about it. Now she's left town and I can't wait to write her and tell her I finally did it!

cscape
01-28-2013, 04:57 PM
Good Monday Morning! Temps are in the upper 20's, but we got nearly 6" of new snow mixed with freezing rain since yesterday. Almost didn't make it out of my driveway this morning; but I'm at work for the duration today. Supposed to contine getting rain/sleet through tomorrow, so may decide to stay home tomorrow. I can take some things home with me to work on.

Going to the gym again tonight. Am mostly working on upper body with the weight machines, but do some moves with the medicine ball the trainer showed me to work on my core. And spend about 10 minutes on the elliptical first, though the doc probably wouldn't approve (due to my knee). Will go see him again later this week to find out what the MRI showed, and how to proceed from here.

Good news...am working hard to get my choc intake down. Wondering for those of us that are 'true' chocoholics, if we should completely stop eating/drinking everything chocolate...including the IP/alternative choc drinks, puddings & bars. Seems to me that having them while successfully losing weight sort of gives us a false sense of 'safety' with it, then when we hit maintenance we can't have it at all because when we do, the cravings start up with a vengeance! Anyone else have thoughts about this? (I'll post this on the Maintainers thread too.) Or maybe I'm just weak in this area and need to toughen up. IDK. Choc seems to be the one thing I've really struggled with in maintenance.

Have a great Monday all!

RE: avoiding the chocolate: On my first run with IP (June-Nov, reached orig goal 74lb)) I avoided anything chocolate for the 1st month and then would only have an occasional choc pudding mixed as a shake, and rarely a choc bar. I then added more to my food plan as the wt started coming off and my motivation was high. I went off during the holidays and gained 15lb. Going back into Ph 1 was more difficult this time I find the cravings much worse, and I've struggled being 100%OP. This week I did not get any bars and am doing a little bit better. Now, I am going to wait until I am well into ketosis before I have that Dark choc shake.

evepet
01-28-2013, 05:36 PM
RE: avoiding the chocolate: On my first run with IP (June-Nov, reached orig goal 74lb)) I avoided anything chocolate for the 1st month and then would only have an occasional choc pudding mixed as a shake, and rarely a choc bar. I then added more to my food plan as the wt started coming off and my motivation was high. I went off during the holidays and gained 15lb. Going back into Ph 1 was more difficult this time I find the cravings much worse, and I've struggled being 100%OP. This week I did not get any bars and am doing a little bit better. Now, I am going to wait until I am well into ketosis before I have that Dark choc shake.

This sounds like me as well. I hit my original goal, and came back after Christmas to keep going towards my new lower goal. Things post-Christmas have been going quite well. However, I made the mistake of buying protein bars this past weekend, and they are like a siren song beckoning to me.... this always happens with protein bars! I should have learned my lesson by now, and leave those things in the store! Or found a variety where I can just buy one or two, and not have a box of them around tempting me. :devil:

lisa32989
01-28-2013, 08:01 PM
Good news...am working hard to get my choc intake down. Wondering for those of us that are 'true' chocoholics, if we should completely stop eating/drinking everything chocolate...including the IP/alternative choc drinks, puddings & bars. Seems to me that having them while successfully losing weight sort of gives us a false sense of 'safety' with it, then when we hit maintenance we can't have it at all because when we do, the cravings start up with a vengeance! Anyone else have thoughts about this? (I'll post this on the Maintainers thread too.) Or maybe I'm just weak in this area and need to toughen up. IDK. Choc seems to be the one thing I've really struggled with in maintenance.

You've probably "heard" me mention that I didn't want to get too used to all the sweet stuff on IP. I'm a pretty big chocoholic so I purposely never got started on the bars. I did have a dk choc pudding for breakfast but it didn't seem to feed those same cravings. The cocomint creme does, tho and I have to be VERY careful and limit it or I'd be having it every nite for snack. I don't consider it okay to crave like that. If I feel like I "need" it, then it has to GO. Before IP, I hadn't really eaten much chocolate for 20 years ON PURPOSE b/c it can become an out-of-control thing for me very easily. I wont say I 100% abatained for those 20 years but i bet more than 99%. I'd rather live without it than have it control me. No food has my permission to control me.

NinjaNurse
01-28-2013, 08:08 PM
Some folks have been talking about wearing clothes that are too young. It brought back a memory of when I was a kid in the late 60s. The mother-of-teenagers who lived across the street wore miniskirts and go-go boots, and her hair was dyed blond and teased up high on the top and long to her waist in the back. To a judgmental 10 year old, I thought she looked ridiculous. She looked like a Dean Martin Golddigger - anyone remember that show? I think now, if I looked as good as a Dean Martin Golddigger, I would wear miniskirts and go-go boots, too, and I'm a heck of a lot older than she was at the time. ... Well, maybe I would wear leggings under the miniskirts nowadays! :)

Amen Sista!!!! That's a great way to look at it!!

AND I was watching Bobby Flay's new show where home cooks compete against each other. One of the women in Texas, over 50, had on cowboy boots with her (casual) dress. I just need to win a pair from Country Outfitters!!!

AlisonS
01-28-2013, 08:29 PM
It has been a few days since I have been here, thank you for all the positive comments about my NSV last week! (Someone thinking I wore a small.) It was very exciting!

Have to comment about the wrinkles, etc. - I splurged and bought the "Beauty Book" on HSN a few weeks ago. It gives you 7 or 8 (not sure exactly) nearly full size products of different types. I am enjoying trying them all to see what I like best. There is just something so fun and girly about trying a bunch of different potions! ; )

ITA about the consignment stores. I have bought all my jeans at consignment stores for years, because "new" jeans and "used" jeans DON'T LOOK ANY DIFFERENT. Except for the price tag, those new jeans can be up to $80, at the thrift store I never pay more than $5. I've bought a few other things as well, like sweaters and so forth. I did not have any luck with coats, but had an old coat in size large that I must have bought in a deluded moment of optimism a couple of years ago and then I bought a Land's End parka on sale for less than $50 for the really cold days at the beginning of the season. It is size XL and will work through the end of this winter, but will probably want something new for next year. It isn't that it is so big but it seems to have gotten about 4 inches longer than it was to start with, LOL!

Molly, congrats on the 170s, I am inching my way down there too. I weighed myself over the weekend and had my first numbers in the 170s show up, but I don't think I will be there for my weigh-in tomorrow because my weigh-in clothes weigh 1.6 pounds and I am not that far into the 170s. But - soon!

About the chocolate cravings - I have been hungrier for the salty things myself, and had quite a love affair with the soy nuts, but I guess it was really just infatuation because I have moved on to the Dill Pickle Zippers and occasional bars. I prefer to eat less salty things the day before a weigh-in because I don't want to puff up with water weight.

I never really thought about chocolate and how I would deal with it on maintenance. I think I will be OK if I stay with IP products for my chocolate fix, since I am a (somewhat recovered) diabetic, I don't think I can go back to eating all that sugar and stay healthy.

Sorry for going on and on today, and thanks for listening! : )

goldilocksinct
01-28-2013, 10:18 PM
Wow, interesting conversations!

I am really not a chocoholic, more the popcorn/salty type of person, and since I can actually have sea salt on stuff, I am enjoying the sweet packets and snacks more than the savory ones. I live mostly on the puddings happily.

I have one person who works for me drop a lot of weight a couple of years ago and she said something about a "protein" diet and I wonder if this was it. I know they do have a center close to where she lives. I will have to ask her at some point, but she works in a different location so I don't see her much.

I had really never even heard of IP, but it is newly located downstairs from my hair salon. One of the stylists has lost a lot of weight on it so I thought about it for a while and made an appointment right after Christmas (at my highest weight in many years!) and started 12/29. I am so glad it was at the right time for me to commit. It took me many months on WW to get the same loss I have gotten in 4 weeks. Of course I am mad that I have crept up 50 pounds over the last couple of years, but that is behind me and I am now doing something about it! Plus I feel really good these days.

I always have to use moisturizer. My skin is pretty good for my age and I don't carry that much weight in my face for it to cause massive wrinkling when I lose weight. Not so with other parts of my body though! :lol:

I have clothes in my closets that will go quite a few sizes down and I look forward into fitting into those again, but I am sure I will shop a little when I start looking at smaller sizes.

karenbf
01-28-2013, 10:42 PM
Thanks ladies!
For our newcomers, here is the old avatar, 60 lbs ago
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8413515241_7a017a85aa_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8413515241/)

You look marvelous! What a pretty lady!

karenbf
01-28-2013, 11:22 PM
OK, it took me a while to finish reading the old thread and the beginning of this one. I'm caught up now and happy to have found y'all again.

Today was my WI. I've been on program for one month today. I've lost 17.5 lbs. and 8.5 inches. I'm feeling great and very proud of myself.

I met a bunch of my friends yesterday for a day of crafting. They had not seen me since I started IP. They were dishing out the compliments right and left. The hostess had made a wonderful lunch but I stayed on program and ate a bar and some spinach.

Maezy - hang in there. I'm right here in B.R., if you need me.

One more thing - I just donated my first top to charity. It was just too BIG!

greeniris
01-28-2013, 11:25 PM
Going to try this again...'net service crashed a bit ago when I tried to respond to some of your comments earlier...

I thought about your stop all chocolate and realized I would have next to NOTHING left for packets and bars. Pretty much if it's not chocolate, I don't have it. That's scary if the cravings are as bad as what you say. Hmmmmm.

I feel for all of you with cold and snow. It's in the mid 60s here. This is the mildest winter in my 18 years here. We already have a lot of narcissus and daffodils blooming. I even saw a fruit tree all in bloom. This could be bad as Georgia's February can be pretty winter-ish.

Molly
Giving up choc completely sounds pretty drastic, but it may be the only way I can succeed in P4 :mad: Molly, you are not me...your experience in maintenance will probably be very different than mine. It is my hope that sharing my difficulties will get everyone thinking about their triggers, and planning for maintenance well in advance. Success is within our grasps! You can do this gf...I know you can!

RE: avoiding the chocolate: On my first run with IP (June-Nov, reached orig goal 74lb)) I avoided anything chocolate for the 1st month and then would only have an occasional choc pudding mixed as a shake, and rarely a choc bar. I then added more to my food plan as the wt started coming off and my motivation was high. I went off during the holidays and gained 15lb. Going back into Ph 1 was more difficult this time I find the cravings much worse, and I've struggled being 100%OP. This week I did not get any bars and am doing a little bit better. Now, I am going to wait until I am well into ketosis before I have that Dark choc shake.

This sounds like me as well. I hit my original goal, and came back after Christmas to keep going towards my new lower goal. Things post-Christmas have been going quite well. However, I made the mistake of buying protein bars this past weekend, and they are like a siren song beckoning to me.... this always happens with protein bars! I should have learned my lesson by now, and leave those things in the store! Or found a variety where I can just buy one or two, and not have a box of them around tempting me. :devil:
cscape & evepet - you both answered my main question...even the low carb protein bars seem to trigger the cravings once you phase off. Guess the nashua order I just placed will take up residence in VIPs truck for a while! LOL

You've probably "heard" me mention that I didn't want to get too used to all the sweet stuff on IP. I'm a pretty big chocoholic so I purposely never got started on the bars. I did have a dk choc pudding for breakfast but it didn't seem to feed those same cravings. The cocomint creme does, tho and I have to be VERY careful and limit it or I'd be having it every nite for snack. I don't consider it okay to crave like that. If I feel like I "need" it, then it has to GO. Before IP, I hadn't really eaten much chocolate for 20 years ON PURPOSE b/c it can become an out-of-control thing for me very easily. I wont say I 100% abatained for those 20 years but i bet more than 99%. I'd rather live without it than have it control me. No food has my permission to control me.
Aww Lisa - wish I had half the self-control that you do! I do in some areas of my life I guess, but the choc thing especially kicks my butt. You are doing fabulously!

Wow, interesting conversations!

I am really not a chocoholic, more the popcorn/salty type of person, and since I can actually have sea salt on stuff, I am enjoying the sweet packets and snacks more than the savory ones. I live mostly on the puddings happily.

I have one person who works for me drop a lot of weight a couple of years ago and she said something about a "protein" diet and I wonder if this was it. I know they do have a center close to where she lives. I will have to ask her at some point, but she works in a different location so I don't see her much.

I had really never even heard of IP, but it is newly located downstairs from my hair salon. One of the stylists has lost a lot of weight on it so I thought about it for a while and made an appointment right after Christmas (at my highest weight in many years!) and started 12/29. I am so glad it was at the right time for me to commit. It took me many months on WW to get the same loss I have gotten in 4 weeks. Of course I am mad that I have crept up 50 pounds over the last couple of years, but that is behind me and I am now doing something about it! Plus I feel really good these days.

I always have to use moisturizer. My skin is pretty good for my age and I don't carry that much weight in my face for it to cause massive wrinkling when I lose weight. Not so with other parts of my body though! :lol:

I have clothes in my closets that will go quite a few sizes down and I look forward into fitting into those again, but I am sure I will shop a little when I start looking at smaller sizes.
Hi goldilocks! Not sure if I've welcomed you to this thread, but will do so now...WELCOMEand glad to have you join us!! Glad to hear you're having success with IP, and am certain it will continue:carrot:

greeniris
01-28-2013, 11:30 PM
OK, it took me a while to finish reading the old thread and the beginning of this one. I'm caught up now and happy to have found y'all again.

Today was my WI. I've been on program for one month today. I've lost 17.5 lbs. and 8.5 inches. I'm feeling great and very proud of myself.

I met a bunch of my friends yesterday for a day of crafting. They had not seen me since I started IP. They were dishing out the compliments right and left. The hostess had made a wonderful lunch but I stayed on program and ate a bar and some spinach.

Maezy - hang in there. I'm right here in B.R., if you need me.

One more thing - I just donated my first top to charity. It was just too BIG!
Hi Karen - AWESOME LOSSES!!! You should be proud of yourself, not only for your progress on the scale, but that you have also learned how to handle being out in social situations as well. You are rocking IP!




EDIT - Anyone heard from rainbow lately? Think she's been MIA...Hi Susan - miss you!

Fishette
01-28-2013, 11:54 PM
Hi, new folks - glad to read about so many successes!

I will join you folks sitting at the chocolate bar. I have a real trigger for chocolate after eating spicy food. I have been using wafers from Nashua to satisfy that itch since they are much better for me than the real thing.

I'm sticking pretty closely the P3 these days. My calorie limit is my metabolic rate which they tell me is 1350 calories a day: <50g fat and <100g carbs. I'm usually at 1150 or less and i have to try to get it up that high, but today I was wanting to eat all day. Lots of stress around major re-orgs at work. I don't let myself think about it too much, but my body knows something's up. I had 3 Nashua chocolate wafers spread throughout the day, plus my regular food. I want to eat another right now, but I'm snug in bed and will stay here. Total today was 1336, so yea I'm still under my limit. :dizzy:

Hope everyone has a good night and a great sunny day tomorrow!

greeniris
01-29-2013, 11:48 AM
Hi, new folks - glad to read about so many successes!

I will join you folks sitting at the chocolate bar. I have a real trigger for chocolate after eating spicy food. I have been using wafers from Nashua to satisfy that itch since they are much better for me than the real thing.

I'm sticking pretty closely the P3 these days. My calorie limit is my metabolic rate which they tell me is 1350 calories a day: <50g fat and <100g carbs. I'm usually at 1150 or less and i have to try to get it up that high, but today I was wanting to eat all day. Lots of stress around major re-orgs at work. I don't let myself think about it too much, but my body knows something's up. I had 3 Nashua chocolate wafers spread throughout the day, plus my regular food. I want to eat another right now, but I'm snug in bed and will stay here. Total today was 1336, so yea I'm still under my limit. :dizzy:

Hope everyone has a good night and a great sunny day tomorrow!
LOL - after eating spicy food I always wanted ice cream, but found that a bit of yogurt will do the trick too. While on P1 I got used to not having anything after spicy foods - progress!

AliKay
01-29-2013, 12:31 PM
Morning from the Windy City where the temps will be in the 60's today...60 degrees in January, something wrong with this picture.

Finally made it to "onederland" with Friday's WI, slowly moving down the scale.

Congrats to everyone on your losses, NSV's and accomplishments. So hard to catch up with personal messages to each of you when we are already on a new thread and the last I posted was the old thread. ;)

Have a great day!

WingnutandMe
01-29-2013, 02:47 PM
Morning from the Windy City where the temps will be in the 60's today...60 degrees in January, something wrong with this picture.

Finally made it to "onederland" with Friday's WI, slowly moving down the scale.

Congrats to everyone on your losses, NSV's and accomplishments. So hard to catch up with personal messages to each of you when we are already on a new thread and the last I posted was the old thread. ;)

Have a great day!

ONDERLAND

:carrot::bravo::cp::cb::dance::dancer::cheer3::con grat::broc::cheer:

karenbf
01-29-2013, 03:01 PM
Morning from the Windy City where the temps will be in the 60's today...60 degrees in January, something wrong with this picture.

Finally made it to "onederland" with Friday's WI, slowly moving down the scale.

Congrats to everyone on your losses, NSV's and accomplishments. So hard to catch up with personal messages to each of you when we are already on a new thread and the last I posted was the old thread. ;)

Have a great day!

Congratulations! I can't wait to be in onederland again.

karenbf
01-29-2013, 03:04 PM
Anyone have travel tips for me?

I've checked out the LaQuinta that I'll be staying at next week. They have a microwave and mini-fridge in all of the rooms. How perfect is that?!

I'm mostly concerned about my trip after that. The hotel doesn't have mini-fridge or microwave for use by guests. I'll figure something out but would love to hear how any of you may have dealt with travel while on IP.

lisa32989
01-29-2013, 04:18 PM
Anyone have travel tips for me?

I've checked out the LaQuinta that I'll be staying at next week. They have a microwave and mini-fridge in all of the rooms. How perfect is that?!

I'm mostly concerned about my trip after that. The hotel doesn't have mini-fridge or microwave for use by guests. I'll figure something out but would love to hear how any of you may have dealt with travel while on IP.
I bumped a really good travel thread for you
Here is the URL http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/268448-travelling-ip-lessons-learned-road-warrior.html#post4517678

maezy1
01-29-2013, 04:47 PM
Karenbf This happened to me as well. I brought some ready to drinks and had them over ice, put baggies of veggies in a cooler and asked the ppl at the hotel to keep things in their refrig which they were happy to do. I also do the same thing and look fOr hotels with the microfrig and waves but it is not always available huh?ll You will do great!
Yesmy Queen size 10 WOOHOO!!!! CONGRATS
Alikay onderland!!!!! congrats!
65x65 I will take your losses any day!!! Mine are slowing down for a bunch of reasons so I am happy for you!
Wingnut 3.4?!?!?! OMG!!! so happy fro you

Big news for me today! The lump was NOT CANCER!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!
And I had an NSV!!!! I crossed my half way point today!!!!!!! Ordered myself an Alex & Ani bracelet as a reward and I will wear it ALL OF THE TIME!
All in all it has been a terrific day!

M35A2
01-29-2013, 05:10 PM
I will join you folks sitting at the chocolate bar. I have a real trigger for chocolate after eating spicy food. :dizzy:


Spicy chocolates seem to be the rage these days so maybe try adding some cayanne pepper to the chocolate drink? I'm not much on spicy stuff and I'm not much of a cook so take that for what it's worth.

goldilocksinct
01-29-2013, 07:12 PM
Big news for me today! The lump was NOT CANCER!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!
And I had an NSV!!!! I crossed my half way point today!!!!!!! Ordered myself an Alex & Ani bracelet as a reward and I will wear it ALL OF THE TIME!
All in all it has been a terrific day!Big congratulations on both counts!! :cp:

evepet
01-29-2013, 07:21 PM
Morning from the Windy City where the temps will be in the 60's today...60 degrees in January, something wrong with this picture.

Finally made it to "onederland" with Friday's WI, slowly moving down the scale.

Congrats to everyone on your losses, NSV's and accomplishments. So hard to catch up with personal messages to each of you when we are already on a new thread and the last I posted was the old thread. ;)

Have a great day!

Congrats on entering 'Onderland'! :woohoo::woohoo:

Karenbf This happened to me as well. I brought some ready to drinks and had them over ice, put baggies of veggies in a cooler and asked the ppl at the hotel to keep things in their refrig which they were happy to do. I also do the same thing and look fOr hotels with the microfrig and waves but it is not always available huh?ll You will do great!
Yesmy Queen size 10 WOOHOO!!!! CONGRATS
Alikay onderland!!!!! congrats!
65x65 I will take your losses any day!!! Mine are slowing down for a bunch of reasons so I am happy for you!
Wingnut 3.4?!?!?! OMG!!! so happy fro you

Big news for me today! The lump was NOT CANCER!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!
And I had an NSV!!!! I crossed my half way point today!!!!!!! Ordered myself an Alex & Ani bracelet as a reward and I will wear it ALL OF THE TIME!
All in all it has been a terrific day!

Double Congrats! Both re the lump situation, and crossing the halfway point!
:cheer::cp: :woohoo:

Yesmyqueen
01-29-2013, 08:03 PM
Good afternoon everyone, just read up and want to welcome the new folks and say yea for ONDERLAND and the great losses and hi to you all! Very busy today and leaving again soon so talk to y'all later friends, Teena

Fishette
01-29-2013, 08:26 PM
Spicy chocolates seem to be the rage these days so maybe try adding some cayanne pepper to the chocolate drink? I'm not much on spicy stuff and I'm not much of a cook so take that for what it's worth.

That's a clever idea! Hmmm...


Big news for me today! The lump was NOT CANCER!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!
And I had an NSV!!!! I crossed my half way point today!!!!!!! Ordered myself an Alex & Ani bracelet as a reward and I will wear it ALL OF THE TIME!
All in all it has been a terrific day!

That's wonderful and fantastic!

WingnutandMe
01-29-2013, 09:00 PM
Anyone have travel tips for me?

I've checked out the LaQuinta that I'll be staying at next week. They have a microwave and mini-fridge in all of the rooms. How perfect is that?!

I'm mostly concerned about my trip after that. The hotel doesn't have mini-fridge or microwave for use by guests. I'll figure something out but would love to hear how any of you may have dealt with travel while on IP.

I actually took a small blender (Hamilton Beach, http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-51101B-Personal-Blender/dp/B0017XHSAE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359507532&sr=8-1&keywords=hamilton+beach+blender) and an electric skillet and had pudding pancakes every morning. Blender was great for shakes.

Molly

Halfagain
01-29-2013, 10:54 PM
I went into the office today for some meetings. I guess my hair REALLY looks nice! I got about a dozen compliments on my hair and maybe 4 people commented on the weight loss. Maybe my hair just looks better with 120 lbs less under it? Hahaha - I had my hair cut before when I went into the office. It was nice to get so many nice comments. I just find it humorous.

Lots of chat here today, I'm just getting caught up. Chocolate has a strong draw for me too. I have tried to eat 1/2 a bar now and 1/2 later - but I end up eating the whole thing at once. It makes me think I don't have enough control to handle portion control without planning. If I had a box open here beside me, I may not be able to show restraint. Then again, I have 9 more bars out in the kitchen, and I don't get into them... so I'm thinking of just not allowing for open grazing (take my portion, put the rest away).

joysh
01-30-2013, 01:05 AM
Big news for me today! The lump was NOT CANCER!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!
And I had an NSV!!!! I crossed my half way point today!!!!!!!
All in all it has been a terrific day!

Maezy, what wonderful news!!!! Whew!!! And congrats on your halfway mark!

Alikay, welcome to Onederland!!!!!

Had my WI today and I'm down .6 this week. But we measured today and I've lost LOTS of inches. As I near my goal weight my scale losses are slowing a bit, but I'm fine with that. I know I'm staying OP 100% and will persist. I know it will come off. I lowered my goal another few pounds. When I get there I will see if that will be my ending weight or if I'll go to 125. That's my final goal and that's when I'll phase off. But I'm now past my original goal, so that's very exciting.

Fishette
01-30-2013, 09:09 AM
Halfagain - you look great in your new pics! Bit that shirt sure made me do a double-take! Freaky!

greeniris
01-30-2013, 12:35 PM
Morning from the Windy City where the temps will be in the 60's today...60 degrees in January, something wrong with this picture.

Finally made it to "onederland" with Friday's WI, slowly moving down the scale.

Congrats to everyone on your losses, NSV's and accomplishments. So hard to catch up with personal messages to each of you when we are already on a new thread and the last I posted was the old thread. ;)

Have a great day!
:carrot: YEAH on ONDERLAND!!!! Gotta love THAT feeling! We were in the mid-40s yesterday, but only up to 18 for tomorrow. Strange weather, though it is not uncommon to have a "January Thaw".

Maezy, what wonderful news!!!! Whew!!! And congrats on your halfway mark!

Alikay, welcome to Onederland!!!!!

Had my WI today and I'm down .6 this week. But we measured today and I've lost LOTS of inches. As I near my goal weight my scale losses are slowing a bit, but I'm fine with that. I know I'm staying OP 100% and will persist. I know it will come off. I lowered my goal another few pounds. When I get there I will see if that will be my ending weight or if I'll go to 125. That's my final goal and that's when I'll phase off. But I'm now past my original goal, so that's very exciting.
The losses seem to slow for a lot of us as we get closer to goal. You've done great joysh and will get there soon!

Not much happening here - raining. VIP will be home tonight (he's been gone since Monday eve). I'm noticing my muscles are sore from the workouts, but not too bad. Started out fairly slow and gradually working my way up in weights & reps. Last night I added in a few things using my legs and really felt it in my knee later :mad: Will go see the Dr after work today to find out MRI results.

Laters.....;)

lisa32989
01-30-2013, 02:44 PM
I'm noticing my muscles are sore from the workouts, but not too bad. Started out fairly slow and gradually working my way up in weights & reps. Last night I added in a few things using my legs and really felt it in my knee later :mad: Will go see the Dr after work today to find out MRI results.
Girlfriend: STOP beating that knee up! Until you know what is going on, you could be doing MORE damage!
We take better care of others than we do of ourselves, don't we?

I went into the office today for some meetings. I guess my hair REALLY looks nice! I got about a dozen compliments on my hair and maybe 4 people commented on the weight loss. Maybe my hair just looks better with 120 lbs less under it? Hahaha - I had my hair cut before when I went into the office. It was nice to get so many nice comments. I just find it humorous.
:) Yes. What else can you do but laugh?
I'm beginning to wonder if people are afraid to say, "wow, you look way better now that you're not so FAT" :rofl:
Or if they REALLY, HONESTLY don't see "it". They know something is different but can't figure out WHAT

We're feeling so good, we want to shout it from the rooftops but not everyone notices the same thing. :dunno:

I get so many hair compliments I'm going to start saying this: My stylist has decided to let it be about an inch longer because after my significant weight loss, he's not trying to reduce the "roudness" of my face with the hairstyle anymore. :cool:

The other thing I keep trying to remember is that my weight still falls well within the "obese" range. Even tho I'm feeling GREAT, people still see a significantly overweight woman. My perspective and theirs are very different.

I actually took a small blender and an electric skillet and had pudding pancakes every morning. Blender was great for shakes.
Oh man! This would be so great! We're flying so not taking up valuable carry-on space with appliances, unfortunately. But for road trips, this is a grand idea!

Okay, so wii fit really did say 198.4 this morning. That scale better not be inhabited by any :devil: tomorrow at WI. If it is, I'm going with TODAY's number! I ONDEr if it will?

NinjaNurse
01-30-2013, 03:01 PM
Maezy1: SO happy for you!!!
Halfagain: Love the pics!!

WingnutandMe
01-30-2013, 03:43 PM
Big news for me today! The lump was NOT CANCER!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!
And I had an NSV!!!! I crossed my half way point today!!!!!!! Ordered myself an Alex & Ani bracelet as a reward and I will wear it ALL OF THE TIME!
All in all it has been a terrific day!

Oh maezy, so sorry I missed this yesterday as I have been watching for the news and you got a double dose of good news with making it half way and NO cancer. I am sooooo happy for you.


Okay, so wii fit really did say 198.4 this morning. That scale better not be inhabited by any :devil: tomorrow at WI. If it is, I'm going with TODAY's number! I ONDEr if it will?

I will try to keep the whoosh fairy hovering over you until your WI tomorrow. Looking good, though.

Just sitting here watching the weather channel as tornado conditions are VERY favorable for us right now. Two years ago, we had one less than a quarter mile away. Very scary.

Everyone in the southeast please keep safe.

Molly

evepet
01-30-2013, 04:34 PM
Just popping in to say a quick 'Hi!'. Nothing particularly new or interesting here, just wanted to check and see what was up with everyone.

Wingnutandme - I have that exact same small Hamilton Beach single-serving blender. It's seen a lot of use during these past dieting months. Stay safe - hope no tornados head your way.

Halfagain - I'm hear you re the 1/2 bar thing... I remember, way back when at the beginning of this process, my (short lived) IP coach suggested that. I pretty much knew it wouldn't work for me, and opted for puddings instead.

GreenIris - good luck with that MRI today.

Lis32989 - fingers and toes crossed that the scale behaves for you tomorrow!!

Cheers everyone. Have a good day.

NinjaNurse
01-30-2013, 05:49 PM
MAezy1 BTW, you totally deserve cowboy boots!!

Lizzy63
01-30-2013, 08:21 PM
Maezy - glad you got good news on the lump, and halfway too! Wow!

Barb - I have actually had people make comments about my hair when I was losing weight, even though I didn't change a thing the whole time I was losing - just my regular trim every 4 weeks... I think they know something is different, but not sure what.

I did go with some color just yesterday. Wanted to cover the gray before a job interview next week so I don't look too close to retirement age! Silly, I know... I have not updated my photo since July when I started IP. Going to have to do that now that I'm at goal and have a new color.

After 60 degrees yesterday, it's turning cold here. Walking the dog at 5:30 tomorrow morning is gonna be awful, but she loves her a.m. walk. Without Robin, I think it would have taken me longer to reach goal - she's my walking buddy.

Hope you are all having a great day! Looking forward to having more of you join us in maintenance soon!

greeniris
01-30-2013, 09:57 PM
Bah - MRI showed a torn ligament, but not the meniscus like he thought it was. It's the MCL (medial collateral ligament), which is connected to both the thigh bone and the shin on the inside side of the knee. No surgery needed (Yay), but he's recommending PT & a knee brace for awhile. So, will behave myself at the gym again and only work my core & upper body until given the all clear. (Didn't work out tonight due to sleet & deteriorating road conditions.)

Lizzy - let us see the 'new' you!

Lisa - Hoping for an official ONEDERLAND WI for you tomorrow!

Molly - hope the worst of the storms go around you; stay safe!

WingnutandMe
01-30-2013, 10:20 PM
Bah - MRI showed a torn ligament, but not the meniscus like he thought it was. It's the MCL (medial collateral ligament), which is connected to both the thigh bone and the shin on the inside side of the knee. No surgery needed (Yay), but he's recommending PT & a knee brace for awhile. So, will behave myself at the gym again and only work my core & upper body until given the all clear. (Didn't work out tonight due to sleet & deteriorating road conditions.)

Lizzy - let us see the 'new' you!

Lisa - Hoping for an official ONEDERLAND WI for you tomorrow!

Molly - hope the worst of the storms go around you; stay safe!

Good that you do not have top go through surgery. PT is okay. I'm still in mine. It's slowly helping. I let the problem with my foot go too long and it has a lot of scar tissue they are working on. I have a lace up "sock" brace on my foot. It helps along with the PT.

We escaped any bad weather other than 2" of rain in the last 8 or 9 hours. Now the temps are dropping rapidly. I've been in short sleeves for the last two days with no jacket. That's over, now.

Molly

lisa32989
01-31-2013, 07:32 AM
Green iris: PT works well when you follow all the rules!

WHERE IS RAINBOW???

evepet
01-31-2013, 12:08 PM
Bah - MRI showed a torn ligament, but not the meniscus like he thought it was. It's the MCL (medial collateral ligament), which is connected to both the thigh bone and the shin on the inside side of the knee. No surgery needed (Yay), but he's recommending PT & a knee brace for awhile. So, will behave myself at the gym again and only work my core & upper body until given the all clear. (Didn't work out tonight due to sleet & deteriorating road conditions.)

Glad that there's no surgery involved. Concentrate on your PT exercises and soon you'll be good as new. I think we had much the same weather as you yesterday, and maybe today too. Unusually warm yesterday (broke long-standing weather records) but with sleet and freezing rain, which made driving hazardous. Back to seasonal temps today again, and it's very windy.

Good that you do not have top go through surgery. PT is okay. I'm still in mine. It's slowly helping. I let the problem with my foot go too long and it has a lot of scar tissue they are working on. I have a lace up "sock" brace on my foot. It helps along with the PT.

We escaped any bad weather other than 2" of rain in the last 8 or 9 hours. Now the temps are dropping rapidly. I've been in short sleeves for the last two days with no jacket. That's over, now.

Molly

Glad you're safe and sound tornado-wise Molly. Good luck with that foot... seems that 'slowly but surely' it's on the mend.

Yes - Where is Rainbow!!! ? I've noticed she's not been posting on the other threads either...

Yesmyqueen
01-31-2013, 03:22 PM
Hello friends, today was WI for me and I was down 1.8 lbs and I'm happy with that epically since Tom showed up yesterday, I just wanted to share my news, hope everyone has a great day.

deelee10
01-31-2013, 07:30 PM
Hi Fifty and Fabs-
I'm trying to get back on board. I'm up almost 20. Soo hard.

AlisonS
01-31-2013, 07:57 PM
Maezy - SO THANKFUL it is not cancer!

Alikay - Congratulations!!!

I had a root canal today - in the past that would have been an excuse to eat chocolate malts all day, LOL! Today I came home and made a pancake for lunch (easy to chew) and canned spinach (wilted beyond recognition, does not require chewing). So I will count that as a victory! :carrot:

greeniris
01-31-2013, 11:15 PM
Hello friends, today was WI for me and I was down 1.8 lbs and I'm happy with that epically since Tom showed up yesterday, I just wanted to share my news, hope everyone has a great day.
Yay! Congratulations Teena!

Hi Fifty and Fabs-
I'm trying to get back on board. I'm up almost 20. Soo hard.
Welcome to our great thread deelee! Glad to have you aboard, and hope it doesn't take you too long to get back to goal.

Worried about rainbow...usually when people stop posting it's cuz they've 'fallen off the wagon'...really hope that isn't what's happening.

Yesmyqueen
02-01-2013, 12:32 AM
Hi Fifty and Fabs-
I'm trying to get back on board. I'm up almost 20. Soo hard.
Welcome back deelee, you came to the right place to get back to the right place!

Maezy - SO THANKFUL it is not cancer!

Alikay - Congratulations!!!

I had a root canal today - in the past that would have been an excuse to eat chocolate malts all day, LOL! Today I came home and made a pancake for lunch (easy to chew) and canned spinach (wilted beyond recognition, does not require chewing). So I will count that as a victory! :carrot:

Ouch root canal, makes me shiver all over, do not care for the dentist, but who does?


Yes ((((((Rainbow)))))) where are you? Hope your doing ok, let us know we're missing you.

lisa32989
02-01-2013, 12:35 AM
For any of you wonderful ladies who don't venture to other threads, take a look at my stats!
-2 today
Onderland!
And my lbs lost is MORE than my lbs left to go
All in all, a great day

Rainbow, if you are lurking, come back! We love you!

Fishette
02-01-2013, 01:07 AM
Yea, Lisa! It's all downhill from here!

Sorry about your root canal, AlisonS. I've found that food isn't so soothing anymore. Good for you for realizing that it won't really make things better.

Tina, you are the shining example of persistence! Keep plugging away.

DeeLee, you can do this. It isn't really so hard. But so what, we can do hard! We're not whimps here! We have the power to tell our inner child to stop nagging us.

Dunno where Rainbow is...I thought she just celebrated a milestone victory...

I had a routine eye exam today to get a renewal on my contact lenses. Yikes, she is sending me to the specialist for maculars - something is screwy with mine, it has "crinkles". I think the main thing to do for maculars is Omega 3, which I have a leg-up on now thanks to IP. BTW, she is going to be on the same flight I'm on to Cancun on Valentines Day. How funny is that? I'll have to think of a good joke to play on her, maybe get the flight attendants to help me. Hmmm...what to do to tease an eye doctor...

MaMaZu
02-01-2013, 08:25 AM
that I must have bought in a deluded moment of optimism a couple of years ago and then I bought a Land's End parka on sale for less than $50 for the really cold days at the beginning of the season. It is size XL and will work through the end of this winter, but will probably want something new for next year. It isn't that it is so big but it seems to have gotten about 4 inches longer than it was to start with, LOL.

Sorry for going on and on today, and thanks for listening! : )

Just had to share:
I had bought an XL Lands End raincoat several months before I started IP. I spent just under $200 on it so it kind of made me sick thinking about it. I ended up reading that they had a return policy of 100% satisfaction guaranteed or return at any time for any reason for an exchange or refund. I returned my XL raincoat for a Small.
Lands End now has a customer for life!

evepet
02-01-2013, 10:38 AM
Hi Fifty and Fabs-
I'm trying to get back on board. I'm up almost 20. Soo hard.

You can do it deelee. And everyone here will be more than willing to give support and encouragement - and the occasional 'swift kick' if needed. :hug:

Maezy - SO THANKFUL it is not cancer!

Alikay - Congratulations!!!

I had a root canal today - in the past that would have been an excuse to eat chocolate malts all day, LOL! Today I came home and made a pancake for lunch (easy to chew) and canned spinach (wilted beyond recognition, does not require chewing). So I will count that as a victory! :carrot:

Oohh.... ouchy on the root canal. :( You did great though food-wise. Good job!

Hello friends, today was WI for me and I was down 1.8 lbs and I'm happy with that epically since Tom showed up yesterday, I just wanted to share my news, hope everyone has a great day.

That's excellent, as you said especially with TOM visiting. :) Getting closer and closer..... :D

Yea, Lisa! It's all downhill from here!

Sorry about your root canal, AlisonS. I've found that food isn't so soothing anymore. Good for you for realizing that it won't really make things better.

Tina, you are the shining example of persistence! Keep plugging away.

DeeLee, you can do this. It isn't really so hard. But so what, we can do hard! We're not whimps here! We have the power to tell our inner child to stop nagging us.

Dunno where Rainbow is...I thought she just celebrated a milestone victory...

I had a routine eye exam today to get a renewal on my contact lenses. Yikes, she is sending me to the specialist for maculars - something is screwy with mine, it has "crinkles". I think the main thing to do for maculars is Omega 3, which I have a leg-up on now thanks to IP. BTW, she is going to be on the same flight I'm on to Cancun on Valentines Day. How funny is that? I'll have to think of a good joke to play on her, maybe get the flight attendants to help me. Hmmm...what to do to tease an eye doctor...

I don't know about "crinkles" in the macular, but I was told around this time last year by my Optomologist that I have early stage macular degeneration. I was told to take Vitalux Plus Omega 3 with Lutein - here's a link to an info page about this product: http://www.eyeclub.ca/vitalux/about_product_02_facts.htm?lang=en

Just had to share:
I had bought an XL Lands End raincoat several months before I started IP. I spent just under $200 on it so it kind of made me sick thinking about it. I ended up reading that they had a return policy of 100% satisfaction guaranteed or return at any time for any reason for an exchange or refund. I returned my XL raincoat for a Small.
Lands End now has a customer for life!

Wow - now THAT is a great exchange policy. :D

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

Good morning everyone! Just wanted to check in and see what's going on.
Nothing in particular to report from my end... just 'keepin' on keepin' on'. :)

Have a great day! Weekend is almost here. :) (Gonna be a cold one in these parts).

maezy1
02-01-2013, 11:15 AM
DEELEE welcome! Look at all the losses! How great!!!! Congrats so all and to all who have great NSV's!!!!!

Been a GREAT week and glad that it is Friday! We are having fantastic weather!
I am hoping the scale is good to me this week and my body has finally adjusted to all of the activity! I got the green light for a 2 mile bike ride this weekend!

Lizzy63
02-01-2013, 02:20 PM
Teena - Great job!

Lisa - Welcome to onderland!!! And more than halfway!

Hope you all are staying warm - it was -15F windchill when I walked the dog this morning. Eeek!

karenbf
02-01-2013, 03:48 PM
I bumped a really good travel thread for you
Here is the URL http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/268448-travelling-ip-lessons-learned-road-warrior.html#post4517678

Thank you SO MUCH, Lisa!

NinjaNurse
02-01-2013, 04:32 PM
Love love love Lands End. I have bought a lot of clothes from them. If you live near a Sears, you can return them there. My only complaint is the bathing suits run short. (And I am short to begin with.)

I have two coats (about 10yrs old but in excellent condition) that are too big and I would love to sell them.

AND I just bought a present for myself, COWBOY BOOTS!!! I got them through Amazon.com so I used a $100 GC I had gotten for my B-day. So excited.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41s2RuTKtML.jpg

I hope the pic isn't too big!

Fishette
02-01-2013, 06:03 PM
I don't know about "crinkles" in the macular, but I was told around this time last year by my Optomologist that I have early stage macular degeneration. I was told to take Vitalux Plus Omega 3 with Lutein - here's a link to an info page about this product: http://www.eyeclub.ca/vitalux/about_product_02_facts.htm?lang=en


Thanks, Evepet. DH has what you have and takes something similar. It has not reversed his problem but has kept it from getting any worse for several years now. I checked out the all-knowing Internet, and found that macular wrinkles are from the retina pulling away from the wall a little bit and then settling back down but not as smoothly. Nothing to do about it until your vision is impacted, and then they do surgery to smooth out the wrinkle. Thankfully no vision problems for me yet. But I'll wait to see what the experts say. I'm really bad about taking pills. For me, the supplements were the hardest part of P1.

cactusflower
02-01-2013, 06:51 PM
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to pop on and say "Hi!"" Somehow almost a week got away from me! Still 100% and doing great with the program, plus we moved our move out west (from the northeast to the southwest) up a month, so it will be the first week of March instead :dizzy: This is all good :carrot: just lots to do because we need to schedule my husband's dialysis every 2-3 days along the way, so it will stretch things out a bit!

So wanted to say Hi and I will get back to posting more regularly. :hug: to everyone and have a great evening :)

deelee10
02-01-2013, 09:51 PM
Hi - thanks for the nice welcome and words of encouragement.
Maezy - Glad your lump not cancerous - woohoo! what a relief that must be.
Fishette - LOL about my "inner child." That's exactly who that is that is saying,"Find me some carbs, any carbs will do!" Hope your eyes are okay.
MaMaZu - Woohoo on the size small raincoat! And nice to know Lands End has good return policy.
Lisa - Congrats!
GreenIris - sorry about your torn ligament. I had rotator cuff surgery on Aug.31 on my right shoulder. Still not 100%. I had my left shoulder done 2 years ago and it is 100 %. Just takes awhile. And lot's of PT.
Yesmyqueen - Love your name - thanks for the welcome.
Well, we'are heading into my bewitching hours. I look forward to getting to know you all!

girlpenny
02-01-2013, 10:15 PM
I love this board. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll be back. Have been on the program for one month and have lost a little over 13 pounds. I want February to be as successful.

Nolawhodatchick
02-01-2013, 11:00 PM
Love love love Lands End. I have bought a lot of clothes from them. If you live near a Sears, you can return them there. My only complaint is the bathing suits run short. (And I am short to begin with.)

I have two coats (about 10yrs old but in excellent condition) that are too big and I would love to sell them.

AND I just bought a present for myself, COWBOY BOOTS!!! I got them through Amazon.com so I used a $100 GC I had gotten for my B-day. So excited.


I hope the pic isn't too big!

I Love the boots! What a great present!

I have decided I'm going to upcycle some boots as a reward for myself. I've been scouring the thrift stores to find just the right boots. Sort of like these...I know they look junky but for some reason, I love them! http://www.etsy.com/listing/106121329/upcycled-reworked-vintage-luxury-boho?ref=sr_gallery_28&ga_search_query=upcycled+boots&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto2&ga_explicit_scope=1&ga_search_type=handmade

Fishette
02-01-2013, 11:19 PM
Those boots are wild, girl!!!

rainbowsmiles
02-01-2013, 11:30 PM
sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan

WingnutandMe
02-01-2013, 11:45 PM
sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan

Welcome back, you know we love you and we're here to support you with whatever. There are prices to pay with getting healthy, unfortunately. You raise some thinking points. I've been fortunate. My only loose skin is on my face and it's not too bad. probably a "good" by-product of my edema, everything stays puffy.

Molly

patns
02-02-2013, 12:12 AM
So glad to see you dropping by Susan, I was worried about you. Please keep on coming in no matter what you decide to do and it does that a lot of though.
I didn't have as much to lose, at goal it is 70 pounds gone. I did get to goal but regained some and working on that again. But at goal I had an awful fold of loose skin around my belly which made it so hard to find pants that fit correctly.

So think carefully what you ned to do. The maintaining plan may work well if you incorporate exercise as well.

Good luck and don't be a stranger!
Pat

Beck81
02-02-2013, 12:14 AM
sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan

Rainbow, I hate to see you go off IP. You have done so well. The weight loss is more important, I think than our saggy skin. I have plenty of loose skin too but it hides under my clothes. I can not afford any surgery either. I am eatibg rhubarb jello to help! Best wishes with whatever you decide to do. You're a beautiful lady, inside and out. Take care, Becky

Halfagain
02-02-2013, 02:29 AM
Hello!

Susan, I truly hear you on the loose skin issue. I have a lot of that too. You do what is right for you! This is your journey, we're on the same path, but we each have to do what is right for us. My goodness, look how far you have come - no matter what you decide you are already a success. I know you are not leaving or giving up :hug: We need to keep supporting one another - I'm counting on you. If you stay with maintenance well you can have it figured out for when I get there :hug:

Ninjanurse - your new boots are awesome! In fact you inspired me to go looking for boots today too after work. However my calves are too big still for the kind of boots I'm looking for. I'm not going to settle for ankle highs :) so no boots for me yet. They will wait till I'm down some more lbs.

I did find some shoes I love. Italian leather - yes they were a true splurge that I didn't intend to do. I'm still trying to justify buying them.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/thinkshoesFeb2013_zpsa34141be.jpg only in a reddish/brown color. Nordstrom Rack is a discount store where they sell close outs, returns, or other. I didn't see any others like them, so I'm guessing they were a return. Anyway, I'm very happy. They will be going to GA on my trip! I tried on a couple dresses but decided I wouldn't get my monies worth out of them with my weight loss going on still. So I just had fun trying them on. I figure shoes will fit now even when I'm at goal, I've gone down a size already, and they aren't that much bigger than what I wore in high school.

AlisonS
02-02-2013, 09:12 AM
On loose skin - I have been told by one of the top obesity specialists in the country, Dr. Arthur Frank, that you need to lose the weight you need to/want to, then wait six months - at that point your body will have absorbed whatever excess skin it can - and then deal with it. There are sites online that say that you really need to wait even longer than that. My problem areas are my upper arms, thigh area, tummy tuck area and of course, chest. I'm figuring for the tummy tuck area and boobs, it is going to be a job for Spanx/a good bra. For the thighs and underarms, I am going to consult with my dermatologist. My dermatologist happens to be the same guy (no lie) who reattached John Bobbit's penis! I figure if he can do that, my problems are MINOR, lol!! I think I have heard that for things like skin tightening under arms and so forth they have a laser procedure that can tighten things up somewhat without actual surgery. I think that I could live with a small improvement in those areas, since it is not like I run around in booty shorts and tank tops anyway!

Anyway, Rainbow, big hugs to you and I encourage you to stay with it! We will all get through this together!

Lizzy63
02-02-2013, 10:33 AM
sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan

Good to hear from you, Susan! You are the only one who can decide what's right for you and I'm sure we will all support your choice.

A lot of good discussion on the maintainers thread lately, if you want to check that out. Hope you'll join us over there!

Lizzy63
02-02-2013, 10:39 AM
Hello!

Susan, I truly hear you on the loose skin issue. I have a lot of that too. You do what is right for you! This is your journey, we're on the same path, but we each have to do what is right for us. My goodness, look how far you have come - no matter what you decide you are already a success. I know you are not leaving or giving up :hug: We need to keep supporting one another - I'm counting on you. If you stay with maintenance well you can have it figured out for when I get there :hug:

Ninjanurse - your new boots are awesome! In fact you inspired me to go looking for boots today too after work. However my calves are too big still for the kind of boots I'm looking for. I'm not going to settle for ankle highs :) so no boots for me yet. They will wait till I'm down some more lbs.

I did find some shoes I love. Italian leather - yes they were a true splurge that I didn't intend to do. I'm still trying to justify buying them.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/thinkshoesFeb2013_zpsa34141be.jpg only in a reddish/brown color. Nordstrom Rack is a discount store where they sell close outs, returns, or other. I didn't see any others like them, so I'm guessing they were a return. Anyway, I'm very happy. They will be going to GA on my trip! I tried on a couple dresses but decided I wouldn't get my monies worth out of them with my weight loss going on still. So I just had fun trying them on. I figure shoes will fit now even when I'm at goal, I've gone down a size already, and they aren't that much bigger than what I wore in high school.

Love the shoes! They look stylish and comfy!

I also like the cowboy boots, but this is more my style- something I would wear regularly.

evepet
02-02-2013, 12:17 PM
Love love love Lands End. I have bought a lot of clothes from them. If you live near a Sears, you can return them there. My only complaint is the bathing suits run short. (And I am short to begin with.)

I have two coats (about 10yrs old but in excellent condition) that are too big and I would love to sell them.

AND I just bought a present for myself, COWBOY BOOTS!!! I got them through Amazon.com so I used a $100 GC I had gotten for my B-day. So excited.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41s2RuTKtML.jpg

I hope the pic isn't too big!

Very nice. Spiffy. :)

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to pop on and say "Hi!"" Somehow almost a week got away from me! Still 100% and doing great with the program, plus we moved our move out west (from the northeast to the southwest) up a month, so it will be the first week of March instead :dizzy: This is all good :carrot: just lots to do because we need to schedule my husband's dialysis every 2-3 days along the way, so it will stretch things out a bit!

So wanted to say Hi and I will get back to posting more regularly. :hug: to everyone and have a great evening :)

'Hi!' to you too! don't be a stranger.

sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan

Rainbow - so glad to hear from you. :D I can well understand your wanting to take some time and thoroughly explore your options about this. But you don't need to stay away while you do it! We're all here for you.

Hello!

Susan, I truly hear you on the loose skin issue. I have a lot of that too. You do what is right for you! This is your journey, we're on the same path, but we each have to do what is right for us. My goodness, look how far you have come - no matter what you decide you are already a success. I know you are not leaving or giving up :hug: We need to keep supporting one another - I'm counting on you. If you stay with maintenance well you can have it figured out for when I get there :hug:

Ninjanurse - your new boots are awesome! In fact you inspired me to go looking for boots today too after work. However my calves are too big still for the kind of boots I'm looking for. I'm not going to settle for ankle highs :) so no boots for me yet. They will wait till I'm down some more lbs.

I did find some shoes I love. Italian leather - yes they were a true splurge that I didn't intend to do. I'm still trying to justify buying them.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/thinkshoesFeb2013_zpsa34141be.jpg only in a reddish/brown color. Nordstrom Rack is a discount store where they sell close outs, returns, or other. I didn't see any others like them, so I'm guessing they were a return. Anyway, I'm very happy. They will be going to GA on my trip! I tried on a couple dresses but decided I wouldn't get my monies worth out of them with my weight loss going on still. So I just had fun trying them on. I figure shoes will fit now even when I'm at goal, I've gone down a size already, and they aren't that much bigger than what I wore in high school.

Very cute.

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

Good day everyone. I'm just trying to get brave enough to go take a walk to the supermarket in the current -16 degree C windchill temps. Thankfully it's not that far away. I could use the fresh air and exercise, but I'm not finding the prospect too tempting. LOL.

Hope you all have a good day.

greeniris
02-02-2013, 12:33 PM
For any of you wonderful ladies who don't venture to other threads, take a look at my stats!
-2 today
Onderland!
And my lbs lost is MORE than my lbs left to go
All in all, a great day

Rainbow, if you are lurking, come back! We love you!
WTG Lisa! Fantastic job!


Love your sense of humor...let us know what you come up with! And hope the crinkles aren't anything serious.

[QUOTE=MaMaZu;4616472]Just had to share:
I had bought an XL Lands End raincoat several months before I started IP. I spent just under $200 on it so it kind of made me sick thinking about it. I ended up reading that they had a return policy of 100% satisfaction guaranteed or return at any time for any reason for an exchange or refund. I returned my XL raincoat for a Small.
Lands End now has a customer for life!
Hi Mama! That is great customer service! Hope things are going well for you:D

Hope you all are staying warm - it was -15F windchill when I walked the dog this morning. Eeek!
Lizzy - kudos to you on walking your pooch in these sub-zero temps...not sure I would be as dedicated. Does your dog wear a coat & boots?

AND I just bought a present for myself, COWBOY BOOTS!!! I got them through Amazon.com so I used a $100 GC I had gotten for my B-day. So excited.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41s2RuTKtML.jpg

I hope the pic isn't too big!
I Like! Congrats! I have a pair somewhere I should dig out.

I love this board. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll be back. Have been on the program for one month and have lost a little over 13 pounds. I want February to be as successful.
Great job! You're doing great!

sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan
Hugs right back to you dear lady. Am so sorry to hear you're struggling.

I did find some shoes I love. Italian leather - yes they were a true splurge that I didn't intend to do. I'm still trying to justify buying them.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/thinkshoesFeb2013_zpsa34141be.jpg only in a reddish/brown color. Nordstrom Rack is a discount store where they sell close outs, returns, or other. I didn't see any others like them, so I'm guessing they were a return. Anyway, I'm very happy. They will be going to GA on my trip! I tried on a couple dresses but decided I wouldn't get my monies worth out of them with my weight loss going on still. So I just had fun trying them on. I figure shoes will fit now even when I'm at goal, I've gone down a size already, and they aren't that much bigger than what I wore in high school.
Cute shoes!

maezy1
02-02-2013, 12:34 PM
SUSAN[/B] love u and support you whatever your decision! You are an inspiration!
GREENIRIS thrilled that you don't have to have surgery!! Take is slowly and PT is wonderful! I love my PT peeps!
HALFAGAINgreat shoes! Nice to be able to wear shoes without having kankles isnt it?!
NINJANURSE OMG! Im getting a pair very similar when I hit Onederland!!! Mine have a little more turquoise to them! Headed to the country western boot store in town in a few minutes to boost my motivation!!! I am only 9lbs from those boots!!!!!! PSYCHED!!!
Have a great day all! It is a BEAUTIFUL weekend in Baton Rouge today and I plan on spending as much of it outside as I can. I really appreciate a healthy body these days especially when I can walk without too much aching in my new knee! ya think my recovery was helped by losing 55 lbs???HAHAHA

deelee10
02-02-2013, 01:20 PM
Allison - lol about your doc and his great skill.

I do think it takes longer at our age for the loose skin to get better and some of it never will. Even woman that were always skinny have loose skin. I have heard that some insurance companies have paid for skin removal after weight loss but that was probably in the 80s. Also remember women on IP talking about rubbing/massaging cocoa butter or any lotion on.
I did make it through last night on plan!!

Yesmyqueen
02-02-2013, 02:24 PM
I love this board. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll be back. Have been on the program for one month and have lost a little over 13 pounds. I want February to be as successful.
Hi girlpenny, yes come back often!

I Love the boots! What a great present!

I have decided I'm going to upcycle some boots as a reward for myself. I've been scouring the thrift stores to find just the right boots. Sort of like these...I know they look junky but for some reason, I love them! http://www.etsy.com/listing/106121329/upcycled-reworked-vintage-luxury-boho?ref=sr_gallery_28&ga_search_query=upcycled+boots&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto2&ga_explicit_scope=1&ga_search_type=handmade
Yes those are some cute boots, they grow on you after you look at them, I would wear them, go girl!

sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan
Hi rainbow, so happy to here from you and by golly you do what feels right in your heart, we will all be right here with you.


Hello!

Susan, I truly hear you on the loose skin issue. I have a lot of that too. You do what is right for you! This is your journey, we're on the same path, but we each have to do what is right for us. My goodness, look how far you have come - no matter what you decide you are already a success. I know you are not leaving or giving up :hug: We need to keep supporting one another - I'm counting on you. If you stay with maintenance well you can have it figured out for when I get there :hug:

Ninjanurse - your new boots are awesome! In fact you inspired me to go looking for boots today too after work. However my calves are too big still for the kind of boots I'm looking for. I'm not going to settle for ankle highs :) so no boots for me yet. They will wait till I'm down some more lbs.

I did find some shoes I love. Italian leather - yes they were a true splurge that I didn't intend to do. I'm still trying to justify buying them.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/thinkshoesFeb2013_zpsa34141be.jpg only in a reddish/brown color. Nordstrom Rack is a discount store where they sell close outs, returns, or other. I didn't see any others like them, so I'm guessing they were a return. Anyway, I'm very happy. They will be going to GA on my trip! I tried on a couple dresses but decided I wouldn't get my monies worth out of them with my weight loss going on still. So I just had fun trying them on. I figure shoes will fit now even when I'm at goal, I've gone down a size already, and they aren't that much bigger than what I wore in high school.

I love those shoes! Halfagain you are truly my inspiration lately, you stay true and it shows with awesome losses!

Happy! Saturday everyone not doing much of anything today but I really should, like clean but seems like I just don't wanna, idk? DH has been working almost every weekend and I'm missing our hang out time, the old me would eat something, think ill go get a manni/pedi, to get me dressed and out of the house.

wuv2bloved
02-02-2013, 02:47 PM
sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan
I don't usually come here but was asked to come and post to you.....Rainbow, you and I have discuss this in detail already. This is something YOU will have to decide on your own, I agree with what another poster said about losing all that you need to lose then focus on other issues. Clothes do amazing things now a days, You saw that I posted my "bare apron" and how big it was but you can't tell its there with clothes on. ONLY I see is bare, no one else. Like I always say you have to accept who you are inside and out, until you do that you will have issues. You are beautiful both inside and out and you need to realize that. That lose skin does not affect who you are. Its just your shell, its from within that is your true self. If I have to post my bare apron here as well for everyone here to see I will, and I think you know that. This body I am in is a work in progress, I don't think it will ever be complete. You surely came to the right place for support...Good luck with this, you know how to get in touch with me....:hug:

NinjaNurse
02-02-2013, 05:18 PM
Rainbow:hug::hug::hug:

It is a slippery slope, not being comfortable when we are heavy, and not comfortable with our new bodies either. You do have to do what is right for you. BUT you are not alone. I know people who have had GI and have the same issue, I don't know anyone who has had surgery. Just know you have been an inspiration for us and maybe we need to send some of those vibes back at ya!!

NinjaNurse
02-02-2013, 05:22 PM
Halfagain I can't see your shoes, but I am at work, I will have to try again at home.

evepet, maezey1 and all: I may have jumped the gun on the boots regarding my calves. I have lost 2 inches in them but know they are still big. I am hoping these boots will fit ok. I had to get them online because I have no idea where to get real cowboy boots in NE. BUT, I see a line dancing gtg in our future!!!

maezy1
02-02-2013, 05:30 PM
Ninjanurse just went and looked at some boots and I think I have it narrowed down to 4 pairs....oh the wait is on for the weight to come off!
The boots will fit soon so keep them near you as inspiration. You are gonna look awesome in them! Line dancing is fun! DH and I go cajun dancing every so often and I plan to break them in there!

Nolawhodatchick
02-02-2013, 05:59 PM
sorry i have been awol lovely friends...

much love to you all
hugs
susan

Hugs and love to you, Susan! :hug: Don't worry, you will figure out what to do. It's going to be ok and it will work out just the way it is meant to. We are all here for you to support you no matter what path you take. I bet the lovely ladies on the maintainers board are full of "been there, done that" in regards to the emotions and experiences you are going through with the phase off/gain. As the saying goes, keep calm and carry on! It's so nice to hear from you. :hug::hug::)

Sandra

NinjaNurse
02-02-2013, 06:12 PM
Ninjanurse just went and looked at some boots and I think I have it narrowed down to 4 pairs....oh the wait is on for the weight to come off!
The boots will fit soon so keep them near you as inspiration. You are gonna look awesome in them! Line dancing is fun! DH and I go cajun dancing every so often and I plan to break them in there!

Pics please. You can PM me. Cajun like Zydeco?? OMG I would love that!!! I am so visiting you!!!

WebRover
02-03-2013, 10:59 AM
Woo Hoo! Not my official weight-in day, but the scale shows me this morning at a normal BMI, normal range for weight. Just.

Even if my weight bounces up and down; even if it's slightly above normal on my official weigh-in day (Friday), I don't care. I reached normal weight.

I've tried to get there for YEARS. I really in my heart of hearts did not believe it possible to achieve until I changed my eating to this plan.

My initial target is a few more pounds down to give me some wiggle room. However, I now believe my target will be lower, just not sure yet how much lower. I still want to lose at least two more inches in my waist so I may drop my goal 5 pounds at a time until I know what it will truly be.

Woo Hoo.

:broc:

Chloe222
02-03-2013, 11:05 AM
sorry i have been awol lovely friends...i'm struggling with an issue of losing more weight vs maintaining for awhile. it has nothing to do about NOT wanting to lose more weight. it has more to do with dealing with the excess skin that is now becoming loose. i am researching how losing so much weight in a short amount of time effects the long term loose skin and last week i phased off and had a 7 pound gain and am freaking out a bit. i do know a gain is normal, still i am struggling with that and now not sure what to do.

i am horrified about gaining weight back but horrified about losing more and dealing with ugly loose skin.

i have NO health insurance and there is no way i could afford any surgery and even if i could am not sure i would be brave enought to do that anyway.

so i feel "stuck"....i feel like if i lose MORE weight right now, i will be devastated with the ugly loose flabby skin but if i gain i will be even more devastated.

so i am trying a different approach. i am "thinking" about a process i read about....when someone has as much to lose as i do, to lose 50% and them maintain 1 year, (but i would try 6 months) then lose 25% more, maintain again for 1 year, then lose the last 25%. during the maintaining period to add weight training and try not to lose or gain, and this will allow my body to heal and help with SOME of the loose skin issues.

lets face it, age is against me as is the amount needed to lose in total, as well as the length of time i have been overweight, so its an issue that i will have to come to terms with but for now i am struggling.

i am sorry i have not been posting.

i am not giving in nor am i giving up.

much love to you all
hugs
susan

Susan,
I'm so glad to hear from you, was concerned something happened to you. Do you remember Sewmam? She also lost a lot of weight (maybe 150 pounds? not sure off hand but an impressive amount) and was using an oil-cream blend to help tighten skin. From memory, I think this was Moroccan argon oil as the primary ingredient and another item since the argon oil is pretty expensive. I copied this and my version is Moroccan argon oil (good prices on Amazon) with Jergens CoQ-10 skin tightening cream (drug store). I was using every night after my bath (pores open, skin absorbs product more easily). I think it helped. I had forgotten about it when I went off plan, will go back now. You might find it helpful. I haven't seen Sewmam recently, maybe someone else has? If so, we could find out how well its working for her. In any case, we are with you as you work through this, lean on us. You have helped so many for so long. :hug:

Ninja and Maezy,
Beautiful boots and shoes here ladies!

For those not able to buy exotic footwear locally, think about Zappos.com. They have free shipping and free returns, so easy to work with.

Enjoy the SuperBowl,
Chloe

Halfagain
02-03-2013, 11:56 AM
I just ordered a tea chest for all the tea I have floating around in the kitchen. Since I've cut back on regular coffee, I've moved to herbal tea a lot. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DPY5QK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 Ahh that's right, I bought one of the used (like new) ones. Saved few dollars I guess. Anyway, hope I love it.

Between DH's favorite teas and mine we have a lot of tea selections. He like the "zingers" whereas I am not a fan of lots of hibiscus in mine. I've gotten into the licorice, cinnamon, or lemon ginger flavors.

I went to Value Village yesterday looking for office attire for the big training trip. I found some Worthington slacks (2 pair), a skirt, and a top all for $20. I did have to sew the hem on one leg of a pair of pants that had been stapled lol. While I was at it, I got out all the sewing items that needed buttons, or seams repaired. Amazing how you get back so many things to wear once you get that button sewen back on :). I need to find a black blouse to go with the skirt yet.

Teena, loved your idea of a mani/pedi (great minds think alike!) I got my manicure done yesterday too.

Thanks all for the nice comments on the new shoes!

WingnutandMe
02-03-2013, 03:03 PM
First gain in my 54 weeks on IP. It was just .2, but still a gain. In the past, my gains were never immediate, they would not show up for at least a week. I remember that the week before last was not as good in the eating department, but this last week was much better. Hopefully, next week's WI will show a better result. These last pounds are a struggle, but I would really like to lose them. Forge on, Molly.

rainbowsmiles
02-03-2013, 03:11 PM
much love to everyone...thank you all for caring and for sharing your words of wisdom. it means so much to me to have all of your love and support as i DO believe this is a journey that we are taking together. I do know it is my decision but it sure helps to get others opinions and suggestions and thoughts. i can not thank you all enough for your words of encouragement. hugsssssssss :hug::hug::hug:

Welcome back, you know we love you and we're here to support you with whatever. There are prices to pay with getting healthy, unfortunately. You raise some thinking points. I've been fortunate. My only loose skin is on my face and it's not too bad. probably a "good" by-product of my edema, everything stays puffy.

Molly

So glad to see you dropping by Susan, I was worried about you. Please keep on coming in no matter what you decide to do and it does that a lot of though.
I didn't have as much to lose, at goal it is 70 pounds gone. I did get to goal but regained some and working on that again. But at goal I had an awful fold of loose skin around my belly which made it so hard to find pants that fit correctly.

So think carefully what you ned to do. The maintaining plan may work well if you incorporate exercise as well.

Good luck and don't be a stranger!
Pat

Rainbow, I hate to see you go off IP. You have done so well. The weight loss is more important, I think than our saggy skin. I have plenty of loose skin too but it hides under my clothes. I can not afford any surgery either. I am eatibg rhubarb jello to help! Best wishes with whatever you decide to do. You're a beautiful lady, inside and out. Take care, Becky

Hello!

Susan, I truly hear you on the loose skin issue. I have a lot of that too. You do what is right for you! This is your journey, we're on the same path, but we each have to do what is right for us. My goodness, look how far you have come - no matter what you decide you are already a success. I know you are not leaving or giving up :hug: We need to keep supporting one another - I'm counting on you. If you stay with maintenance well you can have it figured out for when I get there :hug:

.

On loose skin - I have been told by one of the top obesity specialists in the country, Dr. Arthur Frank, that you need to lose the weight you need to/want to, then wait six months - at that point your body will have absorbed whatever excess skin it can - and then deal with it. There are sites online that say that you really need to wait even longer than that. My problem areas are my upper arms, thigh area, tummy tuck area and of course, chest. I'm figuring for the tummy tuck area and boobs, it is going to be a job for Spanx/a good bra. For the thighs and underarms, I am going to consult with my dermatologist. My dermatologist happens to be the same guy (no lie) who reattached John Bobbit's penis! I figure if he can do that, my problems are MINOR, lol!! I think I have heard that for things like skin tightening under arms and so forth they have a laser procedure that can tighten things up somewhat without actual surgery. I think that I could live with a small improvement in those areas, since it is not like I run around in booty shorts and tank tops anyway!

Anyway, Rainbow, big hugs to you and I encourage you to stay with it! We will all get through this together!

Good to hear from you, Susan! You are the only one who can decide what's right for you and I'm sure we will all support your choice.

A lot of good discussion on the maintainers thread lately, if you want to check that out. Hope you'll join us over there!


Rainbow - so glad to hear from you. :D I can well understand your wanting to take some time and thoroughly explore your options about this. But you don't need to stay away while you do it! We're all here for you.

.

WTG Lisa! Fantastic job!


Love your sense of humor...let us know what you come up with! And hope the crinkles aren't anything serious.


Hi Mama! That is great customer service! Hope things are going well for you:D


Lizzy - kudos to you on walking your pooch in these sub-zero temps...not sure I would be as dedicated. Does your dog wear a coat & boots?


I Like! Congrats! I have a pair somewhere I should dig out.


Great job! You're doing great!


Hugs right back to you dear lady. Am so sorry to hear you're struggling.


Cute shoes!

SUSAN[/B] love u and support you whatever your decision! You are an inspiration!
GREENIRIS thrilled that you don't have to have surgery!! Take is slowly and PT is wonderful! I love my PT peeps!
HALFAGAINgreat shoes! Nice to be able to wear shoes without having kankles isnt it?!
NINJANURSE OMG! Im getting a pair very similar when I hit Onederland!!! Mine have a little more turquoise to them! Headed to the country western boot store in town in a few minutes to boost my motivation!!! I am only 9lbs from those boots!!!!!! PSYCHED!!!
Have a great day all! It is a BEAUTIFUL weekend in Baton Rouge today and I plan on spending as much of it outside as I can. I really appreciate a healthy body these days especially when I can walk without too much aching in my new knee! ya think my recovery was helped by losing 55 lbs???HAHAHA

Allison - lol about your doc and his great skill.

I do think it takes longer at our age for the loose skin to get better and some of it never will. Even woman that were always skinny have loose skin. I have heard that some insurance companies have paid for skin removal after weight loss but that was probably in the 80s. Also remember women on IP talking about rubbing/massaging cocoa butter or any lotion on.
I did make it through last night on plan!!

Hi girlpenny, yes come back often!


Yes those are some cute boots, they grow on you after you look at them, I would wear them, go girl!


Hi rainbow, so happy to here from you and by golly you do what feels right in your heart, we will all be right here with you.




I love those shoes! Halfagain you are truly my inspiration lately, you stay true and it shows with awesome losses!

Happy! Saturday everyone not doing much of anything today but I really should, like clean but seems like I just don't wanna, idk? DH has been working almost every weekend and I'm missing our hang out time, the old me would eat something, think ill go get a manni/pedi, to get me dressed and out of the house.

I don't usually come here but was asked to come and post to you.....Rainbow, you and I have discuss this in detail already. This is something YOU will have to decide on your own, I agree with what another poster said about losing all that you need to lose then focus on other issues. Clothes do amazing things now a days, You saw that I posted my "bare apron" and how big it was but you can't tell its there with clothes on. ONLY I see is bare, no one else. Like I always say you have to accept who you are inside and out, until you do that you will have issues. You are beautiful both inside and out and you need to realize that. That lose skin does not affect who you are. Its just your shell, its from within that is your true self. If I have to post my bare apron here as well for everyone here to see I will, and I think you know that. This body I am in is a work in progress, I don't think it will ever be complete. You surely came to the right place for support...Good luck with this, you know how to get in touch with me....:hug:

Rainbow:hug::hug::hug:

It is a slippery slope, not being comfortable when we are heavy, and not comfortable with our new bodies either. You do have to do what is right for you. BUT you are not alone. I know people who have had GI and have the same issue, I don't know anyone who has had surgery. Just know you have been an inspiration for us and maybe we need to send some of those vibes back at ya!!

Hugs and love to you, Susan! :hug: Don't worry, you will figure out what to do. It's going to be ok and it will work out just the way it is meant to. We are all here for you to support you no matter what path you take. I bet the lovely ladies on the maintainers board are full of "been there, done that" in regards to the emotions and experiences you are going through with the phase off/gain. As the saying goes, keep calm and carry on! It's so nice to hear from you. :hug::hug::)

Sandra

Susan,
I'm so glad to hear from you, was concerned something happened to you. Do you remember Sewmam? She also lost a lot of weight (maybe 150 pounds? not sure off hand but an impressive amount) and was using an oil-cream blend to help tighten skin. From memory, I think this was Moroccan argon oil as the primary ingredient and another item since the argon oil is pretty expensive. I copied this and my version is Moroccan argon oil (good prices on Amazon) with Jergens CoQ-10 skin tightening cream (drug store). I was using every night after my bath (pores open, skin absorbs product more easily). I think it helped. I had forgotten about it when I went off plan, will go back now. You might find it helpful. I haven't seen Sewmam recently, maybe someone else has? If so, we could find out how well its working for her. In any case, we are with you as you work through this, lean on us. You have helped so many for so long. :hug:

Ninja and Maezy,
Beautiful boots and shoes here ladies!

For those not able to buy exotic footwear locally, think about Zappos.com. They have free shipping and free returns, so easy to work with.

Enjoy the SuperBowl,
Chloe

rainbowsmiles
02-03-2013, 03:15 PM
I just ordered a tea chest for all the tea I have floating around in the kitchen. Since I've cut back on regular coffee, I've moved to herbal tea a lot. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DPY5QK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 Ahh that's right, I bought one of the used (like new) ones. Saved few dollars I guess. Anyway, hope I love it.

Between DH's favorite teas and mine we have a lot of tea selections. He like the "zingers" whereas I am not a fan of lots of hibiscus in mine. I've gotten into the licorice, cinnamon, or lemon ginger flavors.

I went to Value Village yesterday looking for office attire for the big training trip. I found some Worthington slacks (2 pair), a skirt, and a top all for $20. I did have to sew the hem on one leg of a pair of pants that had been stapled lol. While I was at it, I got out all the sewing items that needed buttons, or seams repaired. Amazing how you get back so many things to wear once you get that button sewen back on :). I need to find a black blouse to go with the skirt yet.

Teena, loved your idea of a mani/pedi (great minds think alike!) I got my manicure done yesterday too.

Thanks all for the nice comments on the new shoes!

i have a tea caddy something similar only no glass top. love the one with the glass though!! and i love those shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chloe222
02-03-2013, 03:18 PM
Woo Hoo! Not my official weight-in day, but the scale shows me this morning at a normal BMI, normal range for weight. Just.

Even if my weight bounces up and down; even if it's slightly above normal on my official weigh-in day (Friday), I don't care. I reached normal weight.

I've tried to get there for YEARS. I really in my heart of hearts did not believe it possible to achieve until I changed my eating to this plan.

My initial target is a few more pounds down to give me some wiggle room. However, I now believe my target will be lower, just not sure yet how much lower. I still want to lose at least two more inches in my waist so I may drop my goal 5 pounds at a time until I know what it will truly be.

Woo Hoo.

:broc:

Congrats on reaching a healthy BMI!

Molly - I gained for no reason 1 week, but lost it the next and I'm sure you will too. You have done so well and I bet feel so good. Just think how fabulous you'll feel next summer, wearing cute summer clothes up at your lake house in Michigan with DH! :carrot::hug:

maezy1
02-03-2013, 05:03 PM
Such a great weekend! I am able to do so much more than I have been able to do in a long time. Just have to remind myself to take it slowly since i am just 6 weeks out from surgery.
I hit 60 lbs off today!!! Pretty excited!
It amazes me how much we change in our thinking and views as we go through this journey of self discovery. Friday at work several people dubbed my eating plan "extreme dieting" I just laughed! 2 months ago I really would have let this get to me and really questioned whether IP was right for me. Now I don't question because I KNOW it's right for me and the results speak volumes. I just think it's funny that people think that they get to "vote" on my eating plan!!!

WingnutandMe
02-03-2013, 06:37 PM
Such a great weekend! I am able to do so much more than I have been able to do in a long time. Just have to remind myself to take it slowly since i am just 6 weeks out from surgery.
I hit 60 lbs off today!!! Pretty excited!
It amazes me how much we change in our thinking and views as we go through this journey of self discovery. Friday at work several people dubbed my eating plan "extreme dieting" I just laughed! 2 months ago I really would have let this get to me and really questioned whether IP was right for me. Now I don't question because I KNOW it's right for me and the results speak volumes. I just think it's funny that people think that they get to "vote" on my eating plan!!!

Congrats on all of your successes: doing so much so short a time after surgery, losing 60 lbs, :carrot: and most important your change in thinkng. You realize that is what it takes to make this a total success. So happy for you. :hug:

Molly

Halfagain
02-03-2013, 08:16 PM
Woo Hoo! Not my official weight-in day, but the scale shows me this morning at a normal BMI, normal range for weight. Just.

Even if my weight bounces up and down; even if it's slightly above normal on my official weigh-in day (Friday), I don't care. I reached normal weight.

I've tried to get there for YEARS. I really in my heart of hearts did not believe it possible to achieve until I changed my eating to this plan.

My initial target is a few more pounds down to give me some wiggle room. However, I now believe my target will be lower, just not sure yet how much lower. I still want to lose at least two more inches in my waist so I may drop my goal 5 pounds at a time until I know what it will truly be.

Woo Hoo.

:broc:
Congratulations! That is so exciting wha-woo!!

First gain in my 54 weeks on IP. It was just .2, but still a gain. In the past, my gains were never immediate, they would not show up for at least a week. I remember that the week before last was not as good in the eating department, but this last week was much better. Hopefully, next week's WI will show a better result. These last pounds are a struggle, but I would really like to lose them. Forge on, Molly.
:hug: I would ignore that small gain - it's a stay the same week in my book. So many things it could be.

Such a great weekend! I am able to do so much more than I have been able to do in a long time. Just have to remind myself to take it slowly since i am just 6 weeks out from surgery.
I hit 60 lbs off today!!! Pretty excited!
It amazes me how much we change in our thinking and views as we go through this journey of self discovery. Friday at work several people dubbed my eating plan "extreme dieting" I just laughed! 2 months ago I really would have let this get to me and really questioned whether IP was right for me. Now I don't question because I KNOW it's right for me and the results speak volumes. I just think it's funny that people think that they get to "vote" on my eating plan!!!
You are doing aweome Maezy, congratulations. I realize to someone who needs to loose <10 lbs, it seems like a huge obsticle but I've called this an extreme diet to a relative who needed to loose about that much. However I did give her the 411 on the program. Then again, for me personally, the diet doesn't seem extreme. If anyone tried to talk me off of it - well let me tell you, they'd better be backing up while they say it hahahaha!

Much love to all :hug:

rainbowsmiles
02-03-2013, 08:30 PM
Such a great weekend! I am able to do so much more than I have been able to do in a long time. Just have to remind myself to take it slowly since i am just 6 weeks out from surgery.
I hit 60 lbs off today!!! Pretty excited!
It amazes me how much we change in our thinking and views as we go through this journey of self discovery. Friday at work several people dubbed my eating plan "extreme dieting" I just laughed! 2 months ago I really would have let this get to me and really questioned whether IP was right for me. Now I don't question because I KNOW it's right for me and the results speak volumes. I just think it's funny that people think that they get to "vote" on my eating plan!!!

:encore: 60 pounds gone!!!! isn't it wonderful that we can all find our own "extreme dieting" plan that works for US. that is the most important thing anyway, whatever works for US is the best plan for us! Congrats on your success and prayers for your continued recovery from surgery.

maezy1
02-03-2013, 09:38 PM
WINGNUT HALFAGAIN & RAINBOW
Thx all I have been working very hard as have all of you. It makes me feel so good to have people I admire and who I have turned to for inspiration throughout this process say such nice things to me!

Yesmyqueen
02-03-2013, 10:16 PM
Hello everyone, happy Super Bowl? Well happy Sunday!

Halfagain
02-03-2013, 10:38 PM
Hello everyone, happy Super Bowl? Well happy Sunday!

Oh yes very happy - saw the Calvin Klein commercial ;)
LOL DH and I were rating commercials 1 to 10... that one got a 10 from me hahaha.

DH likes the Budweiser horse one best (okay so do I) then he likes the Dorito's goat one. Ha!

rainbowsmiles
02-03-2013, 10:41 PM
Oh yes very happy - saw the Calvin Klein commercial ;)
LOL DH and I were rating commercials 1 to 10... that one got a 10 from me hahaha.

DH likes the Budweiser horse one best (okay so do I) then he likes the Dorito's goat one. Ha!

so far most of them have been truly boring....my vote goes for the goat!

Halfagain
02-04-2013, 03:38 AM
so far most of them have been truly boring....my vote goes for the goat!

Yep we both agree with you, not as good as prior years. Several we were just going "huh"?

Off to bed, to wake up to a Monday. Hope everyone's week is a great one.

Barb

WingnutandMe
02-04-2013, 01:12 PM
What are you doing on page 2? It's past noon here in the east.

Waiting for an oil change after my PT appt. Off to Goodwill then.

Have a good OP day.

Molly

patns
02-04-2013, 01:31 PM
What are you doing on page 2? It's past noon here in the east.

Waiting for an oil change after my PT appt. Off to Goodwill then.

Have a good OP day.

Molly

That is funny, well not really but I way I read it was...Waiting for an oil change after my PT appt... For an instant there I thought they told you not to use olive oil anymore!:rofl::lol3:

(I don't think I'm funny but am addicted to those little laughing guys).

I hope you and your wheels are all tuned up and ready for the rest of the week.

evepet
02-04-2013, 01:55 PM
Halfagain I can't see your shoes, but I am at work, I will have to try again at home.

evepet, maezey1 and all: I may have jumped the gun on the boots regarding my calves. I have lost 2 inches in them but know they are still big. I am hoping these boots will fit ok. I had to get them online because I have no idea where to get real cowboy boots in NE. BUT, I see a line dancing gtg in our future!!!

Ninjanurse just went and looked at some boots and I think I have it narrowed down to 4 pairs....oh the wait is on for the weight to come off!
The boots will fit soon so keep them near you as inspiration. You are gonna look awesome in them! Line dancing is fun! DH and I go cajun dancing every so often and I plan to break them in there!

I've been thinking I'd like to learn how to line dance... hmm... maybe cowboy boots are in my future too?

Woo Hoo! Not my official weight-in day, but the scale shows me this morning at a normal BMI, normal range for weight. Just.

Even if my weight bounces up and down; even if it's slightly above normal on my official weigh-in day (Friday), I don't care. I reached normal weight.

I've tried to get there for YEARS. I really in my heart of hearts did not believe it possible to achieve until I changed my eating to this plan.

My initial target is a few more pounds down to give me some wiggle room. However, I now believe my target will be lower, just not sure yet how much lower. I still want to lose at least two more inches in my waist so I may drop my goal 5 pounds at a time until I know what it will truly be.

Woo Hoo.

:broc:

I think it's important to give yourself a little wiggle room. IMO your plan sounds solid. That's about the same thing as I'm doing right now... my original goal weight was higher than where I am now. I'm going to evaluate the situation once I'm at 150lbs.

Susan,
I'm so glad to hear from you, was concerned something happened to you. Do you remember Sewmam? She also lost a lot of weight (maybe 150 pounds? not sure off hand but an impressive amount) and was using an oil-cream blend to help tighten skin. From memory, I think this was Moroccan argon oil as the primary ingredient and another item since the argon oil is pretty expensive. I copied this and my version is Moroccan argon oil (good prices on Amazon) with Jergens CoQ-10 skin tightening cream (drug store). I was using every night after my bath (pores open, skin absorbs product more easily). I think it helped. I had forgotten about it when I went off plan, will go back now. You might find it helpful. I haven't seen Sewmam recently, maybe someone else has? If so, we could find out how well its working for her. In any case, we are with you as you work through this, lean on us. You have helped so many for so long. :hug:

Ninja and Maezy,
Beautiful boots and shoes here ladies!

For those not able to buy exotic footwear locally, think about Zappos.com. They have free shipping and free returns, so easy to work with.

Enjoy the SuperBowl,
Chloe

Thanks for the info re Zappos.com. I love my argan oil! I've ended up also putting a drop of the stuff in my facial moisturizers. Works a treat!

I just ordered a tea chest for all the tea I have floating around in the kitchen. Since I've cut back on regular coffee, I've moved to herbal tea a lot. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DPY5QK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 Ahh that's right, I bought one of the used (like new) ones. Saved few dollars I guess. Anyway, hope I love it.

Between DH's favorite teas and mine we have a lot of tea selections. He like the "zingers" whereas I am not a fan of lots of hibiscus in mine. I've gotten into the licorice, cinnamon, or lemon ginger flavors.

I went to Value Village yesterday looking for office attire for the big training trip. I found some Worthington slacks (2 pair), a skirt, and a top all for $20. I did have to sew the hem on one leg of a pair of pants that had been stapled lol. While I was at it, I got out all the sewing items that needed buttons, or seams repaired. Amazing how you get back so many things to wear once you get that button sewen back on :). I need to find a black blouse to go with the skirt yet.

Teena, loved your idea of a mani/pedi (great minds think alike!) I got my manicure done yesterday too.

Thanks all for the nice comments on the new shoes!

That's a really cute tea chest. My counter space has gotten kind of crowded though - not sure where I'd put one. I do like the idea though, as I've also accumulated a lot of different types of teas. Kudos to you for getting all your 'sewing repairs' done. Did you find any good items at Value Village? Your post reminded me that I must go and check out my local Value Village sometime soon. It's farther away from me than some other consignment shops that I've been checking, but definitely worth a trip.

First gain in my 54 weeks on IP. It was just .2, but still a gain. In the past, my gains were never immediate, they would not show up for at least a week. I remember that the week before last was not as good in the eating department, but this last week was much better. Hopefully, next week's WI will show a better result. These last pounds are a struggle, but I would really like to lose them. Forge on, Molly.

Probably just a little sodium retention. I agree that these last pounds feel like a struggle. But we'll get there. You said it - Forge on!!

much love to everyone...thank you all for caring and for sharing your words of wisdom. it means so much to me to have all of your love and support as i DO believe this is a journey that we are taking together. I do know it is my decision but it sure helps to get others opinions and suggestions and thoughts. i can not thank you all enough for your words of encouragement. hugsssssssss :hug::hug::hug:

Just remember that you don't have to stay away, even if you take a break to evaluate everything. We are here for you, and imo it's important for you to stay connected here.

Congrats on reaching a healthy BMI!

Molly - I gained for no reason 1 week, but lost it the next and I'm sure you will too. You have done so well and I bet feel so good. Just think how fabulous you'll feel next summer, wearing cute summer clothes up at your lake house in Michigan with DH! :carrot::hug:

I've also been thinking about how I'm going to look sooo much better in my summer clothes! And anything new I buy will definitely be more colourful and more perhaps even a little sexy? LOL.

Such a great weekend! I am able to do so much more than I have been able to do in a long time. Just have to remind myself to take it slowly since i am just 6 weeks out from surgery.
I hit 60 lbs off today!!! Pretty excited!
It amazes me how much we change in our thinking and views as we go through this journey of self discovery. Friday at work several people dubbed my eating plan "extreme dieting" I just laughed! 2 months ago I really would have let this get to me and really questioned whether IP was right for me. Now I don't question because I KNOW it's right for me and the results speak volumes. I just think it's funny that people think that they get to "vote" on my eating plan!!!

Maezy, you are doing great! So glad to hear that your recuperation continues to go so well!

Congratulations! That is so exciting wha-woo!!


:hug: I would ignore that small gain - it's a stay the same week in my book. So many things it could be.


You are doing aweome Maezy, congratulations. I realize to someone who needs to loose <10 lbs, it seems like a huge obsticle but I've called this an extreme diet to a relative who needed to loose about that much. However I did give her the 411 on the program. Then again, for me personally, the diet doesn't seem extreme. If anyone tried to talk me off of it - well let me tell you, they'd better be backing up while they say it hahahaha!

Much love to all :hug:

Hugs back at you HalfAgain!

Hello everyone, happy Super Bowl? Well happy Sunday!


Hi YesmyQueen! Sounds like you enjoyed Super Bowl!

What are you doing on page 2? It's past noon here in the east.

Waiting for an oil change after my PT appt. Off to Goodwill then.

Have a good OP day.

Molly

Getting your oil changed? LOL. I agree with Patns - I must have a strange sense of humor because somehow that made me chuckle too. :) P.S. Did you ask your PT about ultrasound therapy?

That is funny, well not really but I way I read it was...Waiting for an oil change after my PT appt... For an instant there I thought they told you not to use olive oil anymore!:rofl::lol3:

(I don't think I'm funny but am addicted to those little laughing guys).

I hope you and your cars are all tuned up and ready for the rest of the week.

Hi Patns!

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Cheers everyone. Hope your day is going well. I've nothing in particular to report, just wanted to check in. Had a lovely day yesterday, as I got together with most of my siblings and their spouses for a nice brunch and visit. Nice to see everyone. I ate more than I typically would have (a little higher than usual on the daily sodium & fat intake) but I got a slight drop on the scale this am, so all is well. I drank a lot of water yesterday afternoon when I got home, to make sure I didn't have sodium retention, so that no doubt helped. Just planned out my menu for the rest of today, and it's definitely back 100% in line.

Everyone have a great day, and keep on truckin'. :hug:

greeniris
02-04-2013, 03:06 PM
Hi all!

Just had my first PT app't today; is it always going to hurt more afterwards??? Mostly all he did is check the range of motion, then iced it for a while and then an ultrasound treatment. Sounds like that will be about it for a while, but he did say I could continue with either the elliptical or stationary bike at the gym, but nothing that will put more stress on the knee than those.

I too like my argon oil; in fact I need to get some more soon.

Had too much junk last night while the game was on (my 'free meal' for the week) - oh did my tummy hurt! Felt ok this a.m., but refused to get on the scale...will do that tomorrow after my P1 day today. Supposed to go for my monthly WI on Thurs, but my mom is having surgery then, so need to reschedule.

Sorry about my ramblings - guess I'm feeling chatty and no one here to talk to. Have a great day all!

WingnutandMe
02-04-2013, 05:21 PM
Hi all!

Just had my first PT app't today; is it always going to hurt more afterwards??? Mostly all he did is check the range of motion, then iced it for a while and then an ultrasound treatment. Sounds like that will be about it for a while, but he did say I could continue with either the elliptical or stationary bike at the gym, but nothing that will put more stress on the knee than those.

I too like my argon oil; in fact I need to get some more soon.

Had too much junk last night while the game was on (my 'free meal' for the week) - oh did my tummy hurt! Felt ok this a.m., but refused to get on the scale...will do that tomorrow after my P1 day today. Supposed to go for my monthly WI on Thurs, but my mom is having surgery then, so need to reschedule.

Sorry about my ramblings - guess I'm feeling chatty and no one here to talk to. Have a great day all!

All this talk about argon oil, I just ordered some. My face needs all the help it can get.

Sorry to hear your PT is hurting. After two months, they are wearing me out with my PT. She is now working to improve my walk as getting that right will take some of the wear and tear off my foot. They are also working on really building my muscles as part of all of that. She said the upper body will support everything. Yes, sometimes when I leave it really hurts. I'm interested in the ultrasound therapy. My therapist doesn't really think it does any good, so she hardly uses it. I had read on the Maintainer's thread about evepet and ishbel and their experience. I'm really tempted to try it, not just for me, but DH has some things it may benefit. Just wish I could find a 30 day money back guarantee deal evepet did. Will keep looking.

Enough about me. This thread has been pretty quiet. Hope everyone out there is okay. Miss your posts as I don't really read too many threads now. Love this one.

Molly

Chloe222
02-04-2013, 05:42 PM
Hi all,
It is pretty quiet and like Molly, I really like this thread. Re argan oil, I use it around my eyes but also use emu oil combined with any of a few eye creams since emu oil (as I understand it - could be wrong) is an amazing carrier of whatever is mixed with it, goes 6-7 layers deep into the skin, so quite penetrating. Argan oil is a little thinner and doesn't penetrate as deeply.

Interesting folks are talking about argan oil as I was also just thinking about using it more so did some research. Didn't read anything scientific but lots of different perspectives and came away with another idea and it uses things I have already in the house. I am going to mix equal parts of pure shea butter with pure virgin coconut oil and use that as a lotion on my neck, chest and arms. BTW, I saw last week that Costco is now selling pure, virgin coconut oil at a good price. I've been using coconut oil since last summer, alternating with olive oil for sauteing/cooking. Now I'm going to use it on my body.

Halfagain
02-05-2013, 01:23 AM
Tsk tsk.. page 2.. no way!
Watched Men in Black 3 tonight. It was pretty good. Made kale chips today, ate 1/2 of them at the "movies" so have 1/2 for tomorrow yippie!

Well that's about it for now.
Back to page one for us!

AlisonS
02-05-2013, 10:48 AM
Good morning ladies! We fell to page 2 again, can't let that happen!

I weighed in today and had a small "whoosh" of 2.4 pounds. So, I have now lost 70.4. New avatar!

And, was lucky with the trade in basket at my clinic - someone had actually put the chocolate pancake mix in there! Got that, some maple oatmeal and - wait for it - chocolate covered soy balls! Who the heck doesn't like those?? I traded in my nasty salt and vinegar ridges and the vanilla peanut bar (which they had given me by mistake when I ordered peanut crunch.) So, SCORE!

Yes, my life is pretty boring, these little things psych me up, LOL!

evepet
02-05-2013, 11:06 AM
All this talk about argon oil, I just ordered some. My face needs all the help it can get.

Sorry to hear your PT is hurting. After two months, they are wearing me out with my PT. She is now working to improve my walk as getting that right will take some of the wear and tear off my foot. They are also working on really building my muscles as part of all of that. She said the upper body will support everything. Yes, sometimes when I leave it really hurts. I'm interested in the ultrasound therapy. My therapist doesn't really think it does any good, so she hardly uses it. I had read on the Maintainer's thread about evepet and ishbel and their experience. I'm really tempted to try it, not just for me, but DH has some things it may benefit. Just wish I could find a 30 day money back guarantee deal evepet did. Will keep looking.

Enough about me. This thread has been pretty quiet. Hope everyone out there is okay. Miss your posts as I don't really read too many threads now. Love this one.

Molly

Yes, this thread has been quiet lately. It's my favorite too, so I try to visit at least once daily.

As to the ultrasound.... maybe call QVC and see if they are apt to have that type of product on in the near future? I would imagine they offer a quarantee, similiar to what theshoppingchannel in Canada does. I see that that the company (Sonic Relief Canada) that I bought my unit from offers a 60 day money back guarantee. I know they are reputable through my personal dealings with them. There must be similiar units being sold in the USA, but of course I'm not familiar with them.

Hi all,
It is pretty quiet and like Molly, I really like this thread. Re argan oil, I use it around my eyes but also use emu oil combined with any of a few eye creams since emu oil (as I understand it - could be wrong) is an amazing carrier of whatever is mixed with it, goes 6-7 layers deep into the skin, so quite penetrating. Argan oil is a little thinner and doesn't penetrate as deeply.

Interesting folks are talking about argan oil as I was also just thinking about using it more so did some research. Didn't read anything scientific but lots of different perspectives and came away with another idea and it uses things I have already in the house. I am going to mix equal parts of pure shea butter with pure virgin coconut oil and use that as a lotion on my neck, chest and arms. BTW, I saw last week that Costco is now selling pure, virgin coconut oil at a good price. I've been using coconut oil since last summer, alternating with olive oil for sauteing/cooking. Now I'm going to use it on my body.

Emu oil eh? I've certainly heard of it - but haven't tried it. I'll have to read up on it. I do really like shea butter though - it's the main ingredient in one of my favorite hand creams. Your idea of combining pure shea butter with pure virgin coconut oil makes a lot of sense. I've been putting some pure coconut oil on my skin after showers and baths lately, and that has helped too. Our winter cold weather, winds, and constant indoor heating can really dehydrate the skin.

Tsk tsk.. page 2.. no way!
Watched Men in Black 3 tonight. It was pretty good. Made kale chips today, ate 1/2 of them at the "movies" so have 1/2 for tomorrow yippie!

Well that's about it for now.
Back to page one for us!

Hi Halfagain! Glad you're still enjoying the kale chips.

Good morning ladies! We fell to page 2 again, can't let that happen!

I weighed in today and had a small "whoosh" of 2.4 pounds. So, I have now lost 70.4. New avatar!

And, was lucky with the trade in basket at my clinic - someone had actually put the chocolate pancake mix in there! Got that, some maple oatmeal and - wait for it - chocolate covered soy balls! Who the heck doesn't like those?? I traded in my nasty salt and vinegar ridges and the vanilla peanut bar (which they had given me by mistake when I ordered peanut crunch.) So, SCORE!

Yes, my life is pretty boring, these little things psych me up, LOL!

Congrats! On both the good WI and your 'finds' in the trade basket. Everybody's tastes are different I guess. Anyway - that was lucky!

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Nothing major to report from my end. Just checking in to say 'Hi!'
I hope you all have a very good day.

WingnutandMe
02-05-2013, 12:31 PM
Yes, this thread has been quiet lately. It's my favorite too, so I try to visit at least once daily.

As to the ultrasound.... maybe call QVC and see if they are apt to have that type of product on in the near future? I would imagine they offer a quarantee, similiar to what theshoppingchannel in Canada does. I see that that the company (Sonic Relief Canada) that I bought my unit from offers a 60 day money back guarantee. I know they are reputable through my personal dealings with them. There must be similiar units being sold in the USA, but of course I'm not familiar with them.



Emu oil eh? I've certainly heard of it - but haven't tried it. I'll have to read up on it. I do really like shea butter though - it's the main ingredient in one of my favorite hand creams. Your idea of combining pure shea butter with pure virgin coconut oil makes a lot of sense. I've been putting some pure coconut oil on my skin after showers and baths lately, and that has helped too. Our winter cold weather, winds, and constant indoor heating can really dehydrate the skin.



Hi Halfagain! Glad you're still enjoying the kale chips.



Congrats! On both the good WI and your 'finds' in the trade basket. Everybody's tastes are different I guess. Anyway - that was lucky!

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Nothing major to report from my end. Just checking in to say 'Hi!'
I hope you all have a very good day.

Thanks. I've been on their website, but I did not read far enough to see their guarantee. I will probably try it.

Today I'm waiting to see the eye doctor. My contact doesn't quite fit on my eye (hard lenses)

Molly

Yesmyqueen
02-05-2013, 03:29 PM
Good morning ladies! We fell to page 2 again, can't let that happen!

I weighed in today and had a small "whoosh" of 2.4 pounds. So, I have now lost 70.4. New avatar!

And, was lucky with the trade in basket at my clinic - someone had actually put the chocolate pancake mix in there! Got that, some maple oatmeal and - wait for it - chocolate covered soy balls! Who the heck doesn't like those?? I traded in my nasty salt and vinegar ridges and the vanilla peanut bar (which they had given me by mistake when I ordered peanut crunch.) So, SCORE!

Yes, my life is pretty boring, these little things psych me up, LOL!

:cp: that's a great loss! Good job.

Hi all, having a sleepy day today, think I just might have a little nap, anyway check Yall later chickies.

NinjaNurse
02-05-2013, 03:52 PM
I Love the boots! What a great present!

I have decided I'm going to upcycle some boots as a reward for myself. I've been scouring the thrift stores to find just the right boots. Sort of like these...I know they look junky but for some reason, I love them! http://www.etsy.com/listing/106121329/upcycled-reworked-vintage-luxury-boho?ref=sr_gallery_28&ga_search_query=upcycled+boots&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto2&ga_explicit_scope=1&ga_search_type=handmade

Those are wild!!! Have you ever heard of Junk Gypsies??? They had a show on HGTV (Don't know if it's coming back). Anyway, they not only recycle and redesign, they have a website shop too. http://gypsyville.com/ ([URL="http://gypsyville.com/)"]
I love some of their stuff!!

Deffo gotta plan a gtg at Maezys!!!
Hello!

I did find some shoes I love. Italian leather - yes they were a true splurge that I didn't intend to do. I'm still trying to justify buying them.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/thinkshoesFeb2013_zpsa34141be.jpg only in a reddish/brown color. Nordstrom Rack is a discount store where they sell close outs, returns, or other. I didn't see any others like them, so I'm guessing they were a return. Anyway, I'm very happy. They will be going to GA on my trip! I tried on a couple dresses but decided I wouldn't get my monies worth out of them with my weight loss going on still. So I just had fun trying them on. I figure shoes will fit now even when I'm at goal, I've gone down a size already, and they aren't that much bigger than what I wore in high school.

Very much in style and adorable!!!! YOU DESERVE IT!!!

greeniris
02-05-2013, 04:19 PM
Emu oil? That's a new one to me...

What a morning - we both slept through my alarm (goes off an hour earlier than VIPs), so I got up an hour late. First thing discovered our water lines were frozen! Guess the temps in our area were down to -18F during the night. Took all morning to get them thawed out. Thank goodness VIP was home and not working 4 hrs away! Finally got to work at 12:30. Good thing is that the lines did not burst -THAT would have been a disaster!

Good morning ladies! We fell to page 2 again, can't let that happen!

I weighed in today and had a small "whoosh" of 2.4 pounds. So, I have now lost 70.4. New avatar!

And, was lucky with the trade in basket at my clinic - someone had actually put the chocolate pancake mix in there! Got that, some maple oatmeal and - wait for it - chocolate covered soy balls! Who the heck doesn't like those?? I traded in my nasty salt and vinegar ridges and the vanilla peanut bar (which they had given me by mistake when I ordered peanut crunch.) So, SCORE!

Yes, my life is pretty boring, these little things psych me up, LOL!
Congratulations on the WI!! Whoo hoo! And excellent finds in the trade in basket! My clinic doesn't even carry the choc pancake mix. Guess they think customers used them too often or something.

:cp: that's a great loss! Good job.

Hi all, having a sleepy day today, think I just might have a little nap, anyway check Yall later chickies.
Sweet dreams Teena...

I am applying for a different job...have stressed over writing the cover letter for 2 nights, but finally got it done last night. Will drop it off in the morning, as I'll be driving right by there on my way back from PT. Fingers crossed everyone!

gidgetonsweets
02-05-2013, 04:28 PM
Congrats to all that have done so well. I am striving for the same. I am stuck with a loss of 1lb a week and i am following the diet. No Cheating !. I am getting discouraged. My hours were cut on my job.:( That $100 a week is killer). $100 per 1lb makes it harder. I am looking at other weight loss programs that or more affordable. I really want to stay on this one. Hoping things work in my favor.

gidgetonsweets
02-05-2013, 04:35 PM
I can't quote from the previous thread as rainbow has closed it.

Barb, where in Georgia might you be sent? I'm in Georgia and would love to try to catch up with you while you're here. Let me know.

I feel for those up in the cold. It's in the 60s here. This will probably be my last southern winter.

I see we have some new posters. I feel for you trying to keep up with all of the threads. I quit and stick with this and the 100% thread. Don't get discouraged, at least come here we're sanely insane.

Ninjanurse, go for it. I can't wear boots with the adema problems in my legs, but I love anything studded and embroidered.

NSV got comfortably into jeans I could not get past my thighs about 6 weeks ago. I've only lost about 10# in that time. Still sculpting, I guess.
Molly

Congrats to all that have done so well. I am striving for the same. I am stuck with a loss of 1lb a week and i am following the diet. No Cheating !. I am getting discouraged. My hours were cut on my job.:( That $100 a week is killer). $100 per 1lb makes it harder. I am looking at other weight loss programs that or more affordable. I really want to stay on this one. Hoping things work in my favor.

gidgetonsweets
02-05-2013, 04:37 PM
Those are wild!!! Have you ever heard of Junk Gypsies??? They had a show on HGTV (Don't know if it's coming back). Anyway, they not only recycle and redesign, they have a website shop too. http://gypsyville.com/ ([URL="http://gypsyville.com/)"]
I love some of their stuff!!

Deffo gotta plan a gtg at Maezys!!!


Very much in style and adorable!!!! YOU DESERVE IT!!!

That shoe is really cute. Wishing that store was in my area :mad:

greeniris
02-05-2013, 05:09 PM
Congrats to all that have done so well. I am striving for the same. I am stuck with a loss of 1lb a week and i am following the diet. No Cheating !. I am getting discouraged. My hours were cut on my job.:( That $100 a week is killer). $100 per 1lb makes it harder. I am looking at other weight loss programs that or more affordable. I really want to stay on this one. Hoping things work in my favor.

Hi Gidget! How long have you been on IP? Are you over 50? Those of us in the Fab 50s & above generally do have a slower weight loss than our lucky younger peeps. Be sure you get more than the minimum amount of water they say to drink, get the oil & salt in every day too. If you're exercising, keep it to a minimum - you should be able to talk normally without running out of breath while exercising on phase 1. I do understand your frustration, and the money issue. I switched from using all IP products to a combo of IP & alternative...but did not tell my coach. (My clinic was one where I could pick out the products myself from the shelves in the waiting room.) This really helped financially. Check out the Alternative threads for the best products & websites to shop from. I prefer Nashua Nutrition, but have ordered from a couple others as well. Good luck to you!

KimInWA
02-05-2013, 05:47 PM
Hello everyone, hanging in there with the start of week 3.

Kim

thatgirl77
02-05-2013, 06:57 PM
Hi... I just recently began to post and joined the 50 day challenge on another thread for IP... I am over 50 and have been on IP since June 2012....Have lost 50 lbs in 6 months, gained 6 lbs during Dec...and back to losing again....I am 22 lbs from goal. I am also a member of a closed group on FB named Southern 3FC which has been a great source for support.
Anyway, thought i would check into this group for additional support etc. On FB the girls wanted a group board on Pinterest that everyone could follow and be a board contributor, as well, on Pinterest. It is comprised of only IP (all phases) Recipes if you are interested. I did post the link on the 3FC's IP Recipe's newest thread. I thought i would post it here too....If anyone objects feel free to let me know and it will be removed...being a newbie and all, I am still learning about this site....Here is the link for anyone who may be interested....I cannot send private messages yet but am getting closer by posting more comments etc....Once i can , I can then add those who message me to the IP PInterest Recipe board...here is the link....some great IP recipes.........http://pinterest.com/marieroseb/ideal-protein-recipes-southern-chicks/ Hope you all find them helpful....I am hoping to get to goal by April 25th....Thanks you..and Have a great day! Marie :carrot::)

maezy1
02-05-2013, 08:52 PM
EVEPET come on and jump on the cowboy boot wagon!!! I'm so excited to get mine and I don't even know which ones I'm getting!
GREENIRIS yes, PT hurts if it is done correctly! I have had all kinds of PT and the ultrasound feels wonderful!! I have also had the needling technique as well...OUCH! In the end though I am much better because of it
Well my week has been crazy and not about to stop until Friday and then I have a week off!

WingnutandMe
02-05-2013, 09:08 PM
Emu oil? That's a new one to me...

What a morning - we both slept through my alarm (goes off an hour earlier than VIPs), so I got up an hour late. First thing discovered our water lines were frozen! Guess the temps in our area were down to -18F during the night. Took all morning to get them thawed out. Thank goodness VIP was home and not working 4 hrs away! Finally got to work at 12:30. Good thing is that the lines did not burst -THAT would have been a disaster!


Congratulations on the WI!! Whoo hoo! And excellent finds in the trade in basket! My clinic doesn't even carry the choc pancake mix. Guess they think customers used them too often or something.


Sweet dreams Teena...

I am applying for a different job...have stressed over writing the cover letter for 2 nights, but finally got it done last night. Will drop it off in the morning, as I'll be driving right by there on my way back from PT. Fingers crossed everyone!

Wow. Can't believe it was that cold up there and your pipes froze. Sorry to hear you had to deal with that, but so glad the pipes did not burst. We have had that happen here at the house twice in Georgia. The magic number is 15 degrees. I know if it's forecast to be 20 or below, I will leave the bath tub drip. Of course, down here, the houses and plumbing aren't designed for teens and lower though we occasionally get them. The cottage up near you is winterized. The guy blows out all the water and then blows RV antifreeze throughout the system. The year I had someone else, we had 5 broken pipes. Who knows what they did (or didn't do).

Good luck on the job application. There doesn't seem to be too much more stressful than cover letters and resumes. I so hope that is over in my life. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Congrats to all that have done so well. I am striving for the same. I am stuck with a loss of 1lb a week and i am following the diet. No Cheating !. I am getting discouraged. My hours were cut on my job.:( That $100 a week is killer). $100 per 1lb makes it harder. I am looking at other weight loss programs that or more affordable. I really want to stay on this one. Hoping things work in my favor.

:welcome:
Do not get discouraged. As it's been already said, we lose slower. It does make it hard financially when you're losing slowly. Do read the alternative threads and ask questions. I was on strictly IP for 3 months. Between the finances and a bad coach, I studied the alternatives threads, talked to some seasoned veterans, and have been on alternatives since last April. I'll be glad to answer questions. It is possible and there is nothing wrong with alternatives. It's great as it allows you to continue with the principles of the program, but not that expense. I urge people to stay on IP if they can, but if not, alternatives work.

Hello everyone, hanging in there with the start of week 3.

Kim

:welcome:
Things should start to seem easier now that you're on week 3. The first couple weeks can be a challenge, plus just getting used to the program itself. Come here often and read the posts. There is a wealth of knowledge here.


Hi... I just recently began to post and joined the 50 day challenge on another thread for IP... I am over 50 and have been on IP since June 2012....Have lost 50 lbs in 6 months, gained 6 lbs during Dec...and back to losing again....I am 22 lbs from goal. I am also a member of a closed group on FB named Southern 3FC which has been a great source for support.
Anyway, thought i would check into this group for additional support etc. On FB the girls wanted a group board on Pinterest that everyone could follow and be a board contributor, as well, on Pinterest. It is comprised of only IP (all phases) Recipes if you are interested. I did post the link on the 3FC's IP Recipe's newest thread. I thought i would post it here too....If anyone objects feel free to let me know and it will be removed...being a newbie and all, I am still learning about this site....Here is the link for anyone who may be interested....I cannot send private messages yet but am getting closer by posting more comments etc....Once i can , I can then add those who message me to the IP PInterest Recipe board...here is the link....some great IP recipes.........http://pinterest.com/marieroseb/ideal-protein-recipes-southern-chicks/ Hope you all find them helpful....I am hoping to get to goal by April 25th....Thanks you..and Have a great day! Marie :carrot::)

A third :welcome:
Today must be the day for 50+ newbies. This is a great bunch. You'll love it here.

I saw your post in another thread in the pinterest recipes and love it. I have it pinned as a tab so I can see what's new each day. I started creating my own cookbook when I started IP a year ago. I love recipes. It's up to 200 pages now. Thanks for telling us about the site. In fact, tonight's dinner was from a recipe on there, Kalua Pig aka Kalua Pork. It was really good. mmmm

Come here often and don't be afraid to ask questions. We're all here for each others support on this journey. We were all newbies at one time and know how intimidating it can be. Don't let it be, though.

I've decided that I am working harder now that I'm retired than when I was working, but it is what I want to do and on my time schedule. That makes it so much less stressful.

Molly

evepet
02-06-2013, 10:41 AM
We'd slipped onto the 2nd page again...

Good day to everyone. Hope you all have a very good day. :carrot:

greeniris
02-06-2013, 11:01 AM
Hmmm - page 2 again...


GREENIRIS[/B] yes, PT hurts if it is done correctly! I have had all kinds of PT and the ultrasound feels wonderful!! I have also had the needling technique as well...OUCH! In the end though I am much better because of it
Well my week has been crazy and not about to stop until Friday and then I have a week off!
"Needling" technique? Do you mean acupuncture? Glad you'll have next week off and hope you get lots of R&R!

Hi... I just recently began to post and joined the 50 day challenge on another thread for IP... I am over 50 and have been on IP since June 2012....Have lost 50 lbs in 6 months, gained 6 lbs during Dec...and back to losing again....I am 22 lbs from goal. I am also a member of a closed group on FB named Southern 3FC which has been a great source for support.
Anyway, thought i would check into this group for additional support etc. On FB the girls wanted a group board on Pinterest that everyone could follow and be a board contributor, as well, on Pinterest. It is comprised of only IP (all phases) Recipes if you are interested. I did post the link on the 3FC's IP Recipe's newest thread. I thought i would post it here too....If anyone objects feel free to let me know and it will be removed...being a newbie and all, I am still learning about this site....Here is the link for anyone who may be interested....I cannot send private messages yet but am getting closer by posting more comments etc....Once i can , I can then add those who message me to the IP PInterest Recipe board...here is the link....some great IP recipes.........http://pinterest.com/marieroseb/ideal-protein-recipes-southern-chicks/ Hope you all find them helpful....I am hoping to get to goal by April 25th....Thanks you..and Have a great day! Marie :carrot::)
Welcome! Glad to have you join us. Looks like you've had good success so far!
Don't know if I'll check out the Pinterest; seems like I spend sooo much time online now. Really don't need another site to try to keep up with...

Good morning everyone! Last night VIP & I discussed me going back to P1 for a month. Seems like almost overnight I've put on another 5 lbs over where I had been for several weeks. Monday morning I had trouble finding slacks to fit around my stomach, where last week everything fit ok. Weighed myself this morning, first time in several days...yikes! Just reinforces that I do need to re-boot. Will begin on Friday (Mom's surgery is tomorrow & don't want to be at the hospital all day with headaches, nauseau, etc), and hope that the worst symptoms of getting back into ketosis will be over by Monday. Want to lose at least 10 lbs, and may try for 15. Wish me luck!

Chloe222
02-06-2013, 11:08 AM
Just a note re the cheese thread - started by Purrfect (thank you). The product looks great, just ordered some.

Been finding some interesting reading on bariatric websites. I'm not a bariatric patient but find reading their stories interesting. They also have foods which are IP compliant. Before IP I really had no idea this other world of nutritional products existed; it makes sense but was no where near my radar screen.

Re blending pure coconut oil and pure shea butter - heat gently together, very low heat till melted. Turn off heat, stir and cool.

cactusflower
02-06-2013, 02:48 PM
Bumping up from page 2.....

karenbf
02-06-2013, 02:57 PM
Just checking in. I lurk but don't post that often.

Great weigh in this week - down 20 lbs., -10 inches in 5 weeks! That was Monday. Now I'm down 22 lbs. :D:D:D

I leave for a trip tomorrow. Wish me luck staying on program. I really don't think it's going to be a problem.

In my neck of the woods, it's Mardi Gras time! So, happy Mardi Gras to all of you. Maezy (Kathie) knows what it's like down here this time of year. NO KING CAKE. It's awfully tempting. So, I'm making it all about the beads!

Congratulations on everyone's successes. You all keep me motivated.

Yesmyqueen
02-06-2013, 04:46 PM
Emu oil? That's a new one to me...

What a morning - we both slept through my alarm (goes off an hour earlier than VIPs), so I got up an hour late. First thing discovered our water lines were frozen! Guess the temps in our area were down to -18F during the night. Took all morning to get them thawed out. Thank goodness VIP was home and not working 4 hrs away! Finally got to work at 12:30. Good thing is that the lines did not burst -THAT would have been a disaster!

Glad your pipes didn't break, we had a little trouble ourselves at are rental but all is ok.

Congratulations on the WI!! Whoo hoo! And excellent finds in the trade in basket! My clinic doesn't even carry the choc pancake mix. Guess they think customers used them too often or something.


Sweet dreams Teena...

I am applying for a different job...have stressed over writing the cover letter for 2 nights, but finally got it done last night. Will drop it off in the morning, as I'll be driving right by there on my way back from PT. Fingers crossed everyone!

Good luck will be praying for you!


Hello everyone, hanging in there with the start of week 3.

Welcome to our wonderful thread!

Kim

Hi... I just recently began to post and joined the 50 day challenge on another thread for IP... I am over 50 and have been on IP since June 2012....Have lost 50 lbs in 6 months, gained 6 lbs during Dec...and back to losing again....I am 22 lbs from goal. I am also a member of a closed group on FB named Southern 3FC which has been a great source for support.
Anyway, thought i would check into this group for additional support etc. On FB the girls wanted a group board on Pinterest that everyone could follow and be a board contributor, as well, on Pinterest. It is comprised of only IP (all phases) Recipes if you are interested. I did post the link on the 3FC's IP Recipe's newest thread. I thought i would post it here too....If anyone objects feel free to let me know and it will be removed...being a newbie and all, I am still learning about this site....Here is the link for anyone who may be interested....I cannot send private messages yet but am getting closer by posting more comments etc....Once i can , I can then add those who message me to the IP PInterest Recipe board...here is the link....some great IP recipes.........http://pinterest.com/marieroseb/ideal-protein-recipes-southern-chicks/ Hope you all find them helpful....I am hoping to get to goal by April 25th....Thanks you..and Have a great day! Marie :carrot::)

Welcome to you too!

Chloe222
02-06-2013, 05:29 PM
Greeniris,
I hope you get that job! Fingers crossed !

Evepet,
Busy reading Managing Leptin. How is your book going?

Just checking in. I lurk but don't post that often.

Great weigh in this week - down 20 lbs., -10 inches in 5 weeks! That was Monday. Now I'm down 22 lbs. :D:D:D

I leave for a trip tomorrow. Wish me luck staying on program. I really don't think it's going to be a problem.

In my neck of the woods, it's Mardi Gras time! So, happy Mardi Gras to all of you. Maezy (Kathie) knows what it's like down here this time of year. NO KING CAKE. It's awfully tempting. So, I'm making it all about the beads!

Congratulations on everyone's successes. You all keep me motivated.

22 pounds in 5 weeks is amazing!

Welcome to the other new folks who have joined us!

moldygrape
02-06-2013, 05:36 PM
yay

Halfagain
02-06-2013, 05:46 PM
Hello all,
Welcome to the new people, make yourself at home:D

I was talking to some friends about cravings or lack of control over some foods. One of my friends had seen a TV show (some talk show I guess) where they were saying that you need to bring what you love/have little control over into the bounds of something you can control. Say there's a food scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being love it, and 1 being hate it. If chocolate is a 10, and you want to make it a 5 or a 6 on that scale, start paring the though of another food that's a 1 along with it. Avocados for me are a negative 5 (I'm allergic to them, they give me the willies thinking of them) with the chocolate. I know it works in theory. I don't want to sit in a room full of milk chocolate to test it out though. It defiantly takes the appear away for me though.

WingnutandMe
02-06-2013, 06:11 PM
Hello all,
Welcome to the new people, make yourself at home:D

I was talking to some friends about cravings or lack of control over some foods. One of my friends had seen a TV show (some talk show I guess) where they were saying that you need to bring what you love/have little control over into the bounds of something you can control. Say there's a food scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being love it, and 1 being hate it. If chocolate is a 10, and you want to make it a 5 or a 6 on that scale, start paring the though of another food that's a 1 along with it. Avocados for me are a negative 5 (I'm allergic to them, they give me the willies thinking of them) with the chocolate. I know it works in theory. I don't want to sit in a room full of milk chocolate to test it out though. It defiantly takes the appear away for me though.

Hmmm. that would be fish and chocolate for me. Have to try that.

Molly

Glover girl
02-06-2013, 08:43 PM
Hello all,
Welcome to the new people, make yourself at home:D

I was talking to some friends about cravings or lack of control over some foods. One of my friends had seen a TV show (some talk show I guess) where they were saying that you need to bring what you love/have little control over into the bounds of something you can control. Say there's a food scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being love it, and 1 being hate it. If chocolate is a 10, and you want to make it a 5 or a 6 on that scale, start paring the though of another food that's a 1 along with it. Avocados for me are a negative 5 (I'm allergic to them, they give me the willies thinking of them) with the chocolate. I know it works in theory. I don't want to sit in a room full of milk chocolate to test it out though. It defiantly takes the appear away for me though.
I'll have to try that, I'd make pizza or anything cheesy with........jeez I like everything:o

evepet
02-06-2013, 09:00 PM
Hmmm - page 2 again...



"Needling" technique? Do you mean acupuncture? Glad you'll have next week off and hope you get lots of R&R!


Welcome! Glad to have you join us. Looks like you've had good success so far!
Don't know if I'll check out the Pinterest; seems like I spend sooo much time online now. Really don't need another site to try to keep up with...

Good morning everyone! Last night VIP & I discussed me going back to P1 for a month. Seems like almost overnight I've put on another 5 lbs over where I had been for several weeks. Monday morning I had trouble finding slacks to fit around my stomach, where last week everything fit ok. Weighed myself this morning, first time in several days...yikes! Just reinforces that I do need to re-boot. Will begin on Friday (Mom's surgery is tomorrow & don't want to be at the hospital all day with headaches, nauseau, etc), and hope that the worst symptoms of getting back into ketosis will be over by Monday. Want to lose at least 10 lbs, and may try for 15. Wish me luck!

Welcome back (soon) to P1. No worries, I'm sure you'll do just fine. These little return visits to P1 are all part and parcel of maintenance it seems. You're being smart to nab it now. I'm sending good thoughts along for your mom's surgery tomorrow. Oh - as well - good luck with that new job application! I know your current job situation seems to stress you - hope things work out for a good change.

Just a note re the cheese thread - started by Purrfect (thank you). The product looks great, just ordered some.

Been finding some interesting reading on bariatric websites. I'm not a bariatric patient but find reading their stories interesting. They also have foods which are IP compliant. Before IP I really had no idea this other world of nutritional products existed; it makes sense but was no where near my radar screen.

Re blending pure coconut oil and pure shea butter - heat gently together, very low heat till melted. Turn off heat, stir and cool.

That cheese product does look good. It certainly got great reviews.

Just checking in. I lurk but don't post that often.

Great weigh in this week - down 20 lbs., -10 inches in 5 weeks! That was Monday. Now I'm down 22 lbs. :D:D:D

I leave for a trip tomorrow. Wish me luck staying on program. I really don't think it's going to be a problem.

In my neck of the woods, it's Mardi Gras time! So, happy Mardi Gras to all of you. Maezy (Kathie) knows what it's like down here this time of year. NO KING CAKE. It's awfully tempting. So, I'm making it all about the beads!

Congratulations on everyone's successes. You all keep me motivated.

Woo-hoo! Way to go Karen! You are doing great!

Greeniris,
I hope you get that job! Fingers crossed !

Evepet,
Busy reading Managing Leptin. How is your book going?



22 pounds in 5 weeks is amazing!

Welcome to the other new folks who have joined us!

I've finished Isaacs' book, and reread parts of it. My main concern was trying to understand his philosophy re snacks. As you know he and Richards differ on that one. I think I understand his points about that now. PM me when you're ready to proceed and we can discuss our 'findings' and how best to produce a report that will pass along the highlights to the other posters here.

Hello all,
Welcome to the new people, make yourself at home:D

I was talking to some friends about cravings or lack of control over some foods. One of my friends had seen a TV show (some talk show I guess) where they were saying that you need to bring what you love/have little control over into the bounds of something you can control. Say there's a food scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being love it, and 1 being hate it. If chocolate is a 10, and you want to make it a 5 or a 6 on that scale, start paring the though of another food that's a 1 along with it. Avocados for me are a negative 5 (I'm allergic to them, they give me the willies thinking of them) with the chocolate. I know it works in theory. I don't want to sit in a room full of milk chocolate to test it out though. It defiantly takes the appear away for me though.

Hmmm. that would be fish and chocolate for me. Have to try that.

Molly

I'll have to try that, I'd make pizza or anything cheesy with........jeez I like everything:o

I have the same thought as Glover girl :o I can't think of any food I hate so much that it would be a real detriment!

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

Almost end of the day here. It's been a good day, if relatively uneventful. I did make Kitkat's red cabbage recipe yesterday, and had it again today for lunch. I really like the combo of acv and cloves in it. Very tasty. I ended up overdoing it at lunch though - gave myself 2 servings - which I then realized meant I'd eaten all of my veggies for the whole day! Who knew I'd enjoy red cabbage so much? :)

If any one else wants to try it, you just chop up 1 head of red cabbage into 1-2"pieces, and put it on a pot on the stove at low heat, along with 1-2 tsps of olive oil or coconut oil, 1/3 cup of acv, 3-4 tbsp of water, some stevia to taste, and salt, pepper, and a few cloves. Let it simmer for about 1.5-2 hrs, stirring occasionally and checking the level of liquid at the bottom of the pot. Add a bit more water if it's getting too dry. One head of cabbage gave me about 12 cups chopped, and it shrinks down to about 1/2 it's uncooked size. So one cup cooked is equal to 2 cups raw chopped.

evepet
02-06-2013, 09:19 PM
Just a note re the cheese thread - started by Purrfect (thank you). The product looks great, just ordered some.

Been finding some interesting reading on bariatric websites. I'm not a bariatric patient but find reading their stories interesting. They also have foods which are IP compliant. Before IP I really had no idea this other world of nutritional products existed; it makes sense but was no where near my radar screen.

Re blending pure coconut oil and pure shea butter - heat gently together, very low heat till melted. Turn off heat, stir and cool.

Does the coconut oil-shea butter combo stay blended together and soft enough to pour/scoop out after it cools? I tried to make a similiar type of body moisturizer a couple of years ago, and unfortunately once we got beyond the hot summer weather here the temps inside cooled enough that the mixture hardened. I could of course melt it slightly in hot water, etc., but it never quite seemed to work as well after that happened.

girlpenny
02-06-2013, 09:49 PM
Am so thrilled with reading the forums and everyone's sharings about being successful on the program. Really revs me up. Started the program at the beginning of January and have lost about 15 pounds. Hooray! Love Ideal Protein.

girlpenny
02-06-2013, 09:53 PM
Great progress. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Really inspirational.

Yesmyqueen
02-06-2013, 10:41 PM
Hello all,
Welcome to the new people, make yourself at home:D

I was talking to some friends about cravings or lack of control over some foods. One of my friends had seen a TV show (some talk show I guess) where they were saying that you need to bring what you love/have little control over into the bounds of something you can control. Say there's a food scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being love it, and 1 being hate it. If chocolate is a 10, and you want to make it a 5 or a 6 on that scale, start paring the though of another food that's a 1 along with it. Avocados for me are a negative 5 (I'm allergic to them, they give me the willies thinking of them) with the chocolate. I know it works in theory. I don't want to sit in a room full of milk chocolate to test it out though. It defiantly takes the appear away for me though.

Liver and blond brownies and milk and ice cream and butterscotch on top!

greeniris
02-06-2013, 11:41 PM
Great weigh in this week - down 20 lbs., -10 inches in 5 weeks! That was Monday. Now I'm down 22 lbs. :D:D:D

I leave for a trip tomorrow. Wish me luck staying on program. I really don't think it's going to be a problem.
WTG on the WI! You're doing great! Good luck and have fun on your trip:)

Greeniris,
I hope you get that job! Fingers crossed !
Thank you Chloe

I was talking to some friends about cravings or lack of control over some foods. One of my friends had seen a TV show (some talk show I guess) where they were saying that you need to bring what you love/have little control over into the bounds of something you can control. Say there's a food scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being love it, and 1 being hate it. If chocolate is a 10, and you want to make it a 5 or a 6 on that scale, start paring the though of another food that's a 1 along with it. Avocados for me are a negative 5 (I'm allergic to them, they give me the willies thinking of them) with the chocolate. I know it works in theory. I don't want to sit in a room full of milk chocolate to test it out though. It defiantly takes the appear away for me though.
Hmmm...fish, liver, saurkraut with chocolate??? Blech. Honestly, as much as I LOVE choc, I don't like choc cheesecake or mocha, so if I can convince myself all choc now has either coffee or cheese mixed in with it, this idea should work! LOL

I'll have to try that, I'd make pizza or anything cheesy with........jeez I like everything:o
LOL - maybe a non-food item then...turpentine? :devil:

Welcome back (soon) to P1. No worries, I'm sure you'll do just fine. These little return visits to P1 are all part and parcel of maintenance it seems. You're being smart to nab it now. I'm sending good thoughts along for your mom's surgery tomorrow. Oh - as well - good luck with that new job application! I know your current job situation seems to stress you - hope things work out for a good change.

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Almost end of the day here. It's been a good day, if relatively uneventful. I did make Kitkat's red cabbage recipe yesterday, and had it again today for lunch. I really like the combo of acv and cloves in it. Very tasty. I ended up overdoing it at lunch though - gave myself 2 servings - which I then realized meant I'd eaten all of my veggies for the whole day! Who knew I'd enjoy red cabbage so much? :)

If any one else wants to try it, you just chop up 1 head of red cabbage into 1-2"pieces, and put it on a pot on the stove at low heat, along with 1-2 tsps of olive oil or coconut oil, 1/3 cup of acv, 3-4 tbsp of water, some stevia to taste, and salt, pepper, and a few cloves. Let it simmer for about 1.5-2 hrs, stirring occasionally and checking the level of liquid at the bottom of the pot. Add a bit more water if it's getting too dry. One head of lettuce gave me about 12 cups, and it shrinks down to about 1/2 it's uncooked size. So one cup cooked is equal to 2 cups raw chopped.
Thank you evepet. You have been so very supportive, and I really appreciate it my friend.
Want to try the cabbage recipe, but what is ACV?

Am so thrilled with reading the forums and everyone's sharings about being successful on the program. Really revs me up. Started the program at the beginning of January and have lost about 15 pounds. Hooray! Love Ideal Protein.
You are doing great! IP is a great program :carrot:

Liver and blond brownies and milk and ice cream and butterscotch on top!
Ugh... ;)

Halfagain
02-07-2013, 01:21 AM
Liver and blond brownies and milk and ice cream and butterscotch on top!

LOL Okay you all are coming up with some great opposites (love the responses you all have given)- but this one takes the cake (right out of my like category)

evepet
02-07-2013, 11:09 AM
Liver and blond brownies and milk and ice cream and butterscotch on top!

Ok - I think you hit it! I was wondering how to come up with something repulsive enough to work for me - but envisioning that *mess* definitely quenches any desire for a brownie... or ice cream. Yuk. To make it even worse, how about tossing a handful of salt on top? And tossing a few spoonfuls of melted lard on it!!! Ewwww.... LOL.



Thank you evepet. You have been so very supportive, and I really appreciate it my friend.
Want to try the cabbage recipe, but what is ACV?



No problems greeniris. Glad to lend a supportive shoulder whenever possible. Your journey is certainly one I share, and am having my own struggles with. While I'm still losing, it's very slow. I'm getting tired of packet eating and starting to feel like I need more 'real food' again. I may well merge over to Phase2 soon and see if I can lose the remainder that way. We'll see what this month brings...

ACV = apple cider vinegar. The organic type found in health food stores which contains the 'mother' of the apples is best for overall health purposes, but for this recipe the regular grocery store variety would suffice I think, especially as it's simmering for so long.

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Good morning to everyone! Hope you all have a good day.

I was wondering around 3pm yesterday why I felt so tired and sluggish. And then it hit me... I had a heavy carb meal for lunch, as I (sort of accidentally) concentrated all 4 servings of veggies during lunch, getting carried away a bit with the red cabbage dish. Cabbage is heavier on the carb content, so I really had a much heavier lunch carb intake than I'm used to. I felt like I used to after eating a burger and fries for lunch. Heavy eyed, tired, and sluggish. Lesson learned.

joysh
02-07-2013, 12:43 PM
Hi Everyone! Been lurking for a while, but wanted to share my good news! At my WI on Tuesday I lost 2.2 (a big loss for me at this point) and hit my 70 pound mark!! Since I've moved my goal down to 125 (originally 135) I still have about 7 to lose, but I'm getting really close. I could phase off now, but I want to be down one more size and I want to have a little cushion. VERY EXCITED about the 70 pound mark. I'll post some new pictures in new clothes as soon as I kick this flu. :broc::broc::broc:

I was talking to some friends about cravings or lack of control over some foods. One of my friends had seen a TV show (some talk show I guess) where they were saying that you need to bring what you love/have little control over into the bounds of something you can control.

Not sure I could find too much that I don't like.

Great weigh in this week - down 20 lbs., -10 inches in 5 weeks! That was Monday. Now I'm down 22 lbs. :D:D:D
I leave for a trip tomorrow. Wish me luck staying on program. I really don't think it's going to be a problem. ...In my neck of the woods, it's Mardi Gras time! So, happy Mardi Gras to all of you. Maezy (Kathie) knows what it's like down here this time of year. NO KING CAKE. It's awfully tempting. So, I'm making it all about the beads!
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Great job, Karen!!!! 22 in 5 weeks! Wow!! Yes, it's Mardi Gras time here in Louisiana! No King Cake this year.


Good morning everyone! Last night VIP & I discussed me going back to P1 for a month. Seems like almost overnight I've put on another 5 lbs over where I had been for several weeks. ... Wish me luck!

Greeniris, of course you can do this! It's great to catch it at 5 pounds. I'm going to (finally) buy a scale when I get to maintenance so I can do the same. I'll be keeping your mom in the light today.

Am so thrilled with reading the forums and everyone's sharings about being successful on the program. Really revs me up. Started the program at the beginning of January and have lost about 15 pounds. Hooray! Love Ideal Protein.

:welcome: Wow, Girlpenny!! 15 pounds since the beginning of January! That's great! Keep going!

Have a great day, everyone!!!!!:wave::wave:

WebRover
02-07-2013, 04:28 PM
Bumping up to the first page.

In the last two days I've gotten a lot of "I like your hair" (hair is overdue for color & cut), "You look great", "You've lost a lot of weight", "You've lost weight" and interest from at least three people in doing whatever I'm doing. I'm not even going to be offended by "a lot of", because my response is "Yes I have!" or "Thank you!" and a big smile.

I'm right at the cusp of "Normal Weight". Depends on my self weigh-in tomorrow as Friday is my "official to me" weigh in day.

WingnutandMe
02-07-2013, 05:54 PM
No problems greeniris. Glad to lend a supportive shoulder whenever possible. Your journey is certainly one I share, and am having my own struggles with. While I'm still losing, it's very slow. I'm getting tired of packet eating and starting to feel like I need more 'real food' again. I may well merge over to Phase2 soon and see if I can lose the remainder that way. We'll see what this month brings...

evepet, I read this and couldn't agree more. I have been on this a few months longer than you have and still have a few more months to go. It's so slow. This last 20-ish pounds will take me to the summer time I'm afraid. I have been evaluating where I'm at and my current goal and realize I should drop my goal another 10 pounds. I could easily live with the size I am now, but psychologically would like to get closer to a normal weight BMI, plus get rid of a bit more flab. BUT, I am really burning out on the same program day after day. I know it won't change much in the future maintenance world, though. I've been lurking on the Maintainer's thread for a while now and know my susceptibility to gain just breathing food and what that means. Just at a tough point right now.

Thanks for listening all.

Molly

AlisonS
02-07-2013, 07:22 PM
Food cravings - don't really have them any more. At first I definitely craved pizza but now I don't. I am very comfortable with Phase 1. How this will work out for me when more carbs are added back in, I have no idea. I'm kind of hoping that it takes a long time for me to reach my goals.

Loose skin - I saw on Good Morning America or one of those shows that they now have non-invasive laser processes that can tighten things up somewhat. Today I was having part 2 of my root canal (went fine, btw), and in the endodonist's office I saw an ad in "Your Health" magazine for a dermatologist here that does it. I think I am going to check it out! They have complimentary consultations. They show before and after pictures where that "crepey" stuff is tightened right up. VenusFreezeDC.com

Last, I have modified my chicken curry soup recipe to make it into a "one pot" meal. Cut up not quite 2 cups of rutabagus in cubes, quarter a chicken breast, slice a leek, slide a stalk of celery and place in a Dutch oven with a little more water than what it takes to cover. Add 2tsp. curry powder, 1tsp rosemary, salt and pepper. Boil for at least a half an hour. Remove chicken and cut into smaller pieces. While the chicken is out of the pot, mash the rutabagus roughly with a potato masher. Add the chicken back in and add a little more water if needed. Heat to the temperature you like to eat soup at. Put in a bowl and top with sliced green onion and sea salt. DELISH!

OH I GOT A RAISE TODAY! VERY EXCITING! : )

evepet
02-07-2013, 08:05 PM
Hi Everyone! Been lurking for a while, but wanted to share my good news! At my WI on Tuesday I lost 2.2 (a big loss for me at this point) and hit my 70 pound mark!! Since I've moved my goal down to 125 (originally 135) I still have about 7 to lose, but I'm getting really close. I could phase off now, but I want to be down one more size and I want to have a little cushion. VERY EXCITED about the 70 pound mark. I'll post some new pictures in new clothes as soon as I kick this flu. :broc::broc::broc:



Not sure I could find too much that I don't like.



Great job, Karen!!!! 22 in 5 weeks! Wow!! Yes, it's Mardi Gras time here in Louisiana! No King Cake this year.



Greeniris, of course you can do this! It's great to catch it at 5 pounds. I'm going to (finally) buy a scale when I get to maintenance so I can do the same. I'll be keeping your mom in the light today.



:welcome: Wow, Girlpenny!! 15 pounds since the beginning of January! That's great! Keep going!

Have a great day, everyone!!!!!:wave::wave:

You're doing great Joysh! I'm looking forward to seeing your new pictures, with your new clothes.

Bumping up to the first page.

In the last two days I've gotten a lot of "I like your hair" (hair is overdue for color & cut), "You look great", "You've lost a lot of weight", "You've lost weight" and interest from at least three people in doing whatever I'm doing. I'm not even going to be offended by "a lot of", because my response is "Yes I have!" or "Thank you!" and a big smile.

I'm right at the cusp of "Normal Weight". Depends on my self weigh-in tomorrow as Friday is my "official to me" weigh in day.

Good luck tomorrow with the WI! I'm right at the cusp of 'normal weight' re my BMI too... at my age the upper limit is 25. I'm at 25.4. I'm wondering whether another -2 lbs will give me a 25......

evepet, I read this and couldn't agree more. I have been on this a few months longer than you have and still have a few more months to go. It's so slow. This last 20-ish pounds will take me to the summer time I'm afraid. I have been evaluating where I'm at and my current goal and realize I should drop my goal another 10 pounds. I could easily live with the size I am now, but psychologically would like to get closer to a normal weight BMI, plus get rid of a bit more flab. BUT, I am really burning out on the same program day after day. I know it won't change much in the future maintenance world, though. I've been lurking on the Maintainer's thread for a while now and know my susceptibility to gain just breathing food and what that means. Just at a tough point right now.

Thanks for listening all.

Molly

When I get frustrated, I can't help but think of folks like you who have been on this longer still than I have. :hug: I'm thinking I may go on a P2 style eating program for a while, just for a change of pace. At least I won't be doing anything too 'crazy' in making that slight adjustment. I'm going to start soon making my own soups. Making veggie purees in a low sodium bouillion broth, and adding unflavored protein powder along with spices and some cornstarch to thicken them up. I made a broccoli one about a week ago (without added protein) that was really quite tasty. I like the convenience of the packet soups, but dislike the sodium levels.

Food cravings - don't really have them any more. At first I definitely craved pizza but now I don't. I am very comfortable with Phase 1. How this will work out for me when more carbs are added back in, I have no idea. I'm kind of hoping that it takes a long time for me to reach my goals.

Loose skin - I saw on Good Morning America or one of those shows that they now have non-invasive laser processes that can tighten things up somewhat. Today I was having part 2 of my root canal (went fine, btw), and in the endodonist's office I saw an ad in "Your Health" magazine for a dermatologist here that does it. I think I am going to check it out! They have complimentary consultations. They show before and after pictures where that "crepey" stuff is tightened right up. VenusFreezeDC.com

Last, I have modified my chicken curry soup recipe to make it into a "one pot" meal. Cut up not quite 2 cups of rutabagus in cubes, quarter a chicken breast, slice a leek, slide a stalk of celery and place in a Dutch oven with a little more water than what it takes to cover. Add 2tsp. curry powder, 1tsp rosemary, salt and pepper. Boil for at least a half an hour. Remove chicken and cut into smaller pieces. While the chicken is out of the pot, mash the rutabagus roughly with a potato masher. Add the chicken back in and add a little more water if needed. Heat to the temperature you like to eat soup at. Put in a bowl and top with sliced green onion and sea salt. DELISH!

OH I GOT A RAISE TODAY! VERY EXCITING! : )

Interesting - about the laser treatments. I think I saw something similiar on a show lately. I also like the idea of your chicken curry soup (I've grown to love curry). Will definitely try it out soon. Congrats on your raise! That is exciting!

rainbowsmiles
02-07-2013, 08:20 PM
Food cravings - don't really have them any more. At first I definitely craved pizza but now I don't. I am very comfortable with Phase 1. How this will work out for me when more carbs are added back in, I have no idea. I'm kind of hoping that it takes a long time for me to reach my goals.

Loose skin - I saw on Good Morning America or one of those shows that they now have non-invasive laser processes that can tighten things up somewhat. Today I was having part 2 of my root canal (went fine, btw), and in the endodonist's office I saw an ad in "Your Health" magazine for a dermatologist here that does it. I think I am going to check it out! They have complimentary consultations. They show before and after pictures where that "crepey" stuff is tightened right up. VenusFreezeDC.com

Last, I have modified my chicken curry soup recipe to make it into a "one pot" meal. Cut up not quite 2 cups of rutabagus in cubes, quarter a chicken breast, slice a leek, slide a stalk of celery and place in a Dutch oven with a little more water than what it takes to cover. Add 2tsp. curry powder, 1tsp rosemary, salt and pepper. Boil for at least a half an hour. Remove chicken and cut into smaller pieces. While the chicken is out of the pot, mash the rutabagus roughly with a potato masher. Add the chicken back in and add a little more water if needed. Heat to the temperature you like to eat soup at. Put in a bowl and top with sliced green onion and sea salt. DELISH!

OH I GOT A RAISE TODAY! VERY EXCITING! : )

your soup recipe sounds delish!!! and yeah on the raise!!! :cp:

rainbowsmiles
02-07-2013, 08:24 PM
hey ladies...happy to report that week 2 of maintenance brought a 1 pound loss. no exercises this week either, am trying this approach of maintenance for 3 weeks, and then adding in weight training. so looking forward to that after next week. hopefully another week of maintaining is ahead of me. i'm kind of doing my own thing, doing a little reading about south beach dieting, trying to add whole foods and some fruits but not many, not many, still scared about those high carb fruits!! its all an experiment after all!! haha

hope everyone is plugging along and doing great!!

much love
susan

AlisonS
02-07-2013, 09:48 PM
hey ladies...happy to report that week 2 of maintenance brought a 1 pound loss.

WAY TO GO!! Or should I say WAY to WEIGH, LOL!!! :carrot:

Yesmyqueen
02-07-2013, 10:23 PM
evepet, I read this and couldn't agree more. I have been on this a few months longer than you have and still have a few more months to go. It's so slow. This last 20-ish pounds will take me to the summer time I'm afraid. I have been evaluating where I'm at and my current goal and realize I should drop my goal another 10 pounds. I could easily live with the size I am now, but psychologically would like to get closer to a normal weight BMI, plus get rid of a bit more flab. BUT, I am really burning out on the same program day after day. I know it won't change much in the future maintenance world, though. I've been lurking on the Maintainer's thread for a while now and know my susceptibility to gain just breathing food and what that means. Just at a tough point right now.

Thanks for listening all

I know Molly, we can do this, my loss is slow slow but part of it is my fault, there are a few things that I just do, like a little parm. Cheese on my vegetables and too many vegetables, and a tiny bit of whip cream on my jello even if it only adds about 5/6 carbs a day it has kept me happy and hasent thrown me out of ketosis so to me it's worth the extra time it's going to take, today was WI and down 1 lb, so now I've lost 65 lbs, 21 to go. Yea!

Molly

Food cravings - don't really have them any more. At first I definitely craved pizza but now I don't. I am very comfortable with Phase 1. How this will work out for me when more carbs are added back in, I have no idea. I'm kind of hoping that it takes a long time for me to reach my goals.

Loose skin - I saw on Good Morning America or one of those shows that they now have non-invasive laser processes that can tighten things up somewhat. Today I was having part 2 of my root canal (went fine, btw), and in the endodonist's office I saw an ad in "Your Health" magazine for a dermatologist here that does it. I think I am going to check it out! They have complimentary consultations. They show before and after pictures where that "crepey" stuff is tightened right up. VenusFreezeDC.com

Last, I have modified my chicken curry soup recipe to make it into a "one pot" meal. Cut up not quite 2 cups of rutabagus in cubes, quarter a chicken breast, slice a leek, slide a stalk of celery and place in a Dutch oven with a little more water than what it takes to cover. Add 2tsp. curry powder, 1tsp rosemary, salt and pepper. Boil for at least a half an hour. Remove chicken and cut into smaller pieces. While the chicken is out of the pot, mash the rutabagus roughly with a potato masher. Add the chicken back in and add a little more water if needed. Heat to the temperature you like to eat soup at. Put in a bowl and top with sliced green onion and sea salt. DELISH!

OH I GOT A RAISE TODAY! VERY EXCITING! : )
Yea a raise!

hey ladies...happy to report that week 2 of maintenance brought a 1 pound loss. no exercises this week either, am trying this approach of maintenance for 3 weeks, and then adding in weight training. so looking forward to that after next week. hopefully another week of maintaining is ahead of me. i'm kind of doing my own thing, doing a little reading about south beach dieting, trying to add whole foods and some fruits but not many, not many, still scared about those high carb fruits!! its all an experiment after all!! haha

hope everyone is plugging along and doing great!!

much love
susan
Hi rainbow can't wait to here how your experiment goes, good luck!

Halfagain
02-07-2013, 10:58 PM
hey ladies...happy to report that week 2 of maintenance brought a 1 pound loss. no exercises this week either, am trying this approach of maintenance for 3 weeks, and then adding in weight training. so looking forward to that after next week. hopefully another week of maintaining is ahead of me. i'm kind of doing my own thing, doing a little reading about south beach dieting, trying to add whole foods and some fruits but not many, not many, still scared about those high carb fruits!! its all an experiment after all!! haha

hope everyone is plugging along and doing great!!

much love
susan
Hooray! Glad to hear from you Susan. I am starting to get nervous about maintenance,you are so brave - out there doing it. Be sure to let us know how it is going. I've started lurking in the maintenance threads, watching and learning. I figure I have 4 more months or so to go, and I need to get my mind wrapped around it. Nice to see long time friends posting there though. They aren't real chatty. Just wait till we all get moved over there bwahahaha. :D

Fishette
02-08-2013, 12:53 AM
Liver and blond brownies and milk and ice cream and butterscotch on top!

I heard that you should imagine that you just saw a roach crawl over the food you know you shouldn't eat. So I would suggest thinking about liver and brownies and ice cream with a couple of fat roaches wiggling around on top! :devil:

WebRover
02-08-2013, 08:36 AM
On a good note....Strike that - on a GREAT WONDERFUL Fantabulous note:

Today is my official weigh in morning and I'm at 159.6 pounds. That's exactly the top weight for a healthy BMI at my height. Woo Hoo! I'm at a NORMAL weight.

:broc::broc::broc::broc::broc:

So I'm down into another decade, the 150's.
I've lost over 50 pounds--over 30 on the IP protocol.
I'm within 5 pounds of my long-term target goal, 155.

When I get to 155, I'll probably move my goal down another 10 pounds. We'll see. That's for a future celebration.

evepet
02-08-2013, 11:13 AM
hey ladies...happy to report that week 2 of maintenance brought a 1 pound loss. no exercises this week either, am trying this approach of maintenance for 3 weeks, and then adding in weight training. so looking forward to that after next week. hopefully another week of maintaining is ahead of me. i'm kind of doing my own thing, doing a little reading about south beach dieting, trying to add whole foods and some fruits but not many, not many, still scared about those high carb fruits!! its all an experiment after all!! haha

hope everyone is plugging along and doing great!!

much love
susan

Hi Susan - good to hear from you. Glad to hear that your run at maintenance is going well. :hug:

I heard that you should imagine that you just saw a roach crawl over the food you know you shouldn't eat. So I would suggest thinking about liver and brownies and ice cream with a couple of fat roaches wiggling around on top! :devil:

Yes, the thought of roach infested food would do it. For me, the thought of somebody (with an obvious cold) sneezing on the food item would do it too! Yuk....

On a good note....Strike that - on a GREAT WONDERFUL Fantabulous note:

Today is my official weigh in morning and I'm at 159.6 pounds. That's exactly the top weight for a healthy BMI at my height. Woo Hoo! I'm at a NORMAL weight.

:broc::broc::broc::broc::broc:

So I'm down into another decade, the 150's.
I've lost over 50 pounds--over 30 on the IP protocol.
I'm within 5 pounds of my long-term target goal, 155.

When I get to 155, I'll probably move my goal down another 10 pounds. We'll see. That's for a future celebration.

Congratulations!

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A very snowy, blowy day here in Central Ontario, Canada. A storm front from Texas apparently moved northeast and entered our area last night. It's been snowing steadily since early yesterday afternoon. The weather authorities are forecasting it as the worst storm of the year, with it having a strong possibility of breaking long standing winter storm records. Glad I can stay inside snug and warm and just admire the snow coming down from inside.

Hope you all have a good day. If you live in an area affected by this current winter storm, stay safe.

greeniris
02-08-2013, 04:32 PM
Hi Everyone! Been lurking for a while, but wanted to share my good news! At my WI on Tuesday I lost 2.2 (a big loss for me at this point) and hit my 70 pound mark!! Since I've moved my goal down to 125 (originally 135) I still have about 7 to lose, but I'm getting really close. I could phase off now, but I want to be down one more size and I want to have a little cushion. VERY EXCITED about the 70 pound mark. I'll post some new pictures in new clothes as soon as I kick this flu. :broc::broc::broc:

WTG Joysh!

No problems greeniris. Glad to lend a supportive shoulder whenever possible. Your journey is certainly one I share, and am having my own struggles with. While I'm still losing, it's very slow. I'm getting tired of packet eating and starting to feel like I need more 'real food' again. I may well merge over to Phase2 soon and see if I can lose the remainder that way. We'll see what this month brings...

ACV = apple cider vinegar. The organic type found in health food stores which contains the 'mother' of the apples is best for overall health purposes, but for this recipe the regular grocery store variety would suffice I think, especially as it's simmering for so long.
Ah. I should have figured that out. My coach said I could stay on P2 as long as I wanted to, and I'd still remain in Ketosis the whole time.

In the last two days I've gotten a lot of "I like your hair" (hair is overdue for color & cut), "You look great", "You've lost a lot of weight", "You've lost weight" and interest from at least three people in doing whatever I'm doing. I'm not even going to be offended by "a lot of", because my response is "Yes I have!" or "Thank you!" and a big smile.

I'm right at the cusp of "Normal Weight". Depends on my self weigh-in tomorrow as Friday is my "official to me" weigh in day.
All great! Congratulations!

evepet, I read this and couldn't agree more. I have been on this a few months longer than you have and still have a few more months to go. It's so slow. This last 20-ish pounds will take me to the summer time I'm afraid. I have been evaluating where I'm at and my current goal and realize I should drop my goal another 10 pounds. I could easily live with the size I am now, but psychologically would like to get closer to a normal weight BMI, plus get rid of a bit more flab. BUT, I am really burning out on the same program day after day. I know it won't change much in the future maintenance world, though. I've been lurking on the Maintainer's thread for a while now and know my susceptibility to gain just breathing food and what that means. Just at a tough point right now.

Thanks for listening all.

Molly
We're always here for you Molly. I know it's been a very slow process for you, but you are winning! And maintenance isn't so bad...love having fruits and a bit of carb with supper. I'm just gonna have to stay AWAY from the you-know-what for a very long time. You will find your way in maintenance...trial & error, with caution.

hey ladies...happy to report that week 2 of maintenance brought a 1 pound loss. no exercises this week either, am trying this approach of maintenance for 3 weeks, and then adding in weight training. so looking forward to that after next week. hopefully another week of maintaining is ahead of me. i'm kind of doing my own thing, doing a little reading about south beach dieting, trying to add whole foods and some fruits but not many, not many, still scared about those high carb fruits!! its all an experiment after all!! haha
much love
susan
So glad it's working for you Susan. Think of you often...

Hooray! Glad to hear from you Susan. I am starting to get nervous about maintenance,you are so brave - out there doing it. Be sure to let us know how it is going. I've started lurking in the maintenance threads, watching and learning. I figure I have 4 more months or so to go, and I need to get my mind wrapped around it. Nice to see long time friends posting there though. They aren't real chatty. Just wait till we all get moved over there bwahahaha. :D
I've noticed that a lot of the folks that could be posting on the maintenance thread are actually posting in the "Reached Maintenance, need a Reboot" thread. I read through it a couple weeks ago and found it kind of depressing, so I stick with this one and the regular maintenance thread.

I heard that you should imagine that you just saw a roach crawl over the food you know you shouldn't eat. So I would suggest thinking about liver and brownies and ice cream with a couple of fat roaches wiggling around on top! :devil:
Whoa; works for me! :o

On a good note....Strike that - on a GREAT WONDERFUL Fantabulous note:

Today is my official weigh in morning and I'm at 159.6 pounds. That's exactly the top weight for a healthy BMI at my height. Woo Hoo! I'm at a NORMAL weight.
So I'm down into another decade, the 150's.
I've lost over 50 pounds--over 30 on the IP protocol.
I'm within 5 pounds of my long-term target goal, 155.

When I get to 155, I'll probably move my goal down another 10 pounds. We'll see. That's for a future celebration.
Awesome! Congratulations :D

OH I GOT A RAISE TODAY! VERY EXCITING! : )
Congratulations! And I might have to try your soup recipe; thanks for sharing it!

maezy1
02-08-2013, 05:53 PM
Hello All! It has been a while since i have checked in but it has been a crazy week but now I am on vacation for the week! Thank God Mardi Gras was early this year!
greeniris the needling technique is a type of PT and not acupuncture. They put these needles in your skin and irritate the muscle that is tight. It hurts so good!!!!! Mine used it when I was having some should and neck issues.
rainbow so glad that you sound better and are doing what is best for you. I decided to work with weights to help with some of the flab as well. not too sure if it will help but its worth a try. Has anyone worked with weights while on Ph 1?
KarenBF YES! I am so happy king cake season is coming to an end. Our faculty lounge has been flooded with king cakes and some days it has been difficult but I got through it!
Off to a Mardi Gras parade tonight!
I CANNOT believe that I almost forgot to post this!!! I wore my shirt tucked in for the first time in forever!! Now I have to go buy belts!!!!!

petchef
02-08-2013, 07:22 PM
I thought I'd post this here since I'm so comfortable with my 50+ ladies. My clinic just started sending out the idealprotein.tv videos. The last one was on ketosis, and they recommended using ketostix. I decided to try it. I'm 100% OP, have been on IP since 8/2/12, lost 58 lbs, 75 inches so far. Tried the ketostix 3 mornings in a row. All negative for ketones. I've been losing more slowly now, about 1 lb a week for the last three weeks, but 2.5 to 3 inches each week. I have about 25 - 35 more lbs to go, depending on where I feel comfortable. I'm 55 yo, post-menopause, weighed 173 this am.

I never should have tried the silly things -- it would be a non-issue and I'd be happily ignorant. Am I in ketosis or not? Does it matter if the results speak for themselves? My coach never used them and can't give me any advice even though it's a medical office. Should I throw the darn things away, keep calm and carry on?

maezy1
02-08-2013, 08:28 PM
I thought I'd post this here since I'm so comfortable with my 50+ ladies. My clinic just started sending out the idealprotein.tv videos. The last one was on ketosis, and they recommended using ketostix. I decided to try it. I'm 100% OP, have been on IP since 8/2/12, lost 58 lbs, 75 inches so far. Tried the ketostix 3 mornings in a row. All negative for ketones. I've been losing more slowly now, about 1 lb a week for the last three weeks, but 2.5 to 3 inches each week. I have about 25 - 35 more lbs to go, depending on where I feel comfortable. I'm 55 yo, post-menopause, weighed 173 this am.

I never should have tried the silly things -- it would be a non-issue and I'd be happily ignorant. Am I in ketosis or not? Does it matter if the results speak for themselves? My coach never used them and can't give me any advice even though it's a medical office. Should I throw the darn things away, keep calm and carry on?

OK, step away from those stupid sticks!!!! I have never tried them and don't ever intend to because the weight is coming off, just like your is. The inches are coming off just like yours and we drink an enormous amt of water so everything gets watered down in our system. Your inches have increased while your weight loss has slowed. Just your body's way of balancing. The bottom line is those sticks don't determine if you lose weight, you do! it's not like all 60 lbs Ive lost so far are going to go back on because the stick says I'm not in ketosis. the lbs are only going back on if I eat them!
Can you tell I REALLY hate those darn sticks!!!!!!

NinjaNurse
02-08-2013, 09:11 PM
I thought I'd post this here since I'm so comfortable with my 50+ ladies. My clinic just started sending out the idealprotein.tv videos. The last one was on ketosis, and they recommended using ketostix. I decided to try it. I'm 100% OP, have been on IP since 8/2/12, lost 58 lbs, 75 inches so far. Tried the ketostix 3 mornings in a row. All negative for ketones. I've been losing more slowly now, about 1 lb a week for the last three weeks, but 2.5 to 3 inches each week. I have about 25 - 35 more lbs to go, depending on where I feel comfortable. I'm 55 yo, post-menopause, weighed 173 this am.

I never should have tried the silly things -- it would be a non-issue and I'd be happily ignorant. Am I in ketosis or not? Does it matter if the results speak for themselves? My coach never used them and can't give me any advice even though it's a medical office. Should I throw the darn things away, keep calm and carry on?

I agree with Maezy1!! Don't put more pressure on yourself. BTW: Just my opinion, but I found those videos comepletely unhelpful. Trust me when I say I have learned more about this diet/lifestyle from the men and women here who are actually going through it everyday. GL!!

joysh
02-08-2013, 09:22 PM
I'm with you Maezy and Ninja! I've never used a keto stick. The pounds are coming off.

When I log my food each day into My Fitness Pal and click "Finished" a screen comes up. It always says, "You're not eating enough calories." Then it says, "If you ate this every day you'd weigh ....... in 5 weeks." Well, I know that 1) I'm eating less calories because I'm on IP and the quality of protein and vitamins are giving me the nutrition I need and 2) I'd probably be lower in 5 weeks because MFP does not take ketosis into account.

Petchef, 58 pounds is wonderful!!!

patns
02-08-2013, 09:28 PM
I agree with Maezy1!! Don't put more pressure on yourself. BTW: Just my opinion, but I found those videos comepletely unhelpful. Trust me when I say I have learned more about this diet/lifestyle from the men and women here who are actually going through it everyday. GL!!

I didn't like those videos either. They seemed to be really focused on cutting things out.
Many people have posted about worries with the stix. It seems they are pretty unreliable when people drink a great deal of water.

Fishette
02-09-2013, 12:43 AM
You can tell you are a 3fatchicks junkie when the text part of the screen is magnified where you can't see the avatar part, but you can tell who wrote the post just from reading it. I'm especially good at identifying Scorbett, Evepet, Lisa, and Tina. :smug:

Halfagain
02-09-2013, 02:21 AM
On a good note....Strike that - on a GREAT WONDERFUL Fantabulous note:

Today is my official weigh in morning and I'm at 159.6 pounds. That's exactly the top weight for a healthy BMI at my height. Woo Hoo! I'm at a NORMAL weight.

So I'm down into another decade, the 150's.
I've lost over 50 pounds--over 30 on the IP protocol.
I'm within 5 pounds of my long-term target goal, 155.

When I get to 155, I'll probably move my goal down another 10 pounds. We'll see. That's for a future celebration.
Hooray! Congratulations! I'm sitting here grinning for you :D

WTG Joysh!

We're always here for you Molly. I know it's been a very slow process for you, but you are winning! And maintenance isn't so bad...love having fruits and a bit of carb with supper. I'm just gonna have to stay AWAY from the you-know-what for a very long time. You will find your way in maintenance...trial & error, with caution.

[COLOR="darkgreen"]I've noticed that a lot of the folks that could be posting on the maintenance thread are actually posting in the "Reached Maintenance, need a Reboot" thread. I read through it a couple weeks ago and found it kind of depressing, so I stick with this one and the regular
I agree with you there Greeniris, indeed we are here Molly. Thanks for the heads up on where the maintainers are off too... I found it hard to believe maintenance made people less chatty (just kidding) I figure I will be quieter once I figure out maintenance too... after a calming down period at actually getting there, and learning the ropes. While I'm about playing the helping hand/info forward, maintenance hopefully will get to be a routine once established should have less questions popping up after we figure it out. Not to mention our new goals will/should be "stayed the same" or something like that :)

I'm with you Maezy and Ninja! I've never used a keto stick. I know I'm in ketosis from the "sweet" smell of my urine and well, ya know. The pounds are coming off.

When I log my food each day into My Fitness Pal and click "Finished" a screen comes up. It always says, "You're not eating enough calories." Then it says, "If you ate this every day you'd weigh ....... in 5 weeks." Well, I know that 1) I'm eating less calories because I'm on IP and the quality of protein and vitamins are giving me the nutrition I need and 2) I'd probably be lower in 5 weeks because MFP does not take ketosis into account.

I don't know much about BMI either. All I know is that I love being "regular" and not "fat." It absolutely amazes me that I have changed my body!!

Petchef, 58 pounds is wonderful!!!
I get those messages with MFP too, but I always figured that 5 week prediction was too much loss wise. Seems like a big drop, hold on.. checking my chart... hmmm I'm averaging 13 lbs every 5 weeks lately, and it's predicting 12. That surprises me.

You can tell you are a 3fatchicks junkie when the text part of the screen is magnified where you can't see the avatar part, but you can tell who wrote the post just from reading it. I'm especially good at identifying Scorbett, Evepet, Lisa, and Tina. :smug:

Hahaha - indeed you are, I'm impressed! I get used to the ticker styles and sort of figure it out by typing style and ticker - but then people change them up and I have to relearn them. I'll have to get a new avatar shot done. I messed up mine and just put a plant in there for now.

I am really looking forward to the weekend. Mom's birthday was today, so going to go visit tomorrow. I made chicken soup today with lots of veggies. Was so good on a cold day.

lisa32989
02-09-2013, 07:14 AM
I thought I'd post this here since I'm so comfortable with my 50+ ladies. My clinic just started sending out the idealprotein.tv videos. The last one was on ketosis, and they recommended using ketostix. I decided to try it. I'm 100% OP, have been on IP since 8/2/12, lost 58 lbs, 75 inches so far. Tried the ketostix 3 mornings in a row. All negative for ketones. I've been losing more slowly now, about 1 lb a week for the last three weeks, but 2.5 to 3 inches each week. I have about 25 - 35 more lbs to go, depending on where I feel comfortable. I'm 55 yo, post-menopause, weighed 173 this am.

I never should have tried the silly things -- it would be a non-issue and I'd be happily ignorant. Am I in ketosis or not? Does it matter if the results speak for themselves? My coach never used them and can't give me any advice even though it's a medical office. Should I throw the darn things away, keep calm and carry on?
I think that video also said our bodies get more efficient with burning ketones so after a while of being OP they might not show up in urine anymore. Or maybe that was the extra credit video. Either way, toss the stix. The video was for folks in their first week OP. Weight loss tell the story, not stix.

evepet
02-09-2013, 10:49 AM
I thought I'd post this here since I'm so comfortable with my 50+ ladies. My clinic just started sending out the idealprotein.tv videos. The last one was on ketosis, and they recommended using ketostix. I decided to try it. I'm 100% OP, have been on IP since 8/2/12, lost 58 lbs, 75 inches so far. Tried the ketostix 3 mornings in a row. All negative for ketones. I've been losing more slowly now, about 1 lb a week for the last three weeks, but 2.5 to 3 inches each week. I have about 25 - 35 more lbs to go, depending on where I feel comfortable. I'm 55 yo, post-menopause, weighed 173 this am.

I never should have tried the silly things -- it would be a non-issue and I'd be happily ignorant. Am I in ketosis or not? Does it matter if the results speak for themselves? My coach never used them and can't give me any advice even though it's a medical office. Should I throw the darn things away, keep calm and carry on?

Like the others below, I don't think it's necessary to use the ketostix - and from other posts here, they seem to most often just cause angst. As long as you're following protocol and losing weight you'll be just fine. I have never used one, and I'm almost at my goal.

OK, step away from those stupid sticks!!!! I have never tried them and don't ever intend to because the weight is coming off, just like your is. The inches are coming off just like yours and we drink an enormous amt of water so everything gets watered down in our system. Your inches have increased while your weight loss has slowed. Just your body's way of balancing. The bottom line is those sticks don't determine if you lose weight, you do! it's not like all 60 lbs Ive lost so far are going to go back on because the stick says I'm not in ketosis. the lbs are only going back on if I eat them!
Can you tell I REALLY hate those darn sticks!!!!!!

I agree with Maezy1!! Don't put more pressure on yourself. BTW: Just my opinion, but I found those videos comepletely unhelpful. Trust me when I say I have learned more about this diet/lifestyle from the men and women here who are actually going through it everyday. GL!!

I'm with you Maezy and Ninja! I've never used a keto stick. The pounds are coming off.


I didn't like those videos either. They seemed to be really foced on cutting things out.
Many people have posted about worries with the stix. It seems they are pretty unreliable when people drink a great deal of water.

I think that video also said our bodies get more efficient with burning ketones so after a while of being OP they might not show up in urine anymore. Or maybe that was the extra credit video. Either way, toss the stix. The video was for folks in their first week OP. Weight loss tell the story, not stix.

I agree with all of you. Although I did find those videos helpful when I very first started the program and didn't have a coach, I found 3FatChicks around that same time. I soon found that the support and info available here was much more useful - in fact, invaluable. And as to ketostix - never used one, and I'm -57lbs lighter and very close to goal.

You can tell you are a 3fatchicks junkie when the text part of the screen is magnified where you can't see the avatar part, but you can tell who wrote the post just from reading it. I'm especially good at identifying Scorbett, Evepet, Lisa, and Tina. :smug:

LOL, I agree that's probably a sign of a 3fatchicks junkie. :hug: I can see the avatars, but I'll have to start testing myself to see if I can identify the posters without them. You've got me curious now. :)

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Good morning everyone. Hope each of you has a great day.

Woke up to a bright, sunny morning. Lots of snow and big snow banks today. It's beautiful out though, so I'm soon off to stock up on veggies and other necessities.

Shedit
02-09-2013, 11:21 AM
Hello All! It has been a while since i have checked in but it has been a crazy week but now I am on vacation for the week! Thank God Mardi Gras was early this year!
I decided to work with weights to help with some of the flab as well. not too sure if it will help but its worth a try. [ B]Maezy1[B] Has anyone worked with weights while on Ph 1?
I CANNOT believe that I almost forgot to post this!!! I wore my shirt tucked in for the first time in forever!! Now I have to go buy belts!!!!!

I bet you are having a blat with shirt in and all of the Mardi Gras! Maezy I waited to return to the gym after being on plan for 1.5 months. I go 5 times per week and do a limited routine that includes weights upper and lower every other visit. There is a book on slow motion weight training that I follow. For each exercise I do 8 reps times 3 to exhaustion. So setting the weight exactly right is an experiment. I do not try to increase the weight in any of the reps, and only go up if last time was too easy. Out of 40 minutes at my gym I probably spend 15 minutes on weights, so it is NOT a ton of weights. After weights I do abs and stretches. Before I set the treadmill on max elevation and walk for 15 minutes up hill. I added an additional 4 oz of lean protein on gym days and my weight loss has not stalled.

I cannot say that my body looks "toned" but I feel that I am not adding to my flab at the same pace. Hope these ideas help you.b Jan

maezy1
02-09-2013, 01:16 PM
I bet you are having a blat with shirt in and all of the Mardi Gras! Maezy I waited to return to the gym after being on plan for 1.5 months. I go 5 times per week and do a limited routine that includes weights upper and lower every other visit. There is a book on slow motion weight training that I follow. For each exercise I do 8 reps times 3 to exhaustion. So setting the weight exactly right is an experiment. I do not try to increase the weight in any of the reps, and only go up if last time was too easy. Out of 40 minutes at my gym I probably spend 15 minutes on weights, so it is NOT a ton of weights. After weights I do abs and stretches. Before I set the treadmill on max elevation and walk for 15 minutes up hill. I added an additional 4 oz of lean protein on gym days and my weight loss has not stalled.

I cannot say that my body looks "toned" but I feel that I am not adding to my flab at the same pace. Hope these ideas help you.b Jan

This helps SO MUCH! THANK YOU!!!! I dropped my gym membership because of all the surgeries with my knee. I plan on picking it up again this summer when I will hopefully be at goal weight. I don't want six pack abs, ok I would LOVE six pack abs, but I would like to tone my six pack flabs to see if I could look somewhat different ! Also, the weight around my middle is coming off more slowly than my legs and my pants look ridiculous! Going to start with weights today!

Shedit
02-09-2013, 07:00 PM
This helps SO MUCH! THANK YOU!!!! I dropped my gym membership because of all the surgeries with my knee. I plan on picking it up again this summer when I will hopefully be at goal weight. I don't want six pack abs, ok I would LOVE six pack abs, but I would like to tone my six pack flabs to see if I could look somewhat different ! Also, the weight around my middle is coming off more slowly than my legs and my pants look ridiculous! Going to start with weights today!
I recall that you had knee surgery and hope that you have some PT advice before you start those leg presses:shrug:

I feel like the uphill on the treadmill is a form of lower body weight training along with some cardio. As to 6 pack abs...I WISH. However I am thrilled with my losses and just baby steps in the toning department make me happy with my progress!
Please let me know how it works for you as you reintegrate an exercise program. I can imagine that most of what I do could be modified for home with bands and a ball if you don't want to go to the gym. I am more compliant by having gym days and gym times. How is Mardi Gras?

evepet
02-09-2013, 07:06 PM
I bet you are having a blat with shirt in and all of the Mardi Gras! Maezy I waited to return to the gym after being on plan for 1.5 months. I go 5 times per week and do a limited routine that includes weights upper and lower every other visit. There is a book on slow motion weight training that I follow. For each exercise I do 8 reps times 3 to exhaustion. So setting the weight exactly right is an experiment. I do not try to increase the weight in any of the reps, and only go up if last time was too easy. Out of 40 minutes at my gym I probably spend 15 minutes on weights, so it is NOT a ton of weights. After weights I do abs and stretches. Before I set the treadmill on max elevation and walk for 15 minutes up hill. I added an additional 4 oz of lean protein on gym days and my weight loss has not stalled.

I cannot say that my body looks "toned" but I feel that I am not adding to my flab at the same pace. Hope these ideas help you.b Jan

This helps SO MUCH! THANK YOU!!!! I dropped my gym membership because of all the surgeries with my knee. I plan on picking it up again this summer when I will hopefully be at goal weight. I don't want six pack abs, ok I would LOVE six pack abs, but I would like to tone my six pack flabs to see if I could look somewhat different ! Also, the weight around my middle is coming off more slowly than my legs and my pants look ridiculous! Going to start with weights today!

I recall that you had knee surgery and hope that you have some PT advice before you start those leg presses:shrug:

I feel like the uphill on the treadmill is a form of lower body weight training along with some cardio. As to 6 pack abs...I WISH. However I am thrilled with my losses and just baby steps in the toning department make me happy with my progress!
Please let me know how it works for you as you reintegrate an exercise program. I can imagine that most of what I do could be modified for home with bands and a ball if you don't want to go to the gym. I am more compliant by having gym days and gym times. How is Mardi Gras?

Just to let Maezy know that a series of 3 DVDs are available re the Slow Burn Workout Routine. I read quite a bit online about the philosophy of the slow burn routine, and decided to get the DVDs rather than a book so I could watch an instructor actually do the different poses. I've found them very good. They're available now through different sources online, one of them is amazon - here's a link:
http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Burn-Home-Fitness-Program/product-reviews/B000RGQ45M/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Shedit
02-09-2013, 07:12 PM
Just to let Maezy know that a series of 3 DVDs are available re the Slow Burn Workout Routine. II read quite a bit online about the philosophy of the slow burn routine, and decided to get the DVDs in order to see an instructor actually do the different poses. I've found them quite useful. They're available now through different sources online, one of them is amazon - here's a link:
http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Burn-Home-Fitness-Program/product-reviews/B000RGQ45M/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
That is a GREAT resource. Proper technique is worth so much. Thanks for posting!

evepet
02-09-2013, 07:28 PM
That is a GREAT resource. Proper technique is worth so much. Thanks for posting!

Glad to help. Thought it might be useful. :) As you say, being able to see someone demonstrate the proper technique helps a great deal. One DVD also illustrates how to modify some of them slightly to make it easier at the beginning. Very useful.

Chloe222
02-09-2013, 09:19 PM
hey ladies...happy to report that week 2 of maintenance brought a 1 pound loss. no exercises this week either, am trying this approach of maintenance for 3 weeks, and then adding in weight training. so looking forward to that after next week. hopefully another week of maintaining is ahead of me. i'm kind of doing my own thing, doing a little reading about south beach dieting, trying to add whole foods and some fruits but not many, not many, still scared about those high carb fruits!! its all an experiment after all!! haha

hope everyone is plugging along and doing great!!

much love
susan

Congrats on the loss! And love to see you here, stay close!

On a good note....Strike that - on a GREAT WONDERFUL Fantabulous note:

Today is my official weigh in morning and I'm at 159.6 pounds. That's exactly the top weight for a healthy BMI at my height. Woo Hoo! I'm at a NORMAL weight.

:broc::broc::broc::broc::broc:

So I'm down into another decade, the 150's.
I've lost over 50 pounds--over 30 on the IP protocol.
I'm within 5 pounds of my long-term target goal, 155.

When I get to 155, I'll probably move my goal down another 10 pounds. We'll see. That's for a future celebration.

Congrats on the weight loss!



This helps SO MUCH! THANK YOU!!!! I dropped my gym membership because of all the surgeries with my knee. I plan on picking it up again this summer when I will hopefully be at goal weight. I don't want six pack abs, ok I would LOVE six pack abs, but I would like to tone my six pack flabs to see if I could look somewhat different ! Also, the weight around my middle is coming off more slowly than my legs and my pants look ridiculous! Going to start with weights today!
Maezy,
One of the best exercises for your core is planks and you can do them easily at home. Here's a youtube that is a good, concise intro and provides a simple routine. It's around 4 minutes to watch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN6Mky8U4Rg
Hope this helps,
Chloe

Shedit
02-09-2013, 10:06 PM
Congrats on the loss! And love to see you here, stay close!



Congrats on the weight loss!




Maezy,
One of the best exercises for your core is planks and you can do them easily at home. Here's a youtube that is a good, concise intro and provides a simple routine. It's around 4 minutes to watch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN6Mky8U4Rg
Hope this helps,
Chloe

Yes Planks...I gotta get back on that thanks for the reminder Chloe, have less to hold up now so it SHOULD be easier now ;)

Shedit
02-09-2013, 10:38 PM
My new Avatar... Taken while Watching the youngins run in their valentines undies. I am an IP happy girl. Fellow IPers it works. Stay the course!

greeniris
02-10-2013, 01:55 AM
greeniris the needling technique is a type of PT and not acupuncture. They put these needles in your skin and irritate the muscle that is tight. It hurts so good!!!!! Mine used it when I was having some should and neck issues.
I CANNOT believe that I almost forgot to post this!!! I wore my shirt tucked in for the first time in forever!! Now I have to go buy belts!!!!!
Thanks for explaining; and a huge WHHOOOO HOOOO on wearing the shirt tucked in!

The last one was on ketosis, and they recommended using ketostix. I decided to try it. I'm 100% OP, have been on IP since 8/2/12, lost 58 lbs, 75 inches so far. Tried the ketostix 3 mornings in a row. All negative for ketones. I've been losing more slowly now, about 1 lb a week for the last three weeks, but 2.5 to 3 inches each week. I have about 25 - 35 more lbs to go, depending on where I feel comfortable. I'm 55 yo, post-menopause, weighed 173 this am.

I never should have tried the silly things -- it would be a non-issue and I'd be happily ignorant. Am I in ketosis or not? Does it matter if the results speak for themselves? My coach never used them and can't give me any advice even though it's a medical office. Should I throw the darn things away, keep calm and carry on?
Yep, throw them away. I never used one either.

I cannot say that my body looks "toned" but I feel that I am not adding to my flab at the same pace. Hope these ideas help you.b Jan
Holy cow, look at YOU! Great new avatar!

This helps SO MUCH! THANK YOU!!!! I dropped my gym membership because of all the surgeries with my knee. I plan on picking it up again this summer when I will hopefully be at goal weight. I don't want six pack abs, ok I would LOVE six pack abs, but I would like to tone my six pack flabs to see if I could look somewhat different ! Also, the weight around my middle is coming off more slowly than my legs and my pants look ridiculous! Going to start with weights today!
LMAO - "six pack flabs"!!!! That so describes me too!

maezy1
02-10-2013, 01:18 PM
EVEPET & SHEDIT Thanks for the info. I'll get those DVD's this week. Proper technique is a MUST with weights. Sticking to resistance bands for my legs becuz of my knees. PLANKS - used to love those things and yes, I bet they are easier without 60 lbs on me.
Went to one parade for Mardi Gras. Not doing the NOLA (New Orleans, LA) thing this year. Don't think my knee would handle that much walking and standing
Got some homemade soup in the crock pot! yummy! lunch made for the week.
Does anyone switch their restricted for an unrestricted? How often do you do it in a week? Better yet, does everyone eat one restricted a day?

MLSCW
02-10-2013, 01:36 PM
I'm new. this is my 2nd week. I loss 2.1 pounds the first week. My coach told me I was measuring my veggie wrong which made me eat more. Okay I'm hanging in there but still so disappointed that I haven't lost more. :(

WingnutandMe
02-10-2013, 02:38 PM
I'm new. this is my 2nd week. I loss 2.1 pounds the first week. My coach told me I was measuring my veggie wrong which made me eat more. Okay I'm hanging in there but still so disappointed that I haven't lost more. :(

:welcome:
If you were measuring your veggies after they were cooked, you might have been eating 2 or 3 times the amount you should. And if they were ones with a few more carbs, you would get a double whammy. Always be glad for a loss though. Understand that we can't control how our bodies react to this new way of eating.

Don't be discouraged. There are others that have only lost a few pounds the first week. Have faith in the program. IT WORKS!! If you follow what's outlined and do NOT cheat, the pounds will come off. I barely average 2 pounds a week, but as you can see, I've stuck with it for just over a year and have lost right at 114 pounds.

Use this forum to help you through your journey. We're all here for you. Ask questions, vent, what ever helps you. :hug: You will be pleased later on down the road when you make your goal and discover the new you.

Good luck. Hope to hear from you again soon.

Molly