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VermontMom
03-08-2013, 09:31 AM
a little late but here is a place for daily talk. I've been holding off starting one because I'm feeling so blah myself. Hey hey but misery loves company right :p

so please check in :cool:


Aunty Jam
03-08-2013, 05:16 PM
Hey guys :) It's nice to see some old friends again... thought I'd contribute to this, the OFFICIAL monthly thread LoL.

I had a really rough time after my Dad passed in September and for lack of a better term I "fell off the wagon". It's been rough, my weight is back up also... c'est la vie, but I've started another 5k running plan for base milage and plan to do a 10k plan after that and a half marathon plan after that. I figured it out and I think I'll finish some time in late November... whew!

Also since I've been gone I've become certified in CPR and first responder first aid (step above basic) and I've been taking karate with my best friend (her dad is the sensei - 4th degree black belt!). So I've become known as the girl who can break you then put you back together.

On the meds side my doc put me on welbutrin in the morning and backed off my zoloft. She said I could have kept my zoloft up but I'm not sure I want to take that many drugs. My mood isn't bad, I still have some ups and downs but I'm handling them a lot better than I used to. I switched to the welbutrin because I hate the side effects of the zoloft... and my husband did too if you know what I mean.

Husband isn't working again other than small side jobs... we burned through my inheritance that I got when Grandma passed... I'm trying not to dwell on that but yes, I'm pretty pissed about it. I think I'm just a blind optimist... I keep thinking things will get better and this not working thing is temporary. He doesn't know but his time is running out... I'm staying clam cool and collected about it this time. If it comes down to it I'll just tell him I need a partner, not a dependant....

Oh well. Enough of this blah! How is everyone else??????????????????

VermontMom
03-09-2013, 09:30 AM
Hey Aunty Jam!! congrats on the first responder, CPR cert! and for karate, kewl 8)

so sorry that grief over your dad caused a gain, I hear ya. I'm sure with your running you can knock it off this spring. can you run outside now? Here it just isn't do-able iwth the snow and ice still.

I had a terrible eating day yesterday, in that, in my twisted mind, I wanted to punish my husband by starving myself :?: so i had hardly a thing all day, but caved of course when I came home and found supper ready. Wow does it hurt your tummy to be hollow-empty then stuffed. I am such a mess .


seabiscuit
03-09-2013, 11:03 AM
Good morning :)

My support to both of you, VermontMom and Aunty Jam.

I am doing better. I was pretty upset earlier this week due to a break up with my now 'ex boyfriend.' I am visiting family and a friend here in NYC which feels great. It is so nice to get away and relax a bit.

I still want to work on eating healthier. I have been going on more walks and I hope to build up to swimming laps indoors. For almost a month, I was out of commission due to the flu and pneumonia. I feel much better now though.

Now, I am in group therapy, am going to start volunteering at my local hospital and hope to get back to feeling like myself.

Take care everyone!

VermontMom
03-14-2013, 08:01 AM
Hey Seabiscuit :) really sorry about the breakup...how are you doing?

I just have to give a shout out to 2 members who I haven't seen here in well over a year, Marie and ems81wales. I know there are others also who used to post here regularly and everyone is missed, you do make a connection. I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad for not being here, just letting all know that you are missed :hug: and I hope you are OK :)

VermontMom
03-14-2013, 08:04 AM
Hey Seabiscuit :) really sorry about the breakup...how are you doing?

I just have to give a shout out to 2 members who I haven't seen here in well over a year, Marie81 and ems81wales. I know there are others also who used to post here regularly and everyone is missed, you do make a connection. I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad for not being here, just letting all know that you are missed :hug: and I hope you are OK :)

March is not a great month for me, my dad died in March and his birthday is in March; winter is dragging on; I can NOT keep to sensible eating for even a day; I wear the exact same thing day after day to work (I'm sure my husband/wife team of bosses are commenting)

Aunty Jam
03-14-2013, 12:57 PM
Hi Seabiscuit - I'm glad to hear you're feeling better! What kind of volunteering will you be doing? Just remember ex's are that for a reason. Btw... I love KT Tunstall too :)

Mom - I know how you feel :( My dad's bday is in January so we've just had the first one without him, first christmas also. It was really nice here, things were thawing and growing! I have ran outside once this winter but some people don't clear their walks very well and there was just too much ice for me to feel very safe. Now we have a snowfall warning and the temperature has gone back down. I have a treadmill in the basement so I use that through the winter.... my dogs like to bark at it. How about you make small changes to what you're wearing... work yourself up to a bigger change? I wore my friday (very casual) clothes today because I knew it was going to be cold, I was tired and my boss wouldn't care. So I'm wearing a hoodie that says "Life is short, play with your dog" hahaha.

I'm so hungry and tired all of the time :( I've been on this running program for 3 weeks and I've managed to lose .5 of a pound... ggggrrrrr :( I HAVE to lose 17 pounds by the end of june and I have a potluck and a wine date with a friend this weekend.

seabiscuit
03-16-2013, 03:45 PM
Vermont Mom-

I am sorry about the loss of your father. That has to be extremely tough. :hug: I hope you can use some good coping skills to take care of yourself. I know the feeling of not eating sensibly. For me, the problem usually starts in the grocery store. Whatever I decide to take home, that's where my first mistake or positive step forward begins.

Aunty Jam-

Good for you for doing a running program! I hear you about feeling hungry and tired. That is no fun! Do you think your feeling tired is from the running or a medical reason? I love the photo of your dogs and I like what your hoodie says! KT Tunstall is cool, isn't she? Take care.


I am doing alright, I guess. I had my dental crown re-cemented yesterday, it came out when I was eating a jelly bean! My gum is a little sore now but I am feeling better. I have been eating less because of the dental issue and I have to say, I don't really miss the extra food all that much. Yes, I do feel hungry at times but it feels nice to not be bogged down with all that food. I hope I can continue eating less as my tooth heals. I am trying to break some habits like not going to Starbucks that often, and I was doing great but now I find I am going more again. I don't even really enjoy it all that much, I don't know why I go. The break-up with my ex-boyfriend was rough, I saw him the other day when he came by to drop off stuff that I left at his place and I cried a lot when I brought everything back into my apartment. I am glad things are over between us although a part of me misses the companionship, I am just glad that we aren't together because I was so tired of the fighting. I thought I would try getting back into a relationship but I decided I wasn't ready yet. There is a weight management group that I may join, which I am looking forward to for some support, at my mental health center. My insurance covers it so I may do it. I just feel a bit depressed that I have been overweight for so long, it truly depresses me. Part of it is an uphill battle for me with the psych meds but a lot of it is my choice as to what I decide to eat. I want to get more active but my iron deficient anemia has made me pretty tired. I am taking more iron now to help combat the fatigue. I'd really like to shed this weight off and keep it off.

Well thanks for listening, I didn't mean to lump everything into that one paragraph!

Take care!!

VermontMom
03-17-2013, 09:00 AM
Hey chicks :)
Seabiscuit, I should have clarified that my dad died in March of 2001 ...so it's been a while but you still always remember the date. I hope you can continue to cope dealing with the breakup. I think joining that weight management group sounds like a great idea, it's always good to have as much support and camraderie as possible.

Aunty Jam - if I followed a running program for that long and only lost .5 I'd be crazy!! but I say hang in there!! I'm just in awe of anyone who CAN run. and I LOL's at 'my dogs bark at the treadmill' :D

seabiscuit
03-17-2013, 09:30 PM
Hey Vermont Mom-

I am sure it is still difficult with your loss of your father. Years later, I still miss those loved ones who I have lost.

I took a walk today and realized I am so glad I am no longer together with this guy. He has a good heart and we had some good times, but I finally can honestly say that I no longer love him and I am glad that we are apart. Time may not heal all wounds, but somehow it makes some things easier to deal with, I think. I wish him the best but I am still angry and hurt and I want a better life for myself. He meant a lot to me but I deserve to take care of myself.

Today, I got on the scale and it was just above one pound higher than where I was before, but I had just got out of the shower, so I probably had some water weight there and it was later in the day too. So, I deducted that pound in my mind and am thinking that I am pretty much maintaining, which isn't exactly what I want but at least I'm not really gaining, I don't consider that a gain.

It felt great for me to play one of my guitars today for the first time in awhile. I love to play, I just get so tired sometimes and busy that I don't. I find music so therapeutic.

Tomorrow, I see my knee doc. My right knee gives me trouble, I may have to get an injection, yikes! Well, the last one worked so maybe it's worth it.

This week is busy, I start volunteering at my local hospital on Tuesday at 8 am!

take care...

Aunty Jam
03-19-2013, 12:43 PM
Seabiscuit - What kind of injection do you get? Steroid? I'm glad you're ok with the break up. I've learned the hard way about toxic people and their effects. #1 is you have to take care of yourself, always. I'm not sure why I'm so tired... it could be from the running. It's still winter here, lots of snow :( We have been getting a decent amount of sun but not as much as we would in summer. I'm sure getting up at 5am has something to do with being tired, I've always loved my sleep. What kind of guitar do you play?

Vermont - I know exactly why I'm not losing weight, it's my eating... you can't out exercise a bad diet right? It is driving me nuts but at the same time I know it's my own damn fault. Chase is the only one who still barks at the treadmill... he's mostly border collie and highly intelligent so movement gets him excited. He knows he's not supposed to so when he sees me heading for it he usually leaves. It's just not generally appreciated in my house at a little after 5am... ;) For the record I still do the run/walk thing but I'm getting better :)

I missed my run on monday :( and I didn't have time to do it in the evening :( I'm not very happy with myself but I was so tired and sore. I was bad during my last run, I ran for 25 minutes longer than I was supposed to... that might have had something to do with how I felt. I have karate tonight so at least I'll get some activity in.

seabiscuit
03-19-2013, 07:08 PM
Hey Aunty Jam-

How are you doing? Good for you for working on your activity! I need to increase my activity. I have been tired due to some depression and low hemoglobin because less than a month ago I had pneumonia, but I want to get back in the game and get active. It's just so easy to stay in bed and stay lazy. :^:

I got a cortisone injection in my right knee yesterday, it didn't hurt that much, not nearly as much as I thought it would. I had Synvisc injections before too but I had a bit of a reaction to them initially and they didn't help much. The cortisone injections help me more in my knees although I have had them in the side of my foot and they don't help there, who knows. :dizzy:

The breakup is still raw, I am getting over it because I have had enough time and space apart from him to distance myself from the situation and process my emotions. I am still angry at him and haven't let go of some grudges which I know are only hurting me. I thought I was ready for a new relationship but I need some "Me Time." :^:

Today I started my volunteering at a local hospital, the one where I was the patient for pneumonia LOL :p and I used to volunteer there too. I help patients and staff out in the radiology department. I really enjoyed it! I will be going on Tuesdays on Thursdays.

I have three guitars, two acoustic, one hollow body electric. I don't have an amplifier so I play the hollow body electric without an amp which suits me and probably my neighbors just fine ;). I was taking lessons for awhile but now I am trying to muster up the $$ to afford them.

Well, it's great hearing from you Aunty Jam! Keep Jammin' ;)

coffeeshopgirl
03-20-2013, 08:58 PM
Hi everyone! Mind if I join the March chat?

A little about myself: I recently took a new job, which means longer hours and a new plan to lose weight. Just haven't figured out the plan yet. I've been trying a few different things, and it's just not working. I feel like I'm starting over from scratch. Kinda disheartening, but it happens.

My goal is to use every piece of weight loss equipment I've purchased thus far. This includes: pull up/sit up bar, 5lb hula hoop, total trainer (one of those inclined glide-boards), and my newest addition - an elliptical. Needless to say, I got rid of my gym membership last month. I guess it's all about finding the time. I'm trying to work out right after work, but when you're pulling 10-12 hour days, the last thing I want to do is upset my downstairs neighbors with the noise of the exercise equipment.

Calorie counting worked before, but I think I need to step it up a bit now that my job's more physical. I think I'll check that out tonight.

I have other interesting aspects about myself, but they'll have to wait for next time. It's 9pm here and I'm about to pass out on the couch. Anyway, nice to meet you all! Chat again soon...

VermontMom
03-21-2013, 08:06 AM
Hi coffeeshopgirl! :wave: I know I've seen your name around. OF COURSE you can join us, I'm glad you did!

You sure do have long days, it IS hard to be motivated to work out either very early or very late in the day. I hope you can find the time to do it :)

Seabiscuit, I guess if you had pneumonia less than a month ago, that is good reason to feel tired! and what a selfless thing to volunteer at the hospital. I don't have any advice about healing from the breakup, just that time will slowly help.

Hey Aunty Jam, you ran for 25 minutes longer than you should have, that is bad? sounds pretty good to me! unless it is damaging or something. I am clueless about running, I just admire anyone who can and does! How was karate?

HI to anyone else reading :hug:

I've had a good week!! Don't know what 'clicked' but last Thursday I had a clean eating day and have been able to continue every day since. The only refined sugar I've had was on Saturday night, a cup of ice cream.

To give an idea of how much sugar and refined crap I have been having daily, at work, at least one big cookie (they are in the 400 calorie range) AND a pastry such as an eclair, or piece of cheesecake, EVERY WORK DAY .

But today makes one week of rational behavior :D so when I go back to work tomorrow (my work weeks start on Friday) I'll just have to keep my success in mind.

I've also gone ga-ga over a site I've found, www.fitnessblender.com that I love the variety of workouts they offer, and have been psyched at doing new stuff. I had been doing my Gilad Step and Tone and the Annie Mair's Cardio Force ad nauseum, they still made me sweat but my muscles were just doing the same ol same ol'.

And today I am taking our bathroom scales out to the garage :( It just is too frustrating to 'feel lighter' and step on the scale and see it UP 3 pounds or something. I am just going to continue to eat well, eat less, and do cardio/strength almost every day.

coffeeshopgirl
03-21-2013, 09:07 PM
VT Mom - Good job cutting out the refined sugars! I'm the same way: If I can keep a clean diet for a week, it all seems to click and the weight loss happens. Good for you - keep it up!

Seabiscuit - Hospital volunteering and guitar lessons - how fun! I'm sure the volunteering is very rewarding for you. I used to coach Special Olympics - so glad I did :)

Aunty Jam - I envy you for the running program :) How long have you been doing karate?

As for me, I'm talking with the husband about planning out easy-to-warm-up dinners. We plan out breakfasts and lunches for the week, but the dinners have been lacking, especially since we're both getting home later. I'm thinking next week we will make some turkey burgers, burritos, and chicken dinners. I have a bunch of tupperware, and we just need to get back into the habit of prepping dinners, rather than getting pizza and Chinese food like we did this week. They were both delicious and filling, but I feel like crap afterwards.

I am getting used to the longer hours, and somehow I'm finding some energy when I get home. The husband's in law school right now, and with my longer hours, we're trying really hard not to grow apart. So, when I fall asleep on the couch at 8:30, I feel bad the next day. Anyhoo, finding some energy - yay!

Is everyone ready for the weekend?

firegirl441
03-22-2013, 04:26 AM
VTMom: I feel for you during this month since you have such close reminders of your dad. Mine died in April 2009 and his birthday was always around Father's Day if not on it (June 15). My time is coming soon. I know he is in a better place as he was sick for many years and the last months were terrible for him, but that doesn't mean that I miss him any less. The last few months, I have been missing him more than ever.

Seabiscuit: I volunteered at our local hospital for over 4 years while I was still in high school and it was very rewarding. Sorry to hear about your break-up, but most times, it is for the best. I found out after my divorce that this too will pass. Staying busy made it much easier for me. Sounds like you are doing the same thing.

Aunty Jam: I admire your running program and karate too! I would give just about anything if I could do such exercises again.

Coffeeshopgirl: It is great that you and your husband realize that it takes work during times in our lives when we are so busy to take time to keep yourselves close. No job or career goals are worth losing a very valuable relationship for. I can relate to you about the planning ahead of dinners. I am going in for surgery in the next couple of weeks, and I am planning some casseroles and prepared dinners that I can prepare ahead of time and he can take out, thaw and heat or cook. I know I can't follow MRC plan exactly, but I am gonna try to get back on plan after a week due to needing the extra protein for healing. The first week will probably consist of various soups and saltines/Ritz crackers with ginger ale as I have problems with nausea on a good day so after surgery is a given.

By the way, I forgot to ask if I can I join you gals? Ya'll have a great thread going here!

VermontMom
03-22-2013, 09:08 PM
firegirl - of COURSE you can join!! love to have you. I'm sorry about the loss of your dad too, and around Father's Day, how hard! and best wishes on the upcoming surgery.

coffeeshopgirl - how true that it does take a little effort to get into the procedure of cooking ahead/freezing but sooooo convenient! And hoo-boy is it easy to become complacent in marriage. It does take effort sometimes to be conscious of what your spouse might like or appreciate.

SeaBiscuit - today I thought of you, when I did something thoughtful for someone :D I let them know that their son was very polite to me, when the kid was with a different family and not with his mom. She almost got tears in her eyes, she was so pleased to hear it! she said 'I'll remember that the next time I'm yelling at him" lol (yes she was kidding)

coffeeshopgirl
03-22-2013, 09:36 PM
Hi firegirl - Thanks for the words of wisdom. One thing I can appreciate about the husband is that he's always supportive. Can't ask for more than that.

VTmom - Isn't it amazing what positive feedback can do? It's a rare thing anymore. Very thoughtful :) And, it will encourage that kind of polite behavior to be repeated.

So, I need to recoup and gather up a TON of will power. I've been eating WAY too much for dinner and all the wrong things. Tastes good but my pants aren't fitting. I'm getting used to the 10 hour days, and the plan is to prep easy, microwavable dinners for the week. Looks like that prep will happen tomorrow, because Sunday I don't want to do anything, let alone cook.

Starting tomorrow, I need the will power to help fight off my cravings for junk.

What helps you ladies stick to plan?

seabiscuit
03-23-2013, 09:54 AM
How's everyone doing today?

Welcome coffeshopgirl and firegirl, glad to have you with us!! :welcome2:

coffeeshopgirl- That is really awesome that you were involved in the Special Olympics, good for you! :cool: I find volunteering to be very rewarding. I also love my guitars, I just haven't been playing a whole lot. I used to take lessons and I like my teacher but I think I want to try something new for lessons. That is great that you have all of that fitness equipment, that can be a real motivator to get in shape. ;)

firegirl- Yes, thanks, I really do enjoy my volunteering, this is is the fourth hospital I have volunteered at. This was my first week back volunteering at the hospital, but my cumulative hours of my prior volunteering at this hospital and now are 40 hours! :D I get to go to a volunteer luncheon next month with my neighbor who also volunteers and I am looking to forward to a meet and greet with the new hospital president. I was recently a patient in this hospital a month before I started volunteering and I was so impressed with the care that I decided to write the president of the hospital and he wrote back :) I want to thank him for his letter in person.

The break-up has been rough but I am slowly getting over it. I told my therapist, this is still a 'fresh wound,' and sometimes I feel perfectly fine, others I cry tears. I replay the memories in my head of us together, I guess partially as a comfort but part of me doesn't know if replaying the tapes is helpful or not.


VermontMom- Thanks, yeah I love volunteering! I find it rewarding to help others and give back to the community. ;)

I think I am slowly becoming less tired and I continue to take my iron as prescribed twice a day, but there are days when I feel exhausted, especially if it is nasty weather or if I have been very busy all day.

Awe, thanks for thinking of me with the kindness!


Take care everyone! Have a great weekend :D

coffeeshopgirl
03-23-2013, 06:09 PM
Hi everyone!

My weekend is so far, so good. Got oil changes on the cars, and got most of the meals prepped for the week. I'm feeling a bit behind on the food prep, but I have to remember that I'm also prepping dinners for this week. Last week(s) we've been going out to eat because we're too tired to make food when we get home, so we need stuff that can be popped in the microwave. And, I need time to exercise - deciding whether to cook dinner for us or exercise for myself...i just have no brain cells left at the end of the day anymore, lol.

So here's what on the menu for this week:
Breakfasts - 1/2 cup Oatmeal (150 cals) or an egg & bean burrito (250 cals)
Coffee - 1 travel mug w 1/2-3/4 cup of 1/2% milk (approx 200 cals)
Lunches - Salad w chicken (300 cals) or tuna salad sandwich (approx 350 cals)
Driving home snack - apple (100 cals) or 1/2 a protein bar (150 cals)
***MUST exercise right when I get home or it doesn't happen and I get fat, lol***
Dinners - hamburger w green beans or chicken paprika soup (almost a stew) [I'm not going to calculate calories, I'm simply going to try to stick to not snacking after dinner]

I operate by the policy of "If you fail to plan, the plan to fail." The challenge will be to not snack after dinner, which I've been doing for the past 2 months. It's tough, so I may be on here whining about how hard it is not to snack. (just to warn you, lol). But, I'd rather whine and lose weight than whine about feeling fat.

I'll try my plan out tomorrow and let you know how it goes. Happy weekend all!

coffeeshopgirl
03-24-2013, 03:00 AM
I have good news!

I decided to step on the scale today. Nervous as ever, but I did it. I know I've been eating poorly and was estimating my weight around 188-190.

I weighed myself around 6pm, so I was hydrated and had eaten.

************* 184.4 ***********************

I'm not going to change my ticker yet, because in two weeks I hope to be down to 182 again.

So. Happy.

Just had to tell you all. :)

seabiscuit
03-24-2013, 01:24 PM
That's great news, coffeeshopgirl! Way to go!!!!:carrot:

ohiofreespirit
03-24-2013, 04:49 PM
i am so sorry I haven't been here all month. It's been a combination of things but i'm here now.

Work is keeping me hopping, sometimes too much. My anxiety is still in control at times. Today is not a very good day. I am quite down.

I have decided to buy a walking dvd and start to walk in the quiet of my own living room. I need to start out slowly and this is how I have decided to do it. I don't want to do it with anyone around. I want to work my way up to more strenuous activities.

How is everyone?

VermontMom
03-25-2013, 07:40 AM
coffeeshopgirl - WTG!! that is great! :cheer2:

ohiofreespirit, it is good to hear from you :)

I am pretty good in my mind, which in itself is a fantastic thing for a depressed person isn't it! I truly have not had persistant bad moods or terrible low moods or even the apathy from last year.

I am plugging along with getting fitter/weight loss aspect; working out hard and better, and trying to eat better/less, but haven't lost in inches which is sucky but it hasn't even been 2 full weeks yet so I am being too impatient.

Hi to everyone else :wave:

We are still deep in snow and ice and cold, I want this stuff gone!! :tantrum:

grneyedmustang
03-25-2013, 11:01 AM
Hi Everyone!

Still struggling and trying to get back on the wagon. This "extended winter" isn't helping and is just making me cranky. Yeah, I know I'm in the south, but it's even cold down here too - by southern standards anyway!!!

I took a week off from the gym and from running last week. Hoping that I can refind my motivation this week.

No time for personals today - but I want to say :wave: to everyone!

firegirl441
03-25-2013, 11:55 PM
Congrats coffeeshopgirl!

ohiofreespirit- I am relatively new here so glad to "meet" you.

Vermontmom- glad to hear you are still on plan. It is hard when the scale and measuring tape don't move. I have problems with that as when patience was being handed out, I think I was off doing something else and missed mine. LOL

grneyedmustang-keep trying and you will back on the wagon in no time!

I am having to get back on the wagon myself. I got bored with the MRC program and after having the flu last week, I ate whatever I wanted this weekend so this morning was a new start for me following the Atkins plan for a few weeks. I did exercise and mentally and physically I felt better after I did it.

coffeeshopgirl
03-26-2013, 09:45 PM
Firegirl - Glad you're feeling better, the flu is no fun! You'll get back on track. Don't pressure yourself - take it one step at a time. It took me months to get back on track. How is the Atkin's plan working out for you?

grneyedmustang - I know what you mean about this extended winter and the crankiness that it can bring. I'm tired of this yo-yo weather, lol. One day it's 40 degrees and rainy, and the next it's 20 and snowing. I hear ya! Just keep trying :) You'll find your groove.

seabiscuit - How are you doing? How's the volunteering and guitar lessons?

ohiofreespirit - I like the walking DVD program idea. And, I agree with working out at home, especially when work is keeping you busy. One step at a time (literally), right? :) Glad you're back!

VTmom - Are you guys still getting snow/ice up there? I'm in MI, so we're getting some almost Spring/some freezing days. My electric blanket has helped so much this winter. Glad to hear you're getting back on track too!

coffeeshopgirl
03-26-2013, 09:50 PM
I think I've found my way around the long days and overeating. :broc: I eat around 700 calories throughout the day, come home and have a bag of blackberries and an apple (thank you, Sam's Club), metabolize that quickly, and begin my workout. Tonight I had a homemade hamburger, 3/4 cup green beans, and 1/2 cup of spaghetti. After my workout, I had some tortilla chips and a cheese stick. I'm estimating 1800 calories. I'm burning between 200-300 cals each workout, and I don't really want to count specifically yet. I'd much rather focus on eating right and exercising every day this week.

Once I make it through this week, I know I can make it through the next week, and so on.

Guess i'm just trying to be patient with myself. I know I'm building muscle and eating a little more in order to feed my increased metabolism. I doubt I'll step on the scale this week. I'm just glad to be back on track.

Can't believe tomorrow's Wednesday. Hope everyone's having a good week!

firegirl441
03-28-2013, 02:30 AM
I made it to exercise two days this week at the pool and plan to go in the morning. It helps my moods with I can have that 1 hour to myself for exercise. My daughter has screwed up her life with alcohol. This week, she stole our truck and wrecked it. DH ran her off and we haven't heard from her since. i miss the grandbabies terribly.

VermontMom
03-28-2013, 08:41 AM
firegirl, good to hear you can have some exercise time to yourself, that is important. So very sorry to hear about your daughter, that must be very very hard.

coffeeshopgirl, yes, have patience with yourself! and you can tell that to me too :D If you can make it clean through a whole week I believe in you that you can continue, also.!
Yes we are still slightly buried in snow, some melting has happened (like you can see our path to the house) but we had another dusting overnight and now yesterday's brown muddy path is white muddy path, lol. It will take weeks more for all our snow to be gone, usually .

Hi GEM, Ohio, seabiscuit, auntyjam, hopeforme, and everyone else :hug:

Think I told here that i took our bathroom scales out to the garage, I am regretting it now, lol but it's best I keep off it for a solid 3 weeks I think.

Well today is my "Sunday" so I have to do all the things today, that I didn't do yesterday.

alanafx
03-28-2013, 05:29 PM
Hi all! hope you dont mind if I join in here!

I struggle terribly with depression, and I think a **** of a lot of it stems from my weight. I'll be honest, nothing bad happened to cause my self loathing but I just dont like me at all I guess. I have really bad problems about a year ago and almost lost my job due to the depression affecting my job, but I managed to bounce back a bit from that. I've lost 40 pounds so far and (although I cant see any difference) I think its helped, I don't feel quite as worthless anymore. I used to sing in bands, but I haven't for a while as I dont like people really looking at me because I look awful but I missi t loads and want to do that again too.

yeh....hmm

firegirl441
03-28-2013, 09:57 PM
alanafx,

Sure we are glad to have you.

I gained 3 lbs even though I am in full ketosis with my test strip turning the next to the darkest purple. I just don't understand it. I did find out that by MRC I have lost 3% body fat, 1.6 BMI and gained 1/2 lb of muscle. I hope everyone's weigh-ins are better than mine.

coffeeshopgirl
03-30-2013, 11:14 AM
Hi firegirl - Sorry your weigh in turned out to be a conundrum for you. I'm not sure what ketosis is and how it relates to weight loss, but it certainly sounds like it was a surprise. Sending positive thoughts your way - hope you got it figured out. Don't give up :)

Hi alanafx - Welcome to the thread. I'm a newbie to this thread myself, although it doesn't stop me from talking/writing a bunch, lol. 40 pounds - congrats! Weight loss definitely helps improve our mood. Good job!

How's everyone else doing?

I have some scale progress today. Last week was a long, tiring one, but I got through it. 10-11 hr days, come home, grabbed a quick snack (apple & blackberries), then stepped on the elliptical or my other workout stuff. Thursday and Friday I was spent, but I did good on the calories. All in all, here is my progress:

First thing in the morning weight (dehydrated):179.4 lbs

After breakfast (more realistic weight): 183.6 lbs

I like to do both measurements so that I can see how much water I'm retaining when I'm getting more exercise. I call my after-breakfast weight more realistic because it reflects the amount of work I was able to put in last week. I wasn't hungry at all, all I did was modify my schedule to drop my cals a little and work out a little. So, it makes sense that I'm down 1.5-2 pounds this week.

Proud of myself :broc: Thought I'd share my progress with you ladies :)

firegirl441
03-30-2013, 05:52 PM
Congrats on the great loss, Coffeeshopgirl!

Ketosis is a state your body gets into if you do not consume many carbohydrates. When you are in ketosis, your body burns stored fat for fuel because it doesn't get enough fuel from your carb intake. I am following the Atkins program and if you eat properly, you will stay in ketosis and burn your stored fat. That is why I couldn't comprehend the weight gain. I have successfully lost significant amounts of weight with Atkins in the past, and I have never had a gain while in ketosis. One checks that state by getting ketone testing strips and passing one through their urine stream. There is a color chart on the side of the bottle that lets you know where you are on the chart.

DH and I went across the state of GA yesterday to put up a vertical gardening system for our neighbor's sister and to bring a truck back for him as he had no way to get it home. We had Chinese food last night and I stayed on plan with my eating except for two bites of an imitation crab salad and casserole. I was impressed to find on the menu this morning at the restaurant an Atkin's breakfast which consisted of a grilled chicken breast, 2 scrambled cholesterol-free eggs, and a piece of whole wheat toast (which I didn't touch.) For lunch, they fed us smoked ham, turnip greens and a salad. All of which was on plan. This is the first trip I ever took where I stayed on plan with my eating. I am proud of me!

coffeeshopgirl
03-30-2013, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the info on ketosis, firegirl. I'm scratching my head too - if you were in the fat burning zone, then why are you gaining. I would at least think you'd maintain. Now I see the confusion. Is there a support group or message board that comes with the Atkins program?

Happy to hear about the healthy menu while you were out of town! It is so tough to stay on plan when there's bad-for-you food around. Good job!


So, remember how I said I took 2 days off last week? Well, I got onto the elliptical today and pumped out 30 minutes (3 sets of 10 mins). I think I'm at the point where I can step it up and do 2 sets of 15 minutes. I'll try that out on Monday. Tomorrow, the plan is 5 mins hula hooping, weight lifting circuit, and 5 more mins hula hooping.

It helps a bunch to post about this. Sometimes you just need to talk it out. I hope I can stay on track this time :)

ohiofreespirit
03-31-2013, 09:53 AM
Hello ladies. Today is going to be a tough day. I am taking my daughter back to school. It is a 2 hour drive, 4 hours total on the road. It drains me leaving her, plus the drive.

I bought my walking video, I need to get started on it. I'm going to start with 1 mile walks. I'm not going to kill myself.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about myself lately and despite my size, i am really happy with my body. My new Dr isn't, she is after me to lose weight right off the bat. I myself am happy with myself. The only reason I am going to do this is for my health. My knees have been really been bothering me. I kind of wish she would just leave me alone. I may end up changing Dr's.


I hope this post finds you all well.

firegirl441
03-31-2013, 09:35 PM
coffeeshopgirl: Boy, you are really making progress with your exercise program! I hope the longer duration goes good for you. That is a big jump in that level of training.

ohiofreespirit: sorry to hear you had a rough day. Keep up your spirit! We are here to support you. It is great that you got the walking video. That is a good place to start. When I started walking for exercise back in 2005-6, I bought a CD of walking music from the 1970-80's that I really enjoyed and I walked my socks off listening to that CD. I got others over time and none compared to that first one. I always went back to it when I needed a lift. I am glad to hear that you are happy with your body. My doc always tells me to lose more weight also. You and I are the same height. I am very large boned, kinda built like a man with b**bs. I am shooting for 165 and my doc wants me to go down to at least 157. My DH ways NO, he says I start getting too thin in the face at 170. We will see where I end up.