40-Somethings - 40-Somethings It's National Splurge Day Challenge, oh Yeah!

05-24-2013, 01:19 PM
Hello My Chickie friends!!!!

Jennifer: I hear you on the crying....I think when my son graduates next year they will have to escort me out from all the sobbing. Its so hard to watch our children grow and leave us....but that is part of the cycle of life I guess. I know that going off to college doesn't mean leaving my life entirely but thinking about him living out of the house for the school year is more than my heart can bear. I wish I had more children!!!!

NEWLEAF Don't believe the hype!!! Im so tired of people telling me my calorie intake is too low and all that starvation mode crap. FYI people, take in less calories you are going to lose weight! Maintaining is a different story. I have a certification in fitness and have memorized all the equations for figuring out caloric intake, blah blah blah...at the end of the day I know my bit fat butt and I know that I need to get to 1200 or under in order to make this fat Go! My days of cleansing make me lose weight, I don't faint from hunger, I don't go into any kind of starvation "mode"....and I"m no worse for the wear....so do what works for you Nat. If you're starving and hungry you'll know that you need more calories. If I get enough protein in I"m fine at 1200 calories.....at the end of the day I know what made me fat, too many calories. This isn't rocket science :dizzy:

SUM Oh Sum, sometimes I think we are long lost sisters. I have one pair of "big" pants from WHBM that I have been wearing way too much this past winter..size 8 but cut very big and not low rise for sure. The INC pants and shorts are a ten. I have a belly too now but I can't blame just my gut for needing a bigger size, I have a huge butt and thighs. That is where I carry all my weight..there and my boobs. but as yoiu know from my pics on facebook I have a relatively small upper torso. Anyway the point I'm trying to make is that buying a bigger size stinks. It is an expensive punishment for not taking care of myself but on the other hand I had nothing to wear now that it got warmer. I love clothes, I always have and I've always gotten compliments on how put together I am..but now the extra weight makes me feel sloppy and frumpy. I hope these new clothes get me through these days until the weight is off..then I'll be happy to get rid of them even though they cost a fortune!!!!!!

CARMA WElcome..this is the best group here!!! We are all so supportive and friendly....

NAT I miss hearing from you. You said some key words in your post..PROCESSED FOODS AND SUGAR . This is more or less poison in our bodies.....and the reason we gain weight. I'm guilty myself of these things, not so much sugar anymore but I buy the atkins frozen meals and when i read the box it is all chemicals. Its just the way it has to be right now since i'm so irresponsible with food. Atleast with that stupid frozen box I know how many carbs and calories i'm having.

05-24-2013, 01:42 PM
Hello chickies...

Well I thought I did well yesterday in terms of carbs and calories but the scale was back up a lb. yesterday so I'm being really really cautious today!!! I think the sodium count in the dinner I had last night might have sent me over the edge...going to take a diurex now......Iknow it is just a pound but when you're desperate to lose weight every ounce counts!!!!!

I have to kick up the water today...had an atkins shake for breakfast, and egg and a piece of cheese for lunch....maybe an atkins frozen dinner for dinner....water water water water water...

Major cleaning needs to be done on my bedroom, I guess I should get started on that now!

05-24-2013, 03:33 PM
Hello all,

New leaf - I was the one who posted about the 1200, I did say that I don't know because I don't count calories, I'm sad too that it isn't low :D I guess that's just the way it is...it definitely worked for you! You look fantastic.

I have to remember, too that you need less calories as you get lighter, too.

Sum & Zumba - I've have had that experience with accepting I have to buy a bigger size and bought a bunch of stuff and somehow that spurred me to lose weight, hope that is your experience. It sux to spend that money, though.

Thanks for the encouragement, it'll help me try harder to keep on track!

On the phone so I'm losing my train of thought sorry I know I'm missing a lot of personals...:(

Best to all :sunny:

05-24-2013, 03:41 PM
Kelij....yeah it does suck to have to buy new clothes....but I won't complain if I'm smaller and they become too big..that's what eBay is for! Lol

05-24-2013, 05:47 PM
Posting from the road. Scale was at 159 this am. However, pms is here and I am bloated and in pain. Despite best intentions, I am eating "road food." Next week weigh in wont be pretty!

05-24-2013, 05:53 PM
Guac hang in there!!! Make your goal to stay the same weight at weigh in...and be happy with that.

05-24-2013, 07:33 PM
Okay, I did it! I did the blood test. Yup I am a big wuzz! :D

I have had a pretty good day; eating was OP and I was super busy which always makes my day go faster and I don't dwell on the bad stuff.

I did visit my allergist and he determined I have sport's induced asthma :( I have been laboring with my breathing on my walks and my general condition should be pretty decent by now, so there was no reason for the tightness in my chest.

05-24-2013, 10:32 PM
I've been out of the house all day, just got back now. It is freezing here, literally, and I have spent a small fortune in annual flowers, which we just got done covering up.

Had a wonderful day with DH, who took the day off. But it meant lunch out and dinner out. I did continue with MFP - love that you can enter from the road - and clocked in at about 1600 calories. Many more than I want, but still under supposed maintenance level, so hopefully the scale should be stable. Well, except for all the salt on the edamame... Whatever.

05-24-2013, 11:21 PM
Zumba you are better off without DG. His loss. I'm sorry about your clothing difficulties; I know that feeling of having to go up in size. Never a fun time... :hug: You'll get past this; I know it How did the senior citizen workout go? Congratulations on getting back to your ticker weight!!

Sum I'm glad your dr is working to figure out what is going on... and, I hope things work out with your DH. I am so fatigued with the 150s too... Hence my extra-hard push all of a sudden. I'm pretty comfortable at 158, but that isn't where I want to settle this go-around.

2fatCats Glad to see things are going well for you. How is your doggie patient coming along?

JuneM Hi!

Guac Good for you, getting your walks in, and making green smoothies. I always enjoy those. Have you ever tried making them with basil?? So good... I hope your long weekend is off to a good start.

Jennifer Good for you, getting those leftovers out of the house. Good riddance! You don't need that stuff lying around... You will break out of these 170s any day now; I can smell it! Summer vacation already?? We still have 2 more weeks of school here. It sounds like you have a really wonderful relationship with your DD. Savor these days with her.

Natamars I know the feeling well, of recognizing that I need to want it more than I do if I want to see some results... Recognizing that is the first step! Also, you are doing a great job with exercise - keep it up!

LindaWW I'm sorry that yours is the anxiety diet, but I'm so happy that you are seeing results at least! Congratulations on your great loss this month!

Kelijpa How's the roadtrip going?

SoonToBeSkinnyCarma Welcome!

So, thank you everyone for all your kind words re: my avatar. I really do feel like I'm getting close to goal. And these last couple of months where I have been floating between 155 and 160 have been good from a "maintenance mindset" standpoint -- maintenance is HARD WORK!! Surprisingly my body was still getting smaller, as evidenced by how the WINTER CLOTHES that I had to wear today were fitting -- looser than in March.

Anyway, I feel like I'm in a good space right now. I know how easily that can slip away though, so I'm taking advantage of it while I've got it. We don't have any Memorial Day Weekend plans, so hopefully I should be able to keep things under control. Aargh, there's that darn "hope" word again. Let me rephrase. I will keep things under control this weekend since I don't have any external plans to derail me.

Have a great weekend everyone!

05-24-2013, 11:53 PM
Hi all, have to give a shout out to my cousin, she made sure we has healthy options for supper tonight. She grilled chicken, turkey franks, big salad with cauliflower, broccoli, red cabbage. It was great and great to be supported!

Best to all :sunny:

05-25-2013, 09:13 AM
Good morning, all! I have another super busy, food-filled day. I have a brunch grad party at 10, DH's band is playing at a local winery (with a great cafe) from 1-4, DD's graduation is at 7:30, and then another grad party. I have decided I'm not going to eat at the brunch unless there's fruit and I'm going to get a salad or healthy panini (and just a little wine) and not eat at other grad party. I might even just give DD the cards for the evening party and beg out. It's also so cold here I don't know what I'm wearing.

05-25-2013, 09:27 AM
kelijpa so great about your cousin! I'm sure there were other people, too, who were pleased there were choices...

jennifer sounds like you have a good plan for dodging today's minefields! Was maybe in your neck of the woods yesterday. Went to that Rogers flea market. Had never been there before, and we got there pretty late as everyone was closing up; it was COLD!!

05-25-2013, 09:31 AM
I figured I'd do a few personals before I hop in the shower.

Heidi: I'm glad you has a great day with your DH--it's so fun to hang out all day! I do have a great relationship with my DD, and I will hate to see her leave for college, but she is so excited it makes it easier. She can't wait to move to Columbus!

Sum: Great job on overcoming your squeamishness and getting your blood work! Hope it's a good report.

Kelijpa: Yay for your cousin! That food sounds healthy and delicious!

05-25-2013, 10:39 AM
Morning Lovely Ladies :sunny:

We are supposed to have a nice, sunny but cool day here is MI. Perfect day for my 5 mile walk.

I had too many snacks last night whilst watching a movie. I snacked on popcorn, rice cakes and m&m's (darn daughter bought a huge bag of them and left in on kitchen counter... I kept reaching in :o)

Plan for today
Greek yogurt
Hard boiled egg
Fruit smoothie with flax and protein powder
Thai chicken (home made)

Walk 4.7 miles
Lift 45 minutes

CW 155.4
up 0.4

So today I will use my inhaler and see if it makes any difference what comes to my lungs.

05-25-2013, 01:04 PM
Hi everyone...just a quick check in .

Scale is up another pound..what the hay???!!! It is like my body just does not want to go below 143 for some reason...crazy stuff. Well today I am going to be extra restrictive....even when I go out to dinner tonight. This is crazy and I'm starting to get really angry. I'd beat myself up but I don't know how..LOL.....

Took a good friend to breakfast this morning for her birthday.....kept it really high on the protein and low on carbs. Passed on homefries which is a big deal for me.....I'm not having lunch and tonight is girls night out and we are going to where else but an italian place...UGH...I have to keep away from the pasta.

It is cold, raining and miserable here this weekend. Doesn't feel like Memorial Day weekend but my life is so sad the sunshine wouldn't make a difference anyway. Broker called me today, don't think the house is going to be a reality. The buyer is being a real stickler about the asking price......

05-25-2013, 02:16 PM
Zumba I meant to tell you this earlier. I think you are gorgeous! I envy your arms and your tiny waist!!!

05-25-2013, 02:39 PM
I took my walk after taking the inhaler and WOW what a difference it made. I was flying.

I received my new clothes from WHBM and the dress that is a bustier style won't go over my bust :( :( These E cup girls are making me sad. It fits over hips and belly :eek: but I can not zip it around my bust. The other items are super cute! I am going to wear one of the skirts today after gym and lawn cutting and shower :lol: sessions.

05-25-2013, 05:08 PM
Sum thank you so much for the compliment..I have been blessed with a small waist so it makes me look thinner than I really am no matter how much weight I gain....still, all my weight is pretty much carried in my lower body..bleh...and my arms were once very beautiful but now I have some funky cellulite bumps on the back of my arms so I don't feel so comfident anymore....Sorry to hear that the dress didn't fit over your bust but you are happy with the other things :) I have purposely kept out of WHBM because that is going to be my splurge ...glad your inhaler is working....

05-26-2013, 08:41 AM
I show some muscle!!! My arms are starting to "come in". Made my day yesterday :D I may loathe lifting, but it sure feels good to start seeing results. Now once that fat leaves, I will have pretty arms left behind. I am so glad I did not wait to lift until I got thinner to start my gym routine. -- My legs are very strong as well. :woohoo: -- Now I just need to drop 29.8 pounds and I will call it goal :lol:

Plan for today
Eat OP/1400 cal
Walk 4.7 miles
Rest Day from the gym

CW 154.8
down: 0.6

05-27-2013, 08:25 AM
Everyone must be having a wonderful and busy Holiday weekend. I hope you are staying OP!!

TOM started. Actually right on time. An
d I did not gain my usual 2-4 pounds; what's up with that?? Am I getting a whoosh here?? I can only hope.

I made the most delish Thai chicken last night. I made it with lower soy sauce, and it totally cured my Thai food cravings.

Plan is to keep eating what I have been eating, it seems to be working.
Around 1350-1500 cal.

It is a gym day. I actually walked yesterday and swam for another 40 minutes. Today is lifting and walking day.

CW 154.6
Down: 0.2

Hope to hear from you ladies!!

05-27-2013, 09:59 AM
Sum I'm so glad that the inhaler has made a difference for you; that must feel great! I'm glad that some of your new clothes fit you, but too bad about the one dress. Awesome news about your arms toning up!! Glad you had a nice dinner last night, and I'm also glad to be reading so much happy news from you. Sounds like you are in a much better place than you were a month ago...

Zumba I hope you had a good dinner with your friends; it sounds like you have a lot of friends, which is so important right now for you!! Sorry things fell through on your house, and that your weather is crummy. We are having chilly nights but crystal clear days in the 60s, which is perfect weather to me.

As for me, I am just tickled pink over here. My weight this morning was 152.9. Way back a year ago April I set my goal as 153, then moved it up to 158, and now down to 142. But to achieve that original goal is exhilarating. I changed my tickers, but for some reason it's not reflecting. Must be a website issue. Anyway, all is well here. Lots of gardening this weekend. Almost all my flowers are in place now, the comfy furniture is on the deck, and I'm feeling happy and good.

05-27-2013, 10:23 AM
Heidi & Sum: Way to go both of you! You are both doing so well!

Ugh, I had a terrible day yesterday--ate and drank way too much at 2 graduation parties, so I was back up to 171.2 this morning! I feel like I'll never get into the 160s, and it's totally my own fault. I will be lucky to lose 3-4 pounds the whole month of May. I think I'm just going to try to forget how busy and stressful it has been and focus on getting right back on track for June. I will lose at least 6-8 pounds in June, and I am starting today! I also haven't walked for 2 weeks, but I am starting that today too! I know I can get back on track.

05-27-2013, 10:53 AM
jennifer 33 pounds ago, could you imagine writing the words back up to 171.2??? You are doing awesome. Clearly with graduation season a big one for you this year, losing is going to be hard. But you have stuck with your commitment, and you will rock June!

05-27-2013, 02:11 PM
Afternoon All,

Quick check-in on Challenge Goals:
1. Maintain bf @ or below 21%
Down 4.2lbs, 1% bf.
SW 149; CW: 144.8, bf 19.8%.
2. Strength training 3x week
Finished phase IV, quick 2 month review (2 weeks per phase) then on to Hypertrophy I
3. Dog walks (3+ mile route) daily if not raining
Walking every day!
4. Continue to eat on plan
Eating on plan. 2000 plus calories yesterday and still slowly losing.
5. Begin restoration of enclosed side porch: Complete scraping/prepwork and begin painting.
Haven't scraped any. Maybe in June?:D

Go Ladies!

05-27-2013, 04:51 PM
Jenny I feel for you!! -- I can not control myself when I am at parties. I think you have done remarkably well. I would be up 6 pounds by now!! I avoid any and all social situations; how sad is that??

2FatCats You are absolutely amazing! PLUS I can't wait to see the pix of the finished house!!!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for your 152.9 lbs Heidi 6 pounds in no time! :woohoo: YOU ROCK!!!! ( Can you tell that I am excited for you..lol)

05-27-2013, 05:05 PM
Happy Memorial Day everyone..may I take this chance to say thank you to all of those that have fought for our freedom and continue to make this country feel safer.

I'm in a dark dismal place even though the sun is shining. I don't like to talk too much about my depression here but I feel like I have to today because it is especially bad. This weekend has been a hard one for me. the kids are with their dad and he decided to have a big party for his family . Its funny that I feel like my life is going down the crapper but he is celebrating. I try not to resent him because that just hurts me more, but I can't help it. Right now I loathe him with every ounce of my body.

I went to dinner with friends Saturday and even though I was "there" I wasnt' really there if that makes sense. Just going through the motions. Ordered fried ice cream for dessert. It made me feel better for a big whopping two seconds. Then yesterday drove out to the family summer home that I am forced now to clean out and sell. Putting my dads things away made me want to cry. its surreal that just a few years ago we were in that house laughing and enjoying life and now my Dad is gone and Im worrying about how i'm going to clear this house out. Last night I went to a friends house for a bday party and had two hot dogs, potato salad and of course desserts. Last night i should have been at a concert with diversion guy but we are no longer together so I wondered what he was doing and with God knows whom. I am meeting another friend (bikini model and body building competitor) for dinner for a bit,I'll try and eat well because at this rate its going to be really ugly at the end of this weekend. Maybe talking about my feelings with someone will help. I'm not sure but i'm not heading ina good direction and my weight is showing that . I haven't worked out all weekend. Feeling like the glob. Sorry to be a downer. When is national splurge day again?

Cleansing tomorrow and wednesday, can't wait.

05-27-2013, 08:42 PM
Zumba First, I want to say that I'm so sorry for what you are going through; I can feel your pain coming through your post... I'm not the best when it comes to taking a message and wrapping soothing words around it to make it sound pretty, so I'm just going to tell it to you straight, and then I promise not to mention it again.

You sound like me when I was going through my 2-year Angelina Jolie crisis. I was going through the motions with friends. I was depressed. Frankly, I didn't care that my eating was terrible, if I wanted those Twizzlers or those biscotti, I was going to eat them. My sadness showed through my weight gain. Did eating that way make my situation go away? No. I still had to do what I had to do. All it did was make me gain 50 pounds, and feel even more sad. You know this in your head. As hard as it is, work to stop this eating pattern before you end up where I did. Losing 50 pounds is hard. You know this. :hug:

05-27-2013, 08:50 PM
Zumba: Please know we are all here for you. Never hesitate to share and vent. You are going through a lot of really hard stuff. You are so strong, and you'll get through all of this. I'm sure you'll feel physically better after your cleanse.

2FatCats: You really are an inspiration.

Heidi: You are right about the "33 pounds ago," but I am just so fixated on getting out of the 170s. I feel like I've been here forever!

Sum: I should avoid social situations! After grad season I swear I am hibernating for a month. (That will last till a friend calls to go out for drinks!). Maybe we both need to learn how to make better choices in social situations. I love going out, I just hate the choices I make.

05-28-2013, 07:27 AM
Oh Zumba!!! I feel for you! This is a safe place to vent. We are here for you. I am so sorry what you are going through in life. I wish I was there IRL to give you a hug. -- This too shall pass. Life is questioning your strength and you will emerge out of this stronger. We will be here for every step of the way, to support you. :love:

05-28-2013, 07:39 AM
Jennifer, I hear ya! My gf's are starting to pester me about going out and I think I will have to give in here shortly or I am starting to p1ss them off :) -- I think I will have a dinner out this week. I will carefully plan ahead what I will eat and since I have taken time off from alcohol until my weight loss is done, drinking won't be even an option.

My TOM arrived as I mentioned, and even though I did not gain anything before hand, I am losing right now. :woohoo: Scale rewarded me with 153.6 this am. I wonder if I can squeeze another pound out of this post TOM whoosh? I would meet my May weight loss goals then.

In May I have only lost 3 pounds, but it is better than going up. Like I said...maybe I will drop another pound this week and that would give me 1 pound loss per week. -- 28 weeks to goal??? That is not that far away!!

I am working out really, really hard. I am meeting my weight lifting goal for the month (12/12) and exceeded my walking goal (100 miles). I just added swimming into the rotation as well; shocking my body with new movement.

So plan today is to eat 1400 cal
Walk 5 miles
Swim 45 minutes
Rest Day from weights

CW 153.6
Down: 1.0

05-28-2013, 09:45 AM
Sum: You are doing great! I think you should go out WTG your friends--I know you'll make good choices. (Especially if you abstain from alcohol--that's what usually gets me in trouble!).

I finally saw a 169.8 on the scale again! I'm going to work super hard and hopefully I will not be in the 160s for nearly as long as I was the 170s!

05-28-2013, 01:36 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words. I know that gaining weight is not going to help my situation. In fact, I already gained weight from being unhappy..and here I am. Problems still here......

I think breaking up with diversion guy added to an already stressful life so I have decided to stop dating for a while...maybe a year or so until I can get myself together mentally. Dating is great when you really dig the person you are with, it gives you a reason to get dressed up, you go to nice places and get attention..but when it falls apart it totally stinks. I grew very fond of him.

My attorney wrote a great letter to my husband's attorney. Its on like donkey kong.

Im so very tired, I"m cleansing and gave a good zumba class...except the room was very HOT..I think that tired me out more.

Have to go food shopping now....I would love to take a nap this afternoon but i don't think it is in the cards today...yawn ****

will write again later. I wish I had more to report about my weight but I really donl't. I'm to afraid to get on the scale, went to the cheesecake factory yesterday with a friend and had a big dinner and cheesecake...I felt so sick afterward and it wasn't worth it at all!

05-28-2013, 02:09 PM
2fatCats WTG on remaining true to your goals!

sum thams so much for your encouragement! And re you, 3-4 pounds in a month is nothing to sneeze at. You are doing awesome, and your commitment to exercise is motivating!

jennifer awesome job getting into the 160s despite all the graduation goodies! I hear you re speed. Hopefully it won't take me as long to break through 150 as it did 155 (3 months!)

zumba good luck this week; you've got this, and we are here for you!

Me, nothing new. Need to get back to exercising. Will be making a few new vegan recipes this week, one that includes nutritional yeast; egads! I'm a little scared of that one...

05-28-2013, 06:22 PM
I was going to skip my swim today, until I went through my closet. I have these white pants, in size 8 from WHBM, to die for(!!!!) and they fit what comes to my legs and butt, but I can not button them up (darn belly). Soooo off I go and swim my belly fat away (hey I could sit at home and eat nachos :lol3:) Yup I am motivated :D

05-28-2013, 07:02 PM
Sum I saw beautiful WHBM pants in white yesterday. I wouldn't even try them on....money issues and butt issues. Oh my goodness they had a gold and white skirt..to die for! Good for you for swimming....you talk a lot about lifting, what exactly do you do in the gym? Just curious....

New leaf, I didn't know you were vegan.....that's so healthy.

I'm fasting..made beef stroganoff for the kids....they liked it. I tasted a little bit of it but refrained...freezing the leftovers! Got on the scale before, I'm not that much over my ticker .3 lbs...I thought it would be much worse...we shall see tomorrow morning how I weigh in...

05-28-2013, 07:15 PM
Sum: Good for you for being so motivated! The white pants sound awesome! I bought a pair of sandals for vacation today because I don't want to buy any more size 12s (even though I really need new shorts). I bought Kalso Earth, which I've never had, but reviews are good and they're cute for comfy walking sandals!

Zumba: hope your fast goes well. Nice job on putting the food in the freezer.

I'm off on my walk with DH. We are committed to walking at least 5 times a week. I'm hoping it speeds up my weight loss a little. I may add weights too. My kettle bells have still not been used...

05-28-2013, 10:41 PM
Sum Good for you for getting into the pool! I have not been exercising. Tomorrow I must get to the gym. I will use you as my inspiration...

Zumba Nah, we're not vegan. We are just trying to lean towards a plant-based diet where we can. Wasn't it you who taught us the word flexitarian? Good job freezing up your leftovers, and that you are pretty much at your ticker weight!!

Jennifer Awesome job getting out there for your walk. Sounds like your summer vacation is off to a great start!

Well, tomorrow it's back to the gym. Between gardening and calorie counting, I just haven't. No more excuses; I will be there tomorrow. I made a spicy "green rice" for dinner tonight: brown basmati rice, spinach, green peppers, parsley, green onions, and a bunch of spices all cooked together. Everyone loved it, which was great to see. So that was the main vegan part, and we had oven-baked pork chops for the "side". The difference is, in the old days I would have bought 1.5 pounds of meat for the 4 of us. Today it was 3/4 pounds of meat.

05-28-2013, 11:23 PM
Good job to everyone. Sounds like everyone is getting back on track. I do great when i can plan. Fall apart a little when i am in the unknown calorie situations. I do okay with one party but 2 unknown gatherings kill me. I need to learn better choices when faced with 2 parties in one day.

05-28-2013, 11:33 PM
Zumba - Just had to stop in and give you ((hugs)). We are here for you - you are such a motivation to me, so know that you are doing positive things and random acts of kindness on here every day!

05-29-2013, 06:17 AM
I fell asleep at 8:30 pm. I was tired after all my exercise from before. So of course I was up at 4:30, rested. I think I will walk at 6:30, before my DS needs to get up (he has late start on Wednesdays), and before I leave for the Finnish Center. Get that part of my routine out of the way.

Today is also a weight lifting day. Zumba I do machines. 15 of them (3xeach) for 45 minutes with no break between machines. I try using the ones that are not locked together that way I am not "cheating" with my stronger side. I am pretty spent after each session. -- In a few months I may start doing free weights.

My scale rewarded me with another pound drop. I am 0.4 pounds away from making my May goal; I feel hopeful if I don't totally lose it at lunch on Thursday. ~~ We are doing Mexican!! -- I love their shrimp tacos, and I will only eat 1/2 portion. I will ask for a doggie bag right away to split the meal. ~~ So if I can keep my calories in check, I should be golden.

Weight: 152.6
Down: 1.0 pounds

05-29-2013, 06:28 AM
soon2beskinnyCarma I struggle from same. That is why I try to avoid all social situations when OP. This week will be a test when I do lunch out.

Heidi Your meal sounds fabulous, I think I will try to copy it. What spices did you use? -- I am glad to hear that you are heading back to the gym!!

Jennifer Congrats on your walking plan. As you have less and less to lose, you need to shock your system with exercise, so 5 x per week sounds wonderful. Maybe I can talk you into doing weight lifting soon? :D

Zumba I am taking a WHBM break until I get to be size 6. I went through my closet yesterday and I have some fab stuff in 10's and 8's. I should be able to survive this summer without repeating outfits too often.

:wave: guacamole What's new with you? How did you do over the Holiday weekend?

05-29-2013, 07:54 AM
I'll be honest here, I'm afraid of going to the gym today. I *will* go as planned, but in the weeks that I haven't been going, I have lost a lot of weight. Intellectually, I know there probably isn't a correlation, but still... Down to 151.9 today; even saw 151.8 on the scale but didn't "take it".

It took mr from 2/22-5/24 to go from 160 to 154.x. And now I'm flying again. I credit the calorie counting. I plan to bump up my goal to 1400 with exercise today.

05-29-2013, 07:57 AM
sum I'll look up the recipe for you later today.

05-29-2013, 08:24 AM
Good morning all..it looks like another rainy day here but this time it will go up to 80 degrees..yuck..sticky weather....the good news is I don't have to teach anywhere today so I get to focus and get a bit "grounded"....since me and DG broke up I've been in a bit of a fog. I need to get organized, pay some bills, get a workout schedule together, etc. I paid for a yoga groupon and never went...need to make that first move and go.

On a little bit of a happy note I am now back to my ticker weight so I feel like i'm back in the running. My mini goal is to get to 140 by the end of the weekend. I feel weak but could use another day of cleansing...praying I can get through it. This will be my last cleanse. No social functions planned so I won't be tempted and I am purposely not going out with friends for a while...no boyfriend to take me out either or meet for drinks..so I'll be a depressed recluse but Ill have a chance of being SKINNY..LOL

SUM I think I am going to join a 24 hour gym so I can use the machines too....I didn't want to lay out the money but I might as well, I spend money on so many other useless things. I just have to force myself to go. Weightlifting is the way to go .....I need it so badly, I am a jiggly mess. Jello woman.....i just wondered if you worked legs on one day, upper body on another, etc. I have a few books on weightlifting but its all so confusing.....I always had trainers telling me which machines to use and what to do.....but it isn't rocket science and with machines it is pretty self explanatory. good for for you for having clothes..i still don't..LOL....I was a size four last summer and that definitely isn't happening..even my size 6 are too small or too tight....I'll jsut have to make do with my jean capris and new khakis I bought. Its going to be a LONG HOT summer...

05-29-2013, 08:35 AM
NEWLEAF: working out hard makes us hungrier so we risk taking in more calories, that is how I explain what is happening to you. Other than the inflammation that makes our muscles hold on to glycogen. Still, its better to go to the gym than not to go..I just think it is ironic how we lose weight when we stop going to the gym. around three or four years ago I was teachiing a lot of classes and slipped on the stairs and sprained my toes and foot BADLY. I actually LOST weight not going to the gym for a while...it boggled my mind.

GUAC thank you for the hugs....:hug: I sure can use them right now. This has been the hardest three years of my life. My Dad died horribly and then I found out i was getting divorced...sometimes I just ask God why.....but I know there are others that have it way worse.

CARMA I stopped making good choices at parties a LONG time ago....I just feel like the temptation is too great..and i'm all about celebrating with food. Its' wrong and my challenge this summer is to stop doing that. I want to be able to go to a restaurant and order salad like skinny women do. Two parties in a row would do many people in, so don't feel too badly about it..just learn for next time.

JENNIFER My kettle bells haven't been used either...good intentions I guess.....:( Good for you and DH for walking!!!!! Thats great that you get to do that together!!! I love when couples work out together.

05-29-2013, 01:18 PM
Sw 196.8
Cw 188.8

05-29-2013, 02:13 PM
Zumba, if I may - one of the girls here, MovingForward suggested the series of books, New Rules of Lifting, and I started there. I had no clue what to do or when or even how! I have the latest version, NRoL Supercharged on my iPad (videos of exercises) and it has actually been very helpful. They are total body workouts, 3x week. There are 5 different levels of exercises in each category so you start at a level you are comfy with - and progress as you go through the phases. I started at level 1 in ALL the categories on January 1. Today I did level 4's (except for level 2 pushups). It's really been a life saver for me - it helps me to focus on my performance in the gym and let the scale go.

05-29-2013, 02:59 PM
Felt good to get back to the gym today... Hooray!

05-29-2013, 04:40 PM
I am a bit nervous; I have always stalled at 152 lbs for ages. I am really watching carefully what I am eating and exercising like a wild woman :D I want to prove to myself that 152 is not my nemesis, just a number that I will be passing by (quickly).

I am having a great day today. Since I woke up at the crack of dawn, I have accomplished a ton including my 4.7 mile walk, 45 minute weight lifting session and I decided to cool down with a swim, another 45 minutes. I am sure I will crash by 8:30 :D

05-29-2013, 04:40 PM
Woot! Woot! Heidi

05-29-2013, 05:18 PM
sum!!!!! I love your new avatar!! You look fabulous! So nice to see your face! You are beautiful!

So, I just decided on my splurge item. The Athleta Whatever Skort. Looks so cute, and I could see wearing it a lot. I'm not sure if I need an 8 or a 10... A nice dilemma to have!

05-29-2013, 05:20 PM
Also, sum, I'm sure you will sail right past 152. Don't fret over it, and I bet it will slip right by.

05-29-2013, 05:31 PM
AWWW Heidi. Thank you! I thought it was a time to show my face :D

05-29-2013, 05:55 PM
Sum: Great pic!

Heidi: glad you over the gym today. And great item for splurge. I like their stuff a lot.

05-29-2013, 06:29 PM
Lovely pic, Sum!

05-29-2013, 06:50 PM
Hello all, back from the trip, good day today, back on track, headed out for my walk.

Thought I was good on vacation, the scale scared the bejeepers out of me today, I'm not even going to say what it had to say until I see it again tomorrow. Had to be a fluke. Didn't hit 170 but dang close. Definitely motivating, so I'll be back later, after the walk.

Heidi and Sum, you guys look great, if I ever figure out how I'll post a pic...lol


05-29-2013, 10:19 PM
Just curious when do i get the cool ticker? I tried making one but it wasn't allowed yet.
Today my husband threw me for a loop and said we would eat out(instant panic mode to me) came up with a meal and still came under calories without eating my exercise calories. Total walking time 70 minutes. 22 minutes of yoga. Weightlifted 9lb wgts at work. Bought 10 lb weights on my way home.

05-29-2013, 10:30 PM
Sum: glad you had such a great workout. Also, i know you can beat 152.
New leaf: very nice dilema to have size 8 or size 10. I am hoping to be in a size 16 by the end of summer. :)
Zumba: I like to embrace the alone times. After my dad died I would go to movies and out to eat on my own. It brought a kind of inner strenghth and i liked to think he was with me. Thanks for the party support. I know its so hard to work on but I need to learn.

05-29-2013, 10:36 PM
Sum, here is the rice recipe as is, with my comments to follow.

Spicy Arroz Verde

2.5 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 cup uncooked brown jasmine rice
2 tbs chopped canned green chilies
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
freshly ground black pepper to taste
several dashes of Tabasco sauce
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley

Place 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth into a saucepan. Add the green onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.

Add the remaining 2 cups broth, the rice, green chilies, cumin, chili powder, pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in the spinach, cover, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.

Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro or parsley. Serve at once.


My notes:

1) I used brown basmati rice because that's all I could find.
2) I used chicken broth since I had it on hand.
3) I doubled the spices.
4) I threw in the whole can of chopped green chilies.
4) I checked the rice after 15 min and could tell it had a lot longer to cook and needed more liquid. So I added more and kept checking / adding every 10 min or so. When I thought that finally there was only 5 minutes left, I added the spinach and continued with the recipe.

05-30-2013, 07:39 AM
Just a quick post to say I am flabbergasted. The weight is just melting off as of late. I have only 2 pairs of jeans left in my "don't fit yet" pile, and came up with so many things to give to Goodwill when I went through a try-on frenzy last night. Feeling really good right now, hard to imagine that one week ago I was still trying to get below 155.


05-30-2013, 08:14 AM
That is awesome Heidi!!! Congrats to you! I can only imagine how wonderful you must be feeling now. What is your goal? Just to see where your body settles?
Thanks for the recipe. I am going to make it this weekend and those pork chops sounded good as a side dish.
We are all on our closet cleaning mode :)

I had a huge steak dinner last night and scale dutifully jumped up. But I am sure my muscles thank me for all that good protein.

Today is my fretted lunch out. I am really scared. I go in with good intentions and then go, what the heck, just this once. -- Instead of the shrimp tacos, because the portion is so large, and my to go box may not keep me from eating it all, I think I will have some of their yummy rice and chicken soup and a side salad. A nice controlled portion. This will be a great test for me!!

05-30-2013, 10:05 AM
Heidi: Wow! I am so happy for you! You are a weight loss Machine! I am going to work on my closet today too! Yummy recipe! I think I'll have to try it.

Sum: Yum, steak! Every once in a while it is so nice to have a big hunk of red meat! (sorry, vegetarians!). You will do fine at lunch today--have fun!!

Carma: I'm not sure about the ticker. It's based on number of posts and days you've been here. I'm sure you'll get it soon! Fantastic job on the exercise!

I am getting a little taste of what my future will be like this summer. DD is working for the 4th year at a local garden center, and DS (who just turned 16 this spring) is now working summer maintenance at the school where I teach. DH is an industrial electrician, so he works 12 hour shifts. In other words, I am alone a lot. I think it will be ok, and I have lots of friends/hobbies/house stuff to keep me busy, but it's definitely a weird adjustment! Mindless eating will be a real problem.

I was at 170 this morning, which means I only lost 4.4 pounds the entire month of May. While I know that's better than nothing, it's the worst I've done! I am determined June will be better. I think I'm going to try to walk on more of my errands.

05-30-2013, 10:21 AM
Hi everyone..I should be getting in the shower and ready to teach class, I am so NOT in the mood. Broke my cleanse last night and had some oreos..not sure why . I was in the house all day and I guess just tired and aggravated. Thinking about diversion guy a lot and kind of sad at how things dissolved. Its been a rough couple of weeks. Hoping the fog is kind of lifting today and I get more energy back and get back to center.

I am at the same weight, kind of like the plateau weight. If I go below this I will be so happy.

Not sure what i'm doing today in terms of eating. Two shakes and a meal or low carb ..not really sure what i'm doing.....

05-30-2013, 10:27 AM
Jennifer that is great that you will have free time to pursue hobbies. How many people can wish they can say the same thing..enjoy it!!!

SUM I know vegetarians will be grossed out by this comment , but once in a while its great to just have that big steak ...iron and protein...YEAH!

NEWLEAF so happy to hear the fat is melting off for you..but it isn't happening by itself..yhoure doing it girlfriend. All you had to do was click your heels three times...and then workout like crazy and eat well..LOL..nice job..you're an inspiration to everybody else here.

CARMA I think i'm tired of alone time...I've had way too much of it the past ten years....but i underestand your point. When we are alone we can really hear ourselves think, eh?

KELIJ; welcome back.

2FAT I actually have that book but don't understand it..and to think i went to college and graduate school..LOL..seriously i'm digging it out today to try and figure this thing out, and then finding a way to get enough money per month for the 24 hour gym so I can lift those weights.

EEEEEK.. look at the time, i'm on stage in a 34 minutes...have a great day yall ...see you all later.

05-30-2013, 11:39 AM
@Zumba: Quick note before I go to grocery store: If you have any questions about the book - just ask me! I could probably quote you the page numbers I've read it so many times. I didn't understand anything at first. I had to google and youtube lots of videos of how to do the 'basic' exercises. I am NOT coordinated.

More later-

05-30-2013, 12:07 PM
Well clearly this is the thread to be in! Figures, I show up with just a few weeks left...

Too much to comment on, so I'll just read to catch up. I will say, what an inspiring group of people!! :D

05-30-2013, 04:45 PM
Since everyone is changing their avatar - I tried. Just way too miniscule.

Sum: Beautiful! Your lashes look lovely, too - no need to splurge on them!

Jennifer: Also Beautiful! I love your hair color! Mine is a dark auburn - yours is so vibrant!

Heidi: Don't question the losses - just enjoy them! But I do it, too. I am having a hard time not losing. Never thought I'd say that...but at 143 I think I need to eat more. Hubs said he didn't want me getting all scrawny. No fear of that happening! As for sizes- we should have started a clothing swap, I'm telling ya! I've got lots of 10s and 8s to contribute! Some I bought in March and never wore. *sigh* Not a bad place to be, eh?
Oh - and you're beautiful, too!

Moondance Never too late! Jump in!

It's hotter than HADES here! 83 in May!?! That's an August high summer temp! And 86 tomorrow?? I am one of those sweaty chicks- I just perspire thinking about the heat. Yuck. I took the pups on a 3.5 mile walk first thing this am and they are still exhausted.
No way I'm cooking inside today. We're firing up the grill (steak for hubby, homemade pizza for me) and I have a nice big watermelon in the fridge for dessert!

05-30-2013, 04:49 PM
OH - figured out my splurge! vBeam laser!

I have some tiny broken capillaries on the bridge of my nose, a few right next to the sides of my nose and on one cheekbone. It gives me a permanent red-faced/blushing look. I'm going to go to my dermatologist and see about vBeam laser to remove them. I never wear makeup so I can't hide it. And I think it's early rosacea. Yippee.

05-30-2013, 04:59 PM
And finally,

If anyone is interested - click on my 2FatCats above my avatar and view public profile.
I put a "before" pic from 10 Dec, @ 181 lbs. I will put up one from when I was 258lbs...I just have to find it and scan it in.

05-30-2013, 06:36 PM
2fat thanks for the offer to help! I may ake you up on that.

05-30-2013, 07:25 PM
Wow, 2fatCats!!

Wow, Jennifer!!!

You guys look great!! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures... I love being able to picture who I am talking to!

2fatCats That is quite a change from your before picture! You are so tall and slim... You don't look scrawny; you look toned and fit. You worked hard for it!! Hope your grilled dinner was good. I grilled up some chicken for the boys. No way that oven was going on!

05-30-2013, 08:41 PM
Exercise and diet finally in sink and the scale likes it. I am so glad I joined this web forum because I think it was a huge jumpstart so thanks everyone. Hope everyone is staying cool. Have a great night.
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05-31-2013, 07:21 AM
Good morning chicks. Hope today is a cooler day. Walked briskly last night at the park....finally broke plateau today. More later...

05-31-2013, 08:07 AM
Lunch went quite well. I ordered the shrimp tacos, ate 1 and 1/3 of the rice and re-fried beans and packaged the rest. Lunch for today, yum. I did have more chips than I intended to but over all I got a passing grade. Woot! Lunch itself was lovely. I have missed my gf.

What can I say about May. I secretly hoped to lose 4.4 pounds; I lost 3.4 pounds, BUT I am 1 pound ahead of schedule what comes to my over all goals (I have a spreadsheet). I tend to give aggressive goals on my challenges (except the 4th of July and Memorial Day ones; those I follow my spreadsheet goals) and should admit that I am losing about 1 lb per week. Which itself is very healthy. I am not crash dieting, I am eating a good amount of food (up to 1500 cal per day), I am exercising a lot (building muscle). So I need to focus on those two successes.

I met all my exercise goals and even exceeded them.
I walked 125 miles/100
I lifted weights 13/12
I exercised around 2600 minutes/2400 (43 hours)
I added swimming.

I started taking measurements at mid May and in 2 weeks I lost 1/2 inch of my bust, waist, hips and thighs! So I am shrinking evenly :D

So I would like to say, May was a success!

Off to June :cheers:

05-31-2013, 08:09 AM
2FatCats You are gorgeous, girlfriend!!!

05-31-2013, 09:13 AM
Moondance good to see you!

Zumba glad you broke through your plateau. Looking forward to hearing more!

Sum sounds like yesterday, and May overall, were big successes!

May was a success for me, too. I went from yo-yo-ing around in the 159-155 range, and got back on a downward trend. I wasn't too great about exercising, with planting flowers taking over my life and mindshare! But I'm back at it.

I'm irritated by having to go to a Japanese hibachi restaurant this weekend. It's for my younger son's birthday, and of course I'm happy to go. But there is no nutrition information posted online and I've eaten there before -- I know the food tastes good because it is all salt. I sent an email to the restaurant asking if they have their nutrition information available anywhere, and if not -- are the chefs open to cooking without their "special blend of spices" which we all know is salt, salt, and more salt. I doubt I'll get a reply back, but maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. I just don't feel like undoing all my progress with 1 meal. Maybe I'll just order a couple of sushi rolls for dinner, but worry about looking like a martyr (my MIL will be there, too).

05-31-2013, 09:39 AM
New leaf I have the same problem within hibachi....all I can say is drink a ton of water..no extra soy sauce...no rice...take a diurex after dinner or the next day.

05-31-2013, 02:32 PM
Thanks all - it's hard for me to look at the before/181 restart pics but I need to so that I have extra motivation not to backslide.

May was great for me - started at 149, finishing at 143.4, so down 5.5 pounds, lost 1/2 inch off hips and waist. Body fat running ~20%.
I didn't miss a weight lifting session and took girls for 23 walks, totaling 75 miles.
I can do all the normal pushups (my archnemesis) with ease and finally got to advance past level one and do the 'challenging' kind. :carrot:
Clothes that fit on 1st are now baggy/loose.
I can look at pictures of myself or into the mirror and I am proud of what I have done! That's my greatest achievement - normally I would only see my faults and how far I have to go!

Here's to all of us lovely ladies having a fabulous June!

05-31-2013, 04:42 PM
That dreaded bloodwork I had done. The good news; Everything came out perfect. No issues anywhere (except I can lower my thyroid meds). :woohoo:

06-01-2013, 08:59 AM
Sum: very good on your bloodwork ..being healthy is the most important thing in the world....

2fatcats: you are a lean mean muscle machine!!!! You look great....lifting has definitely paid off for you.....and everything else you're doing too...

06-01-2013, 09:04 AM
Scale is down even a lil' mo' than yesterday..woop woop.....I like this number, I haven't been below 143 in ages....maybe since last fall!! Maybe my mini goal of 140 by the end of this weekend is doable..we shall see..

I'm starting an upper body challenge today...hope to have better arms by fourth of july!!!! I never thought that waving arm fat would happen to me..i always had good arms....bleh....I may do arm and squat challenge at the same time....

Sun is shining, birds are chirping...and I wanna get skinny dangit!! Dropped son off at SAT this morning...going to make a shake in a little while...with blueberries for fiber....Now the summer fruit is fresher, although none of it is really local so I don't know why i think that.

Have a great great day!!!

06-01-2013, 09:28 AM
Heidi: Thanks, my new avatar is just from about a month ago, so it's ugh closer to my actual weight!

Sum: Glad to hear your blood work was all good! It's always nice to be able to decrease meds!

Zumba: Yay on the loss! You can get to 140!!

2FatCats: You look amazing!

Well. I am at a serious plateau. I was at 171 this morning, which isn't surprising after the party I went to last night. I guess the good news is I'm learning to maintain, but the bad news is I do not want to maintain at 170!! I'm going to have to make some changes today. I've started drinking white tea (probably will do nothing), and I'm going to cut out bread this week completely. Maybe that will jump start a loss again.

06-01-2013, 09:39 AM
Jennifer I feel cutting bread out makes a big difference. It does for me. I grew up in a culture where bread was a staple, it was ALWAYS on the dinner table and my mother forced us to eat it with our meals because if we didn't she felt we would have stomach problems. ARGH!!! Truth is you can get your grains from other things, like a nice big bowl of oatmeal. Try the no bread thing and see what happens. Even my weight watcher leader that I had once did this because she felt bread made her feel bloated and sickly...I think they fired her for that..LOL...

06-01-2013, 09:47 AM
Jennifer You will see a huge jump/drop if you give up grain. -- I gave up coffee ( I drank it VERY white with lots of h&h), and switched to green tea. I don't know if it is making any difference but I am saving, atleast, 200 cal per day :)

Zumba Woot, woot on your new low!!

2FatCatsI must say again, how beautiful you look. Such an inspiration!!

Heidi I am so happy for you and your weight loss in May. It is so nice to find what works.

soon2beskinnyCarma I am glad you found us, and that your scale is being kind to you.

Moon Happy to have you here! Just jump in and new challenge is just around the corner!

06-01-2013, 09:52 AM
I am happily shopping in my closet. :) I keep finding more and more clothes that fit and I am looking quite fashionable once again :D My NSV for today. I am wearing size 8 jeans from WHBM and they fit!! They are cut straight what comes to waist and in 5 pounds they will be too big :yikes: Made me into one happy lady today!

I snacked a little bit too much yesterday and scale jumped up a bit :( :( No more mindless eating whilst watching movies.

Plan for today
Cal: 1500
Swim 60 min

CW 153.8
Up: 0.6

06-01-2013, 09:55 AM
Congrats, Sum! That is so exciting! I'm still hoping to be in 10s soon!!

Oh, and I found my splurge: a beautiful square cut peridot ring. I'm excited to have found something splurge-worthy.

06-01-2013, 10:05 AM
Peridots are pretty..is that your birthstone? that is very special splurge..and it will be well deserved...we only have 18 more days to reach our goals, huh? Well alot can be achieved in that much time...

06-01-2013, 10:23 AM
Peridot is not my birthstone (blue topaz), but after years and years of only wearing white metal jewelry, I'm starting to buy gold and rose gold, so I thought a new stone color would be nice too! And it's on sale, so not too pricey.

06-01-2013, 10:39 AM
SUM that is such wonderful news my friend!! I cant wait to fit into my WHBM jeans again!! I miss my pretty clothes....I was in WHBM last weekend just to browse and they had such pretty things....so funny that we both love that store...you need to come to NY so we can shop together!!!! We can walk up Madison Avenue where most women are a size zero ..LOL...NO exaggeration, I think women do not eat on the Upper East Side, there seems to be some kind of famine going on in that part of the city....

Enjoy wearing those jeans today my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06-01-2013, 11:39 AM
That would be fun Zumba. The sales clerks would prolly faint when I asked if "this came in 10?" :rofl:

06-01-2013, 11:53 AM
I am having some mixed feelings about entering in to my 140's. I should be excited, but I am scared. 140's is the decade when I start looking "good" aka decent. -- I live in Midwest where everyone is big. In my 140's I will be an oddball. I have been accepted so much better as a fat person than when I was a skinny one. Part of the reason, why I gained, was just to fit in. I hate to say it but the fellow fat chicks were "mean" to me when I was skinny, and nice to me since I got plump. :( :( My life is a tad bit uphill battle in Midwest. I am a foreigner with a slight accent; when I was thin there were only a few (who happen to be my dearest friends) who accepted me.

I really poured my soul out there :) I would be better suited for NYC :( :(

Don't get me wrong. I have some fab friends, but I would like to feel accepted all the time; skinny or fat.

I may regret this post :lol:

06-01-2013, 02:15 PM
Sum: Being a Midwest gal myself, I hear you. Luckily most of my friends are thin (size 6-10-- not NY thin), so I will actually feel better when I'm in the 140s. I hate being the "fat" friend! Also my DH and kids are very slender, is I always feel like the odd one out in family photos. I'm sure you look fantastic and will continue to look wonderful as you go down. Any negative people are just jealous of how hot you are!!

06-01-2013, 06:36 PM
2FC- you look fantastic! I get sad sometimes looking at my before pics, too, have to be happy not to be there anymore.
Jennifer-you are beautiful, too
Thanks for sharing your pics

June is my month to get back to hitting it hard, we're going to start weighing in on Mondays to stop the weekend treat express, at least slow it down!

Got in 4 mile hike this am, going to shoot for 20k steps a day, when I hit that I lose. Feeling good, ready to get off these last few lbs a d truly be In maintenance truth be told its 20 lbs, but after 45 it feels like a few to go!

Zumba-good to see you, you sound just like me getting ready for work...lol

Sum & Newleaf-you guys are inspiring !!

Best to all :sunny:

06-01-2013, 11:13 PM
Evening All,

It's hot here. Still. Thunderstorms aren't helping the humidity, either!

Has anyone noticed that with a sudden increase in outdoor temps that they retain water? As in, the day after the temp suddenly went up to 86 (from 65) I weighed 1.6 lbs more. I drank the same amount of water (~200 oz), sodium under 1500mg, calories same @ 2000. Nothing new except walking and working out in the 'extreme' heat. I don't ever retain @ TOM, either, so it's not that. Two days in a row - same temps, same walk, food, etc = retaining those extra same 1.6 lbs. Oh - note that the houses this far North don'thave central a/c either. Just me and my vornado fan (love it)! I never noticed before but the heat is actually making my joints in my fingers and toes hurt. Yuck.

Kelijpa: You'll get those last few off - especially walking that many steps! I don't count steps - I wonder how many I take on dog walks?? Hmmm. Something else to quantify!! WooHoo!

Sum: Thank you for having the courage and trusting in us to post your fears/doubts. We all have them, too.
The closer I got to my 'comfy' zone to more nervous I became. Mine stems from a fear of failure. I always seem to lose the weight fine - that I can succeed was never a question for me. Keeping it off is my big challenge. So far, I have never succeeded in maintenance - and that's beyond scary for me. Wondering if it really will stick this time - cause I have said that before....
Coming here to you guys and hearing your struggles and triumphs keeps me grounded and focused. It keeps me accountable so I don't slide into complacency and start licking fingers and spoons when I cook, having a taste of hubby's food, etc, etc, etc!
So long story short-- Fluffy or not- we're here for you! I like to think we all have each other's backs!

Jennifer: Seems like folks everywhere are 'big' these days. The stats on obesity are scary. Especially childhood obesity....
NYS actually has a LOWER rate than other states around it - much be the skinny folks in NYC that Zumba talks about bring the average down!

Zumba Amazing what we learn to eat (or not eat) as kids, huh? My mom used to make us eat it whether we liked it or not. Bread wasn't so much a staple for us growing up as deep fried food was. And butter. I'm Southern - we deep fry pickles. My brother used to deep fry pieces of canned biscuits, roll them in cinnamon sugar and eat them. Okay - we all ate them! I remember coming home from school when I was 8, putting butter on 8 saltine crackers, cutting a few pieces of ham and a slices of cheese into 4 squares and eating them as double decker 'sandwiches'. Talk about sodium overload! If we were feeling lazy we would just butter some wonder bread and sprinkle sugar on it and eat it cold. Sheesh. No great mystery why I was a chubby kid little kid!


I'm off to lay in front of the fan and read.
Hope all are happy and OP! And not sweating.

06-02-2013, 08:12 AM
Definitely retaining water with the humidity, drank water all day yesterday, when I took my socks off it looked like I was wearing some that were super tight, lines around my ankles, weird stuff.

06-02-2013, 08:14 AM
Well the scale made me smile this morning 218.8:cb:
I actually didn't plan food and survived the day. I decided I will plan food during the week and wing it more on the weekend and concentrate on getting good exercise in and still eating my fruit and veg. However, on the wing it weekends I am not going to worry if I do not get my daily goal of iron, calcium etc. When taking my daughter into the grocery store yesterday I asked her what she wanted to eat for dinner and commented that the rotisserie chicken might be nice and it would definitely go with my spinach salad. She asked if I could go 5 minutes without talking about my diet. Can't wait for her to turn 13 when the hormones really kick in(she's 8).
2fc: I didn't notice a fluid retention with the weather change but I actually took in more water to compensate for the sweating. Although how you could take in more than 200 a day I am not sure.
Sum: Glad your lunch went well and you are fitting into your Jeans.
Jennifer: good luck with the no bread thing. I find I just try to eat less of it like only have a half a sandwich instead of a whole.
Zumba: Glad you are back on track and about to see 140:carrot:

New Leaf: How did Hibachi go?

Have a great day everyone! I am off for my walk. :smug:

06-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Morning my friends :sunny:

New low for me (this time); 152.4. I officially weigh less now than the days I gave birth :eek: What a milestone to hit :D I swam and walked yesterday, and stayed OP; good things happened.

I have a grad party to go on the 14th (my bestie's DD) and I want to wear the dress from WHBM that was too small on my bust. It zips up now but I need to lose about 1/2 inch and it will fit great. I lost 1/2 inch in last 2 weeks, so I have hope :crossed:

Plan for today
Calories 1500

Scrambled Eggs
Turkey bacon
sliced tomatoes
Green yogurt

leftover chicken curry (home made)

baby potatoes

snacks TBD

Have a fab day ladies!

06-02-2013, 10:17 AM
Good morning! Nice cool morning here after the rain and storms last night, which is a wonderful change from the 80+ and humid stuff we've been having! I survived ok without bread yesterday, but I did have brown rice at dinner. I'm only giving up all grains if the no bread doesn't work in a few days. I weighed 170.6 today (-.4), so at least I'm down a little bit. I do have a grad party today, but I'm going to eat very small portions. I may splurge and have a cupcake though (maybe DH will split one).

Carma: Good job on the loss! You are doing great. Ahh, 8 year olds...(I actually think they can be worse than 13 year olds). I thought my DD's eyes might stay rolled when she was about 10!

Sum: Your plan for today sounds great. I'm sure you can wear your WHBM dress to the party if you continue to rock this like you h?ave been! We're going to Columbus next Friday for DD's orientation (sniff), and going to hit the mall afterwards. I'm definitely going to check out WHBM since you and Zumba both love it!

Everyone else have a fabulous Sunday!!

06-02-2013, 10:30 AM
Just a quick check-in here; it's my youngest son's 12th bday!! We had the dreaded hibachi lunch, followed by a stop-in at this incredible chocolatier/milkshake place. DH and I went on a long, long, walk in the heat last night, hoping to undo some damage.

I was only up 0.8 today, so I feel like it was a win. Just a small slice of ice cream cake planned for this afternoon, but otherwise back on track.

06-02-2013, 03:38 PM
SUM I don't want to say anything negative about the midwest...we have our share of plump people here in New York (although the wealthier areas tend to have skinnier woman) but I will say this: misery loves company. Those aren't people you want to be friends with anyway..so i wouldn't worry so much about them. On top of all the pressure you put on yourself to lose weight do you really need to be worrying about people liking you less when you meet your goal? PLEASE. Not people you should even worry about. Seek out positive people that lift you up, and have one or two good friends, not a bunch of friends that are jealous of you.

NEWLEAF Happy bday to your son and you rocked it out with how well you managed to NOT gain weight with hibachi and cake...Wow! I'm impressed...that would have been an easy five lb gain for me..soy sauce is the devil :devil: Now you can breathe a sigh of relief !! ahhhhhhhh

JENNIFER brown rice is good for you....but i would refrain for a while to see if the scale drops. One program that worked for me last year was the belly fat cure which is all about the insulin index stuff..basically it was no bread at first and it truly made a difference for me. Maybe i'm more sensitive to carbs than other peoplel, im' not sure.

CARMA You are smart to plan meals but I believe that winging it is important too, because it teaches you how to make choices that you are going to have to make the rest of your life ....we aren't always going to have our meals planned out for us....once i get to goal i plan on having one night a week where I indulge a little bit and don't obsess over eating....

KELIJ YES to the humidity swelling up feet and ankles, that happens to me too..its terrible..I already have fat ankles so when they are swollen they look worse. I had a WW leader tell us once that we all retain water on humid days...not fun, huh?

06-02-2013, 03:47 PM
Baked cupdakes for the boys last night and had some chocolate so scale is back up to 145...grrrrrr.......taking it easy on consumption today (low carbs) and plan on cleansing again this week to really get tihs show on the road. I paid alot for the cleansing stuff so I feel i need to use it....

I feel like i'm turning a corner...whether it be with my weight or getting out of this depression...we shall see. Court on thursday.

06-02-2013, 06:31 PM
Good day today did a juice fast to kick start, had a good hike and got my watering so good so ar!

Downloaded a journaling app today, I've been looking for something like it for awhile. It's called Lumen Trails, I can log my weight, and just journal as well, there's a free version if you want to check it out.

My plan is to use all the tools I have available to me, like this site!! My pedometer, my phone, my calendar where i write myweight every day, etc, get this fitness/healthy lifestyle/weight loss goal thing to the front of my mind where it belongs!

Best to all :sunny:

06-02-2013, 08:47 PM
Somewhat was able to wing it today although for some reason husband was in a snit and left to go off on his own. I got home from a walk with the kids to find him in a pissy mood and he went to bed "without dinner although I found evidence of his no dinner in the garbage. I decided to have a 1/4 of a 6 inch apple pie to comfort myself. So now off for yet another walk to hopefully undo the damage tomorrow. Plus may burn off some of my frustration with him. I hope.

06-02-2013, 11:36 PM
Just a small slice of ice cream cake planned for this afternoon, but otherwise back on track.

Ha! Famous last words... definitely not on track today :( Tomorrow is a new day, and totally back on track this time...

06-03-2013, 12:48 AM
i made homemade pizza for dinner, so I had way too many carbs but like newleaf said tomorrow is a new day. Its always easier to stick to program during the week. I had a rough two days..stayed in the house and didn't do much of anything...welcome to depression.

I cant wait to walk in the park again, I hope find time to do that tomorrow night....toning class tomorrow...looking forward to it.

06-03-2013, 09:07 AM
Just a quick post before I run off for the day. Personals later (after my day at the Finnish Center)

Scale rewarded me with another mini whoosh; down 0.6 pounds. Those 140's are getting closer and closer now. 151.8 this morning. And what is even more rewarding, I am sporting a size 8 dress (again) from my fav store. This dress is black with a very pretty flared out bottom part and curve hugging shape everywhere else. DH said I look really nice in it.... :yay: My belly has shrunk!! I don't look like an apple any more but starting to look more like hourglass, so there is hope. -- Every pound from now on will make a positive difference what comes to my looks and I am happy about it! Those first 20 pounds made such little difference, which was making me feel sad and horrified with myself. BUT I am on happy girl today!! Concentrate on positive, right?

I picked out a saloon to get my eyelashes done. Once I hit that 150 mark, I will be there :D

TaTa for now, and have a happy and healthy day everyone.

06-03-2013, 09:21 AM
Good morning, everyone! Quick check in before I start whittling down my huge list of things to accomplish today. I was at 170.2 today, which is .4 down from yesterday and .8 from Saturday. If I can keep losing, I may actually get out of these dreadful 170s! I think the no bread thing is working, but I did eat almost 2 cupcakes at a party yesterday. I'm going to get right back on the healthy eating today though! I'll try to get back on later for personals when I need a break!

06-03-2013, 01:42 PM
Happy Lunchtime!

Just finished my Mon weightlifting session. RDLs are giving me grief - I can do more than my body weight so that's good but I haven't moved up in weights from last phase. It was irritating me but I just realized that I was doing that weight but LESS reps in the last phase. So I have gotten stronger - 5 more reps per set stronger! WooHoo! But I still want to put more weight on that dang bar!! Soon. Very soon.
Lost those humidity pounds - @ 143 even this am. And now it's quite chilly outside - 52! From tank tops to sweaters in 24 hours. Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

I have lots still to do today - mow the lawn, weed eat it, walk dogs, go to store and post office, clean house, etc, etc, etc!

Hope all have a great OP week!

06-03-2013, 04:33 PM
The scale is up again this week.

You guys inspire me. The way you lay it all out, the glimpses of the highs and the lows in your lives. And I cheer your progress, even if I don't post. I am inclined to be a bit more private.

Its a constant struggle to keep food and diet in perspective. I am not doing a very good job at the perspective thing. I pingpong from mindless eating, to being obsessed with diet and fitness. I really need to focus on job hunting and family. But how to do that while staying fit, and eating well? I am not much of a multi-tasker.

06-03-2013, 05:14 PM
Ladies....drum roll.... I just went through my dress closet and all except one fit me. Even size 6!

06-03-2013, 05:21 PM
Sum yea!! Love weights yet?:D

06-03-2013, 06:16 PM
Congrats, Sum! That is awesome!!

06-03-2013, 07:05 PM
Hi all...
SUM that is outrageous....way to go girl!!!! You have been so devoted to your weight lifting, Im really impressed and tempted to join the gym so I can do the same.

Taught killer class today after very little sleep. I'm definitely turning in early tonight!! No extra workout for me, I felt that was more than enough.

Today I had an ******** shake with blueberries for breakfast, a hard boiled egg for "snack"...a tiny sopprasetta sandwhich for lunch ( I KNOW>>CARBS) and an ******** bar for dinner only because I don't feel like having the soup that I made for the boys. Im done for the night..I'm going to start cutting the eating out earlier ...nothing after 6:30pm.....

I texted diversion guy and asked him if we could talk this week and he said "sure"..now the problem is I don't have anything to say..LOL...OMG I hate dating at this age.

Good news is that I got the monthly expenses on the house that I want to buy and they don't seem that bad. The house is way smaller than what I have now but oh so charming....I can really see myself living there and making it MINE. I hear myself talking about buying a house on my own and I can't believe it.....strange where life takes you, huh? Blink your eyes and your life can change in an instant.

divorce court on thursday....trying not to let this make me eat....

keep up the good work everybody.

06-03-2013, 09:31 PM
Stay strong Zumba!

WTG Sum!

Had a good OP day today, journaled everything I ate and did today in my little app, working good for me, right mix of structure and flexibility.

Jennifer- I was joining you in the 170s, I was back for one day, really needed to kick my butt! You're doing great! Keep at it.

I was sliding down that slippery slope, but am scrabbling back up, I'm taking it as a win that I caught it right away, summer is a challenge, more active in some ways, like gardening, but less structured unless you make the effort to work in a work out of some sort.

Thanks for being there, well here!
Best to all :sunny:

06-03-2013, 10:49 PM
Sum: Way to go girl. You must be so psyched. I can't wait til I see 12's let alone 6's which will never happen. Best I think my boobs can get into would be an 8.
Zumba: You can do this. Good idea about turning the kitchen off at 6:30 pm. I should be able to shut it off at 7:30. I am usually in bed by 10 and don't have dinner til 6 most nights.
The husband isn't really speaking to me or the kids yet. Still would like to know what is pissing him off but I am so not going to try getting it out of him. I don't have time or patience for stressors and I refuse to apologize for something I have no clue what I did. Plus side is to avoid him I did a full hour of extra work out on the wii.
Kelipa: I think the fact that it is light longer helps in getting more exercise in for me. Going to have to try your little app.

06-03-2013, 10:52 PM
I did pretty well today although the husband still isn't really talking to me or the kids. Plus side I exercised an extra hour to avoid him, down side driving me nuts that I don't know what we did to upset him. Off tomorrow. Going to try to tackle the house and get it clean. I have let it slip pretty steadily since my Mom got sick back in November. I just wish he would spit it out. I already have 2 kids don't need the husband acting like the 3rd.

06-04-2013, 07:43 AM
My whoosh continues and I am 0.6 pounds away from meeting this challenge goal!!

I took a day off from exercise yesterday. It felt good to just rest. And NO 2FatCats, I still hate lifting, but love the results :D

soon2beskinnyCarma Sorry about your hubby being pouty. Atleast you are channeling the energy in positive way and getting some exercise. Have fun cleaning today; burning more calories!!

Jennifer your splurge sounds beautiful!! -- Let's hope that this no bread thing gets your scale moving.

kelijpa Woot for staying OP!! I love my fitness pal when I journal. If you use it, feel free to friend me; Kristiina67 (anyone feel free to friend me :))

Zumba I feel like the fat is just melting off. I think it is the lifting....you should join! I have lost 15 pounds since March 28th and I credit most of it to lifting. -- Good luck on Thursday. I will be thinking of you!

06-04-2013, 09:19 AM
Hi ALL.Lost control last night and had a box of crackers.....don't know what came over me but I feel like the days I do ******** I get carb cravings, I wonder if there is a connection.

Im holding steady at 145 though....no gain so I'm happy for but I need to get a grip and fast.....there is no margin for error....

SUM: I jsut wish I could do the lifting at home....when I get out of work the last place I want to go to is another gym. Grrrrr...this is so frustrating....

CARMA: I don't like to put my nose in other people's business but since I had a husband that did the same thing Im going to open up my big fat New York mouth and say this. What your husband is doing is called "cold shoulder abuse" and it is indeed that. To think that he is doing it to your kids also is even more disturbing. Best thing you can do is not care, although that is easier said than done. But do realize that is is WRONG and so not fair to you and a passive aggressive way of hurting someone.....it is abuse and you don't have to take it.

KELIJ Get back up that slope, girl i'll throw you a line....:dizzy:

I am going to tidy up my house now and maybe do some kettlebell or a DVD before I go teach Seniors how to samba...

Love you chicas!

06-04-2013, 09:52 AM
I can't find the last time I did full personals, so I'm just going to wing it here. Too many pages to go back, I think...

2fatCats Glad you came up with a splurge!! You so deserve it! And I hear you re: these changing temps. How is it that I have to go from winter coats to tank tops and back to winter coats again??! Buttered wonderbread with sugar... we used to do that, too! Where did this stuff come from?? Since we both did it, it must have been somewhat standard fare back in the day...

Jennifer You are looking great, and I think peridots are beautiful; can't wait to see your new ring.

Zumba As always, you are an inspiration for keeping up the good fight. Best of luck later this week; we're here for you. I'm so glad you are turning the corner...

Sum Wow, you are doing so well!! I love that feeling of weight melting off!! Keep up the momentum, friend!! I know what you are saying re: fitting in as overweight. It can feel that way in Pittsburgh, too. But Zumba is right; if people are going to treat you differently (worse) as you lose, then those are people to distance yourself from anyway. I wish I could hear your accent; I bet it's endearing! And its fabulous that your old clothes are fitting now; woo hoo!!

Kelijpa Good to see that you are still at it. I'm sure that June will be your month! You are off to a great start with some hiking already under your belt. 20,000 steps a day is really impresssive. I have never worn a pedometer so I have no idea what I do, but I'm sure nowhere near that level!

Carma Glad to see you are getting your exercise it! I don't know what's going on with you and your husband but it doesn't sound pleasant; hopefully it is resolved soon.

JuneM Its a battle to keep food/diet in perspective. I tend to ride the rails a bit, too.

Moondance & Mboo Hi! Hope all's well.

Here, well, back on the wagon. Need to get back into my groove. I think it was Kelijpa talking about the challenge of less structure in the summer. My boys end school tomorrow, and I'm feeling the same way. I'm picking them up early today and taking them to the pool. So I'm going to go devise an "at home" weight lifting plan for the day and then will do some cardio and said plan so I can be in the pool with them this afternoon. Going for a good hike with my 14-year-old later this week; he requests it be "challenging". So that should be good. I'll wear those hiking pants I got for Patagonia. At this rate, I'm sure they are quite loose, but they are all I've got.

06-04-2013, 10:35 AM
Good morning! It's another gorgeous day in NE Ohio, and I am loving it! I weighed 169.8 today for the third time in a month. This is the lowest I've been this go around with my weight, and I'm hoping I don't shoot back up tomorrow. So far the no bread thing seems to be working as I've lost .4 pounds all 3 days. Crossing my fingers it's not a fluke.

Zumba: I'm glad your weight is holding even with a little binge. How much of the ******** do you have left? I really want to start my kettlebells today too. I think I'm going to force myself.

Sum: Your whoosh is amazing! You are like a fat burning machine! I can't even imagine size 6!!

Kelijpa: Great job on the journaling. I never want to see the 170s again! Summer is tough for me too cause I don't work. No structure leads to unbridled snacking. I'm going to be super vigilant and not let that happen this year!

Carma: Great job on taking the negative energy from DH and making it positive for you. I hope he snaps out of whatever this is soon. You and your kids don't deserve that type of behavior.

Heidi: That's awesome DS wants a challenging hike with you! I'm sure you'll have a great time (if you can keep your pants up)! Have fun swimming. I do not feel comfortable enough to swim in public yet. Maybe when I hit the 150s.

Hello to anyone I've missed. I hope everyone has a great day.

06-04-2013, 12:00 PM
Congratulations, Jennifer, for breaking through 170!! Glad to hear the no-bread is working for you; always great to find something new.

06-04-2013, 12:09 PM
So, I managed 15k steps Saturday and Sunday 19.1k yesterday!
I average about 4 miles for 10k steps, it depends on your stride.

Down again today, Jennifer, we're saying goodbye to 170s for good!!

Glad to give back a little, you chicks have given me so much insight and inspiration.

Zumba- thanks for the rope!! I'll make good use of it! I often crave carbs after my juice/vegan days but not always, must be missing some key ingredient sometimes, wonder what it is?

Newleaf- enjoy the hike, after reading Jennifer's post I can see you hiking with one hand keeping your pants from falling down, lol, much better to have to hold them up than needing the button extender...oh the memories... :D

Best to all

06-04-2013, 12:42 PM
What's our next challenge? (since I am meeting mine, I am worrying about the next one...lol) I like the reward aspect of it. :) Labor Day (boring?) -- Jennifer please find us a new and quirky holiday to celebrate!!!

06-04-2013, 12:57 PM
What's our next challenge? (since I am meeting mine, I am worrying about the next one...lol) I like the reward aspect of it. :) Labor Day (boring?) -- Jennifer please find us a new and quirky holiday to celebrate!!!

Sunday, August 4th -- International Friendship Day?? Kinda like the ring of that one... And it makes it about 6 weeks, which seems like a good duration. All the way to Labor Day is too long for me, personally (although I'm happy to go along if that's what everyone wants, of course)

06-04-2013, 03:52 PM
I like the idea of Friendship Day because I feel like I have made so many new friends here! Also, August 15 is National Relaxation Day (spa reward?). I'm game for anything as long as the scale keeps going down;)

06-04-2013, 06:59 PM
I like both ideas! Hard to pick :)

06-04-2013, 09:22 PM
Well husband is getting out of his funk. Thankfully. Had dinner with us and even joked around with the kids and me. Still won't say what the problem was. Not sure if it was work or dealing with his Mom. We got hit double. About a week after my Mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer his Mom was in the hospital with a back infection and multiple others. She was in the hospital and or nursing home for over 4 months was home a week and fell and was back in the hospital. They have found more cancer on her so we try and divide and conquer between the families.
But thank you all for your support. I could have easily gotten myself in a moody funk and ate a really big Sundae instead of exercise. I am trying to have him go out with a friend for a night but I don't think he will.
Got a lot of cleaning done today but only walked 40 minutes. However was so busy cleaning didn't eat that much so I stayed under calories for sure. Should be nice on the scale tomorrow.

06-04-2013, 09:33 PM
Also, I like the idea of relaxation day. I could totally use a trip to the spa. Although I suppose I could reward myself with the spa for friendship day too. What does DH mean? Designated Hitter. Dutiful Husband?

06-04-2013, 09:42 PM
Busy day....tomorrow is a " free" day.....no classes to teach...so I plan on working out hard core...today my nail tech told me I looked skinny...I think I did lose inches...but I have a looonnngggggg ways to go.

06-05-2013, 08:43 AM
My whoosh is prolly over. My weight was exactly the same as yesterday. 150.6' I lost nearly 3 pounds since last Friday; I can't complain. I am just waiting to see that 14_._ on my scale; scared or not :)

06-05-2013, 09:23 AM
Nothing new or exciting here; my weight is going down from my weekend of indulgence, but I'm still retaining water, as told by how my rings fit. So, I'm being conscientious about drinking water today, and hopefully that will resolve.

It's the boys' last day of school today. I'm glad that they are old enough now that their summer kicking off shouldn't really disrupt my exercise plans...

Here's to a great on-plan day, everyone!

06-05-2013, 09:45 AM
Bleh, up again...this is ridiculous. I'm going to need to make some major swooshes between now and the 18th to meet my goal. when i see 139 I am going to dance naked in Macy's window. I need to turn the corner.

Court tomorrow..i will not binge..I will not binge...I will not binge..

it is another outrageously GORGEOUS day here...I just had my shake ...put some raspberries and fiber in....meeting a friend for lunch and will have greek salad with grilled chicken....then dinner i'm having a shake and a hard boiled egg , getting take out for the kids ......not sure yet what my workout will be but I feel like i have to MOVE today!!! maybe go down to the track for a few laps.....

have a great day everyone..

06-05-2013, 10:07 AM
Another gorgeous day here too! I am making a huge list of stuff around the house I want to accomplish and I'm going to do it! I figure I can get some exercise by super cleaning/organizing/gardening today. I am even going to out dinner in the slow cooker, so I don't have to think about it later. I weighed 169.6 today, which is .2 down, but more importantly the second day int the 160s. I never want to see the 170s again, and I want to get through the 160s speedily. I truly never thought I was going to get out the 170s!

Zumba: Good luck tomorrow. I'll be thinking about you!

Sum: your whooshes have been amazing. I hope they keep coming.

Heidi: It's awesome when the kids get more independent, so enjoy your summer with your boys!

Carma: DH is sometimes dear husband and sometimes damn husband for me--depends on day ;)

06-05-2013, 10:16 AM
Morning All,

My vote is for the International Friendship Day, 04Aug. We can call ours International Cyber Friendship Day!

06-05-2013, 12:10 PM
Happy Wednesday! :D

I can't find the last personals post I did. Sucked into a cyber black hole I guess.

I decided what my reward will be...tickets to see "The Book of Mormon" when it comes to Denver in the fall. Tickets actually go on sale any time now, so I won't be buying them exactly on the 18th but that's ok. I've wanted to see this musical for a long time and missed out on tickets last year.

I've been surprising myself with my behaviors and attitude these last 5 months. I'm exercising with a regularity I have NEVER done on my own. I'm still counting calories and concerned about making good choices with (almost) every meal I have...for longer than I ever have before. It's giving me real hope that this time I'll not only reach my goal, but not regain. This makes me very happy!

Jennifer1966: How's the no bread plan going? Did you break out the kettlebells?

Zumba: Hang in there...you can do it without binging!! Sounds like you have a good food plan for today, and definitely get out there and move...as you know, it will help with the anxiety about tomorrow. Let us know what you decide about the house. It sounds wonderful! And yes, life takes interesting paths, doesn't it.

newleaf123: Glad you're truckin' along, right on plan! Keep up the great work! Did you come up with an at-home plan for the summer?

Sum38: You are ROCKIN' it, girl! Congrats on the new low, the smaller clothing size, and lifting even though you don't love it!. Clearly I missed an earlier post...what is WHBM? I know what you mean about the first 20 lbs not making much of a difference. So glad you're seeing the results that you're working so hard for!

soon2beskinnyCarma: I'm sorry about your DH (which means Dear Husband (DD=Dear Daughter and DS=Dear Son). You know sometimes we just need to process things, but I'm sorry he wasn't able to communicate that to you. You should be proud of the way you channeled your frustration about it though!

kelijpa: Glad you found the journaling app and are using it regularly. Every tool helps, right?

2FatCats: Hope you're doing well! I'm glad you figured out you are getting stronger!

junem: Did you go shopping yet? I hope you find something you like! It is hard to find that balance in your life. On the one hand, I don't want to be obsessed with food and what I'm eating. But on the other hand, I want to be mindful of what I eat, which requires planning as much as I reasonably can. That's one reason why during the work week, I eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and snack every day. That I way I don't have to worry about it. Dinner is the only thing I have to think about, and then I get the family to help plan and cook. Keep working to find that balance!

06-05-2013, 12:56 PM
Sw 196.8
lw 188.8
Cw 186.8

06-05-2013, 02:02 PM
MEt My Goal, Hopefully I Can Get Another CouplePounds Down

06-05-2013, 02:07 PM
Moondance: I'm so glad you are doing so well on your plan. The no bread thing is going ok, but I miss it. I bought some Ezekiel bread that I'm along to introduce next week! I have Book of Mormon tickets for next month in Cleveland. I can't wait, and DS (16) is super excited!! I think that's a great splurge!

Mboo: You are almost at challenge goal already! That's fantastic! I don't think I'll make my goal (163), but as long as I'm close, I'll be happy.

06-05-2013, 04:49 PM
Anyone hear from natamars? We lost her,. s he hasn't posted in a long time...hope she's okay.

I had my greek salad for lunch..boy was it good!!

I decided to eat food instead of shake for dinner..grilling some chicken and making spinach..spaetzle for the boys....I'm going to try and fill up on spinach.

I get a knot in my stomach t hinkng about tomorrow...i dont ever want to get divorced again....

06-05-2013, 07:02 PM
Zumba-(((hugs))) we'll all be sending positive vibes your way! I love the idea of being in tune with your body and knowing when you need to eat. That's what I'm trying to do, listen and know when I'm really hungry, not eating for emotional reasons.

Newleaf-sounds like you have a good healthy attitude for the summer. Not only do your sons know your priority, you know it and give it the importance it deserves.

Sum-so proud of you! Great job!

Moon dance-sounds like a fun reward, I'd love to see that, too!

Mboo-congrats on meeting your goal, I'm in the group that doesn't know yet what the group that's going to be close. Not giving up yet, it's still possible!

The great thing about these challenges is even if you fall off pace it brings you back.

Made 20k steps yesterday!! Journaling my intake is really helping me think about what I'm eating and starting to make me think more and more before I put it in my mouth.

Have to go plant some things DH bought me today, tomato, cabbage, cucumber plants"!

Best to all :sunny:

06-06-2013, 08:30 AM
Quick post because I am running late. Still on track lost another 0.4lbs. Husband fully out of his funk. We actually were laughing and joking around. Think him seeing the house stay clean for a few days helped. Usually he cleans it and we trash it.

06-06-2013, 08:37 AM
Thinking of you Zumba today!! :hug:

06-06-2013, 08:46 AM
Ovulation is here, ugh. I woke up all bloated; my rings that have been slipping off are now super tight. So I skipped today's weigh in. I knew scale was going to be up and it would upset me, so why make myself miserable when I know it is just bloat, but it would make me feel depressed? Tomorrow is my official weigh-in day, so I guess I have to muster up the courage to step on that scale then :) -- I want that darn 150 so bad that I can get those extensions :D

Today's plan is a busy one; weights, walk, house cleaning day and maybe a 20 minute swim after weight training session; it is always a nice way to cool down.

Sending positive thoughts at everyone!

06-06-2013, 11:19 AM
Zumba: :hug::hug:Thinking of you as well! Hoping you get the closure you deserve and can finally move forward with your life.

06-06-2013, 11:32 AM
Happy Thursday! :D

Didn't sleep well last night. I have to go in for a consultation today with an OB/GYN because I have abnormal endometrial cells in my pap. Of course, reading online about this stuff scares the crap out of you (cancer!). But I'm an optimist, so I think, well, I'm sure I'm just fine...no symptoms or other concerns. But that bad angel is whispering in my ear...and apparently I listen to her when I'm sleeping. Yikes..bad dreams for sure! It's just a consult today, with a biopsy to come later if warranted.

Zumba: I'm thinking of you today too!

Sum38: Smart move to stay off the scale. Hang in there...that 150 will be there soon! You're doing everything right.

soon2beskinnyCarma: Glad the DH is out of his funk. You can put the "fun" in Funky Husband, but it doesn't mean you want to be around them...

kelijpa: Wish I could successfully grow veggies. Sounds yummy!!

Jennifer1966: Oh, I'm jealous! You'll have to tell me how much you love the show. Ezekiel bread? What is that?

mboo: keep hitting your numbers and you'll get to goal. Keep up the good work.

06-06-2013, 12:11 PM
Moondance Sending you a ton of virtual hugs!!! I hope all goes well today.

06-06-2013, 01:23 PM
Good luck today, zumba. I hope it's not too stressful, and thAt you have some wine with friends planned for tonight!

Good luck moondance. Hopefully it's nothing :hug: I've spent many a sleepless night worrying about test results; I know how you feel...

06-06-2013, 07:59 PM
Good day today

Best to all
Especially Zumba and Moondance!!

06-06-2013, 09:16 PM
Good luck and hugs to Zumba and Moondance.

I was violently ill last night with a stomach thing, so I've spent all of today on the couch drinking pedialyte. I've only eaten saltines, so my weight should be totally out of whack tomorrow. I have to be in Columbus all day for DD's college orientation--I really hope I feel better by then. Hope everyone has a good evening.

06-06-2013, 11:32 PM
Moondance: hope all went well at the doctors
Zumba: i hope you were able to stay strong today despite the situation.
Jennifer: stomach flu sucks. Hope you feel better soon.
Sum:Definately stay off the scale til ovulation is over

06-07-2013, 08:14 AM
Boohoo :( Hate hormones. On Wednesday my weight was 150.6, today 152.2 :( So I had to log only one pound loss for the week. Well it is the overall trend right? -- BUT I lost 0.75 inches of my waist, 0.5 inches of my hips and same with bust in a week :dance: I am shrinking.

Today's plan is pretty much same as any other day's plan.
Calories around 1350-1500
Exercise: walk 4.7 miles and swim 60 minutes
Yesterday was a weight lifting day so today I get a day off, yay!

I took a huge nap yesterday; 3 hours plus I had slept 10 hours a night before and surprisingly I slept another 9 hours last night. I think all my exercise is making me tired.

So off to make some tea, and start my day.

06-07-2013, 09:24 AM
Hi all...First off I'd liek to thank you all for your wishes for me about yesterday. It means so much to me. I know we are all strangers to one another and have never met any of you in person, but I feel the good vibes and caring and I just want to say thank you.

Of all my court dates and there have been many the past two years this was by far the most stressful. my husband is using the kids as a pawn and it kills me...dont ever try and come between a mother and her children. Unless we settle soon we are going to trial..and that is going to be one long ugly scene....Jesus was sitting next to me in that courtroom yesterday and I feel like he won't let me down. Again, thank you all.....its no wonder I binge.

I really thought I would have a loss today because yesterday I was sick to my stomach and didn't eat much....oh well..stuck at around 145..my goal was to atleast be 140 by now..but national splurge day isn't here yet, we still have time , huh?

Honestly dont' believen in the Isa gen ix system anymore although I know people who did great on it. the bars are chemical tasting yesterday, I had one yesterday before court and felt like I was tasting cyanide all day..LOL...the shakes are okay but if I have two a day i'm always ravenous for dinner...sooooo....it looks like when all these shakes are done I'm doing low carb again.

I took an hour a half walk with a friend the other night and it felt great. I woke up my quads and hamstrings.

So much to do today, teaching aqua class (yay) have therapy (much needed) and then I have to pay bills, follow up on some correspondence, plan a girls night out, etc. It is raining here so I don't know if my plans to go out to an outdoor bar with a friend to see a 70s band is going to happen....

I need to get happy again....

by the way diversion guy called me unexpectedly last night. it was nice to hear from him, not sure what the motivation was because he didn't ask me out...however he is going to take a look at a house i'm interested in to give me his opinion on some renovation for income producing apartment ...

I survived another court date, I"m still alive and kicking and I still plan on getting skinny dang nabbit!!!

06-08-2013, 11:26 AM
We are one step closer to DD's college--we had summer orientation yesterday. I was still struggling physically after my disgustingly violent stomach bug Wednesday, but I managed. We ended up walking almost 6 miles, and went shopping after. I got a couple things, but mostly cute stuff for DD. we both decided her college is dangerously close to Easton Town Center where they have all of her favorites! Unfortunately she definitely inherited my shopping gene.

If there's an upside to what I believe was food poisoning (came on very suddenly, was sicker than I've ever been, blacked out for first time in life), I am down to 167.8, which is almost 2 pounds. I'm hoping I can keep it off, but we have 2 parties today--a graduation and friends are home from Amsterdam for a visit. There will be tons of food and booze at both. Must behave!

Zumba: I'm glad you made it through yesterday, and I'm crossing my fingers you don't have to go to court. What a creep to use your kids as pawns! You need a good girls' night out!!

Sum: Yay for shrinking!! Who cares what the scale says when the measuring tape does not lie!!

Moondance: I hope the consultation went well. Ezekiel bread is sprouted grain bread--supposed to be better for you? Something about the way we digest it.

I hope everyone else has a fantastic Saturday!

06-08-2013, 05:26 PM
hi all...had a bit of a binge last night..holding steady at 145..... I think I am going to do my last Isa gen ix cleanse tomorrow and Monday. I'd be happy if that got five lbs off....then I"ll be down for the home stretch!!

Slept in late and got my hair done..boy does it take LONG to have my roots done and hair blown out.....It looks great but I have nowhere to go..LOL...plan on getting squats in today and a DVD..not sure which one I'm going to do, maybe i'll play around with my kettle bells.....

diversion guy is looking at the house I want to buy to give me some of his professional advice about renovation (he's in that business) and I wonder if this is a business meeting or a social one.....either way this is going to happen monday night and I need to look gorgeous for it...AND SKINNY... is there an emoticon of someone struggling to get into spanx?

06-08-2013, 07:45 PM
@Zumba: yep to the emoticon for squeezing into spanx!:tantrum:

Or maybe: :sumo:


06-09-2013, 12:10 AM
bahahahahaha...love those emoticons.....

06-09-2013, 12:19 AM
Ugh, went like 1100 calories at the neighborhood block party but was a great time and tomorrow is another day.

06-09-2013, 07:02 AM
Guys, just wanted to post a quick update since I've been MIA. My mom is not doing well. She started hospice care last week. For now she's staying in her home and having nurses come in. I've been a total wreck..the stress made my costochondritis flare up, and I've been having pain and panic.

I haven't focused on my food or exercise at all. My energy is so sapped.

I still want to try to turn this around, since I know I'm going to need a lot of strength to get through this time and a healthy diet and exercise will help with that.

I feel better for just having posted here. I'll be back soon.

06-09-2013, 07:20 AM
Like the little sumo guy!! :D

We bought a new scale yesterday, supposed body fat analysis, I was having some fun with it yesterday (ignoring the weight number of course), can't tell you how many times I weighed myself...geek...it got me thinking about where I must have been when I started, probably 50%.

Carma~glad things turned around for you and DH!

so anyway, still hopeful about meeting my goal, still have 9 days...:D

best to all

06-09-2013, 10:17 AM
Natamars: My mom has been on hospice since April. My sister had to stop all exercise and journaling as she lives with her. I have kept up with it only because my Mom has wanted me to lose weight for years and me obsessing about my calorie intake is the only control I have in an unpredictable time. Does the hospice you use do hand photos? We had my moms done with my 3 siblings and mine its nice to have.
Kelipa: enjoy the new scale. Kindof regretting i didn't get the body fat one now.
Zumba: those emoticons were funny. You will look fabulous for the meeting i am sure.

06-09-2013, 12:08 PM
Natamars: :hug::hug:

06-10-2013, 08:26 AM
Greeting from rainy Michigan :sunny:

I had a busy weekend with DS's baseball tourney. Ate like a pig and scale is sky high. So today back OP...I doubt if I make my goal unless a miracle happens. I can't believe I was 0.6 pounds away from it a week ago and now I am 5 pounds away.

06-10-2013, 08:27 AM
Nat sending you lots and lots of virtual hugs! Stay strong! :hug:

06-10-2013, 01:13 PM
Natamars- wishing you the best through tough times. Even if you can't exercise eating as healthy as you can will help you stay strong.

Carma- hugs to you as we'll.


06-10-2013, 02:23 PM
Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. ~Thomas L. Holdcroft

:hug: to all!

06-10-2013, 05:21 PM
NAT: I'm so sorry that you are going through this. When my Dad was at the end I wasn't eating from stress and lost a lot of weight, I had deep dark circles under my eyes....I wasn't taking care of myself, and i know that isn't what he would have wanted. Please don't worry about exercise and diet at a time like this, but DO remember to eat healthy and drink water. I'm so sorry......I had a feeling something was going on because you haen't logged on for a while..know that your three chicks family is here for you!!!!!!!

06-10-2013, 05:26 PM
Still at 145...trying to cleanse today but it isn't easy. Cheated a few times so I guess its all a wash. I'll be happy to weigh this same weight tomorrow.

Im' going to see diversion guy in a few hours and i"m nervous....we haven't seen one another in a month and its been a while since our memorial weekend break up...but he offered to help and i'm taking him up on it. I wonder if he's just being nice or he really wants to see me and this is a good excuse..I have a feeling he isn't interested anymore, he's just being a "friend" but im going to look all glam anyway...not easy to do in this MONSOON we're having...grrrrrrrr..........

If I get this house i'll have something to be happy and excited about. It is by no means the mansion that I am living in now, but it will be MINE. I want a fresh new start. Pray for me ladies that it happens. DH is being a real Prick and not settling so I"m waiting longer for my half of our money. I truly believe he is an evil man and it is a miracle i stayed married to him for as long as I did....

06-10-2013, 05:41 PM
SUM: you will get to goal. YOu know that is all bloat that you gained, you will get it off again.....I really want to lose five lbs also to feel like I've accomplished something..who would ever think it would be this hard??? If I see 145 again on the scale tomorro morning i'm going to scream!!

Did a hard toning class today and a half hour of cardio.....food shopping should count as exercises, I had to carry all those heavy bags into the house.that should count at weight lifting!!!

06-10-2013, 07:41 PM
Happy Monday! :D

Consult was ok on Thursday. Biopsy scheduled for this Thursday, just to rule things out. I've decided to not worry until I have something to worry about.

Weekend was spend gardening. I'm replacing old mulch with new plus planting some flowers. My lower back is killing me (as is my butt, from sitting on odd-shaped stones while pulling weeds from the rock garden, where the old mulch is going). I ate too much sugar (i.e., chocolate), but otherwise I did ok.

Zumba: Sorry things have turned ugly. I'm glad you come here to lean on us for some support. How'd it go with diversion guy? I hope the house works out for you. I can only imagine how good that will make you feel.

2FatCats: :hug: back at you!! I like the sumo guy for spandex pulling.

kelijpa: do you feel your new scale is accurate?

natamars: It's not an easy time for you. Do what you can to take care of yourself. Sending hugs your way! :hug:

Sum38: Hey, stranger things have happened... Goal is always a possibility! :D

soon2beskinnyCarma: Hope you're having a good day!

Hi to anyone I missed.

06-10-2013, 09:01 PM
[quote=2FatCats;4768546]Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. ~Thomas L. Holdcroft

Fabulous Quote 2 FatCats. Up with the positive. Love it.
Zumba: Hope all goes well with you and diversion guy.
Sum: I gained too but was back at the healthy today.
Moondance: Great attitude to have and hope all goes smoothly with the biopsy and there isn't a lot of waiting around.

Hugs to all. :hug:

06-10-2013, 09:23 PM
Moondance: Good attitude about the worrying!
After the v-ultrasound found a super thick endometrial lining, fibroids and a cyst on my right ovary I had a biopsy at the beginning of this year.
Biopsy revealed no cancer cells but still ended up having a D&C and a hydrothermal ablation in March (due to the severity of symptoms). So far so good, though!
Great that you are getting everything checked out! Early detection and all that jazz is crucial!

06-11-2013, 08:20 AM
Weighed in at 218.4. Exercise, water and diet good for 2 days. Lets see if I can make it a week.

06-11-2013, 09:02 AM
My trip to 155.4 made me realize that I am ready for the 140's and not afraid anymore. I want them. Scale went down nearly 2 pounds with clean eating.

Plan for today is to cleanse a bit; no dairy and only 4 oz of meat.
Sliced tomatoes & Roasted eggplant
Salad with veggies with olive oil and spices (no meat, cheese or dressing)
Watermelon and peaches
Shepperd's Pie (homemade)
Fruits and veggies

Walk 4.7 miles
Weight Lifting 45 min
Mow the lawn :D -- I have a push mover and it takes me about an our to mow.

Weight: 153.6
Down: 1.8 pounds

06-11-2013, 09:13 AM
Zumba My DH says that men do not talk to women unless they are interested in them. So I have a feeling he want to be more than friends and this was just a very fitting excuse to call you and see you again. How did it go??

Carma We can do this!! The whole week! And the next and the one after that!!

2FatCats Thanks for the daily quotes. I used to do that on my FB. I love reading them!! I may even steal some and put them on my FB.

Moondance I will be sending good vibes at your way. You have a beautiful attitude towards this! :hug:

kelijpa I received a new scale for my bday and I am still having fun with it :D I record my fat% and muscle mass daily on my spreadsheet :) -- Enjoy!

:wave: to Jennifer and Heidi Where are you ladies?

06-11-2013, 10:46 AM
Good morning all!! Another overcast and rainy day here, but boy do my garden and flowers look great!! I weighed 167.6 this morning, which is pretty good for me. I'm not going to make my 10 pound goal for this challenge though. If I can get to 165, that would be 8 pounds, and I would be thrilled. (I am still getting my splurge though;)) May was not a good weight loss month for me, I have already lost almost as much in June! If my momentum can continue, I will be thrilled!

06-11-2013, 11:13 AM
Hi, everyone. Thanks for the wave sum!

I haven't been around. My reading glasses broke, and without them... well, it's hard to read! I finally bought a cheap pair at CVS the other night, but they are kind of distorted; I'm going to pick up my real pair (repaired) this morning.

I haven't been eating well, up to 153.5. But no measurement changes. Need to get back on track. I guess I really want to be in maintenance... just need to get there first -- I'm jumping the gun!

And for 2fatCats, an avatar change. My only pair of size 8 pants, from 2007, and they fit! But this back view certainly confirms I need to slim down a bit more... I'm on it!

06-11-2013, 11:22 AM
Dang, Heidi, I think those size 8s look pretty good! I'm still waiting for my 10s to fit!

I need to change my avatar too. DH said last night that I "look good in that pic, but look thinner now." I was probably about 10-15 pounds heavier.

06-11-2013, 12:33 PM
Thanks, Jennifer! I appreciate the compliment!! Looking forward to seeing your new avatar :)

06-11-2013, 12:36 PM
:D Thanks Heidi!

The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -. ― Heraclitus

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. ~Jack Dixon

06-11-2013, 12:48 PM
@Heidi Since we're showing our backsides...:D

06-11-2013, 01:18 PM
2fatCatsWOW!!! What is your BF% now? You are looking lean, muscular,and awesome,! Re my avatar change, I wouldn't want to disappoint Heraclitus.

06-11-2013, 02:35 PM
Happy Tuesday! :D

Gaaack. I'm so sick of dancing around with my weight. It's coming off soooo slow. Some days it can be so hard to look at some of the other ladies here and see they've lost 15 pounds since the end of March, or almost 40 pounds since Jan. I'm not even at 20 pounds lost since January 6. Average 3 pounds per month. I'm exercising like I never have before, both cardio and weights, I've been so good with my calorie counts, eating as much homemade and whole foods as I reasonably can. The payoff is almost too slow in coming. Where's the incentive to keep going? I don't feel stronger, my stamina doesn't seem any better than before. My clothing size has only gone down by one...sorta. *sigh* I know everyone's different and that a slow loss usually means long term success. But dang it, I need a whoosh! Okay...pity party over. Thanks.

2FatCats: Holy cow, girl! Talk about impressive "gams"!

Jennifer1966: lets see that new pic!

newleaf123: You look Mah-velous! I'm a glasses gal too. If mine broke, I'd be sunk (no driving, no reading of any kind except like 28 point font).

Sum38: Glad you're ready to move forward.

Carma: You can do it! One day at a time and soon it adds up to a week.

ETA: Got my Book of Mormon tickets yesterday. Show isn't until Nov 6, but I'm very excited. Maybe by then I'll be out of the 180's (see rant at beginning of this post).

06-11-2013, 02:41 PM
Moondance, thanks for the compliment! Best of luck on Thursday... deciding not to worry is definitely the way to go! Fingers crossed that it's nothing, and that those reassuring results come quickly :hug: Oh, and as for the slowness of loss... I guess the only thing I can do is congratulate you for sticking with it; I will draw on your inspiration!

06-11-2013, 04:53 PM
@Heidi and Moondance you make me :o We're ALL looking great these days! The bf% is running about 18-19% and all of it seems to still be in my kanga pooch. Time and weights, I keep telling myself, time and weights.
My hubby took that pic while we were working out - I had no idea. When I saw it I said holy Sh$t - Are those MY legs? I don't get to see the back view. Hubby said he'd keep a watch on it for me. *sigh*

Sum- that's one more reason that I LOVE lifting weights! Errr- two more! 140's here you come!!

Carma- Way to go! Start with one day at a time, then one week at a time, then month by month and before you know it - it'll be year by year.

Moondance We all have those moments of 'why bother'. But you're right to shake it off and get back to it. Better to have the scale slowly creep down than slowly creep up.
Self-doubt hits all of us, I think. Sometimes I ask myself why lift weights - even if I get bigger arm muscles - the skin over them is all stretched marked to Hades. It's like a present wrapped in used and previously wadded up paper. Then I thought about how many people have been or are currently overweight. And I figure most of them have some sort of stretch mark somewhere, right? So people know all about them and are probably all-too-familiar with their own. I figure folks can look all they want at my 'battle scars from fighting the fat war' and know that I won.

06-11-2013, 05:17 PM
Could I get honest opinions of my profile collage? I am trying to decide if I should post my 'goal' story with pics but I would like honest feedback before I open it up to the masses. Just click on my avatar... *gulp*

06-11-2013, 05:37 PM
2FatCats: Talk about an inspiration! woowee! :yikes: No wonder your husband is keeping an eye on you!

I have two opinions. One from the personal side, one from my professional side.

Personal first. Yes... post it (or whatever it's called)! You have so much to be proud of and it's ok to toot your own horn. This is the right audience and you'll get nothing but praise and congratulations for your hard work. Yes, it's a little scary putting yourself out there. But OWN it, girl. You did the work, you certainly deserve to get the glory.

Professional (and no hurt feelings if you ignore it :)): from a design standpoint, we read left to right, top to bottom. I had to look at it for awhile to understand how the images were arranged. To tell the story simply and easily, go chronologically as if you were reading words on a page. Start to finish. Make sense?

I also wanted to add, that for some, making your current self and your journey public, you become more accountable for maintaining, too.

Congratulations on how far you've come.

06-11-2013, 05:42 PM
Could I get honest opinions of my profile collage? I am trying to decide if I should post my 'goal' story with pics but I would like honest feedback before I open it up to the masses. Just click on my avatar... *gulp*

Wow! I think that the profile collage is amazing!! If I were to change anything, it would be to swap out the frontal after photo in the blue top and change it to the one you had in your avatar until recently with the hot pink top. You look so tall, slim, and healthy in that one, and while the blue top one is absolutely fine, I don't think it does as much justice to the new you.

You are beautiful, at every weight. I'm so glad you joined us and we got to be part of the transformation!

06-11-2013, 06:10 PM
Hello Friends,

Just some personals before I start making supper.....I dread cooking lately, I find no enjoyment in it like I used to....

MOONDANCE; I hate to play professional here but I want to ask you this. Do you have a thyroid or adrenal gland issue? Sometiems that makes losing weight harder if not impossible even with doing all the right things. Something just sounds amiss here because you're doing all the right things...My weight is at a standstill also but I know it is because i"m not doing what i'm supposed to be doing. Hang in there......

2fatcats, you have amazing legs..im beyond jealous but happy for you and admire all your hard work.

SUM...more on your husband's theory later when I talk aabout myself...LOL...

NAT: i continue to think about you and pray for you......

06-11-2013, 06:21 PM
Hi everybody..I couldn't go through that second day of Isa gen ix cleanse..I just can't do this crappola anymore. I did manage to get below 145 but not by much. I broke down last night and had cookies, it isn't like I really even enjoyed them. Chips ahoy are gross.......

I still want to get down to 140 by the end of this challenge and i'm going to have to be really strict to do it....going low carb with an occasional isa gen ix shake or bar to get by. I don't have much of a social life anymore so there won't be any more temptation at restaurants.

Sum you asked me how it went with diversion guy...well I don't know. He took a look at the house that I want to buy and gave me some great advice, said he would do the fireplace over for me if I buy the home , gave me a hug and a kiss goodbye (and it wasn't like you would kiss your sister) and said for me to call him. At the same time he didn't ask me for a date so I don't knwo what to think. Maybe your husband is right, but this is just an extremely friendly nice guy so maybe he wanted to do me a favor.....maybe he's one of these men that stay friends with all the women who dates...My head hurts trying to figure it out....I won't be calling him, atleast not for a long while. I refuse to chase a man, and I want to focus on me right now. I know my worth, i need to find someone that knows it also ...please give me your opinion....

06-11-2013, 06:32 PM
Thanks ladies, reorganizing now.

06-11-2013, 08:22 PM
Zumba: I think your right. Don't chase him. If he wants to be friends then he will call you for friendly outings. If he wants more he will go nuts that your not calling and eventually call you. Plus bonus of focusing on you is you win ultimately in being a stronger you.
2 fatcats: Did you only start weightlifting in December? Because holy crap those are some amazing legs. Keep this up and you could be a fitness model. Nice that your husband will keep your rear view his main duty. As far as the quotes go, I totally stole the 2nd one and posted it on one of my favorite doctors facebook page. He is always coming out with stuff like that must be his Indian background with Eastern philosopy. And thanks for the support one day at a time.
Moondance: Hang in there, 2lbs a month is perfectly fine weightloss. But I agree with Zumba, if you haven't had your labwork checked thyroid could be an issue.
Sum: thanks for your support, we can do this together.
Jennifer: I agree the rain is really helping with the garden's and as long as it's not lightning I decided I can walk in it.
Natamars: Hugs going your way.
Heidi: I agree with Jennifer those size 8's look good. I fit into a pair of size 16 today, granted they are womens 16 which are cut tighter but considering I started the year wearing size 20-22 I am pretty pleased.

06-11-2013, 08:27 PM
As for my day. I have stuck well within my calories. The rain is starting to let up so I should be able to get my second walk in. Got to weightlift today for all 4 classes so I will do some lunges when I get back from the walk and one more set of 20 squats with 10lbs. Then some yoga stretches. I need to try and get into a weight lifting routine. I am kinda hit or miss with that.
I decided to try and get 2 walks in a day, as I heard that you don't burn calories unless working over a half an hour and I know a half an hour is good for your heart. So one walk a day for my heart, one walk a day for my A**.
Hope you all have a great night,
Carma :hug:

06-11-2013, 08:30 PM
Ugh, the rain started again. Maybe I will do 30 minutes of low impact aerobics instead because I definitely hear thunder. :(

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06-11-2013, 10:10 PM
Okay ladies, rearranged the profile photo collage thingy. Great advice, Moondance. I took it, I think! Heidi: I squeezed the pink shot in, too. Tell me if its too crowded?

Now - anyone else care to weigh in before I post it to the masses in the 'goal' album tomorrow? Just click on my avatar and let me know if it's public public ready.

Carma: Thanks! I started weights 31Dec - losing weight on 10Dec (this time...). I abhor running but I do walk a lot, too. That probably helps the 'gams'!

Zumba: My take on DG: If it's this hard and confusing already...what's it going to be like a little further down the pike? Isn't the beginning supposed to be all roses and sunshine and smiles and goose bumps and all things nice? The 'honeymoon' phase as it were? I get that everything takes hard work - but why add to your already high stress level? You deserve to be happy and loved - and relaxed! You are worth it!

06-11-2013, 10:38 PM
2fatCats - love it! Definitely tells a story now... Nice!

06-11-2013, 11:03 PM
2FatCats: your collage is fabulous! You look amazing and it illustrates your journey very well!

Zumba: I think you are spot on with not calling him. Focus on you and leave those types of complications for when you have more time and energy for them (I'm guessing you won't want to then). It was nice of him to help you with the house you're interested in. Maybe you can just be friends.

06-12-2013, 09:04 AM
Wow, wow and wow...all sorts of wonderful progress pix out here;

Heidi and 2FC!! You two are such an inspiration! Heidi; you look perfect the way you are; no need to feel that more weight needs to come off. 2FC I love your pictures. Quite a journey you took; definitely 3FC needs a goal story!!

Zumba I'll echo what others have said, unless you just want to have some "fun" and don't want to get emotionally attached. To me sounds like that he really likes you, but is not ready to take that next step. Give him some time.

Jennifer New pix please!!!!!

Carma FAB day for you!! Did you get your walk in or just stayed indoors to work out?

Moondance Thinking of you today!!! :love: -- My weightloss has come to a crawl as well. I lost 3 pounds last months and to be perfectly honest, I will be happy if I were to drop 3 this month. So hang in there!!! It is a marathon, not a sprint.


Scale went down a bit more, I'm actually back at my ticker weight. If I manage to have another day like yesterday I may even see 151.x on my scale tomorrow and that would mean I could possibly reach my goal by the 18th...woot! At least be somewhere around 150.x -- This was not fun; meaning doing the low 150's all over again! Yet another lesson why over indulging is not worth it.

Funny thing; I am sort of happy that I did not drop the pounds before this summer. I have such a wonderful wardrobe at the moment that it would had been such a shame not to be able to use them. Now I get to dress up each day in different styles...

Plan for today
Tomato slices with eggplant
Dill (fresh from garden :drool:)/cucumber salad
Peaches, cherries and watermelon
Grilled chicken
Grilled veggie medley
Brown Rice

Weight: 152.2
Down: 1.4 pounds

06-12-2013, 09:28 AM
“I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.” ~Robert Schuller

Go lose those pounds/inches/fat today, ladies!

06-12-2013, 09:30 AM
Hi all, I thought that I had replied to this but I guess I have not. yes, you are all right, I shouldn't call him and i'm not. He knows where to find me. we are both going through ugly divorces and he cant handle the stress as well as I am. this wasn't a normal dating relationship from the start. it makes me sad but i don't have time for anyone else's issues, I've got my own.

still at the same weight this mrning, surprised that thre is no gain because last night i fell off the wagon and had bread and butter....I was jonesin' for some carbs big time.

I dont have to teach class today so today is all mine to work out as I wish. Insomnia is kicking my behind and i feel like going back to bed now....Low carb today and maybe a shake .....

have a good day everyone...

06-12-2013, 09:39 AM
Good morning! Wifi is down and so I'm on my phone. Please excuse typos. I was at 167.2 today, which makes me happy! I am so glad scale is moving faster in June than May! I'm going to try to reset the wifi so I can use the iPad. This is driving me nuts!

06-12-2013, 10:21 AM
Morning, everyone! Nothing new here, but checking in. Holding steady below 155, which was my goal for this challenge, so that's good. Would like to get below 150, my next hurdle.

06-12-2013, 11:11 AM
Happy Wednesday! :D

Who knew Thai food has so much sodium?? I guess I should have. scale is up 3 whole pounds this morning. And I only ate half the plate. Yikes. but I'm not stressing about it, as I know the excess will be gone in a couple of days if I keep up with my water intake. I had dinner with a good friend I haven't been able to spend much time with in the last few years so it was totally worth it!

newleaf123: Glad to see you and hear that you're holding steady! Have a great day!

Jennifer1966: Oh how dependent we've all become on our electronics! Can you remember having to call someone on a rotary phone if you needed some kind of emotional support? Hope you get things up and running again soon!

Zumbachica: Good plan. And yes, the divorce will be over and you'll be able to put it all behind you. The insomnia things stinks. Sorry you're going through that. Hope you have a good "you" day! Oh, and I had my bloodwork done just last month. Thyroid is normal. Don't know about adrenal glands. I'll have to ask.

2FatCats: Thanks for the cheering section! Hope you have a great, on-plan day today too! The new collage is great! Congratulations again!

Sum38: How funny, I too have an awesome summer wardrobe right now and have thought on more than one occasion that I will miss this shirt or that skirt when I can no longer wear it. But then I think of the new pieces I can buy that I will love just as much. And yes, I'm in it for the duration and know you are too. Sometimes we need a tidbit of reward... hey...how about some new clothes??

Carma: Sorry the rain is making you redo your exercise plans. The important part is that you're making adjustments, not canceling!

06-12-2013, 11:17 AM
Sw 196.8
lw 186.8
Cw 185.4

06-12-2013, 02:51 PM
Ok, 2fatCats inspired me. Click on my avatar to see my progress :)

06-12-2013, 04:20 PM
Wow, Heidi! What a difference! You look amazing.

06-12-2013, 05:15 PM
@Heidi: Wow yourself, sexy lady!

06-12-2013, 05:23 PM
In my world, tank tops are reserved for yardwork. I have gradually introduced them to walks around the neighborhood.

And today: wore a tank into the grocery store. The local corner store where I know folks.

Go me!

06-12-2013, 09:03 PM
Hi guys,
Sorry about the strange title but I can't get that Geico Camel commercial out of my head. Love that commercial.
Today was another whoosh on the scale 216.6. If I keep this up I will beat my own independence day goal of 215. I think I just put get under 220 for the challenge here because each time I got down as low as 222 I would bounce back up to 227 or so. So I was pretty scared on Monday when I saw 220 on the scale and figured I better hit the exercise hard. I need to make sure my water intake is on target and learn self control at parties. Which I just found out about another one this Saturday. I think I will go armed with something lower calorie and if there is pasta or potato salad there I will forgo the bun for my hotdog or burger.
My daughter has a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village in Mass. I recall a lot of walking. I am sure it will be some stop and some go but figure I should be walking at least 2 hrs.
My mom is starting to go down hill so if I go missing in action I will try and remember to check in at least once a week.
Now for replies/comments
Sum: I didn't get to walk outside due to the rain but another feed on here was talking about Leslie Sansone walking on You tube. So I went to that to check it out. She tricked me into thinking I would just be walking and was pleasantly surprised to find I could almost keep up with most of her moves. The double counts always throw me. Also congrats on the scale drop.:carrot:

Jennifer: I agree with your husband you look skinnier in the new picture. Great job on the further weight loss. :D

Zumba: Good job stay strong don't call him. Sorry to hear you fell off the wagon. I keep seeing you have a carb issue. Have you ever tried just calorie counting. I know some people have to cut out carbs to lose weight but I was just curious as the calorie counting does not really restrict carbs and I find if I have a carb and a protein. I do okay. :cool:

2 fat cats: love the quote today. I was telling my coworker about how great you did with the weightlifting. He basically said. Carma, you know you can do that too because you are so strong. You have been lifting that body up and down for years. Now just mix it up with some weights. Looking at this in writing I can see how it might not have come off as a sincere encouragement but trust me it was. I plan on researching to be able to do weights 6 days a week. I am assuming you take a day off at least one day a week.:yes: Oh and yeah go you for rocking the tank top!
Heidi: A maintain is better than a gain:cb:. PS lots of inspiration from your photo's. I just wish I had done some and measuring. I have some before weight loss and one from after 10 lbs.

Moondance: I was just advising a cardiac patient on how much sodium was in Thai food. I did research for her and came across a low sodium red curry recipe unfortunately I left it at work . I think the recipe had only 350 mg sodium. But I agree with you, time spent with a good friend would have been totally worth the sodium. :kickbutt:
Mboo: good job on the weight loss. :cool:

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06-12-2013, 09:16 PM
Carma- I only lift 3x a week. And no cardio unless you count dog walks! 6x is way too much- you need a day between to rest and rebuild muscles. And YES YOU CAN DO IT!! Look into the book: New Rules of Lifting Supercharged. It's how I started after a chicky here recommended it!

Jennifer: looking sexy, too, lady! WooHoo!

06-12-2013, 09:41 PM
Jennifer love the new photo!! Your husband was right... you are definitely slimmer!! WTG!

06-12-2013, 10:16 PM
2 fat cats: thanks I will look into it. So you must basically do a total body workout 3 days a week. My friend had said I could do that or divide it up into muscle groups.

06-13-2013, 07:59 AM
Morning :sunny:

I am so happy this am....all the weekend bloat is gone and I am at lowest weight during this journey 150.2 :woohoo: -- One of the ladies I got to know here at 3FC's used to swear by "spike days", once per week she would splurge on calories and she kept dropping weight. Well I did splurge and hopefully I will show a nice drop on my Friday's official weigh-in day. Maybe she was on to something?? -- But I'm going stay OP for the next few days I will most likely meet my Splurge Day goal. Looking forward to those eye lashes!!

Plan for today
Walk 4.7 miles
Swim 45-60 min

Open face sandwich w/
Hard boiled egg
Gluten free bread
Sliced tomatoes and home grown basil

Salad with veggies and 3 oz baked chicken breast

Salmon with baby potatoes and asparagus

Weight 150.2
Down 2 pounds

06-13-2013, 08:02 AM
Sounds like a good plan Sum.
Ugh, my dog took off this morning and now we have to deal with that issue on field trip day. My daughter is devastated. He's done it before but she can't remember it.

06-13-2013, 10:08 AM
2fatCats It occurred to me yesterday... how are you doing on food these days? I remember you talking about planning to eat more to add more muscle once you hit goal, sometimes I misremember though LOL Hey, I'm eagerly waiting over here to read your goal story... Good for you, getting up the courage for a tank top. I'm sure the only one focused on your arms is you. Everyone else only sees how awesome you look.

Sum So glad you are mentally ready for the 140s because here they come!! So happy for your woosh; I LOVE that feeling of being at a new low... keep it up! Thanks for your compliments on my physique! And ditch the clothes, no matter how cute! (assuming you can afford to buy more, otherwise... keep them)

Jennifer You are looking so slim! Must be nice to have the graduation party season behind you now...

Moondance I know it's frustrating to lose slowly... hang in there! 18 pounds is huge! Good luck with your procedure today :hug: And, I knew that Thai food had so much sodium, actually all restaurant food seems to, unless you get just a plain salad with all the "good stuff" taken off. Makes restaurants depressing... And if you think Thai is bad, try Indian. Ugh, pounds and pounds of bloat from that one!

Natamars :hug: Hope you're doing okay...

Zumba Sounds like you've got a plan re: distraction guy. You've both got a lot going on, it seems. Sorry the divorce is horrendous :hug:

Soon2BskinnyCarma You are doing wonderfully; going from a 20/22 to a 16 is AWESOME!! You must look & feel great! I'm no expert, but I don't personally believe that you don't burn calories unless you are going for 30 minutes. Burning calories is burning calories. But I think the idea of doing 2 30 min walks a day is great! And look at your weight dropping; awesome! Awwwwww, Sturbridge Village. I went on a field trip there in 1975! Brings back fuzzy memories... Good luck with your mother :hug: And trust me, that photo from behind wasn't a planned before shot. Talk about feeling sad when I first found that, ugh. I have no idea who shot that or when, ugh. And I wish I had measurements from the beginning, too, but I don't. Such is life. I plan to never get back there again to find out exactly how many cm I was LOL Hope you got your dog back by now...

mboo So close to your goal!! Keep it up!!

Here, not much new. I'm doing the same thing in this 5 pound band as I did 155 - 159.9. Up down, up down. Need to maintain focus for more than a day or two if I want to see results LOL But I know this... and I will get there. 152.3 this AM. How I wish I could see a woosh from a spike day, sum! Even though school has only been out for a week, feels like the lazy days of summer around here. I need to start shaking things up!

06-13-2013, 10:15 AM
Wow, just skimmed through everyones' posts..you are all doing amazing. Not me..I'm in the same stinky place, but atleast I didn't gain all the weight back...i made a great pasta dish for dinner last night for the boys and wound up eating some of it myself, thought I would see a giant spike on the scale today but i didn't....in fact I lost a few ounces. Go figure. I'm under 145 and hoping to see a swoosh soon. I think i need to see it mentally....

Ive been taking long walks when i can with two of my friends. We talk and it makes the time fly by. My ankle kind of hurts today from last nights walk, not sure why because I had pretty good running sneakers on. (i would never walk in my zumba sneakers). Hoping to just shake it off in class this morning. Teaching zumba , then going to look at a car that I want to buy (the first time i'm buying a car without my dad or my husband with me) and then a much needed therapy session. We talked about my eating issues a litlte bit last time I was there but there really isn't anything he can tell me about that that I don't already know.

I may have an auditoin tomorrow for a higher end gym but i'm not sure if I'm going to go or not. I feel too fat to be considered..and I just feel like I don't fit the image that these gyms are looking for.....

06-13-2013, 10:19 AM
Good morning, all! I am having a great day so far. We were supposed to get horrible storms last night, but if we did, I slept through them! I was afraid I'd be up all night listening to storms and the tornado sirens. I also weighed 166.6 this morning, which is my lowest in years! I'm not sure why the weight is coming off in June where it wasn't in May, but I'm not complaining! My challenge goal was 10 pounds, which would put me at 163--not going to happen! If I can get to 165._ in the next 5 days though, I'm going to be ecstatic and call it a win!!

Sum: Wow!! You are really doing well! So exciting to be that close to the 140s!!

Carma: I hope your dog comes home soon. Mine do the same occasionally. The field trip sounds like a great time! (And good exercise). I'm no expert on lifting, but I would think 3x a week is plenty.

Heidi: Thanks! The angle is a tad strange, but DS took it for me. His 16 year Old self thought the whole undertaking a tad ridiculous!

2FatCats: I'm sure you rocked the tank!

Moondance: Friends are definitely worth the sodium gain! My BFF is in town from Idaho, is I know we will do lots of eating and drinking. She's from an extremely small town where she has to drive 80 miles for a decent restaurant, so coming home is a culinary treat!

Mboo: Wow! You are so close to your challenge goal!

Everyone else: Have a fantastic day!!

06-13-2013, 10:24 AM
Zumba: Im glad you're down a couple of ounces. A loss is a loss and all that! I'm hoping you see a whoosh soon too. Good luck on the car shopping, and don't let negative thoughts get to you. Audition--you never know...

06-13-2013, 11:23 AM
Happy Thursday! :D

THE SCALE IS GOING UP!!??!! Is it the Thai food still or is it stress? Probably both. Went up another pound (187-crap!). My stress level is pretty darn high right now. 1) I have my biopsy today. I may talk a good game about not worrying about it, and on the surface I haven't been, but it's lurking there in the background. 2) I'm not too far from the wildfires in Colorado. I live in a wooded area and my neighborhood could go just like this one has. Once again, we're packing "fire" boxes. Important papers, photo albums, momentos and other items. Have you ever walked through your house and looked at everything and had to decide how deep your devastation would be if it were burned? Furniture not included cause you can't move out of your house. Not fun. 3) Rehearsals for my show are going fine but the music is difficult, memorizing lines gets harder as I get older and I just don't have the time to dedicate to working on it on my own time. This last one is self-induced, but stressful nonetheless. 4) because of #1-#3, I'm moody and b!tchy, which makes me fight with my DH. He hasn't been a source of comfort but another adversary. Sucks. I guess it should be no surprise the scale is going up, especially when I ate two (yes 2) Hershey chocolate bars yesterday. :o

Wow...that got long. Sorry. Guess I needed to let it out. Thanks! :dizzy:

Jennifer1966: So happy for you that the scale is dropping like a rock. How awesome!! :yay:

Zumba: I love long walks with my friends too. Good company (and a little gossip!) sure makes the time fly! Hope your ankle is better today. About that audition: I say go for it. You won't know unless you try. Don't assume you know what they're looking for. Last fall I applied for a job I didn't think I would get...and what do you know, I got it. Life is short...have no regrets! :cheer2:

newleaf123: Don't you just hate dancing around with the same 4-5 pounds? Sheesh. I think our bodies have to go through an adjustment period for every now and again. That's probably all it is for you. :goodvibes

Carma: Has the doggy come home yet? So glad you're getting whooshes too! Sorry to hear about your mom. :hug:

Sum: You are ROCKIN' it, girl! Congrats!!! You'll have to take before and after pics of the eyelashes. I know I'm quite curious! :chin:

2FatCats: Wear that tank top, girl. Why not? Who's looking at your arms? No one! Something I tell my daughters when they whine about this or that regarding their looks: Everyone in the room is worried about their own "negatives", thinking everyone's looking at them and judging. Well, if everyone is thinking about themselves and worrying, they're not looking at you, judging. People are hard on themselves! ;)

06-13-2013, 04:50 PM
@Moondance: Hoping everything went well at the dr. today. And in a week when you get the results! :hug:
Not much to add to the #1-4 except that letting it out helps sometimes. That's what your virtual friends are for!
If the scale goes up more than a half pound - water retention is always my first culprit.
And don't get mad at yourself for a lapse (choco bars) because we all have them. The danger is letting those lapses pile up and then it's a relapse! Which will stress you out more...rinse and repeat cycle. I think that by identifying the emotions behind the eating - you are one step ahead of the game.

Jen :carrot: for the drop!

Sum There is nothing stopping you now, girl! Go get those lashes - you've earned them! Just keep thinking of those and you'll make it!

Zumba As for not feeling fit enough for the 'high end
gym'. I would want to be trained by someone that understood the hard road and struggles that finally lead to health and fitness. Not some tiny little Barbie that had never been anything but skinny. It makes you more human and easier to relate to, IMHO. Go for it!

CarmaPoor pooch! Hope he/she finds her way home!

Heidi Those last few pounds seem to be the hardest of them - but they're worth it! I think it's the Paper Towel Theory by Bob White:
The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area - just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.
While the outside sheet may only cover 1 layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you 4 times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same - your perception is just different! And you'll never see the inside, if you aren't patient while the outside is coming off! - Bob White

And that I get comfy in my 'new' skin and relax the eating... On that note- you asked about my eating...
I eat ice cream. Every. Day. 130g (1 cup) @ 227cals of Edy coconut cookie (samoas ice cream). And I enjoy every spoonful. :D Other than that my average is about 2200 calories- 140ish protein, 240g carbs, 60g fat. It works for now because I am still slowly losing so I plan to keep on eating the ice cream AND an occasional s'mores! :D

06-13-2013, 09:05 PM
Quick note, Yes doggy was found by a friend. Actually got him home before I left for school. My Mom is doing worse today so am heading over to see her in a few minutes. I wanted to try and spend the entire day with the 8 yr old daughter today. However when she found out about me going to see my mother she had a fit. I swear to god if she makes it to 10 it will be a miracle. The field trip rained a good portion but I probably walked a solid 3 hrs. I also ate a chocolate chip cookie from their bake shop.
However walking kept me under calories so all and all a win win.
Hugs to everyone.

06-13-2013, 09:14 PM
2fatCats 2200 calories sounds so luxurious, especially with ice cream every day! Somehow I don't think I'll be so lucky... Darn menopause!

carma sorry about your mom and daughter. At least the dog is back!

jennifer we got the storm at 4:00am. Intensely bright nonstop lightning, but luckily it wasn't close.

moondance hope you are resting comfortably. I know all about not worrying, only to find that my subconscious has other ideas... Fingers crossed for you!

I had an hour to kill and went to Loft. Size 8 capris an size M dresses fit. Psyched! I'm getting there... Didn't buy anything though.

06-13-2013, 09:34 PM
I had an hour to kill and went to Loft. Size 8 capris an size M dresses fit. Psyched! I'm getting there... Didn't buy anything though.

Bummer... just read the reviews on the capris; everyone says they run large and to order a size down. So vanity sizing strikes again!

06-13-2013, 10:02 PM
Tried to be really careful about food choices today, and I think I did well. (I haven't been calorie counting since June rolled around) I'm a little hungry, so I'm hoping for a good weigh-in tomorrow. Fingers crossed! Talk to you in the AM...

06-13-2013, 11:53 PM
Got home after a good crying at my Mothers, decided that I should try writing a letter to my daughter to hopefully help the situation.
Heidi: that sucks about the capri's.
Zumba: I agree with 2 fat cats on the Gym. I would want someone training me who had walked in my shoes. What's the worse they can say, No? Go for it.
Moondance: I hope the doctors was alright.
Sum: glad the eyelashes are within reach.

06-14-2013, 07:16 AM
Wow, just got through a marathon catching up.

Our wifi went down, too. A whole day and a half without, something on their end, then yesterday it was back. We do get dependent on it pretty quickly.

I thought I posted from the phone a couple times, but apparently didn't do something right...

I am trying to stay positive after just weighing in, exactly the same as last week, no hope of making my goal for this challenge, not even to see the 150s for a couple weeks.

I feel like I've gotten back on track, clothes feel better again, but stubborn, DH says the scale's affected by the humidity. We're both fitting into our clothes, have been working out, eating well, looking back over the week, no red meat this week. I'm guessing a whoosh may be in the future, we'll see.

New scale froze up after 2 days, took it back yesterday BB&B was great they swapped it out without the box. It seems accurate, weighing about the same on my old scale, they're both WW, so maybe that's why.

Newleaf and 2FatCats your progress pics are awesome and inspiring. Makes me think of putting something together for myself, I have pic where I look just huge from a fishing trip, it's on my dresser, next to one when I was at goal for inspiration. I think I forget to look at it sometimes...

So anyway after all that, I am in a good frame of mind, it may not look like it from my post, but I do feel good about where I'm at and my prospects for getting this last 20 off! I feel healthy and strong, and am grateful for that.

Zumba-sounds like you have the right idea about DG, get yourself in a good healthy place, mentally and physically and you will shine.

We're definitely all our own worse critics, nobody's harsher on ourselves than we are!

I looked up this quote to get it right:
You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

best to all :sunny:

06-14-2013, 07:16 AM
:hug: Carma!

06-14-2013, 07:32 AM
Carma I am so sorry about your DD!! Mine is nearly 19 and it has been a rocky ride. Moms and daughters can be so complicated. So sorry about your mom doing worse! :hug:

Heidi How did the scale reward you? -- I have been making meal plans for each day, but I have not calorie counted in awhile until yesterday (with you :)). It definitely makes me want to snack less or make better snack choices, doesn't it. -- I LOVED your pictures, you have come so far!! I don't have any pictures of me at my high weight, I successfully avoided the camera and now I am a bit sad about it.

2FatCats ICE CREAM! I scream for ice cream :D My DD was enjoying a Dove bar last night and I was drooling like a dog and green with envy. I can't wait until I can have little bit of fun at maint. -- I love that quote from Bob White .

Moondance I hope all went well yesterday! How long until you'll get the results. And yes, stress can make you gain :(

Jennifer I am so happy about your 160's just flying by! And your profile pic is awesome. You look so much thinner!! Are you still walking nightly with DH? Any plans of joining a gym for the summer and get hooked on weight lifting? :D

Zumba What kind of car are you looking to buy? -- I have never bought a car on my own. My current car, I drive a Mini Cooper, was a gift from my hubby last year, kind of a surprise. I went from a big SUV to my tiny Mini and love it!

mboo :wave:

Where is Guacamole, she has not checked in in a while? :(

Keli "In your 20s and 30s, you worry about what other people think. In your 40s and 50s you stop worrying about what other people think. Finally in your 60s and 70s, you realize they were never thinking about you in the first place!



As for me. Scale held the 150.2...I was hoping to see 149 something this morning, but 140's are not going to let me in that easy. -- I had a hungry day yesterday but stayed within my calories and when I was feeling hungry, I snacked on broccoli and asparagus (no dip :)) . I was quite proud of myself; old me would have loaded up with cheese. I think my exercise is making me hungrier. I am doing 2 things per day; usually my 5 mile walk in AM and then weights or swim in the afternoon. I am also naturally a very active person and don't like sitting still. I average 13500-15000 steps each day, some days even up to 20000+ steps. I love my fitbit, can you tell? :p It is such a wonderful little motivator.

Plan for today

Open faced sandwich with turkey, mustard, little slice of cheese and tomatoes
Salad with veggies and 3 oz baked chicken w/ Italian dressing
Pork tenderloin with roasted veggies

4.7 mile walk
Weight Lifting (45 min)

Weight: 150.2
No change

06-14-2013, 09:45 AM
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

Had to add my quote to the mix!
Off to lift weights! First day doing chin ups!!

06-14-2013, 10:21 AM
kelijpa nice to see you back! Glad to hear that you are in a good place :)

sum you will get to those 140s soon, I feel it! They are a blink of those new long eyelashes away!

2fatCats I hope you had a great workout!

Here, not much new, as usual. I like living in the same old same old. Although... My inlaws are coming in for a visit and insist that we not cook, to make it easier on us. But DH & I would so much prefer to eat at home (he has lost 20+ pounds!). Ugh... So there will be a few days of weight battle there... But I usually do well when they come. Ugh.

Best wishes for a great day, everyone!

06-14-2013, 12:01 PM
Happy Friday! :D TGIF...truly!

Have you ever peed off 4 pounds in one day? I did! Sorry...TMI. I sure feel better though! LOL. Very glad to see 183 back on the scale this morning!

Biopsy sucked (OUCH), results early next week. Dr. is optimistic there is nothing wrong. I'm going with it. Fire are still burning (369 homes burned...it's awful). I may volunteer some time at a ranch nearby that took in animals from a shelter that burned down. They've "inherited" a crazy assortment of animals--llamas, turkeys, lizards, pigs, goats, pregnant mares, cats, dogs, birds... the list goes on). I've already donated supplies. Not much else I can do. :(

newleaf123: Hope the in-law visit goes well. Funny how house guests can completely derail our plans. Stand firm if you have to! ;)

2FatCats: Another good quote. Pull-ups? Wow! You go girl!! Thanks for sharing the Bob White analogy. It's a good one!

Sum38: Wow...that's a lot of steps! I'm a desk jockey all week, so it can be really hard to get my steps in. Love to see the good choices you're making (no dip!) and following a solid plan. Keep on rockin' it!!

kelijpa: Glad the wifi is back up and running. Oh yes, we've become completely dependent on our technologies now. Can you imagine living "off the grid"? Great quote...exactly the point I was trying to get across!

Carma: :hug: sorry for your difficulties on the multiple fronts. I like the idea of a letter to your daughter. Hope that helps the situation. Oh, and glad the dog is back. Nothing like a friend who will just listen and give you a wet sloppy kiss no matter what you say!

06-14-2013, 05:30 PM
So if you are feeling like a bada$$ and want a taste of humble pie - do chin-ups. Or try to... Sad, sad. Reminds me of when I started pushups - it took me a month to do ONE. Nowhere to go but up in reps, though! I will conquer chin-ups. That's my goal for the next challenge.

06-14-2013, 05:36 PM
Moondance Why yes I have. But my bladder fairy likes to visit at night. Repeatedly.

Heidi You'd be surprised but I bet you could eat a lot more calories than you do - meno- or not. Just gotta workout. I'm like Sum, though, I am in constant motion. I get jittery if I sit for longer than 30 minutes. Makes it really hard to watch movies.

Hubs just called, gotta go!

06-15-2013, 12:52 AM
Okay, just a quick note because I am spent and tired. Thank you all for the hugs. Note to self. Probably not the best idea to purchase baked goods at a sale to benefit a friend and bring them to your sisters house to spend time with your dying mother. 4 mocha chocolate bars later I am way over calories and didn't exercise but tomorrow is another day. However my Mom is comfortable at this time. Morphine hourly helps that. Not sure how many days she will last. Glad all my siblings are around to support and the letter did help. Lots of hugs from my daughter today and think she finally gets it. Although my sister pointed out that she made my mom a get well soon card and maybe she doesn't quite get the severity of the situation. I really thought she was getting it as it's not the first person in the family to die of cancer as my husbands aunt died 2 yrs ago and she just brought that up the other day.
2 fat cats: yeah your a bad ***, chin ups. Wow. Just to try them seems out of reach to me. Of course I still struggle with push ups.
Moondance: Glad the biopsy went so smooth. Hope you stay safe from the fires. Pretty sure nothing could burn here on the east coast as we have been having record rain.
Hope all is well. Try to write tomorrow.

06-15-2013, 08:25 AM
I forgot that I had a grad party to go to, so my healthy dinner plans went down the toilet. -- I did "okay", but it is hard when food is everywhere. A few positives, though; I did not drink anything, yay me. And because of my gluten intolerance I did not eat the pastas and/or breads, but she had loads of gluten free items (she is a very sweet and considerate person) like pretzels, cupcakes (I did not have any) etc...so I snacked a bit more than I intended to. Scale jumped 0.6 pounds; not too bad, except I want those 140's therefore 0.6 pound jump was disappointing.

My dress fit me even better than it did a week ago (the one that would not zip up at first over my bust), and I received many nice compliments. My waist is starting to curve in vs. looking like an egg like I did 15-20 pounds ago (even 5 pounds ago, I guess).

So over all I am feeling quite positive about my progress.

Reflecting back at this challenge; my plan was:

Walk minimum 4 x per week. Exeeded
Weigh lifting machines 3 x week. Met
Follow IE, and only eat when hungry. Met
Weight goal; drop 6.6 pounds. In progress

My goals have become part of my daily routine, and I need to think of new goals for our next challenge, something new and challenging. I like 2FC's idea...but I broke my wrist a few years back and it still hurts, so I may challenge myself to do squats (which I HATE, even more than weight lifting...lol)

What are you thinking ladies? What's your challenge? Did we agree on date yet? I think I like the Friendship idea because we have all become friends and it would be a nice way of celebrating it.

06-15-2013, 09:14 AM
Good morning!

2FatCats: Chin-ups! You are definitely a bad ***! I have no upper body strength.

Carma: :hug: I've been thinking of you and your family. Hoping your mom is as comfortable as possible.

Sum: You are doing so well on your goals! I am still walking with DH--it's become a great time for us to talk and connect with no distractions. Still haven't started weights (yuck), but I would do a squat challenge/goal with you next time! I can't imagine my waist going in. I'm such am apple! I hate it. Great job on the dress fitting and constraint at grad party.

I was at 166 today! I'm so glad I'm losing again after my plateau. I do have a grad party tonight, but I'll try to be good. I'm glad grad season is almost over! I'm going to walk with DH and BFF this morning then DH and I are going to pick strawberries. We are planning to make jam tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a great weekend.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Saturday!

06-15-2013, 09:41 AM
Actually I think I will do lunges :D I will add 100 lunges to my walks 3 x week. I will do 20 lunges at each mile mark. That will be my challenge and another 6.6 pounds, which will be harder to achieve because I will have less and less weight to lose.

Jennifer you up for a lunge challenge? You and DH could do them during your walks.

06-15-2013, 09:54 AM
Sum: Lunges are worse than squats!! I will try a couple this morning and see if I think I can do them! I'm thinking about planks too, my core is yucky!

06-15-2013, 11:51 AM
Hello everyone.....
I'm sorry that i odn't have time for personals until later..but I have been reading all your posts. What a bunch of DYNAMOS we have on here. Well not me, I gained over a lb from yesterday .

I went to that audition and there were six of us, four spin instructors and two zumba..and i was the biggest girl in the bunch. I hated looking at myself in the mirror. I still gave a great audition, but it was not a good experience..that kind of thing can send me into a tailspin. I wound up going home and binging on chocolate..something that blows me up right away. Had pizza also....and garlic knots. Well my binge cost me and just put me in a really bad frame of mind today. Sometiems I think I should just stop trying, I'm the hamster on the wheel going nowhere. I know one thing for sure, I am not the same person. My weight issue is effecting every area of my life. I am not the confident person that i used to be. I think my weight issue even screwed up my "relationship" and I use that term loosely with diversion Guy. I kept thinking about the barbie doll he was with before me, and how he most probably would still want to be wtih her and will wind up with her again. Thats so not like me! I never compare myself to anyone else. Im embarassed that I let myself even think that. My weight is also screwing up my confidence about work. I felt like like a puffy glob at the audition yesterday....

Not to mention that i still have nothing to wear except a few things that don't look good on me.....:(

I wish you girls could bottle up the success that you are having and share it with me. I would pay top dollar for that, more than what I pay for Le Mer Creme...LOL.....

So.....I ask myself....NOW WHAT? I don't know what I could do differently, what I can do to motivate myself......what to change.

And now you gals are talking about our NEXT CHALLENGE???!! Hey can we finish this one please? Im lagging behind!!!!!!!

06-15-2013, 11:53 AM
I say next challenge is for fourth of July......a nice short challenge....Sometimes we do better when we're under the gun!

06-16-2013, 07:43 AM
I accidentally ate gluten and I have been up for the most part of the night with a severe tummy ache :( I have been trying to soothe my stomach with tea, about 6 cups of it...so no weigh in for me this AM; I am sure it would be sky high. I was really stupid; I bought these Skinny Cow ice creams and they have cookies in them... I somehow totally blanked out and bought them and ate one. Yikes! I REALLY SHOULD KNOW BETTER!! High price to pay.

Jennifer did you try the lunges? Even if you could do 2 now, maybe a challenge would be great...20,30,50,100 at the end?

Zumba We can do a two week challenge if you wish. I won't do a weight goal because I am shooting (only) for 1-1 1/2 loss per week, nothing crazy. But I can start my lunge challenge :) -- I am game for longer challenge as well, what ever you ladies prefer. I won't be starting the next challenge, I'll leave it up to you my friends.

06-16-2013, 09:39 AM
Argh, up to 167.4 this morning, but I ate way too much at a grad party (last one) and then went out with friends for way too many drinks! Hoping a couple days of extremely watchful eating will get me back on track!

Sum: I did not like the way lunges made my knees feel, but I will do squats to your lunges! Any number you choose!

06-16-2013, 12:49 PM
Morning All,

I just wanted to chime in on the lunges and squats. What kind of lunge and what kind of squat? Both done incorrectly will KILL your knees! I started with body weight squats and they were painful. If you lean forward over your knees- ouch ouch OUCH!
Lunges are the same - if when you go down your knee is coming forward over your foot, it engages the knee and it hurts! It should be your quads and hammies and glutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1M_2y3BXTg

This week is Bulgarian split squat lunges with one foot elevated in a suspension system. For squats this week - back squats (bar across my back with plates).

Zumba:hug::hug: Do you think it's the weight causing the issues or issues causing the weight? Mine ended up being issues causing the weight that then caused collateral issues. *sigh*

Sum You sound like you are in a really good mental/emotional place! Sorry about the gluten incident - my sis is intolerant and wow does she pay for it if even a tiny bit creeps into her food.

Carma:hug::hug: I hope your Mom is as comfortable as possible. Sounds like the Family is very supportive - glad you have that, too.

06-16-2013, 06:31 PM
Is anyone else having 3fc reported as an "attack site" when they google it? I had a lot of trouble being able to get on here because there has been viruses reported from this site.

Really struggling and listened in on a telephone overeaters anonymous meeting today. Not sure if it helped, but at least I wasn't eating while listening. ;)

Kids home for 2 weeks until camp, and 2 are home full time all summer. Have to work my diet and exercise around everyone.

Good luck, everyone.

06-16-2013, 10:36 PM
Hi guys, my Mom passed away Saturday. Lots of Jelly Munchkins were consumed by me. I ended up the day being almost 3000 calories over and only got a half an hour of exercise in. My fitness pal informed me that I would weigh 238lbs in 5 weeks if I did it everyday. Today after only 3 hrs of sleep I was up to 219 and I know I drank a lot more soothing tea than water. My husband got up and wanted to go for a walk with me so we walked 50 minutes. Today was much better day eating wise, so my fitness pal said in 5 weeks I will weigh 213.7lbs so I am hoping to keep them in check. I have to much to read to keep up so skipping the personals until I can fully comprehend things. My mind still a little fuzzy. Taking the whole week off from work. Enclosing my mom's obituary link. Not sure if it would be considered spam or not. If they remove it so be it. I don't think it falls in any of the areas that are objected to. My mom was such an amazing woman I wanted to share her strength with people.
Hope this finds you all well.

06-16-2013, 10:48 PM
Carma: :hug::hug: I'm sorry for your loss, but glad your mom is at peace. What a fascinating lady! Talk about well-traveled! I want to have the moxie to drive all over the country at 75!!

06-16-2013, 10:59 PM
carma hugs to you, I'm so sorry to read of your mother's passing. I read her obit, she sounds like she was a remarkable woman! Try to take care of yourself over the coming weeks and months; I'm sure the will be difficult :hug: we will all be here for you!

Here, ugh. Lots of bad food. The wedding last night, the inlaws here now. I need to stop the creep back of old habits! On a positive note, I've been getting lots of compliments on m weightloss! I'll probably be sparse around here the next few days with our hose guests, but I'll check in when I can!

06-17-2013, 09:17 AM
Carma; So sorry about your mother! She sounded like a wonderful woman, thank you for sharing! :love: Stay strong!! Remember to take care of yourself!


I hope MOD's let us stay open past 500 posts. If not who want to start our new challenge?

I had a horrid weekend, eating wise. I ate that gluten and then I ate junk carbs for dinner last night and scale is not kind to me. I know it is just water bloat but I just hate seeing a higher number. On a positive note; I had super step/ calorie burning weekend. Saturday I burned 2500 cal with 17000 steps and Sunday nearly 2700 calories with 20000 steps. Woot! I also walked each day, swam one day and lifted the other...So I know I did not actually gain any real weight, prolly lost some. My 149's are trying my patience :D I can wait tho...they are there, just lurking and trying to mock me...but I won't let them bring me down :lol3:

Plan for today
Walk 4.7 miles
Swim 60 minutes

Trying to do 24 fast
Pork tenderloin with roasted veggies

Weight: 152.6
Up: 1.8

06-17-2013, 10:36 AM
Carma:hug: I am sorry for your loss. She does sound like she was quite the lady!

Guac I got that, too when I googled it- did a malware sweep and nothing. Hmm. Wonder what's up with that? Glad to hear from you, though! Hope all is well.

Sum So you ate a bit more junk than you would like - your exercise should balance it easily! Better than eating crap and NOT exercising!

Heidi Freudian slip on the hose guests?? Good luck and be strong! And just enjoy - and be glad they don't visit too often!;)

Had a great weekend - went hiking along Lake Ontario with the hubs and dogs. Ate well, scale @ 142.0 this am. Off to lift weights!

Hope all have a great OP Day!

06-17-2013, 12:23 PM
((((Carma)))) So very sorry for your loss, hon. It's never an easy time. I hope you find peace in your heart soon. :grouphug:

Happy Monday! :D It's also World Naked Bike Ride Month (Northern Hemisphere). This one made me laugh! :lol:

My weekend was a mixed bag. I worked my butt off on Saturday, finishing up the front "yard" refresh. It felt good, did some hard physical labor and was looking forward to a healthy dinner. Then DD#2 comes out and says "Are you going to Jenn's BBQ?" Jenn is my BFF...and I totally spaced out she was having this party. I changed quick and rushed over there and then proceeded to fill my gut with junk because I was so hungry from all the work I'd just done. I didn't even try to count the calories. Stupid. As a result, scale is back up by 2 pounds. Sunday was productive again, but seems as if I have a yeast infection now (TMI?). Argh! Biopsy test results should be in tomorrow.

2FatCats: Look at you go. Walking along the lake sounds nice. Do you ever swim in the lake? Are there nice beaches? DH's family live near upper Lake Michigan. It's cold, but they swim in it. A lunge challenge? Hmmm...I'll have to think about it. Nothing about it sounds fun. :lol:

Sum38: Sorry you ate gluten by mistake. Don't let that number mock you...kick it in the @$$! :kickbutt:

newleaf123: Stand firm against the creep! Family can be, well, family, so use your eating as the one thing you can really control. :hun:

Guac: I got that same message using Firefox. I'd never seen it before and wasn't sure of it's origin, so I didn't pursue it until I got to work where we have a very good firewall. I read the associated text and it seems that 3FC has been tagged as having malware associated with it...meaning others who are posting are trying to use it to gain access to our computers with malware, etc. What's not clear to me is how it knows that. I've never experienced a problem with it. Interestingly, Internet Explorer let me right in, with no warning. Seems our browser software plays a part in it.

For those who haven't seen it, here's what the message says:

Of the 4666 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 10 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2013-06-17, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2013-06-16.

Malicious software includes 186 scripting exploit(s), 6 trojan(s), 1 exploit(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 3 new process(es) on the target machine.

Malicious software is hosted on 5 domain(s), including luminate.com/, adlinod.com/, pinltd.com/.

6 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including doubleclick.net/, adspeed.net/, inscampaign.com/.

Jennifer1966: I think these summertime parties are the hardest to stay under control with. Grad parties, outdoor BBQ's, etc. etc., with all the yummie foods we've come to associate with it. But the key is getting back on track! :hat:

Zumba: I'm not doing so well either. But the important thing is to not give up. I'm sorry you're struggling with esteem issues. I think you're on the right track with small, attainable goals. We build confidence and esteem with success. Set some small goals that will lead to a larger goal. :hug:

06-17-2013, 03:37 PM
Well, it seems many of us overindulged a tad this weekend, but we are the 40-something challenge queens and will not let a little setback hinder our progress!!

It seems like the consensus is the Friendship Day Challenge, which we can start tomorrow. Friendship Day is Sunday, August 4, which is about 5 1/2 weeks away. Is everyone ok with that length?

Carma: Stiil sending you :hug:

2FatCats: You are definitely right about squat/lunges and knees. That's why I'm going to do squats because I think I have more control with placement if I'm stationary. I can really focus on not going forward over my knees that way.

Moondance: I hear you about summer parties! Ugh! I'll be thinking about you tomorrow.

Heidi: Good luck with having guests!! That's how I feel with my BFF in town. Our culture revolves so heavily around food!!

Sum:Great job on all of exercise--it should counteract your weekend eating. You will get to 149!