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08-02-2013, 02:11 PM
Hey Cool Kids!

I'm starting a new thread for our new month! We own August--and we'll all come out of the month closer to our goals!

Reminder of how the thread works: it's for people trying to get out of their decade, and for maintainers who want to be here. (I think that covers everyone.) If you post here, you are, by definition, a Cool Kid, and only Cool Kids can post. If you're reading this and wondering if you're enough of a Cool Kid to participate, the answer is 'yes'--you are--chime in!

Our "theme" is to use lots of quotation marks and to have a "Share of the day" where you share anything Cool Kids share with other Cool Kids. Personal replies are welcome and encouraged.

Share of the day: My walking partner isn't at work today, but I walked this morning anyway. It was warm enough that I walked outside, leaving my "cardigan" over the mirror of my car so I wouldn't have to carry it while walking! I listened to Seanan McGuire and then Sawyer Brown--talk about "different" types of music!

Happy August!

08-08-2013, 08:36 AM
Aren't there any August cool kids?

08-08-2013, 10:03 AM
Hey Cool Kids!

My scale isn't moving but I feel good and my clothes are loose.

Share of the day: When teaching someone how to sew, keep in mind that "uneven" seams (inconsistent seam allowances) leads to some really poorly fitting clothes. However, how else is DD going to learn to sew?

Related second share: None of my customized patterns will fit anymore. If I start doing some sewing for myself I'm going to have to rework or remake patterns.

08-08-2013, 10:42 AM
Hello all!!

My scale is slow moving as well. 193 this morning so looking forward to the 180's.

Share of the day: This time last year was when I was at my highest weight. I feel so much more comfortable in this body.

Hope you all have a great day.

08-08-2013, 12:16 PM
Morning everyone! My scale isn't "budging" either, but I put on a shirt that I had stored in the back of my closet because it was "too tight" and now it's loose around the sides!

Share of the day: now that I'm "running" outside every other day, I'm developing a pretty good "farmer's tan." Going to have to double time it on my arm workouts so I can start wearing sleeveless and even things out!

08-08-2013, 01:11 PM
I'll jump in!!!

Share of the day: I was contacted a week ago about coming in to interview at a hotel for front desk, the manager said that he was impressed by my experience. Yet they waited until yesterday to call the schedule it and it was a different manager that called. This strikes me as disorganized so I am considering contacting them and telling them I took another position elsewhere and keep looking.

Beth That is awesome about the patterns! Hopefully it isn't too difficult to make new ones.

Issaknits Go sleeveless anyways!

08-08-2013, 03:06 PM
Ok, so in July I did a 21-day challenge to eat 1500 calories, walk 10,000 steps (or bike equivalent) and go to bed by 10 pm everyday. I did fine with calories and steps but not so well with sleep. That resulted in losing 7 pounds, then gaining 3 , then losing 1 to net -5.
So for August 6-31 my new challenge is to stick with my 1500 calories but keep the carbs under 100g on non-training days, complete the Nerd Fitness Beginner Body Weight Routine 12 times (alternating with interval cardio days and rest days).
I'm fully expecting my daily weigh-ins to go wonky, but hopefully my September 1 measurements will show improvement.
Beth - Good luck with the patterns...I'm a novice seamstress (mainly doll clothes) but I was just contemplating refitting a pair of jeans instead of buying the next size down. I'm already saving my daughter's old jeans for a quilt, so I figure if I mess up my tailoring, I'll just add my jeans to the pile, lol.
pnkrckpixikat I agreee with you Issaknits should go sleeveless anyway!
mygirlvj good for you! it's posts like yours that help keep me motivated - I can't wait to see where I am a year after starting.

08-08-2013, 03:42 PM
Fadedbluejeans I googled your workout and wanted to say thanks! this site it is from looks pretty awesome. I know I will get alot from it (and maybe my DH will too!)

08-08-2013, 03:51 PM
Beth - Good luck with the patterns...I'm a novice seamstress (mainly doll clothes) but I was just contemplating refitting a pair of jeans instead of buying the next size down. .\

All i did with mine was take in the waist in back. That keeps them wearable about an extra size, and then they have to be replaced. Jeans are hard to work with because of their weight and because many of them have doubled seams. Most sewing machines don't have any problem with denim, but I would recommend a denim specific machine needle, or at least a larger needle (somewhere in the 14-16 range)

What I did:

I pinched in the back to see how much I wanted to take in from the waist. I did the pinches on both sides (rather than once in the middle). For most of mine, I had two 1" pinches to make into darts. (not an exact science, but it's okay)
I pinned and marked the top of the dart. (sewing chalk)
I pinned the dart, drawing a line (sewing chalk again) to where I wanted to end the dart--for most of my jeans, this was right above the back pocket. This forms a triangle which makes up the dart.
I stitched the dart, being sure to re-inforce the stitching at the top and bottom.This is actually pretty easy to do and makes a big difference. The jeans will still be too big in the hips and thighs, but it will make them wearable a while longer!

08-08-2013, 04:16 PM
Envious of your sewing skills, Beth. The closest I get to being a seamstress is being able to sew buttons back on and doing a basic hem job on my pants. Threading my sewing machine is considered a feat of engineering, especially if it's been a while since I knocked the dust off the cover.

fadedbluejeans, NERD FITNESS! I love that site! Steve's articles are just the sort of kick-in-the-pants movitation that I need. Unofficially, I'm doing my first six-week challenge right now, which has two weeks left before it's over. I haven't figured out what I'm going to have as my next six-week challenge after this one, but I'm working on it. I'm thinking that all my challenges are going to be video game themed after I get through with this "tutorial level" one.

Have you seen the Angry Birds workout? I'd be stuck on Level 1 for pushups forever! (maybe I need to add that as part of my next challenge?)

Gosh, if I went sleeveless, I'd blind people on the trail with the sheer paleness of my shoulders and upper arms. Everyone on my trail! Bring your sunglasses, I'm coming through! :lol:

08-08-2013, 04:46 PM
pnkrckpixikat Nerd Fitness IS pretty awesome. I'm not really a gamer (would be if I had time, lol) but I do find Steve very motivating and there is lots of good info in a straightforward and humorous way. He seems to be one of those people who are just fun to be around.
Good luck with you challenge Issaknits. I've thought about joining one but right now I think it might be too much pressure. So, I'm doing my personal mini challenges til I find something that works (meaning: steady and a bit faster weight loss, healthy, sustainable). I did see the Angry Birds workout! maybe someday! My current pushups are inclines so I have to work up to doing a perfect regular pushup first, lol.
Beth thanks for the sewing tips. The jeans I have in mind have a single seam on the outside of the legs, so I think I will be able to take in both the legs and the waist. We'll see. I'm not in a sewing mood yet.

08-08-2013, 05:40 PM
@ Beth I too am envious of your sewing skills. Last summer (NZ here, so winter right now) I thought I would learn to sew as I have a few months off work. Never happened (best laid plans and all that) maybe this summer. It would be handy because losing weight can be so expensive. Not to mention how its never "symmetrical" loss, I am three different sizes at the moment.

My share: I made chocolate fudge on Monday because my husband wanted some. I made it in mini cupcakes though so that I could weigh them (instead of cutting and having uneven sized pieces) so that if I wanted to eat some I'd know exactly how much. Normally I'd devour fudge but I just realised I really have made a change. There is still fudge there, and when I have eaten it I have stuck to the my portion size.

08-08-2013, 06:50 PM
I am jealous of Beth's sewing skills as well :)

I am not a gamer at all, but DH is a HUUUUGE gamer! I haven't surfed the site too much yet, just read a couple of articles that were linked to each other and I like his writing style.

I am still doing incline push ups as well, and VERY inclined! lol Like breakfast bar height. but I may be about ready to move down a bit.

Issaknits with the sun we've been getting in Texas I'm sure you will only be "blinding white" for a couple days :)

08-09-2013, 01:51 PM
Hey Cool Kids!

I've got to admit it's fun to have people be envious of my sewing skills, because I remember so many years of being envious of other people's sewing skills! I didn't learn to sew until I was about 30--and I made a lot of mistakes along the way. It's not unlike cooking--if you're careful and follow recipes, you create edible food. Once you're comfortable, you start expanding and making changes. I will admit to getting a bunch of help from my then-MIL.

My scale actually showed down today--186.6. I'm hoping it stays there--I've been around 188 for way too long.

We're going to visit my BFF for her birthday this weekend--eating at her house is easy, though--she shops with me in mind--lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

jitterfish, that is awesome--being able to leave the fudge uneaten!

pnkrckpixik (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/members/pnkrckpixikat.html)at, incline pushups are a big step up from no pushups!

fadedbluejeans, let us know how your jeans turn out. I may do a few side seams of my own--I've got a pair or two I can do that to.

issaknits, I may have to look into that challenge. Everytime I've started weight stuff, I've slacked off.

mygirljv, i hope the scale is continuing to do good things!

Share of the day: I walked my 2 laps of the building faster than usual--yesterday was 19:30, today was closer to 18:30. My walking partner is off today--I walk faster without her. We were closer in speed when we started out, but I've gotten faster.

08-10-2013, 02:55 AM
Today's share: we were in a store today with full length mirrors, I don't own one at home so I never really see myself. I looked at myself and had to look again because it wasn't "me". In my head I'm still so much larger than I actually am. My brain hasn't caught up with my body.

08-10-2013, 11:11 AM
Good morning cool kids!!

Jitterfish that is pretty awesome about the mirrors, isn't that the best feeling?

today's share: I am so past ready for school to resume because I am so BORED! lol

08-11-2013, 10:47 PM
Hey Cool Kids,

Today's share: I had a great weekend with BFF--as long as you don't count my eating. But I'm back on track for a good week. Having 3FC makes me so much more likely to recover after a weekend of being off plan!

08-13-2013, 02:24 PM
Today's share(s): I haven't done any sewing yet. I spent the weekend in CT visiting my cousins and although calories weren't terrible, they were very carb heavy. My right quad was so sore after my first body weight workout on 8/8 that I wasn't able to do a second one until yesterday. As a result I am up about 4 pounds since this challenge started. The good news is that I did my body weight circuit last night and improved on nearly all exercises from 8/8, plus I am not terribly sore this morning. Also, the weight increase doesn't bother me (!) I know it is water retention :) All the same, I'm not adjusting my ticker back up, lol.

08-13-2013, 03:13 PM
Today's share: I AM getting some sewing done. I am attempting to make a small bag (like a marble bag) When I was a kid that was one of the projects my mom taught me. My stitching looks like crap but meh itll look ok from the outside I think.

08-13-2013, 05:20 PM
Today's share: I only have 9 more teaching hours left for the week and then I have two weeks of teaching recess EXCITED! And I'm excited because I will actually be able to get some exercise in. Less exciting is I will have so many papers to grade in those two weeks -LOL-

08-13-2013, 08:54 PM
Hey Cool Kids!

Today's share: walking in my Mephisto sandals is just as comfortable as my sneakers.

08-14-2013, 08:14 PM
I bought a skirt today. A "short" one at that. Okay, it does cover my knees and I fully intend to wear it with a pair of tights/a pantyhose (good thing it's an autumn skirt anyway ;) ), but for someone with body image issues who hasn't shown her legs in years, this is quite something ;)
A friend talked me into buying it and I have to say I'm kind of glad she did because... um... it actually doesn't look all that bad (well, better than I'd imagined , that is) :o
(Her brother even commented on it :o )
Now I only have to work up the courage to wear it. In public. ;)

08-14-2013, 11:02 PM
I bet you look great in that skirt--your body image will catch up with the changes in your appearance--you've done so well!

Share of the day: With my change in weight and being in better shape, it was so much easier to work on our garage project tonight--I was up and down off the floor over and over again--and it was easy!

08-15-2013, 04:54 PM
Hey Cool Kids!

Share of the day: a woman who retired in May came back today to have lunch with the work group--and she did a double take when she saw me--noticed that I'd lost a lot of weight since she saw me last. (I don't think I have, but I think all of a sudden, it really "shows".)

08-16-2013, 10:47 AM
Morning All!!! Showing a little bit of movement on the scale so I'm very happy.

Share of the day: I look sloppy at work because all my work shirts are getting ridiculously baggy. Fine by me :)

08-16-2013, 01:23 PM
Hey everybody! Cool share of the day: nothing serious is wrong with my ankle! I just got back from the doctor and he said that I have a bit of tendonitis and loose ligamanets, but nothing that requires serious care. He gave me a brace that looks like the inside of a "hi-top" and told me to work on mobility stretches. He'll see me next month to make sure everything is on the up and up.

Most importantly, he gave me the green light to continue running and to start deadlifts and squats, which I've been avoiding in case I further injure my ankle. I'm ridiculously happy about being able to start barbell work instead of doing upper body-only stuff. I'm going to take it slow and start with very low weight, but yay! :carrot:

08-18-2013, 08:47 PM
Issaknits that is great! Take care though and don't over do it!

Today's share: its 11:45am and I'm still in bed, on a Monday (today is first day of teaching recess, so I decided to take the day off as I have no classes to teach and paperwork can all wait until tomorrow). I'm being insanely lazy and have been watching TV in bed and browsing the net. As a Mum of a 2 and 4yr old this is heaven. I did get up at 6:30am to get everyone ready for their day, but was back in bed at 8am and actually went back to sleep.

08-19-2013, 05:06 PM
Hi Cool Kids...

Well, I pretty much want to crawl into a hole and die. I went away on a vacation for a week and you'd think my brain was also on a vacation in lala land.

I gained 10 lbs. Who the **** does that? I didn't even eat that much junk food! It was almost all home cooked food, but I'll admit I ate a lot. 3 serious meals a day. I lost 2 lbs the 2 weeks before the trip because I expected to gain, but 10 lbs? How does that even happen?!

I'm hoping some of it is sodium weight and I'm chugging water today. I'm also cutting out all my little extra snacks that are more for pleasure than nutrition. I need to lose this weight FAST.

Oh, did I miss the worst part? I'm in a freaking WEDDING this WEEKEND and my bridesmaids dress was altered to fit me 10 lbs ago. I am TERRIFIED it won't zip and then where will I be?

UGHHH... I'll continue to check in as I try to drop these lbs...

Hope everyone is doing better than me!

ETA: Just got home and the dress zips, but barely. Crisis averted... for now. I hope I don't bust the zipper during the wedding!

08-20-2013, 05:05 AM
Underwater surely that has to be water weight. I mean, the maths of it would imply you ate at least an extra 10000 calories, or 20 Big Macs? Unless you drank a lot then I would doubt its a real weight gain.

Note, I'm ball parking figures here given that the whole 3500 calories to an lb is no longer true, and with an assumption of around 2000cal per day normally. My maths could be shaky here -LOL-

08-20-2013, 05:07 PM
Thanks jitterfish :)

I am feeling a little bit better today. I lost 2.8 lbs by drinking water and staying on plan today, so I weight 160.2. I would be very pleased to be back in the 150's tomorrow.

I got into the dress last night and it zipped... barely. So I'll stay on plan for the week and everything should be okay... just gotta work back to where I was!