100 lb. Club - Getting out of the 240's - Sept-Dec 2013




Goddess Jessica
09-23-2013, 01:39 PM
New thread for the 240's because the old one was too long!


Goddess Jessica
09-23-2013, 01:58 PM
I have a Withings scale. It's the expensive one that emails you when you haven't weighed in or suggests that you're not actually moving towards your goal. In summary, it's a JERK.

Today, they upgraded the web interface to tell you how much you've gained/loss over the last year and how close you are to your goal.

Mine said:
+32.2 pounds (this year)
0% progress towards goal

First, let's all just silently curse this party pooper of a scale. I hate you scale. HATE.

Second, let's all recognize how much the truth freaking hurts. OW!

My fat pants are officially so tight that I frequently change into pajama pants as soon as I get home. I look heavy. I am not comfortable. I know that I am not moving in the right direction and I wake up with new resolve that dissolves four hours later. I find I am easily slipping into ruts. And good habits (like running) that weren't paying off (hey, I can't run off all that food so why run at all?) have gone to the wayside.

It's time for a change. My scale knows it. My pants know it. I hope now *I* know it.

avi0903
09-23-2013, 03:02 PM
I am so with you. I am now at 241. I think my lowest was around the 220's somewhere, but that was a long time ago. I have done Medifast and Weight Watchers this year, and just gained on them. What's wrong with me?!:(

Anyway, time to think positive, and never give up. It is a journey after all. For me though, right now it seems up hill.

But coming back here, and looking at all the success stories and photos, means that it is possible, and I can do it too. We all can!!


Only Believe
09-24-2013, 08:49 AM
I'm 243.8 this morning.. I just had the worst week weigh-in wise so far on my journey. There were a few days I didn't even try. I didn't go completely bonkers with food but I sorta threw caution to the wind. I guess I'm lucky I'm only up 1.8 or so.. I updated my ticker and I'm back to work full force.
A new 240 thread for a brand new week to get back on track. I like that. :)
We can do this! Just gotta never ever ever ever give up!

Only Believe
09-24-2013, 08:58 AM
I just checked the old 240 Thread and I see that Nagazim has moved on down. Yay!!!! Way to go girl! (ETA) Congrats to you too DonnaNoble! Woo Hoo!
Wannaskipandlaugh, You aren't anchored here forever, you took a little stop but you and me are about to set our sails for the 230 and 220 port. I can see it on the horizon and it looks BEAUTIFUL.
Feel better soon Mara:hug:

Mara
09-24-2013, 10:19 AM
Thanks Only.

I am teetering between the 250's and 240's. Hopefully when the swelling goes down the scale will be on my side.

ainslie
09-24-2013, 04:38 PM
Not feeling nice today. Scale did not budge from 240.8. I think I jinxed myself when I posted in 230s. Next time I am going to wait at least 3 days to make sure the loss sticks. Haven't eaten over my calories or anything. Hopefilly tomorrow will be better.

Goddess Jessica
09-24-2013, 05:12 PM
Yesterday I ate so clean that you could do surgery on my food journal. And yet, I am up 2 pounds. BAH!

Just keeping on.

Mara
09-25-2013, 09:18 AM
Anslie am sure you will be in the 230's in no time.

Goddess Jessica those two pounds will whisk away by tomorrow.

Rebelle I need some of that patience myself. lol

This is not my week. Sorry to whine, but my back is still sore. Better but not good. And now I have started cramping really bad from TOM. I feel tired, sore, and bloated. :( May just hold off on the scale for the a couple days. If I can resist looking.

Hope everyone else is having a better week.

ainslie
09-25-2013, 09:31 AM
I hate when you are typi g a post and lose it. Stupid phone. Anyway I discovered today that my weight loss goal of 135 is not attainable based on my lean body mass of 139.55. That's what I would weigh if I had no fat at all. I don't want to lose much muscle and I want a body fat of 21%. So I guess my new goal will be 170 lbs. Here is the calculation LBM/(1-ideal body fat). To find lean body mass = current weight - (current weight x body fat %).

patchworkpenguin
09-25-2013, 01:47 PM
I'd like to join. I'm at 243.6 this week. I've always been afraid of these 'weight threads' because I'm usually the one who never loses while everyone else around me drops weight like crazy. If I'm here maybe that means the rest of you will lose more. :dizzy:

Jessica, I think I would have taken that scale out back and shot it by now.

Mara, don't weigh this week. It won't make you happy!

Avi, I wonder 'what's wrong with me' also. I seem to be doing everything right but very little change/loss. Its hard to keep the positive attitude up, but your doing a good job, so maybe your attitude will rub off on me

Nagazim
09-25-2013, 05:44 PM
Hi guys :wave:

It seems like a lot of us are having funky weeks, but it has to get better right?!





I was only officially in the 230s for 1 day. I've been really busy with sick kids over the past few days and couldn't find the time to log on. Plus, I'm really aggravated with dieting in general. My cousin and his wife are big Paleo advocates and I've decided I'm to give it a try for 30 days (until my birthday). I just want to see how differently I'll feel all over. Not just weight loss but mind and body healthy. I'm curious and have been following a blog for about a year now and she encourages Paleo eating as well. So here's her take on it in case anyone wants to read a little:

http://wellnessmama.com/1241/lose-weight-fast/

http://wellnessmama.com/575/how-grains-are-killing-you-slowly/
this is not her's but another I found very interesting last night:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhObSu7y2_A

I'm pretty worried about maybe having a gluten intolerance. Because since I've swapped to whole wheat everything, my skin is horribly broken out. I never had acne as a teen but I definitely have it all over now. It's embarrassing and just one more reason to feel upset. So I'm hoping low carb does wonders for me. I've been applying her basic wellness lifestyle suggestions throughout every other part of my life (making our own personal hygiene and cleaning supplies, no plastic, etc.), just not food wise. Today is day 1 and going fine. I think since I had already cut out so much maybe I won't have bad withdrawals.

ETA: 240.2 this am.

Mara
09-26-2013, 09:28 AM
So I was on the scale before I knew what I was doing this morning. A little worried that it is now a habit to weigh every morning. But it was better than I thought, 248.4, but the week is not over yet.

It looks like quite a few of you ladies will be moving into the next decade soon. :)

patchworkpenguin
09-26-2013, 01:48 PM
I feel like I'm getting sick again. I've been Fall cleaning which has stirred up a lot of dust and its that time of year that pollen is everywhere so I'm hoping its just sinus stuffiness and nothing more serious.

Goddess Jessica
09-26-2013, 02:46 PM
Four days of meticulously tracking food (all around 1500 calories) and still no loss and the two pounds are still there. Argh.

Oh well, I have just got to trust that it will eventually fall off.

I am just getting over a cold. I ate like 6 cloves of raw garlic to help boost my immunity as soon as I felt it come on and then called in sick and spent the day in bed. I feel so much better today.

ainslie
09-27-2013, 06:43 AM
Woo hoo. Scale said 238.2 today. I think I was retaining water cause I peed all night. Apparently when your muslces are sore from working out your body retains water. That's just great. Now I have to worry about that too :(

Mara
09-27-2013, 09:16 AM
Morning!

Patchworkpenguin hopefully it is just the dust and it will clear up in a day or so.

Goddess Jessica I bet the stall is because your body is trying to fight the potential cold.

I am down a little this morning, 248.2. Here is to being strong this weekend and resisting the urge to over indulge.

mandydawn77
09-28-2013, 11:30 AM
I thought I'd go ahead and peek in on the next thread. Two days ago I weighed in at 248, but it went immediately back to 251. Today was 250, so it shouldn't be long now and I'll officially be in the 240's. I hope I'm not in here nearly as long as I was in the last thread! I look forward to getting to know you guys and seeing some of you again that moved on before me. :)

Mara
09-28-2013, 03:02 PM
Woohoo mandydawn!

I weighed in at 246.2 this morning. I made some poor decisions food wise yesterday. Hopefully the sodium does not sneek up tomorrow.

Mara
09-30-2013, 08:37 AM
Well I made another poor food choice (although delicious). Went to Olive Garden. That plus I wieghed in way earlier than normal, so the scale was up at 248.0.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and that this week is a good one. :)

mandydawn77
09-30-2013, 09:00 AM
According to my scales at home I was at 249 this morning, but by the time I drank my coffee and took my meds I weighed 251 here at work. Hopefully by the end of the week I will officially be out of the 250's. I didn't do so hot over the weekend either. We went out for pizza Saturday night since my brother was in town and I ended up eating more pizza than I had planned. I definitely could have made better choices this weekend, but other than the pizza I didn't go overboard with anything. I've been really trying to be careful with my portions.

Happy Monday everyone!

pamatga
09-30-2013, 12:52 PM
I too am ready to get back into the 230s. I was 237 this past summer but due to both a hit and miss approach to both my food plan and my workout program, I slipped back up into the 240s. So, my personal goal for the month of October is to be 10 lbs less and at least 231.4 lbs.

Friday and Saturday were not so great but I was able to correct some of my food choices on Sunday and that helped me see this weight today. Like others here, the battle of sodium is ongoing. Not only does it affect the number on the scales, it also affects my B/P which I am not taking any pills for (don't want to).

So, with October 1st less than 24 hours, let's make this a great month, especially since we know that Halloween is a toughie (well, it is for me--handing out all of those treats to the kids).

Pam

Mara
10-01-2013, 09:11 AM
Yay Mandy!

Nice loss rebelle!

I am with you pamatga. My birthday is Nov. 1st, so I would like to be in the 230's definitley by then.

The next three months are going to be tough. Candy in October and big meals with indulgent deserts for November and December. We can do it though.

Only Believe
10-01-2013, 09:39 AM
I'm still around though barely.. I haven't had much time to get on and read posts so I thought of just dropping back.. I don't want to do that so I will be trying to read and post when I can.
I've got to go change my ticker. the last 2 weeks have pretty much sucked for me. gains... sigh. 244 this morning.

mandydawn77
10-01-2013, 11:08 AM
I think I'm going to officially say I'm now in the 240's. I weighed 249 at work this morning and that was after coffee, breakfast and taking all my meds. I weighed 248 at home before I ate or drank anything. My official weigh in for our challenge here at work is Friday so I'm excited to see what it shows. We only have 2 weeks left after this week - I think. I still have a few more pounds to go in order to reach 5%.

Rebelle - I know how you feel on being the lowest weight in many years. I'm right there with you and it does feel good. :)

patchworkpenguin
10-01-2013, 06:00 PM
I'm so behind, I just figured out it was October. These month changes seem to sneak up on me. I didn't mean to post then disappear. I haven't spent much time online this past week. I got sick, then recovered then tried to spend time with Hubby before he left for a work trip. So nothing exciting happening anyway. I'm working on Fall cleaning and knitting a sweater vest for myself. I did a little yard work on Saturday and made the muscles in my back mad again. I'm one of those people who don't get sore right away so I never know when I've overdone it. I really need to start lifting weights again. I said that the last time I hurt my back, but I really mean it this time, LOL. Yesterday, I got a workout DVD set in the mail that I pre-ordered months ago, so I'm excited to try those. Hopefully that will get me back to exercising.

No change in weight but last week was TOM, and then getting sick, so I really didn't expect much.

Only Believe
10-02-2013, 08:04 AM
242.4 so it's down this morning but I will be soooo glad to leave the 240's behind forever soon.

Mara
10-02-2013, 09:34 AM
Rebelle and Only you both are so close!!!

I did not see any change in the scale this moring, but that is probably due to dinner. I made turkey enchiladas. Good but not good. lol

mandydawn77
10-02-2013, 11:56 AM
Well I didn't do so well last night. My mom and I each had a free meal from the restaurant in our hometown casino and last night was the only night we had free before they expired. So I had a ribeye, baked potato, caesar salad and a roll. I stopped before I finished the steak and I still had a little bit of potato left, but I should have stopped sooner. Anyway, the scale was up a pound this morning to 249. I have zumba tonight and tomorrow night, so hopefully I can work it all off before our official weigh in here at work on Friday.

rebelle - You just reminded me that I had a small frozen strawberry margarita last week when I was out with my mom and totally forgot to put it in my food diary. Oops. It was a very small clear plastic cup. I'd say maybe 8 ounces and of course I had salt. I don't know how many points it would have been. I don't count any activity points, so when I have a bite of something here and there I try not to worry too much. Of course a margarita is more than swiping a fry or two from one of my kids' plates lol. Oh well, what's done is done.

Happy hump day everyone :)

pamatga
10-02-2013, 02:11 PM
It will probably take me a few weeks to get everyone's name down so if I miss you I want you to know that I do read all of the posts from the last time that I posted so I have read and "felt" your respective struggles. Hi to mandy, patchworkpenguin and rebelle. So far those are the names I remember. :)

I am with the rest of you who are "so close" and yet it feels like it is so "far away" when it comes to breaking into another "ten pounds". I had a restaurant meal on Monday then had a frozen pizza (within my calorie limits) yesterday so now I am also working on losing that 3.4 lbs regain. I did "lose" 1.8 lbs. of that after I did two days of working out. I do hope though that all of the "yin and yanging" will settle down by the end of this week and I say definitely that I had an overall weekly lose. I just try to take in the information, since I weigh every day and record it in my pocket calendar, and then focus on what I can do today to make it a "great day! :carrot:

rebelle: my end of the month goal is to lose 10 lbs. (from September 30th) so I would be 231.4 lbs. then although I am hoping my body will break 230s entirely and I will start out November 1st even if it is 229.9999 :D

So, if we break into the next "decade", do we then go over to that thread? How does this actually work?

Glad to see everyone is working hard on their personal goals. Restaurant eating is always a challenge but I have found that if you stay within your calorie range for the day, the only regain is mostly due to sodium and that can be flushed out within 2-3 days max.

Although I had been diligently working out once summer came and our a/c wa broken for a couple of months before we got it repaired, I just couldn't get myself to work out in the 70%+ humidity so I really lost some ground there. So, the past 10 days, I have restarted, going at it slowly. I too have some issues with my back (having fallen in the shower and hitting my mid-back on the porcelain tub floor) so I find that any abs/core work I do ends up making my back hurt for awhile.

So, far since Monday, I have done two 45 minutes cardio workouts and both my upper and lower body strength weight workouts. I want to repeat one more cardio and one more upper/lower body for this week and then I will have met my personal workout goals.

have a great day, all!:hug:

Pam

patchworkpenguin
10-02-2013, 03:22 PM
Rebelle, I got Cathe Friedrich's latest series. I like her workouts and always enjoy getting her DVDs. Here's a link http://shop.cathe.com/workout_dvds_s/1.htm . I received the first 9 workouts on this page in this order but I have most of her workouts already. I like working out at home, now that the weather is cooler, hopefully I'll be motivated to start again.

Pam, great job on the exercise. I need to follow in your footsteps and get back to it. I was thinking of trying an easy cardio workout, just to get started. Walking seems to be OK but getting up and down isn't fun.

Mandy, we have some casinos not too far away. Neither one of us cares for gambling, but We keep saying we are going to go to a {cheap} buffet but somehow we never do, which is probably a good thing, no sense getting around that much temptation.

patchworkpenguin
10-02-2013, 03:28 PM
Hubby is still out of town, today my parents took me to Bible study, then to lunch, then to the library. I wanted some books on cooking on a campfire or coals with cast-iron pots. I didn't find much but I did find some interesting books {suggestions anyone?}. We recently bought a RV and Mr. Pyromaniac has to build a fire at each site so I thought we might as well do more than roast marshmallows.

mandydawn77
10-02-2013, 03:49 PM
penguin - I like doing the packets. It was a girl scout thing. You just use heavy duty foil, maybe a couple of layers if you're doing it in the fire, and cut up whatever vegetables you like and put whatever meat you like on top and season with salt, pepper, etc. We do them in the oven at home. The juices from the meat keep it all moist and flavors the vegetables kind of like a pot roast. Sometimes we do a chicken breast or just a hamburger patty. Everybody can pick the vegetables they like (potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, squash, parsnips, etc.) and then fold it all up real well so it doesn't leak and put the initials on them so you know which is which. In girl scouts we just put them down in the fire. They take quite awhile to cook, but they're done when the meat is done and the vegetables are tender. We used to put some butter in there with it, but that's probably not good for our diets :)

Mara
10-03-2013, 09:18 AM
Morning! I am back down to 246.6. The day started a little rough, but hopefully it gets better. :)

mandydawn77
10-03-2013, 09:56 AM
249.0 this morning. I'm hoping I'll be back down to 248 tomorrow for the official weigh in. I stayed within a decent calorie range yesterday and still haven't used up all my weekly points, but I had McDonald's for dinner. After zumba and then waiting on the kids to get out of karate it was late and I was starving. I'd eat Arby's if it wasn't so darn expensive. I had fries and a burger so definitely not a healthy choice for dinner. I'll have to try to do better today.

Mara - Congrats on making it back down to 246. You may hit a new low tomorrow :)

Only Believe
10-03-2013, 10:46 AM
243.4 this morning. The biggest loser challenge is starting soon signing up ends today midnight central time.. anyone here joining me?
Biggest loser challenge (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/biggest-loser-challenges/287649-2013-fall-into-fitness-biggest-loser-challenge-sign-up-thread.html)

mandydawn77
10-03-2013, 11:59 AM
I'm curious. Do any of you drink diet pop/soda? I know some people are really against it and artificial sweeteners in general. I drink it daily and I have throughout my weight loss journey so far. I gave up all carbonated beverages for over a year on the recommendation of a diet doctor and it didn't seem to help me a bit. I enjoy it and don't plan on giving it up. I was just curious what everyone else's take is on it.

Mara
10-03-2013, 12:16 PM
Thanks guys.

Mandy sometimes I drink regular soda (very rare) and somtimes I drink coke zero/diet dr. pepper (rare too). But most of the time I drink water. For me as long as it is everynow and then it is okay.

And I order a Jr. Roast Beef sandwich and a value curly fry when I go to Arby's. It is around $2.13 and surprisingly fills me up. :)

mandydawn77
10-03-2013, 01:19 PM
I can't do the jr. roast beef. Maybe it's just in my area, but they might as well just hand over a big ol' bun because there is pretty much no meat on the jr's anymore lol. At this point I usually take half the bun off my burgers anyway because after not having bread for so long it just seems like too much. I like the medium roast beef, it seems more like the regular roast beef sandwich used to be. I guess the reason why I did so well with low carb for so long is because I'm such a meat eater :) My daughter is a bread head. She can enjoy just a plan slice of white bread with nothing on it. I have to hide the bread that I don't eat because she doesn't want me to throw it away and unfortunately she has a weight issue already and doesn't need it any more than I do.

patchworkpenguin
10-03-2013, 10:00 PM
MandyDawn, thanks for the packet ideas. I"ve done that in the oven at home so that shouldn't be too hard {I think?} :D I'm not a big fan of the artificial sweetners, but I'm not a big fan of cokes either. I think if you don't want to give them up you can work your plan around them, especially if you've made progress so far.

Rebelle, I"ve noticed that if I do exercise regularly I don't do silly things like hurt my back working in the yard. I really do need to get back to it. I'm moving better at least. I soaked in the tub, which I find very boring, but I did it and I feel better. Which DVDs do you have that you haven't tried? I have a rather large collection so I may have tried them.

Mara
10-04-2013, 08:57 AM
Happy Friday! I have reached a new low od 245.6. :D I hope everyone has a great day and weekend.

Only Believe
10-04-2013, 09:11 AM
Happy Friday!
241.4 this morning quite a good drop from yesterday so i hope I can keep it. I shall try. 230's please get here soon!

mandydawn77
10-04-2013, 10:07 AM
Congrats Mara and Only believe! Only Believe you are so close to being out of the 240's! I'm excited for you!

I hit a new low today as well. While in my pjs this morning after I first woke up I was at 246, but by the time I got to work and officially weighed in it was 247. I went ahead and just stuck with the 247 for my signature here, but if it's 246 again in the morning I'm definitely claiming it. :)

Happy Friday everyone!!!

mandydawn77
10-04-2013, 10:38 AM
I've been thinking. I'm super happy that I'm losing weight and definitely not complaining. BUT I wonder if I made changes would it make a huge difference. I hear so many people say drink water, water, and more water and it will help with weight loss; don't eat after a certain time; lower sodium intake; etc. I admit my diet is definitely not the best. I ate McDonalds the last two nights for dinner and I didn't eat until 8 or so. I ate so many salads and veggies while I did low carb that since I switched to WW's I have been really bad about not eating vegetables and at first I was eating a little fruit daily, but I got burned out on that too. Like I said, I'm not complaining. My thoughts are would I be losing a lot faster if I ate better or is it truly just calories in/calories out. I definitely stay within a good calorie range for each day, especially if I was to count in all my exercise. I've always heard it's better to eat the majority of your calories earlier in the day and eat light at night, but I've always done the opposite. For example, my breakfast, lunch and snacks yesterday only added up to 400 and some calories and then my dinner was like 1000! My sodium is almost always too high according to mfp.

Sorry for rambling on. I'm just thinking out loud here. I suppose I could just experiment and see if my weight loss picks up if I eat healthier and add more water to my diet. Have any of you done experiments with your diet and really tracked it to see if more water really makes a difference or if the types of food you eat have a big impact or if it's mainly just the calories that seem to count? I have always felt that the type of calories makes a big difference since I lost weight doing low carb and my calories were usually really high because I was eating a lot of high calorie food, except for the vegetables of course. I've been losing weight at a decent pace and I am excited about that, but I just wonder if I could be losing a whole lot faster if I tried all these diet tricks that everyone has said for years. Do you really think it matters what time of day you eat? I've heard contradicting things over the years because I also read somewhere that you should rest while your body is working to digest your food. I'm curious what everyone's opinions are on these things.

mandydawn77
10-04-2013, 08:26 PM
rebelle - Thank you for responding to all my crazy questions lol. I know what you mean about some things being worth the calories. Just this week I finally decided to move down from heavy whipping cream in my coffee to half n half. First I tried vanilla almond milk, but that didn't work out. Half n Half was a much better substitute. I got so spoiled to the HWC while on low carb that I didn't think I would ever give it up. I was only using 1 measured out tablespoon and this way I can use 2 tablespoons and it's fewer calories and less fat. I'm a coffee lover and once in awhile I splurge and get a Starbucks coffee, either just a latte with half n half or a skinny peppermint mocha. I used to drink sweet tea daily and take a gallon to work every week (red diamond) and then I switched to unsweetened and used my EZ Sweetz drops. I don't know if you have tried it, but I have friends at work who swore they couldn't stand sweeteners and they like it. Once in awhile they come to my desk and ask for a couple of drops (1 drop = 2 tsp sugar). You might try it. I love the fact that it mixes right in and you don't have to dissolve it. You can sweeten up a whole pitcher of tea with very little. I even cook with it. It's supposed to be liquid Splenda or that's what I've read anyway.

I'm sure after your TOM you will have a big loss. I usually do. Just keep following your diet and eventually it will show on the scale.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Only Believe
10-05-2013, 09:39 AM
240.4 I'm about to be in the 230's. I'm going to try to make it in there by tomorrow. We shall see!!

mandydawn77
10-05-2013, 10:49 AM
247.2 this morning

I think I'm going to take the kids to the movies today and then we are all going to get our hair trimmed up. My teenage daughter is wanting a change, luckily she doesn't want to cut it all off because my mom and grandma would flip out lol. I trimmed my own bangs awhile back because they were getting on my nerves and I'm sure I jacked them all up. I'm so bad about putting off haircuts. I'm going to pack a baggy of pickles for the movies. It was much easier to sneak things into the movies back when I carried a diaper bag lol. I'd like to bring a 100-calorie bag of popcorn, but I don't carry a big purse. I can only imagine how many points the movie popcorn with butter would be. I pray for willpower today :) My weekly points start over today, but I sure don't want to use them all up on popcorn.

rebelle - I usually buy the ez-sweetz on amazon in a 3-pack of little bottles. It's just over $20 I think, but each bottle is equal to 5 pounds of sugar and I like to carry one in my purse to sweeten my tea at restaurants. It only takes a drop or two and a quick stir and it's perfect. They started selling it at my wlmart. It's in a bigger bottle and it's half the strength of the ones I usually buy. I got one of the bigger bottles and the only complaint I have is that it comes out too fast. The little bottles you actually have to squeeze to get a drop. The big bottle I got just comes out when you tip it over so you have to be careful not to get too much. I'm not trying to sell the stuff lol. I just have bottles and bottles of sweeteners I've tried and hated over the years and I never cared for the granulated stuff because it doesn't dissolve too well. I have wasted a lot of money over the last few years of low carb dieting. I have all kinds of low carb baking things I've bought off of netrition. I do like using almond flour though. It makes a good breading for chicken strips. My kids like it. Sometimes I just buy the almonds and put them in the food processor myself, but it's hard to get them really fine like it is when you buy it. I have a freezer full of things like almond flour and ground flax seed. One thing I really like is making stir fry with grated cauliflower for the rice. My entire family loves it. I tend to go overboard with the soy sauce though lol. I don't really do the cauliflower mashed potatoes, but the rice is great. You can do it in the food processor or grate it (it's messy though). You can even steam it in the microwave. I'm a huge fan of rice and Chinese food, so I was excited to have a rice substitute.

I have no idea how I ended up talking about food, but now I'm hungry so I guess I'll go grab something for breakfast.

patchworkpenguin
10-05-2013, 03:34 PM
Mandy Dawn, I like your new avatar. I've driven myself crazy by following the 'rules' of weightloss for over a year, but I never lost anything. So I'm not sure these things really work. I'm trying to find my own rules but so far I haven't lost much either so I'm not sure I'm a lot of help. I think some of them help curb certain behaviors which might have led to gained weight but I don't feel that all weightloss rules fit everyone. Such as everyone else I know seems to love to eat bread, I don't, so giving up bread doesn't affect me the way it might someone who eats it all the time. The last time I tried to lose weight I tried the smaller meals more frequently, but I think that 'fed" my desire to eat more, since I was eating 'all the time' I thought about food all the time and I think that backfired. I'm trying to eat more at a meal, get full {not overfull}, then wait until the next meal or I get hungry before thinking about eating again.

Rebelle,I had a few of Karen's dvds but I never liked Bob. It took me a long time to learn this but I don't have to do everything the instructor does to do a workout. Do shallower squats, or not as many reps, or less weights or no weights, or low impact instead of jumping. The hard workouts are what keeps me coming back for more, the ones I can do the first time I get bored of quickly and don't do again.

Mara, great Job!

Mara
10-05-2013, 04:39 PM
Thanks guys! I was 244.6 this morning.

Only you will be out here tomorrow I am sure of it.

Mandy I need a haircut bad. I always put it off.

Mara
10-05-2013, 04:40 PM
Rebelle I'm glad the hurricane is now a tropical storm. Fingers crossed it winds down more.

Only Believe
10-06-2013, 08:39 AM
239.2:cb::hat:
I'm moving on out now because I'm claiming this!
See you all soon!

mandydawn77
10-06-2013, 11:08 AM
248.2 this morning. I thought it was going to be 247, but then it jumped up before it stopped.

Congratulations Only Believe!!!! I hope to catch up to you before you leave the 230's, but don't wait up lol. Keep doing what you're doing, it's working well for you.

I did a walk away the pounds video (2 mile brisk walk) yesterday to help counteract the movie popcorn and a few pieces of candy the kids gave me. I made the mistake of not eating anything before we went to the movies, so I was hungry. I knew better, but wanted to go to the first movie of the day. We all got our haircut afterward, so at least I accomplished that. The rest of the day was spent at home doing laundry. We had a cold front move in yesterday so we had beef stew. It was mostly vegetables, hardly any beef. Lots of cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onion, green beans, corn and tomatoes. I have a hard time figuring up the points on things like that. I had two bowls, but I skipped the crackers. I have had to look at a box of cinnamon rolls sitting on the counter for days and surprisingly I have resisted them. They sure were looking good last night. I really want to keep losing weight, so I have to resist those urges because it will quickly turn into a binge. I was watching the golden girls this morning and Blanche was eating chips ahoy cookies and it made me want some, but I know me and I can eat the whole package once I get started. I bought some hummus and red cabbage - I seen on someone's blog that red cabbage works great for dipping. I also bought some fresh fruit to snack on. I'm planning on staying away from McDonald's this week. I want to try to eat healthier. I have my zumba class at 4 and I'm looking forward to that, not as many people make it to the Sunday class so it's not so crowded.

Hope you all have a great day!

Only Believe
10-07-2013, 08:42 AM
I was in the 240's so long that I automatically clicked this tread to post LOL Thanks rebelle, and Mandy. I wish you all the best and I'll be watching for you both! 238.4 :)

mandydawn77
10-07-2013, 09:54 AM
Rebelle - You are almost out of here as well! I have to hurry up and get to the next thread before you all get too far ahead of me. I bet by the time you get back on Wednesday you will be under 240.

I had my lowest weigh in so far at home this morning, but then by the time I got to work I was disappointed. I drank a little more coffee than usual, but I haven't had breakfast yet. By my scales at home I should have weighed 245 here at work, but instead it was 247. Oh well, maybe by Friday I will officially be 245. I felt thinner this morning and I tried on a shirt that used to show my rolls really bad and I didn't wear it because I was so uncomfortable in it. It fits really well now, except I don't like how short the sleeves are and they have tight elastic which makes me feel uncomfortable about my arms. I didn't wear it today, but I may try to stretch the sleeves a bit so that the elastic isn't so tight because other than the sleeves I love how it fits now. I also tried on some old navy slacks that I never really wore because they fit too tight on my thighs. Now they fit good in the thighs, but the waist is HUGE and they literally fall off. I will have to pass them on to someone because they're really cute.

Hope you all have a good Monday.

Mara
10-07-2013, 10:20 AM
Congrats Only, Rebelle and Mandy!

I am up today, 246, but I saw that coming. There was a Charity Wing Festival here and I did my part by buying wings. LOL They were delicious and the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House so I think it was worth it. :)

Now to get the extra pounds off again. Walked this morning, even though it is very cold and my body is sore from weed eating/mowing the lawn. Have the Heart Walk this Saturday, so have to get back to it. :)

pamatga
10-07-2013, 01:21 PM
Thanks patchworkpenguin for the link. I have already saved it and I will look into it further when I am feeling better.

Well, my weekly weigh in is 242.0 lbs. I was 241.4 lbs. last Monday so, unfortunately, you will see the likes of me for a while longer. :D I could feel a cold coming on for the past week but since nothing seemed to materialize I went ahead and met all of my personal workout goals. I did cardio 3x, both upper and lower body strength weight workouts 2x and abs once. (well, I wanted to do those twice too but by the end of the week I was getting really tired). My food plan was very good up to Friday. I felt ravenous hungry all day and it seemed like nothing would fill me. I also had some sweets offered at a Friday night church gathering we go to. :?:

Then, Saturday, I awoke with body aches, both hot and cold, a really severe sinus headache and my glands swollen so I have been sick now for 48 hours.:( Saturday night I slept 12 hours so I didn't go to our church's fall picnic but my DH brought home some food for me. :) Of course, that included some prize winning cake and cookies. Is this story starting to depress you as much as it is me?:?:

Anyway, today is a new day and a new week so I hope that all of you will have both a good day and a good week coming up. I will check back in a couple of days. For now, lots of o.j., cold meds and sleep.

Take care, Pam:hug:

patchworkpenguin
10-07-2013, 02:40 PM
Pam, you are welcome. :D

Weighed in today at 243.2 which isn't much of a change if not the same as the week before. sigh.

Hubby got home safely, if not a few hours late due to some last minute work and a flat tire. But its nice to have him back. He got some time off later this week, which will also be nice.

mandydawn77
10-08-2013, 09:05 AM
I can't remember exactly, but I was 247.? this morning. I'm having one of those "I feel fat" days. People were so rude on the road this morning. This day isn't starting off too well. I hope it gets better soon.

Mara
10-08-2013, 09:15 AM
Pamatga I hope you get to feeling better. :(

Patchwork I am glad you husband made it home safe.

Mandy I hope your day gets better.

I am down a little from yesterday, 245.2.

mandydawn77
10-09-2013, 09:41 AM
247 point something again this morning at home, but 248.8 is what it showed by the time I got to work. I know my clothes can't weigh too much, but I guess the water and coffee added with it must really add up. They had a fundraiser for my son's school last night at mcdonald's of all places and of course my son talked me into going. A very unhealthy dinner for my diet, but luckily I had eaten really light all day so I had lots of points/calories left. I have zumba the next two nights so I can sweat it off and they're doing a free black light zumba party this Saturday and I'm planning on going to that too. They are usually an hour and a half so I'll get a half hour more than the usual, plus they usually have multiple instructors taking turns on stage so we do a lot of new stuff. Everyone always dresses all crazy and puts things in their hair that glow and paint on their faces, neon tutus, crazy socks, etc. It's a lot of fun. They usually cost $10 a person, but this one is free!

Next Friday is our final weigh in for our weight loss challenge here at work and if I can hang on to the 247 or below then I'm at the 5% goal and so far I'm the only one! It would be awesome to get the entire pot all to myself, but there are two others that are not too far behind me, so it looks like it will be split three ways. We shall see.

Happy hump day everyone!

Mara
10-09-2013, 01:01 PM
Good luck Mandy.

My final weigh in for my work challenge is this Friday. I think I am in 2nd place. But hopefully it goes well. I am up a tiny bit today, 245.4.

Mara
10-10-2013, 09:17 AM
Still the same this morning. I did not bring my lunch so I am trying to plan a reasonable lunch at Wendy's. At least it is cheap and has some decent options. :)

mandydawn77
10-10-2013, 10:29 AM
247.0 at home this morning. I sure hope I'm at least down to 247 on Friday because I'm pretty sure that's where I need to be for 5% loss. Next Friday is what really counts, but it would be nice to already be there and hopefully lose another pound or two by next Friday.

Mara - I like Wendy's and they do have some healthy options. When I was on low carb I would get a piece of grilled chicken and a side salad. It was under $4 and made a decent meal. One Wendy's charged me $2 and only gave me half a piece of grilled chicken and I had to go in and throw a fit because that was ridiculous - they gave me a whole piece after I told them every other Wendy's I had been to gave me a whole piece for $2. The one by my house would dice it up for me and even offered to put it on my salad if I wanted.

That reminded me of the first time I ordered a side of sausage at McDonalds and seen the price, I was like "Are you serious?". They charge less for a sausage biscuit. It just makes no sense at all. I used to have to order the sausage biscuit even though I didn't want the biscuit and I told them that they could keep their biscuit.

I'll stop my ranting now lol. Hope everyone has a good day. :)

pamatga
10-10-2013, 03:50 PM
Hi all! I am still sick with the influenza which seems to be mostly in my head and upper chest. I have had a really tough sinus headache this time around; usually that breaks and then I get the "waterworks" with my nose. I have only had one day like that so far. I have slept as much as my body wants to but I still feel lethargic. I haven't exercised this past week at all even though I have had moments where I really wanted to move around.

I have read all of your posts and I just wanted to check in and say that I am still here; just tending to my virus.

Congrats, onlybelieve, on breaking 240s and getting down into the 230s. I honestly thought that I would have by now but this week was more of a standstill than a set back. I hope to join you within 10-14 days; God willing. As usual, I am disappointed in being sick but this is not as bad as I have had in the past so I am grateful for that.

mandy, I think you were the one who asked about what kind of food plans, etc. some of us are following. When I am losing the best, this is what I am doing: 1) tracking every bite I eat every day 2) going no sugar including no desserts 3) doing cardio 5x a week for at least 30 "sweating" minutes 4) staying within a specific amount of calories depending on how much exercise I do [allowing more calories the more intense my workouts are] 5) limiting myself to eating out no more than 2x a week 6) keeping my sodium levels under 2500 mg per day 7) eating between 5-8 servings of vegetables per day and limiting myself to 2 or less servings of fruit.

When I follow those specific rules above, I can lose between 3.5-4 lbs per week. I have done this plan above this past year. I was able to sustain that for about 6 weeks the longest. It does involve more pre-planning and more focus, especially in the exercise area, but it does get the kind of results we all love to have. The hardest part for me was not getting overly tired from the cardio.

The #1 obstacle for me is having the money that it takes to eat "clean". We only have one income in our household right now and that is my DH. The summer's are usually the low ebb and we do try to plan ahead and I do have a garden but his summer has extended into the fall so far and I have had to really make some very tough decisions regarding juggling our monthly bills and still eating as healthy as I prefer to eat. Now, with all of this economic uncertainty from our nation's capital, this has really impacted us (blind sided us really) as well. It is my plan that as we get back on our feet financially, I will be able to return to that type of program that I was following late spring of this year. I was doing very well on everything and then the proverbial "sh** hit the fan".

IMHO, I do not feel you are getting a "value" eating at fast foods on a regular basis. I realize that it is so easy to just order something rather than fix it at home and $2 may seem cheap at the time you are ordering the single sausage but you can buy an entire package of sausages for little more than that.If you want to go a step further and eat a healthier sausage you can also spend an extra $1 and buy turkey sausage (a lot less saturated fat) or even go with the soy substitutes out there from Morningstar Farms. I do want to make it clear that I do eat at fast foods. However, I do try to limit them to no more than 2x a week, based on an expert's advice to me.

Although they do have a lot better choices today than they did 5 years ago, my biggest problem there is making those better choices. Since I usually am hungry when I am standing there and also not familiar with their menus since I don't eat there but maybe once a month, if then, I usually end up buying something that is not all that good for me. If you want to know how those foods stack up check out the nutritional guides online for McDonald's, etc. I do like their new chicken wraps at McDonald's but again the sodium is very high, and I hate to admit it but if I smell those fries, I am getting them as well! I used to work at Wendy's almost 30 years ago and I am happy to say that their basic menu still tastes the way it did back then BUT their single cheeseburger has 1220 mg sodium. Their new salads with the chicken on top have just as much as well. I don't know about you but it takes 100 oz of plain water to flush that kind of sodium out of my body.:?:

I take a checks and balance approach to my weight lose. When I am losing a lot slower, the first two things that I check are 1) what is my sodium levels and 2) how much cardio have I been doing? I can almost always trace my re-gains to these two key components of my weight loss plan.

I too drink a lot of diet soda (although there are 2 brands: Diet Rite and diet Sam's cola that are virtually sodium free) and I also drink water. I have not personally found either to impact my weight loss either way. So, they are still in for me. I like the carbonation (the bubbles) although it does contribute to lower belly bloat. Just an FYI.

As for some of the other "suggestions" that experts have said: eating earlier in the day, no night time eating, smaller meals, etc. I have tried all of these and I honestly have not found them to impact my weight loss one way or the other. Again, for me, it always gets down to moving more and keeping that sodium lower so the weight that I do have has a chance of being flushed out.

As for the kinds of foods: I have gone on every diet imaginable. The best food plan for me is just plain eating healthy. Now, that means different things for different people but the intangible benefits of when I eat healthy is that I feel better, I look better and I "perform" better when working out. When I do fall off the wagon and eat off my food plan, I just instinctively want to get right back on. I just like how I feel when I eat healthier. I feel like I have more energy, I don't tired as easily and when I do get sick I am not as sick as I used to be when all I ate was "low nutrient, calorie dense" foods.Again, this is what I have found works for me. I am not saying that everyone should do what I do.

I agree with the other person who said you basically have to find what works for you. It has taken me a long time of experimenting to come up with something that seems to both stick and work for me. However, it is something that does not feel like a diet and for me that is as important as anything else. I really underplay my food plan especially when I am eating out with others, simply because it takes away all of the obsession that can happen when you are working on losing weight. IMHO, the less said the better. Otherwise, I have found the "diet police" come out and suddenly I have others wanting to give me their opinion on whether what I am eating is good for me. Who needs that when losing weight is hard enough?

Good luck in your pursuit of finding a plan that works for you. Thanks for the answer to my earlier question regarding when to switch to the next 10 lbs thread. Now, just to get over this cold and get back to where I was.

Take care, Pam:hug:

Mara
10-11-2013, 09:39 AM
Happy Friday! I have my final weigh in for the work competition in a few minutes. Fingers crossed.

Mandy that is crazy about the sausage! I mean you are getting less food.

Pamataga I hope you get better soon. :( The flu stinks.

mandydawn77
10-11-2013, 10:33 AM
My official weigh in was 246.8 this morning and I'm happy with that. We have one week to go on our weight loss challenge and I am the only one so far that has gotten to 5%. If today was the end I would get all $320, but I have to wait until next Friday to see if anyone else makes it to 5%. Nobody has even hit 4% yet, but my boss is very competitive and she only has to lose 2 more pounds to get to 5% because she weighs so much less a pound makes a bigger difference percentage wise. There is one other coworker who might make it, but I don't think anyone else can lose enough to get to 5% in one week. Fingers crossed that I win it all lol.

Pam - I'm sorry you're sick and hope you get well soon. Thank you so much for the insight into what works best for you. I'm glad to hear that someone else drinks diet pop on a regular basis and is successful at losing weight. I know I eat way too much sodium and maybe I should start keeping a closer eye on that. As far as the sausage goes, that was when I was doing low carb and not worrying about the fat lol. On WW's that would be a lot of points I'm sure.

Happy Friday everyone! I better get back to work.

Mara
10-11-2013, 01:26 PM
Way to go Mandy! You got this!

I came in second on my work challenge. I lost 6.10% of my starting weight. Second place is good. I got a $50.00 giftcard to TJ Maxx/Marshall's.

First place went to a lady that has lost 10.85% of her starting weight! She did great.

mandydawn77
10-11-2013, 03:17 PM
Mara - Congratulations on your second place! I have found the weight loss challenges at work to be really motivating. We are trying to figure out how the next challenge is gonna work. I think we are just going to keep our weight a secret this time so that nobody knows who is winning until the end. Whatever our weight is at the end of this challenge next Friday will be our starting weight for the next one. I don't know how many are going to do it this time though. My boss wants to do a winner takes all, but I kind of like the first, second and third. How long was your challenge? Did you all have to put money in?

patchworkpenguin
10-13-2013, 06:36 PM
We just got back from a RV weekend at Chickasaw SP near Bolivar, TN. It rained for a while during our trip which just added to the humidity, but overall we had a nice time. The leaves are just starting to change, which make our hikes though the woods and around the lake extra pretty.

Mara, great job! TJ Marshall's {my name for them} is one of my favorite stores.

Rebelle, I try to only weigh weekly for that reason. I'm still here plugging away.

Mara
10-14-2013, 09:11 AM
Hi guys. Sorry I have had stomach problems the past few days so not much internet time. Thanks! I am excited about second place. :D

Mandy I challenge was from April to October and we weighed in every two weeks. We all put $20.00 in at the beginning. We are toying with the idea of doing another challenge.

mandydawn77
10-14-2013, 10:51 AM
246.2 is what I weighed after I got to work this morning.

I had a big blacklight zumba party Saturday and sweat my butt off for a full hour and a half. I did my hour class yesterday and I will be shaking it for an hour again tonight. I really have fun doing zumba. If you haven't tried it you should. It's really hard at first, but it does get easier.

I went to the buffet at the casino with mom Friday night and, needless to say, I didn't eat well. I had two desserts - I couldn't resist the buttermilk pie and creme brulee. I could have made myself sick on those. I only had one plate of food and didn't eat it all, but it was not healthy food. I had lots of points left for the day and most of my weekly points (my weekly points start over on Saturday). I tried my best to track everything, but it's hard to estimate amounts, especially when you just take one bite of something. We made a big pot of chili Saturday so I had two bowls Saturday and two bowls Sunday (lunch and dinner). I don't know exactly how many points, but I tried to estimate on the high side.

I made some cookies Saturday with only 3 ingredients and they are good. Two ripe bananas mashed up, one cup of quick oats and one fourth cup of pecans. Mix it up and scoop out tablespoon size cookies (makes 16). Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. It's like portable oatmeal, makes a great breakfast on the go. You can use whatever nuts you want or chocolate chips, some people even put peanut butter chips. They are only 1 point per cookie. My daughter said they need to be a little sweeter so next time I may put a drop or two of my sweetener for her, but I thought they were good without it. I think next time I'll put two chocolate chips on each cookie just for a little treat. They are really filling.

I'll quit rambling on. Hope you all had a great weekend. I'll check back in later.

pamatga
10-14-2013, 01:24 PM
My weekly weigh ins are on Monday so I hate to admit this but I am up from last week. I weighed 245.2 lbs. I too had too many calories and a lot of "comfort" food (read: frozen pizza and sweets) while I was sick. Thanks for all the well wishes. I pretty much didn't do much except watch t.v., sleep and eat. We all know what a disaster all of those together are for any kind of weight loss. This cold/flu seemed to stay mostly in head and by this past weekend, my stomach was hurting so bad from the crappy eating as well as all the meds, I just had to simply not take any meds yesterday because of my stomach being so upset.

Well, as I always say, today is a new day!:carrot:

Mara: congrats on the $50 gift card. :cp:That too is one of my favorite places to shop. It would be so hard to know whether to spend on myself or save it to use towards Christmas. Either way, "good job!":carrot:

Mandy: if everyone kept their weight a secret, do you trust everyone to be honest about how much they will lose? I shouldn't say that but it would be tempting especially with us moving into all of the eating holidays to just "cheat" a little on how much a person would lose. If I had that much money at stake, it would be a great motivator for me, I know that! I like the idea of first, second and third also. Do you share the spoils that way? Good luck!:cb:

Mandy, when I eat at buffets, :T: and our favorite restaurant is that, I usually spoon out one portion size and then use my calorie counter book at home to calculate how much it is. I have finally honed my method down to choosing only things that I either don't make at home or this particular restaurant does well at. I pass on things like mashed potatoes, etc. that I can make any day at home. If a place I have never been too and they pre-serve the portions, I do my best to eyeball the portions (3 oz is the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand, 1 TB of butter looks like a golf ball, 1 cup of anything is about the size of a tennis ball,etc.) and then I at least go home and write them down in my daily food plan. I don't necessarily calculate the calories but even when I think I am watching my calories, I inevitably come up with around 1200 calories. The main thing that is a shocker (always) is how much sodium they have.

Getting back to my favorite buffet restaurant. One half cup of green beans there is 550 mg sodium. They so happen to have a nutritional guide online that I am familiar with and even those tiny pieces of dessert, like pies, are nearly 300+ calories. Just a heads up on how difficult it is to eat out very often and still manage to lose much weight. I am sure your rigorous zumba :dance: classes really help to balance that out. I would love to try them but with two damaged knees, that is out of the question. Some day.....:jig:

I didn't do any exercise last week but I feel well enough today so my plan to hop right back into it and do as I had planned before.

I hope everyone has a great Monday and I will check back in on hump day:broc:

Take care, Pam:grouphug:

mandydawn77
10-14-2013, 04:58 PM
Pam - We will weigh in at the beginning and end. We are using our final weight from the end of this challenge as our starting weight for the next. The next challenge will be another 6-week challenge and we won't weigh in again until that last Friday to see who won. We just won't know each Friday who is in the lead or how far ahead anyone is. Right now we weigh in each Friday and put up our percentages that we have lost so far in this challenge. We just try to change up our challenges each time. The next one will end right before Thanksgiving and then we are waiting until January to start the next one. There is talk about doing a partner one then, but if we do I feel sorry for whoever gets my boss as a partner lol.

Money is definitely a good motivator. It's gonna be close on this one. My boss only has to lose 2 pounds this week to get to 5% and then we will have to split the pot. She is very competitive so I think she will do it. If she doesn't then I will probably get the whole thing because everyone else has to lose at least 4 pounds to get there and considering we have all been dieting since June 14th it's hard to drop 4 or more pounds in a week, especially since they don't have as much to lose. It's not impossible though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed to get all $320 this Friday!!!

mandydawn77
10-15-2013, 09:10 AM
245.6 (I think it was .6) when I got to work this morning! Yay, a new low!

As long as I stay at 247 or below I'm still at my 5% lost for this challenge. I can't do anything crazy the next few days and mess it all up. I would cry if that happened. One of the girls who needs to lose 4 pounds to get there has lost 2 already so she just might do it. If she does and my boss does then it will be split 3 ways. It will still be over $100 so I can be happy with that, but $320 all to myself sure would be nice. :)

Good morning to you all. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Mara
10-15-2013, 09:12 AM
Good luck Mandy!

Pamataga I had the same thoughts. lol Use the card on me or for xmas gifts.

I am feeling better today. Still not great, but better. I am up a little today, 245.0, but saw that coming. Whenever I am sick I lose, but then gain a little back when better.

Mara
10-16-2013, 08:47 AM
Well up this morning. :( 246.4 Hoping it is from running last night. It has been awhile.

Rebelle sorry the scale is being stubborn, but I know if I was traveling a lot like that I would probably be tempted to eat out and probably not always the healthiest of stuff. So keep being awesome!

pamatga
10-16-2013, 02:07 PM
rebelle, count me in too for wanting to break the 240s by Halloween and then start out in November on a whole new page. I think we can do it---we still have two weeks left of this month. Two weeks and one day until Halloween.

I don't know about the rest of you but the conversation with my Dh went like this the other night "So, what candy are we getting the trick and treaters and what candy are we getting for us?" :D I am not going to fool myself when it comes to that day. I remember last year and one older kid asked me if he could have two more and I said to him point blank (and as serious as a judge) "so, what am I supposed to eat when all of you guys go home?" :p I get very "territorial" on Halloween! :devil:I think it is because my Mom used to take my sister and mine "stash" and put it in a huge mixing bowl on the very top shelf of one of the kitchen cupboards and we had to "ask" for what we "worked so hard for" each time we wanted some candy. I do not know why I didn't take that metal kitchen stool and climb up and get it. I guess, my Mom also was very "territorial" about her "stash". ;)

So, in the meantime, I am back going "no sugar". A well meaning friend sent home a half dozen pumpkin spice cupcakes which are frozen in the freezer. I have been tempted but so far, so good. I have had two very good days where I stayed within my calorie range and also worked out yesterday. I am feeling more like my old self so I think that bout with the cold/flu is safely behind me. So, now to get down to "brass tacks".

I am down .6 lbs. and I am very pleased to say that I managed to keep my sodium under 2500 mg. The AHA and ADA both say to keep it under 1500 mg but gosh I would be having water (which also has some natural occurring sodium in it) and bananas (1 mg sodium). So, for me 2500 mg is a good place for me. Now, to keep that up.

mandy here is rooting for you that you come away with some of that hard-earned cash this coming Friday. I will check in and find out how much you have to "enjoy".

Take care all and have a good day, Pam:hug:

mandydawn77
10-16-2013, 02:55 PM
I had a doc appointment this morning so I've been playing catch up at work. I only have a moment, but I wanted to update. I hit another new low today. Yay!!! 244.0 going by my scales at home. By 9:15 at the docs office I weighed 245.2, but considering I was dressed, had drank my coffee and taken all my meds I know it would have been 244 before all that. I would love to go under 240 by the end of the month. :)

I also received a call from my friend at work this morning who couldn't wait to share her news of losing enough weight to reach the 5% mark. If she weighs the same Friday as today then she will just make it. I'm happy for her, but now it looks like the pot will be split 3 ways for sure because I know how my boss is and she will get those 2 pounds off no matter what she has to do lol. I'm a little disappointed about the money, but I'm happy for my friend. She is almost at the 200 mark! I'm so jealous. She's a lot shorter than I am though so she is only wearing a size smaller than I am.

Pam - Congrats on your weight loss and being able to keep your sodium low. I don't even try to keep my sodium down, but I probably should. I hear you about the candy. I love just about every kind of candy bar ever made. I'm going to have to stay out of it totally because once I get started I just want more, more, more.

Mara & Rebelle - Hang in there. The weight will start coming off again soon if you continue staying on plan.

Happy hump day everyone!!!

mandydawn77
10-17-2013, 09:05 AM
I'm so excited! I hit a new low again this morning, 243.8!!! I don't know how I'm getting so lucky cruising through the 240's, but I'm going to enjoy this while it lasts because I know we all hit plateaus off and on throughout our weight loss journeys, Lord knows I hit one for months back in 2012 where the scale just completely stopped moving.

I made those healthy cookies again last night and they are wonderful, this time I put a couple of chocolate chips on each one to give it a little more flavor. I brought them to work today to share and so far everyone agrees they are good, some say great. Even my picky boss liked it and it's hard to get her to even try new things. I'm having cookies for breakfast this morning lol. They really are filling. I can't get over how easy they are to make. I have more bananas ripening so I can make them again this weekend.

I'm still sweating my butt off at my zumba classes 4 days a week and still loving it. I haven't been doing the walk away the pounds videos the past week or two, but I still plan to do it occasionally on the days I don't have zumba.

I'm going to have to use some of the money from my weight loss winnings to buy some more pants because it's getting cold and most of my pants are way too big now. I'm going to hit the clearance racks at catos first because I can usually find things there that I like and I need new workout clothes too and for that I will try to find something cheap at walmart, which is where I bought the last ones on clearance. I don't mind wearing capri length pants for that, so maybe I can get them cheaper.

I hope you all are having a good week and that the scales are moving in the right direction for you. I'd like us all to get down into the next thread by October. We can do it!!!

Mara
10-17-2013, 09:19 AM
GO Mandy!!!

I am still up. But that is okay. I just need to get my head back in the game. :)

Mara
10-18-2013, 09:46 AM
Rebelle :hug:

I am creeping up again. That seems to be my pattern. Whoosh down, bounce around, and then level out, and finally whoosh down. Repeat. :spin:

mandydawn77
10-18-2013, 10:00 AM
243.0 this morning!

Three of us hit the 5% mark and split the pot. My boss just barely made it. The other winner lost 6 pounds since last Friday! She almost caught up with me as far as percentage goes. I ended up with 6.53% lost which was 17 pounds in 6 weeks, so I'm pretty proud of that. The other winners were at 6.04% and 5.08%. We are immediately starting the next challenge and we will be using our final weight from this one and keeping our weight a secret until the final day when we weigh in and it's winner takes all!!! Talk about a challenge. I wish this one would have been winner takes all because I would have won it.

Mara - Your whoosh will be coming soon and I bet it will be a big one.

rebelle - I bet you will meet that goal of being under 240 by halloween.

Happy Friday everyone!

mandydawn77
10-19-2013, 12:46 PM
244 this morning. Up exactly 1 pound from yesterday, but that's understandable because I used up most of my weeklies eating out at my favorite local mexican restaurant. It was so good. I think it helps me be good throughout the week when I can look forward to a big splurge meal once a week. I really did overeat though. I should have stopped before I finished, but I try not to take it home because I only want to splurge for that one meal. I don't know if that's good or not. It definitely cured my craving for mexican food, at least for now :) For some reason the guacamole didn't taste as good as it usually does, but the salsa and chips were wonderful.

I bought some sugar free jello pudding cups at walmart yesterday. I didn't get the cool whip yet, but I may get that next time. I have some bananas that are getting pretty ripe so I may have to make those cookies again or this recipe I found for banana pumpkin bread that looks amazing. I'm just afraid I might eat too much of that. I did buy a can of pumpkin though - just in case lol. My mom is wanting to make her wonderful pumpkin coconut bread this year (she never made it last year). I need to get her recipe and see just how many points it will be for me to have part of it. I'm sure it will be a lot more than the recipe I found on skinnytaste.com

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Mara
10-21-2013, 09:24 AM
Morning! I had a wedding this weekend and I did pretty good since it was a buffet reception. I had a big salad with a little side of bbq, corn, and hashbrown casserole. And then the tinest cupcake. It was cute and looked like a toy. lol I weighed in at 244.8 this morning.

Mandy you are flying through the 40's! :D And a pound from Mexican is awesome. For something sweet I sometimes have vanilla low fat yogurt with a few sark chocolate chips sprinkled in.

Rebelle I hope your back gets better. As for the getting up at 3am I read an article once that said that it could be from low potassium. Maybe try upping that?

mandydawn77
10-21-2013, 09:49 AM
A new low this morning - I can't believe it! 240.8!!!

I think those healthy cookies are actually helping with my weight loss. They are so filling and I feel like I'm getting a real treat. I made a batch and a half Saturday night and I can't seem to stay out of them. I've had them for breakfast the last two mornings and my bedtime snack and even had one before my zumba class yesterday. I had a hard time figuring out my calories and points for my crockpot pot roast with vegetables that I ate on all weekend, so maybe I overshot on the calories. It's hard for me to know which one to pick on mfp and I have to guess on the amount. I ate way too many potatoes every time I went to the kitchen I snagged a potato and carrot out of the pot. Besides a lean cuisine on Saturday all I had was bowls of roast with vegetables and those darn cookies.

It was so nice and cool yesterday that we did zumba outside again. It really messed with my allergies though. By the time I left my eyes were stinging, my nose was running and I felt like I had wind burn on my face. I did my walk away the pounds video Saturday, but other than that I didn't do anything but laundry and lay around all day.

I'm so thankful for my wonderful weight loss, this past week or so has been great, but I just keep waiting for it to stop because I don't think it can keep going down at this rate much longer. It's weird though because even though the scale is really showing good losses I have felt fat the past two days, my clothes don't seem to be showing the loss. They don't feel any looser than they did the past couple of weeks. My dad did make a nice comment about my weight loss when he seen me about a week ago. I can't remember exactly what he said, but it was something about me shrinking.

I'm going to drink more water today because I tend to not drink as much on the weekends and I know I need it. I'm not sure if I should change my signature or not because I just have a hard time believing I'm down to 240 already.

Rebelle - Scrubbing the deck is far from not doing anything! That's hard work and really hard on the back and knees I would think. I'll have to try the graham cracker treats. Is it just cool whip smeared on a chocolate graham cracker and then frozen?

Happy Monday everyone!

Mara
10-21-2013, 01:59 PM
Mandy that is awesome!!! keep whooshing down. :D

mandydawn77
10-21-2013, 03:00 PM
I just bought the off brand of quick oats, but you could use Quaker brand. I bought the tall, round, cardboard container.

I've been reading all the different comments from people on her website who have tried changing up the recipe so this last time I changed it a little. I added a little cocoa, a splash of vanilla and 3 chocolate chips on each one. I'm considering replacing half of the banana with pumpkin and adding some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice as someone suggested. I should probably try to stick as close to the basic recipe as possible or else I need to check the WW points to see if they are more with the changes I've made. I counted 6 points for 5 cookies because when I used the nutrition info from mfp and checked it with the WW calculator that's how it came out.

The original recipe is just two ripe bananas mashed up real good (you can stick it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it a little more if you want), 1 cup quick oats and 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (I used pecans because that's what I had in the freezer). Her recipe said you could replace the nuts with chocolate chips and it would still be a 1-point cookie.

mandydawn77
10-22-2013, 08:25 AM
240.2 this morning

I have to admit I was hoping to get under 240, but I'm still happy with 240. I was hoping to get to 240 by the end of the month, so getting to it sooner was a great surprise.

I think my zumba instructor was trying to kill us last night lol. :) It was a rough workout, especially since I had a headache all day. Ibuprofen wasn't getting rid of it and neither was drinking lots of water. I think it has something to do with allergies. The mold count is really high right now.

I'm off work today because I have to take my daughter to the orthodontist. I had to get up just as early to get my son off to school though. Too bad I couldn't sleep in.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and show some good losses on the scales.

Mara
10-22-2013, 09:08 AM
I am sure you will be out of here tomorrow Mandy. :)

I got 244.2 this morning, so yay!

pamatga
10-22-2013, 10:48 AM
Congrats, Mandy, on being the "biggest loser" of your office weight loss challenge. By the sound of it, you have a very good chance of winning the next round the way you are going. Keep up the good work! I am sure the added cardio is making a big difference in your moving through the 240s so quickly.

Thanks ladies for the two low cal sweet treats.:cookie: I plan to try both soon. I already keep a box of the 40 calorie no sugar fudgesicles in the freezer for those times when I just want a little taste of chocolate.

I met my weekly goal last week for the workouts that I had wanted to do. My food plan was "spot on" until my DH brought home some leftovers from his weekend "business luncheon". I overdid on pasta salads and I had two regular cupcakes. My weight loss right now is stalled :snail: but I know what the cause of it is: like others here, carbs and high sodium cause me to be both thirsty and hungry.. not always the best combination. I do best with a low carb food plan. I just do. Tonight I go grocery shopping and I will load up on fish and chicken. That will help me get back on track. I want to join the "whoosh parade" going on here.:D so let's all "whoosh away".;)

I love the energy going with you, Mandy! You are definitely "on fire".:flame: I love it when I can trade down in my clothes. I did that this past summer and it was soooo much fun. Have fun clothes shopping!

Mara, don't be discouraged, it will come off so keep on "keepin on".:coach:

Take care all, Pam:grouphug:

Mara
10-23-2013, 08:55 AM
Thanks Pam!

I am up .6 today, but I had chinese yesterday so I consider that a win. lol

mandydawn77
10-23-2013, 09:24 AM
238.6 this morning, but I'm still in shock so I don't know whether to believe it or not. By the time I weighed in here at work I was 239, but either way I'm ecstatic. I think I might just move my ticker to 239 and wait and see what tomorrow shows because it surely couldn't have gone down again considering I took my daughter to Wendy's for lunch after her appointment yesterday and I had a homestyle chicken sandwich and small fry which cost me 23 points! I really was wanting something to eat last night for a snack and I just kept telling myself no, that I could wait until tomorrow. It's hard to do, but I forced myself to stay in my bedroom. I didn't skimp on dinner though, in fact I was kind of disappointed in myself because I really filled my bowl way too full of goulash and then had a few big spoonfuls of the kids spongebob mac n cheese. All that food may show on the scale tomorrow. I will sweat my butt off at zumba tonight and tomorrow night though so hopefully I can work it off. I hate to keep saying it, but I just can't believe the scale is still moving down so fast. I really expected to just maintain this week because I lost so well last week.

Happy hump day! I hope you all have a big whoosh this week!!!

Mara
10-24-2013, 09:29 AM
Congrats Mandy!!!

Rebelle you have got this. :)

I am down to 244.4 today and I ran a little over half a mile. Granted that was broken up, but I am still proud. :D

mandydawn77
10-24-2013, 10:01 AM
Thank you guys.

Mara - One of these days I may get up the courage to try running. I have a friend here at work who had dieted and worked out at the gym for a couple of years and was looking really good, but the real changes in her body came after she started running and she says she loves running. Keep it up and I bet you will get some really good results.

rebelle - I am on the points plus plan. The first time I tried it, after following such a strict low carb plan for over a year, it seemed so easy in the beginning, but then all those carb cravings came back and with the holidays it wasn't long before I completely went off my diet and gained back 25 pounds in 6 months or so. This time around I did start with the extreme low carb for the first weight lost challenge because I know it works, but I only did it for 12 weeks and then switched to WW's. So far it seems pretty easy, but I've had all this motivation here at work with these challenges. I do like the fact that I can eat whatever I want as long as I stay within my points for the week. I love to eat and overeating has always been my big problem and I think all the exercise helps offset that. I don't count activity points, but I definitely use my weekly points. Also, I've always had long, strong nails that my friends are envious of (not trying to brag, but one of the few things I have going for me lol) and I noticed when I went back to the low carb my nails suffered horribly, so I think I was lacking some vitamins and minerals for sure. They are finally getting back to normal since I've been back on WW's.

I'm really worried about the holidays coming up since that's when I blew it last year. I'm going to need lots of support and motivation to make it through.

Scale was up to 240.2 this morning, so I'm not quite into the 230's completely. We shall see what the scale shows tomorrow since Fridays have been my official weigh in days.

Hope you all have a fabulous day!

Mara
10-25-2013, 09:01 AM
Congrats Rebel! The 230's! Hopefully won't be to far behind you and Mandy.

The running is a little hard on the boobs. I am well endowed, but I have found if I keep my arms close to me and move them just a little forward and back, my boobs don't bounce to crazily. Or maybe I am concentrating so hard on breathing that I don't notice. lol

I will not be reaching my bday goal of 236 since it is a week away, but definitely entering my 30's healthier. :D I am still at 244.4. Maybe I can at least enter the 30's decade age and weight wise together. lol

mandydawn77
10-25-2013, 09:29 AM
240.4 this morning so still not quite in the 30's yet.

I'm going to my arthritis doc today, joy joy. A wasted $50 copay. I have to go or my meds won't get filled. This is my first time back with my original arthritis doc. I haven't been to her in a few years so I'm gonna ask what I weighed the last time I was there. I'm curious. She was always worried about me overdoing it so I can only imagine her opinion of me doing zumba. Oh well. She can't make me stop lol. I know if I have a flare up I won't b able to do it but luckily mine r few and far between. I think the benefits outweigh the risk at this point, although she may not agree.

Rebelle - congrats on making it to the next thread. Hopefully I will b there by next week. I hope u like the cookies. U will have to let me know what u think

Goddess In Training
10-25-2013, 11:56 AM
Hi there... is it okay if I join in this thread?
I was in at 247 this morning. I really intend to get to 245 before my next official weekly weigh in... and you ladies are very inspiring :) I like the idea of making our way down the scale together :)

Mara
10-25-2013, 12:01 PM
Welcome Goddess In Training! :)

mandydawn77
10-25-2013, 01:26 PM
I just got back from the doctor's office. Finally. I hadn't been to that doctor since the end of 2009, I didn't realize it had been so long. I weighed 90 pounds less today than I did at my last appointment! The nurse was asking me how I did it. :)

wannaskipandlaugh
10-27-2013, 11:38 AM
Hello ALL!... well this is my 2nd time inside this thread.. I was here in August and September with my old scale (14 lbs off)... and have finally made my way back here again!... THIS time.. it WILL NOT take me 2 months to get thru NO WAY NO WAY!... LOL Determined, who me?! Yay baby!! I am!! So 249 today (was 249.8 yesterday) and briefly saw 248.4 too... but tomorrow I will take that or lower!! :D... Old scale has me at 234.5... but that is just to tease me and not going to get cranky about it.

So.... Hope everyone is well and I see several have moved off to the 230/220 thread too... I hope to see you all there soon too. There are several in the 250/260 thread that are close to getting here too.. so there will be fresh posters and happy campers joining!.

I wish you all a Marvelous day! and I appreciate sharing this journey with you all!

wannaskipandlaugh
10-28-2013, 07:48 AM
Shoot... I ate a very salty-tho Low Carb dinner last night and am holding water LIKE crazy!... in 1 hour I drank 3 glasses of icetea.. wow... so Squishy Sue this morning... but will flush that extra water outta here.... Sitting at 249.6 which means I was probably going to be in the 248's today... Well just a day delay! Will be there tomorrow

Happy Monday all! :)

Mara
10-28-2013, 09:13 AM
Mandy that is awesome about the difference at the Dr.!

Rebelle I have made the cookies and I usually add a splash of vanilla, choc. chips, and almonds. Delicious!

Sue! Glad you are here, but I bet not for long. :)

I had a good moment this weekend. My boots zipped up without any need to squeeze my calves in or use the spanx calf socks. :) Made me very happy. But then I was crazy hungry all weekend. Like I couldn't concentrate on anything but food hungry. So needless to say the scale is back up to 246.4. :( Hopefully it is mostly water weight.

mandydawn77
10-28-2013, 09:39 AM
Good morning all! Glad to see you here Sue!

Not a good weekend as far as eating goes. I went to the pizza buffet Friday night and ate waaayyy too much. Friday night is when I have my big meal and use up most of my weekly points, but I shouldn't have eaten so much. I took the kids to a fall festival yesterday and had a hot dog and a bag of popcorn. Also, I made a big breakfast yesterday morning that cost me a LOT of points. I did go to zumba, but it wasn't my regular instructor so I didn't get as good of a workout. She will be back tonight though. Now that I'm back to work hopefully my eating will get back on track. I am determined to do better! I also ate steak fingers with gravy this weekend - oh man was it a bad weekend for my diet :(

The scale showed it this morning too - 242.2 It was quite depressing to see the results of my bad eating. I have to meet my goal of at least getting back to 240 by the end of the month.

peachesandcream
10-28-2013, 12:46 PM
Hey! I just came down from the 250s and I'm kinda new to this site. I've in the 240s for a two days now. 248 today- hoping to go down more. It was a tough weekend- gave into some mini-temptations but managed to stay away from the big ones. I fit back into my size 16 jeans that I haven't worn since I was in college :) yay! Now I need to push myself to get into the gym tonite- need to be working out more. I'm finding that imagining myself smaller when I am tempted has been helpful.

Congrats on the 90lbs Mandy! Keep that big accomplishment in your mind.

pamatga
10-28-2013, 03:39 PM
First of all, :welcome: peaches n cream, goddess in training and wannaskipandlaugh to this thread.:grouphug: So glad to see some new faces here in this thread.

For those of you ladies who are "well-endowed", I have a couple of sports bras, one by Goddess that really keeps the "girls" corralled well. JMS (Just My Size) right now is having a bra sale so you might be able to pick up one. I also recommend www.fullbeauty.com. I "discovered" this website quite by accident but they have a bra club that if you purchase 5 bras then you get the 6th one free. No, you don't have to buy them all at once but after you have bought that many they send you a coupon card in the mail. I have already gotten my free one and it was a $35 bra FREE.:cp:

I am down .8 lbs. I am did not meet my fitness goals this past week because I fell and bruised my left knee and sprained my left wrist and elbow. :( I am better after taking NSAIDS so I am planning on making this last week of October "rock":running::woops: I figure that if I am not in the 230 thread by next Monday, I will definitely be there by that following Friday. Fingers crossed though:crossed:

:woo:Congrats, Mandy, on the continued effort to lose weight. I too have advanced arthritis and without my meds I am in too much pain to do much. They really make the difference in me being able to work out, although I am very careful. Zumba would just be too hard for me....maybe, when I get the joint replacement surgery, I might be able to join in....instead I do chair salsa, which is lots of fun.

:cheer3:Rebelle and Mara, great to see you are also seeing those numbers going down. "Inch by inch, anything's a cinch." :snail::cheer2:

Remember, it doesn't matter whether you win or place, as long as you "finish what you start!":woops:

:goodluck: Good luck everyone! Hope you can save some candy for the kids on Thursday :haphal: and have a great week!:hug:

P.S. Love all of the Christmas tickers and such. It is hard to believe that Christmas is just two months away. Now, the rest of this year will fly :angel:


Take care, Pam:wave:

mandydawn77
10-28-2013, 04:53 PM
Welcome goddess in training & peachesandcream :welcome2: Congrats on your weight losses and fitting into those size 16's! I can't wait for the day I can get my butt into some 16's lol.

pam - So sorry to hear about your fall. I'm glad you didn't break anything. I'll have to google that chair salsa, sounds interesting. I'm going to have to get a new everyday bra soon since I've lost weight in that area. I'm not nearly as well endowed as I used to be. I swear after I had my kids it's like they deflated lol. I would love to get a breast lift, but I doubt that will ever happen.

rebelle - Sorry to hear the cookies were bland. My daughter thought they needed to be sweeter so I tried adding in a couple of drops of sweetener and I've been putting vanilla and cocoa in the last couple of batches. I'm going to have to get some almonds and try that.

With the holidays coming up I decided to see just how many points it would be to have a piece of my mom's pumpkin coconut bread, since she's talking about making it soon. It's going to really use up some points, but it might be worth it :) I agree with your dad rebelle - sometimes it's better to have the real thing, just not too much of it. My problem has always been knowing when to stop, so I have to be careful. Dang this food addiction :mad:

mandydawn77
10-29-2013, 08:57 AM
I just weighed here at work and was happy to see 240.4 - much better than the 242 yesterday. I didn't weigh on the scales at work yesterday though and this morning on my scales at home I was 241.4. I don't get how after taking all my meds and drinking coffee I lost a pound, but maybe the clothes I'm wearing today are even lighter than my pjs. I really need to get new pjs because they are now HUGE on me. They were always loose, but now they look ridiculous lol. I just can't see spending money on that right now because I can barely afford what I have coming out of my checks as it is. My daughter has to have oral surgery done and it's going to be $550 out of my pocket and my part is just 15% of the total. I don't know what I'm going to do about Christmas because I'm going to be broke, broke, broke. Oh well, it will all work out somehow.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and see some good losses on those scales this morning!

Mara
10-29-2013, 09:04 AM
Welcome peachesandcream!

Pam I am sorry your hurt, but glad it wasn't worse. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Rebelle I enjoyed most of what I ate. lol At least it was tasty. I am blaming the hunger on the weather. It got cold, dark, and foggy fast. Make me want to stay inside cuddled up on the couch with food. Must not make it a habit.

Mandy I agree some things are worth it. But you are planning ahead so you are indulging responsibly.

I am down to 244.2 this morning.Thankfully most of the damage was water weight. Maybe new territory tomorrow. :)

peachesandcream
10-29-2013, 12:13 PM
Thanks for the encouragement Pamtaga. That's rough that you fell like that. I have bad ankles (but I hope loosing weight will help them). Thanks for the bra info. Let's all keep up the good work!

Mandy- I hear you on having a rough budget. I need to buy new dress clothes but I don't have the money to do so. I'm using safety pins to keep them up lol. Although I might try to hit up a consignment store.

Mara- It's been getting darker out earlier but I've had to push myself to go to the gym anyway. It makes it so hard to go to gym and not eat a lot when it's so cold outside. I try to bring fun music or watch tv on my machine :).

Rebelle- Thanks for the welcome and being so upbeat/encouraging.

Today the scale didn't budge even though I've been good and went for a workout. That's okay though because people started commenting on my weight loss at work :) Have a great day every one.

wannaskipandlaugh
10-29-2013, 06:40 PM
Oh oh.. I think I came over to this thread too fast.. my whooshes have stopped and I have backed up allittle... 251 this morning (alot of tea Sunday and yesterday) I am going to hold my breath and pray so I can stay here.. but if not.. back to the other thread...

Hello Mara! and I thank you for your wishes.. but it looks like I will be doing the revolving door here and the old thread for awhile :( You had a very nice loss today YAY for you! :)

Mandy... Ms Zumba woman.. I am so sorry that the 239's did not stick from last week.. but your determination will get it done - especially with your contests that you have at work! :) (Money helps a WEEEEE bit with the motivation - also COMPETITION is a biggie incentive! :D and you blow me away with how much you have lost! WOW!

Peaches.. YAY for you and size 16's?! WOWOOWOWO :) Good for you!

Rebelle.. oh I thank you too with your kind words.. That old scale of mine is going to haunt me for along time (it is showing 236 this morning sigh)... I see you in the 230's... like tomorrow!! :) You have done so darn well! You amaze me! :)

Pam.. I sure do hope you are aok!.. OUCH.. sprained wrist and hurt knees are NOT fun! I am sorry... and just a note.. your nsaids will cause alittle water weight gain... but its only WATER and nothing else... I hope any pain you have has disappeared!

wannaskipandlaugh
10-30-2013, 07:46 AM
WHEW back down to 249.8 HOORAY... work and prayer works! (and having a terrific happy Moment helped too!)

Mara
10-30-2013, 09:18 AM
Yay Sue! I went up.2 this morning. I was sure I was going to see 243 not 244.4. Oh well keep on trucking.

mandydawn77
10-30-2013, 10:44 AM
Scale didn't change a bit from yesterday. I did okay yesterday and even talked myself out of having something last night even though I really wanted something, anything. I stayed within my calorie range, but I made poor choices so I didn't get to eat much and therefore I was hungry last night before bed. Those fundraiser candy bars were calling my name and I had to force myself to stay away lol.

Sue - Thanks for your encouraging words. It sounds like you and I are kind of in the same boat as far as getting into one thread and then bouncing back up to the previous. I think it's pretty normal for that to happen though.

I'm with you Mara - just gotta keep on trucking

rebelle - The weather has been pretty nice here as well. I got to wear my capris today and I'm happy about that because they fit better than all my baggy pants I've been having to wear. I'm really hoping for a mild winter again this year.

Today is kind of a blah day for me so far. We drew names for our secret pals and starting next month we are supposed to do small things each week for them and I'm trying to fill out this paper asking for all my favorites and it's hard for me to think of things, small things that are inexpensive. I don't want to be like some people who are hardly putting anything down, but I also don't want to sound like I'm specifically asking for things either lol.

Hope you all have a happy hump day!

peachesandcream
10-30-2013, 09:32 PM
I went out to eat last night. I got salmon and veggies but then did bad- couldn't resist a couple of bites of dessert from my other half's chocolaty goodness. At least it got it out of my system. Staying away from candy/sweets for awhile now. I'm going out of town for a work conference for a few days. Hoping to a hit the hotel gym and be good. My scale is stuck at 248, not surprising because of my bad behavior with dinner. I guess it's good to indulge every great while and when you do just to savor it slowly anyway- that way it keeps me from binging later.

Best wishes to everyone!

wannaskipandlaugh
10-31-2013, 08:05 AM
Oh Mandy... I know how you feel (Secret Santas) Its hard to ask for things when you are a "giver" and want to make someone else happy... Can you ask for (Clean desk - Fill stapler - have a coffee delivered? small things), but remember someone else wants to see you smile too and get you something you like and that will make them happy (Hard I know)

Rebelle :) Thank you for the words... straddling is a toughy and I guess it just kinda helps push me more too!... I thank you :)

Mara... oh gosh... (like I said in another thread). your body is just shifting that stuff.. I bet in the next few days you will get down to 241!!! :) I BET!!!

Peaches.. just a few bites can't be more than 200 calories tops I bet and that is not a wait gain (3500) and you got to get the craving for sweets out of your system and that is marvelous! Have a great time on your trip and kick butt in the Hotal Gym!

I am still in the 240's WHEWWWWWWWW 249.4 so down .4 from yesterday! I cannot WAIT to give away all the Halloween Candy!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL! May you all have TREATS and only funny TRICKS!

Mara
10-31-2013, 08:33 AM
Happy Halloween!

Thanks for the encouragement guys. :) Up a little again. 244.6. Oh well. Tomorrow I turn 30 so either way I get to enter the 30's decade. lol ;)

mandydawn77
10-31-2013, 09:07 AM
Happy Halloween everyone!

My official weigh in (just now on the scales here at work) was 240.2. I just barely met my goal for the month which was to lose 10 pounds. On September 30th I weighed 250, so I just made it. It's not my lowest weigh in for the month, but I'm happy with it :)

My goal for tonight is to stay out of the candy completely because I'm an all or nothing kind of girl :) I'm going to zumba before I take my son trick or treating. My daughter is going with a group of friends so I will be picking her up after that. My zumba instructor said the kids (including hers) can come all dressed up and she will bring candy for them. I know the kids will be anxiously waiting for the class to end tonight, but I'm glad she's having it because I need all the workouts I can get. She said we could dress up too, but who wants to workout in some crazy costume lol. I'm sure some of them will though.

wannaskipandlaugh
11-01-2013, 07:59 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARA! oh have FUN!!! Its your day!!! :) and its a Friday which makes it even better! Happy Birthday!!

Yay Rebelle... hanging onto the 230's! YAY for you! I bet your official weigh in says it too! gonna miss you here.. but we will all be visiting you soon.. as the 230-220 thread is 2 decades and we have a chance to be there with you!

I am up .2 really???? I did not even smell much less eat a candy :( brrr... oh well.. its the week after my whoosh week and its just my body settling! :lol: - 249.6

mandydawn77
11-01-2013, 09:40 AM
239.8 this morning

Confession time - I did terrible last night as far as eating goes. I knew better than to even start on the candy, but I did it anyway. I did go to zumba, but then I took my son to a church and had a hot dog (minus part of the bun) and a small bag of cheetos, then when I went to pick up the teenagers they were not back yet from trick or treating and as my son was going through his candy while we waited he kept handing me candy bars that he didn't like. At first I said no, but after sitting there for a bit I ended up caving. By the time I finally got the other girls dropped off it was so late I just took the kids to sonic for 50 cent corndogs and of course I ended up eating two of them. I tried to enter everything into my calorie tracker and my points tracker, but I think I missed a couple of the small bite sized candy bars that I ate. Needless to say, I don't have nearly as many weekly points left to splurge with tonight. I guess I better be good. I sure didn't want to get up for work this morning - yesterday felt like Friday.

Happy Friday everyone and Happy Birthday Mara!

Mara
11-01-2013, 11:14 PM
Thanks for the birthday wishes! I hope everyone has a great weekend. I definitely over indulged.

wannaskipandlaugh
11-02-2013, 10:02 AM
:lol: Mara... Birthday endulges... well they go hand in hand! :) Very glad you had a wonderful day (?) I bet!!! :)

Oh Rebelle.. Shoot 240 on the dot? geeeezzzzzzzzz well that means we are lucky here as we get to have you around for a (week officially) or a day your scale :) BUT I would like to wave you goodbye so I can run to catch up! :)

Mandy.. isn;t it funny what we eat does not show up and then day or days later WHAM the scale shows it. My old WW leader (from the 90's) said that bad food does not show up for 2 days... I wonder if that is true!...

I AM HAPPY.. down to 248 FLAT on my new scale and 233.5 on my old which is blowing my mind! 20 years and this is new territory for me.. cool... I am back in my (age) 30's LOLOLOLOLOL I feel good na na na na! LOL

Happy Saturday all!

wannaskipandlaugh
11-03-2013, 03:41 PM
:) oh.. down to 247.6 Oh Mara... I am catching you! tee heeeeee so we can get into the next thread together! :)

I am so happy the whoosh fairy has stuck around for a few days ... sooooooo happpy!

peachesandcream
11-03-2013, 10:04 PM
I gained while I was gone my conference (up to 249.8):(. I over ate honestly and ate a lot of salty things. I only worked out once too. Time to get back at it. Hitting the gym everyday this week is the only way I can see getting back on track for me this week. It was a great conference though.

Congrats everyone for meeting goals and doing so well! Keep up the good work.

Mara
11-04-2013, 09:13 AM
Morning all!

I way over indulged this weekend. The scale read 248.4 this morning. Hopefully some of it is water weight. But live learn and get back up. :)

mandydawn77
11-04-2013, 10:10 AM
241.6 this morning

I had a crazy weekend and didn't do well as far as my diet goes. Saturday I drank my coffee with half-n-half, but skipped breakfast and then by the time 10:30 rolled around, and my son and I were almost to the cub scouts event way across town, I was starving so I swung in Taco Bueno as it was on the right side of the road and would be easier to get in and out of. I ate two bean burritos and when I plugged them into my diary later I found out it was over 1200 calories! For two bean burritos! Not worth it :( We spent the entire day doing all these different events so he could get these belt loop things. We had fun fishing, hiking, bb gun shooting, archery and a lot of other things. The only food they had was hot dogs, chips and candy. I had a hot dog and a diet DP. I brought my own bottle of water and sipped on that all day. After a little over 5 hours of that I was sunburned and tired. I got a lot of exercise and the hiking part was at a very brisk pace, but I still don't think I burned enough calories to counteract those burritos. I had a salad with smoked chicken on it for dinner, no croutons or cheese, but I did have ranch dressing. And I made another batch of cookies that night and they turned out better this time (bananas were really ripe). I didn't eat real well yesterday either, but I rode my son's new balanzbike and had my 1 hour zumba class. I at least stayed within a decent calorie range even though it wasn't the healthiest foods. As usual I hope my eating straightens out now that I'm back to my work routine. I really need to get my eating under control so I can win this weight loss challenge. I want that money! lol

I hope you all have a happy monday and stay on plan better than I have been.

pamatga
11-04-2013, 03:51 PM
October was the end of a five month stalemate for me or so I am hoping anyway:crossed:. I have gone up and down the same 5 lbs for those same five months.

When I really fall off the wagon, Mandy, I do the same thing that you do. I work out like a crazy person but then allow myself to overindulge in a lot of the wrong foods. I too used to follow the WW points system but quite honestly the reason why I stopped doing that and starting following a "Diabetes" meal plan is that although I was staying within my WW points range, I was not eating enough vegetables and eating a lot of the wrong kind of carbs. Now, I am eating a much healthier and more balanced food plan; which I actually prefer. Honestly. Now, when I overindulge, I feel bloated and sick afterwards.:(

I took away a lot of self-knowledge though from that time. 1) Stress coming all different directions really impacts my ability to work out and if I am not working out, I am not losing weight. Period. 2) If I eat "clean", I make much better food choices. If the wrong kinds of foods are within my reach, I know that I will eat them. Halloween was no different. We didn't have many trick or treaters (it varies from year to year) so I held off until 9:30 p.m. and then I ate about 900 calories in chocolate malted milk balls and Milk Duds. I logged all of it on my food plan. I also awoke four times during the night with loose stools and a lot of stomach pain. :( I paid for that indulgence, big time!

Between being sick with the flu for a week and then falling, I only got one full week of work outs in for the month of October. So, I am hoping that the next two months, I will be able to get back in the saddle and do my workouts as I had been doing them. As for the holidays, I am going to bypass making any cookies or other sweets. I have just decided that I want to end this year on a high note. I have already managed to take off and keep off 23.6 lbs since January 1 of this year and ideally I would like finish this year by losing another 15 lbs, if possible. We'll see...

:bday2you: Mara I am twice your age! :D I just celebrated my 60th birthday this past July. I hope you had a great celebration.

Since I have moved down from a size 28W to a current size 20W, I have had to decide what to do about what to wear. I saw a couple who had lost a huge amount of weight on Dr. Oz a year or so ago who insisted that one of their "keeping it off for good" strategies was getting rid of all of the old fat clothes. Well, I followed their advice and as I have gone down each size, I have donated those clothes to my neighborhood Goodwill. I also did some alterations of clothes that could be still worn, based on the style, even if I were 10 lbs less. I also washed all cottons in HOT water and then put them in a really HOT dryer. This also allowed me to wear some clothes down into the next size.

If you are concerned about buying a lot of clothes during your interim weight range, what I have done is shop online at www.walmart.com in their plus sizes. You can buy a really nice dress for under $20 and for activewear I just love Danskin Now in the plus sizes. You can find t-shirts for $7 and really quality moisture wicking workout clothes for under $20 for the two piece set. Also, Wal-mart has .97 cents shipping to your home. The problem that I have found with second-hand stores is there is very little selection for the large-sized woman and I have a large bust which I do spend about $35+ on bras since it both helps my shoulders as well as look good.

I realize that many of you may think that you will buy yourself new clothes when you have lost all of the weight but I can tell you nothing has made me feel 1000% better than having a few really nice clothing items to wear while I am at this weight. It gives me the opportunity to show the world what I have accomplished so far and that makes me want to keep trying even harder. So, my experience is now is not the time to "be cheap" and neglect yourself even more. In fact, isn't that what all the extra weight was to begin with? Putting ourselves at the very bottom of the list?

I too am strapped for cash but one or two special clothing items really do make the difference in both how you feel about yourself but also say to the world "Hey, look at me! I am doing it!" :carrot: IMO, I think that you owe it to yourself to buy a few things that will confirm how well you are doing. It's like that commercial: "I'm worth it!":hug:

Well, in spite of the Halloween candy (which made me so sick), I did manage to lose 1.8 lbs. this past week.

Here is hoping that we all have a great week! Onward we must go....:grouphug::comp:

Take care, Pam:)

wannaskipandlaugh
11-05-2013, 07:37 AM
:congrat: Rebelle! Good for you!... Mandy will be following soon I know!

Gosh.. the rest of us (except Pam) have had up days.. Peaches... it will start going down....but Mara.. you were celebrating and that only happens once a year :) woohoo and I am up too BOO... 249.4 today YIKES.. but I ate bacon yesterday and that DID IT! :(

Pam I like that you buy a few fitting clothes.. that is a good idea! really is.. It helps the mind seeing a different tag number and clothes fitting the frame looks better to all who see you too! :)

Well.. I am looking for a squeegy... need to get this water GONE GONE GONE. Too bad our sauna weather has gone (Florida)...I coulda done it just walking outside... Tomorrow will be a better day!

Mara
11-05-2013, 09:56 AM
Well down .2. It is a start. :)

Pam I think once I get down to a size 16 it will be time to get some "new" clothes. My 20 won't stay up much longer as the 18 are starting to get loose. A few 20's I can't wear at all. I think they got stretched too much from when I was at my heaviest. Will need to visit some thrift shops and Goodwill. I have also discovered a few pieces in my closest that I had previously grown out of. Nothing that shopping in your own closest for clothes. lol

Rebelle way to go! Woot Woot!

Mandy your binge went alot better than mine. But I think your increase my be from being out in the heat and getting sunburned. I bet it will drop off in no time.

mandydawn77
11-05-2013, 04:32 PM
Congrats on moving down to the 230's rebelle! I hope to be there with you real soon, but my weight has been bouncing up and down this past week or so.

Congrats on the weight losses pam and mara :)

I have had a CRAZY day at work and am just now getting a moment to check in. I weighed in at 239.6 this morning, but I know how easily it could bounce right back into the 240's so I'm not going to get too excited yet. I'd sure like to see that 238 again and then go down from there. We are shifting charts here at work (medical records) and my arm and shoulder muscles are feeling it. Lifting heavy charts up above your head and bending over to get the ones down low is really hard work. Luckily there are several of us so we can take turns, but since I'm one of the taller ones I get stuck doing the high shelves mostly, but I did take my turn on the floor as well lol. We are doing a lot of rearranging too, so there is also furniture moving involved. I'm a transcriptionist for the most part so I'm not used to all this physical labor at work :)

I'm also trying to think of little gifts for my secret pal. I was trying to think of something funny to do for hump day. I'm having a hard time because she's also in the weight loss challenge and I don't want to sabotage her diet, but her list of favorite things includes hershey candy bars, macadamia nut cookies and all kinds of fast food restaurants. She is a Christian woman, she likes butterflies and her favorite color is purple. I know she likes jewelry, but I don't think I'd be good at picking that out and I thought about fingernail polish but I don't know what colors she has or brand she prefers. We wear badges at work so I thought about a pretty lanyard. Maybe some lotion, cozy socks and microwave popcorn for a pamper yourself night. I'm not good at this stuff. Feel free to throw out some ideas :)

wannaskipandlaugh
11-06-2013, 07:46 AM
Good Morning and Happy Hump Day to all!

Mandy.. take care of yourself and rest those arms from lifting every so often! and back into the 230's Yay for you! I bet they stick this time.

I lost some of my water weight.. so back down to 248.8... (1 lb over lowest)... need to start cruising again... I want to vacate this thread fast... as I was in it for 6 weeks before my SCALE Debacle... and reliving sometimes is frustrating... BUT I have YOU ALL... which helps cushion the journey :)


MAY you all have a Happy Scale number or just a day full of NSV'S!!!

mandydawn77
11-06-2013, 09:08 AM
I thought I would briefly check in this morning before we start shifting charts again...ugh. The scale showed 240.4 this morning. I think it should be going back down again real soon because I've been eating pretty good since Monday, except I need to eat more fresh vegetables. I might have some red cabbage with hummus tonight. It's yummy :)

Happy hump day!

peachesandcream
11-06-2013, 09:56 AM
Hey Everyone!

Congrats Rebelle!

Mandy- Maybe a classy necklace or a pretty scarf or the lanyard sounds nice. Hoping the whoosh fairy comes your way soon.

Yay for going back down Wanna!

My number on the scale hasn't budged- however- my clothes are starting to get back to being looser again. Maybe its a sodium issue? Or maybe it's because I've worked out so hard. I look forward to going to the gym now because my work has been giving me a lot of stress and I take it out in my workouts. I also am going to give some Miracle Noodles (zero calorie) a try tonight and work out again.

Good luck everyone and happy hump day.

Mara
11-06-2013, 02:44 PM
I swear I wrote a response earlier this morning...Oh well. I am down to 247.2. Hopefully get back to my lowest and beyond soon.

Mandy I think you had good ideas for your secret pal. Maybe magazines if she likes them with some tea bags.

Way to go Sue and Peaches!

Rebelle the tots recipe sounds tasty!

wannaskipandlaugh
11-07-2013, 07:43 AM
LOL MARA... I did see an earlier post from you.. and it disappeared! (I have had lost posts too in the past... wierd!!!???) :) Glad you are down!

Rebelle... I hope your "Tots" work out! :) and glad you are still just a scooch over the 230's line......it will stick! :)

I have lost almost all the extra water gain from Sunday! hooray.. down to 248.0 on the button!.. NOW to get thru 247!... We have our Florida Sauna back.. so walking outside will help me sweat at night (mid 70's and humid AT NIGHT! geesh)

its almost FRIDAY! wwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Mara
11-07-2013, 09:04 AM
Lol, still not sure what happened Sue. Glad to see the water moving.

I am down to 245.0 this morning. Yay! Almost back to where I was.

mandydawn77
11-07-2013, 09:22 AM
239.8 this morning. I'm starting to get frustrated that I still haven't seen 238 again and it has been like a week ago. I know that's how it goes, but it's hard not to get frustrated. I wish it would just steadily go down instead of bouncing up and down. Traffic was horrendous this morning. People are rude and don't know how to drive in dense fog obviously. I was late to work so now I'm going to have to stay over to make it up...grrrrr. I can't drop my son off at the bus stop or at school any earlier, so I can't leave early to beat traffic. I went to Hallmark and got my secret pal a pretty votive holder with a bird on the edge and a lavender vanilla candle to put in it. Her favorite color is purple and this was purple and gold crackle (I guess that's what you would call it) and she likes butterflies and birds and the scent of lavender. I was trying to think of anything not too expensive and not junk food. My secret pal got me a two pack of giant sized peanut butter cookies and it's 11 points per cookie! I had skipped lunch and just had a Starbucks skinny peppermint mocha so I was starving in the afternoon and ate one of the cookies, then a turkey sandwich about 2 hours before zumba. I had to keep my dinner kind of light to make up for that giant cookie.

Congrats on the weight losses Mara and Sue.

That recipe sounds yummy rebelle. I have some cauliflower in the freezer that I need to do something with, maybe I'll try that.

Mara
11-08-2013, 09:01 AM
Rebelle that is how I felt with finding some smaller clothes in my closet. The only thing I really need to buy soon are some jeans. Mine are loose, baggy and make me feel slouchy.

I am down to 244.6 this morning. :)

mandydawn77
11-08-2013, 09:37 AM
Well the scales are showing anywhere from 238.8 to 240.4 this morning, the latter being here at work wearing jeans. I guess I'll go inbetween and say 239. I had cheese pizza last night, 2 hot wings and even two little slices of chocolate chip cookie pizza. My sodium intake was definitely high yesterday. My mom just had to order a dessert pizza. Between zumba and shifting charts all week, which we will be doing again today and even into next week, my arm and shoulder muscles are sore. Last night at zumba she focused on the arms a lot. I'm glad I get a 3-day weekend so my body can mend itself before it takes another beating next week. I am quite disappointed that the community center is closed for veteran's day though because that means we can't have zumba on Monday and I really hate missing a class. I have workout videos at home, but they are not nearly as motivating as my zumba instructor.

I hope you all have a happy Friday and that the scales are nice to you today :)

Congrats rebelle on fitting into size 16 jackets - that's awesome! I have no clothes in my closet that small because I literally have not worn a size that small since I was a kid. It's sad, but true. I have been really heavy all my life. It will be fun getting into uncharted territory, but unfortunately I will eventually have to buy new clothes because I think I may have a pair of 18's, but I'm not even sure I have anything under 20. I really need to clean out my closet because I still have 26's and 28's in there and even 24's are too big now. I'm into 22's and some 20's. I'm excited that I'm getting close to the teen sizes lol.

I better get to work now. Boss says we are going to start shifting at 9 :( TGIF

pnkrckpixikat
11-08-2013, 01:30 PM
Hey all, I'm back! Hopefully for a good long time this time :) I've been back for a few days up in the 250s forum. I bought a new scale yesterday because my old one was acting up even with a new battery and it says I am almost 3lbs lighter than my old scale said! Hooray! LOL

So today I weighed in at 249.4. Hopefully it sticks! I had an Einstein Bros Asiago Bagel yesterday so my sodium and carb levels were higher than normal so I'm hoping I will get a nice little whoosh to firmly set me here.

Rebelle Congrats! I love "shopping" in my closet for clothes that now fit. Double bonus that they are brand new! I think I am going to go to the thrift shop today, I only have 2 sweaters that fit and it is getting really cold here (to me at least!)

Mara Buying new clothes because what you are wearing is too big is GREAT! I am jealous! I am buying from a re-gain and I keep putting it off so I wear the same things over and over and over lol

Mandy I feel you on being heavy for what seems like forever, I recently came across a developmental thing I did in the 9th grade and the nurse weighed me in at 236. I was 13 at the time :( I remember being heavy but I think I blocked out how heavy! But we will both get there eventually!

mandydawn77
11-08-2013, 04:24 PM
Welcome back pixikat! That's probably about what I weighed at that age as well and I'm so worried that my daughter is headed down the exact same path. I try so hard to encourage her to exercise more and eat less and I'm also trying to lead by example, but I hope it's not too late. She tried low carb with me a long time ago and loved the fast weight loss, but she couldn't stick with it long because she loves, loves, loves bread. I tried getting her to do 1 cheat day a week, but that didn't work either. My mom is no help at all because she is always giving my kids junk. When I was a kid we had fried food and bread and butter with every meal (potatoes were the main vegetable) and there was always a dessert of some kind because dad had to have cookies or cake or something in his lunch box every day. Mom hardly cooks anymore, but she's still a huge dessert lover and she always buys enough for everyone and my kids are just like I was and can't resist it. They have the same love for food that I always have and, just like me, they don't know when to stop. I'm really worried that my 14-year-old daughter will soon be heavier than I am. I don't know what to do. I practically beg her to do zumba with me and once in a great while she will do it, but only the songs she likes. I forced her to do it with me once and then I felt bad. I try to encourage her to ride her bike. I made sure I bought one with a comfy seat and it's just her size. She tried WW's and did well for awhile, but now every time I ask her to do it again she says no, she doesn't want to. I'm afraid I'll soon be able to wear her clothes and I know how I felt being the heaviest person in my family and I don't want her to experience that. If I could possibly afford to move out of my parent's house then I could control the food and it wouldn't be such an issue. I have tried talking to my mom about it, but I think she thinks I'm too hard on the kids when it comes to food. If you could see the amount of junk food in my house you would be blown away. My friend here at work says there is no possible way she would be able to live there and stay on a diet, but it's just like when I quit smoking - my mom would hop right in my car with a cigarette and never even consider how I felt about it or how bad I wanted one. I love my mom and she does apologize for these things, but she just continues to do it over and over. Like last night when she ordered pizza, she just had to get a dessert pizza too. My mom isn't thin, but she's also never been too heavy either. On my salary I could barely afford to move out if it was just me and with the kids there is absolutely no way. I haven't heard from the kids' dad in a couple of years and I doubt he has a job anyway. He sure hasn't ever tried to help me out financially and when I tried to file child support they never could find him. He hasn't filed taxes in about 14-15 years. When he does work it's doing construction or some other type of work where he can get paid under the table. I don't mean to go on and on with all my problems, but it's just so frustrating watching my kids, my daughter especially, go through the same weight issues that I have. Do you guys have any suggestions? I buy my own food and food for my kids, but they still have all the junk that my parents buy and I just don't see any way for me to keep them out of it. They are just like me and enjoy food so much that I feel like it would be torture for me to expect them to resist it when it's right in their face at all times. Maybe I could entice my daughter with a weight loss challenge between myself and her...maybe money would get her more motivated. Hmmmm I may just have to give that a shot. I'll try just about anything to get her motivated.

I always get that guilty feeling from my mom, like I'm going too far with the weight issue and being mean for trying to get my kids to lose weight, but it's no secret that they are both overweight and eat way too much and it's not like I tease them or say mean things, but it is almost daily that I find myself saying something about them not needing any more helpings or I think it's too late to be having a dessert. I'm not trying to be mean or make them feel like I think they are fat and need to lose weight. I just love them and want them to be healthy and not have some of the struggles I had growing up. I think it's because my mom didn't have to experience being the fat kid growing up. I don't want my kids to feel like I'm judging them or expect them to be perfect or anything like that. I just want them to be healthy and happy and I don't know how to address it with them. What do you all think?

pnkrckpixikat
11-09-2013, 05:34 PM
Mandy I'm not a parent so take what I say with a grain of salt, but your kids are their own people. you can encourage them and support them but at the end of the day they are going to do what they want. Even if you cleared the house of everything tempting they could get it on their own somehow. My mom kept junk out of the house but I bought all kinds of things on my own and I doubt she knew about even half of them. Just keep trying to teach them what is healthy and unhealthy and why, keep inviting them to workout with you or go to w.w. etc, and keep being a good model on how to lose the weight and get healthy and when they are ready they will have you there and the knowledge to go about it the right way.

Rebelle Those sound yummy!

justaloozer
11-10-2013, 09:00 AM
Hello! I am new to this thread. I weighed in today at 249.8! :)

pnkrckpixikat
11-10-2013, 09:05 AM
Welcome justaloozer!

smileygirlmel
11-10-2013, 01:29 PM
Hello! I am new to this thread. I weighed in today at 249.8! :)

That was my exact weight this morning too! Feels good to be here! :carrot:

pnkrckpixikat
11-10-2013, 06:30 PM
welcome to mel too! BTW your cat is ADOREABLE!!

peachesandcream
11-10-2013, 10:49 PM
I'm still stuck at 249 but I've been resisting temptation to binge because the scale hasn't changed. Working out has been nice- at least I had a NSV in that I am no longer out of breadth going up 1 flight of stairs at work. Now to work on doing that for multiple flights of stairs. :dizzy:And Zero noodles really worked- helped me feel full and not want to binge.

Welcome Justaloozer and Mel!

Welcome back pixicat!

And Mandy- I think you're a wonderful mom by encouraging your kids to make healthy choices. I'm not a parent but I am speaking as someone who was a kid in a similar situation. My mom did that at first but then went way beyond encouraging and started being so negative about my appearance all the time. That's when my late night binging started because I was trying to hide how much I was eating from her so she would not think my being overweight was my fault and I got way worse. I think if she stuck with being encouraging but keeping her distance it would have been better. I saw a lot of people who had parents that were really strict and when they went to college they went way out of control and gain way more than the freshman 15. I think that my parents wanted me to loose weight but once they backed off and I made the decision for myself and it started happening. Although I will say that my mom offering steamed vegetables and alternatives when she realized that I wanted to loose weight for myself was nice instead of having what the rest of the family was having. Just take it with a grain of salt.

Rebelle that sounds really good. I've been craving potatoes and that sounds like a nice alternative.

mandydawn77
11-11-2013, 07:50 AM
rebelle - I have got to try that recipe. I looked it up on skinnytaste and it sounds wonderful. I love cauliflower rice so I can imagine the texture and taste.

Thank you everyone for giving me your point of view on my situation with the kids. I try to think back to how I felt as a kid, hoping maybe some idea will come to me. I just wish I knew the right words of encouragement. I don't want them to feel like I'm judging them, but I also don't want to ignore the problem either. After zumba yesterday I rode my son's new bike (I don't know if I told you guys about it already, but it's really cool. It's called a balanzbike, berg is the brand) and played 4-square with the kids. My son loves it when I get out there and play with them. I'm just glad we live at the end of a cul-de-sac and there are kids his age for him to play with. My cousin's kid, who is my daughter's age, stayed over this weekend and I heard her in the backseat on the way to zumba telling the kids "your mom looks different" and my son said "she's been on a diet". I didn't say anything, but I thought it was kind of funny :)

I hit a new low this morning of 237.4 yay! I'm so close to 100 pounds lost. I can't wait to pass it up and get to my new goal of going under 200 pounds!

I guess it's time for me to officially move on to the next thread, but I will still be checking in on you guys, but not for long because I know you will all be joining me in there soon :)

Mara
11-11-2013, 09:22 AM
Welcome mel and justaloozer!

Way to go Mandy!!!

pixicat welcome back!

I did not do good this weekend. I am having trouble keeping the snacking under control. I stocked up on healthier foods at the store. I will get back in the swing of things.

pnkrckpixikat
11-11-2013, 12:07 PM
Good morning all! I was good on Friday and Sunday, Saturday was BAAAD. But oh well, moving forward. My weight is still steadily falling even with Saturday's bad eating. I know it will slow down soon though.

Peaches The scale can be stubborn, but if you ignore it and keep on plan it has to cooperate eventually!

Mandy CONGRATS!! I look forward to joining you in the 230s thread eventually

Mara get back OP you can do it!!!!

smileygirlmel
11-11-2013, 02:00 PM
welcome to mel too! BTW your cat is ADOREABLE!!

Awe thanks pixicat! Yours is too!!! I love kitties. :love:

smileygirlmel
11-11-2013, 02:10 PM
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I am down to 248.4 this morning which shocked me because I was actually over my calories for yesterday (but stayed within my carb range). Maybe I will see a reflection in tomorrow's number.

Question for all of you- do you all weigh daily? How do you keep yourself motivated if the scale doesn't move or even if your weight has gone up some?

Mara
11-11-2013, 02:25 PM
Thanks pixi cat! Today is going pretty good plan wise. :)

Way to go Mel!

I usually weigh daily. Sometimes the scale is good to me and other times it shows me the truth about my recent food choices. I try not to let it dictate my mood though. I know I have come along way and clothes fit better. I feel better, so the scale is only a part of my success. If I feel like I am getting to caught up in the number than I skip weighing. I know even if today's number is bad tomorrow's might be great. Or that a whoosh is soon to come. Hope that helps.

wannaskipandlaugh
11-12-2013, 08:30 AM
Down to 248.0 (233.5 on old scale) and I just realized that if I was still using my old scale I would be .5 lbs away from 1/2 way... now I have 8 more to lose to get to that mark (drats!)

I weigh in everyday... tho these last 2 months.. I wish I didn't and just weighed once a week... I have alot of rollercoaster up and down days (or BOING as I call it)... Sometimes daily weigh ins are nice and sometimes they change your day (good/bad).

I think of where I was this time last year and so happy where I am today (Last year I had been laid off for a week on this date.. no job, parents asking me everyday what have I applied for (no hugs of comfort) and generally feeling like this was not the life I wanted anymore)... so what a difference a year makes! :) (Job, 72 lbs lighter, and I smile more!)

Mara
11-12-2013, 09:51 AM
I am down to 247.0 today. Might have been more, but lots of salt last night.

Sue you are right, you have come far. That's the warrior in you. :) It reminds me to remember that Imight be struggling right now, but I am much further than I was.

smileygirlmel
11-12-2013, 10:29 AM
Good job Mara and Sue! Sue, even though you had scale problems, it looks like you have a whole lot to celebrate! Seems you have come a LONG way from where you were a year ago, and not just the weight aspect. I am glad to hear that you are smiling more! That is so important!

I am unfortunately having a bad scale day... My weigh in put me back at 249 this morning, which sucks because I stayed on plan yesterday. I did have a lot of cheese though, so I am wondering if that's what did it.

wannaskipandlaugh
11-13-2013, 08:00 AM
Mara... we do have our inner Warrior's don;t we. I think we should look back sometimes to see where we have come from and look to were we are at. I think we amaze ourselves! I know that the journey still has a ways to go.. but (I) starting now instead of starting back at my higher weight is a better place to start from. Just think how much heathier we are! We have all added years to our lives and that is just awesome! :)

Smileygirlmel.... Not to worry about the little upticks.. its usually just water retention for various reasons (muscle repair, salt intake, STRESS, etc).. Don't let it get you down!.. Just keep chugging forward and then you can look back and go.. oh gosh.. that was just a minor pepple in my path! :)

I am back to the "7's" Hooray... 247.8 barely there.. but I am owning it! LOLOLOL wanna see the 246's as that is another new time all low (20 years) and getting close to 1/2 way on my journey!

Have a WONDERFUL DAY all!... Remember... sticking to it today means 1 LESS Day of having to do it again!

Mara
11-13-2013, 09:35 AM
Yay Sue! We are on a downward scale trend. :D I got 246.6 this morning.

Mel I am with Sue. It is just a little water weight and will flush out soon. :)

smileygirlmel
11-13-2013, 10:50 AM
Down to 248.2 today, I'll take it! Thanks Mara and Sue for the encouragement! Have I mentioned just how IN LOVE :love: with this board I am?! You ladies are fantastic!

peachesandcream
11-13-2013, 11:06 AM
I am happy to say that as of this morning I am 246.5!!! I think that I was getting smaller (I had to make another smaller notch in my belt this morning tee hee) but my sodium intake was affecting my number on the scale. I ate a ton of tasty pickles and sauerkraut and that might of have been why the number stayed about the same. For me I need a lot of sodium in my diet because I have low blood pressure.... Haven't eaten salty things for a day.

Yay for Mara and Mel!

And Wanna it does help to look back from where I started.

Congrats to Mandy for going to the 230s!

And pixi- I just came back from a conference at work that I overate at. I just got back right on the horse and in a way it was a good thing because I felt like I got my cravings out of my system.

Katy Did
11-13-2013, 11:13 AM
Oh my gosh, 249.5 lbs today!!

It has been quite awhile since I was in the 240s- maybe 3 or 4 years.

I don't wanna change the ticker yet until I see if I'm going to stay in the 240s but I wanted to post in this thread because this was a mini goal of mine for awhile.

Even if the scale goes back up to 250 this week - I know the 240s are achievable!

pnkrckpixikat
11-13-2013, 02:58 PM
Hey all! mark me down in the weigh every day group (when I am on track at least lol) I am not bothered by fluctuations because over time I have learned when and why I have them. for example today I am 247.8 up from 247.0 yesterday because we ate out for my birthday last night. I expect it will be higher again tomorrow then start flushing off again.

Katydid welcome!!!

wannaskipandlaugh
11-14-2013, 07:53 AM
I find it really neat about all the information that I am learning from this journey. Like I found being stressed and unhappy (did a boo boo at work and I am going to be berated today, even tho I have already apologized and it really did not hurt anything nor anyone - but only being in the job for 7 months.. you get gun shy and worried of your status of employment) and my mom decided she wanted to pick a fight with me as she is stressed out. I have learned about all these type of things affect my mind and most of the time.. affect the scale and WaaLaa.. I am up 1.4 lbs today... so not only food, but water weight from other factors... hhhmmmmmm Do you all find that too?

smileygirlmel
11-14-2013, 09:49 AM
WooHoo!! 246.6! Making up for that day I gained, I guess. That officially marks my first goal- lost 5% of my starting body weight. :dance:

Sue, I'm sorry you are having troubles at work and with your Mom. Stress can definitely affect weight, because of the cortisol that is released. Find a way to de-stress and I bet that number will go right back down. Hang in there!

Mara
11-14-2013, 11:54 AM
Welcome Katydid!

Congrats Peachesandcream and Mel!!! You go ladies.

Pixicat happy belated bday! I hope it was wonderful!

Sue I am sorry you are having a rough time. Soemthing about this year brings out the best in people, but also brings stressfuls times too. I hope it gets better.

I am down to 245.6 this morning. I am going to keep going this time. ;)

Katy Did
11-14-2013, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the welcome, pixi cat and Mara! :)

Day 2 at 249 - I really do hope that I've left the 250s behind.

wannaskipandlaugh
11-15-2013, 08:03 AM
YAY Katydid! staying in the 240's - tho just for a short while.. as you are going to move into the 230's weeeeeeeeee

I love your hugs , I appreciate your hugs so much.. I thank you... I learn stuff everyday (still - even at 55 lol) and have learned to avoid conversations... I just forget to do it sometimes... so my Mom tried again to pick a fight and I avoided it by switching the subject :D yay...

WELL now.. its Friday.. Doesn't just the name make you feel happier?! Lighter?! like tomorrow you don't have to answer to a boss (except family and I apologize if some of you work weekends).... the word Friday just raises the happiness factor in my soul! :D

NOW if only the scale would add to that happiness facter GRRRRRRR at 249.2 again today (yesterday too) I need to go down. I need and WILL go down on that number... Gonna try the IAN beer only for dinner diet tonight.. that will shed some of this squishy water! :)

Happy day to you all!

smileygirlmel
11-15-2013, 08:14 AM
Wow Mara, you're doing fantastic!

Welcome Katy Did! Congrats on getting out of the 250s. :)

Sue, I LOVE all the positive energy you have! It's contagious! The word Friday makes me feel better too! ;)

Down to 245.8 this morning. I'm surprised at how quickly I'm losing. I'm sure it will slow down here soon, but for now- I'll take it!

Happy Friday and I hope you all have a great weekend! :dance:

Mara
11-15-2013, 08:58 AM
Happy Friday!

Way to go Mel! Great start to the weekend.

Sue I have a little water today too, but I saw it coming from the sodium loaded dinner. This weekend will help to flush it away.

wannaskipandlaugh
11-16-2013, 05:48 PM
Hello all!.. I had wine for dinner and WHOOOOSSSSHHHHH went the water LOL Down 2 lbs at 247.2.. This is my lowest (well.. this scale) since I started in January.. and saw (treat myself.. well sometimes sadden myself - saw 232.5 on my other dastardly scale - OH MAGIC!) lol but that is okay.. I know that I am lowest for decades now... Now to continue...

I am making a list of the baking I need to do for Next week (I get to make the deserts and the green bean caserole).. Making a dark Choc creamy pie and a Pumpkin Cheesecake... tho I did grab a Cream Cheese Crumb cake recipe off the internet... OH BOY) and I make 17 kinds of cookies for Christmas presents... Gonna cut that down and give ALL AWAY this year.. Watch out Neighbors LOL

Drippy day here in Florida.. tho warm (81 degrees) so have the air conditioning on.. I can't wait to turn it off completely! (I grew up in Chicago.. so I remember the FREEZING winters - having ICE on the inside of my windows growing up) SO I feel for those North of the border/Alaska and everyone else in the coming weeks... I will try and blow some Florida Warmth your way!

HUGS to you all! and may tomorrows scale reading be MARVELOUS (less water MARA! :) )

smileygirlmel
11-16-2013, 06:12 PM
Wow Sue so are you saying the wine helped with your weight loss? I've been so afraid to have any because I was afraid it would affect my metabolism. That's awesome that you lost 2 lbs!

I dropped .8 lbs since yesterday, putting me at 245 on the dot. I'm so glad the scale keeps moving down, let's hope it sticks that way!

Have a fabulous weekend everybody!

wannaskipandlaugh
11-17-2013, 10:31 AM
smileygirlmel.... I love your kitty! (I have 5 furballs of my own and cannot imagine my life without them) :) and YEP the "IAN" alcohol diet helps shed excess water... I don't do it too often (tho I could) as I am on Atkins.. but when I feel really bloaty or I have stalled a weeee bit too long I do it. You just have a beer (or 2) or wine for dinner.. NO FOOD at all... and WHOOSH goes the water overnight. It is amazing! I had 1 beer left in the fridge last night and did it 1 more time and I am down to 246.2 this morning (and 231.5 on my old scale HOORAY)... SO I am floating today... almost 75 lbs down... BUT if alcohol affects you in any way.. then please do not do this.. there must be some kind of Strawberry water or Lemon water that you can just drink in place of dinner (both are dieretics) ...

Happy Sunday to all you beautiful and lovely people! I wish nothing but love to you all today! NO STRESS! Thanksgiving is NEXT week.. not this week WHEW!

Katy Did
11-17-2013, 12:32 PM
Everyone's doing so great! YAY!!

I was happy to see 248 this morning. I really want to be in the 230s by Christmas - those small airplane seats that I have to endure for holiday travel are motivating me. I haven't had to ask for a seat extender on a flight, but I came very close to asking for one last time I flew on this particular airline... I hope losing even a little weight will take this worry from me.

Enjoy your Sunday! :)

smileygirlmel
11-17-2013, 03:13 PM
Wow Sue, almost 75 lbs down? You are such an inspiration! I had never heard of the 'IAN' alcohol diet before. It sounds like the perfect diet for us Wine-os! I decided to have some wine last night before bed. I am doing low carb (not really following any specific diet, just trying to keep it under 20g a day). I had two glasses, but stayed under my 20g of carbs. I was shocked to wake up to a 1.4 lb loss this morning! I was thrilled to find I can still have wine from time to time. That puts me down to 243.6 :carrot: BTW Sue, I have 5 kitties also! And one dog. And you're right, they are like part of the family! :)

Katy Good job! Just keep going! It's nice to have something to look ahead to that will help keep you motivated. I find that really helps me stay on track.

Mara
11-18-2013, 09:02 AM
Way to go guys!

I am up a little again. :( I have got to gain better control over mye eating on the weekends.

smileygirlmel Ian is a member of 3FC. He shares his tips, revelations, etc. here on the forums. One of such is his "beer diet".

smileygirlmel
11-18-2013, 09:39 AM
Mara I am up today too, by 2 lbs! And I stayed perfectly on track this weekend. I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. It's so frustrating. I really think I might wait a few days before weighing in again. Days like today make me want to binge; and that would undermine all the hard work I've done. I know I stayed on plan, I know I made changes to my eating habits that I am sticking with. That should be enough motivation for me. But instead, I'm relying on that number on the scale to make me happy. That's as silly as relying on food to make me happy! And that's what got me here in the first place!

I hope everyone has a great day! Focus on other goals you have accomplished, and how far each of you has come! Even if you are only down a lb, you still got started and you're working towards getting your health back! Happy Monday!

pamatga
11-18-2013, 11:33 AM
I haven't posted since 11-04-13 according to my "last visit". It looks like Mandy finally broke the 240s and must be in the 220s-230s thread. It looks like there are some new members here. I joined this thread the first of October thinking that I would be "outta here" by Halloween since I "only" had 5-6 lbs to break the 240s but I was so wrong! I have struggled more in the past 6 weeks than in the previous 6 months. Just wanted to drop in and say Hi and wish everyone, including all of the new faces, the best of luck for this coming week. I am also going to go over to the regainers thread under the 100 lbs forum here to see if I can break this lose and gain cycle that I have gotten into for the past couple of months. It is very demoralizing.

The main source of stress for me is money---as in lack of. With only one income and that being stretched---I find myself turning to food again to have those pity parties of one. It is so wrong and in my head I know that it is wrong but I have found myself doing it over and over. I had made a vow to myself that I would post once a week here but I just felt too ashamed last week. I have just felt so defeated lately and I am doing my best to punch my way out of this rut.

I did lose (once again) some weight from last Monday so I will take that and hopefully build on it. I will come back in a few days when I am feeling less defeated.

For all of those who have recently broken 250s and are now in the 240s, a big congrats! For those of you who are hanging in there, I am with you all the way.

Take care all, Pam:grouphug:

wannaskipandlaugh
11-19-2013, 08:36 AM
Pam... oh I hope you come back often!.. Sometimes readying others troubles and accomplishments help the head (and heart) I am sorry you are in a bad way (financially) I am too... I survive alot on eggs (have had scrambled eggs everyday since 1/6/13...) they are inexpensive, filling and full of protein... But you will find the way that works for you! You just need to believe in your mission and desire and go forward!... In the meantime... we are here cheering you on! :cheer:...

I am up alittle 247.2... shoulda done the wine again.. but ate my Parmesan Chicken (SALLLLLTTTYY!!!!) instead and Wahla! up a lb BOO... oh well... will walk more steps at work and have a good time out with my friends tonight and will try to STEP AWAY from the fries (I am allowing myself my monthly eat what I want meal tonight.. Thanksgiving is a yearly eat want I want)...

Hope all are well, safe and Happy today!

Mara
11-19-2013, 09:36 AM
Pam we are here is you need to vent or just talk.

Sue and smileygirlmel the gain will be gone in a snap.

I am down to 246.4 again. :\ Did not make the best decision for breakfast, but lunch and dinner are pretty good if I stay on plan.

pamatga
11-19-2013, 11:57 AM
Thank you ladies for your support. I really appreciate it. I had a meltdown of sorts yesterday. I once heard someone say, "when you lose your temper, you lose the argument" and well, I lost my temper yesterday so I guess that means I lost the argument but on top of my DH's work being much less (he is a small business owner and is in the service industry) which we are wondering if all of the hullabaloo about the government shutdown, many many people getting their health care cancelled, and those fearing just how much all of this is going to cost as well as Christmas coming up is making a lot of people tighten their belts so his services aren't as in demand. This is his best months of the year and it is looking more like his summer "slowdown". I handle our money for our family so I have had to make some very tough decisions. I have navigated us through some very tough financial storms but, gosh darn it, it really takes a toll on a person after awhile.

I hear you about the eggs. They used to have an advertisement many years ago calling them the "perfect food". I still believe that they are. It is ironic that my Dad used to avoid eating eggs (said he didn't have time before work) and now with his macular degeneration (slowly going blind) he is taking lutein (which is found in egg yolks) to help his sight. I guess, he "should have" taken more time to eat a healthier breakfast. Who knew?:?:

Well, what really sent me over the top is that my DH got his second traffic violation (his car is his office) in three months and this time they socked it to him -$700! His violation was not slowing down when a police officer had pulled over another vehicle but my DH said the traffic around him didn't allow me to do that. The police man told him that didn't matter, he should have anyway. I cried when he told me. I just said, "Where is the money going to come from to pay that?" So, he went to traffic court and the judge reduced it to $534 and is allowing him to make monthly installment payments but they are tacking on $39 in fees each month as well as requiring him to meet with a probation officer. So, this means he has to take time out to sit with someone for 10 minutes, pay it and then leave but he had to clear his entire morning from doing any work so he could be there on time. I was so angry!

All of this is coming at a time when we have decided to not renew our yearly lease on our apartment, we have applied and are waiting on other apartments and we will need extra money for moving expenses. I am thinking $1000 so I have to got to figure out how I can scrap that together by the first of the year. Good luck!:?:

I did decide that I was not going to dip into our weekly grocery bill as I have done for months on end because I am pre-diabetic and if I eat a lot of carbs, my blood sugar goes way up and I just plain don't feel well. However, as all of you know when the cupboards are really bare, it doesn't take much money to buy just the basics to refill them. So, I hear you, Mara, on the eggs. My favorite standby is peanut butter.

After I had my "pity party of one" yesterday, I said let's go do what we need to do today and after we got out in the fresh air, did some errands, I felt somewhat better. I am stalled in my weight loss right now but I decided to dust off my "Beck Diet Solution" book (from years ago) and reread it. I reread the first three chapters and I am just going to turn a new leaf over today.

Sue (inner song), I too struggle with sodium. It seems many of the foods that I fall back on are steeped in sodium. Poop!:mad:

Thank you again, ladies, for your words of encouragement. They mean a lot to me. I weighed 246.6 lbs. up .4 lbs from yesterday. I had more sodium yesterday (sigh) but I did relax watching the semi-finals for DWTS and that really brought me out of my slump.

Take care all, Pam:grouphug:

Mara
11-20-2013, 08:41 AM
Pamataga :hug: I am sorry you are having to carry all that stress. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

I am down a little today, 246.0. If I stay close to plan then tomorrow should have me closer to where I was on the scale. I hope anyways. :)

pamatga
11-20-2013, 01:25 PM
Thank you Mara. :hug: I really appreciate your concern. I can feel it through :comp:honestly. :)

Well, I am in the process of getting my head "back in the game". I have found that once you get off track that after the emotions have settled down and neutralized again that the best course of action is to go back to what worked when it was working.

Another online diet support site that I was a member of for about six months ran its own short term "challenges"(4-8 weeks in duration) I joined three of them during the summer depending on what I felt that I needed help with. I saved some of the information from them as well as other participants in those challenges. One of them was a "Diabetes Weight Loss" challenge. I discovered that I was pre-diabetic in January 2011. "Pre-diabetic" means my fasting blood sugar is between 100-129 mg/dl upon rising in the morning and that it is "impaired". According to conventional medical knowledge, those people who are pre-diabetic now will have full blown diabetes within 10 years. I have averaged around 115 mg/dl when I tested my blood. I have seen my FBS 97 twice in the past 18 months. Normal is between 70-90. My new low average early in the summer was 107 mg/dl.

So, I am returning to following that food plan more closely. It is calorie counting, which I still find works for the best for me, with the difference being that the food plan has a more defined amount for carbs, fats and proteins. It also recommends 3 meals plus 2 snacks per day. I find this hard to practice simply because the meals seem more like snacks to me so I feel like I am snacking all day. Of course, the whole idea around that is keeping your blood sugar from not spiking by having too much "carb/starch/sugar" in your bloodstream at any given time. There is some flexibility on cardio days since working out really taps the glucose in your system. I visibly shake after working out unless I have a planned snack beforehand or immediately afterwards. If I monitor my BS right after doing cardio, it is the only time I have seen my blood sugar normal. (sigh)

I have a strong family history on both sides of diabetes. My sister also is testing pre-diabetic. So, this is the main reason why I won't quit working on losing the extra weight. I do not want to become a full-blown diabetic. That is my singular motivation. Two years ago it was affecting my eyesight. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults. My Dad also has macular degeneration, and he is at the point where he can only see in bright sunlight. Also, it is hereditary. Believe it or not, the main prevention for macular degeneration my eye doctor told me was to eat more green vegetables!:broc: :broc:

So, today I am going to reread all of the stuff from that "Diabetes Weight Loss" challenge that I saved and get back "on plan".

Yesterday, after I shared my woes here (and again thank you all for being my wailing wall), I dug into some pre-Thanksgiving cleaning and mopped both the kitchen and bathroom floors, did laundry and cleaned the bathroom. My knees were really bothering me with all of the standing but at least I was moving.

Great job, Mara, on losing some weight. Right now, mine is standing still :snail:but at least it's not going up. God willing, by early next week, my body will respond to my renewed efforts and I will be seeing it go down.

Take care all, Pam:comp:

wannaskipandlaugh
11-21-2013, 08:01 AM
Pam oh gosh.. I cannot believe all the stresses in your life! and I am so sorry for your situation! It WILL get better! I am believing it will! You are already setting yourself up to be in control of your self again! That is a big step forward and we are ROOTING for you! I know I am! Wishing and hoping that every day is alittle less stressful for you! :hug:

I have lost alittle of the extra water from my CARB Binge from Tuesday night and am right back down to 246.4 and that makes me happy. Knowing I can explode off of my Atkins, eat bread and fries, get right back on the horse and move forward. I really think it is the Shock system thing too. (its been months since I have done this bad of a damage). But moving forward.. I really want to be 244 or lower this time next week! :)

Any goals for these final 7 days til Thanksgiving all? :)

Mara
11-21-2013, 09:04 AM
Morning guys!

Pam I know you can do this! Saving the notes was a great idea.

Sue way to go! I think you can definitley reach 244 or lower.

I am not going to meet my goal for Thanksgiving, but that is okay. I am proud that I haven't given up and at least I stayed in the 240's. ;) This morning I was 245.4.

peachesandcream
11-21-2013, 09:10 AM
Hey all! I know it's been awhile. I saw 244 last night! woohoo. I started getting complements from others. I'm happy that I'm loosing weight and getting healthier. I have been in a bit of a bad mood though- maybe this is petty but I lost weight in my breasts rather than my problem areas. I'm going to have to buy smaller cup bras :( But at the same time my back doesn't hurt as much.

Fight the good fight Pam! That's great that you're taking control of your health. I too am trying to loose weight for health reasons.

Go Mara!

I hear you on the airplane seats Katy Did.

It used to bother me when my weight fluctuates day to day Mel. But now I just realize that I look at the same time same day every week and chart my overall progress. Keep up the good work!

pamatga
11-21-2013, 01:23 PM
Good day all!:grouphug:

peachesandcream: I either read it or heard it somewhere that "we always lose weight first where we gained it last" so it is like stepping backward and retracing your weight gain steps---only in reverse. If that is the case then I need to hit @ 200 before I can see the last of my lower stomach go. At least, it is something to look forward to.:) I hear you about the "girls". I too have lost in the cup size but not in the bra band sizes. Right now, I am just wearing the bras that I have even though I don't fill them out as I used to. Such problems, right? lol

Sue: (wannaskipandlaugh) wtg on the new weight. :carrot:

Mara: great job on being where you want to be as well. :broc:

I was able to change my ticker today since I had a sudden whoosh and lost some "sodium bloat". I am just :crossed:crossing my fingers that it will stay there and not bounce back up. :dance: like this fluffy little cloud. :D

Again, I appreciate all of your heartfelt support. It means a lot to me. I have always said that I have met some great people here on 3FC and it bears repeating. :hug:

So, "all of these rocky roads" (isn't it interesting that there is an ice cream named that too?) in my life won't impact my weight loss efforts, I have dusted off my "Beck Diet Solution" book and returned to those "skill sets". I am now on Day 3 of 41 days. If you haven't heard of this book, you can check it out of the public library. It is not for everyone but it has helped me in the past so I am returning to what worked then.

Take care all, Pam :comp:

wannaskipandlaugh
11-22-2013, 07:59 AM
I wish you all a Happy Friday and the true 1st weekend of the holiday season.
Happy Hanukkah too to those :)

I am still at 246.4.. aok... Not even worried.. I know I am going to lose more... its just now MARA and I are racing to the 230's.. anyone want to join?? I know its Thanksgiving and food will be everywhere.. but an internal race might help us keep in line as best we can??!!! I seem to like to have more pressure on myself... :lol:

Race to 239....
Sue 6.6 lbs to go to 239.8

Mara
11-22-2013, 09:13 AM
It's a race! lol I love the movie Rat Race.

I am up a little today, 246.2, but I am pretty sure it is water from sodium and working out last night.

Hope everyone is has a great day!

pamatga
11-22-2013, 11:10 AM
Mara, I hear you on sodium water weight. In fact, I think I am finally getting rid of some that has plagued me for several weeks. I am back down to 242.2 lbs. If this "whoosh" continues, I might even be able to break the 240s before month's end. "Time will tell...";)

Sue(wannaskipandlaugh): it would be fun if we three all landed into the 230s before month's end....I'm game.:D

I love changing my ticker. I changed my food plan back to more protein and a little more fat which is helping me to "be regular". "Whoosh" and "flush"....:o lol

Have a great Friday everyone!

Take care Pam :comp: :hug:

Mara
11-22-2013, 01:27 PM
That's awesome Pam!

Hopefully I get a whoosh soon. lol I am nearing that TOM so it will be interesting.

pamatga
11-23-2013, 03:12 PM
Mara, I am sure that you will. TOM always seems to play havoc with the numbers on the scales. :tantrum:

I made some changes in my food plan in the past week to include more protein as well as a little bit more healthy fats; just so I could be "more regular". Ever since I had a spell since early November where I was eating way too many carbs and too little fat, I got "irregular" and, well, it has taken a lot more effort to get back on schedule than I remember in the past. Sometimes, I was not "going" for three days at a time! :o That must be something that comes with age.:mad: Anyway, now I am focusing on that "detail" as much as anything else.

I don't know what you all are doing to stay "on plan" for Thanksgiving but I have decided that I am going to just treat that day and every day through the rest of the year as "business as usual". I really don't want to keep retracing my steps weight wise and I do it every year at this time. I regain weight that I worked so hard to lose prior to the holidays and then have to start out the New Year re-losing the same weight I had lost in the fall of the previous year. Insanity!:fr:

So, I made a list last night since I will be going grocery shopping tomorrow. Our turkey day meal for me will be minus the pies and all of those sides that most of us make this time of year.:chef: I thought what I would do to get that "cranberry taste" which I love so much is to get diet cranberry-grape juice (it has 5 calories) and add that to diet 7-UP for the bubbles. A couple of weeks ago I happened on some pumpkin spice cream cheese that is very good (Wal-mart) and I have been having that with my breakfast bagel since then and I honestly think that if I had that in the morning, I would not miss the pie. Much. ;) It is worth a try!

While I am at it I am also going to look for a lot of low cal substitutes for familiar holiday tastes and flavors so that I can enjoy those without "breaking the bank". I asked my DH if it were alright if he stuck to his "usual" sweets, which don't bother me, and we forego some of the home-baked goods. He told me that he would do whatever it was that I needed for support. :love:

So, that is my "strategy" to stay "on plan" for the upcoming holidays. Any one else thought this one out and care to share?

Take care, Pam :comp: :hug:

pamatga
11-25-2013, 11:50 AM
I didn't post yesterday because I wanted to do some last grocery shopping because of the bad wintery weather that is moving eastward and should be here by late Monday and stay through Wednesday. It has already been unseasonably cold where I live so I wasn't taking any chances.

I enjoyed a "whoosh" late last week but yesterday I had more sodium than I "should have had" so I want to wait a day or so, drinking lots of H2O before I post my weight.

With the money that I saved NOT buying all of the side dishes ingredients (like green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce, to name a few), I bought myself a "jug" of whey protein powder. My former food sponsor swore by this and so I tried it last spring and I was hooked from then with protein smoothies. In fact, at one point I used to have one for breakfast every day for weeks on end. Finally, my nails started to grow again after nearly a year of not being able to get them grow on my own.

My basic smoothie consists of milk (one of: almond, skim or 2 %), the vanilla creme whey protein powder and then I will add anything like sliced bananas, peanut butter, frozen strawberries, etc. I will then put it in my blender and blend to the consistency I like (thicker like a malt). It fills me up for hours.

We got a great deal on a turkey (.59 lbs.) so it is thawing right now. I will be cooking it Wednesday night. I did this last year and it really allowed me to focus more on "the day" rather than so much cooking. Our meal will be very simple this year but I hope someday I will prefer this over the "over the top" kind of meal I used to eat. We'll see...;)

Well, take care all, Pam :comp:

pamatga
11-26-2013, 09:09 AM
Good day everyone! :coffee::wave:

After having a Sunday brunch of b-b-q pork ribs and sirloin steak, I am still working on all of the sodium-induced water weight. The meal was great and I had a large cold vegetable salad with it and no dessert but I won't see 242.2 lbs. again (I am afraid) until probably Friday of this week.

I have decided that I am going to make banana bread for my "sweet treat" for my Thanksgiving meal. I think I will sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice on my non-fat frozen vanilla yogurt as well. I feel that I have my meal planned well for "turkey day" and things should go well. We will definitely be having wintery weather so it will be lots of t.v. that day.

How is everyone else doing? Anyone traveling this holiday? I hope you aren't flying, since I heard there were delays expected. My DH and I decided that the next time we travel we are going to drive ourselves.

Well, I did my strength workouts last night while watching the Finals of DWTS. It has been a great season and the ones remaining are the ones that wish all could share the "mirrored ball" but I realize that can't be. :( Tonight we will find out who won! I am so looking forward to that!:hat:

Take care, Pam :comp:

Mara
11-26-2013, 09:50 AM
Good Morning!

The shake sounds good Pam. I recently tried a few of the make ahead oatmeal smotthies from the site theyummylife and they were delicious and filling.

I will be traveling a little this Thanksgiving. So hopefully no gain from that. lol

I am at 245.4 this morning. Way off from my goal, but considering I have not gained a lot back, I am happy.

Good luck this week everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

nikitanix
11-26-2013, 11:20 AM
Hey everyone!! I'm just new to the forum and I thought I would jump onboard this thread and say hello to y'all!

I'm Nikita, originally from Louisiana but living in NYC since college and getting a job here. I just love southern cooking and I guess I crave that taste of home and of course it's all the worst kind food so here I am!!

Through college I didn't put on too much weight and kinda didn't worry too much about it but I recently went out with some girlfriends and I was the biggest there, I guess I always was but I noticed it more that night as I was real aware that I was wearing something to hide my body and they were all about showing off their curves with the tightest dresses possible.

I went to my doctor and she put me on the medication phentermine which suppresses your appetite, so I started taking that yesterday and oh my gosh, I felt it immediately that it really does do the job! But I still crave that connection with home and my family so I'm going to have a free day on sundays and cook southern food for my girlfriends, so I can enjoy cooking and eating with them but as we'll be sharing the food I won't have the chance to eat too much. I'm gonna weigh in every monday to make myself reel it in during my 'southern sundays'!!

Although my friends are all real supportive I wanted to get in touch with some people in the same position who i can share my progress with and so we can all support each other - you're all doing so great, so have you have come so far already, I am in awe!

Mara
11-27-2013, 08:48 AM
Welcome Nikita! I have found everyone here to be very helpful and knowledgable.

I am down to 245.2. I was hoping to be back to my low of 244, but a salty dinner prevented that. lol

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! And no gains!

pamatga
11-27-2013, 08:49 AM
:welcome2: nikitanix-glad to have you join us here on 3FC and especially in this thread. Thanks for sharing with us a little bit about yourself as well as your history. I was born in Arkansas but raised in the Midwest and then 10 years ago returned to live in the Deep South. Yes, the food here is awesome but I have found that you can still make many of the southern favorites 'soul food' healthier by both keeping the portion sizes smaller as well as switching out a lot of the fats. I think your idea of sharing some of your "comfort foods" with your friends is a great idea!

As for covering up your body, I do hope that you reconsider what is attractive and what isn't. It isn't all about your physical appearance. It is also about your personality and attitude. However, since I realize that we also live in a "visual-oriented" culture I might add that one way to embrace your body right now where you are at is to begin to work out. I have a naturally "hourglass" body. By working out, both cardio and with free weights, I now can wear a size 20 and feel and look good "right now"! That allows me to feel more confident socially and also helps me stay focused on losing weight since I can see the results of my efforts in the mirror. I would strongly encourage you to begin to work out. Your self-acceptance will increase. I heard a quote that said "sweat is fat crying." ;)

Mara, have a safe and happy trip over the holiday.

Here is a favorite prayer that I recite every evening. I felt it was appropriate for this season.

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER

Oh, God (Higher Power, Universe, et al), when I have food, help me to remember the hungry,
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless,
When I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless,
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer,
And in remembering, help me to destroy my complacency and bestir my compassion,
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed, those who cry out for what I take for granted.

Samuel F. Pugh (author)

Love and blessings, Pam :grouphug:

pnkrckpixikat
11-27-2013, 10:15 AM
Good morning all, I have been absent, at first because I was being awful foodwise and couldn't make myself join the convo lol, then because I was doing a lot of research into the low carb/atkins thing and that took me other places. I have been back on track and following(ish) atkins induction for 4 days now. Most of the weight from my horrible week prior is off and I hope to see the remaining few pounds drop before the end of the month.

Welcome to Nikita, this is a great group of chicks which I am sure you will soon find out soon :)

I hope everyone else is doing well!

wannaskipandlaugh
12-02-2013, 07:59 AM
Hello all!... A new thread has been started! Please see and post in the new one! :D

Mara
12-02-2013, 09:20 AM
Link to new thread. :)

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/290158-getting-out-240s.html