100 lb. Club - Two-teens Into One-derland, a Land of Wonder!

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10-10-2013, 12:24 PM
Thought I'd start a new thread since we're over the 500 mark. Let's do this!

(I quoted the last post so we could continue from there)

Llilith, HelloNurse, AwShucks - good job ladies :carrot: let's keep it sliding! I'm down to my ticker weight @ 206 - funny how it's taking forever to lose 6 lbs, something that was so easy when I first started out :dizzy:

10-10-2013, 12:27 PM
nitrus, it takes me forever to lose 2lb, haha.

218 this morning.

I think I'm catching the crud that's circulating through the office, or I'm just running myself down. Hopefully I'll be able to bounce back this weekend and feel like my old self :).

10-10-2013, 03:51 PM
Ooh thanks for the new thread PreciousMissy - I like the new title.. ONEderland definitely seems a land of Wonder - wonder when I'll get there.. lol :D

and hope you feel better!!!

10-10-2013, 11:10 PM
Nitrus29 thanks for the kudos. We're the same height and weight!

I'm not really sure why the scale is moving for me right now. I just know I'll take it! Weight loss is a "wondrous" process, isn't it? The scale moved for me in May -- every day for almost 2 weeks... just a bit lower each day. So exciting! Then, I got stuck. And, out of the blue it starts moving again. I really don't get it.

Just to encourage anybody else out there who's stuck. Keep on keeping on. Someday, if you're true to your eating & exercise plan, the scale will move, and you will be SO happy - especially after seeing the same number day after day for so many months!

10-11-2013, 11:31 AM
Someday, if you're true to your eating & exercise plan, the scale will move, and you will be SO happy - especially after seeing the same number day after day for so many months!

Truer words have never been spoken! As long as I was stuck at 220, I know! :dizzy:

Speaking of 220...

220 today, lol. I know exactly why...I couldn't keep the fork out of my mouth yesterday. That's all there is to it. I don't know if it's water retention, or if I actually gained a pound, but I really over ate yesterday. Oh well, today is a new day, yesterday is in the past, and I'm not going to dwell on it.

Have a glorious day everyone!

10-11-2013, 12:35 PM
HelloNurse - that's great about your coworker's surprise! It's fun to see people's reactions. 211! You are kicking butt.

AwShucks - your loss is inspiring - wow!! I really appreciate the encouragement too, about when you get stuck. My loss is slowing down, so I'm gonna remember your words.

PreciousMissy - I hope you get a chance to rest and feel better. 218 - that's awesome! I bet you'll see it again in a day or two. I stopped weighing myself everyday and it really helped my frame of mind about the fluctuations. Not dwelling on it, like you said, is good!

I'm not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I have been enjoying getting dressed up a bit to go out. I'm finding clothes that I forgot I had in the bottom of drawers - you know, the ones that I really liked and couldn't get rid of when they got too small? I even bought a pair of black leather boots - the tall kind. It is so wonderful to feel sexy again!!

Here's to a fun weekend for everyone! Happy Friday. :-)

10-11-2013, 01:39 PM
[QUOTE=Llilith]<snip>I have been enjoying getting dressed up a bit to go out. I'm finding clothes that I forgot I had in the bottom of drawers - you know, the ones that I really liked and couldn't get rid of when they got too small? I even bought a pair of black leather boots - the tall kind. It is so wonderful to feel sexy again!![QUOTE]
I'm so glad for you! Getting sexy isn't the only, or even the best reason for weight loss. But anyone who says sex appeal isn't one of their big reasons to lose weight is a big ol' liar!

10-11-2013, 01:47 PM
Nitrus29 thanks for the kudos. We're the same height and weight!

Just to encourage anybody else out there who's stuck. Keep on keeping on. Someday, if you're true to your eating & exercise plan, the scale will move, and you will be SO happy - especially after seeing the same number day after day for so many months!

Totally with you on this one!! I guess after cincorn's departure we are the new weight loss twins :D :high:

I'm not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I have been enjoying getting dressed up a bit to go out. I'm finding clothes that I forgot I had in the bottom of drawers - you know, the ones that I really liked and couldn't get rid of when they got too small? I even bought a pair of black leather boots - the tall kind. It is so wonderful to feel sexy again!!

^ this!!! It is seriously amazing to find clothes in your closet that you knew were too tight now hanging loose!! I have pictures of myself in clothes where my fat is bulging from everywhere and now when I wear the same shirt, it's as if it was never made for my body! Feels good for sure and it beats not seeing the scale move south.. losing weight isn't all about losing numbers, is it? :shrug:

Happy Friday everyone! Let's stay On Plan and as AwShucks said 'keep on keeping on' !!

10-12-2013, 12:29 AM
hoping to join you soon, saw 219 on the scale this morning but I won't trust it until it hangs around a day or two!

10-12-2013, 12:21 PM
I'm brand new to the thread, and wanted to say hello and introduce myself, although I do see some familiar names here :) :) /waves @ HelloNurse, Llilith, PreciousMissy

I have spent several days under 220 lbs, so I decided to finally make the jump here. My official weigh-in days are Mondays, so fingers crossed my current weight of 218 lbs. holds.

I have been dieting for about 6 months, and calorie count. This is super pathetic, but I haven't really tried to start working out yet!! I'd really like to get motivated to do some simple exercise during my time here in this thread. I think I am being lazy, but also, and this probably makes no sense, but in my mind I am still morbidly obese and incapable of physical exertion :o

Good luck everyone!

10-13-2013, 12:33 AM
I had a couple of unhealthy days earlier this week and bloated up like crazy. So I was back up to 226 but was back down to 218.8/219 today. If I have a day where I have super processed food, I bloat up! A lot! I've gained 10 lbs overnight before.

Anyway. I did have pizza for dinner tonight (which I totally earned with my long run ;) ) but I've been drinking a lot of water so I'm hoping to see a loss on the scale tomrorow. We'll see. If not tomorrow, probably Monday.

10-13-2013, 05:03 PM
I'm so glad for you! Getting sexy isn't the only, or even the best reason for weight loss. But anyone who says sex appeal isn't one of their big reasons to lose weight is a big ol' liar!

No lie, here. I'm not getting my sexy back, I'm just plain getting sexy! I've been overweight since second grade, so I've never received much male attention. I'm still on the shy side, but I'm out there looking for it. It's fun to daydream and dress up to try to impress. I'm hoping one-derland brings new-found confidence. I have a trip planned in March and I intend to rock it!:o

10-13-2013, 05:13 PM
I have been dieting for about 6 months, and calorie count. This is super pathetic, but I haven't really tried to start working out yet!! I'd really like to get motivated to do some simple exercise during my time here in this thread. I think I am being lazy, but also, and this probably makes no sense, but in my mind I am still morbidly obese and incapable of physical exertion :o

Good luck everyone!

Hi Toowicky! Here's your motivation, like the ads say... Just do it! The first time is hard, but it gets easier. I promise! Pretty soon, you'll sense yourself getting stronger and you'll love it. Grab an iPod with some groovy tunes and just do something. I started by walking, then Zumba (love to dance!), then TRX and Barre classes. I like something that is a challenge and has fun music. The time just flies!

If you're worried about being too big, don't be. I started Zumba at almost 270lbs. I couldn't get through the first class, but I kept at it. Your muscles won't hurt for long. I think I had 2 or 3 days where I noticed that I "felt" my workout afterward. In the past, that would stop me right where I was and I never got past it to know that things got better. Just go for it and put a star on your calendar for every day you work out -- no matter how short a time. It's good to see your efforts pay off!

10-13-2013, 06:02 PM
I haven't really tried to start working out yet!! I'd really like to get motivated to do some simple exercise during my time here in this thread. I think I am being lazy, but also, and this probably makes no sense, but in my mind I am still morbidly obese and incapable of physical exertion :o

Good luck everyone!

I can't recommend it enough! Not only to help with weight loss, but for the way it makes you FEEL. After my workout, I feel so much better about life; I can face anything, and nothing gets to me as much as it used to. And the sleep I get now...yowza. To think I thought what I used to do was sleeping.

I don't know how anybody else feels, but after a good hard workout I also feel better about my body in general. Like, I still know my limitations but I have so much more respect for what I *can* do and I have some respect for how far I have come already. I marvel at what a beautiful machine a body really is, and I revere our ability to heal ourselves.

Also, by strength training, I've been able to eat a LOT more calories while still losing. I ain't gonna lie, that's a big motivator.

Also, Welcome! I'm so glad to see you here!

10-13-2013, 11:25 PM
Glad to see you TooWicky. I'm glad everyone is keeping up with their losses. I am down to 211, w00t. I can see a lot of toning going on too.

10-14-2013, 12:57 AM
Hi All

I've been really busy so not on the forum much. Good to read all your news though. Welcome TooWicky! I totally agree with what everyone has said, particularly HelloNurse.

I cannot believe I am exercising, and the way I feel afterwards - usually for the rest of the day- is amazing. I first of all got a Wii and started playing tennis on that, then decided I wanted to do more so looked up the C25K program and joined a gym. The first session on the treadmill really helped me believe in myself. That must have just been 4 months ago and now I can go for 30 minutes at a slow jogging pace. Also walking outside more has helped. Now when I do things like walk upstairs and don't get out of breath, I get a really great feeling inside!

What sort of stuff do you like doing, or think you would like doing? I started with something simple and went from there I still have a dream of just stepping out the door and running for an hour! That may have to wait until next summer though.

Pleased to say my weight continues to drop steadily and I am enjoying the NSV. I met friends I'd not seen for 9 months and they were astonished. Over a very nice but unhealthy meal out I found I was centre of attention and they wanted to know exactly what I had been doing and for how long. I am not used to this talking about myself at all! I also had the first experience of not being recognised. A great morale boost!

Have a good week everyone :)

10-14-2013, 10:53 AM
Okay, dipping my toes in here. Monday weigh in has me at 219.6! Hoping to see Onederland by Christmas. My name is Donna and I'm the mom of lots of kids. The oldest is 34 and the youngest is 13. I have type 2 diabetes along with high blood pressure ect. ect. Trying to get healthy so I can see my kids and someday, grandkids grow up!

10-14-2013, 12:21 PM
Welcome to the thread TooWicky and lotsakids :welcome2:

good job on the losses Lizzyg and wishfuiiy

I am with CrazyCatWoman on the exercising bit TooWicky - maybe you ought to start with something of really low intensity. Like walking? Simple stuff like parking your car at the end of the parking lot and walking towards the store perhaps? Just move more so your body gets used to the idea and doesn't enter a state of shock when you suddenly decide to go for a run or something. Don't surprise your body, you might risk injury! :nono: but if you start slow your body will surely surprise you! :)

I didn't know what to do with myself at 262+ lbs and I decided to start by getting into a swimming suit.. can u imagine?? :o I would go for a swim at 5 in the morning at our local pool, so that no one could see me get in the water. I could barely finish a lap back then. After about 2 months of random swimming, I decided I had enough stamina to get on a stationary bike. Did 20 mins of that for starters and slowly started building up to using the cross trainer and finally the treadmill. Now I take the stairs to my 6th floor office everyday, run for 20+ mins non stop and it feels great!

You just have to start, it only gets better and better each day :D good luck!

and oh weighed in at 204.2 this morning.. :carrot:

10-14-2013, 03:39 PM
toowicky and lotsakids, so wonderful to see you both here!

crazycatwoman, what a wonderful NSV. I have no doubt they were all so proud of you!

218 today, which is awesome, but not as awesome as my other news :D.

Friday I had a horrible day at work (and another one today *sigh*) and wanted to go home and just eat to make myself feel better, but I didn't! It was so empowering!

To continue on with the good news, I was just offered a new job! I'm currently in school, and the job is for what I do right now (assistant) but is in the field in which I am earning my degree! I'm so happy that I've managed to get my foot in the door with my current skill set, but will be able to advance once I get my degree! Plus, working in the field will no doubt make school a bit easier :).

Have a fantastic day everyone!

10-14-2013, 04:13 PM
Woo Hoo on the new job PreciousMissy :carrot:

10-15-2013, 09:50 AM
Hello everyone,

:welcome: lotsakids

Congratulations, PreciousMissy on your new job offer :)

Special thank you to AwShucks, HelloNurse, CrazyCatWoman, and nitrus29 on the encouragement and suggestions you all gave me regarding getting started on working out. I WORKED OUT THIS MORNING!! I have a recumbent bike at home, so I set it to resistance level 3 and made it 10 minutes >< I legit almost gave up after 3 minutes because my legs were burning, lol, so sad! But I persevered. I also had a suggestion on another thread - I would like to acknowledge cleancowgirl, who told me to grab two soup cans and just do an arm workout; use what you have at home rather than delay until you go buy equipment. I continued my workout by using two soup cans to do 10 rep arm exercises in every way I could think of. I'm dismantling all my excuses for not working out.

Weightwise, I am still holding fast at 218 lbs (4 days now.) I have had a very hungry week and have eaten right up to the upper limit of my 1200-1400 daily calorie allotment for days now.

NSV - my friend posted some pics on fb of her children at a fall festival, one that I happened to go to as well. I realized that I am in the way background of one of the pics amg! I am pretty far away and in the background, and I'm walking away, so the back of me is in the pic. The NSV is that I am not shaped like a giant round orb. I am obviously still obese, but there is a suggestion of an indentation at the waist. I'm starting to be shaped like a normal woman!! If you are also an apple shape, you know what a glorious feeling that is, lol.

10-15-2013, 11:36 AM
TooWicky - glad to see you here! 6 months - that's a long time to have committed to counting calories, what an accomplishment! I think its been about 4.5 months for me.

I totally hear you about the working out - I have a hard time with that - especially when I make it something big in my head "working out" sounds so HARD. What I am doing, and maybe it's not the best but it's better than nothing, is: I do very small timeframes of exercise. This way I don't dread it. Basically I have three types of exercise that I do - walking my dog, resistance band floor exercise, and riding my stationary bike. But I seriously don't do it for long. The most I usually walk is 20 mins, or 10 mins on the bike, or 15 with the band. This way I can tell myself it's just a little bit so it isn't a huge bummer to me. Oh, and then there is luge. Not sure if I mentioned this here or not but: On my calorie/exercise app, sexual activity is listed as an exercise. One of my grown daughters and some people from work are friends on my Loseit account. I didn't want them to know each time, so I log that as Luge. haha! I'm waiting for my kid to say "wtf mom, you are luging?" bwahahahaah.

You are totally capable of physical exertion! In fact, I bet you are moving now more than ever since you feel better. :) You know that shopping is exercise too right? :D That's one of my favs!

AwShucks, you go girl, getting your sexy!!! The amound of weight you've lost is so inspiring! HelloNurse - you are so right, it's not THE reason but certainly a big perk! I think

Welcome lotsakids!!

CrazyCatWoman - it is so cool when people notice! I do think it's funny when they want to go out for unhealthy food and talk about how I'm losing weight though - ah, the irony! Wow, I can't imagine not being recognized - something to aspire to!

PreciousMissy - Congrats on not eating to make yourself feel better. That is tough, and a major accomplishment! Everytime we do that we are breaking old patterns, yay! Congrats on the job offer!! And in your field of study too - that's awesome!

Tomorrow is my weigh day, so no weight stats for me today - but I was able to buy a cardigan sweater in the normal size section this weekend. I didn't even buy the biggest one - I got the XL (XXL was available too). It was very cool to just buy something off the rack and not have to be in a special store that caters to larger sizes!!

I'm starting to worry about my skin - like what it will look like after I'm done losing. I can picture the Saggy Baggy Elephant. :( I started using sweet almond oil on my tummy and upped my water. Those things are supposed to help your skin's elasticity. Also last night, I worked some crunches in with the resistance band exercise. I don't want to have a hanging apron of skin :( But, even if I do, it's still better than when I was heavier.

10-15-2013, 11:52 AM
Thanks nitrus, toowicky, and llilth!

toowicky, great NSV...on the picture and on working out!

llilth, I'm looking forward to the day when I can buy clothes from regular stores...that aren't in a tiny section of the back corner of the store! Well done!

217 today.

I'm not going to change my ticker though. I have a feeling it's pure dehydration. I celebrated with a few too many liquid donuts (as nitrus calls them, lol) last night, and I'm feeling it today (ooooh, my poor head).

Have a great day everyone!

10-15-2013, 03:43 PM
Hi Ladies!
I'm jumping back into this thread. I hit a wall a few weeks ago but I'm back on track!
207.7 this morning!

10-15-2013, 03:59 PM
Hi Ladies!
I'm jumping back into this thread. I hit a wall a few weeks ago but I'm back on track!
207.7 this morning!

:carrot:Welcome back!:carrot:

10-15-2013, 04:21 PM
thanks for the welcome!! I think I'm officially here as the scale read 218.6 today. Went for a 6 mile walk, not looking forward to winter- need a plan in place to keep exercising. I love walking because it gets me out of the house and we live out in the country. The colors this year are amazing. It is nice "meeting" you!

10-15-2013, 05:47 PM
I don't know how far you live from the nearest town, but most shopping malls have walker's hours. The mall will open up about an hour before regular store hours, and you can walk around before the stores are required to open. You could also try the track at your local high school; those are sometimes cleared, depending on sport practices in your area. And of course, sled rides and just playing outside in the snow can be awesome exercise.

10-16-2013, 10:58 AM
We live over an hour from the nearest Mall and 40 minutes away from the closest Walmart! I'm going to lay in some Walk away the pounds dvds and walk whenever I can outside. It shouldn't start snowing till at least mid November. Last year we were pretty much snow free till after Christmas. There is a lady close by who also walks. Her husband plows a trail in their woods and she puts on these cleat thingies you can buy at the sporting good store, she manages her walk outside for most of the winter.

10-16-2013, 11:14 AM
lotsakids - a six mile walk? THAT is awesome. I think the story about the neighbor guy plowing the trail for his wife to walk is so sweet! Maybe she needs a walking buddy. :)

Today is my weekly weigh day - I'm down 1.2 pounds, now 213.2. My loss has slowed down a lot, but I'm still happy to see a lower number. Progress is progress. I so wanted to add another :yay: though, maybe next week!

10-16-2013, 12:57 PM
llilth, I was hoping to add another flower, myself!

216 today! I guess the 217 wasn't a fluke :D

That means that I have officially hit my first mini-goal of 10%! Looks like I'm going to have to squeeze in time for a pedicure :).

10-16-2013, 01:00 PM
^^ YAY! That's awesome :D

10-16-2013, 01:20 PM
Thanks llilth!!!!! Also congratulations on your weight loss!!! (which I completely forgot to mention in my last post...sorry :^:)

10-16-2013, 03:53 PM
We live over an hour from the nearest Mall and 40 minutes away from the closest Walmart! I'm going to lay in some Walk away the pounds dvds and walk whenever I can outside. It shouldn't start snowing till at least mid November. Last year we were pretty much snow free till after Christmas. There is a lady close by who also walks. Her husband plows a trail in their woods and she puts on these cleat thingies you can buy at the sporting good store, she manages her walk outside for most of the winter.
On the plus side, trudging through snow is AWESOME cardio.

The NSV is that I am not shaped like a giant round orb. I am obviously still obese, but there is a suggestion of an indentation at the waist. I'm starting to be shaped like a normal woman!! If you are also an apple shape, you know what a glorious feeling that is, lol.
Apple to apple, let me congratulate you on your newfound waistline! It's a beautiful new world when you no longer have to choose pants based on whether you'd rather have the legs be too big or the waistband too small.

10-17-2013, 12:34 AM
Hi all

Lotsakids, we have snow here too for about 5 months a year. I love walking along the ploughed paths, and have used poles (nordic walking). I have always been worried about falling, so wonder how it will be this year now I am lighter and I think my balance has improved. Trudging through unploughed snow is however really hard work, but maybe I should do that too for cardio!

I hate the icy period though, when everywhere is slippery. I have studded boots to try to help with that.

This year I am really looking forward to having clothes that I can fit into and maybe I'll be warm enough to go out! I still cannot quite get my head around the fact I can buy clothes from ordinary shops now! Last year's winter coat was ordered online, the biggest I could find. And I still had to breathe in to zip it up. I guess I'm not such an apple! And I am working hard to not become a pear.....

10-17-2013, 11:24 AM
Hey everyone!!!! I'm near here, fresh down today from the 220s and 230s thread - I was 219.6 on Monday and found myself at 218.5 today after catching up on my workouts big time the last few days and to reward myself I've decided to join y'all as I feel safely enough into my 2-teens to hop aboard the journey to wonderful onderland! I might be here til christmas so I'd better make myself comfortable!

Hello to familiar names TooWicky, PreciousMissy, Llilith, HelloNurse and Crazycatwoman and a big hello and pleased to meet you to all the others!

To those of you who don't know me, I'm Jenny from Texas, 43, married with 3 kids aged 3, 5, and 7, and I'm a stay at home mom. I started my weight loss journey on July 1st with phentermine and then added the supplement phen caps, taking the two together for 3 months. Now I'm just taking the supplement and I'm doing great!!

I don't know whether it's the pills or just everything feeling right now, but for the first time in my life I'm exercising and feel healthier than ever. I also realized today that this is the lowest weight I've been in close to 15 years!

I also had a NSV this morning when I could do up my bra on the second hook in - the cups are still pretty full so I don't think I've lost weight in any important places, just around my back - phew!

I went through the earlier posts to catch up as much as I could and wanted to say well done to TooWicky for exercising! And well done on the new job PreciousMissy!!

Have a great day everyone!!!

10-17-2013, 12:16 PM
goodness, 209 this morning. WHOOO

10-17-2013, 01:24 PM
206.6 this morning!! Making some progress!

10-17-2013, 04:47 PM
Howdy Jenny! Nice to see you here!

wishfuiiy, and girliejayhawk, way to go!

216 today!

I was hoping my mini-whoosh would continue, but if this is where I am to stay for a while then so be it...it's better than where I started...240 hehe! Nothing much to report today.

Have a wonderful day all!

10-17-2013, 05:10 PM
((jennybutler357)) Great to see you here :) Fantastic job on your weight loss. We are slowly but surely doing it:carrot:

Also, hello GirlieJayHawk, and congratz on your weigh-in!

Llilith, amg, lolol with the "luge," I mean, could you have picked a more suspect activity name. I'm cracking up! Also wanted to give you a shout out about the slower weight loss. I am *definitely* having to fight for every pound now, it feels like. 2 lbs loss per week feels like a great week, and 1 ½ lbs feels like a good week these days.

PreciousMissy, so happy to hear you have reached your 10% mini goal. Percent of weight loss is not something I ever computed for myself and you've got me curious now.

Wishfuiiy, yay for hitting 209 :) Also, off topic, but I wanted to say I really admire your makeup application in your profile pic, etc., lol. I love artfully applied makeup! It's very flattering on you.

Things I am proud of this week:
*I worked out 3 days in a row so far; I'm feeling great!
*I've stayed within my daily calories every day

Things I'm not so proud of:
*I have gone bonkers on the Diet Coke consumption
*I made some less than ideal meal choices i.e. two servings of baked chips and salsa for a meal because I was craving it -.-

10-17-2013, 06:44 PM
It's always so nice to see a big whoosh push through this thread, so let's keep losing ladies. Cause when we whoosh, or lose, it's weird but we all do. CONGRATS ON THOSE LOSSES OR GOALS!

Thank you, TooWicky. I always have loved make-up and feel I keep mine rather simple so it's nice to hear from someone else they love it. And PS, you've not only lost 10%, you've actually lost 20% of your body fat. xD

10-17-2013, 07:00 PM
First post in this thread...219.5 this morning!

10-18-2013, 10:41 AM
[QUOTE=CrazyCatWoman;4864248]Hi all

Lotsakids, we have snow here too for about 5 months a year. I love walking along the ploughed paths, and have used poles (nordic walking). I have always been worried about falling, so wonder how it will be this year now I am lighter and I think my balance has improved. Trudging through unploughed snow is however really hard work, but maybe I should do that too for cardio!

I hate the icy period though, when everywhere is slippery. I have studded boots to try to help with that. QUOTE]

I may have to try the outside walking in the snow. Moved here from Southern California - my body still rebels at the cold!! I think I might even have some of those nordic poles somewhere... Today is sunny though so I must gets meself movin' outside.

10-20-2013, 01:16 PM
:welcome: onagain1!!!

I wanted to check in to see how everyone's weekend is going. I saw a new low on the scale this morning - 216 lbs, yay! My official weekly weigh-in day is Monday, tomorrow, so that number may change. Lately I have been struggling with a lot of hunger and eating right up to my max daily calories (1400,) but yesterday and the day before my hunger levels went back down to normal so I went back to a more average calorie consumption. I took 2 days off from working out because I had a sinus issue with stuffed up ears and it was so disconcerting and uncomfortable I could not deal, lol. Today, though, I'm all better, so I will get on the recumbent bike later today. I missed my new little fitness routine, which shocks me!

I'm not an outdoorsy person and by outdoorsy I mean generally just going outside during the daytime, lol. I'm not a fan of the sun (I'm a <former, now dyed> redhead and I sizzle when it's sunny out.) I would straight up rather be inside or at the most be on a patio >< However, it's getting cooler and cloudier here on a lot of days. I found out that the path in the park where I live is 1.2 miles. I was thinking maybe my daughter and I could enjoy a brisk walk together and then feed the ducks when we are done. I would like to know from you casual walkers if you carry those hand weights I see some ladies use. Any advice appreciated for a beginning and out-of-shape walker.

10-20-2013, 10:04 PM
New thread, I see. I'm starting to make an effort again to get out of this group. (Nothing personal...I wish y'all the same.) I went to the gym today for the first time in a while and was about to do about 20 minutes of running, so that was good.

I also got the results of a latest blood test. Last year in December my doctor diagnosed me as pre-diabetic. My dad was type II diabetic and my brother is so that concerned me. As of a test a week ago, from both the fasting blood test and the A1C I'm no longer pre-diabetic. Reality of genetics is that getting type II might not be something that I can fully prevent...but I do want to stave it off as long as possible.

10-21-2013, 12:08 PM
Jenny - YAY, good to see you!! I can totally relate to what you said about everything feeling just right for weight loss now. All the other times I've tried never felt like this! Go us!!

wishfuiiy - congrats on 209! You have come so far - I'm still inspired by your loss!

onagain1 - welcome! :D:D

TooWicky - yay for a new low!! the slower loss is tough, but we just have to keep on keeping on. Step up that luge LOL j/k. :D
I haven't used the hand weights, but it seems like they would make a walk more effective.

This weekend, I had a tough time with food. Hubby and I went out for a very nice dinner for our anniversary on Saturday, and Friday I was just plain off plan for a bit in the evening. We've been having a stressful time here - my hubby and I can't agree on how to raise his teen stepson, and how to make it so his mother doesn't permit things that are completely inappropriate for his age. Things like: staying out til 2am with his 18 yo girlfriend and spending the entire weekend at her Dads house with her. You can say there will be all the supervision in the world, but hmmm teenage boys are a hormone fest - and she's an adult. The whole situation has me tense and on edge, cause I can't impact it - I have tried til it makes me crazy. He comes home from the weekend at GF's house that my hubby and I said no to - with a HUGE hickey right on the front of his neck. I see that as the girlfriend pretty much flipping us off - she's very controlling and unstable. It's insane really.

And then, on Thursday I went to look for a new dress for our date this weekend. Sad day - nothing fit or looked good. And there weren't even any plus sized dresses to make myself feel better haha. I ended up wearing something in my closet that was a little big - it looked ok, but I was discouraged. So, I ended up over by about 250 calories on Fri and Sat - reeled it back in on Sunday though.

Now for the good part - I was stunned to find that I lost almost three pounds after my excesses. Weird - maybe my system just really needed some extra calories to shake things up. I saw 210!!! I hope it's still here on my official weigh day Wednesday. :-)

I hope you all have a good week! Kudos to all of us who are working so hard to get healthy. We are quite incredible, aren't we?!

10-21-2013, 12:47 PM
I posted some pics to the progress thread. :-) http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4867019-post453.html

10-21-2013, 05:34 PM
^ wow way to go! you look great!!

10-21-2013, 05:58 PM
llilith, you have nothing to be discouraged about, you look amazing!!!

Sorry for not doing personals for everyone, but today is a bit of a busy day. I was off Friday and spent the morning training my replacement at work.

219 this morning.

Not surprising at all. I went nuts on Friday and Saturday...and I don't even have a good reason for it. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. A habit that I cannot repeat on a regular basis. I like to call those times my "feedings"...when a monster inside wakes up and is not satisfied with anything less. I reeled myself back in (for the most part) on Sunday, and am 100% back on track today.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

10-22-2013, 12:53 AM
I went shopping today. I got a coat that's 2 sizes smaller than last year's and jeans that are 3 sizes smaller than what I was wearing at the start of the year.

It was a good trip!

10-22-2013, 02:00 AM
Llilith.... I have no words, lol, wow you look completely different! What an inspiration to me, I'm serious!!

bSpring3, what wonderful nsv about the new clothes. I am in a similar predicament about the winter coats... I'm 2 coat sizes smaller but in my case I haven't bought any new coats or jackets yet. I'm drowning in last year's peacoats, but I have so much I need to replace before them.

I worked tonight and one of my customers told me she lost 100 lbs last year - so exciting to meet someone who had the challenge of losing a lot of weight. She encouraged me to keep at it, and also shared a few recipe and food ideas. She looked absolutely wonderful, healthy, and even young for her age. She evidently had cut out the face part of her old driver's license and in fact carries it in her wallet. She pulled it out and said, "This used to be me," and oh my goodness - her face was completely different. It also motivated me to know that she was in her late 40s as well. As far as loose skin issues went, she said she had some batwings and thighwings but nothing to really fret over - only the lower abdomen and a bit of a small apron thingy, exacerbated by a c section scar was the only area that wasn't great, but she wasn't even concerned about that. I want to be that healthy!

10-22-2013, 10:20 AM
You can do it, TooWicky!

I wasn't planning on getting the coat, but I was at an outlet mall and couldn't pass on the discount. (It was about 40% of original cost.)

But I'm traveling for business, and it did motivate me to hit the hotel's gym this morning to do my C25K workout.

10-22-2013, 11:46 AM
Hi y'all!

Llilith!! Wow!!!!! It's true you really are an inspiration! Like you said, your face has completely changed!

In your last post before it sounded like you'd had a tough couple days with your teenage stepson and everything, (I really feel for you, I have 6 more years until my eldest is a teenager but I'm already dreading it...) but then it was so great to read that you'd seen 210 on the scale! And well over 50 pounds lost now, you're doing so so great! And thanks for the welcome and support, it means a lot!!

bSpring3 - sounds like you had a very successful shopping trip! And well done for working out while you're on the road!

TooWicky - I love that you missed your fitness routine, I really think it can be a little addictive, but in a good way! And that trip to feed the ducks sounds great, I always used to do that on sundays with my parents, brother and sister when I was a kid, great memories! I think hand weights would be a good idea, I use them sometimes when I feel the need for a little extra, for more of an intense walk by myself. It's great if you have something on your mind, a walk is great for thinking things over. The customer you met does sound inspirational, and it's great that she's not hung up on her batwings etc.

My husband and I have had a few disagreements this week about me going back to work. I just said I wanted a little more freedom and the chance to meet people, and of course I'd still be there to take the kids to school and pick them up, it was just a suggestion that I wanted to start looking for what's out there. I don't hold much hope as I haven't worked regularly since before I had my first son over 7 years ago, but maybe a little part time job would be nice. He says I'll be too stressed and that I always used to complain about work but that was just because I didn't like my job. I don't like arguing with him but it just puts me out a bit that he can't see my side when he's normally a really understanding guy. His mom never worked so I think he has this stupid old-fashioned idea in his head about working moms. He said it's just because my youngest has started kindergarten, but I do have a lot of free time on my hands, which is great for fitting in exercise but I'd like to have something else in my life.

Anyway, on the plus side I saw 217 on the scale yesterday and I was super excited to have lost over 2lbs in a week when I thought my losses might start slowing down. I have an appointment with my doctor next week to discuss going back on phentermine but I'm not sure I want to, not just yet anyway and maybe not at all. I'll see how things go this week I guess.

Hope y'all have a great day!!!

10-22-2013, 12:32 PM
Thank you all for the kind words! I know it's silly, but it's that kind of encouragement and kudos that keeps me going on this weight loss journey. I'm surprised at what a difference 50 pounds makes - it really makes me motivated to get the next 50 gone! Last night my oldest daughter gave me her old jeans (she lost some weight recently too) for when I can fit into them - they are 15/16 - I haven't tried them on yet but the stack is staring at me and I'm a little excited to see if they fit.

PreciousMissy - The important part is that you got back on track! I think we have to give ourselves a break now and then - especially since this is a lifelong endeavor. I'd rather have a day or two now and then where I cheat a little, then completely get back into old pattern - which is what I would do if I never let myself indulge.

bSpring3 - congrats on your new coat and jeans!! That's awesome. Smaller size - AND a sale? even better!

TooWicky - I think nothing happens by chance - what a gift for you to meet that person and hear her story! That is really cool, and so timely too! You will be there too and you can pay it forward with other people later. :-)
I like the driver's license picture idea. For the first time, I am looking forward to renewal, so I can not lie about my weight LOL.

Jenny - yeah, wow teenagers. That's tough as is, but it's even harder when you can't impact all the decisions about what's best for them. My husband and I have scheduled an appointment with a marriage counselor. Maybe that seems drastic, but this is the only real thing that has come between us - I want him to stand up to his ex wife more and put his foot down about what is right for stepson. When I realized I was having a hard time respecting his parenting, I knew we needed to work it out or risk really damaging our marriage.

I hope you and your husband work things out about your going back to work. It's the perfect time with your youngest now in school. Hopefully he will realize that it is best for you to follow your bliss. If not, I have the name of a good counselor - j/k I don't really know if she's good yet - we'll see. Maybe he would feel differently about some volunteer hours - not necessarily a JOB, but would get you out of the house. That might be a good way to ease him into the idea. YAY for your 217!!! I love seeing new numbers. If you are losing without the phentermine, I'd kick it to the curb. (that's easy to say because I haven't finished my rx yet, but I would like to not be dependant on it - I'm pretty sure it isn't doing much for me now)

10-22-2013, 03:15 PM
toowicky, it sounds like your customer's success has breathed new fire into you :) (not that your old fire was necessarily lacking, haha)

bspring, that's a wonderful NSV!!!

jenny, I know my BF isn't too big for change. Maybe once he has time to think about the idea of you going back to work part time he'll be a bit more accepting...good luck!

218 today.

I'm slowly, but surely, losing the weight that I gained over the weekend. I wouldn't say that it's all water weight, there might be a couple pounds of actual weight there.

I went to Subway for lunch today. I'm not much of a bread person, and the last time I had one of their salads (early 90's) I wasn't all that impressed. I decided to go ahead and try the double chopped chicken salad with low fat ranch and I was pleasantly surprised! According to their website the salad should have been 290 calories without the dressing (340 with), but they were eyeballing the ingredients when they made it, and I was only able to eat 2/3 of it. It's so hard to "trust" restaurant calorie counts.

Have a fantabulous day everyone!

10-22-2013, 11:26 PM
Gosh, I've been reading and lurking but congrats to my ladies! I saw 206.8 on my scale this morning, but I know it had to have been a fluke. I won't see it tomorrow cause my eating has been out of control today. I cannot stop eating and I don't know why, GRRR!

10-23-2013, 10:50 AM
Hey PreciousMissy and Llilith, thanks for the support! And great idea about the volunteering, I was actually looking up volunteer positions in my area last night and I was getting pretty excited about a new challenge and meeting new people. I think it will be really good for me and I don't see that it will negatively impact on my weight loss, I mean most of y'all seem to have jobs and do just great losing weight too. If anything I think I'll be motivated because it'll give me an extra focus in my day and I won't have as much time to get too obsessive.

I mentioned to my husband about volunteering and how I could chose my own hours in a lot of the positions and he seemed to warm a little to the idea as I said it should be less stressful and will give me more freedom than a regular job, so we could be onto something here! One I like the sound of is a food distributor, you collect donated food from shops and restaurants and take it to centers for struggling families to have. I hate the idea of wasting food (may have been a factor in my being obese...hmmm) so I think this is a great idea and something I'd love to be a part of. I send them an email so I'll let y'all know what happens!!

And Llilith, it's definitely not drastic to see a counselor, I think it's a great idea as it can be so helpful to have an impartial mediator. I have a friend who went to a counselor with her husband and she said it helped them so much for someone else to call them both out who wasn't a friend or relative, more like an observer, but who could see so much more from outside. I can't imagine how hard it must be to be a step parent, knowing where you stand and knowing when to intervene and everything, I wish you lots of luck with the counselor.

10-23-2013, 12:44 PM
wishfuiiy - That is wonderful, congratulations! I had to laugh at what you said I about "I cannot stop eathing, and I don't know why" - it reminded me of those commercials "Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up". Today is a new day - the important thing is that we don't let those times derail us. You got this!

Jenny - Yay for the volunteering. And, after a few months of that he will be used to your having something to do outside the house and then you can get a job! Sometimes we just have to show them where they want to be in baby steps LOL. Having a job or volunteering can only help your weight loss, I think - more to focus on, a distraction from food, and being more active. It's a win win. Thanks for the kind words about the counseling. I made the appt for Nov 2 - The important thing is that we both care enough to work this out. We'll be okay. :-)

Today is my weigh day and I am astounded. Somehow I lost 4.6 pounds in the past week. I don't really get it because I have eaten consistently more lately, even going over budget a couple of days. Maybe my body needed more fuel to burn the fat better, I dunno but I'll take it. I can't believe I'm 208.6 - a single digit number right over 200!!! Happy Day! :carrot:

10-23-2013, 06:28 PM
Lilith, I so feel you about the past couple of days but usually after a lil mini caloric blowout, I lose too so CONGRATS WHOOT

10-23-2013, 06:51 PM
I had a unhealthy few days. I went to a wedding over the weekend which = lots of food and lots of booze. And had my period last week on top of everything too. So I bloated back up to 226 but am back down to 223 as of this morning. Hopefully will be back under 220 by the end of this weekend if I stay on track and drink a sh*t ton of water :p

10-23-2013, 07:13 PM
Yesterday I at about 800 calories more than usual; I think at worst I broke even, but I was so hungry I couldn't stop! I also saw the scale bump up 3 pounds this morning. Now, I *know* that there is no possible way I gained 3 pounds of fat, but I decided to take the warning sign of what will happen if I don't get it under control. So today I worked out a little bit extra, and ate a little bit less than I normally would on a workout day. And I'm pushing the fluids, trying to get water off.
Grr...just as Onederland is looking close, I have to go and do something stupid like eat too much and retain a bunch of water. Oh well, it will happen in the right time.

10-23-2013, 07:45 PM
Wow llilith, 208! You go girl!

216 today.

Looks like I've managed to shake off my 4lb gain from the monster this weekend...yay me :) lol.

Not much to report here today. Have a wonderful evening all!

10-23-2013, 08:56 PM
NSV RED ALERT: I BOUGHT PANTS IN THE MISSES DEPARTMENT TODAY!!!111!1 I got size 16 slacks and size XL yoga-type pants. Both are a bit snug in the butt crack, lol, but not overly so. I have a "situation" with my lower abdomen area, so it's imperative that the yoga pants be paired with a long shirt to sort of cover it up, but they are so comfy and they accentuate my much smaller thighs so I'm making them work. I have no time for personals, but I read all the recent posts and I'm loving everyone's good news! Here's to not letting obstacles stand in our way :dust:

10-24-2013, 02:24 AM
Hello All

I'm having a lazy week and haven't been to the gym, and also feel really hungry. I wonder if, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, autumn and winter are coming and we naturally feel the need to 'store' food in us ? ANd remember after a little blow out and stuckness on the scales, the numbers do usually drop a it faster for a while - at least they do for me.

TooWicky - I totally relate to the comfy but tightish clothes! I am loving the new stuff I am buying.

NSV's continue for me - I was raking the leaves up a couple of days ago. I hate this job but this year I wasn't sweating buckets, out of breath and hating every minute.
I've had words like 'slim' and 'skinny' used about me - a bit of an over statement as I am at best a 'L' size still, but these words feel very alien and wonderful. I cannot quite believe the transition I have made - one friend who hadn't seen me for about 10 months asked 'where's the rest of you ?'.

I hope everyone else is finding strength and motivation. Keep going!

10-24-2013, 08:27 AM
Lilith - sometimes you need to eat a little more to get results, it seems. Provided it's the right stuff, of course. And it sounds like the decision to see a counselor is a good one. It doesn't hurt to have a non-involved party help sort through things.

Jenny - sounds like the volunteering is a positive step for you. Yay you!

Wishfuiiy - congrats on the loss.

HelloNurse - sometimes, it just seems like you need a little extra. Listen to your body on that.

Missy and Jenny - I'm cheering for you!

10-24-2013, 12:49 PM
Yay toowicky and crazycatwoman!!!! I love NSVs!

220 today.

I know I didn't eat enough to gain 4lb over night, so I'm not sweating it. I had a muffaletta yesterday and it had olive relish on it, so it has to be water retention. Man do I love muffalettas! But, I know they're a rare treat, so I enjoyed the heck outta that thing yesterday, haha!

10-25-2013, 02:28 PM
I am still all dizzy, having been shopping and finding a CHOICE of winter coats. As temperatures get very low here, I want to invest in a good one but right now I am still losing weight so had to show extreme, uncharacteristic self-control and not buy the gorgeous purple ski jacket that fitted beautifully! I bought a far cheaper not so nice one, which I can afford to shrink out of!

10-25-2013, 03:46 PM
Hey guys ! I haven't posted in a while, i've been crazy busy with work.
I had the most amazing NSV this morning after i came back from dropping my son off at daycare. I am now down a size in jeans !! I figure i'd try on the next size down because i wanted to see how much further i had to go to fit into them, but i never would have guessed that they would have fit like they did. I'm down to a size 13 from starting out at a 18/20!! I've been smiling ALL day !
(plus i got my hoodie i ordered in from work yesterday and i'm down from an XL to a L!!)

10-25-2013, 07:43 PM
Howdy all!

217 today.

A couple of NSVs...which are food related :).

Last night I tried a new recipe...an unhealthy one (for my average weight boyfriend)...and I decided to test my will power, and I won! I allowed myself to have a single serving for dinner. I thought it turned out great and normally would have had more, but I didn't want more. Not only that, I immediately thought of ways to make it healthier.

My other NSV was today at lunch. We went to a place that thinks every plate requires some kind of sauce. I ordered the salmon, without sauce, and substituted my rice for an extra serving of vegetables, and it was amazing!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

10-26-2013, 12:15 PM
219.6. So now only 1 lb up from my lowest a few weeks ago. But I'm glad to be back under 220. :)

Great job, PM! It's always a good feeling to be able to resist things like that. I had made a brownie this week for my boss's birthday and was able to avoid it all week until yesterday. But I cut a tiny tiny piece and that was enough for me.

10-26-2013, 01:56 PM
Downer warning: my face is showing signs of looking older and I wanted to get it out and complain about it so I can shelve this concern and move on :( I feel terribly petty and it's embarrassing. I was okay with the crow's feet that showed up some lbs ago, but now my smile lines are more like permanent creases. I definitely feel like my obesity obfuscated my true facial age. With less obesity now, I'm looking my real age in addition to dealing with less elastic skin since I am in my late 40s. I have lost about 61 lbs so far. I'm concerned because I do have quite of bit of weight left to lose; I am not at the end of my weight loss journey. Really hoping I find the wherewithal to age gracefully no matter what the physical manifestations!

With that whining out of the way, gratz Lizzyg on getting back under 220 :)

and PreciousMissy, woot on your willpower NSV! We have to live in the real world during and after all this dieting, so you must be very pleased :)

MizMelis, I had read some of your previous posts about your getting into smaller clothes from a while back, but, WOW, a size 13??!! I know from retail that, that is a juniors size which is a whole 'nother level of small cuts, when compared to similar Misses styles. That is amazing!!

CrazyCatWoman, I think I am going to follow your example about buying a more budget priced coat this winter. I don't feel like being this size very long, and a coat is really an investment clothing purchase to me. Gratz!

HelloNurse, how did the water weight flush go? Fingers crossed!

Llilith, :carrot: you are doing wonderfully with your weight loss!!! Congratulations for 208 amg!! Would also love to hear how the counselor thing is working out with regard to the disagreement about your stepson if you ever care to update. I wanted to say I empathize. My husband's friend, who had custody of his young teen daughter, went to the ends of the earth, including legally, to contain the horribly lenient and neglectful environment his ex-wife provided during visitation. Despite everything he tried to do, he ended up a grandpa with a 14 year old daughter as the new mom, and the 23 year old baby's father is a registered sex offender :/. I wish you the best of luck - it sounds like you love your stepson very much and want him to be safe and make the right choices in life. We had (have) a similar major disagreement in my marriage. In the end we ended up with a high-level "agree to disagree" situation. It is not easy to thread the needle and compartmentalize when you don't have a consensus, but it can be done. I am a ball-buster and my husband is a peace-maker, which can lead to totally different ways of dealing with problems. However, nothing was worse in my life so far then both my parents and my only sister who was my best friend all dying unexpectedly and suddenly within 3 years of each other :( I compare all life's difficulties to that difficulty now, and it makes formerly untenable disagreements a bit more endurable. Thinking of you all!

jennybutler357, there is something about getting healthier which is really making me want to put myself out there and engage the world a bit more :) It makes me vicariously happy that you might start volunteering. I do work retail, but only one or two days a week, for just a few hours each day. I'm basically a stay-at-home mother and have been for the past 10 years. I wouldn't say my husband is spoiled, but our whole family has very much settled in to the convenience of having one parent not really work. When I wanted to look for part time work, it really gave my husband pause. In the end, though, my husband and kids love it! When I go to work in the evening, they make it Pizza Night. They watch a movie and flop out in the clothes they wore all day on sofas in the basement - a very "Dad" way to handle bedtime, lol. My point is they have come to enjoy the night or two that mom is not home, and I get to spend time with adult people lol. It's a win-win.

10-26-2013, 03:17 PM
TooWicky, my goodness what a post. Thank you so much. I can totally agree with this looking older business. For the first time I feel able to look at myself in the mirror and know that my double chin is disappearing but now I can see a turkey neck! And the wrinkles..... yes indeed. Previously people had suggested my age was about 10 years less than I am - now I can see myself accelerating beyond 50 prematurely. But then I have to think through the benefits: I hope what I am doing now will lead to me living longer and more healthily, even though I look older. But yes, this is an unexpected side effect and I am not so sure how to deal with it.

There are many things I am not sure how to deal with right now. I have had my first day of wanting to eat and eat and eat since I started losing weight, I guess one day in 8 months is not bad and I am grateful for that.

But also I am not sure who I am anymore. I have always been fat and it was my identity - everyone who stared at me did so as I was big. I have no idea of what it is like to buy normal size clothes. I am now the size I was when I was an overweight 18 year old, and yet now I know I am simply 'large', It is very odd, this new slimmer but older me.

Interesting! I do not ever want to go back to the old identity, but I am not sure about who this new one is yet!

10-27-2013, 10:42 AM
TooWicky - I'm dealing with the face thing, too. I saw a friend recently for the first time in a few months and she started off with "wow...you look...older." I've lost over 40lbs this year, and I've seen pics of where I was at the start (or the start plus a few), and my face has lost a lot, and I am starting to look all 49 of my years, plus a few. Doesn't help that I'm down about work (hate my job), not sleeping, and all that goes with that.

I don't have any good solutions, either. Just wanted to commiserate as I know exactly what you're talking about.

10-27-2013, 11:20 AM
217.4!! :) Lost all the bloating and down a pound! :) Yay!

I haven't noticed a change in my face but I never had a super full face even at my fattest. But I feel that way about the loose skin everywhere. It's just frustrating because when you get really fat and then lose weight - you don't just become smaller. You have extra stuff to deal with.


10-27-2013, 02:57 PM
I am just poking my head in before I head off to work. I finally saw 218.3 this morning and hoping it sticks. I plan to read all the post tomorrow so I can get to know you and re aquaint with the ones I met on the last couple of threads.

10-27-2013, 03:08 PM
Welcome Cleancowgirl - I'm sure it'll stick :)

10-28-2013, 12:13 PM
TooWicky - I think that skin is going to tighten up a bit. And those smile lines - you earned them. They are a reminder of the joy you've experienced in life. Try to wear them proudly! But I really do think that some of our saggy skin will tighten. I'm worried about my belly skin - it's getting weirder and weirder lately, so I've been taking fish oil and biotin - also trying to moisturize every night. I bet moisturizing would be good for your face as the skin adjusts to the weight loss.
Our appointment is this Saturday - hope it goes well. I totally hear you about the compartmentalizing - that is what I'm doing too. And, I am the ball buster in our house too - my hubby is just very passive and avoids conflict at all costs.
I am so sorry to hear about you losing both parents and your sister - and all in a short time too - that's horrible, and so hard. I can relate. In 2011 and 2012 I lost my Mom and then my Dad. It is good to keep troubles in perspective, thank you for that.

This weekend, hubby and I did the Zombie Run in Portland. We were zombies, it was so fun. They stationed the zombies in one of four zones, and our job was to take the flags of the runners until they became zombies too. It was a blast, they gave us a makeover and we had so much fun. It was a great physical activity too! Chasing people and just all around being active... and when I got tired, I could shamble around in zombie character to rest a little. So fun. And, my worst fear didn't happen - I worried that these super thin, in shape runners were going to make some comments about my weight or something. No one did, that I could hear anyway. :-) And, I zombiefied many fit runners LOL. I got 30 flags - hubby said he was stunned at my activity level. :-) Here's a pic of us from this weekend:


10-28-2013, 02:24 PM
I understand toowicky...I'm starting to see jowls :(

Welcome cleancowgirl!

llilith, you guys look great!

220 today.

Not surprising...the monster came back this weekend. I really need to stop that! I do just fine all week and then the weekend comes. I don't know how much of it is water, and how much is real.

I need to be extra diligent this week. I'm going out for lunch today, again tomorrow, plus happy hour tomorrow night. Then I'm going out again on Halloween. Now that I type it all out it makes me realize how lucky I am. My problem is that I am going out with friends and spending time with them...I'll just hush now :D

10-28-2013, 02:32 PM
Good day Everyone! Scale is reading 217.2. Loving that number. today is my 5 month versary on Starting this New change of life journey. Almost 60 lbs gone. Sometimes I think it is going slow but when you look at the whole picture I am happy with the success I have had.

Precious missy- This week is only temporarily and plan your cheats if you can it will help later on the scale.

Too wicky and Jen butler -you are doing so well! Glad to have finally made it to this thread.

Lillth- You are your hubby look adorable, sounds like that would have been so much fun.

10-28-2013, 02:38 PM
PreciousMissy - do you have a one day of the week that is your official 'weigh day'? If you do, maybe moving it to Monday would help? It's so hard to stay on track during the weekend, sometimes I make myself do better cause I know I have to be accountable early in the week. (my weigh day is Wed, but I've considered moving it up LOL).

cleancowgirl - Glad to see you in this this thread. Happy 5 Month Anniversary! I love that you call it a change of life journey. :) That's the way it has to be, I think.

10-28-2013, 03:20 PM
Llilith, I love how you put it about how I need to guide my husband towards the right way, “Sometimes we just have to show them where they want to be in baby steps” – this is so true! And your weight loss for last week – 4.6 pounds is incredible, especially at this stage, so well done! I might try eating a little more this week too, just to see if it helps plus I get to eat more, so it’s win-win! Also, love your zombie costume and the day sounds so fun! Well done for all your zombifications!

TooWicky, amazing NSV with the pants!!
Thanks for the kind words about volunteering, it means a lot. It makes me happy to think of doing it too. Love the sound of the dad-style pizza night at your house - I think my kids and my husband would love that too after all the healthy food I’ve forced on them lately! And even better that you’re not at home to be tempted by it!
I think my husband likes it that I’m free to run his errands and look after the bills and the house and everything, and I realize I’m in a lucky position that he works so hard that I can afford not to for now, but it’s more than that, I want something of my own too and even better that it’s helping people in my own way.
I got a call from a man today and I’m going to see him on Wednesday to talk about me doing volunteering. He said at first it might be just sorting out the food but I said I’d do anything, he sounded real sweet and they sound like they’re a nice bunch of people which makes me a little less nervous! It’s good to have something else to think about already, there is life outside of dieting after all!
I know what you mean about the facial changes, there are the positives like my neck appearing but then I have lines coming through too. My friend said facial massaging is supposed to help, to encourage natural ‘plumping’ of the skin – the good kind of plumping I guess!

Crazycatwoman, I love that new adjectives are coming your way – skinny and slim will be alien to you no more! And good idea about the coat you can afford to grow out of, save the splurge for a coat in your true size!
It’s really interesting what you say about being fat as an identity, and it’s one some of us have had for many years and it’s such an obvious thing, not something we can hide. Then when you lose weight and see people it hits you that they’re seeing you but you’re different. For me, the inside me hasn’t caught up with the outside me yet.

PreciousMissy – that’s what it’s about with a treat, to enjoy the heck out of it! And well done for the self-control with the food temptations! You’ve done it before so you can do it again!
I agree with Llilith about the weigh in day – I have mine on a Monday and it really does make me think twice about what I eat at the weekend - before there was always the excuse of it being a family treat if I ate anything bad, but now I know that Monday is looming I behave myself.

MezMelis – great NSV – size 13, wow!!! AND you’re nearly in onderland too!

Cleancowgirl – welcome! You’re here to stay for sure! (Until you get to onderland that is!)

Wow, sorry for the essay but I had a lot to catch up on!

This week was a little slow for me, just 1.4 pounds down and I worked really hard so I guess it's a combo of that time of the month plus naturally slowing down my losses. Still I'm half way to onderland on my Christmas challenge and I'm edging closer to 50 pounds lost!

10-28-2013, 05:59 PM
Hello, everyone! I hit 210 pounds on the scale today, and I'm so thrilled! 11 pounds to go until I reach Onederland! Congrats to all of you wonderful people on your losses so far, I'm happy to be here in this thread...for now anyways! ;) haha, I hope you're all having a great day!

10-29-2013, 04:20 PM
Thanks for the encouragement cleancowgirl. 60lb is amazing!

llilith, I weigh every day. I don't really have an official weighing day. If the scale goes down, so does the ticker, haha! If it stays up for too long, up goes the ticker (boo hiss!).

220 today.

I ate more salty food yesterday, so I'm hoping that is what's keeping my weight up (<-- bargaining, or denial...I'm not sure yet, lol). I've done much better today. I had my shake for breakfast, and salmon and a salad at lunch. Tonight I'm going out for happy hour with friends and don't plan on eating, but will still scout the menu beforehand, just in case I do get hungry. That way I will already have an idea of what I should eat instead of winging it.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

10-29-2013, 06:15 PM
alligatorsky, I completely forgot to say welcome in my previous post...so, welcome!!!!

Update on the whole happy hour and looking up the menu. I'm sooooo glad I looked ahead of time! One...yes, one grilled fish taco is 510 calories. Normally I would have ordered a fish taco assuming I was "safe".

510 calories! Are they freaking nuts?

10-30-2013, 10:16 AM
Weight is 217.8 today. Going back down. Weigh day for me is Saturday. So happy for now to be in the teens and moving closer to onderland. Hubby came home last night. I was expecting him around 10pm but rolled in the door at 7pm and of course I looked a mess from holiday cleaning and working out prior in the day. It nice when your husband says "You are looking so amazing " It could be being stuck with guys for the last 3 weeks but I will take it.

10-30-2013, 11:03 AM
Llilith, the zombie pic :D

gratz cleancowgirl on your 60 lbs goal fast approaching :carrot:

Thank you everyone for the support and advice re: the facial wrinkle pity party I threw myself :o Besides an attitude adjustment, I've renewed focus on water consumption, good sleep, and moisturizer to help. That, and masking the new lines around my mouth by going around smiling really big like I'm in that Black Hole Sun music video.

PreciousMissy, we just got a new Buffalo Wild Wings in our town. Man oh man, low calorie eating there does not exist except for like 2 things on the entire menu, and even those two things have to be tweaked. But at least I'll be prepared when we do stop by. Did you end up getting just the one fish taco, lol, or did you opt for something else?

10-30-2013, 12:19 PM
jenny - 1.4 pounds down is great!! You are working super hard and it's paying off - YAY! I remember being bummed on weeks when I only lost a half pound or so, but then I thought any downward movement is good!

Welcome AlligatorSky! congrats on 210!

PreciousMissy - I do that too, checking the menu beforehand. I really helps me stay on track. I wish more restaurants would post calorie information. That's crazy on the fish taco! Sometimes it is really surprising when you find out how many calories are really in something - I about died when i saw how many calories in a Blooming Onion from Outback. I think it was like 2000 calories or something. I sat there in the booth and noticed that almost every other table was ordering one. I was jealous and a little proud at the same time (that I wasn't having one).

cleancowgirl - Awww that's really sweet about what your hubby said. :D I love your pic btw, we just watched The Great Pumpkin the other night. Hubby and I LOL, the kids aren't interested these days (I guess they think they are too old for it - whatev)

TooWicky - I was sad when I learned how many calories in the fried pickles at BBW. :( But I have gone there and had about 4 wings and it was in budget. They sent me a nutrition list when I requested on via the contact on their site. The wings weren't low cal by any means but they fit into my day if I cut back elsewhere. Love the mango habanaro sauce :) LOL at your Black Hole Sun smile! I'm feeling your pain on the loose skin. I noticed under my arms and inside my thighs there are like flaps of skin hanging. I do hope they firm up a bit.

Today is weigh day and I'm down 2.2# - for a total of 55 pounds. I counted up the weeks I've been doing this and it's been 20 week - so that's an average of just under 3# per week.

I had a weird, irrational thought the other day though - Since I've never been this successful and it doesn't feel so hard this time, I wondered if I had some disease that was helping me lose weight. That's unrealistic since I've been at the dr for checkups recently - actually I go every 3 months for my diabetes. And I had a bunch of blood work recently, so anything weird like that would have shown up I think. But I just think it's weird that my mind went there because I keep seeing the numbers go down. I think it must be a case of my medications being right, finally, and simple math (less food, more moving). My thyroid dose is finally fine tuned, I'm taking wellbutrin which has helped me get off the couch, and the metformin I take for my diabetes does help people lose weight. Of course, and then phentermine, which is tapering down in about 2 weeks.

It doesn't feel real that I'm looking at a number like 206 now - it feels like it isn't me or something. I am gonna have to get used to that, cause Onderland here I come!!

10-30-2013, 12:53 PM
Precious Missy – OMG at that fish taco – incredible! What do they put in it?!

Cleancowgirl – I love that your husband said you were looking amazing, clearly you are!

Welcome AlligatorSky!

Llilith - 206 - incredible! It's amazing that you've managed an average of 3 pounds a week too, that's a good rate I think. What's been your biggest weekly loss?
I had a similar thought about being ill, especially with the loss of appetite but my doctor put me at ease with that and just said 'It's your time', and he did a full check so I was reassured. It must just be what you say, that the medications are right and you're in the right frame of mind - it's your time too!
When you say you're tapering down the phentermine, is that to the 15mg or to nothing?

I went to see my phentermine doctor yesterday and he and I both agreed that since I'm continuing to lose weight without phentermine (although I am still taking the phen caps) that I can continue without it for another month and he'll see how I go. I do wonder if I'd lose more with phentermine but then I'm not having much trouble controlling my appetite so I guess not.

I'm seeing the rep for the volunteering work later today - I'm nervous like it's my first day at school or something!

10-30-2013, 01:06 PM
toowicky, my friends ended up canceling the happy hour, so it was all for nothing, haha. Had I gone, I wouldn't have eaten anything and just waited until I got home.

llilith, I see a lot of posts about people in disbelief about their new size and needing to get used to it. We all think "wow! what a problem to have!!", but I think it really does take some getting used to!

Yay Jenny! Do you remember picking out your first day outfit for school when you were younger. It was probably the most important decision of the entire school year, haha. Good luck today! I hope they find a position that you like!

217 today.

Ok, the weekend is coming up. I need to behave myself so I'm not posting here on Monday about how I was a wild child and am up to 220 again. I can do this!

10-30-2013, 02:16 PM
Jenny - I think my biggest loss was 9 pounds on the first week. It's always quickest in the beginning I guess. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who considered illness. It's almost like anything is more believable than the fact that I'm finally doing it! Yep, I'll be tapering down to 15 for a month, then done. I'll be glad to be done with it. It feels like a crutch to kick - just like overeating was. I think it's great that you are doing good without the phen - it makes me feel much more secure about going off of it just reading your experience. :-) What does your Dr. say about the ingredients in the phen caps? Do they carry the same risks as regular phen?
Congrats on your first day of volunteer school LOL - I'm sure you'll do great. It's so good that you are getting out there!

PreciousMissy - bummer but mixed blessing on happy hour huh? I think it's cool that you had a plan though :-) I couldn't keep on this healthy journey if I had to stop doing fun things because of it. Balance - that is what I keep telling myself. Here's to strong willpower over the weekend, although wild child sounds kinda fun. :D

10-31-2013, 10:31 AM
Happy Halloween Everyone! Today is also my dd birthday so I made her a cake. I am so proud I did not even lick the spoon! It is red velvet and very red but made it at 6am and did not want a red dyed tongue all day. Weight is at 216.7. So another motivator to stay on track and stay away from the candy bowl.

10-31-2013, 01:03 PM
Happy Halloween!!

Precious Missy, that’s a shame they cancelled on the happy hour, but it’s true what Llilith says, fun can’t stop because healthy starts. Someone said in a thread a while ago (sorry if I am quoting someone but I can’t remember who or when) that we’re not living in a dieting bubble, we have to live in the real world so it’s important to remember that temptation will be everywhere. Good luck for the weekend – it’s the hardest time to be healthy but it’ll be worth it on Monday!
And yes! I do remember picking out my outfit for the first day of school, one in particular I think I had seen in a catalogue when I was about 14, it was so bad, and it involved ski pants - so 80s!! I’m cringing remembering it now! Of course at the time I thought I was so cool, lol.

Cleancowgirl – hope your daughter has a lovely day, and well done for not licking the spoon! And congrats on the new weight!

Llilith – wow! 9 pounds in one week! I never had anything like that! I had a 5 pound loss on week 5 but actually my first few weeks with phentermine were a little slow. I think it might be because this was my second time on it, or at least that’s what a lot of people have said to me on a phentermine forum. That’s why I started taking the phen caps too, for an extra boost. I asked my doctor about it at the time, with combining the two, and he said it was fine – the ingredients are quite natural and there aren't any side effects or health risks so he’s happy for me to take them unsupervised for as long as I need to.

I was in a challenge to hit my own personal Halloween goal, which I set at 215 and I hit it just at the last minute, weighing in at 214.2 today – wooo! So I had a whooshy 3 days and lost the same as I did all week last week! I think I must have had some water weight hiding in there, although I have increased my calories these last couple days so it could be that that’s what my body needed.

As for the back to school nerves and my volunteering interview, the guy from the organization was so sweet, and so happy for me to be interested, it really did make me feel all warm inside! He explained the process to me and showed me round and said that I can come in next Tuesday to start helping out. My husband has really come round to the idea and even said he’s proud of me too which made my day!

11-01-2013, 10:47 PM
Thanks TooWicky and Jennyb !

I'm completely convinced that my scale is broken. My most recent venture on the scale showed a 30 lb "gain" in the last month. I figure if i can wear my 13 jeans, fit into a medium sized T-shirt from way back in High school(my grad shirt from 2007), there is no way i could possibly have a 30 lb gain, not even that much in water weight because i know it would show.
I've decided to not use my scale for a while, maybe once a month until January when i can go ahead and splurge a little on a nice scale and one that isn't broken lol.

11-02-2013, 12:16 PM
Well I did have a piece of cake on my dd birthday but It probally as about 1/2 the size of a normal piece. Yesterday went walking in the morning then went to the big outlet mall with my daughter to shop for Christmas and we ended up walking there over 6 miles. Another benefit to shopping! The scale was happy with the walking down to 215.8 so this week lost 4.2 lbs. I am thrilled with that result and pushed me to 60 lbs lost.

11-02-2013, 02:54 PM
shout out to nitrus29.... Where are you girl? Hoping all is well with you...

11-02-2013, 04:43 PM
Hello everyone

Just checking in. I have had a busy week at work and been very tired, so have wanted to eat more to keep energy levels up. I'm very pleased with a steady weight loss though.

NSV's - more fitting into clothes I cannot believe will fit, and I am attending a squash course with some friends - something I would have been far too ashamed to have done before. And a friend has said that she'll get me a new fitness tracker when I hit my final goal. How generous and motivating is that!

11-03-2013, 02:54 PM
Hello everyone! Today is my birthday, but I celebrated last night. I went over my daily calories by, oh, approximately 2 glasses of wine. Then there was an incident involving 6 pizza rolls >< I feel I will be lucky to have lost weight when I weigh-in on Monday, my weekly official day. All my other days this week have been fine calorie-wise, so I'm pushing water today and hoping for the best tomorrow.

I am so grateful to feel healthier on my birthday for the first time in years and years. I don't feel physically stressed going up and down the stairs in our house. I don't feel all broke down and creaky when I get up in the mornings. I am ready and willing to go anywhere and do anything, without even a thought to how much physical exertion the outing will require! Being successful at dieting has spilled over into being willing to try some new things and put myself in some new situations and just be more spontaneous in general... another unexpected way my life has improved. My hair and nails are healthier and growing faster. My skin, despite it's new wrinkles and areas of loose skin, looks 10 times better. I don't worry about what I'm going to wear anymore. I am more energetic at work. I can keep up with my young children. My plantar fasciitis flare ups are almost completely gone! I am more clear minded. I am so extremely thankful for all these gifts that losing 60+ lbs has given me. It's a very happy birthday, indeed.

11-03-2013, 03:17 PM
Too wicky- Happy Birthday to you! Amazing all the doors that seem open to us now isn't it? The air seems fresher and we have the confidence to do things we would not even have thought of. Congrats on the 60+ pounds you are definitely in this for the long haul.

11-03-2013, 06:14 PM
:woo: Happy Birthday TOOWICKY!!! :woo:I hope your day is great! I'm so happy for you feeling healthy and spontaneous on your bday! I can totally relate. It's awesome, isn't it?

Jenny - I'm pretty sure most of that 9 pounds I lost early on was water - still glad it's gone though :)

yay! Congrats on meeting your Halloween goal!! I bet you are excited for Tuesday - and it so cool that your hubby said he was proud of you :D

MizMelis - bummer about your scale! It sure sounds like your body is saying something different - that must be a relief! So cool to fit into things from highschool - and I'm still dreaming about size 13 jeans! You go girl :carrot:

Cleancowgirl - awesome 60 pounds gone! That is so wonderful!

Crazycatwoman - it's so fun fitting into different clothes! I actually like to get dressed now! And squash - that's cool - it neat how many different ways to stay active there are, when we finally start participating. And it is fun too :). That's really great about your friend offering the fitness tracker too.

It been pretty busy here with work and Halloween - I did treat myself to a couple of fun size candy bars on Halloween. Gosh they were good. I appreciate treats much more than I used too - now that they are really treats instead of part of an unhealthy lifestyle. And, it didn't derail my progress, I was 205 yesterday!! I can't believe that I'm almost under 200. It feels so great - like the world is a different place now that I feel like a real, healthy part of it. I'm so thankful that I started this journey and that I have found what it takes to succeed. It was in there all along I think, just waiting for me to find it.

11-04-2013, 02:05 AM
Wow...lots to congratulate around here. Happy bday, TooWicky. cleancowgirl and Lilith are whooshing off the pounds.

I'm a little frustrated with my body. Last week I started hitting the gym pretty hard, though, which is good. I added in weights, and definitely felt that this weekend. Didn't go to the gym today, but I took a couple-mile walk.

This part may be TMI, and maybe it doesn't make sense, who knows. About 9 wks ago I had a hysterectomy. I had been losing 5-6 lbs/month, but that sort of derailed me a bit. I'm doing okay in terms of physical stuff, but I've still got some unexplained discomfort that's sort of annoying. I've also had most of the weight loss tied around my cycle. I still have one of those, but I'm not sure where it is, how much it got disrupted by the surgery, and things such as that. I no longer have a period but I did go through a recent "omg...let me eat all of the chocolate in the universe" week. I mostly abstained, and I think I'm sort of using that as a benchmark to the pre-surgery me. We'll see if I'm right. Meanwhile, I'm trying to focus a lot on what I'm eating, and to make sure I'm getting back to the gym.

11-04-2013, 03:00 AM
Morning all!

Happy birthday, TooWicky, What a lovely reflection on the past year too! Great things are happening.

bSpring3, a hysterectomy is a massive change to the body, so try to go easy on yourself. I had one many years ago and didn't in any way lose the weight I thought I would, despite doing the same amount of exercise (admittedly not much) before and after - when post-surgery recovery allowed me to. Your hormones will take a while to recover, so be gentle and don't over do it, else your body will panic and store up all the weight it can!

Isn't it incredible how many of us feel the world is in fact a totally different place now we head towards wonder-land ? Has it always been like this while I have been hiding behind all this fat, afraid to take part in stuff ?

11-04-2013, 09:52 AM
bSpring3, *hugs* and that is big surgery so give yourself a pass on the steady weight loss - it will ramp back up when your body adjusts a bit more:)

Llilith, 205 :D !!! Onederland is seriously imminent. With your rate of weight loss, you could feasibly see that in a week! I'm vicariously thrilled for you.

CrazyCatWoman, gratz on the squash course nsv, and I really mean that. I was going to type that is something I could never be capable of myself, but, you know, I think many things are possible for me now. I legit might play squash one day :) I have decided the days of limiting myself are over. Honestly, you ladies on here inspire me more than you know.

PLATEAU ALERT!! My official weekly weigh-in was this morning, and it was 213½ lbs, which is exactly what I weighed last week, and a pound up from my low this week >< I did overindulge one day by just under 500 calories. The rest of the days this week were fine, calorie wise. I haven't "plateaued" since I was at the 17 lbs lost mark, so this is kind of a big deal to me, being a relatively rare occurrence. Steeling myself to stay on plan and just keep doing what I've been doing.

11-04-2013, 12:07 PM
Happy Birthday for yesterday TooWicky! I love the way you wrote than there was an ‘incident’ involving pizza rolls! But despite your plateau, it’s great to hear you’re feeling healthier and more open to new things and new experiences than you have on your past birthdays – I felt the same on my birthday a couple months back, like it was the best present I could have gotten. Oh, and your over 60 pound loss so far, I didn't realize until you said! Well done!!

Miz Melis, that is odd about your scale, I wouldn’t listen to it – if you’re able to fit into size 13 jeans and clothes from high school then I think it’s telling you lies!

Wow, a six mile walk cleancowgirl! You really worked for that shopping trip! And so great to hear the scale thanked you for it! 60 pounds down – well done!

bSpring3 – great to hear you’re hitting the gym and walking, but don’t be too hard on yourself, your body still has to adjust to such a big change.

Thanks for the congratz Llilith! I am really excited about starting volunteering tomorrow, I will report back on Wednesday to let y’all know how it went! And congratz right back at ya for the low of 205 – you’re absolutely racing ahead with the onderland goal, you’ll be right into the 100s by Christmas for sure!

Great to hear from you crazycatwoman, that’s great about the squash course, and the fitting into new clothes - so many great NSVs and there’ll be even more to come!

I weighed in at 213.4 today, which puts me just 0.4 pounds over a total loss of 50 pounds – I’m so close I can taste it!

And, I had my most astonishing NSV on saturday when I ran into an old friend at the market. She literally said, ‘Jenny? Is that you?!’ when she saw me, and said how she didn't recognize me at first and said how I looked great and so much healthier – I was over the moon to hear all this! We hadn’t seen each other in maybe a year so I guess the last time she saw me I was at least 40 pounds heavier. When I told her about losing weight she said she was ashamed to admit she’d put on 20 pounds in the last year or so – she’s still waaaay slimmer than me but it was so strange to be in that position, for me to be encouraging her to lose weight, I felt a bit of a fraud in some ways, like who am I to tell people this when I never listened to anyone else before?

11-05-2013, 11:36 PM
toowicky, Happy (belated) Birthday!

jenny, what a wonderful NSV!!!

Sorry for the limited personal responses, but life has been interesting...in a good way!

216 today...and Monday.

I finally beat my weekend habit of over indulgence and didn't gain weight this weekend...yay me, lol!

I also started my new job this week and have been training. The good thing about that is, well, I love my new job, lol. I'm learning so many things! Also, I'm having to find time to eat, rather than thinking about food all the time. They also have a fitness center that offers classes for free...but, one step at a time.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

11-06-2013, 11:11 AM
Just a quick check in - I'm up a little from Saturday's weight of 205. I'm 206.2 today, which is just .2 down from last week. Hoping to see another woosh soon.

Have a good day everyone - on to the busy Black Friday season at work for me now - see you at the end of November. (just kidding, but it is that busy now at my work haha)

11-06-2013, 11:32 AM
The scale is a little up but better than yesterday. Weight went up to 218 on Tuesday, I think due to sodium levels and eating too many snacks. The snacks are whole grain and healthy but too much of a good thing. Today at 216.5 but hoping to be down by Saturday my weigh in day.

too wicky- I would not worry about the weight standing still. They say to be considered a plateau its has to stand still for 2 weeks. Do something different. How has the exercising been going? Get moving even if it is just 10 minutes more. When I don't see a loss I get out the tape measure and a lot of times it puts me in a better place.

Preciousmissy- So happy for you and the new job! A fitness center! Awesome benefits.

lillth- I expect it will be better next week. You are so close!!

Jenny- You have knowledge and you have had success. Why shouldn't people look to you for guidance! Realize you are becoming a role model to people. Keep it up.

bspring 3 - Welcome to the group! Hysterectomy is a big deal and major adjustments to your body. Don't let it get you frustrated.

11-06-2013, 05:00 PM
Happy Belated Birthday, TooWicky! I hope all is well. (:
Also, congrats to everyone who has lost! keep up the wonderful work.

I know I sort of popped in and didn't show my face again after that, but here I am, checking in! I'm fluctuating between 210-213 pounds. Hopefully my body will get settled in the lower numbers, soon.

11-07-2013, 12:37 PM
Thanks PreciousMissy! Congratz for not gaining over the weekend! And the new job sounds great – so happy for you!

Where do you work Llilith? Hope you’re not too busy!

Thanks cleancowgirl – wow, amazing that I could be a role model! My friend and I have arranged to meet this weekend too, to have a catch up. I was wondering if she might want to be my workout buddy which would be great!

Hey Alligatorsky! Those fluctuations will turn into permanent losses for sure – keep at it!

Not much news to report here…I am now down to 213 though, as of Tuesday so I have officially lost 50 POUNDS! Never thought I would make it! And, I went to see the guy about volunteering on Tuesday and I’m going to help them out two days a week during lunchtimes, so I’m super excited about that – I start next week for real, and I really can’t wait!

11-07-2013, 11:18 PM
Thanks, y'all for the support. Much appreciated.

Can't say the scale's been my friend...but the new jeans are still a bit loser. Something's working. Started the year in 22's, now in 16's...same brand/style.

11-08-2013, 11:12 AM
Bspring- That is great fitting in smaller jeans.

Scale is down to 213.6 Doing The Happy Dance:broc:

I am now past the 1/2 way mark to my goal! 58 to go! It may sound like a lot but much better that over 120 lbs.

Official weigh day is Saturday so hope it is not a fluke.

11-08-2013, 03:51 PM
llilith, good luck with Black Friday! I'm a shopper and I see how hard everyone works.

jenny, congratulations on reaching such a wonderful benchmark!

alligatorsky, good luck on hitting the lower number!

bspring, that's a great way to measure progress, clothes! This morning I put on a pair of jeans that I couldn't button by the end of last winter. Today they're a little loose. It reminded me of how far I've come.

cleancowgirl, the halfway mark? WOW!!! That's awesome!

216 today.

Hopefully I'll be able to start posting regularly again. I'm starting to get settled into work and develop a routine. I loves me some routines, lol.

I've gotten back into the habit of making better eating choices rather than saying "Eff it! I'm having whatever I want!!" I think a lot of my complacency was due to stress (<-- excuse, but I'm going with it, lol). Now that I'm back to having a positive disposition I seem to care more, if that makes any sense.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

11-08-2013, 06:13 PM
Hi guys!

I'm ecstatic to report that my plateau from last week has been broken, at least for now. I have moved down 2 lbs. from Monday, to 211½ lbs today, yay! I ate well all last week except for one 500 caloric oops. I also ate 2 sodium-laden restaurant meals in the 2 days before my weigh-in Monday. In addition, my ladies time started yesterday. You're welcome for my using the term "ladies time" lol. Anyway, I think these three things combined to contribute to my plateau. I am happy that I decided to stay on plan and trust my calories and just keep doing what I was doing. I only made one change and that was to drink a lot more water. So relieved to be rewarded with some movement in the right direction. This is the lowest I've weighed in years and years.

I don't really know if this is an NSV or just something to mention, but I *think* I have a skosh of room in my brassiere cups! I changed a band size when I reached about 30 lbs lost, but I have not gone down a cup size even though I have lost over 60 lbs. If I go down one cup size, then I will be back down to a size that is usual for me when I am an almost normal weight adult. I'm pretty excited about this.

11-09-2013, 12:37 PM
TooWicky - hurrah for crossing the plateau and continuing to descend. A most excellent NSV too - space for them to breathe!¨

PreciousMissy - I know what you mean about routines: any disruption causes me stress.

Cleancowgirl - over half way is magnificent, whatever it is left it is far less than you started off having to lose.

Everyone else just keep on going through this dark and dank November. I went for a long walk today just to try to get some daylight.

204 today - progress continues!

11-09-2013, 05:17 PM
I go up a pound and down a pound, up two pounds then down a pound. This is reminding me of getting stuck for a month at 244-242! Hope its not a month this time!

11-09-2013, 06:03 PM
Just ducking my head in to say hi to everybody - I've been in the 2-teens for six days now and even though I had a .6 jump this morning up to 218.6, I'm confident that I'm out of the 220's for good! :carrot:

11-10-2013, 01:04 PM
:welcome: merilung :) Happy to see you here!

I had my first weird/negative comment since I started losing weight :/ and I have no one else to ramble to about it, but you all.

I worked last night (retail,) and there were a few people scheduled that I see only rarely because they are usually scheduled dayshift. Because of this, there was a fair amount of fussing over how different I looked (all positive comments.) Anyway, a different acquaintance that used to work with us stopped by to shop. I'm doing a terrible job of describing this, but basically what happened was a current and former co-worker were walking towards me and doing the whispering under their breath thing while looking at me and approaching me. Basically the former co-worker seemed almost shocked at my appearance. She told me not to lose another pound because I was starting not to look like myself :/ It was said in a negative sort of way. She basically was implying I looked kinda bad I think. She is a brusque person by nature, so a forthright demeanor is nothing new.

I understand how there will be differences of opinion on if someone gets too slender, but at 5'7" tall and 211½ lbs., I'm still medically obese and certainly overweight by any normal standard whatsoever. My face is looking more my age (crows feet and smile lines,) as I have lost weight, that is true. Maybe she was talking about that. I definitely do not have chubby cheeks that look like I was storing nuts for the winter anymore, so my face shape looks really different in general.

I gently told here that I was still medically obese (not just my personal opinion) and so she should prepare herself for a further change in my appearance as I still have more weight to lose. I told her that everyone who has worked with me at this store has only known me as a very obese person, including herself, so it will be natural to be taken aback by my physical change. I was a normal average to overweight size person through about age 33, and always was a slender child. I will eventually get down to a weight range I had previously maintained as an adult for some time.

I am wondering if I am going to have more of these types of conversations, and I was wondering if any of you all are getting this type of reaction from anyone you know. If so, how are you handling it?

Something else I wanted to run by y'all - I do feel like I am starting to get the first inklings of skepticism from a few people about how I am losing weight. They seem to be expressing disbelief that I am losing the old fashioned way (eating healthily and watching calories and portions, with minor exercise thrown in.) The number of pounds I have lost is starting to be higher than the average person can comprehend losing themselves and they are having trouble processing it! It must seem impossible to them to sustain will power for so long. I'm not sure.

Not to be all negative nancy in this post. I am feeling wonderful physically for sure. Went to a girl scout meeting with my daughter and I was smaller than two of the other moms there, which never happens. I'm starting to join the rest of the population in size, instead of always being the outlier :)

11-10-2013, 02:02 PM
There will be people that will try to derail you. Just ignore them. I think some people love having obese people in their midst to make themselves feel better. I don't really know the woman but you will come across some negatives for some reason on another. I have gotten a few odd comments. One rude person asked me if I was sick because it was hard for her to believe I could lose all this in a relatvely short time. I guess I was not capable of exercising and eating healthy and it must be illness or me starving myself. Basically I told her as professionally as possible to "bug off". Well
Just keep doing what you are doing. Maybe she was jealous of the attention everyone is giving you, some people are so superficial and who knows their intentions.

11-10-2013, 07:39 PM
Took a minute off from the forums because I was trying not to obsess over my weight and it seems to have done the trick. Today I'm sitting at 201.4! I hope I can knock these last two off quickly.

11-11-2013, 12:05 AM
TooWIcky, I think what was said says more about the person saying it than you, and you certainly explained it very clearly to her. UI think people fear change, and sadly also change that makes others happy because they are jealous in some way. When I told a friend I was wanting to lose weight and refused the cake they offered me, I was at first met with disdain and 'what do you want to lose weight for ?' when it was pretty obvious to anyone who looked at me why I should do so. They themselves were a little overweight and have a very negative outlook. SInce then I have had one other friend asking me if it is tim to stop and am I becoming anorexic! I think some people simply do not understand, and as you say cannot comprehend the weightloss.

In a way, I thin i am losing a person - certainly a person in weight. And that's fine as I am finding out a new reality for me. And other people just have to accept that, and also accept that way in which it is done. Even if it is unbelivable!

Keep going!!!

11-12-2013, 12:47 PM
bSpring3 – some days the scale isn’t your friend but if your size 16 jeans fit then who cares what the scales say! Well done!

Well done on passing the half way mark cleancowgirl!! Love your dancing broccoli!!

Thanks for the congratz PreciousMissy, my next landmark is half way too, just over 5 pounds to go for that one! I’m glad to hear you’re back on track with feeling positive and that you are settling into a routine with your job. I think eating well takes a lot more planning and forethought that a lot of people realize, but it’s worth it in the end.

TooWicky! Glad to have you back and great to hear you’re losing again! That’s such a shame about what your former colleague said – what kind of size is she? It could be jealousy or just that she’s a little too direct, and can’t seem to see what you’re doing is 100% for the positive. I think you handled it really well in your response though so well done for that! I get these kinds of comments from my family a lot, like my aunt said I’d end up looking old as I left it too late and then when she saw me a few weeks back she muttered how she was right, I look older now. She’s a pretty mean person to everyone, no one can ever do anything right so I know I’d get negative comments from her regardless of size. My mom’s not much better (my aunt is her sister so I guess they’re pretty alike) – she’s obese too and was very negative when I said I was going to start losing weight for good this time, just saying that I wouldn’t do it. Then when she saw me recently she just said that keeping the weight off is the hardest part, so I shouldn’t ‘count my chickens’ yet – all I wanted was for her to say that she could see that I was losing weight but she let me down again. My husband’s family are the complete opposite and luckily they live closer so we see a lot more of them, and they’re been so supportive and pleased for me, that keeps me going as well as wanting to prove the negative members in my family wrong.

Well done CrazyCatWoman – so close to the 199 for Christmas already! You’ll be there by Thanksgiving for sure! Not that you’ll have Thanksgiving in Finland lol! I wanted to ask you about Christmas in Finland actually – how is Christmas? Is it a lot of eating and what kind of celebrations do you have?

You can do it lotsakids – You’re real close to your half way point too – keep pushing on!!

Welcome merilung!! You’re out of the 220s and on your way down to onederland with us for sure!!

Well done Wishfuiiy, sooo close to onderland!! You can do it!

I'm down to 211.8 this week and working my way towards the half way point! I had a mammoth trying on clothes session yesterday and almost have a whole new winter wardrobe without spending a dollar! Some of the clothes still had the tags on, I guess I had hoped buying too small clothes would inspire me, and it's finally paid off after I'd forgotten all about them!

11-12-2013, 09:28 PM
Jenny and PreciousMissy - I work at fatwallet.com, it's an online shopping/couponing website. We are so busy slammed. I've been working 10 - 12 hour days and it will be like this probably til about mid december. Crazy buzy. We do have most of the Black Friday leaks posted now though :) My work is mostly QA and content additions, so it doesn't stop - just get's less crazy after the holidays LOL.

TooWicky - I hesitate to say this, but I really think it's true - women can be catty biaches (myself included LOL). I wonder if the negativity you felt may have been thinly veiled envy? Same with the people who seem skeptical about your weight loss method. No matter what the reason, it's really THEIR problem, right? Sometimes I have such a hard time not internalizing other people's feelings and opinions - but really it isn't usually about me. It's tough to remember that.

Smaller than the other two moms? That is wonderful!

wishfuiiy - I am so jelly! You are doing so great, so close to onderland - congrats!!

I'm kinda bummed... back on 11/3 I saw my lowest weight in years (205!!) - but now, even 9 days later, I'm 207. Maybe I was just dehydrated or something when I saw that 205. But I'm bummed because I was so excited to get under 200. I know it will happen but I'm feeling a little discouraged. I wonder what tomorrow will show - Wed is my weight day.

On a bright note - I went to my neice's grade school play last Thursday and I saw family that I hadn't seen in several months. Not many of them commented, but I noticed some shocked looks - and I felt great. I wore my new black leather boots, my size xl Old Navy leggings and my 1x sweater. I used to wear 3x. :-)

11-12-2013, 09:31 PM
I'm starting to join the rest of the population in size, instead of always being the outlier :)


11-13-2013, 11:32 AM
205.2 this morning - almost back to that 205 I saw awhile back. One pound down from last week. :)

11-13-2013, 11:37 AM
Hi all

Jennybutler, Christmas in FInland is ALL about non-stop eating. :( It starts with porridge, then candies, then traditional meal is ham with salmon on the side, and the trimmings are plentiful. And it is rude not to try everything. As an expat Brit I often find myself invited to a turkey meal, but then there are hints of Finnish food too.The meals are huge and relentless. I am glad I live alone and can opt out and go home! I'll cook something much more modest for myself, maybe a small turkey that I can share with the cats and live off for many weeks. I must admit I haven't really planned it yet but will be careful.

Having a bit of a blip this week with sodium, but I am not going to complain at all as things have been going so well.

Good luck all - keep at it!

11-13-2013, 04:33 PM
wow, it has been a while since I checked in. I have to say I'm NOT looking forward to all the food choices that will be around the next 2 months. I've limited what I eat by going low carb and gluten free but it is still going to be hard to pass up all the yummies. I am still hoping for a onederland number by Christmas but I'm not at all sure it will happen... I've been stuck at 215-213 for the last two weeks. Today I saw a little drop so here's hoping!!

11-13-2013, 04:38 PM
205.2 this morning - almost back to that 205 I saw awhile back. One pound down from last week. :)

My body does that all the time I will see a low number and then it goes up. It's like my body has to readjust and reset itself. But you know it will get there just keep doing what you are doing. You really are so close!

I have been working extra nights this week and my body is messed up with the scale. I weighed myself last night after getting to work and it was 212.0 but after waking up today up to 214.5 . I think I need to drink more water, very difficult on nights to get my water in. I am drinking up today and hoping for a good loss by Saturday.

11-13-2013, 05:27 PM
Hello everyone :)

Wishfuiiy, onederland is imminent for you, how exciting :) fantastic job!

Llilith, aw man, does it seem to you like we are having to fight a bit harder to drop the pounds? Maybe it's because the calorie deficit was more impressive when we weighed more, and now we use less calories just existing. Bah! Let's keep our eyes on the prize :) Gratz on your return back down to 205.

I wanted to thank you guys for the feedback on my former co-worker's comment. With a little time and space for perspective, I have to say, I think you all are right on the money. She is 5'2" and 245 lbs. (She told me this at the end of that awkward convo.) I didn't sense much straight up envy/jealousy, but I think it was clearly humming in the background. I am no standard beauty, but the slimmer me is definitely not homely, and I think this made her uncomfortable. Ridiculous! Also, she seemed really sensitive to the possibility that my losing weight was a repudiation of being attractive while obese (however I personally firmly believe in beauty at any size.) I also agree she was more comfortable with my being the bigger friend (in fact pretty much the biggest lady at our work.) So, yes, you all were so correct. These are all her issues, and not mine. I was horrified to see some of you all endure these types of convos and comments as well.

I used to keep my actual weight private, but not anymore, and I don't even care if there are dudes around. I got more comments today about how nice I look (which I appreciate; it's beyond thoughtful for people to take the time to compliment and motivate!) The problem was, a few of them were bundled with the accompanying advice that I didn't "need" to lose any more weight. At this point I'm basically walking around with a bullhorn randomly announcing "210 lbs!!" so people understand I am still obese and weigh more than most men -.- No one believes I weigh this much, lol, they seem utterly shocked, but certainly more understanding of my intention to lose additional pounds after I inform them of my current weight.

Brassiere update: disappointingly, I did not go down a cup size. 65 lbs. and still in same cup size, this is insane! However I did go down another band size, and that seemed to take care of the too-much-room problem in the previous size.

Weight update: still holding steady at 210-210½ lbs. Happee

11-15-2013, 12:53 PM
Llilith, sounds like your job is crazy busy! It must be hard finding time to do anything else! Good luck to busting through that plateau, you’re soo close to onderland! That’s great about your relatives’ shocked looks though – I bet you had a smile on your face after that, and with new leather boots on you sure sound like you were looking good!

Crazycatlady, thanks for the info - seems like Christmas is a food fest wherever we go – why is that, that we feel the need to ‘celebrate’ by overeating? I’m determined not to do it this year, but it’s going to be hard!

Good luck with your weigh in tomorrow cleancowgirl! Night working can be so tough on the body, I used to do it and it really messed up when I was hungry or not and my sleep patterns were all over the place, I hope the scale is kinder to you next time!!

I think you’ve got it right with your former colleague TooWicky, she saw that you’ve taken the steps to change what you knew was unhealthy and now her frame of reference of you being the bigger friend has gone and she reacted like that as a reflection of her own problems and feelings. I think you did well to keep your head held high! I love to hear that you’re being inundated with compliments, and to be told you don’t need to lose any more weight must be nice to hear, even if you have to correct them!

I had a bit of a blip this week, I think due to my monthly friend, I had a little dark chocolate as I do most days and then I wanted more and I ate more, then I opened a box of my kids' choc chip cookies and started eating them. Normally I can tell myself that it's just hormones but this time I didn't want to listen and didn't want to stop. I couldn't think of anything but how good the chocolate and cookies tasted in my mouth. Then almost without thinking, I got my keys and went out for a walk to get myself away from the kitchen and instantly felt more clear headed. I doubt I did too much damage but it was the first time in so long that I felt irrational about food and it kind of shocked me. I realize that's how I always was before, except I would have kept going and I would have had a lot more unhealthy stuff in the house to lose control with. I guess I always have to be ready for things like this to surprise me when I least expect them.

Well, have a great weekend everyone!!

11-15-2013, 03:09 PM
Cleancowgirl - thank you for the encouragement. I think you are right :-)

62 pounds gone? That is awesome!!

TooWicky - I feel sad for your coworker, even though I don't like that she wasn't supportive of your accomplishment. I remember feeling that way in the past, it is just so threatening to see others do what you have been unable to do.

I totally hear you about the bullhorn - I do the same thing! I'm proud, and it's really nice not to keep my weight 'secret' anymore. Somehow I thought no one could notice if they didn't know the number HAHA.

I think I've gone down a cup size (or two) I haven't shopped for new bras yet - holding out for a Victoria's Secret trip and I'm gonna get measured and all. I wish I wasn't going down cup sizes LOL, but my band size is decreasing too so it's all good.

66 pounds gone? You are rocking it TooWicky!

Jenny - Oh man, I feel GREAT in those boots!

It is so easy to slip and get out of control, I can totally relate to that. I think it's cool that you went out for a walk, and that it was almost an automatic reaction for you. That right there is some evidence of habits changed. Really great!

Things are going pretty well here. I'm proud of the fact that my reaction to the stress at work isn't to eat. That used to be how I coped with stress, and almost everything else. I am a little worried about the holidays coming up. I think I might not count calories on Thansgiving, just so I can simply enjoy myself and not have to stress on it - or if I log, I might just use generic estimates instead of figuring out the total for all my recipes. I'm going to give myself permission to enjoy some of everything I want, even if it means being at 1400 - 1800 calories instead of 1200. Now the leftovers worry me though. I love leftover stuffing with turkey and gravy. I usually eat it for about three days after Thanksgiving - can't happen this time, so I think I will save enough leftovers to make dinner for the family the next night and maybe enough for some sandwiches but send the rest home with family and friends.

I'm scared about holiday baking too. We always do about six different types of cookies and fudge. I make a double batch of everything and keep backups fresh in tupperware so we have it for all of December. I could just skip, but the family expects it. For sure I'm just making single batches, that will help a little. But I'm going to put it all out and they can enjoy it for a week or so. When it's gone, it's gone. I shall set my teen stepson loose on the cookies and treats LOL. Usually I have to keep some back because he will eat the whole tray in one day. This time it could be to my benefit haha.

Are you guys doing your traditional holiday cooking (and eating) this year?

11-16-2013, 11:04 AM
Scale is down to 213.2 but I did have a cheat last night. Another daughter birthday and my other dd picked up a Salted Caramel cake from a local bakery and yes that is worth a cheat. I have been reading dolvett quinces book the 3-1-2-1 plan. It is still based on clean eating but he explains why having a planned cheat is necessary to keep your body in the fat burning mode and prevent plataues. I have been stuck and not sure if it was the 8 miles I walked yesterday with exercise and shopping but I know the cake was worth at least 500 cal but I still lost.

11-18-2013, 09:41 AM
Good morning!

jennybutler357, GREAT JOB not going bonkers with the chocolate chip cookies! I'm so impressed you had the wherewithall to physically leave the house to arrest your craving.

Llilith, my Thanksgiving game plan is similar to yours. I'm giving myself a dieting amnesty day, with the caveat that I can't go completely insane with the eating :) I plan on passing on the mashed potatoes and rolls, but that's my only restriction. I'm in retail, and I have to work Thanksgiving night, Friday night, and Saturday night for the holiday. I will be getting my azz kicked, lol, and I will likely burn more calories than usual anyway. It's just going to be the four of us, our little family, having a Thanksgiving dinner, so there won't be a massively endless table of foods and sides and desserts so maybe that will help with dieting. Good luck with the cookies and fudge, lol, oh my!

cleancowgirl, gratz on being down in weight AND getting to enjoy something called a Salted Caramel Cake which sounds absolutely delicious! I feel like I am entering a new phase with my weight loss - one that includes real life "cheats" occasionally and isn't so heavily structured. In the beginning of dieting I was very much totally immersed in weight loss, and I still am of course, but what I mean is, as I have lost weight I have really started living! Putting myself out there, socializing more, being out and about, etc. Food is becoming less and less an important focal point of my life. It's utterly amazing how my obesity held me back from enjoying various parts of life. I had absolutely no idea I was missing much of anything, besides activities that involved a lot of exertion. I am beginning to make the transition to "Eat to Live" from "Live to Eat."

I had a great weigh-in this morning on my official weigh-in day... down 2½ lbs from last week. I am 208 lbs! I had one day this past week where I made the possible mistake of having a rather huge breakfast. Suffice it to say I reached my max calories that day by late afternoon and was starved. I was able to limit the "damage" to one protein bar over max calories. Last Friday night my husband and I enjoyed some downtime and watched Europa Report on Netflix (we love sci-fi) and I had a couple drinks over my daily calorie limit >< One other day when I wasn't very hungry I ended up with a couple hundred calories to spare. I guess it all worked out to a loss over the course of the week, whew!

Random things on my mind:

Out of curiosity, I looked at my last 5 months of weigh-ins, and averaged out my weekly weight loss. I am averaging 2¼ lbs per week loss. This rate is very slightly over what health professionals recommend. I think I will stick with my calorie numbers for now since that rate doesn't appear to be too excessive.

About a week ago, the national guidelines for treating obesity were updated for the first time in 15 years. They are recommending physicians discuss BMI with patients more frequently and forthrightly, and, interestingly, that they start taking waist measurements at appointments. They state the waist circumference for women should be less than 35 inches. As an apple shape, can I just say Gah! They recommend diet counseling/help, and can include a 1200-1500 cal/day diet for women. They also straight-up recommend referring patients over 40bmi (or over 35 bmi with one comorbidity) for bariatric surgery if they aren't successful with dieting. It's a huge document, but if anyone is interested in the new obesity treatment guidelines: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20660/pdf

When I first joined 3FC my original goal weight was 190. I picked that number because it was no longer "obese," and frankly I could not even imagine losing that much weight or ever even getting to that. Soon after I adjusted my goal weight to 175 lbs, which would be my ideal weight (at least to me, anyway, however 175 is still in the Overweight range for my height pfft.) However, 190 lbs is still my "soft" goal if you will. I am so totally excited about the possibility of reaching my soft goal weight. It's in sight!!

11-18-2013, 10:41 AM
Hi everyone! Boy, have I missed a lot, haha!

I think I've finally found a routine that will allow me to come back to posting daily, I certainly have missed everyone :D.

216 today.

Still holding strong at 216. I have to say that I'm rather proud of myself! If ya'll remember I was having a small issue with gorging myself every weekend and would see a gain as a result. Well, I've stopped doing that, so yay me :). Plus, the people at my new job love to eat! I'm not talking about "oh look, a piece of chocolate!!" I'm talking about "I'm going to heat up the hug crock pot of cheesey dip that's left over from last week's pot luck. Speaking of pot lucks, what are you bringing to the one we're having next week?"

I've managed to make good choices and not have what everyone else is having just because it's there, and that's what I'll continue to do :)

Have a great day everyone!

11-18-2013, 12:07 PM
cleancowgirl - the book sounds good. I'm gonna have to check that out. I do believe that allowing yourself the occasional cheat is really important. I could never do this if I went into it with the mindset that I could never celebrate or enjoy my favorite foods. Like it or not, food is part of how we celebrate special times. Kudos to you for seeing some movement on the scale!

TooWicky - I am sorry that you have to work on Thanksgiving AND the weekend too. It REALLY bugs me that retailers are opening on Thanksgiving. :(:( On the bright side, you will certainly be getting some good exercise. Do you have to cook too? I hope you get at least a little time to relax and enjoy the holiday. I also hope the shoppers are nice to you. Here's a fun pic for you: (are you a fan of The Walking Dead?)


What a great weigh in - Woosh! Thanks for sharing that document - it's very interesting. I think the waist measurement is tied to risk for heart attack, so that makes sense. The recommendation for bariatric surgery bugs me though, since it doesn't provide a long term solution for most and the risks are so high! It is so cool that you are within 20 pounds of your original goal!! I'm so happy for you.

Happy Monday everyone!

11-18-2013, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the words of encouragement Llilith and Too Wicky! I guess I was just focusing on the negative side and feeling like I lost control when I should have been focusing on the fact that I was able to pull myself back and not do too much damage – well, I’ll find out tomorrow when I weigh in!

It’s the same with you Llilth and not reacting to stress by eating, these triggers are still going to keep happening so finding a way to live with them is the real key to success. Well done!! Your cookies and fudge and leftovers all sound so delicious!! I think it will definitely be useful this year for you to have your teenage stepson ready to pounce on any food around the place – my brother’s sons are totally like that – they’re our family waste disposal so I’ll be sure to invite them round my place to stop me from eating too much! This year we’re having a big family gathering but each of us are just making one part of the meal.

Too Wicky – my contribution is actually the mashed potatoes and I think I’ll make a pie or something too. I’m going to have to have some potatoes though, they’re one of my favorite foods and it’s been such a long time. Plus, I can at least try to make them a little healthier as I’m in control. Anything I’m not sure of calorie-wise but that I want to try will be eaten as a taster first – I plan to have a little of everything I want so I get all the great tastes but don’t end up overeating too much. Well done for nearly reaching your soft goal – it’s great to hear how our expectations are readjusted once we get started and we finally realize what we’re capable of. I love to read your reflections on your weight loss, it’s really very inspiring when someone else puts into words what you were thinking but in a much more eloquent way than I could have expressed, so thank you for that!

Cleancowgirl, well done! That’s great you were able to lose despite eating salted caramel cake, which also sounds too delicious – I definitely need to come on here when I’m feeling full in future!

Well done to you too Precious Missy, keep on making those good choices!!

11-18-2013, 03:06 PM
Everyone is doing great and TOO WICKY You are doing amazing. You will reach that 190 and 175. Keep up the good work you are doing. I don't have to work this thanksgiving. I have worked every thanksgiving that I can remember since I started out in Nursing around 15 years. I really don't think any stores should be open thanksgiving day. My dd works in retail too and she has to work 5p-2am with the crazy people that have to hit the sales at mid night.

Scale is down for the last 2 days to 212.7 so getting close.

11-19-2013, 02:49 AM
Hey everyone! I responded in another thread about facial shape changes as you lose weight. For the very first time ever I compared my before face to my current face. I avoided photos like the plague when I was morbidly obese, so the before pic is from my Driver's License from last December, a few months before I started dieting in late March/early April. The current pic I just took now and I prob look disheveled because I just got home from work not long ago. This helps boosts my spirits because I can see that although I now have crows feet and smile lines, I def look so much happier and healthier, and that's really the point of this whole endeavor. This little photo exercise has provided me with some bonus motivation for the upcoming week. Sharing here in case y'all are interested,

11-19-2013, 11:32 AM
Oh my God Too Wicky!!! I can't believe how much your face has changed in a year - I wouldn't have recognized you!! And what are you talking about, disheveled?! You look so beautiful, and you're right, so much happier and healthier!

I'm happy to report I'm down to 208.5 today, and so so pleased to have lost 3.3 pounds in a week, especially as I thought my losses were slowing down. I can't believe I'm a single digit number away from 200 - this is the lowest I've been in so long I can't even remember seeing a zero after the 2 on a digital scale ever.

Have a great day everyone!!

11-19-2013, 01:55 PM
wow too wicky That is a big difference. Be proud of yourself girl!

11-19-2013, 01:59 PM
TooWicky - Wow, who's that girl in the second pic? They surely can't be the same person! You look amazing :-) But I have to say - you were beautiful before also. But you look so much healthier now and so different!

11-19-2013, 05:46 PM
I avoided photos like the plague when I was morbidly obese, so the before pic is from my Driver's License from last December, a few months before I started dieting in late March/early April. The current pic I just took now and I prob look disheveled because I just got home from work not long ago. This helps boosts my spirits because I can see that although I now have crows feet and smile lines, I def look so much happier and healthier, and that's really the point of this whole endeavor. This little photo exercise has provided me with some bonus motivation for the upcoming week. Sharing here in case y'all are interested,

You also look younger!!

11-20-2013, 12:27 AM
Llilith, bahahaha on the Black Friday pic. I'm legit going to repost that everywhere :D

gratz jennybutler357 on your big weight loss whoosh this week!!

Thanks, guys for the comments on the pic. I knew my face was leaner, but I hadn't really paid attention to how much it had changed, beyond new wrinkles showing. It makes me realize I need to be more understanding when people I haven't seen for a while seem to be totally shocked, and maybe even a bit negative about what they see. A different person is standing before them, while the person that was their friend appears to have gone missing! It's a compliment to be missed! That's not the same thing as a friend wishing I were still suffering from morbid obesity.

cleancowgirl, whoo hooo on scale being down for the last couple of days!

I was chatting up some other moms at my son's sports practice, and one of them had had gastric sleeve surgery this past July! She has lost about 70 lbs since then. She was hoping to lose at a faster rate, but she's still happy overall. No post-procedure complications, but she is dealing with some hair loss. We were comparing Before pics on our phones, lol. At 30 years old, she is still a young woman, and her face and skin looked glorious. She said everything seems to be going back into place except for the dreaded batwings! I hear ya sista!

I found some measuring tape in my customer service drawer at work and I surreptitiously measured my waist. Even with my shapewear on, it was still 40" #appleshapeproblems >< I have no idea what the number would be without shapewear.

11-20-2013, 03:41 AM
TooWicky, you are AWESOME! Those photos are incredible! I have few photos of me from before I started the diet, but hope to post a sequence sometime - but those shots are dramatic. Much respect!

And respect to everyone here on keeping going. I feel a little bit 'out of it' even though I know I am creeping towards Onederland. Here in November it is dark and my energy really slows up. I am still going to the gym and have decided to just work on speed on the treadmill for now rather than pushing myself for the 5km. If I can run two intervals of 1km at 8km/hr three time a week I shall be happy. 40 minutes on the treadmill is too much for me.

NSVs- fitting into a M t-shirt (men's though) without holding my breath. Having a friend say I was a third of the person I used to be! Realising I HAVE to buy a new set of smart clothes after feeling like a bean pole in a sack at a formal event I was on Saturday. Thanks goodness the safety pins held and my clothes didn't actually fall off.

Keep on going folks!

11-20-2013, 09:50 AM
OMG OMG OMG! After months of silently stalking the 220-230 thread, I AM FINALLY HERE! 219.8 as of this morning! WOOT! :woohoo: Only way to go, is down. So freaking close!


11-20-2013, 11:35 AM
Welcome Zoesmom!! Great to see you. :)

I have finally broken this plateau!!!! I'm 203.4 today - just 1.8 pounds down from last week but I am so happy to see a lower number. I've been seriously stuck for about 3 weeks. NSV - when we first started dating, hubby gave me one of his shirts for a nightshirt (you know, it should be wayyy too big and kind of nightgowny, cause he wears an XL). I never wore it, cause it was too clingy around my tummy. It's always been so hard to find shirts that don't cling around my stomach. I put it on this weekend and it's perfect LOL. :carrot:

11-20-2013, 11:37 AM
Welcome zoesmom!! Great to see you here!!

CrazyCatWoman - your NSV of having to use safety pins to hold your clothes up is the best yet! And a great excuse to hit the stores!

And a big congrats to you Llilith for breaking your plateau - you're so close to onderland now! Well done!!

11-20-2013, 11:46 AM
NSVs- fitting into a M t-shirt (men's though) without holding my breath. Having a friend say I was a third of the person I used to be! Realising I HAVE to buy a new set of smart clothes after feeling like a bean pole in a sack at a formal event I was on Saturday. Thanks goodness the safety pins held and my clothes didn't actually fall off.

This is pure awesome!

11-20-2013, 04:28 PM
Welcome Zoe's Mom! Progress!
Congrats- Lillith and crazycat women.

scale down to 211.6 so far two lbs down for the week. Another pound would be nice by weigh in on Saturday but so far if it stays 211 I will be satisfied.

By the way Where is "Hello Nurse" I haven't seen her in a while and hope she is doing okay.

11-20-2013, 10:16 PM
By the way Where is "Hello Nurse" I haven't seen her in a while and hope she is doing okay.

Here I am! Haha!

I don't know what made me come by here today, I was just feeling like I should read up on everybody today.

I've been totes busy lately. The fiance and I have been working on entrepreneurship for about 2 years now, and our dream is starting to come to fruition. We have opened a paratransit service, together with three of our friends, and we have seen a lot of growth potential already.

I got to a frustration point, and took a maintenance break for a couple of weeks. Then I got sick of seeing the same number on the scale and dove back in. I have started to go to the gym 4 days per week. I get up at 4 AM and go to the gym before work, doing a half hour of cardio and a half hour of weights each day. One of my friends at work goes with me, and we've been getting so strong that yesterday we were moving a patient off the procedure table onto a stretcher and we almost threw the poor woman on the floor by accident! (not really, but she was scared by how quickly we slid her, poor thing). BTW, I can't recommend weight training highly enough for everybody. I'm feeling so much healthier from it, and it's helping my proportions quite a bit. I also think it's helping me to feel more approving and appreciative of my body, rather than feeling hyper critical of its flaws.

I have been losing poundage like whoah, and this morning I saw a 201 on the scale! I'm not quite ready to give up on this thread though, and even if I get into Onederland soon this thread is where my weight loss soul sisters are. Especially TooWicky whose descriptions of herself make me swear she could be my body twin.

NSV- I had to buy new bras last week, and I'm happy to report that my boobs have maintained the same volume! I went down a band size and up a cup size. Woohoo!

11-22-2013, 09:29 AM
:welcome: Zoesmom!! Congrats on your weight loss! Great group of ladies here, very supportive. How is your week going so far?

HelloNurse :D Good to see you and WOW on 201 :congrats: That is so impressive! Save some room for us in the next thread when you get there, which I have a feeling will be super soon. Also, I agree on the weight training - I need to ramp that up! I was a fairly serious athlete in my younger days. It was my life all year round and besides athletics I also did a fair amount of weightlifting. Sometimes that translates into people being into fitness lifelong, but in my case, I completely burnt out on it. I have to dig deep to want to work out because I felt it was foisted on me for years.

cleancowgirl, niiiiiiice on the 2 lbs so far this week. Well done. I love it when I see numbers like that during the week, because I know it's going to be a substantial weight loss for me. It's so encouraging when that happens.

Llilith, I totally hear you, I am only just now being able to wear some shirts that don't have tummy-cling syndrome, at least not that bad. What new clothes have you bought? Previously I had a closet full of the uh old empire-waist flare-out tops. I think that style really flatters an appleshape figure, but it was really boring being stuck in one cut of shirt. I bought a few new shirts recently that were XL in the misses department. I am nowhere near fitting into a L owing to my ridiculously proportioned bust : / I am seriously having to pack myself in them tho. Not exactly like a stuffed sausage, but pretty close, lol. A couple of those shirts are clingy all the way down. I still have the round belly deal going on, but with shapewear, the shirts aren't too jacked up looking. I live in a small(ish) town in the midwest, where obesity is the norm. I wore my new tight(ish) jeans and a clingy top and walked around all proud and What-up? and I fit right in, lolol.

I was somewhat sloppy with my eating habits this week. No calorie overages, but not the best choices. My ratio of diet cokes to water became less favorable, put it that way. As a result I had a lot of salty cravings, maybe to offset the sweet drinks, not sure. No junk food persay, but I had a couple days there when I would stare at the pantry and sigh, shrug, and eat more baked chips and salsa, like, repeatedly >< Can I just say that I certainly feel better when I drink more water and eat in a more balanced manner? Anywho, I'm down ½ pound since my Monday weigh-in. Not a gain, but nothing to write home about either.

Onward and downward!

11-22-2013, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :) I had stalled out in the 220's for a few months due to an injury that kept me from running (and kept eating as if I WAS running) and then got hit with a lack of motivation. Got sick with MRSA recently and that put a fire under my butt for some reason, so I am back in the game hardcore! I am SO CLOSE to being just moderately obese, only 2 more pounds! Never thought I would ever say that and want it! weighed in at 218.7 this morning, so my loss is here to stay :)

Lilith - that is awesome about the nightshirt! :lol: I wish I could do that with my DH's clothes, but he hordes all of his stuff. I think he is afraid I'll spray perfume or something on it all. :D So close to Onderland for you!!

HelloNurse - SQUEE....you are almost there! You could be in Onderland come Thanksgiving!

TooWicky - 1/2 pound loss per week still nets a 26 pound loss per year. And I suspect you loss more than 1/2 a pound every week. Be proud of that number, I know I would be!
Cleancowgirl - that is a nice loss. I haven't seen a 2 pound loss in a week in so long, I forget what it is like. There in the beginning, I would drop 2-5 per week....but once I started exercising, it dropped to .25-1. So happy you had such a nice drop!

11-22-2013, 09:00 PM
Today is weigh in day! 209.9 !!! Loss of 3.3 this week. Onderland here I come!

11-23-2013, 12:06 PM
Good to see you again HelloNurse! So close!

This is a very exciting thread - it's great to be around such a bunch of supportive enthusiasts. So good to know everyone has blips and plateaus, not just me.

11-23-2013, 04:12 PM
CrazyCatWoman, you're so close to the next thread! I'm so glad for you.

Lillith and TooWicky, I wear all my shirts just a little bit too big because of tummy cling. I don't like the empire waist cut on me because I'm so short waisted as well. Don't worry though, when you get a little bit smaller then having a strong looking core and smaller boobs actually translates to a more athletic looking build. I also have found that doing a lot of work on my arms and shoulders has helped to create the illusion of a more curvy figure and also helps me fill out the upper part of a slightly larger shirt.

Right now I'm working on what I refer to as the Quads of Doom. I pack muscle onto my legs very easily, and since your quads are your largest muscle I figure that making them huge and strong will go a long way toward raising BMR. I also just like having sexy legs and hips.

I had 200.0 on the scale this morning. WTF. Now it's just mocking me; when does your weight ever come out to a perfectly round number like that? Jeez.

11-23-2013, 05:02 PM
Hello Nurse: 200 is awesome! I know what you mean though rarely do I ever get a even number like that on my scale but I bet it says 199 in the morning.

I was at my training barn this morning. I am usually working and don't get to see some of the boarders unless I am there on Saturdays. One of the ladies who is super slim and athletic ran up and gave me a hug. " OMG I thought you were someone new til I saw it was your truck". "God you are skinny". I really am not but I am starting to get some curves on the waist line and the girls have shrunk about 10 inches. Yep that much. I am a 39 c better than a 50 dd. I did appreciate the comment though.

11-24-2013, 02:09 PM
I posted in the Onderland thread too but I am so excited!!!

Omg omg omg!!!!!! I can't believe it - I'm having a whoosh!

http://s21.postimg.org/trc1benbn/image.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/trc1benbn/)

Just call me Alice - I'm in Onderland this morning!!! :yay::yay::yay:

Not leaving this thread for a bit - gotta be sure it sticks! Woooofreakinghoooo!

11-24-2013, 02:21 PM
Great job, Lilith! That's totally exciting! I hope to meet you in the next thread tomorrow or the next day.

For myself, I got 200.0 today. For the second day in a row. All I can do is laugh.:dizzy:

11-24-2013, 05:40 PM
That is so awesome!

11-24-2013, 05:42 PM
Great job, Lilith! That's totally exciting! I hope to meet you in the next thread tomorrow or the next day.

For myself, I got 200.0 today. For the second day in a row. All I can do is laugh.:dizzy:

Wow! 200 is awesome - so close! It feels really surreal to me, in a good way!

11-24-2013, 11:48 PM
I hit the magic number on Saturday and it stuck!

Well done Lilith! I'll hang around here for a bit too as there's such a great gang in this thread.

11-25-2013, 11:51 AM
I'll hang around here for a bit too as there's such a great gang in this thread.
Me too!!! That was the one sad part yesterday, thinking about moving from this thread LOL.

Yay for your arrival in Onderland CrazyCatWoman!!

TooWicky - I'm sorry I just saw your question above - I've have bought a few new things but tried not to get too many, cause I know my size will keep changing. I bought leggings from old navy on sale ($5 a pair!) I live in leggings, even when I was bigger. And, I scan Kohl's clearance everyday for deals to post at work - as a result I see a lot of $4 and $5 tops with free shipping sometimes. So I've got some of those and I'm wearing stuff that used to be too small or that I didn't like the way it fit before. My fav purchase are my black leather boots and a purple dress I got from Coldwater Creek clearance that I think I'll wear for the holidays.
I've also been slacking about choices - I went over three days last week. I've got to real it in. Apparently the shake up was just what my body needed though. And, with a 1200 limit per day, going over a little still puts me in the "going to lose" range, I think. I just need to make sure not to slip off the slope. It's tough but how this feels today is so worth it! I'm gonna keep telling myself that as a mantra LOL. I just saw your note under your name - that's funny!

Cleancowgirl - That is amazing about the gym. I bet that felt so great when she said that to you!! Wow about the girls too - Mine are shrinking as well (well, to be honest, they are just sinking down like deflated balloons :P. I just tuck them in my waistband now haha).

HelloNurse - The suspense is killing me! 200 today or Onderland? LOL at the Quads of Doom. You are working so hard at the gym, that is truly awesome!!

zoesmom - spray perfume on all of them til he gives you one LOL j/k. Wow, MRSA - that's scary. Are you feeling better? I hope so :)

Thank you everyone for the kudos. I have lots more work to do but I will admit that I screamed with joy when I weighed myself yesterday. Hubby came and we took a picture of the scale LOL - so funny.

11-25-2013, 12:39 PM
Great to have you back HelloNurse! I can’t believe how motivated you are, getting up at 4am to do a workout, I am in awe!! And congrats on getting to a perfect 200!! Have you dipped down into onderland yet?!

Sorry to hear that you were sick Zoesmom but it’s great that it got you motivated and into this thread – you’re on your way down!!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to CrazyCatWoman and Llilith for reaching onderland!! I am so so pleased for you both!!

I’m so glad I’m on this thread because like TooWicky and Llilith recently I am in the midst of a plateau, my first since starting in July. I’ve always lost at least a pound a week so I was really bummed to see the same number as last week, and to not be allowed to move my ticker. But, having followed your progress, I know that this is normal and I can get over it so I’m looking on the positive side and going to carry on working my butt off and now with the holidays approaching I am even more determined to not break my diet as I really want to see a loss next week. Thanks for keeping me inspired!!

11-25-2013, 12:50 PM
I feel the same way Jenny. It's so helpful to see others deal with the same things - it is really helping me stay on track. :)

11-27-2013, 11:29 AM
Hi All - Happy pre turkey day. :-)

I am 201 this morning, not a full time residence of onderland yet. I hope to not go too overboard tomorrow and get back down to 199 by early next week.

Have a great thanksgiving everyone. I hope you all have time to enjoy some family time and some good food. Good luck with all the temptation. We came this far - one day isn't gonna derail us.

I keep telling myself that I have to do this in a way that fits in with my life to keep the weight off. That means enjoying myself tomorrow, and so I will. Moderation is the key - I'm gonna keep repeating that mantra all day tomorrow. :)

11-27-2013, 01:36 PM
Hey Llilith! Thanks for the support! i'm sure you'll be back down again next week, onderland is your new home and I can't wait to come and join you there!!

A motivating mantra to get y'all through turkey day (and beyond): "I can eat that but I choose not to"

And some great tips for how to survive Thanksgiving: http://www.phen.com/how-to-lose-weight-phen-blog/thanksgiving-surviving-family-dinner

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

11-27-2013, 02:06 PM
You'll be back down soon, Lilith I am sure. These little oscillations are so frustrating - sent to try us.

Good luck with the food orgy of Thanksgiving everyone - all things in moderation!

11-27-2013, 08:01 PM

MOVE your big bohunkuses a seat backward, ladeees....a bigger bohunkus has just stepped on the bus!!! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

218 today, BaBeee!... 2# to spare!

I get to move my ti-cker! I get to move my ti-cker! (wigglebutt, wigglebutt, wigglebutt!!)

...This year, I am thankful for the tiny flu virus that helped me get rid of my 22_ and forced me to cough into these 6-pack abs.....

Haw! I'll take it any way I can get it! :turkey:

11-27-2013, 08:22 PM
Well. 200-201 for the past three days. This is awful. I think it's mostly water though, as I've stepped up my weightlifting routine and that brought on some puffy fingers. My clothing is looser, and my quads look fan-freaking-tastic. My friends are all telling me I look skinnier this week. Once I get my whoosh from this round of muscle remodeling, I bet I'll be around 198. Once I hit the 170s I think I will stop tracking pounds and start tracking waist circumference instead.

Congrats to my lovelies who have made it to Onederland. I'll be joining you soon!

11-28-2013, 01:21 PM
Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!! I go to work in a few hours -.-

Llilith and HelloNurse, 199 or lower is imminent for you both since you have at least glimpsed 199/200 on the scale :) Day-to-day, my weight is usually a jaggedly, downward-trending ekg-like graph. For friendship reasons, I do love seeing you all still in this thread :)

SeeMyFeet :welcome2: :) Happy to see you here!

jennybutler357, hold firm... you WILL defeat that plateau :hug:

I just had the two worst days of dieting in a row since I started dieting. I willfully ate, like, approximately 500 calories over my daily limit on Tuesday, and then yesterday I showed a modicum of restraint and ate 200 calories over my daily limit. I am really disappointed in myself to say the least! Some issues dovetailed (I baked three yummy desserts, I'm annoyed I have to work, I'm annoyed we had to move our family Thanksgiving to Sunday to accommodate my work schedule, that TOM, and also I keenly miss my parents/sis who passed away within the last 6 years and it's worse on holidays) but everyone has issues, I mean, that's part and parcel of living life. I'm chalking this one up as a lesson in how to start fresh every day and not let the previous day's dieting disappointments derail the current day's effort. It's a work in progress and I will let you all know how it works out. Miracle of miracles, though, my official weigh-in day was this past Monday, and I weighed in at 207 lbs, which was a one pound loss from the previous week. So I forced myself to get on the scale today after my atrocious 2 days of eating, and I still weighed 207 lbs!! A reprieve of sorts after my oops!

I have a feeling this entire holiday season is going to be a roller coaster ride, diet-wise, for me. :dust: !

12-01-2013, 12:59 PM
Hi All - Let me start by saying again how much I love this thread and the wonderful give and take of support we have here. I logged in today feeling down, and already I feel like I'm not alone. Thank you all for that.

SeeMyFeet - YAYAYAYAY! Good to see you here. :-) Your posts are so fun, they always make me smile.

HelloNurse - That's amazing about your fanfreakingtastic quads. It is so nice when people notice, too! I like the idea of tracking waist circumference instead of pounds.

TooWicky - The holidays really make the losses seem even more significant than they seem every day, don't they? I'm so sorry for your losses. I have a similar situation in that I lost my mom and dad 1 year apart within the last two years. This is the third "holiday season" without them. I keenly feel the absence - especially my Mom. But, I also feel her presence as I prepare holiday dinner for family - and her old kitchen witch hangs right in my kitchen window - like she's watching and guiding me as I take on the matriarch role in our family now. It is bittersweet and sometimes really hard to take - a good cry helps a bit. With my Dad, I just feel robbed. I didn't know him and found him when I was 40 - just 4 years before he died. To be honest, I feel ripped off - both by death and by his lack of participation in my life before I sought him out. Alas - that's all water under the bridge now. But these holidays sure make that feeling of loss more deep and raw.

I am thankful for your words about a lesson on how to start fresh every day and not let the previous day's dieting disappointments derail the next day. I think that's been happening to me, but I'm still trying to understand how it could be. I have been over 6 out of the past 7 days - Most days just by 100 calories or less, and on Thanksgiving by about 500 calories. And I gained 4 pounds. I was on track yesterday and still over 200. I don't understand how I can gain weight with 1300 calories most days and 1700 on Thanksgiving. I was active and I'm just really disappointed. I feel like I saw that glimpse of 199 and now I am subconsciously sabotaging myself or something. I'm scared because maybe I can't do this without the higher dose of Phen. But, I have been quite good. There was a pizza party for my nephew's bday yesterday - they had at least six different kinds of pizza from one of my favorite places, and I had ONE piece. There was so much left over and my sister offered to send a box home with me. The old me would have jumped at the chance and eaten it for 3 days - gorging. I declined. But now I feel like why didn't I enjoy myself and have at least another piece that I wanted so much if I wasn't going to see any reward on the scale. Maybe it's time for me to put my scale away for awhile. I can't seem to stay off it.

This sure is a tough time of year to eat healthy.

12-01-2013, 01:07 PM
I wanted to mention one more thing, something I'm still trying to process:

My step father was at the party. Now, he was very critical as I was growing up. We met him when I was 7 and I can see myself getting steadily fatter and fatter as I grew up when I look back at family photos. He was always criticizing the amount of food I put on my plate, and once he told me I looked like a sausage in the pants I was wearing. He didn't have any tolerance for overweight people and I remember my mom starving herself after my sister was born to get the weight off and please him.

I got down to 107 pounds when I was 16 - mostly by throwing up everything I ate for about a year. Thankfully that is behind me - medication and counseling are wonderful things. But here's the part I wanted to talk about:

He sought me out at the party and said I looked really great - have I lost weight? It was so WEIRD to have his approval related to this. It felt dirty and shameful, even though he was complimenting me. I'm not sure what to make of that or how to even process it so I can move on from how it feels. Or maybe it's important to feel it for awhile. But these feelings are certainly cheeseburger and pizza catalysts - I have to stay on top of that.

12-01-2013, 01:11 PM
Welcome SeeMyFeet!

Time to be really kind to ourselves, and go easy on the beating ourselves up! Holiday season is such a huge trigger in so many ways ..... JThe general trend is still downwards. We have the collective willpower to literally move a mountain (off the scales). We can survive the slip up days and the occasional self-destruct provided we get back on that treadmill/bike/calorie counting again. Hang on for that ho-ho-ho roller coaster. We WILL make it to one-derland.

12-01-2013, 03:17 PM
thanks for this ^

12-01-2013, 03:38 PM
.....bouncing around the same weight for 4 days....at least it's not a gain! :carrot:

:hug: lillleth It's near impossible to get through this life without some wounds and scars. We all know that we need to let this stuff go, but it's harder when the perpetrators are still around. Choose carefully those childhood stories you dwell upon--though they were just a page in the book of your life (not the entire book or even a chapter), they shape your present and future. You KNOW your value does not lie in your appearance--don't let some misguided or defective person convince you otherwise!

I cannot be-LEEVE it is December already! I'm still tired from the flu. Trying to take it easy--sleeping in, not getting out much. I did get lots of cleaning & laundry done, and got the basement organized a bit. Woo-hoo! Not sure how I'm going to make it through a full work week......

I see lots of new challenge threads....that time of year, I s'pose....I think I'll focus on getting out of this thread. Oooooooo! I hope I'm not here long......

12-01-2013, 06:21 PM
This week has not been kind. I am not even sure what I weigh right now, because I'm never "empty" with all the Thanksgiving leftovers around. Now that they're gone, I will just have to soldier onward and deal with the after math. It's OK though; even if I gained a bit this week, it will fall right off as soon as I get back to my routines starting tomorrow.

Can't wait to lift in the morning!

12-02-2013, 12:21 AM
The nice thing about my family's tradition of going out for Thanksgiving...limited leftovers around to finish up afterwards.

I'm still battling my body in terms of getting back to where I feel I should be. I've also been laying off a bit at the gym, partially due to work and partially because I thought I was overdoing things.

Today, though, I managed my first treadmill 5k. That was exciting since I've never been a runner. It was about half walking, of course, but I still finished it even though I almost quit mid-way through. But I'm also feeling sore afterwards in a way that says I won't try that again for a bit and probably won't try the 5k I was thinking of doing with friends in a couple weeks.

Best wishes to all as they face their holiday challenges.

12-02-2013, 09:36 AM
Coming up for air to check in with my fellow threadmates!

I love HelloNurse's attitude... even if we have a gain, we can comfort ourselves in the fact that we absolutely know how to lose weight, so all we have to do it get back into our tried and true routines, and the pounds will come back off again.

*hugs* Llilith, let's make a pact to keep the faith no matter what, no matter even if we have, like, the worst dieting week ever! I knew it would be difficult for me to stay on plan this time of year because of the temptation of event foods, but what I didn't consider was the impact of emotional turmoil or the interference of my crazy holiday work schedule. This is going to be a tough month. I hate to hear that you lost your mom and your dad, too :( I'm speechless your stepdad said those things to you about your weight as a child, and that his opinion pressured your mom into rushing herself thin after childbirth. Don't let his "approval" now in any way taint or undermine your achievement!

Shew, we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday because that was my first day off from working retail since the holiday. My plate was 2/3 green salad and green beans, and 1/3 turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. And that's all I ate, lol, it was not a dream Thanksgiving -.- I was staring laser beams into the biscuits, but resisted.

I had some seriously bad dieting habits rear their ugly heads this week. Some examples: ate junk food instead of healthy food (fast food hamburger, Waffle house (!!!,) cookies,) did not weigh almost daily when almost daily is my norm, did not track all calories eaten daily, did not count alcoholic beverage calories, went over daily calories several days this week (at least,) and drank a bunch of diet soda instead of water. I was just a discipline train wreck all week! Three nights in a row I was at work until well after 1am, wreaking havoc with my eating schedule because I always have to eat something when I get home from work no matter how late. My behavior just made me incredibly uneasy because dieting guff-ups were springing up like simultaneous leaks on several fronts. Even so, every day I shelved the previous days mistakes, mustered up some dignity, and started fresh, rinse, repeat. We had food provided for us at work, and I somehow found the wherewithal to fix a plate comprised of fresh fruit, pickle spears, tomato slices, raw veggies, and a small portion of chicken salad, so there were some successes this week will-power-wise. Ultimately I believe my very busy retail work load offset my dieting screw-ups to result in a 2½ lbs loss from last week! I am down to 204½ lbs as of my official weekly weigh-in this morning. I only lost one pound the previous week, so this more substantial loss is really welcome.

These past 10 lbs of loss have really helped my silhouette as far as my belly, which is the bane of the apple-shaped. I think I only look about 5 months pregnant now, lol.

12-02-2013, 11:11 AM
TooWicky - I'm in for the pact. We can do it! Thanks for the kind words.

It's cool that you had a loss after going off track a bit! I'm happy for you, too, that the past 10# are showing in a way that really shows to you. :-)

bSpring3 - wow 5k? That's amazing!!

SeeMyFeet - Say it sister! - you are right on with what you said about my experience with step dad. I love the analogy that it's just a page, and not the book.

HelloNurse - Our leftovers are gone too - thank goodness! You are right about the weight falling right back off when you get into your routines again. :)

I am 202.6 this morning - so some of my Thanksgiving 'stuffing' is coming back off. Cyber Monday today - there is light at the end of this holiday tunnel! woohoo. Back to work for me!

12-02-2013, 11:42 AM
1000 calories yesterday. And day 5 at the same weight. Ugh. :tantrum:
I really really really want to move my ticker!

Brought my "feed bag" to work. Lettuce and red pepper salads (with the last of the leftover turkey!) and grapes and asparagus. oooooooo those small, red, seedless grapes from CA are in season. They are soooo sweet and yummy! And addictive! (the only thing I could eat when I had the flu) And only 60 cal per cup! Anyway, let's see if the workweek will help bust a few lbs off this carcass.

Good week, all!

12-02-2013, 12:41 PM
Hi SeeMyFeet!! So great to have you here!! You'll be moving that ticker in no time I'm sure!!

HelloNurse, loving the sound of your fan-freaking-tastic quads!! I’m starting body pump classes this Saturday so I can’t wait to get my muscle on!! And great to hear how your friends are complimenting you, that’s worth more than whatever the scale tells you!

Hey Llilith, I’m so glad to hear coming on here cheers you up. It does with me too. A few weeks back it went a bit quiet on the forum and I really missed all the updates from you guys, glad to have you all back posting regularly, and I think we all need each other now more than ever. I agree about the calorie math, it really doesn’t make sense like you say and it’s super disheartening, especially as you were under 200. I don’t think it’s you purposely sabotaging as 1300 calories is still being very restrained, it’s more that your body is adjusting and going through lots of complicated mechanisms, and keeping at what you know works will continue to work, it’s just taking time to get off the ground again. When you mention how you think you can’t do without a higher dose of phen, is your appetite creeping back or is it more to do with cravings?

Something interesting - my sister in law was recently diagnosed with having dangerously low hemoglobin levels and was put on iron tablets immediately by her doctor – apparently her levels were like people living in third-world countries. She had been eating really healthy all this year and was exercising but then started to get so tired she couldn't manage it, which is what made her go to the doctor. Turns out low iron levels make it near impossible to lose weight as your body isn’t processing oxygen properly and your metabolism slows right down. Her levels are up now but her body isn’t producing enough iron by itself so she’s still on the pills but the good news is, she’s lost 3 pounds in a couple weeks and finally her healthy diet is paying off. I just think it’s interesting that we all think exercise + healthy diet = weight loss but really our bodies are far more complicated than that.

I’m sorry to hear about your losses Llilith and TooWicky, I’m lucky enough to have all my family still but I do know how you feel to some extent about your stepdad Llilith. My biggest critic is my mom who has been overweight or obese most of her adult life yet also has no tolerance for overweight people. It’s an argument I can never win however as she always says that she was slim until she had children, which is true, but even still, I wouldn’t blame my children for my weight gain. If I ever say this she points out that I was overweight before having children and I then just give up as it’s true and I have no one to blame but myself but it hurts a lot and we have the same conversation every time I see her. I spent the holidays with my husband’s family and just saw my brother and sister and their families as they live nearby, but at Christmas my parents are coming to visit so I will have to brace myself for backhanded compliments and comments about how I’ll never keep the weight off. I’m just glad to have such lovely and supportive in-laws, my husband sure got lucky with his parents and they made me feel so great during the holidays with all their compliments (actual genuine ones) and really going out of their way to make as healthy-a-dinner as possible. I wouldn’t say I was as restrained as I could have been but I did some adding up after the event and I’d say I didn’t stray too far from around 500 over, and I was very firm and said no to all the leftovers we were offered, much to my children’s disappointment!

Anyway, enough rambling…I weighed in today after avoiding the scale since last Monday’s plateau reading and was pleased to see a drop of 1.5 pounds so I’m down to 207, so I have to assume I lost it before turkey day but if the math ends up as me still losing then even better!!

Have a great week y'all!!

12-03-2013, 01:22 AM
Y'all are great! Really good to see the downward movement even when your'e feeling the stresses of the season.

TooWicky - I can relate to the "5 mos pregnant" comment. That's the size of my fibroid that got taken out 3 mos ago. Well, uterus w/fibroid; however it gets described.

I'm feeling more like myself each day. After about 8 mos of losses and a few more of wavering, I'm not ending the year exactly where I wanted to be...but I also didn't foresee surgery when I started on the whole journey.

I'm jealous of HelloNurse's weight work. My job location changed recently which makes getting in the gym time a lot more difficult. I need to work on that for myself, though. I also have to get to a point where I can do the ab stuff that I don't fully feel up to doing. All this interconnected stuff is really noticeable when one thing goes wonky.

I did make up dinner for the next few days today, which always makes me feel like I'm somewhat in control. There are no good choices around where I work, it's all fatty and fried. Making myself make the time to bring in something lower calorie and fat and with vegetables is always a plus.

12-03-2013, 11:46 AM
waaaaaaaa HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

795 calories yesterday...and....
I get to move my ti-cker! I get to move my ti-cker!
Happy dance. Happy dance. Dancin' in happy pants! :dancer:

HEY! where is everyone this morning? I don't like dancing alone! :(

12-03-2013, 02:39 PM
All this interconnected stuff is really noticeable when one thing goes wonky.

You are right about that! Like, if I sleep late and don't make it to the gym before work, I'm all out of sorts for the rest of the day. And it makes it harder for me to stay on plan with my food, when a non-gym day is when I need to be MOST careful about what I eat. Like you, I also need to work on the core muscles because I think a weaker core is prohibiting my progress.

It's a good idea also to make food a couple of days in advance; I know that the only way I stay consistently on track is if I plan ahead. Sometimes that means that when I go to bed, I've already packed and counted ALL my food for the next day. And that's comforting, because then when I get hungry I just grab something out of my satchel and I don't even have to think about it. The thinking has been done already.

My favorite thing to pack for work is to take a single serve plain Greek yogurt and add a little peanut butter and cinnamon to it. I just measure out the PB and cinnamon into a small condiment cup and throw it in my lunch bag, then mix them together when I'm ready for breakfast. It's a protein BOMB! Helps me after my weight training, and makes me feel full for hours afterward. Then I pack a salad or a little veggie plate with some meat and cheese, and a little fruit tray with goat cheese or swiss. And pistachios or almonds.

12-03-2013, 02:42 PM
I also found a new food I'm not allowed to keep in the house: those little fried onions that you use for green bean casserole. I had them because I always bring the green beans to my mom's for the holidays. And I ate a WHOLE can of the cheddar cheese flavored ones. In like, 2 hours flat. I had to run out and get more for Thanksgiving. FAIL!

12-04-2013, 11:41 AM
Well...870 calories yesterday, but 300 of those were off plan--from leftover pasta. Why oh why? Oh i know. ..I wanted something more substantial. 300 pasta calories translates to 3lb on my backside. Fiddle faddle fart...I'll spend all week trying to get back to my ticker wt. Sigh.

12-04-2013, 12:32 PM
I been going through a lot of stress since Thanksgiving and fell off plan. Up to 212.9. I am a nurse and am feeling totally helpless right now. My best friend in the world also a nurse told me when she came over for dinner on Thursday she has Pancreatic Cancer. She is 44.
I am floored by this we went to nursing school together and been friends for over 17 years. We work together and her husband also a nurse(he's the manager for our Emergency Room).
She is in stage 2 and started chemo this week but the outlook according to her dh is not good. She has a `16 year old son from another marriage and a 9 year old girl and 5 year old son with her current husband. She is more like a sister to me more than my own sister and breaks my heart she is going through this. The stress eating took over and weight creeped up 3 lbs. It is not a lot of damage but enough and detox started today. Thanks for listening.

12-04-2013, 12:44 PM
SeeMyFeet - yay! glad you got to move the ticker. I get frustrated when I can't move it for awhile. We have an organic veggie/fruit delivery once a month and they sent some of those delicious red grapes - sooooo good! They are good if you freeze them too. :) Don't be too hard on yourself - sometimes upping the calorie amount actually results in a loss. I think your body might refuse to lose if it feels deprived too much. I know I saw a woosh when I increased by a couple hundred calories a day awhile back. My goal has always been 1200 but I was coming in under consistently.

Jenny - body pump glasses? that sounds ambitious and amazing!

To answer your question, I felt like my appetite was creeping back but I think I was just letting my fear of failure nag at me too much. I tend to get obsessive, whether it be with negative self talk or something positive. I made up my mind the past few days and I've done fine. Next step is to go every other day on the phen - then no more. Little scary, but I think, like you said - that it is ME doing this, not a drug.

Wow that's interesting to know about the iron levels. I am glad that she has things normalized a bit, and that the pills help. :-) Good point about our bodies being more complicated than just calories in and activity for weight loss.

I'm sorry that your mom has been so critical. The words and actions of our parents are so powerful in our lives aren't they? I guess as long as we let them be - the tough part is getting to the place where their criticisms don't become our own negative self talk. I spent a good few days processing my feelings about seeing my stepdad and his reaction to my weight loss. I was like wtf, now you approve of me cause there is less of me - jeez. I had a few good crys and I feel much better about things now. I think the whole experience was therapeutic. I'd made up my mind that if it was still bugging me this week, I'd make an appointment to talk with someone about it - but I'm doing ok. One thing that really helped me was what SeeMyFeet said above - about how things from our childhood are just a page in the book of our lives, not the whole book or even a chapter. :-)

Wow, you expect comments about how you won't keep the weight off? I'm so sorry - it's terrible that they are not supportive. Keep in mind that you are doing the for YOU and not for them - and even if you do stumble a bit, you always have the power to get back on track. Losing weight is in some ways like when an alcoholic gets sober - the whole family has to relearn their role and find different places to focus their dysfunction. When one person in a family changes, it always forces the others to adjust whether it be in a healthy or unhealthy way. Years ago I watched a documentary about family dysfunction and alcoholism - the speaker likened it to a mobile, with each family member one of the chimes - it was impossible to move one chime without the others moving too. We all have our roles, I think. Just because overweight people wear the evidence of our dysfunction on the outside doesn't mean the others don't have just as much on the inside. I hope this makes sense, it did when I was typing it LOL.

It is so great that your in laws are supportive! You deserve their support.

bSpring3 - wow, that's a big fibroid - you must feel worlds better! Yay for you bringing your healthy food to work!

HelloNurse - omg, I LOVE those little onions. They are banned here too haha.

I have finally gone back down under 200 - 198.8. :-) It feels really good.

12-04-2013, 01:10 PM
Wow, Lilith, you are a wise wise woman!

What you write is really interesting. This may sound odd, but in many ways consider myself fortunate as I have no family, so I have no 'new' comments to deal with, just old stuff to unpick. I can experience myself as I am now and have no opportunity to get approval, or rejection from them. Suits me!

Totally agree with the sobriety thing, having been sobre for 14 years. This however is harder. You cannot simply abstain from food, and also it is very, very visible. And I was amazed when a friend - a good friend- said 'I have to redefine who you are as you are not this big physical presence in the room - but you are still a presence and that's not a criticism'. It really made me think how I hid behind my fat, without even realising it. When I first got sobre a friend and I fell out and couldn't resolve anything until she admitted she didn't know how to cope with me being 'well'. Such a brave thing to admit and that taught me a lot. It wasn't my fault and I wasn't responsible for everything, but I can be responsible for not drinking and how I am with other people. I now I am beginning to realise I can be responsible for my weight.

Having said that, I am getting very frustrated as my rate of loss has slowed. I have to keep telling myself all is great and being in Onederland is fantastic (I'm still in this thread as I love the people here and hope we drop down together). But, as always the addict -I want more progress, NOW! All this is really pretty self centred - and I feel really sad for you CleanCowGirl: all good wishes to your friend/honorary sis and her treatment, and take care of yourself in it too if you can. Life sucks at times.

12-04-2013, 02:20 PM
So sad to hear the news about your friend cleancowgirl, sending you both lots of love and thinking about you.

What you've said absolutely makes sense Llilith, you really are a wise woman! You're right about the phen - it's YOU doing all the hard work, phen is just a tool like any other, and you must have plenty of those inside already to have come this far, phen or no phen.

Yes! Body pump - weight lifting to music apparently?! I'm excited and nervous but I've been promised "an hour of muscle-making fun" by the instructor. I'll let you know how I feel on Monday!

I'm glad you're doing ok now about your stepdad and his comments, and how great that SeeMyFeet's words of wisdom have helped you out - this forum really is a great source of support!

How I feel about my mom has changed over the years. Now I'm a parent I've kind of moved on as I can see how bitter she is and how it's pushed a lot of people away from her in her life and now it's more like I have pity for her - she's stuck in the same place and wants to drag everyone down with her whereas I'd much rather look forward and keep positive. I think the success I'm experiencing this time round is really fueling this positivity though as going back a year I wouldn't have felt so strong thinking about facing up to her at Christmas but now I'm able to imagine myself smiling through dinner and not letting her get to me

Oh and a big congrats for getting back to onderland!!

12-04-2013, 02:25 PM
CleanCowGirl - I didn't see your reply when I posted earlier. {{hugs}} I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's illness. She must be so scared, and everyone around her too. I don't know what to say except that I wish everyone involved peace as they get through this.

It might seem like the smallest, least important thing right now, but if you can stay on plan in the midst of this it will be really good for you. And, you'll be healthy to help your friend through this. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that we are here when you need to talk.

CrazyCatWoman - It is true that this is harder. You can't just stop eating, food is always there and necessary to live. There's no out of site out of mind with it. I do look at this as recovering from an addiction - maybe that is what is different with my losing weigh this time. It's a good difference, finally calling it what it is, I think.

12-05-2013, 11:45 AM
Hey!! I read this article yesterday which I think could be of interest to anyone who's had scale-related problems recently (as in, everyone) - it's about how the scale lies to us - it talks a bit about phentermine but it's good solid advice for anyone trying to lose weight - http://www.phentermine.com/blog/phentermine-myth-scale-lies/

12-05-2013, 12:11 PM
oooooo :hug: cleancowgirl. You must be feeling a huge weight on your shoulders. You know, you have something I've always wanted...a life-long girlfriend/pal/confident. Breaks my heart that you're faced with losing something so precious. She is lucky to have you right now. But you take good care of yourself, girl, because fear and grief can do much damage.

and :hug: to jennybutler and everyone else with irritating/non-supportive friends/relatives. (I have a feeling we're all on that list!) You know, in reality, we're in the presence of such comments what? 5-10 minutes per year, yet we spend days/weeks re-visiting them and dreading similar comments in the future. I think it's important to learn to stop thinking of such things and dwelling on them. Otherwise, we can get frozen by PTSD and anticipatory anxiety. A list of snappy comebacks can help one feel empowered. (Maybe we should start one!) Feast on the compliments you receive...everyone else is just wrong!

well....0.5lb above ticker....I pigged out on salad at work yesterday, and in a moment of supreme irritation, had a liquid donut last night. First liq donut in a month. why, oh why? It wasn't worth it. 1600 calories yesterday...oh well, we'll call it calorie cycling and get back on track today.

Have a wonderful day ladies! Even if it is too ****** cold!

12-05-2013, 01:59 PM
Thanks for the kind words everyone. It is hard and she is such a wonderful person, mom and nurse. I know they are making advances in this cancer all the time but it advances so quickly. She gets her port today. A permanent Iv line to give her chemo. She will start chemo next week for 2 months. If the tumor does not grow or metasize(spread to other organs) they will try to remove it. She is very religious and believes in the power of prayer. I do I really do but as a nurse we really do know too much but there are situations unexplained in medicine and just praying the lord will spare her. Because we need her here.

I think I have been suffering from a flu bug the last couple of days. Dh brought something home Monday and I started feeling fluish yesterday but was not sure if it was stress but today definitely know it is flu. Crazy as I am I still did exercise on my treadmill. Helps me release a little stress. For me now I think it is more important than ever to take care of my body. Get these pounds off and enjoy life because we really don't know when something is going to kick us when we are not looking. I am not trying to be morbid or anything but it has made me open my eyes a little more and not sweat the small stuff.

12-06-2013, 12:25 PM
Mornin' all!

Good on plan day yesterday. 900 calories.....took my vitamins.....Average of 1000 calories over the past 5 days......and a 0.5lb gain today....ugh....The only computer game I play is Move my Weight Ticker. And I rarely get to play!

This is not a diet or a new lifestyle. It is "Operation Infinite Patience"

Oh well....no looking back....only forward....

Have a good Friday!

12-06-2013, 06:40 PM
Weight slowly coming down. Back down to 209.9 I will take it.

12-07-2013, 07:24 PM
My scale and I are having a spat. 11 days of bouncing around 218, except for the one blip 4 days ago when I hit 215. C'mon scale! Co-operate, would ya!

Jimminy Cricket, I just got over the flu and now I think I'm coming down with a head cold. I should go add a few comments to the "I hate winter" thread. I just want to hibernate under blankets until I'm skinny and winter is over.

12-07-2013, 10:07 PM
cleancowgirl - sorry to hear about your friend. My best wishes to her and all who love her.

jennybutler357 - that's a nice article. One of the gyms I go to has a measurement tool to give an idea of body fat %. I give myself a check-in on that every once in a while to see if I'm actually gaining in muscle/losing fat overall, rather than just losing weight.

Congrats to all for their successes. Even if you don't feel successful, you're here...that's a success, right?

12-08-2013, 01:47 PM
Hello, everyone!

(((cleancowgirl))) what devastating and scary news about your friend! I'm so sorry :( I'm so relieved she has a best friend to lean on at this difficult time. It would mean the world to me, especially having young children, if I had a best friend (like a sister) supporting me facing something like that. Take care of yourself and stay strong; we are here if you ever want to talk about it! I will be thinking about your friend, and fervently hoping the tumor doesn't grow.

Llilith, happee to see you solidly under 200 :) I will miss reading your posts in this thread!! Hopefully some of us will join you soon in the next one. I know next to nothing about the phentermine stuff if I even spelled that right, but I do know from following your progress that you have done phenomenally!! I see a person in your posts, and not a prescription. You will do FINE when you no longer take it, of this I'm certain :) :) You have been a great motivator to me to not give up and to let go of the negativity I have sometimes encountered.

Currently (and miraculously) I am down one pound from last week (I'm at 203½ lbs,) but I have absolutely no idea if that will hold, or if it will backslide, at my official weekly weigh-in which is tomorrow morning. With massive sodium intake, it's always a crapshoot!

I've run into a few people that I haven't seen in quite a long time. I have a new routine where, after salutations, I will go ahead and open with something like, "I might look a little different to you; I have been focusing on diet and health since last March/April, and I've lost x number of pounds." My main motivation is that I don't want them to assume I have been very ill, or really distressed, or something awful has happened, and those might be the reasons for the change in appearance. It's working really well! Two people seemed visibly relieved after I said that, and we were able to motor right into your basic weight loss questions and commentary with a positive energy. I like to give them the timeline of when I started, so they can be reassured I have lost at a healthy pace. I'm well past the stage where I am seeking confirmation that my weight loss is noticeable; I just don't want my friends/acquaintances to be unnecessarily alarmed.

We are likely all at this point getting similar comments from people, but I thought I would share some of the ones I received this past week. It's very weird, because basically the feedback is transitioning from "you're doing great" to "who are you" lol.

"I didn't recognize you at all. I was thinking to myself, 'Where do I know her from??'"

"I didn't recognize you from the back. It looked like your hair, but I wasn't sure it was you until you turned around."

"You look like a completely different person."

Also, are any of you experiencing suddenly being "seen" by men in general? I'm exaggerating, but it's like I've gone from being invisible to visible as far as the opposite gender is concerned, generally speaking. Shew - that is one, visual-oriented gender right there. I don't mean I'm constantly being macked-on or anything (I'm nearing 50 years old,) lol, I mean just simple acknowledgement that I exist, like holding the door open, or salutations, or small talk, really anything. I'm sort of shocked, because I would never have described myself as erm socially neglected by men when I was morbidly obese, but the difference is night and day as I'm closing in on being merely overweight instead of obese. I find this unsettling!! I was the same person before and basically nothing has changed except for my weight loss and I'm definitely being treated differently -.-

12-08-2013, 10:33 PM
TooWicky - I haven't really gone through the "hey you're a person" issue yet, but I did over 20 yrs ago when I got down to about 170. It was weird for me, and doubly so since I realize that I'd been using weight as a way to hide and not deal with questions of my sexuality.

I can't say that I have any great wisdom on this. It's not something I've dealt with recently or expect to deal with. I'd like to think that it's not just the outside that they're reacting to, but the confidence you feel in yourself because of the changes you've decided to make. That shows to others and perhaps it's that they find attractive.

This journey is one that takes changes to the mind as well as the body. I wish us all the best in understanding how to deal with those changes.

12-10-2013, 03:22 PM
Hey bSpring - yeah I thought the article would help us all out - when I was on phentermine my doctor would weigh me with a scale that measured fat but now I just have to go by clothes and measuring, so letting go of the scale isn't really an option yet but I often have to remind myself that it's not the be all and end all.

TooWicky - I love that you have your introduction all planned out, and how funny that people look visibly relieved to hear that it's all down to healthy living and that you've done it at a good pace.

I know what you mean about the being seen by men, like you say, not like wolf whistles or being macked-on (lol) but yeah just with opening doors or a smile at the checkout. Most of them are old guys but they'd be the ones looking past me a few months back.

I didn't get to do body pump on Saturday as the class was cancelled but I did it today instead and it was great - I'm 100% sure I'll be aching tomorrow as I can feel it already. The tiny slip of a woman trainer made everything look so easy I got a bit carried away with how many weights I thought I could manage - how could she be so strong?! grrrr

I was really bloated for the last couple days due to TOM so I saved the weigh in for today and luckily I felt a lot better and saw 204.4 on the scale. I'm super pleased to be past my half way point so I'm going to focus on celebrating that. I still hope to be in onderland by Christmas but I think it might be a pound or two out of my reach. Well, I have two weeks but it just so happens to be the busiest craziest weeks of the year..hmmm

Have a great week everyone!!

12-11-2013, 11:01 AM
Hello everyone! :wave:

12-11-2013, 11:36 AM
SeeMyFeet - "I just want to hibernate under blankets until I'm skinny and winter is over." truer words were never spoken. If you figure out how to make that magic happen, plmk. :) And what is a liquid donut? I hope your cold feels better soon!

bSpring3 - that's a cool thing, to measure body fat %. I've never done it, but then I've never walked into a gym - hence where we are today LOL. You are right on about this being a journey that changes the mind too. I never expected it to be like that.

TooWicky - Thanks for the encouragement. I can do this, I just need to not get mired in the negative self talk. Isn't that always the challenge though? I love that you are "well past" the stage where you are seeking confirmation that your loss is noticeable - that is VERY cool. I think it's cool to reassure folks like you are, that is really considerate of you. And, way to turn the energy positive too!

OMG about being seen by men in general - it kind of annoys me. Because they are the same men (generally speaking) that looked at me with distain before or didn't even see me - as if simply looking at the fat girl would make their eyes melt or something. Now, I've gotten "checked out" a little bit lately and have received some of the general courtesy that you mentioned - doors, small talk, ect. It is unsettling - and a perfect example of the weight based discrimination so prevalent in our society. LAME. Even lamer that I'm relieved to be on the 'good list' now - I kinda feel like I'm betraying myself to give that any credence.

jenny - body pump!! you go girl woohoo. I hope you aren't too sore - but wow way to go pushing yourself. It's cool that you enjoyed it too! Give that tiny slip trainer a cheeseburger next time :carrot:

belovedspirit - Hi :) good to see you.

So, I have so many things to tell you all, and they are all good!

First, the other day I got a badge from loseit.com. (that's the calorie tracker I use on my phone, and they send badges when you've accomplished something - just a message and a graphic in your account). The badge was called HARD CORE, and it was for logging every single day for 26 weeks. Wow, that felt like an accomplishment when they pointed it out. I could hardly believe I've stuck with it so completely (even logging when I had a bad eating day, as I have lately with the holiday treats around). I am so proud of that, sticking with it. 6 months has to be a lifestyle instead of a fad. This is going to stick, yay!!

Second, I went to the Dr. yesterday. My A1C is 5.7, down again from last visit. She told me that is considered pre-diabetic level now, a HUGE accomplishment and she was thrilled with my progress. I can now cut my high blood pressure medication in half, too. :-)

Third, and this annoyed me but I had to celebrate the bright side. So, I always wore a 3x at online stores like Roamans, Woman Within, OneStopPlus. On black friday they had a great sale on pajamas and I didn't have any more since I cleaned out my big clothes - so I bought a pair. I bought 1x. The jammmies came yesterday and they are TOO BIG. I am no longer in the plus X sizes I guess, except xl in women's. But not a plus size!! I'm gonna wash the jammmies in hot water and see how much they shrink. :):):)

I am 198.8 today, still fluctuating between 202 and 198 - sticking around in this thread where my peeps are for awhile. :D

12-11-2013, 12:15 PM
:val2:Awwww....Lillith loves us!! :val2:

And holy cow! What good news all around for you!!!! I'll have to get much lower than you are now before I'm out of the 1Xs. And much lower than that still before I get kind attention from The Opposites. I work in a male-dominated work place and I get treated pretty badly. Where was it?...this forum?...that I read about someone who stopped dying her hair (gray) and people acted like her IQ was 50 pts lower. Shameful how we treat each other.

I'm still struggling with trying to lose. I read that it's considered a plateau if it lasts 3 weeks or more. Getting close to that. Sticking with it.

12-11-2013, 12:45 PM
Hey belovedspirit! Are you new? If so welcome! I have about the same distance to onderland too!

Llilith, I cannot believe you’ve managed to log your daily eating EVERY day for 26 weeks!! How long does it take you? I do it every day on paper but then often I eat the same so I don’t have to work on it too long. I think a badge is the least you deserve – well done! And what a great NSV on the pajamas! Wooo!! Good luck with operation shrinkage! And, yay for your progress at the doctors with your blood pressure and pre-diabetes readings – a huge congratulations to you!!

I’m so glad I came on here today, it’s really lifted my spirits to see all your positivity and good news! Since I've passed my half way point it’s felt like a bit of an anti-climax because I'm focusing on getting to 199 by Christmas and I'm not sure I will - I know I should focus on the positives but also I still need to keep my motivation up to at least try to hit my Christmas goal. It feels a little harder all of a sudden, I guess since everyone is winding down and talking about the end of the year I’ve realized how I still have a long way to go. I must stop thinking like this – I’ve come too far to start slacking off now!

Good luck with your plateau SeeMyFeet – I hope your losses get going soon!!

12-11-2013, 12:59 PM
Below 200 is just crazy.

Go guys go!

12-11-2013, 02:45 PM
I went to the Dr. yesterday. My A1C is 5.7, down again from last visit. She told me that is considered pre-diabetic level now, a HUGE accomplishment and she was thrilled with my progress. I can now cut my high blood pressure medication in half, too. :-)

WOW! :carrot: That's amazing! I'm sure I don't have to tell you how much better it is to control blood pressure and blood glucose by diet and exercise than by pills; you have done an amazing thing for yourself!

I have not been good. First Thanksgiving happened. Then this past Saturday, I did early Christmas with my folks because we had tickets to Trans Siberian Orchestra, and I wanted to give them a Christmassy experience for the night. This upcoming Sunday, I have Christmas at my brother's house. And we have had so many banquets, brunches and eat ins at work that I haven't been able to resist it all.

I don't even know my real weight, because I have fluctuated anywhere from 203 to 208 for the past couple of weeks. I also think my scale might be broken, but I am going to wait until I get back under control and stabilize before I get a new one, because with water weight I might actually be fluctuating that much; I have been eating a lot of ham, after all.

It hasn't all been bad; as an NSV, I have managed to go to the gym every day before work. Every. Stinking. Day. At 5:30 AM. The Quads of Doom are coming in very nicely, and I'm getting stronger all over.

:mad: I promised myself I wouldn't gain during the holidays, but here we are. Oh well. I can't undo it, but I can always start over.

12-11-2013, 05:05 PM
SeeMyFeet - the people who acted like that around the gray lady have low IQs LOL :val2: That damn plateau huh? I hope you see a woosh soon! You have been working hard and you deserve it. :)

jenny - I couldn't believe it either. Loseit is a free app for your phone and online - it's really awesome. They even have a recipe builder so you can enter all the ingredients in a recipe and the number of servings for an accurate calorie/nutrition count on the food. It doesn't take me very long, just a few seconds after I eat something. I guess it's just a habit now - though I didn't realize it's been that long. :)

You are really close to 199 - you will probably hit it by Christmas. If not, the New Years is a good goal! You have come really far - no slacking now ;) Just think about where we would all be if we hadn't made these goals. I know I'd be 262 pounds injecting insulin and my body slowly dying - seriously. yay for our goals and for our commitment to them, even when we get a little sidetracked.

Hi IanG - we are so crazy!!

HelloNurse - You are good! - even if some choices haven't been - don't be too hard on yourself. This is a really tough time of year. I think it's GREAT that you went to the gym every single day - that is truly amazing!! That's the important part, that you are still dedicated. We got this and we are gonna rock it into 2014. Overall, the trend is toward health. :)

12-11-2013, 10:34 PM
Hey Lilith - congrats on the A1C. I started the year with my first-ever diagnosis of pre-diabetic...which is what got me changing my eating. I was going to say "what got me going"...but I was already moving, just not eating as well as I should have been. Anyway, after 9 mos, I'm out of pre-diabetic and back to "normal." It could be delaying the inevitable as I think genetics are stacked against me given a father and a brother who are type 2 diabetics, but I'm going to work to stave things off for as long as possible. Sorry, lot of writing, but that's my long-winded way of saying congrats!, and that I can relate.

Welcome belovedspirit.

Yay on the gym, HelloNurse.

Jenny...you can do it. I know sometimes you need to refresh that motivation, but don't think all the best milestones are behind you...lots to look forward to.

SeeMyFeet...I've been living on a plateau for a bit now, also. Lately I've been changing up my eating, and finally feel like things are moving in the right direction for me.

Hi Ian -- thanks for the visit.

12-12-2013, 12:55 AM
Hello everyone, just checking in.

This thread is so supportive!

HelloNurse, the gym daily is awesome. That must be keeping you 'ticking over' and it sounds like you are being patient with yourself amidst all the giant hams!

Lilith - the blood results ROCK! Oh the joy of being 'normal'.

Jennybutler - you can do this!!!

Belovedspirit - welcome.

This holiday season feels like a but of a plateau for me, but I know I am still dropping steadily, just more slowly. I have reduced the calories a bit but not been able to keep up the exercise due to work and social stuff. I am still.

I have been blown away by some friends. I have no relatives, but my closet pal gave me an amazing present when I became the same weight as her - a new fitness tracker (the Polar Loop). No one has ever been that kind and spontaneous before. It links to a heart rate monitor too so I can download loads of data and be in nerd heaven. It was incredibly kind and generous of her, especially as she has her own weight issues. And another group of friends gave me a voucher - for a sports shop! That's the place you would least expect to find me a year ago.

Everyone on this forum has changed their lives so very much, just one pound at a time. Isn't it incredible ? Our combined achievements have truly moved mountains.

12-12-2013, 11:20 AM
bSpring3 - Thanks! It's so good that you are taking the pre diabetic part seriously. I did not, rather I decided years ago that I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I took my metformin. Wrong. Anything you can do now to delay full onset is really good - but I don't have to tell you that. My dr. said some people can completely reverse their diabetes if they get diet and exercise going in the right direction. I hope we are both one of those people :)

CrazyCatWoman - Wow, your friends are your family aren't they? That's awesome that they are being so supportive! What will you get at the sports shop?
It's true we have all changed our lives so much like you said - Amazing! When you said moved mountains, it made me think of the sticks of butter analogy lol I have lost the equivalent of 252 sticks of butter LMAO. I can't imagine walking around with all of that stuck to me everywhere. It's fun to think of all the analogies to compare lost weight too, but the butter is my fav so far. :P

So, I am in love with coconut oil these days - I swear it is toning up my saggy baggy elephant skin and it's a great moisturizer. I found out yesterday that it is good for my pugs too! I'm starting to wonder if there is anything it isn't good for. My dr. doesn't buy into it at all - she told me she can't recommend I use it in my diet because it's a saturated fat. I think this is a case of science not believing what people have known for years, because they don't have the hard proof with studies and all. Anyway, I'm going with my gut on this - it's good stuff.

Have a good day everyone!

12-12-2013, 12:36 PM
Why does it seem like Friday today???

A slight sliver of hope! Down 3lb since yesterday's weigh-in! Only 1.5 lb from moving my ticker! More importantly, I'm not looking at an 8 or a 9!

Be healthy, everyone!

12-12-2013, 03:45 PM
Why does it seem like Friday today???

A slight sliver of hope! Down 3lb since yesterday's weigh-in! Only 1.5 lb from moving my ticker! More importantly, I'm not looking at an 8 or a 9!

Be healthy, everyone!


12-12-2013, 05:00 PM
This thread's blowing up :carrot: Welcome, belovedspirit! Thanks for the thread drive-by, and hi, IanG :)

Gratz, everyone, on all the fabulous updates!

Stopping by for my mid-week check in, and I have h̶o̶r̶r̶i̶f̶i̶c̶ ho-hum news, in that I weighed-in this morning at the same f̶r̶a̶k̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ decent weight as Monday - 202 lbs! I'm feeling p̶r̶e̶t̶t̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶n̶o̶y̶e̶d̶ neutral about it, and plan to use it as motivation to s̶t̶o̶p̶ ̶e̶a̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶h̶a̶l̶f̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶d̶a̶i̶l̶y̶ ̶c̶a̶l̶o̶r̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶b̶y̶ ̶1̶0̶ ̶a̶m̶ drink more water. I'm still hoping to see the 190s before Christmas o̶r̶ ̶I̶'̶m̶ ̶d̶r̶o̶p̶ ̶k̶i̶c̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶s̶c̶a̶l̶e̶.̶


12-14-2013, 03:14 PM
Checkin' in....mostly to help keep this thread alive. Waar ya'll at? (my Duck Dynasty impression)

Wish I could be all upbeat "Look at me, Gettin' all skinny. The weight is just melting off." and all, but truth is: I'm stuck stuck stuck. Well...I'm not too down-in-the dumps. Planning out my week and moving forward. That's where the happy things are!

12-14-2013, 06:27 PM
I always get stuck right around the fives, and right at the turn of a decade also. Just do what you need to do and it'll come off. It might just be time to tweak something a little. A new exercise plan, a slight change in your regular breakfast. Your body is remarkable at adapting to routines, and sometimes an itty bitty change is all it takes to get the losses coming again.

12-15-2013, 08:08 AM
TooWicky, I LOVE that photo! Flattery - yes indeed.

SeeMyFeet, I think we're all alive, but for me the 'festive season' is taking up too much time and emotional energy. And if you think this thread is quiet, you should see the next one down. Which is why I am still here; I hope no one minds.

HelloNurse - good reminder about routine changes. I tend to be very fixed in eating the same breakfasts, lunches at work and rotating the same evening meals. I cannot seem to cope with the challenge of variety easily.

Hope the weekend is going well and the manic run up to Christmas is copeable with!

12-15-2013, 08:47 AM
I've been stuck at 205 for ages, then today whooshed down to 203.3 lbs.....

keep on going....!

12-16-2013, 10:04 AM
Hi guys!

Sonic, gratz on the whoosh :) yay!

I am officially plateauing - 202 lbs this morning, same as last Monday, my official weekly weigh-in day. I have been especially hungry all week, consuming an extra 150-200 calories at breakfast time, which gets me into trouble later in the day. I have breached my upper caloric limit more times than I've stayed under >< Retail work and home schedule has been more demanding as of late, but I could definitely be doing better with my diet discipline. I'm working until 1am on the nights I do work, and then back up at 6am to get kiddos ready for school - basically I'm taking 2 naps instead of getting a full night's sleep, wreaking havoc with my willpower. One bright spot is that I am still eating rather healthily, and still eating my diet-type food (just eating too much of it) - no backsliding into poor food choices/junk food/drive thrus, etc. I'm getting a sneak peek at diet life in maintenance mode, I suppose, and the good news is, it's totally doable.

Hope everyone is doing well, and staying warm!

12-16-2013, 01:01 PM
Hey everyone! I feel like I've missed so much and my head is too fuzzy for individual messages but I just wanted to say hello!

Had such a bad few days - all the family were sick, me included. I barely ate a thing between Thursday and yesterday, just starting to get my appetite back now but two of my poor kiddies are still sick so I'm looking after them today and can't get to go to the gym. My husband is back at work today, he got over it pretty quick and I'm getting there.

But, there is an upside - I weighed myself this morning to see if I've at least benefited from being sick and I did - down 3.2 pounds from last week but I have a bad feeling it was due to not eating so when I start eating normally I really don't want to back up again. I still made sure to drink lots of water so hopefully it won't be too bad...

12-17-2013, 12:45 PM
Get better jennybutler!! Woohoo look at your ticker! You're almost there!!

I've kept my calories low the past few days so now I'm back around to where I was 3 weeks ago. Ugh. Still not down to my ticker weight. Sigh. If I eat too little, my brain doesn't work; if I increase calories so my brain works, I don't lose. If I eat the wrong thing, even once, I gain. Changing things up a little bit, so hopefully I will hit upon a magic routine that will help me lose more consistently.

Happy Tuesday!

12-17-2013, 04:34 PM
TooWicky - your post made me smile with all the crossed out stuff LOL. 202 is AMAZING! You are so close! I'm sure you are going to be in the 190s before Christmas. You know that song about how the kid only wants his two front teeth for Christmas? It can be your song LOL - "Santa, all I want is these two pounds gone for Christmas." :clause:

The plateau thing happened to me recently too, and I was extra hungry too. I wonder if that's our bodies way of say hey I need more food! I did up my calories a little bit lately, 1300 or 1400 some days. Dr. said even 1400 was fine to keep losing. And it seems to have helped get on the downward track again. Your sleep schedule sounds insane - I couldn't do it! Don't forget to take care of YOU while you are taking care of everyone else. That's hard, isn't it?

I feel like maintenance is doable too - this isn't a short term thing for me, I'm in for the long haul. And if that means counting calories forever, then so be it. Cause I'm never going back to where I was.

SeeMyFeet - forward is where the happy things are, so true! Good advice from HelloNurse - I totally agree. If you find that magic routine, please share - sometimes the keys seem so elusive! But the really important part is that you are still DOING IT. That's what matters. :)

CrazyCatWomen - I'm still here too! I can't bring myself to leave. :-) This season does take so much energy though. Whew. I will be glad when it's January. But I keep trying to remind myself to stay in the moment and enjoy what's now, even if it is super busy. We don't get this time back - and I guess as I get older I think more about how fast I wish days go by. It seems like time speeds up as you get older. Remember how it seemed like forever til you could do grown up stuff when you were a kid? Now, it's like 'what? what happened to this year?'

sonickel77 - WOOSH!! yay for you :)

Jenny - I'm glad you are feeling better :-) Nice little bonus there from being sick huh? Don't be too hard on yourself if it fluxes a little - your body probably needs some extra nutrition after being sick. Darn germs anyway!!

I saw 197.6 today!! I'm happy to see something below 198, because I had been going between that and 200+ for awhile now. And, here's a a fun NSV I have to tell you about. A deal came up at work for Soma panties 7 for $15 shipped. So I thought what the ****, I will order some - if they don't fit now, they will fit later. XL from Soma Intimates fits me!!!!! And…. I bought…

THONGS! lmao. :dancer:

12-17-2013, 05:36 PM
drive-by NSV: I can't wear my wedding band nor engagement ring anymore! Combination of weight loss plus uber cold weather, and they basically almost fall off, and if jostled, definitely come off. I had to size them up about 15 years ago because of weight gain.


12-17-2013, 05:38 PM
TooWicky - woohoo, that calls for new bling if you ask me :) Right on!!

12-20-2013, 12:53 PM
Lilleth your bold, red thongs cracked me up!!!

Hope everyone is doing well and staying on track!

12-20-2013, 02:32 PM
Lilleth your bold, red thongs cracked me up!!!

Hope everyone is doing well and staying on track!

:D @ seemyfeet

so, I don't know what's going on but I'll take it. I've been able to log a loss for the past three days in a row, and I have been cheating a little too. 195.6 today!!!! Maybe my treat strategy is working. Neighbors keep sending over cookies and treats - I feel sad if I can't try them so I've been taking a bite and passing the rest to hubby. I at least want to TASTE them. So far so good.

We are in the homestretch for the holiday - I hope everyone is able to take time to care for themselves amidst all of this business.

12-20-2013, 03:46 PM
Llilith, 195 amg!! gratz :carrot: lawd. You're almost in the 180s!! I'm so glad you haven't abandoned this thread yet; it's nice having you around.

12-21-2013, 12:28 AM
the 101th reason why I must lose this weight: Holiday dinner party. I got a compliment on the "nature of the fabric" in my blouse. :rollpin:

(just don't say anything, people :ziplip: )

Good news is I only had salad.

12-21-2013, 12:53 PM
Hi ladies,

I am joining in on your thread now. I have been under 220 for two weeks now:carrot: I feel safe to move on down to this thread!

I have been "watching" the thread this past couple of weeks and I am excited to finally join in! I haven't been under 220 in more than 15 years at least!

I really am striving to get to onederland by my Vegas trip for my 40th in February.

I am on an alternative IP program along with my DH. Together we have lost 104 lbs since September!

Best wishes to all!

12-22-2013, 01:31 AM
Hi all

I'm still here, I find you lot so supportive! Welcome BuffieLynn!

SeeMyFeet - I think I would have replied with something sarcastic such as complimenting the way the person worked so hard at focusing on textiles not people.

TooWicky - you need new bling for sure - that ring is too precious to lose.

Lilith - I am thinking a lot about maintenance too. I do not want to be one of the 95% or however many that go back up. I'm now about 11kg from my target.

I have had a really busy two weeks at work and despite a couple of meals out, my weight has dropped rapidly. I was below 190 this morning.

NSV - I am calling in the sponsorship money for my class trip. I lost 18kg since I weighed in (August) and now it will mean I get about 600euros handed over. Not very pleasant for my colleagues and students to pay up just before Christmas, but they are all very congratulatory of me. I'm finding that attention hard. I am now the focus of loads of questions, like how did I do it and do I actually eat anything. I am finding the way I am in a group of people is now different in some way I cannot explain. I am no longer the fat lump hiding in the corner. I am now the only slightly bigger than average person sat in the corner, not hiding.

Oh, and a second NSV- bras! I can now buy them from ordinary shops and have discovered those wonderful sport supportive crop top things.No idea what they are called and I had always looked on them as unreachable, only for the lucky one. And they work for me! Wow. Such comfort. Joy!

12-22-2013, 02:02 AM
Congrats to all on the new numbers and the NSVs.

I'm starting to see small amounts of movement in the right direction, which makes me feel good. Started getting more serious about what I'm eating and not eating. Not making it to the gym as often, unfortunately, but trying to work on that, also.

12-22-2013, 02:15 AM
:welcome: BuffieLynn!

Peoples, I saw 199.5 on the scale mid-morning today!!!!! My official weigh-in day is Monday morning, and I'm totally not sure if I will be under 200 at that time. It's so encouraging to see that number, even if just for today.

12-22-2013, 05:14 AM
Yay, TooWicky!

12-22-2013, 12:54 PM
Thanks for all the Welcomes! TooWicky- :carrot:that is AWESOME!!!

12-22-2013, 01:51 PM
TooWicky - awesome!
Let it stick.:D

12-22-2013, 04:01 PM
WAAAAAAATT?? CrazyCatWoman saw below 190? That was fast, ladee!

Welcome, BuffieLynn! Tho, I'm not sure it's safe to move down here right now. Sources say that Lilleth is planning on flashing us with her bold, red thong. Prepare yourselves, ladies.

Good progress TooWicky! Early Christmas in your house!

Well my pitiful little update is that FINALLY after weeks and weeks of whining, pulling my hair out, repeat weighing, and counting every single itty bitty calorie consumed (even smells), I am now just 1 pound from my ticker weight--that magical number, full of hope and promise, I saw on December Freakin' 3. Gaw! I haven't even begun to think about "maintenance"....Losing is too hard!

Since those yummy CA grapes are out of season, my new food obsession is: clementines/Cuties/Halos/Mandarin Oranges. 35 calories of sweet, juicy yumminess, vitamin C, fiber, and no seeds!

12-23-2013, 07:27 AM
216.4lbs tonight sooo close!! I remember when the thought of even being at 240 seemed unattainable while hoovering just under the three hundred mark. And here I am breaking into the mid teens... What a challenge to take on, and worth every bit of it. 2014 is going to start off sooo great, welcoming it with open arms :D:hug:

12-23-2013, 12:19 PM
Welcome BuffieLynn! Vegas?! How fun - what a cool way to celebrate your 40th! It's awesome that you and hubby are doing it together - wow between you, you've lost a skinny person haha.:D

CrazyCatWoman - good to see you! Was the trip based on weight for air travel or something? You deserve those euros - you worked so hard for them! I totally hear you about feeling different in a group of people. I find myself out of the corner a lot lately, it is a great feeling. BRAS!! omg - I love that I can buy them at the regular store. Maidenform online has some really good sales pretty often - $8 bras last time I bought one, with Free Shipping too. YAY! I might have to look into some of those sports bras - I just love love love all of the options that are open to me now!
WOW! 190? rock on with your bad self!

bSpring3 - Good for you! It's all the little steps that make up the big journey.

TooWicky! YAYAYAYAYAY wonderland! Go you!

SeeMyFeet - LOL no thong flashing haha. Congrats on getting to your magic number. I love cuties!!! Yum

Diamondonalandmind - Your post is inspiring to me - You've lost so much and you look so great! 2014 is going to be great, you are right!

That reminds me of something I thought about the other day. How cool is it to start a new year without the "omg I HAVE to lose some weight" feeling? You know the one, where everyone looks at your stomach when they ask you what your resolution is? This time, I'm already living my resolution and doing it for me, not because of someone's judgement!

My New Year's resolution is to start yoga again. There is a great small clinic near me. I am excited to do it since I'm sure I will be able to move in ways that I could not when I was bigger. :) YAY.

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope Santa brings everyone a smile and some peaceful time with the ones we love. :snowglo::clause::candy::shocksn::coolsnow:

12-23-2013, 01:45 PM
A friend shared this video with me yesterday. I am so inspired by this woman. and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the part where she removes the labels. Yes, it's a little risqué but her confidence is contagious!


12-24-2013, 01:10 AM
Lilith, it is incredible to be at Christmas and not feel bad about eating as you feel so bad anyway about weight! No new year's new diets indeed - just the current one continuing,.

I used my weightloss to get the kids in my class at school, and some staff, to sponsor me an amount per kilo lost, to raise money for my class' trip in 18 months time. We try to fundraise as many ways as possible but here in FInland sponsoring like this is not usual. It worked really well as I kept to my rate of loss and has bought in enough money to pay for one student's trip!

Everyone - have a great Christmas and I hope the stress about calories/goals/targets is put in the shade by all the wonderful achievements everyone has made this year.

Happy Holidays and may Santa bring you good stuff :gift2:

12-24-2013, 09:51 AM
Merry Christmas!! I weighed in this morning at 203! I can see a one in my near future. Just need to get through the next couple of days (not to worry I've squirreled away some sugar free low carb gluten free (which leaves um... air and water) treats away just in case I get tempted. We have a Christmas Eve party here today and I am surrounded by food I can't eat!

12-24-2013, 05:21 PM
Llilith, looking fantastic!! And thongs, hehehe love it!! Congrats on the steady weight loss too!! And that’s so true about the resolution, we’re all living it and way before January’s ‘having to’ feeling came, I think we all deserve a big congratulations!!

Welcome BuffetLynn! Vegas sounds fun!!!

Well done CrazyCatWoman – and already BELOW 190!! Incredible!! That next thread must be super dull haha!

Congrats Diamondsonalandmine! You’ve come so far, well done and good luck with the rest of your journey!!

Well done TooWicky, officially in onderland, that’s how I’m seeing it anyways…

So, me….Oh my gosh it's been so manic here this last week, got a kiddy still sick and my husband on overtime and I'm still not feeling 100%, and then before I knew it it was nearly Christmas and I still had to do the food shopping!! Arghhhh!!

Well so now it's my first time to even get on the computer in days and I'm pleased to announce that I kinda made my goal...I wanted to be 199 and I'm 199.4 so if we're rounding down then I'm there but anyways, I'm in 'onderland', even if it's just on the edge! My fitness routine has gone out the window these last days so it must be all the running around I'm doing and I have pretty much stayed on plan, more because I haven't had the time to even think about food more than just to refuel! Well, it's a 1 at the start of my weight for the first time in a looooonnnnggg time and it's really one of the best christmas presents I could have hoped for!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12-24-2013, 10:18 PM
Glad you're feeling better, JennyB! And WooWoo! Onderland for the Holidays! With Lotsakids hot on your trail! You go, girls!

I worked most of the day, so I'm not in the mood right now for the end of the year reflectives. Just focusing on putting together a good holiday and meal for the household. Looking forward to turkey, and hoping I can stay away from carbs! I hope that on Dec 31 that I can have half the faith and confidence that Lilleth and Crazycatwoman have! I'm still dependent on the numbers for proof that I'm doing the right thing. And I still don't have that proof. But I hear ya, we're all starting the New Year on better footing.....but, I'll think about that tomorrow.....

Hey, speakin' of numbers. I've ya know been weighing morning and night, and last night I saw the lowest number of the year !?!?!?!?!?!? Boy, that motivated me to avoid food and drink!!! This morning, I weighed 2 pounds more than last night. In conclusion, I'm actually a plant. Converting air to fat. I'm patenting my cells.

12-25-2013, 11:58 AM
Hello threadmates!

a big Whoa to CrazyCatWoman on getting below 190 :)

lotsakids, fingers crossed you survived the Christmas Eve party temptations :D I have to admit I have had a few treats here and there. Gotta live a little, lol.

Llilith, it certainly is very weird to be starting off the new year not morbidly obese >< I was just thinking to myself how utterly odd it is not to need to lose an enormous amount of weight and be staring at a new calendar year just feeling like it was completely impossible. Although I obviously intend to lose more weight for health reasons, I would not beat myself up if I were unable to lose more than what I am right now. Previously as a very obese person, I would have described myself as high self-esteem and also very accepting of myself, but now that I have a much different physical state, it's obvious I wasn't TRULY accepting of myself. I just feel so much better, and also when I look at myself in the mirror now or in pictures, I see all of me. I think, before, I only looked at the parts of me that I found not cringeworthy. It makes me retroactively sad for myself if that makes any sense! I really hate to think that I was feeling really bad about myself deep down inside when I was morbidly obese. However, maybe that helped spark the beginnings of motivation to finally do something about it. My New Year's Resolution related to my weight/appearance/health: fitness! As in exercise and weightlifting. Seriously hoping working out my arms as I am in the home stretch of weight loss helps with my batwings, ugh :bat:

I did have my official weekly weigh-in on Monday, and I held steady at 199½ lbs, whew! Weight-wise I am closing in on the size of the biggest of the pretty much normal-sized gals at work (if that makes sense lol.) I have not been the same size as my peers in so long I don't even know what to think. One of my good friends at work revealed to me that I now weigh a few pounds LESS than she does, to which I just stared at her in stunned silence. I haven't weighed "less" than anyone (anyone who is not very very obese) in forever. It's not even computing. Amusing bonus: I also now weigh less than my friend who is 6 months pregnant :D My size 16 jeans/slacks are beginning to show a teeny bit of room in them which is exciting. Unfortunately I'm still like a stuffed sausage in the stretchiest of XL shirts -.- owing to my bustline.

12-25-2013, 01:57 PM
I was just thinking to myself how utterly odd it is not to need to lose an enormous amount of weight and be staring at a new calendar year just feeling like it was completely impossible. Although I obviously intend to lose more weight for health reasons, I would not beat myself up if I were unable to lose more than what I am right now. Previously as a very obese person, I would have described myself as high self-esteem and also very accepting of myself, but now that I have a much different physical state, it's obvious I wasn't TRULY accepting of myself. I just feel so much better, and also when I look at myself in the mirror now or in pictures, I see all of me. I think, before, I only looked at the parts of me that I found not cringeworthy. It makes me retroactively sad for myself if that makes any sense! I really hate to think that I was feeling really bad about myself deep down inside when I was morbidly obese. However, maybe that helped spark the beginnings of motivation to finally do something about it.

Heavens, TooWicky, you really have spoken something that I have been thinking about that really strikes a chord for me! Thank you. I also cannot quite believe how my life used to be, without me even realising it! I know I got myself into the mess of being overweight, but it started when I was a young child, so I have never known life as a 'normal' sized person I would imagine I was technically obese from the age of 12. In a week or so my BMI should drop into 'overweight' and already I am not the biggest at work. I had thought my self-image was okay but now I realise how much I hid and disliked myself in so many ways, for so long. Now, for instance, I don't even mind a photo being taken of me. Within reason of course!

I'm not going to dwell on it -I am going to let myself come out of this tunnel into the light of being who I am now, and tying to keep myself this way. I have a feeing I will find maintenance harder than losing the weight in the first place. But, I still have 10kg to go until that happens.

12-25-2013, 02:29 PM
well.....hate to bust up all this introspection, self-reflection, goal-setting and other musings goin' on between TooWicky and CrazyCatWoman....butttt I got Christmas Day News!

:carrot::carrot:....I CAN MOVE MY TICKER ....:cb::cb:


Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! Snoopy Dancin' on the Dog House Happy!

12-25-2013, 07:51 PM
Merry Christmas to all of you!! This morning I tried on a size 14 pair of jeans and not only did they button up, but they zipped and I could sit down. I haven't worn anything in the region of 14 since jr. high and that was a really really long time ago. Survived the Christmas eve party and went sledding with my kids and hubby today. I could not have done that a year ago.

12-26-2013, 12:33 AM
Wow wow WOW! So much great news - the energy in this thread is contagiously wonderful! I logged on cause I was feeling a little out of control - I ate stuff yesterday and today that I've found quite easy to ignore for the past 6 months (cheesecake, how I've missed you!). But I know that slipping a bit does not throw these 67 pounds of progress out the window. Back on track tomorrow! Seeing all of your happy news and progress has kept me inspired - I've still got this, and so do all the great friends I've made in this thread.

My daughters are so supportive - my youngest got me free weights for christmas, and remember how one of my big goals was to walk into Victoria's Secret to buy a bra? My oldest daughter got me a VS gift card. :)

Merry christmas everyone! I have another New Years resolution (besides restarting yoga class) - I resolve to keep up with this great group of people and to give and receive support for our continued journey toward health!

12-26-2013, 01:12 AM
LOL! SeeMyFeet you kick that ticker down!!!! That's what it's all about . Go for it.

Lotsakids - a size drop right now ? Whoa!

Lilith - a bit of cheesecake every 6 months or so isn't going to hurt! I'll join you at the virtual gym today. Let us know about the VS trip :)

This is indeed a great bunch of folk to know. We need to liven up the next thread down as that's where going to be!

Happy Post-Christmas Survival Dance all!

12-26-2013, 03:03 PM
CrazyCatWoman: "virtual gym" haha love it.

Guess what I got for Christmas? GRAPES!! from DS haha He found some in the grocs the day before. Not as good now that they're not in season. (who knows how long they sat in the store, though) Maybe next year I'll get a VS gift certificate ;) ! oooooooLaLa

...dang Enter button....

Anyway, back to bizzniss today. I got a new ticker number to chase! Not surprisingly, the scale went up today. (Because it's a masochist.) Only a week left in the year and I want to start out 2104 with the best scale number possible, and some good weight-losing habits! By habits, I mean mindless activities that lead to health and weight loss---the amount of space in my brain that is devoted to weight loss just makes me sick!

Happy Boxing Day!!!

12-26-2013, 11:37 PM
I am with Lilith...I enjoyed the day yesterday and todsy. Nothing too overboard so, I am not going to stress about it. In the past, I would have just given up on my progress. This group is very motivating and encouraging!
Congrats all!

12-27-2013, 04:08 AM
SeeMyFeet, the grapes and evil scale are conspiring against you but don't let them win: you have more determination and can wait them out. Your good habits will triumph and a VS voucher can be yours! Now what sort of 'mindless activities that lead to health and weightloss' were you thinking of ? I have personally decided there's nothing more mindless than the Wii Fitboard stepping routines. But they work!!

BuffieLynn - yes, we are not giving up, despite the orgy of temptation called Christmas. Isn't it incredible ?!

Okay, confession time, I KNOW I shouldn't be in this thread. Nor even the next one. My weight is continuing to drop and today I weigh in so that my BMI is, ta-da- OVERWEIGHT! No more obesity (until they change the definition or today's Mongolian bbq sends me back). I am very grateful for that. However, I am hanging around here as the next two threads are deserted, and as Lilith says, you are a great bunch!

12-27-2013, 12:34 PM
Wow, you are, indeed, a CRAZYKatWomman!!! Look at that ticker! Crazy Weight Loss!!! By 'mindless activities', I was more focused on the word 'mindless', rather than activities. My mind is too full of weight loss thoughts--to the point of distraction. I want shopping for my food, preparing food, taking lunch to work--those activities--to be in the same category as brushing my teeth or putting on my socks. Mindless. This weight loss stuff has become a creative form of procrastination, and I'm scared of having another loooong plateau when the work load picks up in January and I no longer have time to stare at my Excel sheet (ha!). It Just Can Not Happen This Year.

Scale the Masochist has decreed another weight gain for me this am. Took some artificial fiber yesterday, so I'm a bit bloated.

Glad you're stickin' around Crazy! This thread's likely to catch on fire soon.