100 lb. Club - Getting out of the 190's!! Together We Will Shine!

08-05-2014, 02:27 PM
Hey Ladies! :woohoo:

I am so excited that we are on to a new thread, it just gives you hope. Think about all the posters who graced the old thread from the start that have moved on....if they can do it why can't you? ;)

Old Thread: Old and busted: the 190's. New hotness: Getting out of the 190s. (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/292226-old-busted-190s-new-hotness-getting-out-190s.html)

08-05-2014, 02:40 PM
Taking quotes from the other thread so people know what I'm responding to....

Carb bloat finally gone! I'm still grumpy about my slow loss right now, though.

7/25: 185.6
7/31: 186.2
today: 185.6

At least my 'official' weigh in isn't until Friday. I hope to be 184-something by then! Things are definitely better today stress-wise. Glad to hear yours is lower too! I think just focusing on eating, rather than what you CAN'T fit in right now, is a great idea!

Frances, that's fantastic! Keep at it and you'll be in the 170s before you know it. (I love that we are all still posting in the 190s though lol, this is a good group)

I did not update too much over the weekend, but I hit 184 and I am still 184 today! I am on track to see 170's by the end of August and I am excited! Actually I set a very ambitious goal of 176 by the end of August. Would love to hit that number, and I believe that I can if I stay focused and not get stressed out by life in general....
I pigged this weekend at my Family Reunion, had too much of this red velvet cake with the best icing ever, barbecue, potato salad--my fav, but I did leave the alcohol alone and believe me it was hard. We have some real bartenders in my family who can mix you up a wonderful summertime treat!

nonameslob You may just need another mental break from the idea of weight loss. We have been doing this for months! I know it feels like a never-ending marathon, but we will make it through .

Marli, apparently you did not "pig out" if you are still 184 today :P So glad you enjoyed the reunion. I cannot imagine not drinking at one of those things though, especially with good bartenders around! Good for you!

I don't think I need another break from it right now. My stress has been a few work events and those are over, so now I'm more likely to focus on weight loss even more lol I'm feeling really good about my goal for this month actually! It will be so cool to be able to say I've lost 50 pounds!

08-06-2014, 09:04 AM
Good thinking, MarliQQ! Hooray for new threads! :carrot: And congrats on getting to 184 - wooooooo! You'll be in the 170s before you know it!

Noname - 50 pounds is a huge accomplishment and I'm sure you'll hit your goal this month! What # are you going for?

I'm pretty paranoid about my weigh in this week. I feel like I need to change something up to get my losing back on track but not quite sure what to do. I'm going to try eating a little more today and tomorrow to see if that makes a difference. Fingers crossed for at least 184-something by the end of the week!!

08-06-2014, 12:49 PM
I'm trying to pretend that you guys are not flying through the decade! LOL I am up a couple lbs but I think it's because I ate saurkraut...all that sodium. Otherwise, I have been eating very well OP so I am going to just keep plodding!

I want to see 180's so badly! Sometimes I think I am grandfathered into the 190s. but I WILL succeed.

08-06-2014, 12:54 PM
Wannabe No worries, I'm in the 190s today with ya :P Sodium here, too! Ugh. Pumpkin seeds and lord knows what else did it...not a good day yesterday. You just keep at it! Hopefully you'll get a woosh and the water weight plus some will leave :)

Frances 182.6 will be 50 pounds lost, so over 6 pounds to lose from my lowest. This month is not going as planned. I may need to take a maintenance break for health issues, and I'm not getting to the gym for the same reason. Sucks, but I'd rather feel better! Why are you paranoid about your weigh in? Do you have reason to believe you're not losing? I thought you lost last week, but my memory could be wrong :)

08-06-2014, 02:11 PM
Hey Ladies! :D

I am 185 today, but I know it is a temporary bump. I overate yesterday and did not workout. I am coddling myself, and am not going to beat myself up about it because I know it is just stress. Times like this do not bode well for my weight loss, so I am just going to go on auto-pilot for a while...until I am mentally better. Besides my stress will have dissipated by Saturday, so I am just counting down the days until I can feel normal again....

Frances123 It is probably not that you need to change anything, it may just be latent effects from your weekend away. You may just have to play the wait-and-see game for a few more days ;).

nonameslob I understand needing to take a break and the guilt associated with it, but I know you'll do what is best for you ;). We just have to remember that when we reach our goals, the last thing we will ever say is "Glad I got to my goal!--but BOY! I wish I had never taken that week off!" As long as we stay persistent and pick up where we left off as soon as we are able to, no harm, no foul.

WannabehealthyYou can do this! :hug: You will succeed!

08-06-2014, 03:03 PM
Dang, I feel like we're all in the same boat this week! :dizzy: Noname, good luck on your break. Does that mean you won't be doing 5:2, but just focus on kind of maintenance mode? Same for you, MarliQQ? I hear ya...sometimes I get so tired of all the counting and weighing (both food and myself!). I'm going to keep chugging along, though. Last week I had a small gain. Hoping for some sort of loss this week. I hope you're able to keep posting, even though you're taking a break! :D

08-06-2014, 03:18 PM
I haven't decided what I'm doing yet. I'm going to attempt a fast tomorrow and see how I feel. I'll make a decision Monday. I'm making some other changes to my diet and taking vitamins again, so hopefully those will help with my health and I won't need to do a maintenance break. Thanks for the support, guys. Just need to get the headaches and fatigue and lightheadedness under control. That really needs to be priority number one!

We will all push through! I don't think any of us have lost much lately so I think that means we are all due for wooshes! Just keep doing what you guys are doing! It will come!

08-08-2014, 12:05 PM
Hey, guys! I hope you're doing okay on your breaks! Noname, how was your fast?

I had a major whoosh this week and finally got to move my ticker! 183.2 this morning after my workout! :D 3 pounds down! So, so, so excited. I can't believe I'm almost in the 170s!!

08-08-2014, 03:08 PM
Hey Ladies! :cool:

I am so much less stressed :D. Happy Friday All!!!! I will be back on my grind, so according to my trends I should be seeing 182 by my next official weigh-in, if I stay a good girl :hyper:. My end of month goal for August is 176, so I already plotted that trend line on my graph, and it is showing that I am on track, but I could be doing better. Or maybe I am just being hard on myself, I always think I could be doing better :dizzy:.
So let me tell you about these small NSVs--where I live, we are situated in a pretty hilly region. So as I was walking, it dawned on me that I am no longer out of breath! I recall that previously certain areas of my neighborhood would usually leave me pretty winded, but that just wasn't the case anymore :).
Then I started to think about how earlier I was playing with my niece in an IKEA--I know, I know, :lol: we were those unruly people, but there was this really long wall of varied mirrors and so I was picking her up and running her back and forth and, lifting her up and down so we could squeal her name at her reflection in every mirror. For a two year old this was amazingly exciting, so she kept asking to do it. My sister then comments that my niece and I had too much energy, and asked if I was tired...and truthfully, I wasn't!! It still feels strange to admit this, but I still feel like the old me, and I really don't know the new me or when she arrived. I am taking a lot of things for granted during this journey and that sucks...

Frances123 :woohoo:Congrats hun, I know that felt really good--and you thought you ate yourself into a hole! Silly girl!

nonameslob I hope you feel better! I am dealing with fatigue issues right now and that sucks. I too think I am lacking proper vitamins, so I feel you. Keep at it! There is gold at the end of our rainbows!!!:cupgold:

08-09-2014, 09:51 AM
Hey, MarliQQ! So glad to hear you're less stressed! Hooray! You've got some really great NSVs, too. We're going to have many more before our journeys are through! :D Glad to hear you're back on track, too. 182, wow! Can you believe we're almost in the 170s? But I won't believe it 'til I see it! ;)

Noname- how is your fatigue?

So my husband has 3 friends coming in to town for the weekend. Of course I had to bake. I made a layer cake - 1 layer fudgy brownie, 1 layer cheesecake, and 1 layer chocolate chip cookie dough, the whole thing iced with chocolate buttercream. There's a cup of melted butter IN THE COOKIE DOUGH ALONE. My goal is to have an on-track day, and a small sliver of cake tonight. :D ONE SMALL SLIVER. None tomorrow - a totally on track weekend with ONE SLIVER. Wish me luck!

08-09-2014, 09:52 AM
BTW - I don't think you're necessarily taking things for granted...I think this thinner state of being is just new for us, and we're still not used to all the cool things we can do now!

08-09-2014, 12:38 PM
Hey ladies! I was unfortunately up a pound on my weekly weigh in. With how weird my health has been this week, I'm just hoping its a fluke and next week I'll have a woosh. I'm partially feeling better but still have my moments. Made it to the gym twice this week when my energy was up. Trip is going well so far. My mom brought along a bunch of leftovers so we didn't have to eat out for lunch yesterday. Gonna try some Smart Water since I didn't like the coconut water to see if the electrolytes help.

Marli you are doing so well! You must feel amazing after noticing those changes in how your body is functioning while carrying so much less weight! It happens so gradually that its hard to notice on a daily basis huh?

Frances... good luck with your sliver of cake! You can do it! Slice your piece last and out it all away so you're less tempted to get more :P just think about the 170s!

08-09-2014, 12:52 PM
I still haven't stepped on the scale. We ate at the buffet at the casino yesterday and I ate waaaaay too much, but I did stick to my low carb. Need to cut back on volume today to compensate. I'm really not very hungry.

Since I'm probably staying home all day today, I want to up my water consumption. Can't be too far from the bathroom! LOL

08-09-2014, 02:03 PM
Frances123 I cannot wait until we hit that thread either! We deserve it! Although I think I have been a poor member of the 180's thread though :lol:. I guess I just like the idea of being "official" in a decade :D.
Side Note---:mad: I don't ever, ever, ever, ever, want you to describe that cake to me again! You just woke my fat girl up real hard right before lunch, I haven't even chosen what I was going to eat yet. That is like going to a supermarket on an empty stomach! Sheesh! Thanks Frances!

nonameslob It is hard, even with pictures! OMG! I have to tell, I must say I was pretty good at dodging pics as a fat girl, so much so, I remember all the instances I could not escape. And one of those instances was posted online on our family's website!!!! I was mortified to discover it still existed!! After I recovered from my jaw dropping, I copied the picture and made a project out of it, very therapeutic :lol:. I would let you all see it, but I am still wounded by it :rolleyes:, despite my therapy session :dizzy:.

Wannabehealthy Honey! No invite!!?? I would have went :D. I love casinos and food! So jealous.....

08-09-2014, 03:13 PM
MarliQQ - I won't tell you what I'm baking for breakfast, then! :D

Wannabehealthy - I always seem to do better on weigh ins when I drink a lot of water - I hope it helps!

Noname - Sorry about your weigh in, but I bet you have a nice drop next week! Glad to hear your fatigue is better!

All right, must quit playing on the computer and get back to work... :D

08-09-2014, 08:37 PM
How did everyone like the cake? I saw the recipe online and didn't realize the cookie dough layer was just that....raw dough, not cooked into a cookie. I know baking it would make it too hard to cut through, but I don't know if my family would like eating a layer of raw dough. The recipe I saw said you could make the cookie dough layer thick or thin. What am I doing even taking about this? LOL

08-10-2014, 12:27 PM
If you really want to do it for a special occasion, here's the link:


I will say that I had a very moderate eating day, had one small slice of this cake, and have felt sugar-queasy ever since! Seriously, one small slice is probably 1000 calories. I don't mind maintaining this week, if that's what happens, for a little treat, though!

08-10-2014, 12:39 PM
Frances, That's the recipe I saw online, but it seems to be using chocolate cake for the bottom, not brownies. The brownies sound so much better. I think you could substitute any brownie recipe though, even a brownie mix. Because of my diabetes, most sweets make me feel sugar-queasy. I have to eat or drink something right away to get the sugary taste out of my mouth.

I even think that making the brownie layer with the cheesecake layer would be good, but without icing.

08-10-2014, 02:00 PM
Frances123 See what you did?? You and your cake....:no:. I am not as perturbed today by your cake talk today though--got my fat girl under control :cool:.

08-10-2014, 06:01 PM
Ha! You gotta live in this world, and there's cake in it! ;)

Had another piece today...ugh...there goes my weigh in for sure...but at least I'm back on track now!

08-11-2014, 10:09 AM
Wow, that cake. I can't even! :drool:

Back from my weekend away. In terms of food, I think I did pretty well! No different than any other weekend, really. I'm starting the week at 191.8, which is where I was last Monday (fine with me, better than being up from last Monday!). Hoping this week goes better. I am doing my fasts today and tomorrow...back to back is a pain but I leave Wednesday night for a festival, where I will be doing my fair share of drinking. However, I usually tend to eat less and I'm pretty active so I'll probably just come back with some bloat. So as long as Wednesday morning's weigh in is below 189 I'll call it a success.

Still getting lightheaded, but I think it will take a while for vitamins and electrolytes to catch up. We'll see...

Hope you all had a great weekend!

08-11-2014, 11:02 AM
I am so paying for it (the cake splurge) today. Insomnia last night and cramps/nausea all morning. I think I've learned my lesson...have *a* treat, not THREE PIECES of super rich cake within a 24 hour period! This is my PMS week too (even though I drink a ton of water and don't consume much salt, I swell up like crazy) so not counting on losing this week, no problem, I'm firmly back on track today.

Good to see you, noname! I hope your fasts go well and that you start feeling better soon! Let us know how Wednesday morning goes!

I'm not really keeping up with the 180s thread too much, but I peeked at it the other day, and MARLIQQ - 181?!?!? GREAT JOB!!!! You are so on track to reach your August goal! :dancer: Hooray!!

Wannabehealthy - how was your weekend?

08-11-2014, 02:12 PM
Cake is evil :( I think I had the same issue due to eating zucchini bread last week (they call it bread, but it's really cake!) I had at least 5 slices total through Sunday, so hopefully now that it is gone I can recover! Let's both get back to LOSING!!! I hope your weigh in will be kind even with the PMS.

Oh my goodness, she just posted she's at 180! You go Marli! I have a tough time keeping up in that thread too and I feel like a traitor as I'm not fully in it yet, hehe

08-11-2014, 02:21 PM
nonameslob Oooooo 2 fast days? :lol: You need some :dust:?? Keep us updated--and when does the headaches and fatigue go away? I have heard 5:2'ers say it stops after a while. And drink for me on Wednesday, I like a little vodka ;).

Frances123 Yup I hit 181 yesterday! and I am 180 today! Maybe I should have a shitty mood every week? :lol: I'm just being more accountable this month for everything I put in my mouth :)

08-11-2014, 02:31 PM
Marli, thank you! I'll need it! I have been doing 5:2 for a year. These headaches and fatigue are not directly related to my fasting days. If they were, I wouldn't be fasting! I really think it's some nutrient or electrolyte lacking. Trying to solve it myself until I can get to a doctor for bloodwork which won't be for another week or so.

I will certainly have a drink for you. Gotta celebrate your awesome loss! :D

08-12-2014, 11:21 AM
I decided that I will be the permanent 190's meeter and greeter. LOL I keep bouncing up and down the same pounds over and over. The lowest I went was 193 and I won't consider anything an actual loss unless I get below that. You guys are doing so well and really belong in the 180s. Soon I will be all alone. But it's my own fault.

The cake is not affecting me because it is only in my mind. I know that one bite would be so sickeningly sweet for me I wouldn't be able to eat more.

NoName, what kind of fast do you do? Total fast for 2 days? I did that a couple times when I was younger, and when I had my bowel surgeries I was not allowed any food or drink for 6 days afterwards. But when you are in the hospital and they just won't give you anything you have to get through it, and after the first couple days my stomach just became numb. When I was finally allowed food it was jello and broth, then I graduated to pudding. LOL So I could do it and live through it, but it would have to be in a controlled setting. You are very diligent to be able to do that. I don't think I really understand 5:2.

08-12-2014, 11:54 AM
Wannabe - No you will not! It's time for you to move out of here! And hopefully I will go with you. I've been stuck in the 190s lately, myself.

I eat up to 500 calories on my "fast" days - I usually consume all those calories at dinnertime. I wouldn't call it diligent. I would go crazy if it was no food, but some people are able to do that! I can't imagine eating nothing for 6 days. I assume they had you on some sort of tube or liquid diet? Yikes. I guess you do what you have to when you have no choice, but that would be mentally awfully more than anything else, I think.

08-12-2014, 02:08 PM
Wannabehealthy You sound so defeated hun! I hope that was just my own personal spin on your post :dizzy:. I know you can do this! The first 20lbs you lost are not a fluke, that happened because of you. Your journey is yours to do with as you please, if nothing seems to be working hun, maybe it is time to move forward with something else. Turning back is not an option and standing still is dangerous because you might grow roots. Make this fun again for you. What does your ideal plan look like? And then how do you make that ideal plan real?

My official weigh-in so I get to change my ticker today :D. My patience and mind is wearing thin with just life in general recently, so I'm happy something is going right. I think I am going to sit down and make another list of people and things I need to get rid of or put on probation :). I refuse to allow stress to enter my life more than it needs to....

08-12-2014, 02:08 PM
I have to believe that if we keep doing the right things, our numbers WILL go down...perhaps just a little slower than we'd like! :D

I'm holding steady at 183, just up a few ounces for the week, which I'm pleased with, because of PMS swelling and THAT CAKE. Will probably break even this week and looking for a loss next week! Ultimate goal: to hit the 170s this month.

08-13-2014, 10:10 AM
FINALLY a drop in the scale. Not much, but I saw 188.8 this morning. Whew. Now hopefully it will move down more next week. It's been a long two week stall!

Marli - That is a wonderful mindset. I'll bet you never imagined before that you could still lose weight in the midst of stress. Yay for healthy habits!

Frances - You're right. We just have to keep going even when the scale doesn't reflect our hard work.

After tonight, it's off to the a musical festival through Sunday! We certainly brought some goodies to eat and drink, but our group also is bringing a ton of healthy foods. Plus since we volunteer, we mostly eat at the cafeteria (food is free for volunteers). The food isn't great, but it's not terrible for you AND it's a loooooong walk up a hill. Last year I noticed a big difference in my ability to walk up that hill, so this year should be a cinch :)

08-13-2014, 01:29 PM
Hooray! That's great! I despise scale stalls so this is definitely good news. Have fun at your music festival! Sounds like you've got a great plan in place to stay healthy! :carrot:

I am officially taking a scale break (but not a being healthy break!) until next week. I've been weighing twice a day, EVEN THOUGH I have PMS and know that I'm retaining a ton of water this week, and it's getting me down. I never used to weigh during PMS weeks for this very reason!

08-13-2014, 09:59 PM
Noname, I was not allowed to eat or drink anything because they had removed part of my colon and attached a colostomy bag. It all had to heal. I was getting saline only, no nutrients of any kind. My body got used it it. I had no choice. Even if DH had snuck something in for me to eat, it would have really been disasterous. I had the colostomy bag for 6 months. Then they did a reversal to remove it, and it was the exact same surgery as before except the colon was reattached. Then that had to heal before I was allowed to let any food pass through it. I was down to 182 lbs after that was over, but I had to eat soft food, lots of pasta, mashed potatoes, etc, which put the weight back on quickly.

Marliqq, I guess sometimes just think I am spinning my wheels and am not going to lose. I mainly follow low carb because I am diabetic. It's hard for me to stick to it because my DH is a big carb and sweet eater. He eats whatever he wants and never had a weight problem. I also have a very low metabolism, probably from chronic dieting. My member name, Wannabehealthy, is because I am really more concerned about controlling my diabetes and heart disease than I am about losing weight, even though weight loss would help both of these conditions. I feel very inadequate when everyone else is losing and moving on to the next decade. It has to come from me. I have to want it bad enough to do what is necessary, be it exercise more regularly, really stick to my food plan without wavering. Honestly, I had a very good day today, food wise. Now I have to do it again tomorrow. If I just take it one day at a time and try not to look so far down the road, I just might make it!! I love your avitar picture by the way!!

Frances, I hope you reach 170s before the month is over! Cake or not! LOL

Edit: My husband made donuts this evening and I was going to eat just one. I just realized I forgot to eat it!! Yay Me!

08-14-2014, 12:28 PM
I almost posted in the 180s! Wondered where all these new people came from! LOL Must have been wishful thinking.

I think I need to get back to tracking. I tracked my food for yesterday and was at 1242 cals. I loved the food I ate, I felt satisfied, not deprived, not hungry. My blood sugar stayed in a good range, no spikes. I am very happy about this. I think posting with you girls is having a favorable effect on me. You guys are the best!!

I'm going to just take it one day at a time. I'll stay OP today, and let tomorrow take care of itself.

AND, I still haven't eaten any of DH donuts. I only like them warm and freshly made, anyway!

Carry on!

08-14-2014, 02:12 PM
Wannabehealthy :lol: I am glad to hear that you are feeling so much better about your progress! WTG on avoiding the donuts, you have better willpower than me! Does your hubby usually cook?
Oh!--and that attempt to post in 180's thread was simply a sign of things to come ;).

08-14-2014, 03:16 PM
Marliqq, my husband cooks often. I am the main cook for dinner, but he cooks breakfast often and this donut recipe is something his mother made since he was a kid.

I finally got on the scale today and I had a 3 lb woosh! My ticker said 197, but I had actually been up to 198 since last week. I'm still above my low of 193, but moving in the right direction. You guys were right....I CAN do this!

08-15-2014, 08:05 AM
One day at a time is really a great plan. It keeps me from feeling overwhelmed! Congrats for your loss, too! I knew it was coming! :D

I've had a ton of baking lately (company over, office dessert pitch-in, etc.) and have made some bad choices in my PMS state. Back on track as of yesterday and looking forward to a healthy weekend/week!

08-15-2014, 10:30 AM
One day at a time is really a great plan. It keeps me from feeling overwhelmed! Congrats for your loss, too! I knew it was coming! :D

I've had a ton of baking lately (company over, office dessert pitch-in, etc.) and have made some bad choices in my PMS state. Back on track as of yesterday and looking forward to a healthy weekend/week!

It's really great not to have to deal with TOM or PMS anymore, but being old and going through menopause brings on a whole new set of problems. LOL One of those problems is that weight loss really slows down! I have always liked baking more than cooking. When my kids still lived here I baked regularly. Now that they're gone, not as much. Since I don't eat baked goods, baking a cake or a batch of cookies is too much for just my husband to eat. I still bake a lot of cookies for Christmas, but I give most of them away. It's not too bad to have some sweets once in a while, as long as it doesn't turn into a binge. You will be fine!

08-15-2014, 11:19 AM
Oh, it's all out of the house now. I'm usually fine - I can have sweets in the house and even have a bite or two every day with no problems...but PMS truly sets me off. Not every month, though, so it's really hard to predict. And PMS + stress (company coming) = recipe for disaster (no pun intended!). I did a very punishing workout today...TRX...75 burpees, 100s of quad jumps, elevated hamstring curls, crunches, etc., so I'm firmly back where I need to be. :D

08-15-2014, 01:27 PM
Oh, it's all out of the house now. I'm usually fine - I can have sweets in the house and even have a bite or two every day with no problems...but PMS truly sets me off. Not every month, though, so it's really hard to predict. And PMS + stress (company coming) = recipe for disaster (no pun intended!). I did a very punishing workout today...TRX...75 burpees, 100s of quad jumps, elevated hamstring curls, crunches, etc., so I'm firmly back where I need to be. :D

Oh, to be young again! LOL Good job!

08-17-2014, 10:53 AM
Just checking in to see how everyone is doing! MarliQQ - haven't seen you for a while - how's it going? Noname - are you back from your trip yet? How did it go? Wannabehealthy - still plugging along?

I'm slooooowly getting back on track, meaning that my eating has been on track for 2 days, but mentally I'm still fighting the urges to overeat. I haven't had this happen for a while and I guess I'm due for it. Going to keep moving forward!

08-17-2014, 12:27 PM
I'm still here. Yesterday I didn't eat much but what I did eat wasn't healthy. I don't know if it will balance itself out. Whatever. I will weigh myself the next time I feel thin. LOL Yesterday I noticed that my ring was twirling around on my finger. That's usually a good sign.

08-17-2014, 05:29 PM
Hi all! I think I am ready to join this decade. :)

All this talk about cake though! I might need some dark chocolate here soon to get my mind off things. :D

08-18-2014, 11:13 AM
Welcome Walrus! I am going to need some company because all these girls really belong in the 180s. That talk about cake was just a minor blip. LOL If you go whizzing by me like the others did I will not hold it against you. I am a very slow loser.

Yesterday I got on the scale and I am still at 195. Didn't gain back. It was after breakfast and I had clothes on but not shoes, so I might have actually gone down a bit. I only count whole pounds, and won't consider it an official loss until I get below 193 which was my lowest. Last night's dinner did not help matters. I don't want to discuss it. It's overwith, and I'm moving on. LOL

08-18-2014, 12:03 PM
walrus Welcome!!! May your journey in the 190s be brief :D

Wanna Wow, I just saw your post about your surgery. No nutrients at all for that long, I just can't imagine. But I'm glad you made it through to the other side and you know that your body can handle it when necessary. That must have been a very stressful time in your life.

Frances I wish I could work out with you! You sound like you would be a motivating person to work out with, just from trying to keep up :)

I am back and I had a great time at Fest, but I will say it always takes a toll on my body lol Lots of drinking and other substances...it's never really a place to be healthy. But I'm glad I brought the hummus, because we snacked on that a lot (and when we were out of the pita chips and pretzels, I finally got around to eating the carrots I brought lol). I cooked a pork butt for everyone one night to make tacos and it came out amazing. The whole 6 pound thing was gone! Anyway, it was fun. I am exhausted. But I am ready to get back to my routine. Fasting today, will try to get to the gym later in the week after my body has recovered, and then it's time to start losing weight again. For real.

08-18-2014, 12:38 PM
Welcome, Walrus! This is a great thread! :D

I'm so glad to hear that you didn't have a gain, Wannabehealthy! Yeah, forget the past and just move on!

And three cheers :cheer::cheer::cheer: for being back on track, noname! Going out of town and being out of your routine is SO hard, I know! Glad you had a good time!

I am feeling much better today. I really triggered something dangerous with all the sweets. First it was anniversary, then lots of people coming into town (dessert and dessert-y breakfasts), and stuff for my husband's work...I have struggled with sugar addiction but had gotten to a place where I could have a bite of two of something sweet every other day or so, or a full serving once or twice a week, but all that sugar within a short period of time...I was totally out of control. I actually told my husband, "Well, at least I made it to 183 [before starting the gain back]..." He was super encouraging and helped me white-knuckle it through a few days of NO sugar. It was so tough. Today is the first day where I mentally feel like I've got things under control again. I weighed and I'm only up one pound. So there's a little victory, too, and possibly that will be gone by my official weigh in this weekend!

08-18-2014, 06:43 PM
I am back and I had a great time at Fest, but I will say it always takes a toll on my body lol Lots of drinking and other substances....

Substances??? LOL I won't ask...

It does sound like you had a good time and that's what vacations are for. To relax and have a good time and get away from everything for a while.

Frances, it's so nice that DH gives you so much support to help you through your sugar issues. Mine would never do that because he eats sugar constantly and never gains. He says sugar will never make you fat. I can prove him soooo wrong. LOL I am like that with Hershey's Kisses. If I buy a bag of them I can sit and eat them until they are gone. There for a while I was buying them to have in the house for when my grandson came, but sometimes they were gone before he got here. One time I told DH to hide them from me. When my grandson came, Pap Pap showed him where they were. I asked my grandson to bring me a couple and he brought out the whole bag. So no more Hershey's Kisses. If I know he's coming I will go out and buy some sweet treat to have for him. If I bake something for him, I send it home with him. Let mommy get fat. LOL

08-19-2014, 12:02 PM
Frances Girl you are sooo very lucky to have a husband who is that encouraging! Cherish him! It really does make it easier to have support through this process. I'm so glad you're getting back on track after all that sugar.

Wannabe LOL...I was trying to be vague, I figured you guys could fill in the blank. :P Sounds like a good plan for the grandkid :) Poor mommy though! haha I could never ever keep candy in the house for that same reason.

Small NSV I forgot to post about yesterday. I bring a bunch of long flowy skirts to the festival, and usually I end up wearing shorts underneath because I'm walking around a bunch and my thighs start chafing and it's so uncomfortable. But this year I didn't have to! It's so freeing being able to throw on a skirt without another layer, especially when it is hot. I haven't worn my slip shorts at work in months, either. Yay for smaller thighs!

08-19-2014, 03:14 PM
Oh, I do, I do! I tell my husband he's a saint. He does anything he can to help/support me and then some. He is such a blessing.

I can't keep candy in the house either! If I have a bag of something like Hershey's Kisses, I'll give them to my husband, tell him to hide them, and then have him dole them out to me. But I basically have stopped buying that stuff!

NoName, that's a great NSV! Aren't they encouraging? :D I forgot to post that I had the same thing happen at the beach a couple of weeks ago - I'd brought a pair of shorts to put on over my swimsuit, not intending to actually walk in them, because shorts ride up and have to be constantly tugged down. But I noticed that they were staying put and actually totally comfortable. I hiked four miles in them! Something I NEVER could've done before!

08-21-2014, 09:04 AM
Just checking in to see how everyone is doing - Walrus, MarliQQ, Wannabehealthy, Noname, anyone else?

Phew! After isolated baking incidents, followed by a few days of being back on track, followed by more baking, I bloated up to 186.2 as of this past Monday! But with exercise, abstaining from sugar, and following my plan, I'm back down to my lowest weight (183.2) today. Hoping to dip into the 182s by tomorrow so I can finally change my ticker! :D

08-21-2014, 10:27 AM
Hi Frances! Glad to hear the bloating is gone :D So proud of you for sticking to your plan!

My week is going well. I don't expect a loss tomorrow but I am almost back down to my low after an crazy spike to over 196 on Monday. Second fast of the week today, have a yummy dinner to look forward to, then planning on hitting the gym. We are hoping to go hiking this weekend as well. Nothing too exciting to report.

Edit: I am very much jumping ahead with this, but I've decided my New Year's Resolution will be to RUN the 5K we do as a fundraiser at work each year (usually late April/early May). I'm going to ask for running shoes for Christmas and start training beginning of the year. I've never been much of a runner aside from when I played soccer as a kid, but I'm feeling the need for a change and I'm also hoping that being skinnier, running will suck less. LOL

At last year's 5K, which I walked, my coworkers and I jokingly challenged each other to run it next year. Well I'm going to take it seriously and show them what's up!

08-21-2014, 11:37 AM
Hey all, my goal for back to school was 195lbs and I am just almost there, although I have been hanging around 197.

But 195lbs marks 100lbs lost and I am ready to say "I lost 100lbs!"

And I won't lie, being in the 180's sounds awesome too. That is my Halloween goal!

08-22-2014, 10:45 AM
walrus, wow, that is AMAZING!!! When do you go back to school? You can do it! Are you a teacher or are you in school yourself? Congratulations on your loss so far. Really, truly inspiring. How long has it taken you?

No loss for me this week...well, I did lose all the bloating (7 pounds of bloating!) from the festival. Sitting at 189 today. Next week will be my week! I did lose a half inch on my waist and half inch on my chest in the past month, though, even if I haven't lost any pounds. I feel much better this week though!

08-22-2014, 12:29 PM
I lost the 3 lbs I gained back after my whoosh, so I am back to 195. Now I want to continue on down instead of going back up like I usually do. I think I get so excited that I showed a loss that I ease off a bit. Big mistake. I can and will get back to or below my recent low of 193.

We are going to the casino again today. Wheeling WV, if anyone's interested in meeting me there! LOL They have a fabulous buffet. I usually overeat when I go there, but I do stay low carb. I'm hoping not to do much damage. I'm skipping lunch to allow for a little more. I will try not to stuff myself. I'm hoping the only gain I have is in my wallet!

Walrus, I really admire anyone who can lose 100 lbs. It shows discipline and determination. Hats off to you! You will no doubt reach your goals.

NoName, good for you on your inches lost. I think I need to lose about 2-1/2 inches in my waist to fit into my smaller pants I have. They are relatively new. I bought them when I was down to 182 over a year ago, but didn't stay at that weight long enough to get much wear out of them.

Today I was reading about JUDDD. 500 cals every other day. Considering it, but definately not today! LOL Someone said it can be done with low carb. Anyone ever try it? Noname, is that similar to the 5:2 that you do?

Doing great, Frances! The 170s aren't far away for you!

08-22-2014, 12:55 PM
That sounds like fun Wannabe! I've never been much for casinos myself. I'm sure if you walk into that buffet with some sort of plan, you can manage to enjoy yourself and not stuff yourself. Have fun!!! Do you play the slots or any particular games?

I've heard about JUDDD and it is very similar to 5:2, and I think basically the same thing as Alternate Day Fasting. I had considered for a while, but honestly I prefer the slower loss by doing 2 fasts per week. I tried three "fasts" (of 500 calories) in one week a few times, and it was more difficult for me. I didn't want to risk a diet that would make me miserable and feel like giving up. But some people are able to do very well on it and their losses are much speedier than mine!

I imagine it would be very easy to do with a low carb diet. I naturally eat low carb on my fast days - you get more "bang for your buck" as far as calories. And then the other days you eat "normally", so you could basically eat the foods you do now. Intermittent fasting is very versatile in that way - it doesn't control the foods you eat, so if you have your own restrictions, you can easily combine the two! I think there was a JUDDD thread at some point on here, but hop into the IF or 5:2 threads if you wanna get more feedback. Maybe a new plan will help give you the push you need to get out of the 190s!

08-22-2014, 01:34 PM
Walrus, your weight loss is AMAZING! You're on fire!! :flame: (I like these little smilies too much!)

Noname - Doesn't it feel good to lose the bloating? I love your idea of setting a fitness goal, too! I did Couch to 5K a long time ago, but I have to admit that I don't care for running. Still, I agree, maybe it's better when you're thinner?

Wannabehealthy - Woooo for 3 pounds down! You're doing great! Good luck at the casino with the buffett...sounds like you've got a plan in place to handle it! I don't know if I could be that strong! :D

Ugh...no ticker movement for me this week. Still sitting at 183.2. I've officially been in the 180s for six weeks because of going off plan a few times. I'm totally ready to buckle down and see some amazing progress this next week!

08-23-2014, 12:42 PM
Good Morning. I did eat a lot of food at the buffet, but no carbs. The meat is all grilled, so no sauces etc to add calories. I had steak, roast chicken, shrimp, salmon and cooked cauliflower and broccoli. The pieces of meat are small so you can take a variety of things instead of a large portion. There are a lot more things to choose from but I've been there often enough that I know what I like and don't like. They have an asian station that I avoid because all the meat has sauces and I would not be able to pass on the steamed and fried rice. Also, they have a pasta station where you choose your pasta, sauce and up to 3 add ons. I pass that, too. I also pass on the carving station because it's ham and roast beef and the roast beef is usually fatty. Then there are things like mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffed cabbage rolls, seafood casserole, corn on the cob. It's a food lovers dream. LOL I usually take some spinach and select toppings from the salad bar. I am pleased with my selections. It's all good, but it IS a lot of food and I wouldn't want to eat like that every day.

We play the slots. DH is addicted, so I have to pull in the reins and we go according to how our bills are effecting our checkbook that particular month. There are a lot of other things we could be spending that money on, but DH gave up most of his other addictions, like cigarettes and booze, so I allow him this one vice. And we do win sometimes. Not today, though! LOL Without DH I would not be a casino lover. I always tell him if they didn't have that buffet I might not be going.

Frances, I don't feel that I deserve the Woo Hoo because it was the 3 lbs I gained back last week. When I get below 193, then I will feel that deserves a Woo Hoo.

Noname, I think I do IF now, but using an eating window daily rather than having fast days, and my eating window is not as rigid as some. I didn't think I could do a 500 cal day, but after reading about it and seeing some of the things they eat, I could probably eat a lot of veggies and not go over 500. I might start out by doing a 500 cal day and see how it goes from there. I tend to tweak diets to fit my own lifestyle so I could probably do that with this....have 500 cal days, but not necessarily on a regular schedule, but according to how my life is going on certain days. Since I have to take DH into consideration and he will not fast and doesn't need to, a lot will depend on what he wants to eat on a particular day. I can skip or limit breakfast and lunch, but dinner would always be a challenge. I wish he were one of those guys who will eat whatever you put in front of him, but he's not only picky, but at dinner, he wants me to sit down and eat with him, hungry or not.

I like the idea that the 500 cal fast days will not put your body in starvation mode because you don't do it more than one day in a row. I think I need something like this to shake things up.

08-23-2014, 02:44 PM
thewalrus0:welcome3: Happy you made it into this new decade!! Feels good to be nicely on Onederland doesn't it? ;)

Wannabehealthy!! I should have went with you! :lol: Food and gambling! I have lost a bit of money at the casino and I wasn't angry about it until I went home :dizzy:. For some reason, I run on gamblers high during the duration of the trip, probably because they keep the drinks coming while you are in the casino :lol:. So maybe it is more an alcoholic high--rather than an actual gamblers high for me :D. Glad you had fun.

Frances123 I feel like you will definitely see a move on the scale soon. You are due a woosh soon. It always comes when we least expect it :).

nonameslob That is a lot of bloat to lose, and you did a great job getting it off :). And I love to hear about inches coming off. I was thinking of cheating and measuring early, so I can have some fun numbers to look at. But I think I am going to hold off until Sept. 1, so that I can have something to look forward to.

08-24-2014, 12:54 PM
Hey, MarliQQ! I saw on the other thread that you've peeked at 179?!?!?! But aren't counting it until your 'official' weigh in? You'll be moving off to the 170s board before you know it!!!

Wannabehealthy - 3 pounds is 3 pounds! :D Sounds like you did a great job at the buffet table, too.

I'm STILL stalling between 183.2 and 183.6 for the second? third? week in a row...I am planning on mixing up my menu this week. So tired of eating the very same meals day in and day out! Hope that change jump starts the scale!

08-24-2014, 02:03 PM
Frances123 I killed that "streak" today, yesterday I overate ;). 181.0 I really did try hard not to overeat on my rest day, but see there was this cookie and a foot long from subway....and oh....before that too many pringles?? :p Honestly, I am hoping that it helps me wiggle free so that I can venture lower than 179.5. I am going to be quite disappointed if after today I weigh in tomorrow and that sucker is still 179 :rolleyes:.

Here is to hoping that you and I wiggle free of these numbers :cheers:....Funny how maybe 20lbs ago I would have loved to be fighting with these numbers...all in perspective right?

08-25-2014, 09:59 AM
Hi ladies! Happy Monday? Ugh I am feeling it this morning. I did not want to get up. I had a fun weekend, not too active though. Yesterday was a wash. I got my period out of no where and had worse cramps than I've had in years, so we did a lot of lazing around. Nothing exciting to report weight-wise. My doctor's appointment is today and I'm really looking forward to that and hopefully figuring out what's going on with me.

This week I'm going to try to hit the gym three days, and stick to my normal eating routine. I haven't seen much of a loss this month, so I'm hoping to be down even just one pound by Friday. :) We'll see if my body cooperates.

Frances I know how you feel about the scale not moving! This will be our week!

Wannabe It sounds like you had a great time :) I know how you feel about dinnertime being an issue. My boyfriend is picky as well, so it can get frustrating. I try to make meals that we both like and just happen to be low in calories (chicken Cesar salad is a favorite go-to) or I make a meal with an easy swap, such as pasta with marinara...I'll make pasta for him and zucchini noodles for me, and we'll both have turkey veggie meatballs. And other times I tell him he's on his own for dinner! You do have to get creative, but I'm happy it's only two days a week. I couldn't handle it 7 days a week! I hope you figure out something that works for you and your family.

Marli Wow, peeking at the 170s already! You are awesome!

08-25-2014, 12:54 PM
I'm in a serious plateau right now and it's so frustrating!

August 8 183.2
August 13 183.6
August 22 183.2
August 25 183.8

Hoping to see SOMETHING DIFFERENT by the end of the week.

Noname - hope you feel better soon! Good luck at the doctor.

08-25-2014, 02:06 PM
Last night we went out to eat and I ordered a delicious stuffed pork chop, with scalloped potatoes, corn and a cup of broccoli cheese soup. I ate half the pork chop, the cup of soup, the corn, a few bites of the stuffing and a few bites of the scalloped potatoes. I didn't eat anything the rest of the night. Not only was my blood sugar good this morning, but I'm down another pound! 194 Now to keep it off! I want to get into the 180s with you guys.

Francis, you will break that plateau. Look how long it took me to break mine!

Marli, you are just whizzing away there, into the 170s. Good for you! Hope we are all close behind!

Noname, hope your doctor appointment goes well and whatever he/she finds isn't earth shattering.

08-25-2014, 02:31 PM
nonameslob I am hoping your appointment will just be "enlightening" rather than depressing :hug:. Concerned for you...Plus I know what you mean about your period exhibiting new characteristics. I have been reading up on that, since mine has changed quite a bit. I know it is probably all tied to my weight loss, but I am still documenting and watching it.

Frances123 I understand how you feel :). I had a couple weeks before like that, and it drove me crazy. But guess what??!! The over eating :hungry: Saturday was what I needed. My rock rolled off. 178 today :). Sometimes that works and other times it doesn't, just glad it did this time :dizzy:.

Wannabehealthy Look at you moving along :cheer2:!! And you said you would be here long term?? I don't think so hun ;). And OMG, you have the best feasts, :lol: that whole description had my mouth watering...

08-26-2014, 08:49 AM
Thanks, guys! What I'm not going to do:

1) Use my plateau as an excuse to eat recklessly
2) Stop exercising

I'm not going to weigh every day (too discouraging!), but I will weigh at the end of the week. I'm just going to focus on staying on plan and mixing up my foods a bit...hopefully something will work.

MarliQQ - the 170s - wow! You did it! :dance:

Noname - hope you got good (or at least not bad) news from your doctor!

Wannabehealthy - Hooray! 194!

08-26-2014, 09:58 AM
Thanks guys. The appointment itself was kind of pointless. No helpful feedback at all. But I got a script for bloodwork and hopefully that will show something. :)

Frances That sounds like a good plan :D

08-26-2014, 12:36 PM
Noname, I'm sorry to hear that your appointment didn't give you any answers. Maybe the bloodwork will. I guess they have to start somewhere, and that will rule out some issues before they start to dig further. I would always like to go to the doctor, have him say "You have this, take this pill and it will be gone." But that's not always the way it works. They need to see test results.

Frances, you have laid out a good plan...exactly what I would do. too!

MarliQQ, I am a foodie. I love to eat, and want what I eat to taste good and satisfying. I don't want to pass up my favorite foods and watch others enjoy them while I eat "diet food." Part of what put me into this obese category was portion control. I am learning that I can eat a couple bites of some things and feel satisfied with that. In the past I would have eaten all of that stuffing. It was so hard for me to leave it on my plate, not quite so hard with the potatoes, but I was very proud of myself for doing it. I brought the other half of the pork chop home and ate it the next day for lunch. Every time I do this it makes it easier the next time, and having just a taste of something makes me feel not so deprived as giving it up altogether. This doesn't work for everyone...so many need to take the all or nothing approach. But I consider this a big step in changing my weight and my health. I might not be able to do that next time, but I'm just taking one day at a time.

08-26-2014, 01:20 PM
I just wasn't too happy that I had to drive the 30 min. there and wait an ungodly amount of time for something that could have been done over the phone. She didn't give me any suggestions on what to expect, hardly talked to me, spent most of the time typing things into the computer, and didn't ask if I had any more questions, she just kinda walked out of the room. Just annoyed with her bedside manner I guess. I definitely know the most important thing is the bloodwork, and I knew I wasn't going to get a solution, but she couldn't even say "It could be XYZ, ABC, 123?" She DID say it could be "normal", just something that happens to young healthy people. I sure hope not.

Wannabe I'm very impressed with your portion control!!! That is awesome that you were able to take it home even though you wanted to eat it. You should be proud!

08-26-2014, 02:38 PM
Frances123 Good luck! I know you will be moving along soon. Sometimes it seems like just when we get fed up, the scale moves, like it is playing this cruel game with us. And weighing once a week? I used to do that in the beginning of my WL journey, but I have become a bit of a scale addict, I need to weigh in everyday :lol:. Although, I think real scale addicts need to weigh in more than once a day...

Wannabehealthy You sound like my kind of girl :lol:. I would not consider myself a foodie, but I understand loving good food. I watch food network pretty religiously, mostly because I am jealous and astonished at the level of "cookery" people have. I plan on taking culinary classes as a hobby somewhere down the line.....

nonameslob I completely understand what you mean, but sometimes I think people in certain professions get so jaded. Doesn't make it right, but they're human. Maybe you should let her know about her bedside manner, and that she seemed a bit uninterested to you. There is a nice way to convey that to her. If she doesn't shape up, you ship out. Get a second opinion. Your health comes first. I just don't want you to regret it later, I read too many horror stories about people being misdiagnosed for too long. That may be a dramatic sentiment, but I don't play when it comes to my health.

08-27-2014, 11:09 AM
noname, that's so frustrating about your doctor! Bedside manner is the #2 requirement for doctors for me (ability #1 - ha!). There's a website called "rate my md" where you can get a list of doctors around your area and read comments. That's how I found my current doctor (and dentist!) when we moved here 2 years ago. Maybe you can find a nicer one? When do you get your bloodwork back?

MarliQQ and Wannabehealthy, I am a foodie too. Part of my problem! :D Glad to hear that you're both doing so well!

MarliQQ - scale addict? I was weighing TWICE a day up 'til Monday! :dizzy: No more! I had a pep talk from one of the girls at my gym. She had some good advice. Ignore the #s, rejoice in my current success, keep on plan, and the scale will work itself out. So I'm forcing myself to keep off the scale except for my once a week check-in!

08-27-2014, 11:27 AM
Noname, it can be very frustrating when a doctor is so vague. I realize that they usually need to do tests for a good diagnosis, but they should at least talk to you about the possibilities. And it's worse when they come back and tell you the tests were all good. Something isn't right. Not to scare you, but I don't think this is anything normal for healthy adults, especially when you didn't have this in the past.

Frances, for a long time I weighed every day. After my surgery, my doctor told me a gain of 3 or more pounds in one day is a sign that something is wrong and I needed to weight daily, and notify him of any issues. Now that the danger is past, I don't like to weigh every day because I get very depressed with the day to day fluctuations. I weigh when I feel that I've lost or better yet, not gained, which comes out to around once a week or so.

MarliQQ I watch a lot of Food Network, too. I get a lot of tips from them. I like that you can go online and get the actual recipes that they make. Most of their cooking is not diet-friendly, though.

08-27-2014, 01:48 PM
Had my bloodwork this morning. I didn't ask when I'll get results but I would guess within a week. Had a visit to a different doctor this morning (everything is fine!), but NSV - it was one of those old school scales, she moved the bar to the "200" section, which made me smile. I know she was basing it on my old chart, but I've never had them put it on the higher section and have to move it lower! I ended up weighing in at 190, which is exactly what I was at home this morning. Thanks for all your thoughts and support, by the way.

Marli - Do you cook a lot now? I miss having cable, for The Food Network! I have a coworker who used to work there, actually. That would be so cool to take a class. Do you want to learn anything specific? I would love to take a knife skills class with my mom, or pie making :)

Frances - Yay for freedom from the scales!!!! Sounds like a great idea for you. Hopefully it will be the boost you need. I'll have to check the website you recommended, thanks.

Wannabe That must have been frustrating needing to weight daily. At least now you have the freedom to weigh when you want, gives you more control over how you let the numbers affect you I guess?

I weigh daily, but I don't usually have much of a reaction to the numbers on the scale. With 5:2, my weight can fluctuate more than 5 pounds a week, and I actually enjoy watching those fluctuations. I only "count" my lowest numbers for the week, though. I've only been weighing daily for a couple months now, and it's been really cool to see the graph as I add data!

08-27-2014, 02:35 PM
Frances123 Weighing every day fits with my control freak tendencies. So once I started doing it I never stopped. I remember waiting impatiently for once a week weigh-ins and I don't think I could ever go back to that. So I hope that it definitely does justice for you. Anything that helps you stay positive during this journey, I am a fan of--especially the closer to goal that you get. I am so scared of hitting a "real plateau". You know the one you hear people say they hit when they get close to goal and they see the same numbers for months and months. I can only imagine...

Wannabehealthy I know what you mean!! I have tried quite a few recipes, and was bummed that I would only be able to have just a little bit of what I was making. Usually having to spread the calories over days. But sometimes certain dishes aren't as good as the first day, which sucks.

nonameslob That is interesting to me too, knife skills...right along with my violent tendencies :devil:. Honestly though, I am interested in everything from cooking, baking, grilling, pastries, I want to learn a bit of everything. And speaking of pie, like a month ago, I was so determined to make a perfect pie crust....I failed :D Many times! :lol: So I gave up, I will revisit it at a later time. Plus I am sure people were getting tired of pie. Wasn't going to waste the crust, so I still made people eat it ;).

08-27-2014, 08:49 PM
Hi guys, I have been MIA with the first week of classes and it's only Wednesday!

It is also TOM so the scale has been STUCK STUCK STUCK. But it looked this morning like it might be on it's way down, which is good because I have a goal of losing 10lbs by Halloween!

Also, my size 14 skinnies are getting a little loose on me so I am getting excited about size 12 skinnies and *gasp* size 10 regulars!

Anyways, life is happening. I am working full time and going to school. It's the first week and I already feel like I am getting sick, but the show must go on!

The scale has been 197 so I am just trying not to get antsy about seeing that 195 show up. It'll happen.

08-28-2014, 09:49 AM
Walrus - glad to hear the scale might be moving down? I'm a slow loser too so I totally get it! It's great that you're able to keep up your plan while having such a busy schedule! Oh, yeah, I love looking forward to the next size down. I've got my eye on some 10s as well! :D

Oh, my...have any of you lived in the South before? It's a totally different world here. We moved here 2 years ago and it's definitely culture shock. Recent example: I don't have kids and work from home. So - moving to a new place - not many chances to meet people! I want to be more involved, and now I finally have more time. I like to garden, so I thought - garden club! There are 10 garden clubs in the area, but when I checked into them, all but one are "invitation only" clubs. The only one that isn't is made up of mostly non-Southerners. I was totally shocked. Where I've lived in the past it's arms wide open to whoever wants to join! I'm feeling a little disgruntled about it. Anyway...hope you all are having a great week. Let me know if you can think of any plateau-breaking ideas, too!

08-28-2014, 10:15 AM
Marli you crack me up!!! I am not dedicated like that, good for you for trying with the pie. Pie making does not run in my family either LOL I only make pie if I have an influx of fruit to use up, and then I just buy a crust...shhhh don't tell.

walrus Oh wow, size 10s on the horizon! Do you have a closet stocked with smaller sizes or do you get to go shopping? :D I hope your first week of school is going well! How many classes are you taking on top of working? Hope the scales moves soon!

Frances What region did you move from? I've never lived in the south, but have family from North Carolina. I guess it really depends where you are, but I've never met a southerner who was anything but sweet! Well, you do have to watch out when someone says "Bless your heart." They certainly aren't being kind when they say that, ha! We should talk gardening sometime! My garden has been very sad this year, though :( What have you been doing already to try to break the plateau?

Feeling really good about tomorrow's weigh-in. I've said that before already this month and had it bite me in the bum, but I think it's for real this time...I haven't lost any weight from my low in July yet, and I believe I deserve a loss now! It will certainly be motivation tonight at the gym, too. Just gotta get through this day. Gonna be a busy one at work.

08-28-2014, 11:18 AM
NoName, "old school scales"...I resent that remark! LOL That's the kind of scale I have and I love it. I had so many different ones in the past and didn't feel that they were reliable. I leave it set on my last weight, so when I step on it I know right away if I've gained or lost by whether the little thingy goes up or down. I love it when it goes down and doesn't waver.

This morning I was at 195. I'm not concerned. My highs are getting lower and my lows are getting lower, so it's all good.

DH loves sweets, but when I make a pie it's refrigerated crust and filling from a can. He loves it, and who am I to argue. I don't eat sweets, so I don't care what it tastes like.

And what's bad about "Bless your heart?"

Frances, that's a bummer to hear that about the south. I always thought I'd like to live in the south, but I think that is because of the southern cooking. LOL I've lived in Pittsburgh most of my life and people are very friendly here.

Walrus, size 10s were my clothes from when I was skinny, or at the weight I considered to be skinny.

MarliQQ, sometimes I think that when you get close to goal and then hit a never-ending plateau you are at the correct weight for you, whether it fits you idea of ideal weight or not. When I was thin I was constantly trying to reach 120, and by doing that, I stayed at 125 for a long, long time. Back then I didn't realize I wasn't fat.

08-28-2014, 02:10 PM
People are nice, but it's definitely...different. We've both had many similar experiences since moving here, and we're super friendly to everyone! :D Now we just joke about it, although when it's something so obviously exclusionary I get super cranky. (I'm from the Midwest and my husband's from the Pac NW)

Oh, any time you want to talk gardening - I'm there! :D

MarliQQ - I highly recommend Smitten Kitchen's all-butter pie crust recipe...it's the only one I use - failproof! Just not diet-proof. ;)

08-28-2014, 02:40 PM
thewalrus0 Do you have a full course load too?? Working full time and classes...sheesh. I went to school full time, so minimum 15 creds a semester, and with the number of papers I had and time spent in the library--I was very blessed that I did not have to work. I know people who can go to school and work, usually at least part time, just not something I think I could have done. You have better determination and work ethic than me :lol:

Frances123 Innately I am a northerner, but of my 28yrs on this earth, I spent 8yrs of my childhood in NC and just moved from Georgia last year after about 4yrs living there. So I know a bit about southern living ;). Plus I have this horrible southern/norther accent mix, that only gets stronger the longer I live down south :o.
Southerners are much more sweet and sociable than city folks. But honestly I think that is because city folks can't show any weaknesses publicly for fear of someone taking advantage of them. I do think they are equally guarded but in different ways, so I truly believe that you have run up against some resistance to include you. I really don't think it is anything personally about you, because they would have communicated that to you--with a smile and probably passively--but you would know if you were the problem. So that being said, you probably need a connection with a member who knows you personally and can vouch for you. They can be a bit resistant to change down there.
Honestly, the best way I find to meet people in the south is just be talkative at your local Wal-Marts--not tryin to be funny--but all sorts run through those stores. Strike up a convo, which is way easier to do with people down south, let them know you are new and want to do a bit more in your area, you will be amazed how many connections you make.

nonameslob I'm crossing my fingers for your weigh-in. You have been waiting so patiently :hug:.

Wannabehealthy "Bless your heart", although said with a smile, is that passive-aggressive thing southerners do as a way of being condescending basically. Almost akin to being patted on the head after doing or saying something unacceptable. Don't be lulled by the smile :lol:. It is just there to distract.

08-28-2014, 08:54 PM
We live in a fairly small town, and there's a big income disparity between upper/lower classes. Very little cultural diversity. My observation: women are very friendly on a superficial level, but they definitely hold you at arm's length and discourage closeness. There seems to be a sort of distrust of new people. We'll only be here a few more years before we move on, and I like our house and location and am content to stay here while we need to, but I definitely wouldn't want to settle here long-term! It's just not the "small town living" I'm used to!

08-29-2014, 10:01 AM
I am so so happy to report a 2.2 pound loss this week! Finally! Which means I only lost 2.2 pounds this month, but hey...you cannot believe how ecstatic I was to see a new low this morning.

Frances Are you or your husband military? Just pondering why you'd know you're moving on in a few years :) Sounds like a frustrating place to live. It's hard enough to make friends as an adult, but especially if people are gonna act like that! I hope you're able to find a few good people to spend time with.

Marli Oh you explained "Bless your heart" SO well! Ha!

This southern talk has me missing West Virginia. No it's not the south, but there are a lot of similarities...except I think WV is even better than the south. I met sooo many interesting people there, and neighbors always watched out for each other even if you'd never officially met. I could never see myself moving back there for various reasons, but I would still prefer it over where I am now. Even though I grew up here (Delaware), I've always felt like an outsider.

08-29-2014, 11:09 AM
Wooo, what a great loss, noname!!! I knew it was coming! :goodvibes You are movin' through the 180s!

My husband's an academic, so we move as his career advances. Although i hope our next move is our last. I want to buy a small farm (less than 5 acres) and really put down roots! I'm not too bothered by the situation here - I mean, people are nice, just don't want to bring you into their inner circle. I've had at least 5 people who've moved here from other states tell me that if you aren't white, wealthy, and from the south, forget about getting into the clubs here (gardening, etc.) (although if you're wealthy enough, they might overlook the southern thing). I am offended by the prejudice of it, not so much for myself but for the huge groups of people that they exclude! Anyway, just a learning experience for us! I have a nice group of people I've met both at our church and at the gym, but trying to branch out into the broader community has been a little unsuccessful! :D I do have to say that I was warned about "Bless your heart" but haven't heard it yet...I think that's a good thing! :D

08-29-2014, 02:42 PM
Frances123 I am so happy that I am bordering on antisocial, I can't deal with the people I have now sometimes :D. At this point if gardening club is really something you want to do, I say either start your own, or find a way to steam roll your way into the one of your choice--be a rebel :cool:!
--:no:, just joking, because even if you get in I am pretty sure they will find ways to make your next few years not even worth being in it :lol:. I say just partner up with somebody who loves gardening just as much as you do, and won't mind carrying it on long after you go. Does your husband know any Botany professors? They usually have a nice web of friends that you may want to get to know.

nonameslob Congrats on your loss! :yay: It was bound to budge as long as you persisted ;).
I am familiar with WV, and I would air on the side of "southern living" :).--certainly much different than VA. I miss living down south sometimes too, there is a beauty down there that cannot be replicated in the cities and suburbs of the north.

08-29-2014, 07:19 PM
nonameslob - I definitely get to go shopping. :) I am just taking two classes, Aleut Adaptations(an anthropology class in my Alaska Native heritage) and Advanced German. I think I can handle it but man, working full time and going to school is hard.

MarliQ - Yeah, I am trying really hard to move to full time school and part time work. I enjoy buying my own groceries and having money for things here and there, but full time work is definitely not my priority. Unfortunately I have an upside down car loan and have pretty big monthly car payments. I am trying to get refinanced and also my sister is about to get her driver's license so we may be able to split the payments in half.

Anyways, today I hit 195lbs which means, for me, 100lbs lost! YAYAYAY

08-29-2014, 08:35 PM
Walrus - CONGRATULATIONS!!! 100 pounds lost - what an accomplishment!!
:cheer: You must be so proud of yourself!

And I see you're taking German...I *love* the German language and almost moved there after college. I'm way out of practice but trying to convince my husband to study the language with me so I'll have someone to speak it with on a regular basis!

08-31-2014, 01:06 PM
I'm back down to 194 this morning....watching for the Walrus to whiz by me! You are doing GREAT!

09-02-2014, 08:20 AM
Good job, wannabehealthy! :D

Not much to report here. I went high-calorie for 3 days (1800 cals) and REALLY high calorie from overeating the 4th day (2800 cals) in an attempt to break my plateau. Yesterday I went back to my 'regular' eating, but am trying to stay above 1450 calories, since I think going too low was what sent me into the plateau. Still feeling totally bloated and discouraged but we'll see what happens this week.

09-02-2014, 10:26 AM
walrus CONGRATULATIONS on 100 pounds lost! That is such a wonderful accomplishment. Keep it up!

Great job Wannabe :D How did you do over the weekend?

Frances hopefully it will just take a little bit for things to balance out. I know you were eating more calories, but maybe the bloating is related to what you were eating? I hope it works out for you!!!

Had a great weekend, maybe too good haha Though honestly for a 3 day weekend I feel I did pretty well. We only went out to eat once, and I ate pretty sensibly at the two Labor Day gatherings we went to. It was so nice to sleep in my bed the entire weekend (I haven't done that in over a month!), but still be able to see family and friends. I'm excited to start a new month though. September will be my month!!!

09-02-2014, 01:24 PM
Wooo! I hope September will be the month for all of us! :D Ready for some change!

Some good news: I have been at 183.8 forever. I ate really high cal for 4 days and low for 1, and I'm already down to 183 even. I really hope the plateau is broken for good and I'll (gasp) see 182 this week! After an entire month at 183, it can't come soon enough!

Hope you guys have a great week!

09-02-2014, 05:25 PM
It was a dull and boring weekend for me. No changes. Still at 194. I did eat a bit of potato salad, but over all I cut back so I guess it didn't hurt me.

Good job Frances! You are definately on your way to 182!!!

09-03-2014, 01:36 PM
Yay Frances!! Kick that plateau out the door!

Wannabe Do you tend to lose better during the week?

The long weekend bloat is gone after yesterday's fast :) I really struggled with strength at the gym yesterday though! Hopefully today is better. I wasn't even planning on doing strength, but it started to storm after I finished cardio so I figured I would wait out the rain and do extra. I will try again tonight.

Updated my before/after photos last night - I do it like once a month probably. I really wish I had taken some at the very beginning of my journey. I can't believe the difference between February and now, in my stomach especially. It's crazy!

09-04-2014, 02:57 PM
Hello everyone!

I broke the 200-pound barrier over a week ago, and have been holding steady at 198-199 since. I figure it's time for me to join this thread and get this show on the road!

09-05-2014, 10:51 AM
DreamingSmall WELL DONE! There something special about seeing that "1" in front of your weight :) I still find it hard to believe.

No loss this week. I guess my body doesn't want to leave the 190s entirely. I am taking a break from all alcohol this weekend, hopefully that will help a bit. I think I've been pretty good otherwise, but for some reason have been really struggling the last couple of months. Trying to stay motivated but it can be so frustrating!

09-05-2014, 03:21 PM
Welcome welcome DreamingSmall! This is a great thread! :D

Noname - I'm sorry to hear that you're stalling again...so frustrating. I'm trying to think of ideas to help break your plateau! For me it was adding in high calorie days, but you already do that. So I'm not sure - but I'll keep thinking. We all understand how you feel and you aren't in this alone!! :hug:

After 4 weeks of no loss at all, I'm down 2.2 pounds this week. 181.6. Relief...and I'm definitely going to calorie cycle the next time I get stuck!!

09-05-2014, 03:27 PM
I'm taking some time off of alcohol. It wasn't with the intention of breaking the plateau (I don't think it is a plateau anyway, I lost last week, just up slightly this week), but I think it will help nonetheless. Thanks!

So glad to hear your scale finally moved!!!! WOOHOO!!! Have an awesome weekend :)

09-05-2014, 07:15 PM
NoName, a break from alcohol will surely help things! Good luck. :)

Frances, congrats on your loss! I have vaguely heard of calorie cycling but don't really know details. Glad it worked for you, though!

Something bit me on my lower eye lid and it is ridiculously puffy, swollen, almost bruised-looking! So absurd. It's driving me nuts, too, because it just sliiightly is affecting my vision, just enough to be really effing irritating. I hope it clears up soon!

New low of 197.9 today. When I weigh 191.0, I will no longer be obese according to the BMI charts, so that is my next mini goal. Really hoping to make it happen soon!

09-05-2014, 07:30 PM
I am totally stuck in the 190s... and I been for 2 months. Its such a bummer :(

09-07-2014, 12:15 PM
I hear ya Kabaker! It's like this thread is my permanent home. I really need to get serious about this as I have a dr appointment mid-October and want to show an improvement that will put me in his good graces! Sometimes I wonder why I really care what the DR thinks. I am the one who needs to be happy and be proud of my accomplishments.

Dreaming Small, from your stats I see that you have really lost a lot of weight! Good job sticking to it!

Noname since I retired, life it just one big long weekend! LOL All the days feel the same. So my losses or gains are not effected by the day of the week. When I worked, I ate literally all day. I wish I had the money I put into the snack machine. Lots of sweets and salty snacks. Maybe it was stress, but I always had stuff to eat in the pocket of my lab coat. One job I had was near a McDonald's and I stopped for a breakfast sandwich every morning. At that time I was at my all time high or 217 and I did lose some weight since then, but you would think that eliminating all that junk food would make a big difference. I guess I'm just eating different things, but still eating more than I need.

Frances, congratulations on breaking your plateau! How do you calorie cycle? Maybe that would help me. You are going to be in the 170s soon! Yowzer!

:wave: Waving to Marli and Walrus, and anyone else I missed!

09-07-2014, 05:19 PM
Kabaker - I feel like the lower our weight gets, the slower we get! Sigh!

Noname - how was your alcohol break? Are you still feeling good? I hope you've got a great weigh in this week!

Wannabehealthy - I am sooo excited to get to the 170s. I was 175 when I met my husband, and that's about the thinnest I've been as an adult, so it's going to be a real milestone for me to reach it. Calorie cycling - well, I wasn't eating enough. I was eating around 1350 calories a day, with VERY vigorous daily exercise. Weight loss ground to a stop. As soon as I went up to 1800 cals/day for 3 or 4 days (actually 2700 the 4th day!), I started losing again - 2.2 pounds that week (last week). Now my plan is to eat at least 1450 - 1550 cals/day, with a bit more on the weekend. But I'm going to continue to evaluate! I don't want to dip too low again.

I just did the math...I'm 16 pounds from my 1st goal weight (165), and there's 16 weeks until Christmas. I'm shooting for an average of 1 pound a week, to hit the goal then! Super excited! I may eventually go down to 155, but 165 would be 100 pounds lost and lower than I've ever been as an adult, so it's hard to imagine going lower! :D

09-07-2014, 05:20 PM
I mean the slower our WEIGHT LOSS gets...I figure we're getting faster with our healthier bodies! :D

09-08-2014, 09:57 AM
Wannabehealthy My "weekend gain" is more due to my diet than the fact that it's the weekend. Since I do 5:2 and I usually fast on Mondays and Thursdays, my lowest weigh-in day is typically on Friday. The only thing I do differently on the weekends is drink, though, so that does usually mean a bigger gain than I would have otherwise on the weekends! Sounds like retirement has been good for your health though!

Frances I would say it was worth it. I feel great! (as great as I can for a Monday morning) I have a wedding to attend next Saturday, so I will most likely be drinking then, but I think I'm going to seriously consider cutting way way way back. I already cut out Monday-Thursdays (used to have a glass of wine after work), but if it could speed up my loss to cut it out almost entirely, it might be worth it. Special occasions only. We'll see. I'm not sure I have THAT much willpower! :P Wow, goal by Christmas! How amazing would that be!!! Rooting you on :)

kabaker I feel ya :( It takes me about 3 months to lose 10 pounds, which feels so. slow. I hope you get out of the 190s soon!

DreamingSmall Hope your eye has cleared up by now!

09-08-2014, 09:15 PM
Hey all!

Sorry for being AWHOL.

I am just getting rolling this semester. Finding time to do everything is surely overwhelming but I think I have a handle on it, although the hard stuff hasn't even started yet!

Oh well, I hit 100lbs lost and have been hovering around 194lbs for a while now. I am getting really excited about those 180's! Especially with my goal being 185lbs by Halloween.

And I fit into a size 12 skinnies so I really think a 10 regular is in my future soon! Of course, it depends on the brand and store, but I usually shop at Old Navy so I know it's going down for sure!

I hope everyone is doing amazing.

09-09-2014, 10:43 AM
walrus that must be quite stressful, but hopefully once you get into routine it will settle down! CONGRATULATIONS on 100 pounds lost!!!! And almost size 10s! You should go to the store ASAP to try some on, just to see :) Unless you have some at home.

I have this app called Timehop that looks at my Facebook history and shows what I posted 1, 2, 3 years ago etc. So today it was this picture from my vacation to the Adirondacks last year. Holy cow, I don't look like me! I made a side-by-side and can't stop looking. I attached it to my post...excuse the dirty mirror. About 40 pounds between the two I think.

I think my favorite part about the picture is in the first picture, I had to use an extension on my daypack. I was so sad when I realized the pack didn't fit and I had to call the company to have them send an extension. I don't need it anymore and I can cinch the belt quite a bit these days!

09-09-2014, 11:26 AM
Noname...that is AMAZING. What a difference!! You look great (not that you looked terrible before - ha!)! What an NSV!! And hooray for no more strap extensions!!

Walrus - that's great that you're able to juggle your weight loss and busy schedule! I think that's totally the key to success...being able to make it part of your lifestyle. And congrats again for 100 pounds down! :carrot:

I have an NSV this morning too. I took a photo of myself to send to my mom, who hasn't seen me since I was about 220. I was looking at the photo and thought, wow! I am almost completely happy with my body now. Just want my stomach a little more toned. I don't know the last time I've actually thought that. I've had 'disordered thinking' about my body for so long and it feels so good to actually be happy with it. (Pic attached!) (Post-gym)

09-09-2014, 02:19 PM
Yes, I saw a picture of my face from 50+ lbs ago and wow! I thought there wasn't much difference but I was wrong!

09-09-2014, 10:52 PM
Frances, that's so exciting! My lowest adult weight was 165.8, and I was there for like a day. 164 is a total mental goal for me. :) I really hope you're able to give yourself that gift for Christmas! I definitely have disordered thinking about my body. I hope to someday be where you are mentally.

Noname, congrats on the no-alcohol victory! Thanks for asking about my eye--it is much better but still annoying.

Walrus, 100 POUNDS!!! WOOT WOOT! Way to go! And congrats on not needing the extender anymore either!

My weightloss is really dragging, so I signed up for another DietBet. I need to weigh 189.1 a month from now! Hopefully that will kick my rear into gear. My birthday is Oct 20 and I really do not want to be obese (191 or less is the goal) when that day hits. I just really want to close the door on this chapter in my life.

09-10-2014, 10:07 AM
Frances - Aw thank you, you're sweet! I must say your body is looking pretty darn fine, lady! I am so happy that you are loving your body, that is simply awesome. :hug:

DreamingSmall Have you done a Diet Bet before? I looked into it at one time but I am such a slow loser! Rooting for you to meet all of your goals :D Got any fun plans for your birthday?

Ugh, I think my scale is playing with me. It's been reading weird, hopefully just a change of batteries is needed. It read 187 this morning and a few minutes later it said 189. So who knows haha Gotta get some batteries before my Friday "official" weigh-in!

My boyfriend and I are supposed to go on a hike after work today. I am *really* looking forward to it. We'll have to bit quick getting ready once we get home from work because it's at least a 20 minute drive and nowadays the sun sets so early :( But it will be a really nice change of pace. I already made dinner. We'll just bring it along and heat it up on the trail. So much more interesting than going to the gym LOL

09-10-2014, 01:35 PM
I've seen those Diet Bets before and they look like fun, but I've never done one!

Scales are so fickle! :D Hopefully you're really at 187! ;)

DreamingSmall - I know what you mean! I'm so focused on hitting 175 and I just cannot imagine being any smaller than that. It's definitely going to take some mental work! I think you have a great goal of being in the 180s by next month!

I'm doing cartwheels! My official weigh in isn't until Friday, but I'm at 180.2 today. That's a 1.4 lb loss so far, and that feels so good after being stuck at the same weight for an entire month. I am really, really hopeful that I make it to the 170s by Friday!

09-11-2014, 11:18 AM
hello ladies!!! I havent posted on this forum in a while but it's good to be back tracking progress! Finally moved into Onederland.. took my own sweet time but I think the downward spiral is going to go just fine 'cause a few things have changed.. I started grad school this fall so m now on a student budget. I guess that helps when it comes to making food choices? Hehe anyway I cant wait to hit the 170s, that's like a mini goal! Have come so far.. a little more to go. :)

09-11-2014, 02:41 PM
NoName, I have done DietBets before. I really like the 6-month ones. The goal is 10% in 6 months, with a break down of like, 3%, 6%, 8%, 9%, 10%, maintain 10%. I'm almost finished with my first one and will be joining another one. I like it for the length--it forces me to stay committed to it. 6 months is a long time! The slower rate is nice, too. But I'm doing one of the one-month ones to kick things up a bit. I don't have a lot of money right now (recently separated from my husband; I'd been a SAHM), so if I give them $25, I'm d@mn sure getting it back! I love fall, but I too hate the shorter days! Hope the new batteries fixed your scale!

Frances, so exciting!! Fingers crossed for you to bust into the 170s tomorrow!!

Nitrus, welcome back!

I had a great day with my kids at the state fair yesterday. But man, they come home and go to bed early and I still have to do all the stuff I didn't get done during the day! I am really tired today. I got a lot of exercise in, which is nice. And I brought food for us, so we didn't buy any (yay on saving money and calories!), so it was a healthy day as well. But I sure could use a nap!!

09-11-2014, 06:01 PM
Hello all,
I am still hanging around 195, painfully, but I know it's because I had a cheat day on Sunday and it threw off the last few days. I've been eating like crazy! Good foods, mostly, but still TOO much. Maybe just my body balancing itself. I have cheat days and I forget how much they can mess with me. They are usually worth it, but I just try not to panic in the following week.

My next goal is 193lbs by next week! After that I want to try to get those 4lbs off asap. Probably by the end of September, so I can get working on hitting my goal of 185 or less by Halloween!

Whew. This weight loss stuff sure takes forever. :P

09-12-2014, 12:43 PM
No breakthrough this week for me, ladies! It's TOM and I'm all swollen and crampy. Heck, I can't believe I haven't GAINED, but I'm standing firm at 180. Fingers crossed for next week!

Walrus - that's a great goal for next week! And I'm not sure that cheat days aren't a little bit good. :D I lose more weekly when I up my calories one or two days on the weekend!

DreamingSmall - wow, that sounds so busy! I hope you got that nap! :dizzy:

Nitrus, good to see you here!

How was your hike, noname? Hope the scale is being good to you now!

09-12-2014, 01:14 PM
nitrus - Welcome back!

walrus - You're right, it most certainly does take forever. Sounds like you have reasonable goals though.

Frances - even without a loss you're still doing so well! Almost in the 170s!

The hike was good. We did almost 7 miles. The scale was either wrong the other day or I gained a bit overnight. I've been around 189 the last few days (which is plausible). I might try some new batteries in it and I'll ask my boyfriend if he thinks it's been off for him. I doubt it though. My measurements aren't down at all either.

Maybe I've just finally hit the dreaded plateau. Boo! I'm considering a maintenance break at the end of the month, so maybe that will get things moving if they don't before then. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

09-13-2014, 06:41 AM
I'm at 201 today! :carrot:

See you guys soon!

09-15-2014, 11:44 AM
Sigh. After getting down to the 170s, my weight loss journey went haywire and I finally regained control as I stood at the brink of 200 (199.7 yikes). So with renewed vigor I am back!!!

So 195.9 today. Almost four pounds down for week one. Mostly water I'm sure, but a nice way to start the week.

WahineByTheSea: Congrats on 201!!! I know how exciting it is to be on the brink of ONEderland like that.

09-15-2014, 12:16 PM
I hope you new posters aren't like me. Once I broke out of the 200s I got complacent....I was just so happy to be rid of 200. Now I can't get out of the 190s and it's getting really old.

I have a cold this week, but it didn't kill my appetite! LOL I made chicken soup and have been eating it the past couple days with lots of thick fat noodles. It is helping me feel better. I'm still hovering around 194-195, but would like to see a drop soon. I can't exercise, because I'm congested and start coughing too much. Maybe I can just take a slow walk on the treadmill.

Hope everyone has a good week.

09-15-2014, 01:00 PM
WahineByTheSea So close, you can do it!!!

tefrey Welcome back! Good for catching it when you did.

Wannabehealthy Oh please take care of yourself and feel better soon! Don't push too hard to get back to exercising...it's one thing to do it if you have a mild cold, but if you're congested you're better off resting! And your body needs those yummy noodles in your soup to help heal. I know you're frustrated at your stall, but now is not the time to worry. :hug:

09-15-2014, 03:38 PM
It's great to see so many new faces around here! :D Welcome!!

09-16-2014, 12:36 AM
Hey friends, just checking in quickly. I've been incredibly busy. Things are going well, health-wise. A little less well emotionally, but I can soldier through this. Ugh. Anyway, I've been noticing that my resistance training is paying off--I'm getting definition in my arms and legs! They're still pretty covered in fat though. :/

Walrus, looks like you're making progress towards your mini-goal. Woohoo!

Frances, that's wonderful that you haven't gained! Maybe once TOM leaves, you'll see a loss? That's how it used to work for me. (Breastfeeding now, plus I have a Mirena, so I don't get TOM. Which does NOT make me sad.)

Wahine, looking forward to seeing you in this thread!

Tefrey, way to STOP the gain! That's such a hard thing to do. Welcome back.

WannaBe, I hope you feel better soon. Maybe that'll give you back your mojo?

Take care, all!

09-18-2014, 01:04 PM
Just checking in with my weekly weigh in...down a pound (phew) and FINALLY into the 170s!!! :dance: I think I'm going to mosey on over to the 170s board, but I know I'll be seeing you all there soon, and I'll check in to see how you're doing! :hug:

09-18-2014, 02:13 PM
Seems like most of us are doing well or are at least on the right track!

I finally broke away from 195lbs and am not at 192.5 so I am definitely ready to get into the 180's by the end of September, maybe even by next weekend! I tend to lose 1-3lbs a week though so it's a total crapshoot whenever I try to plan ahead. :P

I am also looking forward to dropping a size in pants. My size 14 skinnies have been a little loosy goosy but I have been awfully broke these past couple of weeks so I've just been dealing with it.

Oh well eh? Tomorrow is PAYDAY though so maybe a new pair of pants are in my future? :P

09-18-2014, 11:25 PM
Congrats, Frances, on the loss and on moving into a new group!!

Walrus, congrats on your loss as well!!

I just won my 6-month DietBet with a weight of 195.4, which means I've lost 83.3 pounds in 6 months! I hope to lose half that in the next 6, as things have really slowed down. I wrote a blog post with lots of pictures, if you feel like checking it out: http://dreamingsmall1.blogspot.com/2014/09/6-months.html

09-19-2014, 11:14 AM
Frances congratulations!!! I don't think I'll be joining you soon in the 170s, but you never know. :P My goal is 179 by Halloween...so very happy for you!

walrus - Have fun shopping :D

DreamingSmall - wow, congrats on winning the diet bet! That is an amazing loss over 6 months! Your progress is amazing. Thanks for sharing the blog. I'll bet the money you won from the bet will be nice to put towards a new wardrobe.

I'm giggling a little bit today, as my boyfriend expressed frustrations with not being about to get under 200 pounds. I obsessed over it for MONTHS and he picked on me for it, but now he understands! I'm sitting at my low weight today of 186.8, which is really nice to see on my maintenance break! I haven't seen the 190s at all for a few weeks, but I do still enjoy posting here. Most of the folks who post in the 180s thread are actually in the 170s ;)

09-19-2014, 03:35 PM
thewalrus0 I too have to do a bunch more shopping. I am embracing it :D. I no longer feel out of place when I go to "skinny girl" stores, you know the ones that definitely do not participate in vanity sizing--and size 12 is like their max size :lol:.

DreamingSmall Love your blog! That is amazing progress in 6 months hun! :carrot:

nonameslob Was amused by the story about your bf :lol:. I totally relate to how you felt about his griping. Anywho, I swear you don't give yourself enough credit for the progress you have made! You are not too far from the 170's, you will beat the 180's just like you beat the 190's :hug:.

09-22-2014, 03:41 PM
Hello all, TOM is here so the scale is on hold until next Saturday but I definitely fit into a size 10 pants at Old Navy!

Now, maybe they do a little vanity sizing but the fact is I wear their pants pretty exclusively so to be dropping sizes is still dropping sizes, but I don't know that I could go into any store and fit a size 10.

I also have the issue of being quite tall at 5'8 and most stores stop at regular length pants which tend to be just a little too short and look funny on me.

Anyways I got down to a lovely 192.5 and then started TOM so...just gonna focus on school, work, sleep and exercise this week.

:) Hope all is well with everyone else.

09-22-2014, 11:17 PM
Walrus, it's so funny that, where you live, 5'8" is "quite tall". I noticed when I went to college (in California) that Utahns are a tall lot, and it seemed even more true when I was living on the East Coast. I'm 5'7" and was on the front row of my high school graduation pictures. Shortest girl in my whole family. Did you find pants that worked? I haven't had to shop yet, as I've got clothes in my closest down to a size 10 (not saying they're still in style, but they work), but back in the day, Express had lots of longer pants that I really loved.

MarliQ, that's great that you don't feel out of place in "skinny" stores! On some days, I feel thin(ish), but on most days, I still think I'm 279 pounds. Such a mindf*ck, this whole body image thing.

NoName, please keep hanging out here! And that's pretty funny about your boyfriend. So quick to mock, so quick to suffer. ;)

I'm doing pretty well. I started Body Revolution on Sunday, so the next 3 months should (I hope!) show some nice changes in my body. I have a son with special needs who cannot walk (YET!), so I need as much functional strength as possible. I love Jillian workouts for that, combining all the bending, lifting, cardio stuff into one move, as that's what my life is like. (In fact, it's why, despite being so heavy, I was never truly "suffering"--I could always do all the tasks that needed getting done. But it's much easier now!)

09-23-2014, 10:22 AM
Marli oh I am jealous! I'm not quite into the skinny girl stores yet :P Soon enough... I don't think I would know what to do with myself! I've never, as an adult, been able to shop at those stores! I think I will need you ladies for fashion advice when I get to that point LOL

walrus Hey doesn't matter if you're not a size 10 in other places, at least you know you're doing down in size! I've always thought Old Navy runs big but other people tell me it runs small so who knows! Do they have the length you need at Old Navy?

DreamingSmall I'm 5'5, and everywhere I've lived (East Coast, mountains...), I've felt average. Well, I am average! I guess it's all how we perceive ourselves. I can't imagine the average height in an area varies too much throughout the country? Except maybe in LA where there's tons of models LOL

Went on a long, hard backpacking trip this weekend. I had to take off yesterday because I could hardly move. Still struggling with the stairs! Looking at my email this morning, I'm kind of regretting it... I also could NOT stop eating yesterday when I was home. I was so so so hungry. The scale showed it this morning, but I'm choosing not to write it down because I know it's bloat lol

This is week two of my diet break, anyway. I've gotta write down a plan for meals this week so that I don't get out of control. Boyfriend's birthday is Friday so we will definitely be having a splurge meal. He wants pumpkin pie instead of a cake and I will either buy some nice steaks or make chicken parmesan.

09-23-2014, 01:36 PM
nonameslob Ha! I will definitely be right there for you with the fashion part. I am re-learning to dress my body, because my shape has somewhat switched up on me. I was never an hour glass, which I think is pretty much a shape that once you have you stick with, but instead somewhere between an apple and what a celery stick??? My strange body shape has thinned out and is as boyish as I figured it would be. I am already back to padded bras, because it is a sight to see when I lay on my back :o.

09-23-2014, 01:40 PM
@ dreamingsmall - Haha, yes here in Alaska it's pretty tall. Almost every girl I know is 5'5 or under.

@Nonameslob - They have a perfect length for me at Old Navy. I do suspect they run big probably compared to stores that cater to younger, fitter folks, like American Eagle and such. (Do I sound old? I'm 23!! :P ) I do look forward to shopping at stores like that more often though. The thing is, I'm not only overweight but broke! Old Navy is cheap and effective, although maybe not stocked with many fashion choices.

09-23-2014, 01:52 PM
walrus You are a baby!!! (I'm just 27 myself, always hard to tell how old someone is on here!) I feel you though, AE and similar stores seem to be for teenagers :P Although I do have a sweater from there that I bought in college, I'm excited that it fits this year!

09-27-2014, 03:03 PM
Ready to be back! After having my son and now starting school, I'm ready to lose this baby weight. (:

197.4 lbs (9/27/14)

09-29-2014, 03:50 PM
Hi all, I'm fitting into size 10 'relaxed' fit type pants so that's cool.

I have broken up with clothes sizes though. I officially don't care. Large, extra large, small, size 10, size 14...they absolutely only matter per store and has nothing to do with the amount of fabric you have wrapped around your body!


Today I am 192lbs which is really great for me. I need to back away from the scale though. Before when I was losing about 4lbs a week then weighing everyday was pretty exciting. Now I just feel like I am staring at the same numbers all the time, even though my overall weight is going down!

So I'm committing to weighing at MOST twice a week, once on Thursday and once on Saturday. I dunno I just like those days. :P

I am looking forward to the 180's, I really really am. I think this year is going to be hard because I'm losing the last of the weight but also with every 10lbs lost I am looking at numbers just one year ago I would've sold an arm to see on the scale.

09-30-2014, 12:50 AM
Walrus, CONGRATS on the size 10!! Incredible! I hear you on the 180s and also on the difficulty these smaller numbers present. It's such a mental thing, this weight loss journey. (I weight daily, unapologetically. It keeps me on track.)

Ciao, welcome back! How old is your son? I've got twin 2.5 year olds and a 6-month baby, all boys. :)

MarliQ, I never really knew how to dress myself in the first place! But it is surprising sometimes what does and doesn't flatter.

NoNameSlob, how's your break going?

I'm doing ok. I had secretly hoped to be out of the "obese" category on the BMI (191 pounds) by the end of September. That's not going to happen. Oh well...time will pass anyway, whether I'm obese or not.

09-30-2014, 10:02 AM
Welcome back Ciao!

Walrus Wow, size 10...almost 180s...over 100 pounds lost? I'm just in awe every time I look at your stats. Really, really awesome. I hope weighing twice a week helps keep your head on straight!

DreamingSmall Twins and a baby! Must be a busy household :) I can relate on the obese category. My goal is to get out by Halloween (179 for me), but I think it's going to take a little longer than that. However, it was originally my year-end goal, so in reality I'm doing well! You'll get there soon!

Maintenance break went well, but I was so happy to be back to my plan yesterday. This is going to need to be a very strict month to hit my goals, and I'm really really motivated to get back to losing. I haven't really lost anything in the last 2-3 months between a plateau and my maintenance break (which will hopefully kickstart losing again). Of course, I already forgot that we are going out to dinner for my bf's birthday with his parents tonight, but hopefully I can still find time to go to the gym!

10-02-2014, 09:44 AM
Up Down Up Down. I am on a see-saw. My ticker lies. I am 196, but I was up to 197, so there IS improvement.

Dreamiing Small, I love your pictures. You have done a great job!

By the way, I'm old enough to be a grandmother to all of you. LOL But I feel young!

10-02-2014, 11:21 AM
Hello, totall newbie here:) I've been checking this forum for awhile and finally decided to join. Really need some support, hoping to find it here. I am officially in the 190's for the first time in 4 years, 197 to be exact. Down from 232 with a goal, for now, of 170.

10-02-2014, 02:27 PM
Just making my way over from another thread now that I've broken under 200. Not sure how long I'll be here....but hi while I am and may the whooshies be with you :)

194 at last weigh-in (Mon) and next weigh-in could bring me to my 100 lb lost goal if I can make 191 or lower. We'll see :)

10-02-2014, 03:08 PM
Ready to be back! After having my son and now starting school, I'm ready to lose this baby weight. (:

197.4 lbs (9/27/14)

197.2 lbs (10/02/14)

Slow and steady. I found my problems are when I work graveyard shifts at work.
I don't always eat so well and I don't get enough sleep (I have a four month old) and that causes me to gain weight or maintain instead of losing.

So here's to tackling that and kicking this week's ***!

10-03-2014, 11:13 AM
Happy to report that my weight, as of this morning, is 196.5 :). I know it's only .5 lbs loss in two days but at least it's moving down! I'm trying to eat low carb ( only complex carbs in moderation), low sugar, and no dairy. Also, as little processed food as possible. I do not workout at all, I know, horrible :( have to start moving!

10-04-2014, 10:30 PM
Hi lulu - working out can be a good/helpful thing, but it isn't horrible if you take it slow. Afterall, weight loss is in the kitchen. The gym is pretty much for toning up that jiggle and fitness. I've been told and read in multiple places its about an 80/20 split with 80% of weight loss happening from what goes in our mouths (or what doesn't haha). You'll add that exercise when you're ready and find something you like. Congrats on the downward movement :)

10-06-2014, 01:14 AM
Oh lesmills, I have a lot of jiggle on my arms happening now. At least it's getting cold so I don't have to worry about trying to figure out how to cover those bad boys. Hubby has this complicated machine that I just might ask how to use :)

10-08-2014, 09:05 AM
My diet hasn't been as good lately as it should, but the scale is going down. Go figure! Yesterday I was at 195, so I'm getting closer to my ticker, and heading toward 189!

Lulu, you CAN lose weight without exercising, but exercise is important for other things. One thing it does is curb your appetite and give you a sense of well being. I recommend starting out slow and increasing gradually. Also, exercise doesn't have to be formal exercise, day to day movement helps too.

LesMills, you have recently hit the 100 lb mark!! That's fabulous!!!!!

10-08-2014, 04:11 PM
Thanks Wannabe :) Yup hit at 190 on weigh-in day, so this Monday it's likely (assuming nothing bad happens over the weekend haha) that I'll be moving into the 180's :)

Have a happy Hump Day everyone!

10-08-2014, 04:48 PM
Wannabe - good to see a familiar face! You're still stuck too, huh? I haven't budged in months at this point. I'm happy to hear the scale is going down!!! Maybe we'll both finally make our way past our low weights :D

lulu - I agree with Les, weight loss is mostly about what you eat. Don't feel guilty for not working out! Yes, it's important for overall health and helpful for weight loss, but take things one thing at a time.

Les - Did I read that right? 4 pounds in a week? Wow!

Like I said, things are going slowly for me here. I think I am back on track, just waiting for the scale to catch up. Honestly, I never felt that I was off track, but I plateaued and then took a maintenance break to try to shift things. I've been pack "on plan" for over a week and I know it takes time after a maintenance break to see results, so I'm just doing what I've been doing and hoping the scale and measuring tape will reflect my efforts soon.

I would really, REALLY like to hit 179 before the holiday season so that I can maintain for the rest of the year. Thanksgiving through early January are absolutely horrid for me (between holidays and at least 6 birthdays in my immediate family including my own!), and it would be nice to have met that goal to keep me on track.

10-08-2014, 10:07 PM
Yup noname, you read it right. I'm a once-a-week weigher and I average 3-4 pounds a week. I've had weeks where it was just one and I've had a couple of weeks where it was 5-7 pounds (one week it was 9, but that was after 2 consecutive weeks of 1's), but I can usually count on at least 3 if I've been good with the eating. I'm a calorie counter/protein-carb balancer so I'm fairly steady with the numbers if I stick to the 1500 a day and my P/C counts are similar.

Might be doing a zombie 5K this weekend if I can switch my work shift - gonna be cool autumn weather but I think it would be fun :) This would be my first timed race too so that might be interesting.

10-09-2014, 06:40 PM
Hey guys, I had a plateau for a bit but this morning it was 190.5lbs!

I am so close to the 180's.

Hopefully on Saturday. :)

10-10-2014, 12:54 PM
Walrus, I'm sooooo jealous. I'm stuck at 194 and not happy about it. Was hoping to be in the 180's by the end of the month but with how the things are progressing I don't see it happening. LesMills, I can't believe you are able to loose that much weight every week, amazing. I average 1lbs a week if I'm lucky, unless I'm on a challenge. Last time I've lost weight, like 13 years ago, I did it super fast but not necessarily in a healthy way. This time around I'm trying to be very conscious of what I eat without going to extremes, like I did last time. I don't won't that weight to ever come back. On the other hand, sometimes it's a little discouraging not to see the results as quickly as you would like. I keep telling myself that this way is the right way, and I need to be patient. Have a great day everyone and thanks for listening to my nonsense :)

10-10-2014, 11:21 PM
Lulu, I wouldn't have the same success if I was going it alone. I work with a trainer once a week and have a gym full of people who are really encouraging and supportive. I need the accountability - that's the only thing that has worked for me after decades of trying to do it for myself. Support is crucial in my opinion - one reason I like this site. Just one more way to keep me going :)

Looks like the Zombie run tomorrow is a go! Should be a fun way to spend the afternoon...yikes! Just gotta remember, I don't have to outrun the zombie, I just have to trip the chick running next to me so they get her instead hee hee hee

Have a great weekend everyone :)

10-13-2014, 03:56 PM
Ended up 4th in my age group for the Zombie run....sounds better than it is. There were only 10 of us in the 40-49 group and the top 3 were all sub 12-min miles LOL But I'm still the best of the worst HAHA Overall I was 44th out of 70 women...that's a little more indicative of my averageness as a jogger :)

Weigh-in this morning went well and looks like I'm out of the thread. 3 dropped off to put me officially in the 180's. Hope to see you all soon!

10-13-2014, 05:17 PM
Hai, everyone!

My scale is kind of busted, probably because I haven't been using it lately :| but the lines aren't clear, won't 'light' up, so I'll have to get a new one, but it did read 199.9 today.... the highest I've been in my entire life.

So I decided to come here and hope to get out of the 190's with some of you.... I had a pretty devastating loss in my life just recently and am still mourning, so I need to really just focus on myself & make things better.

Heres to a new me, right?