Support Groups - New Year, New Goals, New Me, Week 8

02-22-2004, 07:02 AM
I was up a pound at yesterday morning's weigh-in. I think it is more attributable to regular fluctuations and a Mexican food binge the night before, and I don't think that it is a real reversal. I did meet my primary goal of the week to start exercising. I reacquainted myself w/ my gym. I've been paying for it every month, and now I am going to use it! Next week will show a loss.

Hope everyone is doing well.

I've decided to start copying some of my journal entries here - - I find I've been spending a lot of time typing twice, so here is part of this morning's entry:

Yesterday was my clothing shopping orgy. Linda went with me, because I really have no sense of style whatsoever. There was a great sale at a men's clothing store that I like, and I took care of everything there. I am now all set. I had told the salesman that I had lost 40 lbs and was still losing. I had put off buying anything and really looked like crap and that, because of upcoming trip, could not put off buying any more. Rather than getting stuff that was a little too small, I got stuff that fit me now. Hopefully, I can take it in later. And, if I have to do this again in a year, it will be worth it.

After having had a decent breakfast, I screwed up by not eating before going to the clothing store. I thought I'd be about an hour. Well, 2 1/2 hours later, I was famished and I ate too much. Linda wanted to go out for dinner again to celebrate yesetrday's bonus (this time w/out the kids), and I took another little vacation off the diet. But, today, I'm back. Really. I mean it this time. No kidding. This is it. New day, new start. Where have I heard this before?

This morning, the whole family is going to the gym. That's definite. My son is proving to be a very good inspiration - - he's been getting into pick-up basketball games w/ other kids and is loving it. He always wants to go. My time and intensity on the eliptical trainer is picking up, and the weight lifting is coming along nicely. It is good to have exercise back in my life, and I feel much, much better. I know this will make a huge difference long term.


02-22-2004, 07:01 PM

Way to go on your shopping spree. And you know what a compliment you gave about your wife. And I have to say that you will be quite a spiffy looking couple while you are gone on your holidays. How old is your son? Do you play basketball with him also? Oh and I was thinking after you are finished losing all your weight, your wife and friends can nominate you to go on that TLC show What not to Wear. Nothing to do with your style or your clothes, just that you would get a free new wardrobe. I don't know if you have ever watched that one, as my hubby hates it and really does everything he can to keep the channel changed when it is on. :rofl:

Well Chachee what are your goals for this next week? I think that I am going to start back on the SBD and work on drinking water for the week. I have a wedding to attend in 3 months, and I was told that not going was not an option.

Hi Audrey, how is your weekend going? Any goals for you this week that could help me out also?

Actually my biggest problem I guess is that I have been feeling sorry for myself. I really don't know why so that will be my biggest goal. AN Attitude adjustment.

Well I must run and start supper. Enjoy what is left of the weekend everyone.

02-23-2004, 08:54 AM
Hi, Lucky. I'm switching more to a SB diet this week, too. I had been doing more of an Atkins thing, and I want to do some more fiber and fruits & vegetables than that allows. Since I've been picking up the exercise, I think that I will do very well on it. I hadn't seen that show, but Linda says I'd be a natural for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy - - as the one who gets the makeover, of course.

My journal entry for this morning:

I'm feeling great this morning - - I woke up around 5:00 am and visualized what the "future me" would do - - and I did it. I got up and went to the gym. Had a great session on the eliptical trainer and worked my abs (yes, I suspect there are abs down there -- somewhere). Couldn't do a full weightlifting, as I did that yesterday -- during another really great workout session. Came back home this morning full of energy and had a decent breakfast and walked my daughter to the bus stop - - a

which is a treat for her - - she usually does the nearly half mile walk by herself.

Its going to be a great day today.

B: 1 poached egg on hi-protein bread

MS: hummus & baby spinach on low-carb tortilla, apple

L: Greek salad, turkey & lettuce on low-carb tortilla,

AS: low-carb yogurt, orange

D: ???? -- but it'll be something w/ ground turkey -- probably turkey burger & steamed broccoli & leftover greek salad

02-23-2004, 01:08 PM
Hi All.

Dan, thanks for starting the new thread. I guess we should just agree whoever is on here first on Friday start the new thread.

I am so proud of you for getting new clothes. My hubby forced me to do that this weekend. I am actually down a size in pant and 1/2 a size in shoes. Can you belive the shoe thing? I have a shoe fetish, so buying new shoes for me is like Christmas!!

I want to go on one of those makeover shows once I get down to goal. Maybe we should all go!

Lucky, my goal for this week is to continue journaling my WW food and stay in my points. Also, I want to do no impluse food buying at the store. I have a bad habit of that, and I am trying to stop it. I usually walk out with about $20 of stuff I really don't need, nor does my family. That's it for me this week.

Okay, hope you all have a great day and good luck on weigh ins this week.


02-23-2004, 01:56 PM
danny congrats on the clothes thing. and chach i am glad you bought up the shoe size loss, because i thought i was loosing my mind. i knew my shoes were getting loose. i believe i am probably down about a 1/2 a size also.
lucky, my weekend went great. and yes i do have some weekly goals and they are to get in the gym more this week than last week. i am already doing better. i got in the gym on sat. and sun. my other goal is to stay op all week, because fri. i just kind of blew it, but i did get up sat. morning and started all over. i must not have blowed it to bad, though, because i am down another 3 lbs. this morning. so the journey goes on.
dan i think it's great that the whole family can get in to the gym together. i know when my hubby can go i feel alot better. i don't like going by myself, but i have to sometimes.
i hope everyone has a great day and week. keep up the good work.

02-24-2004, 01:00 PM
Hi All.

Last night was pretty good. I did make chicken and yakisoba noodle, so that was a little higher on the calorie side than I would have liked, but I still stayed in my points range.

I had high hopes that this week would bring a 5 pound loss, but I am just going to be happy with any kind of a loss. I need that to keep me going. I don't know that it will be a big loss, but I will know for sure tomorrow night when I weigh in.

Chequita, great job! I am so inspired by your loss in such a short amount of time! That is wonderful. Keep up with the excellent habits and you are going to make your goal in a very short amount of time.

I found a wonderful snack! I am so into spicy and hot things, I stumbled upon hot Wasabi peas. They are so good for a snack. (Unless you are low-carbing it.) I can have 1/2 a cup for 2 points, which totally calms my chip/crunch craving. I also adjusted my bfast from an egg and cheese bagle to 1/2 cup granola with light yogurt. It actually stays with me longer and I don't want something sweet in the morning. See, slowly but surely I am changing my eating habits!

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Anyone have any suggestions on a substitute for peanut butter? I eat the Adams all natural right now, but there is so much fat in it. Just wondering if anyone knew of anything else.


02-24-2004, 01:14 PM
i use the simply jif. it is all natural. i am not really sure about all the nutrition facts, but i do remember that when i started using it, it was because it was lower in everything else than any of the others.

02-24-2004, 05:19 PM

I love the Wasabi peas!

And, I've got a GREAT substitute for peanut butter -- -- soynut butter. Be careful, because some of them have added sugar. I like the I.M. Healthy brand. It is like natural peanut butter -- the oil is on the top and you have to mix it up. It doesn't taste quite like peanut butter, but it is close and they can be used interchangably. It has tons of soy protein (real good for heart), more fiber than peanut butter (and lots of the good, heart-healthy soluble type of fiber, like that in oat bran), less fat, and fewer calories than peanut butter. I like the taste of peanut butter better, but I use the soynut butter quite a bit as a more diet-friendly substitute.

If you don't like the taste, then go w/ the natural peanut butter. Smuckers makes a good and inexpensive brand that has just a little bit of salt added. The Simply Jif, if I am not mistaken, has less added salt and less added sugar than regular peanut butter. Better than most but not as good as the natural stuff.

02-24-2004, 06:11 PM
Its official -- its a TREND

Painterwoman reminded yesterday me that two straight days at the gym does not constitute a trend, because you need 3 data points to get there. Well, that was all the motivation that I needed to haul my sorry butt out of bed an hour early. So, it is official - - I am now a person who exercises!

I've felt great all day, too, except now I've got this awful headache. I should have taken something for it when I first felt it coming on, but NOOOO. I took some tylenol about 10 minutes ago, so

hopefully I'll feel better by tonight. We've got tickets to see a show.

I've been easing off the carb restrictions and have avoided binges. I want to see how I do by combining moderate eating with significant exercise. I've done well w/ that before, but fell down when I stopped the exercising but continued w/ the extra food - - which led to more food - - which led to more weight. So, I'll reward myself w/ more carbs if and only if I've done enough to burn it all off. And, no sugary, low fiber stuff. Just whole grains, fruits, and veggies.

02-25-2004, 01:03 PM
Hi All.

Real quick this morning, but I wanted to post.

I am nervous about weighing in this evening. I hope I show a loss, but why do I expect to show a gain? Geez, I just hate being so nervous. I guess I'll know in a short while, huh?

I was real good this week, too. Gosh, I hope I lose. Even a pound will be progress.

Hope everyone is well.


02-25-2004, 01:22 PM
danny congrats on the exercise. i found that since i started exercising more that i had to add some food to my plan. i was becoming weak from not enough food. i have added more food and kept up the exercise and the pounds are still coming off, so keep up the good work.
chachee i don't think you have anything to worry about. can't wait to congratulate you tomorrow morning. good luck.

02-25-2004, 09:24 PM
Hi all!

Well, I am off to weigh in. Wish me luck! I hope to report a good loss here tomorrow morning.


02-26-2004, 04:03 PM
Well, last night was just a reminder that I should have lost this weight in my 20's and it wouldn't be so hard to get it off now. I was only down 0.6 pounds. I worked so hard last week and I can't understand why I didn't lose. I am discouraged, but determined now.

I'm going to make three changes this week. These are things I think will affect the loss. 1. Switch out the yogurt and cereal for oatmeal in the morning. That is 2 points difference right there. 2. No sunflower seeds this week. They are good, but have a lot of fat in them. 3. No blue cheese this week. That is loaded in fat and I have about 5 other lite dressings that I can use instead.

I think that will make a change on the scales. If not, man, I don't know what to do. The real discouraging part was my hubby lost over 5 pounds last week and was about 20 points over his limit each day. grrr.....No male bashing, Dan, just frustrated.

Had the oatmeal this morning and was actually real full so far. I bought some fruit snacks and bar snacks at the meeting last night. It's actually made me more focused. I think I'm being tested! I said that I would be happy with even a pound. Hmmm...I didn't even get that.

Frustrated, but motivated!


02-26-2004, 05:30 PM
i know how you feel chach. i really do hate scales. they have so much control over our mental state of being. look at this way it was .6 down not up. you are more motivated than ever and that is one thing that really counts. keep up the good work.

02-26-2004, 08:02 PM
Hey, Chach, if I averaged .6 pounds lost for the last 8 years, well, I'd be invisible!

02-26-2004, 09:14 PM
Thanks, guys! You both made me smile and brush off the bad feelings. I've only eaten 1/2 the points I am allowed so far today. I am meeting some friends and sharing a big greek salad for dinner--very low points. I'm going to try and avoid the bread, but I might have to sneak a piece or two. It's so good. Maybe I can get them to burn it so it won't be so appetizing. NOT!

I guess it's my impatience. I know it didn't appear on my body overnight, but I sure want it gone overnight. Someone once said the slower it comes off, the longer it stays off. 0.6 in a week should stay off FOREVER! Heehee.

Okay, outta here tonight and will report back tomorrow morning.


02-26-2004, 10:45 PM
Hey everyone

Audrey... :bravo: Way to go on the 3 pound loss. Tell us what did you do the last week to lose that? That is so great to read that. Are you doing weight watchers also? Have you made your goal of going to the gym more often this week?

Chachee don't feel to down. You lost almost a pound. And maybe this will be the beginning of the downward trend. You know that really you can't go by the scale. I go by the way my clothes feel. So how is my scarf coming along? :lol:

Dan way to go. Are you still being a trend setter and still exercising? So what show was it that you went to see? So have you tried any of the recipes in the SBD book?

Here is a question for you all. I know that some of you journal your food, do you find that it really helps at all? What sort of help does it provide?

Ok I must run and get the baby to bed.

Have a super Friday all.

02-27-2004, 01:07 PM
Hi All!

I was so good last night. I met up with three friends and had a huge greek salad. They ordered pepperoni pizza, my fave, and I only had one slice, and left the big crust! I had one slice of garlic bread also. Normally, I would have had three slices of bread and two pieces at least of pizza. Instead, I filled up my plate three times with salad and drank an ice tea.

Lucky, I do journal my food because it helps me when I look back to weeks that I lost/didn't lose to see what I was/wasn't doing. For instance, this week I am looking back on last week and seeing that I did a lot of snacking. I didn't realize it as I was doing it, but looking back now I see that I did. Plus, if something is really working for me, it's good to have it written down in case I forget good habits and need to buckle down.

Well, here comes the weekend, my worst time to stay OP. I am praying that I do well and can report back on Monday that I did well.

I'm going to start the new thread now.