100 lb. Club - Crossroads...

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06-09-2004, 02:28 PM
I am a crossroads with my weight. Monday and Tuesday the scale read 304.5. That's 4.5 lbs up from my new years weight. I know I can do this. I have done it. But, I am not very good at being accountable to myself. Weight Watchers is the closest thing to what I like to do (count calories). But it has the added bonus of weigh-in's and group meetings. I MUST do something.

I plan on weighing in @ the Monday meetings, but am going tonight and starting. If i wait until Monday, that'll just give me 4 more days to "chow down". I'm done. It's today.

I am trying to recruit on of my friends to go with me, but I am going tonight no matter what!

I'll change my weight tomorrow and will go by the WW scale.

Goddess Jessica
06-09-2004, 02:51 PM
Way to go Sandi! Making a decision to not give up and to find something that keeps you accountible sounds like a smart move! Let us know how it goes!

06-09-2004, 03:35 PM
You can do it Sandi! I am proud of you for taking the step to start today!

06-09-2004, 03:39 PM

I hope WW gives you the support you need.
Thinking of you often,

06-09-2004, 03:49 PM
Good for you, Sandi! Be sure to find a really good leader. It's make all the difference, I think.

You know, I started reading the Dr. Phil book because I was hoping for some insight into my eating patterns, particularly emotional eating and stuff like that. He's really done some good research into eating behaviors and patterns. Although I've lost a chunk of weight, I'd like to change the way I deal with food, and reading his book has made me think about my "relationship" with food.

06-09-2004, 04:05 PM
I bought his book too. I've already listened to most of it on tape, but I wanted the book. Can't seem to get going on reading it though.

Amanda Panda
06-09-2004, 04:33 PM
All the best to you Sandi

I also restarted WW 2 weeks ago - I believe it is a good sound diet that can be used to make lifelong changes.

There are currently a few of us who have formed a group on the WW 100lb club - so if you ever want to pop in, you will be most welcome! (But I'm not trying to 'poach' you! :lol: )

You can do it!

Love Amanda x

06-09-2004, 05:05 PM
Okay Sandi, you're shaming me into action. I'm starting anew too (although I've never stopped going to WW - thing is I've been paying weekly to see gains since Christmas!)

We've got the tools, now we just need the mindset to follow through. I KNOW we can do it! I guess this means no Chicago-style pizza and fancy cocktails at the end of the month. And I guess we'll have to make sure that when we attend "Taste of Chicago", that's all we do...TASTE!

I know I suggested this in private, but now I'm going public (one of those accountability things) - we'll take before pics in Chicago and then post new ones around Christmas and blow everyone away with our svelte, sexy bods! :D

06-09-2004, 05:25 PM
We can have Rum & diet Coke. a shot of rum is only 69 calories!!! i am willing to save my flex points!!!! :D :D

Ivanna B. Skinny
06-09-2004, 06:19 PM
Way to go Sandi! Im glad your back in here with us!!!!!

06-09-2004, 06:28 PM
I'll stick to CC&DC thanks (Canadian Club & Diet Coke) @ 2 points per drink. I have no problem saving 6 points daily for that purpose ;)

I just want to clarify my previous statement about gaining weight while attending WW. The sole reason I've gained weight is because I've been lax about adhering to program for the last few months. When I DO stay on plan I've been extremely pleased with my results (got a certificate for losing 100lbs. - thankfully they haven't asked me to return it yet) and I endorse the program wholeheartedly (even though I've belonged for almost 2 years and haven't run into the Duchess of York even once!) :D

06-09-2004, 06:47 PM
Oh Sandi, I KNOW you have this in you. We're all here for you.


06-09-2004, 07:13 PM
Can I offer a couple of bits of advice?

First, I agree that the Dr. Phil book is pretty good about helping you understand the whys of your eating, and all the little things you can do to adjust your attitude and make changes in your habits and environment. Another book I like is Thin for Life. The author evaluated people who had lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off, and found all the things they had in common. It was a great shot in the arm for me when I got started, showing me that losing a lot of weight WAS possible, and that it was possible to keep it off. Naturally, it also has a lot of great strategies to share. There are a lot of other books I like, but I'll mention just one more: The Thin Books. This was written by a member of Overeaters Anonymous and contains some essential information for those of us who are (or think we may be) compulsive overeaters.

Second, I wanted to mention that there are other options besides WW if you feel it's just not exactly what you need. I did WW in the past -- twice -- and did OK, but always fell off the wagon and regained. That wasn't WW's fault, my head just wasn't in the right place. When, at the age of 39 and at well over 300 pounds I decided to try one more time to lose weight, I contemplated going back to WW, because I know it is a good program. But, the idea of group meetings, public weigh-ins, etc. left me cold. I knew I needed more individual attention, where the quality of my program wasn't dictated by how good the leader was or how well I related to the other members. I considered going to a registered dietitan -- there are several medical facilities in my area that specialize in weight loss, and they're not about drugs and gimmicks, just quality nutrition and counseling. But, before I did that, I decided to give another commercial program a try. So, I joined Jenny Craig. That was nearly 3 years ago, and I've never looked back. I've lost over 140 pounds to date and am still going strong.

I know a lot of people -- especially WW members -- are anti-Jenny Craig because of the packaged food. But, everyone finds things they like in the menu, there are plenty of ways to economize, etc. And, you only purchase entrees from them -- you still provide your own vegetables, fruits, dairy, etc. Also, you can start incorporating your own entrees as soon as you like (as long as you are still purchasing some entrees from them), and when you are halfway to your goal, you start weaning off the JC food and do several days per week on your own. It is a very sane, balanced program, and you certainly learn to deal with "real food" as early as you feel ready to do so. The reason I chose JC was that I get to meet one-on-one with a consultant for 20 minutes each week. I desperately needed that ME time, where I could talk about what I needed to talk about, and have someone pay attention and offer advice directly about my issues. It's been a godsend.

So, if you feel you could benefit from more individual attention, please consider Jenny Craig. They currently have a "20 pounds for $20" special so you can try out the program without committing to a full membership. Then, you purchase the food at your session each week, and when you've lost 20 pounds you can stop, or choose to buy a full membership to continue. If you want to learn more, go to the Jenny Craig website and check it out. Be sure and go to the message boards (in the etools area) and read what others have to say. It's a great community, and there's a board specifically for "Thinking About Joining."

Good luck, whatever you decide to do.

06-09-2004, 07:34 PM
good for you, sandi... and i'm sooo looking forward to this meeting!!!!

campari and soda for me. a little lemon.

06-09-2004, 10:29 PM

congratulations on that big step!!! We're all here to cheer you on!


06-09-2004, 10:41 PM
Sandi, I've been at those crossroads before also. Several times. If Weight Watchers works the best for you, go for it!! And, having to hold yourself accountable every week I think will help out alot. You have had such a rough year so far so it is understandable that you got really off track. I'm happy to hear that you are moving forward. I think that is wonderful. I know that you have it in you to do it. I am sure of it. If you can get a friend to do it with you that will be a bonus too. I have a walking partner and that really keeps me motivated, because I know I am accountable to her every day to go walk and her the same with me. It makes a world of difference. You are a wonderful individual, and I know you have the strength to do this.

06-10-2004, 03:47 AM
GO SANDI!!! :cheer:

06-10-2004, 05:14 AM
Hey Sandi

Congrats on taking the back to WW plunge.....it sounds like a good decision. I started on a commercial programme called Slimming World (only in the UK) in January - and although I sometimes hate the meetings, I have found the support from some of the people I regularly meet there really helpful. I hate the meetings because although the woman who runs them is a very nice person, everything is discussed at a very superficial level - its as if there is no emotional issue in sight! However, psychologically I do think that for me showing up every week, and having a laugh and a joke and swapping a few stories definitely helps me with the motivation to keep at it.

So let us know how it goes....

06-10-2004, 10:12 AM
Ok, so I did what I said and joined. 308.4. Ouch!!! It was much higher than at home, but mainly because it was in the middle of the day. But that's the number I hope never to see again! I even joined for 11 weeks, so I can't bail.

I even had hubby take before pics yesterday so that I can have a good comparison when i lose that first 50 lbs!!!

funniegrrl - Actually, Jenny Craig was something that I was considering. But WW won due mainly to the cost. $8.95 a week, I can afford. I can't afford Jenny Craig. I am so glad that it worked for you!!

06-10-2004, 10:40 AM
Yeah Sandi!!!!!! Go for it!!!!

06-10-2004, 12:44 PM
Sandi, you've had a rough few months so don't let a few lbs get you down. I think WW is a great idea, it worked quite well for me when I did it right after I had my son. I also had my husband take some before pictures recently, they are still on the digital camera, I'm afraid to download them. I saw them on the little screen on the camera and that was bad enough. Well it's time to suck it up and download them and I'm even going to print one out and post it on the fridge. It that doesn't stop me from overeating then nothing will!

06-10-2004, 04:27 PM
Congrats on taking that step. I know you can do it. we all know you can do it. If I lived closer to you, I'd be your inperson support person, but I don't think hubby would like me driving up to indiana all the time and I don't think I could afford the gas anyway. Just know that we are here for you.

06-11-2004, 01:37 AM

06-11-2004, 02:52 AM
Yay Sandi! You can do it! I'm so proud of you for taking this step. :)

06-11-2004, 08:57 AM
Sandi.. I'm sending best wishes to you!! Let us know how you feel how it is going. Do you like the changes in the plan?

I went to their web site and it didn't say anything about registration. Do they still have one?

06-11-2004, 10:04 AM
There is a $25.00 registration fee. They have a June special where you can get 11 weeks for 89.00 so that's what I did. I actually really like the new flex points. You have this big wad of points just sitting there so if you get a craving you can have it. It makes things alot easier.

I made through Day 1 on plan. We even went out for Chinese and I made healthy choices!! :D

06-11-2004, 10:39 AM
That is awesome Sandi! Take 1 day at a time. :)

06-11-2004, 12:54 PM
$25 plus your weekly fee.. wow.. there prices have really gone up

06-11-2004, 01:21 PM
Hey Dana, be glad you still don't live in Toronto - I paid $32 to register (2 years ago) and $167.00 for 12 week booklets. If you pay "by the meeting" its $15.00 a week. Still, it's well worth it and better I spend on that than junk food. :D

Woo hoo Sandi - keep it up on on Day 2!

06-11-2004, 01:27 PM
You can do it Sandi. We are all behind you. I am so glad your back on a plan and are determined to do what is best for you. I know starting over is not easy. I strugle daily wondering if I will be able to do it this time. If we never try we never will so I intend on trying until I get this weight off for good.

06-11-2004, 03:09 PM
Sandi ~ Ditto to all the super encouragement everyone's posted for you here! WW has been a Godsend to me ~ I love the "controlled freedom" that it gives you, you know, you can eat "normal", everyday foods, just in controlled amounts and portions. It's a plan that can adapt into virtually anyone's lifestyle, and I love it!

You can do it ~ just focus on accumulating those good OP days one at a time, and exercise whenever you can possibly squeeze it in and YOU WILL see results from that! Way 2 GO!!! :cheer:

06-12-2004, 02:34 PM
Way to go on your decision. I love WW and the meetings and weigh ins help make you accountable and motivated to keep at it. :)

If I could afford the weekly fee I'd go again. :) I'm doing it at home with my old points slider and an online journal. :)

06-12-2004, 09:51 PM
Melissa - your baby is the cutest!!! OMG !!