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cyan
08-30-2004, 10:57 AM
Hey Ladies

Welcome back...

Well I had a bad food weekend...It was all tasty food but way too much...all celebration parties...ACK...On friday...there was a surprise farewell dinner for my collegue whoís wife got a great job in Vancouver...so they are relocating there..He will work from home for us...the genius of computers...Anyway, we went to a dinner party where my Boss picked up the tab...well...I consumed almost a whole bottle of white wine...my boss kept filling up my glass I ate escargots...snails in a buttery garlic sauce..then I had steamed salmon with veggies in a delicous sauce...and dessert was strawberry cheesecake..I had about half of it..but it was a very big piece...then we all went to a club where I ordered a diet coke but I got a full fat coke...so tons of calories by the end of the day.

Then Saturday...my childhood friend celebrated 10 years of marriage so we went to a chinese restaurant where it is buffet but the waiters bring it out to you...you order what you want and the chefs prepare it for you...so needless to say...tons of food was consumed...no alchohol though.

By Sunday...I was so sick from all that food that I stuck to 1350 calories and had foods like tuna salad and tomato soup and instant breakfast. I also had a couple of glasses of carrot juice mixed in with veggies and fruit....I needed to energize.

So as you can see...its been a week of glutony...I am afraid to weigh myself..I will do so this weekend once I get a chance to get back to normal.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: 1 glass of fruit and veggie smoothie, low fat peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat with metamucil
lunch: homemade chili con carne
dinner: shrimp and chickpea salad
snacks: 2 granny smith apples
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: walk home, cycling and pilates

Have a great day ladies

Cyan


Lisathemommy
08-30-2004, 06:02 PM
Today was my second day away from home for school. It went okay. My husband did a good job of taking care of things at home. He got my daughter to school okay.

Also, my husband accepted a new job today that was offered to him last week. It's a bit more money and lots of hours. A mixed blessing. We're both excited about it.

AND...someone put an offer on our house!!!! YIPPEEE!!! We submitted a counter offer, so we should know for sure tomorrow.

Food wise, Herbalife just didn't work for me. I don't like being told what to eat and when to eat and all that...so I'm back on Atkins as of today. It feels right.

Cyan, looks like it's just you and me these days. Where are you Newie, Debee, Miki, Reina, Cjunk, Taiwan??????? I miss people when you're gone! Hope to see you all soon!!

Lisa

cyan
08-31-2004, 09:08 AM
Hey Lisa...thank goodness you are still here...I really enjoy chatting with you on msn...I dont know where are the other ladies went...how sad to see this wonderful thread slowly die...but hey..I will continue to post here so long as you do...so come on back ladies.

Sorry to hear about herbalife not working out...figuring out what is best for you can sometimes be trial and error until you find what it is that works. Good to know that you are back on atkins. Like I was saying to you last night...I found that south beach was not for me when I tried it...I lost 7 pounds the first week but then when I switched over to phase two....I put back all the weight...I think in my case it was water I had lost.

Hang in there!

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk and metamucil
lunch: leftover chili con carne
dinner: beef fondue meat on a whole wheat roll with garden fresh tomato salad
snacks: banana and apple
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: water, tea and diet cola

Have a good day

Cyan


newinspiration
08-31-2004, 09:34 PM
Hi, girls! I'm not MIA--I just started school, and I've been very busy--very nervous trying to organize myself--I haven't done the first day of school in 16 years!!--also, more car trouble--the second transmission doesn't work either--and we've learned this problem is rampant with Honda, so we're buying a new car, probably a Ford, since hubby can get a discount on them because he works for a supplier--not my plan to add to our debt, but this problem is serious, and we'd rather put money in something new than try to fix something that doesn't seem to want to be fixed, and the mechanics can't figure it out either. Thankfully we've not had to spend much money on this problem car's frustrating problem. Manufacturer covered the two transmissions, but how long can that last?

Foodwise, I've been eating too many sweet things--last week it was because I hadn't gone grocery shopping, and good choices were not there. I did better this week, but if I was at school, and there was a treat, I'd eat the treat instead of healthy food that I had brought with me. So far no weight gain, but I'd better be careful. I've had trouble sleeping the last few nights because of nervousness, and I tend to eat carbs to help myself fall asleep--carbs help in production of serotonin, which promotes relaxation. Low serotonin is an issue for me anyway with OCD. Prozac regulates the brain's proper use of the chemical. Today we had a power failure at the school--an outside transformer problem, but the goofy electric company kept thinking the problem was in the school, so we had to go to the emergency procedure plan, which means we go into the church with the kids. We spent from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. there, with breaks outside for lunch and walking around. We did get to go in the school and get our supplies once it was determined there was no fire, so we did have limited school. But because the electric company solved the problem too late--2:35 p.m.--we cancelled school tomorrow. I can clean my house and do lesson plans. It was a LONG day, but I did have the opportunity to get to know my students better, which is a really good thing, especially with children that may need extra help. I ate lasagna for dinner tonight, picked a little while clearing the table--not really a good thing, so I better watch myself. Generally, though, I am finding it more and more easy to stop eating when I am full, or to say to something I had planned to eat--"You know, I'm full. I really don't want to eat this." Years ago I would have eaten it simply because it was there. So I am succeeding in making lifestyle changes which will be permanent, even if I do slip back from time to time. Well, I'm going for now. See everyone later. Hopefully more people will come back. I'm not leaving, even though I may sometimes miss a few days if I am really busy. Bye all.

Lisathemommy
09-01-2004, 12:00 AM
Hello. Newie, I know what you mean about being busy. You must be stressed because I have seen all the things my kids' teachers have been doing and I don't know how they do it all!!! Teachers definitely don't get paid enough!!! That sucks about your car problems. I hope you get it all worked out! We are having my husbands car fixed tomorrow.

Today was okay. We never heard what the people though of our counter-offer on our house. Hopefully tomorrow. It was reasonable, so if they have a problem with it... oh well.

It was my son's first day of school today and he loved it. He was so excited to go. The bad thing is that he gets out at the same time as my daughter but their schools are about 15 minutes away from each other!!! We're going to check into bussing for my daughter once we move in with the in-laws.

My husband will start his new job on September 13. They are going to pay our Cobra insurance for us until their insurance kicks in! WOW is what I think about that! It's nice to finally work with a company who pays the employees what they're worth. They even told him that in 90 days he will get a raise above the amazing amount they already offered him. I'm so pleased with this company so far.

Okay...food... Well, I'm back on Atkins. I think the problem before was that even though I was sticking to the plan, I was still consuming too many calories. I was just constantly stuffing food in my mouth. I don't know if it's emotional eating from stress or what, but I'm working on it. Speaking of stress, I read something today in my pathophysiology text book about it. I will share: "..it is thought that severe stress, physical or emotional, may cause a temporary immunodeficiency state owing to high levels of glucocorticoid secretion in the body."

So, in other words... when we have stress we are more succeptable to illness.

I also found this on the internet and thought it was very interesting...

Constant, long term stress can be responsible for weight gain because of the way cortisol, the stress hormone, acts on the body. Cortisol has both a short term and long term effect on the way the body uses glucose and stores fat.

In the initial stages of stress, cortisol is responsible for mobilizing fat and glucose into the bloodstream so that it can be used quickly for energy. It does this by breaking down proteins in the body, and turning them into glucose. Cortisol also increases insulin levels to let the glucose into the cells so that they can use it for energy.

The stress response system evolved to deal with sudden stressful events, like being attacked by a predator. First you have the fight or flight response, involving both adrenaline and cortisol, which produces a quick blast of energy, then when you've escaped you need to replace that energy. So one of the later effects of cortisol is to increase your appetite and increase fat storage.

This can be a problem if you're under constant mental or emotional stress with nothing to flee or fight. Cortisol will slowly break down muscle and bone to provide energy, elevate your appetite, and cells that are receptive to cortisol will store fat. Because fat requires less energy to maintain than muscle, this decreases your metabolism. And the fat cells around the waistline are the most sensitive to cortisol, so this is where you are most likely to gain cortisol-induced weight.


So, ladies, take a deep breath, relax. STRESS MAKES YOU FAT!!
I find this a fascinating theory!! I am definitely going to work on relaxing.

Lisa

newinspiration
09-01-2004, 07:47 AM
Hey, Lisa--that information about stress, lowered immune system, weight gain, and cortisol was great!! I've been hearing about that a lot on TV lately, and I've found a definite pattern in my own life with stress or not sleeping well (which is very stressful on the body) and more susceptibility to illness--I'll get a cold, or my OCD will act up--also, what I said yesterday about craving carbs when I am stressed so I can relax--and trust me, healthy carbs like fruit or carrots are not what I want. I want that which will get that rush of insulin and serotonin going--SUGAR AND FLOUR!!!!! I've even noticed that if I have a period of time where I eat lots of white flour, sugar, etc., that I tend to retain fluid--basically become bloated in the hands, face, tummy. I've dealt with a lot of stress throughout my life, and I have ALWAYS had trouble with my waistline being too large for the rest of me--even when I was at my lowest weight--122 lbs. on a large frame--downright skinny!! Now that could be either genetics or cortisol or both happening there, but I've seen plenty of personal evidence to say that you've really got something there with what you shared with us. I too try to keep my stress level down--ha! ha!--maybe manage it and take care of myself in the midst of it is more like it--because I really believe that stress is an enemy of good health. Speaking of managing stress--I am really glad to be off school today. It will take some of the pressure off me and help me to get a little ahead of my class--also, I've got to get those two girls of mine to help me clean the house--wash the kitchen floor, finish the laundry, and clean the cat hair off of everything it sticks to. Cyan, I know you have cats--do you have anything you do that helps keep cat hair off furniture and rugs, especially--or methods you use to get it off easily? Or do I just resign myself to having a furry house that I just have to keep working to keep reasonably clean? That furry stuff is the only part of having a cat that I really detest. Everything else is pure heaven--well, maybe the litter box isn't quite heaven. Well, got to go. Have a good day, all. Hope to see everyone else back soon. Maybe they are all in the midst of getting back into school too, and it won't be long till they come back. Bye!! :)

cyan
09-01-2004, 02:00 PM
Ola chickitas Looks like its just us three LOL Man I havent been 122 pounds in sooo long.

the other day I bought my first pair of size 8 stretch jeans...and they fit...ok tight...and yes...too tight for me to wear outside...although some women might wear them...anyway...I squeezed into them...woohoo....I bought them because they were at a sidewalk sale and they are mexx...and they were only 15 bucks...so I figured I would make them my fall goal pants to fit into...and I might just say so myself...they are very flattering on me...heheheheh

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with milk
lunch: beef vindaloo with carrots and chickpeas
dinner: chicken breast with green salad, garden tomato, onions and feta (some tzatiki on the side too for the chicken
snack: banana and apple

exercise:walk to work and home, cycling and maybe pilates

have a great hump day

Cyan

cyan
09-02-2004, 02:16 PM
Hey Ladies

Its a beautiful day today...lots of sun but the temp is just right..not too hot...hot humid..just the way I like it.

I woke up hungry today...so I had breakfast and then at 10.30 I had half of my lunch..weird...but there are days where I will eat anything in sight. LOL

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: toast whole wheat with cream cheese light
lunch: chicken breast sandwich on portuguese bun with branston pickle
dinner: shrimp, chickpea and tomato salad with feta
snack: yogurt and three oreo cookies( damn..they were in the fridge at work!)

exercise:walk to work and walk home and cycling and some pilates

Have a great day

Cyan

newinspiration
09-02-2004, 05:47 PM
Hi, ladies--it's been a long time since I was 122 lbs. too--1988 to be exact--for me that's too thin. My periods went away for almost a year when I was that thin--not too good. I'd like to be about 135. Even 145 would be good. I went to the store to try to buy school clothes for myself yesterday--at the store where I used to buy all my favorite things--every 18-20 was too big, except for a couple of skirts, but they made me look sloppy--too much material. Even one of the 14/16 tops was too big. I was really surprised about that. A 14/16 button down blouse with a collar was too small, but I don't look good in a collar--it makes the top half of me look bigger, and it's already big enough. Last I checked, I was 157.5 lbs. I'm pretty tired tonight--had a good day at school. These 19 students I have are such a joy--so cooperative and helpful and interested in learning--even the boys who mess around aren't incorrigibles like some of them last year. They will calm down and do some work. I literally walk around my classroom smiling. I told them--so they wouldn't think I was goofy--that I was so happy to be with them, and that I enjoyed them so much, and I was smiling because I was happy. Well, I'm going to check out a music company website to buy a clarinet for my younger daughter, so I'm going. More soon.

Lisathemommy
09-03-2004, 09:26 AM
Yippee...it's Friday! I'm up having my morning computer time while my children get themselves ready for school (with minimal help from mommy). I like how my daughter's school starts at 9am. At her other public school in Kindergarden it started at 7:50am!!! That's just too early! I didn't sleep well. My 4 month old slept with the me the whole night and he is a kicker...already. The other night while he was in my bed I had a dream I was being attacked by a dear....? :?:
Someone put an offer on our house on Monday. We countered. Since then, they've asked about a couple of things and come to look at the house a second time..but here it is Friday and we still haven't heard anything!!! Not a good scenario for reducing my stress. :no:
Well, I started out the week at 203.5 pounds on Sunday. That was the last day I attempted Herbalife. I ate whatever I wanted that day and started Atkins on Monday. Today I am 197.5. That's 6 pounds!! :cp:
Cyan, I am definitely going to buy a microphone today. That was so cool. You didn't sound a thing like I imagined.
Newie, I hope school is good for you today and that you have a good weekend!

I hope more of our flock make it back here soon.


Have a great day!

Lisa :flow2:
Lisa

MikiG
09-05-2004, 05:45 PM
Hi Ladies :)

Thanks to the 3 of you faithful ladies who keep this thread going. Altho I dont make it in as often as I'd like to lately, I would just die if it closed down. I love knowing you're here whenever I can get around to joining you so PLEASE continue.

After a stressful past 6 months and almost unbearable last few until recently, my appetite returned with a vengeance the last couple of weeks. I have eaten everything in sight. :( I am determined starting tomorrow to get back on track. ( I know...ought to start today huh..lol) But it's a holiday weekend. :^:

Things here are slowly but surely improving. Phil is totally committed to me and to our marriage...I'm the problem now. I get up each day telling myself that the past is in the past and I have to get over it and not bring it up anymore. Sometimes that happens but others, the tiniest thing might still set me off. He never knows what kind of mood to expect from me these days. I definitely have more good days than bad ones now so that's a good thing. Just wish I could erase both of our memories of a few things. Would make thinks easier. I do know that I cannot for the rest of our lives hold this mistake over his head. I dont try to do that...it just comes out sometimes. I can go from the happiest high to the lowest disappointment in a day. Working on it tho...and like this weightloss journey, I refuse to give up.

So many changes have gone on with me the last several months. You all know the part about my marriage. Then also, my youngest sis, Joy got transferred to Utah.(her husband is in the airforce) She's the one with the two adorable kids, Kaylen and Isaac who I miss terribly already. They are now a 25 hr drive from here. They have been gone a couple of weeks now. I have 3 sisters and this is the first time ever that any of us have been more than 2 1/2 hours away from each other. We're all very close to this is a traumatic thing for us.

I also have had some changes at work. I worked fulltime for 13 yrs but for the last several altho I worked most days, I kept a part-time status so that I could be off as needed for my kids...ballgames, school parties, etc etc. Anyway, I have been training people since January in the Bookkeeping/Transit department. Someone else gave their notice a couple of weeks ago so I decided that to get a break (mentally)I was going to have to take the job myself...the one I've been training others for. I just cant bear the thought of going thru all that again with someone new so for now, I will do the job myself which means working every day Mon-Fri and occasionally Mon-Sat. It will mean more hours but definitely less stress. It's much easier doing the job than teaching it. My boss was thrilled that I wanted to do that and says if I get tired of it, we'll once again resume the training...it's just up to me when or if that happens. He also said if I wanted to train someone on just a few of the things, enough that if I really needed time off they would know enough to get by just as my backup then that was fine also. For now, I think that's what I'll do.

So that pretty much sums of my life lately. Glad I finally got to come in and update ya'll on things with me. Now I have to find time to catch up on the individual posts. Hopefully everyone will eventually find time to wander back in with us. I plan on doing better at that myself.

Lisa, Cyan and Newie, thanks again for always being here. Have a great weekend!

MIKI

Lisathemommy
09-06-2004, 10:31 AM
Miki, I was so glad to see a post from you!!! I've missed you! I'm glad that things are going better for you for the most part. I understand about it being hard not to hold it over your husband's head at times. It's a hard thing. Here's some "not asked for advice" (sorry). You need to have some alone time mentally recommitting yourself to starting completely over with your husband. Just saying to yourself in your mind or out loud, "we're starting over. The past is the past and I'm thinking about the future" Okay...sorry :soap: But, until you're ready to do that, your husband should be patient and understanding and not get angry with you about your feelings. That's cool that your job is working with you so well. Good for you! :cp: As for you eating everthing in sight, we'll hold you to getting on track tomorrow! I'm sure Cyan has some more cyber kicks there waiting for one of to step out of line! :sumo:

cyan, I love my microphone and can't wait to talk to you again. You do have that Canadian accent where your voice infliction goes up at the end of each sentence. It's way cool! Everyone here should get a microphone and we could all talk together!!! :gossip:

Well, hope everyone else is doing good. Newie, hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!!!

Lisa :wave:

MikiG
09-06-2004, 05:42 PM
Thanks Lisa...I have missed you too! Dont worry, I can use all the advice I can get so dont worry about that. The truth is I know that's what I should do...it's just sticking to it that's the problem.

Eating today hasnt been bad at all..just have to keep it up the rest of the week.

I have a mic too (somewhere!). One of the kids disconnected it to connect some headphones or something I think. I used to have the mic with the headphone attached but the one we have now is just the mic which comes thru the speakers. Our computer is in the living room but sometime when nobody is in here watching TV, I'd love for us all to talk. It would be cool to hear how everyone sounds.

Well better run. Luke is working on homework that he should have done before now and needs help. :mad: I'm not too happy to find out he had a long weekend and waited til now to mention his math homework.

I'll be back when I can. Everyone have a good week.

MIKI

newinspiration
09-06-2004, 06:59 PM
Hi, ladies--hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend. Miki, don't be hard on yourself for your feelings. Despite the fact that your marriage is on the mend, and both you and your husband are committed to each other, you've been through a real trust trauma, so it seems natural to me that it's going to take some time to get over it. I had a couple of ideas--I hope I am not overstepping our friendship here. I agree with Lisa that your hubby needs to be understanding of your feelings and give you time to work through them--you need to heal!!!! And denying the anger or stifling it won't make it go away. It will just end up hurting you--you'll start eating like crazy or doing something else destructive to yourself. I think it would be good for you to cultivate some healthy ways to express and work through your feelings and generally take care of yourself, so your anger (natural and normal by me!!) doesn't poison the healing of the relationship. Also, I hope you guys are communicating about all those feelings that you are experiencing. It seems to me that would be part of the healing. I mean, what happened DID happen, and while you can't erase that fact, healing YOU hopefully would be part of the whole process of moving on for both of you. I can't remember if you said you are going to couples counseling. I hope my opinion isn't too much two cents, and that I haven't offended you. If so, I apologize.

My students are angels compared to what I had last year--so eager to learn, to be helpful, to be kind--even the ones who mess around will actually listen to me!!! I am so happy. We bought a 2005 Ford Focus Saturday and traded in that Honda Civic that didn't seem to get its transmission fixed. The new one is such a nice car! I drove one for almost a week during one of my car renting periods a couple of weeks ago. Of course, we are in more debt--what else? But at least we have reliable transmission. And it's the prettiest color--called French Blue--like the Microsoft Internet Explorer blue all over our internet screens. Hubby had the first step in the process of getting a dental implant on Saturday also. Oral surgeon drilled down into his jawbone to install a "screw anchor" which is supposed to accept a titanium screw to which will be attached a false tooth. Yuk!!! Of course, insurance doesn't cover this--considered cosmetic, but we don't want to file down perfectly good teeth to create a bridge for him. Luckily it takes about 8 months, so I have that time to come up with the $1300. We paid $450 Saturday. Thank God we are both working.

My food is interesting. I am only eating when I am hungry and what I want to eat. It's a very weird feeling but very right for this time in my life. I've never done that before. I think I'm eating less, and fairly balanced. I do eat sweets sometimes, instead of other things--not in addition to them, so it will be interesting how this all works out. I use a lot of calories when I am at school. I think I get quite a bit of exercise, since my classroom is on the second floor, and I do those stairs several times a day. I rarely sit down before noon too.

Well, I'm going to get going. I don't have a mike at this time, and I don't really think I want to get one right now, if it's all right with you guys. With talking and listening to others talk all day, computer time is really quiet time for me. I never even turn on my speakers unless a phone call is coming through, and I want to hear the message. I know it's fun to hear one another's voices; I have a penpal in Australia, and whenever I talk to her on the phone, it's so cool. Maybe sometime soon--bye for now.

cjunk
09-06-2004, 09:48 PM
Hi everyone-it's been ages since I have come online to this site to post but I have been reading every now and again and like everyone else I would miss not coming here!! So I thought I would say a hello to all. I was on vacation for 10 days and start back to work tomorrow--sad to go back as my next vacation won't be until Christmas now!! We went canoe camping at Algonquin Park and also up to a cottage for a few days. Did a bit of mountain biking as well. A very active week and I think I should try and keep it up during the work week which is much harder!!

Newie, like you these first few back to school weeks will be hectic so I am ready to jump back in to things as I work at a children's centre where we work with schools a lot.

Cyan, sounds like you are still determined and focussed but have some days where you need a good Cyber Kick!! I can't say that we are much different so I will spare you this time!! I don't have a microphone for my computer but a friend just moved to Mexico to work and has a microphone internet phone connection so I will be getting one soon as well and will let you know when I do.

Miki, times have been rough, but they will get better. Trust is something that is earned and built back over time. It is impossible to have that happen over night honestly, so don't be hard on yourself for the process is a process and is normal. Just be yourself and allow yourself to express your feelings in other ways so that it does not stay pent up. We are here to support you through that if you feel frustrated and need to vent anytime.

Lisa, I hope that all is working out well with your house offer and that your kids are enjoying school. What is it like for you to go back as well? Congratulations to your husband for his new job!!

My fiance and I are thinking of going tropical to get married next year as that way any immediate family who want to watch can save to go down to see it. I would love to be able to afford Hawaii, but have to look into it more--we'll see!!!

In terms of me and eating and exercise--I have been exercising a lot and I have been eating a lot. I have been gradually putting on weight each year I get older-- a pound here or there but not happy with it. So my goal before getting married is to increase weight bearing exercise to get my muscle mass to increase so it burns off that extra fat I have put on!! I have about a year to go to get to my goal!! I am starting by incorporating some regular weekly swims that I enjoy so much as they are right up that alley!!

Talk to you all soon,

Cjunk

cyan
09-07-2004, 10:08 AM
Hey...looks like it hopping back in here...Nice reading all your posts. Just a quick note from me..I am on vacation this week so some chilling is in my immediate future. Exercising has been ok..food the same except I had a big piece of key lime pie yesterday. I am still at 161 pounds...its taking forever to get out of the 160's but I am still plugging away at it. Have a great super day

Cyan

debee
09-07-2004, 04:45 PM
Hi Ladies,

I'm back too! Summer has been very busy and now that the kids are back in school I have a bit more time. Miki, Lisa, Cyan, Newie and Cjunk I have read all your posts and am thinking about you!

I got a new car last week..a chevy tahoe...it is a big suv but wanted it for the lakehouse. I have been busy painting the garage creating a kids garage art gallery. I painted the walls a light coca brown and then put up a black and white check border and have the kids artwork all framed in black frames, I also painted lockers with black chalk board paint and now organized the families winter hats, mittens, boots and shoes. I put up checked toppers over the white sheer curtains and plan to paint the floor. It looks great. I have so much artwork from the kids that it would not fit on the refridge.

Another project is to plant about 100 daffodils this fall at my house and another 100 at the lakehouse. I guess this will help me lose some weight because this summer has not been good... I gained 10 pounds and hope to lose it by Halloween and by my Christmas party to lose 20 pounds.

I hope to post at least three times a week. Have a great night!

cjunk
09-07-2004, 10:46 PM
welcome back too Debee! I myself have been away for a while. Your painting sounds very creative and fun too!! I am doing some "pre-Christmas" planning of gifts etc. this evening. I know it is only Sept. but I find the best deals this time of year and I get my shopping done early so it saves lots of money!! I found a Body Shop outlet less than an hour away and picked up lots of great savings there last week. Got all my cards and wrapping paper/gift bags in early spring on sale, so I am way ahead of the game so far. Cyan, I hope you have a great vacation--take some time for yourself if you can and drop in if you have time to let us know how it is going!

I had a pretty good eating day today and feel much better about myself when I steer clear of junk!!

Talk to everyone more soon!
Cjunk

Lisathemommy
09-08-2004, 09:27 AM
Wow! It's so awesome to see so many of you back here! I missed you!!!

Debee, your art project sounds way cool!

Cjunk, I think a tropical wedding would be great! If I could do my wedding over, I would've gone somewhere really cool like that instead of spending all the money on a reception or fancy hotel in Dallas. I would have had a more private wedding where it was more for Hubby and Me and not everyone else.

Well, I'mg getting kids ready for school. I am doing Atkins, and it's going okay. I decided to stay off the scale for a while. We're moving this weekend AND taking a fun trip to Kansas City to stay at Great Wolf Lodge ( a hotel with a water park inside!). So, next week we'll be at my in-laws to reside for the next 5 months or so. :fr:

Have a great day eveyone and WELCOME BACK!

Lisa

cjunk
09-08-2004, 09:15 PM
Hi Lisa, thanks for the welcome back!! Your trip to Kansas City sounds like it will be great!! I take it you sold your house--congratulations as I understand from your posts that you were hoping it would go through. Will you still be coming on to this forum when you are at your in-laws?? We hope to stil have you here!! Today was a whirlwind of visits and meetings and the day went by fast. Tomorrow I have double what I had today and I don't quite know how I will manage that yet, but I guess it will go by equally as fast!!!

Lisa, I love your scary blue-haired character you picked for the end of your post!!

Talk to everyone soon!
Cjunk

debee
09-09-2004, 06:22 PM
Hi ladies,

Cjunk we must have a telepathic thing going on... I started my xmas shopping today!
I decided I wanted to enjoy the holidays this year ..making cookies, going to see the nutcracker, doing some school events...fun stuff not running around last minute shopping. I brought some really nice red gift bags and some pinecone decorations and green french wire ribbon, ...I also brought my xmas cards and hope to get my cards out and done by Thanksgiving.

Lisa, let me know how the hotel is... there is one opening about two hours from where we live next spring.

Cyan, have a relaxing and chilling vacation.

Miki, thinking about you!

Newie, hope school is going well

Reina, where are you???? Please come back we miss you.

Well, today was ok foodwise...I was busy shopping from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. skipped breakfast and lunch and even though I was straving when I went food shopping I did not buy junk food. Had to take my son to piano lessons after school so I didn't get home until 5 p.m. and hubby is working late so i fed the kids early and I just had a cheese quesdilla and three handfuls of trail mix and some green tea. It was good expect for the trail mix...the nuts are high in calories.

Well, this morning I was 140. I am going to try to weigh myself every Friday morning.
Hopefully by next week I will be 137. How I will do it:

1. walk to bus every day
2. start la fitness
3. follow some diet plan ...adkins?
4. drink more green tea

newinspiration
09-10-2004, 06:45 AM
Hey, everyone! It must be a crazy week, since everyone is gone. I know I've not had time to get in here since Monday. How is everyone? Cjunk, it was great to hear from you. I too am struggling. I'm very busy at school and with my daughters, which I think is burning calories, but I'm eating far too many sweets. I know most of it is about convenience and the immediate ah-h-h-h! I get during stressful moments. So far I don't seem to be gaining any weight--actually my clothes are looser--must be the movement I'm doing in my day. Anyway, I just thought I'd check in. I've got to take care of some business on line and then write a composition assessment sheet for something the kids are working on, and I need it today. Thank goodness it's Friday!! I'm tired of running this week. I need a break!

cyan
09-13-2004, 04:12 PM
I am back from Vacation..a little hectic it was but none the less it was nice not having to work.

The week flew by and left me wishing for another week's vacation.

I didnt log any of my foods but I did exercise although not as much since i didnt walkt to work and back.

other than that...not much else to report

I will weigh in this saturday but the last time I checked I was down to 160.5 pounds...just around the corner from cracking out of the 160's...cant wait

let's hope that this past week of not logging in my food didnt jeopardize my outcome this weekend

But if it did I wont dispair...I will just keep plugging away at it

take care girls

Cyan

Lisathemommy
09-14-2004, 10:00 AM
Hello girls. How is everyone? I'm hanging in there. This past weekend was great on our trip to Kansas City at the Great Wolf Lodge. That is the coolest place! We stayed in a room called Kid Cabin and it has a little cabin inside of the hotel room with a twin bed and a bunk bed, a TV and little windows. Then on the other side of that was a full size bed, a hide-a-bed and a fireplace, a TV and a Wet bar with a refridgerator and a microwave. There was a nice Balcony also. Then, downstairs from our room was a HUGE waterpark indoors. We played for hours. There were things for everyone in the family including the baby. We had a blast. Also, before and during our fantastic trip, we were moving in with the in-laws. We've just about gotten settled in. It's been stressful for me because I've had school and Jeff started his new job yesterday and I worry that all of our hustle and bustle with moving will stress out the parents. (grandparents). I had clinical at the Psych hospital Sunday and Monday. Last night I was up until midnight putting things away and doing laundry. So I think today I can take a deep breath and just relax and do school work at my leisure.

Okay..food..Well over the weekend I ate lots and lots of yummy food. And when I say yummy I mean the fattiest, sugar-filled, high calorie, melt in your mouth yummy. However, Yesterday I was back on Atkins. This is what I ate yesterday:

breakfast: fried eggs and water
lunch: grilled chicken salad from Wendy's and a diet pepsi.
dinner: bag of peanuts from vending machine and diet vanilla coke.
snack: 1Carb Reeses peanut butter cup candy bar.
some cheddar cheese
more water
1/2 can of diet pepsi.

So, it wasn't the best meal plan yesterday but my school schedule threw me off...and I'm at my in-laws and haven't gone shopping for some good stuff. I definitely need more veggies.

Debee...when you say LA fitness...are you talking about LA weightloss? I did that and I lost 31 pounds. It was tough, but very reasonable. A little pricey but not too bad. I also saw you were thinking of doing Atkins. Let me know if you need any food ideas or advice on that. Definitely buy the book and read about it. You'll need the information to defend the diet when other people tell you how bad it is for you. People seem to think that all you eat is greasy fat food, but you don't. You can eat all the green veggies you want and you can choose lean meats. You don't have to have the mayo, sour cream, butter, etc, but you can in moderation if you want.

Okay, that's enough out of me this morning. Everyone have a GREAT day!!

Lisa

cyan
09-15-2004, 10:12 AM
Hey Girls...I have been struggling as of late with my food intake...taking in way to much food...how strange...I was doing so well...I was down to 160.5 pounds and now it seems like I dont care...I need to evaluate my thinking and understand why I am sabotaging myself by overeating and underexercising. I am on my period but I dont know if I can blame it on that entirely...maybe it was the vacation from work...I was completely off plan since last tuesday and stopped inputting my food into fitday.

Right away I realized that once I stopped journaling and counting calories I went of my plan and started overeating...even after all this time...it is still very easy for me to get off track.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: homemade chicken salad sandwich on a bun with cucumber spears
dinner: homemade chili con carne with feta
snacks: apple, yogurt and one cup of mixed berries
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: walk home, cycling and maybe pilates

Have a good day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
09-16-2004, 09:49 AM
Cyan...don't be too hard on yourself. We all splurge and get off the healthy bandwagon every once in a while. You work so hard and you are so disciplined. You will get back into the swing of things and be in the 150s before you know it! Food has many holds over us. We NEED it to live, but it also contributes to our emotions, our security, our pleasure. Food is good. I've started paying more attention to how I feel before during and after I eat. I'm trying to recognize my own bodie's reaction to food. Before I eat...I ask myself.."Am I really hungry?" I try to avoid that disgusting "too full" feeling when I eat. I'm doing well on Atkins and although I haven't weighed myself in a LONG time, I feel good.

Living with the In-laws hasn't been too bad so far. It's actually nice. My only concern is sometimes I let the baby cry for a little bit when I need to get something done real quick or something or help the other kids with something, and so my MIL will pick him up and try to comfort him, and then I feel like she may feel like I expect her to do that and then she might think that I'm taking advantage of having her here. Also, because I have a nursing baby, I do things when I can. For example..if I'm fixing dinner for the kids or cleaning up some mess we made, but the baby is hungry, I'll stop and feed him for a few minutes and then get back to what I was doing...so my MIL will start doing what I had started like there was a time limit or something...and then I feel like I'm being lazy by sitting down and breastfeeding. AND...before she goes to bed she likes to have her kitchen all put up and cleaned, so if she is in a hurry to get that done, we have to be done eating all of a sudden...I'm sure that this will all work itself out, but it's a bit challenging to co-mingle our lifestyle with the 3 kids and their lifestyle with two adults and a 15 year old. Very different styles.

Well, that's all for now.

Lisa

cyan
09-16-2004, 01:02 PM
Hey Lisa

That is tough...getting used to someone else's routing and lifestyles...I am sure this is a breaking in period and that soon you guys will find your groove.

I am having terrible cravings for sweets of any kind...I am actually tyring to ride out a craving for chocolate at the moment and not run out and buy some...damn its hard...but I will tough it out... I have to or else I will never lose my last 20 pounds!!

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: chili with beans and meat
dinner: oven baked trout with green salad
snacks: granny smith apple and one cup of mixed berries
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: walk home and cycle for 20 minutes

Have a good day

Cyan

cjunk
09-16-2004, 08:45 PM
Hi everyone,
I read over all of the posts and it sounds like we are all working hard!! Cyan, welcome back and get yourself back on track!! Remember how hard you have worked and how well it has paid off!!! Anyhow, that is my cyberkick in total. I am not good at being a drill-sergeant. Lisa, your trip sounded excellent and I agree with Cyan that routines will be established over time--not to worry. Debee-how is it going with your plan? Newie--you sound so busy!! I am trying to give myself a bit of time during the week to slow down. Today I met colleagues for lunch for 1hour which I never have time to do!! It felt so relaxing...we need that now and again.

cyan
09-17-2004, 10:20 AM
Hey Girls

Well I am slowly getting back on track with the food but let me tell you...it has been hard. Last night instead of having the oven baked trout with the salad, I had smoked salmon and trout on a multigrain bagel with light cream cheese...it was all good...I did manage to ride out my afternoon crave for chocolate...so that was a big victory for me.

I did have 12 chocolate covered almonds in the evening after my meal but that was much better than the previous nights. I also gave away my summer harvest pie to Ivano who graciously came over to my house to pick it up.

I walked home last night and did pilates but no cycling. For some reason for about a couple of hours during the time I usually cycle, I was sooooo sleepy...I am wondering if it wasnt because of the multi grain bagel..one bagel is 300 calories..YIKES

Anyway, Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: multi grain bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon/trout
dinner: tuna on whole wheat bread with green salad
snacks: banana, yogurt and one cup of mixed berries
beverages: water, tea, coffee and diet cola

exercise: walk home, pilates

Have a great day

Cyan

newinspiration
09-17-2004, 11:43 PM
Hi, everyone! Sorry I was gone all week, but it looks like it's been pretty busy in here. I caught a cold--got it from school through my own children--I think I've given it back to some of my students. I went to work every day, despite chest congestion and semi-laryngitis--it's harder to set up for a sub than to suffer through the day. I always went home and just went to bed, didn't grade any papers, and seldom cooked this week, so I am better--still have congestion in the bronchial tubes and off-and on hoarseness. We had open house Monday night too, there was a dance lesson on Tuesday, and a dr. appointment with daughter's allergy/asthma dr. Thursday, so I've deserved every moment of rest I took. Food wasn't too bad this week--no appetite, and with the congestion, up till today, whenever I ate, I felt like I was choking. That'll take away your appetite for sure. I have in general been eating sweets, but in moderation, I think. So far my clothes are still loose. As of last week, the scale said 157.5. That's about the same. I know what you mean, Lisa, about trying to listen to your body. I have been doing the same for some time now--stopping eating before getting that nasty, sicky full feeling, thinking, "Do I really want to eat, or is something going on?" Also, I've found that if I am very busy and involved in something, I forget to eat. I also cannot eat breakfast immediately when I get up like I used to--except for coffee. I often get up at 5:00, and I frequently don't even think about eating till 7:30 or 8:00. Cyan, hang in there. I've seen so many ups and downs in my own motivation over the years. Food is really a rough issue to deal with. It's necessary, and it's supposed to be enjoyable. Yet somehow it becomes our enemy. I think it's very hard to develop a healthy relationship with food. I think we fall down a lot. I also think we lose some of the pleasure and satisfaction food is supposed to bring us because of the pain it has caused in our lives. It is very complicated, in my opinion. Well, I'm going to go. I'm feeling very sleepy, and I want to watch Leno for a while and maybe turn on Home and Garden TV before I actually go to sleep. I often sleep on the couch when I have a cold--don't want to wake hubby with coughing or give him the cold--first he's miserable and then because of his fine manly nature, he is extremely difficult when he gets sick. I do what I can to avoid getting him sick in the first place to avoid the difficulty, and if it means sleeping on couch a few nights, so be it. I get a little time to myself anyway, which I am always starved for, so it's not all bad. Well, bye for now. More soon.

Lisathemommy
09-18-2004, 10:01 AM
ARGH!~ I just accidentally erased everthing I typed.

Okay...I weighed myself today. 197.5. I'll weigh again next Saturday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Lisa

cyan
09-20-2004, 10:49 AM
Still struggling with the 160ís...I am starting to think its more of a mental block than a plateau...for some reason I am not ready to get off of the 160ís....but I am working on it...so no budging on the scale this week but I know it will happen soon...I am definitely trying to understand why I keep sabotaging myself. For instance...when I go grocery shopping...I will buy foods that I know are trigger foods...like key lime pie, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate sauce...ice cream...yet I buy them saying to myself that I can eat them in moderation...Of course I cant, so I over eat them and I dont lose any weight...So I know this is something I am doing to myself.

I am very proud of myself this weekend I didnt buy any trigger foods...I still have vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, butterscothc sauce, and chocolate covered almonds in the house...and my Dad bought tortilla chips...pudding...and cookies but I am very good and not touching those...except for the tortilla chips...sometimes I can leave those and sometimes I cant. Ya never know.

So this week I will be cutting back on the bread...sort of like an SBD phase one but not as trict. I think I need to shock my body out of the 160ís...oh so close...just 1.5 pound away ...but no cigar...yet anyway

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: 4oz fillet mignon steak with salad (no dressing)
dinner: chicken breast with red bell pepper and green beans
snacks: mixed berries, two hard boiled egg
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: walked to work and will walk home, cycle 20 minutes and warm up...calisthenics

So if I can keep this up....I should be 159 by friday...wish me luck

Have a great day folks

Cyan

Hey I almost forgot...I bought some new clothes....one of them being a size 10 jeans...which I already wore over the weekend...and a sweater....its all good...I just really want to get off of the 160ís...already YEESH!!

cjunk
09-20-2004, 11:12 AM
Morning gals,
Cyan, I hear your struggle and I am taking the opportunity to give you a cyber-kick!! You have worked so hard for this and you deserve the rewards, so stop sabotoging yourself!! Get rid of those foods from your home that could be a temptation or buy your dad a lock box and give him the key so he can get his junk food when he needs it and you are not tempted by it!!! You can do this--I know that you can!!! This is the time to ramp up and increase your exercise a bit to get yourself off of this plateau. I look forward to hearing more about your results by the end of this week or next!! Cjunk

Lisathemommy
09-21-2004, 11:03 AM
Hello Hello. How is everyone? I have been busy busy busy. It's never ending. Living with the in-laws is not bad at all....so far. It's actually quite nice because I have a little extra help with the kids and I'm not responsible for ALL the housework. Hubby has been working very long hours and getting home about 4 or 4:30am. He goes into work at 4pm. Due to a policy change, 3 days after he started this new job, he got a $1/hour raise!! Living with his parents is going to help us save so much money and now with all he's making, we'll be able to save even more. That will be nice so that when we move into the new house, we will actually be able to afford it. LOL

Well, food wise...I'm trying. It's been really difficult. This past weekend my son had his 5 year birthday and I had cake.....and then on Sunday I had sweet rolls and Baclava. I hope to get a membership to the YMCA either this weekend or next so I can exercise and stuff. They also have a swimming class for babies and moms so I think that would be great. Although, I'm not a big fan of putting on a bathing suit. Oh well...it's not all about me is it???

Well, I hope everyone out there is doing well. Cyan and Cjunk, great reading your post. Hope to hear from the rest...Newie, Debee, Miki, and REINA!!!!!

Have a great day everyone!

Lisa

cyan
09-21-2004, 11:56 AM
Hello

Hey Cjunk...thanks for the cyber kick...seems to be working..the last couple of days I have been on target with the calories...but I am still allowing enough calories for my sweet tooth...I have light vanilla ice cream with a teaspoon of fudge....and 18 tortilla chips with a tablespoon of cream cheese....better than a full on binge. I also walked to work and back and cycled for 20 minutes...so I got my exercise in.

I walked in this morning to find out that our company was broken into last night at around mid night. The pretty much vandalized the place and stole some flat panel monitors and left in a hurry when they heard the cops coming.

Anyway, its always exciting working around here

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: chili con carne
dinner: chicken breast with red pepper
snacks: hard boiled egg, cottage cheese and mixed berries
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: walking to work and back, and pilates

Have a good day folks

Cyan

cyan
09-23-2004, 09:38 AM
Hey Girls

Thats what I have been doing this week...so far I am pretty much on track with the exercising and food intake. I have not gone over 1500 calories and I have exercised every day this week. I already walked into work and will walk back...I will cycle and do calisthenics for a warm down. My friend came over last night and when she saw me pedalling away...she was encouraged to use my bike after I was done with it and worked out too It was cool because she is trying to shed about 10 to 15 pounds herself.

Anyway, I didnt over eat last night..so that is always good...I did have desert...as usual...5 chocolate covered almonds, and 1/2 cup of low fat ice cream.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: pork loin with macaroni, green beans and red peppers
dinner: charbroiled chicken with green salad
snacks: yogurt, chocolate covered almonds
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: walk to work and back, cycle and pilates

well, my big weigh in is this saturday so hopefully I will be off of the 160ís...that is my goal for this week

Have a good day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
09-24-2004, 10:47 AM
Cyan, sounds like you've been doing great this week! Keep up the good work. Can't wait to hear about your weigh in!

As for me, My week has pretty much sucked. Tuesday, just before our meeting with the builders of our new house, we get a phone call from our realtor to let us know that the people who were going to buy our house didn't qualify for their financing and so our house is now back on the market. The builders absolutely not start building until our house has sold. Our financing has been somewhat of a challenge also and while we're still approved, it would be better if there was a house we liked that was already built because interest rates can't be locked in as long as it would take to build. I feel like we're back to square one and I'm overwhelmed with school work and kids as it is. I was supposed to go to my parents this weekend, but I called them at 10:30 last night to tell them I just couldn't do it. I have too much going on here. I was finally able to breathe after I called them. So, today I'm going to get caught up and relaxed and then I'll enjoy Saturday with my kids. Sunday it all starts all over again... I actually had dream last night that there was a volcano (there are no mountains here) and that we were running trying to get away from the lava...at one point we were trapped inside of a building and could only let it engulf us. I'm really freaking out! So, today I'm going to get organized and try to salvage my mental health!

As for eating....it's been horrible...I just had coco pebbles and a brownie with a diet Dr. Pepper for breakfast... I'm definitely an emotional eater..

Hope everyone else is doing well!! I could really use some words of encouragement!!

Lisa

cyan
09-27-2004, 11:02 AM
Hey Lisa...sorry to hear about your house ordeals..hang in there. I totally know what you mean about being an emotional eater...I used to do that all time and I still do when I am feeling super stressed and overwhelmed.

Well I didnt see 159 this weekend...I think I am retaining water...because my hands were puffy ...so I was at 161.5 instead and I know I didnt gain any fat...I was very good all week and all week I was at 160..so I will be patient and keep going and I will see 159 before this week is over. But it is very frustrating...ACK ACK ACK .

So I am even more motivated to stick to my guns and make that scale move off of the 160's

Ok have a good day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
09-27-2004, 11:19 AM
Hang in there Cyan. You'll be in the 150's soon and even in the meantime, you're a very special, beautiful, disciplined woman that will not judge your self worth by how much you weigh!!!

I'm starting to prepare to take control of my eating. I'm starting out good today. I'm also going to take a look at my life and try to schedule in some exercise. I'm so out of shape! I didn't weigh in this weekend...I had enough stuff to be upset about.

Life is too short to not enjoy it. My weight is a small issue that is far less important than so many other things!

Have a great day everyone!

Lisa

cjunk
09-27-2004, 02:09 PM
Hello Everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted but I am taking time from the hectic schedule to say hello. Last week I scheduled too many appointments and I learned not to do that for this week so I am actually having a real lunch break right now!! Somehow I have energy today where I woke up and vacuumed my house because before I even left for work!! Strange for me as I am usually not so organized.

Cyan--Hang in there and stick with your discipline. Plateaus are tough to get over but once your body does you will find it getting easier and easier!!

Lisa--Sorry to hear about your house deal. The market is a good one right now though so I can imagine that in no time you will have someone interested in buying again very soon!! I think you did the right thing in taking control of some relaxation time and postponing your visit. Take good care of your body right now if you are under stress and your mind will then take care of you so that you have a clear head. You are a very intelligent, organized and creative individual--you have a lot of great things going for you!

How is everyone else doing?? For me I am finding that I am pretty much holding steady at my weight and baseball season is now over so I have to schedule some time in to do another sport to keep me active. I think I will schedule in a regular gym night in my daytimer where I go for a 1 hour swim and then a yoga class. That way I am incorporating relaxation with exercise. Lately I have been "miss organizer" and can't figure out why but it seems to make me feel positive about things. I have been organizing Christmas gifts, cleaning more, getting houshold chores done. I am optimizing on the energy while I have it!! I am now down to one job instead of the two I was working (I was working about 50 hours a week and now I work about 40 hours/wk). This has made a huge difference and those extra hours feel like a ton of time!!

Gotta get back to work.

Cjunk

cyan
09-28-2004, 09:17 AM
Hey Cjunk

Good to hear that you are holding steady with the weight. And look at you with all that energy...I am thinking you are feeling healthier? And good going for cutting back on your work load...you gotta take care of yourself too. I like to organize too...its a strong urge in me..LOL Well I am glad to hear that you are doing well.

Hey Lisa..you are right..life is too short..good to hear that you are rethinking your plan and the key to success is never to quite...I think you get that...so you will make things happen for you...you are smart...so I have full confidence in you that you will reach your goals. Good going on exercising.

Let me know how you are doing

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: fuit cocktail (home made) Dad made it, 1 slice whole wheat bread with peanut butter light
lunch: chicken korma...indian dish with side salad of arthicoke hearts
dinner: chicken mole...mexican...shredded chicken breast with mole sauce and a side of baby carrots
snacks: yogurt
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: walk to and from work, cycle and pilates

Have a great day ladies

Cyan

cjunk
09-29-2004, 08:56 AM
Hi Cyan, I forgot to mention that I got my iron levels back to normal!! Although I just had my period and I noticed that I feel a lot more tired since then so I am back to high iron foods and vitamin C to see if I can get more stores. It apparently takes months to build up storage so I know I am on the right track--and I can tell too with all the extra energy. I feel like a new person!! Mornings are still really rough for me. I used to be a morning person when I was younger but as I age I can't seem to get up--it feels good to keep sleeping!! I have very vivid dreams all the time in which I dream in colour--this has been happening for years. One of my favorite dreams (don't laugh too hard), is where I get to go to a cheesecake buffet and I eat all the different types of cheesecake that I want until I am full (I can't eat cheesecake anymore in real life as it gives me stomach aches and causes many trips to the bathroom!). I actually wake up full the next day but with a smile on my face!!!
Hope everyone else is doing well, talk to you all again soon. Cjunk

cyan
09-29-2004, 09:09 AM
Cjunk...now that is my kind of dream...LOL Good to hear that you are feeling better.

I think my scale is stuck at 160....I am so close...so here is to losing just one more pound...cheers...wooohoo...I can do it...right?

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: tuna, trout potato, asparagus salad with light mayo
dinner: chicken mole
snack: fruit cocktail and yogurt

exercise: walk to work and back and cycle

Have a good day

Cyan

newinspiration
09-29-2004, 11:07 PM
Hi, ladies--I'm not lost, though it seems as if I am--I haven't been here to post in over a week--probably closer to two. I've just been very busy--everything from papers to grade to that bad cold to taking the cat to the vet for dentistry to meetings at school to grocery shopping to laundry to choosing ceramic tile for our new bathroom floor--the one damaged by the water leak--it is going to cost nearly $2000 to replace it!! We also learned that there is a certain weakness that needs to be repaired. That made the price go up, I'm sure. It's just that there's so much to do. My food hasn't been wonderful. Those few cookies and faculty birthday cake little by little ran things up about 2 - 3 pounds. I'm not sure. Anyway, I'm hanging in there. Tonight's the first night/day in nearly two weeks that I've not had to run around somewhere to lessons or doctor or grocery shopping or some other errand of some type. I'm happy in school--just too much to do and so little time. I've begun having hot flashes again. My period disappeared again, so I am not surprised. They are worse than they were last year though. Last night I was awakened by one and had to go to the living room and open the window to cool off. It feels like under my skin is on fire. Anyway, I quickly read the recent posts. Hang in there, Cyan. I know the struggle--you want to do it, but it's so-o-o-o-o-o hard. Lisa, I feel for you--having to get rid of a house to get somewhere to live is no fun at all. You sound just about as tired as I feel. Good to hear from you, Cjunk. Well, I'm going to bed. I wrote three tests tonight. I usually grade papers for about an hour in the morning, so I want to get to bed. Bye for now.

cyan
10-04-2004, 09:50 AM
had a pretty good weekend hanging out with my friends....Food on Saturday was bad bad bad...I had 1/2 a medium pepperoni pizza from Dominos...for real...it was sooooooo good and it had been probably over a year since I had had dominoís pizza...and I drank a full fat coke too...one can (12oz)....and I had a big piece of lemon pie, key lime sorbet, and a big piece of chocolate cake with icing...this is over last three days

So as you can see..pretty much out of control food wise...I did exercise...cycled and did pilates. So its monday morning and I am back on schedule and will have to be very good all week...or else I will never reach my goal of 140 pounds.

I didnt realize how much junk and calories I had eaten all week until I wrote it down here...thatís a lot of food...when I am eating all of this food I rationalize it and make it feel like its not a lot of food...so journaling is helping me face my reality.

Well I am hoping for a more structured week.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: ham and cheese sandwich
dinner: tuna salad with lettuce, onions, sweet peppers (olive oil vingagrette)
snack: yogurt, piece of chocolate cake ( I know ...bad bad bad) but its made with apple sauce and no oils of any kind
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and pilates

cyan
10-05-2004, 09:58 AM
The weather here in montreal went from mild warm to friggin cold...ack! So now I have a cold and I am not walking to work and back anymore...too cold...so now I have to add an extra 20 minutes or so of exercise at home to make up for the hour long walk I would do...darn it...but its just too cold to walk anymore.

I cylced for 10 minutes last night and did the pilates dvd...I just didnt have it in me to cycle for longer...this cold has me beat a wee bit. I will try again to do the same routing except do the abs pilates dvd and longer on the bike.

I ate more cake last night...I had three servings of cake throughout the day...I guess I am lucky itís the low fat kind...yep...thats funny...saying that chocolate cake with icing is low fat each piece has 210 calories..I had three pieces for a grand total of 630 calories...sigh! but the good thing...I didnt bring any to work like I did yesterday...learned quick not to bring it in because I will eat it. So now I have the evening to make it through with out touching it...I hope my Dad will eat some of it...there is like 1/2 of a cake left. I left it on the top shelf in the fridge...so hopefully he will be encouraged to eat it.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: chicken tikka masala with white rice...about a cup of chicken and 1/2 cup of rice
dinner: beef steak with carrots and maybe salad
snack: banana, yogurt and mixed berries
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle and pilates

Have a super duper day

cjunk
10-06-2004, 07:39 PM
Hi Everyone, Things are going ok but I have a bit of a cold. Haven't done much lately as I haven't been feeling great but good enough to work and come home and sleep. Cyan, guess what?? I am coming down to Montreal this weekend for Thanksgiving with my sister!! If you have time, maybe we could meet for coffee (and no cake). She lives 5 mins from downtown in Westmount area. Newie, great to hear from you!! It has been a while and you sound sooo busy. Always blows me away how much you get done--I think I would lose it if I had that much stuff on my plate. I like to take things at a bit of a slower pace I think. Lisa, glad to hear from you too.
Gotta get back to work on my invitations! I am throwing an engagement party for my girlfriend who just got engaged. All of us bridesmaids are putting a fun bash together!!

Cjunk

cyan
10-07-2004, 09:23 AM
Hey Cjunk...That would be so much fun....you can call me when you get to town at 514-842-0568. I am always home in the mornings on the weekends..so you can call between 9am and 11am and you will be sure to find me there. after that I usually set off to run some errands. This is gonna be so much fun...I cant wait to meet you. I have a car so its not a problem to pick you up and I am close to westmount...in the plateau actually right off of sherbrook street. So I hope to hear from you soon

hugs

Cyan

oops my real name is Mariette...so ask for Mariette LOL

Lisathemommy
10-07-2004, 11:08 AM
Oh my goodness, Life is happening so fast! I'm not behind in school....all the house stuff put a wrench in the works. Today I'm taking my dog to my parents house in Liberal, Ks, about 4 hours away. The trip almost got put on hold (for the second time) because my 5 year old broke his arm last night! He was playing on the trampoline and he landed wrong. Poor guy..it's right above his elbow on his left arm. He's getting lots of attention though. We're going to go ahead and make the trip and hopefully I can get caught up on school work on SAturday..

I haven't been monitoring my food very well...but I feel like I'm losing weight...
I bought a pair of 16 jeans and they fit very very well! With room to spare! I'm guessing the jeans are made big? Anyway maybe I've just been too busy to eat lately?

Well, I'm off.

oh..and tomorrow is my birthday! I'll be 29...so this is my last birthday per say...after this, it will just be a celebration of my life and I won't actually get any older!

Lisa

ps...I'm so jealous of you Cyan and Cjunk...I wish I could go and meet you guys also! Have a great time!

cyan
10-12-2004, 11:51 AM
Hey Cjunk I didnt hear from you sad ..oh well...hoping you had a wonderful time in montreal.

Thanksgiving was good...lots of good eats but I dont think I over did it. Cold is finally better..stopped taking meds on sunday...and actually cycled last night. I did do heavy duty house cleaning on saturday and sunday so not bad with the physical activity

Hope everyone had a good weekend

take care

Cyan

cyan
10-14-2004, 09:37 AM
Well the last week I was sick, this week hasnt been too hot but now its time to pick myself up by the boot straps and start working hard again. I have been unmotivated lately in a lot of things I am doing, especially my weight loss program. So its time to get serious again and focus on doing that. I think it will help me in the long run in other areas of my life.

So no exercise or eating well the last couple of days but that will change right now. I will stick to my meal plan...if I make the time to write it here I will use it...yeesh! ok here goes

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat with metamucil
lunch: tuna sandwich
dinner: oven baked trout with carrots
snack: mixed berries and yogurt
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle

thats it, have a good day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
10-14-2004, 09:45 AM
Hey girls...I'm still here. I think life is finally settling down. I never actually went on my trip to my parents house. My son ended up having to have surgery on his arm on Friday to put pins in. He did very well..but it was a challenging day and I hope I never have to send one of my children into surgery ever again. It was not a good way to spend my birthday!

Food wise, I'm doing terrible!! I just can't get on track. I'm so hungry all the time! I need a cyber kick!!! I've been lazy and unmotivated! However, I have an A in school and that feels great !

See you all later!

Lisa

newinspiration
10-14-2004, 09:39 PM
Hi, girls--it's been so long--over a week for sure--I think I last posted on the 6th. I've been so busy. Between regular teaching work, meetings (the school is being evaluated this year), parent-teacher conferences, the usual carting of my own children to lessons, etc., and just day-to-day business, I am just shoving through each day one after another. Last weekend hubby and younger daughter went to Ohio to a model car show (hubby builds NASCAR models), so I was left with teenager--she was grounded for being mouthy, so most of my weekend was being alone--she was in her room most of the time. It was wonderful!!!!! I haven't had that much solitude since I was single, and I loved every minute of it. I'm a person who loves to be alone. Food is up and down--if I am stressed or really hungry, of course I go for the quickest thing, which is usually a cookie or a piece of chocolate. OK occasionally, but it can put on the pounds if I do it too often. Tonight I ate chinese food--I was a bit upset by news at school that parents are trying to interfere with the school (it caused a serious problem last year) again this year, and I ate too much very fast. I guess I won't be eating before bed tonight, because my tummy hurts!! I am really loving what I do this year, even though I am working my bottom off (too bad it's not a literal thing). I wish these parents would just leave the school to the educators. What they are doing is really bad for the kids, the school, and the church. I bought some tops last weekend--size XL. I am pretty amazed. I think the sizes are running bigger than they used to. Weather has become truly like autumn here--nothing like what you are experiencing, Cyan, but the rain and chilliness have started. Well, I am going to get going. I just spent about 3 hours making a big geography test, with pictures and everything, and I am pooped. Also, in about 10 minutes I have to get older daughter from choir practice. More soon. Thanks for being here, even when I'm not.

cyan
10-19-2004, 11:34 AM
Well I went to meet with the admissionís rep from the nursing home...She is a very nice woman might I add, very professional and answered all of my questions. For reinforcement, my friend who is a doctor accompanied me and she councelled me and my Dad to wait until a room is available in the alzheimerís ward....so my Mom is on the waiting list for a room there. I feel so much better about this....the other floors were not for my mother...the patients there were mostly bed ridden, wheelchair bound and very frail physcially. My Mom is full of energy..much like the the patients in the alzheimerís ward at the nursing home are. So the admissionís rep also agreed once I described my mother to her that the alzheimerís ward is the place for her and not the other floors of the nursing home.

So now its back to waiting for a space to become available on that floor. And if there is ever the case where My Mom gets worse very fast, she will be placed in any ward....worse case scenario. So thats it for now...We continue things as they are. I am happy about that because my Mom still knows who I am and that she is at home. It would break my heart to put her in with physically very sick patients whoís mean age is 85. On the alzhiemerís ward, the mean age is 55 years old. A huge difference for her and there are more nurses and people to watch them.

As for me, a huge weight of guilt and sadness has been lifted. I am so thankful to my friend Bernadette...who is pregnant and a busy doctor...for taking the time off to come with me...she is also coming back with me when I meet next with the chief nurse at the nursing home to talk about my mom and explain her case. Bernadette says we need to put a face on my Momís case so that she is not forgotten and placed in the alzheimerís ward.

Bernadette is my angel on earth right now and she has helped me be strong in my moment of weakness, if it were not for her, I would have felt pressured to put her in the nursing home this week on any floor instead of wait for the right floor for her.

So now I will go back to my usual schedule of work, trying to lose weight ...so here goes

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: peanut butter in a bun
lunch: deli sandwich with side salad
dinner: roast beef with potato
snack: 5 halloween chocolate candy..yes I know...bad.

Have a good day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
10-19-2004, 01:21 PM
I am so glad, Cyan, that you have such a good friend there to help you and give you the advice and love that you need. That is so important for us women to have.

I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I am just doing one thing at a time and trying not to look to far into the future (like minutes) so that I will not become overwhelmed. Our house still has not sold. I am getting tired of living with the in-laws even though they have been very nice. I really really really need my own space. My own kitchen. My own everything. Sadly...or maybe not...I really miss my right to leave things messy if I so choose. Does this make sense?? I have definitely learned alot about myself so far in this ordeal. By realizing the differences in myself compared to my mother-in-law. I actually think I like myself better now.

Well, food wise... :shrug: I just can't seem to get into the groove. I keep telling myself that I should just keep eating the way I'm eating and then just exercise but I haven't done that either. My excuses are...(1) I have a horrible case of plantar fasciitis..(2) My back is in horrible pain..went to the chiropractor yesterday and felt great...until this morning...probably need to exercise to help it (3)It's starting to get cold now and I don't want to get my baby out in the cold...(4) I don't have time

Are those good excuses??? I need some motivation!!!!! I'm begging!!!!!!!

Lisa

cjunk
10-19-2004, 09:44 PM
I'm back again!! Cyan--sorry I didn't get a chance to see you in Montreal. We ended up going down basically for about one full day so it was taken up by visiting. We plan to go again sometime so I will definitely get in touch!

I am in a friend's wedding party and I got measurements done for the dress and discovered that I have gained an inch and a half in my waistline---Yikes!! Amazing how it creeps up on you when you can wear hip-hugger jeans and dress pants all the time. Time to get back into shape!!

My measurements are now as follows:

39 bust, 30 waist, 42 hip

I think my bust size went up a bit with my waist too. Ski season is coming up soon. Just registered for an evening ski pass at a local ski hill for some exercise. We are booking a British Columbia ski trip to the mountains for February. I need to get to the gym to get my quad muscles back into shape so I can actually ski and also get my waist into shape too!!

Cyan, I am so glad that you have such a great friend who can give you both friendly support and free advise from an educated standpoint. I imagine it gives you peace of mind. Try not to be too hard on yourself for letting your diet and other areas of your life go lately as I imagine that thoughts about your mom and your family have been the most important item on your agenda for the next little bit. Use exercise as a diversion instead of a task to plan and you may find it a bit easier.

Newie--you are always so busy!! I have no idea how you manage to fit it all in but I think it is amazing that you can do so much. I can understand why parents try to get involved in their kid's education. After all, it is their children and parents have a responsibility to ensure that they are getting what they need in terms of education. In Canada, our system is great but occasionally there are some teachers who are not after the interests of all the kids in their classroom--one bad apple spoils the bunch--although I know you are not one of them some parents are very cautious these days understandably.

Lisa-It must be challenging sometimes to share space but it sounds like there have been some positives in the situation as well. I am going to give you a bit of a kick though and say that injuries and all, there are many forms of exercise where you can participate without pain in a graduated way. It's a matter of modifying your exercise to something like say aquafit etc. It is manageable. On that note, I haven't exercised much lately so I am not good at practicing what I preach!! So a big CYBER KICK to BOTH OF US!!

Gotta go,

Cjunk

cyan
10-22-2004, 10:18 AM
Well I am crawling my way back down...this morning I am at 161.5 down from 163 earlier this week...so that is good news...I goal is to see 159 by sunday morning and then start anew from there. I am not going to lose and gain the same frigginí pounds any more!!! Here me speak body...NO MORE

Yes you are right Kimberly...I have to stop having those halloween candies...so I wont have any today.

I cycled last night for 20 minutes and pretty much stayed on track with the eating...I have to slowly scale back on the calories...lately I cant seem to eat less than 1500 calories...the foods that I choose add up to about 1500 cals...so starting next week I would like to do a 7 day varried cal intake ranging from 1600 cals to 1200 cals ...just to keep the body guessing. So that means planning out a week of meals to make sure I meet those criteria.

So lets see...monday will be 1200 cals, tuesday will be 1400 cals, wednesday will be 1200 cals, thursday will be 1500 cals, friday will be 1300 cals, saturday will be 1600 cals, and sunday will be 1400 cals. Let see how this will work for me.

Oh My friend invited me to go to a Sauna Yoga class...you do yoga in a very hot room...you are supposed to sweat lots...So I will give it a try this saturday if she is going. I will keep you posted.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: frozen meal...lasagna
dinner: frozen meal....individual size pepperoni pizza
snacks: lipton cup of soup
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling

Yes I know, not the best meal plan today but I dont feel like cooking, so frozen food will have to do. It adds up to 1535 calories and 61 grams of fat. Fat is too high but I really want the pizza...I will have to think about this...maybe I will have something else for dinner.

Ok have a good weekend

Cyan

cyan
10-25-2004, 04:21 PM
I get to work and someone has messed around with my computer!! One of my monitors is not working and I just got it...its a 19 inch flat screen sony monitor and it is not working...Also, I was disconnected from the internet...very fishy...My boss is back from Vegas so he should be in soon and I will ask and see if he did anything to my computer...but I suspect it was the cleaning guy.

So this weekend was good for exercising...I did Mosksha Yoga...Hot Yoga...wow....It was very hard but I felt great afterward..I am going back next saturday to do it...wooohooo

I also cycled and did pilates...Food was good...stayed pretty much on plan so I am so hoping to see a loss by this friday...saturday the latest...the challenge is to stick to plan all week long....I should be motivated cause I am getting ready to go to Vegas this january for a business trip and one of my client is VERRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYY CUTE and single....and did I say HOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTT Anyway, I wanna look my best...Did I say that he is underwear model HOT!! ok...anyway, he will be there...so that is motivation for me to finally lose these last 20 pounds and get into tip top shape....heheheheheh

Food Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch:homemade lasagna
dinner: chicken with mixed green salad
snack: carrot juice and another piece of fruit
beverage: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle

Have a super duper monday

Cyan

cjunk
10-25-2004, 07:31 PM
Hey Cyan--Nice new pic!! I would love to hear more about this HOT Guy!!! Congrats on keeping your exercise plan going!! I must say that the one day I spent in Montreal, I found that so many of the women there are so skinny it is like being on "Friends." A little bit warped compared to the rest of Canada, so I have to say that it might be a tough place to try and diet with all the skinny's around all the time. Seems like most live on cigarettes and coffee. Was that a bad observation or accurate???

Hope everyone is doing well! Not much going on here--weekend flew by because I worked on Friday until late at night. Kind of feeling a bit burned out and trying to slow my weekly schedule down a bit. Too many appointments!! No time for me. Gotta take some time for me before I lose my smiles!!!

Talk to you all soon,

Cjunk

Lisathemommy
10-25-2004, 08:42 PM
Hey gals! Posting has really slowed down a bit for all of us it seems, but we're still here and it's nice to hear from you.

Cyan, nice pic! You are gorgeous!!! You'll have no problem at all snatching that hot guy in January!!! He won't be the only underwear model when you get done!! :devil:

Cjunk, when is the wedding and how is it going? You need to send pics of you and the sweetie!

Well, today is Monday. Mondays are my clinical days and today was our first day in the hospital for our Critical Care rotation. It was an orientation day mostly and it was SOOOOOOOOO boring! It was hard to not be home because baby is sick and then later on when I called home, hubby hadn't gotten my daugter to the bus on time. He just slept the morning away. Luckily he got her to school on time. He also came to the hospital at lunch so I could breastfeed the baby and such. It's a rough way to start the week because for the rest of the week, I'll just be trying to recover and catch up. I went to the grocery store and spent almost $300. I didn't just get groceries though, I got some new nursing bras and a slip and a girdle. I'm tired of looking pregnant.

Food wise..of course today being the beginning of the week, I was all ready to get a fresh start. I had mixed fruit for breakfast and some boiled egg whites. Then, when I got to the hospital, our NEW clinical instructor had brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts and they were sitting right next to me. ARGH...of course I had one...and since you can never just have one...I ended up having 3 more!!!!!!!!!! I had Taco Salad in the shell for lunch...and of course..I ate the shell...and then I had baked chicken and green salad for dinner. Oh yeah...after lunch..our clinical instructor had sugar cookies with frosting for us. He's just trying to be nice...and so I didn't insult him...I ate 3 cookies as well. Hopefully all the walking up and down the hospital halls did some good. I bought good food for the rest of the week and I have a good plan.

Well got to go. I have to give my son a bath...I can't wait for the cast to come off of that broken arm!!!

Lisa

cyan
10-25-2004, 09:19 PM
Hey Girls

Thanks Cjunk and Lisa for the lovely compliments...Did I mention my boytoy is ummm 23 years old...and just out of the US army...oh yeah...super duper tip top shape...so hot, you gotta put on sunscreen!!! LOL Anyway, we havent met in person...so its all fun...he is in florida and we talk on msn with the camera of course. But hopefuly we will meet when we go to Vegas...fingers crossed.

Yes Cjunk...Montreal women are very pretty and very fit....ugh...makes it much tougher to be a fat chick in Montreal...but hey...I am 20 pounds away from my goal weight and now with this extra motivation ...boytoy...well...it is keeping me on track...I have not wanted to binge eat and am exercising extra hard....did pilates and cycled. And I will be doing Moksha Yoga...hot yoga every Saturday for 11/2 until I leave to Vegas.

Lisa...put down the cookies and donuts and pick up a dumbell and healthy food....too bad you are married or else I would suggest a boy toy of your own...I find they work miracles on your motivation.

Have a good evening

Cyan

cjunk
10-26-2004, 09:10 PM
Hey Cyan, read your message and you certainly have nothing to fret about those Spoony French women because you are a very beautiful person inside and out!!! Not to mention some new incentives with this HOTTIE!!

Lisa, I enjoyed reading about your binge by living vicariously through you but then suffered drastic heartburn shortly therafter!! I can remember a gummy bear binge one time at the movie theatres which brought on a bit of gummy guilt--the trick is to MOVE ON and vow not to binge again for a long long time!!

I am a bit blue tonight. A longterm family pet (cat) who was with us for 17 years died today. Feels like I lost a family member because she was such a loveable cat and always there when I needed her. She comforted me when I was sick, helped me through break-ups, and purred with me when I was happy. I will miss her very much. She had a long and fulfilled life and lived to be older than any cat I know (17 is very old for a cat), and as far as I know died related to old age and seemed to go peacefully. I had a good petting with her yesterday and she died sometime today so I guess I had my chance to say my goodbyes.

Talk to everyone soon,

Cjunk

cyan
10-27-2004, 12:33 PM
Hey Cjunk

<<<<HUGS>>> Oh I am so sorry...I know how you feel...I had a beloved pet girl cat called Rusty and she died at the ripe old age of 17.5 years...I had to put her down because her body was closing down fast and she was very weak and suffering...let me tell you..I cried so much ...it was horrible...but now she sits on my night stand in her urn which is green...the color of her eyes. I miss her very much and it has been 4 years now. I hope you feel better soon

hugs and take care

Cyan

cjunk
10-28-2004, 09:21 AM
Thanks Cyan,
I had a lovely dream that I was petting her last night and she was purring and enjoying herself and it made me feel much happier. I am content that she lived a very long and wonderful life. I am sorry to hear about your cat as well, and it is very rare for cats to live to be so old--so I think we were both very fortunate.

I have spent the last 2 mornings flexing my morning schedule and sleeping in--not putting too much pressure on myself and feeling a lot better for it. Both days I worked later in the evening to make up for the flexed morning time but ironically it didn't feel like work because I changed my routine a bit.

On a lighter note--I got an evening ski pass for $100.00 for the season at a nearby ski hill. They had an early bird deal. Plan to ski at least a few nights per week/weekend which should get this lazy bod back into shape (I haven't done much since baseball season ended a month ago!!).

Talk to everyone soon!
Cjunk

cyan
10-28-2004, 12:11 PM
Looks like your kitty came by for a visit before heading up to heaven. Good going on the ski pass..I havent skied in awhile but I used to every season... I think I will try it again this season.

I have this work halloween party to go to tonight...but I have been feeling extra tired at night...soooo hard to get up....always happens when winter rolls around...the need to sleep becomes overwhelming. But hey...I might as well go get some dancing in and let loose....on the dance floor...heheheheh

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: banana
lunch: ham, pepperoni and provolone cheese sandwich on portuguese roll, 1/2 cup of coleslaw
snack: hunts chocolate pudding
dinner: squash soup
snack: some kind of fruit
beverages: water, tea and diet cola
exercise: dancing and if I have time some cycling

have a good evening

Cyan

cyan
10-29-2004, 09:22 AM
wish I was sleeping right now instead of at work...ugh! We had our company halloween party last night..it was fun...open bar so I had like 3 drinks and I was buzzed off that...I dont really drink hard alcohol...like its been easily over a year...on ocaision I will have red wine..and by that I mean every few months. Oh well..it was fun wearing a mask, talking and hanging out.

Thank goodness I got in my cycling cause we didnt get to dance...to many clients to talk to...but I did walk to the club and back home...it was about one hour walk round trip...so I am pretty happy with that...and it was cold...but my friend and I hoofed it at a quick pace.

Food wise was good yesterday...stuck to plan ...except for the alcoholic beverages...but hey...what can you.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: banana
lunch: frozen diet meal, a tomato
snack: low fat pudding cup
dinner: dont know yet...hopefully Dad made something..I think he was going to make fish
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle

Have a good weekend and stay op

Cyan

cjunk
10-31-2004, 09:30 PM
Made it through Halloween without eating too much junk!! I had 5 pieces of licorice which I think is a record for me. Carved pumpkins with a friend today before handing out candy tonight. Totally ran out by 8:30pm and had to turn off the lights and I had a bag of 100 candies too!!! Kind of glad to have run out. Some really cute costumes tonight too. Busy week this week as I am throwing a 30 person engagement dinner party for a girlfriend at the end of this week. I made a cleaning itinerary for myself so that I am organized and not too stressed out with last minute details! Talk to everyone soon.
Cjunk

cyan
11-01-2004, 10:15 AM
Hey Cjunk...looks like your weekend was fun...I hat 10 pieces of halloween candy this weekend...so not good...I am not having any this week...nooooo wayyyy...lord help me.

This weekend went by quickly...but they always do. I went to my second class of hot yoga...I am really enjoying it..I plan to go this coming saturday again. I cycled for an hour on sunday. Food wise was very bad on sunday...it was my friendís bday dinner..well ...we had sushi...tempura sushi..so high in calories and fat We then had key lime pie...thatís about 430 calories for 1/8 pie and then I had 4 mini chocolate bars..halloween candy...sigh....Lets just say that I ate about 2000 calories...So my one of cycling was a definite must...I should of kept cycling until dawn came up...but I ran out of steam.

So goal...although lofty...but I am feeling rather strong today is to not have key lime pie or halloween candies this week...I will have them as a treat this weekend but worked into my calorie plan so that I dont go grossly overy my alotted calories...fingers crossed. I have two months to lose 20 pounds LOL OH boy that is gonna be nearly impossible to do but that is what I am attempting to do...we shall see what happens...especially with christmas coming up...slapping my knee cause I know its gonna be hard.

The closer you get to your goal weight the harder it is to lose weight...truly is. Sigh...ok Meal plan for today

breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: carrot fruit juice blend...all natural,no sugar added , one cup
lunch: leftover sushi
snack: yogurt
dinner: individual size frozen pizza
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and pilates totalling one hour of working out

Have a super duper day

PS where is everyone? come back

Cyan

cyan
11-02-2004, 09:53 AM
Well I have been working out hard last week and thus far this week..I sure do hope I start seeing results on the scale. I am tired of this plateau business..I am running out of time..I need this wait off my january...I need to be 20 pounds lighter by then...I have this big conference to go to and I want to be looking my best. Sigh! Anyway, I have found this new motivation but the friggin scales and my body are not responding to all this exercising...I guess not walking to and from work has really made a difference in halting my weight loss.

Also, I have noticed that I have been eating extra calories here and there so I really have to shave back on that...I guess every calorie does count when you get down to the last 20 pounds or so...argh

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: carrot juice
lunch: home made chicken fettuccine alfredo (1 cup) portion control
snack: 1/2 cup of mixed berries
dinner: oven baked trout with side salad
snack: if hungry a banana
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and pilates

well Have a super duper day

Cyan

ps: the restaurant below my work is cooking up a storm and it smells devine...and it only 10 am...ACK!! The tempation I live with...to smell gourmet food all day long whilst working in like a lab experiment God is doing on me. Lets see how long she can last before she eats her lunch and then has to go get more food for her real lunch break...hahahahahaha Yeesh!

take care

cyan
11-03-2004, 09:40 AM
Food Wise that is..I was doing so well and then I did it...I had a piece of key lime pie....438 calories and two mini chocolate bars at 130 calories for the both of them..so that put me over my alloted calories...at 1892 caloires and 55 grams of fat.... The good thing is that I worked off 637 of those calories by cycling for one hour and doing 10 minutes of floor exercises afterwards...that brings me down to 1255 but I always worry that if I dont stick to my food plan, no matter how much exercising I do...I wont lose any weight...weird for me to think that way...but there you go.

So today I have to be very very strong and stay away from the friggin pie which I bought for my friends bday and now its in my fridge calling out to be everytime I go home.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: 8.45 oz of arthurís 24 carrot energizer smoothie
lunch: chana masala and squash soup
dinner: tuna macaroni salad
snack: either yogurt or pudding
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and pilates

have a great day

Cyan

cjunk
11-03-2004, 12:21 PM
NO MORE PIE CYAN!! I read your postings and decided that you deserve a Cyber Kick from me!!! I am happy you are keeping up your exercise, but you also have to keep up on your food plan too!! I am working from home today. Went to a visit yesterday with a child with special needs and the child screamed so loud that my ears are ringing today!! Trying a day without noise. If the ringing persists over the next day or so I will have to go to the Dr's---yikes---I hate going!! All is well for me with the exception that I deserve a cyber kick for eating 5 pieces of licorice for breakfast! I have a funny story to tell everyone so when I get a chance I will post it. That's all for now.
Cjunk

cyan
11-04-2004, 09:44 AM
I can smell the weekend coming...wooohooo...my Friend Ivano is coming back from his 3 week vacation in Morroco..lucky bugger!! Anyway, I am looking forward to his vacation stories and pictures.

I exercised last night for about 45 minutes...most of them on the bike. I stuck to my food plan...well...except for two halloween size chocolate bars..the small ones...but other than that...no key lime pie...It was hard cause now that pie knows my full name...it taunts me...romances me...tries all sorts of fancy patter...but I ignored the key lime pie and it finally settled down in the freezer to collect its thoughts for yet another nightÖ I am sure the key lime pie will come out full force this evening...but I will be ready too and I will push away any of its advances...I am strong...I hope!

Food Plan for today
breakfast: two whole wheat toast, one microwaved scrambled egg, one slice of cheese and chili sauce sandwich
snack: arthurís 24 carrot energizer smoothie
lunch: tuna macaroni salad (1 cup)
dinner: charbroiled chicken breast with green salad
snack: probably two more halloween candy bars and a piece of fruit
beverages: water, tea, coffee and diet cola

exercise: cycling and weight lifting and floor exercises all totally about an hour

My weekly weigh in is tomorrow morning...I used to be 159.5...then I went back up to 163...I had a very stressful week a few weeks ago...so now I have battled my way back down to 160...so I hope to see 159 and would be overjoyed with 158.5...we will see.

I am looking forward to my Hot Yoga class this weekend...not sure if I will go saturday or sunday depending if I go over to my friendís house for dinner or lunch..I find out tomorrow if we are still on. That would be fun...she is a cool lady...She is our companyís book keeper and my new accountant for this yearís taxes. She and her boyfriend seem like really nice folk so I am happy to get to know them better away from work.

Have a good day

Cyan

Cjunk...where is everybody? So sad in here....get back in here ladies and post

Thanks for the cyber kick ...no key lime pie last night. HOw are your ears? let me know

have a good day

Lisathemommy
11-04-2004, 12:11 PM
I'm still here Cyan. I come and read the posts but I just always feel rushed and never post a message. Shame on me. Thank you for keeping up on the posting and keeping this thread alive. I really miss everyone. I miss Reina, Debee, Taiwan, MikiG, Newinspiration, Lady, ...I'm sure there's more. It's just been so long. It really is sad not to have them here.

I'm at a wierd place in my life right now. Of course, as usual, I'm busy with school and being a mommy...living with the in-laws, etc. I joined the YMCA about 2 weeks ago and I've only been twice. I need to go again. I just don't know when. Last week I got a cortisone injection in my foot for a nasty little heel spur. I say little but it feels like a sword in my foot. So, I don't want to re-aggravate that by walking on the treadmill...so I'm going to try the bicycles. The cortisone shot really helped, but I don't want another one. It doesn't help at all that I'm so overweight, so I need to work on that, but if it starts to hurt again..I hurt to bad to exercise. Food wise...I am doing very lousy. Cyan, you are an inspiration..how you just keep on trying. If you stumble, you just pick yourself back up and keep working at it. I just say to **** with it and give me a piece of chocolate cake...and a candy bar...and a cheeseburger with fries....and on and on and on. I was doing so good on Atkins before. I think I need to get back on that. It really really worked for me. I've just been to afraid to put myself into ketosis while I'm breastfeeding.

Okay, enough of that.

I'm still here girls. I hope everyone can come back and post soon. I really miss everyone. If you've been coming to read and not posting...just leave a little note to say hi, so we know you're okay.

Have a great day !

Lisa

cyan
11-05-2004, 10:06 AM
My arms and upper body hurt...I started this ultra mini workout in the mornings right after I get up...I do an upper body weight lifting workout...its like 5 minutes long and I work out my arms...and I just started that yesterday morning...let me tell you...I can feel it...believe it or not I have the DOMS Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness...who of thought that just a few minutes of arm weights would make me sore...Yeesh! I do have fat arms...I hate them...not as bad as Oprah but like that except smaller...I have fat depost right above my elbow...very frustrating stubborn fat.

So I am hoping lifting weights will help me lose that or at least firm it up..I am tired of these pudgy 2 yearl old like arms..I want them to be toned.

I cycled for an hour straight last night...man that was hard..I think tonight I will go back to two sets of 30 minutes and then some floor exercises.

Well the pie won last night...I had half a serving of it...so thatís like 250 calories...I guess its better than a whole serving...my friend is coming by tonight to pick up the half pie that remains...thank goodness. I would throw it out but it cost be like 10 bucks and I hate throwing away good food. Maybe I will force it on my Dad if she doesnt pick it up

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: arthurís 24 carrot energizer smoothie
lunch: tuna macaroni salad
dinner: individual size thin crust pizza
snack: mixed berries
beverages: water , tea and diet cola

exercise: 2 30 minute cycling sessions, floor exercises

Hey Lisa...glad to have you back with us posting...you know what keeps me trying...posting here...make me more accountable and offers me the routine I need to stick to my plan. I dont give up even when I am so off my schedule...I just keep posting my reality here wether its good or bad and slowly I make small changes. It works

have a super duper weekend

Cyan

Cybele
11-05-2004, 12:52 PM
I was on 3FC a year ago when I began my weight-loss work in earnest, and although it helped for awhile, I didn't find a group I really meshed with, so lost the whole accountability aspect I was trying for. This seems to be an active thread, with people who are interested in a more wholistic approach, and above all, with other frequent "C" posters - cyan, cjunk - I thought as cybele I might fit in here! Do you mind if I join in?

My stats are below- basically I've kept off the ten pounds I lost last year, but have stopped losing. I've seen a nutritionist, but she didn't tell me anything new, even after repeated visits - I just need to do what I already know I should do, but I have a feeling some of my issues are tied up in feeling deprived or punished, so I'm trying to get away from that by splurging on foods for myself that are healthy, so I feel pampered rather than deprived.

I also really want to be working out more frequently - even if it's only the treadmill and some weights, which is what I've been doing every few weeks at the gym here on campus. I'd like to be doing at least three times a week, and for now, I'm just trying to get myself to walk in the door and stay for half an hour three times a week - so that's what I'll be trying now. I'm encouraged by your reports here - you seem to do so well, and you're even brave enough to have your actual photos as your avatars! I really think it could do me some good to post here with you all.

Here's hoping this can be the group, the time, the moment for me to really take charge of my health and well-being. Thanks for the support I've gotten from you already, even passively! :D

Lisathemommy
11-05-2004, 09:18 PM
Welcome Cybele! :balloons: We're always glad to have someone here to share their life with us. Yes, we share more than just weight loss efforts here. We share whatever we feel is helpful. If i'm having a crappy day with the kids or at school or with the hubby...or I just can't make good food choices...I share it. It helps! Hope to see you here again soon!

Cyan....don't buy anymore pie!!!

Today, I'm on ATkins again. Here is what I ate today:

breakfast: Carnation instant breakfast for the Carb Conscious (12 carbs)
scrambled eggs with cheese (3 carbs)
Lunch: 2 chicken drumsticks (0 carbs)
Dinner: Teryaki chicken YUMMY (3 carbs)
snacks: low carb chocolate bar (3 carbs)
pecans (3 carbs)
Carb Smart Neopolitan Ice Cream (0 carbs)
Total: (24 carbs)

I would have liked to stay under 20 carbs, but I'm happy with this.
What I'll do better tomorrow:
Plan my meals better
drink more water
exercise

Okay, good night!

Lisa

cyan
11-05-2004, 10:15 PM
Glad you have chosen us to restart your weight loss journey. Like Lisa said...we share whatever that is bothering us, making us happy...you name it.
So I hope you will be welcomed here cause you most certainly are welcomed.

Hey Lisa...I gave away the pie...no more pie in the house...my friend carted it off tonight...and pie went kicking and screaming it wasn't gonna be the last I have seen of key lime pie..I am afraid it is right ...but for now...its not in my freezer anymore :lol:

I did ok food wise tonight...I had a portuguese style custard tart...oh so good..but at least they arent 438 calories. I exercised but for only 30 minutes on the bike and about 10 of floor exercises.


Oh and before I forget...good going on gettin back on plan Lisa...one day at a time. YOu can do it.

Have a great weekend all

Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-06-2004, 11:16 AM
Good job getting rid of the pie!

Here's my meal plan for today:

Breakfast: Deluxe Ham and Cheese Omelet (4 carbs)
Lunch: 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 boiled eggs (2 carbs)
Dinner: We're going out for dinner...so I will try to have vegetabes and meat of some kind. No bread, no potatoes, no dessert Water to drink I'll try to stay within 10 carbs for dinner.
Snacks: low carb candy bar (3 carbs)

Tomorrow is Sunday so my mother-in-law always makes a big dinner. It's always high in carbs. The menu for tomorrow's dinner is Sub Sandwiches, Cole Slaw, Fresh Fruit with fruit dip and dessert. So, here's my solution: I will have deli meat roll ups with lettuce, cheese and mayo. I am going to make an ATkins version of Cole Slaw and I'm going to add deviled eggs to the menu. For dessert, I will make myself some sugar free Jello with some whipped topping. I should be able to stay within 6 or 7 carbs for dinner. Planning ahead...it's what I have to do!

My goals are as follows: By Thanksgiving Lose 10 pounds
By Christmas Lose 20

Current weight: 203.5 pounds

I've got to exercise today....hmmmm......

See you all soon!

Lisa

Cybele
11-06-2004, 04:45 PM
:workout: Thanks for the welcome, Lisa and Cyan. Already, your good vibes are effecting me. Today I attended a group breakfast where our lovely host had made scones with cream and berries, quiche, and all manner of other foods. I did have one scone and one piece of quiche, but then tried to stick to the pineapple and grapes off to the side. I also went to the gym right afterwards, and worked out on the bike for 50 minutes. 18 miles and 320 calories later, I felt a bit lighter in body and spirit. I'm really not the type who will ever be able to stop eating a variety of foods (the Italian in me protests if I try) but I think I can engage in moderation.

As modeled after you, my food plan for the rest of the day is:

- 1 apple and 1 ounce cheese snack
- pecan encrusted chicken over salad for dinner
- 1 slice french bread

Plus, lots of water. I'm going ot try to up my intake, and have done about 30 ounces so far today.

Cyan, great work getting the pie out of the house, despite its protestations. I tell you, baked goods have a very strong mind of their own! They force me to cook them up at all hours, but I'm going to do battle with them. Lisa, I hope that the Atkins goes well for you - I can abstain from talk about bread here, if it helps! I have a strong facination and admiration for the stuff, but think the food pyramid must be way off in the estimation of how much of it we need!

Check in with you all tomorrow or Monday-
Cybele

cyan
11-08-2004, 04:32 PM
Well my friend got back from Morroco on Saturday and we spent the day on Sunday getting caught up on his adventures. It was fun. I also went to my Hot Yoga class...it was a tough one...I think I was off a bit...I had to rest for a couple of the poses...first time doing that...I think I drank too much water too quickly so when we had to do the child pose...my stomach was too full and it made me nauceous...so I couldnt do those..or else like a child, I would of vomitted Not good. Other than that, it was good...the next time I will drink smaller sips and I wont bring my watch in there...I kept looking at the watch so that was very bad because it kept me from focussing.

I also saw The Incredibles...that was cool. I like pixar movies. Food was high in calories for both saturday and sunday...I ate like 1800 to 1900 calories for both days. Argh!! I really gotta control this or else I will not loose any weight no matter how hard I exercise..it just wont matter.

So this week I will focus on not eating more than 1500 calories...and then once I do that,I will see what happens. I just have to slowly bring it down to that level. When I was losing a pound a week I was eating between 1200 to 1500 calories. So I know that is what I need to do to lose weight.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: fruit smoothie..all natural...8 oz
lunch: cheese and ham and hummus sandwich on a portuguese bun
snack: yogurt
dinner: oven roasted pork ribs, lean only eaten with side salad
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise:cycle for 30 minutes and pilates

Have a great day

Cyan

Cybele
11-08-2004, 05:58 PM
Well, my plans didn't exactly go as I'd hoped this weekend, but I don't think they veered as far off course as they could have. Dear husband suggested Fuddrucker's hamburger for dinner while we were out shopping on Saturday, and it sounded too good and too fun. So we did that, complete with Coke (which I had previously pretty much omitted from my repetoire). But, on Sunday things went much better. I did a ton of yardwork outside, which must have burned off something by the way I was sweating. A banana and water for breakfast, a quesadilla loaded with tomato and pepper for lunch, plenty of water during the day, and salad with grilled chicken for dinner. Um, well, there were also the three cookies, but I did battle not to eat more of them, and they are TINY, I mean, really really tiny - the smallest cookies I've ever eaten. Hmm...just a bit of justifying, huh? No more of those for me, that's that. There are several in the cookie jar and I think I'm just going to have to visualize something disgusting if I head for them - perhaps instead of seeing the dreamy dark chocolate I will visualize instead the fat/lard/grossness that it will transform to once I've eaten it!

Today, so far so good. Vegetable laden, low cheese quiche slice for breakfast, 2 cups carrots and 1 cup grapes with half a PB&J for lunch, and plenty of water. I had hoped to get to the gym today, but I'm leaving on a business trip on Wednesday and I have TOO much to get done. I'll take the dogs for a walk when I get home, and do interval runs on that - it will multitask and at least I'll get -something- done.

Lisa - how did Sunday dinner go? It's tough to be a social eater, especially when people have lovingly created food for you. Are you also from a family that equates food with love? Any suggestions, anyone, on how to change this family culture?

cyan
11-09-2004, 09:50 AM
I woke up to a very cold morning and snow flakes...I didnt have my boots ready and since it was just a sprinkle I braved it with my shoes and fall rain coat. I have to dig out my winter coat and boots tonightÖ

I have been suffering from lack of energy for the last few days...I even struggled with hot yoga...and last night I only did 20 minutes on the bike...not sure what is going on yet but something is up with my energy...must investigate further.

Maybe its the cold weather rolling in and I am turning into a bear...and wanting to hybernate. I have to get my snow tires on my car this weekend...ack..I hope its not to cold cause my snow tires are stored outside and I have to fish them out and then store my four seasons in properly for the long winter.

Hi Cybele...I gotta give that visulalizing technique of yours a try...maybe it will help me from eating that chocolate cake my father brought home on sunday...It was my Mom's bday so we had some to celebrate. And lets not forget the remaining halloween candy... :rolleyes: And tortilla chips, chocolate pudding, coconut cakes, peanut butter cookies and the Lord only knows what else my Dad brings home...I try not to look at the shelves in the pantry too often. Way to much temptation but its hard to tell my elderly Dad that I cant eat that...he still thinks I am a kid...little do they know that they are now my kids and that I take care of them...oh well...such is life.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: fruit juice smoothie 8.45 oz
lunch: oven roasted chicken leg with green salad
dinner: one pork chop and one chicken leg with snow peas
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and pilates

Have a great day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-09-2004, 01:00 PM
Cybele, Sunday dinner went fine. We ended up eating earlier than planned so the cole slaw and devilled eggs did not get made, but I enjoyed some meat roll-ups. I did make some cole-slaw later in the day as I was craving something sweet and that was the only thing I could think of.

Cyan, I am experiencing low energy levels as well. It is almost noon right now and I just got out of bed. I did get up to get my daughter to school earlier but than I just crawled back in. Luckily baby was cooperative.

Well, I'm now down to 199.5. Yippee! That's 4 pounds since Saturday. That's very motivating to me. I haven't cheated once and I'm starting to get into the groove of Atkins again. It's getting easier. I ate at the hospital yesterday and had two hamburgers with cheese, mushrroms, lettuce and mayo and mustard with no buns. YUMMY!

Meal plan for the day:

Breakfast: Deluxe Ham and Cheese Omelet
Luch: Broccoli and Cheese stuffed Chicken and Cole Slaw
Dinner: hmmm I'm not sure since there is a women's dinner at church tonight. I might bring some devilled eggs to be on the safe side...I don't know
Snacks: Nuts, Low carb candy bar, cheese
Drinks: Water, diet soda

Going to the grocery store today. I'm going to get some of the carb smart vanilla ice cream and some diet root beer. YUMMY!! I love me a root beer float!

Lisa

cyan
11-09-2004, 03:04 PM
wooooooooohooooooooooo LISAAAAAAAAAA CONGRATS...HAD TO POST HERE AFTER READING YOUR ENTRY...WAY TO GO

cyan
11-10-2004, 09:46 AM
Dont know if the week is going by slow or fast...not sure how I feel about that

I didnt have much energy to exercise yesterday...just managed some floor exercises and about 15 minutes on the bike...oh well...I know there are gonna be days like that. I really need to make a push this month...I need to show a loss on the scale...this weight has to come off..I tell you..these last 20 pounds are glued to me...I swear..I have lost my groove...I need to shock my body into weight loss again but I cant handle the hunger...I do not do well being hungry. I will have to try south beach phase one again...oh I am afraid...but I think as of today...I am back on phase 1...so here goes

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: not very southbeach but here it is....one egg, one slice of havarti cheese, chili sauce 1tsp on whole wheat bread.
snack: fruit smoothie...no sugar added...ok that is not very south beach either
lunch: mashed potato and one pork chop....the mashed potato is not very south beach either
dinner: chicken leg (oven roasted with no skin) with green salad...now that is south beach
snack: mixed berries..that is south beach ..not sure if its phase one though

Oh boy...not doing to well with this phase one of south beach...its hard giving up fruits...I feel sick otherwise...I need fruits as part of my diet....the fruit smoothie is made with strawberries and mango and banana...its only one cup and its soooooooooo good for you...no added sugar...no added anything...its made with organic fruit...now could that be wrong for you.

ok I admit..the mashed potato..totally could do with out that..so I will eat it this time cause I made it but no more mashed potato for a awhile. I guess pork chops will be replaced with pork loin in the future because it is a leaner cut of meat...so no more pork chops either and chicken legs will be replaced with chicken breast for the same reasons...much leaner. Also I will have bread once per day...if I have it at breakfast then thatís it for the rest of the day. And I wont give up my fruits but I can live with choosing lower glycemic fruits like berries. I wont give up my skim milk...nor my carnation breakfast...I love that in the morning but maybe I will have that 3 times per week and the other mornings I will have egg dish of some kind.

Ok I know I can do this...I just have to try a little harder...so here goes...wish me luck

and have a great day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-10-2004, 12:52 PM
Oh, I woke up today to rain and thunder. I got my biggest little one off to school and then I did some laundry. I had an Atkins shake for breakfast. It wasn't bad and I'm not feeling hungry now, so good on me. I had a little bit of gastrointestinal upset this morning as well, so I spent a good deal of time in the bathroom. I really think I've had a bug lately. Hopefully it's going away. Last night there for our Ladies Enrichment meeting at church, they had served soup in bread bowls and then had the most yummy looking cheese cakes for dessert. There was white chocolate pumkin, chocolate, and chocolate chip cheese cakes there. Luckily for me, I called ahead of time to ask one of the ladies what was being served. I brought my own plate of devilled eggs and 2 low carb candy bars. I had a small serving of vegetabe beef and cheddar soup in a regular bowl and felt fine. I am so proud of myself. It definitely paid off because this morning I showed another 2 pound loss on the scale. That's 6 pounds since Saturday! WOW!!!

Cyan, good luck to you on Phase one of South Beach. A long time ago I did the L.A. Weightloss program and to jump start the diet they had me eat a special diet for the first 3 days. It was all the lean meat I wanted. All the green, fresh vegetables I wanted and 2 oranges a day. Also 10 glasses of water (no soda). They would also have me do that when I started to plateau. I lost 31 pounds on that diet, so it works. I know how frustrated you must be with these last few pounds. You can do it. You are a smart, vivacious woman with a great positive attitude! YOU CAN DO IT!

Hope everyone else is doing well. HOpe to hear from you all soon!

Lisa

Cybele
11-10-2004, 01:26 PM
Lisa, what success! :cheer: I am amazed - it sounds like you're doing the weight loss in a very healthy way, but your results are so rapid. You have so much to be proud of - among these the one that ranks most awe-inspiring to me is turning down those cheesecakes! I was salivating all the way over here!

I learn so much from Cyan - I am a fruit junkie, but haven't bothered to figure out which are better for you than others. I'm mostly an apple and banana person, and I have a suspicion that thier glycemic index is high. Still, seeing how you plan to adapt your eating is inspiring and very helpful. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with this new phase.

I got to the gym again yesterday and logged in 40 minutes and 10 miles on the bike. I saw a challenge on one of the other threads to move 100 miles by Thanksgiving, and am trying to do that via my workouts. So far, I'm up to 28 miles, with not much time to go - but I think I can make it. Of course, Thanksgiving morning might see me pedaling away to make up whatever I have left, but one way or the other I'm going to do it!

Eating has been going fine, but I leave in an hour for a trip, and eating usually does NOT go fine at that point for me. All of these conferences seem to involve a lot of nibbling and a LOT of drinking. ALthough I know it sounds like a meager goal, I'm trying for no more than two drinks a day, and limiting drinking days to Thursday and Friday. ALso, I packed a almonds, dried pineapple, dried cranberries, and dried apples along, so I'm going to try to snack on those instead of the salty/fatty things that are out everywhere. It may be easier if I bring them with me everywhere to resist temptation.

So, I'm off to the Windy City - see you all when I return!

cjunk
11-10-2004, 09:09 PM
Welcome Cybele and Hello again to Cyan and Lisa!! Spent a bit of time getting caught up on posts. Kind of busy lately as I had a big party planned for a good friend where I had organized a sit down dinner at my home for 30+ people. The challenge has been that a lot of treats were left over and I ended up munching on them all week and gaining 2 pounds!! Today I got fed-up with myself and took the rest of the treats to work and left them there so now I only have healthy stuff in my fridge!

Cyan--keep up on the great path you were on. I know you can reach your goal--just think of your hottie!! Maybe you should post a picture of him on your fridge or cupboard (although I personally think you are very great inside and out and he would like you no matter what!!).

Lisa--congratulations for your weight loss!! Did you get over that bug that you were fighting??

Cybele, my mother tried very hard to lose weight for health purposes. Our family totally equated love with food. Now we get together not for food gatherings but for outings where food is secondary. For example we would go for a hike and then a picnic or we would go for a bike ride and then snack etc. So food followed a physical activity as a family and slowly we moved from food gatherings to social gatherings where food was a smaller part. We even went to a local swimming area to swim and play games but also had a picnic as it fell over dinnertime but the primary activity was the swimming etc.
I hope that helps!!

Well, my ears are much better. Work has been tough and very busy as I have been at home after 8 or 9pm each evening so very long days.

Trying to get off the weight I put on. Need to go back to normal eating and then hike up the exercise. Talk to you all soon!!

Cjunk

P.S. Where is everyone else???

cyan
11-11-2004, 09:52 AM
I am looking forward to some chill time..I need to clean my house...get the dusting and vacuum and put away my clothesÖ a womanís work is never done.

I struggled a bit last night with food...I wound up having smoked salmon on crusty bread with cream cheese with a side salad and then a piece of cake for dessert....I am just plain old hungry these days...I just cant get the full feeling. I wake up and I am starving...as if I havent eaten in days...I am in serious trouble here...I am making an effort to clear the house of all my temptations...so my Momís bday cake is almost gone..Iíll bring it in tomorrow for work and pawn it off on my pet office...heís eats anything...heís human

Anyway, food plan for today
breakfast: ham and havarti cheese sandwich
snack: 8.45oz fruit smoothie..all natural...strawberry, banana, mango
lunch: homemade lasagna
snack: berries one cup
dinner: oven baked trout with snow peas and carrots
snack: lord help me here

exercise: cycle and pilates and morning arm work out

Have a great day ladies

Cyan

cyan
11-12-2004, 10:03 AM
I am sitting here in front of my computer and wishing I was sleeping in a vat of cream...snuggled into cream folds of top of line body cream...as winter approaches my skin get very dry...its so itchy and feeling tight...I really really am not enjoying this at all...I feel like scratching myself all over.

This week has been one of hunger...I have been hungry for food and suffering from lack of energy...just tired and hungry. My average calorie intake for the week has been about 1800 calories..no where near the 1200-1400 calories range I am supposed to eat inorder to lose one measly pound a week. I have been exercising everyday...burning off about 300-400 calories per session.

I think I am pmsíing ...that would explain my tiredness and hunger...I also feel a wee bit bloated and irregular...even with the fiber I drink...and I have been lifting weights these past mornings...arm exercises..mind you its like a 5 minute workout but I do all the arm exercises and I feel it...I am hoping that once I get my period, things will regulate itself and I wont feel like eating a house and then sleeping all day.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: fruit smoothie...8.45oz all natural
lunch: deboned and skinless chicken meat with hummus, carrot salad and bost lettuce with olive oil vingagrette 1tbs
snack: berries and apple
dinner: oven baked trout with snow peas and carrots
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle for as long as I can

Have a great weekend

Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-12-2004, 11:54 AM
My sons and I have HAND FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE!!! :shrug: I first noticed my 5 year old's hands had little blister like bumps and then his feet as well. I thought it must be an allergic reaction and I kept my eye on them. Then yesterday while breastfeeding the baby, I noticed he had little bumps all over his hands. I immediately un-did his footed pajamas to look at his feet. Sure enough...bumps! Then I started to think...the day before I had had a bump on my foot that I thought was a blister...and that morning I thought I had a splinter in my big toe...Come to find out...It's HAND FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE!!! :fr: The Dr said that it is going around right now and that it is highly contagious. However, it's fine to send the kids to school and day care as long as they don't have a fever. How wierd and annoying!!!

Well, the Atkins diet is going well. I'm going slightly over 20 carbs each day, but still staying around 25. I haven't lost anymore weight, but I also started my period. My first one since having the baby. I'm probably experiencing bloating and I also haven't been drinking enough water so I'm probably retaining water due to the excess sodium from the diet soda. I will not give up. Even if I don't lose any weight, at least I'm not gaining! If I were to give up, I would eat horrible horrible things and get really really really fat instead of just really fat. LOL

Cyan, are you taking a multivitamin? You definitely need a boost. I think your excess hunger could be due to the weight lifting. :strong: Your building muscle and your muscle needs fuel to grow. Try munching on a handful of pecans or peanuts when you find yourself wanting to eat a house. Take a brisk walk around the block. Do some stretches.
You can do it!

See you all later,

Lisa

cyan
11-15-2004, 10:03 AM
Where do the weekends go..I dont know...but I blinked and its monday.

Hey Lisa..I hope you and your family are feeling better ... I have never heard of foot and mouth disease here in north america...I hear about the british hoof and mouth diseas that the hooved animals had..so bad that lots of them were slaughtered.

Take care and let us know how you are doing

quick hellos to Cybele, Cjunk, and all you lovely MIA ladies...I miss you

Anyway, I spent most of saturday ..like from noon until 5pm having my tires changed...from my four seasons to my winter tires...sigh...my good friend was with me...my car is small and I can only fit two tires ..on rims with the hub caps in my trunk..so he comes over to load the other two tires in his trunk. Anyway, so we drop off my car and go shopping...He likes me to help him choose his clotes. So I helped him pick out this very nice CK turtleneck blue sweater and a red button down CK shirt. I bought myself winter trousers...corduroy pants..size 10 and they are loose...woohoo and I bought a tshirt..to work out in Adidas.

We then went to have lunch...we ate at a buffet...but I did really well...had a plate of mussels and then some salad...jello for dessert and water. Dinner was baked trout with salad and then I went to see my childhood friend that is visiting from LA...I havent seen her in like 10 years..she looked wonderful...she used to be a model...so needless to say...she is physically very beautiful...and a great person as well...it was at a restaurant...but I had no food there...just sipped on some white wine.

Sunday was a day of chores again...my friend really wanted to go to ikea..so we went in the early afternoon and of course she didnt find what she was looking for...we then rushed back to my house she helped me clean my top floor of my house...yes I know...she is very very cool and a real good friend. She dusted while I cleaned the bathroom and did the floors. She also helped me put away my clothes...so I promised I would take her to a matinee ...Bridget Jones movie next Saturday and I gave her brand new Levis Jeans and this powder pink very soft turtlneck sweater she has been wanting for awhile now.

We then had dinner...home made burgers (havarti cheese, dill pickle, onions on a portuguese bun) with carrots and snowpeas.
I also washed my clothes, changed the kittly litter boxes and made lunch for today...which brings me to todays

Meal Plan
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: 8.45 oz unsweetened grape juice
lunch: one cup of homemade chili con carne and one pumkin cake pattie (my 90 year old aunt make them and they are delicious)
snack: banana
dinner: broiled chicken breast and leftover carrots and snowpeas
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: morning arm exercises (5 minutes of weights), cycling and pilates in the evening

Have a great day

Cyan

cjunk
11-15-2004, 08:04 PM
Hey Gals,

Popped in to read the posts and to say hello. Had a bit of an eating weekend. Seems like you Cyan I too am hungry all of the time. I think that sometimes happens when it starts to get colder maybe??

Went for a lunchtime walk today and also tried to reduce what I ate today overall. Doing well but it seems that the families I work with are always feeding me treats! Very hard to say no when they have worked to make them especially for you.

Watching Everest Summit on television tonight. Very amazing stuff!! I would love to have the fitness to climb something like that but the ladders over the crevasses and the bad weather unpredictably are enough to turn me off a bit. Otherwise I wouldn't flinch at the opportunity to train to do something so different. I wonder how my lungs would hold up!!

Weekend went way too fast. Got my flu shot on Friday and ended up feeling a bit fluish all weekend so I relaxed took it easy and then ate way too much!!

Gotta Go.

Cjunk

P.S. Lisa I hope you and your family are feeling better soon!!

Cybele
11-16-2004, 05:38 PM
Hand, foot, and mouth disease? Yikes! It sounds exotic and scary, much like a disease I had when I was young, when I got red bumps all over my arms and chest. THe doctors said it was called Fifth Disease - what kind of name is that, I ask you? As if we numbered diseases! At any rate - I hope you'll all be doing fine soon. Any chance that it's one of those illnesses that suppresses the appetite? I am always up for a disease like that. :rolleyes:

I did pretty well while I was away, which is why I was entirely depresed when I got home and weighed myself. I had only three drinks the whole time, and only two full meals (one of foccacia, buffalo mozzerella, and tomatoes, the other a very dangerous meal of gorgonzola gnocchi with vodka sauce) - otherwise, I ate the dried fruits and nuts I brought along; and the fresh vegetables that were out at the banquets. I thought I'd done so well, but then I got home and went to the gym. I weighed myself after the workout, and found that instead of the 174 I'd left with, I weighed 178. How does that happen, I ask you? FOUR POUNDS? On vegetables? I'm depresed...but am sticking with my goal of doing 100 miles on the bike at the gym before Thanksgiving. I'm up to 51 now - so I'll keep doing that, and see how it goes with the weight. Patience, patience...


Cyan, cjunk, the food is always a-calling. We must just join leagues against it - I really liked Cyan's description of her battle with the key lime pie, and like the idea of doing battle rather than being passive. We can do it! :dancer:

cyan
11-17-2004, 11:30 AM
For some reason I though it was tuesday...but no...its wedesday! My sisterís bd is this friday...will have to call her and say Happy Birthday.

I exercised last night on the bike and then did some arm exercises, sit ups , leg ups...the usual floor exercises. It was good. My hunger for food last week is gone...and yes I have my period...man...its funny how the body works like a well oiled machine...it knows its stuff...and influence it has over you...when it screams...feed me...boy do I run...and with a smile on face...geez...I am such a slave to this over weight body of mine....I need to tone up...loose these last friggin 20 pounds...I keep hovering around the same number 162 to 159.....I am tired of this bull crap....I know what I have to do...cut back on dessert...I swear...there are no cakes, puddings, chocolate left in the house...I am praying my Dad wont bring any this weekend. Actually we have chocolate pudding but I dont touch those...dont know why they dont appeal...but there you have it. I also have lots of regular coke, pepsi , 7up in my pantry...Yep...my dad again...but I have been soooooooooo good....I never touch those either...thank goodness for diet colas...I have two cans per day...sometimes three cans. I would like to cut back to one can per day..but not there yet

So Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: Arthurs 24 carrots juice and fruit smoothie...8.45oz
lunch: homemade beef steak sandwich on portuguese bun with havarti cheese and hummus
snack: one cup of berries
dinner: mahi mahi fish with snowpeas
snack: if very desperate..one tbs of dulce de leche
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and floor exercises

Have a great day

Cyan

Hey Cybele...maybe you are holding on to water from the travelling and plane ride...give yourself a few days to decompress. I am always battling with desserts...they know me so well...they taunt me, seduce me...every trick in the book...they use...they come at me with their full arsenal...that is why I have armored up..you have to fight back! You must show your "temptation food" who is boss!! We are the boss...we decide if we eat the dessert or extra helping or not...so time to take back our control..reclaim our beautiful bodies...its ours...muahhahahahahaha

Ok I am off of my soap box

Have a good day

Cyan

Cybele
11-18-2004, 05:15 PM
Oooh, I like the idea of having retained water. It was also a few days before my period started, so perhaps the scale was against me for numerous water-retention reasons. I'm going to weigh myself again on Sunday, so we shall see what it says then. Eating has been decent - I had sushi last night, and only ate 1/2 cup of edamame and 10 california rolls - they were the really small kind, and they were dinner, and I deemed it fine. It couldn't have been more than 3/4 cup of rice in all of them together. Sweet husband has taken over cooking duties for the past several weeks, and is cooking solely out of the Cooking Light cookbooks. Now, if I can just stop going back for seconds I think I'll have it!

Biked for only 30 minutes yesterday, on account of sushi, so only got 5 miles in. Also had an ally working out with me, so didn't have to fear the snobby girls in the stretching area. Still need to do more ab work at home, but have decided this weekend to measure my body all over so that I can start recording any change in measurements. Since I'm trying to be less scale-dependent, I thought it might help me have goals and keep track in several ways.

Cyan- I'm, as always, amazed at how you can avoid all the food hanging around your house. If I know there are even a few chocolate chips left in a bag in the pantry I'm after them. How do you and your parents set up grocery shopping? Do they do all of the shopping, or do you do it independently of one another? I'm just curious about the arrangement - I think you show marvelous resistance. Rock on! :)

MikiG
11-18-2004, 10:55 PM
Hi everyone!! Seems like an eternity since I was here last!! I was almost afraid no one would be around, but thank goodness ya'll are keeping the thread going. I didnt have time to catch up on posts, but I hope to do so this weekend. I just had to pop in long enough to say "HELP!". I am out of control. I am up 10 lbs in the last 4 months or so. I have had so much going on I cant even begin to catch you up. Hopefully things are settling down. I know that coming back here has got to once again be a priority for me. I need ya'll more than ever. I feel like I am totally out of control with my eating and when I was this way before, you ladies are what saved me from it. I just cant let myself gain back the 60 lbs lost before.

I see we have a new member. Nice to meet you Cybele. :)

The rest of you ladies..I have missed you LOTS!! I think of all of you often.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I hope to get back in here very soon to catch up. Thanks to all of you who keep on keeping on even when we 'slackers' dont. I admire you all.

Miki

cyan
11-19-2004, 09:58 AM
Looking forward to hearing all about your last few months. And your are right..you cant and will not gain back your 60 pounds lost!!! So put down the food and step away from the mindless eating...only eat when you are hungry and only eat good food...you hear me? Ok!

Hey Cybele...I buy food and so does my Dad...obviously I buy the more expensive items...like the porl loin, ribs, skinless chicken breast, shrimp and he will get things like milk, deli meats, cheese...I also buy cheese too.

He buys veggies and so do I and I buy most of the sauces etc.

Dad loves to buy lots of junkfood...I have a hard time with him..he's 78 so I cant be to hard on him...but he loves his junkfood but then forgets about it and it stays in the pantry calling out to me. Thank goodness I have become immune to full fat soda's...we have tons of those...coke, pepsi, 7up sprite..you name it...like a restaurant..he just keeps buying them...in cans in bottles...He loves those chocolate puddings in a cup, little debbie snack cakes...candy ..he even brought home fudgicles...and yes ice cream..somtimes 2 tubs...different flavors...and lets not forget the chips and tacos he buys.

The only junk food that gets to me is the chocolate bars, sometimes the tacos and I melt when there is keylime pie or chocolate cake :^:

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: pineapple juice
lunch: panini with side salad...(have to buy my lunch)
snack:2 cups of berries
dinner: oven baked trout with snowpeas and red pepper
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and floor exercises

have a great weekend

Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-19-2004, 01:21 PM
Hello girls! Welcome Back MIKI!!! I have been thinking of you and hope things are going well with you and your family.

I'm so glad it is Friday! Even though I'm behind on my school work and I have tons of laundry to do and I need to get groceries and get my oil changed and clean out my car and do some Christmas shopping, It's still another week gone by before school is out for Christmas! I can't wait for my kids to be out of school and for me to not have to worry about school work myself.

Well, baby is fussy and I must go. I'll type more later!

Lisa

newinspiration
11-20-2004, 10:18 PM
Hi, ladies!!! I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted--October 14, to be exact!!! I just finished reading 4 pages of posts. Lisa, your life sounds even more hectic than mine; Cyan--what a pretty picture of you!!; Cjunk--glad you've been helping to keep the thread alive; Miki--hang in there! Cybele--welcome to the thread!! There are great girls in here who are very supportive. I've gotten a lot of help from them.

Well, I can't believe how busy I've been!!! :crazy: Mostly with school--grading papers, doing lesson plans, parent-teacher conferences, meetings--very time consuming, though I do love what I'm doing. Home has been hectic too. Hubby works generally 11.5 hours per day--the union representing the workers in his company (United Auto Workers--UAW) finally reached a contract agreement with the owners of the company--came close to a strike, though. I worried about it quite a bit. We had our upstairs bathroom floor replaced a couple of weeks ago after September water leak--$2000, but gorgeous. Floor needed to be stabilized, and rotted wood needed to be replaced, along with unknown toilet leak, but thankfully that is over. We had a second plumbing "situation" early in October--in kitchen. A build-up deep in pipes caused a clog--had to call a plumber on Saturday night-$132.00/hour!! :fr: There was black sewer stuff all over my kitchen after hubby tried to unclog it himself. I spent days disinfecting the place. I did get new curtains :cheer: and some counter accessories replaced in the whole of it. Also, I'm dealing with quite a bit of adolescent attitude from my oldest. :headache: We celebrated both girls' birthdays :hb: in the last few weeks--Oct. 17 and Nov. 4, so now they're 14 and 10. There was a big bingo fund-raiser late in October, so that was another thing going on.

I survived Halloween mostly by sending a lot of chocolate to school on Nov. 4 for my youngest's birthday treats and throwing away a lot of bite-size Tootsie Rolls. Of course, you know I ate plenty of chocolate and Tootsie Rolls before eliminating those two sources. I believe I weigh 161 now. My bra and pants are a little tight :eating2: --it's only 4 lbs. I've gained since August, but I can feel it. I've been so busy that when I'm hungry I usually pick the first thing I can get my hands on, which is usually something sugary--most often a cookie :cookie: or two or three or four. I've had chips a few times too--it's the crunch and salt I crave. I've also recently decided to go back to high fiber cereal away from Metamucil to keep myself regular. Several reasons--even the smooth texture stuff is NASTY!!!; also, too much gas--sometimes enough to clear a room, if you know what I mean; and I seemed to always be struggling with constipation if I forgot to use it. Anyway, I'm trying to get back to healthy eating and also to getting enough sleep, though that can be tricky with hot flashes :hot: and a hubby that sometimes snores so loud you'd think a train was in the room with you. :yikes: I beat it to the couch at that point. I heard on the news that not getting enough sleep sets you up for weight gain--something to do with cortisol and some other chemical that regulates how your body uses fat. I also know from experience that when I'm tired, :tired: I eat more to try to get energy, and to generally feel better. Not good.

I'm not exercising at all, :dunno: except for going up and down stairs at school--my classroom is on the second floor. I am always going up and down to the first floor and the basement of the school for something with the kids--music, gym, lunch, etc. Office is on first floor. Also, I have my very own computer now--remember that Ford Focus we bought in September? Well, there was that "Focus and a Dell" promotion, so I got a free Dell computer. :cp: It's still in the box--I have to get furniture to put it on. I picked it out--from Office Max--won't buy it till Christmas break when hubby and I are both off and can put it together. It's going to be for my school work--not connected to the Internet, but it will have all my school stuff on it. I'll have my own space too--in a room between the girls' rooms upstairs--I'll be able to keep better tabs on them :s: when they are doing their homework. They want to talk :gossip: instead of work. Anyway, I haven't had my own space--all for me!!!--since I was single!! :D

Anyway, that's what's been going on with me. Today I stayed in and did housework and crocheted and slept and did whatever I wanted. We're going to a buffet for Thanksgiving. Hubby doesn't want me cooking. :cp: It's $11.95 a person--I'd probably spend more than that making the food myself. I also don't have to worry about eating leftovers. :goodvibes I am hoping to spend much of the four day weekend resting. I can't wait till Christmas vacation--two weeks off!!!

Well, girls, I'm glad you're still here. I'll try to get back and post more frequently. The last month has been incredibly crazy. Hopefully it will die down now. We don't do Christmas big, so that won't be a big frenzy for us. I'll see you all soon. Thanks for being here. :grouphug: Now that I've played with all the smilies, I'll post now.

MikiG
11-21-2004, 01:25 AM
Hi again everyone :)

Hope you dont pass out from the shock of two posts from me in one week. :lol: Just a short one tho. It's after midnight. I was just heading to bed after watching "Twisted" (starring Ashlee Judd) with Hubby. (no kids home tonight) Thought I'd pop in and say hello since I promised to start doing better with my posts. Now if I can just keep the promise to getting control of my eating. :dizzy: Not going to make any promises about this but I am going to TRY to get myself on that Air Walker tomorrow. It has been way too long since I've done any real exercise.

Thanks to everyone for the welcome back. All of you are inspirational to me. I was so thrilled to come back and find out you're all here and still truckin along. Plus have acquired a newcomer too..I'm looking forward to getting to know you also,Cybele.

I think I hear my bed calling so I guess I'll go, but if I exercise tomorrow, I will definitely come here to report it. If I dont show up, you'll know I didnt..which means --Cyan, be ready with one of your "cyber kicks". :o

Goodnight Ladies!
Miki

MikiG
11-21-2004, 11:48 AM
I'm Baaaaaaackkk! It's 10:45 a.m and I am happy to report that I just got off my Air Walker. :)Bad news is I only did 20 min and had worked up to an hour 6 months ago. Good news is that 2 yrs ago when I started I could only do 5 min at a time so it's still an improvement. Who knows..I may even get back on there before the day is over. I think I'll start out maybe more than once a day in smaller amounts instead of one long session until I get back into better shape.

Gotta hit the shower now. Just wanted to save myself a "cyber kick". :lol:

Miki

Cybele
11-22-2004, 12:19 AM
:wave: Good to meet you MikiG and newinspiration! I'm glad to be on such a supportive and active board. It's good to see people like the two of you who drop back in, and remind me that this is such a long term process. We just have to do the best we can, and the fact that we're being mindful at all is just a step in the right direction!

I am now 70 miles to my 100 miles on the bike by Thanksgiving goal, and think that I'll be able to make it. I also had a LOVELY thing happen at the gym today - if you'll recall my horror last week at my weigh-in when I found I'd actually seemed to go UP four pounds, you'll appreciate this. I was too despondent to register a change up on my ticker, and left it (down in my signature) at the same 174 rather than 178. Cyan very helpful thought I might have held on to some water from traveling, and lo and behold, I think she was right! This week shows me at 171 - three pounds down from my steady weight, and a solid 7 down from the holding-in-water-from-traveling weight! That was some bad water, man. Anyway - this seems almost magical, and I'm so excited. I had just crossed into the 160's when I stopped last year, and I think that I'm getting there more quickly because I know what I have to do and I'm accountable to the lot of you. So, check out the new ticker - no way is it going up!

Cyan - I seem to recall reading something about a love interest - how is that inspiration working for you lately? Sounds like an awfully fun one to me. And lisa, how is the hand, foot, and mouth disease?

Hope all is well for all of you out there-

cyan
11-22-2004, 10:37 AM
Oh lord..how I wish I could sleep in monday mornings...they are so hard for me. And after last week's work week... :p Hard..but we will get through this hack business.

Exercise this week was good...I did an hour long pilates class on saturday...tough tough tough...but I was supposed to go to my hot yoga class but I was unable to go to the classes they have at the times they have them so I did my pilates accelerated dvd at home. Sunday was biking and weights.

Food wise was good on saturday and Sunday...I did have a big dinner sunday night...punjaby Indian food..oh so good..but now my butt is on fire :o

Cybele...well my young man is still around...we talk daily...lol but is all fun...I am 11 years older than him...so its nice to have such a hard bodied cutie think you are better than keylime pie and chocolate combined :lol: But I know better than to think more of it.

Hey Miki...good to hear that you are back on plan...but if you need me to...I must always help out a friend..the cyber kick is always ready :kickcan: :devil: Tell us about your comeback details please

Lisa...how's atkins plan coming along for you? details please

Hey Newie...your posts reflect a happier you...that is so nice to read. Good to hear that life is treating you nice. So what will be your plan of action in terms of your health regimen. details please

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: arthurs green energy fruit smooite 12oz
snack: 8.45oz unsweetened pineapple juice
lunch: broiled chicken breast
snack: 2 cups of berries
dinner: tuna salad (light mayo) with carrots and snowpeas
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle for 30 minutes and floor exercises

have a super duper day

Cyan

cjunk
11-22-2004, 05:12 PM
Hello and welcome back!!

Glad to hear from you again Miki, Newie and way to hang in there Cybiele. Thought for a while that it was going to be Cyan and Lisa with the occasional pop-in from me and came back to find so many of us back!! That's Great!!

I have a new job in a few weeks!! I just got hired at a new place and they created the job for me and recruited me there which is an honour and very exciting!! I am a Social Worker by trade but have lots of computer experience and this job will be to train IT people on how to work with Health Care professionals. Totally uses both fields!! Looks like I will be training an upwards of 150 staff!! Where I am now is strictly counselling so it will be very different. I expect to drop at least 5 pounds because I get fed by families when I go to home visits for my current job and that will no longer be the case---so goodbye to all of the cookies, cakes, chai teas and samosa's. I will miss the families dearly but I won't miss the extra weight when it comes off!!! It has been hard saying goodbye to my current clients and my job but it was a contract and my new job is full time with benefits and I have to jump at such a fantastic opportunity.

So--I have been overdoing it with food. Unfortunately food is a comfort when I am stressed and saying goodbye is stressful and I have been trying to comfort myself with healthier foods knowing that this is my crux. I stayed home yesterday and made some healthy foods to snack on so that I can keep myself healthy and stay at the same weight if I can.

Cybele, I am so happy to hear about your loss in weight!! After reading your food choices I was thinking that although they were healthier foods, they were traditionally higher in fat foods and I was worried that you may have gained because of that. For example--nuts and dried fruit is really healthy and is good in small portions but the calories add up quickly---I use it when I backpack because they are so high in calories and I am burning them fast that my body needs it. Focaccia is also very high in calories and fat--although generally good fat from olive oils. Gnocci is high in potato starches and vodka sauce is generally a cream sauce--also high in fat. Sushi is amazing for you and if you can lay low on the soya sauce as it has a lot of sodium--that and the endamame is an excellent pick!! On www.fitday.com you can set up a free account and track what is in the food you eat and it is a great way to help for food choices. I eat out a lot and have found a lot of tricks for eating healthy and still eating out. Sushi and Vietnamese foods happen to be 2 of my favorites for the health benefits without the calories and fat. I also like to go to restaraunts where they have healthy options mapped out--like Subway and East Side Marios etc. I love the cook books your husband is using--it is great to have such an awesome support!! You are doing a fantastic job--keep up the great work!!!

I got a ski pass this year and we have already booked a one week ski vacation which should help me to get back into cardio shape--we go in January... and my new workplace let me have the time off (lucky I think).

Miki--so glad to hear from you. Perhaps you are eating out of stress and for comfort?? You have had a lot of challenges that would be difficult for any of us and I would be in your shoes doing the same!! It doesn't need to be that way!! If you recognize that this is happening set aside time to prepare what feels like comfort food and adjust it to be healthier so that you are just as satisfied. For example--I love lasagna. I am stressed and I am craving the cheesiest, greasiest, fattest lasagna--so I went out and made a healthy chili and made mexican lasagna with only a bit of cheese on top and tonight I ate it with as much satisfaction and comfort as any other lasagna. How are things going now for you?? Does it help to talk to us about it??

Lisa, I hope everyone in your family is feeling better soon and that you are continuing with success on your Atkins diet. I am not great at diets so I think it is amazing when I read about all of you who can stick to them!!

Cyan, I think you may be letting a good man slide!! My fiance and I are 71/2 years different in age. I am in my mid 30's and he is in his late 20's and we have an amazing connection--age aside. So if this guy is a hottie who has the personality to go with it---I say go for it!!! In terms of your diet and exercise plan I commend your determination. Perhaps a muscle building regimen of more concentrated weights or more weight-bearing exercise such as swimming may build more muscle mass to burn more fat. Your eating and cardio are usually pretty stellar, so I think that this might be the route. What do you think???

Newie, yet again your post blows me away as to how much you accomplish for others and how busy you are. I am always feeling lazy after reading about your pursuits!! What are you doing to take care of you??? You seem very giving and also very compassionate to others but I am wondering about You time!! You deserve it!!! Keep up the great work but don't forget to reward yourself too!!

Talk to you all soon,

Cjunk

P.S. If I have given too much advice please ignore it--It seems I am in an advice-giving mode today

cyan
11-23-2004, 10:11 AM
Hey Girls

Cjunk...your advice is always welcomed and never too much..I always look forward to other people's point of view of things. So never feel you have to edit yourself with me...bring it on!! LOL Anyway, my cybercutie lives in florida...although we talk nightly...its just too far away for me and we are at different stages in our lives although we both work on the internet..me as a webdesigner ...of course and he owns an online site. Anyway, its fun for now and I do enjoy his friendship....and the cybersex is fun too LOL Dont mean to offend anyone reading this.

Anyway, foodwise was good last night..stuck to plan...exercise was good...cycled and did arm weights. Plan on doing more of same tonight.

Cjunk my problem is that I am taking in too many calories...I have to be at 1200 to 1400 to lose weight...so I am back down to 1350 ...and I already went from 160.5 to 159.5 this morning.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: bluberry fruit smoothie 8.45oz
lunch: tuna sandwich on whole wheat and artichoke salad (home made)
dinner: sauted pork loin with mushrooms and asparagus
snack: maybe another fruit smoothie
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise:cycling and weights or pilates

Have a great day

Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-23-2004, 11:01 AM
Wow, what a day yesterday! So many of you girls posted! I was thrilled to see you all and to read your posts! I had clinicals at the hospital yesterday from 7am to 7pm. I had a female patient who weighed 326 pounds. Her heart is about kapoot and she is on a ventilator because of all the pulmonary edema. We were getting ready to give her a bath and she wrote on her little clip board (because she can't talk with the vent), "SORRY FAT" and then a tear rolled down her cheek. I was so emotional after that, I had to try really hard to keep from crying myself. I wiped her tear and told here we were going to take good care of her and not to worry about anything. This lady was only 50 years old. She had a heart attack at age 30 while she was pregnant. Remember ladies to take care of our bodies. Eat healthy. Give yourself the oppurtunity to live a long happy quality life. But, also remember that those who are obese are people and children of God and they have very real feelings. They don't like being the size that they are, but they are just as special as anyone else.

Well, Hand Foot and Mouth disease is gone leaving only a few little scabs to remember it by. My baby got it all over his body. It was yucky.

Atkins is going well. It's not fast weight loss but it's loss no matter how gradual it comes, I'll take it. I've only cheated once but other than that I'm on track. I'm down to 195. I'm not going to be a slave to the numbers because I know my clothes are fitting better and people have commented on the fact that I look like I've lost weight.

We finally sold our house and we close on it today. As for finding a house for us.... we haven't had much luck. Hopefully we'll find something soon!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Lisa

MikiG
11-23-2004, 08:42 PM
Hi again ladies :)

Day 3 of being on track with my eating plus just finished 30 min of my Air Walker! :dancer: I am realistic enough to know that Thurs. I will have some not-so-healthy choices, but I made a conscious decision that altho we feel we should be allowed to eat yummy things on Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas Day, it doesn't mean I have to eat them the whole week!! So I am giving myself permission for things maybe I shouldnt have but in moderation and ONLY on the special day, not before, not after.

It feels so good to be back here! Just wish I could find more time. I have so much to catch ya'll up on. I finally did get to read all the posts in this thread. Oh, that reminds me..sorry I missed your birthday Lisa! Hope it was happy...and boy, what I wouldnt do to be back at 29...you child you. ;) Makes me feel OLD.

Hope everyone's week is going well so far. Mine is ok, but tomorrow and Friday will be extra busy. Never have understood why banks are busier the day before and after a holiday. I think customers come withdraw money just in case something happens, then bring it back to redeposit when they dont use it. :lol:

Be back soon!
MIKI

PS...oh yeah, Cjunk...you are right on the money with my eating ...definitely stress related...I went from one extreme of not being able to eat and hitting my lowest weight in 18 yrs to going way past that point and eating everything in sight completely losing control. Hoping I have that leveled off now.

cyan
11-24-2004, 10:17 AM
Hey ..its hopping in here again...gotta love that!

Anyway...I cycled last night for 30 minutes..did my weights this morning...arms...and stuck to my food plan...so today I was down anoter .5 pound to 159...Oh I really want to see 158 by this weekend...pllllllllllleeeeeeeeeassssse...I am so tired of this plateau and mini yo yo diet of the past three months....the first I saw 159 was back in september...then it shot back up to 163 and now its back down to 159...HOnestly, I have to be perfect with my eating to lose weight...that is so hard...I have to account for everything or else a little extra mustard...a bite more of cheese, and extra gulp of juice...bam...no weight loss...how frustrating...really gets me so angry...Its so easy for me to eat 1500 calories..I just love the taste of gourmet food...real delicous rich food...cheeses, desserts, savory sauces...creamy sauces, side dishes...its all good food..I am not talking about junk food.

Sigh...its so hard ...portion control sucks...I just am not not full on a 4 oz of meat or pasta and a cup of veggies...blah!! And then after such a meal...I literally feel a physcial pull to finish off the meal with a dessert...like keylime pie...chocolate cake...you name it.

So after my portion controlled meal...I sit there and wait for that very strong urge to have seconds and eat a dessert to subside...funny thing...9 out of 10 times ...its does subside and I can go on to do other things...my evenings are the worse...it is just programmed into my head...eat a delicious hearty dinner and followed it up with an equally appetizing dessert. Its been very hard breaking the chain. So that is my focus for the next while...to break that chain of dessert eating after dinner. Wish me luck

Meal Plan for today:
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: 24 carrots fruit smoothie 8.45oz
lunch: pork loin with snowpeas and mushrooms on a bed of linguini....I swear its portion controlled LOL It all fits into a 1.5 cup tupperware
snack: yogurt
dinner: wholewheat bread 2 slices, 1tbs hummus, ham sandwich with a cup of carrots
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling and floor exercises

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Ladies

Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-24-2004, 01:27 PM
Thank you Miki for the Happy Birthday! It was a good birthday except for the fact I took my son to have surgery on his arm that day. ARGH! Oh well. He's fine now. Cast free and pin free and back to bouncing off the walls! :dizzy:

Cyan, I too catch myself thinking of eating a really good meal with all the bells and whistles...but then I remember how absolutely CRAPPY I feel afterwards for eating something I shouldn't have. :?: I have to say to myself at times of cravings or temptations, "this too shall pass and nothing bad will happen if I don't eat those yummy cinnamon rolls on the table!" And then...it really does pass and I don't die! :lol:

Well we're off house hunting this afternoon and then late tonight when hubby gets home from work at about 1am, we're hitting the road to my grandma's house for Thanksgiving. I've already planned my Thanksgiving meal and I'm going to be just fine. If I do decide to have dessert, I'll have pumpkin pie and not eat the crust. I'm so excited to see my nephew who is a month older than my little one. I bought them matching outfits. It will be so cute!
I'll be back Saturday night, so I'll post next week!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Lisa

cyan
11-25-2004, 10:10 AM
Oh my lord I think I am finally off this friggin plateau!!! since last week I have gone from 163-159.5 range down to a solid 158.5 this morning...I am soooooo excited. thats a whole pound down from the previous low...woooohoooo. Now I know I pretty much have to stick to calorie counting...I cant go over 1500 cals...I must eat around 1200-1500 ...that seems to be my magic number and of course if I eat around 1500 cals...canít do that everyday and I must always exercise at least 30 minutes every day.

So now I have proof....test is over...I was able to mainitain my weight nicely for 3 months at around 1800 to 2000 cals plus exercising. So I know that once I reach goal weight...I can slowly go back to that so long as I make exercising part of my life forever

So for the rest of this month right on up to the new year.... I hope to lose another 10 pounds and be at 148.5 for the new year....That is my biggest wish right now...I cant wait to wear something slinky for the new year and feel great in my body....keeping my fingers crossed

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: 24 carrots fruit smoothie 8.45oz
lunch: smoked meat sandwich...4 slices...on whole wheat bread
snack: yogurt
dinner: oven baked butternut squash (Dad is preparing that for me so when I get home, it will be ready!! I gotta keep him busy)and home made lean ground beef hamburger pattie on whole wheat bread
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling for 30 minutes, floor exercises and arm weights

Ok Have a super duper day

And Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Chicks

Hugs to everyone and their families

Cyan

MikiG
11-25-2004, 03:45 PM
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody:)

Just got back from my Daddy's...will have another Thanksgiving at my Mother's on Saturday. As expected, I ate too much BUT I did do my exercise for 33 minutes before I ate. Day 5 of not missing a day of using my Air Walker. First day I've had more than 1500 calories also since Sunday. Back on track with the eating tomorrow.

Cyan, when I was doing so well two years ago, it was strictly from posting here, drinking water and keeping calories 1500 and under. I never went on a specific diet...just counted calories, and it worked great for me. I've learned it's the only way I can stick to a so-called diet...knowing I can have whatever, but it has to be worth the calories I waste on eating it. At least that way I don't ever have to feel anything is totally offlimits as long as it's accounted for. Mon-Fri, I stuck to the plan and tried to make healthier choices but I allowed myself the weekends to splurge and eat out for Mexican and other things that took my calories over the 1500 at times. It worked as long as I immediately got back down under 1500 on Monday each time. Guess today was my "weekend splurge" for this week.

Anyway, just wanted to check in. Have company coming soon for the weekend. (My college roommate) Need to do a few things before she gets here. Hope everyone has a great day.

Miki

newinspiration
11-25-2004, 09:35 PM
Hi, girls! Boy, did it get busy in here! I am so glad to be back! It's so fun to get caught up with everything you all are doing. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!! We had a very nice Thanksgiving today--we went out!!!!! Hubby suggested it because of how much I've been working, and I was glad to do it. I'm not much of a cook, and don't care much for big family holiday doings because of childhood memories from alcoholic father. This put such a positive spin on it--no cleaning before or after, no cooking, and probably less money than had I bought the food and cooked it myself. It was hubby, me, our two daughters, and my mother-in-law. We went to a Polish buffet--very nice homemade food--some traditional Thanksgiving things and lots of Polish stuff. I'm very comfy with that even though I'm not Polish because I've spent lots of time with people of eastern European descent (hubby is half Croatian, and the guy I was engaged to many years ago was Polish), and I enjoy the food. The best part was no stress at all :D ! I ate more than I am used to at a sitting, but I wasn't unreasonable at all. I ate very small portions of everything I chose so I could sample a number of things. I did eat one generous piece of pecan pie (absolutely delectable!), but that was the only large portion I ate. I do have a tummyache--3 hours later--but this is an "I ate something with eggs in it" tummyache. In case you don't recall--and Cybele doesn't know--I think I might be allergic to eggs because I get sick for several hours after eating them or anything with a certain (??) amount of egg in it.

Cjunk--thanks for being so concerned about me! I do do things for myself. I just don't talk about it much. I've been specifically working to get more sleep--I generally feel better when I get 8 hours regularly. I often curl up with magazines to unwind--in bed, of course, with only the cat nearby. She makes me feel so good. I feel so special around her because she follows me everywhere--sits with me wherever I am, and she always sleeps with me. She doesn't do that with anyone else in the house. I also have been buying clothes for myself--nice ones to wear to school. When I was single, I used to love buying clothes. I had such pretty ones when I was thinner. It's hard because I'm between a 14-16 and an 18 on top (not easy to find good tops) and a solid 14 on the bottom, but I've been able to find some very classic looking slacks and sweaters, plus I recently spent $60 on a single pair of shoes for school!!! Let's see--what else? I do a lot more going out by myself--just shopping--to dollar stores, linen stores, and just poking around where I feel like going. Also, having this computer we got just for me and making my own office just how I want it is something I'm doing for myself. I'm also doing lots of things to simplify how I do everything in my life because I just don't want lots of unwanted burdens or wasted energy or unnecessary stresses. I'm getting rid of tons of stuff in our house that we don't use--Monday I've got a donation truck coming to get 9--yes, NINE--boxes of stuff that I've been collecting for the last few months. Tomorrow hubby and I are going out together to a huge shopping area in northwest Indiana--we live on the IL/IN border at the south end of Lake Michigan (we're both off--and paid too!!! :) ) to find office furniture for my office space, to check out this huge teacher store I want to see, and do whatever else we feel like doing. The girls will be with grandma. Anyway, I do nice things for myself (i.e.--things that make me feel good) on a regular basis. They aren't exciting things, but they are things I like. What I'd really like is a good vacation with hubby only or even a few days alone somewhere. The first one won't happen for a while, but the second one may at some point.

Cyan--you asked what I was going to do to get my regimen straightened out. Let me start by saying that my actual weight is 162--5 lbs. up from where I've been. I've identified that impulse eating and stress/fatigue eating are my problem areas. I want to develop better choices for after-work snacks that will relieve my stress--crunchy, chewy, etc.--but will not cause additional stress because they are causing me to enlarge my body. I've been thinking carrots, apples, and frozen fruit, but I need more variety--I don't know what to choose--I want simple things, but no crackers, popcorn, chips, nuts, raisins, rice cakes, etc.--I lose control with those things. Any suggestions?? I want to save my grain eating for breakfast and bedtime snack--I sleep better with cereal or bread then--my body needs the serotonin it helps make to keep me away from depression and OCD attacks, and the fiber prevents constipation--sorry, no more Atkins for me, though I did lose weight. I think I need to cut out sweets too, for now. I know I need exercise, and I've been thinking about doing toning exercises for now--I'm not at all motivated to exercise in general, but I have a few toning exercises for abs, waist, hips, and thighs that are old favorites of mine. I've been thinking of doing a short routine of them just to get myself doing SOMETHING physical. You know, I'll make up a routine now and post it. Maybe I'll do it if I have to be accountable for it. Okay, here goes. I know the exercises behind these made-up names, so if they don't sound familiar to anyone, they are to me.

10 reverse crunches--for lower abs
10 reverse waist twists to each side--for waist
20 side leg lifts to each side--for hips
20 Georgia peach leg lifts each side--for glutes
10 upper waist twists to each side--for waist
10 hamstring twists to each side--for waist and hamstrings
20 butt lifts--for glutes

Let's see where that goes. I'll make it my goal to do it daily before bed.

Oh, by the way, I have to tell you--my students and I made the cutest turkey craft this week. We stuffed a lunch bag halfway with newspaper, closed it with a rubber band and cut off most of excess paper, made feathers out of tissue paper, attached them to the bag with a brown paper "taco shell" we glued the tissue into, colored pictures of turkey head profiles, wings, and feet, and glued them onto the bag at the right places. They were WONDERFUL!! The yearbook teacher asked me to take a picture for the school yearbook. I took a posed picture with all 18 turkeys together on desks, a smaller display of five of the best for a portfolio, and one with all of my students (except the one on vacation in Mexico) each holding their turkeys. I had so-o-o-o-o much fun. The kids did too.

Well, I've got to go. I've been babbling on for way too long. I'll be back soon. Thanks for being here.

cyan
11-26-2004, 12:06 PM
I think I am getting sick...I woke up with an upset stomach! I went to work and now I feel horrible...I dont think I can stay here all day...something is not right. Weird..I was feeling fine last night and now this morning...its like someone flipped a switch...and I am not feeling well. I keep hoping that it will pass. I had a glass of skim milk and one banana for breakfast...I think I am gonna finish up this post and go home. Damn ...I hate losing out to illness and I dont get paid for it either.


I feel nauseous....and I have the runs....not good

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: skim milk with one banana
snack: dont know
lunch: dont know
dinner: dont know
beverages: water and maybe a juice of some kind

have a good day

Cyan

MikiG
11-26-2004, 07:22 PM
Cyan, sorry to hear you arent feeling well. I hope you were able to go home and sleep it off.

Newie, glad to hear from you again.

Last nite, I did 20 more minutes of my AirWalker for a total of 53 minutes yesterday. Havent done any today but I plan on it later on. Eating was on track all day today. Will take more than just today to make up for yesterday tho. :^:

Well, have still company for the weekend so better go. Just wanted to check in.

MIKI

cjunk
11-27-2004, 08:02 PM
Cyan, Hope you are feeling well. Your post didn't sound like fun...

Miki, congratulations on using your air walker and staying on track with food!! :cb:

Newie, glad to read in your post that you do lots of things for yourself. I was beginning to worry about you in not knowing that!! Getting more sleep is certainly going to be helpful. Your own office sounds like it will be a nice haven for you!

Lisa, how is the house hunting going?? Your female patient example was helpful for me. On top of that I just saw the movie "Supersize Me" about a guy who eats McDonalds for a month and gets a lot fatter and pretty sick at that...all of thes things have turned me off of fast food so much that I have been cooking all of our meals lately. Gotta buy the DVD and play it every once in a while as that is a positive effect. I like to eat out at restaraunts often and I think that it is difficult to eat healthy at a restaraunt, so anything that helps me to cook at home certainly helps.

My fiance and I walked to shopping today--walked a few KM or more and ran our errands on foot which was great exercise. Finally looked at the new kids park in our neighbourhood and discovered that many of the stuff at the park was also suitable in strength and size for adults including rings that you can go to other rings etc. and a big spinning barrell that you can run on almost perpetually. Had a lot of fun going on it!!

Gotta run!

Cjunk

cyan
11-28-2004, 04:38 PM
157 pounds!!! Yep...that was my new weight on Saturday...but I know I was dehydrated because I had this stomach virus...well lets see what next weekend will show...I am still pleased to see that new number...a new low for me...I havent been this light since ..like 5 years ago when I was at goal weight of 140 pounds.

So I am inching my way closer!

I am still not eating well...stomach is off and of course...the runs But I am drinking lots of water, had chicken noodle soup, bread and a piece of pumpkin butter goey cake...yep...even is my sick state..I can still chow down on cakeÖ

Anyway, I have been sleeping like 12 hours everynight...I am so tired...this virus is having its way with me...but it feels good to just sleep. I left early on friday...2.30pm I just couldnt take it anymore, my stomach was hurting so bad...nauseous..you name it. I slept most of that day too.

Ok..hope everyone had a good weekend, I am gonna go chill some more.

Cjunk...I love playing in the park too...and what a great workout you get. Good going on walking!


Cyan

Lisathemommy
11-28-2004, 09:17 PM
YIPPEE for CYAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is awesome!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and I cheated. I am back on track now, but I did allow myself about 24 hours of splurging. I will not weigh myself for about a week.

We found a house today and we're putting a bid on it tomorrow. :crossed:

My husband will be doing all the details but I'm going to be at the hospital from 7am to 7pm. Only two more of those 12 hour days left! I can do it!

Well, I've got to get stuff ready for my day tomorrow before I can feel good about crawling into bed and sleeping away. I'm actually going in early since I didn't go in tonight to pick a patient.

Lisa

cyan
11-29-2004, 10:17 AM
Hey my fellow chickies..thanks so much for the well wishes. I am still suffering the remnants of this gastritis...I had a piece of pumkin butter gooey cake yesterday...big big mistake...I am paying very dearly for it....so today I am on gatorade...I could not eat a thing this morning!! But I did go to work..I thought I was not going to be able to go but after 45 minutes of pain, it subsided and I was able to go to work...I know I am getting better because I am not as tired and I dont have fever anymore..just bad stomach and intestinal pain and all the lovely side effects from that.

Anyway, I havent been exercising ...not since friday...so dont know if I will tonight...we will see but somehow I doubt it.

Food Plan for today
breakfast: gatorade and orange julep...sweetened orange juice..very low acid
lunch: lipton cup of soup
dinner: probably toast with more liquids
beverages: water, and tea and maybe gatorade

thats it for me..have a great day

Cyan

Hey Lisa!! Congrats on selling your house and finding a new one!!WOOHOOO good luck with that

cyan
11-30-2004, 11:14 AM
It always amazes me how just like a switch turned on..you have a stomach virus and then 4 days later..switch it turned off and you feel better again. Oh well..I am not going to complain about feeling better. Just gonna take it.

So I guess I am back on track with the food plan...but I will step back from spicy food until I am 100% again.

I hope I can see 157 again this weekend or a big jump for joy would be to see 156.5, 156..dare I even write down these numbers! Who knows..I saw 157 last saturday but with dehydration and all..you never know.

Well have a super duper day

Cyan

cyan
12-03-2004, 11:54 AM
I love fridays...I get to chill tonight and sleep in tomorrow...woohoo

I had a nice evening last night...I got back on the bike and cycled for 8.6km in 30 minutes. I did have a mini binge...thank goodness there arent any major trigger foods at home. So I made due with 3 tbs of dulce de leche and a handful of tortilla chips which brought my total calories up to 1668 calories

I dont think I will be seeing 156 this weekend...I feel bloated for one thing...I always gain after I have been sick...so I am dreading the scale this weekend. Sigh!!

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
snack: plain non fat yogurt with honey
lunch: fava bean stew with one egg (home made)
dinner: canneloni with tomato sauce (2)

exercise: cycling 30 minutes plus pilates

Have a super duper weekend

Cyan

cjunk
12-05-2004, 05:57 PM
Cyan, congratulations for making it off of your plateau! :bravo: I have now quit drinking :coffee: coffee for the past week and a half. Actually feeling much better for it. I think I was seriously addicted to the caffeine and now I am weaning myself off of it with tea. I plan to move to decaf teas and herbal teas and also stay away from sodas. This is my goal for the New Year. I have done it before for over 1 year and I think I can do it again. Strangely it makes me feel so much better and much less anxious as I think caffeine makes me more anxious.

Lisa--so glad to hear that you bought a new house--yaay!! :cb: Congratulations!!

I start a new job tomorrow. Get to combine Social Work and Computers. I don't know too many others who do this so I am very excited. Was a sad past 2 weeks saying goodbye to all of my clients that I have counseled. I had to say goodbye to over 50 people and I didn't have any idea just how hard it would be. I really am going to miss them all. I received many small goodbye gifts from co-workers and some chocolates from clients. Luckily I am allergic to chocolate (although I said thank you and didn't tell them that I was allergic), so I think I will bring them into my new job for new co-workers or to holiday parties over the season. All booked up from this weekend onwards to the New Year in terms of Parties and Dinners etc. Going to try and eat healthy through all of it. My one girlfriend who is having a party has IBS so luckily there are lots of healthy options out of neccessity. Unfortunate that she has this medical condition but it makes for a healthy choice holiday party.

With my new job there are 2 holiday parties. One at a fancy restaraunt that serves small portions of good healthy quality and one departmental party where I imagine chocolate will be a focus. Being allergic to chocolate is not so bad when it comes to this time of year.

Miki-Congratulations on your workout with your Airwalker and staying on track with eating !! :lol: It takes a lot of work to stay on track for the day and I am proud of you for it!!

Newie, how are you doing?? Cybele??


Talk to everyone soon!!

Cjunk

cyan
12-06-2004, 11:11 AM
I had my ususal carnation breakfast with skim milk this morning...when I got to the office, I had a banana with my white tea...A few minutes later, I was doubled over with intense stomach pain.... I puked and the stomach pain subsided...my kind co worker went to the pharmacy and bought me some antacids recommended by my doc when I had a stomach flu last week. I was completely recovered from that!!

So I feel better again..no fever or chills or weakness...actually my stomach is rumbling which means I am hungry...Sigh..I hope I dont have a stomach ulcer...I will talk to my doctor friend tonight and ask her if I need to see my doc and get some tests run.

So Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk (vomitted)
banana: (vomitted)
lunch: I am in the mood for a sandwich with vegetables
snack: plain yogurt with honey
dinner: canneloni with tomato sauce

exercise: cycling and floor exercises

Have a great day

Cyan

Cjunk good luck with your new job this week.

cyan
12-07-2004, 09:32 AM
I am feeling all better..I spoke with my doctor yesterday and she says it was the combo that upset my stomach. After I threw up, and took the acid reducer I had no ill effects from the episode..I actually ate a big lunch and felt great. so from now on, no more bananas and white tea after a carnation breakfast Dont need that kind of pain...it was as if I had drunk a glass of battery acid...just horrible...my poor coworkers were so worried...and one of them rushed out to the pharmacy to get me my meds....such sweet people...totally love them.

Anyway, I cycled last night for 30 minutes...felt good although it was tough...it was a tough cycle but I got through it.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast
lunch: cannelloni with tomato sauce and mozzarella...very small portion with side salad
snack: blueberry smoothie 8.45oz
dinner: presidents choice individual pizza (610 cals)
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle and weights

Have a great day

Cyan

cyan
12-08-2004, 10:10 AM
The nursing home called me yesterday to tell me that they have a room for my Mom in the alzheimerís ward for next tuesday
I have to bring her in for 10.30 am...it is very hard for me to do this but I feel I have no other options...once again, it has happened too soon but they have met all of my requirements and they seem very accomodating and extremely gentle with me on the phone as they explained that they are ready to take her in. I am once again overloaded with feelings of guilt for putting her in there. I know it is going to be very very hard for her and she wont understand why I am doing this to her. In my culture, portuguese, the children take care of thier parents for life...and I am abandoning her...so its very hard to deal with this guilt. Also, its a realization that this illness is claiming more of her...that she is slowly dying from this illness...that there is no way out. I feel horrible ...just horrible about this.

On a different note, I also found out that a friend of mine who is in her first trimester has been diagnosed with cancer of the bladder. So now they have to wait for her hormones to settle back down before they can figure out what to do. If the cancer can get scrapped off..they will do that and save the baby but if the cancer if more evassive, she will have to abort and get chemo therapy. She already has a baby girl so she must stay alive to be the mother to her first born. Very very sad news...she is only 25 years old too.

Well that was my day yesterday...pretty shitty to say the least

later

Cyan

cyan
12-09-2004, 04:18 PM
Hey I forgot to mention that I am down to 156.5 pounds! With all the recent events in my life...anyway, at least the weight is still coming off...the month of december has been good for me...I have gone from 159.5 up to 163 and now..back down to 156.5!! Woohoo for me.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: eggs , bacon, a bite size waffle, home fries, and ham, 1/2 piece of toast
buttered
lunch: well after a breakfast like that...umm nothing
dinner: roast beef with carrots
snack: fruit smoothie 1 cup, one portuguese style cookie
beverages: 1/2 can of full fat pepsi, water, diet drink

exercise: 30 minutes on the bike, pilates

Yep..not had a good food day...but I wont let that slip away from me

Cyan

cjunk
12-11-2004, 07:16 PM
Hello Everyone,

Cyan, I just read through your posts and it sounds as if you have been riding on an emotional roller coaster of really tough stuff happening to you. From reading your posts over the past few years it is clear that you care deeply for your mother and that you are doing what you have researched to be the best to provide her needed care. It is a tough decision I can only imagine but I am here to listen if you ever need an ear or shoulder to lean on. I am proud of you for sticking to your plan throughout all of the turmoil. You have made it off of the plateau girl!! There is no turning back now--you will keep moving forward to success!!!

Your friend's situation sounds very difficult. I know that a person I knew went through something similar and they were able to get all of the cancer with treatment. It sounds as if she has been blessed with a daughter and one can only hope that the future will be positive.

Glad to hear you are over the stomach flu. I have had a hectic first week of work in that it was interesting but my brain is totally full!! The holiday season will be one of learning while I am off which I am looking forward to having the time to do.

Gotta go,

Cjunk

Lisathemommy
12-12-2004, 10:52 PM
girls girls girls!

This is the craziest time of the year. I love it though, for the most part. Tomorrow I have my nursing final and I'm then done for the semester. YIPPEE..I made it with what looks like a strong B.

Tuesday we go on a final walk through on our house before closing.

Friday we close on the house and move in Friday and Saturday.

Saturday night I have a church choir festival where my choir (I'm the director) is performing. I will have to put any moving in left on hold for this.

I still have Christmas shopping to do and little odds and ends for the new house..such as window treatments, shower curtains, paper towel holders..oh yeah...and food...already bought the refridgerator which will be delivered on Saturday.

And then, my parents are coming on Christmas Eve. BIG BREATH...I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can. OH MY GOSH...Please don't let me go crazy!

Here is a link to a rendering of my new house...the basement is finished but there is no yard...just dirt.

http://www.ritchiecommunities.com/homes.php?id=140

Cyan, I am thinking of you....which I do often as it is. You are a strong person. I really hope one day we meet in person. What you are going through with your mom has to be difficult but it is the best thing for all of you. Your mother will be well cared for and you will be 100% when you are with her. You need YOU time. You and your family are in my prayers.

To the rest of you, I wish I had time to type more. I will once I'm in my new home. I miss you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Lisa

cyan
12-13-2004, 03:25 PM
Well its going to be a hard week for me...my Mom goes into the nursing home tomorrow and I am dreading it. I sure do hope that she is able to make the transition. To be on the safe side, I have calming medication that her doctor provided. It sucks to have to sedate my Mom but I am worried that she will cry and scream too much which in turn will break my heart even more. The good thing is that the nursing home is just around the corner from my house. I can visit often. But going in right before the holidays is not good.

Well I will keep you posted

As for my diet plan...havent really done much the last couple of days. I had punjabi indian food on saturday, blood sausage and chorizo on sunday and belgian chocolate that my coworkder gave me...so I am afraid that I am pretty much off the wagon but its never too late to get back on it and so I will today

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: imitation crab salad in a tortilla wrap sandwich with 4 jalapeno peppers stuffed with feta cheese
dinner: dont know yet
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: time to get back on the bike

Hey Lisa..great news on getting the new house..how fun to move into a new home and do all that wonderful shopping for it. Lucky you...yes I do realize that its hard work but still fun. Good luck on your exams.

Hey Cjunk Thanks for the support and kind words...You too Lisa..you girls rock. Tomorrow is going to be a hard day for me...but I know I have your well wishes, prayers and good energy.



Have a great day

Cyan

cyan
12-15-2004, 12:01 PM
Well I put my Mom in the nursing home yesterday and I feel horrible about it. She went quietly and resigned to the fact that she would not be going home with me. I felt horrible and still do. My father is shocked that he has to pay 1500$ per month...The government will use up all of her money first before they scale the montly fee down to something that my father can afford to pay. Short of making him financially destitute, they will take all of if first. So needless to say, I am very stressed out about that too. So once 2/3 of my mothers bank account is used up, I have to fill out an exoneration form and send it to the government with how much my fatherís house is worth, his car, his bank account, my motherís bank account, how much he pays in taxes etc...based on all of that, the government will decide how much he will have to pay per month to keep my mother in the nursing home. I am hoping it will come down by half...at least this way, her pension will cover it. So say a prayer for my family. We have to wait until april to file these exoneration papers and will take about 4 more months for them to decide if we get a reduction on her monthly fees.

So needless to say, beside the guilt of having my mother in a nursing home, we now have a financial burden to bear.

As for me, I havenít really been exercising...I have been doing a lot of walking in the snow but thats about it.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: ham sandwich on whole wheat
dinner: tuna wrap sandwich with corn
snack: fruit smoothie and yogurt and fruit
beverages: water, tea and diet cola, coffee

exercise: cycling if I feel up to it

Have a good day everyone

Cyan

cyan
12-16-2004, 10:53 AM
Well my poor Mom is still hanging in there in the nursing home...They told me that she tried escaping last night...got on the elevator and was on her way to the outside door before they noticed her. So now they have to put a bracelet on her that will beep if she tries to get on the elevator. So now she is like an inmate...I went by to visit her at 3pm last night and stayed for a few hours...its very hard for me to keep telling her why she cant come home...it breaks my heart to tell her that she lives there now...she doesnt understand and keeps aplogozing if she has done anything wrong. I tell her she hasnt done anything wrong but she doesnt seem to understand. So its very hard for me to see her pleading face and beg me to take her home. I just feel horrible ...sick to my stomach with guilt for leaving her there.

I wish I could afford a full time nurse to care for her at home..that would be ideal...to care for her at home with the help of a nurse until my Mom was to the point where she doesnt know her enviroment anymore.

As for me, I cycled for 10 minutes last night...no energy.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast
lunch: immitation crab salad wrap sandwich (I have two)
dinner: I might eat the second wrap sandwich before I leave work to go visit my Mom
snack: yogurt with honey
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

have a good day

Cyan

cyan
12-17-2004, 01:56 PM
I want to start off my saying thank you for your kind words, I feel your love and support and it is very much appreciated.

When I visited my Mom last night I was a very upset, they didnt put her bra on, and her skirt was on backwards. She refused to take her meds and the nurse just let that go...My Mom is diabetic too...it is imperative she take her meds. Aside from that, they have been giving her sedatives...I was furious and let them know that by no means are they ever allowed to sedate my mother. I noticed a huge personality change and I was suspicious right away and of course they told me that they had given it to her. But now they will no longer do that

So last night, I put her bra on, straightened her skirt, brushed her teeth and took her to the bathroom only to find out she had peed her pants because the nurse hadnt brought her to the bathroom enough times. My Mother was able to tell me that she was desperate to go but had forgotten where the toilet was. I just wanted to bawl right there and then but held it in so as not to uspet her. So I changed her underwear and coached her to clean up.

Apparently last night at around 3 am she attempted to go to the bathroom and fell and urinated on the floor. The found her on the floor in her urine when they did their rounds. So I dont know how long she was on the floor for before they found her.

This morning I called to follow up on all of this, the nurse I spoke with seemed genuinly apologetic and promised she would follow through on my instructions. and no more sedatives.

My friendís Mom who speaks portuguese went by this morning and told me that she was very chatting and energetic which is more like my Mom is..so that makes me happy. I plan on going tonight with two of my friends to set up her room with some of her stuff from home.

So I dont think I have many more tears left ...I am just so sad and it is very hard...even harder than losing weight...I am overwhelmed with feelings of sadness I have no idea if I am capable of feeling any more sadness.

Well I am at work so I gotta get going

Once again, thank you so much for your support and your prayers and your well wishes.

Cyan

cyan
12-20-2004, 02:08 PM
Still Working Things Out
Well My Mom is still having a hard time...her ankles are swollen...The doctor is going to see my Mother today inorder to prescribe a diaretic that will help with the swelling. They also lost my Mom for over three hours on Saturday. When I got home my father asked me why I took my Mother out...of course I hadnt only to find out they told my Father that because they couldnt find her. Anyway, I can go on but I wont, I spoke with the head nurse this morning and she is following up so I am hoping they will get their act together. But my poor Mom is still unrinating herself because no one bothers to bring her to the toilet enough times..so once again I mentioned that again that they need to bring her more often and that it cant be a man washing her or bringing her to the toilet or else she wont go. It seems you have to be extra vigilant with them inorder to get them to do their jobs...very very frustrating, angering and depressing and worrysome.

As for me, the only exercising I have been doing is walking..thats it

I havenít overeaten either ..so that is good.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: salami sandwich with chickpea salad
dinner: baked trout with asparagus and corn

exercise: I will try to cycle tonight

Have a good day

Cyan

cyan
12-22-2004, 01:44 PM
Sorry I couldnt come up with a better title. I am sorry to be such a downer but I am still struggling with my Momís nursing home. Yesterday when I went to visit, I found her in the dining area having dinner which was nice..the bad thing...she was sitting in her own urine once again...her skirt, underpants, stockings and slippers where all urine soaked. I asked why she was still in those clothes having dinner and the nurse told me she was going to change her afterwards I told her that was unacceptable..my Mom cannot remain in urine soaked clothes even if it is dinner. So I brought her back to her room, washed her and changed her. I was so upset needless to say..so once again this morning I called to complain and make them aware that I am not going away and that I will keep on them until they get it right.

Oh lord here my prayers for some help. I cannot allow my Mom or anyone else for that matter to suffer like that...she has an illness that makes it hard to take care of her but it does not mean she has to suffer the indignity of mistreatment. It seems that the status quo there is to diaper and sedate because its easier but not necessarily better for the residences.

As for me, I am still at 156.5 but I havent really been exercising or watching what I am eating. I guess its time to get back on the wagon and continue my weight loss...my final goal weight is 140 pounds...I am 16.5 pounds away..I can do this...I need to focus once again on good food habits and getting my cardio and weights in.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: homemade pork ribs with beans (portion controlled)
dinner: individual thin crust pizza
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycling

Have a good day

Cyan

cyan
12-23-2004, 12:55 PM
Well I am one of two people here at work...no one else has bothered to show up Should of stayed home myself. Oh wellÖ I was supposed to be going to Vegas this january for work purposes but now I am not going...once again I got stiffed on all the fun stuff...so two of my co workers and the owner of the company I work for and his girlfriend are going. I am a contract worker so technically I am my own boss and he is my client. Anyway, I dont get to go anymore and I was really looking forward to it.

So last night I went to visit my Mother and she was clean...thank goodness...this time they took her to the bathroom. I hope things will get better from now on...praying desperately for this. I feel so so bad that she has to be there...she always begs to go home with me everytime I am getting ready to leave and follows me to the elevator. Oh lord that is so hard to leave her there...it is the worst feeling in the world for me right now.

I cycled last night for 20 minutes...and I didnt have key lime pie...yes ...the key lime pie has found its way back into my freezer Damn that is good pie!!! Anyway, I didnt have a slice last night...instead when I was hearing it call out for me, I got on the bike and cycled instead. Then I tood a shower so that I wouldnt be tempted to eat it.

Hereís to battling the pie tonight again..I hope I win.

Meal Plan for today
breakfast: carnation breakfast with skim milk
lunch: frozen meal...lasagna
dinner: chicken breast with asparagus and tatziki sauce
snacks: frozen berries..one cup
beverages: water, tea and diet cola

exercise: cycle

Have a good day

Cyan

cjunk
12-27-2004, 03:55 PM
Hello Everyone,

Cyan, I felt very sad when I read your posts. It is clear that the staff were negligent on several occasions and I had the urge to smack the worker upside the head who said your mom could eat dinner while sitting in her own urine--what was she thinking???

Good for you for continuing to be vigiliant! You are your mother's best and strongest voice---keep up the hard work of advocating for her. If you feel you are pressured by the staff be LOUD and let them know that stories are good in newspapers and lots of people like to read them. In this case--the louder you are and the more specific the better your mom's care will get.

You and your mom don't deserve to have the things happening to you that are...and I wish for all of the improvements for all of you. Keep us posted and I will research for you on my end what your rights are and your mom's rights. My sister and I work in fields where advocacy is at our finger tips and it is there to be used. I will be talking to her at dinner tonight and I will be sure to mention some of your challenges as she lives not too far from you and has some connections.

All the best
Cjunk

Oh, Lisa by the way, congrats on your new home!! It is gorgeous. I went to the link and the home and layout are beautiful. Congrats on ending the term with such great marks too!! I look forward to hearing how your move went.

Lisathemommy
12-29-2004, 10:41 AM
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Hello girls. How is everyone? I am snug as a bug in a rug in my new home and I have survived Christmas. Except for our office being a mess a few knick-knacks not having a home, and all three kids having nasty colds, all is well. I love my new house. I love the neigborhood. My kids can ride their bikes all the way around the block, which isn't your normal, boring square block. It's windy and circular. There is a sidewalk that goes all the way around so they can go without having to get in the street. There is a girl 3 houses down the same age as my daughter. Super Target is less than a mile away and you can see it's bright lights from my front porch. We are very blessed right now.

Cyan, I read your posts and I am apalled at what is going on in that nursing home. Obviously, some of the patients don't have family visiting enough, so the staff must be used to getting away with some of these stunts. Go to a manager. Go to someone in charge. Make lists with times and dates of when these things happen. Once they realize that you mean business, they will be forced to make changes. Sitting in urine is like sitting in acid! Not only is it un-sanitary, it can lead to impaired skin integrity. Next, she will have skin tears and rashes that will need treated if they don't keep her dry. As your mom is a diabetic, any skin problems are more serious than if she were not a diabetic. I'm sure you know all of this already. It just makes me mad that people we trust with our loved ones get lazy and un-caring. Hang in there and continue to advocate for you mom. I'm thinking of you and praying for you.

The beginning of a new year is coming and I'm preparing myself to get my act together both diet and exercise wise. I enrolled my daughter in gymnastics and my son in karate and both classes are at the YMCA. So if my youngest son will go in the nursery, I will be able to exercise for 45 minutes on both of those days. I also have an exercise bike here at the house now. Cyan, if you're up to it, maybe we could have a bikeing challenge?

Well, i have to go fix breakfast for my kids.

Have a great day!

Lisa

cyan
12-30-2004, 12:52 PM
Hey Girls

Good to have you back posting...Well I am still struggling with the nursing home..its just not easy for everyone...My Mom continues to urinate in her underwear and now with the dieuretic...they asked to put a diaper on her temporarily...it just saddens me to no end..this is a cruel illness...plain and simple. I keep calling, I keep going by and very little has changed at the nursing home..it doesnt help that my Mom is aggressive and uncooperative with them...does not help the situation at all.

Anyway, I dont want to bum everydody here...so how was Christmas? and what do you guys have planned for the New Year?

I dont know what I am doing for New Year's eve..could wind up being a last minute thing.

Anyway, good to have you back Lisa and Cjunk...

Oh LIsa...congrats on your new house...oh how cool is that...awesome and good blessings for you and your family...I am up for the challenge... I am fiiting into a size 8 tommy hillfiger jeans!!! Yes they are stretch...but they fit well...not whore pants at all...LOL

Cjunk...thanks for any help, information or advice you may have for me. I will take it all...Blessings for you and your family as well

Talk to you later
Cyan

cjunk
12-30-2004, 11:02 PM
Hi Lisa and Cyan,

Great to hear from both of you. Lisa, your new home sounds fantastic!! A lot of perks for everyone in your family!!

Cyan, I am sorry to hear that the struggles continue. I emailed my sister for suggestions and she is travelling this week but as soon as I hear back from her I will let you know as she lives in Montreal as well and may be more familiar with the system there too as she works in Healthcare.

My new job seems to be going okay. I miss the kids I used to work with and think I put on a bit of weight over the holidays because I have eaten a lot more junk than usual. So I guess you could say it is time to crack the whip again. Got a ski pass this week for night skiing and went for 5 hours of skiing yesterday which was great but then countered the greatness with bacon and eggs for lunch today. I always seem to counter the good with the bad!! I had a vacation booked when I negotiated the new job and I leave in a few weeks to go skiing in B.C. for a week. I should be able to better regulate for that week and get back into a healthy kick again!! I seem to have a healthy run when I exercise more often but when I am lazy and don't exercise it seems an endless pit of chips and other junk food which I am drawn to quickly. I seem to be spending a lot of time with ultra skinny women who appear to have eating disorders. They always try and cook me junk food and then watch me eat it--and derive satisfaction from being skinnier. Kind of a warped environment to be in because one look at the excessive skinnyness makes me want to eat the junk so I don't turn into that!!! I never want to be obsessive about food to the point where I can't focus my brain on anything else. Someone please tell me how to hang out with Anorexics where it is not self-destructive to my health!!!

Cjunk

Lisathemommy
01-03-2005, 03:57 PM
Hello girls...to signify a new year and a new beginning, I'm going to start a new thread. Hope to see you there!

Lisa