What we really want in a weight loss support group, boils down to one concept; we are looking for a sanctuary.
Sanctuary means different things to different people. Sanctuary is a place of peace, rest, safety, and rejuvenation. It keeps our spirit and our sanity intact.
Many of us who have a long journey down the weight loss path find ourselves in need of a break. Sometimes our bodies crave it, and sometimes the choice isn't ours, but circumstances forces it upon us. Other times, we need the clamoring throng to cheer us along our way as we breeze past milestones and overcome obstacles.
Sanctuary can be all that as well. It is what you need and when you need it. Sanctuary can be found in good friends who aren’t afraid of your truths and in an open, honest atmosphere.
Sanctuary isn’t judgmental, neither does it discriminate or ask to be censured. It is open to anyone with a desire to share, and especially those in need of and willing to offer support
01-27-2005, 10:25 PM
Well, I didn't exercise yesteday unless you count clapping, singing and
wiggeling in my chair. I went with some friends to the "Winter Dance
The town I work in is on the tour because it was a stop on the original
"Winter Dance Party" with the real Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Richie
Valens. They were all before my time but when you live in the "sticks" you have to take your entertainment where you can get it! :D
The people that imitated them did a great job and were great musicians. I didn't get home until 11:30 and then couldn't fall asleep - the last time I looked it was 12:55!!!! UGH
So tonight it is off to bed early. I apologize for not posting individual replies -that will have to wait until tomorrow night! :)
01-27-2005, 10:44 PM
They were all before my time
Pleeeeeeease......Am I really that much older than all of you?
NOT a lot before my time - but before my time!!!! I am from the Beatles era!
01-27-2005, 11:43 PM
Hi all you mouse-ca-tears, I don't know if i will be able to post tomorrow. We are heading for Blairsville Ga on Sat. where its going to be icy and cold. To funny, it was warm and sunny down here in Florida today, and we are heading for the hills where its going to be cold. Do you think that maybe we have it backwards.
Laura, i will be thinking of you when we pass through Atlanta Ga. on Saturday. If you hear someone calling your name, it will be me sticking my head out the window saying hello to you.
Don't feel bad Lucky, i didn't exercise eather today. I was packing up the truck and trying to get things organized for our trip.
So tell me Lucky, what or who is a Big Booper and Richie? No, i am not that old.
I must get my body in the bed now. Hope to talk with you in the morning, but if i cant, we will talk when i get back next week.
c bo be
01-28-2005, 08:27 AM
Good morning everyone, I didn't get a chance to go aerobics class last night, bummer. My dentist appointment went way over because of an emergency patient he was working on. So for a simple cleaning I was there for 1 1/2 hours. But I should get some exercise tonight. We are going out dancing with two other couples, can't wait for that. I'm also from the Beatles era, but I love to dance to fifties music. My husband and I took swing dance lessons several years ago, and it's excellent exercise.
Theres a band in our state that has a group called spike and the bulldogs and they play fifties and sixties music. Alot of the people wear pony tails, poodle skirts, bobbie socks, the whole bit, it's a riot. Fun. Fun. Fun. And boy do I remember the mousketeers and mighty mouse, heckle and jeckle, abbott and costello, ok, i think you get the picture.
Anyway, hope everyone has a good day and stays focused. Have a save trip gloria.
Better get off to work. cheryll
01-28-2005, 10:42 AM
"Chan tillyy lace, and a pretty face, and a pony tail, a hanging down"
That doesn't bring back any memories? The Big Bopper and Richie Valens are the other two performers who were killed in the plane crash with Buddy Holly!
Any one else need history lessons?
01-28-2005, 10:57 AM
Oh, I love all those old songs. I am not old enough to have been around when Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, etc. were big. But, my grandparents owned a restaurant that I spent a lot of time at while growing up. They had a juke box and they rotated the records (old 45's) every month to keep up with the charts. But my grandmother always kept some Buddy Holly and Elvis in there. So those songs hold a special place for me - I can still see her doing her little shuffle around the counter while they played. They were packrats down to the bone and when my grandfather passed away a couple of years ago my sister and I did quite a bit of packing up their home. We found boxes and boxes filled with those old jukebox records, still in the sleeves and without a scratch. They opened the restaurant in 1956, I so we had a good 35 or so years worth of records all in. It was like opening a time capsule. We had the best time going through them all. People keep telling us how much some of them are worth but there isn't any amount of money we would sell them for.
Hmmm, having grown up around a restaurant where I was allowed to go to the kitchen and have anything I wanted might explain quite a bit. What I need to figure out now is how my sister grew up the same way and managed to stay so darn skinny.
01-28-2005, 12:21 PM
Not to make anyone feel any older than they are...but they are all way before my time too. My parents had a ton of records though so I know all the songs. Raised on that and country music from the 70's.
Good morning all! I have a busy day ahead of me but thought I'd check on you gals. Tomorrow I won't be around for awhile. Tiana has a Basketball game at 8 in the morning and I am working for the school district tomorrow for their surplus auction. My stepmom has worked for the school district for years and they hire me and an another gal to help out with these auctions they have. We get paid $100 for the day so I'm liking it.
My back is killing me today. I don't know what I did. My arm is sore too but that's just my typical pain...Barb knows my complaint. I've whined about it on the RA/OA thread alot. Someday I'll be normal. My insurance will pay for my treatment starting Feb. 1st, so then I can get the high-priced drugs and lead a more normal existence.
Nicole is getting into things. The little stinker. Gotta go.
01-28-2005, 12:56 PM
:censored: Damn damn damn...I just lost my post! No time to go back and start over now, but I just had to say:
Belly dancing, I've got belly, and it can dance.
Yep. Me too! :rofl:
BarbG...Hugs and prayers to you! I hope that all turns out well for you!
BarbPa...You too, kiddo! Fertile egg prayers coming your way!
Tricia...Do a google search on "the Wendie Plan." Same principle as the staggered calorie days but in a WW format. Makes sense to me!
Andria...sounds like a great move NOT going on that interview. yikes.
I can't remeber everything else that I wrote! I did go to the gym today! Woo hoo! 2nd time this week! Not as much as I'd like, but better than none. Planning on an "Aqua Run" class in the morning...so that will be three days this week. Food: good for the most part, I'll take yesterday as one of those "higher calorie days!" :lol:
Okay, gotta sleep...see you all later
01-28-2005, 01:21 PM
Hey everyone :)
Just a quick post before heading to bed. I went in for another WI yesterday, and the scale finally moved the right direction. I was down 1 lb.! Also had a pleasant surprise when I looked at my chart and realized I hadn't been up 2 lbs. on Tuesday, but only 1.5. I'm still up, but like I said, things are moving the right direction. They also did my measurements. We are supposed to do them every month, but because of my knee injury back in September, we haven't done them since early August. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I am down 15 inches. 2 inches on my thighs alone! I realize that 15 inches isn't a whole lot for 5 months time, but I spent an awful lot of that in bed or pretty much off my feet, and it could just as easily been a gain instead.
The puter screen is beginning to swim, but at least I got to read everyone's posts first. :) Have a great day, everyone!
01-29-2005, 08:56 AM
First off, Andria :bravo: Way to go on losing inches. You Rock Chicka!
:censored: Damn damn damn...I just lost my post! No time to go back and start over now, but I just had to say:
Belly dancing, I've got belly, and it can dance.
Yep. Me too! :rofl:
"Watch it wiggle. See it jiggle. Smooth and fruity, Jello brand Gelatin."
Don't ya just hate it when you type and lose it all. That just sucks.
Tricia, that sounds like an interesting plan. I will have to try that. Of course, that means I will have to start counting calories. ;) But the concept seems logical. I'm going to go google Wendie like Kat suggested.
I am a 70's-80's girl. I remember growing up and every Sunday my dad would play big band music and Louis Armstrong, and all kinds of old stuff. I grew up appreciating all kinds of music.
Chris, I remember that 70's country music, the trucker songs, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Tanya Tucker, the Mandrell sisters., and of course, Donny and Marie. Well, just Marie, but I liked Donny. :o
BarbG, don't think of yourself as old, think of it as experienced. ;)
BarbPa, How's the butt? Thinking about getting a tattoo on it now since you are getting use to the needles being poked in it? I always joked about getting one that said "This End Up." But I heard a joke on the radio the other day, this guy said he wanted to get a tattoo on his butt that said, "If you can read this, I'm in jail." I thought that was great. But then again, I have that kind of sick sense of humour. :lol:
Well, I'm still here praying for ya.
Cheryl, How was dancing? I bet you had a pretty smile:D after waiting for an 1 1/2 to get your teeth clean. I hate the dentist, unless I get happy gas, then I love the dentist. :lol:
Lucky, I say that wiggling and clapping and singing count as exercise, I mean you do burn calories. I'm glad you had a good time.
I got my big ball yesterday and did some exercises with my chiropractor, oh my goodness does my stomach hurt. I didn't know it pointed up like that when you do a sit up. Well, that just shows there is too much in my gut. My ball is the color I am typing with, Indigo. I think it is a little more bluish than purplish. And my chiropractor gave me a deal on it to. She showed me this one exercise for my butt, my husband said that he is going to enjoy my exercising. The dirty pig. :lol:
Well, all this talk of old days reminds me of a website my friend sent me. I will have to go get it and post it here.
Until then, Love and hugs to you all.
Still more unpacking to do,
01-29-2005, 09:01 AM
here's the memory link
01-29-2005, 11:12 AM
Okay, the staggering of calories seems to work for me. I've lost 3.5 pounds since I last weighed Monday. Still, it could be a fluke. Guess I'll know for sure by the end of next week.
The only problem that I have with the whole thing is that the higher calorie days are really difficult. I have such a screwy relationship with food that I get a guilty, nervous feeling eating that much these days - even if they are planned calories. For the life of me I can't understand why I am so nuts when it comes to food. It seems that I have an all or nothing attitude that I can't shake. I'm either a gluttonous overeater or a neurotic calorie counter. Good Lord, I hope I find a happy medium sometime before I hit my goal weight.
The Wendie plan is pretty well the same thing and exactly the same idea. The website I went to was allyourstregth.com (I think it was under nutrition once there).
Hope you all have a terrific day. I have a ton of errands to run and, wouldn't you know it, it is going to be raining all day. It is still early - maybe I'll talk the kids in to snuggling up for a nap later instead!
01-29-2005, 06:50 PM
Hey, I have all my chores done and am ready to post ! :)
Well, not really ready because I have a lot to read!!!
I ate too much yesterday :mad: so am cutting back today to compensate - hope it works. :D
yesterday was my 39th wedding anniversary, se went out last night and I did not eat OP, but I enjoyed it. Monday is a new week, and it WILL be better.
01-30-2005, 11:25 AM
I was reading Oprah's magazine while having :coffee: and wanted to share this:
I realized that the commitment to do well and be well is a lifetime of choices that you make daily. The space to live in is not "I'll try". Not "I want to". Not "I really want to." It's "I have decided". Oprah quote.
I have thought I had decided many times - but they must not have been very strong decisions or I wouldn't still be overweight.
Maybe I have to decide to decide!!!! ;)
01-30-2005, 12:23 PM
c bo be:
but I love to dance to fifties music. My husband and I took swing dance lessons several years ago, and it's excellent exercise.
I know what you mean. It doesn't matter your age because the music and dances are FUN!!! I told my friends I was with at the "Winter Dance Tour", SOMEONE should have a back to the 50's party where we can dress up and dance. Of course some things never change - it's hard to find enough males to dance with! :mad:
TIP: If you have sons teach them the fun of dancing - they will have a much better chance at finding girlfriends. ;)
Way to go Andria!!!!I am down 15 inches That's a lot of inches!!!!
Is it me? Or does Betty Boop look like she has an open wound peeking out of the top of her bikini bottoms? Disturbing. Nice shape though. I'll take it! minus the gaping wound.
Skittles...that was a nice trip down Memory Lane! I do remember a lot of that! I grew up in the 60' and 70's so I even got to see the transition from the 50's ideal! I remember watching in awe and wonder as my teachers starting showing up for school in mini skirts and bell bottoms!
oops...gotta run, I'll be back...lots more to say!
01-30-2005, 06:40 PM
Happy Sunday afternoon. :)
I have had a good weekend. I got a lot of things done and am now having a relaxing cup of Chai Tea. :coffee:
Did you hear Oprah is going to be on Desperate Housewives next week?
I have been trying to "be in the moment" today. No matter what I did I reminded myself to "be" there. It actually made the task more enjoyable. Who would have thought? :lol: I SO am always thinking of the next thing I have to do - I never enjoy what I am doing at the moment. This was an eye opener. :idea:
01-30-2005, 09:25 PM
Just a quick check in. Sounds like everyone is doing well and staying busy!!! Happy anniversary BarbG! 39 years is worth a celebration!
OK, bad news. I've been on a 3 day eating binge and I'm not proud of myself. It has been really bad. But I'm admitting it here instead of acting like it didn't happen and hoping that I can get myself back on track. UGH! What is wrong with me? I knew exactly what I was doing but couldn't seem to stop...
Oh well, tomorrow is another - and better - day. I hope everyone has a good one!
01-30-2005, 10:16 PM
Oh, Laura I know what you mean. Mine was shorter in duration (Friday night) but I beat myself up all day Saturday. Today I watched a Dr. Phil show and he said beating yourself up just keeps you binging - already bad so why not keep eating!!! :mad:
SO, I decided to quit it right there and look forward. I ate well Saturday and today.
I have been trying to "see" what triggered my binge and WHY I let it happen. No great insight as of yet. I guess this is why "some" claim journaling is good! :shrug: Hmm the word "lonely" just popped into my head.
Off to think on this. Thanks Laura for sharing - I think it's important to talk through these things if we want to put our "demons" behind us.
01-30-2005, 11:00 PM
Laura, I love that you posted so honestly. I was actually thinking about that today...how easy it is in this forum to hold myself accountable and then move on. I would have NEVER admitted a binge to, say, my husband. There were plenty of times that I would drive through and get a hamburger or something after I'd run an errand - and that would have been AFTER we'd eaten dinner. Then, of course, I'd hide the wrappers under the seat. Or, I'd eat, eat, eat, while he was out mowing the yard. I don't know who I thought I was kidding - obviously he could tell I wasn't loosing weight. But, it is the same as pounds lost - I would never even think of not being honest if I didn't meet a challenge goal or something. I guess the feeling that we are all in the same boat makes it easier. Maybe that there is a certain amount of anonymity. I don't know exactly what it is, but I am glad we have it.
Don't be too hard on yourself, we've all stumbled. And even if you gained a pound (you probably didn't), so what? You'll still be better off than if you had to start again at your original weight.
LuckyLadyBug: I've tried journaling before and I didn't really gain any insight. I think for me there really isn't a "trigger". Maybe a couple of excuses but no real triggers. I found that I typically ate just because it tasted good and I wanted to. And that sentence really should be written in the present tense because I still struggle with that. If anything I guess I would be classified as an emotional eater - and ANY emotion will do. LOL.
And speaking of binges, I am heading to bed before I start one. I've alreday tried the cup of tea trick I've seen so many people suggest but it didn't work for me. If I stay up I just know I'm going to give in. I made a pan of rice krispie treats and I've resisted them all day. I just watched in misery as Greg popped one after the other in his mouth. And I don't even really LIKE rice krispie treats. Now, there is one left. Just sitting there. Alone. In the pan. Waiting. To be eaten. Yep, I'm off to bed. If I so much as took a pinch of it I'd be in the cabinets looking for the next goodie. The sad part? I AM NOT HUNGRY!
Have a great night - check you all in the morning.
01-30-2005, 11:34 PM
Lucky and Tricia, thanks for the support and encouragement. It helps to know that others understand what I go through. And you're right, it is done, I can't undo it, so there is no sense in continuing to feel so guilty about it. Tomorrow, I'm going to be back in control. Thanks girls!
01-31-2005, 12:45 AM
I want to thank you all for letting me be a part of this thread. I'm going to take a break for awhile and not do much posting. I spend so much time trying to keep up with all the threads I visit, that it's taking time away from my weight loss goals and my family. I need to get my head back on straight and get the kinks worked out of my routine. Thanks for everything. I'll be reading what's going on but that's about all I can handle right now.
Love you all!
c bo be
01-31-2005, 08:25 AM
Good morning everyone! First I must comment on Betty Boop, I think that gapping wound above her bikini line is her stomach definition. Never seen that before, but i'm pretty sure thats what it is. But my main problem is her extra large head. Please don't tell me that's what happens when you lose weight and look like Betty.
Anyway, I am one of those weekend bingers too. It started fri. night, we went out with friends, then sat. was our monthly euchre night and more eating, then sun. my husband wanted to go out for fried fish, then we went to the movies and more snacking, the weekends are killers for me. And so much of our entertainment and socializing with friends and family involves food. So, Laura, I can definately relate. Yes, I feel guilty this morning. The hard part is once I start and let myself endulge I dont stop. That is until monday morning. And then the cycle starts again. I need to break this pattern.
Anyway, Happy Anniversary to you Barb. That's terrific.
Ok, i need to get to work, and i am going to toning class tonight with a couple of co-workers who are joining the class. That will make it fun for me. Have a good one everybody. cheryll
01-31-2005, 09:10 AM
Hey, it's Monday! Half way through our challenge...still plenty of time to redeem yourself from any of the mistakes of the past week. I know we've all been there, done that on the binge thing and I guess the best advice that I can offer is to just keep moving forward. Don't perpetuate it by saying, "Well, I've already blown it, may as well keep eating!" One thing I will do is get right up on that scale on the scale as soon as possible. Usually the damage is not as bad as I thought it would be, and I realize that I don't want it to get any worse so I stop. Also, admitting it here is a great way of facing it, analyzing it, and moving on. Good for you, Laura! Confession is good for the soul!
Lucky, I like what you're saying about "Being in the moment." I have to remind myself of that frequently. I used to keep a quote at my desk, someething along the lines of, "This is LIFE...it's not a dress rehearsal." Thanks for reminding me!
Tricia, I was nodding my head vigorously when I read your post. I'd eat, eat, eat, while he was out mowing the yard. I don't know who I thought I was kidding Most of my overeating is done in private, I don't want people to see what a pig I am. Sad. One thing I've tried to nip that in the bud is to picture myself eating in front of a crowd...or even in front of a mirror! Scary!
BarbG...Happy Anniversary! That's quite a milestone! :love:
chris...good luck to you!
Time to take the boy to school, then off to the gym...see you later!
01-31-2005, 10:17 AM
BarbG, Happy Anniversary! That is so great to be with someone for that long. How do you do it?
I have to confess, I had KFC last night. And I shouldn't have, but my hunny talked me into it. Actually I don't think he did. His mom mentioned she made her famous fried chicken and it made me want fried chicken, but neither one of us wanted to cook, soooo.... where there is coupon, there is food. So we got fried chicken, but there is a good side to this, I felt really sick after eating it and felt awful all night. So maybe that will make me not want to do that again.
I also have noticed something about myself. I am afraid to eat in front of other people. I don't like letting them know I eat food. Even though I'm a cow, and they can clearly see I must eat food, I don't like letting them see it. Which is really weird, but I don't know what to think of that.
I have decided to start reading my Dr. Phil book all over and start from the beginning as I lost my place in the move and never got to work on it everyday like I should have been doing. So, best to start a fresh.
This is one of my Daily Om's that I recieve and I thought, this is something that we could use, and what a great way to think about food and what we eat. I have highlighted in blue some of the key thoughts but have posted the whole story for you all to read.
"Charming The World
Sweet Nature of Koalas
If ever there was a creature made to cuddle, it is the koala with its soft, fuzzy fur, cute, rubbery nose, big, fluffy ears, and gentle nature. The arboreal marsupial is a native of Australia, but it is adored all over the world.
Koalas remind us to savor life, slowly and sweetly as they do, spending much of their time sleeping and eating. Since they feed almost exclusively on the leaves of select eucalyptus trees, they have a sweet, medicinal, cough drop smell (like a favorite elderly aunt). The koalas' diet is so complete; they seldom need to drink, obtaining enough water from the leaves alone. Perhaps we should be as selective in our choice of foods, eating only what nourishes us.
When they're not eating, koalas are usually resting, sleeping up to 18 hours a day! Nocturnal by nature, they snooze in the fork of their beloved eucalyptus by day, becoming most active after sunset. Those of us who are not "morning" people can relate. If only we could all follow our own internal clocks instead of being molded into a nine to five grind.
Koalas are sometimes active during the day, meandering slowly through eucalyptus, even jumping from one tree to the next in a burst of energy. With an excellent sense of balance, long, muscular limbs, and sharp claws, they are well suited to trees. On the rare occasions when they do come down to the ground, they are vulnerable to predators. We would be wise to follow such an example, being more aware of our strengths and weaknesses.
Solitary creatures, koalas often have their own tree, content to live alone. During mating season though koalas socialize, calling to each other over long distances with bellows. Mothers and babies make soft clicking, squeaking sounds and gentle humming or murmuring sounds to one another, as well as gentle grunts to signal displeasure or annoyance.
We can learn a lot from the koala - how to slow down, spend time alone, and chew food for thought thoroughly."
Hugs and love to you all, I must go and fold the laundry, bbl.
01-31-2005, 11:43 AM
:o I left before to go to the gym, dressed in my gym stuff, had my water and my towel with me. After I dropped my son off, I stopped back at home, thinking " I just have to...I don't remember what now...so I'll leave the car running and be right back out."
Came in the house to...I still don't remember what...got side tracked, sat down at the computer, and...AN HOUR AND A HALF LATER...I remembered. Not what I came in for, but that the car was running!!!!!! I hopped in the toasty warm car, zipped over to the gym, but by then there wasn't a parking space to be had and besides, the class I wanted to take had already started...so I came home.
I'll get some housework done and go back later on...there's a 4:30 Body Pump class that I think I'll, make that, I WILL take.
I'd better get moving before I get sucked back in to computer land!
See you later!!
01-31-2005, 12:44 PM
Well, Katrina, if it makes you feel better I took my son to work with me one time. This was when Will was still a baby. I don't know what I was thinking but I passed right by his nursery, drove on into work. Unloaded him and his bag and made my way to the building. It wasn't until I got into the building and our security guard acknowleded that I had him with me that I realized what I had done. Talk about embarrasing. I made myself feel better by pointing out that at least I wasn't absent minded enough to have left him in the car and forgotten about him until the end of the day.
I think I have pinpointed what discourages me most about losing weight and I am curious if it happens to you guys and how you handle it. It seems that no matter how much weight I lose I don't see my progress. The scale shows I'm doing well, my clothes are baggy, Greg comments that he notices a big difference and so I KNOW my plan is working. But I look in the mirror and still I look exactly the same as I did at my highest weight. It is so depressing. I got serious about losing weight to improve my health and that is still my most important goal. So I don't want to quit because of it but -darn it- I want to SEE my hard work pay off. I hate the idea of reaching my goal weight and still feeling fat. Anybody else feel this way?
01-31-2005, 02:50 PM
So, how is your Monday going?
Tricia: I LOVED the Rice Krispie story!!!! But also happy for you that you resisted! :yes:
c bo be: I think that gapping wound above her bikini line is her stomach definition That's what I thought too - although I have no definition to compare it with!!! :mad:
Skit: I feel that way too - it must just be a "overweight mind game" we play with ourselves because others I know say the same thing. It's like I don't think I will gain weight if no one is watching!!! :o
Great minds think alike - I took out my Dr. Phil book yesterday. My tape player in the car isn't working and I really miss listening to him on the commute to work. There is something about hearing that voice!!
I get Daily Om's too!!!! :)
jawsmom: I do think that is a huge issue for people who lose weight. You will need to work on it or else you will always see yourself un-thin. :) I can't remember where I read about this, was it Dr. Phil???? Do you know Tony?
Well I should get to work. It's a rough day today.
01-31-2005, 09:09 PM
I got my exercise for today in. My day at work was so bad I was actually looking forward to exercise. :tread:
I really need to get some dinner and probably from there go to bed!!!! Exciting life, huh.
So have you all made plans for Valentines - like how NOT to eat the Chocolate???
Better day today, not perfect, but better. I started out with my 2 mile walk at 6:00 and ate a healthy breakfast when I got back. Did fine through lunch but was starving (and running the kids around) by the time I got through at school. I had too much to snack on but nothing that was really a major catastrophe or totally out of control.
Hope everyone else is doing well. I can relate to the not eating in front of people. I guess I'm really in denial (like people can't figure out that I got this big by eating way way way too much...) and like to pretend it doesn't happen.
Keep up the good work everyone. We didn't get this way overnight and the problem is not going to be solved overnight. This is an ongoing process...
Got to get some sleep. I only managed about 4 1/2 hours last night so I'm wiped out tonight...
Talk to you later,
02-01-2005, 02:54 AM
Hey everyone :)
We've had a relative in town and I had work the last few days, but I didn't think it would keep me off here. Ack! Thing is, I was actually sleeping this week. Wahoo! :) It is so amazing to go in to work with 6 hours or more of sleep beneath your belt. I actually still felt human by morning. :)
I was reading jawsmom's post about body image, and I was thinking how similar her problem sounded to mine. It is funny how I can't see my own progress. Fortunately, Tony likes taking pictures of me and (unfortunately for me) we don't get to see each other too often. I can see the truth in a photograph that my eyes won't allow me to see in a mirror. There have been real and obvious changes over each period of time. Now, if I could only get out of stretchy knit clothing so I would have to buy new stuff after every 15-20 lbs. instead of still wearing the same sweater and pants set that I could get into 50+ lbs. ago. :dizzy:
Another discussion was going on about eating in front of people. I absolutely can't stand to go to buffet places because I'm sure everyone is staring at me. It takes everything I have in me to go back for a second plate of food, even if the first plate was all lightweight, healthy stuff. At least that quite often works to my benefit, because that means I'm not going past the dessert tables either. I was just thinking about this. I dislike the buffet because I feel everyone is judging me, but in return, isn't that exactly what I am doing to them?
Hey, I know a few of us have junk/fast food cravings. I was starving the other day and decided to go to Burger King but really didn't want to blow my food plan. They don't show the veggie burger as having a meal option at my local locations, but they will do it if you ask. I ordered mine without mayo, and they were great about switching out my fries for a side salad and the soda for a bottled water. It made for a great lunch, plus I was able to drive away feeling great about my choices. :)
I have to be up early for physical therapy in the morning, so this soon-to-be novella had better come to an end. Take care, all!