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dragonwoman64
03-15-2005, 09:50 AM
I wanted to start a thread of a group of people who'd like to check in and support each other in their weight loss efforts, the ups and downs. Just a place to have to chat. I know from experience how tough it can be sometimes.


rebelridergirl
03-15-2005, 11:40 AM
Good morning Marge,

I post in lots of places on this site. I have been posting alot on Chicks on Motorcycles. I think that its a great idea to have a place like this for support. I have been really committed to my program for 2 weeks now, but this week I can't seem to get myself going. I did good with the weekend, but Sunday and Monday I was awful! It seems that I will do very good for 2-3 weeks and then I quit, so I am trying to stay connected to others so that I keep with it. I am trying to set some goals and challenges. Anyhow, I think that this was a great idea. I hope that you are doing well with your plan!

DianaLS
03-15-2005, 11:42 AM
hey there!!! I am now subscribed to this thread :D . I am looking very forward to gettting involved here, and having the support of people who are in my same situation. I am 37, have been married going on 7 years, to a man I met online in 98 when I lived in OHIO. After 2 months, he flew me here to meet him, and here is where I have stayed ( Upstate NY close to Saratoga) I have always had to battle with weight issues. In HS I was somewhat athletic, and actually ran every day. Then I stopped running and gained a LOT of weight. when I was 22, my house caught fire and I had to jump off the roof and in the process, broke my back on impact, and had to lose over 85 pounds, try doing that when you are basically an invalid. Then a couple of years later, I starting gaining again.. Before I met my hubby, I weighed 220 pounds, I am 5'10 inches tall. After we moved in together, he started gaining too, and after we got married, I really starting to gain. :moo: I am now at 298. I live in a development that has a .6 mi loop, and when I first came here, I walked 5 times around every day. Then stopped. Then, last Summer, I was back up to 4 times around every day, then I stopped. Well, I will not be stopping ever again. :nono: I started yesterday, can only do one, but next week, will do two, the week after 3, and so on. it is no longer a choice, it is something I HAVE TO stick to, because my health is at risk. I have been havin miscarriages, and they are all due to my excess weight. I need to lose at least half before they will even allow me to pursue any sort of fertility help :bb: :bb: . But, I also want to live til I am old...and at this rate, I won't. So, on top of walking, I am also riding my recumbant bike...I am doing 4 miles a day right now, but plan to start doing the programs next week. :strong: I am trying to only eat when I am hungry, and trying to watch my caloric intake. So far this is not too hard. Other than that, this is a life change that I need to do for the rest of my life!! Sorry if I rambled!! Have a great day! Diana :sunny:


dragonwoman64
03-15-2005, 11:51 AM
I have been really committed to my program for 2 weeks now, but this week I can't seem to get myself going. I did good with the weekend, but Sunday and Monday I was awful! It seems that I will do very good for 2-3 weeks and then I quit, so I am trying to stay connected to others so that I keep with it. I am trying to set some goals and challenges. Anyhow, I think that this was a great idea. I hope that you are doing well with your plan!

Hi, Andrea. Nice to see you here. I can totally relate to the fits and starts. I know that that's how I got started with the eating plan and my exercise plan. I had to get into a routine I felt comfortable following, and it took me some time. It helps me to be connected with other people working on the same goals too.

Something that's helped me is to pick small goals, not just amounts of weight, but habits, that I want to change or improve. This week I'm only going to weigh myself *one* time :lol: I get so worked up when I start jumping on the scale several times a week, it's counterproductive for me.

This Friday I'm going over to the Y to check out the gym. We emailed them and it fits our budget. I'm a little nervous because I've never been in a gym before. Kind of excited too. :)

jillybean720
03-15-2005, 12:00 PM
Forget weight loss...let's talk about how tough it is to get your work done in the office when you have 2 fire drills in one day, less than an hour apart! AAGH! Good thing I don't actually have any work to do anyway :p But dammit, it's cold outside--couldn't they have waited for Spring to arrive?! :dizzy: But seriously, this is a great idea. No "qualifications"...just a bunch of people who need to lose weight and want to babble about nothing in particular (in addition to weight loss ideas, of course). :D

SwimGirl
03-15-2005, 12:02 PM
Marge - I love the gym, and I bet you will too... first you have to get over that feeling of "uh, I don't belong here, I'm not fit". Not all gym's are like that, but I remember going to the gym and thinking that I needed to get in shape just to GO there! But once I was over that, I always had a great time :)

I did totally good yesterday, like we are talking 100% perfectly on plan, more like 150% on plan. Nothign on my scale today... now normally when I'm POP I see a little difference on my scale.. I'm into instant gratification. heh. Sorry for the short post, but I am running late for an appointment.. I will bbl!

-Aimee

dragonwoman64
03-15-2005, 12:05 PM
when I was 22, my house caught fire and I had to jump off the roof and in the process, broke my back on impact, and had to lose over 85 pounds, try doing that when you are basically an invalid.

Hi, Diana! Wow, how awful! You obviously have lots of strength, inner and outer, to do that. Sorry you had to go through it in the first place.


Then a couple of years later, I starting gaining again.. Before I met my hubby, I weighed 220 pounds, I am 5'10 inches tall. After we moved in together, he started gaining too, and after we got married, I really starting to gain. :moo: I am now at 298.


I think this happens to a lot of couples. It did with my sister, and with a friend of mine. (I'm 5' 9", btw.)


well, I will not be stopping ever again. :nono: I started yesterday, can only do one, but next week, will do two, the week after 3, and so on. it is no longer a choice, it is something I HAVE TO stick to, because my health is at risk. I have been havin miscarriages, and they are all due to my excess weight. I need to lose at least half before they will even allow me to pursue any sort of fertility help :bb: :bb: .


I know for me exercise wise starting slowly and sticking with it, then increasing my amount slowly really helped. I think if I'd started doing a whole bunch I would have gotten discouraged and quit. Even the way I did it I'd get little setbacks because I'd get too zealous and hurt something :lol: or have muscle cramps and have to lay off. I like walking. Looking forward to spring!




But, I also want to live til I am old...and at this rate, I won't. So, on top of walking, I am also riding my recumbant bike...I am doing 4 miles a day right now, but plan to start doing the programs next week. :strong: I am trying to only eat when I am hungry, and trying to watch my caloric intake. So far this is not too hard. Other than that, this is a life change that I need to do for the rest of my life!! Sorry if I rambled!! Have a great day! Diana :sunny:


the health side of the issue is a HUGE part of it for me. I want to be active and healthy. I think it's finally sunk in that I need to make this a life change too, that it's not a "diet" that I can follow until I lose X pounds then have a food for all again. Which I see as an incredibly positive thing. Loved hearing from you.

dragonwoman64
03-15-2005, 12:16 PM
Hi, Jill, hi, Aimee, great to see you two here!

*2* firedrills?? :dizzy: I used to work on the 5th floor of a building and we'd always be having drills where we'd have to walk down, walk back up again, it seemed like every few weeks. We got to be very prepared for emergencies at that place! Never had that anywhere else, and I've worked at lots of places. Hmmmm.

Yeah, I'm psyched about the gym. I'm ordering some sweats today. I don't have any and the gym won't let anybody wear street clothes. You're right, I went threw my phase of I have to be in shape *before* I go, :lol: then I realized I need to just go. Congrats on staying on plan, I love those days. Usually happens most when I just relax and follow my routine. Sometimes my good weeks don't show up until the following week on the scale -- that's good if I had a bad week and I don't want to see any backward progress, but when I'm really good, dammit, I want to see the numbers go down now. :D

Gardenwife
03-15-2005, 01:05 PM
Hey, y'all - I think this group's a great idea!

I love going to the YMCA and think it's the best thing Howie and I ever did (I'm married to Howie6267 here at 3FC for anyone who doesn't know). All we do is swim right now, but eventually I hope my knee is better and I can use the weight machines, treadmill and recumbant bike.

I've been heavy all my life, never an athletic person. In gradeschool I did anything I could to get out of participation in PE and when I got into high school I forged a lot of notes excusing myself from PE. I read, wrote, and did artwork - those were my things. I'm still not "athletic" but I am commited to being more fit. This is something I am doing for me, not for a PE instructor or anyone else. It's taken me 37 years to come to the realization that, yes, I am worth it.

We all know that all the pep talks in the world will fall on deaf ears if we don't want to listen. But let's DO this. Each of us is worth the effort!

jillybean720
03-15-2005, 01:43 PM
I've been heavy all my life, never an athletic person. In gradeschool I did anything I could to get out of participation in PE and when I got into high school I forged a lot of notes excusing myself from PE. I read, wrote, and did artwork - those were my things. I'm still not "athletic" but I am commited to being more fit. This is something I am doing for me, not for a PE instructor or anyone else. It's taken me 37 years to come to the realization that, yes, I am worth it.

I have been heavy my whole life, too (since at least age 6). The difference for me is that I WAS active! I played softball every spring from ages 6-13, then played again from 16-18, and took tap dane lessons year-round from ages 5-10. I was even MVP on my junior league softball team twice (when I was 12 and 13 years old) :D When it came to high school gym, I actually went to gym more than I needed to...I started going to other people's gym classes during my study halls. I'm quite competitive, so I even went to an all-boys' gym class a few times. I loved the feeling of knowing that everyone looked as me as a fat girl, so clearly, I couldn't do anything when it came to sports...then WHAM! bat a ball out to left field or catch a ball in the endzone or sink a 3-point shot...and yet I have always been fat. Not just heavy with lots of muscle, but actually fat with flab and flaps and rolls :?:

I had my thyroid tested twice when I was in high school. I was so active (in addition to extra gym classes, I did drama, madrigals, choir, national honor society, had a part-time job, yadda yadda yadda), so I don't know why it was so difficult for me to lose weight. Then I went to college where the kegs rolled in and "going out" either meant drinking at a party or hanging out at the diner (greasy diner food = not-so-healthy :p ). I have been told I should have my thyroid tested again and to make sure they do the full thyroid test (apparently, you can have a normal result on the typical thyroid test and still have problems with it that will show up on a more thorough test), but I have a hard time believing that my thyroid could be to blame after all this time and it hasn't been caught yet. So, back to the old diet and exercise routine...

DianaLS
03-15-2005, 01:52 PM
hey all...we all sound like we have alot in common, which is great...Just finished my bike..WHEW, lol...I would join the Y here, but I live in Snotville, and to be honest, the Y is very expensive...I was told it is 95 bucks a month per person...I think that sounds very steep, maybe I will look into it myself. I am thinking of looking into CURVES too...I used to belong to Bally's back in OH and I LOVED IT...we have one here, but not in an area my husband wants me to go to. I had a Plat membership there and it was 19 dollars a month, hmm, maybe that's why I think our Y is so expensive, but, again, will have to look into the cost myself to make sure. Well, am off. Got errands to run b4 hubby gets home, Oh, in case any of you want to look at my work, I am a Prim crafter, and just started a Web site, I have a lot more to add to it, but have a lot of EAster stuff there now: www.primitivepunkinpatch.com...have a great day!

kykaree
03-15-2005, 02:45 PM
Hello all, great idea DragonWoman,we all look like we're on the same page.
I have always been on the large-ish size too, one of the fattest kids in class etc. I always tried very hard to be active, but I had quite bad asthma, and no one ever taught me to work with it not against it.

I lost a lot of weight about nine years ago, but gained it following a miscarriage (it was very traumatic and I won't go into it but let's just say hubby was less than thrilled about pregnancy and talked out loud about how good it would be if I lost the baby). The relationship broke down and I moved out. A few years later, with my new man, I miscarried again, following fertility treatment. Well, that was it, I just ate and ate and lost total interest in myself and everything.

I pulled my life back together and moved from Australia to England, and have settled with yet another man, Colin!!! We met on the internet and have been together four years now. No more making babies for me, I am learning to live childfree.

My weight has always been a side issue, always been to much going on in my life to give it a lot of thought!!!! Now both my mum and dad, neither of them enormous (unlike my sweet self LOL) have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. I have got to do this and it has to be now.

Dragonwoman, the gym will make such a difference to you, I go three times a week at work. I have just joined a local one as well (I get rights to the pool too - which is brilliant as I do that three times a week as well) My local gym looks brilliant went and signed up today, lots of very normal people in there, all sizes and shapes.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better

Kylie

SwimGirl
03-15-2005, 03:01 PM
I don't know that I have all that much in common with the weight aspect... I always thought I was overweight, but never really was. I didn't try my first diet until I was 21, and then it was something insane, like 1200 calories a day, with 3-4 hours of exercise a day. I dabbled in a few eating disorders, but finally kicked that when I was 24. The reason I thought I was overweight was because we lived with another family (I grew up with them), and both girls were like a size 1. I remember crying because I couldn't get into a size 28 jean... which is impossible if you have hips like I do. But I always shopped for t-shirts in kids stores.. silly silly me. I starting "packing" on the weight in my first year of university, I blame it on long hours studying, and the introduction of my first long term boyfriend. I did the partying thing like you Jill, but I managed to LOSE weight from that the year before I started Uni. My bf introduced me to the world of driving everywhere, and fast food (I hadn't been to Burger King, or Wendy's before him), he also doesn't share my passion for working out (I was even in University to get a degree in Health and Fitness). But I still accept reponsibility for not trying to get healthy or active dispite him. So whats next for me? Well, I'm trying to cut sugar and wheat out of my diet, and while I'm not really trying to get active, I do walk when I get the chance. That being said, I live on a huge mountain, and do anything I can to avoid walking up it. And hmmm... so I had Wendy's for lunch (1 jr bacon cheese burger, small fries and a coke), sounds like sugar and wheat to me! Alright, I'm babbling now.

Diana - 95 dollars is expensive, unless they are doing the exercise for you ;) Curves is a great idea.. a lot of people are successful with it. I find it pricey at 40 dollars a month with a 1 year commitment.

Jill - where do you carry your weight? And I have heard that about the thyroid tests, that they aren't very accurate unless you have an extreme case. Funny story.. so I was at work and we were doing a promo where we gave out Chocolate (trying to keep our customer base I guess?? ), and this woman told me that she doesn't like chocolate (she was rude too!), so I turned away and said to a co-worker, "maybe not, but she definitely likes bread!". Yes, that was mean of me.. but you don't get a big stomach from not eating badly!

So I'm wondering, are we all semi tall? Because I'm 5'8", Gardenwife is 5'9", as is Marge, and Diana is 5'10". Interesting...

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-15-2005, 03:11 PM
Diana, ask the YMCA for a scholarship application. I know they offer financial assistance. They don't give anyone a freebie because they feel people take more ownership if they have to pay part of the membership dues. They're a great organization, with lots of folks from fit to flabby. It's a great place to get support. When I miss, the folks in my arthritis water class always ask Howie about me and see if I'm okay, and when I come back they say they missed me. It's nice to be missed! :)

rebelridergirl
03-15-2005, 03:15 PM
Hi again ladies,

I agree about having to feel in shape to work out at our little gym in town. All the snotties are there...lol. We do have a Curves and another place like curves but with treadmills, ellipticals, etc. I am seriously considering joining in of those. My problem is financially. The snotty gym here is only $75 for a year membership (b/c I'm a school employee), and Curves I have heard is very pricey, and the other place is about $30 a month. So, even though I dont care to go to the "snotty gym" I may have to because I'm a tightwad. In the meantime I have been jogging at home (literally) our house is long, wide, and open so I jog inside for 25 mins to my favorite music. I work up a sweat and my heart rate does increase...so I guess it's good. Also, my husband and I try to go walking when he gets off work (for 30 mins).

I, too, have been heavy all my life. Two years ago I went from 315 to 190 and once I got married, it's been creeping back up. That's what scares me. I gain lose really quick, but I can also gain really quick. I've heard that yo-yoing is the worst. When I want to skip a workout or eat something "bad" I try to think of how much better I will feel this summer...and it's coming QUICK. Plus I also look at my skinnier shorts from 2 years ago and remember how loose they were then and I can't get them past my belly now. Ugghh. I hope by next summer to be in those shorts!

I think that by all of us communicating with each other, posting as much as we can will help for accountability and besides it's great to make new friends!

Gardenwife
03-15-2005, 04:24 PM
You know what? Screw the snots! Do what's best for you, what offers you the most variety and bang for the buck. Some of the skinny folks may surprise you and end up being great work out buddies. You might make friends! Don't get caught in the mindset that all skinny people deplore overweight people and look down on them. If you go there and give it your all, attitudes can change - both theirs and yours. Go for it!

rebelridergirl
03-15-2005, 04:31 PM
That is so true Gardenwife...plus my husband can go there with me. The other places are women only gyms. Another bad thing is that it gets VERY crowded there...you have to wait in line for machines. So, maybe if I went straight after work I could beat the crowd. Either way, I will find something that I enjoy!

DianaLS
03-15-2005, 05:07 PM
I don't know that I have all that much in common with the weight aspect... I always thought I was overweight, but never really was. I didn't try my first diet until I was 21, and then it was something insane, like 1200 calories a day, with 3-4 hours of exercise a day. I dabbled in a few eating disorders, but finally kicked that when I was 24. The reason I thought I was overweight was because we lived with another family (I grew up with them), and both girls were like a size 1. I remember crying because I couldn't get into a size 28 jean... which is impossible if you have hips like I do. But I always shopped for t-shirts in kids stores.. silly silly me. I starting "packing" on the weight in my first year of university, I blame it on long hours studying, and the introduction of my first long term boyfriend. I did the partying thing like you Jill, but I managed to LOSE weight from that the year before I started Uni. My bf introduced me to the world of driving everywhere, and fast food (I hadn't been to Burger King, or Wendy's before him), he also doesn't share my passion for working out (I was even in University to get a degree in Health and Fitness). But I still accept reponsibility for not trying to get healthy or active dispite him. So whats next for me? Well, I'm trying to cut sugar and wheat out of my diet, and while I'm not really trying to get active, I do walk when I get the chance. That being said, I live on a huge mountain, and do anything I can to avoid walking up it. And hmmm... so I had Wendy's for lunch (1 jr bacon cheese burger, small fries and a coke), sounds like sugar and wheat to me! Alright, I'm babbling now.

Diana - 95 dollars is expensive, unless they are doing the exercise for you ;) Curves is a great idea.. a lot of people are successful with it. I find it pricey at 40 dollars a month with a 1 year commitment.

Jill - where do you carry your weight? And I have heard that about the thyroid tests, that they aren't very accurate unless you have an extreme case. Funny story.. so I was at work and we were doing a promo where we gave out Chocolate (trying to keep our customer base I guess?? ), and this woman told me that she doesn't like chocolate (she was rude too!), so I turned away and said to a co-worker, "maybe not, but she definitely likes bread!". Yes, that was mean of me.. but you don't get a big stomach from not eating badly!

So I'm wondering, are we all semi tall? Because I'm 5'8", Gardenwife is 5'9", as is Marge, and Diana is 5'10". Interesting...

-Aimee
hey Aimee...I hear ya...u know, my best friend & I were just talking about the very same thing...When we were in HS our parents, families, you name it made us both feel fat, and, when I look back on that now, I could kill them for it. We were far from fat back then, both of us being tall, in HS I was over 5'11, and wore size 12/14//She was 5'9 and wore the same. And yet everyone made us feel like we were huge. I would love to be in that size now, and would dare someone to call me fat...That is just wrong, and does nothing for ego. We are all different, and what may look like fat on one size 12 looks perfect on another. Keep up the good work! :D

DianaLS
03-15-2005, 05:16 PM
Diana, ask the YMCA for a scholarship application. I know they offer financial assistance. They don't give anyone a freebie because they feel people take more ownership if they have to pay part of the membership dues. They're a great organization, with lots of folks from fit to flabby. It's a great place to get support. When I miss, the folks in my arthritis water class always ask Howie about me and see if I'm okay, and when I come back they say they missed me. It's nice to be missed! :)
I did not know that, ty..I doubt I qualify though, My husband makes a lot of money, to be honest, so that would probably disqualfy me. I am on my own as far as joining any place goes...So, until I start making money at my craft business, lol, the 95 bucks a month will not work, lol...I enjoy walking, and if I keep it up, I will be okay with that, and I plan to start using my bike this Summer too, and going on some hikes. I hopefully will be in good enough shape to snow shoe next winter...That seems like it could be fun...I wil look into the Y though, TY for leting me know about that... :coffee: Here is to a cup of joe with you!! :D

SwimGirl
03-15-2005, 08:11 PM
Diana - I would definitely kill to be a size 4 again! I hate that people made me feel fat for being that "large"! My mom was always great with the weight thing, she is overweight and really focused on eating healthy and exercising. I was in track, and ran long distance runs, and I was also on the swim team.. which was definitely demanding in regards to time, we spent like 4 hours a day training.

I am being SO bad today.. I can't even believe it! I'm addicted to my scale, if I'm down in weight tomorrow.. how would that be for ironic! I will exercise tomorrow though! Mostly because I don't have a choice, the bf works late tomorrow, so I have to hike up my mountain (it's 2km's straight up). Totally a workout.

Coffee? I want coffee! I swear, Starbucks should be illegal. Iced Grande 1% Caramel Macchiato... soooo yummy :)

-Aimee

OH! So I finally changed my ticker, I am up 3 pounds and have been for almost a week, so it was time to change it. I'm thinking I might not hit my March goal... Why is sugar so addicting??

jillybean720
03-16-2005, 07:15 AM
You know what? Screw the snots! Do what's best for you, what offers you the most variety and bang for the buck. Some of the skinny folks may surprise you and end up being great work out buddies. You might make friends! Don't get caught in the mindset that all skinny people deplore overweight people and look down on them. If you go there and give it your all, attitudes can change - both theirs and yours. Go for it!

ABSOLUTELY! I grew up in a really small town (only had 1 high school, and there were less than 100 students in my graduating class, less than 500 in the high school total), and it wasn't exactly a "rich" town (even though people sometimes assume I grew up rich because I'm from Connecticut). Therefore, my exposure to people different from me was rather limited until I went to college. I went to private college, so some of the students were from more "well-to-do" families and backgrounds (how frustrating is it that I worked 2 jobs through college while some of my friends sat back and had their parents pay for everything?!). At first, I was quite intimidated by the "prissy" girls and stuck-up guys, but when I started talking to different people in classes and at parties and such, I was surprised to find that they were a lot more like me than I had expected. Some of my greatest friends my senior year actually ended up being people I never thought I would even get along with...these tiny, skinny, pretty, perfect little cheerleader-looking types. Turns out, a lot of them had the same super-sarcastic attitude as me about most things, so we got along really well and had a ton of laughs. Aaah, I miss my porch monkey days...

In response to the height thing--I'm not tall! I'm about 5'5, so not really short, but not tall, either. My sister (5 years older then me) is about 5'9-5'10, though, and is also trying to lose weight. She's now about a size 16 in plus sizes or 18 in misses, and she thinks she's so huge, but I know she looks perfect in about a size 10 or 12, which she was for a long time, so I don't think she has as far to go as she thinks...I probably haven't been a size 18 since middle school :rolleyes:

As far as gyms go, my sister was a member of the Y until she realized that a regular gym was much cheaper. The gym we went to when I lived with her was AWESOME. It was all women, there was a abunch of weight machines, free weights, exercise balls, mats, cardio equipment (treadmills, stair climbers, elipticals, bikes), an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, a hot tub, and a separate room where they did different types of classes throughout the week (yoga, stretching, kickboxing, aerobics, boot camp training...), and it was all only $29.95 a month (ith a 2-year contract). Of course I signed the 2-year contract, not knowing I would end up moving 200 miles away in less than a year :o Now, I am still trying to get my membership transferred to a gym near my new home--what a pain!! Once I have a gym here, though, I'll make it part of my daily routine during the week just like I did before.

Well, I decided I need to cut way back on calories today and tomorrow to make up for the overload in the past few days. I always have everything counted out and do fine all day...until I get home at night. I sit there alone, watching tv or sitting at the computer, and I just EAT! Now, I don't have a whole lot of food in my apartment since I live alone, so I end up eating really random things (peanut butter, bread, canned turkey chili, cold boneless skinless chicken breast). It's not all bad for you, but I end up going way over in calories because even the healthy stuff adds up quickly! Add to that I've been really tired when I get home (go from the full-time job straight to the part-time job, then any errands I need to run, then home), so I just sit and eat and then go straight to bed :nono: Time to make up for it in the short term and FIX it in the long run! Hopefully, it'll be better when I'm done training at the restaurant so I can go home between jobs and grab something to eat--that way I'm not so ravenously hungry when I get home at night.

Alright, I need to stay awake--sooooooo tired :tired: I don't drink coffee or tea, so I guess I can just get up and do a few las around the cubicles to get my blood pumping :p I didn't get much sleep last night at all for some reason. I turned off the light and the tv about 9:30 and fell asleep shortly after, but then I woke up at 1, then 1:45, then 3, then 3:30, and then my alarm went off at 4:30. I don't know why it was so hard for me to sleep last night :shrug: Hopefully tonight will be better. But for now, time to stop babbling...sorry this post was so long, but since I haven't been getting on my computer at home at night, I can only check the posts while I'm at work (my first/full-time job), so by the time I get on in the morning, there's so much to catch up on! Hope everyone has a great day! :D

dragonwoman64
03-16-2005, 10:48 AM
Hi, Kimberley and Kylie, really glad to see you here :wave:

It's so interesting to read everyone's stories. Kimberley, I think mine sounds most like yours, I was always doing everything to avoid PE or anything physical. I felt overweight and like I just couldn't do it, or that I'd be embarrassed to do it. When I was going to elementary and highschool (the 70s in Northern California), very few kids were overweight. I liked reading and art -- which doesn't call for much moving around. I've finally got the feeling that I'm worth losing the weight too. Maybe I never really believed I could do it before. Because now I can really envision myself doing sports -- hiking, skating, canoeing. Good stuff.

Kylie, I can't believe you went through that. I wish that guy was here now so I could pummel him. Man. :mad: My parents never were heavy either, though the three of us kids all got really fat. How was it moving to an entirely different countr? Must have had a period of culture shock. I know it took a while for me to get used to NY (speaking of entirely different countries, ha). Yeah, I think the gym will be a very postive move for me. It will pull me out of my comfort zone a little too, which is good. Our Y has a pool, and when I work up the nerve I plan to use that too. I actually love to swim, but have felt too embarrassed to do it for years.

Jill, I wouldn't hesitate to get yourself checked out. I know I can get into the mindset that because I'm heavy I feel like I don't "deserve" to get good medical care (after all, I did it -- ie gained weight -- to myself!). And you shouldn't think you're necessarily looking for excuses. It's better to find out then work from that knowledge. (No coffee or tea, see Marge staggering and clutching her chest.... :lol: ) I have trouble sleeping sometimes, I either count sheep (backwards from one hundred again and again), and if that doesn't work, I just turn on the light and read for about a half hour until I get sleepy.

Diana, the Y here (and it's NY so I'm assuming they must hike up prices more than anywhere else in the world!) charges $45/month (cancel anytime) with a one time initial fee of $95. They also have another type of membership if you can go off hours (10am to 3pm, I think) that's even cheaper. You might want to call, that is if you haven't already, and ask if they have any cheaper types of memberships.

Well, I gotta go. We're working on getting a client out of solitary confinement. I think I know too much about the justice system in this country now.

DianaLS
03-16-2005, 12:47 PM
hey all.. have been busy today, and being it is getting later, may be putting my daily walk off til tomorrow, I don't like walking around here in the dark, too many critters ( as in Coyotes) for me, and hubby and I will be gone the rest of the day...I live in a rural setting, and it gets too creepy after dark, lol, but will do the bike for sure after I get off of here. My best friend is doing the Core program through WW, and she is sending me all of the stuff ( she has extra, her friend backed out) so I may be joining her...She has lost 7 pounds in a week, since she started. I know it is mostly water weight, but still, at least I will have something to keep me focused. My hubby checked at work, he works for GE, been there 15 years..I guess they pay for half of your membership, so we may decide to join after all. Only problem is that I guess the place get sooooo crowded. I may look into the off hours thing, sounds like more my speed anyhow, TY for lettign me know. I think the entire stte of NY is expensive now. I live close to Saratoga, and that is very High-brow :snooty: , but in general, we are the second most expensive state in the US now other than CA. Our house, when he had it built was 168, 000...Now, we can get 300, 000 for it. The houses are starting at over 300, 000 now here. Craziness...Coffee....UGH, haven't had a cup yet today, maybe I need one :coffee: , maybe that is my problem...and, female issues, we need not speak of... :ziplip: lol...Anyhoo, gotta go do dishes and ride my bike, have fun!! :sunny:

jillybean720
03-16-2005, 01:57 PM
AAAAAAAARGH! There, now I feel a little better :mad: I just got off the phone with someone who does not at all understand my frustration--I hate that! I also hate that I can't yell at people. I'm nice to the point of becoming a pushover :( Here's the story:

I belonged to a gym in Virginia Beach (where I lived last year). I was on a 2-year contract, and I moved to Northern Virginia (bout 200 miles away) in November. After I got everything in order, I had my sister take a copy of my new lease to the gym in Va Beach. They had said you could cancel if you moved more than 25 miles away. Well, she brought it in to the gym, and the lady there said that they were affiliated with a gym up by my new address, so I could just transfer and not have pay the cancellation fee. Wonderful! She gave my sister (who in turn gave me) the name of the gym in my new town. I looked up the address and stopped by about a week later. I explained the situation to them and asked what I had to do to be able to use their gym. They said I needed to talk to my gym in Va Beach and have them fax a copy of my membership agreement up to them. Fine...I was going to visit my sister the next weekend anyway, so I went to the gym in Va Beach while I was down there. Turns out, they don't keep copies of the paperwork. It all gets sent to the corporate office. So, they gave me the number to the coproprate office. This was enough running around and back and forth to start frustrating me. I called the corporate office almost 3 weeks ago and explained the situation. The woman I spoke with said there were multiple gyms in my area that I could transfer to. Awesome! So she took my name, new address, and phone number and said she would research the area for me and send me a packet of info including which gyms I could go to and directions to them from my house, and the information would be in my mailbox in about a week. Sounded great! Well, here it is 3 weeks later and still no info in the mail. So, I called today and explained what was going on. The woman I spoke with (not the same person as before) put me on hold to go talk to someone else in the office, then came back and said that the woman I had originally talked to said I was supposed to have called her back with my address so she could send the info. **** no! I had DEFINTELY 100% already given her ALL of my info. GRRR! So, I gave her my information AGAIN, and now I still have to wait a week for the information about gyms up here. So, here it's been 4 months since I could go to a gym. I know that most of this time passing has been my fault (procrastination, laziness, etc.), but at least a month will have gone by before I get this information, and yet I had to pay for membership for that month--how does she not understand that this is frustrating to me??

Okay, I'm done ranting now. Time to go to job #2 for the day...

kykaree
03-16-2005, 02:39 PM
I weighed in today, and have somehow managed to reach my Easter goal. I have been a bit relaxed with my eating this month, still good, but not as stringent, must be getting used to the healthy living stuff!!!! But my exercise routine is still going at full speed. I can't believe I like exercise!!!! I never knew that!!!! So now my gym instructor wants me to have a week off the eating plan, but keep up with the exercise, not going mad or anything, but just to allow a few more treats a "mini maintenance" and then full pelt again. It sounds very sensible. I am having my break over Easter, lets hope the Easter bunny comes and visits me!!!!

Moving countries was really hard. I miss a lot of silly things about Australia, and being a comfort eater, homesickness is a killer. But moving countries has also been a good impetus for me to try new things, like exercise!!! When no one knows you it's easier to do things that at home you might feel self concious about. I did find it really hard to deal with crowds, I can't imagine what New York would be like!!!!

Gardenwife
03-16-2005, 05:57 PM
Good for you, Kykaree! That's got to feel great.

Wow, Jill...I can sure understand your frustration. The red tape involved with what should be simple stuff sometimes is mind-boggling!

I didn't go to the YMCA today, but I've been on plan. I decided to enjoy the fresh air and take a walk this afternoon. I kept up a brisk pace and walked for 16 minutes; I need to drive the block I walked so I know how far I traveled. It was great getting outside (45 degrees - woo!) and saying hello to the other people I saw out and about.

SwimGirl
03-17-2005, 12:20 AM
I was 2/3 on plan today, meaning I had 2 good meals, and 1 bad meal. heh. I weighed this morning and was down half a pound.. I am SO tired, barely had enough energy to read thru the posts.. I will be back tomorrow and will have more energy.. I'll talk to you ladies tomorrow..

-Aimee

oh yah, I bought a SUPER cute mini ipod holder thingy, it's got little pink poodles on it.. sounds cuter that I can say.. Wow, it hurts being this tired!

Gardenwife
03-17-2005, 12:36 AM
Good night, Aimee
Good night, Aimee
Good night, Aimee
We hate to see you go... :yawn:

Here's to slumber, and here's to iPod accessories! :hat:

jillybean720
03-17-2005, 06:46 AM
Aaah, my clock says 6:34am, and I am awake! Not just like sitting at my desk with my eyes drooping like yesterday, but actually awake :p aww, I like the cute little St. Patty's Day smilies :)

I did REALLY well for food yesterday. I only had about 1200 calories (need to make up for the past few days of being way too high), and I got more exercise than normal because I served at the restaurant for a few hours, so I was walking around, carrying plates, cleaning tables, etc. I even got a compliment from one of my tables who called a manager over and said I was doing a great job for my first night (telling the tables it's my first night is a great way to get bigger tips, even though I have actually served before--but it was my first time in that restaurant, so I wasn't technically lying :devil: ).

Today, I get to actually go home between jobs for the first time this week. Then I have to be at the restaurant at 6pm to run food (just carry food out from the kitchen to the tables so I can learn the table numbers), so at least I'll get a little more exercise. I'm going to stick to 1200 calories again today, then eat as few calories as possible during the day tomorrow (then dinner out with my honey at night :D ). I guess this new job may actually help my waistline in addition to my wallet!

Well, I suppose I will make my text green in honor of the holiday rather than my usual purple :p I completely forgot to wear green today, though. I even have clover socks, a shiny green clover necklace, and a green headband I could have worn, but I was in such a rush to get up and out of the house this morning that I forgot it was the 17th :( Oh well, better luck next year :p

DianaLS
03-17-2005, 09:06 AM
:)

hello there...Well , yesterday wasn't too terrible, no walking or biking :nono: which is terrible...as far as eating goes, not too bad. I need to really get more veggies in my plan and fruit, & stop eating late at night no matter how hungry I get :hungry: , that is a major problem. And I need to STOP with soda, and go back to mostly water...UGH! I did talk myself out of :mcd: which was a good thing though... :D ...well, have to finish my rag dolls, and get busy on a project for my neighbor. She wants a wall hanging with bunnies and carrots on it...A woman's work is NEVER done. Do I miss being out in the work force? Not really. I miss lady friends, but work? NOPE...LOL...of course, I used to work 7 days a week at over 60 hours, so that explains that...Well, hope u all have a great day! TTFN

dragonwoman64
03-17-2005, 12:43 PM
:) My brother was married on St. Patty's Day, so this is his anniversary. Not sure whether that's good or bad though :o.

Jill, :dizzy: man oh man. Maybe you can get them to extend your gym membership to make up for the lost month. I'm wearing green earrings, and I have a green jacket. So, I guess you could say I'm in the spirit.

Diana, I've only ever lived in NY and CA, so I'm used to high prices, sort of! Upstate NY is so gorgeous. We go to the Hudson Valley for weekends every once in a while and I just love it. I guess I've adjusted to live on this side of the coast and I actually like it better. I hope so, because I've been here for 15 plus years!

Kylie, congrats! :cb: When I went on vacation and basically went op last May, I noticed how much my food choices and how much I ate had changed. I have adopted alot of new habits food wise, which was cool to find out. I bet you'll notice that too. Yeah, I think moving so far from where I grew up helped me to sort of reinvent myself. I miss the weather! and a lot of small other stuff too. California is beautiful in a very different way from NY. I miss that. The rolling golden hills.

I'm creeping along weight loss wise so unless a miracle occurs or a body part falls off (knock on wood!) I will not make that Easter Challenge. That's part of the reason I'm joining the gym. It's ok, though. I needed to relax and just follow my instincts on what I needed to do.

I ate basically op this week, and took a couple of mile walks, braving the 40 degree temps, ha. Missed some of my exercises over the weekend because I wasn't feeling well.

I work Monday through Thursday, which is not bad at all. I work out of my home, too.

Have a good one, everybody :D

SwimGirl
03-17-2005, 12:51 PM
Goodmorning Gals!! I am feeling SO much better this morning, so clear headed, yay! How's things on your end of the world today? It's sunny and semi warm, and I get to work 1-9:30! I'm alright with this because I was able to sleep in this morning. I'm really enjoying my morning with my boyfriend, we actually get to wake up at the same time, rather than my normal 6am when I work 9-5:30.

It really sounds like a couple of us are being bad lately...I think it's all relative though, I know I'm eating SO much better than I was before..
Diana - I think it's a small victory everytime we talk ourselves out of McD's, or any fast food really.
Jill - just don't start eating the food! I had a friend who worked at Boston Pizza (a chain here in Canada, simular to Bostons Pizza, but not really), so she started to lose a few pounds, and then she started eating almost all her meals there.. not friendly to the waist line. Eat Healthy! Lose Weight! I should be a drill sargent ;)

Well, I am off to tackle my day, I just found out the girl I'm working with tonight is REALLY sick and tried to call in sick to work, but was told she couldn't. So this should be pretty interesting.

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-17-2005, 01:36 PM
Hey all.. just a quick note...Just finished my bike ride, gonna go shower in a sec...I loved CA when we went to visit years ago..I have been all over the country literally, travelling with my folks every Summer, so I have seen pretty much all of it. I love the Canadian Rockies, too, Beautiful and so Pristine. We go to NH every couple of Summers to see the White Mts. But spend most of our time here, we live an about 2 hrs from Lake Placid, so I am really Upstate, lol...It is so beautiful up here, we got married right on Lake George in an old stone church that is over 200 years old, then had the reception right on the lake over looking the Mts in the back ground. From our home you can see the foothills of the Adirondacks, and the Heidleburgs..Close enough to everything. I do miss Ohio too though. People there are so much friendlier. And I miss the farm stands with the BEST corn and veggies in the Summer. Going there to visit my best friend the end of may, Looking forward to taking my hubby to a beautiful Zoo. he took me to th Bronx zoo last year and I was HIGHLY disappointed in that. The Toledo Zoo is just beautiful...Well, gotta run, Have a great rest of your day!

SwimGirl
03-17-2005, 01:37 PM
Marge - we posted at the same time! *waves* hi!!

Well, I weighed, and am down a full pound.. so I changed my ticker! I'm half way there!! I don't think I'll hit it by the end of March... but I'm pretty happy with my progress so far :) Alright, I'm really going to work this time!!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-17-2005, 02:01 PM
It was a cold and windy night. Jill had just left work, her uniform smelling of the french fries and burgers she had been serving to hungry customers for hours. How many hours? She had no idea, for she realized she had no watch to wear during her shift. Rounding the corner toward her apartment, she saw a bright glow out of the corner of her eye. She turned her head to see what could possibly exude such a heavenly aura. Ahh, yes. Wal-Mart. A convenience gift from the gods if ever there was one, with its aisles and aisles of clothes and tools and paint and toys and food and shoes and jewelery and books and...watches. She carefully maneuvered her vehicle toward the store, lit up like a beacon against the dark night sky.

Inside, she wandered toward the accessory section in search of the time-keeping device she so desperately needed. Upon her arrival of the wrist-encompassing jewelery, Jill immediately found the watch of her waitressing dreams. At a reasonable six dollars and forty-three cents, it were as if she and that watch were meant to be together. She picked up the watch and turned around, beginning her trek toward the front registers. That's when it happened.

She stopped dead in her tracks. Her pulse quickened and grew ever louder, drowning out all other sounds around her. Feelings of joy, comfort, frustration, determination, sadness, and deprivation came swarming from all directions into her mind and heart like an unstoppable cascading waterfall of emotions, for there, in the center of the aisle, was displayed the most perfect, while at the same time, the most purely evil product she had never even dared to dream of.

White chocolate Resse's peanut butter eggs: packages of six, two for four dollars.

How was it even possible? How could they have possibly created a candy even more delectable than the original milk-chocolate peanut butter egg? And if they had, in fact, attained victory over such a feat, how could it possibly be within the realm of her normal monetary means? It was altogether amazing and wonderful and fantastic and...

But no. No, how could she stop for the precious treasure? How could she even consider taking a step backwards when her journey was yet so long? And yet, could one little, tiny step backwards really have a noticeable effect on her path to a goal that seemed so far, so unreachable...

Jill walked slowly toward the display. She reached out a hand and picked up the half-dozen collection of wonderment. She stared at the shiny outter wrapping, her faint reflection showing in the celophane. That reflection. Yes, that reflection. That was her. Those were her eyes, and those were her cheeks, and those were her chins.

She put the package back down on the tower of eggs. She took a step back, then quickly turned and rushed to the check-out. The watch. She had come this far for the watch. Not the eggs. Not the calories. Not the fat. The watch.

Jill left the deceptively-heavenly store knowing that while it seemed so convenient and safe on the outside, it truly contained her most feared nemesis. A feeling of pride and satisfaction filled her as she drove off toward her apartment in the night. She had succeeded in denying the enemy. She had avoided the devil's taunting of tastiness, not wishing to step in the wrong direction on the long road that yet lay ahead.

She had won...this time...

kykaree
03-17-2005, 02:34 PM
LOLOLOLOLOL I am going to print that out and put it on my fridge!!! Fantastic story, and well done for defeating your nemesis.

DianaLS
03-17-2005, 02:39 PM
Marge - we posted at the same time! *waves* hi!!

Well, I weighed, and am down a full pound.. so I changed my ticker! I'm half way there!! I don't think I'll hit it by the end of March... but I'm pretty happy with my progress so far :) Alright, I'm really going to work this time!!

-Aimee
:wave: :wave: :wave: anyhoo, good job!!!keep it going...

DianaLS
03-17-2005, 02:49 PM
LOL!! that was sooo funny, and sooo true!:lol: :lol3: :lol: :lol3:

barbygirl43
03-17-2005, 03:40 PM
Great story Jill. You definitely have a way with words. Must be the name ;)

I've tasted the white chocolate reese's cups and they weren't near as good as the originals.

dragonwoman64
03-17-2005, 04:26 PM
I have been all over the country literally, travelling with my folks every Summer, so I have seen pretty much all of it. I love the Canadian Rockies, too, Beautiful and so Pristine. We go to NH every couple of Summers to see the White Mts.

that's funny, I have relatives in PA, so my dad used to pack us into the ol' station wagon every summer and we'd drive across the states, all different ways (even Canada, so I've invaded your country too Aimee, :lol:).

we live an about 2 hrs from Lake Placid, so I am really Upstate, lol...It is so beautiful up here, we got married right on Lake George in an old stone church that is over 200 years old, then had the reception right on the lake over looking the Mts in the back ground. From our home you can see the foothills of the Adirondacks, and the Heidleburgs..Close enough to everything. I do miss Ohio too though. People there are so much friendlier. And I miss the farm stands with the BEST corn and veggies in the Summer.


wow, that does sound gorgeous. I'd love to have a wedding like that. I wouldn't mind living some place with friendlier people, NYers aren't always the least stressed people, if you know what I mean!

Going there to visit my best friend the end of may, Looking forward to taking my hubby to a beautiful Zoo. he took me to th Bronx zoo last year and I was HIGHLY disappointed in that. The Toledo Zoo is just beautiful...Well, gotta run, Have a great rest of your day!

picture Marge clutching her heart. The Bronx Zoo disappointed you??
:lol: I love the Bronx Zoo. There's a lunch area where you can eat with a view of the flamincos. And the new gorilla area I thought was amazing. Ever been to the Bronx Botanic Garden? Really nice in the spring.

dragonwoman64
03-17-2005, 04:39 PM
Marge - we posted at the same time! *waves* hi!!

:wave: s back. Well, better late than never! It's about 4:30 here. I was a little swamped here today. Crime, it never stops.

Well, I weighed, and am down a full pound.. so I changed my ticker! I'm half way there!! I don't think I'll hit it by the end of March... but I'm pretty happy with my progress so far :) Alright, I'm really going to work this time!!-Aimee

:bravo: I need a drill sargeant sometimes, btw!

Jill, I was :lol: here at my computer. My name is Marge, and I'm a candyholic. Hey, Dawnyal :wave: Yeah, the orignal reeses have a special place in my heart.... and have an evil way of planting themselves on other parts of my body in another form! ;)

Gardenwife
03-17-2005, 08:35 PM
I just now read all the new posts since yesterday. Boy, y'all have been talkative! ;) Loved the Wal-Mart story!

Not much going on around here. I made corned beef and cabbage in our crockpot, but it really doesn't appeal. Part of the reason is seeing all that fat I cut off, realizing there's still a lot in there. I tried a recipe that uses 3 Tbsp. sugar and 3 Tbsp. vinegar along with the cabbage and onions, plus I put in carrots (gasp! orange!) and potatoes. In the end...Didn't like it so much. Howie did, though, so he can have the leftover or we can freeze the beef for later use. I had one serving, but decided it just wasn't worth the calories and fat to me. The old Kimberley would have eaten more, anyway, just because "it's there".

DianaLS
03-17-2005, 10:51 PM
LOL @ Marge, yes was very disappointed in the Bronx zoo. We ate at the place you mentioned and were entertained by a few rats...And it was very dirty...My zoo in Toledo, well, it is very clean for one thing, and one of the top zoos in the country now...Will post the URL for you in case u get a chance to check it out. I had a couple of people mention the Bronx zoo being dirty too, so I guess it isn't just me, LOL...That is a huge pet peeve of mine, trash and garbage. Here it is so dirty, I hate that. I hate going on a picnic and having to clean up after everyone before me before I can sit and enjoy a meal..Or walking on the trails and seeing bottles and butts everywhere. Even here, where I live now, walking my dog every day, there is garbage all over the roadside now...I really get annoyed with that. And that is really the one thing I hate the most here. Other than that, I love living here. well on that note, gotta hit the hay...have a good night all,
http://toledozoo.org/

Gardenwife
03-17-2005, 10:56 PM
We'll have to check out the Toledo Zoo. Columbus Zoo is nice. I've not been there for years, though. My aunt took us to the Indianapolis Zoo a few years ago and it was really nice. When the weather gets nicer, I want to do the zoo thing!

SwimGirl
03-18-2005, 01:57 AM
There is a Zoo in Seattle! I am planning to go as I haven't really been to the zoo before.. the one in Vancouver, is, uhm, almost closed. It's bad. My bf's uncle is some head up guy at the zoo in Seattle, so we plan to hit it up one day.

Jill - loved the story! I am a very lucky person, chocolate doesn't do it for me... but put a coke in front of me, very cold, with ice in it? Oh man.. scary.

Kimberly - I'm totally like that, I just eat things because they are around.. I don't keep things like that in my house anymore. And most of the time I can't make enough to feed the bf.

So! It's coming up on the last week of working it out to meet Easter/March goals, what are your plans? I'm planning to stay 95% on plan, and will throw in a few workouts, I'm hoping to feel motivated enough to workout everyday. My cut off date is technically the 31st, but we have a family gathering on the 27th & 28th, so I'm hoping to be down by then. 10 pounds is a little much, but I'm thinking, 3-4?

I'm watching this new J. Lo video, the lady is goodlooking! But wow, to have the time and money to devote to your body? I can't imagine! Still.. I wouldn't mind having her body. I always wanted to be in the entertainment business, but I can NOT sing, I'm just cute. And possibly full of myself? Not really... but I can admit that I have perfect skin, and nice hair. Alright! I'm not that superficial.. honest..

I'm gonna head to bed.. I'll talk to ya'll tomorrow :) I like this little group.. it's nice to have people to check in with and talk to!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-18-2005, 06:53 AM
Zoos...ahh, such mixed emotions I have about zoos. I always think I love zoos because I love animals, so I get all excited when we plan a trip to the zoo. Then I get there, and it makes me so sad to see them all caged up and usually quite lethargic. I think about how sad they must be to just try to live and have all these people staring and poking and prodding all the time. Then I remember that most of them have probably been raised in captivity their whole lives, so they more than likely don't know that that's not the normal life for their species, in which case, they're not acting very "naturally" when we go to see them. Oooh well, I'm sure I will be to the zoo a hundred more times anyway (I live less than an hour from the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC--the possibly-pregnant panda has made the news more often than Michael Jackson lately) and think differently about it each and every time :p

As for these peanut butter eggs, I'm really not huge on chocolate, either. I can pass by Hershey's kisses or candy bars or boxes of chocolates, and I never get chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake (I do like me the occassional brownie, though). However, there's something about Reese's peanut butter cups that SOOOOO does it for me. I definitely prefer white chocolate over milk chocolate, though (and I can't stand dark chocolate), since white chocolate isn't really chocolate :dizzy: I've had the white chocolate Reese's peanut butter cups, and they were amazing, so I would assume the eggs would be even better cuz they have more peanut butter in them (my true weakness). I'm also quite in love with Hershey's cookies n' cream candy bars (white chocolate with crunchy cookie pieces--YUM). Luckily, I have a cavity, so eating candy actually hurts. I know I need to suck it up, go to the dentist, and get it fixed, but it's been a great deterrant from junk food ;)

Work at the restaurant is going great so far! I'm lovin' the people who work there, and the managers seem reeeeeeally nice and very flexible. They are also very willing to let me work only the shifts I want, so no working on the weekends for me :D They also said that anytime I'm not scheduled to work and find that I have time to, I'm welcome to come in and pick up extra shifts for some extra cash since they are often short-handed. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to resist the food (I have so far) since I worked there for almost a year before, so not only do I have the menu memorized, but I kinda get sick of seeing the food all the time and definitely don't much feel like eating it after a shift. Now, if I worked for Reese's or an ice cream company, it might be a different story :p

The cutting of calories for the past few days has seemed to work, for I'm back down to where I should be (I know I shouldn't weigh myself more than once a week, but I was supposed to go to TOPS last night--ended up having to work instead--so Thursday is my normal weekly weigh-in day anyway). I've actually lost another pound, so 6 more to go to be below 300. I never thought getting below 300 pounds would be a goal of mine :( , but I'm here, and I'm doing something about it, so at least I'm headed in the right direction. Of course, Jeff wants to eat at P.F. Chang's again tonight, so I had to go check the menu online at their website--looks like dinner will cost me about 650 calories if I go with either the chicken lettuce wraps or the ginger chicken and broccoli. Not bad for eating out, I suppose. Just have to make sure I don't get ANY dessert (all of their desserts have over 1000 calories each :o ) and that I only have water or diet soda.

Well, I'm off to do some work. Hope everyone has a Fabulous Friday (make it through today--the weekend's here!) and a wonderful weekend!!

cacmsc
03-18-2005, 07:12 AM
Hello everyone1 I have been tracking my intakes and making up my own diet for awhile. I do alot of reading about different diets etc. then kind of take in part of it and follow my own design. So far so good and I feel better lately. I don't have alot of wt. to lose but know that its not easy to get off what I want off. Currently I would like to lose 15lbs. it might not sound like much to some but it is to me. I take it off slow due to my thyroid condition. I do work out at least 3 times a week. I make a schedule every week to which days I will get to the gym . Diane I go to Ballys workout center. When I started years ago after some knee surgery it was 32.00 a month after my 3 yr. contract I currently pay 13.00 a month for life time. But my friend does curves and has had great results. I won't switch due to my deal I have at the gym. At first I didn't feel comfortable either but it wears off. Watch what others do there and learn from them. Thats my advice for what ever it is worth. Good luck everyone and I will ck . in again . Saturdays are my scale days. I used to do Fri. but it gave me too much weekend allowance for input. I am sure you will understand that.
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DianaLS
03-18-2005, 07:58 AM
:D hey all...Friday, best day of the week... :coffee: Yum having my coffee...Anyhoo. I think some zoos are better than others as far as the way the animals are treated. Yes, there are some that the animals are lethargic, but there are those who don't have them all caged up, They are in more natural settings. Maybe this is why I love my zoo so much. I agree, they are in captivity, but, at least they are safe. The way the world is now, so many animals are going extinct. I think that there are a lot of zoos in the world who focus on the good of the animals and try to keep the breed going so future generations will have experienced them. I agree, I hate going to zoos where animals are caged up and lonely. I hate that. .. I LOVE CHOCOLATE...And love all flavors of it. I have had real white chocolate from Europe, and WOW, how awesome is that. A guy who used to work with my father went to Europe every year and always brought us home white chocolate, there is nothing like it in the world. :love: but my fave will always be M&Ms, plain or peanut. That is one candy over the years that has never changed...anyhoo...next subject. ;) Hope you all have a great day. I think we are going bowling tonight, will be the first time in over a year, so ought to be real interesting, lol. Talk at ya later!!

dragonwoman64
03-18-2005, 09:38 AM
Had some emergency overtime this morning, so thought I'd pop in and post.

Several years ago I decided to make corn beef and cabbage with coleslaw. The meat turned out like rubber and the coleslaw was so disgusting I had to toss the entire bowl (came from a good cook book but had way too much mayonnaise for me). That was probably the worst meal I've ever made, so I've never tried it again!

I actually don't find the Bronx Zoo to be dirty. I do have a funny story, Rob and I decided to take the Skyfari from one end to the other, that is he agreed even though his palms get sweaty if you even say, wow, that's high up. :lol: We got half way across, were suspended over the caribou habitat in the Africa Zone, when the car came to a stop. We're looking around, wondering what's going on. I was envisioning having to maneuver my big bod down a fire department ladder or some such, when a crackling announcement comes over the car's loudspeaker. Some kids were rocking their car, and the police would be waiting to take them away at the end of the ride! I guess the zoo officials actually had to wait for the police to arrive because they kept us suspended there for a good 15 minutes. :lol: :dizzy: :o

Jill, I have the same reaction to zoos. I do know the group that runs New York zoos, and it's probably true for a host of other zoos, does lots of animal conservation work. http://www.bronxzoo.com/ They do breeding of endangered species, and work hard on educating the public and raising money to raise awareness and protect animals (including protecting habitats so animals can stay in the wild). I appreciate that I'm able to see these incredible animals that I wouldn't be able to otherwise, but am sorry that they can't all be in their natural habitat.

Lucky you that your near the National Zoo, which I've been to a couple of times. Great place! I'd happily visit the Toledo Zoo too (thanks for the link). I've never been to the San Diego Zoo, which I'd like to do one day.

dragonwoman64
03-18-2005, 09:53 AM
So! It's coming up on the last week of working it out to meet Easter/March goals, what are your plans? I'm planning to stay 95% on plan, and will throw in a few workouts, I'm hoping to feel motivated enough to workout everyday. My cut off date is technically the 31st, but we have a family gathering on the 27th & 28th, so I'm hoping to be down by then. 10 pounds is a little much, but I'm thinking, 3-4?


I'm going this morning to take a tour of the gym and to sign up (in fact, I'd better jump in the shower right now). This past week was not a good one for me :( ; I'm ready to make changes to head back in the right direction.

I'm watching this new J. Lo video, the lady is goodlooking! But wow, to have the time and money to devote to your body? I can't imagine! Still.. I wouldn't mind having her body. I always wanted to be in the entertainment business, but I can NOT sing, I'm just cute. And possibly full of myself? Not really... but I can admit that I have perfect skin, and nice hair. Alright! I'm not that superficial.. honest..


If you see earlier pics of her, I'm 95 percent sure she's had some surgery (in the breast zone). Hey, ! no! I'm not being catty! It's true! :lol: Yeah, I'm sure it must take a lot of work. You don't have to sing to be in entertainment, you could act. Lots to be said for having a good sense of humor too (which you do).

Jill, I think I might be in trouble working for a restaurant! So, I admire you for that.

:wave: Hi, CC. We have a Curves right next to the Y and I debated with myself over trying that. In the end I decided I'd like to be with the Y where there's a pool as well. Besides, I thought I'd be more comfortable where it was less intimate. I've heard good stories about Curves too. I basically have created my own diet using Jenny Craig guidelines. They give you a booklet with a list of foods in categories and it says how much to eat of what. I haven't gotten the diet exercise balance where I need it yet, since I'm seeing stalling and yo-yoing this month. :mad: :(

Have a good one everybody.

Gardenwife
03-18-2005, 11:18 AM
Howdy, howdy. Howie and I weighed in today at the doctor's office. You know what that :censored: scale had the nerver to tell me? I gained 1.5lbs. I know my net loss over the last two weeks is still good, and that last week's 5lb. loss was kind of an artificial number since I'd been sick and lost a lot of water weight. Still, it's hard to see the number go up. :cry: Howie keeps telling me to wait and only weight once a month...But that's so long!

A 5-day course of Zithromax got the sinus infection under control but also threw my body for a loop and has me planning a trip to the store for a comforting tube of Monistat7! I'm definitely shunning the pool until this clears up - Ouch! It's kind of a discouraging place for me today, but I know things will turn around.

barbygirl43
03-18-2005, 11:48 AM
Yuckie Kimberlie. Talk about a double whammy. Do you usually weigh at the doc's scale or at home/gym? If you don't always weigh on their scales then I wouldn't worry about it. Poor William went through the same thing with all his rounds of antibiotics. He almost got thrush too. If you like yogurt, eat lots of it. It will help to get the good bacteria back in your body to help fight those yuckies.

SwimGirl
03-18-2005, 01:03 PM
Kimberly - I've been told to only weigh once a month as well... by my boyfriend... but then he weighs everyday! My thought is, if he can't do it, why should I? I'm addicted to the scale, and while when I see a gain I get discouraged, I find it also motivates me. Shows me when I need to work a little harder.. etc.. I love weighing after being sick, because I always see a number I haven't seen for a while... :lol: So after my 24 oz flu, my scale jumped down 2 pounds... it was lovely.. but oh so wrong! :dizzy:

Marge - I haven't really compared pics of j lo before, but that would comfort me to know she's hard work... because then it really IS unattainable for the poor ;) You get your butt to the gym! Hmm, that was me trying to be a drill sargent for you... how'd I do?

Jill - I have my first EVER cavity! I'm going to the dentist on Monday and I'm SCARED! I've had all my wisdom teeth pulled, and that was pretty painful, and I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics.. unpleasant. But for some reason I think that cavity's are much more scary.. :lol:

Alright, so I'm working 1-9:30 today, ugh. And I already got a call from work that they want me to come in tomorrow to work 12-5, or 1-6. Thats my entire day! That would mean no exercise, no grocery shopping, and would basically ruin my upcoming diet week. I'm thinking I should put ME first, normally I would do anything to help to scummy people at work. Grr! And so like, the reason I was called in? Because the newly preggo girl at work is constipated and needs to go see her doctor. So good reason.. but I should put me first, right?!?

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-18-2005, 01:40 PM
Aimee--I, too, always went to work when they asked me to. I worked all the time and put my personla priorities on the back burner. I was working well over 40 hours a week (between 2 jobs) while I was taking college courses full-time! Now that I have this part-time restaurant job, I'm very careful not to seem too willing to work because I know I'll fall into the same pattern of getting walked all over. I'm trying to be strong and learn to say NO! I need time for ME! *sigh* I'll let you know how many weekend shifts I end up working in the next few weeks (even though I put on my availability that I could only work Monday-Thursday nights) :rolleyes:

As for the dentist, I had my 4 wisdom teeth removed a couple of years ago, too. It was fine until one of the sockets got infected...OUCH! A cavity being filled is a little more torturous while you're in the office (I hate the drill...doesn't really hurt, just stresses me out), but the healing time is so much faster. I've always been right back to eating normal foods the next day (unlike when I had the wisdoms out--took me weeks to eat anything crunchy or chewy again). I've kinda had a lot of cavities because I have "deep pits" in my molars, so the toothbrush doesn't really clean as well as it should, and the sealants I had put in when I was younger are wearing out, so, lucky me, I get cavities in almost all of my teeth, even though I have pretty much always brushed twice a day! Eh, woe is me--it could be worse :p

Gardenwife
03-18-2005, 04:14 PM
:grouphug: Thanks for the encouragement. I feel better since taking a little nap in the recliner, too. I dozed off in the middle of taking a survey online and just couldn't stay awake even after Howie got home. :tired:

Gee, if I only weigh-in once a month, that'd mean I'd only have to get up early once every four weeks instead of once every week...Snicker. Yes, I weigh at the same place since my MIL's scale is always a bit off and she changes it back to zero every so often. It never seems to weighs me consistent to the doctor's office scale, so I might as well just go there. The clincher was a week I thought I'd lost more weight, but it turned out she'd adjusted the scale back to zero and it was 2lbs lighter than the doctor's! :?: WTF!

Nancy (my MIL) joined the YMCA this week and got a bathing suit today. Tomorrow we're taking her there and showing her around. She's so worried about "looking like a battleship" in her bathing suit, and I said, "Join the crowd! That's why we're going, right?" Really, the suit didn't look bad on her, and I told her so.

Gardenwife
03-18-2005, 04:25 PM
P.S. Aimee, ask your dentist for laughing gas. Wonderful stuff! ;) I had a dentist slap me when I was in third grade and had to go in with a chipped tooth. I was scared to death and he just slapped me across the face. Can you imagine? I had a terrible phobia about them after that and would not go to one at all. When they'd show filmstrips about oral hygiene, I'd leave the room because I was so freaked out by the thought.

When I was around 20, I had a cavity that was just too bad to ignore anymore. I'd suffered through it in waves, but finally I bit down on a piece of gum the wrong way and about went through the roof! My friend gave me his dentist's name, saying the man catered to cowards, LOL. My first dental work ever, a root canal, went smoothly and I wondered why I'd been so afraid. He gave me plenty of laughing gas!

My boyfriend at the time took me to the appointment, and he could hear me alternately saying "owww, more novacaine!" and then busting out in laughter. He said it was really funny!

Not long after that I had my wisdom teeth removed at the hospital because they were impacted and really close to my sinuses; the oral surgeon wanted to be sure I was really out so I wouldn't move while he was working. The dental root canal was *nothing* compared to that. I think worst thing about the wisdom teeth for me was the cracked lips and sore throat from the intubation.

You'll do just fine! :D

(Sheesh, some P.S., huh?)

DianaLS
03-18-2005, 09:25 PM
LOL I hear ya...I used to hate the dentist. My dentist was torture as a child ( last name was Gross, hmmm maybe that was why?)...I had this terrible cavity that was so painful for years until I moved here and had no choice but a root canal...It was not the most pleasant experience, but glad I did it, now I am a regular...well have company this eve...gotta run, just wanted to check in...check put my site when u get a chance just put two new Raggedies on there: WWW.PrimitivePunkinPatch.com
hagn!

Gardenwife
03-18-2005, 11:08 PM
Wow, you've got quite a selection at your site. I have not sewn in years (not since, like, high school, ya know? OMG!). I'd like to get a sewing machine some day.

My MIL and I went to my mom's for a visit this evening. My mother was evil incarnate tonight, LOL. A synopsis:

Mom: :chef: ... :D

Me: :nono:

Mom: :yes:

Me: :nono:

Mom: :chef:

Me: :rolleyes:

Mom: :devil::chef:

Me: :^: ... :ink: ... :goodvibes: ... :cloud9: ... :(


Yeah, out she comes from the kitchen with two plates of fresh, hot, homemade banana bread. Two steaming slices of motherly 'nana goodness for each of us. Probably, what, 200 calories a slice (plus the margarine on 'em). :eek: I wasn't counting on having anything especially high in fat or calories this evening, so I had a 700 calorie supper before going to mom's. Aaaargh!

S'all right. At least Nancy and I didn't take the rest of the loaf home like mom wanted us to! And I did walk 1 mile. ;) I just need to ask mom to please ask me if I want something to eat, not just put it in my hands...Hot...out...of the...oven. It was so darned good, too. :^:

SwimGirl
03-19-2005, 02:16 AM
Alright Ladies! I gotta get down to it! My neighbour/friend/enemy has lost 21 pounds since January 17th ish. I've lost only 10! I gotta beat her! Granted I am smaller to begin with, and we are such a different body shape that like, you can't compare sizes or anything.. I just know I wanna beat her! Why am I so mean and bad? I guess it's like a motivation... right? My plan was to get 100% on plan tomorrow.. but we don't have the right groceries. So I'll just do a really good workout instead, like crazy Tae-Bo, and I'll go for a walk too.

So I don't know if I should feel better or worse about this cavity thing. I remember from my wisdom teeth being pulled that they only froze my mouth, I got no drugs at all, and then he broke off one of the teeth in my mouth. It hurt pretty fricking badly! It never got infected, luckily. Dentists never really bothered me, and if it was earlier than 4pm, I would probably nap.. or maybe it's because I'm so tired right now that I'm thinking in that way..

Wowsers, I'm babbling.

Kimberly - is that how you spell your name? Feel free to correct me at any time :) Warm Banana bread? Oh my, that sounds yummy. Thats good you didn't bring it home, you don't need that in your house! And you stopped at 2? I couldn't do that...Now I'm hungry!!!

Jill - I said no! I couldn't believe that I did.. and I suspect they thought I might, I work Sunday.. so 2 weekend days in a row? Not fair! You better not start working weekends! I will come kick yer butt! We have to learn to say no, and take care of our bodies if we seriously want to lose the weight. I'm a little soapbox-y eh?

So what are we going to do for our next challenge? Should we make our own, or leach off of someone in 100lb club? It's almost that time. Does anything happen in or around the end of April? Or May? May long weekend, I don't know when that is though.. let's think!!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-19-2005, 02:28 AM
Actually, it's Kimberley with an extra E. My mom had to get all fancy. When I saw "Kimberlie" up above, I just assumed someone who'd posted was named that in real life, LOL!

Ooh, man, I'd be pretty reticent about dentists if I'd had a wisdom tooth experience like that, too. I was blissfully under general anesthetic!

Hubby's still at work. It's some last-minute, rush job from a customer. He is a programmer and does personalization stuff for junk mail. The irony? This huge, all-important rush job will end up like most other junk mail...98% of it in the garbage, unopened (and that's if the piece has a really good return rate!). I know it's all part of the Big Marketing Plan of the World, Capitalism, Commerce, and all that good stuff...But when you have to work late into the wee hours and come in on your weekend off, it stinks.

I feel bad for him, for it's been rough there with many people downsized and more looking for other jobs. I offered to bring him something to eat just now (not banana bread), but he said he was okay. :(

dragonwoman64
03-19-2005, 11:15 AM
Kimberly - I've been told to only weigh once a month as well... by my boyfriend... but then he weighs everyday! My thought is, if he can't do it, why should I? I'm addicted to the scale, and while when I see a gain I get discouraged, I find it also motivates me.



Yeah, the scale issue is a tough one. I don't think I've figured out what works best mentally for me. I was weighing twice a week but now I'm going to switch to once a week. I'm tired of going crazy every week over the numbers.

You get your butt to the gym! Hmm, that was me trying to be a drill sargent for you... how'd I do?

heh heh. pretty good, keep it comin' ;)

I made it clear to Rob no Easter candy this year -- so his friend in England sent us a box of Cadbury stuff today, yikes. I'm going to have to print Jill's story and just read it again and again.

I have my first EVER cavity! I'm going to the dentist on Monday and I'm SCARED! I've had all my wisdom teeth pulled, and that was pretty painful, and I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics.. unpleasant. But for some reason I think that cavity's are much more scary.. :lol:

I can't even believe you've never had cavities. You are one lucky dog. I had tons when I was a kid. When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, I had them totally drug me up so I didn't feel anything. Usually the novacaine takes away all pain. I'd say if you still feel anything after that, let the dentist know and they'll give you more.

dragonwoman64
03-19-2005, 11:45 AM
My MIL and I went to my mom's for a visit this evening. My mother was evil incarnate tonight, LOL. A synopsis:
Yeah, out she comes from the kitchen with two plates of fresh, hot, homemade banana bread.

I loved your icon dialog. :lol:

Oh man! It's really tough staying op when there are great bakers in the family, that's for sure.

I can't even believe your dentist *slapped* you. Wow, if that happened nowadays, that guy would probably be in jail, sued to bankruptcy or both. Rightly so, too.

In case you still have residual feelings of being bummed out about going up a little on the scale :balloons: (seemed like the most comforting icon I could find there)

btw, it's true, my bil was laid off because of outsourcing. He's in the financial field, not marketing. It's a tough time economically speaking right now. It's nice Howie has you to buoy him up when the stress of the job kicks in. I'm sure he appreciates that.

dragonwoman64
03-19-2005, 12:04 PM
We went to the Y yesterday and took a tour. We both felt good about it, so I'm joining April 1. It's funny, because the girl who showed us around, who looked about 110lbs, was huffing and puffing going up and down the stairs a lot more than I was! She said she got to use everything free because she was an employee, but she never used anything and never exercised! ha. Rob's going to go with me the first few times using the guest passes to coach me (and to help me get over my "gym fear...").

I have my sweats now too, and wasn't that thrilled how I looked in sweats, but hey, gotta keep my eye on the prize. Just have to get a combination lock and I'll be good to go.


So what are we going to do for our next challenge? Should we make our own, or leach off of someone in 100lb club? It's almost that time. Does anything happen in or around the end of April? Or May? May long weekend, I don't know when that is though.. let's think!! -Aimee

How about a Spring challenge? (A suggestion from the woman who completely flubbed her Easter challenge!) Hey, never surrender, right?

Here's a quote for the day:

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

DianaLS
03-19-2005, 01:54 PM
Wow, you've got quite a selection at your site. I have not sewn in years (not since, like, high school, ya know? OMG!). I'd like to get a sewing machine some day.

My MIL and I went to my mom's for a visit this evening. My mother was evil incarnate tonight, LOL. A synopsis:

Mom: :chef: ... :D

Me: :nono:

Mom: :yes:

Me: :nono:

Mom: :chef:

Me: :rolleyes:

Mom: :devil::chef:

Me: :^: ... :ink: ... :goodvibes: ... :cloud9: ... :(



LOL you are funny...I know, I have been busy sewing, and, I sew it all by hand, which takes me a while, but, it relaxes me and I love it. I have always been artistic...LOL about the experience at your Mom's too. Boy, I know how that can be...Have a good one! ;)

DianaLS
03-19-2005, 02:06 PM
hey everyone, hope you are having a great Saturday so far...not feeling too good one this end, very crampy today...UGH! :( Anyhoo...A challenge? Sounds good to me, when will it start? Details details. My best friend likes the look of our group so she will be joining us either tomorrow or Monday she said. I am so glad I found this site. :cheer: Everyone here is really nice. Well, gotta go check things on my site, and get busy ...have a great weekend, and fill me in on the challenge! :yes:

SwimGirl
03-19-2005, 02:37 PM
Alright a Challenge, eh? I like the idea of a Spring Challenge... but we need a start date and an end date! Mother's Day! May 8th! Or... Memorial Day? May 30th! I believe thats an American Holiday.. here in Canada we get Victoria Day May 23rd. What do you gals think? The START date will be April 2nd! Not the first... on April fools day, I don't know why.. but it just seems wrong to start on that day. So my thoughts are, 2 months seems like a long challenge time.. but does mother's day have any significance? Does it really NEED to though? Tell me what you think!

Diana - I'm not having the best Saturday either, well I shouldn't say that, I'm just feeling tired because I got woken up too early this morning. I *need* to get a good workout in, so I have to focus my energy on getting that accomplished today. 1 hour of tae-bo is my goal today.

Kimberley - I always get my name spelled wrong.. infact, most people can't even say it properly! I figured it was better to ask.. My brother is sorta in the same position as Howie, my brother is very worried about being "laid off" because of downsizing or something along those lines. My brother does computer programming (I think?) at amazon.com, he's looking to make the move to Google in the next couple of years though, time for something new. I can't imagine a job like that, working late, on weekends.. etc. My brother tends to get a lot of flexibility with his job because of the hours he puts in, so he often can start work at 11am. I'm so very used to working shift work, never allowed to come in late, and often expected to stay late, but very rarely because of overtime.. man, I am SO ready for a grown up job!

I'm going to go catch the last few minutes of What Not To Wear in Paris... can you imagine? Oh my..

-Aimee

SwimGirl
03-19-2005, 07:34 PM
Alright!! I did it!! 1 hour of tae-bo, and my butt is SO SO sore!! But I'm done :)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-19-2005, 11:01 PM
Tae-bo...Ouch. I originally asked what it was exactly, but have since looked it up. Sounds painful to me, LOL!

Looking forward to meeting your friend, Diana.

I went over last night by about 450 calories, and today by...Well, you don't want to know. Started out just fine, but we decided to have treat night. We didn't pig out, just split a medium pizza, but it was still two days going over. Tomorrow I plan to eat very low-fat stuff and maybe only do 1100 or 1200 calories to make up for today.

We took my MIL to the YMCA today - she enjoyed the heated pool a lot! I goobered up my knee again in my big 1-mile walk around the neighborhood yesterday, plus I couldn't swim still, so I didn't do anything today. I don't normally on the weekend, anyway, but it was sure weird sitting and reading a magazine at the Y while they swam. Funny, now the Saturday Evening Post is of interest to me, with its articles about health. Am I getting old?

My mom read my smiley dialogue above (I e-mailed the link to her) and got a kick out of it...And got the point. ;)

SwimGirl
03-20-2005, 12:08 AM
Kimberley - Tae-Bo is pretty tough, I can definitely feel it in my body... I enjoy the burn and the challenge. Not for the un-fit, I'm barely fit enough to do the whole thing.

Thats great your mom was able to get the point in a nice way :) And yes you are getting old, why are you not reading Cosmo or Glamour? ;) I'm way too into fashion and looks sometimes. Mmmm... pizza.. I had a cheese burger, small fries and medium coke from McD's tonight. And, this is pretty funny, I sat down with a bowl of low fat pudding, and ended up eating ALL of it, like a whole Jello Pudding box, thats supposed to serve 4! I'm never gonna get skinny at this rate! And I totally undid any of the good of Tae-Bo by doing that.. Tomorrow is another day.

-Aimee

kykaree
03-20-2005, 08:06 AM
I had an induction at our local Council gym today, with a very fit (and quite cute) instructor, helped pass the time!!! He was so encouraging, and has got me working really hard. I went on the cross trainer for the first time, boy I didn't know I had muscles in the backs of legs, but I do now!!!! And I swum for an hour, and I have almost done my 10 000 steps. What did I do with my time before exercise???? Oh yes, I remember, watched tv and ate a lot :)

dragonwoman64
03-20-2005, 08:36 AM
It will great to see your friend, Diana.

Mother's Day sounds good for the challenge. Then we can do a summer challenge. I just found out that I'll be seeing a few relatives on the 4th of July that I haven't seen in YEARS and wouldn't mind being skinnier.....

Wow, Kylie, you're kicking butt. If you can remember, how did they start you on the first day when you originally went to the gym? I'm wondering how much I should initially do.

The Y here has tae bo classes and other classes as part of the membership. Hmmm. Think about the pudding this way, if you hadn't done the tae bo the pudding would have made a bigger impact.

Seems like every few months I get some minor injury or hurt that stops me from exercising for a couple of days, then my week gets thown out of wack. Once I got strong cramps in my upper legs from marching in place too vigorously (!). This past summer I was walking in Coney Island and did something painful to my tendons. I'm still working on totally getting rid of that.

kykaree
03-20-2005, 08:54 AM
Hey Dragonwoman. When I first started at the gym this was my routine

6 minutes bike
6minutes treadmill
2 x 12 chest extensions (resistance bands)
2 x 12 squats (with the fit ball)
2 x 12 rowing arm movements (resistance bands again)
6 minutes bike
30 seconds bouncing on the trampoline x 2
2 x 12 bicep curls (resistance bands again)
2 x 12 arm raises (resistance bands)
30 seconds stepping on the aerobic step x 2
6 minutes treadmill
5 minutes cool down on bike

My new instructor thinks it would be better if I did all my cardio at once and then my resistance work at the end, so I will try that for a change.

dragonwoman64
03-20-2005, 10:15 AM
Thanks, I printed that up. The only things I might skip because of my size are the fit ball squats (I can see me ending up sprawled on the floor with that one!) and the trampoline (I won't even go there). They really had you do a big variety.

There was so much equipment at the gym I wasn't sure where I would start. I like the idea of the elliptical and treadmill. They have a whole fitness room filled with resistance equipment (did look a little intimidating since everyone in there looked kinda buff). I work out with 5 lb weights now 3 days a week for about 15 to 20 minutes, so I have some muscle and tone to the arms.

Thanks again. Marge

SwimGirl
03-20-2005, 10:47 AM
Goodmorning Gals! I am in ROUGH shape this morning, a little sore from the Tae-bo, combined with my boyfriend being up from 2:30am until 5am with his sore wisdom teeth, I don't know how I'll make it thru the day. Today more than ever it's important I stay on track, because one little slip, and I'll be looking at a gain. I find when I don't sleep well I gain 1-2 pounds, ick. I made this mistake of getting on the scale this morning, it's amazing really how much our bodies can fluctuate. I had JUST woken up, and when I got on the scale it said I was 263, so thats 6 pounds up! I know it's not true, but I'm addicted to the scale!!

So we all agree on Mother's day? We can do monthly challenges, I find it easier to do a challenge thats only a month long.. easier to see the end, yah know? I have to get my butt in gear, I'm taking 2 weeks this summer to go spend at my mom's, on the beach... with everyone I knew from high school being there.. how scary is THAT? I was pretty tiny in high school... eek!

I am off to work, wish me luck to not fall asleep in random spots like the bus, lunchroom or skytrain!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-20-2005, 11:29 AM
Well, almost 11:30am here and I'm still chillin' in my pajamas :p Jeff's in the shower, so when he gets out it's my turn, then we're gonna go see The Ring 2. I LOVE scary movies (takes a LOT to actually scareme, though--haven't seen a really good scary movie in a LONG time)!

Yesterday was so fun. We to the train in to DC and went through the Air & Space museum, the Museum of Natural History, and walked through the sculpture gardens. So, lots of walking for me! I can feel it a little bit in my hips, but my legs and knees feel fine, so that's good. It was also a good food day all day--that is, until Jeff decided we should make milkshakes last night. Low-fat vanilla with frozen strawberries? oh no, that would be too easy...Wal-Mart didn't have any low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt, so we got regular FAT vanilla ice cream, which we blended with some skim milk, reduced-calorie chocolate syrup, and peanut butter. SOOOO good! At least I didn't go overboard...I had enough to fill one coffee mug (a regular one, not a giant one), so I figure I only had about 10oz of it. Up until that point, I had been pretty on-track for calories, so I suppose it could have been much worse, plus I did all that walking, so hopefully it'll balance out.

I LOVE Tae-Bo! When I was in college, I had a roommate who would work out with me (nice to have a buddy to keep you going), and we would do the 30-minute tape every day Monday-Friday religiously for like 3-4 months. I remember we tried to do the 1-hour advanced tape after doing the basic 30-minute tape for a few months and it kicked our butts! Then I discovered that there was an Intermediate tape that was supposed to go between them in that particular series--no wonder!

As for a challenge, maybe we can do one of those ones where we earn points for stuff? That way, even if our scales don't necessarily reflect it, we know we're making healthy choices for our bodies. Points for drinking enough water, exercising, staying on-plan for food, etc. I think a month is the perfect amount of time since it takes 21 consecutive days to develop (or break) a habit (or was it 28 days? either way, just under a month). That way, those of us not drinking enough water can try to make it a habit, those of us who binge at night (*raises her hand*) can try to break the habit, etc. Just a suggestion...I always get disappointed if I just say I'm going to lose x amount of pounds this month and then don't meet it.

Alright, enough babbling...time to yell at Jeff to get out of the bathroom so I can take a shower! Have a great Sunday everyone!!

jillybean720
03-20-2005, 11:35 AM
As for a challenge, maybe we can do one of those ones where we earn points for stuff? That way, even if our scales don't necessarily reflect it, we know we're making healthy choices for our bodies. Points for drinking enough water, exercising, staying on-plan for food, etc. I think a month is the perfect amount of time since it takes 21 consecutive days to develop (or break) a habit (or was it 28 days? either way, just under a month). That way, those of us not drinking enough water can try to make it a habit, those of us who binge at night (*raises her hand*) can try to break the habit, etc. Just a suggestion...I always get disappointed if I just say I'm going to lose x amount of pounds this month and then don't meet it.

Alright, I just got a slight brainstorm here...we can do this points thing as an ongoing thing and add another twist to it. Here's my idea:
We do the points on a weekly basis. Whoever gets the highest amount of points for the week gets to pick 2 challenge things for everyone else to do the next week. Challenge thing #1 is a food (or drink) that the winner for that week has a problem with (ice cream, white bread, regular soda, whatever that person's particular vice is), and Challenge thing #2 is a habit or activity (keeping a food journal, drinking water, weight training, etc.). Then, whoever can meet that person's challenges for the entire next week gets points for that, too. This way, it adds a little variety, and we each get to voice our major vices and attempt to oversome them (assuming we each have the highest number of points for the week at some point :p ). If this doesn't make any sense to you guys, then we can just throw it out. I was just thinking, but I may have been thinking a little too big :dizzy:

dragonwoman64
03-20-2005, 12:30 PM
We to the train in to DC and went through the Air & Space museum, the Museum of Natural History, and walked through the sculpture gardens. So, lots of walking for me!

that sounds *great*! I love Washington. From time to time Rob and I take the train (3 hours) and stay a weekend -- which is never long enough.


As for a challenge, maybe we can do one of those ones where we earn points for stuff? That way, even if our scales don't necessarily reflect it, we know we're making healthy choices for our bodies. ...I always get disappointed if I just say I'm going to lose x amount of pounds this month and then don't meet it.
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I would like that. I think the scale numbers can drive me a little crazy sometimes, and I could use the extra focus in the habit zone.

Maybe something along the lines of 1) Water, 1 pt for day of on track; 2) Food, 1 pt per day on track; 3) exercise, 1 pt per day on track ??

and then have a habit challenge. I struggle with staying away from the candy. I used to give myself green stars on the calendar for each day I managed to not eat chocolate. Maybe 1 pt a day for making you habit challenge goal. Totally open to what people might want to do with this.

kykaree
03-20-2005, 12:36 PM
hey dragon woman, the fit ball squats are cool, don't know if you can picture this. You stand up with your back to the wall. The ball goes in the small of your back, sandwiched between you and the wall. With your legs fairly wide apart, you benz zee knees and go up again. So you can't fall really. I couldn't lie on a fitball and do sit ups or anything, I would definitely do myself an injury. I've lost 10 cm around the hips in eight weeks, so any embarrassment is well worth it!

The trampoline I actually jog on, I got myself a very good sports bra, the first time (before said purchase) I thought my boobs were going to fly over my shoulders!!!!

Gardenwife
03-20-2005, 03:58 PM
Oh, man, I admire you guys really going at the hard exercise. I'm just not at that point. Swimming's pretty much it for me, and I need to be more vigorous even with that, to challenge myself.

Howie and I had our treat night last night. Today, he suggested I cut my calories back 200 a day for at least a couple days, to make up for the dreaded Banana Bread Overage of Friday night. Sounds like a plan.

I'm game for points. Do we just post every day we do the various things? I've not really looked at the points threads before.

kykaree
03-20-2005, 04:38 PM
I actually joined 3fatchicks because I hated the though of exercise, it was whilst doing a google search for fatchicks + exercise that I found you guys!!! Basically I set myself a target of getting my food plan sorted out, and sticking to that for one month, then adding the exercise. I have a great trainer at my gym at work (and now another younger, fitter and cuter one at my local gym, not that I was looking of course :) ). My big thing is I'm not afraid to ask for help now. If I don't know how to do something, or something isn't working for me, I'll ask them.

I love my swimming, it's still my favourite exercise. I have noticed my asthma has improved in leaps and bounds since the beginning of the year, and I have lost no days at work from it over winter, which is quite an achievement for me.

jamswife0807
03-20-2005, 05:21 PM
well hi all. I'm Heather, Dianas friend. I am happy to be in a group with all of you . I am currently doing weight watchers, workout w/ tapes at home 4 days a week, and I have a fitness walking class at school twice a week. I've read a couple of threads, and this sounds like a really nice place to hang out and talk....about sucesses, failures, and just general.
I would love to do a challenge, but I"m not sure I read enough to understand what it is going to entail.
Well, I just got home, and I need to email a couple of people, so please have a wonderful evening, and I will be back later this evening :)

DianaLS
03-20-2005, 08:54 PM
hey all sorry haven't been on today at all..Been busy sewing and trying to eat well. Finally done with cramps today, but always take Sundays off so back at exercise tomorrow. Yippeee!! Heather is here :cb: ...I am all for challenges, tell me what it entails and I will do it, this way it gives me something to really strive for, and I am pretty competitive. I will say that the only kind of exercise I am able to do is walking, biking, and some resistance due to my back and the rod I have. But I wil do the best that I can....I feel as though I must have lost something since I started all of this over a week ago...My granny panties are getting loose :lol3: :lol3: I normally don't like to weigh in but 2 times a month. I don't like the scale because I find that it can be very frustrating, especially on a daily basis. I will get on the scale Weds...HOPEFULLY have lost a few pounds. I will be adding another loop to my walk tomorrow...Looking forward to all of this. I think someone should be in charge of the challenges, even if it is a different person every week, easier to keep track this way...And we need to make a plan...I love plans...Well, gotta run for now...Keep me filled in :D

SwimGirl
03-20-2005, 10:41 PM
Hey Gals! The points challenge sounds like a plan... I haven't read too much on it, but will do that tomorrow (so tired now, nothing makes sense). I'm having issues these days with everything, heh. I can't seem to be able to say on plan for an entire day, I have no idea whats going on for me! Partly we don't have enough food in the house, and still need to go grocery shopping. I was doing SO good today, I had yogurt for breakfast (sugar free, fat free, aspartame free), pepperoni for a snack, a salad for lunch w/ pudding (low fat, no aspartame). And then for dinner? Burger King drive thru! I'm going to go to bed early tonight, and get a workout in tomorrow and try and stay on plan.. I don't know how people do it!

Diana - I bet you did lose a few pounds, if you are exercising and eating properly, no way you couldn't be! My fingers are crossed for you, but I don't think they need to be! My thoughts on the scale are that if the number can discourage you, it's definitely a good idea not to weigh every day, or everyweek. For me, the numbers never really mean anything.. I don't know how or why.

Heather - Welcome! Sounds like you have a great plan! I look forward to getting to know you :)

Jill - are you trying to make me jealous? At 11am I was working my tushie off at work! I'm going to sleep in LATE tomorrow.. heh.. SO THERE ;)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-21-2005, 03:06 AM
Nice to see you, Heather - Welcome! Nice to see the rest of ya, too, but Heather's new. ;)

Mmmmm, I got the fixin's for fresh mango salsa. We'll have that with fish and chicken. Gotta make it fresh and eat it in a day or it's not so good. ** yawn ** We did some late-night grocery shopping and I'm just checking in and saying hi before crashing.

DianaLS
03-21-2005, 07:22 AM
Nice to see you, Heather - Welcome! Nice to see the rest of ya, too, but Heather's new. ;)

Mmmmm, I got the fixin's for fresh mango salsa. We'll have that with fish and chicken. Gotta make it fresh and eat it in a day or it's not so good. ** yawn ** We did some late-night grocery shopping and I'm just checking in and saying hi before crashing.

hey there Kimberley ( ? Hope that's right)...I would love your recipe for that salsa...My neighbor, b4 she moved, had brought over some Mango Salsa to our cook-out last Summer and it was to die for, then, she was supposed to give me the recipe and never did...I have tried a couple of different ones with no luck...That would be a hoot if yours was like hers... :D

jillybean720
03-21-2005, 09:33 AM
Jill - are you trying to make me jealous? At 11am I was working my tushie off at work! I'm going to sleep in LATE tomorrow.. heh.. SO THERE ;)

Good thing I savored the sleping in/being lazy yesterday. Today has been off to a bumpy start. I was up and ready and out of the house by 5:30 this morning (as per usual). I was in the car on my way to work and had driven over halfway there when I noticed that it was still cold in my car. Even though I had the heat on, it was still blowing cold air, and my temperature guage was still all the way down (my car normally would have been warmed up by then). I kept an eyes on it, and soon, the temp guage started going up. I was happy at first, but then it didn't stop going up! I watched it go ALL the way up to the very top, and I pulled my car off to the side of the road. I turned it off for a minute and just sat there (noticed some steam coming out from the side the hood). After letting it sit for a few, I started it again--I once had a car overheat like crazy, but then when my father started it, it worked fine and he found nothing wrong with it, so I was hoping that would happen this time as well. No such luck. The car started, the temp guage went up, then it stalled, and the oil, battery, and engine warning lights on my dashboard all stayed lit up. Great.

So, I called AAA, and they sent a tow truck out. So there I am, sitting in my car with no heat on the side of the road at 6 in the morning--I was freezing! The tow truck finally got there about 6:50, and he towed the car to a nearby shop (AAA-approved, so they better not screw me over!). Then I called a coworker, and she was kind enough to come pick me up on her way in (even though she was still in her pajamas when I called her!). So, I sat around the auto shop reading old issues of Spin for a little over an hour till my friend came and got me. Now I'm at work and don't know how I'll get to the shop or to my apartment if my car isn't ready today. I'm sure I'll figure it all out. I'm not really worried about finding transportation. I am worried about the repair expenses, though. I got a second job so I could pay off the credit card debt I already have, not rack up even more! Ugh, I hate this feeling of helplessness, knowing there's nothing I could do to make the car work or not break down. It has over 160,000 miles on it, but it's a Toyota, so it should definitely last a whole lot longer! I absolutely cannot afford a car payment, so this repair job better be less than $1000. I'm thinking radiator hose, thermostat, even water pump...all less than a grand. But, I also know that mechanics are like doctors: you go in for one thing, and they find 10 things wrong. So...:crossed:

Speaking of which, I was going to go to the doctor today after work, but I guess I'll have to wait and see how the car issue goes first. Also, I FINALLY got the info I needed from my old gym, so tomorrow, I am going to go to a gym that is close to my jobn here and sign up. It'll be so perfect once I get into the routine: work my full-time job from 6am-2pm, then be at the gym by 2:20, work out for an hour, shower, and be at the restaurant for work at 4pm-11pm. That way, I know I will exercise for those 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs). What else would I do for those 2 hours between jobs? If I tried to go all the way home, I would only be able to stay home for an hour before having to turn around and head to job #2, so that would be pretty pointless. Yes, I definitely have a good feling about this 2 jobs and a gym thing :)

Alright, sorry bout my little car-trouble rampage. I'm just frustrated. Time to spend more money I don't have. Better a few hundred bucks a few times a year on repairs than $300 a month for a new car, though, I suppose. Off to work now, since I'm almost 3 hours later than usual getting in. Hope everyone else's week gets off to a more pleasant start!

dragonwoman64
03-21-2005, 09:42 AM
hey dragon woman, the fit ball squats are cool, don't know if you can picture this. You stand up with your back to the wall. The ball goes in the small of your back, sandwiched between you and the wall. With your legs fairly wide apart, you benz zee knees and go up again. So you can't fall really. I couldn't lie on a fitball and do sit ups or anything, I would definitely do myself an injury. I've lost 10 cm around the hips in eight weeks, so any embarrassment is well worth it!

The trampoline I actually jog on, I got myself a very good sports bra, the first time (before said purchase) I thought my boobs were going to fly over my shoulders!!!!


I get you with the ball. I'd just be worried about my knees. I do promise to keep my mind open about all exercise. :lol: re: trampoline. I'd have to do that too!

dragonwoman64
03-21-2005, 10:14 AM
Hi, Heather, nice to see you here.

The challenge can be whatever each person wants it to be, even just (I should put just in quotes there!) losing a few pounds, or converting a habit.

Jill, I haven't owned a car in quite a few years since I live in the middle of the city. I've forgotten how much trouble those suckers can cause. Hope it doesn't turn out too bad for you. The gym sounds great, at least that situation is cleared up now.

I normally don't like to weigh in but 2 times a month. I don't like the scale because I find that it can be very frustrating, especially on a daily basis. I will get on the scale Weds...HOPEFULLY have lost a few pounds.

I kwym re: the scale. Seems to me that everyone has their own tolerance level how many times they can jump on in a given week. It was driving me a little :dizzy: so I am doing it once a week, in the future I'm going to space that even further apart. It doesn't help me mentally to do it more often. In fact it sabotages me. Good luck with your weigh in; I think biking and walking are great, btw.

I wanted to let you all know that I bought the Oprah magazine yesterday, O, and there's tons of good diet and exercise info in that issue. There's stuff about getting motivated to exercise; what to choose when eating out and ordering in (ethnic dishes); changing habits and thinking patterns.

I made ratatouille this weekend and it was yummy. Still have one more serving in the fridge.

Have a good day.

jillybean720
03-21-2005, 11:37 AM
Got the bad news about my car: $735 :mad: Apparently, one side of the radiator was "about to fall off," plus radiator hoses, plus thermostat, plus antifreeze...
Bah. I just spent about $800 on it a few months ago. I can't keep spending these exorbitant repair prices, but I also know I can't afford a monthly car payment right now for a new one! Ahh, c'est la vie...

SwimGirl
03-21-2005, 12:56 PM
Jill - that really sucks :( I'm sorry! Car repairs are such a pain, and Iknow a lot about them! I used to have an old Toyota, it just stopped working one day on my way to the gym. Sept 11th infact, I had to pull over and find a tow truck (but had left my wallet at home), and the people who's driveway it was in wouldn't let me leave it there for more than 30 minutes. Grr people! I talked to my boyfriend about your car.. he dabbles in fixing cars here and there, and he seems to be of the mind that you are spending too much. Ask if it's possible to go to an autowrecker and get a used part, we did that for our bumper and it worked out fine. While the rad is expensive he doesn't think it should cost more than 150 bucks, and the other parts they need aren't too expensive either. Ask how much they charge for labour! I know you can't really afford to be without a car, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to ask if there is a cheaper way to do it. Lie if you have to! Tell them your dad/uncle is a mechanic in your hometown, and you want to check to see what they think you should do. Also, unfortunately a lot of mechanics take advantage of women. Pooheads! I wish you the best of luck with all of that!

On the topic of cars, I had bad luck with my car, it's been in 2 accidents and 10+ hit and runs! We had to replace the bumper because of all of the stupid hit and runs! People make me mad! I refuse to even drive the car anymore, it just feels so unsafe! We've had to replace the strut bushings, the struts, the brakes TWICE, the seats are all broken, the windshield wiper stick thingy is broken, and then there is the transmission, there is something not quite right with it. BTW, my car is a 2001 Cavalier z24, it's too soon to be having all these problems! We are going to patch it up and sell it (I'd rather return it to GM, can't sell a lemon car.. it feels wrong!). MY next car? Will never ever be a GM, I would go back to Toyota or to a Honda.

Alright! So I'm done babbling about cars!

Marge - I enjoy O magazine, I missed her issue around August, I believe it was all about weight loss... or it looked to be! I tried to go buy it, but the new one had come out so I completely missed it.

The kids woke me up REALLY early this morning.. not MY kids! We rent a basement suite, and our entire place is covered by the kids play room... it's some playroom, I've seen it. It's spring break.. for 2 weeks... and they are just going wild! I will be VERY glad to be gone from this place! I can't wait to live in a real place, this basement suite was the first in my lifetime.. and I now realize why I had avoided them..

I am off to do some much needed grocery shopping, and will be getting my teeth cleaned and see if I have a cavity!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-21-2005, 01:18 PM
Yeah, i have a friend here at work who said she got all the same stuff sone for between 4-500 bucks total (including labor and the thermostat, hoses, etc.). I was kinda mad, but there's not much I can do about it now, since I was so eager to just get it fixed that I gave them the go-ahead when the guy called me this morning. I'll check the itemized bill when I get to the shop later and see how much they charged for the parts. If the radiator's listed at an irrational amount, I'll be sure to comment and make a stink about it--even car places know that unhappy customers = bad publicity. I might have to bite the bullet and pay the insane amount on this one, but at least I'll know to never go back there again. However, their estimate for my front drive axles was only about 40 bucks higher than my first shop had estimated ($40 when you're talking over $500 isn't an insane difference), so maybe there's something to it. Have to wait and see...

DianaLS
03-21-2005, 05:43 PM
When I weighed myself in Jan...I was at 310...I then went to 298...Now I go to weigh myself and it says I am at PLUS 30 pounds.. NO WAY....I cannot see how this is possible. My face is thinner, my clothes are bigger, etc...No way did I gain that much in less than 2 month's time. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO irritated. :( I hope it is the scale that is screwed up...Will have to put something on there tomorrow to weigh it to be sure. If not, boy, I could scream... :eek: Sorry to vent! I am just sooo upset...I have really been trying to be good, espcially the past month or so, to have gained, especially THAT much, well, I just don't get it.... :cry: :bomb:

jillybean720
03-21-2005, 05:48 PM
diana,

Have you tried weighing yourself somewhere else? at a gym or a dr's office? Try using a real balance scale rather than a small home scale. It's extremely difficult to gain 30 pounds in a month even if you are binging every day, so I am willing to bet money that it is the scale, ESPECIALLY if your clothes are fitting looser! Get thee to another scale immediately!!

Gardenwife
03-21-2005, 07:20 PM
Aaargh, I can imagine the shock of seeing that number - I feel your pain! :P No doubt - GO and weigh somewhere you can calibrate to be sure. Bring a couple gallon jugs of water (8lbs each) with you, or a 20lb bag of cat litter or something which has a known weight, and weight that. If you've been exercising, you could be gaining muscle, which would appear to offset losses since it's denser and weighs more than fat.

Not much going on around here. I'm still not able to walk, and still can't swim until the Monistat7-clone does its job. Now I wish I'd just gone ahead and bought the 1 or 3-day product, worth the extra bucks when we're talking 7 days without swimming. Maybe if things clear up I can go swimming sooner, though. I'm a fish out of water! ;)

Tonight's mango salsa with fish at Chez Gardenwife. What dinners have y'all been enjoying? I've got a bunch of fresh veggies to cut and prep for use through the next couple weeks. Sure helps to have them cut and ready to use!

DianaLS
03-21-2005, 07:30 PM
Wellll!I guess my scale is off by around 10 pounds. I drove to my Mom-in-law's she has a Calibrated scale like those u see in the drs or the gym...I am at 320...So all of this time I had been fooled into thinking I had lost a few pounds since Jan 1 when in all reality I gained a couple. This explains why my Periods are so wacked too, and why my back hurts...DUH! Well, u know what? this makes me so mad that I WILL LOSE THIS WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFFFFFFF! I want to know other than Fit day, is there another site I can use, one that is simpler, to keep track of all of my eating, etc...I need to get on the program, no ifs ands or BUTTS about it... :moo: If not, then Fit Day it is... :(

Gardenwife
03-21-2005, 07:37 PM
Good for you! You can do it -- we all can. Don't believe the big fat :nose: lies...We all know what they are and how they can paralyze us from action. Do this for yourself! :yes:

SwimGirl
03-21-2005, 08:59 PM
Diana - come to my house, I have this scale that says you are about 10-15 pounds lighter than you are.. I always get on it for fun.. You are doing weights correct? In which case, take your measurements!! I learned from experience that a scale won't tell you a thing if you are doing weights... so tomorrow morning, take those measurements and keep on going. What are you doing? I know a little about weight loss and healthy eating, and I know a lot about exercise. Maybe I can offer you some advice... anything to help you :)

Kimberley - I hate it when I'm all motivated and can't do something.. hopefully your thang will clear soon... eat lots of low fat, aspartame free yogurt!

So I went to the dentist.. and it was heart breaking.. I have two cavities, not one, but TWO! They are inbetween two teeth, so I guess it couldn't just be one. I made it 25 years without one.. I guess I can pride myself on that, eh? I'm getting it taken care of tomorrow, I'm hoping I can floss it out, and maybe I won't have to get anything done? This is why I'm not scared of the dentist, I've only ever had my teeth cleaned. I walked to the dentists, and home, so thats 4.5 km's. Half of which is straight up hill, I hate my mountain. I will do a proper workout in a few minutes. Tae-Bo is kicking my butt, I love it! I'm trying to get a few workouts in, it's the week before my period, and I put on 6 pounds this time. I hate that, but I figure I'll get a few extra workouts in and it'll even out next week.

I just my mail, and inside was an easter gift from my mom :) She's so great, I was born to the best mother for me.. She sent a cute card, and then a card making book. I'm addicted to making cards, they are SO much fun! I don't have a proper workspace in this house, but definitely will in my next house. I should sell them when I get good, because my house is already overrun with cards!

Oh Diana - were you using the same scale you first used? Because it's really important to be consistant. I know my scales are both wrong, but I'm consistently using the one, so I know when I've lost weight.

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-21-2005, 09:28 PM
Diana - come to my house, I have this scale that says you are about 10-15 pounds lighter than you are.. I always get on it for fun.. You are doing weights correct? In which case, take your measurements!! I learned from experience that a scale won't tell you a thing if you are doing weights... so tomorrow morning, take those measurements and keep on going. What are you doing? I know a little about weight loss and healthy eating, and I know a lot about exercise. Maybe I can offer you some advice... anything to help you :)

Kimberley - I hate it when I'm all motivated and can't do something.. hopefully your thang will clear soon... eat lots of low fat, aspartame free yogurt!

So I went to the dentist.. and it was heart breaking.. I have two cavities, not one, but TWO! They are inbetween two teeth, so I guess it couldn't just be one. I made it 25 years without one.. I guess I can pride myself on that, eh? I'm getting it taken care of tomorrow, I'm hoping I can floss it out, and maybe I won't have to get anything done? This is why I'm not scared of the dentist, I've only ever had my teeth cleaned. I walked to the dentists, and home, so thats 4.5 km's. Half of which is straight up hill, I hate my mountain. I will do a proper workout in a few minutes. Tae-Bo is kicking my butt, I love it! I'm trying to get a few workouts in, it's the week before my period, and I put on 6 pounds this time. I hate that, but I figure I'll get a few extra workouts in and it'll even out next week........


Oh Diana - were you using the same scale you first used? Because it's really important to be consistant. I know my scales are both wrong, but I'm consistently using the one, so I know when I've lost weight.

-Aimee



Ty for the advice Aimee...yes the same scale both times, until I went to the MILs and used the real deal...I havee a rod that goes the length of my spine so I am pretty stifled as to what I can phsically do...Am mostly walking we have a .6 mile loop, and if I have to go out and walk it three times a day I will do so until I am at the 5 miles a day i want to strive for. I also use my recumbant bike for now and do the first program which is 5 miles. I won;t be able to get on my Mt Bike until I lose some of this weight. I have NO ONE to blame but myself. I am not really going to start lifing until I lose some weight...I have a lot of muscle mass alrady and don't want to end up looking like aRNOLD. aNYHOO, tY FOR THE ADVICE, i APPRECIATE IT..oops sry, hit caps... :D

jamswife0807
03-21-2005, 10:06 PM
Hey all, thanks so much for the warm welcome. Hubby and I walked when we spent the weekend at his parents house, and there were inclines to the road we walked, and I forgot to stretch afterwards, and ended up hurting some muscle(I didnt know I had those..lol) that is somewhere from my behind to the back of my leg. So I haven't been able to workout since Saturday night. So I just did my ww, and tomorrow is my fitness at school, so i'll take it slow and hope for the best. ITs so wierd. I hate exercise, I hate not being able to eat my favorite foods, but I felt so out of place not being able to eat my core foods while at his parents, or work out the past two days....interesting.
Di, my dearheart, I say we should throw our scales out the window and go by clothes sizes...can we make a cool slide for that one? like size 24 goal size 12 12 sizes to go...that works waaay better for me. or we could say something like wearing sweats, goal is wearing cute lingerie.....well, you get the idea. lol
well, i need to put the kids to bed...i have two of them. have a wonderful evening all, and I'll be back tomorrow night. Hugs to all

DianaLS
03-21-2005, 10:27 PM
Di, my dearheart, I say we should throw our scales out the window and go by clothes sizes...can we make a cool slide for that one? like size 24 goal size 12 12 sizes to go...that works waaay better for me. or we could say something like wearing sweats, goal is wearing cute lingerie.....well, you get the idea. lol
well, i need to put the kids to bed...i have two of them. have a wonderful evening all, and I'll be back tomorrow night. Hugs to all
LOL sounds good to me..I agree about the scale, and clothes sizes.. I am going to stick with measurments too...I agree with Aimee about that...Love ya hon, HAGN! :^: PS: Sorry to hear about your pulled muscles, that stinks when that happens... :p

SwimGirl
03-21-2005, 10:36 PM
My butt hurts! I just did Tae-bo, and while I was able to do more this time, I kinda slacked near the end with the abs. But I finished!

Heather & Diana - I do like the idea of measuring with sizes and measurements, because if we are working out, we aren't going to lose as much, does that make sense? Like, for example, I could never weigh 130 pounds, that would mean I'd have to lose all my muscles.. and I enjoy my athletic build. Right now I'm 257 (not including evil water weight from upcoming TOM), and I wear a size 18-20. My friend weighs 230 and wears the same size as me, and she's 1 inch taller.

Alright, I am off to shower! I'm all sticky from my workout! The bf works late tonight, so I'm solo for dinner... must.. eat.. healthy .. even though no one is here to notice. Hmm, speaking of which, Should I eat my lowfat brownie? or throw it out?

-Aimee

kykaree
03-22-2005, 03:01 AM
:flow2: Good morning all!!! Nice to see this being such a busy thread and hello to anyone I've missed. I went to the gym after work yesterday and went on the machine of doom for the first time (the cross trainer/eliptical) it was very fun, but boy my legs feel tired this morning. :tread:

Di, I hate scales. I get weighed at my gym once a week, and their scales are dodgy, they can afford three new treadmills, two cross trainers and four bikes, not to mention the two steppers that no one ever uses, but can they get a decent set of scales??? :goodscale: nope.

So I go my measurements, the gym does my body fat (which is just plain scarey) and tape measurements as well. In eight weeks I have lost over 4% body fat and 28 cm around my body. (that's almost a foot)

I want the recipe for mango salsa please!!!!!!

Gardenwife
03-22-2005, 03:52 AM
:cry: *Sigh*

I'm afraid this batch of salsa did not turn out good at all. I made a killer batch of it for Superbowl Sunday this year, but darned if I could find the recipe. I know the ingredients, but not all the proportions. Of the four red onions I bought this week, two were just plain nasty inside when I sliced 'em in half, and one was so-so.

The last onion, my bright and shining hope for said salsa, was not moldy, but it was really strong. And, as if AWOL recipe and the onion situation weren't warning enough, the cherry tomatoes I bought weren't sweet. Last time I made it, I used cherry tomatoes because the regular ones we have available are really nasty this time of year. They were sweet and delicious...But this bunch was not. I can't wait until summer, when fresh produce is readily available!

It was just plain nasty stuff. All we could taste was onion. Not that I have anything against onions, but when they overpower the delicious sweet mango...Well, both salsas I made went into the garbage after dinner. Man, I really hate wasting food like that!

On a plus note , the honeydew melon I bought is fantastic - even better than some I've bought at peak season. And the salmon itself was really tasty. :dancer: I just put some butter-flavored Pam on it along with some kosher salt and a little Italian seasonings and broiled it about 5 minutes each side. I'd already removed the skin before I cut it into portion sizes and froze it.

I'll see if I can locate the original mango salsa recipe - the one that turned out good. It was very similar to the one Applebee's serves with their Weight Watcher's menu tilapia entree. That salsa was my inspiration to find a recipe with the ingredients I knew were in it. Just don't bother trying to make it unless you have good ingredients available, LOL! :D

DianaLS
03-22-2005, 10:22 AM
LOL @ GArdenwife...Just a quick not before Iget out and start the day...I loved my neighbor's Mango Salsa too, it was fantastic, but she never gave me the recipe. Have tried others, and were not the same, not even close, LOL...Okay, off to get things accomplished, will BBL!

dragonwoman64
03-22-2005, 11:10 AM
I bought a tanita scale after I'd been on this program for a while just so I could have some peace of mind that the numbers were accurate. After I weighed myself on the Tanita I saw that my weight was 10lbs heavier than on my original scale. I had a fit. :lol: Hang in there, Diana.

Kylie, I agree that the body fat number is not pleasant to face :o That O magazine said women should have about 30 percent. I saw somewhere else 25, so that comforted me a little.

I had this box of chocolates that someone gave me that I've been munching in, had one yesterday then chucked the rest in the garbage. The chocolate will not have power over me! :D

I've been taking my full walk, about 1 mile, every day this week, I pooped out doing the full walk for a while because of the winter and a foot injury. That feels good. I had problems with my knees from the walking and marching in place, I had to strenghten them with an exercise using free weights (I place a 5 lb weight on the top of my feet while I'm sitting down, then lift it about a foot in the air slowly, then go back down).

Yesterday's lesson learned: don't drink an entire water bottle at 9:30 at night, it means getting up at least 3 times during the night for a run to the can! :yawn:

SwimGirl
03-22-2005, 12:52 PM
Goodmorning!! The sun is shining and I suspect its going to be a warm day, what a great day to have off from work :) We are looking at a high of 14, which is 57 farenheit.

Marge - I've experienced that before... very unpleasant! I have to crawl over my boyfriend to get to the bathroom, so I try and hold it as long as possible.. which just makes the sleep less rewarding.. ;) Woohoo! You threw out chocolate, I personally hate chocolate but have a friend who is addicted to it.. I ate a low fat brownie yesterday, it was pretty good, and they cut it small.. I'm so bad with cheating!

Kimberley - every summer I make a trip to my mom's house, which means passing thru the Okanagan, which is famous for fruit! I always stop and pick up blueberries, apples, cherries, and anything else that looks appealing. I love in season fruit, and knowing it was picked like 10 feet from the fruit stand? And that it's organic? Oh man, thats like heaven! Do you ever find that you get one good honeydew melon here and there, but thats it? A good one is hard to find!

kykaree - I love the elliptical trainer :) It always feels so easy to me while I'm doing it, but I always feel it later! I tried to buy one once... unfortunately.. it broke because it was so cheaply made (built with a defect), and I had to return it. When I was more fit, I used to get on the stairclimber for 45 minutes, my legs would always feel like jelly afterwards.. don't know why I'm so into workouts that kill me!

I'm thinking today I will do that dentist thing, ick. But afterwards I'm going to drag the bf down to the ocean for a walk along the inlet. I'm going to try and do about 6km's, but we'll see. I get nasty shin splints every once in a while.. I need new runners. After the walk I'm thinking, coffee... and the rest of the afternoon cuddling the bf and being lazy :) When I used to live downtown (literally steps from the ocean and seawall), I would get up everymorning, have some yogurt and go for an hour and a bit walk along the ocean. I'm such a water baby, the sound totally soothes me. Whenever I get my really bad syatic (I can't ever spell that word) nerve pain, having a hot shower is the only thing that can calm me down. I'm sure not looking forward to that this weekend, stupid TOM. Have a great day all, I shall be back later :)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-22-2005, 01:00 PM
Considering I tend to chug a 32-oz cup of water at a time, in addition to sipping from one throughout the day, I'd be in deep doo-doo if I did so right before bed. Our nightowl hours make it difficult to keep a normal schedule, even normal for us. Nothing like eating dinner at 3:30am! ;)

Be very glad you're not sitting across from me today. Howie and I have the WORST onion breath. It's all we could taste when we awoke. The dogs loved it, of course...Really extra-special, redolent morning breath! LOL

jillybean720
03-22-2005, 01:40 PM
Happy Tuesday!

I finally got my gym membership sorted out, so I can start going to the gym that's pretty close to my work now. I'm not going to go today, though (slacking already!). Instead, I am going to se my Dr. after work. I need a goal weight slip for TOPS, so I will discuss my weight with her and see if she has any suggestions (as if I haven't already heard it all :p ). I also have to have her take a look at my ears--they have been blocked ever since I had my nasty cold a few weeks ago, and now they keep popping and blocking and popping and blocking...my eardrums have ruptured in the past and I actually lost about 75-80% of my hearing when I was younger (fully recovered now), so I am very careful when funky things are happening with my ears.

I also went grocery shopping last night--spent over $130, and I live alone! I hadn't been shopping in weeks, though, so I needed EVERYTHING. Plus, I know I won't have much time (or energy) for grocery shopping when I start my second job tomorrow (was only training up until now), so I loaded up on frozen fruits and veggies and chicken and fish...I would love the fresh produce, but it goes bad too quickly for me to keep up with it! I also pretty much hate every vegetable (except potatos and corn, which are the starchiest veggies!), so I am going to try to use the frozen veggies I bought to force myself to eat some once in a while. After all, if that's all I pack for myself for lunch, what else am I going to do (I purposely do NOT carry cash so I can't get food in our cafeteria since they only take cash)?

Uh-oh...email from the boss requesting me to do research before I leave (in 20 minutes)...must attend to her needs...catch you guys later!!

DianaLS
03-22-2005, 05:18 PM
Ahh another day..well, let me see, so far have kept OP...went to the store an bought nothing but wonderful foods, DH slipped some soda in, wicih is a no-no, but once or twice a week I can have one. No walk yet, but will do b4 dinner with dog then alone. Love my dog, but he sniffs a LOT and that is a leisure walk...I will walk one loop to warm up, then one to get things pumped then a half to cool down. Gonna do the bike tomorrow. Going to try this a new way...Will do 2-3 walks a day, and the bike at a different point of the day...break things up a bit... :hyper: maybe speed up the metabolism and ease the boredome too.hehe...

"I had this box of chocolates that someone gave me that I've been munching in, had one yesterday then chucked the rest in the garbage. The chocolate will not have power over me"-Marge
WTG!!! :bravo: On the chocolate...I LOVE CHOCOLATE and could eat it EVERY DAY...especially CHOCOLATE ICECREAM ( breyers). YUMMMMMMMMM! :ink: :ink: :ink:

"I want the recipe for mango salsa please!!!!!!"-kykaree
ME TOOOOOOOO ( hint Hint...boy hope she finds that recipe)

"Considering I tend to chug a 32-oz cup of water at a time"-Gardenwife
Holy Cow :moo: I thought I chugged a lot at 20 oz at a time, LOL...I guess late night chugging is not in your plans :lol3:

Jillybean- I hear ya there about the frozen veggies, I found a way to get away with eating my veggies...I find the ones I really like, and I eat them fresh whenever possible with veggie dip ( lowfat)...for lunch or snack or whatever ( Caulifower, carrots-baby-, celery, cucumers, tomatos)..I like to steam the rest til they are crisp, then spray them with "I cannot believe it's not Butter, with Garlic I think it is..I forget, but I know it is flavored...Not too bad then, I HATE FROZEN GREEN BEANS especially, they are so RUBBERY...


Aimeee- Yummmy about the organic fruit, that sounds like pure heaven to me, I miss really good fresh fruit. Nothing like it. Ohio and MI have the best I have had in soo long, and IN has the BEST Cantalopes I have EVER tasted..That is another thing I miss from home. NY has the BEST apples though, nothing like a crisp Empire in the Fall. Honeydew is okay, as far as melon goes, but I love Cantelope and Watermelon. Sigh! I wish I had some now :yes: :cry:

well BBL all, have fun!

Gardenwife
03-22-2005, 05:33 PM
Oh, now I like the frozen green beans, but only the better brands of them. They can be rubbery if they're not cooked with enough liquid and are easily over-cooked. I like them steamed or I cook them in a little water.

One way to get the veggies in is to take something like spinach or green beans and put them in the food processor, then add them to spaghetti sauce. Not only does it stretch your sauce, but you really don't taste the veggies (especially green beans). Solid or puree, they're good for ya!

I have got to get off my duff here and clean the office. It's a mess of clutter, pet hair and dust. I promised Howie I'd tackle it today. Each day this week I need to do one room. Saturday, he's going ot help me tackle the bedroom - that's our pit right now. It would qualify for TLC's "Clean Sweep".

DianaLS
03-22-2005, 05:50 PM
Hmmmthat is a great idea bout adding the veggies to the spaghetti sauce, never thought about that b4...I always steam my veggies now,never cook in water or liquid unless adding to soups, Will have to give that idea a try though, hmmmm :^:

Gardenwife
03-22-2005, 06:04 PM
I've got spaghetti on the brain -- just made up a batch with fresh green peppers, onion (NOT the red ones!), diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, some jarred sauce, and ground turkey. It made 16 cups, so it's 200 calories a cup and 7 grams of fat; I forget the saturated fat, but it's low. We had it with whole wheat pasta. Gosh, that pasta tasted good - we're not low-carbing it, but we've just not wanted to waste calories on the regular bleached flour noodles we had. That whole wheat stuff's awesome!

Yeah, I'm not getting much cleaning done, am I? Time to face the stacks. I'll start by cleaning up the junk around the recliner here...Yeah, that's it...

jillybean720
03-22-2005, 07:34 PM
Wow Kimberley (do you prefer Kim or Kimberley?), that is a really great idea about the veggies in the tomato sauce. I almost never eat pasta anymore, but I do sometimes like to keep sauce on hand for little pizza things or to put on chicken (chicken parm w/o breading--yum) and such. Time to invest in a food processor!

My problem with raw veggies with dip is that I don't like any veggies (:censored: my taste buds!!) ! I don't like carrots (baby or adult :p ), celery, cauliflower (unless it is pickled like you get in the jars of mixed sweet pickles), broccoli (unless it is cooked to the point of NO crispness and smothered with cheese sauce), green beans, tomatos...the list of veggies I don't like goes on and on :dizzy: That's why I reeeeeally like Kimberley's idea of "hiding" the veggies in the pasta sauce--that is excellent! Maybe there are some other places I can "hide" them...


Well, I bought some fresh fruit last night and some crackers and jello and such to have as snacks, so I am going to go chop up the fruit and divide everything into single-serving containers so I can just grab 'em and go when I pack my food for the day. No longer am I packing just a lunch...I will now be leaving the house at 5:30am, working till 2, going straight to the gym, then working from 4-11 (not always till 11--sometimes only till about 9:30-10, depending on if I am serving or hostessing), so breakfast is going to be the only food I eat at home for 4 days of the week (Mon-Thurs). If I pack the right amount of calories for the day, then I won't be able to eat too much--no time to overeat! :D

SwimGirl
03-22-2005, 08:53 PM
Wowsers, you gals sure were talkative! I went out with a friend for a walk, we walked 6 km's, a nice little workout, took us 1 hour and 15 minutes, we are hoping to cut that time in half. We then went to Starbucks, got a low fat coffee and low fat brownie, and then hit up Chapters to read magazines. It was a nice day out :)

I love veggies and seem to have the opposite problem.. I already had 1 cup of veggies (and have only eaten one meal), for dinner I'll have a veggie stirfry with chicken and a huge salad. I don't eat a lot of fruit, I find it makes me crave sugar, is that weird? My fav way to eat a salad is with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, low fat cheese in cubes, chickpeas with a low fat ranch dressing. Mmmm yummy :) I currently eat a lot of ceasar salads, low fat dressing of course.

I'm craving rice and honey garlic chicken.. bad craving.. go away! I am off to make dinner.. :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-22-2005, 10:02 PM
Wowee, Jillybean, guess you really do hate veggies. I love them more and more as the years go on. I love soups, like Vegetarian Minestrone ( have a great recipe for that if anyone wants it) that is loaded with them...I love crisp carrots, ( baby ones, the smaller, the better for me) and celery...I am not a dip scooper like a lot of folks, I just dip my veggies to get just enough flavor on them from the dip...am presently eating some carrots and celery with some Southwestern ranch dip I found, not quite sure I care much for it though, may have to go back to making my own, oh well..My hubby may be letting me join Curves next month, I am hoping he will...I need that in my life, and maybe some new friends too.
I had spaghetti tonight too, with meat sauce, I was down in my cals today so figured, what the hay...I hate Wheat pastas of any kind, so once in awhile I will allow myself the real stuff...Used to eat it every other day, very very bad..now a cpl of times a month..Never got around to walking, could kick myself, but after I got done cleaning the house and cutting the veggies, and cleaning my fruit, it was almost 9...will do it first thing in the morning, another reason to join Curves, I will make myself go to the gym every morning..I will have something to actually go and do if that makes any sense at all...well, gotta run, HAGN all, See ya tomorrow! ;) OH almost 4 got, I also have a great recipe for meatless Paasta sauce, it has a great flavor, and is a little tangy but everyone loves it, i usually make home-made, and make this often and freeze it...let me know, I will post both 4 u.. :D

jillybean720
03-22-2005, 10:08 PM
I don't eat a lot of fruit, I find it makes me crave sugar, is that weird?

I don't think that is weird...I have actually read that eating anything sweet (whether it be sugar like in sweets, sugar that is naturally in fruits, or sugar substitutes) has the same effect on your body in that it makes you crave more sugar. Of course, it all has different reactions in the body concerning what turns to fat, what gets burned, and what goes right through your system without being absorbed, etc., but regardless of the source of sweetness, it can trigger additional sugar cravings.

I just finished portioning out my foods for the week and adding up my calories for tomorrow's food. I didn't realize I would have to eat so much food to meet my daily calories when I actually ate healthy foods! Here's what I've got myself planned/packed for tomorrow:

cereal (Reese's peanut butter puffs w/skim milk) - 400 calories
raw pepper slices - 50 cals
4 tablespoons low-fat catalina dressing - 100 cals
1 serving (23 crackers) Better Cheddar crackers - 140 cals
hotdog surprise (2 diced hotdogs, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, diced onion) - 270 cals
strawberries - 50 cals
jello - 20 cals
cool whip - 30 cals
Ritz snack pack (kinda like chex mix) - 100 cals
orange - 75 cals
sweet gherkin pickles - 50
"mac & beef" microwavable kid's meal - 170

All of that puts me at 1455 calories for the day. I had to keep adding things to my bag to even get that high...when I originally thought I had enough food for what I would eat, I only ended up with about 1100 calories. I measured EVERYTHING, so I know that what I have is exactly the right number of calories for the serving sizes I have made. Plus, I will go to the gym between jobs and be on my feet walking people to their tables all night at job #2. All I drink at job #1 is water, and all I drink at job #2 is either water or diet coke. It just doesn't seem like enough calories. If that's all I'm eating and I'm over 300 pounds, what am I going to do when I lose weight and need to reduce the number of calories I take in in order to continue to lose?! Bah, I will cross that bridge when I get to it--have a long way to go before I get there anyway :p

SwimGirl
03-23-2005, 12:10 AM
Hmm, I wonder how many calories I'm having in a day.. I might put that through fitday and see whats up. It's very possible i'm not eating enough calories. Alright! It took forever, but I figured out my cals and fat grams for the day! I had 1218 calories, and 34 grams of fat. I definitely need more calories, and I should have eaten more veggies today, but I was out most of the day.. there is always tomorrow! I think I did pretty good considering. :) Losing weight is a pain sometimes, eh? I really can't get down with always counting calories, it burns me out. I just try and watch my sugar and wheat intake.

Jill - I heard that overweight people don't eat enough calories.. but its hard to get enough calories in sometimes! I ate the worlds largest salad for dinner, with a veggie stirfry, and that barely added to my calories!

Alrighty! I'm planning to get up early tomorrow to get a workout in before work, Tae-bo again! I love how it's so challenging for me and can't wait until it becomes easy :) Have a great night :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-23-2005, 07:22 AM
hey all, sorry had to do that, hehe... :sunny: So far, so good, up at 7 for a change and chugging my first 20 oz of water. Have planned out my day, and eating.. :hungry: will have 1 C of Cheerios, 1/4 C of Skim milk, and 1 glass of Choc. Soy milk with my Multi Vitamen for Breakfast, ( After I do walk #1)...Lunch will be 1/2 Turkey on wheat, a mug of tomato soup, and 2 bottles of water, snack will be fruit ( strawberries, or grapefruit) and dinner, I am grilling a bunch of chicken up and slicing it for salads, so am having a huge salad with that on it...Maybe some corn too..Taking walk #2 at around 1, :workout: Doing my bike at around 2:30, :dizzy: then the last walk will be at around 7..And of course my 2 mugs of Java this morning, cannot 4 get those... :coffee: :dizzy:
have also decided to go ahead and post those yummy recipes today for you ...whether u like it or not... :yes: will do this later..hehe...well, am off to get a POGO fix in...HAGD! :goodvibes

DianaLS
03-23-2005, 07:52 AM
I know there is a Recipe area, but would rather just put these here, and share with my fave ladies... :D





Uncle Bill's Vegetarian Minestrone Soup (RecipeZaar)
recipe by William (Uncle Bill) Anatooskin
A hearty and healthy soup. Excellent on chilly days. Very easy to prepare.
4-6 servings
55 minutes 15 mins prep

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onions
3 cups water
2 cups diced zucchini
1 cup diced carrots, peel first or scrub well
1 cup canned cannellini beans or you may use other white beans
3/4 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
15 fluid ounces canned plum tomatoes, dice and include liquid
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup uncooked ditalini or elbow macaroni

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add chopped onion and saute' for 4 minutes or until just lightly browned.
Add water, zucchini, carrots, canellini beans, celery, basil, oregano salt, pepper and garlic.
Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add macaroni; cover and cook an additional 10 minutes.
Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Calculated for 1 serving
Recipe makes 4-6 servings

Nutrition Facts for some measurements or ingredients are not included in data below:
1 cup cannellini beans
15 fluid ounces canned plum tomatoes
1/4 cup ditalini
We can often fix this, let us know. Calories 68


Calories from Fat 32 (47%) Amount Per Serving %RDA Total Fat 3.6g 5% Saturated Fat 0.5g 2% Polyunsat. Fat 0.4g Monounsat. Fat 2.5g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 182mg 7% Potassium 368mg 10% Total Carbohydrate 8.7g 2% Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10% Protein 1.7g 3% Vitamin A 7999mcg 159% Vitamin B6 0.2mg 8% Vitamin B12 0.0mcg 0% Vitamin C 12mg 20% Vitamin E 0mcg 2% Calcium 43mg 4% Magnesium 26mg 6% Iron 0mg

DianaLS
03-23-2005, 07:56 AM
This one is good on any Pasta, have used it on ravioli, Ziti, stuffed shells...any really! :D




Slow-Simmered Spaghetti Sauce ( RecipeZaar)
recipe by NurseDi

Easy and delicious.
2 1/2 quarts
6 hours 15 minutes 15 mins prep
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onions, chopped
4 (14.5 ounces) cans Italian-style tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (15 ounces) can tomato sauce
1 (12 ounces) can tomato paste
3 teaspoons dried basil
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a 4-quart slow cooker.
Cook, covered, on HIGH, 6 hours.
Serve over spaghetti, chicken, or pork.

Nutrition Facts
Calculated for 1 quarts
Recipe makes 2.5 quarts

Nutrition Facts for some measurements or ingredients are not included in data below:
dry crushed red pep.

Calories 309
Calories from Fat 24 (7%) Amount Per Serving %RDA Total Fat 2.7g 4% Saturated Fat 0.4g 1% Polyunsat. Fat 1.1g Monounsat. Fat 0.4g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 3346mg 139% Potassium 3560mg 101% Total Carbohydrate 68.6g 22% Dietary Fiber 16.5g 66% Protein 16.6g 33% Vitamin A 15653mcg 313% Vitamin B6 1.4mg 67% Vitamin B12 0.0mcg 0% Vitamin C 198mg 330% Vitamin E 8mcg 28% Calcium 169mg 16% Magnesium 173mg 43% Iron 8mg 47%

dragonwoman64
03-23-2005, 09:56 AM
I'm thinking today I will do that dentist thing, ick. But afterwards I'm going to drag the bf down to the ocean for a walk along the inlet. I'm going to try and do about 6km's, but we'll see. I get nasty shin splints every once in a while.. I need new runners. After the walk I'm thinking, coffee... and the rest of the afternoon cuddling the bf and being lazy :) When I used to live downtown (literally steps from the ocean and seawall), I would get up everymorning, have some yogurt and go for an hour and a bit walk along the ocean. I'm such a water baby, the sound totally soothes me.

I love the ocean. Vancouver must be really beautiful. I miss that about Calif. Coney Island is fun, but kinda grubby, and the sand can get all kinds of garbage in it (yuck). We have one of those white noise machines that I got at Discovery Zone. One of the settings is the ocean with sea gulls, the setting I always use. The rainy day one just makes me feel like going to the bathroom :lol:

Speaking of fruit, the Oakland, CA, farmer's market always has the BEST strawberries in the spring. I love the white peaches here. If you've never had one, try it. They're unbelievable.

dragonwoman64
03-23-2005, 10:36 AM
Great recipes, Diana, thanks. I think I'll try that minestrone. I love soup and esp. ministrone. I could eat chocolate every day too. This week so far (knock on wood) I've only had that one small piece. I'm proud of myself. Haven't eaten after my evening yogurt either. (Sometimes we snack on crackers.)

Been down that onion road myself, that's why I keep tic tacs in my coat pocket to spare anyone I may come into contact with on my walks :lol:

I was on WW during highschool for a year and had to force myself to eat a ton of veggies (compared to what I usually ate), luckily now I still like to eat them. Fresh or frozen, though it's nice to have the fresh.

I have to say I never worry about getting enough calories :lol: On JC when I was 300 and over, they told me not to go below 2000, which I didn't. And I did lose weight, over 30 lbs. I'm no expert in it, but I think the body can go into starvation mode and burn off weight less efficiently if the calories get too low. That said, Dr. Phil's program, at least the rapid part of it, I think must be around 1400 calories (you're supposed to do that for 2 weeks then add calories). I just read an article that said eating an extremely low number of calories, say under 1000, can cause a person to lose heart muscle tissue that can't be regained.

There was a time when if I started to have too few calories it would put me into binge mode. That's why for me I accepted that I'd be eating more calories (1700 to 1800), exercising more, and losing slowly. I'm actually not a big believer in vitamin supplements -- I figure if I'm eating a balanced diet, I shouldn't need any. But if the calories dip, it could become important. Calcium can be very important for women too. A friend of min, a woman not too much older than me, is having bone density problems. So, one area I won't skip is eating the yogurt and drinking the skim milk every day.

The thing is, no matter what I do I know I could do more, ha. I guess that's a good thing.

:cb: to all you ladies doing all that prep work! shopping and having the foods ready is a **** of a lot of work! I feel like this weight loss project is TONS of work -- not only the food, but changing all the habits I need to, and getting the exercise at a good level. Wow. We probably don't pat ourselves on the back enough :D

SwimGirl
03-23-2005, 11:41 AM
Marge - milk doesn't always provide calcium, or the right kind. And the way most milk is so processed it apparently takes the calcium OUT of your system. I Read that somewhere, which works out for me, because I'm allergic to milk. I do take a calcium suppliment, I find it helps with muscle cramps and helps me sleep. :) I also take a suppliment, only because I don't eat certain kinds of foods (never ever eat fish, or beef, and avoid fruit), for some reason I find when I'm taking it regularly I seem to lose weight.. I must be missing something in my diet. When you are eating 1700-1800 calories how many grams of fat are you having? I'm trying to stay around 30-35 grams of fat.. and need to add more calories without fat... I have no idea how to do it!

Yikes! I'm running 10 minutes behind, I gotta get my behind in gear to do Tae-Bo! BBL!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-23-2005, 12:05 PM
I don't take any vitamins or supplements, either. I also don't count my fat grams, just my calories. There are so many things I should do and just don't. Maybe I'll make some modifications when I hit a major plateau and stop losing weight, but until then, I'm just gonna keep truckin' obliviously along :p

I have read before, though, that calcium is very important, not only because we are women, but that it is vital to losing weight! There is actually an "ice cream" diet out there...it's not just eating ice cream all the time, but it includes a little ice cream every day to be sure you get calcium since most of us don't drink enough milk, eat enough yogurt, have enough cheese, etc.

dragonwoman64
03-23-2005, 01:06 PM
I looked at 3 days out of my fitday log, it says 22 %, 23 % and 14 % for fat.

I didn't know that about milk. I'll have to think about that. (Did you know NY is a major milk producing state?) Being 40, I still have some years to go until I reach menapause (that it, that's what I'm hoping!!), but I know it's important to get the calcium at that point.

Now, on my planet, an ice cream diet would be perfect :T (picture Marge floating off into a dream where she looks like Charlize Theron -- before or after Monster -- and is eating a huge bowl of that B&J ice cream with the carmel and coconut and chocolate chunks, oh yeah, life is good on my planet!)

dragonwoman64
03-23-2005, 01:10 PM
I forgot to mention the waiter who looks like Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) who comes up to me at the pool, where I'm chowing down on the ice cream, and says, Can I get you more?? ;) :D

jillybean720
03-23-2005, 01:34 PM
LOL @ Marge--I think we all have similar fantasies :p

Well, it's about 1:30 right now, and I just ate my lunch. I leave here to go to the gym at 2, so I didn't want to eat right before exercising. Now my dilemma is: I have a lot of food left still! I have pickles, better cheddar crackers, strawberries, and my dinner (beefaroni). I also didn't use all of the salad dressing I had measured out for my pepper slices, so I'm down about 40 calories there. I think I'm going to have to stick the crackers in my apron and eat them later in my shift tonight. I don't think I'll be able to eat the strawberries with beefaroni and pickles for dinner (icky combo), so I guess I won't have the strawberries till the car ride home after 11 tonight. I never thought it would be such a project to make sure I ate enough calories! I already feel like I have eaten a lot today (cereal and milk for breakfast, snacks of: an orange, pepper slices with dressing, Ritz snack mix, jello with ff cool whip, and hotdogs with cheese and onion for lunch). Normally, I eat way more calories than anticipated, so it's odd that I feel so satisfied with so few today--hope this becomes a habit!

SwimGirl
03-23-2005, 01:48 PM
Marge - I could definitely get down with Jesse, I remember when he was on Passions, gotta love some of those boys on soaps :) I'm allergic to ice cream.. so I rarely eat the stuff. I find if I have it once every 5-6 months it doesn't bother me that much, but since it doesn't so nice things for me.. I usually avoid it. My addiction is soft drinks, and I can't even do the diet coke thing (aspartame makes my throat swell up). You know what? It sucks to be me! No ice cream, no diet drinks, and really I have to avoid 99% of diet foods/drinks.. processed foods also upset my tummy. Poo!

So you know, I'm already tired of exercising. heh. I started adding exercise into my life on Saturday (I already walk 2 km's a day), and my body is SORE! And of course, that part of me thats into instant gratification.. I haven't lost 80 pounds yet, I mean jeez it's already been 4 days! ;) I wish eh. I did pop on the scale, and am still carrying around some water weight from the upcoming TOM, 2.5 pounds to be exact. I'm just complaining.. I won't reach my March Goal, and am feeling bloated and icky. Alright, I'll limit my complaining to that. I am off to work, have a great day gals!

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-23-2005, 02:12 PM
:wave: hey there...YW about the recipes, I am a stickler when it comes to making home-made rather than processed as MUCH as possible. Too much salt in Processed for one thing :nono: ...I am also a firm believer in supplements, especially when you are not getting enough vitamens and minerals in the foods u are eating, they really do help with weight loss and over all good health. Now just making them habit forming...I take them, not habitually...I really need to incorporate them into my routine. I like fat free skim milk ( especially Stewart's I think only available in NE)..tastes like whole milk. I like my Chocolate Soy milk too, very good for you :smug: ...My biggest problem is lack of consistent exercise...Once I start to make it a daily routine, I know that the weight will begin to pour off of me :dancer: ...Dh is letting me look into CURVES tomorrow, and says if it isn't over 50 bucks a month, I can join..WOO-HOOOOOO :cb: ..MIL is joining too, mostly to keep herself toned she has kept over 130 pounds off over 2 years, she eats everything in moderation, takes a LOT of supplements, and walks every day...If she (A woman who could barely walk to the mailbox) can do it, so can I...well, am off like a fart in a windstorm,,HAG afternnon, til later... :wave:

DianaLS
03-23-2005, 07:35 PM
:wave: Hey all...Done eating for the day..another 1895 cals for the day...Not too shabby... :^: I got a book in the mail today, Leslie Sansone's 6 week plan to Walk Away The Pounds. I did some of the exercises in it, and must say I felt the pain...So, Sunday I will begin this too... :D I wonder how Curves actually works. I am hoping I do NOT have to go and weigh in in front of ANYONE other than a guide. :eek: That will be embarrassing enough.. :o I don't like that sort of stuff, and to be honest it is really no one's business but ours as far as I am concerned..Don't mind sharing here, but you know what I mean...I also wonder if the women will be nice, sure do hope so...Oh well, I have to do what I have to do for me whether they are or not... ;) Just hope I am not the only fatty there... :D my self-esteem is so shot, I worry a lot about that stuff...Funny I used to have alot more confidense than I do now, Always had boyfriends ( even dated Male-dancers, one ended up being a Chippendale), but now, all I see when I look in the mirror is a :moo: ..My husband is a reasonably good-looking guy, a lot of women say so too, so I must not be a complete :ink: but still, I miss wearing pretty clothes and getting my nails done, etc...Sigh!

DianaLS
03-23-2005, 07:42 PM
PS: Something to really kick it up a notch...Hubby promised me that if I can lose all of my weight and get healthy, he will buy me a new car! I want the Mazda 3...He wants the new Lexus that just came out...he likes luxury, I like cute...hmm...well, am off, hagn!

Gardenwife
03-23-2005, 09:46 PM
Hi, everyone. I got the de-cluttering done in the office yesterday, but that was it. I was up all night (not cleaning, just reading and surfing) and went to sleep around 7:30am! The dust kicked up by that cleaning yesterday landed me in bed with a horrible sinus headache today. I still have the headache, but at least am up for a while. Just don't feel really talkative. :P

About.com has a couple of suggested food plans for 1200 and 1500/day calorie levels: http://walking.about.com/cs/walkoflife/a/dietportions.htm What they say is pretty much in line with the American Heart Association's guidelines, which is what Howie and I try to follow: http://americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=502

They say there, Multiply the number of pounds you weigh now by 15 calories. This number represents the average number of calories used up in one day by a moderately active person of your weight.

If you sit around or get very little exercise, multiply your weight by 13 instead of 15. Less-active people burn fewer calories.

To lose one pound, you need to burn 3500 calories more than you take in. In other words, you need to run a calorie deficit. To do this, reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories per day. (Seven days times 500 calories equals 3500 calories one pound.)

I don't get that, for that would mean this for me:

236 x 13 = 3068 calories/day to maintain (I'm not all THAT active)

...So 2068 calories/day to lose 2lbs a week??

I do 1600/day, but may drop down to 1400/day if I don't start losing regularly each week. Keep in mind, I started out at 277, so according to that calculation, I should have started at 2601 calories a day??

Getting enough calories and fat is important, as is making sure the majority of the fat you consume is "good" fat and not saturated. The bad fats are what congregate in your arteries and have a party there. Simple things like using olive oil instead of the same amount of bacon grease or Crisco for cooking makes a big difference.

For someone who isn't talkative, I sure said a lot. ;)

SwimGirl
03-23-2005, 10:28 PM
Diana - a new car? You go out and workout right now! I want a new car.. and would take that incentive and run with it.. literally!

Kimberley - I don't think I have ever seen you type that much before! I don't know about that calories thing... I can't imagine eating MORE! I'm still trying to figure out how to add calories without adding fat. Fruit and veggies... yah.

Well my day pretty sucked poo. Work was fine, very boring, but it went pretty quickly. A girl at work was being annoying, she can totally dish it but can't take it. I hate people like that.. if you can't take it.. don't do it to others!!! Argh! And so then, on my way home from work, I was making good time, and then I got on the bus. There was screaming kids, and it was packed, so very very packed. It took so long to load that the bus leaving after ours was right on our butt. Yet people were still trying to pack on... it was not very much fun. I was an hour late to meet my boyfriend, grr! And THEN he was informed today that his supervisor who was on leave because of a heart attack is back, and he will be bumped back down. We thought this was going to happen, but honestly.. I never thought it would. So now my boyfriend has to train his supervisor, and do his own job. He's basically doing the job of a store manager, because someone with less experience shouldn't be training a supervisor. It's so annoying!! I told him two months, thats all they get. He's ready to be a supervisor, none of this doing every job in the damn store for 15 bucks an hour. Seriously, tomorrow he's "filling in" for the morning manager (his old job), who called in sick, and since they don't trust the other morning manager.. he has to do it. Thats for the first 4 hours, and then he's training his stupid supervisor. Alright, I keep repeating myself, I just want to go punch his store manager out. But since I have PMS, I think I'll just go cry. heh. I just read over my earlier post.. its an all around bad day at my end. Tomorrow is another day though... and this too shall pass. Take care.

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-23-2005, 10:38 PM
Aww Aimee, that stinks about your BF...Boy the nerve eh? To have to train your super, that is totally rediculous...Life is not fair sometimes.. LOL...I agree about the Calorie thing, I have always been told between 1600-2000 cals a day is great if you are overweight and trying to learn a healthy lifestyle. fat grams, eh...I try not to get all uptight about that, I mean I am not eating bad any more, so not a problem..Hope tomorrow works out better for u!

SwimGirl
03-24-2005, 12:37 AM
Diana - my headache has passed, an d now I'm determined to get you a new car. So how to did you do today? I want updates!! :) Mazda 3's are a great car, I was looking at one to buy, and my bf did quite a bit of research and the only downfall we could find was that it was in it's first production year, all the reviews have been great.

Tomorrow morning I'm thinking I'll do my new/old exercise video. This great gal from 100lb club mailed it to me :) Its called "Fat Burner Walk: 2 miles" it's by leslie sansone.. possibly part of her WATP series, not too sure. I'll let yah know how it goes. Another gal I met on here sent me WATP 1 mile workout, it was pretty good, short, too short for me, but when I was combining it with a pilates workout (pilates for dummies, also really great), it worked out great!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-24-2005, 06:36 AM
Good lord I think I need to start drinking coffee :coffee: I can't seem to wake up today. Of course, it's still early, but I'm just hoping I don't fall asleep at my desk here at work :tired:

I actually got home a little earlier last night than anticipated. I was in the door before 11 whereas I thought I wouldn't be leaving the restaurant until about 11:15 or so. So that was good. So after I worked 6am-2pm, I went to my new gym. It is so big and nice! I did 30 minutes on the eliptical machine, then 20 minutes on a recumbent bike. :tread: That was quite a workout after doing nothing but sitting on my *** for the past 6 months! I'll probably do something similar again today, but I'm going to have to shave the workout down to about 40 minutes, I think. I ended up not having time to eat any dinner between leaving the gym and starting my shift at the restaurant at 4 (needed time to take a shower, put on my work uniform, and put my hair up after the workout). Not good to go from 1:30pm-10:45pm without food, especially when I'm working out and then running around a restaurant all night! I did stick my baggie of Better Cheddar crackers in my apron during my shift and ate those, but that's only 140 calories. Then I ate my strawberries in the car on my way home. I never got around to eating my beefaroni dinner or my pickles, so I missed out on 220 calories worth of food I had packed, which means I only ate barely over 1200 calories (I think about 1235). I made up for it in an unhealthy way, though--I had a cup of Sprite during my shift. :o I couldn't help it...the water there tastes so icky, and I don't like lemon in my water, and diet coke just doesn't quench my thirst as well as Sprite. At least I stayed within my calories for the day even with the Sprite, so not much harm done (I actually didn't have a lot of Sprite, so I would say I still ended up with fewer calories than anticipated--maybe 120 cals worth of Sprite). I just need to make sure I don't make it a habit.

Hopefully I will get in enough calories today to keep me going. I may need them--I feel so tired! There's this part of me that thinks that if I am this tired after just 1 day of crazy schedule, there's no way I can handle it all! But then the other 90% of me knows that once I get used to it, I'll be fine. Also, after exercising regularly for a couple weeks, I'll have more energy, too. I know I'll be fine--I've done worse before (in college, especially). I will just need to make sure I get plenty of rest on the weekends to recuperate from my hectic weekdays. After all, I have read numerous times that getting enough sleep is vital to weight loss! Since I don't think 4.5-5 hours of sleep a night is exactly what the experts mean by "enough sleep," that just gives me more reason to be lazy on the weekends to make up for it :D

So, do you think it's wrong that the first thing I do every morning when I get to work is spend about 30 minutes or so on this web site instead of actually doing work? :p Too bad, I have my priorities! Well, you ladies have a wonderful day--the weekend (and the holiday) is almost here! Think happy Springy thoughts! :flow1:

OH, btw, it's Thursday, my weigh-in day, and I am down to 304.5, so lost a half pound this week. Better than nothing! Never gonna met my Easter goal of 295, but as long as the scale is going in the right direction...:goodscale

DianaLS
03-24-2005, 09:32 AM
Hey all...my dog drives me nuts :rollpin: . He is on this kick now, has been for a few weeks really but this morning I was NOT in the mood for it, as much as I love him...I let him out to go pee, and instead of running off the deck, he stands there and walks around...he wants me out there too...NO WAY...not in my nighty with 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground :sumo: . So I watched him, and there he stood. One morning, I watched him walk around out there for close to 10 mins before I had to go and throw a snow ball into the yard for him to go out and pee :yes: . Well this morning, he stands there and I wait, he stands there and I wait...well finally I am sick of that, since I need to get back to sleep :stress: ...So, I open the door and scream, "GO PEE RIGHT NOW". He stares at me...well that made me more upset, so I yelled "DAMMIT, GO PEE" and threw some snow at him..almost falling on my BUTT doing it in my bare feet. He went pee...UGH... HOW ANNOYING SOMETIMES...what a BOOGER! :tired: And I have this one eyelash that I know is getting ready to fall out, but has been tangling with another one since last night, was hoping it would go away, well, it hasn't still there being annoying. :yikes: Sigh..today already is a grand day...But, hopefully will be signed up at CURVES by the evening, so not all is a loss...well, gotta get mving, HAGD til later..Oh and yes, Aimee...we have done a ton of research on the Mazda 3..when it comes to cars, DH is a pro. :D

dragonwoman64
03-24-2005, 11:11 AM
don't get that, for that would mean this for me: 236 x 13 = 3068 calories/day to maintain (I'm not all THAT active) ...So 2068 calories/day to lose 2lbs a week?? Kimberley

I've seen these numbers before and they seem wacky for me. I wonder if they're more accurate for people that are more like 20 or 30 lbs overweight. Yeah, we like to use olive oil. Sometimes veggie oil. Rarely butter. I use butter over margerine. PS I need to get my behind in gear and dust and organize. I feel buried in paper sometimes.

Diana, Good luck with Curves, I'm sure they'll be nice and discreet. I see all kinds of women go into the one we have here, all sizes. I agree that a car is great incentive! Man, you don't even need to go on Dr. Phil, you have your own ;) btw, we have a cat that wakes us up at all hours of night sometimes (!). May have to loan her out to a night owl for a week or two!

Aimee, you and your boyfriend need to start your own business. How about a boutique clothing store? You both know retail and you like fashion. You could start it over the internet then when you get things going you could open a space.

Congrats on the 1/2 lb, Jill :cb: I come here during work too, :o :lol: In fact, gotta go and tackle a few things.

I took half my walk yesterday despite the fact that it was snowing/raining, slushy windy and damn cold! Ok, I was lame to do that, but it felt good to take the walk. I've stayed away from the evening eating *all* week! And only 1 chocolate. It feels good to be back in gear and doing what I need to do.

Sleeping hasn't be so great lately, so I'm feeling a little :dizzy: Think I'll take it easy this weekend. Get through the last of the crappy winter weather. The crocuses are coming up here YEAH! Have a great one.

SwimGirl
03-24-2005, 01:01 PM
Morning! I gave up my workout this morning for some more sleep, and hour and a half more sleep. I also gave up my healthy breakfast for more sleep and just ate some leftover rice and chicken.. I can't believe how lazy I'm feeling today, I get the entire weekend off (Sat, Sun & Mon) so I'll be sure to exercise all 3 days. Exercising 5 days a week is enough right?

Marge - I'm not really a business woman, I know a little about fashion, and have worked in retail for less than 2 years. As for my bf, he's been doing the supervisor thing/retail thing for 4 months. I wouldn't even know how to start anything like that. I wonder about the money thing, like, I grew up with a single mother of 2 children, she worked 2-3 jobs to keep things going, and my bf came from a simular thing. I think that people who grew up without money just think differently. For example, I finance my car insurance and pay 140/month, while my friend who grew up with money pays for it up front. She makes the same amount of money as I do, but she just saves up all year to pay for it. I wouldn't ever think about doing something like that..

As for my future? I'm looking into something sensible like being an insurance broker, while day dreaming of doing the model thing again... we'll see which will win!

Jill - Congrats! Half a pound is GOOD! My mom has been losing 0.4 pounds a week -ish for a few months now, and its added up to 18 pounds. I wanna lose 18 pounds! Saturday will be my weigh in day, I already know I'm down (I had to be, I was WAY up!). I'm NOT changing my ticker, even tho I'm still 2.5 pounds up from there.

Alrighty, I gotta shower.. bbl!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-24-2005, 01:12 PM
Kimberley,

I have seen so many variations on that formula (anywhere from your weight times 11 to your weight times 16!), and I don't trust ANY of them! I agree...I think they were meant to be guidelines for those who are not severely overweight. If it were all true, I should be losing at LEAST 2 pounds a week eating 2000 calories a day, even if I just sit on my butt and do NOTHING. Would benice, but I don't think it's gonna happen :(

All of the food I packed myself for today (plus my breakfast I ate at home this morning) only adds up to 1296 calories--and that's assuming I actually have the time to eat all of my food today (not like yesterday). That's not a lot, and yet I don't feel deprived. I know I should eat more than this, though, considering my activity level (cardio at the gym for 40-45 minutes, then hostessing all night at the restaurant). I'm going to have to find some higher-cal foods or just pack even more, I guess. We'll see how next week goes when I have to work both jobs 4 days in a row.
My legs hurt a bit from exercising yesterday--they're not really sore, just feel very stiff. Too bad--more today!

DianaLS
03-24-2005, 01:56 PM
hey all.. :dizzy: :dizzy: waiting for MIL to get here so we can go check it out...I don't like the guidelines at all. For one thing, no 2 people are alike. What I said before, I am 5'10, but I may look a LOT different than another person who is my height due to bone structure, muscle mass, etc...according to alot of the charts, a woman of my age and height should weigh anywhere from 145-155...well, nooo, if I weighed that, I would look like twiggy, my boobs are too big, and I would look wayyy out of poportion :dz: ...I would love to be 165-170..that will be perfect for me...Same with how we all eat...some of us eat by a precise guideline..I am choosing to eat smaller portions and eat more veggies and fruit. I want to learn to eat like a thin person, so that I am not cutting things completely out of my life, then one day binge and gain 10 pounds in the process. I will still eat pizza, :jeno: just not an entire medium, lol...I will still eat ice-cream, but a cone instead of half a gallon...I am not going to deprive myself. If I am craving chocolate, I will go and buy a small candy bar at the store, instead of having a whole bag in the house and eating it til it's gone...I love soda, but am only allowing myself to drink it when we go out for dinner once or twice a month.. I think, with me, this is the way to go..It's a learning process. :^: Well she will be here in a sec..wish me luck!

Gardenwife
03-24-2005, 02:31 PM
Jill, just thinking about your schedule makes me tired! You're so smart to pack everything ahead like you are. Congrats on the 1/2 pound - might not be what you hoped for, but it is going in the right direction!

Diana, I can relate to the dog woes! Ours will go out and pee just fine, but Emma is a daydreamer and getting her to poop can really be a task. That dog will be hunkering down and finally starting to go, get distracted by something, and suck the thing back in so she can investigate! Aaaargh.

We're on the same wavelength when it comes to enjoying our favorite foods, but in moderation. Howie and I used to split a large pizza, then eat a 1/2 gallon of ice cream. To drink, we'd have one or two 32oz cups of milk. Now, we split a small and have a salad, and we drink 8oz. milk. We've learned we don't have to be totally stuffed, even on treat day. We don't even like the stuffed feeling anymore; it only lasts a little while, it's uncomfortable, and then you have to face what you're doing to yourself; we feel so much better, both physically and just about ourselves, eating like thin people. Even if the outward bodies don't show all the results right now, the inside changes are wonderful.

kykaree
03-24-2005, 02:59 PM
Hello all, I have been so busy the last couple of days. Exercising takes up so much of my spare time especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I went swimming this morning and yesterday, I am getting addicted to it!!!! And going to the gym at lunch time. I have two gym free days as it is shut Friday and Monday. My DH is off both of these days Woo Hoo!!!!!! But he is working Sunday :(

I'm at work at the moment, I am sure the use of 3FC is purely work related. Hey work subsidise my weight loss programme, so surely I can justify it??? Without you gals I would never stick to it.
I am on a maintenance week this week, still keeping up with the exercise, but relaxing the eating a little, just allowing a few more treats than usual, then back into it after Easter Day. My gym instructor wants me to do this every 8 weeks. It sounds like really good advice, it certainly makes me feel less deprived.

I loved the recipes Di. I make a big batch of soup on Sundays and freeze some. I am always after good low fat soup recipes.

dragonwoman64
03-24-2005, 04:02 PM
I'm winding up my day here. Thought I'd just check in and say hey.

Marge - I'm not really a business woman, I know a little about fashion, and have worked in retail for less than 2 years. As for my bf, he's been doing the supervisor thing/retail thing for 4 months. I wouldn't even know how to start anything like that. I wonder about the money thing, like, I grew up with a single mother of 2 children, she worked 2-3 jobs to keep things going, and my bf came from a simular thing. I think that people who grew up without money just think differently.

You have lots of time to decide what you want to do. My boss grew up in the Bronx and he told me at one point things were so tough he ate out of dumpsters. Now he owns a Trump Tower condo and pays more for a monthly parking space than we do for rent. Sometimes you never know where life will take you. Not that money ensures happiness; I think doing something you feel good and/or passionate about helps dramatically.

I take one day to satisfy anything I might be craving, but on the other six I don't eat anything like pizza or ice cream. I don't believe in eliminating anything from the diet, I just feel like if I don't stick to certain foods I don't see the weight loss. I do like it now when we eat out that we definitely eat smaller portions, get doggy bags, etc. When we order in it will last us a couple of days. It feels more normal and healthy.

It's funny, Aimee, your physical reactions to foods might actually be helping you in the end. Your diet sounds healthier than mine, and I consider mine pretty healthy.

Hi, Kylie. Even when I did Jenny Craig, my counselor told me after a while that she thought it was ok to have a meal off plan once a week.

Rob bought some potted yellow tulips today. We're feeling Eastery today :)

DianaLS
03-24-2005, 04:52 PM
WOOHOOO :cb: I got that same deal..I will be going on Tuesday for my first day, I take in a bag of grocerys ( non-perishable) and they waive the 149 dollar fee, and I pay 29 a month..I will love this and will go every day :cheer: ...I like it because you can go and do it any time of the day too, and work at your own pace, as long as u do the 30 mins...No pressure..it isn't a race...YIPPEE!!! I will do my walk away the pounds too, so, by Thanksgiving, I will be one hot momma... :flame: And no weigh in unless I want to..I am happy enough doing it the way that I am..and measuring too...And I love this forum, you will all keep me in check, so WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! !!
Well, YW kyKaree...I love the minestrone and make that once a week..Has great flavor if u ask me..I add a Bay leaf to it too...forgot to add that...I think people like to tweak recipes they find to their own tastes anyhow...
Well, gotta go eat...HAVE fun ya'll... ;)

Gardenwife
03-24-2005, 05:38 PM
Hey, that's great you got your Curves membership! Howie headed out to go swimming at noon, but turned around and came back home. Most of the schools have spring break next week, but evidently one has it now, for the pool was full of teenagers. He said it was packed solid with kids all around the perimeter.

So, he walked in place while we watched one of the cooking shows we like. Next week, many of the schools are on spring break and the warm pool is closed for kids classes - no arthritis classes, even. We're planning to exercise in the form of doing some outside clean-up and yard work each day.

jamswife0807
03-24-2005, 09:08 PM
just wanted to jump on and say hi to everyone. Ive been soo busy w/ school, the kids, the house, that I've hardly had time for anything else. I ate horribly yesterday. NO excuse for it, just did. So today I got back on the horse, which for me is new, because usually eating badly one day will usually make me stop all ive done for months. I worked out at school in my class as usual, and I will just take it one day at a time. Just being on the WW, and having a place like this will help me, I know it will.
Congrats on the Curves membership Di! I hope its fun for you.
Well, I better get some stuff done. I have to clean the entire house(in laws are coming in from out of town for Easter, and my family is coming over as well), and I have major homework to do, tests to study for, piano to practice, and rehearsing for my upcoming performances....I don't think I mentioned that I'm a music education major...so that explains a looottt about me..lol.
I hope you have a wonderful evening, feel free to email me if you want/need anything, and if I don't talk to you before the holiday, have a safe, fun, healthy, and blessed weekend! Many hugs to you all, my new friends

DianaLS
03-24-2005, 10:04 PM
LOL..yard work will not be happening here, lol, still have a lot of snow in our yard..
TY my dear about my Curves. Am going the first time with MIL but after that I will go alone, she is tooooo High strung for me, lol...I was hoping to chat with you tonight Heather so u could fill me in on things, Sigh...boy, I will never find out the scoop, after u tempted me with it Monday...Anyhoo have fun and a gn all..

SwimGirl
03-25-2005, 01:26 AM
I am home from work, it was SOOO boring. We had very few customers, and mostly just hung out. We had a painter come in (why when the store was open? I don't know), and he sanded, which made me sneeze and feel congested... and then he painted. So paint fumes and a pregnant woman (the woman I was working with) just don't mix too well. We had to open the door even though it was cold out, but still we both got a nice little headache.

I got a great suprise when I got home from work today! The bf went shopping and bought the slippers I wanted... and they were on sale for 10 bucks!! I love a good sale, and then he got me a pink keychain that says "surf" on it. I'm going surfing this summer, so I've decided that will be my theme this summer... sun, surf and the beach!

Marge - I'm superficial.. money makes me happy! I actually have a great life, so money just tops things off :) I am such a lucky person really, I have a great family, great boyfriend, just gotta figure out what I wanna do with my life, and lose some weight! And I can also recognize that my stupi dfood allergies help me in the long run, but I don't always keep it under control. I did HORRIBLE today, I had leftover rice for breakfast, a strawberry banana smoothie for lunch, a caesar salad (homemade) for lunch with lasagna for dinner(4pm), and another smoothie at 6pm, and just ate this little tiny burrito. I'm not even going to put it into Fitday, I'm too scared to find out how many calories/fat grams I had today.

Kimberley - it's spring break here this week.. it's just insane everywhere. My bf ran into 7-11 for tylenol and I sat in the car, and some kid freaked out at nothing, and started screaming.. scary. And some other teens were not even bothering to hide the fact they were drinking beer, I mean, when I was younger, at least we hid it! (vodka in a slurpee, rum in a coke bottle.. ) I hate teenagers, I wasn't so skanky dressed, or so rude when I was their age! I feel so old...

Diana - I'm so excited for you! Soon we can all fly to visit you for a ride in your new car!! ;) I can't believe how cheap curves is over there! It's 40 dollars a month here, too expensive for my blood!

Heather - you have a lot on your plate.. I just don't know how people do it! I can barely handle the pace of MY life and I don't DO anything!

Well I'm FROZEN, so I'm going to go cuddle with the bf, and then paint my toe nails :) We are allowed to wear jeans and sandals tomorrow, so my little toes are comin' out! I'm trying to do a littler reward for myself, that if I exercise 5 days a week for 2 weeks, that I'll get myself a pedicure. That sound good? Or should I have it so I exercise AND stay on plan for 2 weeks? I don't know.. lemme know what you think!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-25-2005, 02:27 AM
Hi, Heather - glad you came by. Good for you, getting back on the horse. That's half the battle. :)

Aimee, I think stay on plan and exercise - a one-two punch. You've got the exercise part down as a good habit, seems to me. Kick it up a notch and stay on plan along with it. Me, I need to do the exercise part!

jillybean720
03-25-2005, 07:10 AM
Whew, tired again :tired: (big surprise, eh?) I shave my workout down to about 40 minutes yesterday--25 on the eliptical and 15 on the recumbent bike. That way, I had time for dinner before my hostess shift. I got in all 1296 calories PLUS had 2 glasses of milk when I got home (at 90 calories each, total for the day was 1476). I think 1476 is pretty good--felt much better about that. I'd still like to squeeze in a few more, but I don't want to overdo it, either. I'm sure I'll make up for it plenty over this holiday weekend, though :p

My boss is going to be out for all of next week except Friday. Party in the office! :cb: Actually, I really like my boss--I just hate that our computer monitors are set up so they face the door of our cubicles. That means anyone walking by or popping in is behind me and can see what's on my screen. Not that I'm checking out porn or anything like that, but I hate getting caught chatting on AIM or checking my personal email (or reading/posting on 3FC ;) ). I've actually talked about it with my boss before. She knows I work in "spurts"...I'll come in and work for a couple hours, then take 20 minutes to just putz around, then work for another 90 minutes, then go chat with people for half an hour...which means I don't ever actually work 8 hours in an 8-hour day. Apparently, I get things done so much faster than everyone else that my boss has flat out told me she doesn't mind me only doing work for half the day since I still end up with more (and higher quality) output than half the other people in the office. What an ego booster for me!! :D But even though she knows I don't work constantly, I feel bad when I "get caught" doing something else. I have joked that the reason I am so big is to hold all of my conscience that would never fit inside a normal person :p

I hardly packed any calories for today (560) since I only have to work 1 job. It will be nice to leave here at 2, get to Jeff's house by 4, and just collapse on his couch for a nap before going out to dinner (that leaves me about 1040 calories for dinner!). mmm...I get happy just thinking about it...napping...:cloud9:

I actually fell asleep here at my desk for about 10 minutes this morning. Good thing no one else is here as early as me and I didn't leave any tell-tale traces of drool or anything :p

Well, time to fill up ye olde water bottle and start crackin' on my work for the day. Have a Fabulous Friday, everyone!!

DianaLS
03-25-2005, 10:50 AM
LOL.. Aimee---you are so sarcastic, and so funny, I love it...I love Sarcasm...WTG with the slippers, and the pedicure sounds great...I will have to reward myself too with a manicure or something after I lose my first 50 pounds...I miss having pretty things. :(


Jill, WTG! you drank MILK, YEAH!!! GJ! WOO-HOOO!

TY all about my joining..I am so thrilled. I think this is really for me..I already went out and bought all the food, I will stuff it all into a shopping bag when I take it Tuesday..What a deal..
This weekedn should not be too terrible. Having Chinese Saturday, so will cut waaaay back on what I eat all day til then, and Sunday, making ham and stiff, but no chocolate, which is a big deal...May have some wine this weekend too..Have to wait and see. Well, gotta get busy for now, Have a great day e1... ;)

jillybean720
03-25-2005, 11:03 AM
Jill, WTG! you drank MILK, YEAH!!! GJ! WOO-HOOO!

haha, can you share some of that enthusiasm and energy with me please? :p I actually drink milk every day. I have milk with dinner all the time, which my boyfriend thinks is really weird, but that's how I was raised. I can no longer drink whole milk--well, physically, yes I can, it is a possibility, but it's too thick and icky compared to the skim I am so used to. I also have cereal with calcium-fortified skim milk for breakfast every morning, so I know I'm getting my calcium, if nothing else :D

Bah, 3 more hours of work...I just want to leave and go to Jeff's and sleeeeeep...then go out for dinner so I can finally have something that I didn't have to pack in my lunch bag the night before :hun:

dragonwoman64
03-25-2005, 11:11 AM
Good Friday morning all.

I lost 2 1/2 lbs this week, unfortunately it's the same 2 1/2 lbs I gained last week. :^: Now my ticker is accurate again. :^: :lol:

I'm happy about the weight, but happiest about getting my good habits back, the walking (7 days, yeah) and getting the snacking in control.

Congrats Heather on getting back on program. I'm with Aimee, you guys with your schedules would probably floor me.

Aimee, I think I'm projecting a little; I'm going through job burnout and have no idea of what I want for the next phase. My family, well, let's just leave it at well! :lol:

I wanted to write more, but we're going out to lunch today. Take care.

SwimGirl
03-25-2005, 12:11 PM
Goodmorning! So I'm running behind this morning, I have no idea how it happened! But I figure I know what I'm wearing, which shaves off like 20 minutes off my getting ready time. Ever since I cut my hair it takes me over an hour to get ready for work, now I have to blow dry it, and hot iron it. I actually enjoy doing it, I don't know whats wrong with me! My hair is still really healthy, I'm hoping when I get it coloured maybe it'll dry out a TINY bit (my hair is all silky and unmanagable). I use tons of products to make it stay in place.

Jill - my brother works like you, but he goes into work 3 hours late, and leaves 1-2 hours early but always manages to out produce everyone he works with. It's the weekend! You can sleep in tomorrow :) And so can I!! :) heh.

Diana - I am pretty sarcastic.. it's a curse really. Sometimes people don't get it, so I try and hold it back a little. People often say my boyfriend and I are exactly alike, we have the exact same humour. It's cute really.. hehe.. I'm modest too! ;)

Kimberley - I'm thinking you are right, and this way it'll give me some time to work on my feet (I got some kinda fungus or something last summer.. and it just reappeared.. ICK!!). 2 weeks on plan (how about 90% on plan?), with exercise! It's a plan! I am unstoppable!! ;)

Marge - Great job on the weight loss :) I'm very happy for you, it's nice to lose those pounds you gain! I jumped on my scale this morning to see if my theory was true about my weight loss.. and I'm down again. 1.5 pounds, so I'm still up 1 pound, but now that I've got my secret weapon... I AM UNSTOPPABLE! lol, I'm in a goofy mood.

So here's my secret weapon... One a day Weight Smarts. I've been trying to take them everyday again (with a meal, otherwise they'll make you sick), and since I have I've managed to drop the extra 6 pounds I had gained. I suggest ya'll try 'em. :) I have to go shower!

-Aimee

jillybean720
03-25-2005, 01:07 PM
My hair is still really healthy, I'm hoping when I get it coloured maybe it'll dry out a TINY bit (my hair is all silky and unmanagable).

Wow, me and the frizz on my head almost feel bad for you :p

So here's my secret weapon... One a day Weight Smarts. I've been trying to take them everyday again (with a meal, otherwise they'll make you sick), and since I have I've managed to drop the extra 6 pounds I had gained. I suggest ya'll try 'em.

Are those just the one-a-day vitamin supplements? or is it some kind of diet pill?

Marge--don't you hate the losing what you just gained back? Well, not the losing it, the knowing that it was already gone once :dizzy: I know I used to talk to my sister baout my dieting and would tell her when I lost weight butnot when I gained, so in her mind, I had lost about 50 pounds after a while, but in reality, it was just the same 5 pounds 10 times :lol:

Kimberley--I am so glad my gym is not full of teens this week, even though it is spring break here. Hmm, I wonder where they all are, actually? Not that I'm not far from being a teen myself, but I hate trying to work out with the high school athletes all around--kind of intimidating. Well, maybe not so much intimidating as annoying (oh my god, like, did you see Jane and Nick at that party last night? They so totally hooked up! Oh, I'm so glad we came to the gym. I'm so fat! *pats her protruding hip bone*). I was so over the high school drama before it even started in my life, I'd much rather not relive it now :p

Diana--mmmmmmmm...Chinese...:T Do you have a PF Chang's near you? They have the most amazing Chinese food, and, while it may not be the healthiest food in the world, it is certainly better than take-out "fast food" Chinese.

Alright, 53 minutes of work left (but who's counting?). Comfy napping couch, here I come!

Gardenwife
03-25-2005, 01:30 PM
Marge--don't you hate the losing what you just gained back? Well, not the losing it, the knowing that it was already gone once I know I used to talk to my sister baout my dieting and would tell her when I lost weight butnot when I gained, so in her mind, I had lost about 50 pounds after a while, but in reality, it was just the same 5 pounds 10 times. That's a SCREAM! I can so relate.

I didn't lose one stinkin' pound this week, despite cutting my calories back this week after my two off plan days last weekend. I kept to 1200-1400 or less calories a day this whole week. But...I didn't drink enough water, I know that. And the last two days with the bad headaches, I slept a lot. A LOT. Didn't burn any calories doing that. I'm just in a down place at the moment. :( It's one of those inevitable humps I've got to get past, mentally.

kykaree
03-25-2005, 06:07 PM
Happy Easter all!

I am so tired this evening. It was no exercise day to day.........yeah right! After a brisk power shop around Bury Market (http://www.burymarket.com/) Dh and I walked up Holcombe Hill (http://www.thecountryinnguide.co.uk/lancashire/bury/area.htm) Now looking at the picture on this page, you can see a big tower, in the foreground some houses. We live in one of the houses, walked up the hill to the tower, walked up the steps to the top of the tower and then back home again. I was a bit naughty and had an ice cream at one of the vans on the way down, but I thoroughly deserved it!!!!

Back to the gym and pool tomorrow morning, if my little legs can still move.

hey Swim Girl, you are lucky you can reach your toenails :lol: Can you coem and paint mine please????

DianaLS
03-25-2005, 06:14 PM
hey everyone...Let me see how ya all are doing....Jill...Nope, never heard of that restaurant, our Chinese places here are all family owned ( mafia actually)...And the one thing I really miss that you cannot get here, which I think is very odd, is Almond Chicken...I will be getting myself some of that when we go back to Ohio to visit...and, hmm, thought u wrote in an earlier post u hated milk,,lol my mistake :moo:

WTG Marge...going in the right direction..I won't start seeing a loss until I begin a steady work-out routine... A cpl more weeks and I will be on my way! :dancer:

Aimeee--You are too funny. I know sometimes ppl do not know how to take my sarcasm , but I LOVE IT...I know what you are saying about your hair too...Seems like I need to get a great stylist after I lose my weight, or at least half...last time I went to one, I ended up with Dorothy Hamils' do from the 70s..UGH!!!! I refuse to go til I get a thinner face...Looked like she put a bowl on my head and cut...felt like "Mo" of Three Stooges fame, It was horrendous... :yikes:

and, Kimberley...you have done so great already, so you had a rough week, we all do...just look at at this way, Sunday begins a new one, and you can only move forward from there!



Sigh, I really miss my friend. I hate it when we have weeks like this one when we don't chat or hear too much from each other..She is my "Soul-sis" in every sense of the word...Sigh! :(

Well am off, have a great night , will BBL!!

DianaLS
03-25-2005, 06:30 PM
Happy Easter all!

I am so tired this evening. It was no exercise day to day.........yeah right! After a brisk power shop around Bury Market (http://www.burymarket.com/) Dh and I walked up Holcombe Hill (http://www.thecountryinnguide.co.uk/lancashire/bury/area.htm) Now looking at the picture on this page, you can see a big tower, in the foreground some houses. We live in one of the houses, walked up the hill to the tower, walked up the steps to the top of the tower and then back home again. I was a bit naughty and had an ice cream at one of the vans on the way down, but I thoroughly deserved it!!!!

Back to the gym and pool tomorrow morning, if my little legs can still move.

hey Swim Girl, you are lucky you can reach your toenails :lol: Can you coem and paint mine please????


LOL you wore me out just telling me all about your day, then when I looked at those pics...wow, you must be tired, and anyone deserves an ice-cream after that hike...I would love to go there someday..I would love to go the British Isles and tour old castles...Sigh, maybe some day we will...Beautiful!! and, if u should happen to bump into Hugh Grant, please tell him I said hello ( SHHH don't let DH see that ) :^: :o

HAG Weekend!

dragonwoman64
03-25-2005, 06:48 PM
Marge--don't you hate the losing what you just gained back? Well, not the losing it, the knowing that it was already gone once I know I used to talk to my sister baout my dieting and would tell her when I lost weight butnot when I gained, so in her mind, I had lost about 50 pounds after a while, but in reality, it was just the same 5 pounds 10 times

:lol: It's true!!

I've gone through this before, and I'll go through it again, ha. I'd rather see it off than on, that's for sure. March was a sucky weight loss month for me.

Sure Rob, I can handle having Valentine's candy around, let's buy some!! :dz: That's what's known as the weight loss delusional moment!

Kimberley, every time I've had some injury and haven't been able to exercise (or if I don't exercise because I blew it off), I've either gained or maintained. Every time it happens I still feel bummed about it. Luckily there's next week. My body doesn't always go by my brain's time schedules, unfortunately!! Hang in there!

Diana, can't wait to hear about Curves. Keep us posted.

Today I tried TGI Fridays for the first time, hey, and on a Friday! Then we stopped at Lane Bryant (right next door) and I bought a hooded sweat shirt type top in a turquoise blue. They have some cute spring stuff. Then we walked through the park, met my bil who was feeding the squirrels (he takes peanuts to the park). So got a nice walk in. A nice, self-indulgent day.

Enjoy your evening.

dragonwoman64
03-25-2005, 07:12 PM
Seems like I need to get a great stylist after I lose my weight, or at least half...last time I went to one, I ended up with Dorothy Hamils' do from the 70s..UGH!!!! I refuse to go til I get a thinner face...Looked like she put a bowl on my head and cut...felt like "Mo" of Three Stooges fame, It was horrendous... :yikes:

:rofl: Once, when I had short hair, I went to get a trim and told my stylist to do what he felt like (I'd gone to him a bunch of times before). Well, I came out of there in tears! I look like I'd gotten a buzz cut!! :eek: :cry: :lol:

Kylie! Cute places! Here's Prospect Park http://www.prospectpark.org/dest/main.cfm?Target=home

Gotta get off the computer and do some stuff. Ga night!!

dragonwoman64
03-25-2005, 07:17 PM
I actually drink milk every day. I have milk with dinner all the time, which my boyfriend thinks is really weird, but that's how I was raised. I can no longer drink whole milk--well, physically, yes I can, it is a possibility, but it's too thick and icky compared to the skim I am so used to. I also have cereal with calcium-fortified skim milk for breakfast every morning, so I know I'm getting my calcium, if nothing else :D


Ok, one more post! Rob loves milk. He drinks it whole and I drink it skim. He'll order it in restaurants. Luckily, NY is a dairy state!

SwimGirl
03-25-2005, 11:02 PM
I made it thru my day today... barely. Lots of gossip crap happened today, we'll see what will happen.. I was talking to my friend and she told me how her store was closing, and I said I knew, and asked her what she was going to do. Well, she went to her manager and asked her what going to happen, and mentioned that our store already knew about her store closing (it was supposed to be a secret). I'm curious to see how it will play out.. because this time my District Manager and Assistant manager were the ones gossiping.. teehee, I hate my job!

Jill - 1 a day weight smarts are a vitamin, I bought them at a grocery store (sorta like Fred Meyer). Perhaps its a psychological thing that happens.. but I enjoy that I seem to be losing weight. I use SO many products on my hair, it's INSANE! First I use Brilliant Brunette Straighting stuff, then I finish blowdrying my hair, and then I put wax on it, and then straight iron it, and when I'm done I use Citri Shine frizz/shine stuff, and when I'm DONE, I use hairspray. Insane huh?

Diana - find a picture! And you need a better stylist, a good stylist would know what would suit your face shape. I really suit short hair, and I want bangs, but they just didn't work out too well this time. I was barely born in the 70's and don't know the hair cut you are talking about.. I'm sorry :(

Alrighty! I am off to watch What Not to Wear! I shall bbl!

-Aimee

SwimGirl
03-26-2005, 01:53 AM
Well gals, looks like this is it until Monday! Have a great weekend! Don't eat too much chocolate, and Stay on PLAN!!!

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-26-2005, 02:17 AM
Kylie, those hills look killer, but they're sure pretty. I wish we had produce and meat vendors like that, people who specialized in an area and really took pride in the products they are selling. Here it's mostly mega-marts with produce grown for long shelf life, not flavor.

Aimee, I watched What Not To Wear, also. That second one tonight, with the mullet lady...Wow! That was quite the turn around for her, and I felt SO good for her! :)

Gardenwife
03-26-2005, 02:18 AM
I'm going through withdrawal already!! Y'all know my website - stop by and e-mail me. ;)

SwimGirl
03-27-2005, 01:27 PM
We are BACK!! Hoppy Easter ;) (that was likely the most cheesy thing I've ever said!)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-27-2005, 01:44 PM
It was eggsactly that, very high on the cheese-o-meter...

I have turkey breast in the oven, green bean casserole and russet potatoes ready to follow shortly. Our house smells wonderful. A bowl of Kashi GoLean with some frozen blueberries is both tiding me over and tasting pretty darned good here for breakfast.

SwimGirl
03-27-2005, 02:24 PM
I haven't eaten breakfast yet, I am suffering from those monthly cramps, and am waiting for the pain killers to kick in. Until then I am satisfied to not eat. We will head to my bf's parents place later for some dinner, taxes and playtime with his niece. Hopefully we'll find out that I get lots of cash back from taxes and that the bf doesn't have to pay (yah right!).

I've been doing some talking with my friend who is a designer, and we had talked earlier about opening a little boutique, or designing something for plus size women that they can't find anywhere else. We chatted yesterday about that, and the idea of opening a store... it's pretty scary! Our idea would be to have classic plus size clothes, like suits, cocktail dresses, etc. I don't know, we'll see.. I do think plus size women need to take better care of themselves, and need to know the basics. I think it comes down to everything changes when you are larger, makeup, hair, and the types of fabrics and styles. Would you buy a book like that?

Alrighty, I'm feeling a bit better, so I'm going to go get some food! Hope you all have a great day! :)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-27-2005, 09:36 PM
That more career and upscale plus-size store sounds neat. If you could come up with inventory of beautiful mother of the bride dresses, for instance, I bet many ladies would appreciate that. What store is it you work for now?

The turkey was really good today, and I didn't go overboard on the green bean casserole. That wouldn't be so fattening if it wasn't for those tasty little fried onions.

Anyone watching that "World's Strongest Boy" documentary on Discovery tonight? I read an update about him tonight here (http://www.advancetitan.com/story.asp?issue=11121&story=3775) It's really sad what some parents do to their kids.

dragonwoman64
03-28-2005, 09:14 AM
Good morning, all.

Rob bought some chocolate against all orders! so after having a few too many Dove chocolate Easter eggs yesterday, I made him pack it all up and he's either thrown it away or hid it. As long as it doesn't pass my lips, I'm ok with it. :lol: I made a low-fat ham and potato casserole for dinner that just was horrible, heh heh, we threw away that whole thing. Bad judgement on my part! At least my exercise was good. Got my TOM this morning too. Whew!

I think selling the plus size clothes are a good idea. I agree that I feel my clothes and hair needs are different, being larger sized. I tend to like classic styles, since I'm not very good at following trends. I'd prefer to have clothes that last longer. Good luck!! That's exciting. :)

jamswife0807
03-28-2005, 10:20 AM
Morning all, and happy belated Easter! I had family here, including inlaws from out of town. It went actually really well, and my youngest sister(who mind you is 32) started a food fight w/ my kids..which got my father involved...my couch has never seen so much cool whip...lol.
I ate as best as I could, did have a couple of things here and there that wasn't on my core plan, but I did have a few points left over for the week. I weighed myself this morning, and I have lost another 3 pounds!!! I am so excited, and had to jump on to share it w/ you. So it was just on top of one good piece of news after another that I have received the past day and a half!
Now I ask for your help. My birthday is coming up, and I love cake. I was hoping someone might have a killer recipe for a cake that isnt too terribly fattening, so I may have a nice cake and devour it too..:cbg: Did I say devour? I meant eat a very tiny piece and be satisfied.....nah, I meant devour..lol. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Well, I wish all of you a terrific day! I am sending you good thoughts, and encouragement! All of you are a great bunch of ladies, and you are all giving me what I need to reach my goal. I hope I can do the same for you. Im off right now. I have to write some parts to a song for class tomorrow. I'll check back later this evening.

dragonwoman64
03-28-2005, 10:30 AM
First, congrats on the 3lbs! Crazy Banana :cb:

A good cake to make is angel food cake, with a fruit topping.

You might want to try the recipes for cake on this site, under low fat. I have found one great recipe (chocolate cheese cake), one bad recipe, for a casserole (see above).

DianaLS
03-28-2005, 11:55 AM
HELLOOOO! happy day after blah blah blah :blah: ....Anyhoo...Heather, WTG! And either Angel Food like suggested, or, what we do, is we go to the store, and buy the individual pieces of cake one for each person, then when they are gone, they are gone, no leftovers..Only time I bake is for other pple's birthdays...Making my famous carrot cake in 2 weeks for his mom's bday, but that is SINFUL...Or go to my favorite recipe site and look up cakes, low fat kind and see what happens there, I know I have give u the link, but here it is again:
www.recipezaar.com
I love that site, they have ppl review all of the recipes, and most every one I have ever tried has been good. and u can store in a cookbook your faves.
I didn't do too badly this weekend. DH took me out for salad and a puizza at our fave place Saturday, they make the BEST pizza I have ever eaten in my life, they make individual 4 cuts there...so fresh, YUM :jeno: . Made ham dinner yesterday for us, but only had one plate, not too bad, and we had NO CHOCOLATE for the first time ever...
Start CURVES tomorrow, I am nervous and excited both if that makes any sense... :chin:
Great idea about the clothes, Aimee...I will not need them, because after I lose this flab, I will never have to buy plus-size again, my big problem is taller sizes, I hate short pants, and short sleeves on coats ( my arms are always too long)..I hate it that they never make women's sized slothing fit appropriately, especially TSHirts, I buy mens..I hate the way women's fit.
Well, am off, hagd all, bbl! ;)

SwimGirl
03-28-2005, 01:41 PM
Goodmorning! Today is the bf's bday, and I think we are going to spend the day out, so this will be a quick one. Easter dinner was also the bf's bday dinner, so we ended up having lasagna, caesar salad, with garlic bread (sourdough garlic bread). It was alright and I managed to not go overboard with dinner.... just everything else. Like I ate chips for the first time in months, we finished half a shrimp ring, not to mention the antipasto loaf. Oh man, TOM started yesterday, so I was REALLY lucky, because I just can't eat as much and probably ate half as much as I normally would have. I gotta get on plan, or my plans for surfing this summer just won't work out.

Congrats Heather! 3 pounds is awesome!! :)

Diana - the store I work in has t-shirts that go to my knee's, I wear the "shortest" t-shirt and it hits midway down muh big belly ;) But most are longer than that. As for longer length pants, I have a friend who is 6 feet tall and manages to find pants in my store, and when I was smaller I had issues with finding pants long enough, but the GAP sells pants with longer lengths.

The bf is bugging me to get ready, so I am off!!

-Aimee

Kimberley - I work at Penningtons.

jillybean720
03-28-2005, 03:17 PM
Hope everyone had a great Easter! Mine was good, despite the bad news from the day before. On Saturday morning, my mother called to say my grandmother had passed away very early that morning. I tried to keep it out of mind while I spent Easter with Jeff's family. Then this morning, I took an early flight up to Connecticut (where my parents live), and I will be here until Friday afternoon. The viewing is tomorrow night, and the service is on Wednesday. I hate funerals. Not that I know anyone who particularly enjoys them, but I absolutely can not stand the open casket. I want to remember people in the happy times, not see them all stiff and painted up to look alive...sorry, I'm being quite descriptive and depressing. Moving on...

Well, on a lighter side, I get to see a lot of family I haven't seen in a long time (last time I was up here was Thanksgiving). I wish it were for a happier occassion, but I will take it. Sorry to bring everyone down...

Aimee--a shop sounds awesome! I know my mother is very frustrated trying to find a mothjer-of-the-bride outfit that is NOT black or navy blue for my sister's wedding next March. Think COLOR! :p

Well, I best be off--aunt and uncle are here, and my mother is yelling at me to get off the computer (what am I, 12?!--I have only been on for about 5 minutes and just want to finish this post! Can you tell my mother and I do not always see eye-to-eye?). Must stay away from all of the food in the house--smell the flowers instead :)

DianaLS
03-28-2005, 04:54 PM
LOL @ Aimee..WTG with the eating yesterday...I would love to find long TShirts, I hate short ones..And I am looking forward to wearing jeans again..
I am So sorry to hear of your Grandmother, Jill...I hate funerals too, I hate open caskets. But am sorry for your loss...Don't let your Mother get you upset, parents have that way sometimes...
Well, am off, bbl!

SwimGirl
03-28-2005, 08:06 PM
Jill - I'm sorry to hear about your Grandma, anbd hope all goes well this week.

Diana - I still ate bad yesterday.. don't get me wrong.. and my scale probably says 80 billion pounds today... plus I'm so bloated and sore.. so itmight not all be the food.. either way, I'm staying FAR FAR away from it.

I was doing some thinking about what I want, from life, from myself.. etc... I realized that I'm just not Fabulous enough! I'm going to take April to make myself more Fabulous! I'm going to start a journal, and make little goals for each day to make myself Fabulous from the inside out, and from top to bottom. I'm 25, my life should rock right now.. it should rock at any age really... today's the day!

I am heading back to the bf and his day, ta-ta!

-Aimee

jamswife0807
03-28-2005, 10:33 PM
well, i wanted to say nite all before heading out. JIll, youre family is in my thoughts tonite and Im sorry for your loss.
Aimee, I keep a journal too. I write what I eat, what i do for workouts, what ive eaten thats not good, and my thoughts about the whole process. I even put a pic on the front of a time when I wasnt as heavy as I am, just for incentive. ITs a great thing to have.
Thanks all for the ideas/webbies for cake recipes. Im going to check them out after classes tomorrow.
Well, Im gone for the night. Sleep sweet all, and I'll see you tomorrow(hopefully)
~Heather

DianaLS
03-29-2005, 08:06 AM
Yawn..slept like Poopie last night :tired: . Or, as they say here, slept like garbage, I wonder how they know what garbage sleeps like? LOL anyhoo...Drinking my morning coffee :coffee2: , just had a C of cheerios with skim milk, will be having a C of watermelon, then gotta wash my hair and go...Oh boy..getting nervous. I feel like the freshman the first day of HS. Heather will be in a size 12 before Fall, I guarantee it, when she puts her mind to it, she succeeds. Tha hard part after that is keeping it off. I know from experience. But, you have to really change your life, and not think of it as a diet. well, wish me luck, I hope I can do this, :dunno: lol..."I think I can..I think I can..I think I can....I KNOW I CAN!" there...talked myself right into it, BBL and HAGD ! :bubbles:

dragonwoman64
03-29-2005, 09:51 AM
Jill, I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. The open caskets are tough on the family; I'm not sure why that's done.

Man, since about 2:30am the cat kept coming into the room and meowing loudly about every half hour!! I felt like drop kicking her out the window. She's lucky I'm an animal lover.

Oh, Aimee, got my TOM too, isn't it lovely?? :lol: that, coupled with the lack of sleep is making me just a bit cranky. I have a weight loss journal, but it doesn't really have "Fabulous me" type entries. I'd probably benefit from that! heh heh. Start off with goal #1, don't answer the phone during TOM like you want to rip someone's head off!

Well, gotta go reheat my cup of java, then safety pin my eyelids open (just kidding, I use superglue).

Gardenwife
03-29-2005, 01:45 PM
My grandma died suddenly in a car wreck when I was in college. I missed her so...Still do, though the "bite" is not as deep now, years later. My condolences, Jill. :cry: ((hugs)) Grandma's are special people and it's a shame when can't enjoy them longer.

It must have been noisy cat night, Marge. Our oldest, 16-year-old Siamese Elliott started loudly meowing in the hallway at 8:30am. With our nightowl schedule, that's about equivalent to your 2:30am wake-up call, LOL. I knew what he wanted before I even opened my eyes...Yup, I stumbled out of bed, made a quick pit stop with him then purring in addition to yowling, and then went to the kitchen to fill the water bowl. It was bone dry. Shame-faced here...I was a bad pet mommy and didn't have it full, poor kitty. They need a separate water bowl barricaded with their food, away from the dogs' reach.

Sorry I've been scarce, just felt blah yesterday with more headaches. Likely the only thing that will get rid of them is sinus surgery at this point, and I just don't want to do that. Yie.

I've stayed on plan since weigh-in day, though yesterday I didn't drink enough water. Some leftover turkey (or something) had my stomach in a bad way last night and I should have guzzled even more water to compensate. 'Course, a night spent running to the bathroom helped me lose 5lbs a couple weeks ago, right? Nahhh, I'd rather diet than lose that way!

SwimGirl
03-29-2005, 01:52 PM
'morning! It's not a good one, I've spent the last hour and a bit in extreme pain, but still have to get ready for work. They REALLY cut my hours, so I gotta get every minute in... poop. Hopefully this day will go fast and I can get home for some quality time with my bed. Kimberley - I feel blah too... and I haven't even bothered with trying to get on plan, or stay on plan.. I don't see myself eating until after 6-7pm today. My tummy, back, sides, everything is so sore.. and I'm really whiney. This isn't a good start to being Fabulous is it? Take care gals, and I hope to feel better later!

-Aimee

jamswife0807
03-29-2005, 04:15 PM
hey all. just wanted to jump on really quick before the kids and their activities get the better of me....lol.
Ive noticed that quite a few of us are having TOM....mine's due today, so Im waiting for it. I hope chocolate won't be necessary..lol. I do hope to all that are on it that arent feeling well that you feel better soon..I dont have too many problems w/ it, other than crying my eyes out for no reason...wait, i do that anyway..lol.
awwwww..thanks Di, you are such my sweetie. I hope I can keep it off too, but now that I don't smoke, and Im no longer married to my ex POS(lololol) I hope that those are good reasons to keep it off.
As far as my journal, I dont think I have more than one page of good things in it..lol. there is a lot of failures, and a lot of what i can do better.
okay, so here's my rant for the day and the power of the heavyset group. I had to take a test in my fitness walking class. we had to walk a 1mile in 15 min. he told me that because of my age(34) and my wt(260) that I should try and get it done in around 20 minutes. Well, showed him, cause I did it in 15:48. of course i had incredibly painful shin splints during and after..lol.
well, i will go for now. i will try and bbl. hagd all! (((((((all of you)))))))

DianaLS
03-29-2005, 04:20 PM
hey all, Curves was so much fun, and what a workout...I sweat my heiny off...I think it is because, for 30 mins u are in constant movement. I am so glad I am doing this.
Sorry that you guys are not feelign well. a month back, I had the flu so bad thought i was gonna die. Then had a super-duper TOM, ...
hope everyone is feeling better soon...Gotta run, HAGD!

DianaLS
03-29-2005, 04:29 PM
awwwww..thanks Di, you are such my sweetie. I hope I can keep it off too, but now that I don't smoke, and Im no longer married to my ex POS(lololol) I hope that those are good reasons to keep it off.
As far as my journal, I dont think I have more than one page of good things in it..lol. there is a lot of failures, and a lot of what i can do better.
okay, so here's my rant for the day and the power of the heavyset group. I had to take a test in my fitness walking class. we had to walk a 1mile in 15 min. he told me that because of my age(34) and my wt(260) that I should try and get it done in around 20 minutes. Well, showed him, cause I did it in 15:48. of course i had incredibly painful shin splints during and after..lol.
well, i will go for now. i will try and bbl. hagd all! (((((((all of you)))))))

You go girl!!! :cb: you show that jock what us fat chicks are capable of, who cares if ya can't walk the rest of the day becuz u are now crippled... :D Today, I think the girl who showed us around didn't think I was capable of doing so good either, but I showed her...just because we are fat doesn't mean we are lazy... :sumo: well will look for you tonight, maybe we can meet up for a game...Love ya hon! :encore:

SwimGirl
03-29-2005, 08:32 PM
I came home early, and am feeling MUCH better. I was just SO drained and didn't have the strength to last the entire day at work. Tomorrow will be easier, as I'm calling customers for 4 hours to let them know about a sale.

I dunno about that Diana - I *AM* lazy! teehee... Unfortunately I can't be anymore, my arch enemy is losing weight like crazy and has almost caught up to me! I have to shed some of this weight.. plus do you realize how quickly summer is coming up ?? I've convinced my bf to take me running/jogging 2 times a week, combined with Tae-Bo (I've taken the last few days off cuz I can barely stand, nevermind workout!), I'll beat her!! I'm evil...muhahaha! ;) My Fabulous way of life will have to start tomorrow, I just do not have the strength to get a workout in, and I've already eaten bad today (I've had a blueberry muffin, and some coffee). I love my idea.. I think I've gotten my mom on the bandwagon. She's having problems with her boyfriend, and so I told her not to do ANYTHING until she feels Fabulous. Many problems with significant others stems from not feeling Fabulous. lol, do you guys hate that word yet?

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-29-2005, 08:51 PM
Aimee, u crack me up :lol3: :lol3: ...U are a trip...I love it. I agree with what u say though, about feeeling fabulous, because when you don't men, at least the creeps, know it and come sniffin around :lucky: . I started feeling better about myself and then, I met my DH and he can be the sweetest guy in the world...I lucked out :love: . I did great until after dinner today, He opened a bag of Starburst, and we have pretty muck consumed half the bag...Hmm did not know that there would be a world wide shortage of Starburst...and they would never again be available! :nono: Sometimes I could just kick myself. But, u learn from these blunders and move on...Am thinking of investing in this Hula Hoop they sell at Curves, it is weighted and has foamy material all around it. Would give me a little extra to do at home. I think she has to order more...
Well am off like a fart in a windstorm, gotta get to bed early tonight, am so tired...TTFN! :D

Gardenwife
03-29-2005, 11:16 PM
Just catching up here, smiling at your posts. Good for you on your walking test, Heather! My 20-minute mile is what whacked out my knee several weeks ago. The things we do to ourselves, eh?

I think I'll start back up on my walking by doing so at the YMCA. They have a wonderful mezzanine with a cork-floored track overlooking one of the gyms; 18 times around the track is a mile, and each day they alternate the direction people are to walk/run. I think the track is just slightly slanted so you're using different muscles, maybe? Either that or our bodies benefit from the change in direction for some other reason. Watching people play basketball or do other sports below will make it interesting, too. And in the summer they keep it cool...Yay! I'm all over THAT. :)

Today's been a good OP day for me, but I need to drink more water still. Tomorrow we're working out in the yard. Howie already did a lot of clean-up on our back patio and the side of our house, but I was headachey and didn't go outside in the bright sun (what a drag to miss the sun!). Tomorrow we're hitting around 70 degrees and I'm getting my butt outside, headache or no.

dragonwoman64
03-30-2005, 10:04 AM
Feeling much better today, and we didn't lose any clients yesterday, so looking good all around. The sun is shining, the air is fresh, the Albanian racketeers in Queens have been arrested, can't ask for much more than that. Got some sleep last night; Rob's theory is the cat's hormones are out of whack because her coat is changing for the spring.

I don't blame you for not wanting surgery, but maybe it'll be worth doing it and getting it behind you and getting rid of the sinus problems.

Hey, I think all of us already have lots of fabulousness. Adding more fabulousness is like icing on the cake! ;) (sorry for that analogy, it gave me a sweets craving!). And you sure don't sound lazy to me, Aimee! You tae bo queen, you!

I'm still hovering at the 1/2 hour mile, sometimes 25 minute mile, heh heh. My walks are probably less for real aerobics and more for circulation and just to get outdoors and move. The Y here has a track too, looks a little slanted. I'm not sure how busy it gets, but on the day I took the tour it was completely empty. People like to jog in the park, which is about 3 blocks up the street. Lots of people bike and rollerblade there too. There's a huge paved loop that's closed to traffic on weekends.

Have a great one, all. You deserve it!

SwimGirl
03-30-2005, 01:14 PM
Morning! I am awake... barely!

Marge - you are too sweet... but I am lazy.. it's unfortunate really. Today I woke up at 8am, went back to sleep until 9:30am, and then made breakfast, and have my lunch cooking to take to work. I'll walk to the bus stop, and then work for 4 hours (sitting down today), and then come home, I might walk up my mountain as I'm feeling pretty lazy, and then tonight I probably won't do much, watch "America's Next Top Model", and go to bed around 10ish (I'm SO tired!). Thats a pretty lazy day! I should do laundry, dishes, clean... when I think about all the things I should do, thats when I start to think I'm lazy.

I was thinking about that 1 mile thing, and I figured out that 1 mile = 1.6 km's. I normally walk 1.3 km's to my bus stop, and then from the skytrain to my work is about 0.7 of a km. Hmm, my normal walking route is 2km's, and that takes me usually 18 minutes. 2km's = 1.2 miles. I wish I was a little better at math, cuz then I could figure out my mile! Whoops, all this mile talk has me running a little late!

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-30-2005, 01:43 PM
hey everyone :wave: , day # 2 of Curves, went at 7:30 this morning, and did a great workout, actually kind of jogged in place at the stations between each machine. :dancer: I love it..It really is fun..Not a chore...then walked Scotty ( my dog) .6 mi when I got home. I look at walking this way, it shouldn't matter how fast you go, as long as you get out and do it. Some people speed walk, ( to me most of them look really foolish the way they do it, the lady down the street for example, she swings her arms way up to her head and takes HUGE long wide steps...hard to describe, but funny to watch :lol3: . Then you see the ones who look like they are trying to hold in a turd or something :rofl: ) but, what do I know. I think quality and quantity counts as much as how fast you are going. Some people take it to extremes. And for what? is my question. Sure, you should walk at a moderate to fast pace, but who cares if you don't qualify for the Olympics :shrug: . Well, am off, have to get my home in order sometime this week, may as well be today! HAG1... :D

SwimGirl
03-30-2005, 02:00 PM
Diana - I'm addicted to working hard, I think it's a disease, or possibly just too many years of competition. I started swimming when I was, hmm, 4-5? And I've almost always trained for something, which is probably why I always have to be faster. I agree about quantity, you want to be doing something consistently, but whats the fun of doing something if you don't see an improvement in your time or distance? I think also some people just don't need that as a motivation... like my mom... and then there are people like me.. always have to see SOME kinda improvement. A little OT, as a little girl I dreamed of swimming in the Olympics :) And while you are cleaning, how about you pop by my house? ;)

Alrighty ladies! I am off to work, wooweee! Don't forget to be Fabulous!! :)

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-30-2005, 06:27 PM
Aimee~ yes, consistant is they key I think..And sure, kicking it up a notch with something different from time to time is wonderful...I guess I see it that, too many times, people feel they have to kill themselves to stay healthy, and, in the long run, they really do end up killing themselves for it. I think if you workout consistently at a moderate to fast pace 5 days a week, then you will be pretty well off. Most people aren't consistent, and get bored easily. I am now looking forward to going to the gym every day, and can't wait to go in the morning...Now, tell me to go walk every day, and I will have to go do my nails or something. tell me to go walk a treadmill, and I will DEFINITELY go do something else...I think it should be fun as well as beneficial..And on that note...
gotta go and vacuum then will be done..HAGN all! :D

jillybean720
03-30-2005, 06:32 PM
Hey all,

Hardest part is over...the viewing and funeral are behind me. And the pasta salad, cookies, peanut butter chocolate cake, homemade mac n cheese, brownies, etc. are now in my behind, so I didn't deal so well with all the food around. Ahh well, can't do anything about it now but move forward and do better. Of course, to top it off, TOM starts tomorrow, so I am hard-core PMS-ing :p

On a sunnier side, I did get to see one of my best friends from high school today for the first time in over a year. I also got to see a friend from high school at the viewing yesterday (her family owns the funeral home, so she was working in an office upstairs and stopped to say hi). Tomorrow, I'm also going to see a friend from high school who had actually gone to my college with me for a semester (which is where we got pretty close)--I haven't seen him in well over 2 years, so that should be nice, too. It sucks to be here under such sad circumstances, but at least I get to catch up with some people :^:

While I'm enjoying NOT working this week, I'll be glad to get back to my normal busy schedule next week. Well, keep truckin', everyone!

DianaLS
03-30-2005, 07:04 PM
WB Jill, again ss about your Grandmother...And I can just imagine the food situation, but, once you are back in your own environment, you will be better...We have missed seeing your smiling face here..have fun with your friend, and see you ...

Gardenwife
03-30-2005, 07:22 PM
I remember how people loved on us with food when my grandma died. And right when the comfort of a starchy-cheesy dish sounds good, too. ;)

Today was Work In the Yard day for Kimberley. Howie went out around Noon, I think, but I didn't get up until the crack o' one. I ended up working out there for three and a half hours, and I feel it. It was lots of cutting back dead vegetation and clearing beds of leaves and last year's dried-up leftover stems and such.

Oh, and I made round II of poop reconnaisance, LOL. Howie went through de-pooping the yard first, and said he probably missed some so I should go over it a second time. Oh, the joys of two dogs! Seeing Emma and Sarah stretched out on the patio in the sun, though...Priceless.


I did lots of bending over and walking today between the flower beds and the clean-up duty. I think I got more of a workout today than I ever would have at the pool. :workout: My fingers and arms are really feeling it, so are my hips and lower back!

Still, we all needed the sunshine and it was nice to enjoy it while we could, for rain's moving in tonight.

I thought of your phrase "like a fart in a windstorm" as I cooked dinner, Diana; I cooked up some low-fat turkey sausage and cabbage! Lookout, she's gonna blow! :bomb: It's really good, with just a bit of crushed red pepper seed for heat, plus a bit of fennel seed in with the garlic and onion. I added a can of low-salt chicken broth and then thickened it all with a little corn starch. I enjoyed most of the soup part myself.

SwimGirl
03-30-2005, 09:38 PM
Jill - I was thinking of you earlier.. glad to hear things are alright... considering. It's nice to catch up with high school friends... sometimes it really reminds me of how much I've grown.

Kimberley - oh man, yard work is killer, you use muscles you didn't even know existed!! Glad to hear you were out in the sun, get that Vitamin D (I think thats the one?), I walked to the bus in the sun today.. it was SO warm. I loved it! I was planning to walk up my mountain when I came home.. but I'm now convinced that the bf and I have a touch of the stomach flu. There is no other reason why we could both be this sick in the tummy.. I made the mistake of hiking up the mountain once when I was getting over the flu (I had been throwing up in the morning, but walked in the afternoon)... oh my.. when I got home, I basically collapsed. Silly silly me.

I still feel like crap, but I'm hungry! I really haven't eaten anything today, so it makes sense.. I'm just so lazy and don't feel like cooking.. maybe I'll trek up to the store for some Ginger Ale. Have a good night.. I'll probably be back when I'm not so darn whiney!

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-30-2005, 10:49 PM
LOL @ Kimberly...that was funny about the Cabbage. I love Cabbage, my DH hates it, I guess we very different when it comes to foods...Here, they eat a lot of Italian type foods, I was used to a wider variety, as in German, mexican, Sit down Chinese restaurants, good old American Home cooking. He never ate the way I did. I have slowly incorporated things, but cabbage he does not like. Aimee, boy sure hope u are feeling better hon...I feel GREAT!!! The best I have felt in like, FOREVER! well, off to never land...TTFN

Gardenwife
03-31-2005, 12:13 AM
I still have the windows open as long as it's not yet raining. The breeze smells fresh, fertile and lovely.

Hope you feel better, Aimee. I ate something bad a couple days ago, or had a mild bug. Easy way to lose weight, but who'd not rather diet than sit cramping on the pot all evening? Hands?

Didn't think so.

;)

SwimGirl
03-31-2005, 01:43 AM
Kimberley - I'm putting on weight everyday :( I wish it was having the other effect... but no such luck for me! I think it's a mild stomach flu, I've been eating fine, there isn't anything that i've been eating that could be making me feel sick. I did walk up to the store, and when I got back I was completely drained and so I spent the rest of the evening in bed.. teehee.. I need a lap top so I never have to leave bed except to pee!! Thats evil!

Diana - come nurse me back to health... hehe.. I need a MOM, I am not good at being sick. But who really is good at being sick?

So hey, how are we all doing with this weight loss crap? I need to refocus my energy and get down to business! I will go grocery shopping on Saturday, and prep my house for quitting sugar and wheat... and then I have to approach exercise. I realize that I haven't done Tae-Bo since Thursday! Ack, thats far too long! If I'm feeling any better tomorrow I'll try and get some exercise time in.. I don't know if I should go to work, I'll figure that out in the morning.. my tummy is WAY too upset currently, but if I just don't eat until I'm off work tomorrow.. It can't kill me not to eat for 24 hours will it? Alrighty, that doesn't sound good. I need an attitude adjustment!

Fabulous! teehee.. okay I'm insane.. I'm going to bed.. nite :)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
03-31-2005, 03:07 AM
I feel puffy, good old PMS week. I have a feeling I've not lost one bit this last week despite even being under on my calories several days. This is how I'm feeling right now, kinda pasty white and puffy (only not dancing)!

:dance:

Still, I've eaten good foods and stayed on plan - If I don't lose, I don't lose. I've still done something good for myself, you know?

You can do it, Aimee. I don't want to sound like some infomercial here, but you know what I mean. We fabulous women are just that way. ;)

dragonwoman64
03-31-2005, 10:20 AM
Good morning from the eastern side of the states. All this talk about cleaning got me to dust off my desk today, which I really needed to do. :cheer: I had this roommate when I first came to NY. She was in grad school, thin (an ex-gymnist), nicely dressed, make up on including lipstick. She turned out to be the biggest slob in the freakin' world! She made Oscar Madison look like an amateur. Piles of clothes, dirty dishes. I liked her as a person, but whew! When she moved out she did it with garbage bags..... So everyone else I meet that may be sloppy always pales in comparison.

Hey, Jill, how often to you get to go home? When I first moved to NYC I flew back to CA about twice a year. It's a 5 hour flight, sometimes longer. Once I stupidly booked a Southwest flight that had two stopovers and it took me 13! Enough time to go to Australia!

Mmmm, I love mac and cheese, and I love cabbage. We have a big Polish community in our neighborhood and the local Polish store sells stuffed cabbage rolls. I love those things. They sell dumplings too, about 10 varieties. Babka, and all kinds of cold cuts. Ok, enough about food!! (My nephews call farts fluffers, btw, heh heh.)

I've been good this week. Op (after Sunday's chocolate od that is) foodwise. I took my mile walk every day but Tues, when it was pouring rain all day. I added some time to my marching in place. Tomorrow I weigh in and I expect good news. I want to finally get rid of that "3" that's been on my ticker for way too many weeks now!!

Bf is in an evil mood this morning. Is there a male version of PMS? He has it.

This Saturday is Scottish heritage week here in NY; I think I might go check it out.

Aimee, hope you get over the bug quick. I hate stomach flu, you get hungry, then feel sick if you eat. Blah! And TOM sufferers, I feel your pain.

jamswife0807
03-31-2005, 10:32 AM
Morning all! Hope you are either all feeling well, or on your way soon. I don't know if Im op or not, because Im still not exactly sure how it worked..lol. but I don't go over my weekly points, I workout everyday, and I'm thankful for both.
I'm on my way out of town for a few days. We are going to visit DH family in MO. The kids are excited, and IM just hoping I make it through the trip w/out getting carsick :)
I am nervous about all the food, but I have to brave this new lifestyle in the real world sooner or later!
Well, I better get going. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, I will jump on when Im back on Sunday, and I will be thinking of you all. Be safe, be healthy, and have fun!

SwimGirl
03-31-2005, 12:00 PM
'Morning! Things are unsettled on the stomach front here, and I just can't force myself to call in sick. I'm already in so much trouble at work that I feel like if I call in sick it'll just make things worse for me, but on the other hand, whats the point in going into work if I'm going to spend my whole shift in the bathroom or sitting down? And why the HECK is this so difficult?!?

Kimberley - with my quest to be Fabulous, I've come to the conclusion thats its true.. if you don't lose you just don't lose. But I'm also convinced by changing your focus to being Fabulous, rather than "I need to lose weight", weight will just fall off. The better we feel about ourselves, and the better we FEEL, the easier it is to lose weight! So you be Fabulous, from the inside out.. or the outside in.. either way, it'll work! I do sound like an infomercial... but I need to spread the word! hehe :)

Marge - I think it's a good idea to clean your house out at the beginning of each season, like a GOOD clean. I'm looking forward to "spring clean" here, which is when you can dump as much garbage as you need to clean house. I have so many things that just need to go out... like old christmas boxes.. I'm hoping this stupid arsed stomach flu goes away.. I do not enjoy being sick at all. But I'm going to try the no eating thing, I might drink some water.. but everything that enters my stomach hurts! Grrr!!

Heather - they make these wrist bands which are supposed to help with car sickness, I've used them before.. seemed to work out alright. My friend swears by them! They apply some kind of pressure somewhere on your wrist.. I'm not actually sure about the science of it. Anyways! I hope you have a great time, and I am sure you will do fine with food :)

As for me? I still haven't made up my mind about work, but I have about an hour until I need to decide.. I'm going to hop back into bed until then.. bbl!

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-31-2005, 02:46 PM
:flow2: hello gals!
Heather is gone...she deserves a vacation, whew we all do I guess...

Marge...you are making me hungry for that food :eating2: , I used to live in Polish Village in Toledo, and there was a man who had a shop that made the BEST home made kielbasa I have ever had...I love stuffed cabbage..YUM!!! and, while at the Scottish Fest, if you see any scotty dogs, think of me, I have a scotty!!


Great outlook, Kimberley...and we call our farts, Toots!!

Aww, poor Aimee, you are like our little sis here, I bet we would all take care of you if we could...Have you tried drinking Ginger ale? Always helps me out.

My neighbor is gone, he is finally all moved out :cheer: , my DH is so exhausted from helping him! he has had 2 months to pack, and left it all for this week, and had to be out by 12 today..he had NOTHING packed, and had ....are you ready...4.5 uhaul truckloads of JUNK ( the medium Uhaul)..and when my DH said junk he meant junk, as in stuff that is all broken, and not worth anything...a pack rat to the extreme. and on top of it, he did not move anything, he watched everyone else do it ( 2-3 other friends of his) :rollpin: ( I would have left) and the entire 12 years he and his ex-wife ( she left him last year for a younger man, but that is another story), lived there, they never really cleaned it well, we're talking hair under beds that is from 12 years worth of pile-up... dirt on the sills that is so old it is sticky...GROSSSSS...I like to really give my house a good cleaning every season too...baseboards, under furniture, etc...I hate grime. Glad to have the guy go, he was the kind of guy who felt everything he had or did was the best, his marriiage was the best etc...yeah, see where that got him eh? Sad...really...

My MIL is bothering me :bomb: ...She is on the kick at the gym where, while I am working my A off and sweating like a pig, feeling great about it the whole time, she says "Eh, this is too easy for me, I don't even sweat..."..well, great, stay home then I want to say...I am there to work myself hard and lose this flab for once and for all...Not to be pretty.UGH!!!!!! Next week I will go alone, if she shows up while I am there, that's okay...but geez...she got a bit of an ego when she got her weight off to say the least. She was never thin..I was once, a LOOOOOONG time ago...I just want to be healthy and feel good..not win a beauty award...
well, am off, sorry for the rambling lol... :(

HAGD! going to go and make that Chicken Chili recipe they have listed here, hope it's good...will let you know... :dunno:

Gardenwife
03-31-2005, 03:55 PM
Oh, mercy...I am feeling yesterday's yard workout! The backs of my thighs are so sore, but in a perverse way, that makes me happy, you know? It means I used 'em.

Today was supposed to be rainy, but that changed. The sun's shining brightly and the thunderstorms forecast never materialized. We just got some rain early this morning and it's really blustery today. I can deal with that!

Despite my confident words earlier this morning, I am kind of reticent about my weigh-in. I'd like to see a loss, even though I know I've been on plan either way.

SwimGirl
03-31-2005, 05:54 PM
Kimberley - how consistent has your plan been? Have you lost all 41 pounds by doing the same thing? And is it possible your body is getting used to eating the same thing? My mom is constantly stalling with her weight loss and is finding she has to change things up every couple of months to keep the weight coming off. And it doesn't want to come off at all, she's losing less than 1 pound each week. I think you should try the 1 a day weight smarts, it's only 11 bucks here.. so it can't be much there.. but it seems to add just the right things to get my body to lose some weight. It's a multivitamin... don't make me try peer pressure with you ;) Come onnnnnn you know you waaaaannna! ;)

Diana - I don't know how you MIL isn't sweating from Curves, don't you work at your own pace? Can't you work it harder if you wanna? You know, I work with a girl who lost 100 pounds (but put 40 back on), and she got quite the ego on her... thinks she knows everything about weight loss. It annoys me, because she tries and tells me what to do for MY body.. well I've lived in this body for 25 years, I think I know it better than her! Ugh, people eh!

I am feeling better.. who knew 3 extra hours of sleep would help so much! I just ate some yogurt, and it settled just fine! Yay! Maybe I'm all better! :) I talked to my brother about my work crap, and he told me to quit and he'd "lend" me money until I was established with another job.. I can't tell you how good that feels!! It means I don't have to put up with their crap, it means I don't have to be treated badly, and it gives me back some dignity. I have a great brother.. :) I am off.. bbl!

-Aimee

DianaLS
03-31-2005, 06:50 PM
Fabulous, though I would like a little more substance to it, maybe add some corn next time, and more spice, we like it hot.. :flame:
Aimee~ so glad to hear u are feeling alive, and that you will be ablt to say "Take this job and SH--- It!" that is always a good feeling when others aren't treating you well... :dancer:

I agree, maybe you are at a standstill, Kimberley..And are you getting 7-8 hrs of sleep a night? that is vital too...maybe you need to change something to get things going again...not that I would know, lol...Try those vitamens, I will be.

As for my dear MIL...yes, she is a good person, but I can only take her in very small doses, and she is annoying sometimes, like when she is saying stuff like that..Yes, CURVES is a go at your own pace thing, well, I am pushing myself beyond that. I just feel that I would rather be alone while there, than have her say that stuff...I want to just say "great, no sweat? well go home and count your shoes or something"...I mean, I go at it so much the sweat is literally pouring off of me. That's a good thing right? or is it just that I am a queer and should not be sweating at all? I wonder sometimes if it is just me :dunno: ...Her ego is so maxed sometimes. I see that. Everyone does. I just hate that. It's great to be confident, annoying to be overly confident, ya know? I mean, I was nominated for Homecoming queen, and I have dated A TON of great looking men in my life, and my DH is a gorgeous one, so even at my heaviest which is now, I must still have something, but arrogance has never been it :no: . I just don't get that at all...There were 2 snottie old bitties there this morning who stared at me the whole time, well, I stared right back...To me, they have no idea who I am, so stop being so judgemental...( in their designer sweaters, and sweats) :judge:
Ahh, that felt good, ty for letting me vent on here, lol...
well, gotta go do my dishes...HAGN! :wave:

Gardenwife
03-31-2005, 07:44 PM
When we first started dieting this last year, we didn't take much care as to what we ate as long as it was under our calories for the day. This January, though, we started following the AHA (http://americanheart.org) guidelines for health. I was consuming 1600 calories/day, but this week it's been more like 1400/day. Eating enough fat has actually been my issue this week; I know that's important, too, because our bodies need healthful fats.

Not being at the YMCA the last couple weeks has probably had more impact than anything else. I'm anxious to get back there. I sure hope they don't cut way back on the open swim hours once summer comes and they have swim lessons and such. I know the weight machines will be busier. That's when our commitment level will have its biggest test.

SwimGirl
04-01-2005, 02:23 AM
Kimberley - I've been taking these Fish Oil pills, and I don't know if they help, but my goodness they take away my cramps! Something about Essential Fatty Acids.. Uhm, but you should take my multi vitamin! mmmk!

Holy cow, I have so much energy now! I know I need to try and sleep in a bit, but wowsers, I had no idea how bad I felt until knowing how good I feel now! So like my manager asked me for a doctors note, which I won't provide.. I had a stomach flu, what the HECK is a doctor gonna say or do? Nothing. I didn't ask HER to provide a doctors note when she decided she was just too tired to come into work one day. She called half the staff at 5:30 in the morning to find someone to go into work for her.. and this is the manager.. I'm just complaining.. she is SO unprofessional and annoying. My work is just annoying, our staff meeting is on Sunday night, so i have to bus to work to sit and listen to basically nothing for 3-4 hours and then go home. Waste of my time. Okay, I'm cranky at them!!! And I'm babbling.. have a great night.. :)

-Aimee

Gardenwife
04-01-2005, 03:09 AM
Uh, no, you usually don't ask your boss to provide a doctor's note, LOL!!

I do take vitamins daily - we take one Equate brand multivitamin, 500mg vitamin C, and 1500mg glucosamine sulfate daily. The foods we eat are loaded with vitamins, though, too. I started feeling better just eating right, then started the vitamins just to be sure I wasn't missing anything.

A Kentucky friend of ours from Dave's Garden (http://davesgarden.com) (the gardening site we love) is coming through Columbus with her husband tomorrow. I'm driving in to meet them for lunch - such a nice unexpected visit! We're meeting at Max & Erma's restaurant since there's one right at a convenient exit. Their light menu (http://www.maxandermas.com/OurMenu-content.cfm?catID=3) posted online so I was able to peruse in advance and figure out the calorie and fat content. Right now, my plan is to enjoy either the Hula Bowl salad or maybe the Black Bean Roll-Up's. The fruit smoothie sounds kind of tasty, too...

Well, I'd better toddle off to bed. Howie wants to get up and weigh in by 9:30a at the latest so we can have our weekly Egg McMuffin and coffee treat. I must dream slimming dreams, LOL!

Speaking of sleep, I probably average 8-9 hours. With him on second shift, it's easy to stay up late and sleep late. If I get into a good book, I sometimes am still awake at daybreak. Trying to do more of a 3 or 4am bedtime again, though.

DianaLS
04-01-2005, 09:20 AM
:wave: Hey ladies...well today at CURVES was a real challenge, they added stair steppers this morning, and my whole body is sore...must be using muscles I had no idea I had...I really feel the pain today, and MIL was good today too, thank goodness...So, did 4 days this week..Taking tomorrow off, will go back Monday..I will do 5 days next week..Then after I take off about 20 pounds, I will get back into my walks too...They are putting this huge park in down the road, won't be in til next Summer, but, that will a better place to walk in than the pavement. I want to get myself back up to the 5 miles I used to walk each day. :tread:

Aimee, we are so glad u are back to your healthy, energetic self..that's great, and if the job stinks that much, find another one, life is too short to be miserable at a job like that. :goodluck:

Kimberley...Max And Erma's, wow, the one in Germantown? My aunt used to work there, we went once the burgers were awesome, we had one in Toledo too years ago, but it closed. Wow, talk about a blast from the past, LOL...I loved their Pizza Burger, do they still have that? YUM :cbg:

I will be making Spaghetti sauce later. With some Italian Sausage..Sounded good for a change. Either that or Pizzas..maybe can talk DH into calling ahead for the 4 cuts and going to pick them up...Hmmmmm, probably not, he is so tired still. Guess it will be the sauce..hehe...we have a new pizza place opening down the road soon, hope they are good, then we can get it from there when we don't feel like driving to Saratoga to our fave place. We have a ton of Pizza places here, but find a good one, one that is clean, one that won't give uyou stomach problems after, well, that is a challenge, lol...Aftr I mentioned the Pizza Burger, now I have Pizza on the brain...UGH, torture! :jeno:

well, gotta get things done, HAGD! :wave:

jillybean720
04-01-2005, 10:01 AM
Thank you all for your thoughts. I'm going home today! YAY! Well, not really to my home--Jeff will pick me up at the airport, and I'll spend tonight at his place. But close enough. Julie (my sister), Jeff (her fiance), and Jackie (his daughter) left yesterday morning, so now I'm here alone with the parentals :o I LOVE my father so much--we get along really well and I miss him a lot when I'm away, but, like I said, my mother and I don't always see eye-to-eye, so I'm anxious to scoot on outta here. I also had Cheetos and brownies for breakfast today, so I'm definitely ready to get out of here!

My mother took me shopping yesterday and bought me a new coat (a charcoal-gray wool peacoat that I am totally in love with) and new slip-resistant shoes for working at the restaurant. I also bought 2 new white shirts, 2 white tank tops, and 2 pairs of jeans--all for working at the restaurant. So, I got a lot of stuff I needed, but it wasn't much fun since it's not stuff I wanted, ya know? It was definitely good for us to both get out of the house, though, and of course I don't fight with her when she's buying me stuff :p

Jeff and I have to go see Sin City tonight--he's a big comic book dork, so he's been anxious to see it for over a year. I've forced him to watch enough episodes of The OC and American Idol, so I think I owe him a trip to a movie based on a supposedly-amazing graphic novel I have never even heard of before.

Alright, it's about 10am and I have yet to shower, get dressed, and pack to go home, so I better get movin' before my mom gets home at 1. Again, thanks for thinkin' of me...hopefully I'll be back in the swing of things in no time!

dragonwoman64
04-01-2005, 11:17 AM
I'm going to start an April thread today, just so things don't get too cumbersome.

I totally agree re: fab mindset. I have to believe I'm worth it to make the changes I need to make. That offer to help out financially until you get another job, hotdog! that was superbly nice. That at least can put your mind at ease. I've worked for some real maniacs, so I definitely know what that's like. (and I mean literally maniacs)

Kimberley - how consistent has your plan been? Have you lost all 41 pounds by doing the same thing? And is it possible your body is getting used to eating the same thing? My mom is constantly stalling with her weight loss and is finding she has to change things up every couple of months to keep the weight coming off. And it doesn't want to come off at all, she's losing less than 1 pound each week.

this fits me to a T. It can get frustrating. And then I'll be up in down with the push factor too, some weeks I'll add in the extra exercise needed, and keep away from too much gnoshing, then other week for whatever reason I'll slip and that means I'll yo yo for a little while. And I get injuries sometimes too, nothing serious, but enough to keep me on the sidelines. And losing those days of exercise are definitely enough to stall things. But it's a journey, and journeys are never all smooth. I'm learning more and more as I go along. I've changed my diet too, like you guys, Kimberley, I've tried to make it healthier and healthier as I go along.

I love scotty dogs. Speaking of the BI's, Kylie, where are you??.....??

I'd love to have a garden one day. There's a community garden up the street, but the people who've taken it over the last couple of years are a bit whacky (they put on toga like clothes and dance around with drums at spring time, not really my style). Rob has a green thumb like you wouldn't believe. We bought some basil one year, he put it in a pot by the window and pretty soon it was like a bush! we've had it for years and it's still wonderful. I on the other hand can be dangerous to the lives of green things!

Diana, glad to hear you're likin' the Curves. I'm writing about the Y in the April thread. Wow, 5 miles in a day is wonderful! I'd be pooped! When we go to the botanic garden I probably get up to between 3 and 4 miles of walking for the day. I'm pretty tired after that. Rob has been going crazy over pizza the last couple of days -- this is Brooklyn so we have a pizza place on just about every block, no exaggeration. So today will most likely be a pizza day.

I would see Sin City, let me know how you like it, it looks interesting.

See you all in April!