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yankee girl
03-28-2005, 11:59 PM
Hello! What a great group here - I'm the mother of 2 boys (6 and 4), I'm 38 years old and need to lose 60 pounds Time for me to take care of me! I always have an excuse not to, but enough is enough! How do I get started here? Where should I post? Any feedback is so welcome.....

03-29-2005, 02:35 AM
Hi Kelly!

I just joined, and am not familiar with the set up here, but wanted to say I have two boys too (1 and 3). I like your subject title, "Mom's ready to take care of Mom..."

We can do it! :)

03-29-2005, 03:30 AM
:D hi kelly i am not so new i posted here before but lost touch i am also ready to take care of mom i have three girls 16,6,and 2 the 16 year old is also over weight by 100 pounds. so i am also trying to change to see if she will follow but the number one person i am doing this for is me. i need to lose 80-85 pounds. the problem is i work at mcdonalds as a manager and quitting is not an aption at this time. my pants are getting tight and i refuse to go up to the next size. i am 35 just turned 35. have a hubby who likes to sabotoge by bring home desserts and other junk food. any way i am looking for a buddy

yankee girl
03-29-2005, 09:58 PM
I received some great replies from other moms in need of support - how do we communicate back and forth? Is there a group here or do people send private emails? I'm new at this but would love to communicate with people in the same boat...

03-29-2005, 11:04 PM
Hi kelly,
I am also new to the site and don't know my way around yet. I would love to join a group of moms supporting each other. I am a SAHM of 3 ages 13, 12, and 9. I need to lose about 55 lbs. A group of people in the same boat sounds like alot of support. I hope that's how it works......

yankee girl
03-29-2005, 11:16 PM
Sounds good to me too, Marina. Should we just go from here? How about it girls? Zoe, Mamamaemae also responded - anyone else care to start putting Mom first?
Personally, I live in the Boston area, and we have had one LOOOOOONG winter! With digging out constantly, flu season and 2 very active kids with severe cabin fever, I have been really self medicating with food and not getting any exercise - unless you count pulling children off each other as exercise. So, that's it - let's cheer each other on - what are your stories?


Jennifer 3FC
03-30-2005, 12:57 AM
I would suggest starting a thread in Support Groups, or if you want to keep this thread going then I can move it there for you. I think starting a thread in Support Groups is best, then this thread can direct people to your new group.

03-30-2005, 02:30 AM
Hi Kelly,
I promise never to talk about California weather. LOL. Have you lived on the east coast all your life?
I went and checked out the support thread and it looks good to me. It's exactly what I need. I'm looking foward to getting started.
I am currently doing WW on my own. My biggest problem is excercise. I have a gym membership but always make excuses why I can't go and when I do go I don't work as hard as I know I can. About 3 yrs ago I lost 30 lbs at WW and thought I could do the rest on my own. I gained back the 30 plus 5 more. I need to do it again only this time it's harder for me. I need to get into an excercise routine. I want to get in that mood that people talk about where they start to enjoy the gym, look foward to going, and it becomes a habbit. I just decided that i'm going to the gym tomorrow, no excuses.


mom of 3
03-30-2005, 11:37 AM
:coffee: Good Morning everyone! I am new too and it sounds to me like this might be the right group for me! I am 35 and have 3 kids 16 and 11 yr old sons, and 12 yr old daughter. I started the South Beach Diet 5 weeks ago and have lost 14 lbs so far!! Yeah!! ;) (

yankee girl
03-30-2005, 02:07 PM
I think I've helped built most of the gyms in this area with my various membership dues over the years. This time I've chosen to buy only some walking shoes and some hand weights. I had my husband purchase an exercise ball and video for me for Christmas, I went along well for 2 weeks, loved the "core workout" I was getting. One day my 4 year old went up to the ball with a screwdriver that was left out...I think he wanted to see what would happen when he popped it...poor ball, poor mom...I've since replaced it but need to get back on a routine.
Yes, I was born in Quincy, MA, which is just 15 minutes outside of downtown Boston, my parents were both born in the city. Today is is sunny and 50 degrees outside! Sweatshirt weather - my favorite. I'm off to the playground with the boys now to get some fresh air. I rode on a stationary bike for 40 minutes in my kitchen this morning.
I'll check back again tonight!

mom of 3
03-30-2005, 04:18 PM
Hey I too have dropped my gym membership and am just doing what I can at home. 40 minutes on the stationary bike...WAY TO GO!! :bravo: I walked 2 1/2 miles on my lunch break at work and then just ate a salad and had a diet coke for lunch. The weather here today is pretty nice too. I wore a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt to walk in. It was really windy though. Suppose I should get back to work now, check in later! :)

03-30-2005, 05:35 PM
Hi girls,
I did it!! I went to the gym and did 1 hr 10 minutes of cardio. Stationary bike 30 min, cross trainer 10 min, and the glider 30 min. I've thought about cancelling my membership many times but I can't. My DH goes regularly for weight training and our kids go to the pool in the summer. In July and August the weather is anywhere from 100-107degrees and it's a dry heat. The pool is about the only outdoor entertainment we can enjoy. I just realized the time and I'm late picking up my daughter from school. Gotta go, check in later

yankee girl
03-30-2005, 08:18 PM
Nice job girls! We're off to a good the diet aspect - what do you find most effective? I'm tempted to do Slim Fast, but I know it's because I'm so impatient and I think it'll work the quickest. I also know I'll get really bored with it. Any suggestions?
Kelly :?:

03-30-2005, 11:31 PM
Hi kelly, well I tried slim fast about a yeat ago and I don't know how to say this in a nice way but I had diarrhea every day. My body wasn't used to all the fiber, I guess. I've talked to other people who said it worked for them but it was a temporary thing. I'm doing the WW points which I have done many times in the past and now i'm reading up on calorie counting and actually considering it. For April I want to excercise 5-6 days a week and continue with WW's. If i'm happy with results then I may stay with that plan if not I'll probally try calorie counting.
In your earlier note you mentioned "core workout" is that the excercise video with the ball? I bought a ball because I have a bad back and was told they are good for stretching but I've never used it. I'm willing to try any excercise that someone says they love!

BTW: Are we moving this thread to Support Groups. If so i'm not sure if you choose a new title but I like your original one (moms taking care of moms).

Jennifer 3FC
03-30-2005, 11:46 PM
Just say the word and I'll move the thread for you. I can move the whole thing if you like, and you can just keep this thread going.

03-31-2005, 02:19 AM
i just can't seem to get motivated to exercise. i am just having a hard time getting started if i could just get started i would keep going. the eating has been going pretty good but working at mcdonalds isn't doing any good to the situation but quitting at this time is not an option. the hubby doesn't help either goimg out and buying junk food for the house. like he needs it. any way have a good day everyone i am in wisconsin so i am enjoying the beautiful weather right now by walking i forgot to mention i walked 2 days in a row w but don't know how far it was but i do know it wore me out.

03-31-2005, 04:04 AM
Well gals, yet another SAHM here that felt a kinship to this thread! I have three girls, 9, 8 and 2 years old. I am 38, and overweight, and decided to PUT MYSELF first now! I have been back at the gym, and have cut calories and fat out of my diet. I go six days a week to work out, and when I feel like lounging around and not going, I simply don't give myself that option. As soon as my husband gets home in the eve. I head out to the gym, and he takes over dinner and baths for the girls. It's soooo helpful!!! I love the results, and the feeling (realization)that this weight loss and healthy lifestyle really IS in my control (unless of course, i'm PMS'!). Yay for this thread!
be well, paloma

mom of 3
03-31-2005, 11:23 AM
Hello Girls!! I'm just having my morning coffe and catching up on what everyone has posted. Kelly if you haven't tried the South Beach Diet you might really like it. The reason I like it so well is that I still get to eat dessert, I don't have to think about counting calories, grams of fat, carbohydrates or anything else. It is more about teaching you the right choices to make when eating and if you really can't resist a craving and fall off the wagon for a meal then you just jump right back on and keep going. I'm never hungry and when I do get a craving for chocolate or something sweet (which doesn't happen very often even though I am a total chocolate-aholic) I make sure I have some sugar free chocolate around. I have a sugar free Crunch bar at home right now that I've had for almost a week!! That is a record for me!! Nothing chocolate has lasted that long around me for quite awhile. Anyway it is also really easy to eat out on this diet also.

03-31-2005, 02:55 PM
Hi girls and welcome paloma!
I'm heading off to the gym as soon as i'm done here. I need to thank my 12 yr old son for pushing me to go but there is a catch. I took him clothes shopping on Tuesday. He never likes to go anywhere so this was a big event for us. I bought him some new tennis shoes and some basketball shorts. (remember when we got a new outfit we wanted to wear it to bed that night) Well he woke up yesterday morning got ready w/o having to be told and followed me around the house "hurry up mom" "lets go mom" "don't answer the phone!" "please don't get on the computer". He's doing the same thing this morning. I can't wait until the shoes get a scuff mark and the shorts have been washed a few times. I'm thankful that's he's getting me out there but he's also driving me crazy.
I better end this before he comes around the corner and see's i'm writing about him.
I'll check back in later,

yankee girl
03-31-2005, 10:36 PM
Hello all -
I walked today, it was so gorgeous out! 50 degrees and sunny - I went for 1 hour while my kids were at kindergarten/childcare.

Welcome Paloma!

Jennifer - yes, let's move the thread to support - ok with everyone?

thanks for the suggestion for South Beach, I will give it a try and report back.

Stay motivated girls - shorts and tanks are right around the corner! :^:


Jennifer 3FC
03-31-2005, 11:18 PM
Ok ladies, for those of you that get email notification of replies, this thread is now in the Support forum. We have a redirect to it from the Buddy Up forum. :)

04-01-2005, 04:43 AM
I'm a mom who's trying to take better care of herself, too! I have 3 little ones, ages 5, 4 and almost 2. My husband has been living and working 3 hours away for the last year, so it's hard for me to find ways to really get my heart rate up and excercise hard, but since I started getting serious about weight loss and health a little over two weeks ago, I've been doing Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss, and it's wonderful for me. I feel stronger and am obviously trimmer and more toned! Off to a good start, but I hope to add more excercise, like walking and such, when my husband is back here again.

Also, since I started all this on March 15, I've been watching my portion sizes, eating single servings, eating primarily whole grains (as opposed to processed what, etc...), lots of fruits and veggies and avoiding too much sugar. I'm down 8 lbs! And I feel so much better already. I'd love to be a part of a support group of moms. Count me in!

~Andrea (

04-01-2005, 04:51 AM
Oh, I meant to say that I'm 38, too. I noticed there were quite a few around that age participating in this thread, and I'm very excited to find others like me to commiserate with in this process. Also, I live in Ocean Park, Washington, which is on a peninsula on the Southwest Washington coast. Lots of beach walks with the kids! Can't go very fast with the three of them in tow, but I'm moving and getting fresh air in a beautiful place.

By the way, I'm using to log my food and and keep track of my nutrition, etc... It's very motivating. I find I think twice before eating something when I know I'll have to put it in the log! haha--keeps me honest.

Well, I'm sure glad to find this group. Let's do it!

04-01-2005, 11:07 AM
I am new to this board. Let me introduce myself. My name is Karyn and I am 34 years old. I have a 3 year old active boy (so I should be about 120lbs if I didn't like junk food so much). Anyway I am married for 7 years. Before conceiveing my son I lost 35lbs on Weight WAtchers. I gained 45lbs with that pregnancy and now I weight about 35lbs more then that. I am a stay at home mom which is really hard to diet when you have food at your beck and call. I have decided to start my weight loss today. I want to start watching what I am eating, and cut back on the junk drastically. Let me tell you when I made goal at weight watchers my first time I didn't journal. I journaled in my head. I was also working a full time job (so I packed breakfast and lunch), I also worked a part time job for weightwatchers in their call center (until they moved the location to kansa ( I am in NJ). Anyway, I am looking for a full time job right now but nothing has come up. I am disgusted with myself, my knees hurt, my back hurts. I am taking tylenol everyday lately. I need to get my but up and moving. I am hoping that you ladies can help me out. I have had a hard time getting myself motivated to get back into it.

Not to mention we are potty training this week. I am about to order the cardio cruiser by body from jake. doesn't anyone know anything about that? Also let me add we were trying to get pregnant for 9 months now and nothing. I think its the way I am eating and my weight so I decided to put me first and the baby will come. I guess not conceiving didn't help my weight. but I am glad to find this room. sorry this is so long.

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04-01-2005, 11:22 AM
I am so happy to have found a group of moms who are ready to take care of themselves! I decided to start working on my weight in Sept. after seeing a picture of myself that was taken on a family vacation earlier that month. I decided to take care of my health in Oct. when I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. I joined a gym that has very low cost childcare. So for 2 hrs a day 4-5 days a week my kids are playing with their friends and I take that time to take care of me! Somedays I go more for the mental break I get by being by myself for that time! (Did I really type that) :lol:
I'm 36, married with 3 kids, G-8, B-3, G-1.
In Feb. when I was having difficulties keeping motivated I started reading Dr. Phil's book to find out what emotional issues are behind my tendencies to binge and overeat. It has helped a lot!
I eat lots of fruit, vegis and whole grains. My breakfast just about everyday is a fat free yogurt, berry and lowfat granola parfait. :eating2:

To all the moms--- remember you can't take care of anyone if you don't take care of yourself!!!

04-01-2005, 11:44 AM
I have a question for you guys. I am about to order the cardio cruiser by body by jake but do you ladies think the total gym by body by jake would work better? The website is I would love feedback from those of you exercising at the gym.

This is my thoughts, my living room is not really stable for cardio and my knees and back can't take it. or should i say i can't take it. so i was thinking the cardio cruiser but my hubby thinks something that works more the muscle groups so i am tossed. what do you ladies think? I can't go to the gym 1 because we have no money

04-01-2005, 02:06 PM
Congratulations on taking this step. With support and dedication, we can get fit!

I can't go to the gym either, mainly because I can't afford both a gym membership and childcare while I go. I live in a pretty remote area on the coast of SW Washington, and the gyms here don't offer daycare.

I have used the machines at gyms before, and I did enjoy them, but since I don't go to the gym now (it's been years) and have never used either of these products, I don't have any opinion about which is better. I just wanted to say that I have been doing yoga DVD's, particlulary Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss by GAIAM and I am getting toned up nicely in a relatively short amount of time just using the resistance of my own body. To illustrate: I started eating right and doing yoga on March 15, when I weighed 200 lbs. I'm now only 8 lbs lighter, but I'm down to a size 16 from a 20, and my stomach in particular is much firmer! Plus the stretching helps keep my muscles flexible and long too. My posture's better, and my shoulders and flabby arms are even more shapely and firm. Yoga doesn't take me where I can't go. I'm loving it and feel great!

You may already know that you prefer Jake's machines better, but I just thought I'd share that cheaper, but no less effective alternative! Good Luck!

04-01-2005, 02:19 PM
I just wanted to comment on how far you've come since September. 38 pounds in 6 months--that's fantastic! You must feel so good. I'm looking forward to making that same kind of progress. We are eating similarly, and I don't feel deprived at all. How about you? Anyway, stories like yours are inspiring to me. Glad you're here!

04-01-2005, 02:47 PM
Hi everyone, I was excited to see more people joined the group. Sounds like we're all ready to take care of ourselves.
Andrea, keep up with the yoga. My sister in law has been doing it for almost 2 years and she has lost alot of inches and can do the splits standing up. She was overweight and out of shape when she started and now she looks great!! Do you live near Vancouver Wa? My husband grew up in LaCenter and has family all over the area.

aweightstogo, what do you do at the gym? weights, cardio, or both? I understand what you mean by the gym being your mental break. I go to the gym with my best friend Bobbi who is a SAHM and has a 2 and 4 yr old and she feels the same way you do. We've been going to the gym off and on for over a year but we're so busy socializing that we don't work as hard as we can. I've been going w/o her this week because her daughter is sick and i've been getting a good workout. I talked to her yesterday and told her no more chit chatten. Spring/Summer is coming and we have to do this for ourselves. Besides we have nothing to show for all our visits to the gym.

Karyn I went to the website and I think the cardio cruiser is a good choice. If you have a bad back and knees it's probally a good idea to be in a sitting position. I also have a bad back and my sciatic nerve acts up once in a while so I have to be very careful. I can push myself harder with cardio and feel better after the workout. I do lift weights also but i'm very cautious of my back. When I drop the weight i'll work on more muscle but until then i'll stick with more cardio. I hope that helps.

I'm off to the gym now. I'll check in later

04-01-2005, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the yoga success story Marina! That sounds great! I will definitely keep after it. I really do like it. I feel better physically and mentally.

Aweighstogo--I was wondering what you're doing at the gym, too. Do tell!

Everyone, I wanted to share a small success:

This morning, I ate breakfast, saw my friend, Taunya, who was visiting for a couple of days with her girls, off and came inside to take my measurements. Success! I've lost inches again. I'll compare my current inches to what I started at on March 15.

March 15:

Chest 42
Waist 39
Hips 50


Chest 41
Waist 36
Hips 47

Whoo Hoo! 7 inches lost in the Chest, Waist and Hips!!! I like it! No wonder old clothes are fitting better! :D

04-01-2005, 03:13 PM

I live about 2.5 hours West of Vancouver, WA, on the coast. My house is only about 10 minutes walking distance from the Pacific Ocean and a very long sandy beach!

04-01-2005, 03:31 PM
Thanks for your input. I was planning on buying the cardio crusier along with doing some tapes and hopefully yoga. I did buy yoga dvd's along time ago but never did it. I think I will give it a try. I never heard that too much exercise is bad..huh? I even bought kids yoga to do with my son but we never did it.. ugg.. i even have small weights that I would like to do. Before I got sick I started doing Denise Austin (total Body) and it was working.. i was down 2lbs in a week) but that went out the window. YOu ladies are getting me motivated. thanks.

I want to know what kind of diet are you ladies following?

7" inches is great! Keep up the great work.

04-01-2005, 04:13 PM
Karyn, I think having more options to chose from for excercising is a great idea. Change it up! I plan to, but haven't figured out what I will add next, besides walking with the kids, which is a bit slow, but refreshing all the same. I have a stand that I can put my bicycle on to make a stationary bike, but I don't really like the way it works--not very smooth-- and it feels tippy. My husband is supposed to look at it and see if he can fix it up some. It's his...and it's old.

Now, eating:

I am not on a "DIET", but my diet consists of 100% whole grains (for the most part--I eat regular pasta, because I like it better), lots of fruits and veggies, beans, seeds, some cheese, nuts and chicken-- all sorts of whole, good foods, actually. Not a whole lot of red meat or milkfat, though I still use about 1/2 pat of butter on my toast. I almost always use olive oil when I cook, sometimes sesame oil for stir-frys. I like yogurt and cottage cheese. I don't mind lowfat yogurt, but I usually just eat regular cottage cheese. In fact the way I approach most foods is not to avoid the things I like, but to just watch my portion sizes and avoid eating seconds. I don't make anything completely off limits; I just try to eat a reasonable amount, based on the recommended serving size and my calorie and nutrition goals. Luckily I only crave chocolate when I'm menstrual! If I'm still hungry a half hour after a meal, then I eat somthing, maybe even some more of what I was eating. But I try to give myself a chance to feel full. It didn't take long before I really did feel full after a meal of single portions and this makes me really happy. Now I feel completely satisfied eating around 1200-1500 calories a day. It's weird, because I was eating several servings at each meal before--really, just overating to the max--and now I just don't do that. It was a mental shift. I was definitely emotionally eating, but now I'm taking charge of my life and taking care of my needs in other ways.

I drink tea with milk and sugar when I'm feeling like something sweet, but I make myself drink a big glass of water too, if I do, to avoid getting dehydrated. I drink primarily water anyway, though. Always have.

Oh, and to keep up with that fruit and veggie goal that I've set (5-9 servings a day), I always have something fresh with every meal, even if it's just a stack of baby carrots. But I really like veggies, so it's easy for me to incorporate them into my meals. When I'm wanting just a bean burrito, I throw a handful of sprounts and salsa on it after I heat it up. Yummy!

By the way, I know my calories, only because I've been logging my food at, and that's the range I've been hitting by watching my portion sizes. I highly reccomend this site. It's surpisingly motivating to log what you eat and watch the calories and nutrition! Here's my fitday

Well, that's me. What's everyone else doing?

04-01-2005, 11:11 PM
Hi everyone, I went to the gym again today. That makes 3 days in a row for me. I'm gonna shoot for 5-6 with sundays off. I had to take my daughter shopping at the mall and grocery shop so i've been on my feet all day and now they need a massage.
Tomorrow is my daughters birthday and she has chosen to go to this all you can eat pizza place with a pasta, salad, and dessert bar. This will be a test for me. I've already planned my meal. A bunch of salad, 1 piece of cheese pizza, and a small helping of nonfat frozen yogurt. No pasta!
I'm gonna check out the site when i'm done here and i'm also going to make that been burritto you mentioned. It sounded so good that I had tortillas on the top of my list. I did forget the sprouts but i'll try that next time.
Have a good evening/night and i'll check back in tomorrow.

04-01-2005, 11:29 PM
Thats great. your thinking and planning ahead. there is no reason why you can't tastte the bad things as long as its a small taste. My old leader used to say taste everything eat nothing.. if you knlw what i mean.. good luck.. by the way i order the cardio cruiser.. i will let you guys know how it is..congrats on the gym workout.. your doing great!

04-02-2005, 12:54 AM
Sorry I left this part out of my post!
I do the treadmill for 15 min. to warm up then hit the machines. I use the ab machine for 2 sets then I do either the lower or the upper body. I then do another 2 sets on the ab machine. I have problems in my back too so I usually only work my abs on the machine or on a stability ball. I then do 30-45 min cardio. I alternate between the treadmill, the recumbent bike or the upright bike. No rhyme or reason to which one I pick at any given time. Just whatever I am in the mood for. They have elliptical machines but for some reason I can't do them. Then I do another 2 sets on the ab machine.
My worst problem is my stomach so I am really starting to focus on that.
I also try to keep my abs engaged most of the day just to strengthen them as much as possible.
On days I don't use the machines I just do more cardio. I may start taking a step class just to jump start my cardio to get more weight off.
I am also going to take my first belly dancing class next Tues. I'm starting to get bored and need to mix it up a bit. :dancer:

04-02-2005, 01:52 PM
My niece does belly dancing and she loves it. She lost alot of weight by belly dancing and cutting back on portion and breads. I don't know how much she lost but she looks great. I beleive belly dancing really works the abs. I should start doing it... How long did it take yuou to loose those 38lbs... how long have you ladies been working on your weight..

04-02-2005, 01:55 PM
Aweightogo where are you from in NJ. I am by sandyhook.

04-02-2005, 01:56 PM
I started loosing the end of sept. I still think I should be loosing quicker. Patience isn't my strong suit!
I went to the gym this am in the pouring rain. I worked out for 2 hrs. I'm sore! But it's a good sore!

04-02-2005, 02:04 PM
last exit on the parkway north

04-02-2005, 02:23 PM
your up north?? I am south jersey by the shore. I thought you were close to me...

04-02-2005, 02:26 PM
What does the exclamation point mean at the bottom of the posts. I don't have one but you do?

04-02-2005, 02:32 PM
Are there any junk food junkies out there? I am totally one. How do you stop yourself from putting it in your mouth. How do you get to that point where you do wnat it or can push it away. or even at restaurants when you can say I would rather have the salad instead of the ribs.. when i go out to eat i get what i don't at home like fries and stuff.. how do you get to the point where thats not important? Can anyone give suggestions?

mom of 3
04-02-2005, 05:07 PM
Gee I drop off for a day and when I come back there are a new people!! Welcome!! Glad you are here!! :D I love the quote at the bottom of your posts aweighstogo!! I'm still hanging in there with my SB diet although I had to have some fast food yesterday so opted for the Chicken Festiva Salad at Taco John's unfortunately when I opened it they had given me the Chicken Fajita dinner. So I tried to leave the rice and flour tortillas alone but ended up taking a bite of each :devil: those people don't know what they did by giving me the wrong order. :lol: Anyway not exactly a huge cheat and I'm sure it didn't set me back too much. I'm still walking everyday on my lunch hour from work and I usually get in about 2 and a half miles. I need to go today but haven't yet, although it is a beautiful day here, sunny and warm. :flow2: I need to get motivated enough to start doing something in the morning before work like yoga or something. It sounds like everyone is doing a great job! Keep it up!!

04-02-2005, 05:59 PM
I am just feeling so good again today. Can't figure out why I didn't do this sooner. I really like the kinds of food I'm eating and I'm finding that it isn't as hard as I thought to prepare healthy food everyday--I was just out of the habit. (I'm a SAHM like many of you, so I have time to actually prepare food, if I can mostly ignore the constant bickering and requests from the kids in order to do it!)

My lunch was SO good today. Yummy, healthy and beautiful looking. I baked salmon and drizzled it with a little olive oil with garlic, basil, lemon and salt. I steamed red potatoes and asparagus and put a tiny amount of butter and some salt on those. We also had a spinach and lettuce salad with tomatoes, grated carrots and sprouts, and a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. The kids loved it all too. I only ate 3 oz of the salmon and truly kept the butter and dressing to a minimun, so my calories stayed pretty low--about 363 calories according to I feel so totally satisfied! I love it!

Aweighstogo--I think belly dancing sounds fun, too. I actually bought a dvd several months ago, but I still haven't really used it. When I tried to the first time, it was hard, and I had no control over my ab muscles. It was dissapointing. Maybe I will try again, now that I've been doing yoga for awhile. I wish I could take a class like you. Sounds so fun! Can't afford it, though. Also, I wanted to say, I think your weight loss, both amount and time it took, is very inspiring and healthy. You keep it's something you can continue, instead of something you can only do for the short term. Good for you! (I understand the patience thing, though...I have to keep telling myself to look at my present successes and not try to think too much about how far I am from my ultimate goal.) Also, I'm impressed that you went out in the rain to work out at the gym. It's sometimes hard to motivate yourself when it's rainy out. And then 2 hours worth! Great job! :cp:

Karyn--In answer to your question, I've been working on losing for 18 days. Also, regarding junk food, I do crave it sometimes, but usually only when I'm menstrual, and then what I want is chocolate. I crave sugar more than I used to when I was younger. My midwives when I was pregnant told me that sugar cravings often mean you need to get more protein, so if I have a really strong craving for something sweet, I will often eat some almonds and apples, or some trail mix with nuts and raisins and that really helps alot. There is fat in the nuts, yes, but it is good for you fat and I watch my portion sizes. Another trick for me is to have some tea or coffee with a little sugar and milk or half-n-half. It satisfies my sugar lust without putting me too far over in calories! Maybe something like that would work for you, too. What kind of junky food do you crave anyway? Is it sweet stuff like me? Or chips and such?

04-02-2005, 07:07 PM
Its not too much a craving just a want I would say. I love chocolate, combos, cheese doodles, and chips and stuff like that. I have a 3 year old in the house and I try not to buy the junk but sometimes I do and if i go nuts on it I don't buy it again. Also with Easter he got a lot of chocolate and I am finding it hard to stay away. Dr Phil says take it out of the house and I know that but its hard. I started eating a turkey sandwhich w/saurerkraut and french dressing crisped on the stove in a teflon pan for lunch and I notice that I don't snack as much during the day as I did. I was finding myself snacking while making dinner. I guess I should have veggies or fruit out at that time instead. I have to be careful on the fruit I bring in because my son is sensative to the nantural sugar in apples and pears and he will eat them anyway. I am not a big veggie eater just the old fashioned ones which are carrots. I do drink coffee in the morning with equal and whole milk, can't drink it with skim or lowfat.

Its obvious that we all know what we should and should not eat. I was always a yo yo dieter since 12 years old. But sometimes our thinking gets clogged by all the things we know we should not have and have anyway. if you kinow what I mean.

I have to say since joining this group my old weight watcher ways of loosing weight is coming back to me slowly and I kneed to supply my house with the good stuff and I will. I don't want to diet anymore. I want to be able to live and enjoy life. See food is not my problem as I said, its snacking which since being home for 3 years that all i did all day long. Let me add that my hubby woirks about 16 hour days so I don't do alot of cooking. I was eating what my 3 year old wanted (which is not exactly healthy), I can't have fish or seafood so that makes it harder. I am going to add protein like you said and see if it helps along with fruit and veggies and see how I do.. wish me luck..

04-02-2005, 08:23 PM
Karyn, I know what you mean about snacking more when you are home with the kids. I can also relate to your husband being gone so much that you don't want to cook. My husband has been working and living 3 hours away from us for about a year (long story) and I got so I would just make easy stuff and keep lots of snacks in the house for the kids. They were healthy snacks for the most part, but I wasn't ready to be serious about my weight, I guess, because I didn't watch how much I ate. Even when I prepared healthy meals, I ate 2 or more servings, just because it was there. For some reason, I just wasn't ready to control myself. And because we are on such a tight budget, I couldn't pay anyone to watch the kids so I could excercise. I started getting pretty depressed about the extra 20 lbs I added to my already overweight body, and I felt like I would never do anything about it. I tried a few times, but didn't stick to it and didn't make a total effort like I am now. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I feel so positive and motivated now. Thank goodness.

I do think I was doing something right during that time that is actually helping me now. I prepared and ate healthy foods for the most part. I ate way too much of them all, of course, and I ate other junky stuff on top of it, but our diets were, for the most part, well rounded and full of nutrition. I like eating that way (alot!) haha Anyway, it's been pretty easy for me to eat the right things since I started this, and not feel deprived nor have a bunch of cravings. All I've had to really focus on is how much I eat and when I eat (I tended to eat a whole bunch after the kids went to bed), and for some reason it hasn't been all that hard. I think because I am mentally ready now.

Good luck with getting back on track--sounds like you know what your issues are and what you need to do. It helps to have other people to do it with, though I think, so you are in the right place. I started this with a friend, but she has backed WAY off, and didn't really have the same goals anyway, which is why I joined this group! I like sharing successes and hearing inspiring stories daily. Very motivating! Again, good luck!

04-02-2005, 08:31 PM
Karyn, I wanted to say something else about Easter chocolate. I had a bit of difficulty with that too, especially since I got my husband a Dove Chocolate Bunny, and he LEFT IT HERE! I decided to just eat a reasonable amount each day (if I wanted to) till it was gone. I figured out how much was reasonable for my calorie and nutrition goals for the day, and I ate that amount when I really felt the urge to get some. Sometimes I ate a bit more, but it was never a huge, unreasonable amount. And I savored it in quiet enjoyment, instead of wolfing it down mindlessly. I guess my point is that I try to keep the junk out, but I don't make anything completely off limits, especially things I really like. I just watch my overall calories and nutrition. I won't be happy about eating a half-pound of chocolate, if I can't eat anything else for the rest of the day!! I sure felt happy when that darned bunny was gone, though! hehe

04-02-2005, 10:20 PM
I'm a newbie here, I have 2 daughters 16 and 6 and am happily married. I need to lose about 42 pounds to get to a realistic goal weight of 128. I look forward to getting to know you all. I live in NH

04-02-2005, 10:48 PM
Glad you're here dmb! I just joined this group recently, and it's fun to have others to share your successes and frustrations with. Good luck reaching your goals!

04-03-2005, 12:23 PM
Karyn, I'm about 3 minutes from the New york border.
I am hoping to get to my goal of 165 for my yearly trip to Wildwood Crest in Sept.

It is pouring again here today but I started out for the gym this am. I had to turn around though because the road was flooded. Not worth damaging the van just to go to the gym for a couple hours! Then I wouldn't be able to go at all!
I can't wait for summer! The road out of town has never flooded!

Well at least my intention was to go! ;)

04-03-2005, 01:48 PM
We've had nothing but rain for a couple of weeks, and had a sudden torrential hail storm yesterday--typical for where I live actually. :rain: The famous Pacific NW rain was noticeably absent for much of February and March, though, and now it seems oppressive to have so much again. I want to take a walk on the beach or take a hike on one of the trail around here, but I am stuck inside. Oh, well, at least we won't have the projected drought condition all the weather forecasters were prematurely predicting back during the unusual dry spell! This summer will be beautiful as usual!

Aweighstogo, sorry you couldn't make it to the gym. Count it as a day of rest after your big workout yesterday...or just put on some good music and dance for 30 minutes with your kids! Um...I forgot their ages, but mine are little and love to boogie with me.:dancer: I suppose if you have teenagers, then they would just roll their eyes and be mad at you for embarrasing them! :o

Anyway, good for you for trying!

04-03-2005, 02:03 PM
Andrea thanks for the encouragement you gave me. Your story is my life, how scary is that. My hubby started a busines 2 years ago and this year we have no money for the bills and i am looking to go back to work which i really don't want to put nicky in childcare but he is 3 and i think he will love being with kids. Anyway I was trying to get pregnant since last June and nothing is happening and its proberly because of eating sugar and not exercising. I am now focusing my goal on my weight and eating right and I am sure after loosing 20lbs I will get pregnant. We are going to really start trying around june/july. My son was conceived in April and was born dec 27..ugg.. don't want to do that to another one. You have motivated me to go to the store and buy salads and fruit and to THROW OUT THAT CHOCOLATE and carrott cake that is in my refrigerator from Easter. I am having my sisters and all over next Sunday so if I can stay away from all the bad sturff this week and do some exercise (even small amounts) I can have a taste of some of the desserts (which I love) but that is my goal for this week to save up for Sunday. Anyway I am going to the supermarket today and buying some good stuff. any suggestions on that?

04-03-2005, 02:13 PM
Aweightogo what is your first name? Anyway how funny is that, we are going to wildwood the first week in August. We went last year with our friends, they have 3 kids 13, 4.5, 2 and mine is 3.. We had a ball so we booked the condo again. We stay at a 3 bedroom condo with a full kitchen for the kids. its awesome. we had an awesome time and had a pool. I want this year to look better in my bathing suit so that is my goal too (unless I get pregnant before that) but looking good is still the goal..haha..

Sorry about all the rain. We got clobbered too. it doesn't help that my yard is like a sideways hill. all my pavers are covered with dirt and i am tired of diggeing them out between the rain and my dog!

Welcome Dmb. What is your first name? I just joined this group this week and I think this is the best message board I ever found! I was always looking for moms who wanted to loose weight and are stuggling. now i found it. I was on one board of lossing weight a year ago and alls they did was bash people stuggleing so i never looked for another one. anyway.. welcome...


04-03-2005, 04:39 PM
Well, I got up and did my 45 minutes of yoga this morning (4th morning in a row--yay, no skips in awhile!), and I feel all warm and relaxed and aware of my body in a good way. I like that feeling. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Also, last night I tried out my bellydancing dvd again, and it was slightly easier than when I tried several months ago, but I'm still quite uncoordinated about it, and can't even figure out how they are doing some of it! I've never been good at following choreography, darn it! I feel so goofy trying, too! :lol: Even though I can dance pretty well on my own, trying to follow what someone else is doing makes me feel like a doofus. :o I'm going to keep on trying, though, since maybe it just takes practice and I'll get better. In any case, I spent 30 more minutes than usual working up a sweat and burning calories...and that's the goal right!?

I ate 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with 1/2 cup of pineapples for breakfast. It was yummy, but I was sorry I didn't make any bread yesterday, because I really wanted some toast with breakfast this morning. I didn't buy bread when I went grocery shopping day before yesterday, because I was planning on trying to make a loaf of good whole wheat bread myself--figured it'd taste better and I'd get some exercise kneading it! I'll have to do that today. (I will do it, I will do it, I will do it...)

Karyn, I'm glad you felt motivated by something I said. I can go on and on, in case you haven't noticed! :^: But, you know, I have been coming to 3fatchicks on and off for a couple of years without posting at all--just looking for the right group and for me to be in the right frame of mind. Now that I feel like I'm ready and have found a good group, I'm very enthusiastic! I'm wondering, though, where are the original posters that started this thread? I miss them. Where are you partyof5 and others? I'm glad you are here, though, Karyn, and also aweighstogo. Oh, and I would like to know your first name, too, aweighstogo and dmb!

Karyn, you asked for shopping suggestions. Well, I can tell you some things that I buy regularly for me and my crew:

~whole wheat tortillas
~cottage cheese
~Pineapple chunks
~tuna (I make a pretty good pasta salad with garden pasta, tuna, peas, ~spinach tomatoes and olives and a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing combined with a little mayo--my kids love it)
brown rice--I get a large 20 lb bag for $12 from the Korean store in Portland, OR
~lots of veggies for stir-frys and soups, etc...--broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, yellow and orange bell peppers (they are beautiful and yummy in a stir fry!) , asparagus in season, etc...

~Apples ( I keep lots on hand as my kids LOVE them and I peel, core and slice them and serve platters of whole wheat crackers like triscuits, cheese, baby carrots and almonds. I eat this too, though I watch my portion size carefully and I have a special favorite cheese that I treat myself to--Dubliner Irish cheese! If I'm eating a snack, I have only 1 oz of it, but if I'm having crackers and cheese and fruit for a regular meal, I allow 3 oz of the cheese. YUMMY! and easy, too!)

~Bananas and lots of other fruit--usually what's on sale.

~I try to buy some fish of some kind each week. It's can be expensive, especially my favorite, salmon, but it's so good for you, and I like it. Keeps me happy to have this nice treat once a week. I really love little bay scallops rolled in flour and sauteed in a little olive oil and garlic and served over brown rice. DELICIOUS!

~I love soups and stews, and there are some really, really good ones in my Moosewood Restaurant Lowfat Favorites cookbook. I use it often. It also contains one of my favorite meals: Garlicky black-eyed peas and collard greens. It's just like it sounds and is served over brown rice. I am from South Louisiana, and I love black-eyed peas...and collard greens for that matter.

~As a matter of fact, we tend to eat a lot of bean and rice dishes. My husband likes them as much or more than I do. I am not a vegetarian, but I don't eat meat of any kind that often, sometimes going several days without it. Beans, cheese, and nuts comprise much of my protein, but I'm trying to cut back on cheese.

~Oh...almost forgot...I have recently started buying frozen chicken breasts so I can thaw one, cut it up and use it in the stir-frys I've been making lately. I really like doing this. It's an easy, healthful source of protein, and I get a large amount of veggies, too!

Well, this is getting long. Hope some of this is helpful.

Good luck!

04-03-2005, 04:48 PM
Just thought of another couple of favorite regular dishes:

~Linguine with feta cheese and garlic, along with diced tomatoes and fresh spinach thrown in at the last minute. We always have a big garden salad with this and many other dishes.

~Angel hair pasta and clam sauce. EASY and delicious:

Put the water on to boil. Sautee some garlic (3-4 cloves, or to taste) in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small saucepan, then add 3 cans of minced clams and some chopped parsely. When the pasta is done (angel hair goes fast!) just spoon the light sauce over the pasta and garnish with diced roma tomatoes, capers and parmesan cheese. I LOVE this--an all time favorite, especially in the summer when something heavier is so unappealing. This seems very gourmet, yet is so simple--great to serve guests, providing they like clams.

04-03-2005, 06:15 PM
Hi all. My first name is Joan. My kids are 1, 3, & 8. My kids will dance around with me but instead of dancing my oldest and I decided to wrestle on my bed. She can't believe how strong I am now. She used to be able to pin me down pretty quick! But not anymore!
She does get embarrassed though everytime I mention that I am going to go bellydancing! All the more reason to go!!! :lol3:
Than I took a nap! I am pretty tired after my workout yesterday. A good tired though. An honest tired from being active! I used free weights in addition to the machines yesterday and I am so SORE! But I finally saw a tiny indentation that one might call the start of a waistline! :cb: So i guess it is all worth it!!!

I can't wait to go to Wildwood at goal! I see family that I only see at that time. I can't wait to see their faces. Or to go clothes shopping for the trip!

I am so glad that I found you guys. I need the support to keep going!
It's hard being a Mom and finding the time/energy to take care of ourselves AND everyone else! When I start feeling stressed I just come to this thread!

Thanks you guys for all your help and support!!! :thanks:

04-03-2005, 09:04 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortantly I can't eat fish. I can have tuna maybe 1 time a month but not in large portins. Anyway I printed your suggestions so I can look over them again.

I did go shopping today. I bought lots of veggies and fruit. I already made a fruit salad in my refrigerator. Lots of lettuce and some chilcken short cuts to add to it. At checkout I picked up the new shape magazine and womens world which was on dieting and receipes. I also printed some from the 3fatchicks site. I am going to try it. My first time making my goal weight I made stir frys all the time and I will get backt o that. I always keep frozen broccolli and cauliflower and carrots in the freezer. Anyway I bought a big bag of carrots to put on the counter while cooking to keep me from snacking on junk. thats one of my downfalls. I am very proud of my shopping trip. No cookies or candy made it to my court.. yay. Tonight we had tacos from the taco kit but I made a large salad with it and chopped up fressh tomatoes. I noticed I ate less of the tacos oh and i always use 93% or higher lean meat. After diner I ate my last piece of carrot cake and threw the rest of it in the garbadge along with the chocaolate.

04-03-2005, 09:17 PM
The women in the 30-something group are great, most of us are moms as well. Feel free to come join us!

Karyn, I've skimmed over most of your posts, so forgive me if I missed something key here. But I found I had to breakup with food, atleast for a long time. Most of my cravings were based on memories, not on the food actually bringing me any satisfaction at the time. I'm down 20# since January and am amazed by the freedom I've found, I've yet to feel a sense of depravation, which is amazing because before the breakup, I didn't know it was possible to lose weight and not go crazy. Anyway, good luck!

mom of 3
04-03-2005, 11:04 PM
Hello everyone!! I'm so proud of everyone here, it sounds like everyone is staying so positive and doing so well! Speaking of yummy food I just made a really good recipe that was in the SB diet cookbook. I'll post it if anyone is interested. It is a wheat pasta dish with meatballs and veggies!!! It was really good. I too had a little bit of trouble with Easter. I'm totally a chocolaholic. I found a sugar free chocolate bunny and bought that for myself to help (of course I ate it for supper along with some salted soy nuts). :lol: For exercise I replaced the inner tube in the back tire of my bike and rode it for a while with my youngest Seth. I didn't get any exercise today really. It was one of those days were no matter what I tried to do it just didn't work out for one reason or another. Actually I take it back, I did mow most of the lawn with the push mower (the riding mower had a belt off) and I have a huge yard, so that was some exercise. :dizzy: I still haven't started doing anything in the morning yet I just can't get that motivated. I hate getting out of bed in the morning! :^:

mom of 3
04-03-2005, 11:06 PM
By the way my new ticker is my goal for April!!

04-04-2005, 12:42 AM
Hi everyone, first I want to start with telling you all that last night about 9:30 I checked in to catch up with everyone and I got to about the middle of the posts and thought to myself "I'm going to the gym." So when I finished reading I put on my shoes and went. My husband said that it closed at midnight but when I got there it closed at 10 so I thought I'd do the elliptical crosstrainer since it's the one I have the hardest time with and I was able to do it for the full 20 minutes that I had. Probally because it's the only thing I did. But I wanted you all to know how motivating you all are. I wasn't planning on going to the gym yesterday because it was my daughters birthday and we had a party for her and some family spend the night. Nobody seemed to mind me going though. When I got home my husband was on the computer so I showered then went to bed. I didn't exactly stick to my planned meal at the pizza place but I did good. I had salad, 2 pieces of pizza, tiny bit of the frozen yogurt, and a small piece of cheesecake. I ate a bananna for breakfast. That's all I ate for the day. I had one of those stress stomach aches when your planning a party and hope everything works out. It always does but we still lose our appetite.
This morning after taking everyone home we headed out to the races. I can't remember the last time we had had something to do on both saturday and sunday. I'm beat and my back is killing me from sitting on the bleachers for 5 hours today.

I was wondering how often everyone weighs in? I was thinking maybe we should all choose a day of the week or month and weigh in together. Just a suggestion. What do you all think?

Welcome dmb.

Andrea thank you for the food suggestions. I'm so glad it's spring and all the fruit is in season again. I love going to the farmers market and buying the freshest fruit and vegies. I'm gonna make myself a fruit salad now and watch Desperate Housewives. Anyone else watch it?
I'll check back in later,

04-04-2005, 01:08 AM
I think it's a great idea to have a weigh in day! :goodscale I've been following Dr. Phil's book as much as I'm able and one of his things is accountability. I think it would be a great place for us to have that accountability and support. I'd be willing!
Maybe it should be Monday to gear us up for the week.
Maybe we should have a nightly post of what our workout plans are for the next day and if we stuck to our plan for the current day? Just a suggestion.

04-04-2005, 03:29 AM
Wow! I love this thread! So much fun to have partners in this effort!

Joan, your story about wrestling your daughter was so funny! Brought back memories. I used to do that with my oldest son when he was younger (he's almost 16 now and lives with his dad in Alaska) . Once, when he was about 7, he had spent a winter in Mexico with his dad and then came to Washington to stay with me afterward. He had been swimming every day for months and was so strong I could hardly pin him down! If I had been as out of shape as I am now (but I'm working on it!), he would've pinned me! :o He's coming to visit me in 3 weeks, and I haven't seen him in about 3 years (no rift between us--he's just a bit set in his ways and wasn't into coming for some time now), so I'm excited, but nervous. We talk on the phone all the time, but it's not the same as being around him. I feel out of the loop with him, and he's now much taller than me--6 feet tall--and has a really deep voice! But, he is very into yoga, so we at least have one common interest. Wants to take an instructor's course when he gets here if there is one available around here. Maybe he can teach me some more!

Anyway, Joan, I also wanted to congratulate you on that emerging waistline! Yippee for you! I was excited the other day, because my saddle bags are starting to melt away and there is a smoother line from my hips down my thighs! I carry my weight mostly in my hips and thighs, so I like seeing that change!

Karyn, why can't you eat fish? Do you not like it, or are you allergic, or what? Just curious. By the way, good for you for searching out new recipes. It can be fun to try new foods and makes this weightloss regimen more of an adventure, I think! Keeps your mind on something positive--what we CAN have! :) Also, kudos for resisting the cookies and candy at the grocery--THAT can be HARD, especially if you have kids begging for some. Were yours with you?

Val, that was an interesting dinner (bunny and soy nuts)! :lol: I laughed when I read that solution to the Easter dilemma. Sounds like you are finding good ways to meet your kids' needs while also meeting your own. I wish mine were old enough to go bike riding. If I didn't have so many, I could pull them in the bike trailer, but I have to have my husband around for that, and have our bikes out of storage, too, so he can pull the trailer, and I can put the youngster in the child seat on the back of my bike. Hasn't happened in over a year, since I moved out here to the coast from Portland. :( Sigh...but there is a beach! And summer's coming! :D It's been raining and hailing so much lately, but this afternoon there was a break, so I rushed all the kids out to the beach and we played with our black lab. I threw a stick into the ocean for her a few times and then pretended to be the "KissyMomster" and chased the kids around the dunes, until the clouds got threatening again. Fun! And got a little exercise in!

Oh, and Val, don't you just love exercise that also accomplishes one of your other daily goals, ie: lawnmowing. So efficient! :) Your goal of losing 6 lbs in April is a good one--reasonable AND do-able! Go for it!

Marina, Yay! for going to the gym after reading the posts on this thread! I know what you mean about it being inspiring. Last night I broke out my bellydancing dvd (and made a fool of myself! :dizzy: ), and got in some more exercise. I really want and need to do more and you are all inspiring me to find ways, despite my current limited income. My husband said he'll look at that bike stand that's so tippy. He said it shouldn't be and perhaps I haven't got the bike on there right. We'll see. Otherwise, I'll keep dancing and practising my yoga.

I'm all for a weigh-in, but I do have a slight problem. I don't have a scale. :^: I will get one eventually, but my contractor husband says it will have to wait a week or so, because he needs to finish some jobs and pay for materials. I hate being this broke. I weighed in last Thursday at a local T.O.P.S. meeting. I'm not a member, but the first visit is free, so I went to check it out--and get weighed ;) . The thing is, I live in a retirement community and the youngest person after me looked to be in her mid-50's, while the rest were clearly in their 60's and older. I liked them alright and don't have anything singing dorky songs of inspiration with my elders, but I only have so much money to spend on child care, so if I pay a sitter, I want it to be for something REALLY good and enjoyable for me, and frankly, that meeting just didn't fit the bill! I'd rather go on a good hike or something like that when I pay a sitter. Know what I mean? But anyway, I don't have a scale yet. I wish I did. I'm just so curious about how I'm doing! I could use the scale at Curves, though I'm not a member. I think they would let me go in and step on the scale a couple of times, until I can get one of my own. There is a Curves gym in a strip mall in my town, which also houses the local fudge and candy shop (how appropriate is that!? :D )

Well all, as usual, I'm rambling and this is LOOOONG, so I'll cut it short. Can't wait to hear from you all again!

04-04-2005, 11:51 AM
Yes I am allergic to fish. I have only had alittle taste here and there without a problem but once i had a lot of crab legs and was sick for a week so i don't eat it. my hubby doesn't care for it. so its not a problem here. we usually have chicken, beef, pork loin and ground beef 93-97 lean. i don't own a deep fryer and use my grill all summer and my oven all winter. now i have a crock pot.

My son came with me but didn't ask for the sweets. he was happy with the fruit in the cart. he loves fruit but can't have apples (can i put apples inthe cabinet for me or willthey spoil?). He asked for yogurt. Dr phil says to shop aorund the outer permiter an d not the isles so we just went to the isle for coolaid, crystal light and pretzels.

I like the idea of weighing in. I would like Friday better but what ever day you choose is fine with me. I am in. Andrea is there a golds gym by you . I know they weight dr phils weight loss challerngers for free without joining. you might want to check on it tho. you could bring your kids with you. just go during a quiet time olf the day. call them and find out. I am all in for the preday posts also..

I am going away april 28 to Baton Rouge for my husbands bowling tornament (myson is staying home with my mom) so its just hte two of us going... anyway I would like to be down 10lbs by then. That is my goal for this month. I am going to hate going out and buying shorts in the size i am in but its already 70 degrees there.. ugg.. I can't wait for my exercise machine to come.

anyway talk to you later.


yankee girl
04-04-2005, 12:12 PM
Hello moms!
Boy, has this taken off !! :high: I haven't posted in a few days and I can't believe all the good energy here ! I don't know about you, but this group has got me totally motivated. The most difficult thing for me with my weight has been the feeling that I am the only one struggling. I see my sisters, girlfriends, colleagues, and other moms at the preschool who all seem to have it "together" when it comes to their bodies. I know this can't be true, but it's my perception when I'm feeling down on myself. I think "why can't I just be like so and so...her body looks great and she's got ___ kids at home, etc., etc." Does this sound familiar? :yes:

Anyway, I've been cutting my portions and walking this week. So far, so good. I would love to set up a weigh day for everyone - I think being accountable to the group would be helpful for me. Welcome to all you moms who have joined us!

I also appreciate the input on the abd issue - My boys were big babies also and I have what my mother (9 kids) referred to lovingly as her "apron" :lol: I do have a core exercise ball that I plan to start once I get some more weight off - but I thank you for your ideas.

Can't wait to read more - keep it coming! We will all soon be "Yummy mommies"!! :cb:


mom of 3
04-04-2005, 01:04 PM
I love the idea of a weigh in day. Currently I weigh in once a week, on Monday morning, and guess what!! This morning when I weighed in I've lost another 2 lbs!!! Yay!!! Gotta go check back in later. :smug:

04-04-2005, 01:22 PM
Andrea, you could also see if you can weigh in at your local health dept. Most of them have a nurse on duty full time. Maybe they will let you weigh in there.
Do you have a Dr that will let you use their scale? A lot of times they will let you come in just to use the scale. Most Dr.s appreciate you trying to take care of your health/weight. Life is hard when you don't have any extra funds.
I fully understand where you're at!

Let's pick a day to weigh in. Any day is fine for me.

Just so I don't chicken out I'm telling you all that I am planing to take the bellydancing class at my gym at 5:30 tomorrow. I'm telling you so that I don't chicken out! :fr: I need to spice up my life a little bit!

04-04-2005, 01:25 PM
Val that's great! :bravo: I weighed in this am too. I'm still at 196 but at least I didn't gain!

04-04-2005, 03:09 PM
I'd love to join in on the weighin, the board I formerly posted at always did it on Fridays but Monday sounds great to me. I look forward to joining you all.


mom of 3
04-04-2005, 03:14 PM
Great to have you here Diane! I love the little cheerleader on your ticker, but I think it may be because I also have red hair :lol: I also love the little dancing banana :cb: so chances are you guys will see that one alot in my posts!

04-04-2005, 03:34 PM
Hi all! I got up and did my yoga workout again this morning! Feels so good to stretch and warm up those muscles. I stayed up late watching a movie last night, and it was hard to roll out of bed, much less excercise, but I'm so glad I did. Good movie, by the way. King Arthur Have any of you seen it?

Karyn-- Yes! You can store your apples in the cabinet. I keep mine in a bamboo bowl with bananas and garlic and oranges, etc...They do fine. In the old days people would store apples harvested in the fall in straw in the loft of their barn. Someplace relatively cool and dry, I think is good, but if you're going to eat them up, the counter is fine. It takes them awhile to go bad.

There is no Gold's Gym around here. I am surprised there is a Curves, actually! This is a pretty remote place out on the Pacific Ocean--primarily a retirement and vacation community. Very small and what gyms there are (I think there are a couple besides the Curves) are local and small. But, I really like Joan's advice in a later post about weighing myself at the health department! I know just where that is, since I pass it all the time.

Have fun in Baton Rouge Karyn! I'm from Louisiana, though I haven't lived there since I was a teenager. My family is mostly there still, in Lafayette. Recently I read a book written by my high school sweetheart, called World Food: New Orleans. It is a travel, food and culture type book. It was so good and included info not just about New Orleans, but cajun country and North Louisiana as well. It was so good--made me want to go back and thoroughly explore and get re-acquainted with my roots. Also made me want to EAT! hahaha...Be careful while you are down there. The food is RICH and fattening and delicious. Enjoy yourself, by all means, but watch your portions sizes--even go smaller than usual if you can, so you enjoy more without overdoing it. Good luck! Have fun! Oh, and don't worry about those shorts. It is hot an muggy in Louisiana, so just be comfortable and know you are caring for yourself!

Kelly! Glad you're back. You are the reason this has become such a great thread! We all related to that great tagline: Mom's ready to take care of mom.. Thanks so much. OH, and I LOVE what you said about us all becoming "yummy mommies" :lol: That's what I want to me for sure (though my still occassionally nursing 21 month old already thinks that I am! ;) )!

Val--GREAT job going down another 2lbs! It must feel great. I can't wait to weigh in again. I'm soooooo curious!

Joan--Thanks again for the great idea about weighing in at the Health Dept. I wil definitely give that a try.

As for weigh in day, I've read in a fitness/health article recently (can't remember where) that weight fluctuates alot according to certain hormonal patterns, etc.. and that Thursday is often the day that women weigh their least. I'm okay with any day, but just wanted to throw Thursday out as a suggestion, because of the possibility for less weight! haha

Joan, don't chicken out on the belly dance class! You'll have so much fun. I've been involved (years ago) with women who belly dance. They are warm and open and have a LOT of fun. I wish I could take a class instead of watching this DVD. Would be so much easier to learn the moves with a real live teacher! Go...and have a blast! Nice job staying out of the red on the scale, too!

Keep it up the good work everyone!

04-04-2005, 04:34 PM
Andrea: Any suggestions on what to eat or what to do in Baton Rouge? We are flying in on a thursday and frlying on monday so its only 4 days. I will try to be good. Wednesday when my son goes to preshcool i will get some apples and hide them. they will be great for breakfast.

Today is my real first day on my program. Before i was just easing in to it for a couple of days. I got to tell you I did great so far: coffee, turkey sandwhich and salad and of course my crystal light..yay for me.. I didn't exercise yet but the day is not over. I think I will take the dog and my son for a walk.. :cb: :cb:


04-04-2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks Andrea for the encouragement to go to the bellydance class!
I'll do an extra swing of my hips for ya!!! :dancer:
I think we need a bellydancing smilie!!!
She could be our mascot for the board!!

I'm wondering what everyone wears for the class? I guess I'll found out. I'll dance but I am not baring my stretch marks for anyone!!! I'll do a lot for fitness but I draw the line there! (i'm sure everone else in the class will be very thankful!)

04-04-2005, 07:41 PM
Wow! This group is taking off. Everytime I log on there's so much to catch up on.
This morning I got my wakeup call at 8:10 (my kids are off track till 4/25 so i get to sleep in a little longer) and was at the gym by 9am. I did my 1 hr/15 minute cardio workout and I felt good. It's getting easier. My goal is to be able to do the ellipitcal crosstrainer for 30 minutes. Right now i'm at 15 minutes but that's kicking my butt!!! I also carry my weight in my hips and thighs and was told that the elliptical is the best machine for hips. It figures!
This morning before I left I weighed myself and I lost 3lbs. I was surprised because yesterday I started my period and I felt extra heavy this morning. Even after I took off my shoes, socks, sweatpants, shirt, jewelry, hair piece, and tried one last time to go to the bathroom. This week I plan to be at the gym at least 5 days, follow my WW points, and drink lots of water so i'll be curious to see how I do next weigh in with all that and no monthly visitor.
My daughter and her friend want to play outside so I need to go keep an eye on them. I'll check in later this evening.

04-05-2005, 01:18 AM
I got to say ladies I stuck with it all day. No candy no sugar no sweets touched my lips. I ate salad with my lunch and dinner. Tonight I was looking in the cabinets for something and didn't know what (wasn't going to find anythihng good anyway) so I had some milk and it really worked. thanks for that advice! Anyway after dinner me, my son and the dog went for a long walk. My 3 year old keep running ahead of us so I know we weren't dilly dallying either. It was nice to do that with them. Of course he still didn't want to go to bed even after his gym class, some park time and that walk iand no nap.. i was sure he would go no problem but of course not.. anyway I am so proud of myself and just wanted to share that with you ladies. I hope my posts aren't boring some of you. just wanted to share.. usually i end up snacking even when i just start a program.


04-05-2005, 01:19 AM
i have a suggestion, if anyone wants to meet once a week or soemthing we should check out the chat room and talk. just a sugestions. i am sure that everyone is on differnet schedules..

04-05-2005, 02:51 AM
Great job Karyn! Isn't this group so inspiring? Your son will probally sleep good tonight. The chat room sounds good to me. I think it's a good idea. Whatever day and time you all choose is good with me.

I cooked a very healthy dinner tonight. We had fish and veggies. I only had zuchinni, mushrooms, and tomatoes but I grilled them up with a little seasoning and added the tomatoes at the last minute. It was really good. I didn't have any red potatoes (do you think I need to go to the grocery store?) so I doubled up on the veggies. I like that feeling after a meal where your satisfied and not stuffed. I did have some chocolate after dinner but it was within my points. I grew up always having dessert and i'm still like that to this day. My dad is a big chocoholic so if we ever were out my sisters and I were sent to the store around the corner for candy bars. Now if I eat a whole candy bar I feel guilty. Most of them are about 6 points so i've gotten use to hersheys miniatures and I'm satified with just the 2 bites. I do have my husband hide the bag though.
Well i'm off to bed. Talk to you all tomorrow.

04-05-2005, 11:07 AM
Hi everyone-

My name is Jessie. I am going to be 33 this year and I am a SAHM of two daughters ages 4 and 3. Cabin fever is a big issue, we live in Buffalo, NY. I am feeling pretty down in the dumps lately it probably is just the weather but it would be nice to talk to someone who knows what it's like.
I am 160 lbs. and actually I'm pretty happy. I lost about 30 lbs. over the last year. Now I'm starting to think I would like to try and lose more perhaps another 20. I do WW but I'm having a hard time getting motivated to journal all my food and be on board. Hope I can be part of the group

04-05-2005, 11:32 AM
Welcome Jessie. I am Karyn and I live in Nj, so I know what you mean about the bad weather although its colder by you. It looks like a nice week so maybe you can get out and miss some of that cabin feaver for at least this week. I took my son and dog for a nice walk around 5:30/6:00 last night and it was wonderful. The dog pulled because he didn't like my 3 year old running ahead but I thought to myself yes spring is coming and it was just so relaxing.

I did weight watchers about 4 years ago and made goal. After my son was born I had a hard time following the program and getting motivated to do it. They call that out of the honeymoon stage. But anyway, I still use the concept of what I learned there. I am not fully doing the program but the concept if you knwo what I mean. I never journaled the hole time but i will tell you it took me almost 2 years to loose 40lbs. Too long. I did it slowly I told myself but if I would have journaled it would have been 1 year . Journaling is very important. I even tried the core program last year and hated it.. what did you think about that program?

Good Luck and welcome!


PS what does sham mean?

04-05-2005, 11:54 AM
SAHM is a stay at home mom
Karyn your posts ARE NOT BORING!!! We are all in this battle of the bulge together! You inspire all of us. This is a safe place for all of us to brag, cry, celebrate, or scream!
I think it is great that you went out walking. We have a big bear problem around here so I don't feel safe walking with the kids. We are hoping to move out of the area in the next few years but for now we are stuck here.

Jessie welcome to the group! I live in Nj about 3 minutes from Orange County, NY.
The weather has been horrible lately. :rain: I'm looking forward to seeing the sun. Cabin fever is a big problem for me too. I live on a mountain and when the weather is bad I don't go anywhere.
Well I need to go cook my dinner now so that I have no excuse not to go to my bellydance class at 5:30!

04-05-2005, 12:11 PM
Welcome Jessimom, glad to have you join. Great Job on the 30lb weight loss!!

I also tried the "Core" program and just did not like it. I couldn't figure it out. I kept going back to the book. I think it was confusing after doing points for so long. I totally agree with the journaling. Alot of times I try and do it in my head and I start to lose track and get all screwed up which then screws me up for the week.

I'm off to the gym. Talk to you later.

mom of 3
04-05-2005, 12:44 PM
Hello everybody and welcome Jessie!! Yesterday I walked 2.6 miles on my lunch hour and then went to the Y and played and hour of raquetball. I worked so hard playing that my face was beet red :cool: and I was sweating profusely! So I'm sure I burned some major calories and had a blast too!! I wish we had a belly dance class around here but no such luck, I think that sounds like alot of fun so maybe I'll have to get a video. What one do you have?

Great job on the 3 lb loss Marina!! :flow1: Keep up those gym workouts it sounds like you are doing fantastic!

Andrea I love your long posts and don't really think of it as rambling, I feel like I'm getting to know you better!! ;) BTW what yoga video do you have? I'm still not doing anything in the morning when I get up and I'm thinking that a nice stretching yoga workout might just be what I need to get me going!!

Way to go Karyn!! :cheer: sticking to your plan and going walking!!

I seem to carry all (or almost all, it sure seems like ALL to me) of my extra weight around my middle, so I have no waistline what-so-ever. That also makes it very difficult to wear anything remotely feminine because dresses and skirts and so on all want to define the waist area which is just a tragedy for me!! :( I really need a good ab workout. Has anyone tried the Windsor/Pilates videos? I was looking at those too and thinking about buying.

The raquetball hour was so much fun it made me want to renew my membership at the Y, but a really tight budget makes that impossible. I like a lot of variety in my workouts and love to try new stuff. Last week I bought a pair of roller blades and have went a couple of times. Jacob (16) is a skateboarder, I bought Leiren (12) roller blades, and Seth (11) a skateboard. So the two youngest and I went out to try out our new stuff and Jacob ended up at the same place as us. I embarrassed him really badly cause I was doing so well I thought I would skate (impressively) up to his friends and him and say "HI" but instead fell on my behind in a big way!! All I could do was laugh. I got a few nice bruises on my palms from that landing, and then the next day went to the skate park to let the kids try out the ramps and such, but alas my adventurous spirit got the best of me and I decided I just had to try some myself. :dizzy: Bad idea :o I fell twice trying to do the ramps and got some serious bruises. :shrug: Oh well you live and you learn right!! I have sworn off of any more ramps though! ;)

The chat idea sounds great to me just name a time and I'll try to be there. Bye for now!

04-05-2005, 01:17 PM
What I didn't like about the core program is that you had to give up too many points for non core foods. When those foods were no points or low points to start out with. I would calculate in my head but keep in mind that I prepared breakfast lunch and diner in the am and brought it to work so i could figure out my day pretty much without journaling. I worked 2 jobs at that time. Being home its much harder. I just need to change some eating habbits and exercise and I know that will give me the start I need. No matter what program you do, you have to stick with it or a healthy lifestyle for life. If you go back to old habbits you will be a yo yo dieter like I have been since I was 12.

PS I have done well today too. I am going to go get ready and take the dog and son out., Another walk and trip to the park. can't be gone too long, need to potty train..haha..

04-05-2005, 02:09 PM
Hi all, sorry I didn't post last night--and you all have been so busy! I fell asleep putting my son down around 8:00 last night (he nurses and sleeps with me still), and didn't wake up till this morning at 8:30! Must have really needed the sleep. Yesterday I stayed within my projected calorie range again. I'm thrilled at how easy it is to do that. I played with the calorie counter and nutrition log last night, to see what my calories might have been before I started this program--eating seconds, and thirds and all the sugary treats in between, etc..., and came up with 3,800 calories! Now I'm keeping it between 1200 and 1500, and it's really not that hard to me. Weird...but good!

I forgot to tell you all that the other day I went shopping at Fred Meyer, which is a grocery/department store combined, and I tried on some clothes. I could only buy one pair of pants, but I tried on lots of stuff out of curiosity. Wow! so many things looked good (or much better than the last time I went shopping, I should say)! There was this one pair of black, sort of dressy capris that I tried on with some strappy medium high wedge sandals and a taupe colored v-necked knit top with 3/4 sleeves, and I looked pretty darned good! Even a bit sexy. I haven't felt that way in a long, long time. I was kind of glad I couldn't afford to buy more than one pair of pants, because I imagine next time things should be even better--and smaller! The pants I bought were a casual, size 16 light colored capris. I love them, but they are already starting to get a bit large in the waist. I carry my weight mostly in my hips and thighs, but I had even started gaining quite a bit of weight in my belly and waist, so I'm GLAD to see this go away! Whoo hoo!

Karyn--I'm sorry to say that I don't know a whole lot about the particulars of Baton Rouge. Here is a LINK ( to a tourism site that can help you out though. I will say it's a shame you don't eat seafood, though, because that is a huge part of the cajun/creole cuisine! If you can eat crawfish, definitely try out Crawfish Etoufee--ridiculously good--but very fattening, so watch portions! Otherwise, chicken gumbo is really, really good, and you might try a Louisana PoBoy sandwich for lunch while you're there. Boutin's is supposed to be a good cajun restaurant there, with cajun dance music and a dance floor, but I looked at the menu and it's heavy on the seafood. (I, personally, was drooling!)

Yay Karyn on the getting motivated and started on your plan--and sticking with it ALL day!! That's great. You sound ready to do this thing! :D

Joan--I found some bellydancing icons you might be interested in using, but I didn't keep the links or save any. Just google "bellydancing icons". So, how did the bellydancing class go!? I'm sooo curious how you liked it!

Marina--I lost 4 lbs during my period a couple of weeks ago, and that was weird! I wasn't expecting such a big loss. But it was at the beginning of this program and my body was not happy being at 200 lbs! Still it seemed even weirder, when, at my next weigh in, when I was NOT menstrual, I lost only 2 lbs. Of course it was a totally different scale and I was wearing all my clothes. Who knows, but I hope to lose a healthy and reasonable 2 lbs a week, but won't mind if it is occasionally more! ;)

Oh, your meal of fish and veggies sounded so delicious. Night before last I had the last 3 oz of the salmon I cooked for lunch the other day with a gigantic salad of spinach, tomatoes, shredded carrots and my own balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing with garlic and basil. It was so good and satisfying. And I'm with you about enjoying chocolate in small amounts. Keeps me from feeling deprived and I seem to enjoy it more when I can only have a little. I savor it and don't wolf it down mindlessly.

Val--I'm glad you enjoy my posts. I worry sometimes, because in real life some people say I talk too much. I guess I have a complex about it! I work things out verbally, you know? It's who I am, though I have my quiet side, too.

The yoga dvd I'm using is called "Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss" Gaiam puts it out and the instructor is Suzanne Deason. I LOVE it. I have other so-called "beginner" yoga tapes, but they were way too hard for me in the starting out. This dvd has different "workout levels" depending on your level of fitness and flexibility and strength, and I've been able to find a comfortable level and work up. And I see results so quickly. I really do love yoga!

I still feel like I need more exercise and hearing about your rollerblading adventure had me feeling jealous! I used to live near a really nice waterfont park in Tacoma, WA a few years ago when I was going to college, and I roller-bladed there. GREAT way to get in shape, especially if your problem area is large thighs! I enjoyed it. Even if we had a place to do that here, my kids are too little to go out and do that with me yet. (5, 4 and 1) I'm sorry you got so bruised up, though. I know from experience that falling down while roller blading HURTS!

I'm having trouble remembering all the posts I wanted to respond to. Gotta get here more often! We have a busy group! I love it! Congratulations to all in your efforts and successes. Someday we're all going to reach our goals and we will all know each other so much better--won't it be nice to have friends that were with us from the beginning? I like that idea, don't you!? Does anyone understand what I mean?! hehehe...I'm having a hard time writing with my kids all tattling to me and fighting right now. I better get going and take care of the wee ones. I'll check in later tonight.

Taa Taa!

04-05-2005, 08:57 PM
Hi Everyone! I'm happy to say I bought a good digital scale today! I'm even happier to say that when I got home and stepped on it, I found I've lost 2.5 pounds since I weighed in at T.O.P.S last Thursday!! :goodscale I know, it's a different scale, but, hey! I'll take it!

By the way, have we decided on a weigh-in day? Anyday is fine with me. (But I couldn't resist getting on today! ;) )

04-05-2005, 10:57 PM
Jessie, I just saw your post. Of course you're welcome here! I can TOTALLY relate to the cabin fever thing. Being home with small children can be hard that way--I know! I have three kids ages 5 and under, and where I live there isn't much in the way for us to do when it's raining, which is most of the time in the winter and spring! We have the beach within walking distance, but that's not fun when it's blowing and raining. When I lived in Portland, OR, we would go to the Children's museum or one of the other myriad things to do in the winter. I don't miss the traffic and crowds of the city, but I do miss some of the activities. Still, I know Summer is just around the corner and we'll be hiking and beachcombing a lot more. Hang on--better weather is on the way shortly!

And congratulations on your 30 lb weight loss! That's fantastic! I can't wait till I can say the same! :flow2:

By the way, why did you quit journaling? Does it get harder to stay with it? I ask, because I am finding journaling extremely helpful, but I'm wondering if that's because I have only been doing it for 3 weeks. Just curious if I need to prepare for a time when it won't seem so fun and my enthusiasm will wane.

04-06-2005, 02:15 AM
Hello everyone! I have been posting at another thread and was reading about all the SAHM here on this board and the moms that want to start taking care of themselves. I would love to be a part of this group!
I will be 38 in August and I have 2 kids, a 13 yo boy and a 9 yo girl. I lost lots of weight when I turned 30 and gained it all back plus some. I quit smoking and that was part of it. I went from one bad habit to another. I was always a TINY person until I started having kids. I was a size 3-5!!! Then when I quit smoking it only got worse. I have done a couple other diets (WW), gone to TOPS and gained it all back. Not because of the programs, but because I got lazy and quit. I am determined not to do that this time. I started South Beach Diet 9 days ago. I am also walking. Not far, but I did start walking (takes me a while to build up!). I had lost 5 pounds when I weighed myself on Monday. :goodscale YEA!!! I needed to start a better way of eating......permanently!!!!! I have stuck to this like glue and really need the communication with everyone else.
My hubby and I are planning a trip to the mountains in July. I would LOVE to feel good about myself by then. Even feel sexy??? ;) What is that? I don't remember!!!
Anyway, I refuse :nono: to go through another summer miserable.
COUNT ME IN if that is ok with everyone!
Good luck to you all! We CAN do this!

04-06-2005, 07:58 AM
Hi everyone! I'm a new mom to a two month old boy, Lucas, and am struggling to lose that pregnancy weight! I have to go back to work in two and a half weeks, so the challenge will double then - I'm working on being on a good eating and exercise program before I go back so I have a better chance of sticking to it. I started really trying to lose weight at 209, this morning the scale read 205.4, and my goal is 200 by the time I start work. I think I can do it!

04-06-2005, 10:07 AM
Welcome Elisette and Kim!!! It is definetly time for moms to take care of mom!

I went to my bellydancing class last night and had a blast. Some of the women were wearing hip scarves and I wanted one! If I decide to stick with it long term I will get one but at $35 a piece it can wait. I spent a lot of the time cracking up because I couldn't seem to use my arms and legs at the same time. Forget about shaking the hips and the chest at the same time as the arms and legs!!! It was a lot of fun but I confirmed the fact that I have no hips to shake! I carry just about all my weight in my stomach and I literaly have no hips. I'm actually trying to build up my hip muscles to make it look like I have something there! Womanly curves I don't have! Maybe when I loose my stomach I'll find something!
After seeing my teacher I really felt intimidated. (Go to and you will see why!) But I decided just to go with it and have fun.
I'm planning on going again next week.
I was in a really up mood until my mother called me while I was checking out the costumes on my teachers website. I told my mother what I was doing and she called me an A-- H---! Just because I was taking a bellydancing class. She shocked me! She has never been supportive of any weight loss effort I've ever made. Often sabotaging by sending home baked goods with my family knowing I would have a hard resisting She even made fun of me for joining the gym and when I took a yoga class. I know she is going through her own stress right now. (My father is ill). But that is no excuse for making fun of your own kids. No wonder why my sister and I have had weight problems all our lives! I know I shouldn't let her bug me but it still does! I hope it's OK for me to vent here! I needed to get it out and my DH doesn't fully understand. Thank God he has been so supportive of anything I have tried to do to improve my health! He may think that me bellydancing is funny but he would never say that to me.
I was going to go to the gym this am but woke up with such a headache. Gee, I wonder why? So hopefully it will be better this afternoon and I can do a Leslie Sansone tape and some free weight work.

Thanks for letting me vent! :mad:

04-06-2005, 11:54 AM
I would be very upset if my mother said something like that to me! Sure, belly dancing is different, but that's the POINT, right? It's FUN to try new things!! I think it's awesome and if you carry your weight in your stomach, it's ideal to get all those muscles working! Maybe I can share some of my hips (I carry a lot of weight there, though the tummy has a bit extra from the pregnancy!) with you :)

04-06-2005, 01:32 PM
Welcome Kim and Lisette!

Kim--I'm glad you joined our group and want to say congratulations for that and for re-establishing your former goals. You sound determined and ready to take positive steps toward meeting them! I know I've started and stopped many times before finally getting in the right mindset. Now I'm 100% positive I will reach my goals for health and fitness. It's great to be on track and moving toward those goals, isn't it?!

I also have to tell you that your upcoming trip with your husband has inspired me to work harder on my relationship with my husband. Things haven't been great for a long time, and I keep sticking with it, mostly for the kids and because I don't really want to leave. I've been fantasizing about being on my own again, because it seems that no matter how much I try to reconnect with him, I wind up feeling dissappointed and angry. I thought I just had to find a way to live my life and find happiness within the boundaries of this marriage, for the kids' sake, but I notice that over the phone lately he's been trying to warm up to me and my new healthy lifestyle by asking me if I want to get a sitter and go hiking when he comes next time (he lives and works 3 hours away right now, due to financial problems we have.) I'm feeling I should try again to make a connection with him.

Anyway, when you talked about a trip to the mountains with your husband, I flashed on how much fun it might be to take a trip with mine without the kids. (mine are ages 5, 4 and 1) It's not feasible yet, while they are all so young, but they are getting older. Perhaps next fall.

Elisette--You have a good plan, getting habits set before going back to work. I'm not sure if this is your first baby, or not, but it can be hard when you first go back, missing the baby and all. Don't let your feelings sabotage your efforts to lose weight and get healthy. Keep water at your desk (if you have a desk job) and bring healthy snacks. Most of all keep positive and come here if you need support. You can do it!

Well, I have to go do my yoga! I woke up late this morning, so I'm a bit behind.

Oh..and I am down to 188.4 on my scale this morning. (I was testing the weighing less in the morning thing, and it's true! I weighed less!

mom of 3
04-06-2005, 04:12 PM
Hello Elisette and Kim and welcome!! Well I got a call at work yesterday morning and had to go pick up my son Seth from school because he was running a fever of 102, so I missed walking on my lunch break and didn't get any workout at all :( I really missed it. I did however go out and buy that Yoga video that Andrea recomended (THANKS ANDREA :goodvibes ) and good job with the scale and weight loss :dancer: !!!

Joan you sound like you are shaped just like me!! No curves except where we don't want them :^: and of course it is ok to vent here!! I too would be upset by that. Yet another thing we have in common, I love my mother dearly and know that she would do anything in the world for me but sometimes she opens her mouth without thinking and says some of the worst stuff!! I hope your Dad gets better, and I'm so glad that you went to the BD class!! I'm jealous though cause I wish I could go!

Kim I love your screen name :rofl: too funny!! I have been doing the SB diet for 6 weeks now and I am a firm believer in it. I don't feel like I am missing out on anything and have found it really quite easy to stay on!! You are almost through with the 1st phase and it gets so much better after that. I love having the smoothies for breakfast or sometimes even for dessert!! YUMMY!!! Did you buy the book or the cook book? I bought both so if you need any recipes just let me know!!! I'm really excited to have someone else on the board doing the same diet!

Oh unfortunately I bought the yoga video but didn't get up early enough to do it yet :o I mentioned that I'm not a morning person. I did walk 2.6 miles on my lunch break today though.

Andrea-- I hope you get things ironed out with your hubby. I have been divorced for almost a year now but that is another long and extremely bizarre story!!

04-06-2005, 04:40 PM
Joan--I'm really sorry your mom said such a rude and unfeeling thing to you. She sounds like a really unhappy person. You seem to know her pretty well and I hope you are able to let that roll off of you, because they are just the words of an unhappy person and no reflection on you. And of course you can come here and vent. I would for sure! Otherwise I'd brew about it longer than is healthy, tight stomach and all!

I hope your dad gets better. Might help your mom's attitude, too.

On a bright note, I'm so glad you enjoyed the bellydancing class! (And yes, I can see why the instructor would be intimidating! What a body! :eek: She looks pretty young to, so...) But you sound like you enjoyed yourself. That's so great. I really like the idea of belly dancing. It's so feminine and sensual, and as moms that side of us sometimes gets forgotton. As soon as I can I'm going to find a belly dancing class--if there is one out here in the boonies! :lol:

04-06-2005, 04:54 PM
Val, I'm so glad you picked up the yoga video. I can't wait to see how you like it and if you notice the same kinds of changes in your strength and energy as I've been experiencing. Good for you! I hope you like it.

I have to say, I woke up late today too, and so I made breakfast for the kids and me instead of doing my yoga. Since you aren't supposed to do it right after eating, I decided to get a bunch of housework done. My house was getting out of control! I still have a bunch to do, like laundry and picking up in my room, but I can do some yoga first, before lunch. I'm going to do that after I get off of here. I hope nothing gets in the way of that goal, especially since I took yesterday off!

Oh, and aren't marital problems always long and bizarre, even though they are so common! I find it bizarre that I'm married to someone so unlike myself in temperament, after refusing to commit to anyone for years. least the men I didn't choose liked me, but here I am married to someone who really doesn't seem to most of the time. BIZARRO! hahaha Oh well, part of it is the financial stress, and part is his drinking and another part is my fault for not taking better care of my own needs and standing up to him more about the drinking and other things. I'm trying to do that now. Hopefully I'll be more content and he'll be more inspired to improve on his end. He seems to like the changes in my demeanor. We'll see!

04-06-2005, 06:40 PM
Wow! There have been so many replies since my post! First off, let me say thanks for the warm welcomes. You seem like a great group of ladies.

Next, Joan..........Bless you! I hope that your mom's unkind words make you more determined than ever to show her what you can do for yourself. I think it is AWESOME that your taking belly dancing classes. What a great thing to do and what incredible exercise!! Good for you!!! :cp: Keep us posted on how you are enjoying it.

Serafyn ( Andrea? I am trying to get you all straight here)....Yes, I am very determined! I can't stand looking at myself in the mirror. That just isnt me. So..I am making changes. I walked a mile this morning. I know that isnt far, but I just started again. And we have some hills that kill in this neighborhood. I will get there though. I have done well with my diet and drinking water. I HATE water, but I am somehow making myself drink it. YUCK! :rolleyes:
How long have you been married? My hubby and I have been married 18 years in June. And we knew eachother 5 years before that. I was 15 when we met. He was 18. We have had problems in the past, but we made it. About 5 years ago, we went on a mountain vacation. It was incredible. We rediscovered eachother. It was amazing how much we focused on the kids and everything and everyone else and not us! We vowed to try to do that once every 2-3 years. We haven't. We really need this long weekend. The focus on everyday life is amazing. Anyway, I am really looking forward to it. It helped our marriage soooooo much.

momof3 (like I said, I am will learn who is who), I love this diet!! I have never eaten so healthy in my life. I was also never so aware of all the sugar and junk I put into my mouth! Anyway, yes, I can tell it is starting to get easier and easier. I am really looking forward to Phase 2. Phase 1 is getting boring! I have the book and the cookbook. The book makes total sense, but something you wouldn't understand without reading it. Can you tell me what recipes you have tried? and how you liked them? Some friends of my husbands family are on it. The woman had all kinds of health problems and the man was on 3 insulin shots a day for his diabetes and meds for high choloesterol. He is off everything (meds and insulin) and they are both doing great. Said they have never felt better. Lost lots of weight too! :D Anyway, I pray this will work for me.

Well, I am off to figure out what to do for dinner. I didn't plan today, but I will put together something healthy! :hungry: yoga hard to do????????

04-06-2005, 09:26 PM
Hi all~ Wecolme Kim and Lisette.

Joan-I too am sorry to hear what your mom said. As I was reading it I got a little teary eyed. Don't let it get you down. I know it's easier said then done when a comment like that comes from your mom but just keep doin the great job your doing. Your belly dancing class sounds fun. I've always wanted to learn salsa dancing but my husband isn't interested. Your belly dancing class is getting me more determined to just go alone. Maybe if I come home and tell him my partner is tall, dark, and handsome he might reconsider.

Andrea-You had asked about journaling. I have been doing it for about 3 years off and on. It is so helpful and important but unfortunatly it becomes tedious. The longest i've stuck to it was 3 months and I lost 30lbs. That was about 3 yrs ago and as soon as I stopped I started gaining the weight back.

This morning I realized that I have gotten to the point of wanting to work out. I'm so glad i'm here. I go to the gym with my girlfriend Bobbi and this morning she had to enroll her son in kindergarten so I had to wait for her to go to the gym. I literally waited for the phone to ring for her to tell me she's ready. I've worked my way up on the elliptical. I'm now at 30 minutes. It's the first thing I do instead of the last. Why didn't I think of that before.

How about that weigh in day? Do you all think we should do it on the same day or as long as it's done in the same week is fine too? Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays were the days mentioned.

Speaking of husbands, mine is in the dog house right now but he did put his arms around me last night and said that I feel firmer. I think it's a little soon but I have been doing WW since march 1st and had no results until I hit the gym hard last week. 3 days down 2 to go!!!

Talk to you all later,

04-07-2005, 02:27 AM
I did not hae a computer this morning and was goijng nuts until hubby came home to work on it. I was pretty busy today. Brought NIcky to school for 1 1/2 hours and got ready for my job interviews (2 of them), the first one they told me was stressful and the agents and customers call screaming at you cna you handle that. (Iin my head I was thinking I get that from my 3 year old and thats why i am going to work..j/k... ) and the second was a good job and I hope I get it. My only problem is my sons school I choose (learning center) is 15 minutes in the oppostit direction.. yuk.. Then I came home, my parents were watching my son and they wanted to go to the CHINESE BUFFET :( Should I say more. I can justify it tho. All day I had coffee, water, granola bar and handful of pretzels. I did have 1 plate and was full usually I go for 2. I did have dessert a little ice cream and some peanut brittle but not much I was full. Tonight I had just water. I have been good all week, then I eat there and don't go for a walk. I was a little bummed tonight over it until I thought about my lack of food today because I was on the go all day, job interviews and looking at schools for my 3 year old. Tomorrow I need to walk or exercise (plus clena my house for my company on saturday) and eat very healthy . Keep your fingers crossed that I get that job. It would be a great opportunity for me to help us get out of debt. 1 salary is not working in my hosue and my son wants to play with other kids anyway. :D

Welcome Kim and Elisette!

Andrea thats great that you lost weight and even better you bought a scale. So lets get a weigh in day and do it ladies. Lets all post our day we want and majority wins. since everyone said they really didn't matter so no feeling will get hurt.. what do you say??? are you in?? and if anyone doesn't want to particpate thats okay too.,...

Joan thats great about your BD class. I am so proud of you. You know I told you my niece did that and lost lots of weight so keep up the good work and have fun. I wish I had something I really enjoy. Don't let your mom do that to you. I know what your talking about cause so many times I say why did I tell my mother that cause my mom harps on things and thinks and worries over everything until she makes everyojne crazy. I love her too but she worries to much about everything from the weather to driving to what if's. She is going to worry herself into a grave. Sometimes if you tellher somehting she thinks about it and gives you her opinion every time she talk to you and it drives me nuts. Anyway my point is we can't let them get to us. We can't let them make us eat. Some one said make it more determined to prover her wrong. My hsubands family treats me like crap and is very opinionated so I know what you mean. they are just mean mostly behind backs but sometimes to your face. but thats another story. oh and feel free to vent all of us will take a turn... :lol:

Well I am so tired now and I have to go I hope I responded too everyone I wanted to.. Talk to you ladies in a few hours!!!

Anyone have any advice on how to get my son to do #2 on the potty and not his underwear? I promised to buy him a train and everything but he just wont. He held it so last (today was day 3) and made himself constipated. I felt so sorry for him. he got it out but in his underwear. He doesn't like it and we started potty traiing 1 1/2 weeks.

04-07-2005, 03:11 AM
Karyn, good luck on the job. I hope you get it.
I like your idea for the weigh in day. My vote is Mondays.
As far as the potty training. My friend just went through that about a year ago with her son. He would also make himself constipated and he would sit on the toilet for what seemed like hours and just cry. I want to say that the doctor told her to put Karo syrup in his juice but i'll make sure tomorrow morning when I talk to her. I know the Karo syrup only takes care of the constipation problem not the potty training but I just can't remember how it all turned out. I'll ask her and get back to you with that.

Talk to you all tomorrow

04-07-2005, 10:32 AM
I wouldn't want to give him Karo Syrupt. I know that makes you go go go if you know what I mean and I don't want to do that to him. He can't have juice because it has too much natural sugar in it and it makes him go go go and thats not good for potty training. He will have it all over. Anyway he won't take the time to sit thats the problem. He likes to run up to the toilet, go like his fathe and hes out there if you know what I mean. So this is a challenge to get him to sit. I mean its only been over 1 week and we accomplished so much already. Thank you for the suggestion tho and I have heard of karo syrupt for little ones but its ironic, my son has been loose since he was 3 months old and no he has this. I think he was afraid to go on the potty and held it so long but ended up doing it where he knew he wasn't supoose too but last night i did not care at that point i wanted him to go because it was 3 days and he was winny and lathargic last night and was telling me he did not feel good and myson is active from 9am to 10pm if you kmow what i mean. doesn't sit or anything. :?:

Anyway, I stepped on the scale today even tho mondya is my full week I lost 2lbs :D so far with the chinese food so i guess my calaories were far off. I guess not eating during the day paid off this itime. I know that is not the way to do it but once in a while we have no choice..

My vote is for Friday but any day is okay with me. I will still particpate no matter what day. I liek this group and know that if we stick together WE CAN DO IT! :cb: :cb: :cb:

04-07-2005, 01:36 PM
Good morning/afternoon everyone!

Has everyone been really tired this week? I think between the time change and working out I'm sleepy all day. I can't wait to catch up.
Karyn, my friend had more of the constipation problem with her son. My kids are older and I can't really remember potty training other than my son being alot easier than my daughter. Good Luck.

Well i'm off to the gym. I hope I stay awake today.
I'll check back in later. Marina

04-07-2005, 01:47 PM
Hi all! thanks for all your kind words over what my mom said. I know she's going through her own stuff right now and she is a very unhappy person. I have a rule: I allow myself to be mad/upset about it for 1 day and then I let it go. That way I validate that I have a right to my feelings but I can't wallow in it. Because our parents are the way they are. We can't change them just the way we respond to them. OK, I'll get of my :soap: now!
I had so much fun I ordered a deep purple hip skirt with silver coins of the internet. Hopefully it will be here for my next class. I hope I have enough hip to hold it up! I also bought a 3 CD set called the Goddess Workout, Bellydance Fitness! I hope to do it, no scratch that, I will do it this afternoon. I've lost another 2 pounds so something must be working!

Just a question for the group: How many of you consider our shared problem a weight issue as apposed to a health issue. Just curios. It became a health issue when I was diagnosed with diabetes/metabolic syndrome at 36yrs old.
All brought on by weight/poor eating habits.
I'd appreciate any feedback. I'm curios about peoples mindset and what motivates their change. Sorry if you think it is too personal a question!

Karyn, Good luck on the job!!! :goodluck:

04-07-2005, 01:50 PM
:yawn: Marina, your not the only one who is tired this week. I can't keep going for anything!
I thought it was just me!

04-07-2005, 03:03 PM
Hi everyone! I'm feeling chipper this morning! Yesterday I didn't do my yoga when I got up in the morning, because I woke up so late. That always worries me, because once the day gets going, I find it difficult to take the time to do it. Part busyness, part laziness! Anyway, I had a lot going on yesterday and I got home late from grocery shopping in Astoria, Oregon. (I sometimes go across the Columbia River to the oregon side to shop, because it is a bigger town and the stores have a much better selection, somewhat cheaper prices--and no taxes!) The kids were all asleep, so I put them in bed. I was up by myself at around 11:00, and I motivated myself to do my yoga!! I'm so proud of myslef, AND it felt so darned good before bed! I was more flexible than I am in the AM. Plus, there were no noisy, bickering or overly energetic children running around me while I was trying to hold a correct pose! I'm considering doing it at night every night and doing something else in the AM. Hmmm....thinking about that... :chin:

Other good news: I tried on clothes again last night at the store, and some of the pants that didn't quite fit last time I was in there, now fit!! I also fit into a 14 in one pair of capris! Still wish I could buy some new clothes--it's been SO long since I've done that and I have very few things to wear--but just trying them on is VERY motivating! :)

And more good news: My husband called this morning and his daughter and her mom are coming out this weekend with him. (I know that seems weird to most people, but I actually have a really good relationship with Ron's ex and she also watches my kids for me sometimes and they adore her--as all kids do.) I'm glad she's coming because I really wanted to go dancing with my husband Saturday night. (selfish motive, I know, but I will be happy to see her too!) Someone I know here on the coast invited me to join her and her boyfriend on Saturday night where he is playing with his band. She's a really cool, upbeat woman with teenaged kids and her own business--a really cool feed store. I've wanted have a more involved friendship with her, ever since I met her. Thought a night out dancing at a supposedly cool place in Astoria sounded so fun. I haven't done anything like that in so long. Anyway, now we can go! I have a sitter! (I wish I had some of those clothes I tried on! :lol: , too!) Plus it will be fun to have the company out here!

Kim--I'm glad you're so determined. I am too and it's so great to be with a group of women who are so positive and enthusiastic. Hey, and good for you and your mile yesterday morning! Keep at it, and those hills will whip you into shape. I miss the hills of my old neighborhood in Portland. The beach here is perfectly flat, of course, but sometimes I make myself walk in the deeper, dryer sand for more of a workout.

In answer to your question, I will have been married only 6 years in July. I think we would be doing better if we weren't under so much financial t pressure right now. I'm learning to take better care of myself and trying to learn to be calmer and more in the moment, too. I think we'll make it. Even at my most unhappy moment in this marriage, I didn't really want to leave. I love our family unit--he's a great dad and we all have fun together sometimes--just wish I had a more engaging relationship with my husband. We're working on it.

Yoga--I find it very accomodating. By that I mean that wherever you are in your fitness journey, there is a right yoga for you. As long as you have the right teacher, or a tape that offers modified poses for beginners or those lacking flexibility, you can do this. What I love most about it is the deep core conditioning. After not doing yoga for months, I came back and was noticeably stronger and more flexible within 2-3 sessions. My posture is better. I get out of bed more easily in the morning. I'm not so tired out by handling my children anymore. I also like that, because I can adapt it to suit my level of fitness, I get a workout without feeling like it's too hard. I mean, I don't dread doing it and I'm surprised that I get such a good workout for how difficult it seems to be. I suppose that's because the stretching that is essential in yoga just makes you feel so good after holding a difficult pose for awhile. I should also mention that I like that it's easy for me to follow--I'm terrible at trying to follow the choreography of aerobic dance type fitness videos (and bellydancing too :lol: )

Anyway, I won't say that some of the poses aren't challenging. They can be, but you can work into the full pose if you have the right instructor or a good tape, like Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss--which offers programs for several levels of fitness. The important thing in yoga is never to do something that actually hurts. Also, you shape up quickly and find that in just a few sessions, you can correctly perform poses that were difficult for you in the beginning. You just get better and better!

Can anyone tell that I LOVE yoga!? ;)

Marina--Thanks for the info about journaling long term. I have been journaling at since March 15, when I started this endeavor. My friend was supposed to be doing this too, so we wanted to be able to read each others journal and then comment--to support each other, you know? But she hasn't journaled or commented on mine since the first week or so. I kept after it, because I found it motivating, and I continue to do so. I have to admit it's a bit harder now that I'm also posting here, because that' more time writing about the same thing than I care to do, but I will keep at it, because I want a log of this journey I'm on.

As far as the weigh-in, I vote Friday, too, because I like the idea of (hopefully) seeing progress right before the weekend--it will keep me motivated to stick with the program even when I have more people and more temptations in the house.

Karyn--Congratulations on your 2 lb loss!! :D Whoo hoo!! You're doing it!

Sorry, though, I'm noone to ask about potty training. My middle daughter, who turned 4 on St. Patrick's Day, is still peeing and pooping in her pants much more often than I'd like. She is driving me nuts, actually! She didn't even begin to start potty training until 3 and a half, but it looked like she was done until a little over a month ago, when she just started having accident after "accident". She is really stubborn about going when she needs to. She's a bit immature for her actual age, so I'm hoping she will just mature out of it eventually. But, I am really sick of dealing with it. :(

Well, this is another long post! Guess I'll go now! haha...Looking forward to reading about your progress!

mom of 3
04-07-2005, 04:09 PM
Just a short post today it has been a really bad day. My ex likes to spend his time stalking me, burglarizing my home and just generally making me miserable. This morning after I took the kids to school I went back home cause I had forgotten something and guess who is driving by?? :mad: Oh yes it was him. Anyway I try to stay very upbeat but some days it is difficult. Walked my 2.6 miles at lunch and of course staying on track food wise. I'll catch up with you guys tomorrow when my mood has improved :(
Sorry :(

04-07-2005, 06:08 PM
Val, I'm sorry to hear you are having such problems with your ex. That must be hard. I'm impressed that you stayed with your good food choices and exercise today. I hope you have a good night and a better day tomorrow.

04-07-2005, 07:14 PM
Joan to answer your questions, I think of it as a weight problem although my knees and legs hurt that would classify me as having a health issue. I remember Halloween bending down and putting iup my pumpkin light (they go on the ground) and my knees hurt so bad I didn't get up. I notice myself having to alter the way I get up and down cause my knees hurt so bad. YOu got me thinking about the question and your right it is a health issue although i still would answer weight. Did I answer your question? :eek:

Val I would not take that from your ex. is he the father of your kids? were you married to him? No man has any right to make a women feel like that. I would have a straining order put against him. I know what will a piece of paper do? Bujt you have to do something. Congrats on your walking. that is excelllent. :?:

Andrea, I have yoga question for you? My knees hurt and my back achs. I go to a chiro for it but I was wondering. All that stretching ans stuff will that help my back feel better. I know that when I stretch it out I do feel better but I was wondering if there are back exercises that would help. The funny thing is the video your talking about I own it and would you beleive it still is wrapped :smug: . I am going to unwrap it and do it tongitht You got me wondering if doing it before bed would make my back feel better in the am. I am going to give it a try. I also have a yoga tape called step by step instructions. which should i start with?

I got to tell you guys, today I went outstide and pulled everything out of my van, threw out a bunch of stuff and vacuujmed my van and windexed the inside. It looks so nice (for now anyway) it was such a nice day to do that. I got to say even if your not exercising to be outside at least were not eating!!!! :bravo: gotta go clean up my house for more later... :eating2:

04-07-2005, 07:15 PM
By the way I am keep score of the weigh in day and so far its
2 for friday
1 for monday.

04-07-2005, 07:16 PM
Andrea you mentioned one time not being able to do yoga after eating. why is that? how long do you wait? is that all exercise or just yoga?

04-07-2005, 08:14 PM
Hi Karyn!

That's funny that you already have that yoga video and still wrapped in the plastic. I say, try it out! ;) Can't hurt, that's for sure. Also, if you check around, you'll see that it's a highly rated yoga program, in a big part because of it's awareness of different fitness and flexibility levels.

I would have to answer a big YES to your question about whether yoga would be a good exercise to help with your back pain and such. I can attest that it has helped me in this way. It strengthens your core muscles (back and stomach), yet stretches them too, so that they stay supple and toned, not all bunched up and tight. I definitely notice less pain getting up in the mornings since I started doing yoga, and I can sit up in the morning without pushing on the bed with my arms, which I've not been able to do for some time.

Click HERE ( for one of many articles I found on the internet about yoga helping back pain. This article is from

In general, you shouldn't exercise on a full stomach, because it's harder to digest your food when your body is competing for blood flow. It's not necessarily dangerous, but it could make you feel sluggish during your workout or possibly get cramps. It's better to wait half and hour or more depending on what you ate. A few carbs, like some crackers or half a bagel shouldn't stop you from working out right away, but a big meal with more food types might cause you to feel like you're dragging around a back pack full of led while you workout!

Following is a copy of something I found on the internet (sorry I can't remember where I got it :( ) regarding waiting for food to digest before exercising:

Depending on how heavy a meal you have, you should wait 30 minutes to two hours before exercising. The bigger the meal the longer you will need to wait. If you just eat a light, high-carbohydrate snack like a few low-fat pretzels, you should be ready to exercise immediately.
The best type of foods to eat before exercise depends on the time of day you work out.
If you exercise first thing in the morning some fruit or a small amount of juice and water should suffice. If you exercise mid-morning then a breakfast high in carbohydrates will help give you the energy you need to get through your workout. A bowl of oatmeal, wholegrain toast and jam are good choices. If you exercise in the late morning before lunch, you may want to try eating a light snack before working out, and a carb- and-protein rich lunch such as a turkey sandwich will replenish your body stores after you exercise. People who work out later in the afternoon, from noon to 3pm, probably don't have to eat anything before a workout provided they have eaten lunch and breakfast. However, if you exercise closer to dinner, a light snack, like a pot of yoghurt, will provide a lot of energy. If you exercise after dinner, just make sure to wait an appropriate amount of time depending on the size of your meal.

Do what works for you.
The above recommendations are guidelines. Each individual is different and has a unique digestive system, so you have to experiment to see what makes you feel best during your workouts. Some days you feel great if you work out immediately after a meal, whereas other days you might get cramps and feel nauseous. It varies from person to person day to day.

Hope that helps! I also hope you enjoy your yoga tonight!

04-07-2005, 08:39 PM
Karyn, remember the wonderful thing about yoga is that you can modify it to make it work for you. I have a tape where most of the poses are done on a chair, and as your body gets warmed up, stretched and stronger, then you can begin to do anti-modications, to get you working towards the core pose. Last night, after three months of yoga, at least twice a week, I finally got into a side plank, not modified. I held it for less than 60 seconds, but it felt wonderful and it was proof that I am achieving my goals. Even the instructor noticed the big smile on my face.

04-08-2005, 05:43 AM
Wow, Momadance! Congrats on achieving that side plank pose unmodified!! I know what you mean about that feeling of accomplishment when you finally do a pose without modifications. I moved from the 1/2 modified workout on my dvd to the 1/4 modified and I felt SO accomplished! And, I could feel another shift in my strength and flexibility. Yoga is such a wonderful way to fitness! I love it.

04-08-2005, 12:06 PM
Hi all, are we weighing in today?
If so I'm down 2 this week! :goodscale

I bought a belly dance dvd called the goddess workout. I did it yesterday! It was really fun and it was a workout! My arms are so tired! I didn't think it would be such an arm workout. I tied a pareo around my waist for lack of anything better. My 3yr old son also tried to do it right along with me. It was so cute! I haven't gone to the gym the last few days because my 1 yr old isn't feeling good so I will do the dvd again today. It is a 3 dvd set with beginner to advance with different workouts and it was only $19.99. It's by delphina.
If I do the goddess workout enough will it make me a goddess???:queen:

04-08-2005, 12:47 PM
Hi all. I weighed in this morning and I'm down another pound from when I last posted a weight loss--I think two days ago. So I'm down to 187! :encore:

Joan, sounds like you had fun with that belly dancing video. Were you able to follow along alright? I may have to try that one out and see if it's any easier to get the moves down. Not this week, though. The scale was my big splurge.

Congratulations, Joan, on you 2 pound loss! That's awesome! We're doing it!

Well, I have to go do my yoga. I planned to last night after the kids were in bed, but I fell asleep putting the youngest down. Then I woke up later, around 1:00 am and finished my journal entries and a couple of posts here, and THEN tried to do my yoga, but my little guy woke up when I was 1/3 of the way through, so I had to stop. UGH. And then he kept me up most of the night, chanting my name and then not saying anything when I would ask him what he needed. Then he'd chant, "Mommmeeee, Mommmeee, Mommmmeee..." all over again. Here's what I wanted to do to him: :tape: :lol: I had the most disjointed night of sleep I've had in a while. I'm kind of tired this morning. :tired:

Oh, and when I woke up I went to let the dog out and there was a starling flying around my back patio, flying around and banging into the many big windows. Poor thing. Worse, when I opened the door to let the dog out, my cat hustled right out, too and got that poor bird. The bird managed to fly away from him after awhile and I tried to rescue it, but it is still flying around bbanging into things trying to get away from me. I saw that it is bleeding from the beak, though, so it probably won't survive. :cry: I feel especially sad, because I know there is a family of baby starlings nesting in the eaves of my house near my bedroom window. I hear them in the mornings making a pretty racket.

Oh well, I've opened the doors to the patio. Maybe the bird will be okay.

Sorry for the depressing post. Talk to you all later.

04-08-2005, 01:11 PM
Well, I have got lots going on here at my house now (we are finishing a room upstairs and the Heat and air people are here), so this will be a quick post. I have done my walk this morning. I have got to drink more water today. I know I am not getting enough. I just hate it though!
Congrats to those who lost this week! I will weigh in again on Monday. I am a scale freak, so I am TRYING not to weigh all the time. It is so hard not to!
Oh, I think I may get the Yoga video you all were talking about! I would love to have something lilke that and I have always been curious about yoga. Why not! It isn't belly dancing (darn it!) but it is something different!
I hope you all have a glorious day full of weight loss! I will be back later.

04-08-2005, 01:40 PM
Karyn--Did you try that yoga tape out last night? If so, what did you think?

04-08-2005, 02:57 PM
The moves on the Goddess Workout DVD were pretty easy to follow I just can't shimmy and step at the same time. Oh well, maybe it will just take time.
Right now I will just have fun with it. I can't wait till my belly gets smaller so I can wear a pretty costume. I may stick a jewel in my belly button just to freak :fr: my mother out!!!

mom of 3
04-08-2005, 03:11 PM
:) Thanks for the kind words and suggestions yesterday. Yes, I was married to my ex for 11 1/2 years and he is the father of my 2 youngest kids. I will try to make this as short as possible ( I could totally write a novel about everything that has happened, and sometimes it is so wierd to look back on some of it, it almost seems like it happened to someone else) about 4 yrs ago he became involved in drugs. I tried to help him get help but he would not. That is when things really took a turn for the worse. I told him I wanted him to leave and I wanted a divorce, he refused to leave and began destroying everything I owned...literally. By the time I could get an order of protection against him I had nothing left, no clothes, no childhood mementos, no toilettries, he tore wallpaper off the walls, cut up the mattresses, used some tool to put gashes in the walls and furniture, I can no longer count the flat tires I've had, urinated in my hair conditioner, scratched up the paint on my van, put water in my transmission which then cost me $1,700 to get fixed, etc. My order of protection against him expired March 24th. I went to court to get it renewed and the statute reads that you cannot have one for more than 18 months consecutively and I have already had mine that long. He finally pled guilty to burglarizing my home in Jan. 05 and was ordered by the court not to have any contact with the children because of some phone conversations that I had recorded of him telling them to do stuff to tear up the house and my vehicle and throw out my clothes. The thing that got me going yesterday was that after I had dropped the kids off at school, I had forgotten something at home and went back to get it and there he was :mad: I have had to change my cell phone # which is provided to me by my workplace and my home phone # which he has already managed to get the new # at home and calls me every day and leaves me messages. Yesterday it was some song lyrics saying "it's not over, no not yet". I have also found out that he did the same things to his ex-girlfriend of 5 years when they broke it off.

Anyway, that is my story, I am very devoted to my kids, they are the sunshine in my life and have had to weather alot of this stuff too. They are beautiful people.

After I went home yesterday I played catch with Leiren and Seth for about 30 min. and at about 10pm went for a mile bike ride.

Weigh in day...I vote for Monday but I don't really care I will participate no matter what day is decided upon. I also liked that Andrea posted measurements and I will try to do the same thing!!

Joan I also would have answered weight, but I know that my extra weight has caused my feet to ache and lower back problems so health too!

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I still haven't gotten up early enough to do my yoga but I will!!!! :dizzy: I walked 2.5 miles at lunch and have a 2 hour softball practice with my daughters team that I help coach tonight. :D So I should be burning calories like crazy!!

Joan--I think you are already a goddess, but if that workout makes you feel even more like one let me know so I can buy one for me! :s:

Kim--how is the SB diet going? When you move into phase 2 let me know because I will definitely tell you what good recipes I've tried. You will be glad you bought both books!!

Gotta get some work done, chat with you all later!! Hey what about the chat thing?

04-08-2005, 06:09 PM
I can't remember who said something about including measurements when we weigh in each week. I almost forgot about that--so I just measured myself, and I've lost an inch off my chest, and inch off my waist and an inch off my hips since last time I did this!! Yay! So now I have the following measurements:

Chest: 40"
Waist: 35"
Hips: 46"

:cb: Yippee! :cb:

I know we haven't settled on a weigh-in day, and I actually did it today, but if everyone wants to change it to Monday, I'm ok with that, too.

Somehow I missed Joan's post asking whether we consider our excess weight simply a weight issue or a health issue. In any case, I would have to say I consider it to be both. Physically it has caused me some minor health issues: sore joints, poor sleep, etc.. But more importantly to me, I see my extra weight as a mental health issue. When I feel depressed or stressed, I tend to want to eat more and unhealthily, and so I gain weight. I feel even more depressed when I am carrying around so much extra weight, yet am not doing anything about it. So I am more depressed, and continuing to eat more, creating a vicious cycle, of course. I'm tired of my emotions being tended to in such an unhealthy way. I'm tired of my emotions controlling me! Now, I'm trying to address not only my weight, but also other areas of my life which are not in balance. It's all inter-related, you know? Anyway, that's a little of how I feel about it.

Joan, congratulations again on your 2 lb loss! That's awesome!

As for your belly dancing, well, I had to laugh when I read how you can't shimmy and step at the same time. THAT is definitely something I can't do! :lol: I will keep trying, though and see if it gets easier. And I love your jewel in the belly button idea--the thought of your mother's reaction IS kind of funny! ;)

Val--the story of your ex is shocking. Really. I feel for you going through so much stress because of this guy. And I feel badly for your kids too. You are so brave to just keep living and living well. Great example for your children. They need to see you strong. Good for you! Keep after it. And as you grow nearer to your goals for weight loss, you'll be able to so many more things with them. Isn't it a great feeling to know that the sky's the limit as far as our dreams go! By the way, you are a BUSY woman! You bet you're burning calories! :cp:

Marina--I didn't see your question about being tired, either. I haven't been more tired than usual, unless I stay up too late the night before. In fact, I seem to have more energy. Still, by the time 8:00 rolls around, I AM tired of dealing with little kids all day! By then, no matter how much I love 'em, I'm so ready for THEM to be in bed! :lol:

Karyn--Any word on that job? :crossed:

04-08-2005, 06:41 PM
Oh, I forgot...I wanted to share what I had for lunch with you all. It was so yummy and fresh tasting! :T I particularly like this kind of thing when it's warm outside, but it was good today, too:

I spread a whole wheat tortilla with 1/3 cup of hummus, then I filled it with a cup of spinach, 1/4 of a big, beautiful orange sweet pepper sliced up, 1/2 a roma tomato sliced up, 1/4 sliced avocado, about 1/3 cup sprouts, a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper. Then I folded the bottom of the tortilla up, the sides in, so that there was an opening on top (simulating a pita, I guess!) and then I enjoyed the heck out of it!

04-08-2005, 10:38 PM
Val, I've never been called a goddess before! I think I'm gonna cry! :cry:

My motivation behind asking if people thought of our problem as a health
issue or a weight issue is a conversation I seem to be having with more and more people. If a dr. told you that you have a debilitating disease and needed a treatment that would both prolong your life and drastically improve your quality of life but your insurance would not pay for it, would you do everything in your power to get the money to pay for the treatment and also find time to take the treatment? Most would answer yes. Obesity can potentialy shorten your life due to the diseases it can induce and we all know it has a drastic effect on our quality of life. Why do we as women often feel guilty about "treating" our "disease". I've spoken to too many women lately that are feeling guilty about having to spend more money for healthy food such as fresh vegis, fruit, and whole grains, or for money spent on a gym membership, or WW meetings etc. If our husbands or children needed special food or treatment for a health problem wouldn't we make sure that they recieved it? Just my 2 cents but it is just something that has been bugging me. Why do we as women tend to value others more than ourselves?

....From a mom learning to love herself :)

04-09-2005, 03:57 AM
Hi ladies! Hope everyone had a busy day. I was running all over today then stopped at my moms and once I got home was busy preparing for tomorrow. I love having people over. Its a lot of work but worth it.

Val, I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. You should be proud of yourself, how strong you are. I hope you can overcome him. I know you don't wish him on someone else but hopefully soon. I don't know what I would do in or situation. Congrats on the decision to make yourself and your kids priorty. Kids are all that matters. Nothing can replace them. I guess alls yo can do is put one foot in front of the other and go on.

Andrea, I did not try the video last night. I put it on and knew it was late then hubby walked in and i turned it off. I was only up to the part where she was talking about it. I also found a yoga tape for bad backs. I have to unwrap that. I will get to it. I just don't want to do it in front of anyone yet. I also have the goddess belly dancing dvd but haven't tried it. I gues syou can see my pattern that i buy these tapes/dvds with good intentions but never do anything with it. I haven't heard from the job yet. I am hopeing. Part of me wants to just stay home with my son and the othe part wants to get out of debt and be able to do things with him... its hard.

anyway, its 3am and i have to get up in a few hours and finish getting ready for my sisters/mom to come over. hopefully my nieces come too. talk to you later...


04-09-2005, 11:50 AM
Hi all you lovely women!

I'm proud of myself, because I did do my yoga last night after the kids were in bed, and before that, actually, I also turned on some rockin' blues (not too loudly--sleeping kids!) and danced for 40 minutes. It was kind of fun, blues being my favorite music to dance to! I worked up a good sweat, too! I felt extra flexible doing my yoga after really warming up like that.

My husband will be here later on today, and since he couldn't make it in last weekend, he will not have seen me in two weeks. I wonder if he'll notice the weight loss and change in my body. I'm excited to find out! I also got a great, much needed haircut yesterday, and I'm feeling so sexy and stylish! :flame:

Wow Karyn, I was surprised to see anyone had posted so late last night! Being a West Coaster, and a late night person, I am often the last person to post. You are burning the midnight oil getting ready for this get together! Hope it's really fun! Good luck sticking close to your plan! :goodluck:

Well, have a good weekend all of you delicious Moms! I will--going dancing with hubby tonight! :dancer:

04-09-2005, 03:19 PM
Hi, everyone. I have watched this group blossom from the very start and wanted to join in. My computer has been trying to die for the last year, and I just coaxed it into going a little longer.:) Anyway, I am 37 years old with three children. And I have finally made up my mind that its time for me to make a change for myself. I have just found 3fc, and it has been a godsend. I really believe I can do this. I had begun to think that I couldnt, since I've never had a weight problem. I mean at 5'0 and 110 pds all my life I didn't even see myself as fat. Untill I saw a picture. I wonder why it always takes a picture :?: I'll be the first to admit I was in denial when I saw this photo. Something had to be wrong with the film; warped or something to make me look that wide right? After shuffling through the rest of the photo's to compare. There's Ryan, long and lean as always. (oldest son). There's Victoria, slender and graceful, already taller than me. (middle child) There's the one of Adam in constant motion, looking just like my baby with that pudgy layer of baby fat still hanging on. And then there's me. My god when did this happen? I have always been the smallest person in the family! Yet here I am, overweight, obese even. So, with the truth staring back at me in the form of a small photo, I realized that what my mother had been trying to say without hurting my feelings, was that I had turned into a fat girl. :( So ladies after three children a horriable divorce. My ex-husband stalking me, a move of over 300 miles to get away from said ex.
It is know time for me. If the weigh in day is still up in the air, I would like to have Monday be the day, but any day would be fine as well. Hope I didnt get carried away. Now I'm off to fight with my Nordic trac.

04-09-2005, 03:20 PM
I haven't posted lately, but I am doing great. I went out with my best friend last night and we had a ball. She is a SAHM too, and we just needed some girls time out. We laughed till it hurt. :rofl: We have been best friends since 9 grade. We will both be 38 in August. One of those friends you know you will have till one of you dies. Anyway, it was a great boost. Also, she is overweight too and told me she could tell my butt was smaller! God, I love that girl! :cb: Anyway, I have done very well on my SBD. We went to TGI Fridays and they have a carb friendly menu. My friend even ate off of it with me! So sweet! I have done well with my walking. And I just need to up my intake of water. Anybody got any good suggestions on how to make yourself drink water when you really don't like it???????
Well, I will be back in a little while and read everyone elses posts. Gotta run for now!

mom of 3
04-09-2005, 03:47 PM
Thanks all for the words of encouragement!! I am a really easy going, laid back, fun loving kind of person who lets most things roll right off me, and I've definitely learned to take one day at a time and enjoy it to the fullest (sometimes it just catches me off guard and makes for a day when I just don't feel balanced). :dizzy: :lol:

Karyn--good luck with the job, I know how hard it is to leave a little one at home and go back to work (although it has been awhile). I think you may be an exercise video addict. I have yet to see you say there is one that you don't already have! :rofl: Also, I hope you have a great time with your company this weekend.

Joan--You are totally right, I caught myself feeling kind of bad because the grocery bill went up noticably when I first started doing this diet, but then I thought, I've got to spend a little more to get to what I want oh well. I'm going to do it. It has so paid off too. I really like to eat this way and I feel so much better. I used to go out and eat a BIG lunch everyday at work and by the time I got back to the office I would just want to take a nap. Now I walk for my lunch and eat a quick salad or whatever I might have leftover from dinner the night before and I'm ready to go! I have also discovered that I'm not satisfied coming home and cooking dinner and plopping down in front of the TV anymore, I WANT to get up and move around and do stuff, my energy level is so improved.

Andrea-- Your lunch sounds delicious, I'm going to have to try that! I still haven't taken my measurements yet but I did find my old Dr. Atkins diet book and I had written down my beginning measurements in it when I started that diet so I will have to use those for my starting ones here although I'm sure I weighed about ten more pounds when I started this diet. Good luck with the hubby tonight!

Well I started doing the yoga dvd this morning and was into it a ways when my phone rang and I just couldn't get motivated to start again after that, I did go for a hike in the woods with my sons though and worked up a pretty good sweat, installed my new screen door (who needs a man! :D ), and I need to mow and do some yard work, plus we have another ball practice tonight at 5 but this one is only an hour. Last night I was playing catcher for the girls who were warming up for pitching so there was alot of up and downs!!

Has anyone checked out the member gallery? I was thinking about posting some photos and was wondering if anyone else had plans to.

I FEEL WONDERFULL!!! :D :cb: and I hope you all are feeling it too!! :grouphug:

mom of 3
04-09-2005, 03:56 PM
Welcome gentlesong, glad to have you here!!! What is your first name? It sounds like you are going to fit right in and if you read my earlier post then you know we have something in common in crazy ex's :lol:

Kim--great news about your butt :lol: and SB diet.

04-09-2005, 05:36 PM
Thank you Kim for the welcome.:thanks: My name is Sabrina :) I did read you post earlier, and can compleatly understand where you are coming from. I've went through the same things with my tires being slashed, my home broken into, and my most precious possessions stolen or distroyed.
I am sending good thoughts your way. :angel: I had hoped that moving away would solve alot of the problems with him. but he has still managed to come to where we live now and sugar my tank, and slash my tires. :sigh:
Sometimes I do wonder where the kind gentle man that I married all those years ago went. :(
I find myself feeling sorry for him for so many reasons. But, mostly because the children now fear him and don't want to have anything to do with him.
Right now I am just glad I haven't heard from him for over 6 months.

I started looking back at the last few years of my life and realized that I had become a emotional eater. Whenever anything in the least upset me I would have to eat something anything. :( I was so surprised when I realized that and now I am determined to change it.
Well Im getting long winded again. I do have a question though. How many calories am I burning working out on my nordic trac ski machine for an half an hour?
Bye for now, Sabrina

04-09-2005, 07:35 PM
Hi everyone!!! this is a great group, I would love to join in. I am a working mommie of 2 boys, well 3 if you include hubby (7 & 4). I truned 30 last year and decided to take care of myself, I have be doing it for about 15 months. Making good choices is a struggle when your working and raising a family.

I am doing the WW plan and I also attend meetings on Wend. night. What plan are you all following if any? Do any or all of you work outside your homes also? I need planning help for meals and spending time with my family, I work 7 days a week, any suggestions??????????????

04-10-2005, 12:38 PM
This is going to be a long post ladies. I missed so many posts… not being on yesterday. So here is goes.

Andrea, I am a night owl too but once I start working again that will have to change. I usually sit down to watch TV around 9 and go to bed around 11 or 12 during the week but when I am planning a gathering I go to bed when I am done enough to only have a few things to do in the morning. See I don’t like to leave stuff to the last minute because I always oversleep. And that morning I did just that. Woke up around 10. Matter of fact my son went to bed around 11:30 that night. After icing my cake yester day morning I cleaned my house like a mad women vacuuming and power cleaning everything before my family go here that I really worked up a sweat and couldn’t wait to shower, so that had to account for something. Anyway my gathering went very nice. Everything worked out well. And the best thing is there wasn’t has much dessert as usually. There is a small chunk of my cake left over, a few cupcakes and my angel food cake (0 fat) and strawberries and fruit..yay the good stuff for my diet…Oh and some cookies. And I won’t tell you there weren’t a few pitches of mudslide made. Oh my sister makes a mudslide to die for..haha…I did have some but didn’t go overboard. Downfall there is beer left over…uggg.. Well I will just have to have friends over..huh….

I have read somewhere that dieters who took one day off of there program (instead of counting points/calories)) lost more weight faster then dieters who actually stuck to the same number every day.. so mix it up sometimes. I know when I made goal the last time I was on weight watchers and I always stuck to the highest number every day and it worked. Sometimes if you stay at the same amount and one day you go up on points/cal you will see a gain on the scale but if you mix it up it doesn’t. See if you say at say 1200 cal every day and one day you eat 1500 your body goes out of starvation mode and gains. And if you stay at the same number your body won’t accept more. Does this make sence? I am not saying eat 3000 calories but if you want to splurge on that one piece of cake once a week its not going to kill us. Think about it, 1 piece of cake did not do this to us.. yes the whole cake did..

Sabrina, welcome to our board. Sorry to hear about your ex. I am glad that you moved on with your life and our kids are the most precious things in our life. I wish I could say I was only 110lbs my hole life.. But I have always been a yo yo dieter since I was 12 or something like that.. sixth grade.

I have a solution for weigh in day. Maybe we should make it on Mondays but if Friday people want to use Fridays weight they should. Its only a few days difference but what does it matter if Friday people post there weight on Monday and mondy people post there weight on Monday. As long as it’s the same day right? What do you guys think?

Kim I have a suggestion. I hate water and I put crystal light or andy supermarket brand with 0 calories. Weight Watchers always let us could it as o points so go for it. If you want like I make mine a little weaker so its not so strong tasting. Also they make 0 calories water flavered with lime and orange. Propel puts out one and so does the one with splender. Anything with Splender in it you can drink as water.. so drink up.. Alls I drink is the crystal light type. There are so many flavors so you won’t get board. Congrats on your smaller but and congrats on going out having a great time and sticking to plan.. I hope I can do that eventually.

Val I thinking posting photos would be a great idea. It will make us accountable for us. I notice that Andrea has one in her profile.. Way to go Andrea your accountable. I think it would be cool for us to see what we look like anyway.. Good suggestion. And I am a video junkie. I see an commercial for this and that and say oh that looks great nad buy it and then never do it or even open the package. So lets do it..

Alchina welcome. I am trying to eat right and I still use the WW knowledge that I learned years ago (before my son) when I am choosing foods. I still figure out the points and say oh that’s under 5 points its okay. If you know what I mean. Anyway I would suggestion eating more Salads with your meals and plan. And honestly there is no need to make separate dinners for your family and yourself. It will make you crazy. Weight watches for me while I was working were easy cause I would plan my breakfast lunch and snacks and take them to work. Then dinner eat with my family. I am at home with my son right now but I am contemplating going to work again. I went on an interview on Wednesday and I am hoping that I will get it. My son will go to a daycare/learning center while I am at work. He is 3 and needs to be with other children. He loves kids and is just bored with being with me anyway. haha.. I don’t blame him. What is your name?

04-10-2005, 04:51 PM
Hi Everyone! I went to church today and got really upset at a friend. Another friend had asked me about the SBD and how I was doing. I told her great, and I felt better than I had in a LONG time. The other friend (the one that upset me) said Oh, I tried that and it didn't work. Said she couldn't do it. Lots of negative things to say. I was furious. Why is it that people always want to bring you down when you try to do good? RRRRRRRRR!! :( I told the other friend to read the book first, then make her decision. It is fine for people not to do it the way I am doing it, but please don't knock it!
Anyway, now I am more motivated than ever to do this. She really upset me!

To more serious things.......
Val, bless your heart. Your story is incredible. I don't get how someone can be so cruel. Then again, if he is on drugs, that explains it. You are a brave and extremely strong person. I don't know you, but I can say that I admire you tremendously. You are a great inspiration.
As far the SBD goes, I will be on Phase 2 beginning Tuesday. Any good recipe ideas are very welcome. I can't wait for the next phase! YEA! I have done extremely well though. I will weigh in again tomorrow and will let you know! I feel great! If only people would leave me alone!!!!!

Serafyn, did your hubby notice your weight loss? Good for you feeling so sexy and stylish! Go girl!

Sabrina, don't you just hate pictures? I do! They tell the truth. I can't even tell you the last time I had my picture made. I am always the camera/video person on vacations, parties or whatever. I refuse to have my picture made. I figure if I talk in the video, the kids can at least look back and say "hey that was mom talking!". :rofl: Anyway, welcome! Glad you are here with us! Sounds like you have been through **** and back too. You ladies are awesome!

Alchina, welcome to you also! I don't have a full time job. I am a PTO mom at my sons school. I cater part time also. It is a very part time job. I have 2 events this month. It is hard work and I really don't want to do it all the time. Preparing food makes you hungry. I don't need that. UGH! Good luck to you!

Karyn, thanks for the ideas for drinking water. I guess I will go and get some crystal light and have a big jug of it in the fridge. If it is something I don't fix BEFORE I want it, I won't go to the trouble. sad I am!!!

Well, the hubby just asked if I wanted to go take a walk, so I guess I am leaving for now. I hope you all have an absolutely fantabulous day! :sunny:

04-10-2005, 05:52 PM
Hi again!, Thanks everyone for the great welcome! My first name is Andrea, I see you already have an Andrea with your group. I'll go by Andy so theres no confusion, confusion is easy for me..

Karyn, Thanks for the advice about planning. Good luck with getting that job. You are lucky that you have the time with you son, enjoy every minute. I get jelious (sp) of my husband because he is unable to work, and gets to stay home with my children. Long story, so I'm working two full-time jobs, usually a total of 72 hours a week. I'm lucky he is a great father and husband (lots of support). Just no good with making the right meals for me.

Kim, you are also very lucky to be involved with your son and his school, cherish every second. I could never cater though, I don't know how you do it. I would be eating everything insight, I give you lots of credit. Good Luck on your two events, that has to be a tough job, making everyone happy!

Hi Sabrina, I had to laugh at the whole picture thing because I remember talking to my sister-in-law about taking photos. I told her my secert about having my oldest son either sit on my lap or stand in front of me to hide my blubber....Pictures tell 1,000 words they always say...Keep up the hard work and soon you'll be wanting to get in the picture....

To everyone else good luck in your daily struggles and remember your never alone.......:grouphug:


04-10-2005, 06:02 PM
Hi all, I was wondering if you chicks every use the chat room on this web-site? Anyone every try to setup a chat date?

04-11-2005, 01:34 AM
Hi Everyone and I'm happy to see you with us Sabrina and Andi! Welcome! :wave:

I had a really fantastic weekend for the most part. My husband, his daughter Sarah (11), her mother and her little friend Rachel(11) came on Saturday. I didn't get much of the cleaning I wanted to do finished on Friday, so I spent Saturday morning rushing around doing laundry, vaccuuming, sweeping and mopping and cleaning the bathroom. So, I was pretty active and hopefully burning lots of calories then! :)

When the Ron and the rest arrived, it was Laura, my stepdaughter's mom, who first said anything about my weight. She had forgotton that I had decided to get serious about my weight and overall health, and her reaction was actually pretty fun. She turned the corner into my kitchen where I was preparing the vegetables for cabbage soup for lunch, and stopped in mid-sentence about being glad to finally be here and said, "WOW! Andrea, you look 'tighter' or something! This is from yoga?!" I laughed and said, "Well, yes, and watching portions and calories and such." She told me that I was inspiring and she was going to get back into yoga again. (She did quite a bit of it for awhile a couple of years ago, and she got into the best shape I've ever seen her--part of why I got interested in it.)

Ron was here a while before he deigned to say anything, and then he said, "Looks like it's working, Mom." How romantic, huh? :lol: Still, he meant well, but has a hard timen being verbally expressive. It's one of the areas where we differ quite a bit and it causes trouble, actually! But he does try to be supportive by getting me out and about doing physical things like hiking, which I LOVE. And...last night we were more intimate than we've been in a couple of months at least, if you know what I mean! :devil:

After lunch on Saturday, Laura, my 5 yo daughter Stella and I walked to the beach (about 10-12 minutes away), while Ron drove the rest of the gang down in the van. (Having the van there makes it easier to get all the kids home after they've played hard at the beach for awhile and are tired.) Then we all played on the beach and threw sticks into the ocean for my dog to chase for about 2 hours. Fun!

Our dinner Saturday night was delicious! :T A local friend of mine gave me about 5 lbs of very fresh hardshell butter clams--her husband digs them for a living, so she has them often and gets tired of them from time to time. (:dunno: I don't know how anyone could EVER say that!hahah...I love the darned things!) Anyway, I sauteed some garlic in olive oil and poured some dry sherry and water over that, tossed the clams in, shells still on, and steamed them. They were SO good. I served them with rosemary and olive oil peasant bread and a lush spinach salad with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. Mmmmmm....

Laura watched the kids for Ron and I to go out, as planned. Turns out the place we met my friend at doesn't even have a dance floor! It didn't matter, though. The music was FAR from danceable! :lol: It was kind of folksy and sleepy actually, but it was interesting, too. And the place was interesting, with all sorts of weird stuff and art hanging on the walls. We had an OK time. I had a single glass of house red wine. I didn't enjoy it very much, though--alot of calories for something that gave me a bit of a headache and I didn't even like! :p but I was still well under my max goal of 1500 for the day.

This morning we got up extra early (6:00 am) to go clam digging. There are razor clams available on the beach here. They live in the surf and dig down under the sand when the tide is low. A few times a year the beach is open for clam digging, and literally thousands of people with clam licenses come here to dig for their limit of 15 razor clams a day. This weekend was one of those times. I just got a 2005 license, and the kids can clam for free, so we went out for the first time. It was great fun--well worth getting up at the crack of dawn and bundling up for a slightly damp, cool, cloudy, early spring morning at the beach. The little kids couldn't really dig the clams, because it was a bit too difficult for them, but they helped find the "shows", which are little dimples in the sand that tell you that a clam is hiding down below. The older two girls and I got our limit of 15 clams! (Razor clams are really big, by the way.) And the walking and running up and down the beach and the digging especially, were good excercise! Later we cleaned the clams, cut them up and fried them. Everyone, except me, ate fried clam strips with a homemade cocktail sauce. (I did taste a couple of pieces). I asked that they set some aside for me to steam or sautee in a little olive oil, and I had mine for dinner tonight after they all left. YUM! And, by the way, clams are VERY nutritious--HIGH protein content and Vitamin B12, among other good things and low fat to boot! We had enough to freeze some too!

I know this is a long post, but I still want to address some of the other posts...

Sabrina--WOW! You sound motivated! Glad to have you join us! And, NO, you haven't gotten carried away--just look at MY long posts! :lol: We come here for support and to share our successes and struggles with others in the group, so please, feel free to let it all out!

Kim--I enjoy drinking water, always have, so I don't have any better suggestions than what Karyn offered. I just want to say that I think that water is water, and if you are best able to get yours by drinking it with flavors or by making tea, or whatever, then that's just fine! Do it that way! It's still good for you. I will say that I like tea and coffee, but because they are diuretics, I make myself drink a glass of water almost every time I have a cup of either, to make sure I stay hydrated. Good luck with getting your water. I think Karyn's ideas are great!

Also, wanted to say I can totally understand how it would be annoying to listen to your friend pipe up with all the criticism of SBD. It's hard not to take that stuff personally, I know, but try to remember that when people start knocking the good things you are doing to take care of yourself, it's usually because they need to convince themselves that it's okay that they aren't doing the same in their lives. They feel guilty or something and have to belittle the thing they aren't doing, but kind of want to do, in order to justify their percieved failure. Perhaps SBD isn't the right weight loss plan for her...perhaps no attempt at losing weight is right for her right now. Maybe she's just not ready. But, YOU ARE!! Yippee for your efforts! Don't let her and other's like her get you down. You are doing what works for you and that's fantastic! :D

Karyn--I think it's good to mix it up a little when it comes to calories, too, and also with the kinds of foods your eating--I think I read something similar somewhere and it made sense. You know--tricking your body into metabolizing more efficiently or something like that. I think about that when I think about the inevitable time when I reach a plateau--then I will have to get crafty with my food intake! :s: Right now, I just try to keep my calories within a range of 1200-1500 a day, and some days I have more fat than other days (not necessarily on purpose--man, I'm just NOT that organized! hahaha), but I try to keep the fat intake to under 50 grams (haven't succeeded much, by the way! I usually end up around 52 grams!--at least it's mostly good fat, and not overly saturated or transfats)

Val--Just wanted to say that you seem quite laid back. I also admire you from the little I've gleaned from your posts. I like how you are involved with and really enjoy your kids, even when things could be so stressful for you that you might choose to just shut down. What a way to take the good and banish the bad! Yay for you!

By the way, I played a bit of baseball today too! With my lab :lol: . For about 1/2 an hour today, I threw a baseball for her to retrieve. It was fun! Made me think about how I used to play in an adult co-ed softball team several years ago. Pretty time-consuming with practices and games every weekend, but it was alot of fun!

Andi!--I'm glad you're here, too! Welcome! Great name, btw! ;) And WHOO HOO! 59 lbs!!! You rock, girl! How long have you been working at this, and what are your secret tricks for staying with it!? Do tell!

Well, maybe I should hire a publisher for this post! :dizzy: Can't wait to hear from all you wonderful women again!

04-11-2005, 01:43 AM
Val, in response to the end of your post--

I feel WONDERFUL too!! This has been so great for me in so many ways. I have much more stamina and strength and I'm more mentally positive as well. Yes, things are getting better and better!

Also, I thinking posting pictures is a great idea! I need to figure out how to do that (other than the one already in my profile--which was taken only a couple of months ago, by the way--about 213 lbs.) If I can't figure out how to posts more pics, I'll come back here and ask for help from you 3fc whizzes! It would be great to put faces with all these names and phenomenal stories! :grouphug:

04-11-2005, 10:19 AM
Hey Kim. No problem on the crystal light. I have a full quart in my refrig. And keep it there. I try to drink the whole thing. I will say I like it watered down better. They also make one that fit right in a 16oz water bottle. I keep them in my car, cause I absolutely hate my moms water and I visit her once a week right now. Don ‘t be so mad at your friend. Some diets take a lot of will power. . It doesn’t mean it’s a bad diet or it doesn’t work it just means it wasn’t for her. She should not have badmouthed the diet especially cause your having so much success with it. Andreas right she’s not ready, but maybe this diet isn’t for her and the one that’s right for her isn’t right for someone else. I think that’s why there are so many out there. As long as you’re eating healthy what does it matter? Anyway let it roll off your back and move on to you. Don’t let this sabotage your efforts.

Andy, why don’t you try to be really good during the day and try to stay on the low end? Then when you eat what your husband makes have a smaller proportion and have a salad with it with a fat free dressing. Balsamic is awesome no points leave off the oil. I use to do it all the time. Actually I still do it. It’s harder for you cause your not preparing the food but you do have say in what you bring to work. I used to pack my breakfast (hot oatmeal (I think 2 points), turkey sandwich for lunch or larger salad, and about 3 fruit or some veggies. It worked well for me. I made goal doing it that way. I gained it back when I stopped working and got pregnant…just some suggestions.

Andrea thas great that she noticed. Most of the time women notice and men do not. I think men are afraid to comment sometimes, they don't know how we will react to certain things. That sounded like a busy day. Congrats on the great day. I am glad that you had a good time. Its good to let loose once in a while. Clam digging sound like tons of fun. I wish I could let my dog off the leash and throw the ball at the beach with him, but he would take off. He is a siberian and is always tied up or in the house or cage. He is a hand ful. I should get one of those fenceslless gates but they are ton of money but we do not have good fencing here and hubby wants that synthethic gate that you don't have to repair ever but i want us to pay the bills first. we did refacing on cabinets in december and its still on my credit card..ugg.. thast why i have to get a job..

Talk to you ladies later.. Have a good day. Its suppose to be a nice week on the East Coast. I am hoping to get some walking in again.


04-11-2005, 11:40 AM
Good Morning! Just wanted to report that I've lost 2 more pounds since Friday! :encore:

I'm down to 185 lbs! I started this endeavor on March 15, and at that time, I weighed 200 lbs and I set a goal of losing 15 lbs by May 1st. Well I did it, and I'm quite early! Whoo Hoo!!!!! Now I have to lose 2 more pounds by May 1st, since I have an April mini goal to lose 10 lbs and I'm down 7.

I'm off to do yoga now--Taa Taa!

04-11-2005, 01:19 PM
Hi all. I just finished doing my yoga and having breakfast--my favorite: poached egg on whole wheat toast with some apple wedges. Yum!

It felt great to do yoga this morning, especially since I was feeling really tight and sore in my hands and shoulder from digging clams. Felt good to tone and stretch...and warm up a little, too. It's chilly here this morning, to me anyway.

Karyn--Yes, I had a busy weekend. I like those kind. Then I like the quiet after everyone leaves! haha

It is fun to play with my lab, but she's a handful, too. Full of mega-energy, like all labs until about 3 years of age. Sometimes she is really annoying, like when she suddenly decides to chase a pick-up truck down the beach, barking like crazy and won't come back when I call her. Grrrr. :mad: Still, she is a nice dog for the most part and forces me to get out and walk or throw her ball for her even on the ickiest days weather-wise. :lol:

Siberians are definitely prone to wander. I used to volunteer at an animal shelter when I lived up in Homer, Alaska, and most of the dogs in that shelter were Siberian Huskies. They were in for various reasons, like eating the neighbors chickens, or whatever, but mostly they were just prone to stray. They are still pretty close relations to the wolf for a domestic dog, so they are a bit wild and independent, but they are so beautiful and friendly. I LOVE their big smiley faces! What's your dog's name?

Well, I just wanted to respond to your post. I should actually fold the rest of my mountain of clean laundry. :rolleyes: I'm bad about putting clean laundry away, especially if I let it pile up at all.

Looking forward to hearing from everyone!

04-11-2005, 02:11 PM
My siberian is a 19 month old Siberian Male. He has the mask eyes, one blue and one brown. He is a big pain in the but. He used to take off on us but now we lead him in the yard (had to shorten the lead cause he chewed my sons playset), he likes wood and plastic (my deska and railing is wood). Anyway, he is very loveable, but still jumps and chews some. He loves to run but doesn't get much of that on the lead so its important for me to start walking him. it will be good for all of us. Anyway I love him but hate him..if you know what I mean. His name is Bailey. Siberians too are pups until 3 or 4. Can't wait!!!!!! I feel like I have 2 toddlers int he house.. oh yea I do..

I am a little bummed today. I weighed on my scale and I am up. I am sure its cause I am not very good at drinking water on the weekends, no to mention I am not that great on the weekends. Andrea what website do you get your calories from? I think I might start tracking calories... I am not sure what plan to do.. I was good this morninging.. so far I had coffee, peanutbutter sandwhich (only 1 tsp of peanutbutter and 1 tsp of jelly) and just had a rice cake. I am going to go have salad or fruit now.


04-11-2005, 02:39 PM
Andrea I got my answer I looked back at your old post and found it.. I signed up for the site.. it loooks pretty cool. Which do you use? what plan doyou use?

mom of 3
04-11-2005, 04:13 PM
Hi all! Well I missed out yesterday on getting a post in so this one will probably be pretty long :D I didn't do anything really exercise wise yesterday, just housework and took the kids to the circus. It was a nice weekend with beautiful weather :sunny: it started raining last night and did most of the night but it was nice enough to go for my daily walk at lunch. I weighed in this morning and lost a couple more lbs. :cb: down to 191 maybe 190 my scale is kinda funky and hard to read exactly but I'll take the 191. It looks like I am going to make my April goal and then some!!! :cheer:

I also checked out and love it, it takes a little time to enter everything but I'm guessing that once you have your recent list built up it will go faster.

Hearing (or rather reading) about you guys and your dogs makes me want a new puppy (I look on the internet for a dog all the time) I used to have a Bassett Hound named Rufus who I still miss very, very much, but the ex from **** :devil: ( I think I will just use this icon from now on when speaking of him :lol: ) took him in the divorce and then put him in the animal shelter. :cry:

I am the same way about laundry, I don't mind sorting it, washing, drying, folding, but I will stack it up and wait forever to put it away if I don't make myself do it right away :^: Congrats on the 2 lb loss Andrea, you are doing so great :cp: I am a little sore from the Yoga workout saturday but not too bad. I need to try doing it again, but all the way through this time.

I actually like water but will always choose to drink something else instead (don't know or understand why that is) so I make a deal with myself that for every glass of something else that I drink I must drink a glass of water!! I don't know but it works for me.

Kim, sorry to hear about your negative experience with your friend, but just think how embarrassed she will be when YOU prove her wrong!! I am now on my 8th week of the SBD and lovin' it :love: not everything works for everyone. Keep strong and you can do it. I believe in you!!! :goodvibes

I am sure that I'm not responding to everything I wanted to but having trouble remembering it all ;) so I'll just say goodluck to everyone this week :D Can't wait to read more posts!!

mom of 3
04-11-2005, 04:32 PM
Hey, I just noticed that today is Marina's (Partyof5) birthday!!


You haven't posted in a few days so I hope you are still with us and hanging in there!!

04-11-2005, 06:21 PM
Karyn--When I first started trying to lose weight, I didn't follow any commerical plan, if that's what you're asking me. I just started watching my portion sizes and not eating seconds. I also stopped eating after 7:00, which had become a problem for me. I now eat when I want, but if it's later than 8:00 I make it fruit or something really light. I usually just drink herbal tea. I think I've broken the habit of gorging on all sorts of stuff after I get the kids in bed. I just don't feel that urge anymore. I also choose to eat between 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies each day. This wasn't easy at first, but it didn't take long to get the hang of it...and it forced me to start making different and yummier meals than I had in awhile, just to keep it interesting! Part of what was hard for me was being out of the habit of planning meals. It only took me a couple of weeks to get into the swing of doing that again. And eating healthy like this really helps me to avoid being hungry and to avoid persistent cravings for junky sweet stuff.

Journaling my food and exercise was another big and positive change I made--when you write it down, you really do see what you are doing--plus, you think twice before you indulge--you make sure it's something you really want. Another way to put it that you consider whether it's really worth having. I highly reccomend it. It keeps you thinking about your long term goals. Helps you hold yourself accountable. That's basically what I started doing.

At first I had a friend journaling with me--our journals are at My user name there is Serafyn, just like here, so you can read my journal anytime, to get an idea how I eat and what I do towards getting in shape and being healthier. It's a public journal. Anyway, my friend stopped journaling about a week after we started, and keeps promising to come back to it, but hasn't, so I started coming to 3fatchicks for some support and people to share this journey. Since I started coming to I noticed lots of people mentioning, so I went there and now it's become a daily stop for me as I log in my foods and figure out how many calories I'm getting. I would have to say that now I'm a calorie counter! But I aim only to stay within a range (1200-1500) and am not obsessive about it at all. (Yesterday I was at 1600 for the day and felt not a twinge of guilt. I know that I'm in this for life now, and one day over here or there is not going to break me--besides 1,600 is not that much! hahaha) I still eat the way I like and nothing is completely off limits, but I don't eat near the chocolate or fat that I was eating, because I now KNOW how fast the calories rack up when I do that! It's been surprisingly easy to dramatically lower my calories. I eat good, nutritious meals and fun, yummy healthy snacks and I just don't feel deprived.

I do thinkthat after some recent soul-searching, I've adopted a different attitude about my life, and that has been instrumental in my success so far. Before I was eating for emotional reasons and sometimes I'd eat 2 burritos with a ton of cheese for lunch...and then I'd eat all of what the kids left on their plates, too! I was mindlessly eating 2-3 times as many calories in a day than I am now, just trying to fill a void I felt in my life. One day, I decided to start becoming the person I want to be and quit letting external circumstances control my behavior. I wanted to quite sabotaging myself and making my situation worse. I know that I've come to the right place in my life and that I'm just READY. I don't have a magic formula to pass out to anyone, but I have faith that anyone can achieve a similar space if you keep your goals in mind--and not just your weightloss goals. Consider all your lifegoals and consider this a wholistic change for life. What do you want to achieve? What's stopping you? How can you fix it? Just do it, as that famous shoe company says. If you keep after it, it will get easier! Good luck Karyn on finding your personal motivation and what works for you. Big hugs to you! :goodvibes

04-11-2005, 07:24 PM
Great job on the weight loss! I try not to be too attached to the number on the scale, but when it goes down, it sure feels good, doesn't it? Like some kind of proof you're on the right track. Good for you!

I'm glad you like I think it's cool...and very motivating. By the way, the recent foods list has a limit and eventually things you put on it will not be there as you add other foods. The custom foods you put in stay the same, though.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I also bought a kitchen scale when I bought my bathroom scale, and it has really helped me keep track of how many calories I'm getting. Mainly, I like that I can measure out an amount instead of "guesstimating". I particularly like this ability when it comes to cheese and meat and other potentially high fat food.

Val, I'd think long and hard about getting a puppy. There are several times each week when I think to myself, "What WAS I thinking!?" :lol: Sometimes I wish I had just kept things simple. (As simple as it can get when you have 3 children ages 5 and under! haha. Though they are being sweethearts today!)

I get sore from my yoga sometimes, as I work on perfecting a pose or stretching a little more. But it's a good sore, no?! Try to do your tape again. The kinks work out pretty quickly once you do it a few times. For me 3 was the magic number. And then later when there is soreness from working harder at it, it takes even less time to heal up. If I'm really sore, I just do gentle stretches one day and not the whole dvd. I have some yoga books that I look at and try to learn from too.

Ugh...wanted to walk to the beach, since the weather warmed up and the sun came out after raining buckets of rain last night and this morning...but the weather has changed again, and it's pouring down. Darn. Maybe I'll put on some music and get the kiddies to dance with me!


04-11-2005, 09:10 PM
Val I agree with Andrea, think twice before getting a puppy. Sometimes I wish I would have gotten a german shepard. they are much more obidient. But having a 3 year old and this dog I question what i was thinking every day... As Dr. Phil says, What are you think????? haha...


04-11-2005, 09:22 PM
Andrea, I checked out fitday and like it but finding the foods are a bit confusing. :?: I guess cause I did points before with a book. I do relize that even though I did about 1322 today I am not getting my nutrients that I should be getting and I am hungry now. I think I will go get some carrots and crystal light. :dizzy:

Let me tell you ladies, today I did well on my plan and even walked. I went for 2 walks with my son. He didn't want to go for a walk just the park. No one was around so I circled the area with the slides (its pretty big) with the dog until my legs felt tired. :tread: I could still see my son and be close with him and yet got some walking in. It felt good.

Later on we took another walk and my son rode his bike, except for my brief accident... i gotta share .. its pretty funny. I was trying to keep up with my son and I tripped on some gravel or a hole (not sure) and down I went.. :stars: scrapped my knee up pretty bad and my hand and I have a hole in my pants. We continued to walk until I realized I was bleeding we came home.. I am sure the kids were laughing at me.. :lol: But I have to say at least I exercised so its worth it.. And found out that my cardio crusier is on its way.. should be here anywhere from wednesday - monday..yaya...


ps happy birthday marina :hb: <-- its okay its fatfree..ahah.. :lol:

04-11-2005, 09:41 PM
Hi everyone,
Val-Thank you so much for the birthday wish.

Welcome to the group Sabrina and Andy.

I know I havn't posted much lately but like Andrea said I too am doing some soul-searching and it's not easy. I come here daily and catch up with everyone but obviously don't post. I don't know why. Maybe i'm worried that my husband might read it. I'm taking the title "moms taking care of moms" very serious and realizing that I am my husbands wife not his mom too! I have a 13 yr old and 12 yr old that i'm still taking care of as if they were babies and my 9 yr old is so independent. I'm also realizing that my husband shows no concern for what's going on in my world. Is it to much to ask for "How was your day?, what did you do?, who did you go with?"

Anyway i'm still with you all and hope you understand. I'm on a mission. I'm still going to the gym and busting my butt. I weighed in this morning and lost another 3lbs. That's a total of 6lbs and physically I feel good. I need to update my tracker.

Karyn~It felt like you were talking to me when you mentioned that article about taking a day off. Saturday my girlfriend took me out for my birhtday and I did order a salad but ended up eating m&m's during the movie and afterwards we went and had an ice cream then back to her house for some drinks (a little too much to drink). So I was feeling guilty the next morning until I read your post and felt that I just mixed it up a bit. Thanx!

Hey about the puppy thing. We were thinking about getting one too. My family wants a Boxer but I know that no one is going to clean up after it. In the beginning everything will be great and then after a while it will become a major chore. I think we'll stick with the cat we have.(his b-day is today too)

My daughters beggin to play cards so i'll check back in later. Have a good evening.

04-11-2005, 09:46 PM
Karyn-Thanks for the birthday wish and the fat free cake. :lol:

04-11-2005, 10:24 PM
Hi all--I'm on my way out the door to go to the library, so I can't post much, but I was wondering how you all knew about Marina's birthday. ??

And, since you mentioned it, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marina! :balloons:

04-12-2005, 12:41 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind words about my negative friend. I am going to do my best not to bring 'the diet' up again. She will see, and I won't have to say a thing. :lol: I have not been drinking my water. I just forget and then by the time I think about it, I don't want to drink it, cause I will be going to the bathroom all night. Anyway, I don't know what I did wrong, but I had a pound gain this week. :cry: I am probably going to do Phase 1 another week. I didn't get to walk today because it was raining like crazy here. It was nasty all day. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Anyway, I am not giving up :nono: I am sooooo not giving up!!!!!

Andrea, congratulations on your loss! I am jealous. ;) Way to go!

Karyn, it sounds like you exercised 'till it hurt'......literally. That sounds like something I would do (falling). Good going though. Great idea to walk while he played. You could have just sat there, but you didn't! Good for you!

Oh, I have a dog too. Her name is Dixie. Get this........she is part miniature dachshund and part Australian Shepherd. The dad was the miniature dachshund, now that is a visual isn't it? We joke that he had to get a step stool! :rofl: She is now 18 months old and 33 pounds. And very long. She is the most loving thing though. She is a lap dog. What will fit in a lap anyway.

I have bunko tomorrow at my house. I am doing tacos for everyone, but skipping the shells for myself. I will just make a salad. And I will skip desert. Gotta clean house! UGH!

You ladies have a great day if I don't have time to post, I will catch up on Wednesday.

YOU ARE ALL SO WORTH IT! AND DANG IT, SO AM I! Isn't it nice not to be alone???? :grouphug:

04-12-2005, 02:47 AM
Hi everyone! So good to hear from you today. I'm wondering, though, where's Joan? I miss her!

I think I'm starting to be in PMS mode, because suddenly my face is breaking out a little, I'm craving sweets, and I'm a leeeetle bit irritable. In fact, tonight I ate a Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffle Ball, which isn't so bad in and of itself--a reasonable treat every now and then. BUT, after I got the kids down tonight, I marched right into the kitchen and ate about a slice and a half worth of some Rosemary/Olive Oil bread left over from the other day when we had steamer clams, and that took me from under my calorie limit to 100 calories over! So, 1600 calories again. Not horrible, but I don't like that I let myself just feed my irritability and cravings so mindlessly as I did. Oh well, I stopped once I ate that. I was tempted to make a cup of hot chocolate, but opted for my Afternoon Delight herbal tea with chamomile (soothing), licorice root (slightly sweet), and peppermint. I'm drinking that now. Do any of you notice that it's harder to stay on track when you are coming up on "that time of the month"?

Karyn--I agree that the foods on can be a bit confusing. It particularly aggravates me that if they list something like, say, cabbage soup and I click on it to see the ingredients, they will have margarine as an ingredient, which I never, ever use! I usually opt for breaking what I ate into it's parts, ie: carrots, cabbage, etc... right down to the olive oil that I usually use. It's a little more work, but I feel it's far more accurate, and I can be a bit fussy about such things. It's time-consuming, too, which may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I don't mind so far. It's kind of fun for me and keeps me focused on what I'm doing. I did get a calorie book at the library today, and I was thinking that would help when they don't quite have what I'm looking for, because the "custom foods" option is pretty user friendly if you already have the info to put in. In fact, I've been googling the nutritional value and calories of many things, including the Lindt Truffle I ate today! You can so many things on the internet, I tell ya! ;)

Fantastic job sticking to your plan and getting in so much exercise, too! I'm so sorry you hurt yourself. Like Kim said, talk about excercising till you hurt! :^: Ouch!

And Hooray for you getting your Cardio Cruiser soon! Can't wait to hear how you like it! I keep thinking I need something like that since I can't really get as much exercise with the kids in tow and can't afford a sitter AND the gym. Ugh...hope this changes soon.

Wait! I just remembered something!! A friend of mine just opened up a Wellness Center here in my tiny town of Ocean Park. She is a massage therapist, so massage will be offered. There will be a small nautilus room. Classes like Pilates and yoga and kids movement classes will be offered. There is a reading and research room and a small healthy cafe. It's so cool. She remodeled an old house downtown (in our 1 stop-light town! haha!), and it looks so nice! Her grand opening was this past weekend. The exciting thing for me is she has asked me to occasionally come and sit in her resource room when she has massages, so that she doesn't have to close up shop. We would trade for classes, massages, time in the weight room...whatever! Isn't that cool. And often, I could even have the kids with me, because when the room she uses for classes isn't in use, they can play in there--lots of cool stuff for kids: pilates balls, nerf style pogo sticks, ribbon rings to dance with, music, etc... and it has a padded floor. Gosh...I can't believe I almost forgot about that! :dizzy:

Marina--I just want you to know I'm thinking about you as you spend time with yourself and finding out what your needs really are. I'm sending you hugs and blessings. I hope all goes well, and you find clarity. ;)

Good for you for sticking with your gym routine--sounds great actually! I was feeling guilty for not doing as much as you and some of the other women here, but I caught myself and remembered that I'm doing what I can, and I'm achieving some success. NO GUILT. :lol: Still, I can't wait to get some intense cardio workouts in!

And, WOWEE! 3 pounds!? How can you say that so casually? You are rocking! Go girl! Congratulations! :cheer:

Kim--I just LOVE your self-talk: "I am not giving up. I am sooooo not giving up!" That is perfect! Keep it up. And remember not to get too upset over small gains here and there--our weight fluctuates for many reasons. You could have gained some muscle. You could be retaining water. Who knows? And though it's okay to feel, "Gee what a bummer. I gained a pound", please don't let it be more than it is. It's only one pound and you have come too far to let that little thing bother you. You are on your way! I bet it changes dramatically by next weigh-in! You're doing it!

Oh, and I laughed out loud at your description of your dog. :lol: Sounds like some creature from a Dr. Seuss book! hahaha! I'll bet he's a cutie. (I can't remember whether he's a he or she's a she!)

Have fun at Bunko. By the way...What is Bunko? :?: :lol:

See you tomorrow!

04-12-2005, 02:49 AM
I forgot to tell you all that I have posted some pictures of myself and my children in the gallery. Just do a search for Serafyn.


04-12-2005, 11:58 AM
Morning ladies. I don't have much time cause I am off to the mall but just wanted to let you know that I got on the scale and most of my gain is almost gone..yay... I knew its water weight..anyway I did my yoga this morning for backcare and it was awesome. My back has never felt better even after seeing my chiro. I am going to try to do this one once a day and get in at least a walk.

Andrea your having success so don't worry about it. You are problery exercising more then you think with the kids at the beach and all. So your not doing an hour at the gym or an hour video tape, doesn't matter as long as your moving during the day and you are. Your not eating as much and your moving and thats more exercsie I bet then doing an hour heavy excercise. Congrats on your friends gym I am sure tha twill lift your spirt.

1lb is not a big deal. You have to move on so 1 lb doesn't turn into 5lb binge. Once I weigh on the scale and its up I move on and thats what you have to do.

Anyway I am off to the mall. talk to you guys later


mom of 3
04-12-2005, 01:37 PM
:( Well the crazy ex is at it again!! and then to top things off my lunch walking buddy is sick today so no walk :mad: pooh what a day!! Oh well.

Last night when I got home from work I walked to the store with my kids and then we cooked a yummy supper together and ate out on the deck just before a big storm hit. We actually had some slightly larger than pea size hail. After that we all played monopoly until about 9pm and had a blast!! I won :D

Kim one of the recipes that is quickly becoming a favorite at my house is the meatloaf that calls for either ground beef or turkey. I use turkey and it is sooo delicious. Also a blueberry smoothie for breakfast or dessert after supper. I use 1 cup of vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup ice and blend till it is smooth. It is SUPER YUMMY :T I don't have my book with me right now so I will let you know some of my other favorites later. YOU GO GIRL, and you are right we are not alone!! I love it!! :grouphug:

Andrea I'm so glad to hear about your friend opening up the new place! :D it sounds like it will be so nice and a good chance for you to be able to get out and enjoy yourself :cb:

Marina we miss you, but totally understand what you are doing so good luck and hang in there, we will be waiting here for you when you come back! :grouphug: :flow1:

04-12-2005, 02:09 PM
How is everyone today? I feel pretty good, but I woke up really late for me--almost 9:00, when I have been getting up at 6:30. Weird, because I have been getting enough sleep for me. Yup...I really must be approaching that time of the month. I get extra sleepy then. Anyway, I'll have to do my yoga later, because the kids were ravenous and I was ready for breakfast too. Didn't want to wait till I finished my 45 minutes of Yoga. That's OK. It's kind of nice to do it at night when it's quiet.

Karyn--It's good to hear that your gain has GONE! ;) Good for you!

Also it's fantastic that your yoga for backcare video is so effective for you. What a great feeling that must be! Good combination, yoga and walking, by the way. :spin: There are some great articles for walking off weight at . Check them out here if you're interested:

Perhaps you can work up a specific plan for yourself using their tips.


04-12-2005, 02:26 PM
I tell you, your ex seriously needs to get a life, and just LEAVE YOURS ALONE! :mad: I can't imagine going through what you are having to endure. Keep you chin up hun!

I was wondering why you don't walk without your walking buddy. Is it because you are afraid of your ex? Or some other reason? If it is your ex--well that is just ashame. There should be something you can do about that.

Oh, I wish we could all gang up on him and give him a taste of his own medicine! :lol: Like, wouldn't it be cool if we all had magical powers and could just spook him a little--I don't know--make his car start and stop with the horn blaring, or drive him straight to the police station every time he came close to Val with intent to do harm! hahahaha Yes, that's a great fantasy! :dizzy: I'm sure your fantasies in regard to your ex are even more vivid, Val! :fr:

Take care of yourself today, Val. I'm sending you a big, warm down comforter of a hug!

mom of 3
04-12-2005, 02:39 PM
By the way Andrea, what does Serafyn mean? or stand for? Just curious :D
I knew about Marina's birthday because if you go to the calendar and click on the date it will give you a list of users whose birthday is on that day!!

Oh and speaking of little weekend cheats, I managed to stay away from the cotton candy at the circus even though I bought some for the kids and I love it, but I made them some nachos when we got home and I did eat 3 chips with cheese. I can have the cheese but not the chips. I have to say that I don't feel guilty at all, I know 3 chips isn't going to undo all of my dieting and that was all I needed to satisfy me!! :^:

I have been thinking about getting a puppy for quite some time but want to make sure that I will have enough time to spend with it which is why I haven't gotten one yet. I want one simply because I love dogs, and for protection and just to have some love when I feel lonely. We have a cat now named Midnight. He is a beautiful cat but only wants to cuddle when HE wants to (kinda like a man). I will still wait awhile before I decide what I'm going to do about the puppy thing.

This group is really a fantastic bunch of ladies :grouphug: you are all so inspiring I just love coming here everyday and reading all the posts. :D

04-12-2005, 03:02 PM
Seraffyn (I've changed the spelling a bit) is the name of a 28 foot sailboat that used to belong to Lin and Larry Pardy (, a couple who has spent their entire married life sailing around the world together. (Their current boat is the 32 foot Taliesin.) They are in their 50's now. Not only do I love the name of the boat, but I love the life they've lived and are still living. It is a dream of my husband and I to do something similar with our family. Anyway, since this endeavor to lose weight and get healthy in mind, body and spirit is another kind of journey, I chose the name Serafyn to help me get there! :)

By the way, if you are interested in the Pardy's, read the book, Cruising in Seraffyn, their first book. It is SO good. Tells how they met and then built Seraffyn and then goes on to tell of their first sailing adventures. So cool!

04-12-2005, 03:11 PM
Val, I just wanted to say that, especially in your case, a dog is a great early warning system. It's partly why I got Mollie from the humane society a few months ago. It bothered my husband that we were out here in the boonies by ourselves while he was working in Portland, 3 hours away, and our old Golden Retrieve could no longer hear anything and can barely see and has bad hips. (Ron has him now.) It bothered me sometimes too, especially when winter hit and all the snowbirds flew away! (this is a retirement community) It was so eerily quiet and I always thought that if someone were to be lurking around, I'd not know. It's pitch dark outside when there is no moon--no streetlights, etc... Also, noone could hear me if I needed help. Now I have a dog that barks her fool head off when someone even comes close to the property, like when people are looking at the lots for sale next door and two lots away. Heck, a raccoon can't come around without her smelling it and giving warning! :lol: She has learned to stop barking when I say, "It's okay, Mollie, quiet now." But I like knowing that we have a good alarm. And I'm sure she'd protect us to her best ability if someone did try to do us harm, too.

Anyway, just wanted to say that for you having to deal with your scary ex, it might be a great idea...and your kids are old enough to help take care of one and also really enjoy a dog! Having spent some time working with dogs, I'd suggest a female, only because they are generally more protective of house and home than males, who tend to want to wander and such and are harder to train out of that. Of course that's a generality!

mom of 3
04-12-2005, 03:40 PM
What a wonderful way to come up with your screen name!! Do you really like to read alot?? I noticed that you mentioned going to the library and then the book about the Pardy's and you always seem to have links to informative web sites. I love to read, although haven't done much of it lately I did just buy a book by Mary Higgins Clark that I've not read yet, and am very excited to get to it.

04-12-2005, 03:51 PM
Good morning everyone. I weighed in yesterday and found I'm down another pound. :D Haven't been in the 70's for quiet a while, cause my scale's been broken you know. ;) I feel really draggy this morning. I spent all day yesterday running around and didn't get to eat. Then when I did get to finally eat it was later in the day than I like.

You ladies are such an encouragement to me. Just knowing that I will be posting and reading about your day keeps me on the straight and narrow.

Marina- I have to say, I can see that you are such a kind person. I do have a little thing that I do when I get a little overwhellmed by everything and lose sight of myself a little. I go visit some loved one from my childhood. Like my mom, a childhood friend, or someone special. Someone that knew me before I was a mommy, before I was a wife. I end up talking reminicing about when I was younger. Sometimes, I laugh so hard I cry rivers, other times I come away thoughtful. It just seems like it helps me touch bases with the inner me. I think it is easy to loose touch with ourselves when we a mothers and wives.

Karyn- wow how do you keep going for so long? After I excersize in the morning I cant seem to get myself motivated to do more later. I noticed that alot of people either do yoga or pilates. I thought maybe a video would get me going. Any suggestions?

Andrea- how lucky to have place like your friends to go, and to be able to trade for your time there bonus! :cool:

Kim- I think showing that lady will stop all her comments. :s:

If I missed anyone, and I probably did. Know that I am sending good thoughts all your way. Sabrina

04-12-2005, 05:34 PM
A dog for protection is defently a good idea. get a german shepard they are loyal to the family. I still kick myself for not getting one. I didn't know that about the females. I only heard that the females were nastier., I always had males as a kid and even now as an adult. Anyway, my dog would jump and lick a burgler to dealth. Good thing I am not in a high crime or very dessert area huh..

I keep going all day long. I don't sit very much thats why I am shocked that I weigh so much. Anywayt I went to the mall and was surprised that I did not enter the next size larger.. yay... I did buy shorts for my trip alittle snug but not too bad. My tops are big like I like them but thats okay. Also my son wanted ice cream so I got nonfat frozen yogurt.. it was good and I was so proud of myself. ONly upto 733 calories so far today but I am hungry. I guess its time to start dinner.

Talk more later..

PS I spent too much money at the mall, I better get that job or hubby will kill me..hahahaha....

04-12-2005, 06:40 PM
Sabrina! Good to see you! Congratulations on your weight loss! I can hardly wait to hit the seventies--haven't been there in about 4.5 years, since before my youngest daughter, Annie, was born. Must feel great!!

I have to say that I just love your suggestion to Marina about visiting people who knew you from you childhood. I do that from time to time, but never thought about how it could help me to remember who I really am. It's a nice way to stay connected with your family, too. Thanks for sharing that idea.

Val, I'm glad you like my screen name selection. It's the first one I've ever had that I actually really like, myself! :) And, yes, I love to read. What I read varies according to my mood. Lately I'm reading alot of non-fiction and the internet. A few weeks ago, I was into fiction--novels, short stories. I love reading!

As many of you have said, it is just wonderful to have you women to share in this whole weight-loss adventure. I look forward to hearing about how you are all doing and it motivates me to stay with it. :grouphug:


04-12-2005, 07:01 PM
WEll Andrea so far today i had 1246 calories and already finsihed dinner and dessert.. hahha.. 2 days ina row under 1300 cal. I am excited..

04-12-2005, 07:15 PM
Wow Karyn!! Awesome! If you're fitting in lots of good healthy stuff like fruits and veggies and WHOLE grains, too, then you will find that after a few days, you just won't feel nearly as hungry on less calories! And the cravings won't be so intense least they haven't been for me. Also, under 1,300 calories is pretty low to aim for on an every day basis, I think, so if you are really feeling hungry, don't be afraid to eat a healthy, yummy tasting snack here and there to keep your metabolism going strong.

Congratulations!! Keep it up! :cp:

04-12-2005, 08:19 PM
Thanks Andrea. I usually like to save for the weekened where are layback a little bit. We are always going here or there where the food isn't so great (i mean friends and all) so I always did really well during the week and layback on the weekends. Like I know this saturday we are going to my brother in laws and its hard to plan my food ifyou know what I mean. Anyway I am trying to get really focused for my trip in a few weeks.

I just came back from a 35 minute walk. My son rode his tricycle and I walked the dog. My pedometer said 975 steps 0.1 mile. Is that 1/10 of a mile does anyone know? Who ever does the 2.6 miles I give you credit. Thats a long walk. I could have gone futher but i was afraid my son would get tired and i was not carring him, the bike and walk to dog..haha..

Talk later gotta clean up

04-12-2005, 08:21 PM
Andrea I just realized that I am at 1512 cal for the day now.

04-13-2005, 01:08 AM
Hello to everyone! I just had my bunko group and I did great! I had the taco stuff minus the shells and chips! Then for desert while everyone was eating boston creme pie, I had a SF fudgesicle! I am sure I was as full as everyone else! Anyway, I wanted so bad to have the boston creme, but I am so glad I didn't give in! :cb:

Oh, Andrea, Bunko is a dice game. You pair up at 2 or 3 or 4 tables (we do 2, so there are 8 of us), and you try to roll 6's. Anyway, there is a score you keep. Then we give out prizes to the winners. It is lots of fun and we all sit around and laugh and gossip. And eat too, of course. I am learning there are things I can do without really slipping up. Before, I would have given in and ate like everyone else. YEA! I am learning! You are right though, that time of the month, I could eat the house about a week before I start and then until I start. It is a hard week to eat right. By the way, I love your description of your username. So nice when we find something that inspires us.

Val, sorry you missed your walk, but awesome that you had fun with your kids! Those are the times that are best spent. I know they loved spending fun time with their mom. Amazing what a little game of Monopoly can do for a kid. Even if mom does win! ;) And thanks for the recipe ideas you gave! I wrote them down. I think I am going to stay on Phase 1 another week. Especially since I gained a pound. I think it is water weight, but I don't think one more week will hurt. I take blood pressure meds and they make me go to the bathroom ALL the time. My bladder stays full. Anyway, the day I weighed I had not taken my meds for 2 days, so that can add 2-3 pounds alone. I have always retained fluid. UGH! :mad:

Sabrina - Way to go losing another pound! I am looking forward to being in the 170s again. How tall are you? Just wondering how we compare in build. I am a whoping 5'3" tall. I always tried to say I wasn't over weight, I am just under tall. Doesn't work though. :^:

Well, I guess this post is too long as it is. Hope I didn't put you all to sleep. Have a great day tomorrow moms! And take care of YOU!!! :cheer: :cheer:

04-13-2005, 01:15 AM
Andrea, Great pics! You are awesome! Which of your pictures is the newest? The beach one or the other one? Your kids are adorable!!!! Too cute!!

04-13-2005, 02:38 AM
lost a pound without trying imagine what i can do if i would just try. wish it eas more but i will take the pound try harder this week

04-13-2005, 03:12 AM
I forgot I vote for Mondays. i am also trying to potty train and its like i don't gotta go mommy i take her off the potty and then 5 mins later she goes in her pants. I am still haveing trouble getting motivated to exercise.

04-13-2005, 08:46 AM
Mamamaemae - congrats on the easy pound loss! Wouldn't it be nice if they all came off without really trying? maybe if you could start exercising just a couple days a week, then make it more days. It is hard to get motivated enough to exercise, but you can do it!
Good luck on potty training. For some reason my kids did that too. Say would say they don't have to go, then they go all over the place. Hang in there.

04-13-2005, 09:52 AM
I am down a total of 3lbs since I started. another 1/2lb today. I know I shouldn't being weighing myself every day but itsmotivating. I only have 7lbs more until my april goal. :jig:

Kim your so funny… but true. I am 5’2” tall and I would say if I could grow I wouldn’t have to loose weight. Isn’t that funny we think alike. Congrats on staying on your plan. I know how motivating it is to do it. Like yesteday when I choose nonfat frozen yogurt over my sons regular icecream. It felt good to have it and not feel guilty. Theres no reason why we can’t do this.

Mammamaemae what is your first name again. Congrats on the 1lb. 1lb off is better then one on. :bravo: Potty training is hard work. How old is your daughter. If she is over 3 I will tell you what I did but don’t do it until she is almost 3 cause you will just beat your head against the wall. Go out and buy training underwear (they have an extra layer of cotton in the center, not enough like a diaper) put sweats on her so it will save your carpets too. Warn her first then put the underpants on her. It will take 3 days to a week of doing laundry and cleaning up. Keep taking her to the bathroom. She won’t want to do it in her pants after the first couple of times. Also what I did every time he dirty himself I put him in the bathtub standing (not playtime) and washed him from the waste down and told him he was all dirty we have to clean him. It took 2 ½ weeks to poop on the potty but 3 daays for peeing. Good Luck. Let me know how your doing. If she is under 3 she might not be ready. At first my son always told me he didn’t have to go. Now he goes on his own. He won’t pull up his pants yet tho? Does your daughter dress herself? My son will be 3 ½ in June.

mom of 3
04-13-2005, 11:43 AM
Good Morning Everyone :flow1: I didn't get to exercise yesterday at all after missing out on my lunch walk, a day off occasionally is nice I guess, but now I'm twice as ready to get out there today!! :kickcan:

Way to go Karyn :cheer: Keep going, YOU WILL MAKE YOUR APRIL GOAL!!!

Congrats on the loss mamamaemae!! You can do it, just hang in there, potty training is so time consuming no wonder you've not been motivated to exercise, but you will get there, mean while just make sure you watch what you eat!! Sorry I'm no help with the potty training its just been so long ago that I don't really remember what I did :dizzy:

Bunko sounds like great fun Kim. I'm proud of you for resisting the urge to indulge yourself with food. It sounds like you had a great time anyway eating your way!! I have also learned that it is ok for me to still go eat lunch with my friends just not order the same and actually I've gotten some of them to start ordering the big juicy crunchy yummy salads too!! :D

Sabrina...the 70's...I'm sooo jealous. I lost some weight about a year ago and was down to about 170 and it felt so good that I was sure I wouldn't let myself gain it back but then somehow magically it reappeared ;) Good Job, I can't wait to see the 70's but I've still got a way to go. You are an inspiration!!

Joan, where are you?? We miss you and I've got a bellydancing icon ;)

Well I'll catch up more later. See ya!

04-13-2005, 11:46 AM
Just letting you all know I haven't fallen off the face of the earth (yet).
I'm just having a bad week. Fighting off a bad body image and trying to get motivated to exercise. I'm having problems with my knees and of course I can't get a dr's appt. until the 22nd. I'm getting very fustrated because everytime I have a good exercise roll going something happened to slow me down again. Kids get sick, I get sick or injured, etc. I know...I just have to get off my bum and get going.

Alright, I'm going...

I said I'm going....

Ill go ...

I'm going...


mom of 3
04-13-2005, 01:00 PM
Joan I'm sorry to hear that you are having such a bad week. I know what you mean though it seems like everytime I get into a good workout routine I get really sick and can't continue, then when I feel better I have to go through the whole motivation thing again. Just remember how much fun you were having at bellydancing class and how good you will feel to get started again!!

I took some pictures to post last night but when I tried to upload them it said they were too big so I have to resize them and try again tonight. I'm off to my fitday account to log my food. Talk to you all later! :comp:

04-13-2005, 01:30 PM
I would be happy right now to hit the 190's my 70s are a way off but i have to keep focused. Being under 200 right now is my goal. I don't know if you guys agree with tanning or not but i went today while my son was at school. I am trying to get a base tan for my Baton Rouge trip on the 28th of April.

Anyway, keep up the good work girls and Joan don't get depressed. It happens to all of us and you have to find an exercise that doesn't bother your knee I haven't exercised yet today but I will.

mom of 3
04-13-2005, 01:31 PM
Oh, I almost forgot. This morning as Seth (my youngest) and I were getting ready to leave he came into my room and I had just realized that the shirt I had put on was missing all the buttons (thanks to the :devil: ex) so I quickly took it off and grabbed another, Seth says "Wow mom you can really tell you've lost weight...woohoo t w e n t y lbs" He was really happy for me :D Bless his sweet little heart :cb:

Andrea, haven't heard from you today, what's up?? Miss your posts. :)

mom of 3
04-13-2005, 01:39 PM
Karyn I think tanning is fine especially to get a base tan cause then you don't have to worry so much about getting burned when you are out on a nice day. Those people who go so much they look like overtanned leather...thats yukky!!! I am a redhead and can tan pretty good but still have to be careful of the burn, so I like to go tan starting in about March so that by the time the good weather hits I've got some color and don't have to worry about getting burned quite so bad. I promised myself that I was going to do that this year but haven't had the time or money. Plus I really like getting to lie warm and naked in an absolutely quiet room, it is like a little slice of heaven!! :cloud9: and I know all you mom's can identify with that!! :lol: Being under 200 is a good beginning goal, that is what I started out wanting too!!

04-13-2005, 02:07 PM
Thanks. i do enjoy being alone with the sunlight. I get that winter blues and tanning defently helps. I am going to baton rouge at the end of the month and its already 74 degrees there so I know I will be in shorts and I am pretty light. I am irish/german/chezlovokian and alot more too.. So I like to get a base and then I don't burn so bad. My sister goes all year and I tell her thats not good but I can say she is not that dark either so she must keep it at a min. It defently feels good especially as a mom we can't layout the way we did before kids if you know what I mean.

mom of 3
04-13-2005, 02:31 PM
Oh yes, I know only too well what you mean! :cool:

04-13-2005, 03:04 PM
Hi everyone, sorry it took me so long to get back and reply. I have been so busy :dizzy: I had a good day yesterday. I started excersizing and had to fight myself all the way through it, but I made all but 10 min of my routine. So today I'm going to try and push myself really hard.

Thank you ladies I am so excited to be in the 70's too. I'm contiplating making a mini goal of 9 more pounds off by the end of this month. But since I dont want to bite off more than my body can chew, I'll do the best I can and celebrate whatever I do lose.

Kim- I am 5'0. And I still ask my mom at family get togethers why she couldn't have given me a taller daddy? I stopped asking when she told me how cute my dad was, and how he, well you get the idea ;)

Val- Me an inspiration? Wow

Joan- You know what, when I first started my journey and food changes. I stressed myself out with self imposed dead lines. By April, I will be this weight, by May I will be this size. I even charted my weight loss on self made charts, you get the idea. There would be no room for error, no stop overs for any reason. Then one day, I realized I was more stressed out over reaching my goals than having to make this change. So I tossed out my charts, my self imposed goals. Then I looked at myself in the mirror and saw me just as I am, me. I took a deep breath and gave myself permission to lose weight at whatever pace my body needed to get to the size that I wanted. Oh the joy. Not to be melodramatic, to late :lol: but It felt so good. I really could do this. If it took a year, well see ya next year. My point is to just give yourself permission to live happy everyday no matter what your size. This life is a journey and our weight loss is just part of it. You are the jem in your life. Shine and sparkle, because you can. :)

And thank you everyone for the encouragement. Have a great day, I go to face my nordic track once again. Sabrina

04-13-2005, 03:11 PM
Good morning! I'm posting a bit later than usual, because I didn't get my yoga done last night, and wanted to do that first thing this morning. I did it! I tend to spend too much time online sometimes! As a matter of fact, part of the reason I didn't get my yoga done last night after I came back a bit late from shopping (it was 10:00 by the time I got the kids in bed!) is because I got online instead and entered my food into, posted an entry to my livejournal journal, and tried to post a long response to you all. I was just about to post it when I hit some wrong key and lost the whole thing. :mad: So annoying! And then I had spent so much time online that I was getting really tired, so I went to bed. I got up this morning around 7:45, and I checked out our thread, but caught myself before posting anything. I really needed to get to that yoga, so I could quit worrying about it and get on with my day. And BOY, do I feel good! :D

Karyn--I totally get the "saving for the weekend" trick. I eat light in the mornings when I know there is going to be a big meal later or a party with cake and ice cream. Certainly do whatever works for you, but I hope you are coming to see your eating plan as a change for life, and not a punishment that you give yourself so that you can have a reward later. You might start feeling resentful doing that and just fall completely off. Initially, it can feel that way, but it gets so much easier, especially if you are eating things you enjoy. They don't have to be junk foods or high calorie, high fat things--and they shouldn't be--but be sure to eat things you truly love--even if that means experimenting. ;) Don't mean to sound so preachy! :lol: I just want to see you--and all of us--succeed! You're doing great Karyn, especially with how active and busy you are in your life. That, along with the adjustments to your meals is going to make a HUGE difference! And, CONGRATULATIONS on dropping some more weight! You're doing it! :cheer:

Kim--OH YES! I know Bunko...We played that for hours the first time I went to one of my husband's family reunions. It really fun!

Like you, I want to eat everything in sight the week before my period, especially sweets . :hungry: I decided to prepare. Last night when I went shopping, I stocked up on tea, since I'm out of everything except gingko, green tea and a few others that don't appeal to me. Stash brand tea was on sale. (Stash is out of Portland, so I don't know if you are familiar with it, but they have yummy teas, both herbal and black.) Anyway, they are normally about 3.50 for a box of 18 tea bags, but the sale price was 3/$5.00!!! I bought their Decaffeinated Dulce de Leche Black tea, because it is so yummy with a heavenly aroma and is just right for when I'm craving something sweet. I add a light teaspoon of sugar and a splash of milk, and it tastes so creamy and delicious! I also got their Mango Passion Fruit herbal tea, because my kids really like it too. And I got some Double-Spice Chai Black Tea, because I like that from time to time.

I also got 2 boxes of Post Shredded Wheat and Bran. It was on sale, too--2 boxes for $4.00! WOW! I don't usually buy boxed cereal, because I think it's totally overpriced, and that bugs me. But this sale is good and Shredded Wheat and Bran is not only VERY healthy, but it's one of my all-time favorite cereals! I had some this morning with 2% milk (all I had in the house) some sliced fresh strawberries, and half a tsp of sugar. It was delicious--and it was nice to have a sweet, crunchy, milky breakfast!

Another good-for-me thing I picked up is a a box of Viactive Calcium chews. Since I have been using, I noticed that the only nutrients I don't usually get enough of is Calcium and Vitamin D (and sometimes Iron). Since calcium is so important to me as a woman, I decided to supplement. Viactiv calcium chews are YUMMY, too, by the way, so I am killing two birds with one stone! I can take my calcium chew twice a day and satisfy my urge for a chewy piece of candy :s: --they are THAT good. Plus, I won't be tempted to overeat them, because you shouldn't get too much calcium and because the darned things are a bit expensive. $5.99 for a box of 60--it's a month's worth, but STILL! Oh, and the chews also have vitamins D and K, in addition to the calcium. Those help you absorb calcium.

Kim, I'm glad you enjoyed my story of how I picked my screen name. Like I've already said, I am so glad to have found something I like and am inspired by. And the pics of me were taken at roughly the same time, with beach picture preceding the other by a few days. I weighed about 209 then. It was before I decided to lose weight.

Mammamaemae--Welcome back! Haven't seen you in awhile. Congratulations on your 1 lb loss! Hope it motivates you to get rid of more! Good luck! :crossed:

Val--I sure hope you enjoy your much anticipated walk today! I felt the same way about getting my yoga in today after missing yesterday--couldn't wait to get on it. And now I feel so good!

And, isn't it great when our little darlings tell us that we look good and cheer us on!? My five year old, Stella, has been so encouraging. She says some funny things, too, like a couple of days ago, when she saw me getting dressed and pointed at my lower belly and said, "Hey Mommy, you don't have so much squishy stuff there anymore!" :lol:

By the way, thanks for asking where I was this morning. It feels good to be missed! :)

Well, I guess that's all for now!

04-13-2005, 03:41 PM
Oh Andrea, Before I forget. The comment you made about my dog Dixie (part dachshund, part Australian Shepherd) reminding you of something from Dr. Suess..........One of our closest friends said the same exact thing. :lol:
She is such a sweetie though! Good job on making healthy food choices and getting a sale too! YOU GO GIRL! I must be getting ready to start, cause I could eat everything right now. I just hate that!

I walked this morning. Before it started raining AGAIN! :( Then I went off to deliver food for a catering job. I didn't touch the sweets or the bread for MY lunch. I ate very good and had water to drink. I wanted a cookie so bad though! I was glad when that job was over!! Anyway, it has been a long day already and it has just started. Gotta go get the kids and do homework, and the usual routine.

Sabrina, It really stinks to be short doesn't it? I use to love it when I was lin school. I was very tiny anyway. I could date guys of all heights! They were always taller than me! However, I am not so thrilled with it anymore. UGH!

Karyn, tanning does help cure the winter blues. Something about getting a tan makes you feel sexy! Just think........Thin AND Tan=SEXY! Whoo Hooo!

Oh well, I am going to rest for a few minutes before getting the kids.

mom of 3
04-13-2005, 05:16 PM
My walking buddy was sick again today so no afternoon walk for me :( I've got to make sure I go for a nice walk or bike ride with the kids tonight!!

04-13-2005, 05:58 PM
I got out and walked again today. Brought Nicky (my son) to the beach. I walked double what I did last night. it was 0.2 miles. does anyone know what that means? Anyway, I did it pushing 35lbs and the carriage weight...haha..

mom of 3
04-13-2005, 10:11 PM
Way to get out there and get it done Karyn! After I got home from work Seth and I walked over to the school were we shot some hoops, played knockout and H-O-R-S-E, and then played on the swings!! I felt like a kid again! :p Exercise without it seeming like work!

I also added a photo to my profile, but it is a little fuzzy...sorry!

04-14-2005, 02:12 AM
Since I've started this weight loss endeavor, I've been pretty darned chipper about eating and exercising and counting calories, but today has been a bad one. It started out fine. I had a bowl of that Shredded Wheat and Bran Cereal for breakfast with Strawberries in it and a light teaspoon of sugar and 2% milk. Great. Tasted good, was 300 some odd calories. Great start. Later while I was cooking lunch, I had half a whole wheat bagel with a tsp of strawberry cream cheese. Normally I'd have that for an afternoon snack, if at all, but I had given the kids some, because they were, as they usually are when they have cereal for breakfast, hungry long before lunch. When I gave it to them, I really wanted some too, so I indulged. Not that big of a deal, I though. Then, I made a pot of what I've always considered very healthy food: Lentil Soup, chock full of carrots, celery, onions and stewed tomatoes. I ate about a cup and a half of it for lunch. It was delicious and hearty and healthy.

After lunch was when things turned nasty. I've got a shorter fuse when I'm pre-menstrual. Didn't used to be that way at all, but for the last year and a half or so, things have changed. When I came out of the kitchen after cleaning up after cooking and eating lunch, I found that the kids had totally trashed the living room again. I spent a half hour picking up, after having just done that last night. They did this in a matter of about 2 hours, tops, and I just blew my stack. I yelled at them and really threw a temper tantrum, which I'm not proud of. They are just little kids, and I am supposed to be a grown-up. But please understand, I've been trying to get better--I try all the time, but this time of the month is ALWAYS so darned difficult for me. I felt so angry at them and even angrier at myself, that the rest of the day was ruined for me emotionally. I felt guilty and sour all day.

To make matters worse, I took them to McDonald's because my 4 year old has been begging me to take them there so she and the others can play in the playland. This peninsula can be downright boring in winter and rainy weather, and that is a place they like to go to. I've been avoiding taking them, because I don't like to eat there, but feel guilty not buying anything. So I took them. All I bought for myself was coffee, but the kids had cheeseburgers, fries and water. I ate 4 fries and 1 bite of cheeseburger and then said, " brought books, READ em and leave this other crap alone." Did pretty well...

When we got home, I heated up the lentil soup and had about 2 cups worth of it. Then I went to log everything into my fitday food log, and WHOA!!! the estimated 2 cups of actual lentils that I ate (and it may have been more) cost me 1,245 Calories!!!! I couldn't beleive it! Even without the bites of McD's and the 4 almonds I ate in the car and the 3 long whole wheat crackers I ate with the soup, I was WAY over my calorie limit. Once I added it all in, plus the other half of bagel with cream cheese that I then ate in an effort to soothe myself (BAD!), I ate a total of 2,369 today!! I could cry. If I had known lentils, as healthy as they are, were that high in calories, I would have easily held back to 1/4 cup at a time. Which it turns out is considered a serving size according to at least one website I was looking at--but since I made it from my head, just like I've done for 15 years or so, I just didn't know. I thought that it would be like eating veggie soup--one of those things I could go for seconds on without worrying about it. THAT's why I cooked it!!!! I knew today would be hard, because I woke up irritable.

Anway, get this: If I had eaten only 1/4 cup of lentils at each meal for a total of 1/2 cup lentils (I'm not counting all the broth and carrots and other stuff), I would have eaten a grand total of 1,435 calories today, instead of 2,369.

Anyway, I know it will all be okay. I'm just bummed, because I was actually trying so hard to preempt a disaster and look what happened just eating an extra couple of bowls of soup. Sheesh!

04-14-2005, 02:26 AM
Karyn, .2 means two tenths. Is that what you wanted to know? Great job keeping active! Good for you!

And you, too, Kim--glad you got out before it rained. Sometimes that's really hard to do! I haven't gotten out and walked on the beach with the kids, because everytime I see the sun (or a lack of rain) and start getting the kids ready to go, the weather changes and suddenly it's pouring rain or hail or the wind is blowing like mad. Weird, ever-changing weather here the last 2 days or so.

Val, you are just so positive--what an inspiration you are to me. How do you hold up so well? And out playing with your kids all the time, despite the stress you must be under with your ex and all. I see you and I feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed and outnumbered by my 3 sweet little kids. I love them and we have fun, but I've been living out here with them, by myself, for a year now, with my husband 3 hours away and no money for an occasional sitter. UGH! NEVER getting a darned break takes the fun out of being able to be home with them. See...there I go again. Negativity. At least I don't have a psycho ex scaring the crap out of me, eh? Sorry for being such a whiner today. Hopefully, I will feel better tomorrow.

Later everyone.

04-14-2005, 11:35 AM
Andrea sorry to hear about your bad day. But remember today is a new day. Start fresh. YOu learned a very important lesson yesterday about Lentils. Maybe making your soup you can use less then the receipe calls for and more veggies. I feel like I yell at my son alot and I only have one but I too have been trying to change that. I noticed that getting him outside more is helping. They just don't understand how much or hard we work and they think everything is play and don't understand that we have other respohsibilities but play. Keep your head up and start a new day. I too splugrged yesterday and ate over my calories. Don't fret on that bite of cheeseburger and 4 fries. Honestly I don';t think that hurt you. IF you said you had a large frie or cheeseburger to yourself I would say well maybe. YOu should have gotten a salad. They have side salads with fatfree dressing.

Today is a new day and I am on board so far. My hubby thinks my pediometer needds a new battery cause he thinks the walk I took yesterday was longer then .2. I will have to look into it.

Well good day ladies. We can do it.

mom of 3
04-14-2005, 11:43 AM
:( Andrea I so wish I was there because I would babysit for you in an instant!! You just need some mom time. Everyone is negative sometimes, trust me I fall prey to it, and get overwhelmed. Hmm...of course if I was there we could always just have my kids watch your kids and then we could go have some mom time together!!! I'm thinking :sunny: sunny beach and cold beer!! YeeHaw :cb: :dancer: (Light beer of course :lol: )

yankee girl
04-14-2005, 11:50 AM
Hello all -
My life as usual has taken over - I always intend to post...I've finally purchased the South Beach book and am starting today! Wish me luck. The warm weather has finally arrived, I have a baseball bag in the car for my two boys - ages 6 and 4 - and chasing their "hits" has been a workout in itself. I'd love any tips on staying positive while I begin this journey. I have a hard time not comparing myself to others and doing the self-pity wallow. :(

Go Sox!

mom of 3
04-14-2005, 12:03 PM
Kelly, I think you are going to love the SBD, I've tried ALL of the other diets and even the ones that I liked I found it difficult to stay with. This is my 8th week on and I truly love it. I don't have all those cravings anymore, and if I feel like I really just must have some chocolate, I don't overindulge and I make sure I have some sugar free stuff around. I don't feel like my appetite is controlling me anymore!! YEAH!!

Running around with the kids is definitely lots of exercise!! Both of my younger ones play sports and there are frequently overlapping schedules!! So I find myself running back and forth from one end of town to the other making sure everyone gets to games on time and I can get back to the other before their game is over and they are left behind!! :dizzy: Sometimes it is crazy but I LOVE IT!

mom of 3
04-14-2005, 12:06 PM
By the way, nice to have you back :D and don't get caught up comparing yourself to others, remember it is different for everyone, YOU can succeed. ;)

04-14-2005, 01:31 PM
Well, I woke up today to the sounds of my four year old grunting and whining and making some kind of awful noise because her sister asked her to take something off of their "road". I tried to ignore it, but she kept doing it over and over again, for about 5 long minutes---so the day started!

I still need to do yoga, but I wanted to get them fed first so that maybe they'd bicker less--you know, full stomachs and all. They are still bickering like crazy, though. And the oldest one is banging a toy golf club on everything in sight, including her little brother's head. I keep telling her to stop banging it, and she just finds a new place to bang. I've had enough! I just put the older two in seperate bedrooms.

Ahhh...peace and quiet!

I couldn't help stepping on the scale this morning to see if there was any damage from eating so much yesterday, but to my surprise I've gone down 2 pounds. Weird. I'm not posting it yet. I decided not to change my weight except on weigh-in day, which looks like it is Monday. So far it hasn't happened, but I know that weight fluctuates during the week and I don't want to post every single change. I weigh myself at different times of day, but only count my morning weight. Does anyone else do this?

Karyn--thank you for the kind words. It's nice to have support. I'm not worried about the burger and fries--they had relatively few calories for me, since I took just the smallest bit of the burger and only 4 short fries. The funny thing, is they didn't even taste that good, especially the fries. As for the burger, I'm sure I would have enjoyed eating one, but I can make a better tasting, healthier one myself if I want a burger. Now...a Whopper...that would have been more difficult for me--I LOVE those things! :love: :burger: I'm so glad there is no Burger King on this peninsula! :lol:

Val--you are sweet to say that about babysitting my kids. I had people I could trade with from time to time in Portland, but out here I don't know that many people even after a year. And many of those I do know are older ladies from the cafe where we all knit on Tuesdays and Thursdays--actually I don't knit there anymore unless I need some specific help, because the kids just won't behave long enough for me to get anything done. :( So I go in, let the kids have a small ice cream cone and I visit a little and leave when the little ones start getting antsy. I just don't have the nerve to ask one of these ladies to babysit! hahaha! I mean, I have THREE! Anyway, my oldest starts kindergarten this Fall and I will try to get the other girl into preschool for a couple of days a week. I think it will be good for ALL of us.

OH, Val, just so you know--you're welcome to come out here and sit on the beach with me, but you might want to wait a few months for summer to be here! Right now it's rain, hail and wind--not sun! Brrrr! :lol: We could drink big hot, steaming latte's instead. (non-fat, of course) ;)

Welcome back Kelly! Long time no see! Glad you're still with us. Try not to compare yourself to other people when you are trying to lose weight. Only you know what works for you, and if you don't, then experiment and ask for ideas, but know that you are an individual who needs specific care and attention. We are all different, and ALL of us have times when things are or aren't working as well--there are just too many variables within each persons make-up and external circumstances to compare. Just jump in and start! We'll be here to share your success and help you lift yourself out of the slumps. You CAN do this! ;)

Oh, and Karyn--I forgot to say I'm thinking your husband is right about your pedometer--from your description it sounds like you walked further than that. Give the batteries a try!

Gotta go do my yoga!

04-14-2005, 08:46 PM
Kelly, I think you are going to love the SB Diet. Make sure you read the whole book first though. I also recommend the small paper back book for SOUTH BEACH DIET called Good Fats, Good Carbs Guide. It specifically names the good and bad foods. I am on my 3 week now. I decided to do Phase 1 an extra week. I have not posted my loss yet, but I had gained a pound, but I have lost that pound plus one. Just make sure you read ALL labels!!!!! You will be amazed at everything that has sugar in it! Even spices! I am happy to say that I feel great and my cravings are gone too. YOU CAN DO IT!

Karyn, your pedometer probably does need new batteries. I bet you are walking much further than you think!

Way to go Andrea on the 2 pound loss! It is so fun to find out that you are doing better than you thought. I too use my morning weight. And I am like you, I don't want to change my weight tracker till Monday. I believe I lost the pound I gained plus one, but I am not dare posting it yet. Who knows what kind of tragedy will happen before Monday!!

Well, I have gotten in lots of water today and did my walk. I have some veggie soup for dinner, so hopefully I won't get the munchies too bad tonight. I had them bad last night. Not really hungry...probably just bored.
Off to the store! Stay motivated ladies!

04-14-2005, 09:18 PM
Well, I did yoga, and then I ate an apple. After I had 1 Tbsp. peanut butter and 1Tbsp. blackberry jam on a single slice of whole multi-grain bread, with 3/4 cup of 2% milk. Yummy!

As I was getting the kids dressed for a walk on the beach, I found Annie, my four year old, in the kitchen with scissors, cutting off her hair! I freaked. A couple of years ago, a friend's little girl cut Annie's beautiful hair all the way to the scalp in back and in front, leaving the sides long and curly. It was heart-breaking to me, still in late pregnancy with my son, and very emtional to begin with. Well, she didn't do as much damage today. Her hair was in pigtails and she cut a small chunk out of one of the pigtails. To me it's noticeably thinner on that side, but luckily, her hair is curly and the cuts blended pretty well when I brushed it out and put the pigtail back in. Most people wouldn't notice, but I was SO upset at her. She was already on restriction from the crafts scissors, because she has been using them innappropriately, trying to cut things other than her craft paper. I guess now I have to hide them and have my older daughter, who is very responsible with them ask me when she wants to use scissors. Sheesh!

We finally made it out the door to the beach, and as we approached the wind was much stronger and I could see storm clouds with rain, but I hoped that if we walked North, we'd miss them as the wind blew them behind us--WRONG! We got hit hard! Here I am with my 22 month on my back, my 4 year old in the stroller and my 5 year old walking along side of me--oh and the dog too, and we got drenched. We just went with it, though, since we were already a quarter mile down the beach. Since the wind was at our backs, we just kept going North. It was kind of fun, until we had to turn around after another 1/2 mile or so. I figured the trip back was going to be pretty bad and we were getting farther and farther out. It was bad, and when we turned, we faced strong gusts of wet, cold wind, and that's when we got pretty uncomfortable. My 4 yo cried, but actually fell asleep in the stroller! Poor Stella stayed dry in her coat, but her legs were soaked. Since she had shorts on underneath, I had her take off her sweats. She was more comfortable after that. Not I! With no shorts on under my capris, I walked the whole way home with cold, wet cotton clinging to my legs. Ick. Still, Stella and I laughed and made the best of our little adventure. My son just tucked himself cozily on my back and went to sleep too! Unreal. Anyway, when we got home, I made Dulce de Leche decaf tea and let them all have a tea party with tea, milk and cream.

Since the kids had lunch before we left for our walk, I was able to cook something special for myself. I had sea scallops rolled in flour and sauteed in a little olive oil, garlic and parsley and served over brown rice. It was D-licious. I had a spinach salad with it. Yummy!

For a snack this afternoon, I made the kids a fruit salad with cut up fresh fruit (apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes and kiwi fruit) squeezed with lemon and mixed with 1/4 cup sour cream and a tbsp of sugar. They've never had fruit that way, and they liked it. It was kind of a treat. I had just fruit without the sour cream, which was good, too.

Well, I guess this is turning into sort of a play-by-play of my day! Ooops! Guess I'm feeling chatty.

Hope your days have gone well!

04-14-2005, 10:58 PM
Andrea, bless your heart. Just reading your post made me shiver! What a trooper though. Sorry to hear about Annies hair! I have a 9 year old daughter with long blonde silky hair. She has never attempted that. I would freak!!!! How did Annie like her haircut? Did she think she did a good job? :?: Reading your stories are like reading the latest edition of the newspaper. You never know what will happen!!!! :fr:

04-14-2005, 11:08 PM
Hi everyone!! I was looking around the forums tonight and stumbled upon your group. My name is Paige and I just turned the dreaded "40" a few weeks ago. I have not handled this very well and I think it might help to explain the motivational roadblock I have hit lately. I have been married to a great guy for almost 12 years and we have a 6 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. We went through 4 years of infertility treatments until we got the good news.... During those 4 years my weight got out of hand. Then once you have these wonderful additions to your life they consume every moment.
I am also an Asst. Principal at an elementary school and then I spend my evenings running around to My husband says I need a hobby, but who has time. My kids are at the age when they are noticing who is skinny or a "babe" as my son says. I don't want them to know me as a fat mommy. So I started a WW group at my school and we started with 21 members but we really only have about 6 of us that have really committed to this. I have lost 35lbs. since the end of January.

Up until this month I have been the motivator for everyone else. Turning 40 has hit me hard. On top of things I have gained 4 lbs. this week for no reason!! Nothing has changed except I have broken out with hives, my hands and feet are swollen and TOM is late. So I am really trying to regain the motivation I had before April. I have been reading all of your posts and it is really encouraging to see how so many of you are making time for yourselves but yet still managing to be a mommy and all that goes with it!!!!

Paige :balloons:

04-14-2005, 11:09 PM
Hi Kim! You're still here! Wow...I'm usually the only one checking in at this hour, because of the time difference between me and everyone else. Nice to "see" you!

Sheesh, the walk was cold and wet, but I got a good one in, so that's good! Good for you for getting your walk in as well. If you get the munchies, try sipping some hot tea--if you like tea that is. Of course there are all kinds of herbal tea too, that you might like. Tea has really helped me satisfy late night munchies. No, it's not chewing, but it's ritualistic and cozy, so that helps.

By the way, where are you going for your mountain vacation with your hubby?

04-14-2005, 11:26 PM
Hi Paige! :wave: You are so welcome here in our little group! Like you, part of my motivation to lose weight was my kids. Knowing how they copy everything I do, and not wanting them to learn unhealthy eating habits (too many servings, eating in front of tv, etc...) I wanted to set a good example for them. I also didn't want them to have a fat mom who couldn't do fun things with them as I got older.

I'm 38, so haven't hit the big 4-0 yet, but I've been anticipating it, and that's been part of my motivation, too. I knew it would get harder and harder if I didn't start now. But, as I'm sure you know deep down, and despite of the impact 40 has had on you, that it's definitely NOT too late to take care of yourself and lose weight. You can do it!

Good for you for being a motivator for others. That's fantastic! You know, though, it sounds like you need to take a little time to nurture yourself some. We've been talking about soul-searching and such lately here in this thread. Perhaps you should try to get some time to yourself to ask yourself what is really bothering you about being 40 and what you can do about it. Perhaps motherhood and work has taken up all your energy, and you've not pursued other interests that you have. If that's so, then I say find a way to MAKE time for yourself--your little ones are getting a bit bigger and Dad can take them an afternoon and evening a week or so, and you could spend some time doing what you like, whatever that is. (I'd LOVE it--I'd go hiking, I think--really move my body like I never get to do with 3 kids in tow!)

Anyway, I'm glad you're here. Hopefully you'll stick around and tell us just how you achieved your 35 pound weightloss!! That's AWESOME!! :cp:

04-14-2005, 11:30 PM
Paige--I didn't remark on your odd symptoms--hives, weight-gain and late TOM, but it sounds like stress. Are you just stressed about turning 40, or could it be something else?

04-15-2005, 12:25 AM
Andrea, I llike whoppers too but big macs are my all time favorite. Last time I went to mcdonalds (cause my son wanted a happy meal) I got one of their salads and went to the drive thru not to smell it. Anyway I do weigh myself and I too see what your talking aobut. Today I was up and yesterday I was down. its nuts and I have to stop weighing myself but I do. I bought a new pedometer this one does steps, miles and calories. It was only a few buckss more then the batteries so I went for it. the batteries forced you to buy 3... and it was one of those little round ones..ugg... Any way I did not walk today or exercsie except for some running around. I did buy myself a new water bottle that holds 32oz, a yoga strap (for my backcare yoga) and the brick for the yoga tape your doing if I ever get back to that one. I am going to go do my backcare yoga now and then off to bed. its already late.

later ladies!


04-15-2005, 12:42 AM
WElcome Paige. Congrats on the 35lb weight loss! I think you deserve a change to go get a massage or a manicure or pedicure for the day or something for just you. Andrea is right, have hubby take the kids for an afternoon and go get pampered or just go shopping for some new spring clothing.

As for most of us here at this thread we are at home moms (me ofr now, looking for a job) and so we try to do for ourself but I know when I was at goal (on ww) I was working and would pack my daily stuff it was so much easier then at home.

Well I just wanted to welcome you.

04-15-2005, 01:54 AM
Hi Paige! Welcome to the group! :bravo: for losing the 35 pounds. My weight fluctuates too. I don't know what it is but it drives me crazy. Your weight gain is probably water weight from your TOM. I have been swelling some in my hands and they itch like crazy and turn red. I don't know if it is period related, or allergies. Yours could very well be stress. Anyway, I am a scale freak. I have done pretty well staying off of it every day, but it is there and I want to step on the darn thing!!! You should be proud of yourself! A 35 pound loss is great! Congrats to you! I will be 38 in August and I know that 40 is going to be a hard one for me. None of the rest have really bothered me. Girlfriend, your life seems extremely full. The others are right.....take a Day to pamper yourself. If you work at a school ( I am a PTO mom that is at the school alot. I don't see how you or the teachers do it!) you really DO need a little pampering! God bless all of you!

Andrea, it is 11:40 here in MS right now. I am such a night owl. My kids have to get up at 5:40 in the morning to get ready for school. I hate mornings! But I can't make myself go to bed either. I think I enjoy the nights cause it is my quiet time. My hubby works till 12 or 1 in the morning, so he is here in the mornings. This is my only time to myself. Maybe I should get some tea. My neighbor says that sometimes she feels hungery and she is really thirsty. She gets something to drink instead of eat and she is satisfied. Maybe sipping on tea would help. hmmmmm. :chin: I hope that you have a very beautiful day tomorrow. You really do deserve it!!! ;)
Oh, my hubby and myself are going to the Smoky Mountains. We will be in Gatlinburg, TN. It is beautiful there. I can't wait!!

Karyn, glad you got a new pedometer. I can't wait to hear if the other one was off and by how much. Sounds like the things you bought are good items to take care of you! :cp:

To all you moms..........WE CAN DO IT! WE ARE SOOOOO WORTH IT!!!

04-15-2005, 02:09 AM
Oh, one more thing before I go to bed (not sure if I told you about my dad and the fact that he just had cancer removed from his colon in Feb, but anyway)..........I talked to my mother and she said my dad is not doing well. Apparently the chemo (he just finished his first treatment 2 weeks ago) is already hitting him harder than we expected. I haven't seen him about 2 weeks. She said I will be shocked when I see him because he looks so bad. He is only out of bed about 3 hours a day now. He is sick and the doctors are running tests to make sure there is no infection in the colon. My mom sounded worried, and she doesn't get upset very much.

One more thing.....I am making a Blues Clues cake for a lady and it was all I could do NOT to lick the bowl. I ALWAYS LICK THE BOWL!!! Tomorrow I will decorate it......another trial. The icing!!!!!!! UGH! Anyway, I have done good and I am NOT going to blow it!

Just had to get those 2 things off my chest! :blah: I will shut up now.

04-15-2005, 02:20 AM
Kim, I am a nightowl, too, but I like mornings as well. Because I've been reading that not enough sleep affects weight loss in a bad way, I've been working on going to bed by midnight, instead of two in the morning! It should help with my ability to be patient with the kids the next day, too!

As for teas, I recommend Good Earth Herbal Tea. I should have gotten some this last time I was buying teas, but I couldn't resist that Stash Tea sale. Anyway, Good Earth Herbal Tea won't dose you with caffeine, and it's spicy sweet. Has cinnamon and other spices in it. Somehow I'm thinking that cinnamon is a bit of a hunger suppressant--has anyone heard that before? I think I'll Google that tonight!

OH! and I'm so jealous! The Smoky Mountains are SO beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful trip...and reach your goal weight for the trip, too!

I'm sorry to hear about your dad. That chemo is tough. I feel for your mom, too, since it's hard to be with your loved ones when they are going through so much pain. She must be stressed out. Do they live far from you? You must be so worried. I hope he perks up soon.

Girl, you've got super will-power if you didn't lick any of that cake batter left in the bowl! :eek: Good for you. Good luck with the icing tomorrow!

Hey Karyn! I want to hear how that new pedometer works, too! Let us know! And I'm so glad you are enjoying your yoga for back care. That's super that it's helping you!

04-15-2005, 10:20 AM
Good morning ladies! It's been a bad week and I've done some emotional eating and gained a pound. Oh well Hopefully it will be gone in time for weigh in on Mon. At least it was only a pound and not 2 or 3! I came here for insperation and thanks to all your posts I've gotten it. I can't spend as much time at the gym until I find out what is up with my knees. That will slow down the weight loss but hopefully not for long. I'm going to do my belly dancing DVD at least without moving my knees too much.

Kim I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. My father is also sick and it can be stressful on the whole family.

Andrea, hope your day today is better. Kds can sometimes put you over the edge!
I have 3 of them also and my 3yr old is driving me nuts. Every five seconds he's doing something else. Writing on the walls, dumping my 2.5 gallon jugs of H2O all over my kitchen floor, flushing my keys and everything else down the toilet. Got the picture?
And my 1 yr old is following right behind him. It's constant!
I wish I could walk outside with my kids. We have a bad bear problem around here and I don't think it is safe.

Welcome Paige. I know you will find the support you need here. I know I have.

Well, I can tell sonny boy is up to no good!
Gotta go!

mom of 3
04-15-2005, 12:33 PM
Good morning and Hello everyone!! Welcome to our group Paige!! Sorry I'm a little late posting this morning. As you may or may not know it is National Crime Victims week and around here we wind up the weeks activities with a breakfast so I had to get up extra early this morning (I hate early) and try to find something to wear and get ready! I work in an office but it is really casual, (lucky for me) so I usually just wear jeans and a t-shirt or sweatshirt. Anyway I behaved myself at breakfast even though there were some yummy looking muffins and bisquits w/gravy. I had a slice of cantalope, some scrambled eggs, 2 sausage links and a small piece of ham, a glass of apple juice and some coffee :coffee2: I love coffee, but I only drink a cup in the mornings occasionally 2.

No exercise yesterday but my walking buddy is back today and ready to go!! Yeah!! Plus I have two hours of softball practice with Leiren's team tonight. :D

Joan, sorry you had such a bad week and that your knees are giving you trouble. Do you use your knees alot in bellydancing? :dunno: The story of your son makes me remember once when my oldest was about 5 and he got it in his head that if I couldn't find my keys I couldn't leave to go to work. So he hid them, but when I was looking for them like a crazy person he would always pitch in and help look ;) I finally went and had copies of all of my then-husbands :devil: keys made. Later found my others and he confessed :rolleyes: ornery little guy!

Kim, ok I was going to ask if you'd been to the Smokies before but then I looked at your post again, duh. I went through TN on my way to Florida years ago and thought that it was really a beautiful place. You will have to take lots of pictures and upload some for us to see!! We can all have a mini vacation. :lol: I am also sorry to hear about your Dad. My sister, Monica, was diagnosed with breast cancer at her six week checkup after having her 3rd child. (that was 6 years ago) but it was a tough time for all of us, especially her since she had to have a masectomy one week later (she had a very aggressive cancer that grew 2cm in one week) and couldn't hold her baby for a while after that. I really think that staying positive and keeping a sense of humor helps. Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine, it can't hurt. Hang tough and hope for the best. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. :grouphug:

Karyn I'm glad to hear that you got a new pedometer, because I agree with everyone else, something must have been going wrong with the other. I can't wait to find out how far you've really been walking.

Andrea, wow, kudos to you for getting out there and braving the yukky weather :rain: I also catch myself staying up later than I should and I think it is because everyone is in bed and it is finally a quiet time when I can slow down and just relax and have some time for me. Oh No, Annie's hair :yikes: well at least you caught her before it got really bad. Leiren has a sixth grade tee coming up so we went out and bought her the most beautiful yellow dress for it (a traditional style semi formal dress) She has dark brown hair (3 kids and not one with red hair!!) and is just strikingly beautiful in this dress. Her best friend came over the other day and told her that she didn't like the dress and thinks it is ugly. Now Leiren keeps mentioning wearing something else.

well I'm going on and on so I'll check in later.

04-15-2005, 02:34 PM
Good morning everyone! (At least it's still morning where I am--10:10 am) Hope you are all doing well today.

I just finished with yoga and I feel good, though my hips have been a bit sore the last couple of days. Workout and stretching sore, though, and that's good. I've had my breakfast of a poached egg on half a whole wheat bagel with 1/4 of an apple and I'm drinking some water now. It's too rainy again to go out and walk, but perhaps it will clear a bit later today. It's been pretty changeable weather here lately! I"m looking forward to summer.

Joan, it sounds like you know EXACTLY what I'm going through with 3 little kids. My youngest likes to flush things, too! I've said this before, but for new people, like Paige, I'll say it again: I have 3 kids--a girl, Stella, age 5--another girl, Annie, age 4--and a boy, Evan, age 23 months. They keep me busy for sure! I think they are great kids, though, and we have fun. It's just that for the past year I am primarily alone, since my husband is living and working 3 hours away and we only see him about every other weekend or so, sometimes more, sometimes less. I'm just needing some regular breaks for myself. At least I'm finding things I can do right here at home, like yoga, and taking walks with them.

Oh, and I'm so glad you're feeling inspired again Joan. You sure pulled out of that funk quickly! Go girl! I'll bet your knees will feel better once some of the weight comes off. My hips were bugging me, but feel much better now that a few pounds came off--though they are sore today from my approx. mile and a half walk yesterday! Hopefully the doctor will have all good news about those darned knees. :crossed:

Val, aren't kids just SO charming sometimes? :rolleyes: I hope your daughter decides to stick with the dress. I'll bet it's beautiful. I thought of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast when you described her hair and the dress--though I'm sure she's lovelier than any cartoon could ever be! :) By the way, has anyone else see Val's picture that she posted with her profile? She's so pretty! And looks just as warm and fun as she sounds on here!

Well, my kids are climbing all over me here. Gotta go!

mom of 3
04-15-2005, 02:51 PM
:cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: I just got back from my lunch time walk!!! It was soooo nice to get back out there! Thank you Andrea for the wonderful compliment :D that was a self portrait taken right in my living room, just for the purpose of being able to post a recent picture. Now I've got to get busy and get some of the kids in the gallery and maybe an old one of me when I was young and thin :p possibly I'll take a picture of Leiren in her dress too! :lol:

04-15-2005, 03:50 PM
How great that you got to walk today Val!! :cb: Hope the weather was good and all.

I want to go on a hike SO badly, but the weather isn't cooperating. I'm thinking that today I will try to fix that bike stand that turns my regular bike into a stationary bike and I will rent a movie to watch while I cycle. (You can't get tv out here without buying cable, and I just don't want to spend the money on that.)That darned thing is noisy, though. :( I'm going to give it a shot, anyway. :jig:

mom of 3
04-15-2005, 03:58 PM
I got to go home from work early today so I actually get the house to myself for about an hour (unheard of). What movie are you going to rent Andrea? Have you seen After the Sunset? It is really good, of course I love Pierce (yes, we are on a first name basis) so I would just keep pedaling my bike hoping to make my way to him!! ;) hee hee.

mom of 3
04-15-2005, 04:03 PM
And the weather here is beautiful today!! Sunny and warm with just a nice light cool breeze. Perfect!!
I am just on dial up internet here at home and so my computer runs so much slower than my one at work it drives me crazy :dizzy:

04-15-2005, 05:53 PM
Val, I haven't seen After the Sunset--haven't heard of it, actually, but that's probably because I'm pretty out of the loop without television. I only find out about the latest movies, when they come out on video and aren't the latest anymore! haha

I actually decided not to pick up a movie, because all I have is a DVD player and DVD's are $3.50 + tax for one day, and I just can't justify that today. Sigh...waiting for some more money from my husband, and I have some bills to pay.

That's okay. I'll try my bellydancing DVD this evening instead.

Hope you enjoyed that time at home alone! I'm jealous!

04-15-2005, 08:45 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!!! Before I get started I just want to apologize for any spelling errors. I am embarrassed to say that as an Asst. Principal I have horrible spelling. I live for spell check on my computer!!

I am going to take everyone's advice and tomorrow I am going to go get a pedicure in the morning before we go to my kids spring festival at school. I have been putting it off for weeks, just no time.

My kids go to a great little private school that starts at 18mos and goes to 9th grade. It is alittle country school in the middle of the city. The preschool even looks like a little red school house. They have horses (you pay extra for lessons), a petting zoo, and small pool. They also have 5 chickens, a rooster, a peacock and 4 rabbits that roam the grounds freely!!! It is a great place and I am really fortunate that I found it. My kids started just going to the daycare they have but they love it so much we will probably stay a few more years before moving them to public school. We have a brand new elementary, intermediate, and high school behind our house. That is why we built a house in this neighborhood so they would be close to school. And now they don't even go there!!!

My husband is great and he really helps out with the kids. However, he goes to school at night and will graduate on May 8th!!!! WE are so excited, he has been working on and off for this the last 15 years. He has had a ton of college hours but you'd think he was 18 the way he has constantly changed his major. I think he has enough hours for several degrees. He is all ready to start his maters in the fall, but I am hoping he will put it off for at least a year so he spend more time with us.

I really am looking forward to getting to know you all better!! I will work on getting everyone's name down in the next few days!! Thanks again for the welcome!

Paige :balloons:

04-15-2005, 11:15 PM
Paige, your kids' school sounds wonderful! I can understand why you're loathe to take them out and put them in public school! I was wondering, do you get any grief from your fellow teachers about having your kids in private school, or do they understand? Just curious about that. I've been seriously considering homeschooling, but I think I will wait until all the kiddos are older, because my oldest daughter wants to do so much and I just can't do as much as I'd like with her while taking care of the younger two. We'll all be better off if she goes to kindergarten this coming Fall. She'll be going to a brand new school--well, the old one was taken almost down before they started building the new one on top of what little was left. She's excited to see them finish it this summer.

Good for you for getting a pedicure--sounds like you need some pampering.

Well, I don't have much to say this evening. Stayed on plan and ate within my calorie range. I'm feeling really achey (is that spelled right?), so I'm going to skip yoga in the morning unless I'm noticeably better. I think the acheyness is related to TOM coming. Another annoying symptom I get. UGH.


04-15-2005, 11:17 PM
Oh, I forgot to say that I posted some new, current pictures today. My mom wanted to see some current ones, so I played around with the camera today. Thought you all might like to see them too. They are all head shots, since I don't have anyone here to take full-length pictures for me. I want to get my husband to do that, because I want to see the difference when I lose all the weight!


04-16-2005, 04:06 AM
Hi everyone! I'm testing out the attachments feature. You should be able to see a picture of me and my oldest daughter, Stella. Or maybe click on an attachment to open the picture. Hope so!

04-16-2005, 04:14 AM
Hey! It worked! I don't mean to come across as narcissistic with all these photos. I'm just having fun learning how to do things on this site. Now that I know a few tricks, I will have to get before photos done--full body ones. (UGH!) I decided I don't want my husband to take the pictures, though. He's not such a good photographer, and he might make me feel stupid, or else, have a cow that I'm going to post my pictures online! He might not, but I think I'll just have my girlfriend do it.


04-16-2005, 09:48 AM
Good Morning!!
I was up bright and early this morning. My 6 year old always crashes early and then wakes up at the crack of dawn. He has not figured out that it can be a good thing to sleep in on the weekend. I've got to go grocery shopping some time today. My husband went for me last week, and what can I say... he tries. So I need to do it myself so I can make sure I end up with everything I need for the week. I hope the weather this weekend stays as nice as it has been all week. I wish the weather would stay like this year round. I'm not looking forward to the humidity and heat this summer. I think that is the worst thing about living in Texas.

Andrea- Great picture of you and Stella! I guess I don't adjust to getting older in so many ways. It was really hard to adjust to the fact that my baby boy was going to be in kindergarten this year. And now he is getting ready for 1st grade. Where does the time go??????? They grow up so fast. You would be suprised on how many teachers send their kids to private school. Maybe because we know so much about what to look for. Alot of teachers also take their kids to where they work so they can have some say on who their teachers are. I am not opposed to public school... I always thought my kids would go to one. We just stumbled across this school and love it. The daycare/preschool is awesome.... I have a very close relationship with the preschool director and she is so incredible that I could never pull my kids out of there. The school is different and once my daughter is ready to start school I don't know if I will still have the same feeling....time will tell.

I got on the scale this morning I have lost 2 of the 4 I had gained so that is good. My WI is on Thursday and I hope I can manage to lose at least 3 more since most of it is water retention. Before this past week I only needed to lose 1 more pound to reach my 10% goal at WW. So 3 more would do it. I usually cook on the weekend for the week so I will do that tomorrow. It helps to just heat it up and fix a veggie to go with it. By the time I pick the kids up from school and we go to dance, swimming, or soccer it is usually 7:00 when we get home. So needless to say I am not in the mood to spend alot of time in the kitchen. If DH gets home before us he is pretty good about getting things started.

I hope you all enjoy your Saturday!!! I'll check in later.

Paige :balloons:

04-16-2005, 09:53 AM
Andrea- I just looked at your pics in the gallery.. your kids are adorable!!!!!

mom of 3
04-16-2005, 01:41 PM
I typed out a big long post last night and my computer was acting up so I lost the whole thing and gave up :( At ball practice last night I didn't get any exercise I just sat on the bench and watched.

Paige your kids school sounds so great I wish I could go there! :lol: Tell your husband congratulations on his graduation for me. That is so awesome and I know it must have been alot of hard work for both of you! I am taking an online college class that starts on the 20th, I just finished another one and it was pretty easy. I was really nervous when I signed up that I would somehow have lost the ability to learn new things and would just fail terribly. Now it is a real boost of self esteem because I did so well ;) :bravo: on losing those 2 lbs I'm sure you will lose the other 3 on schedule!

Andrea, I love the new pictures of you!! What a beautiful smile :D Keep them coming :encore: and wow even just in the face you can see the difference the weight loss has made!! GO YOU!!! I've got to get alot of housework done and get out and walk this weekend since I missed so many days this week, but I will really try to get some more pics up too!! Oh and I found my tape measure so I will post my measurements past and present!! I think I will go do that right now :hyper: I'm really excited to see what the difference will be!!

mom of 3
04-16-2005, 02:03 PM
Well of course now I can't find my book that had my original measurements in it. Oh well I'll stumble across it sooner or later. So this is what I came up just now when I measured.

Waist (the main problem for me) 43 inches (I think the original was 44 1/2)
Hips 44 1/2"
Bust 42 1/2"
Thigh 24"

So there it is in black and white! Yuk! Hopefully there will be lots of improvement there!!

04-16-2005, 02:39 PM
Whoo Hooo! I just got my Yoga video you all were talking about. I will start that next week. I haven't walked yet, but my neighbor and I will walk in a little while. I am off to see my mom and dad and take them some groceries and other stuff they needed. I have found that the crystal light packets called 'to go' are wonderful! You just pour the little packet into your bottled water, shake it up, and there you go! I have tried the tea one and the lemonade. They are both really, really good. Anyway, I have got to run. I will post to everyone later when I get a chance. It is gorgeous here. I hope you all have the same weather where you are!!!

04-16-2005, 04:44 PM
Wow Kim--I'm glad you found away to make your water more palatable! Great news for you! I hope you enjoy the yoga video. I love it, though I'm taking a day off today, because my hip was sore yesterday. It feels a bit better today, so much that I will hop right back into doing my routine tomorrow.

We actually have some blue sky right not, so I'm going to drag the kids to the beach for awhile. (Youngest girl doesn't want to go--I may have ruined them for the beach for awhile with our storm walk a couple of days ago! haha Then again, Annie seldom wants to go to the beach, but has fun once we get there. She is just one of those children who mightily resists changes and transitions!)

Val, we have different problem areas for sure. When I read about your 24" thighs, well, I just had to laugh at my 28.5" thighs. Can anyone say "saddlebags"? :lol: Good for you for losing an inch and a half off yuor waist! Whoo hoo! It will be so fun to re-post these stats as we lose inches!

I'll be taking an online class this summer too. I left college one class short to take a good job I was offered, but I waited so long to finish up gy taking that last class that I had to petition to do so--actually I had to petition to waive a number of rules, but all of my requests were approved and I will be able to get my diploma (BA English) after finishing this class I'm going to take this Summer! I'm thrilled, though I'm not looking forward to motivating myself to write several papers while also taking care of all these guys. UGH. Maybe it will be more fun than I think. It's an upper division class studying the Romantics--Byron, Shelley, Keats....we'll see how it goes!

Paige, how great that you have a school that you can feel so good about! That must be nice. There isn't much choice out here where I live, but I think it will be fine. I'm looking forward to meeting the faculty at the school Stella will be going to.

Congrats on losing some of that water weight, too! Even when we know what it is, we still want it OFF! :lol:

Well all--I need to get while the getting's good. I see clouds creeping up now, too. Darn.

mom of 3
04-16-2005, 05:18 PM
Andrea I hope you get out there and get your walk before the rain hits. I guess I should say that I hope you get back from your walk before the rain hits. :lol:
The weather here is wonderful again today. I just came in from mowing for an ice cold glass of water and thought I would check in and also tell you guys that I wore my pedometer while mowing my back yard and I walked 6 tenths of mile just doing the back yard. I have a huge yard and now only a push mower to mow with, but look at the calories I'm burning off!! :shrug: You've got to look on the bright side right?
Kim, glad the crystal light is working so well for you. It is yummy, I buy the stuff that I can make a pitcher of and put it in the fridge and the kids like it so well that it disappears very quickly. We really like the peach tea, and the raspberry tea. I am going to try the yoga video again tomorrow, I really liked what of it I got to do last time it is just finding the time to get it done without interruptions. That is why I need to get myself up earlier in the morning and get it done then. :)
I hope that everyone is having a good weekend so far!! I'll check back later.

04-16-2005, 05:38 PM
Well the day has not turned out as I had hoped for. Shortly after I posted this morning my daughter preceded to throw up blueberry yogurt all over the white carpet. But I thought no problem I'll just whip out my new (used it once before today) little green machine (a portable steam cleaner) and clean that right up. After all I bought it for just this type of emergency. Foolish me I spent an hour trying to get the water to spray out of the hose. I ended up pouring the solution on the carpet and using the hose to suck it up. Luckily Costco will take anything back as long as you have a membership. So we gave her some Motrin and she laid down to rest and watch cartoons. All was well until I announced that the festival was off since Hannah was sick. So after tears and tantrums we ended up going to the festival. She threw up in the car on the way.... but we rode the horses and played with the animals in the petting zoo and decided to call it a done deal. No sooner had we all buckled up to head to Costco...she threw up again. But we made it to Costco and made our exchange and on the way home she threw up again. My poor baby girl!!! She is now asleep on the leather couch in the office while I am doing this. This couch is the most popular place in my house!! It is at least 25 years old, my parents had it when I was in junior high. It is so comfortable, and still in great condition!!! My favorite place to take a nap!!!

So I think I will run over and get my pedicure in awhile and then stop off at the grocery store on my way home.

Val- What is the name of the Yoga video?? I must have missed that when I was catching up on past post. I thought about signing up for a yoga class but no time.... my life's story. My husband did buy me a treadmill for Valentines day and that has been my means of exercise. I would love to do something else to add some variety. Walking outside here is miserable with all the humidity...thats why I have the treadmill.

I took some great pics at the festival of the kids while we were there. My dad was here visiting a few weeks ago and brought me one of his digital cameras. Ours was really old, it took just a regular computer disk and you could only get about 10 pics. on it. My dad had lost his camera so he bought a new one and then found the one he lost. So he gave us the new one and then a few days after he got home he lost the other one. So now he doesn't have one at all..... I will post a pic of my kids as soon as the cable comes in the mail (he forgot to bring it when he came), I'm not as brave as Val and Andrea to post a pic of myself just yet...but in time I will.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday!!

Paige :balloons:

mom of 3
04-16-2005, 06:09 PM
The name of the video is Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss with Suzanne Deason it is put out by Gaiam. I got mine at Wal-Mart for $9.98. Someone else in the thread was talking about it and I asked what one they were doing and went out and got the same one. Your poor little girl :barf: , and poor you having to clean all that up. :( About the little green machine...get a refund. I bought one too and had the same trouble with it. I learned to do just what you did which worked ok I guess but I didn't spend $100 to have to do it that way :mad:

04-16-2005, 08:55 PM
Val- Thanks for the name of the video!! I went to Target while I was out this afternoon and found it. My DH is going over to a friends house this evening so I am going to try it out after I get the kids to bed. Can't wait!

Well I didn't get my pedicure today but it was nice to do my running around this afternoon without having to drag the kids around with me. I went to target and got the video, then I went to Linen n things and bought new sheets for our bed. It is going to be so nice to go to bed tonight on these new sheets instead of the old ones. They were trashed! Then I went to super Walmart and did my grocery shopping.

My daughter is still out like a light since we got home this afternoon. I hope this is just a 24 hour bug she has.

Well, I guess I had better go feed the family!! I'll check back later.

Paige :balloons:

04-17-2005, 12:16 AM
Hey Chickies!

The weather pretty much held for us to go on a walk. There was one big storm cloud that passed over just as we were leaving, but it rained quickly and went on it's not so merry way! That happens so often here as weather drifts and gusts in off the ocean. Happily though, the only clouds we saw at the beach were far off in the distance. :D I started off walking into the wind this time, just in case, because it makes for easier walking on the way home--especially if a rain storm does hit!

The kids really didn't want to walk far, because they were anxious to get out and play in the sand with their My Little Ponies, so I set them up near the dunes and walked around there and out by the ocean while they played where I could see them. It's a huge beach--supposed to be the longest beach in the world. Just lots and lots of sand and dunes with golden beach grass from last year mixed with the fresh green of this year's shoots and some other plants that grow in the dunes starting to come out. Oh and today the shore birds--plovers and such--were flying to and fro in unison close to the surf looking for yummies as the Pacific Ocean crashed over and over on their way out to low tide. I enjoyed walking along the edge of the water with my son, Evan, was asleep on my back. If it weren't for the wind out there today, it would have actually been warm! Finally, I went back and played with the kids in the sand for an hour or so, and then we all walked home.

The kids were famished when we got home, so I heated up the spaghetti I made for lunch and we had it for dinner too! It was pretty good. I used ground turkey in it, instead of ground beef, and I chopped up a big sweet yellow bell pepper into the tomato sauce, too. Oh, and I grated 1 large carrot into it. I usually have more stuff like mushrooms, olives and zucchini, but this tasted quite nice with the pepper and carrots and some oregano, sweet basil and garlic. YUMMY! I used whole wheat spaghetti, too, so it was extra healthy.

After dinner I took the kids to our favorite little cafe and got them ice cream cones. I had a 12 oz nonfat mocha with no whipped cream, of course, as a treat for myself. It tasted pretty good.

Now we're home again and the kids are watching Bambi on DVD. The younger two have never seen it, and they are really enjoying it. It's been a pretty good day! I got a movie for myself tonight, too, since I just got my "allowance", so it's not over yet! I got Bridget Jones-The Edge of Reason. I liked the first one. I hope this one's as good.

Thanks for the compliments and good wishes. I love this group. I meant to respond to some posts, but spend my time recounting the day--now I need to put the kiddies to bed. I'll post more tomorrow, prolly. Take care all!

04-17-2005, 01:16 AM
Hi I just found the 3FC website today. I was checking it all out and your thread jumped out at me! I am a SAHM. I have three kids, 8, 3 and 1 years old. I am 29, and overweight, and I'm really trying to put myself first now! I've been neglecting myself for years now...since I had my first child really, so now I'm playing catch up. I'm making dental appointments and seeing doctors...all for me. By the end of this year I'll be in peak least I hope. I'm going to be joining a gym by May, and I am monitoring calories, nutrients and fat in my diet and drinking tons of water.
Yeay, I'm so glad I found this thread!

04-17-2005, 01:32 AM
Paige, I'm so sorry your little girl is sick. I hope she's feeling better by morning. It's hard to see your little ones sick, isn't it. I can't stand it. Poor little things.

04-17-2005, 11:17 AM
Hi Kathy! Welcome to the group! Sounds like you and I have the same amount of weight to lose. I see you have lost a few pounds already! Good for you!! I think you will find lots of support here in this group. It is full of great ladies.

Paige, how is your daughter doing? I hope the rest of you don't get it! UGH!

Andrea, glad you didn't get rained out on your walk again! I walked yesterday and had lots of water too. I weigh in tomorrow, so I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Well, I am going to church now, then I have a meeting @ 2 with a lady I am catering a rehersal dinner for on Friday. Then a meeting for my daughters summer church camp. BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!

Be back later!

04-17-2005, 12:09 PM
Welcome Kathy- I have only been here for a few days myself and I have really enjoyed this group. It sounds like you have really thought about what you need to do for you. This is something I still struggle with. Unlike most of the moms here I am not a SAHM. I am an Asst. Principal at an elementary school. I do have 6 weeks off in the summer and I have to say that gives me just enough of the SAHM life to grant you all sainthood!!!! I have to say I am always ready to go back to work by the end of July!!!!(and I think my kids are ready too!!)

Well my daughter threw up 3 more times last night. She woke up this morning and still had a slight fever but was starving so I am keeping my fingers crossed that she can keep the piece of toast she just ate down. The only good news is that my DH had already arranged to take tomorrow off because the kids don't have school tomorrow so if she is still sick or if Cameron gets it then at least tomorrow is covered. Needless to say I didn't get to the Yoga video last night, but I plan to do that after I post.

Andrea- It is so great that you live close to the beach!!! It sounds beautiful, and I am sure the kids love it too!!! We are about an hour from the Gulf of Mexico, but the beaches are not very nice and the water... YUK!!!

Yeah!!!!!! My mother in law called last night and said she got our message about waiting until Mic's graduation to come... she said that sounded fine because she had just gotten back from Dallas and wasn't looking forward to another long drive this morning!!!! One less thing I have to worry about. My husband and I come from veryyyyyyyyyyy different backgrounds!!! To say the least. It isn't that I don't like her I just don't understand her priorities and why she does some of the things she does. I have seen pictures of her when she was young and she was very pretty. But I guess since Mic's step dad died 20 years ago she just let herself fall apart. She wears anything whether it matches or always in a pony tail...she smokes....her teeth are either missing or nasty....she is overweight....and she is only 55!!!

I talked to my dad last night and he wanted to know if we were going to visit for 3 weeks again this summer. I am on such a roll with my weight loss (until last week anyway) that I am afraid that will hinder me losing anything this summer. I know the kids want to go and it really is like being at a spa! My dad just retired and built a beautiful home outside Phoenix in the mountains. The back of his house over looks the mountains and his pool has a negative edge to it so it just looks like it is spilling over. The most beautiful view I have seen. Also my brother and his family live in Phoenix so I know the kids are excited about seeing their cousins. What to do????? The main problem is that they all eat out alot!!!!!! And we just can't do that this summer. A few times okay but not just about everynight. I need to decide so that we can get our plane reservations. I had wanted to drive so that we could take our dog, but gas is out of sight, and it is too far to drive without my husband.... He will come the last week we are there.

Toast update!!!! So far so good, maybe she is feeling better today.

Plans for the day include a short trip back to Target and Walmart, cooking for the week ( trying several new recipes), laundry , and the Yoga video!!

Enjoy your Sunday ladies it is beautiful here!!!

Paige :balloons:

04-17-2005, 06:41 PM
Kathy, welcome! Hey, you and I weigh the same right now (according to our tickers--I'm actually down some according to my daily morning weigh-in but don't want to post a change until Monday, our group's weigh-in day!)

I LOVE that you taking the necessary steps to take care of yourself and pre-empt any health problems. I need to see the dentist and have some other routine check-ups myself, but we are strapped financially right now. But good for you. I think it's a fantastic way to get the ball rolling toward better health!

You also seem to be doing the right things for a healthy weight loss. Yay for you! What calorie range do you try to stay in? Do you use or a journal of your own or what? Tell us any great tips you might have to share! And, again, welcome!

Kim-- Sounds like you have a busy weekend going! I don't know how you can resist nibbling on the foods you prepare when you are catering! Oh, and somehow I missed this, but who do you do your weigh-in with?

Paige--Wow! Sounds like youre little girl really had a bad stomach thing going. Is she any better today?

I have been doing the yoga tape you just got for about a month now and i LOVE it! I feel so much stronger and more supple. And the results are pretty quick, yet there is room for improvement. Lots of levels, so you can find just the right one for you and then there is someplace to go when you start getting stronger and more flexible. Great exercise program, I think. Hope it works out for you.

I know about the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico--I spent a great part of my childhood growing up in Louisiana. We'd go to the muddy Holly Beach, but I've been to Galveston, too. Just not quite as nice as the West Coast, I'm afraid. Still, when I visit family, I always take a drive to the gulf coast. Kind of fun.

Now your dad's place--Whoo hoo! I'd go if I were you! Losing weight is supposed to make things more fun, not keep you away! Go and have fun! show off your new body and swim away any extra calories you eat! :D

Val, you sure are quiet today. I hope you're just busy and not having :devil: problems. ;)

Also, I miss you Joan! Hope you're doing better and working through some stuff. And where are you Sabrina, Kelly and others...(can't remember everyon's name at the moment, but I know some people have been awfully quiet!) Check in with us. We miss you! :^:

04-17-2005, 08:07 PM
Andrea- You have really inspired me, in so many ways. I have always wanted to try Yoga, but didn't think I could do it on my own and wouldn't be caught dead taking classes (can't afford it and didn't want to feel out of place). I loved the DVD!!! I do need to coordinate my breathing and holding the poses a little better. I noticed that if I was focused on the pose then I wasn't focused on my breathing and vice versa....but hey as soon as I can walk and chew gum at the same time I should have it down pat. I did check into yoga classes this afternoon just for the fun of it and they are $10 a class or you can buy certain packages. They offer your first class for half price so I might check it out in the next couple of weeks. I can't afford it but maybe if I cut back on some other things and just go once a week and then do my DVD it would be managable. Mostly I just want to go to have me time. I have to say I was the source of entertainment for my kids this morning. They were much more interested in what I was doing then going outside!!! Maybe I should sell tickets next time??

I was also catching up on old post today and I saw information about so I checked out your journal. I haven't started mine yet but I am going to. (Maybe I won't ramble so much here if I have another outlet.)

When I first found 3FC I was really motivated! As a matter of fact I have never in my life been so determined. It isn't a choice but a necessity!!! I want to be around for my kids, and I want them to have a more healthy lifestyle. I was journaling and participating in a forum which was really helping. But I got busy and kindof slacked off and so did my motivation for awhile. I finally feel like I have gotten back to where I was and this has really helped.

My DD is feeling better (I hope) she hasn't thrown up today and her diet has consisted of crackers, toast, and sprite. She has been running a low grade fever off and on.

Oh, I wanted to share with everyone one of the things that I have done to help me stay focused and that is my charm bracelet. I found some charms that have motivational words on them and each time I lose 10lbs I get to add a charm. My first charm said family, and I have also been able to add serenity and believe... so I am ready to lose the next 5lbs so I can add to my bracelet...just thought I would share that.

We are having chicken spagetti tonight with whole wheat pasta and a salad. I have done really well today staying on plan. I still haven't even used any of my bonus points this week. Yipee!!! Guess I had better go and feed the crew.

Take care everyone!!!

Paige :balloons:

mom of 3
04-17-2005, 09:14 PM
I'm here! No, the :devil: ex hasn't killed me off just yet!! :lol: I actually have a meeting with the PA sometime early this week to talk about what we can possibly do. I don't know if I mentioned that last Tuesday while my daughter Leiren was on safety guard patrols for her school he stopped and tried to talk to her. He is under court order to have absolutely no contact with the children, so that is a probation violation. Not that they will do anything about it.

A big warm welcome to you Kathy :flow2: I hope you hang in there with us, it seems we are losing a few of our gals. I really enjoy this group of ladies and they are all so motivating and inspirational!!

Paige thank goodness no throwing up today!! That is a relief I'm sure. Having 3 kids I know what you mean about it spreading. It usually seems like just as one is getting over it the next one starts, until it has made its way through the whole family. yukky Oh and I whole heartedly agree with Andrea GO TO YOUR DAD'S!!!! I will go in your place if you like :D but I'm sure he would notice :p It sounds awesome and relaxing. I really like your bracelet idea, I might just have to look into something like that.

Kim you are so busy and doing such a great job staying on track even when you are doing all of that catering :bravo: I don't know if I could have that much will power.

Andrea your beach sounds fantastic! and I just love the way you described it. I'm glad you got to get out and enjoy it and play with the kids. It sounds like you had a really wonderful day, and I'm very happy for you. :goodvibes

I had planned to put all the kids to work today and get a ton of stuff done but then when I woke up I decided to call my mom and go check out the new Old Navy that opened up (we used to have to drive an hour) after that and looking around in the newly opened dress barn, Seth (hates shopping) was begging to go eat somewhere so we went to an all you can eat Chinese place. I hate it now though because I don't feel like I'm getting my money's worth at the all you can eat places anymore :lol: I did eat 3 little chunks of fried banana though :o . When I got home I changed clothes...oh and I almost forgot to tell you guys...usually on the weekends I just wear sweat pants or whatever (fat clothes) to be comfortable but today I felt like looking nice so I dug around in the closet and found a pair of khaki capri's and a green shirt that I would never have been able to wear a few short weeks ago!!!! :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: Triumph!! Okay, anyway, I feel asleep for awhile then I went to walk over to my daughter's friends house where she spent the night last night and ran into my cousin (just moved in about 3 houses down the street) and ended up talking to her for about an hour and a half and having to come back to get the van to go get Leiren. :dizzy: I'm going to take the kids up to the park and walk and when we get back we are going to cook out tonight and eat outside on the deck!! The weather here is great again today! I'll check in again after walk and eating!

mom of 3
04-17-2005, 09:18 PM
chicken spaghetti sounds soooo yummy!

How was your movie Andrea? I haven't seen that one yet.

04-17-2005, 10:29 PM
Well, I made it through my weekend! I am tired. I am sure I will get a second wind in a few minutes, I always do! I didn't walk today, but I will start that in the morning and do my new Yoga video tomorrow night. YEA!!! I am so ready! :cb:

Andrea, my neighbor and I walk together and we both weigh in on Mondays. She is doing the SBD too. That way we are sort of accountable to eachother. Even when I don't want to walk, I know I have to or it messes up her routine....and vise versa. I am sorry, I thought I mentioned that :o , I even tried to find my post! But then again I am brain dead half the time (it's called motherhood, I think). :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy:

Paige, good luck with your family decisions.......It is so tough to stay on track eating out all the time. If you do go (I am like Andrea, I think you should go and enjoy the heck out of it!), just try to make healthy decisions at the restaurants. It is very hard to do, but you can do it! I am going to start the yoga video tomorrow. I can't imagine :chin: myself being able to do it, but I am going to give it a try. That is funny that your kids thought you were the entertainment for the day :lol: . Hey, at least they see mom doing something healthy for herself! Great role model!!! Oh, and I am so glad your daughter is feeling better. YEA! :cp:

Val.......woooo hooooo! You go girl How exciting to get into those clothes!!!! I can't think of anything better at this point!!! That is awesome!!!! SO PROUD OF YOU! :bravo:

Well, I need to clean up the kitchen ( I had a healthy dinner, by the way!) and get the kiddos tucked in!

Have a super night! Talk to you all in the morning!!!!

mom of 3
04-18-2005, 12:20 AM
Hello again. I walked 2.27 miles and when we got back home we decided it was too late to do the cooking out thing so we all just grabbed some stuff (I ate a cold hot dog, light cheese stick and light peach yogurt :T ) to eat but we are going to do the cookout tomorrow! I even bought some wheat hamburger buns for me!

Kim you will have to let us know how you like the Yoga workout. I will try, yet again, to get myself up early enough in the morning to do mine before I head off to work. We will see how that goes :p

04-18-2005, 12:50 AM
Wow! So many great messages from you all tonight!! (with a couple of notable exceptions--where are you Karyn? Kelly? Marina? Sabrina? Others :?: Joan, I know where you are, but I miss you! Come back and join in the fun, you guys! ;) )

Paige, I'm so excited that you liked the Yoga DVD! You already know how much I think of it! :D You will probably feel sore tomorrow, but I think it will be a "good" sore. It was for me, and it eased up after about 3 sessions. I get sore now, when I try to improve my pose or go to less modification. I started with I'm doing it with the dark haired woman--I think Marnee is her name. :shrug: It doesn't matter, anyway. You know what I'm talking about, and that makes it more fun to me! :)

I'm also thrilled that you are going to keep a journal at ( It will be fun to have someone else doing it--I can't wait to read your journal (as long as it's public or you "friend" me!) I've been meaning to write more in mine--and not just about weight loss, but I haven't gotten around to it. I have some other goals that I'd like to keep track of, mainly having to do with my family relationships and such. So, great! Glad you will do this too! You know, there is a journal option here at 3FC, too, but I don't care for the format that much, so I've stayed with LiveJournal, because I figure I'll keep using it as a general purpose journal if I someday decide not to journal my food and weight loss. (Right now that doesn't seem feasible--it has really made the biggest difference for me, and I should keep it up!)

I'm glad you're feeling so motivated Paige, and it makes me feel good to think that I might have said something to help out. I've certainly been inspired by all my new friends here. It's nice to not feel so alone, you know? Oh, and I like the charm bracelet idea, too! I don't really wear bracelets, but I love earrings. Somehow over the last 10 years, I've lost most of my pairs, and I'm down to 2 pairs that were given to me recently. I just don't know why I started losing them--a whole bunch went missing at once when I moved one time. Who knows, but I finally figured out what my reward for every 5 lbs will be! EARRINGS! :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1: Thanks for the inspiration Paige--don't know why I never thought of that before! (Now, do I buy 3 pairs for the first 15 lbs I've lost? hehehe...don't think I can do that...but I could get one pair now! I like semi-precious stones set in silver, mostly--the dangly $7-$20 pretties like you can find at crafts fairs and summer arts markets and such, so it's a pretty affordable treat, I think!)

Val! That's so exciting about fitting into those old clothes!! Isn't that an awesome feeling. Makes you feel so good to put on clothes and have them hang right and look good! YAY for you!!! :cp: :cp: :cp: I am now wearing an old pair of barely used jeans that I had--a mens size 34/30 (Loose fit, I think. I can't get my thighs into a pair of men's regulars!) They are slightly snug, but totally wearable! I had them on when I went to our cafe yesterday and the owner came out saying, "oooh! skinny lady!" :D

The beach has been nice for us. We went this evening for awhile. I made a bunch of large circles in the sand various distances from each other and we "Island hopped". :dizzy: It was fun! My 5 year old particularly liked that game, because she could show off her physical prowess. For some reason there were tons of tiny jellyfish washed up on the beach today--an unusual kind. I'm not even totally sure they are jelly fish, actually, but they have this jelly-like bottom and what looks like a little sail sticking up on top and they are about the size of a 50 cent piece. There were thousands of them--maybe more! We're always amazed by the different things we find there each day. When I first moved here, I wasn't so impressed by the big, long, sandy beach, though I loved all the shore birds. I just prefered rocky beaches with big dramatic outcroppings and tide pools and such. I still do, but I've also come to love the expansiveness of this beach. And I love to look out at the big, powerful seemingly endless Pacific Ocean and fantasize about being out there on a sailboat under a starry sky someday. Oh, and we get some great sunsets!

Val, the movie was great. I was hear all by myself, laughing out loud! Renee Zelwegger (sp?) is really funny as Bridget Jones. I liked it a lot! Check it out sometime.

Kim, you may have indeed mentioned that you walk with your neighbor, and I just spaced it somehow. How nice that you have someone to keep you moving. I had that in Portland, but not out here, though yesterday on the beach I ran into a woman I met that time I went to a T.O.P.S. meeting so I could weigh in. She was doing her daily walk. Perhaps once my husband moves out here, which he's insisting is going to happen someday, I can join her. She is a really nice woman.

Oh, Kim, what did you have for dinner. You said it was healthy. Was it good, too? Do tell! (says someone who is looking for new ideas) ;)

I made a really good stir-fry for dinner with chicken, broccoli, carrots, yellow bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and teriaki sauce served over 1/2 cup of brown rice. It was "scrumpdillyicious", as my daughter likes to say (though not about stir frys unfortunately! haha). I got the kids ice cream sandwiches after dinner and playing on the beach, and I got myself one of those frozen Dreyer's Whole Fruit fruit bars. It tasted good, but I love ice cream sandwiches, so I felt a little deprived. :( Not very, though.

Have fun with that yoga video, Kim. You can do it, I know! :goodluck:

Well, my little guy is ready for bed...and it's way past time, so I've gotta go. It's a good thing, huh? This was turning into a novel! :lol:

04-18-2005, 12:53 AM
Val, way to go on your long walk! That's great! Enjoy your cookout tomorrow. That sounds really nice. Your kids must think you are such a fun mom.


mom of 3
04-18-2005, 01:21 AM
You know as I was walking by myself tonight I thought how nice it would be if we all lived close enough to get together for walks :D Wouldn't that be fantastic! :D and fun! :D Last summer I decided to take the kids to a lake here that is about a 45 min. drive and had a really nice beach when I was a teenager. It was so awful that they couldn't understand what it was about it that I had liked. :lol: It had really went downhill and I will definitely not be taking that drive again. Plus I'm not much of a sand lover either, but I will tolerate to be near the water.

Andrea I bet you felt fantastic when the owner of the cafe said that ;) someone noticed YIPPEE!!

mom of 3
04-18-2005, 01:26 AM
I have tons of laundry that I need to be doing, but I wanted to tell you guys that I posted a picture of my kids in the gallery!! :D

04-18-2005, 08:36 AM
Good morning ladies!!! Just a quick post before I head off to work. The kids don't have school today so I had a few extra minutes to sit down and enjoy my cereal since I don't have to drop them off. Of course they are both up and DH is sleeping!! I told him it was time to move it!!!!

Val- I checked out your pic in the gallery. Your kids are beautiful!!!!

Andrea- I set up my live journal last night. Username is allaboutmetime if you want to check it out. I had also started a blog on a few months ago but didn't do anything with it. I also have a blog for our kids so our family can check out pics of the kids... I need to update those pics the most recent are from Christmas!!! Yikes! That one is if anyone wants to check out pics of the kids!!! It is pretty cute if I do say so...
The earring idea is great!!! I'm the opposite of you I have one pair of really nice earrings that I tend to wear all the time. But it is about finding something you can reward yourself with that doesn't break the bank.

Well I need to scoot if I am going to beat traffic. Have a great day everyone and I will check back in tonight.

Paige :balloons:

mom of 3
04-18-2005, 11:49 AM
Paige, I went and checked out your pics at camandhan. How adorable!!! and I also love the bees buzzing around!!

I weighed in this morning, but my scale is really messed up so most of the time I don't know if I can totally trust it and this morning it said I had gained back 8 lbs. which I know is impossible especially since my clothes feel so much better. Still it is so nice when I get to get on the scale and see it in pounds lost. So I'm just not going to change my tickers until next time I can weigh on a reliable scale. Oh well. The :devil: ex is at it again!! :mad: This morning as we were backing out of the driveway there was a note stapled to the tree in my front yard. Of course in the note it says that it is not him leaving the note. :lol: He is nuts!!! and he is making me nuts :dizzy:

04-18-2005, 01:34 PM
Ok, I updated my weight tracker. Wooo Hooo. Another 2 pounds gone from my life! Actually is was 2.5 but I didn't want to post that as another pound loss. At least the tracker is going down and not up!!! I walked this morning and will do my bike and yoga tonight (instead of eating!) I am soooo motivated!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

Andrea and Paige , Great idea about treating yourself to charms and earrings every 5 pounds. That is an idea! hmmmm. Maybe I will do something like that too! Little goals add up to big ones. That could be alot of earrings!!! And Andrea, don't you just love the owner of that cafe??? How awesome to have people notice a weight loss! There is no better motivator than that!!!!!!!!

Val, something about your ex doesn't seem quite right. HE LEFT A NOTE AND IT SAID THAT HE DIDN'T LEAVE IT???? OMG! What a hoot!!! Maybe it is his evil twin brother! :devil: :lol: Stay strong girl. I am going to look at your kids pics in a minute. I still am not brave enough to put my picture on here. And yes, I would be great if we all could walk together!

We are planning on going to Panama City Beach, FL in June. I love the sand (except I hate walking in it! Maybe I will be in better shape and It won't bother me as bad!!) and the water there is usually clear. We have been plenty of times when it wasn't clear after a storm out in the gulf. And the seaweed can get a bit nasty. My husbands dad lives there in a condo on the beach and they will be gone we think, to their condo in Chattanooga, TN, so we will have it all to ourselves! YEA! That is the plan anyway. His dad is an alcoholic, so I am praying they really won't be there! My son is going on a mission trip with the youth to Montana this summer and my daughter is supposed to go with a friend to Destin, Fl. They will be gone the same week, that is when the hubby and I are going to the smokies!!! And then my hubbys mom ( his parents are divorced) lives at the lake about 2 hours away, so we spend most of our weekends there! Oh man, I am so looking forward to summer!!! Ok, I will quit, I am reambling on!

Andrea, how long did you go to TOPS? I went for a couple years about 5 years ago and lost lots of weight. The accountability really helped. You always wanted to help your group lose and not gain! Oh, and you asked what I had for dinner.......It is going to sound strange but.......I had a very lean hamburger grilled on the barbie, and (are you ready)? Radishes fried in a tiny bit of olive oil with salt and pepper. On the SBD you can't have potatoes, so this is something I found that 'takes the place' of french fries. You cut up the radishes into 8ths, depending on how big they are and you fry them in olive oil till brown and add salt and pepper to taste! They were NOT french fries, but they were close enough to satisfy me and make me feel like I had a treat. Then I had some Sugar Free chocolate jello. Just enough to satisfy me. It was pretty tasty actually! I made a pot of SBD friendly chili again last night so I would have it today. I hate being hungry and you don't have anything ready!

Well, I am off for now. I have veggies to plant (I am doing a garden!) and then get ready to get in car line to get my kidos. I have a PTO meeting tonight, so I am going to eat first before we go to the reataurant (where we are meeting) and just have a diet coke or water. I am GOING TO BE GOOD!!!
I have a field trip with my daughter tomorrow, but I will try to post again tonight. YOU LADIES ARE ALL WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!

mom of 3
04-18-2005, 01:42 PM
Trust me Kim, MOST things about him are not quite right!! :lol:

Very happy to hear about your loss of pounds!! :D :dancer: :dancer: keep it up!!

mom of 3
04-18-2005, 01:45 PM
I have also created a journal at, my user name is jlsmom.
Andrea I already added you to my friend list :D hope that it's okay. :^: