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03-29-2005, 04:26 PM
I have 3 twin mommy friends that are going to join me here, so wanted to start this thread for us! We may have more join us as we go......

I'll start! I'm Shawn - mom to 6 month old twin girls. I'm a SAHM full-time, and work as a CPA part-time from home. I get SO STRESSED trying to stay on top of working / housework / cooking / taking care of babies & playing with them / taking care of ME / etc. I stress - eat. I eat to cover up my feelings... who has time to stop & feel whatever they feel? LOL So I stuff it....

I usually can diet / exercise for about a week or two... seems like it's never longer than that. I'm HOPING that by having my friends encouraging me (and me doing the same for them) that we can stay on-plan for the rest of the year, and be healthier / skinnier / happier this time next year! For our babies... for our husbands (if applicable)... for OURSELVES!

Now... I really need to get motivated to re-start. We don't have alot of healthy stuff in the kitchen. I was doing real good with just focusing on eating enough fruits/veggies each day. I found that if I focus on that, that clouds out the junk food... because you can only eat SO MUCH in a day! So I need to get some healthy snacks / easy meals. And start drinking WATER!!

Maybe tonight I'll go in the kitchen, make a list of what we've got, and start first thing in the a.m. I try to stay to SouthBeach plan (healthy carbs - ie whole wheat breads, not alot of sugar, etc), but I'm not strict with it.

So ladies! I can't wait for you to join me! Let's get this weight loss wagon on the road!!! :yay:

03-29-2005, 06:36 PM
OK Shawn. I'm here!

My name is Jane. I am 28 years old. I have 4 boys. The youngest are 14mo twins. With each pregnancy I gained about 40 pounds and did not lose much before getting pregnant again (I had all of them in less than 5 years). Thus I have about 100lbs to lose. Thats hard for me to admit. In my mind I am a skinny person. When I see pictures of me I just can't figure out who that fat lady is with my kids.

I'm ready to lose this weight!

03-29-2005, 06:46 PM
All right, I stepped on the scale just now to start my ticker. I weight 275lbs :fr: I can't believe that I am 25lbs away from 300lbs. The rest of you better get on the scales and post your weight too so I don't feel so alone!This is very depressing!

All right Shawn, since we are going to officially start tomorrow, we will make Wednesday our official weigh in day. We need to post at least once a week - on Wed to state our weight - up or down. Of course, we can post more.

Where is everyone else?

03-29-2005, 06:55 PM
Hi Shawn! Thanks for the invite. I can relate to you and Jane as well. I am a stress eater and have been for a long time! I have been overweight for a long time. I lost 30 lbs prior to getting pregnant with the girls but have not been able to lose it again. It is so depressing, especially with summer coming. We recently moved and are still in the process of getting things organized. I have not weighed myself, but will in the morning.

A little about me....I am 30 years old with 20 mo. old id girls. I am a SAHM that worked in education prior to having the girls. I live in the Quad Cities area in IL. I read your profile Shawn & I think you and I are very similar. I am a CM girl too! Have not had a chance to do much lately, but hope to someday. We are also close in age!

Well, off to figure out a healthy dinner.

03-29-2005, 10:06 PM
Hi! My name is Tricia and I am a 36 year old SAHM. My oldest son is 6 and I have boy/girl twins who are 4. I would LOVE to pop in and join you guys as often as I can. I am eating well and exercising regularly. I feel great and look better and that is keeping me motivated these days.

BUT - I still need a kick in the pants every now and then to keep me on track. I find my weak spot is mindless eating, little nibbles here and there that I don't even think about. Also, when things get really crazy and I'm at my wits end with lots and lots to get done my natrual inclination is to stop and eat. I think it is because I feel guilty if I just take a time out for myself when there is so much to do. But eating, well, everyone has to eat. So it is an excuse to escape guilt free. Of course, then I pay for it in weight gain. I'm getting better about telling the kids that I need half an hour or so and I usually spend it here. I've found so much good ideas and inspiration here.

I am not following any particular plan - just counting calories and exercising regularly. I've always had a problem with people telling me what to do so I know I couldn't follow any of the more popular diets. I keep my calorie range between 1200 and 1800 a day. I also make a point to stagger them so that I average around 1500 per day. I find that doing so gives me a lot more flexiblity in what I eat. It helps a lot in working around things like parties, or eating out, etc. I don't go crazy on the higher calorie days - they aren't "free" days - but it does help me fit in a guilt free indulgence here and there. And, I think it is something I can an live with for the rest of my life. Plus, I think it does help keep my metabolism slightly higher than if I stuck to one level each day.

I see that my twins are a good bit older than everyone else's so far. I just want to let you all know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. At around 3 1/2 or so things get sooooo much easier. And once you get them out of diapers you will feel like you've won the lottery! I remember that I felt like I was rolling in cash once I didn't have to spend $60 a week on diapers and wipes!

I look forward to getting to know all of you better. Thanks, Shawn, for starting this thread!

03-29-2005, 10:35 PM
Well, I'm excited about this! I think I may write down everything I eat each day & report to you guys how I weakness is sunflower seeds -- I munch on those ALL THE TIME!

03-30-2005, 09:26 AM
Ok....I weighed myself this morning.....232. So, that is where I stand. Last night was not too bad for dinner. I had half a slice of ham, cabbage salad and pears. I had water to drink. We will see what today brings. :)

03-30-2005, 11:18 AM
Good job, Kellie! You're off to a good start! I'm proud of you for starting LAST NIGHT instead of waiting to start this a.m.! I TOTALLY took advantage of that last night, and had a Venti mocha from starbucks, a choc chunk brownie, etc.

This a.m., I've already goofed up once - DH brought me a bowl of cereal in bed, NOT KNOWING that I'm back on the dieting, so it was like 3 servings instead of 1!! And of course, in my morning haze, I ate it all. :frown: BUT - now that I'm up & coherent, I am drinking BLACK coffee instead of with cream & sugar, and fully intend to do better today! Plus, I'll let him know what I'm doing, so he doesn't sabotage me again! hahaha.

I also got on the scale... after eating breakfast it's at 218. I'm going to go reset my ticker.... thanks for reminding me of that, Kell!

03-30-2005, 11:46 AM
Ya'll are going to laugh at me..... I just bid on a case of cinnamon toothpicks on ebay. I LOVE having stuff in my mouth (hence the sunflower seed fetish), and I think this will keep my mouth occupied with 0 calories! (I don't do sugar free stuff, so am REALLY limited on what I can have). Just thought I'd share......... ya'll can laugh at me now!

03-30-2005, 12:24 PM
Hey, if those toothpicks work there's nothing funny about it! Who knows, you may have just sparked the next diet trend.

I'm with you on the sunflower seeds. Actually, for me, the problem is anything that comes in a bag that I can stick my hand in more than once. I've always refused to buy the variety box of chips for my son's lunches. They are just so much more expensive and for no good reason. Anyway, I finally had to supress my frugal tendancies because I just can't have an big open bag of anything around anymore. To many trips by and taking one or two, then, seemingly out of nowhere, POOF, the bag is empty. At least with the single serve bags I can eat the chips (or whatever) if I REALLY want them but can still easily count them towards my daily calorie intake. When I eat them one at a time out of the big bags they are calorie free, you know!

To answer you PM, no, I haven't been to the Twing site you all are from. I just happened to see the thread you started here and couldn't keep from stopping in. I knew I had to get serious about losing weight when I noticed that anytime I mentioned my weight it was always prefaced by, "WELL, I HAVE TWINS". Bless their souls they are 4 years and I was still blaming them for my being fat. Even worse - I was fat before they were even a twinkle in their Daddy's eye. I decided that blaming my weight on the fact that I was a mom was just wrong - not to mention a flimsy excuse. So, here I am doing my darndest to get back to a healthy weight and a reasonable shape. I've finally come to accept that I'm not going to get my 18 year old body back so my goals are reasonable this time around. In the past I would give up when I realized that no matter how hard I worked I wasn't going to regain a youthful figure. Which, by the way, I did not appreciate when I had it. I've thought I was fat since the 4th grade. When, really, at 5'2" and with an inherited stocky build there is no such thing as super thin for me. I wish I had realized at 14 that it wasn't the same the as FAT. Oh, well, hindsight is 20/20 and that is a life lesson I can do my best to teach my children so that they might not have to face the same body image issues that I did.

I long everything I eat into Fitday. I may post a link here. Even if nobody ever takes a look I'll know that there is a POSSIBLITY that they MIGHT and that will help keep me honest and accountable. But, if I just flat out have a bad day I'll just come straight in and post to admit it. Then, somebody, please, shake your finger at me and tell me not to do it again!

Hope you all have a great day!

03-30-2005, 01:10 PM
Tricia ~ Thanks for the reminder of FitDay. I have used it before, but had forgotten about it. So, I will try to log my stuff into there as well. It is easier than trying to remember or to do it on paper. I also like fitwatch. It has a section that you can customize a food and figure out the totals of a recipe. Since I do a lot of cooking from scratch, that really helps.

Shawn ~ I hope that the toothpicks work. The salad I made last night has sunflower seeds in it, but I don't put as many as it calls for.

This morning I have been really tired. Don't quite know why...stress is part of it I guess. I have been able to get a couple of loads of laundry done and playing with the girls. Some days they are so needy and others they are fine to play by themselves. We are going to the park tomorrow with some friends. I hope the weather stays nice.

03-30-2005, 03:16 PM
Kelly, I am glad you mentioned fitwatch. I had not come across that site before and the recipe analyzer is GREAT! I've been making recipe calculations myself and then loading them as custom foods in fitday. I've been using it long enough that most of my usual menus are there now but what a pain it was! I wish I'd known about fitwatch before I'd gone through all of that trouble. Most of my cooking is from scratch as well.

03-30-2005, 04:01 PM
Tricia ~ Do you use the online version of FitDay or do you use the FitDay PC? I have used just the online version and did not know if the PC version was worth it?!

03-30-2005, 04:29 PM
whew - what an afternoon! my sister came over with her 2 year old & 3 week old baby. Plus I had my 6 month old twins! Talk about crazy! We had lunch, and of course in the chaos, I forgot I'm watching what I eat. But all I had was ham (leftover from easter), some casserole from last night (small portion), and a bit of mac & cheese (as I was eating that, I remembered -- oh yeh, I'm dieting!). I am just now getting my first drink of water for the day (at 2:30 pm).... it is SO REFRESHING! No sweets yet today! yay

03-30-2005, 05:41 PM
Kelly, I use the online version of fitday. I've considered ordering the PC version but, I can do what I need to online so it just doesn't make sense to spend the money, even as cheap as it is. I think if I still worked it would be worth it because I was out and about so much it would have been convenient having it loaded on my palm pilot. But, being at home, I don't eat out nearly as much, and almost all of what I eat is planned so I'll just save my $20.

Shawn, I used to hate it when that would happen. With all of the buzzing activity in your house at the time who can blame you for forgetting anything! That was always a downfall of mine - mindless eating, putting food in my mouth for no other reason than it was habit. But, hey, doesn't sound like you did any damage - and skipping the sweets is an impressive feat. I keep a small box of Godiva chocolate on hand for when I need a chocolate fix. They are so rich I can usually only eat one plus they are so expensive that I eat it s -l -o-w-l-y to be sure I savor every taste. Something like M&M's or miniature candy bars I'll wolf down in no time and never give them a second thought! Well, expect to think, "I can't believe I just ate a pound of m&m's LOL.

I've done really well today. I had a fruit and yogurt parfait for breakfast, Lean Cuisine Lasagne and oven fried zuchini for lunch. Haven't had any snacks but we have a new puppy so I haven't had much time to stop and nibble. I'll probably have some cottage cheese and almonds here in a bit to help me make it through my step class tonight. I think we'll have grilled shrimp, lemon rice, and a veggie for dinner. DS has karate tonight and that is quick enough to make without our our having to rush getting to our class.

Hope you all have a good afternoon!

03-30-2005, 07:37 PM
*sigh* Well, just talked to a girlfriend of mine, and we're going to a Mexican restaurant for dinner....... my goal is 1) select something with plenty of veggies, 2) have wine or something other than margarita -- who am i kidding??


03-30-2005, 10:34 PM was dinner? Mexican is one of my favorites. I like to make different things at home though. I made a great chicken recipe last week.

We had blackened chicken for dinner with a salad and mandarin oranges. I only ate about half my salad as the girls devoured the rest and had some of dh's. They are such scavengers lately. I am trying to drink more water too. My downfall has been chocolate lately. Not quite sure why...maybe it has to do with the easter candy grandma got the girls. Not too much left of it though. Some I threw away because it was gross!

Tricia ~ Thanks for the info. I figured I could do most of the stuff with the free version. It seems to have all the things that I need for now. I am trying hard to put in everything I eat. Do you find that it really helps keep you on track?

03-30-2005, 10:55 PM
Well, Shawn, how did it go? I hope you were able to make the choices you had planned on. But, if not, tomorrow is another day!

Kellie, logging my food absolutely keeps me on track. It isn't so much to keep up with the majority of my calories anymore. Most of the foods I eat have been in rotation long enough now that I pretty well know where I stand for the day. Where it keeps me in line are the little extras here and there as they can add up fast. If I don't log them I don't hold myself accountable for them and pretty soon they add up to weight gain. I am also really meticulous when it comes to entering my foods. If I eat 1 dorito I figure up the calories for it and add it in. I know that sounds obsessive but, for me, there is no such thing a 1 of anything. So I need to be able to see how those things are affecting my overall eating. Otherwise, I underestimate what I've had. I measure and weigh everything to make sure I'm counting all of my calories. I've never been able to eyeball portions.

I don't know, I guess it all boils down to feeling in control of what I eat. And logging my food really, really, gives me that feeling.

03-30-2005, 11:09 PM
I hear you about the extras!! Chocolate chips are the death of me! I take a few here and there and it adds up quickly. I would have done really great if it was not for that today! I have to have more will power!!

03-31-2005, 01:08 AM
Well ladies - the night started out decent... I had a mojito to drink instead of a margarita (lighter and I'm assuming less calories). We decided to split an entree of beef tenderloins wrapped in beef (3 in the entree), shrimps stuffed with something (again, only 3), some fancy potatoes and some fattening and yummy spinach stuff. (yes, this IS a Mexican restaurant, albeit a fancy one!). We had TOO MUCH chips and queso, and I ate 2 of 3 of the shrimp & beef (she was still devouring chips/queso, so gave that to me). Then I had a mango margarita. THEN, at her house, she had all these Cadbury easter eggs..... *sigh* And I stopped & got DH McDonalds on the way home, and ate a few of his fries as I drove.

So I didn't do good at all! :frown:

1. Logging my food just seems so tedious! I can't get the oTHER things I need to do each day done -- so it just stresses me out to add more! Comments?
2. IF I was to log my food, do you carry a journal in your purse or something?

We looked thru alot of her old pics (of when SHE was skinnier, too), and I just don't understand how we got from there to here...... what changed? Just age? I just don't understand why I have no willpower!

03-31-2005, 09:12 AM
Sorry to hear about your night Shawn. But today is a new day! I hear you about will power. I think that is part of the reason I decided to try to fitday food log. It makes me accountable for what I eat. It gives me a true look into the food. Not just a "well it's only one". As I said earlier, I realized how much those darn chocolate chips are killing me.

I wish I knew what changed. Although, I have never been a skinny person, I would like to be smaller than what I am.

I will be thinking of you today! :)

03-31-2005, 11:02 AM
I think keeping a written journal would be tedious, but a lot of people swear by it. Fitday is the only type of food logging that has ever worked for me - and there are plenty of similar options online. I'd say it takes me less than 10 mintues each day to put everything in. I enter everything as I eat it. If we eat out, it is the first thing I do once we get home.

I gave up on willpower a long time ago. I don't think it is necessary. More importantly than staying away from certain foods is just using common sense and moderation. Kellie, I said it before, I know just what you mean about the chocolate chips. But I finally figured out that the reason I over did it on that type of thing was because I wanted them, coudn't have them, and felt like sneaking one or two on the sly wouldn't really count. We all know it does count though. And, besides, the little taste always just made me want more and I'd go downhill from there. So, now if I want something like that I get it, enjoy it, and then I'm done with it. Depending on what kind of food it is, I start with maybe a quarter or half serving. I log it in and get an idea of the adjustments I'll have to make for the rest of the day if I have any more. Sometimes it is worth it, sometimes it isn't. Also, that is what I like about staggering my calories throughout the week - it is so much easier to have a planned splurge. I don't do it every week. But I like that I can do it often enough not to feel deprived.

Shawn, I completely understand what you mean about it all being a pain in the rear. But, unfortunately, it comes with the territory. It all boils down to burning more calories than you eat and there is no way to know if you are doing that unless you keep up with it as you go. It doesn't have to be journaling. It may be that planning what you eat in advance is a better option for you. But, the bottom line is that losing weight isn't a passive activity. It is going to take some time, effort, and planning - at least at first. Then, at some point it just becomes second nature. So, it really is just a matter of choosing what you want - to be overweight or to lose weight. For, me that is a decision I have to make DAILY.

Now, please don't think I'm being preachy. I'm typing that all out as much as a confimation for myself as anything.

As for the time factor, I think we are all in the same boat. But, the way I look at it is that I'm not going to get everything I need to do done in a day ANYWAY. With three children, especially twins, and all that goes with that it just isn't going to happen. So, i try not to worry about what doesn't get done. I spare myself the few minutes I need to log my food, and the 1-2 hours I need to exercise. Overall, it really doesn't have that big of an impact on my to-do list. I mean, I am not going to go to bed a night with a sparkling clean house and an empty clothes hamper. That would be the case if I took this time for myself or not because there is ALWAYS SOMETHING. And the older my kids get the harder it is. Once they started school, karate, soccer, swimming, etc. I had to balance their time even more with mine. I don't mind doing it at all but it does take a little extra planning and thought. I just try to apply the same organization to losing weight as I do to everything else. Some days are better than others. I take it all in stride as much as I can.

You know what is so funny? When I decided to quit work it was because I thought I would have more time to get things done. I swear, I got more done when I worked. First of all, I could do more errands on a lunch hour than I can all day having the kids with me. And the house was SO muc cleaner because we weren't here all day to mess it up. Don't get me wrong, I love being at home. I just look back and see how unrealistic my expectations were. I thought we'd be a picture right out of Southern Living. Ha, ha, was that joke on me!

Speaking of busy, I am being called by dishwasher that needs to be unloaded, a puppy that needs to be walked, children that want to be pushed on the swing, and a load of laundry or two - and there isn't a made bed in the house. Ahhh, it never ends!

03-31-2005, 02:10 PM
oooOOOOooohhh! I went to -- I likey!! We'll see if this motivates me to do better! I'm excited about this!

Now I have to start measuring everything before I eat it, I guess..... what I put in for breakfast this a.m. was just estimates. Do you guys measure everything?

03-31-2005, 02:16 PM
I measure and weigh everything. I can't eyeball portions - my eyes are ALWAYS bigger than my stomach. That wouldn't be a problem if I stopped eating when my stomach was full but if it is on my plate, I am gonna eat it! My husband laughs at me because a keep a Tablespoon in my purse. If we stop and eat out I like to be able to measure my salad dressing, etc. - how psycotic is that!?! I think of it the same way I do your toothpicks - if it works, it works - and it happens to work for me.

03-31-2005, 05:56 PM --- when it gives you goal calories for the day, is that cal. needed to MAINTAIN? or to LOSE? Just wondering if I need to plan on less than what it's showing!

03-31-2005, 07:29 PM
I am not sure about that. I know my calorie amount on that is HIGH for what I think I should have. I have been using the fitday and like it. (it has only been 2 days, but I like it so far!) ;) question....what is NFS on some of the foods listed? Is it No Fat & Salt?

03-31-2005, 10:21 PM
Kellie, i think it stands for "not further specified." I don't remember in what context I saw it, but it is for something like "Jello" in general if a flavor isn't specified. In the description of the food it will actually use the phrase, "cooked without fat" (or salt).

I'm not sure about the calorie count on fitwatch, Shawn. I did put my stats in and the calculation it gave me was for maintainence but it was waaaaay too low. I may have put something in wrong, but I double checked it and still got the same number.

The formula I always use is my weight multiplied by 13. That tells me the number of calories I need to maintain so I subtract between 500 to 1000 from that (early on I used 1000, but if I did that at this point I'd be starving so I've just increased my exercise to make up the difference. Right now I'm subtracting about 750 from my maintainence total).

A lot of people will say that this isn't an accurate enough formula - and there are plenty of calculators that I am certain are more precise. But, I've lost 50 lbs. going my this so I don't see any reason to go through anything more complicated.

I've done really well today. I had an egg white omlette (2 egg whites, sauteed onion and peppers, 1 T Tostitos con queso cheese dip), 1 morning star veggie sausage, and 3/4 cup of OJ for breakfast, Lunch was a Boca Burger and Fat Free Pringles, 1/2 ounce of almonds for a snack. For dinner I had 3 ounces of lemon chicken, 1 cup bow tie pasta with lemon sauce, sauteed spinach, and 1 T parmesan. I'm only at 1078 calories so I may even indulge in a strawberry shortcake after the kids go to bed (I wouldn't want to have to share it!). I did not make it to the gym, though. So, boo for me there. I'll have to do some jumping jacks or something before bed, I guess.

03-31-2005, 11:12 PM
Well, if I did not go to McD's today with my girlfriend and my girls and her girl, I would have done great. I did not do bad, but not as well as I could have. I should not have gotten the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, but I did. I had a few fries, but not many. This morning I had yogurt, turkey bacon & a piece of toast. Then for dinner I made a Spanish Rice with Chicken that was yummy!! And I had some kiwi with it.

Thanks for the info Tricia. I guess I have seen some of the things that say cooked without fat or salt. I really like that site. It is quite helpful. Do you use the activities calculator too?

03-31-2005, 11:27 PM
What are your calorie & fat goals? According to Fitwatch, mine are 2101 cal and 70 fat grams. Does that sound about right?

Today I had 1826 cal & 88 fat grams. Carson got sick tonight with 102.4 fever, so we ordered Pizza Hut -- but I was proud of myself. Before I ordered, I got online to check out the nutrition info, and found out they have CarbTracker indiv. pizzas, so I got that, so I wouldn't be tempted to eat more than I should. It was like 500 cal, and I got a side salad to go with it. So think I did pretty well!

I think FitWatch is really going to help me! I like that it shows you charts of your % for the day, so you can adjust what you eat as you need to.

Thanks ladies, for the tip! Day one down! The rest of my life to go!

03-31-2005, 11:40 PM
also, I just had DH take my measurements, which I'm going to track in Excel -- talk about embarrassing! LOL -- poor guy! Thank God he's such a sweetie and made absolutely no comments!

04-01-2005, 09:56 AM
Shawn, taking your measurements is a great idea. I hit a plateau a few weeks ago and if I had not been able to see lost inches I would have gone nuts over the scale not moving (okay, okay, I still went a little nuts that the scale didn't move, but the inches lost helped me stay on track)

I don't have any fat gram goals. I count calories only. I do, however, try and make sure that the fat I eat is mostly mono or poly, instead of saturated. I also try to make sure that no more than 20% of my overall calories come from fat. But, again, it isn't a big deal to me if I go over that as long as my calorie intake is on target.

Kellie, I do use the activity calculators. They are always lower than what the machines at the gym tell me I burned, though. I'm not sure, but I think fitday takes into account your lifestyle so the calories burned are actually what you burned less what you would have burned anyway if you hadn't done any extra exercise. I'm not sure about that though.

Mostly, I use it just to keep up with how often I exercise. I don't really consider the calories part of it. I'm afraid I would undo any work by saying to myself, "Oh, look, I burned an extra 500 calories today I can have that chocolate cake after all!"

04-01-2005, 11:51 AM
Yes, girls today is a new day, Shawn I am so sorry for not sstopping in sooner. I have been so busy with the kids and trying to get some sleep but you know it never works that way. Like now, Cam is sleep, Cort is wide awake and Chase is eating her breakfast (yes at almost eleven o'clock :anon:) But anyway,
My name is Alice, I am 24 years old, and I have a three year old daughter and eight month old boy girl twins. I work third shift, so a lot of times I will eat while at work to "try to stay awake" :rolleyes: and I know that I should munch on something healthy or just drink water. I have been working in my area for the past five years, and let me tell you, everything on me has expanded. I sit down for more than ten hours at a time, and i know my butt has spread.
I haven't weighed myself in a month or so, but I will when I get to work tonight and check in. I know that I most likely still have about ninety pounds to go to get to my goal weight, of 185. I am tall, about 5-10, and people use to tell me all the time, "You don't look like you weigh that much" but HEY! i feel like I weigh that much now. I cannot fit into the clothes like I used to of course having twin skin and all, but that is no excuse. I was doing really good for a while, and just lost sight of what I wanted. I am a single mom, and really praying that my husband will find me soon. I want to get down to a size 13,14, right now I am comfortable in a size 20, and can wear some 18's. This is not how I want to be for the rest of my life. And to top it off, I want more kids, so I really want to lose some weight before I do that.
Well, girls, I don't know how true my ticker is now, but we will find out tonight. And I will start now, since right before Shawn reminded me to come over here I had a reese's peanut butter egg :anon:
Happy losing ladies!!!

04-01-2005, 11:55 AM
I'm proud of you Alice for starting NOW, instead of tomorrow! Good job! :yay:

Check out tonight at work if you have time. It's free, and i think it's going to help me stay on track.....

I'm glad you made it here! It'll be great to have you in the group.......

04-01-2005, 12:37 PM
Hi all!!

I am a almost 40 yr. old mom to 7 kids!! I have 19 mth old twins

I have alot of weight to lose!!

I am not at 180lbs. and I am about 5'5".

I saw where you were talking about measuring. I need to do that.

Another GREAT thing to do is take a pic of yourself now and then every 30,60,90 days!! My sil did that and I was amazed at the difference w/ each pic.

What is everyone doing for excercise??

Ok, I am so ready to get started!!

I am going to go back and try to read the rest of this thread!!

Hi, to all the twin mommies !!!

04-01-2005, 12:52 PM
:yay: Pammie! You made it! Taking a pic is a GREAT idea! I'll try to do that tonight... (*wondering what I should wear - yikes!*)

Exercise - nothing just yet. I need to get motivated to do that. I WAS watching FitTV and doing the workouts each a.m., but got out of the habit a few weeks ago. It's hard b/c as soon as I get into it, the twins wake up! hahaha It gets frustrating. I'll probably just start trying to walk with them more often.......

04-01-2005, 01:03 PM
Pammie, that is a great idea about taking the pictures. I wish I had done that when I got started. No matter how much I lose I still see myself as fat. Okay, at only 5'1 and 164 pounds I am still fat but I don't see the progress I've made in the mirror. Of course, I don't have any old pictures I can use because I've never allowed a full body shot. Heck, I always have to be talked into being in the picture at all! I think I'll have my husband take a picture tonight since I still a good ways to go before I reach my final goal weight. Thanks for the idea!

As for exercise, I go to the gym and take a variety of classes for cardio. Step aerobics is my favorite. I recently tried a spin class and it kicked my butt. I've gone back a few times because I refuse to let it beat me but it won't become one of my regular classes. If I can't make a class I ride the elliptical for half and hour, the bike for 20 minutes, and then do the treadmill for 15 minutes or so. I work with weights about every other day. Sometimes I'll take one of the toning classes they offer, or go to a yoga or pilates class instead of the weights. I don't go to the gym every day but I do try to do something active each day. Like yesterday, the kids and I put a small vegetable garden in the backyard. It wasn't strenuous exercise but it was physical and was certainly better than sitting on the couch watching cartoons. The key for me is that I have to do something different all the time. I get bored if I don't and then exercise starts feeling like a chore to me. It is hard enough just to find the time to work out so I certainly don't need any other excuse holding me back.

Do most of you exercise with your kids? I find that very difficult. I take them on walks and things like that but we have to stop and smell every flower and check out every bug. I love doing it with them but I never get going fast enough to really get my heart rate up. At their ages there would be no way for me to get them to stay in a stroller. The gym I go to does have free child care and I can usually talk them (well, BRIBE them with a slushie) into going with me once or twice a week. But, more often than not, I do my workouts at the end of the day once DH is home from work and can keep the kids.

04-01-2005, 01:03 PM
I have the Leslie walk away the pounds. That is what I am going to start doing. I love her tapes and it is a good way to start off slow!!

For the pic...My SIL wore a bikini..I know scary..BUT you need a front and back shot..You will be suprised w/ the 30 day pic if you are working out!!

Where do you get the ticker??

04-01-2005, 01:12 PM
I have to do my working out w/ the kids..That is why I usually do it in front of the TV...We don't have a gym here w/ childcare!!

I have not started ANYTHING yet!! I think Monday is going to be my offical start!! Maybe I can get some healthy food this weekend!!

04-01-2005, 01:12 PM
just click on one of our tickers & it will take you to get one. (i think)

04-01-2005, 01:41 PM
Well I tried..I wonder if it worked

04-01-2005, 01:43 PM
So how do you change it when you lose something??

04-01-2005, 01:52 PM
I always go to userCP and click edit signature on the left. Then, just change the number. There may be an easier way but I've never looked for one.

04-01-2005, 03:12 PM
Good Afternoon ladies! Today is going quite well so far. I am pleased about that. I hope my day continues that way!

I actually have a picture my my nice huge rear from when we moved a few weeks ago. My step-mom took it. It is horrible to look at! I guess that is one of the reasons that I KNEW I needed to do something.

Alice ~ I get those same comments. If I have to go to a new dr. or if there is a different nurse. They will always put the scale much lower than what it will be. I have even had some comment that "wow, you don't look like you weigh that much" I don't know how to take that comment. I am 5'9" and carry the most of my weight in my butt and hips.

Not too much exercise here today. They are pouring concrete at our house, so it is not easy to get outside. I took the dogs out once, but it was starting to rain, so we ran back inside....does that count?! :lol:

Tricia ~ I want to thank you for all of the information that you have been willing to share. It is a great help and motivator!

Shawn ~ How is Carson doing today? I hope the fever is down. You did great with the pizza! I want to thank you for inviting me here. I think this is something that will really help me!


04-01-2005, 04:17 PM
Kelly, that is sweet of you to say. I am certainly no expert on weight loss but I do seem to have figured out what works for me. Of course, we are all different and not everything works for everyone. That is one thing I love about this site and threads like this one. There are so many tips and all that people share that I would have never thought to try. I give the ones that make sense to me a shot. Some work, others don't. If nothing else, it is nice to read everyone else's posts and realize that it doesn't matter whether you are trying to lose 10 pounds or 100, the struggles are almost always the same.

Shawn, it is so good that you were thinking ahead on your pizza choice! Was the specialty pizza you ordered pretty good? I've seen those on the menu but have never tried one. Lean Cuisine pizzas have almost 400 calories and I bet for just 100 more, Pizza Hut's are a lot more satisfying.

I have done really well today. We've got yucky weather and haven't been able to get outside much. These are always my weak days - nothing to do, boredom sets in, and the munching begins. So, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself that I've stayed in line today. Now, of course, when I say there is nothing to do I mean nothing FUN to do. I've got a whole pile of clothes to fold that would keep me plenty busy for a while!

I don't know what we will be having for dinner tonight but I've only had 500 calories so far today (egg white omelette and OJ for breakfast, black bean soup for lunch) so I have good bit of room to work with. I may just make DH take us all out to dinner. If I'm not going to fold clothes I may as well take a break from cooking too!

Hope you all have a great afternoon!


04-01-2005, 04:40 PM
Countin calories is HARD for me!! I really don't have a problem working out..It is just starting that is HARD!! Once I start I can do it every morning. It only takes 30 min or so out of my day!!

My weakness is fast food!! I love burgers and fries!! I think about what kind of example am I setting for my girls!!

Ok. I won't be on here this weekend!! My DH doesn't like me online when he is home!!

So Monday I am getting up and going to work out before signing online..Then I can come here and say " I pushed play" and let you all know what I worked out to. I have so many workout tapes !!

04-01-2005, 05:10 PM
Kellie - yes, Carson's fever is down; she's not been too bad today - A little crankier than normal, but nothing serious. Thanks for asking! And you're welcome for the invitation to join us here! I really do hope it helps us all!

Tricia - yes, the CarbTracker pizza was pretty satisfying. It really did help me to not overeat, too! Yay!

Pam - have a great weekend! Don't overdo it, just b/c you know you're starting on Monday! Get your healthy stuff into the house!

04-01-2005, 11:25 PM
Oh, ya'll are gonna be so proud of me! I've been tracking everything in FitWatch, and had 2079 calories today (if I finish this small bag of sunflower seeds, which I fully intend to do). A little high, but not unreasonable. My MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT was that we had spaghetti for dinner, but I had spaghetti squash with mine instead of pasta! yay! saved me TONS of calories, I'm sure! and it wasn't bad! (this was my first time trying it!) OK, just had to come check in! Gnight ladies!

04-02-2005, 10:41 AM
That is great Shawn! And I think whether or not 2079 is a little high is relative. I know, for me, my pre-weight loss totals had to have been ASTRONOMICAL. I mean if I could lose 2 lbs a week on 1800 calories a day, and 3500 calories make a pound - well, let's just say I don't even want to THINK about how many calories I must have been eating to work my way up to 214! And I rarely did a thing to burn a single one of them!

I am proud of myself too. We ordered pizza last night. We don't order out often but when we do I usually have a lean cuisine or something. Not because I think a couple of pieces of pizza are too bad but because I know I won't stop at a couple of pieces. You know, it is the third, fourth, and sometimes fifth piece that will do ya in! Anyway, I decided to go to the gym just after we ordered. It turned out to be a pretty good trick - I was hungry but exercise will usually curb my appetite for maybe half an hour or so thanks to the water I drink during my work out. So, once I got home, I didn't have that famished feeling and the pizza was still warm but wasn't in the ooey, gooey, just delivered state so I didn't feel the need to dive in and enjoy piece after piece while it was still hot. I took a que from Shawn and made a small salad and looked online for the nutritional information before I fixed my plate. I was able to have 4 pieces of the vegetable one and one piece of the pepperoni/sausage (these were dominos thin crust and are cut into small squares) and still ended my day with just over 1500 calories. It was a real feat for me because it has been so long since I had eaten ordered pizza. I wasn't 100% confident that I'd be able to control myself. But, I did, so YAY for me.

Shawn, I meant to ask you if you eat the sunflower seeds that are already shelled? I know you said they were one of your regular munchies. There was a girl that I used to work with who loved them and ate them all of the time. She switched to the kind that she had to shell and eat. She said it slowed her down and she didn't eat as many at a time. Plus she said she was less likely to snack on the mindlessly since she had to put a little more effort into eating them.

Something I've been doing for about two weeks is using Benefiber a few times a day. I stir it into my morning coffe and juice and then maybe once more at some point during the day. I started using it because I knew I wasn't getting nearly enough fiber in my diet. It may just be mind over matter but I swear I feel fuller, longer since I've been using it. Plus, I feel a lot lighter in the gut - if that makes sense. I never felt bloated before but I must have been because I can really tell a difference. I've noticed it isn't nearly as hard to suck my stomach in - which I have to do often! Anyway, it isn't gritty at all and it doesn't make the drinks I put it in thick or anything. It might be worth a try if anyone is having a problem with not feeling full with fewer calories.

I hope you all have great day. Let's all keep up the good work!


04-02-2005, 10:53 AM
Good morning Tricia - great job on the pizza & working out! You're right, my cal intake was REALLYNOTBAD compared to what I HAVE been doing pre-dieting. If you look at it in that context, it was GREAT!

Yes, I eat the sunflower seeds WITH shell -- I like them so much b/c it's a way to keep my mouth busy without eating a whole lot - it does take alot of time, but that's why I like them. Slows me down! haha But my tongue has salt-burn on it right now from eating them so often! hehe I like getting the lower sodium ones, but they don't come in indiv packages, so that just won't work for me.

You guys have a great day!

04-03-2005, 01:23 AM
Another good day here - ending the day with 2091 calories, even with a martini and soft tacos for dinner! yay!

04-03-2005, 01:20 PM
Shawn :cp:

You are doing great! Are you a mexican food junkie? That is one of my downfalls. I love the stuff - anything spicy or cheesy. And Italian food. I could never do one of the low carb plans because I couldn't survive without pasta.

I did okay yesterday too. I ended with just over 1600 calories. But, I had the munchies all yesterday afternoon. I don't know what brought them on because I wasn't really hungry. I just had the urge to shovel snacks in my mouth. Luckily, I hadn't been to the grocery store in a week so I couldn't do too much damage. I did make it to the gym so I think I managed to burn the extra calories anyway.

We've got beautiful weather so we are going to spend the day outside and enjoy it. Tomorrow is my official weigh in day for the week so I'm going to do my darndest to stay out of the kitchen! I hope everyone has a great day!

04-04-2005, 12:37 AM
Well, I majorly UNDERATE today...... I only had 1082 calories...... I had lite cinnamon rolls for breakfast (3), and didn't have time to put them in fitwatch, so I figured the calories were sky-high. So the rest of the day, I didn't eat much. Skipped lunch (had fruit), and had a lite dinner. Then I put things in fitwatch tonight at 9pm, and realized what I'd done, but didn't want to eat that late at night.........

Plus, I got out & walked today from my house to my mom's house, and then with my sister & nephew to the park and back ...... so it was about 40 mins of walking altogether. :yay:

How are you girls doing? We haven't heard from several of you over the weekend! Hope to hear from you soon!

04-04-2005, 01:02 AM
Shawn, I did almost the exact same thing today! Our weather was beautiful. The kids and I spent almost all day outside so I barely nibbled at all. Plus, DH let me sleep in this morning and that on top of the time change messed up my hunger schedule. I was right at 1000 calories too. I didn't notice until I went to the grocery store after we put the kids to bed. All of a sudden I realized that I was really, really hungry. I assumed it was just because I was surrounded by food. But, what do you know, I got home and went to fitday to put in my walk and noticed I was under 1000 calories. I ate 1/2 a cup of raisin bran with a 1/4 cup of milk because I didn't want to go to bed starving.

But, hey, I'll take it - much better than realizing I OVERATE!

Are any of you from the Ohio area? My in-laws live there and woke up to 8 inches of snow this morning. They emailed us pictures this morning and I almost felt guilty frolicing aroung in 75 degree weather!

04-04-2005, 10:13 AM
Hi Ladies! It was a beautiful weekend. I never turned on the computer. We played outside both days and tried to get some things done around the house. They came and poured our concrete, so that was great. Maybe we can use our garage sometime soon!

I did pretty well over the weekend. About 1500 calories each day. That included steak on Saturday and an ice cream bar. Last night I had a little ice cream too. I love that I can figure out my recipes for calories and things. I am counting everything these days. Even the couple mini marshmallows I had when the girls had snack the other day!

Sounds like everyone else is doing well. Shawn ~ Did you mention that we were going to try to weigh on Wednesdays? I guess that was when I started, so maybe that is when I should do it every week.

Tricia ~ What part of Ohio? I have a friend that is originally from there. I did not realize they got snow. It was the 70s here over the weekend. Not typical for April in IL. Oh well, we will take it when we can get it!

Well, I think I am going to head off to town. I need to get things to paint this afternoon.

Kellie Sue

04-04-2005, 01:12 PM
Kellie, my in-laws live in Cortland. I don't know where that is in relation to the bigger cities, though. We go through Cinncinati and Columbus when we drive there but I can't remember how far out they were after that.

You are doing great! I also like keeping up with every bite. If nothing else, I am always surprised by just how much I can eat for only 1500-1800 calories when I put a little thought and effort into it. Even treats, like you mentioned.

I think where I failed in the past was having an all or nothing attitude. If it wasn't "diet" food I wouldn't eat it and that would cause me to give up pretty quickly. And, if I didn't exercise vigorously every day I ended up feeling like it was all a lost cause. Of couse, if I did work that hard every day I burned out after only a week or so. Thank goodness, I've finally gotten the knack of something that works for me. The only regret I have is that I didn't figure all of this out sooner - it would have been great to be closer to my goal weight by the time summer rolled around. Oh, well, there is always next year.

I am wondering, how do you other mommies feel about your tummies after carrying twins? I have lost a good number of inches there but it is still sooooo stretchy and jello-like. I know being fat never helped, but I am afraid after carrying twins I either have to learn to live with it or resign to the idea of having surgery one day. I'm not really sure it bothers me THAT much. Although, I might feel differently once I'm am happier with my overall appearence. Mine were delivered via C-section (my other deliveries weren't) so I know I'm probably always going to have a little pooch from that. I don't know, I guess I don't know how bad it will all seem to me once I am at a comfortable weight. I mean, after being obese, even that stretchy skin will seem like an improvement. Has anyone else thought ahead to how you will feel about your tummy once you've lost the weight?

I hope everyone has another successful day!


04-04-2005, 07:35 PM
Hey girls,
You guys are off to a great start.
I have been on vacation and have not done well at all, plus I hurt my back so all this great weather is doing me no good. I can't get out and walk :(

I promise to still weigh in on Wed. IS that what we are planning to do?
I still have to develope a plan for weight loss. I have figured out what to do yet. I'm just trying to make better choices and excercise more.

04-04-2005, 07:42 PM
Yes, ladies, I think Weds will be our official weigh in days...... I have to tell ya, I'm excited about this! I've done so good this week, and I'm hoping to see it on the scale... but I tell ya, when/if I don't see it on the scale, I get SO FRUSTRATED and give up so easy! So if Weds don't look good for me, I'll REALLY need encouragement from ya'll.

Jane, if you can find some time, take a few mins to check out Fitwatch - I really think that's a big part of what's keeping me on track.... because I can always see where I'm at calorie-wise, (and even by % of carbs, fat, protein, etc) and make adjustments for the rest of the day. I'm so glad you ladies told me about that! It's awesome!

About the "twin skin" -- I'm hoping it looks a bit better when I get the fat from underneath it...... (wishful thinking?) Plus, I need my stretchmarks to fade some. My stomache looks crazy right now! Like a road map!!

Have a great night!

04-04-2005, 11:30 PM
For those of us with a sweet tooth, I just tried an awesome product. They are Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches. They are pretty big, 130 calories and 2 grams of fat. They come 6 to a pack, half with chocolate ice cream, the other half vanilla. I can't beleive how good these things are. I had the chocolate and, I swear, it tasted like I was cheating! :devil:

I made it to the gym and did 50 minutes of cardio (bike and elliptical) plus about 35 minutes on the weights. I am worn out, but in a good way.
I've ended the day at about 1300 calories - half a bagel with light cream cheese, veggie sausage, 1/2 cup of OJ for breakfast, veggie burritos made with black beans, corn, onion, and guacamole for lunch, and dinner was steak, pasta salad, and a green salad. I had Munchies Ultimate cheddar snack mix between lunch and dinner, and the skinny cow ice cream sandwich just now.
Anytime I can come in under 1500 calories and feel like I've eaten plenty plus not sacrificed anything good I claim a good day. So, I declare today a good day! :D

There is another group that I post with and we have weekly (or bi-weekly) "challenges". I think they help keep me accountable to the group - whether I actually lose any weight or not. If anyone is interested, maybe we could start one here with Wednesday's weigh in? Maybe something like 2 lbs in 2 weeks? It might be fun to see how much we can lose together. Anybody up for one?


04-04-2005, 11:47 PM
Good job working out today! My little one is worse (sick) and I had to take her to the doc today - she has a viral infection - poor baby! She got such a runny nose & a nasty cough! :frown: So I didn't even consider working out today - I spent alot of time babying her. But I DID eat well. 2047 calories (that sounds like so much, compared to you Tricia! but I guess that's okay? it will be less when I lose some?)

re: the skinny cows, what's it sweetened with? real sugar? I've had them before, but I don't remember. I don't use artificial sweeteners, so if they have real sugar, I am going to get some - I just hope I can stay away from eating the whole container at once!!! (j/k - I'm doing good! I'm not gonna blow it!)

re: the challenge, I don't typically participate in those, but sure - what the hay! Let's do it! I'm game! But this will be my first, so I'm not leading it! haha

04-05-2005, 12:09 AM
Shawn ~ Sorry to hear that Carson is not feeling better. Did the dr. give her anything or do you have to ride it out? Sounds like you are doing well with eating though! Congrats!

My day has gone well. I thought I was going off track. I have had the munchies....but it has not been too bad. Even with the munchies, mostly fruit and a couple vanilla wafers, and 2 chicken soft tacos for lunch, I still came in at only 1120 calories. That does not seem possible. But of course when I put things in and see it, then I think....Well, I must be hungry if that is all I ate today! Stupid mind playing tricks! ;) I guess I never realized how much that one little handful or one extra piece of something adds up over the course of the day.

I think Wed. will be a great day to weigh. I hope to see some progress. I know much of it will be water weight. And Shawn, I hear you about getting discouraged and giving up easily. That is my biggest downfall. If I did not see any progress, I would always think well it is not working so why bother. I will be your cheerleader to keep you going!! :cheer:


04-05-2005, 12:13 AM
Shawn, I checked the label and as far as I can tell sugar is the only sweetner. As for the challenge - it doesn't have to be anything official or kept up with. Just sort of a minimum goal for us all to shoot for.

I think your calorie range is fine. Remember, too, that I stagger my calories daily so sometimes they are low - in the 1000 range and sometimes they are as high as 2000. My overall aim is to average 1500-1800 each week. I usually manage right at a 1500 average though. 1800 is rare, but things come up - parties, dinners out, etc. and I never want to feel guilty about participating in them so this works well for me. The funny thing is that the longer I do this the harder it is to consume the higher number of calories. Mostly because I've gotten so good at finding foods that I can eat a lot of with relatively few calories that I find myself stuffed before I've reached the target. I guess that is a good thing? Better than the other way around I suppose.

So, sorry to hear about your little one. It can be so tough when they are ill. As horrible as this may sound, when one of mine gets sick I secretly hope that they all get it. I would rather baby them all at once and be done with it than have to baby them one at a time for three weeks (four if DH comes down with it too!). Of course, I prefer it if nobody gets sick at all!

04-05-2005, 12:08 PM
OK, I'm a little confused. If you don't mind - tell me what your name is on Twing so I can figure out who I am talking too. :)

Oh, I am going to look at fitwatch today!

04-05-2005, 02:08 PM
Jane - I don't know if it is my posts that confused you but, just in case, I've never posted on Twing. I just happened across the thread that Shawn started here.

04-05-2005, 02:10 PM
Jane ~ I am on twing as mandatwins. I don't post alot, but some.

04-05-2005, 02:34 PM
Hi there ladies. My name is Lori. I have been trying to lose weight for a couple of months now and was hoping I might be able to join your group. A little info on me...I have four amazing, adorable, brilliant children :). The oldest is a 6 year old boy, I have twin 3 years old girls and a 1 year old girl. Having 4 kids in 5 years has really taken a toll on my poor body. I weighed 130 when I got pregnant with my first son. When I started my weight loss goal on January 15th, I weighed...gulp...193. Eek! I am now down to 168! Hooray! I've lost 25 pounds. It honestly hasn't been that hard. It's amazing. My ultimate goal is back to 130. I have sort of hit a plateau lately and need some help.

This is how I've done it. First...LOVE! I log ALL my calories there. I try to stay between 1200 and 1500 and lower than 30% fat. I did a bunch of research on the fat percentage and everything I found said that we should stay at around 30% fat if we are dieting or not. The research says that if we go much lower than that we are much more likely to have binge days. I guess our bodies don't feel completely full. It also says that they have not found much benefit from lowering the fat% from that...we don't lose weight faster. All that said, lol, I have a hard time hitting 30%. I usually aim for between 20% and 30%. I lost 20 pounds without doing ANY exercise. Since I hit my plateau, I've added exercise to the mix. My husband bought me a treadmill (gotta love him :) ). I walk/run for 55 minutes every morning while I watch T.V. (and the three little girls run rampant through the house :lol: . My oldest is in first grade now so he's gone.

Anyway, I need some support for every area of my life!! Can I join? Please, oh, please?


Oh, P.S. I read through the entire thread, and I would LOVE to do weekly challenges! Also, my husband and I are looking to get pregnant again at the end of July so I really need to get into gear! I want to be at least 140 by then (can I lose 28 pounds by then? Sigh. Probably not.)

04-05-2005, 02:42 PM
Oh...another thing :lol:
I had my husband take pictures of me in bra and panties last night for before and after stuff. I WISH I had taken a picture at the beginning before I lost the 25 pounds. Oh,well. I still have almost 40 pounds to lose so that's better than nothing. Anyway, do any of you have the majority of your weight around your belly? I swear all 40 pounds are around my stomach, lol. My shoulders, arms, legs, etc look pretty good. My stomach looks like I'm still pregnant...only this time with triplets. Ugh. It is so ugly. Here's an dark secret of mine...I still wear pregnancy underwear and pants sometimes. Pants of mine fit great in the legs, I just can't button them. Having the pooch in the pants helps me fit into them. Of couse, I NEVER wear pregnancy tops or people would think I AM pregnant. Sigh. Do any of you have the same problem? Also, I made my husband take away my scale the other day. He is going to give it back once a week only. I can't control myself and get depressed with the wild fluctuations. Also...a warning for those of you who are new to this: during your time of the month, the scale is your enemy!!! I often don't lose any that week or even gain a pound. However, as soon as good old AF goes away I lose a couple pounds in a day. Just a warning. My time is supposed to be next week so I might not participate in weigh in that week...we'll see. Thanks ladies.


SW: 193
CW: 168
GW: 130

04-05-2005, 04:20 PM
Hi Lori...another Twin Mommy..that is great..

Ok guys, I kind of started today..Here is what I have decided to do..When I take my 4 yr. to preschool I have to go right by our High School. They have a track around the football field. My DS tells me that 4 laps is a mile..I called the school and they have no problem w/ me walking of the mornings..

So today I dropped off DD and went to the school. My sis met me and we walked two miles in around 40 min. I think!!

I bought some lean cuisene meals for lunch around here..So, I am off :)

Everyone seems to be doing great!!

Glad to see JANE back from her trip!!

As for the twin skin, I am terrified to see it after I start losing!!

Lori, I look pregnant w/ triplets as well..

I looked in the mirror yesterday and my legs remind me of elephant huge and lots of dimples and well, just YUCKY!!

If I can get my eating under control and drink more water I think I can do it..

QUESTION: My DH thinks you can safely lose 5 llbs a week..What do you guys think??

Shawn: How is the baby??
Tricia: Thanks for all the support and input!!
Lori: My goal is 130 as are doing great!!

I hope to stay caught up here from here on out.

BTW: I popped in my Walk Away the Pounds DVD yesterday morning and WATCHED it..NO I didn't get up to do it..I just WATCHED it while I done other things..I know if I push play, I need to get up and get it done!!!

04-05-2005, 04:35 PM
Welcome Lori! So glad you joined us!!! yay! It's always fun meeting new twin mommies!

I made myself give away my maternity clothes - I didn't want them anymore! (okay, well, I still have ONE pair of black crop pants that i wear with the elastic waist -- but they fit so good! hahaha) I am always afraid somebody is going to come up to me and say "oh, how far along are you?" ---- that happened to my sis post-preg. I would just burst into tears! How depressing!! hehe

Pam, it sounds like you've got a great start & plan! That's awesome! I'm proud of you! Keep up the good work! And btw, your DH is crazy! You might could lose 5 lbs/week for the first week or two (water weight), but after that, I think SAFE weight loss is only .5-1.5 lbs/week - is that right ladies? Plus, if you're exercising, you're building muscle, which weighs more than fat..... so the weight loss is slower. (thus my frustrations all the time) As I tell my stepson -- PATIENCE YOUNG GRASSHOPPER! If only I'd listen to my own advice! hahaha

Carson is still coughing / snotty / etc -- and Jordan has been uncharacteristically (sp?) fussy today, so I'm wondering if she's coming down with it. And my throat hurts a bit, so I may be getting it, too *ugh* Joy of joys!!

Still on track for today! Good job! (patting myself on the back)

04-05-2005, 04:52 PM
Pammie, I think 2 pounds a week is a more reasonable expectation. 5 pounds might drop off the first week, maybe three or four the second but most of that is going to be water weight as your body adjusts to your new habits. Is it possible? Probably. But I imagine eating as few calories as would be required to make up a 5 lb weight loss isn't sustainable (3500 calories = 1 lb, so you are talking about having to create a 2500 calorie deficit each DAY through diet and exercise). Eating so little also means that your body is going to resort to the most viable energy source - your muscle - and you want to keep (and build) as much of that as you can as more muscle means a higher metabolism. A higher metablolism means burning calories more efficiently thereby making weight loss a bit easier in the long run.


I hope everyone is having another successful day. I have an awful case of the munchies. So, rather than eating lunch today I just had a few closely spaced snacks. I'm still okay calorie-wise but eating that often makes me FEEL like I've gone off of plan and I get that underlying twang of guilt. I have to keep telling myself that it is all in my head. I just keep checking fitday to remind myself that I haven't consumed anymore than I would have if I'd eaten a regular lunch.

We have another beautiful day here so we are off to enjoy the weather while we can. The kids and I planted a small vegetable garden and it is time to water it. They get so excited when we start to see tomatoes, peppers, etc. pop out and they love to pick them when it is time. But I'll be darned if I can get them to actually EAT them - and that is why we started growing them in the first place. I thought they'd be more likely to eat (or at least try) vegetables that they had grown themselves. Year after year I just keep trying maybe it will eventually work. We threw in some strawberry plants this year - surely they'll give those a try!

Have a thin day!

04-05-2005, 11:44 PM
Well, I did good today, but I also got a small dipped cone from Dairy Queen!! Had I been thinking, I would have gone & gotten skinny cows, b/c I could have had THREE of those instead, for the same calories!!! (approximation)

I still am coming in at 1800 calories for the day, though! yay!

Also, tonight I had DH take pics of me in just bra & panties! (borrowed mom's digital camera - I know the people at Wolf camera DON'T want to see that! hahaha). I hate looking at those pics -- poor DH! haha! But that will be inspiration, won't it?!? It will be good to see how I change, too, so that once I get skinny I remember how I used to look, and can try real hard to not do it again!

04-05-2005, 11:45 PM
Ques: for those of you who do it, how often do you measure yourself & take new pics??

04-06-2005, 02:34 AM
LOL! I only have a second, but I had to pop in and say that I ALSO HAD A SMALL DIPPED CONE AT DAIRY QUEEN TONIGHT! I still finished the day at 1500 calories. Anyway, I have tons more to write, but I must get to bed. I'll write in the morning.


04-06-2005, 09:14 AM
Good morning ladies! Yesterday was a pretty good day. I even bought the girls a Krispy Kreme donut when I was out running errands and did not have one bite!! :cp: I had soup for lunch and a chicken breast with black bean salsa for dinner. It was yummy! So, I ended the day with 1300 calories. The biggest thing for me was that I had 29% protein. That is something that I usually don't get very much of.

Well, I stepped on the scale this morning. Can we say water weight loss!?! 6 pounds. I was quite surprised since I don't feel any different. It does not help that I started my period. But since that only comes around once every 3 months, I am not too upset. My biggest thing is to control my constant urge to munch this week!

Shawn~ Sounds like you are doing well. How is Carson feeling? It is great you took the photo. I don't know if I am that brave.

Pam ~ Sounds like you are off to a great start. The walking will be great. That is great that it is on your way. It makes a difference when things are convenient.

Question for you ladies....does your husband or significant other have issues with their weight too? My dh is tall and skinny and does not always understand how hard it can be. He is supportive of me, but I get frustrated that he can eat a lot and not gain much if any.

It is suppose to rain around here today. Not sure if we will get outside or not. The weekend is suppose to be gorgeous again. They are coming to start working on seeding our lawn this weekend. I can't wait to have grass!!

Have a great day!

04-06-2005, 10:25 AM
Thanks for the reminder to weigh in this a.m. -- I've lost 3 lbs, but am not that thrilled about that..... it's just that I'm only back to where I was pre-Easter, so it's like I'm NOW at my starting point. Plus, I gain & lose 5-8 lbs so easy, that until I get under 210, I'm not gonna REALLY believe I'm losing!! Sorry for the negativity, but just need to share where I'm at! Oh, it's THAT time of month for me too - so maybe I'll drop alot next week?

Carson still sounds awful, and I am fighting off trying to catch it, although I'm feeling worse today than I did yesterday. I keep taking my prenatals, hoping not to catch it!

Yes, DH is smaller than me, and I HATE that. He's a smart man, and doesn't comment on my weight. :) But he really doesn't eat that much, either....

04-06-2005, 10:45 AM
Congrats on the 3 lbs Shawn! I hear you about getting to a point to feel like you are really losing weight and not just water or normal fluctuations. I hate this time of month. I have horrible cramps and usually do not want to do anything. I hope that I can break that cycle.

I hope you can fight off the cold that Carson has. It sure has been going around here lately. It seems like it takes forever to get rid of too!

04-06-2005, 11:49 AM
Good Wednesday morning ladies!
Kellie-6 pounds is GREAT! I also lost a bunch my first week. Even though I knew some of it was water, it was still okay. I didn't gain any of it back. In fact for the first 2 or 3 weeks I lost quite rapidly. After that it leveled off to 1 to 2 pounds a week. By the way, that is what is recommended for optimal weight loss..1 to 2 pounds a week. Sometimes it seems so slow that way, but just remember that is 104 pounds in a year. (Pammie...5 pounds seems like WAY too much :) )

As for your DH is also tall and skinny! He WISHES he could gain weight. He only weighs 155. I can't wait until I weight less than him :lol: . He can eat whatever he wants. However, he is not a big sweets lover so that helps me some. He is also extremely supportive. He constantly tells me how beautiful I am and that I look fantastic. Of course, he did this BEFORE I lost the weight too, so I don't think it means much ;) . When I started this program, I told him that I needed his support. We have a daily check-in at night where he asks if I met my goals for the day. It helps to know that I am accountable to someone.

Shyla-3 pounds is also amazing if you are having TOM. I usually don't lose any at all that week since we retain water a lot. I use to measure and weigh EVERY DAY...if not every hour, lol. However, I made my husband take away my scale and now he is only going to give it back on Wednesdays for weigh in.

Jawsmom-Funny you mention the guilt. I get that too, even when I am within my calories and fat % for the day. I will eat a big old piece of chocolate cake. It won't send me over the edge of my daily goals, but I feel bad about eating it. The funny thing is...I know that I HAVE to be able to eat like that in order to stay on my plan. Basically, the way I do it, I don't really deny myself anything I REALLY want. I just have to adjust whatever else I eat, or eat yummy stuff in small portions. I don't think I would be able to stick with it if I denied myself of every treat. I have obviously been doing fine this way, but I still feel guilty *shrug*.

Okay, ladies...I weighed in this morning and I've lost a pound! Hooray. That is good for me because I use to weigh on Sunday's so last Sunday I was 168 and now I'm 167. I feel really good about that.

I like to set mini goals and I hope some of you will join me. My current mini goal is to be at 160 for Mother's Day. That is 7 pounds in 4 1/2 weeks. Hmmm. Let's see. That would be losing a little over 1.5 pounds per week. I CAN DO IT! Would anyone else like to set a mini-goal? It is much easier to think I can lose 10 pounds 7 times, than to think I can lose 70 pounds! That is my motto. So. Anyone game?


SW: 193
CW: 167
GW: 130

04-06-2005, 12:17 PM

Congratulations Shawn and Kellie!

My official weigh in day is Monday. So as not to confuse myself (and that is soooo easy to do :dizzy: ) I'll just report my Monday weights here on Wednesdays. I am afraid if I stepped on the scale Monday and Wednesday I'd just get frustrated. Frustion once a week is plenty for me! So, my starting point for today is 164.

Isn't it amazing how many calories are in those dipped cones? I bought some the the shell type chocolate that is used without looking at the label. When I started to make my own dipped cone I noticed that 1 Tablespoon was a serving and it had like 200 calories! :yikes: Apparantly, shortening is used to make the chocolate harden as it cools and that is what make it so high in fat and calories. I never had any idea! Which explains how I ended up fat in the first place - I mean who would have thought something so little could be so fattening?

Kudos to both of you for fitting in a special treat and still keeping your overall calories in check. I honestly believe that is the key to being able to lose weight and keep it off.

Kudos to you, too, Kellie. Passing up a Krispy Kreme is no easy task! Not long ago I bought some for Will's class. There ended up being 3 left which I brought home. I kept finding myself wandering past them and finally decided I would have just one. I took a bite - then dumped all three of them. I knew there was going to be no way I'd eat one and not move on to the second and third. Sadly, I had to put them in the garbage disposal because I was afraid if I just threw the box away I'd convince myself they weren't garbage if they were still in the box and untouched by the rest of the trash. :lol:

My DH does not struggle with his weight. He isn't as active as he used to be so he has gotten a little "softer" in the past ten years but he is by no means overweight. And it is frustrating to watch him eat whatever he wants and not have to worry about the consequences. Oh, well, that is the way the cookie crumbles I guess. He is very supportive and is good about telling me when he notices a difference in my shape. Plus, he pushes me to go to the gym-not just because I am trying to lose weight but because he knows that I enjoy it as "me" time. It helps a lot not having to always work around the kids' schedules and I appreciate him handling bathtime, tooth brushing, and bedtime stories to that I can make some of my favorite classes at night.
I will say that I am finally a good 20 pounds lighter than him and that was a really big accomplishment. It always bothered me that I weighed more than my husband (but obviously not enough that I did something about it!).

I hope everyone has another great day!


04-06-2005, 01:40 PM
Sounds like everyone is doing great!! I have not done my workout yet today! I was running late this morning and couldn't stop to walk, I had a meeting!!

I think after I pick up DD from school I will take her to the park and walk while she plays!!

I am stil fighting w/ the eating part!! I am doing better, but I know I could do alot better!! I have not had any fast food all week!! That is a biggie for me!!

My DH hates the way I look!! He is on me all the time about my weight. I have the mind set now that I am doing this for ME ME ME!!!

It is such a slow process!!!

Lori, the mini goals sound GREAT!!! I say I can lose 10 lbs. by mothers day, would that be to much???

04-06-2005, 02:20 PM
Hi again, ladies!
Okay, I just finished exercising. I went 70 minutes and 4 miles on the treadmill! :tread: Hooray. That is my best yet. I usually go for about 45 minutes and 3 or 3 1/2 miles. Did you know that the newest health guidelines that recently came out by the US government say that you should exercise 90 minutes a day to lose weight?!? :blah: :blah: Whatever, lol. I can never get in that much every day. Don't these government people know that I have tons of kids :lol: ?

Pammie! Don't listen to your DH. Sheesh. How old are your twins anyway? I am so glad that you are going to join me on the mini-goal! If you lose 2 pounds a week, you could lose 9 pounds by then. You really shouldn't go much above 2 pounds a week (I guess when you go above that, you body tends to gain it back very quickly when you stop dieting). HOWEVER, if you are just starting your weight loss, you could probably do it fine. I lost 10 pounds in the first 3 weeks, with water weight and what not. So, I think 10 pounds would be fine. What are you going to do to get there? I am:

Eat: 1200-1500 calories a day and 20-30% fat
Exercise: 45 minutes, 6 days a week
Drink: 64 ounces of water a day (I have a hard time getting all my water in)
ALSO: I don't DRINK any calories, I hate wasting them on I drink water or occasionally diet soda

Okay, two questions for you ladies...
1. If you were to want more kids, would you want twins again. My husband and I want 6 kids. I know...we're :dizzy: Anyway, we have four now and plan to start trying to get pregnant the end of July. I would really like to have twins again. I think my husband would DIE if he heard that, lol.

2. How often do you and your DH get out alone on dates?

We can do it ladies!!!!


P.S. Oh, by the way, Tricia, congrats on weighing less than your hubby! I can't wait for that day. My husband has never known my true weight. At the hospital and stuff I made him leave the room before I gave that info to the nurse *grin* He was such a good sport about it, though.

P.P.S I have the nutrition facts of all the fast food places on my favorites (and many items entered into my custom foods). I generally only get chicken salads at any fast food joint. I also like going to Applebee's when we actually "go out" because they have their WeightWatchers menu. That small dipped cone was 340 calories. However it DID have 17 grams of fat! Eek! That kicked me up to 33% for the day, but I don't mind going over the fat% occasionally. I like that on I can look at reports for over the past two weeks or the past month, etc and see that overall I'm doing great.

04-06-2005, 04:35 PM
Lori - good job on the exercising! that's a long time!

1. Would I want more twins? hahaha. We aren't planning to have anymore - I have 2 stepchildren, so 4 total is plenty for us! I actually miscarried twins prior to these, so we keep saying if we try again, we'll have twins again! (no, none of these were IVF, etc). My grandmother had 2 sets of twins! I can't imagine! My DH says we'll double it next time & have quads -- yeh, whatever!

2. I'd say we go out on dates once every 3 weeks or so. We leave them either with my mom, or my best friend who's single & has no kids. Although last date, I was PATHETIC and after eating Red Lobster (crab fettucine and having a few drinks), all I wanted to do is come home & sleep! We didn't even fool around! hahaha I was EXHAUSTED! Anyway - our church has always preached how important "date nights" are (to keep the marriage strong), so we've had it beaten into our head for years, so we're trying to do it!

04-06-2005, 06:15 PM
:lol: Shawn, I think measuring any more than once a month would be counterproductive. I think once every three months is ideal - but I like to see BIG numbers and I know I won't if I do it more often. It takes time to lose fat and build muscle after all. The only exception I make to that is if I hit a weight plateau. When the scale doesn't move for two weeks even just a couple of inches seems like a BIG number!

Lori, count me in for the Mother's Day challenge. To answer your questions:

We've decided not to have any more children. Financially speaking, we are comfortable with 3 (they will all be in college at the same time :eek: But, also, we feel like the time and attention we have for them is spread pretty thin already. I know that will get easier as they get older and become more independant but for now we like how things are. If we were to change our minds I don't know that I would hope for twins but I certainly wouldn't mind. There is something to be said for knowing what to expect! :lol:

As for dates, we very rarely go out on dates. But every Saturday is date night for us at home. We either put the kids to bed early or they spend the night with their grandparents. We cook a special dinner, have wine, use our china and crystal, etc. We usually rent a movie too. We are both homebodies so we actually prefer this to going out. We have an "adult" vacation at least once a year. The kids stay with family and we take a week and go off together. That is when we get dressed and go out for dinner, to a concert, etc. It is my favorite time of year!

Pammie, the food part will get easier. And it is a big step cutting out fast food. That was a tough one for me too. But I don't even miss it anymore. In fact, I don't like to drive past them because the "fried" smell is yucky to me now. That isn't to say I'll never have it again or even crave it - just that I don't think it will ever be as big a part of my diet as it once was.

I am off to get dinner ready. Keep up the good work everyone!


04-06-2005, 10:51 PM
OK ladies - I'm at 1500 calories for the day, including the cherry ice cream I'm currently eating! (still need to get those darned skinny cows!!)

For dinner we had a veggie-beef stew that I made, with wheat rolls, so not many calories there! (it was really bland, though - I'll have to do better next time!)

04-06-2005, 10:55 PM
girls, will ya'll please encourage me to drink water? I'm only averaging 30 oz/day!

04-07-2005, 09:27 AM
Good morning! I typed a nice big message last night and then when I went to post it it said "forum closed for maintainence" AGHH!

Yesterday was another decent day. I had my corn and black bean salsa as a quesadilla. Then I made a Chicken Verde Casserole last night. It was wonderful...only 367 calories and 8 grams of fat! Plus it has 38 grams of protein. I even had a little chocolate lite ice cream. I ended up with 1300 calories.

Shawn ~ I hear you about water. I average about the same as you. I have a tendency to drink more when it is hot outside. So, hopefully I will start drinking more this summer. I have a hard time in the winter when it is only 25 degress outside! :rolleyes:

We do plan on having more children. We want to wait another year or so. DH is worried about having twins again. I don't really care either way. I guess it is the only thing I know. We would like a boy. DH is the only one to carry on his families name, so no pressure!!! :lol:

We don't get out on date nights very much. We don't have family near by and I don't trust very many people. We do take a weekend away each year to go to a NASCAR race. My SIL comes to watch the girls. We really look forward to that weekend, but I also end up calling many times each day!

I have a little ways to go before I weigh less than my dh. He is 6'5" and about 200 lbs. He is a healthy eater and works out quite often. We have a large weight system in the basement. Now I need to get my self down there! He does not know how much I weigh now, but did know my highest when I was pregnant. I ended up with pre-eclampsia, so he was following me quite closely.

Well, off to make breakfast for myself and the girls. Have a great day!


04-07-2005, 11:16 AM
Looks like we will all have to help each other in the water department! Personally, I think the amount of water that is recommended is a little overstated. But I do think it is very important to get enough. I usually drink 16-32 oz at both lunch and dinner. And I almost always finish off a sports bottle's worth during my workouts. My problem is that I only like it with certain things. I mean, some foods just scream for a coke (well, diet coke anyway)!

I have no idea why I did this to myself, but I stepped on the scale this morning. It said 166.8 - I nearly died! I know for sure it is either water weight /TOM, or muscle gained. Probably a little from column A and a little from column B. I've been on track with my diet and exercise so I know I didn't gain almost 3 pounds in 3 days. But, CRAP! it is a pisser to see a gain on the scale. Oh, well, I reinforced a valuable lesson not to weigh more than once a week. Learn from my mistake, girls!

Kellie, I'm the same way about calling to check on the kids when I am gone. I can be just about to pull my hair out from them driving me crazy. DH will tell me to take a break and get out of the house for a while. By the time I get to where I am going I already miss the little buggers!

How do you make your Chicken Verde casserole - for only 367 calories it sounds right up my alley!

Shawn, I had to go back to the store and buy 2 more packages of the skinny cow sandwiches yesterday. DH and kids gobbled up my other ones. I told them I'm going to start dividing the freezer into "mine" and "your" sections. It isn't that I mind sharing but it really grates my nerves when I've planned my entire day around having enough calories left at the end of the day to enjoy a treat and when I go to get it and they are all gone. At the very least they should tell me when someone gets the last of anything so that I don't get my heart set on something I can't have. This time I bought a package for them and a package for me. I've dared them to touch my box!

I'd say we all deserve a pat on the back for how well we've done so far! Good job everybody! I'll be checking in a little later but for now I need to get dressed - I've let too much of the morning slip by already. Have a great day!


04-07-2005, 12:45 PM
Well Ladies, let me tell you about my yesterday workout!! I got a late start, so no walking w/ my sis in the AM...I waited until I picked up my DD at 1pm and went to a small park close by w/ a walking track, thinking DD would play while I walked..Noooooo she said she need to get in shape too :)

So here I am walking pushing the double stroller and DD walking w/ me. After the first lap she says "My legs are getting sleepy" BTW she is 4...So I put her inbetween the seats of the stroller and let her sit on the snack tray bar..and off I went again...Whewwww pushing over 75 lbs. was a workout. By the time I got around the next lap I was so tired and dizzy :dizzy: .

I only walked about 20 min..but that was all I could handle.

I didn't drink much water..SHAWN I have the water problem as well!!!

So far this morning no work out yet, it has been raining all morning and I have not done anything productive!!

My twins are 19 mths old! and yes, I would love to have another baby. More twins? IF they could be as well behaved as the two I have!!

I need to measure and take a pic. I have not done that yet!!

Here is what I am TRYING to do

I am not counting calories just really watching and cutting back on wasted calories, like french fries..and other fast food stuff

I am increasing my water, from 0 - 2 or 3 glasses a day. I need more I know.

I am trying to walk at least 20-30 min. a day!! I will increase this in a few weeks!!

Ok, I know I missed some things, but I can't keep up w/ you guys :)

I ate a bowl of multi grain cheerios for breakfast and they were yummy!!

Good luck to all today!! Today is another day!!!

04-07-2005, 03:00 PM
Tricia ~ I will go and find the recipe and post it when I have a chance. It was quite good. It makes only 4 servings. It did not call for black beans but I added them in.

04-07-2005, 04:21 PM
Ok, here is the recipe.

Chicken Verda Casserole
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic chopped
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
2 T. cheddar cheese shredded
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1 cup tortilla chips crushed

Cut chicken into cubes. Heat medium skillet until hot. Add chicken, onion, pepper and garlic. Cook and stir about 5-10 minutes or until chicken turns white and onion is tanslucent.

Combine 1/2 cup salsa & 1/4 cup sour cream in small bowl until blended. Stir into chickem mixture. Add black beans to mixture as well.

Preheat oven to 325. Coat 2 wuart glass cassrole dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/2 cup tortilla chips on the bottme. Spread chicken mixture over crushed chips. Tope with remaining chips and cheese. Top with remaining salsa.

Bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Top with remaining sour cream.

Makes 4 servings.

It has 367 calories, 8 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbs and 38 grams of protein.

I added the cheese and black beans to the original recipe. I also did not use the sour cream on top. The calculations are for the recipe and I have it written though. It is amazing how filling it is. I used regular tortilla chips too, not baked or fat free.

04-07-2005, 04:28 PM
Sounds like you got a work out pushing the kids Pam! That is great that you were able to get out and walk. It is cold here again today and really windy. I went to the store this morning and about froze. I did not think that it was going to be so cold. I can not wait for warmer weather here. That way I can be outside more!

Today is going well. I had Honey nut cheerios for breakfast and a Healthy Choice soup for lunch. They are on sale for $1.00 a piece. Not bad for what you get!

How much are the Skinny Cow bars? I found a couple kinds but they were $6.00 a box! It was in town at the only grocery store, so they are more expensive on most things. I will have to check when I am in the cities next time.

How is the water going today ladies? I have not had much. I need to go and have a glass right now!

04-07-2005, 05:07 PM
today has not been a typical day for me....... we went for 6 month shots... Joy! Plus, Jordan got up at 5am and wouldn't go back to sleep until around 9am, so then I napped until 11:30am. hehe. (I'm glad my girls like to watch cartoons, so I can sleep! *anon*) So today I've had to eat: Honey Nut Cheerios, 1/2 a not quite ripe banana, so I threw it out, a grande vanilla NF latte from starbucks, and I got one of their sandwiches, but am only eating 1/2 of it b/c it's not that good..... no water yet. I'm trying to get re-situated after my day being shot, and will go get some shortly.

04-07-2005, 05:18 PM
Good morning beautiful ladies!
I am doing well. I rolled my fat body over the treadmill for 75 minutes and 4.5 miles today. Next week I am going to add weight lifting 3 days a week as well. I almost don't want to because I don't want to see those muscle gain pounds on the scale, lol. However, I know that if you gain 2 pounds of muscle and don't change any of your eating habits, you would lose 30 pounds in a year!! Muscle burns way more calories than fat just to stay alive. So, I feel that my exercise is going well. HOWEVER, I feel depressed about my food. I would really like to be around 1300 calories per day, but lately I've been above that. Yesterday I had 1545, and in the last week or I've had my four highest caloric days since I started in January. What is my problem?!? It's so frustrating. I just feel SO hungry lately. Argh!

Anyway, enough self pity. To get my water in I put four water bottles in the fridge and I have to drink them all during the day. They total 80 ounces, so that is TONS of water. I don't mind getting too much water, though, because I eat less when I drink a lot. One of the things I have learned about my body since beginning this is that I often eat because I am thirsty. My body will get the fluid any way I can get or drink. However, I'd rather have water than a piece of chocolate cake!!! Another thing I've learned is to tell when I am actually hungry or not. A lot of times I eat out of boredom or fatigue instead of because I'm actually hungry.

Here are the goals for Mother's Day:
Lori--lose 7 pounds
Pam--lose 10 pounds
Tricia-what is your goal for Mother's Day?
Anyone else want to join the Mother's Day challenge?

Tricia-just wanted to back you up that it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to gain that much weight when you're on track!! I'm sure it's TOM or water weight (have you eaten any frozen diet dinners lately? They have a TON of sodium which make you retain water). I had the same problem (especially since I really stepped up the exercise) last week. That is why my husband finally took my scale away. He now gives it back on Wednesday only. I have NO self control when it comes to the scale, lol.

Pam--I'm sure that your workout was good! I have a double jogging stroller, but with my one year old it is too hard to exercise that way. My twins are 3 1/2 and my baby is 14 months. My oldest (just turned 6 year old boy) is a very good helper, but I the only way I have been able really exercise is on the treadmill at my house. It is just too hard any other way.

Kellie--The casserole sounds awesome. You know, I am a horrible cook. I always say that I can "make dinner" but I can't "cook." It seems that I make one of about 9 or 10 dishes that I can do. My poor husband, lol. I want to know about your twins. Were any of you on fertility drugs? IVF? Do you have identical or fraternal twins? We were not on any medication (we are EXTREMELY fertile). I have gotten pregnant twice the first month we tried and the other time when I was NOT trying and was using birth control! Eek! My husband jokes that he just looks at me and I get pregnant, lol. My girls are identical. The funny thing is ALL of my kids look SO alike. I SWEAR that if my baby was the same age as her older sisters that she would look like an identical triplet! My son also looks just like his sisters, although he has blond hair where the three girls all have dark.

Happy day to you all!


04-07-2005, 05:29 PM
Lori - great idea re: the water bottles -- I'm going to have to see what I can do to replicate that! (search thru cabinets to see what water bottles I've got -- or do you just refill like Dasani bottles or something?)

Lets see Mothers Day is in.... about 4 weeks.... so, I'll aim for a 6 lb loss by then (1.5 lbs/week). I'm afraid if I aim too high and don't meet it, I'll get frustrated! So that will put me at 209. *sigh* I'll have just barely broken my 210 "magic number"! I can't wait to get under that number, and then under 200!!!

Last night, I was complaining to DH about not having enough time to do what I want /need to get done, including exercise.... and so while I was waiting for some software to load on my computer for work (I work at home), I did some squats, leg lifts, etc at my desk at 10:30pm hahaha. Better than nothing, right?!?

My girls are fraternal, and no we didn't have any help. Twins run in both sides of my family, so I guess I just got the genes! Here's a pic of my girls (I hope this is okay to post on this board....):

04-07-2005, 06:05 PM
We are on our way to karate so I only have a second. I'm running really low on calories today - we haven't been home much so I just haven't time to eat. I have to say, being busy is a pretty painless way to cut calories. Works for me! I haven't worked out yet but I do plan to hit the gym after dinner.

Put me down for 5 lbs by Mother's Day. It isn't much, I know, but I am like Shawn. I don't want to shoot to high and be disappointed. Actually, 5 is probably on the high side because we will be going on vacation between now and then and my weight has slowed quite a bit in the last few weeks too.

Let's see, my twins are fraternal (boy/girl). We also have twins running through both sides of our family. So they were just the luck of the draw for us! They turned 4 in December. Their big brother turned 6 in October. I worry that my DD may never get a date! The boys are already so protective of her. So, between a brother in the same grade and a brother two grades up I don't know that any guy will have the nerve to ask her out - much less try to kiss her! lol. Thankfully, we have a long time before we have to cross that bridge.

Have a great day everyone!

04-08-2005, 12:05 AM
I reported most of what I ate earlier, but we had pizza again tonight, so I got the LowerFat Veggie Pizza (150 cal/slice, 4 grm fat) and had 4 pcs, then topped off the night with 2 kiwis. So I ended up at 1870 cal for the day. Yay again!

Gnight ladies!

04-08-2005, 12:19 AM
Hi...My name is Mandy...I'm new here...just wanting to get to know some ppl and trying to find my way around this site...I'm looking for "SmplyBlessed" from Twing...ARE YOU OUT HERE SOMEWHERE????

04-08-2005, 11:26 AM
Hey gals!
How is everyone doing this FINE Friday morning. It's raining here. It is also my garbage day. When I opened the garage to take the cans out to the street, a big huge fat worm fell cannonballed off the door and made a direct offensive attace ON MY HEAD!!!!!! I swear this worm wanted to make a bed in my hair. Talk about YUCK! It was so nasty. I started screaming and running around in circles like a mad woman. I looked like a psycho doing some sort of strange tribal ritual :o .Two houses down there were kids waiting at a bus stop and they all stared at me with their mouths open *giggle.* I thought that at any moment they were going to scream themselves, :lol: . I'm sure they were all afraid for their lives.

Anyway, lol, I did GREAT yesterday. I exercised for 75 minutes and I only ate 1084 calories, 25% fat. I usually prefer to stay above 1200, but with the higher days I've had lately I feel good about having a lower calorie day.

Well, I've GOT to go take a shower now *shudder.* I got my son off to school. One of the twins and the baby are awake. It's funny. One of my twin girls likes to sleep WAY more than her sister. Do any of your twins act like that? Different in some ways? Although mine are identical, one is definitely the "leader" and the other is a bit more on the quiet side. I struggle to bring the second twin out of her shell. Her sister talks for her a lot (in public, anyway). She also always wants to be the one to decide which game they are going to play, what clothes they should wear (not matching, necessarily, she just likes to pick out clothes), etc. She is so strong willed. She announced the other day, "You never let me do ANYTHING I want to do. We're running away!" (picture that said with a babyish lisp still) Sheesh. She's three years old. Of course, it's WE'RE running away...not I'M running away. Sigh. Some days I want to run away.


04-08-2005, 11:59 AM
Mandy, yes she's Pammie40 (?) on here! Glad you found us! I'm from Twing also, and so is JaneH (my4sons) and KellieB (mandatwins) and Alice. Is your screen name the same on Twing? By the way WELCOME! Tell us about yourself!

04-08-2005, 12:02 PM
Lori - too funny about your twins! I can't wait to see what mine will have up their sleeves for me! They're only 6 mos, but they DEFINITELY have diff personalities! One is very laid back, and the other is high strung. Too funny!

I woke up with a VERY sore throat, so have been having cough drops, and am hoping DH can come home from work early to deal with the twins, so I can rest & not get them sick(er).

04-08-2005, 12:47 PM
Mandy, yes she's Pammie40 (?) on here! Glad you found us! I'm from Twing also, and so is JaneH (my4sons) and KellieB (mandatwins) and Alice. Is your screen name the same on Twing? By the way WELCOME! Tell us about yourself!

Yes, my name is the same on Twing! I thought it would be easier...

hmmmmm...what can I tell you about me....
I am a SAHM to 4 kids! I have a 7 1/2 year old ds, a 6 year old dd, and my twin boys are 14 mos. I am trying really hard to lose this weight! My dh is one of those really skinny ppl who can eat whatever they want and never gain an oz. I just want to weigh less than him. :lol: He weighs about 145 and I feel so fat around him. I am 5'2" and weigh 172 :( I feel really bad about myself! I want to lose enough weight that I feel like running around the yard with my kids! I do it now...and it just about kills me!!!! :cry: Anyway, Pam told me to come here... I am hoping to get the support here...since I can't seem to get it at home!!!

04-08-2005, 03:49 PM
We are on our way to pick up DS from school but I wanted to make a quick post because I'll probably not get to this weekend. We've got karate testing, three soccer games, a birthday party, soccer awards ceremony - and that is just Saturday!

I am glad to hear everyone is doing such a great job on their weight loss programs! I had a good day yesterday ending under at about 1100 calories. I didn't make it to the gym, though. Today has also been a success so far. We took the kids to the country club for lunch and I had a 1/2 of a grilled chicken sandwich (no condiments) and a small side salad. I never do this, but I skipped breakfast this morning. I just ran out of time getting everyone else out the door and then had a school function to attend. So, I'll have eaten less than 500 calories come dinnertime. I'll definately get to the gym first. DS's karate class is 2 hours tonight so I'll be able to drop him off and work out while he is there.

Does anyone exercise first thing in the morning? I want to very much but I am not a morning person. I try so hard to be but it is useless. But, my gym opens at 5 am and I love the idea of getting up, going, and having it out of the way for the day. I like to work out so it isn't because I want to get it over with. It is just that the later I go the harder it is to work it into our schedule. I'm going to give it a shot next week. I figure even if I just get my cardio done it will still be a huge help. At least then I'll only have to work in time for weights - and I don't do those every day. I'll let you know how it goes.

There are lots of personal replies I'd like to make but we have to run. If I don't get to check in again until Sunday I hope everyone has a great weekend!


04-08-2005, 03:59 PM
Welcome, welcome, welcome Mandy! You sound a lot like me! I also can't wait until I weigh less than my husband. He weighs 150. I weigh close to what you weigh (167) and I am also 5'2. My goal weight is 130. Not only that, but I have four kids (including one pair of twins). We must be long lost sisters or something, lol! Okay, Mandy, I want to hear what you are going to DO to lose the weight. Count calories? Cut carbs? Exercise? Let us know so we cant keep tabs on you! You can do it. I started out weighing 193 and I have lost 26 pounds so far. It is great. I feel so much better already. We have a mother's day goal going if you'd like to join! Here are the latest goals:

Lori-lose 7 pounds
Pam-lose 10 pounds
Tricia-5 pounds
Shawn-6 pounds

Alright ladies. I exercised like a maniac today! I did 65 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes of weight lifting. I burned 400 calories that way. Hooray. I'm on track for the day so far (I've had 340 calories thus far today and it is about 1pm).

I have a HUGE test tomorrow and I've got to get studying. My life is so crazy. My husband works full time and goes to school full time. He doesn't come home on weekdays until way after the kids are in bed. Can you believe that I try to be a full time student from home (all my classes are internet classes through the local university). My 6 year old son has some special academic needs so he attends a school clear across town. It is a 30 minute drive both ways. It is always a nightmare to get all the kids buckled (FOUR car seats, lol) with 3 kids under age 3 and a 6 year old to boot?? My twins are in a co-op preschool that I teach one week a month and now we're starting a business from home. Phew. No wonder the house is always a mess and the laundry...well we won't even go there, lol. Okay, the girls need lunch, the baby has a stinky diaper and I only have an hour until I have to go pick up my son...not to mention my homework awaits. Gotta go.


P.S. Shawn, way to go on your calories yesterday! 1800 is awesome. As for the water bottles, I just bought some Dasani and use those over again. It works for me pretty well. I usually get AT LEAST 40 ounces a day and usually 60-80. Also...where do you get that low-fat pizza from?

04-08-2005, 04:17 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MANDY!!!!! Check out your thread @ TWING

I am glad that you came!! I think you will get alot of support here.

Shawn: Water..My SIL put a gallon jug of water in the fridge and drinks on it all day.
My DH bought me a water cooler, I like it, but what I don't like it seems to take forever to fill a glass..I hate to go and buy bottle water, but I do better w/them in the fridge, I can grab and go!!

Lori, WOW you work out ALOT

Tricia, I work out in the morning, if I don't I Won't!!

Seems like this is a eating Cheerio bunch!!!
I have Multi Grain Cheerio's !! I love them!!

I walked this morning 1 1/2 miles in about 35 min. I didn't walk yesterday, it was pouring rain and I was lazy and didn't do it here!!

It is so much easier to walk if I have someone to walk with!!

My sis had been walking w/ a friend of hers around her neighborhood, but I didn't want to walk w/ them cause of cars and me pushing the stroller. So her friend and my sis are going to start walking w/me at the track at the High School. They both take their kids to school and it isn't out of their way!!

Well, this weekend I hope to get something done.!! I have weighed, but no loss yet!!!

And the WORM.....that is so funny!!! I am glad it wasn't a snake..ewwww

Have a great weekend ladies!!!!

04-08-2005, 04:39 PM
Hello Ladies! Sounds like everyone is in the groove of things right now. I ended yesterday at about 1300 calories. Not too bad. My water consumption right now is lacking because they hooked up the house next door to our well and told us that the well needs to be cholrinated. So, I am in limbo. Hopefully it will get done by tonight. We don't have any bottled water in the house.

We have a busy weekend too. We are going to plan out our fence and where we are going to put our garden. They are coming on Saturday to start seeding the lawn too. I hope that it does not take too long to get grass!

Shawn ~ I thought we were having pizza last night, but dh came home early. I was so looking forward to it. I did have steak though and it was delicious!

Sounds like you are doing well on your walking Pam! I need to get out today and do some. When the girls are up from their nap I will get my rear in gear! I know what you mean about having someone to talk to. It sure does make a difference.

Lori ~ It sounds like you ahve a full plate! I applaude you for all that you do and maintain your sanity.

Tricia~ Before we moved I use to get up and get on the stepper at home before the girls got up. I really liked it because it got me going in the morning. I felt good after doing it and felt like my day started off right. Now I just have to get back into the swing of things. It is a good thing that the girls are now sleeping longer and not getting up at 5:30!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Not sure if I will check in or not since we have a lot going on and it is suppose to be beautiful outside.


04-08-2005, 04:50 PM
Hey, Mandy and Lori - I'm 5'2 and in the mid 160 range too! What a coincidence!

Back from school, now off to karate!


04-09-2005, 12:23 AM
even though I was sick today, I managed to eat 2675 calories! ai-yai-yai! (this is in the form of pop tarts, ice cream, waffles, etc -- all carbs!)

OK, please tell 1 day won't kill me. I'll do better tomorrow!

04-09-2005, 01:10 AM
Okay, Mandy, I want to hear what you are going to DO to lose the weight. Count calories? Cut carbs? Exercise? Let us know so we cant keep tabs on you! You can do it. I started out weighing 193 and I have lost 26 pounds so far. It is great. I feel so much better already. We have a mother's day goal going if you'd like to join! Here are the latest goals:

Lori-lose 7 pounds
Pam-lose 10 pounds
Tricia-5 pounds
Shawn-6 pounds

I'm really having a hard time starting...I feel like I'm so busy sometimes that it's hard to eat right. I am doing Pilates and trying to walk everyday! I have totally stopped drinking soft drinks and not snacking between meals at all! I could do a little work on the healthy meals though! Anyone have any tips for fast healthy meals???

I think I picked a bad week to start...being a birthday week...but all things considered I think I'm doing alright! I need to watch the calories...and fat intake...I'll get's really important to me to lose this weight...

I'm setting my goal for 10 lbs. by Mother's Day!!!! What kind of rewards are you guys setting if any??? I need some motivation!!!

04-09-2005, 03:16 PM
Shawn, 1 day won't kill you! If you are going to lose weight and keep it off you have to make these changes for a lifetime. So, in the big scheme of things, 2600 calories on one day isn't that big a deal. Just hop back on track right away. Even it that one slip up impacts this week's loss (it probably won't!) well, there is still every week from here on out. Live and learn, I say. Plus, you can count yourself a success even if the scale doesn't budge - even with one day off of plan you are still HEALTHIER this week than the week before you started watching what you eat. It is all relative!

Mandy, I know what you mean when you say you are sometimes too busy to eat right. When I first started I took a few minutes before bed to think about my eating plan for the next day. It wasn't anything in depth but more of a mental inventory of what we had in the kitchen, what our plans were, etc. From there I would come up with an outline of what I planned to eat. If the next day rolled around and I what I had planned didn't sound good anymore then I would choose something else that was in the same calorie range (so I didn't have to go through the trouble of adjusting the other meals and snacks too). The good news is that after a couple of weeks of this kind of planning you pretty well know what your usual "rotation" will be. Once you know the general nutritional values of your usual favorites it doesn't take quite so much effort. Just keep at it and pretty soon it won't be any more time consuming than your usual routine.

The best tip I have is to stock up on a couple of non-perishable items that you really like. That way you are never caught without SOMETHING that you can eat. For me, it is a can of black beans and corn. On any given day I know I could make black bean soup, beans and rice, bean and corn burito, etc. Also, I keep whole wheat pitas and some shredded mozzarella cheese in the freezer and a small can of tomato sauce and tomato paste in the cabinets. I can throw a healthy vegetable (or plain cheese) pizza together in no time. I like them all, very few ingredients are need for any of them, and I always have the stuff on hand. Put a little thought into your tastes and come up with something that will work for you. Doing this has kept me on plan many of times!

As for rewarding myself, I don't do it very often. For smaller milestones it might be something as small as taking a little extra time to myself at the gym and spending it in the jaccuzi and sauna. Usually I am in such a rush just to get my exercise done that I don't get to do that often so it is a real treat. Once I got to the point that I had to intesify my workouts I treated myself to new tennis shoes and a couple of new workout clothes. It really made a difference in my motivation because it was a physical reminder of how far I'd come and it is much more fun to go to the gym or out for a walk if you feel comfortable in your clothes. When I first started I was wearing just plain old shorts and t-shirts. Once I started to out grow them I just felt yucky exercising in them. Manicures, massages, clothes, etc. are all things I've rewarded myself with along the way. Once I reach my goal weight I am going to have my teeth bleached. Something I've always wanted to do but couldn't justify the cost of because my teeth aren't really all that bad - but they aren't Whitney Houston white, either. So, it is something I feel like will complete the package once my body is where I want it to be.

Kellie, I agree that it is much easier now that the kids sleep a lot longer. I am looking forward to summer once they start sleeping even later - 8:00 am or so. Then I know I won't have a problem getting up early to exercise. I already get up at 6 but I have to get everybody elses morning going before I can even think about my own. If I could make it to the gym by 5 I would have about an hour and half to workout before I had to be back here getting everyone else in gear. That means getting up at 4:30. YUCK! But, I've done it before and loved it - I just have to get myself motivated for it again.

Also, you are doing great keeping your calories in check! Reading your posts is helping me stay motivated!

Hope I didn't miss anybody but I have to run. Have a great day!


04-09-2005, 11:40 PM
Hi All! I thoht I would check in quick. Today has gone well so far. I feel like I have eaten a lot, but I am at only 1100 calories! It was not as nice today as it was suppose to be. We did not get too much done outside. They were not able to get much done with the yard either. Oh well, hopefully our nice weather will continue. I did get out and walk twice yesterday, but have not had a chance today. Too much to do in the house.

I never said, but I am in for the Mother's Day mini challenge. Put me down for 6 lbs. too. My SIL college graduation is the weekend after and I would like to have lost at least 10 lbs total by then!

Shawn ~ I hope you are feeling better. I don't think 1 day is going to throw you off. It can be hard to eat right/cook when you are feeling crummy.

Tricia ~ That is great advice about the food. I know I always have whole wheat tortillas on hand. I can make many things out of them! I do have to say I don't think that I could get up at 4:30 to go and work out. That is great if you decide to do that!

Mandy ~ Sounds like you are off to a great start! Keep up the good work. What sort of meals do you like to cook? I have a few just let me know of foods you like or dislike.

Well, I realized yesterday how unconsiously I eat. I was talking to my mom on the phone and without thinking started munching on crackers I was giving the girls for snack. Not a big deal...but I did not even think about it until I was on my 3rd cracker. Old habits can be hard to break!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

04-10-2005, 12:23 AM
Am glad to report I'm back on track today, and made a conscience effort to do really good after yesterday's cals being so high! Ended today with 1800 cals! DH offered to bring donuts this a.m. when he got out for milk, and I told him, "no, I have to eat really good today, after eating so bad yesterday"...... so he made dinner tonight while I was out running errands, and he made Tuna Tetrazzini and asparagus and beets! lol I didn't care for the beets but I choked them down (disguised in bites with the tuna, so I didn't taste them!). But I thought that was really great of him to help me out with my eating! What a guy! Have a good Sunday, ladies!

04-10-2005, 05:24 AM
Hi Ladies, I came across the thread through the buddy thread,

My name is Michelle, I am 37, I have been maried to Robert for 7 years, and we have a son who will be 6 in July and b/g twins who were 2 on April 2. I work full time & Rob is a fulltime SAHD. I have been overweight my whole life and have decided that I want to lose weight before I get to 40.... the intention being to spend the second half of my life trim & healthy. I am currently doing WW at home, have been for a week anyway and joined a gym 6 weeks ago. In those 6 weeks I lost 1 lb! hence the return this last week to WW.

I am going to try and catch up on everything posted so far and hope itīs ok if I stay.....

04-10-2005, 12:45 PM
:cp: Good job Shawn! I am so glad it was easy for you to hop right back on the wagon. We all have those not so great days and as long as they are few and far between I don't think there is any harm done. It is awesome that you have a husband who is so supportive. I can tell you from experience that it will make all of the difference in the world! My DH is a real sport too. Bless his heart, I didn't get fat by being a BAD cook so any healthy changes I make are just as hard on him as they are on me and he never says a word. Luckily, I've gotten pretty good giving our usual recipes a healthy makeover without too much change overall. And If I decide just to have a lean cuisine or something for dinner he will happily have a hot dog with the kids so that I don't have to cook especially for them.

Kellie, I don't know if I'll be able to swing the 4:30 gym trip either. But, it can't hurt to try. I think that if I can manage it just 2 times a week it will still help. I know I won't be able to do it everyday. I've decided that if getting to the gym that early is too hard I'll just get up half an hour early and do a walk/jog combo (maybe work up to all jogging ;) ). At least then if I don't make it to the gym for a full workout or at all I can still go to bed at night knowing that I've done SOMETHING. I just know that with summer around the corner it is going to get harder and harder to make it to the gym at night. I prefer the gym over exercising at home. I'm much more focused there - I guess I feel like if I go through the trouble to get dressed and go that I'm going to make the most of the time I have there. I tend to slack a little more at home.

It can be so frustrating when your weight loss doesn't reflect the effort you've made. I just came off of a plateau a couple of weeks ago and I think I've just begun another one. UGH :rolleyes: I've decided to TRY and not be so focused on the scale. Instead, I'm going to go this week and buy a pair of jeans or shorts that are size 10. I'm in a 12 now so I think I'll see that I am actually progressing even if the scale doesn't budge. Plus, it will give me something to work towards and look forward to.

So, to change the subject, do you all get as many crazy questions about your twins as we do? I know most of them come from people who are just talking before they think but there are two that we got/get CONSTANTLY.

The first one is, "Are they twins?/What's their age difference?" Now, DS is a good bit bigger than DD now so that is a reasonable question these days. But when they were 3 or 4 months old - I mean, they'd have to be AT LEAST 9 months apart and clearly they aren't. DH used to say that if he heard "are they twins" one more time that he was going to answer, "No- that one is my wife's and that one is my girlfriend's" just to see the persons expression. :lol:

The other question that always makes me chuckle is, "Are they identical?" Now, I have boy/girl twins so you would think it would be obvious that they aren't. Never to a stranger but when family or friends asked that question DH standard answer is, "Well, now, HE has a penis and SHE doesn't. So, no, they aren't identical." That always gets a good chuckle :lol: because as soon as we point that out the person realizes the obvious.

And what about insurance claims? I don't think they've ever gotten a set of shots that one of the claims didn't get kicked back as a duplicate service. I almost always have to call and point out that the services were rendered to two different children.

The funniest thing (well, not at the time) that has happened was our having to argue with a collection company over the unpaid bill for CIRCUMSCISING OUR DAUGHTER! We had to pay for our son's in full upfront so we knew there wasn't a mistake on our end. But we went in circle for months between the hospital, the doctor, the billing company, and the collection agency. They were threatening to report us to the credit bureau if we didn't pay immediately. It was soooo frustrating. I finally told them that if this procedure did take place that collecting the $200 was going to be the very LEAST of their concerns! :smug:

Okay, girls, enough rambling from me. Hope you all have a great day!


04-10-2005, 02:18 PM
Michelle - I'm so glad you found us! Feel free to jump right in! We love meeting more twin mommies!!

Tricia - that is too funny! Yes, at 6 mos, I get asked all the time if they're twins -- nah, I just like taking my friends' babies with me all the time, too! Makes it more challenging! LOL

DH made a BIG breakfast this a.m. (bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, biscuits & jelly, coffee, etc). I tracked it and ate 1000 cals, but that was breakfast AND lunch (since it's noon here now), so I figure that's okay. The hashbrowns were the killer! I just shoulda had more bacon instead! hahaha. I told him I was so proud of him for being supportive yesterday, and then he goes & does this! LOL

Michelle - how are liking your husband being a SAHD? My DH doesn't have the patience for that - he'd go nuts after a week!

04-11-2005, 09:50 AM
Welcome Michelle! Sounds like you are off to a great start!

Shawn ~ How did your day end up yesterday? Your husband is being a great support from the way it sounds. It makes a big difference to have some one supporting you.

Tricia ~ Good luck with going that early to the gym. I know the Jazzercize here has classes that start at 5:30 I think. I don't know how they do that!

I can tell you that not eating all the junk and amount of food that I had been has really made a difference in my energy level. I don't feel as tired or sluggish during the day. I can get things done and not have to feel tired all the time. I ended yesterday at about 1200 calories. That was with a hamburger from the grill for dinner and some chocolate ice cream (Wells Blue Bunny HiLite) It is wonderful!

I hope everyone has a great start to their week. I have some errands to do this morning. It is suppose to rain this afternoon and all day tomorrow...yuck!


04-11-2005, 12:15 PM
Well, I seem to have alot to catch up on.

I went walking this am . I walked about 1 1/2 miles. I need to start doing something more than that though. I am not working my upper parts nor my abs...(which are really BIG)

Before I forget WELCOME Michelle, glad you joined!!

So, I am thinking maybe my 10 llbs to lose is a little off, but I am going to try!!


If you do something during the day, it is better than doing nothing!!

I have a problem on weekends more so than during the week.

I am eating the multi grain cheerios, I bought some Lean Cuisine, which I have loved each one I got!! So easy to fix, pop in microwave and takes about 4 min!!

What I got in the habit was popping popcorn and sitting at the computer and munching all day, and doing NOTHING!! Now I try to sit here and drink water.

I have bought veggies and fruit to munch on during the day. I didn't realize how much snacking I done until I started watching it.

The other night I fixed myself a coke, took one sip and gave it to DH,, it tasted bad, I want and got some water ...That is one coke less for me :)

I hope everyone gets going today and gets a good workout!!

04-11-2005, 12:48 PM
Hi all!
Sorry to be MIA, but I've had a CRAZY weekend. It went well, however. I stayed on target. On Saturday I exercised for 60 minutes and ate 1053 calories. Yesterday I did not exercise (I've decided to take Sunday's off for exercise) and I ate 1150 calories. My calories have been under 1200 for four days in a row, so I need to pump them up to around 1800 today. That is my goal. There is nothing worse than not losing weight because I'm NOT EATING ENOUGH!!!

Kellie--sounds like you did great yesterday! Isn't it amazing when you can still eat yummy foods and stay within your goal? I think that is the only reason I've been able to stay on this plan. I pretty much eat whatever I foods are banned. In fact yesterday I ate a big piece of birthday cake (and still only hit 1150).

Shawn--How did you end up yesterday after such a yummy breakfast? My DH is AMAZING with the kids, but he also says that he wouldn't have the patience to be a SAHD. He is always empathsizing to the kids that even though I stay home, I work too! He tells them a lot that I work MUCH harder than he does and that it is easier to go to work than to do everything that needs to be done at home. I really appreciate that from him. It also helps give my kids some appreciation for all I do.

Michelle--Welcome! You can do it! We are all working together in this! Let us know how it is going.

Tricia--LOL! I get those questions all the time! My girls are IDENTICAL. I mean, sometimes even *I* have a hard time telling them apart, lol. Still, people ask me if they are twins. :lol: "Nah. They're just friends with an amazing resemblence!"

Did any of you (with same sex twins, anyway, lol) feel nervous about switching the babies when they were little? I WAS SO PARANOID! I would paint Hannah's toes pink and Elizabeth's toes yellow. Lizzie's bedding was yellow...Hannah's pink and so on and so on. If I dressed the girls the same and they had coverings on their feet, I would be uncertain, lol. I felt like such a bad mother. The doctor told me that most twins had identifying marks, but I couldn't find ANY! Finally around six months, I discovered that on the side of Lizzie's right ear she has a tiny mole. Not much, but enough to help me stay sane. Today I can tell them apart when they are together without any problem (their hair length is a tiny bit different), but when one wanders out of their bedroom alone and silent, I sometimes don't know for a second. I feel embarrassed to just admit this. Shouldn't a mother be able to tell instinctively? Someone please tell me I'm not a bad mother. I am better than my huband, though. Of course, I usually know what they are wearing in the morning too and that helps (my husband leaves for work before they wake up). My 6 year old mixes them up most of the time! It's almost like they are just one person to him anyway. I am nervous that they will pull all those "switch places" tricks on us when they get older. Sigh. I know it would be Hannah's idea. She is always the instigator of trouble. Lizzie just goes along for the ride.

Anyway, ladies. Let's start a teriffic week! Can't wait for Wednesday's weigh in!

Lori aka Terrible Mother

04-11-2005, 01:50 PM
everyone keeps asking how I did yesterday after the BIG breakfast, and I can honestly say I don't know! I had 3 tacos for dinner (from Taco Casa), and in Fitwatch that's like 1700 cals! But I'm comparing it to tacos from Taco Bell and Taco Bueno, which would be 880-990 cals. So I can honestly say that I don't know! If I go with the lower figs, I'm just a little above my target calories in Fitwatch. If I go by the higher figs, I completely blew it!

I bought some Weight Watchers ice cream sandwiches (look identical to Skinny Cows, which WalMart didn'thave), that have only 2 fat & 140 cals! Yummy! I wanted one last night, but since I didn't really know where my cals stood, I didn't have one.... so I had one for "brunch" this a.m. LOL

04-11-2005, 03:10 PM
Lori, let me assure you that you are not the only mother to mix up her children. My twins are boy/girl. BUT - my two sons (the oldest is 6, twin brother 4) look EXACTLY alike. In fact, when people find out I have twins they assume it is the two boys. (Will is bigger than Jake, obviously, but when they are off playing on the playground and aren't standing back to back you really can't tell). They just recently got the same hair cut. That was tough enough on me. But Jake is wearing Will's hand me downs these days so when he walks in the room I immediately register him as Will. It is awful. So, please, don't feel bad if you mix up your IDENTICAL twins - you could be as bad a momma as me! LOL!

I decided this weekend that since I think I'm in the middle of a plateau that it might be a good time to try and regain the begginer's enthusiasm from when I had first starting losing weight. I'm still enthusiastic about losing weight, just a little bored with the same old same old. So, I'm trying not to pay so much attention to the scale. I'm going to buy a pair of jeans in the next size down and use them as the gauge of my progress (I'll still weigh in for our Mother's Day challenge). Also, I've decided that going to the gym so early is just not a viable option so instead, I'm getting up early Monday through Friday and walking/jogging for half an hour. That way, if I don't make it to the gym I will have at least done SOMETHING. Also, I've upped the intensity of my cardio work out (I started out on a resistence of 8 on the machines, worked up to a 12, and yesterday kicked it up to 15 on the elliptical and 20 on the bike). And, I added 5-10 pounds on my weight workouts. Finally, I'm going to lower my calories to 1300 per day. I started all of this yesterday and can feel it already. Not in a bad way, just enough to know that it was time to kick it up a notch. I figure that even if I only keep this up for a month or so it will be enough to keep me focused mentally until I start seeing the scale results that I want. Hope it works!

Shawn, I've been in the same situation before. I always tend to go with the higher calories. My reasoning is that if I don't see the results I want I'll know why and if the calories were lower than I thought I am probably in for a pleasant surprise come weigh-in day.

Pammie, thanks for the water reminder. I think I drink plenty - I just drink too much diet coke on top of it. I really need to cut back on that. Isn't it funny how sweet soft drinks taste after you haven't had one in a while? I ordered a diet coke with lunch the other day and they brought me a real coke - it was like drinking syrup. Yuck! Of course, at the same time, I know that I could very easily slip back to drinking regular coke.

We are off to enjoy the weather while we can. We are supposed to have more thunderstorms tonight so we probably won't get out as much as we'd like tomorrow. Ugh, I am sooooo sick of the rain. I hope everyone has a great day!


04-11-2005, 05:16 PM
I'm having a hard time trying to stay away from the scale today!! I don't know what it is, but I feel this magnetic pull...... I guess it's b/c I ate "bad" a few days (or at least not as good as I'd hoped), and I want to make sure it's not reflecting on the scale. But there's no need to get on it, when I'm getting on it on Weds! I'll just stress myself out! STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE!

04-11-2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks Tricia! That does make me feel a lot better. I may have the same problem when my 1 year old gets bigger. She looks just like her sisters.

Well, I'm sitting here eating M&M's as I type. Sigh. Oh, well. I've been having a hard time hitting my calories so hopefully this will just mean that I hit 1800 today. I am REALLY trying to get that much today. I DO NOT want my metabolism to freak out because I've had only 3000 calories in the last 3 days. I'm hoping a higher calorie amount will stave that off (This happened to me one other time and I stopped losing for a week).

Shawn--I would agree with Tricia that you should consider the higher amount. It's always better to overestimate than underestimate. That way, on Wednesday, if you haven't lost as much as you'd like, you will know why. Maybe you could get in some extra excersize to make up for it ;)

I think I'm going to order pizza tonight. Where did you say that low-fat pizza is from??


04-11-2005, 05:27 PM
Oh! One other piece of advice, Shawn. When I go out (fast food or not), I always get a salad first. Sometimes a salad is just not enough, but if you use very little dressing (I ALWAYS get dressing ON THE SIDE and then take a big bite of salad and dip into just a bit of dressing. I get a bit of the dressing flavor without eating much dressing at all), it really helps curb your appetite without too many calories (usually less than 50 in a side or garden salad). That way, you could have had the salad and then only TWO tacos (which would have saved you 500 calories or something). So...for instance, when I order pizza tonight, I will order a salad along with it. I eat the salad first and then a piece or two of pizza. If I dive into the pizza first, I'll eat three or four pieces. I also drink a lot of water as I eat. That curbs my appetite as well. Just some tips that help me :D


P.S. REWARDS! I do rewards at every ten pounds lost. So...if I hit my Mother's Day goal, I will get a reward. For me, a reward involves a date night with my hubby. We go out to eat (and I let myself cheat at that meal ;) ) and to a movie or something. I usually also get myself one other reward (like I buy a new book or something). When I hit 30 pounds lost I'm going to go out with my sweetheart and get my hair done! Hooray!

SW: 193
CW: 167
GW: 130

04-11-2005, 06:33 PM
Oh, the pizza's from Pizza Hut. If you go to they have both the CarbTracker pizzas and the LowerFat pizzas. It's kinda tricky to find, but click on Nutrition, then on Fit N Delicious menus. Enjoy!

04-11-2005, 06:36 PM
Lori - the funny thing is, I didn't even really NEED that 3rd taco. After the second one, I realized I could stop now & be fine, but b/c I had calculated the LOWER cals ahead of time, I went ahead & ate it b/c I thought I'd still be in my cal. range, so I was being greedy -- stupid, huh? It's funny the head-games we play on ourselves!

04-11-2005, 10:50 PM
Shawn ~ Isn't it funny the things we will tell ourselves to make everything ok. I do that all the time. I have little conversations with myself to stop from the pointless/bordem eating. It is hard to know how to count things when it is take out and they don't have the nutrition info listed. I have to say everytime I come on here and see your smiling face, it makes me smile. I am glad you started this and it is really keeping me motivated.

Well, my day was not too bad. I ended up with 1300 calories. I had left over pizza from Pizza Hut, chicken supreme, for lunch. My dh loves that kind. We really miss the Edge pizza, that was our favorite. I made tacos with chicken tonight. They were quite good. I made the girls mini tacos. They loved time. I had 3 of those and 1 soft shell. It seemed like a lot but those mini shells are only 22 calories a piece.

Well, I am off to bed. Have a great night everyone!


04-11-2005, 11:13 PM
awww shucks, Kellie! *blushing* Thanks, hon! :hug: This thread is really keeping me on track, too! yay! We had a "fattening" dinner of Italian Sasauge and fried okra with onions... we normally put potatoes in it, too, but I made DH cook those separately, since potatoes add so many calories! I ended the day at 1900 cals. I like that Fitwatch tells me how many cals I can eat NOW and still lose weight (2086 cals), and every time I update my weight records, it adjusts my cals.... it will be hard when I can only eat 1300 or so like ya'll are... but I think by taking these "baby steps", it'll make it easier!

I didn't know about mini-taco shells! I'll have to check into that -- we make tacos all the time! For your chicken mixture, how did you make that Kellie? Did you have leftover chicken breasts? Did you roast a whole chicken? What recipe did you use? I've never made chicken tacos, but sounds yummy!

04-12-2005, 09:05 AM
We buy ground chicken breasts at a local grocery store. They have it every so often, so we stock up. It is a great alternative to ground beef and it tastes great. Then, we season it and make it a "normal" taco. We also use whole wheat taco shells when we do soft shells. We eat a lot of tacos too!

Sounds like you did well again yesterday Shawn!

I still need to work more exercise into my schedule. I am going to start getting up in the morning and taking the dogs for a long walk before the girls are up. Thanks Tricia for the motivation to get out of bed. It is rainy here today, so I did not start today. I am going to try to get our main bath painted today while the girls are napping. Wish me luck.

I am a little late on this, girls are ID. We get the are they twins all the time too. We were asked, when they were about 5 months old if they were twins or just really close together. My dh wanted to say (but didn't).... yes they are close together..we reproduce like rabbits! Madeline has always been a little bigger, but not by much. People did not believe that they were ID when they were born because they suffered TTTS. My bigger one, Madeline, was the donor actually and Abigail was the receiver. She was very red when she was born and Madeline was quite pale. Now, you would never know and they are close to the same weight and height. to get the bathroom taped up. Wish me luck!

04-12-2005, 11:05 AM
Shawn, you are doing a great job. I think babysteps are the way to go. I still try and keep an "every little bit counts" attitude. Otherwise, any slip up would make me feel like the whole thing is hopeless and I'd give up. Like what happened with you and the third taco. There was a time that I'd throw my hands up if I realized I'd eaten more than I thought I had and gone well over my calorie limit. These days I just try to remember that not so long ago I would have eaten 5 tacos - and so three is still relatively better. But I make a mental note that three is still too much so that I don't make the same mistake again.

I think you will be surprised by how soon you start to reduce your calorie level. Once you get comfortable with the changes you've made and you start to see the number on the scale get smaller and smaller you'll be even more motivated than you are now. I found that eating 1300-1800 calories a day wasn't any harder than 2000-2500. So, it was easy to make that leap once I had a feel for what I would be eating most of the time.

We eat tacos often as well. I've switched from using ground chuck to extra lean ground beef (it only has 140 calories for 4 ounces and I usually only need 2 oz for three tacos). If I am REALLY hungry I'll make a taco salad instead of actually tacos. I start with a great big pile of lettuce and use just one taco shell crumbled up, oz of the meat, and 1/2 an ounce of Kraft 2% sharp cheddar cheese. The cheese was always my downfall. I find that if I grate it using the fine shredder that a little goes a long way. Another trick I use is having a small bowl of black bean soup before I make my tacos. Beans are so filling and it really helps me eat fewer tacos - usually less than I even have allotted for my calorie level. (I heat a can of black beans with 1 beef boullion cube then mash them with a fork. Stir in a little water and add chopped onion, jalepeno, tomato, tabasco, and a teaspoon of light sour cream).

I'll have to try using ground chicken. I've considered using ground turkey but I don't think I could get that past the kids. I don't think they would snub chicken though. We make chicken fajitas all of the time too and I can't imagine the flavor is all that different from those.

Kellie, I was so mad yesterday. I got up at 5:45, put my walking shoes on, put the leash ont he dog and headed out the door for my first walk. Before we even got to the end of the driveway it started thudering and lightening. It was fine this morning though. I think these morning walks are going to make a big difference in my days.

You mentioned painting a bathroom. Are you just updating your home or have you built a new one? We moved into this house just over a year ago. We built our first home so buying an existing one has been a much different experience. I am in love with the style of this house, the square footage, and floor plan and we got so much more house for our money. Plus it was great having mature landscaping and all. But, it has been much harder than I thought it would be making the cosmetic changes that were needed.
Before, we bought our furniture, etc. to match our house. But this time we are having to change the house to match our stuff. That is harder to do with three kids than I thought it would be (mine don't nap anymore so they would be in the paint buckets with me). I am unfortunately the type of person that wants things done NOW. Of course, with kids and budget contraints that isn't always possible. For instance, I want so desperately to change out our flooring. But, it just doesn't make sense to go through that expense while the kids are still so young. We might as well let them wear these floors out before we bother. Plus, they are hardwood now and I would like scored concrete or stone instead. Since they are still at an age that they climb and jump around like monkeys putting that in now would be begging for a head injury! We've made a few small changes - painting our foyer and downstairs hallway, kitchen and dining room. And we've changed out our kitchen countertops (they were PINK formica!).
I'm trying to make little updates like changing our cabinet hardware, putting in a new kitchen faucet. But sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by it all. I wish I could hire someone to do everything and then go out of town until they call and tell us they are finished. Yeah, that will happen! LOL.

For the first time since I started dieting back in December I had what I would consider a bad food day. What I ate was fine and even my calories were reasonable even though they were higher than usual. It was more HOW I ate than what or how much. Just mindless,uncontrolable munching. I don't know what caused it and it was a really strange feeling once I realized I was doing it. I guess I am so used to being hyperconscious of what I eat that finding myself not paying attention felt wierd. I woke up this morning and everything was back to normal - no desire whatsoever to do it again. I suppose those things will happen from time to time and I'll just have to be aware of them and keep them in check.

I am off to do my uptenth load of laundry. Acutally, the clothes are clean and dry they just need to be folded and put away - I HATE that part. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to put it on THEIR chore list. That and unload the dishwasher LOL. Funny, I can look back now and see that the chores my mother assigned my sister and me were the ones she didn't like to do. Ahhh, there is nothing quite like turning into your mom!

You girls have a great day and get pumped up for tomorrow's weigh in!


04-12-2005, 11:59 AM
Hi ladies!

Tricia-Want to hear my deep, dark, dirty secret? I no longer fold my kid's clothing :o . I was so meticulous about it before and then one day I got fed up. The twins change outfits about five times a day and dig through their drawers when they do. Their clothes never stayed folded for more than 5 minutes, :^: . My six year old son was the same way (although he NEVER changes outfits). His clothes would always get messed up when he would search for the shirt, or whatever, he wanted. Finally, I decided to forget it! Now, when I do the kids laundry, I sort through their clothes and toss them into shirt/pants/jammies/underwear, etc. piles. I call the kids in and make them put all the clothes away where they go in their drawers. Sometimes, when I'm really busy, I even make them sort through the pile and find their own clothes. It really works. When they get a bit older I am going to make them fold them. For now, however, it is easier to do it my way. Don't tell my mother :o !

My day went pretty well yesterday. I did the treadmill for an hour and I ended up around 1800 calories. It is funny. I really wanted to hit 1800 because of having three 1000 calorie days in a row, but I still felt really guilty. I felt bad last night that I had gone so high. Today I want to stick right around 1200 so that weigh-in day tomorrow is okay. I really hope to be at around 165.5. That's where I need to be for this week to meet my Mother's Day goal. I was 167 last week.

I'd better go for now. My 15 month old, Grace, is SCREAMING at me. "Maaamaaa!" She is in a frustrating stage where she wants to be held all the time! I know she's getting spoiled. I guess it's a good time to have another baby, lol.

I'll write more later.

Hope all the rest of you are on track!!!


04-12-2005, 04:24 PM
Well, I just got done painting the bathroom and I thought I would sit down for a little bit. It did not take too long, but the taping is the worst part. I did that this morning when the girls were playing and did the painting when the girls were napping. Thankfully, they are still napping. I got so hot in there. I guess I should have turned on the fan.

Tricia it is a new house. We got in on it when it was almost complete, but still got to pick the flooring, lights and other fixtures. We lived in a house that was 35 years old before this. There was going to be a lot of work that needed to be done in the next few years, so we decided to buy something else with a bigger lot. We have almost an acre now.

It is still rainy and sprinkling outside, so I don't think that I will get outside today to walk. Too bad, but that painting in the hot bathroom sure gave me a work out!! ;)

I have short ribs in the crock pot for dinner tonight. I am not sure what else I am going to make with them. We usually just have a veggie and a fruit.

Have a great afternoon!

04-13-2005, 09:55 AM
LADIES, I AM SO EXCITED!!!! I lost 5 lbs this week!!! I'm off to update my signature!!

So how'd ya'll do??

04-13-2005, 10:20 AM
CONGRATS SHAWN!! You are doing great!! :dancer:

I lost 2 lbs. this week. Probably more of where I should be. I know that the first week was a lot of water weight. I did not get up to walk again this morning. Abigail was up at 4:30 for some reason. So, I slept in a little. Tomorrow.....I promise!

04-13-2005, 10:25 AM
Well, I didn't post last Wed cause last week, after our vacation, I was up a pound instead of down.

This week, despite changing my eating habits and getting some excercise in, I am up another 2. What is wrong with me?

This is so depressing. I said before, I need a plan, but I just don't have the time to sit down and figure one out right now.

Can you guys pray for me? For some guidance, direction/direction, self esteem and motivation.

Sorry I haven't been participating much. Maybe if I make a commitment to post everyday as well as weigh in every week it will keep me more motivated and on track.

04-13-2005, 10:32 AM
Does fit day tell you how many calories you should be getting a day according to your weight?

04-13-2005, 10:38 AM
Jane - does -- and everytime I adjust my weight in there, it adjusts my cals...... it has helped me tremendously, b/c now I know how much I actually DO eat each day versus what I'm SUPPOSED to.......

Hang in there Jane -- the weight wasn't put on in only 2 weeks..... you'll see progress soon! Keep trying!

04-13-2005, 10:39 AM
Jane - also, is it that time of month? have you eaten alot of salty stuff lately? it could just be bloating (all water), and you'll be down next week....... *shrug*

04-13-2005, 11:54 AM
Hi ladies.
I am so bummed today. I worked so hard this week and REALLY hoped that I'd lost 2 pounds. However, I've only lost 1. I averaged 1230 calories, exercised 60-90 minutes every day and I only lost ONE POUND!!!!! Argh! I just want to cry. I'm never going to meet my goal if I only lose like this. Of period started just last night (remember I told you I might not weigh in this week) and is in full swing this morning. I am hoping that is part of the reason. I KNOW logically that my period will affect weight loss, but for some reason it still hurts to see such a small loss. To hit my Mother's Day goal, I have to average 1.5 pounds a week. That means that next week I need to have lost 2 pounds ( hopefully with my period over by then I'll shed those extra pounds).

Jane--I am so sorry. I feel your pain. It is tough, isn't it? What is your plan again? Are you staying under a certain number of calories? If you're not using or, maybe you should try it. It helps me a TON. It is amazing to see how many calories some things have. You might be surprised. Also...I use this calculator to say how much I should eat:

Of course, it says that (at my activity level) I should lose one pound a week at 2242 calories (so that would be 1742 to lose 2 pounds a week, which is my goal). I only ate 1230 this week and I only lose 1 pound. Sigh. Hopefully it's just my period. I would suggest going to the calculator and checking how many calories you can eat to lose weight. Decide if you want to lose 1, 1.5, or 2 pounds a week (don't aim for higher than that). Then, for the next week log EVERYTHING into It really helps. Even if you go over the calorie amount you're supposed to stay under, at least you will know why you're not losing weight. I know it can be a pain to log everything, but IT REALLY HELPS! You will be amazed at how many calories you can consume in a day! One thing that I found is that DRINKS have lots of calories. One big glass of orange juice is 225 calories (I adore orange juice...that's why I used it as an example :^: )! If I'm aiming for 1200 calories and have three glasses of orange juice a day, that is over half my allowed calories!!!!! Hang in there. If you don't want to log all your calories on fitday, perhaps you could report in here to let us know what you ate all day (count all those little pretzels and stuff you munch on). That way you will be more accountable. You can do it! We all have set backs. I'm feeling low about my own weight loss today.

Shawn-- :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb: :cb:
HeeHaw LADY!! Great job! You must feel fantastic. You are almost to your mother's day goal already!!!!! Amazing! It wasn't even that hard, was it? I guess you foiled those evil tacos after all! Great work.

Kellie--2 lbs is perfect! After those early weeks, it is always best to lose 2 pounds or less a week! It seems slow sometimes, but in just over a month you will be 10 pounds less. Five more weeks pass and you've lost another 10. Great job!

Anyone else? Today is WEIGH IN DAY! Let's hear how we're doing!

Hey, I was thinking that perhaps we could post how much our entire GROUP has lost since this thread was started (so Tricia and I can't count the pounds we lost BEFORE we joined this group). So...will everyone post how much they've lost since we started? I've lost 2 pounds since I joined. Shawn's lost 8. Kellie's lost 8. I don't know how much everyone else has lost.

TOTAL: 18 pounds lost

Come on ladies...let's add to our total!

Well, I'm going to go work out since I can't seem to lose any weight. Sigh. :mad:


04-13-2005, 12:15 PM
Lori, sweetie - I was on my period last week, which I think accounted for the BIG loss this week..... I bet you'll have a nice loss next week!! Don't get discouraged! (although I completely understand -- I told DH last night that I was gonna be pissed if I hadn't lost anything....)

I can FEEL the loss, though... when I look in the mirror, I LOOK thinner and my clothes are fitting a little better.... I figured maybe it was just head games I was playing with myself, but I guess not - hehe.

Big *HUGS* to you all!

04-13-2005, 02:50 PM
:bravo: Shawn!
What a great day for you!!

:cp: Lori and Kellie
1 and 2 pounds losses are nothing to sneeze at. You should be very pround of yourselves. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

Lori, try not to get too obsessed with goal dates. It is certainly fine to have one in mind because it nice to have something to shoot for. But if you don't build in some flexiblity for yourself this will be a much harder journey than it has to be. Keep in mind that it is your long term goal that really counts and as long as you get there it doesn't matter how long it takes you. Don't feel bad about having to make adjustments to your short term goals along the way -we all have to do that at sometime or another. Sometimes, if I see that I am not going to make the date that I've set for myself I'll just change my goal all together. For instance, if I realize that I can't lose the whole 2 pounds I'll change course in the middle of the week and make my goal to exercise and extra 2 times than what I had planned. Something like that is a goal that I have 100% control over. Unfortuantely, we don't have that control over our bodies. Goals should be something that make you feel good about your progress - but nothing says that progress HAS to be scale related. ;) Of course, I know that is easier said than done! (My mom used to always tell us, "do as I say, not as I do." - this is that kind of advice! :D )

Jane, are you fanatic about weighing and measuring all of your foods? One of the first attempts I made to lose weight I didn't see the results that I expected. At my highest weight (214) I knew that just cutting out all of the Coke I drank should have made at least SOME difference. But, I was eyeballing most of my food. I used measuring cups for liquids and things like cereal but meat and such I guessed at and cut back from what I usually ate. Someone suggested I buy a food scale. Well, as soon as I started using one I realized that I had been eating a lot more calories than I thought. It made all of the difference for me. Like the others have said, using fitday or fitwatch can be an invaluable tool. There are lots of calorie calculators on the web - the JimKaras one is good. Just be aware that there are lots and lots of different formulas out there. All of them work for SOME people but none of them work for ALL people-there are just too many variables by person. Be prepared to go through a little trial and error before you finally land on the calorie/activity level that works for you AND that you can live with. You may be able to lose weight on 2500 calories a day if you exercise like crazy every day - but if you can't keep up the activity it isn't going to work over the long haul. On the other hand, you may be able to lose weight on 1200 calories a day with no exercise at all - but if you are hungry all of the time and can't maintain that calorie level long term then that isn't going to work either. All of us have a happy medium that is specific to us. You just have to put a little effort into finding where yours is.

I weighed Monday and have gone from 164 to 166.8 and there was no change yesterday. BUT-I have been working out quite a bit and have significantly increased my weight training (intensity and resistence) in the past few weeks so I feel certain that I've still lost fat and just gained muscle. My clothes are still getting looser and I have been right on track caloriewise so it is impossible that I've actually gained FAT. It will be time to have my measurements taken in another week or so (17th, I think) and I expect to see my progress there. I'll share them with you as soon as I have them taken.

Okay, DH earned his orange belt in karate. They had the award ceremony last night and he was so excited. This morning at breakfast he asked if we could have a "special celebration dinner" that HE got to choose. I ask what he wants and tell him I'll make anything he asks for. He thinks and thinks. He decides that the fanicest, most elaborate dinner that would the best reward ever is .....

hot dogs and pasta salad :lol:

I guess I should enjoy how easy they are to please while I can. So, tonight we'll eat in the dining room on a formal table one of the least formal meals known to man. Oh, well, as long as it is special to him that is all that matters!

Congraulations again to all of you on your loses, and better luck next time to the rest of us. Have a great afternoon everybody!


04-13-2005, 03:03 PM
Tricia - did you mean DH or DS? LOL

04-13-2005, 03:24 PM
Oh, good gracious - DS! I knew I should have previewed post! lol

(Although, DH was surprisingly okay with the idea of Hot Dogs for dinner).

04-13-2005, 06:17 PM
Well, what do you know. I stepped on the scale on a whim and it says 164 again. Plus, it shows my body fat percentage down by 1 percentage point. I don't put a lot of stock in the fat percentage because so many variables can affect the result. But, if it is lower who am I to argue? LOL. I am hopeful that the coming week will see my weight drop by a lb. or so.

04-13-2005, 09:54 PM
Well today was kind of a mess-up day, since I weighed so good today... LOL

I had: 3 (yes THREE) Weight watchers ice cream sandwiches, and a burger & fries (homemade) for dinner with miracle whip; my cals still came in at only 1900, though, so I guess that's fine..... I know I gotta quit eating so many ice cream sandwiches, though!!!! LOL

tomorrow I'll focus on lots of fruits and water!!

04-13-2005, 10:11 PM
Shawn, losing weight is all about the calories so what you had today is fine. Now, of course, if you have other concerns (high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc.) that is another story. But if your only goal is to lose weight it is calories in vs. calories out.

I completely sympathize with you having 3 ice cream sandwiches. The skinny cow ones I've been buying come 6 to a pack - there are 5 in my family. I feel like a protective momma bear watching out for her cubs. If one more person tries to take one they are going to draw back a nub! I suppose I'll just have to start buying them two packages at a time. One for me, one for them. LOL.

I am just a little over 1300 calories so far today. I'm not hungry but there is this trick that my mind plays on me. A voice whispers, "you've got 200 calories left, 200 calories - go eat them." So at 8:00 it is a little early to proclaim that I will end the day with that few. I'll try, though.

Good night all,

04-13-2005, 10:53 PM
Shawn ~ I bought the giant ice cream cups from weight watchers. They did not have the skinny cow ones at the store I was at. They are ok. Not a great ice cream flavor, but not bad. I think I like the Hi Lite ice cream better. More fat in it, but not too much more in calories.

Tricia ~ I have that same voice in my head too. I will think....hmmm, I have some room to have a little snack...should I?! Isn't i amazing what we do and how we can talk ourselves into/out of anything!

Well, my day was pretty good. Right now I have about 1100 calories. Not too bad considering the most calories came from those stupid sandwich cookies I bought the girls. We did some running this morning and they were so good. So when I was picking up cereal bars and such, they saw cookies. They kept saying cookies and pointing to them. So I bought them some. Darned if I did not eat 3!! Not all at the same time though, which is a big step for me!

Well, I am off to have a little snack (maybe). Have a great night!

04-14-2005, 09:32 AM
Good morning! I got up and took the dogs for a walk this morning. It was cool, but great to be outside by myself! Our one dog, a husky, was huffing and puffing by the time we got home. We just walked around our subdivision so I don't know how far exactly. I should get a pedometer. And, I did not go and have a snack last night. So, I feel as those I am starting off well!

Hope everyone has a great day!

04-14-2005, 11:41 AM
Um...Good morning ladies (*guilty look*)

I sort of had a bad day yesterday. I think it was mainly because of TOM. I just crave fat and chocolate during this time. Anyway, I ended up somewhere between 1800-2000 calories. My main problem is that my fat percentage was around 37%. Anyway, I am going to do much better today.

Tricia--thanks for the reminder that it is not pounds that matter but clothes and what not. It is hard for me, because I am working under a time crunch. I want to lose this weight before I start trying to get pregnant again (this summer). I am pretty sure that I am not going to get to my goal by then. Maybe I should adjust my goal? Maybe 145 by the time I get pregnant. Sheesh! I should be happy with that. I weighed 182 when I got pregnant with number four! 145 would be almost 40 pounds lighter. I can work really hard to not gain too much while I'm preggo, too. Anyway, thank you. I do feel much better and my clothes are fitting much better. In fact, I think I had anticipated a good weight loss week BECAUSE I had a "clothes jump." Do you know what I mean? Suddenly I fit in some stuff that had been a tad too tight a few weeks ago. I'm assuming that means that I've gained some more muscle.

Okay, I'm going to come back later and post some more, but I've got to run. I am teaching the twin's co-op preschool today and I need to clean the bathroom before all those cute kiddies come.

Gotta go!


04-14-2005, 12:01 PM
Sorry I have been MIA the last few days...I have still been walking 1 1/2 - 2 miles every morning and then some evening I will walk another mile. I need to add something more to it though. Maybe some workout w/ my tapes that I have!!

I am doing better on the eating, but not where I need to be!!

GREAT Job on all with the weight loss.

I have not seen any loss yet!! I don't know if I weighed wrong to begin w/ or not. My scales are the old non digital ones, that weigh different everytime. I need digital ones!!

I love reading all the eating tips.

SHAWN..I love ice cream sandwiches as well.. I bought a box of the mini ones for the kids and every now and then I will eat one..The are so tiny about 2 bites and they are gone, but it helps w/the craving!!

I will try to do better about staying up w/ everyone :)

04-14-2005, 03:01 PM
Lori, I had forgotten that you said you planned to get pregnant again soon. Given that, I would definately revisit my goal if I were you. You don't necessarily need a thin body for pregnancy but you do want a strong, healthy one to decrease the chance of any complications and discomfort. Having a good strong back is always a plus so maybe some (or more) strength training would be in order? You could focus more on exercise and healthy foods than the number on the scale. You are sure to still loose weight that way and losing weight after your preganancy will be much easier.

Of course, I am no doctor. But those are some things that I wish I had done BEFORE I got pregnant.

Now, don't ask me why I keep doing this but I stepped on the scale again this morning. I am down to 161.4 - YEA! I've weighed a couple of times since then just to make sure it isn't a scale fluke. Plus, when I started back in January, my body fat percentage was 42 - it is down to 34 now. Needless to say I am feeling very motivated today!

I am off to make my grocery list. I dread the trip because we are out of all the basic stuff - flour, sugar, ketchup, mustard, etc. This happens once every couple of months for me and I always hate it - it takes so long.

You all have a great day!


04-14-2005, 04:02 PM
Hi again.
Today is going pretty well. I am hoping to keep my calories between 1000-1200 to make up for my blown day yesterday. So far I've only had about 300 so I'm doing well. I will just snack on carrots and pretzels. What I am going to do is plot out all my food for today and try to just stick with the things I put on the list. Maybe I'll stay on track that way.

Tricia-Thank you again. I really appreciated your second post. I've been thinking about it're right! I need to get goals of weight training and calorie counting and try to get strong and healthy. I ALWAYS have TERRIBLE back aches when I'm pregnant. However, I've never exercised while I was pregnant, so hopefully I can have a better pregnancy this time. I really need to step up the strength training. I am going to readjust my goals. I want to do the treadmill 6x's a week for at least 45-90 minutes each time. I want to do one of my The Firm strength training videos 3x's a week in addition. I also want to stay between 1100-1600 calories daily. I just can't seem to go without a weight goal as well so...I want to be around 145-148 when I get pregnant. I will never make 130 by then and I will be so disappointed trying. That leaves me with 3 1/2 months to lose 18 pounds. That is only a little over a pound a week. Shouldn't be too hard. If I keep up my average (not counting the first month when I lost a ton more than the other months) I would lose 24 pounds by then. I think 18 should be pretty do-able. I will increase my exercise and just not worry too much if the scale isn't changing drastically.

That said, I will change my Mother's Day goal. I wanted to hit 160 by then, but I'm not going to make it. Instead, I would like to hit 162.5. There...I feel better.

Pam--Great to see you again! Good work with the exercise. I finally went and bought a digital scale a month or so ago. It helps. I was uncertain of weighing myself correctly the first time too. I wish I'd done it differently. I thought that I weighed 195, but I think it was probably more like 192-193. Anyway, are you keeping track of what you eat? It's best to start there. Sometimes if we don't dive in headfirst, we don't get any change. It's tough, but you can do it!!!

Kellie-sounds like you are doing an amazing job! Keep it up. It is so hard to resist those little treats, isn't it? I have a big bag of M&M's in the pantry right now taunting me, lol. I try to not have any treats in the house, but sometimes I do.

Ugh. The kids are having a crisis. I'd better go.


04-14-2005, 07:17 PM
Just had to share:

I was being a good girl and working out on the treadmill. I had just finished when the twins (with baby sister in tow) came sauntering into the room.'ve got to have a little background. My twins have amazing hair. They have dark (nearly black), curly LONG hair. They are only three, but their hair nearly reaches their waists (they don't have bangs, it is all grown out). It is so beautiful. They have gorgeous blue eyes just to complete the package (then there's me with my dishwater blond hair and green eyes. *shrug* They look like their dad). ANYWAY, my mischevious twin, Hannah, is EXTREMELY into fashion. Don't ask where she gets it from, lol. I barely shower. She, however, is the type that won't go anywhere unless her hair is perfect and she has just the right outfit on ('Moooommmmmmyyyyyyyyy, they will laugh at me in this outfit!" Meanwhile, I'm wearing no makeup and sweats. sigh). Lizzie doesn't really care that much. So, they walk in and one of the twins has CUT OFF ALL HER HAIR!!!!! No big's Hannah. She now has chin length hair. She even cut bangs!!!! I am shocked. Her dad is going to DIE. He LOVES their hair. You know, she actually did a pretty good job, lol. Probably better than I would have done (by the way, she can apply makeup and toe polish PERFECTLY...not that I TRY to let her, lol. She is just so darn sneaky. My husband actually bought a LOCK for my makeup bag :lol: Hopefully she won't learn the code). So...forget everything I said about not being able to tell the two apart, lol. Lizzie is now crying like crazy that she wants her hair cut too. I hate to part with her gorgeous hair. Sigh. HELP!


04-14-2005, 11:34 PM
Lori, both my sons have taken the scissors to their own hair before. And my oldest son has used them on my daughter and me. It grows back! Anyway, we were sitting on the floor and playing when he asked if we could play barber shop. Sure I say and think he is back there pretening to cut with his fingers. When my niece walks in (she was spending the night) and says, "Why is Will cutting you hair?" I don't know where the scissors came from but I reached back and, sure enough, he had CHOPPED my hair. I scooped it all up and put it in a zip lock bag. That was a couple of years ago and they all still ask me to pull it out and show it to them and tell them the story. They think it is hilarious!


04-15-2005, 12:24 AM
I am heading to bed and happy to have had a very successful day. I've ended at 1100 calories and did an hour of cardio (35 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minute step class) plus about half an hour of weight lifting. I've upped the intensity of my workouts and increased all of my weights by 5-10 pounds. I feel great and I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep.

Let's see, what did I eat today? I had grits, toast, and turkey bacon for breakfast, cottage cheese and almods as a snack, black bean soup for lunch, a banana and slice of wheat bread with 2 t. peanut butter and 1/2 t. honey for snack before going to work out, and lean cuisine spaghetti, salad, and grapes for dinner. I also got in plenty of water. It doesn't happen every day, but I love that I can sometimes manage to fit in a large amount of food for so few calories.

Of course, 4 months ago I would not have considered this a large amount of food and that is encouraging too - that I can see how far I've come based on my attitude and perceptions of food.


04-15-2005, 01:04 AM
I feel so awful because I finally had time to come back here, and see eight new pages on this thread!!!!! I have been on vacation in Florida, and when I got back, I vowed that I will and I mean I WILL lose this weight!!!!! I am going to go weigh myself tonight in a little bit, and post it in a few. I was at church yesterday, and a friend of mine who is not so small we said that we would go ahead and "diet" if that is what you want to call it. I am not dieting, but rather eating healthier. I ate a lot of junk while on vacay, but I know that I can do it. I got out there with my two piece on, and I was ashamed when we were at Wet n Wild to take off my capris. So, yep, I got in the water with my pants on, until they were too soaking wet and I had to take them off. But not next summer. NONONO!!!!! I am going to go out there looking ohsocute! Me and my little cousin vowed that we would go "hootchie clothes shopping" after we lost all the weight that we wanted to lose. HEHEHEH!!!! I won't let her do it, and I probably won't buy anything demeaning either, but at least I know if I really wanted to when I lost the weight I have that option to do it! I have two big things of water tonight with me, and my supervisor brought in cold cuts for everyone, so I was able to munch on that instead of the sodium high cup of noodles that I brought in.

Well, ladies, catch you later!

04-15-2005, 11:32 AM
Good morning ladies!
I am doing well today. My sister-in-law (a hairdresser) fixed up Hannah's hair as best as could be expected. She actually looks very cute. Lizzie is still bugging me to cut her's, but I'm leaving her's long for now.

I had a good day yesterday. I ran for an hour on the treadmill. I only ate 975 calories. I usually don't like to go quite that low, but I was trying to make up for my bad day the day before. Today I need to be between 1200-1400.

Tricia-sounds like you did great yesterday! Do you work out at a gym or at home? I need to do more strength training. It's so hard, though. My cardio already takes an hour and it just seems so hard to squeeze the time in.

Alice--You can do it! We all have our ups and downs and we just take it one day at a time. You know, I use to wear t-shirts and shorts with my swimming suits back in high school when I weighed 110! Sigh. It's so sad to think back to that time when I thought I could really use to lose some weight. I have gained with every pregnancy and each time I think..."I wasn't THAT BIG before." If only I realized how much worse I could get, lol. Maybe I would enjoy my current weight more.

Shawn, Kellie, Pam, Jane--How you gals doing? Let us know!!!

Well, I'm teaching that co-op preschool again today. The ladies are gonig to DIE when they see DD's hair. She looks like a totally different person. I still have the contrast because her twin's hair is like Hannah's hair use to be. Funny.

Gotta go!!


04-15-2005, 12:02 PM
Lori, I do go to a gym. It is for women only and I LOVE it. I still get out for walks at home but my "real" exercise happens at the gym. For me, there is something about the drive there that helps me focus. I don't know, if I am at home I don't work nearly as hard. I don't know why that is but I've never gotten the same intensity from workout videos or home treadmills, etc. I also like that at the gym there is always a variety of things to try so getting bored is never an issue.

I do feel like I spend a lot of time there but we've worked out a schedule so that I can have the time I need without really taking away from the kids. I am lucky in that they have free childcare and they will keep them for up to 2 hours. So, a couple times a week I'll go in the morning while my oldest is at school. The twins don't mind because they get a slushy once we are there and they have lots of fun stuff to do. On the days I do weights I go at night after DH is home.

Alice, I hope you had a nice vacation. We will be going to Gulf Shores in a couple of weeks. My inlaws are coming down to keep the kids so my husband and I will have a whole week to ourselves. I can't wait. I can't say that I am looking forward to putting on a bathing suit but am certainly dreading it a lot less than I did last summer. You will lose the weight you need to and you will feel great by the pool next summer!

I am already planning ahead for staying on track while we are there. We'll be staying at the condo that my parents have there so we'll be able to prepared most of our own meals. We'll eat dinner out a few times but I'll be able to make reasonable choices. We are going to take our bikes with us so we'll have some exercise while we are there. Beyond that I am planning one day of shopping at the outlet mall and nothing else but lounging at the beach or pool. I'll take a few good books with me and I'll be set.

We have gorgeous weather so the twins and I are off to the park. We are packing a picnic lunch and I am hoping they will stay until it is time to pick their brother up at school. I have plenty of housework to do but have spring fever and just can't motivate myself - but it bugs me sitting in the middle of the mess. Out of sight out of mind as they say so we are out of here! Hope you all have a successful day!


04-15-2005, 03:43 PM
Hi All! Yesterday went well and today is starting out fairly well. I took the dogs for a walk this morning and then the girls and I went to the zoo. It was great. They had a good time and we met another set of twins that are 3 months older. So, we walked around the zoo with them. Now the girls are napping and I am trying to get a hold of my dh because they are bringing our dirt and don't know where to put all of it. Always something I tell you!!

Lori ~ Were people shocked to see you dd's hair? I can imagine it is quite a change. A friend of mine did that to me when I was little. He cut a big chunk out of the back of it.

Alice ~ Great to see you again! Sounds like you have a great plan. Glad that you had a good time on your vacation. I think vacations are the hardest to eat right. It seems like there is always something there tempting you!

Tricia ~ Have you been getting up in the morning to walk? I have enjoyed it so far. It gives me a little "me" time and gets me going in the morning.

Well, I am off to see how is coming to help with our dirt situation. Have a great day!


04-15-2005, 04:12 PM
I've got the MAJOR munchies. I think that my low cal day yesterday is coming back to haunt me. I am too hungry today. Eek!


04-15-2005, 04:39 PM
Oh goodness! I normally get emails telling me when you ladies post, and hadn't gotten any, so I just HAPPENED to check in here after about 2 days --- you ladies have been busy posting! It look me a bit to catch up! Geez! I thought maybe everyone was slacking or something! LOL

My eating has been going well...... staying in my calorie range.... still not drinking NEARLY enough water, though. And I need to start exercising again soon..... for 2-3 weeks now, everyone has been taking turns getting sick..... I keep saying that once we're all healthy again, I'm going to start exercising again......

Back in Feb (I think), I had started watching the FitTV channel, and they have workouts all a.m. long, and 1 or 2 in the afternoon, so I was trying to catch one of those and get in my workout. I really enjoyed it b/c they change it up every day, so it was never the same thing.... but it's hard b/c alot of times I'd have to stop & take care of babies mid-workout, which was really frustrating..... I need to try to get it done before DH leaves for work, but I'm not a morning person, so not sure about that.... also, the weather is SO NICE right now, that I need to get the stroller out & take the twins walking before it starts getting too hot! I think I just need to set a date & start again..... part of the problem is that I'm a CPA, and of course this is our busiest time of year, so even though I only work a little bit, I still feel the stress. I need to learn to just focus on the moment, instead of always having my "to do list" looming in the back of my head -- it stresses me out!!!

I stepped on the scale today, and was up a few pounds..... *pout* Hope that comes back down! I don't have a digital scale, so could just be the way I was standing on it! LOL

Alice!!! I'm so glad you're back! Get back on track, and let's get to losing, girl!!!

I missed you guys the past 2 days!! Next time, I'll know better than to think nobody's posting! LOL

04-15-2005, 04:40 PM
LORI - have a BIG glass of water; munch on some ice; maybe give yourself a little treat to "hit the spot"; get outside and get your mind off of it!!! Call a friend!!! something!!! Hang in there!

04-15-2005, 04:45 PM
Kellie, I've only been walking a couple of times so far. Not because I don't want to though. We've been having really wierd weather. It will thunderstorm overnight and still be raining around 5:30 (the time I would have to go to be back home in time to help DS get ready for school), then we will have a gorgeous day and more late night rain. But it is supposed to be clear for a while now so I am absolutely be out there on a regular basis.

Lori, I know how you feel. I've come to realize that I can't make up for "bad" days. They are what they are but then they are over and I just pick up where I left off. Otherwise, I end up in a nasty cycle of over eating, eating to little, then over eating again. One high calorie day has never made much of a difference for me but if I get stuck in that cycle I almost always have a rotten weigh in. And, on top of that, I'm moody and no fun to be around. We are all different, but just getting back on plan without any adjustment is what works for me.

We've just walked in from the park and I need to clean all of us up. Hope everybody is doing great!


04-15-2005, 08:53 PM
ACK! I forgot to go and weigh myself last night, so I must remember to do it tonight. Today I was almost doing really good, we had a healthy bowl of cereal for breakfast, and then we munched on healthy stuff throughout the day. Then I know that I had to feed not only Chase but myself as well, and there was absolutely nothing to eat in the house, so yeah :anon: I ordered a pizza. It was so yummy, and I really feel horrible now. I can tell such a big difference in my body when I eat healthy versus eating a bunch of junk and stuff. I am ready for this stuff to pass through my body so I can eat right again.

04-16-2005, 12:26 AM
Alice I love the saying you have...taking one pound at a time. So fitting for most of us I think! Don't beat yourself up over the pizza. You have the right mind set to do this. I hear you about feeling better too. I know I feel more alert and sunny since I have started watching what I eat. was not a great day for me. Those darn cookies in the pantry kept calling my name. So I ended up with 1650 for calories. Not bad, but it is higher than I have been lately. I did walk this morning, then at the zoo with the girls and then tonight we all took a walk before the girls went to bed. So I at least got some activity in.

Well, I am off to bed ladies. We have a lot to do tomorrow and more dirt coming!! YEAH!!

04-16-2005, 09:51 AM
So I weighed myself last night and the official number is ..............280. yuck. But, I did my ticker for twenty five pounds, so that I won't have this big goal that looks like it is so unattainable. I am ready! I had a mexican salad last night, which was really good to my surprise, sour cream, chili beans, lettuce, cheese, drank water all night. Then I had a bag of popcorn later when I was trying to stay awake, so that I didn't just eat all the junk in my drawer. I need to go and buy some more of those mini popcorn bags, because they are good for measuring portions as well. I am so so hungry, now, but I really need to go to sleep and I will worry about being hungry later.

04-16-2005, 10:44 PM
Ya know... it REALLY bothers me when I can't find exact nutrition info on takeout food..... I am really frustrated right now. We had Wingstop for dinner - yes, not healthy, I know, but c'mon! Tell me how bad it REALLY was!! I went to CalorieKing, and there are SO MANY options for how many comparable calories it could have been! *sigh* So again, I really don't know how bad I did today, although I know it was over my goal.

It's really hard when my stepkids are here for some reason (every other weekend)... I guess it's just not a "normal" day for me, so it's harder to eat "normal"? We eat out alot more when they're here, too, I guess........

This is only the second time I've gone a few hundred cals above my goal in the past week or so... but to be honest, I'm kind of in the mindset of "well, I'm down to where I normally can get pretty easily, and then the weight comes back......." Plus, me getting on the scale yesterday and being up a few pounds is affecting me, subliminally, I think..... Like I feel this is futile..... I think I just need a hot bath, some ME time, and to get back on track! Only water & cinnamon toothpicks for me the rest of the night!

04-16-2005, 11:27 PM
Hi All! Is it the weekend that is pushing us or what? I had a day of 1792 for calories. Not great. I was so stressed out about the yard getting done that I was munching all day long! Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

Alice ~ Those single serve popcorns are great aren't they?! My mom has given those as halloween treats before.

Shawn ~ I hear you about eating out. It is hard to know what they have for a calorie count or the portion sizes.

Well, I am off to bed. I hope everyone has a better/great Sunday!! Hang in there ladies!!

04-17-2005, 12:40 AM
I've ended the day at about 1700 calories and I didn't get in a lick of exercise. I don't know why but I was exhausted. I took a nap this afternoon (a RARE treat) and when I woke up DH had ordered pizza. I had two slices of the veggie one for 560 calories. I was stuffed. I used to be able to eat 4 or 5 slices at dinner and sneak 1 or 2 more in before I went to bed. The thought of doing that made me ill.

My dad brought me a case of freshly picked strawberries that a friend of his gave him. They are sooo yummy. I knew we wouldn't be able to eat them all before they spoiled so I made/canned strawberry jam today. I had never done it before but it turned out great! I am feeling a little smug about it because I don't think the rest of the family had very high expectations. My DD has been eating it straight from the jar with a spoon. It was really simple too - I was surprised.

Shawn - you aren't alone. We've all felt exactly like you do right now. Try and stick with it, though. You will be glad that you did. Do you think it would help to plan ahead what you will eat on the weekends your step kids are with you? Maybe you could even pick the restaraunts you are going to in advance. That way you could consider your menu options before you get there. I agree that it is much harder to stay on plan when something interferes with your usual routine. Maybe since you know when they are coming you could create a "normal" routine specific to those weekends. Something will always come up even once you are a skinny minnie, so try and see this as an opportunity to learn the best way to cope when it does.

Alright, my goals for tomorrow are to get to the gym and to end up around 1200 calories. In fact, those are my goals every day this week. We'll be leaving on vacation Friday night and I want to have worked my tail off so that I won't feel guilty relaxing while I am there.

I am off to bed. Good luck to all of us tomorrow!


04-17-2005, 11:33 PM
Well, ladies.... I've been able to be pretty lenient with my eating, thus far.. it hasn't really been hard yet... but I'm afraid that's about to change.... I know that for me to keep losing, it's time to really buckle down, and I'm not "embracing it".

I think that during the week, I'll be able to do okay, though.... I eat more healthy when I don't have to eat WITH other people.....

Let's all have a great week!!!

04-18-2005, 12:35 PM
Good morning fatchicks!! weekend wasn't great. It seems that we all had one of those weekends! I didn't exercise on Saturday or Sunday. I *think* I ended up around 1400-1800 both days. I ate out on Saturday so I'm not quite sure. Yesterday we had dinner with my family and I'm not positive how much chicken I ate (or how big my piece of cake was :^: ). This week I am going to do much better!!! Oh! By the way, I found my newest FAVORITE treat!!! FUDGSICLES! They only have 40 calories per pop and they have less than one gram of fat! You can suck on one (ahhh..chocolate) for quite awhile without eating very many calories. They don't have that "fake chocolate" taste, either. Mmmm. Makes me want to go get one out of the freezer right now.

Shawn--Hang in there. Today is the day to change your life! You are going through a mental issue right now. DO NOT have to change a ton about what you are doing right now to keep losing weight. At the calorie range you are at, you will still lose weight. You will probably stop losing 3-5 pounds a week and start losing 1-2 pounds a week and THAT"S OKAY. The hard thing is to not just give up all together because the weight is coming off more slowly. Even if you only lose 1.5 pounds per week, you will be 78 pounds lighter next year at this time! Even better than that is the fact that you will feel so much better about yourself! If you feel that you are struggling cutting out calories maybe you could write down everything you ate today for us to see. Perhaps we could give you some tips to help. Maybe today you could keep track of why you ate when you did. Write if you were actually hungry, if you were just bored, if you were stressed, if you were socializing, if you ate but weren't even really hungry (maybe you were thirsty?), if you are drinking too many calories, etc.

Here are some ideas...
1. Only eat at the table. It helps me not "munch" as much.
2. Eat SLOWLY!
3. If I want something to eat, I drink a glass of water first and then wait 10 minutes. If I am actually still hungry...I go for it.
4. I don't know if this is bad or not, but I eat much less during the day than I do in the evening. I KNOW that I am not too hungry until around 3 pm. I make sure that I ALWAYS eat breakfast and lunch, but I don't eat too much. I am often at only 400 calories by dinner time. I then am able to eat a nice big dinner (often with dessert) and still come in around 1200-1500. That is sort of just a "me" trait that I've discovered, however.
5. Don't give up!!! If you break every rule you have, get back on the bandwagon! Don't say "I'll start over tomorrow." Start over now!
6. Exercise. Honestly, Shawn, it curbs my appetite. You don't need to do much to start. Today, if you go somewhere, park at the FAR end of the parking lot, take the stairs (hard with babies, I know), etc.
7. Use SMALL plates, lol. This honestly works. If you have a big huge plate that is only half full, you feel cheated. If you have a small plate that is overflowing, you feel much better about it.

Thank you Shawn for struggling right now. You have helped me to get motivated again myself! I have been worse the past two weeks or so than I would like to be. It gets hard sometimes. Just don't give up!

Tricia--I was exhausted this weekend too. Don't know what it was. I MUST make myself exercise this morning. I have to get back into the habit of doing it.

Kellie--I hope your yard looks better than mine! I finally just called Trugreen. I can't seem to get rid of all the weeds. I swear we have more weeds than grass! I live in a VERY nice subdivision. My neighbors across the house just built a 9000 sq foot, million dollar house (across the street from our 1300 sq. foot, $130,000 house, lol. They have an awesome view, park like yard, pool, etc. We have...weeds :o . Well, at least we already lived here when they built their house). Anyway, I am embarrased to be bringing down the neighborhood, lol. We are finally putting in a sprinkler system. Hopefully that will help. We REALLY need a bigger house. We have four kids in a 1300 sq foot, 3 bedroom house. We are waiting until next summer to put the house up for sale, however. My hubby will graduate then and I won't worry about the cost of moving up so much. If any of you have a free house you want to give us, just let me know :lol: . I know we seem insane to want more kids right now. My husband and I both had a spiritual type experience that we should have more children. I imagine God up there with my two other babies waiting and me saying, "No, you can't come to me." My husband had a dream almost exactly the same! I know that everything is in God's hands. I just need to do the best I can. Anyway, sorry to be preachy, lol. Don't know where that came from.

Hope you are all having a day full of will-power!


04-18-2005, 03:46 PM
Lori, I use almost all of the tips you have listed. Another that really makes a difference for me is that I only eat using a salad fork. It forces me to take smaller bites which slows my eating without me having to think about it.

I know just how you feel in a smaller home. The first house we built was only 1500 sqaure feet but it was the perfect size when we were just married. We each had our own "extra" room but since I still worked at the time it wasn't too much to clean. Then come children and we were out of room in no time. We probably could have stuck it out a little while longer but the demand in that neighborhood was high and we didn't want to miss selling under those conditions. We were caught by surprise though because our house sold in less than a month - and we hadn't even decided whether we would build or buy yet. We ended up living with my parents for about three months (probably one of the deciding factors in buying instead of building LOL). We more than doubled our square footage and I have to say that it is sooooo nice to have a little elbow room! We didn't realize how on top of each other we were until we got here. Everyone having their own space has made a big difference in our overall family dynamic. Isn't there a song that says something about love growing best in little houses? I think that is true but it is still nice having enough room to spread that love around a bit!

I have so much to do. My inlaws will be here Friday so I am trying to get some dinners in the freezer so my MIL won't have to cook unless she wants to (they are keeping the kids while DH and I go on vacation). Plus, the housework. I don't even know where to START with that! I had better go get busy.


04-18-2005, 06:27 PM
Ladies! I'm so proud! I took the girls walking in their stroller today! It was cloudy / overcast, but I wanted to try to beat the rain (it never did rain), and we only walked for 20 mins.... but that's more than I've been doing!!

I actually turned the TV on FitTV today to see what time the exercise programs were on..... but I wasn't able to work anything into my schedule.... I may try to start doing that again, too, though.....

Just had to share! Yay me!

04-18-2005, 09:06 PM
Good for you, Shawn. Incorporating exercise, even just a little, will make a big difference in your weight loss and general well being. We all know it isn't easy to get twins out and about - you deserve a pat on the back!

I am on my way to the gym. I really don't want to go but I made a commitment to go every day this week. I wouldn't say that I've lost my motivation to exercise I just have so much piling up at home that I have a hard time justifying leaving for 2 hours. But, that attitude was one of the contributing factors of my getting to 214 pounds. There is nothing here that won't still be here when I get back. Plus, I have to remember that once I get to my goal I won't need to exercise every single day for 2 hours. So, off I go.

Everybody keep up the good work!


04-18-2005, 09:44 PM
Is anyone else comfortable posting pictures? Tricia, as I read your post, I'm thinking "she started at 214, and is at 161 -- I'd love to see her before & after pics!"

I'm off to FitWatch to enter my days info & see how I did.....

04-18-2005, 11:13 PM
I don't mind posting pictures - I just don't have any. BEFORE pictures were forbidden, LOL! We've got to put batteries in our digital camera but once we do I'll post an after picture. I am sure if I look hard enough I'll be able to dig up and unauthorized fat picture as well.

I feel good about today. I made it to the gym and did an hour of cardio and my calories are right at 1200. Of course, it is only 9:00 so I still have plenty of time to do some damage.

I'll check in with you all tomorrow.


04-18-2005, 11:29 PM

OK, I am NOT allowed to keep Skinny Cow or Weight Watchers ice cream sandwiches in the house anymore!! I will only get them on special occasions.......... I ate FOUR of them today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *embarrassed*

If I gain a bit this week, we'll know why! At least that finished them off, so theres no more temptation!

04-19-2005, 12:11 AM
Hi Ladies! I am having a hard time today. I ended with about 1900 calories. I am feeling horrible!! :( My dh is gone so I have a tendency not to eat as well as I would when he is home. I hate cooking for just myself. So, I did not do well today. Plus with him gone, I can't get out and walk the dogs in the morning. He did say he was going to be home tomorrow night, which is a day early. So hopefully I can get back on track!!

04-19-2005, 12:34 AM
Kellie, 1900 calories is hardly a failure so please don't feel bad about it. I started out pretty close to the weight you are now. I looked back at some early fitday reports and I had plenty of days that were 1800-2100 calories. I still had significant weight loss during those weeks. I am sure you will too.

My DH doesn't travel regularly, but he is gone sometimes. I find it really hard then too. Part of the problem is that if he isn't here I stay up much later - and that usually means mindless munching.

Shawn, yep those ice cream sandwiches are tough to resist! The only thing that keeps me from having more than one a day - if that - is the kids. If they see me eating one, they want one. And I don't want to share! How sad is that? Of course, I've gotten that way with everything lately. They are forever asking for bites of what I have to eat. But, ya know, when you only get 1500 calories every last one counts! I've gotten plenty of "why it is important to share" speeches over the last few weeks. Boy, can two 4 year olds give a lecture! LOL!

04-19-2005, 11:48 AM
Morning, ladies!
How are all the twins and their mommies this morning? I did pretty well yesterday. I was at 1300 calories, but I had 33% fat. That is too high for me. Oh, well. I checked out my reports and it looks like I have averaged between 1300-1400 for this week. I was hoping for around 1200. I can only assume that it being TOM gave me the munchies. My husband asked me last night why I was so hungry all of a sudden (with a suspicious look on his face :lol: ). I immediately knew what he was thinking and said, "Honey, I'm not pregnant! Hello? I'm having my period!" :p . Anyway, I thought it was funny. I did 75 minutes on the treadmill yesterday. I REALLY need to do more of my strenght training. It's much more of a pain to do that at home than the treadmill. I have to get out all the weights and the steps and the video, etc. It just seems like a pain.

Tomorrow is weigh in day. I'm trying to not set myself up for disappointment so I'm hoping that I've lost one pound. Just one measly pound, is that too much to ask, :devil: ? If I don't lose a pound, I think I'll be okay. My husband is really trying to coach me through the "stronger me...not necessarily a lighter me" thinking. He is so awesome and supportive.

Tricia--I am SOOOOOOO jealous about you going away with your hubby. I WANT TO GO TOO (insert whiny tone). We are going to miss you when you're away. You help keep us sane. How long are you going to be gone? How are you going to keep up the exercise (you staying somewhere with an exercise room?). We (as a family) are going away for a four day weekend over Memorial Day to visit my grandparents. It is their 60th wedding anniversary! They are so great. My kids ADORE them (especially Hannah...her twin calls her "Hannah's grandma."). I know that it won't be too many years until they pass on so I like my kids to be able to know them. They are both 85 now. Anyway, I have made sure that we are staying in a place with an exercise room. That way I can get my exercise in, even if I eat a little out of the norm.

Kellie--Chin up (Hannah would burst into the song, "Gray skies are going to clear up...put on a happy face." She LOVES that song ;) ). 1900 calories should still put you at LOSING weight. You're fine. I actually think it's better for the metabolism to have occasional "high" days. It helps it to not get stuck in a 1300 calorie only mode. My husband really doesn't travel much at all. However, he works full time and goes to school full time. He often doesn't come home until the kids are in bed. I don't really cook on those days. I HATE cooking. In fact, this summer DH and I are going to switch roles. He is going to cook dinner every night (he kind of enjoys it). I have to plan out the meals and tell him what to make, but he wants to try. I am excited.

Shawn--I know what you mean about eating all the treats. I had a big old bowl of sinfully rich ice cream last night. I am determined to STAY AWAY today :lol: . Did you ever read that comic strip where the kids were looking for food and one brother said to the other, "Where is all the good food?" The brother responded, "Mom is starting her diet in the morning." "Oh, so she threw away all the fattening food?" He replied, "Nah, she ate it all." That is like me, lol.

Well, the twins have preschool at someone else's house today. I'd better go get them bathed.


04-19-2005, 02:51 PM again.

Well, I did my exercise today and I'm only at 140 calories. I am going to go have a frozen diet meal at 210 calories so that will put me up to 350. I'm hoping that you are all doing well today! I'm worried about some of you.

Let's do it ladies!


04-19-2005, 03:24 PM
I think you mean ME, Lori! LOL

I'm doing alright today; I made ham, egg & cheese sandwiches (for me & DH) on whole wheat bread for breakfast, and had black coffee; then I went to my sis's house, and had a little bit of mac & cheese, and 2 chicken strips for lunch (can you tell she has a toddler? LOL) And I had a NF Latte from starbucks.... but haven't OVERINDULGED on anything today..... My clothes are still fitting better than they were a few weeks ago, and that's the main thing!!

Alice, Jane, Pam -- where you guys at??

04-19-2005, 05:05 PM
Yes, I do mean you, Shawn, but I also mean Pam and Jane and Alice. I hope no one is giving up already!!! We can do this is so worth it! I have only lost 26 pounds ( I really need to lose like 40 more), and I feel so much better about myself. I use to dread running into people I hadn't seen for a long time. I was hideously embarrased about how I looked. I'm not exactly Miss America now, lol, but I am less embarrased. I feel better about myself. It is wonderful to have clothes that are baggy now. It feels great to squeeze into those size 10's. It is amazing when I wear clothes that I haven't been able to wear for four or five years! It is hard, but worth every bite I don't eat!


04-19-2005, 05:27 PM
I just walked 20 mins with the girls again.... this time uphill part of the way (not steep, but I could feel it!) and pushing at least 45 lbs!! (2 15 lb babies, plus stroller). I'm all sweaty now!

04-20-2005, 07:30 AM
Well, I'm finally on track. I have lost 4 lbs from my initial weight, and if you count that weird jump up last week, its 8lbs!

Sorry I haven't been checking in. I will at least sign in on Wednesdays to post my weight and a little update.

I have been eating Kashi Go Lean Cereal everymorning for breakfast. I measure out one cup of cereal and 1/2c skim milk. I feel like I am doing someting good for myself and it kind of sets the mood for the rest of the day.
I am also drinking my water instead of so much diet soda. I have found the the Crystal Lite to go packs really help.

As far as excercise, the boys and I have been walking around the neighborhood some. B & J ride their bikes and I push the babies in the stroller. I'm trying to encourage the entire family to excercise.

I'm so glad that I am finally getting control over this. Thanks you guys for all your support and suggestions . . . time to go change my ticker!

04-20-2005, 09:24 AM
Hi everyone! Sorry I did not check in yesterday. I felt HORRIBLE!! I was so sick and did not have anyone to help since DH was out of town. Thankfully he got home last night about 9:30. I had a fever, felt nauseous, and ached everywhere. The girls were pretty good though. They tried to jump on me in the morning, but learned quite quickly that mommy was not feeling well. I am feeling a little better today, but not 100%. So we will see how my day goes.

I lost 3 lbs this week, but I don't know how much stock I put in that. Since, I did only eat about 600 calories yesterday. I had some saltines and some coke. My dh brought home some soft serve ice cream last night. I could only eat part of it and put the rest in the freezer.

Great job Jane!! Sounds like you are starting off well! Keep up the good work.

Well, sounds like the girls are awake. I hope to check in tonight if I am feeling ok.


04-20-2005, 10:01 AM
well, ladies....... I gained a pound... *bigfrown*...... BUT I know why!! I'm flipping thru Fitwatch, identifying my "problems" this week..... here goes:

last Wed: 1900 cals (3 ice cream sandwiches, french fries)
last Thurs: 2076 cals (4 light cinnamon rolls)
last Fri: 1835 cals (3 ice cream sandwiches)
last Sat: 2291 cals (1 ice cream sandwich, hotwings & french fries)
last Sun: 2174 cals (donuts & sausage rolls, 2 ice cream sandwiches)
Mon: 2638 cals (4 ice cream sandwiches!!!, LARGE colorado bulldog alcoholic drink)
Tues: 2129 cals (nothing too bad yesterday, but wasn't enough to make up for all the damage already done!!)

soooooo.. rule #1) DON'T BUY ANYMORE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES.... rule #2) no "fancy" alcoholic drinks (wine only).... rule #3) when family eats out, I don't eat what they eat! (can make frozen lean meal, or eat healthy from takeout place)

off to increase my ticker *frown*

04-20-2005, 11:36 AM
Hi everyone!
I'm so glad to see so many back today.

Jane--Way to go! You are doing great. Keep it up. You will feel so much better as those pounds fly off.

Kellie--I say three pounds is three pounds. You have been doing an amazing job and I think that you probably DID lose three pounds. You've lost a bunch already, haven't you? Good job.

Shawn--One pound gain is not too bad. The important thing is that you've identified where your problem lays. That is one great thing about fitday/fitwatch. At least you KNOW why you gained instead of lost.

Pam, how are you doing? Tricia?

Well, I lost 2 pounds this week. I am happy about that. For some reason I'm not estatic, but I'm still pleased. I have now lost 28 pounds. Hooray. When I hit 30 I will reach my next goal loss (my goal was to lose 30 pounds by Mother's Day). I am going to get my hair done and go out with DH for my goal reward! Well, I'm out for now. Talk to you all later.


SW: 192
CW: 164
GW (for pregnancy): 148
UltimateGW: 125-130

04-20-2005, 11:51 AM
I know some of you said you've entered your recipes into Fitday/Fitwatch -- that seems like such a pain, yet I think I need to do it. I've just been guessing - ie when I ate THAT recipe, it was so much of this, so much of that.... whereas if I enter the real recipe, I might get more accurate figures.

Same goes for other things I've been eating -- ie, I had sausage & egg on whole wheat bread this a.m., and I'm glad I noted from the packages how much the cals/fat was, b/c when I guessed in FitWatch, it was way off! So I'm going to have be more diligent about watching lables & adjusting in Fitwatch as I enter it! ie - instead of 1 piece of bread, it was equivalent to 1.75 pieces in Fitwatch! yikes!

04-20-2005, 12:07 PM
I haven't weighed yet but I will in a bit and post a little later.

I did want to jump in for a minute and, first of all, say congratulations to all of you who lost this week. Good Job!

Shawn, don't sweat over one pound. You are still in the very early stages of this game and you are doing exactly what you should be - figuring out what is impacting your weight losses and gains.

As far as entering recipes into fitday or fitwatch, I absolutely swear by it. It is a pain at first. BUT - once you have them in there, you never have to think about it again. Even if you just enter the things that you make on a regular basis you will save yourself a lot of time and guesswork. If you decide to do it I would suggest that you enter the serving sizes in terms or cups or weight. A couple of mine I just entered as "1" serving but when I we had the same meal a few weeks later I couldn't remember what I had determined a serving was. Uses cups or weight you can adjust the serving size each time without any trouble.

Okay, I've got one more load of laundry to fold and then I will hop on the scale. Be back soon!


04-20-2005, 03:14 PM
Well, I did five miles on the treadmill and feel good. I think I burned about 400 calories. I have eaten about 240 today and I'm going to have lunch now. Question for you all--Does the idea of dieting (ugh, hate that word) during the holidays scare you? Dieting over Thanksgiving and Christmas seems SOOOO hard. I know that it's probably one of the most important times to watch what you eat. It's just hard because so many traditions at my house involve food, lol. It just seems like part of the tradition. Tricia, were you dieting during the last holidays? The fourth of July and stuff seems a little tricky, but not like Christmas. I will hopefully be pregnant by then, but I plan on continuing watching my calories through the pregnancy (up the calories to around 2000 every day). I know that we are about six or seven months before they happen, but I think I need a plan way in advance in order to come out successful!


P.S. Tricia, when do you leave?

04-20-2005, 03:22 PM
I had my weigh in and I am down to exactly 161 (this was my weight on Monday too). Our last weigh in I was 166.8. Technically, that's a 5.8 loss but I don't think that is really an accurate reflection of what's been going on. First of all, 166.8 last week was a GAIN that I am pretty sure was a water fluctuation. Second, prior to that little water gain I had been on a plateau. So, I don't think I've actually lost that much this week alone. Rather, I think 161 today is just an evening out of the last few weeks. But, hey, I'll take it! I'm certainly not going to look a gift horse in the mouth!

The best part is that my body fat percentage is down to 32. When I started in January it was 42! Not bad if I do say so myself. I'm not good at it yet, but I'm making a real effort to rely more on this number than the one on the scale. Oh, and how my clothes fit too. I am at a stage of weight loss/muscle gain that the scale just isn't going to tell the whole story.

My food is in line so far today but I am resisting a snacking urge right now. Luckily, it will soon be time to pick DH up from school and it will probably pass by the time we get back. My afternoon gets a lot more hectic once all of the kids are home and I barely have a spare moment to think about stopping and getting something to eat.

Lori, we will be staying at the condo that my parent's have in Gulf Shores. They do have an exercise/weight room but, honestly, I don't plan to use it. We'll be taking our bikes and tennis raquets with us and we'll do lots of walking on the beach and swimming so I'm not going to go out of my way to do any formal exercising. It is all about relaxing and letting go of our usual routines! I've made sure that my workout sessions this week have been long and intense though. I don't think doing so will necessarily make a difference in this week's progress but it will help me avoid any guilty obsession next week while we are gone.

Shawn, I meant to ask you if you enter your food into fitwatch as you eat it or all at once at the end of the day. It may not be an option for you, but I find that entering my food as I eat it helps me keep my overall calories in check. Since I always know where I stand I can make more appropriate choices at each meal. It doesn't really take long, in fact, I usually fix my plate and then enter it all before I start to eat. Since I usually eat at the same time as the kids they don't need any immediate attention while I do it. Of course, my kids are much older - 6 month old twins have a schedule all their own as I recall! Anyway, it really helps me and I thought you might like to consider it if you don't do it already. And, by the way, I'm going to try and learn from your mistake regarding the alcoholic beverages. Except for the occasional glass of wine or beer, I very rarely drink anymore. But next week - at the beach - with NO KIDS - it might be a differnt story. I'll have to remember your words of wisdom and make sure I don't indulge to more than a couple fruity concoctions!

Gotta run.


04-20-2005, 05:18 PM
Hi guys! I am still here Shawn! I have been doing well the past few days. I find it much easier just to think about my goal and stuff rather than counting calories and stuff (for right now anyway). I have been "dressing up" rather than sweats and tee shirts lately, and when those shirts really "fit" me it makes me really want to do better.

My brother bought me this huge bag of lettuce from this store they call "The Junk Store" I can make salads all day off of it. I also bought dinner rolls to go with my cold cuts and dill slices that I can pop as snacks. The dinner rolls are good, because then I can eat two little sandwiches, maybe some chips or something, and it works for me!

I am so sleepy right now, and I want so badly just to curl up on the floor and go to sleep, but I think I will take the kids out to play in the wagon.

Talk to you ladies later!

04-20-2005, 06:00 PM
Lori, I didn't REALLY get started until right after Christmas. In fact I think it was Dec. 26. Holidays aren't that bad for me. The actual DAY I certainly eat more than I need to. But, we don't have a lot of eating that goes on around the holiday itself. So, it isn't that I have amazing willpower or anything it is just that the opportunity to splurge really only happens 1 day for each holiday. This past year I volunteered to host Christmas and Thanksgiving. That way, I got to have a decent amount of control as to what kind of food we ate and how much of it to make. One of my downfalls is leftovers. By making sure I planned to cook no more than we would eat, plus enough extra for family to take some home if they wanted, I wasn't tempted to over do it the next few days either.

Oh, and we will be leaving either Friday night or Saturday morning - depending on what time my in-laws get here on Friday.


04-20-2005, 08:26 PM
Well...just got some bad news. My dad has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is only 56. I feel so worried. I adore my dad. All I want to do is go eat. Is that a sign that I eat in bad situations? I am going out to Burger King for dinner. Sigh. Please keep my dad in your prayers.


04-21-2005, 12:03 PM
Lori, sorry to hear about your dad. Although this sounds strange, Prostate Cancers is one of the better Cancers to have. IT has a high cure rate. I will be praying for him.

I have not done well the last three days. I took it easy, since I was finally losing, and got into my old habits (whats wrong with me?). Starting this moment, I am back on track and will hopefully not be up poundage next Wednesday.

Alice, its good to see you! How is the YMCA?

Shawn, I have over done ice cream sandwhiches this week too! We will make a pact together not to buy anymore! Deal? :)

04-21-2005, 12:19 PM
Good morning ladies.
Jane--Thanks for your kind words. After research, it does seem like a good cancer to have. It is also good that they caught it now instead of waiting ten years and then dying from it. It looks like he is going to have surgery to remove his prostate. Sorry to hear that you have gone awol!!! Get rid of those sandwiches! LOL. I know what you mean, though. It is so tough sometimes! Some days I just don't want a salad...I want cheesecake!

Tonight I'm going to a party where we are going to eat pizza. I am hoping to keep my calories down around 600 until then so that I can actually EAT some, lol.

Well, I did fine yesterday. I ended up below 1300 calories so not too bad. This morning the scale registers another half pound loss from yesterday. My husband forgot to take the scale back and hide it until next Wednesday. I have weighed myself like five times today and every time it says 163.5 so I am happy with that.

The twins are at preschool and Gracie is screaming for a nap so I'm going to go exercise.
Hope to hear from you all today!!!


04-21-2005, 01:55 PM
Unfortunately, my plan to work out really hard every day this week and keep my calories around 1200 has failed miserably. I had forgotten how much work vacations can be! Food has been fine at around 1500 but I haven't made it to the gym in 2 days. I have been very active with spring cleaning though so it could be worse.

Lori, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. Jane is right that prostate cancer isn't the worst case scenerio. Still, it must be scary for all of you.

Back to cleaning. In case I don't get to check in again before we leave, have a successful week everyone!


04-21-2005, 03:07 PM
Well, yesterday was really good at 1760 cals, plus I've walked every day this week. I've thought about not walking today, but it's beautiful outside, and I really have no excuse, so I may try to get out there soon....

I'm eating well today -- I'm going out with a girlfriend tonight to see Hitch (the new Will Smith movie), and need to review the menu & plan ahead so I don't do terrible. My mom came over for lunch - she had some leftovers we had, but I just had strawberries - saving cals for tonight!!

Jane, yeh -- no more ice cream sandwiches!! I have NO willpower re: them, so don't need to buy them anymore!

Lori - I hope everything ends up good with your dad. I'm sorry you're having to go thru this!

Tricia we're going to miss you! Enjoy your vacation, but hurry back!!

I wanted to ask ya'll -- will starting exercising again make my body tired? I have been exhausted all this week, and I thought maybe it's b/c I started walking again.

04-21-2005, 03:28 PM
Hello everyone - I am Kim, I have 5 kids. The oldest is the only singleton. I have twin boys AND twin girls. (see sig)

Love seeing other twin mommies :-)

04-21-2005, 03:31 PM
welcome Kim!! Glad to have you!! My grandmother had two sets of twins, all boys -- I don't know how ya'll do it! WOW!

Hope you like it here! It'll be fun to get to know you!

04-21-2005, 03:33 PM
Shyla - it wasn't that hard, for me, because my twins are 10yrs apart. So I had 3 extra people helping me ;-)

Thanks for the welcome

04-21-2005, 04:46 PM
Welcome Kim!

Shawn, if anything, exercise always gives me MORE energy. One thing I noticed early on was that I was trying to lose weight on the same old foods, just less of them. The problem was that my usual foods weren't exactly healthy choices (LOTS of high fat crap!). Finally I figured out (well, I think I knew it all along but just wasn't ready admit it) was that it wasn't the extra activities wearing me out - it was that I wasn't fueling my body properly.

I believe the saying, "all things in moderation" so I haven't given ANYTHING up COMPLETELY. But I do eat a lot more fruits, vegetables, leaner meats, and healthier carbs. I most certainly FEEL the difference in terms of energy. This was a difficult step for me because (1) I was losing weight without the change and (2) I wasn't very experienced with these foods and had to go through a trial and error period find recipes, etc. that I liked and could sneak past picky eaters. It was absolutley worth it though. Don't get me wrong. I still have sluggish days, even weeks sometimes. But I feel great almost all of the time now.

Just another reason that I owe a lot of my success to fitday. I don't know that I would have ever put two and two together if I didn't have a history of foods eaten to review. Anyway, it may be worth taking another comprehensive look at some of your reports as well.


04-21-2005, 05:17 PM
Hi ladies!

Welcome Kim! I would LOVE to have another set of twins. I have identical girls, age 3. I also have a 6 year old and a 1 year old. I know that identical twins are not usually we'll see. My mother-in-law had both identical and fraternal twins. I know that twins doesn't usually come from the dad, though. I have twins in my family too. I have two sets of twin cousins (one identical and one fraternal). My grandmother is also a fraternal twin (she had a twin brother). Anyway, welcome!

Tricia--we are going to miss you! Have a good time and hurry back.

Shawn--I have been feeling sluggish lately, too. Today I could only do 45 minutes on the treadmill instead of my usual 75-90. I haven't been getting very good sleep lately, though, so I think that may be my problem.

Well, Gracie (my baby) is screaming AGAIN. Sigh. I'd better go. It's so hard to be the baby *grin*.


04-21-2005, 06:47 PM
Lori, HI, and you're right, it runs on the female side of the family. But I learned something interesting. If a male is a fraternal twin, he CAN pass on the gene to any female offspring he has. So any of your girls will have a 50/50 chance of having them.

Twins run on BOTH sides of my family. None are idents. My paternal cousin had twin girls(frats)9 months before my boys were born. My maternal cousin, and his wife, had b/g twins. And there are several 2nd and 3rd cousins that are twins also.

I guess I was destined to have them. Thankfully they were 10yrs apart AND there were only two of them! LOL

04-22-2005, 12:47 AM
Hi everybody! I have been having an okay week so far, if that is what you want to call it. I have lost some, and I am so excited about it! Today I did order some pizza but there was nothing in the house to eat, and I was trying to get some rest before I had to go back to work tonight.

I haven't been to the Y yet, because my mom has been driving my van until her car gets out the shop, and I don't feel like trying to tote the babies around yet, I took them out yesterday and pulled them around in the wagon, and me and my friend said today that we were going to go walking but kind of got sidetracked. Anyway, I think I will take the kids to the park tomorrow or Saturday. Hopefully, my mom will have her car by then.

04-22-2005, 10:33 AM
Alice-Sounds like you're doing great. I actually lost my first 20 pounds without doing any exercise. After I lost 20 pounds, I plateaued and that's when I really started revving up the exercise.

I am doing well. Yesterday I felt exhausted so I only worked out for 45 minutes, but I'm hoping to do more today. I ended the day at 1280 calories. I have like 31% fat, though, because of the pizza I had. I don't like going over 30%. In fact, I really prefer to stay around 25% or so.

Anyway...I've got to get the kids up and drive my son to school. I'll talk to you later!


04-22-2005, 03:07 PM
Okay...I feel so guilty!

I took my son to school and then the girls and I stopped at the store to get a few items. I hadn't had breakfast so I lost control. I bought and ate TWO large sweet rolls. Together they came out to 540 calories and 20 grams of fat (I usually have about that many calories by dinner time)! I just did five miles/90 minutes on the treadmill and burned 430 calories in an effort to control my weight today! I am planning on doing another *slow* hour on the treadmill later in the day. Hopefully I can burn 550 calories or so total instead of the usual 300 and counterbalance the extra food I ate. We are having friends over tonight and I'm sure I'll eat a ton then too. Eek!

WOMEN!!! Where are you?!?! I need some moral support and ideas of how to get through the day without totally losing control over myself!


04-22-2005, 08:58 PM
STRESS.......that is what is killing me today!! I made chocolate chip cookies for the girls and dh and I have eaten way too many!! I had a huge go around with the people that did the yard. He charged us more than he said, so he is trying to get around it now. I told him I thought he was shady and had horrible business practices. So, when I am stressed..... I eat!!

Tomorrows another day right?!?!

04-22-2005, 09:33 PM
Tomorrow is another day, and you actually don't have to wait until then! Start now! Go and drink a big jug of water! I know sometimes it is so hard for me to drink water, especially like right now, I am at work, and there are storms and they have ordered pizza for everybody, and I got my two bottles of water sitting here looking so unattractive right now. I did okay today, though, I think, I had some canned spaghetti, which was actually the best I could do given there was no food in the house, that was friendly to me. I was going to fix some spaghetti and meatballs, but then I got busy doing something else. I guess I can do it. I even took out three cans of tuna to fix, man we love tuna around my house! But i just haven't actually made it yet.

Kellie! It's okay! It really is! Lori! It will be okay! We will be back on track!

04-22-2005, 10:10 PM
I am here, but unfortunately have no encouragement....... *sigh* I am not MENTALLY into this right now..... for me, the name of the game is "how much can I eat, and not gain?".......... is that pathetic or what??

I have been putting off buying / eating salads.... for example, tonight I made a new casserole, which had mashed potatoes and sausage in it..... it was SO YUMMY that I had a second helping, which put me over my daily goals..... plus, I've started drinking a glass of wine per night, which adds another 160 cals or so....

I really don't like salads... but I know that if we'd had veggies with our dinner tonight, I probably could have avoided that second helping.... but with the casserole being the ONLY course we had, it didn't feel like much. Plus, I'm not eating much during the day, and saving my cals for the night, but then for dinner I always eat more cals than I realize!

I think I'm being really codependent right now.... ie - I want to cook what's going to make my husband happy, even if it's not what I need to reach my goals.... he's def. a meat & potatoes man, which is **** on my figure!

someone (was it Tricia?) had mentioned earlier about having to find new recipes -- that's what I need to do! also, what kind of salad dressing do you ladies like that are healthy?

SHAWN (speaking to self): You need to do what's good for YOUR body! Your husband will still love you, even if you make him eat salads! He actually likes grilled chicken salads! Girl, buy you some salad stuff!!! Eat a salad with dinner EVERY night, plus another veggie.

I really don't want to gain back the weight, and I want to keep losing........ so I really need to start doing the work!!!!!!!

04-22-2005, 10:19 PM
OK Ladies, I need some input please!! Since making my usual dinners is not working for me, I need to come up with alternative dinners! I have a very limited list of what our healthy dinners can be.... can you copy/paste and add to this list? We don't like grilled chicken just by itself..... and I don't like shrimp.

1. Grilled chicken salads
2. Healthy Choice sausage links w/veggies on the side (or salad)
3. Chicken stir fry
4. Grilled / baked salmon w/veggies on the side (or salad)
5. Chicken or beef k-bobs

OK, REALLY..... that is all I can come up with! No wonder I don't cook healthy!!! Let's get this list rolling, ladies!

04-23-2005, 09:32 AM
Do you have Aldi's near you Shawn? I get their marinades, I really like the lemon pepper kind, and I throw chicken wings, drummettes, pork chops (the lean ones), and chicken breasts, even the boneless skinless are really good. I like doing the boneless skinless breasts, a bag of that already cooked rice that all you have to do is put in the microwave for 60 seconds, and then a can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom. Throw that in the oven for about twenty minutes, and add a salad.
To make my salads not so bland, I add eggs, sometimes bacon, raisins, almonds (oh my gosh they are so good to me!!!!), strips of ham or turkey, croutons sometimes too. I like ranch dressing with bacon a lot, but I heard that the red wine vinaigerette is really good. I haven't tried it. Do you like Italian dressing? Find something that you like that doesn't have much calories and skimp with it. That way when you taste it you really savor the flavor.

04-23-2005, 10:51 AM
Oh, ladies! I had a TERRIBLE day yesterday! I ended up around 2300-2500 calories!!!!!!! That is the most I have eaten since I started this whole thing. I started off wrong with those sweet rolls. I controlled my self, though, and I didn't eat anything else until dinner. I was only at 540 calories at that point. I also exercised for 2.5 hours yesterday to make up for the big mistake. Well...our friends came over and we had pizza. Still not too bad. If I would have stopped with the pizza and bread I would have ended up around 1200. I then ate a bunch of M&M's they had brought (I don't even know how many...but at least 800 calories worth!!!) and some licorice. I need to do better today. I just lost control last night. Today is a new day and I haven't totally killed my loss...I just might not lose two pounds next week. I'll shift my mental goal to losing just one pound instead. Come on 163!!!


04-24-2005, 05:14 PM
I did okay on Saturday. I ended up around 1250 calories. I didn't exercise, though. That's a bummer. Today I need to practice restraint. My parents are having a barbeque. I know that I could easily eat 2000 calories there alone!

Well, ladies...I hope you're okay. I am starting to feel like I'm the only one who posts here anymore, lol. Please...COME BACK! I need support.


04-24-2005, 06:44 PM
Yesterday was a busy day. We ate out twice, but both times, I did VERY well. Even got to see my BIL, whom I haven't seen in awhile.

Today has been busy also. Grocery shopping. DH is mowing the grass. I'm fixing to start some laundry and supper.

I have been so busy, since I woke up, that I haven't even stopped to eat yet *sigh*

04-24-2005, 10:56 PM
I am here!!!!! Lori, you need a ticker! I have no idea how much weight you're trying to lose, how much you've already lost, etc! 1250 sounds like so few cals to me!! I know it depends on your weight, though....

here's a synapsis of what I've done since last weigh in......

Wed: 1762 cals (my daily goal is 2065 or less at my current weight, so this is good, for me)
Thurs: 2183 cals (went to see the movie Hitch with a girlfriend of mine; was doing good until dinner at the movie - had chicken quesidillas, a few of her fried zucchinis, a light beer, and a glass of wine)
Fri: 2340 cals (was the night I made that casserole for DH that had mashed potatoes & sausage in it)
Sat: 1800 cals (yay! - went grocery shopping today, which helps! got lots of fruit & salad stuff)
today/Sun: 2800 cals! *ugh* we had a busy day with church, bible study tonight, etc. after church, drove thru Jack in the Box, and I had a Sourdough Jack with small fries (971 cals!!!); then tonight at bible study, a girl brought pizza, cheese sticks, and p.b. rice krispie treats!! I only had 1 piece of the pizza, and 2-3 small cheese breadsticks, and several _5-6? small rice krispie treats.......

So out of 5 days, I've only done good 2 days..... *sigh*

Looking back at what I'm eating, I realized I've GOT to cut back on breakfast. I eat BIGGG bowls of cereal for breakfast (usually 1.5 - 2 cups of cereal, plus 1 - 1.5 cups of 2% milk.....), so it's coming to 360-540 cals just for breakfast, depending on which cereal I eat......

I think I need to buy some oatmeal packets.... oatmeal really fills me up, and it's just a few cals (160ish) for the flavored kinds..... I actually just went downstairs to see if we had some from long ago, but we don't.... I'll have to get some soon! That will help me start the day off better!

Lori, how'd you do at the BBQ?

04-25-2005, 08:48 AM
Where is the thingy that you guys are talking about that you go to and put in all the food that you have eaten? I need to start doing that. I did well yesterday, mom got KFC, and only had one biscuit but I kind of splurged last night. I wanted something to eat so badly I went and got me some wendy's and they didn't have any salads (how yougone be a restaurant and you don't have no salads?) so I got me a burger and fries and a Pepsi. THen my WHOLE pepsi spilled into the floor (AHHHHHHHHHHHCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKK) so I just did without my pepsi. And I wanted it too bad, that must have been a sign.

Well, I am about to go put the kids in their stroller and I am about to go walking. Talk to you ladies later.

04-25-2005, 09:16 AM
Good Morning Ladies! I did not even count my calories over the weekend. I know it is bad! I had a bad weekend. We had friends over on Saturday. I was doing well. We made BBQ chicken pizza which was not bad, but then she brought brownies and pumpkin bread. Since I rarely make sweets, I go hog wild when I have them around. So that night was shot. Yesterday was not too bad, I just did not take the time to put it in.

I have not walked the dogs in a couple of days but sure have gotten a work out helping dh. We had to carry 12 ft. frames to the back yard for the shed and the siding. It was heavy. Then yesterday when the girls were napping I went out to help him. I nailed the siding, which was on the ground, so it was quite a squat work out! I can feel it in my thighs this morning.

Alice ~ There are a couple different websites...there is or Shawn uses fitwatch I think and I use fitday as well as Tricia. It helps to know how much something really is calorie wise. Also, I have customized some of my foods that I eat on a regular basis by using the food label info.

Shawn ~ You can go to to check out some of their recipes. They all give nutrition info for each recipe. Also, on, the calorie commando, , has some interesting recipes. I hope that this helps. I know it is hard somtimes. We feel like we get in a rut and need new ideas.

Well, off to get the girls. And the fence guy is coming today. Hopefully we should have a fence by Memorial Day!!!


04-25-2005, 09:21 AM
1lb :( Thought for sure it would be more than that. Unless TOM is sneaking up on me. :?:

Anyone else WI on Mondays? How did you do?

04-25-2005, 11:28 AM
Jawsmom weighs in on mondays, but then again with our group on Weds..... I think the offical WI day for this thread is Weds a.m.

I've used before, but forgot they have nutrition info on it...... I need to go find some recipes! Thanks for the tip!

Alice you crack me up! How they gonna be a restaurant if they ain't got salads! LOL Check out (or fitday). It's been really good for helping me see my weak areas.

For breakfast, I had a SMALL bowl of cereal (1 cup w/.5 cup milk), so I'm starting off better today.....

04-25-2005, 11:36 AM
Yay! I'm so happy to see all my twin mommy friends! I was afraid that I had lost you all for awhile. Well...I did okay on Sunday. The BBQ was so fun. I only ate half of a hamburger and 1/5 cup of potato salad (yes...I actually used a measuring cup to serve myself, lol). I ate a bunch of green salad and a tiny piece of cake. However, my mom sent potato salad home with us and I ate another 1/2 cup or so (didn't measure this time) last night. I think I ended up around 1400 calories for the day. I am afraid that I am not going to lose any weight this week. I have had sort of a bad time about it. Even when my calories were low, my fat percentage was too high. I have averaged 1426 calories over the last week and 31% fat. I like to stay more around 25% fat. Sigh. We'll see.

Shawn--I don't know how to get a ticker :o . I weighed 164 pounds last time I weighed. I started at 193. I have lost 29 pounds as of last Wednesday. I was hoping to hit the big 3-0 this week...but we'll have to see about that. At every ten pound mark I get a reward (which always includes a date with DH). I was hoping to go out with him next weekend, but I don't know if I'm going to make it or not. I try to stay between 1200-1500. According to the calculator things I need to eat around 1700 to lose 2 pounds a week. I have never lost two pounds a week at that rate for some reason. I know that you are not supposed to go below 1200 so that's why I stay where I do. The more you lose the less you can eat to lose weight. I lose very easily the first month. I think I lost 12 pounds the first month and I've only lost 17 during the two months that have followed. It is discouraging sometimes but so worth it.

Kellie--Doesn't sound like you did too bad. You've been doing really well so far. It also sounds like all that work around the house is really something. I wish we all lived closer together so we could go walking! That would be fun. By the way, thanks for the websites for food! I'm going to go check them out and see what recipes I can find!

Alice--I know your pain when it comes to spilled soda. That exact thing happened to me once when I was about 13. I hardly ever had money to buy sweets like that (and didn't have money to go buy any more). I almost cried, lol. You should go try one of the calorie counter sites. I use I think that a BUNCH of people I know have started using it since I did, lol!

Kclay--we weigh in on Wednesdays around here. One of our gals, Tricia, weighs in on Mondays but she's on vacation with her honey. I'm so jealous! I am thinking about planning a trip to New York with only DH next fall. I've only been there once and DH would like to go (he's never been there). We are from Idaho so New York is FAR away for us.

Okay...I am going to do better this week! That is my goal!!!


04-25-2005, 12:07 PM
Lori, you can click on my ticker and it will pop up a screen for you to make one of your own.

So, I guess I need to be concerned about what kinds of fats I am taking in my body as well as everything else that I am already eating? I don't really eat a lot of fatty foods IMO.

I ended up not going for a walk outside with the kids but I did do walk away the pounds this morning. It was nice! I think that I am going to see about getting the two, three and morning and evening ones too. I am excited about making my goal become a reality!

I went to I don't think I will do fitwatch because it doesn't give you an option to register for free. I like the chart where you can put in your weight and your goal weight. I also like how it shows the range of what you should weigh according to your height and current weight and all that. I had started keeping a notebook of what I eat during the day. I guess I will need to start back doing that again. It helps me a lot to be able to eliminate the stuff that I know that I don't need.

I am glad that everyboody is doing well. It is good that we can handle ourselves. How about I challenge everybody this week? Maybe we can start Wednesday and go until next Wednesday? For one week we cannot go over our caloric intake that is our goal OR if you don't really go by that like I do, you cannot eat anything that is not healthy, and don't read in between the lines! By not healthy, I mean if there is any doubt about it, don't eat it! Does everybody think that they would be up to the challenge? I would do it! I would love to see everybody at least try!

04-25-2005, 12:14 PM

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04-26-2005, 12:25 AM
Alice, I do fitwatch for free! Sorry you couldn't find that option......

Went to movie tavern tonight with DH and saw Sahara -- good movie! Had a glass of wine, loaded cheese fries (split w/DH), and a piece of reeses cheesecake..... I HONESTLY thought I could eat that & would stay within my cals for today, b/c I hadn't eaten much all day, but I ended up about 100-200 cals above where I should be......

I'm gonna have to be really careful when we start this challenge on Weds!!

04-26-2005, 08:15 AM
Shawn, I know exactly what you mean about watching it come tomorrow, because I made meatballs yesterday for dinner. They were so so good! I with that I had some hoagie bread to put them on. I did have a slice of whole wheat, and put some Italian cheese on it, and it was SO good! THe kids were all sleep so I had a couple extra meatballs even though my stomach was already satisfied. I know, I know, I won't keep doing that. Then last night I stopped and got a large frosty for me and Chase and Camryn to share. It was a treat, but that will be it until the end of our challenge. I hope that everybody logs on to see the thread before tomorrow.

Well, today I go to pick up my friend's girls, who just had her twins last week. I was thinking of taking them to Chuck E. Cheese's. I know that they would really like that. Anybody think I am a little dumb for trying to take four girls and a set of twins to Chuck's by myself? We will see what happens!

See you ladies all later!

04-26-2005, 11:38 AM
Ohhhh. We're not starting our challeng until Wednesday? Phew. I just posted on the challenge thread that I had already lost, lol. If we're not starting until tomorrow then I'm okay!

I hope our group doesn't GAIN weight this week! We're not doing very well. I feel like I've gained weight. I'm not sure that would be logistically possible, but I feel like I have :lol: ! I am nervous for tomorrow!

Hope you ladies are all doing well.


04-27-2005, 10:49 AM
Good morning ladies! It's Wednesday! How did everyone do?

I lost a lb (which is crazy, based on how I've been eating), but my scale is not that great, so could just be how I was standing on it, etc. But I took it 3 times, and I think it's showing I lost a lb. I'll take it! I've been PMSing like crazy, and don't know when my "bloating" starts, but I'll have to take that into consideration over the next week, I guess......

So our challenge starts today! I think this will be good for helping me stay on track! I'm excited about it! I'm going to try to stay under 1800 cals, although my Fitwatch says I can have 2059 cals/day. I also want to try to walk at least 3 days this week. I went to last night & printed out a bunch of low-cal recipes... don't know which one I'm choosing for tonight, though. I think maybe Cheeseburger Soup ....... we have most of the ingredients for it, so I won't have to go to the store.

So how are you ladies doing????

04-27-2005, 11:07 AM
Sigh...I don't want to cry but I gained a pound! How can that be?!? I know that I had a couple of bad days, but I still ended up averaging 1500 calories for the week and I exercised 60-90 minutes five times this week. According to my calculators, I should be able to eat 1800 calories a day and still lose two pounds a week. I am hoping that maybe it's a water issue or something. I have been very low on my water. I just don't know. I feel so discouraged.
Anyway...Shawn, great job on your loss! That's awesome.

Better get my son off to school.

04-27-2005, 12:00 PM
Lori - maybe you're gaining muscle? Don't get discouraged! The scale doesn't tell the WHOLE story!

04-28-2005, 09:30 AM
Shawn, how do you make cheeseburger soup? Please share.

Hey you guys want to have a cheat day if we all do well on the challenge? Maybe next Thursday we can have one just all out splurge meal or something??????

04-28-2005, 09:51 AM
Alice, I didn't end up making it last night b/c my mom gave us some of her roast she made; and I haven't made the soup before, so can't say if it's any good or not (I bet it is, though!). I got the recipe at -- type in a search for it, and let me know if you have problems finding it -- I think it's actually called Cheeseburger Soup II or III..... *shrug*

04-28-2005, 12:23 PM
Hey Alice...
I like the idea of a cheat day if we all make it. What say we hold off, though, and have the cheat day on Sunday instead of Thursday. It will be MOTHER'S DAY! I know we are all mothers (at least two times over, lol). I know my hubby and kids always make me breakfast in bed...then we have a special dinner at my mom's...cake...lots of yummy food. Sigh. I am doomed. Do you think that could be our cheat day???


04-28-2005, 12:25 PM
oooOOOOhhhh - good idea Lori!

04-28-2005, 10:47 PM
i like that idea!

04-29-2005, 08:27 PM
Well, it's 6:30pm, I've had dinner, and I'm only at 1000 cals! yay!

I'm going to a National Scrapbook Day crop tonight from 7-midnight, and I'm heading by Starbucks for a hazelnut latte on the way there..... and I'll still be under my cals for the day! hooray!

........ now I hope I can stay out of the goodies tonight, like I plan to! I guess I ought to get a Venti (Large) NF latte, so I can sip on it for longer, thus keeping me out of the goodies!

04-29-2005, 08:41 PM
change of plan: I went to, and for the same calories, I can get a Venti NF Mocha (with no whipped cream), as I could the hazelnut latte -- so I'm going for the mocha!! Yay! it's 290 cals, and will put me right at 1300 for today

04-30-2005, 11:26 PM
Is this still the right thread? It looks like the other one is just to track the challenge you all started last week but there were a couple of regular posts too so I wasn't sure.

Anyway, today went really well. I was glad to get back to the gym this morning. I went in for a 45 minute step class and then hit the weights for about half an hour. I was a little nervous about going because after a week off I was sure it was going to kill me. But, it felt great. I must have needed that little break because I had more energy and stamina than I remember having in a while. If you can believe it, I actually caught myself SMILING all the way through aerobics.

Foodwise I did well today. I'm only at 920 calories but I'm just not hungry. I don't know why but I'm not going to argue with my body. I figure that more often than not it is the other way around and I have to talk myself out of eating so it is just as well that I go with the flow until my appetite comes back around.

Now that my vacation is over, I've decided to stop logging every single bite I eat as I eat it. While we were a way, I realized that I can trust myself to eat when I'm hungry and do so within reason. It was really very empowering not counting every calorie and still losing a couple of pounds. So, I'm still going to log everything in fitday but not until the end of the day. If I see that I'm going off track I'll go back to being super diligent. But, what I noticed was that I was actually more cautious when I wasn't keeping track throughout the day so as not to go overboard. Keeping up with what I eat while I eat it tends to keep me focused on how many calories are left and how much I can eat and still be within my limits. This way, I'm paying more attention to whether or not I'm actually hungry. Plus, I'm getting close enough to my goal weight that I feel I should start weaning myself from it all. I'll always have to be aware of what I put in my mouth and certainly fitday/journaling will always be a tool I use but I don't intend to sweat every morsel of food for the rest of my life. I guess I am trying to plan ahead for the maintenance stage. I'd rather find what works for me now than reach my goal and have to play around with my strategy which might include a slight weight gain. A slight gain now I can handle. But once I see that magic number on the scale I don't ever want to see it creep up again!

I hope everyone is doing well and keeping on plan. It seems as though we are all progressing nicely. I'm off to make my menu/grocery list for next week. Goodnight!


05-01-2005, 10:17 PM
I am here --- and yes, this is still the right thread. Super busy weekend here, and we're going to try to watch a movie tonight & I'd like to get my life (aka - desk) reorganized before bed. Yesterday I TOTALLY splurged (like I haven't since I've started at the first on March), but today I've been super-good, so maybe it will balance out. I'll report more later. TTFN!

05-02-2005, 02:26 PM
Yesterday was my "official" weigh in and, low and behold, I lost 3.4 pounds last week. I also had my measurements taken at the gym and I've lost 4 inches in the past month. I don't know if that is considered much or not but it's DOWN so it is fine by me!

The last couple of days my calorie intake has been relatively low. 920 on Sunday, 1079 yesterday, and so far 486 today. It seems to help not going to fitday as I eat. I'm much more conservative with my portions not knowing EXACTLY where I am for the day. And, if I'm not hungry, I don't eat. I think I've finally gotten to where it is natural to distinguish between "not hungry" and "full". It is the strangest thing but I have come to actually prefer feeling a little on the hungry side. Maybe it is a control issue, I don't know.

I cleaned my closet out and got rid of all of my "fat" clothes. There is nothing in my closet bigger than a size 10. That is a pretty big motivator for keeping up the good work. At this point out growing my pants means buying new ones. No bigger sizes to fall back on - even put away all those big, comfy warm ups, etc. I have to say that it was very empowering. Sort of like having a ceremony to declare that I am NOT going to be fat again. As an added bonus getting dressed is so much easier now. I know that anything I pull out is going to fit properly and look nice.

It seems as though lots of congratulations are in order this week. So, I'll just say hurray for all of us!

Have a great afternoon.


05-02-2005, 04:45 PM
^5 Tricia - woohoo - My weigh in was today and I lost 3lbs - Can we do the happy dance together? :D

05-02-2005, 05:01 PM
Hi ladies!
Thanks for moving the thread up, lol. I posted to the other one too. I just wanted to pop in and say hi and tell you that I am on track for today. My goal, however, is to exercise and I haven't done that yet. It's next on my list.

Happy Day!


05-03-2005, 11:26 AM
Good morning twin mommies!
I am super happy because I'm down another half pound this morning (I gotta get my husband to take my scale away again, lol). I have not been doing as well as I should so I am assuming that I am just losing the water weight I retained last week. I had a TERRIBLE day yesterday and TOTALLY blew the challenge. I ate EIGHT chocolate chip cookies! Eek! I shouldn't have had the first one because I just couldn't stop after that. They were warm and soft and right out of the oven. Anyway, they put me up to 2000 calories for the day (before that I was at 1250). Oh, well. Today is ANOTHER new day. Good thing I have so many new days! I need them. The good news is that I DID exercise yesterday so I was back on track in that regard.

Gotta go

SW: 193
CW: 161.5
GW: (pregnancy) 148
Ultimate GW: 125-130

05-03-2005, 05:43 PM
I had an eye appointment this morning and took the twins to McDonald's as a treat afterwards. I had the Grilled California Cobb Salad, with Cobb dressing (no croutons or crackers) and a diet coke. Only 380 calories total and very filling. We don't go there often but that is about the only thing I ever get there. I have to say that the smell of "fried" was pretty yucky. I felt like I needed to wash my face after we left. :lol: Anyway, I catch myself being amazed that those things bother me now - I used to thrive of fast food.

Shawn, I think it was you that mentioned how little you are able to eat. Once you really get into the swing of things (you probably are already) you will probably find that you are surprised by how MUCH you can eat for so few calories. It takes some planning and thought at first but pretty soon it is routine. I've always been a "big" eater. In the beginning, I put a lot of effort into finding recipes and menus that allowed me relatively big portions but kept me within my calorie limit. I started back in December (the 26th) and after only four months I am surprised by how little I have to eat before I feel uncomfortably full. Like I said before, I've come to prefer feeling a little on the empty side of hungry. I don't know, I just feel "lighter" and more energetic if my stomach isn't packed. I am sure you will get to this point as well and you'll find that it was worth the pain and suffering of these first few months. I still get those nasty binge and splurge urges but now I can compare how I'd feel if I ate all that I am craving to how I'd feel if I don't. I can honestly say that I haven't come across a food yet that is worth the physical discomfort of gorging - not to mention the gulit. All that to say, hang in there. You are doing great and pretty soon it won't be as torturous as it seems right now.

Lori, you are exactly right that every day is a new beginning. I think that is the case whether we slip up on our diets or not. There is always something I can do better today than I did yesterday. I am glad you aren't beating yourself up over eating 2000 calories yesterday. I know it feels bad when you've been eating so much less on a regular basis but it is still a very reasonable level in the overall scheme of things. I also find fresh from the oven cookies irresistable. I made sugar cookies for the kids yesterday. I cooked them a little longer than I should have so they came out edible but not the warm, ooey, gooey consistency that I love. I decided not to have one since I figured I had probably subconsciously overcooked them so that they wouldn't be quite so tempting. :D

Today is going really well. I am at 600 calories and have an aerobics class tonight. I've been to the gym everyday since Sunday and feel really good about the work I've done.

I'm off to help DS with a school project. Hope you all have a great afternoon!


05-04-2005, 09:11 AM
Good Morning Ladies! How is your Wednesday starting off? I weighed in this morning and lost 1 pound. Not too bad. I am happy with that considering the fluctuations the week before! How is everyone else doing?

I did get up and do my Crunch fitness tape this morning. It is so cold, that I did not want to walk outside. So I did the tape for 30 mins. I used this tape before when I lost weight before the girls were born. It is not too bad.

Tricia ~ Glad to hear that you had a good time on your trip! I would love to get away, but I don't think it will happen for a while. We have too much going on here.

Lori ~ I hear you about the cookies too! I made some orange slice cookies for dh on Monday. I have done pretty well with them. We actually have about 3/4 of them left, which is rare 2 days later! YEAH!

Well, I think the girls are up to start their day! Have a wonderful day!


05-04-2005, 11:13 AM
Hi and good morning to everyone. Sorry I haven't been on.
I am happy to say that I am down another 2 lbs since I weighed in 2 weeks ago. Slow and steady wins the race I guess.
I am finding that my will power comes and goes. Its easy to pass snacks up at home, but when a coworker brings in donuts its hard to say no.
I haven't figured out how to get excercise into my day yet either. How do you guys do it? Do you get up before everyone else?

05-04-2005, 12:35 PM
Good morning ladies!

Well, on official Wednesday weigh in I am down three pounds since last Wednesday. I am super happy about that. I don't actually think I've lost all those pounds this week. I have not had a great week so far. However, I was up that strange pound last week after being SUPER good so I think that last week I was retaining water. That is were most of my weight loss came from.

Okay ladies. I am sick of dieting. I feel ready to just stop. I haven't had such a hard time since I began. I know I've probably said that before, but now it's really true. I don't really want to do this anymore. I just want to eat those doughnuts and melted cheese sandwiches and fatty soups. I want a big old hamburger instead of a salad. I don't want to exercise. Sigh. Yesterday I blew it again. I don't even know how much I ate. Help me ladies! I told my husband that I just want to get pregnant now because I can't diet when I'm pregnant. I even thought...well if I'm pregnant at least 300 calories a day go to the baby. What is wrong with me? Why am I feeling like this?

Tricia--did you ever hit a point like this? What should I do?

Sorry to be so self centered today. I hope you are all doing okay, too.


SW: 193
CW: 161.5
PregnancyGW: 148
UltimateGW: 125-130

05-04-2005, 01:36 PM
Lori, I have definately been through what you described - and still go through it sometimes. I've handled those feelings a couple of different ways. There have been times when I knew I had to just muster up my willpower and push through because if I gave in there would be no turning back. Other times, though, I felt more in control and allowed myself the things I wanted just in reasonable portions. I always have to just play it by ear. It seems to get easier and easier because the more I give in the more I realize that I didn't REALLY want whatever it was I THOUGHT I was being deprived of. More often than not I just feel yucky after I've indulged. A little guilty but mostly just physically "blech." So, as I plug along I have more and more of those experiences to draw on and and it becomes a little easier each time to make the right decision.

I'll say this too. When I went on vacation I decided that my goal would be to simply maintain. I made the best choices I could eating out and tried to stay active, etc. but my goal wasn't to lose weight. Having that break from measuring, weighing, counting, etc. really jump started my drive again and, as it happened, my weight loss too. So, I think there is something to be said for giving yourself a break every now and then. Not a week of going back to all the old habits that got us here in the first place, but a controled, reasonable break from the expectation of losing weight. Plateaus are probably the perfect time to give it a try but anytime you are feeling weary of the whole process I think it would be beneficial. Losing weight it hard enough but to have to deal with your mind and body fighting against each other can only make it worse.

You've done great so please don't give up completely. You will be sorry if you did - we always are! LOL.

It is my day to bring the special snack for DS class so I'm off finish them up. I am sure you've seen these before but we got the 9 oz clear punch cups, put crushed oreos in the bottom, topped with chocolate pudding, then stuck in a plastic spoon that we had glued paper flowers too. Added a gummy worm and sprinkled with more oreo "dirt". They turned out really cute. I had seen them done in actual flower pots and silk flowers and those were even better but not practical for a bunch of 6 year olds. LOL. Anyway, the kids are all excited about them (they helped from start to finish) so I can't wait to see what his class thinks of them.

Have a great day everyone - and hang in there Lori!


05-04-2005, 02:40 PM
Lori - WW and my Dr., both, have said "do not deprive yourself" in other words, if you want it, eat it. And it might surprise you that it's not going to taste as good as you remember. So, if you want a donut, or a burger, then indulge and get one. And remember, as you are eating it, what they did to you the last time you ate them. That will also curb that 'feeling'.

I have been there, heck, I'm there right now. I wanted a bowl of cereal sooooooooooo bad last night, and finally, I caved. Once I ate it, I was like, "ha, what was so good about that?" But it showed me that my mind is trying to win, once again, and I showed my brain that, even tho I gave in, the taste/thrill wasn't there any longer, and I won't cave again. (((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))

05-04-2005, 04:53 PM
Just thought I would pop back in and let you all know what a big hit our "flower pot" snacks were. If you ever need something to make with/for the kids these were super easy and fast to make. The teacher sent a note home saying they were the best snack they'd had all year and that the children went nuts when they found their gummy worms buried in the "dirt." DS left school feeling like the big man on campus because his friends were so excited. The kids helped me put ours together and had a great time doing it. These would make a really fun rainy day project if you ever need one.

Gotta run.


05-04-2005, 08:03 PM
thanks for these above posts, ladies! Lori, I feel like I'm DONE today, too. I keep trying & trying, and don't lose anything, and I'm telling myself, well, I can eat more than this & maintain, so why am I trying so hard??? I think something's wrong with my body! It just is hanging onto this weight, even when I do good!

I appreciate those replies, Tricia & Kim....... I'm going to try to eat what I want for a few days, in moderation, and then maybe get back on board..... I'm just frustrated right now. I'll still check in here, though, and be posting, so that maybe I can get back in the game soon!

05-04-2005, 08:53 PM
Shawn--I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one. Hang in there. I think that you are making a good decision to "take a couple of days off." Just don't go crazy. Maybe by Monday you can "start again" as a belated mother's day gift to yourself.

I am trying to hang on through self control today. I don't think that I should eat what I want...that's what I HAVE been doing! Eek! You know...I am super depressed about EVERYTHING today. My moods are swinging all over the place. Perhaps I have some major PMS this month (my period is due at the end of the weekend). Half the time today I have just wanted to sit down and cry and the other half I have wanted to strangle my four beautiful, wonderful children. Sigh. I feel so discouraged about our finances and how dirty my house is and how I'm only getting mediocre grades this semester and how I am still fat, lol. My new hair coloring looks terrible and my baby is spoiled or something. She screams all the time (okay, maybe not all the time, lol). I can't seem to find the energy to get everything done that I should and yet I find time to waste on the computer. My husband has been having some problems at work and I am worried that he might get fired or even just up and quit! I am then worried that we will lose everything, become homeless and starve to death. There! I got it all out. Looking at it like this makes it seem a little stupid, lol. There is a very small probability that most of these things will happen. I am just weird today. It feels better to get it all out, though. Sorry if I am such a downer today.

Good news...I am only at 1150 calories and it's after dinner. I am planning on getting the kids to bed and eating a nice fudgesicle to round the day out at 1200.

Thanks ladies,

05-04-2005, 10:07 PM
I am super depressed about EVERYTHING today. My moods are swinging all over the place. Perhaps I have some major PMS . Half the time today I have just wanted to sit down and cry and the other half I have wanted to strangle my four beautiful, wonderful children. Sigh. I feel so discouraged about our finances and how dirty my house is and how I am still fat, lol. I can't seem to find the energy to get everything done that I should and yet I find time to waste on the computer.

I COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS! I actually called my dr today re: coming in to see if I've got some post-partum, and need to get on some antidepressants. I just have been soooo BLAH lately, and since I can't STRESS-EAT (like I'm used to doing), I just have to deal with it, but can't. I just go to bed early, so I can forget about everything.

Hang in there, Lori!


05-05-2005, 05:25 PM
Okay...twin mommies.
Where are you? I am fine today. Still struggling a little bit, but okay. I am on target for today and finished yesterday at 1200. I need to go do a little of this :ebike: and then I'll be good for the day.

Hope you're all well!