Support Groups - FRIENDS FIRST - Desperately Need a Diet Buddy #23 - 2005




NicoleNYC
04-06-2005, 08:52 AM
:hat: !!!HERE WE ARE!!! :hat:

Hope everyone makes the jump to our new location - our new SPRING CLEANING location!!!

It's Spring :flow1: - time for new beginnings and fresh starts!

To any newbies, we are formerly "Desperately Need a Diet Buddy" buddies and we've been around for several years now. Please feel free to jump in and introduce yourselves.


NicoleNYC
04-06-2005, 06:29 PM
And already we're on the second page :sp:

C'mon girls, some of you guys must be out there somewhere :flow2:

Here's a question for you - what are you old reliable, never fail and still healthy recipes? Or even basic favorites that we could help each other alter to fool the fam?

melmcc99
04-06-2005, 07:45 PM
Hello, Since I see you are slow here today, I'll jump in and say hello! I'm Melissa and had been posting on the moms losing weight page for almost a year now. It's gone a bit wacky the last few months. We had a huge influx of newbies and then poof everyone seems to have dissapeared. Anyway, I'm always looking for a buddy. As for the question about recipe's ........hmmmm well, off the top of my head. I have made baked ziti, which is so bad, but the kids like it, so what I've done is put less pasta and I shred carrot and green squash/zucchinni and mix it in. They eat and and don't realize there are veggies in it. Unless you have a super super picky one. I have one of those, but he's too young to notice that yet. My bigger one just think's it's seasoning if she seas any green. Anyway, I live in Northern Jersey and have two beautiful children almost 5 and 2 1/2. Stats are at the bottom. I was working out like a crazy woman for 5 months and somehow through life events, I have fallen off the bandwagon. Any suggestions? Per Nicoles thread comments, It's spring and time for a fresh start. I agree.


Fat in Hong Kong
04-06-2005, 09:43 PM
Hello "Friends" ... I found us!! :D This is going to be a great new beginning for all of us ... I can feel it in my bones ... well, I did say I was 42! :lol:

Melmcc ... Welcome to "Friends First" :) We're a bunch of girls who have been around for ... errrrr, quite some time :sssh: ... No worries that we're going to disappear ... We're all in it for the long haul :) You'll get lots of support and encouragement here, hope you enjoy it!

Brandy, you've put me on the spot there a bit ... recipes at 9.30am :dizzy: ... let me have a think and I'll get back to you later :)

Did you PM any of the other "Buddies" to let them know we've moved? I guess they'll find us from the link on the old thread anyway.

Well, here's to a new beginning for all of us :cheers: I just know we're going to be successfull! :)

Nichola

NicoleNYC
04-07-2005, 11:04 AM
Morning all!

Sorry about asking you to think of food so early in the a.m. Nichola, it does seem a bit unfair. I think the others will find us from the link. I'm not sure they really check their PMs anyway (I know if I have one, it can go weeks without my taking notice :o ). If anyone seems missing, we'll start a search party soon!

Melissa! Welcome! I'm ALSO in Jersey. Small world!!! Congrats on your loss, btw. Good job! Thanks for the ziti idea. I don't have kids but I have an unbelievably picky husband. I honestly did not know people could make it to adulthood being so choosy and "eeew, green stuff" about food :dizzy:

As to me, I am full of allergy meds today and preparing to WATP in a few minutes.

Hope you guys have a great day (the weekend is almost here!),
B :flow1:

melmcc99
04-07-2005, 12:02 PM
Thanks for the WElcome Nichola. Looking for to knowing all of you!

Nicole, where are you in jersey? I am in Bergen County. Anyway, thanks for the welcome, hope the ziti recipe helps some. My father is like your dh, he it's NO greens except Iceberg lettuce, the whiter part, which has no nutritional value really. Other than that, he eats corn on the cob and sweet potato. That's it for anything vegetable. I don't believe he likes fruit either. PICKY aren't they. Luckily, my dh LOVES just about anything. have fun with Leslie!

Again, thanks for the welcome gals!

No exercise for me as of yet. I am planning on doing some lunges and crunches today, I don't know about cardio. It's been a crazy day already!

Fat in Hong Kong
04-08-2005, 06:08 AM
Hi Girls,

Sorry I didn't get back to you yesterday with any recipes ... been up to my neck with household chores :mad: I've so much washing and ironing to do since coming back from hols ... just can't seem to get on top of it all!! ... The more I do, the bigger the pile in the washing basket seems to get! :?:

It was my first weigh-in today since starting afresh and I'm very, very pleased to announce that I've lost 4lbs ... yes, 4lbs!!!! :cheer: I'm quite surprised really as I must confess that I haven't been writing anything down, just being careful to eat healthily and watching my portion control ... it seems to have worked! :D

Melissa, no exercise for me either the past couple of days ... but I guess ironing for hours and hours counts for something right?? :^:

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

LORRAINE, RAFF, JO ... is there anyone I've forgotten?? KELLY, DANIELLE if you're still around .... Come on down!!! "Friends First" are waiting for you!! :grouphug:

Nichola

melmcc99
04-08-2005, 08:04 AM
Nichola, WTG on the 4 lb loss. You must be thrilled!!! What a nice way to end the week! I know what you mean about the laundry, it's just keeps on coming! I guess you and I both need to move our rears a bit today then since we haven't done any formal exercise in a few days. Anyway, I have 4 loads of laundry to fold and a closet to clean out today....YIKES... Have a wonderful day ladies. bbl

NicoleNYC
04-08-2005, 01:56 PM
Nichola- congrats on your four pounds :bravo: that's REALLY great!!!

Melissa, I'm in Jersey City. We moved here a few years ago and plan to move AWAY at some point in the future.

As for me, I could not tell you what I weigh. I am doing my best to get back on track and just haven't worked up the nerve to face the scale yet. I'll get there sooner or later.

Have a great weekend,
B

Fat in Hong Kong
04-09-2005, 12:28 AM
Brandy, go for it ... go get on those scales right now and make that fresh start ... the longer you leave it the more difficult it will be, and the quicker you do it, the sooner you'll be back on track and heading in the right direction. Make today count ... go on, just do it :goodscale You'll feel better when it's out of the way and not in the back of your mind worrying about whether or not you've gained ... and so what if you have? Make today the first day of a fresh start :)

Well, I intend to make the most of this weekend ... back to work on Monday :( I don't mind going back to work but I'm not looking forward to the early morning get-ups!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Nichola

NicoleNYC
04-11-2005, 09:20 AM
Well, I had a look at my weight and it's NOT PRETTY :( I'm still working up to typing it out loud. I'm just going to deal with it and get going.

My game plan is pretty simple - WATP + WW. That's it. Nothing fancy.

Happy Monday, guys :D

B :flow1:

Fat in Hong Kong
04-12-2005, 02:16 AM
Brandy, good girl for taking that step and getting back on those scales :) Your plan sounds pretty good to me, the less fancy the better I say ... Have a great week! :)

Started back to work yesterday and can't get over how exhausted I feel already ... feel like I need a holiday! :lol: ... only 12 weeks until the schools break up for summer hols ... yippee! :D

Nichola

RaffaellaBella
04-12-2005, 08:53 AM
Hi Chickies! I tried posting a few days ago but they were working on the website. Wish they would have told me that before I typed up the message. :lol:

Things are good with me. Still eating good and weighed myself this morning and the total lost is 9lbs. Yipeee! Finally! Except I started losing in the oddest place: my ***. I usually lose in the stomach and face first. (shame I have to say "usually", shows I'm a serial-dieter ;)

Nichola - Congrats on the loss! You are doing great! You asked for some recipes and I think that was a wonderful idea. I love getting new recipes.

Cavatelli With Spinach
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3/4 cup cooked cavatelli
1 cup cooked fresh spinach, chopped
1 large garlic clove
1/2 - 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil

While pasta is cooking, place spinach in bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Don't let the leaves wilt entirely. They'll do that later when you mix them with the pasta.

In small pan slice fresh garlic and oil. Cook garlic on med to low flame until you can smell it. Don't overcook the garlic because it will tasty nasty. Nast-E!

Add spinach to oil to coat and remove from heat. Add to boiled, drained pasta. Salt and pepper to taste. Yum!

Love to everyone else! Hope you are doing well.

Take care,
Raff

Fat in Hong Kong
04-13-2005, 06:15 AM
Raff, 9lbs lost ... That's fantastic!! :bravo: Whatever you're doing, keep on doing it! :D

Like the sound of your recipe ... simple and tasty :T ... that's my kinda cooking! I'll definitely be giving it a try.

We're having a few problems with our computer ... again!! ... so if I disappear for a while, that's the reason why! Hopefully Nick will get chance to look at it tonight or tomorrow and be able to sort it out.

Nichola

NicoleNYC
04-13-2005, 07:42 AM
Hi guys!

Raff, what an excellent (and uncomplicated!!!) recipe! Thanks! And congratulations on your nine pounds, that's excellent! As to me - the LAST places I lose weight are my stomach and face. Which SUCKS. I am such a friggin apple.

Nochola, let the countdown begin. Summer is almost here. Well...kinda. You'll be out for your holiday before you know it. Spring term always goes so fast.

As to me, I've managed to exercise TWO WHOLE DAYS in a row. Hoping to go for three. Maybe four, but let's not think too far ahead ;)

B

NicoleNYC
04-17-2005, 09:52 AM
Hi all.

Well I'm just kind of hacked this morning. After a really good week (exercised every day, drank lots of water, balh blah blah) I have lost...NOTHING. And gained half a pound. This had better be PMS related. At my weight, it should be coming off pretty fast.

I don't know what has happned to me. I sort of "rested" at 238 - 242 for a WHILE and even kind of got really lazy and messed up quite a bit and then it seems like I wooshed up into the 260s overnight and I can't get back out again. SO FRUSTRATING!!!

Send me good vibes, y'all, I need them.

B

RaffaellaBella
04-18-2005, 09:46 AM
Brandy - I'm sending you some sunshine :sunny: and positive vibes your way :goodvibes I wouldn't worry too much about the weight loss. It's too soon to tell. One of the things I've learned from my recovery group is to weigh myself once a month. At first I thought they were nuts, but I found it much easier than getting on the scale and watching the numbers yo-yo.

Fat in Hong Kong
04-19-2005, 02:42 AM
Raff, I agree with your adivce about not obsessing over the scales. I normally weigh myself once a week, but a few months ago I became obsessed and started weighing myself every day for some reason. I became depressed everytime the scale didn't move in the right direction or I'd gained ... but as we know this is quite natural. I'm now back to once a week and feeling much better about it. I'd like it to be once a month but I know what I'm like and I'd probably think that I could eat whatever I want for 3 weeks and then starve myself for 1 week in the hope of not gaining!!! :o

Brandy, just keep at it! I myself weighed in on Friday and haven't lost an ounce! I know why though ... didn't write anything down again and it's so easy to kid myself that I've eaten less than I really have! So fingers crossed for a better week this week :crossed:

Nichola

NicoleNYC
04-19-2005, 10:09 AM
Hi Guys! I'm not really a scale obsesser, but I do weigh myself every day (one time, first thing in the morning, no one-and-off, no scooting the scale around, none of that ;) ). If I don't, I sort of just go into denial and that's how I end up gaining 30 pounds in three months and not knowing just how it happened. At the same time, I don't expect the scale to move every day and the little ups and downs don't really get to me. I only really "count" losses from week to week, so if it's up and down all week but at the end of the week it's down - that's kind of what I take as "official." I understand that the daily ups and downs are controlled by like a million and one things. At the same time, at my weight - I should be losing pretty fast on a reasonable diet. I know that weight loss is slower as you get closer to your ideal weight but I am FAR FAR FAR from that. Blah blah blah, anyway, I'm not TOO down about it, it's just frustrating as I have so far to go.

NicoleNYC
04-25-2005, 10:33 AM
Hi all. You guys must all be very busy!

I now have two whole weeks of daily (week day) exercise behind me and I'm so proud of myself. I've still only lost about two pounds in total and I have no clue why but I guess I'll just keep at it and working on it till something happens. I'm confused and sad about it but there's not a lot more I can do really.

Other than that, not much going on with me. Hope all is well with all of you guys!

B

RaffaellaBella
04-25-2005, 07:03 PM
Hi All! Still chugging along here. It's TOM so the past 2 weeks have been really tough with the food. I've had cravings for the oddes things and have been hungry all week. And I mean with a capital H.

Brandy - Great job with the exercise and the weight loss. Wish I would exercise but I'm so damn lazy. ;) Have you thought about seeing a doctor? Maybe your thryoid is a little slow. Sometimes our bodies change and we can develope hypothyroidism.

Hope everyone else is doing ok.

Take care,
Raff

Fat in Hong Kong
04-26-2005, 02:08 AM
Hi Girls,

I'm still plugging away at it but not getting very far! Yet another week of staying the same! Raff, I know what it's like when TOM hits ... it was my turn last week and I couldn't stop picking!! At least it wasn't a gain!


Brandy, very impressed with your exercise routine ... I too wished that I could get motivated to do some. Raff, I'm like you when it comes to that department ... I need a good kick up the backside!!

Have a good week.

Nichola

NicoleNYC
04-27-2005, 12:39 PM
Hi All!

Well, TOM FINALLY arrived. I was WAY late, but still having PMS symptoms so I think any weight loss was masked by water retention. Whew!

I'm still doing WATP, even tho I am vv tired and blah (thank you TOM) - it's one of those things: I KNOW that when I exercise, I don't get the horrible cramping and muscle pain that normally goes with PMS/TOM and yet often I slack and don't make myself do it. Then I DO exercise through and am once again amazed by how much better and more managable my symptoms are. I am so hard-headed!

Speaking of, it's time for me to go WATP now! Hope you all have a great day! Take care!

B

britjo67
04-28-2005, 06:09 PM
Oops :o

Looks like I fell off the 3FC wagon again.

Currently going through Uni **** at the mo, so I hope I can be forgiven. I complete my degree a month today!!!! I have one essay to write this weekend, and two exams the last week in May and THAT'S IT!

Of course the reality is that I'll still only be halfway on my quest to be a lawyer, but wow, hasn't time flown...and you've been here, with me, the whole time. :cb: I don't know whether I ever told you, but I've decided what law I want to specialise in (if I can get it)....I want to do mental health law. There aren't too many options though, so I may well end up doing divorces instead. :^:

Won't have the graduation ceremony until I think February, as they have to hire I think the Symphony Hall in Birmingham to host it.

I've not been doing well diet-wise, with the stress of everything. In fact, I've gained so much I'm refusing to step on the scales. I went to the docs two weeks ago for my 6 month check....and he went mad at me about my weight gain (14lbs up since October) but understood why it's been hard. They had to increase my meds from twice a day to three times, because I'm not handling my diet the way I should (but told me I have to turn things around by August when I go back). With the stress I've had my first ever Psoriasis break out this week, and am itching so much I must look like I have fleas or something. Will head to the pharmacy tomorrow to see if I can get something without having to go see a doc (as I know too much sweet stuff, combined with diabetes and high glucose levels can cause psoriasis...and I don't want another lecture!).

Anyway I need to go get organised. Working in the law firm tomorrow (audio typing, woohoo :dizzy: )

Love to all
Jo

britjo67
05-02-2005, 09:51 AM
Hey!

Where'd everybody go?????

:wave:

RaffaellaBella
05-02-2005, 10:06 AM
Still here. Chugging along. My foodplan is going well and I'm at 312 from 325 so I'm happy about that. I'm only weighing myself once a month so I won't know until June if I've lost anything else.

How is everyone else doing?

NicoleNYC
05-02-2005, 10:45 AM
Jo - congratulations! I can remember when you were just THINKING about going back to get your degree and now you're done! That's wonderful!!! Now (putting on my stern lecture face), you take care of yourself! It's no good getting a degree and losing your health! TAKE CARE!

Raff, so glad things are going well for you!

Things are just not moving along at all for me. I need to take a break and get my head on, I feel like I can't organize myself to get going - which makes NO sense. Send me good weight loss head-getting-on-straight vibes PLEASE!

b

looking2lose
05-02-2005, 12:03 PM
I am very happy to have found this forum. I am a 30-year-old with an office job (I think it is in the job description to eat at your desk for your whole 8-hour shift. :moo: :comp: Anyways, I have found some great advice in your column so far. I need to get myself on the top of my priority list in order to unload some of the 'junk in my trunk.'. It is a pleasure to be here.

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looking2lose
05-02-2005, 12:22 PM
:cofdate: I love coffee. Starbucks' Mocha Grandes haunt me but the sugar and fat and calories are HUMUNGOUS. I like sweetened coffee (with tons regular sugar, switched to Splenda...but can't seem to use just 1 package). Does anyone have any ideas on what are good sweeteners for coffee that are not quite as bad as my heaping sugar scoops? I am trying to wean myself down, because I am a cubicle coffee guzzler. Any ideas appreciated. Thank you. :)
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lovemychocolate
05-02-2005, 04:33 PM
I would try out Honey instead of Splenda. I think you can use less of it and it gives tea a whole other taste. Try it out and see what you think!

RaffaellaBella
05-02-2005, 06:23 PM
Welcome Looking2Lose! You'll like it here. We're a good bunch of gals from all over the globe with the same goal in mind - to lose weight. I'm a coffee lover as well. I occasionally like flavored coffees but mainly stick to my homemade cappuccinos. Since I no longer use sugar or sweeteners in my coffee I sometimes add a little cocoa and cinammon on top.

Jo - You are almost done! We are all so proud of you. I know the gain is frustrating but you have to keep in mind that you are juggling a lot of things: kids, family and university. I'm sure you'll get back on track once things settle down.

Brandy - These vibes are for the both of us because I'm stressin' and I feel like my head is on backwards. :goodvibes

Talk to you all soon.
Love,
Raff

NicoleNYC
05-03-2005, 11:06 AM
Welcome new people!

I have cut back to one coffee drink about every other day (there's a Starbucks across the street, I'm doing the best I can). I usually have a toffee nut latte, soy, no whip. For coffee and tea at home, I usually us real sugar or honey. I'd rather have a little of the real stuff than a ton of the fake, but if I'm sick or it's cold and I'm drinking a LOT of tea then I'll switch to Splenda.

Raff :goodvibes right back atcha! I THINK I'm starting to sort things out. I'm just one of THOSE people :dizzy: when my house is out of order, my life feels out of order. It's time to clean out closets, get rid of the winter stuff, let go of the unused/unworn clothes and just start OVER. I don't know how we accumulate stuff so fast (I lie, my husband is a packrat and an impulse purchaser and I know it!).

Anyway, I'm back on WW and trying to walk every day. I don't know what else to do. The weight just won't budge so I'm going to have to try something new and SOON.

B

Fat in Hong Kong
05-04-2005, 04:18 AM
Hi Girls,

Sorry I've not been around for a while ... darn computer problems again!!! This is going to have to be very short as Tom is waiting to use the pc now I've managed to get it up and running again ... but for how long I can't say ... we seem to have probs every other day!!

Jo, sending you good luck wishes for your exams ... Tom is stressed out at the moment too, revising for his GCSE's which begin next week ... although he seems to be stressing out ABOUT revising and not ACTUALLY revising if you know what I mean!! God, it's so difficult to get a 16 year old to understand how important these exams are. Nick and Tom have been at each others throats for the past couple of weeks about Tom's lack of commitment when it comes to studying, but Nick went to London yesterday on business for a week so we can all breath a sigh of relief that things and going to settle down for a while ... hopefully I can coax Tom to do some work!

Brandy I'm in the same position as you ... Out of order! I really must try to get myself together!!

Welcome to the newbies :)

If you don't hear from me for more than a couple of days it's because the computers not working again!!

Nichola

RaffaellaBella
05-05-2005, 09:55 PM
Hi Chickies! I'm doing good here. Still following my foodplan but have noticed something recently: I'm eating a lot of Chinese ribs. At least 3 times a week I'll order a small portion of ribs which really isn't small because you get 6-7 meaty ribs. :D At first I couldn't understand the recent rib fascination, because I never eat ribs, and then I realized what it was. Ribs are hard to eat. It takes a lot of tearing and chewing and I'm taking my anxiety out on the ribs. Sounds weird but I think that's it. My husband is overseas and I am under a lot of stress trying to handle the homefront without him. And it's hard to contact him because he's in the mountains of Yemen. So I'm anxious and I'm using the ribs to temporarily relieve some tension. Funny, but sad.

I hope I didn't bring anyone down with post, but I just needed to share.

Love,
Raff

NicoleNYC
05-07-2005, 12:02 PM
Ok, guys. I've recommitted. And I've done well this week. I even updated my sig to admit to my weight when the week started (I'm trying to think about how that was a 28, yes that's twenty eight :o pound gain in the past eight months. It's past understanding). I have a lot of motivation going for me, not least of all that my clothes from last summer - which were too big when we went on vacation in September, are nowhere near fitting. Not even close. I saw this ad with a woman running and it says something like, "I'm doing this for my skinny jeans" and it just kind of clicked with me. I don't even HAVE skinny jeans. I'm doing this to get back into my REGULAR clothes. So wish me luck :goodvibes

Hope things are well with the rest of you!

Raff, maybe you can find some bubble wrap and go to town on that!

Nichola, hope you get those computer problems sorted.

B :flow1:

RaffaellaBella
05-07-2005, 12:52 PM
Thanks Brandy! That's a good idea. I'll take a trip to staples and get some.
I think it's great that your starting over. That's the great part of a new day: you get to start over with "clean page". And I wouldn't worry about skinny jeans, we expect you to look like a woman - not a twelve year old boy.

Hope everyone else is doing well and I'll talk to you soon.
Love,
Raff

Fat in Hong Kong
05-08-2005, 01:15 AM
Hi Girls,

Well, the computer is now working again but I don't know how long for! We keep having problems with viruses ... amongst other things! I've contacted a guy who comes to sort it out for us every now and again but he's been busy lately and Nick is away in London until Thursday, so I've been coping with it the best I can!

Confession time!! I've been awful lately!! Not able to stick to any kind of plan at all, just can't seem to stay motivated. I had a good week a while ago and lost 4lbs, then went totally crazy ... again!!! I just don't know why I can't manage to stick to it. It's not as though I'm trying to do some silly plan that's impossible to stick to ... it's just supposed to be healthy eating and watching portions ... I'm just totally greedy ... there, I've said it, I'm just a pig! :ink:

So, here I am in the middle of May, and the date my friends are visiting is getting closer and closer! I will die if they have to see me looking like this, but I know that there simply isn't enough time left to do anything that's going to make a real difference.

Brandy, I have the same problem ... none of my clothes from last summer fit me anymore and I'm getting more and more depressed about it. Why the **** can't I just do something about it instead of keep talking about it!

I really do want to do it ... it's affecting so many parts of my life, my happiness, my health etc. I can't keep doing this to myself. I'm sick of talking about it and I'm embarassed by the fact that I've told people that I'm trying to lose weight only to find myself gaining instead!!

So, here's the plan ... I'm starting off afresh ... I'm going to re-weigh and update my weight tracker ... I'm not going to mention to anyone I know (except you girls of course!) that I'm trying to lose weight ... I'm not "going on a diet" ... I WILL write EVERYTHING down that I eat ... and I WILL walk EVERY DAY!!!

Ok, so now I've got that off my chest!

Brandy, glad to see that you've recommitted too :) Forget about the gain over the past few months, just concentrate on the present.

Raff, how much longer is hubby away for? Nick's only away for a week and I'm already missing him :(

***Slight pause whilst weighing-in***

Official weigh-in on this day, Sunday 8th May ... 179lbs ... again! I'm now going to update my tracker and hopefully this will be the last time it says 179!!!

Sending good vibes to everyone else :goodvibes Have a great week!

Nichola

ecchs
05-09-2005, 11:10 PM
Can you believe it? I'm actually here. Ilost the way, but found it again! LOL

Weight loss is out the window. I'm fat and sad and ugly and fat and obvioulsy having a pity party here. LOL Sounds like the rest of you are trucking along though! Good for you!

Will do my best to update far more often. I missed you guys!

Lorraine
(Yes, that's right... I am actually posting! )

NicoleNYC
05-10-2005, 01:49 PM
Perk up, Lorraine, and time to send the pity party home. I was just there and it sucks. I sort of thought - jeeze, it would be easier to diet than to feel like this. Hee. So, I'm doing my best. I'm sure by now you are too :dizzy:

How's your re-start going, Nichola?

How's it going with you, Raff?

I'm trying to decide if I can drag my allergy medicated rear end up long enough to do even the one mile WATP. Wish me luck!

B

Fat in Hong Kong
05-11-2005, 03:26 AM
Brandy, my restart is a bit slow getting started if you know what I mean!! :( TOM is due in a few days and I'm wanting to munch on anything and everything right now! :mad: But I'll persevere and I'm sure I'll get started everntually.

Nichola

britjo67
05-12-2005, 03:00 AM
Hi guys.

Still plodding along here. Got two exams on 25th and 27th, so supposed to be revising now.

Dom hasn't been well for the last few months. He's missed around 12 weeks off school this school year. He keeps getting chest infections. It's even affected his hockey playing (we thought at first it was the hockey causing it). The doc has finally said he thinks they've all been blinded by the 'asthma' diagnosis for the last six years, and he no longer thinks it's asthma. :?:

He thinks it is a structural problem with Dom's left lung. When he was born at 39 weeks his lungs had stopped growing around 10 weeks earlier, and he'd had a rough start in life (with the docs calling him their 'miracle' baby because they didn't think he'd make it).

The doc thinks now that there is something physically wrong with the lung. He wants the consultant to arrange for an MRI and a bronchoscopy (camera down the throat job I think). We go to see the consultant on Monday. The perils of free medical cover in the UK is that we will have to fight to get it done, and may have to wait MONTHS before it is. :mad:

Anyway, last night I joined Slimming World, which I think is a purely UK thing....felt like a change from WW. Will update my profile to adjust to my starting weight.

britjo67
05-14-2005, 10:57 AM
Halfway down page two....hope everyone is having a good weekend.

NicoleNYC
05-16-2005, 11:31 AM
Jo, hope you guys get good news about Dom's chest infection or whatever this turns out to be :goodvibes It's a shame that you could have to wait so long! And :goodluck: with your exams!!! I have heard of Slimming World but only from people in the UK so you're right - it must be something you guys aren't sharing with us ;)

Nichola, I feel your pain ! TOM makes me :rollpin: and :censored: and :mcd: I have found that consistant exercise - even just 20 or 30 minutes a day - really cuts back on my symptoms, even the munchies. So if you're still doing your hiking, keep it up ;)

I just bought Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds book. I have really enjoyed her tapes so I thought I'd check this out. It's pretty much a day by day six week walking program to get you up and walking about four miles a day by the sixth week. The good thing is that you can either walk outside or use her VERY BASIC "steps" to walk inside (side steps, kicks, knee lifts, kick backs, walking in place, and arm work) - which I love. I mean what's NOT to love: climate control, my own music (or the tapes or while watching tv), it's never too hot, too cold, or too raininy inside and I'm pretty good at hanging with the DVDs for weeks at a time.

My only problem is that week six, the final week, we'll be on vacation. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there - I have an mp3 player that also does video so I could load the DVDs and do them while I'm home or just take the book and do the steps to music (or without) - but this is all assuming I'll get any time to myself! Oh well, like I said, I'll deal with it when i get there.

Hope things are going well for the rest of you!

B :flow1:

britjo67
05-16-2005, 03:02 PM
So much for my stint with Slimming World. :lol: I've quit already!!! :s:

It was just too complicated. My sis and Mom were doing it with me, and we were all completely confused, so we quit at the same time. The thing is, we know WW works, we know how to do it, how to count points, how we lose weight if we don't drop out....so having joined SW last week, this Thursday I'm going back to WW. :lol: I think I will have lost a few pounds anyway because I have been careful this week....but if I haven't it doesn't matter, I will do it next week with WW.

Just got home after a very long afternoon at the hospital with Dom. The specialist wasn't happy at the GP telling him what to do, so he's not going to do any of it. He has given Dom loads of anti-biotics and steroids to take for the next four weeks, then we have to go back. If he's no better, then he will have a CT scan. (I always thought CT and MRIs were the same). Not sure whether to be happy or not, but at least we know that if he isn't better that we'll be seen pretty quickly next month.

Good luck with the WATP Brandy...really sounds like it works for you. Once I get my exams over next week I am going to start using my treadmill.

NicoleNYC
05-19-2005, 01:35 PM
Jo - a friend once tried to explain Slimming World to me - good heavens! It's like MATH! With colors! :o I would never be able to follow something I couldn't understand but I know lots of people have success with it.

Best of vibes :goodvibes on all Dom's medical issues. Co-ordinating doctors is always frustrating!

I'm still plugging along with WATP. Today I'm supposed to do like two and a half miles - wish me luck! It's a little strange that the first week is one mile, one mile, one mile, and then 2.5 - seems like quite a jump but I'm going to give it a go. I'm off to do it right now, actually!

Everyone take care and girls in the US, I finally found this spreadable Laughing Cow low fat cheese everyone's been on about - WOW! It really is good!

B :flow1:

britjo67
05-20-2005, 02:51 AM
Hope you managed the walk yesterday Brandy. Once I get my exams over next week I'm starting on the treadmill.

My kids love Laughing Cow cheese. It's quite popular over here.

I joined WW last night, so I'm back to counting today, and feeling well up for it. :D

Later
Jo

britjo67
05-20-2005, 02:54 AM
Almost forgot, lost a pound last week.

ecchs
05-25-2005, 01:55 AM
Go Jo Go!

Lorraine

RaffaellaBella
05-25-2005, 09:46 AM
Hi Chickies! My weightloss has been put on hold because I refuse to stay within my calorie range. I got so lazy that I thought I could do it without monitoring what I ate. Well now I know better so I'm starting over again.

Welcome back Lorraine. We've missied you! Where are you living now? The last I remember you were moving because your husband got a new job. Hope all is well.

Jo - I hope Dom feels better soon. And I hope the doctors can't get their act together.

Brandy - Hope everything is good with you. Are you still living in Hoboken? My friend and I took a ride there because we hadn't been there in a few years and it has changed so much. New buildings everywhere and no parking to be found. Sounds like Manhattan, eh?

Well got to run off. Have some Dr. appointments to go to.

Talk to you soon,
Raff

britjo67
05-25-2005, 01:17 PM
Hi guys.

Raff, I constantly tell myself I can do it by being sensible. Heck, I know what is healthy and what isn't.....but can I put it into practice?????? Not a chance. The ONLY way I can do it is by being rigid, and writing down EVERYTHING I put in my mouth.

I think I've lost a little this week, going to WW tomorrow for the weigh in, but I haven't really been counting points...I had an exam today on Medical Ethics (went ok, but not brilliant), and got one on Trusts and Equity Friday morning. Going to start properly on the weightloss/fitness thing at the weekend.

Right, gotta go, need to revise.

Love
Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
05-26-2005, 05:14 AM
Hi Girls,

Sorry I've been MIA for a while ... computer again!! :mad: Anyway, it's sorted now, for the time being at least!

Still struggling on ... no loss to report ... finding it difficult to stay on track as always!

Jo, hope things go well with Dom. Good luck with WW again! I'd also heard that Slimming World was a bit complicated ... best to stick with what you know and trust.

Brandy, I'm impressed with your attitude towards the walking ... you make me feel really guilty for being such a lazy #$*! I've not been hiking for a while ... the weather here has become so hot and humid that it's really not enjoyable to do it right now. But I really do need to get out and do something.

Everyday I see several women out walking ... usually first thing in the morning when I'm on my way to work, or later in the evening when the weather isn't quite so overpowering, and I wish that I had the "get up and go" to get out there and do it myself. What puts me off (apart from the "being too lazy" issue), is the "what to wear issue"! Now you might think this is ridiculous or you may understand how I feel, but with my legs there is absolutely NO WAY that I would be seen dead outside wearing shorts and trainers! :o I simply can't bring myself to do it. And it's now far too hot to wear track suit pants or any other kind of full length trousers. I've looked everywhere for some sort of cropped track suit pants but can't find anything in my size! :mad: Does anyone know of a mail order site that sells sports wear in larger sizes ... one that sends overseas?? If I could get something decent to wear and didn't feel so embarassed about the way I look I'm sure I'd be more inclined to get out there!

Raff, I thought that I could monitor what I ate too without having to keep track by writing it down ... I should have known that I would be doomed for failure!! I really must get myself an new little book!!

Lorraine, "Hi" hope you are doing well ... good to see you back! :)

Well, I'm off to prepare dinner before the final of American Idol (I've been addicted to it!!)... yes, yes, I know that you all know who's won, but we're a bit behind here!! Sophie came home from school wanting to tell me who the winner was ... someone had checked it out on the internet, so I've threatened her to keep it to herself!! I was very annoyed when my favourite, Constantine, was eliminated, so now I'm cheering for Bo ... Go Bo Go! ... The kids think I'm crazy!! :crazy:

Oooh, I've just discovered the new smilies ... cute aren't they ... :ebike: :woo: :tantrum: :wl: :beach: :moped: :scooter:

Nichola

PS - Almost forgot, was up to 180lbs so will update my tracker ... again!!

britjo67
05-26-2005, 06:31 AM
We're addicted to it too, in our house.....the final is shown tomorrow night though.

I'm resisting the urge to check out the website for the result though :D

Constantine was my favourite too, and he was the favourite of my best friend at Uni. We were gutted and ready to go marching over to the states to campaign for the reinstatement of him. Scott should definitely have gone that week. :lol:

Fat in Hong Kong
05-27-2005, 10:56 PM
Jo, hope you enjoyed the show ... who did you want to win? I'm really disappointed that Bo didn't win, although I'm sure he'll still do very well and we'll hear a lot more of him. Carrie was pretty good but I thought she seemed a bit "wooden" on stage if you know what I mean ... probably just lacks a bit of confidence at the moment.

Ok, now that's over and done with, I'll be getting addicted to America's Next Top Model which starts on Sunday!!! I pretend that I'm not really watching ... you know, it's just on for Sophie to watch ... but really I can't resist ... Sad aren't I?!! :o

I'm going to the theatre this afternoon to see "Saturday Night Fever" ... I'm really looking forward to it :D Nick was supposed to be coming but he's not well ... thinks he's got food poisoning ... I think it's because he doesn't want to come to see it really and I forced him to get a ticket!! :lol:

Have a great weekend!

Nichola

britjo67
05-28-2005, 04:58 AM
Have a good time at the theatre.

I was gutted Bo didn't win....but I think he'll have commercial success anyway. Ooooh I love America's Next Top Model too.....they've been showing re-runs of the last one this week here...the one I like never wins though.

Right off to town today. My 11 year old needs to go bra shopping....she is going up to a C cup already. Sheesh....didn't want her to take after me in that respect (she looks 13 now as she's tall, slim and leggy...which she didn't get from me!!! :lol: ).

britjo67
05-28-2005, 04:58 AM
Oooh I forgot....Alan joined WW on Thursday so we'll be doing it together!

NicoleNYC
05-30-2005, 11:04 AM
Hi all!

Didn't watch most of AI this year. I "kind of" knew a girl who was in it and when she got eliminated (e-hem, I think she was first or second to go from the top ten) I lost interest. Honestly, if she had hung in all the way I don't think I'd have watched that much. I was too busy with Amazing Race and ANTM! I'm SUCH a fan. But bad news - Crazy Janice won't be on the next season of ANTM! I LOVE her!

Ok, um, yes...diet. Well, I've stalled out at 262. I've been really good with the walking but my freakin' DVD player just up and died this am. I've just remembered - I have these on VHS! And I don't think I've worn out the three mile VHS yet! SAVED! WOO-WOO :cb: YES!

Jo, isn't it SO fun dieting with your husband? I always feel like I'm dieting for two when M tries it with me. We are exposed to diet and diet fads and just general nutritional info without any breaks, all day, every day, all the time. How can they not know ANYTHING about ANYTHING when it comes to food and weight loss? HOW??? :tantrum: I am not proud of myself but I had a very bad moment where I just reached my absolute end and said, CAN YOU NOT JUST READ THE :censored: book?!? I am lucky he is a forgiving and patient man :o

Nichola, I don't know what to tell you about athletic wear. It's fairly easy to find here. I've even found it at places like Target. You can try junonia.com and justmysize.com - I have no idea if they deliver internationally. Also - lanebryant.com might? I don't know. It's fairly easy to find here. I have several pairs of light weight crop pants and tees that aren't just big sacks of blah (thank you Target) so I'm sure that someone must deliver them to your part of the world.

Hi Lorraine :wave:

Raff, we're in JC, right next to Hoboken. If you turned the corner from Hoboken to JC, we are IN all the new high rises and the little fake neighborhood :lol: JC and Hoboken now have lots of cool stuff - who knew!

Ok, now that I've figured out I can do the tape as the DVD player is down, I'm off to walk two miles!

B :flow1:

britjo67
05-30-2005, 03:55 PM
Tell me about it, Brandy! :rolleyes:

He only expected me to count HIS points as well as my own!!!! Told him 'NO WAY....have enough trouble counting my own without taking responsibility for your weight-loss' sooooo I think it will end up a competition.....as soon as I get to being lighter than him he'll be competitive, and do it properly. :lol:

ANTM doesn't have Janice???? Won't be the same without her, she's so nasty to the girls. :s: Hope they get someone equally nasty though. Mind you I like Nigel.... ;)

Well, it's a bank holiday here this weekend, so we've had a laid back time. Took the kids to see Revenge of the Sith. Alan took Dom to see it last week, while me and Natty were at an Avril Lavigne concert....but me and Nat wanted to see the movie, so the boys came to see it a second time :rolleyes:

Right, I'm going to go and read for a while.

Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
05-31-2005, 02:36 AM
Brandy, thanks for the info, I'll check out the sites to see if they deliver to HK, if not it looks like I'll have to get my mom to send some over from the UK for me.

Jo, I took Sophie to see Avril Lavigne when she was in HK over Easter. Must confess that I expected her to be not so good but I was quite impressed ... the only thing I was annoyed about was the fact that she was only on stage for 1 hour, if that, and it cost us HK$770 for each ticket!!!! That's about 55 pounds!!! How much did you pay out of interest? Concerts are very expensive here, it really annoys me to have to pay so much. However, there were cheaper tickets but Sophie told her dad that she just HAD TO HAVE the best ones!!! If Nick and I go to see anyone we have to settle for the cheapest!!!

Enjoyed Saturday Night Fever ... brought back a few memories :D And it helped that the lead was quite a hottie too! ;)

Hope you all have a good week.

Nichola

britjo67
05-31-2005, 05:35 AM
I think it was 25-30 each, for the tickets, and we were in a decent side block at the NEC. Her concert does seem short, but she only has two albums so I guess that's part of it. The tour has been going on for ages, we saw her first last September (I think), at the NIA, then she came back round Europe again....obviously booked the smaller arenas, packed them and figured she'd come back and pack the bigger arenas.

Well Dom finally has the all-clear from the doc for the time being, so is GOING TRAINING TONIGHT!!!! He's soooooo excited! :D He's really missed his ice hockey, we just have to hope he's back for the summer now, we really don't need him being ill and missing more school. It's half term here so the kids are off and driving me crazy. Remind me why I take them to the supermarket with me??? :dunno:

Well I guess as I'm no longer at Uni, I have two choices....housework, or reading.....hmmm....tough choice.... :beach:

Jo

ecchs
05-31-2005, 01:18 PM
Hey Gals!

Been MIA for a bit. Been nursing my herniated disc as I was an idiot and decided to shuffle wheelbarrows of concrete with the big boys a few weeks ago while we were doing hte fence. Why do I do that? Just because I'm a bigger than average girl, I feel like I should be doing more of the heavy lifting etc. which is what got me into this condition in the first place. I know better now, and yet I still do it! What a twit I am. Ah well, now I'm paying for it.

Raff: LOL It's been too long since I've posted here I guess. My DH got that job 2 years ago. LMAO. We've moved again since then into a nice new house in a suburb neighbourhood with loads of kids and nice neighbours. We're having a blast.

Brandy: Good for you! I would have used the DVD breakdown as a total excuse not to do anything!

Nichola: I would be more than happy to send you some things. Let me know.

Jo: Glad you're done Uni for the year. I bet you're enjoying that extra time. I'd love to join WW too. Just waiting for the cash to do it. So pinched with the new house right now.

Well, that's the lot of you I think (sorry if I missed anyone....:( ) I'll try and post more often. You gals are an awesome group!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
06-01-2005, 03:26 AM
Lorraine, sorry to hear about the disc, take it easy, hope it's feeling better soon!

Jo, glad to hear the news about Dom ... you must be so relieved. Hope he enjoys the training. My Tom is feeling pretty upset right now ... He plays rugby for both the school team and another local team in HK, and he was lucky enough to be selected to play for the under 16's Hong Kong International team this season, and went on tour to Sri Lanka. He just had an email from the team manager to tell him that there is a special training session with one of the England rugby team players next week ... unfortunately it falls on the same day as his GCSE Maths exam!! ... You can imagine what I'm having to put up with now!!! I think he expected me to say I'd write a letter asking if he could sit the exam on another day!!! :lol:

Well, must get on and do a few jobs!

Nichola

britjo67
06-01-2005, 03:42 PM
Oh, how unlucky for Tom :( Hope he gets over the disappointment, but I can't see them moving his exam for something like that.

Lovely to see you back, Lorraine. Hope you can post more often. I was MIA for so long and now I'm back no-one's here :D

Jo

britjo67
06-02-2005, 04:24 PM
Weigh in tonight.

I lost 1.5lbs, total 2lbs in 2 weeks, not exactly speedy (but I've not exactly been good :o )

Alan in his first week lost 4.5 :^: Men! Pah!


Jo

ecchs
06-03-2005, 02:40 AM
Any loss is a good one Jo! Keep with it; and don't compare to Allen: men are different and have different challenges.

I need to get my whole head around this thing. My biggest weaknesses are boredom eating and procrastination eating. I'm about fed up with my fat butt however, so something must be done NOW. I'm going to head to the gym tomorrow and get a start anyways.

Hope everyone is doing well. Enjoy the weekend!


Lorraine

ecchs
06-06-2005, 12:39 PM
Hi everyone! Made it through the weekend...heading downstairs to clean the basement a bit. Hope all is well with everyone!

Lorraine

britjo67
06-07-2005, 04:00 AM
Hi all.

I'm going to see a healer tomorrow. Apparently she does everything without touching me, so it should be interesting. I have a pinched nerve in my neck (can't remember if I said) and the pains in my arm are unbearable, so I've got to try something. The anti-inflammatory pills don't seem to be working.

The diet is going ok...apart from the donuts at my Mom's house yesterday :o

Talk soon
Jo

RaffaellaBella
06-07-2005, 06:52 AM
Hello chickies! I haven't been getting notifications from this site, so I decided to check in.

I'm doing ok. Still not following my foodplan so I'm at a standstill. The weather has been so hot now in NY that I have been eating only ices all day. I have to find some cold food recipes to make because I don't enjoy hot food during the summer.

My sister and and I are thinking of going to Scotland in August or September. Does anyone have any advice of where to go and stay. We prefer bed and breakfasts. Any help would be great!

Jo - Glad to hear that everything is okay with Tom. And congrats on the lost. Remember that a 1lb loss per week is the healthy way to lose weight.

Lorraine - Hope you feel better soon. Are you seeing a chiropractor about your disc?

Nichola and Brandy - Hope you are doing well.

Take care,
Raffaella

britjo67
06-07-2005, 07:14 AM
I'm going to be in Scotland the first week in August...come then and meet me!!!

You have to stay in Edinburgh for some of the time, it's beautiful. Also, go to Drumnadrochit (on the banks of Loch Ness).....you never know, you might see Nessie!!!

Loch Leven is beautiful, and you can see seals in the water there, that's in the Western Highlands.

Visit Scotland Website - click here (http://www.visitscotland.com)

RaffaellaBella
06-07-2005, 06:42 PM
Jo - It would be great if we could meet up. And thanks for the info. I'll pass it on to my sister.

Love,
Raff

NicoleNYC
06-10-2005, 09:39 PM
Hi Guys,

Quick one from me - M has been out of town since Tuesday. About two hours before he left, I found out I'm pregnant. I am an emotional mess but hope to feel better once he is home tomorrow and I've had a chance to like see a doctor and know what this is going to mean for us. We were absolutly not trying but I think once I have time to get used to the idea, I'll be able to get excited about it. So far, I just can't sleep or eat or relax. I'm a mess. Send me your prayers and good vibes, please. And some for M that he should get home safely. Thanks and more when I'm more settled and sorted.

B

britjo67
06-11-2005, 04:10 AM
Sending you prayers, Brandy.

I'm torn between being really excited for you, and worried about you because you are in a bit of an emotional pickle. These things happen often at times when you don't expect them, but you handle them in the best way possible because that's just what you do. You're strong (even if you don't feel like it right now) and you can get through this. When will M be back?

Love
Jo

RaffaellaBella
06-11-2005, 06:25 AM
Brandy - Sending some good vibes your way. :goodvibes

NicoleNYC
06-11-2005, 09:28 AM
Mark gets home today! YAY! And there is the ghost of a hint of a piece of a sliver of a chance that his job could really really work with us in a way that would solve pretty much all of our issues. Pray for us, send vibes, or whatever it is you do. Please!

My fifteen year old cousin is staying with me. I'm taking her back to the airport this morning and by the time I get back, Mark should be home. YAY YAY YAY!!!

I will get happy about this eventually, everything is just so undecided right now. Mark's thrilled. I'll be thrilled soon too, I hope.

Thanks for all the good thoughts and vibes,
B

Fat in Hong Kong
06-13-2005, 03:03 AM
Brandy, my thoughts are with you ... and I'm very pleased for you both ... and so will you be when the shock has worn off!! I remember when I first became pregnant ... even though we were actually trying, it still came as a **** of a shock when the test showed positive ... Nick and I just looked at each other and said, "What have we done?! It was quite scary to think we were going to be responsible for another life ... but you soon get over it, and a wonderful experience awaits you :) Hugs and good vibes are being sent your way :grouphug: :goodvibes


Nothing's changed on the diet front ... still stuggling along! Can't remember whether or not I've already mentioned it, but our friends are definitely coming to HK on 5th August ... Only 7 weeks away!!!!! :eek: How the **** am I supposed to lose 40+lbs in 7 weeks????!!! Why, oh why didn't I stick to this damn diet months ago?!! So, here we go again ... back on track starting from today ... any loss is better than nothing right :^:

Hope everyone else is doing better than I am! Have a great week! :)

Nichola

NicoleNYC
06-16-2005, 07:08 AM
Nichola, enjoy your friends when they come to visit. They will be so happy to see you that you will look beautiful to them no matter what you weigh!

So here's what's going on in my life: Still pregnant. Now also moving. We are spending next week visiting my family, seeing my new doc, looking for a place to live, and trying to buy a car (and oh yes, re-learn to drive. Or in M's case, learn to drive). M will work from home doing his current job (yay) and travel up here once a month, occasionally out of the country. We are going to come back from this trip and start packing! Wish us luck and say a prayer please!

britjo67
06-16-2005, 08:39 AM
All sounds very exciting Brandy. Where are you moving to? Back down south to your family?

I wish you all the luck in the world for the future, and you are firmly in my prayers.



Weigh in tonight.....gulp....I've been awful this week, and eaten pretty much anything and everything. On the plus side, I bought some diabetic toffee while out shopping today (it was more realistic than the cinnamon pretzel with caramel dipping sauce I wanted to buy!!! :lol: )....and although it's not as satisfying as the pretzel, it does have laxative powers, so maybe I will be lighter when I go to WW tonight! :o ;)

Fat in Hong Kong
06-17-2005, 05:58 AM
Brandy, good luck with the move ... where are you going? Sounds like you're going to be pretty busy over the coming weeks ... just remember to take it easy!!

Jo, hope the diabetic toffee worked and the weigh-in went well! :lol:

I've also been awful this week!! :mad: Just can't seem to get started. So much happening at the moment ... School finishes for summer hols on 7 July and there are so many social things going on ... some people leaving Hong Kong, so there's lots of parties, dinners and lunches to attend, then the end of year "do" for the whole school, then the end of year "do" for the school year that I work with ... the list is endless!! Trying to diet right now seems impossible ... I know it's an excuse as anyone can stick to a diet if they really want to, but I know that your girls will understand how difficult it is when you're up against this sort of thing.

One day it'll happen ... one day ......... :rolleyes:

Nichola

RaffaellaBella
06-17-2005, 09:39 AM
Hi All! I went to the dr. yesterday and I'm still at 311. But I feel like I've put some weight on. It may be that since I haven't been walking my muscles have turned to flab because I feel all jiggly again.

I booked a trip with my husband for Paris next March. Scotland is out of the picture because it's too expensive and I'm way too poor. I was so looking forward to the seeing Scotland. Perhaps next year. For now I will have to contend myself with watching Monarch of the Glen (same storyline everyweek but the scenery is worth it).

Brandy - Congrats and good luck on your new journey! Baby and a new home - how exciting. You are going to be more beautiful than you are now; pregnant woman always are. Make sure to keep us posted along the way.

Jo - Sounds like your sweet tooth has been acting up. The toffee was a good alternative. It's been hot here in NY so my food has been upside down because I don't want to eat anything cooked. Which leaves nothing else I like expect water ices.

Nichola - Life does get in the way of our weight loss, but you'll get back on track. I keep praying that if I'm not ready to lose anymore than pleeeze don't let me gain it back. As if God has something to do with my weight problem. :lol:

Talk to you all soon.

Love,
Raff

NicoleNYC
06-17-2005, 11:15 AM
Hi guys! Thanks for all the well-wishing, it means so much. I'm very nervous but excited about the move. I'm coming around about the other. We are planning to move back down south to be close to my family and friends. YAY!

Raff, enjoy your upcoming trip to Paris! Sounds so fun. I've always wanted to visit Scotland as well but I guess that's off for a few years yet.

And everyone - good luck on your various weigh-ins and diet plans. I have managed to go down a few pounds (not on purpose) because I'm so neurotic about everything I'm eating. From what I understand, it's my job to just eat really healthy and my weight will do whatever it does. Oddly, this whole knocked up thing has made it easier to make good choices because I'm trying to hard to avoid the various uncomfortable pitfalls. We shall see.

Take care and I'll probably post again in a week or so when we get back!

B

Fat in Hong Kong
06-24-2005, 11:01 PM
Hi Girls,

How's everyone doing?

I've been bad, bad, bad all week ... nothing new here then!! :mad: I really have got to pull myself together. Clothes are getting tighter and tighter by the day. I feel so depressed right now about the way I look and feel but just can't seem to get the motivation to do anything about it ... it seems so difficult. I really want to do something about this, so why the **** can't I just do it?!!

I mentioned in my last post about all the social things going on at the moment ... all involving meals/drinks out ... and I simply haven't got the willpower to make sensible choices. I think I'm destined to be fat, ugly and unhealthy for the rest of my life! :(

Next week I have to attend the end of year staff function ... there's a theme that everyone has to wear black/white ... Now, I have the black trousers of course, but I need a black/white top to wear with them ... I've been looking for one but simply can't find anything that fits!! I've been near to tears in the changing rooms ... just don't know what I'm going to do :( I really am feeling rather desperate ... What the **** am I going to do?!!!!!!

Sorry about the depressing post, but I really needed to vent my anger and depression, and your the only ones that I can be honest with. :thanks: for :listen:

Nichola

britjo67
06-26-2005, 01:20 PM
:( Good luck with the search for something to wear Nichola. It's so horrible when weight prevents you being able to wear what everyone else wears.

I've not been around this week because I spent Monday-Friday in hospital. I'm still very weak and tired so I might be mostly absent for the next week too. I was admitted as an emergency after 24 hours of the most awful pains, and being sick every time I ate something. At first they thought it was appendicitis...then because of where the pain was, gall stones. An xray and a scan later and gall stones had been ruled out, but every time they reintroduced food I was ill. Their final guess was an ulcer, so on Friday morning I was told that I was having an endoscopy, and if they found something I could go home but if they didn't they'd keep me in and do more tests. The endoscopy was vile, but fortunately they found inflammation. I don't have ulcers, but was close to getting them. They did a biopsy as they sent the camera down, and they will test for a bacteria called H pylori....which encourages ulcers. I'm rattling with all the drugs they gave me, but I can now eat (yay!), and I'm home.

The plus side to being so ill....my weight is down a whopping 14lbs or so, and I now weigh 230. Now I'm eating I think it will go up slightly, but I'm trying to be careful. This has been a wake up call for me and my eating habits and lifestyle.

Anyway I need to crash now, just typing this has left me shattered.
Talk soon
Love
Jo

NicoleNYC
06-26-2005, 07:30 PM
Nichola, good luck finding something to wear. The idea of "plus sized maternity" sends chills down my spine. I expect to be doing my own dressing room crying in a few months. Good luck to us both.

Jo, I am so sorry you've been ill! Hope they can sort you out soon. It just blows to feel yucky any length of time. Slow down and take care of yourself.

Hi to everyone else!

We've found a house to rent, I've seen a doc, and we should be moving around Sept 1. Please send prayer and good thoughts our way.

B

Fat in Hong Kong
06-27-2005, 02:24 AM
Jo, so sorry to hear you've been so ill :( Hope the docs can sort you out soon! ... Take it easy :)

Brandy, I've still not got anything to wear to the staff 'do' ... and it's on Thursday!! :stress: I'm so fed up about it ... decided to leave it until Wednesday before going into town again to have a final look ... being the day before means that I'll just have to shop until I find something ... even if it's something I don't like or doesn't fit properly!! :(

I really am so fed-up with all this pussy footing around, pretending to be on a diet when I'm clearly not! :mad: There's a few girls at work who've been dieting, they've been losing weight very slowly and now it's really beginning to show ... I feel so jealous :( That could have been me if only I'd been sensible about it.

Anyway, here's the deal ... I finish school next week for the hols (6 July) and return to work on 29 August ... that gives me 9 weeks between now and when I go back to work. I'm going to be sensible.

I've been checking out info about the 'Low GI Diet' ... it all seems to make sense. Everything that I've read about it says it's simple and easy to follow ... and one of the most important things for me is that people who have tried it out say they are never hungry! It's pretty much just a healthy lifestyle and nothing gimmicky ... AND it's actually recommended by doctors.

I'm so convinced that this is the plan for me, that I've gone ahead and ordered a couple of the books from Amazon. Until they arrive I'm going to be doing what I can myself by using the info/recipes on various websites.

I'm actually feeling quite positive about this ... I just need to keep myself focused on the long term benefits and not just want to lose all the excess weight by tomorrow!! :D

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
06-29-2005, 04:32 AM
Well, it's Wednesday, the day before my staff 'do' ... Went into town after work to find something to wear. One of my friends from work came into town too and decided to come shopping with me. For me this was a great embarassment as it meant that I would have to disclose my dress size to her :o She started picking out some lovely tops for me to try on but I explained that I couldn't possibly wear any of them because they were made in clingly/stretch material which just clings to every lump and bump that I have ... slim people just don't understand! She kept saying that as long as I had the right size they'd be fine ... but I know differently!!

Eventually we found a few tops that would possibly not be too revealing (of the lumps and bumps), and she asked what size I'd need ... she was looking at the UK size 16's for me (which I did wear just a few months ago, but not any longer!), and I told her that I'd need a size 16 or 18 depending on the top. However, I knew deep down that there was no way a 16 would fit ... and probably not the 18 either!! ... I was right, I ended up with a UK size 20!!!! :( I felt so ashamed that I'd lied and said I was a 16-18 when all along I knew I wouldn't fit in them ... I even tried to hide the size shown on the hangers when I went into the changing rooms but she insisted on coming in with me and wanted me to show her the tops when I had tried them on. I know she was only trying to be helpful but I just wanted the ground to open up and swallow me!

It's even got to the stage now where I turn the clothes hangers around so that other people in the shop cannot see what size I'm carrying when I walk through the store.

This has taught me a lesson ... I am no longer going to lie to myself or anyone else about my size ... it's obvious for the whole world to see so there really is no point. I felt absolutely gutted today when I had to confess the truth. I'm hoping this is my turning point ... I don't want to go through this ever again.

Anyway, I did eventually find something to fit ... not what I would have really liked but girls like me don't have much choice in the matter :mad: ... This will not be the case for much longer!!! I've had enough of feeling old and frumpy, and I AM GOING TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT!!!!!!

Nichola

PS - Sorry for moaning again!!

NicoleNYC
06-29-2005, 01:40 PM
Nichola, first - no one else cares what size you're wearing. Why? Because they are too busy thinking about what size THEY are wearing. Second, I have learned that it IS the fit. Some things that you think may be too revealing or too clingy IN THE RIGHT SIZE can actually be quite slimming so try on EVERYTHING and take an objective friend. I am like 90 pounds heavier than you and I still manage to find things that look nice so you are being WAY WAY too hard on yourself!!!

Go ahead and use this as a motivation to stay on plan but in the mean time, ease up on yourself! Be nice to yourself! I PROMISE that if a big girl like me can still look pretty damn good, things are not nearly as bad for you as you think!

Jo, hope you're feeling better.

As to me, I am like queen of the low grade nausea but it's not puking so I'm not complaining. If any of you mommies remember any good cures for nausea, please feel free to share!

B

britjo67
06-29-2005, 02:02 PM
Saltines, Brandy.....or ginger cookies.

I had nausea with both mine, but was only sick once (due to a craving for pickled onions when I managed to eat a full jar :^: )

Nichola try not to worry about what size you are. I'm sure your friend wasn't even thinking about it. It is possible to find sexy things in big sizes, you just have to find a style that hides the bits you want hiding and shows off the bits you like.

I feel ok now, just very tired....but at least I can eat!!

Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
06-29-2005, 11:59 PM
Brandy & Jo, thanks for the kind words :) I'm feeling a bit better today and realise that there's no quick fix and I've just got to get on with it.

Brandy hope the morning sickness doesn't last too long :^: I never had morning sickness, but I did suffer from teatime sickness with one of them :?: Usually around 5-6pm each day it would start and I couldn't bring myself to fix dinner ... just the thought of it, yuk! The only things that I fancied to eat, and what helped with the sickness, was apples and pickled beetroot!! :lol: which I'd never actually liked before!! That's not much help to you I know, but I guess everyone's different :)

Jo glad to hear you're feeling better, take care!

Just got home from work to find that my GI Diet books have been delivered :D I'm quite excited and can't wait to read them from cover to cover ... I'll let you know how it goes.

Nichola

NicoleNYC
06-30-2005, 12:56 PM
So pickled onions or pickled beetroot? This is what you guys craved. Oh my. I guess I'm lucky I just want carbs (french fries and pasta)! I read about someone else craving baby powder (and actually eating tablespoons of it at a time) and another friend's mom wanted dirt. I am so getting off light!

Thanks for the ginger cookies idea. I know ginger helps (candied ginger helps really fast) but it's just so yucky. I will try the cookies (because who doesn't love a cookie) and see how that goes. I've not actually been sick (knock wood and say a prayer) but the queasiness is annoying. Esp as we are having people in to look at our apt and all I want to do is lie down in a dark room and sleep!

B

britjo67
06-30-2005, 03:00 PM
Hehehe.....with me it was practically anything acidic, so apart from pickled onions I had a bit of a craving for lime cordial, lime juice mixed with lemonade, sour candy, and pretty much anything that makes you screw your face up with the sourness. Good thing about pickled onions though (and I did actually lose weight when I was having Dom as I dieted under hospital supervision) is that they are NO POINTS!!!!

Hope you find the books easy Nichola. I've tried on and off to get into the GI diet as it's supposed to be recommended for diabetics.....but try as I might, I just think 'oh I can't be bothered' and end up counting points again. Had my weigh in today and my official loss after being ill is 5lbs. The other weight I lost was false weight in that it was weight with no food whatsoever in my system. It's stabilised over the last few days so I know it's a definite 5lbs.

Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
07-01-2005, 12:57 AM
Oh yes, I forgot to mention the picalilli (sp?) which I also craved and helped with the sickness! :lol:

Jo, well done on your 5lbs loss, that's great! I have started to read the books ... looks fairly simple and straightforward so far ... I just have to get my head around thinking differently ... Surprised to find so many foods that I've always thought of as good diet foods to be high GI, such as things like rice cakes, I've always had those in the cupboard for a quick fix snack when I've felt peckish ... maybe it's where I've been going wrong all these years! :dizzy: Anyway, I'll give it a go and see what happens.

Weighed in today and have lost 3lbs this week by doing my own thing ... trying to follow a sort of low GI plan but hadn't already received the books. Now I've got them, let's see if I can manage another loss next week.

Nichola

britjo67
07-01-2005, 03:43 AM
Well done on the 3lbs, Nichola, that's great!!!

NicoleNYC
07-02-2005, 09:53 AM
Wow, you guys are losing and I'm just sort of floundering (obviously). Congrats!

I haven't read the low GI book but I've read similar. It was very eye-opening to realize that a lot of the traditional diet foods are just completely useless and are probably contributing to your hunger. Hello, someone could've mentioned this sooner!

Still trying to find someone to rent our apt. First couple are kind of jerking us around, but I'm hoping they come through after all.

B

kap34
07-03-2005, 01:18 AM
Well what do you know, I disappear for 6 months and when I finally get a new computer and hunt you guys down, Brandy has news that brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you!!!
Just think, you will not be in your last trimester till after summer (BIG PLUS!!!), you will miss the hottest part of summer in the south if you guys are not moving till Sept.1, and sometimes pregnant women do not have trouble with weight. Three days before I had Josh, I was 14 pounds lighter than the week I got pregnant!!! And with Erin, I went for regular Dr check on Monday,he says we are going to admit you cause you are dilated, she was born on Tuesday, and on Thursday when I went back to Dr, I was down 23 pounds!!! And she only weighed 5 pounds. I loved what being pregnant did for my weight!!!

I am so proud of you Jo for actually going back to school to achieve your dream. I think about it but I never do anything about it.

Nichola I know just what you mean about trying on clothes, and wanting to look nice and it being hard to find things. I wanted to get some racy lingerie for our anniversary and I hates picking up the pieces and looking at them, I just knew everyone in the shop was staring at me thinking "Oh that is disgusting, SHE'S going to put THAT on THAT body" but a very nice large salesclerk came over and it made me feel better to ask her about the items. I would have died if it had been a tiny model body who had come over to help!!!

Anyway, hopefully I will not get lost again. I have a new computer that is just MINE, no kids on here downloading all sorts of stuff and clogging it up and inviting all sorts of viruses in. I have recommitted (AGAIN) to losing weight. I am still the same weight as I was 3 years ago but I will be 38 years old in 23 days and I do not want to be this weight at 40!!!

I know all the right things I should do, it is just a matter of doing them. I am going to do them. I want to look like Demi Moore did at 40!

One last thing for tonight, has anyone heard from Daniell in the last year or so? She used to email me every day but in Jan. 2004, she just stopped. Her situation with Donnie was not the best and I worry about her and the kids.

Kelly

britjo67
07-03-2005, 03:58 AM
OMG Kelly how fantastic to see you again!!!! I've really missed you!!! I haven't heard from Danielle and have been worried about her, but lost touch ages ago with her and Ali.

I'm 38 this year too, so we can commit together to achieving success before we're 40. Don't feel any different than I did 20 years ago (although I'm a lot fatter).

Right, off to watch a tv movie with Natty. I love Sunday mornings, Alan takes Dom to the ice rink for his skating lesson (helps with the hockey), so we get the tv to ourselves, and can watch trashy movies without it getting changed to sport. :lol:

Enjoy the rest of the weekend
Love
Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
07-03-2005, 05:35 AM
Kelly, great to have you back!! :wave: We all seem to be starting over again so let's all commit together to doing this right once and for all!! :)

I know what you mean about the lingerie ... I often find myself looking longingly at the sexy undies wishing that I could look good in them :( One day hopefully .......

I often think about Daniell and Ali too, I wonder how they are?? So strange how Ali just suddenly disappeared the way she did and none of us were able to contact her. :?:

Well, it's been a very boring weekend for me ... it was public holiday on Friday but Nick had to work, he also worked yesterday, and he's had to go into the office today too!! :mad: I'm now going to prepare one of the recipes from my new low Gi book for dinner ... hope it's as tasty as it sounds :T

Nichola

ecchs
07-03-2005, 10:53 AM
Hi everyone!

Kelly! Welcome back! We missed you. Congrats on the rededication too. One step at a time. If you lost one pound a week, you could lose 104 pounds by your 40th. Completely doable. You WILL do it!

In regards to Ali girls, I honestly think she wanted to cut all ties with her "fat" self, including anything associated with it. After working so hard, maybe she thought that she needed to go with a clean start to maintain her loss? I hope she's keeping it off and LOVING her new self.

As for my self, well, I'm loving me, just not what I'm doing to me.

Nichola, I'm glad you found something to fit. I get in stages where I refuse to buy anytyhing new because I'm going to lose the weight, then look awful for weeks on end in the few things I have that fit. I end up feeling even worse than I did if I was just unhappy aobut my weight. So now, I've learned to buy the next size up if I need to...at least I'm not beating myself up too badly about it then. You will do it! And remember, I would be more than happy to send you clothes from here; just tell me your taste in styles.

Jo, so glad you're feeling better. I love it when the boys are out of the house too...I can watch my home improvement shows without all the eye-rolling! :lol

Raff...how're you doing?

Brandy...I have some plus size maternity clothes that you're welcome to. I was about a size 24 when I got pregnant with Erik, so that will give you an idea of whether the clothes will fit or not. Don't be too worried about gaining weight. I found being pregnant the easiest time for me to focus on healthy eating. I was doing it for the growing baby inside me, and for some reason, that was the best motivation. Take up a prenatal exercise class if you can..I did prenatal yoga, and that turned into a practice after Erik was born as well for me. And really consider nursing after your baby is born. I nursed and did WW on the nursing program (10 extra points back then) and the weight dropped off. And, it's good for your baby too!

We spent the weekend doing massive amounts of yard work. We went from having a dirt backyard Thursday night, to having a sod covered yard, and a gravel path by Saturday morning. I am thrilled. Whcih reminds me, I should go water the sod, so I'll be off.

Talk to you all soon!

Lorraine

kap34
07-03-2005, 10:48 PM
Lorraine- I never thought of it that way..just a pound a week..and 104pounds lost by my 40th. WOO HOO !!! Now I am psyched!!!

Everyone have a great holiday weekend.

NicoleNYC
07-04-2005, 09:53 AM
Hi all! Wow, I don't check for like two days and suddenly we're all super chatty. YAY :cb: How will I ever catch up!

First, thanks for all your good wishes and various advice. I will be asking tons of questions, I'm sure. I've had a few rough days with nagging nausea and headaches but yesterday I started taking ginger tablets and that (knock wood and say a prayer) seems to help.

Kelly, when I think of all the time I've wasted trying to lose four or six or eight pounds a week, I feel like a jerk. One pound a week (which would men such tiny little changes) and I'd be done by now. Yeesh. Good luck to you. Imagine, all that by the time you turn 40! WOW :dizzy: AND WELCOME BACK!!! :hat:

Lorraine, thanks for the offer of clothes. I will keep you in mind when the time comes and it's so kind of you to offer! Am def considering nursing and will make every effort (well, almost, I do hear of these poor women going to extremes and being miserable and I think it's great for them if they're that dedicated but I have my limits)! How on earth did you get all that yard work done in such a short time! :o

Nichola, hope the GI thing is going well for you. We're having a dull weekend too. It's a three day but Mark had to go into the office. It's so weird to think that this time next year we will be at my family's yearly 4th of July reunion. And with a new member of the family. Also, you should plan a massive shopping trip to the US - it sounds like as plus sizes go, we just have a lot more selection. Actually, I suspect that here you'd not be in plus sizes but in regular ones so the choice would be even bigger. No idea if the siatuation is the same in the UK. I do my fair share of complaining about plus sized clothes and never being able to find what I want, but you make me greatful that at least I have stuff out there to choose from!

Jo, hope you enjoyed your trashy movie! I think about Alli and Danielle all the time. I've tried to email Ali and contact her through her other site (the one she shared with someone else) but...nothing. Maybe she'll turn up again sometime.

RaffaellaBella
07-04-2005, 10:53 AM
Hi Chickies. Sorry I haven't been around, but it's been hectic over here with my mom because the dr. has discovered she has three clogged arteries in her heart. We've been running to dr. appt's and tests, and nothing is clear. I'm not sure wether it's the the heart dr himself or the surgeon he confers with that itsn't clear, but we haven't been getting any definite information. So my mom is thinking of getting a second opinion which means more appointments and so on, and so on............you catch my drift? It's crazy over here.

Congrats to all you losers! You've done a wonderful job.

Welcome back Kelly! We've missed you.

To all the patriotic Americans, have a happy 4th. And to everyone else I wish you a wonderful day.

Love,
Raff

britjo67
07-11-2005, 02:41 AM
Whoa, no-one's been around since July 4th. Hope you're all ok.

Guess I've been distracted over the last few days, with the bombings. We haven't been personally affected by the bombs, only have one relative in London and he was fine.

I gained half a pound this week, ho hum.....although hoping to lose it again by Thursday.

Today we're off to the bank to try and change mortgage, we can save over 100 ($174).....and that saving should hopefully make a big difference to our monthly finances. Not sure if I can cope with the excitement though....people talk money and all I hear is 'blah blah blah' :blah:

Fat in Hong Kong
07-11-2005, 03:26 AM
Hi,

Sorry I've not been around for a few days ... been having a few problems at home which aren't yet sorted and I'm feeling very down.

On the bright side, I've lost another 2lbs ... whether this has anything to do with the GI plan or the fact that I'm simply not in the mood for eating I don't know!

Hope the rest of you are ok.

Nichola

kap34
07-11-2005, 10:30 AM
Hi all,

Jo-Glad to hear you and yours are all ok after the bombings.

Raff- Hope you are getting everything straightened out about your Mom. I have been through having stints put in my Mom and several bypass surgeries with other family members so I know how frustrating it can be with all the testings and things. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Nichola- Congrats on the 2 lbs...I am just sorry if it is due to problems at home. Hope you get everything worked out.

We have been preparing for Hurricane Dennis, just in case he decided to turn east and hit north Fl.

As it turned out all we got is some wind and rain. Not that we needed any more water here but I am not going to complain because it could be so much worse. Pensacola was hit very hard and they are still recovering from Ivan from last year.

Summertime is usually when I regret living in Florida, the constant rain, the occasional hurricane, and the unbearable heat. The rest of the year it is near perfect.

I am thinking of biting the bullet and joining our local gym when the kids start back to school. The thing is, it is a small town so it is a man's gym, you know, the ones they go into to lift weights and look like Hulk Hogan...anyway, I do not know what sort of things I need to do. I want to tighten, strengthen,tone up, burn some of those calories, as opposed to building muscle mass. Does anyone know anything about which machines are better for this? Or anyone know of websites that could tell me? There is no personal trainer there at the gym, so I can not go that route. Just thought I would ask.

Hope everyone is having a great day.
Kelly

britjo67
07-13-2005, 02:41 AM
Hope the Hurricane missed you Kelly.

Today I have to go to University. The results are out at noon. OMG I feel so sick. In a few hours time I find out whether I've got the grade I need to be a lawyer......scary stuff :yikes:

Fat in Hong Kong
07-13-2005, 04:53 AM
Kelly, hope all was well with you in north Florida and Dennis decided not to make a visit!!

Jo, all the best wishes in the world for your results ... I'll be keeping everything crossed for you ... GOOD LUCK!!!

Nichola

RaffaellaBella
07-13-2005, 10:13 AM
Hi, Chickies! Still drudging along here at 312lbs. Have not lost a lb since, but I also haven't been following my foodplan either so its to be expected.

Jo - I'm sure did great at Uni. Keep us posted with your results.

Kelly - Sorry to hear about the weather. Here in NYC we've been getting wind and rain from the Cindy and then Dennis, but thank goodness never anything serious.

Lorraine - You out there?

Brandy - How's it going with the pregnancy and move?

Nichola - Congrats on the loss and keep up the great work.

I wanted to give you all a recipe I got from Dr. Weil (I'm on his email list).

Fresh Berry Gratin
--------------------
4 servings

A nearly effortless way to enhance fresh berries. The aroma of the warm fruit is sublime. Ingredients:

3 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries)
4 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp. skim milk
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

Instructions

Place berries in an even layer in a 9-inch pie plate or divide among 4 individual gratin dishes. In a small bowl, whisk together cream cheese, milk and lemon juice. Spread over the berries, leaving the outer edge uncovered. Set aside in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour.

Preheat the broiler. Press sugar through a coarse sieve over the berries, covering them evenly. Broil until the sugar has melted, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
178 calories
6 g total fat (4 g sat)
10 mg cholesterol
31 g carbohydrate
4 g protein
6 g fiber
171 mg sodium

Well got to run off. Have an appt with the therapist today and then I'm heading to the library. Don't you wish you were me? :lol:

Talk to you soon.

Love,
Raff

ecchs
07-13-2005, 12:25 PM
I'm here, just up to my eyeballs in stuff. Will post soon, I promise.

Lorraine

britjo67
07-13-2005, 01:40 PM
Love the recipe, Raff, although I think I'll do it with Splenda instead of sugar.

Well, I PASSED. Got a 2:1, which is between 60 and 69% overall, which is what I needed to be able to find work, after my postgrad course. My average worked out to 64%, so I was very happy. Off out for a meal with Alan to celebrate now.

Oooh and I can put letters after my name now :lol:

Jo LLB (Hons)

RaffaellaBella
07-13-2005, 02:53 PM
Congrats Jo! Now explain what the letter mean....

Fat in Hong Kong
07-14-2005, 12:41 AM
Well done Jo! ... You've made us all very proud!

Raff, love the recipe too ... but like Jo I'll be trying to see if it works with a sugar substitute, as I can't have sugar on the Gi plan.

Well, the problems at home are slowly but surely getting sorted thank goodness. And my Gi plan seems to be going quite well ... or at least I think it is ... I'll let you know when I weigh-in again!!LOL

Nichola

britjo67
07-14-2005, 08:54 AM
Thanks guys.

Have to admit I had to google to find what LLB stands for (the Hons bit is because it's an Honours degree).

The degree of Bachelor of Laws is the principal academic degree in law in most common law countries. It is abbreviated LL.B. - LL. is abbreviation for the plural legum (of laws); thus LL.B. stands for Legum Baccalaureus in Latin. In the United States it is sometimes called "Bachelor of Legal Letters" to account for the double L.

NicoleNYC
07-14-2005, 10:31 AM
CONGRATULATIONS JO!!!!

And hi to everyone else. Things are going fine, just very busy, very tired, very nauseated. But other than that, a-ok!

B

britjo67
07-14-2005, 11:27 AM
Awww Brandy, the tiredness and the nausea are the worst, but when you get to the second trimester you'll feel so much better.

Fat in Hong Kong
07-14-2005, 08:16 PM
Brandy, hang in there ... it will get better soon ... honest!!

Weighed-in this morning and I'm down another 2lbs!! This is the best diet plan that I've ever tried ... haven't felt hungry, and I don't feel like I'm "on a diet" ... Can't be bad!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Nichola

NicoleNYC
07-18-2005, 09:21 AM
Thanks Jo and Nic, everyone keeps telling me it will get better soon and I'm REALLY COUNTING on that being true. So I'm holding y'all to it!

Nic, congrats on your weight loss and on finding a great plan!

I'm going to be out of town for a big so if you don't hear from me, I haven't run away to join the circus or anything ;)

B

ecchs
07-21-2005, 01:50 AM
So sleepy. I actually had to pull over on the way into work and have a 10 minute nap. Ugh. Only 5 more days until I can have a decent night's sleep without worrying about things that need to be done. By the end of the weekend, my community event that I'm helping plan will be done and I can relax!

Lorraine

kap34
07-25-2005, 07:23 AM
CONGRATULATIONS JO!!!

Nichola- Whoo Hoo another 2 pounds- GOOD FOR YOU!!!!! I think finding the right eating plan makes all the difference in the world.

Brandy, Jo is right, the second trimester is wonderful. The nausea goes away and you have tons of energy and just feel great in general!!

Raff- hope all is well with you and your Mom.

Lorraine- Hope all went well with you community event and you can finially get some rest!!

We just got back from renting a cabin on a lake with our kids and 3 of my nieces and nephews...had a wonderful time but I am exhausted. Didn't sleep well because my mind kept wandering to all those horror movies we have all watched...you know, quiet, peaceful cabin by the lake, unsuspecting people enjoying themselves, unknown maniac lurking in the woods. Yeah, I know they are movies but my imagination just WOULD not stop....

Now it is back to business. The kids start school in less than 2 weeks and I am having a trip to the mall today with Josh and his girlfriend, heaven help me, two 16 year olds in the mall with a visa card...I may still be there this time tomorrow!!!!

Everyone have a great day!!!

NicoleNYC
07-27-2005, 03:59 PM
Hi all!

Quick update from me - went to the doc on Monday, heard the heartbeat. Sounds like a washing machine. We're moving in about three weeks and have SO MUCH to do, if you don't hear from me - that's why.

B

Sparklerose
07-27-2005, 06:00 PM
Hi, new here, I am 59 years old and have 13 grandchildren. I have lost 45 pounds on WW and have about 25 to go. Have been struggling with the last pounds for months now. Been looking for a good support group. May I join you? :)

RaffaellaBella
07-27-2005, 09:48 PM
Welcome Sparklerose! You can jump in any time.

I heard that some people on WW alternate their days and points when they find the weight isn't coming off quickly.

Hope this helps.

Take care,
Raffaella

britjo67
07-28-2005, 02:25 AM
Hi Sparklerose, welcome to our group!

Brandy, good luck with the move, but try and rest as much as possible (and no lifting heavy boxes!!! :nono: )

I'm heading off to Scotland tomorrow for Dom's ice hockey camp. His health is hanging in there so he should make it through the week....the Monday we come back he has an appointment with the specialist so at least we have that to fall back on. I've not packed, got nothing organised, and got to go to the vets today as one of my rabbits has a sore on his back. :( Tomorrow lunchtime Alan will come home from work, walk in and say 'right lets go....you'd better not have forgotten anything' :eek: What I'd like to know is who made me the organiser????? I hate being expected to sort everything, pack everything and get the grief if I forget something. :dunno:

Anyway, it's unlikely I'll be back online until I get back, so take care, and see you all after 6th Aug. :wave:

Love
Jo

P.S Almost forgot, gained 2.5 this week :cry:

RaffaellaBella
07-28-2005, 12:44 PM
Jo - Have a good trip and hope Dom has a great time.

Fat in Hong Kong
08-01-2005, 06:37 AM
Hi Girls,

Sorry I've not been around for a few days ... the computer has been 'away' ... for repairs yet again!! ... It's the last time we're getting it fixed ... the money we've spent over the past 12 months would have bought us a new one!!

Anyway, just wanted to say 'Hi' :wave: ... Still struggling along ... not done too well lately!! :mad: I'm really busy right now as our visitors from the UK arrive on Friday and I'm trying to get our apartment sorted to accommodate them!! ... Some holiday it's been for me so far since finishing work for the summer hols ... I'm exhausted!

I'll try to catch with you all again soon.

Nichola

PS ... Welcome to Sparklerose!

RaffaellaBella
08-05-2005, 09:11 PM
The thread's been a little slow lately. Hope you all are doing well. I'm still chugging along. Haven't lost any more weight although I would love to lose 10lbs before hubby comes home from Yemen at the end of the month. Think that'll happen?

Well got to run off. Hope to hear from you all soon.

Love,
Raff

britjo67
08-06-2005, 12:05 PM
Hi folks, I'm back. No idea how I've done, not dared step on the scales.

The hockey camp was fab for Dom he learnt so much in such a short time...the main coaches were a British hockey star (yes there really is one :lol: ), and a Canadian hockey player, and was run by the head coach of the professional team we follow.

At the end of the camp eight trophies were handed out and guess what???? DOM WON ONE!!!! He got a trophy for the hardest/fastest shot. They got a police officer to come to the rink with a speed gun to measure how fast the kids could get the puck to travel with a wrist shot, and Dom did it faster than the other 26 kids......he managed 28 mph and was so happy. He'll never be the best skater or the best puck-handler because his dyspraxia slows him down, so to actually achieve something for a skill is just incredible.

Natty was bored for the entire week and doesn't feel like we had a vacation this summer....although she did like being able to swim every day (there was a pool at the centre where the rink was).

Right, I have a mountain of laundry to tackle. Have a good weekend.

Jo :wave:

ecchs
08-11-2005, 11:59 AM
Hey everyone!

Just a quick pop in. It seems like the summer is slipping away. Hope I can get back on track in September.

Lorraine

RaffaellaBella
08-14-2005, 11:08 PM
Hello Ladies!

Just popping in to say Hi. Mom's still recouping from surgery and she's not feeling very well so we are all a bit concerned. She has another dr's appt on Friday. We're hoping that the dr. can shed some light on why she's not eating.

I'm just waiting for this summer to pass because it has been in the upper 90s and even hit the three digits one day. I can't take this humid NY heat. Fall can't come quick enough for me.

The scale is registering the same weight, which I find to be impossible because I truly feel like I've gained weight. My doctor weighed me the other and I still weigh the same. She said that since I stopped walking because of the weather I may have lost muscle and replaced it with fat. Makes sense.

Jo - It's wonderful that Dom had a great time. I'm sure you are so proud that he won a trophy. Does he hope for a future in hockey?

Hope everyone else ok and hope to hear from you all soon.

Love,
Raff

P.S. Got a little recipe for you.....take a couple of jars of marinated artichoke hearts and one gar of roasted red peppers. Drain and mix together. Add olive oil and sliced garlic. You can also add black olives if you like and any Italian seasoning. Enjoy.

britjo67
08-15-2005, 06:54 AM
Raff, I hope you find the answers soon for your Mom.

Dom does want to be a professional hockey player in the NHL (but then he wants to be a magician too!). We have no misconceptions about it though, he loves the game, we love watching him play the game BUT with his dyspraxia his fine motor skills aren't what they should be, and we're under no illusions about his future. If he can find a rec league as an adult I think that will be as far as it goes, he will not make it as a hockey player (plus the pay for pros in the UK is not good).

I'm off to the hospital this afternoon for a check up after my bout in hospital in June. I've had two bad days since I got out, one of them was yesterday, and both due to stress....so I guess it probably is an ulcer, or the pre-ulcer indicators.

Talk soon
Love
Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
08-16-2005, 01:03 AM
Hi Girls,

Don't worry, I haven't desserted you ... my visitors are still over from the UK until Friday, and the past couple of weeks have been hectic!! It's been great having them here but I'm looking forward to getting back to my normal routine this weekend when they've gone home!!

Haven't been near the scales ... I'm dreading it!! Been over induldging in both the food and drink department so I'm going to be starting over yet again when they've gone. My clothes are telling me that I've gained lbs!!!! So I'll just have to buckle down and get really serious about it ... I'm actually looking forward to it ... I'm sick of going out for meals and drinking ... hasn't stopped me though!! :devil:

Nick has had a some time off work whilst they've been here but he's had to go into the office for a couple of days and I persueded our visitors to have a day out on their own today ... I'm totally chilled out, still in my dressing gown and not even yet showered ... It's wonderful having the place to myself for the day!! ... except for Tom & Sophie who are also enjoying having their bedrooms to themselves for a few hours!!

Anyway, must get on and do a few chores whilst I have the chance!!

Catch up with you all properly in a few days.

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
08-22-2005, 01:10 AM
So, where has everyone disappeared to in my absence?? :?:

At last my visitors have departed ... it was good seeing them all again ... but it's even better now they've gone and we've got the place back to ourselves again .... Does that sound selfish??

Anyway, it's been a very exhausting time and I've just got this week to chill out a bit until going back to work next Monday. In a way I'm looking forward to getting back to some sort of routine ... but not looking forward to the early mornings!!

Needless to say, whilst our visitors have been here, I've gained loads and am now back up to 178lbs and starting over!! :mad: Staying with the GI Diet but also going to keep track of calories as it's so easy to kid myself that I'm not over-induldging :o

So, how's everyone else doing?

Catch up with you all again soon.

Nichola

ecchs
08-23-2005, 09:50 PM
Hi all,

I'm still around, thankfully! I got rear ended yesterday on my way to work and am starting to feel pretty stiff and sore. If I don't perk up, I'll head to the Dr. tomorrow. Still fully intending to start at WW in September again.

Nichola...I know what you mean about having your own space after visitors. It's nice to have your own place back.
Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
08-24-2005, 12:11 AM
Lorraine, sorry to hear about what happened yesterday but glad to hear that you weren't injured ... hope you're feeling ok soon.

Finding it difficult to get back on track properly and hoping that when I go back to work next week and get back into a 'normal routine' things will improve. I just feel so darn tired lately ... doesn't matter how much sleep I get, I still have trouble functioning properly during the day ... I guess all the late nights with visitors didn't help and it's all catching up with me!

Nichola

ecchs
08-24-2005, 10:05 AM
I feel completely off track too Nichola! I wish September would be here and be done with it. The weather here today is absolutely abyssmal anyway, so it's not like we'd be missing summer. Bring on school and a reguslar schedule. My son is an orangutan lately. Last night was the final straw. We will be initiating operation "Get to Bed" starting at 7 p.m. this evening come **** or High Water. LOL

Feeling less stiff today, which really makes me happy as I hate the whole insurance thing. I've documented with them in case something comes up, but I think all will be fine.

Nichola...make sure you're getting enough iron too. Anemia can sneak up on you, and just drain you out. Spinach for lunch! LOL

Make today a great day everyone!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
08-25-2005, 01:00 AM
Lorraine, glad you're feeling a little better :)

The weather here has been awful too lately ... especially the last week of my visitors hols ... rain and storms and ridiculously high humidity nearly every day - it would have to be the week that they'd planned on going to the beach/pool to have a sunbathe!! Finally cleared up a couple of days ago but I've not had time to enjoy it ... been trying to catch up with everything since they left!!

As far as the tiredness thing is concerned, it' been bothering me for a while now actually. Not sure whether it's just because I don't get enough rest ... I'm usually late going to bed (no matter how much I try to get to bed earlier it never seems to happen!) and have to get up early for work ... or whether there is some other underlying cause for it :?: Anyway, I'm going to see how I feel when I get back to work, and I'm going to make an effort to get more rest and generally take care of myself more. If it doesn't improve in a few weeks I'll go see the doc.

I've got a bag of spinach in the fridge ... so spinach for lunch it is then!! :lol:

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
08-26-2005, 10:51 PM
This is just a quickie to say that I weighed-in yesterday and I'm down 3lbs, so finally back on track! :D

Hope everyone has a good weekend ... hope to see a few more people around here next week!!

Nichola

ecchs
08-31-2005, 03:05 PM
Fantastic Nichola! Keep going!

I, on the other hand, and starting to resemble an overstuffed sausage in shoddy casing. Ugh.

Lorraine

ecchs
09-06-2005, 03:02 PM
Such a busy time for everyone! Come back soon girls!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
09-07-2005, 03:11 AM
Hi Lorraine :wave:

I'm still here!! Have been checking-in everyday but no one has been posting so I thought I'd been desserted!!

Unfortunately, since my last post things have gone a bit crazy and I'm totally off track! Have had a struggle staying on plan since my visitors left, apart from the first week when I lost 3lbs of the 5lbs that I'd gain while they were here!! The last couple of weeks I've yo-yo'd up and down, losing then gaining the same 3lbs!! Consequently, I'm back up to 178lbs again!!

This is getting rather embarrassing ... how many years have I been trying to lose weight? Well, we all know it's a very long time!! :o

I started to do the Gi Diet a couple of months ago (or at least I was supposed to have been doing it!) and the first 3 or 4 weeks went well, until my visitors arrived. Since they have left I've tried to get back on track but I KNOW I've been going overboard on my calorie intake ... and we all know at the end of the day it doesn't matter what kind of plan we are following ... If we consume more calories that what we burn up the scales aren't going to move in the right direction!!

On Monday I decided to start keeping track of my calories again as this seems to be the only way that I've ever managed to lose weight successfully in the past. I'm one of these people who tends to kid myself all too easily that I'm not over-eating, when deep down in fact, I know that I am. I'm going to try to stick with the 'Lower GI foods' because basically it is all about healthy eating, and I do tend to feel fuller for longer and don't tend to get the afternoon snack attacks that I used to get. But I will be continuing to count calories so that I can keep track of what I'm eating.

I'm now back at work and a little 6 year old boy in my class said something to me that suddenly hit home, it made me realise that although I know I'm overweight, other people can see it too ... I AM FAT!! He said, "My daddy is as fat as you and my grandad has got a really big tummy too!" ... Well, what can I say?!! ... Kids eh ... we can always rely on them to tell us the truth! ... Little darlings! In a way he may have done me a favour ... reality hurts and this may be my turning point. :^:

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
09-07-2005, 03:57 AM
Have decided to set myself some mini goals in the hope that this will motivate me! When I reach each one I will treat myself to something nice (none edible of course!).

I'm going to do this!! :crossed:

Nichola

ecchs
09-07-2005, 11:56 AM
I'll join you Nichola!

1st Mini Goal...getting to the gym three times in a week

Let's see how I do with that one first shall we? :lol:

Good luck with yours Nichola!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
09-10-2005, 02:18 AM
So Lorraine, how's it going? Have you managed any visits to the gym yet? I really do need to start doing some form of exercise too. For the past week or so I've been intending to start walking again, but by the time I get home from work I feel exhausted! I know I only work part-time but I'm on on my feet for hours on end at school where I work, and when I get home I just want to relax ... perhaps I'm just plain lazy!! I don't have time to do it in the mornings as I already have to get up at 6.00-6.30am. I think maybe I should aim to do it before dinner, maybe around 6.00pm when it's a little cooler outside.

I see so many people out walking and wonder why the **** can't I get myself motivated to do it ... even if it's just for half an hour a day to begin with. A couple of nights ago I was out walking the dog (just a quick one so she could do the necessary! ... See, that's how lazy I am ... I leave all the long walks up to Nick to do!!), and whilst I was out I saw the principal of the school where I work out power walking. Now, she's a big lady ... much bigger than me (I think!), and there she was with all her gear on really going for it! Now, if she can do it why the **** can't I ?!!

Ok, so that's another challenge for me ... Starting from Monday I'm going to go out walking ... Make me do it Lorraine!! ... Make me feel as guilty as **** if I don't!! I need to be accountable so I'll post each day and let you know how long I've walked for ... If I don't you've got every right to kick my butt!!

This weeks weigh-in ... lost 1lb ... not great but better than a gain I guess! :)

Have a great weekend!

Nichola

ecchs
09-10-2005, 10:44 PM
I have a looooooong leg Nichola...don't think I can't reach you from Canada! LMAO

Lorraine

RaffaellaBella
09-11-2005, 12:10 AM
Hello Chickies! I'm so happy to see you all here. :) I thought that perhaps the thread had died down since I stopped getting notifications.

Things have been pretty hectic for me lately with my mom's surgery and then hubby coming home after a 5 month absence. And to top that I just recently found out I'm a type2 diabetic. So this means my weight concern is no longer for my vanity, but for my health.

I've started an 1800 calories diabetic foodplan which is similar to my 1600 calorie foodplan and I'm down another 2lbs. Small step on the "weight-meter" but I'm happy about. I've been steady at 310 for 2 weeks now which means it's not water weight.

Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Has anyone heard from Brandy?

Good luck to everyone and I'll talk to you soon.

Love,
Raff

Fat in Hong Kong
09-12-2005, 03:06 AM
Raff, good to have you back! :) Hope everything went ok with your mom's surgery, how's she doing? It must be great having hubby back after being away for so long. The longest Nick and I have ever been apart was when he first came to HK for 3 months before I arrived with the kids ... it nearly killed me ... I'm not too good on my own!! Sorry to hear about your health problems, but as you said losing weight is no longer about vanity ... being healthy is far more important ... now you know you've got to stick with it and I wish you the best of luck in getting down to your goal ... you can do it ... we all can if we stick with it!! :)

Haven't heard from Brandy in a while ... just been Lorraine and myself for the past few weeks ... hopefully everyone else will start to come back soon!!

Lorraine, you can put your leg away for today! :lol: I'm determined to get my walk in before dinner ... even though I feel exhausted already! Nick keeps telling me that exercising will give me more energy ... the thing is, I need the energy NOW before I go, not after I've been!! :lol: Seriously though, I am going to go and I'll let you know tomorrow how long I walked for ... don't think I'll manage more that 30mins or so, but that's a start right? :dancer:

Nichola

ecchs
09-12-2005, 07:17 PM
Hey Nichola,

Ok, I'll put the leg down for now. LOL I went to the gym today, so only 2 more times before the end of the week. I hear you on the energy front..I NEED a nap now. NOW.

Hee!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
09-13-2005, 03:15 AM
Lorraine, I did it!! :D ... Walked for 35 mins and at quite a fast pace too :) The walking itself wasn't too much of a struggle, but the temperature last night when I went out was 29'c and 86% humidity, which for someone overweight and totally unfit, it's really not very pleasant!! ... Not great for outdoor activity at the moment. I can't wait until the cooler weather comes!

Must confess though, that it was touch and go as to whether or not I actually went! :o I felt soooooo tired that I almost didn't go ... but was really pleased with myself that I actually did it! :D Right now I don't mind telling you that I don't feel the slightest bit enthusiastic about going out tonight ... BUT I WILL!!!

I have a collegue who's getting married next month and she's having a 'Hen Do' on 1st October. Only found out today that there's going to be a theme ... 'The Oscars'!!!!!! ... We've all got to go dressed in posh frocks or dressed as someone from a movie!!!! OMG!!!! Where the **** am I going to getting a posh frock to fit me?!!! Do you think there's any chance that I could lose 30 or 40 pounds by 1st October?!!! :^:

Nichola

ecchs
09-14-2005, 06:53 PM
Well done Nichola! :cheer:

I say you skip the frock and go as a movie character. Nothing to worry about then.

I'm right ticked off at some little neighbourhood mouthy kids, so I think I'm going to stew for a bit and then come back later to post.

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
09-15-2005, 02:12 AM
Hi Lorraine,

Hope you've calmed down a bit now! ... What did the little rats do??

Pleased to say that I've managed to walk for 3 consecutive days now ... I don't mind admitting that it's been a real struggle for me to actually get out and do it. It would be so easy for me to just not bother. I do wish that I was one of those people who love exercise ... maybe the more I get used to doing it, I'll start to enjoy it???? :shrug: ... I can live in hope :^:

I agree that the movie character might be a better option, but I've never been particularly imaginative when it comes fancy dress stuff ... any suggestions other than the 'Fat B******' character from the Austin Powers movie?!! :lol:

Nichola

ecchs
09-15-2005, 11:01 AM
Hmmm...

My problem is that I've seen so few movies. And I've never seen you! LOL Do you have long hair? Could you go as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz? Or one of the Nuns from the Sound of Music? Or a creepy Kathy Bates from Misery carrying a sledgehammer? Or go as a Boxer from that Clint Eastwood movie that won an oscar..Million Dollar Baby that's it. You could wear boxer shorts and a "silk" coat which I'm sure you can find in Hong Kong. Then just tape up your hands and wear lace up boots. LOL But you might just want to dress up and wear a feather boa. Boxing doens't seem that glamourous.

I'm over my little rant. I was ticked off at how rude some kids can be. One of the little mouthy girls made a comment that my living room was "So messy. Don't you ever clean?" (My son's lego was ALL over the floor....). I was just shocked that some one who was obvioulsy old enough to know better (8-9) would be so rude to someone she had never met (well, jsut so rude really). I let her know that if she didn't have anything nice to say, she shouldn't say anything at all and sent her marching. But ARGH! What are people teaching their kids these days (Or what AREN'T they????)

I'll keep you posted if I come up with a really good costume for you. Way to go on the walking. 24 more days and it'll be a habit! Go Nichola!

Lorraine

britjo67
09-17-2005, 09:43 AM
Hi guys. Kind of fell of the 3fc wagon again :o

I've just finished my first week of my postgrad course, and I can call myself a 'student solicitor'. :lol: Not quite the real thing but another step closer. I don't know how I'm going to get through the next year, it's really intensive, and scary. :yikes:

Raff, welcome to the Type 2 club! Not exactly happy you've joined me, but if you ever need a rant, I'm here and I understand how you're feeling.

Brandy hasn't been around. Someone remind me where she moved to. Was it Louisiana??

RaffaellaBella
09-17-2005, 10:44 AM
Hi Ladies! Down another 2lbs. I'm going slow, but steady and it seems to be coming off. Been doing a lot of walking as well and once the weather gets colder I'm joining a gym. Mom offered to pay for half. Isn't that sweet? Ever since her surgery she's been donating money left and right. Guess I could be seen as one of her charities. :lol:

Jo - Congrats. I'm sure it must be a wonderful feeling to see all your hard work come to something. And if I'm ever in the UK and get into a legal snag I'll give you a call.

Lorraine - I'm sorry to hear that you had to deal with some snot-nosed kids. They just aren't reared the way they used to be and it's a shame. I once had a kid, who I don't even know, make a rude comment to me. I was at a friends party, looking through her video cabinet and asked her son to ask his mom where I could find a certain DVD. The girl, about 10 years old, says "Yeah. Go ask because she's lazy." I turned around and told the girl that her mother should teach her some manners. She was unphased because I'm sure she didn't know what manners were.

Nichola - Have you figured on a costume yet? What about something exotic? Like a Ginnie or a Geisha? Oh, I know....a Nun!

Well I'll talk to you all soon.

Love,
Raff

ecchs
09-19-2005, 12:19 AM
Hi all!

Another weekend gone and a new week ahead. Been contemplating going on Jenny Craig to kick start this weight loss, but I know that I won't because of the money. Things are so tight right now...it drives me batty. Ah well, baby steps. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Nice to see you back Jo and Raff. Congrats on the loss Raff, and on the start to a new year Jo. Good luck!

Just a quick dash in and out. Just finished baking the bread for the week, so now I can head to bed.

Lorraine

ecchs
09-21-2005, 11:57 AM
Hey everyone! Hope you all are doing well. I've decided to go back to WW. I'm going to my first meeting today and I really hope that I'll have a good leader and someone that will motivate me. My biggest hurdle will be mindset, organization and self-talk. I need to be strong for this. I know that if I can talk myself into not needing the food to placate my nerves, drown my sorrows, or address my boredonm, then I will be able to be successful and help my body get healthy.

Wish me luck guys!
Lorraine

ecchs
09-28-2005, 01:58 AM
Hi guys! Where is everyone? Here it is the eve before my week one weigh in and I haven't heard from anyone! I hope you are all well and not involved in weather related phenomenon (something there has been just TOO much of lately...)

Hope to hear from you soon??? And I'll post the results tomorrow!

Lorraine

ecchs
09-29-2005, 12:27 AM
Weigh in was successful...down 3 pounds. Not stellar for the supposed "first week" jump, but I'm quite chuffed about the whole loss. All is well. Hope it is the same for you all. Anyone hear about Brandy lately?

Lorraine

britjo67
09-29-2005, 02:13 PM
Well done on the loss, Lorraine.

Remember the adage, slow and steady wins the race.

Haven't heard anything from Brandy and really quite worried right now.

Things are mega busy for me at the moment. Soooooo tired too, but I guess it'll be worth it in the end.

ecchs
09-30-2005, 12:16 AM
Oh Ho Jo! Yay! A someone! Sorry to hear you're so busy...light at the end of the tunnel...I can see it!

I'm worried about Brandy too. I sure hope she's just busy with baby stuff and that all is well.


Lorraine

NicoleNYC
10-03-2005, 06:30 PM
Super quick update - hurricane, evacuated, another hurricane, it's a girl. Blah blah blah, much house cleaning and renovating - the girl who lived here before us was an animal, it's all crazy. Settling down eventually I HOPE. More in a few days. Or weeks. Hard to say. SMOOCH!

britjo67
10-05-2005, 01:10 PM
It's a girl?????

You snuck that comment in!!! Congrats. Time to go hunting for pink stuff to send. When is your due date??

BTW, glad you're safe and sound, had been pretty worried about you. Have fun cleaning.

Jo

britjo67
10-12-2005, 11:41 AM
Gosh it's quiet here.

Can't actually stop, off to see Keith Urban in concert tonight....and bouncing off the walls at the thought of it!!!

:cb: :cb: :cb: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dancer: :dancer: :dancer: :woo: :woo: :woo: :crazy:

britjo67
10-22-2005, 05:00 AM
10 days since I last posted, and not one post in between.

Hope everyone is ok.

:grouphug:

NicoleNYC
10-22-2005, 06:37 PM
Hope you had fun at your concert!

Things are still unsettled here and I don't have regular internet access. We're still trying to clear out, clean up, paint, and move in. UGH. But I should be back...well, soon. One day. I hope!

britjo67
10-23-2005, 05:00 PM
Keith Urban was fab. Very sexy too! ;)

Brandy, sounds like your new place must have been in a mess. Have you bought it or are you renting?

britjo67
11-02-2005, 12:57 PM
....a lonely bump....hope everyone is ok...

NicoleNYC
11-08-2005, 08:38 PM
Glad your concert was fun!

We did NOT buy, thank goodness. We just wanted to be near my parents for a while as Mark works from home (and goes to Jersey once a month) so it doesn't really matter where we live. I don't think we'll stay here very long as it's a very VERY small little bump of a town. Nice being close to the folks, tho! The big issue is that there's nothing to rent really so we had to take what we could find. It's a nice place, the owners are great people, but the last resident was a mess. A. Mess.

The place was horrible. First, we thought the girl would never move out. She told us when she'd vacate, then she kept changing it. Finally we said look, we're making arrangments so don't change the date again. Then she tried going to the owners who told her the same thing - hey, tough nugies, you picked the date. THEN we had that hurricane SO the place sat (dirty and empty) for three weeks. She did not clean out the refrigerator before she left and there was no electricity all that time. She was also a heavy smoker and had a cat she didn't clean up behind. So the ceilings were yellow and the carpet in one bedroom STANK of pee. She also managed to break every light fixture in the place, don't ask how. I can't even imagine. And the people we rent for rent it to us for NOTHING and "as is" so we had to buy 7 new fixtures. And repaint every room. And pay someone to redo the ceilings. And the clean up was NOT easy. I don't know how someone can live like that. But it's done now and it's like a new place. Lots of closets, huge ones. Big kitchen. Two bedroom, two bath, covered parking (we finally got a car), big yard. We're still getting settled but it's clean so that helps.

It's been an adventure.

Fat in Hong Kong
11-25-2005, 05:56 AM
Hi Everyone ... I'm back!!!

Can you believe our computer has been playing up for weeks and weeks and weeks!!!:mad: Have not been able to send or receive ANY emails and I feel like I've lost touch with the rest of the world!! Anyway it's sorted out now for the time being at least!

Will catch up over the weekend when I have a bit more time ... Sophie is eager to use the computer right now!!

Oh yes, just to let you know ... no change here!!:mad:

Nichola

NicoleNYC
11-26-2005, 09:16 AM
Hi Nic! Isn't technology a joy!

I'm still here as well and getting (or at least FEELING) bigger by the minute.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates (a little late, but whatever). We had a nice one - my first one with family since we got married. I am now 30 weeks and at the part of my pregnancy where there is just no room in there for food. I can be STARVING and after three bites, I feel as if I may explode - this must be what it's like to have one of those stomach reducing surgeries (only without the benefit of WEIGHT LOSS).

Everything else ok here, feeling good, still getting settled, yadda yadda yadda.

Hope the rest of you guys are doing well!

B

Fat in Hong Kong
11-28-2005, 01:43 AM
Brandy, glad to hear you're feeling fit and well. I can't believe that you're at 30 weeks already!! How time flies ... not long to go now!:D Make sure you get plenty of rest and don't overdo things around that house! ... You're probably gonna tell me I sound like your mother now!! Anyway, take good care of yourself ... and the wee one of course!:D

Well, not much to tell about things my end ... still in exactly the same position that I was in months ago ... started dieting every Monday and off track by Tuesday!!:mad: So many social events going on at the moment with the run up to Chirstmas so not much chance of sticking to any kind of plan until after the big event!! ... Yet another New Year's Resolution in the making!!:o Who knows, maybe 2006 with be THE YEAR!!

I'm really looking forward to Christmas ... my mom and dad will be arriving from the UK on 13 December until 10 January and I'm really excited about seeing them again!:cb: :woo:

Hope everyone else is fit and well and looking forward to the holidays!

Nichola

britjo67
11-29-2005, 01:19 PM
Wow, I can't believe you're 30 weeks already Brandy, time really has flown (for us at least, are you at the 'right, I want to get to the finishing line now' stage yet???)

Welcome back Nichola. Glad you got your computer problems sorted. It was veeeeery quiet for a while on here. I know what you mean about kids wanting the computer. I spend all my time fighting for a few minutes on the pc, while Natty wails 'but I NEED to talk to my friends on msn' (even if she saw them outside the house five minutes earlier!!!). :dizzy:

My weight. Hmmmm. Well I'm tired and grouchy all the time on this course, so my weight can wait. I need chocolate to get me through the next seven months!!!

MsEcchs
11-29-2005, 06:24 PM
Hey everyone! I had to register with a new name because I could not for the life of me remember my old one and my email had changed so they couldn't mail me my old one either! LOL Things are so freakin' busy I don't know whether I'm coming or going...both usually! Hope you all are well and are gearing up for the holidays! Brandy...enjoy your last one alone with your husband, and promise me you'll do something romantic for New Year's Eve, as the next few aren't going to be. LOL So excited for you! Keep us posted.

Jo...don't worry about the weight. One thing at a time. And hey, chocolate has all sorts of healthy side effects!

Nichola...nothing is better when you're away from "home" than home coming to you. I bet you are super excited about your parents coming! Have fun!

Last year I vowed off resolutions, and look where it got me. This year, I'm making a list!

Lorraine

NicoleNYC
12-01-2005, 09:26 AM
Nichola, that's so exciting having your parents visit! Enjoy yourself!!!

Jo, so far I'm not quite desperate but I can't believe I'll get any bigger - where will it GO? I've gained almost 20 pounds and it's all seems to be belly. ALL. For ONCE I'm glad for this freakishly long torso so at least it's spread out.

Lorraine, I can't imagine how romantic NYE will be - what with me big as houses and unable to drink!

Anyway, I am feeling better than I expected - fatigue and general bigness (and of course the lovely swollen feet, ankles, hands, wrists, FACE, tyvm!) are my only complaints. I think I'm very lucky!

Brandy

Fat in Hong Kong
12-06-2005, 10:53 PM
What's happened to everyone again? I finally come back and everyone disappears ... is it something I said?! ... Only joking, I know it's a busy time for everyone:D

Anyway, I'm at home today ... went into work this morning and was promptly sent home because I looked so awful!:( I've had a dreadful cold/cough for the past few days, but I think I looked even worse this morning as I'd had words with hubby when I was getting ready for work and ended up really tearful and upset ... the b@#$%*$!!!!!! ... Sorry, but I'm feeling really angry now that he upset me so much, especially when he knew I was on my may to work and had to face people!

The reason behind this argument? ... My weight problem!!! Back in
September I stupidly put up a weight loss chart on the fridge for all the world to see ... I should have known better!! Consequently, I lost a few pounds then stopped filling it in because I fell off track yet again. Now he wants to know why the **** I can never stick at anything and see it through to the end! I think part of this has been brought on by the fact that we went out with friends at the weekend ... the woman of which has recently lost weight and looks great ... she wasn't fat in the first place though! He commented to me saying, 'had I noticed how much weight she'd lost?' ... of course that made me feel great, especially as he no longer seems to comment about the way I look, even when I try to make an effort!! I know I can't make myself suddenly look slim, but he could at least comment that I look nice occasionally!

The problem is, he's a bit of a perfectionist ... whenever he starts something he always perseveres until he gets it right, and he can't understand why I can't start a diet and lose the weight ... especially when I'm so unhappy about it. My son came and yelled at him this morning for upsetting me so much, to which he replied that he believed I was upset because I was angry with myself ... which is partly true! He did say he was sorry and that he never meant to upset me ... HA!! It's a bit late for that!!

Anyway, after sitting here for the last few hours thinking about my situation, I realise that I really do have to take action if I ever want to feel good about myself again. No one's going to do it for me. And I'm not going to do it for anyone else ... just me!!

I know it's not a great time to start a new plan with the run up to Chirstmas, and with my parents arriving next week ... but there never is a right time is there?! So, I'm just deciding which plan is the best for me to follow ... Calories, WW, or a general diet plan that I have which follows healthy eating? I'll be making a decision today and I'm going to get started straight away ... no time like the present! .... Oh yes, and I won't be telling anyone else about this except for you girls! The last thing I need right now is pressure from other people to stay on track. I know it's not going to be easy over the next few weeks but I'll give it my best shot. I don't expect to lose much, and I won't be beating myself up about it if I gain ... I'll just get right back on track afterwards and see what happens in the New Year.

Sorry about the long, long post and all the rambling on!

Hope everyone else is doing ok and getting ready for the hols!:)

Nichola

MsEcchs
12-07-2005, 01:02 PM
Oh Nichola...I wish I could come over and chat with you. It sounds like a rough morning that no one deserves. I'm sure your husband means well, but that doesn't make you feel any better. It's hard for people that haven't had to deal with it to make judgemental decisions about sticking to a program. It's even harder to say something to them, because the way we're wired, we feel guilty about it such as: If I ask my husband to compliment me, then how will I know the compliments are genuine? And so on...

Nichola...make the choice for you. Do it when YOU are ready. He loves you, and SHOULD love you for who you ARE, not whether you can finish a project or not. Shame on him for bringing it up the way he did. This is your fight, not his. All he should be doing is supporting you, no matter where you are on the journey. Ooooo...let me at him...now I'm mad too! :rollpin:

Hugs to you all...I'm fat and sassy as normal. Getting all the Christmas stuff in order and tidying my house in preparation for company next week. Jo, Raff, hope you are well. Brandy...take care of you and the bun too.

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
12-07-2005, 11:41 PM
Lorraine, thanks so much for your kind words ... they really helped to cheer me up:D He called me from his office to apologise ... and again when he came home ... so I know he's sorry for upsetting me ... but he can't take it back can he?! Anyway, I'll get over it ... I've done a bit of this:censored: and a bit of this:tantrum: and now I'm feeling a whole lot better!! In fact, I'm feeling strangely calm ... almost like it's done me a favour.

I pondered over various plans of action yesterday and settled on a plan that I did some years ago at a small local slimming club in the UK that I attended ... and was very successful with until I fell off track of course!!:rolleyes: It's very simple to follow, no counting points or calories, just basically eating the right things, with a daily/weekly restriction on certain foods such as 'bad' carbs, red meats, cheese, etc. But some foods such as fish, chicken, fruit and veg (with the obvious exceptions) can be eaten freely ... so no need to go hungry!! You're also allowed an extra 150cals per day to use for a 'treat', which you can also save up for a special occasion.

Anyway, I got started yesterday and I'm feeling very relaxed and in control. I'm not going to let it interfere with my life too much over the next few weeks as I've got lots of social things going on, but I am going to be sensible about the choices that I make. At the end of the day, there is always going to be some function or event happening that could 'sabotage' my diet ... That's life, so I've got to learn to live with it and be sensible about it instead of having my usual attitude which is, 'Oh, I've got a party to go to so my diet's going to be ruined!' ... What a stupid excuse!!

So there you have it, I've started and I'm on my way to that goal!! Some how, some day, I'm going to reach it!!:sunny:

Nichola

britjo67
12-16-2005, 08:08 AM
Awww Nichola I got so angry reading what happened with Nick. He shouldn't put that sort of pressure on you, because usually when we have pressure like that we kick against it and rebel.

I don't have the same sort of pressure as far as losing weight is concerned. Quite the opposite actually, Alan worries that IF I lose the weight I'll be inundated with offers and I'll leave him. :rolleyes:

I do however get pressure about other things. I broke up from Uni on Wednesday, so yesterday I did absolutely nothing. After months of doing 70 hours of studying a week I felt I deserved a break. Alan came home from work and went mad at me because I hadn't made a start on the ironing or tidied up. Ugh, made me so angry. Why aren't I entitled to at least one day of relaxation before catching up on the pre-xmas hassle??? :shrug:

Men! Pah!

Anyway, good luck in your renewed quest. Once you have it right in your head it will fall into place. I keep meaning to do something about mine, I just don't seem to be getting anywhere in terms of putting the theory into practice. :^:

Hope everyone is doing well

Jo

NicoleNYC
12-17-2005, 11:31 AM
Oh, Nic, my sympathy. I don't know why people who've never had a weight problem think they have any right to bag on those who do. It's hard enough to do it with lots of the right kind of support - it's damn near impossible with criticisim and nagging! Maybe the two of you could just make some kind of "off limits" agreement: (as if you need ANOTHER one), just refuse to discuss it with him, do whatever you plan to do for YOURSELF, and tell him to back the f off - you're doing your best. But that's me and I don't take well to nagging - as I think Jo already said, that's just begging for rebellion. Esp on something that um, hello, I am aware is an issue. I know when my parents (and isn't that supposed to be one of the big stressors on marriage in general, when one partner decides to "parent" the other? Asks the woman who is constantly reminding her husband to pick up his dirty socks...hee) would nag me about my weight, I'd secretly eat and think, "Yeah, take THAT!" And I KNOW they ment well. Well, I know that NOW.

As for me, I'm 33 weeks and exhausted. I was supposed to have one of those 3d/4d ultrasound things yesterday but I called and cancled because I have a nasty cold - I'm almost too far along for them to get a clear 3d/4d pic anyway and I didn't want to drive over an hour, lay there over an hour, and drive home again for a fuzzy, lumpy, and unnecessary picture - all while feeling like death on a stick.

I'm starting to get a bit worried that I haven't really been asking my doc any questions at all. I haven't had any problems (thank God, light a candle, knock wood), I've been reading my little books that let me know what to expect and what's going on and now I'm like - um...shouldn't you be filling me on SOMETHING. I don't love this doc and won't use him again, but as I had to find someone right away when we moved and he's with a really excellent practice and hospital and he probably won't even be the one to deliver me anyway, I didn't change. I'm just not impressed - but then, I get the feeling he's not that impressed with me either. But like I said, I've been blessed with no problems or issues so there's not really been a lot for us to interact about.

Also, the baby is HUGE. They already estimate five and a half pounds and I've got seven weeks to go (only seven?!?!) - YIKES. I have only gained about 19 pounds and the doc assures me it's nothing I've done (I'm not diabetic or anything), he says some babies are just big (my brother was over ten pounds, let's hope she won't be THAT big) and he's pleased with my weight gain, blood work, bp, etc. But still. Eek. BIG. In the most recent regular u/s pics you can see how chub her little face is. That baby has some CHEEKS!

I'd also like to add that as a very fat person, I am shocked each time my cholesterol and bp come back on the good side of normal. I just assumed that I must be horribly horribly unhealthy due to all the excess weight but it looks like I'm not so far gone afterall!

Take care and if I don't check back in before then

:snowglo: !!!HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!:snow4:

Fat in Hong Kong
12-17-2005, 11:47 PM
Hi Everyone,

Glad to hear you're all ok and hope you're all looking forward to Christmas/New Year.

I'm just plodding along ... parents arrived on Tuesday so have been eating out far more than normal and of course there's lots more of it to come!! Trying to be sensible though and as long as I can maintain until after the hols I'll be very happy ... then I'll get down to serious losing!!

Jo, you deserve that break ... ignore Alan and have a rest ... tell him I said so!! This is such a chaotic time of year, if you don't put your feet up now and again you'll burn yourself out.

Brandy, good to hear everything's going well for you ... won't be long now!:D Make sure you have plenty of rest and relaxation, and take good care of yourself and the wee one.:hug:

I will try to check-in from time to time, but having mom & dad here means things are pretty hectic right now, so if I disappear for a few days don't worry ... I will return!!

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
12-24-2005, 08:57 AM
This is just a quickie to wish everyone a
Very Merry Chirstmas !!
Hope you all have a great one!

Be in touch soon.

Love Nichola

britjo67
12-24-2005, 06:21 PM
It's 11:20pm here in England. I've got everything ready for tomorrow, so I thought I'd just pop on here to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Hope it is filled to the brim with fun, love and laughter.

:snowglo: :snowfight :gift2: :snowball: :ginger: :hohoho: :shocksn:

NicoleNYC
12-26-2005, 12:17 PM
Hope everyone had a great holiday - although I guess they aren't really over yet, are they?

My brother and his wife (and their cat, with whom my dog is very in love) are staying with us. I think they're leaving later today. We've had several days of non-stop family gatherings. I have to say, not having a hangover is nice. So is being too pregnant to eat too much. I'm avoiding all kind of day after regrets :carrot: But I am worn out! Oh well, it's been really nice and I've enjoyed every minute.

Hope you all are having a wonderful time!

B :p

Fat in Hong Kong
12-31-2005, 12:45 AM
Hi Everyone!

Just dropped in to say, hope you all had an enjoyable Chirstmas and to wish you all a
'Very Happy New Year!'

Have a great New Year's Eve however you are spending it, and let's hope that 2006 is a great year for all of us!!

Cheers!:cheers: :newyear:

Nichola

NicoleNYC
12-31-2005, 12:42 PM
!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

We will be doing a big fat exciting NOTHING as everyone is sick and I'm big as a house - one of those really big ones in the 'burbs. HUGE y'all.

And so is the baby. I'm 35 weeks and yesterday at my apt, I was measuring 40. Heaven help me. The doc kept saying, "That baby is HUGE. That is going to be a nine pound baby IF YOU ARE LUCKY" - oh. Well. Great. So next week doc and I are going to have a serious discussion about options. Wish me luck. I'm TERRIFIED.

Hope everything is great with all of you guys!!!

britjo67
12-31-2005, 04:23 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

:newyear: :xcheer: :newyear:

I'm full of a cold and look like this...... :rudolph:

Feel awful and might not make it to midnight.

Brandy, try not to worry too much. I worried about what might have been, Natty was nearly 8lbs and THREE WEEKS EARLY!!!! :eek: Dom was 9lbs 9oz, and 24 inches long! Mind you I had c-sections for both, so I guess it was easier on my body than having them naturally. You'll be fine. Ooooh I'm so excited for you :carrot:

Right, I'm going to go have some more cold capsules, a glass of diet coke and relax a while.

Happy new year, everyone
Love
Jo
:grouphug:

NicoleNYC
01-01-2006, 11:12 AM
Oh poor Jo! Feel better! You guys have that wonderful Day Nurse and Night Nurse stuff - so awesome for colds.

We ended up having a few people over last night but nothing huge. We played some board games and things and just had a generally low key evening. I've been up for all of fifteen minutes and am seriously considering going back to bed. I think my mom is expecting us for lunch. Wonder if she can move it back till three or so?

britjo67
01-04-2006, 08:37 AM
Well I ended up with a chest infection. Went to two ice hockey games on NYE and NYD, and although I dressed warm, Alan is convinced I made myself worse by going to the games. :rolleyes:

Couldn't go to the docs until Tuesday, but am now on a dose of penicillin, and hopefully should be able to sleep soon. The biggest problem is that I have exams next week and haven't started revising yet. :eek:

Hope everyone is doing ok.

Jo :judge:

MsEcchs
01-05-2006, 10:50 AM
Hey all!

Happy New Year to you. Things have been fairly standard. Busy and hanging in there by the skin of my teeth. I've signed up for the 60 km Breast Cancer Walk in July, so have a bit of external motivation to get me going this year. Started back at the gym on Tuesday and have managed to get a good program from the trainer there, so I think I'll be doing ok. I do need new shoes so will get those in the next few weeks.

Jo...remember, you don't have to be dead to defer. Ask for an extension on your exam.

Brandy...worry not. I measured big the whole way along in my pregnancy. At 15 weeks, I measured 20 and the Dr. was convinced I was having twins (until he saw the Ultrasound). Erik was born on his due date at 8 pounds 5 oz. You'll be fine darling! Maybe you'll even go early.

Nichola...you are NOT as big as a house. Not even a condo. You can do it!

Raff...hope you're doing well out there!

Did I miss anyone? Sorry if I did!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
01-05-2006, 11:36 PM
Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a good New Year's Eve. Jo, sorry to hear you've not been well:( ... Hope you feel better soon and good luck with your exams!

Brandy, don't worry, you're going to be fine, and when you're holding that little bundle in your arms for the first time, you'll realise that no other feeling compares to it ... everything will be worth it!

Lorraine, good for you, you've already made a great start to the new year, keep up the good work:)

Well, my parents are here for a few more days ... they will be leaving on Tuesday. It hasn't been too stressful as they've been happy to go out and about a lot on their own. But a month is still a long time to have visitors stay and we're all looking forward to getting our own space back again if you know what I mean!!

I'm sick of all the meals we've been having out ... I'm actually looking forward to starting a proper plan ... can't believe that I'm sick of eating ... and drinking! I'll be weighing in on Monday to see what damage I've done over the hols but keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be too bad!! Then I'm going to start walking regularly again which I'm also looking forward to. I'm feeling so uncomfortable right now. Dad had some photos developed a few days ago and I must confess that they were the worst I've ever seen of myself ... absolutely shocking!! ... Can't beleive that I look so huge ... I mean HUGE!!!! And everyone back home is going to see them!:fr: Well, I'm determined to surprise everyone when I visit the UK this summer by being fit and slim!!:smug:

Wish me luck!

Nichola

MsEcchs
01-09-2006, 12:27 AM
Good luck Nichola! You can do it!

Fat in Hong Kong
01-09-2006, 01:17 AM
It was my first day back at work today and I feel exhausted ... not used to getting up so early in the mornings ... I'll have to have an early night tonight!

Weighed-in this morning and I'm very pleased to say that I haven't gained over the hols ... in fact, I'm 2.5lbs down since the last time I weighed myself when mom & dad arrived, so I can't complain at all. Don't know how on earth I managed it because I've eaten everything in sight!! Anyway, started my new life today and I'm feeling very determined and positive:)

Nichola

britjo67
01-09-2006, 10:59 AM
Fantastic start Nichola!!!

It was my first day back at uni. I've been so miserable all holidays and ready to quit. First day back, first exam. Went ok-ish I think. Two exams tomorrow on property law, then two on Civil Litigation on Wednesday and two on Business Law on Thursday. Don't think I'll be around much from today until the end of the week.

I HATE THIS COURSE!!! :tantrum:

Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
01-10-2006, 01:03 AM
Jo, hang in there, it'll all be worth it in the end:hug:

Mom & Dad have departed today ... I hate goodbyes:cry: I've come home to emptyness today, it feels so strange. I guess I'll get used to it again soon though:)

Mom has finally decided to do something about her weight too, so I'll have a bit of competition, and also two other relatives are dieting ... one has already lost 28lbs by doing it herself, and the other has started back at WW with a 13lbs gain since October! Mom weighed herself here and it was a coincidence to discover that she was exactly the same weight as me ... even down to the last half pound! However, I did have to point out to her that she is shorter than me so therefore fatter!!:rofl:

Hope everyone else is ok ... Brandy, Lorraine, Raff ... and anyone else out there who might be lurking:)

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
01-10-2006, 01:05 AM
For some reason my signature with my weight tracker has disappeared?:?: I've checked my 'User CP' and it's still there and saved ... any ideas??

Fat in Hong Kong
01-10-2006, 01:14 AM
Just checking again .....

Fat in Hong Kong
01-10-2006, 01:14 AM
Ok, so now I'm getting annoyed:mad:

Fat in Hong Kong
01-11-2006, 01:34 AM
Ok, problem solved ... I'm not going crazy!!:D I saw an announcement on the site saying that signatures will now only appear on your first post on each page as they are taking up a lot of room and cause browsing to be a little slow. There's going to be a poll to see what people prefer ... personally, I think it would be better to have your signature shown on your last post rather than the first of each page as people tend to look at the latest posts rather than go back to the beginning of the page ... important when you've updated your weight loss tracker I think.

Nichola

NicoleNYC
01-11-2006, 10:35 AM
N, I'm with you. It makes more sense that your sig would show up in your most recent post. Who scrolls back to the old ones? Ok, well me - but I'm trying to catch up.

Ok, thought I had time to catch up but looks like I miscalculated. Another doc apt today, another u/s (Mark gets to come to this one, he's pretty excited), and who knows. I am HUGE and TIRED and SWOLLEN like heck. I can not wait to have this baby, heal up, get my fat self back on any kind of diet (any at all!) and start walking. I feel like a big lump!

Take care!
B

Fat in Hong Kong
01-14-2006, 01:50 AM
Brandy, the last few weeks are the worst ... you just want to get it out!! Not long to go now though:) How did the u/s go?

Jo, how did the exams go?

Lorraine, how's it going at the gym? I'm still trying to get myself motivated to get out there and start walking ... I've been so tired this week with it being my first week back at work, just not used to the early mornings (excuses, excuses!!), but from Monday I'm going to force myself to get out there!!

Food-wise, this week I've done really well. I've managed to stay well with my calorie allowance, and have accumulated quite a few so I can have a few little extras over the weekend:) Weigh-in is on Monday so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a decent loss!

Hope you all have a great weekend!:cheers:

Nichola

britjo67
01-14-2006, 04:48 AM
Mornin' :carrot:

I finished my exams, and I'm still in one piece, woohoo!!! :cb:

The first one was accounts, and was an actual exam that counts towards my course. I think I did enough to pass. The next two were property law and they were great and I enjoyed doing them.

The remaining four were two business law and two civil litigation. They were vile and I just know I'll have failed them. The good thing is that they were mock exams (or practice ones), the real ones are in about five weeks so I'll have to do some work between now and then to pull it back.

Right, I'd better go, got an assignment due in after the weekend and need to type it up.

Enjoy the weekend
Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
01-16-2006, 03:50 AM
Just a quick post ... Weighed in this morning and I've lost 2lbs ... I was hoping for more as it was my first week, but I'm still happy with the loss:) I've just been out and bought myself a pedometer which records steps, distance and calories ... I'm off to work out how to use it, then I'm going for a walk!

Nichola

NicoleNYC
01-17-2006, 09:08 PM
She's here! Actually, she's been here for five days! Everything went very fast and I'll update with more soon. Basic info - 1/12/06, 8 lb 6 oz, 1:53 pm, Susannah Riley! We're both home and fine now. More in a few days!

B

Fat in Hong Kong
01-18-2006, 01:05 AM
Brandy, just want to say congratulations to both of you on the birth of your baby daughter:woo: :balloons: :cheer: :cheers:

And a big:welcome3:with lots of hugs:hug: to baby Susannah!

I know it's going to be a really busy time for you in the coming weeks ... months ... years!! ... so look after yourself ... rest whenever you can!!

Look forward to hearing all your news whenever you get chance!!

Lots of Love to the three of you!

Nichola
X X X

britjo67
01-18-2006, 12:48 PM
OMG, CONGRATULATIONS BRANDY AND MARK!!!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :woo:

Congratulations on the birth of Susannah Riley!!! Gorgeous name, I especially like the name Riley for a girl!

Can you pm me with your addy so I can send her a little something from me??

Wow, big, and how many weeks early??? :eek:

Fantastic news! I just want to act like a dancing carrot at the news!!!!!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

britjo67
01-24-2006, 01:46 AM
Can't stop as late for Uni, but just posting to say I'm back on WW. Doing it at home, starting today. I have my graduation in less than a month and I have no intention of looking like the Goodyear Blimp for the photos. Will update my sig later, but I suspect it's going to be higher than my last registered weight.

Talk soon
Jo

britjo67
01-25-2006, 05:29 PM
OMG, an 8lbs gain on my sig. :(

Fat in Hong Kong
01-26-2006, 12:55 AM
Jo ... A new year, a new start ... forget the gain and just look at it as your new starting point:)

I myself am not having a great week:( just can't get rid of the munchies and I know that when I next weigh myself it most definitely will not be showing a loss!!:mad: I really could kick myself ... a couple of weeks ago I was full of enthusiasm and felt really motivated ... I even bought a pedometer and intended to walk EVERY day, but apart from the first couple of days when I wore it all the time, it hasn't seen the light of day!! I just don't know what to do!! ... All I want to do is eat!!:devil:

HELP!!!!!

Nichola

NicoleNYC
01-29-2006, 10:32 PM
Quick update from us. All fine, baby's thriving (she's up to 9 lbs 2 oz and she's not even DUE till next week!). We're sorta tired but my wonderful mom and aunt have been spending nights with us to help out. YAY FOR FAMILY!

Also, and this is hilarious, I got to over 300 by the end of my pregnancy. Actually, it's not funny it's just sad and was scary as I was being careful but my weight kept climbing! Honestly, I just stopped looking at my second to last weigh in. Anyway, it was 307 (I think) the last time I looked and I'm 254 this morning. Ya think I was retaining a little fluid? So the baby weight (and then some) IS GONE! Now I get to start working on pre-baby fat. I have two big family weddings and a graduation coming up (plus all the other usual spring stuff) so I hope to be shedding some serious poundage!

Take care and catch up soon! We need to get back on the front page!!!

B

britjo67
01-30-2006, 01:47 AM
Awww don't you just love post-baby weightloss!!!! :D

Are you breast-feeding or bottle feeding? I lost loads of weight when I breast-fed Dom for the first four months.....unfortunately continued eating like I was breast-feeding afterwards and gained some of it back!!!

Tell us about her. Does she have lots of dark curly hair???

Fat in Hong Kong
02-06-2006, 04:54 AM
Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all doing ok?

Brandy, glad to hear things are going well with baby Susannah Riley:hug: ... That's some weight loss you've had ... how heavy did you say she was?:lol: ... Only joking of course!

Well, I finally hopped on the scales this morning and as I guessed, post Chinese New Year, they were showing a gain of 1.5lbs:mad: I must stop letting these celebrations/social occasions ruin any steps that I've made in the right direction. It's back to logging everything down that passes my lips from now on ... and I mean EVERYTHING!!

Catch up with you all again soon:)

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
02-10-2006, 03:04 AM
Jo, how's it going at WW? I'm going from bad to worse at the moment ... the more I try to diet, the more I end up eating! I've been really terrible over the past few days ... talk about binge eating!:devil: I've eaten until I've felt so sick and unfomfortable, it really has to stop. Got on the scales again today and I'm up 2lbs since Monday!! That takes me back to my starting weight again all but a pound!!

When my parents were out here, I made a pact with my mum (who weighs the same as me) that we would both lose weight by this summer when I come back to the UK for a visit ... I think she's doing ok, and I know that unless I get myself into gear pretty soon, I'm going to be really ashamed if I'm still looking this way when I see her again.

I really do need some accountability. I've noticed that there's a new thread starting on Monday called 'Beat the Bulge', where you get so many points each day for say, eating a healthy meal, drinking so much water, doing so much exercise, etc. If anyone's interested, you can find details about it on a thread called 'Attention: New game', on the Support Groups forum. You need to sign up by Sunday if you want to take part. I'm hoping that it will help to motivate me into doing something ... like WALKING for instance!!! ... Apart from the first few days after I bought it, my pedometer hasn't seen the light of day!:o ... Oh, the shame!!!!:o :o

Hope everyone else is doing ok? Brandy, how's the babe?:hug:

Nichola

britjo67
02-10-2006, 03:49 AM
Oh, don't talk to me about WW. :o

I started off with good intentions, lost 3lbs in the first week, then TOM hit with a vengance...I stopped tracking and succumbed to the temptations. I've got exams coming up, I've been ill with a cold, and I just can't cope.

Right now, I'm spiralling out of control, so, no, WW isn't going well. :^:

Have a good weekend everyone
Jo :grouphug:

Fat in Hong Kong
02-13-2006, 02:46 AM
Hi Jo,

Sorry to hear things aren't going too well:hug: Not surprising though if you've not been feeling well AND had the stress of exams coming up. No point in stressing yourself even further with trying to tackle the diet issues as well ... I'd put that one on the back burner until you're properly feeling up to it.

Started the 'Beat the Bulge' game today over on the other thread. Weighed in this morning and am back to 177lbs ... don't know how that happened considering what I've had to eat this weekend:o ... must have been fluid retention when I weighed in on Friday!!

Hope everyone else is ok:)

Nichola

MsEcchs
02-13-2006, 11:36 PM
Hey Everyone!

Sounds like it's been a tough couple of weeks for all. (CONGRATULATIONS BRANDY BY THE WAY! ENJOY THAT MUNCHKIN!) DOn't let it get you down girls. Just start again everyday. One day at a time, no guilt, and move on.


I've been going to the gym sporadically, but it works out to about 8 times a month, which is a big improvement for me. I'll be working on getting there as often as I can. Starting next week I'll be watching friend's children, which will seriously cut into my gym time, so I'm going to need to find an alternative. But I can do it.

And so can you all! Get started no matter what.

Hugs, Lorraine

NicoleNYC
02-15-2006, 05:53 PM
I would guess watching those kids would make up for any gym time you miss!

Things are ok here. I'm bottle feeding because - well, several reasons. I didn't plan to, I was bent on breast feeding but I was full of meds, she was turning blue while eating, they wouldn't let me keep her in the room with me for various other health reasons (hers and mine) and by the time I got home (four? five days later?) she was a formula baby. I'm really feeling guilty about not being more aggressive about BFing. She's had a lot of tummy problems and is now on her fourth forumla. She just has a hard time with gas and constipation (who ever knew these would make up the main part of my conversations?) and it's just pitiful. My mom stayed with us the first few weeks and now we're staying with her and my dad because I just need HELP. I mean, I could do it by myself but as they are happy to help out (just an extra hand to jiggle her while I run to the bathroom is nice), I'm taking it! If the novelty of the first grandchild wears off, I'm going to be in trouble. She's five weeks old tomorrow and we STILL need help. She's lovely tho and when she's not screaming (which breaks my heart) she's a lot of fun! Ted even likes her.

Weight is still coming off. I'm 250 as of this morning. Who has time to eat?

B

Fat in Hong Kong
02-16-2006, 05:12 AM
Brandy, don't feel bad about not breast feeding ... she's going to thrive on all the love she's getting:hug: As far as having help from your mom & dad is concerned ... you take it for as long as it's on offer!! If my parents are anything go by, the novelty of grandchildren never wears off, so make the most of it!!

Good job on the weight loss ... Time to change your tracker ... if you get chance of course!!:)

Hi Lorraine, how's it going? Good luck with the child care!!:dizzy:

Nichola

MsEcchs
03-08-2006, 04:03 PM
I'm here, just insanely busy. We are moving. Again. Ugh. Seattle this time. Will keep you posted.

Lorraine

britjo67
03-09-2006, 10:05 AM
Seattle? What will happen, are you selling your house?

I've just finished exams. Not sure how they went but it's too late to worry now.

Next Tuesday I'm joining a WW group. I've tried to do it at home and it just doesn't work, so I've got to do something about it.

Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
03-09-2006, 07:31 PM
Lorraine, hope the move goes well ... when is it happening?

Jo, it must be such a relief for you now your exams are over! Now you'll have a little more time to concentrate on yourself!

I've just been plodding along slowly ... we're all getting over illnesses ... coughs, colds, tummy bugs ... you name it, we've had it!!:( Thankfully, we're all on the mend now, so it's time to get back on track properly.

I've just booked my flights back to the UK for this summer ... I've got about 18 weeks to do some serious losing! God, 18 weeks doesn't sound long enough! But if I could lose an average of say 1.5lbs each week, that would be 27lbs ... I'd be happy with that!

Come on girls, the summer is just around the corner, let's whip this thread into some action and do something about it!!:carrot:

Nichola

britjo67
03-10-2006, 02:32 AM
Nichola, I've only got three months break before the next exams though, so it isn't over yet. You're coming to the UK....oooh, fancy meeting at Touchwood????

britjo67
03-18-2006, 05:46 PM
Started going to WW last Tuesday. Even been tracking again. Is this the start of a new me? Hope so, cos my weight had gone up to 251 again.

britjo67
03-24-2006, 02:13 PM
3lbs in the first week. Intensely disappointed because I tried SO hard, and given that I need to lose nearly 8 stone (112 lbs), I figured the first week loss would be higher.

No pleasing some people, huh? ;)

Hopefully some of you will come back soon, this was on page three and I've been talking to myself!

Have a good weekend
Love
Jo

Fat in Hong Kong
03-25-2006, 04:20 AM
Hi Jo, sorry to have left you alone for so long!! I've been having a really sh*t time of it lately ... illness with one thing and another, and I still haven't shaken it off completely. The plan has gone straight out the window ... eating habits have been absolutely crazy, and no exercise at all! Needless to say I'm feeling really p****d o** with myself right now:mad: Gained the few pounds that I managed to lose and I'm yet again back to where I started! Will this cycle ever end I wonder? To top it all off, we've just found out that a friend of ours has cancer, something to do with the nasal cavity:?: She has two tumours and needs to undergo intensive radio/chemo treatment straight away. Also, my son's relationship with his 'first love' has just broken up after 16 months and he is absolutely distraught ... can't console him. It's consuming every moment of his life. This is a big worry as he has A level course work to get done and exams in a few months. Who'd be a parent? You've got all this to look forward to in a few years! Things don't get any easier!

Anyway, on a brighter note, I'm going to try to enjoy this weekend and then get back on track with my plan ... and try to start the walking that I intended to do months ago!! So I promise to check-in regularly as of Monday to keep you company:)

Well done on your 3lbs loss, that's great!! Don't be disappointed, and keep up the good work ... you can do it!!:hug:

Well, I must dash as I'm meeting hubby for dinner (he's had to work all day today!) and still need to take a shower and get my hair washed ... I guess I'm going to be late!!

Nichola

NicoleNYC
03-25-2006, 04:17 PM
Very quick update! Susannah's just gotten over a cold and ear infection, she's seeing two different specialists - one for reflux, the other for her hips, and we're still staying with my parents because she's still a handful. I have no idea what I weigh. Somewhere mid 240s, last I saw.

Everyone PM me your addresses so I can send you birth announcments (and a thank you note to one very sweet UK chick) - yes, she's ten weeks. I'm a bit slow. It's nuts here.

Brandy

MsEcchs
04-29-2006, 11:27 AM
Wow...we're all gone. It's been a month since anyone posted. We're moving to Seattle. House is sold, husband is going Tuesday, ds and I will follow after school is done.

On the weightloss front, it should be the weight gain front. I've managed to gain all the weight back that I've every lost. I need a plan and some TIME. When I get to Seattle, I'll be starting over. WW or Jenny Craig, haven't decided.

I sure hope you ladies are well. Now that I've finished watching the kiddies, I should have some more time to post. Hope to talk soon!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong
05-15-2006, 03:23 AM
Gosh! ... I didn't realise it had been so long since anyone had posted. Girls I think it's about time we revived "FRIENDS FIRST" ... What do you think?

I've been struggling along over the past few months and made absolutely no progress whatsoever!:mad: I weighed myself last week only to discover that I was at my heaviest weight ... EVER! This came as a bit of a shock, although obviously I shouldn't have been surprised considering that I haven't stuck to a plan properly for ages! The good thing about it though, is that it has shocked me into doing something about it.

I started to journal and count calories again on 8th May, and I'm pleased to say that when I weighed in on Friday I was 6lbs down:D ... So you see, I know it can be done ... I just need to stick with it!:^:

Brandy, I hope baby Susannah is well ... Would love to see some piccies if you ever have the chance to post any!

Jo, how's it going at WW ... hope you're still on track!

Lorraine, hope your hubby's move to Seattle went smoothly ... how long until you join him?

Anyone else who I haven't mentioned ... If you're still out there ... I'm still here:wave:

So, is anyone with me? Come on girls ... We CAN do this!:grouphug:

Nichola

MsEcchs
05-19-2006, 02:33 AM
Hey Nichola!

Good on you for getting back on track. I think this whole thing is about organization and mindfullness. I've managed to stop the binging and mindless eating a bit, so that is a good start. I'm definitely going to get going once we get to Seattle. Things are just too crazy right now to start anything, but that's not an excuse just to eat as I like. I've been doing some outside work, so that's a good thing to keep me moving.

Here's to your new start Nichola! Hope to hear from the rest of you soon.

Jo...done exams yet?

Lorraine

NicoleNYC
05-23-2006, 06:50 PM
Quick update here!

Susannah is finally turning the corner with this refulx thing. It's been a TRIAL but things are getting better.

ILs were just here (SIX of them) for over a week. I'm wiped.

The hub is squawking about wanting to lose weight and talking about one of those progams where you order the food from them. I forget which one, but they have one advert aimed at me. So remind me to make a commercial next time I need something done. Apparently the tv holds more weight with him than I do!

Will catch up more soon, happy summer, happy moving, and happy hopeful losing to everyone!

B

NicoleNYC
05-25-2006, 07:07 PM
OMG, I'm a cow!

I just saw the pics from last week's family visit and as it turns out, I'm HUGE!!! You know how it is...there you are, puttering along, minding your own business and WHAM! Someone shows you a picture of yourself and you just want to crawl under a chair (or into a cake) and cry. I am MASSIVE.

So if anyone wants me, I'll be over here...not eating.

B

Fat in Hong Kong
05-26-2006, 03:58 AM
Hi Brandy glad to hear that baby Susannah is getting better:hug:

Hey, I know exactly what you mean about seeing yourself in photographs ... I HATE seeing ones of me ... I look so old and HUGE, I can't believe it's me!! ... I look more like my mother than my mother!:eek: ... No disrespect to my mother of course, but I want to look like her daughter, not her sister!

Two weeks ago I had a good loss of 6lbs, which I was really pleased about ... then last week I gained back 2 of them!! This week I've lost 1 of them again ... Who gets the prize for being the best yo-yo dieter???:o

Been doing ok during the week (sort of) but the weekends, as usual, are a big struggle for me. I had a meal out on Wednesday for someone's leaving 'do' at work ... I'm out on a 'girls night' tonight ... more food and drinks! And hubby & I are out for dinner with friends tomorrow night ... How the **** is a girl supposed to lose weight?!!!:shrug:

I guess I'm aiming for another gain next week!:mad:

Nichola

NicoleNYC
05-26-2006, 06:25 PM
Hi Nic!

I have a few weddings this summer but other than that, I'm going to try to avoid eating out (although with a baby, it's not like I do that much going out anyway) so I won't have any "special occasions" messing me up. It's HARD when you have an active social life - well, I imagine it must be. Mine's dried up.

I think I'm going to have a "de-junk the kitchen" day tomorrow. We just have too much crap around. I have said I don't want Susannah to grow up with my food issues and obsessions. I don't want her to see me doing WW or obsessing about points or calories. I think my best bet is to chunk the junk and just start living the way I hope she will grow up - no junk in the house, regular rounded meals, etc. I just don't want this to be an issue for her, I don't want to look at her and see all my bad habits making HER life harder.

Of course, I'm sure every fat new mom thinks like this at some point.

Fat in Hong Kong
05-29-2006, 03:58 AM
Hi Brandy, you've made some very good points there ... what better reason is there to get healthy than for your daughter:) My kids have both grown up seeing me constantly on and off "diets" and either starving myself of pigging out on something ... I can only hope that it won't cause them to have an unhealthy relationship with food.

I had some very upsetting news yesterday ... my work collegue was taken into hospital ... she had a heart attack ... and she's only 35!! Needless to say I am in a state of shock. It's hard to believe that things like this happen to people so young. It's not until it happens to someone close to you that it makes you realise just how fragile life is.

Hubby and my son have both told me that it's about time I started taking more care of myself ... they are worried that it could happen to me ... I guess it's understandable. It made me realise that perhaps it's about time I started taking this seriously instead of abusing my body with yo-yo dieting, overeating and too much alcohol! It's a shame that it's taken something like this to make me realise it.

Nichola

NicoleNYC
05-30-2006, 09:03 PM
Nic, I'm so sorry about your friend - what a shocker!

I am currently looking at Jenny Craig. I don't belive it's magic, it's just controlled portions and calories, but I like the idea of someone else doing all the work. All I have to do is heat up. And Mark wants in too. Yay.

Baby up.

Bye!

B

britjo67
06-03-2006, 07:12 PM
OMG didn't realise I'd been away so long.

I was looking at house porn (I love looking at houses for sale on the internet) which made me think of Lorraine, which then made me think of everyone else....so here I am. :o

Anyway, my update.....gave up WW AGAIN, joined a weight loss clinic at the doctor's, but haven't been back since the first meeting and have gained weight AGAIN. At the moment though I am struggling with stress, as my exams start a week on Monday, and last until 22nd June (although not every day!).

Something big has happened though. A friend asked me to look on the internet for her to see whether she could gain enough emigration points to make it to Australia. I found that she couldn't, because of her age, looked at whether we could, but again, we failed because of Alan's age (they won't take anyone over 44).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I thought while I was on the website 'oooh I wonder if we could get into Canada'.....did the points assessment, and we more than have enough points to get in. The emigration process is 2-3 years which is too long for Alan (he'll be close to 50, which he thinks will make things harder), but if he can get a job, go over on a work permit and apply for permanent residency when there it could all happen in less than 12 months. Soooooooo......looks like Alan is looking for a job in Canada now!!! :D Nat is excited about the prospect, and Dom is worried that all the boys will be better hockey players than him. :^:

I'm not sure how I will tell my Mom yet though....guess I'll wait to see if he does get a job offer first.

Anyway I hope you are all well. Brandy, I'm glad to hear that Susannah is doing better.

Love
Jo xxx

MsEcchs
06-05-2006, 09:17 AM
Hi all!

Jo! What exciting news. Sure, and just as I'm leaving Canada! LOL What kind of work does Alan do? There are loads of jobs here in Calgary, depending on his specialization.

I've been procrastinating terribly on all fronts except helping others. Perhaps I should curb that a bit and help myself hmmm?

Less than a month until the move. Still no house (hope to put in an offer on one today) and still haven't decluttered everywhere. Go me.

I can, however, see the top of my computer desk which is truly a miracle.

Hope you are all well!

Lorraine

NicoleNYC
06-05-2006, 12:37 PM
Wow, Jo, fingers crossed!

Lorraine, good luck with that move!

I was all set to try JC and as it turns out, you can't order online, you can't just get the food and the plan you have to DEAL with someone, and the nearest "center" is like an hour and a half away. So screw that. I've just de-junked the house and I'm going to do the best I can. I shall call it my Not Eating Like A Crazy Person plan.

Hope everything is going well for everyone else,
B

Fat in Hong Kong
06-06-2006, 03:36 AM
Jo, great news! You must all be really excited! As an expat for many years I can't say I blame you ... You go for it!! The difficult thing is telling the family you're leaving behind ... but at the end of the day, if you're seeking a better life for your own family, I don't see how anyone can't be be pleased for you, even though it's upsetting for them. I hope your hubby manages to find a good job out there ... if things don't work out you can always go back 'home' again ... but if you don't take the chance now it may be too late and you could live to regret it ... Live for today and all that!:D

Lorraine ... hope you've made a start on all that 'decluttering'!! ... I don't envy you ... I've done it too many times in the past!!

Brandy ... Good luck with the NELACP Plan!:)

I've not weighed myself this week ... have not had a great week:mad: Even the scare with my friend hasn't jostled me into action! I should be ashamed!:mad:

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
06-10-2006, 03:21 AM
I weighed-in this week and wasn't surprised to see a 4lbs gain!:mad: I'm once again back to where I started ... I really need to break this cycle ... but HOW????

Hope everyone else is doing better than I am!:)

britjo67
06-13-2006, 05:59 AM
Awww Nichola, try not to let it get to you.

I'm up and down more than a yoyo, well more up than down, so I know how you feel. Started my exams yesterday, got two tomorrow, two on tuesday next week, and one a week on thursday (22nd). :stress: Just want to sleep and eat at the mo.

Oh and Nat has decided that she is going to make my life as difficult as possible this week by playing up. She isn't pre-menstrual (wrong week), so I am assuming it's because I'm nearing the end of my course and will have to find work. My Mum, who supported my decision to go to Uni now thinks I should go back to being a stay at home mom because 'Nat needs it'. :shrug: Unfortunately the debt we got into because of my course is pretty much forcing me to get a job. Can't win.

Hope everyone is ok.

Jo :judge:

Fat in Hong Kong
06-19-2006, 04:58 AM
I've had a mammouth weekend ... can't even begin to tell you how much I've had to eat/drink ... I must have consumed a whole months worth of calories in 2 days!!:o It's stopping right here and now ... it has to ... I can't go on like this any longer. I feel so uncomfortable ... nothing fits ... I keep buying bigger clothes and a couple of weeks later they're too tight again!! I'm bursting out of everything!! I'm so angry with myself. I started off this year saying that I was going to lose this weight before I went back to the UK this summer to visit my family & friends ... It's now just over 3 weeks away and guess what ... I'm heavier than I was at the beginning of this year!!:mad:

Well, I may only have 3 weeks but I'm going to try my hardest to get some of this blubber shifted ... I'd be happy with just being comfortable in my clothes instead of bursting out of them. I'm aiming for 7-10lbs to begin with ... it's a start:^:

So here goes ........:rolleyes:

Jo, hope the exams are going ok ... good luck on Thursday ... is that your final one?

NicoleNYC
07-05-2006, 07:27 PM
Hey, I'll commit to three weeks of serious dieting with you. Even (insert scary music here) EXERCISE! I need a little kick in the pants. Ok, a big kick. They're BIG pants :devil:

Jo, best of luck with all your exams. Tho you have been our star student so it's not like you need luck! How old is Nat again? Seems like when they get to a certain age, THEY aren't even home that much!

Alright, baby complaining. Off to..well, I don't have a plan. Wish me luck.

And Nic, more on this three week Super Diet SOON!

B

NicoleNYC
08-01-2006, 10:48 AM
So much for a three week super diet. I am all over the place. This child is teething and will not sleep. I'm a mess. You can't give me back my sleep and then take it away again! That's just messing with me! So no, no super diet here. I feel like everything is out of control. My house needs organizing, I need to get a grip on myself.

Anyone out there?

NicoleNYC
08-01-2006, 11:08 PM
So we just joined Jenny Craig. Actually, HE called and joined for both of us because, in his words, I'd just dither about it for another six months and really, why not just do it already. So I'm really excited. He's into it, I'm ready for it, it's enough of a financial investment to keep us going AND I feel so overwhelmed with everything lately, the idea of just heat and eat really REALLY speaks to me just now.

So again I ask, anyone out there???

B

britjo67
08-02-2006, 10:53 AM
Hi Brandy, can't stop just getting ready to head out for Dom's hockey training.

I am still stuck in a rut weight-wise, but I think it will change soon. I'm now NOT moving to Canada. I got a training contract!!! I start on Tuesday as a part time paralegal, and by Christmas I will be full time and a trainee solicitor, soooooo in just over two years time I will be a fully qualified lawyer!!! This is it, no turning back now. :eek:

Right I must dash, Dom can't find his sweats. :dizzy: Not surprising he is dizzy when his initials are D.Z. :D I will be back though.

Hope everyone is well

Love
Jo xxx

Fat in Hong Kong
08-05-2006, 12:39 AM
Hi Everyone! It's been a long time but I'm back and ready to start again! Returned from the UK last night ... 24hours later than expected! There was a typhoon in Hong Kong and we had to be diverted to Malaysia where we were put up in a hotel for the night, then we had an horrendous journey back to HK last night. We're all exhausted but glad to be finally home.

I've gained HUGE amounts whilst I've been away ... mainly due to a large alcohol consumption and my mothers VERY unhealthy cooking!! Couldn't wait to get back home so that I could be in control of my own diet.

I've got visitors arriving from the UK tomorrow so I'm pulling my hair out trying to sort everthing out for their arrival ... I could have done with having just a little more time to get organised! In the process of trying to sort out all my holiday washing etc. then I'm off to get some shopping as there's nothing in the house to eat!

I'm once again at my all time high (even higher than the last time!!). I'm not going to mess around any longer ... I'm sick and tired of the way I look and feel ... the kids are constantly going on at me about it ... and Nick is worried about my health and begging me to do something about it. I know it's time to stop messing around before it's too late. One of my dad's sisters had a heart attack whilst I was in the UK, thankfully she's ok ... she's only 52, just 8years older than me ... my dad had a heart attack when he was 47 ... my dad's parents both had heart problems amongst other things ... these things seem to run in my family so I really do need to get my act together before it's too late. I'm not going to go on and on about this ... I'm just going to do it. I've made promises to my family that I intend to keep ... I'm not going to let them down.

Jo, well done on the training contract!! Hope everthing goes well for you!:)

Brandy, good luck with Jenny Craig ... You can do it!:)

Well, time's running out and I've got so much to sort out so I'd better make a start. Probably going to be busy with the visitors for a while ... they are here until 16 August ... but I will try to post every few days and then I'll be back on a very regular basis when they've departed.

Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong
08-11-2006, 02:10 AM
Hi Everyone,

Just a quick update. Very busy with visitors. Lots of eating and drinking going on! But I'm trying not to go over the top! Looking forward to getting back to a 'normal' routine next week when they leave ... and getting into some healthy eating habits again!!

Hope you are all ok ... Brandy, how's it going with Jenny Craig?

Nichola

NicoleNYC
10-13-2006, 07:19 PM
HelllllllllLLLLLOOOOOO?

Anyone out there? Knock knock, is this thing on?

I'm here! I've been busy, but I'm here! Anyone left?

Also, I'm updating my sig - I've lost 20 pounds (which means I'm back where I was early this year after having the baby. It's CRAZY to think that this year I've been over 300 with pregnancy, down to the 240s, back up to the 260s and back down to the 240s again).

Hope all is well with you guys!

B

Fat in Hong Kong
10-14-2006, 01:07 AM
Hi Brandy ... It's great to hear from you! ... I'm still lurking!:) How's the little one doing? Well done to you for losing 20lbs, that fantastic!:bravo: Are you still doing Jenny Craig with your hubby?

Well, as you can see from my tracker, I'm still in the same position that I was months ago ... I found it really difficult to get back into any kind of routine since the summer, but I am starting to make an effort to get back into some kind of healthy way of eating.

I notice from the support groups board that the title of our thread is still reading "#23 - 2005" :eek: Do you think it's about time we updated and started a new thread? ... Perhaps it may give us all a new incentive to start afresh ... What do you think?

NicoleNYC
10-14-2006, 09:44 PM
I think it's time for the new thread. I'll let you start it!

Things are good here, the little one is bigger every day. She was nine months last week and growing and growing!

BTW, a few weeks ago I was in my local (chain, unfortunatly) bookstore and what did I see but a 3fc book! I was already on the way out so I didn't get to have a look but I can't wait to get my hands on one!

Fat in Hong Kong
10-16-2006, 01:35 AM
Ok Brandy, I'll start the new thread ... You'll find it under "FRIENDS FIRST - Desperately Need a Diet Buddy #24.

See you there:)