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LaurenH
07-31-2005, 11:44 PM
Hi, turtles.

First, welcome, Kathy! We're so glad you found us. I would think quilting would help keep one from mindless eating; it's something you can do with your hands. I wish I had an interest like that, but I'm all thumbs! Do you have any of your quilts posted online anywhere?

Judy, WTG losing that weight. You are such a trooper, woman. Thanks for keeping us up to date on Swania, too. I sure wish she could post again. I really miss seeing her here. Lin, too.

Bandit, WTG to you, too -- sounds like you're keeping on track.

Work has been extremely busy, and we're either going somewhere or having someone here every weekend for the foreseeable future. This weekend we're going up north to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area on Lake Michigan to stay with dear friends in their new house. I can't WAIT. We need a break in a big way.

I overate in a big way week before last and gained (no surprise). This past week I counted my points each day, though I didn't try to stay within my range. Just writing it down helped. I managed to stay within my points (while using ALL my flexpoints) for the week, and I dropped most of the weight I gained. That was encouraging.

I'm finding something that's really helping me is each day committing, before God, to writing down my points. If I just commit this to myself, I don't necessarily tend to do it. But committing it before God is another story. It has kept me on track. I have no idea why I didn't think of this sooner. I'm also getting in some exercise every day, which has been good. It'll be back up in the 90s this week, so that'll be tougher.

Hope everyone is doing well. I'll keep in touch when I can, and I'll certainly keep you all in my thoughts.

Onward and downward,

Lauren
274/217.5/down


Itryharder
08-01-2005, 02:17 PM
Hi Turtles,
Lauren, thanks so much for starting a new thread. I'm clueless when it comes to stuff like that. I keep on keepin' on and have had two good days. I'm not being a martyr; I'm just trying to eat the foods I like that will help me lose weight. Thanks for calling me a trooper--ties right in with my weight loss journey! Glad to see you'r here and that you're using God to help you out. You have a strong faith and I know He wants you to be happy. You sound extremely busy and I'm grateful that you made time to post on this site.

Hey, Miata: Welcome back! I remember you from a couple of years ago. Are you the same Kathy who posted here a while ago? I remember the quilting and the quilting conferences, etc. In any case, it's great to have you here with us. We'll try to offer good suggestions while keeping OP ourselves.

Bandit, thinking about you and wishing you well. How are you doing?

Swania and Lin and Choosie, hope you're reading this and feel the :goodvibes:
Lin, I'd love to make a comment on your blog, but haven't figured out how. I'll look again.

Am taking care of myself today and that's always a good feeling. Swania and I have a Labor Day commitment to lose weight by eating better and exercising. Anyone want to join us?

Love,
Judy :cool:

LaurenH
08-02-2005, 08:06 AM
I was wondering the same thing, Kathy. Didn't you post here a while back? In any case, it's great to have you here.

Judy, you definitely *are* a trooper. You're an anchor for me.

Yes, I'd like to join the two of you in committing to eating right and exercising. I'd like to lose 4 pounds by Labor Day. Actually, I'd like to lose about 40 pounds by Labor Day, but I'm not willing to give up any body parts ...

Broiling hot here. Today I commit to writing down what I eat and will aim at staying within my points.

Onward and DOWNWARD,

Lauren


bandit2
08-02-2005, 02:44 PM
Hi turtles!

I just got back from a week in Vegas - it was great. Didn't win any $ but had lot of fun losing it.

Ate too much & have my w/i tonight so I am a little hesitant about that, but will face the music anyway. No sense in avoiding it, but hopefully not too much damagage done.

Seen David Copperfield, Barry Manilow and went to Grand Canyon - that was really beautiful. So we had a really great trip.

Everyone sounds like they are doing great - so keep up the good work & I will check in again regularly now that I am back.

So bye for now.

Itryharder
08-05-2005, 12:54 PM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, wow do I envy you. I would love to see the Grand Canyon. I know it's magnificent and I'd love to see it in person. Glad you went to your WI. I know what it's like when I pass it over for the next week and then somehow I lose track of getting to WW's mtgs. and before I know it months have gone by without a weight loss and usually a gain. So, glad you had a great vacation and glad you're back and posting.

I've been doing well. My last WI I lost 1.2# and I've been doing well this week. It's blistering hot here--as well as where you all are. I think that's playing around a bit with a potential weight loss. Right now the scale isn't budging, but I'm hoping that I'm down a pound by this upcoming Wednesday.

You all take care. Here's a :grouphug: and :goodvibes: to us all.
Love,
Judy
:cool:

bandit2
08-10-2005, 10:29 AM
Hi everyone!

At my w/i after my Vegas week I was up 4# - so was kind of bummed about that.
And last night at w/i was 1.6# so still have some to go to get back to where I was before holiday.

But am still pretty much on track so hopefully will have good w/i next week.

Have been really busy with helping dd move some things into their townhouse for next school year to going to 50th bd party for my cousin. That was last Sat night & I drank way tooo much vodka, so I was glad to be down anything at meeting.

It is still super hot up here. This is the hottest summer I can remember for a very long time.

Anyway, hope you are all doing great & will check in soon.

Bye for how.

Oh, a little saying I heard on radio other day which I liked:

Love many
Trust few
And always paddle your own canoe

Itryharder
08-11-2005, 08:48 AM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, that little saying sparks a lot of thinking. As far as weight, you're heading in the right direction. I know you can do this. Hey, are you close to 200# yet? Seems to me that you had broken the onederland line. I'm aiming to do the same, but my many yoyo's are stopping me.

Last night at WI I lost .2#. I was surprised because I thought I'd lose more. On the other hand, my dh decided we should "vacation at home" this week and we ate out 1,000 times. So even though I made great choices all week, we did eat out and that means higher fat, higher salt. I figure if I keep everything under control this week I can lose a little more than a pound. I also have to speed up the exercise--like do it!
I'm thinking of Swania and the Labor DAy challenge. Still have several weeks to go and I am pleased with how I'm viewing my ability to do this. Not a bad week at all and I'm hoping the small weight loss was because of salt.

I've got something inspiring to share about a gal named Grace at my WW's mtg. She
originally lost 235# over 14 years ago. She is approaching 60 years old. She swims daily and goes to work. This year she had been slowly putting weight back on. Then she broke her arm at work. She was so frightened about losing her ability to exercise that she got tough with herself. She started measuring and weighing food again. Surprise surprise! She realized she had been eating much more than she intended to eat. She is OP and has lost 42# since February. Isn't that amazing? She spaces her food out so that she has a little something every three hours. She also has taken up crocheting so that her hands are busy and so she won't eat. Congrats to her and a :grouphug: to her for helping us see that it is possible to lose weight.

Lauren, Miata, Swania, Choosie, and LIn, am sending :goodvibes: to you all. :bravo:
to us in partaking of one of life's challenges.

Love,
Judy :cool:

bandit2
08-11-2005, 11:09 AM
Hi Judy - yes awhile ago I was under the 200# mark but it has crept up some.
That is my goal by fall to be back there, but as you all know when I am good I am really good but when I am bad it is awful. I still have to learn "moderation"

So far this week I have done OK - had some ribs, corn, roll last night & had to count a few flex points but that is OK.

The eating out all the time is hard on all of us. Too easy to make bad choices.

Anyway, my goal this weekend is to stay OP & get some exercise.

Bye for now.

Itryharder
08-15-2005, 07:55 PM
HI Turtles,
Bandit, I thought you had broken into onederland and am glad you're aiming to hit it again. I think you're like me in the when we're good we're very very good and when we're bad we're awful. My leader keeps talking about flexible moderation. She means to deviate by only a few points or go off Core by only a little when it's important. That keeps a weight loss going.
I'm aiming for a Labor Day WI with Swania and Lauren and anyone who cares to join in.
I had been off to a good start this week and a lot of family yucky stuff interfered. I'm not doing well--threw everything out the window. I'll try really hard to get back on track. Everyone take it easy do all you can and keep on keepin on.
Love,
Judy

bandit2
08-15-2005, 10:16 PM
Hi - well I have been good all week and got 3 walks in as well. So hopefully I will show a loss tomorrow at w/i.

I seem to do alot of "emotional eating" damage and that is not good. But this week I kept on track even though I am having some personal challenges with ex-boyfriend and trying to meet some new men. I am in one of those "dating sucks" moods.
I think I am too tired to even start a new relationship, diet, exercise, go to work, get daughter ready for back to school, etc, etc.

How about everyone else? How is your home-life? Good, I hope.

Maybe I need a "girls night-out". My cousin is coming for a sleepover Thurs night at my trailer so I think we will have a few drinks and vent - think I need that.

Anyway, have a good one.

Itryharder
08-16-2005, 11:39 AM
Hi TUrtles,
Bandit, you've got a lot on your plate right now and a cousin visit/venting time sounds ideal. You're a very together person and I know you can pull yourself up from this emotional time you're having. Just hang in there. :bravo: for writing everything down even in this tricky time. You can do this!!!!! :grouphug:

Hey guys--something so funny happened to me. I was babysitting this past weekend.
The kids are draining to say the least. Not only that, when they are *hungry* they eat two bites and leave the rest. Guess where that leftover went? Then in two hours they are hungry again. It brought back all those feelings of having no time to myself that I had when I was a young mom. My eating was out of control then and those feelings reemerged. In any case, I ran after the kids so much and had no set pattern for eating myself. Somehow I lost about a pound. This is crazy but this is what happened. So I am taking it as a reward for doing a nice thing for my family and watching the little ones and I'll just keep on keepin' on. It also points out that when we think we've done unreversable harm, we often haven't.

Good luck to all--Miata chime in and let us know how you're doing. Big bonus--I have started to quilt and love it. We'll have to compare notes because you're such a pro and I'm a beginner.
Love,
Judy :cool:

bandit2
08-21-2005, 12:57 PM
Hi everyone:

Well my efforts paid off - I was down 3.2# at my Tues w/i so was very happy with that. Cousin came up & we had some drinks, chatted and had a really good talk.
Next morning had abit of a headache but felt much better getting some things off my chest.

My eating hasn't been great this weekend - went to see Beach Boys at casino & we were planning on nice dinner there but too busy so ended up having greasy fish & chips then on way home had a small bag of Nachos. But I have counted lots of points for those things & will behave for the rest of this week. Got in a few walks as well so hopefully haven't done too much damage.

But that is what happens - I have a few good weeks then back-slide.

Judy - so nice of you to babysit & the little ones sounded like they kept you hopping. So at least you got in some exercise :-)

Anyway talk to you all soon. Bye for now.

bandit2
08-24-2005, 09:47 AM
Hi - where is everyone?

Had my meeting last night & was down .2# - not much but glad I wasn't up considering my drinks & fast food. That is 3 weeks in a row that I have shown a loss of some kind, so I feel good about that.

Have been talking to bf about some things - but I am not feeling the way I should anymore. If you can't rely on someone & they don't keep their word - then that is not much of relationship. So we see what happens - I think I should just move on.

Anyway, hope everyone is doing well & talk to you all soon.

Itryharder
08-24-2005, 08:35 PM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit!!!! :bravo: You go girl!!!! It is wonderful that you have lost weight these last three weeks. That is fabulous considering the stress you're under. Glad you had a chance to vent with your cousin. That was a great thing to do. Sorry I haven't been more attentive to this site, but time is flying for me. I see my dd and her db almost every day and it is very tiring. I'll try to do better. As far as your boyfriend, I know you'll think this through carefully and make the right choice.

I have good news myself. This week I was down 2.2#. That makes me very happy and helps me to understand that if I stay on Core, it works very well for me. Right now I am exactly where I was when I started this new book. The least I weighed during this time was 214# and I went all the way up to 223#. very discouraging. Right now I'm 216.4# and will need to do the right thing more often to get into onederland. However, Swania's challenge is a good one and I'll have lost weight by Labor Day which was my short term goal. My next goal is to lose 8 more pounds by Halloween. I know I can do this.

Good luck to us all. Chime in when you can. See you all in onederland!!!!! :cool:
Love,
Judy

mousie
08-26-2005, 01:27 PM
Hi Turtles, I'm back. I used to post here years ago, but...well, life went to **** in a handbasket, basically.

I regained all of my 83 pounds lost (ouch) along with 31 friends (OUCH!!!). I'm following WW Flex to take it off again.

I thought for a really long time about what I would say if/when I came back, and I've decided there's just too much. I imagine it will come out in bits and pieces, but for now I just wanted to come back and say hi.

Hi! :wave:

Itryharder
08-26-2005, 03:56 PM
Hi Turtles,
Dear Mousie,
I remember you very well. Good for you for posting back here. Lauren will be so excited. ":grouphug: on your weight loss. Gaining back weight isn't fun. It makes us feel so low. You know what to do and I'm glad you're trying the Flex Plan to knock off some of the weight.
In the meantime, I'll catch you up on what I'm doing: I'm retired for two years now.
I have three grandkids--one of which lives nearby. I am trying to get my original weight loss back and have to lose 8 more pounds to do that. Then-----my next short term goal will be to get into onederland. Exercise is still a bugaboo for me--I remember how excellent and enthusiastic you are about it. It's :cool: to hear from you. Guess what? Miata (Kathy the quilter) just posted the other day as well. I feel like it's old home week.
Take care, take it a day at a time, post often. Spread good cheer.
Love,
Judy :bravo:

mousie
08-26-2005, 04:39 PM
Hi Turtles,
Dear Mousie,
I remember you very well. Good for you for posting back here. Lauren will be so excited. ":grouphug: on your weight loss. Gaining back weight isn't fun. It makes us feel so low. You know what to do and I'm glad you're trying the Flex Plan to knock off some of the weight.
In the meantime, I'll catch you up on what I'm doing: I'm retired for two years now.
I have three grandkids--one of which lives nearby. I am trying to get my original weight loss back and have to lose 8 more pounds to do that. Then-----my next short term goal will be to get into onederland. Exercise is still a bugaboo for me--I remember how excellent and enthusiastic you are about it. It's :cool: to hear from you. Guess what? Miata (Kathy the quilter) just posted the other day as well. I feel like it's old home week.
Take care, take it a day at a time, post often. Spread good cheer.
Love,
Judy :bravo:

Wow, Judy, two years of retirement must be grand! It must be nice to have the grandbabies nearby. My parents are nearby but none of the grandkids, and they plan every year for their [too short] visits! Whoa, all the oldies are back, I'm excited to see everyone else. What has happened to Lin? I look forward to 'seeing' Lauren again.

8 pounds, single digits! You're so close! :)

Itryharder
08-30-2005, 10:11 AM
Hi Turtles,
This has been a great week. Because of social commitments, we have eaten out four times. That's tough, but I made good choices. I also got on the treadmill every day this week. Tomorrow is WI and I'm hoping for the best. I would love to have lost a pound, but that's not showing up on my at home scale yet, so we'll see.
In the meantime, Mousie, Lin has decided to post elsewhere but was happy to have us keep the Turtle name. I miss her because she always had good ideas about weight loss, but right now she's very interested in her writing and is pursuing that. We've all gotten very busy here, but I'm hoping with you rejoining us and with Miata out there and willing to write that Bandit, Lauren, and I will join you in giving support to each other.

Everyone take care--do what works for you--and keep coming back.
Love,
Judy :bravo:

mousie
08-30-2005, 10:43 AM
I'll have my fingers crossed for your weigh-in, Judy. It looks like I've dropped the water I was holding last week, but I'm only halfway to weigh in so I'm not counting on it yet! :p

I wish Lin all good things with regard to her writing, but I'm sad she's not here. Lin always had good things to say. I'm trying to break into the published masses myself, as a teens/tweens author. Nothing yet, but I haven't given up hope! ;)

I'm still eager to hear from Lauren. Lauren...where aaaaarrreeee you...? :dunno:

bandit2
08-30-2005, 05:01 PM
Hi Judy - way to go on your weight loss last week & good luck this week. Good for you.

Mousie - a nice big Welcome to you & am looking forward to talking with you.
Am sure you will have lots of tips for all of us & I need all the help/motivation I can get.

Not going to meeting this week - the girls are going to see Tim McGraw & I have to get some yard work done before long weekend but I will behave myself as best I can and we will all be back at it next week.

So everyone have a great evening & talk to you soon.

Itryharder
08-30-2005, 08:40 PM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, keep on keepin' on! I'm always interested to see how your WI's go and the last three have been great! :bravo: Wouldn't it be wonderful if we finally we able to put everything together and get this weight off? :cool:

Mousie,
Glad to hear the water weight is evaporating. Just keep with it and you'll be fine.
You show a lot of good traits to come back here and post. I'm so glad you are doing this. :grouphug:

Yes, I miss Lin tremendously. She always posted such thoughtful comments and I always felt that she really understood the weight struggle. I'll try and give you great support and in this group we'll do the very best we can and more!!!!

Today was another good day. I WI tomorrow and I hope to see a shakeup on the scale. so far at home, nothing is happening, but I know I could drop a pound overnight. Wish me luck :high:
Love
Judy

Itryharder
09-01-2005, 10:09 PM
Hi Turtles,
Chime in when you can. Success at WW's WI yesterday. I lost .8# and am only
1 1/2# from my lowest point in five months. I need to keep this going and I know I can do it.

Good luck to us all. You're all the best. :grouphug:
Love,
Judy

mousie
09-01-2005, 11:33 PM
Hi Turtles,
Chime in when you can. Success at WW's WI yesterday. I lost .8# and am only
1 1/2# from my lowest point in five months. I need to keep this going and I know I can do it.

Good luck to us all. You're all the best. :grouphug:
Love,
Judy
Oh, Judy, so close! My weigh-in for the week is tomorrow. I peaked today and nothing besides the water weight from last week has come off yet--but then I realized that I'm two days pre-TOM! :rolleyes: So keeping the water from last week off is a good thing, and I'll take it!

I got some bad news about my dad's type II Diabetes earlier this week--he's taken oral meds for 7 years but hasn't taken any weight off, and his doctors have switched him to insulin injections. :( They say if he takes off the weight he can possibly go back to oral meds, but for now he's on needles. This is scary partially because, well, he's my daddy. It's also scary because I have his body--there is very very little of my mom in me, but BOY am I obviously my dad's little girl! I'm very afraid of going the same way, and I'm even more afraid that something like that is building in my body, and I just don't know about it yet.

So anyway, the upshot of this bad news is that I'm following WW, but I'm also following the principles of a diabetic diet and paying attention to regular eating, cutting out simple-to-process carbs, and trying to get protein at each "meal". I have felt really good this week, with stable energy levels and a firm resolve. We'll see if I can hold onto it! :^:

Itryharder
09-02-2005, 12:16 PM
Hi TUrtles,
Mousie, you can hold onto these good habits you're developing. :bravo: here's some cheer to spur you on. I'm sorry about the bad news about your Dad. Diabetes is a tough condition and I'm sorry he has to go onto injections. However, Diabetes II
is a condition you can prevent by taking very good care of yourself. I'm sending you a :grouphug: to give you strength for those times that seem tough and I'm sending you a :high: to let you know I know you can do this.

Swania, I'm booking for the Labor Day challenge. I have to go back and check my figures, but I know I've lost weight since we started this challenge. I'm not quite sure how much, but I know I'm on the right track. Let us know how you're doing.

Lauren and Bandit and Choosie and Lin and everybody: Have a great Labor Day weekend and chime in when you can. Keep on making good choices.
Love,
Judy :cool:

mousie
09-02-2005, 01:29 PM
Hello all! Weigh in this morning, and I lost 3.0 pounds! :cb: I rarely lose in big chunks (hence being a Turtle!) but I guess the water from last week and some fat came off this week! It makes me feel like dancing... :dance:

I have struggled for a very, very long time with how much to exercise and how much to eat. Some of you may remember from when I was here before. The combination of too much exercise and too little food (yes it is possible) and a host of emotional upheavals ruined my previous losses. It's been years of hard work, both my own solitary work and work with my DH, to put life back in order. We're still married (thankfully) and both of us are still alive (there was a time when that was in jeopardy) and life is stable enough for me to do this work.

I decided that I didn't want to just do it off-the-cuff and take what other people thought was good for my body as gospel. Instead, I've been tracking Points and averages and trends and everything to try to get a feeling for what my body responds to. I've removed any emotional attachment to the numbers and have been looking at it from a purely scientific perspective.

My first week I just focused on writing everything down and didn't much care about being over minimum or using up too many extra points. I averaged about 34 a day all told, but I did not exercise that week. I lost 3.0. :cp:

I did that for the second week, too, but started to exercise. I lost 2.0. :cp:

I tried only eating minimum Points--didn't work. I was miserable, and I had no loss. I was also, interestingly, napping in the middle of every [possible] afternoon. :chin:

I tried eating minimum with only two of my APs on the days I exercised. That was last week, the week it was so ungodly hot and I was bloated and gained 1.5. :tantrum:

So that brings up to this week--when I told myself my minimum goal was 35 a day and I hit an average of 33.5/day. I also focused on the diabetic principles (as of monday) and ate all of my FPs last weekend, so really my average was a bit more than 38 points a day. And I lost! :cb:

Now, not enough data for conclusions yet, but I'm going to continue this "eat more" trend and see what happens. I've got a lot of emotions tied up in the idea of eating (as we all do) and a lot tied up in exercise, and I struggle with letting my body have enough food. There seems to be this breaking point--I can either let myself starve and sleep all day, or I can give up and just eat everything all day. There's got to be a middle ground in there, and I'm trying to use Points to help me find it.

Anyway! This has been a long post, but those are my thoughts! Sorry if I'm boring! I hope everyone has a great week, and I'm here and watching again. :)

Itryharder
09-03-2005, 10:48 AM
Hi Turtles,
Well, good news for me. In wrapping up the Labor Day Challenge, I'm down about five pounds. Yay! :bravo: Now I'm committing to getting down to 207 by Halloween. I know if I keep up this pace I can do it. I'm exercising most days--exercising a little longer than I used to and I'm eating core foods when it's time to eat--not when I feel an emotional urge to eat. Big change for me and I'm very proud. I know this can change any minute, so I have to be ever vigilant.

Mousie, I am so thrilled to hear you working this through. You are the best. :bravo:
Hooray on keeping your marriage together. Hooray on making the strides you are making. And mostly hooray on finding a way that satisfies your scientific mind in losing weight by balancing food and exercise. You are absolutely right that we are not here on earth to starve ourselves and nap our lives away. That is not the way to go! The trick is finding the way to go!!!! Take care of yourself. :high: for your wonderful weight losses. You've got this on the run.

To all the wonderful turtles, have a great weekend, do what you do best, and chime in when you can.

Love and :goodvibes:
Judy :cool:

mousie
09-03-2005, 05:44 PM
Alright, what's happening to me?? I actually have energy! :dancer:

This morning I got up around 7:30 and had breakfast, then had a quiet morning to myself. Nothing fancy--went to my parents' place to feed their cat, got a paper, measured off a new distance for my walks. Made lunch (toasted sandwiches) for DH and I, and then he decided to curl up in bed and read for awhile. And I...

Got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed the kitchen floor! :faint:

While I was down there I noticed that the cupboards need to be wiped down, too, so I'll tackle that next. And the fridge (already did the dishwasher). There's one load of laundry in the dryer to be folded, one in the washer to be changed over, and the last one to go in to the washer. I've noticed that the carpet needs to be vacuumed, too, and the upholstery on the couch wants to be scrubbed. My windows are okay but the patio needs to be weeded and replanted...

Where did I get all this energy? I'm possessed! :devil:

Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I love having energy to do something other than nap! I may have to continue this "diabetic diet/small meals often/careful of blood sugar" experiment! :cheer:

Itryharder
09-04-2005, 12:20 PM
Hi Turtles,
Mousie, I'd say your experiment is a proven at this point!!! Weigh to go! To eat right, exercise, have more energy and feel alive is a very very very good thing. All your enthusiasm made me feel great and the little figures interspersed throughout your post are adorable. Keep up the good work.

I had company last night. Ate the foods that are good for me, avoided the ones that aren't going to help me, used some WW points for small slivers of other foods and had a great time. This is a very good feeling.

Love and :goodvibes: to us all,
Judy

mousie
09-04-2005, 01:57 PM
Judy, well done! :bravo: I'm going to help a friend pack and clean her house this afternoon, and am facing that challenge myself. This morning I've had breakfast (Smart Ones) and a snack (yogurt and a banana) and I'll have lunch before I go, but I'm at a loss for Tea. I don't know how long I'll be gone. So atm I'm planning to take my [sugarfree] peanut butter and [homemade] banana bread with me (to share), and if I'm there long enough to need a snack/tea then I'll have good choices with me. :)

I'm very entertained by all the smilies that 3FC has, makes the posts much more expressive and much less open to misinterpretation. No more trying to figure out "exactly what did she mean by that?" :mag:

I have dug around in my fridge and pawed through my pantry, and now have a list smack in front of me on the freezer door of options I have for meals. I'm a bit concerned about gas prices and about sticking to a budget this month, so I'm trying to minimize going out to lunch/dinner. I'm a good cook (when I take the time!) and readily able to make pleasing meals at home. So I'm making it my project this month to eat as much of what we have in the house as possible. In reasonable portions, of course! :lol:

I'm planning to 'watch' the finale Celebrity Fit Club II this evening. I'm very fond of that show. We have a treadmill set up behind the couch/in front of the TV and an exercise mat/weights bench next to the living room table, so I do treadmill walking and abs/floor work while I watch. :tread: I'm kinda sad that it's over--I've been getting good workouts! :lol:

Anyway. I need to see if my chicken is thawed so I can bake some for the week, so I'd best be off. Judy it sounds like you're doing great! :high: Everyone else, I hope things are going well for you and I'm eager to hear from everyone!

Itryharder
09-05-2005, 10:32 AM
Hi Turtles,
Mousie, I've found that Lauren has been really really busy over the summer. She's had a lot of changes in her life that are time consuming. I can always count on her to get to this site whenever she possibly can. Bandit and I chime in consistently and I'm so thrilled to see that you are right on board with comments and posts. You've given new life to this site.

I love how you are organizing things around you to help yourself. Posting a list of available foods to budget and avoid eating out and end up with healthful foods that will allow you to lose weight is monumental! What a clever idea. I also love to hear that you planned what to do when you were helping your friend. good for you.

Things continue to go well here. I am at my lowest point in 5 months and am well on my track for Halloween Challenge. Today I'll be baby-sitting and that can run me ragged, so I'll have to keep in mind the good foods I have here and make use of them.
The big thing to me is to eat as a response to hunger, not as a response to an emotion! I'll keep on keepin' on and am thrilled with Mousie and Bandit's participation. It helps me to know I am not alone. :grouphug:
Love,
Judy
:cool:

mousie
09-06-2005, 02:50 PM
The Energizer Bunny energy continues! :dance: I spent 2.5 hours yesterday pulling weeds and sweeping on the back patio. It was hot--mid 80s--and I had to cycle indoors/outdoors time, but I had the entire day so I didn't mind. I drank NINE half-liter bottles of water yesterday, too--oi! Wanna guess what I spent the rest of my time doing? ;)

I've got banana bread in the oven and I've taken things out of the freezer/cupboard to prepare for dinner tonight, as per my sheet on the fridge. I need to decide on a veggie for dinner, too, but as it's not even noon it's not that pressing! :lol: I'm making red beans&rice with grilled chicken/onion/garlic sausages (from Trader Joe's), and honestly haven't got a clue what veggie would go with that. I do know okra is out of the question! :nono:

I had breakfast with my parents yesterday, and had to really bite my tongue. My poor dad. He's trying, and obviously thinks he's making the 'right' choices. We were at IHOP, and he ordered a 'senior stack' of pancakes (2) and a side of ham. Obviously with pancakes comes syrup. He was acting like he was still hungry, but didn't want to eat any more. I felt so bad for him. As big as he is (between 325-250 pounds) he needs more food than that. I wanted to tell him to forgo pancakes and certainly syrup, that those would make his blood sugar spike and he'd be hungry in an hour, eat more protein and get some fruit maybe...but I couldn't. I ordered a veggie omelette made with eggbeaters and got sugarfree syrup with my pancakes. I ate half of my breakfast, and offered some [of the omelette] to him, but he was trying to make good choices and refused. I felt so bad. I have no credibility in this arena. Even though his dietician would tell him the same thing (that simple carbs spike the blood sugar and he needs to focus on protein with every meal with complex carbs) my saying it has no value because I am heavy right now--and what do I know? Now, NEITHER parent has ever commented on my weight or my education, but I still felt like I couldn't comment. The best I can do is make changes in myself, and let him see them and hope he 'listens'.

And I have to wonder why he chose pancakes with syrup anyway. He's been diabetic for 7 years, he has to know this by now. But that's a separate issue entirely.

Woohoo, Judy! I'm impressed. :) Lowest in 5 months is certainly an achievement. You seem to have the ball rolling now! :) We're getting down to the end of the year--is it September already?? I'm sure you'll do well, with things broken up into separate Challenges. :)

bandit2
09-06-2005, 03:57 PM
Hi turtles:

Nice job Judy & Mousie on your lossess! Keep up the good work. I had a nice long weekend but too many bad choices - once I got on a roll that was it. Have to face the scale tonight & I know I will be up but that is the price I will just have to pay.

Anyway, nice to see you posting & will check in soon. Bye for now.

Itryharder
09-06-2005, 05:51 PM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, good to hear from you. I hope the scale is kind to you. Glad to see you're posting. :clap:

Mousie, it's true about your folks. Your good example will show them more than your words. It does seem as though your Dad is confused about what to eat and thinks that less food will do the trick. Does he have a good doctor? I mean, a doctor can't just say lose weight. He needs to offer suggestions. I'm so glad you were able to do what was right for you. Your energy is awe inspiring. I think I'll get off the internet and onto my treadmill because I haven't squeezed it in yet today. You're doing so many good things. Keep it up! :high:

I weigh in tomorrow and then my schedule gets back to normal with my dh working a few times a week. That always switches my mind around, but I'll deal with it. You all take care and keep on keepin' on.
Love,
Judy :cool:

mousie
09-06-2005, 10:55 PM
Hi Bandit! :wave: I hope your scale was kind to you. It's not a price you're paying, it's a lesson you're learning, right? ;)

Judy, good luck on your weigh-in tomorrow and let us know how it goes! I'm sure you'll hang on to your goals and plans when your DH's schedule changes. You've been doing so well with just working toward those goals that I think you'll maybe stumble a bit, but pick yourself right back up and keep going. :)

I'm about to hop on my treadmill while Celebrity Fit Club 2 reruns play. I've been walking for 10 minutes/doing abs for 5 minutes/treadmill/abs/treadmill/abs/etc for an hour, and this morning I thought I noticed that my good black trousers were fitting better. Is this wishful thinking? Best keep going and find out for sure! ;)

bandit2
09-07-2005, 09:15 AM
Hi ladies:

Well I was up 1# last night but felt good going to my meeting. Will focus for this week and try to be down a few more. Have to get in some excercise this week.

Hope you are all having a good day.

Bye for now.

mousie
09-07-2005, 11:50 AM
Hi ladies:

Well I was up 1# last night but felt good going to my meeting. Will focus for this week and try to be down a few more. Have to get in some excercise this week.

Hope you are all having a good day.

Bye for now.
Hey Bandit, that's not bad at all! :) I'm sure in a week you'll get it back off. :dance:

Itryharder
09-07-2005, 12:38 PM
Hi Turtles,
Bandit, I agree with Mousie. Up one pound is certainly something that is doable to fix!
Isn't it interesting how well we really do even when we think we're eating way off program? Good for you, and I like your determination for this week. :bravo:

Mousie, your energy is amazing. How would you like to head out to my place and take care of sweeping my patio, cleaning my kitchen, etc.? I'd love to have some help:chef: :dance:

I had a great WI this morning. My pattern is to go to WW's on Wed. morning to WI and then I leave only to go back to my favorite mtg. later in the day. It works for me and I even wear the same clothes to WI each week. I lost 2.4# this week. This makes three weeks in a row of losing weight. It also marks a milestone for me. This is the lowest weight I've been in five months. :bravo: I also finished my book and it's on to another book for me. I exercised a lot this week and only went out once to eat, so that helped me tremendously.

:goodvibes: to all. Let's keep on keepin' on.
Love,
Judy :cool:
234.6/213.4/thinner into onederland

mousie
09-07-2005, 12:43 PM
Woooooooooohoooooooooo Judy! :dance: I'd be dancing with a loss like that! :dancer: Congrats in hitting Virgin Fat, your determination must be running so high right now. :) What's next? What's this Halloween goal I heard whispered about? Do you have goals for each holiday? Is there one for Guy Fawkes Day? :flame:

bandit2
09-07-2005, 04:09 PM
Judy - way to go!!!! Wow that is awesome.

Tonight I made a "walking" date with a new fellow. He asked me to go for a drink & I suggested going for a walk then coffee. I think he was surprised but pleased at the same time. Anyway, that is what I am doing tonight. This man is very nice but no attraction on my part but certainly would be a good friend to have.

Anyway, keep up the good work. Bye for now.

Itryharder
09-08-2005, 09:45 AM
Hi Turtles,
Yes, I am sooooo pleased with this week's weight loss. I think I am going to exert my influence on dh to eat in rather than eating out because it works out much better for me! The exercise is also mind boggling! I have a treadmill at home, but we're not air conditioned, so I break into quite a sweat when I exercise. Is this more than you need to know? In any case, I'm thrilled and am working on keeping myself in balance.

Mousie, about the challenges: Over the years Lauren would set challenges for herself that would span a few months. She would decide what was a reasonable weight loss expectation, set a goal of walking, etc. and then procede to keep on track.
I joined in with her and have been semi successful here and there. All of a sudden lots of events are coming together for me and I realize that I can set a reasonable challenge and come through for myself. Swania (another lovely tutrtle who can't post right now) started a Labor Day challenge. Although I let most of the summer go by, I did act on that challenge in this last month and lost about 4 pounds. Now I am onto my Halloween challenge and all are welcome to join in. Here's how I am stating my goals to be met by Halloween:

1. Exercise 6 out of 7 days for about 1/2 hour +
2. Eat core foods and keep a running count of the flex points from my alloted 35 weekly points
3. Aim to be 207# or less by Halloween.
This is a reasonable expectation. Join in if this sounds like something that would be helpful or useful to you. :grouphug:

It is easier to set challenges by holidays--we're all conscious of the holiday dates, etc.
If you'd like a Guy Fawkes day, tell us more and let's set it up! Looking far ahead, I'll set up a challenge for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. This kind of stuff can be very helpful.:cp:



Bandit, I love that you are going out with a new fellow. :idea: Good for you! A walk and coffee sounds a lot better than a drink. Weigh to go. And I like that your idea sparked even more interest from you. Have a wonderful time. :wave:

Itryharder
09-08-2005, 09:46 AM
Hi Turtles,
That last post was from me. Maybe it was to long for a quick reply because I couldn't sign off. Anyway----
Love,
Judy
234.6#/213.4/thinner into onederland

mousie
09-08-2005, 01:54 PM
Interesting, Judy, on the goals/challenges. I tend to set goals for the week for myself, I'm a bit scared of looking too far ahead and overwhelming myself! But let's see...where's my calendar...

Halloween is about 7.5 weeks away. Jeeeeeez, is it that soon? :faint: Anyway! At the rate I lose, I should be able to be 7 pounds down by then. So that's my goal: to be at 280 by Halloween. :) To help me reach my goal, I will record my Points every day and do my walking programs every other day (I have a big paper wall calendar that I record that mileage on--with stickers!).

And speaking of, I need to get on my treadmill! :tread:

Itryharder
09-09-2005, 09:36 AM
Hi Turtles,
Mousie, keep on setting your weekly goals because that's what works for you. The Halloween Challenge gives you a chance to see what meeting your weekly goals accomplishes. You're doing great and I'm so glad you're back. Your enthusiasm is catching.
Love,
Judy :cool:
234.6/213.4/thinner into onederland

mousie
09-09-2005, 11:49 AM
This morning was weigh in and I am down a pound! So I'm down 7.5 pounds in 6 weeks. That might be slow for some people, but I'm happy about it. :)

My goals for the week are to do my treadmill/abs routine every other day, focus on diabetic diet principles, and to have 35 points/day. I'll keep my eye on the Halloween goal, too. :)

This week I averaged 34.2 points/day, mainly because I was so excited last night I came in 10 points shy! I got an email from a literary agent I wrote a query letter to, and she wants to see pages from me! :cb: :dancer: :encore: :cheer: I'm so excited! I'm set up at Panera Bread this morning, to tighten my first chapter to get ready to send off. :comp: Ohhh, so exciting!

I'm not on crack, I'm just having a really good life right now. ;)

Itryharder
09-09-2005, 05:14 PM
Hi Turtles,
Mousie, :bravo: :high: :cp: weigh to go! Double success in your literary effort and your weight loss. This is incredibly fabulous. Good luck with the literary agent. I'm pulling for you!
Love,
Judy :cool:
234.6/213.4/thinner into onederland