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08-31-2005, 11:39 PM
Another new month and we are still here! Anyone is welcome to join our group and the question is what challenge would we like to set up for ourselves for the month of September. Since it is the first, we need to make a decision today and then see what we can do to meet that goal we set.

09-01-2005, 09:27 AM
Hi All in September, the most beautiful month of the year.
Below is my challange suggestion from the previous thread.

How about 4 lbs each and a minimum of 10 hours of exercise for the month. That's 30 minutes 5x a week or some combination.
And for those of us who use, how about entering everyday, including exercise.
I think I can do this.

09-01-2005, 10:26 AM
Happy Septemeber everyone...and hope you're all starting off better than I am :( It's TOM and I have serious cramping and huge headache (for 3 days now). Was up at 6AM to drag sleeping babies to the gas station, where I waited in line and paid $30 for half a tank of gas. Got Allie off to school and went to the grocery store...almsot rear ended someone on the way (never sense someone is moving and go forward without actually looking up :o ) I have never caused an accident in my life, but that was close and made me want to go home and go to bed. Ty fussed all the way through the store but I did NOT buy ANY sweets at all...not a one and I'm proud of myself. It's been years since I shopped completely healthy. I am setting myself up for no slips, and with the price I paid for gas there's no extra money this week to eat out so I should do real good, even if it kills me lol

Well, after putting away all the groceries I am now ready to go to bed and take a nap. I have to go to walmart and pick up pictures and get Allie's glasses adjusted after I pick her up at noon...I'm hoping I can sleep an hour and wake up and magically the day will be better. Does that ever work?

Can't wait to hear from everyone on our new thread beginnings ladies, a great fresh start for all of us that have started to struggle. :) We can do it... no matter what challenge we set!

My personal September challenge: meet my mini goal of 10 lbs.


09-01-2005, 10:51 AM
i think 4 lbs and 10 hours is a good goal. i think i could handle that. although i would like to lose more.. nothing wrong with exceeding the goal :)

09-01-2005, 11:00 AM
I'll try any challenge decided on all though exercise is tough with my schedule. But I will try!!!! I had a thought about the hurricane victims, my DH and I both have a lot of good clothes in boxes because of our weight loss over the last year. These clothes are all in new condition, I had been thinking about donating them to a church but now think maybe they could go to some of these people who have lost everything. My job sent volunteers to give relief to one of the hospitals but my DH is disabled and I couldn't go. I guess I just feel that I should do something to help. Has anyone heard of an organization taking up donations of clothing? Please let me know.

Theresa- there must be something in the air--I had 2 TOM in August also, the second much worse than the first. Hang in there it will go away and a few pounds with it!!!

I have to work this holiday weekend so I won't be as tempted by all the cookout food! I think the rising prices they are predicting is really going to force our family to eat out less and eat at home better. We are cutting back now to try to keep our expenses lower. I guess I'm going to have to start cooking more!!

A new month= a new start. No dwelling on the past (unless it's to remind yourself you did it then, you can do it now!!!) Good luck everyone.

09-01-2005, 11:10 AM
Laura -Your challenge idea sounds good- I am up for anything because a challenge will keep me motivated.

I am so excited with a new month and a new challenge.

I am trying to look on the bright side of high gas prices.. was looking at used Bike ads last night and thinking hmmm maybe it's a good idea to get a bike.. although we live so far away from the stores it maybe wouldn't work to ride bikes for shopping, but we could get to the library and the park. and it would give us something to do when theres no extra money cause of gas prices. So that would be good exercise and would help with the pounds going off. Hubby is already looking at a scooter (lol) and he is investigating propane for the one car we have been rebuilding.

I am seeing the dentist this afternoon and am not a happy person about it so... if I just need fillings ok But if I have to have one back tooth pulled I won't be real happy..although that means hubby can cook and I can milk the "ohh it hurts " ...

MIL just called and said with so many stations being out of gas- disney would be put off for a few weeks-(they get year passes every year and go all the time) but they are taking the kids for the whole weekend
Saturday, Sunday and Monday WOOHOO!! we won't know what to do! (well yeah we will ) :o: But peace and quiet for 3 whole days... oh my goodness-

Have a good day all and to echo everyone else: we can do this :cheer:

09-01-2005, 12:06 PM
Misty-I would call your local charities or red cross. I am sure they all have outreaches for the disaster.

Looks like the general consensus is to each lose 4lbs and excersize for the month and it sounds good to me. I am going to need to shop around for some kind of tape cause the weather here shortly will be mush and yuck and I don't want to drag the girls out into it everyday.

With gas prices the way they are, we as Americans may just have no choice but to get more fit. 3 bux a gallon is just ridiculous!

I was right about the water gain-2 of those pounds are gone along with TOM. He is such a pain I tell ya and I feel for those dealing with it twice in a month. Once most of the time is one too many.

Ok ladies-our goal is to lose 4lbs for the month each so that is about 100lbs for the group. Can we do it?? YES WE CAN!!!


09-01-2005, 01:02 PM
It's so fresh! :lol:

I'm down with the challenge too--I just edited my signature to include a way to track my exercise and pounds. Still working toward my Labor Day challenge too! I've got 7 more pounds to go for my mini goal by 10/15 when I have to be in a swimsuit around our uber-fit friends, so I better have 4 pounds gone by the end of the month! I must remain optimistic about this because I really want to feel comfortable in that dang ole hot tub!

Kayelle~caught your last post on the older thread and your exercise put in yesterday was impressive! Your observations on the treatment you now receive from others is right on. Since my loss this time around hasn't been that dramatic, I haven't noticed anyone treating me differently, but a few years ago when I lost the first 30-so pounds the difference was amazing. I got a little bit of shape to me instead of just being round and got lots more attention esp from men--that's how I met my husband! :o But what irked me was that one of my (now former-) friends kept calling me a skinny mini (SUCH an exaggeration!) in really mean tones and accused me of being more superficial. She was heavier than I was at my highest weight and she refused to do anything to change her habits but also continually whined about her weight. We are no longer friends and it's not because of lack of effort on my part. Now in retrospect it really ticks me off, b/c it's been hard work for me to recommit myself (several times now) to being healthier and I worked hard to get that first bulk off, only to have her (and a couple of others, though to a lesser degree) undermine my efforts by mocking me and turning her unhappiness back on me. Of course I was more superficial! I cared about the way I looked! But that feeling of personal power after I dropped that weight was more important than my new look and I think people were responding to that too.

My husband is the only one after these first 8 pounds to treat me much differently and when he commented on it the other night, I was like yeah--this is the weight I was the night we met!

09-01-2005, 01:20 PM
4 pounds and 10 hours sounds like a good goal for the month. I hope to lose more than that, but like Cadwell said, there's nothing wrong with exceeding the goal! ;)

09-01-2005, 02:26 PM
Melra, sounds like the friend was extremely jealous...she wanted you to be fat with her, but good for you to keep on going and get back to it. Don't let anyone EVER tear you down like that. You have us here to counteract that now, so don't listen when the jealousy starts to scream your way.

The challenge is on it seems. Feels like a good goal because it's 1 lb. a week and that's not obsessive. Let's get moving, ladies :cp:


09-01-2005, 03:22 PM
I think that it is very attainable too and will give lots of us that extra boost when we lose more than the pound. I know for me it is going to be the excersize thing that will be hardest for me. I guess I will have to watch of freecycle for a treadmill. This arthritis makes it hard to do alot of those machines at least at this weight but walking I can do in spurts. My goal is to be at 215 by Sept 30 and I think I can do it.

09-01-2005, 03:46 PM
Kayelle my ex was just like that. He griped and complained all the time about my weight and when was I going to do something about it-blah blah blah and then the minute I started cooking healthy he crabbed about it and would be bringing me home all my favorite treats. He would get mad if I wouldn't eat them. I finally just said forget it to myself and quit trying at all. When I had lost 70lbs 9 years ago, many people treated me differently than they had when I was heavy. I also noticed that the customers that came through my line were more open to me than they had before and the kicker is I was the same person there was just less of me is all. I am curious to see what happens this time around.

09-01-2005, 04:18 PM
someone said something about clothes ect for the people in New Orleans. In freecycle they gave the address where you can mail clothes and blanket ect too. They are moving a bunch of people to Texas

Reliant Astrodome
1 Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

Ice Princess
09-01-2005, 04:25 PM
4 lbs and 10 hours I can do that. Gonna try for more because I get weighed on the 11th but will be the 12th, cause thats a Monday. So my goals will be the same but will be from 11th to the 11th. I'm hoping I lost or will lose that last 4 lbs so I can get to 260 and maybe 250 by Octobers weigh in on the 11th. Good Luck to everyone on their challenges and goals.

09-01-2005, 04:57 PM
Yeah, we're feeling the gas-hikes up here in Canada too. Went from $1.09L to $1.22 overnight. Man alive. Luckily, DH went and filled up the Explorer before we felt the increase. But I've heard that Montreal is seeing $1.35L! Geez. That being said, I visited a local news website where someone had written a letter to the Editor re: complaints about rising gas prices. He/She stated that we pay up to $1.50 per litre of soda, and don't seem to mind that... so why bother fussing over the same price in something that gets us from point A to point B. Made sense to me, anyway.

I'm totally up for September's challenge... 4lbs and 10hrs of exercise. I've decided to walk the duration of Meleigha's preschool class... so 2.5hrs 2x per week. :) I'll be walking her to and from school so I'll be motivated (hopefully!) to stay outdoors. My personal goal is to fit into a sz 7 by the end of September (I currently wear a sz 8-9) and to have shed another 4 inches (total) by the 20th (Measurement Day).

Good luck to everyone this month... I KNOW we can ALL achieve our group goals AND our personal goals!


09-01-2005, 05:17 PM
Good afternoon ladies! Hope everyone is having an op day! So far, so good for me-put the last piece of cake in hubby's lunch, so it's not tempting me today!

The challenge sounds great, not too much, can probably pass it now that I'm actually getting some exercise. For August I lost 3.5, with almost no exercise, so I think I can handle 4. :crossed: Challenge for myself is no soda, 4-24 oz bottles of water and 30 min/day 5x/week. I know I can do this! Biggest problems for no soda-races tomorrow night and the fair all weekend. I did decide to not make anything for the chocolate contest at the fair, so I'm not taste testing anything!!:tape:

Mistydreamer-On one of the morning shows today they said to call your local Red Cross about donating things other than money. Brett Farve(football player with lots of family down there)said that the things they need most are things they can use immediately-water, food that doesn't need to be cooked, toiletries, diapers, formula, clothes, shoes, etc.

I remember watching a news show after the tsunami that was showing trucks full of stuff that was donated and there was a LOT of "stupid" stuff! High heeled shoes, winter jackets(temps were in the 90's), evening dresses :dizzy: They shouldn't allow people just to send "junk" that can't be used! It takes up space when useful things could be sent.

Well, I'm supposed to be cleaning house :mad: Why me???? No one else has to clean thier house!!! Why can't I have a maid? :rofl: I'm okay-really! I just wanted to sound like my girls! But I really am going to clean the house so I don't have to worry about it much over the weekend. Hope everyone has a great day!! I'll try to check in again later!

09-01-2005, 05:47 PM
Check out today's Garfield cartoon... :lol:

I think I'm going to have to print it and put it on the refrigerator! :lol:

09-01-2005, 06:20 PM
fancyfrog~You're doing great! Good decision on the cake--you should be proud of yourself for resisting! That soda self-challenge sounds like a good idea. I felt a lot better after I cut back on soda. I still want one, but I've noticed that the sugary-ness of it is just too much now. Drink lots of water before the races and it might help. Good luck! :D Once you start racking up your exercise minutes AND ditching the soda, you'll be dropping right and left! :D

Just fyi-Somewhere on this forum I saw a signature quote that went something like "What can I do today that I will be proud of tomorrow?" and I have gone over that question so many times and I really think it has helped me stay on track. Even little things--like knowing that I'm doing okay but also knowing that I would be really proud of myself if I did a little more or pushed a little harder... well, I just think it's been a big motivator. I'm more critical of me than anyone else, so if I can do something that will impress myself (!) then it's hard for me to avoid. Just sharing for y'all! :)

09-01-2005, 09:41 PM
Here's to a new month and a challenge - I'm in for the 4 lbs. and 10 hours of exercise!

I feel so badly for all of those poor people affected by the storm - I've donated money, and have been praying for them, but just feel that it is not enough... :cry:
I can't even process the whole thing... just so sad.

The worst we have to deal with here is snow/ice storms - you won't here me complain about those ever again!

Good Luck to all on our new challenge!!!!

09-01-2005, 10:02 PM
Hi everyone!

Hope you don't mind me jumping in on this thread!

My goal for september is to lose 2kg and to become passionate about exercise again - because right now the motivation has definately slackened off! Just have to take things a day at a time I suppose and keep trying!

Good luck with your goals everyone! I know we can do this.


09-01-2005, 10:05 PM
Don't mind a bit and welcome to the thread! We also send out a weekly email with our weight loss ect and just keep it between us instead of the public forum. If you would like to be included, please PM me with your email addy and I will get you into my address book.

09-01-2005, 10:09 PM
hey everyone!

well I had to have a back molar pulled and some fillings done so I am kinda blah feeling.. :(
it wasn't too bad - the dentist was good- didn't feel any needles, pulls or drills but visits to the dentist are never fun.. I've got more to do in the next few months.. (scaling, cleaning, etc... ugh)

I had a really hard time with giving up my diet coke and Diet Dr. Pepper but I had to caffeine is not good for me- we stopped drinking soda and went to seltzer with flavors- it has no salt no calories, no nothing except bubbles which I missed when I gave up soda. we buy the Canada Dry lemon lime seltzer or another brand around here is La Croix lemon flavor. the flavor and bubbles helps me when I miss a soda.

^ I know I feel so bad for all those who were affected by Katrina. My one boss lived in the St. Bernard Parish in New Orleans for 8 years -did mission / ministry work there and that area was totally destroyed. I know that relief workers sent by our and other associations/states have set up and are feeding 3 hundred thousand a day..I can't imagine feeding 300 people or even 3000 let alone 3 hundred thousand.

Suzymc thanks for the cartoon. and thanks melra for the quote it make a lot of sense.. and is a motivation

Thanks everyone for support! :grouphug:

09-01-2005, 11:22 PM
Hello All
I like the challenge a lot cause it can work for those who just have a little bit more to lose and it's harder to lose a lot each month, and it good for women like me who have more to lose and if we lose more thatn 4 lbs, that's fine.
My DH is going crazy over tomatoes. Every meal must be based on them, cause there are so many and they are so good. So breakfast today was an omelet with tomatoes and basil and cheese. He had a tomato sandwich for lunch. Supper for him was ravioli and tomatoes cooked down with basil, and you guessed it, a salad of tomatoes, peppers, feta cheese. I had the salad. This will last till tomato season is over in a couple of weeks. Then our tomatoes come from far away and they usually are miserable so I will be doing tomatoes for a while. It makes him happy.
Local peaches are also terrific right now.
I just love the summer and fall, but the snow and cold are just awful. This winter I want to be thin. I would like to have enough money to be able to leave for a month and come back in March when it's almost over. We have friends who are here in the NE from May to Oct and in CA from Nov thru April. They do spend 2 weeks here in Dec cause Xmas wouldn't be right without snow. They have a beautiful house in each place. I really like that. It will never happen for me, but I can dream.

09-01-2005, 11:30 PM
Welcome aboard, Blyss! Someone mentioned measurements and reminded me this is the 1st and I have to take mine again. I did it, and OMG I have been stressing out that I only lost 3 lbs. in August...but the measurements really put what I"ve been doing in perspective. That 100 miles of exercise really paid off:

Chest down 1.5 inches
Waist down 2 inches
Hips down .5 inch
Thighs down .5 inch
Calf up 1 inch (muscle maybe???)

Rest was the same, but in all the big parts of my body aI have gone down. I seem to be losing more on the top first, which would be why I haven't dropped a pant size yet...was wondering why! This has been so motivating and I can't wait to measure again October first. Can't believe I almost forgot to do this...duh! I am just thrilled about the 2 inches off the waist :D I'm hoping for more next month though.


09-01-2005, 11:35 PM
Sandi..OUCH sorry about the teeth. Give yourself some rest then get back to it. Maybe it will keep ya from eating bad things!

Laura, I want to be thin this winter as well, but am thinking more towards next summer. I would like to be able to buy the little summer dresses and cute shorts and such that are sold in the regular women's sizes. I want to enjoy clothes shopping again, not dread it. For winter, I have some old jeans that I used to just LOVE and I want to wear them again. They are a size 16, so we'll see. Keep going, you'll look great come winter!


Ice Princess
09-02-2005, 12:05 AM
:smoking:well good luck to everyone, and to thoose who lost inches and :goodscale pounds whoooohoooooo

I have thought about my goals and its hittin Curves at least 3 times a week aiming for 4, at least 4 walks a week (3km) each aiming for 5, the first night I did the walk took me just about an hour like 55 min, two days ago i went and it only took me 40 minI'm hoping I can get down to 1/2 hour before weather gets bad and can't go anymore. It get freakin cold here, I figure I'm good for walking till about end of October begining of November so need to save up for that treadmill, :tread: oh yes and STOP THE PEPSI ......
I quit pepsi about 2 years ago for 3 weeks and lost almost 15lbs that stuff is bad, I know if I quit :crossed: it the weight will come fast specailly with the exercise This time it will work

09-02-2005, 01:33 AM
Hi Blyss! Great to see we have another on board! I was struggling with the exercise too and now I feel like I'm doing much better--i just had to push through it for a bit. Good luck to you!

Theresa~I'm thrilled about your inches lost! Congratulations!

I updated my signature for the running I put in tonight. whew! I was seriously sweating afterward, but I'm glad I did it. I think I probably only ran a little over 1.5 mi though--i ran outside and took a different route than usual so I'm not sure.

I haven't tallied up my calories, but I'm fairly certain I went overboard by 100-200. Yesterday I was actually under 1300--not sure how that happened, b/c I felt full all day. So I'm guessing and hoping that both days average out.

09-02-2005, 05:18 AM
Thanks for the welcome everyone! You're all so wonderfully supportive.

Melra - Yep i've just been trying to push through it this week at the gym. Even though I've soooo tired I've just been making myself go - which has been an achievement even if I haven't been working as hard as normal. I'm joining the aquatic centre next week so hopefully some variety will help!

I'm really excited about reaching my goal for the month!

09-02-2005, 09:29 AM
Good Morning everyone! Welcome Blyss!! :grouphug: This is a great group, everyone is very supportive. Well, I got a jump start on the challenge(see tracker). I figured since this was my long hour weekend at work I'd better get my time in beforehand! I won't be able to exercise til monday after I wake up!!!! My goal for this winter is to be able to wear an outfit I saw in Spiegel's catalog for Thanksgiving which happens to be my birthday. The largest size it comes in is a 18 misses so that's what I'm shooting for. My DH says I can buy the whole catalog as a reward :love: I'm not really following a set diet like Atkins or South Beach. When I did Atkins 3 years ago I ended up losing my gallbladder. :yikes: Doc said it was because of the diet being so imbalanced. :censored: That has scared me away from whatever is the new craze. I basically try to keep my calories under 1300 and limit my starches and sugars. So far it seems to be working. I try not to think of myself as being on a diet. I just look at each meal and ask myself What would be a healthier choice? I always seem to sabotage myself when I say I am dieting!! I know this group will exceed this challenge. :goodscale :tread: Good luck everyone!! :cheer:

09-02-2005, 11:28 AM
Hey Pals!

I'm in, too!

Been using a LOT of excuses in the past couple of weeks. This will help me. Those you us who are in financial straights can and WILL make it. At least WE are not dead or locked up down south.

I am in radio up northeast, and right now the best 2 things to give are Blood and Cash. Food and clothing will be distributed soon. The best place to go to on the web would be or to The American Red Cross.

I think that sending clothes, food and books - especially kids books through ages 18 - would be very helpful and I think that these organizations along with your state representitives office would be good places to find out where to send everything.

I'm happy we're all here and safe.

Bring on that Gazelle!!!!


09-02-2005, 11:38 AM
good morning!
Blyss glad to have you here!

Mouth is a bit sore and I have to eat soft food for a day but that's ok.
Chick fil a is catering lunch today for all the volunteers and workers with the dental bus and in the office. I called and said please send soup LOL maybe not the best for calories but I will live.
We are ending up having 2 BBQ's this weekend Sunday and Monday Sunday is at our place so I can control food and Monday is at inlaws and I can bring my own healthy stuff and no one will care.

The kids are going to Grams and Grampa's Starting tonight... for 3 whole nights ... (I'll miss them but they are only going 2 miles down the road) we are planning a real ;) exciting weekend (cleaning off the back porch and cutting grass and yard work) and going thru rooms and getting rid of "I can't get rid of that even though I haven't played with it for a year" items..although my hubby is a romantic type and has been known to surprise me on occasion.
So what's everyone else doing this holiday weekend?? I hope having a good time- I am going to enjoy my 3 days off. and I have a half day today so thats not bad but I have to go grocery shopping....ARRGH!I have made a list and will stick to it and only to the list.

MistyDreamer- Diet is a four letter word :censored: :lol: the minute I tell myself I am on a diet I binge and Panic and basically lose my control over food..

I want to be able to wear a size 14 by Christmas so I can get a cute Christmasy dress. last year target has awesome dresses for the holidays and not one over a 14.. :( and summer.. :lol: all I want for summer is to wear a bathing suit in public and not feel funny about it. I haven't wore a bathing suit in public in years.

09-02-2005, 12:33 PM
Radiodoll, you are right. We all still have our every day lives in tact, we are so very lucky. and I am so very thankful as well that we were not in that mess, nor none of our family and friends. I need to stop watching CNN because it is starting to depress me. But I just get so caught up in it I want to sit here and cry for those people.

My hubby is out in the truck, coming up from Florida, and he says the gas prices are starting to fall in Georgia and South Carolina. I'm going out to get the girl from preschool and will see if they are down here already...yeah!


09-02-2005, 12:49 PM
Theresa- I wish prices would fall here too! they say we may have to start rationing gas here in Fl - Flashbacks of 1979 (for those of us old enough to remember )
We have started collecting school supplies for those who are relocating to areas of florida - and are putting their kids in school- I can't imagine losing everything- homes, jobs,family.. we have 3 families now in the area who lived in Miss. and lost everthing -their homes were destroyed and all they have are clothes and a few pics. we have helped them with food and donations etc..they say they won't go back.. but of course we get hurricanes here too.
Be careful who you donate too- we get some weird calls here wanting $$$ and they are not legit charities. The red cross and Salvation army are two you know are real
I am off to eat soup
Have a great weekend all!

09-02-2005, 01:06 PM
I am so jazzed to see everyone so excited and willing to dig in for our challenge for the month! The last of the water gain for me was gone this morning so now I am back where I was supposed to be and can work on getting to my September goal. We never do anything for the long weekend so it will be business here as usual unless Mom calls and wants us over on Monday. Kids are still so small and no way would I go camping by myself with the kids-just something about feeling safe with a fella around. I will more than likely try and get my son ready for school to start on Wednesday. If I can get Dad to pick up the lumber to repair my fence, then I will at least start mowing the lawn while he is gone and that will be some excersize for me. Shot hoops with my son for a bit last night-he thought that was so cool-lol. With all the errends and the girls empyting out dressers and closets, I need to get things put back yet again! I will be glad when they get over this stage.

09-02-2005, 02:56 PM
Glad to hear everyone is so geared up about our monthly group challenge! I wouldn't be one bit surprised if we even surpasse our goals! :)

Not much going on for us this long weekend... even with my birthday coming up on Sunday! DH mentioned going out for a fancy brunch then heading out of town for the afternoon. I'm looking forward to indulging in a pc of birthday cake... my first in four years. I think I deserve it.

DD heads off to preschool and dance next week and I'm starting to feel very overwhelmed with it all. That's normal.... right?

Anyways girls, gotta lot of stuff to get done around here today so I can relax for the remainder of the weekend. Hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday weekend! Take care!


09-02-2005, 06:18 PM
macdeez~Happy Birthday to you over the weekend! Enjoy yourself!

09-02-2005, 07:21 PM
Welcome to the new member and hello to everyone else!! Sounds like everyone is doing wonderfully and also I think the challenge is going to be a great motivator to all.

I've been doing ok with exercise. Managed an hour of walking yesterday and an hour and a half today because school got out early. Calorie intake has really probably been lower than it should be for the past week at least. I have just been so busy all the time and I am finally past thinking about food all the time so I haven't been eating much. I am feeling so good about my lifestyle changes right now. It all seems to be habit lately and it's just been easy to stick with it. I keep worrying that I'm headed for a big binge because that's what's always happened in the past, but really I just don't even have the urge to overeat right now. It's a good feeling, that's for sure. I just hope it stays that way.

Will be heading back to school soon for our son's first varsity football game tonight! I am just a proud mama today and so excited for him. Our high school has 3 football teams, 9th grade, 10th grade, and varsity. Normally only juniors and seniors get to play on the varsity team(my son is a sophomore). He got the word yesterday that not only will he be a starter for both offense and defense for the 10th grade team....but he also gets to suit up and play varsity! He is so excited and nervous! I am really so happy for him but worried about injuries like any mom would be with a kid getting that much time on the field. Keeping my fingers crossed that he has a safe and successful season. He has worked his tail off in practice so far and spent so much of his summer in the weight room so he really did earn this.

Happy Birthday early, Mel! Enjoy that one piece of cake and have a great day! My Mom's birthday is today and my daughter's is on the 18th.

I also just feel sick when I watch the news. I can't even imagine what it's like for all those people. I am so thankful that I don't have loved ones down there. The people who do and are waiting to hear from them must be just sick with worry. How terrible.

09-02-2005, 09:58 PM
I am amazed and stunned by what is happening in the Gulf. Can you just imagine being in the stadium. Bush and Co should be ashamed since they cut funds to maintain the levies, recinded legislation to protect the wetlands, which drain the water, and clearly appointed an incompetent to FEMA. He had to be told by CNN that the people in the stadium had no food water or sanitation. Secretary Rice played tennis and went to the theatre in NY Wed, and Cheney is on vacation. We did better helping the tsunami victims than our own. Luckily Americans are kind and raising to the occasion, but it is too late for some.

The oil companies will benefit. I paid $3.60 today. It cost $51.00 to fill my car. I will really be thinking now about whether I really need to go somewhere or whether I can combine trips. We live way out in the country and it's 10 miles to a supermarket, about 20 to a strip with lots of stores, so I will have to think before I go. This is such a small sacrifice in view of what other Americans are doing. Especially those with loved ones in Iraq, or Katrina's path, so I shouldn't be complaining about money. I am ranting and I apologize to anyone if I distress you. I just need to say it.

This is the longest I have ever stayed OP, with just a tiny nibble here and there, but nothing really serious. I really do think it's our group that keeps me straight. Thanks to everyone.

09-02-2005, 10:58 PM
Well I am counting all the housework and yardwork I did today as my excersize. I swear I hardly sat down all day today. My kids I have determined are just pigs but I love the little piglets! Did awesome OP today and I am determined to at least hit my goal if not exceed it this month. Get out of the twenties and into the teens!

Gas prices here are terrible too. Almost 3 bux for the cheap stuff a gallon so needless to say, my trips all count right now and I do the loop thing.

I am so anxious to see how we all do by the end of the month. I suppose I should get my kids in the tub and then I am calling it a day. My tv night with sci-fi. It is just about all the tv I watch anymore and my angel cross stitch picture is just about half done and I am anxious to see that project finished. I have enough patterns to probably last me the rest of my life. I go for new glasses next friday so that will help me see again.

Keep up the good work!

09-03-2005, 04:57 AM
hi everyone. so much to catch up on, has it it been that long since i checked in :?: i have been reading all the internet stuff about katrina so i haven't been here i guess. it is so terrible. when i heard an email on the radio the other day refer to the people leaving the gulf coast "refugees" i just started crying. i can't even walk through the grocery store without thinking how lucky i am that i can have fruit or bottled water, as much as i want, and people from the city where i was born have nothing, if they are still alive even.
well i had some good news.. i heard about my aunt who left n.o. yesterday and is safe. but her family lost their home (it was right next to a broken levee) and their 20-year-old parrot.
everything laurab said is right on the money. i am 2000 miles away from the disaster area and gas at a station here jumped 16 cents in 4 hours to 3.19. it is getting to the point of total theft. and the government is totally lagging. where are their priorities? i saw this in an article.. "in addition to 500 buses, let’s get 500,000 bumper stickers that say, “screw fallujah. save new orleans.” really!
anywho, sorry for the rant. (getting off :soap: )
i'm glad everyone is o.p. and committed to our september challenge. i continue to find ways to incorporate ice cream into my diet :devil: today it was mcdonald's soft serve. their nutrional info is very confusing, but i think without the cone it was 100 calories. but who knows :?:
welcome to the group blyss!! i am so happy about how fired up you are about reaching your goal :D

09-03-2005, 09:58 AM
Good morning all!

Wow...everyone has been busy posting! I'm really glad to see everyone excited about the new month and new challenge too! I don't doubt that we'll all be able to meet this new goal! I'm tried something new for me today...I exercised first thing in the morning...walked 30 minutes! It seems like if I wait until after dinner that something always comes up or I find some excuse not to do it, so maybe I'll do better if I get it over with first thing.

Just to let you all youngest son deploys to Iraq on September 14th. I knew this day was coming and honestly thought I was prepared for it, but the closer it gets the more I'm beginning to think that there is no preparing for sending your son to war. Please forgive me if I seem distant or short with my replies...I'm really not myself these days.

09-03-2005, 10:38 AM
well it is official- There are no open gas stations within a 30 mile or more radius in our area . all of the stations say no gas and businesses are closing for the weekend as no one may have gas to get to work. some places are low on groceries- the trucks can't get to the stores. We had to get a locking gas cap because people are stealing gas right in parking lots like at walmart or taking it from your home while you sleep at night. I know it's nothing like what is in the gulf area but it's still scary. I was out yesterday at 5:30 a.m. and got gas at one of the last places open it was still 2.89
I just don't understand the priorities of our gvt. seems a big mess to me. I know here they have a price gouging law and when some gas stations were charging 3.65 a gallon they were reported . last year after the 3 hurricanes there were people arrested and went to jail for charging 5.00 a bag for ice. And fema- what a joke these days.. last year they were giving out emergency food stamps to people in need after our 3 hurricanes and they were letting people who didn't qualify go and get them- I called to see what the income requirements were and they said, oh never mind just come in we'll qualify you. I was telling them, no I need to know what you require so I don't get them if someone else really needs them more. needless to say I didn't go even if it would have helped . they weren't even looking at guidelines just handing them out and now they are billing people to get the money back..
Ok I am done too off my :soap:I think ranting is healthy and keeps us from binging due to emotional overloads..

Suzymc- (((( )))to you, your son and family. he will be in my prayers for safety.
Sorry this was so long -it was either rant or eat .. and don't want to overeat.. I EXERCISED TODAY! I got up before hubby and exercised.. 40 whole minutes . plus we are doing cleaning and yard work today.. so I will get in a good workout there..
:grouphug: to all and have a good day- thanks for support- we can surpass our goal!

09-03-2005, 10:40 AM
I hope that all of us Summer Starters can be part of your support system as your boy goes off. Perhaps this will be a place where you can unwind and say whatever you need to. Also, let us know if your boy needs anything, phonecards, computer programs, stuff, etc.
I know we are all here for you and will be happy when your boy is safely home again.

Ice Princess
09-03-2005, 11:41 AM
Well I have doen 2 hours of walking no Curves till Monday. So my walking is an hour a night and Curves is 30 min at least 3 times a week. So my goal is 25 hours of walking thats 25 day out of the 30, and 6 hours at Curves 1.5 hours a week for 4 weeks. My total Goal will then be 31 hours.
Curves =:strong:
Walking = :tread:
Goal 12 Curves
25 walks


09-03-2005, 12:40 PM
Wow...what a stressful time for so many of you. You are all doing amazing to stay on track with the various things going on in your lives. Suzy I know your son will be in all of our thoughts and prayers. You must be so worried. My nephew was there at the very beginning of it all for the first 6 months, and now it is sounding like he may have to go back again. Enjoy the time you have before he leaves and then just keep thinking of what a wonderful happy reunion it will be when he comes home again.

Well....I spent my morning so far walking and now I must go clean my messy house. My brother and his family are on their way here this morning to spend the long weekend and we are having a b-day party for my Mom tonight here so I have lots of work to do.

09-03-2005, 01:41 PM
Thank you all for your support! My son has been in California since January (the last time I saw him) so I really won't get to see him again for close to a year from now. He'll get 30 days leave when he gets back from Iraq and is planning a trip home then. That's why I thought I had myself all prepared for him going to Iraq...I was telling myself that it's just a few more miles between us, but there really is more to it than that. I'm trying hard not to dwell on his deployment and to focus on other things and I'm trying really hard not to try to make myself happy by eating! That's what I did when he first joined the didn't work and I packed on 25+ pounds! I sure don't want to do that again!

09-03-2005, 02:37 PM
suzymc~what a mix of pride and anxiety to see your son shipped out...i can't imagine. rant or ramble all you need in here to stay focused. :grouphug:

kayelle~thank you for your post on new feelings about eating. I feel like i'm doing really well since i found this forum, but i still obsess on it. Now I'm just obsessing on calories and exercise minutes. So it's a comfort to know that at some point it will just stop being so important...and i can't wait! Most of my friends are not overweight and they don't even think about food unless they're hungry and I just want to get to that level.

Some of you guys are really putting me to shame on the exercise minutes already! wow! I am stoked b/c I made labor day challenge goal which was to run 2mi continously--it took me 23minute and i felt like I was pushing myself, so i'll use that pace as a measurement for other runs. I've got a 5k run in early Oct so that's my ultimate goal.

I feel like a spoiled brat lately when I think about my calories or getting all my water after watching the news. The level of desperation down there is heartbreaking--and it's infuriating that there is nothing I can do to make these gov't agencies respond more efficiently. They've known for years that the systems keeping N.O. from flooding needed to be updated and funding kept getting cut. It just drives me crazy that anyone who promotes responsible environmental management is labeled, mocked, derided or ignored. I don't understand why it has to be a partisan issue! ARGH! Can someone just take some food and water to that Convention center for goodness sake!? I haven't watched the news yet today so I'm hoping more has been accomplished. Had to vent (like everyone else!).

09-03-2005, 03:32 PM
Does anyone have some good breakfast ideas? I am sick of eggs lol even though the girls can't seem to get enough of them.

09-03-2005, 04:55 PM
melissa, for breakfast i have been loving cereal or granola with yogurt. usually i use 1 c plain nonfat yogurt and use reduced-sugar jelly to sweeten it. usually 1/4 c granola, but right now i'm having one cup of kashi go lean with lite peach yogurt. i like it so much better than cereal with milk.
but there are also many ways to have eggs. if you are getting tired of plain old eggs, you could make bagel and egg sandwiches with ham and cheese. i guess i would use those really small bagels, and microwave the egg in a cup. veggie omelets are good too with egg whites.
well the possibilities are endless. breakfast is my favorite meal. actually my favorite breakfast is egg and veggie scramble, cheese grits, and bacon. can't have it on the diet though. not to mention biscuits and gravy, my other fave. grrr.

09-03-2005, 05:00 PM
Yeah that is where I have been having a hard time-never have been a breakfast fan but I am eating it now since I started this. I like breakfast food at dinner time lol. Might try turkey bacon as it is lower in fat than regular. Thanks for the ideas-think I will get myself some yogurt and Kashi-I like that Kashi and it is really high in fiber and I believe really low in points for me too.

09-03-2005, 06:24 PM
my youngest son deploys to Iraq on September 14th. I knew this day was coming and honestly thought I was prepared for it, but the closer it gets the more I'm beginning to think that there is no preparing for sending your son to war. Please forgive me if I seem distant or short with my replies...I'm really not myself these days.


I cannot imagine the feeling of sending your boy to war. Hang in there and do the best you can. How long will he be over there....or do you not know?


09-03-2005, 06:29 PM
Suzy-please let us know if there is anything we can do while your son is away. And please feel free to post away as needed. I agree that food isn't the answer for dealing with him so far from home.

09-03-2005, 06:40 PM
Melra-Environmental management is a partisan issue because it costs money. You can't cut taxes to the very rich and spend money to save a wet land at the same time. Science has to be respected and people have to understand how it all works before they support green initiatives, so education is also vital, not nonsense like no child left behind, where teachers teach to the test, but real hands on learning about our good earth. I guess you can guess my politics and this isn't the forum for this so I'll shut up now.

We are going out to eat tonight. I don't like to say no to my DH when he wants to go out with friends, so tonight is another challenge for me. Usually we do alot of sharing with these friends, a bunch of appetizers for the table, and then several desserts at the end to share. I would rather stay home tonight and make something, but he worked all day and then cleaned while I was out. So I will be a good wife and go. I must keep my resolve.
I have jeans that I only wore for one day 3 years ago and I would like to fit into them again soon. That's a goal too.

09-03-2005, 08:35 PM
Laura, just keep thinking about those jeans and that when they fit again you can wear them out to eat with those friends ;) fitting the jeans will be so much better than the food!


09-04-2005, 01:48 AM
no exercise today--I've spent all day (almost!) working on stuff for my entry in three art shows coming up. I'm hoping to make some money to redo some stuff on the house, but it will probably just go back in to supplies. Pretty sedentary day, but my calories were okay.

Breakfast ideas that don't include eggs--I never have any time or interest in making eggs unless it's on the weekend. So, during the week I end up having random stuff for breakfast and sometimes just a smaller leftover portion from dinner, unless it's a salad. Here's some stuff though:
1.whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter ( i use organic b/c it has no trans fat and no added sugar) and some fruit
2.trail mix-i mix it myself so i know what's in it
3.steel cut oatmeal
4.lowfat cheese and tomato on toast-broil the cheese on top, and fruit fave b/c it's so filling: whole wheat mini bagels (about 110 cal) w/ low fat cream cheese, a slice of deli turkey and tomato
6.whole grain triscuits, lowfat cream cheese and lox
7. cheese and fruit
8. lowfat muffins--i use a mix and substitute flax meal for the oil to add protein and fiber and i make the muffins a little smaller for about 125 calories and eat and apple or something with it.
9. yogurt and anything-fruit, granola, etc. I've also made quick smoothies with frozen banana pieces, yogurt and a shot of o.j., but that's when I'm not running behind, which is rare!

Also, the best granola I've ever had I found in the organic section of the Hyvee here called Flax Granola with pumpkin seed the box is mostly dark green--it is awesome and not nearly the sugar as some of the others and the flax seed has omega-3, so even though the fat content is still high, it's the "good" fat. I had it for breakfast this morning with strawberries--it is too good and y'all should try it if you like granola!

09-04-2005, 05:53 AM
hi y'all. well i had to skip the gym again today but hopefully cleaning the house provided some exercise so i don't feel too bad about that. i was totally jazzed today when i found some low fat (but real!) bacon on sale for two dollars at the grocery store today. 50 cals per serving. awesome. definitely going to the gym tomorrow and monday. no excuse since i don't have anything going this weekend except church. always a challenge to get dh to go though (hate going alone). he's busier than i am, and not trying to lose weight ;)

09-04-2005, 12:22 PM
well i am not impressed with the bacon. it's only lower in fat and calories because it is that much smaller. grr. still tastes like bacon though.

09-04-2005, 03:48 PM
Thank you everyone for the breakfast ideas. Gives me alot to work with. Hard to do when you have never really been a breakfast person. Sorry to hear the bacon wasn't that great.

Mom found joshua shirts for 2 bux a piece yesterday and brought them over. I was thrilled and I took Josh for his haircut this morning and he did super! The gal who cut his hair was so good with him. I am never sure how he is going to respond to people so this was really great. Broke my heart that my ex came by at 11a to pick him up and we weren't here-NOT. He will never give me a time for pickup and just shows up whenever and I am tired of it. So I had stuff to do and went and did it. He never did pay his support last month or even ask what Josh needed for school. Ok enough crabbin' lol.

Got into stuff I shouldn't have yesterday. I need to figure out something to replace that when I am stressed out-something I can do right away. Maybe I should invest in a punching bag that I can go smack till I feel better. Something to ponder about. I am back OP today though and no more slacking here for me.

09-04-2005, 04:30 PM
Melissa, you might try keeping some fresh veggies, already washed and cut up, in the fridge for those stressful moments when you need something quick. Nothing quicker than pulling out the bowl and going at it, and they are healthy for you. I have baby carrots and cucumbers in the fridge right now, have to eat them before they start going bad now that I think about it!

I got 3 miles in last night, 6 miles on Friday. I have some personal goals for each area I'm working on for September, and here they are:

1. Exercise every day, even if it's just a quick 1 mile.
2. Finish milestone 5 on virtual walk = 112 miles.
3. Meet mini goal of 10 lbs.

I'm not sure about #2, but will be trying very very hard. This milestone has 167 miles in it and I just want to finish and move on already!

We had breakfast at MIL's this morning and she made scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and homemade biscuits and gravy. I had some eggs and that was all. When I got home I heated up a Lean Cuisine. It was easy since I knew the gravy was made from the bacon grease and I am still off the red meats. I don't think I want to cut out chicken and turkey so will give myself another month off the red meat. I feel SOOO much better without that, I might not need to take out the chicken. Really, I have only been eating it when we go out and I have few options, so that's not bad.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend!


09-04-2005, 04:55 PM
I need to figure out something to replace that when I am stressed out-something I can do right away.

I've been trying to do the same thing Melissa. I just try and do something...anything to keep myself out of the kitchen! Clean, run the vacuum, work on a craft project, check 3FC for new posts, go for a walk, anything to keep yourself busy so you can't eat!

09-04-2005, 07:30 PM
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I want something sweet. I want something good. I want to go down the street and have a cherry cheesecake milk shake. HELLLLPPP. It's been over a week since I had any serious cravings but I just can't shake this tonight. I have NOTHING in the house to cure this, but I want to go out and get something and I'm fighting it SO hard. I'm making supper, so hopefully eating a meal will stop this!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, just wanted to type here before I grabbed the keys and hit the front door. Can't do it until dinner anyway, but I really don't want to give in. None of my healthy alternatives are working because I don't want them :( I'm going to eat and then exercise....YES that is what I AM GOING TO DO.

Does this ever get any easier????


09-04-2005, 07:40 PM REALLY don't want that junk. It'll just make you feel rotten afterwards. Do you have any extra sweet fruit in the house? Pineapple? Watermelon? Try having you supper first and then exercising like you planned....exercise is a great appetite supressant for me. You KNOW it isn't worth how you will feel afterwards to go have that shake...that's why you came here and posted first. YOU CAN RESIST! I know it's hard but YOU ARE WORTH IT and it DOES get easier, it just takes time. Before you know it the craving will pass and you will feel so good that you were able to resist!

09-04-2005, 08:31 PM
theresa, you can do it! you don't really want that milkshake! it will get easier, don't worry. if you are craving something sweet, there are always low-cal alternatives. everyone needs something sweet now and then. how about frozen yogurt? the chain out here that's really good only has about 20 cals per oz for all their flavors (so like 100 for a small or something like that). sometimes veggies or fruit doesn't cut it (this is the case for me all the time).

09-04-2005, 09:52 PM
Oooh Theresa, I am with you!!! I sure hope it gets easier!! I hope you found something sweet that was good for you! I have had the same problem today, but not for sweet, for salty. I ate some Cheetos earlier, even though I know I could have found something way better :( We just need to come here and get encouragement and healthy alternatives. I know I could sit and read this site for hours-if my kids and hubby would let me!
Other than the Cheetos I have done pretty good, one waffle and 1/2 cup milk for breakfast, large salad with LF dressing for lunch. Gotta get moving on dinner before hubby gets home!

Suzy-Our prayers are with you and your son! I know we are only names on a computer, but we really care and you can come here and lean on us! Vent if you need to, whatever, we are here for you!! :grouphug:

I better go get dinner done!! Have a great night everyone!!


09-04-2005, 10:55 PM
You guys are so wonderful, you just don't know how you have all helped tonight. It's turned out to be a rough night. After I typed my panic message here I hurried supper done, then kind of picked through it because I really didn't feel that hungry. Soon as it was over and hubby was in the chair with Tyler (allie is with grandma tonight) I did hurry out with the intent on loading up on junk food. I felt like a drug addict that just HAD to have that fix or I would die. It was THAT bad, and it was a huge flashback to where I used to be all the time but DON"T want to be again.

Well, I have to drive across town to the grocery store and on the way I started thinking about what has me in need of a binge...I'm an emotional eater so I knew there was a cause for this. Well, through the drive I put my finger on it. Hubby is going to buy a motorcycle and tonight while we were driving home from MILs he started talking about us riding together and said he wants to get me some leather pants, some chaps, and that he thinks I'll look amazing on the back of a motorcycle. I was excited about this, thinking with the weight I've lost before long I will look HOT in some leather pants.

And that's what brought on the need to binge feeling. Due to some things in my past I have always had this sense that to be pretty, or sexy, or just to be seen womanly brings trouble, it brings bad things. Fat is the ultimate way to cover up, isn't it? It's like hiding who you are beneath a whole other person made out of blubber...and no one wants to look at you. Same reason when hubby says he loves me how I am and still finds me attractive, that used to make me eat all night...subconscious message: you're not fat enough yet! He still wants you!!!

Okay, so just the idea of going into something new, wearing biker chic clothes, that just set off those internal thoughts and the urge to eat is what I've always done when it comes to that. Well, I came home and dropped the junk food on the kitchen table, locked myself in the bathroom and cried myself silly in the bathtub. Hubby thought something was seriously wrong with me, but I told him no, that for once I am just dealing with emotions instead of stuffing them down and ignoring them. For once, I am figuring out what is REALLY going on inside my head instead of running from it.

I realized through all this that I"m not just excited about him getting this motorcycle, I'm terrified about what changes it will bring for me. I know they are dangerous and I worry about what if we wreck and our children are left alone? What if I DO look hot on a bike and hubby isn't the only one who thinks so? Most importantly, can I handle the attention that weight loss and this combined might bring my way?

I don't like attention on myself, would much rather sit back and quietly go unnoticed. I definitely have issues with men looking at me with any sign of attraction. I just have to deal with it, get beyond it. I've been hiding these emotions and fears most of my life and it is time to just deal with it. I am so proud of myself though, because I didn't eat the junk food. I don't even want it now because I know what's going on and I've dealt with it in a more mature, healthy fashion.

Okay, I've dumped enough on y'all for one night. I still feel like just crying my eyes out so I guess I have more dealing to get through. But at least by the time I get through this, the weight will be off for good and I am confident of that this time. I have never dealt with the issues before, so I feel like I've broken a milestone here in this journey. When I came back here and saw all the support I was so happy to have found you all. You are such a huge help. It would be hard to deal like this all alone.


09-04-2005, 11:00 PM
ooh theresa,I hope you did NOT get the about keeping some ff yougurt and some fruit in the freezer?? If you have a blender or smoothie maker you can make your own and it'll be healthier for you..
One of my fav's is to take some ff plain yougurt and skim milk, I put a 1/2 tsp of peanut butter in and a zip of chocolate syrup and and whirl away.. has some fat as it has PB in it but it's a good treat and helps when my family is tanking on ice cream- I also make sf/ff choclate pudding and have it with coolwhip free and it helps kill my chocolate cravings..

we had a great BBQ but I ate too much. Nothing bad just too much of good foods. I had extra grilled veggies when I was already full...
I am stressing some - my oldest has to move out of her BF's cause all they do is fight. He is always mad at her - she told her dad not to tell me so I couldn't find out she has decided to move becasue she does'nt want to hear my opinions. So I again need to let go and let her find a place to live that she can afford and keep my nose out of her business, but I worry about stupid stuff like can she find a place? what will she do if she can't? and I worry that the BF is mad at her alot.. My first hubby was so abusive and I deal with abused women at work so I panic at certain signs. :(

I don't know if they sell this bacon around anyone else But Gwaltney brand sells a bacon that is only 1 -2pts. per serving for WW and is low in calories and fat.. It's in a green box, I don't have any in the fridge so I don't know the exact name. I think it tastes good and I crumble some in a few scramble egg whites with a handful of veggies and pack it into a pita.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend- some places are getting gas deliveries and places have milk again so things may be looking up..
Night all ! :)
And I hope it does get easier.. for all of us.

09-05-2005, 12:08 AM
I will aim for a loss of 4 lbs and a 8 hours of exercise for the month.
Right now I able not able to 10 hours of exercise a month because I am working 50 hours/weekly and returned to school with 5 classes.

09-05-2005, 07:29 AM
you are awesome thersea! it's so amazingly hard to have to deal with these kinds of issues but you are hanging in there. i am so proud of you!
and also brave ;) i would be scared to death to be on a motorcycle. or wear chaps, even if i was at my goal weight :lol:
what are y'all planning on doing for the holiday? anyone dreading bbqs and pie out there, or do we all have plans in place for dealing with the temptations of yummy holiday-type food? i am cooking carne asada bbq with dh tomorrow, so i am planning on 325 cals of two tacos with the fixins i like. not too bad. going to stay away from tortilla chips with guacacream though. gosh i love that stuff. maybe there is some way to make it low-cal.
sounds like you have a lot on your plate allie! busy schedule! good luck with meeting your exercise goal though. i'm sure that's plenty with all your activities.

09-05-2005, 08:46 AM
I did hurry out with the intent on loading up on junk food. I felt like a drug addict that just HAD to have that fix or I would die.

Well that about sums up my absense for the past couple of weeks. I started into the downward spiral of bad eating and finding every excuse not to exercise. I don't know what the actual trigger was - possibly people noticing that I had lost some weight. It seems ridiculous that compliments would cause me to do the opposite of what got me them in the first place. Shouldn't I be happy and proud of myself for finally taking steps to get my body to a healthier state?

One suggestion someone wrote when I first wrote of my spiral when it was beginning to happen was to make a list of all the reasons to lose the weight and then place them on the refrigerator as a reminder when I feel the urge for the fix. After I exercise this morning that is exactly what I intend to do.

09-05-2005, 10:48 AM
hey theresa, my post posted right after yours and I was in the middle of a second post when we lost power. I am so proud of you and your decision NOT to binge! You rock!
As I said above my ex hubby was abusive and one of his abuses was that I had to look a certain way- I had to keep at a certain weight, my hair and makeup had to be just so and I had to dress very proper (no jeans in public) If another man even glanced at me , he took it out on me, it was my fault. When he was gone on 6 month deployments I would eat what he wouldn't let me eat when he was around for 3 months and then I would do whatever it took to lose the weight in the next 3 months. It took me 8 years before I woke up and left. it's been 17 years since the divorce and I still have issues with eating. I gave up drinking 18 years ago and I gave up smoking cold turkey 10 years ago and I can't seem to let go of the eating issues. I know my now hubby (we'll be married 10 years in Feb.) has no problem with me , my weight or losing any weight. I still have fears that if I look better/ lose weight he may get upset with me if someone else pays attention to me , even though I know he won't. He's not like that at all- So I understand where those feeling may come from.

I have such bad cravings that I shake and get mean or I cry, try to convince myself 1 cookie, candy bar, "d" word won't hurt and I have to battle NOT to eat it. - just like a person going thru withdrawls. my dr. said it can last up to 3 months. if you eat one food that triggers your cravings it starts all over again.
Jeane welcome back!! You can jump back on the wagon and get going again. :cheer:
Cadwell - i have a recipe for Lf guac- have to look it up and post later. I think we used LF sour cream and although the avocado has fat it is a good fat, like those good omegas etc..
I am dreading the BBQ at inlaws to a point- Grandma makes like 3 kinds of cake and they always have munchies out.. I did get LF hot dogs for us so that'll help and I bought baked lays for me and made a big salad so that will help too-
Have good day everyone.

09-05-2005, 11:37 AM
Suzy-Our prayers are with you and your son! I know we are only names on a computer, but we really care and you can come here and lean on us! Vent if you need to, whatever, we are here for you!!

Kathy ~ You all are so much more than names and words on a computer screen! I know I never would have stuck to this "diet" if it weren't for everyone here! And now all the love and support that you are showing me towards my son's deployment...well I just can't thank you enough!

I have such bad cravings that I shake and get mean or I cry, try to convince myself 1 cookie, candy bar, "d" word won't hurt and I have to battle NOT to eat it. - just like a person going thru withdrawls. my dr. said it can last up to 3 months. if you eat one food that triggers your cravings it starts all over again.

Sandi ~ I believe that!!! My sister just quit smoking a few weeks ago and she describes wanting a cigarette the same way as I would describe wanting a cookie or dish of ice cream! I honestly think that the secret lies in replacing that addiction with some sort of healthy alternative. I'm a quilter, so when I get a craving I've been running to my sewing room and working on a project for a few minutes until the craving passes. Not only am I not eating as much, but I am completing a lot more quilting projects! :lol:

Jeanne ~ I wondered where you were! Welcome back!

Theresa ~ Good for you! I'd say you're over one really big hurdle!

09-05-2005, 11:47 AM
Theresa- You are terrrific, to be able to stop and think and try to figure out what is driving you is so great. and if you can do it this time, you will be able to do it next time.
You have really turned a corner.
I think we all have issues with men looking at us. Sometimes it makes me feel good and sometimes I hate it.
My dh used to try to support me in my food issues. Then it became me against him and I would sneak and eat when I was annoyed with him. I felt like I was defying him. Now we don't discuss it at all. I'm sure he has noticed that I am eating differently, but he is absolutely quiet about it. Only one of my friends knows I'm trying and we hardly talk about it. I don't want attention drawn to me. I keep thinking about how huge I look in my son's wedding photo proofs. I hope that by the time the albums are printed, (they have paid for a mother's album for me that will be lots of our family, including me, ) I will look a bit different and I won't be too miserable.
BTW-I don't try too hard to find substitutes for foods I like. If the substitute is going to make it taste really different, I would rather have a small amount of the real thing. I bought little Dove Bars thingys. They are 60 calories and so good and not makebelieve ice cream. I'd rather have that than 60 calories of ice cream substitute stuff, that ultimately is disapointing.

09-05-2005, 12:50 PM
Welcome back Jeanne. You can get over the downward spiral, you just need to get moving and refocus your mind. Do you have any pictures of yourself that really make you want to just rip them up so no one else sees them? Or some pictures of you at a smaller size where you'd like to be again? Sitting and just looking at those, I mean really looking and studying them, can make you feel motivated again. I found some pictures of me when i was 180 and I would just love to be there again. I want to go a bit below that, but it is still so motivating to look at them.

I did yoga this AM and I LOVE it! I am going to start doing it every morning! I pulled out all my old workout tapes and made a schedule for September that uses all of them, trying to shake things up a bit ya know. I have this AM Yoga tape (can't find the PM now) and I have had it for like 5 years or more and this was the first time I ever actually put it in the VCR...shows how old it is since I get DVDs now lol but I just LOVED it. I felt so relaxed and peaceful and ready for the day. It was great and will be my new best friend for waking up at 5AM.

I feel so much better today :D Even though our husky ran away :cry: and we can't find her anywhere. We just got her and now she is gone already. Frustrating, considering we took her from a tiny cage where she had lived her entire life not even able to move, let alone run. Put her in a very large backyard where she could run to her heart's content, and that wasn't good enough. I was brushing her every morning, she always had food and water, kids loved her to, why she wanted to runaway is beyond me. Her brother got out as well, but he was just sitting on the front porch and willingly went back into the yard. :cry:

Cadwell, I am scared of the motorcycle as well. They are so dangerous. Hubby hasn't gone out to get it yet, so I keep convincing myself he will just forget about it...NOT. I won't have to ride it much, since we have the kids and no one to watch them for us to go out riding that often. So, I will mostly just be worrying about him on it. He thinks now is the time since gas is so high and his truck just guzzles it up and takes lots of $ to fill. He's right, but I still dont' like the idea. I said we should just go buy him a small car that will take the regular gas, but he didnt' like that idea ;)


09-05-2005, 01:31 PM
Jeanne so glad you are back! I had a similar thing happen to me few weeks ago and was incognito for about a week. You made the right choice-forget it and move on.

Theresa-very proud of you! I am hoping they get better over time too and I know alot of my stuff stems from issues with men also. Alot of lousy boyfriends when I was young and two really crappy husbands-almost a tossup which one was the worst. While the one thing I want more than anything is a healthy loving marriage, I also am scared to death to make yet another really bad choice in men and wind up starting all over again. I am still trying to dig myself out financially from the last marriage while he walks away when it was all his freakin fault in the first place. To add insult to injury he owes me a huge amount of money in child support and it doesnt' even bother him. So obviously I still have issues LOL. Good thing I have alot of weight to lose to work through it all.

I have an old pic of me in the hallway and I see it and want to cry! Course I want to cry when I see more recent pictures of myself also. I also identify with sabatoging myself when people start to notice that I am losing weight. I haven't really told anyone about what I am doing other than my mother but geez I tell her everything. Makes a person wonder why we do that-take it to a negative level when it should be something completely possitive and make us feel all warm and cozy inside. Maybe because I fear then men will notice too-dag nab-is this a viscious circle or what????

Ok need to take Josh's bike up to put air in the tire and drop off an invoice to my mother since she sold another doll dress on auction yesterday. Keep soul searching-the answer is there!

09-05-2005, 02:46 PM
My goal this month is 10 pounds to be at 213. I am doing weekly goals also which really help me along the way.

09-05-2005, 04:06 PM
wtg ali!!
welcome back jeanne. i was wondering about you. it's great you're getting back on the wagon!
theresa, hope you find your husky. glad you're feeling better.
well dh has to play video games now. see y'all later ;)

09-05-2005, 04:46 PM
I know setting goals helps me alot and also gives me quite the sense of accomplishment when I do them-making me want to get to the next one all the more. Keep on going Ali!

09-05-2005, 05:49 PM
Here is a new twist and to keep things in perspective:

What seems to be "nuturing yourself" through food is really self-abuse!

When I read that today in my study, I had a light bulb moment and that statement is so very true! We aren't doing anything nice to ourselves when we do those things and truthfully, would we do that to someone else? I am going to try and keep that in my mind and putting it on a card and sticking it on the fridge so it gets stuck in my head to stay.

09-05-2005, 08:23 PM
Today was a really hard day. I had food on the brain. I should have left the house, but I didn't. I did some work for our company and I cleaned the stove and put up a shelf to help organize my never neat kitchen. All I thought about was food, but I managed to stay OP. A miracle.

09-05-2005, 08:30 PM
That is what is important Laura-YOU DID IT-even though it was hard you did it and you should be very happy with yourself. I am told it gets easier and there are fewer episodes. Guess we could take this just like addicts-one day at a time and with the passage of time, we strengthen. I think the hardest part about food being the drug of choice is that it isn't something you can put down and never touch again. We need it daily to live. I am really proud of you!

09-05-2005, 08:39 PM
Thanks Melissa,
I made a big salad for supper with greens and tomato and feta and some diced up chicken. I usually don't eat chicken but it was so good and I think I haven't been eating enough protein and that's why I have food on the brain.

09-05-2005, 08:59 PM
I shared a hamburger with the girls (no mayo). I don't think I have ever eaten half a hamburger in my life but you know what? It was enough. Not to mention that eating a whole one is like 9 points and I am not willing to spend them that way. Protein is a biggy. I can always tell if I am low-it seems like I am just starving to death when I know I am not. It was a good idea to give yourself that boost. Years ago I went on the Prism diet but it was just too restrictive for me but the workbooks are excellent so I dug them out and started doing one lesson per day. It amazes me the things I can get done in a day when I am not eating all the time or recovering from eating all the time. I also noticed my son is asking me for more fruit for snacking on. He had the neighbor over today and I swear, I couldn't believe the amount of fruit they ate. They converted one of the rooms in the garage into a boys club. It was great-they were busy all day. Of course now I have wood shavings all over my patio from them making bows and arrows but it was great to see them playing something and not in front of the tv or playstation.

09-05-2005, 09:02 PM
Hi all!
Would love to join your challenge! My how you've grown! I've skimmed through, and you are so supportive. I hope I will get a chance to know you all and support you as well!
It's so true, speaking of the light bulb moments, remembering to treat ourselves with care and kindness. How often we forget!
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

09-05-2005, 09:14 PM
Hi Jen! :wave: Welcome to the group! We are just getting started on our September goals, so it's not too late to join in. We have all decided that we are going to lose at least 4 pounds and get 10 hours of exercise this month. I've got a lot of catching up to do this week because I fell short last week, so we'll pretty much be starting off together! :)

09-05-2005, 10:06 PM
Hey Jen welcome to the group! The more the merrier I always say. Suzy already clued you into the September challenge. We also have a weekly email Wednesday to chart I losses/gains from the week so if you would like to be included in that also, please PM me with your email address and I will get you listed. Did great today although not much excersize really-felt like kind of a lazy day today and it is kind of the last day for us since school starts on Wednesday and tomorrow is a med check for Josh and then we have to go meet his new teacher too. Her name is Melissa so she can't be all bad right? Keep it going ladies! We are going to surpass our goals

09-05-2005, 10:37 PM
oooooo :faint: I would say never again But it could be a lie.. I knew going to the inlaws hungry was a mistake - I ate too much & I ate "bad " foods- didn't plan - just ate what was put on my plate. Like potato salad and coleslaw and cake.. I shouldn't have eaten the cake (chocolate w/ homemade buttercream icing).. pure sugar and now i am paying for it- my sugar is way too high when i checked it a while ago and I am miserable cranky and bloated and feel icky now.. why did I do this??? I am so PO'd at myself... I just want to sit in a corner and sulk and pout..
I was going to give up and was thinking I blew it -But my hubby said hey you have a group goal and you are part of this group, not only are you letting yourself down you are letting them down.. So I figured if I posted how not real smart I was, I can get over it and get some get back on tracks and don't give ups and support.. otherwise I think I would have just given up. thanks in advance :thanks:

Melissa, My daughter's french teacher's name is Melissa and she's great!
Hey Jen Welcome:wave:

well I am off to bed it's early but I am so blah - I will set my alarm 30 minutes early and ride the :ebike: and get back on track.Have a good night all

09-05-2005, 11:31 PM
It's Monday night and I needed a sweet so I dipped the bottoms of 4 large strawberries in white sugar. 16 calories in a teaspoon of sugar. says 22 calories in 4 strawberries. 38 heavenlycalories. It was so sweet and wonderful and I STOPPED at 4. Were I not a summer starter, I would have eaten the whole quart, thankyou.

09-05-2005, 11:39 PM
Sandisuze-As Scarlett O'Hara would say, tomorrow is another day. I think parents and inlaws cause eating. The minute I go into my mother's house, I open the fridge. I even eat stuff I don't like. I can't stay near her without food in my mouth, and we do get along real good. It was worse with my late MIL, cause she would always make cookies special for me and I would gobble them down like a starving creature. 2 weeks ago was the first time I didn't pigout when I was with my mom and that's because we met in a restaurant and I didn't go to her apartment. I'll never figure it out and it's ok.

09-06-2005, 12:43 AM
Haven't read through all the posts yet, but I noticed some that I hadn't before, so Hello AllieNVegas, AliLewis and Jen! Glad you joined us!

I feel like I really let myself go this weekend, which sucks after what I thought was a really good start after Friday's workout. I'm going to be really busy through September and trying to meet my challenge goals will be harder than I thought. All my in-laws commented on how good I look, which was great, but everyone kept urging me to try different foods, which was hard. lol--that's family gatherings though, huh. I am 100% back on track now though and I will have to try to get in extra exercise this week to make up for myself.

09-06-2005, 01:16 AM
Sandisuze-I'm in the food doghouse with you today :( I'll push you out, you push me!!! I canned some salsa this morning and ate A LOT while I was making it. That wasn't that bad but then I had some cookies that were calling me, then we had a large dinner. I ate a big salad first but then I ate a big serving of beans with little smokies and sauteed mushrooms and onions. I feel terrible and icky right now, too! I should get on the treadmill and walk it off but I don't think I can get out of this chair! :( Oh, the scale will tell on me Wednesday!!

Welcome Jen, this is a SUPER group! Just jump right in!!

Theresa-I'm so glad you didn't eat the junk food! My hubby would like to have a motorcycle too, but I am SO afraid of them! My dad has always rode Harleys(and my daughters name is Harley) but I am still afraid of them! I think I would eat and eat :ink: just so I would be too fat to have to ride on one!

Well all you lovely ladies-I must wrench my behind out of this chair and force it onto the treadmill!:tread: I hope you all have wonderful evenings and great Tuesdays!

Catcha all tomorrow!


09-06-2005, 06:42 AM
glad to see y'all are all ready to let go of past mistakes and get back on track. definitely an inspriation for me. i was thinking of the wrong part of gone with wind tonight when i had an extra taco that called out to me from the kitchen. that is, i recalled miss scarlett saying "as god is my witness, i shall never go hungry again!" ;) although i did fix my guacacream more low-cal by adding more onions and less avocado, with fat-free sour cream instead of regular. it was good, but of course, i love onions.
welcome to the group jen!
woohoo! i wore my size 10 skirt today that i bought at my lowest weight three years ago that didn't even fit back then (i always thought ahead while clothes shopping in those days.) as i lose, i acquire new clothes to wear without even having to spend money. awesome.

09-06-2005, 11:12 AM
fancyfrog~I saw that you're sticking to your soda goal; great job!

cadwell~glad you now have a "new" skirt-congrats and i'm a little jealous!

melissa~that's great your son was being so crafty and active instead of watching video games! now where's he pointing those arrows? :)

theresa~on the motorcycle--this will sound silly, but if he's getting one, suggest he read a book called "A twist of the wrist"--I don't remember the author but you can google it, probably. My husband has a KZ1000 and it's a big fast bike and he credits that book with helping him be a much better rider. He says it should be required reading for any motorcyclist. I still worry when he goes out on it, but I've also seen him ride and he really knows how to anticipate other drivers and handle weather stuff. He was a pretty good driver before, but he said that book showed him some tricks to understand the bike better--not tricks like you see some of those morons pulling on the highway, but handling and stuff. And I had to chuckle at your mention of the biker babe stuff--if my dh had his way I'd be wearing leather and fringe. I. Think. Not. :)

I'm worried about weigh in tomorrow. I think I have a lot of water gain and I had no exercise for 3 days, despite my promise to myself to work on abs and back. I'm going to workout today and try to get in an hour's worth of work. I made wrong choices on food this weekend, some out of opportunity and some just for convenience...I was in the studio all weekend and would just pick through picnic leftovers occassionally. I never counted calories, but I'd bet I went up to 2000 on Sunday, at least. I did better on calories the other days. I made up a big salad though and plan on just grazing for the next 2 days at least to make up for it.

09-06-2005, 11:19 AM
What seems to be "nuturing yourself" through food is really self-abuse!

and truthfully, would we do that to someone else?

This is so very true Melissa, thanks for sharing it. I realize I eat things that i would never give to my children. I actually used to hide from them so that I could stuff down the bad stuff and they wouldn't ask for any....because i didn't want them to have that bad stuff! I think this is why late night eating became such a habit for me...they couldn't see me and I felt I wasn't passing it down to them. So, if I wouldn't give this stuff to my children, why am I so willing on giving it to myself? Obviously I value myself a lot less than I value my babies. That is really sad because they will never have all of me until I am happy and healthy. And they deserve a happy healthy mama, not one tired and cranky because she was up binging all night.

I will think about this next time I want to stuff a few quick cookies before they come into a room.


09-06-2005, 11:38 AM
Welcome to the group, Jen! It can be hard to keep up at times, but just do your best and you'll get a lot out of this group.

Thanks for that book Melra, I will try to get a copy. Steve is an OTR truck driver, has been driving since he was 18 so he is a really good driver. He also owned 2 motorcycles before we married so he knows how to ride them. I'm not so much worried that he will do something stupid, just that accidents can happen even with the most experienced, safe riders. Especially because a lot of people in cars aren't so safe around motorcycles. Just another thing to worry about.

Cadwell, congrats on the skirt!

Sandisuze, you can't give up over one piece of cake---are ya nuts girl? That's nothing compared to slip ups I've worked through, just get right back on track. Give yourself an extra workout, get the water flowing a bit more, and it will work itself out. Don't give up!!!!! Just come to us for a kick in the rear!!! Same to you Kathy, no giving up ladies.

Laura, those strawberries sound so yummy!

Okay, I did my AM workout after dropping Allie at school and it really got me good. I did the AM Yoga (30 min.) and then the belly pilates workout (10 min) and then the Kathy Smith lift weight/lose weight upper body workout (20 min). It didnt' get done in an hour since I had to change diapers and fill sippy cups between them, but I did get it done. The weights are not my favorite thing to do, but I got through it, yay! Still love the yoga...and love pilates though not so much the belly one. Tonight I will watch Big Brother and get 4 miles in on the gazelle and be set for exercise.

I'm feeling more on track now and over the emotion thing, even though hubby has picked out which motorcycle he wants...or, he thinks he's decided lol that might change. There are a couple he likes, and he's been researching them and trying to decide.


09-06-2005, 12:34 PM
The Labor Day weekend is behind us all so we can now focus on our goals. The next big deal is Thanksgiving and that's far away. Sorry, I forgot about those with little ones who have to deal with Halloween, which was always a true horror for me cause of all those tiny wrapped up things that add up to a zillion calories. But let'sjust deal with September now, the loveliest month of the year.
I am trying very hard to not incorporate my grownup kids issues into my life. What always happens is that one of them tells me a problem. I feel terrible and am in despair worrying about how the problem will be solved, what are the consequences etc. I feel paralyzed and unable to function in a good way, including eating. Then several days later I discover that they have taken care and all is well and my life feels like it returns to me. Crazy huh? i have been in this pattern for a long time and it's hard to break, but I am trying. Oh for the days when they were little and their problems were contained in the house and not jobs and girlfriends and wives and children and other outside influences.

09-06-2005, 12:59 PM
Thanks all!!! I was feeling sorry for myself because I ate so really bad yesterday.. But got up and EXERCISED today and I am back on track with water and food.

My oldest daughter had a melt down this morning while I was taking her to work so she ended up having to call her self in and I brought her with me to my job- she was able to finally calm down - she has found a place to move into that is a good place with good people so I don't have to worry about her being on the streets. Do we ever stop worrying about our kids?? Laura, I just read your post and I understand- I look at my younger kids and think please stay little - don't grow up too fast. I keep trying to let my oldest go but then she runs to us when things go bad and we of course help and are there for her, so we get involved again. I will be glad once she is out of where she's at now and away from not so good situations.

OHH Halloween- we solved the halloween issues a couple years ago- the kids go to local stores that they can trick or treat at and there is NO CANDY given out- they get apples , cookies and popcorn, balloons etc. 3 grocery stores in our area do this on halloween and it's great- they go to different departments deli, bakery, produce and they hold out the pumpkin and they get goodies.they get tons of stuff.. for me I will buy the mini bags of goldfish and teddy grahams and popcorn to give out - that way if we don't have a lot kids come by I won't eat the leftover :mad: candy like last year.. sometimes we get lots of kids and last year we had maybe 10-12?? We always have the same meal every halloween for dinner: pigs in a blanket,tater tots and dirt cups- and orange soda.. it started years ago and is a very weird tradition we have ,but a fun one.
Thank you all for fussing at me :lol: ! it 's great to have this support!

09-06-2005, 01:43 PM
OH MY GOODNESS I have just gotten a emergency weather alert.. we have JUST now been put under a tropical storm warning- They expect 15 inches of rain over the next few days and I guess Ophelia is going to turn into a hurricane and she's right off our coast.I am gonna watch the alerts and then I am off to get bread and peanut butter and see what else I can do before the winds start up.. we never know what is going to happen, she could fizzle out but I'd rather be safe than sorry-chat with ya'll later

09-06-2005, 01:46 PM
Hugs to you Sandi! How much more can mother nature dish out??? Please prepare the best you can and stay safe!

09-06-2005, 02:27 PM
Sandisuze...where are you at again? Hubby is in Florida today, so I'm hoping this isn't going to hit him? Guess I need to turn on the TV before I start worrying. Get yourself set, and I hope it loses it's steam before it gets to you.

I don't know what I am doing for Halloween yet. This will be the first year I don't want to eat the candy, so I have to come up with a plan. I don't get any kids at our home since we live on a busy country road (guess that's why) so we usually take the kids up into the mountains to a resort we have a membership at. It's a huge mountain and all these people who travel in RV's and visit there give out candy. Then they have a big costume contest and my daughter won 1st prize in the infant category her first year...she got a little ribbon. Last year we didn't want to drive all the way up there, so we went to a local church then up just one street and back to our car. They didn't get a lot, but they were so tiny they couldn't even eat what they did get. I split it all up with MIL and ate the rest myself :( I don't wanna do that this year. If we go to the mountains it's safer because it's a closed community, you have to have a membership to get in, but then they get a TON of stuff...3 bags full the first year and Allie was only 1, yikes. I might have to skip that this year and check for something else around here.


09-06-2005, 03:36 PM
I took the kids to the mall last year for Halloween. They ate McDonald's first of course but it is just so stinking crowded I don't want to do that this year. I live in a very residential area and now that I have the double stroller and the girls are a bit older, may just go around the block with them-it would be plenty of houses. Used to be that josh would dress up and answer the door and give out candy but he finally figured out that he could go outside at night and get candy so there is no turning back now. As long as I don't see the candy, I am usually ok with it so if we keep the trip short and there isn't much there, then it should all be ok. The scale went down finally for me this morning-I got on it again just make sure I was reading it correctly-lol.

Sandi keep us posted if you are able to-this weather is just nuts this year and reaking havoc! My son in law is on his way to Louisiana right now with a truckload of water. He was going to come home today but went with the load instead. I am so proud of all he has accomplished for himself. He is a good kid.

09-06-2005, 05:19 PM
:grouphug: Thanks for all the warm welcomes! :grouphug:

09-06-2005, 05:25 PM
well this storm popped up outa nowhere and we are waiting for the 5:00 update to see what is new. I grabbed stuff at the grocery store ( what a mad house- and I am cooking a chicken and a ham now- great for sandwiches or wraps in a power outage. They are saying that the storm will bring us possible 70 MPH winds for 2 days and up to 12 inches of rain if it stays where it is. and right now it isn't moving which is bad- gives her time to build up strength. I have tons of ice , water and food ,a safe place to evacuate to if we need to leave our house- too many trees around our place and the end of the street floods too if we get that much rain so we will be fine.It just scared me to see it pop up out of nothing. I stay on pins and needles during hurricane season.People laugh at me because I prepare but last year I was the only one on the block with flashlights and food.
Theresa I am about 20 minutes south of Dayona Beach on the east coast like 5 miles from the beach area (after 2 bridges and a roundabout way LOL) it's really raining and windy now and I am getting all my laundry done just in case.
if ya'll don't hear form me I am without power but I'll check in as soon as I can.

09-06-2005, 08:18 PM
Sandisuze, I'm a planner too. Better safe than sorry. I hope all will go well for you. Too many storms this summer down there.

I'm exhausted today, but I know I have to exercise. I know that is what I need to do, and after I do it I will feel so much better.
OK! You all heard me. Here I go...

Thanks for welcoming me into your group. I need you!

Ice Princess
09-06-2005, 08:19 PM
Well Ladies Welcome and Congrats
My puter crashed so havnt been able to get on, puter should be fixed tommorow so I will fill you all in tommorow on what I have been or have not been doing. ;)

09-06-2005, 10:41 PM
Hi all -
Went away for the weekend - so I had 6 pages to catch up on!!
Welcome to the new members of the group!!
SuzyMc - I'll keep your son in my prayers - he'll be home before you know it!
Sandisuze - Good Luck with the storm - geez what is the deal with Mother Nature these days!
Laura B - Where are you from? The Northeast?
I had a rough weekend too - BBQ's everyday at our camp - UGH!!! Glad the Fall is coming and we shouldn't be entertaining as much.
I did get in a walk with my hubby and dog and cleaned the place one day - so I think I can add some exercise to the ticker for that - We also started back walking at school today - and the feet are feeling great! I guess expensive orthodics and sneakers are worth it - :D
Godd Luck to all on weigh in tomorrow! I know I certainly need it!

09-06-2005, 11:06 PM
I'm about 90 miles north of NYC, in the Hudson Valley, in a tiny little town called Town of Clinton. The weather here now is crystal clear and there is only the slightest bit of color. My brother is in Cambridge MA. Where are you?
I stayed OP today, but I'm not sure if I will WI tomorrow. First I need to try on a pair of pants that were tight, and if they feel better I will WI. I just can't face disappointment when I have been OP almost all the time, and my transgressions were just a few calories at most.

09-06-2005, 11:41 PM
Tomorrow is WI and I am going to have a gain. I can only cross fingers for staying the same again :( I overcame binging one night, but I just feel fatter...and TOM is over so that isn't it. I haven't been counting out calories, just kind of guessing and that is NOT working for me! Back on the ball of actually writing it down come tomorrow. I'm just not ready to go without the little paper to keep me accountable I guess.

I haven't done my gazelle tonight because the kids were extremely fussy and not wanting to sleep tonight and I was about to pull all the hair out of my head piece by piece dealing with them both :^: Now I just feel drained and just want to go to bed, but I will stick with my goal of 2 workouts a day and just get on and do 1 mile. Only 14 minutes, it won't kill me...came here first to declare to everyone that I'm going to do it, then I have to :lol:

Night everyone, catch ya on the scales tomorrow.

Sandi **hugs** stay safe and dry.


09-06-2005, 11:50 PM
Theresa-Fitday is really good for counting calories. If you want to plan ahead, you can put everything in in the morning. Then if you have calories left over, you can plan a treat for the evening. It helps you to know where you are as the day goes by.
Another way is to go from supper to supper, and go easy on breakfast and lunch to bring your numbers in line. I am so good a deceiving myself, that I find that fit day keeps me honest. I can't forget that little snack of 20 sugar coated peanuts, or a spoonful of peanut butter when I am making the boy's sandwiches, and I have to account for it someway.

09-07-2005, 12:39 AM
Hello Everyone,
I am new to this as of today, my name is Michelle and I am a 29 yo mother of 2 who is married and work a full time 2nd shift job. I am looking for some motivation to take off the weight. I have been about 20 lbs overweight for a couple years, since the birth of my child. The latest thing I have tackled however is that I quit smoking 4 weeks and 2 days ago. It has made the weight loss very hard. I need some online buddies to keep me motivated. I currently go to the gym twice a week (most weeks), and I have recently started riding my bike to work 2-3 times a week. The problem......can't quit eating the horrible food, and dont push myself hard enough at the gym. I'm looking forward to someone to talk with.

09-07-2005, 01:25 AM
Hi Michelle and welcome! Congrats on the quitting smoking-that is something I still need to do. We are a very active group and very supportive. I truly don't know how I would get along without these gals! We also have a weekly email that I send out so if you would like to be included in that also, please PM me with your email address and I will include you next week as I have already sent it out for this week. We are here and from all time zones, so you should get a response quickly regardless of the time. Looking forward to getting to know you.

09-07-2005, 10:21 AM
I'm going to log back on later to catch up with you ladies, but I just wanted to let you know I am over an hour into September's exercise goal (30 min. Mon., 35 min. this morning). Hopefully, I'll be able to at least double or triple that by the weekend.

I am still struggling with bad food choices, but hopefully once I have the exercising under my belt, things will get easier in that area too.

Gotta grab a shower for now. I'll be back later to read some of the recent posts.

09-07-2005, 10:34 AM
First of all, great big hellos to all the new posters on this thread! I gotta say again that I am so thankful for this group--even when I'm not posting I can just pop on and read something and it helps me to stay focused. Yay us!

melissa~you might just take me off the e-mail list-I've only been checking it like once a week and you wouldn't believe how many I have piled up in there now. I think it's just easier and more fun for me to jump on the thread. I hope I'm not missing too much with the e-mails!

WI today...down 1 pound so I'm happy, but I also don't trust that scale. I moved my ticker anyway and I'll doublecheck it later in the week--hopefully to confirm the loss!

I had a great workout last night and I was really proud of myself especially after the weekend sloth I had become. I really pushed myself on cardio and I also did strength training--my minutes are added on my signature.

Can't wait to see how everyone else is doing! :lol:

09-07-2005, 10:46 AM
Good morning everyone and welcome Michelle!

Yesterday was my youngest son's 20th birthday. He's in California getting ready to deploy to Iraq and hubby had a business meeting last night, so I was home alone and feeling pretty sorry for myself. I had to go to the office and pick up a file and before I knew what had happened I was in McDonnald's drive thru ordering a M&M Flurry. :^: (Icecream is like frozen Prozac, ya know? :lol: ) Anyway, I could hear Scarlett saying "Fiddledeedee, I'll think about it tomorrow...because, after all, tomorrow is another day." ;) Well today is here and I'm proud to say that I jumped out of bed and put on my walking shoes and walked for a whole hour! I feel better and ice cream is no longer on the menu! :lol:

09-07-2005, 11:33 AM
Goood job brushing off and getting out for a walk Suzy. Got your mind back in the game, all you can do.

Welcome to the group, Michelle. You'll find lots of encouragement and support here. You can say absolutely anything on your mind, this is a great group to vent or scream out in excitement, whatever is in your head.

I didn't WI this morning :^: I didn't want to know how much I gained, then I was late getting Allie to preschool and forgot about the scale and ate breakfast and drank a bunch of water, and by then it wouldn't be fair to weigh. I will just wait and do it next week. A gain would put my head in the wrong place anyway, so it's probably best.

I am totally back on track, gals. I feel like my brain has magically been plugged into my body and I am focused again. I just felt "blah" the last week.

I am having pain in my lower back on the left side and don't know if I twisted something or if something else is wrong. I am kinda taking it light today, but am about to go do my yoga. That is gentle so should be okay. The rest of my AM workout is WATP 2 mile dvd, but I'll see how the pain is when I do the yoga. I was fine last night, woke up in pain :( I hope it gets better soon because I get cranky without exercise. I'm going to add up my minutes so far and put it in my signature.


09-07-2005, 11:44 AM
Gotcha off the emails Melra and congrats on the pound lost!

Suzy-good for you-get back on that wagon and go go go!

Jeanne good job excersizing-the food choices will come-determine to do it!

I was thrilled to move that ticker down! Exactly 100 more pounds to go LOL. Today is Joshua's first day of school. I took him to meet his teacher last night and he even hugged her when we were leaving-which is a huge biggie. She actually wrote down things I told her. His lunch is really late, like 1240 or something and this child eats at 11 come **** or high water. So she said they would have their snack at 11 to help fit into his schedule. I was very impressed with her. I think he is going to do really well here and that makes me happy.

I am off to make pancakes for my little man's first day of school and look forward to reading your emails.

09-07-2005, 12:26 PM
hello from the wind and rain capital of the world. :lol:

Melissa- i am so glad that your son has a great teacher. a good teacher can mean a lifetime of good experiences in their students. it makes them want to learn. Congrats on moving the ticker down- that is awesome!

Suzy- i think you did good by exercising and Not ordering 3 mcflurries! or fries and a mcflurry! with all of the GWTW references I think I will dig out my copies and either read the book or watch the movie depending on power - we have power at work but my house is dark for now- should be on in a hour or so. GWTW is one of my all time fav movies.

Welcome Michelle :wave: I couldn't be where I am today with out these wonderful ladies!

Jeane YAY! you exercised :dance: and I agree food choices will come -1 day at a time.

Theresa- I had the worst pain in my lower back on the R side for days and thought I had pulled something But I went to the dr's for my monthly check up ( yes I have to go monthly for my liver check) and he said to test me for a UTI and I said But it doesn't hurt to go and he said well maybe it will soon and sure enough I had a raging UTI and I feel great now.

Hi to everyone I missed!

I am not weighing in today either. I am so stressed over this stupid storm-it's just kinda sitting there getting stronger right off the coast where I am and ARRGH I mean is it going to turn and Hit us or what kinda rain are we gonna have? things can I work tomorrow??-do the kids go to school?? :dizzy: I know it's little compared to N.O. or Miss. But I hate not knowing what this storm is gonna do. Storm surge is around 4-6 feet now and it's gonna get worse. I am glad I do not live on the beach.
I had 2 hot dogs for breakfast- Healthy choice ones but still :p - and a banana- I am drinking lots of water , stressed and I just want this to be done and over.
Thanks for all the hugs and best wishes-I'll keep checking in as I am able to.

09-07-2005, 01:21 PM
good luck with the storm, sandisuze--hope you stay safe and sane!
theresa~The minutes you've already logged exercising is inspiring! I know you don't want to get on the scale, but is it possible you've lost inches and can measure? (I don't remember your last posting for measuring, so it may be too soon?). In any case, hang in there because if we all stay focused that ticker will move!
melissa~so glad your son's got a quality teacher. I'm so happy for you on your loss! :woo:
suzymc~I'm always most vulnerable for cheating when I'm alone--there are dozens of drive-thru temptations within a few blocks of our neighborhood too. Shake it off and get back on track! :drill:
michelle~I love that you have already quit smoking and are riding your bike to work! I wish I could, but I wouldn't be presentable after all the sweating and panting! If you want to push yourself a little, have you added any weights or anything to your gym workouts? :wl: This is the 3rd week I've been doing regular routined strength stuff and I have already noticed a difference in muscle definition, endurance and inches.

I tend to agree with jjeane that exercising seems to make it easier to avoid bad choices on food. I work really hard to burn a couple hundred calories, so why do I want to make it harder by snacking? If I'm having a really hard time, I think about how many minutes I have to workout to get rid of that donut or whatever, and it helps. It also helps to just never buy the stupid things in the first place! I still haven't pinpointed what it is that makes me cheat or makes me want to cheat, but I'm working on making those moments fewer and further between.

Sorry I don't have enough time right now to respond to everyone! Won't it be rad at the end of the month to see our collective weight loss?! :cool:

09-07-2005, 01:34 PM
Sandi ~ Gone With The Wind is tied with The Wizard of Oz for my all time favorite movies...I'd be hard pressed to choose between the two!
I just saw the weather and Ophelia is starting to sound like it could be a very nasty storm. Stay safe!

Melissa ~ Sounds like Joshua is off to a great start...I hope he has a great first day of school! Congratulations on that one big pound lost! You're getting there...keep it up!

Theresa ~ Glad to hear that you're back on track and feeling better...hopefully your back will start feeling better and you will be 100% soon!

I've pretty much figured out that exercising in the morning is the way to go for me. I seem to have a lot more energy and I know get more accomplished on the days that I get right up and go for a walk first thing.

09-07-2005, 02:55 PM
Melra, I was surprised when I added up my minutes as well. I have a personal goal of getting through milestone 5 of my virtual walk, so need to go a bit over 100 miles this month. So far I have done 19, and it hasn't even been a week! I am happy with the exercise, but still the weight is coming off so SLOW. I only lost 3 lbs. last month and I walked exactly 100 miles :( Shows how horrible my eating must have been.

I am noticing a trend where I stay the same the first 2 weeks of the month, then lose the last 2. Don't understand it, but something hormonal must be going on...and that is when I have TOM, first week usually. As for measuring, I am doing that the first of each month. For august, I lost 2 inches on the waist, 1 on chest, and 1/2 inch on thighs and hips. So, not bad I guess for only a 3 lb loss?

Melissa keep us posted on your little man. I hope he does well and that school is a great experience for him...and for you!

Sandi, ummmm I don't want a UTI :lol: I hope that's not what I have. I think I just slept wrong because Tyler woke up at 4 and when I got him in bed with me he was laying crooked so I just laid crooked too...what hurts now is the side that was down and twisted just a bit. I'm an idiot and didn't put it all together until hubby said "maybe ya slept wrong?"

I'm doing good so far and feeling good. I haven't exercised because even the yoga hurt a little :( I'm going to try to do the gazelle tonight and excuse myself from the second workout...don't want to make anything worse. If it doesn't ease up I'll have to call the doctor. I am known as the one who never goes to the doc unless absolutely necessary. I have been in NC almost 5 years and have seen my "new" doctor only 3 times! Twice to confirm pregnancy and get referral to the OB/GYN and once for an ear infection.


09-07-2005, 03:53 PM
theresa~just curious, are you doing anything with weights? you could add a couple of sets of low weight -like 3-5 pounds--for biceps / triceps and work on some muscle tone to boost up your metabolism.

Sorry you guys--I feel like I'm just saying the same thing over and over, but I'm really trying to control myself from totally dorking out over how excited I am! I started this "exercise boot camp" thing 3 weeks ago that mixes 5 days of cardio with varying intensities with 2-3days of weights/strength training. I gotta say, that adding those weights in there has made an incredible difference in the way I feel. I'm using light weight, but I increase the repetitions or number of sets. I can't see my muscles (yet!) but I sure can feel them and I've only had one day when I thought I overdid it and was sore. I had been doing 2 days a week, but now I'm moving up to 3 days of strength training--it's a 10 week "bootcamp" to kind of get my engine revving and then it tapers off into a maintenance thing.
Okay, I'll shut up now about the weights... :p

09-07-2005, 04:59 PM
I will go thrift store shopping if my ex ever decides to pay his support and try it. Doc told me the stronger my upper body is the better and I have been trying to think of things that are not too taxing so I don't kill myself off and then not move unless I have to for a couple of days.

This morning almost went off without a hitch. They got a new principle and she forgot to give my son's name when she was requesting an aide for the bus so his bus came but she told me she couldn't take him to school. I was so happy to see it was Martha going to drive him again this year. She is sooooo nice and really likes Josh. So my mother came over and sat with the girls while I ran him to school for his first day. He was so excited to go! It has been so very quiet here today lol. I am wondering how he did with the change in his lunch schedule-he is so anal about what time you eat, bathe, sleep-well he is anal about everything. Must be going ok because I haven't heard anything out of the school.

Well it is nap time for my darlings and I am going to get some housework done since I spent most of the morning at the grocery store and cleaning stuff up out of the yard.

09-07-2005, 07:12 PM
Melissa-7 lbs is so wonderful. I hope Joshua had a good school day and it carries over into the rest of the day.
It seems like we go to fast food and drive thrus when the munchies call. Maybe our October challenge should include no fast food and no drive thrus. It's so easy to get the junk and it's really bad even when they say it's good, it's full of chemicals and preservatives and flavor things so it always tastes the same from coast to coast.
I just took my almost never used bike out and road 1 mile on grass and thru the woods on a trail. It was hard and I feel good. I must do it everyday now.

09-07-2005, 07:28 PM
I think that is an awesome challenge for October! I know it is one of the things I think of first when I want that quick fix. I keep watching freecycle for a womens bike. I know Josh would love for me to ride with him and I can get one of those trailers to put the girls in-boy would that be a workout lol. I am still a bit heavy to feel ok being on a bike. One of my great fears is falling-things get hurt too much if I fall. I haven't been on a bike in probably at least 10 yrs or so-at least one that wasn't stationary.

09-07-2005, 07:43 PM
hi y'all. i am glad to see everyone is progressing well on the september challenge. i think avoiding junk food in octiber will be a good one too. i am so happy. i only have one more pound to lose so i can meet the september goal. woohoo! i am finally at the weight that as i recall was my lowest from my previous diet. but i am pretty sure that i am thinner this time at the same weight, so that is even better. yay me ;) it's so weird, sometimes a week or more will go by without a change, and like zap! i lose like four pounds almost all at once. i think my body is crazy or something. well i am hoping to be in the 140s by christmastime, so when i go to visit my mom, she won't recognize me :lol:
welcome to the group michelle. i've been falling behind on reading the posts. hope i haven't missed any other newbies :?:
sandi, i will praying for the new storm to miss you and everyone else. havn't fl, al, ms, and la been through enough this year? :(

09-07-2005, 10:31 PM
Melra, I am doing some weights with Kathy Smith's Lift Weight to Lose Weight dvds and we have one of those big weight machine thingys out in the garage...once I have this yard sale this weekend I might be able to find it to use it again ;) I also have a huge set of index cards, and I went to a website for one of those health mags (forget which one, Self?) and they list TONS of strength exercises. So, I wrote directions on one side of an idex card, printed out pictures of the exercise from the website and pasted them onto the other side of the card. I now have a big set of "strength cards" and I do them while watching TV, or while cooking supper, whenever I have a few minutes or even just a second.

My back is still hurting :( but I am going to do the gazelle at 10 then hit the sack. I want to watch LOST, so I will do at least 1 mile, hopefully 4 if it doesn't hurt too bad. I took two Bayers so it is feeling a bit better now.

I am getting ready to have a HUGE yard sale this weekend to bring in some extra $$ and get rid of a ton of stuff my children have outgrown. MIL gave me some really expensive things and said if I can sell them I can have the money, so fingers crossed I will be richer this weekend. I have never had a yard sale before....any tips??? I am jsut making sure everything is cleaned up and shiny as possible, only putting out things I myself might want to buy and rest has gone to the dump. I'm going to feel like such a dork sitting out there with all my stuff on the lawn :lol:


09-07-2005, 10:36 PM
Welcome to the newcomers! I'm so glad this group and this board are staying so busy.

Melissa congrats on the big loss! Wow! That is amazing!

Melra, great job on getting all the exercise! A good workout just makes a person feel so good.

Cadwell congrats on your loss and your milestone of lowest weight from a previous diet!

Sandi hope that storm fizzles out soon. Take care and stay safe.

Suzy great job jumping up and getting right back at it after a bad day. Hope your son had a good birthday though I'm sure he'd have rather been home for it.

Theresa hope your back problem is just from sleeping wrong. Back pain is no fun. Be sure and get it checked out if it doesn't go away on it's own pretty quickly, though. I ruptured a disk in July, 04, and didn't go to the doctor soon enough and ended up having terrible pain and a limp for months (I was too stubborn to have the surgery to fix it).

Jeanne, so glad you found your way back! If you weren't committed to getting healthier you wouldn't be back. Good for you.

I missed so much that I just skimmed through and I know I missed people and for that I apologize. Hope you all are having a great and healthy evening and I didn't skip you on purpose, I just don't have the time to keep up with the reading lately!!

I am happy to move my ticker down 2 for the week. I also feel like I'm thinner this time than when I was at this weight before. In fact, I know I am because I still kept all the clothes I wore then and they are way too big on me now. I really had thought that my goal weight would have me comfortably in my old size 8's and that was the size I was aiming for. Instead, some of my 6's are baggy on me and I still have 12 pounds to go. I am starting to wonder if maybe I shouldn't be aiming more for the 155 range instead of 150 but I haven't decided yet. I have been as low as 122 but at that weight strangers thought I was ill and told me so and my family was extremely worried about me. I'm 5'8" so I'm not extremely tall or anything and it seems like 150 should be a good healthy weight for me. I definitely don't want to be bony this time around, I just want to look lean and healthy with a few curves in the right places. How do you know what the perfect weight to stop at is? It's hard to know because one day I feel thin and think it doesn't matter if I don't lose any more, then the next day all I can see is the flabby spots and then I think maybe I need to set my goal weight even lower than what it is now.

09-07-2005, 11:14 PM
I am only 5ft 1in and my goal weight is 122. If I look and feel great at 130, I will stay there but if I think I need to lose a bit more, will go a pound at a time until it is right. I think you need to go by what makes you feel comfortable. "flabby" could just need some toning is all with some weights or other excersize. Also asking someone whose opinion you trust too to give you an honest answer. Congrats on the pounds lost too!

09-08-2005, 12:18 AM
Just checking in.

Glad the first day of school seems to be going so well for everyone!

This is the first year I have no children at home during school hours! EGAD! Feels kinda empty in my heart but the kids are LOVING it and I get to see my husband a lot.

I am also switching shifts at work. Right now I work 1500-2300 then 1100-1900 then 0700-1500 then 1130-1930 and 1130-1930. It is utter freaking havoc on me,my body and my family ugg. but as of Monday I will be 1500-2300 only for 5 days a week!!!! Actual routine here we come! I can't wait!

I have been a terrible dieter. no exercise, crappy food. tomorrow I am starting again. no excuses. look out for a big change people! ;)


09-08-2005, 12:59 AM
It makes it really hard when there is no rhyme or reason to your day and it changes daily-I am not sure how well I would cope myself. I guess one thing would be major planning ahead-figure out what you are having the next day ahead of time to help. At least it is only a few more days and then you will be on a regular schedule and get yourself into a routine. I will be watching Carrie and good that you are jumping back on-that is what is going to be the success-none of us are giving up on ourselves or each other.

09-08-2005, 01:13 AM
Today was pretty awful . In the morning I tried on my jeans that I couldn't close at all 2 months ago and they fit fine, didn't hurt, zipped easy. I was happy so off I went, eating all day and night. It wasn't as if I thought somehow I was thin. It was more like you did good so now let's ruin it. I hope tomorrow will be better.

09-08-2005, 02:31 AM
Good to see everyone is doing so well!

Laura don't be hard on yourself, we all have those days! Mine was just a few days ago :( Hopefully another one won't come around till next month!!
So far so good on this months goals, 90 minutes of exercise already is pretty good for me! I am also on a 21 day challenge of no diet soda(or any type of soda) So far I've completed 7 days :cb:! Feeling pretty good, drinking LOTS of water and having lots of time to see what needs to be redone in my bathroom! :lol:
Melissa-Glad to hear Josh likes his new school and teacher! Makes life much easier all the way around! I totally understand about riding a bike again, I don't think I could get back on one until I weigh under 200. Don't want to hurt me or the bike! ;)

Well, it's late, 6 am comes too early! Night ladies!


09-08-2005, 10:24 AM
Hey everyone- well Ophelia is not fizzling out she is sitting 70 miles off the coast of where I am (volusia County) and the wind and rain bands are reaching 80 miles from her so we are 10 miles into the storm. She is just playing with us :( they don't expect her to cause too much trouble except rain, flooding and wind damage maybe more power outages but still it's a storm with 50 MPH winds- BUT they are worried she's gonna do a 180 and come back and hit us like Hurricane Jeanne did last year .Sigh I guess that the not knowing is making me nuts. they are pretty good at predicting where the storms are going but with this one who knows??? and that's what I am concerned about. Schools are closed and shelters are opening. Stores are low on food and the lines at gas stations are unreal (I filled up yesterday WHEW!) But we have everything ready and a safe place to run to if we need to..
I am not being perfect on the watching what I eat - and exercise ? hahahahahahha
(sorry was having a moment) Well I lugged around trash cans, secured all of the outside stuff and we put up storm shutters so can I count that?? LOL??
Well I need to get some work done today so have a great day all and I'll be back to re-read posts and YAY! everyone on-

09-08-2005, 12:08 PM
wow! lots of activity on here!

theresa~i'm sorry, I didn't realize you were doing the gazelle plus all the rest-that's amazing! You sound so organized with the exercise and everything too! Maybe you should be a personal trainer! I bet you'll see a sudden rapid drop in both weight and inches b/c there is no way with diet and exercise you can NOT lose.

cadwell~you sound so happy! congrats on your loss! I'm trying to get to the 140's by Christmas too, so I'll race ya! :lol:

laurab~way to go with the bike! don't beat yourself up about your momentary lapse of reason on the eating...I was always in the habit of rewarding myself with food for any accomplishment. Hang in there and get back on track.

kayelle~i just love your posts-they're so full of warmth! Congrats on the loss and the unexpected wardrobe difficulties!

fancyfrog~keep us updated on the soda challenge! If you were really drinking a lot I bet you'll see a big difference at the end of 21 days.

I think the idea to ban all fast food is an excellent idea for October! (and hard too... :( ) As long as we don't ban wine! :s:

I've been thinking more about my goal weight too--I mean, that will be the absolute lowest I've been in my adult life and I have no idea how I will look at that weight. I have identified with curves and rolls for so long...! I'm hoping that at some point along the way my body will kind of just let me know where it wants to be. The only thing that worries me is that rather than pushing onward to my goal weight I will become complacent and rationalize not working harder. But at some point it's got to switch to maintenance, so yeah--how do you know? I think there were a few posts on this in the maintainers' forum too.

I was able to add some more exercise time to my total for the month. How's everyone else doing on the challenge minutes?

09-08-2005, 02:31 PM
Just saying hello to everyone!:wave::wave:

09-08-2005, 02:32 PM
Well here I am at home, but I'd rather be at work. Speaking of back-aches, well I have a UTI. I was wondering if I hurt my back, or was having a new kind of "cramp" for about 3 weeks. So today I woke up and had all the other symptoms - BAD! Went to the doctor, got meds, and starting to feel better. I hated calling in sick, got a big guilt trip for it too, but there is no way I would have been able to stay. At least I had my schedule ready for the sub, but I miss those kids.
So I did avoid the fast food! Very tempting being out and about this morning. Stuck with a healthy lunch-yogurt and fruit.
Still tired, but I will exercise later. I'm going to have to start writing down my times, but so far, from what I can remember this week, I've got 140 min. in. I'm going to have to check the calendar on last week.

09-08-2005, 07:37 PM
I'm about 90 miles north of NYC, in the Hudson Valley, in a tiny little town called Town of Clinton. The weather here now is crystal clear and there is only the slightest bit of color. My brother is in Cambridge MA. Where are you?
I stayed OP today, but I'm not sure if I will WI tomorrow. First I need to try on a pair of pants that were tight, and if they feel better I will WI. I just can't face disappointment when I have been OP almost all the time, and my transgressions were just a few calories at most.

Hi LauraB - I am in Westminster, MA - North of Worcester - i actually have to go to a semins=ar for work in Cambridge in Nov. - It's about 40 Min. SE of here.
Weather is getting a little colder now at nite - the days are still warm here - we are expecting 90 on Monday - so Fall has not arrived yet! Fall is my favorite season - the colors here are great - I lived in Upstate NY until I was 9 yrs old - moved a lot during those years - Ithaca, Syracuse, Fairport.
Hope the pants aren't tight!!!! DOn't let the WI get you down - I am going up and down these days - very strange yesterday I was 171 - this AM 169.5 - very erratic - but I'm not letting it get to me - I know it's coming off even it it seems random at this point. :)

09-08-2005, 08:21 PM
Sorry to hear you are under the weather but good that you didn't go through the drivethru-get some practice driving by for next month! get better soon!

09-08-2005, 08:26 PM
Welcome Michelle!
Good luck with the storm Sandi – she is a weird one!
Caldwell – I am the same way with the weight not moving then all of a sudden a good loss – mine has been weird lately too.
Melissa – glad to hear Josh’s first day went well
Melra – We bought a Total Gym in March – hubby uses it – I need to start again – weight training is important for our bones and definition too.
Suzy – I thinking about ya’ – I hope your son had a great B-Day!
Just jump back on Carrie – we are here for ya’!
Keep up the great work fancyfrog!
LauraB - don't let a little splurge set you back - you're doing great!
Yard Sale tips…. BIG SIGNS with arrows so people know where you are. Large items out front toward the street so people see them as they pass by. Clean everything. Hang up clothes if you can, easier for people to go through them. Advertise in the paper if you can – here we do thurs/fri/sat ads if Sat/Sun sale. If you don’t want people showing up early – put “no early birds” on the signs or they will come – some have collectors/dealers have shown up at my house the nite before while I was setting up!
Have batteries/electrical outlet ready to show people that stuff works.
Don't forget to get change at the bank - I did that once - what a nightmare!
Some people have music playing and beverages for sale too.
Don’t feel like a dork – it can be fun – I usually get a group of girls together to do it with me. Few drinks and some sun - it's fun!

09-08-2005, 09:11 PM
Yea! I exercised.
Feeling better. Got to read a couple good books today, and had a short nap. We got phone calls all afternoon for my DD, 21 this Sunday! What am I? An answering service? Funny, I also got one for my DS who has been in the Army for 4 years now, stationed in Korea.
I am ready for tomorrow. I'll probably have a desk full of work!

09-08-2005, 09:59 PM
No fast food in October? :faint: I'm not sure about that one! :?:

I think the idea to ban all fast food is an excellent idea for October! (and hard too... ) As long as we don't ban wine!

Merla, if we ban all fast food we better not ban WHINE! :lol:

09-08-2005, 10:18 PM
it's on melra! :tread: you may have a headstart, but i will try and catch up :s:
laura, don't worry about one bad day. it's always a temptation to treat ourselves after a success. just try to focus on your accomplishment, not the indulgence.
gosh i'm tired. i think i need a nap. have to get up early to go out pitching insurance with my manager and some other people. grrr. i am no good at sales. it's going to require some major :coffee2:

09-08-2005, 11:39 PM
StillTrying...THANK you for the yard sale tips. I didn't think to go get change!!! I woulda been in trouble too, because it will just be me and the kids here and I can't just leave all the stuff out on the yard and say "be right back, bank is down the road" lol I don't have any way to hang things up out there and am putting out a ton of clothes the kids have outgrown. I separated them all out by gender and size and will lay them nicely in their own stacks, so people can flip through them (not folded, laid out) and won't have trouble finding sizes they want. I put little price stickers on every single thing (took major time there) but have added up all of each size of clothing, so if someone wants to buy them all I can make them a deal without ripping myself off. I have just a small pile of things that could use wiped down, they were in the storage building, but I am not putting them out until Saturday or sunday because I am so wiped out, exhausted right now.

My back was better this AM, then 100% better after relaxing all AM. When I picked Allie from school I started working for the yard sale and haven't stopped since, and the back is aching just a bit now. i guess I overdid it. Tomorrow I somehow have to lug some furniture outside all by myself tomorrow, and if the back is still achy it might have to wait until Saturday when hubby will be home.

I ate mac&cheese with diced tomatoes for supper tonight :( But, I was SO busy and trying to get as much ready to go out tomorrow as possible, that I didn't eat with the kids. It wasn't until 10PM I realized I was absolutely starved, getting a headache, and felt I would pass out if I didn't eat quick. So, I barely ate all day then I ate the bad thing...*sigh* I cannot wait for this weekend to be OVER. I'm never doing this again, never. So much work!


09-09-2005, 12:25 AM
Hello again everyone, thanks for all your kind responses. This is exactly what I needed. It is great :smug: to know that there are other people out there feeling like you do. I am boycotting the scale for now (but not forever), I cant go without accountability so I must get on once a week, so I am going to get on next Monday as my 1st official WI day, not looking forward to that, I have got to buckle down. I am looking forward to many more chats with everyone. It took me about an hour to find this page so I could jump back in and talk to you guys. I still don't know what I'm doing but hopefully with time I will figure it out. I dont have alot of time to get on here, I am at work now and that gives me more time than I get at home somehow, go figure??
Melba--Thanks for the tips and advice, it somehow makes sense coming from someone else.... :D (

09-09-2005, 12:32 AM
Well had a great OP day-course hard to cheat when there isn't anything to cheat with. I am so ready for Saturday so I can go grocery shopping. Josh didn't have as great of day today and almost had to go pick him up from school. His teacher talked him down though and he made it.

Excersize is a hard one for me. I spend so much time cleaning and picking up and doing the yard, I am pooped out by the time I get the kitchen cleaned up from dinner. I am still not done with that either.

My SIL called me from Louisiana-he is at some military base waiting for clearance to take water into NO. He said he should be able to have couple of days off in a week. I know he misses the girls and would like to see them. Amanda turns 2 on the 24th and I know he would like to be here for that.

Good luck on your yard sale-the work will be worth it when you count your loot.

I am off to finish the kitchen and if I can keep my eyes focused, work on my angel picture.

09-09-2005, 04:48 AM
grrr. couldn't resist the new cold stone flavor. cookie dough batter, yum. but i felt so yucky after. it was so good. amzed at how many calories in it though. well at least i made dh eat most of it. :devil:

09-09-2005, 10:23 AM
hello everyone :wave:

:mad: I have not had a good couple days- I am not following my food plan - not eating junk Just not eating "right" Like no extra veggies or fruits and nibbling.. Nibbling is bad- I over do when I nibble. I am drinking lots of water tho- I will not go back to sodas and caffeine too hard to kick the habit once you start up again.
I did get on the bike this a.m. so that was a start. I plan on getting better organized this weekend as we have NO plans for once and getting back to my toning and cardio - I can tell you I feel a difference in me - i am so sleepy and blah because I haven't been eating properly.
I think I was stressing too much- when you see pics and hear stories of Katrina and then there's a hurricane right on the coast one tends to panic.

Picked up a few games at good will with all the pieces in them for 1.00 each and my 7 YO and I have been playing games every afternoon - after her homework is done and before dinner that keeps me out of the kitchen and I picked up a 1000 piece puzzles and figure to do that at night instead of nibbling.

Theresa - good luck with your yard sale. don't be afraid to say no if they try to talk you down on a price. they are lots of work but I hope you can make a lot of money :D
they reopened schools today and I am glad.. kids get bored when there is no school..
No fast food in October??? Does that mean NO drive thrus?? cause I get a salad every morning at CFA and they make it w/o cheese for me. I don't eat Fast food anymore after looking at all the web sites and seeing how many calories in everything But i do grab those 1.00 garden salads at CFA and wendy's to have every day...
I hope everyone has a great weekend- and have a great day!

09-09-2005, 11:51 AM
Michelle~the easiest way for me to find things is to make sure my options include a default subscription to every thread I post on--you can click on "quick links" on one of the bars at the top and edit your options, your signature, view private messages...see if that helps, b/c if you can't find us, you'll really be missing out due to the overwhelming awesomeness that is our group. :lol:

I'm just keeping myself accountable here, so y'all can skip this part if you want:
I did WAY poorly on vegetables yesterday--I had a carb thing going on I guess, for convenience. I forgot about breakfast, brown rice with chicken for lunch;yogurt for snack; whole wheat pasta with tomatoes/parmesan and a Boca chicken patty at dinner......2 slices of cantalope and about 1/3c of baked beans leftover from the picnic<--they were my weakness b/c my MIL is an amazing cook and that was the last of them. I estimated my calories to be about 1400, but I didn't get all of my fiber or nutrients in. I'll do better today, but I forgot breakfast again and I am soooo hungry right now. Spinach salad for lunch with flax seeds. Yogurt for snack.

I couldn't motivate myself to exercise yesterday. I feel really stressed right now, trying to get myself ready for the art show season...I have one on Sunday and I still haven't made up my mind on my display. I am such a procrastinator, I don't even have IDEAS until the last minute. I might get in a quick run tonight but then that will probably be it until Monday. On a brighter note, I checked the scale again this morning b/c I didn't believe it on Wed and yup, I really did lose that pound, so that's good.

09-09-2005, 12:49 PM
Not eating when stressed is also hard for me. I am a major stress eater. I haven't really found my magic bullet yet but there was someone-think Laura who said that she works on quilts when she feels that way or just wants to go eat. I have been trying that or cleaning something. It is amazing how quickly food flies out of your mind when you are focused on something else.

09-09-2005, 02:25 PM
I did so good yesterday. It was my birthday and I drove into NYC, met my sister and we walked down Third Ave looking in thrift shops for a dresser for her bedroom. We walked about 30 blocks. Then my sister and I met my mom, dh, ds, and dil for supper across the street from my mom's apartment, in our favorite neighborhood restaurant. I did so good, 1/2 a crab cake, and a big green salad with shrimp and avacado and sprouts and blue cheese and crumbled bacon. We shared 3 desserts and I had a taste of each. It was my only food of the day.
Today nibbling has started and I am posting as modivation to STOP NOW, before the day is ruined.
It seems that everytime I do good, or feel like I'm changing, I am compelled to react badly. I must stop this behavior which is against what I want.

09-09-2005, 03:25 PM
No Self Sabotage Allowed, Laura! You deserve to be the size you want! You can do it!

09-09-2005, 03:50 PM
Make the decision to stop and start on a project. Do something you haven't done for while. You have come so far and worked too hard to throw it away. We are here for you!

09-09-2005, 06:53 PM
I just took my bike out on the road for the first time. I went 2 1/2 miles, most of it riding, some walking when the hills were too tough. A lot of the road is dirt and gravel and that's harder to ride on. It took almost an hour and it was really hard so I feel really good. I am going to hurt tomorrow, but that will be ok.
Thanks for all the encouragement.

09-09-2005, 07:16 PM
laura, i bet that was quite a workout--good for you!

09-09-2005, 08:34 PM
Hey everyone! My back is 100% better today, but I've replaced that pain with achy legs and thighs, exhausted tired feet, and a headache. I am beyond exhausted it was so much work today! On the up side I am $70 richer, which isn't too bad for a Friday afternoon when a whole 5 people actually stopped :lol:

Great job on the bike Laura! That certainly is more than I could do...feel proud and enjoy the burn tomorrow!


09-09-2005, 09:34 PM
that's great laura! what a workout! i want to get a bike so i can go riding. not safe to bike here on the streets esp. with my bad balance and lack of coordination so i will drive to a trail or something. as soon as i start getting some money coming in. i want to get one of those flat foot "townie" bikes.
well i went with folks from work out about an hour away to do some marketing today and we all got pizza for lunch. i did good an only had two slices (thin crust, yay!) but i really wanted that third slice that was just sitting there with my name on it. only had two though and no chicken wings. yay me. missed the gym yesterday though. but i am going tonight.
i am so jazzed. i was on the radio today :) i am usually too shy to call and if i do i always feel like some famous person or something. well i guess that was my two minutes of fame. yay me again.
congrats on your yard sale theresa! i wish i had $70 worth of caca i could get someone to buy. i have tried to sell stuff on ebay but with no luck.

09-09-2005, 11:48 PM
wow laura that bike ride sounds fantastic. I shudder at the thought of myself riding a bike :lol: Although back in the day before i had a car and before public transportation I had a 10 speed i rode all over 10-15 miles a day and thought nothing of it. of course I weighed 98 pounds soaking wet and was 18 years old- (and happy late Birthday to you!)
YAY Cadwell - and on the radio- cool..
fantastic theresa- 70 .00 is a decent amount of money-I hope you make more tomorrow! I need to get busy and get going on ebay again. Christmas is comming and unfortunatly since hubbys company sold to another they don't get bonuses at Christmas anymore. they used to get 2 weeks pay for a bonus and that was Christmas plus some other goodies and some in savings. I am going next week to wallyworld and putting stuff on lawaway. I didn't tell anyone else but I put a ps2 on layaway 3 weeks ago. that way everyone can play and my little one wants a ddr so she can dance to the music as she says.We avoid Credit cards at Christmas at all costs - we see too many friends get into trouble with them.
I did see our local wallworld has the gazelle edge now and I am seriously considering it- They are on sale for 75.00 normally 98.00- I'm thinking it would be good cardio and maybe not as boring as the bike- although I am getting into weights, even lifing the 8lb dumbells feels really good and I like the feel of muscles moving.
I fought major temptations today- Boss had a huge bowl of reeses PB cups on his desk along w/ all kinds of other chocolate and the smell was killing me. I could have so easily grabbed a piece or 2 or 3 or 10 but I didn't.. ohh i wanted too and it's going to tempt me to no end every time i walk in there..
Have a good night all and hope everyone is having a great weekend

09-10-2005, 12:33 AM
Okay-a little whine :( --TOM and a nasty cold both came and slapped me this morning :stars: I feel like crud- sore throat, stuffed sinus', pounding head, sweating, cramps-I just want to go to bed! I am a big baby today! :bb:

I did drink all my water and drug myself through the grocery store with the 2 little ones, which on a good day is enough exercise, so I am counting it as such for today. I still have had no soda-WOOHOO! Day 9!

Laura-Hope you had a super birthday :hb: :balloons:!! Good going on the bike! We are going to get dd a new bike next week, I might have to try it out.

Sandisuze-I'll have to check out that gazelle edge at WM, I'm getting bored with just walking on the treadmill :tread: I hear ya' about getting ready for Christmas! We have 6 kids, and even though we don't get stupid, (they know it's not their birthday we're celebrating!) it still gets a little expensive!

Well, now that dd is done with dinner dishes, I think I'm going to soak in the tub!

Have a great night ladies!!


09-10-2005, 03:15 PM
woohoo! i lost another pound! already met september goal! yay! now i just hope i can keep up this monentum and keep losing this month instead of getting stuck like i sometimes do.

09-10-2005, 03:54 PM
Congrats on the pound lost and making September goal-we aren't even two weeks in yet so that is awesome.

I almost scored a treadmill from freecycle today but someone was a quicker clicker than me. I think if I have something that I can time, it will help for excersize for me and I would like to do it before weather is completely icky here. Took all 3 kids grocery shopping this morning and I tell you I am ready for a nap now! But I thought I would check so see what is going on here and I got laundry going-geez talk about a never ending deal around here.

I have been perfect op this week and I sure hope it reflects on the scale on Wednesday-I really want to make my goal I have for this month. I would actually be thrilled if I even passed it by a pound or two. My poor doctor isn't going to recognize me next time I come in-I only go in if she makes me lol. Keep up the good work gals and let's stick to our guns and make it happen.

09-10-2005, 05:27 PM
Hey everyone! I just put up the yard sale for today, and I made another $130 plus a bunch of quarters I haven't counted out yet. $200 total and the storage building in the back is getting pretty empty! Yay, we are almost ready to tear it down and good riddance! One more day and I'll be back to normal life. I am so tired, my legs so sore....but I weighed this AM and I'm down 2 lbs!!! I can't credit the yard sale with it all since I didn't WI on Wed. but I'm sure 2 days of constant motion, lifting, twisting and turning and running in and out of the house, across the yard, out to the building....whoo, it's been so much work!

You ladies getting on the bikes are so incredible. I don't think I'd remember how, though they say forgetting that is impossible, right?

Too bad one of you don't live near me because I saw a gazelle posted on freecycle here.


09-10-2005, 05:58 PM
I just did 3 1/2 miles on the road with my bike. At about 3 miles my legs gave way and I had to walk a bit. It's really hard cause the road is a mix of pave and gravel and it's hilly. I like the downs, but the ups are so tough. I don't feel bad when I have to walk up hill cause I am lugging all these extra pounds and it's been a long time since I had a bike. So altogether I feel good. BTW if someone held a butter pecan sundae with hot fudge and wet nuts in front of me, I couldn't even taste it. Is that what hard exercise does to you?
We are meeting friends for dinner and then we have tickets to a concert. I already decided to have a crab cake appetizer as an entre and a salad, so I'll be ok. I wish I could have candy at the concert, like M&Ms, but that won't be a good idea.
Theresa-good for you making money on stuff you don't need. I love yard sales. I got my 2 matching dark green velvet sofas at a sale 15 years ago and they are still excellent today.
Melissa- good too hear you are OP all week.
Cadwell-sounds like you're on a roll
I hope everyone has an easy night re food and stays OP cause it feels better in the morning when the day before was good.

09-10-2005, 05:59 PM
PS- I can't believe this is my 105th post. Is this my new addiction instead of food?

09-10-2005, 06:11 PM
Hey better to have this as an addiction than probably anything else I could think of. There are no calories and it is good for the soul.

09-10-2005, 08:47 PM
Well theresa you certainly got me motivated to clean out some stuff, so I went thru all the Kitchen cupboards and cleaned up and tossed out old lids and those items that fall in the back of the cabinets- tonight I am tackling my bedroom closet, I need to organize some stuff for better access. congrats on the $$$ made!
Kathy- 6 ?? oh my- I really don't know how you all can go to the store and stay sane with the kids?? I can't take my hubby or any kids with me the cart fills up with junk.
Still debating on the gazelle --thinking it may be good for exercising- I am turning into a weight lifting junkie- I mean all i have are dumbells but I am liking it as exercise. and I guess thats the key- liking what you do as exercise and you keep on doing it. I tell hubby that i will be "buff" one day :rofl:

Made a yummy dinner tonight-

1 box (8oz. ) whole wheat pasta, cooked
2 cans diced tomatoes with italian seasoning -drained
1 green pepper sliced thin
1 small onion sliced thin
a handfull or 2 of mushrooms sliced
Sautee veggies(except tomatoes) in a bit of olive oil - (we like ours cooked but not limp)
when veggies are cooked to your liking, toss in drained tomatoes -until they are hot (like 1- 2 minutes) mix veggies with hot pasta - I served ours with a sprinkle of parm. cheese

why are there food temptations all over right now in my life?? bosses new candy bowl, people bringing me a bag of the new chocolate covered chex mix , klondike bars in my freezer ,cookies from the schools bake sale in the cupboard. arrgh I am really not a ice cream person or even a cookie person- but just knowing they are there it's annoying me..I plan on working in the closet and then exercising - then it's saturday night with the hubby,a movie and a bowl of smart pop! I am back OP and drinking water I find if I don't I miss it so much..
I can do this.

09-10-2005, 09:49 PM
Yes, Sandi you CAN do this! You have your plan for the night, and I hope you get to stick to it. I'm glad I inspired you to get rid of some of your junk. Most of what I am selling is old stuff from the kids, everything from clothing to infant car seats, strollers, changing table and bassinet, toy boxes, etc. Plus some of those way overpriced big baby toys that play music and know, the ones that cost at least $30 each and the kids don't want anything to do with it after a week? LOL I sold 2 of those to a guy, both practically brand new with working batteries, both for $15...and I paid about $70 for them both. If I had another child I would not spend half the $ I did on these two when they were littler. Live and learn I guess.

We went to taco bell for supper and I went on and had what I wanted. That is all I ate the entire day, so I shouldn't be over calories and i was so hungry I was getting headaches and felt lightheaded. Tomorrow I have to find a way to get some food in me before 7PM. I did chug down a lot of water, but everytime I went to the kitchen to get something another person would pull up out front for the sale. I finally gave up and just stayed on the porch until evening when the people slowed down.


09-11-2005, 11:50 AM
Good morning everyone! Weigh-in day for me today and I'm 2 pounds down! :dancer:

I've been having trouble with my back though, so I've been taking it easy on the exercise and everything else as far as that goes. I did go to the chiropractor last Friday and it helped some, but I think I'm going to have to go back again this week. Hopefully I will be able to get back on track soon! Seems like whenever I get going good in the right direction something like this happens to slow me down. :(

Ice Princess
09-11-2005, 12:19 PM
Well ladies still havnt got my puter back so i had to read 6 pages hard to keep up.
For all that have had bad news and stuff, Sorry :grouphug:
For all those who had good news and stuff, Congrats :dancer:

I havent done anything except clean my basement, garage and porch which to 3 days a day each so I guess that is quite a bit of exercise but, no walks and no Curves. Been really hectic hubby is moving out at the end of the month, we are going bankrupt, they have committed my gramdmother, she is suicidal. Everything all at once right, thats the way it goes. I am hoping writing this today will get me motivated for that Monday morning new week thing. Today I am just focusing on me and getting back in to my routines that I was doing so well on. Tommorow is my weigh in at Curves so I am going to go and just see, I dont expect to much of a lose if any, but it will prove if I do nothing, nothing will change. Hopefully I will get my puter back so I can go on daily, I think that hasn't helped either, no support, don't feel like dooing anything. Well take care ladies, keep up the good work, make me jelous and I will try to get on every second day or so through my work puter, to hard to miss more that that to much to catch up on.
September's Goal
Curves = :strong:
Walking = :tread:
Goal 12 Curves ( still have TIME to get all 12 days in at Curves)
25 walks ( if I walk every day I will miss my goal by 2, I can't let that happen gonna have to make 2 of my walks duoble)
:tread: :tread: :tread:

09-11-2005, 12:27 PM
:grouphug: i am so sorry about your situation ice princess. that's so awful. i'll be thinking about you. :(
congrats on the loss suzymc. :D
well gotta go. dh is hollering at me to get ready.

09-11-2005, 04:18 PM
Well when it rains it pours! I was stressing last night about dealing with my ex(I am no longer speaking to him) and I ate way too much. I didn't eat anything icky but just too much and now I feel like I have a box of rocks in my stomach. Of course it was just as ugly as I thought it would be this morning. Jerk parked away from the house and also came in his new chippies car and poor josh was stuck in the middle because I was telling him goodbye and have a great visit and ex was flapping his gums and saying no he was going to talk to me. I thought I was going to have a brain hemorage. Feel bad for his new married girlfriend though-she is trading one abusive jerk for a slightly younger version of the current jerk she is married to. He is still being Mr. Wonderful to her until he has her hooked and then the real guy will come through. So today I am back eating the amounts that I need to-man when I am I gonna learn that it isn't worth it???

09-11-2005, 08:58 PM
melissa- ex's are jerks sometimes- and no they are not worth it. but it's hard not to let them affect us. I think they enjoy being like they are- my ex must love it cause he is one miserable phooey head.
Ice- I am so sorry things are not going well- I know how bad things can turn in a split second. I hope your grandma can get the help she needs. I am sending hugs((()))
Suzy YAY! on the loss. you help to motivate!
well I did get closets cleaned out and I was great on food today and water. My body doesn't seem to be happy w/o water. decided not to exercise as we did yard work and I am tired. I should have but I am LAZY.

I am having some emotional "wanting to eat everything" issues this weekend. Missing my nana who has only been gone 2 months. it's almost like she isn't gone and then I think about it and it's hard. Lots of other issues that would turn into a novel- I need to get over the anger I have toward my mom & step dad. it's not healthy and then I want to eat but then I realize that eating isn't helping the anger go away. It only makes me more angry that I allow them to bother me. sorry for being :( and spouting..
Have a good night all Thanks again for the motivation.. you guys are awesome!

09-11-2005, 10:21 PM
SuzyMc - Congrats on the 2lb loss :cheer: Sorry about your back - Are there any exercises that your dr. could suggest that may not make you hurt?
Ice - sorry about everything :cry: It always happens that everything hits the fan at once! Hope things get better for you. Just remember exercise is a great stress reliever!
Sandisuze - I lost my mom 6 years ago and it still hurts, but it does get easier to deal with - just remember she is always with you, looking out for you.
Melissa - ex's are jerks (I guess they wouldn;t be ex's in most cases if they weren't) ;)
Try not to let it get to you - it's hard when the kids in the middle. Not fair to them at all.
I had a very off plan day today, but will not beat myself up over it - back in the saddle tommorrow!
Take Care everyone...keep up the good work!!!

09-11-2005, 10:22 PM
Melissa- I hope dumb new girlfriend doesn't upset Josh.
Ice-I am sorry for your distress. Maybe this week will be better.
Suzy- 2 more is wonderful.

Every Sunday my dh buys 2 loaves of bread at the Sunday farm market. Today it just called to me and I ate 2 regular and 4 small pieces, with butter of course. The day comes out at about 1700 calories, not a gain, but surely doesn't help towards a loss.
I think Sunday is the hardest day of the week for me. I like to read the papers and snack and somehow it all adds up. I have to plan better.

09-12-2005, 10:02 AM
Good Monday morning everyone! Here we are the beginning of another week! Drink your water...stay on your eating plan...and exercise, exercise, exercise! Go, go, go...we just have 18 more days to meet our September goals! :)

09-12-2005, 10:38 AM
My thoughts exactly Suzy. Monday morning is a good time to get it all together and make a decision to stay OP.
I like the word decision cause that's what we all all doing-deciding that we want to make certain changes in our lives and then sticking by that decision. Saying that you made a decision about yourself empowers you. This time I'm not doing it for my DH or kids or mother etc. This is my decision to lose all this extra weight because it's what is good for me and I want it.
It's hard for me to say that there is something just for me that I want, after years of kids and DH come first and I need to bend to their needs first.
I am not traveling with my husband on business this week as I usually do. First off I don't want to go where he's going. Second, when I travel on business I wind up eating all the time, big hotel buffet breakfasts that come with the room, lunch in a nice place and then dinner with the customer, who is insulted if I don't appreciate the lovely restaurant he has chosen. Then DH is spending a few days with good friends at the beach and I don't want to be the the fat lady stuffed into a black bathing suit on the beach ever again. I don't feel strong enough yet to stay OP thru all this so I'm not going this time. Next time, when I am thinner and have something new to wear, and I feel better, and I feel good about how I look, maybe I will be strong enough to resist all the traveling temptations and I will go too.

09-12-2005, 11:42 AM
I agree- Mondays are the start of a new week and a new time to get it together.

ARGHHHH only 18 days ??? where did the time go?? :yikes:
I weighed myself today just to see if I gained any from last week's rotten eating habits and no I didn't gain so thats all good. even lost a 1/2 lbs but it could be water weight loss :lol: I am only counting full pounds lost. I am down 1 pound for the sept. goal so that's a good start. and I am going to put the gazelle on lawaway- it's my "I've almost lost 10 pounds and I am NOT drinking soda and I am eating better and drinking water" present to myself.

I understand about putting others first- for the last two years I ran around dealing everyone but me, even though the dr. said you need to lose weight, you need to eat better - I still feel selfish/guilty at times telling people/family NO I can't have that or I can't eat that or I can't go there I will overeat..But this is my health- It's my body and I refuse to allow others to make me feel bad about treating it in a healthy manner.
Laura- the inlaws wanted to take us to an all you can eat buffet next weekend and I said sorry i can't go- I know I am not steady enough to do that yet. I told everyone they could go but I will stay at home. People were upset because I am ruining the day for them but i refuse to be guilted into a binging event . :soap: (sorry)
I hope everyone has a great day!!

09-12-2005, 11:45 AM
hi everyone. i am so tired of this constant yo-yoing on the scale. i am up two pounds. this is like some kind of freak cycle. down two punds, up one pound, up one pound, down one pound, up one pound, down one pound... grr! it makes no sense! well i guess i just have to do my best with calories and forget the danged scale. but the whole yo-yo thing is getting old.

09-12-2005, 12:04 PM
I feel exhausted today--can't seem to wake up! I made a serious detour from my plan this weekend and ended up having a high calorie day yesterday. I started and ended okay, it's what was in the middle that did it to me and I blame my husband. ;) He was trying to cheer me up b/c my sales were so low at the fair by bringing me a funnel cake. I ate a little more than half of it, I think, and I have no idea how many calories were in that...probably more than 2 donuts. I had a mini-bagel with lite cream cheese and lox for breakfast (250), veggie pita for lunch (500?) and salad and a slice of pizza for dinner (650?). And I still woke up with a growling stomach. It's a yogurt and salad day for me, probably fish for dinner.

20 min run on Fri, but none Sat/sun, though i did spend the whole day yesterday on my feet and lugging around display stuff. I'll do a short cardio tonight and lots of weight training, so I should get in about an hour of exercise.

Congratulations to all of you registering losses this weekend--way to go! I feel like I'm getting off track more than I'm staying on lately.

09-12-2005, 12:11 PM
cadwell~ about the weight fluctuations--It's probably water fluctuations that are getting you bummed. If 3500 cal are in a pound, it's unlikely you ate an extra 7000 calories since your prior post boasting a loss. Just take it in stride and stop weighing yourself so much, or if you must get on the scale, do it every day and then average it on your weigh-in day. I gotta big problem wanting to weigh myself all the time. My scale this morning said 165 and I know I did not gain 4 pounds this weekend--it has to be water. I had to wear my bloaty clothes today.

09-12-2005, 12:29 PM
Sandi-One of the things I've noticed in the last few weeks is that other people really don't care what you eat or don't eat. The last 2 times I ate out with friends, I ordered an appetizer as my main course. No one said anything like, "oh, you're dieting or being so good," and I was happy with my order. It's different however, to go into an all you can eat, so it's really smart to stay home. No discussion, no excuses, it's your body, your life, your choice!!!!!!!!!!

09-12-2005, 01:00 PM
I am about to change my name to Duncan-that is how much of a yo-yo I feel like too. UP two down some then up again. What do people think about changing weigh in to Friday or Saturday?? Weekends seem to be hardest for us all. Of course I am really tired-Odessa will just not stay in her bed. I would put her back in a crib if I wasn't afraid she would climb out and break her neck. I go see Josh's shrink today so maybe I can vent a little to her and get out of this rut I am in. Cracks me up, Josh is the one with the issues but I see his shrink every other week. Come heck or high water this weight will come off!

09-12-2005, 01:04 PM
Laura- you have nicer friends than I do LOL! kidding- most everyone doesn't say too much about my eating-there are a few who pick on me about "there she goes getting a salad, or have one french fry it won't kill you." but I find those are the ones who have issues about their own weight and maybe feel guilty about not watching what they eat. I keep quiet about weight loss and eating healthy- I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable. Family is a different story- they were really hurt I said no to the buffet I tried to explain to them I can't control it - I am addicted to certain foods and it's like drinking or smoking once you backslide it's so hard to get back to where you need to be. They just don't think it's an addiction-
Laura you are so motivational Thank you !!!!!!!!!

09-12-2005, 04:39 PM
Hello All
Maybe we should ammend the September challenge to no scales from this Wednesday to the 28th. Hide the scale challenge. It's one thing if you have been off program, but when the scale can't support how good you've been, it makes you nuts.
What do you think?

09-12-2005, 04:45 PM
Two weeks without a scale??? How about just for the week LOL-I admit it, I am a scale junkie.

09-12-2005, 06:22 PM
Sandi-Maybe you shouldn't explain anymore. You've told them once and even if they don't agree they need to show you some respect. I've always eaten icecream with my DIL whom I really love. Yesterday at her house she kept saying "let's go on an icecream run," even tho I kept saying I wanted to stay OP, she kept pressuring me, by saying just this once, it's Sunday, etc. And this is from someone I love, and who knows how much I want to lose it. I didn't go. I think she was going after I left. It's really hard to break patterns that you've been in for a while, especially since I don't want to have a long explaining talk.
So we all need to do our best and if you mess up, get right back on.

09-12-2005, 06:25 PM
Melissa- the scale is a miserable thing that beats you up when you don't deserve it. I hate the damm thing. I'd much rather put everything on, be honest and know that if I do everything right, it will come off. Am I a dreamer?

09-12-2005, 06:32 PM
No I don't think so. I know I get on mine too much and I should probably cut it down. Maybe we should check in less frequently and do bi-weekly or monthly so there isn't as much of a need to "hop" on because weigh in day is comming. We can still post on here when we want to ect but do something official on a less regimented deal. What does everyone think? I know I don't want to be a slave to the darn thing either.

09-12-2005, 06:40 PM
I am the opposite. I have only WI 2 times cause I'm so afraid that if the monster in the scale doesn't show a loss, I'll flip out and binge. So I'm using 2 pairs of pants that I couldn't get into at the beginning of the summer starters. One pair had ripped cause they were so tight and now I can fix them and wear them and the other pair fits but it's too hot yet. I really hate the scale and once I start with it I know I'll jump on 10 times a day, so since I'm not ready to deal with it in a rational way, I'll stay away. Chicken that I am. Maybe I will WI at the end of the month.

09-12-2005, 06:57 PM
I am not sure what the answer is-I saw my son's shrink today and I do feel better and also feel like I got my power back. It just irritated me to no end that even after all this time, I was allowing him to control me and still basically run my life. I ate for two days-all good food since there is nothing in the house that isn't good but it was still more than I needed and I felt lousy. Today is the first day that I feel back in control and that I am the one calling the shots for myself. I did have to go pick up Josh since he got sick at school today. His teacher let him eat two of his treats instead of one. I have to let her know that she has to moniter what he eats or he gorges himself. By the time his brain registers he has eaten, he has eaten too much and gets sick. He did that with his Dad yesterday too. That moron doesn't listen to anything I have to say about Josh and just lets him do whatever and then can't figure out why he vomited. Obviously he isn't the brightest bulb in the room. I am really looking forward to the day when I don't sedate myself when things are rough. I am hoping that it does happen eventually.

09-12-2005, 07:14 PM
Melissa-It took me a long time to know I was sedating myself with food. I thought I was just a pig. Sometimes we need to be sedated just to get thru. I have a former friend who lost all her weight, and now she gets migranes and has to stay in bed for a day or 2 every two or 3 weeks. Just a tradeoff, one sedating method for another. I don't know the answer.
Two of my four kids are causing me grief right now and I have to lay low and let them solve their own problems. It's so hard and I worry so, but I think it's easier than road you are on cause your boy has such particular needs. I wish there was a magic wand for you, and certainly your ex deserves a hit in the head.
Maybe we can figure out another method of sedation. Exercise, crafts, cleaning, I don't know.

09-12-2005, 07:49 PM
I am sure that finding a healthy alternative for emotional eating is the secret to weight loss! We just need to learn a new activity rather than walking to the refrigerator and putting something in our mouths! I've been trying very hard to walk in the other direction to my sewing room and just sewing for a few relaxes me and keeps my hands busy at the same time. Maybe we could make a list of things to do (other than eating) when life starts to get the better of us...

09-12-2005, 08:02 PM
Exactly, I don't want to change one life robbing habit for another one-may as well stay fat if I do. Adult children are so much harder than small ones. I have one child who is an adult and I also had to step back-kills me, I haven't talked to her in about 4 months now-her choice not mine. She is making all kinds of hidious mistakes but unless she asks me, I have to be quiet about it. I worry for my youngest grandchild who isn't in my care because I don't know if he is getting taken care of the way he should be. I did start cross stitching again-kind of have to wait for my new glasses cause it is just too hard to see and I have to admit the house is much cleaner too now. Maybe I should take a poll of thin people and see what they use for coping-tried to talk the shrink into medication for ME but as usual she laughed at me. I just keep hoping it gets easier and I will run to the fridge less and less as time goes by.

09-12-2005, 08:04 PM
That is a good idea Suzy-we are all in the same boat together, our demons that drive us just may differ at times.

09-12-2005, 10:12 PM
I don't remember who here mentioned that thin people fidget more, but I have been turning myself into a fidgeter ;) No matter where I am, if I am still I think of a fidget to do. Right now I am bouncing my legs and doing little calf raises. I was squeezing my butt cheeks while watching out the window earlier, and in the car I have come up with some little fidgets to do at red lights and stop signs. We'll see if it works and becomes habit.

I was going to respond here at 1 this afternoon but there was a car acciden that knocked out our electricity until 7:30PM. No one was hurt, but neighbor said it was a drunk driver. Dinner was forced into sandwhiches, and I had some wheat bread and FF turkey for mine. Then I made a small salad right before lights came back on. I wanted to pig out on the brownies the kids were snacking on just from the boredom, but I picked up a book instead. It was actually nice since I don't have as much time to read as I used to. I am reading Enemy Women and it is SO good, got to really get into it something positive did come out of it! I have been reading while cooking, in those few moments when I would usually just kind of nibble and taste things, I stand at the counter and read instead.

As for what to do instead of emotional eating, I have been going outside, letting the kids play while I sit on the deck and read or do some gardening. Just being out of the house helps. At night, I have been getting on the gazelle for a mile...I never want the food anymore when I get off, it makes me feel so good about myself.

Oh, and on the scales and WIs, whatever is best for you all is fine for me. I get on about every 2-3 days and don't take the gains to heart, because I can always tell before I step on that I am bloated or icky and expect it that day, knowing it's not fat in there, it's other things. There are so many other things that effect the scale! I am using the measurements as my mark of prgress, and I do that on the first of every month. The inches lost are what convinces me I am really shrinking.

Okay ladies. Another week, fresh start, we can do this! It may be a slow progress, but the weight didn't get come on overnight and it's not going to leave overnight either!!!!


09-12-2005, 10:17 PM
Laura -I think you are very wise- Thank you for words of wisdom.
Suzy - ditto on the good idea. I did start on a 1000 piece puzzle the other day and my hubby said to get a magnetic dart board so i can toss darts at whatever is "bothering" me- take out my emotions on what I feel should be the target.. hmm could be fun??
Melissa-No comment on older kids- I have to stop worrying.
when you get the poll results please share with us LOL

Well hubby's company is changing insurance companies again :mad: and I was just notified today that as of Sept. 25 No more WW oh well I wasn't being serious with it anyway. I had to scramble to make new appointments- it just stinks but at least we have decent insurance so i shouldn't complain.

I am having bad cravings tonight- can't decide if i want a smoothie or popcorn. I finally checked out fitday and I like it- straight forward and the calories don't lie. The gazelle is on lawaway as of tonight- I got on one at the store and I LIKED it too. (yes the kids laughed but they liked it too LOL)
I am going to get an account on fitday and decide on a snack and go finish the book I started the other day.
Thanks everyone and have a good night!

09-12-2005, 11:05 PM
Hey all,
I just finished reading up, I haven't checked in here for a couple days. It seems that with work and kids I never get a chance to sit down let alone actually spend a few minutes reading or writing on-line. I just finished doing about 1/2 of the new Billy Blanks boot camp video...well, not completely new, just new to me, I bought them today. I remember about 4 years ago I did his video 5 days a week and looked really good ;) (And I remember of course because I came across a picture last night from Halloween in 2001, it was about 30 lbs ago.) Anyway, I am determined this time, though I agree with everyone else, we all have emotional or mental blockages that keep us from actually suceeding. I have noticed this past week that since I am paying attention to what I eat and how much, I am always watching the clock and thinking about being hungry. I found myself on the couch eating a Lean Cusine Saturday night around 5pm and thinking about what I should grab on my way to work to eat later because surely I would be hungry..and at that moment, I wasn't the least bit hungry. Am I the only one with the psychological attachment to the eating...even when I am full, I find that I start worrying about how Im going to starve. :mad: Will it ever be easy? I did get on the scale today as I said, and I too pretty much jump on it everyday, but I have promised that I will only get on once a week from now on and I will work hard in between. So I was a about a week late joining for the Sept. goal, but I am still going to push for the workout time and at least 3 lbs.
Have a great night ladies. Hopefully I can check back in tomorrow. :D

150 minutes workout in 12 days. :( :( Not so great when you do the math!!

09-13-2005, 12:57 AM
well i guess y'all are right about the scale, but it's such a temptation when i see it just to check and see what it will say. i only weigh at the gym, so i thought that would be ok, but now i notice i avoid the gym when i have had a lot of coffee because i know that makes me weigh more, and i don't want to get myself thinking i have gained (when it IS just water, just as melra says) grr. so now i am avoiding something that helps me lose b/c i am afraid of thinking i gained. :tantrum: (bangs head) what is wrong with me?!? my neighbor said yesterday that folks in california are obsessed with how they look, and seem dumb too (she's from iowa, so she doesn't get the whole thing of saying "like, and whatever"). maybe that is my problem. obsessed with my weight, but kinda dumb :?:
y'all are right. we should just weigh in less. i have enough stress to deal with without having to give up coffee b/c it confuses the scale. then i would really go crazy.
melissa, your idea of cleaning to deal with cravings is right on. i do that, and it really works. i also just leave the house, because eating out is unhealthy and expensive (but healthy things at home tempt me, because they ARE healthy... but i'm not hungry, so why eat?)

09-13-2005, 11:27 AM
Hi all! I cheated a bit last night by having ice cream though I still managed to come in under calories somehow. I wish my husband would just stay away from the grocery store altogether if he's going to bring that home--it's not even lite!

I didn't get as much strength training last night as I wanted to--I got a rare and strong case of insecurity while working out. I just felt like everyone was staring at me and I was so red faced and sweaty...I just wanted to get out of there. Stupid, I know. First time it's happened in a long time. I still got 25min of high intensity cardio and 25 min weights, so I'm happy for that.

Michelle~I did Billy Blanks about 5-6 years ago and it kicked my butt! It would be neat to see what it does to me now that I feel my endurance has improved.

I'm nervous AGAIN about WI tomorrow--this time I doubt I see a loss.

09-13-2005, 01:01 PM
Ok it seems many of us are feeling the same way about the scale ect so here is what I am proposing. We check in by email the first of the month. We can post losses ect just like we do now on the board and also reflect it in our ticker if we are inclined or just not get on the scale except for the first of the month. That way those who are avoiding it, won't feel pressured and those of us who are compulsive about it can try and get a grip on it. Let me know what your thoughts and feelings are about it.

09-13-2005, 01:15 PM
Good idea Melissa.

09-13-2005, 01:34 PM
I woke up hurting this a.m. Sore and achy.. I don't want to feel this way and I realized that I have been slacking in the exercise Dept. and when I stepped up the exercising I am sore. So again like no drinking sodas, no white bread no "trigger foods" I can't let up on the exercising. Just need to keep the routine going or else I am miserable and grumpy :lol:

I also realized I've only lost 1-2 pounds this month and there's only about 2-
2 &1/2 weeks in Sept. And I am going what is wrong with me?? I can do this!!! I am just being flat out lazy and making excuses again. :mad: at myself now and joining cadwell in banging head against wall. so i am gonna step up to what needs to be done. That's all !! no more reasons why I CAN'T, no more whining, no more excuses. sorry I needed to vent-
Oh my FIL was a hoot last night- he fussed at everyone about them making me feel guilty about the buffet and said we will go somewhere else- none of us need a buffet either .. it was great!
We've been invited to a fish fry too but I turned down the invite- fried fish, fries, coleslaw and hush puppies are not good for you in anyway shape or form. Hubby isn't happy because he wants to go but --oh well-- I am working too hard to blow it on one night, plus all that grease would kill my liver
Melissa- I like the idea- sounds good to me. I hate the scale as I do know it's not always accurate or consistent. I mean how can a person gain 4 pounds in 2 days?? and then there's panic over "I need to starve so I can weigh in at a loss." arrgh :crazy: there's no winning when it comes to a scale and a WI..
Have a great day all !!

09-13-2005, 02:24 PM
Sandi, why doesn't your hubby go to the fish fry without you, since he really doesn't want to miss it? I do that with my hubby all the time, though he prefers me to go with him EVERYWHERE. But, when I really don't want to go, he has no problem going alone if he doesn't want to miss something.

I think Melissa's idea to do the WI email the first of the month is a great idea. we still have the board to do the tickers and yell out gains and losses as we feel necessary. I am going to start weighing in on Mondays because it's just better for me, first of the week and all.


09-13-2005, 03:57 PM
Hey! I noticed something today at lunch: I don't have a double chin anymore! And I can feel little hollows under my cheekbones! I must have lost that last pound from my face! lol! :lol: I hope that weight loss goes down to my neck next then, so it will be long and slender...well, slender anyway.

09-13-2005, 05:41 PM
Took kids to library today and picked up a copy of Body for LIfe. The opening chapter is written by a guy who did the 12 week program and lost over 50 lbs and has kept it off for years. I felt so motivated by him, so I thought I'd share a few quotes from his little piece:

"You're not living at 260 pounds. You're dying."

"I was finally fed up with being fed all the time. Just fed, fed, fed."

"I craved going the entire 12 weeks way more than I craved a piece of key lime pie or a beer."

"I was going to make it through those 12 weeks, or they were going to find me dead in the gym."

"You look in th emirror and it's like meeting an old friend you really liked a lot but haven't seen for quite a while." (Talking about after he lost weight)

"I know bad habits wait on us forever. They don't ever go away. They will always be there, just around the corner, lurking and looking for an opening."

"If a 49 year old guy like me, who works in a bar, who is around almost everything you can think of that is detrimental to good health--if I can do it, anyone can do it."

"Don't wait until you have a heart attack before you remember you have a body!"

That last one just sticks out to me. I'm going to hang it on the fridge!

Hope you guys get as much out of this as I did.


09-13-2005, 05:43 PM
Melra, losing the double chin is a GREAT achievement! Great motivation as well, I bet. I can't wait to lose mine.


09-13-2005, 06:23 PM
Theresa, I picked up body for life weeks ago and thought it was great for motivation but I felt I couldn't stick to's hard to eat 6 small meals a day when you work where I do. if they have the video it's really great to check out too. there's a mod on this site who has lost so much doing bfl and she is awesome.She is so smart about eating and has really great tips on weight loss- lots of common sense. I said earlier I think I can become a weight lifting junkie - I just like it lots. But that would be a good habit to get into- especially if they say to replace one bad habit with a good habit. Thank you for posting those motivational thoughts- they are all so true! I also like denise austin's books she alwasy make sense- exercise & make better food choices.

the fish fry is being given by the sr. adult group from where I work. I get alot of invites cause I am on staff. (holidays/ Christmas is bad- I get too many invites and I've already told everyone who mentions something taht I'll bring the veggie platter/salads) I told hubby we'd get some mahi and he could grill it this weekend - he was all happy about that. he fancies himself a grill master
(grilling is man's work)

Great job on double chin gone! I want my round face to go AWAY! my waist seems to be losing it faster than other places- I've lost 4 &1/2 inches off my waist and 2 inches off my hips.
I am off to go peddle the bike and do some lower body stuff- most hated but effective is my kind of squats- take a kitchen chair and ALMOST touch your butt to the chair ( like you are going to sit down) but stop right before your butt hits the edge of the chair-arms out in front and it's a killer. But I do it cause i want my bottom to get smaller...
Have a great night everyone!

09-13-2005, 06:52 PM
Sandi, those chair squats really get the rear end burning :o i do squats in my lower body workout dvd, but actually going over the chair is a lot better, thanks for the suggestion. I haven't gotten into the actual eating suggestions in BFL yet, just got through the opening stuff where others share their amazingly motivating! I have been eating 5 small meals a day, just started that last week and realized it works well for me. So, if this program is 6 I might actually try it. I was just looking for some motivation and this definitely is packed with tons of that! As for the program, have to wait until I read what it is exactly. Right now I am at the page where you ask yourself all the deep questions and find your real reasons for doing this to begin with. Made me cry answering the questions :cry: but that's good for me, been doing all the emotional stuff lately and it's helping me not to have cravings...finally!


09-13-2005, 08:04 PM
Today was the worst. I weighed myself as I knew I shouldn't. I lost 2 pounds in 2 weeks/ I was crazy upset and started to eat cause I felt totally hopeless, which I know is irrational, but I thought I deserved more cause I've been so OP almost totally. so I've probably had 4000 calories. Now I will stop.
I am not going near the scale till Oct 1. It's just too awful.
I know better than to care about a stupid number, but I just fell apart.

09-13-2005, 09:13 PM
Laura I know it's so hard not to get upset over those things but just let it go. Don't beat yourself up over the extra calories. Just pick youself back up and get back at it. You can beat this as long as you don't give up. 2 pounds in 2 weeks is not bad at all. I remember shortly after I started losing weight when I went over 3 weeks with NO loss at all, and I had not had even one indiscretion during that time. I was so down about it for so many days and then boom....6 pounds down in 2 days. Now I know I did NOT lose 6 pounds in 2 days. I weighed myself at least once a day at that time and for some reason my losses just didn't register and then it happened all at once. Just be patient and don't give up even when there is a roadbump. You can do this!

I've not been keeping up with things here and I am missing so much. With going back to work full time and my son's football games 2 nights a week, my daughter's llama club at least once a week...I feel like I just don't have any time to myself anymore. On weekends we've been trying to do family things because we have so little time for each other during the week. Our last llama show is this coming Sunday (also my daughter's 13th b-day!), but we still have football to deal with until the end of October. I am enjoying it all but I do get worn out! One thing I have not sacrificed is my daily exercise. I walk at least an hour a day at the school and most days I try to do something else when I get home, too.

My weekly weigh in is Sunday and I was able to move the ticker another 3 down! I am so excited to be in the 150's!! It's been years since I've been here! For some reason I was just HUNGRY this week so I was surprised w/the 3 lb. loss. No bad cravings...just hungry, and when I'm hungry I eat and don't beat myself up about it, I just made careful choices (low calorie and high fiber to fill me up without bulking me up). So I am extremely happy with the loss.

Somebody had posted something about people trying to guilt a healthy eater into eating things they don't want. The people who did that to me were the same ones that complain that they "just can't lose weight no matter what they do". One person in particular did this to me all the time. I finally got tired of listening to it and pointed out to her that her refusal to give anything up was the reason that she "just couldn't lose any weight no matter what she does". At first she got defensive and said that, well, SHE didn't want to have to live like I have been...eating healthy food and exercising all the time! I told her that was fine but leave me alone about my choices. She quit hounding me about things then (this happened a couple months ago already), and just lately within the last couple of weeks she has started eating better and walking occasionally and lo and behold she has lost a few pounds! are right...stick to your guns and you will be doing yourself a big favor, and even though they may act annoyed with you and try to make you feel guilty...they are paying attention!

Well sorry for the long post and sorry I couldn't respond to everybody. I miss checking in every day and I'm always so psyched when I have a few minutes to catch up on the reading and post something. Hope everybody is having a happy AND healthy Tuesday evening!!

09-13-2005, 09:17 PM
Don't beat yourself up-the actual healthy weight loss per week is one to two pounds so really you are doing it the right way. It is hard not to focus on the numbers instead of doing what is right and healthy for a long good life without diabetes, arthritis, heart problems and all the other things that go along with being overweight. I think if the scale causes this much anxiety, you made the right decision to stay away from it and just go once a month. Chances are it will be a bigger number too and give you a sense of accomplishment when all is said and done. I think too I am going to try and stay away for a week (biggy for me) and see how I feel about it. I get hung up on the numbers way too much myself. I am just so desperate to get under 200 that is all I seem to focus on and then when I have an emotional upheaval like I did this week and eat too much, I then get sad about it and hopeless feeling and then have to go through the task of relosing again what I had lost before. Viscious circle I tell ya. The thing to remember is you made the right choice to stop and you got back up on that horse again.

09-13-2005, 10:18 PM
Caldwell - I am having the same issues with the scale yo-yoing all over the place - I have met, unmet and remet my goal I think 8 times since 8/25! :p It's ridiculous! But I don't let it get me down - i look at the total I've lost and am happy to be chugging along!!

I do weigh everyday sometimes 2x a day :devil: so if we decide to keep it at once a week - maybe we should try to curb the scale obsession as one of our goals for next month! I can adjust to 1x a month is that is what the majority would like to try!

As far as people judging you for making choices about eating out, etc. - It's YOUR choice not theirs you have to do what you feel is right for you - glad your FIL was able to joke about it after.

LauraB - your doing great! 2lbs in 2 weeks is right on target for a healthy loss!
Keep up the great work everyone!!!!

09-13-2005, 11:20 PM
Ok it seems like we are in agreement about the once a month email-which is fine by me too and then it isn't a weekly bombardment of emails and there are still tickers and the board for everything that happens in between.

Congrats on the lost chin-(I wouldn't file a missing person report-let him stay lost)

For my fellow yo-yoers-it will level off I AM DETERMINED


09-13-2005, 11:22 PM
Hi all,
Just wanted to drop a quick one to check in. I also wouldn't mind having an official WI once a month, but I personally feel it necessary to actually SEE it in big ugly numbers once a week, this way I can't pretend that Im actually doing good if Im not. Anyhow. Today was pretty good, went to my 11 yo daughters soccer game, its game 10 out of 11, Im fairly certain that this is in fact the 1st game that she has actually shown up at. I couldn't believe it was the same child as 3 days ago, it must just be the genes. I can't think of any other good reason why she hasnt had any motivation this entire season until now???? AHHHH PEACE AND QUIET, the children are finally in bed. SO now Im off for a bike ride in the dark, its my favorite time :dizzy:
170 minutes exercise so far.... (

09-14-2005, 01:38 AM
20 more min of exercise tonight -- I think I did really well on my running, but 20 min was all I had time for. I totally would have done more though. I was on track all day for my calories, but I never had time for snacks and didn't eat dinner until 8:30 so I was pretty cranky and had more than half my daily calories just at dinner. I do not want to do that again--the urge to overeat was just too strong by then.

kayelle-you are so right about those friends of ours that complain about no loss but aren't actually doing anything about it. I used to be one--always whining about my size but never actually sticking to anything. This is the longest I've actually stayed committed to a realistic approach and it's working for me. Congrats to you for breaking into the 150's! I hope to meet you there soon!

theresa~great quotes! thanks for posting those. good luck to you applying the book to your plan--it sounds like you've really made a connection to it. I love reading the success stories on this forum and the "turning point" stories. Very inspirational.

laurab--You know, you've actually come so far in your relationship to your scale--you overcame your fears by getting on it in the first place and that was less than 2 months ago! We are all in this for the long haul and 2lbs in 2wks seems fine! Stick with it and don't rely on the numbers as your only measure of success.

melissa--I gotta say, you've been a great "matriarch" for this board--thanks for keeping us all together!

09-14-2005, 10:31 AM
I weighed myself this morning--I don't think I can wait a month for WI! I'm down 1 more pound! I don't know if I'll make the 4pounds for the month, but I'll take 3 or even 2!

09-14-2005, 01:24 PM
Thanks everyone for all the encouraging words after my off day yeaterday. If I didn't have this group, my binge would have turned into a month long affair. My resolve is back.
What's funny about yesterday was that as soon as I started eating off program, I felt so fat and horrible. Even my hair was a mess and I was ready to cut it all off. I think everything is all connected, how we stay OP, how we feel about ourselves, what success feels like and how falling off affects the whole person. We are very complex.

I think the once a month WI is a good idea, but anyone who wants to WI at anytime and report it via email certainly can or else just report it here.

09-14-2005, 02:01 PM
I think you are right about the self-esteem thing when we go off program-especially since it is a decision we make to do it and we know it is a mistake. I also think that the monthly thing is a good decision too. I will reflect on my ticker when I go down but I also kind of felt like some pressure was taken off. Yesterday was much better eating wise for me and I really want to make my personal september goal. Even if I am off by few pounds will be fine-I just really want to be under 200 by the time we all start getting together for family functions for the holidays. I also decided that I was going to shoot for a size rather than just a weight to weigh. I am thinking 7 but my mother says 9-I asked her to be a gage for me since I really don't know what I am supposed to look like. I have been overweight my whole life practically and I can't go by what I was when I was a teenager since that is unrealistic when I am actully basically middle aged. Thanks for being there for me!

Ice Princess
09-14-2005, 02:33 PM
I have read the Body for Life for Women and it was good basically the same but a couple little alternative due to womens issues, monthly's and menopause and such, good inspiration. Puter still isnt fixed so using one at work so figured I would check in. I did go to curves and get weighed and measuered and all that but forgot to bring in progress sheet, to repost, I know I lost 1 pound but just about 4 or 4 1/2 inches all over,somthing like that. so once I get my puter back I will post up before and after a month of Curves. Take Care

09-14-2005, 07:22 PM
Ice - Congrats on the 1 lb loss and the inches loss is great progress!!
I am back to my goal (for the umpteenth time!) 170 - now if I can break through to the 160's finally I will be happy!
I have been exercising more regularly - so that should help and have been avoiding the school cafeteria like the plague - Only Lean Cuisines and the salad bar for me!

09-14-2005, 08:42 PM
IMHO every pound down is a success! every inch gone is an inch goodbye.
I am one of those who always wanted to see fast results- (I have no patience with myself) and I have had to constantly tell myself - you can't lose weight really fast because it is a lifestyle change you are after - not to just get thin and then gain it back again. I'm sorry but this is HARD and I don't like HARD - I like easy going and calm- I do not want to go thru this again. Not saying thst once I lose I can eat whatever or exercise less- I just don't think it'll be as hard- I could be wrong?? I'll have to wait and see.
TOM came unexpected today :mad: ( medication I am on messes it up now and then)- and I was sitting in my bosses office taking notes for letters and he was eating Reeses PB cups like a bag of them. ARRRRGH - those are my #1 fav in the world. and the smell was killing me- I wanted to rip them out of his hand and eat the whole bag. or at least lick the wrappers :rofl:

Melissa- that sounds like a good idea- I think I'd be happy just to shop in the regular sized clothes. I know some of you are height challenged ( we don't say short :lol: ) like I am and buying plus sized clothes is not an easy job.

Laura - we are positively complex- I mean I have a friend who can eat candy/ chips/ regular soda all day long and is a size 2 & she eats no veggies- if I ate like that I'd be 700 lbs. and I want to kick her at times and then I feel well if I have only 1 candy/cookie/soda with her it won't hurt and then I get all grumpy and cranky because I thought about going off plan.

Melra- this is the longest too I've ever committed to a plan and continued success with it- I am a slacker on exercise but I am getting better. I never ever thought I would give up sodas- EVER! and i never thought I would drink so much water But I did and I am.

Congrats to everyone for progress no matter what you achieved - :cheer: either thru pounds lost, eating better, feeling better, inches lost , good choices or exercise- every little thing we do is a step closer to what we are striving for. ( sorry- I was rambling there...)

Have a great night everyone!

09-15-2005, 01:29 AM
Well today was a better day. I was actually able to keep my calories and fat in a healthy range to actually possibly loose a little, but I didnt get any time in for the exercise. I read everyones posts on here and I begin to wonder if I am just constantly making excuses for myself or if everyone else is just way more determined than I.
:) I do want to say congrats to everyone who has lost lbs or inches this month. And keep up the good work too!!! Hopefully it will start to rub off on me. :D :D
I am trying, but I dont think its enough. I can't understand why if I am riding my bike to and from work 4 out of 5 days for 5 miles over 1/2 hour everyday, I am losing nothing, and I am eating better. I feel like I will never see a change. I am very frustrated :mad: :( Well, Sorry to everyone for my complaints today. Hopefully I have better things to talk about tomorrow.
Michelle (

09-15-2005, 11:39 AM
What method are you using for weight loss? You might want to check and see about time of the day you are getting the bulk of your food too. I know for me, eating at night is a killer and I don't lose a thing or else I gain. Don't give up-you body has no choice but to conform to the changes you are making even though it can be stubborn at times.

09-15-2005, 02:03 PM
laura, don't let the numbers on the scale get to you. scales are dumb and they don't always reflect the changes our bodies are having. you may be surprised soon when you weigh and you see a big drop after weeks of nothing. two pounds is good though. my philosophy on losing weight is that progress is permanant and set-backs (scale, going off plan, etc.) are temporary. just yesterday i was angry at the scale and it showed a loss (back down to low weight). i was ticked because i am always hoping for more and this is so slow :(
everyone is doing great! i am so proud of our group.

09-15-2005, 03:21 PM
Michelle, I have been in the same spot as you the past couple weeks----thinking I'm doing so much exercise and eating better, but am just not losing anymore, and not feeling good either. I realized yesterday taht I just am not doing as well as I THOUGHT I was...or, as well as I convinced myself I was. I was skipping a lot of workouts and my eating really wasn't as great as I was making myself think. Going back to writing down every little thing yesterday was a shock, it opened my eyes that I have not been OP as I convinced myself I was. Until you write down every little thing you're eating, it's hard to realize it's not as good as you made yourself feel it was.

I am back OP and feeling better today already. I'm going back to eating 5-6 small meals during the day, because that worked for me before. I am also making sure I get the exercise in...2 workouts a day! I am recommitted, now that I know I was slacking. This might not be the case for you, but thought I would share my experience since I was saying the same thing you are the past couple weeks. I was deceiving myself into thinking I was eating a lot better than I actually was. No more of that I hope!


09-15-2005, 03:28 PM
Ok guys be praying. I am waiting for a call back from a bail bond company out of Tacoma and I am afraid it pertains to my daughter. I don't know anyone in Tacoma and I am just hoping that she and the baby are ok. If it is her in jail, I will have to find out where Logan is and go get him-I don't want him in a foster home somewhere until she can sort it all out. He is only 4 months old. And then pray for me too cause that will be 3 kids under the age of 3 for me.

09-15-2005, 04:34 PM
Oh my, I am so sorry to hear this Michelle! I hope it is not anything as bad as it sounds and that the baby gets to you safe and sound. I would not want him in foster care either, you are so wonderful to step up for them. Keep us informed.


09-15-2005, 04:37 PM
This waiting is driving me crazy! I am already taking care of my other two grandkids and I sure would like to know what he meant when he said he would call right back-that was an hour and a half ago. Already got Dad lined up to drive me out there-it is about an hour away from me and my poor car Mabel wouldn't make it and plus my Dad is a rock. I tried calling her house too and just got a machine and the beep lasted quite a bit too. But on the upside I have not gone to the refidgerator! Something like this normally would send me into an eating frenzy but it looks like I am just going to worry like a skinny person this time.

09-15-2005, 04:55 PM
I have some newfound motivation today, realizing how close to the holidays it is getting. I told myself when I first found this board that I want to feel and look different when I walk into holiday parties and get togethers, and so far I haven't gotten very far. I am just determined to get as close to 200 as I can before the new year. I have set some ambitious goals which I feel are possible if I really push and demand a lot of myself. If I fall short I will still be happy, but this is my ideal for the rest of the year:

1. Reach 230 by Thanksgiving---this would be 2 lbs. a week for the next 10 weeks.
2. Reach 220 by Christmas---roughly 10 lbs. in a month.
3. Take off a couple more before end of year.

I have thought about all the holiday goodies but really I don't feel tempted. I want to feel and look better more than I want the goodies. Sweets are becoming more and more undesirable anyway, so I am hoping I won't be as tempted as in years before. These are the things I will be doing to get to these goals:

1. Very strict on getting in my 2 workouts a day, which includes a mix of strength and cardio.
2. 4 of my jugs of water (not sure how much it is, but it's a good amount) per day.
3. 5 small meals per day. I have a little plate that I am eating off, and for each little meal I can fill the plate, but not all the way to the edges and piling up is not allowed. I will be using a method I found in body for life, measuring according to my fist or open palm.
4. Since emotional eating will be my biggest challenge, I have already decided that I'll clean instead of eat. This really does work, it takes out the frustration. If smaller chores don't work I'll get out a rag and bucket and scrub the floors by hand. For some reason that works best to clear my head.

I am determined to get to the end of the year feeling better about myself. I want to look better and have people say "oh, look at Theresa!" and for this year the reason not to be "look how much weight she's gained!" I dont want that this year and I am going to do something about it. Nothing is going to just drop on my lap, I have to chase after it!

Anyone else want to set a challenge for the end of the year? Just ask yourself where you would like to be come holidays, set a goal and decide how you will get there...then join me! I think it's important to lay out exactly HOW you will get there, that is a big help for me.


09-15-2005, 05:17 PM
I am thinking about you all afternoon. I hope you can bring the baby home and then I wish you the strength you will need to deal with all the kids.
Maybe an arrest will serve to knock some sense into your daughter. Sometimes our darlings need to hit bottom in order to pull themselves together. Maybe this will be her wakeup call. But right now the baby needs the help. Stay strong.

09-15-2005, 05:52 PM
Ok the good news is that she isn't in jail. Apparently her boyfriend has a warrant for not going to court and now she is responsible for his 6000 bond. She also told the bondsman that she is being evicted and man it is all I can do to stay out of it. I did call her and left a message so whether she calls me back or not, I don't know. But all through this I DID NOT EAT! I think this has to be a first for me. Thanks to everyone for keeping me in their thoughts! I still need it until this is resolved one way or the other.

Good goals Theresa! Mine is to be under 200 by Christmas which means I would have to lose less than 10 a month to make it. If I really keep it together, I should be able to do it no problem. I guess since my heart is now not pounding as hard, I should do something productive around here. Waiting bites.

09-15-2005, 06:16 PM
Hang in there, Melissa. You can get through this without overeating. YOU CAN! YOU CAN! YOU CAN! I believe in you, so hang strong. The good thing is it's no your daughter in jail, so at least you have that worry behind you.


09-15-2005, 06:29 PM
I just spoke to her on the phone. She was very evasive with me and denied everything the bondsman told me. It just kills me but I did get to hear Logan in the background. I haven't seen him since he was a week old. I feel robbed. I did stay away from the fridge and truthfully I just want a nap. My heart doesn't even beat like that when I excersize LOL. Thanks everyone!

09-15-2005, 09:42 PM
First- Melissa, I am so sorry you had a rough day with the daughter situation.
I never knew having older kids would be so difficult until all heck broke loose at my house last year with my 20 YO. I think you are so awesome not running to the fridge and eating.

theresa- so wonderful you set goals - It made me realize I don't push myself enough either and I need to.
where I work I have to plan and order and arrange everything and do schedules months in advance . today I was finishing the Oct. calendar and I also realized how close the holidays/end of the year are. This is the time when i start carrying around a large bright pink notebook with calendar pages and things to do lists in it. I started my october lists and calendar and every day except Sunday I am scheduling in an exercise session and I made some pages that have alot of motivational saying on them. I also made pages to go in for a food diary. Every October 1st I buy either bright pink or purple notebook so I can keep track of everything. ( the kids hate the notebook - MOOOOOOMMMM you are so ICK with the notebook) the Notebook keeps grocery lists, parties scheduled, gifts to buy, lists of what work I have to get done at the job etc.. ok rambling again sorry-
anyway what I am trying to get to in a round about way is that I have put my goals in writing -I would like to lose 8-10 pounds a month between now and my 43rd birthday in January. 24-30 pounds GONE
I am going to see the liver doc. tomorrow- he's the one who said I can't lose any weight because of my liver . well he's wrong (HA!) and it may be harder with type 2 and a liver disease but I will LOSE THE WEIGHT.
Have a good night everyone- Thank you for supporting me in my journey! You all are fantastic!

09-15-2005, 10:02 PM
I am so glad to see I am not the only one with all the notebooks! I got one that is my food diary and mini thoughts, a bigger one for my devotions and thoughts feelings ect and then another one with a running grocery list and menus, not to mention just a regular calandar for appts ect and then just the running list of chores I need to do that day. Must be a forty something-LOL I turn 42 in Feb.

Odessa dumped water in my phone so now tomorrow I get to go buy a new one. It was on its last leg anyway (it gets a workout) and I tried drying it ect but it still is toast. I had to move my Batty bird because she also won't leave him alone. Up on the counters everytime I turn around-Man I had forgotten toddlers!

I am so glad there are several of us buckling down and setting some definate goals for ourselves. I know personally, I am tired of "playing" with the same few pounds and would like to just see a downward spiral. I really would like to walk in during the holidays and family members to say "WOW!! Girl you look awesome!" I just want to see the underside of 200-it has been 9 years since I have been under that weight. My heaviest was when I joined this site. I feel so fortunate to have found all of you. I don't get out much and you all have been so supportive and given me great tips and shared the happy with the sad and mad. You gals are awesome!

09-15-2005, 11:54 PM
Hi All
The month is half over and i have just totally wasted the last 3 days by feeling sorry for myself and eating stupidly. I am ready to buckle down and stop. I feel so much better when I am OP, so tomorrow is definately another day and I will be OP and I too would like to look good by the end of the year. Let's try together.
Melissa, I'm glad the day ended better than it started for you.

09-16-2005, 01:42 AM
Hi Ladies!
Haven't had much time lately, but I have been keeping up on reading posts.
My name is Kathy and I am a scale addict! So I agree with only having WI once a month-if I can keep myself off of the darn thing! Maybe I should have hubby hide it? Don't know if I'm strong enough to ask him to do that?

Ya'll are doing super! It is great to see those who are having a tough day or two keep going and going-we can't let a slip up on calories or exercise slow us down!

Melissa-I'm glad your daughter wasn't in any trouble. You are such a wonderful mom/grandma to take care of those two little ones along with Josh!

Theresa-I'm going to join you on this challenge! My goal for Thanksgiving will be 215(-20 lbs) and 205 by Christmas. My big goal is 200 by the end of the year. I will get my notebook out in the morning and write this all out, along with my exercise and food goals. WE CAN DO THIS!!

I'll check in with you all after my morning walk!


09-16-2005, 07:55 AM
melissa i'm so glad you're daughter is not in jail. you did great by not letting worrying deter you from your diet goal. you definitely have enough to worry about already, so she can deal with the wayward bf. whew!
laura, hang in there.. it will get easier. everyday is a new day and you can start fresh. we can have brownies today and broccoli tomorrow. that's what i'm going to do anyway. personally, i had a brownie today ;)
well i can't believe how late it is. hope y'all have a great op day tomorrow (today) ;)

09-16-2005, 10:44 AM
My first goal is to stay OP till Thanksgiving. If I set a weight number goal, I might be disappointed cause it doesn't come off the way I expect and then I flip out and go off.
Within that goal, I need to know that i will stay OP in all circumstances- stress, company, eating out, kids home, etc. That's the hardest part for me
My second goal is to try and move more. It has been hard cause Lyme disease leaves me tired and aching, but I can still go for a walk, no more excuses!
My third goal is start each day by coming to this site and posting something, and then coming back later in the day. My computer is on all day so that's easy.

I must say that I realize how much harder it is for those of us with kids at home than for empty nesters like me. My son and DIL were here for 2 nights and the amount of food that was prepared was so much more than just for my cooperative DH and me.
They are coming back tonight and I wil stay OP. If they need dessert they can go to an ice cream place themselves. I'm not bringing anything into this house that will make my life harder. Selfish, but necessary right now.
I hope everyone has a good day.

09-16-2005, 11:21 AM
Not selfish Laura not at all. I have also quit bringing anything into the house that might cause me to stumble. If it were a spouse that needed a special diet we would think nothing of it to not have certain foods in the house and completely change the way we cook ect. We are just as important as those in our family and in many ways I think more important because of all that we do for our family.

My daughter's boyfriend probably got arrested last night. The bondsman called me about 9p and they were on their way to pick him up. Not sure what this is going to do for Kate. I am trying not to think about it and just wait and see what happens. I just wish the kid would wake up and smell the coffee cause it is DONE!

I got to move my ticker down one pound and I feel confident that I can make my september goal and my longer term one too. I just feel very determined and if I can make it through all the stress of yesterday without hitting the fridge, I can make it through the two birthdays coming up ect. I am fortunate that I cook WW and the relatives don't even know that is what they are getting-LOL and they go on about how yummy the meal was. That is one thing I like about WW-real meals, real food, and something for everyone's tastes. I can't believe how domestic I have become! Never thought it would happen.

I will check in later today. Need to get groceries-again. I have tried to talk the kids into eating in shifts or alternate days but they just won't bend on it at all.


09-16-2005, 12:01 PM
Oh my...I feel like I've missed so much here! It sounds like pretty much everybody is having more than their share of problems. I'm no exception, it's been a very difficult few days here. Wednesday morning (the day my youngest son left for Iraq) we got word that a young man who graduated a couple of years ahead of him was killed in Iraq on September 11th. Jeremy worked with our oldest son at the Steak House while they were in high school. He was in the Army, but did the same job that our son will be doing for the Marine Corps. That news combined with the fact that our son was leaving really put me into a bit of a tailspin for a few days. I am doing better now and trying to get back on track....especially after the comment my husband made this morning, he asked "just how much weight have you lost anyway???" He's barely said a word about the diet and exercise thing! I told him that I had lost 15 pounds and asked if it showed and he said "Yeah, it really shows!" Hooray for me! :D So stick with it does pay off!

09-16-2005, 09:01 PM
:grouphug: Suzy, so very sorry about your son leaving combined with that horrible news and jumping up and down that your husband recognized the weight loss. He gave you some motivation right when you really needed it, that's awesome. You are doing so well under these circumstances...feel proud!

I'm glad others are joining me and setting personal goals for the end of the year and/or holidays. Whether you set number goals or action goals or both, you will succeed and be so much happier with yourself come 2006! I did my first official friday WI and of course I'm still at 250 for the third week in a row. It's okay, I am glad I didn't gain and now I'm on track with my new challenge so I will see it going down next week, I'm sure. How I did today on the goals:

2 Exercise Sessions--I spent the entire day on hands and knees scrubbing floors by hand so i am counting that as one exercise session. I definitely sweated more than I do during some exercises. For the second, I'll be doing 4 miles on the gazelle while watching Big Brother at 8.

4 jugs water--2 down, 1 more will go down while exercising and I will inhale the other while getting ready for bed...on schedule as far as the times I normally get them into the day.

5 small meals--done! We did go to Taco Bell for supper, I was so tired from scrubbing floors and didn't want to load the dishwasher (lazy, I know lol)...but I got a chicken quesadilla and only ate the portion that fit on my little plate. This is the area I've been struggling, so I'm pleased with myself.

OHHH Big Brother is on, time to exercise...catch ya all later ;)


09-16-2005, 10:15 PM
Okay, I did exercised during Big Brother but I only got in 3 miles. First my son got out of bed, stripped down and ran through the house butt naked :lol: so I had to get him re-dressed and back in bed. Then, the neighbor came over to get the bassinet and changing table I sold him last weekend at the yard sale--he didn't have the $ until today so I agreed to save it for him. Just didn't know he'd wait so late to come knockin', but still got in another jug of water, going now to get the last one for the night.

Now I realize I can't go to bed because I have it covered in clothes that need to be folded and put away :( there was a time I'd just push them all off on the floor and not worry about it, but that drives hubby insane so I have to fold them all. I was going to put the yard sale out again tomorrow but now I'm not sure I want to do it again. I still have a lot left and could really use some more extra cash, so we'll see how I feel when that alarm screams at me tomorrow.

Oh, and see I changed my little picture. I don't feel out of it and winded anymore :) I feel I'm at the start of a long path that will lead me into a healthier I chose this avatar for my end of year challenge.


09-16-2005, 10:31 PM
Well we survived the grocery store! They were actually really wonderful since there were other things I was looking at and not just a regular shop type thing. I almost forgot to eat breakfast this morning and then the clock got away from me too for starting dinner-guess that is a good sign. I can so relate to you Theresa. How old are your kids? I have had to start literally taping amanda into her diapers cause she takes them off. I got a couple of muffin recipes I am going to try. I like easy for breakfast and I figure one of my WW muffins and a piece of fruit is easy enough. Now if I can keep the kids out of them. I stopped by mom's today and she said she could really tell I am losing weight. I can relate to Suzy doing the happy dance-I did one in my Mom's backyard when she told me that. Well I am signing off for the day. I still need to start the dishwasher and mop the kitchen before I call it quits. I wound up watching a movie while the girls slept and that floor is awful.

09-16-2005, 11:15 PM
wow seems everyone is having a great day with making decisions and good trips to the grocery store! I am glad to know I am NOT the only one in the world that uses notebooks
Suzy, Your son will be in my prayers as will your family.

Oh I understand the happy dance :cb: my next door neighbor said to me today- aren't you getting a waist again?? I was like am I?? and I had to go look and measure LOL! and then went hey there is a waist under there!

Today started out BAD I was so stressed- my oldest daughter 's boyfriend drops her off at my house every weekday morning and I run her to work as she is 5 minutes from here and everyone can get to work on time. To make a long story short the b/f overslept and didn't pick her up until 8:45 and by the time I dropped her off -i was late for work. we got into it as she wasn't understanding why I was so upset. I kinda of freaked out when no one answered cell phones or home phones - I was thinking accident etc..

I am ready to strangle my hubby- not really --but he is being miserable about food the last few days and that isn't like him. I keep his meals the same I just alter my menus so no one else needs to eat "weird". and he says "why do you eat different than me??"- I answer: "Well ,honey you don't like what I eat most of the time"...he gets home so late that I make dinner for Jocelyn and me and we eat then when hubby comes in he eats. if The 12 YO is here at night he eats with us, before getting picked up - but hubby doesn't get home until 7 or later. I'll make chicken but eat a salad too and make him rice or potatoes for him. but he is just being difficult about meals this week. who knows?? he's male and who understands them?? I buy goodies for them like ice cream since I don't care for it and I won't eat it. so they are NOT being deprived (sp??)
Jocelyn(7) eats alot of fruitand loves veggies- well certain veggies but she does have a cookie now and then. Zach (12) will eat whatever doesn't eat him first...
Ok I exercised today for 30 minutes cardio today
I drank water , water and more water -I ate really good- food diary is helping lots
I am cleaning house tomorrow floors and all-look out messy house
I bought real oatmeal today- real whole grain oatmeal with no sugar/flavor added -the stuff with the quaker face on it in a cylinder oatmeal. I am going to try it. I may not like it at first but I will try it- I also resolved to try 1 new healthy food once a month and to eat said food for that month.
Ya'll have a good night - I am off to go read-

09-17-2005, 12:03 AM
Melissa, my boy will be 2 day after Christmas, and my girl is 3.5. And good thing they are a boy and a girl, because I am NOT having anymore :p I am DONE DONE DONE. They are a handful and a half.


09-17-2005, 12:23 AM
Ok you are about where I am then. Amanda will be 2 next Saturday and Odessa will be 3 October 11. I know exactly where you are cause I am there too-LOL course I bet I have more than a few years on you-hehehe.

09-17-2005, 07:18 AM
hi all *waves* im new arround these parts. you look like a fun bunch and i would like to join your party. i know its half way through the month, but im sure i can catch up with you! I hope you will have me


09-17-2005, 10:43 AM
You are more than welcome Luan and I know I speak for everyone when I say we look forward to getting to know you!

09-17-2005, 10:44 AM
Good morning All,
Welcome princess pp
I stayed OP all day yesterday and will do again today. Writing it down here means I have to do it. It will be harder today cause of a lunch date witha friend and kids coming for dinner. I shopped yesterday and bought wild salmon and corn and greens so I do have the food I need.
I am off to my Saturday morning volunteer work. Be back later.
Have a good day everyone.

09-17-2005, 11:39 AM
Melissa I am 28...but have felt so much older since having the kids. I am feeling younger again, slowly but surely. It's just hard to feel young when you're caring for babies all day and trying to keep the hubby and house happy and content...I kind of lost myself somewhere in the last 3 years. But, I am getting it back now and plan to be under 200 before I turn 29 (Feb. 15).

Welcome to the group Luan :wave: I see you met a weight goal in your britches and shoes...congrats!

Everyone, today will be a hard one for me to keep on track. Hubby is coming home and he always means more work, and wanting to just sit around and spend time with him. He's gone so much I just miss him come the weekend, and it's hard to tear myself away and go exercise, or to say no when he wants to go out to eat. I am thinking of even getting him to take me on a date tonight if he's not too tired...but I will order a salad with grilled chicken wherever we go. I have already decided on that and will not even open the menu.

LauraB, good luck with your eating challenges today....we can both do this. Each time we make a good choice, we are one step closer to this becoming a natural lifestyle instead of a struggle. One step forward...well, 2 for you today :)


09-17-2005, 12:17 PM
Hey Theresa I turn 42 on Feb 23! It is so very easy to kind of lose yourself when caring for small children and a hubby too. I have to constantly and intentionally do things for me, otherwise I am always the last on the list. Well I am happy to say that I got to make a new ticker today and I am officially down 30 lbs. My long long term goal is to be 170 by my birthday. I seem to have gotten a grip on myself again which I am happy for and really making an effort to NOT have things in the house that I could stumble on. Well I will check in later since it is laundry day and I really should do a few windows and also do some ahead cooking for Joshua's breakfasts. Everyone keep up the good work.