100 lb. Club - Yadda, Yadda, Yadda for October

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10-12-2005, 08:21 PM
I couldn't find one for this month...did we not start one yet?? :lol:

I finally got some pics posted.. it feels so good..I've been meaning to for such a long time now :dizzy:

I've gone ahead and changed my ticker (long term goal) from 130 to 150 pounds. The reason is that I'm feeling really good now, and I'm beginning to feel like I'll be more comfortable around there....of course I have no idea honestly...I haven't been 150-130 or anywhere near there since I was ten or eleven years old!

I also have a bit of an NSV which I'll also post on that thread...I'm going to be wearing my wedding dress for our Halloween dinner party..I got married when I was 18. That dress is now slightly too big for me :D It'll still work just fine for the party..not noticeable to others..but definitely to me :)

That's my yadda for today!

10-12-2005, 10:04 PM
Great photo!! And that's an incredible NSV. Most people can never wear their wedding dresses again for the opposite reason. You should be really proud of yourself! :bravo:

10-12-2005, 11:34 PM
Lovely pic, Linda. Funny, you look just as I imagined you! :D What a great NSV ~ make sure you post a pic for us (how about posting a wedding one and a halloween dinner one! How cool would that be??) Thatta girl, setting a goal weight that feels and looks good! :yes:

P.S. -- Other gorgeous new avatar pics I've noticed recently belong to Sandi and Goddess J! :encore:

10-13-2005, 12:17 AM
Yes I've noticed the new avatars also. You all are looking great. I am thinking of dressing up as the old me for Halloween. I thought I might stuff my old clothes with pillows. Not sure how I feel about that though. It might be fun but on the other hand I don't know if I want to feel that way for a night.

This is are Great Pumpkin weekend. We always get together with our best friends and go to a local farm that has all kinds of fall things going on. A petting zoo for the kids, corn maze, pumpkins and all that stuff. After that we go back to there house and carve pumpkins and have dinner.

Then on Sunday we are going to go out leaf viewing. I love taking drives in the fall. My Mom and the in-laws will be going along. We will stop somewhere for a healthy dinner. Should be a real nice weekend.

10-13-2005, 12:32 AM
Yet somehow, no one tops yours, Jilly!!! That avatar is adooorable!

Well, October has been even crazier than September.

Next weekend (October 22) is my sister's wedding! So you can only imagine what things are turning into around here.... (Oh good, I'm in charge of the "dessert" table.... lots of baking, chocolate, and otherwise non-diet friendly paraphenalia!!!)

I looked into both Curves and WW today.... I was shocked at how expensive they are! It's like 11/week for WW and 40/month for Curves! Hmmm.... It all hinges on what my faithful 3FC friends have to say. Which one is worth it/why?

10-13-2005, 12:45 AM
Well, Apryl, you know I'm a big fan of Weight Watchers. Sure, it costs $11.00 a week, but I was spending much more than that weekly on junk food before I joined! I like the structure of the program, the accountability and the support in the meetings. Its an easy plan to follow and if you stick with it you'll lose. Of course exercise is an important component also, so Curves is good value for the money, as well. I guess for me I find it easier to exercise on my own and more difficult to control the eating on my own, so I give the nod to WW. :)

P.S. - Thanks for saying nice things about my pic. It helps take the sting away from George's baby's recent comment of "Wow Jilly, you were born before there was colour?!" :kickcan:

10-13-2005, 12:50 AM
Sorry everyone, to butt in. But I'm new to forums and all... what's NSV?

10-13-2005, 12:58 AM
NSV is a Non Scale Victory...so anything that makes ya' feel great aside from the numbers on the scale ;)


PS thanks everyone...about the pics..I'm really happy to have them up :)

10-13-2005, 09:29 AM
Hi, jumping in this thread too, and new to the boards. Is this an okay place to ramble?

I was thinking today about appetite and cravings. I guess a lot of it is probably hormonal, but I swear, it drives me up a wall! Like this past week or two, I've had one night where I had a really bad McDonald's craving. Since my 'plan' allows for 1-2 'junk food meals' a week, I went ahead and got a quarter punder with cheese and fries, and instead of 'supersizing' got a side salad to go with it too.

But then other days, I just don't want McDonald's at all. It's weird. Or chocolate. There are some days when I could just about kill for chocolate, it seems. Other days, not at all of interest. I tend to eat something sweet once a day anyway, either a small dish of ice cream or some chocolate or a cookie or something. So I guess maybe I don't have cravings because I still eat a little, but man, some days I have serious big-time cravings, for chocolate and lots of it. But I've had this Godiva chocolate bar in my desk at work for over 2 weeks now, and eaten like a quarter of it, no real cravings. I swear I don't know what gives.

Is it hormonal? Is it emotional? I wish I could sort it out. I just feel like if my appetite / cravings were always like they've been the past week, where I'm not super-hungry and have no huge cravings, it would be so much easier to lose weight. Some days, it's not an issue at all. Sometimes, I just want to eat everything unhealthy. So weird.

And after that rambling, my random discovery of the month. I have Edy's double-churned low fat ice cream (which is really good!) but have a huge problem with portion control. Part of my problem, I think, is that my bowls are all just huge. So now when I eat ice cream, I put it in one of the much smaller tea cups that I have. I think they hold about 6 ounces, so even if I really cram on the ice cream, it's hard to put too much in them. I swear I could fit the whole half gallon into some of my bowls!

10-13-2005, 11:29 AM
Linda - you look amazing....you must be feeling great to have your wedding dress too big...that is such an achievement.

Howie - I am laughing at the idea of a Great Pumpkin weekend. Guess maybe its something to do with living somewhere very very urban (London)....we don't do a lot round here to celebrate seasonal produce.....And, personally, I couldn't imagine anything worse/more humiliating than dressing up as a bigger me...but whatever makes you happy, man!

Apryl - enjoy the wedding.....and good luck with the dessert table.....As to the cost of ww and curves, I know it sounds a lot, but personally, if its going to lead to better health and happiness, then I would say either is worth every cent. I guess, as Jill says, its worth thinking through what you would like most support with - eating or exercise.

Rabidstoat - yes, well, I have been struggling a lot recently, and giving a lot of thought to the cravings issues. Personally, I think there both an emotional and a biochemical/physical element going on. By which I mean I think certain kinds of foods are addictive - once you start eating them, you tend to want more and more... there is some scientific evidence around for this, but I forget where I read it.

As for me, well I am sitting here this afternoon willing my dear bf to pass his driving test - he is taking it as I type.....hopefully the great traffic-god will smile upon him! Other than that, I am hugely preoccupied with a big high profile celebratory event we are organising for work next week....it should be fun, as long as everything goes smoothly......My other preoccupation is all the coursework I haven't done that is due in next week (I am in the 2nd year of training to be a systemic/family therapist)...I ought to be getting on with that this afternoon...but am easily distracted!

10-13-2005, 12:03 PM
I've had a rough couple of days with the kiddos. Lilly and William stayed up too late Tuesday night. (we put them to bed at 8 but they didn't go to sleep until after midnight.) Lilly was throwing quite the fit yesterday morning on the way to daycare and then after I picked up the kids, she didn't want to leave. She threw herself down on the ground, started screaming and crying. It took me over 5 minutes to get her buckled into her booster seat because she would arch her back and get real stiff and not sit down. I finally got her buckled but she was still crying. I called my mom to see what to do. I put her on speaker phone and she got Lilly calm. I hung up but then william started crying because he didn't get to speak to her. Called her back and handed him my phone. He started hollering for his pappaw so Mom went to get him on the phone but william hung up before he got there. I got the phone back from him but now Lilly was crying again because she didn't get to speak to pappaw. I called back and let both kids speak to him on speaker phone and hung up. Well that wasn't good enough. She cried for about 30 minutes straight on the drive home and stopped about 3-4 minutes from the house. Needless to say I was wore out by the time I got home. Luckily Jeff cooked dinner for us. While the kids were being fed, he went up and checked on his grandma. She's got shingles and a slipped disc in her back. She's still recovering from the two knee surgeries she's had over the past year and doesn't want to have back surgery until she recovers from it. She's not understanding that as much pain as she is in, how is she going to continue to recover.
the kids were in much better spirits this morning so hopefully it will be a good day with them. :)

Linda: I love the wedding dress costume. I too wanna see some pics. I also have a goal of 150. I used to want to be 135 but I really think 150 would be more maintainable than going lower than that. I figure I've been fat all my life so anything under 200 would be wonderful!!!
Howie: The pumpkin patch sounds like a ton of fun as does the leaf drive. They aren't really turning much around here yet.
Apryl: When I joined WW I only went for a month so I could get all the supplies for it and then did it at home.
rabidstoat: Glad or Ziploc one of those companies makes the reusable containers and they have the 1/2 c. size. I love it for measuring out my canned fruit. Maybe you could get some of those and when you get your ice cream scoop it out and store in them for 1 serving size.
Claire: It's good to see you posting again, even if you are struggling. I know the whole time I was struggling to regain my control I still came here and posted and read about everyone and it helped me out more than I can put into words. Without it I don't doubt I would've given up on it all.

10-13-2005, 12:30 PM
I looked into both Curves and WW today.... I was shocked at how expensive they are! It's like 11/week for WW and 40/month for Curves! Hmmm.... It all hinges on what my faithful 3FC friends have to say. Which one is worth it/why?
Psst...have you looked at TOPS at all? It's like $30 a year for membership and $5 a month for dues (that's a MONTH, not a week), and you can follow any diet you want. They are just there for support and encouragement plus they offer a lot of helpful nutritional information. They suggest the dietary exchange program based on the new food group pyramid, but you don't have to do that. I have women in my group who count WW points (they joined online to get the materials or just got materials from friends or even just bought the materials off Ebay--or you can search online and find Excel spread sheets that add up your Points for you for free :o ). Anyway, just a suggestion if you feel you need the face-to-face support of meetings and the weekly accountability of weighing in with other people :) www.tops.org (http://www.tops.org)

Interesting tidbit of information--Weight Watchers was started by a woman who used to be a TOPS member. TOPS was non-profit then and is still non-profit today :D

10-13-2005, 01:20 PM
Well Claire I never really thought about it being a celebration for seasonal produce but I guess it is. We decorate and celebrate the bountiful harvest.

Rabidstoat I know from my experience that some of the things I really enjoyed were the things that caused the biggest cravings. Cheeseburger's were my favorite and I ate a lot of them. At first I did just like you are and allowed myself to have them once or twice a week. I found out that by doing that the cravings for them were a lot stronger. So I cut them out. I still once in a great while have one but not on a regular basis. That was really the only thing I cut out of my diet. So if you are having severe cravings you might try cutting that out for a few weeks and see if it's just a craving being caused by eating that food of if it's because you really enjoy it and want it to be a part of your diet. With me and cheeseburgers I found that I did not really enjoy them that much and they did not need to be a part of my diet. Both times in the past few months that I've decided to have one I found that the taste I thought was so good was not really all that good. So I don't have that craving anymore.

Apryl I did not think about Tops. It is pretty reasonably priced and my sister lost a lot of weight with there support.

I'm hoping they turn a little more here by the weekend Dawnyal. Usually there is a lot more color right now but we have just not had the sunny days to help them turn. It's sunny today so that should help some.

10-13-2005, 02:21 PM
Hi y'all: I love reading these chit-chatty threads!

I had my procedure today (colposcopy). Now I have to wait two weeks for results. It was sort of uncomfortable, but I think I did okay. I got to see pictures of my insides--very interesting!!

10-13-2005, 03:31 PM
Oh Apryl, TOPS is an excellent idea! I wonder if they have any teen chapters??

Dawnyal, I feel ya on the temper tantrum throwin babies! Poor thing, you must have been completely frazzled! :tired:

Linda, I said it in another thread, but I have to say it again here, your new avatar is simply stunning!

Good luck with the test results Jeanette! Got to see pictures of your insides, huh? EWWWWW! :yikes: JK! :D

Oh Howie, Fall is my fav time of the year! If you get any awesome pics of the changing leaves, please post 'em, I LOVE that stuff!

:wave: to everyone, I hope you're all having a fantastic day!!


10-13-2005, 05:22 PM
I have never joined in on this particular thread, but I figured, what the heck!

Dawnyal, being happily single :D with no rugrats, I can't say I know what you are going through, but with your vivid description, I sympathize wholeheartly! (I actually felt my blood pressure rise from just reading your account) You must have been totally wiped out once you got home!

Linda, What an awesome avatar! I am hoping to get a decent picture up soon!

Rabidstoat-I am having the battle of the cravings myself, and I am finding myself plateauing (word?) right now, because I have been overdoing it on giving in to the cravings. My come and go as well, and I am with Howie, I find I have to cut them out completely, or it can snowball where you are back into your old eating habits. :o I am not sure why I am giving into the cravings right now, because I am sorry for it later. The trick I learned to distinguish whether it is a hunger or emotinal craving or not is when you feel that you want to eat something, take a drink of water, write or take stock of how you are feeling and wait 15 minutes. If after 15 minutes, you still feel hungry, then you probably are. We who are "horinzontally" challenged ;) have a hard time identifying when we are actually hungry.

Ditto to Beverly and Howie, the fall is really my favourite time of year! I love the fall fairs that happen this time of year, as well as the warm food that you start to make, which you have not had for a few months (always comes back to the food!) I did my first hike with DogPaddling at one of the Conservation areas, and the trees are just starting to turn. I don't know if it is happening in your area, but the weather network is saying that the fall colours will not be as vivid this year, due to the real hot summer we have had. I guess as the trees were "stressed" they will not show as nice! :shrug:

10-14-2005, 01:32 AM
Rabidstoat: Here's another one having issues with the cravings. I made the mistake of buying Edys Slow Churned light ice cream too. Dished up just the one serving (about 6 times!!) :o Lucky for me the family finished it off before I came home from work so I couldn't repeat the incident two nights in a row. Will not be buying ice cream of any kind any time in the near future! Yikes...too dangerous for me right now.
I think for me it is the time of year. Less sunlight (and it was this time last year that DH was diagnosed with Hodgkins) and my body is trying to compensate by having me eat more carbs/sugar/processed stuff that shoots up the endorphins/lifts up my mood. I've been grumpy and out of sorts lately as well. So I've been focusing on drinking lots of water, getting in my daily exercise, eating lots of veggies/fruits/lean protein/whole grains (keeping an eye on serving sizes except with veggies) while not counting calories.

10-14-2005, 01:47 AM
I'm very excited. The ring my mother bought me three years ago fit on my finger for the first time in two years. It's still just slightly too tight for me to feel comfortable wearing it, but I'll try putting it on again in a week. It's just too bad that it will eventually be to small. :D

10-14-2005, 08:49 AM
For me and cravings, I'm not having them right now. But like a month ago, I'm remembering them being intense. I'm just trying to figure out the factors in my life to make them go away. That'd be so nice. I guess maybe now it might be part-hormonal, and part because I'm eating 'new things' (i.e., healthy things) so preoccupied with that. I don't know.

Next week I have another business trip. Only two days of catered meals, though, I can handle breakfast and dinner okay, theoretically. There's just a lot of distractions. I can eat a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and fruit at the hotel... or I can go into work and eat their catered bagel and donut breakfast. And then the amazing cookies and brownies they cater. Argh. Luckily everyone loves them, so if I delay about an hour they're gone. Or I can have one, and by the time I go to get a second they're gone.

I'm just struggling to get through the week now. I have a huge report due today I'm nowhere near done on. :( I don't know how that's going to work. Part of it is getting swamped with other things at work, but then when I have time to work on it, I just dawdle around because I hate doing them. I should be going in now to work on it but... ugh. But, it'll be done way or another before Monday, and then the business trip should be an exciting two days, and sometime before the end of the month I'm going to take a 4-day weekend and enjoy Spa My New House. :)

10-14-2005, 11:55 AM
The kids are doing much better. Although they still stayed up after I put them to bed, they were asleep before 10:30. I guess I'm going to have to start trying some of super nanny's tricks of staying in the bed room with them and getting them to go to sleep, while backing out of the room and getting farther from the door or something.

Rabidstoad--keep your head up. Hopefully you'll get your report finished and this week will finish up. Enjoy your spa.

Winterwonder--that is awesome that the ring is fitting.

10-15-2005, 01:39 AM
Fall is my fav time of the year! If you get any awesome pics of the changing leaves, please post 'em, I LOVE that stuff!

Here you go Bev, this is what it was looking like about an hour north of me on Thanksgiving weekend. Bet most of those trees are bare now...its been freezing!

10-15-2005, 11:36 AM
Very pretty Jill. I don't think we have that much color yet. I'm hoping after a day of sun today and cold tonight that it will brighten things up for tomorrow.

10-15-2005, 11:19 PM
Hi everybody. Well, my back is better from when I hurt it a couple weeks ago, Thank God! Thanks to everyone for being so supportive while I carried on about the situation. I have had some real major problems with my spine for several years and when ever I get into bad muscle spasm trouble I tend to freak out. I spent a couple years being unable to work or do much of anything due to back stuff. I was in a wheelchair for awhile. It destroyed my marriage and about everything else in my life at the time. I also got addicted to pain meds and that was a nightmare to get off of. You can see why I get anxious when I think the situation maybe starting up again. I also have to take care of my mom which is a challenge when you can't move yourself.

I got back into doing my daily walks day before yesterday and did pretty well. I don't want to get out of the habit of exercising. It is too hard of a habit to acquire in the first place. In my Anatomy and Physiology class we were studying the muscles and how they work. There was a section in the text about post-workout soreness. You know that achy feeling the day after a work out. It said there are several theories about why muscle soreness occurs but no firm answers. It said the most widely accepted reason is the belief that there a microscopic muscle tears that need a short time to heal before the muscle is used again. Another theory is that muscles that are not properly stretched after exercise tend to develop very small muscle spasms which in turn leads to muscle soreness the next day. This seems to be particularly true after doing exercises that have repetitive motions like weight lifting, jogging and walking. They said in the text that pre-work out stretching is less important than post-workout stretching. They felt that one can warm up for an aerobic activity by just starting that activity at a slower pace for the first 5-10 minutes and then speeding up. For weight lifting they recommended some light aerobic exercising like walking as a warm up. I like the whole idea since I don't much care for pre-workout stretches. Since I read that I have been a hawk about stretching very gently but firmly after I walk and it does seem to make a difference the next day. Just thought I'd pass that on since it is sort of interesting and we are all trying to acquire good exercise habits. That soreness the next day can get pretty bad sometimes if you are really out of shape and just getting started.

Rabidstoat: Like you I have craving problems when my TOM comes around. I have found that if I try to eat something different or use substitution and I still have the craving the next day or so I just give in and eat it. It seems to be something where I want a particular food and nothing else will do. The thing is making sure that if it is a trigger food to not have it around the house after the fact. There a just certain food that get me going and I can't be trusted with because I will just pig out endlessly. Ice cream and chocolate are big ones but also cheese, dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter and some pastas are trigger foods for me too. It takes time to realize that there are certain foods that one just can't be moderate with. At least that is true for me but maybe others have a different experience. It can be tough because premenstrual cravings are real and not just a psychological thing.

I sent for a cookbook called Small Batch Baking which has recipes for baked items with serving for one or two people only. My likes baked things and asks me to make a cake or brownies or good stuff like that. I don't mind making it since it is not all the time but I just can't leave it alone if I make a whole cake or a whole pan or brownies. I thought this book sounded like a good idea since I have often tried to make batches good in smaller amounts but they never turn out right. It would be nice to make say a couple brownies and have a sweet without worrying about leftovers. I'll let you guys know what I think of the book once I get it and try some stuff out.

10-15-2005, 11:42 PM
Linda-You are such a beautiful gal and it is wonderful to see your pic with your post. Congratulations on the wedding dress! That is a big achievement. Like you I plan to keep my weight at a level that is comfortable and easy to maintain. I don't want to get into that trap about "losing the last 5 lbs" and all that insanity. I'd rather be at a weight is good for me yet easy to maintain instead of weighing what some height/weight chart or BMI says I should. I don't want to struggle with everything I put in my mouth for the rest of my life.

10-16-2005, 08:47 PM

Thanks so much! I'm pretty excited about the whole thing too :)
I really appreciate your point about the new goal..you put it perfectly.

I'm so glad you're feeling better!


10-17-2005, 02:35 PM
OMG, Jilly! I want that water shot to be my living room view, it's amazing! These pics are just beautiful, thank you so much for posting them.


10-17-2005, 05:36 PM
F(x), that stretching stuff was interesting. I noticed in my circuit training class that we stretch more before lifting than after, although we probably stretch more both times than the average lifter. The older I get, the more I realize that I need to stretch daily, and probably even more often, to get those muscles loose and to stay semi-flexible.

So, I've been reading the Biggest Loser forum here, and was amazed to find that Jillian Michaels, the trainer for the "boy's" team has posted there twice on a thread about her new book. I like her in-your-face style, at least on TV. Not sure if I could handle that, but I'm betting she doesn't practice that style in her real life as a trainer. When you pay good money to get a trainer, surely you do everything she says and she doesn't need to yell at you??

10-17-2005, 05:52 PM
Hello everybody! I feel like I have spretty scare these days. Don't mean to be, life just getting in the way. I am starting week 4 of being sick. I have some sort of upper respitory infectin that managed to stick around despite 2 rounds of antibiotics. Yuck!! It seems like I might FINALLY be getting somewhat better, but I am still coughing!

Jacob's birthday is on Thursday, so we have been doing stuff to get ready for the party. Wednesday is the covered Bridge festival, so that'll be fun (just what I need - an all day food extraveganza!)

Last Tuesday I gave up sweets (AGAIN!). That is going pretty well. I hate to even tell you guys when I start over because, well, I start over so many times. But you just can't give up, you know? Someone once told me (who had lost a bunch of weight) that one of these times will be the last time. I have to believe that. I am going to stick with the no sweets a while and then maybe Nov. 1 start with the calorie caounting again. I just want have some success with staying away from the sweets. When I calorie count, I tend to eat sweets because they "fit" into my plan. This way that can't happen! :)

10-17-2005, 06:21 PM
4 weeks! Good grief Sandi, you poor thing. How miserable you must be!! Hopefully this latest round of antibiotics will really kick in so you can finally be on your way to recovery.

Oh my goodness, how old is sweet little Jacob going to be now?? Make sure to tell him happy birthday and give him some cyber-lovins from me, k?

I hope you'll never stop telling us when you start over, until you don't have to anymore, that is!! You're right Sandi, one of these times WILL be the last time; you have to believe in that. You know, I had to give sweets up at first too. I just couldn't be trusted around them. It was all or nothin for me too. Even now, I very rarely indulge in them simply because it is still so difficult for me to stop once I've started. But, eventually, you should be able to slowly incorporate them back into your life, after all, a girl's gotta live a little, ya know?!!


10-17-2005, 06:30 PM
This thread is great...I'm not theonly one who feels BLAH :)

I can't seem to get motivated to do anything today, not even drink water...I have only drank 18 oz. of water and it's already 2:20 pm!

Do any of you ever feel like you have so many things to do that you can't do *anything* at all? That's how I feel today :(

It's raining and I just got back from being out of town...I have to go shopping because I have *nothing* to cook and I have a party to go to tonight. I'm trying to figure out something I can actually eat that will be healthy and everyone else will want to eat in this rainy weather too. The hostess is making a bean and rice dish so I can't do anything like that...

Well, it looks like I won't get in any exercise today but I will put in an hour of yoga and an hour of cardio tomorrow and be back on track.

Good luck to everyone here :D

10-18-2005, 09:24 AM
I think it might be the winter blues coming on a little early, for I am feeling it as well. Sandi, I second Beverly, to quote "Never Give up, and never surrender"! ;) (for those of you who are wondering where the quote is from, rent Galaxy Quest, a very funny movie, but I digress). Pat yourself on the back that you are concious of what you need to do to keep on track! I know for me, even though I am down in the dumps at the moment and not being faithful to my program and I have been exeperiencing a weight gain, it has only been in 1/2 lbs increments. I am controlling it now before it spirals out of control, which is what you are doing as well. Do not beat yourself up about, that is life. It sounds like the approach you are taking is the right for you so you do not feel deprived.

10-19-2005, 10:41 AM
Bored today, I decided to try a few new food ideas.

First, for breakfast, I decided to have along with my oatmeal some perogies (Mrs. T's) I bought frozen. I think it was sour cream and potato ones. Definitely there was sour cream. So I cooked up 3 of them for 200 calories and... well, they were okay. I think I like the potato and LF cheese ones better. I've really decided that sour cream is not a good morning dish for me.

So then I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some fruit on the way into work. Bored, I wandered down the exotic fruit aisle and came up with something labeled 'kiwano'. This is the most antagonistic looking fruit I've seen! Orange, with spikes all over it. I bought it, being intrigues. Four bucks for a half pound fruit! Yikes. But I was curious so I paid it.

Turns out it's an African Horned Melon and, despite the 'refreshing and tasty' sticker on it, it's not really. It's supposed to be kind of cucumber-ish (though I like cucumbers). It's funny, I got to work and the plastic bag from the grocery store had all these little holes in it from the horns, hee.

For those curious, a web site with pictures (because I had to Google the thing to figure out what the heck it was) is found here:


I'm not sure if I'll eat it, or just keep it around to scare my coworkers. I got some backup fruit as well, and the peach is sounding a bit more appetizing...

10-19-2005, 01:34 PM
I have a feeling your sweets are like my cheeseburgers Sandi. I find staying away from them is what works best. I don't miss them and when I do have one now they don't taste near as good as I thought they used to. You start over as many times as you need to. There is no shame in starting over. We have all done it many of times.

10-21-2005, 09:21 AM
Hi y'all...Some big changes coming along in my life...my boyfriend calls me from the local put at noon where he had been lunching with his co-workers--they told them in a morning meeting that their location was closing as of Nov. 18th. My boyfriend knew something was going on, but wasn't sure what. He doesn't seem too concerned, however. He had been wanting to resume his private consulting business, looks like this is just the push he needs. This little announcement will put off our housebuilding plans a bit, but that's okay...we can accomplish anything together!

Have a great day, y'all!

10-21-2005, 10:45 PM
How have I missed this thread all this time? :rollpin:

It is so interesting to read that so mnay of us seem to be in a slump of one sort or another. I too am feeling slumpish. I am still doing everything in my plan, but my weight has plateaued and I am needing so much extra encouragement from dh to wake up in the morning to work out. Is it the change in weather??

Sandi, I too MUST eliminate sweets all together in order to do this. I started by eliminating them for 10 weeks. I then allowed myself an occasional high quality, really really worth it treat in a small amount -- like a tiny scoop of chocolate gelatto. After 10 weeks with nothing (and I mean NOTHING) sweet, the gelatto was so rich, it was all I needed. I barely touch sweets now just because they are too sweet for me (some varieties of apples have even been too sweet for me this fall). If you know it is your trigger, it is a good idea to eliminate it for a while. ANd, like you, I did it so many times before it finally took. It is really hard and you should be proud of yourself for even trying to do it.

Something that worked for me was adding extra servings of plain fruit -- but more exciting fruits than a banana -- to my daily food intake. During the first few weeks, whenever I wanted a sweet, I put about 1.5-2 c. frozen fruit -- like blueberries or strawberries -- in the food processor with a small handful of nuts (I used about 5-8 almonds or walnuts or macademia nuts) and a small amount of full-fat cream (like 2-3 T.) and maybe 1T. concentrated cherry juice. It comes out like ice cream and satisfied my craving. I worried about the fat at first, but I realized I needed to worry more about the sugar in my life than the fat. As it turned out, the fat did not affect my weight loss negatively and I stopped craving even this concoction about 6 weeks in. Now, on the rare rare occasion that I crave a sweet (PMS), I make this and voila I am satisfied. I wonder if you could find something like this, your personal satisfier -- but something that does not have any sweeteners in it -- to get you through the first very tough weeks? And they are tough. It is no wonder we who struggle with sweets have to detox over and over again until it finally takes. :s: