Support Groups - 30 Something to Lose 30 Something December

12-01-2005, 12:02 PM
This is a group of us 30 somethings who have 30 something or more pounds we are trying to lose. Join us in this weightloss/healthy lifestyle journey and share your triumphs and struggles. We will support, and encourage each other as we work on food and fitness choices and generally make our way down this lifestyle path.:high:

12-01-2005, 12:08 PM
:dancer: I'm in ONE-der-land!

I weighed in this morning with a 1lb. loss which puts me in onederland. I'm very happy with loosing only 1lb this week because this is the first week after 10 days on South Beach phase 1, so it's the first week with any carbs or fruit in awhile. Now I must go fill up my water glass!

12-01-2005, 12:34 PM
We are having a great day all the way around!!!:Bravo: Michelle, welcome to Onederland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like the new intro.

Have you gals seen this? They are before and after pictures of regular people submitted to the Biggest Loser site. Very inspirational.

I had leftover massaman curry for lunch and it was all I could do not to drink the leftover coconut milk. Yummy, I love Thai food. I wish they gave you the option of Brown rice. The rice they gave me is around 4 servings!!!!!!

NordicTrack, abs, and arms tonight:tread: :workout: plus walking to daycare to pick up the baby.

I can't wait to see our ticker drop even more.


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12-01-2005, 01:09 PM
Hi. Thanks for the invite to join you guys Amanda (OBsMamma). I am a 30 something with 30 something to lose, but I'm not a Mum - is that ok?:?:


12-01-2005, 01:33 PM
Our only prerequisite was a 30 something needing to lose 30 something +. It just happened that alot of us are moms.

Why don't you tell us a little about yourself and your battle with weight. I would love to know how you ended up in Spain.

I came here because I have reverse anorexia. I have had it for years. I really believed that I was skinnier than I was. I started gaining in college and just forgot to care that I was going from a 10 to 12, 12 to 14, 14 to 16 and 16 to 18!!!!! I can't blame any of my weight on my son. I was pre-pg weight by my 6 week appointment. I recently saw a picture of myself at a girlfriends wedding and had a light bulb moment. I have been seriously trying since Nov 1. I have lost 6 pounds so far (tomorrow is weigh in) :goodscale:

I have been posting several times a day in an effort to keep my weight loss, excersize, lifestyle change in the front of my mind.


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12-01-2005, 01:48 PM
:welcome2: Louise! No you do not have to be a mom, I'll go change that in the intro post in a little bit. I just have to sign in under the lose30 name to be able to edit that post. Glad you joined us!

Amanda how is it going this afternoon. It's actually only 9:45am here, but I figured since you already had lunch it must be afternoon for you. :D

I've completed one workout for the day. :strong: I'm going a little slow on water though. I'd better start chugging!

12-01-2005, 02:04 PM
It is hitting 1:00 here and I have 1 more hour of work. 3:00-4:00 is my witching hour where food is concerned. I am going to walk to pick the baby up from daycare today and maybe if he is agreeable walk to the market for dinner fixings. Keep myself busy during that time. Once it passes I am o.k. but the pizza incident happened at 3:00 yesterday.........

I am actually looking forward to my work out tonight


12-01-2005, 04:23 PM
Glad to be aboard then girls!

I ended up in Spain basically because we (my fiance Barry and I) wanted to try something different, we came to have a look around an area we'd never been to before and loved it, then through an amazing stroke of luck Barry got offered a job, which meant we then had no reason not to come. A year after we moved here, my parents and my youngest sister and her then fiance (now her husband) moved over too! All in all it's been great, we're getting pretty good with the language and we've just moved into a new home which we've been renovating for the last year with spanish builders!!! Not easy but well worth it. However it has meant that since April (when we sold our last home)till September we've been living with my parents, which was like visiting for 6 months in terms of the amount of food and drink we had - so the weight just piled on even more!

However now there can be no more excuses. I have my own kitchen and plenty of time to cook healthy meals. It's a little difficult to get low fat foods here but I'm going to try and look on the positive side of that as it means i have to use a lot more fresh produce and cook from scratch which ultimately tastes better too. I can't believe I've been fat for so long now. I was always one of those people who could eat any amount of food and never put weight on, but that changed when I hit 26 and met Barry. All of sudden we were going out for meals a lot or having cosy nights in with a pizza and a movie - you know how it goes. At first it was even a bit cute, after all putting on weight like that is a sign of contentment isn't it? But before you know it, as you said Amanda, you're a size 18!!

Anyway I've decided to go back on the WW diet as I have all the info and cookery books, plus I cannot eliminate specific foods - that makes me sooo miserable. The only thing I miss is the structure of the meetings and weigh ins which is why I thought it would be good idea to join in here. Let's see how I've been doing at weigh in tomorrow! 6lbs is good over a month Amanda, and you're exercising too which is something I really need to do. Well I'll go now and leave room for other people:blah: :blah: :blah:


12-01-2005, 07:01 PM
:carrot: I completed my second workout for the day. I've drank 66 ounces of water, and eaten about 1000 calories of "clean" food. According to my calculator I burned almost 2000 calories today, so I'm ok with eating a higher calorie total today. I still have dinner to get through you see!

Lou that is so neat that your family moved over to Spain too! DH and I have talked about living in another country since the company he works for has offices all over the world. I always come back to the fact that I would miss :( my family to much though.

Amanda it's 3pm here so your past your "witching":devil: hour, how did it go?

12-01-2005, 07:58 PM
Made it past with a yogurt and a few almonds:cheer:

However,I can feel my blood sugar plummeting. Husband was supposed to bring dinner home tonight on account that I have not had a car all afternoon. So when he called I asked him to pick up stuff for a salad. Great. Apparently, he thinks a salad just consists of lettuce and bread no other veggies, he was in friggin Whole Foods. So, when he gets home, off to the store I have to go probably around 8:00 which also means I probably will not eat until 9:00 until after I have breastfed the baby and put him to sleep. Ugg.

So, now I can just feel the tiredness and the hunger building up inside of me, that often leads to poor food choices. I know I could hit the store and say buy a candy bar in the checkout line or a box of Cheezits to munch on while walking through the store. The reason I did not bundle the baby up and walk to the store was because I thought I was getting a complete dinner and did not need to go. UGG. Just venting, I get very nasty when I am tired and hungry and disappointed.


12-01-2005, 08:30 PM
Amanda eat something, like 10 almonds, before you go to the store. Hungry and tired will only lead to poor food choices! :no:

12-01-2005, 09:13 PM
someone asked about my old support group , the lady that was running it deleted without an explaination , no email or anything , my old desktop dies on me so I had to be offline for about 2months when I got back on , I've been snooping around some places...and here I am

12-02-2005, 03:16 AM
Amanda- How did you do at the store?

Okie- There loss, our gain!

Rehearsal went really late tonight, and then I had to deal with driving home in the snow, so it took over an hour to get home instead of 30 minutes. Ugh stressful! Luckily I didn't have any candy bars in the van or I would have eaten them. I'm fine now and looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.

12-02-2005, 06:51 AM
Good Morning Girls!

I'm soooo happy - 5lbs loss this week!!!!! I'm celebrating and you are all probably sleeping right now - oh well. I was really nervous because I had been in Scotland for 2 weeks and I must have gone out to dinner about 6 times, what with meeting up with people ihadn't seen for a while. Also i was staying over at my Gran's house and because i told her i was watching what I was eating, she was obsessed with feeding me - nightmare! Anyway I got back to Spain a week ago and I have been trying hard to get back in the the rythym of things and it seems to have worked - yipee! Oh I can relax now. I can't believe how nervous I was before stepping on the scales in my own home - I guess having to come on here and let you guys know is having the effect I hoped it would!

How did it go with dinner Amanda? Is your hubby also trying to watch his weight? My fiance Barry is doing the diet with me, but he is totally uninvolved in the decisions, shopping etc, which is hard sometimes, so I know how you feel. Stick with it though!

What are you rehearsing for Stagemom ( is your name Michelle)- I'm intrigued? You're right I'm lucky that my family moved here too although there is one person missing. I have another sister who lives in the US, so she is very far away and I really miss her. Especially as she is the only one of us who has kids.

Hi Okie. I just joined here too. What programme are you following? I'm doing WW and I see that Stagemom, you're doing South Beach right? what is everybody else doing?


12-02-2005, 09:25 AM
Hi Ladies!!! I would love to join your group, if that's ok. I'm almost 31, my birthday is Dec 13. I have 3 little ones, my daughter is 4, my oldest son is almost 3 and my youngest is almost 7 months. We just moved from Germany in August and I was pretty stressed. Things are calming down now and I'm finally feeling like I can get a handle on this whole weight thing. I started the week at 175 and its the first week in a long time that I have been OP. I've been sort of doing WW, but I'm still nursing, so I haven't been totally counting points, just keeping an eye on what I eat. I feel pretty good about my WI on Sunday. I've been going to the gym all week, if I go to today it will be the fourth time this week. I finally feel motivated again to get these 30lbs off. I guess I've been rambling, hope to get to know you all.

12-02-2005, 09:59 AM
:welcome: Lori

I survived the trip to the grocery store. I did eat a few almonds before I left the house so I think that got me through. I felt like I was going through the gauntlet.

But it has payed off......:goodscale:185.5!!!!!!2.5 pound loss

I haven't been doing a prescibed diet just using my common sense. I figure I have to keep this up the rest of my life so......Also, I think part of my success is all my excersize. At least 20 minutes of something everyday.

My husband is not on the lifestyle change with me although he is not the type to have me make a second dinner. I make the dinner pretty much as I would have in the past and then modify it for me. Smaller portion, no bread and extra veggies. I love to bake so I have still been baking and making him eat it all or giving alot of it away. He has a very physical job so he pretty much burns off everything he eats.

Debbie,Chelle where are you?


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12-02-2005, 10:58 AM
:cp: :cb: :cp: Lou:cp: :cb: :cp: -5 pounds that is terrific!

Lori- :welcome3: I have 3 children too, mine are also a girl, and then two boys. They are a little older though, Daisy just turned 10, Joey is 8.75, and Adam is 7.5.

:cp: :cb: :cp: Amanda :cp: :cb: :cp: -2.5 pounds wonderful!

I'm going to add the collective 7.5 pounds to our 30 something ticker, actually I can only do seven since it won't let me do the half, we'll have to bank the half for later.

The play we are doing is Beauty and the Beast, we are now down to 5 rehearsals before opening night. The kids and I have been doing community theater for 4 years, this is our 5th "season" and it is so much fun. I absolutely LOVE it.

I did South Beach phase 1 for 10 days before Thanksgiving to jump start my weight loss. After working out for months I was getting frustrated that the scale was not moving. It worked well, I lost 8 pounds, and it did take away a lot of my cravings for carbs and sweets. Now I am following WW/counting calories. I'm following what is called "The Wendie Plan" on the ww board, which is a way of flexing your daily calorie intake to keep your body guessing. Instead of eating the same amount of points/calories every day, your vary it, having one super high day followed by a low day, some medium days, ect.

Does everyone have a plan for the weekend? That seems to be a challening time eating wise for most of us.

12-02-2005, 11:17 AM
Welcome Lori:hug: . I'm new to this group too, and it's working well for me so far! I'm doing WW too so any tips or recipes you've got, I'd love to hear them - always looking for inspiration!

Thanks Michelle! Beauty and the Beast - wow! You'll need to post pictures of you all in your costumes. I'm going to have a look at hat wendie plan. It sounds like it might be useful when I hit the inevitable plateau.

Well done Amanda:D It sounds like it hasn't been an easy week for you so that's a great weight loss. It just goes to show, even if you feel you're doing badly - keep going! You never know how things will stack up at the end of the week.

My goal for this weekend is not to go over my points with alcohol - always a danger at the weekends! It's kind of rainy here today so maybe we will just stay in tonight which will help. Other than that I'm going to the supermarket later to get in the last of the ingredients for a fancy Thai meal I'm planning on making tonight mmmmm. Spicy foods speed up your metabolism and I love'em! :devil:


12-02-2005, 12:54 PM
This week was my temptation/weak week. It totally fit my m.o. do really well for a round a month and then crash and burn on one delicious item and so starts the downward spiral but not this time except for the afternoon snack of mini-pizza. Very proud of myself.:cp:

Plan for the weekend: keep moving.....Extra walking. It will be cold here but sunny. Also putting up Christmas decorations and cleaning the house always burns a little off.

We have dinner party tonight but I am going to make some stew ahead of time and eat a little before we leave if we even go. Spencer and Oliver are feeling a little under the weather so we may not go. Not much else planned except a very little bit of Christmas shopping.

I do need to go grocery shopping, big time, this afternoon so I have all good healthy things on hand for the weekend.

Oh, try this out I know it says postpartum calculator but I guess even our non-moms ;) can use it.

basking in the glow of 2.5 pounds lost

12-02-2005, 02:56 PM
Hi all.....just wanted to quickly let you know I've not dropped off the face of the earth. Been crazy....didn't even get a chance on the computer last night. Brian worked late, Bryce had swimming so that left everything up to me. Been still trying to keep the water intake going, although didn't get as much in yesterday as day before. Today I've gotten 96 oz in thus far. Couple more hours to go. Hope I don't do too bad tonight going to a neighbor's Tastefully Simple party?? Never been to one, but fact I'm at someone else's house I know I won't eat like a hog :sumo:

Weekend will be a challenge for me. Seems again I do ok at work but at home I lose control. Bryce has swim meet tomorrow afternoon and actually thinking about it, I've got a lot of stuff that needs done to get in gear for the holidays so maybe I won't do too bad. :crossed:

:welcome2: to everyone new

Gotta run.......

12-02-2005, 04:30 PM
Workout finished for the day. Low on water, gotta get with it. Low on food, need to eat something. Wishing the snow would go away!

12-02-2005, 05:14 PM
:lol: :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: :lol:

What to hear something funny?

I got pulled over this a police officer on horseback!!!!!!!!

Spencer doesn't think it is so funny but it was our own fault overdue inspection.


12-02-2005, 05:26 PM
Hey Guys,

I am new to this group. I am not overweight but I hope I can still be a member ? I am ( almost ) a nutrition specialist. I will be done by the end
of the month and I can give tips and stuff if anyone is interested. I am a
stay-at-home mom to my 20 -months old son.

Take care guys and keep up the good work.

12-02-2005, 06:26 PM
:lol: Amanda that is funny!

:welcome: Susanne! Of course you can join us on our journey towards being fit and healthy. So what's your reccomendation for limiting calorie consumption, and the dreaded "hangover" when going out with friends to a bar? I mean besides avoiding alcohol. :D

12-03-2005, 05:29 AM
:carrot: Going out tonight was fun. I indulged some but not to much damage I don't think.

Wishing everyone a happy Saturday!:D

12-03-2005, 08:41 AM
:welcome2:Susanne, we would love to have you and pick your brain. I am very interested on your thought on carb to protein ration, zig zaggin caloires and everything to do with nutrition. I think I basicaly eat right and am having success so far but I know when I plataeu, I will need to tweek my diet and excersize regime to lose more.

:cb:Plan for the day::cb:
Water, I do so bad on the weekends
Give away all the magic bars I made last night(Husband and baby are sick and we didn't get to go to my friends party)
Walking, already have planned my mommy only walking group for this morning at 8:30
A tiny bit of shopping
Christmas lights
NordicTrack and weights tonight

Have a great day,

12-03-2005, 02:07 PM
:coffee2: Goodmorning! I had two glasses of wine, :cheers: spinach ravioli, 2 pieces small pieces of garlic bread, and a small dish of ice cream last night. Yesterday was my planned high calorie day, so I'm not feeling to guilty about what I ate last night. Today will be a low calorie day, and I hope to throw in some extra cardio work. I am glad that weigh in is not until next Thursday though! :D

Today my son has a friend coming over to play, but no other plans. Tomorrow we have a family party to go to. I also must at some point go grocery shopping and do some house cleaning.

12-03-2005, 05:52 PM
Workout completed. 40 oz. of water so far today.

12-04-2005, 03:22 AM
Well I managed to get in 80 ounces of water for the day. I don't know why I struggled to drink my water today. I bought some Silk soymilk eggnog today to try. I love eggnog, but I haven't had any yet this year because it's so high in calories. I guess I'll find out tomorrow how the Silk compares to the real thing.

I hope everyone had a great Saturday!

12-04-2005, 08:18 AM
:( Sick husband and teething baby made for a miserable Saturaday:(

I didn't get in rearly the water I had been in because I was holding the baby all day. Everytime I realized I wasn't getting enough in I chugged about 8 oz but I woke up this morning with a dry, sore throat.

:rain: Raining,cold and overcast here today but I think I am still going to try to get a 30 minute walk in with the dog plus do my Nordic Track, ab, arm combo tonight. I did 1 hour and 20 minute walk with my mommy walking group with 3 hills included.

Baby and husband are still asleep and I am wide awake. Can't get back to sleep. Actually, perfect time for that walk.:idea:

Michelle, don't beat yourself up about the drinks with all the cardio you are doing you should definately see a difference on Thurday. I am not a big drinker so giving it up totally, is fine by me. My calorie demons:devil: are elsewhere. Mexican food, I love it, salsa, cheese, yummy fatty!!!!! I know if I had some now off the wagon I would go.

8 oz of green tea this morning.:)


I think we need to come up with a challenge for the week?

12-04-2005, 08:29 AM
Forgot to mention another pair of previously tight pants fits!!!!!!!!!!!:carrot:

12-04-2005, 10:28 AM
Just finished 45 min walk with dog!!!!:tread:

12-04-2005, 01:30 PM
Whooo HOOO on your NSVs Amanda! :encore: Sorry about your sick DH and teething baby, that is definetly not fun! :(

We have a family Christmas party to go to today, and I plan for it not to play havoc :devil: with my eating! I will stay on plan no matter what, I refuse to let my emotions get the better of me today :nono: and lead me to mindless eating of unhealthy fattening things! On the plus side I'm excited about wearing my new camisole top to the party because my arms are looking so nice and toned thanks to my workouts with The Firm! :strong:

I'm having my cup of coffee right now, :coffee: then I will switch to water for the day.

What kind of challenge do you want to have for this coming week an exercise or an eating one?

Have a fit and fun Sunday everyone!

12-04-2005, 02:33 PM
BOTH !...seems my weeks are getting busier and I have a Christmas party to go to this week , I hate holidays because I'm so in love with sweets mouth waters just thinking about it .........omg where is my water.....*GULP GULP GULP* *ahhhh*

what were we talking about :p

12-04-2005, 02:36 PM
Alright I will post an exercise and an eating challenge when I get back from the party today. Then everyone can choose either one or both of them to try for the week.

I really have to stop messing around on the computer and get in the shower NOW!

FLA Michigander
12-04-2005, 03:42 PM
Thanks for the invite Stagemom, so what goes on in here?

12-04-2005, 10:01 PM
This weeks challenges:

:carrot: Food- Eat at least 3-5 servings of veggies every day.

:ebike: Exercise- Workout at least 3-5 times during the week.

12-04-2005, 10:16 PM
Well I survived the family party! It was as I expected, my aunts made a big deal about my weight loss, and my mom had obviously done some "mom bragging" about me working out "all the time." I tried to really make light of it and change the subject when it came up. Not that I'm not proud of myself for committing to working out and getting healthy and fit. It's just that in my mom's family thin is good and anything else is bad. So I hate being praised in front of my cousins who all struggle with their weight, and are very heavy. It just makes my aunts love feel so conditional. If any of this makes sense. I'm just glad the party is over and I don't have to see them for a few months!

12-04-2005, 10:25 PM
Hope everyone had a good weekend! Somehow I managed to lose 8lbs this week. I know its mostly water weight because I just got back OP. Still, 8lbs seems like an awful lot!! I did hit the gym 4x this week but was also sneaking the leftover hershey kisses on the counter from the cookies I baked for my daughter's school. I also managed to get a case of diarrhea this weekend. Hope I'm not getting another stomach bug.

My goals for the week are to:

1. Hit the gym 3X
2. NO snacking after 8pm!!
3. Complete week 5 on the Couch to 5k program

Hopefully if I can reach my goals for the week I can attain my short term goal and get my 10lb loss reward!! I really need a new pair of running shoes.

Michelle- you'll have to let us know how that eggnog tastes!! I used to drink Silk when my son had a dairy allergy and I was breastfeeding. I couldn't drink it by the glass but could eat it with my cereal. Doing theater with your kids must be so much fun!! When is the play?

Amanda- Congrats on your Loss and the NSV!! :bravo: how old is your teething baby? I think my little one is starting to teeth too. Great times, huh?

Lou- how was your Thai dinner? I love Thai food!! We had a great Thai restaurant down the road from us when we lived in Germany.

Okay- gotta go and finish watching Desperate Housewives!!

12-05-2005, 01:29 AM
Lori- I added your -8 pounds to our group ticker!

12-05-2005, 01:40 AM
:welcome2: Michigander! Glad you decided to join us. What goes on? Hmmm a little bit of this, a little bit of that. We are just getting to know each other, and finding our way in what kind of support we all are seeking.

Lori :bravo: on the -8 lbs. That is wonderful!

The Silk eggnog was ok. I bought it because I love eggnog lattes and I wanted to see if it would be a good lower calorie substitute. It will be alright, but it's not really the same as the high calorie fatty stuff.:p

12-05-2005, 09:21 AM
:coffee: Good Morning All :coffee:

:welcome: Michgander :welcome:
I have really liked posting on this board. I have found support and hopefully given support. I really feel accountable to and inspired by these ladies.

:cheer:Way to go Lori:cheer:
I had a 7 pound week that turned out to be phantom. The next week, I was up by 4 but I didn't sweat it because I figured the week before was a fluke.

Oliver is 11 months and he has been in and out of teething for around 5 months. He had not been teething for about 2 months then about 5 days ago, wham:( We were in the middle of trying to ween and that has stopped that for now.

Michelle, I have not really told anyone in my family about my new weightloss effort. I just feel if I make a big deal of it and fail, tongues will wagg. Especially, my sister, she be like see you failed at it again.

But not this time, I am on a roll. Walked Saturaday and Sunday and did NordicTrack, abs and arms last night. I am planning on at least 20 minutes on the tonight.

Workout Challenge :strong: :
1 down

Fruit/Veggie Challenge :carrot: :
1 banana

Have a great day,

12-05-2005, 09:55 AM
:coffee: Goodmorning. Oh Goodmorning. That's a line near the end of the opening song from Beauty and the Beast. :D

Amanda- :cp: Great job on already workingout today. I plan on working out after school. I'm glad you are going to do both challenges. Remember it has to be 3 servings of veggies, the fruit is extra. I'm limiting my fruit to 1-2 servings a day because the sugar can be a trigger for me. :cb:

Our cat is being a royal pain and trying to lay on the keyboard. I'm having to hold him because he keeps trying to wake my son up. Apparently the cat needs attention this morning.

Have a fit and focused Monday everyone!

12-05-2005, 03:07 PM
:snow4: It's snowing!!!!!!!!!Started this morning. Virginia weather is crazy. It was 60 yesterday.

:carrot: Veggie challenge:
1 serving of celery
some parsnips, carrots and mushrooms in my beef stew, maybe one whole serving.
I need to buy some V-8

Workout challenge
1 workout done
I am personaly aiming for 4 workouts this week

Where is everyone?

12-05-2005, 09:54 PM
Amanda- I agree about the -8lbs being a fluke, I just hope to stay out of the 170s this week. I feel like I already gained 2 of the pounds back. We'll see what the scale says on Sunday.

I've been good today, went to Y this morning with two of my little ones and started week 5 of my running program. I plan to start some sort of swimming program on my days off from the running one. Someday I hope to complete a sprint triathlon. Been OP most of the day, only had 1 soda and drank plenty of water. Haven't had any snacks after 8pm and plan to go to bed soon so today's been a good day!! Hubby's out of town, he's in California, and its usually easier for me to stay OP when he's away.

Hope everyone is having a good week!!

12-06-2005, 01:27 AM
Quick check in to say I did get my veggies in today! Rest day for me on the workout schedule. Today was definetly a Monday at work. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

12-06-2005, 10:23 AM
Workout completed this morning.

Veggies- 1 serving
Water- 16 oz.

Off to the shower and work now. Have a good day!

12-06-2005, 11:49 AM
:snow:Home today with baby. Daycare closed. We are playing the battle of the nap right now. He is winning.

I ate 3 servings of kale last night so I think my total veggie in take was 5. None so far today.

NordicTrack, ab and arms tonight.

Hungry for lunch, no morning snack being home on a work day really thros me off.

Only 8 oz of water so far.


12-06-2005, 07:25 PM
Good God women, we were on the second page of posts!!!!!!!!

:drill: Where is everyone?

Roll Call::drill:
Amanda, here
seriously overweight but seriously motivated
behind on water and veggies for the day
but ahead on the workout challenge

12-06-2005, 09:23 PM
Did I mention my 2.5lb loss *smacking my booty*:p ....and I jogged 3 miles today in 64.37minutes........we are suppose to get snow tommorw afternoon *blugh*

12-06-2005, 09:46 PM
Hello Ladies!!!

Congrats Okie on the 2.5lb loss!!! :carrot: and on the 3 mile run!!! I've been doing the couch to 5k program to get back into running. Haven't been much of a runner since I've been out of the army.

Went to the gym today and decided to swim!! I did 20 mins on the elliptical and then swam for 20 mins which was about .25 miles. I haven't swam laps in so long, that my chest and shoulders are so sore I can't lift them above my head. But, its a good sore!! My stomach still feels a little yucky so I haven't binged at all today. Actually had to force myself to eat dinner because I'm breastfeeding. I just wasn't hungry. I think my little one now has the same bug because he had a little diarrhea tonight. But it might be because he's teething.

Tomorrow I go back to the gym to do the bike and do the 2nd part of my week 5 run.

I just found out that there's a MOMS club where I live so I'm pretty excited about it. Haven't met many other moms since moving here and have been feeling kind of lonely at times. I plan on joining next month when things begin to slow down after my husband goes to Afghanistan.

Hope everyone is doing well!!!

12-07-2005, 03:12 AM
okie- Congrats on the 2.5lb loss, I'll add it to the group ticker tomorrow. I'm to tired tonight.

I did get my 3 servings of veggies in today. I drank over 100 oz. of water, and as I posted this morning I did workout today. I will be able to check in with you all more completely tomorrow.

12-07-2005, 09:11 AM
You would think a snow day :snow: off would be great but stuck at home with a teething baby is not so fun. I handled the stress pretty well as far as not overeating but I did not get my ab&arm workout done. He didn't go to bed until 11:00!!!!!!!:(

I did get off the bus early today and walked very fast and walked all 4 flights of stairs. And tonight, ab and arm and if the little bugger is up Daddy will have to take him.

Way to go Okie, you are on the cusp of Onederland!!!!!

I have been thinking of doing the Couch to 5K as my New Year's Resolution. I need to get a new pair of running shoes but I am thinking of doing trail running. I think I might not be so bored. We have a vitacourse here that is on a soft gravel path and has mile markers so I think I may take advantage of it.

Veggie challenge yesterday: another 3 servings of Kale:carrot:


12-07-2005, 09:54 AM
I updated the ticker to include okie's weight loss, I got to include the 1/2 pound I couldn't count for Amanda earlier. Whoo hoo we are well on our way to a collective -30 for the month!

12-07-2005, 10:01 AM
Okie- Wow 3 miles jogging that is impressive to me!

Lori- I've looked at the Couch to 5k, it looks like a great program. Congratulations on sticking with it! Sorry your tummy still feels yucky. Hopefully you will feel better soon.

Amanda- Great job getting off the bus early and walking!

I will have to get my workout in this afternoon/evening. I was to sleepy/groggy to drag myself downstairs and workout.

Have a great "hump" day everyone!

12-07-2005, 07:25 PM
How is everyone doing today? It's very quiet here! It's been a good day for me. I came home early and workout, and now I'm enjoying some alone time before the kids get home from school.

12-07-2005, 07:42 PM
I know, where are all the other gals? I so need to check in every so often. Typing keeps me from using my fingers to eat.

O.K. the baby just fed the dog bits of paper he tore out of the phone book.:lol:

I am expecting Aunt Flo so I am surprised I am not ravenous. But they do say keeping your diet and insulin in check controls signs of PMS..

My child loves paper, now he is eating it. :lol:
I did the stiar 2x today and on to the NordicTrack tonight. I purposely did not let ds take an afternoon nap so he will go to bed at a decent time. He is a night owl and a morning glory. Poor mom and dad.

We had our flu shots today. My arm is sore but I think working it on the Nordic Track should help break the shot up.

I got 2 compliments at work today. I am psyched. Fuels my diet ego.

:drill:Roll call, all lurkers front and center :drill:


12-07-2005, 09:26 PM
Hi Ladies!!
I went to the gym this morning and did my run, wasn't sure I was going to be able to get through it. But once I finished, I felt great. DId the elliptical for 25mins too. Tomorrow I'll do the bike and try to swim some more laps. DH has been in California all week so its been pretty quiet here.

Amanda- my baby's favorite pasttime is trying to eat the dog food. At least its dry. I remember when my daughter was a baby and she would eat the canned stuff!! YUCK!!

Does anyone watch Lost?

12-08-2005, 01:14 AM
:ginger: Did you all see the new holiday smilies? :clause:

Lori- :bravo: on getting your run in. My DH watches Lost but I don't, in fact he is watching it right now!

Amanda- :high: Congrats on the compliments at work!

:candy: Only 7 more days of school until vacation! :rudolph:

12-08-2005, 06:03 AM
Hi ladies!!!! Well, I am soooooo sorry that I have not been in touch but finals week is upon my household (both dh and I are in school), plus piano recital for ds and his bday party planning!!!! Enough to make anyone :dizzy:

So I went to the gyn yesterday to deal with all my girlie issues and found out I lost 1 pound. I know it isn't much but considering I haven't had time to get any exercise in since I joined this group, I was pretty darn happy. I swear that I am going to start my exercising on Monday....all the events in my life will have settled down and I can actually breath! I am going to do my treadmill, weights and tae bo tapes. DS likes to do those with me. lol

In January, the family is starting the DASH diet.I don't think that it will be much of a change from how we eat now, just a little more structure. When we have money, we eat out instead of at home so I am hoping that this will curb some of that. If you are curious, here is some information about the DASH diet
DH's parents both had bad heart disease and this diet has been proven to counteract that so we are giving it a go....under much duress from him, I might add!:lol:

Well, I will update my ticker and then get back to work...well, not taking care of my patients as they are all behaving and sleeping, but working on the final details of ds's party. We are so not ready for his party on Sat!!! We have 2 more days....

So, if I don't get a chance to post in the next couple of days, know htat I am trying to organize the most awesome CSI bday party for 30 kindergarteners plus finishing up my final for microbiology.:shrug: sympathy anyone????

Talk to you soon!!!!

12-08-2005, 10:38 AM
:cheer: Yah Cheel, good to have you back :cheer:

School, work and a family. Hard work. Any particular area of nursing you are going in to? After the birth of my son I thought it would be interesting to go back to school and get a M.S in Nursing and become a nurse midwife. Great money and lots of opportunites and I know I could teach a birthing class better than the one I took.

Lori, you are a workout fool. Running and elliptical. :tread: You and Michelle are my role models.

I got in my workout last night. I felt great afterwards. There really is something to this working out and feeling better thing.

:goodscale:tomorrow is weigh in for me. I am feeling a little bloated due to the approaching Aunt Flo so I will not be bummed if I have stayed the same.

Michelle, I work at a university and we have only 7 days until break as well:tree:

Have a skinny day,

The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!

12-08-2005, 10:48 AM
I need to find me a dancing smiliey..I lost ANOTHER pound...

12-08-2005, 02:08 PM
Okie,Are you addicted to your scale? I resist and only weigh myself once a week. I do sometimes peak for reassurance or a kick in the butt but I don't count it until Friday morning.;)


12-08-2005, 02:45 PM
no , I'm not addicted....I just feel like I'm doing so well that I can't help myself.....bad huh...

12-09-2005, 03:03 AM
Okie I'm getting ready to update our group ticker with my 2lbs and your 1lb gone!

We had rehearsal tonight so it's already very late and I have to get to bed. I will check in better tomorrow!

Only 6 more school days!

12-09-2005, 03:17 AM
Group Ticker updated!

12-09-2005, 08:53 AM
Sorry Michelle but you have to subtract a pound and .5 (I know you can't due the half) from that ticker!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Felt bloated this morning so I was prepared for the worst but :goodscale: 184!!!!!!!

I am so psyched. I am closer to 170 than 200. My hard work is paying off and the best part is I feel I am making so good choices and even better habits. This may just work.

Lori, I watch Lost on and off but I find that I get frustrated with the answers leading to more questions. However, I am in love with Jin. I have been Nordic Tracking to while watching it. A CSI party (like the show). Do they all get fingerprinted? Oliver's party is loosely around the Snowman Theme. I am making a snowman cake and am in the process of making snowflakes for decorations and I am going to make snowman cupcakes for everyone to take home as their favor. It is going to be very small just family and a few close friends. During the winter you really can't afford to feed a ton of people a full on meal when hotdogs and hamburgers are taken out of the equation and their is the issue of space. Our house is a good size for us but it is an old row house and on the first floor 30 people will be tight. I hope we have one of those freak sunny in December Days that Virginia is famous for so people can go out on the porches.

Freezing rain here today so no outside activity for Olive and I. Maybe a trip to Target. I do love Target.


12-09-2005, 10:06 AM
Amanda I updated the ticker with the -1 lb and I'm banking the -.5 lb. Congratulations on another pound and a half gone! I've got my eyes on the 180s myself.

We are really charging away on our group goal, only 10 lbs to go!

12-09-2005, 10:26 AM
TGIF! Let's stay focused and strong :wl: for the weekend!

:coach: Think: Motivation! :cheer: Goal! :cheer: Plan!:cheer: Action!:cheer:

12-09-2005, 10:28 AM
Chelle- a birthday party for 30 5 year olds? Are you nuts? :crazy: Did you invite the entire class? I weigh myself every morning, too. I think I do it to keep myself on track. But my official WI is on Sunday morning.

Amanda- Congrats on your loss!! :dancer: The party sounds like its going to be very cute!! I miss Target!! The town we just moved into doesn't have one, although we did just get a Kohls and a Bed Bath and Beyond within the 2 last months.

I woke up this morning to about 4 inches of snow. And its still snowing. I'm pretty upset about not being able to go to gym. I was really looking forward to finishing up Week 5 of this program. I had myself all psyched up for the 20 min run. Also, the time to myself without the kids. We went yesterday and I did the bike for 20 mins and swam laps for 20 mins. I have tickets for the Nutcracker Ballet for tonight. I hope the roads clear enough that the kids and I can go. My daughter is taking ballet and tap and is so looking forward to seeing the ballet. My husband's plane lands tomorrow around midnight but we just realized that he'll only be home for a month before he leaves for afghanistan. :cry:

Hope everyone has a nice day!!!

12-09-2005, 03:11 PM
:snowglo: Lori, we just missed the snow. We had freezing rain instead but now it is chilly but sunny. :( Sorry about missing your workout and very sorry about your husband going to Afghanastan. We will be here for you.

Has anyone tried the virtual model on It is a hoot to see you size now and the size you wish to be. Give it a try. Sadly, I found my size model now to be fairly accurate.

Aunt Flo arrived and I am feeling crappy. Like I could eat a whole thing of potato chips bad but alas I will fix that with some cottage cheese. Anything salty will due. But on the upside if I lost 1.5 pounds with her in town I may be really down by next week.


12-10-2005, 11:04 AM
Yesterday was a horrible day at work! :cry: I came home just emotionally drained. DH took me out to dinner to mexican food, and I definetly did some emotional eating! :nono: I knew I was doing it, and I chose to do it anyway. I'm feeling back in control today. I know what workouts I have scheduled for today, and I will make this a lower calorie day, and back to no carbs for a few days.

12-10-2005, 11:13 AM
Michelle, I am sorry about your day. :hug: You have been so good lately that I am sure it did not make a dent and if you are planning on excersizing today you should be fine. Just make sure you have enough fuel so you don't get lightheaded during the excersizes. Protein, Protein, Protein. It is so easy to reach out to food when your are upset. It makes everything feel better temporarily then the next day you have buyers remorse and you actually feel worse.

I have been proud of myself the last couple of days with not using PMS as an excuse to binge eat. Last night the baby was up and down and this morning I could have had a huge breakfast of doughnuts but instead I passed the baby off to my husband grabbed the dog and went for an hour walk. When I got back I had poached eggs, whole wheat tortilla and salsa for breakfast.:carrot:


12-10-2005, 03:50 PM
I've finished two workouts today :workout: and burned over 800 calories. I'm keeping my calorie intake really low today to counter balance yesterday! I've already had 64 oz of water today too. I woke up so thirsty after last nights mexican food!

The incident yesterday at work has left me feeling emotionally :( fragile. I hate this feeling, and I'm trying to do some self talk to keep myself strong. I've decided that the next three weeks are going to be about me getting as strong and lean as I physically can. :wl: I guess because I feel more in control of my physical self, than my emotional self right now.

Amanda I'm so proud of you for passing up the donuts! :bravo: Also for not letting PMS :fr: get the better of you. I'm still being challenged in that area!

12-10-2005, 10:37 PM
How did everyone's Saturday go?

12-10-2005, 11:28 PM
Hi all....been awhile. Been crazy and busy/ sure you all know the routine. I just don't handle the stress of everything very well. Amazed how the scales were down after I came in from shoveling snow yesterday, although I hadn't ate any breakfast, drank nothing so as soon as I started that loss was quickly gone. It is possible that I am down some since joining your group, unfortunately I refuse to change my scales so I don't know how much. I have these scales that you can record your weight and of course I only use the save button when I'm down and seeing as I'm up 20 lbs from my lowest, I've got a ways to go before I'll hit that save button again. I know I'm weird, I'll only save when I see the arrow points down. So now if that isn't depressing. Course even more depressing from that weight it said I was when I came in from shoveling yesterday, ha, I'm 9 lbs heavier today. My weight is so darn depressing to me, how I can be that different in less than 24 hours. I know it's got to be water. When I was doing good with all that water intake I do think it helped. As usual, I do good with that at work but when I'm home I don't get the water in. Oh well, can only hope tomorrow am the scales will be down a bit. I know just from this morning they're up 5 lbs.

Need to get that firm system think you guys had's on my Christmas list. Better yet, how about we've had enough snow now, skip fast forward to spring and let's get this pool opened that we installed in Oct (and never got to swim in), fire up that heater and do some water areobics, yeah now we're talking!!!! That put a smile on my face :)

Keep up the good work everyone!


12-11-2005, 12:31 AM
Debbie and everyone else who needs to see this!

Why The Scale Lies...

We've been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can't resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just can't bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the

A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so it's easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesn't have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. A half cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts, 460 mg in the pudding versus 123 mg in the nuts. The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content.

That's why, when it comes to eating, it's wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners. Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and it's packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when it's stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with it's associated water. It's normal to experience glycogen and water weight shifts of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if you're prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, it's wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before you've had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. It's the actual weight of everything you've had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when you've finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact it's not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, it's likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in. Generally, it's only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, it's physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What you're really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scale's sneakiest attribute. It doesn't just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesn't necessarily mean that you've lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what you've lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when you're just sitting around. That's one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesn't differentiate between the two. It can't tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost. Skin-fold calipers pinch and measure fat folds at various locations on the body, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing involves exhaling all of the air from your lungs before being lowered into a tank of water, and bioelectrical impedance measures the degree to which your body fat impedes a mild electrical current. If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesn't appeal to you, don't worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, don't be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. It's a matter of mind over scale.

12-11-2005, 10:08 AM
:coffee2: Good Morning! How is everyone today? It's 6 am, I've been awake for over an hour already! :D

Plans for today- Finish up my costume for Beauty and the Beast. Watch football with DH. Stay op with my food, drink all my water. Possibly get some present wrapping finished? :present:

12-11-2005, 11:49 AM
:strong: My workout is completed for today!

12-11-2005, 09:32 PM
So how did the weekend go for everyone? As much as I'm dreading work tomorrow, I'm also sick of the dreading, and I just want to get back to work and deal with it!

12-11-2005, 10:29 PM
:( Debbie, stay away from that scale. To be blunt that was riduculous weighing yourself that much. Did you just feel like beating yourself up. And not eating breakfast. Very bad girl. If you want my personal 2 cents, reset yourself and deal with the fact that you have gotten as big as you have. Own it and move on. Tough love.

Michelle, thanks for the article. Very interesting. Sorry, dreading going back to work but don't let it ruin your achievments personally. The best revenge is a skinny revenge and remaining with your self esteem in tack.

We had a pretty good weekend and I have been very good. I worked out Saturday and today and have really watched what I have eaten. I feel like I beat Aunt Flo. PMS was under control. I made cupcakes for a function at my son's daycare and I only tried 1 just to make sure it was o.k. Chocolate with a meriange frosting, yummy, sinful and not on my list of foods. I often find that if I bake something or cook something I am less likely to overindulge. I think I become full on the smell of it.

I did horrible in the water department again. I just don't know what it is about weekends but great in the veggie department:carrot: .

Only 4 pounds to go fr my holiday Goal.!!!!!

Lori, How was your son's birthday party?

I saw this thread on the success board and thought the question was interesting.

Once you make your goal weight who would you really like to see for revenge in your face purposes?:devil:

I want to see the other very skinny bridesmaids that were in the same wedding I was in this fall. I felt a little looked down on part me part them so I can't wait for my girlfriend to be preggers and have a shower and return 50 pounds lighter. She went off birthcontrol before the wedding so I could have as little time as late spring. :crossed:


12-12-2005, 10:33 AM
Good Morning. Quickie post, I'm heading to the shower. I did workout this morning, my shoulders are sore now. I hope everyone has a great Monday!

12-12-2005, 02:40 PM
Having a good day? I have drank enough water and gree tea to float the 6th fleet. Mentally trying to arrange everything in my head for my son's birthday party on Sunday. I need to do most of the buying on Thursday/Friday (payday) so I need to have my ducks in a row so I can run around like a crazy woman starting Thursday.

Michelle, how has your day back at work been? I hope event free.

Time for roll call again :drill:
Where is our Texas dog mama
or our Scot turned Spaniard
or our Nutritionist Mama
or our Nurse to be
Come on out ladies!!!!!!


12-12-2005, 07:29 PM
Today was good, I really do like my job most of the time. Things are a bit uncomfortable so I think I will have to take some other steps to deal with the situation, but we'll see? So far so good food wise, it's a low calorie day for me today. I don't think I could sink the 6th fleet with my water consumption, but it's good too.

12-13-2005, 01:21 AM
Okay ladies, I am finally back. School is over for a couple of weeks, and the birthday party is over as well.

So first the party. Yes I am crazy!!! We had 25 kindergartenders in our house along with just as many adults. We fingerprinted them, made CSI badges, had a police officer arrest our jewel theif, had surveillance video of the crime, gave them a tour of the police car and a little talk on strangers, and made child ID forms. We had sooooooo much fun!!!! The kids had a great time and it wasn't really to bad. A little noisy but what do you expect? We feed everyone and the only glitch was the cameras. They were not working properly and I totally overlooked getting them set up before the party. So, I don't have as many pictures as I would like. Oh well. DS had a fingerprint cake and then we made little finger sandwiches and fruit and veggies and mango salsa with chips. I LOVE mango salsa!!!!

So, now is the time to really kick my fitness plan into action!! I WILL be online more now that finals are over. I think that I may try and get to the healthplex and work out there. They are offering a free fitness assessment this month so I will definately take advantage of that!

Amanda That body thing is way to accurate!!!! Of course I will look dang good once I am so much lighter!!!!

Well girls, I must get to work! Talk to you later

12-13-2005, 09:35 AM
Chelle, his birthday party sounds so cute. We are doing a snowman theme, nothing too crazy. I don't want to overwhelm him. When his little friend turned one they had a crazy amount of people and Charlie was a bit shell shocked by everything. I don't want him to get freaked out by everyone staring at him.

Not much going on here. I got a breakfast bagel andwhich and made my friend split it with me instead of eating the whole thing myself. I had to resort to a diet soda to get things going. Teething is kicking my ***. NordicTrack, ab, arms and stretching tonight.


12-13-2005, 10:00 AM
Chelle- The party sounds like fun! I'm glad you are getting your fitness plan into action too!

Amanda- Sorry about the teething!

I'm off to work in a little bit, and then this afternoon I must finish up costume stuff, then we have rehearsal tonight.

12-13-2005, 10:02 AM
Hiya.... new person here.... now don't all run away *grins*

Today started out excellant, I didn't go to starbucks and get my mocha! YAY! I WAS only going to eat 2 lowfat waffles (120 calories total) but my son didn't eat his and I have this thing about throwing away food so I ate one more waffle. Hmmm could be why I weight what I do? LOL anyways, 180 calories for breakfast beats my normal 340 at Starbucks so its all good!

I'm going to try to exercise today....riiiiiiiight <---laughs at myself.

So how is everybody today? Its cold outside! *whines*

Oh... I really have to start drinking more water! I only had one sports bottle yesterday, I used to love water and would drink too much... wonder when that changed?

man, I gotta stop rambling.

12-13-2005, 10:48 AM
at least try and keep your meals at 400 calories , if you eat too little you are only setting yourself up for a binge ......and eating too little is not good for your body either..

12-13-2005, 11:55 AM
:Welcome: Lissa68, where in Virginia are you? I am in Richmond. Were you born in 68 because my sister named Melissa was also born in 68.

To get on track, I think the key is little steps so no Starbucks a 3 low calorie waffles is a great little step. I have found staying in the 1500-1600 calorie per day range has limited my bingeing and kept me losing weight each week.

Don't accept excuses from yourself about not excersizing. That is what I did. That is why I have such a huge a** now. The funny thing is... It works. Not making excuses and getting off your behind makes your behind smaller. Go figure. Sorry, if I offend but I am here to give and get support and to come to terms with the truth about my fatness.

So ramble on, chances are we have all had the same thoughts.

Chelle, I played with that thing for 30 minutes looking at the stages of me at all weights.


12-13-2005, 12:06 PM
Hi everyone,

My name is Lisa and I'm also a newbie, like Lissa.

I also live in VA. Small world.

I also wondered how bad the Starbucks thing is. I've become addicted to the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, but stopped and only have one like once a week as I realized it's probably not good for you.

Lisa :dizzy:

12-13-2005, 02:43 PM
:welcome3: Lisa,

my sister turned me on to the pumpkin and gingerbread lattes but also clued me into asking for skim milk and only 1 pump. I only get one once in a while. I love the Peppermint Coco. I am not big on drinking calories. I don't like to drink (alcohol) unless it is champagne and can stay away from juice, Coke and the like. But I do love fresh brewed Sweet Tea. I have taken to asking for half and half at restaurants and only if it is fresh brewed. I hate the stuff that comes out of the fountain.

Again, welcome, I am addicted


12-13-2005, 09:21 PM
HI Ladies!!

Michelle- I hope things get better at work. We spend so much time at work (well, I used to) that its horrible if we're not happy there.

Chelle- It sounds like the party was a blast! I'm sure the kids had a wonderful time!!

:welcome3: Lissa and Lisa!!

Lissa- I don't eat a huge breakfast either. Usually just a bowl of cereal and then a piece of fruit for a midmorning snack.

Amanda- those lattes sound yummy!! Luckily for me, I don't live near a starbucks!!

Today is my 31st birthday!!! My Dh got me an Ipod Nano. Pretty excited about it since we normally don't exchange gifts anymore. We figure if we want something we should just buy it rather than waiting for someone else to get it for us. We had a pretty busy weekend. Saturday the kids and I went swimming then we drove to Syracuse to go to Toys R Us to do the Christmas shopping for my niece and nephews. Then we went to Chuck e cheeses and then to the Airport to pick up Dh. He was in California for the week enjoying warm weather while I was here braving the snow and frigid temps. It's going to be -20 tonight, i haven't had a cold winter since leaving NY 8 years ago. Sunday we worked on the basement and yesterday I went to the gym and back to Toys r Us to finish the Christmas shopping for my little ones.

I didn't go to the gym today. With it being so cold, I just didn't feel in the mood to swim. Tomorrow I'll go and do the treadmill and elliptical. Dh bought me an ice cream cake home tonight for dessert. I didn't do so well calorie wise today, but its my birthday and it only comes around once a year.

My WI was on Sunday and I didn't lose anything last week or gain. I'm not upset about it since the previous week I lost 8 pounds. I am hoping for a loss this week, though. I get to buy a new pair of running shoes when I reach 165.

Hope everyone is having a good week!!

12-14-2005, 09:57 AM
:welcome: Lissa! Did you drink your water yesterday? :drill: Also STOP eating your son's food. It is ok to just throw it away!

:welcome3: Lisa! Starbucks seems to be a theme for everyone. :coffee2: I get a tall sugar free vanilla non fat latte every afternoon after school. It's my afternoon snack.

Lori- Happy Birthday, sorry I'm a little late! Your weekend does sound busy! :coach: Now back to being op today!

Good Morning! Rehearsal didn't get over until 10:45, which put us home at around 11:30pm, so I'm a little groggy. :yawn: Tonight and tomorrow should not be as late, since we will start getting through the show faster. All of our performances are sold out!!!!

Today is a whole staff breakfast potluck, and our department is having it's own lunch potluck. I'm going to totally avoid the staff room, to keep myself away from the breakfast treats, and I'm packing my own lunch still.

Have a fit and fabulous op day everyone! :cheer: Get your water in!

12-14-2005, 02:51 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

It's funny that everyone likes Starbucks. I don't drink coffee, but I love me some hot chocolate!! LOL!

Thanks for the warm welcomes. :hug:

I hope everyone is doing well. I can't believe it's 11 days until Christmas. I'm so not ready yet!!!

I'm going to the gym shortly (wish me luck!!).

Lisa :carrot:

12-14-2005, 02:52 PM
P.S. Happy 31st b-day Lori!!



12-14-2005, 07:48 PM
Thanks Michelle for yelling at me ;) ! Sometimes, when I slip, its hard to get back OP. I've been good all day today, nights are usually hardest for me, but I bought some diet hot cocoa and some juicy clementines so hopefully I'll be good!

Lisa- I'm not a big fan of coffee either, but I do love Starbuck's iced coffees, YUMMY!!

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!! I still have ice cream cake left over but I'm trying to stay strong!! Hoping the kids and DH will finish it off tonight.

I went to the gym today and burned 300 calories on the treadmil!! I'm almost through my 5k program. I'm just not sure how I'm going to continue while on Christmas holiday. I also did the elliptical today. While my two DSs were in Day Care at the YMCA my son's boots were taken by accident. The funny thing is that my son wears a size 9 and the boots that were left ( that look just like my son's) were a size 11! I can just imagine the dad trying to squeeze his son's feet into those boots!! I'm hoping they drop my DS's boots off tomorrow, he looks so silly wearing those big boots!

Then- after the gym, I saw a car accident. This moron ran the red light and hit the car right next to me. If I didn't look to make sure the road was clear when the light turned green, it could have been us!! I felt so bad for the lady. I called the police and hung around with her until the police came. I let her use my phone to call her hubby and gave her my name and number in case she needed a witness. I already talked to her insurance company and the police department this afternoon, so I hope everything works out for her.

Hope everyone is having a good day!!

12-14-2005, 08:36 PM
I made it through the staff parties without having any treats. Now I just have to feed the children and get to rehearsal.

12-14-2005, 11:13 PM
Great Job Michelle!! I can't say that I have been so good, I had a small piece of the ice cream cake!! When is the play?

12-15-2005, 03:40 AM
Opening night is Friday. Tonight was dress rehearsal, tomorrow is full dress, which means make-up too. It's almost MIDNIGHT, I must get to bed!

12-15-2005, 10:26 AM
Lori, through out rest of the cake. I did that with some cupcakes on Tuesday. I felt a little guilty at first then relieved. I know when it is your own birthday cake it is hard or offer it up to some neighbors.

Teething monster is still at our house so I am lagging behind today. I am determined to get in my workout tonight. :goodscale:weigh-in is tomorrow.


12-15-2005, 10:41 AM
Good Morning! I'm down 1 pound this week, and since it is TOM I'll definetly take what I can get! Also that 1 pound moves me out of the obese category and into the merely overweight. Hurray!

12-15-2005, 11:09 AM
I updated our group ticker.

12-15-2005, 06:10 PM
Great job Michelle on the 1lb loss!! :dancer:

12-15-2005, 08:00 PM
How is everyone's day going?

Amanda- Is the teething monster still at your house?

Lori- Diet Hot Cocoa is a savior for chocolate cravings!

12-15-2005, 08:38 PM
Tell me about it Michelle!! I throw some marshmallows on the cocoa and it definitely hits the spot when I'm craving chocolate or something sweet!! You must be getting pretty excited about the play!! How long is the play going to run?

12-15-2005, 09:16 PM
We have one performance Friday night, 3 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday, Monday night, Tuesday night, and then performances the Thursday and Friday after Christmas. So I may not be on much between now and next Wednesday!

12-16-2005, 08:26 AM
:cheer: way to go Michelle. Your foot is firmly into Onderland.

My on the other hand.............
My scale is the devil!!!!!!!!!!!:devil: So, I was inspired to peek, on day ahead of time and what wonderful gift did I receive, 183, 1 pound down, right on target but this morning (official day) up to 185. 2 pounds up!!!!!!!!!!!What the f***. I do feel really bloated today. We had Thai food last night and I think I am retaining water. My wedding ring is usually dangerously lose on my finger and it is not going past my knuckle today. I was supposed to NordicTrack it last night when we got home but I was soooooo tired that I fell asleep with the teething monster and did not get to it. I bet if I had worked the salt through my system I would have been fine this morning. Excuses, excuses. I just have to be more vigilent.

I have to admit I almost lied to you gals and went with yesterday's number but a part of this is being honest with myself and excepting my weight and not lying about it or denying it.

It is our turn for the birthday party this weekend. A very small party has kind of exploded. But I did let go am letting firend and family bring nipples. I am baking the cake and a few other things but I am letting my mom , sister and 2 friends bring stuff as well. Great thing about a Christmas Baby is that your house is already decorated. We are doing a snowman theme. It snowed the day we went to the hospital.

So my weekend should be crazy but the upside is I am off from work for 2 weeks after today so lots of time to recover.

Sorry, I could not contribute to the ticker going down. I don't think I'll reach my goal by next Sunday without a Christmas miracle but my original goal was 184 so I think I just got 4 pounds of cockiness trhown back in my face.


12-16-2005, 10:35 AM
Amanda- Those 2 pounds are more than likely water retention. Have fun with the birthday party. A snowman theme sounds so cute!

12-16-2005, 01:09 PM
Amanda- there was probably a lot of sodium in the thai food-i'm sure the two pounds are from water retention. Don't beat yourself up!! Great job being honest with yourself!!!

I peeked at the scale this morning and it said i was down three pounds, after a second of pure joy, i realized the scale was partially sitting on one on my DS's toys. WI isn't officially until Sunday, so we'll see!

Last night, I was down in the basement wrapping the kids Christmas presents and the basement started leaking. I've been on the phone all morning trying to get it remedied!!

12-16-2005, 03:30 PM
Hi. I am 30-something (37 actually) and have well over 30 to lose. My goal is to lose 66 lbs to get to 132. I'm 5'6. I could really use the support of this board.

I find myself hiding out at home because I don't want to be seen. I am skipping social functions. I won't go to cocktail parties with my husband, for example because I have nothing to wear and look terrible anyway. I have 2 pairs of pants in my closet that still fit and a whole bunch that are too small!

Here is my story shortened: I have had a weight problem since about 5 years of age. I lost a bunch of weight right before I went into high school ( by taking diet pills and starving myself I reached about 120) then slowly gained it back right after graduation. I got to 197 lbs and slowly lost before going away to college - getting to about 150 lbs.

I managed to keep my weight under control throughout college - wasn't by any means skinny but too fat at around 150 lbs.

Now I am married, have a 2 year old and find myself weighing in between 197 and 200 lbs. We want to start trying for another child but my husband and I agree I need to get this weight off.

I've been trying to lose this weight for several years now with starts and failures on a weekly basis. I am a big time stress and boredom eater. I've tried many diets but now I am just going to the old fashioned count calories and daily exercise approach. I am aiming for 1200 - 1400 calories a day, loosly following south beach. I am also weighing in with my husband every Wednesday morning. I suggested this. I think it will help me stay on track. The first week I lost 3 lbs but I did some Christmas baking (for Christmas gifts) and put on about 3, so I have to lose it (plus another 2) by this Wednesday or else!

Sorry this posting was so long. I look forward to joining your group and the support that will come with it. Also, If anyone has a story that sounds like mine and wants to commit to being a weight loss buddy, that would be great!


12-16-2005, 04:00 PM
:welcome2: Melly!!! You'll find great support here. I don't think diets are key to losing weight, I personally think that it has to be a lifestyle change. It's great that you have a supportive husband. My dh suggested we get Sbarros' pizza last night and I caved. But I don't feel too bad because I was good all day yesterday and I didn't over indulge, just had one slice. I just finished baking cookies with the kids and ate one just to be sure they were okay. Hopefully I won't be tempted to eat more. I also plan to do some baking this weekend for gifts, so hopefully I'll be able to stay OP. So, welcome to the group!!

Amanda- I was thinking about your 2lbs, and I've been there. I think its impossible to gain 2lbs in a day. I think you would have to consume about 7000 calories!! And unless you ate the waiter who served you the thai food, you should be okay!

Our insurance informed us the basement flooding is not covered in our policy. Just great!!

12-16-2005, 04:42 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome!

I just want to reset my day. I ate almost 1/2 can of frosting and some chocolate mints while my 2 year old took her nap! I feel so awful. Why can't I just stay on the straight and narrow? Does it sound like I should join an eating disorders board instead?

12-16-2005, 07:28 PM
Melly, sounds to me like your just human. We all have those days when we can't control our cravings. You know how awful you felt after you ate it? Remember that feeling the next time you want to cave in to one of your urges. What's the saying? "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels."

12-16-2005, 07:43 PM
Big :hug: and a :welcome3: to Melly,

You have found the right group, we will support you as long as you support yourself. Besides the weird water weight for today I have lost 10.5 pounds since the beginning of November. I know the other gals can chime in but some things that have helped me:

Journaling on tallies up my calories and keeps me on track during the day so by the time my witching hour comes 3:30-7:00 I know excatly how much I have to go

Waterharder than you think to get in all the oz your are supposed to

Eating frequentlyI eat something every few hours. Not chips or cookies but nuts, cheese, wheatthins for in between

ExcersizingGo figure it works, helps my mood got rid of the little bump under my bra and my saddle bags are not so baggy

Using the brain that God gave me I am a smart gal I know what to do I just needed my brain to shout over my stomach and heart

Not giving into my failures

Being honest with myself and othershence admiting that the scale had traveled the wrong way (I know ladies, it is water but......Oh and I did eat the little Thai waiter:lol: )

Talking with these great gals


12-16-2005, 07:50 PM
Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. I did use fitday but got something just like it for my handheld. I enter everything faithfully (unless I go way off and do what I did today with the frosting!).

Another thing I have is a goal chart hanging in my bathroom. It has the following daily goals: cardio, lifting, household task (cleaning one thing -- something i dread is cleaning the house but it keeps me busy and helps me feel better), and eating plan. I highlight in pink each one of these goals each day when I have accopmlished them. The goal is to have most of the sheet of paper pink at the end of the month.

12-17-2005, 08:28 AM
Lori, I am so sorry about your basement. Most insurance only covers water damage from above not rising water from below. My question to them is didn't the water start from above in the first place. Did you get hammered in that ice/snow storm? For some weird reason Richmond didn't but it looks like we may on Sunday (Oliver's birthday Party)

Running around today and baking the birthday cake. I will carry my water everywhere and start out the day with a good breakfast so I don't later binge on frosting by "testing". Although, I am much more a salt freak than a sweet freak.

Have a great day,

12-17-2005, 11:40 AM
:welcome3: Melly! Glad you joined us!

Amanda- Good luck with the birthday cake. It's the batter that is my weakness!

Opening night of Beauty and the Beast went ok, now to just get through the three shows today, and stay op. I've got to get some cleaning and laundry done this am before we head to the theater.

12-17-2005, 03:56 PM

My name is Nancy --- Amanda suggested that I come here, and I am so glad that she did! The support is awesome:D

My story is I was anorexic in high school/college, then I got married became happy and a mommy and the weight piled on. I have been hesitant to go gangbusters with any diet/excercise plan for fear that I would turn anarexic again. Or maybe that is an excuse I've been telling myself. At any rate, I need to lose 30+ lbs not only for myself but also (and perhaps more importantly) to role model for my dds the proper way to live. I don't want them to go thru life battling their weight. I want them to view eating healthfully and excercising is as normal as breathing. In other words, I want them to be the opposite of me --- at least in this one aspect:dizzy:

So, I have 4 children 3 dds 12, 9, 4 and 1 ds 2 . I've been married almost 14 years to a supportive man who doesn't berate me for my weight. (although I suspect that he no longer finds me as attractive as when I was thin, not that I blame him. There is more to that in my infinatly more depressing post in the support forum). I feel so much more positive, that I can really do this! While reading the previous posts, it made me feel good to read the progress you girls are making, but also that it IS hard! Yet you guys do it! Maybe I can do it too.


12-17-2005, 05:24 PM
Yeah Nancy :cheer: I am glad you joined us. You can do it. I didn't think I could either but I am doing it. Slow and steady is my mantra along with get off your *** Amanda!!!!!:lol:

Well, ladies I know I shouldn't have but I got back on the scale this morning and it was down to 183. I knew it was just water (and the Thai waiter) but I needed the reassurance before I hit the cake batter.

I am getting everything together nicely so I had a minute to post and welcome Nancy.

We need to think of a challenge for next week. Maybe just surviving the week before Christmas.

Michelle, I hope the play is going well. Whata great thing to do with your kids.


12-18-2005, 09:31 AM
Hi, before I introduce myself I want to say hi to Nancy, and I am soooo glad you are not going to extremes, but have come here instead. You CAN do it, and I can do it too, darn it.
Welcome to Melly as well,- don't give up.
HI Amanda- I made it here
OK- my name is Kimberlee and I am 30 years old and a mommy to 10 mo.old boy/girl twins. I work 25 hrs/ wk and I have an otherwise simple life. My husband is great, lazy, but great:p I an 150 lbs. currently and want to get back to 120. (Last time I was here I lost 10 lbs.- since then, NOTHING!) I was 130 pre-preg, but still could've gone down some as I am 5'1 1/2. I do have a jogging stoller, but as it is winter I have used that as my excuse. Yesterday I went for my first hr long walk in a month or 2 since my MIL took the babies to WV for the weekend.
So thanks for having me, I am so glad to be back.

12-18-2005, 12:26 PM
:welcome: Nancy & Kimberlee!

Amanda- Did I see you are down one more pound? Do I get to add that to our group ticker?

My really tough day at the theater is over, only two shows to do today. Tomorrow I will be able to get back to my regular workout schedule. Eating hasn't been ok. It's tough at the theater because snacks are a carb fest. I need to work on getting more water in though.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

12-18-2005, 01:29 PM
:welcome2: Nancy & Kimberlee!!!!

Nancy- I read your other post and :hug:!!! I don't think you'll fall down the anorexic path this time since you're conscience of your actions this time and want to be a great role model for your DDs. Are your DDs in any sports? I'm not sure what the weather is like in Nebraska but is there any sort of sport/activity that you can do with your girls? And you're definitely not alone- that's why we're all here, we're all struggling with this weight thing! I know I once thought about being anorexic or bulimic. Fortunately I love food too much ( which is obvious, that's why I'm here) and I can't make myself vomit. So, :cheer: to you for coming here to look for support instead of going to the fridge.
I'm totally a stress eater. I was on the phone with my mom a few weeks ago, and after a heated conversation about her DWI, I hung up and dove into the kids leftover halloween candy. Anyway- Welcome!!

Kimberlee- You sound like you're so busy- working and having to take care of infant twins!! That's great that what you're MIL did for you guys. My oldest is 4 and the only time I have been away from her for more than 2 nights was when I was giving birth to my sons. I'm so jealous!! I just joined the YMCA last month and it has free day care if you're a member. You're allowed to leave them for up to 90 mins. Getting 90 mins to myself is motivation enough to get myself to the gym!!

Amanda- :bravo: Congrats on the loss!! How was the birthday party? I agree with your challenge. We're going to the inlaws and I'm so worried about not getting my workouts in. I know I'll be eating more while I'm there. I'll have to make more of a conscience effort.

Michelle- How's the show going? Do you have any pics you can post for us to see?

I'm down 2lbs this week!! :carrot: So, I met my goal (lose 10 lbs) and get to buy a new pair of running shoes. My next goal is to lose 5 lbs but I'm not sure what my reward will be. Thinking maybe a new pair of jeans or maybe some workout clothes. Haven't decided yet.
Dh is working all weekend. He didn't get home until 9:30 last week. He's leaving in about a month for Afghanistan so I really want to spend some QT with him before he leaves. DS2 had a fever last night. All day yesterday he wanted to be held and whenever he would wake up from a nap he would cry. I think he's feeling a little better today. I told the kids we could have a slumber party on the living room floor last night, the kids love it!!
I went to the gym yesterday morning and did more of my running program. I walked for 5 mins and then ran for 25mins. It was about 2.8 miles and I burned 354 calories!!! I have 3 more weeks of the program to go and hope to enter a 5k in the spring.

I hope everyone had a good weekend!!

12-18-2005, 02:27 PM
Congrats Lori! I'm going to go update our group ticker right now!

12-18-2005, 02:42 PM
:hug: We are so close to a group loss of 30 pounds this month! :bravo:

12-19-2005, 05:03 AM
Hello everyone!!! and a BIG hello to all the newbies!!!! Just wanted to check in while I was at work so that you didn't think I died!lol

DS was sick this whole weekend while we were visiting my folks, had a fever of 103 and that lovely hacking cough. 2 days later and the fever is gone, now we have the cough to battle...hope it goes away soon!! Luckily he is easy when he is sick-he always has been-- and he has been really sick in his short life.

So, I still haven't gotten that scale I said I was going to buy. Friday is payday so definately then. Don't let me off the hook girls!! Anybody have any suggestions? Do you have a scale that you totally love? or hate??? I have no idea what I want or should have so any suggestions would be great!

Do great things out there girls!!!

Amanda-- how was the bday?

12-19-2005, 08:16 AM
Morning ladies,:flow2:

It is 7 am here, and I think I'm finally ready to add my first post. I too had a lightbulb moment recently. I decided to step on the scale, BIG mistake :stress: in the past month I have gained 10 pounds, which is odd because I don't think I've been eating that bad. Anyways I am now at my all time heaviest and am severly concerned that I am going to get bigger. I need a place like this where I can find support, my husband is great but he tells me he likes me as I am. I can't seem to make him understand that I don't like me as I am.

I'll tell you a bit about myslef and my WL struggles. I'm 32 (just turned Dec 12), I have 2 beautiful children, my husband and I run our own business and I am a part time nursing student. In January 2001, I had another light buld moment so I joined WW. Sure enough I had 70 lbs to lose. No Problem. In 12 weeks I dropped 25 lbs, I was feeling great,:dizzy: . Then I learned I was pregnant. :dance: , there went my weight loss. After I had my son I couldn't get rid of that extra 20 lbs he blessed me with (not to mention the small belly). I got on with life, tried WW a few times, never worked, and in 2004 I gave birth to my daughter. During the pregnancy I had only gained 5 pounds because I had lost 20 being so sick. Needless to say I was 17 lbs lighter than my Pre-preg weight by the time I left the hospital. Unfortunately, I gained it all back during her night time feedings.

This brings me to today, another 10 pounds heavier. It's so upsetting.
I'm thinking about joining WW again but we have a new leader here and she's just not motivating. She makes it so rigid and dull. :shrug: (she was my leader the last few times I failed) Anyway, I am hoping that I can come here and get some support from other women trying to lose weight because you know what I am going through.

I know this is long and wordy but from now on they'll be short.

Have a great day

12-19-2005, 08:19 AM
Hello, all- thanks for all the welcomes, I am going to try to post while the babies are still babbling away in their cribs., lol. Well, I understand with this group there is a " group" weigh in of sorts, but I am not going on the scale but every 2 weeks. I used to be TOTALLY addicted to it and DH finally took the battery out, lol. So my official starting weight today is 150.6 and my mini goal is 148 by Jan 5th. (I'd LOVE to be 145, but not too sure that's realistic).
Lori- Congrats on your loss and thanks for the heads up about the YMCA, I am a bally's member, but never go- their daycare is for 2 yrs+. I am thinking quite seriously about getting my AA at the community college here and I hear they have a GREAT pool. But for right now walking is going to have to be it. I do have a goal to do the Baltimore marathon in Oct., but my running has been minimal since the babies. We'll see. I am always so motivated and optimistic right after my coffee in the morning:coffee2: . The afternoon is a totally different story, lol.
Chellefox- Sorry to hear about your son, dealing w/ healthy kids is hard enough, hope he gets better soon. I
I should probably go check on them- have a great day everyone! Here's to making wise decisions.

12-19-2005, 08:26 AM
Welcome Dawn, you must've been posing at the same time as me. Well, babies will do it to you :) . I have never done WW, but I have been here and being accountable w/ people who care really does make a difference. Good luck to you, and keep the long posts coming!

12-19-2005, 10:48 AM
:) Happy Monday!

Today I am going to try so hard to resist temptation. After reading the posts I feel so empowered, that I can do this!!

This morning I ate a light bagel for breakfast --- a huge improvement from the microwave cheddar cheese popcorn I normally would have had :o ! My plan is to eat low fat and low calorie, with no real number in mind, at least initially. And to ride my excercise bike. I was wondering though, how much water should I be drinking? I'm embarrassed to admit that right now I drink Diet Coke all day and all night.

I want to thank everyone for welcoming me to this group. The support here is just fabulous. It is great being around others who are rooting for each other, not sabatoging each other. Thanks again Amanda for the heads up!:)

Alsbttrfly ---- my dds are in Tae Kwon Do, which they love. Both of my dds have come to me recently (but seperately) with their concerns that they are fat. I told them that if it bothered them, the best thing to do would be to make better choices with food --- have one sugary snack a day, other then that grab fruit, or carrots and ranch dip instead --- and for them to get moving, maybe practice their forms each day. Anyway, I hope I told them the right thing. I had a friend growing up whose mother kept hammering in "size 6, size 4, size 2" that friend is now morbidly obese.

Anyway heres to a great week!!

12-19-2005, 01:33 PM
:welcome2: Dawn! It's great to have you join us. If you like the WW "plan" but just don't like the leader in your area, you might try doing WW on line.

Nancy:drill: Your mission is to drink at least six 8 oz. glasses of water today. It should be a minimum of eight glasses, but I'm cutting you some slack for the holidays!

Chelle- I hope your son is feeling better today. :hug: Sick kids are hard!

Kimberlee- The group ticker is not anything "official" every week, it's just as you have a loss you post it so I can add it to the group loss for the month. Group goal is 30 pounds a month.

Amanda- :shrug: Where are you?

I for one am glad the weekend is over! Now to just get through this week with DH being home. That always throws my schedule off.

Have a great Monday everyone! :dance:

12-19-2005, 06:16 PM
:wave: I am here. Just slow to recover from yesterday's birthday craziness. Oliver did very well no mager meltdown. If I can figure out how I'll post a pic. I am doing horrible on the excersize front but well on the not overeating front. I just tried the cake today. Not bad but after spend 2 days baking and icing it I just couldn't stomach eating it. It fact I ran in to work this morning and took them a big hunk of it and all the yummy cheese crackers that i had made. I love cheese so it was best to rid my house of the temptation. My biggest temptaions are salty things not sweet things.

I am so glad our little board is growing, the more the thinner.

Dawn, the first weigh-in is the hardest and is all a part of "owning" your weight than putting it up for sale.

If I can figure out how to post pictures, I'll share some of the birthday fun.

on the NordicTrack tonight and committed to 4 days of excersize this week.

12-19-2005, 08:02 PM
Cute picture Amanda!

12-19-2005, 08:47 PM
Thanks for the responce everyone. Michelle, I thought about trying WW online but to be completely honest I need to be held accountable to someone in person everyweek to make myself stay committed. Terrible as it sounds if I try to do it at home I think I'll get into trouble. I've decided to join but I probably won't stay for the meetings unless I am having a bad week, that way I can still weigh in and stay on track. Wish me luck. I know that first weigh in is the worst but I can put on my game face.

12-20-2005, 01:37 AM
Well ladies, ds is now healthy except for a cough and he is bouncing off the walls with energy....unfortunately he shared his illness with dh and I and we are dragging tail! Perhaps this will end posively and I will lose some weight since I don't feel like eating.:D

I am so happy to see so many new faces in our little group. Welcome everyone!!!

What happened to our 30 lb ticker? I don't see it anymore... did we meet our goal? Maybe we should up it for next month since we have so many people now? Any thoughts on that?

Is everyone ready for holidays? I will finish up the shopping on Friday and then we are done. We do have one (make that 4) small problems....our cats like the Christmas tree and have been climbing it and this morning they actually knocked it over. I am thinking about putting an electric fence around it lol:p I can just picture Christmas morning now...Santa has brought the presents and just layed them upon the tree instead of under it. Dang cats!!!

Well, I will talk to you girls tomorrow.

12-20-2005, 02:47 AM
Chelle the ticker is there, we have 7 more pounds to go to hit 30. I figured if we reached 30 lbs, we'd try for a second 30. We still have to make the first goal though. :D

12-20-2005, 02:08 PM
Good Morning! Where is everyone????? It feels good to be able to say that I'm finally back to working out! A week off, felt a little like torture. My arms are jello now though.

Hope everyone is having a good day!

12-20-2005, 03:01 PM
I am here, of course. Looking for support and a good vent before I am forced to go to a mexican restaurant and eat the biggest bowl of queso dip ever!!!!!!!

Just got back from the grocery store and I had to mentally talk myself out of a frozen pizza, a bag of chips or a pack of hot dogs. I am stressed about money and all I could think about was food. Food is cheap everything else is not. Our car needs to go into the shop and we are guessing it will be a huge bill. Completely the wrong time of year for a major breakdown. The car or me.:( I know my husband does not think I worry about these things but I do. I just don't show it like him. I am much more the keep it bottled inside until it explodes.

All a part of my issues that are linked to my binge eating. Owning the problem of my fatness and owning other day to day problems gets them resolved not shoving them under the rug. I am want to just ignore things and hope they magically resolve themselves, somethimes they do most of the time they don't. Pretending I was not getting fat led to eating what ever when ever.

Sorry to be the downer today. Just talking out loud. Good thing I don't like birthday cake or I would have been all over it. I feel better now writing it down. I think I'll walk to pick up the little man from daycare. That will help clear my head.


12-20-2005, 03:25 PM
:hug: Amanda sorry you are having a tough time today! You are turning to us for support and not food though, so that is a major victory! :bravo: This time of year can be so stressful. I'm sure things will look better tomorrow!!!

12-20-2005, 06:36 PM
I've been cookie baking today, but no tasting. I hope they actually do taste alright! :D

I made sugar free jello cake cookies, peanut butter balls, and peppermint chocolate brownies. I can't believe I made it through with no taste testing. The pb balls are my favorite!

12-20-2005, 08:46 PM
Michelle- I didn't fare as well. I did a little baking today and did lots of tasting!! I ate a light supper, a 6 inch subway sandwich with lots of veggies. I was really planning on doing a lot of baking this week but my ds has been so grumpy lately that I haven't been able to. I think he is finally teething.

Amanda- sorry to hear about the car. I'm much like you that I tend to keep my worries to myself, while, my DH on the otherhand lets everything out. Glad the birthday party went well.

I've been kind of weak today, giving in to my food cravings, namely the cookies. I tend to munch more when I don't go to the gym, unfortunately. Dh wanted more Sbarro's for dinner, the stuffed pepperoni and saugage pizza, I almost gave in but got the sandwich instead. I think i decided no more baking for me unless I go to the gym first.

My goal for the rest of the year is not to gain any weight. I hope I lose, but realistically, maintaining is fine. We'll be spending about 10 days at the inlaws and since I'm breastfeeding, MIL is always eagle-eye-ing what I eat and how much. She's maybe 100lbs soaking wet.

Hope everyone is doing ok and having a good stress-free week.

12-20-2005, 09:07 PM
Lori, I love cookie dough. Love it. I was fine with the cake and frosting. I am not much of a cake person. More a pie/cobbler kind of a gal. If Oliver cooperates I am planning a little cookie baking myself. I have been getting the 12 days of cookies from the food netwrok and there are 2 recipes I would like to try.

I love to cook and bake. It is my hobby. I love new recipes and I love peoples faces when they bite into one of my butter laden creations. So, I have continued to bake but have been feeding the whole neighborhood. My new neighbors must think I am insane.

10 days with the in-laws. Not me jelly bean. I can maybe stand 3 hours. Lori, you should be so proud of your weight loss while breastfeeding. I used it as my excuse as to why I was eating so much when really if I had made smart choices I could have been losing weight. I work and I tried to diet around the 6 month mark and had a severe decrease in supply so I stopped until he was 11 months then stopped pumping at work so I did not have the pressure of producing 16 oz a day for him while he was at day care. I am very proud of committing to and completing a year of breastfeeding. His official birthday is tomorrow so I hope by the end of January we can be fully weened. He does love his nighttime feeding/snuggle sessions.

Thanks Michelle and Lori for the support. I just was bummed when I noticed the fluid leak on top of the high grocery store prices plus Oliver's birthday and Christmas. All very over whelming. Next year I vow to start a birthday/Christmas fund. Last year we didn't have to worry because everyone understood why we didn't give out presents, we had only been home 1 day!!!!!!

Took a long walk this afternoon and cleared my head.Feeling much better. This excersize thing really works.


Roll Call :drill: Calling out all lurkers!!!!!!

12-20-2005, 09:29 PM
:o Hello everyone!

Wow Michelle, baking all those cookies and not tasting them --- I really admire your will power!

:hug: Amanda! Everything breaks down in December, doesn't it? I also went to the grocery store today and spent over $200!! It is insane.

I'm afraid that I didn't do too well today. Today is the first anniversary of our son coming home from Korea:) :) :) So I made Jap Chae and chocolate cake! The Jap Chae is actually probably low cal, or at least compared to a Big Mac, but the chocolate cake, well, no excuse for that:o

I am drinking my water, though I'm still not at the 8 glasses mark. And I will be riding my excercise bike yet tonight, so things may kinda sorta even out. HA! However, tomorrow I plan on making much more healthy eating choices and drink much more water. Thursday my girls will be out of school so we will be baking our cookies. That is going to be a hard day. I think I may take the stance of one cookie at a time. If I eat one cookie I will not have blown it. If I eat 15 (which I have done before:o ) well, I will *not* eat 15!!

Take care everyone,

12-20-2005, 10:53 PM
Amanda- Great job on the 12 months of breastfeeding!! I breastfed my first 2 for a year as well. I remember how hard it was in the beginning and was aiming just to get to the 2 week mark. Thanks for the heads up on the 12 days of cookies. I haven't been watching too much tv lately. I love the food network!! I love Paula Dean's southern food, alton brown's quirkiness and rachel ray is just so cute, she reminds me of my sil. Speaking of inlaws, 10 days won't be so bad. When we moved here from Germany in August, I spent 3 weeks with them and my DH was only there during the weekends. I actually get along with my MIL pretty well, better than my own mother, but that's a different story.
My DS1's birthday is in the beginning of January, so I completely understand the money issues. He was originally due Dec 28 and came 2 weeks late, now he's almost 3. So, Happy Birthday, Oliver!!!

Well, Nancy, I think I ate about 15 cookies today!! And, I'm not exaggerating!! When you say you're son came home from Korea- was he in the army? I spent some time in Korea while I was in the army.

Dh is still at work and the kids are asleep. I really should get up and do some cleaning, but I feel that this is "me" time. I have a load in the washing machine and I cleaned up my kitchen, so my house isn't a complete mess. What's everyone planning on doing for New Year's eve?

12-20-2005, 11:27 PM
Hi Lori.

You were stationed in Korea? How was that? Our son was adopted from Korea --- he just turned 2 in September. He was escorted from Korea, and I always wished that we could have gone there to pick him up.

Korea seems like a beautiful country, and I've heard that the people there are very friendly. The Korean's I've met in NE have always been friendly to me and to Sam.

And about the 15 cookies, realistically when I start making the Russian Teacakes it will take a mountain of will power to stop at 1 or 5 or 10 lol!!


12-21-2005, 02:40 AM
Hey all, I'm on my way to bed, but just wanted to check in really quick. The show went well tonight, and now we have a break for awhile. I can't believe how hard this week has been eating wise! Much harder than Thanksgiving week, and we aren't even to Christmas Eve, and Christmas day. There are just so many goodies around!!!! I fought my way through temptation at the theater tonight. I got lots of food gift items, that all look yummy. I just want this weekend to get over with! Next week should be easier.

12-21-2005, 07:09 AM
Wow, skip a day around here an you've got A LOT of reading to do!! Hello everyone, Happy Wednesday.:)
Chellefox, I'm glad DS is better, hope you'll be better soon, too.
Amanda-Christmas if financially stressful for the best of us- and cars break down whenver you don't need them to anyway, I think it's some kind of law. I don't know how the rest of you financial life is, but if you need help in that area, I LOVE Suze Orman. - She's got audiobooks if you don't have time to read- I have vowed to clean up our finances, too. It takes such stress off of you. So, just a suggestion,- just remember it's only temporary anyway. I am glad you are feeling better though, and good job on resisting all that junk-( I couldn't- I bought oreos yesterday:p ). Oh yeah, and 12 MONTHS of bfing??? Way to go, I pumped for 5 weeks and that was it for me.
Lori- I think its great you are at a point when you're satisfied with maintaining. Good luck with that.
Soooo, I am doing ok, too darn tired to walk at night, but not pigging out during the day. I am just so sick of looking frumpy. I have refused to buy bigger clothes because I vowed not to stay at this weight, but I have like 3 or 4 things to wear, jeans, t-shirts and sweats. All I want to do is to fit into a size 10- is that too much to ask?- I don't even know what size I wear, because I am wearing my husbands sweats and my maternity jeans. :( Dh gave me some beautiful jewelry, and I have nothing to wear it with. Ok, done whining. What does everybody else do?

12-21-2005, 08:27 AM
It's so nice to see everyone supporting each other. I know how it feels to be stressed about money at this time of year. Nothing seems to go right, everything breaks, the credit cards are maxed, I honestly think retailers increase their prices at Christmas just to make us psend more. To top it all off my DH just spent $40 on a turkey! :?: He figured we needed the biggest one at the grocery store. 22 Pounds, I'm only feeding 5 people.:T

I'm having a hard time getting motivated to start my diet program, life has been so hectic lately I don't seem to get any me time to concentrate on what I have to do. Exercise is the last thing on my mind too, my treadmill is just collecting dust in the basement, I feel so guilty. I have stopped drinking pop (i've been really bad lately) so that's a start I guess. Nancy, I have a few tricks I learned at WW for anyone who can't drink their 8 glasses of water:

:yes: Try drinking it through a straw (this one never worked for me)

:T :grouphug: Let the water reach room tempurature or close to rt (this is the one that works for me, :carrot: sounds unpleasant but to be honest I can only drink my water like this now unless I've been exercising)

My DS is having his very first Christmas concert tonight, I can't wait to see him on stage. They've asked us to bring treats for after the concert so that means I'll be baking too, and trying to resist tasting. It's so hard though, I love cookie dough too. :nono: I also volunteered to make cupcakes for his party on Friday, again one of my downfalls, the icing!:eek:

Anyways, I wish you all luck with temptation, like Michelle said next week will be better.

Well gotta go, have a great day.:grouphug:

12-21-2005, 10:38 AM
Hi, all. I love the fact that most of us have the same amount of weight to lose! Michelle - I especially look at your progress because we seem to be at the same place weight wise and goal wise.

I made my goal this week! I weigh in every Wednesday morning with my husband and each week I have a 2 lb weight loss goal. I am now down from 200 to 195 (5 lbs in 2 weeks).

I have been trying to take this weight off for years. I weighed around 176 in Sept of 2001. I was trying to lose THEN even. To my husband this is the "sudden death round" as he says. If I don't progress each week from now on, he wants me to look into other methods such as this diet pill called "Meridia" which I DO NOT want to take. I took Dexitrim in middle school and it made me jittery. I don't like the idea of taking prescription drugs, either. You never know what the affects could be.

Please don't think he's a bad guy because he wants me to look into diet pills -- he is usually against drugs as well but we both feel that my health is at stake for being obese - and at this point I am obese.

Sounds like everyone is doing holiday baking. I can resist eating what I make but CANNOT resist licking the bowl, spoon, eating the batter. I have my final baking to do today - fudge - for gifts. I may take a few liberties since I don't have to weigh in again until next Wednesday.


12-21-2005, 11:17 AM
Kimberlee- Go shopping! Buy some cute clothes that fit you now. Stop waiting! You will feel better in non frumpy clothes no matter what the size.

Dawn- Have fun at DS's concert tonight!!! Good luck with your baking!

Melly- Congrats on the -2 lbs. I'll go add them to our group ticker in a little bit. How tall are you? I only ask, because I'm reevaluating my goal weight since it actually might be to low for me. I'm 5'8" and medium boned so 136 is the very bottom of the healthy weight range for me. I just don't actually know what "thin" is for me numbers wise.

Have a fit and fabulous Wednesday everyone! :carrot:

12-21-2005, 11:57 AM
Melly I updated the ticker with your 2 lb. loss! We are almost there everyone!

12-21-2005, 02:47 PM
Michelle - I am 5'6. I haven't seen the 30's since high school so I'm not sure how realistic 132 is for me, but I want to get pregnant this coming fall and would like to be on the lower side because I know I'll probably gain about 40 lbs. Plus I want to wear cute maternity clothes this time, like from Peapod. Not huge old navy xxl garb.


12-21-2005, 03:17 PM
Hi everyone,

I guess I haven't written in a couple of days.

I agree with Lori about the holidays - at this point I just want to maintain and not gain any weight. I can be pretty good about not binge eating right now, as I have so much to do that I don't have much time to eat.

10 days with the in-laws - wow, good luck with that. I'm spending like 3 with mine and that's plenty enough for me. Both of his sisters are very tiny (like size 4 or something) and next to them I feel like Jabba the Hut. I totally know what you are saying.

Good luck with weight loss and the holiday craziness everyone!

Take care.



12-21-2005, 04:19 PM
Bear with me trying to write with a sick one year old attached to you is a bit difficult.:( Sick on his birthday, poor little guy.

If I don't get to excersizing, I'll just be maintaining over the holidays. I did walk the stairs at work and had a 45 minute walk yesterday but other than that nada. I have been good about what I eat so I think I am o.k. We will see Friday. And no Thai food (or Thai waiters) Thursday so no excess water.

Do you gals want to do the Dicovery Health Challenge together? Sign up starts Dec 30 and the program starts January 14th?

Here is also a link to their yummy mummy show, very cute

:cheer:Way to go Mellyann. 2.5 pounds a week is right on goal and a healthy pace when losing weight.

Tonkasmom, I like Suzy Orman as well. It is funny because when I see her show on CNBC, I feel a bit uncomfortable like she knows my financial secrets. Our goal this year is to cut costs and save more. I have horrible student loans that are a big part of my problem. My vow is that Oliver will never have this monkey on his back and we will be able to send him to college free and clear through med/vet/graduate school just not law school. That is where I draw the line. I'll check out my local library for one her books. I have 2 weeks off from work and need to use it wisely. Prepping for all my New Year's Resolutions.

I feel great today. And in general a very upbeat and optimistic person. Yesterday just collapsed on itself.

Oh and by the way, I was attempting to wear a very comfy but very large pair of maternity cords just before I made the committment to lose weight. Buy yourself some clothes. Although my husband hates them I love Target and OldNavy clothes. And while I am in transition I am not buying anything expensive unless it is a pair of shoes.

Well, Professor Fussbottom is getting restless,


12-21-2005, 08:30 PM
Hey all! Major shopping completed. I still have to get stocking stuffers, but that's pretty easy. SO everything is wrapped and under the tree. I actually shopped for, wrapped, labelled, and put under the tree my own presents. IS that weird?

Amanda- I'm willing to sign up for the Discovery Health challenge thing if everyone else wants to.

Lisa- My sils are small too, not tiny sizes 4s but much thinner than me. I'm working on that not being true by next year though!

12-21-2005, 10:38 PM
It's my radiator:( Cracked, leaking kaputy!!!!Merry Christmas:snowball:

But something good came out of it. Spencer and I had a real heart to heart about our finances and we are both committed to making a New Year's Resolution of being more frugal.

Money sucks!!!!!

Michelle, if you bought your own presents you are sure to like what Santa brought you. No returning:hohoho:


12-22-2005, 12:18 AM
:hohoho: I will definetly not be returning what Santa got me. :gift2: I will refrain from listing what I got until I actually do open my gifts on Christmas.

Amanda- Bummer about your radiator! :( It's good you and DH had a heart to heart though. I guess, I avoid those like the plague!:o

And :yes: yes "Money sucks"

12-22-2005, 01:58 AM
Count me in on the discovery program....let me know what group to register for.

12-22-2005, 08:32 AM
I agree with and Michelle Kimberlee, I went shopping yesterday and bought myself an outfit that made me feel good, I shouldn't have at this time of year but I needed it for my own piece of mind. It just made me feel better about myself becuase when I look in the mirror all I see is the extra 10 pounds. (i'm sure they are all on my face!! :))

Michelle, I honestly don't think that 'healthly weights' given by the doctors take into account our muscle mass or bone structure. When I lost my first 25 lbs, I dropped from a size 18 to a size 12/13, which looked considerable (I'm 5'6" and have an athletic frame and large bone structure)and according to WW I still had another 55 lbs to lose to get to their ideal weight. I'm striving for 160 now but if I feel and look great at 170 or even 180 I'll stop even though by the BMI standards I'll still be overweight.

Anyways DS's concert last night was a blast, he looked so cute. Well gotta start my baking today, no nibbles or tastes today!


12-22-2005, 10:58 AM
Good morning everyone!

:hug: Amanda! I'm sorry to hear about your radiator. Money worries are the worst, aren't they? Just keep thinking that this time next year, you will no longer have money worries! Budgets are like diets, no one likes to do them, but boy do they make a difference in how you feel:D

I have an infection in a tooth I had a root canal in 4 years ago. The good news is that the antibiotic I'm on a) I'm required to drink a ton of water and b) makes my stomach a little upset so I'm less inclined to want to eat, much less overeat. Always a silver lining!!

Other than that everything is going well. Oh, I would love to join the Discovery Health Challenge. In fact, I was planning on doing it before I came to 3fatchicks. In a weird way, I'm really looking forward to Christmas being over with (that and the new root canal:( ) so that I can focus on my weight loss without distractions or temptations......

Have a good Thursday!

12-22-2005, 11:27 AM
:rudolph: :santa:

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to drop a quick note before the end of the day. I'm going to be away until December 27th (won't be online).

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your time off from work (I certainly will be!).

Good luck with the families and sick kids (poor baby!) and all of that Santa stuff. I still have alot of shopping to do (yes, I'm a big procrastinator!!).

Take care. I'll pop back in next week.


12-22-2005, 01:06 PM
:carrot: Down 2 pounds :goodscale this week! :carrot: That makes 6 pounds since Thanksgiving, not the 11 I wanted, but a nice amount non the less!

Lisa- We'll miss you! Have a Merry Christmas! :ginger:and :newyear:

Nancy- I'm also strangely looking forward to Christmas being over, so that I can really focus on weight loss without all the temptations.:tread:

Dawn- :bravo: I'm so glad you bought yourself a new outfit!

:barbell: Discovery Challenge- Chelle, Nancy, Amanda, Michelle, anybody else interested? Amanda will you be in charge of letting us know when to sign up, etc.

:gossip: Happy Thursday! Only 3 more sleeps until Santa comes! :hohoho:

12-22-2005, 01:40 PM
Updated the ticker, we are so close to a group loss of 30 pounds for this month!

12-22-2005, 02:40 PM
It's me again!

Michelle - congrats on the weight loss! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!

I have to say, this lady at the gym really made me mad today. I commented that I hadn't seen weight loss on the scale yet, only in my clothes. She said well you have to diet, too. I was so mad. Guess she assumed I just workout and don't diet?? Why do people say such dumb things.

Sorry to vent, just irritated.

Take care.

Lisa :carrot:

12-22-2005, 04:21 PM
Lisa- All you have to do is smile at the stupid people! Just smile really sweetly and say "Why thank you, I really should have thought of that." The stupid person will not know if you are sincere or you think they are an idiot!

12-23-2005, 10:10 AM
Lisa, I hope when I lose all my weight I don't lose the fat necessary to make mental funtction possible. Sorry for your bad experience. Experiences like that are what people drop their gym membership.

For my birthday, one year I decided to treat myself and have a mini-spa day. Pedicure,eyebrow waxing and a manicure (which I never do). Well, I went to a new spa and was having a lovely time when the girl said in a back handed comment, "You know Amanda, your are just too pretty to be so fat"!!!!!!!! I never returned to the spa and I hope I got her fired. I called the next day talked to the owner, explained my experience and let her know I would be retelling the tale several times over.

:goodscale:2.5 pounds down from last week. 181!!!!!!!!!!! 1 pound away from my Christmas goal of 180!!!!!!!
This makes my bad week a whole lot better.

Off to get Oliver's 1st haircut. I tried to do it yesterday and stopped after 1 clip.


12-23-2005, 07:30 PM
Hey Amanda that's going to put us at our group goal. We still have that .5 to add from your last weigh in so we will be down another 3lbs when I update the ticker.

Congratulations to you!!!

Good luck with Oliver's haircut, his little curls look so cute in the picture!

12-23-2005, 08:27 PM
Updated ticker! Whoo hooo to Amanda for those last few pounds to get us to goal, and we still have a week left in December!

12-23-2005, 08:41 PM
It's the eve of Christmas eve. The excitement is running a little high in my house! We took the kids to the science center in Seattle today, they had a blast. The trip to McDonald's on the way home, didn't even phase me, I stayed on plan with no problem.

Merry Christmas to those who will be away from the boards this weekend. :hohoho:

12-24-2005, 10:17 AM
Oliver's haircut was a huge, terrifing mistake. He cried and the old man cutting it was incredibly grumpy. Next Time, I am going to do it. Oliver has a huge chuck cut out of his hair. I cried. But I got him home and gave him a bath and he was fine. He looks like such a little boy not a baby.

I have been very slack on the working out this week. I have kept active and obviously still lost weight but I need the rejuvination of working out to keep me mentally on track. I think that is why I was so bummed about the car etc this week. Well, Christmas Eve or not I am back on the NordicTrack tonight!!!!

:cheer: Staying on plan at McD's way to go Lisa!!!!

:xcheer: :wreath: :clause::ginger: :clause: :rudolph: :coolsnow: :hohoho: :gift2: :present:

Merry Christmas,

12-24-2005, 12:35 PM
Merry Christmas Eve! I got up early and worked out and now I'm ready for whatever the day brings. We have a family get together this am, and one this evening. Plus watching football this afternoon. The kids are super excited, and hyper. I've still got to go to the grocery store to get a few last minute things.

Have a great day everyone!

12-25-2005, 03:00 AM
:present: Merry Christmas!:hohoho:

:stardav: Happy Hannukah!:dreidel:


12-25-2005, 01:53 PM
My Christmas gifts today- Two 15 lb weigths, a workout outfit, new workout shoes. Those were what I already picked out. Then I got some other things that I didn't know about, including my very favorite item, a Rothlisberger jersey. Have I ever mentioned my crush on the Steeler's Ben Rothlisberger?

I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas!

12-26-2005, 12:44 PM
Good Monday Morning! I hope everyone gets to come out and play today. I miss all of you!

12-26-2005, 06:10 PM
Hello all, this is my first day on this site and thought that I may benefit from a support group. I am well into my 30's and have had slow progress with my weight loss. I work out 3 to 4 times a week and eat reasonably healthy. I have remained at a plateau for some time. I am 5ft 4, weigh 143lbs. I injured my knee while running and have not been as active due to injury. My goal is to lose at least 20 lbs. I have been told that I do not need to lose any weight, but it is my goal and it is difficult. I would like to know what can I do to overcome this plateau. I have lost 8 lbs over a 2 months...HELP!


12-26-2005, 07:05 PM
:welcome: Lacey! Somethings to break a plateau are first of make sure you are eating ENOUGH calories,especially since you are working out. It seems strange, but if you are not giving your body enough fuel to build and keep those muscles, it will not release the fat stores! Another idea is to rotate how many calories a day you eat, check out the info on the "Wendie Plan" on the weight watchers board. Also if you have been eating mostly the same foods, and doing the same types of workouts, changing those up can bring about a change. Our bodies are marvelously adaptable, and we have to keep "shocking" them if we want to change their shape! :dizzy:

Good luck and I'm so glad you joined us on our journal towards being healthy and "hot!"

12-26-2005, 10:11 PM
I have battled my weight for as long as I can remember... It has always been an issue. I have always had low self esteem and poor body image. Even at my lowest, there were things to change... I know this is my quirk, I can deal with that... Here's a bit of my story....

In Sept '03, I met my wonderful husband. I was about 160 when we first started dating. After 3 months, I had back surgery... WOW, what an exercise program killer... I wasn't allowed to do anything for 9 months... I put on a bunch of weight... I was about 185 3 months before my wedding. I lost 16 pounds and got into my dress... after that... I was still using the "back surgery" excuse...

Well, it has been a year since my wedding and 2 years since my back surgery. I am now 187 pounds.

I am starting back with Tae Bo tomorrow and I am moving the treadmill back into the livingroom (it is way too cold for me to walk outside).

I just need something for a little encouragement. My husband has great encouragement for me but not a real motivator, he loves me as I am, but has no idea how unhappy I am.

I am a Phys Ed and Health Teacher and have been involved in athletics all my life and I coach 2 sports. I just need something to share experiences with and help motivate me along.

I know we are all here for the same goal and hopefully something will click and help me out here.

I am looking to lose at least 30 pounds, I know it won't be easy, but I have done it before, it is totally up to me.

My details: I am female (I am sure you guessed that already) 5' 8.5", 33 years old, married, school teacher, coach, and need your help!!!

12-27-2005, 09:25 AM
:welcome3:Deanna and Lacey, I hope we can help and motivate you along your weightloss journey.

Oh Michelle, I am so sorry you were lonely without anyone to play with. But I am back!!!!!and I hope alot of us make it back after the holidays.

Lacey, I think Michelle's suggestion were good. I never before realized that you have to eat to lose weight. Who knew. I think that is why I have been successful this time as opposed to other times because this time I am eating and not starving myself. I think that is also why I haven't binged. Also, when I have felt weak I have reached out here for support and loggin on has gotten me through.

Famous last words but I think I have overcome the sweet monster. I hav no craving what so ever to eat any holiday sweets. Crazy, I know but I ma just not interested. We went to my Grandmother's house last night (Cake and Cookie Headquarters) and I was fantastic. I only ate 1 piece of toffee and a small piece of Rocky Road and didn't want anymore!!!!!!Now if I can just curb the carb monster I would be set.

My goal tonight is to get on the NordicTrack. All excuses why I haven't but I really need too. I need to release some tension (cracked radiator).

I cracked 180 as my holiday goal but came pretty darn close at 181 so I am happy after all it was revised from 184 my original goal.

have a great day,

12-27-2005, 01:18 PM
:welcome2: Deanna, I'm glad you joined us over here! :D I asked you on your introduction thread, but I'll ask here too, what grade(s) do you teach?

Amanda :encore: bravo on defeating the sweets monster at your Grandmother's.

DH went back to work today, 5am seemed really early! :yikes: I've done my workout for the day, I'm back to trying to get in 100 oz of water everyday. The kids are playing with their new lazer tag guns, that make what seems like constant beeping noises, thank you so much dear brother and sil! :no: No real plans today, except to just keep enjoying winter break! :carrot:

12-28-2005, 06:46 AM
Hi all!!! I have finally found time to check back in. Christmas has been soooooo busy with family and all that but life is starting to get back to normal. Do you know that it is possible to still enjoy the holidays while only getting 3 hours of sleep??? I found that out the hard way. I am surprised to still be functioning!! All I have done since Friday is work and shop, then open presents, work an shop. I think that I may actually get some sleep tomorrow before we all go to the movies with my folks. Then everyone will be leaving my house on Thursday. YEA!!!!!!!:cb: :cb: :cb: Right now I have my parents, brother, sil, nephew and my family all at my house and it is a little crowded! I cannot wait to get back to normal and have my house back.

Anyway, I finally got a new scale and decided that Monday will be my weigh in day. Do we have a group weigh in day or are we just posting when and what? I also got new sketchers!! They are so pretty, orange and white with sparkley silver. My dh thinks that are too little kidish but I don't care. I love sparkle sketchers and they are my feet anyway. As soon as my family leaves, I am going to try them out on my treadmill.

Well, I just wanted to post and let you know that I am still alive. Welcome to all the new people! Glad to see you!!!

12-28-2005, 12:46 PM
:hug: Chelle it's good to see you here. When do you get your house back? Your new Sketchers sound cute, enjoy them! :p

We don't have a group weigh in day, just weigh in on whatever day, and then check in. My weigh in day is Thursday, tomorrow! :goodscale

The kids and I have rehearsal tonight, and I keep having this totally irrational fear that I am going to forget. I'm not sure why, maybe it's because Wednesday is not our "normal" theater day??? :?:

I have to, absolutely have to go to the grocery store today. I've been putting it off for to long!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! :snow4:

12-28-2005, 05:59 PM
Michelle--- I know that we have met our goal but I am down 2 lbs!!! Yeah!!!!

12-28-2005, 06:27 PM

I will add it to the group ticker here shortly!

12-28-2005, 09:29 PM
Group ticker updated with Chelle's -2 lbs.

12-29-2005, 01:14 AM
I'm back from rehearsal tonight, I think this is the shortest rehearsal we've ever had. Anyway a show tomorrow, and then closing night is Friday.

I have weigh in tomorrow morning. :goodscale

12-29-2005, 12:42 PM
Weighed in this morning. Stayed the same, so I have to take a look at what I'm eating. I really think I just plain ate to many carbs this week. I stayed op points/calories wise, but my food choices were low quality. That laziness in going to the grocery store showed up on the scale.

12-29-2005, 03:28 PM
Hi everyone,

Welcome to our new members! This is such a great place for support!!

Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and good holiday!

I was out sick for the past two days from work. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things. I've got bronchitis/bad cold. I just took a nap for lunch. I'm still not feeling well at all.

Thanks for all of the support about the comments that lady made at the gym. I also think sometimes I'm too sensitive, which doesn't help things at all.

I better get going. Take care.

Lisa :D

12-29-2005, 05:01 PM
Hello everyone!!

I'm glad to see that everyone has had a good Christmas.......I hope that New Years is also good to everyone.

Our Christmas was good except that all 4 of my children have Strep throat. I can't tell you how often I have been used as a Kleenex the last few days.

So, I haven't weighed myself, and frankly I am not planning on it till the Jan 1. I am soooo not looking forward to that:o

I am looking for a good family friendly healthy cookbook ---- any suggestions? At the drs I found out that my 9 year old weighs 100lbs and my 12 year old weighs 155lbs. :( I have let them down. I can't believe I allowed this to happen. A big part of our problem is that there is a Burger King 1 block from our home. It is so easy to say, oh lets just get BK for dinner/lunch.....well, it has had its impact on our family. Thankfully the house we are building is nowhere near a fast food place. That will help. But in the meantime, my focus is getting my family healthy. Not a size 0 or 2, but get my girls back to a healthy weight. Without pushing them into an eating disorder.

Oh, I didn't mean for this to become a book!!
Everyone have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve :D


12-29-2005, 06:50 PM
Lisa- I'm sorry your sick, I hope you feel better soon!

Nancy- I'm at a loss for words here. ediets, which is an awesome site, has a 12 week Trim Kids program. I haven't looked into it much, since my kids tend to be underweight, but it might give you a good place to start. Here is their family nutrition page-

As for fast food, well during the school week, with sports and theater etc. the kids and I eat at McDonalds at least once a week. It is possible to make healthier choices there. The kids get apple dippers instead of fries, and water or milk to drink. I usually eat a double cheese burger minus the bun, and a side salad with half a packet of ranch dressing, and the apple slices from the apple dippers, with water to drink.

Good luck on your whole families fitness journey!

12-29-2005, 10:38 PM
Thanks Michelle!!

I went on the ediets and I joined it. The recipes for kids are definatly something my children would eat, and n *not* feel deprived.

Thanks again for the tip!


12-30-2005, 10:17 AM
Good Morning!!!!!!

I never thought I would say it but I am looking forward to going back to work. I need the structure that it gives me to stay on plan. I am not drinking enough water and not excersizing. Bad girl. It showed up in the scale not a single oz lost!!! Still 181:p Shame on me. So Michelle, don't feel bad.

Nancy, my little one is only 1 so I don't have much wisdom about this but have you thought about taking them and yourself to a nutritionist. There they can hear from someone else about portion size, food choices, retraining their tastebuds. I feel for them. It is so hard being a young budding tween. I remember at our gym weigh-in in middle school and being about 25 pounds larger than all the others and of course it was just yelled out, being so embaraced. You need to do it for you whole family. These things just stay with you way into your adulthood.

:cheer:Way to go Chelle, 2 pounds!!!!!!!!


12-30-2005, 10:33 AM
Today is day one, I weighed in for the first time this morning. I was just a little surprised by the number. It was a little higher than I thought. I am not going to dwell on before I am going to just go forward. I am really glad I found this website, it has really helped get me energized. I am not ready to say what I weigh but I will say I have not seen onederland in a very long time and want to see that a great deal.
I am 35, I have 3 children, a boy 12yo, a boy 9yo, and a girl 7yo. I have been married for 14 years. I work full time as an accountant and I recently started at an online school in hopes of earning an MBA. I live in Florida. I belong to a gym called Circuit Works it is alot like Curves I like it quite a bit but haven't been so good about going in the last 3 weeks but that is going to change on Jan. 3rd when I go back to work.

12-30-2005, 12:12 PM
Hi Trudei! It's day 1 for me too and was hoping to join the group. My name is Kat I'm 35 in Chicago with 2 kids (3 yrs & 10 mo). I work full-time & we just moved in to a new (old) house this fall. We have a lot going on right now but the baby weight from the last little one is just not going away. I think if I don't start making some changes now the scale is just going to creep up and up and up. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. Have a happy New Year!

12-30-2005, 01:11 PM Kat & Trudei! Glad you joined us!

Trudei- I also have 3 children, a girl and two boys mine are 10, 8(almost 9), and 7. Good job facing scale, now you know where your starting and can focus on where you want to go!

Kat- That baby weight does seem to want to stay attatched to us sometimes! :D Yes now is the time to take action!

Amanda- Let's focus girl! You will be in the 170s soon, and I'm heading for the 180's.

Nancy- Keep us updated on how it's going with the kids. I know I definetly could be being better about how healthy my kids eat! My youngest still lives on chicken strips.

Lisa- Are you feeling any better?

Last night after our show, I went out with some friends which was fun. Today I re-committing to to doing what I need to do to accomplish my goal!


12-30-2005, 02:35 PM
This has become quite a cohesive group. I am going to move this thread out of Buddy Up and into Support Groups. See you there. You can just start a new thread in there for January or add to this one.

12-30-2005, 03:08 PM
Hi there,

Thanks stagemom, yes, I do feel a bit better. We get off work 2 hours early today, too, so that's pretty awesome.

Trudei - welcome to our group! I hope you find the support you need.

I hope everyone has a very happy and healthy New Year!

I'll be back online on Tuesday. Another three day weekend - gotta love it!!

Take care.

Lisa :hug:

12-30-2005, 03:13 PM
Glad you found the new spot!

12-30-2005, 03:13 PM
Hi Everyone,

:welcome3: to all the new ladies.

:sunny: Congratulations to everyone on their wl. I'm soon hoping to add to the ticker.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas. We had a good Christmas here, lots of loud presents!!:(

I'm so excited :cb: , up until now I haven't tried losing weight only not gaining anymore; however, I just got my new wl program in the mail the other day. I'm going to take a stab at the 6 Week Body Makeover by Micheal Thurmond. I was watching an infomercial a while back and ended uop ordering it. I know there are probably people out there that don't think it will work, but I'm going to try. It says you can lose upto 30 lbs in 6 weeks, I don't think that's healthy so I'm not concentrating on the numbers just the actual diet plan itself. If anyone here has tried it can you let me know. I'm exicted to start this plan that's why I know I'll suceed this time. THis is exactly how I felt the first time I did WW and lost 25 lbs in 12 weeks.

I start on Monday (they recommend that) so I'll let you know how I'm doing by the following Monday.

Well Happy New Year everyone! :newyear:

Talk to you soon.

12-30-2005, 04:52 PM
Dawn- I'm not familiar with The Body Makeover, but if your excited about it, and give it 100% effort I'm sure you will do well!

12-31-2005, 12:24 AM
So, just to be clear, we are going to start a new board every month? I think that is the easiest. I just want to know where to find everyone in January.

See you next year!!lol

12-31-2005, 02:55 AM
Chelle- I plan to start a new thread for January. I'll post at the bottom of this thread to let everyone know. I wouldn't want anyone to get lost!

12-31-2005, 02:01 PM New Year!

12-31-2005, 09:04 PM
Just wanted to wish everyone :balloons: a happy and safe :cheers: New Year!!


01-01-2006, 03:53 AM
Happy New Year Everyone!!! Sorry I've been MIA, will try to write more tomorrow when I'm not so tired!!!

01-01-2006, 12:04 PM
:newyear: Happy New Year and New You everyone!!!!!

We got a nasty virus (computer) about 2 days ago so no posting for me but after erasing the entire harddrive we are back in action.

I started off my New Year right and went on a hour long walk with my mommy walking buddies. We usually have something yummy afterwards so this time I made gingerbread but put it in muffin cups so we knew each muffin was 170 calories!!!!!

Back on track with the NordicTrack tonight. I am feeling very positive about the New Year. Ready to slim down my backside and fatten up my bank account. Any tips on either resolution will be welcomed.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year,


01-01-2006, 05:31 PM
January thread is up.