100 lb. Club - Weekly Weigh-In: December 5 - 11




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lessofsarahtolove
12-05-2005, 08:58 AM
Alright everybody!! I'm back! I am hereby officially announcing my first day back 100% on plan. I'm changing my siggy to reflect my new, elevated weight -- sad but true -- and I've got my eats planned out and to some degree already prepared. Lorraine's at the grocery store as we speak, storing up on more healthy grub. I worked out yesterday, but didn't eat on plan at all. (I think a little low-fat mayo might have slipped in there accidentally! ;) ) But today marks the return to business as usual. For those of you who know me pre-chemo, you'll know what that is for me, but there are so many new (to me) folks here, I'll have to clue you guys in at a later date....because of course I know you're just simply DYING to know all about what I'm doing! :lol:

Last year, working very hard over 8 months, I lost almost 80 pounds, only to have regained a bunch of it this year. Most of the gain occurred during chemo (notoriously common on my regimen) -- however since chemo ended in June I've managed to pack on another 13 pounds.

So, starting weight: 240.

Yep. It's a sad thing. But it's only temporary! :yes:

How are you guys doing??


irishgreengables
12-05-2005, 09:10 AM
Welcome back Sarah. I am noticing that, despite your weight gain, you have not returned to your high and, considering the #$%@ your body has been through, that is AMAZING! You should be pretty proud of yourself as you begin anew to now get rid of that chemo weight.

After a week long plateau following me reaching another short-term goal, I am down 2 pounds this week. YEAH!

lessofsarahtolove
12-05-2005, 09:27 AM
After a week long plateau following me reaching another short-term goal, I am down 2 pounds this week. YEAH!

Thanks for the nice welcome back, Paula! Speaking completely selfishly, I'm so glad that you're still here, as you're so consistently supportive and logical. :) Thanks also for the kind words on my regain -- as you know, it's hard to stomach (sad pun sort of partially intended) but it's all a state of mind. Cancer taught me, among other things, that everything can change on a dime -- so here's yet another swing of the pendulum.

CONGRATULATIONS on another 2 pounds!! You go! When you're down to the bitter end, 2 pounds is really significant, so I'm really happy for you! :cp:


newfiedarling
12-05-2005, 09:38 AM
Welcome back Sarah - there's always room on the wagon :) and congratulations Paula on the 2 pounds!

I'm down 1 more this week. I must admit that I was a little disappointed when the scale only registered 1 pound, I was expecting more. I thought I had an awesome week food and exercise wise. But better sense kicked in and I realize that it could because of any number of things, including the extra exercise. I'm happy with the 1 pound and I'll work equally hard this week to lose 1 more.

~Dee

lessofsarahtolove
12-05-2005, 10:12 AM
Very wise, Dee. That pesky exercise-related water weight! :s: Sometimes, also, we have to remind ourselves that our bodies don't always remember the calendar week and weigh-in day! I'm really proud of you -- you're doing so well!! :)

lucky
12-05-2005, 10:13 AM
Sarah, I love the tone of your post - it is so "gung ho". I've been trying to find that same groove again for a while. I think I'm finally there and I am good and ready to buckle down and reach my goal weight.

I've been maintaining my weight for a couple of months now. I've wandered somewhat aimlessly trying to figure out how to shed these last 20 pounds. I've become too content in the process. Getting to this point has been trying emotionally but the science of actually losing weight hasn't been that difficult. I mean, at 214 pounds and being completely sedentary all I really had to make myself do is eat a little less and move a little more (of course, that was much harder than it sounded at the time!). At 136 pounds it isn't quite that easy - I can only reduce my calories so much and exercise so hard. I'm not faced with the emotional obstacles that I once was and I've learned so much along the way but now I'm at a loss as to what is going to be required to reach my goal. But, I'm ready to figure it out.

On top of all that, while I have been maintaining, I've been exercising less frequently and junk food has been making a more regular appearance on my plate. Because of that a certain amount of reconditioning is going to be needed to start losing weight again too.

My plan is this: I'm through focusing on the 80 pounds I've already lost. I will always acknowledge them but it is time to look ahead to the next 20. I've changed my ticker and am trying to think of the these 20 pounds as a brand new journey. I am trying to keep my expectations realistic - I know the days of being able to lose 2 pounds a week are behind me. Even just a pound a week is a little optimistic at this point. I'm ready for the long haul. Also, I'm going to keep my mind open. The more important goal to me is getting the body I want, not the number on the scale. If I reach a point that I really like what I see then I'll be willing to stop even if I haven't hit 115 yet.

I'm glad you are back and feeling so strong. You have such a way of putting a positive spin on everything. You are quite and example to follow and your attitude is, thankfully, contagious.

babs2810
12-05-2005, 10:37 AM
Sarah,
Nice to see you back! I myself and still in a holding pattern at 215. but atleast im still on plan and holding strong. im not willing to give up at this point!

Betty925
12-05-2005, 10:42 AM
Yeh! I am down another pound. :carrot: That makes 22 pounds in all. I can't wait to see the 100 range. I had wanted to be at 200 pounds by the new year but don't think I will make so may be I can be there by end of January. Anyway, no stress. Just glad I am continuing to lose, even though last week I was so upset because I did not lose any. I have been averaging about 1-2 pounds a week so that is good.

Stay strong everyone and remember - together we CAN do this!!:hug:

irishgreengables
12-05-2005, 10:49 AM
Ah Sarah -- I feel the love. I also feel equally happy that youa re here because your messages are so upbeat (not that you HAVE to be upbeat all the time; we love you no matter what) and motivational.

Great losses all. ANd plateau weeks are better than gain weeks Krista. Hey Jawsmom, sounds like a good plan to just focus on the next final 20. I wonder if you could shake up your routine a bit to get your body losing again? Change exercises? Maybe alternate high calorie weeks with low calorie weeks? Add protein and weight lifting (if not doing already)?

Dee, you are going to find yourself down even more next week I bet. I find that hard-working weeks are usually belatedly rewarded on the scale. Regardless, going down is going down! Way to go.

Heather
12-05-2005, 10:55 AM
I think I would like to join this thread... and with Sarah's upbeat intro, who wouldn't??!

I am down 3 pounds this week. I'm (happily) surprised, given that I was also down 3 pounds the week before... but before that were 3-4 very slow weeks. Anyway, I'll take it. I am now 2 pounds away from 50 pounds lost!

lessofsarahtolove
12-05-2005, 10:58 AM
Sarah, I love the tone of your post - it is so "gung ho". I've been trying to find that same groove again for a while. I think I'm finally there and I am good and ready to buckle down and reach my goal weight.
Oh, that's good to hear! I've wasted a lot of time wondering how I could "get my mojo back" and wondering why I didn't feel the fire in my belly like I did last year. I finally came to the conclusion that it wasn't very different from my practice of smiling and trying to put out positive energy when I'm feeling cranky or down. My thought there is that the positivity I put out will end up coming back to me and cheering me up. So, similarly, I'm acting a tad more gung ho than I'm actually feeling, in the hopes that all the related behaviors will effect the results which will further motivate me. Got it? "A lot of paint will make it what it ain't," as it were. :lol: I just finally came to the conclusion that I couldn't just passively wait until I felt this great passion to turn it around. A little passion was good enough!

I've been maintaining my weight for a couple of months now. I've wandered somewhat aimlessly trying to figure out how to shed these last 20 pounds. I've become too content in the process. Getting to this point has been trying emotionally but the science of actually losing weight hasn't been that difficult. My plan is this: I'm through focusing on the 80 pounds I've already lost. I will always acknowledge them but it is time to look ahead to the next 20. I've changed my ticker and am trying to think of the these 20 pounds as a brand new journey.
I can completely relate to this, too! I, too, needed to put my 80 pound loss behind me and face the here and now. The most important facts are that I currently weigh 240 pounds, and I have a hundred pounds to lose. I've regained 34 previously lost pounds, and that sucks, but all things considered, it's not the end of the world. I lost them before and I'll lose them again. It's all in the viewpoint: backwards vs. forwards. One way leads to immobility, the other to progress.

I am trying to keep my expectations realistic - I know the days of being able to lose 2 pounds a week are behind me. Even just a pound a week is a little optimistic at this point. I'm ready for the long haul. Also, I'm going to keep my mind open. The more important goal to me is getting the body I want, not the number on the scale. If I reach a point that I really like what I see then I'll be willing to stop even if I haven't hit 115 yet.

Good for you. I'm really glad to hear that. It really sounds like you've got your head screwed on straight and have the most pragmatic, rational mindset going into this last leg of your journey. It sounds like at this point it's much less about actual poundage than body fat percentage. Maybe your final goal could be centered around that rather than the number on the scale, as you're down to the final sheets on that paper towel, you know? Especially since you're absolutely right, you can only go so low on the calories. Just a thought.

I'm glad you are back and feeling so strong. You have such a way of putting a positive spin on everything. You are quite and example to follow and your attitude is, thankfully, contagious.
AGAIN you're being so sweet to me!! :goodvibes Thank you! I do tend to be quite the little Polly Positive, to the annoyance of some in my office. ;) But you're right, I do feel stronger. I think I'm probably at about 80% (it's hard to tell when you're in it, you know?) which is terrific, I understand, considering how much more recuperating I have before me. (They say it takes at least a year, and I'm only 4 1/2 months out.)

We'll get there, together. I'm just so proud of how far you've come, and I know that as long as you continue to keep your wits about you as well as you have, you can do nothing BUT reach your ultimate goal. :hug:

teahoney
12-05-2005, 11:23 AM
Sarah, I don't know if we have ever actually met but it is nice to see you back. I love your avatar. You just look so happy and free in that picture.

I think I already posted this yesterday but my weigh in was yesterday and I am down 1.5 pounds. Congrats to everyone else with their losses.

lucky
12-05-2005, 12:01 PM
Hey Jawsmom, sounds like a good plan to just focus on the next final 20. I wonder if you could shake up your routine a bit to get your body losing again? Change exercises? Maybe alternate high calorie weeks with low calorie weeks? Add protein and weight lifting (if not doing already)?


Yep, I do all of the above. But, thanks for the suggestions! The months that I maintained were intentional - I needed a chance to let my brain catch up with my body. Plus, I needed a little time to evaluate my original goals. I started out thinking if I could just lose 20 pounds I'd be happy. I don't think I ever considered what would happen if I actually lost 80. :dizzy: . So, I took the time I needed to appreciate how far I had come and decide how much further I wanted to go. Now, I think I just have to accept that I'm past the point of any tricks of the trade making a difference. I'm doing all the right things (for me). It is a matter of patience, patience, and more patience at this point! ;)

ScarlettDrawl
12-05-2005, 01:01 PM
No movement for me. I'm frustrated, but not giving up. The 270's are being a...*rhymes with switch*... to me. They won't let me go!!

Sandi
12-05-2005, 01:20 PM
Hello Everyone!!

Congrats to all the losers. Some really positive vibes going on here. I'm so glad to see it. This really can be done.

I'm down 2.4 this week! :D

howie6267
12-05-2005, 01:21 PM
Good to see you back in action Sarah. It sounds like several of us are coming out of the funk that we have been in the last few months. So here is to a new month and may we all be thinner by the new year.

sabriena
12-06-2005, 11:18 AM
Hey everyone :) Congrats to everyone that's lost and is holding :)

I had a horrible week, well I think so. I'm not beating myself up over it or anything. I ate fast food twice this week, didn't get as much water as I wanted in, and wasnt feeling too good about weighing it. To my pleasant surprise though, I've dropped an amazing 4 pounds this week. Now, I have NO IDEA how the heck it happened, but I had my husband read the scale 3 times to make sure it was right! haha I didn't believe it!! So now I'm only 2 pounds away from my end of December goal and there is still what 3 weeks left in the month?

lessofsarahtolove
12-06-2005, 11:28 AM
Wow!! Everyone's doing really well!! SANDI!!!! I'm especially excited to hear how well you're doing. :hug: That just makes me SO happy!!

Sabriena - WACKY! All's well that ends well, though, right? Do you know why you struggled so much this week? Hope it goes easier for you this week so you have no doubt that you're on track. :goodvibes

Howie.....I just love you, man. I really, really, really do. I'm going to give you this little smiley :hug: -- and you and Kimberley BOTH know how much I mean that.....and what it FEELS like, too!! I just wanted to SQUEEZE you I was so happy to be able to give you a real live hug! :goodvibes :goodvibes

sabriena
12-06-2005, 11:39 AM
Sarah, I know EXACTLY why it was bad.. two words: CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! :P

We were out and shopping and it was simple and you know how it is.. can't just eat something good at fast food places... but it's ok! haha

teahoney
12-06-2005, 11:49 AM
Congrats Sabriena!!!!

Vilandra485
12-06-2005, 12:03 PM
From the 29th to the 6th I only lost a pound on the scale...but I logged my calories and should've lost 2 or 2.5....I'm hoping it's water weight!! I'll know next week I guess. So, 1 pounds for week 2. 5 pounds down total. :)

howie6267
12-06-2005, 02:11 PM
Thanks Sarah and (((((HUG)))))) right back at you.

Sabriena that is great that you were able to lose so much even on a week that you struggled. It does get a little easier to make good choices at fast food. The more on plan choice you can make the easier it gets. Plus places like Wendy's and McDonald's are getting more and more good choices. I went to Wendy's last night and had there chili with a side salad and cup of sliced oranges. Only about 620 calories. Could have been 520 with a small chili. I really do know how tough it is to make those good choices in the beginning though. I just wanted to let you know that you will get stronger as you go on. Not to say I don't still struggle but it just gets a little easier.

jmacway
12-07-2005, 06:24 AM
I went from 249 to 244 this week, A loss of 5 pounds. I am soo excitied. I have lost a total of 26 pounds. If that isn't motivation, I don't know what is.

lessofsarahtolove
12-07-2005, 09:33 AM
Vilandra, it sounds like it's got to be water weight, since you're doing all the right stuff. How's your sodium intake? Good for you for not freaking out about it and turning to the facts instead of emotion. :cp: That's the attitude that's going to keep you in this for the long haul, and I'm really proud of you. :goodvibes

Joyce, GOOD LORD! You're a woman on FIRE! Wow, I'd say that IS motivation!! I couldn't be happier for you! :cp:

YP1
12-07-2005, 01:21 PM
I'm down to 172 today :D

howie6267
12-07-2005, 01:34 PM
You will be at goal before you know it Helen.

unheardkoala
12-08-2005, 12:10 PM
down another pound....I have to kick it up a notch, I haven't been exercising much this week, and I haven't been writing everything down So back on the bus and sticking to plan....

howie6267
12-09-2005, 10:21 AM
I made it to a new decade today. Down 2 lbs to 249. 4 more lbs to being half a man.

YP1
12-09-2005, 10:28 AM
Congratulations Howie!

DishyFishy
12-09-2005, 11:36 AM
That's wonderful, Howie! :high: And look at you, Helen! 88 pounds gone and looking fabulous!

barbygirl43
12-09-2005, 11:37 AM
Howie that is awesome. You are really really close. :bravo:

Congrats to the other losers. I'll be posting in here again in January.

lessofsarahtolove
12-09-2005, 12:04 PM
I made it to a new decade today. Down 2 lbs to 249. 4 more lbs to being half a man.
:cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp:
:bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

CONGRATULATIONS, HOWIE!!!!!!!

howie6267
12-09-2005, 01:12 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm really excited about being able to start posting in the maintainers fourm. Only 19 more to goal.

newfiedarling
12-09-2005, 01:25 PM
Way to go Howie - I'm so proud of you. You've had such a long journey and you're nearing the end. It's so well deserved. Don't forget about us when you're living the life of a maintainer :) Great job!

~Dee

lucky
12-09-2005, 01:35 PM
:cp: Way to go, Howie. This must be such and exciting time for you and Kimberly. Don't blink because you'll miss that 19 pounds melting away! You'll be at your goal in no time!

YP1
12-09-2005, 02:16 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm really excited about being able to start posting in the maintainers fourm. Only 19 more to goal.

You and me both! I've decided to start posting there in January even if I'm a couple of pounds short because if 2005 has been a "losing" year, 2006 will be a "maintaining" year, so I intend to start as I mean to go on.

howie6267
12-09-2005, 02:43 PM
That's a good idea Helen. I may do that to. As I will be at my original goal by then. And don't worry I will always be here. This is my family I will just be going to visit friends over in the maintainers.

teapotdynamo
12-09-2005, 03:00 PM
I hope to be joining you guys at the Maintainers' thread very soon as well. I have a weird mental block about posting there before I hit my initial goal of 145, so... another 10 pounds. At this rate, it could be summertime! :snail:

Jen415
12-09-2005, 03:05 PM
:bravo: Howie Rocks!!!!!

Heather
12-09-2005, 03:12 PM
I can't tell you how inspiring it is to have not one, not two, but THREE people talking about becoming maintainers!!!!

Until I found this forum I didn't really know of anyone who had lost a ton of weight and kept it off. It made me not want to start losing, because I had an expectation I would likely fail. Well, I started, and then found you all and every day is an inspiration.

GO HOWIE and HELEN and JENNIFER!! (heck, go EVERYONE!!!)

Sandi
12-09-2005, 04:53 PM
You guys are really doing awesome.

Wow, Howie - 4 lbs to being 1/2 of your old self. For me that would be 164.5. I'll have to add that to my siggy once I really get going. That'll be a really cool thing.

So many so close to goal. How cool is that!?! :carrot:

howie6267
12-09-2005, 08:54 PM
You will do it Sandi and it will be a cool thing. We can start a half off club.

ScarlettDrawl
12-09-2005, 09:05 PM
Lol. I'm not sure I would join the half off club, that'd put me at 141.5 and I doubt I want to be that small (I'm pretty tall)... But good luck you two!

Safora
12-09-2005, 09:07 PM
:joker: LOL Howie, A half-off club!:joker: Great Job Howie and everyone else!

My scale finally decided to show some progress! I am down 4 lbs. from last week. :carrot: My official weigh day is tomorrow AM but I don't see that there will be much of a change in 12 hours and I was so excited I just had to post!

howie6267
12-09-2005, 09:52 PM
Wow great job Victoria. You are doing awesome.

lucky
12-10-2005, 12:07 PM
My first official weigh in since "starting over"...wait for it....3 pounds! I am absolutely beside myself. I'm off to the gym to celebrate! I certainly don't expect results like this from here on out so I'm going to enjoy it while I can.

teahoney
12-10-2005, 12:16 PM
Way to go Jawsmom!!!!

lessofsarahtolove
12-10-2005, 12:51 PM
My first official weigh in since "starting over"...wait for it....3 pounds! I am absolutely beside myself. I'm off to the gym to celebrate! I certainly don't expect results like this from here on out so I'm going to enjoy it while I can.
:cp: :cp: :cp: :cp:

Yaay!!!

DishyFishy
12-10-2005, 02:54 PM
That's brilliant, jawsmom! :cheer:
3 pounds off at that weight is an enormous achievement! And what a great way to celebrate. :)

~~Sunshine~~
12-10-2005, 11:13 PM
Down 2 more pds!! So far 80 pds total!

jmacway
12-11-2005, 07:15 AM
Congratulations on your 80 pound loss Sunshine. I bet you are feeling wonderful!

teahoney
12-11-2005, 12:29 PM
I'm down FIVE pounds this week. I can hardly believe it. Just 5.5 more pounds to reach my New Year's Goal.

howie6267
12-11-2005, 01:46 PM
Great loses everyone keep up the good work. Good for you Teahoney that is a great loss.

sabriena
12-11-2005, 05:15 PM
Awesome work sunshine and TEAHONEY!!! :) Everyone's doing so well! :D