Support Groups - Anyone over 50 starting AGAIN?!?!?!

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12-21-2005, 09:16 PM
I can't begin to tell you the frustration of having to start again ... having done so throughout my life, only to add the weight back, and more. But over 50 is killing me ... I went on a diet recently and actually gained two pounds on their "phase 1"! So, I'm trying to figure out whether being involved with something like this would help me. I don't know ... I have done WW and CURVES and Jenny Craig ... with accountability all over the place. I don't know whether this would be any different but thought I'd give it a try.

I will be 55 in January and have struggled with weight since I can remember ... my mom taking me to a doctor when I was 10 to get amphetimines! And the struggle continues ... I have another friend who is committing with me to do South Beach with the hopes that it can help even women over 50. We'll see.

Want to join in? :^:

the slim me
12-22-2005, 01:13 PM
I'm 57 and i've been dieting for awhile. I'm losing pretty well too. Just plain old counting calories and trying to eat healthy. I wish you luck with the South Beach diet. I find it a little too restrictive but I do know people who have lost on it. I think almost any diet work as long as you stick to it. Along with some exercise and drinking enough water to wash the toxins out.

I do know the frustration of losing weight only to regain it again, plus adding a few more pounds to the equasion. I'm really tired of that. This time i'm keeping the weight off!
Again, good luck

12-23-2005, 12:37 PM
What are you doing that is working for you? Counting calories is hard but I've done it before too. I had to get below 700 calories a day to lose and that's not a whole lot of food. Honestly, I tried Weight Watchers three times and lost and gained over the course of each try with very little to show for all the sacrifice and money ... the same with Jenny Craig and Lean LIne and a hundred other programs. Even when I was going regularly to CURVES to exercise I had very little weight loss ... and I need to lose A LOT!

The only thing that ever worked for me was Phen-fen and they took that off the market. But then it wasn't supposed to be a long-term fix ... it was another "boost" to get you to a place that you couldn't possibly sustain for a life-time. And I need a life-time plan. So, I want to find something that works long-term and keep the weight off too ... like you! I just need to find something that works. Last year at this time I returned to WW because I thought it was the healthiest of all the diets I knew of ... but I gained 1/4 lb. and then lose it, then gain and lose ... overall, no more than a pound or two in six months. I just got frustrated and quit.

I had bunion surgery on both feet several years ago and I'm still not all right with exercise that uses my feet. But getting to a swimming pool is hard and there isn't must else. But I'm pushing myself ... I bought a new pair of shoes that I think is going to be OK for exercise (they cost over $200!) ... so we'll see how things work once I get back to exercising and dieting.

THanks for writing. GOod luck to you too.

the slim me
12-25-2005, 10:44 AM
Hi, i can feel your frustration! It's tough to stay on a diet, especially when you don't see any results. I don't know the reason you don't lose weight on a WW or calorie counting diet. Could it be because you've restriced your calories so low that your metabolism has slowed down? Sometimes you just have to eat a certain amount of healthy calories, around 1200/1400 calories and wait for your body to realize you aren't going to starve it so it can let go of some of the fat. And yes, you might gain some weight in the mean time. I think you might need to try to be healthy for the long run and not get hung up on immediate results. Yes, it will take longer, but you will be healthier for it.

It is unfortunate that you can't do exercise, it does help. How about an exercise ball and hand weights? I do walk on the treadmill but I also think that weights are really good. what ever you do, begin slow. You don't want to injure yourself.

If you want to try I would be happy to buddy up and try to help. I'm sur we could encourage each other. Interested?

Winston Kelly
12-26-2005, 05:50 PM
Hi Lilliegrace!:)
I know just how you feel!!!
I'm 52 and my weight is getting right back to my all time high of 288.
I weighed 254 this morning & nearly fell of the scale!
I'm going to be working with 1300-1400 calorie high protein/high complex carb meal plan. Exercise (walking, dance & free weights) is the only way it will work for me. I find that I simply don't lose when I don't exercise.
I hurt my right foot about 3 years ago and was 10 months on the mend. I had to modify my exercise program. Yoga & free weights worked just fine. I progressed to 5 miniutes at a time of dance & slowly worked my way up to 25 minutes of dance. Nothing formal - slow & at my own pace- it worked!
If you need a support buddy count me in! :carrot:
All the best to you in the coming year & Good Luck!

12-27-2005, 11:45 PM
Hello, LillieGrace, I am new to the site also and I need a buddy like crazy. There is just something about those 50 year old fat cells that just do not want to turn lose. I lost 20 pounds this summer and have gained everyone of them back. I stayed on 1200-1500 calories per day and it took 3 months. I thought in three months I would have changed my eating habits, guess not, but I am starting again. I hate to excersize, but I am going to do it, I hate water but I am going to drink it, because I hate being so darned unhealthy! One major thing for me is all the junk food is GOING OUT of this house. I hate to contribute to the delinquency of others, but I am sending it to work with my husband as fast as he can carry it. He is a safety director on a construction site full of hungry men. By Jan. 2 the only thing in this house is gonna be healthy. Did I mention my late night snacking problem? I don't think one can over do on oranges and apples like one can on chocolate, can one? Well I have truly vented now. Hang in there. The body is a temple and we are treating it like it is a juke joint. Time to stop! Good luck!

12-31-2005, 04:37 PM
I would like to join in with the 50's group. I have to lose it again!
One Fat Rooster in the Bluegrass!

12-31-2005, 06:53 PM
Greetings all! I am so excited to see so many responses from those of you over 50 ... who are starting again like me. Sometimes I think it just helps to know that others are in the same war ... but I want to do more than that this year ... I want to win some of the battles. I trust that we can encourage one another!

I found a pair of shoes that alllows me to use the treadmill so I'm slowly working my way into that as a part of my regime. I know that exercise is important so I'm going to try to do it at least 3 times a week ... and I'm going to try South Beach again. A friend got incredible results with it and it seems very livable (once you get past the first phase) and she has agreed to "coach" me. So, I'm optimistic ...

and I hope that you are too ... slim me, fibermamma, teacher56, and KY blue. I'm looking forward to building a solid support team.

Thanks for writing back. Lillygrace

the slim me
01-01-2006, 08:55 AM
Hi Everyone, And a happy, healthy new year to all of you! Lets work hard to make it the best one yet!

Ky Blue, I'm originally from Ky too!

Teacher 56, If it wasn't for late night snacking, I wouldn't have any problem! I could have written your post! I had gotten down to goal in May, went on vacation, hurt my back again and ended up gaining all the weight back. I totally agree about "cleaning the house" If it's not in there you can't eat it! And I do love fruit and vegetables. It's no big hardship for me to eat that way. I just love all the other junk too!

Lillygrace, I'm glad to see you are getting back to exercising! It does make such a difference! Just take it slow and easy so you don't reinjure yourself!

Fibermama, Sounds like you are getting back in to working out and having fun with it too. Dancing is always uplifting, and good for your body as well as your spirit!

01-01-2006, 10:18 AM
Hi all,
I would love to join your group. I turned 51 on December 4. For the past 5 years I have been trying to get down to a healthy weight range but could not keep motivated enough to stick to my diet.
When I was 49 years old, I told myself that I will reach my goal weight when I hit my 50's - easier said than done!
When I turned 50, I told myself I will not be so fat in my 50's - didn't help either!
Well, now I'm 51 and I have to take a grip of myself and do something.
It is really very difficult to lose weight at this age, but I'm sure it can be done. Others have been successful, there is no reason why we can't ~ right?

Gail C
01-02-2006, 01:38 AM

I know all about starting over again. I too am almost 55, and really need to lose weight. I am starting my upteenth diet tomorrow, or today actually since it's after midnight. Dieting has been an ongoing struggle for me for all my adult life. I have never tried an online buddy, but I really don't want to join another group, so thought I could give it a shot.

I saw your post and just now registered so I could reply. If you're still needing a diet buddy, I'm available!


the slim me
01-02-2006, 08:44 AM
Hi Every one, And welcome Gail. I think we all know where you're coming from so hopefully we can all be there for each other. I know I have have tried and failed countless times. Now we're all in this together.

01-02-2006, 11:38 AM
Greetings! And here's to a great new year! I was planning to start South Beach but didn't do the shopping necessary in order to eat right ... so I just did my own thing yesterday. And I was really good ... passed by the donut holes at church (the chocolate ones are my break point) but had leftover pizza with my husband and a tiny glass of champagne to toast the new year. I did exercise ... so I feel pretty good about the day.

I have to be flexible because my schedule is absolutely crazy and no routine whatsoever. So I try not to kick myself for not staying right on a diet plan ... and affirm myself for where I did it right. And it may be that South Beach isn't the right plan for me either but I want to give it a try. As girlieyorkie says, "others have been successful ... so there's no reason we can't be too." I'm counting on it.

Like Gail, I don't want to join another group ... it doesn't really seem to make any difference ... so I am hoping this kind of accountability will be helpful.

Hope you all are enjoying the day ... I'm taking down the Christmas tree and getting it ready for the trash people to pick it up tomorrow. I hate to see it go ... I love Christmas lights ... and all they symbolize. But it has to go.

Blessings to you all,

Gail C
01-02-2006, 12:21 PM
Hi all,

For far so good...actually I got up late and I'm not hungry in the morning so...dieting is not a challenge yet! Don't you think just deciding to start again is the hardest part? Getting the mind set to eat healthy...I call it climbing back up on the wagon!

I have gained back about 25 pounds of what I lost last year. But at least I'm not up to my highest weight of 223. I'm 5'3" (almost), and as of this morning weigh 196.5.

Would anyone like to weigh in on Mondays with me and post how you did?
Or do you already do that somewhere on here? I haven't posted on this site before.

My motivation for losing weight is more for health reasons. I would like to get my blood pressure down. Of course I wouldn't mind being able to get into the size 12/14's in my closet again either. I gave away almost all my size 22/24's about a year and a half ago.

Has anyone tried the DASH diet?

I'm glad I found this group!


Gail C
01-02-2006, 12:23 PM
I forgot to say that in the previous post.


01-02-2006, 09:04 PM
It might be a good idea to weigh in ... what do others think? I did it at Weight Watchers but it was secret. It is so hard for me to admit how much I weigh ... my husband doesn't even know. He knows what size I am ... and that I have crept up from the 12/14 that I was when we were married to an 18 going on 20 (if I don't turn this around). I was a large child and teenager and wore an 18 in high school ... but this is the largest I have been as an adult. I was in WW in college and lost 35 pounds, then slowly gained it back until I was almost 200. THen I lost again to 170 ... then slowly added it back up to my current 238. There I said it ... I can't believe it ... but I am. My goal is to get back to 170 so that's 68 pound to lose. And I've struggled to even lose a pound or two ... so this is my chance to turn it around, I hope.

Thanks for the encouragement. And now that I've said it, I don't mind at all posting my weight on Monday morning. I'm in with you, Gail.

01-02-2006, 10:08 PM
Yep..over 50 here and starting over..AGAIN

01-02-2006, 10:30 PM
Well, welcome to the group, Marcia. We're al in the same boat ... I've got around the same amount to lose as you so we'll need all the help we can get to make it. But I'm determined ... and hope that this forum will help.

Good luck!

01-02-2006, 10:57 PM
Hi all, new here,but not to trying to lose the weight. 56 and need help .I just don't want to stay this way. What I need is to commit and be accountable. HOW do I do that?

01-03-2006, 02:47 AM
Hi, Y'all,
I turned 50 this year and am again starting over. I managed to lose quite a bit just after my 40th bday (60 lbs!) and seemed on the right track...vowed never to go back. I still needed to lose a bit but was on my way...then I moved, had foot surgery and now I'm almost back where I started...another decade past...I need all the support I can get.

Right now I do WW which really works IF you actually do it...that's the problem for me...a lot of things have worked for me but I have a tendency to go back to eating wrong and it comes right back's sticking with it that's been a problem. Only lately, it's even starting again that's been a problem.

Any help/encouragement would be great!

Gail C
01-03-2006, 09:03 AM

(By the way I like that name!)

Now that you've already gone and did it, if anyone wanted to join us on Monday morning weigh-ins, you wouldn't have to tell your weight, just how much you lost (or heaven forbid gained!) for the week.

That's what we did in TOPS; then we had awards for weekly and monthly losers; also consecutive losers, which I think is a great accomplishment; not necessarily how much you lose but that you are losing every week.

We could all tell our gain or loss for the week; then have a "weight recorder" post the results, who the weekly winner and second place winner is.

Would that be feasible? Also I told some of my friends I'm starting a new weight loss group, and I'm calling it STARTING AGAIN...AGAIN.

That's why I replyed to your post in the first place Lilligrace, you titled it "starting again."

I had a pretty good first diet day. I even ate some fruit; I never eat right unless I'm dieting. I eat way too many sweets. Now I am eating healthy!

Have a good day everyone!

Gail (

the slim me
01-03-2006, 09:48 AM
How is everyone this morning? I'm off to a rough start today! I couldn't sleep last night because of back pain, tossed and turned for awhile, then got up and eat! I don't know why I do that, maybe to distract my mind from the pain? Anyway, today is a new day, and I'm not going to let one slip up stop me from reaching my goals. We all slip up sometimes, right? The answer is to get right back up and start again!

I think a Monday weigh in would be a good thing. What about every one else? That way we can keep tract, keep accountable. Cheer the successes and try to figure out the losses!

the slim me
01-03-2006, 12:11 PM
Just wanted to post again to see if my weight log came on

Gail C
01-03-2006, 04:44 PM
Just got back from Bob Evans...had a bowl of vegetable soup. Yea me!:carrot:

I have dieted so many times and I do know that you can eat out and still lose weight. Since I really like to go out with my friends and family that is important to me.

I didn't get the yummy rolls, but I got in some of my veggies for the day!

Hope all of you are having a good beginning week of the year and of your diet. I know we're not supposed to use the word "diet", but to me that's what it is. I know it's supposed to be a lifestyle change or healthy eating; but it's just easier to say I'm on a diet.

My grandchildren always help me out; they say, "You can't have that; you're on a diet." They know about me and my diets!

Gail (

(I am using my beginning weight as my highest weight I was back in Aug 2003, because it makes me feel better to see I have managed not to gain it all back!)

01-03-2006, 05:21 PM
Hi everyone~
The monday morning weigh-in is a great idea.
Count me in.:carrot:

01-03-2006, 06:41 PM
Hi is so easy to get distracted! Especially when you eat out ... so I'm really proud of you, Gail ... Bob Evans is a hard one. Love their pancakes. Ugh!

But losing this extra weight is going to require a whole new way of thinking. I walked by the kitchen in my office at least 30 times today ... and I have often gone in just to see what is laying around for our consumption. I went in only for water today! So, I'm really, really happy with myself ... I know there will be slip-ups but today was a good one. And I hope it carries on into the evening! I have a hard time in the evening too ... I'm a snacker. The temptations are everywhere ... but hopefully this accounting to you all will help me stay on course.

I'm not going to weigh until Monday because it is easy for me to get discouraged when I don't see immediate results for my discipline! I hope you'll help me make it through those low times when I want to give up ... because I know they will come.

Bye for now. Have a great evening.

01-03-2006, 06:45 PM
Oh, I forgot ... welcome to our new California and WIsconsin buddies! I don't know if our support can help you in california if you don't need to lose weight ... but you're welcome to join in. I'd say, just check in every day ... and know that your post will be read by all of us ... and someone will respond to your concerns. We are all struggling with commitment and accountability ... just different types. So, if you find it helpful, please, stick wtih us.

01-03-2006, 09:40 PM
Thought I would check in with the "Chick's"! I have been on track since the weekend. I purchased the FitDay software after I saw the link someone provided. I am using it to keep track and focusing on a calorie range. I am a single parent with a hungry 17 year old Mom is fixing two multiple meal plans to keep peace in the house! Well, it is time for the Fat Rooster to go fix some popcorn and watch a little football. I plan to weigh only once a week. Saturday mornings.....old weight watcher habits I guess!

Take care,

Gail C
01-04-2006, 01:01 AM
Hey girlieyorkie, glad you want to join in the weigh-in!

I tried a new recipe from a Light & Tasty recipe booklet, and it was actually good.

For one thing, I don't cook that much anymore, and for another when I do, it's usually the same old thing; I'm not very adventurous in trying new dishes. (Unless it's a fattening dessert!)

It was a sweet and sour smoked sausage dish (Healthy Choice) over rice; I shared it with my friend who is also starting again...again, and she liked it too.

I am so motivated right do I bottle this motivation for when I need it later??:?:

Keep it up everyone!

01-04-2006, 01:29 AM
Hi everyone! I would love to join the over 50 group. I'm starting back with WW tomorrow. I have been fighting obesity since I was eight, and I have tried every diet that is out there. WW seem to help me the most, now to start exercising which I hate. I plan on working out to a walking tape for those over 50 along with strenth training till spring arrives and I can get out and walk. Right now I have snow and ice to deal with and I would like to make it through this winter without falling on the ice. I have 230 pounds to loose, so having support would be great!

01-04-2006, 04:57 AM
Hi girls.
I live in Europe, so sometimes when I make my post ~ you're still with your sweet dreams in your warm bed. Hope the dreams are about your new, beautiful
healthy bodies.
It is said that visualizing your new self, will help to keep you motivated. Well that is what my Self Hypnosis, diet motivation tape says anyway.

KY-blue, the Fitday software was a very good purchase. I have one, and I'm using it to count calories, log my exercise efforts, etc. You can even customize the food section with the most common foods you eat. I started to use it again since New Year's Day.

01-04-2006, 10:01 AM
I'll be interested in hearing more about the Fitday software. Also, does anyone know anything about the Sonoma Diet? How does it differ from South Beach?

the slim me
01-04-2006, 10:04 AM
Good Morning everyone. Hope yesterday was a good day and today is going to be even better! Welcome all the new people! Can't get too much support!

I am on tract again, hopefully there will be more good days than bad.

Gail, Yes, YEAH for you for having vegetable soup at Bob Evans. They do have a lot of tempting things on the menu, but I love their vegetables too. I often just have the vegetable plate. There are good choices to make at most restaurants if you can get past the temptation. And isn't just enjoying the company a big part of eating out anyway? A tip: try to decide what you are going to have before you go and don't open the menu. Move the bread basket as far away from you as possible. And most places bring you way too much food. Ask for a doggie bag right away and half your meal before you start to eat.

We can do this, ya know!!!

Gail C
01-04-2006, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the cheer!

You have some really good tips in your posts. The bread basket can be a real temptation. It's funny though, when I am in my motivated mode, I can do really well, when eating out. I have even taken my no-fat, no calorie spray butter to restaurants to put on toast or baked potatoes, and once in a while my diet salad dressing. My family might tease me a little, but they are used to my dieting ways now.

My grandchildren like the spray butter now better than margarine. It is one thing I use even when not dieting. It's also good on vegetables, and to make garlic toast, on baked sweet potatoes, etc....oh and popcorn.


the slim me
01-04-2006, 08:23 PM
Hey Gail, I use it all the time too. And I don't like butter. That's probally the reason I use it. I use it on corn on the cob to hold on the salt. Ans I use it on popcorn to hold on the salt. I have been know to take diet dressing to a restaurant too. My DIL worked at a family restaurant and she said when they ran out of diet dressing they just poured regular dressing in. After that I always took my own. I don't want to get a salad and end up eating enought calories to make it as much as a big mac!

01-04-2006, 10:13 PM
I started back at Weight Watcher today after a two year absent. At least I didn't gain all the weight I lost last time, but I'm close. This time I plan on attending all the meetings. Just going to get weighed in does not work for me. I need support to be able to reach my goal. That's way this site is so GREAT!! I have done great as far as eating and exercising goes. I still have 10 points I can use if I feel hungry, but I'm making a point not to eat after 8PM. Having a plan on what you are going to eat when going out will save you a lot of calories.
I also carry my own salad dressing with me. So many places do not have fat free dressings. Have a great night.

01-04-2006, 10:35 PM
I'll be 55 in April. Lost 35 lbs with the Suzanne Sommers plan 3 years ago and all the fatty fat fat is back. :dizzy:

Just found this forum and hope to find some new half-century friends with the same goal: Get Thinner for the Last Time!!! :carrot:

Gail C
01-04-2006, 10:54 PM
There sure are a lot of us out there!

But as Winston Churchhill once said, "Never, never give up!"

All of us on this forum have not given up and that is something right there!

01-04-2006, 10:59 PM
Thank you, Gail! Yep...I must do it this time! After losing (so easily) with Suzanne, I was under the mistaken assumption that I could just start up again and lose. Not True. All repeated attempts resulted in nothing but frustration and more added weight. One leads to the other, as you probably know! :devil:

Now I'm trying Sonoma....which seems to be a better fit for our lifestyle.

Nice to find a group with the same gripes and goals!! Thanks to my friend, WritersBlock for telling me about this forum! :hug:

01-04-2006, 11:49 PM
Welcome to Jill! We're glad you're here too ... it is reassuring to know others are facing the same obstacles we are.

Thanks for the tips on eating out. I especially like the idea of planning ahead what you will order and not even opening the menu. I have taken salad dressing with me and that's another great idea. And when I get to the phase where I can have popcorn, I want to try to spray on butter! That sounds great. I'm trying to make it through Phase I of South Beach ... so I'll have to wait a while!

Anyway, welcome again.

Gail C
01-05-2006, 01:03 AM
since I did really well today, I fixed a sweet snack while watching the Biggest Loser. I love my desserts, so I mixed a sugar free pudding cup with a sugar free jello cup and added a dollop of fat free cool whip. It wasn't Apple Crisp al a mode, but it wasn't bad, and made a pretty nice sized bowl full.

60 calories for the pudding, 10 for the jello, and maybe 40 or so for the cool whip. ( didn't measure it).

Not a lot of nutrients, but I had healthy food the rest of the day.

01-05-2006, 09:50 AM
I love reading about your tips for eating out and am taking them seriously! :thanks:

I have lost 3 pounds since Monday on Sonoma and do not feel like I'm "suffering" through another set-to-fail diet.

We're having dinner with friends at Olive Garden on Friday night, which freaked me out until I read their online menu. I discovered that there are four really good choices from their Grille! :cp: All are basted in ex-vir olive oil & spices and served with broccoli or another veggie! Choices are salmon, steak, pork chops or a mixed medley. Now if I can just have the will power to cut the portion of whatever I order!! :crossed: Mentally I have already passed on the breadsticks and I will eat a few almonds before I go to make sure I'm not too hungry. I will, however, reward myself with a glass of fine red wine with dinner, even tho' I'm still on Wave 1. :cheers:

the slim me
01-05-2006, 10:28 AM
Good morning all, The goal of dieting is to lose weight, ocf course. But we don't have to suffer while doing it, at least not too much. Food is to be enjoyed. There are lots of good choices you can make and still follow your diet. Just budget in the calories for a night out and you can still enjoy a glass of wine. And it's good for you too! Just remember, you will have a chance to dine out again! You don't have to eat everything! Plan, plan, plan! Fail to plan, plan to fail! And you will feel so good about yourself later!

01-05-2006, 10:39 AM
You are so right, Slim! Planning is the key!

That's why I was so happy to see that the Olive Garden has their menus online. I'm sure many other restaurants do too. Once we get the hang of what we can eat when we eat out, it will be easier to choose. Then we won't have to be so dependent on planning....but for now, it's a MUST for me!

Gail C
01-05-2006, 04:24 PM
I remember going to Ponderosa once while dieting, and feeling deprived while others gorged themselves on all the lovely starchy fatty entrees on the buffet.

this time I scoped out the buffet first, then determined there wasn't an entree suitable for me. So I ordered the grilled salmon and baked potato, made a great salad from the buffet with fat free italian dressing, and passed on the rolls. I brought some of the salmon home so I could enjoy a dessert of sugar free jello w/bananas, pineapple, and whipped topping.

A very good and filling meal. I asked for barbecue sauce for the salmon to flavor it, and just put a little on; and a little sour cream on the potato.

And I didn't feel half sick from being stuffed when I walked out of the place either!

It can be done ladies, and we can do it! (And gentlemen if there are any reading this!)

01-05-2006, 05:19 PM
I didn't do quite as well eating out but I went to a local place that I hadn't been to before and I didn't know their menu. I ordered something that was close to acceptable and just ate a little of the tortilla that surrounded the steak and eggs (which are allowed) so it wasn't terrible. I got a little off of the plan today too when I went to have lunch at someone's home ... no choice there. They were trying to be thoughtful but they were already into Phase II of South Beach and I was still in Phase I. Oh, well ... I think I will just have to begin again today and do another two weeks from now. I don't know whether two days of "substitution" is appropriate.

I've been looking at the Sonoma Diet and I think I may go check out the book. Jill, you're on it ... and it sounds like you're making it work. Three pounds since MOnday sounds pretty great. Congratulations!

01-05-2006, 09:32 PM
Hi Ladies!

Jill.. I didn't know that you could look up Olive Garden on the net. I'll be doing that tonight since my better half and I will be eating lunch there tomorrow. Since starting Weight Watchers yesterday, I have loss 2lbs and that's with my clothes and shoes on. Yippie!!!! When I left home this morning, I had alrready decide that I was going to have a Grilled Chicken salad at McDonald, and I stayed with the plan. So far no cheating.
Checking out the buffet line is a great idea. I had made my mind up to just stay clear of those places, because I always go in with good intentions, but the food or the little devil whispering in my ear take over. But, hey! the fries and burgers were calling today and I survived! I have also cut out all diet soda's, probably why I have had a headache today, no caffine. But it has help me not crave sweets so much. Well I'm off to check out the Garden's web. Have a good evening.

01-06-2006, 02:21 AM
Hi, I would have thought that I would have learned by the age of 51 almost 52 how to keep the weight off. I am back up to 220. I have got to do something different. My pastor said that only fools keep doing the same things over and over again and expect change. I have dieted and it just doesn't work. I need head and heart change. I would like to be part of the group. New Year, New Start and a New me.

01-06-2006, 10:39 AM
Hi Breitlady!

Glad you joined us! :welcome3:

We're all gonna lose the Fatty Fat Fat this year...I JUST KNOW IT! :carrot:

2006 is gonna be the year of the 50-Chicks! :strong:

01-06-2006, 10:48 AM
Hi ladies. May I join in the group? I am 58 years old and have carried my yo-yo with me through every diet in the book. I have close to 100 pounds to lose to reach that "normal" weight for my height and age, but have more realistically chosen a 68 pound loss as my goal. Eating out is not so much a problem for me. Eating in seems to be my worst nightmare. Although I have no "junk" in the house, I still find myself looking for something to snack on in the evening. Will I never learn?

01-06-2006, 10:58 AM
Hi Gypsy! :welcome:

Yep...please join us! For me, the more people I "feel accountable to" the better I will do. :grouphug: Like you, I feel like this might be my last chance to lose.

LET'S DO IT, LADIES!!! :cp: (oooops....are there any men here??) If, so.....ditto, Guys!

01-06-2006, 12:13 PM
Where do you all find the cool "welcome" signs. I want to say it too but my text will have to do ... WELCOME! (I'm not so good with the technological side of all this! I'm lucky to have figured out how to start it ... when they "moved" me from the "buddy area" I thought I'd never find you all. But I did!

ANyway, welcome ... I don't know how many that makes for us ... maybe 12 - 13 but who cares?? We're just happy to have you with us on the journey and know that you are joined by people from all over the world who feel the same thing. And are committing to making life different for the last half of our lives than they have been for the first half! Let's hope and pray toward that end ... we don't want to be repeating the same old things over and over again. We know, now, that it doesn't work!

I do think there was a man involved ... I think in Kentucky ... but I haven't seen anything from him in a while. Anyway, it doesn't matter ... male or female we have a chance to turn things around and we will ... together.

I had some glitches in my diet plan the last couple of days with eating out but I'm committed to work through them. I appreciate so much the tips from you all ... I am not a good planner and that seems to be a major key to success in all of this.

Blessings today as you strive to be all that God created you to be!

01-06-2006, 12:19 PM
Where do you all find the cool "welcome" signs. I want to say it too but my text will have to do ... WELCOME! (I'm not so good with the technological side of all this! I'm lucky to have figured out how to start it ...

Lilly....when you're replying, just click on "More" where the smilies are and it will take you to pages & pages of them. You just click on the one you want and it will go wherever your curser is at the time. :carrot:

Gail C
01-06-2006, 02:38 PM
:welcome2: to all the new posters!

This forum is giving me something to look forward to. It's nice being in such good company with all of you who have the same struggles and goals as I.

I am the world's worst (or best!) yo-yo dieter. I can really lose weight well, and gain it back just as well! So far since Monday I have lost 4 pounds; but I always lose a lot of water the first week.

I wanted to tell you all about this great web site in case you haven't heard of it. It's She has great tips and restaurant reviews, and tells about new foods she's tried that are good, like vitalicious muffins. I buy those online and they are great! High fiber, low calorie and packed with vitamins. They are expensive, because you have to buy 12 at a time, but no more so than buying a muffin at starbucks or somewhere like that. If you want to check them out just go to

Hungry Girl is featured in "Looking Good" magazine which I also recommend; I like to read the success stories.

I should get paid for all these plugs I'm giving! But websites, magazines, and good foods like those muffins are all motivators for me.

01-06-2006, 02:58 PM
:dancer: I think I have found my group FINALLY. It is great to know that I don't have to wait a week to get my support fix. Having ladies/men that can relate age wise is also nice. It is one thing to be 20 having to lose weight but since I turned 50 it has become much harder----My body is rebelling, trying to fall a part. I went out and got a pedometer. It keeps reminding me to stay off my behind by telling me how far I have walked, calories, etc. My husband and the one son I still have home checks up on my progress also. Another incentive. They aren't really expensive. Might want to try one out if you haven't already done so. I have been trying to cut out the high fat, high sugar, high calorie foods. I am not really following any certain kind of program. I think they are all basically a like---find a way to cut calories weather protein, carbs, fruit, vegees. Anyway, thanks for all the help

01-06-2006, 07:02 PM
Welcome Britlay and Gypsyladie!!! Always room for more and this is a fantastic group. I joined a couple days ago and just wish I would of found this site years ago. Everyone is so good about keeping each other motivated and that's what we all need. I have set mini goals for how much FAT will be gone on Valentines Day, Easter, my Birthday(53), and then Dec 27th, I will have 102 pounds gone or more. Today I exercised to Richard Simmons and was amazed that I was able to do 20 minutes! It seems to get easier each day I work out and I noticed I'm not so winded when I climb the stairs in our house.
Just remember to take each day as it comes, do your best to stay on what ever program you are following. If you fail, don't beat yourself up. Just start over the next day and exercise a little longer. WE will all achive the goals we have set for ourselves with the support we are giving each other.
Time for me to feed my family.
Till later,

01-06-2006, 07:06 PM
Hi all! My friend Jill (flsunbakd) told me about this thread after I told her about this site! No THIS thread is HOME!!

I'm 51-1/2, and have battled my weight for at least the last 25 years. Four years ago, through exercise and the 40-30-30 plan (similar to the zone), I was slim for the first time in ages. Alas, that is just a distant memory now. That weight came back on, and last year I dropped enough to be "average." You know where this is going...yep, right back up again! :(

Like Jill, I feel that this is the last time to really lose it and have it stay lost. On the Zone-type diet I felt GREAT! Full of energy, able to handle anything and everything that came my way. Unfortunately, I forgot what that felt like and chose to pig out instead of bliss out. As the menopause goddess looms in the distance, I know that it will not be as easy to drop the weight as it once was, so this is IT! I'm tired of the roller coaster and I want to get off.

Looking forward to sharing support, encouragement, and humor with all of you.

As Jill said, 2006 will indeed be the year of the 50s chicks!! :cheer:


01-07-2006, 12:00 AM
Welcome Laurie! Glad to have another chick join the group. Since starting Weight Watchers on Wednesday, I have lost 4 lbs. I have really surprised myself by not cheating so far. Usually when I start a diet, I'm good for about 1 day. I have decided that this is not a diet, but a life change. Diets do not work.

Never made it to the Olive Garden today, instead my better half and I had lunch at Hu Hut Mongolian BBQ because I could load my bowl up with lost of good for you veggies. Oh was my mouth watering for the taste of stir fry. Unfortunly the grill was not cleaned well, so my food had a burnt taste. YUCK!!!! Should of went to Olive Garden, should of went to Olive Garden. Next month for sure.

Have a good night.

Gail C
01-07-2006, 12:23 AM
Congrats on the 4 pound weight loss. You're getting off to a great start!

I hope we can all stay motivated as the year progresses. I know it is possible. I have done it myself for a pretty long period of time; never getting down to the weight I was in my 20's, but keeping off what I had lost for a while.

If any of you are sweetaholics like me, I had a delicious dessert tonight. A Weight Watchers double fudge cake (150 cal) with lots of sliced fresh strawberries and cool whip. The berries made for a bigger portion of dessert and made it more healthy too! And I made it last for a long time, eating small bites slowly. Normally I scarf down at least two portions of whatever dessert I'm eating. That's why individual servings of ww desserts are good for me.

Once I made some very good low fat brownies and ate about half the pan! I do still have that recipe if anyone wants it, made with fat free sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, and only 3 tablespoons of flour I think. They're moist and good, but it's hard to eat just one.


01-07-2006, 09:45 AM
Hi Laurie! Hi Gail! Hi Cheryl! Hi Lilly! Hi Everyone!

First....welcome to all the newbies! :welcome2: The great thing is that we're all pretty much newbies and we're all off to a great start this New Year. Like I said before, this is the Year of the 50-Chicks! :bravo:

Had a great evening at Olive Garden...except for that 2nd glass of wine! :devil: :devil: Ordered the Tuscan T-Bone with broccoli instead of potatoes and had a nice salad with just a teeny bit of that fabulous Olive Garden Italian dressing. Brought more than half of the steak home. Was a great success and I felt really good about it.

Yesterday HH and I made a recipe I found here for Barley, Sausage and Veggie Soup and it's to die for. That's what we'll be eating today. :eating2: It's a "cold" day (for us) today...was only 33 last night and will only be 55 today. Thank goodness it will be 75 on Monday....that's what winter's usually like here!

Cheryl....GOOD JOB on the 4lbs!! :dancer:

Gail....I'm going to check out for no other reason than the great name!! :comp:

What's everyone else up to this weekend? :scooter:

the slim me
01-07-2006, 10:48 AM
HI Everyone, WELCOME all you new people! The more we have the more ideals and advice we will get. And all you people that have discovered and tried new recipes that are actually good, how about posting them. There are a lot of recipe sites around, but some of the recipes i've tried are not the greates. I'd rather make something "tried".

I've done well this week. Dont' know how much i've lost because my weigh in day is Monday. But' it's one day at a time. If you fall down, get back up!!!

I also recomend the hungry girl site. I get the daily e-mail and it's always interesting. She recomends the vita licious muffins and brownies but I haven't tried them because you have to buy them in bulk to have them shipped and I don't have room in the freezer. But they look sooooo good! Especially the chocolate ones. I'm a chocolacholic! Bud, has anyone tried no pudge brownies? You can buy them almost any place, and there is directions on the package to make one at a time.

I got all my sales paper in the news today, and lots of diet products are on sale and there are coupons. Every little bit helps!

Good luck to everyone, and looking forward to all the information and support!

01-07-2006, 10:54 AM
Tell me more Freda! I have never heard of them!

I know I can't eat them now....but they could be a nice reward for when I reach a certain weight goal :goodscale:

01-07-2006, 11:08 AM
Morning Ladies....

Just finished 20 minutes of Richard Simmons. That little
:devil: was whispering in my ear, but I didn't listen. I'm pretty sore this morning and I had leg cramps during the night...but they say no pain no gain.

Just finished eating, going to do a couple post and then I off to work on a quilt I started last week. My husband and I have a Christmas Party to go to tonight. Ya, you heard right! We are Foster Parents for PATH. It stands for Professional Assoication Therapeutic Homes. So I have to watch my points today and plan for dinner tonight.

I'll check in tonight if not too late.

01-07-2006, 11:15 AM
Well I'll try again :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: Did I get it this time?:lol3: :lol3: I think I got it! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

01-07-2006, 11:31 AM
......I have to watch my points today and plan for dinner tonight....

:goodluck: tonight, Cheryl! You will do great! I envy your exercise will-power. THAT (hopefully) will come on Monday for me :crossed: I hope to get going with my Pilates dvd. You guys need to SHAME me into it. I hate exercise!!! :tread:

01-07-2006, 01:48 PM
KY- Blue Rooster Checking in: I have had good week. Lost more than I expected...won't give the I won't get any male bashing started about gender differences! :) I am really enjoying the Fitday software I purchased and for some reason doing better with it than the WW journals I used in the past. Good luck Cherl120..foster parent..I am an administrator for social services so we both know the ugly side of life many people have to deal with! I am doing pitful putting exercise back in my makes me my head I still feel like I can do what I want..but my body tells me different the next day! Have a good one ladies...back to the UK vs Kansas Game! Rooster is out for the day!

01-07-2006, 01:54 PM
:wave: Hi, EVERYONE, I am another one that Jill invited over. Thanks Jill :cp:

I think I am going to fit in here great. Like Jill DH and I are very addicted to cruising. I turned 51 this past November. Since my teen years I have battled the weight. I have done many of the weight loss plans and have had the best success with WW until the last time when I just made up my own plan.
I am 4'11" and in December 2003 I got to my highest weigh ever of 195 so January 1st 2004 I vowed that by the time I turned 50 I would loose it. I think My last goal for WW was 128 which was fine when I was 40 but 50 and being a bit bigger busted is hard to get to so I was thrilled when I got to 138 by about August 2004. How I did it is how I am going to do it again. I basically count my calories no more than 1100 calories a day. make sure I have plenty of protein, low fat, low sugars and veggies, and drink lots of water and occasional fruit juice take my vitamins and Lots and Lots of exercise. Sadly I gradually let the pounds creep back on in 2005, Luckily only to 166 but I had to put the breaks on fast.

My goal this year is to get back to that 138 if not 130 :carrot: But I know from many years ago when I use to lecture/teach for WW part time it is best to set small goals to achieve along the way. So my first small goal is to get to 148 or as close as I can get to it in the next 4 weeks. You see I board another cruise ship 4 weeks from today and on a cruise there are two Formal Nights and right now there is no way I can get my FAT FANNY into any of the dresses I have except for my FAT FAT dress I had from cruises two years ago and I AM NOT going there:nono: :lol:

On January 1st I weighed 166 and Thursday weighed in at 161. Thursday night and Friday night we went out to dinner. Actually we eat out a lot, living in Las Vegas we have so many great place and it is just easier to go out than cook. Last night we went to a BBQ place and I had a small salad, skipped the bread, catfish that was lightly breaded and baked and not at all greasy and steamed veggies. Then I came home and got on the treadmill and walked 2.10 miles. I had done .75 miles in the morning. I did weigh again this morning and still weigh 161 which I thought was pretty good. I am hoping for a three pound loss by Thursday.

OK, I think I have chatted enogh on this first post to this thread, you are going to think I am long winded:D

I look forward to posting what I have done daily to get this FAT off this body and helping to cheer us all on to success :carrot:

01-07-2006, 02:14 PM
Hi everyone. I am just checking in for today. I am having a brunch at my home for 19 people tomorrow, so everything looks and smells so tempting. Tonight I am having a crockpot chicken dish which I found in the recipe section here. That, a few noodles and a small salad should be great. I'll let you know how it smells wonderful! Laffnvegas, I envy you for your cruise in 4 weeks. I have to wait another 7 weeks for my cruise and although I look forward to the formal nights, I dread the pool deck! I am not sure if I will do the bathing suit trick this time...unless the weight loss fairy sprinkles some magic dust on me to help me along. As I look outside, it has been snowing lightly for a few hours now and is very pretty. The cruise is sounding better all the time. Have a great weekend everyone.

01-07-2006, 03:31 PM
Hi Everyone!

Lisa....I'm SO GLAD you're here! We'll have you in your formal dress before you know it! No WAY are you taking your old FAT FAT dress on this cruise!!! :twirly:

Rooster...Nice to meet you! :high: Nice to have a little male influence here....are you secure enough in your masculinity to be called a "50-Chick"???? :bike: You're a smart man not to flaunt your weight loss since men usually lose faster than women...but what the heck ~ we gals can take it! Congrats!

GypsieLadie...Lisa, Laurie and I all met on another forum where cruise-addicted people go for fun & information. Looks like you've been bit by the same bug! So ya'll....if anyone else out there is cruise-crazy, come on over to :sunny: We have a great time there too!

Looks like we're all having a pretty good weekend!

01-07-2006, 04:47 PM
Hi, I am back to report, that I just did about 15 minutes of Pilates, 75 situps, then I got on the treadmill and did 2.5 miles in 45 minutes. I am now just a little pooped:^: But it feels good:carrot:

gypsyladie, where are you going on your cruise and which ship?

I myself am a Holland America Fan but also like RCL. We are going back on the MS Oosterdam out of San Diego to the Mexican Riviera, then May 7th we will be going out of Vancouver on the MS Ryndam for Alaska. So you can see I got to really get going on this diet and exercise.

Jill, Thanks so much for inviting me over here. I think it helps a lot to stay track when you can chat about it with others.

So Far today I have not eaten much other than 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1/2 cup of carrot juice and a 1/2 cup of some protein juice. I am saving the rest of my calories for dinner tonight:D Luckily I also am not hungry.

Well, better go, need to jump in the shower and run to the bank.

01-07-2006, 07:08 PM
Hey laffnvegas. I am a Holland America fan as well. We are off to the southern Carib (Half Moon Key, Aruba, Curacau, Panama Canal, Panama and Costa Rica) on the Zaandam on Feb 22. Can't wait.

Hi flsunbakd. I will check out that cruise website. I also go to a lot.
Have a great weekend everyone.

01-07-2006, 07:42 PM
From the looks of this thread if I don't jump on board, I will be the only fat 51(turning 52 this year) left in America. I started a combination of WW Core, South Beach on 1-1-06. And then I read the review on Sonoma and it sounded like a perfect match to what I was trying. Overall I have been doing pretty good.

Now here is the funny thing, my pastor ask me to head " A Healthy Congregation Challenge in 2006". I think OK pastor I know I'm a little thicker than I used to be, but you don't have to be so obvious!! The deal is all the churches in the community are doing kind of "Biggest Looser" contest, and the church with the highest % weight loss will win money for the church. OK, the pastor will do anything to raise money for a new fellowship hall.

Anyway I said Yes, so we weigh in on Sunday after church. That actually seems to be keeping me pretty much on track over the weekend. It is a 14 week challenge. We had 22 sign up, so the accountability is good.

Enough about me, I am looking forward to posting on this board and getting back to a healthy weight in 2006 with all the "50 Chicks"!!


Wanda: wave: HA!HA!! Ticker is not right, need to adjust!!

01-07-2006, 07:48 PM
Hi Wanda!! :grouphug:

So happy to see you here! :woo:'re amongst your "own kind"...over 50's...and most of us chunky chicks! :yikes:

Your church challenge sounds like a of of fun! Hope ya'll are the Biggest Losers so Pastor can have his Fellowship Hall! :goodscale:

01-07-2006, 08:14 PM
Wanda, I agree your church challenge sounds like a lot of fun. My old Pastor would of liked an idea like that but he just retired this year and our new Sr Pastor is pretty thin. You have definitely come to the right place, I just joined too and am also 51.

gypsyladie, if you hang out at all on the HAL CC board you probably already know me. I use the same handle and avatar picture. I have been a regular there for several years. We will get to go on the Zaandam this year also. We will get to go on her for Thanksgiving for our first 10 day cruise. We have friends that will be on her in April for the Panama Canal Cruise that will go from FLL to Vancouver but they will get off in San Diego.

I have been busy today, after I got home I started to put away all the Christmas decorations and I watched revneal form the CC board wave thru the SD Web Cam on the Oosterdam. Finished putting away the decorations now I thought I would get back on my treadmill :treadmill: for a leisure walk
before I watch the Oosterdam Sail Away on the SD web Cam.
I want to burn as many calories today as possible because I want to have a nice dinner and just maybe a glass of champagne.:D

01-07-2006, 08:21 PM
Hi all!!
I really feel like I know how you feel. I was 298 pounds when I started the Pondimun diet. Lost 65 pounds on that diet pill. Then they took it off the market, so I gained back alot of weight and once I got to 283 pounds and at the same time I found out my brother has diabetes, I was concerned about getting diabetes also. I was tested and found out I didnt have it but that I did have low blood sugar which can develop into diabetes. I had been on Weight Watchers twice before when I found this out. So I went back to Weight Watchers, knowing this might be the last time I could lose weight. My mother was concerned I was going to have a heart attack. I started again, had my ups and downs but was determined, I was afraid of getting diabetes and I had seen what it can do to a person. It took me 6 years to lose 130 pounds, but I dont exercise like most people, I just walk at work, then I am too tired when I am at home to do anything. I knew that to lose that weight, I needed to exercise and since I dont get alot of walking in, I cut the sugar mostly, now it is mostly sugarfree and I have a lot of fatfree. Portion control is the key factor to any diet program. I dont say that Weight Watchers is the best, but it worked for me. Now I am a Lifetime member and even though I dont have to weigh in but once a month, I still go to the meetings and weigh in every week. I have to weigh in so I will know how I am doing, if I gained, what could of been the cause. I have to do that for myself. I cant let this get out of control again. I decided this time of losing weight was for my health. I truly feel that is the only reason to lose weight. If you lose it for that reason, its a life long committment and I feel it will stay off. I am not 50, I am 49 and will turn 50 in April 2006. This is a struggle for me to keep this weight off. I am constantly around food at work, high calorie food at work. I take my Weight Watchers Oatmeal for Breakfast there or lunch. Just heat it up, I have sugar free snacks there when I get a craving for a snack. I could go on and on about this. I dont want to bore yall. I just feel so much different now, I really can understand where you ladies are coming from. I have been there. If any of you have Yahoo Messenger, feel free to add me as a buddy. My signature id is cowgirl73160. I would love to be buddies with any and all of you. Well, I better get back to my domino games!!

See yall around,

01-07-2006, 08:43 PM
:carrot: I hope that you all had a great day. I went to Wally-World and parked at the end of the parking lot so that I would have to walk a little extra. I also went for a 2 mile walk with my husband. Such a pretty day out. I am having a little trouble with my knees. The Dr. said that I needed to do water aerobics, but just can't afford a membership to a club right now. If anyone else has had the same trouble would love to hear from you. I really do need my knees to work! Tomorrow I am going to weigh on my new scales and see if I have made any progress. Well gotta go. Have a blessed Sunday

01-07-2006, 09:35 PM
(we have our Vegas Lisa too!)

Of course you can join us at 49! After all, you're about to be 50 in April!'ve made incredible strides with your weight...You're an inspirtion for me...and I'm sure others will feel the same. I'll look forward to your tips and secrets for getting it off and KEEPING it off!!

Gail C
01-08-2006, 12:44 AM
Thanks for letting us know it can be done. I love to hear success stories!

I know it must be tough to keep it off; because I have never gotten all the way down to any goal I had, and couldn't keep off even what I did lose. but at least I have never got back up to my highest weight of 223 back in Aug 2003. I almost broke the 200 mark again this time before I started back on this diet last Monday.

In the past whenever I would start back on a diet I always weighed more than I did when I started the diet before that one....does that make sense?

But I know when I reach a certain weight (around 220), I really feel miserable; have a hard time getting up from sofas, climbing up stairs and even a curb etc. And oh, the effort of putting on panty hose!!!

I don't tell my family how much I weigh, but I'm telling you all!

I went out to Applebee's today with my son, and had the WW confetti chicken (new). It was pretty good, but how come all the low fat dishes are so spicy? It's been awhile since I tried the guiltless entrees at Chili's but they used to be really spicy too.

But I've sure eaten a lot of fruits and vegetables this least a lot for me. Krogers even had some really good fresh strawberries from Florida, (thanks Florida!)

I feel so virtuous when I'm eating really healthy, don't you??:smug:

01-08-2006, 08:46 AM
Hi everyone,
wow, we are soooo many in our group now~that's great.

have not been posting lately 'cuz I'm trying to learn about my new diet software (PowerDiet), but have been reading all the posts daily.
PowerDiet is almost the same as Fitday, except that there is a recipe section
and it is possible to add your own recipes.

laffnvegas, I can identify mostly with you: same age, height and almost the same weight. it isn't often I meet somebody as equally "petite".
5 years ago, I was able to diet down from 150 to 110, I would like to be at 110 again, but I don't think that is realistic considering that I'm 5 years older, and my metabolism is a lot lower, so I have set my goal to 120~don't know if it is feasible, but I'm going for it.
I'm doing this diet on my own (just like 5 years ago), counting calories with my DietPower, exercising, and listening to my self hypnosis weight loss tapes.
Tried the South Beach diet last year, but I find it too restrictive~just can't live without the carbs. I've been reading about the Sonoma diet~that's probably one diet I can live with, since I love mediterranean food and red wine. I still have to buy the book tho'.

When I was still living in Florida, (married a Dane and moved to Denmark), I was on the Nutri System diet, and I cheated every single day and still got down to my goal weight. Just didn't like eating the Nutri System processed foods at all~ended up with a cupboard full of Nutri System products!
Conclusion: It was the accountability, and weekly weigh ins which kept me motivated to eat right and lose the weight.
So with the motivation and support we give each other, plus our weekly weigh ins ~ we should be able to achieve our goals.
looking forward to our monday weigh in.......

01-08-2006, 01:15 PM
girlieyorkie, I had to laugh at your name because I use to be called poodle lady:D I currently only have two poodles but have in years past had several (7) at on time. I commend you for wanting to get to 120. It has been at least 15 years since I saw my original WW goal weight of 118. I would be thrilled with mid 130's. I too am basically doing this like you. I have tried many and since I only drink champagne not red wine Sonoma might not work for me:D but I have found just commen sense eating, counting my calories and lots of exercise it comes right off. At least it did in 2004:^: I had thought about the nutri system and figured that I too would be stuck with a lot of food that I would not eat. Right now I am about to do some sit ups and leg lifts and hit the treadmill be fore I shower and go to church so I better get going. I will check in later. Oh BTW I was just a bit bad last night but basically had planned for it calorie wise. But we can talk about that later.

Chat later :wave:

01-08-2006, 02:05 PM
Hi everyone....

It's nice to find a forum and support group for us over 50 divas. I am good at many things, but dieting is not one of them! Exercising is like a dirty word to me. But, this year I have made up my mind to get healthy.

I am 5' 3" and will be 54 in May. I am realistic enough to know that a healthly weight for my age is more attainable than striving for the weight I was in my I am aiming for a weight in the 130 lb. range (I have convinced myself that I am large boned, so I can carry a little more weight). Last week I weighed in at my heaviest ever....160 lbs. I had to fast for two days on a liquid diet for a colonoscopy and lost 8 lbs. (I do not endorse this method as a means of losing weight, I thought I would die!) Anyway, I am down to 152 lbs. as of today.

In Sept. '05 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a partial mastectomy and began chemotherapy, which I finished in mid December. I begin radiation this month. I resigned from a very stressful job in October and am concentrating on getting healthly while I have the time (although energy is somewhat of a problem). I lost all of my hair during chemo and gained weight due to the steriods in the toxic mix they were putting in my system. Of course, I was overweight to begin with. My body is just too big to go with my little bald head!

I am divorced and share my home with my miniature rat terrier, who is also gaining weight! Anyway, I am glad to have found this site and look forward to visiting with ya'll.

01-08-2006, 02:27 PM
My goodness ... I can't believe what has happened in the day and a half since I checked in. I can hardly keep up! But it is so wonderful to know that this forum is meeting a need ... I know it is for me. I tried WW but never really felt like I was checking in. The lady who weighed me just said "so how was your week?" and it didn't really seem that she could spend time talking so I'd say "Ok" or "not so great". And she'd say either "good" or "this week will be better". Not exactly what I was hoping for. And the meetings were mostly pep talks ... not really me checking in with anyone.

So I like telling you all how the day went ... and to weighing in tomorrow morning and letting you all know what the scale says.

This is good and we can help each other be the best we can be ... so, until tomorrow, God bless your efforts.

01-08-2006, 04:10 PM
What good news it is to have so much matter how we choose to lose weight this year! :carrot: I really think with all this support (and accountability!) I'll be able to stick with it this time. I too am looking forward to the Monday weigh-in's and reports ~ good or bad ~ and I know when I have a bad week ya'll will be here to kick me in the butt and not let me get discouraged and quit! Can you tell I've "been there, done that"?? :dizzy:

01-08-2006, 06:34 PM
Good afternoon fabulous fifties friends!

Well, I'll be here tomorrow to cheer and/or commiserate on the Monday weigh-ins, but since I started on Sunday I do a Sunday weigh-in. I started the Sonoma Plan (I just won't call it "diet") last Sunday because I figured if I started on the first it would be easy to keep track of the days (I get so confused...:D ). After 7 days I've lost 6 lbs. More importantly for me, a week without sugar, refined stuff, processed foods, etc. has definitely made me feel better. Yes, I'm craving fruit (they have clementine tangerines at my farmers market, and they are wonderful!), but on the 11th I can have some. That's the only sweet craving I've had, thank goodness.

You all are exercising a lot more than I am, and I applaud you! I did get to the gym twice last week after a 3 week absence, and I'll be there tomorrow after work.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. It's warm and sunny here, but now it's time to go hit a movie!

Laffnvegas, welcome! On the CLF board I'm Baseballmom. Gee...too bad it's not Halloween -- I bet your beautiful pumpkin would be a big hit over here!:D :D


Gail C
01-08-2006, 06:38 PM
6 pounds!

What a good first week you had!

01-08-2006, 07:00 PM
Good afternoon fabulous fifties friends!

...........After 7 days I've lost 6 lbs.....

:bravo: WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO LAURIE!!! :bravo:

:woo::woo: Yeeee-HAW! :woo::woo:

01-09-2006, 04:40 AM
Hi guys...
Due to the time zone, I get to be the first one on the scale! I'd rather not be the first ~ but OK I'll be brave.
I've lost 4 pounds in 8 days, and I'm well pleased.
It would have been nice if it was more, but according to statistics a weekly 2 pounds weight loss is more likely to be permanent, so I guess I'm good.
Hope everyone is pleased with his/her progress.

01-09-2006, 08:36 AM
You GO Elyn!!! :cheer::cheer: Weight loss is weight loss in my book....I'm always disappointed on week 2 if I lose too much the first week, cuz it's usually water and not much actual FAT! This week I have lost a total of 5 pounds (I ...broke down and weighed on Thursday...thus the little movement in my weight-tracker) A pretty good week for me....I'm happy! :dancer:

01-09-2006, 10:40 AM
Ran across this great website this morning. I'm 52 years old and have been on WW for about 2 months now. Happily losing....about 18 pounds so far. I've joined a lunchtime group at the hospital that I work at, and so far, it's going well for me. Got a lot more to lose (I'd love to lose another 50 pounds) and I'm looking for great low-point recipes and tips on how to get myself into some kind of exercise routine. In the past (the un-successful past!) I've worked around treadmill for the most part.
Don't want to ramble too much for my first time here, so I'll just ask if anyone out there has any tips for me to keep me on track?
Thanks, guys!:listen:

Gail C
01-09-2006, 12:38 PM
Hello all,

First of all, way to go Elyn and Jill! :cheer: And welcome Pattie. :welcome2: In my opinion you've found the best thread on these boards!!

I lost 3 pounds this week.

I'm a little disappointed because I usually lose at least 6 pounds the first week; last week I got down 4 pounds, but my weight went back up a pound.

I'll just assume my 3 lb loss was all fat and not water, which is why I usually lose so much the first week.

I did have a very good week though. I ate very healthy; no junk, just nutritious fruits, veggies, cereal, even salmon. Cut way down on bread. I am already feeling better, because I think I was OD'ing on sweets during the holidays.

I'm happy because that number on the scales is on the way down again.


01-09-2006, 02:34 PM
Hi Everyone! Welcome Bayougal,Laffnvegas, Active, Cowgirl and Patti.:welcome3: WhoooHooo to Elyn and Jill on your weight loss. Way to go girls:dancer: :dancer:

My offical weigh-in day with Weight Watchers is Wednesday, but this morning I weighed myself and was Thrilled to have 6 pounds gone.:cloud9: :encore: Hope to have another 2 pounds gone by Wednesday.

I haven't post in a couple of days, nor did I exercise yesterday or today. Had an accident yesterday and I feel like an idiot for falling out of our Suburban:o Landed on the side of my head. I was seeing :stars: and still have a slight :headache: sore neck, shoulder and hip. At least I didn't need stitches in my elbow or have a concussion, just bruised my pride along with my black and blue hip/butt. I guess I should be glad I have all this padding.:dizzy: :rofl: :lol3:

Back on track with exercising with Richard in the morning:tread: if I feel like it or not.

Till later~

01-09-2006, 02:35 PM
Good Morning Everyone, Well, if you don't mind I prefer weighing on Thursday. So That is when I will annouce my weigh in. This is kind of two fold, 1 because that was always the day I did and 2 because it allows me to cheat just a bit over the weekend and get it off by Thursday :D Although I did get on the scale today and it was not bad but not my offical so I did not change my little scale below. I am down 1 pound since I weighed on Thursday. I am hoping for at least 2 to 3 more by Thursday morning :carrot:

Good Job Everyone, I am sure we will all do great this week.:cheer:

01-09-2006, 02:44 PM
Thought I was in for a RUDE SURPRISE today!! :dizzy:

First, I went to the dr. for my usual blood work and check up...and when I was weighed, I was a few pounds over what I reported today :( :(

I went to Target to treat myself to a new scale. (My old one was decades old!) So I bought one of those nifty, digital WeightWatchers scales. :cool:

I was so worried that the weight at the dr. office was correct....that I zooooomed home, striped off every piece of clothing & shoes....and..... AAAAAAHHHHHHH! My new scale read the same as my old one. :p Guess clothes weigh more than we think!! :D Still hangin' in there at 182 :smug:

the slim me
01-09-2006, 04:21 PM
Hi Everyone, Today is my weight in day and I sadly report no loss! I have been pretty good with the eating and even with the exercise so I was, to say the least, disapointed! But, I know we all hit those curves in the road and you just have to wait them out! So a road block is not a stumbling block! I will continue to eat right and exercise. I know I will begin losing again!

Great to see all the new people and hear the success stories!

01-09-2006, 06:41 PM
.....Today is my weight in day and I sadly report no loss!.....

Don't worry, Slim Me! :) I'll bet next week will be REALLY good for you! :goodvibes You're doing all the right stuff ~~ You GO Girl! :cheer:

01-09-2006, 07:58 PM
I may be the last one to report in today but I weighed much earlier this morning ... losing 3 pounds ... which is SO great. I had some glitches in following the plan I chose (South Beach) but I think we all have to realize that it is OK, not get carried away with the fact that we "cheated" and just get back on it. Like "slim me" I know there are all kinds of things going on in this body of mine and weight loss can't be predicted ... so, like "flsunbakd" we just commit ourselves to doing the right stuff for the duration ... and we will see results. We just have to move beyond our disappointment and disillusionment ... and not let it control us and make us lose sight of our objectives.

This is grand! Thanks, my friends!

P.S. Anyone help me figure out how to edit my signature to show the weight loss???? I'm so not technical!

01-09-2006, 08:22 PM
Hi all,

Well, I was going to go through the list and congratulate you all individually, but instead, if my math is correct, for those of us who posted our losses (6 of us) the total combined loss was 27 pounds!!! Not bad, 50s chicks!!

Welcome, Slim Me. You have a great attitude -- we all plateau. I lost this week because I just started the Sonoma plan, so a week without Big Macs is certain to make a difference! And look at it this way: staying the same is better than gaining, right?

Congrats again to all of us!


01-09-2006, 09:53 PM
I'm trying to replace my tracker to show the 3 pound loss ... I think it's a cute idea but I just don't know how to make it work. So here goes. (

01-10-2006, 12:31 AM
I'm trying to replace my tracker to show the 3 pound loss ... I think it's a cute idea but I just don't know how to make it work. So here goes. (

lillygrace looks like you did good with your tracker and your weight loss :cp:

slim me, definitely don't feel bad a stay the same is always far better than a gain. I agree that next week you will see the loss.

Congrats to all the rest of you, such good weight loss this week :carrot:

I have a feeling my loss should be really good on Thursday :dancer:

01-10-2006, 05:18 AM
Hi Everyone, Today is my weight in day and I sadly report no loss! I have been pretty good with the eating and even with the exercise so I was, to say the least, disapointed!

Slim me ~ not losing, is definitely BETTER than gaining, and not worth getting depressed about. I'm sure that if you continue what you're doing now, it will definitely show on monday.
We must remember that it took us years of bad eating habits and very low physical activity to get to our present weight, so we can't expect to turn it around overnight.

To everyone who have posted their weight loss. Nice job girls...:cheer: :cheer:
The over 50 girls/boy are on their way :carrot: :dancer:

01-10-2006, 09:02 AM
I'm doing a dance today!!! A 5 lb. loss this first week and I'm so thrilled. Have a great week everyone.

01-10-2006, 09:18 AM
It's a great week for all....nobody gained! :cp::cp:

We're off to a good start for the week to come! :encore:

01-10-2006, 09:46 AM
Good Morning everyone l would like to join this group, l found this site this past weekend and it is amazing. l have a lot of weight to lose and being only 4.11 and almost 70lbs overweight, it is really getting unconfortable. l am committed to losing this weight this year and regain my health back and hopefully by summer not look like a beached whale in my bathing suit. l have a 7 year old adopted granddaughter who l have to worry about being around for so for her as well as myself l can do this. l have tried so many different diets were l have had to restrict myself, so this time l am joining WW and looking more to portion control and not missing meals. l think that l put my body into that mode of storing fat because of not eating right. Gail l would like to do weigh ins on Mondays if thats okay. by the way what is the dash diet. Good luck everyone

01-10-2006, 10:08 AM
Please! Join our weigh-in's! :cheer: The more the merrier! Isn't this a great website???? And you've found the best thread :) :) Join the 50-Chicks! We're all in the same boat as you are and with each other's help we WILL win the BATTLE this year! :cp::cp:

01-10-2006, 12:18 PM
:thanks: Thank you for the warm welcome flsunbakd and yes this is a great website, l forwarded it to my brother in England. Hope it can give him some inspiration also, as he has been trying so hard to lose weight.

the slim me
01-10-2006, 12:43 PM
Good morning everyone, and YEAH!!!! for all of you that lost weight! We're on our way to better health and to looking better too! I haven't worked out today but I will do my 40 min walk on the treadmill later. I'm still at 3.2 mile per hour but i'm working on the time and the speed. today is my weight day too, but I lift weights while I watch TV. I really don't mind exercise, kind of enjoy it, but walking on the treadmill and lifting weight is BORING! TV helps pass the time.

My therapist "fired" me yesterday. She just told me that she had tried everything that she could think of and nothing was helping (bad back). Luckly I had a Dr. appointment afterwards and he is sending me in for epidural steroids. Not looking forward to it, but right now it's a necessity.

I took my grandson to school this morning and went shopping afterwards. I just went to a few stores but I make it a habit of parking as far away froml the store as possible, so i've already walked some today. Take advantage of outing to get in a few extra steps.

Gail C
01-10-2006, 05:00 PM
:wave: Great to have you on board with us! This is a wonderful thread; I haven't read one negative comment on here!

To answer your question, the DASH diet stands for: "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension"; in other words it's a diet for those with high blood pressure. Basically, it is just eating the way we know we're supposed to, high fiber, low fat, wholes grains, veggies, fruit, dairy, lean meat, etc.

You can easily find the exact DASH diet plan if you do a search on the internet. I believe different organizations like the American Heart Association recommend it.

I find it hard to get in each day exactly the amount of servings I should get though of each group like vegetables and dairy. Usually no problem with the bread and meat group!

01-10-2006, 06:32 PM
Beth, I also want to Welcome you:welcome2:

I can totaly relate to you as I too am 4'11" Jan 2004 I weighed 195 and in the year of 2004 (the year I turned 50) I got down to a low of 138 which looked and felt pretty but slowly the weight started to creep back on. Most of this past year I stayed close to 148 which I was not happy with but was not disgusted enough to do a lot. Then I went on a cruise in October when I left I weighed 148 and when I got home I only weighed 150 whcih was not bad but because it was not bad I continued to eat, then Halloween came around the the year before I had been so good and those darn Butterfingers kept call my name:devil: Then their was my B-Day and Thanksgiving (all the same day:D ) and of course Christmas. The next thing I know I am weighing 166 on New Year's Day:(

Now we can all work at it together, what it takes is determination and I know with everyone's help WE CAN DO IT:carrot:

So Hang in there Beth I know we will get that FAT off this year.

01-10-2006, 07:08 PM
Hi Beth! Welcome!! Yes, indeed, this is a great thread, full of support and encouragement!

SlimMe, I think it's great that you're exercising so much, and the 3.2 speed will increase when you're ready! When I had a treadmill at home I had to have it set up near the TV. You're does get boring! Now, at the gym, I bring a magazine and that makes the time go by very quickly. Keep up the great work!!

01-10-2006, 07:48 PM
I say "welcome" too, Beth. I haven't counted but we've got a good sized group here and it is wonderful to check in and report to the others about how things are going. I first thought I'd have to check in every day but I'm not so sure ... it's just awfully great to know that you all are here (or there!) for me (and for everyone else).

I tend to get discouraged and start letting negative thoughts and habits take over ... and I don't respond well to "positive thinking". I need "realistic" thinking which is, for me, to stop letting little bumps in the road divert me from my goal and lead me down a path where I don't want to go.

Your brother is welcome to join in too if he wants ... or just join and read the comments. Whatever works ... and we all need something that works!


01-10-2006, 07:49 PM
What happened? I changed my signature yesterday to post a 3 pound loss (of which I am VERY proud!) and today it is gone! I don't think I'll ever get the hang of this stuff. Maybe I'll just remove it ... it's more frustrating than it should be.

01-10-2006, 07:52 PM
Hey Everyone,

This will be the fastest post ever, I have been out of town and have to run pick up my 13 year old from dance.

I am doing great on Sonoma!!! Could it just be the right plan for me??? Oh Happy Day!!!

Congrats to everyone for just being here for each other!! I love this board!!

Hugs and prayers,

01-10-2006, 09:35 PM
What happened? I changed my signature yesterday to post a 3 pound loss (of which I am VERY proud!) and today it is gone! I don't think I'll ever get the hang of this stuff. Maybe I'll just remove it ... it's more frustrating than it should be.

lillygrace, the signature will only appear once per page, when it flips to the next page and you post you signature will reappear.

01-10-2006, 09:37 PM
slim me , I don't know how tall you are but I am only 4'11" and have short legs so I tend to walk between 3.2 to 3.4 miles per hour. I also use the incline to about 2. When I was in better shape last year I would usually go 3.5 miles per hour and had the incline up to 4 but that may take me a few weeks to get there:D I would say 3.2 is just fine;)

01-10-2006, 11:40 PM
:wel3fc: Beth! You found a great bunch of chicks and one rooster to hang out with. I'm following WW also, and have my second weigh-in tomorrow. Lots of support and advise is offered on good and bad days.

:bravo: Jill (gypsyladie) on your 5lb weight lost!!!:carrot: :carrot: I'm so happy for you. :) :)

I got up early and got my workout in with Richard Simmons. I almost made it through the whole workout. Maybe tomorrow I'll make it! It is getting eaiser each day I do it. I'm so proud of myself, I made it through the week without cheating. It's a first for me.:woo:

Have a good evening.

Cheryl :flow2:

01-11-2006, 12:23 AM
I thought I would make one final report for the day. I had another good day. No cheating. I had a cup of yogurt for breakfast with a tablespoon of wheat germ in it and a 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice. Then I had a WW TV dinner and some carrots. Lots of water, then tonight I had about 4 oz of roasted chicken and some green beans. Then I treated myself to a WW chocolate cake. One of those itty bitty chocolate cakes that are 1 point and I made mayself a cappacino that is about 70 calories. I have one of the Braun Tassimo coffee machines and I absolutely love it it makes the best lattes and cappacinos:D

After dinner this evening I walked 1.5 miles on my treadmill and had done 1 mile this morning. I really hope whne I wiegh Thursday morning the scale has really good news for me.:crossed:

Gail C
01-11-2006, 12:40 AM
Lisa thanks for explaining that one signature per page wonder I can't get it to stay on sometimes...I've been going back and editing my post, then it disappears again!!

Sounds like you are doing really well on your eating plan; I love the WW chocolate cake!

May if you all keep talking about exercise I will get motivated to try it myself!


01-11-2006, 02:47 AM
Hi Everybody. Yeayyyy, I found you. This is a wonderful and supportive thread, how friendly and warm you all seem.

I am another gal from CLF that Jill invited, I hope you let me stay! My name is Bunti and I hail from Juneau Alaska. Just turned 52 on January 2. I have about 80 pounds to lose, and like the rest of you, find that what used to be easier, isn't.:o

I am doing a combination of the Core Program from WW and the Body Clutter Menu mailer from Saving dinner dot com. And I started going to Curves more regularly. I feel so much better than I did one week ago that I can hardly believe it.

I almost think the indulges of the holiday season had much more noticably unpleasant side effects this year. Fatigue, swollen ankles, just a general feeling of ugh!! And I was FEROCIOUS!! No sugar cookie was safe in my presence. I seem to be a little more in control this week. As long as I stay away from white flour, corn-syrup and concentrated sugars I seem to keep the cravings at bay.

I am going to weigh next Monday. I hope I can figure out the weightloss tracker, they are so cool! Talk to you all tomorrow, or at least read about you. With the time difference I am probably on much later than everybody. Jill thanks for the invite.

01-11-2006, 06:20 AM
Welcome to all the new guys:welcome2:

After reading all the post on treadmill walking, I feel ashame of myself.
DH bought me a motorized treadmill 2 years ago, and it have been collecting dust along with my stationary bike.

Lisa, you're doing so good with the treadmill, I envy you. I just can't seem to do it, it is VERY BORING. I've tried to do it with music, books, and even put a small TV in my exercise room, to no avail. I believe it is the same repetitive movement which bores me.

I'm exercising with aerobic video workouts, I find the visual stimulation, and different movements easier to live with.

But this morning, after reading the posts, I biked 15mins and walked on the treadmill for 17 mins ~ wow, that must count for something! I'm planning to also do my 1 hr video later ~ well let's see what the day brings.......

01-11-2006, 06:54 AM
I am starting again.
Want to do it with me?
Not quite sure how but I am doing it anyhow.
People talk about fructose intolerance.
Is this common?
Does such a diet help anyone.
Very high protein to me and just allowed few veggies.
Starches are allowed though.
Thought I would minimalise them too.

01-11-2006, 09:09 AM
Hi Bunti!! SO glad you're here with us! THIS IS THE YEAR, Girlfriend!! :cheer:

Bunti and I know each other from where all the cruise addicts hang out. Writersblock (Laurie) & laffenvegas (Lisa) & gypsieladie are all cruise-addicted. Anybody else? It's not fattening until you actually GO on a cruise!! :D :D

Hi YellowSub! :) Welcome!!! :) So glad you found us!

Well, Kids....I had a good day yesterday....went out to lunch with some old work buddies. "Crispers" was the restaurant of choice, (thank goodness!) and I found a flatbread made of whole wheat & spinach covered with feta, sun dried tomatoes, olives & pepperonchini. It was FAB! ~~ And the best part is....I brought half of it home!!:cp::cp:

It's a good feeling to go out to eat and be able to stick with your eating plan, isn't it!!??

Here's the bad part....I still can't get on the exercise band-wagon. :devil: I have 2 Pilates DVDs, I have a fitness center & 2 pools right in my "active adult" community, a great place to walk with no traffic...and I just can't get in the exercise groove. :( :( (YET!!!)

01-11-2006, 09:40 AM
:) Good Morning girls, well last night l went to my first WW meeting, it was great. l really feel inspired. l did pretty good yesterday drank plenty of water and watched what l ate. Now with the WW kit l know it will be easier. l have talked to my old mate:D so many times about going on a cruise but the only cruising he wants to do is on the old Waccamaw river here. Mind you it is lovely and spending weekends with friends and cooking out does have its merits, so can't complain. Have a super day everyone.

01-11-2006, 10:20 AM
Hi Beth! It's wonderful to be inspired...yours is rubbing off on me....I just lined up 6 bottles of water to remind me to drink them while I clean my house today! :carrot:

Yes....where you live is so beautiful. :flow1: My old mate and I love that area between Myrtle Beach and Savannah. The marshes and lowlands are so peaceful. We toured much of the area on our motorcycle last year & enjoyed it so much! :flow1:

01-11-2006, 11:03 AM
Good Morning Everyone :wave:

:welcome2: Bunti, maybe with several of that are all hooked on cruising we will get the others hooked too:D

Elyn, that is great that you got on the bike that the treadmill. I am just a firm believer that at our age we have to keep really active or that darn matabolism just quits working and even though we don't eat much we gain weight:( I am about to go get on the treadmill right now.

Jill, that is great you are drinking the water, that is probably the one thing I tend not to do so well, if I start to drink it then I have to run to the bathroom constantly and it seems the older I get this darn bladder does not want to work so well any more:o , then I get to busy at work. I do try to drink about 60 oz but I know it should be more.

OK, it is 7 and if I don't get exercising I won't get my mile in before work.

01-11-2006, 12:10 PM
Hi...thanks for the warm welcome! And thanks for the weighttracker Jill. Is that Sammy the Penguin helping me there? Uh-oh.....just edited cause my signature changes didn't take. I will have to try again later!! don't have time to figure out what I did to work.

Yellowsub, I am not sure about a fructose intolerance, but I know for me that certain foods make me hungry ---when I eat them, I want more, more, more. They are the more "refined" foods, so those are the ones I avoid. Fructose in an orange doesn't seem to set me off. High fructose corn syrup in sodas, juice drinks, etc is like giving me a hungry pill. So I check labels and try to avoid it. It helps. It, and white flour are my downfalls, and they're everywhere!!!

Beth, my first cruise was a Flylady Cruise, and DH didn't want to go either. But when I made the plans, he didn't want to be left out. Now he likes it as much (or more) than I do.

Have a great day everyone! Together we can evict our body clutter.:carrot:

01-11-2006, 01:51 PM
Hi ladies! Flsunbakd invited me to join you. I'm 54 and very much overweight. Unfortunately, due to health issues, I can't exercise very much so I have to rely on diet only for weight loss. The only exercise I'm allowed to do is swim and I don't have access to a pool. Oh well, such is life. I'm very excited about having a new group of friends to share my diet victories and defeats with. My goal is to lose 100 lbs over the next couple of years. I'm sure I can do it if I can keep my big fat mouth closed when the doughnuts are passed around at work!:dizzy:

01-11-2006, 02:03 PM
:wave: Glad you found us! :wave:
Lotsa friendly people here...all trying for the same goal. :spin:

It's much more fun to try to stick to our goals when we're all struggling for the same result: mainly better health...but if we end up looking awesome as a side-effect...won't it be great?! :goodvibes

Most of us are weighing in on Mondays....but it's certainly up to you when (or if) you want to share your successes (and disappointments) with the rest of us. There's a place to do a weight kind of like a cruise countdown clock. :D Let us know if you need help :)

01-11-2006, 02:15 PM
Hi Pungo :wave: Glad you found us. We are all here to help each other:hug: We will just need to set small short term goals for you but I know you can do it:carrot:
Gee, with all us Cruising folks we might need to rename the thread or get everyone else to join us on a cruise:D

I have kept up my exercise I did about 10 minutes of floor exercise this morning then I did 1.5 miles on the treadmill. That is just so darn time constraining. It took just over 26 minutes, it is just a good thing that I don't get in trouble coming in late to work:o

Well, speaking of work. I have lots of it so I better get going.

01-11-2006, 10:08 PM
Yellowsub...:welcome2: Hope you will be inspired and find the support you need to reach your goal weight. :)

Beth...So glad to hear you liked your first WW meeting. I think they are GREAT and I just finished my first week. I'm going to do it this time!! :carrot: :carrot:

Pungo3... Hi and :welcome3: Do you have access to a YMCA in your area? If you do, for a small monthly fee you would be able to use the pool and do warm water arobics. I have a buddy in WW that can't exercise also, but she does this instead. :flow1:

I had a wonderful day today. :) I stayed within my points, drank my water, but I haven't gotten my exercising in for the day. But I will get it done before the evening is over. :carrot: :carrot: Today was my weigh-in day at WW and their scales said I had a loss of 4.3lbs. Not the 6lbs that my scales said, but I think I need new batteries in it. Anyway a loss is a loss, so I'm happy just the same. :cp: :goodscale

Have a good evening.

Cheryl :dancer:

01-11-2006, 10:50 PM
Dream Big
By Author Unknown

If there were ever a time to dare to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing - it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily - but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your aspiration, something that's your dream.

You owe it to yourself to make your days here count.
Have fun.
Dig deep.
Dream Big.

Know, though that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be good days. There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up, and call it quits. Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart guide you.

Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only one you.
And you will pass this way only once.

01-12-2006, 12:03 AM
I had a wonderful day today. :) I stayed within my points, drank my water, but I haven't gotten my exercising in for the day. But I will get it done before the evening is over. :carrot: :carrot: Today was my weigh-in day at WW and their scales said I had a loss of 4.3lbs. Not the 6lbs that my scales said, but I think I need new batteries in it. Anyway a loss is a loss, so I'm happy just the same. :cp: :goodscale

Cheryl, YEAH!!!!!:carrot: 4.3 pounds is fantastic :cp: :cp:

I totally believe WW the a great way to go. I am sorta of following WW myself I just do not have the time to catch a meeting and WW on line would be OK but I know the old program so well and that is what has always worked for me that I know I can do it myself. I worked for WW many years ago part time as a group leader after I became a Life Time Member. It really can be a very rewarding job.

I myself am hoping for a big loss tomorrow but I also know that I had a good weight loss last week my first week and know that often the second or third week sometimes is not very good so we shall see.:crossed:

The next three days at work will be a bit of a challenge for me, we are having this big sale and the Dealership said they would buy all the employees lunch for Thursday and Friday (they always do on Saturday) the tough part is tomorrow they are ordering Pizza and Wings :jeno: One of my weakness's yet I have been so very good that I feel I need to be rewarded. I guess I will just have to wait till tomorrow. One of my co-workers who I am helping with his weight loss will also need help so we can be strong together;)

01-12-2006, 06:35 AM
It is great that the number of "cruise addicts" are getting to be more, so there is so much more support available.:wel3fc:

I'm afraid I can't go on a cruise, I get terribly sea sick. When I travelled to England and Norway, I was SOOOOOO SICK the whole time, the motion sickness pills didn't help very much. :barf:
Come to think of it, even the short trip on water to Rhode Island and Martha's Vineyard made me sick!
But I love to travel preferably by air, and I don't mind driving either.:yes:

Our dear friend is getting married on April 8, so I have to come up with a short term goal of 135 pounds, so that I can fit into a "dress", not a "tent".
I guess this will be very tough, and I will have to double my efforts, but that is good additional incentive for me, besides being healthy and looking great of course.;)
So this morning I biked 15mins. and walked on my threadmill for 27mins. Still planning to do my 1 hr aerobics video workout later. That's part of my "double efforts strategy".
Doing good on the "food part" as well. Why oh why is it sooooo difficult.......:?: :?: :?:

the slim me
01-12-2006, 09:47 AM
good morning everyone, And welcome all the new members! Our thread is getting quite large! The moe people the more support and help we can give each other!

I had to work yesterday and it was a very stressful day. I work 12 hour shifts and even a good day can be a problem, but yesterday wasn't a "good" day. My stress reliever is Usually i come home and medicate myself with food! Especially because I sometimes don't have time at work to eat. But, I did well last night, so i'm happy.

Thanks for the encouragement about the exercise. I know I will eventually get to the speed and length of time that I want, I have to increase gradually! But I will get there. And i'm 5'. I used to say I was 5'1" but i was measured at the Dr. office Monday and he told me 5'. I don't know if I was always measuring wrong or if I lost an inch. It happens with age. But that is one of the reasons I take my calcium and do the exercise. To keep my bones healthy.

Jill, eating out is always a problem. But with a little planning you can chose healthy food and still enjoy it. I usually decide what I'm going to have befoe hand. Too hard to decide and make healthy choices with that menu open and everything looking so good. And, you'e right. Exercise is boring. I do have certain TV shows that i enjoy watching. I exercise then. Exercise makes such a difference it's worth the effort! Try picking a certain time of day when you're usually free and then "just do it". Accept the fact that you're probally never going to like it. Some things we do because it's necessary!

Every one seems to be doing so well. Keep up the good work@

01-12-2006, 10:18 AM
It is great that the number of "cruise addicts" are getting to be more, so there is so much more support available.:wel3fc:

Good Morning Everyone! :flow1: It's a beautiful morning here in Central Florida...gonna be 80 today. :flow2: HH (handsome husband) is off today, so we'll be riding our motorcycle all day. :bike: Too bad there's no exercise in that!! is SO GOOD to have some of my cruise buddies over here for support to all of us...but it's also so very nice to have all of my new 3FC friends!
I think as the months go by, we're going to become a pretty close-knit bunch! :goodvibes
How can we not? ~ We're sharing our FAT stories with each other ~ something that most of us don't usually share with anyone else! :o

Elyn...I love your new short term goal for your friend's wedding. It's motivating to have an event to work toward, I think. You can do it...and we'll help! :cheer:

Cheryl...thanks for sharing the's more inspiration for me. God knows I need it!!! 4.3 pounds or 6's all Fat Off the Frame! :cheer:

Then there's Lisa (laffenvegas), who is an Exercise Machine!! My Hero!! One of these days SOON I'll be getting in the groove! Lisa...I'll bet you pass on that pizza today ;) :cheer:

Freda...I'm so glad you had a good night after a stressful day yesterday!! :cheer: YAY!'re right ~ I just have to pick a time and DO MY PILATES! I plan to do that on Saturday when HH goes back to work. He works a rotating schedule, so each week his days off are different. OK. I WILL pop in my pilates DVD and DO IT on Saturday. There. I've said it. Now I will follow through since I told all of you I would!!! :yikes:

I know that all of us are on different eating plans, but here's a little treat that might be "legal" for most everyone. If not totally legal, at least it's better than pigging out :ink: on something worse!!

The Yummiest-Ever Chocolate Mousse :chef:

1.4 oz pkg of Jello fat-free, sugar-free chocolate instant pudding
1 cup of FF milk
1 cup of FF or part-skim ricotta cheese
3 good tablespoons of cocoa powder

Mix together until almost smooth, or pulse in food processor until same. It's pretty much ready to eat if you just can't wait after you taste it!!! :dizzy:

Make it a great day, 3FC buddies!! :hug:

01-12-2006, 12:23 PM
Good morning fellow winners at losing!! Wow!! so many nice folks here. Hi Pungo!!
Ummmm that mousse sounds great Jill, I have to wait til I am more established in my pattern though. I haven't been away from sweets long enough, and they are another trigger for me early on. It is better after I have been eating right for several weeks.

I will be doing the Curves 6 week challenge. I did it once in the past, so can do it for free now. I think the meetings and inspirational videos will help keep me going. So far this week I have exercised every day. Baby steps though....can't set myself to do too much or I will crash and burn. 20 to 30 minutes 5 days a week to start. I stop at Curves on the way home from work. It probably isn't the best time of day to work out, but it works with my schedule.

Jill, as I look out the window at the beautiful but cold landscape. (fresh snow last night) I am jealous of your weather!!! Have fun on your riding day!

Well, time to get started for the day.

01-12-2006, 01:44 PM
Good Morning Everyone :wave:

Well, this morning was weigh in day for me. :cheer: I weighed 158 so that is down 3 whole pounds from last Thursday :carrot:
Now of course I would have liked four more pounds but after 5 pounds last week I really cannot complain. Now the BIG question is can I make 10 more pounds in the next 3 weeks:dizzy: ????I will certainly try and even if I do not quite make it I got bets I get darn close. Possibly with all this exercise I may actually loose inches and be in better shape than I was in October weighing 148 so those dresses will fit.

I was good this morning and walked 1.5 miles on the treadmill but we have plans to be out and about tongith so doubt I will be able to get back on the treadmill:( tonight.

As far as lunch today I think they are also bring salads so I plan to have salad and maybe just a very small piece of Pizza:D and one wing.

Well gotta go I ham so very busy at work which is GREAT because that means I am making money to pay for those darn cruises:D

Have Great Day Everyone!!!!!!!

01-12-2006, 03:16 PM
Hi, all my losing buddies. You guys are doing a terrific job on your losing plans. Since I just joined, I'll get you up to speed on my progress. First, let me explain, I have Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis, so I'm on lots of nasty medications. The main side effect for many of my drugs is weight gain. Last August, I weighed 304 pounds (much to my disgust). My rheumatologist told me about a diet that another one of his patients had found that not only helped with weight loss but also helped with joint pain. I've been following it since August 4, 2005, and have lost 40 pounds. Obviously, I now weight 264. The diet is very similar to the South Beach diet except it restricts more foods. (It is an anti-fungal diet) Another big difference is the only sweetener you are allowed to have is Stevia (which I had never heard of) which truly does not induce hunger and is 100% natural. Last week, I was in San Francisco spending time with my good friend and she & I ate lots of bad food. I go to my doctor next Thursday and will find out how much damage I might have done to my weight loss. I know I made my joints unhappy because I've been in pain for the last 5 days. I'll let you know next week where I am at that point. In the meantime, I'm back to my 'proper' lifestyle and eating foods that are good for me. I'm so glad to have this new group of friends who know what it's like to be overweight, over fifty and struggling every day to make changes in our lives. Thanks.

01-12-2006, 03:19 PM
Good morning, all!

Lisa, that weight loss is FABULOUS!!!!:bravo:

Freda, I know how easy it is after a stressful day to just go home and open up the fridge, so I think it is wonderful that you didn't do that!

It sounds like we're all having a pretty good week, and I hope it continues for everyone. Although I haven't posted much yet, I have enjoyed reading the thread and getting to know you all better. I think this group is exceptional!!!

Yesterday I started Wave 2 of the Sonoma Plan, and I think it's going well. Jill, aren't you just a day or two behind me? I tell you, a tangerine NEVER tasted as good as it did yesterday! For those of you not familiar with Sonoma, no fruit is allowed for the 1st 10 days.

Haven't noticed too much of a change in the scale after the initial 6 lbs., but I'm refusing to get down about that. This truly was about feeling better, and I've noticed that the aches and pains I'd been experiencing prior to January 1st (and was getting worried about) have almost disappeared. Amazing what happens when you remove sugar, refined flour, and processed foods from your body!

I went to the gym 3x this week, and will go again tomorrow night. My goal is to go at least 4x per week.

Have a great rest of the day, everyone!!


01-12-2006, 03:32 PM
WOW Lisa, way to go girl.:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: Very happy for you.

At that rate of weight loss, you'll be at your weight goal in no time!

01-12-2006, 03:33 PM
Hi, all my losing buddies. You guys are doing a terrific job on your losing plans. Since I just joined, I'll get you up to speed on my progress. First, let me explain, I have Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis, so I'm on lots of nasty medications. The main side effect for many of my drugs is weight gain. Last August, I weighed 304 pounds (much to my disgust). My rheumatologist told me about a diet that another one of his patients had found that not only helped with weight loss but also helped with joint pain. I've been following it since August 4, 2005, and have lost 40 pounds. Obviously, I now weight 264. The diet is very similar to the South Beach diet except it restricts more foods. (It is an anti-fungal diet) Another big difference is the only sweetener you are allowed to have is Stevia (which I had never heard of) which truly does not induce hunger and is 100% natural. Last week, I was in San Francisco spending time with my good friend and she & I ate lots of bad food. I go to my doctor next Thursday and will find out how much damage I might have done to my weight loss. I know I made my joints unhappy because I've been in pain for the last 5 days. I'll let you know next week where I am at that point. In the meantime, I'm back to my 'proper' lifestyle and eating foods that are good for me. I'm so glad to have this new group of friends who know what it's like to be overweight, over fifty and struggling every day to make changes in our lives. Thanks.

Hi Pungo,
(I'm baseballmom over on CLF)

Well, it sounds like you have lots of health challenges that you are handling beautifully. I live on the west coast, used to go to school in the SF bay area, and still go up there at least once a year. SF is a food lover's paradise, so how could you not have indulged? Besides, regardless of anything else, I'm a firm believer in enjoying those special times with friends and family, and if that meant a second (ok, for me, a fifth) slice of hot sourdough bread, so what? Yes, we pay and pay, but I hope you had a wonderful trip anyway!! Most importantly, you're back on track now, and I think that's great!


01-12-2006, 03:58 PM
Laurie, thank you so much for the encouragement!!! Yes, I felt it was worth it to enjoy some good meals with my friend. I only see her once a year. I was very good during Thanksgiving & Christmas and did not eat any forbidden food. Now, I'm on track and know what I have to do to stay healthy! Thanks again. This is a great place to share our ups and downs. :hug:

Gail C
01-12-2006, 05:50 PM
Wow, it's great to read all these postive posts; I'm glad our thread is growing.

I can't really relate to all you cruisers, as I have never been; I always thought it sounded like a lovely thing to do, except for the part about being on a boat on the ocean waves. (I get "carsick" easily so I can't imagine what a boatride would do to me.

I am also pretty homebound because I take care of my adult handicapped daughter, and I can't take her anywhere.

By the way, it is a beautiful sunshiny day here in Indiana :sunny: ; it was supposed to get up to around 60. I need to get off here and take a walk!

I checked my blood pressure twice while I was out in stores today; and it is looking better already! All this healthy eating is paying off. I did eat 2 corn muffins with my grilled fish meal at Cracker Barrel today, which has been my biggest splurge so far this year.

Everyone sounds like they are really off to a good start in achieving a healthier weight this year!

01-12-2006, 09:00 PM
Hi again Everyone, Gail, we may just have to get you set up on your first cruise so you get hooked too:D It can be very addictive. Ever since we went on our first cruise it is all we want to do now for vacation. Part of it is it is so darn relaxing and of course we enjoy eating:D

Laurie, I am so glad to know it is you:)

Pungo, I can feel your pain, and I mean I really can I have been told I have the start of Rheumatoid Arthritis at least several years ago before I lost a lot of my weight. I basically had pain all over. What is funny it travels, one day it hurts in my back the next day my hips. Recently the pain has come back in my hips and it often hurts just to sleep especially my hips. Amazingly once I am up and about I am usually OK. That is why I have been doing the walking, in the morning it hurts some but I just keep pushing myself and within a few minutes the pain goes away.

For those of you in CLF on the Loose Before you Cruise Thread I posted a picture of my in the Fat Fat Dress form 2003 and one of me just 10 pounds thinner than I am right now and one that is actually 20 pounds thinner:o
See if you can see a difference:D

Thanks again Everyone for your Encouragement, it really means a lot and helps a lot:carrot:

BTW today at lunch for the Pizza thing, we ended up not having any salad or wings just Pizza and it was these BIG Pizzas cut into squares. I had only two small center squares of veggie pizza with no crust. Tonight we are going out to dinner at Sunset Station Casinos new Buffet and I plan to just eat veggies and salad and stay away from the desserts:D

01-12-2006, 11:21 PM
Well, frineds, I have to report that I went out to dinner tonight and did not do as well as I planned. It actually started out earlier in the day ... instead of planning what I was going to eat I just decided that I was going to cheat today. So I snacked on some breakfast bread that someone brought into the office and then later in the afternoon someone offered me a cookie. I took it. Then when we finally got out to dinner, the people I was with ordered an appetizer to share and I tasted it ... the same with dessert. I didn't eat much of either but it certainly ended my eating spree with a bang! So, I support the trick is to not carry this any further. I have many times before just kept on going, thinking that I had just ruined the day and so I would try to cram as much in before I went to bed. I'm drinking water right now so I hope that I've changed my habits at least a little.

Well, thanks for being there so I could "confess". I know that just being able to check in helps me get back on the path when I get off of it.

Bye for now.

01-13-2006, 02:52 AM
I think you are right. And drinking the water instead of figuring that you had ruined the day so might as well eat is a terrific choice. Kudos to you!!
I'm raising my glass of water to you. Cheers!

the slim me
01-13-2006, 08:53 AM
Good morning every one. Just reporting that I did well yesterday, walked on the treadmill for 30 min, jumped on the trampoline for a few min (just trying it out) drank all my water and did well with the eating!!! A good day. I am going shopping this morning and plan to go early so I can get my walking in there. I like to mix it up sometimes and they have all those stairs to climb.

I would love to go on a cruise, my other family members go often. But I get motion sickness so bad i'm really fearful!! And before you say the big ships are different: My aunt also gets motion sickness. She went last year and they found her sitting on the stairs in the morning, green! She did see the ship Dr. and got something which helped some. But she said she wouldn't go again.

Pogo, Good for you for taking controle of your health! We can tend to let the health problems control us and you''ve been an active part in controlling them! Not an easy thing to do.

Gail, My sister has HTN also. She was on 3 BP meds. After losing 60 pounds she is now taking 1/2 of one of the pills. Diet and exercise can make such a difference!

Lillygrace, Good for you for not allowing a slip up totally derail you! We all fall off the wagon from time to time. The important thing is to not dwell on it and pick ourselves up and get back on!

laffinvegas, Wow! you really made the best of a bad situtation! Sometimes the healthy food just isn't available and we just have to do the best we can.

Laurie, I agree with you! sometimes we have to splurge! This is not a diet, it's a life time thing. Knowing that you can still enjoy yourself and have something "off limits" occasionally enables us tostick with it for the long run. Because this is a lifechange!

Hope everyone has a happy day, Freda

01-13-2006, 10:00 AM
.........Yesterday I started Wave 2 of the Sonoma Plan, and I think it's going well. Jill, aren't you just a day or two behind me? .........

........Haven't noticed too much of a change in the scale after the initial 6 lbs., but I'm refusing to get down about that. This truly was about feeling better, and I've noticed that the aches and pains I'd been experiencing prior to January 1st..........


Good Morning Everyone! :dance:

Hi Laurie!! :hug: Yes...I start Wave 2 on Friday....altho I have had about 4 glasses of wine while on Wave 1...and maybe a little more dairy than I should have....but all in all, I'm verrrry happy with the last 10 days. Fruit will taste wonderful! I have THE BEST tangelo tree in my yard that is bursting with the sweetest citrus on the planet...and I won't even have to go to the store to get it! :cool:

Like you....I don't think I've lost this week, but I'm still hoping for a nice little surprise when I hop on the scales. :goodscale I remember tho, the last time I lost a bunch of weight...I lost a few the first week, then barely any for the next couple of weeks....then it magically began to melt off. :D That said....we can't give up during the down times!!! :cheer:

Lisa....I looked at your pics on CLF....maybe you can upload them to your profile or gallery here. You must take that blue dress on your cruise! You look nice in the FatFat Dress, but you look stunning in the blue dresses! (Lisa has the same dress in 2 sizes) ;)

Well....I had a good day yesterday. I told you we were riding our motorcycle all day....we ended up in Crystal River (about 100 miles away) at a waterfront restaurant. We hoped to see some manatee, but yesterday we didn't. :^: Anyway...I had a small salad w/ vinegar & oil and grilled chix on top + a glass of merlot. Later at home, I had some hummus on Triscuits and a cup of Sausage, Vegggie & Barley soup.

Still not exercising :kickcan:...but I AM going to start my Pilates on Saturday!!!....I NEED THE HELP OF ALL OF YOU to DO THIS!!!! :wave:

01-13-2006, 10:29 AM
Good Morning ladies just reporting in to let you know that so far this week l have done good with drinking the water and following the plan. Although last night l did have a little bit of an upset with my daughters boyfriend and had a beer to calm myself down. Have been invited to a birthday party for my friends hubby on Saturday, l think l will allow myself a little bit of a splurge though and make up for it down the road. So glad to see everyone is doing good.:carrot: l need to get serious with the exercise also, have Tony Littles gazelle and Chuch Norris's machine need to start using them. l also need to get my butt out and do some walking.:ebike: When l lived in England l walked everywhere. Now l drive anywhere l need to go, plus walking alone isn't safe here. Have a super day :)

01-13-2006, 05:25 PM
My rheumatologist told me about a diet that another one of his patients had found that not only helped with weight loss but also helped with joint pain. I've been following it since August 4, 2005, and have lost 40 pounds. Obviously, I now weight 264. The diet is very similar to the South Beach diet except it restricts more foods. (It is an anti-fungal diet)

Hi all. hope everyone is fine.......

Pungo, so sorry to hear about your health problems.
I would very much love to learn more about this "anti-fungal diet". I have an issue with my left shoulder (left handed) and I'm more than willing to try any diet that will not only help me to lose weight, but will also help with the joint pain.

01-13-2006, 10:19 PM
Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone has had a great day. I have stayed within my points, got my water in and did walking for exercise today. Right now I'm struggling not to raid the refrigerator for something to snack on. I know the urge will pass, just wish it would hurry!!!

Have a great evening and weekend. Stay strong

Cheryl :carrot: :carrot:

01-14-2006, 01:04 AM
Cheryl, that's great :carrot:

I also did fairly well today with the exception of not getting in as much exercise as I would have liked. I was only able to walk 1 mile:( Tonight we went to Red Robin for dinner and I had thier Fiesta Chicken Salad, it was really light on the salad dressing and the only bad part was was probably all the crunchy tortilla strips in the salad. I did have avery tiny tiny piece of birthday cake today that totaled three whole bites. I had good will power in the morning one of the banks that I deal with at work brought us in 2 boxes of Krispy Kreme Donuts and I did not touvh a one:p

Hope Everyone is having a Good Weekend, Keep up the Great Work:dancer:

01-14-2006, 02:22 AM
Well, frineds, I have to report that I went out to dinner tonight and did not do as well as I planned. It actually started out earlier in the day ... instead of planning what I was going to eat I just decided that I was going to cheat today. So I snacked on some breakfast bread that someone brought into the office and then later in the afternoon someone offered me a cookie. I took it. Then when we finally got out to dinner, the people I was with ordered an appetizer to share and I tasted it ... the same with dessert. I didn't eat much of either but it certainly ended my eating spree with a bang! So, I support the trick is to not carry this any further. I have many times before just kept on going, thinking that I had just ruined the day and so I would try to cram as much in before I went to bed. I'm drinking water right now so I hope that I've changed my habits at least a little.


Lily, there's no doubt you have changed your habits, and you changed a "cheating" day into a successful day! I've also had days when I've decided to chuck it, and didn't stop eating until I went to bed because after all, since I'd already blown it, might as well keep going!

When you went to dinner you had a taste of this, a bite of that, and then you were finished! And the best thing of all, you really stopped and didn't keep the spiral going!! THAT'S GREAT! And, when I get that urge again, I will think of you and hopefully I'll also reach for a bottle of water!

Have a great weekend!!!


01-14-2006, 10:05 AM
Hi 50-Chicks! :flow2:

In reading the posts, it looks like we're all having our little slip-ups but are recovering nicely! :cp: YAY! :cp: Like Laurie....I usually chuck the whole day if I have something that's not "on plan", but not this time! The cravings have subsided and I think I'm OK.

I'm not expecting any weight loss this week....I just don't "feel" it....and I know it's because I haven't exercised. BUT: I made a vow to you all that I would start my Pilates today and guess what! I DID!! :cheer: HH brought me home a Pilates mat and a little portable DVD player yesterday so I could do my workout wherever I want to...on the porch, in the livingroom, etc....on a cruise even! Isn't he the greatest??? :angel: And people think he looks like Sean Connery too. ;) LOLOL Try living with a man who's told that at every turn! :D LOLOL

Anyway...I'm feeling pretty good about it all today, and if I have no loss this week, it's my fault...but I'm fixing that. I think I can stick with it with ya'll being here for me. :goodvibes

Happy Weekend!

01-14-2006, 01:39 PM
Good morning!!

Yesterday was a bit of a slip-up for me too. binge for the rest of the day because I "ruined" the day. This is a huge victory...I tend to eat at night, if I feel defeated in my diet, didn't do it. Wahoo!!!

I am heading into town to Curves and the weighin, for the first class. It is support for me that makes a difference. You all and Curves, this time. With trick from the Core program to keep me honest!

Lisa, I have always wished we had a Krispy Kreme here in Southeast is probably a very good thing we don't!! It was always the first place my kids wanted to head when we headed to the lower 48.... Krispy Kreme and Target!

Yay Jill for starting your Pilates. And for your "HH" for supporting you with kind action. Lucky gal.

01-14-2006, 02:48 PM
Good Morning Girls :wave:

Jill, that is great that you started you Pilates and how sweet of HH to get you the mat and a portable DVD :carrot:

Tom is also trying be really helpful and letting me decide where we should go out to dinner where I can be really good. He was even willing to go to Applebees where I could get a WW meal but then I selected Red Robin since it had more things he and our son who came along liked.

This morning I slept in a bit more because I knew I could drag my butt into work a bit later so I got up at about 6:30 fed the dogs, got on the computer, then did my short version of pilates with about 60 sit ups and lots of leg lifts and stretches. Then jumped on the treadmill. I really wanted to get in 2 miles this morning since I fell behind the last couple of days but I only got in 1 mile. I doubt I will be able to get in any more tonight but tomorrow I do not work and Tom does so I will get up, exercise, go to church, get grocerys, then come home and get back on the treadmill :tread:

Hope Everyone Has GREAT Weekend :cp:

01-14-2006, 03:04 PM
Good morning!

Jill, YAY for you for starting back with Pilates! I know you've been wanting to get back into it. Hope your back is feeling better.

Lisa and Bunti, you are far more ambitious today than I am! :carrot: :carrot:

I did go to the gym last night, so that was 4 days on the treadmill this week for about 40 min. each, except for Tuesday, when I did an hour.

It's a rainy day here today, so my son's baseball game has been cancelled. Looks like a perfect opportunity to catch a movie, have a lazy home day, or yeah, go to the gym or clean house!

Whatever you're all doing today, I hope it's a great day for you!


01-14-2006, 04:56 PM
Laurie, all that time on the treadmill sound pretty ambitious to me. I just wish it did not take so darn long to walk a mile, it take me just over 17 minutes and that is walking at a fairly fast rate for me. So you if are walking 40 minutes that is a lot of walking. I push to get in at least 1 mile or 1.5 miles in the morning then if time permits I attempt another 1.5 miles in the evening. The problem being the last 2 nights I did not get out of work till close to 7 PM by the time I got home and we went and grab a bite to eat out it was after 9 when we got home and far to late to get on the treadmill since my bed time was only a few minutes away.

Tonight I probably won't get out of work till after 6 and Tom's hours at work also got changed and he won't get off till 6:30 we will of course go out to eat but again by the time we get home it will be late. I really plan to walk a lot tomorrow hopefully 3 plus miles.

01-14-2006, 06:28 PM
I am 54 and a teacher. I have struggled with my weight all my adult life. I played sports as a child and didn't have a problem then. I am a lifetime member of weight watchers, and I can't tell you how many times I have gone back and lost 20-40 lbs. only to gain it back again plus a few. I need to lose at least 70 lbs. My cholesterol is too high even with my medication, but I can't seem to get motivated or to stop "grazing". If anyone has any ideas of a good diet for me - - please share.
P.S. I cook very little since my children are grown, and "naturally" my husband doesn't have a problem with weight.

H E L P !!!!

01-14-2006, 07:54 PM
I am 54 and a teacher. I have struggled with my weight all my adult life. I played sports as a child and didn't have a problem then. I am a lifetime member of weight watchers, and I can't tell you how many times I have gone back and lost 20-40 lbs. only to gain it back again plus a few. I need to lose at least 70 lbs. My cholesterol is too high even with my medication, but I can't seem to get motivated or to stop "grazing". If anyone has any ideas of a good diet for me - - please share.
P.S. I cook very little since my children are grown, and "naturally" my husband doesn't have a problem with weight.

H E L P !!!!

Oh Pam, You sound just like me. I first joined WW back in 1981 and only had to loose 24 pounds to get to goal. I would love to weigh now what I weighed at my high in 1981:D Although I could hit it later this year. Plus husband definitely does not mind me being over weight. I am lucky I have no problems with high blood pressure or cholesterol. But if I had to get to my original WW goal weight I would have to get rid of 40 more pounds. As far as the cooking "I have NO idea what that is":p Other than Christmas Day this year I have not cooked for a very long time. My husband does all the cooking or we just go out to eat. Although his work hours got changed effective today and he now does not get off till 6:30 at night:( Most of the time I should get home a little before that, I might be force to have to cook:o

01-14-2006, 08:33 PM
Guess what guys?! Down 4 pounds. Now, if I can just keep losing 1.5 -2pounds a week, that will be 60-80 pounds before we cruise. Whew. Too large a number.

Okay. How about 10 more pounds by Valentines day? That I can get behind.

Pam, welcome. You sound much like me as well, although I still cook. There are many "grazing" type diets out there. Maybe you could play to your strengths. We all have different diets here, perhaps one of ours will catch your fancy. Welcome, we are glad you are here.
I just started the 6 week challenge at Curves. It is very similiar to the Core program at WW with strict portion control the first 7 days, then more normalized after that. What helps me is knowing I must chart my exercise and diet, and check in each Saturday. Lots of good hints too, much like this board!! I use the BodyClutter menu mailer as well, for easy and good healthy recipes, hints and ideas. (3 meals, 3 snacks.)

01-14-2006, 08:35 PM
Pamelateach5...:welcome: You will find lots of support and advice from the girls. I started WW a little over a week ago for the second and last time. I have a little over 200lbs to loose, and I'm determine to do it this time. The support I get from the girls at this site is WONDERFUL. I hope you find what will work for you, be it WW or some other program.

I had a pretty good day. I wasn't perfect though, had a small slip at dinner and had a piece of regular pizza, but I have been eating below my allowed points, so hopefully it won't hurt too much. I am proud that I only ate one piece, two weeks ago it would of been half I would of eaten. So I'm learning and more aware of what I put in my mouth.

Do any of you suffer leg cramps while your sleeping? Since I started exercising last week, I've been getting them almost nightly.

Hope you all have a great weekend or what's left of it. :)

Cheryl :flow1:

01-14-2006, 08:57 PM
Hi Guys,
I went to my Weight Watchers weigh in today and they told me I had lost .6 with a total weight loss of 131 pounds. I had set my goal weight at Weight Watchers at 155 but I have a personal goal, if I can to get to 150. I wont beat myself up if I dont. Weight Watchers said my healthy range is 135-169. Gail, I totally understand about getting up sofas, climbing stairs, and climbiing up on curbs. When I read that, I thought, "Hey that was me!!! I know exactly how that lady feels, I can totally relate!!" Even though I lost all this weight, I still cant get up off the floor by myself but that is because my legs are sooo weak, I think it has something to do with my circulation problem, but I might not be right on that. I do know my knees hurt when I try to get up off the floor. Oh, has anyone tried the Jello Pudding at Walmart? It is sugarfree, fatfree and made with fatfree milk. I had gotten the Butterscotch flavor and my husband made it, it was AWESOME!! Today when I was at Walmart I got the White Chocolate, Banana Cream and Cheesecake. The White Chocolate Nutrition Facts say for 1/2 Cup of this pudding, it is 70 Calories, 0 Fat, 0 Fiber. If I figured this right it is 1/2 Cup=1 Point. That is if you use Fat Free Milk. Anyone feel free to add me to your yahoo messenger, my signature name is cowgirl73160. Be back later!!


Gail C
01-15-2006, 02:02 AM

I used to go to TOPS, a weight loss group. I had a very foolish way of losing weight. I would eat too much for a few days after the meeting, then practically starve myself for a couple of days before the meeting. I called it my feast and famine diet. I would get terrible leg cramps during the night on those "famine" days. I don't exactly know why, unless I was throwing my whole body out of whack, or dehydrated. TOPS stands for "Take Off Pounds Sensibly", but I sure wasn't!

I haven't gotten any leg cramps since I started this diet; because I am eating sensibly (so far!) But I never got cramps from too much exercise, because I don't exercise like I should! I keep reading about all the exercise you ladies do; and it did inspire me to take a long walk one day this week!

I do know that however you get cramps they are very painful; I don't know if it would help you to drink more water, or take calcium pills which some recommend. I hope you find a remedy, so you can get a good night's sleep!

01-15-2006, 11:24 AM
Gail one time when l used to go to the gym a young trainer told me to drink lots of water to keep the leg cramps at bay. l too still need to up my exercising, went to the birthday party last night, they did a pig pickin. l did not eat a lot but when l got home l blew it. l had not 1 but 2 packs of ritz bits cheese crackers. Oh well next time l will do better if invited out, will make sure l have a veggie snack tray ready when l get home. Cowgirl l too have trouble getting up these days, my 7 year old laughs at me. And if l stay in one position to long my hip stiffens up, l have a lot of pain with it and am hoping by losing some weight that it will help that. lt looks like everyone is doing great so far.

01-15-2006, 01:16 PM's almost Time for the Truth! :fr: I don't think I have lost weight any this week...I just don't feel like I any loss of ounces will be OK with me as long as I haven't gained. :crossed: Have pretty much stuck to my plan....did my Pilates yesterday for the first time...and plan on getting it done today.

Tuesday morning, we'll be riding our motorcycle down to The Keys with 20-30 other bikes from our local Harley Chapter. Looong trip. :dizzy: Should be fun and the weather looks good! :sunny: I'll be doing my weigh-in tomorrow, then be back with ya'll on Friday morning.

:goodluck: Good Luck, 50-Chicks! :goodscale

01-15-2006, 03:22 PM
Re: leg cramps. An older lady told me that "quinine" works to relieve them. She keeps a bottle of tonic water which has quinine in it by her bedside and has for years. I think she also carried quinine tablets with her when she traveled but the tonic water works almost immediately.

Hope this helps. Can't wait until tomorrow's weigh-in. I had one bad day but that didn't stop me from getting back on the diet.

Thanks for being there, friends.

01-15-2006, 03:55 PM
Good morning, dear Chicks!

Pamela: WELCOME! I'm also fairly new to this site and this thread, but I have to say it's the best one I've ever seen! I just love that we're all around the same age, all dealing with the same issues (some of us do have more health issues than only real complaint is a big belly and pre-menopausal stuff -- minor compared to others), and all here to lend support and encouragement! Most of us have been on that same weight up/weight down roller coaster, but now we want to stop, so hop on and join us! What's been really encouraging for me is that when someone has a setback, she gets right back on track! There is power in numbers and in knowing that when you do slip up someone here will cheer you on!

Lisa Cowgirl, I am in awe of your 131 lb. weight loss! Wow, wow, wow!! It's truly wonderful.

Cheryl, I also have had leg cramps. I think the suggestions here are good ones. I increased my water, and took a hot shower right before bed. Hope they decrease for you soon.

Bunti, congrats on the 4lb loss!!! You are definitely on your way to your Valentine's Day goal! I was lucky enough to see Juneau last summer when we took the cruise. It's a beautiful city! I work with someone who lived up there for a few years, and she truly misses it every day.

Well, today was my weigh-in, and I'm down another 3 lbs! I can't wait to hit the 10 lb. mark. Best of all, I still feel great and have had NO sweet cravings! For those new members, I'm on the Sonoma plan along with flsunbakd. Now, I am longing for mayo, but it's not at the AAAARRRRGGGHH point yet. I'm actually enjoying cooking again, and just grilled up a bunch of chicken to have on hand. I loaded it up with all kinds of seasonings and just a bit of sea salt. The house smells good!

Time to go catch a movie. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!


Gail C
01-15-2006, 06:55 PM
Hey, I think this group weigh in is helping me. I have been keeping the Monday morning weigh-in in mind as I've gone through the weekend, because I want to have a loss to report for the week. This is great! And really, it makes no difference if some of us weigh in on different days, we all just report our results for the week, no matter when our (weigh in) week starts.

I also like to read all of your posts, and hear what you're up to in your part of the world, Florida, Alaska, even Australia. I like the way everyone is so encouraging. It seems like in every group I've ever been part of (on the internet), some people start bickering and nit-picking, but not here!

It's good to hear how each of you are losing and exercising, and keeping on keeping on even when you have a bad day.

I think we're on to something here ladies and gents, and I hope each of us keep on reading and contributing to this thread as the year progresses and don't fizzle out!

I had some delicious white chili today (made with white beans, corn and chicken) while I watched my Indianapolis Colts lose. I was so tensed up about the game I didn't even eat very much. :stress: It was a heartbreaker for us here in Indiana. One of these years, we're going to make it to the Super Bowl; I hope while I'm still around to see it!

That's a good reason to keep eating healthy; just in case it takes them 20 or 30 years to get there!

01-15-2006, 08:44 PM
First I want to say Congratulations to Bunti :carrot: 4 pounds that is fantastic :cp: You did great.

Cheryl, good for you with going back to WW, When I use to be a WW leader I worked with several that had 200 to 300 pounds to loose. What really ehlped them was small short term goals with rewards when achieved. I remember one gal that in about 18 months lost 210 pounds and she would set goals of 10 pounds and reward herself. One time was a manicure, another was a pedicure, then she would go buy herself new earrings. By the time she had lost the 210 pounds several of her reward were new clothes and new shoes, her shoe size changed too. She could not wait to come back to the WW meeting the next week to show us what she bought for herself. She was a lady with 5 kids and a mother that she took care of and this was all for her.

Gail, I too was having Leg cramps prior to January 1st, I just realized I have not had any since then. Don't know if it is the exercise, drinking water or who knows maybe even the green tea I have been drinking.

Lauire, I just saw your post, CONGRATULATIONS to you too :carrot: 3 pounds that is GREAT :cp:

cowgirl Lisa, 131 pounds WOW, that is absolutely wonderful. Of course you have been at it a long time so you know that that is good for the .6 loss How far are you to goal??

I just looked up what WW says my range should be 99 to 124 :?: WOW I don't see that happening. Oh well, I will just keep wokring at it and see what I can do for this year.

Jill, I will :crossed: for your weigh in tomorrow, you might just surprise yourself. There have been days when I weighed the day before and was sure there would be no weight loss and the next day:carrot:
Sounds like you will have fun the next few days we will miss you on both boards.

Everyone else, good luck on your weigh in tomorrow, I bet you are all Losers:D

Well, I am off to go get on the treadmill, Tom works till 6:30 tonight and I am home alone so a great time to see if I can get in 2 miles. I did 1 mile befroe church this morning.


01-15-2006, 11:45 PM
Good Evening Everyone,

Bunti... way to go on your 4 lb weight loss.:cheer: And congrats Laurie for your 3lbs. :woo: Looks like you both are off to a great start for the week. Hope I see a loss tomorrow morning. :)

Lisa...I have set up mini goals for myself. I will have 12lbs gone by Valentines Day, and I've done the same for St Patricks, Easter, my birthday and ect for the year. Will have 100lbs gone by Jan 1st, 07. I wrote this all down in my journal, along with how I will reward myself. FOOD is not a reward, I'm going for the manicure, pedicures, jewlery, clothes. Things that will make ME feel good.

I've increased my water yesterday, and no leg cramps last night. Yea!! But, I was up and down going to the bathroom most of the night. I just look at it as loosing FAT. :D :thanks: my friends for all your advice on leg cramps. Nothings worse than to wake up feeling like your leg is in a vice.

I have had a good day, stayed within my points and I'm ready for the week to start. Took today off for exercising, but will be back at it tomorrow, 6:30 am sharp. :carrot: :ebike:

Check in tomorrow morning with my weigh-in, :goodscale


01-16-2006, 06:27 AM
It's monday girls ~~

I guess I go first again.
I've lost 2 pounds this week, not much but I guess it is a healthy rate, and hopefully from fat and not water.......

So far I've lost a total of 6 pounds, so I guess I'm doing OK:^:

I can now fit into a pair of jeans which I have not been able to wear for the last 6 months.:carrot:

I don't think that monday weigh ins is a very hot idea for my case, since my husband is home and we normally eat out on weekends ~ so any "cheating" will definitely show on monday weigh ins, which could be discouraging/frustrating and quite detrimental in my case as it sets me up to binge.:no:
I've been thinking about changing my weigh in days to saturdays, 'cuz I do work hard on my diet on weekdays, and just maybe if the scale is good to me on saturday morning ~ I'll be motivated to not be so bad:devil: the rest of the weekend.

Hope everyone is doing great.
We just have to keep doing what we are doing now, and we will get to our goal.:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

01-16-2006, 07:04 AM
Tuesday morning, we'll be riding our motorcycle down to The Keys with 20-30 other bikes from our local Harley Chapter. Looong trip. :dizzy: Should be fun and the weather looks good! :sunny: I'll be doing my weigh-in tomorrow, then be back with ya'll on Friday morning.

Hi Jill,
Do you ride with your husband, or do you ride on your own? I think it is so cool to see a girl ride a motorcycle :cool: :cool: :cool: I wish I have the guts.

Have a nice trip, I'm sure it will be funnnnnnnnnnnnn....... HAPPY TRAILS.......

01-16-2006, 08:04 AM
Hi Jill,
Do you ride with your husband, or do you ride on your own? I think it is so cool to see a girl ride a motorcycle :cool: :cool: :cool: I wish I have the guts.

Have a nice trip, I'm sure it will be funnnnnnnnnnnnn....... HAPPY TRAILS.......

I think it's way coooool too ~~ We have a biker friend, Deanne, who is 50ish, gorgeous and SLIM...and when she rides her HOG in her black leather pants & tank top with her red hair flying, EVERY man on the road turns to look! I'd feel like the Pillsbury Dough Boy riding next to her! LOLOLOL

Really though...I love to ride on the back with HH. We talk quite a bit while riding...especially on long trips. I think I'd feel isolated riding on my own!

01-16-2006, 08:06 AM
:) Morning everyone, well l lost just 1 pound this week, l think, like you Elyn having to deal with my hubby on the weekends makes it a little bit harder to keep control. l do so well through the week. Although this weekend l did have a party to go to and did well there, but blew it when l got home. l am going to add more vegs to my meals this week and more exercise. Am also thinking of changing my weigh in day, as it it disheartning to get on the scale and see little weight gone.Never mind Rome wasn't built in a day and with time the weight will come of. And l guess l would rather have a slow weight loss and be able to keep it off, than lose it all in a hurry just to gain it back and some. Everyone have a super day and lets keep losing.:carrot: :love: :cb: Love to you all

01-16-2006, 08:24 AM
Yep....the proof is in the pudding this morning with our weekly weigh-in! I am down only 1/2 a not enough to move my weight tracker! :cry::cry::cry: I am able to button my (slightly) smaller jeans YAY for that! :spin:

Am doing Pilates hopefully there will be better news next week! :goodscale
And I'm going to stick with Wave 1 a little longer rather than moving up completely to Wave 2. worries about when you actually weigh yourself....don't ya'll think we can weigh whenever is best for our schedule and report it on Mondays??

Congrats least you can move your tracker a pound!! :cp:

Laurie....You GO Girl!! 3 pounds! :cheers: and are HOT! :hot:'re an exercising crazy-woman, so I'm sure you won't be wearing your FatFat dress on your cruise! :tread:

Chicks, I think we're all doing pretty darn good...and doing it TOGETHER! :grouphug: Let's keep on keepin' on! :wave:

the slim me
01-16-2006, 09:16 AM
Good Morning Everyone, Today is my weigh in day too. I lost a pound this week. I wish it were more but this old body is hanging on the evey pound for dear life!!! But at least it's a loss, and I realize that every pound gone is one more pound gone.

I had to work the weekend and since I work 12 hour shifts and don't get home intill 8 I don't have time to read all the posts. So I was catching up this morning. WOW, seems like every one is doing so well. We are catching our slip ups before they become a real problem and starting to exercise.

I think this is such a wonderful, encouraging group! I haven't read one negative comment!

I don't think it matters when our weigh in day is. I chose Monday because it's the first of the week and it makes me more concious of what i'm eating on the weekend, when I also have the hardest time. Just choose the day that's best for you.

On the subject of leg cramps. I also get them when I am on my feet too long (like at work). I've found that stretching helps. And, remember, staying flexable is a real problem for us "older" gals anyway.

Welcome to all the new people. Always good to get new imput and a new way of looking at things.

Go make it a good day, Freda

01-16-2006, 09:54 AM
Morning everyone :)

Weighed myself 3 times this morning because I could'nt believe what it said the first time. First time was 4 lbs, second was 2 and third was 3 lbs. Will get the new batterys on Wednesday. For now, I keep the 4 lbs loss. LOL Will let you know what WW says the loss is for the week. But I'm happy either way, give me a total loss of between 6 to 7 lbs in two weeks, so I'm on track for 12 pounds gone by Feb 14th.

Time for my date with Richard and the gang. :carrot: :ebike: :dancer:

01-16-2006, 09:58 AM
......For now, I keep the 4 lbs loss. LOL Will let you know what WW says the loss is for the week. But I'm happy either way, give me a total loss of between 6 to 7 lbs in two weeks, so I'm on track for 12 pounds gone by Feb 14th.

Time for my date with Richard and the gang. :carrot: :ebike: :dancer:

YAY Cheryl!!! :cheer:: Say Hi to Richard! :wave: and I will have to be happy with our little weight losses...but at least we didn't GAIN, right?!

We're all on the right track :bravo:

01-16-2006, 10:56 AM
My ideal range for Weight Watchers is 135-169. I set my Weight Watchers goal at 155 and reached it in October and became a Lifetime member. My personal goal is to get to 150, right now I am 152.4 as of last Saturday. As long as I dont get over 157 I wont have to pay, I am a free member. I am always prepared to pay on that first weigh in for the month, because I never know what the scale will say. So far since October it has been free, but I have to weigh in each week to keep myself in check.


01-16-2006, 11:25 AM
Well, I'm happy to report a 2 pound loss for which I am grateful. Sometimes I think I have so much to lose that I ought to be losing faster but that kind of thinking has set me on a discouragement path that leads nowhere. So, I am thrilled to report ANY loss! Especially since I did not stay faithful to South Beach Phase I!!! I'm moving on to Phase II anyway because there is no way I can continue eating eggs every morning ... I'll do it for a while but I need something else in between. Yesterday I didn't feel well and eggs just don't set well on an upset stomach ... so I made oatmeal.

I'm like Freda in that weighing in on Monday has always helped me keep my weekends in check. I can't manage lessening my restraint on the weekend or any other time! I just have too much to lose. Maybe when I get closer to my goal. This 2 pound loss makes 5 in two weeks so I am happy ... of course, anything that gets us closer to our goal is positive (or even anything that keeps us from moving away from it!).

So, for all of us, stay diligent and we'll get to our goals together. I'm so glad you are all there.

01-16-2006, 12:08 PM
This time around on my weight loss journey, I decided to get rid of my clothes as they got too big on me. So when I reached another size towards my goal, I would give them away. I never knew how many clothes I had. One store I frequented when I was very heavy, was Name Brand Clothing. I am not sure how many of you on this website have heard of that store but it is a buyout store for retailers. I got alot of clothes on some really good deals. I had already given away a bunch of clothes and I thought yesterday, maybe I had all my clothes up in the attic from my high school days. Most of them would not be my style to wear now but it would be interesting how they would look on me. I brought down 10 boxes of clothes and hardly any of them were my size now. So off to my friend that is on Weight Watchers and is where I was in size. I know some clothes I got at that store were only a quarter, they had some super good buys at those times. Well, I better get back to my domino games. Today is a day off for me. I work for the State of Oklahoma. I was told yesterday when I was chatting with a friend on Yahoo Messenger, that Casual Corner is selling out. So if I get a chance today, I might go up there.

Chat later,

01-16-2006, 01:54 PM
I am busy here at work, but just want ed to pop in and sat YEAH!!! Congrats, see EVERYONE that weighs on Monday did Lose:carrot: It might not of been what you wanted but it still was a loss. :bravo:
I have found in the past if one week was a small loss the next week was always better.

I agree with several of you about the Monday weigh in. That is why I started weighing on Thursday mornings a long time ago. In case I do a little cheating on the weekend I can be extra good Monday thru Thrusday :D

I did cheat and peeked at my weight loss this morning because I was very good this weekend which is a first for me on weekends. I was down 1/2 pound since Thursday I am hoping for great lower numbers for Thursday:crossed:

Jill, have fun on your ride tomorrow.

I will chat with everyone later, got to get back to work, we had a big sale and I have a lot to do with the banks to get these car loans done and make money to cruise :D

Gail C
01-16-2006, 02:00 PM
I lost 2 1/2 pounds last weeks, which makes a total of 5 1/2 pounds this year!

I've been eating so healthy I'm about to break my arm patting myself on the back!

Great job on all your good weight losses everyone! Maybe a pound or two doesn't seem like so much, but just think for every pound lost, we have to either eat 3500 calories less, or burn 3500 calories more, isn't that right?

That's a lot of calories either way, so we're all doing great!

01-16-2006, 02:20 PM
YEAH Gail!!!!!:carrot: That is great, you are all doning wonderful. I think we have a great bunch here and we will all lose the Fat Fat this year :carrot:

01-16-2006, 02:27 PM
Wow!!! You guys are so inspiring! I am so glad to have been led to this board.
Found fitday too, and according to it I am burning more than I am eating. When I put my goal and my cruise date in, it says I can get to my goal weight by losing 2.06 pounds per week. I figure my weight and loss will fluctuate, and will change as exercise builds muscle too. So if I am eating healthy, and exercising I will keep it up, with all of your help. I don't want to get stuck on a number.

Cowgirl Lisa-- One of the things I am looking forward too is being able to buy clothes more easily. Here in Juneau, there are only 2 stores that even carry plus size clothing. And the buyer at one of them must have a vendetta or something against big women!! So most of us get most of our clothes via the net or mail order. Being able to have an assortment of things to try is one of the things I am most looking forward too. :goodscale

I have closets full of "nothing to wear." Okay, so I am exaggerating, but not much. I need to get rid of them. As they make me feel bad each time I venture to try to wear something different than my ol' standbys.

So yippee for all of us!! We're doing the healthy thing!! Yahoo!!! :D

01-16-2006, 03:50 PM
I know for years all that I could find my size was a tent dress. All my clothes looked the same. Then a few years ago before I started Weight Watchers, I started seeing clothes in 4x and 5x, oh I was so glad I could find things that werent tent dresses. And they had pretty colors too, before it was all drab and brown it seemed. The department stores never did carry real large sizes, just the bargain basements. I thought, "Its about time these manufacturers start waking up, there are people in all sizes!!" Well, you guys have a good day.


01-16-2006, 11:04 PM
Hello all my cruisin buddies and others.


01-16-2006, 11:55 PM
Welcome Reggie :wel3fc:

You found the right place.:carrot: Us girls will help you get those pounds off before you next cruise.

We are all here to help encourage each other.

Well, I had another great day, no cheating and I even took off work early so I could get home and walk 2 miles on the treadmill so I walked 3 miles today. I really feel good about what my weight loss should be for the week when I weigh in Thursday morning.

For those who don't know Reggie is one of our regulars on the CLF board for all us that are addicted to cruising.

01-17-2006, 07:41 AM
Chicks.....heeeeeere's Reggie! He's our Main Cheerleader :cheer: over on our "Do You Lose Before You Cruise" thread on our cruise forum. He's a great motivator and it will be fun to have him here in the hen house!!

As you can see from his weight tracker, he's lost some serious weight and is now back on track after the holidays and a holiday cruise. :D will be fun to have you here! Be good while I'm away 'til Friday, would ya??! :dizzy:

And don't your weigh-in on Monday! You have almost a week to get your diet-act together!!! :carrot:

01-17-2006, 09:31 AM
Morning everyone, l had a good day yesterday, stuck with the plan and drank 7 16oz bottles of water. l think this is going to be a good week l feel really motivated. :carrot: Got a workout yesterday when neighbours down the streets pony got loose, boy could that thing move. Then my little Boston Terrier hauled butt and l had to chase her down. "Talk about being out of breath". Just checking in everyday and reading the posts keeps me motivated to keep at it, so thanks:thanks: everyone for being here and for the support, love you all.:love:

01-17-2006, 10:54 AM
Welcome to the Hen House, Reggie! So glad you could join us. Congrats on you weight lost so far. :bravo:

Cowgirl Lisa...WOW!! 130 LBS. I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to have the first 100 lbs gone and know I will do it this time.

Looks like we all had losses this week. :carrot: No matter how small, a loss is a loss in my book. I was up, dressed and exercising with Richard and the gang by 6:30 AM. Two weeks ago, I would of gone back to bed as soon as the school bus left. I feel so much better since starting WW and making exercise a priority 6 days a week. My clothes are even beginning to feel looser. :D

Going to reward myself with a new bra for Valentines Day. Need to get the girls back up where they belong. :lol:

Well I'm off to listen to some smooth jazz and work on a quilt. :D

Cheryl :grouphug:

01-17-2006, 11:59 AM
:coach: Chicks.....heeeeeere's Reggie! will be fun to have you here! Be good while I'm away 'til Friday, would ya??! :dizzy:

And don't your weigh-in on Monday! You have almost a week to get your diet-act together!!! :carrot:

I'll try and behave.:o
Can't promise anything though.:p
I'll be back by Monday with a 5 pound loss, mark my word on that.:smug:
Y'all keep up the good work and do your best, that's all we can do.
No slackin off, whatever pleasure you get from that cookie, piece of cake or whatever is your downfall, can't compare to how great you'll feel by losing those pounds.:nono:


01-17-2006, 12:01 PM
Morning all.

Welcome Reggie!! Glad to see you here. This is a great site.

Cheryl, my reward for the first goal met is a new bra too.....too funny! My DH felt the need to tell me that isn't really a reward, I KNOW better though.

Jill, have fun on your trip....I am jealous, especially when I look out at our frozen landscape, pretty but brrrrrr.

Well, time to go see what "country style" egg beaters taste like.

Keep up the good work everyone. You are all so inspiring.

01-17-2006, 02:56 PM
Good morning, all!

Reggie, :wel3fc: ! On CLF I'm Baseballmom Laurie, your kinda sorta neighbor down in Santa Clarita!

As for all you other fine, fine chicks, all I can say is we certainly are a bunch of losers (and don't you just love it???):goodscale

I went back and tallied up the losses from when I posted yesterday until now, and the total reported is 15-1/2 lbs. last week!!!!

I think it's fantastic that Elyn is now wearing jeans that sat in the closet for 6 months! I'm not there yet, because like Cowgirl Lisa I got rid of all my larger size clothes as I shrank the last few times! I have a swell closet of stuff just waiting for me.

I agree with Freda re the weigh-in day. Elyn and Beth, go with the day that works best for you! Thinking ahead, I'm not so sure Sunday will be the best day for me, because that definitely limits indulging on Saturday nights, but for now it's OK.

Jill, I had thought about staying on Wave 1 past the 10 days and even now I think that there have been a couple of days when I've stuck with that (for me, it's more about getting used to the new portion ratios), but the Sonoma nutritionist strongly advises against that (I'm still subscribed to that website for a few more weeks). I also think the reason I still have not had any sugar is because of the addition of fruit. And, I actually LIKE brown rice now, so I would miss the grains 3x a day. So, hop on Wave 2 -- it's a much more realistic way to eat, with lots more options.

I'm so impressed with how much everyone is exercising! :strong: It's really helping me to get to the gym more often. Last week I walked 4x, and this week I'm aiming for 5x. :tread:

Hope everyone is having a great day! You are all FANTASTIC in my book!!:bravo:


01-17-2006, 11:25 PM
Hi Girls and Reggie :wave:

Today was another good day for me, no cheating. I am pretty much staying between 1000 to 1100 calories a day. Trying to drink my water, but that honestly is the hardest thing for me. I just don't have the time to keep running to the bathroom:o :D Both yesterdan and today I walked 3 miles on the treadmill. I am just hoping all this hard work will pay off when I weigh in Thursday morning.

Laurie, are we making you the offical counter?? Sorry I weigh in on Thursdays.

I am still hoping for a big loss but this mroning the scale really had not budged, but I have found it can sometimes do it all at once.;)

Well, better get going, hope Everyone had a great day.

01-17-2006, 11:52 PM
Well I did it! I started back to WW tonight. I need to lose 75 lbs. In the past I always had a deadline, by vacation, by my daughters wedding, etc. but this time I have no deadline, I don't care if it takes me 4 years, I really need to do this! If any one has any new WW recipes let me know.


01-18-2006, 12:07 AM
Hi Lisa! Nah, I'm not the official counter, but last week I thought it might be fun to see a grand total. When someone doesn't lose anything or just a little bit, which happens to all of us, there's some small (OK, very small) comfort in seeing the bigger picture! Since we're all part of this thread now, we're all part of the big ol' loss!! :carrot:

Hi Pam! Congratulations on going back to WW! I know this time the weight will come off and stay off! I have a few friends at work who do WW and I'll ask them for any new recipes.

Have a good night, everyone!


01-18-2006, 12:29 AM
Hi Everyone,

Had another good day with no cheating. :) Tomorrow I weigh-in with WW. I just wish we would meet in the morning, instead of noon, then I wouldn't have two meals under my belt.

I am proud of myself for exercising at the start of my new life changes. Last time I didn't start exercising for at least 6 to 9 weeks later, and then didn't follow through with it on a daily basis. Believe me! I really tried to talk myself out of exercising so early this morning, but it isn't going to just fall off of me without some effort on my part. I do have a lot more energy and I'm starting to feel better.

Pam... So glad to hear you started back with WW. Have you checked out the receipes on the home page? They all have WW points.

Well it's getting late and I need to get some sleep if I'm going to get up and workout with Richard and the gang.:carrot: :carrot:


01-18-2006, 09:45 AM
Pam congratulations on joining WW, l joined last week and find it really motivating. Went last night and had actually lost 4lb yet my scale did not show that? So l have decided to do my weigh in on here with my WW weigh in, on Tuesdays.Thought l had maybe gained weight as l felt so bloated with all the water l have been drinking. Ladies and Reggie is it possible to drink too much water, l am up to about 6/7 16oz bottles a day. Cheyrl looks like you are doing great, you are a great motivator (thanks).Everyone have a super day and keep on losing.:carrot: :)

01-18-2006, 11:59 AM
Good morning from Alaska everyone!

Congrats Pam on joining ww, congrats Beth on your loss...wahoo!!!

Whoever directed me to fitday, thanks!! I am having so much fun with the fit-day trackers. They make tracking so easy, and I love the graphs.

I drink alot of water too Beth... I asked my doc if it was possible to drink to much water, he said possible yes, probable no. He said in most cases drinking alot of water causes us to release more water from tissues. If you are retaining water and drinking enough, there may be other causes to investigate.

I retain fluids when I eat too much junk, and if I drink lots of sweetened liquids instead of water. I proved that to myself yet again this Holiday Season.

01-18-2006, 01:17 PM
Hi Bunti.

Beth, you shouldn't have a problem drinking as much water as
you are drinking. You probably don't need to force the last
couple of bottles though. As Bunti said, if you are retaining water
and drinking enough, as you are, there may be another factor.

Keep up the good work everyone.

Remember, it's much harder to get started on a program,
than it is to stay on the program.

Don't give up the enjoyment of a lifetime of living at a
healthy weight for the few minutes enjoyment of that
forbidden treat.;)

I'm just a few days back on track and can already see
and feel a difference.


01-18-2006, 01:38 PM
Good Morning from Las Vegas :wave:

Pam, I too congratulate you on joining WW. I strongly believe that WW is one of the smart ways to go. Although I am not attending WW right now, I am basically following an old program of WW that works well for me. The main thing is just doing something about it.

Today I was only able to walk 1 mile on the treadmill due to this darn blister on my heel just when I thought it was getting better it got worse. This morning I had only yogurt and a 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and will skip my daily coffee here at work with the non dairy creamer that I count as 100 extra calories. One of the banks I do business with is taking me to lunch at Outback and I need my calories for that. I will be good and have fish or just a salad but I know that the calories will still be higher than I would of had with a WW or LC frozen dinner.

Have a great day everyone :carrot:

01-18-2006, 04:51 PM
Hello Everyone,

Just got back from my WW meeting. I lost 2.5 lbs, for a total loss of 6.8 in two weeks. :carrot: Like Reggie, I've noticed the difference. My clothes are getting looser, have more energy and my knees are not screaming.

Over half way to my goal of loosing 12 lbs by Feb 14th.:)

Try to check back with you all later.


01-18-2006, 05:06 PM
Ladies I would love to join you here. I am 52 and both of my daughters are pregnant and I will be a grandparent for the first time and I don't want to be the fat grandmother. I have to do this!!!! Appreciate a place to gain support! Appreciate what you said Reggie! Don't give up the enjoyment of a lifetime for that treat!!!!

01-18-2006, 05:32 PM
Nice to see our group getting bigger and bigger.:welcome: to all the new guys... It is getting to be more fun.:) :) :)

Way to go Cheryl.:bravo: :cp: :cp: :cp:
Keep up the good work ~ you're getting closer to your February 14 goal.:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

01-18-2006, 05:56 PM
I'm 50...married...daughter in college...son in the Navy. No grandchildren:( ; one spoiled dog and 3 spoiled cats.

My plan is just basically portion control.....I'm doing hypnosis to help with cravings, emotional eating issues and those things that have sabotaged my success with other programs in the past. I also am doing Curves.

01-18-2006, 06:19 PM
:welcome2: :wel3fc: Kim and luflic, you have come to the right place. Most of us here are also brand new and all have one thin in mind and that is to get healthy and loose those pounds in 2006:carrot:

Kim like you I have no Grandchildren just a son who is 26 and moved back home a year ago, two poodles, one very spoiled cat, and three parrots. And of course my dear husband of almost 29 years, who loves me no matter what size I am but is supportive.

Cheryl :cp: :cp: :cp: 2.5 pounds is fantastic Way to go :carrot: I just hope I do as well tomorrow morning when I weigh.

Well, I just got back from having lunch at Outback, I had their chicken salad but instead of the mayo chicken salad I had them make it with a 4 oz grilled chicken. Then the dressing was on the side and and put in only two spoon fulls of dressing. I forgot to tell them to leave the bacon bits out, Oh well. They had also ordered appetizers of grill little shrimp and little fried mushrooms. I did have two of the grilled shrimp and two of the small mushrooms. I did not touch the bread. I am hoping I did OK, then I drank lots of water. Tonight for dinner I will have a piece of Mahi Mahi and some green beans.

the slim me
01-18-2006, 08:25 PM
Hi ladies, Welcome to the new members! So nice to see our group growing! So many new ideals and so much support!

Laffnvegas, You did such a good job with your eating plan! doesn't it make you feel good to know that you're controling it, not letting it controle you? But, you could probally have had several of the grilled shrimp. Very low in calories!

Luflic, Two grandbabies at one time! Wow, you lucky lady! I hope they live close so they can be playmates and good friends. You are going to have so much fun!

Cheryl, You go girl!!! 2.5 pounds. That is so great. And so nice that you can tell the difference in your clothes and health. Makes it so worth while!

I have to report a bad day! I got a phone call that my sister was in the hospital with a possible MI. I handled it my usual way....I ate! But that was last night and today I am fine and doing well again.

One day at a time! Freda

01-18-2006, 11:55 PM
Welcome Luflic and Kim. :welcome: So glad to have you join our happy group of Chicks and a couple Roosters. :D

Kim...You must be a quilter by your name...I also quilt. :) Have the quilting bug really bad....Never enough fabric :D Two grandbabies at the same time! How wonderful for you. :hug: I'm 52 also, have seven grandchildren ages 16 - 1 and I get to see them about every two years. They live out in Oregon. I also have a very spoiled poodle and cat, and my husband Jim of 33 years, plus a 13 year old foster daughter. Keeps me busy

Laffnvegas.....:bravo: on controling what you ate at Outback. I agree with Freda, you could of had more shrimp.

Freda....I know you will do great on your weigh-in. :carrot: :carrot:

I set a goal to loose 12lbs by Valentines Day, my WW leader told me today that I was setting myself up for failure. What do you think? It's more doable for me than thinking about the 235 I need to loose!!

Well, it's bed time for me. Have a nice evening.

Cheryl, :df:

01-19-2006, 12:00 AM
Luflic...Congrats on becoming a grandmother soon. :) I need to start proof reading before I send a post. :D I swear I get more dead brain cells everyday.:dizzy: Sorry for the mix up. :D


01-19-2006, 10:19 AM
Yes I am a quilter, I start more projects than I I also have some quilting goals this is my goal to finish 2 UFO's (un finished objects) before I start a new one. We will see how that goes.

Cheryl...I think 12 lbs by Valentine's is a little lofty...but doable...with no cheats etc. I usually have a really good loss the 1st week or 2 due to water...but weight is weight...and I think you have to get through some of the water to get to the fat. Are you doing any sort of exercise? It's a great idea to set up mini goals....especially with a lot to lose....those big numbers are so overwhelming....just my opinion.

Freda.....sorry to hear about your sister. If you can glean anything positive out of it...think of it as a wake up call to get healthy. I know I was watching something on the statistics of women and heart attacks....I thought Wow! I'm a heart attack waiting to my mission this year is to get healthy...and of course losing 70 lbs is part of that goal.

I gotta get to with y'all later.

01-19-2006, 12:15 PM
G'morning everyone. (Yawn)

Am having a hard time getting started today. Welcome to our new posters, glad to see ya here. This is a good place to hang out.

Well, am drinking my water, eating healthy and moving. But somehow ended up with a sinus infection. Ugh. I seem to get one every winter. And for some reason I usually get hungry, not lose my appetite. I won't let it blow my new habits though. Lots of water, rest, fruit and vegies and my Z-pak, and that ol' sinus infection can just vacate!!! Wish me luck guys.

Have a great day, Bunti

01-19-2006, 01:04 PM
Good morning, all! Lots to catch up with here:

Bunti, I hope you feel better soon. Your game plan of lots of water, eating well, etc. sounds like a winner and I hope that nasty sinus infection goes away quickly.

Freda, so sorry to hear about your sister. I've also been reading about women and heart attacks, and of course they say that those of us who carry our weight around the middle (oh yes, that would be me :wave: ) are even more prone to all kinds of diseases! Yet another reason to get the weight off once and for all and reverse all the bad habits. And, congratulations for getting back on track immediately!!

Kim and luflic, :wel3fc: luflic, congrats on becoming a grandma times two!! How exciting for you and your family.

Kim, I also have 3 spoiled cats, aka The Three Stooges. Gotta love 'em. I have to laugh when I read about so many of you in your early or mid 50s that have grown children and grandchildren, while I, at 51, am going through the teen years with my 15-year-old son! I hope he doesn't make me a grandma for a very long time. :D I'll need that time just to recover from high school!!

Cheryl, you are doing great!!! Congratulations on the weight loss. :bravo: As for your Valentine's goal, it's hard to does bother me that the leader said you were setting yourself up for failure. Seems a little harsh, you know? After all, you've already lost 6.8, so you are close. Maybe the best way to do it is to keep aiming for that number, but if you don't quite reach it, still celebrating that any loss is a good (and permanent) loss?

Lisa, you handled Outback beautifully. I swear, I don't know how you can live in Vegas and have such willpower! When my son and I were there last month, it was Foodville! He, of course, wanted to hit every buffet in town. I guess when you live there it becomes routine, but the temptations are hard to resist. I give you lots and lots of credit for that!!

Hope everyone has a great day!


01-19-2006, 04:00 PM
Good Morning Everyone, well at least it is still morning here at 11:43 :D

I just got busy here at work plus the site did not want to come up. But here I am to report my weigh in.

Now let me first say I knew in the back of my mind that the second or third week is sometimes discouraging and this is the third week. I have a theory on this. See you have Old Fat and New Fat. New Fat is Fat that just moved and has no lease and can move out tomorrow :D So that is the first few pounds that go when you are dieting, now then you have Old Fat. Now that is fat that took out a lease and plans to stick around a while. My first two weeks taking off 8 pounds was that Fat that could go away quickly, now I have to evict that Fat that moved in over Halloween just after my last cruise. It is being down right stubborn:mad:

So to let you know my weight loss for the week was only 1 pound. I honestly was hoping for at least a three pound loss and felt really good about it I have been very very good and have dones lots of walking.

I have faith though, next week I should see more of a loss. But I must be realistic. I know in my heart I will not see 148 by the time I leave for my cruise Feb 4th, that would have been a 18 pound loss in 34 days and that is not realistic but I do think I can get down at least another 4 pounds which would be a 13 pound loss.

This weekend I plan to get my Formal Wear out and see where I really stand. I feel like I have lost inches so I am hoping the dresses will still look fine but I may need to take them to be cleaned.

01-19-2006, 04:15 PM
Cheryl, you are doing great!!! Congratulations on the weight loss. :bravo: As for your Valentine's goal, it's hard to does bother me that the leader said you were setting yourself up for failure. Seems a little harsh, you know? After all, you've already lost 6.8, so you are close. Maybe the best way to do it is to keep aiming for that number, but if you don't quite reach it, still celebrating that any loss is a good (and permanent) loss?


Good post, take any loss as a victory.
It'd good to set goals, even if you miss
one every so often.
I've made a lot of goals but missed a few too.:(
But the bottom line is that I've lost a lot
and will lose a lot more.:carrot:
My goal is 5 pounds by Monday and I'm down 2 already.
Start 267, now 265, goal 262.

Everyone have a great day and keep on losing.


01-19-2006, 04:25 PM
I had trouble getting on today too...I thought the server crashed or something!

I added another ticker...with a goal by Valentines...mine maybe a little lofty too...but it's what I'm working for, I also found a blog I started this summer...posted a few times...then promptly forgot about....anyway...I added a blog...or post and added the link to my siggie.

Laurie...I enjoyed reading your post to sorta helped in trying to get to know people.
Lisa....I like your theory about old fat and new makes sense to me.

Bunti...What is a Z-pak?....Hope your sinuses clear up soon.

01-19-2006, 05:12 PM
Hey everyone thank you for the welcome! One baby will live close the other one in Ohio about 41/2 hours away. We are so excited this is a great time in life.I too have been married over 33 years it is neat to have people at the same place of life as me. So how many of you are still pagued with hot flashes :)
Feels great to be back on program and back to exercise. We can DO this! 50 is the new thirty right :) We just need to whip it into shape!!!!

01-19-2006, 07:50 PM
Hello everyone,

After returning to WW on Tuesday night, I have had two good days on the plan. Does anyone else sort of feel "draggy" when they first start out? It seems like it takes me a week or two to start to feel good after I start on the plan.


01-20-2006, 02:22 AM
Hi people!! So, answering Luflic, yes to hot flashes :hot: ; answering Pam yes to feeling a little draggy from the withdrawel of the amount of food +sugar and additives I was used to. In about a week I feel much better too.:sunny:

Reggie, you're back on track, Lisa too!! One pound is still the right direction. And with all that exercise you are probably losing inches too.

Hey everyone else!! How are we all doing? I missed my workout today, worked an 11 hour day instead. Boooo. That isn't good for me, or for my job really, either.

Kim, a z-pak is a 1 time a day, 5day antibiotic prescription. It is Zithromax(z) in a bubble pak instead of a bottle.(did that sentence make sense?)

the slim me
01-20-2006, 09:21 AM
Good morning lovely ladies,
I think I've lost all that "new" fat and the fat that's left is the "old" stuff that intends to hang around for awhile. It's determined to hang on and i'm determined that it's getting evected!
Pam, It always takes me awhile to get really motivated because I always get so tired and hungry for the first couple of weeks! I think it's just my body trying to hang on to the fat! After that I usually find I am feeling better again.

HOT FLASHES, I should be way past there but they still are around to remind me. They aren't as bad though! I remember when I would be literally DRINCHED. Now they are more annoying!

Setting goals for weight loss can be discouraging. You never know when your body is going to be stuborn and decide to hang onto every ounce! I set goals that are attainable and will help with the weight loss. Like: I will exercise 5 days a week this month. And I will drink 8 glasses of water each day this month. I will not eat while watching TV. I know we all want to lose weight as quickly as possible. But sometimes if we don't show a lot of weight loss we just give up. Slow also gets you there! We're in this for the long run.

Have a great day, Freda

01-20-2006, 09:42 AM
Hello everyone! I had a 2 lb. loss this week and am so thrilled with the 7 lb loss in the first 2 weeks. I always knew that I could do WW at home without the meetings and it is working without the guilt or pressure which I always felt at the meetings. This is much more realistic for me. If I have an "off" day, I just get right back on that horse the next day and think no more about it. I did a power shopping trip to a nearby outlet mall and my arthritis has been yelling at me all week, so I have to cool it for a while. Typical me..all or nothing. Well that will be my next goal. "Slow and easy gets it done", that is, when I get off of the heating pad.

01-20-2006, 09:55 AM
Good morning Everyone :D

Just got done working out with Richard for about 20 minutes. Starting today, I'm going to do 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon. Once the snow and ice is gone, then I'll be back to walking. If I lived closer to town, I'd go mall walking during the winter months. :carrot:

I agree with Freda, hot flashes are just annoying. :flame: For me, it's covers on, covers off at night. Once warmer weather arrives, I have a remote control fan, so it's fan on, fan off during the night. Thank God, I have a very understanding husband, he just snuggles down in the quilt when I feel like I'm on fire. :o

Well I have a quilt that I spent the last couple of days taking apart that I need to get back together. Have a great day.

Cheryl :df:

01-20-2006, 10:44 AM
Hi Everyone!

I missed you all...and WELCOME :welcome2: to all the new losers we have!!

Reggie...I see you're back on track and behaving yourself! :dizzy: And no feathers flying in the hen house!!

Well.....we're back from our motorcycle trip :bike: to The Keys! It was a fun trip except for the windy weather we had all three days!!! The water down there is amazing....I loved that part the best. :beach:

Looks like ya'll are doing well and staying on-track....and I am HAPPY to report that I actually (for the most part) stayed on-plan while I was away. was a true test for me, I can guarantee you that! I was good about ordering salads w/ time I had a salad w/ steak. I had a couple of glasses of wine....and unsweetened tea or water the rest of the time. The biggest fall-off was Wednesday night when I had a crock of french onion soup & a small pumpernickel roll (no butter). The true test came yesterday when the group turned into a Golden Corral for lunch. I thought...Oh Man....can I do this??? I did! I filled my plate with a chix breast and every veggie I could fit! (I was sick of salads by then!) Then my friend, Sharon, brought back a plate of dessert, so I had a teeny bit of sugar-free cherry cobbler (no crust) that was swimming in a little soft-serve ice cream.

Back home today and going to get going on my Pilates again. Am also going to cook myself chicken & veggies en papilliote for dinner and the same for HH...only his will be fish. Am making hummus and also some vinaigrette to have on hand.


01-20-2006, 11:16 AM

I agree with Freda, hot flashes are just annoying. :flame: For me, it's covers on, covers off at night. Once warmer weather arrives, I have a remote control fan, so it's fan on, fan off during the night. Thank God, I have a very understanding husband, he just snuggles down in the quilt when I feel like I'm on fire. :o

Exact same for me, IS SO annoying! We're lucky to have understanding husbands who can roll with the flow! Thank goodness it seems like the flashes cool a little as time goes on. :D

01-20-2006, 11:19 AM
OK....I weighed 200 first thing this am....then after I went to the went up to that doesn't make sense to me...I was hoping after going to the b/r I'd be in onderland:?: I think the scale must be squirrely....and maybe I should just go with the numbers at Curves...but those are higher because of the clothes....anyway....I guess if I'm going to be a slave to the scale....I should get a better one....I changed scales not too long ago because I wanted one that weighed in .2 increments.

I'm still having problems with temperature fluations....same covers on...covers off syndrome. I have an Rx for estrogen....but I don't take it all the time....just when I feel myself getting a little wacko...which is my main menopause symptom.

Thanks for explaining the Zpak, Bunti....
Hello to Reggie Luflic, Pam, Freda, gypsyladie, Cheryl, flsunbakd, lafnvegas, Bunti....I hope I didn't fotget anyone...trying to learn names....and the ole brain cells don't seem to work like they used to!:dizzy:
Anybody here a red hatter?

01-20-2006, 11:51 AM
Yup, Red Hatter, hot flashes, cyclic wackyness, that'd be me too!!

Jill...welcome home!! sounds like you had a great trip and did really well staying on track. I think Freda is right, we just gotta keep on keepin' on. When we splurge on the calories we just have to get right back on our plan. Actually from everything I am reading we should vary our intake somewhat so our body doesn't click into starvation mode. I think in WW they call it Wendying.

Morning everyone!! It is Friday!!!!

01-20-2006, 03:25 PM
Welcome Home Jill :wave: Glad you did so well :carrot:

Good Morning Everyone, Hot Flashes are the PITS, last night I had such interupted sleep, first I am Hot then I am freezing, then my hip hurts, then I am burning up again:tantrum: Of course I have had this now for 3 years, I have been lucky that I rarely have Hot Flashes during the day. The bad part is not knowing when my time of the month is. I sometimes go 4 months, then it appears, I sometimes get the symtoms and nothing happens, then I might go three month in a row like I was 35 again. Now I know the not getting is good because I have some friends that get it more than they should at our age. The only bad part is since I really don't know when we travel/cruise I always have to plan/pack.:mad:

Well, I did not get in the extra exercise last night because I went and got my hair cut, then we grabbed a bite to eat. I was not super bad but also was no super good. We went to Fazoli's and I had the Turkey Panini and a cup of Minastroni soup. I also did not walk my mile this morning I decided that for today I would not walk on the treadmill, I really need to get this blister on my heel to heal. My challenge coming up is next week we are going out to eat both Tuesday and Wednesday to nice places. The first is a birthday dinner for a friend, the second is going out to the Mirage Buffet with some other friends. Oh the challenges we must meet head on :devil:

Well better get back to work.

01-20-2006, 11:43 PM
Good Evening to Everyone, :)
gypsyladie...2 lbs loss, 7 total! WhooHooo for you :carrot: :carrot: It's amazing how a few pounds makes us feel so much better. Just think what having a 100 lbs gone will feel like!!

Jill...Glad you had a great bike trip with HH down to the Keys. Warm weather sounds so nice, I'm jealous:p We had a high of 19 with snow. Got about another inch of the white stuff.

Kim...Are your scales digital? If so, you might need new batteries. It seem digital scales, at least the one I have need new batteries every month.

I had a super day. Went to lunch at Applebee's with my husband and had Onion soup Au Gratin for 3 points and Tango Chicken Sandwich for 7 points. It was very, very good.
Also got up early and worked out with Richard and the gang for 20 minutes. I was going to do another 20 minutes this afternoon, but never got around to doing it. :D I'll try to do better next week.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I'll check in tomorrow night.

01-21-2006, 12:55 AM
OK, we are here to tell each other when we have been good and now I am going to tell you that I have been bad:o :( I did good all day with the exception of not walking this morning but had not planned to. Had a breakfast of sugar free oatmeal and 1/2 cup of grapefuit juice, had a WW dinner for lunch that was only 210 calories but I fell at dinner tonight. We ended up going to Pei Wei which is P.F. Changs fast food. We did not have any lettuce wraps but Tom and I shared the Honey Seared Shrimp and the Mongolian Beef with rice. Now I am having a cappacino that is about 80 calories. Tomorrow I am off work so I plan to get in lots of exercise.

On another note, Jill, I must confess I decided to try on the two Formal dress for my cruise in two weeks. I honestly thought the two blue dresses were a size 6P and 10P but I was wrong they are a 10P and 14P talk about being off a few sizes :o The good news is the two dresses I plan to wear should both fit for the cruise. They are both 14P and are definitely a bit tighter that the last cruise. I calculation is that I should still loose somewhere between 3 to 5 pounds in the next two weeks and from the beginning of the cruise till the last Formal night I will gain between 3 to 5 pounds (hopefully only 3 ) The Black dress I plan to wear for the first Formal night fits good and does not look to need to be pressed or cleaned the blue dress could use a little pressing but I am going to be bad. Instead of taking it to the cleaners I think I will just send it out once I am on the ship. We are in a suite and get free cleaning and pressing so why not use it.:D

Now if I can just be good the rest of the weekend, then I will have to face challenges next Tuesday and Wednesday.

the slim me
01-21-2006, 08:49 AM
Good Morning Every one,
It's raining here today and that's supposed to turn into snow. We're supposed to get a big snow storm. This is on time I hope the weather man is wrong.

I was really good last night. Just ate the meals and snacks that I had planned. I am anight time snacker so that was really good for me. I eat well all day but night time is my deal breaker time!

Cheryl, Good for you for following your eating plan! It's hard to work in all the exercise but it's so worth it. Do you lift weights at all?

Laffnvegas, I don't go out to eat that often, It must be hard to controle the calories in some places. Some places have a low fat menu but most do not. But sounds like you have a plan to get into those beautiful dresses for the cruise!

Go make it a good day, Freda

01-21-2006, 09:28 AM
Hi everyone~

As I've talked about it monday, I'm changing my weigh in days to saturdays.
Actually I was wary to step on the scale today, since I've been pretty bad :devil: :devil: :devil: yesterday. Not only did I not have time to exercise, but I also ate everything that was in sight.
Hubby did not have to work yesterday, and we went out shopping the whole day. For lunch I ate spaghetti with meat sauce and pizza, and for dinner tenderloin steak, tomatoes, peas, and fries.:devil: :devil: :devil: Tried to be good by not eating all my fries, and passed on the wine and dessert and hoped it will help some:crossed: However I had 3 diet sodas, which I'm actually trying to stay away from.:( :( :(
Then to top it off I had a raisin roll with butter for a late night snack and hot cocoa with a shot of baileys:devil: :devil: :devil:

So I told myself that if I gain weight today or have not lost anything, then I will weigh in on monday instead.;)
But to my big surprise, I've lost another 2 pounds, couldn't hardly believe it, I took my weight 3X on 2 different scales.:^: :^: I've lost 2 pounds in 5 days on my third week, I'm very pleased.:smug: :smug: :smug:
For people who are petite, the pounds go away verrrrrry slowwwww. So even if I hope to lose 2 pounds every week, I'm almost sure it is kindda unrealistic.

Lisa, I've heard a lot now about your formal dresses, and got me quite curious,and wanted to see your pictures. I do love to see before and after pictures ~ they are very inspiring. Anyway, I visited your cruiseline forum and I saw your pictures. I hope you can fit into your blue dresses, you look really nice in them. The bigger blue dress is just fine. There is a big difference in how you look in your black dress from those in your blue dresses. Anyway, you are doing so good with your diet and exercise, so I'm sure you won't need to bring that black dress with you.

Welcome back Jill, nice to hear you had a great time, and being able to stay on your diet as close as possible is fantastic!

Hot flashes ~ yes, I still get them, they are terrible and they are worse when I exercise, which does not in anyway help in my strategy to lose all this fat.:mad: :mad: :mad:

Enjoy the weekend everyone...

01-21-2006, 10:14 AM
Hello everyone I am so pleased to announce that another pound has hit the dust for a total of 8. I was out playing cards last night and the hostess was wonderful (on a diet too) and had healthy snacks..didn't touch one! I even passed on the desserts and just had my decaf tea. It is so nice when you know that you are in control. We'll see how long that lasts.:dizzy:

Lisa, I am so envious of your cruise. I have to wait 32 days for our cruise.
Jill, the Keys are so beautiful. I stopped in Key West on my last cruise and loved it.
Cheryl, you sound like you are in control. Good stuff.
Freda, we are having the same weather as you are, as I am just north of the border. Planning snacks for the evenings is the only way to go. Good for you.


01-21-2006, 10:16 AM
Good Morning Girls! (Where's Reggie???) Hi Reggie, when you check in!

Yesterday was just an OK day.....I didn't do my Pilates and I was only kinda good. I didn't go off-plan except that I probably ate waaaaay too many (good) carbs. I had that Kashi Good Friends cereal for b'fast...then I ate a bunch of Triscuits....and almonds too. All of these are OK....but not in massive amounts :D . For dinner I fixed a wonderful chicken in parchment paper and made some of that chocolate mousse that I gave you guys the recipe for (with the FF pudding and FF ricotta, etc.) When HH got home, he made me 4 kinds of different flavored hummus so I had to try all of those (with Triscuits, of course!!) :o

Don't know if I've lost any weight this week....but I can tell you one thing: even with a small amount of Pilates, my tummy is definitely tighter!! I can't actually SEE it, but I can feel it....and I was able to comfortably wear my (slightly) smaller jeans on our Key West trip. :cp:

The proof will be in the pudding on Monday morning for me ;) Chocolate pudding, of course! LOL

Lisa....You are doing so well.....even with falling off-plan yesterday. I'll betcha one thing too; that you will find yourself making better food choices on your cruise than you would if your mind was in Fat-Mode. I bet you don't gain much! :moo:

Elyn, even tho you fell off the wagon yesterday, I'm sure your weight loss has inspired you to get back on it today! :cp: problem is that when I pig-out and then see a weight-loss....I think I'm immune and can can just eat anything!! :devil: We all know that it's just NOT TRUE!! That's where I will really need your help! I have to keep my mind wrapped around the fact that I have to stay on-plan FOREVER....not only for weight-loss, but for being healthy! I refuse to take statins for high cholesterol (that's a whole 'nother story) and am bound and determined to control it with better eating habits and exercise.

Kim...I'm with the rest: Get some new batteries for your scale so you won't get discouraged. I hate when something mechanical throws a monkey wrench into my good intentions!!! :spin:

Cheryl & Bunti...You girls are hanging right in there with the losses too! Congrats to Everyone and let's Keep on Keepin' On!!! :cheer:

Here's my one big wish for all of us: :soap:
Even when we all reach our goals...I hope we all continue to check in and stay with the group. Some of us will reach goal sooner than others....but we'll all still need support, regardless. We have such a good thing going here that I hope we all stay together forever since the fight is really never over. I get cocky when I start feeling thin and that's when I lose the battle. I'm vowing not to do that this time now that I have you guys to help. Let's make a pact to stay together! :hug:

Pinky Swear, Everyone??!! :flow1:

01-21-2006, 10:18 AM
I didn't even think of the battery....It's one of those little round lithium ones (Thanks for the tip Cheryl)...I'm adding that to my to do list today....which is very I need to get a move on....I'll check back with y'all latter.

01-21-2006, 10:21 AM
Hi Patt!

YAHOOOO for your weight loss and staying in control! :cheer: You're right....that feeling of being (and staying) in control is THE BEST! That's what I'm talking about when I say I hope we can all stay together on this thread so we can keep up the good work!

WOW....32 days 'til you cruise.....I have to wait until October!!!! Oh well...the anticipation is half the fun...right? ;)

Have a great weekend everyone! HH is working so I'll be checking in quite a bit. :) :)

01-21-2006, 10:26 AM
Here's my one big wish for all of us: :soap:
Even when we all reach our goals...I hope we all continue to check in and stay with the group. Some of us will reach goal sooner than others....but we'll all still need support, regardless. We have such a good thing going here that I hope we all stay together forever since the fight is really never over. I get cocky when I start feeling thin and that's when I lose the battle. I'm vowing not to do that this time now that I have you guys to help. Let's make a pact to stay together! :hug:

Pinky Swear, Everyone??!! :flow1:

Count me in.......:hug:

01-21-2006, 01:32 PM
This is so great all being at the same place. I too have a husband that is great! Good thing.

Always wanted to go to Keys haven't made it yet one day. You did great on your trip!

I am so with you it takes me a couple of weeks being back on program to feel well. I now have regained my energy and am feeling strong and committed again. This is a battle for me.

I too am doing this at home and so far really liking it. With all your support I don't miss the meetings.

I so second what you said about setting goals that your body just might not reach that is what turned me off at WW anyway the leader said at Thanksgiving set a number you want to be at Christmas and there is no reason everyone can't loose at least a pound a week. Well this body sometimes won't lose a pound and yes it stinks. I am with you setting goals of exercise and things we have control over. Unfortunately we have NO control over that scale.

I also agree about the scale being fickle it should go down after bathroom...

You ladies are great keep up the great work! Sure hope I get to post a loss on Monday morning!!!

01-21-2006, 01:37 PM
Hey I am in on the pinkie swear. We are getting hard to trace need maybe a name and form group?

01-21-2006, 01:39 PM
WOW, busy morning of posting from Everyone. It is so good to hear from all of you. Today is my last Saturday off till we cruise and since Tom does not have to go to work till 10 AM we slept in till almost 9 and laid in bed and talked which was nice. I know have my exercise clothes on and doing my morning computer check in and will then do my pilates and treadmill. For dinner tonight I am going to suggest going out to Applebees since I know I can be good there, although Tom is not care for the food but he will do it to please me.

Freda, I hope it warms up for you soon, it gets cold here but nothing like you have. I was born and raised in Iowa and don't miss that type of winter at all.

Elyn, Congratulation on those 2 pounds :cp: that was how I was a week ago Thursday when I lost three pounds. I could not believe what the scale said. I was kind of in reverse this Thursday thinking it should have been at least one more pound :D That is really great plus your week was a short one :carrot: Thanks for looking at the pics on CLF board. I was able to get into the larger of the blue dresses, it was just a tiny bit snug but I also did not have on pantyhose and those slimpants I wear with my formal dressses. I have another dresses that I have not posted a picture of that also does fit. For the fun of it I may go out this afternoon and see what is left on the sale racks, if I can find a bargain on something I like I might just buy another dresses:)

Patt, your cruise will be here before you know it. I am always amazed how quickly the time really does fly, it just seems to slow down some at about 4 weeks till the week before. Then that week on the cruise flys by wayyyy too fast.

Cheryl and Bunti and Kim, sounds like you are all doing well too. Cheryl I would go to Applebees every night if Tom would let me. Not that I really love the food but I can pick things taht will work. Although I have to admit thier WW food is pretty good.

Well, I better get going if I want to get in my exercise, plus I am going at noon to get my Brows and lips waxed. Don't have to do it often because I am blonde but I like to get the brows reshaped every few months and the lip thing has only been since I turned 50;) Next Sunday will go get the toes done before the cruise and I already go for the nails every few weeks so I will get those done the Thursday before we leave. What we don't do to be pretty:D :o

Gail C
01-21-2006, 02:22 PM
OK, now I'm curious. Lisa, where do I find your cruiseline forum, so I can see you in your gorgeous dresses?

I haven't been posting much lately, but still enjoy reading all your posts.

My 12 year old granddaughter and I went to see "Walk the Line" last night, and she liked it. (So did I) She likes Reese Witherspoon. Afterwards, she wanted to see if we could find the soundtrack, so we did. I'm amazed that she enjoyed the movie and some of the music.

I had a late lunch so I could forgo dinner and eat popcorn and M & M's at the movie. I was leery of stepping on the scales this morning, but didn't have a gain! However, so far for the week, I have gained a pound, so I hope to get that off by Monday morning.

Have any of you tried the new Lean Cuisine Paninis? I had the chicken club one (I think it is called) and I thought it was delicious. I don't like many of the frozen diet dinners, so am always glad when I find something that is actually good to me.

We have been having above normal temps here in Indiana, so I feel for you who are enduring snow and cold. I'm sure we'll be back to winter weather soon.

01-21-2006, 03:24 PM
Gail, I will try posting the pictures here.

This picture is of the smaller of the blue dresses when I got down to 138 in November 2004. I thought it was a smaller size but silly me it is a 10 P but I guess that is still small. I did find I have a size 6 dress in my closet but that really not fit:D

OK I ive up 3FC does not let you post pictures very well and what you can upload are way too small:( so here is a link to where they are at CLF

The above is page 46 then go to page 47

01-21-2006, 03:32 PM
Gail, BTW, those LC Panini sandwiches are wonderful. I will have those with a little bag of carrots. I just wish they were not 300 calories and they were just about 40 or 50 calories less. But then they probably would not be so darn good.

Gail C
01-21-2006, 04:05 PM
The blue dress is beautiful, and so are you. That handsome man at your side isn't too shabby either.

I like to hear the nice comments you ladies make about your husbands. I'm glad you appreciate them. I've been a widow since 1979, and it's always bothered me when a woman doesn't realize or appreciate when she has a good supportive husband. Of course, I know some husbands sure don't appreciate their wives either! And I also know some marriages aren't "made in Heaven"...mine being one of them. Anyway, didn't mean to get off topic.

I like how that forum pinpoints exactly how long it is until your next cruise...that's neat! Our Indy newspaper told exactly how many days it is until the first season opener football game, so I had to call and give my son the news...I think at the time it was 274 days or something like that. That didn't really make my son's day as he was looking forward to a Super Bowl run by our Colts!

I wish we could do that with our diets. Like in exactly 302 days, I will be at my ideal weight! Possible...but not probable!

01-21-2006, 04:57 PM
Gail, Thanks so much.:) Yes, I think that man by my side is pretty special too. In March we will be married 29 years and he truly is my best friend and I am his. I thank the good Lord every day for what we have together and know that each day is special. I guess that is why we plan so many cruises, we know that while we are healthy and financial able to we need to enjoy life.
I don't think you got off topic really, this forum is all about support and feeling good about ourselves and helping others to feel good.

BTW Jill, you said you don't think I will gain much, I don't know about that:D :o First off Holland America is promising to have a plenty of our favorite Asti Champagne on board, then we are planning on brining some of our own champagne for the cabin. The only good thing is that Aft cabin is such a long walk to anything except for the Dining Room which is just below us 3 floors:D I did notice that in October when we did this same cruise and had the same cabin that I certainly did not worry about what I ate or drank and only gain about 3 pounds in the week. I honestly think it was becasue I did so much walking. I spent several days in the Spa Thermal Suite and it is way forward so just walking there a few times was a full mile. Three times around the Promenade Deck is one full mile. We also NEVER take the elevator so I think that helps a lot.

Well, got the brows done already and it looks much better. I think the redness has gone from my face so I will put on some makeup and go out shopping;)

the slim me
01-21-2006, 08:38 PM
HI Everyone, count me in on the "pinkey swear". I really need the support more when I do get to goal weight! I was at goal last summer and gained it all back. Just a little extra "here" and "there" and the pounds pack back on!

I also think it would be a great ideal for the members to post names. I think it would make it more personal.

Lafinvegas, I love the blue dress and you look lovely in it! And the guy beside you isn't half bad!! Good to hear that people are still in love after so long. I've been married for 41 years!

Good night all, Freda

01-21-2006, 08:58 PM
:comp: Goodmorning everyone - well at least it is mid morning where I live :wave: I joined up this website this morning and have been reading through a lot of forums and things and thankfully came across this one which I think would be really great to join - I turned 50 last July and tomorrow is my first day of my millionth effort to slim down. I did it when I was around 44 (the divorce stress assisted too!) but since then, I have put on the weight again (thanks to my wonderful new husband of 3 years).

I visited the doctors again on Friday to be told my cholestorol is still high so now I'm on medication for that :( , my blood sugar is still bordering on high and a few other bits and pieces that point to a big need for weight loss. So, I have given myself a 6 week initial goal as that is when my next blood test is to see if my cholestoral has lowered due to the medication. I have a total of 33 pounds to loose to get me to the top end of my healthy weight range. I've never been a small person in weight but I'm only 5'3" so I cant afford to have too much weight on.

I'm probalby going to join back at WW next Wednesday. I am a lifetime member there and I think it would be the best option for me at this stage as I find planning and organising my eating, very hard to do. I work full time in a fairly stressful job with long hours. I need structure in my eating so I can pack my lunch and snacks for the day and make sure I eat a proper breakfast before going to work. We eat out a lot which not only packs on the weight but eats into the finances so it would be good to stop eating out so much and make healthy meals at home at least while we are trying to lose weight.

I also want to be able to run around effortlessly with my grandchildren - a boy and a girl both around 3 yrs old. They certainly keep my husband and I on our toes and its fun to play with them. My husband needs to loose 44 pounds so we are going to help each other out. He's a chef so he picks at food all day long :nono: I'm hoping he will go to WW with me but I doubt it. I think he will just 'do his own thing' but I'm going to see if I can persuade him to join too.

So I'm hoping to join in this support group and I look forward to enjoying my time here with you all. :)


01-21-2006, 10:54 PM
:welcome: [FONT="Franklin Gothic Medium"]Helen. So happy to have you join our group of chicks and a couple roosters. Everyone is so supportive of each other. We are all becoming fast friends. :hug:

Freda...No I haven't started lifting weights, but I'm going to start this next week with tonin ropes, with Richard and the gang.:carrot:

Elyn....MMMmmmmm hot chocolate and a shot of Bailey's sounds wonderful about now. It's cold and snowing here, and I haven't been able to get warm all day.

Patt....:bravo: on your one pound loss. Couldn't be happier for you. :D

Jill...Count me in on the "pinky swear". Maybe one day we could all meet in :sunny: Florida.:beach::grouphug:

Lisa...You look lovely in your blue dress. Very nice HH next to you also.:hug:

I have had a pretty nice day, even though I haven't been able to get warm. Today was my day of rest from exercising, back at it early tomorrow morning before I get ready for church.
I'm really proud of myself, I have stayed within my points and I haven't been tempted to eat a piece of Rhubarb pie that's in the refrig. :devil: I had a tangelo instead. :D I have to say, I have eaten more raw broccoli and mushroom in the last two weeks than ever before. I usually eat a cup of each with my lunch or dinner with Lt Ranch dressing. Tonight, I made myself some Holiday rice and saute Margarita Lime Shrimp. Very yummy.
You all talk about cruises, and I have to let you know we cruise also, but in our cars. Right now our 57 Chevy Convertible is in the restoration shop, it should be done by the end of April in time to go cruising and hit the car shows. I would love to go on a real cruise, but I'm afraid I would be seasick.:?:


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Gail C
01-21-2006, 11:53 PM
Helen welcome! :welcome2: You've found a great group to hang out with here. Lots of postive support and encouragement.

Cheryl, great job eating all those veggies, and fruit for dessert. I like your idea of cruisin' also. I remember my dad coming home after work driving a 1958 green chevrolet...I can still see that car so plain. I was about 9 years old I think. Before that he had a 56 chevy; working for General Motors, he always bought GM cars.

Remember when you could tell the difference between a ford and a chevy? Even as kids...cause my brother and I had a game to pass away the time on long trips. One of us would count the fords, and the other chevys and see who counted the most. Way before game boys, huh?

I live close to IRP in Clermont, Indiana and I like it when there are car shows there, because I see lots of old vintage cars driving around town.


01-22-2006, 01:06 AM
:welcome2: Helen, so glad you can join us. Just jump in and start talking:D

OK I had breakfast this morning of yogurt, a little wheat germ in it for crunch and a 1/2 cup of Grapefruit juice. I was bad and did not get lunch in but we went to dinner at Tony Romas I was not terrible terrible but I was not overly good either but since I had lunch. I had a half rack of baby backs, a little bit of coleslaw and what the call Roma Tomatos. I did not have any bread plus I only had ice tea. I think I did not do too bad.

OK I must admit I went shopping and felt like I hit a gold mine:carrot: I had said I did not want to buy new dresses but :D these 3 dresses were so wonderful and they were 50% off at Dillards. I did a little fashion show for Tom tonight and he was really impressed. Two of the dresses are for the Formal night and one is short and for the Semi Formal night. They are nothing like my other dresses. It really surprised Tom. I should have had Tom take pictures of me in them while I tired them on. Oh Well you will just have to wait till I get home from the cruise and post pictures:D Two of the dresses are a size 12 P and one is a 14P. All three are the type of dresses that are a bit stretchy and will still look good when I loose some more weight which is good because then I can take them on our cruise in May to Alaska.

Well, I guess that is all for tonight, hope Everyone had a Great Day :carrot:

01-22-2006, 07:21 AM
Here I am on the other side of the world in hot humid conditions and you are all in your winter!

My hubby came home from work today and his boss (also a chef) said he hopes DH hurries up and starts his diet so they can do it together. He said they can take turns in making up salad plates for their lunch. What a great idea!

I have made up a plate of left overs for my lunch at work tomrrow. I have been off work for 2 weeks on vacation so I need to be organised tomrrow. I must make sure I eat breakfast tomrrow before I leave. I have not done my grocery shop yet so I dont have a great deal of really healthy stuff at home but enough for me to get by. I have my 14 yr old step daughter staying with us until the end of next week and she's a fussy eater so I am just cooking basic meals - shes a carbs and meat person (yes, she's a big girl and we try and encourage healthy eating when she's with us for her 2 holidays per year for usually about 2 weeks per holiday. She has a large persons frame so she is not meant to be petite).

We are going to a Japanese restaurant on Tuesday night with all the family but thats fairly healthy so I'm not too worried about that. I think before T goes back home, we will go to Thai restaurant as thats kind of a tradition each holiday time she comes over (she lives on the other side of the country with her Mum). So apart from those restaurant meals, we will be eating fairly healthy food during the week. I really hope to get back to WW on Wednesday unless I find a good eating plan between now and then.