Weight and Resistance Training - LWL #235 December 26 - Jan 1




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Mel
12-26-2005, 02:42 PM
If I counted right, this thread should take us into the new year! Woohooo!

I'm spending today moping around, trying to decide whether to try to walk away from the sugar and holiday food today, or stay on my path of destruction for the rest of the week. There are still a lot of goodies left! A few gifts went back this morning, other stores had such long lines that I gave up.

Cardio only for me today. I'm going to compress my usual 5 day split into 3 days this week, but do cardio every day.

Have a good one,
Mel


2frustrated
12-26-2005, 03:26 PM
"Walk on by..." la la la la la la! :hyper:

I'm hitting the shops tomorrow! I'm scared! :yikes: The sales start tomorrow (well the ones that haven't started today!). I don't want anything, I'm just meeting up with a friend but will probably end up spending lots of money!

Good run today (see last week's thread) and a good treck round shops tomorrow will keep me in shape! Lifting tomorrow when I figure out a new routine from my new xmas weightlifting book! ;)

Hope everyone stays within reason this week and back with a vengance in the new year! :goodvibes:

WaterRat
12-26-2005, 05:32 PM
Well, I made it through Christmas eating fairly well. I did have cinnamon roll for breakfast, but no munching through the day, and a portioned controlled dinner. And the appetizers (or starters for our Brit friends :) ) contained a lot of shrimp - my very favorite, and low cal besides!

A niece who works for a place called www.mainecookies.com sent us a boxful! Fortunately I've only had one, and designated DH to have the rest. :rofl: You can see her in the Jan Oprah magazine, btw, on page 126. She's carrying boxes in the rear of the photo.

I'm loving having a 3 day weekend. We went to the gym on Christmas Eve, and I have a date with a Cathy Smith tape this afternoon. :)

Rabbit, so glad you made through Christmas well. Keep up the good work!

Mel, STOP today!!


hellcatjill
12-26-2005, 07:53 PM
Hi ladies! I wish I could say I did pretty well over Christmas, but I really didn't. One of Dh's coworkers gave them each a box of 3 POUNDS of chocolate, so now that is in the other room tempting me. My grandma makes the best peanut butter fudge, and that's normally my downfall. Yikes. I did make it to the gym for an hour today (30-40 minutes weights, 30 minutes cardio), so I feel a little better now, but still kinda down on myself for giving in and eating everything in sight!

Ilene
12-26-2005, 08:23 PM
Oh Mel, I hear ya, but I think we should listen to the wisdom of Pat and 2F and "Walk on by...." Dang it's been a difficult season for me... But I have been running every second day and my brother mentionned that I really looked thin on Christmas morning so I guess my feeling of bloatness didn't show... Today I made it in to the gym for the first time in 2 weeks!! I did a good leg workout, I know I will feel it tomorrow YAY...

2frustrated
12-27-2005, 04:34 AM
I had a wierd moment on Xmas day, I was looking in the mirror seeing my abs(ish) but feeling bloated like a whale! I was really surprised at how flat my stomach looked while I felt HUGE! I guess it didn't show! The inner fat girl's just in my head telling me I look like a whale!

Shopping today and weights tonight, then running again tomorrow :D

Ready2BThinna
12-27-2005, 08:43 AM
. . . on by those treats! :dizzy:
Nothing noble on my part - I've certainly indulged in more than my fair share of "holiday eating" for the past 3 years!!! :o

Sounds like everyone has done well and you all continue to inspire me. I enjoyed one of the most peaceful and enjoyable holidays with my daughter. For the first time, the highlight of my days wasn't around food! (Although we had a feast on delicious Maryland crab cakes). The big difference in the eating I see here and what I've been doing is that everyone appears to be aware that the indulgence is a temporary thing and have definite plans to get back on track. (Pat, enjoy your date! I'm celebrating "happy hour" after work today with Leslie Sansone :dancer:

Have a great day everyone,
Jean

WaterRat
12-27-2005, 02:05 PM
Okay, fun's over - back to work today. :( Actually I like my job. It was just nice to be at home with no schedule and hanging out with DH. The gym is open today so I'll be back there tonight. I'm bracing myself for the New Year's onslaught next week...

AnVy1221
12-27-2005, 03:57 PM
Hello LWL. I introduced myself on last week's thread and then kind of disappeared for the rest of the week. I have had family down for Christmas (my mom who just had back surgery last week and needs lots of help & 6 yr old neice) and I did not do too well with eating over the holiday. I am basically coming off of a 6 day sugar high. To top that off, I somehow twisted my knee on Christmas so I could barely walk for 2 days. It's getting better but it is making it hard to exercise. Well, I am back on track with my eating and I did 45 min of upper body weight lifting this morning followed by 20 min on the elliptical (the only cardio I could do w/o hurting my knee - I usually run). I hope to feed all the leftover junk to DH or throw it away so it won't tempt me anymore. Although I kind of feel sick looking at junk food, so it really isn't tempting me.

2frustrated
12-27-2005, 04:21 PM
:wave: Hello Amy! :D

I've been shopping big time today! I mainly bought running gear :o but I got the sexiest little blue satin pencil skirt too! HUBBA HUBBA! Oh and I got ORANGE MITTENS which were really the highlight of my day! :lol:

Have been to BK for dinner :barf: but had a veggie burger with no gunk, so a virtuous 310kcals and 22g protein but very very far from "clean" :rofl: Also managed to squeeze in a skinny hot chocolate and ANOTHER turkey dinner without going over calories :angel:

Off out on couch 2 5K again tomorrow in my new Stella McCartney running trousers (I'm sure I look like a lumpy seal in them... but they feel nice!). Lifting tomorrow too (arms are sore from carrying too much shopping today! :rofl: )

Everyone - "walk on by" and "roll away the stone" and just MOVE IT! :D

WaterRat
12-27-2005, 06:27 PM
Oh 2F what fun! DH gave me a GC for new workout clothes. Now I just have to shop for some! :lol:

4rabbit
12-28-2005, 09:45 AM
Hi LWL,

Christmas is over but it's still very hectic around here. The kids are home for school holiday, and I'm off for work this week and the beginning of next week. We have a full program sceduled with lots of trips & sleeping over at friend, friends sleeping in here. And We'll go & visit friends as well over new year. In all this I still found the time to go shopping for a car the saturday before christmas and yesterday, and I bought a car!!! I never did this before and I'm still tired from all the driving, but i did it!! Thanks to my younger sister & her husband, who helped me all the way, but it is again a major step away from XH !!!

Now today I'll just try to relax. Foodwise I'm doing reasonabel, I almost had no time to eat yesterday, and probabely will be totally involved in sudoku puzzle for the rest of the day. DD wants to eat pea soup, which is good. NOt something I'll overeat on, but nourshiung and flavourfull. Down to earth stuff after the rich christmas days.

Have a nice day all,
oh, and Mel - If you are still out on sugar high.. Get back here!!! There's plenty of room on this wagon, and plenty of LWL around to give you a hand up or a push from behind!

rabbit

Ilene
12-28-2005, 02:13 PM
...a hand up or a push from behind!:rofl: I had a visual of myself being pull and pushed up into the LWL wagon :lol3: ... I know it's NOT that funny, but it struck me as funny, I'm ok, I'm still on the runner's high I just came back from a great 7k run...

rabbit-- I had to google sudoku puzzle and I am trying to do a "kid" one, I'm not too good at it at all I use my eraser a LOT :lol: .... maybe I should exercise my brain more often!

As I said I just finished a 7k run it was really good, a girl from my running group called so instead of the gym I went running... Running burns a lot more calories anyways and that's what I need lately more than anything...

:coach: So let's get in here LWL and push and pull each other back onto the wagon :coach:

WaterRat
12-28-2005, 02:27 PM
Congrats on the new car, Rabbit! You're becoming quite the independent woman! :) It's a good thing.

Funny, another friend of mine emailed about her Christmas, and her presents included sudoku puzzle books. Must be the latest thing! :lol: I've tried a couple, but like you Ilene, I use the eraser a lot.

Had a good upper body workout last night - enough that my arms were protesting my brushing my hair this morning. DH is wanting us to learn to play raquetball, so my cardio may change, and become more, um, challenging? dangerous? Oh well, we're at the same level - total beginners.

2frustrated
12-28-2005, 02:28 PM
I'm already there, pulling you guys up! ;)

Been for a run in Green Park/St James's Park today on the way to the Cabinet War Rooms and had a Subway for lunch :angel: Going to have Ilene's pancakes for dinner and perhaps a tiny naughty left-over (there's room for it!).

Not managed any lifting this week yet but plenty of running and general walking around the city and sightseeing and stuff! :D

:goodvibes:

ellenuw
12-28-2005, 03:57 PM
Hi all - congrats on getting through the first holiday - just one more and back to our 'real' lives, huh? I am ready!

Food is going well - during the day at least. All bets are off at night. I don't understand. It usually doesn;t bother me, but the cookies are screaming my name every night while we are hanging out and watching TV. I am more aware and concentrating on eating regularly and high quality protein today. If tonight is the same, all the "treats" go down the trash chute. If DH wants something he can go back to bringing it in one serving at a time, like it was before the Holidays (I'm talking Thanksgiving, unfortunately).

We had a great Christmas. It poured here, so we stayed in, cooked a lovely dinner and had a marathon of "Desperate Housewives" Season 1 (we missed it live). The day after we went to Balto and saw my Mom, my niece and her father's side of the family. After, I was ready to come to my nice quiet home and finish Season 1 of those ladies of Wiseria La. What a hoot!

Today we went to Costco (my first time back since pre-TG), so that was both my cardio and lifitng for today. I am not sure what was worse, the shopping tiself or the putting away.

My exercise is going well - mostly cardio this week and my regular Pilates session. Have one weight workout scheduled for Fri. Then back to yoga next week and a full weight workout the following week. I am concentrating on getting back to cardio 5-6 days and a "something else" 5 days. The game plan seems to be yoga 2x a week, weights 2x a week and Pilates 1x a week with "long walks" (what used to be my long runs) on Sat. I'll see how it goes. Fatigue is better, but still not where it should be. Leg pain is just pissing me off now. I see the MS Specialist in Feb, and I will probably still not get a formal diagnosis until another "flare" unless they find somehing else.

And I got BFFM as a gift - just finished printing out and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the suggestion. My food choices will be getting better and better. Also got the new Santana CD - love it!

2006 is all about being as strong and healthy as I can be, and face all the physcial and emotional challenges from a position of strength and grace. No numbers this year, but I will use Ilene's "pants-o-meter" and keep trying to trade for the smaller model every few months. I have also agreed to be an assistant coach for DCFIT next year and will work with midpack walkers who's goal is a half marathon. How cool is that? What are your goals for next year?

kykaree
12-28-2005, 05:03 PM
Hi all! I had a great Christmas! Courtesy of stomach bug as well as some great forward planning by dh and myself, I have managed to stay on plan and lose weight over the holidays! hence the chicken avatar. My plateau lasted so long, I thought I deserved to acknowledge the work I did this year.

My goals for this year are:
to learn new ways to exercise
to do things I never would have done before, like hiking, rafting and horse riding now I can't use weight as an excuse
to keep making good food choices
to stay positive
to keep being the best me I can be

The main thing I want to do is start yoga. The main reason for this is now that my body shape has changed so much, I am starting to feel a bit disconnected with where I am at. And that is worrying, because that is how I got so fat in the first place - that I didn't feel connected with my body and it felt like the weight gain was happening to someone else. The weight training certainly helps a bit with that, but I feel I need something more. We are having a big yoga expo in April in Manchester and thought I'd go and check out all the styles and whats on offer!

Mel
12-28-2005, 05:22 PM
You all sounds like you are doing wonderfully :high: Thanks for the push, Pat, Rabbit and 2F :) I'm well into day 2 clean eats and not craving junk nearly as badly. We are goin out tonight for sushi, but I consider that 99% clean, anyway.

I did a "trash the legs" workout today, finally getting back to the strength numbers of a few months ago. And I reracked my own plates :cool: :rofl:

Tomorrow dd and I are supposed to go skiing in the Poconos, but of course the ONE day I take off work, and it's supposed to rain :( We'll probably get up early and reassess the weather. I was really looking forward to it. Of course, my legs may be sore sore I won't be able to ski :p If we can't go tomorrow, she's here until next week, so I may play hookie and try again. For some reason, it's getting progressively warmer here, tho.

My goal for the next few months is to get back to the strength levels and pants size that I had 2-3 months ago :o I'm staying off the scale- but I know it's bad now. The pants-o-meter is very effective since I have jeans in tight-medium-loose versions of three different sizes in my closet :dizzy:

Have a good one,
Mel

silverbirch
12-28-2005, 05:44 PM
Things are going well here. I went to the gymn on Christmas Eve and have been twice since. We did some good forward planning as well and I've been eating pretty clean. I don't seem to like much sugar or fat at the moment. And chocolate - only if it's very, very good stuff. I haven't drunk much at all as it seems to make my tummy hurt. And the best bit was going to a party and eating nothing at all. I stashed the horrible birthday cake behind some Christmas cards. Yes, I am truly virtuous and the party gear I bought in early December is looking a bit loose! The scales are still playing the game too but I expect them to rebel soon. (I think that's the kind of personality they have: they play along for a bit and then they just simply can't be bothered.)

Well, we're out of the holiday woods and there are just a few trees left. Then we're out onto the gentle downward slope of the meadow. Sunshine and flowers all the way.

Good to hear from you all. And rabbit: ace work with the car!

WaterRat
12-28-2005, 08:46 PM
Ah, must be close to New Year's, everyone's setting goals! :) And I'm right there with you...

In addition to raquetball with DH, the upgrade in our gym membership will let me take classes too. There is a yoga class I'll try (though, I like the yoga studio where I've gone before) as well as some aerobics I'd like to do for some cardio variety. My real goal though, besides losing weight, is to get back to running and/or distance biking. At this weight, the biking is a better bet, but with some consistency in the cardio and clean eating :) I can be enough lower in weight to do some running again. The HS track here is made of some really nice material which isn't too hard on your legs. In addition, they have a developed trail through the grounds of the campus - and it's all 1/2 mile down a bike trail from the gym! I ran there with a running group a few years back. Very nice.

We are going on a trip to the National Parks in Utah at the end of April, and I really want to be in good shape for that. I know that the altitude will slow me down, but I want to be the best I can. This trip, btw, is the complete opposite of our England trip last spring. This is an Elderhostel trip, complete with lectures, etc in the evenings. But, you show up at the start, and they have taken care of the lodging, meals, transportation, luggage, etc. You just go along and enjoy. There is a fair bit of hiking involved though.

Ellen, your attitude continues to impress me. Glad you had a nice holiday, and keep up the good work!

:wave: Silverbirch and Mel, and the rest of you.

hellcatjill
12-28-2005, 09:00 PM
Hiya ladies! I think I'm going to have my Dh check my measurements again (I can't seem to do it myself on certain parts, especially arms, so it's easier to just have him do it). I'm a little scared. I did measure my thigh today, and if I did it in the same spot he measured last time (on Dec. 2), my thigh has gotten an inch bigger! Yikes! Great that I'm building muscle, but the fat is just hanging on. :mad:

My goal for the new year will be to keep up my exercise routine--at least 4 days of exercise a week, preferably more. Dh and I are trying to conceive, so I hate to set a goal of anything like losing weight or even pants sizes and then get pregnant and have that all go out the window (though I won't mind a bit), so I think I'll just stick with the quantity of exercise.

I'm adding free weights to my gym workout little by little. I like using dumbbells, at least, so I'm trying to do more with those. There are so many exercises to do, and not enough time to do them, it seems!

AnVy1221
12-29-2005, 12:09 AM
Hi LWL,

I guess I'm still trying to get back on the clean eating wagon. I am such a stress eater and having family houseguests for over a week equals stress for me. Plus DH is home from work so there really are just too many people in too small a space for too long (there's me, DH, DS-2 yrs, my mom, and my neice - 6 yrs all cooped up in the rain together). We took everybody to see King Kong today but the kids cannot stop whining or picking on eachother which sets DH on edge and it all trickles down from there.

I have been doing well exercising. I did a great upper body workout yesterday and I am Uber sore today. Today I worked out abs and 45 min on the elliptical machine. I'm hoping to burn off some of the extra calories that I just cannot keep myself from eating. I can't wait until the fam goes home and life goes back to normal.

4rabbit
12-29-2005, 02:57 PM
Hi LWL,

Here is rabbit still on christmas holiday. Clean eating is failing me. I bought a can of whipped cream as a treat for my son... and he is staying with a friend so guess who was on to the whipped cream ??? I really should not buy stuff that I find good to eat. If its there, and I have a holiday, the stuff is screaming at me: take me, you have deserved it!!!. Oh wel, I don't dare to look at the scale right now, and I know I will be in this mode untill thursday next week.... Then I start work again.

One good thing though is that this morning I did my fourth CD of the stress clinics program, and it is another Yoga one. I really felt I needed it as I was still stressed out from the whole car buying experience. But the yoga was good. I stretched all kind of muscles in my back and neck that I had not even realised were there. But they were, and they were totally in need of stretching.

I have read all your new years resolutions... wow. I don't have real resolutions, except for cleaning up this mess that XH has got me and the kids in. I guess that will occupy me for the first half of 2006. Then, holiday to california with my kids. After that ??? I have no idea. But I do want to bring back regular excercise into my life and shape up the meditation thing. I tend to let other things take priority and that does not do for the long run.

Pat - how exciting to go and do raquetball... it seems to be so fast moving!

Mel - I hope you will get to your skiing. Overhere we are having snow for the 2nd or 3rd time this year. It's terrifiiing! Of course normally we do not have winter tires so if there is any snow at all it makes a traffic chaos at once. I have heard though that other parts of europe are much worse. And I had to laugh when I read that you at least do manage to rerack your plates after lifting!

2F, silverbirch - keep up the good work Laydees!

Ellen - Glad to hear you are still hanging in here. What is BFFM though ?

Have a great day all,
rabbit

4rabbit
12-30-2005, 05:31 AM
Hi LWL,

Good morning from a wozzy rabbit. My head is full off cotton wool, and i feel like a zombie with a stomach ache. I have to remember NOt to eat whipped cream & rich and sugary foods - thay always make me feel totally lousy.
Hopefully a session with my yogaCD will clear my head a bit. For the rest, I'm drinking lots and lots of hot water. The only thing I'm sure will not upset my stomach any more.

Have a great day all,
rabbit

2frustrated
12-30-2005, 05:54 AM
:wave: I bought 4 25lbs plates yesterday! DF helped me carry them home, although my arms are less sore than his today! :devil: I thought they were 20lbs (they only said the metric in the catalogue) but when I got them out it turns out they're quite heavy! :o Ones for the barbell I think!

Having a rubbish evening time like ellen this past couple of days. And to top it all it's snowing so I won't be going out for a run today. I'm going to use those 25 pounders though! :D

Off to Tescos to buy the good stuff today since I inhaled the last of the biscuits last night I just have to restock with fruit and veg! :D

:goodvibes:

ellenuw
12-30-2005, 09:46 AM
Good Morning LWL - hope you are all doing well.

rabbit, I hope you can 'sleep" this off and feel better soon. It wasn't until I started honestly changing my life and eating well and exercising regularly that I learned you could get a hangover from food. My heart goes out to you {hugs}. Really, I think I spent over 30 years in a 'food hangover' and thought that feeling was awful, but normal. You will get through this and stronger for the next battle of whipped cream. Just add it to the "Lessons Learned (Again)" column, and move forward. Mine has run off the page and is starting to become a book :)

Speaking of whipped cream, I have been invited to a New Year's Eve party. My friend wants to celebrate something from each time zone. I volunteered to channel my inner French girl and bring the Yule Log or Bucnel Noel (hope I spelled that right). It is a jelly roll with wonderful cream and rasberry jam inside and chocolate on top, shaped and decorated like a log. It is sinfully delicious and I am glad to leave it at her house ... but it goes so wonderfully with champagne and is tastier than Southern US black Eyed Peas, KWIM.

Today is my first workout with my new trainer, and owner of my gym. DH was still moaning yesterday from his workout on Wed. We ran into the new trainer yesterday and he kept mumbling something about going to the next level. Yikes!!

BFFM is an e-book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. A number of ladies here and on the maintenance side recommended it. This is the year I work on tweaking my diet (without getting too crazy - I can get very tied up in numbers and am trying to relax - remember resolution, self - no concrete numbers - feel better and healthier. rats, not even the 1st yet and already having problems with that one...)

You should have seen me at Costco. It was the first time my husband had been shopping with me in a very long time. Even though the cart was full, I kept putting more stuff back as I read the labels of what he was picking - no hydronated oils, no high fructose corn syrup, how many grams of sugar in a serving? You get the picture. He said I should start a business, or at least a website of products by beand name that get my "stamp" of approval. I told him it already exists on 3FC!!

Have a great day...get your plans in place for the new year ... we are her together and will make 2006 our best year ever.

kykaree
12-30-2005, 10:08 AM
DH will not go shopping with me! I normally go to our fresh market, and buy raw materials, but if I go to the supermarket, it takes ages!!! I don't know if the US labelling laws are better than ours, but labelling is so unclear here, it's annoying! I am still used to Aussie labelling which seems a bit easier to comprehend. Aussie's are generally more health concious than Brits! (there's my first sweeping generalisation of the day!)

I have been to the gym at lunch time, that's three days this week. Cardio today, it was really fun. I am so lucky to have a gym at work, and I have a brand new gym buddy.

Four hours to go and then I can go home, it is so quiet at work, it's driving me crazy! (remind me I said that when it goes mad next week and I have no time to think.)

silverbirch
12-30-2005, 05:53 PM
Aussie's are generally more health concious than Brits! (there's my first sweeping generalisation of the day!)

You're allowed two more and then that will be QUITE ENOUGH, thank you! :D

Good stuff in the supermarket, Ellen. Christmas really showed me how very little it takes now to make me feel quite poorly. (I didn't get as far as a food hangover, thank goodness.)

Rabbit, hope you feel better now. I like hot water too. Are you snowed in yet?

Good work with the plates, 2F.

Anvy - I feel for you with all those people in a small space. It's tiny here and we're always tripping over one another. It was a bit challenging tonight with the Man ironing, the Boy (5 yrs) pretending to be either a chimpanzee or a macaque (we went to the zoo yesterday) and me just trying to tidy up a bit and also have a quiet time with a book. Too many moving parts!

Hullo hellcat and Water Rat!

Back, biceps and treadmill intervals today. Gymn is still packed with visitors and people off on holiday.

2006 is going to be our year. I feel it in my muscles. (Oh, yes! My abs twitched on the way to the gymn today. I think it was in pleasurable excitement!)

2frustrated
12-31-2005, 07:01 AM
I flippin well hope 2006 will be our year! ;)

Finished off the last of the "not so good" chocolates last night so I really don't think there's anything decent left to scoff in the evenings! PLUS we'll be out tonight, so no more evening binges for the rest of the year! :rofl:

Going to be an :angel: for a week then it's my birthday! I have half of the chocolate log (in the freezer) for a cake and I've saved half the "nice" chocolates for then too!

I'm really really REALLY going to try this year. I've been asked to teach a kickboxing class on a Monday night as well as go to the Tuesday and Thursday classes. :dance: I'm really going to focus on my fitness, getting my running up to scratch and fitting in all my scheduled workouts and stretching. Food will fall into place since it looks like I'll be too busy to eat! :rofl:

Happy New Year everyone, let's make this year the last as "losers" (for those of us who still are losers :) ):D

4rabbit
12-31-2005, 07:43 AM
hi LWL,

I'm over my food hangover !!! As you say Ellen, another lesson learned.

2F - I'm with you! 2006 is going to be my year!!

Hi to all the others, and a happy new year to all of you!

I'll tidy up the house a bit, feed the animals and then I'm off to a new years party. Fortunately the snow has stopped and no traffic problems are expected for today or tomorrow.

Have a great year 2006!
rabbit

2frustrated
01-01-2006, 10:44 AM
Happy new year! :D

Watched all the mega fireworks last night from parliament square. There was a brilliant Banksy poster up with all the anti-war protestors signs. I am glad to have seen it. It was 2 armed soldiers painting the CND logo, it was :cool:

2006 is getting off to a healthy and clean start. I have had a HUGE salad for lunch and I'm spending the day washing! I'm also clearing out my wardrobe and making room for all the new running gear I bought in the sales!

Been trying to arrange things for my birthday next weekend - no-one ever turns up :rolleyes: So far I have one person coming out for dinner! :rofl: But a consolation of lunch with 2 people! :crazy: Could turn out good or could turn out rubbish. I'm sure a good time will be had by all whatever happens! Plus there will be chocolate log, so I don't care if people don't come - at least there is chocolate cake! :lol:

Haven't made any resolutions so far, but I'm kickstarting myself into gear and I've started a new exercise journal. :D

We can make this year skinny! :D A toast, to skinniness (as my mother toasted in the pub last night :crazy: ) - and health and wealth and happiness :goodvibes:

Mel
01-01-2006, 12:06 PM
Happy New Year!

Good Morning and happy 2006! I don't have food or alcohol hangover, although I should :o I had FINALLY totally cleaned up my eating and for a few days was beginning to feel smaller and unbloated. Last night included a lot of cheese, wine and chocolate. This morning's meal was 100% clean and I've got the rest of the day planned out. I usually don't workout on Sunday, but I think I'm going to go for a short run. It's pretty warm here for January and I also have some new running duds I want to try out :) I have to admit that running is my least favorite cardio...I kind of burned out doing a marathon a few years ago...but I'm getting really sick of indoor ellipticals, cross-trainers, and treadmills. I wish we had enough snow to cross country ski, but then I'd probably complain about all the snow :dizzy:

Here's to a lean and fit 2006!

Mel

Ilene
01-01-2006, 02:20 PM
Hey Mel and LWL :wave:

HAPPY 2006 EVERYONE

I had a great New Year's Eve, we went to a house party and I only had 2 glasses of wine and about 10,000,000 peanuts, but that's all :lol: ... I went for a run this morning -10C with no wind, superb run... No traffic, sidewalks fairly clear, it's all good....I think the peanuts gave me right carbs for a good run :devil: .... Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it :dizzy:

Hey Mel if you really are tired of the indoor equipment maybe some light running with some good music or a book on tape is just what you need to start the new year off right...

Take care everyone ... TTFN ...

kykaree
01-01-2006, 03:24 PM
Because it's New Year I am going to post a pic on this thread. Hope it's allowed, if not, dear mods, get to that delete button. As you know I have only been lifting for 9 months or so. My dh took this picture today. I never allowed pictures of bare flesh before so there is nothing to compare it too, but take it from me, my back and shoulders are unrecognisable.

And really it's all down to you gals for showing me the way and convincing me that you need more than just cardio, even when (or should that be especially) you are morbidly obese.

So here's a non alcholic, calorie free glass of champagne to you all and a big thank you!

srmb60
01-01-2006, 03:31 PM
Happy New Year to all of you too! In the 'begin new' spirit, I did a decent leg workout today for the first time in ages. I'm actually wobbly now. It's fantastic!

Ilene
01-01-2006, 03:55 PM
Kyka -- What a gorgeous picture of you!! Keep up the great work... :bravo: I love putting a face to the name...

Ready2BThinna
01-01-2006, 04:28 PM
Kykaree, thanks for sharing this beautiful photo!!!!! What a milestone you have marked in 2005 - You are truly an inspiration!
:hug:
Hugs,
Jean

ellenuw
01-01-2006, 06:00 PM
Happy New Year LWL. Kyka - you are a stunner and should be so proud!!! I am exhausted and slowly recovering. Who thought champagne and martinis were a good combination? And did I mention going to be after 3? Oh, and a fablous time with DH, good friends and lots of laughing, so all good. Tomorrow I will be in the gym bright and early and ready to get back to reality, but just one more day of lounging ... pass the remote :)

4rabbit
01-02-2006, 05:50 AM
hi LWL,

happy 2006 to all of you!

I had a great new years eve party with friends and with my kids, and 2006 is definitely going to be MY YEAR!.

Minor minuspoint was XH phoning yesterday evening to wish me a happy new year, adding that he wished me a lot of strenght. Probabely well meant, but I was thoroughly depressed by it. What cheek to wish me lots of strenght when HE is the one that is deserting me and the kids for his new true love! AND he again can only pick up the kids thursday at about 12, because he does not want to rush NL sleeping in at his place. My new years resolution is to STOP bothering with XH and NL altogether, and as an antidote I am going to take a really good picture of me and the kids, print it out reallly large and hang it in the house where I can look at it and think look, a happy threesome.

For the rest: I started off with clean eats, back to routine foodwise! Thanks for that because the festive stuff does not agree with me: a lot of stomachace and food hangover. Back to orange juice, yoghurt, brewers yeast and soy protein for me.

Oh, and a non-food victory: I was very pretty on new years eve with a T-shirt that my 13 year old niece has outgrown, and then I got 2 nice pairs of jeans...from the 13 year old daughter of a friend of my friend. Both were astounded to see that these jeans fitted perfectly, and I am really happy with them because they are nice & soft material, and much more modern than my usual jeans.

Mel, Kyka, 2F, Ilene, Susan, Ellen, Jean - thanks for al the new years enthusiasm and resolutions coming off the screen. You are inspiring. I definitely vow to get excercise back into my life again in the next 3 months. it is just that there are so much legal and financial and jov stuff to take care off, that I find it hard to find the time for more than the occasional yoga or meditation CD.

Have a great year all,
rabbit

2frustrated
01-02-2006, 07:14 AM
rabbit - look at you all 13 year oldy! :D

Out for week 5 of couch to 5K, going to push some tourists in the Thames! :rofl: