Support Groups - STOP THE INSANITY! Weekly Countdown to Valentine's!

01-16-2006, 09:25 AM
The object of this thread is to STOP THE INSANITY! of doing the same thing week in and week out to lose weight, expecting different results, and not getting them! We invite you to challenge yourself to establish a new weight loss ACTION each week and repeat it for 7 days straight. Choose whatever inspires you and will make a difference in your weight loss goal - a certain amount of water intake each day, no sweets, a certain amount or kind of exercise a day, etc.

If you don't master the action - take it on another week. Once you have mastered the action, continue that challenge but if you are not losing weight (or inches) STOP THE INSANITY! and up the anty on that goal or take on another. We will weigh in and declare our challenge(s) for the week each Monday. I will award kudos for each day you report success and at the end of the week for total pounds lost.

We will support each other by staying focussed on our successes and/or challenges of the day and week and keep our personal stories to a minimum.

Let's see how much we can lose by Valentine's Day!

All that we have is right now.
Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is not promised, and Someday is not a day of the week!

01-16-2006, 11:21 AM
Hey ladies ... Happy Monday, all! I drank a huge mug of tea before I remembered weigh-in this morning, so will wait to record my weight tomorrow morning. (I don't think it will be a loss ... the weekend got to me!!!) I exercised four days instead of the five I promised, but I'm still happy that I did the four. When my exercise buddy goes out of town, I don't stick to the plan as well, I'm afraid! :-(

Sounds as though you girls are doing great ... Sushi, Mscat, Selina .... kudos to you for sticking to your plans better than I did!!! This week, hopefully, I will do better as my diet/exercise buddy is in town, and I have no traveling to do!!! Good luck, all, with your Challenges this week!

My Challenge for this coming week? Major exercise EVERY day! Calories: 1500 per day or less ... Now I just have to do it!!! :-)

01-16-2006, 01:14 PM
Well, maybe a really, REALLY, bad weigh-in :eek: was needed to get me back on track. Up to 196.5 this morning!! I think (hope) a lot of that is from last night's dinner party, followed by serious foraging in the kitchen... Suffice to say there is no more Mac and Cheese Dinner in the cupboard to tempt me.:o

This week's challenge: no after-dinner eating. No carbs, no protein, no fruit, no veg. Just water and a max of one decaf skim cappucino per evening. (This will be extra hard on Wednesday when I'm out for dinner again, but it's a work night, so...)

Today is my last day of super-sloth for a while. Back to work tomorrow, which will be quite a shock to the system, but will be good for my body AND for my state of mind. Maybe the end of the blah's at last.

01-16-2006, 02:24 PM
Hi girlies! :wave:

Wish I had better news. I'm saddened by the scale, but it is that time of the month and I shouldn't expect miracles. I alwaaaaays gain about 5 lbs. So of course I'm up two pounds. :( I'm 220 this am. HOWEVER, I can tell you that I have lost 5.5 total inches since Jan. 1st. So I KNOW I'm gaining muscle and losing fat or I wouldn't be shrinking. I feel lots better, my clothes fit a little better and I have more energy. So I won't let this stop me!!!!!! Keep up the great work, all of you. You continue to inspire me. :cp:

I hit my 10000 steps each day except one. Was at the doc all day with my son and then ran errands. Just literally no time to do anything else. Food and water has been fine. Still should drink more water tho. Just feel like my eyeballs are floating!

So I'm going to change my ticker. I am also going to change my avatar to 55 lbs. lost. bc I've lost 57 total now. I have a cold, it's TTOM, plus I have all six kids home today, no school, as you know. Plus I have about 8 loads of laundry and need to clean out the fridge. Wish me luck in getting in exercise!! (I will do it tho, even if it's late at night, I'll do something.) I'm glad to say I've been doing leg toning and arm toning exercises every day as well. So maybe that's some muscle being formed??

Ok, sorry to ramble, I'm outta here. Have a great Monday!!!!! :cb:

Hugs, Selina

01-16-2006, 02:29 PM
Oh, my challenge for this week is no less than 7500 steps each day, cals 1400 or less, and 40 or less fat gms per day. Also, continue toning and trying to add more water.

Main challenge, what counts this week for me is the calories and steps. In the grand scheme of things, the calories are the breaker. Gotta stay low enough to lose, no matter what else you are doing. Agree?

May I ask those of you who are 150 lbs or less now, how much do you eat to be able to continue to lose? Seems like you'd have to eat very little.. or no?

01-16-2006, 05:06 PM
So this is week 3 for me and I've been doing great. I am really happy. I'm down to 208.5 For a total of 6.5 pounds in 2 total weeks. I've been going to the gym for 45 minutes each day M-F.. Saturdays and Sundays I do Windsor Pilates.:carrot:

This seems to be working for me so I think I'm going to stick with this way of life. I also have just been eating regularly. I wat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. Keep it up ladies, I really love this STI plan!!!

01-16-2006, 05:39 PM
Selina, according to the nutrition and fitness experts, you are RIGHT ON!!! When push comes to shove, it's the food intake that's about 90% of your weight loss. We can drink extra water to keep us healthy and maybe make you feel fuller (it doesn't me!), we can exercise and make ourselves flexible and more toned so our clothes fit better, but, bottom line, if you're not losing weight, it's because you're eating too much, AS I WELL KNOW!!!:( :o :devil:

The key is patience, which I seem to have very little of. Really, a half-pound loss per week over a year, is 26 pounds. WOW! Isn't that great??? :o :D BUT it feels so painfully slow, and I hate having to watch it CREEP off. I KNOW it will eventually go if I stay under 1800 calories, but NOT if I overeat every other day!!! If I stayed at 1400 calories per day and exercised every day, I think I would easily drop 2 lbs. per week, on average, but it's sticking to that plan that is tripping me up lately ...:devil:

Good luck to you, busy lady!!! Taking care of six kids, I'd think you could eat like a construction worker and lose!!! :lol:

For those of you losing, I'm so proud of you. For those who didn't, I'm right there with you. I'm SURE I will not have dropped tomorrow!

Have a good evening, all!

Sushi Penguin
01-16-2006, 05:55 PM
Hello :)
As I reported on last week's thread, my weigh in is 135.5 lbs this week, which means I more than met my mid-January goal. Now it's the countdown to 132 by Valentine's! However, I'm not going to step on the scale next week because I'll feel awful again if it says 136 or more or something...

Anyhow, my challenge for this week will be to continue on last week's successes: to be in bed with lights off by 10:30 pm (15-20 min later will be ok on Friday and Saturday) and no food after 7 pm. And bonus goal will be to do my 10 min of stationary biking in the mornings before leaving for work.

I'm counting Monday as a success. I did the bike and I did go to bed on time. I did eat around 9 pm, but that's because I forgot to take dinner with me to work, and it was my yoga day, so I had to eat something, but I kept it reasonable.
My Ashtanga Yoga course started again, and it went great. :)

Good luck to everyone! :)

Sushi Penguin
01-16-2006, 05:56 PM
Just noticed I had double posted. :)

01-16-2006, 07:30 PM
Ok -I wasn't that happy this a.m. when I got on the scale. Kept putting off posting hoping it would get better. After exercising an hour my gain dropped to a half a pound over last week's weight :eek: After looking over the posts I see most of us were challenged last week.

So I asked myself, and I am asking you to do the same, what action(s) of INSANITY did I indulge in that could be cause in my lack of weight loss? :?: Remember our definition of INSANITY is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Keep in mind that INSANITY also covers not doing enough of the same thing and expecting different results.

I'll start - First, I did better on water, exercising, and eating sensibly than I have in a long time. However, I didn't do all three together consistently each day of the week. :( Secondly, as far as getting adequate rest is concerned, that didn't happen at all. :tantrum: Even though it is not a part of my challenge, we all should know how important rest is on maintaining balance in our metabolism. Third, I watched way too much television which means I was too sedentary many hours of the day.

The most important facts I have learned about weight loss (and I have studied alot) is it mostly depends on metabolism = the body's ability to burn calories. Selina, as Bonnie said eating too much is a huge part of weight gain. However, also realize that it is the eating too much of the wrong things that gets us in the most trouble. We also hurt ourselves eating too little and/or too little of the right things. Unless you have had gastric by-pass surgery or are bedridden, it is not healthy for most people to eat once a day or very low calorie amounts. Last, we don't move enough to burn calories and build muscle which slows our metabolism down and in some cases kills it.

My goals this week are to. . .
1. Pump up my exercise to an hour for every 3 hours of TV I watch. Today, I did an hour workout on the :treadmill: and it actually felt great. Hopefully it will force me to do other activities or keep me active while I watch TV. Starting another bellydance class on Wednesdays (2 hour workout) will help.

2. 3 servings of veggies/fruits a day - this will help me get Some of the good foods I have been neglected in and help me get my 3 meals in each day.

3. Track daily on WW so I can keep a record of my intake, exercise and water.

4. In the bed by 10:00 (24 will be over but I have to catch up on Battlestar Gallactica tonight :D

I have said enough - it's time to burst the INSANITY bubble and release the hot air. Anyone else?;)

01-16-2006, 10:20 PM
yeah..My scale is moving..I'm down 1.5lbs from last week...I got in five days of exercise in last week...I drank my water and uped my fruit & veggies...

This week my goal is to
workout 6/7 days....
keep eating good
drink at least 65oz of water daily

Good luck to everyone on this week...We can do it..

01-17-2006, 08:33 AM
Ladies - I want to make up for the long litany yesterday all about "ME" -Let me not forget to applaud the accomplishments we all made last week . . .

Phatpanda :cp:
Cindi :cp: :cp:
dgpebbles :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: and :woo: for 1.5 pounds down!
acire :cp: :cp: :cp:
Bonnie :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: and :bravo: for 26 lbs in a year - that's 23 lbs more than I have done in the past year!
me :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp:
Sushi :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp:
Selina :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp::cp: :cp: and :bravo: for leading the pack!
carla you get the :angel: award for cheering us on even when you were on "break" Glad you are back on the challenge this week - we are behind you :grouphug:

As I said before, forgive me if I have missed anyone's stats. If you were successful last week great! If not, let us know what action goal(s) you are stretching! Have a great day.

01-17-2006, 11:42 PM
Day 2 of no after-dinner food under my belt (or not under my belt, to be more precise).

I too agree that the main component in weight loss is calorie reduction. Unless you're at boot camp, you're unlikely to exercise enough to really lose a lot. Of course exercise will help firm us up, and I've always loved the fact that at least while I exercise, there's a good chance I won't be inhaling food and drink... ;)

01-18-2006, 12:16 AM
did good today on everything from food to exercise...I do need to work more on eating my snacks throught out the day...I just get so wrapped up in work that I forget to eat it till I start getting hungry and by then it's almost lunch time..and the same thing happens in the afternoon..

Acire - congrats:woo: on the 3lbs this week

Bonnie-I think everyone will agree about the not having patience...we all just want the weight to fall off....but we're all lucky that we have each other to support us through this....How long have you been at 1800 calories?..maybe you should try just droping down to 1700 for awhile..that way your not over doing it every other day...

Carla - I like your way of long as we are moving were not eating..:rofl: lol..I'll have to remember that one..

01-18-2006, 12:20 PM
Good Morning all~

wow...things have been so busy and I don't seem to even have time to check up on things here and give updates...well my "mid-week" challenge that I am posting up is to SLEEP at least 7 hours each night. I've been doing much better on watching my calories but I am definitely lacking in the sleep department. I knew it was a BAD sign last night when I went to bed at 2am and my stomach was telling me it was hungry since it had been so long since I ate dinner...

Well, g'luck to all this week! STICK TO IT! stay motivated! HAPPY HUMP DAY!

01-18-2006, 12:38 PM
Link to excellent article from ** on dieting myths (be sure to read all four pages):,,252_175381-1,00.html

01-18-2006, 11:54 PM
2 hour killer workout a bellydance class. I am sooooo tired. Also knee is killing me! Will have to give treadmill a rest. I ate well today and I am was in bed before 10.

Thanks for awesome article Bonnie! :bravo:

carla :cheer: :cheer: you are rockin' with 2 days under way!

dg :cheer: I sympathize with you - I am really bad about eating enough food which tis just as bad as too much food.

acire :cheer: for meeting your goals today and :bravo: for your lbs down last week!

panda :carrot: you keep us motivated with your honesty and tenacity.

Have a great evening all.

01-19-2006, 11:49 AM
As I feared, last night was a wash from every point of view. Well, I did enjoy myself, but... So I ate too much sweet stuff, drank too much wine, stayed up too late, ate after dinner, didn't drink enough water... And only me to blame, as everyone else at the dinner was behaving. Somehow I have to get past the mentality that if I'm going to have ANY forbidden things, I might as well "make it worthwhile" and go overboard.

But today is another day, and my intentions are good... time to get out there and start paving that road again :lol: :devil:

01-19-2006, 03:51 PM
Carla- I totally feel the same way as you and most likely i was much worse at lunch just hit me like a panic attack that i needed to eat and that all the "good" stuff i was doing wasn't then i decide to eat mcdonald's for lunch and since this is one of the few times i knew i would be able to eat it i just went out of control...not to mention the krispy kreme i bought much for stopping the insanity...but i will NOT give up and go running once again when i get home...

I don't know why i'm saying this, but it just needs to come out.

Confession: throughout high school and my first two years of college i was my signature style is binging and then purging it back up...i've been REALLY good lately and it's been probably over a year since the last time i've purged...but a part of me is also scared to death to really take on this diet because i'm afraid if i do, i'll just fall back into my routine. it also doesn't help that since i've been on my road to recovery i've gained over 20lbs in the past year or so because i've eliminated most of the purging just haven't controlled the binging portion of it...

bottomline...keep me accountable ladies..even now i'd love to get this sick feeling out of my stomach that i've eaten way to much grease and sugar but i will try to vent on this forum rather than running to the bathroom...

sorry if that was a bit heavy and off topic but i'm also thankful i have place where i can write out my thoughts that i haven't been able to share with many people.

truly, thank you for all of your support.

01-19-2006, 04:26 PM
:hug: phatpanda :hug: Usually, if we talk about something, it really helps us to get a handle on it. First thing ... it is much better to be too heavy for awhile than to get back into bulimic habits, and you obviously know that, which is why you are NOT heading for the bathroom. You're here talking it out ...

The hard thing with this dieting, and what you HAVE to remember, is that as long as your calories are held to a certain level, the program IS WORKING, even though the scale may not show it right now. Now when we overeat, we have to live with that fact and accept that we won't lose. It is so hard when we feel deprived, especially in January!!! YES! I always get the January blahs, and dieting is very difficult for me at this time of year. I haven't lost any in the last week, but I have to own the fact that I'm not being good, so of course, I haven't lost any!!!! :devil: (Carla, we are having one heck of a time getting NOT to be B-B Buddies! :lol: )

Hang in there, phatpanda! Many :hug: to you, and don't do anything worse than overeating!!! You can cope .... these feelings will pass, and eventually you will start to lose again. Today was just a stumble!!! :dizzy: :^:

Sushi Penguin
01-19-2006, 06:18 PM
Hello My Dear Ladies :)
I don't have much time to post this time either, but hopefully I'll be able to respond to you all soon... Just a quick update on my progress - I met my goals on Monday and on Tuesday, then Wednesday I didn't get to bed until 11 pm. Thursday was back on track.
Bonus goal has been going good as well, I did my stationary biking all mornings but Thursday when I forgot to set my alarm and thus slept in a bit. This morning I only had the time to do 7 minutes - I did not know we were supposed to leave earlier!
I'm looking forward to the rest of the week, and I think I'm going to add a bit to my challenge for the weekend - I've been doing great with water during weekdays, but weekends I often slide. Partly because we usually go on trips, and it's hard to drink a lot of water because toilets are not always there... But I'm going to aim for 3 bottles this weekend. The heat sould help. :)

Good luck to everyone and take care! :grouphug:

Oh, Mscat, I met my goals 5 times last week, not 4. :) And I forgot to say I lost about 2 pounds. :)

01-19-2006, 07:54 PM
Mscat, to clarify my weight-loss journey, I didn't mean to say (above) that I'd lost 26 lbs. in a year. Actually, from June of 2004 to June of 2005, I lost 45 lbs. Then took a break last summer, and to this point (seven months later), have gained about ten pounds back instead of getting back on track as I meant to, by Labor Day 2005, and continuing to lose, as I should. I'm about 200 lbs. still, should be more like 165 or so. I do intend to get back on track, but so far, not intent enough, I guess. :^:

Like finishing the See's Peanut Brittle tonight ... :( ... but now it's gone, and won't be there to tempt me tomorrow! YIKES!:o :D I'll eventually get there ....

01-19-2006, 08:40 PM
Bonnie! You are still doing great! I love reading about your days.. helps me see I'm not the only one out here trying to do this! I wish I hadn't gained back the 20 or so.. glad I finally have a handle on things tho. :D

Panda, we are here for you! Vent to us all you want. I think it really does help. I am yet to purge, but have always overeaten. Mostly emotional overeating, and out of boredom. I hope to have it under control better this year than ever! Last year was great til my baby arrived and I was sleep deprived for months! Anyhoo, congrats on keeping a grip on it. I know it can be hard.

Carla, don't worry about it. I wish you good determination! You are doing great. Think of it all in big terms. Are you better off than you were before? Even one bad night can't change the fact that you are striving to be healthier. It means something when we just show up here. It means we want to do something great for ourselves. Bad days can't change all we are doing! Keep it up! Cheers to you, girly!

Mscat, wow, belly dancing! I salute you! I hear it really is great exercise. Woohoo! And great that you are doing well on your plan. :cb:

Acire, you are doing so well! Good for you! :cp:

I am doing well this week. I hope to see a loss. If not, then I at least feel better!

Big hugs, Selina :wave:

01-20-2006, 06:23 AM
Hi Lovelies! I am having one of those weeks too and I totally am with each and everyone of you. Thank goodness we have each other :grouphug:

carla - :hugs: you are going to be just fine. Susan Powter (STOP THE INSANITY) says it is insane to think a transgression here or there is responsible for our weight loss problems. You are right to enjoy it, get over it and work to getting back on track. She also says constantly denying yourself will cause you to fall off the wagon harder and give up. .

phat panda :grouphug: How brave of you to share your past and fears with us. Thank you for your honesty. We don't realize sometimes what is going on deep within each other. We are proud of you for your resolve and all of us are willing to do anything to help you stay the course. Please feel free to share here anytime. This thread is not just for successes but for sharing challenges too. That is how we all become stronger.

Bonnie :thanks: for your sage counsel - you remind us that sometimes we focus too much on what the scale says rather than what our bodies say. We are all developing and maintaining healthier lifestyles that will eventually make a difference. Your weight loss correction makes me admire you even more. You can do it again :carrot:

Sushi :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: you are having a great week. Hang in there! And an extra :cheer: for last week (sorry) and :woo: :woo: for your 2lbs!

Selina - you are an :angel: I wish I was as on as you think I am. :-)

I am having my struggles too. I think I have had my last day of exercise - I wore a knee brace during bellydancing class. I am starting to be in real pain so I will have to see the ortho guy again :-(. I have done terrible with water. Eating has been good. Carla - we had brownies tonight for dessert!

Have a great day.

Sushi Penguin
01-20-2006, 07:35 AM
If I get off the computer NOW, and I mean now, I will have enough time to take care of my 21-day challenges (20 min exercises plus 3 min stationary biking outstanding from the morning) AND I will meet my goal on this challenge on a Friday, which is always more challenging than any other day of the week.

I suppose this is a good moment to press the insanity button... I'm not doing anything necessary, useful or productive...

Send the power my way... :eek:

01-20-2006, 01:58 PM
I've got in my exercise mon-thur this week and fixing to do today ...I think I'm going to push myself the week and do all 7 days..I just feel to grat to skip a day...doing great with eating and water also this week...

mscat-sorry to hear your knee still hurts..hope you feel better still inspire us with you trying to workout inspite of your pain but take it easy and don't miss it uo more..

01-21-2006, 09:53 PM
I got excited yesterday because the scale moved :carrot: :woo: :dance: Let's hope it holds until weigh-in day!

Okay I have a great article from wbmd on metabolism for you lovely ladies

Sushi - the power is coming - coming - it's here!

dg - thanks so much for your support.

I am not going to make 7 days of exercise but I am pleased I made 3. We went to the auto show and I forgot my knee brace :fr: But I did fine until we had to climb 7 flights of stairs to get back to the parking deck.

I have had a few great STOP THE INSANITY MOMENTS this week. My best moment was when I ordered a cobb salad at my favorite restaurant where fried smelt and ribs was the special that day. Who else had a grand STOP THE INSANITY moment?

01-22-2006, 12:36 AM
Hiya Donna, Bonnie, Mscat, Sushi and everyone!

I'm doing great this week and I know I will be happy on weigh in day! :cb:

Hope it's going well for each of you too!

Big hugs, gotta run~! Selina :D

01-22-2006, 09:43 PM
**hugs** for everyone, remember, weigh-in it tomorrow!!!
we can do it

01-22-2006, 10:48 PM
Good luck on weigh in tomorrow...I know everyone will do great

I've done really good this week on eating and got in 6 days of exercise...can't wait till tomorrow

Night ladies

01-22-2006, 11:58 PM
Met my goal three days this week - not too good. I'll try to stop my insanity in the new week, and stay away from after-dinner food. I'm out of town, and won't be weighing in this week - unless I get up early and find the gym here in the hotel. Not a likely scenario. In any case, I've either stayed level or gone up. :(

Sorry to all that I've been absent and not participating when I do post. It's hard to pick up after a few days away! :dizzy: Another challenge for next week: post every day.

I've got my fingers crossed :crossed: that there'll be lots of ticker movement tomorrow morning. :)

01-23-2006, 12:03 AM
I will be changing the thread on Monday so we can all report our weights and number of days we completed our goals last week. I hope everyone gets on the scoreboard. Go team :cheer:

01-23-2006, 12:55 AM
Looking forward to Monday! Hope it goes well for us all!

Big hugs, Selina

01-23-2006, 09:03 AM