WW Clubs and Groups - Turtles getting ready for summer #159




Itryharder
06-11-2006, 09:51 PM
:carrot: :welcome3: We are the Turtles Group here at 3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on even when the odds are against us. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
Judy
Itryharder
(for Lin and Lauren)


Princess1122
06-12-2006, 09:34 AM
Well went to W/I on Saturday morning and I was very surprised to find out I was down 2.4 lbs... accordingly to my scale at home I had not lost anything at all... DH was down another 4.4 so his total is at about 43 lbs... we both had a gain the week before so it was a pleasent W/I.

Rained here all weekend so we did not get any walking in and that it not good but it is sunny here today so we will try and catch up when I get off from work.

How was everyone's weekend?

Have to run but will check back in later on.

Susan

marthabarfield
06-12-2006, 01:23 PM
Hi Judy and Susan!
I am new to the site, joined yesterday. Am doing WW at home. Congrats Susan for the loss. I like the turtle idea-- every diet fad that I tried that brought about fast results ended up losing but then regaining the weight and then some.
WW is really great because I can eat any type of food, and that helps me when I feel like I have to have chocolate- other diets I would feel like I failed, but with this, I just count it. I do have to figure out what to do when we go out of town and when we go over to friends houses to play cards- most all the snacks are high fat and there is alcohol- my willpower falters at those times. Any suggestions?
Have a great day!

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Princess1122
06-12-2006, 02:54 PM
Hi Martha,

When we go to a cook out or a friends house for a pitch in or something like that I always make a dish or two that I can take along to share that is also plan friendly... also if you tell the folks that you are watching what you eat you may be surprised and either you will see healthier food prepared or you may get a call from the hostess asking what you can eat... when we go out to eat with friends I hop on the internet and look up the resturant that we are going to and my husband and I pick our menu before we even get there... This avoids any problems and we can basically sit back and enjoy the evening :D

Hope this helps!
Susan

Itryharder
06-12-2006, 04:10 PM
Hi Turtles,
Martha :welcome3: to you! Glad you've joined in. Lots of us here have a similar problem that you mentioned about being out of town socially and/or social events. As far as going to play cards, I'd be tempted to bring a small amount of raw veggies and a dip or homemade low cal hummus. It's fun to play cards and munch and I'm with you that the high caloric high sugar high fat snacks play havoc with losing weight. I'd skip the alcoholic beverages and go for a virgin Mary--mostly tomato juice.
Hey, anybody else have some good ideas? How about Laughing Cow wedges, raw veggies or water biscuits(which are surprisingly low in calories). Good luck with WW and much success to you! :chef:

Princess, you are amazing! Weigh to go on your weight loss this week and congrats to your dh as well. You two are dynamite. :goodscale:

I'm having a much better day today and keep on telling myself that it's time to do this. Wish me luck.
Judy

mousie
06-13-2006, 12:32 PM
Good morning Turtles! I am back from my trip (what a long, flat, straight drive that is!) and rarin' to go with this trip again. :)

I managed to stay exactly the same over my trip! It worked out really well, actually, carrying the bars and the nuts and the dried fruit. I didn't manage to get exercise in, only three miles one night. I completely understand, now, why (I'm not trying to be offensive here at all) people in other parts of the country are not as fit as in this part of the country. It was SOOOOO hot and muggy! I could barely move...ugh! It was high 90s-100 and humid, with a wind blowing that would take your breath away and dry you out in a heartbeat. I like exercise, but I could barely move. It was like trying to swim through the air...bleh! I completely understand, now. I wouldn't want to exercise when the weather was like that, either!

:welcome: to the group, Martha. :) Just jump on in, we're always happy to have new turtles with us on this journey. :)

Princess, you're just going gangbusters! I'm so impressed. Your focus and your drive are really inspirational. :)

Judy, I wish you all the best luck in the world. :) All this is about is a long string of good days, right? You're doing great!

Other Turtles, check in and let us know how you're doing!

bandit2
06-13-2006, 02:06 PM
Hi everyone & welcome, Martha. This is a great group & I am sure you will enjoy joining us.

Tonight I have 50th bd dinner for bf - he wants to go to Mandarin (which is huge Chinese buffet) so that will be a challenge. His party is on 24th at his house & I am planning the food, so there will be some point-friendly dishes as well.

Anyway, hi & have a good day. Bye for now.

Princess1122
06-14-2006, 08:38 AM
Morning all!

Martha: How is it going so far for you?

Mousie: Welcome home. I understand what you are saying about the hot humid weather... I lived in Florida for about 10 months and then headed back up north... I also spent some time in Texas and oh boy those folks must be just about the strongest humans on earth cause it is just so hot down there this time of year... I don't know how they stand it either.

Judy: Great munchie ideas! How are you doing?

Bandit: How did the BF's 50th birthday dinner at the Mandarin go? Did you all have a good time? I sure hope so... nothing like a birthday celebration to cut loose and have some fun :D

Have to run, have a happy day all!
Susan

bandit2
06-14-2006, 11:56 AM
Hi everyone:

Susan - yes, we had a great time but ate way too much. They brought him a piece of cake with candle & took his picture in a magnet frame for keepsake & everyone sang hb so it was really nice.

This week is really busy - tonight gf coming over & we are shopping for bf gifts for 24th then having quick dinner at place with lots of great salads then tomorrow I have movies with bf, then Fri/Sat going to trailer. Sunday will be catch-up day at home (cutting grass/hedge/laundry etc) Then next week will be getting ready for 24th pool/bbq bd party. So, lots of running around & organizing things.

Hope everyone is having a great OP day. Bye for now.

Itryharder
06-14-2006, 01:49 PM
Hi Turtles,
You guys are the best! I find so much inspiration here and I know that if things get tough for me, this is a good spot for support.

Hey, last night I went to an interesting author night at a local library. The author, William Alexander, wrote a book called "THe $64 Tomato". It is very entertaining and so was he. You might like to check it out. But afterward, I gained a lot of insight into eating. My cousin who is 50ish and thin and her daughter who is very thin and beautiful both declined a late snack at my aunt's house because "they weren't hungry." Now guys--they eat salads and Boca burgers and grilled chicken and stuff like that and they are very in touch with their appetites. Wow,, what a concept! I think it's just beginning to dawn on me that I may have to be slightly hungry now and then.
In any case, even though I was hungry, I didn't eat since I had had a small portion of steak and carrots and tomatoes before I went to the event. Arriving home, I had a bowl of shredded wheat and a banana and then went to bed. This, believe it or not, is a triumph for me. I actually hate being hungry==I don't want to go so far as to say I fear it, but the emotions are right there. It's always good to get insights into myself and try to figure out this complicated stuff. In the meantime I am doing well and putting the days together like Mousie says!

Mousie, congrats on staaying the same--and yes, humidity is tough when mixed with exercise. Our NY summers are hot and winters cold, but it's okay.
I just have to deal with it.

Bandit, good luck with your birthday party plans--keep on keepin' on!

Martha, let us know what's up. Good luck!

Princess, keep on reminding me about pre-planning dinner from internet menus before going out. A great :idea:

Love and good vibes,
Judy

mousie
06-15-2006, 01:51 AM
Bandit, it sounds like the party was fun. :) And it sounds like you have some challenges ahead of you. Considering the way you've dealt with challenges in the past, I'd say you're right on track to deal with them effectively. :)

Judy, it sounds like you're putting a lot of effort into understanding yourself and addressing your personal issues. Fear of hunger is a rough one. I remember, a long time ago, we were talking about the Geneen Roth/eating on demand idea (that is, waiting until you get hungry, and then eating just enough for the hunger to go away), and you mentioned that the idea made you uncomfortable because you were afraid of not eating enough. I thought it was an interesting observation at the time, and the thought has stayed with me. Is it possible that, on a more global perspective, you don't trust your body? I think very few people who are or ever have been overweight really trust their bodies--why should they? What evidence do they have that their bodies can take care of themselves? For me, I trust my body on most levels except weight/hunger/satiety regulation. I understand how most of the body works, but since this issue is colored by emotions, there's a whole other dimension to it that isn't really "understood". :crazy:

Anyway! I unexpected found myself in the operating room today around 1:00 (I'm fine, it was a minor procedure and over in 5 minutes but it needed to be done under sedation). I had dinner last night, but I've had nothing today. You can't eat before going under anesthesia of any description, no matter how mild. So no breakfast, and then no lunch, and it was 4:30 before my hubby got me home. I went right to bed and have been up briefly since. It's almost 11pm and I've had just shy of a liter of water so far. (And I tried to heave it up, too!) I'm not feeling too terribly inclined to try food of any description, though the logical side of my brain accepts that food may well help with the woozy-head feeling. My stomach, though, does NOT feel like it wants anything right now, and I'm more inclined to trust it (on this occasion). ;)

Take care, Turtles, I'll check back later. You're all doing great! :)

Princess1122
06-15-2006, 09:27 AM
Just stopping by to check up on the Turtle gang :D

Mousie: Operation? Is everything ok? Have you been able to eat yet? Maybe the good old standby of a cracker may help your tummy... Best wishes for a very speedy recovery and I hope that all is well... loved your thoughts on the "afraid to eat" thing... you sound like you have thought thru a lot of things about you and your life... wonderful!

Judy: Great thoughts! I tend to have a habitual personality anyway so I try and tell myself not to eat too much that there is always more later on if I am still hungry... obviously it has not worked well for me but I still try :D .
You are doing great just thinking about how those things relate to you and how you can benefit from them... way to go!
Pre-Planning eating out rocks! I can not stress it enough for all WW... we don't even sweat it out anymore but then again we don't eat out much at all... I enjoy cooking and I think it is way easier on the budget to eat home as much as we can but when we do go out the pre-planning makes it so easy and you don't even feel tempted because you all ready have it set in your mind what you are going to eat and we always leave enough points for some kind of treat or dessert to really feel like it was a special evening.

Bandit: Boy you are busy! Good luck with the B-Day prep... I am sure that you all will have a blast. The dinner out sounds like you all have a wonderful time!

Well I am really keeping my fingers crossed that this may just be the weekend W/I that I hit my 10% goal... boy I hope so but it is a really loofty wish since I think that would mean that I would have to lose like 3.6 lbs and I never loose that much but you never know.... IT COULD HAPPEN! :carrot:

Have to run but have a great day everyone!
Susan

marthabarfield
06-15-2006, 11:50 AM
Hi everyone!
I didn't get a chance to post yesterday; busy day. I have done very well this week so far. I have stayed within points. Tomorrow I am meeting my husband for lunch at a mexican restaraunt- I thought I would do the chicken fajitas they are good and not quite as many points as the other dishes.

Mousie: sorry to hear that you had to have an operation- hope you are feeling better.
Judy: great observation- I think growing up, my mom always had meals on the table at certain times and now I feel that if it is 12, I need to eat lunch,even if I am not hungry. Internal programming I guess. It is definitely something to pay attention to. My downfall is sitting in front of the tv and just munching to be munching-- not because I'm hungry, just because it's there.
Susan: I have my fingers crossed for you also in reaching that 10% this weekend.
Bandit:Hope your week is going well; often I will tend to overeat when I am that busy and planning things. My husband says I am a control freak and perfectionist; so when I am planning something I stress to make sure it is perfect. I am working on that though... just to relax and let things happen.

Good luck to everyone! Here's to seeing less of us each day!

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Martha

mousie
06-15-2006, 01:42 PM
Martha--I couldn't live without Mexican food! I live in San Diego, and Mexican food is an almost daily part of my diet. Picking chicken fajitas sounds like a good idea. Have you ever tried shrimp fajitas? I don't know if they have them in Georgia, hmm. But they're low in points, if you can find them. (Dunno exactly how low, since every place is different, but shrimp are low in points, and if you don't go nuts on cheese and oil...)

I had the great gift of being raised by parents who did NOT insist we cleaned our plates. We had to sit at the table as a family, and we couldn't get up from the table until we were excused, but getting up from the table was NOT contingent upon how much we ate. If we weren't hungry, we didn't have to eat. And my hunger has always been in the morning, so I've never been challenged by evening snacking. Oftentimes I'll have something very very small for dinner--protein pudding, or a high-fiber tortilla with a bit of cheese, or an apple and peanut butter. Of course, I go to bed early, so not being up at 11pm may help too! :dizzy:

The 'surgery' was to remove my IUD and re-seat another one, so it was really not a very intense thing. No scalpels involved! Last time I had it done, though, I had a very strong pain response, and the IUD had slipped out of position as a result. So my doctor wanted to do it under sedation, to make SURE my body was okay with it. And it was, and I'm fine now. :) I slept the night, and now I feel like I've shaken off the sedation and I'm back to normal. I had some breakfast this morning, even. My weight was really really low (4.5 pounds less than it was 10 days ago!) but I'm thinking I am probably dehydrated, so I'll wait til tomorrow to see what I am "officially".

I hope everyone else is doing well, and I'll check back later! :)

Itryharder
06-16-2006, 08:27 AM
H;i Turtles,
Mousie, glad to hear your procedure is done and you're feeling better. Yes, anesthesia is a toughie. I love what you said about trusting our bodies and I have to really think about all this. Thanks so much for your insight. And I hope some of that weight lost is true weight loss! :goodscale:

Martha, I have a gut feeling that lots of us who wish to lose weight are perfectionists. You're so smart to think this through. I'm so glad you are having a good first week and staying within your points allowance. The first week can be tricky because there is the whole concept of calculating points, etc. But once you get the points down, the whole process becomes much easier.

Princess, Oh I hope you make your 10% this week! That would be fabulous.
:dance: :cp: You are so dedicated and have lots of good ideas. I love that you've figured out a way to exercise and improve food intake. Lots of people do one or the other. :chef: :tread:

Bandit, :hb: for your boyfriend. I know it's a little late, but it's still fun to see this smilie come up. Enjoy your weekend.

Gals, I've gotta run. Had a small triumph yesterday. I belong to a book club and as we were finishing up, one of the girls brought up a topic that really bothered me the last time she brought it up. I thought about it for 3 days! (It was about our old boss/witch). Well, this time, I protected myself by excusing myself from lunch/mtg. and went about my day without those toxic thoughts in my head. Great for my emotional well-being! It helped to keep me focused on the way I want to live my life and the way I want to eat. crazy, but true!
Now I'm going shopping for food for the weekend. My whole family will be here and I expect it to be wonderful. We'll have three grandkids under the age of 5, and various in-laws and dds and ds. Wow! I can't wait. I've already gotten a lot of housework done and now I'll shop. In my grocery basket will be lots of nibblers I can eat without a problem as well as some of the other stuff. And yes, Mousie, I promise to leave the other stuff. If I get overwhelmed, I'm heading for water to drink!!
Have a wonderful weekend everybody.
Love,
Judy

Princess1122
06-16-2006, 10:37 AM
Morning all!

Sooooo very happy that Friday is here, ready for a nice and productive weekend ahead.

Mouse: Glad you are feeling better.

Judy: Best wishes for a wonderful time with your family!

Have to run but have a great weekend all!

Susan/Princess

mousie
06-16-2006, 11:48 AM
Oh, Judy, you don't have to promise me anything--this is a promise you make to yourself. :) Congratulations on taking care of yourself. It really sounds like you're learning to put yourself first. You should be proud of that. :)

It looks like my check-in was right, Turtles!!! :dancer: I'm down 4.5 pounds in the last two weeks, and I made my 10%!! :cb: :carrot: :cb: I'm so thrilled, I can't tell you! I never have losses this big--I've been working on this since July 28th last year, and I've lost 29 pound so far. That should tell you how slow I lose! This is a huuuuuuge chunk off, and I'm just tickled to pieces. :rofl: And to make my 10% at the same time...! I must figure out something to celebrate this, today. :chin:

I'm also wearing a slim-cut pair of jeans that I had saved from 2 years ago, and they fit! They fit well, actually, and they look really good if I do say so myself. ;) I'm enjoying a cup of tea, and then I need to get up from here and go check on my parents' house. But I can do it 4.5 pounds lighter! :lol:

Princess1122
06-16-2006, 12:44 PM
That is just too cool! I am so very happy for you :carrot:

Treat yourself to something special!

I have a gift certificate to a day spa that I got for mothers day that I have been saving till I hit my 10% and I want to use that soooo bad that I am very eager to hit the 10% mark.

Anyway, great job!

Susan

Itryharder
06-16-2006, 09:08 PM
Mousie, weigh to go!!!!! :cp: :cp: :dance: :goodscale:
Oh, I had no idea you were so close to your 10%. this is utterly fabulous.
Yay!! Yay!!
Love,
Judy
Everybody have a great weekend

marthabarfield
06-17-2006, 12:21 AM
Hi everyone!
Mousie, congrats to you! :carrot: Awesome job. Hope you treated yourself for this accomplishment. I like Susan's idea of using her spa certificate for her treat. My husband has agreed to reward me with an all day spa treatment when I hit the 50# loss. I have some small treats planned for smaller goals, but I love facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. Before, I use to treat myself with food, and have learned to not do that.

Judy, have a wonderful weekend with your family!

Everyone have a great weekend!

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Martha

mousie
06-18-2006, 07:13 PM
So this is my reward for myself and reaching my 10%, Turtles:

I have injured myself, in an ignominious way.

Yesterday morning Juliette (a friend) and I met for rollerblading, as we do every weekend. She had very little sleep friday night, so she wasn't sure of her balance and opted to walk instead. I bladed very slowly next to her for a bit, then took off, did the full loop (3 miles) and met her again 1 mile back. I decided to blade very slowly next to her for the return trip, so I was going MAX 4 mph. I got ahead of her at one point, and stepped off the walk into the grass.

Next thing I know, I'm on my coccyx (tailbone) with the wind knocked out of me, my back in horrible spasm and unable to breathe. Couldn't get up. So Juliette helped me, took off all my gear (yes, I was wearing wrist and elbow pads and a helmet) and my blades, and I tried valiantly to stretch out the spasming. For about 45 minutes. Then I asked Juliette if she could drive me home, and she went to get her car (she approached some nice people who had a truck, and they drove her the 2 miles to her car). While she was gone I realized I was having trouble breathing because now my obliques and ribs were in spasm, too, and when she came back I asked if she could take me to the emergency room.

I couldn't stand up fully, but bent half-over for the [maybe] 200-foot shuffle to her car. We got to the ER, and I got in almost immediately. Then I lay there in agony for awhile. Then the doctor came in to do an exam, and said that my back was so spasmed he couldn't tell if anything was broken. So a nurse came in and gave me a shot of valium and a shot of dilaudid. THAT was quite a combination...wow. Spacy, floaty, trippy...good lord. And on a very empty stomach, too.

Eventually they finished the exam and said it doesn't look like there's a disk involved, and no breakage. So they sent me home with Percocet and Valium, and 800mg Motrin for when I run out of Percocet. The combination with Valium knocks me out, and I've spent the time since I got home (I was in the ER for 4 hours) sleeping. I can barely move. Rolling over is agony (it twists the spine), and sitting up is a challenge. I've been able to drink (almost) 3 vanilla shakes because these drugs have to be taken with food, and that's what I can manage right now. I've had nothing else since about 6pm friday.

I'm posting from bed, as the couch is waaaaay beyond me right now. Laptops are good things. I can sit up for maybe 10 minutes at a time. So that's the end of this post, because I need to lay down again.

Heck of a celebration, eh? For those of you who are close to your 10%...DON'T DO THIS TO CELEBRATE! Even if they do give you narcotics...the drugs aren't worth it!

Princess1122
06-19-2006, 08:57 AM
:hug: to Mousie... I am so very sorry to hear about your accident, what a way to celebrate! Think I will take the day spa instead... I know, not funny... I sure hope you get better really soon!

Well I went to W/I on Saturday morning... needed to lose 3.2 to hit my 10% mark and I got on the scale... drum role please! And I lost a whopping 2.8 :( Now, if I was a violent person I think I would have hurt someone or something at that moment... but instead I just wanted to cry and slink away to my car and go home... I did not do that though, my husband made me stay for the meeting which was a good thing since it kind of took my mind back to a place that it should be instead of trying to think were the nearest Krispy Kream was, JUST KIDDING! But I was truly and gut wrenchingly disappointed.

Got on the home scale on Sunday morning and I was down another pound! So un-officially I hit the 10% but since it will be that TOM next weekend that may very well change and it may take till the following W/I to be official... got on the scale this morning and I lost another pound and I have hit ONEDERLAND! I guess I did not eat very much over the weekend so the scale is moving down at a fast rate... Oh well, I am just happy that it is going down even if it is not "Offical".

Have to run but I sure hope everyone had a great weekend!

Susan

marthabarfield
06-19-2006, 09:42 AM
Hi eveyone!

Mousie- I just don't know what to say.... so sorry you were injured. Muscles take a little time to heal, so please take it slow and easy. I admire you for getting on rollerblades. I am wayyyyy too old to try- I know my balance is no longer in existance.

Susan- your quote says "one day at a time... one pound at a time..." you had a loss of 2.8 and that is wonderful! Congrats to you! I have 7 pounds to go to hit my 10%- I am looking forward to that. There is a new nail place in town that has the spa pedicures with parrafin treatment...I decided that will be my 10% treat.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day and mousie feel better!

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Martha

Ariana2000
06-19-2006, 04:22 PM
Hello, ladies, sorry I've been gone so long, and so frequently. I just finished several weeks of work on a database for a non-profit, with only occasional moments to stop and check on this forum. I'm done with the first draft, and hopefully done with the whole thing, so I'm looking forward to talking with everyone again. It looks like we have a new member -- Martha, nice to meet you!

bandit2
06-20-2006, 04:16 PM
Hi turtles:

Just a quick one to say congrats to all who have lost weight lately & Susan, your loss is totally awesome. Next time you'll officially make 10%.

Crazy week - will be glad when Sat party is over. My phone has constantly been ringing the past few days. Lots of shopping done already, but still more prepping to do. But it will all get done eventually.

Anyway, just a quick HI - talk soon. Bye for now.

Princess1122
06-21-2006, 01:34 PM
Greetings!

Hot and humid here today, summer is moving right along and that is a wonderful thing... it could slow down a little bit though as I think it is moving too fast already.

Hope all is well with everyone, can't stay long but wanted to stop by for a quick hello :wave:

I will stop by later on to catch up...

Susan/Princess

Ariana2000
06-21-2006, 04:21 PM
It looks like we are all busy right now! :D Weigh-in is tonight, wish me luck ladies. Hope everything calms down soon, Bandit and Susan

Itryharder
06-22-2006, 10:28 AM
Hi TUrtles,
Mousie, :tantrum: this is absolutely not fair. I am so sorry you banged your back up so badly (and so grateful that it hasn't done any permanent damage).
Well, I hope you have some grand memories of moving along so fast on your skates and I am soooooo thankful that your friend was with you and could help you out to the ER. :hug: In the meantime you know we are all pulling for you and sending good healing :goodvibes: I'm sorry your celebration had such dire turn of events.

Princess, oh my goodness. You have reached 10%. It's just that the scale at WW's hasn't recognized it yet. Having been in your position many times, I can feel the frustration that you are feeling. However, you are in onederland and I am so happy for you. That :chef: and :tread: are working beautifully for you. Weigh to go! This is a momentary glitch--hopefully your TOM won't delay the weight loss on scale any longer than now and you'll have a :goodscale: at your next WI. You're doing great (which I know isn't as fabulous as getting the 10% recognition at WW's but you are almost there).

Ariana, we're always happy to hear from you and know that you're super busy at work. Chime in when you can. We love hearing what you have to say.

Martha, good to hear from you. How are you doing?

I'm doing okay. Got to doc yesterday and he gave me a cortisone shot in my bursar area near my hip. He said sometimes the pain from that area also affects the knee and my knee may be okay. So far, so good. I'm hoping this shot makes all the pain go away. I'd love to get some exercise in, but am crossing yoga (how I hurt myself) and roller blading (how Mousie hurt herself)
off the list. Swimming is looking mighty good right now.

Take care, keep writing and have a lovely day.
Love,.
Judy

Princess1122
06-22-2006, 11:19 AM
Morning all...

Judy: I'm with you! No roller blading for me... although my husband and i were talking about maybe trying that next... not so sure now... Thanks for the words of wisdom... sometimes I lose my perspective on things and get discouraged but it will happen when it happens and I need to let things go more.

Ariana: love the picture that you use as your avitar... is that your dog? Wonderful picture and beautiful dog!

How is everyone else doing? Any big plans for the weekend?

I did the yard work last night since it is supposed to rain here today and tomorrow and the grass was basically blowing the wind it had grown so long and so quickly with all of the rain that we have had... well and of course DH was at a late meeting and DS was working so it was just me and the dogs and they are not much help when it comes to yard work :D but I managed to get the grass cut, the gardens hoed out, and the garage picked up a bit and all in 90 degree heat and a 100% humidity... but that is one less thing on my to do list and that is a great feeling!

Have to run but have a happy day!
Susan

mousie
06-22-2006, 12:41 PM
Oh, guys, really, try rollerblading! I fully intend to get back on mine when I'm okay again...it was really, honestly just a freak accident. The sort of freak accident that could happen doing anything. Really, don't let my accident discourage you!

I'm doing okay, so far. I've spent the week in bed, pretty doped up (Valium and Percocet together...they knock me flat). As a result I haven't been eating too terribly much...I honestly haven't really been hungry, since I'm not DOING anything...and so far I've lost 4 pounds this week. :faint: I will reiterate that I am NOT trying to starve myself! I'm just so dopey that eating doesn't even occur to me.

According to the doctor last night this is muscle spasms, and no permanent damage. I just have to nurse it through and wait for them to relax. She said to give myself 2-3 weeks for this...my first goal (achieved!) is being able to get to the bathroom unassisted. Next is being able to sit up for more than half an hour (I'm working on it...) and after THAT is being able to dress myself. Ah, it's the little things in life... ;)

Susan, I'm with the others. Claim your 10%!!! You ROCK, chica! Claim it, celebrate it, revel in it! :) I think you deserve :cheer:!!

All other Turtles, I will check back tomorrow. Take care of yourselves! :)

mousie
06-23-2006, 10:14 AM
Alright, Turtles, I'm checking in for the week. I have lost 5 pounds this week :faint: but NOT the most healthy way possible! So I fully expect to see a couple of them come back, or at least maintain, next week. I've been so drugged up (various combinations of Percocet, Motrin, and Valium; sometimes all three at once!) that I've been either forgetting to eat, or just sleeping through it. I do NOT recommend this weight-loss method! It's been a painful, frustrating week, and I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

BUT, that said, it feels like things are easing up a bit! :) I still can't bend over, at all (like, leaning down that little tiny bit to flush the toilet is too much--that's how limited I am) and I still can't pick anything up or carry it. I've got to find someone today to help me buy groceries, we're all out at the house and hubby's work is being stupid and insisting that he come in (after telling him he could have the day off). But I'm not in screaming pain anymore, and I'm not sleeping all day, either. :) So life is getting better! :)

At any rate, I'm down to 260.0 this morning, which is a total loss of 34 pounds. :) I blew right by my third goal (263) so I must figure out what to do to celebrate that...I'm thinking rollerblading is OUT, right now! :lol: We'll see if this loss holds for the week...you never know what will happen, once I start eating something other than pills again! :dizzy:

Have fantastic weekends, Turtles! Take care of yourselves!

Itryharder
06-23-2006, 10:23 AM
Mousie,
I love your positive attitude. Weigh to go girl. Flying past your third goal is amazing. Here is my suggestion to celebrate: Twiddle your thumbs. Now, I am serious. I do not want to hear about you hang gliding or diving off 200' cliffs or heaven forbid roller blading. Do you hear me? Really twiddling one's thumbs is heavenly. Go one direction, then the other, then smile. That's it!
That's all you're doing in a celebratory manner this goal! Mama has spoken.

Seriously--good for you for knocking off so much weight. Guess I'll get back on scale today and write down my foods.
This weekend will be busy with a graduation party on Sat. and we're having guests in for Sunday. Everybody, take care, have fun and do well on WW's.
Love,
Judy :cool:

mousie
06-23-2006, 11:30 AM
Yes ma'am. I hear you. I'm thinking I'll do something bed-bound to celebrate...maybe watch a movie. Take a nap? Hmmmmm. Sounds good (and danger-free!) to me!

Remember, Judy--you make promises to YOURSELF to take care of yourself. Right? :) Good luck this weekend!

Princess1122
06-23-2006, 01:54 PM
I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a great weekend!

Susan

Ariana2000
06-23-2006, 04:30 PM
Judy -- I'm sorry you're still not feeling well. Thank you. It's nice to be welcomed back. :D :D :D

Mousie -- Ouch! Sorry, girl! I hope you feel better soon. Congrats on hitting 260, though!

Princess -- congrats! No, that's a rescue wolf at Wolfsong Ranch, New Mexico: http://www.wolfsongranch.org. They do good work, rescuing wolves from various situations, including human stupidity (like taking in a wolf. Wolves are not house pets. They are loyal, but they hate outsiders -- if you plan to bring friends by or get married or have kids, you can't have a wolf.) You have a great weekend too!

For myself, things are okay. It's monsoon season here in the desert, which means (slightly reduced heat), and our version of high humidity. I think the rain and wind stirred something up, because I'm having trouble breathing (sigh). I've only worked late one night this week (Thursday), and I worked out Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I went up .6 last week, because I discovered a new social group, went to dinner with them...I'm still working on my controlling my impulses when I eat out during the week. I was very frustrated that I ate more than I want to, and my best friend and I worked out a strategy -- I need to eat a piece of fruit and an all bran bar (2 points, high fiber) before going out to eat. That way I will be a lot less hungry at dinner, and it will be easier to resist temptation -- at least I hope! This week I am down 1.4, bringing me down to 163, or 43 pounds lost. :D Tomorrow, I might be driving to a nearby small town to see my friend compete. I haven't decided yet (it's 2.5 hours of driving round trip.) I'm not sure I have much else planned this weekend, but next weekend I have a 5-day weekend (Friday-Wednesday), and I'm going home to see my family. :D

WHEW! So, ladies, I will see you next week! Have a great weekend!

marthabarfield
06-24-2006, 09:10 AM
Hi everyone,
Checking in for the first time in several days. My return to work after 6 weeks off was painful... it took me forever to go through email and mail, but I am glad to be back.

Mousie-glad to hear that you are some better-just take it easy and don't overdo it so that your muscles will heal.

I didn't lose anything this week...kind of disappointing, but I did eat out a lot- everyone wanting to take me to lunch and then we had a dinner party at cheddar's one night. I made what I thought was good choices, but I still didn't lose anything. I am not planning on eating out this weekend, so I will be in better control of the food-

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Martha

mousie
06-24-2006, 09:35 AM
Hi Martha! Hey, when you've got a week of challenges like you just faced, "not losing" (otherwise known as maintaining) is fantastic! :cheer: Clearly you DID make some excellent choices, because you managed to eat out all week, with monster portion sizes and no control over how your food was cooked, and still not gain! :)

Ariana, how exciting, to be more than halfway to goal! You must be so pumped up about that. :strong: It sounds like you have good strategies for dealing with "eating out" temptations, too. I'm sure next week will be good news. :goodscale:

As for me, I'm trying to be mindful of not doing too much, too soon. Thankfully (???) the pain stops me, right now, but with my PT background I'm also aware that when the pain goes away it doesn't necessarily mean the muscles have healed. I have set July 15 as a tentative day to get back on my blades, and I'm planning to do short (like, to the corner and back) walks to help myself heal. And always, always, always pay attention to the clock--if I'm up for more than half an hour, I need to get DOWN as soon as possible. Right now I have a young and healthy body, and I know the "young" part will change, but I certainly don't want to aggravate the "healthy" part any more than necessary!

Tkae care of yourselves, Turtles, and have good weekends! :)

mousie
06-25-2006, 12:12 AM
Oh Turtles, I just got horrible, upsetting news. :(

Juliette, my blading partner, just let me know that since I had such a bad accident, and because she feels guilty (she was there, yes, but she had NOTHING to do with it, it was just a freak thing), she doesn't think she'll get on blades again. Ever. She says she'll stick to walking and yoga. We were going to go on a blading trip in Switzerland next summer, we were both hyping up about this coming adventure, we had all these talks about how we want to LIVE our lives, have stories to tell and things to look back on and things to be proud of doing...and now...it was just a freak thing, it was just an accident, I could be up and about but I'm taking it easy just because I NEED a good, strong back for my career...and now she's spooked on me and dropped out....:cry:

Oh Turtles. :cry: How awful. I'm going to get back on my blades...maybe I shouldn't do it, either. Maybe I should just stick to bikes. :cry:

bandit2
06-26-2006, 01:55 PM
Hi turtles:

Congrats Mousie & Ariana on your weight losses.

BF party was a success & now, I am back on track and am going to really focus this week. Have missed my ww the last 2 Thurs nights because of social outtings but will go for sure this week. My eating has been terrible lately but back to journalling & eating right as of today.

Hope everyone has a really great "turtle week" Bye for now.

Ariana2000
06-26-2006, 04:06 PM
Martha -- mousie is absolutely right. When it comes to a week of WL challenges (such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, or your first week back at work, with everyone taking you out), maintaining is just as good as losing weight. One of my WW leaders pointed out that, while you were not on WW, you were often gaining weight, fairly steadily, so maintaining is really NOT GAINING that weight. I gained about a pound a month during college, and right after amounting to about 70 pounds...so now, when I do not lose, I am disappointed but I try and remember that maintaining is the same thing as not gaining. So don't beat yourself up about it. It's much harder to control caloric intake when we eat out.

Mousie -- thank you, I am psyched about being more than half-way there. I think losing 1.3 last week was good news, and I am going to try and stay with that. Regarding your friend -- I'm sorry to hear that. I don't know what to think about blading. How likely is something like that to happen again, where you are badly hurt?

Bandit -- thank you! I am quite excited about the recent loss. You can get back on track, Bandit, and maybe figure out the things that make you get off track, and work on strategies to cut down on them. That's what I've been trying to do too. :D

4th of July weekend will be a challenge, since I am going home and it's a holiday, but I plan to make some WW veggie dip, some other dip and baked tortilla chips...to eat a lot of veggies during the party, and to try and be strong while I'm home. Do you guys have any strategic recommendations for *not* gaining weight? I'm going to a party Friday night, then home to Phoenix on Saturday, not coming back until Wednesday afternoon. I tend to eat more over holidays and when I go home.

Well, ladies, I had a quiet (fairly dull) weekend. The upshot is that I went to Mervyn's to get a new bathing suit, and I grabbed one with a hanger tag that said "16." I tried it on, and it was a bit snug, but comfortable enough. I looked at the tag on the clothing itself, and it turned out to be a 12! And it fit! :carrot: I just stared, open-mouthed. I haven't fit into anything size 12 since 1999/2000. Now, suits are more forgiving than regular clothes, so it looks like I'm down to a 14. (A pair of stretch 12's fit, but were skin-tight -- if they shrunk at all, they wouldn't fit. The 14's were a bit big, but a much closer fit.) This is big news, since I was between a 16 and an 18 last time I bought clothes (a few months ago.) Needless to say, I was thrilled, and I had to share it with you guys. :D

bandit2
06-26-2006, 06:26 PM
Ariana - that is absolutely awesome! Good for you - what a thrill :-)

Ariana2000
06-27-2006, 03:35 PM
Bandit -- thank you! I am still quite tickled. :D

marthabarfield
06-27-2006, 07:57 PM
Weigh to go Ariana!!!! 12/14 is awesome. I am looking forward to the day when I can wear that. I appreciate the words of encouragement on my "maintenance" last week. You all are so right... I did eat out a lot and not gain, and that is wonderful.
This week started out very stressful-my mother in law is going through some kind of demented period...we hospitalized her yesterday to have some tests run- the cops had found her roaming around on a major road about 10 miles from her home (she had driven there and left her car in the road and was wondering about). I am so thankful she did not get hurt. But, if we can't figure out what is going on and she doesn't clear up, we may be looking at moving her in with us. This will be a major test for me to not eat in stressful situations. Wish me luck!

Mousie, once you get back to feeling 100% and get back on the blades, your friend might come around and get back on hers.

Everyone have a wonderful week, and I will check in on Friday.

Martha

Itryharder
06-28-2006, 11:25 AM
Ariana,
Oh, nothing could be more glorious than fitting into a size 12 bathing suit!!
:cp: :bravo: Oh, I am so happy for you. :hug:

Mousie,
I thought the same thing that Martha did about your friend. I feel that time heals a lot of physical and emotional things. It had to be horrible for your friend to see you go down so hard, see you in pain, and help you get through this time. Let's give her some time to heal---let's put some distance between your fall and new time coming up and see what happens. :idea: And if she remains firm and really won't ever get up on roller blades again--there is so much else you could do together. :bicycle:I know that my sister is going to celebrate her 50th. birthday in England on a walking tour with her good friend. You enjoy many physical activities and I know you'll come up with a plan. Right now, heal up well, keep to your good ideas about recovery (including stopping when you're supposed to stop) and I know it will all turn out well in the end. (As another friend says, "It will all turn out well in the end. If it isn't well yet, it's not the end yet." I love that!)

Bandit, here we go again girl! I have had non-stop social activiites and it looks like you have too. :hb: Weigh to go to get right back on. I know what you mean. I really don't go binge-happy at these events, but I am thrown off routine and have to make good choices all the time. It's possible, but when I combine social activiites with feeling blue or depressed, then it's even harder.

Martha, I am so sorry about your mom-in-law. That had to be so stressful for you. Let's hope that things go well and it was a momentary lapse and that she'll be okay. In any case, let's try not to worry about something that may happen because it hasn't happened yet. Here's a :grouphug: to help you through these times.

Mousie, I hear you about wanting to do this for myself. This whole month has been a whirlwind of activity and it's not about to stop any time soon. My ds and his family will be back with us this weekend and we'll also be going to a July 4th. celebration. All the kids will come in to see their brother and family and kids so I'll be hostess with the mostess again. It's up to me to have well planned foods and snacks and I'm just about to get into planning mode again. The good thing about the past weekend was that the food at the graduation party wasn't tasty, so I didn't overdo. Sunday I had friends in here and the food was doable and yummy. Then at my dd's house where I babysit my dgs(dear grandson) I was very careful and ate good choices. Today I am home and doing well. I'm going to start a new thread. Now I realize why Lauren would start a new thread and then write her message. No one will see this! Egads. I have a lot to learn/
Onward and downward. Keep up the good work Turtles.
Love,
Judy

Princess1122
06-28-2006, 11:34 AM
Can't stay long but wanted to stop by for a quick hello!

Congrats to Ariana! I am just thrilled for you!

I will have to check back later on to read more an catch up!

Susan

mousie
07-01-2006, 03:53 PM
Martha--it just occured to me that we're missing you in the next thread. Judy tends to start a new thread when our threads get up to 3 pages/35-40 posts. Come find us, we're in #160 now! We may sson swap to 161, actually, 160 is getting long. We really don't want to lose you, come looking under "Other Clubs and Groups". :)