WW Clubs and Groups - Bale of Turtles in a Rush!! #161

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07-09-2006, 02:50 PM
:carrot: :welcome3:
We are the Turtle 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!
(for Lin and Lauren)

07-09-2006, 02:59 PM
Hi Turtles,
We were getting long, so I have started a new thread. Please all check out our newest member, Bluestarr, and her post on thread #160. She can use our support and good advice and I know she'll be giving us some soon as well.

Mousie, it is wonderful that you have continued to lose weight even though you have been recuperating. Weigh to go! I am amazed at how much weight you have lost. You and Princess and Ariana and some of the others may have to start a sub-group called Fast Losing Turtles!!! LOL. You guys are great! I am also so happy that your blading partner has reconsidered and will take blading vacation with you. :bravo:

Bluestarr, :welcome3:
So glad to have you on board. I think we're a great group and love to help each other out. What is most important thing I've learned? When I need help the most because I'm having a hard time, resist the urge to hide my head and work it out myself and come here and ask for help. Boy, that really works! Good luck to you. Disregard the idea of pigging out before you attend your WW's mtg. because you're going to see how you can plan and prepare and eat well and still lose weight. :cp: for signing up with a friend and taking care of yourself!

Chris, so glad to hear from you. Isn't it amazing how if we follow the WW's guidelines we can succeed? man, I'm not kidding. I am so thrilled that the scientists have put together a plan that will work when we work the plan.

Things going great here. Having both dds on program helped a lot this weekend. Also dh had nephews in last night for a movie night/pigoutfeast. Usually I'd be dipping into the snacks and goodies. Not last night!! I had a pointed out day (easier than Core for me right now) and went upstairs to watch a movie. Yay. I am so pleased!
Everybody have a great weekend and chime in when you can.
Again, when the thread gets long, I move onto the next thread so look for it around post #32 or so. And we have some real interesting stuff on the last thread, so peak to get caught up.
Love to everyone. :grouphug:
234.6/214/thinner into onederland :cool:

07-09-2006, 03:06 PM
I love that...."bale of turtles", how cute! I hope everyone has had a really great weekend so far, and that Monday will be a kind start to the busy week ahead!

I am very proud of myself right now. I am not really a big fast food gal, but after church with my two year old son in the back in seat, saying he was hungry...and realizing I haven't done the grocery shopping this weekend yet, I decided to go to Wendy's. When I do get fast food, I usually get a cheeseburger and fries. Well, remembering a new Wendy's commercial, I ordered my son the kids turkey sandwhich and yougurt (which he loved!)...and I ordered for myself the baked pototo and chili. I used to order healthy, but I stopped a long time ago. (obviously, ha!) Well, I couldn't finish all the potato or chili, and I am still full! I have no desire to overeat...that's weird for me, because usually I want more food even if I just ate a good sized meal.

Anyways, I just wanted to share. I really hope ya'll have a good close to the weekend!


07-09-2006, 10:54 PM
Sarah, You're doing great already! :cp: :cheer:

07-10-2006, 11:22 AM
Hello to everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend...I worked hard this weekend. We redid my grndtr's bedroom- paint, trim and border- I really feel some sore muscles today from climbing up and down that ladder.

I weighed this weekend and am now down to 242- for a loss of 23 pounds. :goodscale I feel so good that I have been able to continue with losing even with the stress of dealing with my MIL-she is doing ok, still with periods of confusion (I do still have her car keys) but she is able to still live in her home and doing okay. We are taking turns checking on her and taking her to store, etc.

Mousie, so glad to see that you are doing much better- and that your friend will continue to blade with you.

Welcome Sarah! Yeah to you for making good food choices at Wendys. :cp: I was really amazed as to how many points I use to eat when I went to fast food (which was most every day)- I can easily see why I gained so much weight. I am glad you joined our group- everyone is really supportive and motivating.

Judy, glad all is going well with you. Points are easier for me than core. I have problems with portion control and if I ate core I think I would overeat- I keep myself balanced with measuring and tracking points.

Chris, keep up the good work.

I am going to try the 2 point sausage cupcake recipe that I found this morning... I love trying new recipes.

Have a great day! Hoorah to all of us- let us keep it up one pound at a time.

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07-10-2006, 01:46 PM
Well you all have been very busy turtles while I was away... I have to read all of the previous posts to catch up on what has been going on but can't do it right now... I came back to a desk that is piled high with stuff that needs my attention.

Good news for me.... I went to W/I and not only did I hit my 10% goal but I am officially in Onederland! So happy about that!

Enjoyed my time off from work but I took a nasty spill on my bike one day, more about that embarassing moment later on :o

I hope that all is well with everyone!

07-10-2006, 03:05 PM
:bravo: Susan! :cp: :cp: :cp: Horray for Onederland! :bravo:

07-10-2006, 04:01 PM
Congrats Susan on making it to onerland! Bravo!!

Welcom Bluestarr - nice to have more in our "bale" of turtles.

As for me, I was down 1# at w/i last week. So I'll take it & work on more this week.

Hi to everyone else & keep up the good work. Not too much new up here, just working, trailoring, and trying to get in some exercise.

Talk soon.

07-10-2006, 06:05 PM
Whew -- I leave town for a few guys and you are suddenly a BURST of activity! I've got a lot of catching up to do!

I think Mousie's right, sometimes I do feel like the Insanely Busy Turtle. :D

First of all, WELCOME Chrily! This is an excellent group, and I joined myself a few months ago, in much the same way.

Mousie: I know what you mean. 10/12 sounds darn fine. I'm short, but I have big hips, (not just from weight -- I just have a curvy body, not a straight-up-and-down body), so 10/12 may be as small as I go. We'll see. I may not get as skinny as WW specifies -- 130 might be too skinny for me. I already look lighter than I am because I have more muscle. :D But that stinks, mousie. Mom had the same problems with other pain medications. At least you will be able to stop taking them soon, right? I am sorry that you are going stir crazy, but I hope you feel better soon! It is so AWESOME when people notice. Congrats! And re your husband's support of your desire to do your rollerblading trip -- how sweet!

Judy -- thank you. I'm glad it helped and that everyone wasn't rolling their eyes at my little motivational soapbox speech. :D We are always happy to support you!

Bandit -- it's good to keep going to meetings even if you're up. It's easier to deny when you don't go to meetings.

Chrily -- you may want to try Curves, if you haven't already. It's more of a go-at-your-own-pace kind of place, and incorporates both strength training and cardio. It's an excellent place to start, especially if you actively dislike working out. I know I did, and although I'm not crazy about it now, Curves helped me make exercise a happen, and got me into better shape so that I could go to Bally's after a year at Curves (I found Bally's to be more rigorous. Some people always stick with Curves, though.) Curves is non-intimidating and easy to do, and the people there are usually very helpful. Plus, the girl talk helps the time pass. Alternatively, since you like to walk, you might like walking by yourself at the gym or outside, with an audio book. I am an audio book addict -- they make workouts bearable (that, and wheel of fortune, if I happen to be there at the right time. I love word puzzles.) And you shouldn't feel guilty about taking time to exercise. Exercise now can elongate your life, giving you more time to spend with them...also, it gives you more energy for them now, and makes you less stressed and more receptive. Mousie, I know that the idea of losing weight and being noticed can be unnerving, but the truth is that it is also reassuring and exhilerating, and being comfortable in your own body is actually much more relaxing than being overweight. Really. I've lost 43 pounds, and yes, people notice me more, and I've been an introvert for a long time, but it's actually quite wonderful. I feel better about myself and the way I look.

Martha -- good to hear from you!

As for me, I skipped WI last week (it was the day after 4th of July, and, well, I did my best to be good but stuff happens, and on the Wendy plan you're not supposed to WI less than 2-3 days after a super-high-day, so I am putting it off for this week.) I am a little nervous about WI this week, but I did go to New York and Company Wednesday and found a ton of clothes in my new size (a 14! :D :D :D) and several shirts that were actually medium, which is great -- I am so used to being an XL that it is something of a shock. :D It is so great to be fitting into 14's and M's after years of 20's and XL/XXL!

My little sister came to town this weekend, but I wasn't too bad. I managed to hurt myself over the fourth of July, so I couldn't work out for several days, and I only made it two days last week (another side effect of hurting myself), but I am back in the saddle again, starting today. :D What matters is that you get back right on that horse, right?

Oi -- I don't think I can catch up on everything today, Turtles. I may just have to jump back in with the recent posts, despite my best effort to read up on everything. Sorry about that. I haven't even welcomed our newcomer, bluestarr. That's it, I cry UNCLE -- I'm starting over with the most recent post tomorrow. Don't hold it against me if I missed something big, 'kay?

Lots of affection, Ari

07-10-2006, 08:45 PM
OKay..good behavior only last for so long with me. I cheated and now I'm paying for it. I've been munching, grazing, craving and chewing on it all and gained. TOM is coming so I think that has alot to do with it. Please help me get on track and stay there. I feel like I"m failing this somehow.


07-11-2006, 10:23 AM
Ari: Don't feel bad, I was away for a week and feel like I missed everything and still have not been able to get caught up.

Just a quick fly by here to see what is going on with everyone.

Bandit and Mousie: Many thanks! I really feel much better health wise... that 10% really makes a difference I think. Now for the rest of the weight that I want to lose :D

Chrily: Just climb back on that old wagon and get started again... remember how crappy it feels to have a gain at W/I and you may not be as ready to cheat or at least not cheat as often. Maybe find plan friendly things for that TOM, SF FF chocolate pudding is always a winner with me during that TOM.

Have to run!

07-11-2006, 11:57 AM
The pudding sounds like a good idea. I should probably sit down and make up an "EMERGENCY" snack list for that time or any other high stress time I have when I just feel like munching.


07-11-2006, 04:44 PM
Thanks, Princess. I'm glad you are understanding.

Chrily - Princess is absolutely right. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on the track. On this time, think about what made you get off track in the first place. Did you eat because you were really, really hungry? (And not just stressed out, sad or bored?) If it was genuine, strong hunger, don't beat yourself up about it, but plan to have healthier snacks around, and next time you think about eating junk, make yourself eat a piece of healthy food first, and then see if you are still desperately craving the junk once you have food in your stomach. Another trick I found to stave off the junk food munchies is to promise myself that, if I still REALLY want it, I can have it on my high point day (Saturday -- I do the Wendie plan). Usually, by that day, the cravings are gone, but if they're not -- I go ahead and have a measured portion of whatever I desperately wanted. Another suggestion would be to break your meals down into component parts, and space those throughout the day -- for example, I have cereal and milk at 8 am (at work), a serving of fruit at 10 am, Lunch at 12:30 (an entree and a veggie), a piece of fruit at 2:30/3 pm, a piece of raisin bread and yogurt butter at 4 pm (1 pt), and then dinner after I workout. Spacing your food out throughout the day makes it easier to not snack between meals, in my experience. And lastly, are you counting points? Just some thoughts. You can do it Crily!

As for me, ladies, the boss just dropped a bombshell on me this morning -- the project I'm working on has to be finished, FINISHED by late September. That sounds like a while away, but not with the kind of work I do. <groan> It looks like I'll be living up to my unofficial title of Insanely Busy Turtle, and soon.

On a happier note, I weighed myself last night (early, yes, I know, but the curiosity was killing me) and I haven't gained any weight, which is great news, considering that I was on vacation for 5 days and I managed to hurt myself in that time, so I couldn't exercise much. But I made it to the gym last night, and I'll go again tonight and tomorrow, and my weight is stable, so I'm back on track to start losing again. :D And I am getting complements left and right on my new, smaller clothes. :D

So, how are you ladies doing?

07-11-2006, 07:48 PM
I haven't been vigilant about tracking my points. I get so sidetracked and busy during the day. I know I have to log them when I use em, but I try to write them all down at the end of the day (BIG NO NO) and by then, I'm a goner.

I've been doing good today. I've been busy doing housework and laundry and working on our camp trailer. Busy enough to keep me out of the kitchen. I want to go for a walk but its 100 degrees outside. Not the best walking weather.


07-12-2006, 01:03 PM
Okay Turtles,
I know I have to take a deep breath and relax.
First of all Princess/Susan :cp: :bravo: :cheer: for making your 10% and reaching onederland. I am so happy for you.

Bandit, congrats on losing a pound at your WI. :cp: :bravo: Keep up the good work.

Everybody--now that we've got such a great group going and contributing here, I know we all understand that we'll comment and respond as we can without any pressure.

I'm tackling my overeating by planning each day.
Hey Chris, here's an easy way to keep track of your points as you eat them.
Take pennies for the number of points you're allowed for the day. Put them in a bowl. As you eat anything, transfer the penny/point to an empty bowl next to the penny bowl. When the pennies are gone, so are your points. This is an easy way to keep track and I hope it helps you. I know we have all worked on points and forgotten to journal or keep track and then get disappointed when we don't get good results on the scale. I love your idea of having good snacks on a list and in the house for those times when you need them.

07-12-2006, 03:00 PM
Judy, I actually have a bracelet from WW that I can track my points with. I just haven't taken it out of the box yet. :o I should because I think that is where my big problem lies...not keeping track of those darn points.

I gotta go. I'm supposed to be at my sister's house helping her with the grocery list for our camping trip. Then I have to get Simon to his appt. at 2 to get his rabies shot and the last distemper shot. More money!!!


07-12-2006, 05:51 PM
Chrily -- tracking points is a biggie, but something I always had trouble with. My solution is to maintain a consistent regiment, varying only lunch and dinner. That way I only have to calculate lunch and dinner. Here's the schedule I use:

Breakfast -- Cereal + Milk (3 pts)
Mid-Morning Snack -- Fruit (1 Pt)
Lunch -- Varies (incl. 1 veg (0 pts), 1 Dark Chocolate Kiss (.5 pt) + an entree)
Mid-Afternoon Snack -- Fruit (1 Pt)
Late-Afternoon Snack -- Bread (1 Pt)
Dinner -- Varies (Milk (1 pt), Fruit (1 pt), Dark Chocolate Kiss (.5 pt), entree)

There is nothing magical about this combination of foods. It's just what I like. The point is that it is a consistent, daily, Monday-Friday food regimen. That means that nine points of my daily intake are fixed, and I don't have to count them. The only thing I have to track every day are the only things that vary: the entree for lunch and dinner. Since I also do the Wendie plan, I know exactly how many points I get each day, so to determine how much I get for lunch, I just subtract nine from my Wendie points for the day. (In the Wendie program, your flex points are spread out to different days of the week, and the point intake varies from day to day, with one super-high-day (for me, Saturday.)

Remaining Points for Lunch/Dinner (Remaining Points/Total for the Day):
Wednesday: 15/24
Thursday: 16/25
Friday: 20/29
Saturday: 30/39
Sunday: 15/24
Monday: 19/28
Tuesday: 17/26

So now, I just need to know how much I eat for lunch and dinner. If I choose a lunch that's 7 points (say, a lean cuisine), then I know I have 8 points left for my dinner entree. If I want to eat other snacks after lunch, they come out of my dinner allowance. That way, at the end of the day, I know how many points I have left, but I don't do a lot of counting. I have a post it note on my fridge that tells me how much lunch points I have each day, and I use that to pack my lunch -- I actually eat veggie pizza from pizza hut 4x per week (1 pizza, 4 servings at 8 pts each.) I actually usually keep track in my head, even, except on Saturday, when my diet is less consistent.

Another thing that helps is to cook ahead of time, if you can. I also cook almost every weekend, and freeze individual portions of the dish, labelled with the contents and the point value. So, today, my lunch is 6 points, and that means I have 9 points left for dinner. When I wanted to eat bagels this morning (they are free at work every Wednesday), I just reminded myself (several times) that if I wanted bagels now I would have to eat a much lighter lunch and dinner, and I'd rather have subway tonight (9 points) than bagels this morning. Really, that's what WW is bought -- improving your nutrition overall by encouraging you to eat healthy food (which is coincidentally low in points) and about teaching you to understand food trade-offs -- you can have chips now, and a lighter dinner later, or you can wait, and have more for dinner. I have found it easier, psychologically, to wait to eat your goodies until the end of the day, so you have to spend less time resisting the goodies. (i.e. if you have pastry for breakfast, you have to spend the rest of the day resisting other goodies, but if you wait and have desert after dinner, you have to resist other goodies for less time.

Of course, if you object to eating a consistent regiment, or use regular WW (not Wendie plan), you do have to count more. But it has worked for me -- and I want to share, on the possibility that it might work for you too. :D

As far as walking outside, it's almost 108 here -- so I feel your pain. But I thought you said you belonged to a gym? Do they have a track? You could always walk inside. If the treadmill is too high impact, you might try an elliptical machine (the treadmill always hurt my back.)

Regardless of how you do it, what matters is that you CAN do it. It's only a matter of finding the right strategies and techniques for you, and I think that's one of the great things about this group -- we offer support and share our strategies and techniques, and our SUCCESSES!
Thank you, Judy. Our group has grown substantially, and I hope everyone feels the same way. (Re Your Comment: Everybody--now that we've got such a great group going and contributing here, I know we all understand that we'll comment and respond as we can without any pressure.)

I'm glad you have a plan, Judy. I have faith in you. :D That is an interesting strategy for point counting, with the pennies. I was terrible at tracking until I started doing the Wendie plan...

07-12-2006, 06:01 PM
Hey, a WW bracelet to track points? I've never seen that! How does it work?

07-12-2006, 08:07 PM
Ariana-YOu have some great ideas! Anything that takes some of the mindless eating out of my way is great. According to WW, I am at 26 pts a day. I do have to make sure I have 3 meals and 3 snacks a day otherwise I get really shaky. I mainly eat cereal for breakfast and occasionally an egg or two. Toast is hard for me to use because I have a yeast allergy so when I have to buy bread for myself, its around $6 a loaf so my breakfast options are few.

I am sort of familiar with the Wendie Plan and I know on some days would be easier on me, esp on the days when I do work. I have more control over food when I am at home.

How many flexpoints do you use a week? Another thing, I need some low point, filling snacks. I do get hungrier than my points allow.

I do have a gym membership! I really like going there and I love the elliptical! :D I need to just quit coming up with excuses not to do it, and to just get 'er done. It just seems overwhelming and one more thing to try to fit into the day. I have so much going on all the time, there is just so little left for me. I know I need to make my weight and life a priority too. What to do?

:D Judy! You would love the bracelet. It has pretty beads and a removeable charm. THe charm has 4 clear, then one black bead...and I Think its 30 bead total. The black bead marks every 5th pt. You move the charm as you use your points for the day. I think they sell them on the WW website but I've seen other businesses sell them too.

Gotta go the computer is blipping out on me. Best buy gets it back again. They can fix the darn thing.


07-13-2006, 11:12 AM
Morning all,

Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing.

Chris: The bracelet sounds great! I will have to check that out.

I have not been walking this week and I really need to get back on track in that area but the eating on plan has been no problem...

Well have a happy day all!

07-13-2006, 11:54 AM
Hi everyone:

Here is something for you to try - made these & they are pretty good for a chocholate fix!

3 cups all bran cereal
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups water
1 low fat brownie mix

Preheat oven to 350 & spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray
Mix 3 cups all bran, water & baking powder. Let sit 5 minutes
Mix in brownie mix
Bake 20/25 minutes & enjoy

Each muffin is 2 ww points, pretty big & yummy.

Even my daughter & her bf liked them. Good quick breakfast or snack.

Gotto go, bye for now.

07-13-2006, 10:19 PM
Hey Bandit,
Thanks for the yummy recipe. I can always use something for chocolate!
Princess, doesn't your weight line look yummy! Being in onederland is such a biggie!
All goes well here. I'm getting a lot done and the food is better. I'm walking better too and that's a big help.
Take care Turtles and keep on keepin' on! :cheer:

07-13-2006, 10:37 PM
:D Evening everyone...

Just letting ya know that we are headed out on our big camping excursion so I won't be back until Sunday evening. I do want you all to know that I am taking my WW points tracker and books to read. :) :) :) I have packed some fruit and veggies and I think the rest of the food I can handle okay.

Wish me luck. I hope I feel better tomorrow so we can go for a walk. My feet, legs, back and wrists are all very sore today. I haven't had a flare up like this forever. I'm armed with Advil though....:D Hoping this all fades off soon. I just feel all over yucky but didn't want to disappoint the kids. They've been looking forward to this trip for weeks now.

Check back later this weekend.


07-14-2006, 10:28 AM
Morning all,

Judy: I love the fact that I am in onederland! It feels great and I am looking forward to hitting my next goal, I just have not set one yet so I need to take care of that and get moving on it.

Chris: have a great weekend! I am sure that you will have fun.

I am hoping to get to the farmers market tomorrow morning... Love going there, it is great to walk around and look at all of the stuff and get some fresh produce. W/I tomorrow... not sure about that yet but I have stayed in my points range so it should not be too bad I just have not gotten out to walk so that is going to show up on the scale.

Have to run but have a great weekend!

07-14-2006, 11:25 AM
Hi Turtles,
Chris, feel better and enjoy the weekend away. You're doing great to bring your tracker and camping out automatically means you'll be more active, so the weight results should be good. :grouphug:

You've got your points under control and that's a great thing. Let us know what your next goal will be. :cheer:

In my quest to break 200# I have decided to set a new goal for myself. I am making believe that I just joined WW's and have set a 10% goal for myself. For this week, I am counting points and will try the penny trick. If that doesn't work, I'll check out the bracelet. Thanks for letting us know about it, Chris. I am not ready to go back to meetings, but am leaving that option open if my way doesn't work. :idea:

Good luck to us all for a lovely weekend filled with fun and family and friends.
234.6/215/thinner into onederland :cool:

07-14-2006, 12:04 PM
Princess, what about a halfway-point goal? I have a list of 12 different mini-goals, and halfway is one of them! It's really nice not to have to focus on "the big picture" all the time. :)

Judy, good idea about switching your mindset back to "newbie". :lol: Back to basics, right? Forget all the tricks you know from following WW, and do it by the rules! ;)

As for me, I weighed in with a 0.5 lb gain this morning, but it's TOM so I'm not that stressed about it. I'm eating my oatmeal and drinking my tea, and soon I'll get up to fix DH's breakfast. I'm getting back out to do a little bit of my volunteering, so I'm getting lots better. Still sore and tired, but that will go away. :)

Keep on keepin' on, Turtles!

07-14-2006, 12:08 PM
Mousie, that is a great idea! Thank you very much!


07-14-2006, 03:01 PM
Oh, Turtles. I'm happy and sad. :dizzy:

I just found out that my parents' house has gone into escrow (as of last week). They used to live here, just 8 miles down the freeway, and then they moved to Texas 2 months ago. The house that sold was my childhood home, the only "permanent" home we ever had (my dad was in the military and we moved around a lot, until he retired). I'm planning to go by with my husband tomorrow, and take last pictures. And say goodbye.

I'm also planning to scatter Toby's ashes around the property. Toby was a stray dog that we adopted. She lived her entire life in that house, 15 years with us. She got sick and we put her down at New Years 2005. I've had her ashes for these 18 months and I didn't know what to do with them, but I think leaving them at "her" house is fitting.

Tomorrow will be an emotional day. Wish me luck. I know this is going to be hard...but I want to feel like I've said goodbye, instead of just walking away.

07-14-2006, 03:22 PM
Mousie: My thoughts and prayers are with you... it is going to be hard but I am sure you will do great.

That is a great idea about the dogs ashes... very fitting.


07-14-2006, 05:21 PM
Chrily -- I'm glad you like them. I do have to eat every few hours too or I get shaky, dizzy and cranky. :o That's even more reason to split your main meals into "mini-meals" (i.e. a piece of fruit, a piece of 1 point bread, etc.) Even little snacks can be satisfying when you get used to it.

Since the Wendie plan incorporates flex points into daily totals, I don't really use flex points on their own. I also don't do exercise points. HOWEVER, if I am ravenous, and out of points, I still allow myself to have an extra serving of fruit or one of those one-serving healthy pop popcorn bags, guilt free. It may slow me down a bit on WL, but I doubt it. What it really means is that I never feel trapped by my WL program, and so deprived that I eat junk food in desperation (you know how sometimes, if you're not supposed to eat anymore, it's all you can think about it?) The funny thing is that I often realize I'm not as hungry as I thought, because I'll turn down the extra fruit or extra popcorn, because what I'm actually craving is fat. So, two or three times a week I have an extra serving of fruit or an individual healthy pop popcorn(1.5 pts) Sometimes the key is to give yourself an "out", so that you don't become desperately hungry and overeat.

I think the key to exercisely regularly is to
1) Make it a habit -- set a workout frequency and rough schedule (i.e. workout 3x a week, strive for M, W, F -- if you miss one day, make it up) and stick to it for a month. After that, it becomes more of a habit. The longer you do it, the more of a habit it becomes, and as a result, it gets easier to just go.
2) Try working out on the way home from work. Don't go home first. It's too easy to stay home if you stop at the house. Bring your gym clothes to work and be ready to go.
3) Stretch afterwards. It makes you less likely to hurt yourself
4) If necessary, bribe yourself with a non-food item to stick to your workout regimen.
5) Focus on adhering to your workout schedule one week at a time. It gets overwhelming on larger scales.

On my end, my WI last night has me down .6 pounds, which is great, considering I managed to hurt myself over the 4th of July and couldn't work out for a while, and it was 4th of July, so I had some rich food...

I think I'm on target for next week. :D Have a good day ladies! I'll come back and say more on Monday, to everyone else's posts, as much as I can...

Ariana-YOu have some great ideas! Anything that takes some of the mindless eating out of my way is great. According to WW, I am at 26 pts a day. I do have to make sure I have 3 meals and 3 snacks a day otherwise I get really shaky. I mainly eat cereal for breakfast and occasionally an egg or two. Toast is hard for me to use because I have a yeast allergy so when I have to buy bread for myself, its around $6 a loaf so my breakfast options are few.

I am sort of familiar with the Wendie Plan and I know on some days would be easier on me, esp on the days when I do work. I have more control over food when I am at home.

How many flexpoints do you use a week? Another thing, I need some low point, filling snacks. I do get hungrier than my points allow.

I do have a gym membership! I really like going there and I love the elliptical! :D I need to just quit coming up with excuses not to do it, and to just get 'er done. It just seems overwhelming and one more thing to try to fit into the day. I have so much going on all the time, there is just so little left for me. I know I need to make my weight and life a priority too. What to do?

:D Judy! You would love the bracelet. It has pretty beads and a removeable charm. THe charm has 4 clear, then one black bead...and I Think its 30 bead total. The black bead marks every 5th pt. You move the charm as you use your points for the day. I think they sell them on the WW website but I've seen other businesses sell them too.

Gotta go the computer is blipping out on me. Best buy gets it back again. They can fix the darn thing.


07-15-2006, 10:50 AM
I'm sending your a :grouphug: because you feel so sad. Your doggy will feel right at home because it's a gracious final resting place.

Glad the idea of a half-point goal will work! Good thinking, Mousie.

I'm off to enjoy the day. take care and chime in. have a great weekend.

07-16-2006, 06:22 PM
Mousie-Hugs hon! :hug: Sorry to hear about your childhood home and your dog. I think your idea for his ashes is a great one. This may sound strange but my dad has all the ashes for all of his cats in little urns with their pics and birth year and their end date. Him and my stepmom are such animal lovers.

Ariana-Thanks for more wonderful ideas. I know my problem is lying in my inconsistencies...so I need to work on that. Thanks a million for what you've told me so far. I am going to incorporate a lot of your ideas into my weight loss program.

Well I'll catch up with the rest later. I need to get into the shower and clean the mountain and fire smell off my body and look half human. Tiana has finally emerged...so MY TURN!


07-17-2006, 03:02 PM
Well it is Monday... and a hot and sticky one here in Indy... and the weekend was not much different but I managed to get a small bit of gardening done and some errands.

W/I went ok... down .4 and DH was down another 1.6 (I think) so all in all it went ok. We are trying to decide if it is a smart thing for us to go to the state fair this year or just leave it alone... our leader is supposed to go over some ideas and such so that you can go to the fair and still eat a few of the things that the fair is known for :D. I am sure that the deep fried twinkies are not on the list but then again they were not our favorite anyway. But now the funnel cake, now that is a different story! And the list goes on and on so hopefully she has some good suggestions and a good points listing for us to arm ourselves with.

So how was everyones weekend?

Have to run but will check back in later on.


07-17-2006, 04:33 PM
Mousie -- sorry about your dog. I think that is an excellent idea, scattering the ashes in what was, to the dog, the pack's den.


07-17-2006, 04:35 PM
Chrily -- I'm glad they help, but...mountain and fire smell???

Princess -- I believe that the WW magazine for this month has some suggestions for fair and beach eats. I love the fair myself. :D

07-17-2006, 08:10 PM
Mousie-Fire smell from a campfire, silly. :) You have to come home and wash your hair like a bazillion times to get the smell out.

Princess-Going to the fair scares me. There is too much tempting food there...but you can find some good options too. I found corn on the cob last year, and turkey legs, diet pop, and a couple other things that weren't too bad. I get WW magazine too and there is some good suggestions for eats...:)

Just had to say..HI ARIANA too!!!


07-18-2006, 10:35 AM
Morning all!

Thanks for the great fair ideas! I will try and pick up the WW magazine and see what other options they list but the turkey leg and corn on the cob are great ideas! I forgot all about those items since I am usually in the funnel cake line :D

I like to go and walk around and I love to go thru the barns and see all of the animals... I even enjoying walking around in the heat but my DH is not fond of that so we usually try and go early in the day to avoid the heat as much as possible.

Hot here again today... but my garden is loving this hot sunny weather and we have lots of great looking veggies growing... can't wait for the tomoatoes to start to get red!

Have a great day all!

07-18-2006, 11:16 AM
Hi TUrtles,
I'd like an opinion. We are getting to four pages of posts rather quickly. Would you like me to continue starting a new thread after 4 pages or would you like to have the thread run to 5 or 6 pages? I'd do whatever you most want me to do.

I love the idea of getting to the fair and eating smart choices. That way you see the fair and keep on track. Also, the walking should help.

Here I am back on core and doing nicely. Baby sat my grandson a lot this week and that will continue for this week as well. I love him, but need a new person to help with the baby sitting because I find I don't get done what I want to get done. All goes well here. I'm so glad to hear from so many members.==Chris--I remember the campfire smell. At the campsite it's so romantic and somehow that smell lingers and isn't quite so cool at home. LOL.

Take care and be well.

07-18-2006, 12:53 PM
I think it might be a good idea to switch threads weekly. I'm not sure what everyone thinks of that, but its an idea.

I'd stay longer but gotta take tiana to the orthopedist to check her back. They found some abnormality in her spine when they did the scolisosis screening at school.

I did good yesterday though, and stayed in my points and got 35 min. on the treadmill with an average incline of 3.0 at 3.6 mph.


07-18-2006, 04:19 PM
Judy: I vote for a weekly thread also but what ever everyone wants is fine with me and what ever is easiest for you also.


07-18-2006, 05:48 PM
I agree with the others, weekly would work well, but whatever is easy for you.

Chrily -- Hey! ;D OH! Camp fire. Right. Like I said, I didn't get a chance to catch up on all the threads <sheepish look> I hope Tiana is okay. Good jon on the workout from someone who dislikes working out. :D

Judy -- how do you like Core? It seems to be WW's answer to the low-carb craze, by focusing on super-high-fiber foods, protein, no white bread/white grains. I did it for about two weeks, and I found no benefits except a deep and abiding aversion to preservative laden foods, like Lean Cuisines. Does it work well for you? I hope so. Now that I cook more, it may work better, but I would have to stop eating pizza leftovers for dinner (2 thin crust veggie lover's from pizza hut = 8 pts.)

As for me, I changed my schedule to 6 to 3 M-Th and 8 to 5 Friday. I am hoping to get more done during the day, by getting an early start. It takes me a while to switch gears mentally, so 2 hours alone in the office really helps me get into working mode, and I've gotten a lot of work in the last few days on this new schedule. Unfortunately, getting up early in the morning is HARD. I keep wanting to go back to sleep, knowing that's what the rest of the world is doing. However, I actually felt relaxed and accomplished when I left work yesterday, a foreign but enjoyable feeling. :D I'm usually freaked out when I leave work, that there's more to do. Yesterday, I felt tremendously successful. Work usually stresses me out, so that might work, as long as I can get my butt out of bed on time. :/ Also, getting to the gym earlier (I go right after work) means that there are fewer people there, and I actually managed to do a proper circuit (10 reps on 8 different machines at a higher weight, then repeat the circuit two more times, no breaks in between.) It kicked my butt, but in a good way. :D And I forced/talked myself into doing 30 minutes of cardio afterwards too. :D And when I got home I stayed off the computer and managed to empty the dishwasher and spend 15 minutes transcribing scribbled notes for a story -- a big deal to me. I even got to bed early enough to read for a while and then go to bed. The only problem is that it took me a while to fall asleep, so I'm exhausted today, but I'm going to try it for a week and see what happens.

Anyway, back to work ladies! <hug>!

07-18-2006, 09:01 PM
Well here is the result of Tiana's dr. appt. They did x-rays on her back and she has scoliosis. She has a 7% curvature on her lower back and 15% between her shoulders. They don't treat anything under 20% so they are just taking the observation approach. I have to take her back in 3 months for some follow up x-rays. If it progresses, they'll probably have to put her in a brace for awhile. Not what a mom wants to hear.

I'm kind of having a down day. I think TOM has made me moodier than usual and DH is kind of in a cranky mood lately too, so makes me kind of bluesy....

I'm hoping to get to the gym tonight but not sure what time DH will be home. If I do get to go though, I'm just gonna take it kind of easy and just walk for awhile. My knee was buggin me some last night after I got done at the gym. Guess I went to long without being consistent enough in my exercising. WAY TO MUCH SLACKING OFF FOR ME! :o

Gotta go.

07-18-2006, 11:33 PM
Good luck to Tiana. I'm relieved the curvature isn't greater than it is. Observation is a nice, conservative road to take. :grouphug: to you, Chris, because I know this can't be easy.

Ariana, good luck with your new work schedule. There's a huge benefit to working when others are just thinking about getting out of bed. Glad you can put that time to good use. My dsister just took on a 5a.m-2a.m. shift and likes it very much because it gives her so much sunlight to walk and hike and pursue fun activities. You'll probably get used to this soon.

I'll change the thread every Wednesday and we'll see how that works for us.
So, tomorrow I'll start a new thread and will see how many pages we eat up in that amount of time.
Today was a good day for me. I am back on Core and counting in points when I go to off-Core foods. Ariana, the reason I like Core is that some days I am really hungry and need more foods than points would allow--even with the extra points for the week. Other days I am no where near as hungry, but when I was doing points I would eat up the points at the end of the day even when I wasn't hungry. That seemed to slow up my weight loss. Also, I ate foods that were point-friendly, but not sensible as far as eating good foods. Since I could "point out" anything, it was easy to eat candy bars, etc.
Not smart and eventually I didn't get the weight loss I wanted. Core has been a godsend for me, and yet I am distracted right now. I just signed up for the flylady.net menu mailer and am hoping that that will give me some new ideas--while making it as close to Core as possible. I looked at this week's menus and they look good. I'll let you know how far I get.
Take care, be well,
Judy :chef: :goodscale: :idea: :cheer: