100 lb. Club - Jump start your new years resolution!

08-11-2006, 09:57 AM
I have 35 more lbs to lose to make it to 225. I figure I will get a jump on the new years resolution and try and have it off by January 1 st. Anyone want to join me in a Mid Year Resolution challenge. We have almost 5 months before New Years day. What you say we get going now so we are not depressed come January 1 st. We can all use the weekly weigh in for our check in. So lets get this thing going folks.

08-11-2006, 10:12 AM
I would like to be 135 by January 1st. I think I will look just fine at that weight.
I can't make a resolution on January 1st because I just won't do it so starting ahead like this may be the best medicine.

08-11-2006, 10:14 AM
I'm with you Howie! I'm going to readjust my goal weight to 130 - that means 14 pounds to go. My hopes is to have it all gone by the first of October - that's not set in stone, but I'll certainly work towards it! I'll be here with you every week checking in.


08-11-2006, 10:42 AM
This is such a great idea! May I join you guys? (I can't remember if I've posted in this forum yet, but I've been lurking...)

I'm all about setting mini-goals anyway, because that's the only way I'll be able to get through the LARGE amount of weight I need to lose. I made a chart with goals along the way, and I'm set for 229 on Jan. 1. I hope I can make that! I've been having some trouble sticking to my plan this past week.

Good luck, everyone!

08-11-2006, 10:48 AM
I'll jump in on this one! I really want to be 225 by the end of the year and I have been stalled most of the summer.

08-11-2006, 10:56 AM
I will be back in "Onderland" By January 1st-- hopefully even in the 180's by then. I plan on busting my rear for the next few months to get there....

08-11-2006, 12:59 PM
I'm aiming for 20lbs by New Years Eve.

08-12-2006, 01:48 AM
Sounds like we have a good group going here. Can't wait for the new year.

08-12-2006, 01:12 PM
I want to be at 220 lbs by Jan 1st. I'm in.


08-12-2006, 04:30 PM
I am 31 and want to lose between 80-100 pounds.I am at 232 right now.I could use some motivation.So far today I have done pretty good.Please help.

08-12-2006, 04:59 PM
20 lbs is a good goal--that's one pound a week.

So.....I would like to be 289 by New Year's.

Good challenge, Howie!

08-12-2006, 06:11 PM
Good idea! I am shooting to be between 200 and 210 by January 1st. I haven't been there for a LONG time!!!!

Chubbygirl75 - Welcome! Good for you on sticking to your plan today. I really think weight loss needs to be taken a day at a time. Every day I stay on plan I've won the battle...I've only been at this for 3 weeks but I'm starting to find it a bit easier to turn down the junk food. It just isn't worth it to me anymore. This forum is awesome...I come here everyday to read posts and get motivated.

08-12-2006, 07:19 PM
Great Idea! I want to join in. My goal is to be at 199 by New Years. Hhhhmmm, Is that realistic for me though....:chin: I'd better make it 205. That's more in line with what I've been losing lately. Okay, I'm in with a goal of 205.

08-12-2006, 10:46 PM
I'll aim for 180lbs by January 1st. That's ~1.6lbs a week, onederland, and 80lbs total lost! I can so do that!

08-13-2006, 02:05 PM
Welcome to the group Chubbygirl75. This is a great place for help and motivation. It has sure helped me in my lifestyle changes.

08-13-2006, 05:10 PM
Hi all! This sounds like a great idea. I'm at 285.8lbs right now. My first mini goal is 273.4 (10%). I'm almost there. I'm pretty sure I won't make it by my deadline (08/21/2006), but that's ok.

Anyways, I'd love to join the challenge. I would like to be at least 250 by Jan. 1st. I've done really good so far by losing 18lbs. It's very nice to have a head start on the weight loss before the New Years. Anyways, I'm In!

08-14-2006, 02:44 AM
I need this challenge...like irisheyes213, I too have been stalled most of the summer...not broken down...just not doing all that it takes to see consistent losses week after week. I want to weigh 195 on January 1, 2007. Totally doable - stick to losing 1.25 pounds/week.

08-14-2006, 12:01 PM
hmm if I lose a pound a week or so I could be down to 168 by New Years. Thats under 170. maybe I'll just make the goal 170.

08-14-2006, 12:06 PM
Sounds like a lot of us needed an extra push. I can't wait to take my last progress pic at 225. I turn 40 next June and I want to live the second half of my life doing maintenance not having to lose.

08-14-2006, 12:09 PM
That's awesome Howie- I remember when I got here the 1st time in 04. It's so amazing to see your progress. I am so impressed and proud of you! You're definitely an inspiration to me! :) Congratulations to your accomplishments to this point. I know you're going to get there all the way!

08-14-2006, 12:41 PM
Count me in!
I would like to shoot for 185 by January 1st.
I have sat down and recommited to really making this work. I have been in a rut for the past month or so, so I am starting over.
Looks like we have a great group of people and I could really use the motivation.

Thanks for starting this Howie, I find you extremly motivating and supportive.

Good Luck Everyone

08-14-2006, 02:29 PM
My resolution is to still be at goal or below it by New Years Day.

08-14-2006, 03:18 PM
I'm in too--the timing is perfect for me. I teach, and our new semester begins Monday, so for me this will be a "fall semester challenge." I'm going to go with 25 pounds as my goal, which may be a bit high, but I generally find if I set goals that are a little out of reach I get further.

I'm at 311 now so my goal by January 1 is 286. That would be lower than I've been in 6 years, so it's purty darn meaningful if I get there.

Thanks for starting it, Howie.

08-14-2006, 03:48 PM
I plan to be at goal by January 1.

08-14-2006, 04:11 PM
I think I am going to go with a 25 pound loss... My goal is 265. I think I would die if I made it there... Last time I weighed in at 265 was in 2001 (I then went down to 230 and shot up to 308...) I know with the support of everyone I can do it!

08-14-2006, 05:50 PM
I like this Howie. My goal is to be Alice by January 1st.

08-14-2006, 08:16 PM
This will be a great time for us all. We will be pumped up for those winter time blues.

You were always an inspiration to me too Gretchen. When I first started here you and Sarah were always my favorite reads. Always upbeat and encouraging. It's great to have you back.

08-14-2006, 10:49 PM
I want to join this group also - I'm always a lurker and never particpate but I need to get off my butt and get busy. I want to lose 35 lbs. by January 1 - I hope that's doable. I have a lot to lose and this will be a good start - I'm tired of feeling bad all the time. Good luck everyone.

08-15-2006, 10:52 AM
Well we have 20 weeks left until the first of the year. So if you stick to your guns and are able to lose 2 lbs a week that would be 40 lbs. That is a steep goal but I am also shooting for 35 lbs by the first. Don't get down on yourself if you can't make it. Goals are just markers they don't have to be set in stone. I have missed many goals in my weight loss journey but the key to success is to keep going no matter what.

08-15-2006, 05:53 PM
Hey, now, 40 is *not* the half way point in your life, Howie my man. You're stuck with me for a lot more than the next 41 years!

Don't know how I'm so behind on this thread, seeing's how it began in the chair right next to mine in our living room.

I'm in on the challenge, and I will be back to ONEderland by January 1, and will be 35 or so pounds to my goal.

08-16-2006, 12:24 PM
Hi Kimberley! Glad to see you on board. I'm looking forward to cheering everyone on to our goals!

08-17-2006, 11:51 AM
This week is coming to an end and it has been really good for me. I peeked at the scale and it's looking good for tomorrow's weigh in. Hope all is going well for everyone. I really feel back in the grove and am looking forward to making it to goal.

08-17-2006, 12:21 PM
That's awesome Howie! Hi Kimberly! I am so glad to be back here and see you guys... I don't weigh in again until Sunday-- I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a good payoff- I've been on plan 100% so far this week, even going under my daily calorie goal on some days. We'll see how it pays off... Or IF it pays off I should say... We're going to the Beach for a long weekend... I am planning to stay right on track with NO sidetracks!

Stepping Out
08-18-2006, 12:22 AM
I'd like to join your challenge too. I've been on WW for about a month, and I just lost my 1st five pounds! :carrot: My short term goals are: 1. To be below 300 for my anniversary (Labor Day..30 years! :dizzy: ); and 2. To be at 275 by year's end!

Thank you Howie for starting this thread! :D

P.S. Gretchen, it's good to see you back! :)

08-18-2006, 07:35 AM
Welcome aboard Joanne. Good to have you hear.

08-18-2006, 07:47 AM
Good Morning, I[m new on the site. WoW! you rock!! fanstastic job!! well
done!! Keep it up!! Iam so...........proud of you!! better yet i know you
must be so proud of you!! May I ask what plan you used for the weight
loss????????Do you have any pictures posted??I bet you can realy tell the
differnce. Have a great day and keep on moving and shaking. It is very
ovious you can do it!! go !! go!! keep on and soon you will have what
you want. My name is LInda and i live in Texas and was very impressed witih
you. I have lost 77lbs. This thread may be to old for you to see. Still trying
to figure these out!! hew!! hew!! have a great day.

08-18-2006, 11:26 AM
I'd like to join this as well! I've been slack on my food choices and exercise the last few months and really need to get back on track.I'm aiming for 200 by Jan.1st.

08-19-2006, 01:18 PM
I'm glad I checked back in here. Haven't had much success the last few days, so I need to strengthen my resolve, and seeing all of you helps me do that.

08-19-2006, 02:08 PM
I have been having a lousy summer and not been around much, but would like to jump on this bandwagon. My goal is to lose 20 lbs by Jan 1. I need a butt-kicking for sure these days, and maybe this will do it.

08-19-2006, 02:20 PM
Count me in! I'm going to aim for 240.

Next weight in for me is 8-30


08-19-2006, 02:57 PM
Back in the saddle again and aiming for 240 (and full health recovery following surgery -- ugh) by the end of the year. Thanks for motivating me to look at the big, 19-week picture :)

08-20-2006, 02:58 PM
So what's everyone doing to get "jump started"?

Me, I start teaching a new semester tomorrow, so I'm planning to add some extra exercise into my day by taking a quick 10-minute walk between classes. If I can do that even three times in the course of the day, that's an extra half hour of exercise, which should breathe a little new life into this effort. I'm here at the office prepping for tomorrow's classes, so I'm starting the "walk breaks" today.

08-20-2006, 03:54 PM
I have started to walk my son to school and back about 6 miles.

08-20-2006, 07:43 PM
Great idea! I'm in :) I'd like to lose 20 lbs as I work through 2006. This means I'd be in the 230's at 239! Isn't it funny how that 1 lb can make so much of a difference, like being in the 230's and not 240's? :lol: but oh it would be awesome! :cb:

08-21-2006, 05:26 PM
I've been trying to walk at least 1/2 hour day. Eating is going good except for last Friday.

08-21-2006, 09:40 PM
I'm trying to walk 1/2 hour every morning, but today I seem to have acquired a shinsplint! I thought you only get those from running, but I've been walking as fast as my legs can carry me, so maybe that's why it happened. I'm wondering if I should take a day off or just struggle through the pain!! I don't want to hurt myself and then not be able to do anything.

I've been doing ok on eating. I "officially" weigh in tomorrow morning, but I'm not expecting to see a loss because I had a 4-pound loss last week and I think it's going to catch up and start leveling off now.

08-22-2006, 12:53 AM
I'm aiming for 250, a nice even number. 28 lbs lost by 01/01/07. :)

Stepping Out
08-23-2006, 12:14 AM
Lost another pound toward my short-term goal! :carrot:

08-23-2006, 10:07 AM
I haven't been posting much lately, as I've been backing off of really low-cal so I plateaued for eight months. I'm ready to stop this holding pattern and get back to weight loss again. I'm in! I plan to lose 20 pounds by January 1st. My current weight is 260ish (I'll do an "official' weigh-in next Wednesday).

08-24-2006, 10:40 AM
I forgot to post last week - Lost 3 pounds last week. This week, I maintained.

Trish, it's awesome you're walking your son to and from school. What a great opportunity to listen and hear what's going on in his life! Those are the kinds of things that build memories. :)

08-25-2006, 06:36 PM
Yeah it has been great walking him so far. He is in kindergarten so he has a lot to tell me about school still.

08-25-2006, 08:54 PM
Ok, I'll try for 250 by January 1, 2007. That will be 17 lbs.:goodvibes

I've been working on my writing every day in my office and that is keeping me
upstairs and away from the kitchen. :dance:
My sugar numbers are finally starting to lower too. :carrot:

I had spent way too much time being depressed, excusing myself and procrastinating doing what I've dreamed of for so long- to be a published writer.
And someday-thin and good sugar control.
I feel excited as now, if I try to stay away from the office, I get buggy to go there. I revised a book manuscript, and I need to not look at it for a few days so I can look at it with fresh eyes. I'm getting a good habit here!:dancer:
:grouphug: and :balloons: to everone.

08-30-2006, 10:39 AM
Okay, I had my weigh-in this morning. 257. So I'm up about 10 pounds from where I was eight months ago. But the good news is, that's down about 5 from where I was a few weeks ago when I realized how much had crept back on.

So 240 by January will be about 1 pound a week. Go, team!!

Laura Philly
08-30-2006, 11:18 AM
I'm IN!!!! I'd like to be anywhere under 200 by January 1st!!!

08-30-2006, 11:36 AM
I've started back up at Curves 3 days a week and have been walking 30 minutes every other day on the treadmill.According to the scale this morning I was down to 229,but not changing my ticker until I see that number come up more then once,lol.

08-30-2006, 05:28 PM
I didn't walk the last couple of days, so I feel like quite a slug!! I'm going to the gym today after work, and I'm going to either walk on the treadmill or hit the elliptical for something different.

I was stuck at 254 for a couple of weeks but on my last weigh-in (yesterday), I was at 251! Woohoo! :carrot:

My goal for New Year's is 229, which is another 22 pounds. I know I can do it!!

08-30-2006, 05:49 PM
I would love to join you also! It is so hard for me to set a number because I never have control over when I stall out that has been my problem in hte past. Was here before lost 36 pounds plateaued and gained it all back.... I agree with Jen I sure should be able to lose a pound a week by then 20 pounds so that is what I will shoot for yeah 20 pounds by Jan 1st which would put me at 244

09-10-2006, 06:05 PM
Not much progress for me yet. I've been on a crazy schedule that leaves me little time, so I'm eating what's convenient and always "too tired" to exercise. I'm checking back in here as a reminder that I made a commitment to myself. Hope all is going well for everyone else.

09-10-2006, 07:35 PM
Things are going better-only one pound but doing more outside and inside
so I feel as tho I am increasing my muscles. :strong:
My book was sent to the agent to see if it's ok to sell.:crossed:
I'm working on the second one.:comp:
Now if I can keep up on housework and get the porch painted before winter, I'll feel like I'm finnally overcoming my procrastination problem.:coach: :cheer:
I'll try to check in more so I can keep inspired. :goodvibes

09-11-2006, 03:19 PM
I've progressed well...16 more pounds to go and there are 16 more weeks to New year's, so I am right on track!

09-23-2006, 10:39 AM
One more pound. :carrot:

09-23-2006, 06:30 PM
Great challenge Howie.I also want to tell you Howie you are doing great.You are an inspiration and i want to join you on this challenge.i am aiming for 205 by january 1st.i will check in weekly.

09-23-2006, 07:12 PM
I had to go back and look at what I'd posted as my New Year's goal because I'd forgotten! I decided I'd be at 229 by Jan. 1, and I think I'll hit it easily as long as I stay as motivated as I've been lately. I'm at 246 now, and I hit my first mini-goal when I got to 247. Woohoo! Motivation can be so fleeting -- I really hope I can stick with it for as long as it takes!

09-27-2006, 12:36 PM
I couldn't believe my eyes this morning. 2 more lbs off.

:carrot: :cb: :dance: :dancer:

Stepping Out
09-27-2006, 01:37 PM
I haven't posted in a while..I've been yo-yoing like crazy, but I'm finally beginning to make progress :carrot: The bad news is that I still haven't gotten past 'that mark' :p on the scale. This week I'm committing to stay on plan. I'll be 'seeing you lighter' after my next weigh-in ;)

P.S. Howie, I know you're busy with your new job..but please come and visit :D

09-28-2006, 04:57 PM
Sorry we bailed on you all -- we went off our plan when we went to Illinois for Howie and his coworker to receive their offers, and it's been a constant struggle to get back on plan ever since.

Lesson: Do not say "oh, we'll just enjoy this weekend and get back at it".

I've not weighed myself in a few weeks, but will tomorrow and will update my ticker. I'll nudge Howie to head over this way, too.

If we can't be honest with each other, what's the point, right? We can do this!

09-29-2006, 01:48 AM
Well, obviously you two WILL get back on the wagon... you've come way too far not to!

Me, I've made just a little slow progress... 3 pounds down since we started, but that leaves a long way to go... 22 pounds.

I've been making some very slow changes but I'm working on being really, really consistent--which isn't something I've had much success with in the past. I've exercised 10 days in a row now, which is better than I've done--just in consistency--in a very long time. So maybe I can pick things up and make the New Year's Challenge, but even if I don't I think I'll get further than I would have without it.

Hang in there everyone! October's just around the corner!

09-29-2006, 10:43 AM
Okay, time for being brutally honest with myself and with you all. Howie and I are big believers in mutual accountability, painful as it can be!

I weighed 224 this morning. I'd gotten down to 198, but after we headed for Baltimore in January for Howie's surgery, things got out of hand when we found ourselves with no schedule until he went back to work in April.

No more excuses here, though!

09-29-2006, 08:33 PM
another 2lbs this week.that makes 19lbs gone!!

09-30-2006, 11:07 AM
i'll join in on this one... just saw the thread, and i had already given myself a goal for new year's.

can't believe i'm trying to do this through the holidays, but i guess if i can get through those, then the upcoming year won't be NEARLY as scary. *LOL*

my goal is to lose 40 pounds by New Year's Day. i figure that gives me about 3 pounds/week... and will put me 5 pounds into ONEderland! (haven't seen that in YEARS!).

not gonna be easy, though. :^:

09-30-2006, 03:28 PM
Great job, 4me! :carrot:

Watch, welcome. :) Wow, you've set a high goal for yourself! I don't think I could pull that off. You go, girl! :D

09-30-2006, 03:36 PM
Three pounds a week is HUGE, watch -- wow! I'd be afraid to shoot for that because I have weeks where I lose 3 or 4 but they're always balanced out by some weeks where I lose 0 or 1, so that I have an average of about a 2 pound loss most weeks, which is about as high as they recommend you go. Everyone's different, though!

I'm still motivated for this New Year's challenge -- woohoo! :carrot:

10-01-2006, 03:31 AM
Gardenwife: well... i know it's high, but it urges me to push myself just a little more. i'm certainly not crash dieting, or exercising like a madwoman, or anything like that...

i dunno. i thought about it, and did the math, and that just seemed like the number for me to shoot for. :^: at this rate, i'll be happy with ANY significant weight loss. *lol* or needing to spend Christmas money on a new (SMALLER!) pair of jeans ;)

LisaMarie71: *l* errrr... yeah, i know. :o just couldn't help myself, though. that's the goal i'd come up with, before i even saw this thread... and i got really excited about it. i guess we'll see what happens... just so long as i lose -something-, i'll be happy. :^:

10-01-2006, 11:58 AM
watch, I hope you don't think I was trying to discourage you, because if you set your mind to it you can hit whatever goal you've set! And we're all here to cheer you on! :carrot:

10-01-2006, 12:52 PM
Ok I will like to join this also. I would love to be 250 on January 1. I think I can manage to shed 20 pounds in that time. Hopefully I will beat my goal :)

10-02-2006, 02:12 PM
LisaMarie71: no worries. :D i know everyone here is super supportive, and it's still a healthy goal. it's just gonna take more effort... ;)

which is fine. i've finally gotten to that point where i'm sick of weighing so much, with the knowledge that i weighed about 100 pounds less, at my healthiest... so i'm finally ready to make that effort. :)

10-02-2006, 11:04 PM
Like a dummy I have went the other way instead of staying on track. I'm back at it now though and I'm sure I will at least be back to 245 by New Years. I'm not so sure I can make 225 though.

I'm in the Chicago area this week on business. Two days in and I'm doing great on eating. Being on the road is always the hardest. Thanks to a good hotel breakfast and subway I'm doing good. I even went to the hotels fitness center tonight. It sure feels good to be eating right again.

10-02-2006, 11:17 PM
Gardenwife - Way to go to get right back at it...it's so easy once you've slipped a little to just keep sliding...I've done it so many times.

Howie - Yes traveling is so difficult on the diet! I'm praying I don't get called out west for a week because I eat SO badly on the road. Good for you for sticking with your plan though!!

I think I may have to reassess my goal...I am thinking I will try for 215, that is 2 lbs a week until New Year's. I should be able to do that - just gotta keep at it!

10-04-2006, 06:12 PM
oh ,i feel so awful.i don't know what happened or why i just went and ate 2 chocolate bars,TWO!!!I should never have brought them into the house.i can't beleive i done that.i have to weigh on friday and i was doing so good.I have got to get back in the drivers seat right now!!

10-05-2006, 12:07 PM
Well,I'd fallen off the diet wagon and haven't lost anything yet...well,maybe the same 2 pounds over and over.I have however stepped up my exercise and can tell in my clothes(been doing that consistantly for a few weeks now)...now to just get the two down right and start losing on the scale AND in my clothes.I'm not giving up!!!

10-05-2006, 03:14 PM
Oooh, I want to join. I was 238 on Tuesday. Hmm, how about 205 by New Years? It sounds high, but I want a hard goal. If I set something I can get to easily I won't work nearly as hard for it. (I'll do the whole "I have 6 weeks to lose those 10 lbs, so this piece of cake won't hurt" spiel and knock myself right off course).

Plus I JUUUUUST started, and I'm doing Phase I of South Beach (1st full day today) AND just started working out.. so I'll probably turn in some fair sized numbers the first couple of weeks (yeah, yeah, it's water weight, but it's still something).

10-05-2006, 04:23 PM
I'm jumping in on this one as well. Just what I needed. I would like to be at my goal weight by New Years. I know I can do it. It may be hard, but it is achieveable.

My initial plan was to be at goal by my b-day at the end of January.....why not move it on up to New Years.

Hope you don't mind that I am joining late!!!:carrot:

10-05-2006, 04:35 PM
I'm in. I want to be down to 175 by New Year's.

10-06-2006, 08:09 AM
ok,i weighed today and i'm down only 1 lb.i am happy about that because i slipped up this week and wasn't expecting to be down at all.i'll do better this week.hey i got my 20lb chick!!

10-06-2006, 09:50 AM
Congrats 4me2006!!! A pound is a pound. Way to go!

10-06-2006, 01:38 PM
y'know... i've been thinking about it... and i think i'm going to withdraw my weight loss goal for New Year's Day.

right now, it's healthier for me to focus on being deliberately active, since that's always been my weak point. i'm lazy! :p

so, i'm going for a goal of time spent being active, instead of focusing on the scale. besides, i figure the scale goals will fall into place, once my lifestyle is a little more active, and healthy. at least, that's what i'm hoping :^:

i think i was being a little over-enthusiastic. i do that sometimes... :o

10-25-2006, 09:50 PM
watch_it_break, I think a goal of time spent being active is a wonderful idea!!

I forgot about this thread until just now... how are we all doing?

I'm at 233 now, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to hit my New Year's goal of 229 by January 1st.....woohoo!!

10-25-2006, 10:05 PM
Hi there,:wave:
Glad to see the Howie lovebirds. :hug:
This goal idea for New Years has been just the thing for me. I too have trouble falling off the diet(Life change). :kickcan:
I find myself already thinking about goals for the holidays after that. Where I might be-how much might be feasible to lose by that time,etc.:thanks:
So many are hopping aboard, it's wonderful.
We can do this and get healthier. I am lazy too. I did some Ty-Bow after months of THINKING about it. :o It felt good. I feel like doing more around the house too.
I was even honest about my weight on my driver's license this time. Wouldn't it be fun to have to have my picture redone, b/c I'll look so different? :yes: :goodvibes
There's a good future ahead and we are in it. :grouphug:

10-27-2006, 02:10 PM
Kind of embarrassed to come back and post this but I've had a gain once again. Back on track but as you can see from my lack of posting my eating habits have not been the best. I shot up to 275 and over the last two week have gotten back down to 262. So I'm at least hoping to make it back to my lowest of 243 by new years. However I don't see making it to goal by then. That's how it goes though. You just have to keep plugging away at it. Anyway as always it feels good to be back on a healthy eating plan and doing my exercise.

10-27-2006, 02:26 PM
WOW, this thread is very inspirational with all the weight loss, great job! I had been doing very well with my eating and exercising, but my mom passed away last week, and everything has come to a big hault.:( I'm back up to 230 this morning, but I'm not changing my ticker, because I know it won't be long until it's back to the correct weight; I just need to get back on the right mind frame again. This death has been so hard on me and depression can do major things with the mind and body. I'm hoping to lose 20 pounds by New Years.:)

10-27-2006, 02:35 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I know how you feel I lost my Dad a few years ago. I was just writing this to someone else and it would seem to fit here too. Turning to food is such a hard thing to over come so when I saw this it impressed me that he would do that.

"I have been watching the biggest loser and something that caught my attention was when the blue team lost there challenge their coach came in right while they were fixing dinner. He made them put it away and took them to the gym to exercise. He did not want them to associate there loss with food. That hit home with me. I know I self medicate with food and that is the main thing I have to overcome to keep this weight off."

So get back to what you know is right Michelle. I know how hard it is but we can do this.

10-27-2006, 02:38 PM
HOWIE...Thank you for your kind words. I know it is so hard to stay on track during a time like this, but I also know that I do not want to put my pounds back on, that were so hard to get off in the first place! I watch the Biggest Loser also, and I did see that episode, and you're so right, that makes great sense! Thank you for bringing that to my attention, and again, thank you for your kind words.:hug:

10-27-2006, 02:52 PM
Your welcome. That is what this place is for. Kind words when needed and harsh ones when appropriate. We all can do this if we stick together.

10-27-2006, 05:39 PM
Michelle, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm so glad you're posting on the boards and getting the support and encouragement you need to stay on track with your weight loss. You've already come so far!

Howie, I'm glad to see you back on this thread! Your stats are so inspiring to me, and a little setback certainly doesn't change that. You know how to lose weight (clearly!), so you know what you have to do and you're doing it -- THAT is inspiring too, just knowing that you can get back on track and come here to support and encourage other people too. Someone said on another thread that maintaining is harder than losing, and I think that's probably VERY true.

We can all do this together! Let's post in this thread often...and when we hit that New Year's Goal, we'll just set another one! :grouphug:

10-27-2006, 05:43 PM
I lost my Dad 2 years ago and quickly gained almost 30 lbs. I did this 20 years ago when my real dad died and I believe that's led to the start of my massive weight gain. I am just now getting around to losing some of that weight. Michelle, it's awseome that you have recognized that you are medicating your grief with food. I totally do that. But in the end, it really doesn't help. I think you'd feel a ton better if you medicated with exercise.

:hug: So sorry for your loss.

10-27-2006, 05:59 PM
LISA & SANDI...Thank you both so much for your support and kindness. I'm definitely getting back on track with my exercise, because I also think it will help me with releasing tension that I've been building up. I love this site and I'm so happy I found this thread. I will post often here and keep up with all of you.;) :hug:

10-28-2006, 08:07 PM
Dear Michelle,
I know how you feel and you have my sympathy. Last year I lost my sister and that left me the last one of my immediate family. It threw me for a loop. Even tho there are children and grandchildren, being the last of your family is a stange feeling. I yo yoed some and didn't do my writing. Finally I had a talk with myself and am taking renewed care of my health and my writing and losing the weight.
There are a lot of stages to grief and we'll be here if you need to talk.
Maybe you can kick my can to doing more exercise.:)

10-28-2006, 10:05 PM
CAROL...Thank you for your kind words. That would be a strange feeling to be the last of your immediate family left. What's hard for my sister and I is that it's just the two of us, along with our own families, left out here in Oregon. All of our family, grandmas, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, all live in Iowa, and it would help to be around some of them for support. I miss all of them and wish we were closer, but my sister and I are close and we are out here to be where my mom is. The grieving has its ups and downs, because it hasn't even been two weeks yet since she passed away. The weather also has a lot to do with my moods, because when it's sunny out, it helps out so much!:hug:

10-29-2006, 07:12 PM
:wave: A gloomy day can make a big differance, can't it, Michelle?
Nice you have your sister so close. I have an aunt that I am close to.

I came up to the office to write:write: and to get out of the kitchen.:rolleyes: :eating2:

I need to get back to my Ty-Bow. :exercise: :ebike: My diabetes would be better if I did. :goodvibes

Guess we all have more than one goal. I feel like I can make it all the way now, especially with so many encouraging friends. :grouphug:

Don't forget to take care of you.

10-30-2006, 08:26 AM
Made it through the weekend pretty good. I had my treat meal Friday and then Saturday I made a big batch of chili. Cold weather and soup YUM! Yesterday I made french toast in the morning and had left over chili in the afternoon. Stayed pretty close to my calories on Saturday and Sunday so I'm happy with that.

10-30-2006, 11:19 AM
I made it through the weekend too -- had a piece of birthday cake yesterday, but I planned for it and made sure it fit into my day. Had some movie popcorn Saturday too, but I planned for that as well! I took a nice long walk (70 minutes) on Saturday and did a 40 minute walk/jog Sunday plus some quick all-over strength training. My official weigh-in is tomorrow morning, but I weighed this morning and it said 231, which is a 2-pound loss from last week. I hope it says the same thing tomorrow!

I plan to go to the gym after work and burn some more calories! Just a few more weeks and I should hit my New Year's goal!!

My new goal is to be halfway to goal by my 35th birthday on December 12. I believe if I consistently lose 2 pounds a week, I'll hit it, but we all know you can't always count on consistent weight loss no matter what you do. If I make it, I will have lost 55 pounds total and I'll be halfway to my goal of 165!

10-30-2006, 11:48 AM
I did my goals in 10% increments. Making it to the 50% mark is a big milestone. I know you can do it. I also went hiking this weekend. Went for 1hr hike yesterday. It was beautiful out. Sure is nice to get out and walk it makes me feel so much better. With my new job I have a built in walk routine because I walk to work every day. 1 mile each way. So I know I will at least get 40 minutes of exercise in each weekday.

10-30-2006, 12:15 PM
Howie, I do my goals in all kinds of different ways in my head. :lol: Can you tell I'm obsessed? I probably think about it too much.

When I started this whole thing on July 18, I split up the 110 pounds I want to lose into 4 pieces and set mini-goals based on that. I'm halfway to the second one now, so I'm really starting to think about that halfway point toward the ultimate goal.

When I weigh myself each week, though, I kind of think in terms of "decades," like...what "ten" am I in now? I was in the 270s, then the 260s, then the 250s, etc. It feels so good to reach a new "decade," so that probably keeps me going more than anything. When all is said and done, I will have lost eleven "decades!"

10-31-2006, 04:56 PM
I hit my New Year's goal!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

Wooooooohooooooo!!! I was pretty shocked that I lost 4 pounds this past week, but that got me to 229, which was my original New Year's goal! I'm way ahead of schedule, so that will hopefully make up for any slip-ups I have in the near future (not that I'm planning to, but you never know...)

Now I'm focusing on my Birthday goal, which is to get to 220 by December 12. I should be able to hit it, as long as I can stay away from all the holiday treats that will come my way before then!!

10-31-2006, 05:05 PM
WAY TO GO LISA! Keep up the good work. I know you can make your birthday goal.

11-01-2006, 08:52 AM
Popping head in...

Wow, Lisa! That's great!

11-01-2006, 08:36 PM
Thanks, Howie and Gardenwife!!

Gardenwife, I just noticed how similar our stats are -- same height, same goal and everything!

11-06-2006, 08:18 AM
My weekend went excellent. Since we had the Halloween treats we decided no treats this weekend. I've done really good this week all though I took a peak at the scale and nothing yet. I have until Friday for weigh in though. So I'm hopeful by then there well be a couple pounds gone. I am definitely back in my grove and feeling wonderful. It's funny I always say this but why do I let myself go astray. I know how I feel when I'm eating healthy and it's great. Yet I let myself eat unhealthy and feel like crap. It's like when Paul said in the Bible, 'The things I want to do are the things I don't do, and the things I don't want to do are the things that I do. Well I have finally done the thing I wanted to do the most which is get this weight off. However I still struggle with the old me getting in there and grabbing hold every now and then.

11-10-2006, 09:08 AM
I'm down 3 this week. We have 7 more weeks to the new year. I have 15 more to lose to make it to my revised New Years goal of 243. That's just a little bit more than 2 lbs a week. I think I can handle that. I would really like to see the 230s by then but that might be pushing it. Who knows though.

11-10-2006, 09:35 AM
If you're hopefull, that helps us to stay hopeful too. I'll be tickeled if I can lose the other 9 lbs I have as my New Years goal.

Stepping Out
11-12-2006, 02:20 PM
My short term goals are: 1. To be below 300 for my anniversary (Labor Day..30 years! :dizzy: ); and 2. To be at 275 by year's end!

Well I guess I'm going to have to adjust my goals! :o I weighed in at WW on Thursday last week, and I just got below 300 :carrot: I'd been struggling with my 'trigger foods' but I've been staying 'abstinent' for over a week..one day at a time! ;) I still want to work toward being at 290 by New Years Day. :)

11-12-2006, 10:02 PM
The important thing is to just keep going. Goals are just goals and can be moved further out if need be. I've missed many goals on my journey but I've keep going and the goals were met just at a later point.

11-12-2006, 11:56 PM
What Howie said. :) IMHO, persistence is the key.

11-13-2006, 12:51 AM
:wave: Well since my mom's death almost four weeks ago, I got so down and depressed and just didn't feel like doing anything at all.:( I felt like I really needed to pull myself out if this, because luckily I had only gained two pounds back, but it would have been more if I let it keep going this way. I restarted back OP yesterday, and I'm already feeling better, and I just love all the support and encouragement people give here at 3FC - THANK YOU!!!;) :hug:

11-14-2006, 05:36 PM
:dance: Hi there all!!

I lost 2 lbs.:carrot: Getting closer to my goal.:dancer:

We can do it!!!:grouphug:

11-14-2006, 05:38 PM
You are welcome Michelle-That's why we're here-For each other and ourselves.

11-14-2006, 08:05 PM
Glad to see you are back on plan Michelle. It does have a way of making you feel good.

Good loss Carol. Keep up the good work everyone.

11-19-2006, 05:37 PM
Whatever happened to Dee? Her posts were so inspiring.

11-19-2006, 05:55 PM
Is it too late to jump on the New Years bandwagon?

11-20-2006, 12:15 AM
It's never too late penny. Come on in.

11-20-2006, 08:41 PM
Great - I even made myself a little ticker to keep track. I am going to "weigh-in" either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Sounds kind of odd - because I am actually looking forward to it... I have been doing pretty good with staying on track.


11-23-2006, 08:45 AM
I lost another pound!:carrot:

Thank you all for being here for me and all the other special friends on this great site. God Bless you all.

:thanks1: :thanks2: :turkey: :happ3:

11-23-2006, 09:45 AM

Haven't posted on this thread for quite a while but so far so good for my New Year's Goal! It's coming so quickly!

12-12-2006, 08:29 PM
Hello My friends, Hello-like that song. :)

I have lost 2 pounds. :)

Happy Losing!

12-26-2006, 07:05 PM
I lost 4 pounds!!!!

I reached my New Year's GOAL!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!:carrot: :cb: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :woo: :goodvibes :balloons: :cheer:

I had about 17 to lose to reach the goal when I joined the chalenge. I really feel I'm going to make it now!

I hope we can keep these holiday goals going.

We can all do this. I'm proof of that.

Where is everyone? I know we can - I know we can! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
I need to do more exercising; but, now i feel like doing more. The house is appreciating it. :)

12-27-2006, 10:09 AM
Great job, Old Writer!! :)

12-27-2006, 10:13 AM
20 lbs is a good goal--that's one pound a week.

So.....I would like to be 289 by New Year's.

Good challenge, Howie!

This makes me sad....the day I wrote this, I was 309. Now today I am 326...so I've gained 17 lbs since August. Actually, I've yo-yo'ed, so it looks like it is a net gain. :o

Thank God we can start new every day....

12-27-2006, 07:37 PM
You can do it Jen.
I spent years yo yoing.
Now that I'm 60, I feel like I am finally going to make it.
It's never too late.
I know that being on here has helped the most.

01-01-2007, 04:19 PM
I lost 3 more pounds!!!
I am 3 pounds lower than my goal weight.
What a wonderful feeling!

How did everyone do?
This is the best I've ever done since I've been here.
Thank you for your support.
How about an Easter challenge?
We can do it together.

01-02-2007, 09:38 PM
I did not make my goal. I went on a binge once again and gained. Things are going good now. I did sneak onto the scale last week and I weighed 272. Yuck, that puts me at a 29 lb gain for last year. Oh well this year will be much better. So here we go again! You know that's how life is, you have your ups and downs. As long as the downs outweigh the ups then we are ok. So I have 47 lbs to get to my goal of 225. I think that is doable by my 40th birthday in June. That is 22 weeks to lose 47 lbs.`That is 2.13 lbs per week. I think I can do that. I really do want to be at my goal by my 40th birthday. I know it's just a number but it's important to me to be at goal by 40. I've always been numbers oriented.

01-02-2007, 09:50 PM
I believe in you, Howie! Look at your amazing process so far... Fantastic!

01-04-2007, 06:32 PM
Cool! Howie's back! You'll be fine.

I want to try for 220 by Easter.:flow2: I think that is April 8th. And if it's more than that-hurray!

Wwwwwwe can do it!:grouphug: