Support Groups - 18 weeks until New Years challenge!

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08-23-2006, 12:25 PM
Hi all:

just was looking at my scale and my goals--I would really like to be below 230 by the end of the year--actually my birthday on Dec 16. Looking at how many weeks it is highly do-able. Starting nest monday the 28th there are 18 weeks until the end of the year.

If I lose 2 lbs on average until the end of the year that is 36 lbs. So that would make 216. I know I know--things can slow down. so even if I lose 1.5 lbs that would be 27 lbs and get me down to 225. Anyway--I will try for 216 and any loss will be welcome!

My goal is to work on eating slowly and only eating when I am hungry, stopping when I am full. I also will keep track of all food on Fitday and keep myself around 1800 cals. I want to walk three days a week and swim 2. I want to add pilates and/or weight lifting.

I am weighing in on Mondays--so shall we make next monday the official starting date for this challenge?

Lets support one another to a nice goal for the holidays!


08-23-2006, 01:33 PM
I would love to join you on this journey. We can keep each other accountable. What do you think?

08-23-2006, 04:20 PM
Hi CH--

Yay! I my first buddy!

Good to have you join me--tell me a little about you and your weight loss journey and what you want to do for the next 18 weeks?


08-24-2006, 12:20 PM
I have been thinking about this challenge and my goals and am really excited about the idea of losing 2 lbs per week for the next 18--I think it is really do-able!

The main thing for me will be making sure I exercise regularly and a lot. I am usually good at reducing my food but I dont like to exercise that much--I think this will be key to keeping me going and getting the weight off--and feeling better.

I have plenty of exercise videos at home if I dont feel like going out to exercise--I even have some walking videos. so I really want to get motivated and exercise. I have a knee injury so I have to be careful but there is lots of stuff I can do that wont hurt my knee--I think the walking videos will be okay, the pilates definitely, most of the yoga videos I have will work and if I can get in there, swimming will definitely be okay.

Hope you will join me!

08-24-2006, 12:32 PM
Hi Snow! Alittle about me. I am a mom and a wife. I have a little girl and she just started 1st grade. I also work full-time at an ice cream company :( which has in the past made it very difficult to stick with healthy eating. I LOVE ice cream and if it was calorie free would live on it. LOL!

I was at 150 - 155 when I got pregnant with my DD, and didn't gain too much from having her. I think I was like 160 or something after she was born. When threw me off was eating fast food everyday and not getting any exercise. I gained about 20 lbs over the first year of her life. I was pretty depresssed because her father and I split and I was basically a single mom.

I eventually lost the weight (got back down to about 155 - 160) and met my current husband (married this year), but once the newness of our relationship wore off I went back to my old habits and put the weight back on. So I've been yo-yoing for the last 4 years, but never losing much. Right now I'm up to 183.

My husband is very supportive and is also trying to lose weight.

My #1 concern is eating healthier and getting exercise to have more energy for my DD and husband. I have been a true coach potato over the last year or more. My DD called me on it recently, and that really got my attention. I want to be able to play with her and be in a good mood - eating unhealthy puts me in such a fool mood plus it makes me just want to sit.

I'm reading "You The Owners Manual", and I'm taking baby steps when it comes to exercise because I have a tendancy to over do it.

My goals right now are

1. Finish "You the Owners Manual" by 8/30

2. Revamp my meals completely by 9/1

3. Begin a weekly mother/daughter walk-run starting 8/26

4. Only weigh myself monthly and do measurements monthly

5. Create easy, no-cook meal options for difficult days

6. Lose 30 lbs by New Years!

Are you following any particular diet right now?

08-24-2006, 12:38 PM
We posted at the same time.

My exercise now consists of walking at work (when I can get away from my desk) and walk/jogging on my treadmill at home. I also will start doing a Pilates DVD that I have 1 - 2 times a week. My goal is to walk/jog 3 times a week for the next 2 weeks building up to running. I used to run a lot, so it shouldn't take me too long to get back to it again. Also, after 2 weeks I will begin 1 - 2 days a week of strength training - mostly circuit training with body weight only. I'm pretty lucky to have a fitness fanatic husband, so we have a gym in our garage.

I have to take it easy, and go slow, or else I'll burn myself out.

08-24-2006, 12:44 PM
Hi there:

I was just thinking yesterday that I want to be a certain weight by end of this year. My goal is mighty aggressive, but I am going to shoot for it. I would like to be under 200 lbs by the new year. Yes, that is 41.5 lbs, so I am definitely pushing it, but I really want to achieve it. The scale can say 199.9 for all I care, I just would like to be under 200. So, I am with you on the challenge and I will see it through to the end.

I'll be seeing you guys around!



08-24-2006, 12:47 PM
Hi CH:

I love your little bio--ice cream what a challenge--but think if you can lose weight while working with ice cream, you can learn to resist anything!

I tend to overdo with exercise too then not do anything.

I have been struggling with my weight most of my life--was actually not really overweight in my teens--was around 160 at 5'9 but it was the 70's so if you were not emaciated you were fat. so I think that is what started my vicious cycle--either I was dieting or overeating to make up for dieting as a teen. I cycled between 140 and 160 from age 12-32. Then I just gave up and gained about 8 pounds a year for the next ten years and here I am at 252. I was on Atkins for 11 months last year and lost almost 40 lbs. I then had an extreme stress situation and fizzled on the atkins. The best part is I have not gained back all the Atkins loss--and now want to get back on track for sure.

I love your goals CH--so healthy and motivated!

My plan is basically to eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full--with a back-up of keeping track of all that I eat and trying to keep calories under 1800. I really want to change habits, not just go on a diet that I plan to go off when I am at goal weight. I recently stopped eating in front of the TV and now my hubby and I eat at the table every night.

so here are my goals.

1. Eat mindfully and slowly--put down my food after every bite, eat smaller bites and portions--try to take half of what I normally would with the option of going back for more if I am really hungry.

2. Exercise 5x per week--walk 3x, swim 2x (gardening counts). Stretch and ice everyday. Start adding yoga and pilates as possilbe--dont hurt self--lots of gentle exericise is okay!

3. Weigh once a week and measure once a month.

4. Journal as much as possible at least once a day! Keep track of all food on fitday.

5. Lose at a rate of 2 lbs per week!

08-24-2006, 12:52 PM
Hi Elycia:

that is such a cool goal--I calculated it for you and that is 2.3 lbs per week--a little challenging but do-able! Just stay healthy!

When you get a chance let us know you bio and your goals--welcome!


08-24-2006, 12:56 PM
Hi U2girl!! Your twins are adorable!!! I bet they're a handful.

That is an ambitious goal, but if you set your mind to it you will accomplish it. It looks like you're setting mini goals - that's awesome! I bet meeting those will keep you very motivated.

08-24-2006, 12:57 PM
I was wondering, should we have an accountability check-in like once a week on a certain day to say we've done? What do you think?

08-24-2006, 03:45 PM
I had in mind monday since that is my weigh in day and the official start of the 18 weeks? what do you think?

Also, I think we should check in as much as possible because it really helps!

08-24-2006, 04:43 PM
I think Mondays are great. Yeah, we should also check-in other than that -but I think once a week for progress. I was only planning on weighing in once a month, but I could weigh in weekly and measure monthly.

08-24-2006, 05:42 PM
Of course, CH, you have to choose what works for you in terms of weighing--if once a month works then do it--you could check in on the first monday with your start up weight and then check in on the rest with how you are doing on goals etc.

Whatever works!

08-24-2006, 11:45 PM
Hi Sno and CH. Thanx so much for the warm welcome. I appreciate it! Thanx for the compliment on my little ones CH.

Okay, a little about me. I am 30 years old and I live in St. Louis, MO. I am mother to beautiful twin girls Mya and Mia. They are 9 months old and the joy of my life. During my pregnancy, I gained 80 lbs. Three weeks post partum, I lost 46 lbs and I was so excited. However within 3 months, I had gained much of that back and I feel horrible. I don't like the way I look or feel and I know something has to be done.

I just really got started last Monday. My resolve is very strong to stick to it and lose this weight. My main motivation is my daughters. I don't want them to eat all of the junk food that I eat and I want to be able to keep up with them. With all of this weight I cannot do that. Plus I just want to look and feel better. So that is me. Oh yeah, I am married to the love of my life for the past 7 years and he needs to get off some weight too. I have been trying to prepare healthier meals for all us. My main problems are fast food and soda pop. I have not had either since last Monday and it feels great!

Regarding checking in, I think we should check in as much as possible. Keep the thread active and keep each other motivated. I will try to check in daily to keep the thread going. We need as much support as we can get. My weigh in day is every Wednesday. I hope to have a loss next weigh in. Well, I better get going. I look so foward to getting to know everyone better and being of support to each other.


08-25-2006, 10:31 AM
Hi Elycia:

thanks for sharing and am glad you are planning on checking in every day--I think it really helps to affirm what we are doing each day and analyze where we have done well and where we need to improve.

Congrats on cutting out the junk food and sodas--I know that is hard!

Perhaps one of the things we can do to prepare for starting on Monday--tho I know we have all started already:

What are the big motivators to losing weight right now?

For me:

1. My knee problems would be much better if I were lighter
2. Overall mobility
3. Fitting into cute clothes--I want to shop at the Gap!
4. Overall health--I want to stay healthy!
5. Tight airplane seats--went on a trip this summer and it was very uncomfortable flying!
6. Thighs rubbing together
7. Cute clothes again!
8. Not obsessing about food--getting that priority straight.
9. Feeling lighter

08-25-2006, 12:29 PM
Hello everyone:

Just checking in...okay my motivations.

1) My daughters. I cannot stand the thought of my daughters eating so much junk food, like i DID. Plus I don't want them to see me this way. If I get this weight off in the next year or so, they will not even remember "fat mommy".

2) My Health. I know that I cannot keep this weight on and expect it not to have repurcussions in the next 10 years on so. The excess weight has to be putting unnecessary pressure on all of my joints, my heart, my lungs, everything. I need to be around a long time for my husband and daughters, so the weight has got to go.

3) Vanity. Like you Sno, I want to wear nice clothes. Form fitting clothes. Not the tents and sacks i wear now. I am so tired of rubber waisted pants and shorts. I am so tired of wearing the same thing over and over. I want to shop at The Limited again and Gap sounds great too!

I remember the days of just going to a store and buying something off the rack and it looked great on me! Not anymore. These days, I hate to pass a mirror. That will change though. My goal weight is 147, so I have a ways to go, but I plan on seeing it through and keeping the weight off this time. Even if I get pregnant again, I don't ever want to see the 200's again!

Well, that is my main motivations. I'll see you guys later on. BTW Sno, I think this check-in is a great idea. The Christmas one is too huge and besides, I love the thought of bringing in the new year with a new bod! :D



08-25-2006, 01:53 PM
Hi Ladies!!! I agree about checking daily - I will do my best. It's hard to check in at work sometimes, but if I can't do it first thing in the morning at work then I will at home that evening.


1. Be healthier & more fit to keep up with my DD

2. Be more fit (and thin) to be able to keep up with my husband (he may be almost 40, but he has the drive of a 20 year old ;) )

3. Be healthier so that my moods will be better - when I don't eat well & don't get exercise my moods are crap

4. Set a positive example for my DD. She's slightly overweight for her age, and I know it's because of her eating (I don't enforce veggies like I should :carrot: ) and I get lazy and make things like chicken nuggets and hot dogs too much!

5. FIT INTO CUTE CLOTHES!!!! I miss so much shopping for clothes and actually liking the things that fit me. I'm not obese, I know, but my rear end is quite large and those low rise jeans just don't look good on me. (at least not yet :) )

6. Food - I also obsess about food. I'm an all or nothing kind of person, and I need to break that habit. I need to learn that 1 piece of cake does not give me license to eat half and a whole pint of Haagen-Dazs. I need to learn moderation and eating to live instead of living to eat.

I'm glad that we're doing this together. I'll check in later. Bye!!

08-25-2006, 05:56 PM
Wow, Sno and CH, I am so excited!! We all have very similar motivations and I think they are great motivations! We are going to be great examples and be in those CUTE CLOTHES before we know it. I think by mid summer of 07, I will be very happy with the way I look and feel.

Regarding my eating plan. I am suppose to be following points, but I am not doing it for some odd reason. For the past 1.5 weeks, I have just been religiously logging everything into Everything that goes in my mouth. That along with my goal of working out a minimum of 5 days per week. I basically do indoor workouts. I have a nice collection of workouts and I love to do them. So that is how I get my activity. I think I will just keep doing that until it stops working. It has been working great for me so far.

There will probably be a few more of us as the new year draws closer. You know how people seem to wait until the last minute. :) On December 1st, everyone will realize that they want to lose 30 lbs by January. :lol3:

Well, I will talk to you guys later.


08-25-2006, 08:13 PM
Today has been great - eating wise. I've been stressed though and it's causing me to 'think' about food too much. I don't feel hungry like I normally would whem I'm stressed, so that's a plus. I'm hoping that a nice productive weekend will get rid of this stress.

I've decided to modify my exercise goals alittle.

My exercise goals are

1. Walk 30 minutes everyday (at work either use 30 minutes of my lunch or use my two 15 minute breaks) and on the weekends go for a walk w/ DD or DH

2. Do 1 day a week of strength training - no more than 1 hour

3. Jog or jump rope 3 times a week (30 min for jogging and 15 min for jumping rope)

4. Do pilates 1 - 2 times per week (I have a great 20min pilates tape)

I just got my DD's soccer game schedule, and starting 9/9 she will be playing every Saturday until mid-November. I will have to plan and prepare my meals on those days ahead of time.

I'm about to leave work - I'll check in with you ladies tomorrow. Have a great Friday night!

08-26-2006, 08:22 AM
Hi Ch and Elycia:

I had this weird day yesterday--but it ultimately worked out well so I cant complain. I was going to drop of my car to get it worked on and my friend was going to pick me up and we were going to hang out and go to lunch.

Well anyway it was a big communication fiasco so I ended up waiting while my car got fixed--3.5 hours. In our town the best thai food is in a donut shoppe right next to my car repair guy. so I went there and had a really nice chili and mint leaf chicken--try figuring the calories on that! And then I had a donut and a cup of tea.

Pros--I had exactly what I wanted--the food was delicious, I ate very very slowly.

Cons--I was way full when I finished. I also was kinda rewarding myself for the bummer of being stuck there. I want to stop rewarding myself with food.

One of the really good things I did yesterday was that night I didnt eat dinner--not because I was punishing but because I just wasnt hungry. When I did get a little hungry I had a can of tomato juice and some carrots and celery.

I figure if I can balance things out like that, then having a splashout every once in a while will not throw my whole plan off.

:) I notice we are all interested in clothes!

I have to say I dont wear tents etc even tho I am big. I recently bought two really cute pairs of jeans--one is by Baby Phat and the other at Lane Bryant. I got them altered to fit my shape--I am one of those wide hips,small waist types. Anyway I get lotsa compliments on both of these jeans.

Plus, I went shopping at Ross and Macys and found really cute stuff in my size last week. I find it motivating to look as good as possible even though I am not my goal weight--I am not getting tons of clothes because I know I will not be at this weight forever.

I guess what I am saying is that we should not "weight" to look cute--looking cute is motivating by itself!

Yes, I miss buying stuff at limited and gap but I still want to look nice!

Also I want to say how motivating I find reading both of your goals and your thoughtful posts.

I have a really good feeling about our little group. I think it is going to be very successful!

08-26-2006, 08:43 AM
BTW--I didnt know there was an Xmas challenge--I almost made this one then I thought about the 18 weeks thing and also that some people dont celebrate Xmas etc. Oh well.

I want to add a new goal--I think I will repost all my goals on Monday when we have our official start date:

Eat at least 7 portions of veggies a day!

:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

08-26-2006, 03:52 PM
Hi Ch and Elycia:

Elycia suggested we extend the invite to those on the Chicks up for a Challenge forum, which I did not know existed!

Just letting you know I put the invite in over there. So we may, or may not get some more people coming in sooner or later.

Anyway--I am pumped and cant wait for my weigh-in on monday and re-affirming my goals.

Have a great week-end you two!


08-26-2006, 07:40 PM
Hello ladies:

Sno, I saw your invitation over at the Challenge board. That was great! I'm still doing pretty good with the goals I set out for this week. I joined a 7 day challenge in which I committed myself to drink 1 liter of water per day, no pop and no fast food. Today is day 6 and I have stuck to it all days so far. I am glad that I joined that challenge because today I was tempted to go get something from a restaurant, but since I don't want to spoil the challenge, I am not going to.

I hope that you guys are having a great day and I will see you guys tomorrow.

Oh yeah, I meant to comment on your day the other day. You know I think that alot of times we get so obsessed with "eating right" that we forget that it is okay to eat what we choose sometimes. But the point is we make a choice, not just randomly making poor food choices. Definitely don't beat yourself up about it. Just continue on as you have and make the next meal or day count.

Well, I gotta run!


08-26-2006, 08:01 PM
hi girls, i think that i may just jump on board also. i am a 39 yr old mother of two (ds-14, dd-10) and wife. i never had a weight problem until i had my first child. when i got married i was a size 4-6 which at 5ft. 7in. was way too thin but i was very active. i would like to be 175 by the new year which would put me withing 15 lbs of my goal weight. that would mean that i would need to loose around 1.6 lbs a week.
i think that the monday weigh in is great. i can't wait to get started and cheer you guys on!!

08-26-2006, 10:12 PM
" I joined a 7 day challenge in which I committed myself to drink 1 liter of water per day, no pop and no fast food. Today is day 6 and I have stuck to it all days so far."

Great Job Elycia--sometimes a lot of short term goals help form the long term ones!

"we get so obsessed with "eating right" that we forget that it is okay to eat what we choose sometimes."

Exactly--that is what I am working on--creating space for eating exactly what I want and just keeping it within reasonable bounds. The part that i critiqued was that I was too full when I finished--that is another habit I am working to break. But like you say--I made it up at the next meal. It was hard to figure my total calores but I was around 2000 which is not bad for a "free" day.

Trob--welcome, welcome! It was cool to hear your story. Being active definitely is key to your weight loss. Your goals sound fabulous. If you get a chance work on your goals for the next 18 weeks and post them on Monday--look forward to losing with you!:smug:

Get n healthy
08-26-2006, 10:25 PM
I will join you all in this challenge. My personal goal is 238. 31 will be tough but that is a good personal goal, that weight was a memorable one and i will be happy if i can reach it as a stepping stone to my longterm goal.

08-26-2006, 10:37 PM
Hi Stacy:

what a pretty dragonfly and celtic icon. Look forward to losing with you--when you get a chance here's what we've done so far--told the history of our dieting, made lists of what motivates us to lose right now and we are working on our goals.

Monday we will all check in after weighing in--it is our official start day and hopefully we will all be able to make that our weigh-in day, and then we will affirm out goals. Some of us have made the committment to check in every monday and review how our week went. Actually checking in every day is even better to make sure we are thinking about our goals.

I just know we are going to have a great time reaching our goals and learning a lot about ourselves along the way--and making friends who are on the same path--it is much easier when you share the pain and the successes!


08-27-2006, 10:17 AM
I want to join in on this challenge!!
I posted on the other thread first...where are we supposed to be posting.

OK so here are my goals:

1) I want to lose 30lbs over the next 18 weeks. I am starting at 187, so my goal weight is 157.

2) I would like to get my body fat% into the 20% range, currently my body fat % is 40.5%

My motivation is simply I want to get healthy BEFORE the New Year!! I am doing this for myself and no one else.

08-27-2006, 12:52 PM
Welcome--yes you are supposed to post here--none of us really keep tabs on the other site--tho maybe I will check it a few times to herd people over here.

Great to hear from you--I love your focus on health--it is so important--losing weight can be an unhealthy process, both physically and mentally if you dont do it right!

08-27-2006, 01:54 PM
Welcome bopis21, Get n Healthy and trob!!!! It is great to have more people join this challenge. It will be great to get to know you.

I'm very excited for tomorrow's official weigh-in. I had an early weigh-in today and I am down 4 lbs!!! I just started this week, so I know it's mostly water and stuff getting flushed from my system, but it feels really good to be getting going.

Sno - I think that your attitude towards food is great! I think it is important to choose your food - whatever it is. I think just taking responsibility for your choices makes it easier to say "I had xxxx but that doesn't mean that my diet is not working, I made the choice". I also have had that struggle, so when I plan to have something it feels better than than eating it just because. My favorite things are coffee and chocolate, so I still have my coffee every morning, but I use Splenda and FF creamer. I also have about 1 oz. of a 71% chocolate bar (form Tjs) just about every day.

Yesterday I went for a walk with my DD and DH, and then took DD to the park to practice soccer for alittle while and let her play. It was really nice. I have been telling her for the last 2 months that we would go on walks every weekend, but this is the first time I've followed through. I'm really glad I did.

I didn't get any other exercise yesterday, so I will get a run in today.

I'm off to read some more of my book so I can learn, learn, learn!!! Talk to you all soon!

08-27-2006, 03:34 PM
I would like to get in on this as well. I am a mother of three 15, 13, 11, with a husband who never gains an ounce. Two of the children are like the husband. The doctor suggested that i should increase their calories especially the 13 year old boy as he is growing quickly. I would like to lose 18 lbs by New Years. That would put me at 192. Obviously my biggest challenge is to avoid the calorie rich foods I am feeding others in my house.

My goals are to say no to seconds and to walk for a half hour 5 days a week and not eat the same meals as my family.

08-27-2006, 06:12 PM
Wow, what an inspiring thread :) I too am busy like most on here and so look forward to the support I can give and recieve here.

I am up for the challenge! I have made a promise to myself (again) to really work to get in shape!

Here's what I have set out as my plan thus far:

I will get my gym membership going tomorrow.
I will keep my calories eaten daily between 1,800-2,000.
I will burn 300+ calories in cardio per day, at least 5 days a week.
I will eat healthy, whole foods and take my time to enjoy each bite.
I will NOT eat after sundown.
I will plan ahead and be sure I have healthy foods with me for work and school.
I will prepare the same healthy foods for my family as I enjoy.
I will set a goal of losing 30 pounds by January 1, 2007.

08-27-2006, 09:09 PM
Card--Lovely to hear from you--I think it must be really hard to be the only one dieting--tho I have been there--all through my dieting last year I had to watch my husband crunching chips and eating cereal when I wasnt eating any of that--it was really hard but I also felt that I was learning to be stronger.

Yogini--I really like your goals! I like how you put them. I know it is hard sometimes to forgive/trust ourselves for all the times we have promised and failed to work on our food issues but it doesnt mean we should stop trying!

Ch--thanks for the props--I am really working on my attitude towards food. I have been so screwy about it--and inconsistent so I am really working having the attitude that I feel is the most mentally and physically healthy for me.

08-27-2006, 09:48 PM
This is my very first post and I'm so excited to have run across your challenge! My goal is to "run" with you in this challenge. I hope to lose 5 pounds per month up until January 1st. I will start walking again and watch my intake. I need words of encouragement and the accountability of a weekly weigh in. See you soon.

08-28-2006, 01:59 AM
Hi I'd like to join the challenge too. The last time I weighed I was 159 and would like to get to 138 eventually. I usually eat moderate lowcarb, but I've had some weird stomach thing for 3 weeks and have just eaten carbs the whole time. Today I caught up on all the chocolate I've missed out on all month. Oh lord, I was bad. I'm gonna weigh in tomorrow. :(

My dr said I might be having an appendicitis, I haven't been exercising at all for most of this month. That's one of my goals.

18 Week Goals
1. walk 30 min/day
2. yoga everyday
3. stick to 20 carbs/day (most of the time, except I'm eating yogurt this week for my tummy).

I'd like to hear what plans you all are doing.

08-28-2006, 02:09 AM
I just read through the thread again. You guys are so inspiring. I noticed everyones mentioning clothes as a motivation. Its been so long since I've even gone shopping. I'm in between the large womens sizes and regular. I no longer think of buying clothes as a happy activity I would want to do. That's another goal: become a normal woman that loves shopping! :p

08-28-2006, 09:09 AM
Wow, so nice to see all of your that joined. This will be a great group and we will be ringing in the new year, looking a feeling so much better. :)

Golfalot, glad to have you. Look forward to getting to know you better over the next 18 weeks. :)

Card and Yogini, Great goals! I look forward to working alongside you guys to get to our goals by the time the new years hits! :)

Nawchem, great active goals. I am glad that you found the posts inspiring. That is definitely what we need to keep us encouraged for the next 18 weeks. :)

Well, I am weighing in at 241.5. I hope to have a loss next week. I have to run to work, so I have to keep this short and sweet, but I promise to catch up later.



08-28-2006, 09:47 AM
Monday Morning Weigh In
So I am starting this 18 week challenge at 187 and I would like to lose 30lbs and get my body fat % into the 20's.

Good Luck to everyone.
I am looking forward to ringing in the New Year healthiet and happier

08-28-2006, 11:30 AM
I know I am kinda behind the rest of you but I would like to join your challenge. I am 35, married, two kids. As of this morning I weighed in at 181.5. By the end of the year I would like to be at least 160. As far as goals go, that is a mild one. I have problems dealing with slow losses but trouble attaining fast ones. I don't have much time to write today but I weigh in on Mondays so expect to hear from me next Monday.

08-28-2006, 12:04 PM
Hi everyone!!! I weighed in at 179.6. Today is going to be crazy - we're doing an ice cream photo shoot. My goal today is to just say no. The photographer always has treats all over when we go, and they always order an indulgent lunch. I'm bringing my veggies, a fruit and a yogurt incase there are no healthy snacks today. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will at least be a salad with lunch today. I'll bring a can of tuna just incase, but I'm hoping I wont need to eat it.

I'll check in later and say hi to everyone then.

Get n healthy
08-28-2006, 01:24 PM
Daily Goals:

1. Stay under 1500 cals everyday, eating protien with each meal.
2. At least 30 minutes of exercise a day and record it on fitday.
3. Drink water, lots of water.
4. 32 pounds by new years.

08-28-2006, 04:35 PM
That ice cream photo shoot sounds so funny to me. Man how do you work there?

I weighed in at 160 and got my walk done first thing this morning. Tummy still not doing well so I will try to keep my cals to 1200. I cut out the gatorade, not sure that will make a difference, will eat bananas for potassium.

18 Week Goals started 8/28/06 160.0
1. walk 30 min/day
2. yoga everyday
3. stick to 20 carbs/day (most of the time, except I'm eating yogurt this week for my tummy).

08-28-2006, 05:13 PM
Hi everyone I would like to join the challenge for New Year's. It will be a good way to make it through the holidays. I am starting today at 183.

1. Lose 30 pounds
2. Exercise 4-5 times a week
3. Learn to like vegetables

08-28-2006, 05:16 PM
Hi all:

sorry to login so late--I have had a busy morning.

I have been trying to figure out how to calculate my goals--TOM always messes up my weight loss and I have PMS and bloat already. Oh well--I will set high goals and if I do half of it, I will feel good!

I will eat mindfully and slowly--put down my food after every bite, eat smaller bites and portions--try to take half of what I normally would with the option of going back for more if I am really hungry. Calorie goal--1700.

I will work up to exercise 5x per week--walk 3x, swim 2x (gardening counts). Stretch and ice everyday. Start adding yoga and pilates as possilbe--dont
hurt self--lots of gentle exericise is okay!

I will weigh once a week and measure once a month.

I will Journal as much as possible at least once a day! Keep track of all food on fitday. Check in with this forum daily!

I will lose at a rate of 2 lbs per week!

I will be at 218 by January 1, 2007!

I am so pleased to meet all of you and hear your goals--hopefully we will hear more from everyone and learn more about you as the week goes on--I will put a little chart below:

CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 42
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36
Nawchem-will change behaviors

Please forgive if I missed anyone or I got your goals wrong--and let me know how to correct them! At the end of the day I will send all of these powerful goals out to the universe and get things moving!

08-28-2006, 05:24 PM
[QUOTE=nawchem;1386997]That ice cream photo shoot sounds so funny to me. Man how do you work there?

It is very hard especially because I love ice cream. The one thing that I think will help me now is that I've realized that I have some type of allergy to most dairy. I'm not lactose intolerant according to a Dr., but I do have severe digestive reactions including bloating and water retention. I also just don't feel good when I'm downing a whole pint of Haagen-Dazs in a day :?: Since I've been reading "You the owners manual" I've become more aware of the effects food have on my body. I am also more motivated to do something about it - I want to be around for my DD as long as possible.

So far the photo shoot is going really well. I have not indulged in ice cream or any of the other 'goodies' (aka chocolate cake, pot stickers or bagels). I brought some veggies, yogurt and almonds. I ordered a veggie & chicken Thai dish plus a house salad with light dressing. I got very full and I am certain that it was 90% healthy. :)

I did indulge last night though. DH and I went out to eat and I had a drink which was more like a milkshake than an alcoholic beverage - I was paying for it this morning (I felt like a water ballon). I did have a chicken salad for dinner though and skipped the appetizers and soda. I think my day yesterday balanced out.

I did not fit my exercise in this weekend or my daily walk on Sunday. I need to make time for that first thing in the morning from now on - so I have no excuses later in the day. Today I have Open House at DD's school, so I will have to figure out a way to fit in a run tonight.

Talk to you later!!!

08-28-2006, 05:54 PM
Snowbrocade, thanks for making a list!

I see that I am not the one who has set out the highest goal for myself (a pitfall I have often fallen into in the past) but I will certainly be happy if I lose more than the 30 I have set out for myself.

08-28-2006, 09:32 PM
day we go!!!
my motivation is my daughter. she is 10 years old and considered at risk for a weight problem. i don't want her to look in the mirrow when she is my age and feel the way i do.

walk at least 10,000 steps 5 days a week
drink water with every meal (try for 64 oz a day)
100 curnches 5 days a week
keep a food journal (

08-28-2006, 10:17 PM
Okay I am sending all of our goals out into the universe and we are on our way!

Good point, Yogini--I tend to set higher goals than I can attain but at the same time why not aim higher? Any weight lost will feel good to my body. And for me I feel hope at the idea of losing this amount. The crux is not to get down when things dont go smoothly--I am a big yo-yo loser--I will lose a bunch one week, then gain back a few,then lose a few, then plateau, then back to the beginning.

Great goals trob--100 crunches--wow!

08-28-2006, 10:30 PM
Hello everyone:

Hey there Bopis, I missed you earlier. Welcome to the group! Good to see ya! :)

Nawchem, I was looking at your goals? Your goals say walking & yoga everyday. Do you mean 7 days per week? I was just wondering. So glad to have you here. :carrot:

Before, I hear ya on having problems with slow losses and attaining fast loss. Sometimes it seems like your body just wants to hold on to the weight. Definitely post as regular as you can. You don't have to wait to post 1x per week. We would love to hear from you as often as you can. :)

CH, I couldn't imagine an ice cream photo shoot. :) Wow, you are awesome to bring in your own treats and veggies. That is wonderful and attests to the fact that you really want to reach your goal. That's great and very encouraging. Great job! :)

Getnhealthy, those are some very good goals. You are off to a healthier you and that is wonderful! So glad to have you on board. :cb:

Dollypie, that is so cute. "Learn to like vegetables". :) I know that for me it is definitely an acquired taste. Since I have been trying to eat healthier, I have incorporated a few more veggies into my eating plan. Still, I can only do green beans, broccoli, lettuce and corn. :) Anyways, great goals and I am glad that you are joining us.

So I am one of the high losers. :D Well, that is okay. I am determined to lose this weight and will not stop until I reach my goal. There have been several times that I have gotten on the scale and been so discouraged because I have been working my tail off and the scale didn't want to budge, but I just can't stop. I HAVE to lose this weight. It's not an option for me to keep this excess weight on me. You know, I visualize myself thinner and everytime I do, it makes me smile. That tells me something.

Sno, I have heard and read about chewing slower and how that helps so that you won't eat as much. That's great! You have some very good goals there and you sound so positive. You have a great attitude about your weight and your goals. I am very excited about this group and I feel that we will succeed. If we don't necessarily reach our weight goals, we will be much healthier in the end and isn't that really what this is all about? :) I keep record of what I eat on fitday everyday as well. It is a tremendous help! It is accountability in and of itself because you don't want to log a whole bunch of fattening foods. Sticking to Fitday has been a huge help for me.

Trob, so good to see you. Isn't it something how our children can be such a motivation? My daughters really help me to be motivated. We just want what is best for them and to be the best example. That's great! Look forward to hearing more from you. :)

Well, I got my workout in this morning. I did Calorie Killer by the Firm. Toughie! Anyways, I did all of it with modifications of course. I am aiming for 5 days per week working out. I have decided to focus on weight lifitng and cardio, because I feel that will do the best for me and will help me to look my best as I shrink. :)

Well, you ladies have a wonderful, wonderful evening. I will see you in the morning. Everyone be strong and keep your determination and remember this:

You are not alone in your battle to get more healthy. It's not about being a size 6 or being able to run a marathon. It's about feeling good about yourself no matter what size you are. I got that from a book I am reading and I thought it was so nice, I wanted to share with you guys.

Hang in there!

08-29-2006, 12:13 AM

I did it--attained all my goals today--calories were 1722, I was feeling sluggish--it was a hot one today--and decided I would walk anyway--waited until it was cooler and went outside and walked around the house and around the property--took a timer in my pocket to make sure I did 30 minutes--it was almost dark when I finished but I did it!

Oh, one more thing--I will need to measure. will do that now.

It was a great first day losing with all of you! And attaining health--keep it up ladies--i want to hear how it went.


08-29-2006, 11:08 AM
Good morning everyone:

Wishing everyone a Terrific Tuesday! I just got my workout done. I did Express Cardio. Phew! That was tough, but I am glad I got it in. If I don't get it in early in the morning, I can almost forget it.

Sno, so nice to see you did so well yesterday. Good job!

I will check in a little later with everyone to let you know how Day 2 went. Day 1 was quite successful. I ate a little fewer calories than I really wanted to, but that is okay, I plan to do better today. The problem is I do Fitday kinda backwards. I put the food in after I eat it and then when it is time to prepare dinner, I find that I have like 600 or 700 calories left. I don't want to eat that many calories at the end of the day. So, I end up eating 1200 for the day or something. I need to plan my meals out a day in advance because preferably, I want 1500 calories per day.

Everyone, PLEASE POST as often as you can. It helps you to feel bonded with the group and gives you some accountability and also it helps everyone else to hear your ups and downs, tips etc. for encouragement. It's the best way for us to be truly successful and reach our New Year's Goals!

Well, everyone, have a wonderful day and I will see ya later.


08-29-2006, 12:39 PM
Okay, I got my run in last night - yay for me!!! I wasn't sure it was going to happen. I decided to try to make Shephards Pie for my DH - something he's been asking me to do for a while. He said it came out okay - just needs some more seasoning and different veggies. I'm glad I finally did it.

I need to add this to my goals:

(?)# Determine tasks that you've been procrastinating and finally do them!!!

It felt really good to check that off my list.

I have been struggling to find a way to fit in a 30 minute walk everyday at work, but I think I have the solution. I will take my 2 - 15 minute breaks and walk then. This way I can break it up and get away from my desk twice a day for sure, also I can still walk during my lunch if there's time.

I have to go - boss will be here soon. I'll check in this afternoon. Bye!

08-29-2006, 01:00 PM
I'm new :) But I want to join! I have 30 pounds to go before the new year!

08-29-2006, 02:41 PM
HI Everyone!

I had a bad night sleeping last night so didnt go swimming at 730 this morning. Will go for a walk at the beach later, I think for exercise.

Oops--I just remembered, need to measure.

Last night I decided, kinda like you Elycia, that I need to plan my meals in advance because sometimes it does get kinda top heavy towards evening. So I sat down with fitday and figured out exactly what I would want to eat today both from enjoying my food perspective and eating healthy--I came up with five meals--or three meals and two snacks--and my total is 1625. I am on a tight budget so I have peanut butter for lunch--but that is okay.

I just read a log from a woman who lost 100lbs in one year by counting calories--keeping them around 1400 and walking 30 minutes a day. I am going to keep mine as high as possible and still lose because I dont want to lower my metabolism. So I will keep to 1700 until I stop losing and then slowly lower.

Now off to my late breakfast!

Everyone have a magical day--we are doing wonderful things for ourselves that will greatly benefit our health and well being.


Get n healthy
08-29-2006, 03:26 PM
Oh Sno, I can TOTALY relate to TOM throwing you off. I am so glad it is not just me who feels like they really only get an accurate scale reading one week out of the month. The week before i am bloating, the week during i am lazy, the week after i am just slow to lose for some reason. So that leaves one good week, ha ha. Ok, maybe i am exaggerating but that is sure what it feels like. BTW, you have my goal at 42, that is a wonderful goal but i think mine is supposed to be 32. That would be 1.7 per week.
Does anyone have a weigh in day, then the day after it you are 2 or 3 pounds heavier for DAYS in a row? I do this every week. It always makes me a nervous wreck until weigh in day. I know everybody fluctuates but mine always seems to fluctuate UP. I am up 3 pounds since weigh in. Now grant it, i weigh in on friday, and i eat some resturant food over the weekend but i was just wondering if everybody went up after the weekend? Or a weigh in?

08-29-2006, 05:18 PM
Yes--I can relate--like I am already PMS two weeks before and bloated, so that is two weeks that I will be yo-yo and then the week itself. So yes--for me the week after my period I can say I have a good weigh in--but I may be partly at fault for all the salt I eat--I love it!

I think I fixed it--is that right?

CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36
Nawchem-will change behaviors
********---will lose 30

Welcome ********--you must have posted at the same time as me--tell us what your goals are for eating and behavior? And if you can your weight loss story!:smug:

Get n healthy
08-29-2006, 09:48 PM
Did good today. Small little NSV was that i was REALLY not into exercising today. No motivation what so ever. So i did a pilates tape and put about half effort into it. I decided that was not going to cut it, i was not going to let myself off that i took the kids and the dog on a nice long walk. They rode bikes while i walked the dog. That did it, now i feel better.

Water was good. Food was a little higher than i would have liked at almost 1500 but not above my max for the day. I just like to save the 1500's for the weekend. i strive for 1300-1400 during the week. but today was definately not a bust. Plus i am not even really sure about my lunch calories. I had some thai meal, i dont know how to even guess. I know it was a small portion but i just tried to find some stuff that was similar and average it out, i am thinking 560 for chicken and rice noodles that i had for lunch but who knows. I am happy with today.

08-29-2006, 11:15 PM
Hello ladies:

So nice to see you checking in and letting us know how your day was. Nice NSV Getnhealthy. Great job on the long walk. I know sometimes you may not feel like it at first, but you feel so much better when you get it in. Great job!

Sno, hope you are having a great day! I am getting ready to log in to Fitday and take care of everything there. I think overall today was a good day.

CH, glad to see ya and doing so well. Getting a run in ~~ Yay! It is so good that you are scheduling your day to get activity in. The books say that you should do that in order to make sure that you get some in everyday.

Welcome Isa. :welcome2: So happy to have you join our group!

Well, I gtg. I will check-in in the morning to say hello to everyone.



08-30-2006, 01:07 AM
I'm not sure why, but I've had the worst headache today. I think it might be my body getting used to eating healthy and gettin rid of toxins. I cut out diet sodas last week kind of unofficially and I guess it could be that.

Today has gone so well. I cooked a turkey roast (giant turkey breast) and it wasn't going to be done until late so I decided to make this shrimp stir fry from TJ's. The seasoning that came with it was full of salt, so I just put in some onion and garlic powder and a tiny bit of salt and pepper. It was awesome!! It was barely 200 calories, 1.5g fat and 25g protein. The best part was that it only took 10 - 15 minutes. I will definately keep those in the freezer for emergencies.

I'm so happy with how i am doing. The challenge for me is to continue on this path when obstacles come - they always do. I think one of the keys is to keep easy, healthy things in the freezer. I plan on cooking atleast one extra meal a week besides keeping the TJ's stir fry. My other obstacle is giving in to peer pressure and eating unhealthy food to 'fit in'. The biggest time when this happens is family gatherings. We always spend holidays with DHs family and they are eaters. My past answer to this was bringing my own meals pre-packaged which caused a great deal of attention (and then made me stressed and pressured). My new fix is to make 1 or 2 healthy and yummy dishes but to also (sparingly) eat some of the other food. These are some additional goals, but I think that these changes will help make this a life change and not just a diet.

Hi Issa!! I can't wait to hear about your goals and motivation!

Sno - It must be in the air because I also didn't sleep. I couldn't get my pilates done

08-30-2006, 02:43 AM
weighing in a little late, tough day at work yesterday so i just came home and slept. On the up side you can't snack while you are sleeping. So I started yesterday morning at 209. That's two weeks with no weight loss, however, I was a good girl today, only meals, no snacking and all healthy meals, I missed my walk, but did a lot of housework, that has to count for something.

08-30-2006, 03:02 AM
CH4Health, I am WITH you on keeping easy things in the freezer to avoid being naughty! I often grab frozen veggies, a can of chickpeas and spice blends and throw a quick meal together when I don't have time for anythign else. Trader Joe's is a great place!

Here's a NSV- I developed a headache at school this evening that felt like a low blood sugar headache. When I left class tonight I resisted going to get something to eat on the way home. 'Bean burrito!' My mind shouted at me. I didn't listen. ;) I came home and had a cup of unsweetened soy milk and some calcium instead :D

I am subbing for another yoga teacher and am teaching a regular Hatha (not plus-sized or recovery) class tomorrow. I feel a little nervous but am excited more than anything.

Best of luck to everyone!

08-30-2006, 09:43 AM
I wanna join in also. I wanna try to lose 40 pounds by New Years. Im new here and would like to get to know some people... I think if we motivate each other and encourage each other...lets do this :carrot: Im excited about doin this... I had lost 30 pounds before and felt great I cant wait to go back to that its such a self esteem booster. I know i can lose more... its a lifestyle not a diet right....

08-30-2006, 10:23 AM
Yep--that is a great way of looking at it--that is why behaviors are so crucial in losing weight,not just a temporary diet!

Welcome to Lachona!

Yesterday was an awesome day--I ended up walking at the beach at around 4--I forgot to look at the clock but it was around 40 minutes. We brought a bag of celery and carrots to munch on the way. Then we went to the farmers market--yum everything is ripe and wonderful. bought some nice tomatoes, grapes, asparagus, cucumbers and peaches. I need to go there more often! Came home and had fish, tomatoes, and cucumbers for dinner. I had more food scheduled on my fit day to eat but I was not hungry and just didnt do it. So cals were a bit low--1417. I drank a lot of water--I have a water bottle that is 32 ounces and I had 4 of those plus two cups of tea.

All in all a success! IT felt very doable.

I put on some beans to soak for dinner last night- we are on a budget so we are eating frugally.

What is NSV?

Ch-good job with the food--I like traders joes stir fry mix--the fresh veggies one--I just add onion and ginger and meat. The turkey breast sounds yum--hope the headache passes!

Card--watch that work stress--it can make it hard to lose weight- I know it is hard to exercise with all that stuff going on but it would help u release some of that stress. I think housework counts--it is pretty strenuous!

Yogini: good luck with the class! And great job resisting the burrito--tho sometimes I have one and include it in my calories--the taco bell one has I think 370 cals.

CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36
Nawchem-will change behaviors
********---will lose 30
lachona---will lose 40

08-30-2006, 10:25 AM
I was just thinking--we have such a highly motivated group here--what do you want to do differently this time?

For me, I am very focusses on changing behavior and eating in a way that I can maintain for life. I want to make this a healthy relationship with food, exercise and my body, not just a quick fix! How about you?

Get n healthy
08-30-2006, 01:41 PM
Sno- I am right there with you. I want to make it a longterm thing, something i can be on for life and feel good about it. I am so jealous you went to a CA farmers market. We have good ones here in TN but when i went to Napa, you just couldnt beat their farmers market.
A NSV is a nonscale victory...someone gave you a compliment, you exercised even though you didnt want to, pants felt looser, anything like that.

CH4- Have you cut out caffiene by cutting out diet sodas? If so, that is probably your headaches. Any kind of change in diet, even lower carbs gives me a headache. Detox is not fun. Oh, i know all about the peer pressure eating you are talking about. Here at my office all the girls eat together and order out EVERYDAY. I end up excluding myself by bringing my lunch or eating somewhere from a healthier alternative. It sucks but it is worth it.

Yogini-Good luck with the yoga teaching. Show them how it is done!

Lachona-WELCOME. 40 pounds by New Years sounds good doesnt it. Mine is 32. You can do it

Hope you all are having a good day. Lots of stress here at work. My normal response is to eat through the stress...not this time. Husband wants delivery pizza for dinner. I told him that is fine. He can eat all the pepperoni he wants. I can just heat a lean cuisine and laugh at all the calories i am NOT going to eat and i will love myself for it in the morning. Pizza is not really that tempting to me until i smell it...come on willpower. I have got to get that scale to move by friday morning, that is my weigh in day. As of this morning i am still UP 2 pounds...what the heck. I go through this every week though. Gotta get back to work.

08-30-2006, 01:46 PM
i feel the same way. I dont want to fall into a fad diet.. I want to do whats right for me... something i can stick to... a permanent change not just a temporary thing... i read in other forums to make it into smaller amounts like...
since im doin 40 in 18 weeks... maybe divide it... into sections like 8-10pounds..

And maybe do food diarys... daily so we can realize where we are goin wrong... Actually im pround of myself today... I have been good... bk I had strawberry yogurt cherrios - great stuff and for lunch - a healthy choice meal... 300 calories... I havent drank much water... buts its still early...

Later I plan to go to the gym and do about an 1hr of excersize.. Im excited... if it was up to me id leave work know n go... but im still here...

talk to you guys later...

08-30-2006, 03:22 PM
So I just came back from swimming--finally--I have been wanting to go for years! The pool is really nice, not crowded, not chlorinated and right next to the ocean so I get all those negative ions. Cant beat it--i feel so relaxed! I am way out of shape--did 10 laps in 25 minutes! But I know I will get it back soon.

Lachona--you sound so motivated--tell us what you are doing to really get motivated now--or if you have time tell us your story of your journey. You might want to try Fitday--I find it indispensable for keeping track of what I eat. Right now I am planning meals the night before and it really helps!

Stacy--good luck with the pizza--and with the stress--stress management is crucial in losing--I know evereating has been one of my primary ways to manage stress. I am substituting images of me walking into the Gap or Limited and picking a pair of pants of the rack--and oops, I need to try the next size down cause they are a little loose, and then buying something gorgeous and hip! That brings my stress right down!

08-30-2006, 05:31 PM
Today has been tough. I started out the day realizing that I was out of my apples that I normally bring for a snack and breakfast, and that I had forgotten to cut up my veggies the night before. So I was late for work, but I did have my veggies! Then when I got to work I had a ton of last minute work to do that had me running all over. I nearly missed my snack, but I found a way to sneak it in. It's hard to eat veggies and fruit when you're running around.

I am proud of myself for resisting eating out. I brought some leftover turkey and broccoli for lunch, but 'really' wanted to toss it and get some Mexican food. Yay!!!! I am crunchin on my broccoli as I type.

I am planning on visiting a hair salon to possibly cut my hair shorter. Right now it's past the middle of my back (when curly - it's naturally spiralled), and I think I may cut it just past my shoulders. I've had it long for the past few yeras, and I'm getting a little tired of it. It's nice, but it's just boring to me now. My DH wont be too happy, he loves my long hair - but that's too bad! :)

Sno - Swimming sounds awesome! I would love to learn how to swim so I could do that. Maybe someday.

Gettin Healthy - I haven't cut out all caffeine, just diet sodas. They leach calcium out of your bones. I know I can't cut out every bad thing from my diet, but I figured this was one good thing that I could easily do. I haven't been to excited about drinking soda anyway. I might still have one from time to time, but it wont be an everyday thing anymore. My husband is not eating very healthy either. Luckily he hasn't brought any fast food in to the house lately, but he doesn't eat most of the food I eat. I made him a shepards pie the other day and it looked so yummy!! Too much saturated fat though. I'm hoping I can get DH to read my book when I'm done.

BTW - I definately will not meet my goal of reading my book by the end of August like I planned - I just haven't had the time to read. I have met my goal of overhauling my meals though.

Have a great day ladies!!! Talk to you later!

08-30-2006, 05:58 PM
Hello Ladies,

I hope everyone is having a great day today!

I had to drive off campus today for a meeting and on the way back I was tempted to stop at McDonald's because it was the most convient. Instead I drove out of the way to get a Subway sandwich full of veggies. I tried spinach on the sandwich with lettuce and it was good. I guess I have found another veggie that I like.

The weather in Texas is so nice today, it should be around 80 this evening. My dog and I will definetly be heading outdoors for a nice long walk.

08-30-2006, 06:31 PM
Hey I'd like to join you all.
I've put on 10 pounds since I was here last and I need to get my butt into gear.
It's the start of Spring here tomorrow and the perfect time for me to recommit myself.
I'd like to lose 20 pounds by the new year so I'm going to work my hardest for that goal.

08-30-2006, 06:48 PM
wow, i have a lot of catching up to do....may take me awhile.
things are going great so far.
keep up the good work everyone!!! (

08-30-2006, 08:54 PM
Hi all
I have to share with everyone that yesterday and today have been very hard. STRESSFUL. I have wanted to EAT>>>>>anything. I put my 18 year old son on a plane and now he belongs to the good old USA. My son has joined the NAVY. It is something he has wanted since he was 4 years old. I am SO PROUD of him but has been hard to give him up. My house is already to quiet. I know I need to devote my time to myself and have promised myself that if he can make it thru 9 weeks of intense training at boot camp....WHY can't I exercise and take care of myself.
I need to get out now and go for my walk. Just needed to vent and get this off my chest. Good luck to all.......keep your chins up and keep on keeping on.

08-30-2006, 11:10 PM
I went out for supper today with a group of girls from work, one of the girls is leaving so it was a goodbye dinner. I only had the salad but i am sure there were way more calories in there than I needed. But i was good the rest of the day, missed my walk again though. I really need to do that tomorrow. I usually walk to work so it's hard to miss but i slept in this morning so car instead. Just made the rest of the family BLTs and didn't have any. I'm patting myself on the back.

Get n healthy
08-30-2006, 11:15 PM
Good evening ladies. Hope you all are doing well. I have overcome not one but two food obstacles today. I am so proud...that scale had better reflect it in a few days too. First of all, someone had the nerve to bring fresh donuts with the choc frosting top, to work....then as if it is not hard enough to know they are there, my coworker comes in with one FOR ME and says, i know your on a diet but i wanted to know if you just wanted a bite. Well, of course i want a bite but no thank you. Victory number one. Then on to dinner. Pizza for the husband. Speghetti squash with no sugar added marinara and salad for me. Victory number two. The funnies part, is that my two kids preferred the squash. They didnt even eat the pizza. My 7 yo dd LOVED shredding it the squash. I was so impressed with their decision. Then amidst MANY distractions, one of which involved a fight with my husband with tears....i STILL managed to get my exercise done...while crying, but still, at least it was done. Determination is my word of the day.

SNO- Good for you for getting a swim in. I am so scared of swimming as an endurance exercise for me. I dont know why, I am a great swimmer, it just seems SO hard to do for a long period of time. Surely if i can do the ellpitical and pilates i can do swimming. I am going to have to try it.

CH4- that is awesome that you resisted the ease of fast food. tell me about it, it is SO hard sometimes to juggle everything AND then cook too.

Dolllypie-Subway is great. I wish they had drive thru. But that is awesome. I know that temptation well. Why is it that the worst fast food place is always on the way home?

Chaarli-Dont feel bad, i have gained 20 since i was here last. I have been back about a month or so and i am loving being back in a healthier place. good year end can do it.

Golfsalot-I will keep your son in my prayers. Dont let idle hands be the calories workshop, ha ha. When i am home and feeling empty, boy oh boy, that is many snacks just waiting to be found. I have to stay busy and keep ONLY healthy options in the house.

Ok, beddie bye time for me guys.

08-31-2006, 02:24 AM
Golfsalot- Keep strong. Think how amazed and surprised your son will be when He comes home and sees you thinner and healthier than when he went away.
I like your attitude 9 weeks of Boot camp for him can be 9 weeks of health camp for you. Keep your focus, keep healthy and you'll do well.

08-31-2006, 03:34 AM
Everyone is doing such a great job...I like that we are all looking to make real LIFESTYLE changes and it's really the only way, because life will keep happening! Children will go off to college or the military, we will have fights with spouses, we will have work temptations and stress and physical discomfort but as long as we make our health and wellness a priority we CAN and WILL succeed!

The yoga class I taught went GREAT! I had only 6 students and it really flowed. Sometimes an intimate class has a really good feel. It felt good to teach again (I haven't taught for several weeks due to a broken bone in my foot).

I went to try on clothes today (Lane Bryant keeps sending me free coupons!) and bought a pair of jeans that is tight so that by the end of this challenge I can be SWIMMING in them ;) My daughter was so cute, she said: 'Get them smaller, Mommy! You're going to lose a lot of weight!' :) She is so supportive. We are going to be working out together at the YMCA a minimum of 3 times per week together and are devoted to eating well. She is a little larger than she'd like to be (10-15 pounds over her ideal healthy proportion) and is really excited about becoming healthier together. I am happy to be helping her develop good habits now so she'll never know what it's like to be a overfat adult.

Keep up the good work, everyone! Keep this thread visible by updating us all on your progress :D

08-31-2006, 10:20 AM
Yogini - That is great that you have a partner in crime.. I think thats whats makes a huge difference...

Snowbrocade -- I think whats motivating me the most was remembering that feeling I had when I lost 3o pounds... I remember it wasnt easy... but doable... It was such a great feeling to like the way my clothes fit... to feel beatiful.. granted I know I am beatiful we all are.... But with all this extra weight i carry around it just depresses me and makes me feel miserable... Im tired of feeling that way... I deserve more... You just have to think positive... And this website is awesome because you need encouragement to continue because it can get really hard at times...

Im proud of myself I went to the gym yesterday... And managed ato get a good hr of weights in... I just joined ballys and the trainer is really nice... Its to bad I cant afford to hire her to train me 2 days a week... it was too much money.... she was asking for a 2 month period $720... I was thinking if I could afford it that would be so great... but i cant afford... I think instead im gonna motivate myself... by setting aside i dont know like 20 dollars a week into my savings account... and in about 18 weeks I'll have 360 bucks to go on a shopping spree to celebrate my new bod... :P

Anyways the key is to stay motivated... to keep moving... I can so do this... Ive done it before... The only difference between the last time and now is that im not going to stop... its a lifestyle...

thank you guys for all the support...

08-31-2006, 11:41 AM
Just a quick update of the list--do I have everyone?

CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36
Nawchem-will change behaviors
********---will lose 30
lachona---will lose 40
Chaarli----will lose 20
Dollypie---will lose 27

08-31-2006, 12:01 PM
Dear courageous invincible ladies:

I was thinking how hard we are working and what a difficult chore we have set for ourselves. We are looking to change our lives! That takes a lot of courage. In particular, it takes courage to do things differently. For example, taking one of our supports and comforts away--food! And exchanging it for a future goal.

So we are saying it is okay for me to be uncomfortable today so that I can be happy in the future!

When I think about this and think about being hungry or craving or watching someone eat something I really want, I can be happy because that feeling means that I am getting closer to my goal. I am choosing that temporary discomfort! I am even excited about it--those moments mean that I am really doing it!

Thank you all for you lovely posts--they encourage me so much. It really feels like I am not doing this alone, that I have a community of beautiful women who are making changes together and that when I have hard times you will all be there to inspire and console me.

Thanks again--have a fabulous day!

08-31-2006, 12:10 PM
Dolly - That is fantastic! Great job!!! I know it is so hard to resist the temptation of fast food - Subway is a great alternative.

Golfs - Ditto what Healthy said - my DD is only 5 so I don't know what it would like to watch your child go away, but I know that you will do great while he's following his dreams. I will also keep him in my thoughts.

lachona99 - Congrats on joining a gym - sometimes I wish that I went to a gym instead of working out at home. Actually paying for it would be a motivator all in itself. :)

Yogini - That's great that you are back to teaching - I've always wanted to take a yoga class, but they are so expensive over here where I work. My office is in a very upity neighborhood near UC Berkeley and the classes are soooo expensive. Maybe some day I will splurge and take one anyway.

My day started out so-so. I couldn't make myself get out of bed early like I planned (yet again). I'm having some real issues with getting enough sleep. It all started with DH being unhappy about how often we have sex. I would love to do it every day (even more than once), but by the time he finishes working out, I've cooked/cleaned, both of us have taken a shower, it can be like 11pm. I have to leave the house by 7am for work, so I have to be up around 5:30am. In order to make time for sex I've had to go to bed around 11pm or later every day this week. I'm going to have to figure out a way to get that done earlier because I can't continue getting to bed so late.

So anyway, this morning I couldn't make breakfast - I ate a Cliff bar and brought some cereal to work. Not my first choice (or second). That's okay though because the calories aren't too high. I will just have a light protein filled lunch to make up for it.

I am very proud of myself for getting in some strength training finally last night. I did a short circuit. I didn't want to overdo it since it's been a few months since I worked out. I will do the circuit again this weekend, but add 1 or 2 exercises. It felt great and I got a good sweat out of it.

No walking for me today (atleast not a brisk walk) because I have Back-to-School night tonight and I don't want to be smelling musty.

I'll check in with you ladies later. Keep up the good work!!

08-31-2006, 12:12 PM
Thank you Sno!!! Thanks for starting this thread.

Dear courageous invincible ladies:

I was thinking how hard we are working and what a difficult chore we have set for ourselves. We are looking to change our lives! That takes a lot of courage. In particular, it takes courage to do things differently. For example, taking one of our supports and comforts away--food! And exchanging it for a future goal.

So we are saying it is okay for me to be uncomfortable today so that I can be happy in the future!

When I think about this and think about being hungry or craving or watching someone eat something I really want, I can be happy because that feeling means that I am getting closer to my goal. I am choosing that temporary discomfort! I am even excited about it--those moments mean that I am really doing it!

Thank you all for you lovely posts--they encourage me so much. It really feels like I am not doing this alone, that I have a community of beautiful women who are making changes together and that when I have hard times you will all be there to inspire and console me.

Thanks again--have a fabulous day!

08-31-2006, 04:14 PM
Good Afternoon Ladies,

It is another beautiful day outside today! Yesterday I went for a long walk in the afternoon with my dog Snickers. I think I will do that again this evening, it is a great workout since she tends to think that she is walking me.

Sno - Thanks for the inspiration!

08-31-2006, 06:23 PM
another great day here. i have walked over 20,000 steps (over 10 miles) so far today and all of that was done at work. i teach and i NEVER sit down. i have gotten into my school eating routine and have lost another pound. i am glad that i found this challenge but am sorry that i can't keep up with everyone. (

08-31-2006, 08:26 PM
i am glad that i found this challenge but am sorry that i can't keep up with everyone. (

You seem to be keeping up just fine! Way to go with all of the walking and you're down another pound too ;)

08-31-2006, 08:31 PM
So my day has started off well and I'm freshly motivated to keep this plan going this time.
great to here all the successes people are having.

08-31-2006, 09:04 PM
Thanks to all for your words of encouragement and support. Today was a better day! I went for a 60 minute walk last night after posting and felt much better after. Today I made wise choices when eating and am now going for my 60 minute walk. Even better, is tomorrow I have the day off and will spend much of the day on the golf course which is where I LOVE to be!!! WAHOO! I'm trying to get out as much as possible as soon the winds will change and the snows of winter will greet me!
Have a great evening all! Keep on smiling and look forward to a good day tomorrow.

08-31-2006, 09:59 PM
I turned down ice cream cake today in favour of a banana. I didn't snack. I walked for 30 minutes. I bought my son a pair of size 24 pants and didn't cry. All in all it was a good day!

08-31-2006, 10:05 PM
Thanks sno also for starting this challenge, I feel so inspired reading what everyone is doing.

So far, so good. Did my walk and yoga everyday and I'm down 3lbs-been eating more then 1200cal most days though.

keep up the good work everyone!

08-31-2006, 11:34 PM
Okay I just had the ultimate butt kicking...just found out that I have high cholesterol,luckily my ratios of good/bad are normal but my total is high.So if ever there was a time to get my diet sorted out it would be know.
My DH has high cholesterol and we both smoke although I have been trying to quit, so this is great motivation for me to get healthy.

09-01-2006, 12:16 AM
Hi everyone:

I know that I have been MIA lately. So glad to read that everyone is trying hard and determined. That is great! I am in training for a new job and between that and other things, I have not been around much. But rest assured, I am still watching very closely what I eat and hope to report a loss on Monday.

Everyone take care.


09-01-2006, 10:07 AM
So I woke up this morning... a little tired.. I work for staffing agency... And every other day have to rise at 4am to get to work by 5am... On those days I would have to say are the hardest to keep on track... I usually keep some cereal and 2% milk there for breakfast.. but im always hungry by 8 or 9am and usually eat a huge lunch... But im not going to do that this time... I think Ill have a yogurt to hold off for a bit... always...

Yesterday I didnt go to the gym when I got out of work there was so much traffic due to construction that i just did not feel up to it... I think Im gonna get one of billys taebo from And try that out for days like those.... Oh yeah I was offerred some chocalate and said no... Im not much of a sweet eater but when its there I cant help but helpmyself...

Today Im goin to go for sure, to the gym even if it takes forever to get throught that traffic... I woke up very sore this morning my arms and shoulders are killing me... But itll all go away once i get use to right.. Its not gonna hurt all the time... Well I hope not...

09-01-2006, 10:51 AM
Hi all:

good to hear from you and your successs and struggles.

I have suceeded in exercising every day this week. This morning we got up early to go swim. I am so pleased! I have also been really tired--I am not used to all that exercise! I will rest over the weekend and hopefully I will get used to all this exercise.

Eating has been fairly good--went over a little on cals last night but nothing ruinous. I need to stop after dinner and leave it at that. And remember to focus on how full I feel not on my cravings! It has been a great week and if I keep this up I know I will meet my goals

Lachona--I know--if I eat really early I usually am hungry for lunch earlier--I either drink lots of water to keep myself going or go ahead and eat--after all it makes sense to be hungry and if you build it into your plan it should work. Good luck with making it to the gym! Congrats on the sore muscles--that means you have been following thru! Dont overdo it tho

Elycia: Miss your long cheerleading posts! Boy--twin girls and a new job--no wonder you have been busy--hopefully you can catch us up this weekend!

Chaarli: sorry to hear about the health problems--but maybe it will give you incentive to continue working on your goals!

Nawchem: good job--great that you are walking--probably good that you are eating alittle more than 1200 cals--will keep your metabolism going especially since you are exercising.

Card: what will power--turning down sweets and doing your walk--good job!

Golfsalot: you are so upbeat--I will picture you on the golf course today, doing what you love!

Trob--wow--10 miles--that is a lot--and it was painless because it was part of your workday--right?

Dolly: I love walking with my dog--she always loves to walk and run and makes it more fun.

Ch: Hmm--well I can think of worse things to stay up late for--at least you are burning calores with having sex!

Yogini: Congrats on having a great class--what a wonderful thing to be a yoga teacher.

Okay--I am off to the pool!

09-01-2006, 12:24 PM
Good Afternoon Ladies,

It is another beautiful day outside today! Yesterday I went for a long walk in the afternoon with my dog Snickers. I think I will do that again this evening, it is a great workout since she tends to think that she is walking me.

Sno - Thanks for the inspiration!

That is so funny, when I was a kid I had a dog named Snickers. :)

09-01-2006, 12:49 PM
Yesterday I took DD out for a bite to eat before I had to go to her Back to School night. I ended up eating 3 shrimp tacos and alittle bit of her quesadea (sp?). That was not in my plan, but I didn't eat anything else the rest of the night - so I kind of made up for it.

I will run tonight, and today I will watch what I eat better. My downfall, which I've said, is not planning ahead. I will work on my planning this weekend since I have 3 days off. DH and I decided to buy a freezer, and I know that will help me alot with planning ahead. As it is now, I can only fit about a weeks worth of meat in the freezer. Then if I want to cook ahead, I can't because there's not enough room in the freezer.

I'm not going to beat up on myself for eating those tacos (and quesadilla), but I will remember how bloated and funky I felt afterwards, so next time I can choose the salad. ;)

Get n healthy
09-01-2006, 01:55 PM
Well TGIF. I really need a weekend. Terrible week here at work. Lots of layoffs, everybody holding their breath. Not to mention a new bimbo that was hired in that wants my office. Doesnt everyone like to compete with someone younger, thinner, and drop dead gorgeous? Although she would be a lot prettier if she wouldnt dress like a tramp. Now if that doesnt make you run for chocolate what does? I am so proud of myself though, i would usually cope with her by being knee deep in chocolate by now but instead i took it out on the ellipitical. Oh, and a couple of NSV for me this week. A button down shirt that i had to wear over a shirt cause the bottom part wouldnt come close to buttoning...well today it bottoned and not a tight button either. ALso, a girl at work that i rarely talk to, told me she could really tell i was losing weight, so it was nice of her to notice, she didnt even know i was working at losing.

Lach-Cereal doesnt tide me over at all. Try looking for a cereal that has LOTS of fiber and protien...kashi has really good products that will keep you full forever. And no you wont always be sore. When i first started core secrets (balance ball) i couldnt even go to sit down without my legs shaking but now i am not sore at all.

SNO- way to go about exercising all week. Me i just have to make it through the weekend. I usually slack off on the weekend, except for yard work but i need to be extra dilegent with labor day feast right around the corner. We are cooking out pulled pork in the smoker for monday...moderation, moderation, moderation.

CH-i know what you mean about the tacos. I did that last friday and like you said, next time i will just remember how bloated and funky i felt afterwards. When i eat like that, i feel like i am right back at the weight i started from...just heavy, uncomfortable. A freezer should be a great help for you. It is so nice to have lots of options for cooking. Mine is full of chicken and quick, lite meals. I love having lots of quick meals ready to grab...keeps me from grabbing some thing on the way home or ordering pizza once i get there.

Ok, hope you ladies have a good weekend. Weigh ins are monday, right?

09-01-2006, 02:26 PM
I have to agree TGIF and a long weekend for me! DH wants to take me out on a date night tonight, it will be nice. He is going to take me to my favorite italian place. I should be fine on calories though with hitting the gym this morning and watching my calories for the rest of the day. This weekend should be a challenge with a birthday party, tailgate party and football game, and a Labor Day BBQ. My plan though is to take a healthy spinach and fruit salad to all the events though. At least there will be something healthy.

Everyone have a great weekend!

09-01-2006, 03:05 PM
Hi! I would like to join you on this goal, I just found this site yesterday and I am starting on my first diet really ever and I like this goal. I would like to lose 25 pound by new years. My biggest problem is eating when I am not paying attention. I tend to eat at my desk at work or while I am doing something else at night and on the weekends. I actually often feel too full and wonder why I ate so much but I am in the habit of doing that.

My daily goals is to not eat at my desk at work, at least go to the breakroom and eat slower.
Stop eating when I am actually full.
Start going to the gym more than once a week.
Stop feeling guilty taking time away from work. I am not slacking off if I am actually taking care of myself.

09-01-2006, 04:27 PM
So my hubby and I just got back from the pool--I feel great--it is so relaxing to swim. I havent done it for so long tho, I am really slow. It took me 30 minutes to do 12 laps today. I used to be on the swim team and in Life saving so that just seems ludicrously slow! I dont care tho--I know I will build up fast. It is nice there is a little weight room at the pool that has some very basic weights--I went in today and did three leg machines with the lowest weight and five reps--dont want to hurt myself.

I am so happy--my hubby and I bought pool cards. It has been my dream to get him swimming with me--that way I know I will go--plus he has lots of back problems and I know several people who have cured back problems with swimming. so I am very glad. I stopped at a thrift store and got two terry robes for us for the pool for 5 bucks--mine doesnt quite close at the front but I just need it to drape over my shoulders when I get out of pool. Plus, I know with your help ladies, I will be closing it in the New Year!

Cant wait for weigh in monday--am thinking I will show some progress!

Ch--dont stress on the tacos--the important thing is making up for it later. One of my big patterns I am trying to break is taking a slip as a reason to go on a binge--for weeks! Congratulations for telling us about it and making new goals. PLus--shrimp tacos shouldnt be too bad--if it is just shrimp, veggies and salsa it can be very low cal. I know at Baja fresh it is like 200 calories for two of them. Yeah--planning ahead really helps. Even tho I am still wanting to keep my eating pretty intuitive, I find listing all the foods and quantities I think I will want to eat the night before really helps me to keep my calories where I want them.

Stacy: I find that I do have qualities that make me competitive with people who are skinnier and cuter than I am--my experience and intelligence usually are more. I think that one of the things I have done is judged myself about how I look rather than other things--and it has not really worked for me. And I know from you posts that you have a lot going for you--dont give in to being judged by how you look! Good luck--I know that paranoia can be rife at places where there are lay-offs--I've been there. Congrats for staying sane through all of that. As for working out--the body does need some rest--working out every single day is not such a great idea--yard work is very active and challenging!

Dollypie: I am jealous that you are going out to dinner; that sounds just lovely. Really enjoy yourself, you deserve it!

Bertine: Welcome! I really like your goals--they make so much sense. Keep us posted on how you do--check in as much as you can and remember Monday is the official weigh in day!

09-01-2006, 04:35 PM
I am really excited to get going on my goals as far as fitness is concerned and today is the day! My membership (and my daughter's) is valid as of TODAY!!! :D

I am having a great eating day already;I allowed myself a very small portion of foods I love (baked breakfast potatoes with a tempeh sausage and a coffee, which I have only had 3 times this YEAR) and was so satisfied with them! I took my time eating them and enjoed the experience instead of rushing and eating mindlessly.

I will check in later and respond to you lovely ladies who are working your tushies off right along side me :D Keep up the good work because you are worth it ;)

09-01-2006, 08:01 PM
Hi everyone. Just wanted to pop in to say "Hello". Wow, I really have some catching up to do. I promise to catch up later. See you guys later!


09-01-2006, 11:00 PM
fell off the food wagon today, I work in a day care and food just flows past my face all day, but i did walk and drink 2 litres of water so it wasn't too bad.
I am planning a busy Saturday and Sunday so I will not have time to snack and that should help and yard work definately counts as exercise, have to get ready before the snow flies.

09-01-2006, 11:37 PM
Okay, the girls are down for the night and just finished dinner and talking with my husband, so I thought that I would take a few minutes to try to play catch up. Wow, you guys are really inspiring and wonderful. I am so happy that everyone is so excited about reaching their health and fitness goals. That is the best type of environment to be around when you are trying to lose weight.

Looks like there are a few more new ones since I was here last. :wave: Hi Bertine, Lachona, Golf and Charlaai. I hope that I did not miss anyone. I guess I should probably just say hello to everyone, so as not to leave anyone out. :wave: So nice of you guys on board. We will be bringing in the new year looking and feeling much better, I can tell. :)

Okay, I know this post looks scary, but I have alot of catching up to do. I tried to do personals for everyone. So that is why it looks sooooo long. Here goes:

Golfs and Card! Awesome job of looking those obstacles in the face and beating them. Card, passing on ICE CREAM! Whew, that can be a toughie but you did it. That is a great NSV. Definitely, recognize that victory and be proud of it! Golfs, having a bad day but still getting your workout in, that is wonderful! Very inspiring. Keep up the good work.

Nawch, Hi there. How are those improvements going? I know your goal is to make some improvements by New Years. Sounds like you are doing great! Watching those calories and down 3 LBS! Yay! That is wonderful! Keep up the good work! :)

Hi there Charlaai. Welcome to our little group. Well, I am glad that you are deciding to get things in motion so that you can improve your cholesterol levels. It sounds like you are motivated and that is wonderful. Nothing is going to feel or look better than a healthier you. Hang in there!

Lachona. How are you? Sounds like you are really motivated and trying to make healthy choices and that is fantastic! Some days are better than others obviously but you are definitely going in the right direction. I hope you were able to get to the gym. I know that traffic can be a bear and you don't want to deal with it, but just consider it an obstacle that you are going to get past. Having some at home workouts is a great alternative for the days you really don't feel like dealing with that traffic. Which Taebo did you get and did you like it? I have quite a few of those. Look forward to getting to know you better. :)

Sno, lovely Sno. Our creator. :D How ya doin'? Sorry I haven't been around much. Just so busy and trying to get everything in can be crazy. But I have been watching what I am eating and working out. I started a new workout rotation today. It is a month long and I am hoping to stick with it. You ever heard of the FIRM workouts? That is what I am doing. Anyways, looks like you are very motivated and that is great! You are giving this thread alot of motivation and energy and I think that is wonderful. Swimming I hear is just wonderful way to get exercise in and it is great for the joints. I can't swim, but I wish I could. I would love to do that for exercise a few times per week. It is so good that you are listening to your body regarding exercise and eating. That is something I have to learn to do better. If you listen, it will tell you what you need to know.

Hiya CH. Running, huh? Oh, I can't remember the last time I actually tried to run. Maybe that will be one of my goals to try to do when I get to my goal weight. Right now, it just sounds painful. :p I hear ya on planning. It is really important to success, but the beginning stages of it can be hard. Course once you get rolling it will be second nature. Keep us posted on how your planning goes over this long weekend.

Gethealthy, sounds like a stressful time at work. Ugh! Layoffs. I just hate when companies do that. Just totally breaks down the morale and makes everyone uncomfortable. You deserve a nice long weekend to relax and think about other things. Congrats on that NSV!! Yay! Isn't that a great feeling? To know that all of your sacrifices and hard work are paying off. That is a great NSV and great incentive to contine. Great job!!

Dolly, date night huh? Awww, that is so nice. I am jealous. My husband and I really haven't been out on a date since the girls were born and they are 9 months now!!! Have fun! Italian, I love Italian food, but haven't had any in awhile. You have a very busy and tempting weekend. Try your best to resist as best you can. I know it will be hard, but you have your New Year's goal to keep in mind and keep you motivated. Just for good measure, I am sending you some :dust: Have fun!

Hi Bertine. Glad to have you here. What great and realistic goals. You are so right. Eating at your desk and when you aren't paying attention can be dangerous. You really aren't paying attention to how many calories or fat that you are eating and next thing you know, you've gained weight. Great job on realizing that and so glad to have you here.

Hey there Yogini. Ohhh, I have a fitness buddy. I am really trying to up my workouts as well. I used to be pretty darn fit, but no longer. That is so good that you have a workout buddy too. Sounds like you are determined and raring to go. Love the energy and excitement you have about reaching your goals!

Well, I have practically written a novel. ;) I better finish it up. You think I that I can be nominated for some type of award? For longest post ever written on 3FC...:D Anyways, see you ladies later and I certainly look forward to getting to know all of you lovely ladies better.



09-01-2006, 11:39 PM
getting ready to relax for the weekend--whew I got tired from all that unacustomer exercise. Actually I will be getting caught up on housework on the weekend and doing some gardening--so I will still be pretty active!

Today I had half a piece of cake--I ordered it, cut it in half, put one half on another plate and pushed it away. I ate it slowly and enjoyed every morsel. Fortunately I am still below cals for the day!

Yogini--great job--sounds like a yummy breakfast--right now I am working on having exactly what I want, just not too much--I think it works really well for me!

Card_-dont stress! You have done some good things to offset your falling off the wagon--learning to resist those foods is the key--not being perfect from the getgo. You can do it. As you say, just get right back on your program and have a great positive weekend! Yard work sooo counts--I always feel worn out when I have a long session in the yard!

09-02-2006, 04:51 PM
Will Power Dust :D That's cute!

Enjoy the weekend everyone. I was thinking how about a challenge for next week? Something you will work on for the next 7 days. Mine is going to be planning my meals the night before.

I went shopping yesterday. I was so surprised to look in the store mirror and not get grossed out. I've lost 25lbs since I last bought clothes and I found a dress that required no alterations, its a 16 Petite. I bought a purse I'm going to be in love with for a long time. :carrot:

In addition to my walk I started jogging on the treadmill. I only made it 0.84 miles, it was really invigorating. My goal is to get to 2 miles.

I can't wait to be in single digit clothes. Size 9 here I come!

1. plan meals night before and prepare food
2. eat 20 netcarbs
3. walk everyday
4. yoga everyday

09-02-2006, 08:28 PM
sno- i wouldn't say that is was totally legs were killing me and i had on "cute" shoes so i ended up with blisters but the fact that it was part of my normal day did make it a lot easier. not everyday is that busy but i do get in 10,000+ everyday.

looks like everyone is doing great, i am still not caught up with everyone yet but i am trying. i have had a great week and have lost 3lbs. i am starting ww next thursday and we just bought a family membership to the gym so we are going to start that next is through my husbands work so there is still some paperwork to be done. i hope that with all of that and my school days diet i will reach my goal.

goal for 1-1-07 (

09-02-2006, 09:22 PM
Great to hear from everyone--Nancy you are doing great with all that exercise! Congrats on getting the new clothes. That always feels great! I think planning food the night before really helps--even if I change something the next day, I still do way better than just winging it. I definitely eat less but am more satisfied because I plan out my treats!

Trob: you need some great shoes--I bought these new balance walking shoes that are so comfortable--but not that cute ;) My feet are happy tho.

Today is going great--I have decided to rest on exercise for the weekend--tho both my hubby and I missed swimming! I am eating pretty much on target and enjoying my lazy day--it is pretty hot and I was going to do housework but forget it--I think I will wait till monday--the dog hair will still be there!!:dizzy:

09-02-2006, 11:38 PM
Hi Everyone, Thanks for the welcomes and I am amazed how well everyone seems to be doing with the exercise, it really motivates me to get out jogging again.

Today was awful for me and reaffirmed why I am doing this. I pulled out all my fall/winter clothes to get ready and every year when I do that I weed out the ones I don't like anymore. While I was doing that I tried some of them on and, well, they just didn't fit anymore. It was so frustrating. I am hoping that by the time I need to really wear them, I will have lost the 10-15 pounds I have put on in the last year.

09-03-2006, 12:35 AM
I had a balanced day, I stuck with my food plan until dinner and then ended up with take out, but just a burger and fries, no super size, and I walked the 75 minutes to get it plus shopped with dd for back to school clothes first. I got most of my house work done prior to that, and drank 3 litres of water. I really hope the rest of the day balanced the burgers and fries. If not it was so worth it for a long weekend treat, it has been 3 weeks since I did take out.

09-03-2006, 10:04 AM
Yesterday was a good day. I did very little exercise--it was one of my rest days--but I did end up walking about 15 minutes. I drank 126 oz of water--trying to combat PMS bloat which really is hitting. Ended up with about 1500 calories which is a little lower than I was aiming for but I had read a book that had calcualtions that indicated I have to eat 1200-1300 cals a day to lose 2 lbs a week. We'll see!

Good luck Card--having an occaisional burger and fries should be okay--especially the way you did it with the long walk etc.

Bertine--sorry about the clothes. But it is only 10-15 pounds--not too bad you can probably do it!

09-03-2006, 10:34 AM
I have been trying to figure out what makes me lose, and I've come to the conclusion that I need to alternate higher calorie and lower calorie days in order to keep my metabolism up. 2000 two days a week and 1300-1500 the other 5 days. It gives me some room if I mess up too early in a day and seems to keep my body from going into starvation mode.

09-03-2006, 12:23 PM
Hmmm--I like that idea--in this book I was glancing at they suggested that saying that it keeps the body from adjusting to the lower cals. I may have to try that.

PS--I cheated:) and weighed myself this morning--249--which is down 5 from last monday. :D I am stoked--I was afraid of PMS bloat--that is why I have drunk a gallon of water a day to keep me flushed--its working!:carrot:

09-03-2006, 12:31 PM
congrats!!!! I have to admit I am a 5 day a week weigher, I know I shouldn't but it keeps me honest, I don't worry about a pound or two up or down and put most of my faith in my once a month measurments. I don't lose as quickly as some people though, I read about someone who lost 10 - 14 lbs in their first week and I could almost cry. I try for a pound a week and even if I don't lose just please don't gain.

09-03-2006, 12:45 PM
Hi card:

I am trying to weigh in once a week only because I tend to yo-yo a lot on the scale and that makes me very crazy.

This weeks loss was probably mostly water for me since I was insanely bloated last monday--PMS and too much salt. I retain water really easy and that is another reason my weigh yo-yo's. Plus I love salt.

one pound a week is really good--they say the slower you lose the harder it is to gain back the weight!

Get n healthy
09-03-2006, 03:51 PM
Hey ladies,

Looking forward to weigh in day tomorrow. I have branched out my exercising this week, keeping it interesting. Swimming yesterday, batting cages today. Both were fun and different from the same old videos. The swimming was HARD. SNO-i dont know how you do it. My legs were worn out after one lap. So i would do a lap or two, then rest a minute, then start back up. I really enjoyed it though. DH taught me how to do lap swimming. I have always been able to swim but lap swimming is so much different than my regular "swim to the other side of the pool" swimming. The kids wanted to go to the batting cages so i went and spent WAY too much money but it was a great change of pace.

Doing well on food. I am nervous about dinner out steaks but i should be okay, side dishes are salad and grilled veggies. Desert is grilled peaches.

Tomorrow will be hard, smoked pulled pork. YUM. It will be hard to stop at one small bbq sandwich. But hopefully i can restrain.

Good news SNO about your loss. Wow that is impressive.

I know what you mean favorite blue jeans dont fit for fall. I want to get back in them BAD.

talk to you all soon

09-03-2006, 07:29 PM
i weigh myself everyday and more than once a day. i like to see how my body weight changes throughout the day and how it reacts to differents kinds of foods. i do not get upset when yo-yo which i do daily. i am sure that my weight tomorrow will be up because of the weekend because i pretty much eat what i want on the weekends and then eat near nothing everyday at work. it is working for me right now. hope the rest of the weekend is great for everyone. later trob

09-03-2006, 08:00 PM
Trob, you are certainly better at the scale thing than I. I get so frustrated. The scale is playing tricks with me lately and proving to be quite frustrating. I am determined to hang in there though no matter what.


09-03-2006, 08:15 PM
Started eating a little more today, I have been sticking to my diet during the day but have been getting a headache around three. I have not cut out any caffine, so I was wondering if my blood sugar was getting too low. I'll try eating a little more tomorrow and see if that helps. I weeded and mowed and cleaned the house and yard today for exercise and drank my three litres of water. So it was a good day. May the scale reflect my efforts tomorrow.

09-04-2006, 01:15 AM
Okay I have to confess I binged in an awful way today. I feel like I gained 10lbs.

Good job sno, 5lbs is a lot!

I'm thinking of doing a rotation diet too. I'm starting back on LC tomorrow for 2 weeks, then high carb for a week since I can't stand LC too long. Does that make any sense?

bertine you can try on those clothes from time to time and have a great measure of your size. This is my first year living in a place with seasons, I don't want to get my winter clothes out, I just want to buy the new stuff they have in the stores. gosh I went from not shopping at all to being a maniac the other way :)

09-04-2006, 02:45 AM
you did not gain 10 lbs for binging. LOL I ate way too much this evening due to the headache. It worked though headache gone. when I am making healthier choices and trying to lower calories i am cutting out most of the startches, didn't mean to do it, it's just the easiest thing for me to cut. So I ate my healthy supper and then a BIG bag of chips and then a second sandwich. Oh well maybe I won't weigh more than I did last week. Because I could tell I lost weight in my face. But tomorrow is a new day for everyone.

09-04-2006, 10:07 AM
monday weigh in- as with most mondays, i am up a few pounds. oh well, as long as it is two steps forward and only one back all is good! hope everyone has a great holiday today. later trob (

09-04-2006, 11:38 AM
It's Monday - I am down 1 pound and that's fine with me one pound at a time. This weekend has been great so far. Went to have icecream with some friends last night. I just had a few bites of my DH's to settle my tastebuds and that was all I needed. I am glad I didn't order a scoop because I would have eaten. I am one of those people who has to clean their plate or feels guilty. Why did my mom instill that into me? I plan on doing some house cleaning today and then making a salad and veggie tray for our picnic this evening.

09-04-2006, 11:44 AM
Still 209, and am getting really tired of that number. Oh well, I'm going to try a different food plan today and see if that helps with the headache. Anyone who is feeling healthy, and by that I mean energized and NO HEADACHES, care to give me a sample menu so I can judge a reasonable amount of pre supper foods. I would really apreciate it.

09-04-2006, 01:30 PM

This is what I plan to eat today.

Breakfast: piece of whole wheat toast with 2 egg whites and spinach leaves
Snack: peach a few almonds
Lunch: turkey burget on a whole wheat bun with cheese and lettuce, carrot sticks, cup of pudding
Snack: cantaloupe
Dinner: BBQ and my veggie tray

09-04-2006, 01:45 PM
Hi everyone:

Well I am down 5 this week which feels really good since I was up 3 last week--I can relate to the yo-yo syndrome, Trob! This probably means I will be up again next week-particularly since it will be TOM!

Card and Trob-dont stress--anythingworth doing has obstacles. Tell us what you did right this week and focus on your successes! PLus, I am jealous--you guys are so close to 200--you will be in onederland before you know it! My fitday link is on all my posts--you can see what I eat--I dont usually get headaches but sometimes.

Dolly pie--good job--keep up the good work!

Nawchem: Okay so you ate a bit more--big deal! like you said earlier, you are 25llbs down and have lotsa cute clothes--that is the big picture! So you are doing something right--the binge is just part of changing. BTW--I am totally not doing low carb anymore--I am just staying around 1700 cals for now--probably will need to adjust it down. And working on eating as intuitively and naturally as I can, workng on portions and one thing that was really great this last week, I am having my treat at 3-4 with tea--like English tea, because I dont want to eat in the evenings after dinner anymore and I still want my treat. Plus I usually am starting to get hungry then and it makes it so I am not starving at dinner.



09-04-2006, 02:55 PM
My new plan is to just drink a glass of 1% milk for breakfast, I'm not a breakfast eater anyway and I was just forcing myself to eat it usually just a piece of fruit. Then to have a large lunch, today it was a seafood wrap, glass of milk and fruit. Then hopefully I will not be hungry or headachy in the afternoon. And I will have a large supper, I am having chinese food for supper. My favorite, but the DH hates it, so I don't get it often. Thanks to this board I don't have an evening snacking problem USUALLY anymore so with any luck the two larger meals will help me with the afternoon slump.

09-04-2006, 08:38 PM
Nope that won't work, headache around 5:00 and since I work until 5:30 for the next two days I can't eat by 4:30. I guess I will have to try to incorporate an afternoon snack in there somewhere. Maybe I'll move breakfast to 3:00 and cut down on the supper which is my hardest to do.

Oh yeah, and I'm going to start taking over Dance Dance Revolution for an hour a day.

09-04-2006, 09:39 PM
How do you get to this thread without going through snos original thread?

well I am up 2lbs for the week 160 to 162. I started finally eating a little better then I have been. I had a lot of protein, it made my stomach feel so full, almost nauseating.

1039cal, 62netcarbs, walked 30 min, 1 hr stretch

thanks for the encouragement!

I have 2 other goals for the day to work on: cleaning my desk, writing dr. Phil. I'll let ya know if he answers.

09-05-2006, 11:10 AM
Just a quick post--off to the pool--chin up ladies, keep doing what is right and you will see results!

Take care!

09-05-2006, 12:02 PM
This holiday threw me all off.. I was so terrible this weekend and I just got and I miss so much I dont know where to start.. I was so bad this weekend I did watch what i ate that closely... Im afraid to weight myself... Anyways im off to right start today... nothin bad so far... Im at work tryin to catch with all the payroll stuff... and im just feelin bad for messin up so much this weekend.. i feel like im never gonna get awhere... Im just down today... Im goin to the gym today hopefully that take this feeling away...


09-05-2006, 01:23 PM
OK, I don't actually own a scale, so I have been weighing myself at the gym but I haven't been there all weekend. I plan on doing that tonight.

I have a question about working out, when do you go? in the morning, after work/mid-afternoon or at night. i used to go in the morning about 7 but my boyfriend is now in new zealand for awhile and i tend to stay up until midnight emailing him now. this has made it so i don't have time to go in the morning anymore. i tell myself i will go every evening but i hate it when it is so full and tell myself i'll go later in the evening. however, i never go back afterwards.

Get n healthy: fitting into favorite clothes seems like a good incentive. Actually, while I was cleaning out my closet, I found some dresses that I haven't been able to fit into for 8 or 9 years. maybe that will be my goal.

Sno: 10-15 pounds is alot when you haven't ever thought about it before and in reality I need to loose 30 pounds. I am just realizing how much I actually turn to food. I never really realized that I snack so much. Plus I am out of shape, really truely out of shape. I don't know when this changed, it shocks me.

09-05-2006, 01:34 PM
esmeralda I felt the same way yesterday so you're not alone. Just get back on your plan and the scale will move right down-if you gained anything its probably just water wt.

bertine I will only go to the gym in morning or at noon. I never enjoy it later in the day. Can I ask how old you are? Did you have some recent lifestyle changes that might have caused you to gain?

I was very grumpy about having to get up to pee 6x last night but my wt was down 5.5lbs this morning. So I forgive my bladder!

09-05-2006, 02:18 PM
It's raining, it's pouring. I am only excited about this because it has not rained in two months. All the lawns and shrubs are wilting, so I am glad to see the rain. It did make getting out of bed harder this morning and making it to the gym, but I did it.

Sno - have a great swim

Esmeralda - yesterday was yesterday, today is a new day so head to the gym and make healthy food choices

Bertine - I work out in the mornings before work. If I don't I am sluggish at work and sleepy

nawchem - WAY TO GOY on the loss! What a great motivation!!!

Get n healthy
09-05-2006, 02:57 PM
Seems like the board is all over the place today. Some did great, others...not so great. I am somewhere in the middle i guess. I am a day late for my weigh in, but this weight is from friday anyway, since that is my weigh in day. I am down 1.8 this week. That makes me happy. I did great all weekend then unfortunately monday hit, i went over but only by 200 cals. I still kept it under 1700 so not a total loss. Glad i had my weigh in on friday though because the scale was not so kind this morning. I am in pre TOM week, so who knows what the scale will say friday.

I made a really healthy desert yesterday though, since it was all about grilling. Have you all ever had grilled peaches? YUM. Just sprinkle some splenda with a tad of real brown sugar, after you peel, half, and de-seed them. Then put them on the grill for a few minutes. Garnish with a little ff whipped cream from a just cant beat this desert. Really feels like your indulging. I am going to do that more often. Since it is getting cooler out, i think i will just stick them under the broiler for a few. Just something to try, you'll be glad you did.

Hope you all are off to a good start. I am feeling good about today's food and exercise.

09-05-2006, 04:41 PM
I was very 'off' my plan and goals this weekend (and today). I just can't seem to get a handle on the planning and cooking ahead. I haven't wanted to admit this, but I think DH is depressed (he has no appetite, no energy, and doesn't really enjoy anything) and I think it's affecting me. He said this weekend that he would like to see a therapist about it. I need to figure out a way to get my act together. I need to cook more ahead. Sorry I can't post more, but I'm just kinda in a funk right now. I'll check in tomorrow. I will weigh-in in the morning.

09-05-2006, 07:40 PM
Esmeralda--that sux--sorry to hear it was so chaotic. I think it is really hard to keep it together at a holiday or vacation. The only reason I was able to is that I didnt really celebrate the holiday--just had a normal day. Fortunately the next holiday is about three months off so I have some time to get some losin' under my belt and get some habits in place before ThanksG. And also I think it is great you are coming here and letting us know how it went--I know my impulse is to just HIDE when I have been off plan. So congrats for that and for working on getting back on plan. I think it is getting right back on that really works!

Bertine: I prefer exercising late afternoon because I have more energy but I do it in the morning as much as possible because I dont like having it hang over me for the day.

Nawchem; way to recover! ANd you make a good point--usually a binge weight gain is only water--particularly if you stop it soon enough!!

Dolly-congrats on making it to the gym--and yes I did swim and am now up to 16 laps in 30 minutes and counting.

Stacy--good job--sounds like you were prepared with some lo-cal ideas for the grilling day. Yum! I cant grill here because I am in a high fire area.

Ch--sorry you are having a bad time. My DH went on Prozac about 3 months ago and he says it is the best thing he has ever done. He also got some therapy which really helped. I am glad your DH is willing to go get help. Please keep us posted--you remind me that it is not all about losing weight, life also happens. As for cooking ahead--maybe you can give yourself a break and figure out some lo-cal take out meals--for example there is a grilled chicken place near me that you can pick up chicken breast and it is really good. Then just nuke some veggies and you are set for a dinner. Or Trader joes has lots of pre-cooked meals that have all the calories listed on the package. I get their Mahi-Mahi and if I defrost it overnight then put it in the oven for 15 minutes it is reacy--and 130 calories a serving--I usually have two servings. Then again--nuke some green beans and you are done. You can even get some rice precooked or potatoes. Hang in there and keep us posted.

09-05-2006, 08:20 PM
I hit a rough patch, and today was no better, but I'm going to make supper, eat a small amount and then dance my buns off literally. I really need to get a handle on the headaches because they are actuallly a binge trigger for me. Most of my most recent weight gain was due to this. I did have the headaches under control but since I started dieting they have been getting really bad. Well off to cook.

Get n healthy
09-05-2006, 08:53 PM
Hey Card, have you thought about seeing a doc for the headaches? That sounds just aweful. I used to work in a pain clinic and perhaps there is something they could give you. Or at least figure out what is triggering them. My son gets hunger headaches, does it help if you have 5 small meals a day versus 3 meals? Do you know if they are migraine versus cluster etc?

09-05-2006, 09:27 PM
I am prone to migraines, I get them when I don't eat, don't sleep, watch too much tv etc. I get very tired on most of the pills the doc has tried. Anti depressants, beta blockers, calcium blockers. The depressing thing is today I ate like there was no tomorrow and no headache. I am still going to look for a formula that works for me foodwise, but until I can see my doc I think I'll just up the exercise and try to eat normally. In the mean time I have an appointment Sept 19 and my evil boss informed me that there was no way I could get the day off.

09-05-2006, 09:28 PM
cal 1167, netcarb 51, walk 30 min, stretch 1 hr

Only 2 days back on LC and I'm looking forward to next week. I decided to do a curves style diet. They have it as
week 1: 1200 cal, 60 carbs
week 2: 1600 cal, 60 carbs

you keep alternating to keep your metabolism up.

CH4- maybe you could do some things you really love to get the posiitve energy flowing for yourself.

stacy- I'm buying peaches next week. I'd forgotten how great cooked peaches are.

Dolly good job on the workout, this drought has been awful

card- I agree with stacy, I hope you will get the headaches checked out. I had awful headaches a year ago, to the point that I would throw up. They said it was something in my neck pushing on a nerve, they injected a bunch of stuff in my neck. Its been a year and I've never had another problem.

09-05-2006, 09:37 PM
ch4, I plan meals for 2 weeks at a time and shop once (can you say impulse spender and junk food in grocery store) I plan the meals depending on how much time I will have that day. Wednesdays are a bad day for me I work late and have a very busy day at work, welcome to slow cooker Wednesdays. The soups are great and very low cal. I save meals that take longer to prepare for days I am off at 3 or the weekend. I keep one or two easy to prepare meals (sandwich meat, stir fry etc) for days when I just can't make myself cook. By anticipating my evening time I can plan meals better. Hope something in here helps you.

09-05-2006, 10:36 PM
wow, so much chatter here...i am having a really hard time keeping up with everyone. from what i have read it looks like most lost last week which is great. for those of the rest of us...this week will be much better. i have really cut my calories while at work. i eat a 90 cal bar for breakfast and have about 4 oz of diet coke to keep from having a headache. lunch is string cheese, a few wheat thins and fruit. snack is a ww smoothie and then i try to eat a sensible dinner and then have a sugar free snack and a glass of milk before bed. i drink as much water as i can get in and walk by butt off at work. i wish that the scales would show results. do you guys have any suggestions. i lost 3 pounds last week but put it all back on this weekend. i did weigh less tonight than i did this morning so i guess that is something. it is just hard not to get discouraged.

09-05-2006, 10:40 PM
nawchem: I am 29 and about a year and a half ago I took a job that, while i love it, is high stress. lots of deadlines, lots of grabbing food when you can and getting home pretty late at night. i wasn't in super good shape before but now all my bad habits are going on at once. I have been thinking about leaving this job before I get really burnt out but stress is somewhat addictive.

I think I might have to work on getting to be earlier and getting up to work out. I went running/walking for about a mile today. Wow, I am out of shape. Oh, I weighted myself too, 186.6, which I am sure is a lot of water at this point.

09-05-2006, 10:57 PM
Hello ladies:

Congratulations on all of the losses. That is great! Keep up the good work! Bertine, I HAVE to get my workouts in in the morning. If I wait until the evening, something inevitably gets in the way. But I'm a bit of a night owl, so it is hard for me to get to bed sometimes too.

Well, I can't type much tonight. Everyone take care and have a wonderful evening.



09-06-2006, 12:52 AM
HI all:

I am having some major pms cravings tonight! Calories are up and I am going to stop at 2200. This week may be a challenge--hope tomorrow is better--argghh!


It is realy great to hear from everyone!

09-06-2006, 12:55 AM
Sorry I'm late with reporting. My weight from Monday a.m. is down 1 # which is awsome. It's just one little pound but added to the other pounds I've lost this year it adds up to 36#. YAHOO. I've been busy,stressed and still managed to lose. Spent the entire day today with my Father who was diagnosed with 4 tumors in the brain today. I didnt have to eat to relieve my stress. Lord knows a year ago I would have hung the feed bag in front of me and went to town to "feel" better. My Dad was actually deemed terminal a year and a half ago with lung cancer and has lived a very normal life after going thru **** with radiation and chemo. Our entire family has been drawn so much closer and we have been celebrating the time we have had, knowing that this day could come. Well today it did. Now my siblings and I will bond together to make his last days, months, year? quality. I know I can handle this and keep control of my eating. I made a vow to myself a year ago that if my 72 year old Dad could endure what he had to.....I can pull my lazy butt off of the couch and do something to make me healthy. I knew I needed to lose weight and here was my chance. I don't count calories......just because I dont like to. Instead I attempt to make wise choices. Fewer carbs. More fiber. More veggies. MUCH MORE EXERCISE. And change my attitude. The weight loss has been great. But even better is my attitude. I have had more persons than I could count walk up to me and compliment me about the weight loss but even more is the radiance and glow I have. That is from the self-esteem I have gained and the positive attitude which only gets stronger.
Keep it up girls. I've been trying to diet for 25 years and have lost weight a gajillion times......this time everything is different. I am the same person but an entirely different person. Its the attitude. Be positive and dont give up. Never look back. Keep looking forward. Even a gain is a lesson learned. Use that lesson wisely!

09-06-2006, 01:59 AM
Thanks a lot for that profound post--I kinda had the feedbag on today and yesterday. I realized just now as I was journaling that I was eating to deal with feelings of helplessness, sadness and fear about how my life is going. Your post kinda put the icing on the cake--so to speak.

I feel very greatful for all the good things that are happening in my life and I can suffer the hard knock without eating--because the eating is just making things worse in the bigger picture, even tho it helps in the little picture.

So, I want to renew my determination to keep working to take better care of myself, work on my behaviors--particularly eating too fast and obsessing about food. And to make my health my number 1 priority. Also to keep an eye on the good things I have I have accomplished today--I went swimming and I did well most of the day until evening. And now I am going to work on my menu for tomorrow.


09-06-2006, 11:51 AM
golfsalot: You are awesome!!! It is so great that you're being strong through this - I know it must be difficult.

It is amazing how we let lifes stress cause us to overeat. I know we all have so many things to be grateful for. DH and I were talking about this last night. At anytime in our lives, anything can happen. Look at the crocodile hunter - I'm sure he's put himself in many more dangerous situations before, and now because of a sting ray he's gone. It's hard to, but I want to appreciate every day just because I'm here.

card: Thanks - that's exactly what I want to do. My problem is that I also want to have DH's food planned out and he is anti (thinking ahead about food). I can barely get him to think of something to eat for dinner on any given day, let alone tell me what he wants to eat for a week. He doesn't like 90% of the food that I like or eat. I normally have to cook atleast 2 meals in my house. On the weekends I cook for the kids, then I cook for myself and sometimes DH also (sometimes he'll eat the kids food). I told him last night that this is getting to be too much for me, and that I would like us to come up with a solution. He's resistant, but I think he'll come around.

I feel much better today. I woke up - late - but I did make myself a blueberry protein shake. I have 2 lean breakfast pockets for me to eat in a moment, and I have black bean turkey chili that I made last night for lunch today. I cut all my veggies up last night, so I also have veggies to snack on in between meals.

I weighed in this morning and I am up to 181.8. I'm not surprised - it's likely water weight from all the junk I ate the last 3 days. That is okay. I know that I'm not starting all over, just starting fresh.

My goal this week is to get in 2 cardio sessions and 1 strength session before Monday.

Thank you ladies!!! Have a great day!!

09-06-2006, 11:53 AM
hello everyone... I weighed in yesterday... and well no good news. this weekend caught up with me.... But im still workin at it... Im so happy I got through traffic I wasnt gonna let me get me down... I found an alternate route... now theres no excuse...

Anyways... I need to set some kind of eating plan... because Ive pretty much tryin to make heathier choices... but one thing or another... work gets busy... and im scrambling for something... I think what it is that i wait to long to eat... that i get anxious and eat anything... I know that is so bad... I need to change... Well ttyl

09-06-2006, 12:39 PM
So I tried a new reciepe last night, teriyaki salmon with fried rice and vegetables. I was having a craving for the fried rice and thought I could make a lowfat version at home. It was so good and DH requested to make it again so you he liked it. Then I decided I need a break and was going to watch tv tonight and just relax. Within 30 minutes of watching and watching the commercials I was hungry. It was the commercials with all that good looking food. Does anyone else get hungry when you watch tv? I made out good and just had a few m&ms for a quick treat.

Bertine: I quit my very stressful high pace job about a year ago. Let me tell you it was the best thing I did for myself. I did not realized how much stress I was putting my body through. I was grinding my teeth at night causing me to wake up with headaches that could last all day, never exercising, and eating fast food when I could fit in. My job now is a slower pace and that that reflects the way I lead my life.

CH4: DH is the same way. You can ask him what he wants for dinner and he says I don't know. So I have decided that I will cook healthy meals for me and he can eat them if he wants. I do keep a few tv dinners in the freezer for him if he doesn't like it. He has come around though and start eating more of the meals I cook.

golfsalot: Great post, one of my best friends is going through the same thing with her mother expect that it is stomach cancer and it has spread to the kidneys.

card: I agree with the other posts, see a doctor about your headaches

Get n healthy
09-06-2006, 01:13 PM
Hello all, Well good news on the scale this morning. I was about to panic. Since my good weigh in on friday i have been up 3-5 pounds each day...FINALLY this morning i am back down to weigh in weight. I KNEW i hadnt done that much damage but you still hate to see those numbers go back up when you feel like you have accomplished something.

Did great yesterday with food and exercise, not so great with water, dont know what my deal is with water. I am bord with it. Time to start adding lemon or orange wedges, something to dress it up.

Sno-I am glad the next holiday is a ways off too. I didnt even think about "no grill" areas, i would be nuts if i couldnt grill...i grill everything. Maybe you could broil the peaches, i promise they are worth it, so good and good for you. Just enough to warm them, not make them mushy then add some ff whipped cream...double yum. That sucks about your cravings yesterday. I went in to the bank this morning and there is a chinese place that was smelling awefully good. I hadnt even thought about chinese until i smelled it and i almost had lunch there and i would have really regretted it. I hate the craving issues. Once i give in, it is just all over...binge city.

Golfs-That is great about the weight loss this week. So sorry to hear about your father. My prayers are with him and you.

Lach-I do the same thing. If i wait too long to eat, i eat anything and everything. Terrible. I have to eat just slighty before i am actually hungry. If i wait it is too late.

Card-I think there are some new meds out there for migraines. That sucks that your apt is so far away and boss is being evil. I plan and grocery shop the same way you do. I just pop in the store once in a while to grab some fresh veggies but otherwise i have my quickfixes and my longer-fixes ready in the keeps me from taking the easy way out with eating out and pizza.

Trob-Sounds like the 3 # you put on was just water weight. I did the EXACT same thing until this morning, i am back to preweekend weight.

NAW-Looks like you had a good day yesterday. I like the alternating cals thing, i kind of do that with my weekends. I am always afraid that if i stay low there will be no where to go the more i lose and i dont want to platuea at like 1100 cals a day. So i think that is wise for the long run. I do hope you try the peaches, i am hooked. It tasted SO indulgent, i had to look at the calories twice just to make sure.

Well i wish you all a good day. I just ate a lean cuisine for lunch and the chicken was really fatty, couldnt eat half of it, now i am still hungry...bummer. There is a vending machine here, hopefully there will be some crackers and cheese or something worthwhile to choose from.

09-06-2006, 05:45 PM
Okaya-I feel in control today--I got worried last night because I had a brief binge flashback--eating really fast etc. I came online several times and read the messages and it really helped me--made me focus on what I want to do--what was that quote about stress eating being a short term fix which creates a long term problem? Anyway I am doing it. Also preparing my food on my fitday last night really helped--I made sure to include some of my favorite foods so I would not feel deprived. I know I am extra vulnerable right before TOM and I need to make sure I have food I like and dont try to skimp right before.

So today I went swimming--and I ate breakfast before but my stomach was growling by 930. I went to Starbucks and did not want to use up the calories to have a decaf latte--200 for a tall, so I had tea with a mini scone which I split with the DH--those are deceptive--they range from 160-200 calories and they are teensy! Good thing I split one.

I usually swig back a 32 oz water first thing when I wake up--I dont eat right away so by the time I eat all that water is gone--and I have had a fourth of my water for the day. I am still trying to drink 128 oz--which is four 32 oz of water per day--I use those wide mouth gatorade bottles and that way I can quickly chug one if I get behind. I think it is helping with the water retention.

Did all the weeks shopping and I am now beat! Ready to relax! Hey, I discovered those Smart Dogs from TJ are 45 cals apiece--yes I know they are tofu, but with some sauerkraut and mustard that is a 220 cal lunch for four! I like that one--it makes me feel like I am getting a lot. You can pretty much eat as much sauerkraut as you want--it is so high fiber and low in cal that it is a great diet food--except for the sodium, and I guess you can get lo-sodium sauerkraut!

Getnhealthy--congrats on your good news! It is always a relief when that scale gets down there. You are doing great! I like lime in water, my sister puts a mint tea bag in hers to give it a boost.

Golfs: Thanks again and hang in there. Your words of wisdom really hit the spot for me last night. If you need any help from me or anyone here just post a message.

Esmeralda: (I LOVE that name by the way). I think eating plans are so individual. As you can see everyone on this thread has a different thing going. I like just counting calories right now--I use fitday which is free--log onto and am trying to keep it around 1700 calories right now. I will probalby have to lower it as I go. I can create whatever I want as long as I eat the right portion. I also create my menu the night before for the next day--even if I change it, I still have a good idea of what portions to eat etc. Nawchem taught me this and it really helps. You can click on the My Fiday link under my name and see what I eat. Or try low carb--I did that for 11 months and found it really easy--just no carbs except veggies is the easiest way to 'splain it. Nothing with sugar, flour, potatoes, any kind of grain. Very limited fruit.

Ch--my husband is out of luck if he doesnt want to eat what I am eating. He can make himself a sandwich or heat up a can of stew or soup or order take out. No wonder you get stressed with your second job as short order cook at your home!!:?:

Dolly: yes I get hungry watching tv--I admit I love zoning out and snacking! That is why I try to brush my teeth after dinner so that I know it is all over for eating--somehow having clean teeth reallly helps. I have been including rice on my menu and I find it very satisfying.

Nawchm--you are doing great, keep us posted!

Sorry this is a monster post all!:)

09-06-2006, 06:01 PM
Sno how did you get your fitday link to work, I can't get mine to work

09-06-2006, 07:28 PM
Huh--that is weird dolly--I dont know--I just followed the directions in my profile to have the link there. Maybe you should re-enter it?

09-06-2006, 07:31 PM
golsalot-i love reading your post and it brought back so many memories. i lost my dad 4 1/2 yrs ago to cancer. he was diagnosed in sept. and died in feb. it is so great that you dad has done so well for long. keep the faith and stay strong. it is not an easy thing to get through but food will not make it any better. i know from experience.

i am back down today and actually weighed less this afternoon than i did this morning. a slower day with the pedometer...only a little over 11,000 steps today. later

09-06-2006, 10:17 PM
I FEEL GOOD!!! I spoke to my dr. He says he wants to test my sugar levels, seems they may be dropping off too fast, hence the headaches and dizzy spells. So today I had a small bowl of cereal at 7:00, a plum at 9:45, a salad and some crackers at 12:00, a small bowl of cereal at 300, then my eating got messed up over time and a staff meeting and kids needing school supplies, so I had a teeny tiny burger at 8:00 and am having some perogies before bed. I feel really good but this is way too much startch and not enough fruits and veggies. So tomorrow I will try replacing one mini meal at a time with a fruit or veggie and see what happens. But boy does my body love eating this way, no headache, tons of energy. I don't even want to know how many calories are in all that.

09-07-2006, 11:04 AM
I am not going swimming today because my shoulder feels a little sore, so I think I need a day off. But I kinda feel at loose ends--what do I do with myself without swimming? The last few mornings, I am always rushing around getting it together. I have plenty to do, believe me.

Eating is back on track. I felt hungry last night after dinner, but felt I had enough food for the day, so the stomach just needs to shrink! I brushed my teeth and called it a day for the food.

Card: So happy that you have found out what is wroing. You are still eating very little. Actually they find that eating lots of mini-meals can boost the metabolism and aid with weight loss. And it sounds like you did not have that many calories--except maybe the pirogi which are I dont know how many calories.

Trob: you are awesome on that pedometer. "food will not make it any better" is so profound--I think I will make that my motto!

09-07-2006, 11:11 AM
yesterday was ok for me, i didn't have any of the monthly birthday cake nor did i eat a bagel at any of the meetings i went to. it is funny, i eat those things even though i don't really like either of them, bread always makes me feel weighted down. i have started questioning what i eat, everytime i think about eating something i think of why i am eating it. it is refreshing to do this.

i suppose that once i finish doing this rethinking i will have to actually get on a diet, but for now this is good. (plus it is just about TOM and i really want to eat a whole bag of candy or chips)

card: I am trying to eat that way instead of eating just lunch and dinner. i had been skipping breakfast and i end up so hungry by lunch time i didn't pay attention to what i was eating. i am sure you could just replace some of those mini-meals with a piece of fruit or some veggies you will be set.

dollypie: i think it might just be time for me to do that. i have really gotten everything out of this experience that i can, which is mostly the understanding that stress makes me forget to take care of myself. LOL. last night i started applying to new jobs, which felt really good.

Get n healthy
09-07-2006, 03:34 PM
Hows it going all? Doing well here. My weigh in is tomorrow, so i always get nervous if i havent lost by this point in the week. I was up .2 this morning from last friday, we will see what the day brings.

I want to get a podometer, i have no idea how many steps i take in a day but that would be a good motivator i would think. Maybe as a reward for good behavior this week, ha ha.

Sno-A mint tea bag in my water sounds good. And i love any kind of citrus to brighten it up a bit. GLad your eating is back on track. I have gotten hungry at night too lately. Brushing your teeth is a good deterant. Really strong gum is a good one for me. Also, if i just tell myself to wait 10 minutes and then re-evaluate, usually i forget about it, at least long enough to do another 10 minutes, ha ha.

Card-Hopefully the more frequent meals will help, glad you got through to your doc.

Bertine-Good job on resisting temptation. Man, what is it with people bringing all kinds of temptations into the office? Yesterday we had donuts, today its brownies. I am SO sick of everybody i talk to having their mouth full of tempting food. Why doesnt anyone ever bring in a basket of apples? Oh yeah, not as much of a crowd pleaser, ha ha.

Ok, thats if for me, kind of a slow day for me today.

09-07-2006, 04:39 PM
Howdy! How is everyone? I am having a good food day so far and had a good workout this morning, but I am so sleepy. It always hits between 2-5pm at work. My eyes start to glaze over and I just want to close my door and take a nap, yeah right. I read about some quick breathing techniques to wake you up but it did not help. I am having a diet coke to wake me up.

Getnhealth-pedometers are great! I try to wear one on the weekends when I don't workout just to make sure I get in my 10000 steps.

Bertine-good for you on applying for new jobs. it took me about a year to find a new job that i like and it was a big adjustment. regretted at first, but now I would never go back to the stressful job

Sno-try some stretching, it makes a world of difference. I try get a good stretch in three times and week and my body loves it.

card-glad to hear you went to the doctor and are figuring things out

trob-how many steps do you usually aim for a day?

09-07-2006, 10:44 PM
Hello all I am glad to hear you are doing well sticking to things. I'm back on track now with 6 mini meals a day. I'm still having trouble finding an exercise I enjoy. I live out in the country, in Canada, so swimming is no longer an option, I had to drain my pool last weekend. I'm still crying. I walk to work most days, they switched my shifts so 2 or 3 days a week I start at 7:00 now. I am getting my dh to drive me and then walking home. So I'm still getting my 30 walk, but I really feel the need to get more. Any ideas, videos are out because I have to fight my dh and 3 children for tv time. I didn't like dance dance revolution, boring after the first 10 mins.

09-08-2006, 12:40 PM
Hi all--

well I walked yesterday but went about 400 cals over my goal--I think I might just allow myself 2000 cals next month when I am TOM--it is hard to stick to plan--we'll see. I have a good plan for the day.

Not exercising because I have a big household project to do today which involves lots of lifting carrying and cleaning--I think I will have enough exercise. If I feel I need it, I will do an exercise tape.

Have a great friday all--and I am preparing mentally for the weekend!


09-08-2006, 02:13 PM
Thank goodness it's Friday! Made it too the gym today and had a good workout. Tonight my DH and are going to the high school football game, we missed the opener so he is really excited. Actually they will be filming the game for the new TV show "Friday Night Lights." Oh well I should burn alot of calories jumping and yelling. Everyone have a great weekend!

09-08-2006, 08:51 PM
Man am I beat!

DH and I took the house apart today--we had to bugbomb because we were infested with spiders. So we took everything out of the kitchen, pantry and bathroom cupboard and cleaned them, after wiping down everything in the house and dusting and vacumming, plus washing a bunch of dishes and pots that were dusty and then taking everything back in and re-arranging it. It took about 5 hours altogether. The house looks great. I am a wreck. Food was find--didnt have time to overeat. And I bet I burned a bunch of cals.

Whew--hopefully we dont need to do it again for a while.

Now for rest.


09-08-2006, 08:59 PM
I just looked it up on Fitday--I put in 4 hours of work--it came to 1893 calories--so maybe that will help me offset some of the higher cal days this week!

09-08-2006, 10:16 PM
Snow, wanna come do my place now? With my new shifts the place is falling down around my ears and my dh wants me to help him put in a floor this weekend at a family member's place. so much for catch up. Oh well if I work late tonight and late tomorrow night after we get home I may get it done before Sunday. then I can rest Sunday night. I wonder how many calories installing laminate flooring burns?? Well good luck on the weekend ladies and I'll check in if I get a chance.

09-09-2006, 01:04 AM
Hey ya all,
Bertine I was wondering why you would gain so fast. I had a real fast gain 2 years ago 45lbs and it was my thyroid. I also worked at a job that was very stressful and loaded with junkfood. They ended up having a big layoff. It was the happiest day when I left that job. I feel silly that I put up with it so long.

sno I'm impressed with how well you're keeping to the diet with pms. It always makes me feel like eating everything in sight. I read an organic recipe for spiders. You put vinegar diluted in a spray bottle with a little coconut oil. I sprayed around in the corners and window sills and also on spiders and it kills them outright. I'm allergic to pesticides and arachniphobic. In grade school I thought Charlottes Web was a horror story. :D

Amazing things have been happening in my life. The power of prayer I think???
I did downright awful yesterday, but back on track today. I had turnips today- my first time, they are so awesome!

09-09-2006, 01:08 AM
golfsalot I was so impressed with how your dealing with your dad. I so admire grace under stress. :hug: Where do you get your strength?

09-09-2006, 01:30 AM
Card--Urgh--no more cleaning for me--thats all I have to do for about a year, right?

How did you prepare turnips, Nawchem? I have never had them.
Actually we also have other bugs too--we live in stark country and the place is not that well insulated so we have to bomb at least once a summer or we are covered with bites etc. Scorpions, wasps, spiders, beetles, etc etc.

I have kinda gone up and down actually on the diet with the PMS--sorta one day right on target, the next up about 400 cals. It has been kinda hard.

Nawchem--good to hear some wonderful things are happening=about time right!

09-09-2006, 10:38 AM
dolly- my goal is 10,000 steps a day, my job just has me doing a lot more. i am an art teacher at three different public schools and i never sit down from 7:15-3:45.

down another pound here!! i guess is was just water gain last weekend. gotta run will try to get caught up with everyone later this weekend.
1-1-07 goal (

09-09-2006, 02:40 PM
:carrot: go trob!!! one pound closer to goal!

sno you can prepare turnips just like you would a potato, but their lower in calories and lowcarb. I think it was 17cal/half cup. Some people can taste a bitter taste to them, but I didn't. I sliced the turnip in thin slices like potato chips rolled them in olive oil and baked in the oven until crispy. It was divine.

I changed my thyroid medication a little tiny bit, on my own and I feel so chipper and in a good mood. This is the first time the scale has moved in 11 months. I got my thryoid tested last week so I'll see how it goes.

The first snow fell yesterday!!! I live in the Rockies, its at 10,000 feet, I'm only at 6000 feet, but it got me excited for Christmas!

09-09-2006, 04:40 PM
Hey trob--good job. And it is nice if you can get your exericse done at work.

Nancy--I will try the turnips. sounds good. I am imagining you savoring your turnip slices and watching the snow come down. Fun!

Oddly enough it is a little chilly here, which is unusual for CA in Sept--it can be our hottest month. I cant say I am sorry--it got too hot for me earlier! I am cooking moroccan style lentils and beans.

Get n healthy
09-09-2006, 09:57 PM
Hello ladies, hope you all are having a good weekend. I did okay yesterday. Today i have done really well though. I dont know what got into me but i scrubbed the house for an broke a sweat, cardio, cleaned the house. Then went to walmart and walked around for an hour (spent way too much money in the process), then did 20 minute core secrets video, then 30 minutes on the elliptical. I have NEVER done 30 minute after a 20 min video. So i am totally pumped and happy right now. It just feels so good to know you have a good step in the right direction today, each one of those days puts me one day closer to my new years goal. I had a REALLY good weigh in on friday, but i will wait til monday to chime in about it. But it was a good day because it put me at my previous mini goal of 20 pounds lost, so i was tickled. I will move my ticker to reflect my new years goal in a couple of days, that is my current mini goal, now that i met the 20 pounds goal. But i just want that ticker to stay on "congratulations" for a couple of days and savor it, before i start all over with this goal. ha ha

Dollypie-I know al about those workday slumps. Good greif, mine hit after lunch too. Sometimes some hot tea helps me but the only thing that really helps is 5'Oclock. ha ha. Dang it, i went to walmart today and forgot to get a pedometer. That was the main reason for going there too. duh. That filming at your local football stadium sounds exciting. Glad you had a good friday at the gym...dont good work out days just make such a huge difference?!

Card-For exercise idea, could you do videos on your laptop or computer? That is how i do mine. Hey how did that laminate flooring go? We are putting some in our bedroom in a couple of weeks and we are debating on paying someone versus do it ourselves.

Trob-Good job with moving that scale in the right direction.

Sno-For TOM overeating have you ever tried hot tea? I drink it all the time. I think that warm feeling in the belly helps make me feel full and it usually gets rid of any cravings. That getting rid of spiders sounds like quite a day. I did something similar last weekend just sort of fall cleaning in the kitchen and pantry...i was moving ALL day. it felt good to be up and about that much though.

Ok, time to go check the quiet. ha ha

09-10-2006, 12:58 AM
Ok haven't been here for half a wek got to caught up with family stuff but I'm getting my act back into gear tomorrow.

09-10-2006, 01:37 AM
nawchem: i think it might be a bunch of things but i am pretty sure it isn't medical. it has been 20 months at this job and while the first couple months i kept up with my excersizing routine (nothing much but i always tried to get to the gym 8 times a month for the insurance benefit) i ended up not doing much of anything active at all. i remember one day last winter i went to go snowboarding with my brothers and i couldn't keep up at all. i don't think i have even ridden my bike since i got this job. (i am a programmer, so it isn't remotely active.) maybe i don't need weight loss support as much as i need intervention for a job that seemed to have taken over my life.

anyways, i am finding i have a huge routine of eating snacky foods when i get home from work, today i just wanted to make brownies and eat them. i didn't but that habit is going to be hard to break.

thanks everyone for the support, have a great rest of the weekend. :)

09-10-2006, 09:30 AM
nawchem- love you avitar...starry night is one of my favorites! the first snow, i am so jealous. both for you having snow and for living in the rockies. i went to colorado for the first time during the summer of 2005 and loved it. we spent almost a week in ouray and i would move there tomorrow if given the chance. here in arkansas our highest mountian is at 2500 ft. i decided that we don't really have moutains at all, just hills.
sno- i know i am bad, but when pms hits me hard i usually just give in. i have never seen it make that much difference on the scales. i wish that i could have more control but i don't. my days of dealing with it are number though and then i will probably have even more trouble with my weight. as soon as i give my doctor the go ahead i will be having a hystaectomy. (family history of problems that usually doesn't start until mid-40's. i am 39 and i guess i am just the over-achiever in the bunch.

started ww last thursday afternoon and full dressed at i was at 206, not too bad. i do like my home weight much better though. we (a fellow teacher and i) asked if we could weigh nude next week and the weigh-in person didn't think it was as funny as we did. we also thought that it might be fun to work it like suvivor and vote someone out each week but i think that we should vote people on. we work with some very overweight people who didn't even come to the free info. meeting. i know that it is just my mean streak, but i wanted to put little notes in their mail boxes reminding them.

09-10-2006, 09:31 AM
sno- when you bug bomb your house do you take everything out before or just clean everything after? i know that i would want to take all of the open food out of the cabs. but didn't know about everything else.

09-10-2006, 10:26 AM
Been doing great this weekend, snuck in a weigh in and i'm pretty sure i'll finally be getting below the 209 mark this week. yaaaa me!!!! We are about half way done the floor, thank goodness, so we will be finished it today.
Nawchem glad things are going well
Trob I will mail you snow, in a month or so I will have enough of it to bury half my house.
Getnhealthy it's easy to do the floor yourself, provided you have the right tools and you do things the right way, REMOVE ALL FLOOR AND DOOR BOARDS! The guy we are working with refuses to remove half of the boards and it is making a lot of extra work. If the boards are removed it is just make your cuts and lock it in. It is really nice to work with and I am thinking of putting it in my bedrooms when I finally get around to finishing them.

09-10-2006, 11:46 AM

it is great to hear from everyone this weekend--great how everyone is checking in. Also--sounds like people are doing pretty good--I am keeping my fingers crossed, I know weekends can be tough.

I have been using this progesterone cream and perhaps that is why PMS has not been as severe as usual. I feel a little puffiness around the eyes today but not too bad--especially considering I am one day late!

Yesterday I accidentally went 100 cals below my goal--I forgot to eat something on my list--that was a boost! I had already brushed my teeth when I noticed that and decided not to go for it--and that lentil soup was very filling so I was okay.

STacy--you rock--you are doing so good with exercise. I got the core secrets dvd but havent tried it yet.

Bertine: believe me stress can do anything--I just got out of a job due to stress and it is amazing how much an effect it can have on you. Please take care!

Trob--I have considered a hysterectomy because my cramps get so bad--my doc basically said there was nothing else she could do for them. I usually see a big diff in my scale if I give into PMS--particularly since it sometimes lasts for 2 weeks! And yes, I took all the food and dishes out of my kitchen and pantry, all the paper goods medicines anything that I didnt want pesticides on That is why it was such a big chore--we taped up the fridgerator so we didnt have to take that outside.

Card--I admire your hard work--I cant imagine doin that.

09-11-2006, 01:12 AM
Oddly enough it is a little chilly here, which is unusual for CA in Sept--

I laughed when I read that. Is it all the way down to 65 there?

09-11-2006, 11:05 AM
hey everyone.. weighing in this morning... I am so happy I just realized I lost 10 pounds... I havent been weighin myself since i started... Partly because I been feeling guilty... that ive only been sticking to an excersize program mostly... And ive been thinking I wanted to start a diet program... But i dont know really where to start...

Anyways I am happy and very proud of what ive done... itll all come off slowly but surely...

09-11-2006, 12:31 PM
Hi ladies. I have been AWOL because I felt so guilty about all the barbage I've been eating. I feel like crap - just like I knew I would. I don't understand why I can't seem to keep it together. I've lost weight before, but lately it just seems like I can't get past the first week.

On Friday DH went to the Doctor for a check-up and he has high blood pressure and the Dr. said he was about 23lbs overweight. He didn't want to believe that he's gained that much weight.

Anyway, we've both GOT to make changes for our health and our kids. Today didn't start good (it started with 2 doughnuts and a Starbucks Venti mocha) but it will get better. I will eat a salad with grilled chicken for lunch.

I'm not sure how, but I will get my act together.

09-11-2006, 01:42 PM
Hi all:

so I am still weighing in at 249--which is kinda miracle since I am TOM and ate more than I should last week. I think this progesterone cream is working--and all the water I have been drinking.

Nancy: yes it was around 65 when I said it was chilly--dont laugh! I had to wear a sweatshirt and socks. ;)

Esmeralda: big kudos to you--you are doing great--so some changes in exercise habits really worked for you, good job! That is the best way to lose.

Ch--just keep posting! how about some mini-goals? Get thru it one meal and one day at a time? Hang in there--you can do it!

09-11-2006, 01:49 PM
Esmeralda!!! 10lbs is amazing! You're doing great. Maybe you don't need to cut food back much.

CH4Health don't trip yourself up on guilt. You can do this. Small changes overtime will add up. If I ate donuts and coffee for breakfast I would be starving and craving more sweets in a few hours. It really helps me in terms of cravings and hunger to have protein at every single meal. When I have 2 eggs for breakfast I'm not hungry for 7 hours. You've already lost some wt, you should feel really proud of yourself for that.

I'm doing okay, I'm not sure if I can do thus but I'm trying to lose 1lb every week.
start 160
week 1 162
weeki 2 157

09-11-2006, 01:56 PM
sno didn't you have a huge wt loss last week too? Yeah you probably will lose when tom is over too. Tell me about this progesterone cream. I lived in san diego until a year ago, I used to be the same way. Living here in the winters which are half the year, you start thinking 40 degrees is a warm day.

09-11-2006, 02:48 PM
I hope everyone is having a good Monday! I have lost another 3 lbs. Way to go me! I think by trying to take out alot of fast food has really helped.

So today I had to go to get bloodwork done for my yearly physical. I know that all will be well except for my cholestrol and tryigylcerides, but I am hoping that it has gone down just a little from last year. I guess I will find out on Wednesday. I am more worried about the trigylcerides. My cholesterol is hereditary along with diet, I had high cholestrol in high school when I weighed 125. I guess I can blame my Mom and G-ma for that one, thanks. I am hoping with my food choices and exercising to reduce it though. I am thinking that I will get it checked again in six months to see how I am doing.

Okay I am really jealous of everyone with the cool weather. I am just thankful that it hasn't been above 95 in a few days and evenings are getting into the low 80s. Although I would never trade it for the snow and the cold. When it gets below 40 I feel like I can never get warm.

Nawchem: I am going to have to try those turnips, maybe even the DH will like them. That's the way to think, longterm, we may all have ups and down as long as the trend is downward.

GetNHealthy: I am going to have to try the warm tea trick in the afternoon at work. At least your DH will go to the doctor's office. My DH has cancelled two appointments because of work....yeah right. He is scared of all doctors and dentists.

Esmerelda: CONGRATULATIONS on the lose! Keep up the exercising! I wouldn't change your diet all together because you seem to be losing weight, but just add more fruits and vegetables.

Sno: At least is wasn't a gain and that is part of the overall picture!

09-11-2006, 03:44 PM
thank you for the feedback... snow, nachem, and dolly...

I think i still have to make some more changes... like for one drink more water... and eat smaller portions.. this is very exciting to me... I am very happy... I feel like jumping off the walls... I planned to start journaling everything i eat... I know that is gonna help keep me on track...

09-11-2006, 06:33 PM
way to go everyone...i didn't see any gains!
i just weighed and i am at 203, which is great for a monday. i started ww and so far i am not doing too well. i am trying the core plan but have discovered that it takes a lot of planning and i have not had any time to do that. i am drinking tons of water and thanks to a student teacher working with me i will be able to run to the bathroom when i need to.

nawchem- 40 degress warm, we don't get much colder than that in the dead of winter down here.

09-11-2006, 07:12 PM
It sounds like everyone is doing pretty good! I feel happy that my total is 5 lbs for two weeks--cant complain tho I could complain about cramps!

Nancy--I decided to try progesteron cream to help with PMS and bad TOM. Here is a link about that--

Dolly--good job--you are really consistent--that's 5 lbs so far on this challenge, right! It is pretty hot here too--82 in the house right now. I am ready for some cooler temps for sure!

Trob--hand in there--I havent lost any this week either. Just keep going and the results will come in.

Esmeralda--let us know what u decide to do about an eating plan! Water is the way to go--drinking 128 oz per day has really made a difference and helps me to manage cravings. I read somewhere that drinking 96 oz of water a day helps increase the metabolism.

Get n healthy
09-11-2006, 08:54 PM
Did GREAT at weigh-in....3.2 pounds this week. WOOHOO...i was totally shocked. I could get used those results. the sad part, is that i instantly got worried about the next weigh in, thinking, oh no, if i lost this much this week, i bet i will gain or not lose anything next week. PLUS this coming week is TOM...dread, dread. But i am stocked up on Midol and psyching myself up to exercise even if i dont feel like it. i can at least do stretching videos or something. Just for the record, the bimbo at my work is driving my blood pressure sky high. My husband works where i do and she was doing a VERY theatrical bend-over in front of him today. I wanted to go tear her eyes out. he says he didnt notice...well he noticed enough to tell me "whats her deal, she was not even wearing a bra"? My poor ellipitical took the brunt of it when i got home, so that is one good thing about it. but i get so upset i feel nauseated just thinking about her. (sorry, just had to vent).

SNO-Definately give the core secrets tape a try. You will be sore in muscles you didnt even know you had.

Esmeralda: WOW, 10 pounds. that is increadible. Keep it up. Exercise can make or break your weight loss in my opinion.

CH-Hang in there. For some reason that first week is the hardest for me too. Once i see good results on the scale i am well on my way...but just getting to that point can take me months sometimes. Its like i have to convince myself that i am tired of being this heavy, then after a few more weeks of hemming and hawing i get back on program. I have done that so many times it is pathetic. Just get in there and get your first GOOD week out the way, then the sailing is smoother.

Dollypie-Good for you, wow 3 pounds. We were twins with weight loss this week. Looks like our fairy fat mothers have been busy. ha ha.

Trob-Good for you for a good monday weigh in. Monday weigh ins are always bad on me. I am usually up by 3 on monday from my weekly weigh in on friday. Drives me nuts.

Have a good evening all.

09-11-2006, 11:23 PM
Congrats Everyone!!!! And, drum roll please, I lost 4 lbs. I am so happy finally weighing in at 205. I am so happy.

09-12-2006, 12:51 AM
I am so pleased for you guys--you are doing great--we have collectively lost a lot of weight in the last two weeks! Keep it up and you will achieve your goals!!

09-12-2006, 11:40 AM
Today has started off as a great day! :dancer: As I was getting dressed this morning I put on a belt I bought last December that I haven't been able to wear in a while and it fit. It was on the last hole, but it fit! I am so excited. I was then able wear my more comfortable shoes that matched it.

trob, Sno, GetNHealthy, card congrats on the weight lose. That's even more motivation to keep going!

09-12-2006, 12:09 PM
nawchem: i am the opposite with weather, i hate it when it gets hot and humid. this summer was the warmest in 10 years and i swear i melted. now that the weather is in the 40s and 50s i am a happy camper (though it is going to get in the mid-60s today and that, i believe is about perfect).

i haven't weight myself yet this week, maybe i should buy a scale but i am sure i would weigh myself often. i did, however, break out my bike that i haven't ridden in a couple years and went for a long bike ride on sunday. i forgot that i really like riding my bike and i was amazed at the improvements on the bike paths in my area. the only problem is that during storage the chain got messed up but i dropped it off at the shop this morning.

with food i am doing pretty well, i have eaten breakfast and i am going for lots of mini-meals. i find that i don't snack so much if i know i am going to eat something in a couple hours anyways. i feel better, my mood is much nicer since i have started this, it must just be eating better.

anyways, keep up the good work everyone. :)

09-12-2006, 12:11 PM
Hello ladies!!!! Congrats on all of your losses!!!! I haven't weighed in. I plan on waiting until next Monday. I read the Fat Smashers book last night, and I am going to give it a try. I think that having a plan will make this easier. I've stayed on other plans before and done well, except when they were very rigid. I tried the Fat Flush plan and that lasted about 2 months - but it was sooo strict I couldn't stick with it. I tried WW and I was starving every day, light-headed - not for me. I worked with a personal trainer/nutritionist for 3 months and did wonderful - but then I couldn't afford it anymore.

So I think the key is choosing a healthy plan that doesn't restrict me for too long and doesn't keep my calories super low. The Fat Smash plan seems reasonable. You go 9 days without meat, caffeine and most complex carbs - a detox. Then in Phase 2 you bring back meats, some complex carbs and caffeine. Phase 2 lasts for 3 weeks. Then there are 2 more phases each one bringing back more. The 4th phase even allows for the occasional pizza or cookie.

I am phsyched about this. I have to travel for work Thursday and Friday, so I'm not going to start this until Sunday. that will give me Saturday to shop for and plan out my food better. I will try to make healthy choices in the mean time though.

Dh is going to do a modified version of this with me. He wants to make a change because of his health. He doesn't want to give up meat, so that's the main difference between what I'm going to do and what he'll do.

Thank you for the encouragement. I do need to just do it because I know if I stick to something and get my exercise in I will be successful!!

09-12-2006, 03:35 PM
CH4Health wow that plan sounds to restrictive... i dont think i can do that at all... "9 days without meat, caffeine and most complex carbs " OH MY GOSH !! I think that has to be bad for health... You just need to make healthier choices... instead of reaching for that donut... have yogurt... or if you feel you need it have a bite or 2 ... and toss it (or leave it for who ever else grabs it... I know its hard but you have to keep in mind what you are working for... just remember how you will feel... not only thinner but more confident and comfortable in your own skin...

To beable to go shopping and find something you love and for them to have it in your size... It just want makes you feel so good... Doing this for yourself and no one else...

Well I still have a lot more to go... But I know I can do this... just think about that...

well much luv to all... you are not alone we are doin this together..:hug:

09-12-2006, 07:45 PM
Just checking in, having a great day for the most part. 3:00pm snack got a little out of hand but I had skipped my 6:00 am breakfast so hopefully they evened out.
CH - pre-hubby I often went meatless so I don't see that being a problem with alternatives, but caffine withdrawal is horrible. I know from experience. I gave up my coffee with my 2nd pregnancy and it was weeks of pain. If your caffine intake is high the withdrawal may affect you. Just something to keep in mind. Other than that do what you have to do and good luck.

09-13-2006, 01:23 AM
Oh man I was so hungry all day today. I planned to eat a lot more tomorrow- on plan of course. Last march for my bday all I wanted was a comfortable bra. I got the perfect one, but its not doing the job anymore. I got measured and I lost 6" around my ribs. This is so weird because I didn't lose any weight.

I 'm so jealous of you guys dieting with your husbands. I'm not married and every guy I've dated is annoyingly thin.

You losers are doing great! I can't believe how fast you're taking it off.

sno thanks for the link.

trob we're probably related, my grandma is from arkansas and she had 10 kids.

Bertine good job on the bike, I bet its beautiful there. Can you go out on the bike in the winter? I was so excited last year I never lived any place that snowed before. Everytime it snowed I would run outside and go for a walk. One day my neighbor saw me this little old man he said "your not from around here are you", I was out walking at -10 degrees.

CH4- you are strong, fat flush I and I didn't make it one day together. I was wondering what you do eat on your plan. From the way you described it I'm picturing poptarts and ice cream. Good luck, I bet it feels good to decide on your plan.

Getn healthy- don't let that gross old work hag get you down. He married YOU!

09-13-2006, 01:32 AM
Once a week I eat a pint of ice cream and noone makes good coffee ice cream with fudge swirls. B&J used to make To Russia With Buzz but they discontinued it, Starbucks is good but its not sold in pint sizes. Can you suggest they do that? I can't be the only person that only likes that flavor ice cream. There's a big hole in the market. Thanks!

Get n healthy
09-13-2006, 09:42 AM
Good morning all, had an okay day yesterday. BLOATED like a dang balloon today because of TOM. I know i havent put on fat, but water is off the chart. I can even feel the puffiness of my face when i look down. I think the problem is that my birthcontrol pills have a diuretic in them AND i have not been drinking any water. So combine me being off my BC pills for TOM AND not drinking water...i look like a puffer fish and the scales, sadly, reflect that. So i bought an over the counter diuretic today. No way i am stepping on the scales friday to be 3 pounds up when i have worked my butt off. So hopefully i can drain some of this water off...i feel gross.

I had one of those days yesterday where you are hungry ALL DAY. Not like a little hungry but just starving, ready to say the heck with it and just eat. So considering how hungry i was and how lazy i felt, i did really well. Didnt go over my cals for the day but i was definately at my max. I exercised a bit more than usual to make up for it.

Hopefully today i can keep myself from being hungry by keeping a mug of hot tea near me most of the day and ice cold water on the other side of me.

Hope you all have a great day.

09-13-2006, 12:08 PM
Hi all:

it has been a weird week so far--had intense TOM and a wide open eating day yesterday. Also have not been exercising. Today is catch up day--I plan to exercise and get back on plan. Glad to hear you all have been doing so well--you are an inspiration.


09-13-2006, 05:14 PM
Well just had my afternoon snack, an orange. I get to leave work early today to go the doctor's office to get my bloodwork results and see how bad my cholestrol is. Hopefully it is not that bad. That doesn't matter because I plan to lower in my new eating and exercise plan. Have a good day everyone!

09-13-2006, 06:09 PM
Good job stacy I was so hungry yesterday too. I am going to try the hot tea idea. Luckily I can eat as many cals I want so I'm eating a lot today.

sno I love the term open eating. I usually have cheat or free day every week but I think open sounds better. Good luck getting back to it.

dolly wishing you low cholesterol on your test results. So many healthy people seem to have high cholesterol these days I wonder if it really matters? I've had the opposite with too low cholesterol but I started eating more fat and less chocolate and it went normal.

09-13-2006, 08:29 PM
Had a so-so day today, went a little over with supper, but was good the rest of the day, so here's hoping.

nawchem - my problem is if my skinny little husband diets he's going to be invisible from the side, so I'm dieting with him eating chips and the chocolate he craves after a nap. I settle for no one right now.

dolly - good luck on your test results.

Getnhealthy and snow - you survived tom and that counts for a lot!!

09-13-2006, 10:31 PM
nawchem- what part of arkansas?

had a good day overall...not that great at dinner but wed. is our family food fest. my mom lives with my sister and every wed. she cooks a huge meal for the whole gang. it didn't do TOO bad. the rest of the day i stuck to my ww core menu so i feel pretty good. i was still at 203 this morning so no gain but no loss either. i have ww tomorrow afternoon and i doubt that their scale will show a loss. oh well, one day at a time.
later all!

09-13-2006, 11:58 PM
Hi everyone,
I just joined this site and I have been looking for a challenge to get me motivated. I really like what you gals have going on here and I was just wondering if you all would mind if I jumped on board with you? I know you started a few weeks ago, but I figure if I weigh in and start up on Monday the 18th I still have 15 weeks. I would like to lose 25 pounds by the New Year and I haven't been able to get motivated. I feel like I have been on a diet forever and I need something to really push me not just to diet but to get active. I'm 25 and just got married a year ago so we don't have any children yet but I want to get healthy before we start. I also just want to feel good about myself once and for all. Please help me!!

09-14-2006, 12:30 AM
Great to have you here whirley and we will do our best to keep you motivated.

09-14-2006, 12:34 AM
card- I take it back. No envy here. I wouldn't be able to stand that.

trob- they originated in a really small town I can't think of the name but the largest big city was Hope. My grandmothers last name is Underwood. She lived to 104 and everyone called her Aunt Luna.

whirleygirly- I love your name!!!! Hey the more the merrier! Its going to be fun to add up all the pounds we've lost by New Years, its already quite a bit. I hope you learn to feel good about yourself no matter what you weigh. You are a person of value here on earth for a purpose.

09-14-2006, 08:13 AM
Welcome Whirley Girl... its gonna be a good day today...
Yesterday I was so down... I did not want to do anything... But I stuck it through... I went to the gym anyways... When I got out of there i felt so good... And energized... totally worth it... Im glad I went and did not wuse out..

Get n healthy
09-14-2006, 10:44 AM
Tired and lethargic today. TOM cramping is in full swing. I just took two midol so hopefully that will at least take care of that part. I did manage to get my exercise in yesterday before the cramps started, so i was happy about that. Tommorrow is my weigh in day and i am hopeful although nervous about the water weight. I am so ready for the weekend.

Sno-So sorry to hear your TOM is putting you through so much trouble. It sure can throw a wrench in your stride cant it? Get up, dust yourself off and start anew. :carrot:

Lach-Good for you for sticking it out even if you didnt feel up to par. I know that is hard, i have fought that :devil: several times this week. Isnt it amazing how much better you feel though when you pull through and perservere at the gym/workout. :D

Whirley-:welcome2: Your 25 pounds goal sounds perfect. I think that is about what i have left for my new years goal as well. Lots of support and motivation here. Of course motivation has to come from within but i think this group does a good job of inspiring me, which in turn helps me motivate myself. :boxing:

Trob-Wow, good for you for holding fast, a middle of the week food fest would blow my week. :hungry: I would not do well with that at all. Kudos to your for enduring that every week. We have something like that on sundays. I have really made an effort to even make our family food fest healthy without everyone noticing. Lots of fruit stuff for desert versus cakes, lite dressing instead of fattening ranch on the salads...just the little has been a help.

NAW-I have a cheat day once a week too. It helps me to stay on track...i dont feel deprived what so ever. I can tell myself throughout the week, okay, i can have that on helps the cravings pass. Although usually by the time cheat day comes, i have forgotten most of the past cravings and moved on to other ones. I love the psychiatry tricks i play on myself. :dizzy:

Dollypie-How did the bloodwork results go? I want to get mine done in Nov and see if anything has changed since i started in July.

Ok ladies, i guess i should actually work for a little while. Hmmm or not. ha ha.

09-14-2006, 01:27 PM
Okay so I got my bloodwork results back and I am really really depressed. The good news is that my triglycerides went down by 60 points and my good cholestrol increased to where it needed to be so way to go me:D . The bad news is that the bad cholestrol increased by 50 points. I was shocked too to hear this, how could this happen? My doctor was not happy about this. She said my diet seems to be good because my trigylcerides have gone down. Exercise is what will reduce it though she said. She said I need a minimum of 5 days a week....good thing I have started doing this. She did admit that heredity could play a part in this, but I need to be more active. To motivate me she made a copy of the results and told me to put in on the refrigerator. I don't know yet if this will encourage me or make me mad when I look at it every time I open the door of the fridge. So last night I took the dog to the dog park and we played fetch, this helped me chill out. Then I ate some M&Ms and Pringles, way to go Amanda. This made me feel even worse so I went to bed. This morning I did go work out and have decided that last night was a slip up and today is a new day, so I am getting back on track. I am still pretty bummed out my cholestrol though.

GetNHealthy: try to go on a light walk, that always helps my cramps

whirleysgirl: WELCOME ;)

lachona: way to stick it out and make it for a work out:carrot:

09-14-2006, 01:41 PM
so i am completely overwhelmed by looking for another job, which means i should find one pretty quick but i was trying to REDUCE stress.

Last night I had a board meeting and ended up eating a lot of cookies, i am not too upset though since i am in the middle TOM and haven't eating candy yet and i didn't get dinner. today is burrito day at work and i decided when i started this that i wouldn't stop that since it is my favorite day of the week.

i weighted myself and i am at 186 pounds, i don't know if that is good or not, it is another pound off and i have felt a lot better but i feel like i am not loosing enough (even though i know that is about the correct amount to lose.) I don't really feel like i am too restrictive. mostly i have been trying to change the way i think about food. feh, i keep thinking about going to New Zealand over christmas and looking good in a swimsuit (and being in good enough shape to attempt to try and surf). that will keep me going.

CH4Health: I have been thinking about following the Fat Smash Diet, mostly because I know I have to rework habits of eating and that diet seems to reinforce that.

nawchem: well, today it is getting up to 80, so i am not sure it will be that great. October is the most beautiful month with all the leaves changing. I am really looking forward to that. I used to commute to work on my bike almost year round (feb is just a miserable month) and with the right tires you can ride in the snow. Minnneapolis plows the trails pretty quickly too. I love snow, so i understand running outside to be in it. :)

Whirley: welcome! i am trying to loose about the same amount. :)

09-14-2006, 03:05 PM
My wt is down 3lbs to 154. Ya guys I stood on the scale for the longest time savoring the number. :smug: I'm going in the hospital for a sleep study tonight, hopefully I'll start sleeping soon. I barely sleep 2 hrs most nights. I started drinking the atkins shakes for breakfast, their fast and chocolaty and I think their helping me lose.

I was really upset yesterday. I paid $2000 to this lawyer last year to fix the title on my house because the laws changed and your not allowed to buy the house the way I did so the title reverted to the previous owner. Now I'm trying to sell it and the real estate co ran the title and its totally messed up. I can't afford to pay rent here and a mortgage, and another lawyer to fix it. I ts really been a trial. :( :( :(

dolly at least 2 of the tests improved. I have a friend with your situation, he cut out sugar and his cholesterol went down a bit, then he added tons of fruits and veges and it came down to normal.

09-14-2006, 03:07 PM
BTW the m&ms pringles combo sounds good :)

09-14-2006, 03:48 PM
Hi all:

went back to swim today--boy did it feel good--it puts me in a good mood as well as gives me a good work out--my shoulder was kinda hurting today before I swam so I took it easy. When I saw the doc about my knee he liked it that I was swimming--said that he doesnt see swimmers for knee injuries--but then he added that he saw them for shoulder injuries! My motto is no more injuries!

I just reserved a bunch of books on improving flexibility and another called the "Pain free program". So I hope they will help.

A lot of posts! It is so great to see everyone's thinking and progress. I know it is painful to post our slips but I learn so much from hearing how people are doing--thanks for that!

Welcome Whirley--you have some great goals!

Esmeralda--great job at hitting the gym when you didnt feel like it! It always pays off huh.

Trob--just hang in there--as long as you are eating right the pounds will come off--sometimes the body just does its own thing!

Card--I have dieted when my hubby was not and listening to him crunch on chips and cereal made me homicidal at times. Sometimes I would just have to leave the room!

Getnhealthy--sorry about the cramps--sometimes it is just like that--mine is finally over:D

dolly--you did good to go for a walk even tho you were disappointed. I know someone who got relief from taking garlic tablets for their high cholesterol.

Bertine--I am so jealous about New Zealand! It sounds so wonderful. I would love to go there. I remember how beautiful it was in that movie the Piano.

Nancy--too bad you are still struggling with problems with that house--sorry to hear that. At least the weight is down--I hope the sleep clinic helps. Nothing worse than not sleeping.:hug:

09-14-2006, 03:57 PM
I wanted to update this and we can add our sucesses too if we want--let me know if I need to add anyone!

CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36--5 down--31 to go!
Nawchem-will change behaviors
********---will lose 30
lachona---will lose 40
Chaarli----will lose 20
Dollypie---will lose 27
Whirleygirl-will lose 25

09-14-2006, 07:35 PM
sno, add me: will lose 25 pounds (why not try, right?)

09-14-2006, 10:00 PM
Okay I have to get my act together, I've been mucking around.
I'm going to set myself some goals for the next week.
1. Only weigh 1x a week.
2. Drink my water
3.Continue with the good exercise I'm doing.
4.Track everything I eat.
I know I can lose weight again but I'm having a real hard time getting back into step with anything.

09-14-2006, 10:58 PM
welcome girly!! good luck!!

nawchem- i am from the north central part of the state. which is a long way from hope. my did work in a little town called murfesbor which is right outside of hope. there is also a nashville down there. small world!

one pound down today at ww. yeah me!

09-14-2006, 11:14 PM
There you go Bertine! Good goal--we now have 15 and a half weeks left--the goals are do-able!

CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36--5 down--31 to go!
Nawchem-will change behaviors
********---will lose 30
lachona---will lose 40
Chaarli----will lose 20
Dollypie---will lose 27
Whirleygirl-will lose 25
Bertine----will lose 25

If anyone wants me to add on their loss so far or other NSV to their name or anything, let me know! It would be fun to see how much we have lost so far altogether! I just cant remember what everyone has lost so far

09-14-2006, 11:18 PM
:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: Yay Trob--you have been wanting to see some movement--that is great!! Keep it up.

Chaarli--good to have you back and nice goals. I think keeping it simple like that is the best way to lose. Just learning some great easy to stick to habits and keeping to them is the best way. Let us know how you do!

09-15-2006, 12:48 AM
Good day here, stuck to the diet. Hopefully the scale will reflect it. I have decided to increase my protein, I just realized through fitday that I am not getting very much with my new 6 meal a day program. So I bought eggs and diet lunch meat, we'll see how it goes. I don't eat nuts or lentils so I am looking for other substitutes. All ideas welcome.

Snow my loss is on my ticker on my sig. Congrats on swimming again, I can't wait until next June so I can set up my pool again.

dolly sorry to hear about the tests, keep on trying and as the song goes "two out of three ain't bad"

bertine you are a better man than me, I'd have been reduced to tears, ice cream and cheezies by now.

nawchem congratulation!!!!! You must be so proud!!!!

Chaarli keep on trying, I know you can do it, you just have to get back into the mind set. It gets easier to get back on the wagon, everytime I fall off and it is longer in between slips. Just get back on and keep trying.

trob congrats on the pound!! every pound counts, well maybe only the down ones, I still think the up pounds shouldn't count, but I just can't figure out how to get around basic science laws.

09-15-2006, 02:05 AM
murfesbor I'm going to map that. :D

I'm finally losing wt and the reason is that my thyroid is too high. I feel like I can't lose wt when my thyroid is normal. I'm going to cut back on my medication. :?: I hate to do it when I've been losing and I feel good but my bp and heartrate are a little high so I have to.

09-15-2006, 01:05 PM
Thanks everyone for the words of advice. I am just going to stick to a healthy diet and keep excercising. I will try to add more fruits and veggies though. I can't wait for today to be over with. Some friends of my DH and I are coming to town this weekend and we always have so much fun when they are in town. I think the plan tomorrow might be to go to Houston and furniture shop though. Hey, I can do any type of shopping, even if we do have to stop at Bass Pro Shops for the guys. We are also going to eat at our favorite seafood place, I hear the best blackened shrimp cesear salad calling my name. I am going to ask them to put the dressing on the side this time.

Bertine: I can totally relate that finding a less stressful job can be stressful. Just be patient and be picky, don't take the first offer that comes. Make sure it is right for you and you don't compromise.

Nawchem: I can relate, DH and I had two house payments when moving. I have a question though. Even though the laws changed wouldn't your title still be valid because of grandfather laws? The M&Ms and pringles were good at the time, now I think yuck! Things I will do when I emotionally eat.

Sno: I have heard of garlic tablets, and then someone at work told me to eat a teaspoon of cinnamon a day.

Chaarli: at you can track your calories and they list the national brands and restaurants as well.

trob: a pound is a pound, especially if is down a pound:carrot:

card: try milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese

Get n healthy
09-15-2006, 02:13 PM
Good afternoon ladies, Doing well today. Today is my weigh in day and i am very happy with the results. Cant wait til the group weigh in day. TOM did not get me down this week. HOORAY> :carrot: I really think the 30 minutes on the elliptical 6 days a week was the key this week. It seems i can not be as strict on the diet as long as i get some good cardio in. I can definately handle that.

LOTS of stress at work. I am in a war with my boss at this point, he took me from full time to 8-2, now today he is saying 9-1. All this while i am trying to refinance my house. Not to mention bimbo chomping at the bit for my office. It has had me on the verge of tears, which i am hoping is mostly just cause of TOM and that the tears will pass. But i just hate job stress, i really do, it is just so out of my control. :fr: So i am trying to have the mentality that eventhough my job is out of my control, i can at least control how i handle the i am not resorting to old habits of eating my way through this stressful time. I am instead opting for the ellipitical to be my way of working through it. I pray for strength. :yoga:

Bertine- I know that stress of job hunting, i am about to do the same thing. One pound down is certainly good news. :cp: As long as that scale is going in the right direction it is always good news. You talked alot about your eating this week, are you able to get any exercise in? That seems to be the key with me. My one pound weeks are the ones where i have done little exercise. 25 pounds is a good goal for new years. I think that is about what i have left for my new years goal. We can do it.

Naw- 3 pounds woohoo :bravo: Hope the sleep study goes well. :goodluck:

SNO-Glad you got a good swim in. Sorry about your shoulder. I can relate, my heel spurs are giving me torment lately. And something is making my feet go numb after about 15 mins on the elliptical...wonder if it is related to the heel spurs? I like your idea of adding our victories along the way. Put me down for 10 pounds lost towards New Years goal.

Chaarli- Sounds like a good, thought out plan. One day at a time. The hardest part is just getting started. Once i am out of the gait and running it is much is the getting my butt in gear that is hard for me. :coach: You'll get day, one meal, one workout at a time.

Dollypie-Sounds like a good plan. Hope you have a good weekend with your friends coming to town and enjoy that shrimp for me, sounds yummy. :hungry:

Trob- Down one pound. WTG :cp:

Ok ladies, i am back to the grindstone at work, while i still have a job.

09-15-2006, 03:37 PM
CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32--10 down--22 to go!
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20--4 down--16 to go!
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36--5 down--31 to go!
Nawchem-will change behaviors.
********---will lose 30
lachona---will lose 40
Chaarli----will lose 20
Dollypie---will lose 30--7 down--23 to go!
Whirleygirl-will lose 25
Bertine----will lose 25

Okay, so far we I have 26 lbs lost!

Get n healthy
09-15-2006, 04:36 PM
Thanks Sno, that is pretty cool to see how the group is doing. Might be good for acountability too.

09-15-2006, 08:08 PM
I'm adding me to this list!
CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32--10 down--22 to go!
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20--4 down--16 to go!
trob------will lose 30
Sno------will lose 36--5 down--31 to go!
Nawchem-will change behaviors. --down 3
********---will lose 30
lachona---will lose 40
Chaarli----will lose 20
Dollypie---will lose 30--7 down--23 to go!
Whirleygirl-will lose 25
Bertine----will lose 25

Okay, so far we I have 29 lbs lost!

09-15-2006, 08:19 PM
They had 2 cardiologists on the show, they went thru this one womans house and showed her all the wrong stuff she was eating. She had extreme fatigue and overwt. Then 6 months later she had lost over 40lbs and felt great. Then they showed a heart bypass operation, the patient was an overwt smoker that didn't exercise. Man, her heart had gobs of fat hanging off of it and her lungs had black stuff on them. After they put in the new vein the heart wouldn't restart, they put paddles on it and then a pacemaker and it finally started again. I was almost crying I thought she was dead.

So here's the list of foods to avoid and foods to eat. They explained how these foods keep your body from being to heal itself and be healthy.

Bad, Bad, Bad foodsthese shouldn't be in the top 5 ingredients of anything you eat
1. sugar
2. high fructose corn syrup
3. enriched flour
4. hydrogenated oils/transfats

Really, really good foods
1. chocolate
2. garlic
3. tomato with oil (especially tomato sauce)
4. olive oil
5. spinach
6. pomegranite
7. nuts

*If you found yourself cheering when you saw chocolate you must be a choco addict like me -- it wasn't really on the list guys. But don't you think it should be?

09-15-2006, 08:19 PM
Okay so today is Saturday here and the day of the week that I like to start for the new week. I've weighed in and I'm just about to put my scales away for the week so roll on next Saturday.
I've started out well and feel inspired, I'm going to rejoin my local gym for three months at the beginning of October..just waiting til after the school holidays here.
Thanks for the support and the kind words everybody. Look forward to posting a good losss next week.

09-15-2006, 08:28 PM
My turn to add to this list!
CH--------will lose 30
Eycia------will lose 42
Stacy-----will lose 32--10 down--22 to go!
beforeim---will lose 21.5
bopi------will lose 30
golfsalot--will lose 20
yogini----will lose 30
card-----will lose 20--4 down--16 to go!
trob------will lose 30-3 down--27 to go
Sno------will lose 36--5 down--31 to go!
Nawchem-will change behaviors. --down 3
********---will lose 30
lachona---will lose 40
Chaarli----will lose 20
Dollypie---will lose 30--7 down--23 to go!
Whirleygirl-will lose 25
Bertine----will lose 25

Okay, so far we I have 32 lbs lost!

i have reset my tracker to show what i was at the beginning of this challenge. i didn't realize that i had lost 3 pounds until right now! (

09-15-2006, 09:09 PM
Thank you all so much for welcoming me in the gang, you all seem so supportive and I can't wait to get started. I'll be jumping in head first on Monday and right now I'm trying to clean my fridge out and get my schedule straight for workouts. Does anybody have any suggestions for low calorie snack foods or fun workouts? I want to try to keep myself from getting bored so quickly. Hope you all have a fun weekend!

09-15-2006, 11:18 PM
I have not had a great week, I can tell TOM is on the way and I am irritable. My boss' awful hair cut has made me want to yell at her since Tuesday, when she took off and left us short staffed to get it. My DH is really going deaf and repeating myself is driving me crazy and thank goodness all the kids are gone this weekend because I am down to my last nerve and it is about to snap. I over ate today which just aggrevates me more. And my 86 year old grandfather is planning a family reunion for next summer which puts just a little more time pressure on this weight loss thing because I will not wear a sweatshirt in 1000 degree weather next summer to hide the fat. So after new years I will be looking for another challenge because I really want to be at least 155 by next summer. And I have a million things to do but will be putting 3 inch base boards on a wall that used to have 4 inch base boards, which means it is going to look awful and have to be painted and it isn't even my house. Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.

nawchem - do what you have to do but put your health first and foremost.

dolly - hope you have a great weekend.

getnhealthy - cry, some days that's all you can do. Then pick up the pieces and life goes on.

chaarli - good luck in the new week.

trob - congratulations!!!!

whirleysgirly - I eat fruit, 4 or more times a day, pre cut veggies are nice. my new thing is protein, so boiled eggs, nuts if you like them, the list goes on and on.

Get n healthy
09-16-2006, 12:04 PM
Good morning ladies. Well i am a tad bit irritable this morning with the kids. Although i think that is because the house was spotless yesterday which apparently means for my dd to make a fort in her room using everything that is in her room, which as you mothers know, means everything ends up on the floor. So i am currently in a "clean your room battle" with her...not how i wanted to start my saturday. Then there is the whole TOM issue. Whatever. I ate an oreo blast yesterday from was a calculated splurge. :cookie: Usually once a month i allow myself a totally off the wall treat (during TOM week). It bothers me today, makes me feel like i took two steps forward ony to take one step back. But i dont know why it bothers me, it was planned and i knew what i was getting into. I just wish i would have split a small with my daughter instead of us both getting a small. I think just a couple of bites would have helped that sweet tooth. But whatever. Today is a new day, two midols down, and one ellipitcal to go, ha ha.

Card- Honey, i can TOTALLY relate to the irritability. :mad: Also, i can relate to finding a new challenge after new years. I will need one too, I have to be a bridesmaid in May next year. I REFUSE to be the fat bridesmaid. So on the bright side, at least we have something motivating us to do our best and stay on track. I will really be disappointed in myself if May were to roll around and i am this big or God forbid, even bigger by my friends wedding. So that is something to have in the back of my head.

Whirley-I try to keep ONLY healthy snacks on hand, that way, if it is not there i cant eat it. :nono: Some of the things i keep on hand are light string cheese, yogurt, ff pudding, seasonal fruits, 100 cal cheese and crackers, light granola bars. Exercise is a big thing for me too. :ebike: I can really tell on the scale when i have been slacking in the exercise. What keeps me from getting bord mostly is watching a movie while i am on my elliptical. I LOVE my ellipitical, best money i ever spent, i do it 6 days a week, 30 minues a day. Then 3 times a week i do a video before the ellipitical, i really like Winsor pilates (nothing advanced) and core secrets (balance ball). My dd LOVES to do the vidoes with me...we even bought her a small exercise ball, since she is just 7 for core secrets and her own pilates mat.

Trob-Good job with the 3 pounds down. :cp: I love sno's idea of laying it all out like that, maybe she could post results once a week or something.

chaarli-That is great about joining a gym. :lifter: I think you will be amazed at the results.

Naw-I liked your list. I was so happy to see that i dont eat any of the stuff on the bad list but i do eat A LOT of things on the good list. Good for you for being 3 pounds down. :cp:

Well it seems talking/venting to you all is very good for me. I am in such a better mood after reading some posts in this thread. And just writing this message, has me in a better mood. It is so good to connect with others that have the same struggles. :hug:

09-16-2006, 12:12 PM
Well we are just coming around the corner on week three--time flies when you are having fun and working on goals. It is really inspiring to see how much everyone has lost--and reading the struggles of those who havent--I have been there so many times!

I havent been perfect with my eating due to my whole long TOM thing, but it hasnt been too bad--i have been eating in a lower zone. Also--I worked out 3 times this week--my shoulder was okay yesterday swimming so I am keeping my fingers crossed! I will see about working out today--tho I really like to rest on the weekends. My friends personal trainer said that when losing weight rest days are as important as workout days.

I just keep thinking about fall coming and I want to fit into the clothes I had last fall--and I am not too far off. Also, hitting those after xmas sales and getting some nice bargains in a smaller size!! I just helped my friend who lost 90 lbs from WLS to clean out her closet. It was fun

Keep it up Stacy--that was an awesome post--I have heel spurs too--and knee problems--all weight related I think! So another motivating factor to lose. Also--do you have an elliptical at home? What brand? I am thinking about it but cannot really afford--I see the cheap ones and think I could break one of those in no time! And think about all the weigh you have lost just in the time you have been with us--10 lbs--that is amazing. Sometimes when one thing is going well the others dont--I think for me a big breakthrough would be keeping up with my weight loss despite how things are going in my life.

Nancy--wow that Oprah sounds powerful. So tomato sauce but no pasta? That sounds kinda hard. And the thing about nuts and me--I tend to gorge on them--but maybe I can figure out a way to make little packets of them to eat--I am doing okay with having my one treat a day with little pre-packaged cookie packs. Maybe I could do the same with nuts. And let us know how the sleep study is going. I used 5-htp for a long time to help me sleep and now I dont need it anymore tho I occaisonally use skullcap herb and/or passionflower.

Chaarli--stick with us--we have a great weight loss momentum going. let us know how you are doing and what your goals are for behavior change.

Card--I hate that feeling that everything is irritating. Just remember it will pass! My husband has some hearing loss too and I have to work on not getting irritated when he wants something repeated--he gets irritated too and I have to remind him not to be grumpy when he asks me to repeat. We have talked about hearing aids. Dont worry--we will probably create another challenge when this one ends--I want to be 180 by next summer. If I get down to 218 in this challenge that would be 38 lbs in 5 months which is very do-able--it is fun to look ahead! All of this is possible we just have to make it happen and not let the small slips turn into big detours! Thanks for sharing your angst. It does sound like you need a weekend off--no chance of that?

Whew! I got inspired thinking about the next challenge. . . It will be so cool!

09-16-2006, 12:20 PM
Hi stacy-

we were posting at the same time! I responded to your previous post but this one was great too!!

09-16-2006, 12:55 PM
I drank a whole cartoon of carb countdown chocolate milk and I gained 2lbs! :( The snow level is down to 8500 ft, the ski lifts start running Nov 1st and there may actually be enough snow. I've never skied but I figure I could try snow shoeing. That burns about 400 cal/hr and it sounds fun. I live on a golf course so I might be able to do it in my backyard.

I don't know anything about that house situation. There's a lien on it for $153,000 from the past owner back in 1982 and they said the title said I own the house with my ex husband Harry and he has to sign off on it. I've never been married. So its a real mess. I still owe $30,000 on the mortgage so the realtor suggested I let it go into foreclosure, buy it back at auction for less then what I owe and then I don't have to pay the taxes I would have in selling it since the value went up a lot since 1992. :?: :?: :?: And then sell it right away. I don't have a mind for things like that, but I started thinking I wanted to marry him because hes so much smarter then I am. I've known him a long time and hes very very rich so I guess he knows what hes talking about.

charli and stacy you got me motivated to start going to the gym. I tried the elliptical one time and only lasted 3 minutes. What's the secret to staying on it Stacy?

stacy I think your treat did its job. Now you feel turned off and probably won't crave anthing like that for a while. I always feel the same way after my day off.

trob good job on the wt loss!

sno I like to cook chicken or beef, mix with green beans then top with tomato sauce and cheese. The health value was eating tomatoes but when its mixed with oil it helps you absorb more lycopene. So you could just have a salad with tomato and oily dressing too. I'm going to try adding garlic to that. A lot of people have that issue with nuts. I used to but after eating as many as I wanted I got over it. The eat as much as I want idea never worked with chocolate.

09-16-2006, 01:02 PM
Well I'm feeling a little better today, no one is awake to annoy me yet though. The worst part of being irritable is I know I am being irrational but cannot control it. I finally went and hid in my bedroom last night and then went to bed early. Hopefully today will be a better day. On the up side it is my daughter's 16 birthday on Tuesday and she wants to "pimp out" her room. So I get to go to my favorite store Home Oufitters to buy her stuff. Even if it isn't for me I love to buy new stuff for the house. It's gorgeous and doesn't come in sizes.

Getnhealthy - it's nice to hear I'm not the only one. I plan to seriously watch my food intake today after so many slip ups last week. Helped along by a touch of the flu which DS had Tuesday and DH had yesterday. Thank you both for sharing. And nice to know other people are looking forward to a new challenge.

Sno - I will probably take a weekend off sometime next month, too much to do before the white stuff flies. I really hate winter. Which is probably adding to the entire cranky issue. It is so long here, snow from hopefully October (fingers crossed that it won't come until then) until April. I really think I am from some warm state but there was a mix up in the hospital. When people mention sledding and ice fishing I cringe.

Well I'm off and running soon so I hope you all have an on track day.

09-16-2006, 01:05 PM
Oh boy nancy--sorry about the saga--that sounds so weird. Okay but is the rich guy nice too? I know a sharp mind can be sexy but. . .

i will keep in mind the whole lycopene thing--I have been making my own tomato sauce lately and it is really good--but I admit I like real pasta and just count the calories to make it work. Tho I like chicken with tomato sauce too.

Tonight it is stir fry--I love that raw veggie mix from traders joes and I cook it with chicken, ginger, onions and jalapenos and little sesame oil. Yum!

Stacy--I admire your strenghth and having only healthy snacks on hand! That is why you have lost so much! I admit to having one unhealthy snack a day--I think it helps me prevent binging.

My thing is just tracking everything and making sure I eat whatever i want but dont go over a certain number of calories. So I love the prepackaged snacks--some grocery stores are carrying things like pretzels in 100 cal snack bags. And I get cookies in pre-packaged snack wrappers. But whatever works for you. I also eat healthy snacks like fruit and veggies--I always have celery and carrots in the fridge ready to eat and try to eat a cup of each a day--which is 4 servings--so that I can attain my goal of 7 servings of fruit and veggies a day.

09-16-2006, 01:08 PM

good luck with your weekend! Sorry about the whole snow issue--I was surprised because it was cold here yesterday--had to put on a sweatshirt--around 59 degrees which is unusual in Sept--it usually is one of the hottest months.

so where do you live now?

09-16-2006, 03:58 PM
card it was you and I that were switched! I was born and raised in So Cal and I hated the weather, I can't sleep at all when its over 70 and I feel irritable when its over 75. Now I live where it snows and I didn't turn my heater on most of the winter, some of my cosmetics froze and a pipe busted! I don't even own a coat just a hooded sweatshirt. To me the cold feels so good. But winter started getting on my nerves about February, it lasts too long.

sno that is so good with all the fruits and vegetables you eat. I admire you so much for doing that. I always wanted to be the person that has their cart full of produce instead of frozen food like I tend to have. They closed the healthfood store in my neighborhood and replaced it with a french bakery. We don't have traders joes or henrys, just wholefoods but I can't afford that place and they tempt me with their homemade pastries, donuts, eel and pizza.

09-16-2006, 08:04 PM
I love Whole Foods tho! We have three Trader Joes, a bunch of health food stores and no Whole Foods! I used to shop there all the time when I lived in LA.

I eat frozen veg too--sometimes I just forget the fresh ones and I end up throwing them out. But yeah--I read somewhere that eating veggies is the sure fire way to lose weight and plus anti-oxidants. Plus I have been so stressed and I read somewhere that all the nutrients in fruit and veg help out for that. Actually I read that I should eat at least two cooked veggies for dinner--which I like anyway, tho since I am not on Atkins anymore I cannot have them soaked in butter--which is okay--I like some adobo and lime almost as much.

I like it cool not cold. Broke out my fuzzy slippers this morning--they were all dusty from being under my bed so I ran them through the dryer. It was nice having those toasty slippers on my feeties!

Get n healthy
09-16-2006, 09:28 PM
Sno- I know what you mean about the snacks keeping you from binging. If i start feeling deprived it is all over. If i have the high carb snacks in the house i will eat them until they are gone. :nono: For some reason, when i eat something that is high carb, i wind up CRAVING more carbs and it becomes a terrible cycle. So i have to make sure i have protien with each meal/snack and then i RARELY crave the sweet stuff. Like you though, i do try to have the mentality that "nothing is off limits" as long as it fits into my calories for the day. Usually if it is too naughty i will tell myself i will have it friday, which usually when friday rolls around, i have forgotten about it, thank goodness. Oh, i know what you mean about thinking about fall clothes, me too. There is this pair of bluejeans that i am dying to get back into. I have forbid myself to buy any in a bigger size...i want back in those. I am getting closer. I do have an elliptical at home. It is a Reebok brand, it was on sale for $400 something, down from high $600s, i think i bought it from income tax returns one year. I do love it though. But i really miss the gym, if i didnt work days and i had the money, i would still be going to the gym and just use the ellipitical at home on weekends or something. But it is nice to have it at home, rain or shine, i always have that ellipitical. I wouldnt buy a cheap cheap one though. Mine is not top of the line but it is not the walmart ones that look like they would fall apart after a mile either. I get the same feeling about those as you do. Plus, I just dont feel good/secure on them. Hey, for tomato sauce but no pasta, have you ever tried speghetti squash? It is delicious. :hungry: My kids actually chose that for dinner over delivery pizza a week or two ago.

Card-OMG, i love your approach, "Pretty good today, although no one is up yet to annoy me"...that is hilarious, :rofl: My thoughts exactly.

Well my message is being cut short, have to go break up a dispute between my little angels. :boxing:

09-16-2006, 11:48 PM
Stacy thanks for the great idea, I think spaghetti squash is in season now. I love to munch all day and watch football after church, that will be something healthy.

sno you are really inspiring me to clean up my diet.

But I had the munchies, I went to get a sugar free frozen yogurt but the machine was broke and I got a regular chocolate brownie flavor. :(

09-16-2006, 11:57 PM
Just got back, hopefully only one day left on the floor that isn't even mine. At least helping out a little 85 year old lady is making me feel good. My aunt went and got pizza but since i had 3 pieces of fruit, 2 small yogurts, a sandwich and 3 pieces of pizza all day I guess I'll survive eating it. I live in Manitoba, one of the coldest places in the entire world I am sure. We get those lovely Siberian fronts moving in most of the winter. It can get to -40 here, and -40 Celcius and -40 farenheit are the same. Usually it is around -25 Celcius but I don't know what that is in Farenheit. I am becoming quite good at the healthy snacks with all the meals I eat every day. I broke down and ate a few small bags of cheezies this week (it is my salt week). And my ex is being a complete idiot. Lying to my kids and in general making my life miserable. My son was supposed to be there for the weekend but when I got home tonight he was here. His dad dropped him off early after he couldn't get him to move in with him. The man is an idiot. He did not see my kids for 4 and a half years, showed up drunk the first time he visited them after that so I wouldn't even let them go with him and then has the nerve to insinuate that I am a bad parent and they should move in with him. Sorry for the rant but that was really a low blow on his part.

09-17-2006, 04:55 PM
So far so good this week with a few ups and downs. There is a big fire in the national forest near us and it has made it all smokey around here. I hate that--dont like breathing it. Taking it easy today.

"sno you are really inspiring me to clean up my diet."

I dont get this Nancy--yes, I am eating fruits and veggies with an ultimate goal of eating 10 servings a day (a serving is half a cup). But I have a planned junk food nearly every day! I know I may eventually have to give this up to lose but right now I am gettng away with it. :devil:

I will look for spaghetti squash--sigh!

Card I just had to look up Manitoba on Wikipedia because I didnt have any idea--like you flag! Yipe- the weather sounds pretty scandalous! It said because there are no mountains etc that the wind pretty much scours things out year round and it gets super cold with that wind chill factor. -20 for weeks in the winter. I can see why the cranky! But it must be really clean and unpopulated right? Lots of virgin forest. I like that idea.

Sorry about the ex situation. I have learned through friends and clients that you cant protect a kid from their parents--just teach them to adapt as well as possible. At least he is an ex now and not with you! Hope your son is okay--sounds like a bad day for both of you.

I was thinking about Pizza last night and was thinking about building it in for one day next week--with black olives sound good!

Okay--getting ready for weigh in tomorrow--hope you all have a great weekend.

09-18-2006, 01:55 AM
Interesting people from all the world in our challenge. Next time you make the little table with the wts loss on it lets put our area on there, if you're comfortable. I've never traveled anywhere but I love to read about other places in the world.

Its gotten really cold here. Down to 38 last night. I've gotta get my winter clothes and my electric blanket out of storage. I'm fighting with myself not to turn on the heater yet. I have a gas heater and there's a weird chemical smell when it runs that makes me nervous. I got a space heater but I'm afraid it will catch on fire so I just end up freezing.

I decided to go to TOPS. They do a weekly weighin and have challenges. I thought it would give me a little motivation. It starts at 7am so we'll see how motivated I am when the alarm goes off tomorrow.

Sorry about the smoke sno. I hope you do all your exercising indoors until it clears up. The fire risk is so high here you can get fined if you have can of BBQ fluid on your porch.

I'm going to the gym tomorrow- its been a long time, and I don't even know what I'm going to do there. Try to work up my nerve to try the elliptical again. Everyone seems to really like that.

Sorry I'm writing away like this is my personal journal. :D

Get n healthy
09-18-2006, 10:07 AM
Good morning ladies, on my weekly weigh in, i am down 3.8 this week. I changed my ticker friday, since that is my official weigh in day, so i am still at 10 pounds from the start of this challenge. Unfortunately this morning i stepped on the evil scale and :devil: I am up 5 pounds! I cheated friday, but i always cheat on fridays, the rest of the weekend i did my exercise and ate within my what gives. Is this all because i didnt do much in the way of water? Geeze. It has to be water weight, one icecream cannot cause 5 pounds, my mind knows is just convincing my emotions that is the problem. Hopefully i can drink like a fish today and be down SEVERAL pounds tomorrow. I have done really well with cardio here lately but i think i have been slacking in the weight training department. :strong: Maybe pilates for the upper body tonight, then follow that up with 30 minutes on the ellipitical.

Went grocery shopping and bought some different stuff, to keep me from feeling in a rut. :chef: Lots of shrimp, porl loin, lean steak, and even lobster tails. Stuff that i can mostly grill and keep healthy but feel like i am splurging. The grocery bill was a bit more than usual but it was nice to buy some meats other than chicken breast.

NAW-Hope TOPS works out for you. Definately try the ellipitical. You can do it. S:cheer: The first 2-3 minutes are the hardest, after that your body will adjust. That is how it is for me anyway. When i get on mine, after the first minute, i think NO WAY can i do this for 29 more minutes...just keep pushing at it, it will get easier if you can get your mind occupied. That is why i have one at home and watch my 30 minute movies. tart off small. Tell yourself you will just do 10 minutes.

SNO-That is terrible about the forest fires in your area. I hate seeing that stuff on the news. So much destruction, it really bothers me. I imagine the air quality is suffering too. Maybe you can break out some old videos and bring that exercise in doors. Let me know if you like the speghetti squash, i bet you will like it more than you think, i know i did. :hun: If you have any questions about cooking it, give me a yell.

Card-I am so sorry about the ex problem. That would drive you crazy with frustration. Just let your kids know you are available if they need to talk and do what you can to reassure them. I would also try to sit down with them and explain, without being accusitory, that "dad has issues". :dizzy:

Ok ladies, back to work for me.

09-18-2006, 11:43 AM
hi, i am busy this morning so i didn't have a chance to read back over the weekend. i hope you are all doing well.

i have been doing good at this so far, i think. i have been eating breakfast (yogurt and with granola mixed in), i have been avoiding candy which now that i have been for a couple weeks it is much easier. i did go out friday night and i had a couple beers but i am not that worried about it.

i weighed myself last night and i am at 184 pounds, so i am down 6 pounds. that is 2 pounds a week so i am on track for new years.

09-18-2006, 12:17 PM
Good Morning everyone! There was alot of posting going on this weekend. We had a great time on our trip to Houston. I was doing great with my eating until my friend's husband wanted to stop and eat for dinner. I order a grilled chicken sandwich. It sounded healthy, but it was a different story and I ate it. It had melted cheese and bacon along with fries. Oh well we walked alot that day I eaten good earlier in the day. I think I do deserve to have one guiltless meal a week. It couldn't have been that bad because I am down 1lb. this morning:D .

I don't know what it is but after about 3 weeks of eating healthy and exercising I start to slip. I don't know if I am over confident or I just am bored, but sometime I will miss a workout or have some candy. So this week I am going to have to watch myself and record everything I eat. The gym is going to be my best friend and I am not going to miss a workout. If I can make it through this week it will be an accomplishment. I did make it to the grocery store to get my fruits and veggies for the week. It always helps if I have the healthy stuff on on had.

By the way what does everyone thing about no eating spinach? I am really upset because that is a staple for me. I put a little in my egg white omelet, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Also on the news this morning there was a segment about how this could happen to all salad greens if more controls are not put into place. How are we suppose to eat healthy if the food isn't healthy?:( I guess I will be buying the frozen precooked spinach for now.