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Old 05-01-2013, 04:48 PM   #151
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Capricious- this morning I had a whole small banana and 7 almonds. Lord I never enjoyed a fruit and nuts more than I did this morning! I used the Emerald Cocoa roasted 100 cal pack. You can get about 2.5 servings per pack and the nutritional facts are the same as the no Na roasted ones. Plus they tasted SO good! I followed breakfast up with a mid morning snack consisting of a peanut butter Grab1 bar and 4oz of skim milk. I lost a total of 3# during TO. I realize this is mostly water, but I also feel better and I'm not craving anything anymore.

Shy- One more pound to goal!! You can do this!!
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:24 PM   #152
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Angie- I feel the same as you in that cravings have subsisted ( thank goodness). I'm still waffling on the scale issue... I'll probably put new batteries in it tonight and if I'm feeling brave tomorrow I'll step on it. If I do weekly weigh ins maybe it will help keep me accountable.
I had a coach recommend putting the bars in the freezer. It makes them much harder to eat and therefore since one has to take their time the bar is more satisfying. I'd never done it because I'm not a fan of cold chocolate but in the name of doing what I can to make this work I tried it tonight. And it worked as promised. Took a bit to get through and I really enjoyed it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #153
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Good for you girls..... may the TO be only the beginning of your downhill journey! lol
Seriously though, just stick with it and measure and weight the food as much as you can and the weight will just fall off. I know it will.

This morning I stepped on the scale and was pleasantly surprised that I lost 0.5 lbs! Yay!

Current weight: 140.5
Goal weight: 140.0
0.5 lbs to go!!!!!

Yipee!!!!
BTW, I drank 9 glasses of water yesterday as I was in the sun for most of the day! I spent a total of 6 hours picking weeds from my back yard... crazy eh? Two hours in the am, stopped for lunch, two hours in the pm and stopped for a long break. I need to get supper ready and give my hand/muscles a rest! I was so sore! But that didn't stop me.... I spend two hours in the evening picking more! I was extremely sore all evening and night. I slept soundly but woke up all stiff and sore.....
Yup.... you guessed it..... I'm going out again after breakfast. I've got 1/3 of the yard still to do.
I moved into a newer house almost two years ago and realized that we have nothing but weeds growing in our lawn. I spent the better part of the spring and fall reseeding and pulling weeds (especially in the front yard).
I've already pulled the weeds from the front last week and the yard is looking good. I have to keep on top of it. I've also reseeded. AT least I have grass now. So...... I thought to just leave the backyard for the fall or next year but, something told me to just start in one area and al least get a handle on those weeds. Before I knew it, I decided to just go with it and pull out as much as I can. So now I'm pulling them all! I already have three large yard waste bags filled! They are so heavy! I need DH to help me get them into the car and off to the dump!
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:11 PM   #154
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Good Morning!
@Shy- congrats on the .5 drop- that's wonderful! All that gardening sure sounds like a workout. This is my project this year. To take the best care of my outside that I can. It's one of those talents that I've always wanted and still need to acquire. I feel I've got the cooking, tidying, organizing skills well underway. I really need to work on the gardening and sewing. We finished our green house last year and have started seedlings in the house. The weather has been terribly uncooperative however and pushed me back far further than I like. But this weekend is supposed to be a positively balmy 21 degrees so I foresee a lot of time outdoors this weekend
I am trying a new recipe that was sent along with my order from Costco from LAWL. It is for a sweet potato soup. It's simmering right now and smells wonderful. I can't wait to try it!
I put new batteries in my scale last night. Just have to decide if I want to step on it... or when...
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:07 AM   #155
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Good morning girls!

Literally take what I did the day before and apply it again to yesterday!
Am I crazy?
I've spent 12 hours pulling out weeds in two days. I'm sore, stiff and all I see are weeds, in my mind's eye! AND when I was walking around the property I saw at least seven that I somehow missed! There are so many..... it was impossible to get them all. But, hopefully all this effort will not be futile!

I did use some of that time to cut the edges of my property and to refresh the dirt around one tree. Today, when the dew finally evaporates, I will finally go out and cut the grass. It is so long. I wonder how many yard waste bags I'm going to fill? I already have 5 (maybe 6) bags filled with weeds! That's how many I had! The bags are extremely heavy. I'll probably get around three bags of grass clippings. I hope my minivan can handle all these bags. I only want to make one trip to the dump.

So anyways...
I dropped another 0.5 lbs! Yay. I did it. I reached my goal.

Now I have to decide if this is where I want to be or do i want to lose another 5 lbs!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:29 AM   #156
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Way to go Shy!!
That's fantastic news about being exactly at goal! And having your yard completely done! What a wonderful start to a beautiful day
The sun is shining here and it's supposed to get to 20!!! Yay!!! Finally, it seems that winter is on it's way out the door.
We repotted all of our seedlings last night. My husband has to put the last part of the greenhouse up and we will be off and running. We live on 40 acres... so my yard is a bit of a different situation...
I went to Zumba last night. Oh, how I had missed it. It's funny that sometimes you don't realize how valuable something is to you until you lose it. No diet is worth giving up the things that are good for you and make you feel good. So happy to be on a moderate eating plan that allows for exercise!
The Sweet Potato soup that I made from the LA cookbook that came with my order was very good. So good that I went on the site and ordered 4 more cookbooks. Working out the exchanges on foods is much simpler when it's done for me
At Zumba there was a lady that I recognized from a few months ago when I was doing it regularly and she looked fantastic. Much trimmer. I mentioned this to her (because I deeply believe that when you have something nice to say about someone you should let them know) and she was so pleased. She said she'd been having a hard time because the scale hasn't really been reflecting all her hard work but she has been losing inches because she's fitting into smaller pants. But that it was nice to hear that other people can see the difference. It is amazing how far a little encouragement will go.
The instructor was talking with us and she commented that weight is a funny thing. When we focus on it too much we have a tendency to hang on to it. Almost as though the stress of losing it keeps it on us. And that when we don't think about it so much it falls off. I think there is some truth in this. So I will continue focusing on providing my body with the best fuel possible and only as much as I need and get back to exercising a few times a week. For me exercise isn't a chore... I love the way I feel when I'm doing and after...
Shy I think this must be akin to your gardening (which does sound like quite the workout!). It is a labor of love...
Anyway, Happy Friday All!
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:16 PM   #157
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TGIF!!!!!

Shy - How exciting it is to be at goal again! I hope to feel that excitement some day too. Even in my first round of LAWL I never made it to my goal weight. Mostly because I think they set it too low for me. I hope you keep posting in here to cheer us on to the finish line!

Capricious - How was you soup? I've found myself happily living vicariously through others meals My BF say it's like porn for me lol. I've looked on the Costco website and it says that it can not find anything in regards to LAWL.

Ladies - knowing that I have your posts and words of encouragement to end my day with has been such a great help with being "good"! I do wish I had an activity I truly enjoyed to exert some energy and occupy some of the time I would usually use to obsess over my next "food fix". Zumba sounds fun, but very scary all at the same time. My works gym has a pilates/yoga pole class on sundays, but thats only 1 hour per day. I'm sure I'll come up with something.

So I'm concerned with my first weekend back on the plan. I have all of my meals planned and in my journal filled out. I have a 5k that I'm walking/jogging in. So that will be a good start, but I'm also going out with my besties for dinner. I have decided that I'll be good and enjoy their company more than the food we are eating. My second worry is that I've been house sitting at my parents house, so I have been able to surround myself with only foods that are on the plan. I go home tomorrow, back to all my BF's cookies and chips and anything else bad that I've been able to avoid for the last week. I've got great determination so we will have to see.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:40 PM   #158
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@Angie- if it helps any there are some recipes on this site for cookies. Most are an oat based... some with raisins... and they count as one starch.
I, too, am going to meet with my 'besties' next weekend. And I am really looking forward to being able to partake in a drink with them. In all my time on IP it was very difficult to do this because alcohol is forbidden... and I think my friends are frustrated with my non participatory stance all the time. They really couldn't understand why I wouldn't be more lax about it because we are only able to get together a few times a year (we live a few hours apart now). So, I take great joy in the fact that I'm going to be able to allow myself to enjoy some cheer with them
Had a great NSV today. Went to the mall with my kids and bought a pair of capris in a size 10. They were even a bit loose on me. Earlier this week when I tried on a 10- they were tight! It was a different brand but I was happy just to have them fit me so well... it was very encouraging!
My husband loves his treats as well. But the great thing about this program is that there are many things we can incorporate it just has to be in moderation. If you're really craving chips remember that 6 nacho chips is one starch.
I love a class because exercising in the same manner at the same time as a bunch of other people enables me to feel that I'm working toward a common goal. And I find them more fun than working out alone. But really, anything that keeps you active is great. So a 5k run/ walk is definitely that! Good for you!
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:56 AM   #159
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Good morning Ladies!
Sorry I didn't post yesterday. I had an early start and had to get my DD to a charity yard sale. Then I got home and loaded up the car with my weeds and headed to the dump and garden center and so on. They day just slipped away. But I really enjoyed it. It was relaxing as I got to plant some violas around my tree and some in pots. I just wanted some nice early coulour to look at. I worked so hard at pulling weeds that I want to enjoy the look of it now. I also got to fix up a couple of small flower beds we made when we first moved in and they have been neglected and full of weeds. Basically, I'm trying to make things look nice and kept and be ready for any plants I must have. At least I'll be able to get them into the ground as soon as i bring them home! This is a first for me But I have to say that it is a nice feeling.

Mind you, i still have those pesky weeds popping up. I must have pulled out 4 from the front yard and three from the back yard yesterday! I'm going after the obvious yellow ones. There are more today... I'll go out after breakfast. It's never ending. Oh well. My goal was to be on top of it all.

@Capricious; Lol. Your yard definitely is in a category by itself. If I lived there I would let the weeds do whatever they wanted to!
I sounds beautiful though.
I'm jealous of your greenhouse. I can imagine you planting an enormous veggie garden and feeding yourself for the season and freezing or canning the bumper crops!
Congratulations on fitting loosely into a size 10.... way to go! That's awesome. I remember the feeling I had when I would go down a dress size.

@Trying: Thanks! You will feel the excitement of getting to goal someday. It will happen. So what if you didn't make it last time.... you will make it this time.
Just stick to the plan. The more you do, the less you will want the junk lying around that your BF has. BEfore you know it, you'll actually pass on those foods because your mind and body will want something else. This is where the bars come in handy.... they fulfil those urges and gives you something sweet.

So.... I feel fantastic! I wasn't even really trying yesterday... I mean, I did try but then I overate a protein (and I knew I was as I was eating it but..) and I ended up eating waaaaay more starch than I was allowed. My DD1 made a bowl of popcorn late night and we shared it while waiting for the rest of the family to come home from out of town!
So why do I feel fantastic if I over ate some food groups? Is it because I felt satiated? Is it because I got to have a late, late night snack?
No. I feel fantastic because I dropped 0.5 lbs! Can you believe it?

Current weight: 139.5
Goal: ?????? (I'm 0.5 lbs less than my goal of 140.0 lbs)

Have a fantastic day and I'll check in again.
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Shy, as long as you are healthy and feeling like what you're doing is a lifestyle and not a "diet," then you can keep doing what you're doing! Good job.

My downfall in the past has been to think I was "cured" when my weight got to a certain point. That's why this time around, I have been weighing myself a lot less. I was trying on clothes to go to a ladies' club meeting over the weekend and was shocked to see how loose some of the clothes had become. I put on a shirt that was tight last time I tried it on and this time ift fit great, so I wore it to the meeting.

My daughter is coming home from college this week, so I plan on getting a summer gym membership for her, and my husband wants to join as well. I think with everyone getting on the fitness bandwagon, the weight will be even easier to lose.

I am so happy to "see" so many new faces!
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:26 AM   #161
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Tracy, thanks so much for your kind words. You're right. It is a lifestyle to me and not a diet. I feel great... I feel light... I know I will have a wonderful summer and be able to wear whatever I feel like and feel confident wearing it!
I'm proud of you for fitting into clothes 'better'. Good for you! .. and I totally understand your desire not to weight yourself everyday. If that's what works for you, then go with it.
For me, however, I feel quite lost if I don't weigh myself everyday. Thanks to LAWL it's become a habit and it keeps me in check and accountable to me.

I am still holding at 139.5 lbs and feel great. I did some more gardening yesterday and my yard is looking quite nice and kept. It's about time! I've only been here for short of two years but my efforts are finally showing. I can start to enjoy my backyard.

I'll probably do a little bit more today (in the front) and then that's it. After that it will just be to maintain everything. Any heavy duty stuff will be done in the fall..... i think. lol

What I should do, actually, is focus on the house and CLEAN it. It has been neglected and only the essential things were getting done. AFter all, the outside is clean so the inside better match!

HOW IS EVERYONE DOING?
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I hear you about the house cleaning. I have been cleaning out an area in my son's old room (he's been away at college for more than four years---in grad school now) to relocate my sewing table. I never knew so much dust could be hiding in such a tiny area! I still have a lot of moving, sorting and cleaning to do before I can move my things in. Grrr. I just have to let some things go. I can't keep every little thing that he ever did in school, etc. I think it can be a mental decluttering as well.
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Well...
It was a pretty successful first weekend. We went to a craft fair on Saturday, where quite unfortunately I lost my brand new phone
The friend that I was with invited my family over for supper as there was going to be a couple families there... which I agreed too.
It worked out that I ended up making the main dish (a blue cheese stuffed pork tenderloin). Just had a small piece of that, some veggies and a couple bites of bread. I did have two drinks... but I have given up my one bar each day so that I can have a little bit extra on the weekends.
Yesterday I was searching for my phone and on the go again but ate everything I was supposed to... Yay!
I was extremely full in the evening. I think because I'd been on the go so much that my meals were quite light early in the day and then I had a heavier supper meal/ snack. But I'll take it! I love ending the day with a full belly
@Shy- how wonderful for you that the garden is almost to the point where you will be able to enjoy your efforts! I have so much outside work to do I'm not even sure what piece to bite off first
@Tracy- it is a great feeling when the clothes start getting a bit looser. I'm constantly reminding myself that Rome wasn't built in a day and it is going to take time for me to regain the shape I want.
Had Zumba this morning again and it was HOT in there! Wow! Even with the fans going and the door open. I had sweat pouring off me when we were done. Love the endorphins after though- they just can't be beat!
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Well the 5K was a bust thanks to my iPhone's faulty directions. Oh well....I had fun with the girls and still didn't gain anything when I weighed in this morning. I did well most of today, but I had a weak moment and ate a few broken pieces of the BF's old red velvet cookies. I threw the rest away. Oh well there's always tomorrow.

On a happier note the BF fixed my Fitbit aria! I so loved and missed my scale and all it's coolness

I am glad you ladies are doing so well. Your successes contribute to my motivation!
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Okay, so.... I didn't exactly do housecleaning. I tried. I did some. I ended up going outside in the afternoon and the evening to mow the lawn. I can't believe how long it got already.

So, I have to seriously clean now.... my sister is coming over for a bit as she's in town for a dr's appointment. We've recently finished my DD1's room and my sister wants to see it. I have absolutely no idea what shape the room is in. After my tea I'm heading upstairs.

..... the grass could have waited until tonight when my sister would have been long gone.....
I have to work like I've got ants in my pants to get the things done in time... or at least presentable.
DH has to go out of town all day.... sadly a childhood family friend passed away yesterday and the funeral is today. He must have been around 45. Just 5 months ago, the father of this individual passed away.
... life is just too short...

Hmmmm......
Anyways... on a lighter note.... I don't know how it happened but i'll take it!!!
I dropped one pound overnight! Yippee!!!!!

Current weight: 138.5 lbs
Goal: ?????

**this is exactly where I was just before my birthday celebrations.

@Tracy: I know what you mean about keeping all the school stuff. I hold on to everything but my kids are 13 and under. I can imagine how much stuff piles up by the time they hit university.

@Capricious: I hope you find your phone soon.... good luck with that!
It sounds like you had a great day with your friends. It worked out great that you got to make the main.... at least you know what went into it and you know how much you are allowed to have for your serving sizes. It's great when you can know ahead and make the right choices and stay on track.

@Angie: There's always going to be another 5K! I'm glad that you made the most of your day and it ended up being enjoyable.
Also, good for you for just nibbling on the cookie and dumping the rest out. That shows sheer determination.
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