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Beverlyjoy 02-13-2012 11:01 PM

Today I went to the ortho and got a cortizone shot in my painful lower back. Am hoping it will do the trick.

I had asked my family doctor if I could take some nsaids (I take an old one, Daypro) She said no... not so close to surgery. When the surgery nurse called today to get more info... I told her how I wished I could have used the Daypro. She said I could have taken up to two days before the surgery. Grrrrr That would have nipped this back pain in the bud...so to speak. It's frustrating. Hopefully, the shot will help.

I've been struggling with my food. It's hard for me when I am feeling pain or very stressed out. I'll keep trying.

thanks for your support & wisdom and caring. I'll post again before my gallbladder surgery on Wed. morning.

thistoo 02-14-2012 06:48 AM

Beverly, you are kind of my hero for even *thinking* about sticking with your plan through all the stress and pain you're dealing with. You are a strong, strong woman. I hope your back feels a little better today and that the surgery isn't weighing too heavily.

I weighed in at 209 this morning for the third day in a row. I bought some bananas this week, which I NEVER eat because carbs are scary, and I'm wondering if they're stalling my weight loss. Will skip the banana for my afternoon snack and have some almonds instead and we'll see tomorrow morning.

I'm on day 20 of my Whole 30 challenge and it's still going fine, other than the fact that I'm not losing a whole lot of weight. I know it'll come, it's just that patience isn't my strong suit. Also if I can just get down to 208 that will mark 10 pounds lost and for some reason that seems arbitrarily important to me.

Then there's the fact that I'm going to Florida next month with my family, and while I know I won't miraculously be able to fit into all my cute, smaller spring clothes, I'd like to feel comfortable chasing my niece and nephew around all day, at least. I'll be staying with my parents part of the time and dieting at their house can be kind of a nightmare, but hopefully my well-meaning but clueless dad won't try to insist on sushi and pizza every night. (Though I might make an exception for the sushi. It's honestly the best sushi I've ever had, and sushi's my very favorite food.)

mahtha 02-14-2012 10:54 AM

Beverly, you are one amazingly strong woman. Thoughts of staying OP would not be on my radar screen if I were in your shoes. Hugs to you, I hope your back pain subsides and Wednesday's surgery is relatively uneventful aside from the great outcome.

Caroline, I've been feeling the same way about bananas lately. I love them, but are they evil?

I stayed OP yesterday, but today is a struggle. I have conjunctivitis and it appears I'm allergic to the eye drops. I'm crabby and uncomfortable and trying very hard not to soothe myself with comfort food. I'm going to try to go for a walk while I wait for my appointment time to roll around.


Salad with cilantro, black beans and roasted corn

Parm crusted chicken
Mashed potatoes
Green beans
Baked Apple with granola. (yup, it was fantastic!)

I hope everyone has a great day today.

DixC Chix 02-14-2012 01:00 PM

Weigh in 215.5

B: coffee, egg+egg sub, pumpkin, clementines
L: WW tortilla boca burger, tomato, spinach, banana
D: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, blueberries
E: circuit, zumba

Just keeping my head down, walking into the wind.

BBL for personals

iDream 02-14-2012 01:39 PM

Good afternoon ladies!!!

Whew, what a morning...lemme get to personals!

To everyone~ Thanks for all the 'woo hoos' on the working out! I knew you'd understand me having to post that major victory! :D Thanks so much!

Penguin~ Ah shoot...I wonder if RedBox has it? We ditched Netflix a long time ago, we'd end up having the movies forever and not watch them or something crazy like that. There's no way hubs would go for a vegetarian diet--ever. He's a carnivore. :lol: We don't eat a lot of red meat at home other than ground beef in spaghetti so he's already used to our main source of protein coming from chicken. I need to branch out though. I'd love more fish but there's few that I like and I'm not the best cook ever...I have a limited menu which I need to change up! Was just at Target last night and didn't see Sun Crystals, I'll check Meijer when I'm there next. I hate those skinny instructors who've never been my weight too--Denise Austin is #1 on my all time Loathe List. Ugh! I just want to beat her with the DVD case! LOL Of course I love the instructors in my DVDs now--Hunky guys and girls who don't wear make up or look super cute in adorable workout outfits. Just super strong, fit people working the heck out and sweatin' just as much as me. Of course they're way better at it, but Tony (the main guy) just says, "It may not be pretty, but keep at it! I don't care what you look like, if you lose balance or can't keep up, I just want you to do your best and KEEP MOVING!" which makes me want to kiss him a little. ;)

Mandy~ I love, love, love H&H and hope she starts posting again soon! I miss her! Enjoy your wonderful dinner tonight! I'll be living vicariously through you if that's okay. :D

Mahtha~ Man, I dunno if I could work out to a mean Wii game. I wonder if you can adjust how harsh the Mii trainer is? Press 1. for ultra tough and insulting Press 2. for moderately harsh and less insulting Press 3. for a half hearted attempt at keeping you motivated Press 4. for a giant warm hug :lol:

thistoo~ $12 for a SALAD? For the love of Peter, Paul and Mary! Holy cow...that's nutty! I see H&H stuff all over the web, references, pics, phrases...she's quite comical and I believe she's writing a book too. I'll definitely be getting it...if it's ever available. Hang in there with the weight loss--you'll hit that 10 lb mark! I'm the same way with hitting a new decade--once I do that I'll really feel like I'm making progress, it's silly but that's me I guess. Are you eating enough calories? You know I had to ask. :D

JustWant2~ I scored some lemon yogurt last night--the last one too--and I thought of you. :) It was Target brand so I hope it's yummy. Is it wrong that my mouth is watering after reading your post and that I just ate? LOL You have a menu that's way more varied than mine--I gotta step it up!

BeverlyJoy~ Aww, I'm so sorry your back hurts so bad! I hope that the shot helps with that. Do take it easy after your surgery too and keep us posted on how it goes! Sending you lots of quick recovery vibes! :) Don't beat yourself up too much about the food, just try to focus on feeling better and know that we're here cheering you on! :cheer:

DixC~ WTG on the loss!!! :carrot:

Well ladies, as I sit here typing I am very happy that my fingers are still able to function normally without pain...because every other part of me is so SORE!! :lol: I'm pretty sure I'm gunna have to take some Motrin or something before bed so I can move when I wake up tomorrow. HAHA! I worked out AGAIN today! Woot! Today was cardio and it wasn't quite as horrifying as yesterday's workout. ;) I do need some new shoes desperately, and to move my workouts down to the basement. Working out on carpet stinks! Unfortunately that means I need to clean the basement and move the dvd player down there and I'm sooooorrrrrre and don't wanna even look at the stairs let alone go down them. LOL Perhaps the hubs can do it for me? :D

Had a busy morning today! I got my workout in as soon as the kids left so that I could hop in the shower and run to the girls' kindergarten class for their Valentine's party. Holy cow was that crazy! One of the moms brought in tons of delish looking cupcakes--OMYum!! Thankfully I was waaaaay too busy making hats with 5 year olds to even consider it. Good thing too because they were HUGE and chocolate and homemade...MMMMM! So yeah, that was my morning. I'm kind of glad I had to help out, I think that I'll just workout out when the kids leave and that way I'm not trying to drag myself out of bed before dawn like I used to. Yay!

Well, I've rambled on long enough and I need to email my mom so I will say goodbye for now. I hope you ladies are having a wonderful day and that you're drinking your water like good girls! :) See ya later!!

konfyoozed 02-14-2012 03:34 PM


i decided to do my weigh in today since hubby and i are eating heavy stuff tonight and i will probably have a major bump on the scale in the morning, and i get to chart another 3.1 pound loss for the week! yay! :D my favorite part of weight loss. the very beginning (or a restart after a little while off plan)... when the weight falls off like leaves in an autumn breeze. that puts me at 6.2 pounds in 2 weeks. wheee! :)

gotta go finish dinner prep now, but i had to share!

patchworkpenguin 02-14-2012 10:35 PM

Tues Feb 14 Happy Valentines Day!
B= 1 c cereal, 1c strawberries, 1/2 c milk, vits
L= salad {feta, olives, carrots, red onion, dressing}
S= apple + PB
D= stir-fry { rice, veggies pineapple}
S= choc cupcake
S= chips and bean dip
E= 40min cardio, 10min UB, 5min stretch

Hubby brought in 2 cupcakes after dinner! Which probably means I ate back more cals than I burned off!

iDream, I actually got my start in DVDs with Denise, I rented a beginner VHS from the library of hers for several months in a row, then bought a DVD of hers. I did it for a few months then found a exercise forum devoted to workout DVD's and found other workouts to try. Now several years later I still have that first DVD, but I agree Denise can get on my nerves quickly but she's very good when you are just starting out and failed PE. We've been talking about adding more veggies to our diet for years so this took some time to develop, more than just watching the movie. I"ve been eating high protein/low carb for a while so this is a radical change for me. but basically I've tried everything else, lol. P90X? What do you think of Core Syn?

Beverly, I hope the cortizone shot works for you. Take care of yourself!

thistoo 02-15-2012 07:16 AM

Guess what? ONE day without a banana and I'm down over a pound. My body is so crazy. The scale said 207.8 this morning. I'm officially down ten pounds! :carrot:

So no more bananas for me, but I don't even really like bananas, so that's okay. I was just trying to push my calories up to keep up with my fitness plan. Though I am wondering if I've been sleeping so much more lately because I'm losing weight; last night I went to sleep at 9:30 and slept straight through until 5:30. I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning, and seeing that I dropped a pound overnight makes me wonder if I was tired because of the actual weight loss. You actually lose the weight while you're sleeping, right? I think I read that somewhere, though I have no idea where. (I should have stayed in bed! Maybe I'd be down another half pound!)

I have no idea. My brain is just as weird as my body. I don't really understand science, but it's sort of fascinating nonetheless.

I spent yesterday craving chocolate, probably in part due to the amount of candy being passed around work yesterday. But I only have ten days to go on this challenge, and I'm not going to blow it just for some chocolate.

iDream, I do P90X too. Tony and I have a close, personal relationship after two years of faithful workouts. You'd think I'd be a lot thinner! Truth is I only kept up with the strength training part during my regain, though, and I attribute it to a) not gaining more and b) not looking as heavy as I am. At least I didn't lose all my muscle tone.

Plus Tony's from Rhode Island like me so I love him even more.

Penguin, my sister damaged her back pretty badly with the Core Synergistics workout and refuses to do it anymore, but that's one of my favorites. It's hard, but it works. I hope your cupcake last night was delicious! I have been dreaming about cupcakes as well as chocolate since I've been PMSing, so I will live vicariously through you.

BeverlyJoy, keeping you in my thoughts today and hoping for a speedy recovery from your surgery.

Everyone else have a great Wednesday! I'm on brat patrol tonight while my sister and her husband take my step-nephew to see Shrek: The Musical, but as soon as I get the little ones in bed I'll get in a good workout on her spin bike while I watch Idol on their big screen. (They have a movie theater in their basement. I am the official Poor Relation.)

That's enough out of me. I'm already late for work, but I'm kind of nauseous this morning so I'm waiting for it to pass before I get in the shower and make it worse. I really need to learn not to take my multivitamin on an empty stomach.

iDream 02-15-2012 08:59 AM

Good morning ladies!!! :carrot:

Mandy~ WOO HOO!! HTG girl!! Congrats on the loss! Hey, send your Autumn breeze my way would ya? :D

~ Oh I totally agree with her being very motivational--especially to a beginner. She just kinda just makes me want to punch her in her ever perky face sometimes. ;) Core Syn is crazy. That's the first workout in the Leans program and it makes you wonder what the heck you've gotten yourself into. As I mentioned yesterday--it was a train wreck. I like the workouts though, one thing you can say is--you never get sick of doing them because they're anything but boring. Today I get to do shoulders & arms and...dun, dun, dun...Ab Ripper X...YIKES! Even when I actually had abs that was a killer workout, I can't even imagine how ugly it's going to get today!

thistoo~ Congrats on the drop! Wow, who would have thought that a little ol' banana would cause you so much grief? As for losing while you sleep...it seems that way but I dunno if it's really that way, could be, but if it is--then I got jipped last night! I went to bed at 7:30--no joke--slept through until 5:30, woke up when hubs' alarm went off and went back to sleep until 6:45 and was UP .8 lbs when I weighed this morning! Not fair I say! Not fair!! Grrr

Well, as I just metioned, I'm up .8 today and for no good reason too. Heck, after cardio yesterday I KNOW I didn't go over my cals yesterday and I'm not sure what happened but I'm irked. It could be the bowl of soup I had for dinner...lots of sodium and I retain water like a camel! A month ago I would have just said, 'forget it, I quit!' but no...I must stay focused and keep eating right and exercising even though it'll probably kill me today...Abs today among other things...ACK!! :eek:

Our dear friends will be here tomorrow afternoon--heaven help me to stay on track! Thankfully my friend is dieting too so there won't be too much temptation I hope...although she's also promised to bring pomegranite (did I spell that right?!) martinis with her...uh oh...must limit myself to one lone night of drinking and acting silly...just one! Alcohol is not much of a temptation for me, unless it's with my bffs and it's yummy ;), other than that I rarely touch the stuff anymore.

Well, best get on with my workout! Tony honey, here I come...try not to kill me k? It's been a long time since my abs have seen the light of day and we don't want to terrify them right out the gate k? :D

Have a fantastic day ladies and be sure to Drink Your Water!!!!! :carrot:

mahtha 02-15-2012 09:45 AM

Good morning everyone! :wave:

I got my new scale and feel like I'm starting over again. Up a little, but the scale? Water? Those damn bananas? Carbs in general? I haven't maxed my points on any day, let alone gone over.


A month ago I would have just said, 'forget it, I quit!' but no...I must stay focused and keep eating right and exercising even though it'll probably kill me today
Yes, that! I'm not ready to throw my hands up (OK, I'm secretly hoping for one of those crazy, outta nowhere losses by Monday since I have been a verrrryy good girl.)

Must. stay. on. track. Magic fairies seem to be otherwise engaged.

Beverlyjoy, prayers for a speedy recovery after today's surgery.

Mandy, DixC, and thistoo congrats on your losses!

Coffee/lowfat milk
fruit salad


beef/musgroom gravy
wax beans

Have a great day, everyone!

iDream 02-15-2012 10:50 AM

I'm alive!! In total awe of my fomer self who could do 50 mason twists at the end of Ab Ripper X as I struggled to do even 15 of them, but I did my best and I'll pat myself on the back for that. :)

mahtha~ Hang in there girlie!! You CAN and WILL do it! Scales be darned, you WILL DO THIS!! :D

Okay, workouts were longer than I thought they'd be (or hoped? LOL) so I gotta jet and get the girlie Qs!! :) Have a great girls!

BeverlyJoy~ Mahtha's post reminded me--here's to a quick recovery! Be sure to take it easy hun! We'll be thinking about you!

Okay, peace out chicas! Drink Your Water!!!!

time2lose 02-15-2012 12:23 PM

Hello everyone!

BeverlyJoy, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers

For some reason I have been wanting to eat more for the past couple of days. I just keep reminding myself of all the reasons that I want to lose weight. Monday and Tuesday I allowed myself some additional calories. Just a couple of hundred, enough to slow weight loss but not enough to gain weight. I think allowing myself those additional calories have actually made staying on plan more difficult. I am thinking about food that I did not even consider last week. I gave myself an inch and now I want to take a mile, :) Time to take myself in hand and stick 100% to my plan!

thistoo 02-15-2012 01:16 PM


Originally Posted by time2lose (Post 4217075)
I am thinking about food that I did not even consider last week. I gave myself an inch and now I want to take a mile, :)

That happens to me every time I let myself go off plan. It's amazing how slippery that slope can be for some of us! Good luck taking yourself in hand; I have faith that you can do it!

patchworkpenguin 02-15-2012 01:56 PM

I need to do the rest of the laundry today. Its overcast again. :( I'm planning some cardio and LB .

Dad's Bday is tomorrow so I invited my parents over to the house Saturday to make dinner for them. At Christmas Dad was talking about a meal that his mom used to make called Pasta Fazul, which he had seen in a cooking demo on TV recently so I found a recipe and am making that.

Caroline and iDream, what drives me crazy about Core Syn is that the more you do it the harder it gets so I felt like I was never improving, which got discouraging. I did the X several years ago but subbed in other cardio, I knew that much of Tony would drive me nuts.

iDream, S&A was my favorite. I keep saying I'm going to pull out the weight workouts some day and just do a week of those but I never do. I did the Lean rotation but didn't like it very much. If I ever do the whole thing again {not likely} I'd do the Classic or a 'halvsies' Double. I did Ab Ripper once then subbed in other workouts also.

Caroline, since I switched to the 'plant strong' diet I've been dreaming about veggies, I can't say that's ever happened before. This is the week of TOM and I realized usually I'm walking around screaming I NEED CHOCOLATE but not this week. I can't see how the plants are responsible for that? I was never good at science and I don't pay much attention to it and everyones conflicting opinions. Great job on your 10lbs!

Time2lose, what is it about us that we just keep demanding more? Are our bodies trying to work against us? When will it end! Good job sticking to the plan.

Mahtha, I hear you. Its like our bodies are hooked up to a random program that changes every day. Even if we have two perfect days, it seems like we'll get two different results. One good one bad.

mahtha 02-15-2012 04:25 PM

Motivation on a hanger:

I bought a hot pink dress at lunchtime! I have two weddings to go to in May. I tried this dress on before (in boring black), but it was a little snug. Today, I found it more than half off and I have 90 days to return it if it's too big when the weddings roll around :)

Justwant2Bhealthy 02-15-2012 09:05 PM

BEVERLYJOY ~ good thoughts & ^prayers^ going out for you, for a speedy recovery ... :hug:


I gave myself an inch and now I want to take a mile ...
CHERYL ~ I have to watch that with snacking mostly, esp in the afternoon or evening. Late afternoon gives me the most trouble, just before dinner. Trying .5 apple to see if that helps.

Tuesday: pacific wild salmon (poached) + leftover barley/rice + veggies
Wed: wg pasta/hamburger skillet with lotsa veggies

Did my stretches, toners, flexers, hand-weights, indoor walking, plus the usual housechores to keep myself moving each day ... :D

patchworkpenguin 02-15-2012 10:09 PM

Wed Feb 15
B= 1 coffee, 1 egg/veggie burrito {made with leftover fritatta}
S= cookie, brownie {now the choc cravings show up:o}
S= banana
D= salad, Tomato/Lentil soup with spa squash, 5 bliss, 1 c milk
S= banana, 1/2 c ice cream, coconut, choc syrup, whip cream
E= 25min cardio, 15m LB, 25min Classical stretch

iDream 02-16-2012 08:13 AM

Just a quick pop in as I have to get my work out in (ditching YogaX today because it's a crazy long workout and I'm short on time and will do CardioX instead), shower, make lunches for the girlie Qs, pick them up and then haul bootay to the store before our friends get here. :)

I hope everyone had a great day yesterday!! Have a fantastic rest of the week and a great weekend! I'll be MIA but I'll be thinking about you all and cheering you on to make good choices and to not forget your WATER! :D

Until Monday...be good to yourselves ladies!!! :)

mahtha 02-16-2012 09:20 AM

Trying to keep a a good attitude, but I'm not seeing positive movement on the scale and I'm VERY frustrated. I'm hoping a very low point day today will jump start things again.


coffee/lowfat milk
fruit salad

16 chips (yup, I counted!)

baked chicken
mushroom risotto

Happy Thursday, everyone... the last work day before FRIDAY!

thistoo 02-16-2012 11:07 AM

207.4 this morning, which puts me solidly in 207 territory. I'm enjoying the steady loss while it lasts, because TOM is looming and then the numbers will go up for awhile.

I'm extra hungry this morning but ignoring it since lunch is in an hour. It's rainy and dreary out, which isn't really helping my resolve not to cave and drink the hot chocolate that's in my drawer, but I'm on day 22, so there's no way I'm throwing in the towel now.

Only eight more days after today, and I keep telling myself on day 31 I can have whatever I want, no matter how sick it will probably make me, just for that one day before I get right back on plan. In all likelihood I will end up having cream in my coffee and then a glass of Malbec and some high quality dark chocolate and that's it, but I'll be sure to report here whatever I do.

konfyoozed 02-16-2012 12:40 PM

rainy and icky here too. i've got chicken boobs in the crock pot with a teensy bit of water, butter, and seasonings, but not sure what else to throw in there yet. thoughts?

mahtha 02-16-2012 01:53 PM


Originally Posted by konfyoozed (Post 4218513)
i've got chicken boobs in the crock pot with a teensy bit of water, butter, and seasonings, but not sure what else to throw in there yet. thoughts?

Those are bird boobs in my house! How about some mushrooms, artichoke hearts (NOT the marinated ones) and a splash of white wine? Serve with the tiniest sprinkle of grated parm? Mmmmmmmmmmmm;)

konfyoozed 02-16-2012 02:16 PM

hubby and i were both thinking something a little bit spicy. so we've decided to go with this recipe i found on TOH (my favorite recipe site) and i hope it will help to alleviate my "i need gen tso's chicken NOW" feeling.


it's not super duper low cal, but it will fit into my plan, it's a little sweet and a little spicy and if i don't put a bunch of the sauce on my meat, it should eliminate some of the calories. i hope it's good. i'll probably serve it up with whole grain brown rice and a salad. :)

but the suggestion of white wine/artichoke/mushrooms sounds like something my hubby would love... i am not a fan of mushrooms. when i was younger somebody said "it's like eating snot!" and i've forever associated that with mushrooms and can't eat them. :P

Justwant2Bhealthy 02-16-2012 02:19 PM

MANDY ~ you definitely should throw in some veggies with that chicken; I like mushrooms too but you could add shredded carrots, onions, celery chunks, green beans; or broccoli & cauliflower, or whatever you have on hand or in the freezer. Depending on the type of program you are on or if you are trying to have a lighter carb dish, either stick to lowcarb veggies, or add one new potato or a small sweet potato (so good for us), or corn even ...

If it's with a tomato base -- I add tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, celery, zucchini or sweet peppers; and maybe corn for me, and a new potato for DH; or serve it with rice. You have so many choices really. We're having chicken for dinner tonight too, so I think this will be what I'll do since I have some fresh mushrooms on hand. Thanks for helping me make up my mind!

MAHTHA I've never tried artichoke hearts -- what do they taste like?
I heard Marilyn Monroe loved them. So many times, I've wanted to try them, but concerned that neither DH or I would like them, and they cost a lot here, if you can even get them, that is.

We expect some company to show up this weekend too; not sure that they'll be here long but have been spiffing up the place just a tiny bit anyhow. Have a fab Friday everyone ... :val3:

Justwant2Bhealthy 02-16-2012 02:23 PM


when i was younger somebody said "it's like eating snot!"
MANDY ~ I always associated that with eating OYSTERS -- you'd never get me to even try them ... but I just love, love, love sliced mushrooms & onions sauteed with a little butter, broth or water, and salt & peppa. Great with steak too!

That sweet & spicy recipe looks very simple too. One of our favorites is to do our chicken with sweet & sour (Honey & Garlic, actually) BBQ Sauce. Of course, I love to add onions & mushrooms to that one too, but they are optional. This is nice with corn and rice too.

thistoo 02-16-2012 02:25 PM

Justwant2Bhealthy, marinated artichoke hearts aren't for me, but the plain canned ones are really good cooked with some sliced olives (Spanish for me, but any salty olive will do), spinach and feta in an egg scramble. I stole the idea from a restaurant in Kentucky; they have it on the menu as a Greek scramble and they use Kalamatas instead of Spanish olives. It's super delicious. I don't think plain artichoke hearts taste like much on their own, really. It's mostly a texture thing.

Mandy, I hate mushrooms too. They've grossed me out for as long as I can remember.

Still hungry. I still have two and a half hours of workday to get through and all I have left on my pre-dinner menu is half a pink grapefruit. I'm drinking iced espresso to help trick my PMS tummy into thinking it's not OMG STARVING. Getting on the scale post-TOM and seeing a big loss will make it worth it.

konfyoozed 02-16-2012 02:26 PM

i don't eat oysters for the same reason. there are a lot of foods that i don't eat simply because of texture. that super slimy squishy texture just does not make my mouth happy! but i will always ALWAYS be a fan of the onion slivers/green peppers/garlic sauteed in a tbsp of olive oil and added to just about ANYTHING. :) i love the smell of it, especially.

Justwant2Bhealthy 02-16-2012 02:45 PM

Caroline ~ Thanks for the info on Artichokes; I have seen them in glass jars at the store -- I guess those would be the marinated ones. There may be canned ones too; I'll look.

MANDY ~ well, the same goes for SHRIMP for me; I have never liked the looks of them (they looked like giant worm bugs to me) so i didn't try them until a friend insisted that i must try them at least once. He sauteed them in some butter; so I tried them but was not impressed at all. They had no real taste of their own; all I could taste was the butter and they were rubbery and chewy and yuckkkkkkkkk! Nope, not for me; it's a texture thing too!

OMYGOSH ~ I just remembered one time my Grammie & her best friend took my sister & I out to lunch at this fancy restaurant, and they ordered ESCARGOT -- the chef came out with a board with about a dozen of those slimy little suckers on there. After we EEEWWWD for a bit while they laughed their guts out, he then came back and took them away. They didn't eat them either; it was all just to see our reaction ...

Well, I think now that I have grossed myself out completely, I might not want to eat for a month ... ;)

mahtha 02-16-2012 03:30 PM

I buy frozen artichoke hearts at Trader Joe's (I think I paid $2.99/bag last week). Grab a handful out of the bag and defrost then throw into almost anything. Artichokes/mushrooms/spinach/garlic are some of my favorite veggies so we'll have some combo of them at least once a week, usually over chicken.

If you're not sure you'll like them, saute some with garlic, wine and spinach or mushrooms and serve as a side dish. If you like it you can add to the rotation, if not you haven't ruined your whole dinner or broken the bank.

LOL on all the "snots"! I always refer to steamers as "post nasal drip" so I hear you on the texture thing.

Justwant2Bhealthy, if you had rubbery shrimp they were really overcooked. They're one of the few seafoods I like but I'm very particular about how fresh they are and how they're cooked.

I wish there was more food I DIDN'T like. I love food. I love to cook and find it completely relaxing at the end of the day and few things make me happier than standing at the stove stirring. <sigh>

konfyoozed 02-17-2012 12:05 AM

2- 60 minute cardio workouts several hours apart today. i walked this afternoon and then hubby was all "hey let's go to the gym cause... it's thursday yay!" and i said "sure, i don't need to use my legs tomorrow" and did 60 minutes on the elliptical. i rewarded myself with a piece of the cake i made for valentine's day. and enjoyed every bite of the 600 calories :P hopefully i burned more than that through my exercise today (MFP says so, by a lot). tomorrow will be the true test. community cook out, pot luck style. bring your meat to grill, but all the sides are provided by the people that attend. seriously thinking about stashing a baggie of carrots to snack on so i don't over indulge in all the yummy foods that will appear.

Beverlyjoy 02-17-2012 08:06 AM

Home sweet home. Thanks for all of your prayers and good wishes. I felt them all.

I am doing better. The surgeon said my poor sad gallblader was 'loaded' with stones. No wonder it didn't work! I am sore, but, better as time goes on. It only really hurts alot when I move around. However, I need to walk... so, it will work itself out. The pain meds are working... I feel loopy, however.

So far, things are going well for me. I haven't been sick to my stomach with the pain meds. This was a big concern. I had excellent care at the hospital.

I am a little wobbly because of the pain medicine - but, I am managing.

I've been keeping my food 'easy' on the tummy, until by digestion gets used to not having a gallbladder in the equation. Crackers/broth/rice/applesauce/lifesavers.

BTW - I feel like I've ended the surgery 'curse'. (a time when planned surgeries didn't happen for me for the strangest legitimate reasons) YAY

Thanks again...

mahtha 02-17-2012 09:19 AM

Beverlyjoy, I'm thrilled to hear you're home and feeling good. Continued prayers that you'll be up and dancing soon :)

I'm still struggling with the scale but I AM NOT GIVING IN!

coffee/lowfat milk
fruit salad

grilled chicken
lowfat ranch
ww brownie (not worth the 3 points!)

pork loin

And 9 glasses of water. Under by my daily limit by 5 points again today so I can't figure out why the damn scale isn't moving. :club: Must be patient. Must be patient.

The good news: It's finally Friday! Looking forward to a relaxing weekend and catching up on a lot of litle stuff that needs to get done around the house. Have a great day, everyone! :coffee:

patchworkpenguin 02-17-2012 01:12 PM

We had a little adventure last night. I set off our 'glassbreak' alarm when I closed the dryer door {stack w/d about 3 ft away from sensor :rolleyes:}. We got rid of the 'houseline' because we both have cells, we KNOW we called the company to change the numbers but when the company couldn't get the landline they called the police. Bearing in mind its midnight, we stayed up, met the nice police and straightened everything out. April was a good dog and didn't bark at the police, which is always a good thing. Hubby's called the alarm Co so hopefully that won't happen again.

No plans for the weekend except my Parents coming over for Dad's Bday dinner on Sat. Hubby's gotten more interested in exercise so hopefully we can get some workouts in on the weekend days!

Thurs Feb 16
B= 2.5 c milk, vits, 1 c cereal, 1/2 banana
L= Old Venice 1/2 pasta primavera, 1 bread {no oil}
S= chips + salsa + coffee
D= chili + spa squash {I usually like my chili alone but adding the squash was good, made me feel like I was eating a HUGE bowl}
S= 2 pumpkin muffins, coffee
E= 30min cardio + 25min stretch

Beverly, glad you are well and recovering.

Mandy great job on the workouts!

2BH, what a great story! sounds like Grammie had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around.

Justwant2Bhealthy 02-17-2012 03:53 PM

BEVERYLYJOY ~ glad to hear you are back at home and doing well; gee, only eating that amount, you may have a side-blessing of losing a few lbs (or more). Take it ez and be careful while on those meds ... :hug:

THANKS, MAHTHA ~ frozen artichokes sound much better; sounds like a good way to eat them as a side dish and/or with the chicken too. I like cooking too, and always try to make things we love ...

Have you ever been to Canada? Well, if you ever do -- go into a grocery store and look at the prices: you'll :faint: dead away, trust me! :lol:

PENGUIN ~ Yes, my grammie was an awesome lady; fun and funny and wise and loving -- well, a great friend really; and we miss her a lot, of course. I spent a lot of my childhood with her; and have nothing but fond memories.

MANDY ~ that's a lotta exercise, but that's fab that your DH is so enthusiastically joining you as well.

Well, we did have chicken for dinner after all -- I poured a HICKORY BBQ Sauce mixed with Ketchup (1/4 cup each) on top of the meat ... with 2-3 cups onion soup broth over all the veggies: green & yellow beans, onions, mushrooms, chopped orange sweet peppers, celery, shredded carrots & one new tator each (mine a small one). Roasted for 2 hours. DH and I loved it; and had the yummy leftovers for lunch today. Had oatmeal for brekky.

Tonight is FRIDAY FUN FOOD dinner -- having a hamburgler with a salad (DH has homefries with his as he hates salad, but that's OK with me). Just doing daily stuff around here; nothing special.

Take care and have a great weekend everyone ... :val3:

thistoo 02-18-2012 08:10 AM

I forgot to check in yesterday. Glad to hear everyone's hanging in there!

This morning I got on the scale and it told me I weigh 206.2. You could have knocked me over with a feather. If I'd known that giving up grains and dairy would make the weight just melt off while leaving me feeling good and not starving, I'd have made this commitment a long time ago!

I had expected not to see onederland again until just before my trip to NYC in May, but now it looks like I'm going to make it before I head to Florida next month. That means if I stick to this plan I could be down around 180 by the NYC trip. I'm pretty excited because that means a few of my cute summer dresses might actually fit me by then.

This weekend is supposed to be rainy and miserable, so I'm going to spend it cleaning the house and working on some sewing projects. Though the sun is out right now so I should probably get cleaned up and go run errands before it starts raining. I thought I'd be up earlier this morning since I went to bed at 9:00 last night, but I slept over ten hours again. I didn't even work out yesterday, so it must have been the week catching up with me. My exciting life, I tell you.

mahtha 02-18-2012 09:53 AM


Originally Posted by Justwant2Bhealthy (Post 4220008)

Have you ever been to Canada? Well, if you ever do -- go into a grocery store and look at the prices: you'll :faint: dead away, trust me! :lol: :

My mom spends her summers in Nova Scotia so I'm very familiar with grocery prices there. When we visit we're given a grocery list and she packs as much meat as will fit in the coolers and as many non perishables as they can get into the car. As much as I complain about some of the prices here, we're very lucky.

Coffee/ low fat milk

Pea pods
2 eggs

Baked potato
2 tsp butter


Housework and laundry today, maybe a little retail therapy if I do a good job on my chores :). Happy to call this week done, it was a rough one.

Happy weekend, everyone. :yay:

ceejay52 02-18-2012 10:57 AM

Hope you don't me restarting again with this group.

Sactolady 02-18-2012 11:26 AM

I'm a regainer / reloser for practically my entire life. My first larger weight-loss was right after I got married at age 18. I went from 250 to 150 on a diet where I took daily injections of hormones. I was so proud of myself. That was the thinnest I had been EVER. Then, within 5 years, I was up to 350+ when I got divorced. My husband was 500 lbs. Within 3 years after the divorce I was down to 180. My lowest adult weight. I didn't drive, so I walked everywhere, with 2 young boys, so the weight just dropped off. Then a year later we ended up homeless, my ex got the boys. I remarried, and had 2 more sons, and got back up to 349. This husband was thin, and a feeder. He would get very upset if I lost weight. He's insist I eat the donuts he brought home, etc. When I finally left him I went to weight watchers with a friend and got down to 198. My doctor had told me I'd harm my health if I got below 200 lbs, because of how my weight was distributed. Once I was off weight watchers I ended up to 330. I had weight loss surgery 6 years ago. Got down to 225, couldn't lose more. Got frustrated, gained back to 275. I been dieting now for 2 months, and I'm down to 264, and have been here for 2 weeks. Will I ever be back to 220? (Half-way normal weight?)
Well, that's my life sorry. Has anyone gone through anything like this before?

patchworkpenguin 02-18-2012 11:44 AM

Feb 17, Fri
B= coffee, 1 c cereal, .5 c milk
L= salad, 2 egg/veggie burritos, 3 Bliss
D= 1/2 veggie pizza {red onion, sauce, olives, feta, mushrooms}
S= strawberries w choc sauce
E= 60min weights, 42min cardio

Hubby brought home a stomach bug from work, so we had to cancel dinner with my parents tonight and I'm going a little crazy since I haven't left the house since Thursday morning.

Sacto & Ceejay, welcome glad to have you join us.

Caroline, great job on the loss!

Justwant2Bhealthy 02-18-2012 02:25 PM

:welcome: CEEJAY & SACTOLADY ~ yes, of course you can join us here; this is a pretty big group, but don't let that concern you. If you don't have time to do personals (answer or address each person), just say what you need/want to for now ...

SACTOLADY ~ while I haven't had WL surgery, I have lost weight & regained many times over my lifetime. I was a very successful dieter (just not maintainer). I have now learned that this must be a life-long healthy lifestyle change.

I was put on a diet when I was in my teens by my mother & her doctor; gained that all back with interest -- and that started my yo-yo history from there. I did lose weight many times and with many different plans: portion, calorie, low-carb more than once (ie high protein & Atkins), Fit for Life, Scarsdale, WW, Sandwich Diet (like Subway diet), and some others (not always good though), etc.

After all this, I became a bit jaded for awhile -- meaning very disappointed in the "dieting" process. So, I took a rest for some time while I reassessed and did research. When my weight was causing ill health effects, I knew I had to make some changes for myself. I decided that I would try to find out why I was over-eating in the first place, and work from there. I discovered that I was an emotional-repsonse eater, plus I needed a plan that I could stick with long-term becuz I wanted to end this yo-yo thing once and for all.

Now I am doing a Portion/Calorie based plan -- I love its simplicity and can enjoy foods I love. I have been on this longer than any other plan so far; and plan to eat this way for the rest of my life. It's a lot like the Diabetic plan which I had to follow to get my blood sugar levels in balance. I am watching my sugar & simple carb intake for that reason too.

When I was younger, I could get away with HP/LC plans, but now I have to eat more balanced as my blood sugar levels dip down too low if I don't eat enuff. So I focus on whole foods and complex carbs, but I do limit my fruit to 1-2 servings a day for now.

I think many of us here know exactly how you feel. I think the best thing about how I am eating/living now is that I can see myself eating this healthier way long-term. So, there's no beginning or ending, just one continuous healthier lifestyle now ... :D

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