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Old 08-10-2014, 04:52 PM   #391  
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Hey y'all!

Last Sunday at the church we attend in SC, so it was kind of a sad morning. We had some friends come out for a little moral support, which was nice. And the pastor did a blessing and farewell for us at the beginning of the service. Then... there was the sharing of the peace. If you're not familiar with that, it's basically a 2-5 minute (depending on the pastor and the size of the crowd that morning) walk around and greet each other bit.

One of the women in the congregation came up to me and gave me a hug and was like NOW YOU CAN GET PREGNANT!!

Uh. What do I say to that? "Let me just go find my husband, and we'll get right on that?" I feel like everyone wants to know what's going on in my uterus and it's a little odd. Apparently I'm now on baby-watch, and everyone's gonna be wondering what's going on in my lady bits. AWKWARD.

I actually had a mental picture of having sex with my husband and someone jumping out to ask if the seed was planted and going to grow. I laughed out loud. Could be why I got some funny looks. Probably shouldn't be imagining sex with my husband in church anyway. :P Good luck to my hubby next time he makes a move, I'm gonna see that in my head again and laugh. Hope it doesn't hurt his feelings

After church the pastor and his wife took us out to lunch and I think I did fairly well considering we went to a pub and their main option was burgers. I got a cup (not a bowl) of she-crab soup, and a pretzel appetizer thing. I only ate half of the pretzel thing... It was yummy, but I got full, so I left it, which isn't something I would normally do. I also drank 3 glasses of water during the meal to help with the sodium. We'll see how well it worked! Gonna try to keep it light the rest of the day, and hope the rain lets up so I can take a walk later.

Jessica - I just want to say that I love how happy and positive you are, and how relaxed you are in the face of such an obnoxious scale! I'd throw it out the window or something by now!

Uber - I hope you're having a blast on your vacation! Congrats on 258... I know you've been duking it out with the scale and 260 for a while now. Looking forward to having you back to posting with us regularly!

Martini - Heh. No. No bladder infection for me. I guess I could have made it a little more clear in my post. Sorry about the confusion! Also, I didn't find getting under 300 to be all that difficult, because I'm doing things slightly differently this time around with my eating. Last time I tried to eliminate all the sweet foods and other junk, and it caused some cravings and eventually led to binges, and then when stress showed up all I wanted was the junk and caved to it. It's easier this time around, even during the stressful time, because nothing is off limits.

Jen - Congrats on hitting your mini goal! Do you have some kind of reward in mind? I find that to be super motivating. (Even though I still need to get mine for my last 2 mini goals!)

Laurie - Not surprised I was a pain in the booty in your dream! I've definitely been called worse things Maybe you know that I need to sign a lot of crap in the near future because of the moving, and that it's gonna be a pain, or some other psycho babble. Glad to read you made it out of your "eat ALL the things!" head space.. I hate those days.

Diane - You should look into a couch to 5k program, if you're looking to up your running times. It starts fairly easily with walk/run intervals of a minute or two, and over the course of the program increases your running time, until -supposedly- you can run a 5k in 30 minutes. I've heard nothing but good things, and plan on trying that program myself as soon as my knees can handle my weight for running. Also, enjoy your rest day!

Hope you all have a fabulous Sunday, and the weather is much nicer for you, than it is for me. It's all dark and drizzly here. Boo!
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:06 PM   #392  
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Uber: Yay for the downward movement and not being tired out by the walk!

Martini: It's one of those things that it was like the only reason part of me wanted it at all was because it was "cake". But most of me was disgusted by the prospect of eating it. I think all the baking I've been doing at home lately (and pawning the sweets off on neighbors) actually helped a lot, too. It made me a little bit of a baked goods snob. Lol. The fact is that I can bake a chocolate cake that would blow a safeway cake out of the water. So why eat the safeway cake?

Just keep listening to your body and you'll make it through just fine. It's okay to have food available but if you're not hungry don't force yourself to eat - not unless you realize that you haven't eaten for emotional reasons rather than physical ones.

Diane: It sounds like you're doing fine. The "best way" for building up your strength, your endurance, your running - I imagine that varies slightly for everybody, just like finding the best foods for your body. Keep up the good work and enjoy your rest day. We all need them.

Laurie: Omg. We are so in the same place with so much right now. Yesterday was actually my run day - today's a walk day and tomorrow's another run day. BUT, I did totally unlock yet another achievement. And on the very first lap, too! I just kept pushing and pushing and I very nearly made it to the big pine tree I was using as a major goal distance. I was so close, I could see it, but by the time I turned the corner to see it, I was practically shaking. And I was pretty winded. I ended up only running 3 laps, though. Lap four, I was half way into, lost in thought, before it dawned on me that I'd crossed the "start line". Lap five got detoured because of other walkers with their teeny tiny dogs who wouldn't move out of the way. So I went off on a side trail. It was essentially, up a hill, flat, up a steeper hill, flat and that's about when I turned around and went home.

Mandy: You know what, the casual relationship I have with the scale, has been a long journey, I think. I really do like how much I've grown over the last several years. I like being able to be a casual, confident, happy, and positive person. I have spent a lot of time learning to differentiate my emotions from those of other people, making sure I put myself first sometimes, and not feel like I'm responsible for everything - as well as not feeling like I have to be perfect all the time.

Yeah... speaking of your lady bits being on everyone's mind. The other night at work, I'd made a smart *** comment to a guy who got his apron stuck when he was taking it off. He responded with, "You know what? Bite me." Then he quickly added, "On second thought, never mind. I've heard rumors." I'm sorry, what? Who is going around the store telling people that I like to bite things? What does that even mean? Sigh. Whatever.


So - hit the 220.0 lbs mark today. (We really are near-twins, Laurie!) I'm so excited. I did see 219.6 lbs the first time I stepped on (220.0 lbs the second and third). It's going down, slowly, but it is going and that is the most important thing. Here's to hoping that it doesn't decide to jump back up on Tuesday. ... What if it decides to bottom out and into the 2-teens for Tuesday's weigh-in. Meep, not going to think about that. Lol. I also did a mid-week tape and I'm right around the 2.5 inches lost mark. Maintaining a nice, steady pace and feeling awesome about it. Might go swimming tonight. I haven't decided. But definitely going to walk Luna and do my strength exercises...

Speaking of, I'm finally starting to see some movement of inches in my arms. It's slow going, what with how much flab there is to tone up and/or lose from my biceps, but my forearms are down from 11 inches on the 27th of June to 10 inches as of today. They're only a half inch bigger than the smallest they ever were when I was 205 lbs. My biceps are still hovering at around 14.75-15 inches, but I know the muscle is building - I can see it getting a little bigger and more defined each week. Eventually, the goodbye wave is going to have to start disappearing, too. My calves are fighting to stay at 17". But I've always - always - had big calves. I'm not giving up on them, either. It is going to take a while for any fat on them to start coming off because it is one of the few places on my body that it's not easy to pinch and grab it. I can grab the extra skin and fat on my wrist and forearm easier than I can on the back of my calf. :/ But it's okay. They aren't a major problem area for me so as long as I'm building their strength, tightening their muscles, hopefully they'll eventually start leaning up a little, too.
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Laurie - Speaking of getting a hobby... I have gotten into makeup/skincare blogs in a big way since beginning to work on my weight again. I don't buy a lot of makeup and with the summer heat I'm certainly not wearing a lot, but all the research and comparing is a perfect channel for my ocd tendencies. Lipstick is so much better than food porn for me mentally.

Diane - Hi! Hope you're having a good weekend!

Mandy - I'm so sorry about the "hard to get under 300" comment. I didn't mean to imply a struggle when there wasn't any. I just have in my head we all have these moments where a threshold is crossed and, mentally, incorrectly, I equate that with a bit of a fight.

Jessica - Bite me! I haven't heard that for ages!

I'm fine. On plan. Puttering along. I wish there was some version of me in an alternative universe so I could see if it's being in Asia that's made me so prolific in my use of smilies. You've got to beat the cute off with a stick in these parts and some of it has to have penetrated despite my best efforts to resist.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:50 PM   #394  
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Totally okay! Just wanted to make sure you didn't have me confused with someone else who may have hit a struggle point recently. My "struggle" weight is still looming ahead of me. I will probably have to drag myself kicking and screaming past 270.
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Happy Monday everyone! So nice to be back in "routine" mode sometimes. =)

Mandy - I have to admit the thought hit me that you were probably going to try to get pregnant now. ;-) But I would have never asked about your lady bits. And, I am going to give some unsolicited advice, here. Sometimes, it's more fun to make the first move. "Hey, baby. Everyone assumes I'm going to get pregnant now. I don't know that we're ready for that yet, but it seems like we should practice for when we are."

Martini - I don't think you've been wielding that stick effectively enough. I think you've moved past cute and are clear into adorable now. =) And it's great that you're into make-up now. I need to pay more attention to that stuff.

Jessica - I think your "bite me" guy was just being funny. I don't think there are rumors of you and your biting technique swirling around your work. But genuine food for thought here. After my husband left and I finished school and decided that I was ready to start dating again, I consciously chose to move from thinking of myself as an asexual person to thinking of myself as a sexual being. And part of that was to take non-threatening, non-prospective interactions, like yours was perhaps, and react to them as though I was a person confident in my own desirability to the opposite sex. So, I might have said in response, "I'm surprised it took so long for word to get out," with a smile. It was hard to be bold and to encourage others to see me that way, as it does open yourself up to unwanted attention too. But, at least for me, it was necessary so that I could see myself that way when I did want others to see me as more than the fat asexual divorcee. Not that that's how I was necessarily viewed, but that was the tape in my head, at least, and I was working on changing the tape in my head.

Diane - Your running program sounds very much like C25K. The program is straight-forward and is available for free. I had started it, but knee problems limit my use of it. My "program" now is based on C25K, but includes weekly runs where I try to increase my mileage on an initial running time, and other times when I substitute other cardio because of my knee soreness. I don't know that I'll be able to run a 5K in 30 minutes any time soon, but I did run for 1.05 miles on Friday, so I'm feeling good about my progress.

220.2. Back up 0.2 pounds. And this, to me, is an incredible victory. I saw it this morning, sighed because I had wanted 219 so desperately, and said to myself, "A couple of days at a weight usually means a whoosh is coming." At work now. No desire to binge. Just happy to be back in my routine and trusting that my plan will work eventually. And hoping my newfound zen will not be tested by more than a day or two hovering around this stupid number. =)

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Mandy The image of the looming church lady's face while you're in bed with DH is TOO FUNNY! Glad everything is percolating along. Down 5.2 since Tues? Wow!

Martini Happy to see you! Make-up blogs! What a great idea. I love beauty products, but I can also totally amuse myself with high-end stationery.

Laurie and Jessica Look at both of you at the 220 mark! That is absolutely fantastic!

Jen Congratulations on hitting your first mini-goal!

Checking in from vacation. I am actually a bit frustrated right now. Yesterday was a bit tough. Went to a communal beach picnic where none of the fare was really diet-friendly. I ate a hot dog, some chips, a few pieces of cheese and crackers and an ice cream cone. Now, I logged all of my good yesterday, and my grand total for the day was 1765-- not weight loss calories, but not enough to do a lot of damage. Frankly, I could have eaten twice as many calories at dinner-- that kind of food is not very satisfying to me. Predictably, after a salty, high calorie day, I saw 259 again.

So ladies, I have to be honest, I'm getting frustrated.

I am realizing that weight-wise, I'm basically stalled out. I have been bouncing around between 258 and 260 for two and a half weeks. Right now, being on vacation, I have less control over my food choices, and so no matter what I do, it's going to be harder, but before I left for vacation I was being very careful, and I was still not getting anywhere.

I could just DECIDE to maintain during vacation-- try to keep my weight at the 258 mark and then when I get home, go back to eating how I was eating before.

But, I'm worried because about a year ago, I got down to this exact weight, went on a two and a half week trip, maintained my loss, and came home weighing the same, but then I just COULDN'T get back on track.

The problem with not seeing the scale go down week after week is that it also doesn't go up right away, and I start to think well, no reason why I can't eat a hot dog and cheese and crackers-- I'm going to weigh the same either way. That is what got me last time. After two weeks of eating heavy German food, I still weighed 260 and I just couldn't make myself go back to eating under 1200 calories a day because I felt like I was going to weigh 260 no matter what.

I know that that is illogical, but I have GOT to fight that thought.

Today, no meals out on the agenda and I'm cooking dinner, so I should have a better day sodium and calorie wise. I'm determined to lose another 2 lbs while I'm here and get to 256. I have never seen a weight lower than 258 since Jan 2012 which was after my regain.

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Uber! I know EXACTLY what you're saying. I had myself convinced that my cheese brat and two cookies lunch (which I ate three or four times a week) was a reasonable lunch, as long as I didn't allow it to open a window to all-day eating. And here's the thing - I might have been right. I don't know. Cuz it always led to bingey eating for me, which resulted in me gaining 40-ish pounds eventually. (My weight loss history has a lot of stops and starts, though. If I hadn't had so many attempts to lose weight spliced with the "brat and two cookies" period, it may have done even more damage.)

If I don't have a lot of social obligations on vacation, I tend to lose weight. I attribute this largely to my cheapness. I don't want to pay a lot of money to eat out, so I pack my food. I eat primarily pre-prepared stuff, but it tends to be stuff that I like and that are easily calorie-counted. I don't know if you have to eat with people, so I don't know if it would work for you, but if you think it might, or it might at least ameliorate some of the challenges, here are the foods that I might buy at the grocery store and consume instead of restaurant food: fruit (all kinds), sugar snap peas, carrots, celery, canned or packet lean meats like tuna and chicken, and sometimes protein bars. Protein bars can be dangerous, as they're easy to overeat and many are high in calories, but at least you know exactly what you're getting, and they tend to be very satisfying for me in both satiety and taste.

It is true that you can eat anything and still lose weight, if you accept very small portions and hunger as part of your life. I have seen someone on these boards refer to it as "the hard way to play this game." I have certainly played it this way in the past month or so as I tried to work out the new husband situation, and it does work, but when I play it that way, I accept hunger as a fairly constant companion. But here's the other thing - you don't have to commit to any way of eating for life. Maybe the "Twinkie diet" thing is what works best on vacation. Maybe more nutritious eating is the long-term strategy for home.

You can do this, woman! You know your triggers. You have a goal, and know how to get to that goal. 256 or bust!

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Hey everyone, thanks so much for you words of support. That's definitely what I've been missing out on since I decided to hide away from 3FC.

LaurieDawn: Thank you, yup at my lowest weight the same trainer who'd told me I shouldn't be running when I was heavy basically accused me of having had WLS! #SMH Do you know I've read you and been inspired by you for years as well! You have such a way with words and your posts are always honest and helpful whether you're on a weight loss high or not! The scale is also playing games with me, dancing around the 190.5 mark. I sympathize with how annoying it is to just be waiting to fall right into the next decade and not getting there. Oooh ooh and I also definitely want to do a running challenge!

joefla70: Maintenance was A LOT harder than I imagined it would be. My major weight loss was my first attempt ever to lose weight and knowing how hard it was, I was so cocky I thought I'd never regain. Ha! I'm still trying to figure out what lessons I've learned for when I get back down to a weight I want to maintain.

garnetrising: Yay on the running victories! Sometimes, when a lot is going on with work that is beyond our control, all we can do is one little thing that is good for us. I'm TOMing as well and carb-free (this week) at the same time, so I feel very sorry for those who have to be around me.

Nori71: I hope you have a wonderful trip. I'm in the same zone- clothes wise except I work in an environment where people actually dress up- not corporate but like media? I gave away all my old clothes so I'm squeezed into the few things I have in a size 10 when I need at the very least a 12 and maybe even a 14 to be comfortable. I basically wear blazers and cardigans over everything. Thank goodness, last year before I regained I was on a floaty, oversized top with skinny-pants phase. Obviously I can't fit into the skinny pants but the floaty tops are wearable now.

jenjenangel027: I think it's normal for the 2nd day of C25K to be harder. It was for me. Sometimes, you're barely recovered from the intensity of the first day before day 2 rolls around. I hope you had an amazing time at the water parks.

Slashni: I've never taken a spin class but I've wanted to for the longest time. I kind of like mindless cardio but I'm also not a huge "class" person. Hopefully spinning grows on you or you find something you like better that gives as good a workout. Whichever the case, your attitude totally rocks and is inspiring! It IS just one day or week or 30 mins a day or however much time we commit to working out that is in the grand scheme of things, just a fraction of our days. Re: increasing your running time, I think C25K is a great tool, I did my first round of it in 2010 and I still use it for every run even though I often run through the walking bits anyway. I use an app called Get Running and I can listen to music on my iPod and it interrupts tells me when to run and when to walk so I don't have to do the math myself. But the walk-run format is excellent for building your run times in any case.

FeraFilia: Yay on your scale drop!!! Congrats! I laughed when I read your church story because in my culture people say awkwardly inappropriate things like that ALL THE TIME and then the mental picture you created after... LOL!

ubergirl: I think it's great that you're doing 4-mile hikes on your vacation. If it were me, I'd probably be lying around somewhere eating and reading a book. I'm only one week into my journey and usually by this time I've had my big whoosh (especially with the way I was eating before) but this time, between TOM and goodness knows whatever else is happening with my body, if anything, I'm 2 lbs up. I KNOW I'm measuring and weighing and staying on track and being accountable and I feel better and less bloated and icky so I'm trying to play that up to myself mentally and play down the fact that the scale is not cooperating. It will have to eventually and ultimately, I guess how I feel and how I'm treating this one body I have is much more important than the number on the scale..... (at least that's what I'm telling myself)

martini: OMH I LOVE makeup and skincare blogs! And makeup and hair review and tutorial channels on YouTube. I'm not that great at makeup but I'm obsessed with these blogs and have learned a lot. The downside is that I've become a product junkie which isn't too kind to my pocket. But as you say, better than last years gluten-free baking (and thus eating) obsession.

Sorry I disappeared after Thursday. On the plus, for once, my disappearance isn't a sign that things have gone awry with my plan. This was a pretty on-plan weekend. Although, I can't take sole credit for that. A good friend of mine is getting married this weekend and her mother (who's paying for the bridesmaid dresses) barred all of us bridesmaids from eating grains and carbs a week before the wedding and she's enough of a momzilla that I'm complying with her edict. Tomorrow is our last dress fitting and my day of reckoning. I should have been working on my weight gain for ages, but I haven't. I'm hoping it works out because I don't want to disappoint my friend, although she's pretty chill so I'm more afraid of her mother.

I think I need to do a little better in the planning ahead stakes. Today, I've had a hot dog (no bread) and 2 scotch eggs because I didn't plan ahead. It is not ideal. AND if I was allowed carbs this week, my fast food options would have been even worse so I think that's the first thing I need to work on. It worked for me, last time and I think I need to go back to planning my meals a week in advance. Anyway, I hope everyone is having an awesome on-plan day.
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Hi all! Big day for me, I had a great weigh in this morning, down 4.2 pounds which brings me into the 230's! I've had some really big losses the past two weeks, and I really think it might be from adding the run/walk workout into the mix. It definitely made me take notice and I'll be keeping with it. I can share this with you guys, though. The running is a problem, in that there's a lot of flopping. My belly fat (what some people call an apron) really makes a lot of noise. So, I am going to wear some kind of restraint next time. Especially if someone wants to be right next to me in the gym, at least I won't be embarrassed. Oh the issues one must face......

It was funny, though. While I was excited to see the 230's, I just had the weirdest feeling about it. It seems so unreal. Do I trust it? No.... I don't know why I feel that way, but I'm not going to overthink it. I'll just keep working out and trying to stay on plan. Went to spin today and it was good. Body Pump tomorrow and I'll go back to run/walk on Wednesday. *** This time, I'm going to be stronger, I'm not giving in.

Mandy: That is such a pet peeve of mine. I don't like it when people think they can ask about that type of thing. You handled it well, and you were gracious about it, but I just think that it is such a personal issue! Oh well! I'm sure she meant well.

Jessica: Nice job on the measurements! That's got to be so encouraging to see progress there! You'll be busting through to 219 any day now!

Martini: I haven't worn lipstick in forever. I love the way it looks, but I am so out of the habit of wearing it now. Hmm. Might have to try some.

LaurieDawn: You, too, are so close to 219! You'll get there soon. I have thought about the C25K program. I'm guessing there is a phone app for it? I do think I need to be a little more structured on it, so that I can tell if I am improving or not. Rather than just waiting until I feel like I can run more.

Uber: I think you need to give yourself a pass while you're on vacation. What I mean is that you don't have a free-for-all with food choices, and you still try to be mindful. But, maybe stay off the scale until you get back for a few days. That gives your body time to readjust and get rid of extra sodium. Just a thought!
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ToastedSmoke: Yep we were both posting at the same time! Thanks for the idea of the app. What a great idea! To just listen to the music and then have a prompt to get you to run again. I have to find that!!!
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Lol yeah Slashni we were posting at the same time. Running is a great workout isn't it? I too get a flappy/wobbly stomach and but if I'm doing a high impact work out without wearing granny panties ( ) and a high waisted legging or something. It doesn't make a flappy sound like it did when I was heavier but it's not comfortable.
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Hey everyone!

I'm in a super weird, weepy mood today. Literally EVERYTHING I read is making me tear up. WTF is that about? A comment on Facebook, a YouTube video ABOUT A GIRL GETTING A PUPPY, my husband telling me he talked to his mom and she said she was wanting to know if I was doing okay...

I never get weepy PMS, but I guess I'll take this over the headache and nasty mood I get sometimes. It's just WEIRD.

Scale has stayed at 295.6 for a few days. But I did have a lot of sodium yesterday since we went out to lunch, plus according to the calendar, TOM should be showing up any minute now. We'll see if I've lost enough weight for it to be regular or not. Below about 260 or so, it's pretty regular, around 290 my period is somewhat regular, above that it gets wonky, and at 330 it had basically disappeared. YAY PCOS. Definitely gonna be playing this game soon where my period not showing up will result in a game of PREGNANT or PCOS?! Joy. Bliss.

Jessica - YAY 220! I am seeing lots of changes in my hands (the way my rings fit), my ankles/feet (my flip flops actually fit now, and I can see my ankle bones!), my face (oh man the change in the pictures every month is nuts), and my neck (my necklace actually hangs a little lower than it did before)... but not nearly seeing as much change in my torso. I feel like I'll lose 100 pounds, and still have my pot belly sticking out, but have chicken legs and no boobs. Oh well. Such is life with weight loss! You can't pick where it disappears from.

Laurie - We've actually anticipated this, and I went off of birth control a year ago to give it the time to get out of my system to make getting pregnant a little easier. Starting next month, there will be no goalies in play. If that doesn't result in pregnancy, as soon as I lose enough weight for my period to be regular, we'll start calendar watching. So, it's definitely in our future plans. And as for making the moves, we both seem to split that 50/50 between us... It was only a problem a little over a year ago when we were in Texas and I was super depressed. I didn't want to make the moves, and he knew better than to try. Soon as we got back to SC, that situation resolved itself. We kind of have this rule of we don't say no or make excuses when the other makes a move, we make it clear that we're not feeling well, are tired, etc and trust that the other knows not to. It's worked so far, and it's a great way to make sure you're in tune with how your significant other is feeling.

Uber - 5.2 since Tuesday, and it was pretty much all water from my trip. I bounced up from 297.6 to 300.8 over the course of my trip, then it all whooshed away in 5 days, so I was down to 295.6. You will very likely have a similar experience when you get home from your vacation. Don't stress so much, and have fun! Also, if you don't come back here and get back on the wagon after your vacation, we will find a way to pester you until you do. :P

ToastedSmoke - Hi and welcome! Somehow I missed your initial post, and I apologize! I don't know if I could do no-carb AND TOM at the same time. I'd go nuts. Also, I can totally relate to your makeup and hair blog addiction. I'm not really the makeup and hair type person... but I can watch nail art how-tos ALL DAY LONG. I have so much nail polish and nail art gadgets now. It's crazy.

Diane - Hurray for your losses! And I imagine I'll have a similar issue with my tummy when I start running. That day seems like it's WAY in the future though, but it will happen.
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Hi, Everyone!

I had to leave town unexpectedly last Thursday for a funeral, so I have been away. When I returned home Saturday night, I discovered that the internet problems that I thought had been fixed are back... I can get onto the net sometimes (usually late at night or early in the morning), but not most of the time. So, I am back to posting at work for the time being.

Diane--congrats on the 4.2 pound weight loss! It seems like you have hit a stride. Good for you! Keep it up!

Uber--I admire you for staying focused while on vacation. That is a big deal, in my book. Traveling always presents a challenge for me.

ToastedSmoke--welcome! Glad you are here!

As for me, I am still back and forth with food and exercise. I am trying to focus on moving ahead and I know it is a matter of time. But, right now, after traveling for three days, I can say that my pants feel tight (again). I haven't weighed myself. Sigh. I can definitely say that this time around has been much harder than when I lost so much before. I need to get my mojo back.

Hope everyone is doing well otherwise!
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Laurie, sure a come back would have been inappropriate give that the guy in question is married. That aside, lol, it's not whether or not I consider myself to be attractive that's the question. It's the fact that someone is potentially going around spreading rumors about me that bothers me. It's neither here nor there, though, at this point. Don't worry about the hovering, I'm sitting right there with you and we're both going to be fine.

Uber, we all know that it can be tough. That's what one of the greatest things about this particular group is. We all know the many ways that the journey can get the best of our psyches and undo all the hard work we've put into it. Don't let the fact that you haven't lost get you down. It sounds to me like there is a bit of a rubber floor going on and the fact that you're on vacation and therefore having to modify your typical eating and exercise habits it's just proving a little more difficult to see the results that you want. It is going to be okay, though. You know what you want to accomplish and you know that if you're aiming to maintain you might fall into the same situation you did last time. You know what caused you to fall into that situation. And that gives your more tools to help you avoid it this time. Keep your head up, listen to your own advice and the great suggestions for everyone else and be sure to come back and share your concerns with us as often as you need to. <3

Toasted: Good luck at the dress fitting and no need to apologize about being busy with real life. It happens. Just know that if you're having a hard time, someone is always going to be here somewhere to help.

Diane, congratulations on reaching a new decade!!! It's such an awesome and sometimes such a surreal experience. I felt that way when I dropped into the 220's. I feel that way every time I drop into a new decade or when I hit a particular mini-goal. And you know that I can totally relate to the not trusting what the scale says thing. It's okay. You can be pleased with seeing the number and still keep your desire to be ecstatic about it at a distance.

Mandy, I had a similar experience on Thursday. I do normally get weepy at that time. I also get somber and sentimental. Thursday, I got angry. Like HULK angry. I rarely get that angry and I hate feeling that way. All in all, it was very, very weird. And no, we can't choose where we lose the weight from, lol. But we can trust that eventually, if we work hard enough and long enough, we'll lose it all. :P

Welcome back, Lotus. I'm so sorry about the funeral and I know that there's got to be an element of doubt right now given the traveling and emotions. Don't give into the dark voice in your head, though. You can do this. Every time we restart, it is likely to be at least a little bit harder because our bodies are older. But we're also wiser from everything we've been through in between. Use the new knowledge about yourself to push through on this journey. And use us for advice and just plain ol' moral support.


I saw 218.8 lbs and 219.0 lbs (and 220.2 lbs) today. I want to be excited by this. Instead Iím nervous about it. Lol. I loved seeing it, but I know how Tuesdays are. They tend to jump back up and for that reason, Iím not going to make an official record about the 219.0 lbs unless I see it again tomorrow. Then maybe I will.

In terms of my workouts... today is definitely a rest day. Iím also going to start alternating the days I do my calves or decrease the sets/reps I do if I want to continue to do them every day. I did manage to out-run yesterdayís distance, but barely. I made it to that first pine tree and had to stop. It wasnít because of a lack of will or being winded today Ė it was my calves. Theyíre so sore today that I couldnít do more than three 0.375 loops total and climbing back up the hill to get home about made me cry from the ache.

Part of me feels horrible about only doing half of my normal daily walk but I told myself on that last loop the same thing I tell everybody else. You have to listen to your body and my calves were screaming at me. So, like I said, going to go a little lighter on the calf workouts for a while and Iíll be making up my extra laps probably tomorrow. I wish I could have accomplished more but I realize that pushing myself too far is only going to cause injuries and thatíll just make me feel worse.
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Thanks for the encouragement, Garnet. I appreciate it. Looks like you are continuing to do well. I am impressed with all of your exercise--it is so key!
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