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curvynotlumpy 09-30-2020 05:23 PM

Opulent October: October 2020 Check-in & Accountability Thread
Hello andhttps://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ima...s/welcome2.gif to the October 2020 daily weigh-in/check-in. Know that on this thread you will find support, encouragement, and endless kindness https://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/smilies/hug.gif.

Here you can:
~track your weight daily, weekly or however you'd like ... but do check in
~keep track of what you eat or didn't eat
~keep track of your water intake or lack of
~keep track of your exercise/other goals
~vent, rant ... express yourself or just chit-chat

If you're like me, fall begins in October. Sure, the official date is in late September but there is something about turning the calendar page that makes it real. While the year moves ever closer to the end of the year, there is something comforting and spectacular about October.

What's happening in your part of the world? Are the leaves turning from green to vibrant red and orange? Are they starting to drop and can you hear them crunch under your footsteps? As much as October ushers in fall and the comforts associated with the season, it is also rich and sumptuous. It is a month to be savored and enjoyed by doing things we don't at other times of the year. Perhaps you're doing things like apple picking, making cider or beer, or getting outside more and for longer since the oppressive heat is waning. Maybe you're reaching into your cupboard to bring out your soup pot, slow cooker, or Instant Pot in preparation for delectable comfort food that only seems 'right' once the calendar changes.

October is a time where we can begin reflect on our year and how we're doing in mind, body, and spirit. We can be grateful for all the success and set-backs; they are both valuable teachers. We can practice strategic self-care and acknowledge that this is a challenging time of year, but that in general we still control what we eat, whether we exercise, and how much sleep we get. If some of these things are out of our control (I'm looking at you new parents, those who are caretakers, and those who find themselves working way too much), what are some small things you can do that will help reach your goals, and more importantly, keep you healthy? If you're like me, do you need to exercise the word NO to some requests/opportunities as judiciously as you apply it to diet and exercise?

All our welcome to our monthly neighborhood block party so welcome back to the regulars, and please make yourself known and comfortable if you're a lurker considering joining. We'd love to have you here. Remember, we may not be perfect we can always celebrate the opulence of this special month.

Sending https://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ima.../goodvibes.gif as we navigate October together.

Martine 10-01-2020 08:32 AM

curvynotlumpy thank you once again for the gift of this monthly thread :)

I was inconsistent in posting towards the end of last month. Lots on my plate. I did not reach all of my goals in September and did not lose any weight, but no gain. I did see 223 on the scale a couple of times, so I’m trying to remain optimistic about making it past the 220s.

My goals this month will remain to drink 2.75L of water each day and to walk 10km minimum each week, since I didn’t reach either goal last month. I also made a different goal exercise-wise: to follow the program I am currently doing without switching around workouts or pushing back days. I know I have it in me to do this.

Wishing everyone a successful month of October, as you define your successes.

shellofself 10-01-2020 11:42 AM

curvynotlumpy Thank you for starting this thread! :)

Martine "No gain" is a win! Congratulations! Best of luck meeting your goals this month!

After popping in a few times in September on other threads, I'm rejoining this thread! :D I've had a few health scares these last few months and would rather like to avoid the hospital for the foreseeable future, but each surgery has meant recovery time and readjusting my exercise habits. For the last month, however, I've been exercising religiously, and I've seen progress (although it hasn't been as much as I would have liked).

Starting today, I'll be doing monthly measurements because the scale fluctuations can get disheartening. Monthly goals: (1) see mid-170s; (2) continue drinking +8 glasses a day (of water haha); (3) M-F HITT workouts with light weight training; and (4) eating healthy foods at my 1400 calorie range.

SW: 182 (Oct 1)
GW: 178 (Oct 31)

:cheer: Three cheers for fall!

opheliaphoenix 10-01-2020 12:48 PM

As always, thank you for another thread Curvy!! :D I just updated my end-of-month stats on the September thread, and I'm sorry for not checking in more over the last month. I've still been weighing in and staying on track most days even though I've been quiet. Still not doing much in the way of designated exercise, but have been busy so have at least gotten in more movement than I was getting when quaratine was in full effect over the Spring and Summer. I just got a new FitBit (not any of their newest versions, just a Versa 2) because my old Charge 2 finally up and died on me for good, so I'm hoping that will inspire me to get in more steps at the very least. That being said, I am SO happy that Autumn has finally arrived!! This is my favorite time of the year. :love: Not that we get much of a seasonal reward as far as the outdoor change in Arizona, lol...but it's still nice because it won't be so hot outside and all the seasonal fanfare begins to come in waves for the rest of the year. As far as my goal for October, I'm sticking with my 8 lb target and hope that we all have a great month this round! :grouphug:


September 30th Weigh-In: 240.0
Month Goal Weight: 232.0
October 30th Weigh-In: 234.6
Total Month Weight Loss: 5.4 lbs

Week One
01: 239.0
02: 239.4
03: NWI.
04: 239.2
05: 239.6
06: NWI.
07: 239.6
Total Loss for Week One: 0.4 lbs

Week Two
08: NWI.
09: 239.4
10: NWI.
11: 238.0
12: NWI.
13: 239.4
14: 239.2
End of Week One: 239.6
Total Loss for Week Two: 0.4 lbs

Week Three
15: 238.2
16: 237.4
17: NWI.
18: 235.6
19: NWI.
20: NWI.
21: 240.2 - tom.
End of Week Two: 239.2
Total Loss for Week Three: +1.0 lb

Week Four
22: NWI - tom.
23: NWI - tom.
24: 239.4 - tom.
25: NWI - tom.
26: NWI - tom.
27: NWI.
28: 237.2
End of Week Three: 240.2
Total Loss for Week Four: 3.0 lbs.

Final Days
29: 236.6
30: 234.6
31: NWI - :bat: Happy Halloween! :bat:
End of Week Four: 237.2
Total Loss for Final Days: 2.6lbs.

VickieLou 10-01-2020 01:34 PM

Thanks for starting this thread, Curvy! Good Luck, Everyone!

SW: 170.8 CW: 169.8 (- 1) GW: 160.8

1. 170.8
2. 170.6 (- .2)
3. 170.6 (- .2)
4. No Weigh In.
5. 169.6 (- 1.2)
6. No Weigh In.
7. No Weigh In.
8. No Weigh In.
9. No Weigh In.
10. No Weigh In.
11. No Weigh In.
12. No Weigh In.
13. No Weigh In.
14. No Weigh In.
15. No Weigh In.
16. No Weigh In.
17. 172.2 (+ 1.4)
18. No Weigh In.
19. 171.2 (+ .4)
20. No Weigh In.
21. No Weigh In.
22. No Weigh In.
23. 171 (+ .2)
24. No Weigh In.
25. No Weigh In.
26. No Weigh In.
27. No Weigh In.
28. 170.2 (- .6)
29.No Weigh In.
30. 169.8 (- 1)
31. No Weigh In.

I only lost 1 LB for the month. Strange Year the most I lost in a month is -4.4 LBS.



Shaybelle 10-01-2020 09:09 PM

Hi Curvy, Shellofself, Martine, Opheliaphoenix, VickieLou.

I have not weighed in yet but will do so tomorrow. Kinda dont want to :lol: but I know I should. I was up 2lbs last time I stepped on it. I walked 2.5km with a buddy I met here. Now I'm sore. I had not gone out for sugar free, sweetener free, dairy free tea. Then we walked. So I'm happy with my day. I did a 23:1. Hope to see something. I hope you are all having a great night. I'll post up tomorrow.

shellofself 10-02-2020 10:23 AM

Opheliaphoenix, Yay for a new Fitbit!! Mine is likely going to see the same fate :( I've had my Alta since 2016 but it hasn't been syncing/recording steps properly lately so I guess I'll be asking for a new Fitbit for Christmas! :present: And I concur! Texas is still brutally hot right now, but I look forward to the cooler weather that Autumn brings!

Shaybelle, I haven't done IF in so long! I feel like I need to build up my willpower again :lol:


I took my measurements yesterday and realized that even though I'm within 5lbs of where I was when I last measured myself (in January), I had lost an inch in my waist and hips! Good to know working out is paying off even if its not reflected in the scale! :ebike:

Martine 10-02-2020 07:47 PM

shellofself and that is why the scale only tells half the tale, or not even that. Measuring your success in other ways is so important. Very happy that you are seeing changes in your body composition from working out. I'm very sorry you have had some health issues though. Take care of yourself :hug:

shaybelle that walk with your friend sounds great. Hope you see what you want on the scale tomorrow.

VickieLou :wave:

opheliaphoenix you had great results last month, congratulations! Hope you get to enjoy your new Fitbit.

It's Friday! The work day was productive but I'm glad it's done. And now for a week and a half, I will be the lone district coordinator for the entire province of Québec, as my colleague is taking a vacation. I did this as well during my very first week in my new position, and I know that District managers will help if needed, so I'm not too stressed about it. And then in two weeks, it will be my turn to be on vacation and I'm very much looking forward to it :)

I just completed two workouts, one a lower body workout without weights, which is now added to my favourites, and an interesting short cardio workout where you do 4 rounds of the same move, alternating slow and fast versions of the same movement. But my legs are toast now. Time to enjoy a relaxing evening.

Have a great one everyone!

1: 40 minutes upper body strength trainng + 14 minutes flexibility workout /WATER GOAL: done
2: 24 minutes lower body toning workout + 10 minutes cardio /WATER GOAL: done

Martine 10-03-2020 08:08 PM

Hope everyone has been enjoying a great Saturday!

I made banana peanut butter and jam muffins today, but they did not turn out excellent. I think the oven temperature and baking time indicated in the recipe were off for some reason. Oh well, at least they’re edible.

I completed an upper body workout just now, which focused on shoulders and triceps. I just really enjoy strength training, especially for the upper body. Starting out this month on the right foot.

1: 40 minutes upper body strength trainng + 14 minutes flexibility workout /WATER GOAL: done
2: 24 minutes lower body toning workout + 10 minutes cardio /WATER GOAL: done
3: 34 minutes upper body strength training /WATER GOAL: done

curvynotlumpy 10-04-2020 04:46 PM


Martine: I'm sorry your muffins didn't turn out the way you planned but am glad they were still edible. Will you try them again? They sound :drool:!

shellofself: Enjoy seeing those changes in your body composition. Thinking back to when I was in active weight-loss and exercise mode, seeing my body get stronger and more streamlined was more exciting than seeing the number on the scale. Though that's good too! :goodscale

opheliaphoenix: Congrats on an excellent September and new Fit Bit! :high: I have an Alta HR (another non-fancy type) and I find it very motivating in terms of steps.

Shaybelle and VickieLou: :wave:
It was an exhausting week! I've had more meetings than I care to count and this week looks similar. I've been tracking my sleep for the last three weeks and according to my Fit Bit I toggle between Fair and Good (more fair though). I have noticed an improvement in my energy levels during the day so I'm happy about that. I'm also participating in a seasonal walking challenge via my university. The goal is to "walk" the national parks. Last time I checked our little team was ranked 40th out of +100 campus teams. We've got some serious walkers on our team and that makes me proud. :dancer:

Happy Sunday!

Martine 10-04-2020 07:16 PM

curvynotlumpy nice to hear that you have been feeling more energized as of late. I tried using my watch to monitor my sleep but I found having something around my wrist was bothersome. I don’t know how you deal with all those meetings at work. One TEAMS meeting every two weeks is more than enough for me. I love the idea of the walking club you joined. Does everyone in the group have to walk each park for it to count or is it a shared endeavour?

Speaking of walking, went for a 3.2km walk this morning and though I loved the feeling of being out there moving and listening to good music, my left hip has been hurting me a lot ever since, which is disheartening to say the least. So no other workout for today (sigh). I’ll pick up the Flex program I am on tomorrow, which is three days a week with me choosing other types of workouts in between.

Have a great evening everyone!

gzgrl22 10-05-2020 09:58 AM

Hi Curvy, thanks once again for the thread. Like Martine I have been very inconsistent the last week or so and life has been messing with my routines. That is a much bigger factor than I realized on how I do on a daily basis. I haven't really been on track since I hurt my wrist a couple weeks ago. Oddly enough, the injury wasn't that bad and I could have been back to normal with activities within a few days but I have this bad habit of falling off the wagon THE DAY AFTER a family or holiday gathering. Why do I do that???? MY son and future DIL were over that weekend and I cooked some big meals. Was fine while they were here but the day they left I was grazing on crap that I shouldn't have eaten, then the following day was even worse.

Not sure why I do this. Is it because I felt deprived the day before? Is it the let down of seeing them and then having them leave? Is it because we were discussing their wedding that is now off for a year and the stress of the COVID delay? Is it because I know I have another year to prepare so the pressure is off???? I think it is one of the first two or maybe both. It is also because the stuff is sitting around until DH disposes of it (i.e. eats it) and I did figure out that any desserts that do not need refrigeration need to reside in his man cave and not the kitchen counter in the future. Anyway just venting a bit this morning.

I like to make fresh starts on Mondays so that's what I am doing today. I plan to do an ALL BODY express workout to kind of "wake things up" then get in a long walk this afternoon, sort of a reset.

Wishing you all a super Monday morning!

shellofself 10-05-2020 10:57 AM

Martine Congratulations on your recent promotion! I noticed you're doing a "flexibility workout." Do you feel like it's been helpful? I alternate muscle groups throughout the week and do cardio daily (except for Saturday or Sunday) when I rest, but Ive been thinking of adding a flexibility component beyond my usual 5 minute stretches before I work out to avoid injuries. ... Every time you talk about cooking or baking, my mouth waters! lol

curvynotlumpy My job did something similar earlier this year, pre-COVID! I found it to be really motivational; like, there were days when I didn't feel like walking/working out (any exercise counted for us), but I didn't want to let the "team" down, so I'd just suck it up lol Props to you for being able to wear your FItBit to sleep! I can't sleep with it (or anything else on my hands/wrists).

gzgrl22 Fellow reaction eater here! I found out some not so great news at work late Friday, and found myself eating way more than I should've all weekend, even when I wasn't hungry. :( Anyhow, vent away! :) Here's to a better week!

Shaybelle 10-05-2020 01:13 PM

Bonjour Mes Amies! Just checking in.

How is Everyone? I've trying to sort myself. I had hit that 2 week stall and then I decided to take up an OMAD challenge 23:1 with a group I'm apart of. So at the time, the longest I had ever fasted was 18-19 hours. So I was trying to push and train myself to get to 23 fasting hours a day, which you would think would be simple but its not. After a certain number hours like hours 21-23 there is this thing that happens that your body does by emptying you gut. For me it manifested in the big D but I had not idea it would be like that. Its a journey for real and with school and housework etc...I have to make time allowances and its less social media/ group time. I have decided though to cut back to 18:6 and maybe a 23:1 2x per week. Its just so large a leap physically for me and I take meds so I have to sort out how to do it. Since THC is fat soluble I'm having a challenge on how to consume it in tea without an insulin response but I may have to do do low carb way. I'll figure it out as I go.

I went out jogging/walking. I did better than I thought. I was only a little sore, a lot less than I anticipated. I'm moving forward and that is the key. I dropped down to 283lbs and I'll take it. Its not these huge drops like some people in my group but slower is better even though I dont want to hear it. My body will adjust to it better and reset it happy weight. Ok. I have an audio assignment due and some heavy reviewing.

I feel like I'm gaining the upper hand and will try to post early mornings.

Bluesnow 10-05-2020 02:21 PM

I just joined up here!

Since I'm really just starting I don't have giant goals yet- mainly:
1. No binge eating
2. Incorporate my fruits and veggies
3. Try to exercise at least 4 days a week (After a hot Texas summer it will be nice to get outside!)
4. Try and do stretches/strengthening exercises 4 days a week (I have a bad hip and this is supposed to help)

I'll be checking back in on my weight later. My fitibit scale constantly eats through all our batteries and I'm fresh out.

I'm getting Married this Saturday, so this week might not be the perfect week to start focusing on weight loss, but I at least wanted to sign up here. I look forward to being part of a supportive community.

madamwu 10-05-2020 03:33 PM

Facebook refugee
Hi Everybody,
I have not been here posting for years. I was a heavy poster before in the WW forum, but got out of that and posting. I now consider myself a Facebook refugee. I was doing various diet groups on Facebook, but could no longer take the politics and the nastiness of the trolls. When someone posted bestiality pornography in one of the groups, I said I'm out of here.

I just want to talk about weight control and health issues. I don't want to be reminded of how many mean people there are on Facebook. Maybe I am a coward, but I always felt safe on 3FatChicks.

Like many others, I have been trying to lose weight/keep it off for years. I wasn't doing to bad until I stopped smoking and gained 40 pounds. I had lost weight doing weight watchers, and then when first my mother, and then my father died, I didn't want to repeat the experience of gaining during grief. So I took up cigarette smoking, at the age of 45. Talk about stupid. Long story short: divorce, found new love, she asked me to give up smoking for my health. I did and gained weight.

Two years ago I discovered Intermittent Fasting, and lost almost 20 pounds. I guess that was the easy weight. Now I have been stalled at that weight for 2 years. I have PCOS and am insulin resistant so it is hard to get it off. I did manage to get my A1C down so I am not as much danger of becoming diabetic. But I do have a sugar addiction to deal with. And a spiritual one. I tried to rejoin Overeaters Anonymous, but Covid 19 has cancelled meetings. I've tried to work on the 12 steps, but it is hard doing it alone. And as a Buddhist, they don't quite fit my religion as they would if I was Christian.

I need to get serious again, but I need support. I hope I will find it here. Enough for now. Thanks.

Regards, Linda in Syracuse, NY

curvynotlumpy 10-05-2020 08:01 PM


Martine: Yeah...I have no words for the endless meetings. If you could see my Outlook calendar you would :fr: or :cry:. A lot of it has to do with the type of work I'm in where the constituents and demands change all the time.

The virtual walking group is fun! It is a shared endeavor and our steps are counted collectively so we don't each have to walk the parks. We "pull" each other along.

It's funny that both you and shellofself made the same comment about finding it difficult to sleep with your device on. I struggle with that as well. Three weeks in and I feel it every time I turn. Sometimes I wonder if it is the thing that stands between me and truly good sleep. :dunno:

shellofself: :wave:
Bluesnow: Welcome and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! :hat: You must be terribly excited. Everyone starts their journey when it's best for them so if this is your moment, good on you! Please make yourself at home and check in as often as you'd like.

madamwu: Welcome back to 3FC. I'm so sorry that your time in your social media groups devolved, but you're not the first I've heard this from. My condolences on the loss of your parents.:cry: I've been down that road and it is incredibly heart wrenching.

This thread is a really warm and supportive place. I've never met anyone from this site personally but I feel like we're all old friends. Share only what you're comfortable with and don't feel for a moment that it has to be weight related. We all know that what's going on in our life can often impact our progress (one way or the other). :hug:

Shaybelle: I'm impressed with your long-term fasting ability. :yes: It sounds like you learned a lot from your body with this last round of fasting. I think slower is better; it allows your body the time to adjust and keep the weight off for good.

gzgrl: I'm glad your wrist injury has healed. I really appreciate you sharing the questions you're asking yourself. Those are the kinds of questions I ask myself but since I don't share them I'm often left feeling like no one else has the experiences, OR I judge myself incessantly which is pointless. :nono:
I'm in the office today and have been productive. While it doesn't look like a typical fall quarter on campus, it certainly feels like it with so many events and programs occurring virtually. I'm seeing more students on campus but not a lot. I'm wondering if that will change as the quarter progresses and moves toward midterms and then finals? :chin:

So far so good in terms of students behaving. When they moved in they were administered both the nasal and saliva tests as well as their flu shot. The campus is working on plans to expand testing to folks working on campus even if it's only for the day or an hour. I'm getting my flu shot Thursday so that will be out of the way.

The weather has turned cooler and we may even get a little rain this weekend. I love fall!

Hope everyone had a great Monday!

Shaybelle 10-06-2020 10:10 AM

Hi Curvy, Shellofself, Martine, Opheliaphoenix, & VickieLou.
Welcome Madamwu and Bluesnow! :welcome2:

I'm just popping in to say Good Morning. Nothing on the agenda today except more schoolwork. I ate spicy food yesterday and its haunting me. Since I have been fasting which is 30 days now, I find food tastes different. It has less taste or something. Its really disappointing. One of my incentives was to eat good food. Well now it doesnt taste right. I have to load on seasonings and hot peppers to get it to taste interesting. :dunno:

So yeah my tummy is in a uproar and I'm trying to calm it down so I can concentrate on my work.

shellofself 10-06-2020 11:11 AM

Bluesnow Welcome to 3FC! And congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! :) What an exciting new life chapter!

madamwu Welcome back! There’s definitely so much support and positivity here! I also prefer it over the toxicity of FB (especially these days). I look forward to reading about your triumphs :)

Curvy It sounds as if students and staff are being taken care of at your university, and that’s wonderful!

Shaybelle I only felt that way about certain sweets (after doing IF). BTW if you fall off the wagon on IF, the taste comes back lol unfortunately . . . I miss when sweets were unbearably sweet. It made me crave/eat them less haha

I started using Instagram a few months ago and followed a lot of fitness professionals in the process. It's really changed how I view weight loss and fitness. *I purposefully don't follow "Insta models" because that led to a completely different realization (that I'm aging--the non-surprise of the century LOL)*. But, I've just generally shied away from using weights or muscle building exercise (aka i've largely stuck to cardio) in the past because I've always been afraid of looking like She-Hulk/less feminine. Lately though, seeing these women has opened my eyes to what a beautiful healthy body can entail. There's definitely no one-size fits all for fitness, and that's been comforting to me, especially lately with the scale not really moving but my body becoming stronger.

Anyhow... I've got a Zoom meeting to get to haha Have a great day everyone!

Bluesnow 10-06-2020 02:59 PM

Good Luck Shaybelle. If you do find something with that right taste let us know. In my case its not usually that food loses taste, as I get to a mental point where psychologically food just doesn't excite me like it used to. Hoping to get back to that point though!!!

As for a check in--- I bought batteries for my scale--- they should be here in a day or two so I can start keeping track.

I also noticed you're only able to make 5 posts here per day--- I was pretty disappointing. I was trying to wish people welcome last night and respond to people when I got the error that you couldn't make more posts--- I guess it will limit how active I can be here.

Martine 10-06-2020 08:33 PM

Just a quick check-in for me. Trying to spend as much time as possible with David before we fall asleep, sometime before 9pm usually :lol:

Hope everyone is in good spirits and welcome to the thread Bluesnow and madamwu :)

1: 40 minutes upper body strength trainng + 14 minutes flexibility workout /WATER GOAL: done
2: 24 minutes lower body toning workout + 10 minutes cardio /WATER GOAL: done
3: 34 minutes upper body strength training /WATER GOAL: done
4: 3.2km walk /WATER GOAL: done
5: rest day /WATER GOAL: done
6: 32 minutes core workout /WATER GOAL: done

gzgrl22 10-07-2020 10:12 AM

Good morning. Back down to 196 so the mess of the last week or so is being undone.
Shaybelle - I do either a 24 hour or a 36 hour fast once every three or four weeks. I find them easier than I thought they would be. I only do wet fasts. No sugar electrolytes, water and coffee. I find I feel really healthy when I finish and the longer fast promotes autophagy, where your body breaks down the old cells into their usable components. It frees up amino acids, and cleans out faulty cells that can leads to precancerous stuff. I do not see myself doing the fast more than once every few weeks though.

Curvy - thanks for the comments on questions. Honestly on my old forum I was so focused on process that I never paid attention to folks' discussion on this kind of stuff. Now I see how important it is to address the "whys" of my eating behaviours if I want long term success (LOL just caught the Brit spelling of behaviors -- having lived overseas a long time you are going to see a lot of those thrown in over time)

Martine - I love the results of weight lifting but still have to talk myself into it some days. The walking is almost always something I look forward to doing. Wish I had a place to swim but during COVID thats not an option right now. I have the bay, but its getting really chilly now. Not into it. Have you ever done rowing? I want to try it. A friend LOVES it and you have the river right there. Just curious. It gives you a good workout for cardio and resistance.

Shellofself - good on the inches lost. I am in the last 25 pounds to lose now so it has slowed down. The inches creeping down help with motivation

Opheliaphoenix - I like my Versa 2 but it is bulky. One thing, after you wear it a few months you'll have a pronounced dent in your wrist because of how the back contours, LOL
Bluesnow - WELCOME and congrats on the wedding! I don't mind the 5 post rule myself---keeps me from spending too much time on here rather than out doing something productive, LOL Sometimes I go back into my posts and edit them to add more and that kind of gets around it a bit ;)

Its a nice fall day here and these are the BEST walking days. Yesterday I had to go pick up my dress for my son's wedding (which is now postponed a year for COVID) but had a lovely drive thru the countryside past the blueberry farms, woodlands and Mullica River. Just peaceful, dappled sunlight and the beginnings of autumn colors. I envy you Martine---you get some gorgeous color up your way. We get mostly golds and rusts but I will take it.
Linda - Syracuse is not far from where I grew up (about 40 miles south of Binghamton) and my son went to Syracuse. I am betting you have some gorgeous foliage right now!

loganandlivsmom 10-07-2020 12:29 PM

Hi everyone!
I am a returning user of the 3FC site. I haven't logged in for almost 6 years! :o I used to love the posts like "countdown to 250 or 225", etc...It kept me motivated. It doesn't seem as active on these forums as it used to be. Like many others, I have gained and lost weight over and over. I am 52 years old and trying yet again. My highest weight was in my 30's when I was married to my ex husband. (My highest was 310 pounds). I married my 2nd husband 17 years ago and have basically hovered around the 250s and 260's for a long time. My recent highest weight was 264. Today I weighed 250.8. My goal was to be 250 or less by the end of October. It will be great to lower the goal if I get below that soon.

madamwu 10-07-2020 02:33 PM

I just wrote this long post and it wouldn't let me post it. Now it is gone.

So here is the edited version!

Thanks for all your warm welcomes.

I realized that this is 100 pound club, I hope I can still stay.

Long story short, my current numbers are 185/183/148, which would get me down to the BMI of 130 my doctor wants. I am only 5 ft tall. I am aiming for the 170s by my December doctor appt. I have PCOS with insulin resistance which makes it difficult, but not impossible to lose easily.

Of course it is never easy is it?

It is not vanity that is driving me at this point. I am 65 and a member of the old and invisible club. But despite everything I am happy and want to live longer.

Oh, and yes, our trees are turning. There is one in my college quad that is turning an interesting shade of burgandy--not seen that much. But Winter is Coming!

Regards, Linda

Martine 10-07-2020 07:49 PM

madamwu of course you are more than welcomed to stay, this thread is for everyone who wishes to share their weight loss journey, their tips and tricks, their ups and downs, and any other thought that comes to mind :)

loganandlivsmom welcome to this thread and wishing you success in reaching your monthly goal. Looks like you're almost there already, so you'll be able to set that new goal in no time, I'm sure.

gzgrl22 glad to see you bouncing back from last week. To answer your question, no I haven't tried rowing, but water sports are not my forte. Just getting in and out of the row boat would be a nightmare. But it is such an elegant sport to watch. That drive in the countryside sounded lovely. David and I do that regularly, and probably next weekend Fall colours will be at its best in our area.

I just completed my workout for the day. My hips are feeling better, but I wish I could find an appointment at a walk-in clinic so I could get a referral to a physiotherapist. Sure I've looked online for tips and tricks, but nothing beats someone actually assessing you and giving you proper instructions. Maybe one day I'll luck out and find an open spot.

Anyway, time for some leftovers for supper. Take care everyone!

1: 40 minutes upper body strength trainng + 14 minutes flexibility workout /WATER GOAL: done
2: 24 minutes lower body toning workout + 10 minutes cardio /WATER GOAL: done
3: 34 minutes upper body strength training /WATER GOAL: done
4: 3.2km walk /WATER GOAL: done
5: rest day /WATER GOAL: done
6: 32 minutes core workout /WATER GOAL: done
7: 34 minutes upper body strength training and cardio intervals /WATER GOAL: done

curvynotlumpy 10-07-2020 08:42 PM


madamwu: Of course you are welcome to stay! Unless someone brings it to my attention in their post, I never look at folks' weight. I joined this thread after lurking for some time because everyone was so supportive and kind to each other. :yes: I appreciated the honesty and authenticity that I saw over and over in the posts. By the way, I'm all of 5' myself!

Martine: I'm glad your hips are feeling better. What do you think is the delay in being able to find an appointment? Do you think it has anything to do with doctors' playing catch-up from all the cancelled appointments from the spring when they shut down? I don't know if you had the same experience in Canada, but I've only recently been able to schedule a dental appointment. :dizzy:

loganandlivsmom: :welcome2: back to 3FC! Please make yourself at home. Looks like you're going to make your goal for the month way early--fantastic! :cheer:

gzgrl22: Add me to the fall season lover list! We're still getting warm days but at night I throw open my windows and hunker down in my blankets. It's the best sleeping :yawn: weather! In my youth I spent a year as a nanny in Connecticut. The fall colors are amazing in New England. How you describe New Jersey sounds very familiar.

Bluesnow: Great to have you here! :hug: I had no idea there was a limit to the number of posts one can write each day. Thanks for the info!
Nothing really to report today and that's not a bad thing. Busy day at work but that made the day fly by quickly.

I woke up this morning learning that for the second time in as many days a woman shared in a Nobel Prize. Yesterday it was in physics, today in chemistry. I'm so proud to see them get their due credit. Geez, you'd think I'd won the Nobel. :lol: I geek out over stuff like this.

Everyone have a great evening!

gzgrl22 10-08-2020 09:38 AM

Good morning. Down a little more--- almost back to where I was. 194.8 today. Finding it hard not to eat in the evenings. Thought I had kicked this, but apparently not.

Martine - I kept having glute and hip issues and my PT sent me to a therapeutic pilates (not covered by insurance) place where they diagnosed my imbalances and weaknesses and worked with me for 6 weeks to strengthen the muscles that were allowing these injuries to keep recurring. I have to say I was skeptical but it worked! When I was having knee and lower back issues this past year, my PT included a mat version of these same exercises in my therapy (which I am diligently doing 2x a week) Definitely worth getting a diagnosis to see how to correct this. :)

curvy - I feel the same way about the Nobel prizes. I love seeing these women getting recognition and inspiring young girls to follow in their footsteps
loganandlivsmom - welcome. You can do this! I was really, really doubtful that I could lose (Again) but I went all in, full commitment, no cheating - and it has worked. I was over 253 ten months ago and am now in One-derland and almost out of that OBESE category. We will be here to vent, cheer, whatever you need. :D
madamewu - I am only a couple of years behind you, :) and am finding it ironic that I will have spent my entire life trying to get to a healthy weight and may only get there long after the "right weight" will even look good, LOL but as you said---I am not doing this so much for looks (though it is nice to be able to buy regular clothes) as I am for health.
shellofself - so with you on the social media take this year. never seen so many nasty posts. I had a whole conversation with my son and DIL about how when we were young it was OK to disagree with your neighbors politics. Their vote was their business but you were still friendly. I just want to wake up after the next president is sworn in and miss the mess that will lead up to it. Maybe then I can unblock some friends and things will calm down. Hoping so.
bluesnow - I have never reached a point where food didn't excite me, LOL, thats part of my problem

Chest and back are finally not hurting and just in time because it is chest and back weight day. That time off set me back but not much. Am sure this next workout won't leave me as sore. Have a great day, all.

loganandlivsmom 10-08-2020 02:19 PM

Thanks for the welcome Martine, Curvynotlumpy and gzgrl22!

I weighed in this morning at 250 even so I made my personal October goal already. I will now make my October goal 247 (one pound a week for the next three weeks). If I stick with it hopefully it will be even lower than 247. When I have tried to lose weight in the past I would tell myself I want to be X amount by Christmas or birthday etc...but I think the smaller goal of the month makes it seem less daunting. Besides wanting to look better in clothes and pictures etc... I now have "elevated" blood pressure. I asked my doc and she said some people lose weight and their BP goes down as well. I would like to avoid to have to be on meds for that if possible.

Martine 10-08-2020 07:58 PM

curvynotlumpy yay for women winning Nobel prizes! For International Women's Day this year, I made a poster for work (I think I mentioned it here) where I researched and posted stories of incredible women who have changed history in their own field of expertise and it was such a fun project to do. About the delay in getting an appointment, I don't have a family doctor so I rely on walk-in clinics, and pretty much all of them now rely on a website where at a specific time, you try to sign up for an appointment the next day. But I'm sure they have a very limited number of slots open, because within seconds of trying, the website says the day is full and to try another day. I'm thinking I'll have to pay to find a doctor who will diagnose me, but I loathe to do this as our healthcare system is based on free services (paid for by our high taxes of course) and I shouldn't have to pay just for someone to give me a referral to a physiotherapist. I'll just keep trying.

loganandlivsmom great job on reaching your initial goal so early in the month and setting a new one already! 1 pound a week is a very attainable goal, and I hope that as your weight goes down over time, your BP does as well.

gzgrl22 I'm sure a professional would help me tremendously with my condition, which is why I'll keep trying to find a referral. It's true that when you stop working out for a bit, the first time you work those muscles again usually makes you very sore. Hope this time won't be as bad.

I had a very busy day at work and I honestly can't wait till tomorrow is done so I can enjoy a long weekend. I just completed a low impact cardio workout, an "old-fashioned" workout where it's 10 exercises repeated over three rounds. Not a big fan of that type of workout, but it's good to switch it up. Now time to enjoy a veggie burger and to relax with David.

Hope everyone has been enjoying a great day!

1: 40 minutes upper body strength trainng + 14 minutes flexibility workout /WATER GOAL: done
2: 24 minutes lower body toning workout + 10 minutes cardio /WATER GOAL: done
3: 34 minutes upper body strength training /WATER GOAL: done
4: 3.2km walk /WATER GOAL: done
5: rest day /WATER GOAL: done
6: 32 minutes core workout /WATER GOAL: done
7: 34 minutes upper body strength training and cardio intervals /WATER GOAL: done
8: 42 minutes low-impact cardio workout /WATER GOAL: done

gzgrl22 10-09-2020 09:36 AM

Good morning. had another teeny drop today and stayed 100% on track. Yesterday I pushed the weights back up to my previous level and had a really solid workout. #30 dumbbell chest presses, #30 pullovers, #22.5 dumbbell flyes, #25 bentover rows (3 sets of 15 of each) and #12.5 on all three shoulder press exercises (I do one set of each) and 10s on lat and front raises plus a dozen push ups. Very excited to see these weights AND being able to finish the sets without struggling too much.

Today is biceps and triceps and then I a getting a massage as a reward since my back and shoulders are tight! I don't do manicures and pedis, I don't spend a lot on make-up or hair, or shoes or bags but I do love a massage every once in awhile. Best hour of the month. I got hooked when a friend in China who was a massage therapist traded 10 weeks of services for a painting.

Logansandlivsmom - I have never had luck with deadline losing. I think it is because when things go slow, I get frustrated and the pressure and frustration drives eating so I am destined to fail with deadlines. Oddly enough my son was supposed to get married this fall and I started this journey with an attitude of "wherever I get will be fine" and this time I have lost faster and mores steadily than any time in my past. The pressure was off and I just was able to focus on PROCESS and the results followed. Good on you for setting really attainable goals. You got this!!!!

It is a GORGEOUS fall day here. May not have the colors but do have the weather -- low 60s (14-15 c) sunny, dry, and a light breeze. All I need are some dry leaves to crunch under my feet on the walk and a fall sweater. :D Have a good day everyone!

loganandlivsmom 10-09-2020 10:20 AM

Hi everyone!
I knew when I had a .8 drop in one day that it wouldn't drop again so I debated if I should weigh in or not. I did and it was up .4 but I sort of expected it. Even keeping the calories in control, weight can go up and down with your fluid levels, etc...I am not upset about it, I probably should have waited another day or so if that makes sense. :) Again I want to lose as much for my BP and health as much as "vanity" so I am sticking with it.
Martine Thanks for the encouragement! I have to say I am impressed with your exercising. You are an exercise queen. LOL

gzgrl22 Thanks for your encouragement as well! I like the massage idea myself. You can always paint your own nails if you wanted to. Why waste the money on that? I am impressed with your weight loss. You have almost my stats with the starting weight and height. I can see it is possible. I have been up and down (mostly up) my whole life. Even as a teen I wore a large or 16 and felt huge next to my size small, shorter friends. I have weighed more than I do now but this seems to be where I am most of the time. I got pregnant twice, almost ten years apart and both times got pregnant starting at 250! My true goal in my head is really to not be obese honestly (just under 200). That would be a mini miracle for me, let alone an ideal weight of 160.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. I actually have tomorrow off, so a full weekend off is rare for me! :D

Thanks for the sounding board everyone. It helps in a way, sort of like therapy I guess.

gzgrl22 10-10-2020 10:48 AM

Logansand livsmom - When I don't invest fully---no cheats no bending rules, I seesaw a lot. One of the things that changed this year is that I committed to 6 months with no cheating, no "just this once" and it worked. My losses are coming slower and it is partly because I have less to lose, and partly because there have been days where I have eased up on the rules. WHen I stick to the rules the losses still come. It's just re ally hard to stay 100% mentally "in this" over a long period. Honestly dieting is 99% in your own head. Our weight stories are really similar--- I was a size 13/14 at age 12 and I don't think I have ever not been overweight since I was about 5 years old. I went from weighing monthly or weekly to weighing daily to desensitize myself from the scale. If I happened to do my weigh in for the week on a day when I was retaining water, it gutted me and I fumed over it all day. By weighing daily I started to see the up and down patterns. It was really hard at first, and there are a lot of days when the scale is "up" and you don't know why, but over time the patterns of your loss become clearer and a bad day on the scale doesn't mean "a bad day all day" for me any more. ;) Now, I can pretty much predict a scale jump before it happens. The mystery is just how long it takes to come back down.

I made a chicken breast zucchini lasagna (for lack of a better description) last night. (Sub the shredded chicken and zucchini for noodles and ground beef) Been thinking about it all week as the weather has gotten chilly. It was good but the dairy and sodium popped the scale a half a pound this morning. Totally expected. I actually am surprised it isn't more. Plan to take a good three mile walk today. and do lower body tonight. Tonight will revert to my secret weapon dinner to counter last night---- a simple fry up of lean ground beef, green beans, red pepper and onion with salt and pepper. Simple, filling and clean food.

curvynotlumpy 10-10-2020 01:48 PM

Good morning :coffee2:

gzgrl22: You're spot on with your "all in" commitment comment. Any time I've been successful with weight loss is because I've been laser focused. While it's been years, I can pinpoint exactly how and when I fell off the rails. I was completely on plan for well over a year and decided to one day treat myself to a chocolate milkshake. I love ice cream and it had been so long. I drank it, enjoyed it, and nothing happened on the scale. Silly me thought I could repeat that habit every few days. :nono: My weight crept up. Sure it was slow but that one decision led to more cut corners and exactly where I'm at today.

Your ground beef fry up sounds delicious. I think it would make a great lettuce wrap!

Martine: Enjoy your long weekend. Any plans for Canadian Thanksgiving? Is the holiday food centric :eating2: as it is here in the states?

loganandlivsmom: I appreciate the level of introspection you have about your personal history, where you've been, and the goals you want to achieve. Age and maturity can be powerful assets as we progress to our goals! For me, getting under 200 is my initial goal. You got this! Enjoy your real weekend! :hug:
I hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend. I'm off in a few minutes for a hair appointment. When everything shut down the first time in early March I was two days away from a scheduled hair appointment. California attempted to open up in June and I managed to slip one in at that time. Our cases started to climb again in late July which led to another shut down. Again, I was days away from another scheduled appointment. I think I'm good for today. ;) Aside from this, not much else planned.

Happy Saturday!

gzgrl22 10-11-2020 09:29 AM

Happy Sunday all. New low today. I hit 193. It seem like I have lost a lot lately but really the scale had jumped up from 194 for a week or so , so I was not really losing, just getting back to where I was but today is a new low at 193.0 A really clean eating day (i.e. no dairy, no nuts, under 1500, all unprocessed and under 40 gr carbs) and good solid exercise did the trick.

curvy - thank you and you are so right. Even in the last three months I knew I was loosening up after I got to One-derland and the wedding was postponed (so, no rush, right?) And the weight seesawed and the losses slowed down to about 1/2 pound a week overall from more than double that before. Its tough because to do this and succeed you really do need that laser focus. I am certain that COVID helped my efforts because I wasn't distracted by the many things I am usually doing in "life". The lack of outside interests gave me the time to focus on this journey, but fighting to stay focused is the problem. And cutting one corner leading to cutting others? Yes 100%! I know I am in trouble when even one piece of the routine is off. It can be carbs, exercise, water intake, forgetting about vitamins I take----whatever. Once one brick works loose the others fall quicker.

Martine - Hoping you and David have a lovely Thanksgiving. We always had Canadian Thanksgiving off in China because it usually lined up with Chinese Golden Week holiday. American Thanksgiving was a work day so we would have it on Saturday and invite our American and Canadian friends (and everyone else -- one year we had 100 people!!!)

logansandlivsmom - You have a great mindset going. I know you can do it and you have the understanding needed to weather the storms and get there.

madamwu 10-12-2020 01:24 PM

I'm sitting here struggling with whether to finish the rest of the lunch I cooked, or eat something else like a piece of fruit.

I'm finding out that just fasting regularly is not enough. I also have to control the amount of food I am eating when I am eating. I remember the chants I used to do when I was in WW: "portion control, portion control, remember portion control". Not particularly original but appropriate. But boy, it is still hard.
I went for the apple.
I want to be better about posting everyday. I tend to splurge on the weekends and make bad food choices. Cheetos for lunch is not a good food choice. But now that I have had them, I know I will not crave them again for months.

OA wants you to identify trigger foods and eliminate them from your life. I really struggle with the concept.

Question for the group: Do you have trigger foods that you have successfully cut out of your life for a long time? (Can't say forever because we are still here....)

Have a good day, Linda

loganandlivsmom 10-12-2020 02:51 PM

Hi everyone! I keep trying to post and make sure I am logged in. I type this longish comment and it says you aren't logged in? Ugg so frustrating! I hope this one actually works. If it does I will properly comment again tonight hopefully when I am off work. I had a busy, productive weekend. I have been on plan with my calories and activity and still the scale keeps going up. It's frustrating, but I am hanging in there!

Martine 10-12-2020 03:37 PM

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Bonne Action de Grâce to everyone in Canada! :turkey:

We don’t celebrate in my family. In fact, Thanksgiving is not much celebrated in French Canada, but we enjoy the extra day off from work. And in any case, because of COVID-19 restrictions in our area, we cannot visit family or friends at the moment anyway.

loganandlivsmom glad you had a good weekend. Focus on all the positives and the scale will follow soon.

madamwu good job on following that WW mantra. Portion control is a major part of weight loss. I can say that potato chips are no longer a trigger food for me. I don’t purchase them often but if David brings a bag home, a handful will do.

curvynotlumpy your mention of your appointment at the hairdresser’s reminded me that I need to get my hair done as well. To answer your questions, Thanksgiving in Canada is a bigger deal in anglophone areas/provinces and yes, food is a big deal.

gzgrl22 I totally understand how you feel about having to stay 100% on plan to be successful and constant with your weight loss. Very demanding but if that’s what works for you, then it’s what’s best, And I totally relate to focusing more on the process than a deadline. When I gave myself a deadline to lose x amount of weight, if I didn’t make that goal, I would stop trying altogether. An old “all or nothing” mentality that I have fought hard to overcome.

So Friday and Saturday were not good days for me (and Sunday to a lesser extent), as I overate at suppertime and went way past my calories for the day. And I didn’t exercise at all, and I was disappointed in myself. By late afternoon, I had no interest or energy to do anything but eat. So time to take back control today, before I undo all my hard work. So far on my day off I've done some meal prep and housecleaning, feeling much more productive and on track than this weekend.

I’ll be doing a total body workout later today, and I’ll try a walk as well, and see how my hips fare. The one good news on that front is that I heard back from my work health insurance today and they cover part of physiotherapy, even if I don’t have a referral from a doctor. I had never thought to ask them before, a lot of time wasted there. I hope that getting assessed by a professional will bring lasting relief.

Stay well and a great start to the week everyone!

1: 40 minutes upper body strength trainng + 14 minutes flexibility workout /WATER GOAL: done
2: 24 minutes lower body toning workout + 10 minutes cardio /WATER GOAL: done
3: 34 minutes upper body strength training /WATER GOAL: done
4: 3.2km walk /WATER GOAL: done
5: rest day /WATER GOAL: done
6: 32 minutes core workout /WATER GOAL: done
7: 34 minutes upper body strength training and cardio intervals /WATER GOAL: done
8: 42 minutes low-impact cardio workout /WATER GOAL: done
9: rest day. /WATER GOAL: done
10: rest day /WATER GOAL: not reached
11: rest day /WATER GOAL: not reached
12: 52 minutes total body strength training /WATER GOAL: done

loganandlivsmom 10-12-2020 06:54 PM

OK trying this again!
gzgrl22 Congrats on the new low of 193! How exciting!! I appreciate your advice on the ups and downs of the scales and weighing in. I agree it is a mental game for sure. You have to stay "on" and be focused to keep on losing weight.

curvynotlumpy Did you get the hair appointment? I really can go to any Hair Cuttery type place since I have really thick, coarse hair. It mostly stays in a bun. I have to flatiron it to make it look normal. LOL And with making it to 200 I haven't been there in over 20 years. It truly would be a mini miracle to see that again!

madamwu To answer your question....my trigger food is ice cream. I make sure when trying to lose weight to buy a small size that is portion controlled. They have lower calorie dairy free ice creams that are much lower in calories too.

Martine Happy Thanksgiving to you! It's a good thing you don't celebrate it. It's a diet killer for sure! I bet my daughter would love where you live. She is all about speaking French. She is in high school and loves her French class and her teacher is from Africa and French is her native language.

OK everyone, let's hope this post actually posts!

curvynotlumpy 10-12-2020 08:26 PM


madamwu: Thanks for the portion control reminder. I often revert back to this when I am frustrated about when and where to begin. It's not always fun or easy, but it is straightforward. As for trigger foods, I successfully managed my sugar intake for well over a year before succumbing to knee-jerk choices. :no: I'm speaking of non naturally occurring sugars. Great question!

Martine: I'm glad you're feeling better and more productive today. I've always appreciated how you allow your body to get the rest it needs without losing focus. :high: It's been a long time since you haven't returned to the healthy habits you've established after a couple of "down" days.

I highly recommend a hair appointment!

grzgrl22: There's something empowering and reassuring when one can return to their previous weight. :goodscale It reveals how much of the process is in our hands. Well done!

livandlogansmom: Yes, hang in there! The scale is only one data point. Remember that it sometimes take more time than we'd like for consistency and hard work to show up as a loss. :hug:
I don't know what it is about Monday but I feel like they are terribly unproductive despite what I get done. Once I get to Tuesday, my groove returns. :dancer: My ideal schedule would be a 4/10 with Monday off. Hey, a girl can dream, right?! ;)

On our HR meeting call this morning there was a lot of interest in the voluntary separation program that the university is offering. This is a program that allows approved staff to voluntarily leave and get bought out of their position. It's a cost saving program. The amount of the buyout is based on year,s and the departments that approve have to leave the position unfilled for a minimum of 18 months. The staff who leaves cannot return to any of the 10 University of California universities for at least three years or will have to pay back the money. Apparently HR has had over 100 applications. It will be interesting to see which colleagues I won't be seeing come mid-January 2021.

All in all a decent day.

Wishing everyone a good evening!

Moo31 10-12-2020 08:44 PM

Hi Everyone,

I go by Moo. I'm new to this thread, and this whole website in general. Like everyone else here ( I assume), I'm looking for motivation and support throughout my weight loss journey. I lost my father about 5 months ago now, and I gained about 30 pounds throughout the whole grieving process. It's safe to say I still have my good days and bad days, but I'm ready to get my life back on track again, and I want to feel like the person that I once did. It would be nice to share my struggles with people that understand what I'm going through, and understand the lifestyle changes that I'm trying to make.

Hoping there is room in this thread for one more person :exercise:


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