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ledom 09-30-2007 03:13 PM

Jillian's Girls Exercise Journal
 
Wow! I have never been on a thread that ran out of room before.:dancer:

Well, today is a good day for me to start a new thread because today is the first day in about 6 weeks that I exercised. Or ate food I prepared at home. I am kind of in withdrawal and kind of loving it. I am being gentle with myself today, but I am sticking to it however soft the workout might be and however many meals I have. They will be no closer than 2 hrs. apart and they will be nutritionally balanced. I will also not be beating myself up.

Cindy, you are a married lady by now. Thinking about you dear.:hat:

Shygirl, chick, Sirak, everyone. Here's to another 101 pages. :carrot:

chick_in_the_hat 10-01-2007 06:13 PM

It must be me...both of my regular threads got closed...but they were both over 2 years old. :P
This weekend was spring cleaning (yes, I might have procrastinated a bit) and I got a good back day in on Saturday. Today is spin class and front day. This morning was day two of not being in the 170's any more. Or EVER AGAIN. :rollpin:

Here's to new beginnings! :cheers:

BfL_Cat 10-02-2007 12:33 PM

I'm married!
 
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Hi gals - I'm back, just for a drive-by post!

The wedding went well, but my eating is out of control! I'm going to try to keep it a bit more controlled during the cruise (yeah, right!), and then get back on the wagon when we return.

Chick - congrats for hitting the 160's!

And congrats to all of us for having to start a new thread!

Now, let's see if I can attach a photo for you all to see...
Cindy

ledom 10-02-2007 10:52 PM

Oh what a gorgeous bride you are Cindy!!! You look so beautiful and so happy.
Ya'll make a real handsome couple.

Go Chick!!! New beginnings!!!:high:

ledom 10-04-2007 09:57 PM

Me again. Hey girls, I really need some support. I am on an all out binge. The worst one in years. I can't seem to stop. It is all tied into that, I am going to start tomorrow and so today I will have a last fling. Except I can't get beyond the fling. It's bad. I am ready to stop. I know it is going to be hard. Things are on the verge of being in good shape. My show is half hung. Opens Tuesday, a lot still to do but I can manage it and best of all the end is in sight. The kitchen is done. I can't quite get to my boxes of the contents of my kitchen but I can start over the weekend. My mom is adjusting beautifully and seems pretty well, I am visiting her every weekend. My daughter and her SO have moved into my Mom's house. They are too close, meaning they can drop in whenever they need something. On one hand it irritates me but mostly I love it. They've still got a lot of growing up to do and now I feel I have two children instead of one. My love life.... well if you could even call it that, is kind of fun right now. Oh, work is making me very crazy, it is unstable and has kept me upset the last couple of days. So, help me get back on track! Please!

BfL_Cat 10-05-2007 03:45 PM

Ledom - step away from that kitchen! You do not want to further undo anything you´ve accomplished for yourself in the past years.

You can rein this in - you know you can. Buy yourself some SF-FF jello, and wean yourself from that sugar!

Love life?????? Do tell!

I´m in Barcelona right now - we head to the ship tomorrow pm. May not be able to check in once we are onboard. We get back on the 14th.
Cindy

chick_in_the_hat 10-05-2007 08:51 PM

Cindy - SO Gorgeous!! Enjoy your trip! :cb:

Ledom - i'm prolly the last person who should be giving anti-binge advice.... :mad: But here goes. Get the trigger food out of the house. Pour salt in it if you have to. Then plan at least a couple days worth of healthy meals. It starts now. You can do this!! Get your kitchen together so you have no excuses not to cook. Maybe you can enlist the help of daughter and SO? So exciting your show is almost here already!! :yay:
So :cool: your mom is doing well, too.

As for me....I'm chugging along, today is a rest day. Hope everyone has a nice weekend!! :carrot:

ledom 10-08-2007 07:47 AM

Happy Monday morning. I am happy to report that I have worked out 2 mornings in a row. This morning I thought for a second about not and then rolled out of bed and put my workout clothes on. Yay me :carrot: because girls it is depressing. I tried to find something new to wear to my show over the weekend and it was not fun. I didn't find anything! Well, I found a sweater but I gotta have something to go with it and I found nothing. I love clothes as you all know and I have outgrown most of my clothes. Just barely, but lord help me, I feel so sad about it now. I meant to be feeling good about myself tomorrow. That is the roughest thing, I have hit the number on the scale that tilts back to the old ledom. It isn't a specific number, I just know I don't feel like who I am when I hit it. I feel old and unattractive and lack energy. Enough is enough.

I know I can pull myself out of this hole, I just hate it that I am having to do it again.

sirak 10-08-2007 10:00 PM

Ledom- You can bring it back to where it is supposed to be !Get those black pants and hang them in the pantry where you can see them. Stop going to the cookie/ cracker aisle in the grocery store. The pendulum has swung one way and now it can swing back.Remember how empowered you felt after 30 days of Jillian ? You can do this !The house is back together, your show is just about out there- the next new project is you !


Barcelona ? Um Brandy and Coffee time ! Cindy you are a gorgeous bride !I think you are probably gorgeous in real life too ! He's a handsome guy and I hope you are having a wonderful time !

Hey Chick I am saving you a spot right here---> next to me in the 150's. I'm somewhat stuck and unsure where I am going- but it better not be up !

My NSV today was going to buy a bra at Victoria's Secret and finding that I was now a C cup. I had measured out at 40( down from 44 in May)- but who would have thought the girls had lost an entire cup size too !
I did well two weeks ago and managed 3 workouts in one week. Last week was bad. I had a sore glute for a couple of days, Football consumed an entire day and then suddenly I was getting ready to go away for the weekend.
This week is not any better. I have pretty much mapped out my time and between meetings at the school, football( kills the afternoon) and a visit from DD21's BF thiscoming weekend. I am not seeing a whole lotta free time. I am going to stick to it somehow and get my time in . I have to maintain at least until I can get the diet back on the straight and narrow. When I stopped writing my food all of those nasty snack monsters came out- plus it is just a busy time.
I forgot to update the subscription when the thread changed and nothing was showing up as new post when I checked under user CP. Then I saw that the last person to sign onto the thread was Suzanne ( doh). I am going to stick the link right now before I forget.
and Ledom- find those black pants !

KylieH 10-08-2007 10:21 PM

Hey, y'all.

This is my first post here. While I have been doing a Body for Life-ish type of thing for the past six months, I've come unraveled the past two weeks. I've been binging like you wouldn't believe (I won't go into the ugly details, but trust me, it's ugly.).

I need to get my focus back, so over the weekend I stopped by Barnes and Noble and picked up "Making the Cut." I confess that I didn't know who Jillian Michaels was, but the book looked good.

It seems that a couple people have done the full 30 days, but that knees are an issue. I was a bit concerned because of "cross over lunges" and stuff that I know I can't do.

Any other advice before I jump in?

chick_in_the_hat 10-08-2007 11:27 PM

Welcome KylieH! I haven't actually done the Making the Cut workouts yet - but I did the ones from Winning by Losing a few times. I think pretty much all of us modified the workouts to some extent to suit our specific needs/issues. For me - the biggest take away that I learned from Jillian is building a habit of exercise. I think her advice is amazing, and I learned most of what I know about weight training from her books. My modification was to cut out the cardio during the circuits. I know it's pretty central to her plan, but for me I would rather spend more time in the gym and focus on my form. I get plenty of cardio in outside of my weight training.

sirak - so sweet!! Keep that spot warm, cause I'm comin'. :cb: WTG on a new bra...nie NSV.
BTW - there's nothing wrong with practicing maintenance when the schedule gets too hectic. :cool:

ledom - I'm sure you'll rawk that new sweater. :D And your show is gonna be amazing. :hug: You put so much into it - hard work always shows.

So my big move of the week was to cut out Ice Cream. It was outta control. Friday I polished off a 1/2 gallon in one shot. It actually feels pretty good, I feel like I have a little more control. Today was back day. The workout was good. Tomorrow is a rest. :carrot:

ledom 10-09-2007 03:18 AM

Morning, 3 new posts! It was a busy posting night.

Kylie, I second what chick says. Modify where you need to. It is a great workout that will give you results. The dreaded binge. I actually thought I had left that behind but when major life stresses hit, that is exactly what I did.

Sirak, good to hear from you. Been missing your posts. You do sound busy. You know the thing I have to avoid is the fast food drive thru. That is where I headed when my kitchen was out of commission. Yesterday I didn't have time to fix my lunch and snack for work but finally made the choice to hit the grocery store for a good protein bar, some cheese sticks and apples and that got me through the day just fine.

Your analogy of the pendulum is perfect. I didn't quite think of a word for what I was feeling but I definitely felt that Sunday I had reached the highest weight, the worst icky feeling of my clothes being too small. That everyday after that I would be on my way to a smaller and happier self. After working out yesterday morning I had that sense of well being that only sweating out toxins in the workout room can give.

Thanks for your encouragement everyone.

Oh, by the way I did finally find the perfect dress last night. Believe it or not, a "little black dress" that is cut pretty nicely. When I saw it on the rack I actually prayed that it would fit. Somehow, miraculously almost, it did. Just in the nick of time too. Show opens today.

sirak 10-10-2007 09:41 AM

Ledom, I am excited about the new show opening and hope all went well. IThis journey has been a hard one-but in the end you ended up learning something about your art.I wish I could come and see it.
I got 30 minutes in yesterday. Today is a meeting at the school for my son's learning issues and my parents are coming down( which makes everything crazy),Lunch is planned tuna salad- but everything goes out of control when you throw in "the some day to be" Ex and my parents.
I want things to calm down. We have three weeks DS13 cannot play football until he gets his American History grade up.DH has some trips coming up so he won't be dropping in as much. Cooler temps mean the grass will hopefully stop growing as much ( meaning less mowing).I want a couple of days to sit and watch everything I have Tivo'd in the last two weeks before the DVR runs out of room.
I do have a couple of tomato plants that are growing crazy and have 30 fruit showing. We had this happen last year and had tomatoes in the window sill until the week before Christmas.
I have to go and get ready for this thing-It is in an hour !

ledom 10-11-2007 05:02 AM

Thanks Sirak, I wish you could come too. It'll be up thru Oct. 31 if you are passing through let me know.

My opening was fantastic. I was so so pleased with how it all came together. No apologies, I just loved the way the work looked. So many people came and were so complimentary of the work it just made me happy. I heard myself say several times, "It's the happiest day of my life." I think that came from acknowledging the fact that the hard work was finally over, I don't have to worry about it anymore. Plus the fact that so many friends came to see me and the work. Just a very warm fuzzy feeling.

I am ever so slowly unpacking boxes and putting my kitchen back together. I still haven't unearthed the pots and pans but I have managed to get my diet back where it needs to be this week for the first time of any extended period since it all fell apart. I have done some sort of exercise every day as well. I am still working to get back up to speed on my consistency with the really intense workouts but it's coming. Lot's of water weight gone too!

We are at mid-semester now. I am teaching a class this semester that is taking an immense amount of preparation time as I am finally joining the 21st century and making powerpoint presentations instead of showing slides. Very time consuming, but after this first semester it will be easier.

Hope you survived your company Sirak. Company is distracting, isn't it? Hope the meeting for your son went well. Have you posted a recent picture?

Oh yeah, I wanted to tell you about the great breakfast I have been making lately. For years it seems I have been having oatmeal, cottage cheese and blueberries and raspberries for breakfast. Now that summer is gone the berries aren't cheap. They really never have been but at my store they recently took a price hike. Instead I have been cutting up half a nectarine to include. Since I make batches of oatmeal I nuke the nectarine and oatmeal for a couple minutes and then add cc and splenda. It is so good, like peach cobbler kind of.

Chick, how's that spinning class going?

sirak 10-11-2007 09:19 AM

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Ledom ! I am so glad that it came off well !I thought from the amount of prep and the intensity that you were working at that this was a very big installation of work. YAY !

I like the idea of the oatmeal with the nectarine. We had just plain oatmeal for breakfast with spenda brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. DS14 has to have something carb o lious for breakfast before morning football practice. When you make batches do you just reheat in the morning? Oatmeal is a two minute deal at my house- but it takes longer to clean up the mess( like when it boiled over in the microwave at 6:15 this morning).Do you store it in single serve ? I am thinking your cc and fruit additions would be good for DS14 also.
I didn't freeze enough blue berries this year, so I am already starting to ration them out ! ACKKK !
Meeting went well for son-they will hold off mainstreaming him into a regular reading class until his grades go up. My parents are always fun to visit with- I just didn't need everything on the same day two days after I came home from Austin.
I did mow yesterday( with my yard and push mower it is exercise). Food wasn't great but I have been so hungry. I can't seem to get the appetite in check. My sleep is messed up again and my RX doesn't want to work anymore. My energy level is down. It's all a big circle of cause and effect.I don't sleep well I eat junk. When I eat junk I feel yucky and have no energy.I don't get anything done and then I don't sleep well.
UGH- so I am changing diet and working out this morning.I just have to get over this hump.
here is a photo of me and Mom at the Dallas Arboretum's pumpkin patch.

chick_in_the_hat 10-11-2007 04:29 PM

ledom - So cool!! Told ya all that hard work would show!! :D I do pretty much the same with oatmeal - apple works good, too! What's cc? I'm gonna have to try pumpkin pie spice. Spin class is plugging along - yesterday I had a one on one with an instructor. She gave me a lot of good pointers on cueing (letting the class know when a new move is coming up). She wants me to tkae over her class - so she's motivated to train. Works for me :D

Sirak - aren't you a hottie!! I don't deal well with messed up sleep either. Here's to getting over the hump and coming out the other side well rested. :cheers: BTW where is middle of nowhere TX? I work with a lot of people in Plano. I saw Dallas Arboretum and thought :chin:

So - I missed front day yesterday with the one on one...so I'll do it today. :carrot: Eating has been on plan all week...cutting out my beloved ice cream has given me all kindsa control. :cb:

ledom 10-11-2007 08:27 PM

cc is cottage cheese - my diet staple

I make Irish Oatmeal which is a coarse grind. I am not even sure how many servings, but 4 or 5 when I follow the recipe on the pkg. I just put it in a container in the fridge and take out a serving. If it is a dry batch I might add a little water, but the juiciness of the fruit is really enough. I zap it for 2 min. in the bowl I eat it out of. Put on the splenda & cc after it comes out of the microwave.

Sirak, you look amazing. Really amazing. By the way, I am coming down your way next weekend for a conference in Arlington. I am so happy to be getting away a couple of days.

Chick, would you ever have imagined that you would be teaching spin classes a couple of years ago? What an accomplishment you have made. Many accomplishments.

Good exercise day. I did a modified back day and when I got home from work I got up on the Mtn. for some hiking. I am off tomorrow and am considering getting out on the water for a short trip. I bought a new kayak before the damn burst and still haven't got to try it out. I think it's time!

sirak 10-12-2007 10:34 AM

I grew up with Plano being down the road in Richardson. My old neighborhood was within four miles of Northern Telecom and some of the MCI offices.Erickson was not far down the road.Some of my dearest friends in my camping group had husbands that worked for EDS way back when Perot was in charge. There is one of those guys still left at Legacy. Plano went from a sleepy little town that had one big high school to this huge busy place. I go up there every once in a while- but have to be careful not to get lost.
I live about 50 miles from Plano in a semi rural area.There is a hundred acres of farmland across the street. At the end of my street there is one of the larger ranches in Kaufman County owned by Hunt Oil. One of the neighbors lands his little plane in his pasture. We have a Dairy Queen and a Sonic in Town. All the kids in the neighborhood ride the same bus.
I can see the lights of the Dallas skyline on a clear night from the middle of the field across the street.
I shampooed my carpets yesterday . If there was an Olympic event for wrestling Ikea slip covers off of furniture I would be at least a bronze medalist. I washed slipcovers and everyone's bedding. I know Jillian does not feature those things as exercise- but I got my workout in yesterday.
DD21's BF will be in this weekend and I am not sure about what I am cooking.I need to get my head together on that one and head for the store.

chick_in_the_hat 10-12-2007 02:11 PM

I never thought of cottage cheese with oatmeal...I'll have to try it. I do often add protein powder...and then extra water and fruit so it isn't cement-like. Ya know - before the lifestyle change I was NEVER into exercise or an active lifestyle. So....no...the idea of wanting to teach spin would have had me like this :rofl: It is kinda amazing the difference adding a few new habits can make. It does keep me from worrying too much about ever going back to who I was. I still struggle...but I just can't see ever sliding back all the way to 264 ever again.

sirak - I work for EDS....I've only been to Plano once on the way to vacation in Mexico. DH and I considered moving there...but the crazy weather made me think twice. I do like the housing prices compared to CA tho. As far as housework as a workout goes - Jillian might not feature it...but it counts. Are the instructions for the slip covers in Swedish? :lol3: Or they just fit really well? :D
I got front day in yesterday, back day today as there is a scooter rally this weekend. Dunno if I will get much workout time in. :cb: Have a great weekend chickies!!

ledom 10-12-2007 02:36 PM

Oh Chick - you are going to love what cc does to oatmeal. At least I do. I used to add protein powder as well, but at some point decided that would be a way to cut a few calories.

Enjoy your company Sirak. I am unpacking kitchen boxes today. Found the pots and pans!

chick_in_the_hat 10-12-2007 06:21 PM

Hmmm. Maybe it's the protein poowder you are using...I use the unsweetened kind, just plain whey protein. It's like 50 calories a scoop and has 12 g protein. I will try cc tho. And can you tell I can't focus on work today? :o

ledom 10-12-2007 10:44 PM

Oh no Chick you don't understand. Low cal chocolate protein powder AND lf cottage cheese AND some fruit. It is great and really not many calories. But when I am really trying to cut back I find I can leave off the protein powder and still love the breakfast.

sirak 10-12-2007 11:51 PM

The slipcovers are stubborn and don't always want to come off or go back on- very much like the Swedish American DH that is on the way out.:dizzy:
I feel like yuk DD21 came home with a recipe from the bank. You make a cake and then crumble it up. You mix 1/2 a can of ready to spread frosting with the cake crumbs. Then you make that mixture into balls.
You dip the balls into Almond Bark and decorate with white almond bark.
I had one.
I think I would call it redneck truffles. The site might kick me off if I offered any other names for this stuff.
Then I went into my stash and opened a package of really good sweet baking chocolate to remember what it was supposed to taste like. I told DD21 we could work on it( like chunk the funk and start over). It wasn't her fault- it was the combination of stuff.

chick_in_the_hat 10-13-2007 10:40 AM

ledom - ahh got it now. In fact gonna go make some this morning. :D

sirak - redneck truffles....:lol3: Maybe it's too early in the morning but that combination just sounds nasty.

sirak 10-13-2007 11:16 AM

It is nasty.DD21 woke up with a sugar hangover. She looks all bloated and has this horrible headache. I think she will take them to her bank job where the recipe came from and let them figure it out.
But the oatmeal and fruit...ahhhh
I use quick oats- only because we eat bunches of them in baked stuff. I added two chopped apples ( peel and all) to a two serving batch. I put some two heaping tablespoons of brown sugar splenda and some pie spice.I zapped it in the microwave and divided it into three servings. I ate one with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese . Oh wow ! The apples were not completely soft so they had some texture. The cottage cheese made it creamy. Just the basic apples and oatmeal will make a great snack for ever growing teenage son ! I can keep it made up so all he has to do is heat it up and add a bit of water. This one is a real keeper !

ledom 10-13-2007 11:00 PM

I cooked today. I even had dinner guests. I love my new kitchen - it flows. It's so pretty. I grilled a pork tenderloin after marinating it in rosemary, mustard, and garlic. I pan roasted two heads of cauliflower with garlic and sage. I made chicken casserole to take to a family reunion tomorrow. And I made huge breakfast burritos for supper tonight for two of my friends. I have missed cooking so much.

I have also exercised almost every day this week. I have gone on two good hikes and it is so nice out right now.

If only my house were put back together. I worked on it all day yesterday and just made a dent. I haven't even touched the multitude of work related stuff that is already overdue. I don't think my life will ever get back to normal! Sorry for the pity party.

Things are good and lots of new things on the horizon I think.

BfL_Cat 10-14-2007 07:00 AM

Hey gals, I'm back!

Glad to see you talking about recipes and cooking - I really need to get myself back on track with that. It's literally been months since I've made myself my steel-cut oats and/or cooked more than one meal in a week. And now, after the cruise food, I really need to get myself back on track. I don't even want to see what the scale says!

The good news about our honeymoon is that it was very busy and entailed a lot of walking. That is a good thing as I'm somewhat back in condition in terms of some endurance for physical activity.

Also, because of jet-lag I've been up since 5am this morning - perhaps I can use that to my advantage and keep this schedule. I really need to get up by 5:30 in order to get my workout schedule back on track!

Today will be about laundry, organizing, unpacking, grocery shopping and food planning, in no particular order. I loved the time away, but it's good to be home!
Cindy

ledom 10-17-2007 07:58 AM

Hey Cindy - Glad you're back. I know what you mean about it being good to be home.

I had one bad food day but not so bad as earlier and yesterday I was back on track. I am having a hard time getting workouts in. Simply do not have time - and you know when you don't have time to workout for yourself for an hour a day then something is wrong in your life.

I feel there is a lot wrong in my life right now. Last night I was just in tears from exhaustion. And I don't know what to do about it. If I take a day to try to put my house back together, and it is still in great disarray, then my teaching suffers. I just have gotten so far behind with all life's traumas that I can't get it back together. I know you guys have heard this way too much already, but you know what. NO ONE wants to hear it. I feel really alone right now.

But, I will plug away as best as I can. My body looks like jelly right now. Kind of like before a fat flush but I am pretty sure that is not what is going on. I think it is lack of weights going on two months. Bleahhhh.

So, I'll take my gloomy self upstairs and take a shower.

Hoping for some brighter days soon!

sirak 10-17-2007 09:40 AM

Ledom- my heart goes out to you. You don't see the amazing woman in the mirror-just a bunch of jelly ? Everything you have had was toppled over- your family and your house has done fruit basket turnover, you have dealt with some major care giver issues for your Mom, you have had a show( despite the flood) and you are still mentoring and inspiring students.
You have been through like a year's worth of stuff in the past two months. It has been a condensed compacted bunch of stress streaming from some unknown Pandora's Box.
You are allowed to cry.No matter how "woman of steel" tough you are- you, given the circumstances are allowed to let go because it has been so hard.
You aren't alone honey- I just broke into tears driving to the park yesterday.It is just so tough when you feel like your teeth have been kicked in, despite all that you have tried to do.
So let's think about 30 minutes of doing something fun-like walking around your yard and looking at the leaves. I know the chaos of the boxes and misplaced items in your house grates upon your sense of order- so just do one box in the morning and one box in the evening ?This will be a dance of babysteps . You have to balance things so that you can get a little done with the house, think about the teaching end and then take a Ledom break.
None of this stuff happened to us over night and it will take a while to get things back in order. The trick is to hang on hard to the diet so when you can make a 30 minute stress reducing hike or "roll around" the basement on the ball it will count.
Take off the superwoman cape look at the stress you have taken on ! You can get this back together- it will take time. Make a list and start marking things off. This stuff is not easy- I have my own list of stuff I have to do to get started on my new life.
Cindy- we all have been on some sort of break,except for Gina. This month might be the month that I will post no weight loss. The time will change at the end of the month and I am trying to figure out what that will do to the kid's sleep/ school schedules.Your 5:30 is a blessing !
Is it Friday yet because I really want to start this week over !

ledom 10-17-2007 07:30 PM

Thanks for your kind and wise words Sirak. I like your idea about 1 box in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. I can do that.

Another good eating day and a walk so not all is lost on the health front.

Sirak, I know what you and so many others are dealing with is infinitely more challenging. You hang in there. Without knowing the extent of your situation it sounds like just the unsettledness of everything would be wearing.

I do have a treat coming up tomorrow. I am driving down to Arlington with one of MY old professors for a conference. I think the trip out of town is just what I need. I will try not to think about how even more behind I'll be when I get back.

ledom 10-21-2007 11:55 PM

Just a quick post to say that my conference was the perfect thing for me. It really helped my perspective on things to get out of town for 3 days. Back at it now.

I have grilled pork loin in my fridge and I wondering about adding some green chilies and onions and carrots and making some kind of healthy stew for this week. Could be good.

sirak 10-24-2007 01:26 PM

Three days of work out in a row so far with reasonable food choices. Last bight wasn't the best upper body set I have done- but it's better than nothing. I can take my ball and weights and work out in the hallway while DD3 is in the tub.
Again it is better than nothing !

chick_in_the_hat 10-25-2007 01:42 PM

Hey chickies -
Had a bit of family drama myself this last week. My sister had 3 brain aneurisms and needed surgery to clamp them off. She's been in ICU in Los Angeles since the 16th. I made it down there last weekend and was able to spend some time with her. I'll prolly head back down next week again. When I got back up here I took care of my mom for a few days to give my dad a chance to go down. Bedpan duty...not fun. :( Mom's a trooper tho - she put up with me. :) Yesterday was a little bit more back to normal - I made it to the gym. Today I rode my bike to work...it feels good to burn off some aggression.
The good news is that with all the stress and traveling I managed to lose a pound. :cb:

ledom and sirak - sounds like y'all are on track. Welcome back, Cindy!! Missed you guys. :hug:

ledom 10-25-2007 09:51 PM

Gina - sorry to hear about your families health problems. It can wear you down for sure.

Sirak, I got the ball back in operation just today. I am still taking baby steps but am starting to feel better about getting myself back into the swing.

BfL_Cat 10-26-2007 08:12 PM

Hi girls! Things are slow to be getting back to normal here. Work is super busy and home is still a big mess of wedding prep stuff and gifts. Tough problem to have, I know! :-)

I really hope I can use this weekend to put some order back into my life, and to get myself inspired to start cooking again. I really want to get some new recipes to try. I got a Moroccan tagine as one of wedding gifts, and I'm dying to try it.

I'm also hoping to maybe start doing something active this weekend - taking a walk or two at the very least.

Gina - sorry to hear about your sister - I hope she's doing ok. And good for you for taking care of Mom - I know that can be tough!

Sirak and Ledom - glad to hear you gals are hanging in there despite life's ups and downs. Guess we're all just hanging in there for now.

Hope you gals have good plans for the weekend!
Cindy

ledom 10-27-2007 03:30 PM

Absolutely. It all starts in the kitchen.

I have done some good cooking and have plans for more this weekend.

I am having enormous issues getting myself back under control. I think I might finally have figured it out though. Remembering to be gentle with myself because this is hard. I am eating by the clock, up to 6 BFL type nutritional meals. It tends to regulate my body and give me health and strength quicker than anything. When I can do that I can think about cutting down some more. I could not get through a whole Jillian workout day before yesterday but I did about half of one. Yesterday I hiked 3.5 miles. Today I have walked a mile but promise myself to do weights before the day is over.

ledom 10-31-2007 10:06 PM

Hey Ya'll just checking in to see if you are still out there. Happy Halloween.

So what's up with everyone? I am celebrating my one year anniversary of kind of letting my diet go with a lot of thought and consideration. I think a one year anniversary might be a good time to make a turn around.

I am noticing that being extremely busy and not getting enough rest is adversely affecting things. I have a busy week planned but maybe not quite as many late nights for the coming weekend and next week.

I am basically still living in my kitchen and my bedroom. Putting my house back together just has to wait until the holidays. I hate it, but a lot of the things I am accomplishing now will make my life so much easier in the not so distant future so I guess the upheaval will be worth it in the end.

I know you guys are topsy turvy now too. I'd love to hear what's up with you.

sirak 10-31-2007 11:12 PM

Happy Halloween !
In our little town ( which is not where I live because I live between two towns) the street with all the antebellum homes is the place to trick or treat. The homeowners have sponsors for the candy. The roads are blocked off. It is like Mardi Gras for the Christian Conservatives, complete with a huge Jonah the whale in one of the yards.There was a live band and probably half the county hanging out.
I am glad we are past one of the holidays. The closer to Christmas it gets I think things will get worse as the expected social occasions become questionable. This is the first year in many years I will not camp over Thanksgiving. But I will be looking at tents for me and the kids for Christmas.
Yes, Topsy turvey is a good term and quite polite compared to some of the other words I have had for the situation.
I have had one day of lifting and one day of cardio this week, which is good. My food is messed up- but I have been trying to start back on fitday so I am more aware of the carb vs protein ratio ( who would have thought Salmon were such fat fishes?).
It's a matter of reining in and getting my calories to really count- rather than getting out of control with peanut butter or taking a rather large serving of low fat brownies.
My other little group seemed to falter this month except for one woman who is in the groove- walking 4 miles a day. But she has over a 100 pounds to go and I can tell you how easy it is to drop weight when you have a bunch of it to lose.
So November goal is 5 pounds- but also consistent lifting. I get blood work back soon also- so I might have to add something in there- we shall see. I eat oatmeal and apples every morning ( thanks everyone) so I know atleast one part will be ok.
I am rambling because I am tired.Tomorrow is another day.

BfL_Cat 11-01-2007 02:31 PM

Hey gals, I’ve not been writing much as it’s been rough going here lately – at least in terms of food. DH and I seem to be in a bad cycle that we can’t break – and even if I manage to get in a healthy breakfast and lunch, it is all undone in the evening. Having Halloween candy in the house this week didn’t help – each night I went to bed with a horrible sugar headache, which then made for a sluggish nasty morning.

This cycle is, of course, not conducive to getting up early to head to the gym, so needless to say, I have not been. And, the thought of the DST change looming ahead of us this weekend just makes me want to bury my head under the covers all the more!

The house is still a disaster – presents and wedding stuff all over the place, with nowhere to put any of it. I really need to reorganize my whole house to figure out where all of this is going to go! And then there’s the furniture from Pete’s parent’s house – where on earth will that go – my, I mean our, house is full!

So, this is all making me feel like a bit of a slug these days. My work clothes are tight, and needing to be replaced, but I refuse to go up a size, and wish I would be going down a size.

On a more positive note, I went to a women’s wellness seminar at lunch today – it got me thinking a bit more about all of this, and maybe it will cause me to take some action!

This weekend is going to be hectic for me as next weekend we are headed to St. Louis to pick up a car. Long story, but my brother works there, and he got me a great deal, but the catch is that I have to go there and drive it back! Lovely 18-hour trip – but at least we’ll break it up by stopping in MI on the way back. Just typical for me in terms of how things never seem to be straightforward and easy!

I’m happy about a lot of parts of my life right now, but definitely not my fitness/wellness. I just don’t know what’s going to motivate me to do something about it!
Cindy

ledom 11-01-2007 10:27 PM

:grouphug:Boy do we ever need each other now. It's gotta get better. The thing for me is that there can be no holiday blowout. I have already had my major eating snafu. Food is getting a little better at my house. Not so with the weights, just so little one mile walks in the evening. The last time I did a workout it was the one when you do 50 squats. My legs still aren't right, and not in a good way. My joints hurt. I have to figure out what I should be doing now. Something, I need to break into it more gentle though. I think I would feel so good if I got going with some simple yoga.

Sirak, a new tent of your own will be very inspiring for you I bet. I remember when I bought my first one, I felt so independent.

Cindy, I figured getting settled into marriage would be a little unsettling. But, enjoy your honeymoon. You'll figure out what to do with all that stuff.


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