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my ivy 11-21-2006 04:45 PM

Hi guys,;) :wave:

Hope everyone is doing well and loosing weight I have good news my son won his wrestling match on Sat:carrot: he got the gold medal I'm so proud of him he has done grate and even lost 34 lbs. He now even takes the time to look in the mirrors at home and wear clone when he goes to school:D Sonn he will have girls calling.
Any how I had to go shopping today for big date on Sat will be going to The Hard Rock Café and Casinos there are clubs there so I will definitely be dancing I LOVE DANCING:carrot:

I just bought a pair of size 10 (stretch) DKNY jeans:D :cb: :dancer: :woohoo: I have not worn size 10 since I was 20....... I'm so excited!!!!!

Will try to take pictures to share here.

Jasmin what a coincidence my hubby was born on same date as you.:hug:

My B-day is December 31st :D

Hi to all!!!!!

Tisha___ 11-21-2006 04:49 PM


How are you doing it if you dont mind me asking? I can use all the tips I can get!
Is anyone else having trouble with the link in my signature? It works for me.

What am I doing? Well, I'm eating more often (3 meals and 3 snacks per day). I'm also trying to stay between 1,200 and 1,700 calories per day. It usually averages out to 1,500 or so per day.

I have one free meal per week. Usually pizza or nachos or something. But, I still watch my portion control for those meals.

I drink a lot of water (I try to drink about 100oz per day) and I walk on the treadmill and sometimes do the Denise Austin Daily Workout that they show on the Lifetime channel.

Oh, and I'm also allowing myself 4 free days per year. They are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and my Birthday. I can eat whatever I want for the whole day (instead of just one meal) on those days. But, again, I'm still going to try to watch my portion control so that it doesn't get out of hand.

I've found that with the free meals, it's been easier to keep on track. I know that if I'm craving something, I can have it at some point. That way it's not like I'm cutting things out of my life forever. I know that some people have to do that, but I don't see it as realistic for me.


Hun.e.B 11-21-2006 08:30 PM

Hi everyone! I've not been doing so well lately. Since Friday hit I just got into this holiday mood and completely threw my goals out the window it seems. So then I dont come here as often. Yes I've been busy but thats just an excuse, I've got 5 minutes to stop in and keep myself accountable I've just choosen not to.

I've also gotten myself down in the dumps about my so called support system lately. I take it personally when someone isnt jumping up and down excited that I have a loss...only because I'd do that for them. Seems everyone from my "support" group really flaked out on me...and I should not take that personally but I do. I hate that I get myself entrenched into what I think is a great group and give it my all only to be all alone a few months down the road, its a huge reason I've not put myself wholeheartedly into THIS group, I dont want to get attatched and then see it disappear after the challenge ends. Silly and selfish of me I know. Because you guys are so amazing! Everyday no matter what you are there, and thats what I need so much! (Edited to add: nothing I'm whining about applies to this group, you guys have been so awesome and I wish I had taken greater advantage of that)

Do you think I maybe I put too much stock into the support aspect? I feel almost like I'm making it someone else's responsibility for me to stick to my goals and do what I need to do. And when they let me down, then I let myself down, I use it as my excuse. Its hard for me to wrap my head around doing this on my own, support group or no support group. Maybe I'm just afraid if I dont do it then, I've got noone to blame but myself.

Oh..deep tonight! LOL!! I just found out my mother has now lost 51 lbs and all that did was get me disgusted with myself for my behavior lately. Although I have this sneaking suspicion that she has been VERY unhealthy with her weightloss...i'm talking laxatives and water pills here. I dont know it for a fact but the signs point to it. Thanksgiving is gonna be hard seeing her so skinny and me my fat self.

Oh what a pity party!! Perhaps I just need a swift kick in the rear end...what do you think? LOL!! Thanks for letting me vent! I appreciate it! Sorry to be a downer! I swear I'm gonna pull MYSELF out of this!


martiniforme 11-22-2006 12:31 AM

Jasmine: I read you all too loud and clear. Growing up, my family was really poor. My dad was a single father with 2 daughters and 2 twin sons. He did an amazing job to keep us happy and I didn't know we were really poor until Junior High School. Growing up, counselors used to always ask me if my dad was touching me inappropriately, etc. As if because he is a man, and a single father, he would ever do that?! People can be FAR TOO presumptuous. It has always bothered me, and always will. The way I see it is you have 2 options. You can either talk to the school, make sure they understand your son's habits and situation, or you can not say anything. It all depends on your comfort level. I'm the type of person that will jump right in there and be like, "Assuming makes an *** out of U and Me. Got it?" Haha, but I'm a little b*tch!

I also feel your pain with the babies and the stroller and the potatoes. My sister and her husband used to have a physically abusive relationship (I'm glad to report that he has quit drinking, and really seems to be the model father... although I am still eyeballing him, and am ready to spring back in to action if need be), so she spent a lot of time in the women shelters. I went and "lived" with her there (aka: spent the night 6 nights a week). She worked full time trying to make a better life for her and her daughter, so I would take Alysia (my baby angel) to daycare, go to work, pick her up, feed her, and walk the floor with her all night when she couldn't sleep. I wouldn't do anything different, I enjoy the bond we share :) However, living in the big city, taking a stroller on the bus during rush hour, the drivers more often than not made me HOLD HER STANDING UP while the stroller was folded. No one ever gave up there seat, so here I am on a packed bus, balancing a 1 1/2 year old, a folded stroller, a diaper bag, and my own backpack, all the while on my feet. Grrrrr. I hope the potatoes taste good! Hehehe. I would offer you my car, but I don't have a license, let alone a car :o

Melissa: I feel that a support group is REALLY important. To me, my support group is my safety net. They are 99% of the reason I bounce back after a slip up. And you can trust in us more :) You guys are 98% of my support (my MIL is the other 2%). I come here, and rely on all of you to keep me going! We aren't leaving after the challenge ends! I am already geared with my sig tracker ready for the next one (which I fondly refer to as the Fat Smash Xmas Bash!, after it was suggested by one of the ladies here, hehe). I love coming here, and you especially are one of my favs! Even if I some day reach my goal, I will still be here day in, and day out, because I NEED you guys :o. I hope that helps :)

And I would love to share some of my structure with you. If you ever want help planning some meals, making schedules, sharing low-cal recipes (I have a hoard of them!), or just talking about life problems, I am totally here! Usually I'm on MSN more often than not, so you can always get to me!


Today was much better. I got to MIL's house to start working, and she sent me home, giving me a chance to catch up on all my stupid housework and laundry. Well, I am proud to say, for the most part, I got the nasty stuff out of the way. I just HATE going full steam 100% of the day. It feels like there is never any time to relax!
I wake up around 6ish, get the hubby off to work by 7. Then I make breakfast for myself, eat it, go to the gym at 8, work at 9, get home at 3 in which I clean, do laundry, visit the kitties, and make dinner. Then after dinner, I'm cleaning more, doing more laundry, and then I poop out here, then go to bed. My weekends are constantly bogarted by trips out of the city to go shopping (and not even the really fun clothes shopping kind!), or doing the heavier cleaning (cleaning the bathrooms, scrubbing floors, taking out garbage, cat litter, fridge, stove, and the list goes on). I just want to rip my hair out sometimes, and I think whoever made time really could have put in a couple more hours a day :mad:.

Anyway. I did really well today. I didn't follow my plan to a 'T', but I did hold myself accountable for all the things I ate (recording them). I only consumed a little over 1700 cals, and none of them were empty. I had to pry myself away from the fridge a couple times, but mostly stayed on track. I missed lunch time because I lost track of time, and that's what caused the perpetual hungry, heh. So I ate boiled eggs and carrots. I never though ever in my life that I would be proud to make a meal out of boiled eggs and carrots, hehe.

MIL bought us an early present :) A tempur pedic mattress topper. We wanted to get the bed, and this will totally do until then! It's really comfy! The normal spring mattress hurt my hips so bad, but I slept like a baby last night!

I also had another idea about Xmas, but I will make a separate post because this one is getting REALLY long hehe.

Jasmine: Also with the crunches, I tried them on the floor onces, and it killed my tailbone, hips, and lower back! So I folded a bed comforter in half, and used that. Recently I purchased a cheap Yoga Mat from Wal-Mart. That works a bit better than the comforter, but the comforter always made it much easier than the bare floor! We have all tile and hardwood :^:. As for the stretchy band, you are right. It's for resistance training. The difference between resistance training and weight lifting is:
Resistance training: tones muscles without adding a whole lot of bulk
Weight training: primarily used to increase muscle mass rather than tone muscle mass
Doing lighter weights with more repetitions will give a smoother more toned look. Doing heavier weights with less repetitions will give you a more bulkier muscle.

Tisha: I posted a comment for you on the forum where your pics are located :) Congrats again, I think you look great, and you can definitely see a big difference! Good on you :)

Oh, I almost forgot. I'm going to spend the weekend with my mom while step dad is in the hospital getting surgery in Calgary. Shaun and I were going to make the trek anyway. My mom is really upset with the whole thing. For the first time John showed her a copy of his will, and gave her funeral instructions etc, and even gave her Xmas presents early (as a just in case). So she's flipping out. On Friday night we're going to the Legion (yes, we're legioneres hehehe) for the meat draw (she ALWAYS wins!), then Saturday we're decorating the house, and she is taking me out for Chinese food, which I am not going to protest! I have done so well, and I think I can do it. I haven't had any "free" meals since starting, so this might do me some good! Then we'll probably get drunk and gossip around the kitchen table, hehe. Then Sunday we'll do some scrap booking, then I go home on Sunday afternoon. I love my mom. Wasn't around much growing up, so we're more like best friends rather than mother and daughter. She's great!
Anyway, on to the next post!

martiniforme 11-22-2006 12:40 AM

Okay, so I think we should do a secret santa! Would that not be fun, or what?!
Except, instead of buying presents, we can do other things that don't cost.
Some examples:
1. Write a poem or something really inspiring for your gift buddy
2. Make them an icon(s)
3. If you're in to digital art, you could always make a digital art piece they can print
4. Find a recipe that you think suits them, and send it to them for some low-cal goodies!
5. Find a poem that reminds you of them, or that you think will inspire them

And so on.
So, if anyone wants to partake, we can start it with the Xmas challenge. How to choose? Well, we can take all of our names, and have an impartial party match us all up. Then they can send us PMs with who our secret santa buddy is.

Anyone up for it??

Hun.e.B 11-22-2006 01:13 AM

I would love to do secret santa!


martiniforme 11-22-2006 01:19 AM

Excellent, that's 2 people. The list has begun!

littlegg 11-22-2006 09:18 AM

Secret Santa
-I think secret santa is a really cute idea! Count me in!
-Jasmine if I havent told you your pictures a few days ago were really great,
what a difference, I'll bet you feel better too. As for the crunches have you tried an exercixe ball? they make crunches and pushups alot easier. I have one and I've had it for years now, its a great way to exercise, and tone.
If you decide to try it get one with a tape or dvd. Mine has some very relaxing stretches with it too.

Jasmine31 11-22-2006 02:04 PM

Okay well I am just skimming over this now and will go back and read and make comments in a few minutes but I wanted to adress what Huneb said first. :


I've also gotten myself down in the dumps about my so called support system lately. I take it personally when someone isnt jumping up and down excited that I have a loss...only because I'd do that for them. Seems everyone from my "support" group really flaked out on me...and I should not take that personally but I do. I hate that I get myself entrenched into what I think is a great group and give it my all only to be all alone a few months down the road, its a huge reason I've not put myself wholeheartedly into THIS group, I dont want to get attatched and then see it disappear after the challenge ends. Silly and selfish of me I know. Because you guys are so amazing! Everyday no matter what you are there, and thats what I need so much! (Edited to add: nothing I'm whining about applies to this group, you guys have been so awesome and I wish I had taken greater advantage of that)

Do you think I maybe I put too much stock into the support aspect? I feel almost like I'm making it someone else's responsibility for me to stick to my goals and do what I need to do. And when they let me down, then I let myself down, I use it as my excuse. Its hard for me to wrap my head around doing this on my own, support group or no support group. Maybe I'm just afraid if I dont do it then, I've got noone to blame but myself.
Okay well first of all you have to remember that no one else is responsible for your success except yourself. But I KNOW you realize this and I understand what you mean completely! I have my own board and domain and the reason I found this place is cause my friends who I have known for years have not been very supportive. Even though most of them have weight to lose. We have our own private journals and everyone used to be good about posting and encouraging each other then for some reason it just fell apart and I was the ONLY one who posted in them and it is still the same way except one of my friends who is pregnant and she post in hers but never in mine! I know alot of people have just gotten busy and they work etc. I understand. I was upset for a little bit cause I never was getting the pats on the back and the you can do it kind of stuff any more. That is when I told myself that I just need to accept people for what they are able to do, like in other parts of the board and that if weight loss support was so important to me then I needed to find other individuals who are as obsessed with this as I am. That is when I found this board and have been here every day since. :lol:

I hear what you are saying about the challenge stuff to. I had my Oct challenge thread and it was great but we did lose a few girls who were already involved in turkey day challenges etc. I would really hate that to happen again and I do think we are better able to support each other if we can all stick together.

This is my idea. I will start a new thread. Probably today, if not tomorrow. Lets do it different. Instead of centering it JUST on weight. Let us center it on us as a group supporting each other. We can make a new thread every month. Obviously the next thread will be geared toward x~mas and new years etc. But lets make it a group and base it on sticking together.

Who else is for this? We can all stick together thruout our weight loss and we can all eventually move to the maintainers forum when we get to where we want to be. For some of us that will be a long time. No matter what we will always need support. Some of the girls in the maintainers forum have been here for years!

What does every one else think? I think we should do it!! :hug:

What to name the group?

Bird's of a Feather Challengers!!

How does that sound? Kind of like birds of a feather flock together, 3 fat chicks. etc.


Everyone suggest your ideas for names!!

Jasmine31 11-22-2006 02:41 PM

If you ladies want we can move ourselves into the miscellaneous club room?

Misc Clubs

I am still trying to think up a name!

From Fat to Thin ~ A Support Group for Everyone

How does that sound?

dollypie 11-22-2006 03:36 PM

Okay about to leave for the in-laws, just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Jasmine: I am all for start a new thread for Christmas and just for having our own support group as well.

Martiniforme: Be careful with all that chinese your body is used to all the healthy food now and bad things can happy when you eat greasy food if you are not used to it. Get my drift...

Hun.e.be: I totally understand about the support. I have had a couple of friends start and then never finish. That is actually why I came to 3fatchicks and have found great people to talk and support me. Just remember we are all hear for you!

Tisha___ 11-22-2006 05:21 PM

Well, 40 minutes and I'll be outa here for 4 days! :woohoo:

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

I'll be back on Monday and will be sure to post my final weigh-in.

See ya'll later.


martiniforme 11-22-2006 07:59 PM

Chub Challenging Chicks
A Bunch Of Losers (might come off as negative, not sure)
Chicks Of A Feather Challenge Together

My brain is dead :S Long day at work.
I like Jasmine's idea. We'll probably have people that join, and don't really stick to it, but based on this challenge, I am positive that the few of us that stuck to this challenge thread will stick together for future challenges :)

Today was interesting. I've been looking at all the various different Western Chinese dishes I can partake in, and I am packing my food scale, my measuring cups, and my measuring spoons. I'll be staying away from the spring rolls. Those things are addictive! I think I'll be able to do it as long as I plan well and hard. She just isn't taking no for an answer! Thanks dolly for the advice :S Hahaha, my body has been revolting against deep fried foods as long as I can remember! It's like a double edges sword, or something lol.


martiniforme 11-22-2006 09:30 PM

Woo! I was stuck at this infernal 273.somethingorother. I have lost 1.2 lbs! YAY!
Not my weigh in day, but whatev! Who knows, maybe tomorrow will show another pound. Doubtful, but I can wish, right?? Hah. That means only 3 lbs off from my goal loss. That's still good!

sugarbaby269 11-22-2006 10:32 PM

Hi Ladies,

I just can't seem to keep up with everyone! So many things going on in my life and it looks like everyone else's life too!
Jasmine so sorry you had such a rough day on the bus with your potatoes, stroller and little one. :hug: Sounds like quite the challenge. I think you're pretty brave to grocery shop and take the kids and stroller on the bus!
MartiniI'm pretty impressed at your responses to everyone and find you so encouraging. :) Thanks for all your imput... and you too Jasmine.. :grouphug:
Melissa:hug: You've got my support! :D Congrats on your weight loss!
Tisha and dolliepie and everyone else: Have an awesome Thanksgiving!!!

I am really not good on how to use this computer board thing. I don't know how to "make" an icon or even figure out how to copy and paste, etc. I know Jasmine you tried to explain but I'm dense when it comes to things like that and basically have to do the hands on thing. So I would love to be a part of the christmas thing and all but I don't know how to do computer things well. Grrrrr. Frustrating. :P I hope to join the rest of you for the next challenge even though I have only lost a few pounds on this one. I'm having an amazingly hard time sticking to a diet but I know the exercise is helping me out. I'm a bit frustrated and bummed about my lack of weight loss. Take for instance the other day I worked out and walked (which I have been doing quite a bit of both) and only had part of a burger and some devilish onion rings. Yes, I know that wasn't healthy or low cal at all but thats all I had all day and the next day when I got on the scale I had gained a pound. I passed up pizza and everything because I wanted to break the weight that I have been at for like two weeks! No such luck. I was so depressed then I find out that my son takes off without telling us where he is going and goes off to God knows where. We were so worried and I was so sick and he finally tells us where he's at but he was having one of those teenage moments where they have to find themselves, etc. He is home now but all that stress and the family drama... I should just call this as the world spins scene 5847390298.... you get what I'm saying...:lol: Oh well, so I eat finally stuff that isnt that good for me but there in my face and then I lose a pound and argh... who knows whats going on. I just need to get back on my lowfat, no sugar, low carb, lean meat eating 5 meals a day thing and drink tons more water. I am going to work on that starting Fri. I will not stuff tomorrow and will jump back on my serious hard core "diet" on Fri. :(

Really though, I hope that all of you have a very lovely, happy filled day with lots of good food and fun times.


martiniforme 11-22-2006 11:10 PM

Aww thanks sugar :)
I think part of the reason your not losing the weight may be because your body is getting confused. You were eating pretty healthy, and quite a few times a day, so it didn't have to worry about hanging on to the extra weight. But when you only eat once a day, your body goes in to hibernation, and stores all the calories you consume because it doesn't know exactly when it'll have another meal.
The key I recently found was that I had to eat 5-6 times a day, and always around the same time, and that's when my body finally got it, I think.
I eat at:
8pm (this meal is always ultra light, like usually I eat Jell-O, because sleeping on a heavy stomach isn't so good)
Also, after dinner I try to get in a bit of exercise. Even if it's just doing dishes, sweeping, and doing laundry, it still burns some calories and helps my stomach settle a bit. With the weight fluctuation and the family drama, I can only imagine this is not an easy time for you at all! It wasn't all that long ago that I was a teenager, but I never really was in a rebellious stage, so I'm not really sure what else you can do other than just hang in there :hug:

If you want, I can make you an avatar :) I love Photoshop and digital art, it's one of my all time fav hobbies! I can even make an animation! If you have a picture that you want jazzed up for your little avitar, just e-mail it to me ([email protected]).
I can tell you already have your signature tracker :) I will just send you very precise step-by-step instructions on how to update your avitar, and add different things to your signature. I used to be really clumsy on the computer, but over time I grew comfortable with it.

I know it's hard in the face of adversity, but instead of looking at things in a negative, I try to see what today will bring tomorrow, and what I'll learn (doesn't always work, but we try!).

Instead of a lowfat/nosugar/lowcarb/lean meat diet, why not start out with baby steps like me. I started out just counting calories, and seeing what my daily intake was. Then I started moving my meals to a structure and certain frequency of eating. Then after that I turned to lean meats. Now I'm trying to cut out processed foods. I still eat foods with sugar, and I still get atleast 50% carbs. The way I see it is, if I cut all of this stuff out of my diet to lose, then when I reintroduce it in to my diet, it might be too much after not having had it for over a year or more. This way, my body goes down, and I still eat a little bit of everything. The one thing I'm strict about is empty calories. I try to never eat empty calories.

I hope you have a better day tomorrow!

sugarbaby269 11-22-2006 11:38 PM

What a sweetheart you are Mande!
I would love for you to help me make an avitar thingy majig. :D So encouraging... *sigh* I almost had a tear come to my eye... :) :hug: My greatest fear with this diet is the fact that I have had Lymphoma. I wonder sometimes if my glands are messed up from that. I haven't had chemo in over a year but I'm just messed up. Then on top of that the ED from when I was in highschool have messed up my system too. I still can't grasp the concept that I can eat food and lose weight. That's why I have never truly been on an official "diet" before. I always get into the mode of thinking that I have to not eat. Now don't get me wrong. I don't go starving myself for days on end, etc. I just think no food = weight loss. I am afraid to eat just low cal. I am afraid that I will gain even more weight if I eat that much or if I eat the carbs. Sooo... I think.. no sugar, low carb, etc. I do bloat very fast whenever I eat carbs such as pasta or breads or sugars. I guess with all the undecisiveness of my diet plan I leave myself up for failure. I have never dieting before. I have either starved (in years gone by) or ate whatever I wanted and now have turned into a blimp... hehe. So... yes, I do want to be healthy but I don't want to gain another pound. I am freaked cause the scale isn't moving so I resort to not eating at all. Then I get discouraged and go back to the old habits of "comforting myself with food that tastes good.. blah blah." I don't binge. At least I haven't in ages and I don't purge. I just have really bad choices and I have in times past just ate without thinking what I was putting into my mouth.
I agree with you. I need to take baby steps. Maybe I should focus on the continued exercise. I am glad to say that I have been really faithful with that. I really need to work on adding water to my diet. I have been trying but I have this wierd concept that I do it all right or I don't do anything.. Crzy, huh? Soo... I need to make better habits. So maybe I need to focus on making sure I start having breakfast. Watch my coffee intake (has sugar with it) and up the water, continue with exercise and try to eat regularily. I was telling DH that we really need a schedule. If I make one then maybe it would help. Just we are trying to sell our house and we have to up and go when people come through ... blah blah.. LOL
I need more info and that's what I'm going to do. Look into more low carb but low fat foods with calories that aren't empty. Do more whole foods if I can. That way I have more nutrients coming in.
As for my son, he is such a wonderful guy. He isn't rebellious at all just that he has the pressure of being so perfect as he is the son of a leader in our church... and I the wife. :) Pressure Pressure Pressure
He wants to be so perfect but struggles with himself and the expectations that he has on himself and from those around him. He had to "get away" to think things through to see if he could live up to this. He was such a turkey as he didn't realize the worry he left behind. He didn't run from us aswe are a very close family but he is "at that age" and thinks he is alone with his feelings. I am just so relieved that he is home safe and sound...
OMW.. this post is too long ....
I just want to thank you for helping me put things into perspective MandeYou are young and smart... LOL and getting healthier by the day. :D So... I don't know if I covered everything but I will post and see. I will email you in the next couple of days and let you know it's me by putting sugarbaby in the subject. :D Thank doll!

martiniforme 11-23-2006 09:18 AM

That's really great that your son is involved in your church :) Also, I didn't know your DH was a leading member of your church! I think that's great!
And of course I will make you an avitar! I have some great ideas for a Christmas one :)

Well, ladies. It's that time. First off, Happy Thanksgiving to the ladies residing in the US!
It's our final weigh in day.
Well, here goes...
My goal was to lose 10lbs. My actual loss was 7.8.
Am I happy with the loss? You bet your bottom dollar!
Do I know what caused me to not lose the full 10 or more? Yes, too much leniency, and not enough will power. Lately I have found my little niche in which I can comfortably slide between good food and bad food. Let's hope it holds out!
Well ladies, we've suggested a few names. Today is the day we need to build a new challenge! I hope you're all ready!
Just a though, so we aren't part of 10 different challenges...
Why don't we make the next one challenge a weightloss/exercise challenge, with lots of support?
-Lose 5-10 lbs by Christmas Eve
-Exercise 1000-1500 minutes by Christmas Eve


And come ladies!! Wake up!! Everyone out of bed!! I want to know everyone's final numbers!!!
Hope you all have a great day :)

martiniforme 11-23-2006 09:31 AM



I have a lot to be thankful for this year.
My DF, who I know loves me with all his heart
My new kitty, and my 2 other kitties
My MIL who is always so very supportive, one of my best friends!
My step-dad, who had surgery yesterday, my prayers are with him
My mom, who I'm going to get to see tomorrow, and spend the weekend with while S-D is in the hospital
My health, which is steadily improving
Myself, because I am a strong and powerful individual, but very loving and compassionate
You guys!! You guys keep me going at this every day, and I believe that you guys made the difference this time around in my weight loss journey! May you all be lucky and blessed, and I hope to know you all for a long time to come!

I am very thankful this year. Even though it's not Thanksgiving in Canada, I have a lot to be thankful EVERY DAY!

miafluker 11-23-2006 01:33 PM

happy thanksgiving everyone!!! i was in a group with melissa(Mel where are you?) and she told me what a great group this is, im just sorry i caught you guys at the end of your challenge. It seems like everyone in my group left:?:
Please let me know when and if you guys get another one started, i know its kind a silly but i feel kind of alone without some support. Even if its not me losing the weight its great to see someone that is trying to achieve the same goal(weight loss) lose. Anyway im alittle down today so im watching lifetime but everyone have a great day, and have fun.

martiniforme 11-23-2006 01:45 PM

maifluker: Welcome!! You're right, this is a really strong group, and we're alway happy to have new members! Further up the post you'll see we've all decided to not only carry on to a Christmas Challenge, but to also create a small support network amongst ourselves. You are soo welcome to join us!!! All of our goals are different, whether they are losing weight, maintaining, or just learning to eat right, we all like to keep an open mind, we never judge, and we're as helpful as we can be :)
What kinds of things usually make you happy/motivate you?
Something you can consider is making a list of all the things that get your spirits up, and keep it on hand for when you're having a down moment/day. Pick something off that list, do it, and hopefully it will raise your spirits!
Good luck, and there's alway someone lurking around here (usually me, because I'm obsessed with posting or something hahahaha).

Jasmine31 11-23-2006 02:38 PM

Ladies I am short on time right now but I just wanted to run in and give you all a :hug: I am so proud of all of you and I also wanted to say happy turkey day to everyone!!

I was thinking about the group name. What does everyone think of

Hot & Healthy Challenge Chicks ?

That way it is about health and we remind ourselves that at whatever size we are we are hot! And we challenge each other to be healthy which means eating right and exercising? I really like it!

Jasmine31 11-23-2006 02:39 PM


Welcome! We are not going anywhere hun! We are going to be a group and stick together and support each other! You are more than welcome to join us!!

sugarbaby269 11-23-2006 03:12 PM

Hi Ladies and welcome miafluker!
Ok, this challenge I have only lost 3 pounds. :( BUT at least I'm getting the mind frame to eat healthier and focus on what I ameating instead of mindlessly eating whatever whenever. My exercise has went from nil to an average of at least 69 minutes a day 5x a week. Next goal is to definately lose the weight but to increase water and try eating more often, fewer empty calories and count some calories... :eek:
Jasminethe name you picked gave me a grin when I read it. I think it's a great pick! :lol:
MandeCongrats on your weight loss! :cheer: You're on the right track.
:grouphug: Hugs to you all and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
I'm thankful for the loving and caring family I have.
For the delicious smelling ham that's cooking in my oven!!!!!
For life (being in remission and sharing life with my loved ones.)
For my Creator who loves me and watches over me. :)
For a home, food, clothing and all the things I need.
For laughter and giggles and silliness.
That my husband has a job.
For my country and the freedom of religion, speech, etc. (At least for the most part. ;) )
For this group of dear women who I'm growing so fond of and can't seem to stay away for a day... :lol:
Hugs to you all and may you be blessed with the warmth of loved ones nearby and a full belly without too much damage.. .;)


sugarbaby269 11-23-2006 03:15 PM

Oh and Mande,
How's your step dad? Hope he recovers soon.
Will try to post goals on signature later.

martiniforme 11-23-2006 04:15 PM

Jasmine: LOVE IT! Let's do it!
Sugar: Those are some pretty wonderful things to be thankful for :) My step-dad is doing alright. There were no major complications during his surgery, and they monitored his heart really closely. Now that his back is taken care of, they are going to start focusing on his heart. :)

I like the whole idea of not focusing 100% on weight loss. If we focus on nutrition, exercise, and healthy living, the weight should just come off as an added bonus, right?! And that way, even when we hit plateau's, have bad days, slip-ups, etc, there isn't the added guilt of "oh man, now I'm gonna gain x lbs!" Which we all know can be one of the worst downers!

Eek, I dunno if we're going to make it out of the city tomorrow. I woke up to a near blizzard, and the snow is really coming down hard, and piling fast! That's too bad, I was really looking forward to seeing my mom. There's always next weekend, or the weekend after. We just had such a good weekend planned, and I felt that this weekend was important because she was home all alone while John was in the city getting surgery. Pooooooo.

I feel all wired, can't focus at all today!

miafluker 11-23-2006 05:22 PM

thank you for the welcome everyone
alittle about me....i have an 8month old daughter, married, my hubby just got out the military so we moved back to his hometown and trying to adjust to life without the military,i just started a new job as an orthodontist assistant....the strain of the long hours at work and moving to a new place away from all my family and trying to lose weight is so stressful, but i do not like to fail and i refuse to fail at trying to lose weight. I no longer set short term goals as far as x many pounds by ? month, i only become discouraged when i do not meet my target, so i know i would like to get to 170(first). Right now as long as long as i lose some weight instead of none is great to me, i also want this as a lifestyle change not just to lose weight and then go back to my old ways. So i want to focus on water 64+oz,exercise 4-5 days a week, and as far as diet i want to eat wisely while allowing myself to eat what i want maybe 2x a week to start then work my way to 1x and eventually to none. Im not sure if this plan will work for me but trying to cut everything out at once is not working at all. Do anyone have any ideas?

sorry so long the way i see it as long as im on the pc im not at the table;)

Jasmine31 11-23-2006 05:38 PM

Cool! I am so glad everyone likes it! I thought it was a really upbeat name too, keeping with the flow of what we have already accomplishhed and maintaining the challenging spirit! Everyone quit posting in here and go sign in over there!!!

Hot & Healthy Challenge Chicks!!!

martiniforme 11-28-2006 07:47 PM

Secret Santa

The following names are on our Secret Santa List. If you would like to join, please PM me!
Mande (MartiniForMe)
Jasmine (Jasmine31)
Melissa (Hun.e.B.)
Lori (loveandlaughalways)
My Ivy

Once again, if you want to join us, please PM me your name! If you do not know how to PM, just ask! The more, the merrier, and the more variety there is!

If some of you are curious as to how this will happen...
Basically, we will have an impartial party take all of our names, mix them up, and PM each one of us with our S.S. buddy. That way, none of us will know until the very end!

Some examples of what to do:
1. Write a poem or something really inspiring for your gift buddy
2. Make them an icon(s)
3. If you're in to digital art, you could always make a digital art piece they can print
4. Find a recipe that you think suits them, and send it to them for some low-cal goodies!
5. Find a poem that reminds you of them, or that you think will inspire them

The names will be picked on Friday, so make sure to get in on it!

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