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LisaTcan 10-21-2011 03:21 PM

PS...how often I'm posting is a good indicator I'm not spending enough time studying for the GRE!

krampus 10-22-2011 09:48 AM

Thanks guys. I ended up (probably fueled by emotions) eating junk at the end of the day, probably because I couldn't bear to eat anything until 4 pm. I didn't waste the day feeling sorry for myself though; I sent in a lot of applications and I have an interview today and another next week. Nothing anywhere near as glamorous as flight attending but we'll see. I don't think weighing myself this morning would be wise.

Lisa You have a busy day! Can you sneak in 30 min of GRE studying here and there? Do they make audiotape GRE study guides you can listen to while at the gym? :D

alexistrophic Aw man that's a bummer about the tests, but sounds like when one door closes another opens. I got a phone call from the airline I was applying to and she dropped the bomb on me there...I was hung over and brushing my teeth at my friend's house so that made the blow a little softer. Where in Korea were you? I was born there and visited Seoul once...Korean Pizza Hut is AMAAAAZING.

ann71 I'm sorry work is looking stressful for the next few weeks...hang in there!!!

bargoo 10-22-2011 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by krampus (Post 4080797)
Thanks guys. I ended up (probably fueled by emotions) eating junk at the end of the day, probably because I couldn't bear to eat anything until 4 pm. I didn't waste the day feeling sorry for myself though; I sent in a lot of applications and I have an interview today and another next week. Nothing anywhere near as glamorous as flight attending but we'll see. I don't think weighing myself this morning would be wise.

Lisa You have a busy day! Can you sneak in 30 min of GRE studying here and there? Do they make audiotape GRE study guides you can listen to while at the gym? :D

alexistrophic Aw man that's a bummer about the tests, but sounds like when one door closes another opens. I got a phone call from the airline I was applying to and she dropped the bomb on me there...I was hung over and brushing my teeth at my friend's house so that made the blow a little softer. Where in Korea were you? I was born there and visited Seoul once...Korean Pizza Hut is AMAAAAZING.

ann71 I'm sorry work is looking stressful for the next few weeks...hang in there!!!

krampus, sorry you disn't get the job you wanted. I have a couple of friends who are flight attendants and they tell me a flight attendant is nothing more that a glorified food server.

LisaTcan 10-22-2011 12:22 PM

Krampus - that's a good call about studying at the gym! I'm sorry about the job, I've been watching Pan Am and I think it makes it seems glam then it really is ;) Congrats on the interviews though!

I ate well the past 3 days and went to the gym last night and this morning I was down to 143! I'd been stuck at 144-145 for 2 weeks!

Alexistrophic 10-22-2011 03:35 PM

Krampus ~ I was in Daegu. My dad was born in Korea (mom was born in Michigan) and people asked if I chose to go over there b.c of him... Mmmmm, not so much. It was mostly about the dough. Sad, but true.

Lisa ~ Hurray for the sudden drop!!! What a great feeling!!! Are you studying for the GRE online or pencil and paper? If you're studying online then at least you're in the area for studying, right? (lol)

bargoo ~ I've heard that about flight-attending, too. Things were so much more glamorous in the era of Pan Am.

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Just pounded out 10,000 steps (in an hour ten) on the treadmill. It's a start, at least. Have been making (and eating) a lot of pie of late, so that's not so great, but at least it's scaring me into moving. Doing a load of laundry and heading out to the recycling center. What an exciting life I do lead...

philana 10-24-2011 06:58 AM

Oops. 10 days ago I said I was back, but then I was moving my house and such and so I wasnt.

Now I am though, started counting calories again. In the 10 weeks without paying attention and without the gym I think I gained only 2lbs. However - if I'd do that for a year I'd be back where I started again. So, glad to be back.

I just moved back in with my mom, so it's gonna be different this time counting calories, will have to figure out how to maintain my goals and don't feel like suffering. My mom cooks a lot, it's not unhealthy foods, but it's so much. And if it were up to me I could eat ALL DAY LONG. lol.

There's weights in the house, which I am glad for. I am gonna do weight training and I quit my deskjob and am gonna do a job in a sort of nursing place, assisting people that are handicapped. This and the moving in with my mom all so i can GRADUATE this year. It's taking me forever so I had to take some drastic decisions, hence my absense on these boards for a while. But everything is back to 'normal' again, so time to work it!

LisaTcan 10-24-2011 10:21 AM

Hey Philana,

Congrats on the job, I work in health care too :) Glad the move went well. I had to move home for a year to finish my degree a while back.

Alexis..don't feel bad, my sunday consisted of sitting in front of a computer studying and writing all day. I finished my personal statement though so that was good.

I'm maintained 143 over the weekend, would love to drop another lbs by Friday. I'm going away for the weekend with my mom and my sister in 3 weeks so I'd like to be at 140 by then.

Happy Monday :)

skinnyelle39 10-24-2011 02:13 PM

Hi ladies!

Been a long time since Ive checked in. Been on my weight roller coaster as usual. Been doing pretty well with food and exercise for the past week or so. Headed to NY for halloween on thursday so Im going to try to keep it together and keep up with my workouts to not look puffy or bloated in my costume if nothing else :)

Krampus sorry to hear about your job! It would've been exciting but I'm a firm believer in things happening for a reason. Dont get too down about it or allow it to derail you too much. A girlfriend and I are actually going to be modern-day pan am flight attendants for Halloween. We put the whole costume together so hopefully it looks unique. Love your new AVI btw!

Lisatcan HI! We have similar stats and goals and actually weigh about the same right now ( both my ticker and profile are lies! lol). 125 was my original goal but Im muscular and once I realized how hard obtaining and maintaining 135 was I decided to re-evaluate. As of late Id be ecstatic to just get back to 135 and stay there. I reached it months ago and Ive been up and down ever since. Best of luck to you though!

Alexistrophic 10-24-2011 08:55 PM

Philana~ Welcome back in! I'm in a similar situation, I think. Am living at home and just quit my day job working at a hotel. Am now working for a friend's father in an office support-type capacity, but much less moving than I was doing before. It's going to be a challenge to stay motivated.

Lisa~ Thanks for the solidarity, but at least you were productive! What was the personal statement for?

Skinnyelle~ Love the quote in your signature! That's where I am at the moment. Trying to stick with the hard work after the original motivation has left.

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So I've been feeling a bit down on myself lately... I'm frustrated b.c of period bloating (which I know is bloating and yet I'm allowing it to derail me...) and am using that as license to eat whatever the heck I feel like. I'm not really on a plan, per se, other than not eating after 8PM, drinking water, and doing yoga (which I haven't been doing, so therein might lie some of the problem)

Just generally feeling crap in general. Boo.

This new job is so much better than the old one, but it's just me and the owner sitting in his home office all day, where previously I might have interacted with anywhere from 10-50 people in a given day. I'm naturally more of an introvert, so I'm more inclined to keep to myself but I miss the feeling of other human beings being around during the day... This isn't permanent, but it's still a challenge to keep motivated. I'm trying to keep myself circulating, planning lunch and coffee dates w. friends, but I feel like it's taking a ton of effort, not to mention that there is a ton of dust and pet dander in the home office and I have atrocious allergies....

Bleh. Going to try for an early night...

Hoping to wake up in a better mood.

LisaTcan 10-24-2011 10:58 PM

Skinnyelle - Hi! Nice to 'meet' you :) Cool, we have the same stats. I've also gotten down to 135 more then once and not maintained it. To be honest 125 is more like a dream, I doubt I'll get there! I think my 'set point' is around 145-150, in that if I eat healthy but don't worry about it and bike everywhere that's where my weight sits. I have to work pretty hard to get down to the 130's. I'm so jealous of the people our height who can drop to the teens! Good luck getting back down, I'm sure you can do it!

Alexis - Sorry to hear you're having a rough time, I teach music to kids one-on-one and it can get a little lonely too. Hope you wake up in a better mood :) The personal statements are for grad school, I'm applying to 7 masters programs and one phd program in the public health/health psych field. It's so stressful!! I can't believe I've chosen this time to try and drop 20 lbs.

Today went OK, stayed within my calories again!! My boyfriends in DC for the next three weeks so I think I'll be able to eat well and work out...he can be a bad influence!

ange82much 10-24-2011 11:29 PM

wow, loads of people changing jobs and having new challenges in their lives. It's good to read what everyone's doing!

Unfortunately i've nothing exciting to relate. I'm off to the middle of no-where in the desert in central Australia for 10 days tomorrow morning for work where i'll be doing nightshift for 9 days in a row, and i can guarantee you that that doesn't qualify as 'exciting'!! I do like my work though, so not complaining really.

The bit i'm quite excited about is that i'll be able to buy in my food and eat exactly what i choose and hopefully not be lead astray by anyone during this time, and hopefully get a run/jog in each day at some point too.

The other thing i'm quite excited about is that my diet is actually working!!!! Shock, horror!!! I'm ACTUALLY losing weight!!! And i only have 6lb to go to be my dream weight (as in, it's-never-going-to-happen-you're-kidding-yourself dream weight!!!)

Alexistrophic 10-25-2011 05:56 PM

Lisa ~ That's pretty cool about teaching lessons! I teach violin on the side, too. Only have one student at the moment, but am aiming to have more hopefully in the future. And the good thing about trying to lose weight now is that shoot, if you can do it now, you can do ANYTHING and maintenance should be a breeze.

ange ~ So good to hear that you love what you do for a living. I'm always encouraged when I hear things like that. What kind of work do you do? And you're so close to your goal weight, too!

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Have symphony rehearsal tonight, then aiming to be in bed early b.c I really want to try to make a 6:15AM yoga class tomorrow... Ambitious, sure. But I'm a Feather and anything is possible!

ange82much 10-25-2011 08:00 PM

hi alex our customers are mining processing plants and i test new chemicals that our company has developed to improve their processing efficiency, so normally i'll do some tests in the lab first, and hopefully the next stage is a plant trial where we bring in tonnes of the chosen product with equipment to dose it etc and monitor the effect on the process, which is what i'm doing at a uranium plant this week. Trouble is it's a 24hr process so the monitoring during the trial period has to be round the clock!

I get to go to heaps of interesting places around the world. It's pretty specialist so i'd have a hard time getting a different job at equivalent level, but it really suits me and i love it!

your job sounds interesting!

I watched Mrs Careys Concert last night. It's an aussie 'film' or really a 'documentary' following a girls schools preparation for giving a classical concert at the Sydney Operah House. Some really talented kids - especially the lead violin!

Alexistrophic 10-25-2011 11:15 PM

Ooooh, Ange ~ Your job sounds so interesting! I love science-y type things. Wish that I had put in the study hours to qualify for a job like that. How long have you been doing it? That doco sounds interesting... will have to check it out.

aimeebell 10-26-2011 01:34 PM

Confession time. Maintenance is so, so hard. When I was weighed at the doctors office a month ago in the middle of the day, I weighed 138, with clothes, purse, shoes, AND coat. I figured that put me at around 133 for naked morning weigh in and I was good with that. I also began birth control pills that week. I had been eating out of control ever since. I could say it was because the BC was making more hungry, but was I eating because I was hungry or just to eat? Just to eat. So I braved the scale 10 mornings ago, and saw 138 staring back at me, my absolute red line weight. I decided to start eating less and healthier foods. I had not been perfect, but better. The past two days have been perfect, plenty of water, good clean foods in normal amounts, and I got a light run in both days, so I decided to revisit the scale. 142 pounds!!! WHAT? HOW? I wasn't expecting a drastic loss, but maybe a 1 or 2 lb water weight loss over the past 10 days. Instead I am UP 5 pounds? And I normally do not fluctuate. My breasts have been really sore the last four or five days. They always get bigger when I start BC (haven't been on it in 1.5 years). But 5 pounds bigger? I don't think so. And my period is due to start, but again, I don't usually retain water because of salt, monthly changes, anything.
I really don't want to start counting calories again, but I looked it up and I haven't tracked calories since the end of June. In those four months I have went from 130 to 142, so obviously something must be done. Why don't I want to count calories? It isn't time consuming;it isn't difficult, it is just....restrictive. But look where loosening the reigns has gotten me. 12 pounds fatter. No more excuses.
On the plus side, with just two days of drinking more water and eating healthy foods, I feel better and have more energy. I feel so foggy when I overeat junk food.

LisaTcan 10-26-2011 02:31 PM

aimeebell - I know exactly the feeling. I decided just to 'eat healthy and not to much' and 'be active'..I felt totally fine but I went from 135-150 in two years..so now I'm back to counting calories and my weight is dropping again. I really hate the feeling of restricting myself..and thinking about calories all the time..but its the only way I lose.

Alexis- thats cool you play! I teach voice and piano, I have about 25 students, I've been doing it for 5 years. I'm getting tired of it though so I'm excited to hopefully start grad school.

I've so far had about a week staying on plan, my clothes are starting to feel looser and I tried on clothes at the mall and I was easily fitting into a size 8..I think 5 more lbs should get me back into size 6's.

pinkrunner115 10-26-2011 05:55 PM

Hey guys...
I know this is really strange since none of us really know each other, but I am in such a dilemma and I need some advice. Asking friends and family is a dead end because everyone knows me well and will tell me what they think I want to hear, or have their opinions based on my life. I need someone who doesn't know me to offer me something and maybe provide a different perspective.

If anyone is willing to help, send me a private message and maybe we can chat on instant messenger or I could just send you a really long winded e-mail. I know this sounds weird but I am so confused right now and I can't decide what to do. Thanks everyone.

Oh, and it has nothing to do with weight loss or anything like that, so I would totally understand if no one wants to get into something that has nothing to do with this board :)

LisaTcan 10-26-2011 08:49 PM

I sent you a pm pinkrunner :)

So I'm over my calories by like 300..hit 1550 :( But I did have dinner and wine with a friend I haven't seen in a while which was nice so I guess it was worth the extra 300 calories. She also noticed I had lost weight and said I looked great!

Alexistrophic 10-28-2011 03:07 PM

Hey Pinkrunner ~ I pm'd you, too.

Lisa~ Sounds like those extra 300 cals were well spent! And isn't that the best feeling when people comment on your "new look"?!?!?

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I'm just trying to keep my head in the game. I was at 152.6 yesterday, didn't weigh this morning, but have been eating a ton of "winter comfort food" (sweet potatoes, rice, crackers, ect...) Was kind of like bonding time with the momma, but if I'm going to have those times (and I most certainly will this winter) then I will just have to budget for them and make up for the cals as I go along....

pinkrunner115 10-30-2011 06:19 AM

Well guys, I didn't end up taking the job. Thank you to everyone who sent me a message :) I appreciate that so many were willing to help. It was a really agonizing decision and I have serious regrets, but overall I've realized that my husband and I will be able to save more money and be better off financially if I stay here and reapply next year when my husband will be able to join me. Because my situation ended up being so crazy (stuff with my husband's job changed and we're not entirely sure when he'd be able to get to me) the department I wanted to work for was very understanding and said that they won't hold any of this against me and that I'm welcome to reapply next year.

I've been incredibly stressed out over this decision though, and it's made me lose my appetite. I've lost three pounds in the past couple of days. I'm not updating my weight on here because it's not "real" weight loss and I know it will just crawl back on.

This entire situation has made me realize one thing though: I need to make this next year worthwhile if I'm not doing my dream job. So I am going to take weight loss more seriously than before, and try to get into really great shape. My goal is to be at my goal weight by the time I reapply for the job again (which I'm guessing will open up sometime around next July).

I just want to thank everyone on this board. I love reading about what everyone is doing and how you're all progressing. If anyone needs advice, I'd be happy to return the favor since so many of you responded to my problem :-)

LisaTcan 10-30-2011 08:50 AM

Pinkrunner - glad to hear things worked out, it sounds like you made the best decision for your family :)

I'm down to 141!! Almost in the 130's! Also I just realized i'm having my wisdom teeth out a week before Christmas, not sure if this is a blessing or a curse.

ann71 10-30-2011 11:59 AM

morning, feathers.
Congrats on making a decision pinkrunner and being inspired to make it a great year. And good luck reapplying next year.

Ooh, probably not a perfect time, Lisa, but I didn't have any trouble at all when I had mine out. Plus I suppose it will help you stay away from all the goodies in the week leading up to Christmas.

My cold didn't knock me down too much. In fact I got a really nice long run in right in the middle of it. But now it's colder here and I'm having trouble motivating to get outside. Eating is okay, except for a little too much Halloween candy this weekend.

ange82much 10-31-2011 03:45 AM

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Originally Posted by LisaTcan (Post 4089747)
Also I just realized i'm having my wisdom teeth out

some people will just stop at nothing when it comes to weight-loss techniques... :D

crimsons 10-31-2011 03:55 AM

Hi Guys, I'm joining the feather crew as I just crossed over to 139. I will be feeling pretty normal at 125 but in the long run want to get back to my old under-110. For some reason I'm suddenly feeling motivated and it's coming off steadily! Think I just had gone against my solitary ways and tried to "join up" with WW and exercise groups. I do better by my little old lonesome.

Feeling productive professionally too. I was a full-time musician for 30 years, now thanks to a late-life degree I'm a writer! But it's all up to me to get anything done, and feeling less blubbery has definitely cleared the brain.

skinnyminnynow 10-31-2011 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by LisaTcan (Post 4089747)
Also I just realized i'm having my wisdom teeth out a week before Christmas, not sure if this is a blessing or a curse.

Good luck! Mine were quite easy (next to no pain or swelling - in fact, I was a violator and ate some crispy indian treats 24 hours afterward....which may be part of the reason I'm still in this featherweights forum....;)). Hope you have the same (minus the fried, crispy treats)

I figure either way you win. Option 1: easy recovery, life is normal very soon (woo hoo!). Option 2: not as easy recovery, but you get to enjoy some pudding (woo hoo!) and probably eat less than normal and lose a pound or two (woo hoo!).

skinnyminnynow 10-31-2011 08:51 PM

Team Featherweights,

I'm still struggling with my goal weight. I feel small enough overall but still very squishy in some areas (including ankles - yeesh!!!). I think I need to accept my weight and focus on reducing body fat % and, possibly, liposuction (dang cankles!!!). I'm continuing to work with my trainer, eat more protein, and......confession....talk to a surgeon about these freakin' cankles.

I've been at maintenance calories for the past few days and have been in a 2 pound range, so that's good - no massive gain. Also working out regularly with and without trainer, which is great. Not so great: I've realized that my job creates boatloads of occasions to drink a ton and overeat! We're a bit of a satellite office and whenever people from HQ visit us, we end up going out for the night. Ugh! I looked at my calories from wine over the past few weeks and was mortified. But, I really enjoy going out with everyone and don't want to skip it.

Everyone seems to be doing pretty well and having a lot of exciting changes!!

LisaTcan 10-31-2011 10:29 PM

Ange, ann and skinny mini! Thanks for the support, I'm way overdue with having them out so I hope it goes OK. I figured out its like 8 days before Christmas so I should be well enough to eat turkey dinner :)

Went home for the weekend for my kid sister's 11th birthday. We went for brunch, then the movies, then had wings and birthday cake and I managed to maintain! Pretty glad about that and super excited to get down to the 130's.


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