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Old 01-04-2008, 05:13 PM   #121  
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That is great. I think sometimes we find we restrict our selfs to much. Nothing wrong with a little snack. Nothing wrong with enjoying the holidays too.

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I never get tired of chatting with you lol. You are right. Each of us finds what works for us. I had to tweak here and there until I got to where I am. Now I am finding I can eat a ton more than I do and still lose weight. This would be great if I didn't already have a hard time some days getting in all the food I want to eat as it is lol.
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Shy - maybe it was just quiet cuz of the holidays and everyone was too busy eating to chat LOL you have a great attitude about healthy eating, about nothing being of limits. you said "Nothing tastes as good as getting healthy feels." i feel the same way because when i end up going off plan and eating way too much of a food i love, i end up feeling bad and not satisfied the way i wanted to feel.

Shimmering - don't worry about those 8 pounds. you'll lose them again in no time! thanks for the welcome back. i've missed you and the others! i was also wondering where Faerie is and silly me, i keep forgetting you're so far away!

Dee - good to hear from you! i have yet to get up the courage to go to a class at a gym. ugh i hate exercising in front of people.

we need to track down some newbies who would like to join our group. that is where we got started after all!
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Countrygirl- I absolutely love going to classes at my gym. There are so many different kinds that I never get sick of exercising (like I do when I just run) and having someone directing me keeps me going for longer than I would alone. I first started going in August and I first I was shy, but I realized that since the class was just starting up a lot of people were new and I actually ended up making two friends who kept me motivate and accountable. You should try it! Since so many people will be signing up around this time of year it would be a good time for you to sign up too. It would help if you had a friend to go with you.

Shy- I agree with your thinking! It's ok to enjoy treats as long as they are sensible and we don't overindulge.

Well tonight I'm going to the trans-siberian orchestra so I'm really excited! Hopefully I can eat a healthy dinner before I go.

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:27 PM   #124  
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I sometimes think I have a different way of looking at things because I have never been on a diet. Never had to lose weight before. I haven't been beaten down with trying and not succeeding. Maybe that is why it all seems so easy to me. I am one of the lucky ones. I found so many great people here. I can pay attention to what everyone else is doing and incorporate bits and pieces of what they are doing " like the walk away the lb videos " into what I do.
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Hello everyone, I was invited here by countrygirl and although I didn't read the entire thread, it sure seems like a great place to belong.
I have just started my weight loss journey a week ago and truly feel like this time it is going to be the one. The difference being that I am not sticking to a hard core diet, I am changing my way of eating with everyday exercise. I think it will work the best once I hit the maintenance stage as I am making a lifestyle change that doesn't restrict me altogether. Fingers crossed that this way of thinking works.
Has anyone set a goal size rather than a goal weight? My goal weight on my ticker says 120, but I may never get to it. I would like to reach a size 8, but probably would be happy with a 10.
Look forward to getting to know all of you. Thanks for inviting me countrygirl.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:52 PM   #126  
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WELCOME Bev
You have come to a great place. There really are a great group of woman here. Sometimes I think we get way to hung up on weight. I want to be healthy, I want to be in shape, firmed and toned. Will 120 be that goal who knows, was just a weight to put down. Just because I looked great at that weight before the weight gain, doesn't mean I will now. Might need to weigh less might be happy with weighing more.

You have done a good thing by deciding lower intake and exercise. I hope the same thing. The exercise is going to tone and firm my body as I take this journey to a more healthy and thinner person.
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Shy, Thanks for the welcome. I think that I am going to like it here. Can I ask you what is the "Rennie" plan? I have never heard of it before. Sure seems to be working for you, you don't have much more to go to your goal. Mini goal is to get to 200. Seems like a lot, but quite honestly it has been about 5 years since I have been below that.
Oh well, not the time to look back with regrets.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:32 PM   #128  
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Hey everyone!

And welcome to Bev! And to be honest my goal size right now I would be happy with a size 12! Sure 8-10 would be great but I would be over the moon to be a size 12 I haven't been that since probably high school!

Dee I start back at the gym on Monday, lets hope I get a machine or its not going to be pretty hee hee

Shy I agree its great here as you get read everyone else's tips that work for them and I try and incorporate some that in my healthy ways. I like to say healthy instead of diet it sounds much better

Countrygirl only I can gain 8 pounds at the drop of a hat I swear! Just like I have that special body that takes me 30 pounds to go down a size...I like to hold on to that body fat So I have to step it up and get losing again plus my sister thinks its a great idea that we join this biggest loser thing at the gym on Monday, they don't weigh you but they measure you, bleh I no one knows my measurements other than me so this will be scary but maybe this will keep me going since it goes for 8 weeks and they will probably measure you several times. Wish me luck!

Ok I have to be honest my sister and I are going to McDonalds for breakfast tomorrow so it will be a major calorie morning! I had to laugh at her as she is calling it the last meal *LOL*

Have a great night everyone!
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Since my name is Rennie and I made up the plan, it is called the Rennie plan lol. I am not real strict with myself. I have myself at 1200 to 1400 calories. If I go over or under that is fine. I want to average between those numbers every week. I give myself one day a month that I don't worry about it at all. I don't go hog wild but you can't half half a strawberry crepe at Bob Evens and stay within those number or bbq chicken lol. I watch what I eat but I don't do without. Eating sensibly has nothing to do with never having things you like. I have myself between 30 and 35 grams of fat and 180 and 210 carbs. As I said before, those numbers aren't set in stone. I do try to keep my fat up to 23% and 25% the dietitian/nutritionist said the reason my hair was falling out to much and my skin was so dry was because I didn't have enough fat. Don't have those problems if I keep my fat up. BUT that is just me. Doesn't mean this is right for everyone. I keep my saturated fat below 9% even thou I was told I could go as high as 12%. I have a snack everyday. Might be a can of mountain dew. You will learn I loveeeeeeeee mountain dew lol. Might be a weight watchers fudge bar or a skinny cow ice cream sandwich. My plan is about portion control, it is about keeping fat and carbs down, it is about not doing without but it is about eating in a healthy fashion.

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I don't think of what I am doing as a diet. This is how I will eat forever. I have nothing to crave or go back to because I don't do without a thing. I love to exercise now. Leslie makes it so fun. I like how easy it is. I don't want to be buff or have muscles. Just want to firm and tone up. It is happening little by little. It is also so good for me, why would I stop. I want to live a very long and healthy life.

I was 21 over the amount of carbs I am happy with taking in for a day. That is fine. I will just keep an eye on carbs the next couple of days and it will all work itself out.
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Bev so glad you're here! i think that setting a goal size is a really good idea. it's a more concrete goal that you can visualize. it's good motivation. i have a goal weight(135) that i will adjust as i get closer because i don't really know what size i'll be wearing at that point. i also would be happy at size 10 but 8 would be even better! and absolutely right about not looking back with regret. when i let myself get caught up with past failure i just give up.

Dee thanks for the encouragement to join a class. i have a membership at Curves, which i don't consider to be a gym. i'm pretty comfortable there now but i need to expand my horizons. i like doing yoga at home with a DVD so i've been thinking about looking for a yoga class to join when my Curves membership expires. but i need a bit of a kick in the pants. LOL

Shy i also like to incorporate other people's strategies into my own plan. that's why i love it here so much. the one big thing is that i'm trying to change my thinking to be more like you - viewing this as a lifestyle not a diet.

Shimmering speaking of going down a size, i have no idea how much it will take for me to move down a pants size. kind of annoying. i'm a 14 right now (i have size 12 jeans that have been so stretched out that they really are more like a 14. they're too tight but i wear them anyway LOL) i can't wait to fit into a true 12 (and not have to stuff myself into them), but i have lost most of my weight in my upper body. argh. the A** fat just won't budge and i have the infamous 'thunder thighs'. good luck with the biggest loser thing! i don't get measured often but maybe that will be more motivating because you're measurements might change even when your weight doesn't because you're building muscle.


i'm so excited because i ordered a new yoga DVD and i'm waiting for it to get here. when i start getting lazy with exercise or healthy eating, i get myself something new. i'm like a child, i get so excited about new toys but then get bored with them after a while.
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Welcome Bev!

I'm feeling pretty good today. I didn't eat any icecream/popcorn/junk at the concert last night and I did't even feel deprived - I didn't want to eat it. And it payed off because I woke up .4 lbs lighter today (which isn't much but it's good to see) However I'm seeing that as I get closer to my goal weight I keep losing slower, which is pretty frustrating. I finally decided my new years goal - this year I'm going to work on toning up and getting in shape.

So I have a question for all of you. After I gained a lot of weight quickly when I was on steriods for a medical problem I developed a lot of stretch marks. Even now that I've lost some weight they are still there. Has anyone tried any creams/treatments that have worked?

I hope everyone has a great day!

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Hi Everyone! Just signed up at 3FC and thought I'd check out this group... Thanks for the invite Lola! I have about 75 pounds to lose, and am doing a kind of Weight Watchers / Alli hybrid thing. I love Weight Watchers as a way to gradually lose weight, and learn how to portion food properly (which is my biggest problem).

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Hi ladies
I know I haven't been around lately. Busy with appts for my daughter, she has been in and out of hospital twice sincce before Christmas. She is home now but scherduled to go back next Friday for another round of chemo and then stem cell transplant in mid Feb. If anyone isn't it would be wonderful if you all get tested to be on the National Registry, especially if you are in a minority group. Thank-fully there are several matches for my daughter on the resgistry. We just try to take one day at a time and get through each day as best we can.
I had a good Christmas and a great New Year. We brought Heather home on New Years Eve day. Best New Years present ever.

Shy-My camera is a Kodak easy share, we don't have the docking station but you can take the chip to any photo place and pick which ones you want developed. I think the quality is great.

We started a "Biggest Loser" contest at work this past Thursday and runs until week before Easter. We pay $2.00 each week and the winner takes the pot. I have a treadmill at home and need to get my butt in gear. I'm not eating any special foods, just watching what I put in my mouth.

Bev-I really like mini goals. If I set to high a goal then it seems impossible to reach. I like 5-10# goals each month. 1-2 #/week works good then you tend to keep it off.

Dee-My daughter was on heavy doses steroids for her cancer and also got a lot of stretch marks. She has since lost the weight but the marks are still there. They are lighter in color but still present. For a scar she has she has been putting on that Mederma and it has really lightened it, I don't know if it would work for stretch marks or not. I've also Vitamin E capsules work, just poke with a pin and rub oil on marks. I think it also comes in a bottle. Check at your GNC store if there is one near you. Good Luck and Welcome.

Good luck to everyone in the New Year.

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Sherri, I'm glad to hear things are going better with your daughter. I hope everything turns out ok.

I forgot to tell everyone... I bought a pedometer! It won't arrive for a few days (it was on sale online) but I can't wait to start using it. I think it will be very motivating. I need to decide how many steps to take a day...

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Dee, I have stretch marks too, quite a few of them actually. I have heard that cocoa butter will help. It won't get rid of them completely, but will make them less visible, from what I have heard. Let me know. Good luck.

Welcome Dawn, good for you for joining a support thread. I myself have only been here for a couple of days, but it has added extra motivation for me. Hope it does the same for you.

Sherri, very nice to hear that your daughter is home. Going through my fair share of cancer with family members I can relate to the stress that you go through. Best wishes to you and your family.

Lola, I wish I knew how much it would take to go down a size too. It would certainly make my goals easier to attain (at least I think) If I kniew that I had only 10 more pounds to be able to pull another pair of pants of the closet would be nice. I tell you I sure can't wait until I am no longer plus size. What a great day that will be! My guess is that I will have to be below 200 to achieve that since I am kind of short.

I just finished supper and had chinese food, I worked all day and didn't feel like cooking. I did take it in moderation and I had good lunch so hopefully it won't screw me up that much. On the plus side I didn't have any fried foods, just some rice and chow mein.

I am going to play darts with my husband and then pop on the treadmill for a while.

Have a good night ladies.
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