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Old 06-28-2004, 10:06 AM   #1  
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Woohoo!!! I get to start the thread this week.

Welcome to everyone. Pop in and say hello any time.

Hope everyone is doing well. I have lost another pound over the weekend - still not eating very much, then got a touch of flu. Not sure that the weight loss is very good this way, but if I have to go through this, then losing is a bonus. Still have 8 pounds to lose before we go on vacation in 3 weeks - have to get into that bikini by then.

Sylvia - Congrats on the weight loss. That's what I really like about the SBD. You can go off it for a time, jump back on again, and still feel like you have accomplished something. When I read the book, it was discussed that you won't be able to be disciplined all the time, so there is flexibility at some points to be undisciplined. Just as long as falling off the wagon doesn't last too long, it seems you still accomplish the weight loss. Go for it. You deserve.

Have a great week, everyone. Take care.

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Old 06-28-2004, 09:05 PM   #2  
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OK Peggy ... here goes! - BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT!!! You get the BRAT award for starting the new thread! Wtg on losing another lb ... I haven't gotten on the scale yet in a few days .. guess I'll have to in the next couple days tho - weigh-in coming up. But I have been staying OP.

Slyvia - congrats on the 3lb loss! That was awsome too.

We had to drive into Petosky today to Soc Sec office to sign hubby up for SS .. he gets his 1st check in October. On the drive home I wish I had a camera with me ... here on the side of the road was a little fawn .. sooooo cute. I hope he doesn't run into the road and get hit!

Well .. tomorrow I will be a painting fool - gonna start painting and staining the cabin while Dick puts in the new bedroom window/window seat. We also purchased all the wood needed to put on a new deck but won't start that until after the weekend.

Well ... time for my hot tub soak ... wish you could join me .. sure feels good!

Talk later...
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Old 06-29-2004, 11:35 AM   #3  
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Yep, just call me the BRAT of the week. I will wear the badge with honour.
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OK Peggy ... here's your "badge of honor" ... enjoy!




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You ladies crack me up. Thank you, I need that. I've been stressing most of this week. Nico has 3 teeth that are popping through and it's been h*ll. I thought the other teeth were bad but this teething session is the worse so far. I've been feeling utterly frustrated and stressed and...I had a coffee crumb cake muffin. I feel so guilty about it but, I just tried to get back on the SBD wagon.

Peggy- Welcome to the world of "Bratdom"!

CJ- Did you enjoy your soak?
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Well, it has already been a busy morning. Drove DH to work (a nice treat for him today), then went to the dentist and still managed to get to work on time. What gives, anyway?

When I arrived at work, I had to wend my way through a miriade of police cars....seems someone decided to plant a bomb early this morning. Oh joy, more work before I want to take a long weekend off. I'm convinced that there is no rest for the wicked - wait a minute, that means that I am wicked. Hmmm sounds like fun to me.

Take care Sylvia. I know that you can do this. Once you settle in to the program, you won't even want to deviate from the plan. It is one of the easiest plans that I have found. I think that was one of the goals that the Dr. had when he was designing this. Hope everything goes well with the family and poor Nico doesn't suffer too much with his teeth. So hard to watch your children hurting. Take care and get some rest.

Gotta go... more work to do with the bomb threat.
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Hello Ladies!

Just popping in for a quick hello. Don't have much to say....

Peggy- Happy Canada Day! Thank you for your encouragement. I'm going grocery shopping tommorow so I will get on track with SBD!

CJ-I'm sure you're sitting in your hot tub sipping buttershots....I hope you have a great 4th of July!

Well Ladies, I'm falling asleep as we speak...

I'd like to share a little something I received in my e-mail

Hugs to all!

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Why The Scale Lies
by Renee Cloe,
ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Weíve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us canít resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just canít bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence itís readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the bodyís water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they donít understand whatís happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto itís water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so itís easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesnít have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. A half cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts, 460 mg in the pudding versus 123 mg in the nuts. The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. Thatís why, when it comes to eating, itís wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and itís packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when itís stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with itís associated water. Itís normal to experience glycogen and water weight shifts of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if youíre prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, itís wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before youíve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. Itís the actual weight of everything youíve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when youíve finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact itís not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, itís likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in. Generally, itís only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, itís physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What youíre really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scaleís sneakiest attribute. It doesnít just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesnít necessarily mean that youíve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what youíve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when youíre just sitting around. Thatís one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesnít differentiate between the two. It canít tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost. Skin-fold calipers pinch and measure fat folds at various locations on the body, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing involves exhaling all of the air from your lungs before being lowered into a tank of water, and bioelectrical impedance measures the degree to which your body fat impedes a mild electrical current.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesnít appeal to you, donít worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, donít be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. Itís a matter of mind over scale.
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Old 07-03-2004, 07:53 PM   #8  
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Just popping in to say hello.

DH and I took a 4 day long weekend this week...added an extra day to the Canada Day holiday. Yesterday I decided that it was time to clean up the bedroom. What a disaster, but it is starting to get under control.

Woke up this morning to find the our little Miss Puppy had an absessed anal gland. Her vet is not open on Saturday, so I spent the morning trying to find a vet that was open. DH is not impressed by the amount of money this little girl is costing, but even through his threats to get the needle the next time, he just keeps paying. Even he has to admit that she has brought so much joy to our house and is such a loyal companion to us both. However, when he puts his 'stern' voice on, she comes scampering to me for protection. I think he does it on purpose...

Hope you all have a great weekend and a super July Fourth. Will probably not check in until Monday. Take care.
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