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NicoleNYC 01-01-2005 12:01 PM

Desperately Need a Diet Buddy #22 - 2005
 
!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Just wanted to get us started on a new thread. And again, I think we need a new name. Any suggestion?

NicoleNYC 01-02-2005 01:05 PM

Alrighty, I shall post to myself to get us rolling again :flow1:

First, how did you guys spend your NYE? M worked so we eventually spent the evening at home drinking chmp and watching movies. If you ever get the chance to see Shaun of the Dead, please do. We were :rofl: the WHOLE TIME. We then watched the fireworks (we could see the ones over Central Park, Time Square, and then another display downtown on the river. I LOVE the big fireworks displays!), drank some more, and then well...that was pretty much it. It was fun tho! I like these quieter NYEs at home - after so many crazy ones in my younger years, it's nice not to start a new year with a massive hangover, begging God not to let me throw up again, and making bargains never to drink again if He would just make the room stop spinning :stars:

So I've started a whole new points counting journal and so far, so good. I'm trying a new thing - another brilliant plan (that should be "brilliant" plan I'm sure, as I've had many and most have flopped spectacularly!). I'm hoping to use all my Flex on the weekend - this means I'll get to relax a bit with the points counting on the w/e and it will force me to eat more fruit and veg (low points or freebies) and exercise (for the Activity points) during the week. I'm giving myself a month to see how it goes and I'll update my weight on Saturdays. Love the tracker/ticker things, THANK YOU 3FC!!! Let's hope for lots of these :goodscale

I'm also going to try, once again, to get this exercise habit started. I'm going back to the beginning with just the 1 mi WATP, five days a week. I actually enjoy it so it isn't hard to get it in. I'd also like to bully myself into doing either Pilates or some yoga at least three days a week. Not like hours of it, but I think I have some 20 to 30 minute beginners DVDs. Again, I'm not looking to change my body at this point, I just want to start the habit. Wish me luck. And the fact that exercise earns more points is just - well, frankly, it's very motivating.

Lastly, I'm going to break down and become a water drinker. I have resisted lo these many years but I think it's time. I have no plans to be one of those one squillin ounces a day for the sake of it people, but I would like to skip the occasional Diet Coke in favor of H2O at least a few times a day.

And in all this, I plan not to be neurotic and nuts about it. I hope to make an honest effort but I will not be hard on myself. This is the year of Me being nice to Me.

AAAAAANNNNNNDDDD - it's almost my birthday! I can see what looks like a stack of books piling up, wrapped (which for M is such a huge effort that it's touching, no matter what's in there, that he wrapped them himself) in the corner. YAY! BOOKS!!! Woo-woo! :hat:

So, some questions to get us started:

If you could only focus on one (body, diet, fitnessy type thing) this year, what would it be?

B :flow1:

ETA: I'm also going to try to keep in more regular contact here with you chickies this year. You're all so fun and great and we've been together for so long, I'm going to put a little more energy into keeping up with everyone ;)

NicoleNYC 01-02-2005 01:39 PM

http://health.discovery.com/converge...lenge2005.html

Just something to look at. Lots of info! Starts Jan 15.

B

britjo67 01-02-2005 03:02 PM

Woooooo

I'm back.

Kinda got sucked into life I guess, and eating far too much over the holidays. Think I've gained about 10lbs these holidays.

Starting tomorrow I'm going to begin using the treadmill and back on track.

I also stopped going to WW when I fell off the food wagon mid-December. Guess I'm going to rejoin again.

Brandy you're right about the name. Pah! Feel kinda annoyed that we're the ones who end up changing when we're the ones who coined it in the first place.

Hmmmmmm, thinking caps on for a new name!

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

NicoleNYC 01-02-2005 04:49 PM

Jo, as you were the one who gave us our first name, you'll just have to think of something bigger and better for our NEW name :D No pressure ;)

Speaking of walking and treadmills and things such as that, I want to keep a running tally this year of how far I "walk" (as it's WATP, you know, and not actual walking which I would LOVE to do but honestly, outside of my very own immediate 'hood, it's a scary city and I'd rather not do too much foot exploring on my own!) - just to see. And maybe it would be motivational?

B :flow1:

Fat in Hong Kong 01-02-2005 11:44 PM

Hi Girls ... HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!! :)

Brandy, thanks for starting us off with the new thread for 2005 ... and I agree, Jo should come up with a new name for us ... Welcome back Jo, hope to see you around here more often! :)

We had a pretty good night on NYE ... went out with a group of friends and had far too much to drink and ended up feeling rather delicate on New Years Day! ... then had to get up early to go and watch Tom play for Hong Kong in a Rugby Football Tournament! :headache: ... I should have had more sense but you know how it is!

Well, I'm raring to go on my new lifestyle ... keeping up with the walking ... haven't got a clue how far though, maybe I should invest in one of those pedmometre (sp?) thingies? But any distance is an improvement on my past efforts!

Although I was only 0.5lbs off my Christmas goal, I'm a little ashamed to confess that I've gained rather a lot of pounds back since then!! :o ... Although TOM is about to arrive so perhaps that's added to the poundage!! :^: Anyway, I'm not letting it bother me because as of today I'm well and truly back on track, counting all my cals and making sure I write everything down!!

Brandy, you asked if there was one thing that we could really focus on this year what would it be ... well, I think for me it's going to be getting fit ... I'll stick to a healthy diet, but I know that one of my biggest problems is that I also need to get more active, and hopefully a healthy diet coupled with exercise will help to get the job done!

I need to update my stats which I will do later as I'm just about to go out to buy some extra brithday gifts for Tom ... he's 16 on Wednesday :yikes: ... where did all those years go!! :dizzy:

Be back later!
Nichola

Fat in Hong Kong 01-03-2005 03:24 AM

Back again! Have now updated my weight loss stats ... 3lbs gained over the holidays so not quite as bad as I'd expected ...Phew!! ... Now the real work begins!! Good Luck to everyone ... Let's make this a successful year for all of us! :D

Nichola

britjo67 01-03-2005 07:26 AM

Sheeeeeesh, like, no pressure on me or anything!!!! :rolleyes:

Jo

NicoleNYC 01-03-2005 10:01 AM

C'mon now Jo - we just need something brililant, clever, and catchy that says who we are without giving too much away, is positive and upbeat but not too perky, and would look good on a tee shirt. Is that so much to ask! :p

Nichola, I'm up quite a lot myself and trying to not focus on it. When I think I was 238 for quite a while and then just got complacent. Urgh! But that's behind me and it's all onward and upward - well, downward, actually. I hope.

I'm really really really feeling motivated to work out and take care of myself. Dealing with my older relatives over the holiday - you can really tell the difference between the ones who kept active, the ones who work out, and the ones who just didn't try at all. I keep telling M we are getting to an age where it's going to get harder and harder to GET in shape. And of course, there's always the "when are we going to take the plunge and get pregnant" thing hanging over our heads. Really. I'm 32 in a few days (on Thursday, actually) and M and I agree - it's getting to be now or never. But I'd be miserable if I were pregnant at this weight. I've been whinging on about the same things for years but really, it's make or break time.

So, that said, Happy Monday. I'm going to finish waking up and then try out this new Pilates DVD and then do some WATP.

You all have a great day!

B :flow1:

ETA: Due to a large dose of Tylenol Allergy meds, it was more like PilatLAYS and Stumbling Away the Pounds, but I gave them both a go and want my efforts to recieve due notation :D

Fat in Hong Kong 01-04-2005 03:22 AM

Come on Jo, you know you can do it ... We are waiting in anticipation for our brilliant new thread name :D

Brandy, what a great incentive you have to get fit and healthy for a new baby ... believe in yourself, you can do it, we all know you can. And we'll all be here to help you every step of the way :grouphug:

Nichola

NicoleNYC 01-04-2005 11:46 AM

Nichola, I just keep thinking that I've been SAYING "I've got to lose weight if I'm ever going to get pregnant" for so many years now and time is just whizzing on by and here I am still. It's scary. I don't really have "baby fever" right now but I do have a sense that I can't keep putting it off forever and right now I'm in horrible shape. Anyway, yes, it is incentive!

Wish me much luck and same to all of you!

B

Fat in Hong Kong 01-05-2005 02:20 AM

Yes Brandy, but perhaps before you just haven't felt committed to it ... you know how it is, we always have in the back of our minds that there's plenty of time until the next summer holiday, or next Christmas, or someone's wedding ... or of course, plenty of time for getting pregnant (which might I still add that at 32 years of age you do still have plenty of time!!). But there comes a time when we know it's the right time and we feel more committed to making it happen. Hopefully this is the right time for all of us! :) ... Let's make it happen!! :goodluck: to all of us!!

Nichola

PS - Jo, where's our new thread name??? ... No pressure or anything :D

britjo67 01-05-2005 03:40 AM

How about.....





FRIENDS FIRST.

I've been thinking about it long and hard, and lets face it, in three years how many of us have changed shape??? Ali, but we lost her along the way. The rest of us have lost the same few pounds over and over again. The only constant in this is our relationship as friends. We are friends first, and dieters second.

Ok, I'll get my coat! :rolleyes:

Losing weight to have a baby is a great idea Brandy, or you could do what I did. Having Dom so soon after having Natty was a bad move as I hadn't lost the baby weight from her. I dieted throughout the pregnancy (under guidance from the doctors), and almost as soon as I had him I was lighter than I was pre-pregnancy. Mind you, I gained it back and then some over the years following that! :rolleyes:

Do you actually want kids, or is it that you feel you should? Some people make the decision not to have any and for them it can be the right decision. My sis wishes she hadn't felt obliged to have kids, as she feels she'd have been better as an auntie than a mom.

NicoleNYC 01-05-2005 02:05 PM

Hi all!

Nichola, you're right. I've always felt that there is just plenty of time to...whatever. I guess I need to deal with this as something that's not about deadlines, but about the fact that I'm just not living a healthy life and I need to make changes, not quick fixes.

Jo, I LOVE the idea of Friends First. Because we are and have been for a while. And honestly, the lack of weight loss doesn't depress me so much when I consider that I've met you guys and made friends - it's not time wasted at all.

As for kids, tho I don't feel I necessarily have baby fever and want a child right this minute, thinking of not having kids makes me sad. I was a nanny for ages and Mark loves loves loves kids. I think he'll make a great dad. And it just makes me sort of sad to think that we might not have kids. At the same time, I dearly love sleeping till noon on Saturday and doing whatever, whenever. It's like I know I want kids eventually, but I really like my life right now. So we go back and forth.

As for diet - this week I'm doing really well with water and exercise and kind of iffy with food. I'm trying to tighten up with the food bit but I'm really proud of myself for drinking less soda and coffee and much more water. I'm not drinking water just to make myself do it, but I'm trying to reach for water instead of soda when I'm thirsty. This is HUGE for me. I'm a Diet Coke fiend!

B

britjo67 01-05-2005 02:28 PM

Glad you like the new name. Just have to get the others to agree and we're all set.

I've been terrible diet-wise the last few days (and been making myself ill with it). I just can't bin chocolate. I want to lose weight, want to get started...so what do I do???? Throw caution to the wind, and eat as much as I can, ending up feeling shaky in the process because it sends my blood sugar into overload. Alan is convinced I'm trying to kill myself (although I blame his family, cos they all bought me regular chocolates for Christmas, while my family bought diabetic chocs!). The thing is, no matter what I can't throw it away, and there is too much of it. Last night I had to go to bed at 10pm because I felt so sick. :rolleyes:

I must stop this. :mad:

NicoleNYC 01-05-2005 04:45 PM

Jo, Mark not only got tons of chocolate for Christmas but he got me lots of birthday goodies. The way I'm dealing with it is I'm telling myself having ONE thing a day will make it last longer. Also, putting the choclate in the freezer and taking out one thing at a time (to get soft) works because I HATE frozen or cold chocolate.

Just thought i'd put that out there, you never know - it might help. Good luck!

Fat in Hong Kong 01-06-2005 01:51 AM

Jo, it's a great name for our new thread ... FRIENDS FIRST :) Just let us know when it's up and running.

I know exactly how you feel about the choccies ... I can't bring myself to bin anything either. I had lots of choccies, as gifts from the kiddies at school where I work, which I knew I would be unable to resist :o What I've done this year however, is keep offering them to Nick and the kids ... that way there was less left for me!

Brandy, well done on the water consumption ... I'm trying too!

Nichola

NicoleNYC 01-07-2005 02:34 PM

There is now MORE chocolate. M's parents sent me a beautiful (and HUGE) gift basket of chocolate. And my best friend sent me a really great King Cake (cream cheese filled). One good thing about having so many sweets on hand: they have well and truly lost their allure. Totally. I can't even think about chocolate now. And of course, I have to eat it because it's GIFT chocolate. So I'll be freezing it and trying to force M to eat some (passed off as "sharing graciously") and eat a little at a time (passed off as "careful rationing"). Of course, next TOM I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune!

M did really well for my birthday, lots of flowers and pressies the Leslie Sansone Walk Blaster set which I have realllllly been wanting. It's on backorder but I'm SO excited! I've been using the WATP DVDs so long I can do them in my sleep and I LOVE them but it'll be nice to have something else to alternate with. YAY!

And now that all holidays and birthdays and things are behind me, FINALLY I can get super serious and get going. I did pretty well this week with water (which I am even learning to like - well, not hate, anyway) and exercise, now I need to focus on food. Wish me luck and lots of it and same back to all of you!

B :flow1:

NicoleNYC 01-08-2005 10:47 AM

Oh good grief, hit "post" too soon.

Anyway, weighing in on Saturday as planned. Down 1.5 and considering the week it's been, I'll take it!

ETA: The ticker only does whole pounds and I'm too lazy to change it again so I PROMISE to be extra super good today so the ticker will be true tomorrow!

B :flow1:

ecchs 01-10-2005 01:28 AM

Hi guys! I'm alive! I'll post more tomorrow!

Lorraine

Fat in Hong Kong 01-10-2005 03:07 AM

Hi Girls,

Hope everyone had a good weekend! I've had an extremely active weekend! I finally managed to spend some time with my husband (no, it's not what you're thinking!! :lol: ). We went walking on Saturday and Sunday ... and don't I know it today ... I'm aching in places that I never knew existed!! :lol: As you know, he's training for a 50K charity walk so he's pretty fit and able to do some really difficult walks. He said he'd take me on a couple of easier walks to get me started ... Well, if they were easy walks I can't ever imagine being fit enough to do the more strenuous ones :yikes: We live at the foot of a mountain, and on Saturday afternoon we walked right to the top ... ok, it's not a huge, big mountain, but it's all UPHILL!! ... I never thought I'd make it to the top but I did :D On Sunday morning we went to a country park not far from where we live, which has lots of different hiking trails (supposedly family trails) ... well, I walked up and down hills, up and down HUNDREDS of stone steps ... and this is a girl who doesn't do hills!!! All I can say is that I'm really proud of myself for doing it and feel as though I've actually achieved something. Nick said he was pretty impressed with my efforts too ... so much so, that he took me shopping yesterday afternoon and bought me lots of new sporty gear to wear, as I didn't even own a pair of track suit pants or any suitable lightweight jackets or sweatshirts that I can wear for hiking ... now I have no excuses!! :D Nick will be training very seriously over the next few weeks ... his walk is on 19 Feb, but as soon as it's over we're going to be regular hikers!! Until then we'll try to fit in a long walk on Saturday's and I'll be taking the dog on longer walks in between. I feel really motivated and I'm quite excited about it all :D

Food-wise I've been ok ... just one little set back when TOM arrived last week and I got the munchies for something chocolatey!! :mad: But other than that I was ok ... lost 1.5lbs.

Brandy, what are family and friends like eh? ... Sending a girl who's wanting to lose weight baskets of choccies and cakes! ... Don't ya just love em?!! :lol: Well done to you for losing 1.5lbs ... I'm really impressed considering the temptations you've had!!

Hi Lorraine ... hope you're doing well :)

Nichola

NicoleNYC 01-10-2005 06:31 PM

Hi Lorraine!

Nichola, that sounds like a wonderful weekend! And I'm so proud/happy for you. That sounds just great!

I'm still trudging along and hoping for the best. Having all the sweet stuff around is turning into a huge challenge. I do not need this. I just keep forcing M to take it to work. We'll see. I am just determined to post SOME kind of loss, anything, come Saturday.

Wish me luck and the same to all of you!

B

Fat in Hong Kong 01-11-2005 05:24 AM

Hi Everyone,

I'm pleased to see that the very long thread I posted yesterday was actually submitted, as I was having problems with our computer, and when I tried to submit it the computer froze ... I was furious and ended up having to shut down and restart again, but I couldn't access 3fc :( So it's nice to know I don't have to re-do it all again! :)

I had a day off from my active lifestyle yesterday as my muscles (pleased to be able to say I have some!) were really sore ... just did a short walk with the dog. Today though I felt much better so I've been on another long (ish) walk with her ... the same walk that I did on Christmas night (in anger! :o ) which took me almost 2 hours ... then again the following day which took me 1.5 hours, although I must admit that both occasions I was just plodding along at an easy pace ... Today I timed myself and it took me 50mins. I walked at a good brisk pace and can really feel that I've done something. I intend to keep this up and perhaps do the same walk 2-3 times a week plus the extra long walks with Nick at the weekend ... hopefully this will help to shed the pounds!

On Saturday this week, Sophie is taking part in a sponsored hike with her school to raise money for the victims of the tsunami disaster. They are going to complete the 50K Hong Kong Trail (which is the one Nick is doing next month) with teams of children doing one of eight sections of the hike ... most are very strenuous, but not sure yet which one Sophie has been chosen for. If it's not too difficult I might even go along myself :dizzy:

Brandy, keep at it ... get Mark to take the lot to work, or enjoy a few treats and get the WATP out to counteract the cals. WE CAN DO IT!! :)

I've just been inspired by a success story on the WW UK website ... There's a woman who is exactly the same height as me, started off at the same weight that I am right now, and got down to her goal weight which is the same as my goal weight ... She looks absolutely fabulous!! If I could look like her in a few months time I'd be the happiest chickie in the world! :)

LET'S DO IT!! :workout: :goodscale :goodluck:

Nichola

NicoleNYC 01-11-2005 09:38 AM

Nichola, I'm so happy for you - it's like your whole family is taking up walking as a hobby! Or hiking, rather. You know, there are probably lots of five and ten K charity walks and things, you could get into those and work up. I think all the tee shirts would be addicitve. You've inspired me to start looking for some in my area!

As for the chocolate, it HAS to go. I was SO great yesterday - I did a longer WATP tape (inspired by you, thankyouverymuch!), ate right, drank loads of water (I'm very proud of cutting back on the Diet Coke and learning to drink water - this is HUGE for me), and then at MIDNIGHT I ended up eating chocolate. And not a reasonable amount. Today I'm picking out the freezable stuff (I don't like it cold, Mark does, and it's not fair for ME to decide WE have had enough) and sending the rest to work with him. I thought I could ration it out - that worked for about three days.

That's so great to have a specific person to look at as your "inspiration" - I should try to find the same. Frankly, everytime someone loses ten pounds I get a little kick and think wow! TEN POUNDS! So maybe I should just look at ANY success stories and keep a few around for the rough times. Now to check out that success story on the WW UK site.

Have a great day, girls!

B

Fat in Hong Kong 01-12-2005 02:34 AM

Brandy, never thought I'd be an inspiration for anyone ... but it's a really nice feeling ... glad to be of help :D

I think you're doing the right thing with the chocolate. I agree with you that it's not right to decide that 'everyone' has had enough. I always feel so guilty when I don't have anything nice in the cupboards for the kids, just because I can't stand the temptation :o And I understand entirely about the 'midnight munchies' ... I'm sure it's something we've all done! If I've got chocolate in the cupboards I simply can't rest until it's all gone. I've been known on several occasions to secretly stuff as much as I possibly can into my mouth late at night when Nick takes the dog out for her last walk! But of course, I'll be trying not to do that again! :^:

Nichola

NicoleNYC 01-12-2005 10:30 AM

Nichola - the whole midnight munchies thing - that was like a new low for me! I mean, snacking late, ok sure, it happens. But to be sort of sneaky about it! And to have as much as I did? I shocked myself. I'm now up 19 pounds from my lowest weight and I'm sick of myself. It's shocking. I don't know what's been up with me for the past few months but the up and down stops here. And I don't mean that in a pep-talky way, but it's just reality. A person was not meant to live like this. I think I've finally hit "desperate" and the changes are going to have to be meaningful and written in stone. I actually feel panic-y about how out of control I have been. Nothing else will do - I'm just going to have to buck up and be a grown up and get tough with myself.

Hope you guys are off to a better week than I am, but mine is getting better TODAY.

B

Fat in Hong Kong 01-13-2005 02:44 AM

Good girl Brandy, put the past behind you and forget about it ... what's done is done ... you can make a new start right here, right now ... no one's going to judge you ... we've all been there (some of us more than others! :o ) and we all understand how you feel. None of us are perfect and these things are going to happen from time to time, but when it does we shouldn't start thinking that we've failed ... as Ali always used to tell us, you're only a failure if you give up completely and don't keep trying :) We'll all slip up from time to time, that's life, but we just have to keep on going ... eventually, one day it will all fall into place and we'll have our own success stories to tell. :)

I was very interested to read the article featured on the 3fc home page about the french way of eating ... did anyone else read it? Apparently, they are one of the healthiest nations in the world and have one of the lowest obesity rates. Surprisingly, they still eat whatever they like ... rich sauces, rich chocolate, desserts, pastries, butter croissants, full fat milk, cheese, white bread, wine, etc ... and plenty of fresh fruit & veg. Low fat products are a definite no no, and pre-prepared meals on the supermarket shelves are none existant ... So what's their secret??? ... Everything in moderation and 'real food' ... instead of stuffing themselves with low fat chocolate/desserts, etc (let's face it, we all do it ... just because it's low fat doesn't mean we can eat unlimited amounts :o ) they will eat the best, richest chocolate (or whatever) in small amounts and really savour the flavour. They eat meals with rich sauces ... but much smaller portions than the rest of us ... they eat high calorie, full fat cheeses with french bread ... and the list goes on. They take time over their meals to enjoy and savour every mouthful ... unlike the rest of us, who often eat on the run and far too quickly for our brains to tell us we're full, so we eat everything on the plate ... even though we don't really need it, but we eat it too quickly to get that 'full-up' feeling ... Eating it slowly gives our brain time to register and can tell us we've had enough before we eat too much. And although they are not much into exercise, they are still far more active than the rest of us ... they walk more and use their cars less. There's got to be something in this. I'm definitely going to adopt some of their attitudes towards food ... I think the key factors are 'moderation', 'real food' and 'eat slowly'. It all sounds pretty logical to me ... just need to try putting it into practice! :)

Nichola

NicoleNYC 01-13-2005 04:20 PM

Thanks for the pep talk.

And it does all sound very logical but so impractical for most of us. While the French may get loads of time for vacation and long lunch hours, here the typical work day usually drags on for 10 and most people don't take lunch. Vacation - two weeks would be generous.

I agree the French ideal is wonderful and it's a shame we can't live up to it, but I can see how in the US it's just not how most people are able to live :( For myself tho, there's no excuse. Ultimatly, I'd love to be a portion control kind a girl.

Fat in Hong Kong 01-14-2005 03:57 AM

Yes Brandy, I see your point, it wouldn't be very practical for most of us would it? :( So I guess the most important thing is, as you said, portion control, which is also one of my biggest problem areas ... something I'm trying to work on right now :^:

I mentioned to you a couple of days ago that Sophie is doing a sponsored hike tomorrow, and I have decided to go along with her. We'll be doing a 14K hike (thankfully, it's a couple of the easier sections!). The first section should take around 2 hours and the second section around 1hr 50mins ... these are the times given in the guide books at any rate! The temperatures have dropped here over the past few days so it's going to be pretty cold up on the hills, I just hope it doesn't decide to rain!! Wish me luck!! :)

Nichola

NicoleNYC 01-14-2005 11:33 PM

Nichoal! That's great - have fun and tell us all about it.

B

Fat in Hong Kong 01-15-2005 04:59 AM

Hi Brandy, I made it!! :D Phew! ... my legs feel like jelly! :lol: Actually, we did really well ... the guide books said 3 hours 50 mins at a normal walking pace ... we did it in 2.5 hours ... and we had a bit of a detour due to taking a wrong turning at one point :lol: There was a teacher at the front and one at the back, to make sure we didn't lose any kids ... I stayed at the back with the teacher, but we started to lag behind a bit when had to walk up around 200 steps! When we got to the top, we could still see the kids in front as they went around each bend, but suddenly we lost them :o We couldn't quite understand this as we were walking a quite a pace to catch up with them, but they disappeared completely out of sight! The problem was, we came to a sign post with two routes pointing in different directions to the same place ... but we took the wrong (longer!) one and ended up having to turn back :rolleyes: Anyway, we had a good day and Sophie has raised quite a lot of money for the Tsunami victims (about HK$2500 ... not sure what that is in US$, but it's a good amount). The whole school is aiming to raise at least half a million dollars through various sponsored events and this morning hundreds of relief packages, which the kids have been collecting, have been flown to the disaster areas. We hope it will help some of those in need.

Anyway, I'm now shivering and aching, so I'm going to run myself a nice hot bubble bath and have a well earned rest! :D

Have a good weekend!

Nichola

PS - What's happened to everyone else??

NicoleNYC 01-15-2005 03:23 PM

Oh wow! You guys did so well! Congratulations - you must be AWFULLY proud.

Now you can get on the business of recovering!

B

Fat in Hong Kong 01-19-2005 02:57 AM

Hi Brandy,

Sorry I haven't been around for a few days ... problems with the darn computer again!! But it's sorted out now thank goodness :)

Forgot to mention that I weighed-in on Friday and only lost 0.5lbs :( ... bit annoying really considering all the strenuous activity that I've subjected my body to lately :lol: Oh well, I'll keep at it and I'm sure the benefits will show sooner or later :crossed: Must confess though that I've been out of the habit of writing everything down that I eat ... perhaps this has something to do with it! :o (note to self: Must remember to write everything down :dizzy: )

How are you doing? Have you managed to get rid of all the choccies yet??

Well, nothing much to report I'm afraid. Hope everyone is having a good week so far ... BTW, where is everyone else????? Jo????? Raff????? Lorraine????? And anyone else who I haven't mentioned ... It's about time you came back ... Brandy & I are getting a little lonely :grouphug: Hope to see some of you back soon! :)

Nichola

britjo67 01-19-2005 10:20 AM

Hi all,

I don't really have time to stop. Had a hellish couple of weeks, an exam yesterday, Natty was confirmed last night, and I have an essay due in tomorrow. The word total is 3000....current total 200 :dizzy: Think I'll be burning the midnight oil to get it done. It's not as if it's on anything interesting, patents and copyright! :^:

Still eating like a pig, and not losing, but I need to get my butt in gear, I'm rejoining WW again next Tuesday (for the umpteenth time) and I have to get this weight moving.

Right must dash, probably be back at the end of the week once I've recovered from the lack of sleep tonight.

*note to self - make this the last time I say 'I mustn't leave the assignment until the last minute' :lol:

NicoleNYC 01-19-2005 01:52 PM

Hi all!

Very little to add, sick (sneezy allergies - yuck) and just this side of saying 'screw it' and doing Slim Fast just so I don't have to THINK about anything!

B

NicoleNYC 01-20-2005 09:28 PM

I have quite stupidly managed to crack my temp dental work (thank goodness it's in the back where no one can see - my appointment isn't till a week from Monday) so I'll be on the Slimfast, soup, and smushy foods diet. If this doesn't result in some weight loss, I am a lost cause ;)

Fat in Hong Kong 01-22-2005 01:43 AM

Jo, hope you managed to get the essay finished on time!

Brandy, hope you're feeling better now! Sorry to hear about the dental problems ... which reminds me, I'm long overdue for a routine check-up but I keep putting it off ... I HATE going to the dentist!!

Hope everyone has a good weekend! :)

Nichola

ecchs 01-25-2005 03:36 AM

Hi everyone!

I just need to say how proud I am of all you gals! NICHOLA! Look at that ticker! Keep going Baby!

Jo...Let us know how WW is going for you. I know deep down in my heart that WW is the way for me to go, but I have about 1000 excuses not to go, with $ being at the top of that list. So you guys will have to be my support and I'll so my best on my own.

Hey Brandy...hope you're feeling better. Never had to deal with allergies, but sounds like they wipe you out pretty good. Hope you're feeling better.

That's about all I have to share right now. Still fat and sassy, but I'm working on the sassy part. LMAO Ok, I'll work on the fat too!

Lorraine

NicoleNYC 01-25-2005 03:52 PM

Hi Guys!

First, I'm going out of town for a bit and I'll be out of touch. Second, I think I just need to take a break from thinking/talking about my weight so much. It seems like the more I talk about it the less I actually DO about it. So I'll be taking a little time off from obsessing about it and TALKING about it obsessivly. Expect to see me back in a week or two!

Take care and good luck!

B

Fat in Hong Kong 01-26-2005 02:37 AM

Hi Lorraine, good to see you back ... You know we'll always be here to support you so keep posting!! :D

Brandy, have a good trip ... maybe a little break from obsessing about it is just what you need right now. I know just how you feel ... I've been pretty good up until this week, both in the 'diet' department and in being more active ... I did another 14k hike on Sunday with Nick and my legs are only just getting back to normal today :o However, I seem to be dragging my feet this week as far as eating the right things are concerned ... been pigging out a bit :mad:

Lorraine, I think it will be a while before my ticker moves in the right direction again! :(

A few of my colleagues are starting diets and I feel that unless I pull myself together I'm going to get left behind ... so I've just been and stocked up on healthy foods again!

Nichola


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