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Old 03-26-2001, 01:37 PM   #1  
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Hi, Turtle Buddies,

Here it is - my "official" version of the fable:

The Hare and the Tortoise

A hare met a tortoise one day and made fun of him for the slow and clumsy way in which he walked.

The tortoise laughed and said, "I will run a race with you any time that you choose."

"Very well," replied the hare, "we will start at once."

The tortoise immediately set off in his slow and steady way without waiting a moment or looking back. The hare, on the other hand, treated the matter as a joke and decided to take a little nap before starting, for she thought that it would be an easy matter to overtake her rival.

The tortoise plodded on, and meanwhile the hare overslept herself, with the result that she arrived at the winning-post only to see that the tortoise had got in before her.

Moral: Slow and steady wins the race.

This comes from a book handed down from my grandmother to my mother to me. The book is so old it doesn't have a copyright date or an author/editor's credit.

That fable has been the motivation for us turtles for about two years. Someone on the ancient WW forum mentioned the fable and I discovered it was very motivational for me. I talked about it in posts and other people said that the tortoise philosophy worked for them, too. So, I started a thread for us turtle types.

We work toward accepting that our bodies have a natural speed of weight loss when we choose to live a healthy life, instead of "going on a diet". Many of us have experienced "the diets" as go on/lose weight-- go off/ gain the weight plus more back.

We choose to perservere with each choice we make throughout the day. We believe that choosing to be slow, steady turtles helps us to learn the skills we need to learn in order to not only lose the weight, but keep it off and become the healthiest people we can be.

So, welcome to all who realize that losing and maintaining a weight loss is a lifestyle change. And who want support as we all learn the skills we need to successfully make the changes that will allow us to reach our goals.

Happy turtlin', everyone!

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Hi, Turtles,

I find it hard to believe we've managed to stay active for 25 threads. We may be slow, but we hang in there persistently, just like our turtle namesake. Thank you all for being so supportive this far. I look forward to celebrating every success, large or small, we all have as me move through this journey.

Judy, you're dealing with some pretty stressful situations. I hope things work out. I can't help you with the lawsuit, but I do have a bit of advice about the daughter-in-law. I've been married for almost 25 years. My mother-in-law didn't like me at first. It was a minor matter of prejudice against Italians that was spawned during WWII. She changed her mind after we had kids and she discovered that I'm a great mother. Now, I don't know what the issues are between you and your new daughter-in-law, and you may have reason to be worried. But it may help to remember that people do change and grow in time. Good luck!

As for the stress, I'm a writer. My best weapon (when I manage to stop the learned comfort of eating) is to write. I write whatever is in my mind, stream of consciousness. Sometimes all that it accomplishes is to keep me from eating. Sometimes it makes me feel better. Sometimes I get lucky and end up with a list of things I can do to help solve a problem. It's always the best thing to do when my feelings would hurt other people. I can write out all the petty things and avoid unecessarily hurting others. I can also figure out what things I need to discuss with them. Anyway, that's my alternate solution to the stress eating.

I'm back OP after my PMS mess. I made the mistake of getting on the scale on Sunday. I'm not reporting that weight because I suspect that it's not accurate. The extra water hadn't gone away yet. So, I'm going to wait until next Sunday for my official weigh in. I knew that I should because TOM wasn't gone, but I succumbed to the PMS anxiety. Now I know how long to wait before my post-TOM weigh in. At least I'm learning something more about what to do. The only difficulty is controlling Mrs. Hyde. Next month I'm freezing a ton of 0-point soup to eat when Mrs. Hyde acts up.

Have a great day! Happy turtlin'!

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Dear Lin,
Thanks for "talking" so nicely to me. I sure hope you're right and that my daughter-in-law will be a good mother. I've got my fingers crossed. You are absolutely right about writing. I've got to do more, especially when I start to worry about something. Worry gets me no place but the kitchen where I overeat.
As far as being OP I've gotten through my first day.
I think I'll start my new year today. I've officially been on WW for a year and 11 days. These last 11 days have been tough, but I wasn't helping myself. Now I hope I've shaken off the gotcha's and am on track again.
I think Lori asked about our home furnishings and I find that an intriguing question. I would have to describe my home as simple and neat. A couple of years ago my husband and I gave away a lot of furniture and decided to buy only what we HAD to have. Even now we do not have a coffee table in the living room. Everything we have is comfy. Our walls are beige throughout the first floor of our house. Our kitchen is European Modern--almond formica with wood trim--easy to keep clean and sleek looking. I have a great teapot collection that I became obsessive about--what a surprise! I over collected teapots and creamers and sugars, but it's been lots of fun. I do enjoy looking at them. We do lots of unique things with our furniture. Our den has wicker furniture which makes it light and easy to move. It has cushions that blend with the colors in the living room. Our dining room is small, so when we have a gang over, we set up in the den with a couple of tables and put the den furniture in the dining room for the day.
Our house is cozy. Most of the colors are beige, tan, blue and navy. I love the sea and am trying to get that effect in the house. I am also aiming to make the house as maintenance free as possible so I can run through the house cleaning in as little time as possible.
I guess you'd call me practical, and yet I think my home is inviting and comfy. I love flowers and every once in a while, I'll indulge. So--there we are--home and me. No fuss, but with plenty of integrity! No glamour, no glitz, but a sense of humor and little chunks of personality here and there. Suits my husband and me to a tee!
Lin, I am so glad things are looking up for you with WW. That's great. I bet you're right about the TOM and water weight. Weighing in next week sounds great. And it's also important to have plans for next month so that you're armed to do the right things for yourself. Good for you.
So glad to be a part of the slo turtles. Take care and be well.
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Kimmers!!! Hello, and so wonderful to see you! I'm so glad you're back. Good for you getting back into the saddle, so to speak. Have you read the book "Thin for Life"? It's wonderful, and one of the big points she makes is that "weight loss masters" (people who have lost a bunch of weight and kept it off for years) almost always tried multiple times to get the weight off and keep it off before they were finally successful. Instead of seeing these attempts as failures, it's actually more accurate to see them as trial and error, finding what works and what doesn't.

In the year 2000, I gained back 16 pounds and then lost it again, ending the year at the same weight as when I started. I learned a tremendous amount from that experience, and it has helped keep me from sliding off again. (Basically, I've learned that I have to write it all down, no matter what. That keeps me from going off the deep end for any length of time.) I've been back OP since August, losing slowly but more or less steadily (21 pounds since August), and I owe it in part to what I learned from going off the wagon last year.

Lori, I know what you mean by being turned off by the rah-rah cheerleader approach when you're struggling. Different folks are inspired by different things, it seems, and even that will vary depending on what's going on. Sometimes I consider no longer reading these boards (except the Turtles) because everyone seems to lose so much more quickly than I do. But I've noticed something. Since I started posting here 3 years ago, I've watched some people drop a TON of weight in seemingly no time at all -- and then vanish. And then return, needing to lose it all again.

I do NOT mean to denigrate what these folks do, because we are indeed all different, and we do (hopefully) learn from each of our attempts. Kimmers is a great example of that. But what this says to me is that the "slow and steady" turtle approach is indeed the way for me to go, and that it's OK to be left in the dust by all those "hares" out there. Some of those hares will be successful in the long run, but many won't -- and what's more important, *I* won't be successful with that approach. Been there, done that, gained back the weight plus more to prove it.

So I need to remind myself of these things during months like this one, where I've lost about one pound for the entire month of March. I need to tell myself that it's still in the right direction, that I'm continuing to learn and grow in a healthy way, and that even 12 pounds a year is going to make me continually healthier, year after year. My clothes continue to get a little looser, my stamina and energy continue to get a little better.

About decorating ... Judy, your house sounds lovely. Very different from ours, but beautiful. I love the ocean, too, and especially love shades of blue with cream and white. Lin, yours sounds comfy and eclectic and fun.

We have an older house (1920s), with wood floors and oriental-style area rugs. My husband loves antiques; he buys them at garage sales and flea markets and lovingly restores them, so we have a lot of those. My dad also made furniture for many years (he had a small furniture company), so we have some lovely pieces that he made -- our dining room set, an empire desk he made for the Smithsonian, a four-poster bed he made for Ralph Lauren. We could never afford this stuff ourselves! Our kitchen has wood floors, white cabinets, white walls, and dark green counters. The breakfast nook has dark green carpeting. We didn't decorate it; we bought it that way, but we love it. We also love historic wallpaper and got an amazing deal on some William Morris paper a while back. It was one of those -- "OK, we can get this paper for a ridiculously low price, so what can we paper with it??" So we papered the dining room, the stairs, and the upstairs hallway with it -- it's his willow pattern. (You can see it at http://www.sanderson-online.co.uk/sa...age/morris.htm -- scroll down to the willow boughs pattern.)

I also like Asian decor, so we have smatterings of that around, mostly stuff I brought back from living over there. We have lots of wicker furniture that I had made over there. I also love silk flowers, so we have those scattered around.

Onward and downward,

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Good Morning, Turtles,

Judy, I also love the sea. One of the many stories I'm working on takes place in a B&B near the ocean and is decorated in the colors of the sea.

Lauren, your home sounds a bit eclectic, too, with some traditional Western antiques and some Eastern decor, too.

Lauren, I like what you said about getting healthier year after year even if you lose 12 pounds during each one. WW's suggested average of 2 pounds/week comes out to about 100 pounds/year and a lot of people seem to think they're somehow entitled to lose at that pace. Sometimes I think it would be better if WW wouldn't tell people to expect that as an average because everyone is so different. The most weight I've ever lost in a year is 50 pounds. I don't care, but I've read posts from people who give up and quit because they're "only" losing at that 50 pound rate (or less) instead of the 100 pound pace they expect. I, personally, am content to go at any pace, even your 12 pound a year pace, as long as I stay healthy while I'm doing it and don't gain back what I lost!

I've been OP this week. I'm really getting tired of this monthly Click! though. I can feel the difference between PMS and the rest of the month just like a switch clicking on and off. Click! I want to eat everything in sight. Click! I'm back OP and content with my points, my food choices, and everything is fine. I hope the calcium helps with turning off the Click! or at least keeps its effects to a minimum. I quit WW once because I got tired of maintaining due to PMS gaining the same amount of weight I lost during the rest of the month. That particular program didn't suit my personality and lifestyle as well as this one does, which made it easier to decide to stop doing it. There wasn't enough flexibility and there were still too many food restrictions. I didn't want to continue doing it forever if I wasn't losing weight or at goal and maintaining.

The difference this time is that now I'm managing to work through this because I can do it within the boundaries of the program. I'm willing to follow this program regardless of whether or not I lose weight because it's flexible and I choose what foods I eat. I'm hopeful that even if I don't lose a lot this year, I can learn how to manage PMS better, which will ultimately get me to a point where I can decide what my weight loss goal is, and then reach it.

I'm finally feeling more peaceful about making this move. I've been feeling really boxed in a room with no windows or doors. It seemed like all of the doors & windows I've walked through the past several years since I stopped being a full-time mom and started looking for a career have been closed in my face. I can't even manage to get temp work right now. I've been surfin' and am finding that there are skills in the current web market that I cannot teach myself. So, at least for now, that dream and the one about finishing school have to be set aside. But I will go nuts if all I do is housework and WW and create recipes for my own use.

So, I decided to do two things. I'm resurrecting that dream that I first had when I was ten years old. I'm going to write my stories full-time, without worrying about a paycheck. I've done that in the past, but always set it aside and continued to write as a hobby while I went out to earn desperately needed money or to return to school. I'm still registered at the temp agency and if they call me for a job that is worthwhile, I'll take it because we do need the money. But I'm considering writing my main occupation.

The second thing is to work on my web site to share my recipes, but as a hobby. It will take longer to finish it, but I need to do this. I look forward so much more to getting up and writing than to getting up and teaching myself stuff that may or may not lead to a job. And I feel more excited about the web site if I'm not trying to figure out how to include all the bells and whistles I'm learning just to impress someone who may or may not give me a job. For the first time in months I feel really good about my life. It's not perfect, but if John Steinbeck can write from this place, so can I. But I won't be writing about this place because I haven't lived here long enough. Don't expect me to write like Steinbeck, either. No one writes like him but him. But then, no one writes like anyone but themselves.

Have a great day! Happy turtlin'!

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Hey, it looks like things are looking up. Lauren, your house sounds beautiful. You really have a lot of beautiful pieces. And, like your picture, it gives me a better idea of what you're like.
Lin, I LOVE eclectic and think your home must suit you well. I really like the way you both are sounding now. It looks like TOM is passing by and you're back on track.
I'm so glad. It is also terrific to write some projects and put aside the work worries right now. I know it's important to follow your dreams, and I give you a lot of credit. way to go~
As far as averages with Weight Watchers, how destructive. I have had great weight losses in the past but I've always taken extraordinary means to do so. Certainly nothing that I could stay with. I was a member of Overeaters Anonymous and lost 65 pounds in 7 months. Then I tried a bariatric physician who put me on liquid foods and small meals and I lost 40 with him (twice) and continued the weight loss down with WW but the whole time I felt as though I was literally starving. Now I figure whether we have ten pounds to lose or two hundred pounds to lose, we'll all be doing the same thing for the rest of our lives. Some of us will get to our goal weights sooner, but we'll keep on with this program. So--I am working on a decent hairstyle and makeup and I'm trying to vary my wardrobe here and there as I continue on this weight loss journey.
Thanks for hanging in there with me. Yesterday was an excellent OP day, and so has today been. I've got my lunch packed for tomorrow and have already journaled breakfast and lunch and a couple of snacks.
Today I got myself to WW and was up over 3 pounds. Good thing I went or next week it could have been 4 or 5 and I would have been devastated. I'm working on getting my stressors under control. The WW meeting was really good and my lecturer was glad to see me. (Skipped last week's mtg. altogether. The previous 2 weeks I weighed in around my work at lunchtime and didn't have time to stay for a mtg. I've been too busy and not putting myself anywhere near the top of my list)
So, I feel much better. Got on the treadmill this morning and I feel back on track--hesitant, but much better.
Kimmers--glad to see you and that you're giving this a shot!
Lauren--keep up the good work
Lin--glad to hear you're clicking again
Lots of good vibes to us all
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Hi, Turtles,

Judy, what you said is so true. No matter when we reach our goal, the lifestyle we've developed during the journey doesn't stop. It just gets adjusted to keep our healthier bodies.

I'm still OP today. It's great to hear you're doing fine, too, Judy. Back OP. Those three pounds will go away again. Probably sooner than you think, since you're planning ahead, which will keep the momentum going.

Gotta go. I have to get my bread ready for the oven.

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More layoffs at my company today. Once again, I dodged the bullet. Don't know how much longer I'll manage to do that, though. It's so awful to see these people get escorted from the building. I talked with one of them, a guy from my group. He's building a house, and his wife has a lot of health problems. He needed this like a hole in the head. Corporate America stinks.

We had pizza for lunch (I was at a 6-hour meeting), and I'll be having Chinese for dinner, so I'm not anticipating staying within points. In fact, I'm probably already over them. Pizza is so high, and I had plenty. So tomorrow I'll exercise and eat lighter, and on we go.

I'm pretty sure the reason I haven't lost weight this month is all the carbs I've been eating. Once Lent is over, I'll try really cutting back on them and see what happens. I can't cut back too much, though, because that puts me into "diet" mode, and I can't maintain that. Well, I'll worry about that later.

Hope you all are having a better day than I am. Lin, I think your plan of writing is extremely smart. If you have any interest in writing nonfiction, I'll bet you could start selling articles. You're good.

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Lauren,
The layoffs sound awful. I hate that escorting business. What do they think? That the recently unemployeed will steal a desK?
Stuff sounds stressful, but I'm glad you've got a plan. The good thing is the weekend is coming up.
Lin, that bread sounds so good I can almost smell it.
Glad you're still OP.
I'm heading to my nephew's tonight to meet my great-great nephew. I'm really not THAT old! They always have super fattening stuff, so I already had a 4 point WW dinner and I'm bringing microwave popcorn and a WW froz. dinner just in case. Wish me well. I know if I stay OP today, I'll have 3 good days under my belt and I'll be able to knock off some of those fast pounds I put on. It'll be a family get together, so the talk will be fast and furious and fun. I'm going to Do This!
You all take care. Talk soon.
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Hi turtles!

Thanks for the warm welcome - it's great to be back.

I just wrote a long post and my browser crashed, so this is going to be short. I stayed within points this week, so I'm proud of that. I think I was pretty bloated at weigh-in last week, so I hope to have lost at least some of that this week - I think I'm on the same TOM schedule as some of you.

I've been pretty cranky this week since I haven't been able to turn to my drug of choice - food. I know people at work are probably wondering what happened to the calm, pleasant cow at my desk. The stress has been getting to me, but hopefully, that will smooth out. Gotta find a new, nonfattening, nontoxic, legal drug - any suggestions? Right now I'm trying deep breathing - like Lamaze!

Lauren - sorry about all the layoffs. It's just as hard for the people left behind. Keep your chin up. I have read Thin for Life (and re-read it several times over the years) and I really want to hear that click in my head. I have learned from my many weight loss adventures and one big accomplishment is that I no longer binge-eat. I was just nibbling all day long, so I was still eating too much, but at least I stopped the bingeing.

Lin - I'm glad to hear you're devoting yourself to writing. Life's too short not to do what you love. Good luck!

Itryharder - good job planning for your visit. That's half the battle won!

Have a great weekend everyone - and I hope everyone has better weather than I do. It's been snowing here almost non-stop since before Thanksgiving and I've had it! It's not nice snow anymore, either - just wet, windy and cold. Will the sun ever shine in Western NY? I hope so, before we all go crazy!

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Kimmers,
Way to go! Staying OP is a huge accomplishment. Good luck at your weigh in. I think that no longer bingeing is fabulous. The great thing about what you're doing is making WW work for you. I know what you mean about snow. You've had much more than us here on LI, but the summer was rainy (almost every weekend) and the winter was tough--lots of snow, and now the spring has been very rainy again. I think we're all ready for a break!
I am back to bringing all sorts of freebies and low point foods to work. It's working so far. This way I am not unbelievably starving when I get home from work.
I got back on the treadmill this morning. I've got to sit down and plan some goals about activity, but I checked the activity point finder and earned 2 points this morning. That made me feel great.
Seeing the baby last night was really fun. He's absolutely adorable. Planning the food helped an awful lot and I'm proud that I turned a potential disaster into a good time OP.
Lin and Lauren and everybody--have a great weekend. Do something nice for yourself. Take care.
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Hi, Turtles,

Lauren, I'm so glad you dodged the present bullet. I agree about corporate America. My husband talks about people being escorted out and they just collect up their stuff and hand it to them at the door. They don't even get to go back to thier desks and clean it out yourself!

Are you saying that a vegetarian diet, using beans, etc, for your main protein source is causing part of your issues with the scale? If so, maybe you ought to make a conscious choice to maintain during Lent until you reach the place you want to maintain all of the time. When you get there, you may have to make adjustments so that you don't gain during the six weeks of Lent, if a vegetarian diet causes problems with the scale.

OTOH, I agree with you about how some things bring on the "diet mode". For me, and I suspect for you, too, anything that reminds me of old food rules does me in. I have developed a different attitude about this program than I have any other program I've ever been on. Years of experience has taught me that there isn't any specific combination of foods or special food rules that, when followed, will take off and keep off the weight. So, when I make my food choices I no longer ask myself, "What should I eat to make me lose weight?" Or, worse, "What can I have today?" (Which presumes there are things I can't have.)

Instead, I have been paying attention to my body and to what balance of food makes me feel at my best. I ask myself, "What do I want to eat? Do I need more fruits, milks, or veggies? How can I fit what I want into my point range? Last, how do I divide my food into mini meals?" The last question is really important because I notice such a huge difference in my energy level when I eat every 2-3 hours rather than three meals 4-6 hours apart.

The interesting thing is that I didn't decide to think this way. It just happened and I've just begun to realize it. I began to realize this shift in attitude because I've noticed that I get really annoyed when I read posts from people who are trying so hard to either eat as much unhealthy food as they can, just because the program allows it. Or they eat almost nothing because they think it will make the weight fly off fast. Or they seek as many high-fiber "magic pill" foods or low-calorie foods to get the weight off and they don't seem to plan to eat that way forever. They seem to have every intention of choosing the regular foods instead of the "diet" foods once they get to goal. That's "diet" behavior and I've noticed I've lost patience with it.

I guess I had a click and now this is just the way I eat on a daily basis. I also allow myself some foods that aren't low fat or make the old version of some of my special recipes. But special occasions are a part of this lifestyle, not a "bad choice". What's interesting is that as I learn and develop better low fat cooking techniques, I don't find myself wanting the high fat regular versions as much. I don't "create" special occasions as an excuse to cook them anymore. I'm content to have them only on the true special occasions, and often, not even then. And it's not because they're "bad". I don't think they are "bad", I just don't care whether I eat them or not. I never thought that would happen.

Judy, congrats on getting successfully past a difficult situation. You're on a roll, girl!

Kimmers, we're so glad you're back. We hope you'll stick with us, even if you hit the slippery slope again. Many of us have been posting through thick and thin and have found that the thick doesn't get as bad if we keep posting.
I guess, at least for me, it kept me thinking about my ultimate goals, even if I wasn't working toward them at the time.

I don't want to gloat, but we're experiencing a beautiful California spring. Sunny and cool, here. It's warmer where we used to live, so I can see that our clothing choices will have to change a bit. We're going to take our oldest son to meet a friend at a restaurant in an outlet mall we've not explored yet. So, we're going to take some time and window shop. Too bad we don't have any extra money, but I'm taking pen and paper. I'm making a list of stuff we need that I want to start saving for.

Happy turtlin'!

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Judy, way to go with all that planning ahead! I'm very impressed. If I had done that yesterday, I wouldn't have had a 40+ point day! Yes, I did add it all up at the end of the day. Pizza, Chinese food, and a piece of cake (which wasn't very good and I'd have refused it if I'd known our hostess hadn't baked it herself). I don't know the exact points, but that seems to be in the ballpark. Gack. At least I just keep writing it down, which seems to help me from spinning out of control.

Today I've been eating fine for the most part, though I'm definitely craving carbs and sugar. I'm sure a big part of it is stress. These layoffs and the whole work situation is just awful. Here's hoping it improves.

In the meantime -- Kimmers, I've found the best antedote to stress for me lately is exercise. Weird, huh? I started exercising a minimum of three times a week the beginning of this year. It's the one behavior change I want to make in my life for the year. The first month was tough. I was VERY hungry much of the time, and I was sore, and I found the exercise tiring rather than rejuvenating. February was better, and March has been great. I now actually look forward to working out. I have lots of stamina, my resting pulse rate is down to 60 (!), and I have a lot more energy.

Interestingly, though, this month I haven't lost a single pound. I'm ending the month as I began it. But I've lost inches. Not a lot, but a half inch here, 3/4 of an inch there. I think that means I'm finally building muscle. I have a waist for the first time in years. My thighs have muscles! My clothes fit great. Exercising now puts me in a good mood. It doesn't make me hungry. And it does really help the stress levels.

So that's my recommendation to help you with the crabbies. Find some kind of exercise that you can stand, start gradually, and build up. Normally I like to walk, which I find very rejuvenating, but with these Michigan winters (I can totally relate, Kimmers!) I've been exercising indoors instead. I've been doing a lot of different kinds of aerobic and strength-training tapes. I started out with beginner tapes and now am at an intermediate level. This morning I worked out longer than usual because of the high point day yesterday. I only did 20 minutes of aerobics (Latin dancing -- fun, even though I totally didn't get it) and then 50 minutes of Pilates.

Lin, I know what you mean about getting impatient with folks who still have the diet mentality. I have to keep reminding myself that we're all at different stages on this journey.

Anyway. Tonight Phil and I are going to the book store. We like to hang out there one evening a week; it feels kind of like a date. We read books and magazines, sometimes get a cup of coffee or a sugar-free Italian soda, and generally enjoy our time together. It's a cheap way to have a night out, especially if you don't buy a stack of books.

I need to go add fruit to my jello before we go. Being a good Michigan wife, I make killer jello. Phil begged me to make another batch tonight.

Happy Daylight Savings time, everyone.

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Hi turtles!

I had a great weigh-in today - 9.5 lbs gone. I know most of it is water, but at least that's some water I don't have to carry around anymore. I was so inspired that when I went grocery shopping this afternon, I actually bought all healthy food. I decided that my fat little family can eat the same stuff I do and they won't die. Of course, my hubby was not pleased with sweet potato chips and pita crisps, so I have to get him some pretzels tomorrow. They're OK, too.

Thanks, everyone, for the support - this is a big challenge for me.

Lauren - I think you're absolutely right about the exercise. I felt great when I was exercising and I really don't know why I ever stopped. I think in some ways it's more important than food when it comes to achieving a healthy weight. I'm going to make an effort to start again this week. What Pilates tape do you use? Do you need special equipment? We like to hit the bookstore from time to time, too - although last time we did, I fell asleep in one of those big comfy chairs!

Lin - that diet mentality is one that I've been struggling with. I find myself either being on or off - and not just with dieting. Believe it or not, I tend to be a perfectionist and if I can't do something perfectly well, I'll do it perfectly awful. Obviously this is no way to live. I admire all the gradual changes you've been able to make. I agree on the special occasion foods - some things need to be done the old way and enjoyed from time to time.

Judy - great job on the activity. Don't remind me about last summer - the local pool man had a sign up from July on - "Where is summer?" I think we went swimming in the lake three times last summer (yes, I wear a bathing suit and swim in public - denial is a powerful thing) - it was just cold and rainy most of the time. Oh well, at least it doesn't hit the 100s in July and August like it did in Cincinnati, where we lived up until about 1-1/2 years ago. Bringing freebies to work is essential - nothing like a little work stress to make you want to eat.

Have a great Sunday, everyone! We're going to Dim Sum tomorrow - I'll stick to the steamed stuff. Yum!
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Turtles, We're doing it!
Kimmers, congrats on that wonderful weight loss. Good for you. And yes, the exercise is a great idea. I've got to work hard to incorporate it into my lifestyle. It's my biggest challenge because I haven't made it a good habit yet. I'm working on it, though. Yesterday I was back on the treadmill and even ran for a few minutes (very few, but it's a start).
Lauren, Yeah, I was successful with my planning this time, but the stressors are easing up a bit and it's always easier for me when I can put myself near the top of my priorities list. Man, that sounds awful, but if I had done that when I was thirty I might not have spent a lifetime struggling and losing the weight battle. Just hang in there with what makes sense to you.
Isn't it amazing how the inches come off and the exercise starts to feel necessary? WW has said many times at the mtgs. that when inches come off, pounds usually don't come off that week. I always thought that was nonsense, but I've heard it happen to so many people that I think that is the case.
Lin, I love to hear your advice and I'm so glad you found a new mall for window shopping and list making.
It sounds like a good way to spend the day.
Take care and everyone have a good week,
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