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Itryharder 12-09-2006 11:53 AM

#173 Bale of Turtles Listening for Santa
:carrot: :welcome3:We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration, we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on even when the odds are against us. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
(for Lin and Lauren)

Itryharder 12-09-2006 12:07 PM

Dear Turtles,
Honestly, we are the best supporters of weight loss that can be found anywhere. :cheer: I don't even know where to begin. All I can say is that Chris sounded a call to us to help her, and I love all our answers. Chris, you can do this! Read over all the suggestions, find the ones that apply most to you, and do them. I remember when I would get down, and that was many times, Bandit would write back and say, "Just do it." In the long run, that was the best advice to me. Forget about how tough things are, forget about the money angle, forget about why you can't do this--and do it! Start with baby steps. Drink your water, eat the fruits and veggies, set a simple goal and do it! :cp: :cp: for all our wonderful answers and for taking time out of our busy days to reply so well and so thoughtfully. I fully believe that when we did these messages to Chris, we bolstered our own resolve and it was great for all of us to read these pieces of advice. Thanks turtles, you're all great.

I was away on Thursday and arrived back home late on Friday. My dh and I took a tiny vacation to Atlantic City to hit the casinos. We had a ball, I didn't lose more than I wanted to, and the get away was just what we needed. It rejuvenated me---it was a bit of that pampering that Susan suggested and it made me feel great. As far as food, I was careful and I hope that I don't have a gain this week. I still have time to be strict on Core and do well on my Wednesday WI.

To get to your posts:
Thanks Susan for the ideas your book club has. I love the book gift exchange. What a clever idea! Also, thanks to Ariana for the author and title of the Beekeeper's Apprentice. I'll check it out. By the way, William Alexander has written a fabulously funny book that is uplifting and humorous and delightful. I really think you'd enjoy it. It's called The $64 Tomato and he was a nominated author in the Quills awards. Honestly, read it, you'll love it!

Glad the sewing machine is almost feeling better, glad that Susan did so remarkably well at her book club party, glad that Bandit is thinking about swimming for exercise, glad that Chris got so much good advice. Glad that I've got this group to turn to when things are good and even more so when things get tough. Just want you all to know how much you mean to me. Be well and happy and keep on getting fit. We've got some real winners here!

Itryharder 12-09-2006 08:07 PM

Dea rTurtles,
Before I forget, congrats :cheer: to Ariana for losing yet another pound even though she was sick, etc. Whoa--you rock Ariana!

Also I want to explain what my WW leader calls a "unit" food. Ariana, you have it right. It's a food that comes in a portion size. For example, a chicken cutlet is a unit food--a whole chicken which can be sliced into a 4oz. serving is not. An egg is a unit food. The 100pt. snacks are packaged and become a unit food. When I overeat, it is important to get back to basics and not have a lot of food around me. So, I will cook up a packet of instant oatmeal that is already sized for me. Usually I'll measure out some oatmeal and fix it that way, but when I'm worried about overeating, I'm back to units.
Other examples: Jello puddings and gelatins in individual plastic containers.
fruit and applesauce in individual containers. Does that help? Oh, I buy the 2 oz. tuna containers because my dh doesn't like tuna and if I make the whole 4 oz. can, I'm tempted to eat more than I should. Okay, I think we've got the idea. It's portion control made easy for those rough moments.

chrily 12-12-2006 01:39 AM

Just had to let you gals know that I read through your advice and after I get my finals done. I have to days to take 8 hrs worth of tests, I am going back and printing off your suggestions and posting them where I will see them. I figure once I get my finals out of the way, I will have a chance to regroup and get myself going in a better direction.

I know, don't wait! I'm making little changes for now. I have been watching what I'm eating and have dropped 1 lb of my gain. I'll hit it hard in 2 days. Christmas time isn't really that hard on me. I don't eat much for goodies and never really have. I'm a starchy addict. I must watch myself with the potatoes is all. I'm going to make sure that I walk on my treadmill at the very least 4 days a week. Kind of like my grades I suppose. I need to apply myself to get the grade. If I can panic and work my butt off for my A's, I should be able to work my butt off for my waist.

Well Night ladies. I better get to bed. I have some studying to do tomorrow so I can take a couple of exams tomorrow night. YUCK!!!!


Princess1122 12-12-2006 01:04 PM

Hi all, I have been out of touch for a few days and I am sorry about that but I came down with a cold and have been under the weather... I need to get caught up on the posts and will reply later on but for now it is just enough to make it thru a work day.

I did go to W/I on Saturday and was down another 2.4 lbs... that brought my total to -39 lbs... I was happy about that!


bandit2 12-12-2006 04:35 PM

Hi everyone:

Princess - what a wonderful loss! Good for you.

Christina - good luck on your exams. Your hard work will pay off.

Hope everyone else is keeping well & enjoying the season.

Have my company dinner tonight & that will be very nice.

Keep up all the good work. Bye for now.

chrily 12-12-2006 05:30 PM

Woo Hoo...all I have left to take is my Algebra test and the essay portion of my history test. I didn't do too bad with the others. I got a 98% on my M/choice test for History, 90% on my accounting exam, and 76% on my economics exam. I HATE ECONOMICS!!!!

I'm going to use the afternoon to study up for the last stuff, take my tests -tonight and be done with school until mid-January. Halleluah!

Okay. GOtta go throw another load in the wash. I got to skip babysitting today. Kelly was supposed to have more testing done but they called a few days ago to reschedule and I just "forgot" to tell my sister that. :D So I have the whole day to myself. No extra kids. Just two of mine so far. Kayla is home from school sick, Nicole is sick, and Tiana is well (hmmmm. how did that work?)

GOnna go. Check back in a bit.


Itryharder 12-12-2006 09:41 PM

You are meeting the December challenge big time! Weigh to go! :goodscale:
Sorry you have a cold, but hope you feel better soon. You're an inspiration with 39 pounds down!

Bandit, always good to hear from you. Enjoy your company dinner.

Chris--way to go on your grades--t4errific with everything you do!

My WI is tomorrow and I'm hoping for a good one. I'll let you know.
Keep on keepin' on

chrily 12-13-2006 02:54 AM

I finished my essay exam for History and did my Algebra exam. So far I have an 86% on the test (its computer generated) so she'll go back through and I should get some more points. Looks like I'll be walking out with 3 A's and 2 B's. I'm okay with that. I guess. I'm an overachiever when it comes to school. It really rubs me the wrong way NOT to get an A. If I don't get an A, I don't feel like I gave it all my attention or did enough to get it.

Well if it weren't so darn late (almost morning again) I would walk on the treadmill but as it stands...I'm wiped out and need some zzzzz's.

Check back tomorrow. I"M FREE! I'M FREE!!!! I'M FREE!!!!!!!!


Princess1122 12-13-2006 10:02 AM

Happy Wednesday all!
I am starting to feel better but the cough keeps me awake most of the night so I am running on almost no sleep for the past 5-6 days but I think I am on the mend.

Chris: Congrats! I know you are feeling like a million pound weight has been lifted off of your shoulders!

Judy: Thanks for the kind words. I fear a pretty big gain this week as I have been sick and eating and drinking things that I normally stay away from because they are high in points... like OJ and canned soups... but when you are sick you do what you have to do, thats my story and I am sticking to it. Not to mention it is that TOM but I am ok with what ever happens.

Ariana: So happy you are back in the sewing action with your machine... I know that it is a huge comfort to you so not having it would be hard.

Bandit: Thank you! I hope you had an awesome time at your company dinner.

I went to the my family doctor on Friday to discuss the things that have been going on with my body the last few months... hair loss, etc... but he agreed with my OB/GYN and the dermatologist... they all say that my symptons are related to stress and I need to lower my level... easier said then done but at least he has run some tests to check my blood and iron levels etc. and he gave me a script for valium so we will see how it all works... he also agrees that I am not going into menopause yet... so that makes three doctors that have told me no-menopause and everything is related to stress... not sure what to do about it though... I am in the best shape of my life, eat right, exercise and all of that but I can't seem to manage my stress and at this rate if I don't I will be bald in a few months because my hair is falling out by the hand-full every time I take a shower. Kind of scary... Any suggestions?

I have to run but will check back later on.

chrily 12-13-2006 01:17 PM

Susan, stress can do alot of damage to a body. I just don't think people realize that. I'm going to take some of the pressure off myself, even if it makes some others mad. I'm cutting down to babysitting one day a week for the next school semester. Otherwise I just don't have enough time for my family and my homework, etc. Stress for me makes me eat. I get severe insomnia. ETC. My mom lost hair after my stepdad died from all the stress of the situation. I say...DESTRESS and don't feel guilty about it.

Well my daughter wants to watch Spiderman for the upteenth time. Gotta go.
Check back later.


Itryharder 12-13-2006 03:38 PM

Hi Turtles,
Chrily, glad you're free free free and what wonderful grades! Good for you. I like how you're looking ahead to making your schedule fit you better next semester. :idea:

Princess, I am not at all happy to hear that your symptoms are caused by stress. You do not sound like a stressed out person, so I am surprised. However, how to tackle it--One thing I'd like to mention is that the fatty part of the hand between the thumb and the pointer finger can be squeezed using your other thumb and forefinger to pinch it. I know this sounds crazy, but try it.For some reason this makes the tension level drop. I do this and it helps. Meditating and/or taking deep breaths and picturing yourself in a picture perfect place (mine is a beach with tropical blue waves and a white, sandy beach on a sunny but not hot day) can often break the cause of tension. I also have a telephone number where you can order some dots that are like "mood" indicators--;you place a dot on that same spot on your hand==the color indicates have you're feeling--sometimes when we're under stress we don't realize it. Then when your stress level gets high, you can see the dot change color and you can apply a soothing technique. Of course bubble baths, soothing music, and tacklilng the cause of stress can work.
I wish you all the best and hope this is a bit helpful.

I have good news. In my WI I lost 2# this morning and have finally lost 8# since 9/1 of this year. I lost 6.2# the first three weeks and have been struggling back and forth for the last three months. Egads. Anyway, I am very happy. WW is featuring new information at tonight's meeting, so I will be sure to get therer.

Judy==gotta run :cool:

Princess1122 12-14-2006 08:34 PM

Judy: Awesome job on the weight loss! You rock! I guess I keep my stress and problems inside too much... that is why most people don't really see the stress level... once in a while it boils over but for the most part I keep it under wraps... I really don't know any other way, I keep things in, think about them and try and either figure them out and come up with a solution or come to terms with not being able to change anything and that I will just have to live with it... now that is the hard part for me. Anyway, I am going to increase my pilates class and see if that helps and I was thinking that I may look into a yoga class but I am not sure that the budget will allow both.

All: I am at the library with my son this evening and I was able to log onto a computer to kill some time while my son is with his tutor. But due to limited time allowed on the public machines I will have to sign off for now and catch back up with everyone in the morning. Have a great evening!

Oh yeah... it hit 60 degrees here today! Crazy weather!!!


Princess1122 12-15-2006 10:16 AM

Happy Friday
Morning all, How is everyone doing today? I have been sick with a cold and not sleeping well at all this week... I have had maybe two hours of sleep each night and that is really pushing it. But today is friday and I have high hopes that the weekend will help to make me feel better. The cold is gone for the most part but I still have the cough and it just won't seem to go away... I cough so bad at night that I can't sleep. If it does not improve over the weekend I guess it is back to the doctors.

I am about half way done with my Christmas shopping and will be glad when that is over with... I have delayed my baking this year because not only do I love to bake, I love to eat what I bake... so while I would normally have a million things around the house to eat by now I have put it off until this weekend and next and will only be making a couple of different kinds of cookies and a few other items but that is it this year... I am focused on loosing the weight and trying to get the level of my health up and eating cookies is not going to help that :D

So what does everyone have going on this weekend?


chrily 12-15-2006 11:56 AM

Susan, I think I have the same darn cold. I can't sleep and feel totally BLAH! Last night I got up to go to the bathroom and got so light headed I about fell over. I wish it would just go away.

Not much going on today. I have to take my SIL to some dr. appt this afternoon. Then we have to go to Hardin tonight to work on some service calls of my hubby's. Oh well. It's an hour long drive.

Coli says she wants to go somewhere. Maybe we'll do a little Christmas shopping. Who knows!

Check back later. I'm trying the "good behavior" thing today. For breakfast I had my two waffles with s/f jelly and 1/3 c. of low fat cottage cheese. And...WATER! This cold makes me feel so dehydrated. Later, I'll go walk on the treadmill or something. Have a great day.


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