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canmarielan
01-12-2010, 05:03 AM
I have many if not most of you on my facebook. Because of this, many if not most of you will already know what I am going through currently.

I am making a change in my life that has desperately needed to happen for a very long time.

I know a lot of people may wonder about why I am taking something of such a private nature to such a large and public audience.

I have a few reasons:
1) The more people that know, the more accountability I have.
2) If I can inspire just one person to join me in this life saving change, I will feel blessed and it will all be worth it.
3) I have tried and failed a million times, this time, it's real. I just wanted everyone to know *nod*


I hope I have piqued interest. As some of you may not know what the hell I am talking about. Let me spill.

I am 25 years old, and weighed 391 lbs on Tuesday of last week. (I haven't weighed for this week, so I don't know how I've done so far.) On Tuesday of last week, my weight creeping up toward 400lbs, I decided enough was e-fucking-nough and it was time to do something about it.

I have always been a big girl. Always been a lil self conscious about it. But, I could get dressed up, put on my make up and low cut shirt and feel sexy and wanted. All of that has changed. I can't feel pretty in this weight. Mostly, I feel disgusting and disgusted.

I will ALWAYS be chunky. I will ALWAYS have "extra lbs." I understand this, and actually like it. I like curves and soft spots and yummy yummy handles. I think people of all sizes are beautiful and amazing.

RIght now, however, I am unhealthy and unhappy.

So...I am changing. Not dieting....changing.

I am starting this thread in an attempt to not only gather support for myself, but more so that others undergoing the same changes might make themselves known so that I can be a support to them.

I have lots of resources.....I've been overweight my whole life....I can help...you can help me.

Let's join together so at the first BFP Reunion we can be comfortable in our own skin.....and happy that we are working toward being who we want to be physically and mentally :)

P.S.- I work the evening shift...and work out after work each day...so I don't get online until after midnight pacific time. Please, don't think that if I don't respond right away that it means that i'm not listening. Just give me time *wink*

Diva
01-12-2010, 05:10 AM
Candace Louise........

I love and admire you and I will join you in this as I am the heaviest I have ever been at this moment. Like you: "E~FUCKING~NOUGH"!!!!!!!!!!

As cute as I am, there needs to be less of me, because it is now not about being cute and jolly and roly~poly, but about having my health compromised.

Count me in!

canmarielan
01-12-2010, 05:23 AM
Candace Louise........

I love and admire you and I will join you in this as I am the heaviest I have ever been at this moment. Like you: "E~FUCKING~NOUGH"!!!!!!!!!!

As cute as I am, there needs to be less of me, because it is now not about being cute and jolly and roly~poly, but about having my health compromised.

Count me in!




YAY!!!

Let me tell you that my "The Biggest Loser Cookbook" Was the best gift I have ever recieved. YOU MUST invest in this.

It will also ask you to invest in a kitchen scale and a olive oil sprayer. Everything else can be made using the stuff that I Know already exists in the Licious One's kitchen *wink*

You can do this, sweetcakes.

Next thing you know there'll be less of us!!!!!

YAY!

Diva
01-12-2010, 05:27 AM
YAY!!!

Let me tell you that my "The Biggest Loser Cookbook" Was the best gift I have ever recieved. YOU MUST invest in this.

It will also ask you to invest in a kitchen scale and a olive oil sprayer. Everything else can be made using the stuff that I Know already exists in the Licious One's kitchen *wink*

You can do this, sweetcakes.

Next thing you know there'll be less of us!!!!!

YAY!


At some point, I want to get a red wagon and fill it with fat ~ like Oprah did that time ~ just so I can be thoroughly disgusted over just how much fat I was carryin' around with me.....

I think I prefer "Sweet'n'LOWcakes", Splenda Louise! ;)

StillettoDoll
01-12-2010, 06:27 AM
Hi Candace ! I'm sure you will do great , keep a positive attitude . We Love The Biggest loser show! We watch every Tues without fail. It's amazing what
these people can do. Are you going to use a trainer and what gym are you
going to ?
I would like to lose some and get healthy , too! I didnt know there was a biggest loser cookbook , need to check it out . I do have to say the recipes in the south beach cookbook are fabulous, And one of my all time favorites is The Love your Heart Cookbook (low Cholesterol). Maybe when us girl get together again we can do a 5 mile walk !:dance2:
hugs
Doll

Linus
01-12-2010, 06:49 AM
:cheer: Congrats and good luck! You certainly have my support. It is always a challenge to stay on the course to better things. If you feel like you're waivering come in here and we'll help you. :cheerleader:

Diva
01-12-2010, 06:52 AM
I say every 5 lbs, we get spankin's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



:D

christie
01-12-2010, 07:48 AM
:cheer:

Candace...

I know how hard it is to make life changes. I woke up in August and decided that my love affair with sugar and carbs had to stop. As much as I love them... they are bad for me. With my family history and some health conditions I have, carb-free (or as close to that as possible) IS healthier for me.

The sugarfree "to-go" koolaid packs have been my lifesaver. I went from drinking a 12pk of soda per DAY to none. Zero. I don't really miss them (except when I want Jim Beam backed by my precious Sundrop)

As of this morning, the result has been a loss of 71lbs. Yep. Seventy one. Four clothes sizes and still dropping. The new "skinny jeans" I bought just two weeks ago are already too big. Its a great feeling even if the continual shopping is making the cheapo bastid in Jess have near fits.

Am I proud of me? Oh yeahhhhhh. Do I feel better? Its amazing. Am I running circles around Jess because I feel better? Uh huh.

Food is the only demon I think we have to "feed" everyday. I am an emotional eater. I love my mashed taters and gravy moreso than ice cream.

I think that to be successful with long term weight loss, you have to find what works for you. The way you lose the weight is the way you will have to eat for the rest of your life.

I know that you have all the necessary internal tools to do this. There are good support groups that are completely free (OA) that might be beneficial to you. You have your planet family here and I am sure we are all behind you 100%.

I heard a lil blurb on tv the other day that said that ppl who keep a food diary are far more successful at weight loss than those who don't. I know when I started tracking what I ate and the portion size (cause we all know that super size bag of cool ranch doritos MUST be the serving size), it was really an eye opener for me.

Best of luck to you!

Christie

christie
01-12-2010, 07:51 AM
I say every 5 lbs, we get spankin's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



:D

I work well with the reward system! I'm sure you two will have a line of willing "motivators" LOLOLOL

Dylan
01-12-2010, 09:45 AM
Are the recipes in The Biggest Loser Cookbook primarily fish and chicken?


Dylan

Jess
01-12-2010, 11:14 AM
Best of luck to you miss candace! This site has shown to be incredibly supportive! Perhaps the "do you work out zone" might also be of interest.

I have gained quite a bit of weight myself and the process for me to lose it is much harder than it used to be. I have to take my steps in very small increments when exercising due to compromised resp issues. Every day I can do at least a full minute on the elliptical is a small victory!

We got yer back girl!!! :rrose:

Jess
01-12-2010, 11:15 AM
I work well with the reward system! I'm sure you two will have a line of willing "motivators" LOLOLOL

Yes, yes you do!

Rockinonahigh
01-12-2010, 11:16 AM
Congrats on the desision to get healthy,its the best way to look at weight loss.I have been on so many diets I know I had to set some kind of record.What did it for me was after haveing an aciedent wich injured my back and left knee I was siting arroud following dr.s orders to rest for a while I gained weight like a mad hatter.I have always been a bit chunky and at time plain fat,but never anything I couldnt get rid of..till now.I steped on the scale and it said 280,I thought I was going to puke!The doc wouldnt put me on pt.said it wasnt good for me at this time,im pig headed so I went out to garage sales and haunted the goodwill store till I got me a good setup of exersise equipment.This was march of last year,so far I have lost 47 pounds.I got rid of lots of things I use to eat and changed how I cooked the foods I like.I haved had some ups and downs cause of my back or shoulder poping out so I have to rest for a week or so..but I get back to the work outs asap or just do what I can do anyway.
I know u can do this ..if I can anyone can.The hardes thing for me is I also quit the smokies three months ago..and I am a fryed chicken lover from way back.Did I say they built a new churches chicken place not far from home.
Rockin

Arwen
01-12-2010, 11:24 AM
I am 25 years old, and weighed 391 lbs on Tuesday of last week. (I haven't weighed for this week, so I don't know how I've done so far.) On Tuesday of last week, my weight creeping up toward 400lbs, I decided enough was e-fucking-nough and it was time to do something about it.


We, you and I, have talked about being big and feeling pretty. You've been a role model for me in that whether you know it or not. The way you carry yourself with grace and style has always given me strength.

I am also working on the weight issue so count me in. I would like to not feel so out of breath any more.

My best friend (you met her...Cai) has just started doing Jenny Craig and Curves. She lost nearly 10 lbs in the first week. I'm going to take a page from her book. I can't afford to do those two things, but I can eat better and exercise more.

I'm going to dig my hoop out and start moving at least 30 minutes a day.

Love you. I know you can do anything you set your mind to!

T D
01-12-2010, 11:26 AM
I say every 5 lbs, we get spankin's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D

*perk*
Steppin up to fill that job ;)

:whip:

The Oopster
01-12-2010, 11:46 AM
Hey hun you have my support also.

Anyway i can help let me know.

I haven't struggled with weight but I do struggle with food and eating a certain way and for health reasons i do need to eat a certain way or my body responds negatively. Despite that it is still a struggle to make to right choices.

A lot of it involves planning ahead. Knowing what i'm going to eat when and having options so if I don't feel like eating one thing i have a healthy back up and don't say f@#$ it and just eat what I want.

Also eating out was a struggle at first. I often tried to avoid it or would just not eat with other people which wasn't always a good alternative.

I've learned

1) it is okay to ask to have food prepared the way I want it
2) it is okay to send food back.
3) if I say i need it this way for health reasons people tend to understand that.
4) learn what are the general foods okay to eat and a sit down restaurant.
i know what to look for on a menu, I have safe foods.
5) as much as fast food is frowned upon unfortunately there are times and places that it is what is there, again learn what your options are. A lot of chains have their menus online and broken down so study them. If i wait til i go into a place it is easy just to get whatever if i feel the pressure to order immediately. If i already know I can eat item 1, 2, or 3 then it isn't so bad.


I don't really cook by recipes and well my food plan is different then what most dieticians recommend but I have learned to improvise recipes and am always happy to give suggestions if there is some food you crave and want to have a healthy alternative.

big hugs to you on become healthy!

cara
01-12-2010, 12:17 PM
Much :stillheart: and support for you, Candace! Come on up to Seattle if you ever want a break from the norm. :)

*hugs*

cara

apretty
01-12-2010, 12:26 PM
I have always been a big girl. Always been a lil self conscious about it. But, I could get dressed up, put on my make up and low cut shirt and feel sexy and wanted. All of that has changed. I can't feel pretty in this weight. Mostly, I feel disgusting and disgusted.


i'd encourage you to make peace with your size, right now--this second--the weight may come and go, but your body deserves (demands!) to be loved and honored at ANY size. love the size she is, each inch of her--thank her and praise her for embodying all that is you. no really, write your belly a love letter and tell her how she is beautiful--if you don't already have a lover that cherishes your body, get one.

in this process, i'd also encourage you to gift your self (and your body) with many 1+ hour massages--i wonder what your body *carries* for you, in terms of past hurt and a good place to discover that is with massage. (we hold on to pain in our bodies, and your wanting to reduce your size would mean, for me, examining what it is that you'll be allowing yourself to let go of)

:stillheart:

Gemme
01-12-2010, 06:29 PM
YAY!!!

Let me tell you that my "The Biggest Loser Cookbook" Was the best gift I have ever recieved. YOU MUST invest in this.

It will also ask you to invest in a kitchen scale and a olive oil sprayer. Everything else can be made using the stuff that I Know already exists in the Licious One's kitchen *wink*

You can do this, sweetcakes.

Next thing you know there'll be less of us!!!!!

YAY!

I've looked at that book and was wondering if it was as good as I thought it was. Thanks for the verification!

Hi Candace ! I'm sure you will do great , keep a positive attitude . We Love The Biggest loser show! We watch every Tues without fail. It's amazing what
these people can do. Are you going to use a trainer and what gym are you
going to ?
I would like to lose some and get healthy , too! I didnt know there was a biggest loser cookbook , need to check it out . I do have to say the recipes in the south beach cookbook are fabulous, And one of my all time favorites is The Love your Heart Cookbook (low Cholesterol). Maybe when us girl get together again we can do a 5 mile walk !:dance2:
hugs
Doll

The Biggest Loser is a growing conglomerate (sp?). They have multiple books (Biggest Loser Cookbook, Biggest Loser Exchange book, etc) as well as a 16 month calendar that has pics of past contestants each month for inspiration and a tip each and EVERY single day. The calendar I have come back to again and again even though I'm not the wall calendar type. Also, Jillian is pimping a series of weight loss supplements.

I say every 5 lbs, we get spankin's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



:D

You would. :eyebat:

:asswhip:

:cheer:

Candace...

I know how hard it is to make life changes. I woke up in August and decided that my love affair with sugar and carbs had to stop. As much as I love them... they are bad for me. With my family history and some health conditions I have, carb-free (or as close to that as possible) IS healthier for me.

The sugarfree "to-go" koolaid packs have been my lifesaver. I went from drinking a 12pk of soda per DAY to none. Zero. I don't really miss them (except when I want Jim Beam backed by my precious Sundrop)

As of this morning, the result has been a loss of 71lbs. Yep. Seventy one. Four clothes sizes and still dropping. The new "skinny jeans" I bought just two weeks ago are already too big. Its a great feeling even if the continual shopping is making the cheapo bastid in Jess have near fits.

Am I proud of me? Oh yeahhhhhh. Do I feel better? Its amazing. Am I running circles around Jess because I feel better? Uh huh.

Food is the only demon I think we have to "feed" everyday. I am an emotional eater. I love my mashed taters and gravy moreso than ice cream.

I think that to be successful with long term weight loss, you have to find what works for you. The way you lose the weight is the way you will have to eat for the rest of your life.

I know that you have all the necessary internal tools to do this. There are good support groups that are completely free (OA) that might be beneficial to you. You have your planet family here and I am sure we are all behind you 100%.

I heard a lil blurb on tv the other day that said that ppl who keep a food diary are far more successful at weight loss than those who don't. I know when I started tracking what I ate and the portion size (cause we all know that super size bag of cool ranch doritos MUST be the serving size), it was really an eye opener for me.

Best of luck to you!

Christie

Okay, first thing....congrats on getting healthier!!! You've lost what amounts to a small child! :blink:

Two, until you are a weight and size you are comfortable with, shop at thrift stores. That way your honey won't have a heart attack and you won't have any issues with discarding them as your progress.

Three, I love the generic Crystal Light singles! The white grape is my absolute fave!

Four, food diaries/journals are fantastic! As you mentioned, they are real eye openers. Unfortunately, I closed them back again. :blink:

This thread comes at a timely moment for me (and not just because it's Resolution Time either).

Much :stillheart: and support for you, Candace! Come on up to Seattle if you ever want a break from the norm. :)

*hugs*

cara


Ditto.

LieslKate
01-12-2010, 09:31 PM
You go Grrl :)

2009 was the 2nd worse year of my life... my Mum passed at 91 and 4 days before her passing my G/f of 5+ years said her life was taking another path... in a 3 min phone call.

I met someone a couple of months later and we seriously clicked after many long hours on the phone and spent the holidays together, so to speak... Christmas day she told me I was too fat to f*ck but we could be friends. We talked about my concerns / body issues before hand and it was all good... HA!

I have already lost 125lbs using the GI system and was feeling good... her loss, my motivation to keep going.

Happy to send along info re GI (Glycemic Index) to anyone who would like the info, they are in MS Word format, a lil large but hotmail and gmail should be ok. :)

hippieflowergirl
01-12-2010, 09:53 PM
You go Grrl :)

2009 was the 2nd worse year of my life... my Mum passed at 91 and 4 days before her passing my G/f of 5+ years said her life was taking another path... in a 3 min phone call.

I met someone a couple of months later and we seriously clicked after many long hours on the phone and spent the holidays together, so to speak... Christmas day she told me I was too fat to f*ck but we could be friends. We talked about my concerns / body issues before hand and it was all good... HA!

I have already lost 125lbs using the GI system and was feeling good... her loss, my motivation to keep going.

Happy to send along info re GI (Glycemic Index) to anyone who would like the info, they are in MS Word format, a lil large but hotmail and gmail should be ok. :)


she told you WHAT? :overreaction:


whothefuckdoesshethinsheis? i sincerely hope you told her she was too stupid to fuck because she sounds pretty pathetic to me. obviously she's got some hang ups that have nothing to do with you and everything to do with her ego and the inability to think well of herself unless she's putting someone else down.

good riddance to bad rubbish babydoll!

hippieflowergirl
01-12-2010, 10:03 PM
Candace Louise........

I love and admire you and I will join you in this as I am the heaviest I have ever been at this moment. Like you: "E~FUCKING~NOUGH"!!!!!!!!!!

As cute as I am, there needs to be less of me, because it is now not about being cute and jolly and roly~poly, but about having my health compromised.

Count me in!





count me in as well. i'm happy with who i am every single day of the week but i'd be happy to continue the weight loss path i've been on.

my biggest issue right now is that i've been pretty blue recently so i stop eating almost completely and end up smoking more. that's easily as unhealthy as abusing food. i also dont work out when i'm sad, even though it would help put me in a better mood.

it's not motivation to eat less and exercise i need help with but the motivation to kick my own butt and stop moping around doing nothing that i lack!

pooh

:hippie:

OS Butch
01-12-2010, 11:14 PM
Happy to send along info re GI (Glycemic Index) to anyone who would like the info, they are in MS Word format, a lil large but hotmail and gmail should be ok. :)


Minor derail...... There is a free service for sending up to 100mb files.

YouSendit (http://www.yousendit.com/cms/liteaccount)

Stronghealer
01-12-2010, 11:31 PM
I wish you much luck and success-I am here if you ever need to talk.

Just_G
01-12-2010, 11:33 PM
Candace, and all of the others that have joined in....count me in! I have gained 30 pounds this year alone because of a bad relationship, and I am bound determined to lose it before summer!

I worked out tonight, but have to take it easy because of a back spasm. It felt good to sweat! I had a party Saturday night, and nobody wanted to take the sweets home, so I put cupcakes and cookies down the disposal so I would not be tempted to eat them. That did make me sad inside for a minute.

I don't know what I weigh right now, but will get on the scale at work tomorrow and start keeping track.

canmarielan
01-13-2010, 06:31 PM
My Family,

I am so sorry that I haven't responded. Just life took over yesterday. I got suspended from work and bla bla....but I PROMISE I'll be back tonight to respond..You guys are so amazing. Thank you for being so supportive. I can't wait to get to know each of your stories and help you out as much as I can.

Please don't think I'm not paying attn, I am

I love you all,
Candy-ass!!

Spirit Dancer
01-13-2010, 06:48 PM
Candace you can do it:cheer: the first step you've taken.
I too am joining with you, EfuckingEnough

Lady Jewel
01-13-2010, 06:50 PM
Im throwin mah big azz into the battle as well.

Jewel:weightshock:

Lady Jewel
01-13-2010, 06:54 PM
Im not sure how to go about it, but maybe we could have online support meetings in one of the chat rooms at specific times and maybe discuss different challenges, strategies etc?? I would be willing to organize it and run it.

Jewel

lillith
01-13-2010, 07:14 PM
*waiting for the end of the train to add my kaboos to it* At my heaviest, I was 240 and then went down to 190 and have settled into about 210. I am totally on board with this. The hardest part for me is going to the gym alone (I have a slight form of agrophobia). It seems easier to have a plan with a friend.

Medusa
01-13-2010, 07:16 PM
If you guys want to set up a private chat on certain nights for this discussion, let me know and I will do what I can to help :)

Lady Jewel
01-13-2010, 09:59 PM
I spoke with Medusa and we are going to be opening up a chatroom to support those of us who are on the weight loss journey. Details to follow on this thread. If anyone has any questions or ideas please PM me.

Warmly,
Jewel

amiyesiam
01-13-2010, 10:10 PM
quietly comes in
I need to be here
but so not a group joiner
so I might just skulk around
just posting is major

Lady Jewel
01-13-2010, 10:32 PM
Amy...congrats on taking your first step :)

Warmly
Jewel



quietly comes in
I need to be here
but so not a group joiner
so I might just skulk around
just posting is major

canmarielan
01-13-2010, 11:29 PM
At some point, I want to get a red wagon and fill it with fat ~ like Oprah did that time ~ just so I can be thoroughly disgusted over just how much fat I was carryin' around with me.....

I think I prefer "Sweet'n'LOWcakes", Splenda Louise!



My Licious....You can be any kinna cake you want...long as you aren't eating it *wink*

Hi Candace ! I'm sure you will do great , keep a positive attitude . We Love The Biggest loser show! We watch every Tues without fail. It's amazing what
these people can do. Are you going to use a trainer and what gym are you
going to ?
I would like to lose some and get healthy , too! I didnt know there was a biggest loser cookbook , need to check it out . I do have to say the recipes in the south beach cookbook are fabulous, And one of my all time favorites is The Love your Heart Cookbook (low Cholesterol). Maybe when us girl get together again we can do a 5 mile walk !
hugs
Doll

Doll, Thanks so much for responding. I REALLY like the idea of walking together. I have to say...5 miles would NOT be doable for me RIGHT NOW...but I'm getting there my love!!

I just purchased the 30 day jump start from the biggest loser series...it's amazing!!!!!!

I am not going to use a gym right now. I want to get past that first few weeks where you wanna pass out, throw up and die every time to work out. So, I'm using the gym here at my apt complex for a month or so!

I say every 5 lbs, we get spankin's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Hmm....you would.

Whore.

*giggle*



Candace...

I know how hard it is to make life changes. I woke up in August and decided that my love affair with sugar and carbs had to stop. As much as I love them... they are bad for me. With my family history and some health conditions I have, carb-free (or as close to that as possible) IS healthier for me.

The sugarfree "to-go" koolaid packs have been my lifesaver. I went from drinking a 12pk of soda per DAY to none. Zero. I don't really miss them (except when I want Jim Beam backed by my precious Sundrop)

I find Crystal light much more amazing and yummy than soda....I've given up on sodas as well. 1 week now. Though, I am having caffeine headaches...I'm working through that slowly with excedrin!

As of this morning, the result has been a loss of 71lbs. Yep. Seventy one. Four clothes sizes and still dropping. The new "skinny jeans" I bought just two weeks ago are already too big. Its a great feeling even if the continual shopping is making the cheapo bastid in Jess have near fits.

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I proud of me? Oh yeahhhhhh. Do I feel better? Its amazing. Am I running circles around Jess because I feel better? Uh huh.

Food is the only demon I think we have to "feed" everyday. I am an emotional eater. I love my mashed taters and gravy moreso than ice cream.

I think that to be successful with long term weight loss, you have to find what works for you. The way you lose the weight is the way you will have to eat for the rest of your life.

I know that you have all the necessary internal tools to do this. There are good support groups that are completely free (OA) that might be beneficial to you. You have your planet family here and I am sure we are all behind you 100%.

I heard a lil blurb on tv the other day that said that ppl who keep a food diary are far more successful at weight loss than those who don't. I know when I started tracking what I ate and the portion size (cause we all know that super size bag of cool ranch doritos MUST be the serving size), it was really an eye opener for me.

please see my journal on livejournal called oh_my_diet

Best of luck to you!

Christie

Are the recipes in The Biggest Loser Cookbook primarily fish and chicken?


Dylan

Pookie...WELCOME!!!! They have recipes of all kinds. Ground Turkey, Lean Hamburger meat, Ground chicken. Chicken Breast, Turkey breast.....But, yes, Chicken makes up a lot of the recipes.

We, you and I, have talked about being big and feeling pretty. You've been a role model for me in that whether you know it or not. The way you carry yourself with grace and style has always given me strength.


You made me cry a lil you skank.
I am also working on the weight issue so count me in. I would like to not feel so out of breath any more.

YAY!! Arwen!!!

My best friend (you met her...Cai) has just started doing Jenny Craig and Curves. She lost nearly 10 lbs in the first week. I'm going to take a page from her book. I can't afford to do those two things, but I can eat better and exercise more.

We don't need no stinky Jenny Craig expense. We have OUR GROUP RIGHT HERE!!!!!!

I'm going to dig my hoop out and start moving at least 30 minutes a day.

Love you. I know you can do anything you set your mind to!
I LOVE YOU ARWEN!!!!
i'd encourage you to make peace with your size, right now--this second--the weight may come and go, but your body deserves (demands!) to be loved and honored at ANY size. love the size she is, each inch of her--thank her and praise her for embodying all that is you. no really, write your belly a love letter and tell her how she is beautiful--if you don't already have a lover that cherishes your body, get one.

My girlfriend is amazing. I must politely disagree with you my darling. While I love my soul, my character, my inner being with all that I have. I CANNOT love this body. It is NOT me...it it what I have unhappily allowed it to become. I have sat on the couch and abused my body, adding years and years to my life while I crammed junk into my mouth. My body in this size is abused, neglected and overweight. I do not give the weight respect, or love.

in this process, i'd also encourage you to gift your self (and your body) with many 1+ hour massages--i wonder what your body *carries* for you, in terms of past hurt and a good place to discover that is with massage. (we hold on to pain in our bodies, and your wanting to reduce your size would mean, for me, examining what it is that you'll be allowing yourself to let go of)

:stillheart:

I've looked at that book and was wondering if it was as good as I thought it was. Thanks for the verification!

There are LOTS Of books (see below quote) As I just mentioned, I just purchased the 30 day jumpstart. I will let y'all know how goes it.



The Biggest Loser is a growing conglomerate (sp?). They have multiple books (Biggest Loser Cookbook, Biggest Loser Exchange book, etc) as well as a 16 month calendar that has pics of past contestants each month for inspiration and a tip each and EVERY single day. The calendar I have come back to again and again even though I'm not the wall calendar type. Also, Jillian is pimping a series of weight loss supplements.

Jillian is hot. No...reallly....she could yell at me anyday.


You would. :eyebat:

:asswhip:



Okay, first thing....congrats on getting healthier!!! You've lost what amounts to a small child! :blink:

Two, until you are a weight and size you are comfortable with, shop at thrift stores. That way your honey won't have a heart attack and you won't have any issues with discarding them as your progress.

Three, I love the generic Crystal Light singles! The white grape is my absolute fave!

Four, food diaries/journals are fantastic! As you mentioned, they are real eye openers. Unfortunately, I closed them back again. :blink:

This thread comes at a timely moment for me (and not just because it's Resolution Time either).

YAY!!! Welcome, love.




Ditto.

You go Grrl :)

2009 was the 2nd worse year of my life... my Mum passed at 91 and 4 days before her passing my G/f of 5+ years said her life was taking another path... in a 3 min phone call.

I met someone a couple of months later and we seriously clicked after many long hours on the phone and spent the holidays together, so to speak... Christmas day she told me I was too fat to f*ck but we could be friends. We talked about my concerns / body issues before hand and it was all good... HA!


Fuck that shit.
I have already lost 125lbs using the GI system and was feeling good... her loss, my motivation to keep going.

Happy to send along info re GI (Glycemic Index) to anyone who would like the info, they are in MS Word format, a lil large but hotmail and gmail should be ok. :)

Thanks for the access to more resources. I prefer low cal myself....But...everyone must find what works for them :)

count me in as well. i'm happy with who i am every single day of the week but i'd be happy to continue the weight loss path i've been on.

my biggest issue right now is that i've been pretty blue recently so i stop eating almost completely and end up smoking more. that's easily as unhealthy as abusing food. i also dont work out when i'm sad, even though it would help put me in a better mood.

it's not motivation to eat less and exercise i need help with but the motivation to kick my own butt and stop moping around doing nothing that i lack!

pooh

:hippie:


Welcome, sister. I do hope we can become the fire under your ass. *smiles*

Candace, and all of the others that have joined in....count me in! I have gained 30 pounds this year alone because of a bad relationship, and I am bound determined to lose it before summer!

I worked out tonight, but have to take it easy because of a back spasm. It felt good to sweat! I had a party Saturday night, and nobody wanted to take the sweets home, so I put cupcakes and cookies down the disposal so I would not be tempted to eat them. That did make me sad inside for a minute.
HOLY SHIT!!! That must have been difficult!!! I love you!!! I threw 2 donuts out the car window last night. LOL.....I couldn't stand the fact that I had bought them. I don't know what I was thinking. So, I threw them out!!!
I don't know what I weigh right now, but will get on the scale at work tomorrow and start keeping track.



Welcome, Bubba. I am so happy you're doing this with me!!!!! I love yoU!!!!


Candace you can do it:cheer: the first step you've taken.
I too am joining with you, EfuckingEnough

Amen, sister. E-Fucking-Nough.

Im throwin mah big azz into the battle as well.

Jewel:weightshock:

WHOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Im not sure how to go about it, but maybe we could have online support meetings in one of the chat rooms at specific times and maybe discuss different challenges, strategies etc?? I would be willing to organize it and run it.

Jewel

If you guys want to set up a private chat on certain nights for this discussion, let me know and I will do what I can to help :)

YAY exciting.....Keep me posted, please....on the progress of the chat room. Unfortunately I work the evening shift so will most likely miss most of these chats...I'd still like to be as involved as I can.

*waiting for the end of the train to add my kaboos to it* At my heaviest, I was 240 and then went down to 190 and have settled into about 210. I am totally on board with this. The hardest part for me is going to the gym alone (I have a slight form of agrophobia). It seems easier to have a plan with a friend.

*smiles* Welcome, darling. Where do you live? I bet we have some family there who can join with you *wink* OR I would be more than happy to talk to you on the phone sometimes while you work out. We can work out together long distance??quietly comes in
I need to be here
but so not a group joiner
so I might just skulk around
just posting is majorWelcome, my dear. No pressure or expectations here. You take your time. I will be your support whatever decisions you make *wink*

canmarielan
01-13-2010, 11:30 PM
Well, my family. Welcome to our journey together.

Alas, I have a admission to make. Last night I cheated. I had 2 donuts (threw the other 2 out the car window hahaha) I can't believe I did that. I was over at my sis in laws house and as I was driving home I passed a donut shop that I used to live by and frequent. I beat myself up walking in...but didn't stop myself from buying them. I nearly vomited after the 2nd. They were small donuts...but still added up to 620 cal and 20g fat. BLAH!!!

However, I will not let this momentary backslide take away my peace. I made a mistake. I WILL NOT QUIT OR FAIL. I forgive myself for my mistake and swear to myself I will not allow it to happen again. (I am not naive enough to believe I won't mess up again, I just promise not to stop at that donut place again)

Family, we can do this.

Let me brief you guys on what I AM doing. What works for me...what has take off 6lbs in the last week.

The biggest loser series has been a major part of my life this last week. I take the time...cook...it feels good to use such fresh and healthy ingredients. To spend time on my feet cooking rather than ont he couch eating fast food. *smiles* I am keep close track of my calories and total fat intake. Many people focus on saturated fat....sodium, carbs....you do what works for you!!!!

I have to say I saw a taco bell comercial on the tv earlier and nearly threw up. blegh!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am going to begin my gym sessions tonight. I will do 5 days a week for an hour a day.

2days-30min cardio 30min arms
2days 30 min cardio 30 min legs
1days 1hr cardio.

What are all of you doing? What can I help with?

Please....make yourself a live journal. As many have stated, journaling really helps ya take a look at what your doing. I encourage you all to do so. You can also either keep it private, only for your eyes...or add me to your livejournal......this way I can comment, give support, and maybe some advice *wink* my online journal is.....

http://oh-my-diet.livejournal.com/


I congratulate you all for doing this.

I congratulate myself for sticking with this.

You should all feel so proud for making the commitment, the first step! :)

Spirit Dancer
01-13-2010, 11:40 PM
The addiction to food sux and being a STRESS eater doesn't help, so i'm looking to replace the food with writing. Any suggestions for Stress eating?

Gemme
01-13-2010, 11:53 PM
quietly comes in
I need to be here
but so not a group joiner
so I might just skulk around
just posting is major

No worries, ami. I'm not a big LJ or online support group type person either. We'll take what we can and do the best we can for ourselves and one another.

Big hugs!

The addiction to food sux and being a STRESS eater doesn't help, so i'm looking to replace the food with writing. Any suggestions for Stress eating?

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking here. What kind of suggestions are you looking for? More along the lines of pushing for the writing or eliminating the stress eating or both?

I'm feeling a little :seeingstars: right now.

Spirit Dancer
01-13-2010, 11:56 PM
No worries, ami. I'm not a big LJ or online support group type person either. We'll take what we can and do the best we can for ourselves and one another.

Big hugs!



I'm not exactly sure what you are asking here. What kind of suggestions are you looking for? More along the lines of pushing for the writing or eliminating the stress eating or both?

I'm feeling a little :seeingstars: right now.

lol i'm :seeingstars:and wee tired. Stress eating looking, to replace it. writing isn't working

Gemme
01-14-2010, 12:06 AM
lol i'm :seeingstars:and wee tired. Stress eating looking, to replace it. writing isn't working

Ahhhh, I see said the blind girl.

Well, I'm a semi-professional emotional over/eater, so I definitely have experience with this. Some of the things that have actually worked for me, whether good or bad, are:

Appetite suppressants (Not that I am recommending these...in fact, I'd like to accomplish my goals without them, but the last time I lost a good chunk of weight I used them RESPONSIBLY to jump start my weight loss and help me relearn proper portion sizes). I stopped using them once I got the hang of things.

As silly as it sounds, the ole rubber band around the wrist thing. I snapped myself silly a few times and it didn't always work, but the times that it did, I was grateful.

Make SURE to have healthier treats with you that will satisfy your sweet tooth (or whatever your comfort is) so that, even if you do overeat, it will do less damage. For example, I love Granny Smith apples with caramel sauce. I get a lighter sauce and when I want something sweet (my downfall), I start there.

Journal. You didn't mention what kind of writing so I don't know if you meant journaling your feelings about WHY you felt the urge to eat then and there and trying to work through it that way or if you meant writing stories or the like. Seeing the reasons behind the need help me sometimes.

Food diary. When I do it (which hasn't been lately, unfortunately), it works. As I eat, I log stuff in. Seeing that list grow longer and longer is a deterent sometimes. It's a form of shaming for me, but a healthier shaming, if there is such a thing. I KNOW that cramming that cake or bag of candy down my throat isn't going to solve anything and I KNOW I don't need it or (most of the time) even WANT it, but I DO it nonetheless. Seeing that tally kind of helps jolt me back into reality instead of the food zone where I cram, cram, cram.

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 12:10 AM
The addiction to food sux and being a STRESS eater doesn't help, so i'm looking to replace the food with writing. Any suggestions for Stress eating?

Daily life is full of stressful events, and while stress cannot be avoided or eliminated, it can be managed. All people experience stress when they feel threatened or challenged in some way. At times this can mean feeling like the demands of your daily life are overwhelming or exceed your ability to cope. There are, in fact, many different ways to manage stress. I'd like to introduce you to some relaxation techniques for managing stress.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
Deep Breathing
Visualization
Meditation


I can't figure out a way to get these online so that everyone can acess them. I suppose I can attach them to an email if you have itunes you can watch them. If anyone wants these relaxation techniques, Please private me your email addy, I can send them to you.


I really find that Meditation helps me to relax when I feel stressed and emotional and just wanna pig out.

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 12:15 AM
I do have to say that preparing healthy snacks ahead of time seems to be the way to go for me. Because when I'm in a snack mood, i don't wanna have to cook it right then. So, lets say I go to the kitchen and the 2 choices for snacks are cheetos and a salad, I'm gonna go with the cheetos...because I dont' want to have to prepare a salad. Lately, I've gotten a huge batch of those baby carrots and as soon as I got home, bagged them into snack sized zippies....so I can just grab and munch *wink*

The Oopster
01-14-2010, 12:24 AM
I do have to say that preparing healthy snacks ahead of time seems to be the way to go for me. Because when I'm in a snack mood, i don't wanna have to cook it right then. So, lets say I go to the kitchen and the 2 choices for snacks are cheetos and a salad, I'm gonna go with the cheetos...because I dont' want to have to prepare a salad. Lately, I've gotten a huge batch of those baby carrots and as soon as I got home, bagged them into snack sized zippies....so I can just grab and munch *wink*

When I was doing salads, I would take 1 day like sunday and prepare a container for each of the items i wanted on my salad. i could get a big bag a spinach from costco for like 3.99 for 2.5 lbs. So I would clean that ahead and put it a bowl. Then whatever. If I felt like the ingredients would be okay mixed then I'd go ahead and mix it in a big tupperware type bowl so when i wanted it, it would be there.

Feel free to text me anytime a craving hits darling. I almost texted you a couple times. I don't need to lose weight but i do need to make healthy choices and things like pecan pie ;) aren't good choices for me. The slurpee I wanted yesterday would have been worse and well the little debbie swiss rolls i didn't buy today wouldn't have been so good either.

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 12:25 AM
Well, my dears, I'm off to my first trip to the gym.

Wish me luck.

I'll also weigh while i'm there and post the pic of my official weight on my livejournal.

Be back in a while....

Candace

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 12:26 AM
When I was doing salads, I would take 1 day like sunday and prepare a container for each of the items i wanted on my salad. i could get a big bag a spinach from costco for like 3.99 for 2.5 lbs. So I would clean that ahead and put it a bowl. Then whatever. If I felt like the ingredients would be okay mixed then I'd go ahead and mix it in a big tupperware type bowl so when i wanted it, it would be there.

Feel free to text me anytime a craving hits darling. I almost texted you a couple times. I don't need to lose weight but i do need to make healthy choices and things like pecan pie ;) aren't good choices for me. The slurpee I wanted yesterday would have been worse and well the little debbie swiss rolls i didn't buy today wouldn't have been so good either.

Step away from the pecan pie, mister.

And don't blame the dog, either.

*smooch* Text me anytime, lovie

Puplove
01-14-2010, 12:57 AM
My dear darling Candace, the most wonderful thing is the feeling of power you are giving yourself - you are deciding for yourself what you want, and you are making your body powerful and strong. You are in control of your life. No matter what size is the best for you, you are in control of why and how you get there. And being healthy, knowing you are treating your body and yourself like the precious resource it is, is the best of all. Knowing that you are making yourself healthy and strong is awesome.

A while ago, I lost about 60 pounds over about 6 months and have mostly kept it off, give or take a bit over the years. Before, I felt like crap all the time, knees and hips and ankles hurt, I couldn't do anything without aching and being tired. Couldn't even bend over easily, tying my shoes was a breathless exercise. I didn't want to be skinny or anything, just wanted to take back control instead of thinking "how did this happen" - and work on being sure I'm here and healthy when I'm in my 90s.

The most effective thing for me was deciding to keep the poisons "high fructose corn syrup" and "processed flour" (well, processed anything) out of my body. Paying attention to the glycemic index is really helpful. It's not a diet, you should not be starving or deprived!

One of the best things I found was Whey Low -- it's sugar made from lactose and was developed for diabetics. If you worry about the chemicals and long-term effects of artificial sweeteners, this can ease your mind. It also has no chemical taste! Sugar eaters have no idea they are eating something made with this instead of sugar (I tell people though in case they are lactose intolerant)
Check it out here: www.wheylow.com

So, about those donuts...heck, people who know me have seen me putting cupcakes or cake into my mouth at parties. I love those things. Once in a while. Falling off the wagon is a learning experience - next time you'll be prepared to stop maybe on the way into the donut shop, maybe after one donut - and decide what you'd rather do, how you'd rather feel. So no beating up, okay? And sometimes you'll decide it's just plain time for a donut or cupcake - every once in a while.

Every day you are amazing and you get to decide what you are happy with.

If nothing else, you WILL be here in Austin in September. I will require it. I'm Bridezilla. Just ask Blush and Diva. And you will be eating a piece of amazingly delicious wedding cake.

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 01:21 AM
If nothing else, you WILL be here in Austin in September. I will require it. I'm Bridezilla. Just ask Blush and Diva. And you will be eating a piece of amazingly delicious wedding cake.

Thank you, love.

Oh...and I WILL be at your wedding reception.

I will also be wearing a dress that is much much smaller than anything I can fit it now, I assure you!!!

I love you Neesie.



Also, I just got back from the gym.

Let me tell you something. I thought I could just hop on and go and it wouldn't be a big deal.

Read about my workout on my livejournal when I post later tonight.

It wasn't easy.

It WILL get better :)

-Candace

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 02:30 AM
I had a lovely person message me and offer "the complete food counter". it gives calories protein carb fat sodium counts for stuff.

*smiles*

Anyone want it?

P.S. ALSO.......I read through the jump start Biggest Loser thing...and it's awesome. I already purchased my groceries though..and this has a day by day menu guide of stuff to eat. It's great for those of us unsure of our caloric intake...unsure of what to make..or just plain NOT inventive with cooking. It tells you exactly what to eat for 30 days. I'm going to stick as close as I can with this menu...substituting other recipe's for which I've already bought ingredients from the other biggest loser guide.

apretty
01-14-2010, 03:36 AM
My girlfriend is amazing. I must politely disagree with you my darling. While I love my soul, my character, my inner being with all that I have. I CANNOT love this body. It is NOT me...it it what I have unhappily allowed it to become. I have sat on the couch and abused my body, adding years and years to my life while I crammed junk into my mouth. My body in this size is abused, neglected and overweight. I do not give the weight respect, or love.


just so you know, you and your *body* are one and both are lovable and worthy of love, admiration and adoration right *now* and i sincerely wish you much success in your journey. (been there and back my entire life, sister *hugs*)

atomiczombie
01-14-2010, 05:15 AM
I have lost 15 pounds in the last 9 weeks. My goal was 20 but the last five pounds are being stubborn.

I am having a small handful of almonds and a tiny cup of yogurt for snacks, about 3 times a day. Then for a real meal I have a can of Campbell's chunky soup. Thats about 1200 cal per day, and that plus light exercise has been the right combination. I don't plan on changing my diet drastically back after I reach my goal weight. I will just add some more meat and veggies probably. I never eat sweets or desserts. Ever. Quit that cold turkey in Dec 2005. In 2006 I lost about 35 pounds just from that one change alone. As I have been ill the past 18 months, I have (ironically) gained 20 pounds, so now I'm getting rid of it. And the weird thing is, I'm not hungry all the time. I don't think about food constantly. I don't crave sweets. I just don't. Who'da thunk it?

Oh and by the way, I am not losing weight because I feel fat. I don't think that way about myself like I did when I was younger. I am losing it because it has made my body more feminine shaped, and I have decided to start T this year and want to get my body in the right shape for the best possible results.

*HUGS* Candace!

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 05:44 AM
I have lost 15 pounds in the last 9 weeks. My goal was 20 but the last five pounds are being stubborn.

I am having a small handful of almonds and a tiny cup of yogurt for snacks, about 3 times a day. Then for a real meal I have a can of Campbell's chunky soup. Thats about 1200 cal per day, and that plus light exercise has been the right combination. I don't plan on changing my diet drastically back after I reach my goal weight. I will just add some more meat and veggies probably. I never eat sweets or desserts. Ever. Quit that cold turkey in Dec 2005. In 2006 I lost about 35 pounds just from that one change alone. As I have been ill the past 18 months, I have (ironically) gained 20 pounds, so now I'm getting rid of it. And the weird thing is, I'm not hungry all the time. I don't think about food constantly. I don't crave sweets. I just don't. Who'da thunk it?

Oh and by the way, I am not losing weight because I feel fat. I don't think that way about myself like I did when I was younger. I am losing it because it has made my body more feminine shaped, and I have decided to start T this year and want to get my body in the right shape for the best possible results.

*HUGS* Candace!

Hey :)

Congrats on the weight loss, my dear. :)

You're lucky *wink* Most of us have to deal with cravings and sweet tooth and all that yummy stuff.

Maybe I'll be lucky like you one day and not have to fight so hard. *nod*

christie
01-14-2010, 07:28 AM
The addiction to food sux and being a STRESS eater doesn't help, so i'm looking to replace the food with writing. Any suggestions for Stress eating?

For me, I have taken up doing something with my hands that requires focus...crocheting and knitting. Kinda hard to be elbow deep in the dorito bag if I am working with lovely yarns. I also don't want that orange residue (I really DON'T wanna know what is in all that yummydelisciousness) on the projects.

Sure beats that retail therapy! Altho, watching Jess's head 'splode can be kinda fun :giggle::pointing:

Lady Jewel
01-14-2010, 12:44 PM
Ok so I just ordered four different The Biggest Loser book. Should be getting them on Saturday. I will be posting some stuff that may be of interest to everyone. The Biggest Loser Support group will be starting next Thursday. The meetings will be in the chatroom here. (I will let everyone know which room by the time the meeting begins next week.) It will be at SIX PM PST which is NINE PM EST. I tried to pick a time that is best for everyone. It would be really nice if we get the group going and support one another on this tough journey. If anyone needs to talk, a shoulder to cry on, a kick in the ass, LOL..whatever, please dont hesittate to PM me.

In loser unity,
Jewel

Spirit Dancer
01-14-2010, 09:05 PM
Ahhhh, I see said the blind girl.

Well, I'm a semi-professional emotional over/eater, so I definitely have experience with this. Some of the things that have actually worked for me, whether good or bad, are:

Appetite suppressants (Not that I am recommending these...in fact, I'd like to accomplish my goals without them, but the last time I lost a good chunk of weight I used them RESPONSIBLY to jump start my weight loss and help me relearn proper portion sizes). I stopped using them once I got the hang of things.

As silly as it sounds, the ole rubber band around the wrist thing. I snapped myself silly a few times and it didn't always work, but the times that it did, I was grateful.

Make SURE to have healthier treats with you that will satisfy your sweet tooth (or whatever your comfort is) so that, even if you do overeat, it will do less damage. For example, I love Granny Smith apples with caramel sauce. I get a lighter sauce and when I want something sweet (my downfall), I start there.

Journal. You didn't mention what kind of writing so I don't know if you meant journaling your feelings about WHY you felt the urge to eat then and there and trying to work through it that way or if you meant writing stories or the like. Seeing the reasons behind the need help me sometimes.

Food diary. When I do it (which hasn't been lately, unfortunately), it works. As I eat, I log stuff in. Seeing that list grow longer and longer is a deterent sometimes. It's a form of shaming for me, but a healthier shaming, if there is such a thing. I KNOW that cramming that cake or bag of candy down my throat isn't going to solve anything and I KNOW I don't need it or (most of the time) even WANT it, but I DO it nonetheless. Seeing that tally kind of helps jolt me back into reality instead of the food zone where I cram, cram, cram.
Gemme ty I do try different things to control the stress eating and agree eating like that or cramming junk into my mouth won't solve the stress at hand. Now i'm kicking my butt into to gear with making a healhier snack that i can grab and go with. It didn't happen overnight and a baby step is better than none. Thanks again for the input:rrose:
Daily life is full of stressful events, and while stress cannot be avoided or eliminated, it can be managed. All people experience stress when they feel threatened or challenged in some way. At times this can mean feeling like the demands of your daily life are overwhelming or exceed your ability to cope. There are, in fact, many different ways to manage stress. I'd like to introduce you to some relaxation techniques for managing stress.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
Deep Breathing
Visualization
Meditation


I can't figure out a way to get these online so that everyone can acess them. I suppose I can attach them to an email if you have itunes you can watch them. If anyone wants these relaxation techniques, Please private me your email addy, I can send them to you.


I really find that Meditation helps me to relax when I feel stressed and emotional and just wanna pig out.


Candace i've always done meditation from way back, just need to reincorporate some new ways to accomadate more stressors. TY for the advice and the thread:rrose:
For me, I have taken up doing something with my hands that requires focus...crocheting and knitting. Kinda hard to be elbow deep in the dorito bag if I am working with lovely yarns. I also don't want that orange residue (I really DON'T wanna know what is in all that yummydelisciousness) on the projects.

Sure beats that retail therapy! Altho, watching Jess's head 'splode can be kinda fun :giggle::pointing:

What no retail threapy....just kidding. Yes busy hands anre good hands and takes the mind off the little debbie's. Ty Christie:rrose:

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 09:13 PM
Ok so I just ordered four different The Biggest Loser book. Should be getting them on Saturday. I will be posting some stuff that may be of interest to everyone. The Biggest Loser Support group will be starting next Thursday. The meetings will be in the chatroom here. (I will let everyone know which room by the time the meeting begins next week.) It will be at SIX PM PST which is NINE PM EST. I tried to pick a time that is best for everyone. It would be really nice if we get the group going and support one another on this tough journey. If anyone needs to talk, a shoulder to cry on, a kick in the ass, LOL..whatever, please dont hesittate to PM me.

In loser unity,
Jewel

I'm so excited that you are so motivated. After all, we all need this, don't we? I work evenings but will make sure I am here on every Thursday that I can be *wink*......

What Loser Books did you purchase?

So, today my friend Sara, my girlfriend and I will be going to Forks, Port Angeles, and La Push Washington. We'll be being cheesy fans of the movie Twilight and doing all the touristy stuff. I am oooooober excited. I have made a huge salad with all the fixings....I have packed it all in a cooler along with grilled chicken, apples, baby carrots and light ranch dressing. Also coming alone are Sun Chip Lunch Singles and my favorite fruit punch shake and go things for water. I will be eating out for a few meals I'm sure...but..I'm going to make smart decisions. When I get home I will post on my journal the whole thing.

I'm also going to the gym tonight before we leave. Tomorrow we will be hiking in the forest...and Saturday Morning when we get back I will go to the gym again.

I can't believe how much preparation this is all taking. Who knew that being healthy caused so much extra brain power.

Are any of you having issues with this? I mean, you can't just go down to taco bell when you're feeling snacky anymore. I have tried to prepare snacks ahead of time.

This is sticking. Tonight I made chili with all fresh veggies and low fat black beans and ground turkey. It's way yummy and only 189 cal per serving.

If any of you want the recipes I mention, let me know. I can figure out a way to get them to ya.

Peace and Love,
Candace

Strappie
01-14-2010, 09:18 PM
I had a lovely person message me and offer "the complete food counter". it gives calories protein carb fat sodium counts for stuff.

*smiles*

Anyone want it?

P.S. ALSO.......I read through the jump start Biggest Loser thing...and it's awesome. I already purchased my groceries though..and this has a day by day menu guide of stuff to eat. It's great for those of us unsure of our caloric intake...unsure of what to make..or just plain NOT inventive with cooking. It tells you exactly what to eat for 30 days. I'm going to stick as close as I can with this menu...substituting other recipe's for which I've already bought ingredients from the other biggest loser guide.

Can.. Girl you have moxie! I know you will over come the things that hold you back.

I have told you this in person and I will tell you again..

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL INSIDE and OUT!!!

You will always be that to me no matter what your weight is!

PS... I'm a big fan of Biggest Loser! I get my weekly cry in with that show! *smirk* I never miss a show! Myself and my roomy try to follow some of the things from the show. Infact we just bought a DVD for cardio from Jillian

canmarielan
01-14-2010, 09:39 PM
Can.. Girl you have moxie! I know you will over come the things that hold you back.

I have told you this in person and I will tell you again..

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL INSIDE and OUT!!!

You will always be that to me no matter what your weight is!

PS... I'm a big fan of Biggest Loser! I get my weekly cry in with that show! *smirk* I never miss a show! Myself and my roomy try to follow some of the things from the show. Infact we just bought a DVD for cardio from Jillian

Awesome, I may need a copy.

She's so fuggin hot.

Arwen
01-14-2010, 11:41 PM
So I'm a huge Alton Brown fan. I just watched his latest (I think) Good Eats show. He shares some of his weight loss techniques. He shared a smoothie recipe that he says he has every morning (or a variation of). I think I am going to try that as part of my routine.

Part of what he said is something I've heard before...that people who eat breakfast lose weight faster.

He shared the smoothie recipe, a totally disgusting sardines on toast recipe as well as a yummy toasted almonds recipe. Of the almonds he said one ounce twice a day was his limit.

Not sure I can stick to his plan but I know I love smoothies so I am going to incorporate those into my eating plan. :)

Sorry I don't remember the episode title. I know it had "diet" in the title though. The most interesting thing to me was that he lost 50 lbs in 9 months and claims to have never eaten anything with the word "diet" in the title. :)

Gemme
01-15-2010, 12:05 AM
Awesome, I may need a copy.

She's so fuggin hot.

If anyone has On Demand, you can look in the Fitness section. Jillian has a couple of routines in there and the routines held in the O.D. section rotate so you would never get bored. :)

So I'm a huge Alton Brown fan. I just watched his latest (I think) Good Eats show. He shares some of his weight loss techniques. He shared a smoothie recipe that he says he has every morning (or a variation of). I think I am going to try that as part of my routine.

Part of what he said is something I've heard before...that people who eat breakfast lose weight faster.

He shared the smoothie recipe, a totally disgusting sardines on toast recipe as well as a yummy toasted almonds recipe. Of the almonds he said one ounce twice a day was his limit.

Not sure I can stick to his plan but I know I love smoothies so I am going to incorporate those into my eating plan. :)

Sorry I don't remember the episode title. I know it had "diet" in the title though. The most interesting thing to me was that he lost 50 lbs in 9 months and claims to have never eaten anything with the word "diet" in the title. :)


I've always been leery of something that has DIE as the first three letters, yanno? :badscore:

The Oopster
01-15-2010, 02:47 AM
Awesome, I may need a copy.

She's so fuggin hot.

She's got to be family .... and I swore she was driving in the car next to me the other day when I was in Hollyweird.

I know Bob is I've seen him go into the Starbucks in WeHo

SFFemmePrincess
01-15-2010, 06:25 AM
Hey Candace and everyone! I'm totally in as well! I'm almost done with my two week vacation and so next week I'm going to be getting on a new routine and stuff. I haven't weighed myself lately, but I know I'm hovering around 250 and would like to be about 100lbs less. I am worried about my health definitely. On monday I am going to start school and a new exercise routine to go with it. Then next friday I'm going to do the Master Cleanse to clean my body out, and after that's done, I am going to finally start my eating plan. I purchased the Food Lovers Fat Loss System last year and have yet to use it. Its amazing though and I love the guy who developed it. http://foodloversfatloss.com

Good luck to everyone!

Isadora
01-15-2010, 12:08 PM
I have lost a lot. I am not good about weighing myself since I grew up being placed on scales every day. So I take pictures and only weigh myself when I go to the doctor.

I call it my progress picture. To me this is how I "see" the changes I have made. It has taken me two years to do this the right way.

I eat a diabetic program, several small meals a day (and I mean small). I had to lose a certain amount to be able to exercise more fully. Now I am working with a personal trainer. Who would a thunk?

hippieflowergirl
01-15-2010, 01:32 PM
okay...i'm smoking waaaaaay too much. it's like i want to put food in my mouth and to stop it i light a ciggie. before you start....i smoke because it makes the drugs work better. that's not a con. you can look it up. but i've gone from 4 or 5 a day to 10 or 15 a day.

trying to replace the extra ciggies with non-oral habits. (quit snickering gemmie) i was drinking a big glass of water whenever i wanted a ciggie but it makes my tummy swimmy to drink that much water all the time (i already drink a lot of water) and i really dont want to reinforce the "put something in your mouth" thingy. yanno?

shootdamnfuck

Gemme
01-15-2010, 05:54 PM
okay...i'm smoking waaaaaay too much. it's like i want to put food in my mouth and to stop it i light a ciggie. before you start....i smoke because it makes the drugs work better. that's not a con. you can look it up. but i've gone from 4 or 5 a day to 10 or 15 a day.

trying to replace the extra ciggies with non-oral habits. (quit snickering gemmie) i was drinking a big glass of water whenever i wanted a ciggie but it makes my tummy swimmy to drink that much water all the time (i already drink a lot of water) and i really dont want to reinforce the "put something in your mouth" thingy. yanno?

shootdamnfuck

What? Who? Meeeee? Lil ole me? :blink:

:eyebat:

Okay, so I MIGHT have snickered....just a little bit!

Have you had the opportunity to try the electric(al) cigarette thingy? That way, you can choose when to use your 'helps the drugs flow' sticks versus the 'need something in your mouth' thing.

hippieflowergirl
01-15-2010, 06:42 PM
What? Who? Meeeee? Lil ole me? :blink:

:eyebat:

Okay, so I MIGHT have snickered....just a little bit!

Have you had the opportunity to try the electric(al) cigarette thingy? That way, you can choose when to use your 'helps the drugs flow' sticks versus the 'need something in your mouth' thing.


is it the same Gemmie? it gives you a hit of nick? right? it's $100+ to start the ECThingy. but i'm going to be looking into it. thanx for the suggestion. i appreciate you!

Gemme
01-15-2010, 06:47 PM
is it the same Gemmie? it gives you a hit of nick? right? it's $100+ to start the ECThingy. but i'm going to be looking into it. thanx for the suggestion. i appreciate you!

Is it that much? :eyebrow:

Wow.

Consider the appreciation mutualized. :cheesy:

hippieflowergirl
01-15-2010, 06:54 PM
Is it that much? :eyebrow:

Wow.

Consider the appreciation mutualized. :cheesy:


if i get it i have to move in with you in order to recover from the financial devastation. but i'm martha stewart's white trash sister so you'll be fed, pampered and decorated within an inch of your life. and i have a cute :dog:

Gemme
01-15-2010, 07:38 PM
if i get it i have to move in with you in order to recover from the financial devastation. but i'm martha stewart's white trash sister so you'll be fed, pampered and decorated within an inch of your life. and i have a cute :dog:

Does she play well with other :dog: :dog:?

If so, bring it, sistah! :dance2:

On a slightly on topic point, I've done pretty well today, as far as working out and my food intake. Of course, I still have dinner and supper before the day is done and I'm having angel food cake with canned pears for dessert, so I know my sugar % will go up, but not as bad as yesterday (951% of my rda as determined by thedailyplate.com)

amiyesiam
01-16-2010, 03:15 PM
I set up a live journal account
we will see how this goes
perhaps I need to take some risks

hippieflowergirl
01-16-2010, 09:39 PM
I set up a live journal account
we will see how this goes
perhaps I need to take some risks


you GO brave girl!


:sparklyheart:

canmarielan
01-16-2010, 10:57 PM
HEy all I'm headed home now from my trip so ill be posting soon!!!!

christie
01-17-2010, 07:01 AM
What? Who? Meeeee? Lil ole me? :blink:

:eyebat:

Okay, so I MIGHT have snickered....just a little bit!

Have you had the opportunity to try the electric(al) cigarette thingy? That way, you can choose when to use your 'helps the drugs flow' sticks versus the 'need something in your mouth' thing.

We tried the electric ciggy. ICK. Ugh. Not that, Not never.

It releases a vapor in your mouth. Not only does it taste horrible, it leaves a horrific aftertaste kinda coating on your tongue.

I realize that to non smokers this may sound like an improvement, but it really isnt.

Isadora
01-17-2010, 07:55 PM
I quit smoking (again) 29 days ago. I have smoked on and off since I was 13 or 14. I did the patch for four days but broke out in a rash, so after 4 days I went cold turkey. It was time. I did it for me, but it was also a gift to someone I love who wanted me to stop. Love and devotion is a great motivator for me.

The quitting smoking and the exercising are the best things for me. Dealing with smoking people around me is horrid. The third day I quit I went to a party where everyone was smoking in every room...hard to get away from it. LOL Sometimes that is no different than trying to get away from sugar!

My personal trainer is a body builder gay boy. I love him. I hate him. I love him. I hate the mean dirty bastard. I love the mean dirty bastard. I posted a pic of him in my gallery. He is also glad I have stopped smoking and loves and kisses me into doing what I need to do for myself. Somehow I find it easier to follow through with someone who also LIVES what they demand of me. LOL :heavyweight:

I am not good at journals. In fact I don't really do them at all. Talullah Bankhead once said, "Only the good girls keep dairies, the bad ones don't have the time." I have tried, I do better at writing poetry and prose to express my feelings! But that is just me! :giggle:

canmarielan
01-17-2010, 08:10 PM
So I'm a huge Alton Brown fan. I just watched his latest (I think) Good Eats show. He shares some of his weight loss techniques. He shared a smoothie recipe that he says he has every morning (or a variation of). I think I am going to try that as part of my routine.

Part of what he said is something I've heard before...that people who eat breakfast lose weight faster.

He shared the smoothie recipe, a totally disgusting sardines on toast recipe as well as a yummy toasted almonds recipe. Of the almonds he said one ounce twice a day was his limit.

Not sure I can stick to his plan but I know I love smoothies so I am going to incorporate those into my eating plan. :)

Sorry I don't remember the episode title. I know it had "diet" in the title though. The most interesting thing to me was that he lost 50 lbs in 9 months and claims to have never eaten anything with the word "diet" in the title. :)



I Love you Arwen, and I know you can do this :) It's always tough to get started...but sticking with it is easy b/c you have ME here to support you. We can do this :)

Hey Candace and everyone! I'm totally in as well! I'm almost done with my two week vacation and so next week I'm going to be getting on a new routine and stuff. I haven't weighed myself lately, but I know I'm hovering around 250 and would like to be about 100lbs less. I am worried about my health definitely. On monday I am going to start school and a new exercise routine to go with it. Then next friday I'm going to do the Master Cleanse to clean my body out, and after that's done, I am going to finally start my eating plan. I purchased the Food Lovers Fat Loss System last year and have yet to use it. Its amazing though and I love the guy who developed it. http://foodloversfatloss.com

Good luck to everyone!

YAY.....good luck sweet cakes :)

I have lost a lot. I am not good about weighing myself since I grew up being placed on scales every day. So I take pictures and only weigh myself when I go to the doctor.

I call it my progress picture. To me this is how I "see" the changes I have made. It has taken me two years to do this the right way.

I eat a diabetic program, several small meals a day (and I mean small). I had to lose a certain amount to be able to exercise more fully. Now I am working with a personal trainer. Who would a thunk?

I quit smoking (again) 29 days ago. I have smoked on and off since I was 13 or 14. I did the patch for four days but broke out in a rash, so after 4 days I went cold turkey. It was time. I did it for me, but it was also a gift to someone I love who wanted me to stop. Love and devotion is a great motivator for me.

The quitting smoking and the exercising are the best things for me. Dealing with smoking people around me is horrid. The third day I quit I went to a party where everyone was smoking in every room...hard to get away from it. LOL Sometimes that is no different than trying to get away from sugar!

My personal trainer is a body builder gay boy. I love him. I hate him. I love him. I hate the mean dirty bastard. I love the mean dirty bastard. I posted a pic of him in my gallery. He is also glad I have stopped smoking and loves and kisses me into doing what I need to do for myself. Somehow I find it easier to follow through with someone who also LIVES what they demand of me. LOL :heavyweight:

I am not good at journals. In fact I don't really do them at all. Talullah Bankhead once said, "Only the good girls keep dairies, the bad ones don't have the time." I have tried, I do better at writing poetry and prose to express my feelings! But that is just me! :giggle:



Isa, It is so exciting to see you here. :) I sure wish I lived in your area b/c a gay personal trainer....well that just sounds like fun!!! I have decided that I need to work out alone for a while before trying to get a trainer or join an actual gym I'd be so embarassed to huff and puff and passout at a normal gym with people all around :)

Blessings to you my dear, we are gonna have a grreeaatttt year :) :party:

I set up a live journal account
we will see how this goes
perhaps I need to take some risks


Congrats, darling. I am so happy you're taking the steps needed to be brave and face this crap head on :)

canmarielan
01-17-2010, 08:15 PM
Sooooo........

The trip to washington was so exciting :) I actually fuggin HIKED!!!!!

It was sooooooo liberating. I kept thinking what the hell are you trying to prove candace you can't do this......you're terrified of the outdoors and you're too out of shape. But I blocked out those thoughts and just did it. IT was so exciting to know that I could complete a trail. 2 of them in 1 day in fact. Wow....

Hikes are so much fun, in case some of you haven't ever tried it. It's really awesome to be out with nature.

We hike a moss trail in the rainforest. Which, was BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

I did almost perfect with eating. At the very end of the last day I was STARVING we had hiked and I had been eating low cal all weekend. So, I fuggin binged at wendy's. I had their grilled chicken club sandwich with no mayo and small fries and chicken nuggets with honey mustard sauce. All together over 1000 calories.

*sigh*

It's not a huge decline. At least I didn't eat a greasy burger or taco bell. Wendy's has the lowest caloric food....and fresh ingredients.

*sigh again*

Anyway, it's back to home cooking again, which I feel MUCH safer with.

*nod*

Love you all....

Arwen
01-17-2010, 08:31 PM
Well I went shopping today and bought stuff to make smoothies. I pre-made tomorrow's ... or at least it is in the fridge so the frozen fruit can soften up. I am determined to do a smoothie for breakfast EVERY day this week. :)

I also bought a scale...did I say this already? It's a huge thing for me because I detest weighing myself. But this one is in the kitchen so I can just hop on it once a week or so.

I am going to put this out there. I weigh 245 lbs as of today.

Now to wait the thirty minutes so I can't erase that. That is not a healthy weight for me due to my back problems. I love my body as it is but the extra weight's gotta go bye bye.

Rock on on the hiking, Candace. There's a guy who talks about his diet method. He is fierce on himself 6 out of 7 days. The 7th day he doesn't worry about it at all. So I think you should forgive yourself the Wendy's. :)

Isadora
01-17-2010, 08:46 PM
Isa, It is so exciting to see you here. :) I sure wish I lived in your area b/c a gay personal trainer....well that just sounds like fun!!! I have decided that I need to work out alone for a while before trying to get a trainer or join an actual gym I'd be so embarassed to huff and puff and passout at a normal gym with people all around :)

Blessings to you my dear, we are gonna have a grreeaatttt year :) :party:

Oh, hell honey, I would not be caught dead in a gym. Just ew. I have a workout room in my complex.

canmarielan
01-17-2010, 09:14 PM
Well I went shopping today and bought stuff to make smoothies. I pre-made tomorrow's ... or at least it is in the fridge so the frozen fruit can soften up. I am determined to do a smoothie for breakfast EVERY day this week. :)

I also bought a scale...did I say this already? It's a huge thing for me because I detest weighing myself. But this one is in the kitchen so I can just hop on it once a week or so.

I am going to put this out there. I weigh 245 lbs as of today.

Now to wait the thirty minutes so I can't erase that. That is not a healthy weight for me due to my back problems. I love my body as it is but the extra weight's gotta go bye bye.

Rock on on the hiking, Candace. There's a guy who talks about his diet method. He is fierce on himself 6 out of 7 days. The 7th day he doesn't worry about it at all. So I think you should forgive yourself the Wendy's. :)


*smiles* thanks Arwen :) And great job on the honesty. It helps me stay motivated knowing that I am accountable to you guys :)


Oh, hell honey, I would not be caught dead in a gym. Just ew. I have a workout room in my complex.

That's where I'm doing it as well. I didn't know personal trainers would come to your own gym like that ;) I'll have to check that out when I'm ready.

Gemme
01-17-2010, 10:36 PM
We tried the electric ciggy. ICK. Ugh. Not that, Not never.

It releases a vapor in your mouth. Not only does it taste horrible, it leaves a horrific aftertaste kinda coating on your tongue.

I realize that to non smokers this may sound like an improvement, but it really isnt.

That's unfortunate. I was hoping it would be a reasonable option for my smoker friends.

Candace, you have REALLY got to let go of the whole "I'm screwed/bad/etc because I slipped" thing. Everyone needs a break once in a while and it will only cause to frustrate you further by continuing to pinpoint what you do that is "wrong".

Like Arwen said, a "cheat" day (my term) is not a bad thing and I think it can be used as a balance for yourself. There has to be balance. No one has ever been ALL bad or ALL good. We're a blend and the best, most healthy people (inside and out) seem to embrace that.

I'll take myself as an example. I have an issue with sugar. I've knowingly consumed extreme amounts for many, many years. Sugar is my comfort food, whether it comes in the form of cake, ice cream, ketchup on my fries, or candy. I've made what I think is a rather valiant effort to cut the amount of sugar I consume down significantly.

Now that I've started logging my food into thedailyplate.com and seeing how the exercise I do affects my caloric intake and how freakin FAST each item adds up to my total, I'm come to the conclusion that I cannot be perfect. Not every time, not every other time, not every tenth time. My sugar will always be higher than I wish it would be, however, I AM taking steps to decrease it.

The first day I recorded my food intake, I came out to almost 1000% OVER the 100% amount of sugar allotted to me. Holy SMOKES!

The past couple of days, I've been less than 200% over my sugar allotment. Is that ideal? No, but it's one HELL of a difference, yes?

Be easy on yourself, girl. The world is hard enough on you as it is. Promise?

hippieflowergirl
01-17-2010, 10:58 PM
We tried the electric ciggy. ICK. Ugh. Not that, Not never.

It releases a vapor in your mouth. Not only does it taste horrible, it leaves a horrific aftertaste kinda coating on your tongue.

I realize that to non smokers this may sound like an improvement, but it really isnt.

funny. i'm glad i didnt dig deeper then. i smoke ciggies that dont leave the blechy taste in my mouth (thank the stars for imports since they're illegal to sell in the US now). i dont want to give them up for the "healthier" version if it's twice as yucky tasting.

i'm making myself put one out halfway through. it's sort of working. so rather than smoking 15 a day i'm smoking about 10 so far. hoping to get back down to 5 a day in 2 weeks or less.

canmarielan
01-18-2010, 07:09 AM
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGGGGG!!!!


I'm SOOOOO excited right now...

I just joined the biggest loser club online.

It was 29.95 for 3 months plus you get 3 books!!!

Wow...anyway...

It is so exciting b/c it makes your meal plans and your exercise plan and also gives you your grocery list for the week. SOOOOO awesome. If you don't like the meals they pick you can swap them for something else.

Just another tool to help me along my way.

If you're interested or need more information let me know :)

Mr. Moon
01-18-2010, 09:01 AM
Candace, sweetness,

You've actually motivated me a little. I've known I was gaining too much weight for a while now. I was ready to start an exercise plan when my arm and my knee sort of "went out" (dont' want to go into that in detail, just know I can't do much at this moment but I am getting it fixed).

I will start with changing what I can, until I can exercise correctly. I am cutting out ginger ale (yes, I started drinking soda again, wtf was I thinking???) and cutting back on my portions. I'm going to check out the biggest loser things you've mentioned so I can make healthier food.

I'm cheering you on, Candace. :)
-Mr. Moon

Diavolo
01-18-2010, 09:37 AM
I just stumbled upon this thread this morning. All I can say is y'all are awesome.

I'm working on getting off some weight this year. It's been my annual goal for the last 10 years and it's time to quit screwing around and just do it. I had to examine what made me do the things that I do and what I could do to change it. I found that this really does get down to the core of who you are. I'm a little different in that I work out at least once every single day. Last year I rode four bicycle events over 50 miles. One was 100 miles. And I was 50 pounds overweight. Talk about hard work hauling that up 6500 feet of climbing!

I applaud candace and everyone else who has joined in on this journey. Getting healthy is one thing, staying healthy is another much tougher process. I wholeheartedly believe that a lot of our problem in this country has to do with marketers and what they tell us we should want. Whether it is wanting to look like, I don't know who the current "It" girl is but you know where I'm going with that, or whether it's things we should want or things we should want to eat. We're inundated with it. Couple that with the food based culture, (I just think of the Tongan guys they've had on BL, but it applies to almost every culture) and it's a recipe for disaster.

Taking back your own life, loving yourself to making positive changes to yourself is such a rarity in our society. Right now we're all about "this is the way I am and fuck you". I don't buy in to that. I want to be a better person every moment of my life than I was the last one. Sometimes I'm successful and sometimes I need to do a better job.

W00t to all who are working to be better, love themselves more, respect themselves, taking back their bodies and becoming healthier!

hippieflowergirl
01-18-2010, 10:02 AM
Candace, sweetness,

You've actually motivated me a little. I've known I was gaining too much weight for a while now. I was ready to start an exercise plan when my arm and my knee sort of "went out" (dont' want to go into that in detail, just know I can't do much at this moment but I am getting it fixed).

I will start with changing what I can, until I can exercise correctly. I am cutting out ginger ale (yes, I started drinking soda again, wtf was I thinking???) and cutting back on my portions. I'm going to check out the biggest loser things you've mentioned so I can make healthier food.

I'm cheering you on, Candace. :)
-Mr. Moon


this is so smart! cutting out soda is a great idea. i went from pepsi to diet pepsi fairly easily BUT i ended up craving the diet stuff like crazy! i dont know if something in the recipe is addicting but i couldnt resist it for the longest time. i was drinking 6 to 10 of them a day by the time i decided to cut them from my diet. only thing was, after i gave it up i was always seriously jonesing for carbonation!

i probably drink my weight in club soda now! dont know why it holds such an appeal or me.

Arwen
01-18-2010, 10:16 AM
I made and drank my smoothie this morning. Bananas, strawberries, soy milk and pomegranate smoothie stuff. LOL I THOUGHT I bought blueberry and pomegranate juices. NOoooo. I bought smoothie stuff on both. I'm going to work with it though and when that's gone I'll get the juice.

The smoothie was actually TOO filling. :| I'm sitting here stuffed right now. Oh, I've also been taking an additional herbal supplement since Friday. I take a daily vitamin anyway but now I'm doing 2 Cinna-chromes in the morning and 2 in the evening. Supposed to up your metabolism so you burn fat faster.

We shall see. :) Or, if anyone here has any knowledge of it, I'd love to hear from you.

The Oopster
01-18-2010, 12:08 PM
*sigh*

It's not a huge decline. At least I didn't eat a greasy burger or taco bell. Wendy's has the lowest caloric food....and fresh ingredients.

*sigh again*

Anyway, it's back to home cooking again, which I feel MUCH safer with.

*nod*

Love you all....

I think the difference between lifestyle change and diet is I allow a bit a fluidity when making a change. I have things to strive for but it isn't strict I have to do this or else like a diet. Sounds like you made smart choices with your eating out. That is what you need to focus on.


That's where I'm doing it as well. I didn't know personal trainers would come to your own gym like that ;) I'll have to check that out when I'm ready.

I assume a lot of the prefer not to. Not sure if personal trainers are like some of the other things where they are independent contractors that rent space or not. So if they can go elsewhere they are happy.


Candace, you have REALLY got to let go of the whole "I'm screwed/bad/etc because I slipped" thing. Everyone needs a break once in a while and it will only cause to frustrate you further by continuing to pinpoint what you do that is "wrong".

Like Arwen said, a "cheat" day (my term) is not a bad thing and I think it can be used as a balance for yourself. There has to be balance. No one has ever been ALL bad or ALL good. We're a blend and the best, most healthy people (inside and out) seem to embrace that.

I'll take myself as an example. I have an issue with sugar. I've knowingly consumed extreme amounts for many, many years. Sugar is my comfort food, whether it comes in the form of cake, ice cream, ketchup on my fries, or candy. I've made what I think is a rather valiant effort to cut the amount of sugar I consume down significantly.

Now that I've started logging my food into thedailyplate.com and seeing how the exercise I do affects my caloric intake and how freakin FAST each item adds up to my total, I'm come to the conclusion that I cannot be perfect. Not every time, not every other time, not every tenth time. My sugar will always be higher than I wish it would be, however, I AM taking steps to decrease it.

The first day I recorded my food intake, I came out to almost 1000% OVER the 100% amount of sugar allotted to me. Holy SMOKES!

The past couple of days, I've been less than 200% over my sugar allotment. Is that ideal? No, but it's one HELL of a difference, yes?

Be easy on yourself, girl. The world is hard enough on you as it is. Promise?



again for health reasons i need to lay off as much sugar as possible, but i have resideded to the fact that i just can't do it 100% so right now my main focus is I just don't buy the stuff. That is hard enough. There are places I go that it is and I don't fight it as much there. Although the funny thing is most of the time I'm eating that cookie or too i'm not really enjoying it I'm just eating it cause it's there.

also with this or eating out sometimes it's just making the best choice. If i do crave something sweet at home, maybe it's some fruit with a dab of chocolate or a baked apple with a dab of honey and cinnamon.

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGGGGG!!!!


I'm SOOOOO excited right now...

I just joined the biggest loser club online.

It was 29.95 for 3 months plus you get 3 books!!!

Wow...anyway...

It is so exciting b/c it makes your meal plans and your exercise plan and also gives you your grocery list for the week. SOOOOO awesome. If you don't like the meals they pick you can swap them for something else.

Just another tool to help me along my way.

If you're interested or need more information let me know :)

Hey sweetness woo woo hoo hoo

Candace, sweetness,

You've actually motivated me a little. I've known I was gaining too much weight for a while now. I was ready to start an exercise plan when my arm and my knee sort of "went out" (dont' want to go into that in detail, just know I can't do much at this moment but I am getting it fixed).

I will start with changing what I can, until I can exercise correctly. I am cutting out ginger ale (yes, I started drinking soda again, wtf was I thinking???) and cutting back on my portions. I'm going to check out the biggest loser things you've mentioned so I can make healthier food.

I'm cheering you on, Candace. :)
-Mr. Moon

soda is bad bad bad in so many ways. Even without the sugar it is really acidic.
I just stumbled upon this thread this morning. All I can say is y'all are awesome.

Getting healthy is one thing, staying healthy is another much tougher process.

Taking back your own life, loving yourself to making positive changes to yourself is such a rarity in our society. Right now we're all about "this is the way I am and fuck you". I don't buy in to that. I want to be a better person every moment of my life than I was the last one. Sometimes I'm successful and sometimes I need to do a better job.

W00t to all who are working to be better, love themselves more, respect themselves, taking back their bodies and becoming healthier!

I loved your post. sometimes i wish i had the weight to lose so I had something tangible to look at.

I really believe diet contributes to a lot of health problems. Eating well may not eliminate them but definitely can help them a lot. Thus why I am here.


this is so smart! cutting out soda is a great idea. i went from pepsi to diet pepsi fairly easily BUT i ended up craving the diet stuff like crazy! i dont know if something in the recipe is addicting but i couldnt resist it for the longest time. i was drinking 6 to 10 of them a day by the time i decided to cut them from my diet. only thing was, after i gave it up i was always seriously jonesing for carbonation!

i probably drink my weight in club soda now! dont know why it holds such an appeal or me.

again soda is bad bad bad

T D
01-18-2010, 12:20 PM
Breakfast for me = One 11oz can of Pure Protein Shake (preferably chocolate or banana, or mixed together). 170 calories, 35 grams of protein. I really like them. Ya can get the vanila and chocolate at TJ's.

christie
01-18-2010, 12:25 PM
I have been lax the last two weeks in my no carb intake. I accepted a promotion at Jan 1 and I have just NOT been taking care of me.

My fibro is kicking like crazy and I don't know if its from the carbs or the stress. I guess the bright side of things is that my weight is not increasing.

Just my .05 on a crappy Monday.

canmarielan
01-18-2010, 12:26 PM
Candace, sweetness,

You've actually motivated me a little. I've known I was gaining too much weight for a while now. I was ready to start an exercise plan when my arm and my knee sort of "went out" (dont' want to go into that in detail, just know I can't do much at this moment but I am getting it fixed).

I will start with changing what I can, until I can exercise correctly. I am cutting out ginger ale (yes, I started drinking soda again, wtf was I thinking???) and cutting back on my portions. I'm going to check out the biggest loser things you've mentioned so I can make healthier food.

I'm cheering you on, Candace. :)
-Mr. Moon

Hey Moonie-licious!!

I love ya!!! ROCK ON on cutting out soda's. I haven't had a regular soda in way over a month. I have had 2 or 3 diet sodas over the last few weeks. :)

GOOD LUCK BABES!!!!

I just stumbled upon this thread this morning. All I can say is y'all are awesome.

I'm working on getting off some weight this year. It's been my annual goal for the last 10 years and it's time to quit screwing around and just do it. I had to examine what made me do the things that I do and what I could do to change it. I found that this really does get down to the core of who you are. I'm a little different in that I work out at least once every single day. Last year I rode four bicycle events over 50 miles. One was 100 miles. And I was 50 pounds overweight. Talk about hard work hauling that up 6500 feet of climbing!

I applaud candace and everyone else who has joined in on this journey. Getting healthy is one thing, staying healthy is another much tougher process. I wholeheartedly believe that a lot of our problem in this country has to do with marketers and what they tell us we should want. Whether it is wanting to look like, I don't know who the current "It" girl is but you know where I'm going with that, or whether it's things we should want or things we should want to eat. We're inundated with it. Couple that with the food based culture, (I just think of the Tongan guys they've had on BL, but it applies to almost every culture) and it's a recipe for disaster.

Taking back your own life, loving yourself to making positive changes to yourself is such a rarity in our society. Right now we're all about "this is the way I am and fuck you". I don't buy in to that. I want to be a better person every moment of my life than I was the last one. Sometimes I'm successful and sometimes I need to do a better job.

W00t to all who are working to be better, love themselves more, respect themselves, taking back their bodies and becoming healthier!


I LOVE YOU for posting this :) thanks for the support and motivation :)

hippieflowergirl
01-18-2010, 03:53 PM
SNIP==>>My personal trainer is a body builder gay boy. I love him. I hate him. I love him. I hate the mean dirty bastard. I love the mean dirty bastard. I posted a pic of him in my gallery. He is also glad I have stopped smoking and loves and kisses me into doing what I need to do for myself. Somehow I find it easier to follow through with someone who also LIVES what they demand of me. LOL :heavyweight:[/B]


:awww: i wants one! ! !

Gemme
01-18-2010, 06:07 PM
this is so smart! cutting out soda is a great idea. i went from pepsi to diet pepsi fairly easily BUT i ended up craving the diet stuff like crazy! i dont know if something in the recipe is addicting but i couldnt resist it for the longest time. i was drinking 6 to 10 of them a day by the time i decided to cut them from my diet. only thing was, after i gave it up i was always seriously jonesing for carbonation!

i probably drink my weight in club soda now! dont know why it holds such an appeal or me.

Me too. When I go without soda (I usually have no problem adjusting to diet soda, as long as it's clear or light colored. The darker sodas don't hold much appeal to me, except Dr.P), it's the BUBBLES I miss most. When I'm reeeeaaaalllllly thirsty and I gulp down half a can really quickly, it's that bubbly burn that I enjoy just as much as the taste.

Maybe we're bubble addicts. :blink:


again for health reasons i need to lay off as much sugar as possible, but i have resideded to the fact that i just can't do it 100% so right now my main focus is I just don't buy the stuff. That is hard enough. There are places I go that it is and I don't fight it as much there. Although the funny thing is most of the time I'm eating that cookie or too i'm not really enjoying it I'm just eating it cause it's there.

also with this or eating out sometimes it's just making the best choice. If i do crave something sweet at home, maybe it's some fruit with a dab of chocolate or a baked apple with a dab of honey and cinnamon.


Here's the thing (since you quoted my post about logging my sugar intake and all that jazz), the sugar didn't come from cookies or cake or anything obvious. I had NONE of that those days. You know where the more than 200% over my rda for sugar came from? Canned spaghetti sauce and granola cereal. Granted, I had a double serving of cereal with skim milk but we often forget just how much CRAP companies put in their jarred and canned products. A lot of sauces for marinating and grilling have high sugar too as well as ketchup. Ketchup can be baaaad about that.

I used to be a really good label reader but I've slacked off the past few years. I guess it's time to brush up on those skills. :)

The Oopster
01-18-2010, 06:21 PM
[B][SIZE="3"][COLOR="yellowgreen"]Here's the thing (since you quoted my post about logging my sugar intake and all that jazz), the sugar didn't come from cookies or cake or anything obvious. I had NONE of that those days. You know where the more than 200% over my rda for sugar came from? Canned spaghetti sauce and granola cereal. Granted, I had a double serving of cereal with skim milk but we often forget just how much CRAP companies put in their jarred and canned products. A lot of sauces for marinating and grilling have high sugar too as well as ketchup. Ketchup can be baaaad about that.

I used to be a really good label reader but I've slacked off the past few years. I guess it's time to brush up on those skills. :)

Wasn't talking about you eating cookies and i wasn't quoting it as far as the sugar intakin I was quoting it about trying to do the best one could do and not being hard on oneself if they weren't perfect at it.

I was talking about me eating cookies just because they are there.

Diavolo
01-18-2010, 07:28 PM
By the by, I'm a big fan of the LiveStrong MyPlate application. I pretty much live and die by that app. Nearly anything you think you would like to put in your mouth is on that site once you learn how to get the searches to come up right.

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/

It has certainly changed some of my behavior.

Sachita
01-19-2010, 04:00 PM
I made and drank my smoothie this morning. Bananas, strawberries, soy milk and pomegranate smoothie stuff. LOL I THOUGHT I bought blueberry and pomegranate juices. NOoooo. I bought smoothie stuff on both. I'm going to work with it though and when that's gone I'll get the juice.

The smoothie was actually TOO filling. :| I'm sitting here stuffed right now. Oh, I've also been taking an additional herbal supplement since Friday. I take a daily vitamin anyway but now I'm doing 2 Cinna-chromes in the morning and 2 in the evening. Supposed to up your metabolism so you burn fat faster.

We shall see. :) Or, if anyone here has any knowledge of it, I'd love to hear from you.



This was actually mentioned in another thread but you should try adding a bit of hulled hemp seed to your smoothies. This protein and that in soy milk will really be a great balance and you'll feel more full.

I do veggies in the morning and fruit later in the afternoon. For some reason when I do fruit early it throws me off balance. If I drink fruit smoothies later in the afternoon I don't get as hungry and I actually smoked less. It was odd.

I stopped smoking and started again. I'm just over it. I don't smoke a whole lot but its enough to smell, feel and disgust myself with it.

Lady Jewel
01-19-2010, 06:09 PM
As promised...here is the info for YOUR weight loss support group here at the planet:

Weight loss support group is for those of us that struggle with our weight and would like the support of others.

Every Thursday night at 6PM PST/9 EST
WLS chat room

You will need a password to get into the room so PM me and I will give it to you.

It would be really nice if we get this room going and keep it going, so that we can help each other on our weight loss (hopefully) journey.

Lady Jewel
01-19-2010, 08:16 PM
Bump for WLS info below

Spirit Dancer
01-19-2010, 11:50 PM
I made and drank my smoothie this morning. Bananas, strawberries, soy milk and pomegranate smoothie stuff. LOL I THOUGHT I bought blueberry and pomegranate juices. NOoooo. I bought smoothie stuff on both. I'm going to work with it though and when that's gone I'll get the juice.

The smoothie was actually TOO filling. :| I'm sitting here stuffed right now. Oh, I've also been taking an additional herbal supplement since Friday. I take a daily vitamin anyway but now I'm doing 2 Cinna-chromes in the morning and 2 in the evening. Supposed to up your metabolism so you burn fat faster.

We shall see. :) Or, if anyone here has any knowledge of it, I'd love to hear from you.


Arewn
I've been using cinna chromes for 2 months and love it, my sugar levels have gone down and metabolism went up.

canmarielan
01-20-2010, 05:35 AM
As promised...here is the info for YOUR weight loss support group here at the planet:

Weight loss support group is for those of us that struggle with our weight and would like the support of others.

Every Thursday night at 6PM PST/9 EST
WLS chat room

You will need a password to get into the room so PM me and I will give it to you.

It would be really nice if we get this room going and keep it going, so that we can help each other on our weight loss (hopefully) journey.


WOW.....

I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I might actually be able to make the first one!!!!


YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So, I've decided to spice it up a bit....I will ask a question here. Everyone work on their answer and we can discuss it in chat on thursdays. Then, After we are done with chat we can post what we learned from each other.

Anyone else interested??

Here's the question for this week.

How is your life negatively affected by your weight?

I think if we all discuss these things....if we realize what truely is happening to us....what we are doing to our bodies......we will be able to move forward with the knowledge that we can improve those things. Sharing with others may help us become more comfortable talking out things...instead of keeping everything inside. Like on the Biggest Loser tonight.....I learned you have to work THROUGH your feelings....not push them aside.

christie
01-20-2010, 07:14 AM
Yesterday was my first full day back on my "no carb" system. Yay me.

Today, my fibro IS ramped down! Yay me again. I don't know if its really the absence of carbs or if its just that its early in the day - I don't really care which, I'll take it either way.

My 40th bday is looming and I have been working towards being at my goal weight by then. I call it the "17 with an ass that wouldn't quit" body. For me, its really not about the number on the scale but more how I feel when I look in that mirror every morning. Its about how GOOD I physically felt then, the energy levels that I had, etc.

I know that I can't possibly recapture that 17 again - I want to be BETTER than I was - I don't want the next decade of my life to be "shoulda woulda coulda" because my body at the heavier weights wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted.

Diavolo
01-20-2010, 08:33 AM
Yesterday was my first full day back on my "no carb" system. Yay me.

Today, my fibro IS ramped down! Yay me again. I don't know if its really the absence of carbs or if its just that its early in the day - I don't really care which, I'll take it either way.

My 40th bday is looming and I have been working towards being at my goal weight by then. I call it the "17 with an ass that wouldn't quit" body. For me, its really not about the number on the scale but more how I feel when I look in that mirror every morning. Its about how GOOD I physically felt then, the energy levels that I had, etc.

I know that I can't possibly recapture that 17 again - I want to be BETTER than I was - I don't want the next decade of my life to be "shoulda woulda coulda" because my body at the heavier weights wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted.

I don't have fibro but I saw an article yesterday about the relationship of carbs, nightshades, sugar and fibro myalgia. Interesting that this morning you post a personal experience that reflects what I read in the article yesterday.

I've found as I get older, my brain still thinks I'm 16. As I get weight off my body starts to deliver on that mindset. Just remember what the white rabbit said or was that Grace Slick... You're only as pretty as you feel inside.

amiyesiam
01-20-2010, 10:29 AM
Would someone please go into detail about what cinna chroms are. thank you

Corkey
01-20-2010, 12:02 PM
I don't have fibro but I saw an article yesterday about the relationship of carbs, nightshades, sugar and fibro myalgia. Interesting that this morning you post a personal experience that reflects what I read in the article yesterday.

I've found as I get older, my brain still thinks I'm 16. As I get weight off my body starts to deliver on that mindset. Just remember what the white rabbit said or was that Grace Slick... You're only as pretty as you feel inside.

Could you post a link to the article? Please.

Lady Jewel
01-20-2010, 12:26 PM
Thats a GREAT idea:) Hey I have a quesion for the people that are actually going to join the group...what are your feelings about maybe having a 12 step weight loss program here? Just an idea.




WOW.....

I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I might actually be able to make the first one!!!!


YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So, I've decided to spice it up a bit....I will ask a question here. Everyone work on their answer and we can discuss it in chat on thursdays. Then, After we are done with chat we can post what we learned from each other.

Anyone else interested??

Here's the question for this week.

How is your life negatively affected by your weight?

I think if we all discuss these things....if we realize what truely is happening to us....what we are doing to our bodies......we will be able to move forward with the knowledge that we can improve those things. Sharing with others may help us become more comfortable talking out things...instead of keeping everything inside. Like on the Biggest Loser tonight.....I learned you have to work THROUGH your feelings....not push them aside.

PinkieLee
01-20-2010, 01:42 PM
((((Candace)))))

Honey, I am soooooo proud of you for making such positive lifestyle changes. I KNOW how hard it is to get motivated to lose weight with modifying our diet & exercise routines (lordy knows I've been there more times than I care to mention)! You are making some amazing progress and I want you to keep up the good work.

I must admit that YOU and so many others here, have encouraged me to make some changes of my own. THANK YOU for reaching out to your friends and family here and helping us all to focus on our health!

I love you gorgeous!

xoxox

Diavolo
01-20-2010, 03:17 PM
Could you post a link to the article? Please.

Sure can!

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/19/Foods-That-Chronic-Pain-Sufferers-Need-to-Avoid--.aspx

Spirit Dancer
01-20-2010, 04:58 PM
Would someone please go into detail about what cinna chroms are. thank you

http://www.bodykind.com/product.asp?CatID=238&ProdID=2003

it's actually Cinnamon with chromium picolinate, there is an article with the link

Lady Jewel
01-20-2010, 05:18 PM
Hey thanks for the link, but do you know if there is a US equivalent??



http://www.bodykind.com/product.asp?CatID=238&ProdID=2003

it's actually Cinnamon with chromium picolinate, there is an article with the link

amiyesiam
01-20-2010, 05:22 PM
Hey thanks for the link, but do you know if there is a US equivalent??

that was my next question!

Spirit Dancer
01-20-2010, 06:34 PM
Hey thanks for the link, but do you know if there is a US equivalent??

that was my next question!

opps sorry about that i believe GNC carries it,mine is bought here locally at a vitamin shoppe. i was only using that link for the article.:seconddoh:

Spirit Dancer
01-20-2010, 06:39 PM
http://www.drugstore.com/qxp162658_332828_sespider/natrol/super_cinnamon_complex_with_1000mg_of_cinnamon_60s .htm

Arwen
01-20-2010, 11:00 PM
I got my CinnaChrom at Sam's.

I HATE LOATHE AND DESPISE thedailyplate.com Stupid thing has made me aware that even though I don't eat a lot of sweets, I do ingest a lot of sugar.

BAH :D

canmarielan
01-21-2010, 04:46 AM
Yesterday was my first full day back on my "no carb" system. Yay me.

Today, my fibro IS ramped down! Yay me again. I don't know if its really the absence of carbs or if its just that its early in the day - I don't really care which, I'll take it either way.

My 40th bday is looming and I have been working towards being at my goal weight by then. I call it the "17 with an ass that wouldn't quit" body. For me, its really not about the number on the scale but more how I feel when I look in that mirror every morning. Its about how GOOD I physically felt then, the energy levels that I had, etc.

I know that I can't possibly recapture that 17 again - I want to be BETTER than I was - I don't want the next decade of my life to be "shoulda woulda coulda" because my body at the heavier weights wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted.

I totally agree. I can't wait to FEEL 25....instead of being 25 and feeling 80....my ankle is killing me the last few days and I know it's just b/c I'm working out and my poor joints have gone through so much already.

I can't wait to be able to dance until the sun comes up again.....
Thats a GREAT idea:) Hey I have a quesion for the people that are actually going to join the group...what are your feelings about maybe having a 12 step weight loss program here? Just an idea.

I'm down with everyone doing what works for them. I will be supportive whatever you all choose :)



((((Candace)))))

Honey, I am soooooo proud of you for making such positive lifestyle changes. I KNOW how hard it is to get motivated to lose weight with modifying our diet & exercise routines (lordy knows I've been there more times than I care to mention)! You are making some amazing progress and I want you to keep up the good work.

I must admit that YOU and so many others here, have encouraged me to make some changes of my own. THANK YOU for reaching out to your friends and family here and helping us all to focus on our health!

I love you gorgeous!

xoxox

I love you too sista!!!

I'm cannot wait until the next time we all see each other. We will be happier and healthier :)


So, guys...I have to say this with the utmost seriousness. You all are the reason for my success. Every day I log on here and find the support and accountability I need. Without it I would surely fail. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart :)

On a lighter less mushy note, I found that anything you can crave you can find low cal. These evening I REALLY wanted pizza....looked up a recipe in my biggest loser cookbook. We had thin and cripsy barbeque chicken pizza. It was fabulous!!!!!

Oh...and I weighed today on the scale I weighed on the very first time (the one at work) I was 392.0 on tuesday january 5th, 2010. Today...on wednesday January 20, 2010 I weigh....

379.8

That's 12.2 lbs in 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY~!

canmarielan
01-21-2010, 05:43 AM
1-5-10
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/can_marie_lan/2010-01-05194006.jpg

1-20-10
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/can_marie_lan/2010-01-20210421-1.jpg

Diva
01-21-2010, 06:50 AM
Candace Louise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you!!!!!

WOO HOO!!! I guess I better get busy....or my measely little 3 lbs is gonna get left in the dust! <smiling>

WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diavolo
01-21-2010, 09:03 AM
I got my CinnaChrom at Sam's.

I HATE LOATHE AND DESPISE thedailyplate.com Stupid thing has made me aware that even though I don't eat a lot of sweets, I do ingest a lot of sugar.

BAH :D


Uh, there you have it. :blink:

Diavolo
01-21-2010, 09:08 AM
I totally agree. I can't wait to FEEL 25....instead of being 25 and feeling 80....my ankle is killing me the last few days and I know it's just b/c I'm working out and my poor joints have gone through so much already.

I can't wait to be able to dance until the sun comes up again.....


I'm down with everyone doing what works for them. I will be supportive whatever you all choose :)





I love you too sista!!!

I'm cannot wait until the next time we all see each other. We will be happier and healthier :)


So, guys...I have to say this with the utmost seriousness. You all are the reason for my success. Every day I log on here and find the support and accountability I need. Without it I would surely fail. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart :)

On a lighter less mushy note, I found that anything you can crave you can find low cal. These evening I REALLY wanted pizza....looked up a recipe in my biggest loser cookbook. We had thin and cripsy barbeque chicken pizza. It was fabulous!!!!!

Oh...and I weighed today on the scale I weighed on the very first time (the one at work) I was 392.0 on tuesday january 5th, 2010. Today...on wednesday January 20, 2010 I weigh....

379.8

That's 12.2 lbs in 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY~!

Well executed!

Lips
01-21-2010, 11:02 AM
Good Job Candace! That a lot of weight to lose!

Now, why haven't you called me back...hmmmmm?

amiyesiam
01-21-2010, 11:40 AM
Congratulations Candace!!!!
that rocks

Spirit Dancer
01-21-2010, 03:29 PM
1-5-10
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/can_marie_lan/2010-01-05194006.jpg

1-20-10
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/can_marie_lan/2010-01-20210421-1.jpg

:happyjump::cheerleader:

Gemme
01-21-2010, 07:11 PM
Congrats, Candace!

I so want to be able to do this at my local Y :training: or maybe this :ballerina: but the only ballet classes are for children or adults who have danced for years now. I wouldn't mind doing this :kungfu: if they put it at a time where I could make the darn classes. :annoyed:

On a side note, and in celebration of Candace's poundage drop, I announce that 2 of those little suckers have left me and found their way back....well, wherever they came from. :blink:

Leigh
01-21-2010, 07:42 PM
I have to say first of all that I *LOVE* this group!! I've been thinking alot about losing weight lately, and especially since finding out that I have to go for surgery I know for a fact that I need to lose weight (for My health, not for any other reason). I've been truly inspired reading this thread, not only by Candace and her will to lose weight in a way thats healthy for her but also that she has created this space as a way for herself (and others) to remain accountable for their own weight loss .............. brilliant !!!!!!!

I went to a specialist this past Tuesday to find out if I had to go for surgery or not (long story but turns out I do) and they weighed Me on a scale (which is the first time I've been weighed in a LONG time). The numbers were in kilos so once I got home I looked up the conversion into pounds on the internet and almost fainted when I saw what those kilos actually meant ............ I am at 354 lbs!!!!!!! Holy crap, how in the HELL did I ever let Myself get this far???? I saw those numbers and said to Myself alright man, its time to stop letting yourself go and start doing something about it so I'm coming back to this thread to get motivated to become healthy!!!!

I will be coming back to this thread often ............ thank you to all of those who have posted so far (and those yet to post), and I look forward to being along for the ride with all of you while we get healthy and lose weight :thumbsup:

canmarielan
01-21-2010, 09:56 PM
Good Job Candace! That a lot of weight to lose!

Now, why haven't you called me back...hmmmmm?

I didn't know you called. I got this voicemail a while back from a 512 number was that you?? I couldn't understand anything you said on the message!!!!!! I thought it was a bill collector :) hahaaaaa.......

CALL ME AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have to say first of all that I *LOVE* this group!! I've been thinking alot about losing weight lately, and especially since finding out that I have to go for surgery I know for a fact that I need to lose weight (for My health, not for any other reason). I've been truly inspired reading this thread, not only by Candace and her will to lose weight in a way thats healthy for her but also that she has created this space as a way for herself (and others) to remain accountable for their own weight loss .............. brilliant !!!!!!!

I went to a specialist this past Tuesday to find out if I had to go for surgery or not (long story but turns out I do) and they weighed Me on a scale (which is the first time I've been weighed in a LONG time). The numbers were in kilos so once I got home I looked up the conversion into pounds on the internet and almost fainted when I saw what those kilos actually meant ............ I am at 354 lbs!!!!!!! Holy crap, how in the HELL did I ever let Myself get this far???? I saw those numbers and said to Myself alright man, its time to stop letting yourself go and start doing something about it so I'm coming back to this thread to get motivated to become healthy!!!!

I will be coming back to this thread often ............ thank you to all of those who have posted so far (and those yet to post), and I look forward to being along for the ride with all of you while we get healthy and lose weight :thumbsup:

We all have to start somewhere my darling!!!!

I am so glad you are putting your best foot forward :)


So, I finally had so much pain in that ankle that I had to go to the doctor. I have the worst sprain the doctor has seen for a while. We wrapped it and he has instructed me to NOT workout for a week. A WEEK!!!!!!!! Geezus.....

I've been doing so well, this makes me nervous. I will continue and keep my head up...and my leg up for that matter hahaaa...

I'm sorry I missed the chat room tonight...unfortunately I was at the damn doctor. Had a late apt 6:30 since I procrastinated so long.

I hope it went well. I love you all....

Arwen
01-21-2010, 11:13 PM
Uh, there you have it. :blink:

LOL. I took your name in vain today when I saw that I was over my sugar intake AGAIN. :) Somehow I know it's your fault, honey. Now come to Austin so I can let you have it.

We will discuss what it is when you get here.

christie
01-22-2010, 07:34 AM
One of the things that I would like to make mention of here is that I think we all need to be mindful of not measuring (or diminishing) our individual progress against each other.

The lovely Diva said something, that I am sure was tongue in cheek, about her "measely three pounds". I think that we need to remember that each of our bodies are different and while I may be on a plan where I lose 7lbs in a week, you can't compare yourself to that if you are on a plan where you lose 7lbs in two weeks.

Just as we are all different in how we think, etc, our bodies are wired differently. I think that ALL of our victories and efforts are cause for celebrations with fanfare and grandiosity!

Kudos to each of us in our efforts to be healthier! :cheer:

Diva
01-22-2010, 07:38 AM
One of the things that I would like to make mention of here is that I think we all need to be mindful of not measuring (or diminishing) our individual progress against each other.

The lovely Diva said something, that I am sure was tongue in cheek, about her "measely three pounds". I think that we need to remember that each of our bodies are different and while I may be on a plan where I lose 7lbs in a week, you can't compare yourself to that if you are on a plan where you lose 7lbs in two weeks.

Just as we are all different in how we think, etc, our bodies are wired differently. I think that ALL of our victories and efforts are cause for celebrations with fanfare and grandiosity!

Kudos to each of us in our efforts to be healthier! :cheer:


Thank You, Christie......it was tongue in cheek.....

And I can't say "measely" any more....because I've lost 5 now....:D

:flowers:

christie
01-22-2010, 07:42 AM
Thank You, Christie......it was tongue in cheek.....

And I can't say "measely" any more....because I've lost 5 now....:D

:flowers:


WTG!!!

I am really back on the no carb wagon now! I came home early this week and Jess had made me a delish broccoli soup and ground chuck steak dinner - no carbs! yay!

I have discovered that WaWa not only has the eggs/bacon bowls, but i can have them take a cheesesteak and make it in a bowl too! I hope with the sale of Ukrops to Giant that I dont lose the amazing salad bar! That would be tragic!

Arwen
01-22-2010, 11:33 AM
If you miss mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower. Chili's used to serve this dish. Really loved it. I also like mashed turnips. :) Blame that on my crazy Yankee aunt. She blames it on our cousins in Ireland.

Sachita
01-22-2010, 12:27 PM
I think you're doing great! I also love reading your post and hearing about your challenges. I even visited a few sites.

I suck at counting and keeping track. Last year I was feeling like crap. I had pain in my chest, stomach and for years trying to lose 50 lbs I picked up after a break-up.

anyhow, I looked into a diet called "Eat to Live". It seemed really extreme but I was ready to not only lose weight but heal my body. I adapted it quite a bit and lost a lot in a short amount of time. I struggled because I still like meat now and then and eat organic chicken. It was also hard to center your life around eating but I will say this... I never felt better.

I still eat things I really love just not as much. I love tacos and buy free range bison and organic ground turkey.

Here's the key and if you do this, just add this, it will greatly improve your health which will also help you naturally lose and begin to change your life.

I bought a Bullet Express. I juice carrots, ginger, celery and some kind of green- kale, spinach, whatever.
I also chopped cabbage, broccoli, parsley, all kinds of raw veggies. Put some olive oil and balsamic and some crumbled goat cheese.

I also do a fruit smoothie. Frozen berries, a banana, pineapple, frozen mango and a bit of organic soy milk. I make a BIG one too. Its very filling so many times i have this later in the day to help with my cravings.

I try to get as many raw fruits and veggies in my diet as I can. I make brown rice ahead and throw in all kinds of stuff. I eat whole wheat wraps with humus and more greens.

BUT I also eat other stuff, however many times I'm full from all the greens. I dont count anything. I focus on getting as many nutrients into my body as I can and stay away from processed food.

The other thing that helps me is that I make stuff ahead. Not just salads but chili, curry stews, things that are comforting, warm and will curb some cravings. I just make sure I add a salad or something.

I also buy organic fruit babyfood simply because some things are hard to get where I live and you run out. I want to get at least 6 servings of fruit a day... pears, blueberries, banana, mango, etc. Im in a hurry I eat babyfood or I run out of fruit.

I grow a lot but with this diet I need to increase but I dont grow fruit in winter. I started figuring out cost, gas, time and availability. In the winter it makes more sense for me to www.diamondorganics.com the food is shipped FREE overnight and its really fresh. Fresher then the stores. I get a large sampler packaged for 115 (12 lbs of produce) and that last me about 10 days. I still buy my organic carrots and tubs of spinach elsewhere.

You have to do what works for you. This works for me and I am noticing a difference in every aspect of my life. I do a pint of ice cream once or twice a month, love fresh bread and other goodies. I treat myself and I am still losing and week by week notice lots of things. I fell off over the holidays, ate too much crap an within 2 weeks felt like crao again and quickly got my ass in gear.

I just stopped smoking again, FIVE DAYS now and really feeling good.

Sachita
01-22-2010, 12:29 PM
If you miss mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower. Chili's used to serve this dish. Really loved it. I also like mashed turnips. :) Blame that on my crazy Yankee aunt. She blames it on our cousins in Ireland.



Or mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon! l

Corkey
01-22-2010, 02:05 PM
I joined sparkpeople today and because my exercise is limited, I am going to track my nutritional levels to see just where I'm at.
I have DDD, fibro and arthritis so there are things I just can't participate in.

Diavolo
01-22-2010, 09:19 PM
LOL. I took your name in vain today when I saw that I was over my sugar intake AGAIN. :) Somehow I know it's your fault, honey. Now come to Austin so I can let you have it.

We will discuss what it is when you get here.


I'm working hard to be there for the Ride for the Roses. We'll see what kind of year I have.

Arwen
01-22-2010, 10:53 PM
I'm working hard to be there for the Ride for the Roses. We'll see what kind of year I have.


You know my home is open to you if you need a place to park your head. :alarm:If you are allergic to cats, however.... :) They will sit on your head.

canmarielan
01-23-2010, 04:32 AM
I think you're doing great! I also love reading your post and hearing about your challenges. I even visited a few sites.

I suck at counting and keeping track. Last year I was feeling like crap. I had pain in my chest, stomach and for years trying to lose 50 lbs I picked up after a break-up.

anyhow, I looked into a diet called "Eat to Live". It seemed really extreme but I was ready to not only lose weight but heal my body. I adapted it quite a bit and lost a lot in a short amount of time. I struggled because I still like meat now and then and eat organic chicken. It was also hard to center your life around eating but I will say this... I never felt better.

I still eat things I really love just not as much. I love tacos and buy free range bison and organic ground turkey.

Here's the key and if you do this, just add this, it will greatly improve your health which will also help you naturally lose and begin to change your life.

I bought a Bullet Express. I juice carrots, ginger, celery and some kind of green- kale, spinach, whatever.
I also chopped cabbage, broccoli, parsley, all kinds of raw veggies. Put some olive oil and balsamic and some crumbled goat cheese.

I also do a fruit smoothie. Frozen berries, a banana, pineapple, frozen mango and a bit of organic soy milk. I make a BIG one too. Its very filling so many times i have this later in the day to help with my cravings.

I try to get as many raw fruits and veggies in my diet as I can. I make brown rice ahead and throw in all kinds of stuff. I eat whole wheat wraps with humus and more greens.

BUT I also eat other stuff, however many times I'm full from all the greens. I dont count anything. I focus on getting as many nutrients into my body as I can and stay away from processed food.

The other thing that helps me is that I make stuff ahead. Not just salads but chili, curry stews, things that are comforting, warm and will curb some cravings. I just make sure I add a salad or something.

I also buy organic fruit babyfood simply because some things are hard to get where I live and you run out. I want to get at least 6 servings of fruit a day... pears, blueberries, banana, mango, etc. Im in a hurry I eat babyfood or I run out of fruit.

I grow a lot but with this diet I need to increase but I dont grow fruit in winter. I started figuring out cost, gas, time and availability. In the winter it makes more sense for me to www.diamondorganics.com the food is shipped FREE overnight and its really fresh. Fresher then the stores. I get a large sampler packaged for 115 (12 lbs of produce) and that last me about 10 days. I still buy my organic carrots and tubs of spinach elsewhere.

You have to do what works for you. This works for me and I am noticing a difference in every aspect of my life. I do a pint of ice cream once or twice a month, love fresh bread and other goodies. I treat myself and I am still losing and week by week notice lots of things. I fell off over the holidays, ate too much crap an within 2 weeks felt like crao again and quickly got my ass in gear.

I just stopped smoking again, FIVE DAYS now and really feeling good.

Congrats on all your great changes, darling.

I need to get me a juicer. And a blender. Those are my next missions :)

I always wondered if what they said was true about carrot juice being tasty.
hmmm...

*smiles*

Welcome aboard!
I joined sparkpeople today and because my exercise is limited, I am going to track my nutritional levels to see just where I'm at.
I have DDD, fibro and arthritis so there are things I just can't participate in.

I completely understand! I've now learned that there is only so much that my knees and ankles can take right now. I need to be careful and ice up before i exercise. These joints have been carrying a hell of a lot of weight around for a lot of years. I haven't been nice to them :)


You know my home is open to you if you need a place to park your head. :alarm:If you are allergic to cats, however.... :) They will sit on your head.

This is so true.

Also, the fox are dangerous.

Diavolo
01-23-2010, 06:54 PM
You know my home is open to you if you need a place to park your head. :alarm:If you are allergic to cats, however.... :) They will sit on your head.

The only thing that makes me break out in hives is racism and bigotry. Be sure to check out today's rant....

Arwen
01-23-2010, 07:43 PM
This is so true.

Also, the fox are dangerous.

The fox miss you. :) I saw a great picture today of a fox as a housepet and thought of you. hee. Take care of that ankle, honey! Maybe explore some water exercises to take some strain off those joints for now. Love you!

The only thing that makes me break out in hives is racism and bigotry. Be sure to check out today's rant....

On my way to read some colorful mammal ears. :)

canmarielan
01-24-2010, 04:01 AM
*sad face* where is everyone??

Today was an okay day. I worked. I came home. I cooked dinner, I packed my lunch.

I'm now watching TV and posting here.

I'm sort of bored.

Kass went out tonight. She invited me...but....I didn't go.

I'm still really leary of going out after what happened the last time. I can't stand the thought of anyone....looking at me.

I hate it.

amiyesiam
01-24-2010, 10:22 AM
Hi
I hope you feel better soon!
I am not going to ask what happened last time
I just hope it doesn't happen again

It is ok, just fine, normal to have feelings

Gemme
01-24-2010, 02:30 PM
Or mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon! l

A quick note for those who don't know...cinnamon has been shown to help rev up the metabolism, so not only is it deeeelish, it will have a beneficial effect on YOU!



Candace, you are such a darling person. Like ami, I don't know what happened last time, but I can guess. It's so difficult when you are at the point that you are. You're still figuring out what is best for you and are making some strong and well-defined but also some tentative and unsure changes and the last thing you need is negativity coloring your world. Let them have their own damn coloring book. Yours is taken! Hugs and a little :ohm: for you and some :nyahnyah: and :spider: for them.

Lady Jewel
01-24-2010, 08:29 PM
Wanted to apologize to everyone who came to the WLS group on Thursday. I started getting sick that evening and havent been back since then. I have pneumonia :( So I havent been here since that night. I do check my email once a day so if anyone needs to get a a hold of me, PM here at BFP and I will see it in my email. Im so proud of everyone who has made that first step towards a longer life and better health. Im sorry I havent been much support since we started the WLS group, but I promise as soon as I am better I will come out fighting.

My love to all,
Jewel:bunchflowers:

amiyesiam
01-24-2010, 11:09 PM
Wishing you a speedy recovery Jewel.

canmarielan
01-25-2010, 03:28 AM
Hi
I hope you feel better soon!
I am not going to ask what happened last time
I just hope it doesn't happen again

It is ok, just fine, normal to have feelings

Thanks honey :)

There's a long road ahead to forgiving myself for fucking up my body so badly. I am not who I want to be now....but I'm working towards becoming who I want to be. The me who I am.

A quick note for those who don't know...cinnamon has been shown to help rev up the metabolism, so not only is it deeeelish, it will have a beneficial effect on YOU!



Candace, you are such a darling person. Like ami, I don't know what happened last time, but I can guess. It's so difficult when you are at the point that you are. You're still figuring out what is best for you and are making some strong and well-defined but also some tentative and unsure changes and the last thing you need is negativity coloring your world. Let them have their own damn coloring book. Yours is taken! Hugs and a little :ohm: for you and some :nyahnyah: and :spider: for them.

I love you.

Wanted to apologize to everyone who came to the WLS group on Thursday. I started getting sick that evening and havent been back since then. I have pneumonia :( So I havent been here since that night. I do check my email once a day so if anyone needs to get a a hold of me, PM here at BFP and I will see it in my email. Im so proud of everyone who has made that first step towards a longer life and better health. Im sorry I havent been much support since we started the WLS group, but I promise as soon as I am better I will come out fighting.

My love to all,
Jewel:bunchflowers:

Hope you feel better soon, love.

It sucks to get sick. blegh.


So, I am now working a lot. To make up for the days of my suspension.

Gemme
01-25-2010, 06:31 PM
I wanted to give everyone a nice pat on the back for any and all progress made! :cheesy:

*pat, pat*

canmarielan
01-26-2010, 03:14 AM
I totally know that everyone has a life. So, I'm going to keep posting, and hope that everyone will come back so I'm not talking to myself.

So, today I decided to go back to school. I found a school in lower washington that has an LPN to RN program which I am uber excited about. So, I have to take a few more pre-req courses before I can apply. They even have an online option where I only have to drive up there a few weeks out of the whole program. WHOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

So, if all of my plan goes right I will be at my first weight loss goal (250), in an RN program and have all of my debt paid off by this time next year!!!!!! WHOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has become pretty easy to stay on top of my calories. Though, I have been working every day so I haven't had time to sit around and snack. Also, by the time I get off of work most restaurants are closed :) I have been tempted a few times to stop off at like taco bell or burger king. I had to talk myself out of it.....and breath a few deeps breaths and relax.

The only thing I'm can't quite do is stop the smoking. I'm still doing about 3-5 a day, which is WAY less than what I was doing before. I also can't seem to work up the courage to get back to the gym. My ankle is starting to feel better and I know I should get in there...but......blegh.

Anyway I'm going to the community college on Wednesday to take care of registration for my pre-req courses.

PinkieLee
01-26-2010, 10:03 AM
WOOHOOO Good Morning Biggest Losers! I hope that everyone's week is off to a happy, healthy start!

CONGRATS Candace on heading back to school. See, positive changes are taking place in your life. Good for you for continuing to learn, grow and making a better future for yourself. I am hella proud of you for not falling into the late night eating traps... something I myself can be so guilty of. You've done awesome honey, keep up the good work. As for the smoking kick... at least you have cut down. I KNOW that it is damn near impossible to do 2 drastic life changes at the same time, so I applaud you for cutting back on the smoking treats. You'll be able to quit in the near future... I see it!

As for me, honestly I haven't even stepped on a scale. I KNOW that I've gained weight... I can tell by the way my clothes fit (or better yet, don't fit right). But, I have started paying more attention to what I've been eating and started walking with one of my girlfriends. Not to mention, as much as I hate to say it, trying to cut back on the Diet Cokes. Yes, I know they are Diet, but research shows that although they have no calories, they still aren't good for you. So, I've been trying to drink as much water (with Crystal Light added) as possible. It's tough when those afternoon caffeine headaches kick in and I really want a Diet Coke.

I am going on vacation to Mexico in April, so I wanna lose a little weight before my trip. It's my motivation right now... along with all of you!

Everyone has been doing an awesome job... let's keep it up!

amiyesiam
01-26-2010, 11:18 AM
You are not talking to yourself!

Has anyone ever read the label on crystal light and other to go drink mixes?

Well I did recently. Did you know each tube is 2 (two) 2 servings?
Really that is just wrong. When was the last time you shared your water?
That does explain why they say to add it to 16 oz of water.

Gemme
01-26-2010, 07:07 PM
You are not talking to yourself!

Has anyone ever read the label on crystal light and other to go drink mixes?

Well I did recently. Did you know each tube is 2 (two) 2 servings?
Really that is just wrong. When was the last time you shared your water?
That does explain why they say to add it to 16 oz of water.

I have read the labels on those suckers and I got a chuckle out of it too because, really, what are you going to do with the remainder of the powder once you open it if you don't have 16 ounces of water then? Prop the packet up on the counter, I suppose, but if anyone is like me, they'd just knock it over and if the counter is wet......*sigh*......red blotch on said counter.

Considering it's still only about 10 calories for the whole thing and has much less sugar and/or sweetener than diet sodas, I'm not too irritated with them.

Can you imagine how TINY the packages would be if they actually came in SINGLE servings? lol

Diavolo
01-27-2010, 11:18 AM
For those of you who haven't been working out regularly, it's just fine to go for a walk. There are thousands of people out there who have taken of lots of weight just walking 30-60 minutes a day. Now I realize that California has been inundated with rain over the last 10 days, and it's butt ass cold in the rest of the country, but when we get a break, a nice walk outside will do every one of us good. I got a 2 miler in yesterday and it felt great. (The :dog: likes it too)

For those of you who smoke, you'll find the more you walk and work out, the less you'll want to smoke and eventually you'll be able to just quit.

Keep it up, y'all are amazing!

christie
01-27-2010, 11:51 AM
I stepped on the scale this morning and was pleasantly surprised. Down 7lbs. Considering I am retaining water like the Mississippi River (its nearing "that" time), I was really really happy.

Jess's cousin just posted a pic of me on her facebook from last February. I am more than appalled. I was ginormous. I suppose I need new pics.

:clap::clap: yay me.

The Oopster
01-27-2010, 02:46 PM
I totally know that everyone has a life. So, I'm going to keep posting, and hope that everyone will come back so I'm not talking to myself.

So, today I decided to go back to school. I found a school in lower washington that has an LPN to RN program which I am uber excited about. So, I have to take a few more pre-req courses before I can apply. They even have an online option where I only have to drive up there a few weeks out of the whole program. WHOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

So, if all of my plan goes right I will be at my first weight loss goal (250), in an RN program and have all of my debt paid off by this time next year!!!!!! WHOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has become pretty easy to stay on top of my calories. Though, I have been working every day so I haven't had time to sit around and snack. Also, by the time I get off of work most restaurants are closed :) I have been tempted a few times to stop off at like taco bell or burger king. I had to talk myself out of it.....and breath a few deeps breaths and relax.

The only thing I'm can't quite do is stop the smoking. I'm still doing about 3-5 a day, which is WAY less than what I was doing before. I also can't seem to work up the courage to get back to the gym. My ankle is starting to feel better and I know I should get in there...but......blegh.

Anyway I'm going to the community college on Wednesday to take care of registration for my pre-req courses.

Congrats hun on setting some goals.

Never talking to yourself. I'm always here, just quiet since I really don't have to lose weight. I just have to eat healthy. So I feel a little akward chiming in.

When you feel temptation settin in feel free to text me. There's been a few times I've been tempted and just the thought of textin you has been enough to keep me from the little debbie swiss rolls.

For those of you who haven't been working out regularly, it's just fine to go for a walk. There are thousands of people out there who have taken of lots of weight just walking 30-60 minutes a day. Now I realize that California has been inundated with rain over the last 10 days, and it's butt ass cold in the rest of the country, but when we get a break, a nice walk outside will do every one of us good. I got a 2 miler in yesterday and it felt great. (The :dog: likes it too)

For those of you who smoke, you'll find the more you walk and work out, the less you'll want to smoke and eventually you'll be able to just quit.

Keep it up, y'all are amazing!

I have one dr that when i had my neck surgeries walking was the physical therapy he prescribed. I eventually felt I needed more but it is amazing what walking can do.

I need to get back at it but have plenty of excuses besides the weather.

My dad lives in wi and when he can't walkd outside he has a place at the university to go. I know a lot of malls open up early for walking also. If you are in an area where school security isn't as big of a thing there might be a school you can walk in also. Always seem to be alternatives.

So when i've wanted something sweet lately I've been throwing an apple in the little toater oven and baking it then throwing some cinnamon on it and low and behold on the biggest loser they suggested the same thing except using a micorwave. I prefer the toaster oven myself.

It's amazing how many naturally sweet things are out there. Honestly I usually enjoy them more, I just eat the others not even as much for comfort as for distraction. Just like I use the damn arcade on here to distract me from my life.

Diva
01-28-2010, 01:40 AM
Oh my dear gay....where's everybody! Louise!!!! Christie!!!


Shhhh....I don't wanna jinx it......but I've lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer::clap::cheerleader:

christie
01-28-2010, 04:58 AM
Oh my dear gay....where's everybody! Louise!!!! Christie!!!


Shhhh....I don't wanna jinx it......but I've lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer::clap::cheerleader:

:cheerleader: :cheerleader:

Thats AWESOME!!! Way to go!!!

You should be so proud of yourself!!

Linus
01-28-2010, 05:55 AM
Oh my dear gay....where's everybody! Louise!!!! Christie!!!


Shhhh....I don't wanna jinx it......but I've lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer::clap::cheerleader:

Congrats! That's awesome!

Diavolo
01-28-2010, 07:02 AM
Oh my dear gay....where's everybody! Louise!!!! Christie!!!


Shhhh....I don't wanna jinx it......but I've lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer::clap::cheerleader:

No jinx, keep it going! Nice job!

PinkieLee
01-28-2010, 09:25 AM
Oh my dear gay....where's everybody! Louise!!!! Christie!!!


Shhhh....I don't wanna jinx it......but I've lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer::clap::cheerleader:

WOOOHOOO that is awesome!!!! Keep up the awesome work!

I saw the other day on Candace's facebook page, that she's down over 16 pounds! Y'all rock... just sayin'!

Diva
01-28-2010, 09:29 AM
WOOOHOOO that is awesome!!!! Keep up the awesome work!

I saw the other day on Candace's facebook page, that she's down over 16 pounds! Y'all rock... just sayin'!



She's doing great! She's my inspiration! I heart her!

The deal for me now is to not backtrack.....I get excited about this and I sometimes think, 'oh good....let me celebrate with this pizza'....

And THAT'S the kind of behavior that must change for me personally. And I am doing it. :ballerina:

canmarielan
01-28-2010, 09:41 AM
Hello lovers!!!!

Sorry I've been MIA.....just sooooooo busy yesterday getting school stuff together. Now I am up at 7:30am on my day off to take my fur daughter to get spayed. It's that time and she is NOT happy about not having eaten since 11pm last night :) hahhaaaa...

Divalicious I am sooooo proud of you for 20 lbs!!! whooot whooooooottt!!!!!:crowd-surf:

Keep up the good work everyone....I'll be around later tonight to post more

I love you.

Lady Jewel
01-28-2010, 10:02 AM
Just a reminder that tonight is the weight loss support group meeting in the WLS chatroom. 6PM PST/9PM EST. Please come out and support yourself and your friends on your journey to better health :) PM me if you need the password.

Spirit Dancer
01-28-2010, 02:34 PM
Oh my dear gay....where's everybody! Louise!!!! Christie!!!


Shhhh....I don't wanna jinx it......but I've lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer::clap::cheerleader:

:cheerleader: Congrats way to GO DIVA:happyjump:

Gemme
01-28-2010, 06:36 PM
Oh my dear gay....where's everybody! Louise!!!! Christie!!!


Shhhh....I don't wanna jinx it......but I've lost 20 lbs!!!!!!!!!!


:cheer::clap::cheerleader:

Congratulations, Diva Diva, Sweet Bonita!!!

In no time, you'll :flyaway:

Sam
01-28-2010, 07:15 PM
my biggest issue right now is that i've been pretty blue recently so i stop eating almost completely and end up smoking more. that's easily as unhealthy as abusing food. i also dont work out when i'm sad, even though it would help put me in a better mood.


This was me from Sept 18th, til October 31st last fall. I thought i lost the love of my life, i stopped eating, stopped drinking soda, started smoking more and lost 48lbs.

I however, gained back 7 so far. I went down 4 sizes in jeans, it helped me in a sense, but it was not the right way to lose the weight.

My next lifes journey is about to start in a few weeks and i'm hoping to make better changes.

I commend ya'll.

I gotta get that Biggest Loser cookbook

canmarielan
01-29-2010, 02:02 AM
I'm so happy to have been able to attend the weight loss support group chat this evening. It's nice to connect with people.

*smiles*

So, these last 2 days off I've kinda been slacking as far as calories. I haven't gone far over....maybe 2-300 calories.

Back to work tomorrow and back to being really strict as well as hitting the gym again for the first time since I hurt my ankle. I'll do that tomorrow night!!!

I wish all of you well!! Thanks for your support.
:party:

canmarielan
01-31-2010, 02:14 AM
So I worked a double friday night into this morning. 16 hours!!!!!

*sigh* So I allowed a co-worker to work for me this evening so that I could sleep LOL....

Kind of defeats the purpose of me working that shift last night to make up hours I lost on suspension, eh?

Oh well.

So, I'm feeling SOOOOooooOOoOOOoo lazy.

I can't seem to convince myself to get to the gym I know once I start going I'll feel much better and ready to go again. I just KNOW i'm not going to loose any weight this week, I've been so slack. Not that I'm eating burgers and fries, but just haven't been as strict as I was the first 3 weeks.

I suppose I'm scared I'm going to fail.

I can't fail.

I have to keep my head up and not allow all of this stuff to cloud my vision of myself for the reunion in August. I want to be 100 lbs down by then and I know it's possible!!!!

How are all of you doing?

Linus
01-31-2010, 07:44 AM
So I worked a double friday night into this morning. 16 hours!!!!!

*sigh* So I allowed a co-worker to work for me this evening so that I could sleep LOL....

Kind of defeats the purpose of me working that shift last night to make up hours I lost on suspension, eh?

Oh well.

So, I'm feeling SOOOOooooOOoOOOoo lazy.

I can't seem to convince myself to get to the gym I know once I start going I'll feel much better and ready to go again. I just KNOW i'm not going to loose any weight this week, I've been so slack. Not that I'm eating burgers and fries, but just haven't been as strict as I was the first 3 weeks.

I suppose I'm scared I'm going to fail.

I can't fail.

I have to keep my head up and not allow all of this stuff to cloud my vision of myself for the reunion in August. I want to be 100 lbs down by then and I know it's possible!!!!

How are all of you doing?

Ok. So last couple of days have been kinda hard. Sit down and figure out what to do over the next couple of days to get you back on track. Don't overdo workouts but plan them into your day -- even if it's a walk during break or having a couple of apples instead of apple pie. Don't let these little trips ruin the whole journey. You've already seen success! Keep at it!

This week, for me, wasn't bad. Food wise I didn't do as well but I did my exercises so that kept it to a minimum. I'm working at getting back into better habits. The plus is that I'm pretty much working from home after next week so it should be easier for me.

GO TEAM BFP!

Lady Jewel
01-31-2010, 07:55 PM
Hey honey:) Strop stressing yourself so much. Lapses are natural. Dont beat up on yourself and get back on the wagon. You'll do it. We all have faith in you. You have my number and you may call me ANY time you need to talk.
Im sending you a big ol' hug.

Yours,
Jewel




So I worked a double friday night into this morning. 16 hours!!!!!

*sigh* So I allowed a co-worker to work for me this evening so that I could sleep LOL....

Kind of defeats the purpose of me working that shift last night to make up hours I lost on suspension, eh?

Oh well.

So, I'm feeling SOOOOooooOOoOOOoo lazy.

I can't seem to convince myself to get to the gym I know once I start going I'll feel much better and ready to go again. I just KNOW i'm not going to loose any weight this week, I've been so slack. Not that I'm eating burgers and fries, but just haven't been as strict as I was the first 3 weeks.

I suppose I'm scared I'm going to fail.

I can't fail.

I have to keep my head up and not allow all of this stuff to cloud my vision of myself for the reunion in August. I want to be 100 lbs down by then and I know it's possible!!!!

How are all of you doing?

canmarielan
02-01-2010, 03:27 AM
Thanks Y'all.

Today was MUCH better calorie wise.

I should go to the gym.

Totally should go.

Totally.

Someone wanna go FOR me??

lmao.

OH...thanks everyone for being so supportive. I mean, really, I couldn't have come this far without you all. Seriously.

Let's figure out a way to make working out fun, kay?

Because currently I'm ENTIRELY dreading this. I need to do it, seriously.

I don't want bad numbers this week, I don't want it at all.

I need good weeks.

I am 100% commited to making this work for me.

How is everyone??

Diva

Tonya

'Dusa

Gemme

Diavolo

Christie

*smiles*

I need y'all and y'all need me....come on!!!!

Divalicioius any more weight loss?? 20 lbs was sooooo awesome!!!

christie
02-01-2010, 07:42 AM
I had a not so great weekend. Snow and baking cookies for Jess... Lil bastards called my name... they finally had to go to the trash...

The weather makes it harder for me... I want warm, comfort food and well, no carbs is hard to manage.

I'm hanging in... I did ask Jess to toss the lil sugar bastards... LOL

Diva
02-01-2010, 09:59 AM
Several things......

* 21 now

* That being said......I went to brunch (ate things SOOOOO bad!) and NO ONE could tell that I had lost 21 lbs.

This was me ~ ~ ~> :overreaction:

Ok, not really...but WTF!?!?! So I just joked (as we all do, don't we?) that I had lost it all in my spleen. Bummer. It was disheartening, because *I* can feel it. My face is thinner and my pants fit better.

* This past weekend, I ran out of the last of my CoffeeMate creamers (yes...I had just about every flavor). Those of You who know me, KNOW how I adore my coffee! But starting on Saturday, I began drinking my coffee without that creamer. It hasn't been too awful.....and I think what I'll do is use it as a treat...like dessert. But I'm not having it in this house...unless I have company.

So...some good stuff....and a thin spleen to boot! Keep up the good work everybody!:kissy:

amiyesiam
02-01-2010, 10:44 AM
in January I lost 5 lb and excercised 577 minutes

morningstar55
02-01-2010, 10:45 AM
wow diva. how much calories could a lil bit of some creamer have??
im trying to watch what i eat...... out here on the road.. can be tough sometimes.. specialy when you have to drive and are hungry and dont have time to sit down and eat something .... soo its food on the go....
i do how ever make things in my truck....
i have a crock pot type a thing...... i make some great dinners in...
im also making myself do portion control... like the amount they may serve when u go out to eat.... and lean cusine.. i sometimes buy the lean cusine dinners when i do want something quick and easy....
i need to do more walking . which i need ot make myself do more...
i do believe we are all human and eat things we crave once in while. and there is nothng wrong with that... if we are to diet its to be a diet we know we can live with for the rest of our life.
ok now bk to my ..... daydreaming of a warm place.. sippin a bahama mama.. :tanning: lol ....

Lady Jewel
02-01-2010, 10:53 AM
As a reminder...we decided in our last meeting to alternate the meeting days and times between Wed and Thur evenings. Soooooo...this weeks meeting is Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM PST/10:30 PM EST. Also, due to some issues we had to change the password so please PM me and I will give you the new one. Also, the topic for this weeks meeting is, "Strategies that work for weight loss". So please think about strategies that have worked for you, and that you wish to share with others.


Warmly,
Jewel

Deborah
02-01-2010, 11:03 AM
Several things......

* 21 now




Diva I am so proud for you....that is absolutely awesome....I hate that I am jealous but still hatefully happy for you....you go gorgeous, you can do it!:cheer:

Diva
02-01-2010, 11:06 AM
wow diva. how much calories could a lil bit of some creamer have??
im trying to watch what i eat...... out here on the road.. can be tough sometimes.. specialy when you have to drive and are hungry and dont have time to sit down and eat something .... soo its food on the go....
i do how ever make things in my truck....
i have a crock pot type a thing...... i make some great dinners in...
im also making myself do portion control... like the amount they may serve when u go out to eat.... and lean cusine.. i sometimes buy the lean cusine dinners when i do want something quick and easy....
i need to do more walking . which i need ot make myself do more...
i do believe we are all human and eat things we crave once in while. and there is nothng wrong with that... if we are to diet its to be a diet we know we can live with for the rest of our life.
ok now bk to my ..... daydreaming of a warm place.. sippin a bahama mama.. :tanning: lol ....


Hey there....

Yes....1 tbs is reccommended, Barb, and that's 35 calories.....and that's not so bad, but I was POURING that stuff in my coffee...because it was just so yummie and my sweet tooth is Satan. So, let's say I had 5 Tbs (easily) in each of my 3-4 cups of coffee......see what I mean? It was a needed sacrifice. I was out of control with the Coffee Mate! I just did the math: 700 calories....

That's just wrong!

Now for that Lean Cuisine......check out the sodium content on those things.....I know your particular situation ~ being on the road ~ makes it difficult. But that sodium is icky!

Good luck!

Lady Jewel
02-01-2010, 11:23 AM
Youre totally right about those Lean Cuisine meals. On top of being a sodium nightmare, they are LOADED with carbs which is not the greatest thing when youre trying to eat healthier.



Hey there....

Yes....1 tbs is reccommended, Barb, and that's 35 calories.....and that's not so bad, but I was POURING that stuff in my coffee...because it was just so yummie and my sweet tooth is Satan. So, let's say I had 5 Tbs (easily) in each of my 3-4 cups of coffee......see what I mean? It was a needed sacrifice. I was out of control with the Coffee Mate! I just did the math: 700 calories....

That's just wrong!

Now for that Lean Cuisine......check out the sodium content on those things.....I know your particular situation ~ being on the road ~ makes it difficult. But that sodium is icky!

Good luck!

morningstar55
02-01-2010, 11:40 AM
omg.. ya'll are soo right on the sodium thing...... and i take meds for high blood pressure.... soo i know. and i do read it....
seems like we just can not get away from the sodium thing .... unless we make our own meals......
meat . has sudium in it already....
i always taste food before adding salt. but then again i hardly use salt...
i do however have a sea salt grinder.. which i think helps me have more control on how much salt i use. i have one large sea salt grinder with crushed red peppers mixed in... thats yummy.. lol
i try to use subsitutes for salt.... like a lil bit of hot sauce, or lemons.. mrs dash is really good.

ok as for the coffee creamers........ i like and use half n half.. thats it nothing else.... once in a great while i will add a splash of vanilla or irsh creamer not to much. though cuz i have grown use to no sweetners in my coffee.. but sometimes i like a lil something different... at home . i might add vanllia extract to my grounds when making coffee... i dont know the calorie count to that but it cant be as high as the creamers can it?? or maybe some cinnamon in the grounds as well..... i been known to add both at the same time.. makes the coffee purty damm yummy.. lol
btw... my siggy line... i wish my body could look like that again.. would be nice.. lol .. maybe looking at it eveyrday will make me wanna lose more.. heh

Corkey
02-01-2010, 02:16 PM
About the salt, we use kosher salt, it has about a quarter of the sodium content of other salts. We grind it with our mortar and pestal.
When I cook I don't use salt at all, natural foods have their own salts. If a recipe calls for it I use only a smidgen of what is called for. I realize that baking is a totally different animal, and leave that happy culinary chore to the one who knows how to do so.
Then for x-mas we got some salts of the world, all sea salts and all with their own healthy properties, such as a Hawaiian sea salt that has charcoal as a binder. It's called Hiwa Kai from www.artisansalt.com

On a positive note, I've lost 6 lbs :chef:

morningstar55
02-01-2010, 02:25 PM
About the salt, we use kosher salt, it has about a quarter of the sodium content of other salts. We grind it with our mortar and pestal.
When I cook I don't use salt at all, natural foods have their own salts. If a recipe calls for it I use only a smidgen of what is called for. I realize that baking is a totally different animal, and leave that happy culinary chore to the one who knows how to do so.
Then for x-mas we got some salts of the world, all sea salts and all with their own healthy properties, such as a Hawaiian sea salt that has charcoal as a binder. It's called Hiwa Kai from www.artisansalt.com

On a positive note, I've lost 6 lbs :chef:

taking notes here..
and umm i havnt weighed myself in sometime.......
wait....... had my DOT physical in Oct.. umm hmm i was 240 i think.. *sigh*

morningstar55
02-01-2010, 02:27 PM
btw........
Lady Jewel...... i LOVE your siggy art..... its a awsome painting..

Gemme
02-01-2010, 07:09 PM
Thanks Y'all.

Today was MUCH better calorie wise.

I should go to the gym.

Totally should go.

Totally.

Someone wanna go FOR me??

lmao.

OH...thanks everyone for being so supportive. I mean, really, I couldn't have come this far without you all. Seriously.

Let's figure out a way to make working out fun, kay?

Because currently I'm ENTIRELY dreading this. I need to do it, seriously.

I don't want bad numbers this week, I don't want it at all.

I need good weeks.

I am 100% commited to making this work for me.

How is everyone??

Diva

Tonya

'Dusa

Gemme

Diavolo

Christie

*smiles*

I need y'all and y'all need me....come on!!!!

Divalicioius any more weight loss?? 20 lbs was sooooo awesome!!!

Okay, I get this. Getting there (gym) is the hardest thing. But once you are there, you don't have to kill yourself, okay? Take it easy. Or break things up. Dedicate at least half an hour to working out and make it ACTUAL work out time, not stretch time (you need that before and after) or change machines time. Working out time. If it makes the time fly to change machines, do it. But keep a record of what you've done.

Those machines are anywhere from 10-25% off of what we really burn. I ignore that part. I keep a record of my blood pressure and heart rate before I work out and after I'm totally done and have stretched and cooled down. I keep a record of what machine I used, how many calories it said I burned, the time it took me, and the distance. I keep all of this info in a small notebook that fits in my exercise pants pocket. I have a cute hot pink mini pen that I write the info down with. That notebook and pen are dedicated to my workout info ONLY. It's to the point where I panic if I think I've forgotten them. Now, that might be a bit much, but it shows me that I've done it enough to that it's an expectation on my part and that's a good thing. I got this way by not having any expectations for myself. What good has that done?

I bring my MP3 player also. It's been a Godsend, I tell you. I would get so bored, even with the machines with TVs on them, that I would never finish more than 15-20 minutes. Now, I go as long as the Y machines let me, which is 65 minutes each round. An hour for working out and 5 minutes for cool down.

I don't recommend going full blast or an hour every day. I work out hard half the time and give myself a break half the time. As long as I'm THERE, it's a victory to me.

Several things......

* 21 now

* That being said......I went to brunch (ate things SOOOOO bad!) and NO ONE could tell that I had lost 21 lbs.

This was me ~ ~ ~> :overreaction:

Ok, not really...but WTF!?!?! So I just joked (as we all do, don't we?) that I had lost it all in my spleen. Bummer. It was disheartening, because *I* can feel it. My face is thinner and my pants fit better.

* This past weekend, I ran out of the last of my CoffeeMate creamers (yes...I had just about every flavor). Those of You who know me, KNOW how I adore my coffee! But starting on Saturday, I began drinking my coffee without that creamer. It hasn't been too awful.....and I think what I'll do is use it as a treat...like dessert. But I'm not having it in this house...unless I have company.

So...some good stuff....and a thin spleen to boot! Keep up the good work everybody!:kissy:

Pretty, pretty shrinking princess....honey, not all of us are what you might call.......uhhh, observant? Besides it doesn't matter a hill of beans what WE think and feel about YOUR weight loss and body changes. It's all YOU.

And bring a before and after picture so we can see it too! :tease:

in January I lost 5 lb and excercised 577 minutes

Excellent! :thumbsup:

Gemme
02-01-2010, 07:24 PM
Every tv dinner has roughly 20-25% of your daily intake of sodium, whether it's Lean Cuisine or whatever. It's a preservative.

I appreciate the head's up on the different types of salt, Corkey. I can use that info. I've used sea salt before and like it. I've never used kosher before. I'll look into that.

What's frustrating to me is the sneakiness of processing companies. There's so much salt and sugar in almost everything that we're practically guaranteed to exceed our daily intake unless we grow and process our own food.

I'm very miffed to discover exactly WHAT is in my ketchup, spaghetti sauce and meat sauces. Very! :rant:

As my honey points out to me, there is sodium and sugar in natural foods too. For example, the banana I eat nearly every day has a ton of sugar and more sodium than I would have thought could fit into it, but as Ryan tells me, naturally occuring sugars and sodium is processed differently by our bodies. It's not 'as bad' as the overly processed stuff.

*sigh*

Some times, it all makes my head hurt. :doh:

Just_G
02-01-2010, 07:40 PM
So today I got on the scale at work as I was getting ready to weigh some packages I wrapped for UPS. I am down 12 pounds from about two weeks ago. I am very happy with that because I have not done a lot of exercising, but have been eating better. (and not eating as often as I should because of stress) I have a lot of grilled chicken breasts and steamed veggies with salt and pepper only.

I went to pick up dog biscuits at Target and they had a Jillian DVD on sale so I bought it for $10. I start working out to it on Wednesday...trying to get a couple of friends to join me for motivation to do it. :)

So, slowly I am motivating to do more....it is exciting! :clap:

canmarielan
02-02-2010, 04:00 AM
I had a not so great weekend. Snow and baking cookies for Jess... Lil bastards called my name... they finally had to go to the trash...

The weather makes it harder for me... I want warm, comfort food and well, no carbs is hard to manage.

I'm hanging in... I did ask Jess to toss the lil sugar bastards... LOL

Hey Christie....I had a quick question. Do you feel like the low carb works better for you than low calorie? things is....if you did low calorie you wouldn't have to completely cut out anything. Makes you not have to sit around thinking about carbs b/c you just had some wheat pasta for dinner, ya know?

Just my .02. Of course I think you should totally do what you think is best for you

Several things......

* 21 now

* That being said......I went to brunch (ate things SOOOOO bad!) and NO ONE could tell that I had lost 21 lbs.

This was me ~ ~ ~> :overreaction:

Ok, not really...but WTF!?!?! So I just joked (as we all do, don't we?) that I had lost it all in my spleen. Bummer. It was disheartening, because *I* can feel it. My face is thinner and my pants fit better.

* This past weekend, I ran out of the last of my CoffeeMate creamers (yes...I had just about every flavor). Those of You who know me, KNOW how I adore my coffee! But starting on Saturday, I began drinking my coffee without that creamer. It hasn't been too awful.....and I think what I'll do is use it as a treat...like dessert. But I'm not having it in this house...unless I have company.

So...some good stuff....and a thin spleen to boot! Keep up the good work everybody!:kissy:

OH LICIOUS!!!!!!!!!! I love you!!!!!!! Congrats on 21 lbs!!!!!!!!!!! whoooottt whooootttt!!!!!!

PLUS, I completely KNOW how hard the creamer cut out was for you! CONGRATS on that :) P.S.- they have low calorie/low fat flavored creamers out there my love :)

in January I lost 5 lb and excercised 577 minutes


Great job Darling

that's a lot of workout tons more than me that's for sure

I really should get a game on wii but they're max out weight is usually 350. I have a lil to go before then

As a reminder...we decided in our last meeting to alternate the meeting days and times between Wed and Thur evenings. Soooooo...this weeks meeting is Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM PST/10:30 PM EST. Also, due to some issues we had to change the password so please PM me and I will give you the new one. Also, the topic for this weeks meeting is, "Strategies that work for weight loss". So please think about strategies that have worked for you, and that you wish to share with others.

Awesome...I'll be there :)

Warmly,
Jewel

Okay, I get this. Getting there (gym) is the hardest thing. But once you are there, you don't have to kill yourself, okay? Take it easy. Or break things up. Dedicate at least half an hour to working out and make it ACTUAL work out time, not stretch time (you need that before and after) or change machines time. Working out time. If it makes the time fly to change machines, do it. But keep a record of what you've done.

Those machines are anywhere from 10-25% off of what we really burn. I ignore that part. I keep a record of my blood pressure and heart rate before I work out and after I'm totally done and have stretched and cooled down. I keep a record of what machine I used, how many calories it said I burned, the time it took me, and the distance. I keep all of this info in a small notebook that fits in my exercise pants pocket. I have a cute hot pink mini pen that I write the info down with. That notebook and pen are dedicated to my workout info ONLY. It's to the point where I panic if I think I've forgotten them. Now, that might be a bit much, but it shows me that I've done it enough to that it's an expectation on my part and that's a good thing. I got this way by not having any expectations for myself. What good has that done?

I bring my MP3 player also. It's been a Godsend, I tell you. I would get so bored, even with the machines with TVs on them, that I would never finish more than 15-20 minutes. Now, I go as long as the Y machines let me, which is 65 minutes each round. An hour for working out and 5 minutes for cool down.

I don't recommend going full blast or an hour every day. I work out hard half the time and give myself a break half the time. As long as I'm THERE, it's a victory to me.

Nice hints, thanks. :)

I totally know I can get manage things once I get there. I just need to go.

I need to shut up and go :)



So today I got on the scale at work as I was getting ready to weigh some packages I wrapped for UPS. I am down 12 pounds from about two weeks ago. I am very happy with that because I have not done a lot of exercising, but have been eating better. (and not eating as often as I should because of stress) I have a lot of grilled chicken breasts and steamed veggies with salt and pepper only.

I went to pick up dog biscuits at Target and they had a Jillian DVD on sale so I bought it for $10. I start working out to it on Wednesday...trying to get a couple of friends to join me for motivation to do it. :)

So, slowly I am motivating to do more....it is exciting! :clap:

ooohhhh G-Furr!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy :)


So, I weighed in today since I am off until Thursday.

Current weight=

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/can_marie_lan/2010-02-01204550.jpg


That's 19.2 lbs down in 4 weeks y'all :) whooo hoooooo!!!!!!!

I am so thankful for the accountability and friendship I have here!:kissy:

Even when I wanna :eatinghersheybar: so bad I feel :vampire:

I love you guys :)

I think it's all about the small changes. One small change at a time. For me it was substituting healthy ingredients in my meals. Then shrinking the sizes of my meals. Next will be changing my activity levels.

I'm so proud of each of you for making the small changes.

Let's keep up this journey:):hangloose:

christie
02-02-2010, 05:58 AM
Hey Christie....I had a quick question. Do you feel like the low carb works better for you than low calorie? things is....if you did low calorie you wouldn't have to completely cut out anything. Makes you not have to sit around thinking about carbs b/c you just had some wheat pasta for dinner, ya know?

Just my .02. Of course I think you should totally do what you think is best for you



For me, the no/low carb works best. I have a health condition and predisposition for Type II diabetes. I was diagnosed with PCOS many years ago and have the associated insulin resistance with it. IR seems to be the precursor for Type II and low carb diets usually work best.

Additionally, there seems to be a relationship between carbs and increased fibromyalgia symptoms. When I am having a "carb-fest", I know that the following couple of days are just gonna be HELL when it comes to my pain levels. Since I am on no prescription meds now, and want to stay that way, its just best for me to do the no/low carbs.

I usually don't feel "deprived" (depraved maybe - but that is another thread entirely!) but when its time for my cycle, well, I crave carbs. I am pretty good at keeping the demon at bay, but this weekend wasn't one of those times.

Many years ago, I did Weight Watchers and it worked really well for me. This was pre-PCOS/IR/Fibro. I really enjoyed the meetings - we did an "at work" group and it was awesome to be a part of a group who supported, encouraged and helped one another self monitor.

Yesterday was a better day :)

morningstar55
02-02-2010, 06:47 AM
applebees has a awsome weight watchers menu ..

http://www.applebees.com

Arwen
02-02-2010, 10:16 AM
This is hard to write.

I weigh exactly what I weighed at the start. EXACTLY.

I am told my diet sodas are bad. I just do not know if I can ever give them up. I'm only drinkiing 2-3 a day usually. I will try to bring that down. I do not want things with aspartame in them. That stuff makes me really yucky all over.

I know where my problem lies. It's in the portion control. And in the lack of exercise. I have taken to parking farther away from anything I am going into (including work) when I can and when the weather isn't hideous.

I'm thinking about buying a bike but I do not know the FIRST thing about that. I just want a bike I can ride around on. I don't need a fancy-schmancy thing. Just an old ladies bike with a basket. The grocery store is close enough. I could bike there. I could even bike to work by taking the back roads.

All three of my jobs keep me at my computer a LOT. I swear I can feel my butt spreading out as I sit here.

And for the record, Diva, I could tell you'd lost weight. I'm sorry for not saying anything. :( I've had it ingrained into me that it's "bad" to mention as if I'd noticed your weight in the first place. So I do apologize.

Just_G
02-02-2010, 10:32 AM
Another great book that is about lifestyle change, is The Abs Diet. It is not a "diet" book like it sounds. I had a lot of success when I read it and followed some of their advice. They have some great quick recipes for those that don't have a lot of time to cook.

Now, if I can just remember who I loaned that book to...I need to re-read it! :clap:

Diva
02-02-2010, 10:40 AM
This is hard to write.

I weigh exactly what I weighed at the start. EXACTLY.

I am told my diet sodas are bad. I just do not know if I can ever give them up. I'm only drinkiing 2-3 a day usually. I will try to bring that down. I do not want things with aspartame in them. That stuff makes me really yucky all over.

I know where my problem lies. It's in the portion control. And in the lack of exercise. I have taken to parking farther away from anything I am going into (including work) when I can and when the weather isn't hideous.

I'm thinking about buying a bike but I do not know the FIRST thing about that. I just want a bike I can ride around on. I don't need a fancy-schmancy thing. Just an old ladies bike with a basket. The grocery store is close enough. I could bike there. I could even bike to work by taking the back roads.

All three of my jobs keep me at my computer a LOT. I swear I can feel my butt spreading out as I sit here.

And for the record, Diva, I could tell you'd lost weight. I'm sorry for not saying anything. :( I've had it ingrained into me that it's "bad" to mention as if I'd noticed your weight in the first place. So I do apologize.



When I was teaching, I drank 3 cups of coffee before school...then, throughout the day, I drank 4-6 Diet Cokes. It became a joke to the kids if I didn't have a can on the piano. But then I kept hearing about all the negatives.....plus the caffeine withdrawals.....

But over the past years, I have gone to NO diet drinks and as of last week, I'm on 100% decaf. So it CAN be done, Arwen....You just have to set Your mind to doing it, and I know You can do that. Sometimes, I will splurge at a restaurant and have a diet coke....but that's not often.

When we went to brunch, I felt totally stuffed and miserable after that meal. What was I THINKING???? (And thanks for noticing, btw!) And the GREASE.....I guess, because I was just more aware, I had never noticed how much salt and grease was in my 'store bought meal'.

And by the way.....we're going to have a nice salad and broiled fish this evening. :D Ok, ok....and 20 hush puppies. :runforhills:

PinkieLee
02-02-2010, 10:43 AM
I want to say CONGRATS to all the biggest losers right now! Y'all are doing AWESOME... keep up the amazing work of motivating yourself & your friends here!

A website that I like is called, www.3fatchicks.com.
They've got forums, recipes, BMI calculators, calorie counters, progress charts... everything that you can possible think of. Just another little tool if you like that sort of thing.

I still haven't gotten on the scale yet, and honestly I don't know why. Right now, I am trying to concentrate on just eating better and drinking as much water as humanly possible. Maybe I will bite the bullet and get on the scale tonight. No better time then now, huh?!

Arwen
02-02-2010, 03:27 PM
When we went to brunch, I felt totally stuffed and miserable after that meal. What was I THINKING???? (And thanks for noticing, btw!) And the GREASE.....I guess, because I was just more aware, I had never noticed how much salt and grease was in my 'store bought meal'.

And by the way.....we're going to have a nice salad and broiled fish this evening. :D Ok, ok....and 20 hush puppies. :runforhills:
Thank you! I was full but didn't eat again until 6 or so! I so appreciate that encouragement for the diet coke addiction. I'll drink tea tonight. But hush puppies will be eaten. No second bowls! lol But I picked that place because we could get fish and I knew you had good memories of it. :)

I still haven't gotten on the scale yet, and honestly I don't know why. Right now, I am trying to concentrate on just eating better and drinking as much water as humanly possible. Maybe I will bite the bullet and get on the scale tonight. No better time then now, huh?!

That scale is my worst enemy. I really shouldn't weigh myself because I really do get discouraged by it. I'm not unhappy with my weight or look. I think I'm a pretty sexy woman. But I don't FEEL GOOD and that's the key right there. I want to feel more energetic!

Just_G
02-02-2010, 04:03 PM
I totally agree about the whole "it's how I feel" thing! I don't own a scale, but have one at work for our UPS packages. So, I really guage how I am doing by how my clothes fit...espcecially my fave jeans...which are getting a bit looser. (when they are back to hangin' off my hips and baggy, I will be one happy camper!) Granted, I am not losing a lot of weight, but I am working out and I am sure that the lifting that I am doing is making it seem like not much is changing.

I just keep doing what I know works even if it doesn't work for anyone else.

If I could just go out and not drink BEER! I love my happy hour one day a week though!

Arwen
02-02-2010, 04:21 PM
I just did two pans of Lazy Lady Chicken. One has olive oil, tabasco, Tony's, garlic and a bit of honey. The other has olive oil, lemon juice, lemon-pepper seasoning and garlic

Tonight I'll buy some more letutce and it will be chicken and salad. I have to eat when I get home at 10 or later. So this will prevent me from eating something less healthy. :)

G, have you tried some of the low-carb/sugar beer? Is it nasty? Be a dear and drink one for the team so we know, okay? :winky:

Lady Jewel
02-02-2010, 05:30 PM
Maybe someone has an idea for me...I have trouble sleeping at night due to chronic pain. So my whole schedule is topsy turvy. Compound that with me being a night eater. Im just not hungry during the day. Ive tried the six small meals thingy...but doggone it, late at night Im always starvin. Any ideas?

Jewel:byebye:

christie
02-02-2010, 06:39 PM
Maybe someone has an idea for me...I have trouble sleeping at night due to chronic pain. So my whole schedule is topsy turvy. Compound that with me being a night eater. Im just not hungry during the day. Ive tried the six small meals thingy...but doggone it, late at night Im always starvin. Any ideas?

Jewel:byebye:

For me, nights when the fibro is kicking and I can't sleep, the portion control, must-eat-every-carb-in-the-house demon is BAD.

The food demon for me is looking for that endorphin release so that it ramps down the pain.

My solution is simple. I replace the food endorphins with sexual ones. If Jess isn't available to participate, I indulge in a lil solo action. If once doesn't abate the pain, well, thank goodness for hoarding Energizer (a different thread, I suppose... that whole hoarding thing!)

I am sure that you could get the same from exercise endorphins, but usually when I am in that kind of discomfort, the LAST thing I wanna do is exercise.

I saw a documentary several years ago on women's health and one of the things that stuck out was that sleep deprivation or erratic sleep cycles were a connection with weight gain/difficulty in losing weight. It was a chicken/egg first thing.

Sleep is so very important and even more so when you do have chronic health/pain issues.

Sonata, Ambien, etc were my best friends for years. I am determined not to be a slave to prescription medication again, so now I dose with Tylenol PM nightly. I have spoken with my doc about the LT use of this and feel that the risks to my health don't outweigh the benefit for me.

This may or may not be helpful, but the whole orgasmic endorphin part certainly couldn't hurt!

Christie

Diva
02-02-2010, 08:45 PM
Tonight, I was a bad girl.

Not in a good way, either.

I had fried fish for dinner. It didn't take 15 minutes for me to FEEL it, either. And while I didn't eat the fries, I'm pretty sure I ate 247 hushpuppies.

It was good going down, but now I am risking a setback by eating it and I'm not happy with myself.

Tomorrow will be a better day. :worried:

Linus
02-03-2010, 12:34 AM
Maybe someone has an idea for me...I have trouble sleeping at night due to chronic pain. So my whole schedule is topsy turvy. Compound that with me being a night eater. Im just not hungry during the day. Ive tried the six small meals thingy...but doggone it, late at night Im always starvin. Any ideas?

Jewel:byebye:

I was thinking about this today and have a few ideas to suggest. A few of the things that has been suggested to me in regards to improving sleep and helping at lose weight have been a few of the following:

- no caffeine drinks after 4pm.
- make your last meal of the day no later than 7pm
- get ready for sleep by dimming lights 20-30 min before going to bed. Turn off the TV and meditate (stop thinking -- it's actually harder than we think)
- look into getting melatonin capsules (this may require some experimentation on the right dosage but I've heard a few people swear it's a great way to bring a person closer to sleep state and keep them there).

Now that all said, given that you tend to eat later in the day, shift your six meals to later (rather than starting at 8am start at say 12noon but ensure your last meal is about an hour and a half to two hours before going to sleep; make sure it is also not the heaviest/largest meal of the day as you will be actively digesting it while sleeping -- and that can keep you awake).

Hopefully this will give some ideas to help. Routine is something that helps but if your routine is different than others that's fine as well as long as you try to keep some routine since the body responds better to that).

Gemme
02-03-2010, 03:00 AM
This is hard to write.

I weigh exactly what I weighed at the start. EXACTLY.

I am told my diet sodas are bad. I just do not know if I can ever give them up. I'm only drinkiing 2-3 a day usually. I will try to bring that down. I do not want things with aspartame in them. That stuff makes me really yucky all over.

I know where my problem lies. It's in the portion control. And in the lack of exercise. I have taken to parking farther away from anything I am going into (including work) when I can and when the weather isn't hideous.

I'm thinking about buying a bike but I do not know the FIRST thing about that. I just want a bike I can ride around on. I don't need a fancy-schmancy thing. Just an old ladies bike with a basket. The grocery store is close enough. I could bike there. I could even bike to work by taking th (Cre back roads.

All three of my jobs keep me at my computer a LOT. I swear I can feel my butt spreading out as I sit here.

And for the record, Diva, I could tell you'd lost weight. I'm sorry for not saying anything. :( I've had it ingrained into me that it's "bad" to mention as if I'd noticed your weight in the first place. So I do apologize.


Start to bring in other beverage options as you begin to lessen the diet sodas. They aren't completely evil, so one now and again won't hurt you too badly. I use a lot of the drink mixes (Crystal Light when they are on sale, Wally World or other generic is the same stuff) to help me and I get a lot of flavor while upping my water intake (always a good thing). Having plenty of water in you helps to push the hush puppies through, yanno? White grape is my favorite thus far. I also drink V-8 Berry Blend, but I dilute it as much as I can tolerate with water. The same for oj and apple juice and other non-carbonated drinks. Sometimes, it's not the soda thing so much as the "I need carbonation NOW!" thing. So, maybe a ginger ale or spritzer or something might help.

You know how you know things but don't KNOW things? Yeah, that's portion control. A size of meat shouldn't be larger than a deck of cards. Good sized fruit (oranges, apples, etc) about a fist. Natural sweeteners are better, so keep honey nearby. Most times, a cup comes out to be a handful (literally, a hand full only!) of whatever. I've started to really crack down on the portions and things like the salad dressing killed me at first.

I like a little salad with my dressing, if you catch my drift. Well, 2 TBS (the usual serving size) goes awfully fast. I've learned to put one in and swirl it around and eat some down before adding the next. I had a huge salad for breakfast thing morning and had 3 TBS but it went into 3 cups of lettuce and spinach, a whole pepper, tons of cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of the last of some bacon bits. I got some salad spritzers on sale too, so I'll play with them soon too. Ten spritzes is a serving and the servings come out to 10-15 calories. Not too bad!

As for those on odd schedules and/or victims of the nighttime munchies, I feel you. I tend to eat more as the day progresses too. The breakfast I mentioned? That was at noon. Lunch was at 5ish and dinner before 9pm. An evening snack at 11pm is not uncommon as I get off of work at 11pm. You just have to adapt your eating schedule to your working/sleeping schedule. I try to eat more during the first two meals and eat better for me, less calorie options later on. My midnight snack was a snack size bag of air popped kettle corn. 60 calories. Woot!

It takes some planning and work, but once we all get a hang of it, we'll be fine. For the record, I haven't dropped a lot of weight and I don't anticipate doing so (though I'd love to). My body has pretty much stuck in the same part of the scale for years now. I do, however, notice a difference in how my clothes fit and how I feel. When I eat poorly, I feel it. The bloating, the overfull feeling (which I am growing to not like), and the sluggishness just aren't worth that last cupcake to me. Or that bowl of ice cream. Right now, I have 2 1/2 half gallons of ice cream in my freezer. Two are still in the wrapping and the other, while tempting, does not push my eat me NOW buttons like it used to. As my honey says, the less of the junk I eat, the less I will crave it.

BTW, did any of you know that many French eat dessert first? Know why? Sugar stimulates your appetite. So, I try not to eat super sweet stuff at the end of the meal anymore or, if I do, I brush my teeth or pop some sugar free gum in real quick. I'm less likely to shove junk in if I'm minty fresh or my mouth is otherwise occupied. Kissing your snookums is a good mouth distractor too! ;)

canmarielan
02-03-2010, 05:02 AM
applebees has a awsome weight watchers menu ..

http://www.applebees.com


I have been wanting to check that out.

Less than 550 calories they say :)

Anyone else watch the Biggest Loser tonight??

I mean...Miggy had friggin major surgery and walked 13 miles in one day.

We can friggin do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is hard to write.

I weigh exactly what I weighed at the start. EXACTLY.

I am told my diet sodas are bad. I just do not know if I can ever give them up. I'm only drinkiing 2-3 a day usually. I will try to bring that down. I do not want things with aspartame in them. That stuff makes me really yucky all over.

I know where my problem lies. It's in the portion control. And in the lack of exercise. I have taken to parking farther away from anything I am going into (including work) when I can and when the weather isn't hideous.

I'm thinking about buying a bike but I do not know the FIRST thing about that. I just want a bike I can ride around on. I don't need a fancy-schmancy thing. Just an old ladies bike with a basket. The grocery store is close enough. I could bike there. I could even bike to work by taking the back roads.

All three of my jobs keep me at my computer a LOT. I swear I can feel my butt spreading out as I sit here.

And for the record, Diva, I could tell you'd lost weight. I'm sorry for not saying anything. :( I've had it ingrained into me that it's "bad" to mention as if I'd noticed your weight in the first place. So I do apologize.


Arwen,

Diet soda's aren't the devil. I mean...they aren't great for you...but honestly in the eyes of the calorie gods they aren't going to stop your weight loss. :)

Just make sure you're flushing your system with a lot of water as well. I don't think holding onto your 2 diet sodas for now while you're cutting out other bad things would be a terrible idea. Concentrate on cleansing your life of BAD CALORIES or BAD CARBS or whatever plan you're on. Diet sodas have NEITHER of those things.

Once you have your weight where you want it to be, then concentrate on cutting those out. Why quit everything at once?

Once again, my .02


I want to say CONGRATS to all the biggest losers right now! Y'all are doing AWESOME... keep up the amazing work of motivating yourself & your friends here!

A website that I like is called, www.3fatchicks.com.
They've got forums, recipes, BMI calculators, calorie counters, progress charts... everything that you can possible think of. Just another little tool if you like that sort of thing.

I still haven't gotten on the scale yet, and honestly I don't know why. Right now, I am trying to concentrate on just eating better and drinking as much water as humanly possible. Maybe I will bite the bullet and get on the scale tonight. No better time then now, huh?!


Honey if weighing yourself is NOT something you want to do...then don't *wink* I mean....you can tell you're doing the right thing when your clothes fit better, you FEEL better, etc.

If the scale inhibits your happiness and will only depress you then don't do it.

For me, it either shows me I'm doing right...or tells me to work harder.

I realize that for some people it doesn't do that, it only hurts their heart.

However, we all have to start somewhere :)
Tonight, I was a bad girl.

Not in a good way, either.

I had fried fish for dinner. It didn't take 15 minutes for me to FEEL it, either. And while I didn't eat the fries, I'm pretty sure I ate 247 hushpuppies.

It was good going down, but now I am risking a setback by eating it and I'm not happy with myself.

Tomorrow will be a better day. :worried:

Yes, it will!

I am sure of it :)

Perhaps take Miss Lucy for a walk up and down that hill in front of your house a few times....that should kick those hushpuppies right outta your system *wink*

Arwen
02-03-2010, 11:10 AM
After the 300 hush puppies (because I'm sure I ate more than Diva) and the peach cobbler (not that good actually) last night, I hit the grocery store. I got some more juice for my smoothies as well as some lettuce and other stuff. Even thought I am three cans away from a total Coke Zero (only 40mg of sodium per can, yo), I did not buy another 12 pack. :) We shall see how this goes. I also bought my fave little grape tomatoes and lettuce for my lunches/dinners.

I am also perusing bikes. I just think if I can find soemthing to do, i will be better. I tried to walk to the mailbox yesterday but I don't have shoes that are comfortable. And I have really ouchy feet. One of the things that keeps me from exercise is my physical pain levels.

WHINE. :)

Perserverance and persistance. That's my motto.

I also picked up the Weight Watchers magazine (turned it face down on the conveyer so no one else could see it--snort) It actually had a ton of information along with recipes. Not sure what I think about their point system but the recipes and stories were very good.

christie
02-03-2010, 11:36 AM
After the 300 hush puppies (because I'm sure I ate more than Diva) and the peach cobbler (not that good actually) last night, I hit the grocery store. I got some more juice for my smoothies as well as some lettuce and other stuff. Even thought I am three cans away from a total Coke Zero (only 40mg of sodium per can, yo), I did not buy another 12 pack. :) We shall see how this goes. I also bought my fave little grape tomatoes and lettuce for my lunches/dinners.

I am also perusing bikes. I just think if I can find soemthing to do, i will be better. I tried to walk to the mailbox yesterday but I don't have shoes that are comfortable. And I have really ouchy feet. One of the things that keeps me from exercise is my physical pain levels.

WHINE. :)

Perserverance and persistance. That's my motto.

I also picked up the Weight Watchers magazine (turned it face down on the conveyer so no one else could see it--snort) It actually had a ton of information along with recipes. Not sure what I think about their point system but the recipes and stories were very good.


Have you tried the sugarfree koolaid/crystal light things? I also have an aspartame issue, but these don't seem to bother me. I have gone from drinking literally a 12 pack+ of mountain dew (non diet) to NONE since August. My personal favs are the "Hawaiin Punch" Orange and Limeaid Berry.

Diva
02-03-2010, 12:02 PM
Well.....so this morning, I had my yearly doctor's visit.....and I'm thinkin'....so I chose to eat FRIED food the night beFORE? What was I thinking?

My BP was a little elevated, but nothing drastic.

AND....I have lost 22 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So perhaps it would have been a little more had I not succumbed to the Hell that IS the Hushpuppy..

They also measured my height....and I am now a 'victim' of old age.....I'm 1/2" shorter. I can no longer bump up my 5'3 1/2" to 5'4"......I am now 5' 3".

:|

All in all.....I'm feeling pretty good right now.

Gemme
02-03-2010, 02:58 PM
Was it you, Candace, that said diet sodas don't have anything bad in them? Pretty much anything created by man has something weird in it. Diet sodas have trace amounts of formaldehyde in them. Now, I'm all for preserving what I can, but that CAN'T be good for us.....can it? :blink:

Arwen, look around for a small stationary cycle. I was going to mention this last night, but I was so darn tired, I spaced on it once I started babbling. Freecycle and CL usually have something reasonable every so often. Get a small one (since I know you have limited space) and rig it so you can have your laptop on it. Now, don't go all Lance Armstrong on us, but if you keep a slow, steady pace...over time you will feel and see the difference, hush puppies be damned!

canmarielan
02-03-2010, 05:43 PM
After the 300 hush puppies (because I'm sure I ate more than Diva) and the peach cobbler (not that good actually) last night, I hit the grocery store. I got some more juice for my smoothies as well as some lettuce and other stuff. Even thought I am three cans away from a total Coke Zero (only 40mg of sodium per can, yo), I did not buy another 12 pack. :) We shall see how this goes. I also bought my fave little grape tomatoes and lettuce for my lunches/dinners.

I am also perusing bikes. I just think if I can find soemthing to do, i will be better. I tried to walk to the mailbox yesterday but I don't have shoes that are comfortable. And I have really ouchy feet. One of the things that keeps me from exercise is my physical pain levels.

WHINE. :)

Perserverance and persistance. That's my motto.

I also picked up the Weight Watchers magazine (turned it face down on the conveyer so no one else could see it--snort) It actually had a ton of information along with recipes. Not sure what I think about their point system but the recipes and stories were very good.


Arwen,

Whilst I agree that Weight Watchers is an amazing organization...and the point system works for some people....it's actually just a conversion of calories to points.

Biggest Loser makes a book called "Easy Swaps" That has a list of all the things we love. Pasta, french fries, even hushpuppies....and what you can do to make something similar with a ton less calories, and less sodium, and all in all better for you. *smiles*

Just a suggestion :)

Well.....so this morning, I had my yearly doctor's visit.....and I'm thinkin'....so I chose to eat FRIED food the night beFORE? What was I thinking?

My BP was a little elevated, but nothing drastic.

AND....I have lost 22 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So perhaps it would have been a little more had I not succumbed to the Hell that IS the Hushpuppy..

They also measured my height....and I am now a 'victim' of old age.....I'm 1/2" shorter. I can no longer bump up my 5'3 1/2" to 5'4"......I am now 5' 3".

:|

All in all.....I'm feeling pretty good right now.

Oh, Licious I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *hugs*

22 lbs is amazing!! Wish I could kiss ya cheek!!

And Gemme....while I realize that Diet Sodas are certainly not the best things fo us....and I realize that, believe me. I was only saying that I know that attempting to give up everything all at once can be so sucky. And if someone has been drinking only 2 sodas a day, this in itself will NOT inhibit WEIGHT LOSS. That is my goal. Weight Loss. So, if I have given up fried foods, fast foods, cakes, candy, alcohol, cigarettes, and lazy ass on the couch, etc. It will not KILL me to cont to drink 2 diet sodas and not deprive myself of EVERYTHING I love all at once.

I certainly agree that Diet Sodas should eventually be cycled out of our lives. However, I haven't begun to cut out ALL preservatives, ALL processed foods just yet. I"m working on a day to day basis of weight loss. My goal is not necessarily to get healthier (while this is certainly a side effect of weight loss) for now it's just to get smaller. I want to wear sexy clothes. I want to be able to run around and do things easier.

I'm not saying that everyone shoud have the same view as me. I know this may not be only reason I have to lose weight but for me....right now....I want to LOOK better. That is my motivation, that is my goal.

So Diet Sodas have no calories, no carbs, and only a small portion of my daily sodium. I drink 1-3 a week. And No, I won't be giving those up right now.

*nod*

Arwen
02-03-2010, 11:55 PM
I'm pretty proud of myself. I've been coming up with excuse after excuse as to why I can't exercise.

I don't have the right shoes.
I don't have the right clothes.
It's raining.
I don't have a bike.
I don't have time.
yadda
yadda
yadda

This morning, after working on one of my books, I just got up and turned on my iPod. I have two groups (one is 20 minutes and one is 30) of music that I used to use when I did the step aerobics on the WiiFit board.

Well you know what? I was barefooted wearing nothing but a heavy terry cloth robe.

I danced. I moved. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes. At the beginning I did stretches, then I unloaded the dishwasher. Then I boogied and sang my lungs out.

Y'all should be thankful that you do not live with me. I am not American Idol material unless it's the outtake reels. LOL

But I did it. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes and broke a sweat.

I've also not had any cafFIEND today. I did have two squares of my dark chocolate though. Grin!

What was wild was when I put in 30 minutes of dancing and it ZEROED out my smoothie. THUD. All that health gone like that.

hee.

I know. It was just the calories, but it made me laugh.

Linus
02-03-2010, 11:58 PM
Arwen, any amount of motion that is more than usual is always good. Rule of thumb is that 3,500 calories == 1 lb. So if you reduce a little and exercise a little more, that 3,500 calories drops faster than you realize. :)

Arwen
02-04-2010, 12:01 AM
Arwen, any amount of motion that is more than usual is always good. Rule of thumb is that 3,500 calories == 1 lb. So if you reduce a little and exercise a little more, that 3,500 calories drops faster than you realize. :)

I had fun because I have a mirror in my living room and I could see what a DORK I look like when I'm dancing.

And in my vivid imagination, I danced with many of you.

PinkieLee, you were particularly good at two-stepping with me to "Down In Mississippi And Up To No Good" while G rocked the house on "Put A Girl In It".

Can y'all tell the kind of music I have on my 30 minute selection? LOL

amiyesiam
02-04-2010, 01:50 AM
I'm pretty proud of myself. I've been coming up with excuse after excuse as to why I can't exercise.

I don't have the right shoes.
I don't have the right clothes.
It's raining.
I don't have a bike.
I don't have time.
yadda
yadda
yadda

This morning, after working on one of my books, I just got up and turned on my iPod. I have two groups (one is 20 minutes and one is 30) of music that I used to use when I did the step aerobics on the WiiFit board.

Well you know what? I was barefooted wearing nothing but a heavy terry cloth robe.

I danced. I moved. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes. At the beginning I did stretches, then I unloaded the dishwasher. Then I boogied and sang my lungs out.

Y'all should be thankful that you do not live with me. I am not American Idol material unless it's the outtake reels. LOL

But I did it. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes and broke a sweat.

I've also not had any cafFIEND today. I did have two squares of my dark chocolate though. Grin!

What was wild was when I put in 30 minutes of dancing and it ZEROED out my smoothie. THUD. All that health gone like that.

hee.

I know. It was just the calories, but it made me laugh.




oh, you have a wii fit too!!!!!!!!!

I love it cause

it totals my minutes
it estimates calories burned
it weighs/does BMI every time you get on it
it tracks it all on a nice little chart
Bare FOOT oh yes oh yes
in the jammies yippie
no having to shower to go out in public just so you can exercise and shower again!!!!!!!
you can add and track other exercise you do (like shoveling LOL)
it keeps track of how you do on each exercise so you can see your actual progress and it means that you can not over or under estimate what you have done or not

Gemme
02-04-2010, 06:23 PM
And Gemme....while I realize that Diet Sodas are certainly not the best things fo us....and I realize that, believe me. I was only saying that I know that attempting to give up everything all at once can be so sucky. And if someone has been drinking only 2 sodas a day, this in itself will NOT inhibit WEIGHT LOSS. That is my goal. Weight Loss. So, if I have given up fried foods, fast foods, cakes, candy, alcohol, cigarettes, and lazy ass on the couch, etc. It will not KILL me to cont to drink 2 diet sodas and not deprive myself of EVERYTHING I love all at once.

I certainly agree that Diet Sodas should eventually be cycled out of our lives. However, I haven't begun to cut out ALL preservatives, ALL processed foods just yet. I"m working on a day to day basis of weight loss. My goal is not necessarily to get healthier (while this is certainly a side effect of weight loss) for now it's just to get smaller. I want to wear sexy clothes. I want to be able to run around and do things easier.

I'm not saying that everyone shoud have the same view as me. I know this may not be only reason I have to lose weight but for me....right now....I want to LOOK better. That is my motivation, that is my goal.

So Diet Sodas have no calories, no carbs, and only a small portion of my daily sodium. I drink 1-3 a week. And No, I won't be giving those up right now.

*nod*

Oh, no...no....no! I was just commenting on a post, Candace, not saying "drop it now!"

Girrrrrl, I've got too much going on with myself to jump all over someone else. I just know that I know some valuable shit that I've picked up over the years. Not that I've always put it into practice, but I KNOW it. That's got to count for SOMEthing, right?

I still have some diet sodas in the garage too. I wasn't judging you. :)

oh, you have a wii fit too!!!!!!!!!

I love it cause

it totals my minutes
it estimates calories burned
it weighs/does BMI every time you get on it
it tracks it all on a nice little chart
Bare FOOT oh yes oh yes
in the jammies yippie
no having to shower to go out in public just so you can exercise and shower again!!!!!!!
you can add and track other exercise you do (like shoveling LOL)
it keeps track of how you do on each exercise so you can see your actual progress and it means that you can not over or under estimate what you have done or not



And ami is now the OFFICIAL Wii Fit promotions person. If these aren't enough reasons to get one, I don't know what is! :thumbsup:

Puplove
02-04-2010, 09:27 PM
I'm pretty proud of myself. I've been coming up with excuse after excuse as to why I can't exercise.

I don't have the right shoes.
I don't have the right clothes.

...snippie...

Well you know what? I was barefooted wearing nothing but a heavy terry cloth robe.


I have learned that if I stop to think about working out, as in "will I or won't I" or if I entertain any thoughts about what steps I have to take to get exercising -- I'm not going to do it. The second I make exercising an option, I have just decided I'm not going to do it today. (I've been making it an option every day now for a couple months...that's stopping right now!)

So....anything I can do to remove steps helps. A major one is the hassle of putting on running shoes, lacing them up, then loosening them because they're too tight across my high instep, but then they're too loose, adjusting and tightening, blah blah blah...so I eliminated shoes from my workout routine. I just do it barefooted. I figured that's healthier than not doing it.

Lo! and Behold!
I'm happy to see that more and more research is supporting the idea that it is better for our bodies to run and do aerobics barefooted instead of in shoes.

The basic facts they're pointing out are are: With shoes on, we land with all our weight on our heels. In addition, supportive and structured running shoes do not allow our toes to spread. The foot's natural operation when running is to absorb the impact throughout the foot and to spread the toes to balance and absorb more. This protects our knees and ankles.

I don't know anything about foot doctoring or the anatomy, physiology or any malfunctions, injuries and stuff. But, I love seeing this research.

Now, I'm looking for research about working out or running in terry cloth robes. I bet they wick away the sweat....

Arwen
02-04-2010, 11:33 PM
Now, I'm looking for research about working out or running in terry cloth robes. I bet they wick away the sweat....

Thanks so much! I am going to remember the point you made about the moment you make it a choice. You've got a rocking bod so I know you know! :)

And the terry cloth robe made me sweat so that's gotta be good right?

Although...my heart did take a turn when I saw BLOOD on my arms.

Then I realized it was red fuzz from my robe. :|

Puplove
02-05-2010, 12:31 AM
Although...my heart did take a turn when I saw BLOOD on my arms.

Then I realized it was red fuzz from my robe. :|

HAHAHA!!! Ask me sometime about the first tattoo I got (mostly red) and misperception about blood...

I"m glad the choice moment makes sense to you. At least the way I work - as soon as I give myself the option to decide, I've already given myself permission to blow off exercising. So if I'm serious, I don't get to make a choice about whether I'm going to do it, I just have to just like I would have to do any other commitment to someone else.

Thanks for the rockin bod comment - even if I've rounded it out quite a bit in the past few months (evidence = clothes are too little)!

Diavolo
02-05-2010, 06:30 PM
Although...my heart did take a turn when I saw BLOOD on my arms.

Then I realized it was red fuzz from my robe. :|

I think you're the only person I know who bleeds terrycloth.:cheesy:

Arwen
02-06-2010, 10:24 AM
Dear Fellow Losers,

Um, guess what? I've not had even ONE soda since Wednesday. Not even ONE! And I've been drinking a lot more water. So w00t for me! :)

Haven't done the movement thing because I've been engrossed in a story I'm working on. But I did get 1700 words written yesterday which is awesome for me. Usually it's 250 here, 500 there. LOL

I've also been really focused on eating the right things. I slip and slide some but overall, I'm eating like someone who really cares about my body.

So thanks for this thread, Candacebaby! And thanks for this planet, Dusa and Jack. And to all the losers here, thanks to you as well.

Love
Thankful Femme

Leigh
02-06-2010, 11:02 AM
I also picked up the Weight Watchers magazine (turned it face down on the conveyer so no one else could see it--snort) It actually had a ton of information along with recipes. Not sure what I think about their point system but the recipes and stories were very good.

I think I have every issue of the Weight Watchers magazine from the last year and a half. I love their recipes (might even try a few out sometime) and am gonna take the weight loss success stories and maybe make a motivational scrapbook out of it so that if I ever get down or discouraged I can just look at those stories and know that if they can do it then so can I :)

Oh, and of course I'll be here with you all getting encouragement as well :thumbsup:

And and, I went to the doctor's this week and I lost four pounds in two weeks .......... no complaints here, YAY Me :D

Have you tried the sugarfree koolaid/crystal light things? I also have an aspartame issue, but these don't seem to bother me. I have gone from drinking literally a 12 pack+ of mountain dew (non diet) to NONE since August. My personal favs are the "Hawaiin Punch" Orange and Limeaid Berry.

I'm bad for downing a 2L of pepsi in like 1-2 days, but I wanna try those crystal light drinks packets just cuz I've heard lots of people raving about it!!!!

AND....I have lost 22 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So perhaps it would have been a little more had I not succumbed to the Hell that IS the Hushpuppy..

All in all.....I'm feeling pretty good right now.

WOOHOO for losing 22lbs Ms Diva, thats fantastic :clap:

I'm pretty proud of myself. I've been coming up with excuse after excuse as to why I can't exercise.

I don't have the right shoes.
I don't have the right clothes.
It's raining.
I don't have a bike.
I don't have time.
yadda
yadda
yadda

This morning, after working on one of my books, I just got up and turned on my iPod. I have two groups (one is 20 minutes and one is 30) of music that I used to use when I did the step aerobics on the WiiFit board.

Well you know what? I was barefooted wearing nothing but a heavy terry cloth robe.

I danced. I moved. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes. At the beginning I did stretches, then I unloaded the dishwasher. Then I boogied and sang my lungs out.

Y'all should be thankful that you do not live with me. I am not American Idol material unless it's the outtake reels. LOL

But I did it. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes and broke a sweat.

Good for you Arwen! Even if its just something like dancing around the house and singing (even if one is not good at it) its that kind of feel good stuff that not only helps us to lose weight but also produces those endorphins that make us feel good :D

oh, you have a wii fit too!!!!!!!!!

I love it cause

it totals my minutes
it estimates calories burned
it weighs/does BMI every time you get on it
it tracks it all on a nice little chart
Bare FOOT oh yes oh yes
in the jammies yippie
no having to shower to go out in public just so you can exercise and shower again!!!!!!!
you can add and track other exercise you do (like shoveling LOL)
it keeps track of how you do on each exercise so you can see your actual progress and it means that you can not over or under estimate what you have done or not




How is the Wii Fit for exercising Ami? Do you recommend it?

My mom knows that I wanna lose weight and she is thinking about looking into getting it for our whole family so that we can all use it to work on losing weight. I don't really wanna go to the gym and feel uncomfortable changing as well as exercising in front of complete strangers, so doing it in the comfort of home is probably the best way to do it. I'd also wanna get games for it like bowling, golf etc so that there are other fun things to do on the Wii to help get into shape :thumbsup:

Gemme
02-06-2010, 05:49 PM
Dear Fellow Losers,

Um, guess what? I've not had even ONE soda since Wednesday. Not even ONE! And I've been drinking a lot more water. So w00t for me! :)

Haven't done the movement thing because I've been engrossed in a story I'm working on. But I did get 1700 words written yesterday which is awesome for me. Usually it's 250 here, 500 there. LOL

I've also been really focused on eating the right things. I slip and slide some but overall, I'm eating like someone who really cares about my body.

So thanks for this thread, Candacebaby! And thanks for this planet, Dusa and Jack. And to all the losers here, thanks to you as well.

Love
Thankful Femme


Ahem, missy. I believe it was 1701 words. Every single word counts! :cheesy:



I was logging my food intake today into TDP and after only one cup of oj (NOTHING more!), I was at 108% of my recommended sugar intake. Holy crap! No WONDER I consistently go over my sugar rda. Yikes! :blink:

I'll be at 400% by the time I've had my dinner and snack (an apple and an orange are in my future). :rant:

<---- loves her sugar

Galahad
02-06-2010, 09:21 PM
Everyone here is really inspiring me to get started again. I need to lose about 100 lbs. One thing I read about in a spark people exercise article and try to do is move my arms about to get my heart rate up. I have sore feet and can't run or walk much. When I add waving my arms about and punching along with stepping or walking, I work up a sweat and get the pulse racing 3x faster than just marching or jogging along. I need to force myself to do it every day. It gets boring. Looking up exercises vs. calories burnt,I found shadow boxing is one of the best. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, but it breaks the monotony.

Gemme
02-06-2010, 11:02 PM
Everyone here is really inspiring me to get started again. I need to lose about 100 lbs. One thing I read about in a spark people exercise article and try to do is move my arms about to get my heart rate up. I have sore feet and can't run or walk much. When I add waving my arms about and punching along with stepping or walking, I work up a sweat and get the pulse racing 3x faster than just marching or jogging along. I need to force myself to do it every day. It gets boring. Looking up exercises vs. calories burnt,I found shadow boxing is one of the best. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, but it breaks the monotony.

At my Y, they have a couple of 'bikes' that have hand 'pedals' for those who shouldn't/can't move their legs well. The motion is just like the foot pedals, only it's at chest level. Maybe a place near you will have one of those too!

Galahad
02-07-2010, 01:06 AM
Sounds like dog peddling. I think I'd get really bored just cycling for 30 minutes. Great for people that can't use their legs at all though. I'll stick with the shadow boxing, windmills, waving,swimming, signaling, arm movements. Dancing around on the cushions etc. It helps to know there are so many of you out there exercising whether or not you want to.

canmarielan
02-07-2010, 03:58 AM
I'm pretty proud of myself. I've been coming up with excuse after excuse as to why I can't exercise.

I don't have the right shoes.
I don't have the right clothes.
It's raining.
I don't have a bike.
I don't have time.
yadda
yadda
yadda

This morning, after working on one of my books, I just got up and turned on my iPod. I have two groups (one is 20 minutes and one is 30) of music that I used to use when I did the step aerobics on the WiiFit board.

Well you know what? I was barefooted wearing nothing but a heavy terry cloth robe.

I danced. I moved. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes. At the beginning I did stretches, then I unloaded the dishwasher. Then I boogied and sang my lungs out.

Y'all should be thankful that you do not live with me. I am not American Idol material unless it's the outtake reels. LOL

But I did it. I stayed in motion for thirty solid minutes and broke a sweat.

I've also not had any cafFIEND today. I did have two squares of my dark chocolate though. Grin!

What was wild was when I put in 30 minutes of dancing and it ZEROED out my smoothie. THUD. All that health gone like that.

hee.

I know. It was just the calories, but it made me laugh.



OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SISTER THIS IS Exactly what i did the other day!!!!!!! SOOOOOO much fun, eh??

Just dancing around acting goofy. I picked up my kitty and did a few twirls with her...she was.....umm...NOT interested!!! hahhaaa...they just sat there and stared at me bewildered!!!!!!!!!

I didn't care:listening:

GREAT JOBB!!!!



I have learned that if I stop to think about working out, as in "will I or won't I" or if I entertain any thoughts about what steps I have to take to get exercising -- I'm not going to do it. The second I make exercising an option, I have just decided I'm not going to do it today. (I've been making it an option every day now for a couple months...that's stopping right now!)

So....anything I can do to remove steps helps. A major one is the hassle of putting on running shoes, lacing them up, then loosening them because they're too tight across my high instep, but then they're too loose, adjusting and tightening, blah blah blah...so I eliminated shoes from my workout routine. I just do it barefooted. I figured that's healthier than not doing it.

Lo! and Behold!
I'm happy to see that more and more research is supporting the idea that it is better for our bodies to run and do aerobics barefooted instead of in shoes.

The basic facts they're pointing out are are: With shoes on, we land with all our weight on our heels. In addition, supportive and structured running shoes do not allow our toes to spread. The foot's natural operation when running is to absorb the impact throughout the foot and to spread the toes to balance and absorb more. This protects our knees and ankles.

I don't know anything about foot doctoring or the anatomy, physiology or any malfunctions, injuries and stuff. But, I love seeing this research.

Now, I'm looking for research about working out or running in terry cloth robes. I bet they wick away the sweat....

I love you.

That is all.

Dear Fellow Losers,

Um, guess what? I've not had even ONE soda since Wednesday. Not even ONE! And I've been drinking a lot more water. So w00t for me! :)

Haven't done the movement thing because I've been engrossed in a story I'm working on. But I did get 1700 words written yesterday which is awesome for me. Usually it's 250 here, 500 there. LOL

I've also been really focused on eating the right things. I slip and slide some but overall, I'm eating like someone who really cares about my body.

So thanks for this thread, Candacebaby! And thanks for this planet, Dusa and Jack. And to all the losers here, thanks to you as well.

Love
Thankful Femme


I'm so proud of you for all you are doing, babes!!!

And all of you are doing so great. I just know 2010 is the best year for all of us!!!

I can't wait to see you guys at the reunion and when I come home to texas to visit. *smiles* it's gonna be so great ;)

Everyone here is really inspiring me to get started again. I need to lose about 100 lbs. One thing I read about in a spark people exercise article and try to do is move my arms about to get my heart rate up. I have sore feet and can't run or walk much. When I add waving my arms about and punching along with stepping or walking, I work up a sweat and get the pulse racing 3x faster than just marching or jogging along. I need to force myself to do it every day. It gets boring. Looking up exercises vs. calories burnt,I found shadow boxing is one of the best. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, but it breaks the monotony.



Welcome...and I am so excited that you are joining us in this journey :)

Keep us updated on your progress. Also...I really really like your ideas *smiles*

We can't all :basketball: or :woodchop: just yet

sometimes, in fact, all I really wanna do is :eatthebunny:

hahahaaaaaa



Everything is going okay. I don't know if I"m going to lose any weight this week b/c though I am still counting my calories I haven't gotten the burn in lately.

I really think I"m going to start my period soon (tmi I'm sure) b/c i have the appetite of a lioness. Kassie says it's b/c my metabolism is faster b/c i'm losing weight and while I am inclined to believe that it still doesn't make it fun when I am hungry. The first few weeks I was eating such great food that I didn't even realize I was dieting. Now, though I am still eating the same great food, I'm wanting more of it, ya know?

Alas, as long as I don't gain any weight I will be pleased with my progress this week.

I love you all.

Diavolo
02-07-2010, 08:54 AM
I saw the posts about stationary bicycles being boring and I get that. Our gym has a big cardio theater so every bike has a hook up to the sound, some even have their own televisions built in. That can help pass the time. Personally, I'm working on my broker's exam so I read. The only problem with reading or watching television is that it's important to keep the intensity up. Whatever intensity is for you. So I would recommend on a bike keeping the RPM's over 90, under 110. On a EFX keeping the strides over 140. Then adjust the tension to suit your fitness ability. I get Jillian Michaels' daily blasts. Something she said a couple of weeks ago was "Are you phoning in your workouts?" At the time I was phoning in the cardio. Now right before I get on the machine I say "Don't phone this in". Same with walking. You can walk or you can walk. It's a walk not a stroll. Don't be phoning it in. In addition to my morning workouts, I'm trying to take one dog for a 2.5 mile walk every day. The weather has been ass here, not as ass as it is back east, but ass for California. It'll be easier once the torrential rains slow down. One of the greatest memories of my childhood was walking with my Grandfather. He had a heart attack and the Dr. told him to walk 5 miles every day. As a child it was such a joy to run along side that big man every afternoon. It probably got him another 10-15 years.

Keep up the good work everyone! I'm taking the afternoon off. Goodboi is coming over and we've got steaks and New Orleans style BBQ shrimp and a full wine cellar and all the sorts of things that guys like to eat and drink while watching the Super Bowl.

Geaux Saints!!!

Gemme
02-07-2010, 06:32 PM
I saw the posts about stationary bicycles being boring and I get that. Our gym has a big cardio theater so every bike has a hook up to the sound, some even have their own televisions built in. That can help pass the time. Personally, I'm working on my broker's exam so I read. The only problem with reading or watching television is that it's important to keep the intensity up. Whatever intensity is for you. So I would recommend on a bike keeping the RPM's over 90, under 110. On a EFX keeping the strides over 140. Then adjust the tension to suit your fitness ability. I get Jillian Michaels' daily blasts. Something she said a couple of weeks ago was "Are you phoning in your workouts?" At the time I was phoning in the cardio. Now right before I get on the machine I say "Don't phone this in". Same with walking. You can walk or you can walk. It's a walk not a stroll. Don't be phoning it in. In addition to my morning workouts, I'm trying to take one dog for a 2.5 mile walk every day. The weather has been ass here, not as ass as it is back east, but ass for California. It'll be easier once the torrential rains slow down. One of the greatest memories of my childhood was walking with my Grandfather. He had a heart attack and the Dr. told him to walk 5 miles every day. As a child it was such a joy to run along side that big man every afternoon. It probably got him another 10-15 years.

Keep up the good work everyone! I'm taking the afternoon off. Goodboi is coming over and we've got steaks and New Orleans style BBQ shrimp and a full wine cellar and all the sorts of things that guys like to eat and drink while watching the Super Bowl.

Geaux Saints!!!


I know what you mean about phoning it in! I see a lot of folks that bring a magazine and plop it in front of them while on the treadmill or bike and they "work out" at a slow to non-existant crawl. If you want to read, great! Read. If you want to work out, work out.

It used to really get under my skin, but I've learned a way to use my irritation to my own benefit. It's like, okay, you want to waste your time, well it's your time to waste, but I'm not going to waste MY time and I up the intensity of my own workout. I win!

christie
02-07-2010, 07:47 PM
After 3 days of no power (thank you, snowstorm), I was hesitant to get on the scales today.

I am UNDER 200 for the first time in about 3/4 years. 30lbs from my goal weight and 27 days from the 40th bday. I feel pretty damned good about that. yay me :cheer:

Linus
02-07-2010, 07:50 PM
After 3 days of no power (thank you, snowstorm), I was hesitant to get on the scales today.

I am UNDER 200 for the first time in about 3/4 years. 30lbs from my goal weight and 27 days from the 40th bday. I feel pretty damned good about that. yay me :cheer:

Congrats! That must feel absolutely awesome to get closer to one's goal like that. :cheerleader::thumbsup:

canmarielan
02-07-2010, 08:01 PM
After 3 days of no power (thank you, snowstorm), I was hesitant to get on the scales today.

I am UNDER 200 for the first time in about 3/4 years. 30lbs from my goal weight and 27 days from the 40th bday. I feel pretty damned good about that. yay me :cheer:


Go you!!"!"!"

Jess
02-07-2010, 08:04 PM
After 3 days of no power (thank you, snowstorm), I was hesitant to get on the scales today.

I am UNDER 200 for the first time in about 3/4 years. 30lbs from my goal weight and 27 days from the 40th bday. I feel pretty damned good about that. yay me :cheer:

You are always my goal. No matter what weight. I am so incredibly proud and happy for you! Seeing how hard you have worked is nothing less than inspirational!

All of me...
Yours, Daddy

canmarielan
02-08-2010, 02:07 PM
You are always my goal. No matter what weight. I am so incredibly proud and happy for you! Seeing how hard you have worked is nothing less than inspirational!

All of me...
Yours, Daddy

Awwww, so cute :)


Anywho's. I'm fixing to get ready to go to the inlaws. Kassie has to take her Fur Baby who lives there to the vet, he apparently has an infected foot. Then I'm going to finish up some paperwork I've been putting off.

Then, hopefully I'm going to hang out with Belinda tonight :)

I friggin LOVE days off!!!

:crowd-surf::cheerleader::snooker::cheerleader:

Lady Jewel
02-08-2010, 04:29 PM
As many of you know I have been dealing with being pretty sick with pneumonia the past 2 weeks. Hence, I have not felt like cooking and the only thing my kid knows how to cook is pasta LOL. Sooooo...it has meant LOTS of take out/delivery. I gained 4 pounds and it REALLY pisses me off. I know, I know, I will get back on the wagon when I feel better. Gawd, I wish I could just wake up skinny LOL.


Warmly,
Jewel

Lady Jewel
02-10-2010, 01:45 AM
Ok folks this weeks weight loss support group is on Thursday at 7pm PST/10pm EST. Topic for the meeting this week is: Emotional eating and how to prevent it.

Look forward to seeing all of YOU. If you need the password, PM me. :weightshock:

canmarielan
02-10-2010, 04:21 AM
Well, as I had suspected, these last 2 days off were horrible. I ate too much.

I had a bad week.

Okay

I understand

Now, the thing is NOT letting this bad week spoil the whole thing.

I mean...it's easy to say...well I fucked up so who cares.

I refuse to let it happen.

I'm still in this guys.

I still need you.

I'm still here for you :)

Let's not let this thread die.

How are all of you doing???

DIVAAAAAaaaaaaa

Where are you?????

I love you momma, how are things??

PinkieLee
02-10-2010, 09:48 AM
Well, as I had suspected, these last 2 days off were horrible. I ate too much.

I had a bad week.

Okay

I understand

Now, the thing is NOT letting this bad week spoil the whole thing.

I mean...it's easy to say...well I fucked up so who cares.

I refuse to let it happen.

I'm still in this guys.

I still need you.

I'm still here for you :)

Let's not let this thread die.

How are all of you doing???

DIVAAAAAaaaaaaa

Where are you?????

I love you momma, how are things??

BIG BIG BIG HUGS to you gorgeous!!

It's ok Candace, we all have those times when life seems to get in the way. You are doing an amazing job at not only keeping yourself motivated, but others as well! You just keep that goal in your heart and mind, and you'll be back on track. YOU CAN DO IT honey... YES YOU CAN!

I think that this cold, gloomy, rainy & snowy weather has a lot of us in a funk. It is soooo easy to lounge on the couch in our pjs, watch movies & nibble all day ~ this weather just screams for that. But, we have to find a way to get up and get motivated. I am soooo guilty of this myself, but I know that I am the only one that is gonna change me! So, I am making a pledge to myself & my friends here, that I WILL do something... anything to get my heart rate up & get my body moving!

Arwen stated before that she didn't exercise one day, but instead put on her iPod and danced around in her living room. Guess what... that's still moving & burning calories. It's an awesome idea.... and we all have those favorite songs that we just can't help dancing too!!!

THANK YOU all again, for being such a supportive community... of applauding our accomplishments & encouraging eachother when we slip ~ the power of POSITIVE is a beautiful thing!

Have a fabulous day!!!

Arwen
02-10-2010, 10:29 AM
Candace, it hurts my heart to see you being so hard on someone I love. Please be nicer to my friend, okay? She's trying really hard and is making good progress. Slips are to be expected. This is a lifestyle change not just a diet.

Just like our muscles want to go back to old patterns, so do our emotional selves. Many of us eat for emotional reasons. And that's the hardest thing to break because we have old tapes going in our head when we are doing that.

So remember you are eliminating all that old negativity from your head.

Please don't replace it with new negative tapes. Focus on the positive, beautiful woman you are!

My personal positive is that I've really upped my water intake. I'm doing really really good at getting eight 8oz glasses a day when I'm at work. Harder at home because I do not like tap water.

Guess it's time to buy a Brita(tm) filter or something like that. :)

Gemme
02-10-2010, 02:41 PM
Candace, it must be something in the air. Yesterday wasn't my best day ever for me either. Keep your chin up! You are such an inspiration to many of us and, hopefully, some of us to you. Be kind to yourself. :rose:

Diva
02-10-2010, 02:53 PM
Well, as I had suspected, these last 2 days off were horrible. I ate too much.

I had a bad week.

Okay

I understand

Now, the thing is NOT letting this bad week spoil the whole thing.

I mean...it's easy to say...well I fucked up so who cares.

I refuse to let it happen.

I'm still in this guys.

I still need you.

I'm still here for you :)

Let's not let this thread die.

How are all of you doing???

DIVAAAAAaaaaaaa

Where are you?????

I love you momma, how are things??



Candace Louise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love You BACK! :D

I'm stuck on 23......<sigh> I was bad at the Super Bowl thingy......I had amazing BBQ <glaring at Ashton>....and amazing Guac <glaring at Arwen>......and amazing cake <glaring at myself>.

Ok...it wasn't amazing cake. (The frosting was.) But I ate it anyway.

I guess the GOOD part of that is that I left it at Oiler's & Denise's....I hope they threw it out. I was truly heinous.

Candace......we will do this thing! OH YES WE WILL! SAY it with me, everyone:



YES!

I

CAN!!!!!
:bouquet:
:gimmehug:
:happyjump:

:cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader:

:pile:

amiyesiam
02-10-2010, 05:19 PM
my thoughts on overeating
it happens.
It is not realistic or possible to be perfect. (if you manage it let me know 'k)

My fall back when thinking about weight issues is how do normal people eat?

Normal people: those that do not have any type of eating disorder, who eat what they want in moderation, don't obsess about food all the time, who manage a healthy weight for themselves(not necessarily thin), who are not on "diets", who don't count calories or weigh themselves all the time with out reason: (a reason would be a diabetic having to count carbs for insulin) and who can be reasonably active in their lives (based on ability, some are differently abled) and someone who stops eating when full most of the time and lastly someone who can have their favorite foods in the house without overeating them or obsessing about it.

So if my goal is to become a "normal eater" then I need to start with "normal" goals.

I am not going to expect "perfect behavior" from myself. It isn't possible so lets start with a reasonable expectations for behavior.

If, having set reasonable expectations, I globalize a mistake, (when say, you ate cookies and instead of thinking, I ate cookies, you think something along the lines of "I am a horrible person" "I hate myself" "I am a fat/ugly/disgusting person" then you are globalizing an action into what kind of person you are. This kind of thinking has to be challenged again and again. It is not healthy.

This type of global thinking happens for many people in lots of situations not just with overeating/weight loss. Sometimes, what people call self esteem I really think is having a realistic view of ones own humanity, an understanding that one will make mistakes, and having the ability to see a mistake as a mistake, not a reflection on who one is as a person. And really, if you think about it, it is really arrogant to think one can be perfect. If we all logically know no one is perfect, but then psychically slaughter ourselves when we make a mistake, are we not really saying/thinking "WE" shouldn't make mistakes? But we all have to make mistakes, why should "WE" be any different? Unless of course we, at some level, have different standards for ourselves.

If say, I hurt your feelings, I will be sorry and I will feel bad, will think about how to make sure it doesn't happen again. But no where along the line will I think I am a bad person or hate myself for making a mistake and hurting your feelings. I don't globalize my errors, except with food. I have spent 6 + months focusing and working on this area. I have made huge amounts of progress. I, (me, what I need, have to do, no one else LOL) want this last part of my head screwed on correctly.

I want to listen to my body, stop when I am full, eat when I am hungry, feel the difference between actual hunger and emotional hunger. And ya know what, if I listen and know I am hearing emotional hunger I can make a choice, I can chose to eat or not. And I can chose how much.

And another thing, cause apparently I am on a roll tonight, I can think I want something and STOP when I realize it doesn't taste good. Gosh how often do we think we want something and start eating and realize this doesn't taste so good, but we keep eating, not even liking it. Why would we eat stuff that isn't yummy? When you really stop and taste stuff so much of what you think is yummy isn't. Especially sweet stuff. So much stuff is to fatty, to sweet, to salty or just is bland with no flavor.

End of ramble!

Corkey
02-10-2010, 05:24 PM
What a great ramble!

Arwen
02-11-2010, 12:53 AM
Diva, the guac is in my fridge. I am going to stuff it in small baggies and leave it on your porch, oh yes I am!

But really...the guac is healthy as all get out! It's the chips that aren't. I'm going to experiment with squash slices to see if I can find a good dipping alternative.


That's my story and I'm sticking to it...unlike my lifestyle change.

canmarielan
02-11-2010, 04:01 AM
Diva, the guac is in my fridge. I am going to stuff it in small baggies and leave it on your porch, oh yes I am!

But really...the guac is healthy as all get out! It's the chips that aren't. I'm going to experiment with squash slices to see if I can find a good dipping alternative.


That's my story and I'm sticking to it...unlike my lifestyle change.


Wheat thins or baked tortilla chips work

christie
02-11-2010, 05:36 AM
Diva, the guac is in my fridge. I am going to stuff it in small baggies and leave it on your porch, oh yes I am!

But really...the guac is healthy as all get out! It's the chips that aren't. I'm going to experiment with squash slices to see if I can find a good dipping alternative.


That's my story and I'm sticking to it...unlike my lifestyle change.


I love dips. Guac, salsa, chipdip, cheese dips, hummus. You got a dip? I am THERE!

Depending on your lifestyle change, there are some no-carb options for "dippers".

The "biscuit slices" of country ham. I pan fry them so they crisp up. If they are too salty, my mother's trick of boiling the ham before you fry it does draw out a good deal of the salt.

Same with thick sliced bacon. Bacon, of course, should be on the food pyramid as its own food group, IMHO.

There are these "sandwich thins" that are kinda like a pita/english muffin combined. Toast them and then cut into tiny triangles. Especially tasty with hummus.

For the record, the last two days have SUCKED for me. I've had a cold and been starving!! I am certain that bacon/spinach/feta pizza isn't on the "feed a cold, starve a pizza" list. (But it should be - I could taste it!)

Here's to sticking with what we know to be better for us and not beating ourselves up for having a not so good day (or two, or three)!

Today is a brand new day, and I know that we can all do it! :cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader:

Lady Jewel
02-11-2010, 02:20 PM
Reminder that tonight is the weight loss support group meeting at 7PM PST/10PM EST. I am still dealing with double pneumonia and bronchitis so Spirit Dance has graciously agreed to run the meeting. The topic is "Emotional eating and ways around it".

Gemme
02-11-2010, 07:00 PM
Diva, the guac is in my fridge. I am going to stuff it in small baggies and leave it on your porch, oh yes I am!

But really...the guac is healthy as all get out! It's the chips that aren't. I'm going to experiment with squash slices to see if I can find a good dipping alternative.


That's my story and I'm sticking to it...unlike my lifestyle change.


Oprah had some cooking lady on (no idea, but I digress...) for the Super Bowl and suggested using fingerling potatoes, bake them, take them out, scoop out the middle, put a sheen of teriaki sauce on them to help them crisp up, stick them back in and when they are done, use them for your 'chips'. They're thicker, so they help you to feel full faster and are healthier than chips with all the middle out of them.

I am a white corn baked chip girl and a serving is STILL a whole 140-150 calories, depending on brand. :blink:

canmarielan
02-12-2010, 03:08 AM
Thin & Crispy BBQ Chicken Pizza Snack Wedges

See Nutritional Values

DESCRIPTION
Yes! You can have pizza even when eating healthy. And you don’t have to feel guilty about it. I always serve this pizza at my Super Bowl parties and when I invite my girlfriends over for TV nights. My friends always rave and swear there’s no way its low in fat. This recipe is particularly great for kids, too!


INGREDIENTS


1 whole wheat flour, 96% fat-free tortilla (8" diameter)

2 tablespoons barbecue sauce

1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely-shredded, Cabot® 75% Light Cheddar cheese

2/3 cup (3 ounces) chopped grilled chicken breast

1/4 cup slivered red onion

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves





Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place the tortilla on a small nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until crisp. If air bubbles form, poke them with a fork, then press out the air with a spatula or oven mitt. Remove the sheet from the oven.

Top the tortilla evenly in layers with the sauce, cheese, chicken, onion, and cilantro. Bake for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted. Slice into 8 wedges. Serve immediately.



You guys HAVEEEEEE to try this....it is sooooo fucking yummmmmmmmyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


only 350 calories :)

Yummyy!!!!


Hope the meeting went well this evening....I had to work unfortunately.

Diva
02-12-2010, 10:41 AM
Diva, the guac is in my fridge. I am going to stuff it in small baggies and leave it on your porch, oh yes I am!

But really...the guac is healthy as all get out! It's the chips that aren't. I'm going to experiment with squash slices to see if I can find a good dipping alternative.


That's my story and I'm sticking to it...unlike my lifestyle change.



Ohhhhh....that's harsh. ;) But I must say....damn those chips! I could have just buried my whole face in that bowl!

OH! Healthy snack and a facial TOO! :clap:

Galahad
02-14-2010, 01:53 PM
I have a new dip/dressing. I had a few tablespoons of basil pesto left in a jar and added it to a pint of TJs organic nonfat yogurt. It was really good. I made more. I've been eating much better now. Lots of salad and veggies with this on it. Homemade pesto would probably better healthier, less fat, but this is easy, I would end up not making it and eating something not good for me. I used this with some avocado as a sandwich filling with leftover salad too.

Gemme
02-14-2010, 06:26 PM
I spent some time with a coworker last night, talking about our health and TDP site and food in general. She's got a low thyroid and takes meds for it, but she has such a difficult time getting healthier that's she's been very frustrated. I think our talk helped to renew her determination to eat better for herself and I credit this site and you all in here who've also done the same for me. Sure, I have less than stellar days, but it's my overall progress that counts and I always draw inspiration from you and this thread, so thank you all. :)

canmarielan
02-15-2010, 04:11 AM
I spent some time with a coworker last night, talking about our health and TDP site and food in general. She's got a low thyroid and takes meds for it, but she has such a difficult time getting healthier that's she's been very frustrated. I think our talk helped to renew her determination to eat better for herself and I credit this site and you all in here who've also done the same for me. Sure, I have less than stellar days, but it's my overall progress that counts and I always draw inspiration from you and this thread, so thank you all. :)

Oh, Gemme.....

I'm so glad we're all here for each other.

:)

I hope that you're having luck keepin your sugar under control

*wink wink*




As for me....Monday is my official weigh day....last week I only lost 0.2 lbs.

Anywho, I weighed yesterday b/c I knew today was Valentines and that my sweetie and I would have chinese or thai or something outrageous and I didn't want one meal of cheating to make me feel like I screwed the whole week up :)

This way I have an entire week to make up for today's cheating. LOL

SOOOOOOO


Duh duh duhhhhhhh *key drumroll*

GUESS WHO IS FINALLY IN THE 360's????????


368.8

That's 23.2 lbs down in 5.5 weeks!!!!!!!!!

WHOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!


I honestly didn't think I could ever stick with something good for me this long. I have learned to pick myself back up after a fall down and to allow myself to cheat now and again.

I love all of you so much.

Seriously.

Diavolo
02-15-2010, 07:21 AM
GUESS WHO IS FINALLY IN THE 360's????????


368.8

That's 23.2 lbs down in 5.5 weeks!!!!!!!!!

WHOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!


I honestly didn't think I could ever stick with something good for me this long. I have learned to pick myself back up after a fall down and to allow myself to cheat now and again.

I love all of you so much.

Seriously.

Nice job. You don't have to be perfect, just very good. ;)

christie
02-15-2010, 08:03 AM
The weekend did not go well for me in terms of my eating.

The demon demanded carbs... crunchy, salty carbs.

Hence, the half-eaten bag of chips I tossed in the trash this morning. Coming on the tail end of Mexican Thursday night, some queso/pretzel bread thing Friday night, the "Gadzooks" ice cream that Jess left in the freezer... well, I feel like ass this morning.

Today will be a better day :)

On the bright side of things, Jess took me shopping over the weekend... I am down ANOTHER clothes size. I have to readjust my thinking to my new size - I am so accustomed to walking to the rack and grabbing - heaven forbid I try it on. I had to exchange several things yesterday for a smaller size. Yay!

I also have on a belt today - as an accessory rather than a necessity. I can't tell you how long its been since I was ok with a belt.

It feels pretty good :)

Linus
02-15-2010, 01:11 PM
Hey all..

I have a question for anyone who is a member of the Biggest Loser Club (the online group): are all the meal options omnivore or are there other options?

Gemme
02-15-2010, 06:19 PM
Oh, Gemme.....

I'm so glad we're all here for each other.

:)

I hope that you're having luck keepin your sugar under control

*wink wink*

I actually had a day when I was under 100%. :blink:

Yeah, the sugar demon has been whispering/whining/screaming in my ear for about a week now. Blech. I shall conquer it....one day. :vigil:


As for me....Monday is my official weigh day....last week I only lost 0.2 lbs.

Anywho, I weighed yesterday b/c I knew today was Valentines and that my sweetie and I would have chinese or thai or something outrageous and I didn't want one meal of cheating to make me feel like I screwed the whole week up :)

This way I have an entire week to make up for today's cheating. LOL

SOOOOOOO


Duh duh duhhhhhhh *key drumroll*

GUESS WHO IS FINALLY IN THE 360's????????


368.8

That's 23.2 lbs down in 5.5 weeks!!!!!!!!!

WHOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!


I honestly didn't think I could ever stick with something good for me this long. I have learned to pick myself back up after a fall down and to allow myself to cheat now and again.

I love all of you so much.

Seriously.

Congrats on getting healthier and dropping some weight in the process!

Hey all..

I have a question for anyone who is a member of the Biggest Loser Club (the online group): are all the meal options omnivore or are there other options?

I haven't the foggiest. :blink:

canmarielan
02-15-2010, 06:41 PM
Hey all..

I have a question for anyone who is a member of the Biggest Loser Club (the online group): are all the meal options omnivore or are there other options?

They have a vegetarian option :)

When you first set up your acct it asks you what your preferences are. I clicked low sodium, no fish...since I hate seafood.

They had a vegetarian thing you could select as one of your options.

Hope this helps :)

Linus
02-17-2010, 09:27 AM
Hey all.. a couple of questions (I ask here since I may not make it tomorrow night):

First: for those that live in apartments, how do you deal with doing exercises while being respectful of neighbours below? I've been doing my workouts but am conscious of neighbours below and not wanting them to listen to me tromp about.

Second: I was at a blog recently and the author was photographing what they ate as a method of tracking stuff but also to be visually aware of what is eaten in the day. They would then post it to see what people thought of the meals. I was curious what others thought of this (I'm contemplating either doing a thread or blog entries on this)

Lady Jewel
02-17-2010, 08:48 PM
Ok folks this weeks Weight Loss Support group is on Thursday at 7pm PST/10pm EST. Topic for the meeting this week is: Finding a weight loss buddy, and what they can do for you.

Look forward to seeing all of YOU. If you need the password, PM me. :weightshock: