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Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 09:42 AM
Hi all! This is the "Skinny Island" Castaway info post and I am updating this intro because after review - a few things have changed that need to be addressed and many here deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to this thread but most importantly to themselves.

Since the start of the thread in the beginning of February! We have lost a total of 179.3 pounds so far!!!

That is the total loss for our group taken strictly on weight lost since each member has joined. Even if that was only 2 weeks ago!!! We also only utilize current Castaway's weights to get that number. So if someone joined and for whatever reason dropped away, their loss while in the thread is not included!

Some people have came and went but many are here from the beginning and we want you all to know how much we love new members joining each week!!!

A little intro about this thread:

For all those who asked me to start a new support group and for those who never have had the courage to join one before...I hope this is a place you can feel welcome to be yourself and commit to figuring out why you are here and what you need to work on to get to there.

There being Skinny Island! :beach:

Now skinny is a variable that all of us have leverage to decide for ourselves what that constitutes.

For some - it may be the exact weight they are at now, just less inches. A come to God moment that the muffin top is not a good look unless you happen to be a blueberry. popcorn::

For others - it means 20 pounds less and the ability to go to Blizzard Beach without the aid of the chair lifts. To know you can zip your jeans without the aid of an industrial sized crane. :scared1:

For myself and some friends - it might be a loss of 100 pounds or more and a journey through a lifetime of insecurities and the reality that this weight did not happen over night so, no you can't be a size 8 by spring break. :rolleyes1


Some of us have battled weight our entire lives and do not know what skinny island ever felt like. We were voted off before be set foot on the shore.

Others were woken up to the noise of the seagulls as we lie adrift on a raft. Not quite sure when it happened but very aware we were not in Kansas anymore.

A few of us fought the battle with denial as we dug our heels in the sand with doughnuts and Mac and Cheese spilling out of the corners of our mouth. Refusing to admit the Titanic is sinking even as the "highest I will ever weigh" amount keeps inching up.

Then - with one swift move - we were hoisted into the abyss and the island was not even in sight anymore.

I want this thread to be the place you feel able to talk about your struggles and your successes. Your kicking hind end days and the days you need your hind end kicked.

One thing I know is that being babied and coddled - is not the way back to skinny island. Not even the trail back to looking good lagoon.

So I am asking all of us here to make the commitment to be honest and expect honest feedback. In the times you need us to say, "awesome job," and the times you need to hear, "are you actually believing your stuff cause I am not!"

I may not have lost the weight I should have lost in the last two years journey since I admitted to myself that the "Fat Shadow" following me is indeed me...:eek: but I have learned a lot about accepting myself and knowing that the inner part of my self sabotage and food choices can only change when I decide to look in the whole mirror - not just neck down.

That means being honest when I screw up and not run. That means being honest with myself when I do not exercise. That means being honest with myself and figuring out why I self destruct when it happens.

The food is just a symptom. The why will get you to the reason.

So come along!

There is no right or wrong plan to be on, exercise program to enjoy or too much or too little to lose to be included.

Plans for this thread:

#1 On Monday's, those wanting to be included in the group tally, will report your weight. This will be done by sending me your starting weight and then the consecutive weeks, your actual new weight. Please do not send me your plus or minus for the week. It is easier to do the math and not look up last week's weight if I only have 2 numbers to deal with. Thanks!!!!!

Send to my p.m. box please Monday mornings. I try and post them by Tuesday mornings. If you forget to send me your weight, I will send you a P.M. If I don;t have it by the time I post - I will simply put an X in your loss area and you can get me it next week!


Nobody but me will see your actual numbers. I will not post your weight on the boards.

What I will post is a list of everyone here and how they did so far for the time on our thread. Then also the total for everyone as a group.

#2 The second half of posting, is many choose to post our individual week loss on Mondays on the thread itself. Most use the format of a "-2.4" or "up 1.3" or "Same" for example.

This means we can all support the person who might be faltering (I know I have needed it huge in the past) and really keep motivating whoever is on a roll.

This is a weight loss thread as much as it is a support group and I know I need that accountability and hope you all find it positive as well.

#3 For every 5 pounds you lose, you get to add a picture representing skinny island for your siggie if you would like. I post them after each week so you can simply find what you have earned and copy and paste it in your signature area. We have some people who have lost 20 pounds and have 4 pictures in their signature area!!!!

#4 Let's talk about inches. I am a huge proponent for knowing how our body is changing because many times inches mean more than that number on the scale. So I will be keeping track of my inches lost as well.

The key to that is having someone you trust, measure you and only one person. That way they will tend to measure you in the same spot every month.

Hips, waist, thigh, bicep, and chest will be the areas I keep track of. (If I could figure out a way to measure my chin(s) I would do that too! :lmao:)

Inches for those interested, will simply be gathered on the FIRST MONDAY of the month. Sometimes it will fall on one of the last days of the previous month - just depends on the week and the dates! I will send out a reminder for that the weekend before. You can send it to me with your weights.

I have not been the best about this and is a personal goal of mine to start back with it Monday, May 31st!!!!


#5 Tracking our food: (optional as well)

Thursday is the day we start as the beginning of a week of tracking. (For me it was simply easier to not have so many things to tabulate on a Monday!)

The goal is to post here your tracking for food, however you want, 5 out of the next 7 days. Some do just calories, some do WW points, some do food journal's and some do calories and food journal's.

If you get 5 out of seven days, you get a tracking pic. For each consecutive week - you will add a x2, x7 etc... next to the pic to represent weeks total you achieved this goal.



[B]#6 When you post on here for the first time, I will enter you in the ensemble intro I will have in post 2. A cheat sheet of names for easy reference.
I would like to know you all a bit better so please, let us know about you by copy and pasting these questions into your intro.

First Name and Screen name:
What your Goal Is for Fitness:
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation:
Favorite Good Food for You:
Favorite Form of Exercise:
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:
Family:


I can't wait to see our results and I can't wait to see Skinny Island in our sights again. :sail:

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 09:42 AM
Castaway's Roll Call:

Dis Name Name
Dizneydawn - Dawn
Grumpyyoungguy - Dan
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s129/dizneydawn/Decorated%20images/P1040739.jpg

Stitchfan23 - Heather
http://i958.photobucket.com/albums/ae66/woodencrate/Me/IMG_3838.jpg

Stacybaeasm - Stacy

MulanUSAF - Leen
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs333.ash1/28824_403338918737_501668737_4166248_7620961_n.jpg

gellybean - Aimee
http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll60/myjanboys/019.jpg

Leash - Alicia

MNdisneygirl - Sheree
http://i407.photobucket.com/albums/pp159/Mndisneygirl/DSCN1252.jpg

luvsJack - Sharon
PixiePlanner - Jessica
Shellabell - Michelle
ski_mom - Becky

eliz 991 - Elizabeth
http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz1/eliz991/Image0038.jpg(on the right)

ancestry - Allison

Hanutedmansionmommna - Michele
http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/1100/thumbs/100_1182.jpg


Duchie - Barb
Mom2Faith -Amy

tlenzendorf - Tricia
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s129/dizneydawn/SANY20271.jpg

CrabbyyetLovable - Amy
albertamommyof4 - Tammy
peacemickeylovers -Lisa
njtinkmom - Gina

LittlePeppers - Jennifer
http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/mylittlepeppers/Thanksgiving-TX118-1.jpg

2_Eagle_Mom -Jane
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu200/2_Eagle_Mom/April%202007/JimandJane2007.jpg

njcarita - Cary
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c335/123carita/6054_1187628525678_1077243322_57686.jpg

zoegirl - Bree

officereg -Sara
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s129/dizneydawn/100_04482.jpg

Octoberbeauty - Sherry
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j312/octoberbeauty/199.jpg

Scrappy_Tink - Kelly
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/kel2u/DSC02081.jpg

pipersmom - Amanda
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s129/dizneydawn/DSC000571JPG2.jpg (on right)

stayhomemom77 - Julie
http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac297/stayhomemom77/Disney%202010/disneystuff2010089-2.jpg

pwmitch237 - Patrick
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs127.snc3/17474_1334439723519_1306857843_30973131_7548039_n. jpg

GaRain - Lara
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0db27b3127ccefa58e617800d00000030O00Aas27JmzbM2 QPbz4E/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

lizzyb5280 - Elizabeth
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o196/lizandrobbie/100_3232.jpg

adnilele - Danielle
anna114 - Anna
graciejane - Grace

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 09:43 AM
First Name and Screen name: Dizneydawn - Dawn (real original!)
What your Goal Is for Fitness: I have a few. I want to lose a total of 129 pounds but I am breaking that up into 2 chunks. The first one I am really celebrating after I lose 74 pounds because I will be at the lowest weight I have been at in probably 9 years!
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: I am a Carb junkie.
Favorite Good Food for You: I love avocado's!
Favorite Form of Exercise: Water Aerobics!
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I want to be able to go into a store and have a bevy of options I look good in. Wear a smimsuit and not look on the beach or water park for someone fatter than myslef to make me feel better.
Family: I am engaged to the love of my life. His Name is Dan. Hopefully he will be here also. I have three kids (2 boys and a girl in the middle.) Treyner - 19, Carsyn - 16 and Baylor - 14. They drive me crazy and I would not want it any other way!

stitchfan23
02-05-2010, 10:38 AM
Hi Dawn,
Hope you don't mind me jumping in here but I have been following your trip report and i saw this and said "Self this is what you need!", so here I am...

First Name and Screen name: Stitchfan23, Heather
What your Goal Is for Fitness:I would like to loose 100lbs but I have decided to break it into 25lb instalments because honestly 100 is just too big a number and seems so far off. 25 is a number I can handle. My last fitness goal would be to be able to play with my niece and nephew without always having to take a break or sit on the sidelines because I am so out of breath
Food that Gives you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation:eating out in general. I don't like to cook and we eat out a lot which I am trying to change
Favorite Good Food for You:I love fruit (but I don't really eat it - go figure)
Favorite Form of Exercise:swimming, but I don't feel comfortble doing it
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:I don't care what the number on the scale says if I can go into any store and buy what I like I will be one happy lady. I would also love to look at a picture of myself and see ME not this protruding CHIN!
Family:My darling husband, both the biggest pain in my a$$ and the love of my life :hug:. We can't have children so my four legged on will do

Jasperann
02-05-2010, 10:47 AM
Awesome title! You are so talented with that kind of stuff. :cool1:

First Name and Screen name: Amy and Jasperann
What your Goal Is for Fitness: Loose about 125 or so... But I think I will just tackle the first 50 then move on to the rest. So really 50, 50, and 25. :thumbsup2
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: That would be drinking Coca-cola. I'm going to have to cut out the caffeine, or I just won't be able to not drink it. Can anyone say addiction?
Favorite Good Food for You: Cucumbers and Green Peppers as long as they are not over ripe I can eat those all day! Yummmy!
Favorite Form of Exercise: Elliptical Machine :cool1:
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I would love to go to Cedar Point and fit on all of the roller coasters, even the ones they make for the very skinny people. That and shop for clothes in a normal store.
Family: I live with my high school sweet heart Eric(I know it says DH but DDP stands for something else on here... :laughing: We have a lovely 13 year old (Brittany) and a 3 year old (Alexander but we call him Xander) together and we went our separate ways for a few years (after our DD was born) and have our awesome middle DD's (Emily we call her Emma (should have just named her Emma honestly) and Kelsey) to show for it. Not sure what I would do with out those two girls in my life so I'm glad we took our break. :woohoo: Even though we can do without each of their respective parents. (They are both flakes, the type that shouldn't have even thought of becoming parents. But at the same time without them we wouldn't have our girls. :hug:) No one else in my immediate family has any kind of weight problems... they are all on skinny island without me. But not for long!

Can't wait to get started... I'm kinda afraid of the scale, but it can only go down from here! Dawn do you want all the stuff by Monday morning or before?? Thanks for starting this great thread! :grouphug:

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 10:50 AM
Hi Dawn,
Hope you don't mind me jumping in here but I have been following your trip report and i saw this and said "Self this is what you need!", so here I am...
Heck NO! Please join! Glad you are motivated enough to join! That is the first start!


I fixed the fubared question BTW on what you have a hard time staying away from...sorry I did not catch the typo!

I get the 25 pound increment goal! Very smart! If you love to swim...get thee to water aerobics. Just suck it up and do it. After the first day - heck the first 3 minutes...you will be so busy worrying about not drowning...you won't be thinking who is watching or thinking what.

The truth is unless you are a Playboy Bunny - nobody looks their best in a suit so it's just varrying degrees of flab and nobody judges because they are so busy trying to suck in their own gut.

The Y I attend has the whole bank of treadmills above the pool. I at first thought I would die versus entertain them with my juggling flubber. Now...I know they are sweating their hind ends off and have more to do than focus on me.

That is the curse of the flab. It makes you think you are this revolving center of chub in everyone's universe.

The Truth - not so much!:) Thank Goodness! :worship:

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 10:56 AM
Awesome title! You are so talented with that kind of stuff. :cool1:
It has been haunting me till the very end! Glad you like it!
Can't wait to get started... I'm kinda afraid of the scale, but it can only go down from here! Dawn do you want all the stuff by Monday morning or before?? Thanks for starting this great thread! :grouphug:

Yes - you can e-mail me now your stats or through the weekend!

I am either afraid or obsessed with the scale. The inches though - was a huge a-ha for me in when I lost 54 pounds.

Just ditch the coke. Honestly - if you turn it into a water obsession - you will be better off. That though may be impossible just like I find things impossible and would rather have something in moseration than none at all.

You have to know yourself though. Some things I cannot have even a smell of or I lose my ever loving mind. So can you do moderation or will moderation lead you to gluttony? Your call.

And I get the rollercoaster thing. Fear of restaurant booths is right up there for me as well! :scared1:

Jasperann
02-05-2010, 11:11 AM
I am either afraid or obsessed with the scale. The inches though - was a huge a-ha for me in when I lost 54 pounds.

Just ditch the coke. Honestly - if you turn it into a water obsession - you will be better off. That though may be impossible just like I find things impossible and would rather have something in moseration than none at all.

You have to know yourself though. Some things I cannot have even a smell of or I lose my ever loving mind. So can you do moderation or will moderation lead you to gluttony? Your call.

And I get the rollercoaster thing. Fear of restaurant booths is right up there for me as well! :scared1:

I know about the obsession with the scale. In fact when I have that obsession I tend to loose a lot of weight. I lost about 40 pounds a year and a half ago. I weighed myself daily... lots of times... right when I woke up, after eating breakfast, after going into the bathroom, I even moved the scale to the living room and would weigh myself when I walked by. :rotfl::confused3 (Yes I know that some would say that's crazy... probably is. But if it works then I'll do it again. Maybe I could put it in front of the fridge and weigh myself if I think about over indulging in ice cream. :laughing:) The plus of this is that I began to understand what food did to me and that the number varies a lot during the day and week. The downfall is that I think I developed OCD about it. Eric actually took my scale away from me once. :rotfl: I was doing great during that time though and then I hit a road block and my lovely 13 year old started to be hard on me... even if I ate just one piece of dark chocolate. It's like she thought she turned into my mom. :sad2: But it really did have an effect on me just saying forget it. Sad but true. Guess that is one of my biggest obstacles is the people judging me thing. I tend to want to say F you...I'll do what I want, even if I agree with the person.

I know that drinking even diet Coke would be bad for me. Honestly having pop in my house is bad for me. No will power when it comes to that. I do love water with ice in it though so I will just have to turn into a fish for the next few days and then I'll be good again.

stitchfan23
02-05-2010, 11:47 AM
I know I need to just jump in and get my feet wet (no pun intended) into the pool. I have done water arobics a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

I have 3 large problems in my life that I need to get straighten out and one of them isn't going anywhere so I need to learn within myself not to help him become an enabler. Yes my DH Joe is an enabler! I ask him to be tough on me but when i crave soemthing he caves in and goes and gets it for me. I need to stop asing him for things and fight through the cravings myself. My second problem is that my last 2 trips to the world have been in a wheelchair. I have a disk in my back that likes to pop out every 5 years or so and I spend 2 years trying to get it back into place. I have been pain free for about 4 months now and have to stop telling myself that I can't do something because I am scared to hurt my back when in reality it is just that I am too lazy to do the thing in the first place. My 3rd thing is that I don't eat! There I have said it and I know it is true. It is almost noon and I haven't had anything to eat today. I can go (and do) most days without eating breakfast or lunch (I work from home so I should be able to eat) and then I eat dinner and then all I want to do is eat all night because I am so hungry. I will break this habbit.

Thanks for this thread and I am working on the things above and they say it takes 2 weeks to break and old habit and form a new one so here goes.

Jasperann
02-05-2010, 12:00 PM
I know I need to just jump in and get my feet wet (no pun intended) into the pool. I have done water arobics a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

I have 3 large problems in my life that I need to get straighten out and one of them isn't going anywhere so I need to learn within myself not to help him become an enabler. Yes my DH Joe is an enabler! I ask him to be tough on me but when i crave soemthing he caves in and goes and gets it for me. I need to stop asing him for things and fight through the cravings myself. My second problem is that my last 2 trips to the world have been in a wheelchair. I have a disk in my back that likes to pop out every 5 years or so and I spend 2 years trying to get it back into place. I have been pain free for about 4 months now and have to stop telling myself that I can't do something because I am scared to hurt my back when in reality it is just that I am too lazy to do the thing in the first place. My 3rd thing is that I don't eat! There I have said it and I know it is true. It is almost noon and I haven't had anything to eat today. I can go (and do) most days without eating breakfast or lunch (I work from home so I should be able to eat) and then I eat dinner and then all I want to do is eat all night because I am so hungry. I will break this habbit.

Thanks for this thread and I am working on the things above and they say it takes 2 weeks to break and old habit and form a new one so here goes.

Joe sounds just like my Eric. He loves me how I am and just wants me to be happy. So I guess that is why he caves, but I'm sure I'd be much happier if he stayed firm. Although at the time I don't agree with myself. :rolleyes1

I stepped on my scale. I don't like the number at all. It is pretty depressing really. I'm so so glad that this thread was started today. I've been getting really bad with my eating in the last month or so. :sad2:

I'm going to the store to buy the new Biggest loser game. I was reading about it on here yesterday and thought it sounded pretty good. I will let you all know what I think of it. Maybe it will encourage me a little more too. I'm pretty competitive and don't want to be voted off...

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 12:04 PM
I have 3 large problems in my life that I need to get straighten out and one of them isn't going anywhere so I need to learn within myself not to help him become an enabler. Yes my DH Joe is an enabler! I ask him to be tough on me but when i crave soemthing he caves in and goes and gets it for me. I need to stop asing him for things and fight through the cravings myself. I get this one 100% Dan is too good to me in some ways and not strong enough to kick my @ss when I need it other times! My 3rd thing is that I don't eat! There I have said it and I know it is true. It is almost noon and I haven't had anything to eat today. I can go (and do) most days without eating breakfast or lunch (I work from home so I should be able to eat) and then I eat dinner and then all I want to do is eat all night because I am so hungry. I will break this habbit.
I am right there with you as I look at what to eat. I know better too!
Thanks for this thread and I am working on the things above and they say it takes 2 weeks to break and old habit and form a new one so here goes.
Together...here goes!

Stacybaeasm
02-05-2010, 12:04 PM
I'm here. I made it! Stressful morning already. Here we go!

First Name and Screen name: Stacybaeasm or just Stacy
What your Goal Is for Fitness:By the time I am done, I want to lose 200 pounds. *gasp* Did I just say that outloud???? My more immediate goal is 75 pounds by the time I turn 40.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation:Carbs, especially any kind of bread
Favorite Good Food for You: Yeah...this is why I weigh what I do. I don't really like anything unless you count bananas. Never met a vegetable I liked. Never.
Favorite Form of Exercise:My favorite is swimming BUT I can't afford a gym so I have to make do with the workout room in my apartment complex. Right now, the treadmill and I are becoming frenimies.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:First, to be able to buy clothes from The Gap and to own a pair of jeans. Second is to finally buy a pair of those really high heels.
Family:Single, no kids, no pets. I don't even have a plant.

Dawn, thanks for getting this started. I am excited!!!!

lisaviolet
02-05-2010, 12:15 PM
Dawn - just popped on to wish you all the best. And to make sure that my pushing at you didn't precipitate this new thread. I hope not.

Regardless, all the best to you.

Lisa

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 12:55 PM
Dawn - just popped on to wish you all the best. And to make sure that my pushing at you didn't precipitate this new thread. I hope not.

Regardless, all the best to you.

Lisa

Heck no! :goodvibes There was just a bunch of people who wanted a fresh place to start there journey and I had been asked to start one! The Goddesses are an awesome group of people - just a bit intimidating to some who feel like they are starting a book on page 9,681 versus page 1!

That is all and I will be at both places! You are a Gem and one of the reasons I am able to really be honest with myself! I love you for that more than you know! :hug:

lisaviolet
02-05-2010, 01:02 PM
Heck no! :goodvibes There was just a bunch of people who wanted a fresh place to start there journey and I had been asked to start one! The Goddesses are an awesome group of people - just a bit intimidating to some who feel like they are starting a book on page 9,681 versus page 1!

That is all and I will be at both places! You are a Gem and one of the reasons I am able to really be honest with myself! I love you for that more than you know! :hug:

Okay, exhaling. Although I still would have chosen my route to say something :lmao:;)- it's nice to know I didn't make you feel unwelcomed or something.

Gotcha.

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 01:02 PM
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:First, to be able to buy clothes from The Gap and to own a pair of jeans. Second is to finally buy a pair of those really high heels.I love me some heels. Fat feet and heels are a no go though!
Family:Single, no kids, no pets. I don't even have a plant.
I can mail you a dead one if you want! :lmao:
Dawn, thanks for getting this started. I am excited!!!!

Me too!

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 01:04 PM
Okay, exhaling. Although I still would have chosen my route to say something :lmao:;)- it's nice to know I didn't make you feel unwelcomed or something.
Not even a millimeter's worth of unwelcome!
Gotcha.

I need my hair done again - well over a month ago but whose counting! I will have to post some pics when it's all done! Just for you!:3dglasses

MulanUSAF
02-05-2010, 01:20 PM
Hi Dawn, I followed your link in the TR and here I am. I've looked at other WISH threads in the past but always felt like intruding on a private party... so I'm glad to have the opportunity to join in at the beginning. Thanks for starting the thread and I LOVE the title.

First Name and Screen name: Leen and MulanUSAF
What your Goal Is for Fitness: Lose about 40 lbs and go back to the body I had when I was in the air force. I also want to be fit enough to run 5Ks at a decent pace and maybe try and finish a triathlon at some point in the future.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Junk food... chips, fries, pizza, candy, etc. If it's bad for me, I probably can't stop eating it. :sad2:
Favorite Good Food for You: I like most fruits, but generally too lazy to do the whole wash, cut, peel routine to make them edible.
Favorite Form of Exercise: I enjoy swimming but I hate the chlorine smell that clings to my hair afterwards. I usually just go to the fitness center and spend an hour on the elliptical.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: Buy some new jeans that are not in double digits, or clothing that doesn't have "L" or "X" on the label. I also want to join up with the Team In Training program, but right now I feel so self-conscious since I'm in terrible shape compared to the regulars who are hard core marathon runners.
Family:Single, but currently raising my teenage little brother. I also have a pet bunny who should probably join this thread too. He is well on his way to a triple chin and can barely squeeze his furry bunny butt into the litter pan.

shannn
02-05-2010, 01:23 PM
First Name and Screen name:shannn or shannon

What your Goal Is for Fitness: I want to lose 140 pounds. Did I just write that rather large number???

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation:Everything! I'm a volume eater. There's something about me that just won't stop eating even when I know I should.

Favorite Good Food for You:I love food, and that includes food that's good for me! I love avocados, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, fresh green beans....

Favorite Form of Exercise:When I was doing it regularly, I really did like the elliptical/treadmill. Now that I've let myself go completely again, it's torture. I do like to swim. BUT mostly I HATE to sweat!!!

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:Feel good about myself, feel sexy again (hope I'm not offensive to anyone, but right now I can't imagine how my husband can even want to with me!), play more with my kids, have choices of places to shop, buy clothes because I love them not because they come in my size, get off my diabetes/cholesteral/bloodpressure medications...

Family:I live with my mom who's undergoing chemo right now, my husband of 17 years Sam, my 8 year old son Morgan, and my 6 year old daughter Lily

So, my place in this journey is very different from most people's right now. I am 2 months away from sending in my paperwork to my insurance company to get approved for weight-loss surgery. The surgery I'm planning on having is called a BPD-DS (Bilopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.) They will decrease the size of my stomach and then a large amount of my intestines will be bypassed so I won't absorb as much of my food. In order to have my surgery, I had to have a psychiatric evaluation, attempt support group meetings, and complete a 6 month doctor supervised diet. I have 2 more appointments~ March & April~ left before we can ask for insurance approval. Then hopefully we will schedule my surgery for the beginning of the summer.

I need to show some compliance to the diet and begin to work on the exercise that I'll need to do after the surgery. I don't know how strict I'll be with myself, but I do need someplace to hold myself accountable.

I hope y'all will still allow me to join the group, even though I'm taking a different path.

gellybean
02-05-2010, 01:48 PM
First Name and Screen name: gellybean aka Aimee

What your Goal Is for Fitness: to feel good about myself!! I need to lose 10 lbs..... about 10 times ! :lmao: I also need to figure out a way to maintain!!!! I've lost weight countless times. I'm actually 30 lbs lighter now than my heaviest weight. But I have to figure out a way to maintain it and stop the yo-yo'ing.

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: everything. Mainly carbs and fast food. But there isn't just one thing I crave or pig out on. I love food. Food is a central part of my life. I watch it on TV, I read menus, I plan restaurants when we go on vacation as much as I plan anything else.

Favorite Good Food for You: I like a lot of veggies and fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and water! With lots of ice!

Favorite Form of Exercise: NONE! That's a goal. To figure out an exercise I like.

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To be able to buy clothes in any department store, not just Lane Bryant or the plus size section. To be able to go to any event, any restaurant or venue or party or whatever and not make out the fat plan before I go. Where can I sit, how can I fit across the room between those chairs without bumping a b o o b into someone's champagne glass etc!!

Family: I'm a SAHM mom, married to a wonderful man who happens to be a chef. Which is both good and bad! He is doing weight watchers with me, and we have come up with some yummy healthy recipes, I'd be happy to share. I am looking forward to hearing what everyone else comes up with eating wise!
I have two boys, ages 7 and 2. Love them dearly! DS7 learns all about healthy eating and exercise in school so he's very supportive and the 2 year old will eat anything so that helps with the whole healthy eating business.

I've been overweight most of my life but unlike most stories you hear on TV, I don't know why. I haven't been able to identify my 'demon' in my past that pushed me toward food. And I consider myself a fairly instrospective person. So thats a goal of mine too! Like Dawn said, you have to look at the whole reflection, not just the neck down.

Thanks for doing this Dawn!!!! :hug:

Stacybaeasm
02-05-2010, 02:18 PM
Shannon
Well, I can't speak for everyone but I love that you are doing the surgery and are still here. My brother did one of those surgeries and he needed/still needs a lot of support. I hope we can be that for you. I have contemplated the surgery myself but a)There isn't enough down time in my job to do the surgery and recovery and b)even if there was, I couldn't AFFORD to take off the time. I'm excited for you though (and nervous because all surgery makes me a bit nervous. Guess I'll never have any plastic surgery done). And even with the surgery, it's still about relearning how and what to eat. If you help me muddle through, I'll help you. That's what I love about this thread!

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 02:33 PM
Hi Dawn, I followed your link in the TR and here I am. I've looked at other WISH threads in the past but always felt like intruding on a private party... so I'm glad to have the opportunity to join in at the beginning. Thanks for starting the thread and I LOVE the title.
Glad you linked and glad you are here! :love:
Family:Single, but currently raising my teenage little brother. I also have a pet bunny who should probably join this thread too. He is well on his way to a triple chin and can barely squeeze his furry bunny butt into the litter pan.
Good for you for being there for your brother! I have a Jenny Craig reject cat myself so I get the ample animal issue!
First Name and Screen name:When I was doing it regularly, I really did like the elliptical/treadmill. Now that I've let myself go completely again, it's torture. I do like to swim. BUT mostly I HATE to sweat!!![/COLOR]That's why I like the water aerobics- if you sweat you dunk and it's done!
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:[SIZE="4"]Feel good about myself, feel sexy again (hope I'm not offensive to anyone, but right now I can't imagine how my husband can even want to with me!) [COLOR="red"]New rule - everybody has personal issues and self issues with weight loss so I am here to say that anything goes to bring up that you are dealing with and if anyone has an issue or personal offense to it - they can head out. They can be voted to F OFF Island!

[COLOR="DarkGreen"][SIZE="4"]I need to show some compliance to the diet and begin to work on the exercise that I'll need to do after the surgery. I don't know how strict I'll be with myself, but I do need someplace to hold myself accountable.

I hope y'all will still allow me to join the group, even though I'm taking a different path.
Different Path for each of us. Not one will be the same and you can help educate us and enlighten us on your journey and maybe there will be some who decide it is for them and maybe it will motivate others who don't want to face the should I or shouldn't I surgery question! :lovestruc
Holy carptastic! How am I just now finding this and it's already on page 2! I'm here! Going back to read everything now!!
I was going to call but I figured you were doing something busy like getting a Brazilian so I did not want to interupt your personal time! :scared1:
Shannon
Well, I can't speak for everyone but I love that you are doing the surgery and are still here.

And even with the surgery, it's still about relearning how and what to eat. If you help me muddle through, I'll help you. That's what I love about this thread!

Well said Fred! I couldn't agree more! :)

gellybean
02-05-2010, 02:49 PM
I edited my previous post to my info post! Sorry for any confusion!!

Just wanted to add -

Shannon -

:hug: :hug:



Weight loss is a difficult journey, no matter what route you take!! I think it's great that you are taking such a brave step toward getting healthy. Which is what all of us are really doing, right? Taking the first step!


Good luck Shannon!!!

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 03:08 PM
I edited my previous post to my info post! Sorry for any confusion!!
Thanks for the info - Does that mean you were not getting a brazillian ghostrider? :confused3 :lmao:


Have you guys thought of your sexy soap opera name for Skinny Island?

Add the street you grew up on to your first pet's name.

Mine - is Cricket Blaisdell :cool2:

My PITA sister would be
207th Ct W Bear

Fit's her! :lmao:

gellybean
02-05-2010, 03:12 PM
Well.......



I do have a lady doctor appt next week!


AHEM



But no, my skinny island will be located far away from Brazil!!




I think my name would be Lily Ranch.



Very southern Texas Belle of me, doncha think?


:rolleyes:

MulanUSAF
02-05-2010, 03:13 PM
Have you guys thought of your sexy soap opera name for Skinny Island?

Add the street you grew up on to your first pet's name.

Mine - is Cricket Blaisdell :cool2:

My PITA sister would be
207th Ct W Bear

Fit's her! :lmao:

Mine would be 12th Ave Bacon :lmao:

stitchfan23
02-05-2010, 03:31 PM
Mine would be Bannerman Molson :confused3

Hey on a side note - I ate lunch today and have had 4 glasses of water :woohoo: (Okay so I failed on breakfast but we all have to start somewhere)

Stacybaeasm
02-05-2010, 03:33 PM
Does it matter what order the names are in? If not, mine would be Sheba Paffrath. Not bad.

so, in the spirit of being honest, I posted here and then went to our work Superbowl bar-b-que. I had a hamburger, chips, brownie, and gooey butter cake. Yep, I'm off to a great start with more "bad" calories coming through the superbowl. The good news is that I have been hard at it since I got back from Christmas so I lost 4 pounds already and have 3 solid weeks in the gym. I would have more, but work keeps getting in the way. After this weekend, though, who wants to bet that I have put that 4 pounds back on??? And this is why I need a place to be accountable!

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 03:54 PM
Well.......



I think my name would be Lily Ranch.



Very southern Texas Belle of me, doncha think?


:rolleyes:
texas belle or slaw sauce! :lmao:
Mine would be 12th Ave Bacon :lmao:
Maple or original? :rotfl2:
Mine would be Bannerman Molson :confused3
What kind of animal was Molson?
Hey on a side note - I ate lunch today and have had 4 glasses of water :woohoo: (Okay so I failed on breakfast but we all have to start somewhere)
Great Job! :woohoo:
Does it matter what order the names are in? If not, mine would be Sheba Paffrath. Not bad.
I am assuming Paffrath is the street - so you would be Paffrath Sheba - sounds like a warrior princess! What drunken stupor was the name paffrath designed from? Sounds like Sylvester the Cat on Vodka! ;)
so, in the spirit of being honest, I posted here and then went to our work Superbowl bar-b-que. I had a hamburger, chips, brownie, and gooey butter cake. Yep, I'm off to a great start with more "bad" calories coming through the superbowl. The good news is that I have been hard at it since I got back from Christmas so I lost 4 pounds already and have 3 solid weeks in the gym. I would have more, but work keeps getting in the way. After this weekend, though, who wants to bet that I have put that 4 pounds back on??? And this is why I need a place to be accountable!

Go ahead - that is why we are honest and weigh in starts Monday - I thought give us a few days to get to know one another better - get honest and confortable and then we can slap the fat off! :eek:

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 03:56 PM
OMG! I just realized Carsyn - would be either Skunk Brittany or Brittany Skunk!

Sounds like a hooker with an itch! Or a new name for Cruella Deville! :rotfl:

askelton
02-05-2010, 04:05 PM
First Name and Screen name: askelton- Angela
What your Goal Is for Fitness: Honestly, I need to lose half of myself. Oy vey!
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: I am a Carb junkie. So my problem too. Meat is not my friend.
Favorite Good Food for You: I do enjoy fruit but am too lazy to fix it.
Favorite Form of Exercise: I hate to sweat! Actually I looked at the class schedule for the YMCA, and I'd do water aerobics as well as Spin. As much as I don't like Spinning, if I'm working out, I want the most bang for my buck.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: Being able to buy clothes at any store, getting off my BP and cholesterol meds.
Family: Just my husband and me along with two spoiled cats. My husband is in the Army and being deployed in April, and I so want to be skinnier than heavier when he gets back. Especially since all he'll have to do is work out when he's not on duty. He was just gone for three weeks and I didn't cook at all whilst he was gone. Instead I ate out of the freezer which is not healthy at all.




My name would be Wednesday San Augustine.

Leash
02-05-2010, 04:07 PM
I'm in if you guys will let me board the boat to Skinny Island!

First Name and Screen name: Alicia Leash
What your Goal Is for Fitness:I need to lose between 75 and 100 pounds. Acckk, knowing that in my head and actually seeing it written down is scary.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Everything. Mainly carbs (especially pasta an bread) and strangely cheese. See I have some moderate lactose intolerance but I love cheese and can't seem to cut myself off from it.
Favorite Good Food for You: I love fruits and veggies and if I actually make myself I will take the time to get them all prepped so I can snack on them or cook with them.
Favorite Form of Exercise: None. I haven't done any really exercise in about a year and I don't remember anything that I actually liked doing before that.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: Really to be out of Plus Size clothing, I want to shop in the skinny girl section again!
Family: My Husband Robert who gets on kicks to lose weight and once he loses some he loses interest and then gains it back and usually some extra. When he is in a weight loss mood he can be real supportive otherwise he's like a little evil nymph dancing around and offering me cake and pizza. Though I don't live with her I live next door to my mom. She has been on a weight loss crusade lately and rather than actually being supportive of me she gives me looks and makes little comments any time I eat something that she feels is inappropriate or when I don't exercise and that kind of thing make me want to collapse on the couch with a bag of chips.


I think my real problem is I just love food and seem to have no idea when to stop eating. I have been trying to eat less and thereby shrink my stomach and get full faster. That end of things is working ok so far but I am not seeing any really change on the scale so that is discouraging. As far as exercise I know I am lazy so not really motivated there to begin with. But then last year I dislocated my knee and had to have surgery to repair it. I did the physical therapy, that was kind of exercise but the only reason I broke a sweat was how out of shape I was to begin with. And the PT helped but I am still not back to normal and there are some things I still cannot do. Plus I am just so afraid of having my knee go out on me again that I talk myself out of trying something to see if I can do it. So having gone into all that I am really hoping that having this thread and being accountable to other people who are going through the same kind of stuff I am will help me get my big bottom in gear and lose this weight!
Thank you for starting this Dawn and I really look forward to talking to you guys as time progresses. Good luck everyone.

Dizneydawn
02-05-2010, 04:28 PM
Family: Just my husband and me along with two spoiled cats. My husband is in the Army and being deployed in April, and I so want to be skinnier than heavier when he gets back. Especially since all he'll have to do is work out when he's not on duty. He was just gone for three weeks and I didn't cook at all whilst he was gone. Instead I ate out of the freezer which is not healthy at all.


My cousin is a Jag corps officer and there now so I get the hard part of being here. His wife is one of the strongest people I know.

We can be your support group and your army boot! :cutie:

My name would be Wednesday San Augustine.
Sound voluptuous! :dance3:
I'm in if you guys will let me board the boat to Skinny Island!
We are Noah's Arc! Plenty of room!


I think my real problem is I just love food and seem to have no idea when to stop eating.

I am telling you that Sparkpeople.com is a huge asset for me. It tellms me how much I have eaten, the right amounts of what I have eaten etc. How much protein, fat, carbs and calories I need to get to my goal weight. It also gives me visuals of the breakdown of my food.

The biggest for me though - is entering the food BEFORE I eat it because when I face the facts of caloric value - half the time I say it is no not worth it and change my mind on what to eat.

Sounds like a lot of us here need a food prep day to help the excuse train get off the tracks!

I have been known to buy the food and if I don't prep it and put it away ready to eat - and just put it straight in the fridge...it gets in the trash all fuzzy and green 2 weeks later. Such a waste! I would be saving money spending the $1 extra for the washed and ready produce in tha case!:mad:

So my rule is - home and prepped then put away.

disneediva
02-05-2010, 04:30 PM
Hi i have also been reading your TR and decided to join in..I am trying to do this alone at home and its hard so I need the support of women like me...

First Name and Screen name: Wendy Disneediva
What your Goal Is for Fitness:lose about 100 lbs(holy crap thats alot..I was looking at a Xmas pic and it took me a minute to realize that I was the huge chick in those pics..ahhhhFood that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation:junkfoodFavorite Good Food for You:salad stuff
Favorite Form of Exercise:I have no fave..hence the huge tummy and ***
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:I agree and I want to fit comfy on rollercoasters and wear a pair of pants from a "real" storeFamily:m DH Mike and DS Austin

MulanUSAF
02-05-2010, 04:31 PM
So I just want to post an update on my food intake. I heard the stomach grumble and went to look for something to eat since I sort of skipped lunch and haven't eaten since about 8am. I was reaching for a box of white cheddar Cheez-Its when a guilt-laden voice in my head said, "do you really want to eat these when you just signed up to a weight loss group this morning?"

So instead, I had a yogurt and a granola bar.

This is working! :woohoo:

Leash
02-05-2010, 04:40 PM
I am telling you that Sparkpeople.com is a huge asset for me. It tellms me how much I have eaten, the right amounts of what I have eaten etc. How much protein, fat, carbs and calories I need to get to my goal weight. It also gives me visuals of the breakdown of my food.

Sounds like a lot of us here need a food prep day to help the excuse train get off the tracks!

I have been known to buy the food and if I don't prep it and put it away ready to eat - and just put it straight in the fridge...it gets in the trash all fuzzy and green 2 weeks later. Such a waste! I would be saving money spending the $1 extra for the washed and ready produce in tha case!:mad:

So my rule is - home and prepped then put away.

I'm gonna take a look at that site and give it a shot. I know that since some take out and sit down places have started listing the nutrition information for stuff I have stopped eating certain things because I just can't rationalize putting that much junk in my body.

I do exactly the same thing with food, I'll think about the fact that I have celery but I would have to wash it and cut it and that is too much trouble but Oh, I have a bag of Cheetos right there that I just have to reach into. So then the celery gets pushed to the back and I find its remains weeks later.

gellybean
02-05-2010, 04:45 PM
So I just want to post an update on my food intake. I heard the stomach grumble and went to look for something to eat since I sort of skipped lunch and haven't eaten since about 8am. I was reaching for a box of white cheddar Cheez-Its when a guilt-laden voice in my head said, "do you really want to eat these when you just signed up to a weight loss group this morning?"

So instead, I had a yogurt and a granola bar.

This is working! :woohoo:

:yay: for you!!

I so wanted to drive through a fast food restaurant on the way home from picking up DS7 from school. Instead I came home and had a bowl full of sliced dill pickles!! :woohoo: Don't get me wrong. I'll make myself something else later and then dinner tonight. BUT the fact that I resisted the drive thru for a snack at home is a BIGGIE for me!

:banana: for support!

gbanshee
02-05-2010, 04:46 PM
First Name and Screen name:Gina , gbanshee

What your Goal Is for Fitness: tone up and 30 pounds

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Junk (popcorn/cheetos)

Favorite Good Food for You: cucumbers and cauliflower


Favorite Form of Exercise: none:rotfl: Am using the wii fit and Wii active now.

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: fit into a size 10 or 8

Family: caretaker to too many.

Stacybaeasm
02-05-2010, 04:48 PM
Leash, I know what you mean when you say you get discouraged when there isn't a big change on the scale. When that happens to me, I first try to remind myself that I didn't get to this body weight overnight so it won't come off overnight. I also do Dawn's trick of measuring. Back when I did Nutri-system (before I discovered my allergy to high amounts of soy) there were weeks when I didn't see a change in the scale but saw huge changes in the number of inches lost. One week, I lost 0 pounds but 7 inches off my body overall!! (Of course, it has all come back on now ARRGGGG). So, the second part of Dawn's accountability plan is truly a help. Plus, now there are a lot of us to help keep momentum going when we feel discouraged, right???

AKASnowWhite
02-05-2010, 05:01 PM
:wave2: Just popping in to say HI! Welcome to the W.I.S.H. board everyone!

Leenk
02-05-2010, 05:09 PM
:yay: for you!!

I so wanted to drive through a fast food restaurant on the way home from picking up DS7 from school. Instead I came home and had a bowl full of sliced dill pickles!! :woohoo: Don't get me wrong. I'll make myself something else later and then dinner tonight. BUT the fact that I resisted the drive thru for a snack at home is a BIGGIE for me!

:banana: for support!

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2: YAY for RESISTING THE URGE!!!


First Name and Screen name: Kathleen aka Leenk
What your Goal Is for Fitness: Lose the pounds I added in college and med school, about 30 or so
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Anything salty, crunch and ends in -os (Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos...)
Favorite Good Food for You: Oatmeal? I don't like most veggies and fruits.
Favorite Form of Exercise: Skiing
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I want to look good in my wedding dress and not resemble a beluga whale (date is set for Oct 16, 2010)
Family: Engaged, but DF is currently deployed in Afghanistan... also live with a high maintenance kitty who demands constant belly rubs and head scratches

Ronda93
02-05-2010, 05:16 PM
mmmmm, gooey butter cake. Going to St Louis next weekend.

3DisneyKids
02-05-2010, 05:16 PM
Welcome to WISH to those of you new to the WISH boards! Let me tell you from experience, you CAN do this with the right information and support.

The Goddess thread here on WISH is living proof. We all met here on WISH 2 years ago, and in that time we went from overweight and inactive to a group who is doing the Princess Half Marathon next month! Yes, 8 of us are getting together down in the World and running 13.1 miles together. As a team. Team Goddess! We have members of our thread who have lost tons of weight, who have completed marathons, triathlons, long distance bike races, and more.

So from all of us here on Team Goddess, welcome to WISH and good luck!

gellybean
02-05-2010, 05:29 PM
:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2: YAY for RESISTING THE URGE!!!


First Name and Screen name: Kathleen aka Leenk
What your Goal Is for Fitness: Lose the pounds I added in college and med school, about 30 or so
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Anything salty, crunch and ends in -os (Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos...)
Favorite Good Food for You: Oatmeal? I don't like most veggies and fruits.
Favorite Form of Exercise: Skiing
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I want to look good in my wedding dress and not resemble a beluga whale (date is set for Oct 16, 2010)
Family: Engaged, but DF is currently deployed in Afghanistan... also live with a high maintenance kitty who demands constant belly rubs and head scratches


Thanks!!
:goodvibes


It's a marathon, not a race, though. I know I'll be back in that fast food line again. The next battle is when I do give in and eat fast food that I plan out what I'm gonna order before I get there and count the points and plan the rest of the days meals around those points! One of my biggest issues is forgiving myself and not just throwing up my hands at any perceived 'cheating'. I'm really working on all foods are ok in moderation! As long as you budget your calories, just like you'd budget your bank account!


Congrats on your upcoming wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :love: That's great!! As a girl that has bought not one but TWO plus sized wedding dresses, :rotfl2: I totally understand your skinny island goal! :thumbsup2


:lmao: :lmao: at food ending in -os!

Nachos, burritos, taquitos, tacos, tostitos.... Just say no to -os! :laughing:

Tigger55
02-05-2010, 05:38 PM
I have lurked on the boards for years and want to be in on the ground floor!

First Name and Screen name: Suzi - Tigger55
What your Goal Is for Fitness: I lost 40 pounds during 2009 and would like to lose 20 more. I haven't gained back, but I haven't lost since Sepptember either. To be "politically correct" I should say that I want to be healthier, but to be truthfull, I want to look better
Hardest to Eat in Moderation: BREAD - Potatoes - Pasta
Favorite Good Food for You: I like fruits and vegetables, just to lazy to prep them
Favorite Form of Exercise: None. I go to work at 4:30 am with great intentions of exercising when I get home, but then I spend the afternoons lurking on the boards instead.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To have my Family think "She looks pretty good for an old lady.

Family: Dh Dave - never noticed the 80 pounds that I gained after 35 years of marriage. Kerri - 34, Julie -32, David J - 31. 4 Beautiful Granddaughters.

grumpyyoungguy
02-05-2010, 05:43 PM
First Name and Screen name: Dan and grumpyoungguy (Dawn seriously if I post you have my screen name...LOL)
What your Goal Is for Fitness: When I push away from the desk I dont want to hear the beep, beep, beep like a backing semi. I would like to be able to lay on the beach and not have some eco friendly green peace freaks try to push me back in the water like I am Shamu. Oh yeah, and it would be nice if I could go into a store and not feel like I am being stalked for my ivory.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Wow, how long do you have. Isn't there a limit to the size of a post on here. I love almost all foods.
Favorite Good Food for You: Hummus. There is nothing funny about hummus.
Favorite Form of Exercise: walking or swimming
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I intend to sneak on at night, drug the security patrol and take out the hidden cameras. Or, I could just exercise and eat less thereby receiving a free pass.
Family: Engaged, to a funny wonderful woman who will remain nameless. I will keep her anonymity to save her the embarrasment of my size.

To All,

I weighed in 2002 586 pounds today I weigh 340. It is not easy to lose weight (also I am 6'6" but that is no excuse for my weight). No matter what avenue you take Shannn it is not easy. I made the decision you are making and either way it is work. The surgery is permanent but like anything else it can fail if you do not work the plan. I will tell you it is also very dangerous. I came very close to dying 3 times. If given the opportunity and knowing what I know today I would do it again. You see I would be dead right now if it had not been for the surgery. I went under the knife on Friday the 13th of September. It was FRIDAY the 13th! on top of that it was exactly 3 years to the day that my dad had been found dead from cardiac failure due to 43 years of smoking and being over weight. So no matter what, you are a brave soul to do what is right for you to be successful. For all others DITTO!!! you all are beautiful and awesome for taking the plunge to do what is best for you and your lives. I have read the reason everyone wants to loose weight and noone said so I can be a super model. It isnt about that for me either it is about being comfortable in my body and getting the most life has to offer.

I hope I have not offended anyone but I just started writing and this is what came out. I feel it is more natural that way. No corrections no regrets!!!

Good luck all and I look forward to a beautiful journey!

Jasperann
02-05-2010, 05:46 PM
:Feel good about myself, feel sexy again (hope I'm not offensive to anyone, but right now I can't imagine how my husband can even want to with me!) I know this feeling... Let me just say I have to have the room dark for me to feel comfy... :sad2:, play more with my kids, have choices of places to shop, buy clothes because I love them not because they come in my size, get off my diabetes/cholesteral/bloodpressure medications...
Family:I live with my mom who's undergoing chemo right now, my husband of 17 years Sam, my 8 year old son Morgan, and my 6 year old daughter Lily

So, my place in this journey is very different from most people's right now. I am 2 months away from sending in my paperwork to my insurance company to get approved for weight-loss surgery. The surgery I'm planning on having is called a BPD-DS (Bilopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.) They will decrease the size of my stomach and then a large amount of my intestines will be bypassed so I won't absorb as much of my food. In order to have my surgery, I had to have a psychiatric evaluation, attempt support group meetings, and complete a 6 month doctor supervised diet. I have 2 more appointments~ March & April~ left before we can ask for insurance approval. Then hopefully we will schedule my surgery for the beginning of the summer.

I need to show some compliance to the diet and begin to work on the exercise that I'll need to do after the surgery. I don't know how strict I'll be with myself, but I do need someplace to hold myself accountable.

I hope y'all will still allow me to join the group, even though I'm taking a different path.

I would love to hear all about your journey to a healthier you. I could never get surgery though. I'd be way to scared.



What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To be able to buy clothes in any department store, not just Lane Bryant or the plus size section. To be able to go to any event, any restaurant or venue or party or whatever and not make out the fat plan before I go. Where can I sit, how can I fit across the room between those chairs without bumping a b o o b into someone's champagne glass etc!!

Me too!!! I hate having a fat plan before going somewhere.

Family: I'm a SAHM mom, married to a wonderful man who happens to be a chef. Which is both good and bad! He is doing weight watchers with me, and we have come up with some yummy healthy recipes, I'd be happy to share. I am looking forward to hearing what everyone else comes up with eating wise!
I have two boys, ages 7 and 2. Love them dearly! DS7 learns all about healthy eating and exercise in school so he's very supportive and the 2 year old will eat anything so that helps with the whole healthy eating business.

I've been overweight most of my life but unlike most stories you hear on TV, I don't know why. I haven't been able to identify my 'demon' in my past that pushed me toward food. And I consider myself a fairly instrospective person. So thats a goal of mine too! Like Dawn said, you have to look at the whole reflection, not just the neck down.

Thanks for doing this Dawn!!!! :hug:

I would love to hear about the different meals that you guys have come up with. :thumbsup2 I will be here helping you find out what your 'demon' is. My 'demon' is a team of them. I've got tons of things I can blame it on... but really that is probably what got me to this point, so I'm done doing that.

Mine would be 12th Ave Bacon :lmao:

Okay so I was eating my dinner and reading along and I came to your post and almost had my dinner come out my nose... :rotfl2:

Mine would be Superior Fitz or Fitz Superior... depending on which way you put it. lol

Mine would be Bannerman Molson :confused3

Hey on a side note - I ate lunch today and have had 4 glasses of water :woohoo: (Okay so I failed on breakfast but we all have to start somewhere)

I too failed with breakfast... I had Mickey D's. I looked up the calories after I signed on to this thread and :scared1: I can not believe I put that crap in my mouth!!! It was half of my daily calorie limit! :sick:


My Husband Robert who gets on kicks to lose weight and once he loses some he loses interest and then gains it back and usually some extra. When he is in a weight loss mood he can be real supportive otherwise he's like a little evil nymph dancing around and offering me cake and pizza. Though I don't live with her I live next door to my mom. She has been on a weight loss crusade lately and rather than actually being supportive of me she gives me looks and makes little comments any time I eat something that she feels is inappropriate or when I don't exercise and that kind of thing make me want to collapse on the couch with a bag of chips.

I think my real problem is I just love food and seem to have no idea when to stop eating. I have been trying to eat less and thereby shrink my stomach and get full faster. That end of things is working ok so far but I am not seeing any really change on the scale so that is discouraging. As far as exercise I know I am lazy so not really motivated there to begin with. But then last year I dislocated my knee and had to have surgery to repair it. I did the physical therapy, that was kind of exercise but the only reason I broke a sweat was how out of shape I was to begin with. And the PT helped but I am still not back to normal and there are some things I still cannot do. Plus I am just so afraid of having my knee go out on me again that I talk myself out of trying something to see if I can do it. So having gone into all that I am really hoping that having this thread and being accountable to other people who are going through the same kind of stuff I am will help me get my big bottom in gear and lose this weight!
Thank you for starting this Dawn and I really look forward to talking to you guys as time progresses. Good luck everyone.

I really can't handle people that criticize what I put into my mouth. Makes me want to grab all the junk I can and eat it in front of them... (That comes from childhood, just have to figure out how to deal with it now.)

Making your stomach smaller by eating less is a good plan. At least you know that you won't be gaining, so the number won't be going up while you are trying to lose weight! :thumbsup2


The biggest for me though - is entering the food BEFORE I eat it because when I face the facts of caloric value - half the time I say it is no not worth it and change my mind on what to eat.

While I was losing this is exactly what I would do too! I would even go as far as exercising off the calories of what ever I wanted to eat so that I could eat it. Although once I was done exercising I no longer wanted to 'spend' my calories on what ever it was I was craving.

Sounds like a lot of us here need a food prep day to help the excuse train get off the tracks!

I have been known to buy the food and if I don't prep it and put it away ready to eat - and just put it straight in the fridge...it gets in the trash all fuzzy and green 2 weeks later. Such a waste! I would be saving money spending the $1 extra for the washed and ready produce in tha case!:mad:

So my rule is - home and prepped then put away.

That is a great idea. I just bought a bunch of veggies that I can prep for this weekend. During the week while I'm home I don't have that problem.

:yay: for you!!

I so wanted to drive through a fast food restaurant on the way home from picking up DS7 from school. Instead I came home and had a bowl full of sliced dill pickles!! :woohoo: Don't get me wrong. I'll make myself something else later and then dinner tonight. BUT the fact that I resisted the drive thru for a snack at home is a BIGGIE for me!

:banana: for support!

:thumbsup2 That is a huge thing! I love dill pickles too! (on a side note. The pickles will make you hold more water than normal, so when weighing yourself, keep that in mind.)


Welcome to WISH to those of you new to the WISH boards! Let me tell you from experience, you CAN do this with the right information and support.

The Goddess thread here on WISH is living proof. We all met here on WISH 2 years ago, and in that time we went from overweight and inactive to a group who is doing the Princess Half Marathon next month! Yes, 8 of us are getting together down in the World and running 13.1 miles together. As a team. Team Goddess! We have members of our thread who have lost tons of weight, who have completed marathons, triathlons, long distance bike races, and more.

So from all of us here on Team Goddess, welcome to WISH and good luck!

Thanks for the welcome! I'm looking forward to doing this. :cool1: I would love to get to the point where I can run in the Princess Half Marathon! That would be amazing! I hate running, but it has always been something that I wanted to do, because I've been told for so long that I can't. So I should probably add that as one of my end goals. :yay:

stitchfan23
02-05-2010, 05:49 PM
Dawn - Molson is a dog ( a sheppard hound that is snoring so loud right now it is hard to think)

I think the trick to loosing weight is moderation and not denying yourself too much or you will eventually give in and gourge.

My DH is a big McDonalds fan and I know that I am not going to go through the rest of my life and never eat at McDonalds again. We would eat there 3 times a week at least. We have set a new rule that Fri nights will be our take out night (that means McD's to hubby) so he is in charge of picking dinner up on his way home from work. We don't eat any fast food the rest of the week and we only go out to eat at a resturant once a month now. This is a big change for us and I thought DH would have the hardest time with it but he came home from work about 20 minutes ago and no supper. He says he forgot so maybe we can cut this fast food down even more.

Football isn't big up here in Canada so I don't have to worry about the Superbowl this weekend so that is a plus. Good luck to all of you who are partying this weekend. Guess I better go and figure out something for dinner:laughing:

Mndisneygirl
02-05-2010, 06:04 PM
Wow!!! 4 pages already!!!
I'll have to go back and read, but I'm joining in! I'm hoping to drop 10-15 pounds. And I'll go on record as saying that I have NO will power! So I could definitely use the motivation and company on the journey! Oh, and I really don't like exercise, so any ideas to do something fun will be good for me!
Thanks for starting this Dawn!
Okay -
screen name - Mndisneygirl
real name - Sheree (pronounced like Sherri)
fitness goal - to get more muscle, tone up the flabby belly and get flexible
food hard to eat in moderation - sweets - anything with chocolate, and dips -pretty much any kind
favorite good food - fruit
exercise - I like doing the Wii Fit yoga and strength exercises or walking. I can't run because of knee problems caused by years of figure skating
At skinny island - I will wear the trendy clothes, snug fitting tops and have no muffin tops!
Family - married for almost 13 years with 2 kids and a dog

I'm thinking the key for me is not to totally deprive myself of foods I love, just to eat less and move more.
Dawn - I'll email you!

Leash
02-05-2010, 06:08 PM
:yay: for you!!

I so wanted to drive through a fast food restaurant on the way home from picking up DS7 from school. Instead I came home and had a bowl full of sliced dill pickles!! :woohoo: Don't get me wrong. I'll make myself something else later and then dinner tonight. BUT the fact that I resisted the drive thru for a snack at home is a BIGGIE for me!

:banana: for support!

Oh, the siren song of the drive-thru so hard to resist. Congrats on driving by! :cheer2:

Leash
02-05-2010, 06:16 PM
Leash, I know what you mean when you say you get discouraged when there isn't a big change on the scale. When that happens to me, I first try to remind myself that I didn't get to this body weight overnight so it won't come off overnight. I also do Dawn's trick of measuring. Back when I did Nutri-system (before I discovered my allergy to high amounts of soy) there were weeks when I didn't see a change in the scale but saw huge changes in the number of inches lost. One week, I lost 0 pounds but 7 inches off my body overall!! (Of course, it has all come back on now ARRGGGG). So, the second part of Dawn's accountability plan is truly a help. Plus, now there are a lot of us to help keep momentum going when we feel discouraged, right???

I had never really thought about measuring before, it's just so ingrained that you must lose pounds and if you don't you are doing something wrong. I'm gonna measure and weigh in over the weekend so we'll see which gets smaller faster.
I did Weight Watchers before my wedding and I think I lost about 25 pounds but I was hungry all the time and thought about food all the time because I was hungry and because I was just trying to figure out the points for everything. Here I am about 3 years later and I gained back all the weight and then some. I have come to the conclusion the "diets" don't work for me, I just don't have the right mindset.
I having read some of the posts from you guys I am sure we will find ways to motivate each other either through humor and nice encouragment or threats of torture. :rolleyes1

Millie12591
02-05-2010, 06:21 PM
OK! Here we go! :goodvibes


First Name: CamilleScreen Name:Millie12591
What My Goal For Fitness Is:To feel good. I know that sounds lame, but I just want to feel good in my body again. I use to weigh a buck 25 and didn't love my body even then. Now that I know I can love me for me, and I know I'm waaaay more than the sum total of my weight and have no illusions about that, I want to feel good in my own skin. Is that to much to ask for? :confused3 ;) I know myself to well to put out a big # of pounds I want to lose, I will totally self sabotage if I do, so the # of pounds I want to lose right now is 2. :eek: I know your thinking she's nuts. Wellllll, I'm am, but not about this. :laughing: My goal will always be 2 lb.'s and then the next two and the next two. It works for me and doesn't over whelm my way of thinking, if I do it any other way I will give up and think it's to hard. There it is, not cute, not funny, just is what it is. ;)
Food I Find Hardest To Eat In Moderation:I know this won't sound like an excuse because someone else on here said the same thing...I don't find any food hard to put down. I've always been an under eater. Yes there are such things and still be over weight (your body thinks it's in starvation mode so it holds onto anything you eat thinking it won't eat again). I know this because I am one, I am one who can literally go through a day and either not eat or eat my first meal of the day anywhere from 5 in the evening to dinner time. :guilty:
I hate it, and I've made huge strides lately to correct that!! :yay: I've started doing a shake sorta thing in the morning, it helps me stay on track to eating at more regular times through the day, but I'm still having a hard time eating as often as I should (every four hours).
Favorite Good Food For Me: Hmmmm, I love food, all kinds of it. You wouldn't know it by the way I don't always eat it. I just hate preparing it. :confused3 I don't understand it, and I don't expect you to either. :laughing: I love veggies, and fruits and there is very little foods I won't at least try or eat.
Favorite Form Of Exercise: Recumbent bike. It's actually one of the few things I can use due to few physical issues. I also love bouncing and sitting on my exercise ball. I've started just a few weeks ago to learn to sit on it to try and balance as a way of strengthening my core muscles. Something we lose when we sit all day, at a desk, couch what have you. So when I'm homeschooling or doing what ever(Don't kill me Dawn for saying this-private joke) I sit on my exercise ball. Sometimes when I'm stressed out I go and sit on my ball and bounce or balance, it's actually becoming addicting. :confused3 Who the heck knew?!?
Goal For Myself When I Get To Skinny Island:Hmmm, to just be able to put on a pair of jeans and say...."Dang girl! You look Good! And ask my daughter, do these jeans make my butt look big? And for her to say yes, and be proud about it. :goodvibes I've always been blessed with a POW! booty, even when I weighed 125.
My DH says the sexiest thing he likes to see on a woman is a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. :confused3 Well, I guess I want to look good in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Oh! And be able to walk into any store and be able to walk out happy without having to leave and go to the fat girls store.
Family: DH, two kids dd10 and DS17
By the way, I'm a woman who believes we are all adults here, we don't need to beat one another over the head with guilt or verbal bashing to get us where we need to be. I'll just let you know...God is in my life, part of having Him in my life has taught me to try and I will say this again TRY to do everything with honor, and I'm not perfect at it. I'm not even perfect at having God in my life! :crazy2: I'm just sayin. ;)
So I'm not sure how much "pushing" (meaning: getting harsh) you can do with me and have it come out with a good outcome. I'm just putting that out there. If you want pushing from me....I'll give it and I'm not one to hold back honesty so don't be alarmed if you hear it from me (if you ask). I will just wrap it (hopefully always) in an honoring way and hope you can take from it, but I also expect the same in return. I'll try and not be a velvet covered brick, if you will. :laughing:
I feel this needs to be a place for us to honor one another where we are and not try and mold one another to be ourselves, or what we think others should do or be, I've had plenty of that....even in a church. (Yes people can suck in the church, that's why their there, to hopefully get better) ;) It doesn't work to try and mold people. God created each and every one of us to be individuals, we all have faults, quirks, talents, gifts and sometimes just plain silly wonderful things about us. If He wanted us to all be alike then He would have made us that way.
I feel we need to have allowances and respect to those differences and to one another in order to obtain a sense of peace and our goals.
Dawn knows my heart, she also knows I will go out of my way to try and not step on someone's toes, and I will also go out of my way to be kind and good hearted and encouraging to others. Isn't that what were here for, to encourage one another!! :woohoo:
So Game On Girls!!!! :woohoo: Skinny Island.....Here We Come!!! :yay:

shannn
02-05-2010, 06:59 PM
Sorry, Dawn, but there is just nothing sexy about

Pine Button ??

Sounds like a cleaning product! :lmao:

Jasperann
02-05-2010, 07:41 PM
I tried out the Biggest loser game for the Wii today. I tried the Easy 4-week level. I figured then I wouldn't miss it when I leave for Disney. But anyways...back to my point. It was harder than I thought Easy should be. :rotfl: But I did feel like I was working out. It was 25 minutes and I was sweating like crazy after I was done. So between the new game and my elliptical I hope I'll lose something. The game seems to think that I'll lose 12 pounds in four weeks. I'll take that. :woohoo:

gellybean
02-05-2010, 07:53 PM
I tried out the Biggest loser game for the Wii today. I tried the Easy 4-week level. I figured then I wouldn't miss it when I leave for Disney. But anyways...back to my point. It was harder than I thought Easy should be. :rotfl: But I did feel like I was working out. It was 25 minutes and I was sweating like crazy after I was done. So between the new game and my elliptical I hope I'll lose something. The game seems to think that I'll lose 12 pounds in four weeks. I'll take that. :woohoo:

I knew I shoulda got DS7 a Wii instead of a PS3!

I'm actually joining a gym next Friday, with my sister. :scared1: :scared1:


Scared does not even beging to describe it. I looked at the Y but the dues are ridonkdiculous and the gym I'm joining is only 9 bucks a month and no contract! I figure if I can join it and keep it up then I can reward myself with a snazzier gym! :thumbsup2

Thanks for the encouragement!!!!!


Good job being done doing the blame game!! It's just a delicate balance isn't it? Understanding why you are the way you are and blaming something for the way you are?
:hug:

gellybean
02-05-2010, 08:06 PM
So Game On Girls!!!! :woohoo: Skinny Island.....Here We Come!!! :yay:


:hug: Millie, my fellow Austinite! I think it's awesome that you know yourself so well !! So glad you're here!!



I having read some of the posts from you guys I am sure we will find ways to motivate each other either through humor and nice encouragment or threats of torture. :rolleyes1


:rotfl: @ threats of torture. Thanks for the drive thru drive by props! :goodvibes



My DH is a big McDonalds fan and I know that I am not going to go through the rest of my life and never eat at McDonalds again. We would eat there 3 times a week at least. We have set a new rule that Fri nights will be our take out night (that means McD's to hubby) so he is in charge of picking dinner up on his way home from work. We don't eat any fast food the rest of the week and we only go out to eat at a resturant once a month now. This is a big change for us and I thought DH would have the hardest time with it but he came home from work about 20 minutes ago and no supper. He says he forgot so maybe we can cut this fast food down even more.



Mickey D's is a huge issue for me. I grew up in a small town that didn't have one so to this day it's still a treat for me. Even 3 -4 times a week. I even know the drive thru guy and he knows me! That's how often I go there. Lately my orders are getting better. One small kids size cheeseburger plain, small fry, diet coke, 1 packet of bbq sauce. That's about 12 pts I think and I'm allowed 31 a day. I just build a meal on their nutritional menu on their website first and figure out the points BEFORE I order. You can do it!! Once a week won't break the calorie bank if we plan ahead!!!

That's one thing I like about WeightWatchers. You get flex points so you have x # of points a day and then 35 extra a week to use whenever/however. It's good for a treat or splurge, like eating take out once a week! NOT that I am in any way trying to push WW on anyone. But the philosophy holds true to any diet, IMHO! :upsidedow

First Name and Screen name: Dan and grumpyoungguy (Dawn seriously if I post you have my screen name...LOL)
What your Goal Is for Fitness: When I push away from the desk I dont want to hear the beep, beep, beep like a backing semi. I would like to be able to lay on the beach and not have some eco friendly green peace freaks try to push me back in the water like I am Shamu. Oh yeah, and it would be nice if I could go into a store and not feel like I am being stalked for my ivory.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Wow, how long do you have. Isn't there a limit to the size of a post on here. I love almost all foods.
Favorite Good Food for You: Hummus. There is nothing funny about hummus.
Favorite Form of Exercise: walking or swimming
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I intend to sneak on at night, drug the security patrol and take out the hidden cameras. Or, I could just exercise and eat less thereby receiving a free pass.
Family: Engaged, to a funny wonderful woman who will remain nameless. I will keep her anonymity to save her the embarrasment of my size.

To All,

I weighed in 2002 586 pounds today I weigh 340. It is not easy to lose weight (also I am 6'6" but that is no excuse for my weight). No matter what avenue you take Shannn it is not easy. I made the decision you are making and either way it is work. The surgery is permanent but like anything else it can fail if you do not work the plan. I will tell you it is also very dangerous. I came very close to dying 3 times. If given the opportunity and knowing what I know today I would do it again. You see I would be dead right now if it had not been for the surgery. I went under the knife on Friday the 13th of September. It was FRIDAY the 13th! on top of that it was exactly 3 years to the day that my dad had been found dead from cardiac failure due to 43 years of smoking and being over weight. So no matter what, you are a brave soul to do what is right for you to be successful. For all others DITTO!!! you all are beautiful and awesome for taking the plunge to do what is best for you and your lives. I have read the reason everyone wants to loose weight and noone said so I can be a super model. It isnt about that for me either it is about being comfortable in my body and getting the most life has to offer.

I hope I have not offended anyone but I just started writing and this is what came out. I feel it is more natural that way. No corrections no regrets!!!

Good luck all and I look forward to a beautiful journey!

Well said Dan! Nice to kinda sorta meet you! Congrats on the 246 you've already lost! My DH is 6'5 and weighs about 340 now too. So I get it.

I think it's awesome that you and Dawn are doing this together!!!!!!! :lovestruc

Sorry, Dawn, but there is just nothing sexy about

Pine Button ??

Sounds like a cleaning product! :lmao:

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

SeptemberGirl
02-05-2010, 08:08 PM
Hi!

Another message of welcome here, from the Goddess Thread! (We are on the thread titled In Search of My Body, Not the One I ate...you can guess who came up with that two years ago, right? :thumbsup2) Come say HI any time!

I lost nearly 80lbs from Oct 2007 to Oct 2008 - gained 36 back in 2009, and am 5lb of that down for 2010. So I GET where all of you ladies are - and Dan - miss you, Dan!!!

Two years ago when I found Dawn's thread and started on WISH, I was 2 months into WW. Now, it's two years and two months! I never imagined I'd be training for a half marathon in a month - I never imagined actually joining a gym. I never imagined I'd change my weight. Ever.

I'm excited for all of you!!! You will do things you never imagined! :cool1:

A few, very few, words of advice.

Don't do too much at once. I can tell that you are all givers - you take care of everyone. That's beautiful. And I bet you approach this the same way - pile it on! But don't start to journal food AND walk AND give up Coke at the same time! One change a month! Trust me on this. You're doing enough.

Change is hard on your offline peeps. Your best friend might food push, or your husband might complain. They might not seem supportive. But understand that change is HARD. As hard as it is for you, imagine if suddenly the people in your life started to change. It can be scary. Remember that they love you, but they might not jump up and down the way your online friends will.

Own it. When you have a bad night and reach for the ice cream, don't be ashamed. REALLY. It's okay. We all emotional eat. I mean, I sure as heck didn't wander onto the Naturally Skinny Thread! :lmao: Last night I was really sad, and all I wanted was ice cream. And chocolate. I ended up with a 2pt ice cream and 100 cal cookies and that did the trick. Would it have been better to cry it out and talk it out and write it out and run it out? Sure. But I'm human. I ate the ice cream (Edy's Slow Churned Light No Sugar - 2pt on WW!)

The temptation is not to write that in your journal or not to weigh in when you have a bad week. Just do it. I have backslid too many times out of shame - and there is NO shame in not being perfect.

Be gentle with yourself. Don't say anything in your head that you wouldn't write to your very best friend. Be kind to the most important person in your world - you.

So best of luck! Have fun on the journey!

askelton
02-05-2010, 08:14 PM
Family: Engaged, but DF is currently deployed in Afghanistan... also live with a high maintenance kitty who demands constant belly rubs and head scratches

:hug: My husband leaves in April and we don't live near his unit, so I'm glad to find someone else to talk to. Congrats on your wedding. :goodvibes

SeptemberGirl
02-05-2010, 08:14 PM
Mickey D's is a huge issue for me. I grew up in a small town that didn't have one so to this day it's still a treat for me. Even 3 -4 times a week. I even know the drive thru guy and he knows me! That's how often I go there. Lately my orders are getting better. One small kids size cheeseburger plain, small fry, diet coke, 1 packet of bbq sauce. That's about 12 pts I think and I'm allowed 31 a day. I just build a meal on their nutritional menu on their website first and figure out the points BEFORE I order. You can do it!! Once a week won't break the calorie bank if we plan ahead!!!

That's one thing I like about WeightWatchers. You get flex points so you have x # of points a day and then 35 extra a week to use whenever/however. It's good for a treat or splurge, like eating take out once a week! NOT that I am in any way trying to push WW on anyone. But the philosophy holds true to any diet, IMHO! :upsidedow



Okay, I SWEAR I'll go! :lmao:

But have to say - LOVE Austin. Love it.

And. McDonald's. Swoon. I lost the 80lb and STILL ate it. Kid's Happy Meal, cheeseburger with a large Diet Coke! 12pts!!! Give the toy to my 5 yr old and enjoy every bite! :rotfl: Now, maybe one day I'll give it up. But if I want fast food, I want McDonald's. So until the day I go organic, I'm all for having what you love and just tracking it. :goodvibes You have it 100% right!

I can tell you're going to be hugely successful on WW. You totally have the message down. I bet you go to meetings. And you have a good leader! Or, you're just SUPER smart. Me, I have a good leader. ;)

Jasperann
02-05-2010, 08:28 PM
Hi!

Another message of welcome here, from the Goddess Thread! (We are on the thread titled In Search of My Body, Not the One I ate...you can guess who came up with that two years ago, right? :thumbsup2) Come say HI any time!

I lost nearly 80lbs from Oct 2007 to Oct 2008 - gained 36 back in 2009, and am 5lb of that down for 2010. So I GET where all of you ladies are - and Dan - miss you, Dan!!!

Two years ago when I found Dawn's thread and started on WISH, I was 2 months into WW. Now, it's two years and two months! I never imagined I'd be training for a half marathon in a month - I never imagined actually joining a gym. I never imagined I'd change my weight. Ever.

I'm excited for all of you!!! You will do things you never imagined! :cool1:

A few, very few, words of advice.

Don't do too much at once. I can tell that you are all givers - you take care of everyone. That's beautiful. And I bet you approach this the same way - pile it on! But don't start to journal food AND walk AND give up Coke at the same time! One change a month! Trust me on this. You're doing enough.

Change is hard on your offline peeps. Your best friend might food push, or your husband might complain. They might not seem supportive. But understand that change is HARD. As hard as it is for you, imagine if suddenly the people in your life started to change. It can be scary. Remember that they love you, but they might not jump up and down the way your online friends will.

Own it. When you have a bad night and reach for the ice cream, don't be ashamed. REALLY. It's okay. We all emotional eat. I mean, I sure as heck didn't wander onto the Naturally Skinny Thread! :lmao: Last night I was really sad, and all I wanted was ice cream. And chocolate. I ended up with a 2pt ice cream and 100 cal cookies and that did the trick. Would it have been better to cry it out and talk it out and write it out and run it out? Sure. But I'm human. I ate the ice cream (Edy's Slow Churned Light No Sugar - 2pt on WW!)

The temptation is not to write that in your journal or not to weigh in when you have a bad week. Just do it. I have backslid too many times out of shame - and there is NO shame in not being perfect.

Be gentle with yourself. Don't say anything in your head that you wouldn't write to your very best friend. Be kind to the most important person in your world - you.

So best of luck! Have fun on the journey!

Great advice! Thanks! I do tend to throw myself into something head first... usually without looking. lol I'm pretty sure I'm going to be sore tomorrow at work for my 12 hours too. :scared1: At least I don't do a lot of walking or standing at work.

Leenk
02-05-2010, 08:34 PM
:hug: My husband leaves in April and we don't live near his unit, so I'm glad to find someone else to talk to. Congrats on your wedding. :goodvibes

:grouphug: Hey, we're all in this together. Feel free to PM me if you wanna talk about deployment stuff (you know, with OPSEC and all). This is my DF's second deployment in the last three years. I was a nervous wreck the first time around and constantly sought comfort with two men (Ben & Jerry) trying to deal with all the emotions. This time around, I was determined to find an outlet that does not involve food. So far it's going well, I go to the fitness gym at least four times a week and just discovered cardio kick boxing as a great alternative. Plus work keeps me very busy. :dance3:

Also, do you know about www.cinchouse.com? It's a great website for military wives and the forums are like disboard except it's all about military life (including dealing with deployments). It probably does more for my sanity than ice cream and kick boxing combined. :thumbsup2

dislvr74
02-05-2010, 08:44 PM
I tend to post once on these types of threads only to disappear forever. I'm really going to try to stick with this because I've been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for two years! It is really hard for me to lose weight when I am training. I run a lot, but I eat A LOT.

First Name and Screen name: Meghan and dislvr74

What your Goal Is for Fitness: I'm run/walking my 8th half marathon in March and my 9th and 10th in May. I would really like to run most of one of those races in May. I would also like to finish both races with a smile on my face. They are only a week apart and I'm a little nervous about that.

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: fast food and potatoes. I really love potatoes in any form.

Favorite Good Food for You: fruit

Favorite Form of Exercise: walking. I really don't like running, but I keep doing it because I like to finish half marathons "the same day I start." (John Bingham)

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I want to look like a runner - lean and strong!

Family: DH, DD3 and DD9.

Tomorrow's challenge: run 9 miles and skip the pizza afterwards. Pizza (like a whole pizza) is my favorite recovery meal.

adsrtw
02-05-2010, 09:01 PM
Hey Everybody!

I just wanted to pop in and say Hello and Welcome to W.I.S.H.! I hope you have great success in your endeavors! Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

One tool that I found very useful is a calorie counter. I used sparkpeople in the past, now I use an app on my phone. I love it because I can scan the barcode and have my calories added to my tracker.

tiggerplus5
02-05-2010, 11:23 PM
5 PAGES in one afternoon!!!!!!!!! I'm in. Going back to the beginning to start reading.

gellybean
02-06-2010, 12:52 AM
Okay, I SWEAR I'll go! :lmao:

But have to say - LOVE Austin. Love it.

And. McDonald's. Swoon. I lost the 80lb and STILL ate it. Kid's Happy Meal, cheeseburger with a large Diet Coke! 12pts!!! Give the toy to my 5 yr old and enjoy every bite! :rotfl: Now, maybe one day I'll give it up. But if I want fast food, I want McDonald's. So until the day I go organic, I'm all for having what you love and just tracking it. :goodvibes You have it 100% right!

I can tell you're going to be hugely successful on WW. You totally have the message down. I bet you go to meetings. And you have a good leader! Or, you're just SUPER smart. Me, I have a good leader. ;)

Thank you for taking the time to share what you've learned!!! Congrats on losing half of your weight goal! That's awesome. I bet it felt great to get out of the 200s!!! :cool1:

I love love love Austin too!!!


RE: McDs I totally get the kids meal I guess, just off the dollar menu... I need to check and see what costs more. I can get the cheeseburger, the small fry and a large diet coke for 3 bucks! :thumbsup2 Our Mickey D's does any soft drink size for a buck. So I nurse the diet drink the rest of the day, cus we don't buy soda. Just because if we bought it, I'd drink it. 4-5 a day. Diet or not, I try to not guzzle soda.

Thanks for the encouragement with Weight Watchers. It's great to know a fellow WW Diser!! :goodvibes I don't go to meetings actually. I do the online program. BUT this is probably my 3rd attempt in a little over a year. I hopefully will fully get it this time and let myself off the hook a bit with the guilt train!

I totally get what you are saying about us all being givers. Thats one thing most of the Biggest Loser contestants say that resonates most with me. How I put everyone else in my life ahead of ME! So we do need to hold ourselves accountable but at the same time cut ourselves some slack. That's a hard balance!

So glad you stopped by!! :flower3:

gellybean
02-06-2010, 12:53 AM
Hey Everybody!

I just wanted to pop in and say Hello and Welcome to W.I.S.H.! I hope you have great success in your endeavors! Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

One tool that I found very useful is a calorie counter. I used sparkpeople in the past, now I use an app on my phone. I love it because I can scan the barcode and have my calories added to my tracker.

Thanks for the welcome and for sharing with us!

Love your name by the way. You almost spell it right! :rolleyes1 :laughing:

I'm Aimee :rolleyes:

Millie12591
02-06-2010, 03:34 AM
:hug: Millie, my fellow Austinite! I think it's awesome that you know yourself so well !! So glad you're here!!


Amiee!!! :yay: :hug: How are you my other Texas sista!! My other Texas sista is suppose to be joining us eliz991, maybe she'll wait until she gets back from her trip. We need to wish her good Disney magic, she broke her toe just a few days ago :scared: and she leaves in less than a week. :guilty: Poor baby.
Thank you for your kind words. Knowing yourself and what silly or stupid things your capable (at least for me) is half the battle. :laughing:

Dizneydawn
02-06-2010, 08:32 AM
Hi i have also been reading your TR and decided to join in..I am trying to do this alone at home and its hard so I need the support of women like me...
I am so glad there was such a positive response here and so thakful you decided to come here and be ggo to yourself and love yourself enough to be good to your body.
First Name and Screen name: Wendy Disneediva
What your Goal Is for Fitness:lose about 100 lbs(holy crap thats alot..I was looking at a Xmas pic and it took me a minute to realize that I was the huge chick in those pics..ahhhhI get it. The benefit of not taking pics of yourself is to avoid the mirror that is in print! :scared1:

So I just want to post an update on my food intake. I heard the stomach grumble and went to look for something to eat since I sort of skipped lunch and haven't eaten since about 8am. I was reaching for a box of white cheddar Cheez-Its when a guilt-laden voice in my head said, "do you really want to eat these when you just signed up to a weight loss group this morning?"

So instead, I had a yogurt and a granola bar.

This is working!
Awesome JOB!!!! Every single good step for yourself means a great step to the long process of a healthier you. Never discount even the smallest success and never be afraid to overcome even the largest setback.
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I do exactly the same thing with food, I'll think about the fact that I have celery but I would have to wash it and cut it and that is too much trouble but Oh, I have a bag of Cheetos right there that I just have to reach into. So then the celery gets pushed to the back and I find its remains weeks later.
Some ideas to work into your schedule:

Set a half hour of food prep time a week. Things not eaten in raw form like celery or spiniach you might cook with etc - can be frozen so they do not go bad!




I so wanted to drive through a fast food restaurant on the way home from picking up DS7 from school. Instead I came home and had a bowl full of sliced dill pickles!! Don't get me wrong. I'll make myself something else later and then dinner tonight. BUT the fact that I resisted the drive thru for a snack at home is a BIGGIE for me!


I am so proud of you! Even being aware of the fact you have a choice to make is such a huge accomplishment! Even if you had eaten there - being aware of what you eat vs eating aimlessly is huge!

Favorite Good Food for You: cucumbers and cauliflower
Yummy! I know what I need from the grocery store!

Family: caretaker to too many.
Maybe write down a list of things you need help with so you can take care of yourself. Ask people in your life to help with them and cross them off as they help so you can release your mind form the guilt it is not done and know that there is a huge difference between caretaker and CAREGIVER. I switched a year ago and it is hard. I give when I can and what I can but know that a caregiver gets back as much as they give...a caretaker gives to those that only take. :hug:
I also do Dawn's trick of measuring. Back when I did Nutri-system (before I discovered my allergy to high amounts of soy) there were weeks when I didn't see a change in the scale but saw huge changes in the number of inches lost. One week, I lost 0 pounds but 7 inches off my body overall!! (Of course, it has all come back on now ARRGGGG). So, the second part of Dawn's accountability plan is truly a help. Plus, now there are a lot of us to help keep momentum going when we feel discouraged, right???
Yeah to measuriing and yeah to empowering each other!
Just popping in to say HI! Welcome to the W.I.S.H. board everyone!
Nancy! Thank you so much! :hug:

Favorite Form of Exercise: Skiing I want to ski next year in the water and on the slopes!

Family: Engaged, but DF is currently deployed in Afghanistan... also live with a high maintenance kitty who demands constant belly rubs and head scratches
Thanks for sharing your life with us and tell your DF Thanks for caring about the world being a better place! :worship:
mmmmm, gooey butter cake. Going to St Louis next weekend.
I have never had butter cake! :confused3 Ronda I hope your trip goes well! :yay:
Let me tell you from experience, you CAN do this with the right information and support.
Amen!
Yes, 8 of us are getting together down in the World and running 13.1 miles together. As a team. Team Goddess! We have members of our thread who have lost tons of weight, who have completed marathons, triathlons, long distance bike races, and more.


So excited to hear how you all will do and what a great bonding time it will be! Thanks for sharing all of your success here to motivate and inspire everyone! :cutie:



One of my biggest issues is forgiving myself and not just throwing up my hands at any perceived 'cheating'. I'm really working on all foods are ok in moderation! As long as you budget your calories, just like you'd budget your bank account!


Great thought process and great analogy!
I have lurked on the boards for years and want to be in on the ground floor!
Yes you have and I am so glad to have your input here and yourself! :woohoo:
Family: Dh Dave - never noticed the 80 pounds that I gained after 35 years of marriage. Kerri - 34, Julie -32, David J - 31. 4 Beautiful Granddaughters.
Okay - now I want pics of all you guys! :goodvibes Your blessed with your family and I love the fact they love you!
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Family: Engaged, to a funny wonderful woman who will remain nameless. I will keep her anonymity to save her the embarrasment of my size.
I will love you forever and a day. :love:
To All,

I have read the reason everyone wants to loose weight and noone said so I can be a super model. Ahemmm...just because I did not type it in my out loud font does not mean I did not think it could one day happen. :lmao: It isnt about that for me either :scared1: maybe we should be discussing that before you kill your future career plans I had enviosined for you to the thread! :laughing: it is about being comfortable in my body and getting the most life has to offer.
Active and happy. That is the life I want for us.


I would love to hear all about your journey to a healthier you. I could never get surgery though. I'd be way to scared.
It is a brave choice and I am proud of her for deciding to look past the fear to herself...she is stronger than she thinks! :hug:

Mine would be Superior Fitz or Fitz Superior... depending on which way you put it. lol
It sounds like you are the best at convulsions! Way to not accept second place!:lmao:


I too failed with breakfast... I had Mickey D's. I looked up the calories after I signed on to this thread and I can not believe I put that crap in my mouth!!! It was half of my daily calorie limit!
Great job in facing the calorie monster! Not so scary once you know. You take the power away and put it back in your control!

Thanks for the welcome! I'm looking forward to doing this. I would love to get to the point where I can run in the Princess Half Marathon! That would be amazing! I hate running, but it has always been something that I wanted to do, because I've been told for so long that I can't. So I should probably add that as one of my end goals.
It is possibe to become a runner...I have been shown and told by those Goddesses! It would be awesome to have a bunch of us join them next year feeling the success that have in oursleves!
Dawn - Molson is a dog ( a sheppard hound that is snoring so loud right now it is hard to think) Just making sure witha tough name like that it was not a guinea pig!

My DH is a big McDonalds fan and I know that I am not going to go through the rest of my life and never eat at McDonalds again. We would eat there 3 times a week at least. We have set a new rule that Fri nights will be our take out night (that means McD's to hubby) so he is in charge of picking dinner up on his way home from work. We don't eat any fast food the rest of the week and we only go out to eat at a resturant once a month now. This is a big change for us and I thought DH would have the hardest time with it but he came home from work about 20 minutes ago and no supper. He says he forgot so maybe we can cut this fast food down even more.
Awesome goal to be mindful and moderate!:cool1:


Oh, and I really don't like exercise, so any ideas to do something fun will be good for me!
Thanks for starting this Dawn!

No problem and you will find one that works. When you are ready!


I had never really thought about measuring before, it's just so ingrained that you must lose pounds and if you don't you are doing something wrong. I'm gonna measure and weigh in over the weekend so we'll see which gets smaller faster.
I am really excited for you for this! I am telling you that giving yourself two resources to build your self esteem is so awesome! having read some of the posts from you guys I am sure we will find ways to motivate each other either through humor and nice encouragment or threats of torture. :rolleyes1
I am willing to do both...just saying!
Sorry, Dawn, but there is just nothing sexy about

Pine Button ??

Sounds like a cleaning product!
Or a skinny pidipple! :rolleyes1
It was 25 minutes and I was sweating like crazy after I was done. So between the new game and my elliptical I hope I'll lose something. The game seems to think that I'll lose 12 pounds in four weeks. I'll take that. :woohoo:
Graet job and thanks for telling us your experience with it! I might put it on my list later for an alternative workout!


I'm actually joining a gym next Friday, with my sister. :scared1: :scared1:


Great job and remember..don't kill yourself the first week and never go back! Talk to a trainer there about how to start and slowly build!


That's one thing I like about WeightWatchers. You get flex points so you have x # of points a day and then 35 extra a week to use whenever/however. It's good for a treat or splurge, like eating take out once a week! NOT that I am in any way trying to push WW on anyone. But the philosophy holds true to any diet, IMHO! :upsidedow
I am glad you found a program that works for you and you work with it!


Hi!

Two years ago when I found Dawn's thread and started on WISH, I was 2 months into WW. Now, it's two years and two months! I never imagined I'd be training for a half marathon in a month - I never imagined actually joining a gym. I never imagined I'd change my weight. Ever.
She is a sexy rockstar folks!
Don't do too much at once. I can tell that you are all givers - you take care of everyone. That's beautiful. And I bet you approach this the same way - pile it on! But don't start to journal food AND walk AND give up Coke at the same time! One change a month! Trust me on this. You're doing enough.
BEST POINT SHE EVER GAVE ME!

The temptation is not to write that in your journal or not to weigh in when you have a bad week. Just do it. I have backslid too many times out of shame - and there is NO shame in not being perfect.

Be gentle with yourself. Don't say anything in your head that you wouldn't write to your very best friend. Be kind to the most important person in your world - you.

So best of luck! Have fun on the journey!
Thanks Liz - awesome advice from an awesome person!

Me, I have a good leader. ;)
I think someday you would make an amazing leader yourself! :goodvibes
Great advice! Thanks! I do tend to throw myself into something head first... usually without looking.
Pace yourself and decide what your long term goal is and work towards it. Like I said in the intro...I will not be a size 8 by spring break. It took me years to put this on and accepting progress is not the same as failure is the key!

I tend to post once on these types of threads only to disappear forever. I'm really going to try to stick with this because I've been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for two years! It is really hard for me to lose weight when I am training. I run a lot, but I eat A LOT.
I am so glad to have someone here who is already running and can help motivate others to start the moving process no mater what form it is in. You are also a great tool for me to prove to my ex that excersize alone will not create a perfect body. That it is a balance of food as well.
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One tool that I found very useful is a calorie counter. I used sparkpeople in the past, now I use an app on my phone. I love it because I can scan the barcode and have my calories added to my tracker.
What! What kind of phone do you have? That is amazing! I sound like I have never seen a cell phone before but I had no idea that app is a possibility! And I am engaged to a phone guy! I am waking his butt up right now to tell me about it!

I totally get what you are saying about us all being givers. Thats one thing most of the Biggest Loser contestants say that resonates most with me. How I put everyone else in my life ahead of ME! So we do need to hold ourselves accountable but at the same time cut ourselves some slack. That's a hard balance!

Thanks for sharing that and I hope we all get better at the end of this journey in loving oursleves!


Camille - your words of wanting to be in a t-shirt and jeans and knowing how to love yourself on the inside already is simply awesome. I do not know how I lost your post - but it did not come up in this 2 hour quoteathon...but I totally remembered it! :hug:

Dizneydawn
02-06-2010, 08:48 AM
My Pastor once said to me a line I will go to my grave never being able to get out of my head.

"God taps you on the shoulder and when you don't listen...He hit's you with a shovel."

Many of you who read the TR knew that a person I adored died at the age of 32 1 1/2 weeks ago. He died of a birth defect and the wall of his heart just simply caved in and there was nothing he could have done or known about.

Nathan died and the grieving of his family is devastating.

I am slowly killing myself at this weight and I can do something about it. I know about it.


Last night I got a call and my Father who has diabetes is needing to have his leg amputated next week. He has a bone infection. It is too late for him to do anything about having this as a result of diabetes and he has no choice any longer to lose his leg to it.

I have diabetes on both sides of my parents and both sides of my grandparents. The chances on me or my children having it are higher than getting in a car accident, yet I make myself and them wear a seat belt.

So this thread I started again, is timed to perfection. It is that shovel to the head that I have been ducking and dodging and the reality of the power of that swing came down full force last night.

I may not have a choice in what genetic cr@p I inherited but I do have a choice to give it fuel to feed off of. I have a choice to prevent it as much as I do clicking that seatbelt.

While I will never lose my funny side here, this needs to be a serious commitment from me. I really do love the power and support we can build with numbers. I also am needing to be accountable and to have accountability held to me.

So for me - I need to post my food. If I don't track...I will slack.

For me...That is the first thing I need to get under control. Simply tracking.

Not perfect in foos comsumption or food choices...just in quantity overall.

Because I can guarantee you that I will loose weight even when I slip in what I eat if I track.

I might eat that doughnut...but it will be only one versus 2.

And if only eating one versus two saves my leg at 61 years old...I will never complain.

So if you do not see me post my food intake by 7 p.m. here...call me on it. I am asking you to do this for me. It is my first step to this long life I want to live versus the life I will have if I do not make that first step.

loonieroonie
02-06-2010, 09:40 AM
Hello I joined your other weight loss thread about a year ago, but was so overwhelmed by how many pages I was behind and kept getting behind that I stopped checking in. I'd post something and someone would respond to it, by the time I went back to respond to that person 10 pages had passed and I felt like I would be interrupting so I left. I'm glad to see a group at it's begining, maybe I won't get so lost.

Dizneydawn
02-06-2010, 11:13 AM
Hello I joined your other weight loss thread about a year ago, but was so overwhelmed by how many pages I was behind and kept getting behind that I stopped checking in. I'd post something and someone would respond to it, by the time I went back to respond to that person 10 pages had passed and I felt like I would be interrupting so I left. I'm glad to see a group at it's begining, maybe I won't get so lost.



I hope you don't feel lost either! There will be some who post daily and then some and some who just post weekly or send me stats weekly but post seldom. Wherever you fit in is great but the key to this or anything working in this weight loss mission is consistency.

Even if you don't post all the time...READ every day. 1st of all you won't be lost on what is going on but the most important factor is you will stay concious of what you came here for in the first place.

I hope to see you here often and thanks for recommiting to yourself!



Remember guys...please get me your weight and your measurements if you want to track that too this weekend!

dizneydreamz@yahoo.com

Thanks to those who have already! Just be sure to put weight loss thread or skinny island in the memo!

Also...think about the first thing you want to really make the commitment to this month! The one thing no matter what...you will start and see through the end.

Ideas:

#1 Drinking Water! At least 8 8 oz glasses...I am doing 1/2 my body weight in oz...That is a lot but it makes sense that it takes a lot more water to flush out a person at 250 pounds than it does at 120!

Also...set yourself up for success. I like drinking water with fresh lemons or limes. I also like drinking water out of a bottle opening vs a glass. It to me, just seems like I can chug it faster and drink more. So I invested in a great water bottle.

#2 Exercise! Move yourself more than you have been doing. "Couch to 5k" is a great program that many here have had success with. Walking, aerobics etc...Maybe for you 3 times a week exercise is a great start...maybe 2 or 5. Make it doable and know you can add minutes on each week and soon you will be at your goal for length of time and endurance!

#3 Tracking your food! Maybe this month it simply means getting in the habit of writing it down and you are not going commit to cut many things from your food catalog. Maybe it means that you will still have 3 Cokes a day even though you want to be at one a week eventually.

Maybe you decided you want to track and stay within your calories and yet count that Coke in them but not abandon it.

However you decide to start tracking...it is a good tool to help you with honesty and discipline. It is the only way people I have ever known have lost weight and kept it off. No matter what program they are on...it comes down to mindful eating.

#4 Eating more fruits and veggies a day. Try some new fruits and vegetables! Find new receipes and find a way to like something you have never tried or liked before.

I love raw veggies. Steamed ones often make me queezy so I am not going to force myself to eat what is good for me in a way I know will only self destruct.

Why gag through 1 cup of steamed carrots when I could eat 2 cups of fresh ones for snacks throughout the day with no problem?

Find out what you like and work it into your day.





Hope that helps give you some ideas of what you can decide to do this month for yourself! Make a commitment to one...get that under control and we will add a new one next month! Like Liz said to you all yesterday...adding to much at once will set you up for failure.

I am commiting to Tracking. For me that is key and posting my food totals here will help with that.

I know with Tracking it will make me more mindful of water and more mindful of heading to the Y. But if it is a day I am overwhelmed and feel the need to crawl in a hole...I will choose to track. It is the one thing I need to keep focus on at all costs.

We prioritize our bills, our household chores and what comes first with our kids and family.

Now we have to take the first step in prioritizing what we will have come first in our weight loss journey...

Think about what you can commit to and what you can prioritze into your life.

Set yourself up for success and I am excited for you to all report to us what that first step is on Monday!

Again:

dizneydreamz@yahoo.com


send me your stats please! No pressure!

I will have the ensemble cheat sheet available tonight! It will be in post #2.

I am off to spend a few hours with my dad and the kids.

Have a great Day everybody!:)

AKASnowWhite
02-06-2010, 11:53 AM
"God taps you on the shoulder and when you don't listen...He hit's you with a shovel."

...

I may not have a choice in what genetic cr@p I inherited but I do have a choice to give it fuel to feed off of. I have a choice to prevent it as much as I do clicking that seatbelt.
....

So if you do not see me post my food intake by 7 p.m. here...call me on it. I am asking you to do this for me. It is my first step to this long life I want to live versus the life I will have if I do not make that first step.

So true about the genetic hand we've been dealt. But controlling what you can and learning to let the rest slide, like water off a ducks back, can lead to huge victories.

askelton
02-06-2010, 11:58 AM
Also, do you know about www.cinchouse.com? (http://www.cinchouse.com?)
I just found out about this recently. Thanks! :thumbsup2



Dawn, you are so motivating. Thank you! :hug: I still don't feel totally on board, but I know I must.

Leenk
02-06-2010, 12:23 PM
:lmao: :lmao: at food ending in -os!

Nachos, burritos, taquitos, tacos, tostitos.... Just say no to -os! :laughing:

I find that I'm at my worst when watching TV. Reaching for those -os are just so easy when my hands are idle... so I've taken up knitting over Christmas and I keep it next to the couch. I find that if my hands are occupied, I don't think about snacks and my lovely cream colored scarf in progress won't be covered in greasy orange powder. So double WIN!

jbm02
02-06-2010, 12:36 PM
:hug: My husband leaves in April and we don't live near his unit, so I'm glad to find someone else to talk to. Congrats on your wedding. :goodvibes

:grouphug: Hey, we're all in this together. Feel free to PM me if you wanna talk about deployment stuff (you know, with OPSEC and all). This is my DF's second deployment in the last three years. I was a nervous wreck the first time around and constantly sought comfort with two men (Ben & Jerry) trying to deal with all the emotions. This time around, I was determined to find an outlet that does not involve food. So far it's going well, I go to the fitness gym at least four times a week and just discovered cardio kick boxing as a great alternative. Plus work keeps me very busy. :dance3:

Also, do you know about www.cinchouse.com? It's a great website for military wives and the forums are like disboard except it's all about military life (including dealing with deployments). It probably does more for my sanity than ice cream and kick boxing combined. :thumbsup2

I was lurking but thought I'd chime in. I just returned from a deployment to Iraq so my DH (teacher) and kids were struggling through the deployment at home. If I can offer any insight on what it's like to be on the other end, feel free to PM me too...

I tend to post once on these types of threads only to disappear forever.

That's me!!

Is it okay if I just lurk for a while?? I'm doing the BL thread and trying to maintain a WISH journal ( not doing so well with that one) and while I'd like to read the motivational information and maybe contribute sometimes, I know I won't be able to keep up....:confused3

askelton
02-06-2010, 12:37 PM
so I've taken up knitting over Christmas and I keep it next to the couch.
That is on my to do list while my DH is gone. :thumbsup2

Dizneydawn
02-06-2010, 12:48 PM
So true about the genetic hand we've been dealt. But controlling what you can and learning to let the rest slide, like water off a ducks back, can lead to huge victories.
Learning to let go and accept I am not in control nor should I take control over what is not mine...is such a challenge...and I you may not have a shovel but your whistle is one powerful weapon! ;)

Dawn, you are so motivating. Thank you! :hug: I still don't feel totally on board, but I know I must.
Motivating in words but now I need to motivate myself to action!
I find that I'm at my worst when watching TV.

We do not have a TV in our dining area so my new rule is to eat at the dining table only. I can drink water anywhere but food stays in the food place!:worship:

MelanieC
02-06-2010, 01:15 PM
I'll join you because I believe we can all use lots of accountability and being around others who are going what we are going through.

First Name and Screen name: Melanie / MelanieC.


What your Goal Is for Fitness: Get back to consistant exercise again. It's been a few years.


Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Sweets and salty combination foods, although I find it hard to eat anything that tastes really good in moderation.

Favorite Good Food for You: I have lots of these: Avocado, Tahini, hummus, nuts and seeds, nut butters


Favorite Form of Exercise: Lifting weights, mostly for the upper body. I love the feeling you get when you have been consistantly lifting weights. I just think muscles on arms and shoulders look really great on women.


What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To get down to 125 again, and keep it off forever.


Family: DH and I have been married to Bill since 1987 (23 years this coming june).
DD17, Taryn- She will be 18 the beginning of March and she is going off to the University of Missouri in August. She has been a cheerleader for years. DS12, Ryan- 6th grade, plays trumpet and guitar and is in the Jazz band at school. Two cats (Pumpkin and Phantom).


More about me. I'm a vegetarian. I count calories using Sparkpeople. I used to do Weight Watchers, but I prefer counting calories now. I got to goals a few years ago using WW's, so I'm really hoping I can get back to goal again. I know how to do it, I just have to dig deep and get it done. I'm 40, work for a Pharmaceutical company and I really want to make this the year I get back in control of myself. My lowest that I've gotten when I lost my weight the last time was 130. I'm 170.6 this morning (yesterday's official weekly WI was 169.8). At work I have two little visual reminders of where I'm at. I used Excel and put my goal at the type and typed in each pound going down until I got to my current weight. Then I printed that cell and the cell next to it (I put the lines in both of these cells) and then cut them out. When you take a red felt tip pen and color in each number as you get to it. It looks like a thermometer as you do this. Then cut it out and pin it up on your workspace or on your fridge. I try to look at it at work when I feel like eating something I shouldn't. I also did one for a short term goal (10 pounds).


Example
125
126
127 Fill in this space when you reach this number

stitchfan23
02-06-2010, 01:45 PM
Just catching up from yesterday. Dawn I will email you info later this evening or tomorrow.

Bonus for me today was I ATE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH!:cool1:

I was also so proud of DH. We were out today around lunch time and usually he would have headed to the nearest drive thru but instead he didn't say anything, came home and when we go in he offered to make lunch. I was so proud of him:lovestruc

luvsJack
02-06-2010, 02:30 PM
May I join you?

I, too, have a tendency to join these threads and then not come back but am hoping that a combo of this and sparkpeople will keep me on task.

While boredom struck at work yesterday, I checked out mypyramid.gov and its a great site! It will tell you exactly how much you need of each food group (based on your weight, age, etc.) and help you with a meal plan. You can make a menu and while you are working on it, charts will tell you how much of each food group you are putting in, plus the fats and "extras". It was really eye opening to how many "extras" (sugars, bad fats, etc.) are in foods and how easy it is to stay within your calorie range but go over on other bad stuff. I printed a lot of stuff out and used the info when I shopped for groceries last night.

Like you, Dizneydawn, I have a lot of genetic things that are screaming at me to lose the weight. Heart problems are a big issue with both my mom's and my dad's family. I know the weight has to go, its just needing to get going.

First Name and Screen name: Sharon/LuvsJack

What your Goal Is for Fitness: Would love to get back up to walking 3 miles a day

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: chips and fries

Favorite Good Food for You: mixed lettuces salad with low cal ranch or honey mustard

Favorite Form of Exercise: walking

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: a new wardrobe (or enjoy the one I used to be able to wear), just to be able to look in the mirror and say "I DID IT" (this is the most important one)

Family: wonderful husband who isn't home very often, daughter 11, two sons 25 and 27, one daughter in law and another one "soon to be" and my beautiful little granddaughter.

Stacybaeasm
02-06-2010, 03:09 PM
Just got back from the grocery store. Success!!! I made a list and stuck to it. In fact, I was even able to eliminate some of the "extra" food. Of course, I had sticker shock at the checkout. Holy carp, eating healthy costs a lot.:scared1: But, I made some healthier choices and I actually read some labels. A good start.

Dawn, I'll get you my stats on Monday. That is my "typical" weigh in day anyway.

dislvr74
02-06-2010, 04:21 PM
It's 3:15 and I finished my 9 mile run at 11:30. So far, I have managed to avoid the pizza!

I am going to commit to eating 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Right now, I average about 2 on a good day. My hope is that eating more healthy food will decrease the amount of junk food I eat.

For those of you who are intimidated to go to a gym, feel my pain. I ran on the track at our campus rec center surrounded by size 2 18 and 19 year olds. At some point you have to realize that nobody is paying any attention to you and just get on with your workout. That said, I will be glad when our sidewalks are not covered in ice and I can run outside again.

I'll be sending stats in before Monday. My weight is artifically low because of the water weight I lose when I run. Sadly, it will be back to normal by Monday morning.

TB'sWidow
02-06-2010, 06:41 PM
Hello everyone :yay:heres hoping I can join. I am a big lurker so I'm hoping by joining will help me be more open & accountable. So here I go!! First name Screen name: Mary,TB'swidow. What your goal is for fitness: To be a healthy strong woman for my surprise Dd & my grandkids. Food hardest to eat in moderation: really everything I'm a big carb and red meat eater & I hate the good for you veggies.Favorite good for you food: to be honest like pp said I don't like food that's good for you that's where I struggle.Favorite form of exercise: I like walking an weights.What your goal is for yourself when you get to skinny island:Same as others shop in normal clothes sections to be able to keep up with youngest Dd. Family: DD#1 Amanda 26 Ds Travis 22 and my surprise DD#2 Kaitlyn 10 Son-inlaw Jimmy 28 Dgrs James 7 & Damien 5. As you can tell by my screen name I am a widow which I have been for the last 8yrs an I call my DD#2 a surprise because I didn't think I could have anymore children so she was a huge shock:scared1:but the lord gave her to me because he knew Dh was gonna lose his battle with lung cancer at the age of 44 so she is really the driving motivator for me.

Jasperann
02-06-2010, 06:48 PM
Good evening everyone!

I want to have my goal for the first month to be to stop drinking coke and start drinking 1/2 my body weight in water... I might just turn into a fish. I am loosely keeping track of my calories (I say loosely because I'm not logging it online anywhere.).

We are on the dining plan when we go to Disney next month. I plan on staying away from coke while there, but I will probably have some fruity drinks. ;) But other than that I'm not making any promises. :rolleyes1

BTW with the head ache I've got today, it kinda feels like someone did hit me over the head with a shovel. :rotfl:

MelanieC
02-06-2010, 07:40 PM
DH and I just got back from watching Dear John - Seriously, bring tissues! We didn't have popcorn -yeah. The smell of the popcorn is so intoxicating when you walk in the door, I'm glad DH didn't even ask.

Just entered in all my calories for the day and I'm a little over (1708 and my range is 1200-1550). Yesterday I was over too, DH and I went to dinner at an Italian restaurant and I had tea no sugar, salad w/ dressing on side and used very little of it, 4 slices of garlic bread - they were pretty small on roll cut into smaller pieces but did have butter on them, and eggplant parmisagna. I ate all the eggplant and cheese and only 2 bites of the spagetti. Sitting here really wanting a coconut popcicle........but since I'm over today I'm not going too! Tomorrow and the rest of the week till the Biggest Loser challenge WI on Friday I am going to be good and eat on the low side of my calories.

One day at a time, one step at a time. I'd really like to exercise tomorrow. Hopefully I can make myself.


For those that have husband's or Fiance's deploying - I know what that is like. My DH is in the Air National Guard full time and has gone over to Kuwait, Afganistan and othe places many times. I'm here to talk if you need to and I totally understand not having anyone to talk to (like another deployed wife). I wasn't close to anyone and really spent most of these deployments without anyone - except for a few occasions here and there. The worst was his deployment to Kuwait/Iraq in 2003 at the start of the war. That one was really hard.

2xcited2sleep
02-06-2010, 07:48 PM
Dawn, thank you SO much for creating this thread. I'm looking forward to working alongside of you all to getting to our goals. :goodvibes

What your Goal Is for Fitness: I want to feel good when I look in the mirror, like shopping for clothes and feel like a "sexy chick."

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Salt and Carbs. Potatoes and Cheese. Cannot get enough.

Favorite Good Food for You: Avocado and hummus. Of course I have these with tortilla chips and pretzels. :rolleyes1

Favorite Form of Exercise: I hate exercise. I want to like it. I do. I yearn for the runners high people talk about. I can't find it. Elliptical with the right music is ok. Like kick boxing. Have heard Wii Fit is fun... may try that.

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: Marching off to the pool bar/snack bar without feeling I need to cover myself.

Family: It's me and my dog. And a boyfriend I feel like I don't deserve. I'd like to work on that too. Yikes... this thread IS like therapy!

gellybean
02-06-2010, 09:31 PM
:wave: to all the new posters!!! This is so exciting!

Amiee!!! :yay: :hug: How are you my other Texas sista!! My other Texas sista is suppose to be joining us eliz991, maybe she'll wait until she gets back from her trip. We need to wish her good Disney magic, she broke her toe just a few days ago :scared: and she leaves in less than a week. :guilty: Poor baby.
Thank you for your kind words. Knowing yourself and what silly or stupid things your capable (at least for me) is half the battle. :laughing:


:hug: Millie!!! I'm great. So excited about this thread!! So glad you're on here. Can't wait to meet another Texas Sista :) That stinks about her toe. Hopefully she'll be ok with a supportive shoe or a scooter!!

Knowing yourself is a big part of it, for sure!




I am so proud of you! Even being aware of the fact you have a choice to make is such a huge accomplishment! Even if you had eaten there - being aware of what you eat vs eating aimlessly is huge!


Great thought process and great analogy!


Great job and remember..don't kill yourself the first week and never go back! Talk to a trainer there about how to start and slowly build!


Thanks for sharing that and I hope we all get better at the end of this journey in loving oursleves!



Thank you!!! :goodvibes

Thanks for all the ideas Dawn!! I'm committing to continued tracking of the food, since I'm already mostly in the habit and adding exercise in via the gym. And I will be telling the trainers that there's a reason I didn't audition for the Biggest Loser! I KNOW I need to ease into it.


DAWN!!! IT's 8pm!! Where's your food log?!!!


pirate:


:lmao:

I find that I'm at my worst when watching TV. Reaching for those -os are just so easy when my hands are idle... so I've taken up knitting over Christmas and I keep it next to the couch. I find that if my hands are occupied, I don't think about snacks and my lovely cream colored scarf in progress won't be covered in greasy orange powder. So double WIN!

I totally need to break out the crocheting again. Except my blanket I'm making is burnt orange. Kinda defeats the cheeto proofing!!! :lmao:

Just got back from the grocery store. Success!!! I made a list and stuck to it. In fact, I was even able to eliminate some of the "extra" food. Of course, I had sticker shock at the checkout. Holy carp, eating healthy costs a lot.:scared1: But, I made some healthier choices and I actually read some labels. A good start.

Dawn, I'll get you my stats on Monday. That is my "typical" weigh in day anyway.

:cheer2: for healthy shopping!! I had a bit of a sticker shock too. Had to remind myself that it's better to pay more for groceries than for medical bills down the road! :scared:

Just catching up from yesterday. Dawn I will email you info later this evening or tomorrow.

Bonus for me today was I ATE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH!:cool1:

I was also so proud of DH. We were out today around lunch time and usually he would have headed to the nearest drive thru but instead he didn't say anything, came home and when we go in he offered to make lunch. I was so proud of him:lovestruc

:woohoo: for eating breakfast and lunch!!! That's great!! Your hubby gets a :yay: too!

DH and I just got back from watching Dear John - Seriously, bring tissues! We didn't have popcorn -yeah. The smell of the popcorn is so intoxicating when you walk in the door, I'm glad DH didn't even ask.

Just entered in all my calories for the day and I'm a little over (1708 and my range is 1200-1550). Yesterday I was over too, DH and I went to dinner at an Italian restaurant and I had tea no sugar, salad w/ dressing on side and used very little of it, 4 slices of garlic bread - they were pretty small on roll cut into smaller pieces but did have butter on them, and eggplant parmisagna. I ate all the eggplant and cheese and only 2 bites of the spagetti. Sitting here really wanting a coconut popcicle........but since I'm over today I'm not going too! Tomorrow and the rest of the week till the Biggest Loser challenge WI on Friday I am going to be good and eat on the low side of my calories.

One day at a time, one step at a time. I'd really like to exercise tomorrow. Hopefully I can make myself.



:banana:
WTG on skipping the popcorn and tracking your calories!!!!!



Family: It's me and my dog. And a boyfriend I feel like I don't deserve. I'd like to work on that too. Yikes... this thread IS like therapy!

Girl. I get it. The not deserving someone feeling. Just sayin'. You're not alone in feeling this way. I think there are probably lots of us on this thread that feel that way. :hug:

shannn
02-06-2010, 09:38 PM
This whole "not deserving" thing...that's what I've been feeling all my life. Now, I'm here to say that we all DO deserve it. We deserve incredible men in our lives, we deserve to be pampered and taken care of...we deserve to be treated with respect. We are NOT second class citizens just because we are overweight. Overweight is NOT a character flaw. We are good people and we deserve the good things in our lives.

Sorry for the soapbox, but honestly~~ it was said that fat was a weakness...a character flaw... by someone who has many of her own character flaws, and I've just deleted a description of them all! :laughing:

So, girls, accept and celebrate the good things in your lives. You have drawn them to you by being the amazing incredible people that you all are, and the people who know you are darn lucky to have you!

gellybean
02-06-2010, 09:43 PM
This whole "not deserving" thing...that's what I've been feeling all my life. Now, I'm here to say that we all DO deserve it. We deserve incredible men in our lives, we deserve to be pampered and taken care of...we deserve to be treated with respect. We are NOT second class citizens just because we are overweight. Overweight is NOT a character flaw. We are good people and we deserve the good things in our lives.

Sorry for the soapbox, but honestly~~ it was said that fat was a weakness...a character flaw... by someone who has many of her own character flaws, and I've just deleted a description of them all! :laughing:

So, girls, accept and celebrate the good things in your lives. You have drawn them to you by being the amazing incredible people that you all are, and the people who know you are darn lucky to have you!



Sing it Sista'!

Well said. I have to work on reminding myself everyday that I'm worthy of love. I'm worthy of happiness. Maybe I do know what some of my demons are. Whoa.



:guilty:


BUT there are some days I think he doesn't deserve me!! :lmao: Mainly when he ticks me off. That's a big jump for me, EVEN if it's in jest. KWIM?

luvsJack
02-06-2010, 11:02 PM
This whole "not deserving" thing...that's what I've been feeling all my life. Now, I'm here to say that we all DO deserve it. We deserve incredible men in our lives, we deserve to be pampered and taken care of...we deserve to be treated with respect. We are NOT second class citizens just because we are overweight. Overweight is NOT a character flaw. We are good people and we deserve the good things in our lives.

Sorry for the soapbox, but honestly~~ it was said that fat was a weakness...a character flaw... by someone who has many of her own character flaws, and I've just deleted a description of them all! :laughing:

So, girls, accept and celebrate the good things in your lives. You have drawn them to you by being the amazing incredible people that you all are, and the people who know you are darn lucky to have you!

:thumbsup2

I have spent so much of my life telling my self that I can have "that" when I lose weight. "That" being whatever it is I am wanting and am believing I don't deserve.

Its just that old low self esteem getting in the way and the sad thing is having a low self esteem is one of the main things that will keep a person from losing weight. Time to tell ourselves "we are worth it and we do deserve it! NOW! not in 20 pounds."

MelanieC
02-06-2010, 11:49 PM
Dawn, thank you SO much for creating this thread. I'm looking forward to working alongside of you all to getting to our goals. :goodvibes

What your Goal Is for Fitness: I want to feel good when I look in the mirror, like shopping for clothes and feel like a "sexy chick."



Favorite Good Food for You: Avocado and hummus. Of course I have these with tortilla chips and pretzels. :rolleyes1



Yummy - Two of my favorite foods, I could live my whole life on these two foods and be happy, lol :cloud9:

This whole "not deserving" thing...that's what I've been feeling all my life. Now, I'm here to say that we all DO deserve it. We deserve incredible men in our lives, we deserve to be pampered and taken care of...we deserve to be treated with respect. We are NOT second class citizens just because we are overweight. Overweight is NOT a character flaw. We are good people and we deserve the good things in our lives.

Sorry for the soapbox, but honestly~~ it was said that fat was a weakness...a character flaw... by someone who has many of her own character flaws, and I've just deleted a description of them all! :laughing:

So, girls, accept and celebrate the good things in your lives. You have drawn them to you by being the amazing incredible people that you all are, and the people who know you are darn lucky to have you!

I totally agree with this - We all DESERVE all of these things!! I had to remind DH tonight after we got done watching the movies. He opened the car door, and then walked over to his. I left the door open and said - Be a gentleman and close it, lol. It was fun to harrass him and he actually did it, lol!!


:thumbsup2

I have spent so much of my life telling my self that I can have "that" when I lose weight. "That" being whatever it is I am wanting and am believing I don't deserve.

Its just that old low self esteem getting in the way and the sad thing is having a low self esteem is one of the main things that will keep a person from losing weight. Time to tell ourselves "we are worth it and we do deserve it! NOW! not in 20 pounds."



We are worth it NOW!!!

lisaviolet
02-07-2010, 02:20 AM
I need my hair done again - well over a month ago but whose counting! I will have to post some pics when it's all done! Just for you!:3dglasses

I'm holding you to it Dawn. :goodvibes

And I said all the best to you. And I forgot this - all the best to everyone - especially those who have just found WISH! :thumbsup2

luvsJack
02-07-2010, 09:32 AM
Just got back from the grocery store. Success!!! I made a list and stuck to it. In fact, I was even able to eliminate some of the "extra" food. Of course, I had sticker shock at the checkout. Holy carp, eating healthy costs a lot.:scared1: But, I made some healthier choices and I actually read some labels. A good start.

Dawn, I'll get you my stats on Monday. That is my "typical" weigh in day anyway.

Isn't it crazy?! I can understand fresh fruits and veggies going up and down by what's in season (although, its hard to tell sometimes what is in season!) but the fat free margarine being more expensive than the full fat version just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. :confused3

I spent Friday night reading labels and trying to make those choices (while trying to navigate around all those stocking up for the Superbowl--have never seen so many men, looking lost, in the grocery store at one time before!!:scared1:) and it is also time consuming! I assume it will get easier.

One thing that I am doing differently this time is not buying two versions of everything. DD and I eat the same fresh fruits and veggies for the most part but I have always bought both the fat free and full fat versions of everything. Not so this time. I figure dd and dh do not need all that extra fat either, so they get the same thing I do. Except mayo--I promised dh I would always buy hm the regular version of that.

MelanieC
02-07-2010, 09:56 AM
I wrote this on the Biggest Loser thread about eating and Super Bowl snacks today. Just thought it could be useful here too.

Remember to take it one hour at a time tomorrow. Drink lots of water, keep alcholic drinks to a minimum or even try not to drink them since they usually cause you to eat more automatically. Journal what your eating tomorrow. Don't mindlessly eat. Don't stand at the dip bowl or in the kitchen and eat. Even if you take it and sit down and eat in front of the TV, put it on your plate after measuring out what your going to eat (and writing it down). Mindless eating in the kitchen or dipping and eating at the bowl will add on extra calories because your not as likely to feel like you ate, you'll do it too fast and you won't be as likely to write it down. Sit down before you take any bites of food and write it down and become accountable before you eat it. If you know before you bite, your more likely to limit your eating as well as maybe decide to make better choices. You can do this, We can do this. Enjoy yourself, but keep yourself in check.

What are you going to do to succeed today?

Here is my plan:

DH is getting wings and I'm lucky - I'm vegetarian now so I won't be partaking and it won't be hard to forgo those

I plan on making hummus and a recipe I haven't tried yet for a artichoke dip (just artichokes, garlic cloves and Olive oil). Apparently the artichoke dip is really good and creamy (becomes roasted). I may actually take the dip and make a panini with it or else just eat both with some of Mary's Gone Crackers (my current favorite healthy cracker).

2xcited2sleep
02-07-2010, 10:22 AM
This whole "not deserving" thing...that's what I've been feeling all my life. Now, I'm here to say that we all DO deserve it. We deserve incredible men in our lives, we deserve to be pampered and taken care of...we deserve to be treated with respect. We are NOT second class citizens just because we are overweight. Overweight is NOT a character flaw. We are good people and we deserve the good things in our lives.

Sorry for the soapbox, but honestly~~ it was said that fat was a weakness...a character flaw... by someone who has many of her own character flaws, and I've just deleted a description of them all! :laughing:

So, girls, accept and celebrate the good things in your lives. You have drawn them to you by being the amazing incredible people that you all are, and the people who know you are darn lucky to have you!

:worship: Love it! Thank you! :goodvibes

Dizneydawn
02-07-2010, 11:31 AM
I'll join you because I believe we can all use lots of accountability and being around others who are going what we are going through.
Well said! Wecome! :goodvibes
Favorite Form of Exercise: Lifting weights, mostly for the upper body. I love the feeling you get when you have been consistantly lifting weights. I just think muscles on arms and shoulders look really great on women.
I agree...I used to love my arms! Great visual! Thanks!




Bonus for me today was I ATE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH!:cool1:
Great Job! Keep it up!
I was also so proud of DH. We were out today around lunch time and usually he would have headed to the nearest drive thru but instead he didn't say anything, came home and when we go in he offered to make lunch. I was so proud of him:lovestruc
So great he is on board for you right now!

Like you, Dizneydawn, I have a lot of genetic things that are screaming at me to lose the weight. Heart problems are a big issue with both my mom's and my dad's family. I know the weight has to go, its just needing to get going. Heart issues on my Dad's side as well and I love that motto!



Just got back from the grocery store. Success!!! I made a list and stuck to it. In fact, I was even able to eliminate some of the "extra" food. Of course, I had sticker shock at the checkout. Holy carp, eating healthy costs a lot.:scared1: It totally does but I just keep looking at the health care costs I incur and will if I don's lose this weight! But, I made some healthier choices and I actually read some labels. A good start.
So proud of you Stacy!


It's 3:15 and I finished my 9 mile run at 11:30. So far, I have managed to avoid the pizza!
Great job and totally motivating for us!

For those of you who are intimidated to go to a gym, feel my pain. I ran on the track at our campus rec center surrounded by size 2 18 and 19 year olds. At some point you have to realize that nobody is paying any attention to you and just get on with your workout. That said, I will be glad when our sidewalks are not covered in ice and I can run outside again.
Crack me up! I did water aerobics next to a girl with a rockin body and one probably 40 pounds heavy but young with a bikini on the other day! The first was in shape and the second had ****sters that stayed in place! :rotfl2:


I call my DD#2 a surprise because I didn't think I could have anymore children so she was a huge shock:scared1:but the lord gave her to me because he knew Dh was gonna lose his battle with lung cancer at the age of 44 so she is really the driving motivator for me.
Thank you for sharing that with us. I hope you stay here! :cutie:
Good evening everyone!

I want to have my goal for the first month to be to stop drinking coke and start drinking 1/2 my body weight in water... I might just turn into a fish. I am loosely keeping track of my calories (I say loosely because I'm not logging it online anywhere.).
Great Goal!
:

DH and I just got back from watching Dear John - Seriously, bring tissues! We didn't have popcorn -yeah. The smell of the popcorn is so intoxicating when you walk in the door, I'm glad DH didn't even ask.
That is a huge accomplishment! HUGE!!


Dawn, thank you SO much for creating this thread. I'm looking forward to working alongside of you all to getting to our goals. :goodvibes
Yeah that you found us! :cool1:
Family: It's me and my dog. And a boyfriend I feel like I don't deserve. I'd like to work on that too. Yikes... this thread IS like therapy!
Cheap Therapy! Gotta love it! :rotfl:


Thanks for all the ideas Dawn!! I'm committing to continued tracking of the food, since I'm already mostly in the habit and adding exercise in via the gym. And I will be telling the trainers that there's a reason I didn't audition for the Biggest Loser! I KNOW I need to ease into it.
Great idea! That's why I chose that one as well!

DAWN!!! IT's 8pm!! Where's your food log?!!!
It's comming...viruses abound at this house lately!

pirate:


:lmao:





This whole "not deserving" thing...that's what I've been feeling all my life. Now, I'm here to say that we all DO deserve it. /QUOTE]
I printed the whole post! It was exactly what I needed!:hug:
[QUOTE=gellybean;35330422]
BUT there are some days I think he doesn't deserve me!! :lmao: Mainly when he ticks me off. That's a big jump for me, EVEN if it's in jest. KWIM?
It is always good to know you deserve to be valued and that you are valuable!
:thumbsup2

I have spent so much of my life telling my self that I can have "that" when I lose weight. "That" being whatever it is I am wanting and am believing I don't deserve.
Ahemmm...I keep saying I would only get married at goal weight so I get this!


I'm holding you to it Dawn. :goodvibes

And I said all the best to you. And I forgot this - all the best to everyone - especially those who have just found WISH! :thumbsup2
Thanks Lisa!!!!

I spent Friday night reading labels and trying to make those choices (while trying to navigate around all those stocking up for the Superbowl--have never seen so many men, looking lost, in the grocery store at one time before!!:scared1:) and it is also time consuming! I assume it will get easier.
Awesome having aplan if today is hard for you! Awesome!


Don't mindlessly eat. Don't stand at the dip bowl or in the kitchen and eat. Even if you take it and sit down and eat in front of the TV, put it on your plate after measuring out what your going to eat (and writing it down). Mindless eating in the kitchen or dipping and eating at the bowl will add on extra calories because your not as likely to feel like you ate, you'll do it too fast and you won't be as likely to write it down. Sit down before you take any bites of food and write it down and become accountable before you eat it. If you know before you bite, your more likely to limit your eating as well as maybe decide to make better choices. You can do this, We can do this. Enjoy yourself, but keep yourself in check.



I need to sit down and eat period! I find myslerf slamming even full meals without tasting it on the go at the stove.

Bad for digestion and not mind satisying either! GREAT ADVICE GUYS!!!!:grouphug:



Yesterday: I ate - 1 serving of chicken noodle soup, 1 1/2 servings of ravioli with one serving of sauce, one whole flat sandwich bread toasted with garlic and a one glass of punch.

Not a great food day as far as balanced...today will be better!

There is a virus on the home computer now - got it while taking pics for my last TR update from google...ugh! So it seems fixed now and I will load todays into sparkpeoople and post food plus their calories etc today!

Thanks for keeping me accountable! I appreciate it!

I am so excited for the start tom of all of this for us!!!!

The virus ate my sheet of names for the ensemble...will try and re-do today!

gellybean
02-07-2010, 01:32 PM
So yesterday was not a perfect eating day but it was such an improvement over what I wanted to eat, that I'm proud of myself. I hope this makes sense!


I went out to eat with my sister to Pei Wei. I shared an order of 4 crab wontons with my sister instead of an order of 8. I shared an order of Pad Thai Chicken with my 2 yr old son and we still brought half of it back home in a to go container.

We then went to the Outlet Mall and walked the entire loop, while shopping and pushing a stroller but still it was out and active and not tush on the couch.

I wanted a Itza Doozie from The Great American Cookie Co. Didn't get one. I wanted a Big Ol' Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Didn't get it. Didn't even walk past the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company.

After we left there, I drove through Sonic, after looking up the point value on my Blackberry and ordered a small Cherry Limeade. It was 3 pts, so 10% of my daily allowance. But it satisfied my smoothie, icey, fruity craving and was a much smarter choice than a large Cherry Limeade or the smoothie I wanted at the outlet mall.

For dinner DS2 and I shared the rest of the Pad Thai and a small homemade cheese quesadilla, so I controlled the amount of cheese and butter added. I had a 2 point Slim Fast candy bar for dessert and chewed gum and drank water the rest of the night.


I did go over my point allowance for the day and into flex points. BUT I could have done so much worse. I wanted to do so much worse. But I fought the battles one at a time as they came and made smart informed choices.


:banana:


There is still a little guilt lurkin that I didn't do perfectly. There were things I could have done better. I'm having to really work hard not to be so hard on myself and recognize that there were so many ways I improved upon my normal M.O, That even though I could have done better, I have to be proud and satisfied with how I did because I could have done so much worse. This is a marathon and I have to make choices that I can make the rest of my life and not be so strict that I quit in 2 days!


I'm so glad I have you ladies to share stuff like this with and know that y'all all understand!! :grouphug:


Plan for today - small point breakfast (HEB brand Instant Peaches and Cream Oatmeal 2pts) to save points for a late lunch/early dinner of chicken philly cheesesteaks and baked oven fries that DH is making. He's going to control the fat, amount of low fat cheese, add mushrooms and onions to make it go further and use a low sugar BBQ sauce to top it instead of a cheese sauce or ranch dressing. We aren't going to a Superbowl party so that's a huge break in food temptations right there!!

I wish everyone the best of luck today!!!!!
:goodvibes

Stacybaeasm
02-07-2010, 02:00 PM
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There is still a little guilt lurkin that I didn't do perfectly. There were things I could have done better. I'm having to really work hard not to be so hard on myself and recognize that there were so many ways I improved upon my normal M.O, That even though I could have done better, I have to be proud and satisfied with how I did because I could have done so much worse. This is a marathon and I have to make choices that I can make the rest of my life and not be so strict that I quit in 2 days!




Just remember there is no such thing as perfect. Even the size 2's aren't perfect (despite how I feel about them when they get on the treadmill next to me.) It's that little voice of guilt that can cause us to give up for an hour, a day, or forever. You did great!!!!!!! You thought about what you were eating, resisted temptations, and found alternatives. That means you celebrate, not feel guilty. :banana::woohoo::cool1:

As for me, I may have found a way to avoid ALL that superbowl badness today. I got sick. :sick: My throat feels like it has gravel in it and has swollen so I can't really even swallow. Looks like even my healthy nachos are out the window and I'll be sticking to chicken broth today. Not fun but it will read better on the scale tomorrow, right?

gellybean
02-07-2010, 02:16 PM
Just remember there is no such thing as perfect. Even the size 2's aren't perfect (despite how I feel about them when they get on the treadmill next to me.) It's that little voice of guilt that can cause us to give up for an hour, a day, or forever. You did great!!!!!!! You thought about what you were eating, resisted temptations, and found alternatives. That means you celebrate, not feel guilty. :banana::woohoo::cool1:

As for me, I may have found a way to avoid ALL that superbowl badness today. I got sick. :sick: My throat feels like it has gravel in it and has swollen so I can't really even swallow. Looks like even my healthy nachos are out the window and I'll be sticking to chicken broth today. Not fun but it will read better on the scale tomorrow, right?

Thanks for the words of encouragement. :flower3:

So sorry you're feeling rotten but way to keep a positive attitude about it and see the bright side about it. :woohoo: for having a plan and a back up plan that are both healthy.

Dizneydawn
02-07-2010, 02:33 PM
[FONT="Georgia"]So yesterday was not a perfect eating day but it was such an improvement over what I wanted to eat, that I'm proud of myself. I hope this makes sense!
[COLOR="Blue"]I am busting with pride ofr you and all the choices you made yesterday! Tons of great ones and all with the mind of "is this doable?"

SOOOO FLIPPIN PROUD!




As for me, I may have found a way to avoid ALL that superbowl badness today. I got sick. :sick: My throat feels like it has gravel in it and has swollen so I can't really even swallow. Looks like even my healthy nachos are out the window and I'll be sticking to chicken broth today. Not fun but it will read better on the scale tomorrow, right?

Ohhh! Sorry you are sick and I wish you get better soon! The scale will be good to you tomorrow! That is the best thing of all the yuck!:cloud9:

tiggerplus5
02-07-2010, 03:04 PM
First Name and Screen name: Linda ~Tiggerplus5
What your Goal Is for Fitness: I want to lose 100 lbs but I need to start with a smaller amount that is manageable. I'm going to work toward 25 lbs. I've been through WW and other diets before and I can never get past the 20 lbs. I know I can do 20 so I'm setting my goal at 25 lbs.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Bread and pasta (this includes pizza) Love me some baked goods too. Apple pies don't last long in my kitchen.
Favorite Good Food for You: I enjoy eating most everything. That part of my weight problem. I like veggies, fruit, salad but hate to prepare them.
Favorite Form of Exercise: I love to swim, walk, yoga, even aerobics~I just don't ever schedule them into my life. I just started with the wii fit plus I bought myself for xmas. I just opened it today. That's why I'm late posting to the thread. I decided to make time for myself first, instead of these da**m boards. That's part of my problem. I love the internet and I love reading. No weight loss there.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I want to be able to run up the stairs at Typhoon Lagoon with my kids on my next visit to WDW. I want to FEEL BETTER. I want my strength back. I want my jeans to fit again. I haven't bought a pair of jeans in 2 years. I don't feel comfortable in them. I like Dawn's idea "looking good lagoon" cause I don't expect I will ever be skinny again but looking good will be OK with me. (I hope that doesn't sound like a negative but I have to face the facts. This is my life.)
Family: DH and I are working up to our 25 wedding anniversary in November 2010. I want to do another disney trip just the two of us this fall but he is being difficult. I have three children/young adults. DD is 24 yrs old and lives on her own. 2 DS that live at home~17 yrs old and 20 yrs old.

My hubby is great cause he likes to cook but no one else in the family needs to lose weight so it is a struggle with him. He wants me to lose weight but he is not supportive. When I say DH likes to cook, he will cook chili dogs, frozen chicken nuggets, hamburger helper. tacos. I could live without all of these things and in fact I don't eat hot dogs except maybe once a year.

I know I have to get more organized with my grocery shopping and food prep. DH likes to grocery shop with me and we are constantly bickering over what he wants to buy. I buy fresh veggies but they rot in the fridge. DH gets home from work 3 hours before I do and he cooks most of the meals. I don't know how many times I've said to him "you didn't cook any vegetables for dinner?" I've printed dozens of "good for you" recipes out. We try them once and then he never wants to do it again.

I get home around 6 p.m. and by then I'm really hungry so I just eat whatever he has made. I tend to get shaky if I haven't eaten. I've discussed this with my doctor and she suggested I eat smaller, more frequent meals. She checked me for diabetes and as of last year did not have it and I really don't want it either!!

So I've prolly eaten all my caloric intake for today. I've had:
2 toast with butter
1 banana
2 biscotti cookies with coffee (again, luv those baked goods)
1 quesadilia with cheese, chicken and black bean salsa

I don't drink soda much. I love Crystal Light and it's really close in molecular structure to plain water (at least that's what my last WW coach told us). I will drink a half gallon of rasperry ice Crystal Light every day. 5 calories per serving.

I really could not follow WW because I got the worst leg cramps when I was on their diet. I could never figure out what I was lacking. I tried eating a banana every day for potasium and I even tried one a day vitamins. Nothing worked. I swear it had to something to do with my fat intake. Anyways, I remember our WW coach telling us that the worst thing you could eat was cheese and ice cream so I really try to avoid them. But apparently that approach hasn't helped with my weight loss program.

Two summers ago I had my overractive thyroid removed. I was losing weight without even trying. So I went to my doctor and that's what she found. Tried treating it with medication but did not like that approach. Your thyroid runs all your bodily functions, especially how much food you absorb. I now have replacement thyroid hormone that keeps me regulated. Since my thyroid was removed I've gained 25 lbs. :scared1: So ya know what that means! I was eating way too much. Now my hormones are back in the correct range so when I overreat, I immediately gain more weight.

Wheewww! It really feels good to write that all down. Even the 100 lbs that my wii fit told me today that I needed to lose to get my BMI down to a healthy level.

I'm off to measure my body parts and send them to Dawn.

Good luck everyone today with your food intake during the big game!
Go Saints! I'm a pats fan so I can't support the Colts EVER!

gellybean
02-07-2010, 03:30 PM
First Name and Screen name: Linda ~Tiggerplus5
What your Goal Is for Fitness: I want to lose 100 lbs but I need to start with a smaller amount that is manageable. I'm going to work toward 25 lbs. I've been through WW and other diets before and I can never get past the 20 lbs. I know I can do 20 so I'm setting my goal at 25 lbs.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Bread and pasta (this includes pizza) Love me some baked goods too. Apple pies don't last long in my kitchen.
Favorite Good Food for You: I enjoy eating most everything. That part of my weight problem. I like veggies, fruit, salad but hate to prepare them.
Favorite Form of Exercise: I love to swim, walk, yoga, even aerobics~I just don't ever schedule them into my life. I just started with the wii fit plus I bought myself for xmas. I just opened it today. That's why I'm late posting to the thread. I decided to make time for myself first, instead of these da**m boards. That's part of my problem. I love the internet and I love reading. No weight loss there.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I want to be able to run up the stairs at Typhoon Lagoon with my kids on my next visit to WDW. I want to FEEL BETTER. I want my strength back. I want my jeans to fit again. I haven't bought a pair of jeans in 2 years. I don't feel comfortable in them. I like Dawn's idea "looking good lagoon" cause I don't expect I will ever be skinny again but looking good will be OK with me. (I hope that doesn't sound like a negative but I have to face the facts. This is my life.)
Family: DH and I are working up to our 25 wedding anniversary in November 2010. I want to do another disney trip just the two of us this fall but he is being difficult. I have three children/young adults. DD is 24 yrs old and lives on her own. 2 DS that live at home~17 yrs old and 20 yrs old.

My hubby is great cause he likes to cook but no one else in the family needs to lose weight so it is a struggle with him. He wants me to lose weight but he is not supportive. When I say DH likes to cook, he will cook chili dogs, frozen chicken nuggets, hamburger helper. tacos. I could live without all of these things and in fact I don't eat hot dogs except maybe once a year.

I know I have to get more organized with my grocery shopping and food prep. DH likes to grocery shop with me and we are constantly bickering over what he wants to buy. I buy fresh veggies but they rot in the fridge. DH gets home from work 3 hours before I do and he cooks most of the meals. I don't know how many times I've said to him "you didn't cook any vegetables for dinner?" I've printed dozens of "good for you" recipes out. We try them once and then he never wants to do it again.

I get home around 6 p.m. and by then I'm really hungry so I just eat whatever he has made. I tend to get shaky if I haven't eaten. I've discussed this with my doctor and she suggested I eat smaller, more frequent meals. She checked me for diabetes and as of last year did not have it and I really don't want it either!!

So I've prolly eaten all my caloric intake for today. I've had:
2 toast with butter
1 banana
2 biscotti cookies with coffee (again, luv those baked goods)
1 quesadilia with cheese, chicken and black bean salsa

I don't drink soda much. I love Crystal Light and it's really close in molecular structure to plain water (at least that's what my last WW coach told us). I will drink a half gallon of rasperry ice Crystal Light every day. 5 calories per serving.

I really could not follow WW because I got the worst leg cramps when I was on their diet. I could never figure out what I was lacking. I tried eating a banana every day for potasium and I even tried one a day vitamins. Nothing worked. I swear it had to something to do with my fat intake. Anyways, I remember our WW coach telling us that the worst thing you could eat was cheese and ice cream so I really try to avoid them. But apparently that approach hasn't helped with my weight loss program.

Two summers ago I had my overractive thyroid removed. I was losing weight without even trying. So I went to my doctor and that's what she found. Tried treating it with medication but did not like that approach. Your thyroid runs all your bodily functions, especially how much food you absorb. I now have replacement thyroid hormone that keeps me regulated. Since my thyroid was removed I've gained 25 lbs. :scared1: So ya know what that means! I was eating way too much. Now my hormones are back in the correct range so when I overreat, I immediately gain more weight.

Wheewww! It really feels good to write that all down. Even the 100 lbs that my wii fit told me today that I needed to lose to get my BMI down to a healthy level.

I'm off to measure my body parts and send them to Dawn.

Good luck everyone today with your food intake during the big game!
Go Saints! I'm a pats fan so I can't support the Colts EVER!

:wave:

So glad you're joining us ! :flower3:

shannn
02-07-2010, 03:33 PM
I have not been good today (Waffle House BLT sandwich and hash browns for lunch) BUT I did turn down the chocolate birthday cake and the chocolate suckers at Lily's birthday party. I stuck with the raw carrots & celery instead. So yay me!

njtinkmom
02-07-2010, 04:38 PM
Okay here is my info - let the games begin - not eating games that is!

First Name and Screen name: njtinkmom/Gina
What your Goal Is for Fitness: I would like to lose 50 pounds but at this point I'll take anything
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: pizza, ice cream, carbs, did I mention pizza:confused3
Favorite Good Food for You: not a one! Unless pizza and ice cream are good for you!
Favorite Form of Exercise: Channel surfing?! I do have a gym membership but apparently you have to go in order for it to work - no one told me!
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: to maybe find an answer to how to lose weight without having to eat fruits or veggies
Family: My darling hubby, 3 dd's 12, 9 & 7 and two step sons 26 & 21, 1 step daughter 19

Can't wait to start this journey together!

2xcited2sleep
02-07-2010, 05:17 PM
No such thing as the perfect day, my friends. Believe me I wish there were such a thing. :rolleyes: We just have to make the best choices we can and celebrate that. We're all going to slip - numerous times - the test is going to be getting back up and back on plan and not letting the "slip" excuse additional slips. Easier said than done... believe me I know. :rolleyes1

But we can do it together!!!!!

Stacybaeasm
02-07-2010, 07:53 PM
No such thing as the perfect day, my friends. Believe me I wish there were such a thing. :rolleyes: We just have to make the best choices we can and celebrate that. We're all going to slip - numerous times - the test is going to be getting back up and back on plan and not letting the "slip" excuse additional slips. Easier said than done... believe me I know. :rolleyes1

But we can do it together!!!!!

Well said Christine! A slip is life. I just have to remember that the one slip doesn't lead to "Oh well. This week is a wash. I'll restart next week." Only, next week never seems to come.

One trick I'm learning is pack up left overs right away. I make a big "something" on Sundays so I have things for lunch and some to put in the freezer. The problem is I used to go back for seconds or thirds and would eat WAY too much. Now I portion out my dinner and portion out all the leftovers right away so there isn't any seconds or thirds. There is only what I SHOULD have. What are other tricks that people have for keeping portion sizes right?

gellybean
02-07-2010, 08:03 PM
Well said Christine! A slip is life. I just have to remember that the one slip doesn't lead to "Oh well. This week is a wash. I'll restart next week." Only, next week never seems to come.

One trick I'm learning is pack up left overs right away. I make a big "something" on Sundays so I have things for lunch and some to put in the freezer. The problem is I used to go back for seconds or thirds and would eat WAY too much. Now I portion out my dinner and portion out all the leftovers right away so there isn't any seconds or thirds. There is only what I SHOULD have. What are other tricks that people have for keeping portion sizes right?

Half of what I used to eat! :lmao:

No seriously... portion control is easier for me when I count calories/points before I eat. For the most part, just by being accountable and smart about the caloric content automatically controls the amount I eat. And if it's a low point food, then I probably eat more of it than I should. But that's a reward for eating healthy food.

:yay: for portioning ahead of time. I know one lady that had success in restaurants by asking for a to go box at the beginning of the meal and putting half her meal in the box before she took her first bite!

When I had diabetes with my second pregnancy, I had to remind myself that not eating big portions meant I get to eat it again, later. It helped me mentally. If I don't eat so much NOW I can have the same meal again later. I learned to look forward to eating again in 3 hrs (how often I had to eat being diabetic) instead of eating it ALL right then. It helped me be excited to eat less instead of being angry thinking I was 'depriving' myself in quanity!

:woohoo: for Shann turning down the cake and suckers for veggies!!


Smart choices should be celebrated... we are not perfect. But we have to celebrate the little steps along the way to the big milestones!

:grouphug:

Jasperann
02-07-2010, 08:41 PM
Half of what I used to eat! :lmao:

No seriously... portion control is easier for me when I count calories/points before I eat. For the most part, just by being accountable and smart about the caloric content automatically controls the amount I eat. And if it's a low point food, then I probably eat more of it than I should. But that's a reward for eating healthy food.

:yay: for portioning ahead of time. I know one lady that had success in restaurants by asking for a to go box at the beginning of the meal and putting half her meal in the box before she took her first bite!

When I had diabetes with my second pregnancy, I had to remind myself that not eating big portions meant I get to eat it again, later. It helped me mentally. If I don't eat so much NOW I can have the same meal again later. I learned to look forward to eating again in 3 hrs (how often I had to eat being diabetic) instead of eating it ALL right then. It helped me be excited to eat less instead of being angry thinking I was 'depriving' myself in quanity!

:woohoo: for Shann turning down the cake and suckers for veggies!!


Smart choices should be celebrated... we are not perfect. But we have to celebrate the little steps along the way to the big milestones!

:grouphug:

I second all of this. (points to the post above mine) :rolleyes1

I eat every three hours now. But it is Breakfast, snack, Lunch, snack, Dinner... maybe a snack after dinner, depending on my calories for the day.

Today I had pizza for dinner, so there will be no snacks for me. But I did awesome all day. I actually think my stomach is shrinking back down again, because I only had two slices of pizza and one cheese bread. I was very full too. Before I could eat at least half a pizza. :scared1:

So Dawn... where are your calorie counts for the day? ;) It seriously does su ck to get a virus on your computer. Hope it is fixed soon.

Does anyone have experience with holding water? (In your body...) I woke up today and my hands were very swollen. Maybe because I had 80 oz of water yesterday? :confused3 My body is like... what is this? I must hold on to it. I guess that is what happens when you don't drink water on a regular basis and then you turn yourself into a fish over night. :laughing:

For those of you that are noticing the huge difference in price for good for you food and bad for you food. Do you have an Aldi's near you? Aldi's is a very cheap place to shop and they sell all their own brands for everything. But they don't taste any different than the expensive stuff. Actually I prefer some things from Aldi's over other places. Their cheese is great...and so is the lunch meat. I got the flat bread from them the other day it was maybe 2 dollars and just like Flat out Bread. Has 9 grams of fiber in it too! I'm trying to eat 30 grams of fiber a day. (although I am working up to it... I know better than to just start eating that much.)

Hope everyone has an awesome Super Bowl Sunday!

luvsJack
02-07-2010, 09:54 PM
Well, I must say that I did fairly well today. Weekends, especially Sundays are usually my downfall. We like to spend Sundays being lazy around the house and many times that means constantly finding something to snack on--not so today :cheer2:.

I had:

Breakfast: two slices of ww toast with low fat peanut butter
peach

Lunch: Sweet potato with ff marg., mixed green salad with ranch dressing

Snack: 1/2 apple, 1 cheese stick and 3 whole wheat crackers

Supper: 3 slices of pepperoni and mushroom pizza from Domino's


Should have only had 1 slice of pizza and a salad, but I can't beat myself up too much about it. I still probably had only half the calories I sometimes eat on a Sunday. I have to be proud of the choices I made today and go on to make better ones tomorrow!!!

Mndisneygirl
02-07-2010, 10:09 PM
Great job everyone!

One other idea for portion control is to use a smaller plate. I use "lunch" plates instead of the larger dinner plates to fool myself into thinking that I'm getting more food.
I did "eh" today - ate a few too many nachos. But only HALF a donut.

My snack tonight is a 100 calorie mini bag of 94% fat free popcorn. It's got fiber and then I don't get hungry until morning. One of my favorite snacks.

Dizneydawn
02-07-2010, 10:54 PM
Great Job you guys on great choices and mindfull munching! I like weighing in on MOndays because it is so easy to say screw it for the weekend when Friday seems so far off! Most people pack their calories in on Weekends so hopefully it will help keep that motivation on Sat and Sun!

I had a good day calorie wise...not the best food wise. Had a long talk (2 hours) with Nathan's wife. (For those of you new to my life - Nathan is a cousin that dies at 32 2 weeks ago.) She is just so devastated and after that talk, I could not get enough energy to leave the house for groceries. I think my eyes were welled shut.

So Dan cooked what we had. :) The good news is we are depleting the garbage food.

I had 1 1/2 servings of mac n cheese and a serving of pizza for the superbowl. Plus tons of water. A ton.

Dan is running the last scan tonight on the computer so hopefully we will be back at Sparkpeople tom! So weird how some things are affected and others are ok. I can't get on a few other sites either. :confused3

My stomach just gets in knots when I am upset :sick: and I need to start my day with water aerobics tom and a calm belly!

TB'sWidow
02-07-2010, 11:36 PM
Well I did not do well in eating today. I had potato skins loaded with cheese an sour cream.As far as exercise I usually go to the gym but we had a massive snow storm so I'm house bound. I feel like the nome from travelocity when he says I GOTTA GET Outta herre:rotfl2:I am hoping the shoveling of snow and playing with my Dd#2 & grandchildren that maybe I got some calories burned. Mary

Jasperann
02-08-2010, 06:52 AM
Well I did not do well in eating today. I had potato skins loaded with cheese an sour cream.As far as exercise I usually go to the gym but we had a massive snow storm so I'm house bound. I feel like the nome from travelocity when he says I GOTTA GET Outta herre:rotfl2:I am hoping the shoveling of snow and playing with my Dd#2 & grandchildren that maybe I got some calories burned. Mary

Shoveling snow burns tons of calories and works tons of muscles! There is always tomorrow (or today as the case may be.).

Dizneydawn
02-08-2010, 08:54 AM
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!!!!!

Today is the first official day! :cool1:

Let's get HONEST and Let's Get MOTIVATED!

SKINNY ISLAND HERE WE COME!

I will have the Skinny Island Castaways ensemble up in a few minutes.

I posted name/screen name /post# you introduced yourself (Incase someone wants more info) and pounds wanted to lose. If you did not share that - I posted Better Health.

Later tonight...I will post the total weight of those interested in participating...plus Chest, bicep, waist, hips and upper thigh totals.

Each week I will tally losses for individuals for weight plus the team as a whole.

I also will post losses for measurements once a month. First Monday of the Month!

We have a ton of people who jumped in. Many I know may forget to come back so if by 5 p.m. I do not have your stats...I will p.m. you a reminder.

I know some people come and go on these threads...if you decide you do not want to be a participant anymore...please pm me that. I don't want to stalk anyone who is not interested but I also do not want to ignore someone that needs a bit of motivation.

Next Monday...you will post here in large numbers with a + or a - your loss/same/gain.

Like + 1.7 or - 0.4 etc...or SAME I used size 3/Bold and Green to represent Skinny Island!

There will be weeks each of us do great, stay the same or not so hot. Please know there will be weeks I am needing encouragement to not cry myself to sleep in a wonderful sourdough bread coma. I hope you will be there for me in those moments and I promise to be there for you in yours.

This life is not perfect. We are not perfect.

But together...WE ARE AMAZING!

Thanks for coming...I hope you stay...and more than anything I hope this place builds your self confidence and self esteem because each of us deserves to LOVE OURSELVES TODAY!!!! :love: :lovestruc


Would it not be amazing next year to walk/run/wobble the Princess and have SKINNY ISLAND shirts...I want this to be supportive and fun and most of all successful for each of us in our goals we desire!
:cheer2: :grouphug:

Dizneydawn
02-08-2010, 09:06 AM
Each start to a new month I am also going to ask if you want...to make an oath to yourself. Your mojo mantra.

Start with what you want to commit to. Then list 3 things that are reasons you need and want this goal.

Write it down and put it on your fridge, your bathroom mirror, in your car visor, by your computer etc. Say it out loud to yourself in the morning and at night and before you take a single bite of any food.

Make this about choices and make it about you being the best to yourself you can be.

Remember as a kid when you tried to fib to your parent or teacher and it was impossible to look them in the eye when they were asking you for honesty.

Well saying these things that YOU want for yourself and the food you might choose to consume may not match. You still may choose to eat it but I hope with the oath you have taken for yourself, your mojo mantra, you will be able to be proud of your choices and not hide behind them in guilt from trying to deceive yourself.




Here is Mine for the month of February:

This month I commit to my goal of tracking daily and that includes my 130 oz of water a day.

This I will do for myself because I want a better life.

#1 I want to breathe easier when being active.

#2 I want to have a closet full of choices instead of the only choice in the closet.

#3 I want to not be afraid to sit in a booth at a restaurant.

I can't wait to see all of yours! :cloud9:

gbanshee
02-08-2010, 09:39 AM
I am confused. When we send our weight will you be posting that?! I don't think I wanna do that. Can I still play?

njtinkmom
02-08-2010, 09:54 AM
Half of what I used to eat! :lmao:

No seriously... portion control is easier for me when I count calories/points before I eat. For the most part, just by being accountable and smart about the caloric content automatically controls the amount I eat. And if it's a low point food, then I probably eat more of it than I should. But that's a reward for eating healthy food.

:yay: for portioning ahead of time. I know one lady that had success in restaurants by asking for a to go box at the beginning of the meal and putting half her meal in the box before she took her first bite!

When I had diabetes with my second pregnancy, I had to remind myself that not eating big portions meant I get to eat it again, later. It helped me mentally. If I don't eat so much NOW I can have the same meal again later. I learned to look forward to eating again in 3 hrs (how often I had to eat being diabetic) instead of eating it ALL right then. It helped me be excited to eat less instead of being angry thinking I was 'depriving' myself in quanity!

:woohoo: for Shann turning down the cake and suckers for veggies!!


Smart choices should be celebrated... we are not perfect. But we have to celebrate the little steps along the way to the big milestones!

:grouphug:


I have a quick question - where do you get calorie counts on your blackberry? I am a product of eating out way to often - but I am sure I can do something to make that work - any help will be much appreciated!!:cutie:

shannn
02-08-2010, 10:01 AM
I am confused. When we send our weight will you be posting that?! I don't think I wanna do that. Can I still play?

She's not posting our weights just loss/gain, and then the total weight of everyone together. Also, you can opt out of anything that you want to opt out of!

gbanshee
02-08-2010, 10:17 AM
Great, thanks!

stitchfan23
02-08-2010, 10:30 AM
I didn't do good at all yesterday. After a good day Sat I really fell off the wagon yesterday but today is a new day. I have already eaten breakfast. Hubby says he is ready to kick my butt when needed so I am really happy to hear that and hope he follows through as he usually caves in. I am so determined to do this and am really looking forward to it. I think it is really going to help to have to be accountable to someone other than myself. I can lie to myself but I can't lie to other people.:lovestruc

This month I commit to getting my butt off the couch and onto the exercise bike. I want to do this because...

#1 I want to be able to walk around Disney in April and keep up with my 65 yr young Mom

#2 I want to be able to play with my niece and nephew and not be out of breath (or have my 6yr old nephew tell me I am fat)

#3 I want to be able to be sexy in my mind so that when my DH calls me sexy I can actually believe him

Dizneydawn
02-08-2010, 12:23 PM
This month I commit to getting my butt off the couch and onto the exercise bike. I want to do this because...

#1 I want to be able to walk around Disney in April and keep up with my 65 yr young Mom

#2 I want to be able to play with my niece and nephew and not be out of breath (or have my 6yr old nephew tell me I am fat)

#3 I want to be able to be sexy in my mind so that when my DH calls me sexy I can actually believe him

I love all of this but esp. the last one. I cannot tell you all the times I tell Dan he is wrong when he pays me a compliment! A WW leader once said to be that she use dto do the same to her husband and now he does not tell him that anymore because he never gives out the compliments. He got shot down too many times and just quit.

It made me so sad!

Thanks for writing your oath! I will print out yours too because it is so powerful! :worship:





Thanks Shannn for answeing the question! Totally right...I will not post weight here - just the losses/gains/sames or inches lost for those that want that too. Plus a whole thread total! It will be powerful to see some big numbers for us as a group.

again...each Monday for those who want me to keep track of their individual losses etc....they will post here there weeks plus or minus or same. That is it.

Then I will take those numbers an tally them to your last weeks weight etc.

So you will only have published:

Dawn: -2.4 this week Total 16.8

Not your actual weight.

Some of us might care to share it...I don't care for example.... but others can choose to be more private.

Then my numbers would be also figured into the weekly weight loss numbers and totals for the thread.

The spreadsheet I cam creating is just for helping me keep track. Nobody else will see it.

No matter what yo feel comfortable doing...I want everyone to stay!

Hope that clarifies things better. :yay:


Right now I have numbers from:
tiggerplus5
luvsJack
Leash
gellybean
TB'sWidow
Stitchfan23
njtinkmom
MNDisneygirl
loonieroonie
Jasperann
Dizneydawn (duh!)
Grumpyyoungguy (cause I know where to find him!)

That is 12 out of the 24 Castaways so far! Keep them comming! Even if your measurements are not included yet...(I need mine done...:rolleyes1) and you want them to be...weight would be awesome! :cool1:

again:
dizneydreamz@yahoo.com

is where to send them to!!!!

luvsJack
02-08-2010, 12:45 PM
This month I commit to tracing the food I eat, exercising at least 30 minutes every day and drinking at least 64 oz of water each day. I want to do this because:

1. I want to feel better about myself and just feel better in general.
2. I want the energy to plan with my granddaughter.
3. I want to be able to enjoy buying clothes again

gellybean
02-08-2010, 12:56 PM
I have a quick question - where do you get calorie counts on your blackberry? I am a product of eating out way to often - but I am sure I can do something to make that work - any help will be much appreciated!!:cutie:

HEY! I actually use weightwatchers online and use their mobile app to count points. BUT I calorie counter for blackberry and found a ton of aps. Some may cost a little, others may be free. I don't know any of them well enough to recommend one but there were a ton so hopefully you can find one that works for you!! Also, you can always go to like calorie king .com through your mobile browser too!

HTH!

gellybean
02-08-2010, 01:04 PM
This month I commit to continued tracking of food, even on the days I eat things I shouldn't. I still need to write it down, not just omit it so I'm held accountable for everything that goes in my mouth. The good and the bad. I also commit to begin a work out regime that will ease me into exercise, not send me running for the hills!

I want to do this because:

1. I can no longer chose food before my family, my friends or myself. Which ultimately is how I look at what I'm doing. Because the relationship I have with food right now will be a determent to my quality of life, if not the quanity of my life.

2. I want to look in the mirror and see pride and contentment in my own eyes, when looking at my outward appearance.

3. I want to shop for a knock your socks off SLEEVELESS dress and killer way to expensive shoes and love doing it!!!!!!!!!



Bon Voyage everyone! See ya on SKINNY ISLAND!!!!!


Isn't it appropos that I'm watching LOST Season 1 for the first time right now?! Love all the island images and beach views! :beach: I think about our Island often! :rotfl:

eliz991
02-08-2010, 01:05 PM
Amiee!!! :yay: :hug: How are you my other Texas sista!! My other Texas sista is suppose to be joining us eliz991, maybe she'll wait until she gets back from her trip. We need to wish her good Disney magic, she broke her toe just a few days ago :scared: and she leaves in less than a week. :guilty: Poor baby.


Thank you Camille my Texas sista! I'm late, but I'm here. :) I had a bunch of stuff going on the last few days so I haven't been around.




:wave: to all the new posters!!! This is so exciting!
:hug: Millie!!! I'm great. So excited about this thread!! So glad you're on here. Can't wait to meet another Texas Sista :) That stinks about her toe. Hopefully she'll be ok with a supportive shoe or a scooter!!


Thanks! I am walking okay now, although my friend has offered to push me in a wheelchair if I need it. I told her with my luck she would see Mickey Mouse and forget to hold on to the chair and I'd end up careening into a storefront and breaking my other foot! It's my little toe, although it still hurts quite a bit, I can tell it is getting a lot better. It mostly bothers me on stairs.


Okay, here is my intro!

First Name and Screen name: Elizabeth/eliz991 (talk about original.)
What your Goal Is for Fitness: To lose 50 pounds. Which will still be like 20 pounds over what the weight charts say is the "maximum" for my height but I know from experience it is a weight I can't get below without just starving myself, and I like the way I look there.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Cheese/crackers and wine, or Mexican food.
Favorite Good Food for You: Hummus and papayas (not together!)
Favorite Form of Exercise: Spinning, because it's the only really hard exercise I can do that doesn't make me feel like someone is stabbing me in the knee with a sword.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To fit back into my size 10 pants.
Family: Me and DH, Tony, childless by choice. We lost all three of our furbabies last year and we are waiting to sell our condo and buy a house and then we will be getting two new kitties.

My soap opera name is Arlena Choony. (Yes, I had a dog named Choony. My sister named him. Don't let your 3 year olds name your pets. :lmao:)

And here is my goal for February: to track my calories even when I can't exercise (stupid foot). Why:

1. I have a body bugg (like they use on biggest loser) and I paid for it so I might as well use it! :goodvibes
2. There is no time like the present to start, and I will be proud of myself for starting.
3. And most important, because I need to get over my perfectionist thinking that it's all or nothing and stop telling myself that if I can't exercise I might as well go ahead and eat whatever I want and not keep up with my tracking.

Hey, time for lunch!

Oh, and I will miss the first week's weigh-in on president's day but I will weigh in the monday I get back from Disney!

njtinkmom
02-08-2010, 01:21 PM
Ok my name is Missy Hillside and I am starring in my soap opera As the Scale Climbs. I want to quit this gig and star on Skinny Island of Losers - and I soooo want to be a loser! Never thought I would say that!

Anyway my goals are:

I don't know where to begin - yeah I want to drink more water, exercise more, eat better, blah blah blah, but since I had chili last night, 1/2 a cheesesteak for lunch, it does not sound like I am off to a good start. I did have Kashi for breakfast - yippee!:rotfl: So maybe if I take it s l o w I will build up momentum.

1 - Drink 1 extra glass of water every day (even if that is the only 1)
2 - Exercise 30 minutes in a week (30 minutes more than I do now)
3 - Make 1 healthy choice every day (you know banana instead of ice cream - well maybe nothing that drastic yet!)

And these are the reasons why:

1 - I love my husband and my kids and want to stick around for them (diabetes is rampant in my family)
2 - I want to quit smoking - which is problematic since weight gain goes hand in hand with that - so do I lose weight only to gain it back, or lose weight and keep up with it while quitting - not sure if that is possible - looking for help on this one.
3- This one has already been said but man truer words were never spoken - I want to BELIEVE I am sexy when my hubby says it and not feel he is just saying that.:lovestruc
4 - and all the other cool things that go along with being skinny - not sure what they are - need to find out for myself though!:laughing:

gellybean
02-08-2010, 01:22 PM
Okay, here is my intro!

First Name and Screen name: Elizabeth/eliz991 (talk about original.)
What your Goal Is for Fitness: To lose 50 pounds. Which will still be like 20 pounds over what the weight charts say is the "maximum" for my height but I know from experience it is a weight I can't get below without just starving myself, and I like the way I look there.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Cheese/crackers and wine, or Mexican food.
Favorite Good Food for You: Hummus and papayas (not together!)
Favorite Form of Exercise: Spinning, because it's the only really hard exercise I can do that doesn't make me feel like someone is stabbing me in the knee with a sword.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To fit back into my size 10 pants.
Family: Me and DH, Tony, childless by choice. We lost all three of our furbabies last year and we are waiting to sell our condo and buy a house and then we will be getting two new kitties.

My soap opera name is Arlena Choony. (Yes, I had a dog named Choony. My sister named him. Don't let your 3 year olds name your pets. :lmao:)

And here is my goal for February: to track my calories even when I can't exercise (stupid foot). Why:

1. I have a body bugg (like they use on biggest loser) and I paid for it so I might as well use it! :goodvibes
2. There is no time like the present to start, and I will be proud of myself for starting.
3. And most important, because I need to get over my perfectionist thinking that it's all or nothing and stop telling myself that if I can't exercise I might as well go ahead and eat whatever I want and not keep up with my tracking.

Hey, time for lunch!

Oh, and I will miss the first week's weigh-in on president's day but I will weigh in the monday I get back from Disney![/QUOTE]

OMGosh!! You have a body bug?! How in the heck does that work? It just tracks the # of calories you burn right? SO COOL! I seriously looked at one but without an exercise plan I didn't think it would do me much good! What do you think of yours?


I am sooooo the all or nothing perfectionist type! If I don't diet or exercise perfectly I throw my hands up and go to Chuy's... during happy hour... with a mexican martini and a bowl of 'free' queso. :lmao:

So glad to have another Texas Skinny Island castaway :flower3:

dislvr74
02-08-2010, 01:45 PM
This month I am going to commit to only eating when I am hungry and to eat 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day. I want to do this because:
1. I want to improve my half marathon PR by 8 minutes on May 1st.
2. I want to put away my capris and wear shorts this summer.
3. I want to wear tank tops instead of t-shirts when I am running.

Leash
02-08-2010, 01:52 PM
This month I commit to learning proper portions and practicing portion control.

I will do this because:

1. If I don't lose some weight my knee will never get better.
2. My back is sore from always sucking in my gut.
3. I am a 28 year old female and I should not have a "gut" period but certainly not one that makes it so I can't see all of my toes.

I forgot to put in my soap opera name earlier, I would have to rearrange the order but I would be Anastasia Franklin. It's a good think we got that cat before the dog otherwise it would be Scruffy Franklin.

gellybean
02-08-2010, 02:11 PM
Here's an article that was on the Weight Watchers facebook fan page this morning! After we'd been talking about portion control yesterday and today I thought y'all might wanna see it, too! :goodvibes

I got this article off of Facebook so you shouldn't have to be a member to read it. Let me know if anyone has issues with the link and I'll copy and paste the article into a post!

Weight Watchers Portion Control Article (http://www.weightwatchers.com/templates/print.aspx?PageId=1145951&PrintFlag=yes&previewDate=2/8/2010)

njtinkmom
02-08-2010, 02:22 PM
Last edited by Dizneydawn; Today at 12:35 PM. Reason: wrong Gina entered...we have 2!

Wow - was I the causeof the mistake! Gee when I went to school no one ever heard of the name Gina - now everyone is copying me!!:rotfl2:

stitchfan23
02-08-2010, 02:30 PM
Here's an article that was on the Weight Watchers facebook fan page this morning! After we'd been talking about portion control yesterday and today I thought y'all might wanna see it, too!

I got this article off of Facebook so you shouldn't have to be a member to read it. Let me know if anyone has issues with the link and I'll copy and paste the article into a post!

Weight Watchers Portion Control Article

Thanks for the link. I had always heard that a serving of meat should be the size of a playing card but it is amazing how what starts out as a playing cart in your mind can quickly turn into a Christmas card in reality. I think that since I have my hand on me at all times it will really help with the portion control. My hubby once said it to me and he was right that I was trying to eat healthier but I was eating the same amount as him:scared1: I never realized that my portion control was that bad.

Dizneydawn
02-08-2010, 03:22 PM
This month I commit to tracing the food I eat, exercising at least 30 minutes every day and drinking at least 64 oz of water each day. I want to do this because:

1. I want to feel better about myself and just feel better in general.
2. I want the energy to plan with my granddaughter.
3. I want to be able to enjoy buying clothes again
Yeah for #3! These are awesome! :goodvibes

1. I can no longer chose food before my family, my friends or myself. Which ultimately is how I look at what I'm doing. Because the relationship I have with food right now will be a determent to my quality of life, if not the quanity of my life.
Amen and PRAISE THE LAAAWD!
3. I want to shop for a knock your socks off SLEEVELESS dress and killer way to expensive shoes and love doing it!!!!!!!!!
Ohhhh! Nordstrom has the best shoe place here at the Mall of America! Heaven!!!!

Bon Voyage everyone! See ya on SKINNY ISLAND!!!!!

I will be there wearing a thong...it will be there...even if you can't see it cause my @rse ate the back end!Isn't it appropos that I'm watching LOST Season 1 for the first time right now?! Love all the island images and beach views! :beach: I think about our Island often! :rotfl:
Do you like that? I have not seen it and want to! Love the water!:love:

First Name and Screen name: Elizabeth/eliz991 (talk about original.)
What your Goal Is for Fitness: To lose 50 pounds. Which will still be like 20 pounds over what the weight charts say is the "maximum" for my height but I know from experience it is a weight I can't get below without just starving myself, and I like the way I look there. Great inner knowledge!

My soap opera name is Arlena Choony. Sounds like Flo's sister from the old TV show Alice. Please tell me anyone else knows what I am referring to! :worship: (Yes, I had a dog named Choony. My sister named him. Don't let your 3 year olds name your pets. :lmao:)


Oh, and I will miss the first week's weigh-in on president's day but I will weigh in the monday I get back from Disney!
We should make you weigh in there....hmmmm...how to make this happen....:confused3
Ok my name is Missy Hillside and I am starring in my soap opera As the Scale Climbs. Sounds like you are a curvey ****. That's all I can come up with and it cracked me up so it stays! :lmao:


4 - and all the other cool things that go along with being skinny - not sure what they are - need to find out for myself though!:laughing:
Let me know if you get there first! :rotfl:
This month I am going to commit to only eating when I am hungry and to eat 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day. I want to do this because:
1. I want to improve my half marathon PR by 8 minutes on May 1st.
2. I want to put away my capris and wear shorts this summer.
3. I want to wear tank tops instead of t-shirts when I am running.
You are exactly why this is so great having people of all sizes here! You are where I want to be. It is like seeing me in progression and it is motivating! :worship:
This month I commit to learning proper portions and practicing portion control.
3. I am a 28 year old female and I should not have a "gut" period but certainly not one that makes it so I can't see all of my toes.
You probably do not have a gunt though...I want a gut back and lose the gunt. :scared1:
I forgot to put in my soap opera name earlier, I would have to rearrange the order but I would be Anastasia Franklin. Either way it sounds like a cross dressing show girl/guy! It's a good think we got that cat before the dog otherwise it would be Scruffy Franklin. That is plain ole hookah! (Said like Dudley Moore!)



Weight Watchers Portion Control Article (http://www.weightwatchers.com/templates/print.aspx?PageId=1145951&PrintFlag=yes&previewDate=2/8/2010)
Thanks for that! Keep passing on the info!
Last edited by Dizneydawn; Today at 12:35 PM. Reason: wrong Gina entered...we have 2!

Wow - was I the causeof the mistake! Gee when I went to school no one ever heard of the name Gina - now everyone is copying me!!:rotfl2:

Totally is! We have you and gbanshee!

luvsJack
02-08-2010, 03:32 PM
They say you will learn to "eye ball" your portions eventually but I never have; no matter how long I spend weighing and measuring. Time to get out my food scale and USE it.



today is going "so-so" for my food choices.

Breakfast: frosted mini wheats and a peach (running late, didn't have time to eat so had the cereal dry at my desk).

Snack: fat free yogurt

Lunch is where I sort of, kind of messed up. I let someone talk me into going to Taco Bell, figure I would eat one of their lower fat menu items. Well, it was crowded and the cashier impatient and I didn't see the itmes on the menu. So, what did I do? Got 2 tacos and a mexican pizza!

But, I did track it and I have 300 cal. left for supper so will probably have either the soup I should have had for lunch or a salad.


Now, in my old ways I would have chucked the "diet" for today and added a candy bar on top of everything else. I refuse to do that anymore. I can't tell you how many times I have "started over tomorrow".

MulanUSAF
02-08-2010, 04:04 PM
Yeah for #3! These are awesome! :goodvibes


We should make you weigh in there....hmmmm...how to make this happen....:confused3



Last time I was at Rafiki's conservation station, I saw them weigh a lemur. Just saying... :rolleyes1

dislvr74
02-08-2010, 04:42 PM
You are exactly why this is so great having people of all sizes here! You are where I want to be. It is like seeing me in progression and it is motivating!

I am only 5'4" and my current weight puts me well into the "overweight" category. Two years ago my doctor told me that she wanted to see me at 140 (I told her that I would also like to see my at 140, but it wasn't happening.) because that would be a healthy weight for my height and frame. My goal is 139 because I would just love to be in the 130s. I know that is silly, but I don't care. I keep gaining and losing about 3 pounds and I feel like if I can just lose the first 10 pounds, the last 10 will be much easier to get rid of.

My biggest problem is that I think running gives me the freedom to eat whatever I want to. The reality is I only burned 1,188 calories during my 9 mile run on Saturday. That might sound like a lot, but it doesn't mean that I can eat an entire pizza and expect to lose weight!

eliz991
02-08-2010, 05:14 PM
2 - I want to quit smoking - which is problematic since weight gain goes hand in hand with that - so do I lose weight only to gain it back, or lose weight and keep up with it while quitting - not sure if that is possible - looking for help on this one.


Hey - everyone is different - I quit smoking first, partially because I knew myself enough to know I would never be done working on my eating, if that makes sense. Like once you quit smoking, you don't smoke anymore. Once you lose weight...you still have to keep eating like that. For what it's worth I think I only gained 3-5 pounds when I quit, mostly from the blowpops and tootsie pops that I ate! It wasn't a big issue like some people say. I think my metabolism is already slow and the smoking didn't make that big of a difference.



OMGosh!! You have a body bug?! How in the heck does that work? It just tracks the # of calories you burn right? SO COOL! I seriously looked at one but without an exercise plan I didn't think it would do me much good! What do you think of yours?


I am sooooo the all or nothing perfectionist type! If I don't diet or exercise perfectly I throw my hands up and go to Chuy's... during happy hour... with a mexican martini and a bowl of 'free' queso. :lmao:

So glad to have another Texas Skinny Island castaway :flower3:

OMG...Chuy's....drool! Burritos big as yo' head! I have been craving mexican food really bad lately. My DH and I split a chipotle burrito for lunch yesterday but that wasn't enough to really kick the craving!

And yes, I have the body bugg - well actually the go wear fit which is the same thing but not sold through 24 hour fitness. It measures your calorie burn and acts as a pedometer, it will also tell you how much you slept...it's pretty cool. That said, since I got it last March I've gained 15 pounds so like anything else it doesn't work if you don't use it. I have had a couple of times that it irritated my skin so now I just leave it off for a day or so every couple of weeks and that seems better. I also think it was doing that because I was wearing it in the summer when it was so hot.

What I learned from it is that I have a really slow metabolism. If I don't work out I burn about 1500 calories a day, which at my weight is way below normal. So to lose 2 pounds a week I would have to eat 500 calories a day! :scared1: I can tell a difference when I work out though and wearing it reminds me to get up off my behind at work and walk around.


[COLOR="blue"]We should make you weigh in there....hmmmm...how to make this happen....:confused3


I promise if I see a scale I will get on it...as long as it is not a big huge scale that everyone walking by can read! :lmao:

They say you will learn to "eye ball" your portions eventually but I never have; no matter how long I spend weighing and measuring. Time to get out my food scale and USE it.


Me too, I have a WW food scale that I just leave on the counter, I have to weigh everything all the time or I will just plain eat too much! If I were able to eyeball it I wouldn't be this big!

Last time I was at Rafiki's conservation station, I saw them weigh a lemur. Just saying... :rolleyes1

Hey! :lmao::rotfl2: (how much does a lemur weigh I wonder?)

Leash
02-08-2010, 05:36 PM
You probably do not have a gunt though...I want a gut back and lose the gunt.

Oh my Gosh Dawn! I had to look that up to make sure it meant what I thought it did. No I do not have a gunt, and it is now a personal goal to never have one, just a strange bulge of gut fat right above my belly button.
Ahhh, you made me laugh right out loud with that and earned me some strange looks from my co-workers (speaking of gunts!).

Dizneydawn
02-08-2010, 06:02 PM
They say you will learn to "eye ball" your portions eventually but I never have; no matter how long I spend weighing and measuring. Time to get out my food scale and USE it.

Stick it on the counter and do not put it away. I also am putting the scale in the middle of the flippin kitchin so I have to walk past it everytime I go and eat.

But, I did track it and I have 300 cal. left for supper so will probably have either the soup I should have had for lunch or a salad.
AWESOME! YOU can eat Taco Bell. Tracking it and moving on is so crucial!

Now, in my old ways I would have chucked the "diet" for today and added a candy bar on top of everything else. I refuse to do that anymore. I can't tell you how many times I have "started over tomorrow".
Today is Tomorrow!
Last time I was at Rafiki's conservation station, I saw them weigh a lemur. Just saying... :rolleyes1
True That! I would die to see a picture of her on the AK scale! Maybe they would make her lie down like a goat! :lmao:
My goal is 139 because I would just love to be in the 130s. I know that is silly, but I don't care.

It is not silly. I remember when I weighed in at 199 a few years ago. It was one pound from 200 but meant the world. :confused3
My biggest problem is that I think running gives me the freedom to eat whatever I want to. The reality is I only burned 1,188 calories during my 9 mile run on Saturday. That might sound like a lot, but it doesn't mean that I can eat an entire pizza and expect to lose weight!
Calories in and calories out. You are totally right. My oldest plays college soccer and needs to bulk up muscle and doing it through lean protein and weights...but knows so many kids eating so much garbage at college and they can't get why they are heavy and still practicing 4 hours a day or lifting. but the Beer and Pizzas would take 8 hours to burn off let alone the rest of the food.


And yes, I have the body bugg - Thank you for explaining it cause I thought it was some cockroach infestation you Texans could get! :scared1: :rotfl2:

I promise if I see a scale I will get on it...as long as it is not a big huge scale that everyone walking by can read! :lmao:
Maybe you can have them place bets and make money. Heck...I would - you know they do it for free anyway! :lmao:




No I do not have a gunt, and it is now a personal goal to never have one,
Ahhh, you made me laugh right out loud with that and earned me some strange looks from my co-workers (speaking of gunts!).

Glad you laughed and I don't even want to know what you looked up to find the meaning...I doubt it was Webster's! ;)


I am rocking the food today!!!:cool1:

apples,grapes,pretzel sticks and cheese for breakfast - 410 calories
rye sandwich with pastrami and provolone for lunch - this I am going to have to guess at for calories - bought at grocery store...

Plus tons of water!

Dizneydawn
02-08-2010, 06:08 PM
Still missing a few weight totals! Again - this is not manditory but let me know if you have sent them and I did not get it (gbanshee earlier had this happen)or don't want to participate in this portion. No big deal but I do not want to miss out on ya!

send again to
dizneydreamz@yahoo.com!

Thanks guys!! :worship:

Shannn
MulanUSAF
askelton
disneediva
Leenk
Tigger55
Millie12591
MelanieC
2excited2sleep

Leash
02-08-2010, 06:28 PM
Doing really good on food for today so far. Breakfast was a yougart and a Special K bar so 200 calories total. Then lunch was a Lean Cuisine sandwhich for 310 calories and a diet coke (need the caffine mid-day). Now I'll just ahve to see about dinner.
So here's a question is it more important to count calories or fat. I know both are important but is it better to track calories as opposed to fat? Thanks.

gellybean
02-08-2010, 06:34 PM
They say you will learn to "eye ball" your portions eventually but I never have; no matter how long I spend weighing and measuring. Time to get out my food scale and USE it.



today is going "so-so" for my food choices.

Breakfast: frosted mini wheats and a peach (running late, didn't have time to eat so had the cereal dry at my desk).

Snack: fat free yogurt

Lunch is where I sort of, kind of messed up. I let someone talk me into going to Taco Bell, figure I would eat one of their lower fat menu items. Well, it was crowded and the cashier impatient and I didn't see the itmes on the menu. So, what did I do? Got 2 tacos and a mexican pizza!

But, I did track it and I have 300 cal. left for supper so will probably have either the soup I should have had for lunch or a salad.


Now, in my old ways I would have chucked the "diet" for today and added a candy bar on top of everything else. I refuse to do that anymore. I can't tell you how many times I have "started over tomorrow".

:yay: for tracking it and dealing with it in your dinner choices!! That's an awesome step in the right direction!! I know in a pinch Soft Tacos or regular Crunchy Tacos aren't bad. On WW 4 pts a piece... and I'm allowed 31 pts a day if that gives you a % comparison. It's the loads of cheese, beef, added sour cream etc that kill ya. Anything on the Fresco menu or whatever is supposedly good calorie wise but I want more than just meat and pico de gallo. KWIM?

Last time I was at Rafiki's conservation station, I saw them weigh a lemur. Just saying... :rolleyes1

:lmao:

You probably do not have a gunt though...I want a gut back and lose the gunt.

Oh my Gosh Dawn! I had to look that up to make sure it meant what I thought it did. No I do not have a gunt, and it is now a personal goal to never have one, just a strange bulge of gut fat right above my belly button.
Ahhh, you made me laugh right out loud with that and earned me some strange looks from my co-workers (speaking of gunts!).

OMG! :scared1:

:lmao:

I sooooooooooo don't want one of those!!!! Add that to my reason 4 for today's commitment for the month. :laughing:

I found it by googling it. Looks like urban dictionary is the best definition.




I am rocking the food today!!!:cool1:

apples,grapes,pretzel sticks and cheese for breakfast - 410 calories
rye sandwich with pastrami and provolone for lunch - this I am going to have to guess at for calories - bought at grocery store...

Plus tons of water!

:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

W T G Dawn on the food!!!!!!!!!




I wish, oh how I wish I could figure out why some days I have all the motivation in the world and others I just wanna sit down with the whole pantry and eat and eat and eat. Course *If* I knew the answer to that question, I probably wouldn't have a weight issue! Can anybody relate?


I have done well so far! 2 whole wheat tortillas with a slice of pepper jack cheese in each, melted in the microwave for breakfast/lunch = 6 pts

a banana with tbsp of peanut butter for snack = 5 pts

I still have about 19 pts for dinner. Making fajitas with lots of veggies and onions to supplement the cheese and sour cream I'm omitting. Gonna watch the amount of flank steak per each cus it can be fatty and use whole wheat tortillas instead of regular ones! They make them fresh at my grocery store and they are yummy and 1/2 the pts of a regular white flour one. :banana:


I called the gym and got more information about joining on Friday. They'll walk me through how to use the machines and how much weight to start out with on each of the lifts etc. I'm nervous but excited too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :scared: :hyper:

gellybean
02-08-2010, 06:41 PM
Doing really good on food for today so far. Breakfast was a yougart and a Special K bar so 200 calories total. Then lunch was a Lean Cuisine sandwhich for 310 calories and a diet coke (need the caffine mid-day). Now I'll just ahve to see about dinner.
So here's a question is it more important to count calories or fat. I know both are important but is it better to track calories as opposed to fat? Thanks.

In my humble non-expert opinion, you're better off counting calories than fat because you get calories from fat, and you can't get fat from calories. I.E If you're counting calories from fat, then you're also kinda counting fat, because fat has a lot of calories. IF you just count fat, you might end up eating a bunch of calories and not know it in all those fat free foods that they load with sugar to taste better!

That being said, I know I've read an article at some point in my life that a study was done on people dieting 3 different ways-one counting calories, one counting fat, and one counting carbs and they all lost about the same amount of weight!

So really it's a personal choice. I was never able to do low carb because I love pasta and bread too much. So South Beach was always hard. Atkins can be scary the way people use to interpret it, eating loads of eggs and bacon and 20 oz steaks all the time. I think Atkins is trying to overhaul their image into healthier low carb eating.

South Beach is a much healthier alternative to Atkins started out as, but you still have to give up a lot of carbs and then eventually replace them with healthy carbs.

Hope this helps some! Would love to hear what everyone does!

:goodvibes

gbanshee
02-08-2010, 07:44 PM
My list of 3 are:

1. I want to be comfortable in my own skin
2. I do not want to jiggle when I walk
3. I hope to increase my stamina.

Started back to counting WW points today. So far so good, but need to get out to buy more veggies

I hate veggies

Leash
02-08-2010, 08:31 PM
OMG! :scared1:

:lmao:

I sooooooooooo don't want one of those!!!! Add that to my reason 4 for today's commitment for the month. :laughing:

I found it by googling it. Looks like urban dictionary is the best definition.

[COLOR="Blue"]That's where I found it too. Just wow, what a word, kind of makes me wonder where Dawn learned it.


[QUOTE=gellybean;35353645][FONT="Georgia"]In my humble non-expert opinion, you're better off counting calories than fat because you get calories from fat, and you can't get fat from calories. I.E If you're counting calories from fat, then you're also kinda counting fat, because fat has a lot of calories. IF you just count fat, you might end up eating a bunch of calories and not know it in all those fat free foods that they load with sugar to taste better!

That being said, I know I've read an article at some point in my life that a study was done on people dieting 3 different ways-one counting calories, one counting fat, and one counting carbs and they all lost about the same amount of weight!

So really it's a personal choice. I was never able to do low carb because I love pasta and bread too much. So South Beach was always hard. Atkins can be scary the way people use to interpret it, eating loads of eggs and bacon and 20 oz steaks all the time. I think Atkins is trying to overhaul their image into healthier low carb eating.

South Beach is a much healthier alternative to Atkins started out as, but you still have to give up a lot of carbs and then eventually replace them with healthy carbs.

Hope this helps some! Would love to hear what everyone does!

:goodvibes

That makes total sense to me, thanks for the great explanation! So I will just keep track of my calories and stay within my limit and that way I won't have to totally cut out the foods I love. I think that is why most "diets" I try I fail at, they tell you what you can and can't eat and I don't like that. I love pasta and bread so I am going to eat pasta and bread but if I am on a "diet" that doesn't allow that then I am going to end up lying about what I ate and not lose any weight and get fed up with the whole thing and quit.

My mom found an old storage box of clothes from when I was 18 or 19 and some of those pants were a size 4, I wouldn't even be able to get a leg in those now let alone my whole @$$. I will never be a size 4 again, there is just no physical way I could do it even if I lost nearly all my body weight, but I can be a size 14 which is not ideal but for me it is doable and a big improvement over my current size 20.

tiggerplus5
02-08-2010, 08:40 PM
my soap opera name~Chelsea Sandy or backwards it would be Sandy Chelsea. I can't decide if I'm a bad girl or not.


Here's my three:

1) I want that gut above my belly to go away. (Recently I've noticed it's getting bigger and it does make me feel uncomfortable when I sit.)
2. I want to be stronger.
3. I want to run up a flight of stairs without being out of breath.

I have lots of stairs at work and I just decided NOW that I'm going to walk up 7 flights each day while I'm at work. x 15 days of work before the end of the February. I'm going to start slow and do a couple floors and then rest. I don't want to hurt myself. By the end of the week I should be able to do it in one full swoop.

I did OK with food. Actually maybe poor.

I'm heading over to that web site to track my food intake.

bagel w/ cream cheese
banana
turkey/ham sandwich-turkey,ham, lettuce, tomato, MAYO on a bulkie roll, no cheese
cottage cheese-afternoon snack
1 taco for dinner-no cheese- and a big salad no dressing, just two scoops of taco meat on top.

CAKE- we have a birthday party once a month at work and guess what! February is my birthday month. So I had a piece of yellow cake with some strawberry filling. I did scrape off the frosting. Too sweet. I know that it wasn't the best choice but I got right back on track for dinner.

Lots of Crystal Light.

I also did 30 minutes on the Wii this morning!

gbanshee
02-08-2010, 08:43 PM
I am a crystal lite addict as well. Does this count as water????:rotfl:

Dizneydawn
02-08-2010, 09:22 PM
Doing really good on food for today so far. Breakfast was a yougart and a Special K bar so 200 calories total. Then lunch was a Lean Cuisine sandwhich for 310 calories and a diet coke (need the caffine mid-day). Now I'll just ahve to see about dinner.
So here's a question is it more important to count calories or fat. I know both are important but is it better to track calories as opposed to fat? Thanks.
Sounds like you did great! I iwll say that one thing I hav learned about sparkpeople is I am learning about calories and fat and the importance of balancing them both. Your body needs the right amounts of carbs, protein, calories, fat etc...in your daily diet or it is out of whack and you are hungry when you should not be.

Ever eat and be hungry even though you know that it is not humaly possible to be actually calorically hungry? Usually it is because your body is telling you it needs something you did not give it.

It is possible to eat your caloric value a day and be too low in carbs or fat or anything. Or over in carbs or fat and under in protein or carbs etc.

Tracking is truly about maximizing your calories by making sure you have all the ingredients your body needs within those calories without being too low or going over any particular one.

It is like a puzzle. Every day trying to figure out how to make your food fit.

At first it frustrated me but now - I am learning, really learning about food and what I am putting in my mouth. There is not a time when I have been eating balanced that I have cravings minus chocolate during my cycle.

I used to snack and eat and graze and stand in the fridge or the cupboard and not know what I needed or wanted but be hungry even though I had just eaten. Never happens anymore if I track and enter what I am eating. If I am at the end of the night and I have 200 calories left but need 15g more protein but I am at my limmits for carbs...I know to not reach for the bag of chips because even if I can afford them in my calorie count - it will not be giving my body what it needs.

It's like dumping oil in your car when it needs gas. Our body needs different elements to work and only giving it one (carbs for me) is never going to get it to run or run well.

Holy Cow! That was long and actually sounded like I am a guru in food. The truth is I do know a lot....it is just I have not used it a lot! :confused:
My list of 3 are:

1. I want to be comfortable in my own skin
2. I do not want to jiggle when I walk
3. I hope to increase my stamina.
LOOOVE THESE!!
Started back to counting WW points today. So far so good, but need to get out to buy more veggies

I hate veggies
I have a serious question for all my veggie haters out there.

I do not understand and I am being totally honest. Help me get it.

There is a bazillion different types of vegetables out there and they all do not taste anything like the next...so how do you hate an entire grouping of food?

My sister hates most veggies - hates the raw form...but will eat cooked beans and peas and carrots...will not eat a tomato or a piece of lettuce to save her soul. She says it is more a texture thing. So maybe that is it for everyone - not sure and truly wonder.

I wish I hated all bakery items. Life would be easier!:rolleyes1
[QUOTE=gellybean;35353563][FONT="Georgia"]

[COLOR="Blue"]That's where I found it too. Just wow, what a word, kind of makes me wonder where Dawn learned it.
It is as common here as the word "arm." Did not know people did not know it! :laughing:





my soap opera name~Chelsea Sandy or backwards it would be Sandy Chelsea. I can't decide if I'm a bad girl or not.
Sounds like she should be with Sponge Bob....:happytv:

Here's my three:

1) I want that gut above my belly to go away. (Recently I've noticed it's getting bigger and it does make me feel uncomfortable when I sit.)
2. I want to be stronger.
3. I want to run up a flight of stairs without being out of breath.
I want to not put my arms on my stomach when I sit...I look like a freak!
I did OK with food. Actually maybe poor.
I think you did well! You did not eat the whole cake and life is about cake once in a while...not every day so you are fine! :woohoo:


I am a crystal lite addict as well. Does this count as water????:rotfl:

Better than not drinking anything! I am almost done with a 2 qt pitcher...I feel like my bladder is full of octupuses! :eek:

dislvr74
02-08-2010, 09:26 PM
Ugh, I had a terrible day today. I set my alarm for pm instead of am and overslept by an hour. Of course I had to be on time for work today because I was leading a meeting right at the start of the day. I had an ok breakfast (cereal and a banana), but got 2 slices of pizza for lunch and had a ham & cheese sandwich and fries for dinner. Notice what's missing? Yeah, no veggies and one serving of fruit. I have to learn that there is no excuse to justify overeating. Yes, I had a bad morning, but I didn't need to let that get me off track all day.

I have, so far, resisted the ice cream in my freezer. I'm calling that a small victory.

Well, off to do my measurements. That should be fun. :rolleyes:

gbanshee
02-08-2010, 09:31 PM
I do like some veggies, just not the ones that are considered good for you. I like cauliflower, cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes if they are on a sub sandwich, green beans (fresh only), corn, peas (green giant only), mushrooms and carrots. Guess I like more than I thought. :lmao: But i know they say corn, peas and carrots are loaded with sugar and iceberg has no nutritional value.

I have tried broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach, peppers, artichokes and many others. The issue is the texture or the strong taste that just gags me.

I have always been a basic beef and potatoes type-a-gal.

gellybean
02-08-2010, 09:33 PM
That makes total sense to me, thanks for the great explanation! So I will just keep track of my calories and stay within my limit and that way I won't have to totally cut out the foods I love. I think that is why most "diets" I try I fail at, they tell you what you can and can't eat and I don't like that. I love pasta and bread so I am going to eat pasta and bread but if I am on a "diet" that doesn't allow that then I am going to end up lying about what I ate and not lose any weight and get fed up with the whole thing and quit.

My mom found an old storage box of clothes from when I was 18 or 19 and some of those pants were a size 4, I wouldn't even be able to get a leg in those now let alone my whole @$$. I will never be a size 4 again, there is just no physical way I could do it even if I lost nearly all my body weight, but I can be a size 14 which is not ideal but for me it is doable and a big improvement over my current size 20.

You're welcome!! Glad it helped and made sense!! :goodvibes


Girl, I wish there was a box of size 4 clothes I used to fit in! The smallest I ever remember buying clothes for was a size 10 and I had lost weight in Jr. High to get back down to that size. I NEVER remember being in single digit sizes. I'm sure I was at some point but it's like I was in junior sizes, the largest there were and then went straight to double digit women's sizes.

So I definitely understand the 'never gonna be a 4 again, there is no physical way' thing! I'd be estatic at a 14! Right there with ya! :goodvibes I'm currently a 22/24. Just say no to the 20s ! :rotfl:

MulanUSAF
02-08-2010, 10:08 PM
Still missing a few weight totals! Again - this is not manditory but let me know if you have sent them and I did not get it (gbanshee earlier had this happen)or don't want to participate in this portion. No big deal but I do not want to miss out on ya!

send again to
dizneydreamz@yahoo.com!

Thanks guys!! :worship:

Shannn
MulanUSAF
askelton
disneediva
Leenk
Tigger55
Millie12591
MelanieC
2excited2sleep

I need to go out and buy a new scale. Right now the current piece of crud I have won't measure past 85 lbs no matter what. I think I broke it when I dropped it during the move. Dawn, I'll get the data to you as soon as I can!

gbanshee
02-08-2010, 10:09 PM
[QUOTE=gellybean;35353563][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][FONT="Georgia"]

OMG! :scared1:

hat makes total sense to me, thanks for the great explanation! So I will just keep track of my calories and stay within my limit and that way I won't have to totally cut out the foods I love. I think that is why most "diets" I try I fail at, they tell you what you can and can't eat and I don't like that. I love pasta and bread so I am going to eat pasta and bread but if I am on a "diet" that doesn't allow that then I am going to end up lying about what I ate and not lose any weight and get fed up with the whole thing and quit.

.

I have this site bookmarked it may help you set goals. http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-goal.php

Millie12591
02-09-2010, 01:14 AM
Thank you Camille my Texas sista! I'm late, but I'm here. :) I had a bunch of stuff going on the last few days so I haven't been around.

party: :welcome: party:
I'm so happy your here!!! I'm encouraged by your foot feeling better! That means you should do pretty well while your in the parks. Take a break as you need to. K I'm off my mom soap box. ;)


Thanks! I am walking okay now, although my friend has offered to push me in a wheelchair if I need it. I told her with my luck she would see Mickey Mouse and forget to hold on to the chair and I'd end up careening into a storefront and breaking my other foot! It's my little toe, although it still hurts quite a bit, I can tell it is getting a lot better. It mostly bothers me on stairs.


Okay, here is my intro!

First Name and Screen name: Elizabeth/eliz991 (talk about original.)
What your Goal Is for Fitness: To lose 50 pounds. Which will still be like 20 pounds over what the weight charts say is the "maximum" for my height but I know from experience it is a weight I can't get below without just starving myself, and I like the way I look there.
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Cheese/crackers and wine, or Mexican food.
Favorite Good Food for You: Hummus and papayas (not together!)
Favorite Form of Exercise: Spinning, because it's the only really hard exercise I can do that doesn't make me feel like someone is stabbing me in the knee with a sword.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To fit back into my size 10 pants.
Family: Me and DH, Tony, childless by choice. We lost all three of our furbabies last year and we are waiting to sell our condo and buy a house and then we will be getting two new kitties.

My soap opera name is Arlena Choony. (Yes, I had a dog named Choony. My sister named him. Don't let your 3 year olds name your pets. )

And here is my goal for February: to track my calories even when I can't exercise (stupid foot). Why:

1. I have a body bugg (like they use on biggest loser) and I paid for it so I might as well use it!
2. There is no time like the present to start, and I will be proud of myself for starting.
3. And most important, because I need to get over my perfectionist thinking that it's all or nothing and stop telling myself that if I can't exercise I might as well go ahead and eat whatever I want and not keep up with my tracking.

Hey, time for lunch!

Oh, and I will miss the first week's weigh-in on president's day but I will weigh in the monday I get back from Disney!

My soap opera name is Mitsy Marion :rolleyes: She sounds like a late 50's show girl. :laughing: "Her name was Lola, She was a show- girl, With yellow feathers in her hair and her dress cut down to there..." Except my feathers would be fuchsia. puckerup:

Ok my name is Missy Hillside and I am starring in my soap opera As the Scale Climbs. I want to quit this gig and star on Skinny Island of Losers - and I soooo want to be a loser! Never thought I would say that!

Anyway my goals are:

I don't know where to begin - yeah I want to drink more water, exercise more, eat better, blah blah blah, but since I had chili last night, 1/2 a cheesesteak for lunch, it does not sound like I am off to a good start. I did have Kashi for breakfast - So maybe if I take it s l o w I will build up momentum.

1 - Drink 1 extra glass of water every day (even if that is the only 1)
2 - Exercise 30 minutes in a week (30 minutes more than I do now)
3 - Make 1 healthy choice every day (you know banana instead of ice cream - well maybe nothing that drastic yet!)

And these are the reasons why:

1 - I love my husband and my kids and want to stick around for them (diabetes is rampant in my family)
2 - I want to quit smoking - which is problematic since weight gain goes hand in hand with that - so do I lose weight only to gain it back, or lose weight and keep up with it while quitting - not sure if that is possible - looking for help on this one.
In my way of "Millie thinking," as my DH would say. It's good to start with one and not try and tackle both, which is probably a total duh to you! :laughing: I'm thinking if your starting to exercise the other will follow....actually your smoking and eating will change. If your anything like me, you'll start to realize the amount of work your putting into exerting your body and think you should start making changes to maximize the body torture.
I think you'll start to see how much better you feel once you start exercising ....you'll want to make changes to keep seeing and feeling the improvements. I promise.
As for me and smoking, (I quit six years ago as of Jan. 27th) when I would exercise I would totally cut back on my smoking!! It just naturally happened, and so did the eating after a while. This helped so much for quitting.
When I was kicking my own butt and making a strong effort and seeing no changes on the scale I decided it had to be different to get results. So I changed the food issues and I lost 60 lb. of the course of a year, and my body looked a lot different!!! I was very happy looking better. But then injured my back and now I'm starting all over from scratch. I did eventually quit the smoking in the middle of all of that and I'm SOOOOOO glad I did. Especially since it's like a million dollars to buy a carton of cigs now. Holy moly! When I quit it was like $27 for a carton, now it's around $50!! That X 2 every month or so, it add's up!!! I'm thinking when you quit you could either buy new clothes as you shed weight off, or you could get a membership to a really fancy schmancy gym.
Just thinking out loud. ;)

3- This one has already been said but man truer words were never spoken - I want to BELIEVE I am sexy when my hubby says it and not feel he is just saying that.
4 - and all the other cool things that go along with being skinny - not sure what they are - need to find out for myself though!

:


I am sooooo the all or nothing perfectionist type! If I don't diet or exercise perfectly I throw my hands up and go to Chuy's... during happy hour... with a mexican martini and a bowl of 'free' queso.

So glad to have another Texas Skinny Island castaway

Chuys!!! :woohoo:Soooo my favorite place to eat in Austin. One of these days we'll have to have Elizabeth come down from Dallas and make a lunch date at Chuy's together. We can still eat healthy. :rolleyes1
Amiee, what gym are you thinking about joining? (You can PM me if you want) It's probably close to where you live, right? It's to bad we don't live close to the same area, we could have worked out together. :guilty:

Last time I was at Rafiki's conservation station, I saw them weigh a lemur. Just saying...

:rotfl: That's funny! Although I don't think we expect someone on a Disney trip to weigh in. Do we?!? :confused3
Love the saying...."Just sayin!" My dh and I say it all the time. :goodvibes We started saying it after watching Sweet Home Alabama



:yay: for tracking it and dealing with it in your dinner choices!! That's an awesome step in the right direction!! I know in a pinch Soft Tacos or regular Crunchy Tacos aren't bad. On WW 4 pts a piece... and I'm allowed 31 pts a day if that gives you a % comparison. It's the loads of cheese, beef, added sour cream etc that kill ya. Anything on the Fresco menu or whatever is supposedly good calorie wise but I want more than just meat and pico de gallo. KWIM?


I found it by googling it. Looks like urban dictionary is the best definition.
I don't like that word. :sad2: I'm just sayin. ;)



W T G Dawn on the food!!!!!!!!!
Yes Dawn!! Way to go lady!


I wish, oh how I wish I could figure out why some days I have all the motivation in the world and others I just wanna sit down with the whole pantry and eat and eat and eat. Course *If* I knew the answer to that question, I probably wouldn't have a weight issue! Can anybody relate?


I have done well so far! 2 whole wheat tortillas with a slice of pepper jack cheese in each, melted in the microwave for breakfast/lunch = 6 pts

a banana with tbsp of peanut butter for snack = 5 pts

I still have about 19 pts for dinner. Making fajitas with lots of veggies and onions to supplement the cheese and sour cream I'm omitting. Gonna watch the amount of flank steak per each cus it can be fatty and use whole wheat tortillas instead of regular ones! They make them fresh at my grocery store and they are yummy and 1/2 the pts of a regular white flour one. :banana:


I called the gym and got more information about joining on Friday. They'll walk me through how to use the machines and how much weight to start out with on each of the lifts etc. I'm nervous but excited too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :scared: :hyper:

Good for you!!! :yay: This is good work girl! I'm proud of you Amiee!!!

I need to go out and buy a new scale. Right now the current piece of crud I have won't measure past 85 lbs no matter what. I think I broke it when I dropped it during the move. Dawn, I'll get the data to you as soon as I can!
I've been thinking the same thing, I wonder what one to buy. I'll have to do some research. :yay: Something I like doing. :lovestruc

MelanieC
02-09-2010, 07:15 AM
Dawn - I'll try to get my measurements done tonight or worst case tomorrow since I should be working at home due to the snow. Was too busy Sunday, and last night was too busy.

Dizneydawn
02-09-2010, 08:39 AM
I have to learn that there is no excuse to justify overeating. Yes, I had a bad morning, but I didn't need to let that get me off track all day.
That mental piece of ourselves that sabbatoges us is so cruel!
I have, so far, resisted the ice cream in my freezer. I'm calling that a small victory.
Good for you...This is a war...one battle at a time!!!:goodvibes

I do like some veggies, just not the ones that are considered good for you. I like cauliflower, cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes if they are on a sub sandwich, green beans (fresh only), corn, peas (green giant only), mushrooms and carrots. Guess I like more than I thought. :lmao: But i know they say corn, peas and carrots are loaded with sugar and iceberg has no nutritional value.
You do like some! Maybe you could slowly wean in some other types of lettuce into iceberg and each week add a bit more. It might help!
I have tried broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach, peppers, artichokes and many others. The issue is the texture or the strong taste that just gags me.
I am that way with certain foods. I cannot stand any type of fish and mushrooms are too slimy for me - just freaks me out. My Dad was a force you to eat kind of father and I cannot tell you how many times I sat at the table till 11 p.m. looking at what used to be bread he soaked in a au jus sauce...which I never liked because it was just slimy and mushy and now 5 hours later...was a quagulated mess and beyond gross. Still gives me nightmares.:scared1:



Girl, I wish there was a box of size 4 clothes I used to fit in! The smallest I ever remember buying clothes for was a size 10 and I had lost weight in Jr. High to get back down to that size. I NEVER remember being in single digit sizes. I'm sure I was at some point but it's like I was in junior sizes, the largest there were and then went straight to double digit women's sizes.
I should measure my flag line skirt from high school. Truthfully was probably not bigger than my lower thigh now. I do not know what is worse - being ultra thin for 22 years of your life and knowing what used to be or reaching for that goal and never getting a taste of it.

After I had Treyner I got down to 9 pounds and was sickly thin. I remember going to the 5-7-9 store in Iowa and everything being too big.

Now, it would fit a leg....:mad:
Just say no to the 20s ! :rotfl:
I had adream last night I was looking for clothes on a mannequin and the shirt was too big for me when I looked at the tag...it was yellow. Hopefully that is a foreshadowing of times to come! I want out of the 20's too:cool1:!
I need to go out and buy a new scale. Right now the current piece of crud I have won't measure past 85 lbs no matter what. I think I broke it when I dropped it during the move. Dawn, I'll get the data to you as soon as I can!
No problem! Get it to me when you can and I am glad that doesn't stop you from posting here!

BTW: I think I would have made my self believe the 85 pounds had to be accurate!!!!:rotfl2:
[QUOTE=Leash;35354996]

I have this site bookmarked it may help you set goals. http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-goal.php
Another great site! Keep them comming!
My soap opera name is Mitsy Marion :rolleyes: She sounds like a late 50's show girl. Or Wally's girldfriend on Leave it to Beaver!!!






:rotfl: That's funny! Although I don't think we expect someone on a Disney trip to weigh in. Do we?!? :confused3
Love the saying...."Just sayin!"
No...not unless you want to. I do know people who have gone to WW meetings in Orlando while at WDW...that is awesome commitment! I also know people who do well until Disney...falll into the false mindset they are walking more so can't possibly gain even if they are in the garden of gluttony! :rolleyes1



[QUOTE=MelanieC;35358420]Dawn - I'll try to get my measurements done tonight or worst case tomorrow since I should be working at home due to the snow. Was too busy Sunday, and last night was too busy.

We have a ton of snow here too. Our town is very rural and so school is delayed 2 hours this morning - about 10 inches total...but not cancelled yet unfortunately for the kids!!!

Last night I finished some leftover spaghetti for dinner - again no calories known becaus eit was from a restaurant...cleaning out the fridge and not being wasteful! I did not eat it with any bread!!! :yay: I also had a huge salad with homemade dressing that I controlled the calories for!

Today should be easy to track totally for the day! :teacher:

I did not snack at all yesterday and just feel good.

:upsidedow

njtinkmom
02-09-2010, 09:45 AM
[QUOTE=Leash;35354996]

I have this site bookmarked it may help you set goals. http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-goal.php

Thanks so much for this website. It looks like it will be very helpful and I already set it up for my blackberry too! I am starting to feel good about all this diet stuff!:scared1:

luvsJack
02-09-2010, 09:59 AM
[QUOTE=Dizneydawn;35353231]Today is Tomorrow!

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On the food scale: I know what you mean about putting it in the middle of the kitchen. I seriously have to have it placed so that I am basically tripping over it or constantly reaching over it to do anything or I won't use it! I don't know why that habit is so hard to get into. I will count out the right number of frosted mini wheats in a serving (I love these things for a snack) but won't always weigh the piece of chicken or measure the serving of potatoes. Just another of those good habits that have to replace old ones!

luvsJack
02-09-2010, 10:06 AM
You're welcome!! Glad it helped and made sense!! :goodvibes


Girl, I wish there was a box of size 4 clothes I used to fit in! The smallest I ever remember buying clothes for was a size 10 and I had lost weight in Jr. High to get back down to that size. I NEVER remember being in single digit sizes. I'm sure I was at some point but it's like I was in junior sizes, the largest there were and then went straight to double digit women's sizes.

So I definitely understand the 'never gonna be a 4 again, there is no physical way' thing! I'd be estatic at a 14! Right there with ya! :goodvibes I'm currently a 22/24. Just say no to the 20s ! :rotfl:

I am right there with ya'll on the clothes sizes. I have stopped buying clothes because I don't want to face what size I am in! And my work clothes are getting a bit thread bare because of that!

I have a closet full of clothes that are size 9 to size 18, none of which I can wear, and I HATE looking in there.

A 10 or 12 would make me estactic!

stitchfan23
02-09-2010, 11:18 AM
I am so looking forward to coming on here every day and to see what everyone has to say.

I have been doing pretty good. Yesterday I had a fat free yogurt for breakfast. A sandwich with fat free turkey, light mayo and a cheese slice (I know the cheese slice isn't the greatest for me) and an applesauce for dessert. For dinner I had a piece of ham, potatoes and boiled cabbage. I did have a few chips last night though. I finished my 64oz of water by dinner last night.

Today I have had 2 pieces of light rye bread with margarine for breakfast and have already drunk 32oz of water.

I don't like plain water so what I do is Wal-mart up here (in Canada) sells a bottle that is called H2O on the Go and it holds 2.2L (or 64oz) of water. I fill it with water and then add one of the Crystal Light singles to it. It is weaker than the Crystal Light should be but it ads some flavour to the water.

stitchfan23
02-09-2010, 11:24 AM
Oh I also wanted to let you know about a great product that I just found. I hope you guys have them in the US. They are a frozen desert called Smart Ones by Weight Watchers. We can get them at the grocery store and they are about $2.50 a box. There are 2 frozen deserts in a box. Currently they have strawberry shortcake and a chocolate cake. I love bakery goods and I find the strawberry shortcake really good. I limit myself to one a week but for those of you that are counting WW points they are 4 points. They sell them in the frozen food section by the frozen dinners (usually with the other Smart Ones lunches)

njtinkmom
02-09-2010, 12:09 PM
You're welcome!! Glad it helped and made sense!! :goodvibes


Girl, I wish there was a box of size 4 clothes I used to fit in! The smallest I ever remember buying clothes for was a size 10 and I had lost weight in Jr. High to get back down to that size. I NEVER remember being in single digit sizes. I'm sure I was at some point but it's like I was in junior sizes, the largest there were and then went straight to double digit women's sizes.

So I definitely understand the 'never gonna be a 4 again, there is no physical way' thing! I'd be estatic at a 14! Right there with ya! :goodvibes I'm currently a 22/24. Just say no to the 20s ! :rotfl:

Let me tell you my saying has always been that I went from a size 6x to a 14 - I certainly don't remember anything in between :rotfl:. I remember always thinking how fat I was during High School - Gee to be that fat again:lmao: I would love it!!!!

PixiePlanner
02-09-2010, 01:46 PM
May I join in?

I just had a doctor's appt this morning and was weighed for the first time in a few years. I am at my heaviest ever. I weigh the same as when I delivered my son.:scared1:

I have set my goal, I just need to be accountable.

Stacybaeasm
02-09-2010, 03:52 PM
May I join in?

I just had a doctor's appt this morning and was weighed for the first time in a few years. I am at my heaviest ever. I weigh the same as when I delivered my son.:scared1:

I have set my goal, I just need to be accountable.

Welcome aboard! You know, its funny. I may be the only person who LIKES to weigh in at my doctor's. Each time I do, his scale weighs me about 20 pounds lighter than my scale at home. I don't know why but I like his scale much better. I asked the nurse this time about that and she was puzzled too. Maybe I should always weigh in wearing all my clothes and my snow boots on top of it!:confused3

PixiePlanner
02-09-2010, 05:05 PM
First Name and Screen name: Jessica / PixiePlanner
What your Goal Is for Fitness: 50lbs and the ability to be a good role model for DD
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Food. I will overeat just about anything. It's easier to ask what I don't like!
Favorite Good Food for You: Veggies
Favorite Form of Exercise: Don't have a fav. I detest all forms. Have to get back in the habit of going to the gym.
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: To be healthy and look GOOD for DH.
Family: DH, DS11, DD7
DH was born with the skinny gene. DS takes after him. Poor DD, she takes after me but I was thin at her age. My issues didn't start until MUCH older. I remember thinking I was fat at a size 10 in highschool. Crazy. I would love to be that size now.
My niece is getting married August 14. My goal is to lose the 50lbs by August 7 so I can buy a new dress for the wedding. I want to look good for the family pictures(I have hated all pics since 2002). This works out to be about 2lbs a week. I should be able to do that.
In 2000, I lost a bunch of weight using diet pills. I actually looked really good. I just couldn't keep it off once I stopped taking the pills because I hadn't learned anything. I am now heavier than I was at the beginning!:mad:

gbanshee
02-09-2010, 05:44 PM
Did pretty well yesterday and so far today. I went for a food order and picked up some of the veggies I eat, and some low calorie snack food. The cheddar rice cakes byt Fit & Active at Aldi's are pretty good!

Still have to do my EA SPorts Active for today.

TB'sWidow
02-09-2010, 06:12 PM
Hi everyone ny internet has been down due to the storm, I am really struggling with eating. I am also stressing that i have not been able to get to the gym. I have to rely on my new exercise regime of snow shoveling:rotfl2:My goals for this month is 1:Not to gain weight 2:stick to just drinking water 3: try an eat more fruit. Oh an my soap name is Snooky Reavis. Mary

tiggerplus5
02-09-2010, 08:42 PM
I checked out sparkpeople and it's really easy to log all your food for the day. I would have been under my calories for the day yesterday if I didn't eat that cake.

I worked out this morning and then in the afternoon I did all the stairs. Now I'm really tired, good tired though. Hope everyone is safe at home while the new snow storm blows across the country today. We are supposed to get it in New England tom afternoon.

luvsJack
02-09-2010, 09:00 PM
Today has been a good day!

Breakfast: frosted mini wheats and a banana
Lunch: Healthy Selects Soup: Mexican Chicken, Triscuit Crackers
Snacks: yogurt, peach, air popped pop corn
Dinner: baked chicken with ranch dressing, sweet potato
Snack: Weight Watchers fudge bar

I drank quite a bit of water today and this morning I did one mile with my walking dvd!

Met all my goals today! :cheer2:

gellybean
02-09-2010, 10:51 PM
Let me tell you my saying has always been that I went from a size 6x to a 14 - I certainly don't remember anything in between :rotfl:. I remember always thinking how fat I was during High School - Gee to be that fat again:lmao: I would love it!!!!

:lmao: :lmao:

I know exactly what you mean! I was a size 12/14 my freshman year in high school and had no clue how good I looked. I weighed 176 and thought I was a chub o tub. Oh to be 176 again!!!


Millie- I sent you the name of the gym via pm. There is one over by your area of town I'm pretty sure and they have a fabbbbbbbbbbbbbulous deal right now. 0 joining fee, 39 one time lock in fee and 9/month! :banana: AND you can work out at any of their locations... so maybe we could both have our 'home' gym and then work out together one of these days?!?


I've been busy today which for me is a good thing. Can't sit at home and eat!

I had one piece of whole wheat toast with 1/2 tbsp of light canola spread butter and 1 tbsp bing cherry jelly and 2 scrambled eggs with light butter = 7.5 pts

The breafkast was a late one so I didn't eat again til 7pm because I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off!

Dinner was subway 6 inch ham and turkey sub with provolone, lettuce, pickles and a little bit of light mayo. I did have a regular coke... .wanted it so bad and figured I did have the points to spare for a treat. I also got the regular bag of chips instead of the baked lays but the portion was controlled for me in those little bags. I brought the empy bag home in my purse so I could count the points for it! All of that was 17 pts. Could I have saved points on this meal? You bet! But it satisfied me and today was a day I had points to spare. I still have to eat 6.5 left for the evening. And I'm not supposed to leave points over for the day.

Congrats to those that had a great day and hang in there to those that struggled!! I know some days are harder than others but tomorrow is a new day!

Dizneydawn
02-10-2010, 09:03 AM
I am going to try and post my food completely copy and pasted from Spark people. It may need some tweaking of the format to work. I was busy eating snacks last night right up unitl 10 p.m. so I did not post yesterday by 7. A few things I need to work on for myself.

#1 Plan the food out for the day better. I should be able to have all the food logged in actually by morning for the most part. That way it keeps me mor eon track and if I have to alter my fats/carbs/calories/protein/sodium...I will know it before I eat it or before it is too late to change where I am at for the day and I am starving.

#2 Stop eating at 7 p.m. I know it will stink the first few days but I need to get in that habit because it will force me to eat better throughout the day.

Yesterday I ate a good breakfast at 7 a.m. and then had dentistt 1 p.m. so had nothing till a snack at 2:20 p.m. Wayyyy to long. Ate dinner at 5 p.m. (standing up...bad Dawn!) and then noticed my calories were only at 760 by 6 p.m.

No wonder I was starving!

The only thing I ate that I did not track below was a sincle small sliver of pumkin pie - Not even a forkfull. I also grazed on 5 pieces of meat ravioli (frozen kind) with marinara sauce - Baylor's supper. So that would add some calories as well. That is everything!

I have tried to get the Calories/Carbs/Fat/Protein staggered and the numbers lined up below but it always smushes it back over...so the line of numbers under the food goes in order of Calories/Carbs/Fat/Protein...hope it makes sense.


Tuesday
February 9




CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
Breakfast:
Organic Valley Grade A Large Brown eggs, 2 serving
120 2 8 12
Cub shredded sharp cheddar, 0.33 cup
110 1 9 7
Organic Valley Whole milk, 0.25 cup
38 3 2 2
Spinach, fresh, 0.25 cup
2 0 0 0

Breakfast TOTALS:
269 6 19 21

Lunch:


None

Lunch TOTALS: 0 0 0 0

Dinner:
CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
Spinach/Turkey Lasagna, 1 serving
340 27 18 18
Dole American Salad Mix, 9 oz
45 9 0 3
Organic Valley Whole milk, 0.25 cup
38 3 2 2
Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 1 tbsp
90 0 10 0

Dinner TOTALS: 513 39 30 23

Snack:

CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
Clancy's penut butter filled pretzels 11 pieces, 2 serving
300 28 16 10
Smuckers Squeeze Grape Jelly, 1.5 tbsp
75 20 0 0
Pop Secret Snack size Movie Theater Popcorn, 1 serving
250 23 17 3
Organic Ciabatta, 0.75 serving
120 22 2 3
Old Home Cottage Cheese, 1 serving
120 4 5 13

Snack TOTALS: 865 96 40 29


Totals for Day (parenthesis is my range I should be in for day)
CALORIES 1,647 (1,280 - 1,630)
CARBS 142 (172 - 249)
FAT 89 ( 34 - 60)
PROTEIN 73 (60 - 134)


Again...the ravioli was not counted or the fork of pumpkin pie.

The other thing that I was frazzled with was I ate the darn popcorn without looking into details. We have a container of snack food including popcorn...Dan had enjoiyed a snack size popcorn the other day and looked at calories - I was going to look it up and he said - "It is 100 calories."

Well what he ate might have but what I grabbed was not! AGAIN no eating blind!

Reason I was starving - I was way short on carbs (most were eaten at night)and too high with the fat. If I would have looked at my food for the whole day - I could balance it out better.

This is a journey and I have started a new day. I know what went wrong yesterday and looking at this breakdown is the only way to have really known what I would do again and what I need to revamp! Maybe once I know food better - I will not have to plan it out for the day but that is not where I am at right now so that is not realistic for the present.


Hope that helps some of you guys! Dan and I have a date night tonight! Going to see an off broadway show that I am soooo looking forward to! Need to go plan my wardrobe and get my hair done and nails today! Start taking care of me!!! :cool1:

Dizneydawn
02-10-2010, 09:19 AM
On the food scale: I know what you mean about putting it in the middle of the kitchen.
Just to make sure you know how crazy I am...I did mean leave the kitchen sacle out at all times...but I also meant I am putting the weight scale in the middle of the kitchen! :lmao::rotfl2:

I have a closet full of clothes that are size 9 to size 18, none of which I can wear, and I HATE looking in there.

In the last year I dumped all the clothes that are not within 2 sizes of where I am. It made me feel bad looking at my closet of hoarded things that did not fit. It also made me feel great to dump literally 3 lawn size bags on Goodwills doorstep and know someone else will benefit.

I am a big thrift store gal and find tons of beautiful clothes there all the tim...name brands and also shop deals. So I just said that when I get to a size I have nothing to wear...I can go spend $100 a get a huge new wardrobe while I am still loosing and just keep doing that with each new size.The stuff I was hanging onto would not be in fashion anyway so why bother!

WHEN I get to a smaller size...I WILL Deserve a new wardrobe!!! :cool1:
I am so looking forward to coming on here every day and to see what everyone has to say.
Me too! We need more posteings guys!!!!!
I finished my 64oz of water by dinner last night.
Great Job!!!
I don't like plain water so what I do is Wal-mart up here (in Canada) sells a bottle that is called H2O on the Go and it holds 2.2L (or 64oz) of water. I fill it with water and then add one of the Crystal Light singles to it. It is weaker than the Crystal Light should be but it ads some flavour to the water.
Do you like regualr lemons or limes...that might help also!

Maybe I should always weigh in wearing all my clothes and my snow boots on top of it!:confused3
Can I get your doc's number? I need that scale! :rotfl:
First Name and Screen name: Jessica / PixiePlanner
Poor DD, she takes after me but I was thin at her age. My issues didn't start until MUCH older. MY daughter also got the genetic make up to be haevier than my sons. :headache:
My niece is getting married August 14. My goal is to lose the 50lbs by August 7 so I can buy a new dress for the wedding. I want to look good for the family pictures(I have hated all pics since 2002). This works out to be about 2lbs a week. I should be able to do that.
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That is a great goal and I am really proud you picked one that is managable! Good job!!! :yay:
Did pretty well yesterday and so far today. I went for a food order and picked up some of the veggies I eat, and some low calorie snack food. The cheddar rice cakes byt Fit & Active at Aldi's are pretty good!

Still have to do my EA SPorts Active for today.
Thanks for posting that!!!
Oh an my soap name is Snooky Reavis.
I laughed so hard at this! It reminded me of that TV show Jersey shore! Now I have you in my mind with long dark hair and a "bump it" in the back!
I checked out sparkpeople and it's really easy to log all your food for the day. I would have been under my calories for the day yesterday if I didn't eat that cake.
Glad you found it helpful and glad you decided to eat that cake!


Today has been a good day!

Breakfast: frosted mini wheats and a banana
Lunch: Healthy Selects Soup: Mexican Chicken, Triscuit Crackers
Snacks: yogurt, peach, air popped pop corn
Dinner: baked chicken with ranch dressing, sweet potato
Snack: Weight Watchers fudge bar

I drank quite a bit of water today and this morning I did one mile with my walking dvd!

Met all my goals today! :cheer2:
SOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!


I've been busy today which for me is a good thing. Can't sit at home and eat!



There are benefits to busy days!!!

Dizneydawn
02-10-2010, 09:31 AM
Question of the Day for the Catsaways!
Let's Get Motivated!

If you could travel anywhere...where would you go and what do you invision yourself wearing??

Then I challenge you to find a picture of that if at all possible - might need to be 2 pics (one of the place and one of the outfit) and post them here for all of us!



I would go to Italy (Tuscany) and walk the streets and vineyards in a white cotton dress. Totally flowing and very earthy. Sexy and simple.

http://www.woulfeman.com/Back%20Streets%20in%20Tuscan%20Town%20copy.jpg

http://s3.images.com/huge.65.326803.JPG

njtinkmom
02-10-2010, 09:52 AM
Okay so yesterday was a typical day start off good and slides down hill fast...

When I am at work this is my typical everyday boring meal plan (give or take a few m&m's depending on what time of the month it is:mad::

Breakfast -Kashi Cereal or High Fiber Oatmeal
Cup of Green Tea
Snack - 1 Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese Stick/All Bran Crackers
Lunch - Weight Watcher frozen Pizza, 20oz water with propel added
Snacks - A 100 calorie pack of something, later a yogurt
Dinner - This is where the trouble begins.......

So we went for Mexican - not a great choice for a first night of dieting. Ok then we stopped at WaWA (our local convenience store) for my cigarettes because God forbid I run out during a blizzard :scared1: and here I run into my 2 best friends or worst enemies - however you look at it... BEN & JERRY! They beckoned me to take them home one last time - for old times sake - and how can I ever turn a good friend down - so home they came with their cookie dough - with the promise of this visit lasting a few nights. Well they lied and were gone before the end of the biggest loser:mad:! So I totally felt like the biggest loser after that - but not in a good skinny person kind of way!!! I am weak - help me.......:headache:

dislvr74
02-10-2010, 10:02 AM
The cheddar rice cakes byt Fit & Active at Aldi's are pretty good!


The caramel ones are even better. I love Aldi's!

I had to stay home yesterday because DD had a snow day. Yes, I ate too much junk food. What is it about watching the Biggest Loser that sends me right to the freezer for ice cream?

I'm back at work today and I did a great job planning out my lunch and snacks. I always eat healthier at work because I don't have a fridge to run to. This terrible weather is also helping because I am not tempted to run to the coffee shop or hit one of the many fast food restaurants within two blocks of my office. I may have mentioned that I work on a college campus and that means easy access to fast food. It is really hard in the spring and fall to avoid those places.

I really need to start tracking my calories, but I get so frustrated when I don't know the exact nutritional information for things like casseroles. Any suggestions?

PixiePlanner
02-10-2010, 10:06 AM
If you could travel anywhere...where would you go and what do you invision yourself wearing??

http://www.jostvandyke.com/src/ivansd.jpg

Jost VanDyke, British Virgin Islands

I camped at the campground in 1990. I lived in St. Thomas, USVI 1988-1991, but the BVI's are so beautiful.

What would I wear? A swimsuit for the day and a sundress for the evening at the honor bar! :cool1:

Mndisneygirl
02-10-2010, 10:25 AM
I too would like to be in Italy - maybe perusing the museums, having a glass of wine at an outdoor restaurant with my hubby...
I would wear a short sundress and high heels. (and I would be able to walk easily in them - that's the fantasy part, the rest could actually happen!)
Then we'd go to the beach and I would be in a red bikini (having been properly waxed).

I've been doing well this week on my portions, partly because I didn't feel well on Monday evening and had a bit of colon cleansing (if you KWIM). So I've been eating things like toast, apples, bananas and saltines for a day or so. I did realize that I can live on a lot less food however, so it was good in that way.

I have a big weekend of scrapbooking with the girls and there will be lots of food. So my challenge will be not to eat ALL of it! I'm a grazer/snacker, so it could be tough. But when I got on the scale this a.m. and it was 2.5 less than on Sunday, well, I don't want to waste that momentum. So I'll be careful. I will, however, be drinking some wine. I'll just have to take a walk now and then or something.

Dizneydawn
02-10-2010, 10:42 AM
So we went for Mexican - not a great choice for a first night of dieting. Ok then we stopped at WaWA (our local convenience store) for my cigarettes because God forbid I run out during a blizzard :scared1: and here I run into my 2 best friends or worst enemies - however you look at it... BEN & JERRY! They beckoned me to take them home one last time - for old times sake - and how can I ever turn a good friend down - so home they came with their cookie dough - with the promise of this visit lasting a few nights. Well they lied and were gone before the end of the biggest loser:mad:! So I totally felt like the biggest loser after that - but not in a good skinny person kind of way!!! I am weak - help me.......:headache:
I have had more do overs than I ever should have. Here are a bunch of ideas to help.

First: Next time - say your mantra before you buy an indulgence...get that good angel talking louder than the devil on your shoulder.

Then: If you buy it - force yourself to get on the scale before you eat it. If it not something you have budgeted for...if it is not something you know you can have for the day...make yourself face it first...my popcorn from last night for example.

Another idea: If you wan't it and don't have room in the budget for today... make it your breakfast tom.

Think of it this way...

If it was something you could not afford - something you were going to bounce a check for and incur a $35 fee for...would it be worth it.

I am talking to myself here as well...let me work this out in my head here...

So if I were broke in my bank account...literally at a zero...and I wanted something...I would asbolutely not buy the item because it was not worth the charge.

I would wait till my next paycheck...and half the time I would not go back and get it then either because my desire for it is not as great as the immediate satisfaction of buying it now.

In fact that is one way to always curb your spending if it is not on a NEED basis...but a want.

Go home - thiink about it for a day or two and then go back to get it if you decide you A: Can afford it and B: still want it.

Often you decide it is not worth the trip and you stop wasteful spending.

So next time you are in a situation like the convenience store and you are in a want mode...go home. The store will be there in 3 hours. Your 2 favorite lovahs will be there tom.

You though...may deicde you don't want them as much...or at least will budget for them so you don't bounce your diet and suffer the charge.

Maybe that is something we can think about implementing.

I might just do it.

In fact this may be brilliant.

Every day I "bounce" my food intake for the day...I have to pay out a charge to a savings account.

To get the money back in my pocket - I can excersise enough calories to pay back what I ate or the money can't be touched. I promise I will think twice before I do it again. Just like anyone who has ever bounced a check will tell you they think twice before spending when they do not have their checking balanced. You have to work hard to get that money back in and it is so not worth it.

Let me know what you think!
The caramel ones are even better. I love Aldi's!
I was just there yesterday! Need to look for those!
I may have mentioned that I work on a college campus and that means easy access to fast food. It is really hard in the spring and fall to avoid those places.
That greasy smell is just temtation in the air!
I really need to start tracking my calories, but I get so frustrated when I don't know the exact nutritional information for things like casseroles. Any suggestions?
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

This is what I use and it saves it for you! I was the exact same way. I cook from home all the time and never knew what I ate. This site is free just like sparkpeople.
I can't get a picture but here's where I would go...
http://www.b-v-i.com/JostVanDyke/default.htm#White%20Bay%20campground
I camped at the campground in 1990. I lived in St. Thomas, USVI 1988-1991, but the BVI's are so beautiful.

What would I wear? A swimsuit for the day and a sundress for the evening at the honor bar! :cool1:
Ok! I have a new place to travel to!

To get pics posted...go to the picture itself...right click on it and it will list properties...click on that and then copy the address that will be listed. Copy the address.

Then come here - open a reply post - click on the picture link on the tool bar (all the way over - 3rd from the right) (has a mountain in the box) and click on it - paste the address of the pic in there and voila...usually it will post! :worship:


So let's see what kind of bikini we are talking about!!! Show us a pic!

Dizneydawn
02-10-2010, 10:45 AM
I too would like to be in Italy - maybe perusing the museums, having a glass of wine at an outdoor restaurant with my hubby...
I would wear a short sundress and high heels. (and I would be able to walk easily in them - that's the fantasy part, the rest could actually happen!)
Then we'd go to the beach and I would be in a red bikini (having been properly waxed).
Love it! Those coblestone streets will be the death of my trip! I will be hot and in a cast with a broken ankle! :lmao:
But when I got on the scale this a.m. and it was 2.5 less than on Sunday, well, I don't want to waste that momentum. So I'll be careful. I will, however, be drinking some wine. I'll just have to take a walk now and then or something.

Good plan - bring some snacks with that you can have...so if you want something you are more in control! :hug:

njtinkmom
02-10-2010, 11:43 AM
[QUOTE=Dizneydawn;35374663]I have had more do overs than I ever should have. Here are a bunch of ideas to help.

First: Next time - say your mantra before you buy an indulgence...get that good angel talking louder than the devil on your shoulder.

Then: If you buy it - force yourself to get on the scale before you eat it. If it not something you have budgeted for...if it is not something you know you can have for the day...make yourself face it first...my popcorn from last night for example.

Another idea: If you wan't it and don't have room in the budget for today... make it your breakfast tom.

Think of it this way...

If it was something you could not afford - something you were going to bounce a check for and incur a $35 fee for...would it be worth it.

I am talking to myself here as well...let me work this out in my head here...

So if I were broke in my bank account...literally at a zero...and I wanted something...I would asbolutely not buy the item because it was not worth the charge.

I would wait till my next paycheck...and half the time I would not go back and get it then either because my desire for it is not as great as the immediate satisfaction of buying it now.

In fact that is one way to always curb your spending if it is not on a NEED basis...but a want.

Go home - thiink about it for a day or two and then go back to get it if you decide you A: Can afford it and B: still want it.

Often you decide it is not worth the trip and you stop wasteful spending.

So next time you are in a situation like the convenience store and you are in a want mode...go home. The store will be there in 3 hours. Your 2 favorite lovahs will be there tom.

You though...may deicde you don't want them as much...or at least will budget for them so you don't bounce your diet and suffer the charge.

Maybe that is something we can think about implementing.

I might just do it.

In fact this may be brilliant.

Every day I "bounce" my food intake for the day...I have to pay out a charge to a savings account.

To get the money back in my pocket - I can excersise enough calories to pay back what I ate or the money can't be touched. I promise I will think twice before I do it again. Just like anyone who has ever bounced a check will tell you they think twice before spending when they do not have their checking balanced. You have to work hard to get that money back in and it is so not worth it.

Let me know what you think!


First of all if you saw my check book you would know I have no self control whatsoever in regards to money and apparently food - I see a common theme here!!:eek: I must say that you did give me something to think about and it totally makes sense. Sometimes it makes more sense to think of food/dieting in terms of something completely different to not focus on that one thing (my 2 best friends again). You are such a great inspiration to me, I love your logical approach to everything and the fact that you are a real person having real issues just like me and can understand and relate to our "slip ups". That inspires me more than Jenny Craig or any other 100lb skinny b*tch in a bikini on QVC can - they don't deal with reality and the reality is that life sometimes really sucks and maybe having those 2 friends over sometimes is the only thing you got going for ya. As long as they don't move in permanently I should be ok;)!

Once again thanks for starting this for all of us - you are the best!:hug:

TB'sWidow
02-10-2010, 11:57 AM
So far so good I had special k choclate peices along with no sugar added applesauce. For a snack I had a boston creme sugar free pudding really good.As far as snooki form jersey shore better picture me with gray hair and a bump it hopefully no one wants to punch me.:rotfl2: Oh and it probably is corny but I would love to be a disney world can't post a pic cause I'm technology challenged:rotfl2:When I lost 40lbs in 08 an was able to go down the slide at the beach club pool with mydd#2 it was great an I wnat that feeling again. I have gained 20lbs back. Mary

stitchfan23
02-10-2010, 12:04 PM
Hey that is a great way to think about it. I would never had put it that way but it is perfect!

I'm doing pretty good.

Yesterday was...
Breakfast - 2 slices of light rye bread with 1tbsp becel
Lunch - Smart Ones ravioli
Dinner - Steak, a few potatoes, boiled cabbage (I love cabbage), small cesear salad, fat free bannana cream pie pudding cup.

I drank all 64oz of water but split a caramilk bar with hubby in the evening.

Today is going good as well...

Breakfast - homemade fruit & yogurt parfait
already had 32 oz water.
Lunch - just going to have a bowl of leftover boiled cabbage (I made too much last night);)

Last night we went to the mall and walked it. I felt like one of the seniors that goes to the mall before it opens just to walk. Oh well it was good exercise.

stitchfan23
02-10-2010, 12:10 PM
Where would I go. Probably Scotland and be able to climb the highlands and especially the dang hill up to Edinburgh Castle. This hill just about killed me 3 years ago. I had to rest numerous times and felt really silly as everyone just kept passing me. As to what I would be wearing well it would depend on the weather!
http://stockscotland.com/images/d5p0054jpg.jpg

dislvr74
02-10-2010, 12:20 PM
Last night we went to the mall and walked it. I felt like one of the seniors that goes to the mall before it opens just to walk. Oh well it was good exercise.

LOL, I walked 12 miles at a mall in preparation for my last half marathon. I joined the rec center after that experience.

njtinkmom
02-10-2010, 01:05 PM
OMG - I just went on Spark People what an awesome website. I am hooked!! I hope it does not interfere with my DIS time!!! Thanks Dawn!!!!:love:

MulanUSAF
02-10-2010, 01:13 PM
I would like to go to China, the land of my ancestors, without feeling like a freak. Seriously, if you think walking around South Beach in Miami is bad when you're on the pudgy side, imagine being on a crowded Shanghai street where 95% of the population are skinny. It's okay if you're not Asian, because they expect non-Asians to be "bigger". But all bets are off if you look like one of them, and you start getting random advice from fruit stall lady about what not to eat... it's quite unsettling. So next time I set foot in Shanghai, I would like to just blend in without getting singled out by well meaning but annoying grandmotherly types who feels compelled to tell you you're fat and need to lose weight.

I noticed most of my relatives in China are on the slim side while a number of my relatives in the U.S. all have problems controlling their weight. It's especially evident when you compare the immigrant parents and their U.S. born kids. The older generation prefer eating traditional Chinese food, which is usually a bowl of rice served with a couple accompanying dishes. Meat is usually diced or chopped and cooked with lots of vegetables. So an average piece of steak or pork chop for one is turned into a dish for a family. In an average meal, the ratio of rice to veggies to meat is something along the lines of 5:3:2. Dessert is not a part of a meal and hot tea (no milk or sugar) is the beverage of choice for most meals. Most foods are steamed, stir fried or slow cooked in soups. Fried things and sugary treats are usually only consumed during special occasions. Butter is a foreign novelty and most people wouldn't know what to do with it. Same goes for cheese. Now for us ABC (stands for American Born Chinese) kids, we have a much harder time following that diet. Most of us are fine in our childhood years, because you eat what your mom cooks. When I was a little kid, I used to get one Happy Meal a year, on my birthday as a special treat. It's not that my parents don't love me or can't afford it, but they just see it as a novelty rather than a regular food option. But once we get to college, it's American food 24/7 at dorm dining halls or those cheap student friendly eateries around campus. When we live on our own, we either don't know how to prepare most of the Chinese food or have time to do, so we eat what's readily available. Before we know it, we have doubled our clothing sizes (I was a size 6 before college, now have to do the one legged hopping dance to get into my size 12 jeans).

I visited my aunt a few summers ago and I marveled at how different their lifestyle is compared to the one I'm used to. A key difference is that my Chinese relatives don't drive or own a car. So your only options are walking, biking or taking public transportation, which involves a lot of walking as well. My aunt would go to the supermarket about every other day to shop for groceries. Because she has to walk about 7 blocks each way, she buys stuff in moderation so it can be comfortably carried back in shopping bags. Produce is usually purchased and consumed within a couple days due to small apartment refrigerators and storage spaces. I offered to carry the watermelon for her, and by the end of the third block, I was sweating profusely and my arms were screaming for mercy. It was a miracle that I walked about a mile and up five flights of stairs without dropping it. Heck, I probably burned more calories than I would consume from that darn melon. That gave me quite a bit of insight on how different our lives are. I wouldn't even blink at the thought of filling up my car trunk with Costco sized packages of food stuff. My aunt, on the other hand, has to feed a family of five with whatever she bring back from the store or market, on foot! Plus, no cars means no drive throughs, so a trip to McDonalds or KFC is an occasion in itself, rather than a quick option for dinner. My uncle bike to work, about 30 minutes each way, every day. Just by going to school, work, shopping, etc. they are already getting enough exercise without ever having to step foot in a gym. In fact, I don't think I saw any gyms the whole time I was there. I did notice every morning at the neighborhood park across the street, there are large groups of people exercising by doing group tai chi, various forms of martial arts, even a group of grandmotherly ladies kicking this feather topped thing back an forth, like a hacky sack. It was all very informal and open, anyone can just walk up and join the group. I gave it a try, but it's a lot harder than it looks, especially for the eye-foot coordination challenged people like me.

Oh wow, I have no idea I wrote this much stuff! Sorry if you're bored by my rambling, but I hope some of you find this stuff interesting.

:flower3: Have a nice day!

Mndisneygirl
02-10-2010, 01:21 PM
Dan and I have a date night tonight! Going to see an off broadway show that I am soooo looking forward to! Need to go plan my wardrobe and get my hair done and nails today! Start taking care of me!!! :cool1:


Did you go see Young Frankenstein?? We are going on Sunday and I'm curious if you liked it.

eliz991
02-10-2010, 01:49 PM
Well I am on my way to tutor so I will be back to answer the question of the day. :)

I ate more than I intended to yesterday but I tracked it all and have a plan for today that will keep me on the right path. I can't believe I'm going on vacation in three days, I have a million things to do!

Oh, and back to the weighing thing - I do know people who go to WW meetings on vacation, etc. I do not diet on vacation. I don't pig out, either, but I eat what I want and that is what I will do next week. If I gain a couple of pounds, so be it. The method to my madness is this: one year in Jamaica I stuck to my eating plan from home. Carried breakfast bars (no eggs and bacon!), ate veggies and fruit, didn't drink the yummy fruity drinks, etc. Came home and I had lost a pound. :cool1:

Here's the thing: I then ate like crap for the next month or so because I was so mad that I "had" to deprive myself on vacation. After that experience I have learned that, for me, it is better to indulge some that one week than to punish myself for multiple weeks afterwards! To each their own! Okay, off to teach/learn second grade math...back later.

3DisneyKids
02-10-2010, 02:17 PM
FYI about SparkPeople - there is a DisBoards team on Spark. If you are looking for teams to join, that is one suggestion. There is also a general Disneyaholics team.

SeptemberGirl
02-10-2010, 03:27 PM
(Raises hand) I attended WW meetings on vacation! :laughing: I'm making a leap and thinking it might have been me Dawn was referring to, so I thought I'd chime in. :goodvibes

I don't diet on vacation, either. I don't diet at all. I have a diet, which is the food I eat, but I don't do diets. I'm not into deprivation. I like food. I like junk food. I didn't get to 237 eating veggies. :lmao: And I didn't get to 157 eating only veggies, either!

Listen, I LOVE WDW. Duh, right? ;) And I LOVE to eat. A marriage made in heaven! But I have learned - the hard way - that if I'm not accountable, I can throw away all my hard work. So I eat what I want, what I love, and I track it. And I weigh in. Keeps from going off the rails, from talking myself into eating with abandon, from losing sight of who I am and what I want.

I don't think everyone should be skinny. Or thin. I don't have a problem with fat - being it, saying it, eating it! :rotfl2: But if you want to be thin, you gotta write down that cheeseburger. Eat it, enjoy it, but track it. I've got cute clothes I like more than I like not being accountable. I love eating that cheeseburger and owning it!

If it works for you to go on and off diets, good for you. It doesn't work for me. I'm just waiting to go off when I'm on. I have to look at this as a lifestyle, a choice not for that second but for the rest of my life.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled thread! :goodvibes

eliz991
02-10-2010, 04:13 PM
I didn't mean that I "go on and off diets." I didn't know what else to call it ~ I won't be sticking to 1200-1500 calories a day on vacation. I may or may not write down what I eat and my calories, it just depends on my mood. I'm not going to lie and say I will definitely do it when I know I might not.

Like I said, to each their own. :hug: I think it's great that you went to WW on vacation! My weight goes up and down as I am more and less "strict" with my calories, and I am okay with that. I am still 75 pounds down from my heaviest, and 50 up from my lightest. All my doing in both directions, and I'm okay with it. If I weren't okay with it, I'd eat myself right back all the way up again from being mad at myself. Right now I'm on my way back down, but if I maintain or gain 1 or 2 pounds next week that will be okay too. I'll be at Disney! I'm more concerned with the fact that my foot still hurts more than I would like it to (I broke my toe last week).

SeptemberGirl
02-10-2010, 04:29 PM
My intention is NOT to criticize! Trust me - I know that we each have to find what works for us. For instance, I eat ALL my points - activity, extra, etc - my BFF Erika doesn't. I lose, she loses. We are all different.

There ARE people who go on and off diets - I see it all the time. On the WISH, in WW meetings for the last 2.5 years, at my kid's school pick up. I just think that's a hard way of looking at it - On or off. I think, from my experience, it can set you up for failure.

I track because that's what keeps me honest. Otherwise I tell myself a bag of M&M's won't hurt. And trust me, I can house a bag. :rotfl2: I'm not proud, but it's a fact! If you don't need to track to stay somewhat on, all the better for you. :goodvibes I lose my head without it.

And I totally agree - gaining a lb or 2 on vacation is a TOTAL victory! And omg your toe!!! Are you taping it? Do you have awesome shoes? Are you able to do WDW non-commando style? Ack! I'd be freaked out about it.

eliz991
02-10-2010, 04:46 PM
My intention is NOT to criticize! Trust me - I know that we each have to find what works for us. For instance, I eat ALL my points - activity, extra, etc - my BFF Erika doesn't. I lose, she loses. We are all different.

Agreed! I was afraid I had made you mad though, so I'm glad I didn't. :goodvibes

There ARE people who go on and off diets - I see it all the time. On the WISH, in WW meetings for the last 2.5 years, at my kid's school pick up. I just think that's a hard way of looking at it - On or off. I think, from my experience, it can set you up for failure.

Absolutely. It probably works for some of them, and if I was a person who went up and down 5 or 10 pounds instead of 50 or 100 pounds it might work for me too. :laughing: Until then, I'm with you - gotta pay some attention all the time.

I track because that's what keeps me honest. Otherwise I tell myself a bag of M&M's won't hurt. And trust me, I can house a bag. :rotfl2: I'm not proud, but it's a fact! If you don't need to track to stay somewhat on, all the better for you. :goodvibes I lose my head without it.

I've gone through stages. I went to WW meetings for about 5 years but since I could never get into the weight table and my doctor wouldn't sign off on more than 10 pounds over the weight table, I quit to save the money. But yes, when I'm losing, I do have to track either points or calories, either on paper or the computer. Right now I'm using the bodybugg calorie tracking since it matches up with the bodybugg output. Lately I've noticed that not wearing the bodybugg seems to be when I totally lose it.

And I totally agree - gaining a lb or 2 on vacation is a TOTAL victory! And omg your toe!!! Are you taping it? Do you have awesome shoes? Are you able to do WDW non-commando style? Ack! I'd be freaked out about it.

I've only been to WDW once as an adult - last summer for 2.5 days. So I don't know how I'll do! I do have good shoes, tape, and a mini icepack to keep in the hotel fridge. Right now it's not taped because my other toes were getting so bruised. It feels better than it did, but I was hoping it would be pretty back to normal by now. I think we have enough "sitting" time planned that I will be okay - we will watch lots of shows and so forth. And I think eating will be better with my friend on vacation than it is when I go places with my husband, he's less likely to split something and she and I have already agreed that we will try to split meals most of the time.

Leash
02-10-2010, 04:50 PM
FYI about SparkPeople - there is a DisBoards team on Spark. If you are looking for teams to join, that is one suggestion. There is also a general Disneyaholics team.

Thanks for that info. I just joined up on SP so it will be nice to be able to interact on there with fellow Disers.

shellabell
02-10-2010, 04:51 PM
Hi there,
I hope you don't mind if I join in. I am having such a time staying consistent. I lose a pound or two during the week and then gain it back on the weekend. I am frustrated with myself but not giving up!

I am at work so I will come back tonight to answer the questions.

I just really need some extra motivation!!

Dizneydawn
02-10-2010, 05:00 PM
First of all if you saw my check book you would know I have no self control whatsoever in regards to money and apparently food - I see a common theme here!!:eek: I must say that you did give me something to think about and it totally makes sense. Sometimes it makes more sense to think of food/dieting in terms of something completely different to not focus on that one thing (my 2 best friends again). You are such a great inspiration to me, I love your logical approach to everything and the fact that you are a real person having real issues just like me and can understand and relate to our "slip ups". My goal is not to slip up another 2 years of my life! My mind is really on doing not just talking about and that is the key..That inspires me more than Jenny Craig or any other 100lb skinny b*tch in a bikini on QVC can - they don't deal with reality and the reality is that life sometimes really sucks and maybe having those 2 friends over sometimes is the only thing you got going for ya. As long as they don't move in permanently I should be ok;)!

Once again thanks for starting this for all of us - you are the best!:hug:[/QUOTE]
Thanks for being here and thanks for posting. It will keep you more honest to yourself than when you read and hide...not saying I would know anything about that! :rolleyes1
So far so good I had special k choclate peices along with no sugar added applesauce. For a snack I had a boston creme sugar free pudding really good. Great job and great suggestions!As far as snooki form jersey shore better picture me with gray hair and a bump it hopefully no one wants to punch me.:rotfl2: I hope they do not want to either! But if your like Snooky she can handle a lot on her own! :cool2: Oh and it probably is corny but I would love to be a disney world can't post a pic cause I'm technology challenged:rotfl2:When I lost 40lbs in 08 an was able to go down the slide at the beach club pool with mydd#2 it was great an I wnat that feeling again. I have gained 20lbs back. Mary
Maty - I think that is a beautiful idea and you can totally acheive it!
Hey that is a great way to think about it. I would never had put it that way but it is perfect!
It clicked for me...abstract but true!
I'm doing pretty good.

Yesterday was...
Breakfast - 2 slices of light rye bread with 1tbsp becel
Lunch - Smart Ones ravioli
Dinner - Steak, a few potatoes, boiled cabbage (I love cabbage), small cesear salad, fat free bannana cream pie pudding cup.

I drank all 64oz of water but split a caramilk bar with hubby in the evening.

Today is going good as well...

Breakfast - homemade fruit & yogurt parfait
already had 32 oz water.
Lunch - just going to have a bowl of leftover boiled cabbage (I made too much last night);)
Great job!!! :cool1:
Last night we went to the mall and walked it. I felt like one of the seniors that goes to the mall before it opens just to walk. Oh well it was good exercise.
Better than walking from the kitchen to the couch! GOOD FOR YOU!!
Where would I go. Probably Scotland and be able to climb the highlands and especially the dang hill up to Edinburgh Castle. This hill just about killed me 3 years ago. I had to rest numerous times and felt really silly as everyone just kept passing me. As to what I would be wearing well it would depend on the weather!
http://stockscotland.com/images/d5p0054jpg.jpg
Love that! Went to N Ireland afew years back but never been to Scottland...muct see soon!
LOL, I walked 12 miles at a mall in preparation for my last half marathon. I joined the rec center after that experience.
That is dedication!!! :worship:
OMG - I just went on Spark People what an awesome website. I am hooked!! I hope it does not interfere with my DIS time!!! Thanks Dawn!!!!:love:
Loads of info and it works if you work it!
I would like to go to China, the land of my ancestors, without feeling like a freak. Seriously, if you think walking around South Beach in Miami is bad when you're on the pudgy side, imagine being on a crowded Shanghai street where 95% of the population are skinny.
I only quoted this but I am making a copy of it and we are reading it tom at supper and I am sending it to my sister and I am sending it to Treyner in college. Thank you so much for putting into perspective food and why...it is soooo not just genetics...no easy fix or quick blame on our choices of what we eat! :hug: [ /COLOR]
Did you go see Young Frankenstein?? We are going on Sunday and I'm curious if you liked it.
Nope! It involves a draq queen! Which could be the same show but I doubt it! :rotfl:


I ate more than I intended to yesterday but I tracked it all and have a plan for today that will keep me on the right path. I can't believe I'm going on vacation in three days, I have a million things to do!
[COLOR="blue"]Sooo excited for you and so glad you are being mindful...:woohoo:
Here's the thing: I then ate like crap for the next month or so because I was so mad that I "had" to deprive myself on vacation. After that experience I have learned that, for me, it is better to indulge some that one week than to punish myself for multiple weeks afterwards!
I think there is a difference in the mindset of enjoying your food on vacation and having spurges vs going Hog Wild and putting your health in a carb coma or sugar shock like that movie "Fat Camp." It is not gluttony and is not the end of the world to have foods and drinks...if you deprieve yourself from something...you will always want it more than when you enjoy it and acknowledge you enjoy it. Just like hiding a candy bar and eating it on the sly never tastes as good as when you can just eat the thing and move on. The guilt from hiding your spurges will carry you down just as far as reckless abandon in a buffet!
FYI about SparkPeople - there is a DisBoards team on Spark. If you are looking for teams to join, that is one suggestion. There is also a general Disneyaholics team.
Thanks E! Awesome suggestion!
(Raises hand) I attended WW meetings on vacation! :laughing: I'm making a leap and thinking it might have been me Dawn was referring to, so I thought I'd chime in. :goodvibes
You and a friend here! :thumbsup2
I don't diet on vacation, either. I don't diet at all. I have a diet, which is the food I eat, but I don't do diets. I'm not into deprivation. I like food. I like junk food. I didn't get to 237 eating veggies. :lmao: And I didn't get to 157 eating only veggies, either!
If that isn't the truth!
I don't think everyone should be skinny. Or thin. I don't have a problem with fat - being it, saying it, eating it! :rotfl2: But if you want to be thin, you gotta write down that cheeseburger. Eat it, enjoy it, but track it. I've got cute clothes I like more than I like not being accountable. I love eating that cheeseburger and owning it!
I totally enjoy my foods more when I own it vs hiding from the post of shame I avoid! Even if it is not perfect!


I didn't mean that I "go on and off diets." I didn't know what else to call it ~ I won't be sticking to 1200-1500 calories a day on vacation. I may or may not write down what I eat and my calories, it just depends on my mood. I'm not going to lie and say I will definitely do it when I know I might not.
Moderation and mindful!
Like I said, to each their own. :hug: I think it's great that you went to WW on vacation! My weight goes up and down as I am more and less "strict" with my calories, and I am okay with that. I am still 75 pounds down from my heaviest, I wish I could say that!


I track because that's what keeps me honest. Otherwise I tell myself a bag of M&M's won't hurt. And trust me, I can house a bag. Now I want coconut or pbj M&M's! :

And I totally agree - gaining a lb or 2 on vacation is a TOTAL victory! And omg your toe!!! Are you taping it? Do you have awesome shoes? Are you able to do WDW non-commando style? Ack! I'd be freaked out about it.

I would be too! Although some coktails around the world might soothe the ache! :rolleyes1

SeptemberGirl
02-10-2010, 05:07 PM
Absolutely. It probably works for some of them, and if I was a person who went up and down 5 or 10 pounds instead of 50 or 100 pounds it might work for me too. Until then, I'm with you - gotta pay some attention all the time.

You NAILED it with this!!! YES!!! Gotta pay some attention all of the time! This needs to be on shirts! Pads of paper! Trackers! :cool1:

I've only been to WDW once as an adult - last summer for 2.5 days. So I don't know how I'll do! I do have good shoes, tape, and a mini icepack to keep in the hotel fridge. Right now it's not taped because my other toes were getting so bruised. It feels better than it did, but I was hoping it would be pretty back to normal by now. I think we have enough "sitting" time planned that I will be okay - we will watch lots of shows and so forth. And I think eating will be better with my friend on vacation than it is when I go places with my husband, he's less likely to split something and she and I have already agreed that we will try to split meals most of the time.

Are you the other Austinite? And you are going with a girlfriend? OMG FUN!!! I went with my BFF in Jan 08, the WISH girls in Dec 08 and my BFF just three weeks ago!!! And now in 4 weeks with the WISH girls for the half! SO much better. Love my husband - but girlfriends are just more relaxed to travel with! I'm SO excited for you!!!

I also feel a lot less commando with my BFF because she is just more relaxed on vacation. The WISH girls, on the other hand, would make your toe fall off! You sound very prepared. Good luck!

Jasperann
02-10-2010, 05:11 PM
Just checking in. My kids are home from school today so it's been busy around here. But my girls just walked to a friends house and my youngest crashed on the couch while playing a DS. Guess he was tired.

I have not had Coke since I said I wouldn't. I did have a coffee on Monday, but it was 80 calories with my cream and splenda, so I felt okay having it. I haven't worked out, unless you count shoveling snow. We just got about 10 inches and I shoveled our sidewalk and driveway. I haven't been snacking as much either. So all in all it's been a good week. Even if I don't lose any weight, I am taking the first step. :goodvibes

Does anyone have any tricks to drink all your water in the day? While I'm at work I don't have any problem drinking my water, but when I am at home I have a tiny problem remembering to drink anything. :confused3

luvsJack
02-10-2010, 05:15 PM
Good afternoon all!

Today hasn't been as good but not to bad either. Had to leave work to take dd to the doc. (she's had mono since Thanksgiving) and then come back to work; so lots of running

I did a mile this morning with the DVD! and had a low fat/low cal english muffin sandwich (receipe from SparkPeople) for breakfast.

DD and I were both starving after her appointment so we stopped and got some lunch: Popeye's Chicken (dd's favorite!) wasn't the best lunch I could have had but I tracked it, haven't gone over my calories and already know what I need to do for supper, low cal soup or salad with shrimp.


Between tracking on sparkpeople and posting here, I am not always making the greatest choices but I am staying within my calorie range. That's a big thing for me!


Found a picture of the place I would love to travel to (village in France) but still looking for that outfit! Will post when I find it!

eliz991
02-10-2010, 05:16 PM
I think there is a difference in the mindset of enjoying your food on vacation and having spurges vs going Hog Wild and putting your health in a carb coma or sugar shock like that movie "Fat Camp." It is not gluttony and is not the end of the world to have foods and drinks...if you deprieve yourself from something...you will always want it more than when you enjoy it and acknowledge you enjoy it. Just like hiding a candy bar and eating it on the sly never tastes as good as when you can just eat the thing and move on. The guilt from hiding your spurges will carry you down just as far as reckless abandon in a buffet!

I know I am in trouble when I start hiding food...to the point that sometimes my husband will come home and I'll say "I just ate 3 cookies and a handful of doritos" and he's like :confused3. Just had to tell someone! I can't eat in the car either, same thing. It's a symptom of me being out of control.


I would be too! Although some coktails around the world might soothe the ache! :rolleyes1

Oh, I don't drink. :rolleyes1:rolleyes1 What's that? Oh, you can SEE my avatar...ah well...yes some drinks might help!



You NAILED it with this!!! YES!!! Gotta pay some attention all of the time! This needs to be on shirts! Pads of paper! Trackers! :cool1:



Are you the other Austinite? And you are going with a girlfriend? OMG FUN!!! I went with my BFF in Jan 08, the WISH girls in Dec 08 and my BFF just three weeks ago!!! And now in 4 weeks with the WISH girls for the half! SO much better. Love my husband - but girlfriends are just more relaxed to travel with! I'm SO excited for you!!!

I also feel a lot less commando with my BFF because she is just more relaxed on vacation. The WISH girls, on the other hand, would make your toe fall off! You sound very prepared. Good luck!

You know, I do kind of like how that sounds...I am going to repeat it to myself next week! Pay some attention, all of the time!

I am Camille's Texas sista...but not in Austin, I live in Dallas. Only three short hours away so I am hoping to go visit her sometime! This particular friend will be relaxed ~ she lets me do all the planning so unless I tell her to go commando it won't occur to her! :rotfl:

luvsJack
02-10-2010, 05:20 PM
Hi there,
I hope you don't mind if I join in. I am having such a time staying consistent. I lose a pound or two during the week and then gain it back on the weekend. I am frustrated with myself but not giving up!

I am at work so I will come back tonight to answer the questions.

I just really need some extra motivation!!

I am right there with you on the weekend thing! No matter what, weekends are the HARDEST!!

This weekend we are going to NOLA for a Mardi Gras parade. The best thing about NOLA? THE FOOD!!! :scared1: But, I have promised myself to make it about enjoying the parade and the fun crowds and to not even think about the food!!




Maybe some others can give us some tips about how to get through the weekends?

gellybean
02-11-2010, 02:57 AM
I noticed most of my relatives in China are on the slim side while a number of my relatives in the U.S. all have problems controlling their weight. It's especially evident when you compare the immigrant parents and their U.S. born kids.


Thank you so much for sharing your insight! I knew American culture was part of the reason it's easy to be overweight in this country, but having such a direct comparison was definitely eye opening!

:goodvibes

I've only been to WDW once as an adult - last summer for 2.5 days. So I don't know how I'll do! I do have good shoes, tape, and a mini icepack to keep in the hotel fridge. Right now it's not taped because my other toes were getting so bruised. It feels better than it did, but I was hoping it would be pretty back to normal by now. I think we have enough "sitting" time planned that I will be okay - we will watch lots of shows and so forth. And I think eating will be better with my friend on vacation than it is when I go places with my husband, he's less likely to split something and she and I have already agreed that we will try to split meals most of the time.

I so wish my hubby would split meals with me! I love going out to eat with my sister because we split things really well. My problem isn't necessary the amount of one food as much as it's that I like to eat a lot of different foods. Partly why I enjoy buffets or tapas bars. I like a little bit of a lot of variety. Hard to do without someone to share with, so DH and I would over order to have variety and then end up eating it all anyway.

Your trip is sooooooooo close!! I hope your toe continues to heal!




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I couldn't pick just one location. I tried. There are so many places I want to go that I haven't been yet, and then there are places I didn't include that I have been but want to go back a smaller, more confident me. Vegas is one of those places. I feel like you have to be a size 2 there. Disney, I don't feel uncomfortable at my size being there. There are many overweight Disney visitors. In Vegas, I feel like it's beautiful, skinny people every where I turn and that there's this neon sign flashing over my head pointing to the one that doesn't belong! So I'd love to go back to Vegas, as a smaller me.


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London-never been. It's my first destination dream abroad.

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Gotta do Paris. Cept all that French food might make me gain anything I lose back! :lmao:

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I LOVE the idea of Seattle! Never been but it's my dream place to move. I love the rain! Love dark green trees and pretty waterfalls and mountains!


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Out on the town look

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Comfy yet chic shopping or touring museums look


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Seattle sexy but warm look. And yes, I stole a picture of Carrie Bradshaw. I secretly want to be her! :rotfl:

Am a HUGE Sex and the City Fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost as much as a Disney World fan. Almost.


I did fairly well today. Stayed within my points. Ate fast food with my kids but got Chick Fil A which is one of the lesser evils of fast food establishments. Ate less than a small fry worth of waffle fries, 6 nuggets and 2 packets of honey roasted bbq sauce at 2 pts a piece. Had whole wheat tortillas and cheese for a 6 pt breakfast and then DH made chili for dinner. We use 90/10 ground beef and tomato juice instead of tomato sauce or ketchup to save calories. 1 huge bowl of chili was 6 pts. I had one WW Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bar for dessert.

So for the day I ended up at 29 out of 31 allowed.


:banana:


If only the scale would start showing something. I really probably should quit weighing in daily but it's hard not to.


I went to Target today to get Valentines for DS7 and get some workout pants for me. I have plenty of t-shirts but nothing bottoms wise that wouldn't be so big and baggy that it would get in the way of the machines.

No plus size work out clothes.


Does anyone else see the irony in this!?

OVERWEIGHT people can't buy workout clothes? :confused3


I ended up getting the XXL, the largest regular size they had and they fit. But still. It's sad and wrong on so many levels. I can totally see someone going in there, trying to make a start at getting healthier and being derailed because they can't find workout clothes in their size. Like the retail stores are saying " You're already fat, give up. You can't work out. Go home and eat cheetos."


:rotfl:


Ok, I'll get of my soapbox. It just ticked me off! :mad:

Good luck tomorrow everyone!!! We can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheer2:

SeptemberGirl
02-11-2010, 09:21 AM
"I ended up getting the XXL, the largest regular size they had and they fit. But still. It's sad and wrong on so many levels. I can totally see someone going in there, trying to make a start at getting healthier and being derailed because they can't find workout clothes in their size. Like the retail stores are saying " You're already fat, give up. You can't work out. Go home and eat cheetos."


That was f@cking hilarious! :rotfl2: And it's SO true. OMG. They have clothes in small and medium and none in large or XL or higher, and ALL workout clothes run small. Like, what are you trying to do to me! I know I'm fat!

I have often wondered where the BL contestants get their workout clothes. Cause I can't find shorts that fit ME, and I am 197lbs. Why are they not advertising those things, instead of Extra gum, which BTW is next to the candy bars! I have my eyes trained not to look there in the supermarket checkout and now you want me to so I can lose weight? :rotfl:

Dizneydawn
02-11-2010, 09:44 AM
And I think eating will be better with my friend on vacation than it is when I go places with my husband, he's less likely to split something and she and I have already agreed that we will try to split meals most of the time.
Dan can't eat beef or rice and I have a taste for the spicier things so that part of our pallete does not meld well for sharing!
Hi there,
I hope you don't mind if I join in. I am having such a time staying consistent. I lose a pound or two during the week and then gain it back on the weekend. I am frustrated with myself but not giving up!

I am at work so I will come back tonight to answer the questions.

I just really need some extra motivation!!
:cool1:Welocme! Glad you are here and hope you find that motivation to be consistent with yourself you want!!!:love:

I have not had Coke since I said I wouldn't. I did have a coffee on Monday, but it was 80 calories with my cream and splenda, so I felt okay having it. I haven't worked out, unless you count shoveling snow. We just got about 10 inches and I shoveled our sidewalk and driveway. I haven't been snacking as much either. So all in all it's been a good week. Even if I don't lose any weight, I am taking the first step. :goodvibes
Really proud of you! Great Job!!!!
Does anyone have any tricks to drink all your water in the day? While I'm at work I don't have any problem drinking my water, but when I am at home I have a tiny problem remembering to drink anything. :confused3
Fill a pitcher up (2 qt) and leave it on the counter or in your living room etc...know you have to have it gone before bedtime! It helps you know how much you need to drink vs remembering if you are on glass3 or 7 and how much a glass holds..8 oz vs 12 or 14 and do I count the ice that takes up the room or not etc!!!!!:thumbsup2

I did a mile this morning with the DVD! and had a low fat/low cal english muffin sandwich (receipe from SparkPeople) for breakfast.

DD and I were both starving after her appointment so we stopped and got some lunch: Popeye's Chicken (dd's favorite!) wasn't the best lunch I could have had but I tracked it, haven't gone over my calories and already know what I need to do for supper, low cal soup or salad with shrimp.
You did great! :woohoo:



Found a picture of the place I would love to travel to (village in France) but still looking for that outfit! Will post when I find it!
I will be waiting!!

[QUOTE=luvsJack;35380990]This weekend we are going to NOLA for a Mardi Gras parade. The best thing about NOLA? THE FOOD!!! :scared1: But, I have promised myself to make it about enjoying the parade and the fun crowds and to not even think about the food!!

Maybe some others can give us some tips about how to get through the weekends?
Instead of beingtemted by saing you will not eat anything and fighting the deprivation monster...Here is what I do at our state fair:
#1 Decide what you do want bites of before you go.
#2 Never hold the food you are going to share! The person who holds the food eats more always!
#3 If you buy it but it does not taste as good as you would like - don't eat more of it! That mentality, "Well I bought it so I must eat it," will mean calories you consume that are not satisfying and you will still eat more after.
#4 If you are ballsy...offer someone in line $1 for one of what you want.

Example: Fried Cheese Curds are greasy and amazing here...so I asked someone who was buying a whole tray if I could buy 1 curd for $1. Explained I am TRYING to lose weight so she would be helping me out! The whole tray with 10 curds was like $8 so she spent less and I did not have to be tempted by a whole tray of sin!




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LOOOVE THIS DRESS!!!!!


If only the scale would start showing something. I really probably should quit weighing in daily but it's hard not to.
Have you at all been tracking the sodium of the foods you are eating? That will make you carry loads of extra water weight and I know when I have been consuming any FF or processed foods - I am amazed at the sodium even when the calories are in check. I also am a salt junkie and need to stop salting my foods in general to help me...:headache:


OVERWEIGHT people can't buy workout clothes? :confused3

" You're already fat, give up. You can't work out. Go home and eat cheetos."




You crack me up!!!! So funny!!!! Totally true and so irratating...like finding sports bras for fat people...Ummm...we need them too! :confused3:scared1:


Yesterday I did well until last night when we came home and enjoyed the last of the cardboard craptastic pizzas in the freezer. We did not go through a drive through - no FF and did not order any drinks while at the play last night. No Pop no nothing.

So this morning I was happy when the scale showed a drop! I went over everything but carbs yesterday. We are not going out this weekend at all and so again...little splurges here and there are not the killers...I should have considered the fact I would be starving at 10 p.m. after not eating since 5 p.m. though and planned my day better.



I HAVE A REQUEST!!!! LET"S ALL TRY TO POST ONCE A DAY HERE THROUGH THE WEEKEND! EVEN IF IT IS A 2 SECOND CHECK IN!


I know weekends are hard and all but being here in any capacity will help!!!

Monday morning everyone who wants to have me keep track of your weight loss goals, will come here and post in big letters so when I read and scan I can find them easy, their weeks results! I am hoping that posting here frequently will help everybody keep on track and set us up for success for Monday! :cool1::grouphug:

Stacybaeasm
02-11-2010, 10:19 AM
Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days. I was fighting some kind of horrible cold. I managed to read the thread, but when I tried to sit up enough to type, I got so dizzy, I had to give up. This also means I haven't been able to do any kind of workout, unless you count getting out of bed to go to the bathroom a workout. On the plus side, I haven't felt much like eating "real" food so I found I lost a couple of pounds when I did my mid-week check in today. Let's see if it will last now that I am feeling better and up and around.

I've already made one mistake today though. I left my lunch at home on the floor. (I get it ready and put it by my bag so I pick it up when I leave the house. Only, I didn't pick it up.:confused3) I already knew I had to get something "out" for dinner because I have one of the final TeamSTAGES rehearsals before Disney tonight. Now I have to get lunch AND dinner out. I hope I can find some quick, healthy choices around. Maybe Panera chicken noodle soup for lunch??

I have a question for today. How many times a week do you weigh in? I try to keep it to one or two. When I was doing Nutri-system, they said not to weigh in every day because your body varies so much it can get discouraging. They always recommended only weighing in once a week, same day, same time. What do you do and why?

shellabell
02-11-2010, 10:50 AM
I am right there with you on the weekend thing! No matter what, weekends are the HARDEST!!

This weekend we are going to NOLA for a Mardi Gras parade. The best thing about NOLA? THE FOOD!!! :scared1: But, I have promised myself to make it about enjoying the parade and the fun crowds and to not even think about the food!!




Maybe some others can give us some tips about how to get through the weekends?


Have a great time! I don't know if I could do it.

I also notice the problem with workout clothes. I started taking a running class in January and I have had a heck of a time finding non-cotton shirts to wear. It is so frustrating. I did end up finding a selection at JC Penney in plus sizes.

stitchfan23
02-11-2010, 10:54 AM
I only weigh in once a week that way I can't get discouraged if I don't see a change. I am looking around my kitchen and realizing that when you eat out your kitchen doesn't get messy but when you eat at home - wooboy! Guess I need to do some housework.:confused3

I do what Dawn suggested about the water. I have a jug that holds 8 glasses of water and I leave it on my counter so that I can see it easily. That reminds me to drink. I have a plastic cup that holds 2 glasses of water so I fill that when I eat my breakfast, lunch and dinner. That way I have already had 6 glasses of water without really trying.

I won't be able to check in this weekend as we are going to the US shopping and won't be back until Monday afternoon but I will weigh in when I get home and post then.

shellabell
02-11-2010, 11:13 AM
First Name and Screen name: Michelle/Shellabell

What your Goal Is for Fitness:I want to be able to run more easily

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation:Sweets

Favorite Good Food for You:Not a big fan of good for you foods (a good portion of my problem) I do enjoy sweet potatoes; I also like whole wheat spaghetti

Favorite Form of Exercise:Walk/run

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island:I just want to feel good, I know when I weigh less my asthma is so much better.

Family:I did the Disneyland 5k with my niece and nephew. I will never be able to keep up with my nephew but I would like to be able to stay the pace of my niece.

dislvr74
02-11-2010, 11:20 AM
Hi everyone!

Stacey, I weigh in everyday. I know I shouldn't, but I do it anyway. It doesn't seem to help or hurt me.

Yesterday was a little crazy. I planned to go right to the campus gym in order to run after work. But, DH's car broke down and I had to pick him up, pick up the girls, drop DH off at the car repair place, and pick him up at the car repair place. I was so tempted to skip my workout, but I made it and I am really proud of that. I can't eat before a workout, so I was STARVING by the time I was finished. I skipped the drive through on the way home and had a tuna sandwich instead. So, all in all in was a good day even though I only ate 3 of 5 servings of veggies.

I really want to lose 5 pounds before the princess half. This will be a challenge because I tend to gain weight during the last few weeks before a race. I know some of that is water retention from all the gaterade and sports beans that I consume during my long runs, but I'm going to try to counteract that by drinking extra water.

Leash
02-11-2010, 01:28 PM
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I couldn't pick just one location. I tried. There are so many places I want to go that I haven't been yet, and then there are places I didn't include that I have been but want to go back a smaller, more confident me. Vegas is one of those places. I feel like you have to be a size 2 there. Disney, I don't feel uncomfortable at my size being there. There are many overweight Disney visitors. In Vegas, I feel like it's beautiful, skinny people every where I turn and that there's this neon sign flashing over my head pointing to the one that doesn't belong! So I'd love to go back to Vegas, as a smaller me.

[COLOR="SeaGreen"]I would like to set your mind at ease, Vegas is not full of beautiful skinny people, there are PLENTY of unattractive chubby people. I know this, I live here, I see fat people everyday. The few beautiful skinny people that are here tend to be tourists and they all congregate on the Strip so it seems like there are a lot of them. Now that is not to say that there aren't some beautiful skinny locals but not many more than in most cities. So don't feel like you can't have fun just because you don't fit into a size 0 mini dress, come and enjoy (just not in the summer it is just too darn hot to move, let alone have fun, in the summer).
Of course as a local I really can't understand why people come here on vacation anyway but that is because I have lived here my whole life and hate this city with a firey passion. When you live here you vacation at places that are as un-Vegas as you can get, a la Disney. For example for my 21st birthday I did not go hit the bars in casinos in town, DH and I packed up and went to Disneyland for 5 days. When we would talk to people there about the vacation being my 21st birthday celebration we would get funny looks since I thought Disneyland would be a good place to celebrate turning 21.


I LOVE the idea of Seattle! Never been but it's my dream place to move. I love the rain! Love dark green trees and pretty waterfalls and mountains!

DH lived in Seattle for a year and he really liked it even though he doesn't like rain. When we finally get out of Vegas we will either move to Southern California or Seattle. We went on a weeklong vacation there a few years ago and it did not rain the whole time we were there, meanwhile back home they had torrential downpours and massive flooding the whole week we were gone. :headache: I was so bummed because I love the rain and was so looking forward to the rainy Seattle weather.


OVERWEIGHT people can't buy workout clothes? :confused3
I ended up getting the XXL, the largest regular size they had and they fit. But still. It's sad and wrong on so many levels. I can totally see someone going in there, trying to make a start at getting healthier and being derailed because they can't find workout clothes in their size. Like the retail stores are saying " You're already fat, give up. You can't work out. Go home and eat cheetos."


I have had the same thing happen, can't find clothes that fit a fat butt so you can work out to get a skinny butt. All I do is go to Kmart, they have plus size Joe Boxer sweats and they are like always on sale for $7 each for a top and bottom, they are comfy but not too baggy and work great. I get pants that fit and get a shirt about 2 sizes too big so it will cover everything and protect others from having to see me jiggle and slosh while exercising. :scared1:

PixiePlanner
02-11-2010, 04:24 PM
Hey everyone,

I am just checking in before I leave work for a nice loooooong weekend. Here in Abe's country the kids are off school for his birthday AND President's Day, so I have to take a day off too.:cool1:

Anyway, I have checked out Sparkpeople.com & LOVE it! It makes counting all that stuff too easy.

I am making a special dinner for my hubby for Valentine's Day but am modifying it a tad to help keep it lower cal (not that he needs it!). I will try to check in everyday this weekend but it might be difficult to get on the computer... Will have to take turns with the kiddos.

My first weigh-in is Saturday. If you hear a loud Woo-hoo from the central IL area, that means I hit my goal of 2lbs.

Have a great weekend everyone.

dislvr74
02-11-2010, 04:50 PM
My first weigh-in is Saturday. If you hear a loud Woo-hoo from the central IL area, that means I hit my goal of 2lbs.


Good luck! By the way, I also live in central IL. :)

gbanshee
02-11-2010, 10:14 PM
still staying on program! Work has thrown a few curveballs, but I did not resort to the junk food stash in the office. Have been keeping up with my EA Sport Active, am on day 20 of my 30 day challenge.

littlepeppers
02-11-2010, 11:43 PM
First Name and Screen name: Jennifer/ littlepeppers
What your Goal Is for Fitness: 20lbs
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: small portion food
Favorite Good Food for You: salad
Favorite Form of Exercise: none, yuck!
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: I'm going to Disney World
Family: DH (needs to lose a good bit too), DS (7), DD (2)

We live in South Louisiana. We don't eat to live here. We live to eat. Most conversations around a typical cajun lunch table is what's for dinner.

King Cakes are killing me right now, but Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is only a few days away. Lent will be starting soon to help thing along.

We went to WDW in October & that darn dining plan started me on desert after each meal. I've found 10-12lbs since that trip. DS could lose a few too b/c right now I need to get him a 8H suit for his 1st communion. The 8R is to the nth degree, but the 8H kind of floats on him.

I emailed DH at work today to make a deal w/ him. If I can lose 20lbs, we are going to WDW. It will be a long journey, but I'm determined to go this year. I thought we were going in February, but DH shut me down to remodel.

WDW Skinny Island here we come.

littlepeppers
02-11-2010, 11:46 PM
still staying on program! Work has thrown a few curveballs, but I did not resort to the junk food stash in the office. Have been keeping up with my EA Sport Active, am on day 20 of my 30 day challenge.

I plan on doing Wii Active w/ DS. We will start it tomorrow b/c it is too cold to go outside. How is it working for you?

Millie12591
02-12-2010, 01:28 AM
[COLOR="blue"]You crack me up!!!! So funny!!!! Totally true and so irratating...like finding sports bras for fat people...Ummm...we need them too! :confused3:scared1:


Need them!?! Shoot girl! I would hurt myself and a few people around me if I didn't have on a sports bra!! :scared: :rotfl: I don't find being beaten by my own body parts much fun while trying to work out, thank you very much! :upsidedow: What ya wanna bet that dang tag fairy will tag me now!?! :rotfl2:

Gellybean I know just what you mean, I was looking just a week or so ago and found the same dang thing. :sad2: What are people thinking? :confused3 I have found some plus size work out pants at places like Marshall's or T.J.Maxx, might want to check those places.

Sorry I haven't been posting, I spent all day yesterday trying to get something together for a friend and then I spent all day doing homeschool stuff so we can stay on top of that before our trip. We should be done with all but one subject by the time we go. :banana:
Once I finally got on here lastnight I typed out a loooong post and the dang AOL blanked out on me. :mad: I hate freaking AOL!! :) And I mean that in the nicest way possible. :upsidedow

WyldLynx
02-12-2010, 05:00 AM
Ok here goes nothing...lol

First Name and Screen name: Sheila and WyldLynx

What your Goal Is for Fitness: loose about 150lbs OMG did I really just say that out loud, or type that.

Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation: Root Beer....I know it is a drink but it is my weakness. I could drink it 24/7 if it were not bad to do so.

Favorite Good Food for You: Salmon...I love Salmon just about any way it is cooked or prepared. I also love bell peppers, I can eat them straight out of the garden just rinsed off a little bit.

Favorite Form of Exercise: Yoga, I love yoga and even though I am a big girl thanks to yoga I am still really flexible.

What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: Be able to go to any store and actually enjoy shopping because I don't have to worry about not being able to fit into most items.

Family: wonderful hubby who loves me for who I am not how I am, 2 strapping boys the oldest who is only 12 is already as tall as I am and can wear his daddy's shoes, the youngest who is just a ball of energy with whom I would love to be able to keep up with, without having to take a break because I'm out of breath or too tired to continue.

Thank you for starting this thread, maybe it can help me be honest with myself and try to stay on track a little bit better.

gbanshee
02-12-2010, 08:53 AM
I plan on doing Wii Active w/ DS. We will start it tomorrow b/c it is too cold to go outside. How is it working for you?

It is KILLING me! and oddly I am loving it. :rotfl:

I am still not sure I have proper form for the lunges, I need to get a mirror to put up while I am working out to see. I have not lost much weight, but I feel better. My husband says I am more tone. I started on easy since I was a couch potato, but hope to move to the medium level after this challenge.

After I complete medium and build more endurance, I would like to try the 30 day shred DVD.

MickeyMagic
02-12-2010, 10:01 AM
Is it too late or may I join, too?

First Name and Screen name: Sue/MickeyMagic
What your Goal Is for Fitness: 50 pounds
Food that you Find Hardest to Eat in Moderation:
Favorite Good Food for You: chicken
Favorite Form of Exercise: Zumba!
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: Buy regular-sized clothes rather than plus sizes; do a 1/2 marathon.
Family: DD18

I will PM you the weight and measurements.

TB'sWidow
02-12-2010, 10:05 AM
Hi,everyone I finally got out to the store after being snowed in for almost a week.I was able to finally get some ww entrees,eggmuffins etc. Trying not to stress about not being able to get to the gym.When I go to the gym I feel so much better and I don't get all crazy if I slip up an eaten things I shouldn't when I've been to the gym.I don't know if I have expressed it before but I would like to lose 70lbs I have started and stopped this latest journey since 08 and my older Dd got married and saw how I looked in the mother of the bride dress.:scared1:Mary

Stacybaeasm
02-12-2010, 10:33 AM
Good morning everyone! I joined Sparkpeople yesterday. Wow, what a great site. And I love seeing how I am doing on all levels of eating. I just entered breakfast and lunch for today and I like seeing what kind of calories, etc I have left for dinner and snacks. Now, if only I could breathe enough to head to the gym. Oh well, I'll get plenty of walking in next week at WDW. :banana:

littlepeppers
02-12-2010, 11:03 AM
I had a small bowl of low sugar cereal w/ skim milk & used the leftover cereal milk for my coffee.

I know, I know, it is so green of me.

Pray for lunch.

stitchfan23
02-12-2010, 12:35 PM
I like sparkpeople as well. I am finding it really helpful to be able to track my food. It is amazing how you can play tricks on yourself if you are not tracking. Yesterday for example I hadn't tracked and thought that I was way under for the day so I had a treat of a small ice cream sundae. Well when I did track (while hubby was out getting the ice cream) I realized that I had been right on the calories and fat and everything for the day and the ice cream was not going to put me over in both fat and calories. That was my treat and my lesson and now I am tracking before each meal.

Dizneydawn
02-12-2010, 05:55 PM
Hey everyone,

I am just checking in before I leave work for a nice loooooong weekend. Here in Abe's country the kids are off school for his birthday AND President's Day, so I have to take a day off too.:cool1:
Hope you have a great weekend and lok forward to seeing you here when you can!
My first weigh-in is Saturday. If you hear a loud Woo-hoo from the central IL area, that means I hit my goal of 2lbs.

I will have my ear pointed east! :lmao:
still staying on program!
Awesome job! :banana:
First Name and Screen name: Jennifer/ littlepeppers WELCOME!!! :love:
We live in South Louisiana. We don't eat to live here. We live to eat. Most conversations around a typical cajun lunch table is what's for dinner.
That is MN best too! Hotdish heaven country!!!


Need them!?! Shoot girl! I would hurt myself and a few people around me if I didn't have on a sports bra!! :scared: :rotfl: I don't find being beaten by my own body parts much fun while trying to work out, thank you very much! :upsidedow: What ya wanna bet that dang tag fairy will tag me now!?! :rotfl2:


My gosh you make my stomach hurt!!! Be by your phone this weekend! :worship:
First Name and Screen name: Sheila and WyldLynx

What your Goal Is for Fitness: loose about 150lbs OMG did I really just say that out loud, or type that.
I understand how scary it is but once you face the number...it has less power over you! :woohoo:

Family: wonderful hubby who loves me for who I am not how I am.
Awesome powerful statement! Thank you for posting that!!!
Thank you for starting this thread, maybe it can help me be honest with myself and try to stay on track a little bit better.
I hope to get to know you better here as well and we can lose this fat together!!!
It is KILLING me! and oddly I am loving it. :rotfl:

I am seeing you in hose and leg warmers beating on Richard Simmons!
Is it too late?
Heck NO!!!
What Your Goal is For Yourself when you get to Skinny Island: Buy regular-sized clothes rather than plus sizes; do a 1/2 marathon.

I love your goal AND FEEL REALY LUCKY YOU JOINED US!!!:cutie:
Trying not to stress about not being able to get to the gym.When I go to the gym I feel so much better and I don't get all crazy if I slip up an eaten things I shouldn't when I've been to the gym.
That everything or nothing mentality and accepting what is not within our power and that sometimes good enough is all we can do...is a hard pill to chike down! :hug:
Good morning everyone! I joined Sparkpeople yesterday. Wow, what a great site. And I love seeing how I am doing on all levels of eating. I just entered breakfast and lunch for today and I like seeing what kind of calories, etc I have left for dinner and snacks. Told you...even if my day is not perfect...it is amazing how proud I feel when the balance is close. Learning a ton about food! :)

I had a small bowl of low sugar cereal w/ skim milk & used the leftover cereal milk for my coffee.

I know, I know, it is so green of me.

Pray for lunch.

Great job! Keep posting here!

Dizneydawn
02-12-2010, 06:02 PM
I like sparkpeople as well. I am finding it really helpful to be able to track my food. It is amazing how you can play tricks on yourself if you are not tracking. Yesterday for example I hadn't tracked and thought that I was way under for the day so I had a treat of a small ice cream sundae. Well when I did track (while hubby was out getting the ice cream) I realized that I had been right on the calories and fat and everything for the day and the ice cream was not going to put me over in both fat and calories. That was my treat and my lesson and now I am tracking before each meal.

This whole post made my day! I am soooo very proud of you!!! :cloud9:


Well my food has been pretty good. I will post my last 2 days totalsand today...later on. Just running around with my head chopped off and although am tracking 100% - no time to rearrange the format for dis from sparkpeople.

Yesterday - I think I might have overdone the lettuce consumption!

I was starving and am close to Tom...so in order to avoid chocloate...ate 2 bags of Dole lettuce with homemade dressing! Literally 2 bags. Servings per bag is 2 1/2.

Is there too much lettuce for your diet? :scared1:



It was all field greens mix with shredded carrots. No iceberg. I adore lettuce - darker greens are awesome.

I did have 3 chocloate chips - frozen btw. It cut the chocolate craving and I felt good I did not splurge.

Thanks everybody for all the posts and I am so GLAD there are new people still joining us!

Let's have a successful MONDAY WEIGH IN!

This Valentines Day...LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH to treat yourself to a healthy body! :cool1:

eliz991
02-12-2010, 06:35 PM
Okay guys I am packed and suitcase weighed to make sure it wasn't too heavy (my suitcase and i have the same problem I guess!)...off in about 12 hours...only for vacation will I get up that early! See y'all when I return!

I have my bodybugg packed in my suitcase, didn't want to wear it on my arm at the airport:scared1: so I packed in a plastic bag with its instruction manual right on top so if the TSA thinks it looks funny they can see that it is harmless!

littlepeppers
02-12-2010, 09:24 PM
I opted for the plain instead of the cream cheese filled. It is rude not to accept king cake. I cut the piece myself. It was very, very skinny. Almost insulting to dirty the knife to do it.

4 more days until those things aren't in the stores anymore.:cool1:

dislvr74
02-13-2010, 09:28 AM
Just checking in. I didn't work yesterday because I had to take a furlough day. My plan was to do my 10 mile run while the girls were in school. I just couldn't find the motivation to do it, but I did complete 4 miles and I was at a much faster pace. I was pretty excited about that because I am trying to improve my PR by 8 minutes on May 1st. After the princess half I'm going to really focus on pace. Anyway, so I'm happy I got some sort of run done and will do my 10 miles on Sunday.

I'm doing much better with consistent exercise. I have started cross training and I think that will help me lose some weight. I've been good about running 3 times a week, but that's all I've been doing.

I haven't been doing so great with controlling my eating. It is really hard for me to stick to my plan when I am at home and this week I was home for a snow day and that furlough day. The weekends are always bad and I have got to get control of myself! I keep going from 160 to 157 and back to 160!

PixiePlanner
02-13-2010, 10:02 AM
Woo!

Not a Woo-hoo as I only lost a pound. But at least it's a loss and not a gain. However, I am really disappointed in myself. I went to the store yesterday and bought cookies just because I had a coupon. Yes, they are very good cookies but I ate EIGHT:eek: of them: not so proud of that. I could hear myself justifying it, "I have been so good this week," but yet I had no willpower! The rest of the cookies I am putting in DH's lunch to take to work on Monday. He can eat them all in one day if he wants. He's skinny! (Do you feel the jealousy?) Needless to say, I was way over on my calories & fat for yesterday.

Today is a new day. I have 2lbs to lose by next Saturday. I cannot look back, I must focus on the future: what I can still change.:thumbsup2

Good luck! By the way, I also live in central IL. :)

I have lived here for almost 17 years. Still trying to get used the the "politics."


Just checking in. I didn't work yesterday because I had to take a furlough day.

Do you work for the state?

Dizneydawn
02-13-2010, 11:01 AM
Just checking in. I didn't work yesterday because I had to take a furlough day. My plan was to do my 10 mile run while the girls were in school. I just couldn't find the motivation to do it, but I did complete 4 miles and I was at a much faster pace. Great job!!! :goodvibes

I haven't been doing so great with controlling my eating. It is really hard for me to stick to my plan when I am at home and this week I was home for a snow day and that furlough day. The weekends are always bad and I have got to get control of myself! I keep going from 160 to 157 and back to 160!
Eating is the bane of my existance and the yo yo 4 pounds is almost the entire weight story of last year! Let's do this! Wouldn't you feel awesome to be at 152! Lower than the lowest weight by a few punds so you have a buffer and don't feel like in your head you will say..."well I will just slip back so what is the difference?" Let's make it the goal for the next fe weeks...create a buffer from the current bottom of the yo yo and your next goal!
I opted for the plain instead of the cream cheese filled. It is rude not to accept king cake. I cut the piece myself. It was very, very skinny. Almost insulting to dirty the knife to do it.

4 more days until those things aren't in the stores anymore.:cool1:
I know squat about Louisianna and Mardi Gras so please explain this cake to me...I loove cake so I can live vicariously through you! :lovestruc

I have my bodybugg packed in my suitcase, didn't want to wear it on my arm at the airport:scared1: so I packed in a plastic bag with its instruction manual right on top so if the TSA thinks it looks funny they can see that it is harmless!
Uh Huh....does it have batteries? ;) :lmao:
Woo!

Not a Woo-hoo as I only lost a pound. But at least it's a loss and not a gain. However, I am really disappointed in myself. I went to the store yesterday and bought cookies just because I had a coupon. Yes, they are very good cookies but I ate EIGHT:eek: of them: not so proud of that. I could hear myself justifying it, "I have been so good this week," but yet I had no willpower! The rest of the cookies I am putting in DH's lunch to take to work on Monday. He can eat them all in one day if he wants. He's skinny! (Do you feel the jealousy?) Needless to say, I was way over on my calories & fat for yesterday.

Today is a new day. I have 2lbs to lose by next Saturday. I cannot look back, I must focus on the future: what I can still change.:thumbsup2

Darn those cookies! I bought a bunch of baking stuff also but will pack them away in the freezer for our trip in a few weeks and to send to my son in college. One idea is to buy sweets in small pkgs...even if it is not economical...so you only have one or two. I bought 2 gourmet cupcakes yeaterday - so I knew I would only eat one and there was none around to tempt me today.

I learned a few things also. That Lunds grocery store (more high end shopping) here has the best buttercream frosting I have ever eaten and will be my go to place for cakes in the future. ( I had been a Sam's fan previously but their cakes were often stale if the frosting was good.) Second, it was a marble cake with both white frosting died pink and chocolate on the other half. Decorated to the nines with Valentine theming and I ate it slow because of the presentation. Third, I really enjoyed the treat and knew I had alloted for it and felt good about my decession vs guilty eating which leads to the "screw it" mentality. Today, I have no reminants of the temptation haunting me and can go about having a good day. In the past I bought economical always and thus meant quantity and not quality.

Have a great Saturday everybody!!! :goodvibes

I have lived here for almost 17 years. Still trying to get used the the "politics."




Do you work for the state?

dislvr74
02-13-2010, 12:25 PM
Woo!

Not a Woo-hoo as I only lost a pound. But at least it's a loss and not a gain. However, I am really disappointed in myself. I went to the store yesterday and bought cookies just because I had a coupon. Yes, they are very good cookies but I ate EIGHT:eek: of them: not so proud of that.

I have lived here for almost 17 years. Still trying to get used the the "politics."

Do you work for the state?

One pound gone is still one pound gone. I hear you on the lack of willpower. I have a hard time with mindless eating.

I have lived here off and on my entire life. I was born here and went to college here. Almost 9 years ago we moved back so that I could work at U of IL. I like my job, but these four furlough days that we have to take by May 15th are painful.

littlepeppers
02-13-2010, 01:10 PM
King cake is like a big ring of braided cinnamonroll with a hard white icing covered in yellow, green, & purple sugar sprinkles.

You can get almost any filling in them. (cream cheese, strawberry, strawberry cream cheese, pecan praline........ you name it, they've got it)

They used to put a hard plastic 1inch baby cooked in the cake. It is now in the middle of the cakes due to lawsuits from people choaking on them. Cajuns take very big bites. If your piece of king cake had the baby, then you were responsible for bringing the king cake for the next gathering.

Be glad that you don't have access to these cakes. They sometimes change the sprinkle colors to pastels for Easter. I just hope they go away. I saw a few black & gold ones this year. Who Dat!

Stacybaeasm
02-13-2010, 01:46 PM
This weekend is not off to a good start for me. I went to the grocery store and as I got out of the car, I realized I had made 2 rookie, yet BIG mistakes - I went to the store hungry AND I didn't have a list. Then, on top of it, the store is all decked out for that nasty holiday tomorrow with chocolate and candy everywhere!!!! I made it out with some damage but it was minimal -some chips and some lowfat ice cream. I guess I'm lucky there is no one special in my life so I won't be getting a big box of candy tomorrow! Now I need to find the will power to not eat all the chips in one sitting!!!

gellybean
02-13-2010, 04:13 PM
Hey all!

Sorry I didn't check in yesterday. I took the laptop to bed with me last night, all set to post, and the boards were down for maintenance. :headache:

I've had some ups and some downs the past few days. I did well yesterday, all things considered. We did go out to eat - my mom was in town so my sister and I took her out to dinner, with my two boys. We went to Carino's, one of my favorite restaurants. I had one of their loaves of bread... which was a vast improvement over my two or three loaves... typing that out now makes me wanna kick myself for eating that much bread before. I split 1 solo order of chicken Italian nachos with Mom, sister, and both boys. I shared a Spicy Chicken Romano with my mom and DS7, when I used to wolf down the whole order of nachos and the whole bowl of pasta. The pasta isn't a heavy cream sauce. According to a website I found the whole plate of that dish would have been 13 pts and half an order of nachos would have been 7. And I had less than those servings. Hard to figure, but I guesstimated.

Then for dessert, I orderd 1 tiramisu in the mini espresso cup. By the time mom, DS7 and my sister each had a bite I think I got 3 bites. HUGE improvement over a big dessert all to myself!

I did go into my flex points some but I was so proud that I made a game plan and stuck to it and ate probably a 1/3 of what I would have eaten there before! :thumbsup2

Today, I've had two scrambled eggs, 1 piece of sourdough toast and 2 pieces of bacon.

Then a bowl of tortilla soup- my own recipe. A whole bowl of the soup is 3 points, but you have to watch the cheese and tortillas you add. So I measured the cheese into a 1/3 cup and only fried one corn tortilla in canola oil and used very little strips.

I've had 2 slim fast chocolate bars since lunch.

I've got about 10 pts left for the day, but am satisfied and cured the snacking urge. I can have more soup for dinner or edamame or a turkey wrap for dinner. Plus I still have lots of flex points for the week that I can use if I need.


I didn't get to the gym last night. I called to reschedule earlier because my sister was already here and there was no point sitting around for 1.5 hrs waiting for our gym appt. And I was told the head trainer had gone home ill. :rolleyes:

This gym, you have to have an assessment with the head trainer before they'll let you loose on the equipment. So I rescheduled for Tuesday, the next day DH will be off and available to watch the kids. The gym does have child care but the first appointment is gonna take an hour and half. I don't want to leave the boys in child care that long, especially not the first time.

We don't have anything planned for tomorrow. DH is working 14 hours minimal. Big day for a restaurant manager. So Valentine's for us is just another work day. The benefit of that is no temptations!

I did go to the doctor on Friday. Will have to do bloodwork on Tuesday. I'm getting my cholesterol ran for the first time in a LONG time, so that'll be interesting. :rolleyes1


Hope everyone is having a good weekend! DS7 was off Friday and again on Monday so we've having a lazy 4 day weekend. Watching the Olympics, and catching up on things on the DVR from the week, and into Season 2 of LOST! Love that show! Dawn, I highly recommend it, but boy am I glad that I waited to watch it when I can just go to the next episode instead of waiting a week or months between cliff hangers!! :eek: Really enjoying it!

I'm trying to learn to treat myself in other ways besides food! A TV show, a manicure, pedicure even if I do them myself. Shopping, reading a good book, bubble baths etc. I've used food, for far too long for my celebration and comfort, solace and self soothing. No MAS!!


:grouphug: everyone!

tiggerplus5
02-13-2010, 09:40 PM
I've been busy tracking.

I really tried to plan my food for the week before I went grocery shopping. I have lots of good food in the fridge. I also made two pudding pies, a chocolate and banana, this morning. I had the pudding in the cabinet and I knew if I made them, the kids would eat them up. I haven't had a piece today and I really didn't care that I didn't. That was a HUGE step for me. I just don't feel so hungry all the time. I haven't been over stuffing myself until I feel uncomfortable.

I have been a little high on the calorie intake all week 1600-1800 calorie a day range but it is still SOOOOO much better than my usual eating habits. I really feel like I'm on the right path.

I did something stupid today. I ate a grilled rueben sandwich today. My husband made me one at lunch. I just wasn't thinking. I should have checked the calories before I ate it. I was thinking that it was on rye bread and the meat can't be that bad. I've been eating turkey and ham during the week and it wasn't way over in the calorie department. Guess what! Corned beef was a bad choice. That sandwich was 800 calories! I'm way over for today. At dinner I just had a small piece of broiled haddock and a scoop of rice. **I didn't fill up my plate though. This is really a big step for me** I had one piece of chocolate for dessert (25 calories). total calories for the day: 2530

I did 30 minutes of wii fit but it was low impact yoga. So I added another 30 minutes of aerobics this afternoon to try to burn a few more calories. I'm finally accepting that I am out of shape. I'm pretty sore now that I've been sitting for a while. It will prolly be worse tomorrow.

I feel like this time I'm doing it right. I really want this to work. I turn 45 this month. It's time to make some changes. I'm so busy these days I hardly have time to DIS.

luvsJack
02-14-2010, 09:07 AM
Hi Ladies! Been out of pocket for a few days.

Had a snow day Friday (only a couple of inches, but a major event around here :rotfl:) and was sick yesterday. I don't think I have done too bad, but haven't tracked either (and that's the bad part:sad2:) But, I am ready to get back on track starting now!! I will weigh in tomorrow.

Someone mentioned King Cake? They are a little piece of heaven (or maybe they are from the devil, depends on the way you look at it :laughing:!) Especially when they come from a place called Paul's Pastries in South Mississippi! Earlier in the season, had one with Apple pie and cream cheese filling---oh, so GOOD!!

I was watching Celebrity Fit Club last night and was wondering about Dr. Ian's 4 Day Diet. Has anyone read the book or tried it? Sounds like you eat different types of foods every 4 days or something. He says it helps with the mental part of weight loss (which is my problem). I am thinking of looking for the book when we go out later this afternoon.

Taking dd to the movies today (tickets were her Valentine's present--so tired of STUFF, trying to do things like this for gifts!) and am already telling myself "no buttered popcorn, no buttered popcorn, no buttered popcorn". Its a shame they don't have air-popped popcorn as an alternative.

TB'sWidow
02-14-2010, 10:21 AM
Hi,everyone well I finally got back to the gym today after a week of being snowed in. Of course its like starting all over again I did 35min on the elliptical and it say I burned 410 cal not sure if you can trust those counts. I also am not tracking the calories to much in what I eat. I find that tedious. I joined sparkpeople awhile back but it became a real chore to do.Today so far I have eaten ww eggmuffin & applesauce no sugar added. Mary

luvsJack
02-14-2010, 11:54 AM
Hi,everyone well I finally got back to the gym today after a week of being snowed in. Of course its like starting all over again I did 35min on the elliptical and it say I burned 410 cal not sure if you can trust those counts. I also am not tracking the calories to much in what I eat. I find that tedious. I joined sparkpeople awhile back but it became a real chore to do.Today so far I have eaten ww eggmuffin & applesauce no sugar added. Mary

If you are not tracking calories, are there just certain foods you are trying to avoid? Or do you look at the calories eaten at a meal?--I know I once just tried to make sure each meal was under 350 calories and each snack under 100. If I went out to eat, it always had to be somewhere I knew I had options and I picked what was the lowest cal/fat count.

Stacybaeasm
02-14-2010, 01:03 PM
Hi Ladies! Been out of pocket for a few days.

Had a snow day Friday (only a couple of inches, but a major event around here :rotfl:) and was sick yesterday. I don't think I have done too bad, but haven't tracked either (and that's the bad part:sad2:) But, I am ready to get back on track starting now!! I will weigh in tomorrow.

Someone mentioned King Cake? They are a little piece of heaven (or maybe they are from the devil, depends on the way you look at it :laughing:!) Especially when they come from a place called Paul's Pastries in South Mississippi! Earlier in the season, had one with Apple pie and cream cheese filling---oh, so GOOD!!

I was watching Celebrity Fit Club last night and was wondering about Dr. Ian's 4 Day Diet. Has anyone read the book or tried it? Sounds like you eat different types of foods every 4 days or something. He says it helps with the mental part of weight loss (which is my problem). I am thinking of looking for the book when we go out later this afternoon.

Taking dd to the movies today (tickets were her Valentine's present--so tired of STUFF, trying to do things like this for gifts!) and am already telling myself "no buttered popcorn, no buttered popcorn, no buttered popcorn". Its a shame they don't have air-popped popcorn as an alternative.

Do they actually make the popcorn at your theatre? At my theatre, I've seen them dump it from a bag so it IS airpopped. The calories come in the "butter flavoring" you add. You can always ask. But good luck. I can rarely go into the movies without getting popcorn because of the smell.

OhioDisneyLover
02-14-2010, 01:06 PM
Just found this thread and loving it. I have to go back and read from the beginning though.

I'm at 6 pounds so far. Yeah, I have 60 to go. :sad2: I am hoping to be down at least 20 more by September for our next trip.

All I can think about right now is King Cake after reading some of this thread. :scared1:

gellybean
02-14-2010, 01:24 PM
Today's gonna be a challenge. All I can think of is going to get Golden Chick. You know the kinda place where you get back with all YELLOW foods. Fried okra, fried corn nuggets, fried chicken strips, mac n cheese, institutionalized gravy and sweet sweet tea!

*DROOL*



*Falls over having a heart attack*


I mean that's what's gonna happen if I keep eating that way right?

But today is the first day I'm 'jonesing' for bad for me foods. I wish I could figure out why somedays I want bad foods and want to 'cheat' and other days it's easy to stay on track!

:sad2:

I'm gonna have to dig down and find whatever will power I have left! Thankfully the fridge is stocked with all kinds of other healthy choices. And if it wasn't, you can nearly guarantee I'd be calling for Golden Chick delivery. So there's another lesson learned on this journey. Keep my fridge stocked with options to avoid the easy cop out of oh I don't have any food and I don't wanna drag the boys to the store so I'll just order Golden Chick or pizza or chinese delivery! :scared1:

Yesterday I did well until my DH brought home chocolate eclairs from our local grocery store. Along with flowers... :love: He tried. He said he figured the eclairs were better than a whole bag/box of chocolates and he was right. We've looked up the calories/fat/fiber on eclairs and they are like 4 pts a piece. Much better than 20 pts for a whole box of chocolates!

So I had 2 eclairs last night. 10 pts into my flex. I have maybe 10 flex pts left for the week and my week begins again tomorrow so I should make it without going over flex pts. I wish I didn't feel guilty for using flex points when that's what they are there for! :guilty:

I'll be glad when I start working out on Tuesday, no matter how much I dread it. I know when I get started and get done with the first work out, I'll feel so much better about myself and have so much more energy and feel like I'm really taking a step in this weight loss process! Weight watchers is a great diet and I know it's the most realistic for real life loss and maintenance and not the quick fix that goes away as soon as you look at a bad for you food item again, BUT I guess I feel like if I'm not eating rice cakes and veggies with no oil and bland tasteless food I'm not really dieting. To me deprivation and starvation = dieting. I mean I know that's not true, somewhere in my brain, but I feel like that sometimes. That if I'm enjoying my food I must not be losing weight!


On a more cheeful note,

:lovestruc :love: Happy Valentine's Everyone!!!! :love: :lovestruc


I'm looking forward to our weigh in tomorrow to see how we all did!!!!

TB'sWidow
02-14-2010, 02:41 PM
If you are not tracking calories, are there just certain foods you are trying to avoid? Or do you look at the calories eaten at a meal?--I know I once just tried to make sure each meal was under 350 calories and each snack under 100. If I went out to eat, it always had to be somewhere I knew I had options and I picked what was the lowest cal/fat count.

I am trying to stick to ww meals,lean cusines, 100 cal pks for snacks,I aslo have no sugar fruit bowls like applesauce,peaches etc that are like 60 cal plus the sugar free jello puddings that are 60 cal and if you like jello the sugar free ones are on 10 cal I only like certain flavors in that. I 'm not big on eating out so when I do occasionaly go out I try and stick to middle of the road foods. Mary

Dizneydawn
02-14-2010, 02:45 PM
They used to put a hard plastic 1inch baby cooked in the cake. It is now in the middle of the cakes due to lawsuits from people choaking on them. Cajuns take very big bites. If your piece of king cake had the baby, then you were responsible for bringing the king cake for the next gathering.

Ohhh! I know of this tradition but did not know the name of the cake! Darn those choking hazards!!!
I guess I'm lucky there is no one special in my life so I won't be getting a big box of candy tomorrow! Ummmm...I am special in your life and I did not send you chocloate because I love you! ;) :lovestruc


I had one of their loaves of bread... which was a vast improvement over my two or three loaves... typing that out now makes me wanna kick myself for eating that much bread before. I split 1 solo order of chicken Italian nachos with Mom, sister, and both boys. I shared a Spicy Chicken Romano with my mom and DS7, when I used to wolf down the whole order of nachos and the whole bowl of pasta. Then for dessert, I orderd 1 tiramisu in the mini espresso cup. By the time mom, DS7 and my sister each had a bite I think I got 3 bites. HUGE improvement over a big dessert all to myself!
Awesome job! Everything helps! Did your family notice you were eating different? :confused3


I've been busy tracking.

I really tried to plan my food for the week before I went grocery shopping. I have lots of good food in the fridge. I also made two pudding pies, a chocolate and banana, this morning. I had the pudding in the cabinet and I knew if I made them, the kids would eat them up. I haven't had a piece today and I really didn't care that I didn't. :thumbsup2SO FANTASTIC!!! GREAT idea to get rid of the temptations and forme...if I make the food I am less likely to eat it!

I did something stupid today. Stupid would have been not bpthering to look it up after! You were smart and did anyway and know better for next time!! Don't beat yourself up!! ;)

I was watching Celebrity Fit Club last night and was wondering about Dr. Ian's 4 Day Diet. Has anyone read the book or tried it? Sounds like you eat different types of foods every 4 days or something. He says it helps with the mental part of weight loss (which is my problem). I am thinking of looking for the book when we go out later this afternoon.
Ohhh! Interesting...let me know what his theory is!


Hi,everyone well I finally got back to the gym today after a week of being snowed in. Of course its like starting all over again I did 35min on the elliptical and it say I burned 410 cal not sure if you can trust those counts.
I think they run fairly accurate...
I also am not tracking the calories to much in what I eat. I find that tedious. I joined sparkpeople awhile back but it became a real chore to do.
I agree it is a chore but for me it is better than not being able to walk to the top of Summit Plummit without dying! I have zero math skills so running numbers in my head and gestamating is never going to work. I need the discipline and is the only way I see results! I hope your find a way that works for you!! :)

Do they actually make the popcorn at your theatre? At my theatre, I've seen them dump it from a bag so it IS airpopped.
All the theaters here make their own also...never seen one having bagged popcorn dumped? Interesting!!!
Just found this thread and loving it. I have to go back and read from the beginning though.
Glad you found us and hope you get on board and help us and we help you equally!!! :cutie:


Yesterday I did well until my DH brought home chocolate eclairs from our local grocery store. Along with flowers... :love: He tried. He said he figured the eclairs were better than a whole bag/box of chocolates and he was right. We've looked up the calories/fat/fiber on eclairs and they are like 4 pts a piece. Much better than 20 pts for a whole box of chocolates!
[COLOR="blue"]That was way thoughtful of him!!! :love:


Happy Valentines Day!!!

Treat yourself today in a non food way!

Take a bubble bath.
Start a new book and do not answer your bedroom door unless the house is ablaze!
Write a list of all the things you want to do when you feel good about yourslef and our in better shape.
Clean out your cupboards and take out all the junk food and donate it to a food shelf!
Find some outfits online you cannot wear now but want to and print them and put on the fridge for motivation.
Write yourself a love poem. Tell yourself all the amazing things about yourself that you know makes you so special!

In fact...post an amazing thing about yourself that might surprise us!
I am a really fabulous cook. If you hand me your bare pantry and half empty fridge with wilted veggies... I can concoct things from scratch that 99.9% of the time end up great and have a knack for just creating my own recipies.

dislvr74
02-14-2010, 03:49 PM
Ugh, today hasn't been good - not food wise, I'm doing good there - just crazy life stuff. I was supposed to run 10 miles and just died at 7, so I decided to make this week a cut back week. I'll do 10 next week and then 11 and then it will be race weekend. I don't think I was properly fueled for my run. I started to get leg cramps, which typically means that I need some gaterade or sports beans and I had only brought one packet of sports beans. I think I waited too long to eat them and then I didn't have enough. So, lesson learned. It's amazing to me that I still make these rookie mistakes when I have been doing this for three years. :rotfl:

This morning I had two pieces of wheat toast with peanut butter (my traditional pre-run meal) and I had two chik patties (soy "chicken" patties) for lunch. DH wants me to make this sausage, onion, and potato skillet meal and even with turkey sausage it is pretty high in calories. I'm actually planning ahead and keeping my calories low so that I can enjoy dinner.

OT - I really wish the media would stop talking about Canada needing to win a gold medal. Let it go already!

MaryAz
02-14-2010, 05:07 PM
I have been lurking and so I do not feel like a Dis Stalker I am saying Hi. I am getting some great ideas from the foods that everyone is posting. I am only about 6lb from my goal but finding it tough. This is an inspiring and funny thread!

MulanUSAF
02-14-2010, 05:24 PM
Today's gonna be a challenge. All I can think of is going to get Golden Chick. You know the kinda place where you get back with all YELLOW foods. Fried okra, fried corn nuggets, fried chicken strips, mac n cheese, institutionalized gravy and sweet sweet tea!


I was confronted with the same dilemma last week when I drove by a Bojangle's with my stomach growling. It took every bit of self discipline to not pull in and order up a combo. I made a rule to only have fried chicken once a month, and I have already had my February ration during a Super Bowl party. So I'm pretty proud that I was able to go home without giving in.

Overall, this week is pretty good for me, because I packed my lunch instead of buying burgers or pizza. I also made a pot roast in the slow cooker that lasted for three days, it was full of veggies and I used a lean cut of roast. I've been going to the gym about three times in the past week, which was okay. I spend about half an hour jogging on the treadmill and spend the other half hour with jump roping, doing crunches and flutter kicks, and a circuit of weight stations.

I still haven't bought a scale yet, but I'm closing in on them. One cost $19.99 and is just a plain scale. The other one is $34.99 and does body fat calculation in addition to weight. I wonder if the extra $15 is worth it for the body fat composition measurement. Advice please?

acejka
02-14-2010, 07:09 PM
Can I still join in on the fun??

Stacybaeasm
02-14-2010, 11:18 PM
So, I'm very curious what the scale is going to say tomorrow. I wasn't really paying attention to my food during the day because I was absorbed in laundry and pre-packing for Disney, etc. I know that I spent most of the day snacking and not on good stuff. A few minutes ago, I decided to enter it all into sparkpeople to see how much damage I had done. Either I GREATLY underestimated my serving sizes or I didn't snack as much as I thought since I was still in range for everything. I guess the scale tomorrow will be the final word on that.

I hope everyone is feeling excited for the weigh in tomorrow. I look forward to seeing how much everyone lost this week!! Keep going everyone. No matter how we may feel we stumbled this week, we are at least aware of it now and working toward being better!! We can do this!!!!

Dizneydawn
02-15-2010, 08:43 AM
I started to get leg cramps, which typically means that I need some gaterade or sports beans and I had only brought one packet of sports beans. I think I waited too long to eat them and then I didn't have enough. So, lesson learned. It's amazing to me that I still make these rookie mistakes when I have been doing this for three years. :rotfl:
The questions is how long would a rookie have gone on without figuring it out?

Tell me more about the majic beans of which you speak? :confused3 :rotfl2:
This morning I had two pieces of wheat toast with peanut butter (my traditional pre-run meal) and I had two chik patties (soy "chicken" patties) for lunch.
Is there a brand you buy and are they breaded? I really like the Boca ones but I need to find ones not breaded so looking for advice.

I have been lurking and so I do not feel like a Dis Stalker I am saying Hi. I am getting some great ideas from the foods that everyone is posting. I am only about 6lb from my goal but finding it tough. This is an inspiring and funny thread!
Thanks! Please let us know how much you lost and what was the key to your success! What advice can you give us? Love your accomplishment!!!! Love it! :worship:
I made a rule to only have fried chicken once a month, and I have already had my February ration during a Super Bowl party. So I'm pretty proud that I was able to go home without giving in.
That is such a huge step!!! Saying no to a craving is soooo hard! :mad:

I still haven't bought a scale yet, but I'm closing in on them. One cost $19.99 and is just a plain scale. The other one is $34.99 and does body fat calculation in addition to weight. I wonder if the extra $15 is worth it for the body fat composition measurement. Advice please?
I don't know the answer either. Not sure how accurate it is. If you are at a gym will they test it with those pincher dealios?
Can I still join in on the fun??
Yes! Send your weight to dizneydreamz@yahoo.com! Monday is our weigh in days!!! :yay:
So, I'm very curious what the scale is going to say tomorrow. I wasn't really paying attention to my food during the day because I was absorbed in laundry and pre-packing for Disney, etc. I know that I spent most of the day snacking and not on good stuff. A few minutes ago, I decided to enter it all into sparkpeople to see how much damage I had done. Either I GREATLY underestimated my serving sizes or I didn't snack as much as I thought since I was still in range for everything. I guess the scale tomorrow will be the final word on that.



My goal this week is to track each day at the start not at the end so I am not stressed only to find out I did have the room in my allotment or too stressed cause I went over! I am really proud of you Stacy! :woohoo:

Dizneydawn
02-15-2010, 09:00 AM
Good Morning Castaways!!!!

This morning is our first weigh in day and no matter what the scale says...we are successful because we are taking steps towards acknowledging our need to change our live and our bodies! There will be weeks you did well and the scale will stay stuck. There will be weeks where you did okay and due to water retention or time of the month...the scale may not be kind.

There will also be weeks where you for any variety of reasons just fell off the wagon and need to jump back on with 2 feet and not let one foot drag you back to the road again!

This may be the week you did well! This may be the week that you soared past your expectations!

There is a variety of trials and errors we will all go through together. NOBODY is a failure. This is a total mind shift for many of us and it will take some time to get the right mentality to fight through cravings and force ourselves to eat food that is good for us when we just want to say screw it and binge on every piece of junk within our reach.

I was watching a show about addictions the other day and something pretty profound came up. Nothing new but again, hearing advice at the time you are willing to listen is everything.

That for some of us the switch to eating better and exercising consistently is a mental switch that is either on or off and fairly easy to change.

For others it is a daily fight.

An hourly challenge.

That some of us might need to just focus on the next hour not throwing progress to the wind.

Then the next.

That breaking it down to the hour or the day does not seem so overwhelming vs. saying..."I will eat well for the next week."

No different than some of us have broken down the amount of weight we need to lose in small increments vs. looking at the big number ahead only.

I know one thing that worked for me in the past is using a check in system.
Posting my food as well as checking in with my goals for the day.

So if you want to join me. Post daily. A quick little ditty about your day or include your food if you want.

My Example: 130 oz of water - check
water aerobics - check
posted food - check
Think about the things you said were your goal for the month. Some may have multiple things and others may have only one. Hold yourself accountable for following it daily and know there are days we will all fail but the likelihood of one day turning into a string of days is a lot less when you have to face your choices each day vs. the scale a week later when your head is lifted by force from the sand! :grouphug: