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Old 07-18-2013, 09:04 PM   #2386
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Jumping into this. I hit my 5% today.

I find I'm a bit conflicted with a lot of stuff.

Column A
I'm doing it
I'm still doing it!
I lost 5% and that's significant
Part of me feels thinner
Congrats on 5%!

Stick with column A. Column B isn't your friend. I mean, unless you aren't tracking, not trying to meet the good health guidelines, etc etc. If there are places to tighten up, then do that, but if you're doing well, then ignore B.



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This is so me! I woke up today feeling great and thin, then I remembered I still have 40 pounds to lose! I definitely run to eat. I like cheeseburgers and ice cream too much to give them up. Running makes my weekly junk food fix happen.

For you and LockShockBarrel...it's OK to feel thin when you feel thin! I think we need the practice, I really do. It's good to notice some pounds, some bulk, gone, to feel how your arms swing differently, or your legs chafe less, or you have room in your pants waist. It's good to see your neck looking different or go down in bra sizes, or have to change your SHOE size because that can happen, too! (it did for me...I was actually carrying fat and/or swelling in my feet, which caused my feet to be bigger than they are now...it's so weird to have thin FEET all of a sudden)

It's good to get the "ooh yeah" practice when you see yourself in the mirror. Because one day you'll be approaching goal, and you won't even believe what you see in the mirror. But all that practice as you went down the scale will help, because you can remember all those months of feeling better, then better, then even better about yourself.

At least that has been my own experience.

The other day I literally did not recognize myself in the mirror. I sat down at the biceps machine (which is facing a mirror) at the Y and thought "wow, that lady has some good arms!" and then realized she was wearing my clothes with my hair, and that that lady, in fact, was me. Nearly burst into tears.


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Bumbershoot- I never do strength training but I know I should- it is supposed to be so good for you and build muscle which increases metabolism... what is the strength program like that you are doing?
My YMCA has a program called ActivTrax. You do an intake evaluation where they ask what your goals are, what you want to achieve, and even if you want to do machine weights or go into the "real" (my word not theirs) weight room with barbells and such. Then they have you do certain machines (or weights, I imagine, if you're willing to go into the barbell room, LOL) to see your strength, and even how many situps you can do in a minute (not many!).

They put the info into the computer, and the program sets up a plan for you. There's a big computer at the Y that you can log into and it spits out that day's workout for you on paper, but I have the app. It tells you what machines to do (or even use the stretchy resist-a-bands type things for certain exercises) on that day for that workout, and what weights, how many reps, etc. sometimes it insults me by telling me to do 20 lbs on the pulldown, because I've always been able to do a much higher weight with that particular exercise (and in that case I just bump it up and change the info on the app for that day), but most of the time it is challenging and good.

I think I did workout #21 on Tuesday, doing it 2, sometimes 3, times per week. I have biceps that just sit there, looking like biceps. I have triceps now when using my arms, or pointing at things (I jokily do bodybuilding poses like that when at home). I have latissiumus dorsi that actually appear sometimes!

They haven't had me do a situp yet, but they have me do side twists wtih a weight bar on my shoulders. I have hated that (b/c I get lazy and sometimes twist at the knee, and that's a big NO for my knees) but then I've noticed that my belly (which is pretty soft and doughy still) is slowly getting a little smaller, and I can sit up from lying down with NO problems, etc. So they are having an effect, it's just not something easily noticed by me.

Oh and my legs, love those muscles. I'm surrounding myself with women who want to be strong and don't mind having obvious muscles, and they helped me set up the program, by the way. There are other people out there who just want to be lean and strong and toned, with no bulk allowed whatsoever, and the program has things for them, too. I think I'm fairly unusual in that I can build muscle and WANT to be able to see the muscle, no matter if I end up being heavier than I appear.

I used to have emotional pain over being heavier on the scale than my size says because of the muscle (even as far back as middle school this bugged me), and over this last 6 months I have so very much gotten OVER that, and I am so so glad.


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WI was last night, lost .4 for the week. I felt like I did better than that but that's what I got. I have been with WW for 2 years now and I'm at 41.4 lbs total lost. I feel better but I still have 16 lbs to go. Some days I feel like I will never make it but then I ask myself do I want to go back to 202.4 lbs? and the answer is always NO! Just stick with it!!
Sometimes we get what we deserved this week...sometimes we get it next week. Just keep moving forward, and maybe next week you'll have more than .4. But .4 is still pretty great! Especially with only 16 to go, that's pretty great!

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Hi guys! I had a good weigh-in (for me ) and lost 1.4 lbs over the last 2 weeks.
Nice!!! 1.4 despite BBQ and beer and swim meets (do those involve traveling and dining out?) is really good!


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I need to get back to tracking points and get serious again. Soda is my biggest obstacle.
My cousin just shared with me that she has lost 30 lbs. Some months ago she was doing a boot camp thing, and lost many many inches, but almost no pounds. Then her bootcamp ran out, and she didn't re-enroll, but focused on portion control and dropping soda from her diet. All of a sudden, that weight just came off.

Most sodas are sweetened with things that jack the blood sugar up in weird ways, and cause different reactions in some people than cane sugar does. Maybe it's just messing with you in ways that the pure calories can't explain. Dropping soda is a big big big thing to do, and it is hard. Very addictive. I wish you luck!


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After being up 5.4 last week, I was down 5.6 this week -- that's the right direction at least! But still not back to the low I reached in May.


Why is the restaurant sausage so much higher in points than the store-bought? I looked up the nutritional info online and one sausage was 4 points.


Just goes to show you that eating lots of points doesn't necessarily mean you are fuller!
Yay at the loss!

If it's the actual Bob Evans info, I bet it takes oils into account for how they cook it.

So true about the points/fullness ratio.


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I wasn't trying to lose weight when I quit drinking soda (for years I drank caffeine-free diet Coke) but did so because I had just finally read enough about how bad it is for you. I lost six pounds the following week. The soda had really been causing me to retain fluids.
In college I was drinking tons of diet soda. I was on Varsity Crew and they wanted me in the lightweight boat because I'm short. To accomplish that I had to do *something* to get me down in weight. I started drinking one sugar-soda per day instead of all the servings of diet, and I lost 5 lbs like *that*. Crazy amounts of sodium were messing with me, bigtime.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #2387
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Hiatus meaning I started this last July and lost 27 pounds. I lasted until about September-ish, maybe October and then graduate school took over my life. The boards I took were for Nurse Practitioner. I'm finally done with school and able to focus on the rest of my life again. Hopefully that will make it a bit easier to fit WW into my schedule.
OH My Goodness! Congrats on passing the boards! I am finishing my prereqs right now and applying to nursing school in a few weeks. I should start nursing school in January. I ultimately want to continue on to get a masters also.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:05 PM   #2388
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Bumbershoot, I know column A is my friend lol. Its just jarring to get used to. We discussed near the beginning of my at work session how it's not always a positive mindset when you start to lose because you're not used to looking at yourself in a positive way. For me it's almost the opposite. It took me a long time to have good self esteem while being big, so now I'm shifting into the mindset of "yes it's good to have self esteem but you can't use that as an excuse not to do something about your health".

Pop was a big thing for me, or so I thought. I was at least a 2 can a day drinker and a lot of times more. I'd have a can before work, a 20oz bottle at work sometimes and then a can or 2 with dinner. Once I cut back on it because pshtttt screw wasting that many points when I can be having real food, I realized it was just a habit to drink it. I typically have one can a day with dinner but not always and if I'm not actively eating when I drink it it tastes too sweet, almost perfumey for some reason. I grew up in a diet pop household but once I got into the good stuff around 12 or 13 there was no looking back. I still hate the taste of diet coke or anything. I know regular pop is like liquid candy, I've seen how much white sugar it converts to, I've seen the tooth in the coke thing and heck I've cleaned pennies with half a can of coke then drank the rest. Those "studies" or whatever you want to call them don't spook me. Just like seeing where artificial colors or flavors come from, or reading a book about where some of the ingredients for Twinkies come from (like mined out of the earth and whatnot), they've never altered my thinking because it turns into either "oh well I've been eating it this far and haven't been grossed out" or I think how easy it is to say cheese is disgusting because it's milk that you just control the rot on or that meat was once walking around and mooing...that stuff doesn't effect my thinking on a food item.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #2389
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Bumbershoot, I know column A is my friend lol. Its just jarring to get used to. We discussed near the beginning of my at work session how it's not always a positive mindset when you start to lose because you're not used to looking at yourself in a positive way. For me it's almost the opposite. It took me a long time to have good self esteem while being big, so now I'm shifting into the mindset of "yes it's good to have self esteem but you can't use that as an excuse not to do something about your health".
Ah, we're starting from different places. My self-esteem was rock bottom. Below rocks, actually. And since I had no confidence, I figured I couldn't lose weight, so I wasn't trying.

It's good that you were able to have good self-esteem; I sure wish I had had that! It's far healthier to like yourself no matter what you might not like *about* yourself, that's for sure.



With the sugar, I knew a lot too. An ex once cleaned my totally corroded battery cables with a can of Coke. That was eye-opening but didn't change any habits. It's really been watching my husband's reactions to the corn sweeteners, and more importantly watching his blood sugar monitor's reactions, that has stopped me cold. Every so often I get the urge for a bubbly sweet soda, but I remember the enormous spike on his monitor, his physical reactions, and then his crashes after it burns off, and it stops me. Even if I don't personally have THAT reaction, I think that it does mess up my metabolism when I drink HFCS soda, and it's really helped me stay off of it.

Now, "throwback" soda with cane sugar, that's a rare treat and it's wonderful. And it doesn't mess up DH's blood sugar, though he is still very careful with it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:45 PM   #2390
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Yes, yes, yes!!! I'm so glad I found this thread! We are going to WDW in 6 months from today and I really want to be down 40 pounds. I've been doing WW for the last 2 and a half years and have lost as much as 40, but right now I'm only down 23. It's been a trying summer, but really, I just say that so I don't have to admit how lazy I am, or the fact that I still have a dysfunctional relationship with food. That Disney clock is ticking down though and I really need to get on the ball. I know the program works, because when I work the program I lose weight. I just can't get my tracking under control right now. I think I need to stay out of the gas station and quit carrying cash so I can't hit the vending machines at work and school. I definintely needs some outside motivation and encouragement and support. My family is great, but they won't get tough on me, and my husband just rolls his eyes every time I talk about having issues with sticking to the plan. Maybe the accountability that this board could give me will do the trick
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Thanks for the encouragement bumbershoot! I'm getting impatient and frustrated that I can't lose as easily as I did 10 years ago! I've had success on WW in the past, but the last 4 years it all crept back and then some. Knee injuries and surgeries forced me to stop running, and I didn't change my eating to reflect that. But I'm able to run again, and I have lost at every weigh in so far, even if it wasn't as much as I'd hoped for, I know that's a huge accomplishment!

Jdanjou, I've stopped carrying cash and that has really helped me! Everything with peanut butter in the vending machine calls my name!

Congrats StayCool! That's awesome! I'm starting my last year of PTA school at the end of August, and I'm so worried that the stress of school and preparing for my boards is going to interfere with my progress.
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Good Luck! It has been a long journey and when I started I only intended to get my associates degree. That somehow slipped into getting my master's going full time the entire time! Thankfully my husband was really supportive. It's a long journey, but definitely worth it!
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Thanks for the encouragement bumbershoot! I'm getting impatient and frustrated that I can't lose as easily as I did 10 years ago! I've had success on WW in the past, but the last 4 years it all crept back and then some. Knee injuries and surgeries forced me to stop running, and I didn't change my eating to reflect that. But I'm able to run again, and I have lost at every weigh in so far, even if it wasn't as much as I'd hoped for, I know that's a huge accomplishment!

Jdanjou, I've stopped carrying cash and that has really helped me! Everything with peanut butter in the vending machine calls my name!
Losing at every weigh-in is HUGE. It's not something I've accomplished, that's for sure.

If I were dealing with peanut butter snacks in a vending machine, I would probably weigh out a serving of some real peanut butter and bring it to work, for emergency moments like that. Or weigh out a serving of peanuts and put them in a baggie.




DH has been dealing with major stress at work this week and they've had lunch out every day while they work on things (he does get the fancy veggie sandwich from Jimmy Johns with a lettuce wrap, though), and he couldn't deal with trying for a proper weigh-in. Add to that we couldn't stay for the meeting because we had to take him to the airport, and he decided to just weigh in his normal clothes, not his usual gym-type clothes.

He also decided to look at the weight (he was just going to ignore it).

He's so brave! And with normal cargo shorts, proper shirt, etc, the increase wasn't bad at all! So he can either continue wearing more normal clothes (it's so freeing to get over that mental hurdle, though I know it's definitely not for everyone, and while I rotate my weigh-in clothes I definitely try for the lighter weight ones (yes I weigh them)) and just go from there, or he can save up the gym-clothes-again weigh-in for a time when he needs just a bit more oomph in the weigh-in.

He's on a work trip for 3 weeks now (waaaah!) and that's super-hard, but he's on a really good roll right now and I think he's going to do well. In two weeks he gets to go to the "supermodel leader" meeting in Dallas, LOL, which is a good meeting even though it's lead by someone who apparently could be a supermodel. There's a leader like that in Phoenix, too, whose meeting we went to.


And today I hit the top of my healthy weight range. I'm at a healthy BMI, which is just unbelievable! I haven't seen this weight since I was in my early, maybe mid, 20s. It was the 90s, people! I was wearing high-waisted pants the last time I was here.

Not only that, but I hit 81 lbs lost. Every time I think about it I get all . But not sad, just teary. Sometimes I don't like that they named the emoticons, because people go by names instead of what they're doing. Like the roll-eyes one, I often want to use it as a "I'm such a goof" sort of thing, teasing my own silliness. But the name of it would make people think I'm rolling eyes at them. So I don't use it. Sigh. Anyway, I get all misty.


I now see the wisdom in the "I'm only human and I did it" campaign. I used to think people who lost a whole lot were magical, amazing, mystical and maybe mythical people. And here I am, most definitely not any of those things. Just human. I haven't DONE it yet as I'm still working on getting to MY goal, but still, I can see the wisdom in the campaign.
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And today I hit the top of my healthy weight range. I'm at a healthy BMI, which is just unbelievable! I haven't seen this weight since I was in my early, maybe mid, 20s. It was the 90s, people! I was wearing high-waisted pants the last time I was here.

Not only that, but I hit 81 lbs lost. Every time I think about it I get all . But not sad, just teary. Sometimes I don't like that they named the emoticons, because people go by names instead of what they're doing. Like the roll-eyes one, I often want to use it as a "I'm such a goof" sort of thing, teasing my own silliness. But the name of it would make people think I'm rolling eyes at them. So I don't use it. Sigh. Anyway, I get all misty.


I now see the wisdom in the "I'm only human and I did it" campaign. I used to think people who lost a whole lot were magical, amazing, mystical and maybe mythical people. And here I am, most definitely not any of those things. Just human. I haven't DONE it yet as I'm still working on getting to MY goal, but still, I can see the wisdom in the campaign.
That is wonderful!! Congratulations! I am always so motivated by your posts- you have such good advice for people. How long have you been doing WW?

I've been MIA for a bit. We're on vacation at Disney. We drove down so I missed a meeting for that, plus I missed the one the week before we left, plus the 2 while we're gone. So... I need some motivation so I don't end up gaining!! I haven't been eating at all well this week so I need to get back on track. We are here until next Sunday then we're heading to Daytona for at least a day maybe 2 before we drive back home to CT. I don't know why I associate vacation with eating whatever the heck I want, but I do. I'm going to try to make better decisions and to not have snacks that I love in the room.

I've been wearing my fitbit and actually have been surprised that we're not walking as much as usual. But, my daughter has anxiety so we've been letting her anxiety levels determine how much time we spend in the parks and leaving when she's just had it and needs to go somewhere quieter. Yesterday we went to Typhoon Lagoon though and I think we got a lot of steps plus all the stairs to the rides. Too bad the fitbit isn't waterproof!

Gotta go= hope everyone has a great day!
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bumbershoot- your strength plan sounds awesome- maybe once I have settled in to the new eating system I will try to implement something like that. I am coming up on my 1 week on weight watchers and I have really stuck to the plan- 2nd meeting tomorrow night- kind of excited for it.

jmv223- I SO feel your pain about how it is harder to lose as we get older- it seems twice as easy to gain, and twice as hard to lose with each passing decade!

Have a happy, healthy Sunday, everyone!
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And today I hit the top of my healthy weight range. I'm at a healthy BMI, which is just unbelievable! I haven't seen this weight since I was in my early, maybe mid, 20s. It was the 90s, people! I was wearing high-waisted pants the last time I was here.
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Congratulations- I almost missed this! You buried the lead!!!
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I've been wearing my fitbit and actually have been surprised that we're not walking as much as usual. But, my daughter has anxiety so we've been letting her anxiety levels determine how much time we spend in the parks and leaving when she's just had it and needs to go somewhere quieter. Yesterday we went to Typhoon Lagoon though and I think we got a lot of steps plus all the stairs to the rides. Too bad the fitbit isn't waterproof!

Gotta go= hope everyone has a great day!
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If you spend a lot of time in the water, check out the ActiveLink that WW has. I love it, and it's waterproof! We went to Jamaica last Christmas and I wore mine every day, including in the pool and the ocean. Still works like a charm and I was shocked at how many activity points I earned while swimming to the swimup bar for a refill.
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Good job, Bumbershoot! You truly are inspiring. Have you thought about working for WW?
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That is wonderful!! Congratulations! I am always so motivated by your posts- you have such good advice for people. How long have you been doing WW?
Thank you!

I started in February 2012, barely a week after getting home from a bi-coastal parks trip (Disneyland then to Universal Florida). On that trip I hurt with every single step. Felt like someone was hammering on my foot bones. My feet and legs were so swollen, one being more swollen than the other. I feel that if a moment of one's vacation is being spent wondering "should I head to the ER for this uneven swelling?" then a change must be made.

DH had realized well before me that DS was all alone in pictures, and if something did happen to us he would have no images of us. DH was brave and got into the pictures, but I couldn't do that. We would take pix at character meals and I wouldn't look at them. It was sad. My asthma was kicking in big time, and I was just miserable in every way.

Got home, saw a Jennifer Hudson ad and she looked so incredibly different. I went to a meeting the next day. Sat under the poster of her in the pose from the TV ad, sent a picture of her picture to DH saying "guess where I am!" That was on a Wednesday or so, and on Saturday he joined, too, and I went to my second meeting of the week. Then we changed to Sat so we could all go together.


This is my 4th time through, but I never even came close to goal before. 1st time I met DH and felt that dating was incompatible with WW. 2nd time I came home from wedding and honeymoon pregnant and knew it very early, and couldn't continue. 3rd time I was barely even following the program, thinking I was bulletproof because I was nursing ALL the time, then he turned 2 and slowed down (a bit) and didn't want to be carried all the time (I lost my fabulous mom arms!), and I refused to give up my enormous chocolate cake habit. I quit because it wasn't working, refusing to admit that if I were actually doing the program it might have worked.

Ah the things we realize later on...

Those times I ate the smallest amount of points possible, and felt the flexible points were cheating. And each time I cheated on the plan, didn't DO the plan, and quit.

Now I strive to hit the Good Health Guidelines, I eat my veggies and fruit, and I eat every last point coming to me. Very different than the way I did it before, and the results are different too. (eating all points doesn't work for all, and some don't want to do it that way...that's OK, we're all different!)


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Congratulations- I almost missed this! You buried the lead!!!
I just get so proud of other people, you know? Happy for others, happy for my hubby (he's the worst emotional eater I've ever known in real life, and it's not helped by a sluggish metabolism or his pituitary tumor that's still being treated). Also, I WANT to brag on myself, but still feel uncomfy with it.


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If you spend a lot of time in the water, check out the ActiveLink that WW has. I love it, and it's waterproof! We went to Jamaica last Christmas and I wore mine every day, including in the pool and the ocean. Still works like a charm and I was shocked at how many activity points I earned while swimming to the swimup bar for a refill.
That last bit was funny.

DH likes his active link, though he doesn't eat his APs. He just likes to know. And since he's a bigger guy, he earns more APs for the same activity than a smaller person, and seeing that big number makes him happy.
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Week 5 update:

Down 1 pound. Overall 16.2 lbs lost

What worked this week: Obviously something since I lost but nothing comes to mind.

What didn't work this week: FOOD FOOD FOOD! I'm hungry. Have been all week. Maybe its hormones ( its "that" time), maybe its stress (car accident Weds, cleaning out MILs hoarde so we can move to her place, work, all of the above, IDK...) but I'm hungry and its honestly just stressing me out even more. I'm eating my points, went into my weeklies and I'm just not full. I hope it changes soon because I can't take much more.
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A short trip just for our Princess! April 17-19, 2012 @ POP
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