WISH Away the Pounds -- Fantastic February Challenge -- Everyone Welcome!

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  1. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Time is flying - why is it that on weekends time passes much quicker than during the week? So, before Saturday is half over, here is the next

    Question of the Day:

    Are you a slow eater or a fast eater? Are you aware of how fast you eat and does the "speed of eating" have something to do with your portion sizes?


    I hope you all had a great start into the weekend. I had a haircut this morning (and highlights) and had a success moment there. I do have a rather round face with big cheeks. Sitting at the hairdresser watching my face with the hair around it all wet or even pulled back (I do have quite a lot of curls, so usually a lot of volume in my hair) I am always depressed how fat my face looks. Today as I was sitting there I noticed that my face has become slimmer and less round. I did not look fat anymore! And I only could see one chin! Sometimes it is things like that that can be as motivating as movement on the scale!
     
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  3. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    I am not a morning work out girl either - but I think adding 20 minutes each morning is a great way to get more exercise in. :thumbsup2

    And I hear you on the cookies. I find that often when I think I am eating well, but too many of my calories are made up with treats that I don't lose. I seem to lose more if my calories come from healthy food. Makes sense... unfortunately. :goodvibes

    That's great that you joined out plank challenge before you even knew about it!! :lmao: 50 seconds is great. After having been able to do 1 minute for two days, yesterday I was back down to 30 seconds...

    Hope you got home safely and still have power!!
     
  4. BernardandMissBianca

    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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    That's a great NSV!! I hate getting my haircut, I'm glad I wear glasses because I can't see my face when she's cutting my hair.

    I am a fast eater but I'm trying to learn to slow down. Speed eating for me has more to do with second servings vs portion size on one plate. I still think I'm hungry when those brain receptors just haven't kicked in yet.
     
  5. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Hope you are safe in all that snow! Otherwise it sounds like you are doing great with using that day in the best way possible!

    That's a great step! It is really scary how many calories alcohol has besides the other unhealthy side effects it has. When I losing weight I nearly give up drinking any alcohol all together. With the effect that not being used to it anymore just one glass of wine makes me very tipsy!

    Congratulations on the loss! :yay: I think it is a great idea if you are stuck to go and think back to a time when you were successful at losing weight. If one is keeping a food journal that is also a good to see what kind of foods helped with weight loss. From that I realised that I lose better if I make sure to eat protein.

    Ah! Had some difficulty to figure out the NSV acronym, but now I got it: Non Scale Victory!!

    Yes, those are important! And yours sounds really great! :thumbsup2
     
  6. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Hang in there - I am sure that there will be movement on the scale for you in the future!

    My weight loss is never linear. I seem to get stuck at a level for some time and then suddenly quite a good junk of weight comes of in a space of a few days.

    Thanks for the comment on my English. I am usually quite confident, but rarely I manage to create misunderstandings. And I wanted to prevent de-motivating someone by posting something stupid!

    I think a reward is a good thing to keep motivated! And since the cookie cake was for an event that happens only once a year, I am sure you will be able to avoid it in the coming week! ;)

    That sounds a great plan! I think having someone to go on the weight loss journey with you is great for motivation. I hope you will soon be planning that trip to WDW! :goodvibes

    Congratulations on day 3 without soda! Well done!

    And it seems like you are doing fine with the temptations that eating out creates. Well done, I am very impressed. That is one of the things I find the most difficult.

    That's a great idea to have a snack a little bit earlier to prevent the munchies! You could also make sure to prepare something for you to have after work, as long as it is healthy. Like some carrots with a dip. Prepare everything, put it on a plate and in the fridge and when you get home all tired and exhausted you could just get your snack out of the fridge instead of going on the hunt for something to eat which might then be something unhealthy.
     
  7. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    :welcome: We are happy that you are joing us. Please have a look at the first post and send a PM to Lisa with your start weight and your goal for the rest of January.

    Wow, I hope you are safe in the snow madness! I am sure that shoveling snow will be a fantastic upper body workout! I would be scared of the sore muscles I would get from it. :scared:

    I am glad that you were able to make it Disney on Ice yesterday, I guess today you would not have been able to get there? Is it still snowing?

    Yay!! :cool1:
     
  8. sskem96

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    Doing the couch to 5k workout 3 times a week is what's helping the scale move for me, so I will do my best to keep it up this week! The other thing I need to do is make sure I check in here every day to stay motivated!
     
  9. sskem96

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    I am a very slow eater. That probably helps with my portion sizes because I'm always the last one done so I'm less likely to go back for seconds. I just have to be careful how much I put on my plate in the first place! I've been thinking about getting a set of those WW serving spoons that have a measurement on them so you know you're taking the correct portion size.

    I'm not doing the WW plan anymore. I never could get into it after the changed to points plus. I'm just journaling on MFP and wearing my fitbit everyday. DH got me the Aria scale for Christmas, so that takes the place of my WW weigh in book. It automatically uploads my weight to my fitbit account so I can look back and see how much I've lost each week. The whole family is using it now, and I think the competition is helping keep us all motivated!
     
  10. mikamah

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    A little competition is always helpful. I am doing a wt loss challenge with my sister and some of her friends, and I'm beating her. She's always been the skinny sister, so that makes me feel good.:)

    That's a great non scale victory, Magdalene. It is so motivating to be able to see some changes of your hard work.

    I am definitely a fast eater, and try to slow down when i think of it. Eating healthier, big salads and stuff is easier to eat more slowly. I do think if I'm done before others, I'm more likely to have seconds.

    Welcome! Nice work on the plank, and here's to this time losing being your last time losing!

    Sounds like a nice day. I hope you are ok up there in the snow, and not without power.
    Congrats on dd's last swim practice, I'm sure that was a bittersweet early morning wake up call. :hug: Thank you for coaching last week. I do get on and read, and even think about my answers to the qotds, even if I never get back to post them.

    You can do it Lisa!! Hoping the scale will show your hard work next week. :goodvibes

    whoo hoo!! Congrats buffy. Hope you're all shovelled out.

    Thank you for coaching this week Magdalene!

    I earned me some activity points shovelling today for sure. My forearms are very achey, as is the rest of my body. It really is a great core exercise. We got 2 feet here, and did the shovelling in a couple trips out. I still need to finish the last clean up of the walkways since the snow is finally stopped, but am going to wait til after dinner when I take the dog for her last walk of the day.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekends!!
     
  11. tiki23

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    I have to journal, journal, journal. The exercise is no problem - I worked out 3 hours today at some fun classes :) - food is my issue. I'm a thoughtless eater. :crazy2:

    I think I fall somewhere right in the middle. What I need to remember to always do is to drink a full glass of water 10 minutes before I eat. If I stick to 5 small meals a day and take a multivitamin, it really helps control my appetite and my willpower.
     
  12. BernardandMissBianca

    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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    Finally!! Plow guy got stuck 1/2 way up the drive. The mound was over 6 feet tall and he couldn't push it anymore so he came back later with a bucket loader.
    It took 150 minutes to just shovel out the cars and the back step. DH and I had parked side by side and it took an hour just to do between the cars and behind my car.
    DS11 shoveled a path to the wood pile then they all built tunnels through the piles. We got around 27 inches but had 30+ snow drifts.
    I'll post pics soon, I need to get them off my camera first.
    I made sure to log my shoveling as part of my exercise for Feb. I'm sooo sore!!

    Did manage to get my plank in but I barely got a minute.

    I hope everyone effected by the storm is safe and has power and warmth!! We lucked out and didn't lose power, knock on wood.

    Sent from my iPhone using DISboards
     
  13. nocomment711

    nocomment711 Ces Soirees-La

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    Hello and thank you for coaching!

    I don't really know what I would change except maybe exercise /less/ than I have over the past week and a half. I was so exhausted yesterday (Friday) that I could barely get out of bed to go to work... and even today, I got up and went to my NIA class before napping for another two hours. I don't want to burn myself out, you know? Because of my exhaustion and stress, I caved today and ate more than I should have. Ooops.

    I'm in between. Compared to others, I can eat relatively slowly. A lot depends on what it is and what I'm doing too. I can scarf down breakfast (usually greek yogurt and cereal) in a few minutes. At the same time, lunch takes me longer now. If it is ice cream... better be ready for me to take at least half an hour to eat that sucker. XD

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    Anyways. I'm down a little over a pound this week. My measurements have all gone up (except for one) and I feel a little discouraged. I believe part of it is that I'm coming up on Shark Week. So we'll see what the next week brings.

    I started doing a fitness class called NIA and I love it so much. It's a little pricey and I'm going to have to give up my vocal lessons to do it every month, but if it helps, I'm going to do it. I can't just keep running on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike, or lifting weights. My attention span is crap. This class is fun and very welcoming (even though I still feel like an idiot sometimes). It's a mix of yoga, tai chi, and dance (I wanna say a mix of jazz and ballet). The only bad part is I think I'm getting a blister because of it.

    That much being said. Good luck this week guys!

    :dance3::dance3::dance3:
     
  14. NightAngelX

    NightAngelX Would rather be at WDW

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    Some days I can go longer but I think some days I count faster...lol

    Thanks! I think its easier too. DH and I tend to eat alike. If he's being 'bad' I'm more likely to and vice versa. Today he was talking about eating something with a million calories that he was craving (i can't remember what!) and I said 'NO! We're going to Disney World!' lol So I think this is definitely the perfect motivator for me. All I have to think is 'do i want a [insert 2nd serving of food or bad food here] or do I want a trip to Disney World?' :rotfl:

    Thanks! I want to lose it never to be found again. ;)

    DH went on my daily walk with the dog with me today but because of his arthritis it had to be a super short walk. I should have continued the walk after taking him home but it was so darn cold. I hope it warms up soon so I don't have an excuse for short walks anymore.

    I watched Fantasia 2000 and Fantasia tonight...sorta. I was playing an online game while I watched. When I was little I didn't like fantasia because it was so long and boring in my opinion. But now that I am older I enjoy it more but I can't just sit there and watch it non-stop. I have to be doing something else or I fall asleep, but not in a bad way..in a peaceful sleep kind of way. Love the music regardless. :music:

    Have a nice Sunday everyone! ::MickeyMo
     
  15. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Happy Sunday everyone!!

    I hope you are all keeping warm - it seems that many of you were in that area that got a lot of snow!

    Let's start with the QOTD and I will then be back with replies.

    QOTD:

    Let's chose a lighter topic today: Which place on earth would you love to go and visit if money and all other circumstances (health, security issues etc.) were taken care of?


    And I guess I better answer my own question immediately, as I seem to have difficulty to answer my own questions later in the day.

    There are so many places I would love to see. I am tempted to pick a place in Africa - I once planned a trip to Zimbabwe, but the planning stopped as the political situation got worse there. But to be honest, the one place I am most longing to get to is Hawaii.
     
  16. donac

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    Good SUnday morning.

    I am glad to hear that everyone north of here is okay. We got about 6 inches. Dh and I shoveled out yesterday morning. It then turned into a beautiful day that ds took off with some friends to visit another friend who lives in Va. He knew if the snow really was bad he couldn't go but from us south there wasn't much.Our other son is outside of Philly and only had an inch.

    I treated yesterday as a snow day and did very little.

    The only bad part of the day was around dinner time. Dh went out to feed the dog and fell down the back steps. There are ony 2 and he didn't land on the pavers at the bottom and he didn't hit his head. He banged up his back and twisted his knee. He just got up and said he is feeling better than he thought he would.

    Off to get ready for church.

    Have a happy and healthy day.
     
  17. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    I asked this question as it is one of my major problems: I am a very fast eater and usually am the first to finish my plate - unless my father is around, I seem to have gotten it from him. I am working hard on slowing down as I know that it helps me to eat smaller portions - or as many of you said, prevents me from getting seconds. I have developed the strategy of putting my cutlery down after each bite and only take it up again after I have finished that bite.

    Thanks!! And now I also figured out what NSV means! :lmao:

    The thing with the brain receptors is really it. Since I am a fast eater I can go from hungry to feeling like I ate too much in seconds as it just takes some time to register that I got some food...

    Well done on keeping up with the C25K programm! I think it sounds like a fantastic programm and I would have loved to have something like that to help we when I started running.

    And I can only encourage everyone to check in here regularly! I used to mainly lurk on previous threads and I find that getting more active here really helps me to stay focused on my weight loss! :thumbsup2

    I think correct measurement of portions is a huge help. We discussed food scales on here recently and I think everyone who got one really if a fan of using it.

    It's wonderful how a simple thing like a new scale with a gadget feature can help you all to stay motivated!

    I totally get how great it is to beat the skinnier sister! It's the same with my sister who always was the skinnier one of us.

    Eating salads is a good way to slow down as they usually require quite a lot of chewing work. That's why I like eating raw carrots as an appetizer. It takes time eating them and by the time I start eating my main meal I not only already got a serving of vegetables, but my stomach is already signalling that food has arrived to the brain!

    I am impressed with your shovelling workout!! :thumbsup2

    Yes, journaling is definitely one of the secrets to weight loss. It is so easy, but I sometimes struggle with it as well. However, then I tell myself if I stay focused now that time of reduced calories will be over sooner than if I don't concentrate and eat without thinking

    That's a great tip with the glass of water before the meal! :thumbsup2
     
  18. Greenfield1984

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    I haven't been on in a few days because I got busy with life and snow...caught up reading the thread and congrats to all those with weight loss and NSVs this week and to anyone who was disappointed this week, I'm sorry, but lets just keep on trucking in this new week! :)


    The one vacation that I would love to take but will never be able to take is an African safari. It would be so amazing but those trips are crazy expensive! So I will continue to dream about it ;)

    I hope everyone has a great day today. I'm planning on spending most of the afternoon outside playing in the mountains of snow with my girls.
     
  19. pix13dust

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    Good morning!

    First off I want to say I read every post and it really helps keep me on track! I don't have a computer, I do everything from my iPhone, so quoting, multi quoting is a pain in the booty. No computer in the near future either - my husband broke our 5th laptop in 5 years, he's definitely not responsible enough for one, lol! As for the QOTD... Hmmm, that's a tough one. I'm terrified of flying, with enough medication I can just barely do the 2 1/2 hour non stop flight to Disney. In fall 2011, my parents spent 5 weeks in Africa, their pictures are amazing! It's really inspired me to try and get over my fear of flying. So in November 2012 I flew the 4 1/2 hours to Mexico. Lots of Meds and Patron got me on plane, however, I'm not really setting a good example for the kids. So for now, I'll pick Disney!! And keep working on my fear of flying :)
    Have a great weekend! Can't wait for the " Dead" to come back tonight!

    Melinda :)
     
  20. lisah0711

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    :welcome: Alice! I am totally ready for spring, too. :beach:

    :woohoo: Congratulations!

    Time does fly when you are having fun! ::yes::

    I am a slow eater but I also tend to be a distracted eater. I usually am reading or looking at my phone or doing something else so I don't notice what is going on and don't get the signals that I've enjoyed something or that I am done. It will take awhile to work on that one. :rolleyes1

    Thanks for the reminder! :flower3: And that is a great tip about having foods at the ready for those times you know you are likely to have problems, like right after work!

    It does help to see that everyone goes through the same things! :goodvibes

    Go, Kathy, go! :cheer2:

    Excellent strategy! :thumbsup2 And thanks for the reminder about the vitamins! ::yes::

    That sounds like a great workout, Buffy! Glad that you are all safe! :flower3:

    Congrats on your loss! :yay: I would not check measurements more that once every 3 or 4 weeks. Those changes take a bit longer and it is easy to get discouraged if you are expecting too much too soon.

    Nia is a great class. The class I've gone to is full of older ladies and they really know how to whoop it up! :hippie: I'll have to see if I can take an early lunch and try a class again some time. Right now I am really enjoying the pool in addition to my running. :fish:

    :lmao:

    Great question, Magdalene! I would really love to go to every Disney park in the world. I'm sure I should be more enthusiastic about going to other places but anything Disney related really satisfies my soul! It's who I am! :MickeyMo:

    Dona, pixiedust: to your DH that he recovers from his fall very soon. This has been a tough year for you guys and injuries. :hug:

    Very good point! ::yes::

    Melinda, I am so impressed that you do all your posting on your iPhone. :thumbsup2 That shows dedication! pixiedust: and a :hug: for your flying issue.

    Last call for weigh ins. I will be posting the results in Post 3 some time tomorrow so if you haven't sent your PM, the time is now! Everyone is doing great and we should see some pretty colors soon. :rainbow:
     
  21. Eliza32

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    Question of the Day:

    Are you a slow eater or a fast eater? Are you aware of how fast you eat and does the "speed of eating" have something to do with your portion sizes?

    Left to my own devices, I am a fast eater, but as I'm trying to lose weight, I've been trying to slow down and actually appreciate the food more, now that it's home cooked not out of a packet!! I usually try to eat whilst holding a conversation about my day with Hubs, or if he is not there, I eat whilst surfing the net, thus slowing down my shovelling as I need hands for the keyboard!!!

    I have also invested in 2 IKEA 365 china pasta plates (big white soup plate type thing!). We eat nearly all of our meals out of these now - there is less volume in there. On a plate, I can pile it high without even thinking about it, but I like to keep the content of the bowl below the rim for some reason. Hey, whatever works for me right??!!!!
     

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