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! 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. 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. 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. 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... 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! ) 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. #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.