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06-03-2005, 12:57 AM
Since our health-craze founder Good Word has been away for a while (in Peru, no less!) and despite being back, has spotty net access at the moment, I thought I would start the June thread a-rollin'.

Though I have slowed down a lot in my quest for skinnyness, I am still making progress. My goal for this month, as usual, is to lose the recommended 8 pounds. I'm currently at 215, so that means I hope to get down to 207 by the end of the month.

How about you?

06-03-2005, 01:13 AM
Funny you should ask. Today is Day 3 of Induction (Atkins). It's my second time. The first time, I lost 27 pounds...and then I fell off plan and I gained 6 pounds (eek!) (over the course of 5 months. Coulda been worse I suppose).

The sugar cravings are killing me, but I know I'll get over them. I don't have a scale though. I used to use the digital scale at the school's health center, but it's closed over the summer.

I also quit smoking. Today is Day 2. Oddly, the nicotine cravings are not as intense as the sugar cravings.

I also quit drinking. I want a beer. A nice, citrusy, pale German beer...Or a Mexican beer. Maybe some Pacifico.

06-03-2005, 01:57 AM
Chuck and all, Peru huh? Hope she had a good time.

I spent the memorial day holiday going, coming or in Denver. I did have a great time, but as expected gained some weight back. Didn't weigh Monday since I wasn't home yet, but Tuesday's weight was up. Haven't gotten back on track exercise-wise yet, but am back on the no sugar, no flour plan.

Eight pounds the recommended huh? Guess that's my goal for this month then. Would prefer 10, but will settle for 8.

Pepper - you got rid of 27 gained 6 (over several months) for a total reduction of 21 pounds? Not bad at all. Good luck with the new beginning and congrats on giving up smoking.

06-03-2005, 02:46 AM
Good for you, Pepper! I quit smoking at 21, nearly 30 years ago. Also, I think I neglected to mention that this past May 7 marked 18 years clean and sober. I still salivate when I think of a nice cold brewski on a hot day, but I can't stand the smell of cigarettes or any tobacco product. Makes me gag.

Azure Skye
06-03-2005, 02:59 AM
I started lifting weights a couple of weeks ago. I'm not trying to lose or gain weight, I just want to look a little cut, ya know. I'm beginning to think it won't happen unless I give up fat or eating altogether. Pffftttt, like that will ever happen. With allergy season now underway all my exercise has to be done indoors. It sucks.

06-03-2005, 04:39 AM
My various interruptions and ailments are all held at bay for the time being, so I'm back to walking, with a goal of 60 miles in June. I've done 10 already. These warm days, I have to get out early or it's brutal... I've got a new route with lots more shade than the old one!


06-05-2005, 03:51 AM
I am officially joining the June get healthy group, kudos to all.
We just got back from the lake and is it my imagination or is everybody in the world thinner and tanner this year? Yikes-I got a wake up call. I started pilates this morning and will start running again Monday. Possibly no more carbs, but I am really struggling with the spring blah blues that make me feel like I could live on white rice, bagels and tillamook chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Ok,ok, the pool opens in 5 days and that means I will have to break out the summer clothes. If I cut the carbs today maybe by next week last years stuff will fit. It is a lot easier to live on chicken breasts and diet coke when you know your shorts don't button. Thanks for starting this.
P.S. I am a nutrition expert in real life but in my writer life, I like to pretend that living on chicken breasts and diet coke is a perfectly balanced diet. I just need to round it out by including red wine and bittersweet chocolate.

06-05-2005, 04:29 AM
For the record, the abuse of my carcass continues.
i.e. I quit smoking Camel Lights and moved up to Camel Filters.

06-05-2005, 04:40 AM

Drink the calorie free, carb free, et al. water that tastes like fruit--that will curb sugar cravings in an instant.

As for me . . . I got down to a size eight this year (never been that small, close but never), so I want to tone up. Eight is good, but flabby eight not so good. That is being done via gardening (I'm housesitting so it's part of the gig) and walking.

06-05-2005, 04:58 AM
Crystal light now makes packets to carry with you to put in water bottles etc. Water, Water, Water, Water. If your body is hydrated all the other things will be easier for your body to handle and we all know that it takes so much time and energy to drink all that water you(hopefully) don't have time to worry about other stuff!
Also licorice is great for oral fixation withdrawal. A little high in sugar but if all you do is bite off the end and suck on it for awhile it can really help.

06-05-2005, 06:54 PM
Congrats! to all who have progressed and who have recently joined the Health thread.

Sorry to say, after all the encouragement from the wonderful people here, after 65 days of being smoke free, I lit up yesterday. :Shrug: One day, I may try to quit again.

Good luck to all of you!

06-07-2005, 02:22 AM
How 'bout today, Joanne?

As fer me and the weigh-in:

213 lbs

Slow and steady! This brings me within 3 pounds of the half-way point in my quest to be 170lbs. Will it happen this month? Why the heck not?

06-07-2005, 03:33 AM
For some reason I'm having trouble posting.

06-07-2005, 03:38 AM
Ok. Maybe problem solved. That one posted. My report: Back on track after May mayham (lots of mays used, huh?). 3pounds down, 5 to go for June.

Chuck congrats.

Joanne, I'm with Chuck. Today can be the day you begin again. Yesterday was just a fluke. Come on, we'll help.

sgtsdaughter- size 8 huh? Good for you. Me I'll be happy to reach size 12. I think it's possible.

samgail, welcome to the group. Chicken breasts and diet coke sounds good to me. Especially if you top it off with chocolate. What could be better?

Walkin' Maryn, so how many miles have you amassed so far?

*hoping this posts*

06-07-2005, 03:45 AM
How 'bout today, Joanne?

As fer me and the weigh-in:

213 lbs
Congrats! CC. Not today. I smoked more than yesterday. I'll quit again soon, I'm sure. Just need to relax a bit first.

06-07-2005, 10:28 AM
I started back on my routine today.

Just a little FYI to all those using numbers as goals-muscle weighs more than fat so if you are following the reduce the caloric intake, increase the physical activity formula don't go by just the numbers. Great job everyone!

06-07-2005, 07:20 PM
Thanks for asking.

I'm so discouraged--some bad health news that may be weight-related because it disappeared when I lost 25 pounds fast is back even though I only regained 4. Doc says it still could, since 25 more would be nice, but it might not help at bit.

This ought to be a great motivator, but it's just depressing to realize that the deprivation and fear that helped me lose that much was for nothing. (I'm seeing a specialist in the fall--but I got dibs on David Crosby's liver!)

Anyway, enough bellyaching. So far in June, I've walked 20 1/2 miles, already more than a third of the way toward my monthly goal of 60. (Going past the goal is just gravy--fat-free, chemical-tasting gravy with a consistency that's both chalky and gel-like..)

Maryn, uncommonly whiny--sorry!

06-07-2005, 11:53 PM
Maryn, Maryn Maryn goOOOO Maryn!:Cheer:
You already did the hard part-deciding it was worth it to you
and your overall health. You are doing great!
P.S. those are cheerleaders aren't they?

06-08-2005, 02:09 AM
Good-o getting back on the routine, samgail. Yeah, I think they're cheerleaders ... or else there's an airliner in here that thinks it's taxiing up to the gate.

06-08-2005, 02:26 AM
I was thinking either cheerleaders or--what's the word, semafores? Something like that. The guys with the flags to direct boats? (Can you tell I grew up in the desert by my spelling?)

Either way, it's nice and cheery. Thanks!

06-08-2005, 03:04 AM
I am obviously unversed in the art of smilie people
Somewhere there is a teenage smilie girl crying in her room-
"but Mom they were comparing me to jumbo jets and oceanliners"

06-08-2005, 06:03 AM
All it takes is for the right teenage smilie boy--you know, the quiet smart one who always needs a haircut?--to ask her for the homework assignment (which she knows he already has) for those tears to dry right up.

06-14-2005, 06:50 AM
Well, two weeks have officially passed since I started my diet and quit smoking. I weighed myself this morning and it appears I'm down 4 pounds.

Two pounds a week, not bad.

06-15-2005, 12:56 AM
Good stuff, pepper!

I, on the other hand, am stuck again. Although when I look at the graph I set up to monitor my progress, I appear to have merely slowed down, not stopped altogether.

06-15-2005, 08:21 AM
I am ashamed to admit that I have nothing to say. No progress or anything.


I am in the process of reorganizing/rearranging my room so that I will have floor space to actually exercise. I have the DVDs & stuff, just not the room. But I will.

06-15-2005, 11:16 PM
Well, obviously both the scales in the house are malfunctioning, because I'm in a holding pattern, as usual. However, I did exercise every other day despite hideous heat and humidity. 35 miles so far this month--excelsior!


E.G. Gammon
06-22-2005, 12:08 PM
Here at AW, we all support each others' writing. I thought it would be great to start a support thread for those of us on a weight loss program - since many of us do a lot of BIC work and probably have a couple lbs to lose.

When I started developing my novel series, seven years, five months, and twenty-two days ago [to be exact], I did a lot of BIC writing. I gave up being active in sports, and I shifted all of my focus onto writing - which was GREAT for my series, but I ended up gaining a lot of weight.

June 4, 2005, I began a weight loss program - Slim Fast - which is primarily a program for women, but it works for men as well (there are success stories posted on their website). I started Slim Fast because I knew it worked; my mother had lost almost 70 lbs on it a few years ago and for women her age, it's very difficult to lose weight - which means for me, being so young, and a male, the diet may work even better. So far I have lost almost 9 lbs. (I started out weighing 215.4, now I'm 207.0). My ultimate goal weight is around 150-160 lbs but my first goal is a noticeable change by Christmas.

Is anyone else on a weight loss program? How is it going?

06-22-2005, 01:01 PM
I am on a weight-loss program. I am trying to eat better and workout nightly.

Unfortunately, I am currently pigging out at 2 AM, and I haven't worked out for a week. So it's not going so well.

Still, over the weekend, my relatives said I had lost weight in my face (!!!) which is actually good, because that's right where my fat resides. I have a big head.


06-22-2005, 05:42 PM
EG, there's a Get Fit thread here in Office Party where we give each other support and report on our progress.

06-22-2005, 07:33 PM
Hmm, that Get Fit thread must have sunk onto page 2. So I'll use this one if it is okay.

I am considerably over my healthy weight, and about a month ago I began walking. I walk five days a week, each walk 1.2 miles. Fortunately, I live near the ocean and can walk on a grassy path. I get up at 5:15 and am on my walk by 5:40 (cats and other necessities use up a lot of time). I then shower, do my hair, eat, wash the dishes, check my e-mail and a couple of forums (if there is time) and am at work by 9:00.

It feels good to be walking. And working again (PT) has brought a discipline back into my life so it is easier to eat wisely. I haven't noticed a change in how my clothes feel on my body yet, but I feel better.

I do not deprive myself of food via a diet. I simply eat good food--healthy, protein-laden meals--and if I feel a need for some potato chips or ice cream, I eat it. Just less of it and much less often.

06-23-2005, 04:07 AM
I hope EG doesn't mind that I merged the two 'get healthy' threads. It was a good opportunity for me to try the merging feature. This also will let the folks who posted with EG join in on the long term get healthy program we've had going since February.

Progress for me: my weight has stalled again, now at 215 lbs. To review for the newcomers, I started at 250 lbs last January 25th, and want to get down to 170.

06-27-2005, 07:26 PM
It's Monday, and I must report in.

For a few weeks, my weight has bounced around in the neighborhood of 215 lbs. This morning's weigh-in:


This is the lowest point I have yet reached, but I did get to this weight momentarily a few weeks ago, before I 'plateaued' again at 215. So it's not a 'new low', so to speak.

Let's see where I am by the end of the month. Reaching 210lbs by then, the mid-way point to my goal of reaching 170, would be awesome.

How's everyone else doing?

06-27-2005, 08:26 PM
How terrific is that, ChunkyC--and how much longer can you be identified by a nickname that's becoming a travesty?

My efforts are not going so well, but at least I'm not moving the other direction, which is something. It's easier for me when the kids are away at school--especially the one who bakes. Last night, she learned I have a candy thermometer and made fudge, just on a whim.

(I suppose I'll have to kill her eventually. For weighing 135 if nothing else!)

Anyway, your loss is inspiring to us in the trenches!

06-27-2005, 08:43 PM
Thanky, Maryn. I am inspired by you as well. You continue to persevere, despite not seeing rapid progress. Like you say, you haven't gone in the wrong direction. That's an achievement in itself. How many folks plateau and give up, only to end up even heavier than when they started?

Not us guys!!

06-29-2005, 10:32 PM
This morning:


Le gasp! Only one pound to go to hit the magical half-way point in my quest for slimitude! I have now lost 39 pounds! That's more than a full case of copy paper!

I must do the Dance of Joy. Anyone care to join me? http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticonbanana.gif

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
06-29-2005, 10:38 PM
A few years ago I set one of my personal goals to be Mr Fitness. I was the child that the rugby team put in the front row and just slowly pushed me and my breasts forward. Now I am pretty much in peak professional condition, or so the gym tells me. Its a nice escape from doing a degree and writing - its like being someone completely different for an hour a day. I have some programmes that people may want to use for their stomachs. I scanned them into my computer a while back and if anyone wants them,
P.M me your e-mail address and I'll be happy to send them to you.


06-30-2005, 11:06 AM
Go chunky, its your birthday......:banana::banana:can't stop doing the happy dance, I think i will make it part of my workout tonight!!:banana:oh yeah! a whole case of paper:banana::banana:its your birthday :banana::banana:Good job dude keep it up!!
p.s..I agree with Maryn and I am having trouble addressing you with that moniker......

06-30-2005, 11:13 AM
Come on Maryn, grab some fudge and celebrate that you walked and walked in the hot sun and now you deserve that fudge and come do the happy dance with us. :)Dancing counteracts any harmful calories:)

06-30-2005, 05:34 PM
In the immortal words of Frank Zappa, "I may be totally wrong--but I'm a dancin' foo-o-o-ool!"

(However, I blew off today's walk--it's early and already in the 80s. I'll be vacuuming later, for partial credit.)