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sugarmuffin
01-31-2005, 10:01 AM
Working on improving your health by losing weight? Making efforts to improve your fitness level? Giving up cigs or caffeine?

I am going to get healthier this month, and was talking with another AW regular (Chunk! where are ya?) and we thought starting a thread for folks who are interested would be a grand idea.

Feel free to post any combination of your goals, your plans, and progress here. Post your weekly progress report on Friday, but feel free to come here anytime to get and give help, motivation and inspiration!

I'm starting Feb. 1, but if you stumble across this thread at any point after that and want to jump in, feel free to do so.

I will check in daily, more or less.

TIP: You are most likely to succeed at your goal if you have a plan. For example, when writing a novel, it helps some people to write a specific number of words each day. Take some time to make a plan that can fit your lifestyle, also be willing to make changes in your lifestyle to meet your reasonable, attainable goals.

I'm spending less time with the cookie jar this month, and more with the bench press.

My goals are to lose 12 pounds in February and improve my fitness level. My plan is to follow the South Beach diet for two weeks (longer if I am feeling good about it and it's helping me) and to get a minimum of three hours of exercise each week. I'm supporting my plan by grocery shopping tomorrow to have the right foods available, and am working with a personal trainer (I've been doing this for a while) to help with the exercise component of my plan.


This challenge (maybe if it's working for us, we can start a new one in March) will end on Feb. 27.

Betty W01
01-31-2005, 11:54 AM
I'm in - I rejoined the gym this month and have been doing aerobics and weight training 3X a week so far. My goal is to continue doing that through March 15, when I have to decide whether to re-up at the gym (I got a 3 mo. holiday special) or just contniue doing it on my own (a dubious success rate on that in the past, though...)

Hope to lose some weight, but mainly am doing it because I'm always tired and spend far too much time sitting on my backside.

Other goal - to fast one day a week for at least two meals and read part of the Bible every day, for spiritual health. Actually more important than first goal, but not to be done for public consumption, so won't mention it again here (but feel free to bug me about it privately :eek )

ChunkyC
01-31-2005, 11:24 PM
Hey Lisa and Betty!

My goal is to lose 80 pounds. Naturally, it won't happen by the end of February. I want to reach this goal by my birthday in October. I'm doing it by cutting down the size of my meal portions and cutting out the potato chips, etc.

I started one week ago today (Mon.25th) and on that day I weighed 250lbs. Now, if I was a linebacker for the New England Patriots, that would be okay, but I'm only two inches taller than Michael J. Fox.

As of this morning, my weight is 246lbs. I'm on the way!

Arisa81
01-31-2005, 11:31 PM
My goal is pretty much to continue being healthy and improve in little ways like eating more of those darned fruits and veggies. :p
I work out for 40-60 minutes on Mon/Wed/Fri and I hope to start going for more walks now that the weather is warming up.
I'm also cutting down on portion sizes when having meals. That is a little tougher because I love food but I'm getting there. And I've cut out most bread and pasta, unless it's actually somewhat healthy hehe.

Good luck everyone !

wurdwise
01-31-2005, 11:34 PM
Eat less, work harder, smoke more!:smokin

Betty W01
01-31-2005, 11:42 PM
Don't worry, wurd, we'll save you from yourself!

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Zazopolis
02-01-2005, 12:21 AM
I have nowhere to go but up. I ended January on a 7 day bender. So, February 1st, no drinking. Tuesday night, $2 Mickey's Malt Liquor Big Mouths at the bar. That might be tough.

biotales
02-01-2005, 01:29 AM
Wurd I am with you but I have to move this month... cuz I bought a house... lots of land and trees... private... but I will be getting in lots of excercise....
I will keep you posted... :hat
Biotales

paprikapink
02-01-2005, 04:19 AM
I don't need to lose weight, but I'm such a weakling, I can hardly hold my big fat head up on my scrawny little neck. Backaches, I got backaches.

My goals are small. I got my kids one of those giant balls as a toy, and it came with a poster of exercises, and I can actually do them! except for the push-ups. I want to run thru those exercises at least 4 times per week.

And last month I accidentally gave up coffee. My kids were both sick and I was making so many pots of herbal tea, I never had a chance to make any coffee! So, I'm capitalizing on that: no more caffeinated coffee.

Does "no immobilizing neckaches in 2005" count as a goal? And if I can do a couple of push-ups, I'll give myself 5 bonus points.

-pkpk

biotales
02-01-2005, 04:38 AM
Do I understand that paprikapink is giving up caffine.... CAN I HAVE THEIR SHARE..... CAN I..... I ASKED FIRST....
IT IS MINE RIGHT.... RIGHT
Biotales

paprikapink
02-01-2005, 05:03 AM
And I was drinking Peet's too.

Sigh. If anyone wants to buy me a decaf mocha, I'd still accept that.

-pkpk

p.s. This makes the 5th time I've "given up" coffee.

biotales
02-01-2005, 05:45 AM
"Decaf Mocha"..... icky icky icky.... and yuke
biotales

sugarmuffin
02-01-2005, 11:28 AM
Ok, gang!

Tomorrow is the beginning! You ready?

We can do this! Wahoo!

TIP: Always wear a life jacket when boating.

What does that have to do with this?

Not a darn thing!

My plan for my first day includes an hour at the gym--either a training session or a class (depends what I can fit in).

Talk with you tomorrow.

And no sweets (my weakness).

aka eraser
02-01-2005, 12:08 PM
Okay. Count me in too. I need to cut down more on my smoking. So...starting tomorrow, I'll take it outside. I'll remove my pipes and tobacco from my desk and keep them by the front door.

And hope it's the mildest February in Ontario history.

biotales
02-01-2005, 07:30 PM
Eraser: "And hope it's the mildest February in Ontario history. "

YOU HOPE.... BABY PRAY IT IS THE MILDEST FEBRUARY....

Wear long johns.... please wear long johns.... We would hate to find you frozen with pipe and pencil in hand...
Biotales

Betty W01
02-01-2005, 08:02 PM
I'm so proud of myself today. I missed going to the gym for aerobics yesterday when my parents came by unexpectedly, so... I got up an hour early and went this morning before getting ready for work! My reward was returning home to discover a 1 hr fog delay for school, which gives me time to visit y'all!


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biotales
02-01-2005, 08:36 PM
Run Betty run.............. you will need it by the end of Feb.
I told ya I was invisiable... found ya... run run but you can not hide..... hahahahahahahahaha
biotales

MacAl Stone
02-01-2005, 08:38 PM
errr...I had leftover eggplant parmesan for breakfast, instead of the gut-buster 7-11 Chili Dog I really wanted...

(It only sounds weird until you realize I haven't been to bed, yet)

Betty W01
02-01-2005, 08:52 PM
Damn, girl - GO TO BED!! You're making me tired just thinking about it. And you're gonna need to be rested when we kick bio's butt.

biotales
02-01-2005, 09:22 PM
Mac is mine all mine..... ahahahahahahahahah
and soon I will be getting your Sugar too.... she is next on the parade of troops that will be mine... the diet string is just a toy that I am using to trap her.... hahahahahahaah
Biotales

Arisa81
02-01-2005, 11:39 PM
Paprika: I use an exercise ball too, they are great. In a lot of magazines these days they offer different exercises you can do. Another thing that's also good for posture is sitting on the ball (like while at the computer and such).

sugarmuffin
02-02-2005, 12:12 AM
Alrighty, then.

First: To anyone who isn't relatively serious about making a lifestyle change, consider your heinie booted to the thread of your choice. I'll find you and deal with you there (I think I know where I can borrow a taser) :evil

:)

Second: This is the first day of a healthier month. I'm already hankering for something sweet, especially 'cause I'm feeling tired to due a little flubug or something, but I will not give in!

My fridge is stocked with healthier choices.

Also, I traded coffee for tea this morning, because I like my coffee with real sugar.

It isn't going to be that difficult.

It isn't.

Really.

paprikapink
02-02-2005, 12:23 AM
sugarmuffin: One sugar junkie to another, I had some success with a regime from a book called "The Diet Cure" by Julia Ross. It really truly did virtually eliminate my sugar cravings, but I haven't been able to keep up with all the nutrional supplements she recommends. She also recommend eating properly, and I'm just not there yet. Real food involves too much shopping and too many dishes.

April: Sit on the ball! Thank you for reminding me, I've been meaning to try that. Ahhhhh! Yes!

Mac: have you read "Fast Food Nation"? It's on my Books That Changed My Life list. I always knew fast food was bad and unhealthy, but who cares? The social and economic issues of those franchises stopped me cold. It's been about two years. I miss Taco Bell and Der Weinerschnitzel, but I'm not giving them my money, no way. Now, if I happened to find a Burrito Supreme on the ground, wrapped and warm, I'd eat that and rejoice. <img border=0 src="http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/sick.gif" />

-pkpk

biotales
02-02-2005, 12:24 AM
I have cut back on my chocolate intake...and I am not using much sugar....
I also started drinking lemon water......
see I can be good...
gotta go.... potty break... damn lemon water..
biotales

Jyndral
02-02-2005, 02:10 AM
This sounds like a great idea. I haven't thought of a specific number to lose for February since I'm still getting over hurting my back at the first of January. I am, though, going to join Weight Watchers and try to figure out what exercise I can do without aggravating my back.

biotales
02-02-2005, 02:43 AM
Jen,
walk, just walk.... I know I have a bad back... and walking is the best exercise you can do.... walk
biotales

ChunkyC
02-02-2005, 02:54 AM
Walking is good. I'm trying to do more of that too, with an eye on my posture as I go, breathe deeply through the nose, all that stuff. While I'm writing, I'm making sure to get out of the chair more often and stretch.

biotales
02-02-2005, 07:55 AM
I read somewhere that there are excercises that you can do while sitting. Does anyone know where you can get a list of them....
cuz bending over and touching my toes ain't happen' since my back surgery.
biotales

ritinrider
02-02-2005, 09:30 AM
Okay, I'm in, it's not too late is it? Actually, I started 3 weeks ago, but you wouldn't know it by my lack of progress. So far I've cut sugar and flour out of my diet, and I'm slowly adding exercise. Okay, so it's only walking, and only about 1/2 mile, but that's better than sitting.

So far I haven't had much trouble staying away from sugar. Flour, now that's another story. My grandson had a party Sunday, of course I went and ate. First I had cake, no ice cream though. Then, because the sugar in the cake was making me sick we went out to eat - at a PIZZA place. I don't even want to think about how much flour is in pizza.

Anyway, total todate - 2 lbs. and 3 inches down. Many, many, more to go.

Sorry Bio, don't know where you can find that list of exercises. But try doing the ones you can, lunges, deep knee bends (yeah right), sitting in a chair and doing leg lifts. Don't forget stretching - above your head.

Jyn - see I told you there was a need for that article.

Good luck to all.
Nita

Jyndral
02-02-2005, 09:32 PM
walk, just walk....
So the Walk Away the Pounds video I have should be OK then? I live in a business district, very busy roads, drivers who ignore the crosswalks, and all that good stuff. The weather hasn't been cooperating to go to the track, so the video's my best bet, I guess.

Jyndral
02-02-2005, 09:33 PM
Nita,

First of all..... :b (lol)

Yeah, you told me there was need for that kind of article. Have I even looked into it more yet though?

If you guessed "no," you get a prize. Just don't ask me what it is. :)

Zazopolis
02-03-2005, 04:17 AM
February 1st:

Meals:
Breakfast: Missed it

Late Lunch:
9 Potstickers boiled then fried in excessive amounts of oil - covered in Mr. Yoshida sauce on a bed of lightly fried onions and mushrooms.

Dinner: see last two listed in beverages

Beverages:
80 ounces of water
24 ounces of milk
12 ounces orange juice
24 ounces of Mello Yello
108 ounces of Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquor
16 ounces of El Presidente brandy with Coke

Misc:
20 cigarettes
3 sticks of Doublemint Gum

There's nothing healthy about that.
Maybe today will be better.

sugarmuffin
02-03-2005, 05:41 AM
Hi all, checking in. And ritinrider, of course you are welcome--congrats on your weight loss. It's better than 2 pounds and 3 inches more.

Part of my goal is to lose 12 pounds, and I haven't weighed myelf yet! I don't want to own a scale, because I'll be compelled to weigh myself 20,000 times per day, so tomorrow I'll weigh in at the YMCA.

It's hard to start a diet when you are sick--I just want chicken soup with a lot of noodles, and maybe a little chocolate, but I will manage. If I feel like I'm not going to make it on this South Beach deal, I'll switch to Weight Watchers, but for now I'm hanging in.

Paprika, thanks for the tidbit, I think it's great and will check it out, but you are right--it is very hard to keep up with supplements for an extended period of time. Somehow sugar is so much easier (sigh).

TIP: Try a hypnosis or weight loss tape. It's not so easy to overindulge after listening to a tape giving you lots of positive reinforcement.

Zazopolis, here's hoping for a better day for you.

Betty, I'll keep you in mind when I'm at the gym tomorrow.

Frank, hope you are easing up on the :hat

Bio, hope the lemonwater substitution is working.

More later, didn't mean to leave anyone out, just gotta run. Mommy duty!

Arisa81
02-03-2005, 06:13 AM
I don't have a pound amount I want to lose, maybe a couple inches around the waist but I don't weigh myself anymore. It got to be such a bad habit at one point I was doing it everyday and that was not fun, especially if I happened to gain a pound or two. Lisa, good idea just weighing yourself at the gym. I did that when I was going to the gym too.

I take a vitamin/mineral supplement everyday (have for about 2 years) and in December I started taking an omega 3 supplement. I eat no fish besides canned tuna once a week.

I rarely drink sodas. My main drinks would be water and green tea.

Weakness: Popcorn ! (Bad me I am gonna have some tonight, the buttery microwave kind)

Yeshanu
02-03-2005, 06:54 AM
I'm in.

When I weighed myself yesterday, I was 221 pounds. I can probably lose just by cutting out the fast food. Here's to home-cooked meals!

Zaz, here's a hint from someone who's done the wrong things too many times to count: have breakfast. Oatmeal or cold cereal, or even bacon and eggs. It will probably help decrease the craving for fried potstickers when it comes to lunch time.

Betty W01
02-03-2005, 08:58 AM
I'm proud of myself. My parents dropped in on Monday during the time I'd set aside to go to the gym, but instead of blowing it off, I made myself get up an hour earlier the next morning to go to the gym before work. When I got there, I discovered we had an hour delay and I could have gotten another hour of sleep (argh!!), but was glad I got my workout out of the way.

Then, today I went at 11, so I could watch The View while I worked out, and I took a pile of old writer's magazines and tore out the (few) pages I wanted to save while I was on the treadmill. So, I'm getting some organization done at the same time. Can you say "multi-task"??

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aka eraser
02-03-2005, 12:13 PM
Well, the outside-smoking thing seems to be working somewhat, though I'm a bit antsy. The last 2 days I've managed to get through the day on 5 pipe bowls. A previously-normal day would be 12-15 or so.

ChunkyC
02-03-2005, 11:58 PM
Good job, everyone.

I weigh myself every morning after my 'constitutional' and my progress so far:

Jan.25 - 250lbs
Jan.31 - 246lbs
Feb. 2 - 243lbs

This morning, I was 244lbs. I'm not going to let it get to me, my goal is to lose an average of 2.16 pounds per week to reach my target of 170 by October, and I've already lost 6 in less than two weeks. That's averaging 3.81 pounds per week, including today's minor shift in the wrong direction.

I'm ecstatic with my progress so far, and the best part is that I am not feeling overly hungry eating smaller portions. I'm making sure to have breakfast and drink water between meals so that my tummy never feels completely empty like I would let it get before. Plus, I'm in that mental place I need to be to make this work.

Keep at it, everyone!

Zazopolis
02-04-2005, 12:38 AM
February 2nd, 2005

Breakfast: Nope

Lunch: One half of a frozen pizza and a small bowl of beer cheese soup.

Dinner:
Bar pickle

Beverages:
~60 ounces water
two cans of Mello Yello
32 ounces milk
5 Korbel Cokes
2 Coronas
2 Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquors

Misc:
30 cigarettes at least

I did get out of the bar well before the 2am last call, which is the only improvement I've seen so far. I'm hoping to not have any drinks today. *insert dramatic organ music here*

biotales
02-04-2005, 02:19 AM
Lemon water.... is great... side note here... I no longer have to go to the gym to run... after a 8o z glass of lemon water... I promise you, YOU will run.... straight to the bathroom....
Biotales

arrowqueen
02-04-2005, 05:31 AM
Healthy February, my bahookie!

I am recovering from the worst abcess I've ever had in my entire life. The inside of my mouth swelled; my cheek swelled; my chin swelled; even underneath my chin swelled. I looked like Mrs Potato Head and sounded like Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather'!

Since I could only open my mouth an inch, I have had to exist on bowls of mashed potato and gravy/bowls of ice-cream. (Eating was essential because otherwise the antibiotic and painkillers I'd swallowed made an unpleasantly rapid reappearance, five minutes later.)

My smoking has doubled due to my staying up all night, clutching my jaw and whimpering pathetically. I'm knackered and I'd be homicidal if I had any energy left.

Healthy? I am only marginally livelier than roadkill!

AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

afanofthetruth
02-04-2005, 05:48 AM
I've lost 20 pounds in two months by excercising like a maniac and my trusty Trim-Spa (baby..lol:\ ).

It has been fairly easy once I got back into eating healthy.

:p

sugarmuffin
02-04-2005, 06:25 AM
Go Betty, go Chunk, go Frank. If I knw where those stars were I'd give you one.

Zaz, ya gotta set up your day to combat what comes in the evening--like, have no booze in the house and don't go out and have your fridge stoked with good stuff--even milk and cookies. It's hard to drink alcohol with your belly full of milk and cookies.

AQ--ouch! What about some smoothies? Can you make some lowfat fruit smoothies?

Yesh, do you have a plan? Sounds like you got desire. Yesindeedy.

As for me, I am still fighting some kind of virus and having a hard time, but I still stuck to it these last 3 days. No sugar, no flour, no alcohol, no sweets. South Beach hell. Actually it hasn't been that bad--feel good that I even got this far. Did weigh myself today. I hate when that happens. :b

Sorry if I missed anyone, I have to make dinner and go back to sleep.

Zazopolis
02-04-2005, 08:00 AM
Good point.
Today I used twisted logic to combat the bar.
I went there around dinner time and had one.
Then I left.
I'm still doin' up the beer cheese soup for lunch.
Missed breakfast again. Woke up too late with hangover.
But, I'm going for a healthy dinner and forcing myself to hop on the exercise bike as personal chastisement for what's been a soaked beginning to the year.
Cigarettes are at two and they're put away for the evening.
Now, if I can just make it five hours until bed.
oof.

wurdwise
02-04-2005, 08:03 AM
Good job, Zaz! ;) I stopped drinking about 6 months ago after years of being a party animal. Being sober feels very, very good. (and no, I am not AA, I am Denise.)
:smokin

Zazopolis
02-04-2005, 10:57 AM
Sober? I'll be happy just to get rid of the bender.
Thank you for the encouragement. I have quite a few friends that say the same thing. I wonder if it's just the mid-30s thing. How the pain of dealing with a daily hangover just doesn't seem to be worth it anymore.

If I wrote as well as I drink...damn, I'd have a lot of stuff to edit. Hmmm...that's almost an idea, well, until happy hour tomorrow.

My healthy dinner was 2 double cheeseburgers from BK.
I guess that's an improvement compared to a bar pickle and 8 or 9 drinks, but not much.

At least I'm going to get a full sleep.
Hey, the silver lining.

Pardon the highjacking of this thread. You healthy people go ahead.

sugarmuffin
02-04-2005, 07:51 PM
Another day!

I'm hitting the gym today--even if I don't feel well I can still do a light workout like I did yesterday.

Still haven't deviated from the food plan, but I know chocolate is just around the corner!

Zaz, you can break the cycle. You just gotta put a few wedges in--like go grocery shopping, eat a full meal early and go to bed by 9:30. Lay in bed and read--with some milk and cookies.

Seriously, it's hard to drink alcohol after drinking a lot of milk. Yuck.

Hope everyone has a great day.

Melina
02-04-2005, 08:48 PM
Hi, Lisa--

I've been out for a few days with a sick baby. Can I still join? Here's my problem: I saw a gorgeous dress in a catalog, and I opened my big, fat mouth. I showed the picture to my fiance, and told him, "If you buy me this dress, in a size 8, I'll find a way to look good in it." I never believed he'd actually buy the damned thing! Wow! Talk about a momentary lapse of reason on my part! Now, I'm stuck. I have to lose about 40 pounds to get into this dress. I promised.

HELP!

We recently moved to the City, so I am doing a lot more walking. I hardly drive at all now. I'm also back on full patrol duty at work, so I'll be walking a couple of miles each night there, too.

I need to give up Pepsi! I don't eat many sweets, or much junk food. I just can't shake the Pepsi thing. I've tried before, with no success. Diet Pepsi sucks, so that won't work. I guess I just need to have some willpower. I'm truly addicted to the stuff, though. I've never had such a tough time giving something up. I can't do it on my own. I need your help, guys. Please...

Melina

***

Jyndral
02-04-2005, 09:59 PM
but I know chocolate is just around the corner!
Sugarmuffin,

Look for Low-Carb or Sugar-Free Hershey's candies or Russell Stover's candies (those are the best!). That way, when/if it does happen, it won't be like having a full-fat/full-sugar candy but you still get the taste of it (esp. in Russell Stover's).

In other news.... ( :) I like saying that, I'm weird.)

This afternoon, Mom & I will be checking out a gym in town. So we'll see if we join or not. (On one hand, ACK!!!!! :lol )

Arisa81
02-04-2005, 11:33 PM
Melina, yes giving up the pepsi would be great, sodas have so many calories. It could be the caffeine part of it you're addicted to but I am no expert. I rarely drink soda. The only thing I can suggest is not buying the stuff anymore. The way we moderate junk food and junk drinks is to not buy them and have them available in the house. When we want something we walk to the store, buy the smallest 'whatever it is' they offer and walk back home.

Good luck !

Zazopolis
02-04-2005, 11:41 PM
I need to give up Pepsi!
Oh yeah, the Mello Yellos are easily making up for at least one belt notch on this cat. They're so hard not to drink!

Off topic, whenever I see this I laugh:
Arisa81
Cnt stnd abrvtns

That's got to be so annoying. :lol

Hey, I'm having a banana for breakfast.
A miracle!

paprikapink
02-05-2005, 12:14 AM
It's only taken about what, 3 days? and I've realized I was insane to suggest I'd give up caffeinated coffee. The very next day I "forgot" to say decaf. One lapse, no biggee, but that's just one example. I don't drink sodas, but I can just imagine how hard that would be to give up. Soda-drinking starts so young. I wonder if treating yourself to expensive mineral water when the cravings are worst would help? Or testing all the different bottled waters out there to find the one that tastes best to you and then investing in an enormous supply?

The exercise thing, though, that I'm not giving up! You'd never know it. I took the great suggestion of using my exercise ball as my desk chair. It's very comfy and does improve my posture. But I haven't used it as an exercise ball since.

I was born without self-discipline. You can actually *see* the vacancy in my middle where the self-discipline was supposed to go. It's appalling.

-pkpk

sugarmuffin
02-05-2005, 03:34 AM
Melina,

Lose 20 pounds. Return the dress for a bigger size. :p

rtilryarms
02-05-2005, 05:46 AM
The good news:
I lost 15 pounds over the holiday.

The bad news:
I was trying to GAIN weight over the Holidays.

Pacing my wife for the marathon really took it out of me. I cannot run more than 20 minutes 3 times a day or I begin disappearing.

So now we are back to cardio runs and won’t do more than 4 miles 3 times a week again for awhile.

I got to gain my 15 lbs back.

ChunkyC
02-05-2005, 05:53 AM
Okay, stuck at 244 for a couple of days. So long as it starts to drop soon, no worries. Just don't go back up!

AQ, you have my sympathy. Feel better soon, girl.


How the pain of dealing with a daily hangover just doesn't seem to be worth it anymore
Yowzer, Zaz. I hit that wall myself. As some of you already know, I'm a recovering alcoholic. This coming May 7th, I will have been clean and sober for 18 years. It has a special meaning, for I will have been sober for more years than I spent drinking, yet I still salivate like Pavlov's dog whenever I see a beer commercial. That just reinforces that I can never ever touch the stuff again for the rest of my life.

Soda -- you bet it's the caffeine that gets you hooked, just like with coffee. My wife is a Coca-Cola junkie.

sugarmuffin
02-05-2005, 06:03 AM
So I just realized I erred on the South Beach diet by drinking milk today--not supposed to drink milk on the first phase of the diet. Then, as I continued to read, while I was eating dinner, I discovered I'm also not supposed to have processed meat products. I wa eating lean turkey sausage.

UGH! #*/#%!!

Oh well, guess I have to keep going.

rt, wish I had your problem. Guess it tells me to boost the exercise.

ChunkyC
02-05-2005, 06:08 AM
I'm gonna start stalking marathon runners.... :b

maestrowork
02-05-2005, 06:21 AM
Good going everyone.

CC, we want before and after pictures! Hey, everyone, we want before and after pictures. I think nothing is more grotesque and motivational than seeing our "before" pictures -- good, honest, horrific pictures showing every flap and bunch and bulge. And nothing is more gratifying than seeing that "after" picture.

I'm at my ideal weight, but I could lower my body fat and eat healthier and exercise more. I'd like to lose 10 pounds of fat and gain 20 pounds of muscle, have my body fat down to 10%. I haven't started yet, but I want to.

sugarmuffin
02-05-2005, 07:02 AM
Maesto darling,

Just because people aren't at their ideal weight (if there really is such a thing) doesn't mean they are grotesque. It just means they are bigger than they might be, and (perhaps) not as healthy as they could be.

;)

maestrowork
02-05-2005, 07:20 AM
I'm speaking of myself, sugarmuffin. I'm grotesque.

sugarmuffin
02-05-2005, 07:27 AM
No you aren't, Orlando.

maestrowork
02-05-2005, 08:17 AM
You haven't seen me naked... you'll think otherwise IF you ever do, Ms. 0]

:lol

Betty W01
02-05-2005, 10:58 AM
http://smiles.ru/coll/major/ogo.gif

Thanks a lot, Ray, now I won't be able to sleep...

wurdwise
02-05-2005, 11:01 AM
http://pages.prodigy.net/bestsmileys1/emoticons3/cowboy3.jpg

if you look anything like this, neither will I!

Zazopolis
02-05-2005, 12:41 PM
For the record: I did have 64 ounces of Killians today and a 16 ounce El Presidente Coke. BUT! It is 11:40 pm and I am not at the bar.

Ate healthy today. Cigarettes down to about 9.

Now, just a wee bit of exercise and I might feel better.

wurdwise
02-05-2005, 05:48 PM
Good job, Zaz!:smokin

sugarmuffin
02-05-2005, 09:00 PM
Good morning! It's day 5 for me. Am I svelte yet?

Just think, when you're sleeping, you aren't consuming anything but air.

I'm visiting a friend today, and I am arming myself with some healthy snacks. She's one of those super-tall, ultra-thin types that forgets to eat until a headache kicks in, and then she drinks a coke and has some chips. Or maybe six bites of mashed potatoes and half of a pork chop.

But first, I'm on my way to the gym. I really enjoy the weights part, it's the cardio (which I really need now) that is boring as hell. Probably not the best analogy--if hell exists I doubt it's anything but boring. Unless it's just a couch and a blank TV screen. Oops, I'm digressing.:rolleyes

Later, guys.

biotales
02-05-2005, 10:06 PM
I do not think most of you want to try this... but I am just recovering from the flu.... I lost about 5 lbs... now to keep it off...
biotales

maestrowork
02-05-2005, 10:16 PM
Wurd... once again someone got hold of my picture.... sheesh. Don't you think I could use another 10 pounds of muscle?

rtilryarms
02-05-2005, 10:25 PM
You haven't seen me naked

Yeah I hear that about you.............

Jyndral
02-05-2005, 11:27 PM
I actually made it to a Weight Watchers meeting this morning. It's one of those things where I want to go, but I really don't want to go at the same time. lol.

Maybe this will give me some sort of accountability that I evidently need, though.

wurdwise
02-05-2005, 11:34 PM
No maestro, you don't toy with perfection. (hear Ray's head inflating!)::b

ChunkyC
02-06-2005, 12:29 AM
O-tay. Here's a before picture, taken a year or so ago. In the photo, I'm maybe 5 pounds lighter than what I weigh now.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/images/charlie2.jpg

When I compare this shot to the 135lb kid I was at 21, I do indeed feel grotesque. I can be fit again, I know it.

paprikapink
02-06-2005, 03:20 AM
ChunkyC! Clearly, you are adorable.

-pkpk

ChunkyC
02-06-2005, 06:10 AM
Well gorsh, pkpk, how nice of you to say so! *major blush*

I hope you like the after picture, due this fall!

maestrowork
02-06-2005, 06:52 AM
Way to go, CC.

(yes, he's adorable! He's my twin, after all)

LiamJackson
02-06-2005, 10:19 AM
CC, you weigh 244? We can pass fer twins, now! (or triplets, if we can get Ray in the shot.)

maestrowork
02-06-2005, 11:04 AM
Where's that picture of Liam when we need it? :rollin

aka eraser
02-06-2005, 02:19 PM
Chunk, I'm worried.

What the heck do we call you when you're svelte? SlimC doesn't work for me.

maestrowork
02-06-2005, 02:53 PM
How about SexC?

reph
02-06-2005, 02:59 PM
Zazopolis, I'm shocked. Your diet is horrible. No fruits or vegetables besides orange juice? Until recently, the U.S. government recommended five servings a day. Now it's nine servings (1/2 cup each).

Most people don't get their whole five servings, let alone nine, but you don't seem to make it to one.

Malnutrition isn't charming. People need fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.

Melina
02-06-2005, 03:26 PM
Yes, I vote for Ray's idea: SexC!

Although, I have to say, CC--I like you just the way you are!

("Don't go changin', to try and please me--you've never let me down before...")

Melina

***

maestrowork
02-06-2005, 09:45 PM
Melina and SexC, sitting under a tree....

sugarmuffin
02-06-2005, 10:03 PM
Alright, guys, we seem to be digressing...ahem! Aten-shun! Gimme some push ups! Gimmee some lemon water!

How is everyone doing? Jyndral, congrats on making it to the Weight Watchers meeting. I'll probably be there soon too.

I've decided to wait (unless I give in) to weigh myself again until I've finished phase 1 of the South Beach diet. Already realizing that I haven't done it perfectly, but pretty well. No sugar or starches at all. If I don't actually lose weight from this, I'll be more than a little irked. >:

Jyndral
02-06-2005, 10:39 PM
SM...

As far as South Beach goes, you could (if you wanted) consider modifying it and go directly to phase II. When I did it for a while, my doc agreed providing that I skipped phase I.

This morning, I had my first OMG!! moment with WW. Yikes! Because of that, I decided I need to understand why I do, eat, etc., what I do weight-wise, so I started a long-hand journal.

How appropriate to use a journal with a picture of Winnie the Pou on the front: an overweight bear who eats to much and gets stuck in the door at Rabbit's house. lol. *sigh* I'll get there. It won't be easy, but it will be more than worth it.

ritinrider
02-07-2005, 03:40 AM
Well, I don't seem to be making much progress on the "no sugar, no flour" diet. I have been walking about 1/2 mile a day and drinking 40--60 ounces of water. Need to up the walking milage, may have to walk twice a day for a while until I can get my distance up. Also, will add weight training to the routine.

Official weigh-in is in the morning. I'll let you know if I'm any smaller tomorrow evening. Next week, I should have definite progress to report with the added exercise.

Oh, and Chunky, I agree with the others - yous adorable. But no way am I putting my picture up. No sireebob, not this blob.

Nita

rtilryarms
02-07-2005, 04:48 AM
Chunk, send some weight to me. I'm withering away!

;)

macalicious731
02-07-2005, 06:35 AM
I'm jumping on the bandwagon. My two resolutions were to work out every day and finish my novel, and now that there's a healthy thread too, I might as well join.

So. Along with working out everday, I'm cutting myself off from juice. I love juice, and I drink it way too much. I don't drink nearly enough water, and all that sugar in the juices I do drink (cranberry. yum.) are just way too bad, so I'm restricting myself to solely orange juice. I'm drinking skim milk instead of 2%. I also gave up meat five days ago due to a truly horrify video I saw in one of my classes, so I'm going to have to work in that new diet too. Our gym has an absolutely fantastic fresh fruit smoothie bar (substitute fat-free yogurt for juices!) where you can get "boosters" in your drinks, including protein. Work out every day, get a healthy treat, and get my vitamins.

That's the general plan. Dropping some pounds won't hurt, either.

ritinrider
02-07-2005, 09:01 AM
____________________
...drink (cranberry. yum.)
____________________

You LIKE cranberry juice? *shudder* I had to drink that stuff when I was pregnant. No way do I drink it now unless the choice is cranberry juice or medicine. The juice wins out - but just barely.

Nita

Zazopolis
02-07-2005, 09:08 PM
reph,

You don't know the half of it.
However, I spent this weekend with the girlfriend, which means I'm mandated to eat healthy.

As far as fruit, I came upon this thingy on the web detailing how bananas are full of all this good stuff.

So, I started eating one every day.
5 helpings of fruit per day. That'll just never happen.
Unless you can count a raspberry margarita.

The weekend update:
Saturday: I'd say around 20 beers, a bad meal and the cigarettes were out of control. A complete lapse in self-control.
Saturday night: Exercise with naked girlfriend
Sunday: Healthy breakfast with half-naked girlfriend, a decent lunch and too much for dinner.

Maybe if that frisky tart was around every day I'd be healthier. Long distance relationships are hard on the liver.

And now...a nap.

Arisa81
02-07-2005, 11:40 PM
Last night made chili for dinner. I was gonna save some for lunch today but it was too good. :b
Will have oatmeal (topped with brown sugar for breakfast) plain oatmeal is really gross. And yoghurt for lunch (blueberry). For dinner a beef and veggie (carrots and spouts) stir-fry on rice.
Got my workout this evening too....*groan*

kschwitter
02-07-2005, 11:46 PM
Oh, this is great. I need to join this.

My goal forEVER has been to keep up with my yoga and exercise at least every other day. I also need to eat more fruit. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I can put away a bag of chips like it's nobody's business.

As far as mental health, I'm taking a bunch of vitamins and constantly am trying to achieve peace in my days. Somehow it is easier for me to reach my writing goals than my body ones! :eek

ChunkyC
02-08-2005, 01:32 AM
CC, you weigh 244? We can pass fer twins, now! (or triplets, if we can get Ray in the shot.)

Howdy, Liam! First, you are about a foot taller than me, I'd have to spend six months on a medieval torture device to look like you. :b But you're a damn handsome man, so I don't mind being considered your twin.

On the other hand, there's Ray.... jus' kiddin', bro. All the girls I work with think it's really unfair that you're good looking and talented. Yes, I've been talking up your impending bestseller.

This morning's weigh-in: 242lbs. That's eight pounds in two weeks. Wa-hoo!!!

PS -- this thread is really starting to rock. You go, girls and boys!

PSS -- Melina, I'd give you a big ol' kiss if I could, 'specially with Valentines a comin' up.... http://pages.prodigy.net/rogerlori1/emoticons/kiss02.gif

wurdwise
02-08-2005, 01:40 AM
Well, heck, I thought you were cute too, Chunky, but I didn't know there would be kissing involved if I said so!8o

Arisa81
02-08-2005, 03:27 AM
I'm not much for sweet things either, thus I don't eat a lot of fruit. I was eating a banana everyday and then began getting horrid headaches, when I learned bananas can do that. It's just something I read as that was happening (I rarely get headaches), I don't know if it's true or not. But once I stopped eating them my headaches went away too. I'll have to start eating them again to test that out.
I do enjoy yogurt though, which is a benfit to me in two ways...I get the fruit and the calcium. I can't stand milk, so I'm just hoping I'm getting enough calcium from my multivitamin/mineral.

maestrowork
02-08-2005, 04:06 AM
CC... . *blush*

Just tell them to buy my book... lots of them. I might even throw in a thong or two, autographed of course.

ChunkyC
02-08-2005, 05:56 AM
Just remember, Ray: Two thongs don't make a write. http://pages.prodigy.net/rogerlori1/emoticons/pi_bigsmile.gif

PS - forgot to use the new smiley I found.... http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage38/7.gif

PSS - I didn't forget you, Wurd.... http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage11/6.gif

sugarmuffin
02-08-2005, 10:35 AM
Chips ahoy!

I've been crossing days off on the calendar--one week down!
At the end of this we'll see how much weight we've collectively lost.

C'mon in, Katie Mac!

Go Chunk! O King of Inspiration.

Welcome, ksch!

Arisa, I'm making chili this week. I think I can eat that. Mmm.

Nita-- you go girl (don't you totally hate when people say that? Sheesh, I do.) You are making progress, you know.

Rt, eat some freakin' ice cream.

Zaz, what's your plan, man?

Bio, what's for lunch? A little something to go with the lemon water?

Frank, hope you are maintaining!

Ray baby, if you're posting here, you better be working out or something, or I'm going to come over there and kick your dark star (remember that?)! :rollin

Wurd, how's by you?

And Jyn, cool on the WW breakthrough. THe best thing about WW is the behavior modification stuff. I do look forward to the end of this phase one business -- I have been feeling kinda crappy from it, but mentally need the jump-start.

Almost gave into cravings today--was accidentally locked out of my house and hungry--almost almost got takeout crap. I was on my way to a drive-thru when I got the call that someone could be at my house right away to get me in and I had to turn around. Saved me. Think I'll have a glass or two of merlot to celebrate--only kidding! (Lisa ducks whilst health-conscious buds throw rotten tomatoes at her.)

Part of my plan is to exercise a minimum of 3 hours per week, and I think I did about that, but can't say I made it exactly because I thought I could keep all the times straight in my head. Wrong. This week I'll right them down.

Hope everyone is doing great. And hope I didn't miss anyone-- if I did it wasn't intentional. I'm simply delirious from lack of cake. But I think my ass is a tad smaller, so that's nice.

--Lisa

maestrowork
02-08-2005, 10:51 AM
But Lisa (in my best Bart's voice)...

Yes, I came here because I needed to get myself back to the gym. I've been slacking (big surprise!) My torso used to be this | . | and now it's more like this ( . ) 19% body fat. Oy! I used to be 8% in college.

tfdswift
02-08-2005, 11:48 PM
I am starting this thread a little late. But I began my diet and exercise on time. My progress thus far has been that I gave up sugar, I eat 1900 calories or less a day. I am eating low-fat foods and I have given up bread, potatoes, rice and pasta (that was the hard one for me). I no longer drink soda-pop or caffeine. Now if only I could give up salt...:\

I exercise for an hour at least four times a week. I have lost ten pounds and four inches around my waist. Exercising is hard for me because I am in a wheelchair, so I sit in my bed and exercise to an old "Sweatin' to the Oldies" tape by Richard Simmons. I thought it was pointless until I took my measurements again.

I have decided to only get on the scales on Sunday mornings and to take my measurements on that day, too.

But I would like to say that Richard Simmons is trying to slowly kill me. I still hurt in places I didn't even know I had.

Good luck with your progress everybody.

~~Tammy

ChunkyC
02-08-2005, 11:51 PM
Congrats on the progress, Tammy!

rtilryarms
02-09-2005, 12:10 AM
Yup, ice cream is doing it. Back to 155 and growing!

165 or bust!

Zazopolis
02-09-2005, 01:23 AM
Zaz, what's your plan, man?

I'm supposed to have a plan? :eek

I was going for just plain ol' existence.

Take Monday night, for instance:
112 ounces of Killian's Irish Red
1 pack Camel Lights

However, during the day I had a bowl of Wheaties, a banana, two bowls of lentil soup and I skipped dinner.

Tuesday and Wednesay the bars are banned due to the affordibility of Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquors. So that's the plan. No bar Tuesday or Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday will be days that just crawl by until it's time to exercise with the frisky tart again this weekend. Ooh, Valentine's exercise. That's good stuff.

maestrowork
02-09-2005, 01:26 AM
RT, no, no, no, ice cream is bad. :-)

Try tofu, fish, and lean meat. Put those hard muscles on. Not fat and sugar.

Betty W01
02-09-2005, 04:36 AM
RT, try not bragging about having to eat ice cream to gain weight - it may prove to be very unhealthy!! (The bragging, not the ice cream...)

>:

tfdswift
02-09-2005, 04:45 AM
I did my exercises today, does anybody else ever feel like killing the people in their exercise video or their instructor in their exercise classes.

I swear when Richard Simmons looks staight at me and say "You can do it, I know you can" I want to wring his scrawny little neck. Maybe I am just grouchy because all my muscles hurt.

Anyway, I hope everybody has some positive results in their progress. BTW what is the Beach Diet - I never heard of it.

~~Tammy

ritinrider
02-09-2005, 05:23 AM
Tammy - yes I want to kill the instructors in those videos. I taped some Denise Austin workout shows and want to kill her every time I try them. Denise and her co-horts are there exercising away, hard and fast and she's saying, just follow xxx(who ever is doing the 'easier' exercises). Yeah right. First off xxx doesn't seem to be doing them any slower, and not much different. Plus, the camera is on Denise, so it's harder to follow someone else. Grrrrrr.

The Beach diet, I think, refers to the South Beach Diet a low carb diet that came about as a result of the Atkins diet. You can probably find some info online if you goggle it. That or someone may post a link. My problem with it is it cuts too many foods. Plus, my husband's dietian told him NOT to go on the Beach diet. Low carb is okay as long as it's processed carbs we cut and not actual fruits and veg. Others may differ, and you can't argue with the results. It's just not for me.

Way to go on your exercises btw. I keep hoping my exercise will become a habit and I won't have to make myself. Right now my main exercise is walking and I'm up to a mile a day. Goal is five miles - that's to the big curve on my road. I live in the country so there are no 'blocks' to walk around.

Ntia

ritinrider
02-09-2005, 05:35 AM
Oops, just realized hadn't posted progess, such as it is.

Official weigh-in Monday morning - no additional weight reduction, but had gotten rid of the 1 1/2 pounds gained last week because it was 'you know what time of the month'. Had gone down another 1/2 inch. This one on the hips. When, oh when will my waist start to shrink?

Slowly, but surely I'm creeping down to my goal.

Gotta up it a little though. I want to fit into my expensive outfit for my daughter's wedding reception in May.

Nita

sugarmuffin
02-09-2005, 06:22 AM
Hey Tammy, glad you joined. The more the merrier. And what progress, sheesh.

I'm working with a personal trainer at the YMCA and I HATE some exercises that she has me do. But I can't flip her the bird, like you can do to Mr. Simmons. Ahem.

My progress: I had a pretty good workout today. I'm still holding steady on the food plan, but could maybe eat some leaner cuts of meat/cheeses. (For Tammy re: South Beach)The South Beach diet is pretty strict at the beginning regarding starches and sugars--even natural sugars, but it's really the first 2 weeks that are tough. I don't think it will hurt me to not eat fruit for two weeks, but long term, I think most fruits are so yummy and healthy.

My two weeks is up Monday, and I might actually cut it a day short--I am going to relax the plan for Valentine's Day, but not go overboard. I'll decide in advance what I'm going to do, and then state it here to help hold me to it.


And Arisa, I'm making chili!

Regarding RT: Let him eat cake. >:

rtilryarms
02-09-2005, 09:08 AM
lets see now......mmmm chocolate chip!

One scoop;
two scoops;
three;
four;
five ooooh look at the size of that coop!
six;
and a little scoopy doopy on top

lick spoon, put carton away, lick fingers, go read a novel.

maestrowork
02-09-2005, 09:40 AM
You're a dead man, RT. Eating ice cream in front of starving, dieting women with (possibly) PMS. You're done.

Jyndral
02-09-2005, 10:35 AM
does anybody else ever feel like killing the people in their exercise video or their instructor in their exercise classes
OMG, Tammy, I hear ya!

There's one video in particular I have that whenever I use it (haven't lately), I just want to knock her perky little teeth down that perky little throat and make that perky little voice shut up. lol.

Yeah, I know. Reptition. 3 "little perky"s so close together. I can't help it. That's how I feel when it's going on. lol.

Jyndral
02-09-2005, 10:38 AM
Nita,

If he wants to do it, have him ask her (?) about modifying it. In other words, skip phase I and go directly into phase II. It's not nearly so limited then. Yeah, you don't get the kick-start that phase I would give, but that doesn't make that much of a difference.

My doc agreed to me being on it last year providing I skipped phase I.

sugarmuffin
02-09-2005, 07:56 PM
Hey Nita,

What does the dress look like?

Zazopolis
02-10-2005, 12:03 AM
Well, the diet and bad habits were under control Tuesday.
For breakfast I ate some bowl of cereal that could have used about two tablespoons of sugar but I refrained. And a banana.

Lunch was a salad without my usual dumping of extra dressing and a light pastrami sandwich with maybe a bit too much mayo.

Two cigarettes all day. One with a Mickey's Big Mouth Malt Liquor, which was the only drink of the day. I had to have it. A friend called up and said, "Come down to the bar. I'll buy you a beer." "okay." One beer and I left. People were stunned silent.

Dinner was half of a supreme pizza.

No exercise whatsoever.
No thinking about it.

Today, I'm thinking about getting my heartrate up over barstool beats. Wish me luck.

wurdwise
02-10-2005, 12:09 AM
Wurd, how's by you?

I was just encouraging Zaz in his efforts to cut down on his alcohol consumption. I have no desire to change a thing.

Sorry, didn't mean to be somewhere I wasn't supposed to. Good luck, Zaz, one beer at the bar, leaving the room stunned into silence, class act.

maestrowork
02-10-2005, 01:03 AM
We can never trust anyone on the Internet. Zaz is really a 6'2", 190-pound adonis, eating the healthiest food on Earth. He's yanking your chains, ladies.

reph
02-10-2005, 01:17 AM
Way to go, Zaz!

paprikapink
02-10-2005, 01:32 AM
Checking in on my exercise goal (give up coffee goal abandoned).

Digression: I have PMS so bad it's a good thing you are a safe distance from me. And I had it last week too. The "P" is for Permanent. And I guess the "M" is for Mean. My kids are sure it is.

Meanwhile: My daughter's fourth grade class is borrowing my exercise ball to use as a boulder for their class play. Therefore, I am not exercising. My jaw is in good shape though. From gritting my teeth all day.

-pkpk

Zazopolis
02-10-2005, 01:43 AM
Zaz is really a 6'2", 190-pound adonis, eating the healthiest food on Earth. He's yanking your chains, ladies.

Hah! That's funny.

http://www.geocities.com/candide_/halfway.jpg

ChunkyC
02-10-2005, 02:34 AM
Nice to see you, Zaz! Hey, as long as the barstools are tall, you get some exercise climbing on and off, right?

reph
02-10-2005, 02:54 AM
Okay, now, saw the picture. So Zaz isn't a 6'2", 190-pound Adonis. He's a 4'2", 190-pound Adonis.

sugarmuffin
02-10-2005, 03:01 AM
Zaz, congrats on your Tuesday, man. It must have felt pretty good waking up with no hangover (if that was the only beer of the evening).

Paprika, I totally sympathize. Last month I charged a pair of diamond earrings, and I don't even like diamonds that much. But I called my husband first, and rationalized that it was a huge after-Christmas sale, blah blah blah. It was really PMS talking. I certainly can't afford it!

Right now I feel like eating a bucket of chocolate chip cookies.

But I won't. I'll wait until Monday. :lol

Zazopolis
02-10-2005, 03:03 AM
Alright, for the record, I'm around 5' 11. I'll hop on the scale here...be right back: 237 pounds. Down 11 pounds from a 248 pound Christmas. If I could get down to 225, I'd be about right. I know what those 12 pounds are: beer and soda. Or maybe just any kind of exercise at all to counteract the beer and soda would do it.

Hey, what's March going to be? Get drunk month. With St. Pat's and all, that might really work.

I'm slipping again.
I skipped breakfast and had a salad for lunch. There's beer in the fridge but I'm not touchin' it. The cigarettes sit on my desk waiting. I've yet to touch them.

Yeshanu
02-10-2005, 04:13 AM
Keep goin', Zaz. We're rooting for you!

I weighed in at a pound less than last week, which is okay. This morning, I went swimming with my son's class and actually got a few laps in. It felt really good, especially considering that when I woke up I was trying to think of all kinds of excuses to get out of it.

Day one of Lent, and I've given up eating out at fast food joints. Anyone else giving up anything for Lent?

maestrowork
02-10-2005, 04:50 AM
Not lent. But borrowed some.

rtilryarms
02-10-2005, 05:06 AM
Eating ice cream in front of starving, dieting women with (possibly) PMS

PMS? Hmm, i never tried that flavor. Is it next to the strawberry?

Jyndral
02-10-2005, 09:28 AM
I'm glad today is almost over.

:|

We have Girl Scout cookies in the house. We have had since Sunday. But I've been a good girl and mostly left them alone.

Today was stressful. Today, I wanted to throw this piece of junk computer out in the middle of the street (A-drive is dying), throw the piece of junk phones right after it (batteries are all but dead), and eat everything in the kitchen.

Considering all that and how I felt emotionally, I did darn good. And I'm even within my WW points range!!

Zazopolis
02-11-2005, 12:43 AM
A little background.

My drinking buddy, i.e. the guy who is out boozing more than I, moved about an hour north in January to work on a project until May.
At the same time, my main squeeze, the redhead, moved back to college for Spring semester to return in May. (I might be 33 but I date a decade back. nyuk nyuk)

So, January was a sobering month. Good buddy is gone. Girlfriend is gone. It wasn't long before I found myself out looking around saying, "What the hell am I doing out here getting bombed with these twits?"

Well, sooner or later, I realized I couldn't beat 'em so I joined in and didn't really become a twit so much as reverted to past habits of really chuggin' down the drinks.

February hit and I saw the error of my ways and vowed to live a healthier lifestyle or at least cut back on the sauce.

Well, last night, as I exited the local convenience store with a pack of lung darts, out of nowhere appears Drinking Buddy. Needless to say, we didn't go out for tea and a chat. I awoke to a mouth like an ashtray, an ample supply of lung butter and what would be described as a frontal lobe headache to the normal human, a regular day to the brandy drinker.

A complete meltdown after a positive Tuesday.

katiemac
02-13-2005, 12:21 AM
I'll give a little bit of an update. My goal of going to the gym everyday didn't work out as well as I would have liked. Classes run late on Monday, and on Friday I had to run errands, so I missed the gym on those days. All in all, not such a great loss.

I can't be sure about dropping any weight at all because the only scale that's available is in the gym locker room, and I only use that when I go swimming. I haven't swum since last weekend.

Still no sugary juice for me. I had orange juice another day, but I did have Jones natural beverage (Berry White flavored) that can't be too healthy, but it was one, so I'm not going to complain. Last night I caved on the vegatarinism, too, because we went out to eat. But, realized I'm not missing much, so I'll start the daily countup again.

JenNipps
02-13-2005, 02:51 AM
I can give some real update. lol.

I had my first weigh-in with Weight Watchers since I got my intial weight established last week. According to the scale this morning, I've lost almost two pounds.

I can totally live with that!

Good Word
02-13-2005, 06:51 AM
Thought I'd pick a new name to go with the new me. Will take some getting used to.

Looks like we lost a few posts in the move--oh well.

Jyn, congrats!

And Katie, you win if you don't give up. Doesn't matter about the little exceptions.

I am weighing in Tues. Right now I feel like having a big glass of wine and a chocolate, but will go to bed soon before I cave.

JenNipps
02-13-2005, 07:43 AM
I've been cheating all day. Ugh. And Mom brought home a heart of sugar-free candy.

I gotta tell ya, though...

They need to put more than just two chocolate-covered cherries in there! lol.

Good Word
02-13-2005, 04:00 PM
I've eaten some sugar-free chocolate today, too. But because it still fit in with the overall plan, I didn't feel like I was cheating. First day I did it--but it's hard to go buy Valentine's day candy for everyone and not have a little taste!

ChunkyC
02-13-2005, 08:14 PM
Here are the missing posts from the old site. They come after Zaz's post above that ends with "A complete meltdown after a positive Tuesday."
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Despite all that, I only went 4 points over with my WW tracking.

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Lost about 5 pounds since we moved to the city. Haven't changed eating (or Pepsi) habits at all, but I'm walking a couple of miles a day, and a couple more at night at work. I bought some A&W diet Cream Soda. I love the root beer too, but it doesn't have caffeine, and I really have to have the caffeine. So--I'm going to keep trying to kick the Pepsi habit. Beware all those who own stock in PepsiCo. Sales are about to take a steep plunge...

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http://www.ezboard.com/themes/softsky/unread.gif Day 10 And I'm still doing it! I can't believe it. Going to try and get a workout in today. I only have an hour and a half done since Tuesday. I've been using a daytimer and crossing off the days. What keeps people goig is so strange sometimes. I just couldn't stand to not be able to make that X at the end of the day. I haven't given in to the sugar/flour cravings. And no drinks in the evening. This has been bizarre, because I usually think I can't do it.

Zaz, you are wrestling with the demons, which is by far better than not wrestling. I have been in that place (even with the alcohol thing) and I will probably be there again any day now. It really helps to have some substitutions and structure your day so it's harder to give in. Or set something up to give you some support. Can you hang out with someone and do something other than drinking (go to a movie)? Or say you are going to only drink on the weekend. I don't know. You have to nurture the part of you that has the innate ability to take really good care of yourself (me too). And explore the part of you that doesn't want to, and still thinks it's cool. What are you really getting out of it? That's what I asked myself yesterday when my daughter was eating pizza, my husband was eating pizza and drinking BEER. I really wanted both the pizza and the beer, and not just one of each. I looked at the J.Jill catalog and saw the clothes I want to fit into. Fortunately (this time) that worked. But it might not tonight, and it might not tomorrow. I guess this is a big ramble about what we all do that sabotages our dreams and goals.

Back to our regularly scheduled program.

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And I'll start watching that Pepsi stock--I'll be buying some when it drops!
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http://www.ezboard.com/themes/softsky/unread.gif http://www.ezboard.com/images/posticons/pi_thumbsup.gif Re: Hey Melina Well, I am not hating Richard Simmons quite so much but I always have a few unlady-like words for him.

When I asked about the South Beach Diet I was just curious. What I'm doing seems to be working for now. The diet part has actually reached an easy to follow phase for me. My stomach has shrunk and I just can't eat like I used to. I gave up a lot - potatoes, pasta, rice and bread. I only eat low-fat and no sugar (unless my glucose levels bottom out). Everything I eat is a diet food or a health food. I never go over 1900 calories. And I just don't seem to miss that stuff anymore.

Hubby is taking me to a nice restaurant on Sat. eve to celebrate Valentine's Day. I am kind of curious how I will handle it. A few weeks ago I went out and had bread with a healthy dinner and then strawberry shortcake for dessert. I didn't even make it home before I barfed it all up. I just don't think my body can handle certain foods anymore. I will weigh in and measure myself on Sunday and see how I did this week. I'll keep you all posted.

BTW- I did WW for a while, it is a good program if you can afford to go to the meetings. I found that when I stopped going to the meetings - I cheated and I gained all my weight back. My sister-in-law has been going for a couple of years she is almost to her final goal and she swears by WW. Also my oldest sister is a lifetime member of WW. So if you stick to it it will work.

I hope everybody has a good week with their goals.

~~Tammy

ChunkyC
02-13-2005, 08:16 PM
O-tay....

My progress: I'm now at 239lbs. Yippeee!!!!

maestrowork
02-13-2005, 08:24 PM
Lisa... sugarfree chocolate? Don't they give you diarrhea or something?

JenNipps
02-13-2005, 08:30 PM
sugarfree chocolate? Don't they give you diarrhea or something?

They can if you have too much (experience talking - like you wanted to know that). But if you stick to just a piece or two, it doesn't.

And having a piece or two actually tastes better than having the whole bag/heart/whatever. :)

Good Word
02-13-2005, 09:41 PM
overcome at his great news, but really she fainted from hunger.


But seriously, Chunk. Congrats on your continued efforts. It's better for your heart, too.

I'm weighing in either tomorrow or Tuesday. I'm feeling a little apprehensive, because when I lose weight, I can usually feel when I've lost as little as two pounds, but this time I can't tell.

tfdswift
02-14-2005, 12:37 AM
:Jump: Well, it is official, I lost 5 more pounds!!! Also I lost one more inch around my waist, 3/4 " from each of my upper arms, 4 " from my chest (hubby is still crying over that loss), 1 1/2 " from each thigh, 1/2 " from each calf, 1 3/4 " from my hips.

My reward was to go to the store and get some new exercise videos. I got a Denise Austin to go along with my Richard Simmons. I don't know anything about her, but previewing the DVD, I am thinking her perkiness might get to me. That and the fact that everyone on the DVD is a perfect size 2. But I'll give it a go.

I also bought a yoga tape. My Dr. suggested I learn yoga to reduce my stress, so I'm going to give it a whirl. There are no gyms or exercise places around here, so I' ll give this tape a chance -- we'll see what happens.

Oh yeah, went to my early Valentine's dinner. It was an all you can eat seafood buffet. And I LOVE seafood. But I stuck to my diet and also met my goal of exercising one hour four times a week. I hope everybody had as good a week.

~~Tammy:Sun:

Good Word
02-14-2005, 03:55 PM
You really are swift.

What an inspiration.

I am going to increase my exercise this coming week, too. I love lifting weights and have a terrific trainer at the Y, but really need to boost the cardio.

I'll be weighing in today or tomorrow and will post my progress. I have to say that I have the kind of personality that, whether I lost 3 pounds, 5 pounds, or ten pounds in this two-week period it would never be enough, so no matter how much I lost, I am stating in advance that it IS A GOOD THING.

tfdswift
02-14-2005, 11:18 PM
I think that reporting my progress here on this thread is helping to keep me honest. I really haven't cheated on my diet at all. I just want to say thanks to everybody.

~~Tammy

JenNipps
02-15-2005, 08:28 AM
Heh.

Today and yesterday have not been good points-wise. If I keep this up, I won't have any flex points for the rest of the week. As it is, I haven't completely tallied everything for today.

:gone:

Good Word
02-15-2005, 09:04 PM
How is everyone doing?

Tammy, you are cruisin'! And I'm glad this is helping you. I thought that by starting this thread, it was a big way to hold myself accountable and maybe help some other folks in the process. I've really needed the boost. It's helped me.

Jen, so ya went over for the day, or even used up your flex points for the week. It's not the end of the world. Don't panic! Just get back on the wagon (or get off and run alongside!). You can still have a net loss for the week.

A few years ago, I lost a lot of weight. And then over a holiday I ate a lot, gained a couple of pounds, which threw me into a panic and I started eating and eating and eating. I gained it all back because I panicked and threw in the towel.

I guess the point of all this is that you win simply by not giving up. That's what I keep telling myself. I win by not giving up. The little glitches--or the few pieces of chocolate, or the bowl of pasta--along the way aren't that important, if, on the whole, I am making continued efforts.

I finally did weigh myself today, and I lost 7 pounds! More than I thought I would. I did cheat a tad--took off my shirt, went to the bathroom, removed my glasses (heh). Wahoo, I'm on my way.

I'm easing up for a day or two and then getting a little strict again, but I am going to allow more foods -- fruit and occasional starches (brown rice, etc.) But I'm not going to eat this::Spam:

I did a yoga class this morning.

So where is everyone? Melina, Nita, Katiemac? Zaz, you on a bender?

C'mon, I can hear you guys breathing. :poke:

tfdswift
02-15-2005, 09:10 PM
Hey Jen, hang in there. It will get easier. Just remember we are all pulling for you.

~~Tammy

tfdswift
02-15-2005, 09:14 PM
Good Job, Word!!! 7 pounds is great. Congratulations!

~~Tammy

JenNipps
02-15-2005, 10:13 PM
Jen, so ya went over for the day, or even used up your flex points for the week. It's not the end of the world. Don't panic! Just get back on the wagon (or get off and run alongside!). You can still have a net loss for the week.

A few years ago, I lost a lot of weight. And then over a holiday I ate a lot, gained a couple of pounds, which threw me into a panic and I started eating and eating and eating. I gained it all back because I panicked and threw in the towel.

I guess the point of all this is that you win simply by not giving up. That's what I keep telling myself. I win by not giving up. The little glitches--or the few pieces of chocolate, or the bowl of pasta--along the way aren't that important, if, on the whole, I am making continued efforts.

Hee. I probably need to run alongside for a while. :)

Seriously, thanks. I needed that. Earlier, I was thinking that I don't know if I'm really ready for this mindset. I hate writing everything down and tracking it all. When I do slip up, it makes me feel like such a pig. But, at the same time, I know I need to do this. I can do it. I just need a little help sometimes and accountability.

JenNipps
02-15-2005, 10:15 PM
Hey Jen, hang in there. It will get easier. Just remember we are all pulling for you.

~~Tammy
Thanks, Tammy. :)

JenNipps
02-16-2005, 07:15 AM
This is me today about chocolate. No, I'm not PMSing. Just wanting chocolate. GOOD chocolate....
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(Although I wouldn't be so messy/careless with my choco as this little dude -- dudette? -- is.)

ZaZ
02-16-2005, 08:29 PM
Today's feeling is grim.

Saturday night: Had around ten drinks with friends of the little woman waiting for her to get done working. Picked her up and proceeded to exercise the night away.

Sunday, one margarita at lunch and three exercise sessions with my honey.

Monday, no drinks, did a fast and purge day. Drank a lot of water and ate small amounts of fruit. For heart day dinner I whipped up some killer walleye and whatnot and dug into a box of chocolates before yet more exercise. The only other exercise I had was the bulging of the eyes as my curvy little tart pranced around the house wearing nothing.

So yeah, I came back from our weekend visit yesterday and just got completely annihilated. Skipped work, did nothing productive. Happy hour at 2pm and got home at 2am. No idea how many drinks. Frankly, I don't even care. I'm over halfway through February and a month away from St. Pat's.

I can't see having anything positive to report back to this thread in the future, thus, I'm bidding thee adieu.

Good Word
02-17-2005, 04:14 PM
Moving right along...

I am resuming my regularly scheduled diet program tomorrow--either going to join WW or do phase 2 of the South Beach deal. I also may look into the Mediterranean diet.

I am going to include a chocolate truffle each evening, too. IF I can handle having only one.

I had a good workout yesterday (an hour+ including 35 min of cardio) and I have a session set up today with the trainer. I'm shooting for 4 hours of exercise this week.

Kate StAmour
02-17-2005, 07:34 PM
Moving right along...

I am resuming my regularly scheduled diet program tomorrow--either going to join WW or do phase 2 of the South Beach deal. I also may look into the Mediterranean diet.

I am going to include a chocolate truffle each evening, too. IF I can handle having only one.

I had a good workout yesterday (an hour+ including 35 min of cardio) and I have a session set up today with the trainer. I'm shooting for 4 hours of exercise this week.

Find something that is well balanced and that you are willing to stick with. Any program that does not include a variety of foods (including a special truffle) is doomed to fail. You also want to focus on real food; forget those cheesy chemical-packed protein drinks. Based on said reasons: I wholeheartedly recommend WW. Of course, *ahem* always check with your doctor before beginning any health or fitness program. :o

Arisa81
02-18-2005, 07:21 AM
A little update on my eating habits...I've been a naughty girl hehe.
What with Valentine's Day and bf bringing me some chocolates and eating microwave popcorn twice this week I got a little off track. But that's okay...no more popcorn for a couple weeks and tomorrow I make our meal/grocery list which will be full of fruits and veggies.
Working out has been kept up with.
I've not been on a scale in months and don't plan to. I judge by the way my pants and shirts fit. I used to measure myself but stopped that as well.

Kate StAmour
02-18-2005, 07:08 PM
I got a little off track. But that's okay...no more popcorn for a couple weeks and tomorrow I make our meal/grocery list which will be full of fruits and veggies.
Working out has been kept up with.
I've not been on a scale in months and don't plan to. I judge by the way my pants and shirts fit. I used to measure myself but stopped that as well.

Good for you!

Melina
02-18-2005, 07:31 PM
well, no new loss. No gains either, so that is good. I haven't walked as much this week because of the weather. I only had 2 Pepsis this week, and compared to the usual 6-pack a day, that's incredible. I'm going to keep plugging away, and see what happens.

Arisa81
02-18-2005, 08:27 PM
Melina, getting down to 2 pepsis a week is awesome !!
Congrats and keep up the good work! :)

maestrowork
02-18-2005, 09:10 PM
I still haven't gone back to the gym yet. 10 more days to go before March...

The good news is, I haven't gained a pound and my body fat stays the same.

Good Word
02-18-2005, 09:50 PM
Melina, I think it's time for me to buy that Pepsi stock. Thanks!

And Arisa, I'm with ya.

I took a bit for a couple of days, but am kickin' in again...I was going to go away at the end of the month, but my trip is postpones to May and I really want to be in good shape for it, so here we go.

I've done pretty well on the exercise so far this week.

Ray, get thee to Gold's gym.

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ChunkyC
02-18-2005, 10:17 PM
Hi gang! I reported last on Monday, and was at 239 lbs, if I recall correctly.

This morning I hopped on the scale and....

http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage38/7.gif

237 lbs.

I'm down 13 lbs since I started just under 4 weeks ago. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smilehooray.gif

Congrats to everyone and their progress!

tfdswift
02-18-2005, 11:13 PM
I am a little nervous about the weigh-in on Sunday. I have stuck to the diet but I haven't exercised as much. I need to exercise today and tomorrow to meet my goal of four times a week. And I just don't know if that is going to happen. Plus I think I may have some weight gain because I have really turned some fat into muscle. I am worried that It may show as a slight gain in weight, at least that is what they told me a long time ago in weight watchers. I guess we'll see come Sunday.

I hope everybody reaches their goals.

~~Tammy

ritinrider
02-19-2005, 04:22 AM
Okay, it's been awhile, but here goes. Was sick last week, still not up to snuff this week so no exercise. Yikes! Hope I can still walk that mile tomorrow when I go out.

About the weight reduction thing, went for official weigh-in Tues. (was supposed to go Mon. but no way, I felt too bad). Oh my gosh, I was down 9 pounds, that's 11 pounds total from when I started. I'm just afraid that when I start eating again I'll gain most of it back. Maybe not, I've been REAL careful what I eat this week.

Everyone is doing great. Keep it up, we'll all be healthy and fit in no time.

Nita

JenNipps
02-21-2005, 08:03 PM
So....

At the end of the month are we going to just end this or keep it going for however long?

The last one gets my vote. lol.

I don't have anything to report, yet. But I probably will by the end of the day.

ritinrider
02-21-2005, 08:56 PM
Jen, I vote we keep going too. But the others may not want to, we'll have to wait for their input. I'll be weighing later today, I'm at school but currently my class is a bunch of unruly students who have to have someone watching them every minute. Next hour is her free hour though, so I'll go get on the scales then.

CC how ya doing? Down from 237 yet? Oops, wrote 137 first, that's the goal isn't it?

Melina, how's it going without Pepsi? Had any caffine headaches yet?

Tammy, muscle DOES weigh more than fat, but you look better and you'll probably notice a difference in your measurements.

Hope everyone else is meeting their goals.

Nita

tfdswift
02-22-2005, 01:14 AM
Well, I weighed in again. I only lost 1 pound this week. I did lose 1/2 an inch off my waist and a quarter of an inch to an inch off of various parts of my body. But I really wanted to lose more weight than a pound. Everybody says muscle weighs more than fat, but when you step on the scales and only lose one pound, it is a little disheartening.

I did my yoga this morning and I think I am going to do my regular exercise tape this evening. I sure hope I have better results next week.

I hope everybody is doing great with their progress. I, too, vote we keep this thread going after February. I have a long way to go to good health.

Oh, I almost forgot, with all the exeercise and building up my flexibility and muscles. I only use my wheelchair when I need to walk a long distance, I am using a walker instead. So exercise does work!!!! My goal is to be walking unassisted when I move to Alaska this summer.

Keep up the good work, folks!!!!

~~Tammy

JenNipps
02-22-2005, 07:23 PM
Oh, I almost forgot, with all the exeercise and building up my flexibility and muscles. I only use my wheelchair when I need to walk a long distance, I am using a walker instead. So exercise does work!!!! My goal is to be walking unassisted when I move to Alaska this summer.


:Cheer::Cheer::Cheer:


I haven't weighed this week yet. My back started hurting again Saturday and I went to the doc yesterday. Hopefully this won't last long. :(

Good Word
02-23-2005, 12:36 AM
Holy jellyrolls, everyone seems to be doing great.

And I am definitely going to start a March thread in a few days so folks who want to join have some time to get ready!

I, however, went away for a bit, where I didn't do that badly, but not as well as I'd like. I am not going to weigh in until I've had several serious days. But I certainly will by the end of the month.

Tammy, it's so great you read your progress. Amazing. And a pound lost is better than a pound gained!

Lisa

ChunkyC
02-23-2005, 01:17 AM
Tammy, that's awesome! Keep it up!

CC how ya doing? Down from 237 yet? Oops, wrote 137 first, that's the goal isn't it?
Egads, 137 lbs? I would look like Paris Hilton with a beard. No, I've been stuck on 237 for a couple of days, but that's okay. I've been seeing a drop of a pound every two days or so and fully expect the rate to slow up a bit as I go. My target is to get down to 180 lbs by my birthday in October. That's 33 weeks from now, which means I need to lose about 1 3/4 lbs a week between now and then. So far I've been averaging 3 1/4 lbs a week.

aka eraser
02-23-2005, 01:44 AM
Terrific Tammy! :Clap:

That walking is going to qualify as exercise too and should help lots in regaining a higher level of general fitness. :)

ritinrider
02-23-2005, 08:22 PM
:snoopy: Yeah Tammy. I know, I know, one pound looks so tiny compared to the number you'd rather see. But like someone else said, one pound gone is better than one pound added. Myself? Didn't lose a single pound this week. But was happy I didn't gain since I was afraid part of last week's loss was water from being so sick. Back to walking this week, right now it's my only exercise, hopefully the pounds will start to fall away again.

Don't forget, you're doing so good with your exercise soon you'll be leaving that wheelchair behind. Yeah!

nita

ChunkyC
02-23-2005, 08:42 PM
I was shocked this morning when I stood on the scale....

http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage38/7.gif

234 lbs. Holy cow. Three pounds since the beginning of the week, I wasn't expecting that.

I've been starting to notice my energy level rising of late as well. I think my body is telling me it's time to start adding some exercise to the regimen. I'm going to go slow there as well, perhaps begin with taking a fifteen minute walk during my afternoon break at work instead of sitting on my duff. I usually write during breaks, but that's not a lot of writing time to give up in return for the health benefits.

Keep up the good work, everyone!

maestrowork
02-23-2005, 08:45 PM
Watch out, CC, the Mrs. would go wild...

ritinrider
02-23-2005, 09:36 PM
umm? so then they'd be CC & The Wild Mrs.?

tfdswift
02-23-2005, 10:12 PM
Thanks everyone for your support... It means more than you know.

~~Tammy

Maryn
02-23-2005, 10:14 PM
Well, shoot, I didn't find this until more than half the month was gone! I tell you, I'm just not goofing around online enough when I should be writing or doing other things.

Last spring I learned I had hepatitis and that losing weight could mean a continuing relationship with my original liver. Sounded good, so I dropped 25 pounds fairly quickly. (Fearing death is an excellent motivator!) However, all the bloodwork is now back in the normal, healthy range, as is my blood pressure and pulse, and I've been stalled at the same point on the scale ever since.

I did start a modest exercise program and actually enjoy it. Weather permitting, I walk 5 miles every other day. Where I live the weather hasn't permitted in a while, but I am the chief snow shoveler and our driveway is the envy of the neighbors who pay somebody to plow. Every car that needs to turn around and go the other way picks my driveway...

Any character I write who's loosely based on some aspect of myself is thinner--why aren't I?

Maryn

Good Word
02-23-2005, 10:25 PM
Maryn, feel free to join us if you are so inclined. There will be a March thread too!

Hey, I just had a GREAT idea for showing less of me on the scale...maybe before my next weigh-in, I'll do the Red Cross blood donation thing. (kidding, kidding) After I get my hair cut, take out my earrings, remove my glasses...

Anyway, I worked out for an hour today and even did a little bit on the stairmaster, OMG.

ritinrider
02-23-2005, 10:45 PM
Word, every little ounce counts. I have a pair of lightweight slacks and a lightweight tee-shirt I wear for my official weigh-in. Of course the shoes come off. Hadn't thought about removing my glasses, may try that next time.

One of the guys doing our weigh-in empties his pockets before he weighs.

Nita

Maryn
02-24-2005, 12:09 AM
Maryn, feel free to join us if you are so inclined. There will be a March thread too!

Hey, I just had a GREAT idea for showing less of me on the scale...maybe before my next weigh-in, I'll do the Red Cross blood donation thing. (kidding, kidding) After I get my hair cut, take out my earrings, remove my glasses...

Anyway, I worked out for an hour today and even did a little bit on the stairmaster, OMG.

Excellent--I'll get a headstart on March, then!

Eons ago, when I did Weight Watchers (which does indeed work), it was sad the things people would remove before their weigh-ins. Your watch is going to make a difference? I got in the habit of wearing my real-life clothes, shoes and all, since one outfit I'd wear in public weighs pretty much the same as any other.

The Stairmaster is a big deal--good for you!

ChunkyC
02-24-2005, 01:19 AM
As long as you wear the same thing, or something similar each time you check your weight, you should get accurate readings from your scale.

I always weigh myself nekkid. I probably wouldn't wanna do that at an official WW meeting, tho'.http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticonsscared.gif

Good Word
02-24-2005, 02:23 AM
When I was going to Weight Watchers, I used to go potty just before I weighed in, and take off my undergarments, glasses, rings, etc.

The women who weighed people in used to crack up, but then once I weighed in, then went and did all of the above, and weighed myself again--there was a difference!

heehee

JenNipps
02-24-2005, 03:48 AM
After I get my hair cut, take out my earrings, remove my glasses...

Hee. So you can't read the number on the scale? :)

For me, I'm actually down one pound this week, which I am very happy for considering that I've not really paid much attention to anything diet-wise the past week.

JenNipps
02-24-2005, 03:50 AM
Word, every little ounce counts. I have a pair of lightweight slacks and a lightweight tee-shirt I wear for my official weigh-in. Of course the shoes come off. Hadn't thought about removing my glasses, may try that next time.

The first time I weighed in at WW, they told me that it doesn't matter if you wear your shoes or not, just be consistent so you're always working from the same baseline. And glasses and jewelry -- unless you're Mr. T -- are negligible and won't add/subtract more than a few ounces.

tfdswift
02-24-2005, 07:40 PM
I weigh myself naked except for my panties. I am glad so many people are doing well with their goals. I am keeping my fingers crossed for my weigh in on Sunday. Hope everyone keeps up the good work.

~~Tammy

Melina
02-25-2005, 03:40 PM
Okay, another pound gone. I think I'd be losing more if I could nix Pepsi altogether. I just love the stuff, though. Nectar of the Gods, doncha know? I think I had 6 this past week. Which is still better that 6 a day, but I need to just get a grip and stop it, already! Somebody kick me!

Melina

Good Word
02-25-2005, 03:41 PM
Okay, this is going to be tough. This weekend, I mean.

I've been having a tough time lately with the food stuff, not terrible, but not where I want to be, but this morning I am leaving for my in-laws and we'll be there for several days. There is always tons of ice cream, cookies, and even resonably tasty, but not necessarily healthy meals. It's also winter and freezing up there so there's a lot of indoor time.

I have to try and stick with my food plan! Weigh-in is the 28th -- 3 days!

Yikes!

I have been doing pretty well on the exercise, but I don't lose weight from the exercise, just from eating to lose weight.

Okay, here is what I am doing. I am bringing the J.Jill catalog with me to pick out a new outfit to buy when I lose 11 more pounds.

And I am bringing my cross-out calendar and doing well enough today to make an X on today's date.



Get thee behind me, truffles. No, not on my behind, behind me!

Maryn
02-25-2005, 11:52 PM
Oh, it's hard when you're someone's guest. Most people's idea of being a good host is to feed you delicious stuff and plenty of it, as often as possible. I know that's what I do, even when it's not good for our guests or ourselves.

If you have the kind of relationship where you can ask, maybe it'd be good to make a phone call and say you're just nutty about fruit lately, and it would be great if they could stock up on grapes and apples instead of cookies and ice cream.

If not--may the Force guide your fork.

Maryn, who was awful last night, food-wise

tfdswift
02-26-2005, 09:16 PM
First I want to tell Melina that cutting down on soda pop is very good for you and I think you are making great strides. I gave up all soda and the funny thing is that now if I try to take a drink of one, I can't stand it. My hubby and son still drink it though. I have started drinking Propel fitness water. I like it better that plain water, although I drink that, too. I also drink skim milk. I truly don't miss the softdrinks.

Now for my confession:

I am a complete sucker for Little Debbie cakes. I was doing really well up until last night. I totally went off the diet and pigged out on some LD cakes. I am so mad at myself. Anyway I am considering not getting on the scales this week and try to make up for it by waiting one week.

I am so weak!!

~~Tammy

Arisa81
02-26-2005, 10:27 PM
I think one thing everyone should not do is deprive yourself, that will only make you want it more.
Having a little treat once a week (like ONE little debbie cake) is fine. It's not going to make you gain pounds, but it will satisfy your craving.
I'm actually not sure how big those "little" debbie cakes are haha...I'm thinking of those little things that come in a pack of two. I'm not much into chocolate myself. I always go for the potato chips or popcorn. Always the smallest size possible. That's another thing, always get the smallest size you can.
If it makes you feel better, you can walk to the store to buy the treat and walk back home (or jog hehe). That's what we do, it helps take the guilt away while still enjoying having that treat.

:Thumbs: Everyone is doing so good !!

tfdswift
02-26-2005, 10:47 PM
I am just walking again for the first time in a long while. Don't think I could walk 18 miles to the store.:roll: What's funny, though, is all the months I spent in physical therapy, did no good... They were so worried about my legs that they completely forgot that I had arms, too. So for the funny part. I start exercising to Richard Simmons :whip: and within three weeks I am standing on my own and now I walk with a walker and don't even use my wheelchair at home anymore.:Jump:


I know a lot of people have problems with Richard Simmons but he has helped me get to the point of walking and flexibility in my legs that I thought were gone forever. And my arms are so much stronger, now. My son tells me I am developing "some guns". :guns: I guess I really shouldn't complain. I will weigh in on Sunday, like a good girl. This will be my last weigh-in for February. So Bring on the March thread!!!!!!:Cake:

~~Tammy

Arisa81
02-26-2005, 10:50 PM
Congrats on all the progress you've made Tammy. That really is great. :)
Keep it up !

Betty W01
02-26-2005, 11:46 PM
I haven't made much progress over the last week or so. I'd been doing good, going to the gym three X a week and working out, until I got a maigraine on Monday and it would not go away. I made myself go and walk on Wednesday night, and it made things worse. I've spent most of the week either medicated to the eyebrows, sleeping, or working at my day job. (Well, I also write days, but you know what I mean...)

Today I feel somewhat better, for the fist time, but I think part of the problem is too many hours spent sitting in front of acomputer (which I do at both home and school.) So, today my health goal is to load needed files onto my laptop so that I can take it outside and write (really, spring is right around the coner!!), or in the family room, and not have to do it here in front of this computer.

tfdswift
02-27-2005, 10:37 PM
Well, I got on the scales today and I have not lost anything. Thank God I didn't gain anything, either. So I decided to measure myself. I lost inches off of various places of my body including 1 1/2 inches from my waist. I know what you're going to say... It's the same thing my hubby said... "You're walking and your diabetes is under control. You aren't losing weight because your gaining muscle."

Well, that may be but I want thos scales to go down. It is so frustrating, with everything I have given up that I have only lost 16 pounds this month.:mad:

Anyway I hope others are doing better.

~~Tammy

aka eraser
02-27-2005, 10:42 PM
Tammy, there's nothing "only" about 16 pounds in a month. That's a terrific accomplishment!

Just don't celebrate with Li'l Debbie. ;)

Maryn
02-28-2005, 12:55 AM
I would consider myself a rousing success if I'd "only" lost 16 pounds this month.

I've lost and regained the same 5 pounds since November--I suspect there may be a kernel of truth to this "set point" theory where your body finds a small range it likes and figures out how to stay there. Sometimes it's so frustrating, being really good for many days in terms of both eating and exercise, and no more than a pound or two lost--but then when I've been fairly bad in terms of both eating and exercise for many days, no more than a pound or two gained, either.

All I need to do is lower the set point by a bazillion pounds and I'm home free!

Maryn, working toward voluptuous (that's a good goal, isn't it?)

Melina
02-28-2005, 03:40 PM
Tammy-


Thanks for the encouragement. And I have to say, 16 pounds in a month is quite an accomplishment! You should be proud of yourself! That Little Debbie is an obnoxious brat, isn't she? I have to agree, though, that a treat once in a while will keep you on track, more than total deprivation will. Less temptation to scrap the whole idea. You deserve a reward for all your hard work. Glad to hear you are back to walking! That's gotta feel good, huh? Pat yourself on the back, you're doing great!

Melina

JenNipps
02-28-2005, 06:35 PM
Oh, it's hard when you're someone's guest. Most people's idea of being a good host is to feed you delicious stuff and plenty of it, as often as possible. I know that's what I do, even when it's not good for our guests or ourselves.

It's funny because this was the topic of the discussion at the Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday. They suggested what you did -- calling and asking about fruit stuff instead -- and one guy was saying that it works for him if he keeps it light and a little funny by saying something along the lines of "You're killing me with love."

ChunkyC
02-28-2005, 09:35 PM
A rousing cheer for everyone who is making the effort!

Tammy, you've lost as much as I have this past month, and I feel great about my progress. Getting in shape is a marathon, not a sprint. Losing weight too quickly is just as unhealthy as carrying the extra weight itself, and can lead to rebound weight gain. If you start losing too fast, your body thinks it's being starved, and shifts itself to store more fat to compensate. You can end up weighing more than when you began, and with a higher body fat percentage to boot. Not good. In essense, you have to be sneaky with your body and not let it find out what you are doing. And the only way to do that is to eat balanced meals and go slowly.

When I set out (as I've mentioned before) I gave myself nine months to lose eighty pounds. That's just under nine pounds a month. I've lost 16 in the first month, so I'm well ahead of schedule. If you set your mind in a place where you can rejoice over every pound you lose, you'll be ahead of the game, IMHO.

Anyway, for the final weigh-in of the month: I bounced around a bit over the weekend. Yesterday I stepped on the scales and:

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232 pounds -- down 18.

Then, this morning:

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234 pounds -- to end up down 16 on the month.

I refuse to let it get me discouraged. I have done well in the first month, and I'm sure I'll drop below 230 pounds before you know it. My target then for March is to lose at least that nine pounds I want to average per month and be at 225 pounds or less by March 31.

Piece of cake. :D

tfdswift
02-28-2005, 10:33 PM
You know what????

You guys are absolutely right!!! I should be proud of my progress. I guess I was just expecting too much. But today I put down the walker. I can go with just a cane. :banana: I still will need the wheelchair for distance, like walking in a mall or store. But I am doing more by my own power than I ever thought was possible.

No more feeling sorry for myself. I am going to stick to my guns and see what March brings.:guns:

Are we just going to continue this thread in March or start a new one?

~~Tammy

ChunkyC
02-28-2005, 11:21 PM
I believe Good Word has a new thread ready to go, and will bump it to the top later today or tomorrow morning.

Good Word
03-01-2005, 01:36 AM
Well, tfdswift, I am amazed by your progress, and see the same thing in myself as I see in you: no matter how much I might have lost, it would never seem enough. 16 pounds is actually a lot of weight to lose in a one-month period. I wish I had. I had a tough weekend, and have decided not to weigh myself today, simply because I think it will not be useful to me. I will just hang on to the 7 lb. loss I weighed in at 2 weeks ago.

I did get to the gym once while I was away, and althoug it was a short workout, it was a pretty good one.

So I'm closing out the month down seven pounds, which is better than I started with, yesindeedy.

And I'm ready for round 2, and to kick Little Debbie's ***! (Oops, can we say that here, Chunk? Would heinie, buttocks, tushie, or rump be better?)

Congratulations to us all. Especially Ms. Swift, for getting out of the wheelchair. My hat is off to you.

And remember, tomorrow is another day. (Golly, that sounds familiar.)

(((group hug)))