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Good Word
03-30-2005, 03:53 PM
C'mon in, the water's fine!

We're in the third month of a get healthy blitz.

This thread for the folks using the March Health thread who wish to continue and for newcomers who want to work on any health issues--weight loss, smoking cessation, more exercise--and want a place to get and give support and report on progress. Everyone is welcome.

Richard
03-30-2005, 04:41 PM
I think I'm going to try amputation as a method of weight loss. It beats the alternative, which is sitting around on your own, feeling very, very hungry.

rhymegirl
03-30-2005, 04:56 PM
Thanks for the invite! I'm in.

My doctor wants me to get more exercise so that's what I'm working on. I will do more walking. I'm also trying to give up junk food.

Kudra
03-30-2005, 05:42 PM
Okay, the posts on some of the other threads had me feeling really guilty that I'm not exercising enough (or at all). So I'm going to jump in this month and see if I can get some sort of exercise routine into shape.

The goal: Exercise everyday. That's it. Simple. No complications. Two sit-ups counts, too. :D

Nivvie
03-30-2005, 06:14 PM
Oh dear God the year's slipping away and I still have a butt the size of Canada.

It was supposed to be all sorted now.
If I was a shop I'd demand my money back.

ChunkyC
03-30-2005, 08:49 PM
If I was a shop I'd demand my money back.
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/Emoterofl5.gif

Hi gang! As I mentioned in the March thread, I reached my goal of 225lbs this morning! So here we go again. To reiterate: I need to lose an average of nine pounds a month to get down to 170lbs by my birthday in October. So, by the end of April, I want to be at 216lbs.

http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage36/7.gif

Renee
03-31-2005, 05:37 AM
I've been running a mile a day, eating healthy, and it's not easy!

:D

But it works, I've lost 20 pounds and can see the slim old me!

LOL...

Stop smoking? Oh gee let's not even go there!

*Sparks up a cigarette*

I have to keep some bad habit!

ritinrider
03-31-2005, 07:01 AM
Richard, just exactly what are you going to amputate? Your arms so you can't eat? Gosh, that's goonna make it hard to write isn't it? Starving, or feeling like you are isn NOT good. Just start slow, heck if you just cut, say one cola a day (Melina?) you're going to cut over 100 calories (sorry I don't know the exact number of calories in a soda, all we have are diet drinks). In a week's time that's at least 700 calories, in five weeks that's a pound.

Now, I know losing weight at that speed isn't gonna work, but you can keep adding what you cut out, or back on, and slowly change your eating habits and soon you'll find yourself losing weight and not feeling deprived.

One of the 'baby steps' my husband and I took a few years ago was cutting down, or eliminating the egg yolk. A whole egg has something like 91 calories, the egg white only about 18. So since we had fresh eggs he has an omelet with 5 egg whites, and one whole egg, giving him about 190 calories for his main breakfast dish. He used to eat omelets made with 4 whole eggs, almost 400 calories. One little change and he cut his calories in half. When he first started it was 1 whole, 1 white. He kept changing the ratio until he reached his current formula. I have started leaving the yolk out all together when I fix mine.

I know the 'diet specialists' say have a two egg white omelet. Well, excuse me but 2 egg whites aren't enough to fill anybody up.

Remember, you can come here anytime, that's what Good Word started this thread for, so we could support each other. Good luck.

Renee, running a mile a day sounds good to me. One thing at a time, eat heathly get in shape then consider if you want to give up smoking. My family thinks my addiction to the cooler is a vice. If you run out of vices you can always count that one.

Heck Kit, even one situp counts.

Rhyme - welcome to the fray, the more the merrier.

Cute Chuck - wahoo, way to go. Gonna take the wife out dancing for your birthday to show off your new slim, svelte figure?

Nita

JenNipps
03-31-2005, 07:17 AM
"Got svelte?" Gotta love it! :)

I'm going to set a goal for myself for April. I want to lose 5 pounds. I think it's do-able. I will follow the WW flex plan without going too far off of it. (I haven't been a very good Jen as far as that goes this week or last.) And back & weather providing, I will exercise more. (I prefer to go to the track & walk when the weather's cooperative.)

My immediate goal is to get rid of this blasted cold.

JenNipps
04-01-2005, 06:06 AM
In the interest of getting over this cold and thus getting healthier, I broke down & went to the doctor today.

It's no cold. Well, it's partly a cold. But it's also "mild" bronchitis. How fun. So... Maybe (hopefully) this will start to clear up now.

Renee
04-01-2005, 06:19 AM
In the interest of getting over this cold and thus getting healthier, I broke down & went to the doctor today.

It's no cold. Well, it's partly a cold. But it's also "mild" bronchitis. How fun. So... Maybe (hopefully) this will start to clear up now.

Hey Jen, get better! I just over something very similiar (lasted 9 f'in days) so I know how ya feel. Hang in there!

PS- I try NOT to count my addiction to the cooler, others might think otherwise though..hehe..oh well!

Richard
04-01-2005, 11:53 AM
Richard, just exactly what are you going to amputate? Your arms so you can't eat? Gosh, that's goonna make it hard to write isn't it?

I was thinking of my stomach. Kill two birds with one stone. Just have a bag to catch anything you eat, and you get all the fun of doing so without ever gaining a single pound. And the reduced life expectancy is great if you consider all the fatty foods you'll get to eat in the meantime.

Good Word
04-01-2005, 03:08 PM
Ta-dah! Let the thread officially begin! (hits gong, curtsies)

I did my first full WW day yesterday and did pretty well. Worked out too. I need to up my stairmaster intake this month.

A true story that Rich reminded me of:

When I was in the recovery room, a short while after giving birth via c-section, I asked the nurses what the placenta weighed, so I could approximate my immediate weight loss. Ew, yuck, grody! The nurses thought it was hysterical, and immediately obliged me by weighing it. They said no one had ever asked them before. However, I was so groggy I don't remember the answer.

Dang.

maestrowork
04-01-2005, 03:46 PM
I gained back six pounds. >-(

ritinrider
04-01-2005, 04:24 PM
Maestro, you're not supposed to EAT while in the hot tub. Besides, bet on you six pounds looks sexy. You could find a way to give 'em to Mike, I think he WANTS to gain weight. (sigh, if only)

Nita

Nivvie
04-01-2005, 07:20 PM
This site speaks my language.

http://www.normaleating.com/


It's all well and good dieting, but if it's just going to pile back on what's the point?

*Pleads with the gods*

I just want to be normal!!!

Richard
04-01-2005, 07:23 PM
When I was in the recovery room, a short while after giving birth via c-section, I asked the nurses what the placenta weighed, so I could approximate my immediate weight loss.

Now that's an appetite killer...

trumancoyote
04-01-2005, 07:30 PM
I recently turned vegetarian, so here's hopin' my spare tire'll go rollin' off as far away from me as it possibly can.

As for quitting smoking, **** that. I'm a writer, not an Apostle.

And Good Word: on the subject of appetites and placentas, I've got some fabulous placenta recipes should you so desire them :D

Nivvie
04-01-2005, 08:41 PM
Ohh, this all brings back some happy memories. My daughter was just shy of 10lbs, and they asked if they could keep the placenta for studies as it was the largest one anyone had ever seen.

Ahh, a doubly happy day....

SRHowen
04-01-2005, 09:55 PM
Well, I think I will jump in this month. I am an insulin dependant diabetic--been one for 38 years with very very good control. (and no losing weight will not help in my case with the insulin dependancy -- that's type two non-insulin dependant who can take pills--their bodies still make insulin just not enough.)

Now the last few months I have been having a horrible time sticking to my diet, or any of it--maybe I am just tired of it. Sigh. I've gained a ton of weight--so yes I need to lose some ( a lot) But i need to get back on the right road of diabetic care.

So my goal is to lose weight, doc says 2 to 3 pounds a week, (boy Iíd like to loose more) and get back on my regime of diabetic care with no lapses.

Here's a good site to monitor diet and stuff: http://www.fitday.com/WebFit/Index.html

Shawn

ChunkyC
04-01-2005, 11:40 PM
Good luck with that, Shawn. My dearly departed mother in law was diabetic and it certainly took an effort to keep everything under control. She lived with us for the last five years of her life, so I got to see first hand what it takes, at least as close a look as a non-diabetic is likely to get.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif Good luck to everyone this month! And don't forget to keep exercising those writing/typing fingers!

jdkiggins
04-02-2005, 01:35 AM
Hope everyone doesn't mind if I join in. Congratulations to all who have been losing weight, exercising, and eating properly.

I decided after reading the thread I needed to get in here and admit that I'm trying very hard to quit smoking. I know, nasty habit and with my medical condition you'd think I wouldn't have a problem quitting.

My doctor has been after me for a few years to quit. Now it has become an order. It's been something I've been "trying" way too long.

I leave my cigarettes in a different room, go outside to smoke, put off smoking for 20 minutes after the need, and I've even divided the pack into five neat little stacks allowing myself only four cigarettes a day. I've gone through all the local Wal-Martís gum, suckers, and hard candy. Can't use the Nicorette gum or patches due to stroke possibilities.

Today, I put a full unopened carton on top of my freezer. I stare at it now and then, walk away and when the urge hits, I stare again.

Today, I have not smoked one cigarette.

Please, yell at me at least four times a day.

Joanne, don't smoke!

Thank you. :)

trumancoyote
04-02-2005, 02:02 AM
But smoking's so delightfully refreshing (and existentially charming!).

I need to quit, too, but I'm still in my Honeymoon stage w/ mah ciggies, so I know it ain't happenin' anytime soon.

maestrowork
04-02-2005, 06:20 AM
My six pounds of extra fat was an April's Fool joke. ;)

I couldn't afford to gain weight... I want to look good for the big day.

;)

Cheers.... and keep losing!!!!

Maryn
04-02-2005, 06:15 PM
Joanne, don't smoke. Yeah, we know you want to, but don't.

I quit. It was a b----, too, but it can be done by people whose will power falls way short of legendary.

How can we best help you?

(It's silly, but when the urge to smoke became strong, holding my breath for as long as I could helped the urge to pass. Free, too!)

Maryn, who has other vices

Melina
04-02-2005, 06:20 PM
My six pounds of extra fat was an April's Fool joke. ;)


Okay, Ray--lookout, you hot tub hottie! CANNONBALL!
What are you gonna do now that your water's all gone, huh, Mr. Hardbody? :tongue

Okay, I've managed to get rid of a pesky 3 lbs. I'm shooting for 10 this month, and I won't be satisfied with anything less. I absolutely refuse to be this fat for the summer! I'm not supposed to be fat, I'm cute, dammit! Besides, I also refuse to buy a new wardrobe because I've grown out of it! So- I'm afraid I'm going to have to nuke Frappucinos. I really will miss them. Pepsi is still a constant struggle with me, but I haven't had more than one a day for at least a week. The rest of the stuff can stay the same. I'm still walking at least a mile a day, most of the time 2 miles. I eat lots of fruit and veggies, etc. Gotta stick with it...

Good luck and congrats to those who are progressing...

Melina

Kudra
04-02-2005, 06:29 PM
Are you smoking, Joanne? You better not be! :whip:

I walked for half an hour today. It actually feels good. I could get used to this kinda thing. ;)

rhymegirl
04-02-2005, 06:55 PM
I was bad last night. I had a few chocolate cookies. Gave in to temptation. What do I do next week when my husband makes me a birthday cake? Is there such a thing as a low-fat cake?

I'll do extra floor exercises today to make up for my cookie binge. It is pouring rain out there so I don't feel the urge to go walking in it.

SRHowen
04-02-2005, 06:56 PM
Reminder for Shawn--IF YOU ARE EATING, it better be low carb, no surgar, and you had better have stuck yourself with the right amouont of insulin after testing your blood glucose level.

jdkiggins
04-02-2005, 07:32 PM
Thanks for gentle nudge there Maryn. I'll try holding my breath, anything is worth trying at this point of craziness.

KitKat, thanks for the whip. :)

Thanks for the nudge you two. Keep heckling me, I can take it.
No I am not smoking I'm happy to say. :banana: It has been a whopping 28 hours. Jenna may need to add more space to her server, because my posts may overload the boards to keep my hands busy. :ROFL:

maestrowork
04-03-2005, 02:49 PM
I've been really bad today. On the set they had nothing but chips and cookies and sandwiches with meat and cheese, and pop and pizza and bagels and coffee. So I tried to be good and drink only tea and bottled water, and for snacks only fruits. But it was so tempting to eat the bad stuff since it was so COLD (I was in costume so I couldn't really "bundle up") I ended up having half a package of chocolate chip cookies... yum!

Worse, I came home all hungry and tired, so I had Chinese takeout. Yum. But totally not healthy. All that rice...

I think I have gained three pounds just writing this message.

Kudra
04-03-2005, 06:02 PM
Bad Ray! :whip:

jdkiggins
04-03-2005, 07:12 PM
2 days, 4 hours and 20 minutes without a cigarette! Technically it's 3 hours, but springing forward gave me a free one. :)

Pressure. Oh, the pressure!

ritinrider
04-03-2005, 07:23 PM
:partyguy: 2 days, four hours is cause for celebration. Way to go JD.

Nita

JenNipps
04-03-2005, 08:55 PM
I didn't turn on the computer all day yesterday. I slept a lot and went walking around Robber's Cave with my Mom & Granny. So I got in about 20 minutes of light exercise too. Yay!

And today, I feel a LOT better. I can actually talk. I'm groggy from my meds, but other than that, I really do feel a lot better. :)

maestrowork
04-03-2005, 10:33 PM
You can do it, Joanne. You can! Imagine being able to jog and run and do all that outdoors stuff in the spring without the burden of cigs.

Don't smoke!

Kudra
04-03-2005, 10:50 PM
Friends came over today, and they brought chips. And chocolates. I promised myself that I'd get at least 30 minutes of exercise after they left, but I spent those thirty minutes digging out the remaining chips from beneath the sofa instead. Gotta stop eating like a pig!

Kudra
04-03-2005, 10:51 PM
Oh, and Joanne-- you're not smoking again are you?

ritinrider
04-04-2005, 01:35 AM
Joanne, where are your posts? Thought you were gonna fill the boards up typing so you didn't smoke. You're not smoking are you? Come talk to us, keep those hands busy. Or, you could type on your wip, naw, come talk to us.

Nita

maestrowork
04-04-2005, 01:39 AM
No smoking, Joanne. Or else you're gonna get a spanking...

(hmmm... on second thought, she might be more inticed to smoke... hmmmm)

jdkiggins
04-04-2005, 03:25 AM
Nope, I'm not smoking. :thankyou: Thanks for the nudges everyone. I've been with my mom all day. Just got back home about an hour ago.

It's been 2 days and almost 13 hours. I quit at 6:30 in the morning on April 1. I don't count the five hours I slept that evening. :)

I won't say it's been easy, especially with all the waiting for audition finalists, but I made it! Thank you all for your wonderful support. I'd cook a great balanced healthy meal and have you all come over for dinner, but your travel expense would outweigh my effort or thought.

I'm proud of all of you for all your accomplishments. I do have some great recipes for healthy meals if anyone is interested.

SRHowen
04-04-2005, 03:59 AM
Yeah--great work.

Me, today all my glucose reading were close to normal.

One day---

Shawn

jdkiggins
04-04-2005, 04:04 AM
Congrats! Shawn. My mom is a diabetic. I don't like jabbing her everyday to check her glucose levels, but we smile when they stay under 120. :)
Keep up the good work!
Joanne

Renee
04-04-2005, 06:11 AM
*Puff, puff*

Renee
04-04-2005, 06:16 AM
Please, yell at me at least four times a day.

Joanne, don't smoke!

Thank you. :)

Hi Joanne, good to see you here. Congratulations on not smoking, today. That would be one helluva accomplishment for me.

:Thumbs:

Renee

PS- Joanne - don't smoke, don't smoke, don't smoke! Oh and don't smoke..lol..there you get four yellings (hehe)!

tfdswift
04-05-2005, 12:27 AM
JoAnne Don't smoke!!!!!!

I haven't lost any more weight. Thank goodness I have not gained. But to be honest I haven't been exercising. I have so much going on in my life right now.

My mom calls me constantly with one favor or another. I am packing for the move to Alaska, we are having a public Auction on the 23rd of this month, I am trying to get the rest of my book edited/revised with my mentor and I have people calling 24 hours a day about my house being for sale. My diet and exercise have seemed to taken a back burner. I need to get back on track.

I hope everyone else is doing better than I am...

~~Tammy

jdkiggins
04-05-2005, 01:14 AM
Tammy,

The way I see, you haven't gained, so you're doing pretty good. :Thumbs:
:Hug2: Good luck with the sale of the house, the move, the editing, and the exercise. :) And thanks for the nudge.
Joanne

Kudra
04-05-2005, 01:20 AM
I've always avoided going to the gym by saying that I don't like going there alone and if I had company, I'd go. Apparently, I didn't know that my best friend's sister uses the same excuse! Hah! My best friend finally put two and two together and figured that her sister and I could go to the gym together.

Wha...? :Jaw: That wasn't supposed to happen!

Nivvie
04-05-2005, 01:33 AM
Joanne don't smoke!!
When I got desperate I used to take the middle out of a plastic ball point pen and suck air through it.
Probably best not to do that in public though....nowadays they have those nicotine inhalers, might be a better idea.

ChunkyC
04-05-2005, 02:29 AM
Joanne, you are nearly there! The physical withdrawal from nicotine addiction lasts roughly three days, as with other narcotics. After that, it's all psychological. Just stay away from the little habitual things you would do when having a cigarette. If you always had a smoke with your coffee, then do something else while you drink it, such as make notes for your latest WIP. Any activity that keeps your hands busy should work.

By the by, I'm still at 225. No loss, but no gain. Can't complain.

ChunkyC
04-05-2005, 04:29 AM
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteSmack.gif I can't believe I forgot to mention that I saw Supersize Me last night. If you want some incentive to stick with your exercise and diet, check it out.

maestrowork
04-05-2005, 04:37 AM
Great movie. Makes me swear off chicken mcnuggets for good.

rhymegirl
04-05-2005, 04:45 AM
Is that the flick where the guy eats nothing but McDonald's food for a month or so?

Maryn
04-05-2005, 05:09 AM
Joanne, don't smoke! (This is kind of fun!)

We had the pleasure of both kids' spring breaks falling the same week, and I can't believe how much we ate. Our daughter (who has a perfectly nice figure--thank god she isn't flashing at strangers on Florida beaches, huh?) is a breadmaker at the food co-op at her college, doing everything by hand--no bread machines, no dough hooks--and she's gotten good. We had fresh bread or rolls every single day, with no repetitions, and some days she also baked a dessert.

(My 'homemade' desserts begin their lives in a box.)

Our son, who attends a different school, longed for meat, so we ate approximately 1.5 steers, plus assorted hogs and poultry.

I don't even want to see how much I gained (or how clogged my arteries have become). I've eaten wisely today, and will try to keep it up for at least a week before I dare to step on the scale.

Maryn, feeling guilty

P.S. Joanne, don't smoke!

jdkiggins
04-05-2005, 07:19 AM
Joanne, you are nearly there! The physical withdrawal from nicotine addiction lasts roughly three days, as with other narcotics. After that, it's all psychological.
Oh no, Chuck. Now I'm really at risk with that last sentence. This will be a real challenge.


Just stay away from the little habitual things you would do when having a cigarette. If you always had a smoke with your coffee, then do something else while you drink it, such as make notes for your latest WIP. Any activity that keeps your hands busy should work.

By the by, I'm still at 225. No loss, but no gain. Can't complain.

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll add those to the ones I've already tried; might not be as fattening that way. :)

Congrats! on staying the same. Feel great that you haven't gained. I think you people are wonderful. :Hug2:

jdkiggins
04-05-2005, 07:21 AM
Oh yes, rather than repost it here. If you want to see what my day was like with smoking, I posted a little tid bit in the "good deed" thread.

:snoopy: I feeel good. Nananana. Yes, I feel good.

ChunkyC
04-06-2005, 07:33 PM
keep on rockin' in the free world....

http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage38/7.gif
224lbs!

Rhymegirl -- yes, SuperSize Me (http://www.supersizeme.com/) is a documentary, the director / writer/ guineau pig (that's how he's credited on the site) Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonalds food for thirty days. The results were frightening. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. If you have the bandwidth, let the intro run, it's great!

Maryn
04-06-2005, 11:42 PM
I'm still not willing to climb aboard the scale (way to be, ChunkyC!), but it's worth a small Huzzah! to see that all of a sudden the melon and strawberries in the store are good. Warm weather (and fast shipping) produces some of the lightest, yet most delicious, eating! (How long 'til white peaches?)

Maryn, eating honeydew chunks

JenNipps
04-07-2005, 06:33 AM
I'm decidedly unmotivated.

The weather is nice, good for walking. I haven't done any.

The conference in Oklahoma City is at the end of this month and there's this certain dress I want to wear for one of the banquets. I haven't tried it on. Truth to tell, over the past couple weeks, I haven't even been following the WW program.

Worst thing? Right now I can't find it in me to care. I've been rather down in the dumps over several things lately and diet/exercise doesn't seem important at the moment.

It'll pass. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

maestrowork
04-07-2005, 06:35 AM
I gained two pounds. :Headbang:

Time to lay off the chocolates and whipped cream.

Nivvie
04-07-2005, 09:00 PM
Don't smoke Joanne!!



Although, I'm sure you're not, and you're being all strong.

But still......*puts on stern head mistress face and flexes cane*.....just in case.

jdkiggins
04-07-2005, 11:03 PM
Nope, still not smoking. I lost track of the number of days. Looking at the calendar to figure it out made me want a smoke, so I quit counting. :)

Thanks for the nudges. Put that cane down, Nivvie. :D

Maryn
04-07-2005, 11:27 PM
I gained two pounds. :Headbang:

Time to lay off the chocolates and whipped cream.It's going to be a lot more difficult for you to lick celery sticks from our nubile bodies, but hey, it's good exercise.

Maryn, not clean enough to eat off of, at the moment

ritinrider
04-08-2005, 02:57 AM
:snoopy: Hey Joanne, I went back and checked your posts, the way I figured it you smoked your last cigeratte on March 31. That means today, April 7, you have been smoke free for one week. (*whispers* you haven't smoked today have you?) I think that calls for a smilie party. I'll get you started, maybe the others who are better party people will liven it up for you.

yeah Joanne
:Jump: :Guitar: :hooray: :hooray: :partyguy: :partyguy: :partyguy: :partyguy: :TheWave: :Cheer: :Cheer: :PartySmil :banana: :Clap: :Clap:

Nita

Nivvie
04-08-2005, 12:53 PM
Whhhooo!.....*hic*......Imma...not much of a driiinkerrr...*hic*...but here's my....er...contribution...I hope this carpet wasn't expensive.....



:banana: :banana: :Clap: :Jump: :hooray: :partyguy: :Thumbs: :TheWave:

Melina
04-08-2005, 06:04 PM
Joanne! Congratulations on your smoke-free week! I know how hard it is, I've quit several times myself. I'll be quitting again on the 1st of May.

On to my news: I haven't gone near the scale, and I haven't walked much this past week because of the rain. But-- yesterday my hubby bought me a membership to a health club. It's great, because it's half a block from where I live, and I went there as a guest a couple of weeks ago. Tried yoga for the first time, and loved it! That's what made me want to join. I've always believed that no one needs to join a gym, you can exercise at home effectively without spending all that money. Besides, I hate all the skinny people in spandex watching me get all red in the face over my crunches. But, I found this yoga thing to be a great workout in a supportive environment. There are other classes I'm really interested in, too. I think I'll sign up for the beginning karate classes! I'm so excited! Maybe I can fit into that red dress by my birthday! I have my first session with my personal trainer today (you get 2 free sessions when you sign up), to set up a workout routine. I hope to have all kinds of great things to report in the weeks to come!

Keep it up, people!

Melina

ChunkyC
04-08-2005, 08:23 PM
Hi gang! This morning, I was shocked to stand on the scale and see:

http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage38/7.gif
222lbs!

Holy smokes! (Don't smoke, Joanne!) I had to cut another hole in my belt because I couldn't get it snug anymore. It's now three notches tighter than when I started, and for the first time in years, it feels like it is resting on my hips. Yes, I still have enough of a belly to exert constant downward pressure on the beltline, but before, I had no waist at all, and now it is beginning to appear at the sides. I am so friggin' pumped today that I know I'm going to need my half hour walk just to burn off the excess energy generated by my excitement.

C'mon, Jen. You can do it. Come walk with me today, it doesn't matter what time. Go find a quiet spot away from traffic noise and smog, walk along and imagine I'm there with you and we're chatting about AW and the Idol contest and our dreams for our writing careers. I'll do the same and send you images of the river and mountains as I trot along:

You can smell the forest waking up after the long mountain winter. The snow is mostly gone, the river is flowing more freely every day and Canada Geese are nesting on its shores. Soon Bald Eagles will be passing through on their annual migration north and we'll be able to spot them in the treetops, looking down upon us as we pass by.

You'll feel much better afterward, you'll see. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif

jdkiggins
04-08-2005, 09:07 PM
WAY TO GO!!! CHUNKYC WOOOOHOOOOOO


CONGRATULATIONS!!

And thank you to you for all your encouragement and to ritinrider and Nivvie and the rest of the bunch.

This health group rocks!!!!!

Joanne

ritinrider
04-09-2005, 04:50 AM
just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in. Okay, it's official, I'm o - l - d.

Really, congrats to Cute Chuck and Joanne and everyone else. Chuck, did ya see the deer I pointed out to you on our walk? I know you invited Jen, but I tagged along, needed the help, bad.

Official weigh in for me is Monday, assuming I have internet access I'll report any progress or lack of then.

See ya.
Nita

Good Word
04-09-2005, 04:07 PM
Joanne, congrats and DON'T SMOKE! :Clap:

Charlie, you featherweight, you!

Melina, I've been working out with a trainer for a while now, and love it. It helps keep me on track, is great for my mood, and I love lifting weights. Even on the days I don't do that great with food, if I work out it helps a lot. And it can help you lose inches.

My weight loss is very slow, a total of 6 pounds, but if I lose another 8 I think I can get into that pair of jeans for my trip and it's about all I can ask for at this point. But believe me, I'll be thrilled!

Lisa

SRHowen
04-09-2005, 04:42 PM
Well, no weight loss yet--and boy do I need to, put on dress slacks yesterday to go to a class and I was wishing all day I could have undone the dang things--they were killing me.

My glucose readings have not been the best but they are lower, stress and too much of it lately and everyonein the house is sick with something.

Joanne congrats ont eh no smoking---it's a big step and you can do it. http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_5_103.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm41442US) http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_5_133.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm41442US) http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_201.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm41442US) http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_5_121.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm41442US) http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_112.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm41442US) http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_111.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxdm41442US)

ChunkyC
04-09-2005, 06:45 PM
Glad to have you on the walk, Nita! Everyone is welcome!

I don't know what's going on this week, but this morning....

http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage38/7.gif
221lbs

Wow. I put on an outfit today that I haven't worn in probably three or four years.

jdkiggins
04-10-2005, 02:28 AM
ChunkyC, you're going to need to go shopping and buy a whole new wardrobe soon. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Joanne

maestrowork
04-10-2005, 03:17 AM
CC, at this rate, soon you'll be wearing my skirts...

Renee
04-10-2005, 03:32 AM
CC, at this rate, soon you'll be wearing my skirts...

Hehe...I have no comment to that. :)

Good Word
04-10-2005, 05:48 AM
Hehe...I have no comment to that. :)

I do...Maestro, you naughty girlyman. I guess the bronzer put you over the edge.

JenNipps
04-10-2005, 06:57 AM
C'mon, Jen. You can do it. Come walk with me today, it doesn't matter what time. Go find a quiet spot away from traffic noise and smog, walk along and imagine I'm there with you and we're chatting about AW and the Idol contest and our dreams for our writing careers. I'll do the same and send you images of the river and mountains as I trot along:

You can smell the forest waking up after the long mountain winter. The snow is mostly gone, the river is flowing more freely every day and Canada Geese are nesting on its shores. Soon Bald Eagles will be passing through on their annual migration north and we'll be able to spot them in the treetops, looking down upon us as we pass by.

You'll feel much better afterward, you'll see. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif

Aw, man, Chuck, I didn't see this 'til just now. I think tomorrow, though, I'll make Mom go with me and we'll go walk around the track here. Best place to go, and if I'm understanding right, the weather should still be nice most of the day before the rain & possible storms start moving in tomorrow evening.

maestrowork
04-10-2005, 07:00 AM
I do...Maestro, you naughty girlyman. I guess the bronzer put you over the edge.

You're just jealous I look better in one...

Good Word
04-10-2005, 03:03 PM
Well, I'll just bet you do, you sweet l'il thing, especially with the right pair of hose and matching pumps. :wag:

Good Word
04-10-2005, 03:24 PM
Alright, alright, we're digressing.:D Let's get back on track...

Today I am going to be very focused about my food plan. Also I did 12 minutes on the stairmaster yesterday as part of my workout.

I'm picking up the jeans next week--they're getting a new zipper. I want to fit into them soon. Aargh! Spring is, like, totally here, man.

ChunkyC
04-10-2005, 05:37 PM
CC, at this rate, soon you'll be wearing my skirts...
If you've got the legs for it, then flaunt 'em, brother mine!

Kudra
04-10-2005, 06:27 PM
I walked for 20 minutes today, and felt absolutely awesome. It's not much, but it's a start. I could get used to this kinda thing.

jdkiggins
04-10-2005, 06:38 PM
Another beautiful day here in PA. I'm going for a walk to enjoy the sun, the warm breeze, the smell of spring. Might talk to a few deer while I'm in the woods. KitKat, want to join me?

10 days, smoke free! WOO HOO (thanks ritinrider for keeping track. :))

Nivvie
04-11-2005, 02:21 PM
Well done Joanne :Thumbs:


Now don't even think of slipping up, or I'll set Jessica Fletcher on you! She may be knocking on a bit now, but I'm sure she could track you down, and bring that sherrif/Richie Cunningham's dad bloke with her.

Just this morning she stopped me from nipping out to the bakery for a nice warm croissant. She's mean.

Good Word
04-11-2005, 03:19 PM
Joanne, great news. Very cool.

I did pretty well re:eating this weekend, and yesterday I went for a bike ride. Couldn't hang out in the gym on a one of the first truly gorgeous days so far this year. Did some yard work, too.

I stopped into a little clothing boutique and saw a pair of culottes that made me think Ray. Those are definitely Ray. But I didn't know what size. ;) teehee

jdkiggins
04-11-2005, 03:42 PM
LOL Nivvie,

You keep Fletcher handy. Let her eat all the pastries. Good work.
And thanks for the nudge. The only thing I don't like about not smoking; all the foods I thought I'd liked because I couldn't taste them, I don't. :( Now I have to search for something new to eat. I think I'll try yogurt.

Good Word, good for you. Riding a bike is great exercise.

Hey CC. Are you in your shorts yet? You did go get some new clothes, right? Keep telling that scale to go down, down, down.

Good luck everyone.

ritinrider
04-11-2005, 06:16 PM
Goodwork Joanne, as your taste buds adjust you may find you don't need as much spice for your food either.

CC at the rate you're going you'll make goal well before your birthday. Yah!

Congrats to everyone for making the commitment to get healthy and sticking with it. Great progress everyone.

As for me:Got rid of that pesky pound that found it's way back a couple of weeks ago, even got rid of another 1/2 inch. Back on track - very good thing.

Nita

jdkiggins
04-11-2005, 06:42 PM
Good for you, Nita. That's the way to go!

Congrats!

Joanne

Maryn
04-11-2005, 11:43 PM
I've been doing so-so at best, in terms of eating, but now that the snow's gone I'm being really good about walking. Twenty-one miles so far this month! (And no, I most assuredly am not athletic!)

Maryn, her usual lumpy self

tjwriter
04-12-2005, 12:39 AM
After reading all this, I think I am going to have to join all of you in an effort to get healthy.

I am 5'3" and weigh about 60lbs more than I should, even if everyone says they can't tell it. Over about the last 6 years I have slowly put on weight. This last weekend, I was in a Collegiate Conference competition and we had to walk everywhere. I really realized how out of shape I was.

I think my focus is going to be on exercising. The park a couple blocks from my house has a paved road that makes a mile in 3 laps I believe. My goal is walking 2 miles at a brisk pace. I will remember to make sure to stretch very well, as I found I can avoid being sore by doing some serious stretches.

Most of my extra body is in the ab, hip, butt, thigh region so I think walking is a good choice.

Perhaps once I get to exercising consistently, I will begin to address food and cigarettes. Plus, I really want to wear some of the clothes just sitting in my closet.
P.S. I have hit 50 posts now. Yay!! Once I get a good pic of me and the boys (dogs), I will use that as my avatar. Until then Ms. Ryan will serve a how I wish I could have looked that good in a Trek uniform.

Kudra
04-12-2005, 11:32 AM
Another beautiful day here in PA. I'm going for a walk to enjoy the sun, the warm breeze, the smell of spring. Might talk to a few deer while I'm in the woods. KitKat, want to join me?

Of course! I'd love some company. :)

I did 30 sit-ups yesterday. I heard somewhere that if you do 30 sit-ups for a month, you can get great abs. I don't really need to lose any more weight (I'm quite thin and I'd be invisible if I lost more weight), but I sure could use some muscle.

Nivvie
04-12-2005, 02:00 PM
Most of my extra body is in the ab, hip, butt, thigh region so I think walking is a good choice.


Plus, I really want to wear some of the clothes just sitting in my closet.


I'm with you there, I'm like a normal person on top and spherical person on the bottom, I think it's what the French refer to as 'le weeble'.

On the upside, I look quite normal in top half photos, I could seriously fool someone in a video dating scenario.

And the clothes! All those pretty, gorgeous and expensive clothes! The waste! Where did that slim girl go? She used to look so stylish before her body went all funhouse mirror on her....sniff...sniff...let's just hope that by the time I lose the weight I won't be so old I'll be commiting crimes against decency by wearing those clothes again.

Kudra
04-12-2005, 05:44 PM
I should really get some sort of a medal for this one-- I walked three miles today! THREE miles! Woo-hoo! :banana:

I'd started walking everyday back in October, and I'd do 4 miles a day. I'd stopped around mid-November because of workload. Now I'm getting back on track, and it's feeling good. Now if only I can do it for 20 more days, it won't feel like such a chore.

Good Word
04-12-2005, 06:39 PM
That does it--I'm going for a bike ride NOW!

Kudra
04-12-2005, 10:27 PM
You can do it Goodword. :poke:

Go on, go for that ride, and tell us how it went. I'll even share my walking trophy with ya. :Trophy:

jdkiggins
04-12-2005, 10:49 PM
I did 30 sit-ups yesterday. .

Congrats! on 30 sit-ups. I don't think I could do even one.
I may have to give it a shot. :)

ChunkyC
04-13-2005, 03:18 AM
Sit-ups? http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif Not there yet!

But: walked two miles yesterday and again today. I'm shifting from every second day to every day now, and allowing myself to miss a day here and there if I'm too busy with other stuff.

Closet news: I officially have clothes that don't fit ... because they're too big!!!

Yowzer!

maestrowork
04-13-2005, 03:21 AM
Congrats! on 30 sit-ups. I don't think I could do even one.
I may have to give it a shot. :)

I did 50 sit-downs today. And also numerous lie-downs.

Do I get a brownie for that?

jdkiggins
04-13-2005, 03:30 AM
:Trophy: Way to Go!!! CC

rhymegirl
04-13-2005, 04:05 AM
How many miles do you think it would be if you walked for an hour? I did that about a month ago walking back from an appointment because I missed the bus. It was really good exercise!

SRHowen
04-13-2005, 05:03 AM
I had a completely crappy day---urgh.

jdkiggins
04-13-2005, 05:14 AM
It takes me almost an hour to walk 2 1/2 miles. But I'm slow. :)


How many miles do you think it would be if you walked for an hour? I did that about a month ago walking back from an appointment because I missed the bus. It was really good exercise!

jdkiggins
04-13-2005, 05:15 AM
Sorry Shawn. Hope your evening is better. :)

aboyd
04-13-2005, 05:21 AM
I did 30 sit-ups yesterday. I heard somewhere that if you do 30 sit-ups for a month, you can get great abs.I did 50 situps a day for about 3 months, and it didn't make any difference. Of course, this was probably because I had 20 pounds of blubber around my midsection. Maybe it DID do some good, but I couldn't see anything under that fat. Let me know if you end up with better results.

I'm 5' 11" 180 lbs. I don't know if that sounds overweight or not, but you can't see my jawline -- my head and neck are just sort of one thick protrusion from my shoulders.

Oh well. After being sick and laid-up for a month or two, my wife and I started back up on the workouts yesterday. I'm bummed. I want to sit here and read posts for the evening, but my wife insists we go workout soon. Better read fast! :)

Kudra
04-13-2005, 12:15 PM
How many miles do you think it would be if you walked for an hour? I did that about a month ago walking back from an appointment because I missed the bus. It was really good exercise!

Took me almost an hour to walk 3 miles.

CC, you're quite an inspiration! I'm going to follow your example and walk everyday from now on. Way to go! :Clap:

jdkiggins
04-13-2005, 06:06 PM
Good for you KitKat. You're a bit quicker. :)

Keep walking!

JenNipps
04-13-2005, 06:54 PM
Yesterday, I had to work with my Mom out of town. THere was one woman who brought her husband in to see the doctor (applying for Social Security Disability). She & Mom got to talking. She said she lost 218 pounds in two years!

She said she cut out pasta, bread, and potatoes. And walked.

I'm inclined to think there's more to it than that, because that's a LOT of weight to lose in two years. But, I could be wrong. It could just be mindset. But her attitude irked me. Oh well.

SRHowen
04-13-2005, 07:20 PM
2 years ago I lost 50 pounds, cutting bread pasta and potaoes--it's called Atkins. And if you do it the way the book says, and it does not just mean cutting carbs and starchs, it includes salads everyday, a couple a day and so on. It does work. It worked for my father in law who lost over 150 pounds in a year.

So why haven't I gone back to it? I do eat low carb, that being diabetic. But since i have been having trouble with my glucose going up and down I can't skip carbs all together.

But you have to get and follow the book.

maestrowork
04-13-2005, 07:28 PM
There's always the South Beach Diet: strap on a thong and walk around town... if it doesn't shame you into getting in shape I don't know what...

;)

JenNipps
04-13-2005, 08:40 PM
There's always the South Beach Diet: strap on a thong and walk around town... if it doesn't shame you into getting in shape I don't know what...

:ROFL:

Seriously, though... I did do the South Beach Diet -- the actual diet, not walking around like you say -- and had good results on it. I think the main deal is I'm not motivated. lol

Good Word
04-13-2005, 10:11 PM
I did do a short bike ride yesterday, and a longer workout today.

I know exercise is good for me, and I often really like it, but the only way I ever lose weight is through less food intake, and I've done great for a couple of days but just ate a handful of mini-chocolate cookies. Dammit, self!

Kudra
04-13-2005, 10:31 PM
I know exercise is good for me, and I often really like it, but the only way I ever lose weight is through less food intake, and I've done great for a couple of days but just ate a handful of mini-chocolate cookies. Dammit, self!

Yeah, walking 3 miles does no good if you're going to come back and devour a whole bag of chips because "I so deserve it." Not that I did that or anything. ;)

Joanne, I'm quite a fast walker. I take after my dad. I still can't keep up with him. He'll be way ahead only walking, and we'll be almost running to keep up. That's why I don't walk with him anymore. But I guess I'm a lot faster than most people. Though I try not to walk too ahead of everyone. Don't like people staring at my a$$. :D

Did 20 sit-ups and walked two miles today. If ChunkyC can do it, so can I dammit!

JenNipps
04-13-2005, 10:38 PM
This is a mindset thing. I was into it somewhat before all hades broke loose stress-wise. OK, so admittedly it's not that bad, but when you're in the middle of it, it's like, "Stop the world, I want to get OFF!!"

Oh well.

Anyway....

I'm not going to give up on the rest of the month, but I'm making a promise here to re-evaluate where I am, where I want to go, and get started better/again at the first of May. :)

ChunkyC
04-13-2005, 10:47 PM
Thanks for the pat on the back, gang. Yes, Jen, I believe mindset is everything. How you think affects you in so many ways. How can it not? Your brain runs your body's systems. If your brain feels good, as in you cultivate a postive and happy attitude, it has to have a positive impact on your body.

When I started this on that day I stood on the scale and saw the readout at 250lbs, I told myself: this is it, you are no longer just chunky, you are fat! This stops now! No more junk food, no more fast-food restaurants, you are going to get rid of the weight once and for all, and you are going to like it!

I have tried to approach this weight loss as something to looking forward to, like a good soon-to-be-released movie, or a concert I've been excited about. Every day I jump out of bed thinking: I'm getting healthier, this is great! I can't wait until the next time the scale shows I've lost another pound! And when it shows I'm the same as the last time, or I've bounced back up a pound, I don't worry about it. No biggie, I say to myself. That's the way things always are. Even people in perfect shape don't stay the exact same weight every day. What counts is the amount I lose every month.

I hope I don't sound like one of those perky infomercial twits gushing on about the thigh-scruncher or heinie-blaster or whatever the latest exercise ripoff is: Oh, Binky, isn't the Ab-Masher just the keenest? *GAG*

I just know that getting enthusiastic about losing weight has been the key for me.

maestrowork
04-13-2005, 10:50 PM
Quick, CC, is that your butt crack I'm seeing? :scared: Your pants are falling off!

WTG, Buddy.

JenNipps
04-13-2005, 10:52 PM
I hope I don't sound like one of those perky infomercial twits gushing on about the thigh-scruncher or heinie-blaster or whatever the latest exercise ripoff is: Oh, Binky, isn't the Ab-Masher just the keenest? *GAG*

:ROFL:

OK. I've got to get back to work. Transcription doesn't do itself. But I just about busted a gut laughing at that. I could so easily see/hear one of those "informercial twits" (good call, BTW) going on like that.

jdkiggins
04-13-2005, 11:17 PM
I just finished weeding and mulching about a four square foot area in one of my flower beds. I'm tired already. I have eight flower beds in my yard, so at this rate I'm still going to be weeding and mulching until the snow falls again. :D That was my exercise today other than walking to my mom's and back. That's about 1 1/2 miles through the woods.

Mindset is everything, CC. You're right. I think the more positive people think, the better the mood and therefore a more satisfying outcome.

Have a great day everyone. Keep on keepin' on. :Sun:

Good Word
04-16-2005, 12:25 AM
Food stuff okay, exercise on the elliptical machine and 13 min on stairmaster. Plus some weights.

And something else, really wierd. I do leg presses and usually leg press 190 or 210, and one of the women who works at the gym jokingly set the weight on the machine at 310, and I did half a dozen presses!

I feel like the female version of that movie with Bruce Willis--I think it was called Sixth Sense?

ChunkyC
04-17-2005, 01:49 AM
Wow, GW! Yeah, that was the Sixth Sense where his kid keeps piling on the weights.

Still stuck on 221lbs. It's been a week now. Not gonna let it bug me, I'm still pretty much on target. That week where I lost 3 pounds in 3 days was an abberation, just like this stagnation is an abberation. So long as I'm at 216 by the end of the month, I'm progressing according to plan.

Keep on keeping on, everyone!

maestrowork
04-17-2005, 03:26 AM
I've gained 10 pounds just visiting the "Sinful Pleasure" thread.

JenNipps
04-17-2005, 07:29 AM
Yesterday, I went walking around the track with Nita (ritinrider). Though, I confess, I've been a bad Jen. I decided to drop WW. I've missed too many meetings lately and I haven't exactly been following the program anyway.

ChunkyC
04-17-2005, 07:15 PM
A milestone! Last night I hit 220lbs!! That means I've lost 30lbs so far! Yeeha!

jdkiggins
04-17-2005, 07:59 PM
Good Word--Good WORK!!!:partyguy:

jdkiggins
04-17-2005, 08:00 PM
:PartySmil :PartySmil :PartySmil

WAY TO GO, CC !!!

Maryn
04-18-2005, 12:08 AM
What's the use? (Yeah, we all have one of those days once in a while.) I lost 25 pounds. (Should lose 25 more.) The scale hasn't budged in ages.

I've walked 60 miles every single month for the last year, undoubtedly firming the muscles, and in the process wearing out my exercise clothes.

Today I tried to buy new shorts. Three stores, found only one pair--and in the last store, the expensive one dedicated to runners and walkers rather than sports in general, an employee who probably does 10Ks for fun (judging by the looks of him) said without thinking, "Oh, we don't carry hardly anything that big."

Do you think he has any idea how that makes someone who's really trying (and failing) feel? If there was chocolate in the house, it wouldn't be here for long.

This Fuji apple ain't cuttin' it, you know?

Maryn, defeated

maestrowork
04-18-2005, 01:40 AM
Maryn, do it for yourself -- feel better, live better -- and not for some douchebag in a store...

tjwriter
04-18-2005, 06:33 AM
Maryn,

I know how hard it can be to find the clothes you need in the proper size. I have an extremely odd shape, and I get angry and frustated 9 out of every 10 shopping trips.

For exercise clothes, I found Walmart's Danskin line to be extremely comfortable. The line is geared toward "dancers" but the clothes are good for just about anything. I got an awesome pair of pants, and not only were the pants in my size, they also were petite, as I don't quite reach 5'3" until I put on shoes.

All that being said, I keep looking forward to walking, things keep popping up. My husband's grandfather, who raised him, had open heart surgery and I spent two days at the hospital. It all went extremely well, and that was heartwarming.

I also had two people I know die. One from a homicide/suicide (investigation still ongoing as to which) and another in a weather-related helicopter crash in Afghanistan. That's been somewhat depressing.

So I am looking forward to this week to begin walking for fitness, which is different from walking the dogs, lol.

ritinrider
04-18-2005, 03:53 PM
Aw Maryn I'm sorry you ran into an insensitive slob at the store. Yeah, buying clothes is the pits, one reason I don't buy very many. I probably have the scimpiest closet of any woman and it's going to get scimpier for awhile. As my weight and measurements go down, the fat clothes are going out. Right now nothing seems to fit right. The clothes another size down are still too small yet the ones I've been wearing are a tad large. I have one pair of jeans that fit, just put them on the other day and didn't have to hold my breath or nothin' to snap them. They will be worn out by the time I lose enough to get into another pair.

Just weighed, my progress for the week: weight same, measurements one-half inch down everywhere for a total of 1 1/1 inches gone.

CC - you are so right about mindset. Although, it does seem to be easier, and more noticable, for men to reduce the mind helps us all. Congrats on your progress, bet you're still going down in weight, even if the scales do seem stuck for the moment.

Nita

Maryn
04-18-2005, 04:07 PM
Thanks, everybody. I had planned to delete my whining note until I read the encouraging responses. (I don't usually share my fat-angst outside the family, honest!)

The walking shorts that tore yesterday were Danskins, which I'd looked for to no avail. Wal-Mart, huh? I'll have to check there; it's not all that close, but it isn't really all that far, either. (K-Mart, where I got them, now carries some other brand--I bought some last month but they're too stretchy--the inside-thigh 'walks' up your leg, not a look I want to cultivate!)'

My closet is a mishmash of wardrobe essentials from the 80s which may one day fit again (silky blouses and a black skirt or six will always be in style, right?) and fat clothes which are really roomy now but are all I can get into. Luckily, I work at home and can live my day-to-day life in the cheesy knits from the Champion Outlet center. (All the tiny holes are in the same place--wear matching undies and who's to know???)

However, I've got a wardrobe allowance that I can't spend until I reach a weight within ten pounds of my goal. That money's going to buy a lot of really nice, well-planned clothes that all coordinate with one another. I'm gonna look so hot at book signings. (Maybe yours, eh?)

Maryn, thinking this is a pretty great bunch

Liam Jackson
04-18-2005, 06:45 PM
CC, I just caught this thread for the first time, and read it through. Congrats on your success. I've got every confidence that you'll hit your goal. I'd have to take off a leg at the hip to weigh 216. Almost back to my old weight before the illness, though. Life is good. :)

The results from the others are inspiring. You folks rock!

jdkiggins
04-18-2005, 11:14 PM
Been away from this thread for a few days, so I had to do some catching up.

tjwriter--It's great that you're going to begin walking for exercise. :Thumbs:

ritinrider--WOO HOO for the 1 1/2" gone! :partyguy:

CC--Keep up the great work! I rooting for your 216. :Trophy:

Maryn--You keep at it. I'll bet you'll be spending that wardrobe allowance quicker than you think.

CHEERS TO EVERYONE FOR A WEEK WELL DONE!!!!

:TheWave: :TheWave:

I'm 18 days smoke free. :banana:

Joanne

Maryn
04-19-2005, 01:42 AM
18 days, that's so terrific. Doesn't your mouth taste better all the time? Soon food will, especially the healthy stuff like fruit and veggies, if it hasn't happened already.

I still remember the day I realized I hadn't blown my "smoker's nose" all day. It'd been swollen for so long I forgot what breathing was like when it wasn't.

Maryn, who later had nose surgery but doesn't look like Michael Jackson

JenNipps
04-19-2005, 02:01 AM
The other day -- Friday -- I went walking around the track here in town with ritinrider. :)

I loved it. My back didn't bother me at all. It's all good.

I think I've missed too many WW meetings now to go back without rejoining. Dangit, sorta. I worked with Mom on Saturday -- I was actually needed and not there just as decoration -- and didn't walk then. We were supposed to yesterday, but she kept saying "later" to the point that at 10:30 last night, we still hadn't gone.

I'm going to go today, though, if I have to drag her out to the car. (Sometimes it's a PITA not driving.)

jdkiggins
04-20-2005, 02:03 AM
Thanks Maryn.
Yes, everything tastes and smells better. :)

I'd quit counting the days, but this is a real accomplishment. The last time I quit smoking was when I wanted to get pregnant and I quit a year before. Didn't start again until four years later when my youngest was old enough to drink out of a cup. :)

:PartySmil

jdkiggins
04-20-2005, 02:04 AM
Jenn,

You'll get that walk in. Keep at it! :)

jdkiggins
04-22-2005, 06:25 PM
Where is everyone? It's been a few days since you guys have checked in. How are all of you doing with your goals?

I'm now 22 days smoke free. :hooray:

ritinrider
04-23-2005, 03:31 AM
I'm here Joanne. I usually check in on Monday, since that's the day of my 'official weigh-in". I often stop by during the week to offer encouragement or congrats to the others. Which reminds me, congrats on not smoking. Now that you've gone 22 days can you count that as a habit gone, or do you still want to smoke once in awhile. Did you replace your smoking habit with another habit, writing here maybe?

My weight reduction doesn't seem to be going very fast. Sometimes it seems like it's at a never-ending red light. Inches do continue to drop, slowly, but they are dropping. I'm thinking I may need to alternate walking days with work-out days. I may try that next month after we reach Maryn's goal of 150 miles moving for the moving thread.

You're right, it does seem like it's been a long time since some of the others have posted. Tammy, where are you? How are you doing? Anybody else? Come on post your progress, or lack of. We can offer congrats or a shoulder to cry on, which ever you need.

Nita

JenNipps
04-23-2005, 06:29 AM
Where is everyone? It's been a few days since you guys have checked in. How are all of you doing with your goals?

I'm now 22 days smoke free. :hooray:

Congrats, Joanne!! :)

They say it takes 21 days to make and break a habit, so that's a good thing.

As for me... Heh. I've been spazzing. I think I've become a spazz-o-matic. That will end after next weekend/the first of May, so it's a temporary thing. In the meantime, I think I've forgone any kind of weight loss/get healthy thing, other than trying to get to the track for a walk. Which unfortunately hasn't happened since last week.

(Though this does remind me that I saw a request for content on Constant Content about diets, etc., that I could do over WW.)

ChunkyC
04-23-2005, 07:35 PM
Congratulations, Joanne! Well done! (yeah, I'm over-using exclamation points, if you can't do that in here, you can't do it anywhere!)

Maryn -- that dweeb in the clothing store should have his steroid-sculpted ass whipped. You never, ever say anything like that to a customer. If I was his boss, I'd write him up and tell him if he didn't learn how to treat the customers with respect, he'd be out on his ear. Then he could stay skinny by not having enough money to buy food. Arsewipe.

Congrats to everyone else for your progress! And Liam, that is one fabulous piece of news about you being almost back to your former weight. I'm so happy for you!

This morning's weigh-in:

happy weigh scale
http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage38/7.gif
219lbs!

Three more in a week to hit 216 by the end of the month? Maybe, maybe not. Even if I don't get there by next Friday, it will be close, and only the first time since I started that I missed a target. But that's counting my skinless chicken before it's hatched. We'll see in a week.

Other things I'm noticing: I had to tighten the wristband on my watch, something I had not expected, but that seems obvious in retrospect. It was starting to slide around like a bracelet. All the clothes I was wearing regularly are now baggy as all get-out, as is my belly. The stomach used to be huge and tight, now it's much smaller, but the skin is starting to feel and look loose. It might be time to start thinking about ways to keep it tight, which might be tough considering my back problem, minor though it is. I can't do standard sit-ups because of the disk I herniated years ago. One thing I have to do is concentrate on flexing the abs as I walk, consciously keep clenching and releasing them. That will help a little.

I'm so excited!

maestrowork
04-23-2005, 07:56 PM
Good going, CC, Joanne and everyone. CC, stop eating for a week and see if you can lose that 3 pounds (oh, do step on the scale before you pass out and have to go to the hospital...) I'm not advocating anorexia... ;)

I'm down to 154 and feeling good. I just need to make going to the gym a higher priority than it is now... gravity starts to weigh in...

rhymegirl
04-23-2005, 07:57 PM
I lost 4 pounds in a month. Is that good or bad?

maestrowork
04-23-2005, 07:58 PM
I lost 4 pounds in a month. Is that good or bad?

Any progress is still progress. Keep going.

rhymegirl
04-23-2005, 08:06 PM
The doctor says I don't need to lose anymore. My weight is in the right range for my height. I just need to do sit ups.

Good Word
04-25-2005, 08:35 PM
Okey dokey.

I was sick for almost a week, but feeling better! Had to cancel with trainer, but getting back in the saddle this week. Missed working out; I feel so much better when I do. I had a vaccination last week, and I'm thinking that the several days of fever and feeling crummy might actually have been from the shot.

This is reset.

jdkiggins
04-25-2005, 09:39 PM
Thanks CC, Ray and all others who have kept the whip out so I don't smoke. :)
It is now 25 days. And yesterday was the hardest day for me. (I'll keep that little secret as to why because I don't want turn an uplifting thread into a blah mood :)) The good thing is, I still didn't smoke!

I have a question for anyone who might have some good advice.

Everyone who is losing weight can throw their lost pounds this way. :) I think it's wonderful that those of you who are trying to lose weight are doing so well. I quite smoking, not only because I needed to, but also because I thought that it might put some weight back on. It hasn't.

I'm trying to gain a few pounds, eating healthy meals, adding things that most of you try to stay away from, and drinking the God-awful tasting Ensure supplement along with everything else I stuff in. For some reason, instead of gaining weight, I'm losing. I've gone from 98 to 90 this month.

So my question is, does anyone have any suggestion as to how to put weight on?

ritinrider
04-26-2005, 03:24 AM
:Sun: Gold star (ok, I'm not too good at the smilie thing, so she got a smiling sun instead) for Joanne for not smoking yesterday when she was really, really stressed, or something, and wanted to smoke sooooo bad. Yeah Joanne!!!!:hooray:About the gaining weight thing, I sympathize, although I've never had that problem, I know gaining, for some people, can be as hard as losing weight. I don't know of any tips you probably haven't already tried, like eating calori rich foods several times a day rather than just eating 3 meals. Also, as we keep telling each other muscle weighs more than fat. Of course you have no fat to worry about, but if you can build some muscle it will add to your weight. Not sure what kind of exercises, if any, you can do though.

Anybody else have any suggestions?

Nita

ritinrider
04-26-2005, 03:26 AM
Oops, forgot to post my progess, such as it was. Weight - 1 pound less, measurements-1/2 inch less. At this rate I'll be 100 before I reach my goal.

Nita

maestrowork
04-26-2005, 04:11 AM
I'm trying to gain a few pounds, eating healthy meals, adding things that most of you try to stay away from, and drinking the God-awful tasting Ensure supplement along with everything else I stuff in. For some reason, instead of gaining weight, I'm losing. I've gone from 98 to 90 this month.

So my question is, does anyone have any suggestion as to how to put weight on?

Gaining weight is harder than losing weight, in many ways. I was a 135lb weakling in college. Then I bulked up to 155lbs in a bit more than 1 month. How?

1. Well, first I was younger, so it was easier, but not THAT much easier

2. Weight training. You must build muscles. Just by eating or doing aerobic exercise won't help. You must build muscles to gain weight and lose fat. Yes, muscle weight more than fat, so you will still look trim and fit while gaining pounds. Also, muscle burns more calories, so you can eat more food than you usually can.

3. Eat at least six meals a day, with good portions of carbs and protein, cut out the fat. You need carbs because that's the energy you want to burn, and not your muscle mass. Remember, you need to build muscles. So start eating lots of whole grain stuff and load up on protein such as fish, white meat, and soy products. Again, eat at least six meals a day.

4. Rest and drink a lot of water. Especailly if you are weight training, rest is VERY important to allow the muscles to grow.

jdkiggins
04-26-2005, 04:43 AM
Thanks Ray!

I eat three full meals a day plus between three and four snack size meals. I eat all the fish, chicken and protien, and drink supplements. I just bought a Tech Rod machine (it's exactly like the Bo Flex advertised on TV). ROFL, I can barely pull down the very first rod. It's only 20 pounds of pressure, but I'm working at it. That and I have small hand weights from 3-10 pounds that I'm using. I think that is one of my biggest problems; my muscles have atrophied and it's going to take time to strengthen them again.

maestrowork
04-26-2005, 04:46 AM
Yes, Joanne, you will need to do weight training for a while to gain back the muscles you've lost. It will take time, but just keep at it. It took me a short time because I had good muscle mass to start with. In your case, you need to do it slowly. Keep eating as much and as frequently as you can, and keep doing the weight training (cut out your aerobics if possible, or at least a minimal cardio-vascular exercise).

jdkiggins
04-26-2005, 04:51 AM
Ray,
You're so cute. The most aerobic exercise I get is this :roll: in all these threads.
I do walk six miiles a day, so my leg muscles are :Thumbs: .

JenNipps
04-26-2005, 06:27 AM
No progress report from me. I'm on hold until after this coming weekend. *sigh*

ChunkyC
04-26-2005, 08:07 PM
Good morning! I have to make this quick (yeah, right!)

Joanne, good on ya with the not smoking! Ray's advice about starting slowly building muscles up seems sound to me. Good luck with that.

I think my scale has lost its mind. This morning I weighed either: 210, 220, 58, 218 OR 217 pounds. It's a digital readout scale, so I'm betting on the battery being weak. Either that or it has a hernia from me stomping on it two or three times a day for the last three months. I'd better stick a new battery in when I get home.

Anyhoo, the weight I got more often than any other was 218, so I'm gonna go with that for today.

2 pounds to lose by Friday!

maestrowork
04-26-2005, 08:14 PM
No soup for you, Charlie. Just fruits and veggies. :D

jdkiggins
04-26-2005, 08:48 PM
Woo Hoo, CC. Two pounds. You can do it. You've got 3 1/2 more days.

Congrats!

ritinrider
04-28-2005, 02:51 AM
Actually, maestrowork, soup (well at least veg. soup) would be okay as long as Chuck doesn't have large pieces of cornbread slathered with butter or several grilled cheese sandwiches to accompany his soup.

See ya'll next week, going away for the weekend. Hope the my scales don't go haywire while I'm gone.

Nita

JenNipps
05-02-2005, 05:59 AM
OK, I'm back, but not quite back on track yet. Gimme a break, I only got back this morning. lol.

I did well with the South Beach diet before -- skipping phase I on the advice of my doctor and diabetes educators -- so I'm planning to start that again. I've got to get myself realigned (so to speak), so I won't start that for a couple days or so. I'll be on it by next Monday.

Melina
05-02-2005, 01:31 PM
Alright--

I've been away from this thread for a while, because I've been feeling guilty. I need to start all over. I haven't made any effort whatever to stay on track for the last few weeks, and boy, it shows! Gross! I have my new membership to the health club, and I need to start making use of it! I am starting a new job in 2 weeks, so hopefully I'll be off this stupid graveyard shift (which I blame for the 25 pounds I've gained in the last year).

Sounds like everyone is doing well. I want to jump back on the bandwagon, and get going again. Can I come back? Pleeeeeeeeeeeease? Feel free to chastize me for giving up before. I need to get into this red dress by June 30th!

Melina

ChunkyC
05-02-2005, 06:07 PM
Nope. Didn't do it. Still at 218. Drat. Oh well, that's my starting point for May. I'll see you all over in the May thread when Good Word starts it up.