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post #211 of 1284
Well I haven't been eating much because I have been sick. That also means I haven't been eating 100% healthy, but at least no junk food! I hope that my appetite picks up when I am finished my medication - it makes me nauseated. I have been drinking alot of water (an some coke).
post #212 of 1284
well, after a month walking to and from the max line to work (about 3/4 mile each way) and a week eating nothing but fruit and soup at work, and a decent dinner (nothing fried, greasy, etc) I can now report that I have GAINED 3 lbs. I'm so upset and depressed, it makes me want to cry. If I wasn't on my way to work, I'd probably have a complete breakdown. And I don't understand why! I've been eating decent food (if you can call celery decent), non-fat where I can, and getting lots more exercise than I normally do!
post #213 of 1284

Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat, so if you have been exercising and dieting, it's possible to gain weight. The question to ask is are your clothes fitting better? Do you have more energy and get tired less easily? Hang in there!

post #214 of 1284
Christy, that's what I was trying to say. That we're not necessarily "dieting" (as Garfield once said - diet is just DIE with a T ), but changing our lifestyles to a more healthy way of living, and pushing to loose weight too. That way we can keep it off once we get there.

Myste, Christy is right, as usual. Muscle does weigh more than fat. Weight is a silly thing, because of that reason. If you put on more muscle, it will help burn fat faster although it weighs more. The other thing is that sometimes if you make a drastic change, the body will go into "survival" mode until it realizes that it isn't a famine and will then start shedding the pounds it horded rapidly. Don't get too down. It WILL work!
post #215 of 1284
I hope so. Clothes don't seem any looser, but I don't think they're any tighter. It sure is tiring having to go pee every 30 minutes all day though. But on a good note, after 2 failed tries previously, I finally donated a full pint of blood yesterday! Means I'm in better shape (slightly, in my opinion) and am drinking enough liquids! I'm going to the gym tonight for a 20-30 minute workout, probably on recumbant bicycles. Having chicken spinach alfredo for dinner. Had a slice of pizza for lunch today instead of soup and a bowl of grits for breakfast.
post #216 of 1284
Myste, Unless you have a very expensive scale, I suspect it varies. Also, people who lose a lot of weight are usually just losing fluids. You WILL see a difference. When you exercise more, you burn calories faster; your rate of metabolism changes. Don't give up the ship!
post #217 of 1284
Hey Myste - just think about all the exercise you're getting just going to and from the bathroom! LOL! :tounge2:

HANG IN THERE. I TOTALLY agree with Christy and Heidi. If we think of it as trying to change our habits as opposed to dieting, it isn't such a "disaster" (emotionally) if we slip. (I'm the one eating McDonalds and fries the other day. )

Anyway...haven't gotten any exercise the last two days. A lot of running around because the car broke down, and some walking because we were at a mall "killing" time while waiting to go to the Doc.

Have been drinking LOTS of water, though I just can't seem to bust through this two litres of water a day!

post #218 of 1284
Weight yourself at the same time everyday........

(I find I'm lighter in the mornings!!)

post #219 of 1284
I've been bad on the exercise front, too. I wanted to start doing it at least Monday, Wednesday, Friday/Saturday, but it has been too darn cold to leave the house at night. I know, excuses excuses. Since it has been so cold we've had fires in the fireplace and I certainly don't want to leave those unattended, and Earl DJed last night so I was by myself. More excuses, I know. I suppose I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I did exercise on Saturday and Monday, which is twice more than I usually do.

When I was watching Headline News at lunch they had a segement on where to get nutritional information. They said that almost 75% of people get their information from TV. Pretty scary since there isn't a whole lot of nutritional information on TV. Anyway, they gave a few websites that they said are very good (or some university recommended, can't remember which now) and I jotted them down to share here. I haven't had the chance to check them out yet.

www.nutrition.tufts.edu is a newsletter from Tufts University on nutrition.

www.goaskalice.com is a comprehensive site from Columbia University. One really cool thing about this site is that you can ask your nutritional questions and their people will actually answer.

www.wfubmc.edu/nutrition is a site from Wake Forest University and has quizzes to assess yourself, and a really neat page that tells you the nutritional information from 12 fast food chains (Drive Thru Diet), including McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC and others. Just click on the Count Your Calories Because Calories Count link and it will take you to the interactive section.
post #220 of 1284
I've been spending time on those web sites I mentioned above, and have found some really interesting information. The most disheartening is that you have to burn 3500 calories to lose one pound, by burning 3500 more calories than you intake either through taking in less calories or burning them off through exercise. It was also said that it is recommended that you exercise 6-7 days per weeks for 30 minutes per day. Do these people live in the real world? That may work for college students (since all the info is from universities) who only have 5 hours of committments in classes per day (on average), but for those of us in the real world....? Honestly, I'm a bit discouraged with all this information.

On to bigger and better and less overwhelming things. We need to make a goal for next week. Another baby step. So far we have done drink a whole-heck-of-a-lot of water, add fruit/veggies to our daily meals, and add or up one exercise. Any ideas???
post #221 of 1284
I think next week should be something nice. Instead of rewarding ourselves with food, we should reward ourselves with a treat. A treat can be something like a bubble bath, an hour alone with a good book, buying a new book. My theory is if you don't reward yourself for all of the hard work you are doing, then you won't want to keep doing it! Sometimes the hardest thing is to find a non food reward!
post #222 of 1284
I've been following this thread, but not popping in, but Heidi I just wanted to say don't get discouraged!

I've lost 77.8 lbs since january. I'm doing WW. I don't do much exercise (this is the one thing I REALLY need to work on)so I lost all that weight by changing my eating habits. I didn't know how to eat before, but WW has taught me. My progress has inspired many people to try the program, but only one person has stuck to it and been successful, and that is our very own Dtolle. Daniela has done a TERIFFIC job with the program. I'm so proud of her.

I'm of the belief that you can do anything that you set your mind to. If you want it bad enough, you will do it. It took me a long time to find the determination and passion to do, but once I did, there was no looking back. I want it that badly and I will have it. I'm 8lbs away from my goal. The last 2 weeks I've lost 1.2 (6 ounces each week), so it could take me until X-mas to reach my goal. I'm okay with that. This is forever and there is no going back.

I'm not perfect by any means, I went on a cruise, ate everything that wasn't nailed down and gained 3.4lbs. But I got back on the wagon and the following week home lost 3.2 lbs. Last weekend when visiting Sandie, Ken and Deb, I ate Mcdonalds twice, had a lobster roll with mayo and fries and other evil foods. The key for me is that I get back on program. I don't let my habits spiral down and take me back where I was. I couldn't do this if I could never have the bad food again. Think of it this way, if you eat 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, that is 21 times you eat. 21 times a week you have a choice to make. They won't always be perfect, but you can always wipe the slate clean and start over. Don't wait for the day, but get back on the wagon with the next MEAL.

I just wanted you to know, that you don't have to exercise 5 or 6 hours a week to be successful. With portion control and the right choices you can lose the weight in a healthy way. I know that if I exercised more this last 8 would go much quicker and I would be able to actually eat more because my metabolism would be fired up. That is what I must work on. Exercise and healthy eating go hand and hand, but don't despair if you can't do all the exercise that is recommended.
post #223 of 1284
Congratulations, Air Princess! That's really great. That's a great incentive for the weight losers. You put it on ounce by ounce, so it's going to come off the same way! Go, Weight Losers!
post #224 of 1284
Thank you for the encouragement Colby. All the information of what you should do to lose weight is so overwhelming, I think that's why I never really tried to do it before. I knew I couldn't keep up with everything at once. I just don't have that much self control.

Wow, almost 78 pounds since January! What a great accomplishment! Congratulations, I'm sure will reach your goal and stay there.

Ady, I like your idea. That is one thing that I know I need to work on. I use food for comfort, too, so I need to find other ways to reward and comfort myself.
post #225 of 1284
I am very pleased that I stayed away from the Halloween candy this year. I was tempted, but I behaved - hubby will eat the few left overs we have!
post #226 of 1284
Ady - GOOD GIRL! And getting rest, too... wow! I'm impressed!

Air Princess - congratulations! I really admire people who can be so disciplined.

Heidi - you may not have seen. At the beginning of the thread (I just went back and looked), I posted info I found when I started dieting to lose the weight I gained from quitting smoking. It's on page 3 - and it not only explains the 3500 calories, there is a formula there to calculate how many calories you're eating to maintain your weight. You can use that formula to figure out how many calories a day you'll need to get used to to be the weight you want to.

I said it then and I'll say it again. My mom said - think of it as putting change in the bank. Each day that you eat less calories than it takes to maintain your weight, it's like putting change in the bank. And whether you're putting pennies in the bank or ten dollar bills, you do what you can - just make sure you think of ALL of it as savings! When we're bad, it's like we took money out to splurge on shopping. But like Air Princess said, when that happens, you can't beat yourself up - you just get back on the horse. Put that next penny in the bank!

post #227 of 1284
First off, thank you Airprincess for your kind words!! I was only able to lose my weight because you stood by me with all of your encouragement and praise!! I love you for it. Truly I do.

To the rest of you: You have to want it badly. Badly enough that when you are about to put that donut in your mouth you can ask yourself " do I want this, or do I want to be thin and fit? ".

When you can answer honestly that you want to be thin and fit, only then can you begin your journey.

I don't want to rain on anyone's parade. I think you are all doing great, and its wonderful that you are all supporting each other. But this is more than just drinking water, or exercising. You have to make a lifetime change, a lifetime commitment. To make better choices, to be more active, to not binge. Its hard, and there are days when you will fall of the wagon, but you have to get up, dust yourself off, and get right back on the program.

You also have to realize that in all reality, if you lower your calorie intake and up your exercise you will lose. Absolutely. But you have to be honest with yourself...no cheating ,no guessing on portions. Measure and weigh everything. Drink as much water as possible, and try to fit in a bit of movemtn teach day. I figured out when I started that what I thought was a portion of pasta was actually 3 when I measure it out!! Thats right, 3!!!!

One more thing, although I think its commendable that you want to add one more thing each week ( like drinking water or adding more veggies ) , you will not see the results you are looking for doing it like this. You need to change everything. I'm not saying doing it all at once is easy, because its not. But its do-able if you want it bad enough. Colby and I have done it, trust us, it is possible to be thin and happy, and still not feel deprived. I've cried and complained to her many a times, but I am so glad that I did it. I had some horrible days where I wanted to eat everything in sight, but I knew in my heart that for my happiness and health that I had to stick to the program and work it. And if you work it, it will work for you. I promise.
I feel so awesome now, I'm wearing my old clothes. I am full of energy. I love being thinner and healthier. Its an amazing feeling.

Once again, great job everyone!! Keep up the good work, and strive to get to your goals!! I know each and every one of you can do it, as long as you want it bad enough!!
post #228 of 1284
I am on cloud 9 right now.....

just got back from shopping and I went to old navy where I bought some pants in size 10!! I don't know that I have ever been a size 10! In highschool I always wore a 12. At Kohls I got a couple pair of size 11 pants in the juniors department.

I also bought a foodsaver. Hoping that helps my fruits and vegetables live a longer life around here. I hate having my food go bad.

How's everyone doing on their weekend? I'm trying to get through my first liter and a half of water. I have a big water bottle that holds 1 & 1/2 liters so I make myself drink 3 on the days I'm not at work.

I was planning on going to yoga today but went shopping instead So big thumbs down to me on that. Maybe I'll get out for a bike ride later. I really need to start moving my body.

Daniela, it's really been a rollercoaster eh? We've both had our ups and downs but never let it get the better of us. Thank goodness I have you to keep me in line. To the rest of you, I highly encourage you to continue posting in this thread. To have something (or someone)that makes you accountable makes all the differnce.

Hope you're all having an effortless healthy day.
post #229 of 1284
Thread Starter 
Okay....Daniela. You do have a point. I was sticking to the baby step approach because I was afraid I'd give up if I dropped everything and threw myself head first into this. Personally, this thread has brought me the motivation to want to succeed and although I am not 100% sure if I am completely ready, I am willing to give it a shot. I will however continue with the baby steps for the remainder of this weekend. I plan on preparing myself psychologically the remainder of today and tomorrow and plan on giving it a 100% try on monday. I know I am putting it off until then but as of monday, I will follow the plan. I bought the Weight Watchers magazine and the Shape magazine last night.

I really wish I had the point system book. I am going to go visit the website again and see if I can find it. I know I tried a couple of weeks ago and could not find it.

I'm counting on everyone here and of course on our two success stories: Daniela and airprincess to guide me to a healthier lifestyle. Thank you so much for your support. You guys did well. And in time...so will we all!

airprincess, Congrats on your shopping!!! You have every right to be on cloud nine! What a feeling that must be. A big round of applause for you. Good job.
You could still do your Yoga at home. When i miss a class, I make sure I do a series of Sun Salutations. it makes me feel better knowing I did something. Although it is not like going to a class. The atmosphere is so different. I am going on Monday. First: I am getting a massage at 11:00am from their new massage therapist. We are buying certificates to be drawn at our christmas party so I just HAD to try her out first to see if she is good. Then, I am taking a Yoga class right after the massage. Guess I should be well rested enough to do the stretches!

Good luck everyone!

Cross your fingers for me on monday! I will do this!!!!
post #230 of 1284

the #1 thing that helps me stay on track is preparation. If I'm not prepared, I tend to make poor choices and stray. Every sunday I think about what I'm going to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the coming week. Then I make a list of what I need and go shopping. I make sure I have a good selection of fruits & veggies. Low point (following the WW system) snacks help me as well. That way even when I'm eating something unplanned, it's still within my points for the day. The times I seem to drop the ball are when I don't have 'options'. If I open the fridge and there isn't anything 'good' both healthy and appetizing, I'm likely to throw my hands up in the air and say forget it.

you can eat a lot of great things and still lose weight! I don't feel deprived at all. I have discovered a lot of great things I never would have tried before. Spaghetti squash and soy milk come to mind.

good luck and let me know if you want any food suggestions.
post #231 of 1284
Thread Starter 
Oh no!! I've already done my groceries!!!! I'll have to work around that.

I hope you are still online!

Okay, I have one question and you can say no......

Would it be alot to ask you to post a sample menu to follow??? Maybe not an entire week but just something to give me an idea.

I'll still have time tomorrow to go shopping for last minute things.

post #232 of 1284
no prob!

this is off the top of my head

lite yogurt (anything around 140 calories a serving)
a cup of strawberries or any other fruit you like

grilled cheese, made with 2% cheese slice, lite bread and sprayed with butter pam (i actually brought in a mini george forman to work so I could make these)
campbells 'soup at hand' tomato soup
2 cups baby carrots

1% milk cottage cheese (I buy them in the little 6 pack containers)
tomato cut up to add to cottage cheese

4 oz grilled chicken
8 oz baked potato with molly mcbutter
serving of fresh veggie like green beans

bag of 94% FF popcorn

sometimes for dinner I'll have a huge salad of mixed greens, red onion, 2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese with a lite vinagrette. YUM! you can add chicken to it as well. When I get bored of that I'll have iceberg lettuce with tomatoes, 2% cheese shredds, 2 Tbsp bacon bits and 2 Tbsp hellmens '2 good for you' mayo. It's like a BLT salad!

I like to cut up cumcumbers and sprinkle a little flavored rice vinegar on it. Very refreshing and nice. Sometimes I'll have some sliced tomatoes with that.

I will also have baked potatoes with some lite sour cream (2 Tbsps) and salsa. This is a great meal.

when I'm in a hurry I grab a luna bar. These are SO yummy, like a candy bar with 23 vitamens and minerals and 30% calcium. You feel like you're being bad but you're not.

I only buy 2% cheese, both in slice and shreds. I love the morningstar veggie products. Not because I'm a vegetarian but because they are a better 'point bargain' than the real thing. They make great corndogs and I really like their chicken patties as well. On a lite bun with a slice of cheese, they are GREAT.

I also always use lite bread, I can't taste the difference and it's got lots more fiber and less calories than regular bread. I also will make eggbeater omelets with lots of fresh veggies and have them with lite english muffins sprayed with a little bit of FF 'I can't believe it's not butter' spray. The protien really holds me.

One more substatution that I've made is whole wheat pastas. I don't usual the regular ones any more. You get a lot more fiber in the WW ones.

hope I gave you some ideas. I'm more than happy to help so hit me up with any ?s.
post #233 of 1284
Thread Starter 
Thank you sooooo much!

It's a start for me.

I'm not sure about the Luna bar. I have never heard of them. But I will take a look around.

I have a starting point menu! WooHoo! Watch me go now!

I love everything you mentioned there except for tomatoes. I like them in a sauce or a toasted tomato sandwich but to eat just like that, I can't. I'll have to substitute that.

I've already started buying whole wheat spagetti and with my family, I am doing a half and half because I know my boys will notice.

Thanks again for your help. I'm sure others will have many questions also!
post #234 of 1284
Okay....WOW!!!! These last few posts have been so interesting to me!!!! And very helpful!!!!! I have so much to say I'm not sure I can remember it all!!!

First off...Ghyslaine, if you find a way to order the WW points book online, please, please let me know!!!! I have the points calculator online that Daniela e-mailed me...and it is VERY helpful....but the problem is...I have to get on the computer every time before I eat anything, just to calculate the points...it would be so much easier to have a book!!! (although I do love the online calculator...thanks so much Daniela!)

And next thing....

COLBY!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!! 78 pounds!!!!!! You have lost 78 pounds??? Where in God's name did you store it? I have seen pictures of you every since I have known you here, and you have always looked so thin and beautiful!!!!!!!!!! And the last picture I have seen of you is from your trip to Salem, with the gang, and in that picture you looked like a good strong wind could blow you away!!!! (and I mean that as a compliment) I had no idea you were overweight from looking at you!!! You must have carried it VERY well!!!
CONGRATULATIONS to you on losing so much weight!!!! What an accomplishment!!!!! I am proud of you!!!!!!

I still need to lose the 23 lbs...I have taken the "baby steps" and it has kept me from putting any more weight on...but....Daniela is right.....we need to jump into this with both feet...forget the baby steps and get to it. I need to start exercising!!!! I have a Tony Little "Gazelle" that I paid about 300 dollars for last spring, thinking I would need it to get back into shape after the baby....do you think I have touched it?????? NO!!! I am ashamed of myself!!! I get home from work, and I have 4 options before Brent gets home with Amber.... Exercise, clean house, take a nap, or come here.
I usually choose the nap or coming here. I need....no I HAVE to start exercising!!!!!!

This thread has really been my wake up call. I want to look like I did a few years ago....(that's when the picture on the left was taken). I was slim then....now I have a fat face, fat gut, and fat butt.

Thanks for keeping me on track, guys!!! I need to get more serious about this or I will end up weighing 300 lbs!!!!!!
post #235 of 1284
Thread Starter 
Debby, we have about the same amount of weight to lose. We can do it!!!!

If I am able to find the point book, I will copy it and send you one. I remember someone at the office was on Weight Watchers at one time. I'll see if she still has it. You never know. I'm going to check out the Weight Watcher web site also. Unfortunately for me, I was not able to open the point calculator from Daniela and I never got around to looking for it at the web site.

I just wanted to share something with everyone. I just read this in the Weight Watchers Magazine.

A saying from Henry Ford: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right".

It really makes you think. So...what do you guys think?
post #236 of 1284
Debby, next time I go to weigh in, I'll see if I can get another point calculator. it's a little cardboard thing that will make life easy for you. All you do is line up the nutrional info on it and...voila! you have your points per serving.

That picture from salem is recent and the most accurate photo of what I look like. I did carry my weight well but I was still too big and very miserable.

Today I haven't made the healthiest choices. so far I've had~

WW 2pt bar (one WW product that I actually buy for convienance)

2 potato pancakes (a surprisingly low point item)

2 oz BBQ soy crisps (I am addicted to these, taste like quaker mini quakes rice cakes only TONS better)

nutz over chocolate flavored luna bar

small unbuttered bag of movie theatre popcorn (8 pts. usually I have good snacks on me but I was caught hungry unprepared so I had to pick the item that would do the least amount of damage)

so far I'm sitting on 19pts, so I still have 6 left I can use. I think I'm going to have some tomato soup and a couple of cups of fruit salad and end up around 22 or so. I'll have the extra incase I feel like desert.

anyone who is interested in doing WW, hands down the best site on the net for info is www.dwlz.com go to the message board and you'll see all kinds of forums. For anyone just beginning check out 'foods that keep us OP' first. It's a huge forum filled with lots of great low point food ideas. I spent about 2 hours going through the pages with a notepad jotting down ideas when I first started. It was a lifesaver and kept me from getting bored.
post #237 of 1284
Anyone tried the Richard Simmons food mover thingy? One gal who works with my mom lost 70 lbs on that. My mother got me one a few months ago, but I haven't started on it yet.
post #238 of 1284
G, I have a WW point book, if you need a copy of it, you can pm me.
post #239 of 1284
Thread Starter 
Myste, what is the Richard Simmons food mover thingy?

Brenda, I'm sending you a PM right away! Thanks for the offer!
post #240 of 1284
The food mover is a little case with different card for different calorie values. For everything you eat, you close certain windows (there's a book that tells you what foods are what values)
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