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post #301 of 1284
bad, bad, bad....... went to Fudruckers for lunch (had the SMALL burger!!!)

it was soooooo yummy!!!
post #302 of 1284
Leslie! Your brother is cute!!! Hubba hubba! (that means very sexy here in America )

Ady...I am still praying for the day you announce you are pregnant...I know it will happen very very soon!!!!!!!!

Marcy.....I know EXACTLY how you feel!!!! I may not be into this diet thing full fledge right now, (although I am taking baby steps so to speak, but can't give it 100% like I wish I could because I am breastfeeding and also just too stressed out to give it my all) but I DO know how you feel, and your post touched me because you sounded so much like me about 6 years ago. When I married hubby ( 8 yrs ago) I was pretty thin....(wearing size 3's and 5's) but I had always had a weight problem....I was pretty heavy in high school (in 7th grade I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life and some of the boys called me names...kids are cruel)
So 2 years after Brent and I got married, the weight started to come back on.....I paniced. I went on a HUGE diet....step bench areobics 5 days a week, and no more than 20 grams of fat per day...but most days I tried to keep it under 10. (which wasn't healthy, I know that now). I remember breaking down in tears one night when my hubby who is thin and can eat whatever he wants, was having some cheese slices, and I couldn't, and I wanted some so bad!!!! I started crying and told him how insensitive I thought he was for eating it in front of me. He told me he wasn't trying to be insensitive, he was just living like he normally would. That's when I realized the whole world was not going to stop because I was on a diet, and everyone else was going to eat as normal, and it wasn't because they were selfish. It was hard....really hard. I thought he was so mean for eating these things that I couldn't. But I lost the weight. ALOT of weight, and got back into my jeans!!! So the payoff was worth the pain.(or so it seemed at the time)
Of course that has been 6 years ago....and now, especially after having the baby (although I was already 20 lbs overweight before I got pregnant) I am NOWHERE near a size 3 or 5. But even though I do want to lose weight...and I will....being that size doesn't really seem too important anymore. I had to starve to be that size. It wasn't worth it. If I can lose enough weight now to wear a size 7 or 9 I will be happy. Being perfectly thin when you aren't meant to be is not worth it. I am going to try to lose the weight I need to lose to feel good about myself and look better, but not to be completely fat free. I about killed myself trying to be so thin....and I was so very unhappy if I was even a little bit overweight. I want to lose some weight, yes....but if I am never a size 3 again....SO WHAT??? If anyone can't love me no matter how big or small I am, they are not worth my time!
post #303 of 1284
Thanks Debby! He's doing the diet with me now, although since I generally cook, I give him the slightly bigger portions. I'm trying to be positive about it. I wrote a computer program today that basically does what the card does, so we can each use one (I only have one card/case for the two of us) and we don't have to eat the same things all the time, also next week we move to a higher calorie content, I get 1400 and he gets 1600. Easier to track separately.

My goal is simply to be a size 10 again. Not super skinny, but a comfortable weight. I also have an ulterior motive...at size 10, I can fit into my wedding dress. Bought it 4 years ago, and ended up not getting married. I warned him about it, and if I can make size 10 by April, maybe I'll get a ring for my birthday
post #304 of 1284
Marcy, that is some good motivation!!

I wanted to share some super happy news with all of you. (I'm not trying to brag or anything, I'm just so excited!!!!) I went to my Dr. yesterday and got weighed....and I've lost 40 pounds since last year when I was there!! Here comes the big confession...when I was there in August of last year I was right around 260 and although not yet an ideal weight, I came in at 220 I was expecting maybe 235-240. I KNEW my clothes were fitting me better!

Since I know that I really am losing weight, and I think this thing we are doing here has helped A LOT! I'm really motivated to stick with it again, like I was when this thread first started. My motivation was sliding a bit, but now I'm rededicated.
post #305 of 1284
Hi All!!!

Love your work!

I have slipped too. I started to you no what heavily again!!! I have only had 6 days in the last nearly 5 months without IT!!! so feeling very yuck and down. Just had to get some chocolate into me. Must admit though I didn't enjoy it as much (guilt works) Have slacked off on the water and I was drinking up to 10 glasses a day. *sigh*

Have been eating more fruit though and trying to make healthier things. I was feeling like I had lost some and feeling less swollen if you know what I mean but now, my tummy is tight and swollen again

To everyone that said my brother is a hottie (chest swells with pride) yeah he takes after me hehehehe! thanks but I ain't telling him that LOL! I was thinking!!!!!!!!! (here she goes again I hear you all cry) If I do a post with Jims training tips!!! I can take photos of him doing the different stretches and exercises!!! food advise etc...... I can't promise I can get him to pose for the pics in just his little red running shorts though!!! Anyway if you would like this or some of you ladies think that this would be beneficial just let me know! I can get it going early in the week!!!

Okay the things I do with lettuce, I love a mixed lettuce leaf with fat free French dressing and try to have a bowl of it with most meals, with celery I fill it with low fat cream cheese to have as a nice snack, I love the long telegraph cucumbers, I just think they taste better, I slice them razor thin and then either mix in that no fat French dressing and a sprinkle of paprika or a little fresh yoghurt and lemon juice. A stir fry of zucchini strips, sliced mushrooms, celery bits and thinly sliced cabbage and carrots etc with a drizzle of honey and soy sauce and lean beef or chicken strips, yum!!! there are a lot of really nice ways to eat fresh food but we are all programmed into wanting fast foods, and comfort foods. I don't believe you shouldn't eat something that you really love, have a treat day! pick one day a week where you can eat what ever you want and enjoy it without the guilt, it will make it much easier and by the end of it you will be wanting to eat well anyway because you feel so much better. Why don't we all swap one healthy recipe a week all copy a recipe the have enjoyed which is good for us and post it and we can try different foods from around the world Woo Hoo, it's more fun when you try something you haven't made before and comes highly recommended! Anyway just a few ideas as I warned you!

Love, hugs and slimming thoughts!
post #306 of 1284
Heidi, that IS wonderful news. And, because you took it off gradually, it will probably stay off. You weren't even on a program, were you? You deserve a big CONGRATULATIONS !
post #307 of 1284
Try this site - http://homecooking.about.com/gi/dyna...%2Frecipes.cgi

Sumptuous Apple Pie
(Serves 8)
Preparation time: 40 min. / Baking time: 1 hour

Even better than Grandma used to make!

Crust ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup finely ground almonds
1 cup apple juice, cold

1. Add flour and almonds to food processor and process to mix. Then add apple juice slowly while processing into a ball (should be sticky).
2. Roll out half of the dough for crust and place in lightly oiled pie pan.

Filling ingredients:

2-3 tablespoons apricot preserves (optional)
12 cups red delicious or granny smith apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced.
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup Sucanat (or other sweetener)
3 tablespoons arrowroot
1/4 cup raisins (optional)

1. Put apricot preserves in thin layer on bottom of uncooked pie crust, if desired
2. Combine all other filling ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan and cover. Slowly, and at low heat, simmer about 10 minutes, stirring often. Be careful not to burn. Apples should be lightly tender.
3. Place filling mixture in pie shell with a large spoon. Criss-cross top with pastry strips. Bake at 375 degrees, covered with foil, for 1 hour.
4. Remove foil and brown the crust for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
5. Allow pie to cool for 10 minutes before cutting.


Brush top with orange juice before baking for glaze.
This recipe is higher in fat, because of the almonds used in the crust.
Sucanat is 100 percent organic cane sugar. It is usually available in natural food stores.

Nutrition Information per serving: 329 calories, 7 g protein, 64 g carbohydrate,
7.5 g fat, 4 mg sodium, 0 g cholesterol

Angle food cake is almost always fat free.

Chicken & Broccoli
Fettuccine Alfredo

Contains less than one gram of fat per serving.

12 oz fettuccine
1 lb fat-free chicken tenders
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
13 1/2 oz can fat-free chicken broth
1 cup fat-free cream cheese, softened
20 oz frozen broccoli florets
1 tsp white pepper

Prepare fettuccine according to package directions; drain and keep warm. Lightly spray a large non-stick skillet with non-fat cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken tenders and cook until chicken is no longer pink and is cooked through; remove chicken from skillet and set aside. Lightly respray skillet, saute onions until soft and transparent, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until mushrooms are tender. Stir in chicken broth and cream cheese; heat over medium-high heat until mixture almost comes to a boil and thickens. Add chicken, broccoli, and pepper to skillet; cook over medium heat until heated through. Toss with fettuccine and serve immediately.

Add a green leaf salad with sliced cucumbers and crotons and dressing and thinly sliced tomatos with fat free french dressing (about a table spoon full) and fresh basil choped up. Sounds pretty darn good to me!!!

There are a heap of low fat or fat free dessert recipes that you can make including biscuits to satisfy sweet cravings, these you can eat that also taste good and are guilt free!
post #308 of 1284
Thanks Jeanie. I wasn't on a program at all, the only thing that changed that I started losing weight was the stress level and happiness levels in my life. I was at a horrible job, complete tension in the entire office and especially between me and one of the appraisers. I'm bringing home less money now than I was, Earl has no job and he did, and I'm STILL less stressed and happier now. Although, I'm betting that I have lost at least a few pounds since we started this. Earl keeps telling me that he can definitely see the difference since we started.

Leslie, great ideas! Hubby has a personal trainer, but I certainly can't afford to go to her. Insurance is paying for him since it is related to his car accident. I haven't done any strength training since high school, and I have no idea where to start. Pics of your cute brother sound pretty good too. I'll have to go through the recipes I have and see if anything actually is good for you. Besides, since I work and Earl isn't, he actually does almost all of the cooking.
post #309 of 1284
I need to join this - I have been wanting to lose weight, I gained my weight from my birth control and it makes me feel so icky, I want to return to the body that I once was.
I need to lose about 50 pounds and this is such an inspiration, because hubby likes to eat southern food, and its full of bad things for me, and he also likes to go to places like mcdonalds and burger king for breakfast, which is BAD for me. I think I was meant to find this site, hopefully it will help me to lose the weight I need to lose - hey have any of you girls (or guys) thought about going out for a walk, say like 20 minutes a day of aerobic exercise, they say 20 minutes a day is good enough to get your heart pumping and to burn those calories. I have an exercise bike that is now collecting clothes, and I need to get back onto that thing. I was doing pretty well, riding it 20 minutes a day, but now I dont know what happened to my motivation, I blame part of it on hubby because he embarrasses me sometimes with comments like 'what are you doing?' when its obvious what I am doing. And he hates ideas that I bring up for certain foods that are low in fat, I blame his grandmother for feeding him so much southern fatty foods!
I hope you dont mind me joining this thread!

Kellye (c:
post #310 of 1284
I am a kiwi and so vegemite is a must for me, to all aussies, is vegemite okay to eat? Because I certainly cannot give it up - I eat it every day for breakfast on 2 slices of toast.
post #311 of 1284
Kellye...I am glad you have joined us here!!!

And I have to say...Heidi...CONGRATULTIONS on losing 40 lbs since last year!!!! That is AWESOME!!!!!
post #312 of 1284
Welcome Kellye! The more support the better!

Well, can't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow I get a whopping 1400 calories, instead of 1000. So far, so good, haven't cheated, although some things we're eating are higher in calories or fat than the things in the book, since we have to use what we have on hand first. Eating lots of veggies (yuck!)! The program I made to track it works great. Maybe if I get ambitious this week, I'll type up the books to make it easier.
post #313 of 1284
Heidi, Congratulations on losing that much weight. That is so awesome. As for weight training, you could buy a set of hand weights. I bought some at KMart (I think it was KMart), they're 3, 5 and 8 lb. dumbbells. It's a good way to start.

Joyce Vidral has some really good books of exercises using dumbbells. I also have a good book by The Firm, who also make some really good exercise videos. I like theirs a lot because they combine weight training with cardio exercise. And I can do it at home, so I don't feel like a complete idiot when I make a mistake. I'm not the most coordinated person.

Ghyslaine, I'm glad you got the WW stuff. I hope it helps you!
post #314 of 1284
Hi everyone....This is kind of a continuation of the other weightloss thread, but it's started new....someday I might be able to read all through the 20+ pages of all the support you guys have given each other.

I need to lose weight for my sister's wedding in March. I feel I should lose about 30 or 40 pounds I think. I don't really know, b/c I haven't weighed myself for a really long time (at least 2 years...It's too depressing!). I know I should get out more and do more exercise, but about the only thing that is available is walking by yourself. (Just so you all know, I live in a very small town of about 100 people in the middle of the prairies, and all my friends live in other towns). I also have knee joint problems (what it is, I don't know, b/c I went to the doctor and he told me all the pain I had was in my head, so I said screw you and didn't go back--well I technically didn't say that, but I thought it ), and I also have supra spinatus tendonitis in my shoulders, which makes it hard to do any arm strengthening moves. But I am going to, b/c the dresses my sister has picked out are strapless, and I don't want to look flabby in them.

I eat fairly healthy (it helps that I am allergic to chocolate and excess sugar-I get hives really bad! and I work at Subway) but my downfall is eating the cookies at work: when we get hungry and don't have time for a break for whatever reason (it's busy, we have lots to do etc), we just grab a cookie from the day before. I am probably kidding myself that I eat healthy...I probably don't. I haven't really ever kept track, but I should. I drink lots of iced tea b/c I don't like the pop that we have, and the water tastes gross, and I always seem to forget to take my water. I usually try to drink some water....iced tea doesn't seem to quench your thirst like water does.

So everyone posted pics on the last thread, so I figure I can post my pic on this one....it was taken in October, at my friend's place in Nova Scotia while I was there. I don't particularly like it, but I don't like many of my pictures. Oh I'm the one on the right, with the glasses and black sweater.

Anyways, I am going to try to eat healhier and exercise more b/c 1. my sister's wedding, and 2. it's gonna be christmas soon! So maybe if I start now, I can lose a lot of weight (well not a lot lot, but you know what I mean).

BTW, does anyone know if you exercise in cold weather if you burn more calories? that may be a dumb question I don't know lol....cuz it's gonna be cold here in Manitoba for about the next 5 months probably ...maybe it's a bonus!

So good luck to everyone!
post #315 of 1284
We normally discourage against duplicate threads, so I am going to merge this into the other weight loss thread. Hope you understand.
post #316 of 1284
Angel! Glad you have joined us here! You are a very pretty girl! I am sure you will get lots of advice here to lose the weight you want to in time for the wedding!
post #317 of 1284
I think iced tea is a lot more better than soda, imo, because of the water that is in it. Do you like lemon iced tea? Try that ... I know iced tea w/ lemon makes me pee! I put lemon, with just maybe 1 or 2 packets, compared to when I used to put 3-4. Do you like salads? They have really good ones from Subway, if you ask me. As for working out, try using maybe soup cans to do arm excersises ... I tried it and it really works! That's the advice that I have, and I am sure there are others who have more. I know you can do it!
post #318 of 1284
Daniela, Not a prob...totally understand.

Well, today at work, I drank about 1/2 litre of water, and about 2 glasses of iced tea. And I paid for it! lol I went to the bathroom about 6 times in my 7 1/2 hr shift! I'm sure my co-worker thought I was nuts! I guess my body will get used to it! I didn't have that healthy of a sub today...a melt (turkey ham and bacon, and of course extra cheese). Guess I'll have to start cutting out the bacon.

Tigger, no I don't particularly care for salads. To me, lettuce tastes/feels like paper in my mouth and can't eat it. I eat it sometimes, like an if I'm at someone's house, and they make a salad for a meal, but not everyday kind of thing. Lemon iced tea is usually what I drink (it's the brisk iced tea) from the machine (fountain drinks).

Debby, thanks for saying I'm pretty I appreciate it.

Well I guess that's all for right now. It is 1:30 am, and I should go to bed.

See ya all later....(or should I say lighter?? )
post #319 of 1284
Thanks for being cool about it 22Angel!! Just trying to keep the boards "organized" if there is such a thing!!! Good luck on your weight loss journey!
post #320 of 1284
Hello there!
Today is my first day of my plan to lose weight. I simply cannot give up coffee so I am limiting it to only one every day, in the mornings and then I will drink like mad, as much water as I can. I have one of those pur water pitchers that filter your water and it is helpful as I can tell how much I am drinking in one day.
I am considering going out for a walk but it is so cold outside, thats the part that puts me off......shall I? Or should I just get on that stationary bike and ride it while I watch tv? That is the question.....
Anyway, totally offtrack here, do any of youse watch 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent'? I watched it last night and I have to say, Vincent D'Onofrio is so appealing to me. I dont know why but I find him rather sexy. Am I the only one here who does and am I crazy?

post #321 of 1284
Originally posted by Tigger
I think iced tea is a lot more better than soda, imo, because of the water that is in it. Do you like lemon iced tea?
Blah.... iced tea ANY kind of tea = dirt water!!!!

GIVE ME A DIET PEPSI!!! (with lemon of course!)
post #322 of 1284
Heidi - wow - i am impressed and motivated by your success!

Ack! I miss my Coca Cola - I love my Coca Cola - please let me have my Coca Cola! Boy giving that up was the hardest thing! If I want to get pregnant though I need to cut out the caffine!

I was bad this weekend. Went to my sisters for dinner and on out way there stopped off at this amazing peanut place. They have all types of nuts with little testing sessions. Also stopped at a farmers market and got some gingerbread men! They were really tiny men - only an inch tall - I only had a few. I am still drinking my water and I had some healthy and gross celery soup at my sister's on Saturday.

Since Ghys and I started this (we started with emails to each other before the thread opened) I have lost 15 pounds! I want another 50 gone, unless I get pregnant.
post #323 of 1284
Good for you Ady! 15 pounds is nothing to skoff at! Could you get yourself some caffeine free Coke for those cravings? Not the best solution, but at least you could get the carbonation and flavor.

Welcome Angel and Kellye to the "We are All Losers!" club! LOL

Angel, one of the first things we learned is that we are always harder on ourselves especially in pictures than anyone else. You are pretty!

As for the exercise, I think just doing something is what our goals have been so far. Some of us have the resources to go to a gym and others don't. Walking is really one of the best things you can do.
post #324 of 1284
Celery soup? It probably had cheese in it. Poor Adrienne suffered for something that probably had more calories than good soup. Have you tried split pea soup made with a weebit of ham--and onions and carrots, with a bit of celery for flavor? Yum, yum, and it's a vegetable! Watch the ham though, just a bit for flavor. Congratulations on you weight loss. That's wonderful! Hey, Adrienne, I am 5'8" and only weighed 118 pounds, and couldn't get pregnant because of my weight! Hang in there!
(Don't worry; I'm not anorexic! I weigh a normal amount now.)
post #325 of 1284
Hey Jeanie:

I have a Christmas gift for you..........

You can have 20 lbs of my "Yule Log!!"

post #326 of 1284
Originally posted by Jeanie G.
Celery soup? It probably had cheese in it. Poor Adrienne suffered for something that probably had more calories than good soup.
Actually - there was no cheese in the soup just celery and I think turnip. My sister knows that cheese contributes to my migraines so no cheese in anything!
post #327 of 1284
Turnips? You should turn your sister in to the food police! My mother thought the whole turnip family was food for the gods. Once, she mashed a pot of rutabaga, and my older sister and I made gagging sounds. A lot of yech, yuch, ewwwww, etc. So we had to finish a HUGE plate (probably a few tablespoons) of it or no sled riding. My sister threw hers in the garbage and out she went, and I'm still sitting at the table looking at this awful stuff. It's getting a little bit green. Is that normal?
post #328 of 1284
Thread Starter 
Hi guys!

It's been a while. Welcome to all the newbies. You are sure to succeed here!

Heidi...Congratulations! Way to go. you must be so proud of yourself. 40 pounds gone out the door.

Ady, Congrats also!! Every pound lost is a wonderful thing. BTW: I miss our emails. We've slacked off on those.

Myself....well, I have to be honest and say i am not doing as well as I'd like to. I need to take this seriously and I am having a very hard time. I am going to start listening to my CD's again. I had gone to a hypnotist and I was doing very well. Thing is, you have to listen to the CD 20 minutes per day. I haven't done that in over 2 weeks.

To all of you that are succeeding, keep up the good work. And for those that need an extra bit of encouragement: You know you can do this. Once again, a famous saying: "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." So, let's get the positive thinking going.
post #329 of 1284
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post #330 of 1284
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who had to eat turnips/rutabagas! They were one veggie us kids could always agree on that was gross! And my dad and great uncle loved them so when Uncle Bud (my great uncle there) came up for supper (usually holidays/long weekends) we always had to have turnips! After we got old enough to help ourselves, we figured something out: take a tiny tablespoonful, a whopping amount of potatoes (sticky mashed, or at least mashed-you could make your own sticky mashed!), mix it all together with the turnips, add butter, gravy and salt and pepper! Voila...not tasting much turnip now! (And I wonder now why I weigh what I do lol).

So today wasn't a good day really. I had chili for breakfast/dinner at about 2pm, then I wasn't able to go on a break, so I snacked on cookies (about 3 of them I think, and they were oatmeal raisin--raisins count for fruits, right?? The oatmeal raison ones are the lowest in fat/calories that we have, although none of them are really too low . And then I had licorice (which is low fat) on the way home from work, and some hickory sticks (potato chip kind of things). And I didn't have my water, so I had about 3 glasses of iced tea tonite.

Guess I'll have to do better tomorrow.
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