Wow! First time for me to view this thread and there is so much to read! I am so glad for ya to start this as always, it is much easier to stay in shape when there are others who are doing it also and supportive.
Deb (IMO) I would join the gym, there is nothing more exhilirating to see other women in aerobics class or even at the gym doing the same thing you are doing and that is to stay in shape. Of course, unless it's some sleazy gym where women are scantily clad and only the skinny ones are there! Argh!
They have a good gym here in my town that is strictly for women and the dress code is t-shirts and shorts/pants, no tank tops, no sport bras wearing people, etc. And the women that are in it are all shapes and sizes!!! Very supportive. Of course, for the time being, I'm confined to just walking in my neighborhood till my son is a bit older and I can rejoin the gym!
I find that being we women will have this ongoing battle, especially those of us that have children! I never thought I would get the size that I am and it is literally a struggle to get back to the size that I was before I met my husband 8 years ago! Argh! But he has also gained a lot of weight so I don't feel so bad but he is losing it faster than me since he is active in playing basketball with his friends lately. Men lose it faster than us women!
I do drink a lot of water which helps, not only for filling up the tummy but for clearing up the skin even though mine is acting like a teenager's nightmare lately! ARgh! I usually try to drink a large glass of water before eating a meal and have limited my meals to three times a day now but it's a struggle to avoid the sweets, I'm a huge Haagen Daaz fan and a tirimisu cake fan, but usually we don't have all that junk in our house but this last week we have. I also started this walking thing, twice a day, once during the day and after dinner. So it's helping somewhat!
okay, I see I'm babbling mainly because it's late night and I'm way sleepy. So I will say 'night night' to all!
See ya tomorrow!
Hugzz to everyone!