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post #211 of 222
Thanks Chris, I've really been trying to buy a lot healthier things. Part of that is due to inspiration I find in reading certain people's blogs on healthy eating.. I am trying not to buy any cheesy crackers, these things are so addictive and I eat so much of them, and they are terrible health wise because they're full of refined carbs..

I do the same thing on weekends, I let myself eat whatever but somehow I always end up gaining 2 pounds on weekends, then losing it by Friday, then gaining again..
It used to not do that, I used to stay exactly at the same weight every morning so I dunno whats up with that. Maybe somehow my metabolism has slowed a bit, which shouldn't happen because I have been working out too but it's still possible.. I just don't like the feeling of being full at the end of the weekend, clothes being a little more snug, it's not a very pleasant feeling, that's the only thing that slightly bothers me.

Anyway, good job on adding those exercises, taking even a few extra steps to get that little bit more exercise always helps a lot in the end
post #212 of 222
Mariya, we used to buy nuts and dried fruits for snacks - they are much healthier, but at least the nuts are loaded with calories. We found it easy to go overboard unintentionally.

What Gary and I just did was to buy the 100 calorie trail mix snack packs - they have some m&m things in them (not many), so they satisfy salty and sweet and we know exactly how much we're eating.

I'm not sure when I stopped doing the dailies.. but I know that we had a bad day towards the end of the week last week. Not awful, but we bought cheetoes - not one of the huge bags, but we totally got off the eating three meals a day thing.

I did hit the 2 liters of water at least twice last week!

The main thing is that despite some crappy food at the end of the week, we have SO reduced the overall carb intake and have continued to keep up the massive fruit intake. I think we're still eating too much protein and not enough veges, but we're working on it - and I think we just ate randomly (not meals) from like Thursday through yesterday. ...last night Gary did make little baby cheeseburgers which we ate on baby onion rolls with lettuce, onion and tomato.

So anyway, we're focused on getting back on the 3-meals a day plan. Breakfast so far has been the light high-fiber english muffin with a little cream cheese, orange juice, and fruit (berries). It's just so easy, and I keep the berries made (a mix of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries).

We're drinking our blueberry green tea like crazy, so that's good. I'm at 1.5 liters of liquids so far today.

Lunch was fresh mozzarella and sliced tomato on the other 100 calorie multi-grain high fiber sandwich rounds we bought. A little olive oil drizzeled on.

Dinner tonight is going to be shephard's pie again (froze left overs).

Snacks so far today have been pears and oranges. ...and for me pickled beats.

Did make tabouli and hummus, so I'm going to try to get more creative with the sandwiches (got wraps) for lunches.
post #213 of 222
Just got home from the gym. We did 40 min cardio, and I did 100 Crunches on the crunch machine @ 80 pounds.

I was bad last week because we ate icecream and cheese cake. It felt sooo good to be naughty!!!

Congrats LDG and Gary!! You both are doing really good!
post #214 of 222
You two are amazing, really! I probably can't lift 80 pounds. The exercise thing we are just really bad about. ...and I haven't been sticking to Chris's idea of doing 10-somethings each time I get up. I have been doing it, just not each time. Today we did run to the pharmacy to walk around inside the store - we got three circuits done before we had to get Gary home.
post #215 of 222
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You two are amazing, really! I probably can't lift 80 pounds. The exercise thing we are just really bad about. ...and I haven't been sticking to Chris's idea of doing 10-somethings each time I get up. I have been doing it, just not each time. Today we did run to the pharmacy to walk around inside the store - we got three circuits done before we had to get Gary home.
Aww Thank you!! Today on the crunch machine was an oddity for me. I usually can only get 75, in sets of 3, with rest in between. I don't know what got into me but I went with it. I am still not losing weight but I am holding at my present weight. I have such aches and pains now from different exercise machines that are not normal. When I get on the treadmill my left hip joint hurts for days. My knees hurt from the bicycle. Rick and I are recovering from the economic down turn we had in December so we have been eating alot of beans and rice(I actually like them!!) and stirfry. Thank god his job has started production up again and he is back on 12 hr shifts with overtime. We have been buying alot of oranges and apples too. I planted rasberry and blueberry plants last year and we had just started getting red rasberries when fall hit. This year I'm going to plant cranberries and do another big garden if we can get our big section turned. I have to learn how to can this year!!! That will keep me occupied and give us lots of food for the winter time. We also have a mullberry tree in our front yard. Last year when we were being bad I made a rasberry, mullberry and blueberry pie. It was wonderful!!!!
post #216 of 222
We had raspberry bushes - they (at least the ones we had) produce raspberries every other year. They freeze great - we used them for making all kinds of sauces, jam, and toppers to all kinds of things when baking. And canning is a breeze - especially if you use a pressure cooker - and you're familiar with canning jars, right? My grandma made jams and preserves ALL the time. I remember her always topping them with a thick layer of wax - I don't remember if she "canned" them after that or not?
post #217 of 222
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We had raspberry bushes - they (at least the ones we had) produce raspberries every other year. They freeze great - we used them for making all kinds of sauces, jam, and toppers to all kinds of things when baking. And canning is a breeze - especially if you use a pressure cooker - and you're familiar with canning jars, right? My grandma made jams and preserves ALL the time. I remember her always topping them with a thick layer of wax - I don't remember if she "canned" them after that or not?
The rasberry bushes we have are suppose to produce every year, we will see what they do this year. From what I read they are very intrusive and spread like weeds. I'm familar with the canning jars but thats about it. From what every tells me it will be really easy. It probably will be chaotic in the kitchen!!

I forgot, I also planted grapes to grow and run along my fence line.
post #218 of 222
They do grow like weeds!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really do miss those... where we used to live, we had oodles of raspberries, blackberries, black raspberries, a peach tree and a pear tree.

OK... last couple of days - pretty good! Three meals a day, lots of fruit, keeping the carbs down by not snaking on anything - I haven't even finished that jar of pickled beets!

I also found that for WHATEVER reason, if I start with a 1000 or 500ml bottle of whatever (water, blueberry green tea) that is full, I don't drink so much. But if I start with it half full, I finish it and get another! So now when I finish a bottle, I pour half a new one into the empty old one. I've been hitting my 2 liter/day goal! Now let's go for three....
post #219 of 222
Thread Starter 
For the ppl who posted in this thread to start with, since it's been over a year since anyone has updated it, I would like to know:

HOW ARE YOU??????
compared to your first post, how are you? Have you reached a goal, are you struggling, have things changed, etc.


I am hoping to get back into posting on this thread. So much has changed for me, and anyone who's on my facebook knows that I've been doing pretty good. There has been some roadblocks, and some tools that have helped me greatly.

I don't have time for a full update now, but...............

My initial post: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...30&postcount=8

My weigh in from April 29, 2009:
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...53&postcount=9

Over the early months of this year, I had ballooned up in weight, back to the highest I had ever been years ago. Higher than my initial posting and finally decided to do something.

In March 2011, I spent the money and bought myself a BodyMedia Fit. (google it for more info than what I can give at this moment, and feel free to ask me any questions )

It isn't cheap, but has IMO paid for itself as, since March I have lost 60-65lbs, and have kept it off.

This summer has been horrible for me (life in general) and I feel off the wagon in July. Started to get back on it in Aug but life got substantially worse. I've still been wearing my BMF, just not logging the food stuffs which is a main part of things. I have still been going for walks/jogs and activities with the kids, it's just that my eating has been all over the place. Either eating too little, or eating too much, etc. Very uncontrolled.

I am just now, getting back into focusing on my health. I am surprised that the last couple months didn't set me back as far as the weight goes. But my clothes still fit about the same as they did. I just have not stepped on the scale, and won't untill the end of the month when I've had time to get back on track.

Had I stayed on track, I was expecting to hit my target weight by the beginning of next month. That won't happen, and I am ok with that. I've maintained my weight during some pretty serious emotional periods, which I am proud of even tho I don't know how I did it. LOL. (I think its due to the eating too little + too much = a balance....plus, I've continued exercising)

More on me later.

Is there any of the originals that want to update?

Is there any newbies that would like to post? (see the first few posts to get an idea about this thread....as it's not just about my weight loss, but about everyone who chose or chooses to write... It's about support, health, goals, etc)

Hope to see you soon
Stay healthy.
post #220 of 222
Hi Chris!

Up and down for me. Over the last year I've fallen out of healthy habits and gotten back in to them. I gained back 10 lbs since I stopped posting, then lost and kept off 25 lbs, though. This summer I had a bad diet run-in. Ended up on a diet that helped drop 10 lbs quickly, but made me sick so I stopped that and am back to eating reasonably healthy, working out and at least maintaining the lost weight.

I also went through a recording phase that I discovered really triggered my body image neurosis. I was guiltily recording every crumb and beating myself up over things like eating an orange. It was only after my DH asked me to consider stopping my recording on weekends because he was really bothered by what it was doing to me mentally that I clued in and stopped. Hence the "I'll eat healthy and stay active and that will have to be enough" trend that I have going now. I've not lost anything for the past week, but I feel 100% better, so I'll take that. Off to the gym tonight so I'll weigh in even though it was a rough weekend for us and I know I blew the 'healthy' thing a bit too often.

So, some success, some setbacks and a brush with a neurosis that I haven't dealt with that strongly since high school. Overall, I'm doing okay and I can keep working with that.
post #221 of 222
Hi Chris! I want to join you and anyone else who is determined to lose weight. I have a history of rollercoast dieting all my life, and have gone from 190 pounds down to 110 pounds and back up again several times. Right now I am at 76 kilos, which is around 160 pounds. I know my weight affects my health, especially my joints, and my knees will never be better until I lose some weight. I have already started and have gone down about 5 pounds this summer, but without support it is impossible to keep it up and I have not been systematic. So here I am. Usually I have found that it is easiest to keep on track if there is something I want to do, and once before it was because I wanted to compete in a showjumping competition. This time I have just taken up riding again and I know how much better I can do it if I am slim. So here we go. I also have my niece's wedding in 7 weeks, so I would like to lose a bit for that, though it is not good to do it too fast, I know.

I am doing a low carb diet for two weeks to get started properly, and then I shall follow a regime similar to the one I learned at Slimming World, basically 3 meals a day, balanced between carbs, proteins and veggies, no added sugar or fats.

So good luck everyone else and let's support each other as much as we can.
post #222 of 222
Well, I'm down about 25 pounds from the first of 2011. Still quite a ways to go, but I'm getting there.
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