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SCHMOOZE & LOSE II - FINISHED Sept 5


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Need extra help and support? Join me in the battle to lose those pounds! No goal weights for this group…just a determination to lose.Post your weigh-in on THURSDAY, FRIDAY or SATURDAY!!!YOU CHOOSE!!

GET INVOLVED!!!  Each Sunday we will be presenting a mini-challenge for all participants to take part in. You might have to post your favorite snack under 100 calories or tell everyone the nicest compliment you have recieved so far.  Message me with your ideas and recieve honorable mention as the week's BIGGEST SCHMOOZER!

This group is all about keeping that postitive attitude throughout your journey. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out or are maintaining, everyone needs someone to lean on now and then. So SCHMOOZE & LOSE with your friends and stay motivated!

WHAT TO EXPECT (GUIDELINES):

  1. This is a 10 week motivational group. If you feel you cannot endure the full 10 weeks, message me and let me know I don't hound you.
  2. You must post a Start and Finish weight. If you're not up to posting your weight on certain weeks, that's fine. This is all about staying motivated. 
  3. Mini-challenges will be posted on Sunday. We hope that everyone will take part, but if you don't, there is no pressure. We're here to support you on this journey.
  4. Feel free to use this group as a place to express yourself -  fears, frustrations, worries, goals, triumphs, successes. We are here to support and motivate one another, whether you're doing great or stuggling.

START     June 25-27:
Week 1.   July 2 - 4:
Week 2.   July 9-11:
Week 3.   July 16-18:
Week 4.   July 23-25:
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1:     SIGN UPS NOW CLOSED
Week 6.   Aug 6-8:
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

NAME.........................START.........CU RRENT.......LOSS    
2bslimmer...................212.0..........20 8.0............4.0
acomley11..................243.5...........24 1.6...........1.9
aeetheri.....................156.0........... 154.2............1.8
afined........................167.6.......... ..166.3...........1.3
aimeelerue.................150.0...........15 1.0............ **
allyson613..................171.0...........1 68.2............2.8
angie952....................194.0...........1 79.0............15.0
augette......................242.5........... 244.0............. **
bella952.....................139.0........... 139.2............. **
bubbles556................190.5............19 0.0............0.5
clinder.........................215.8........ ...207.8............8.0
comomo72..................226.0...........223 .4.............2.6
crazypotato98............148.25.........144.0 .............4.25
emilie_f.......................
findingmeagain2009...183.0...........176.0... ..........7.0
fridaynext...................
fsi0918.......................175.2.......... ..169.8.............5.4
girlfighting27..............155.0............ 155.4............. **
gram-gram.................131.2............12 8.0.............3.2
harrys_angel..............240.0
hedtil..........................121.0........ ....118.0.............3.0
hlthygrl25...................146.0
hswee6473................149.5............147 .4............2.1
ilovebeading..............247.0.............2 39.8............7.2
inikaliciousi.................217.6.......... ..203.5.............14.1
jbunte........................160.0.......... ..156.3.............3.7
jellybelly7...................186.0
jes1776......................140.6........... 139.4.............1.2
jessifm........................182.0......... ..184.0............. **
jojs16.........................160.0......... ..156.6..............3.4
kaseysmommy............229.6...........224.2. .............5.4
kellybeanpp................231.0
kokorozashi................184.1..........183 .6..............0.5
laneybug30................193.8...........192 .2..............1.6
lilygirl1970..................175.4.......... .165.8..............9.6
limerick37....................237.0.......... 216.0..............21.0
linzylu411...................145.0........... 145.0..............0.0
litebeer1960..............152.0............15 4.4.............. **
littomisshaylo.............263.4............2 55.8..............7.6
lmy2301.....................200.0............ 198.0..............2.0
lomae.........................239.0.......... ..234.0..............5.0
lr_mnl.........................152.6......... ...150.8.............1.8
lsam31.......................197.2
lunatiq.......................
luny_luna...................163.0............ .159.0............4.0
marlyken....................195.0............ .182.5............12.5
mccash.......................350.0
mdstall.......................154.3.......... ...151.8............2.5
meltydawn.................186.0.............1 84.0............2.0
merimeriqcontrary......137.0
minda_spk.................235.0
missjaylene13............202.0............201 .8............0.2
mmh29.......................193.2............ 195............... **
nberry1984................268.0............25 7.4............10.6
nocciola125................140.0
ocean_girl88..............146.0............14 1.4............4.6
ojfranklin....................192.0
Opulent_creationz.....195.4
pmarps......................232.5............ 237.0........... **
pochahontas.............224.5............223. 0............1.5
qualquun...................165.5
ranchobernardo........165.5............171.2. ........... **
ranyave.....................195.0...........1 84.0............11.0
redneckwife123001...220.0...........218.0.... ........2.0
rebelrower.................128.0..........119 .4.............8.6
rsk414.......................177.2........... 174.0............3.2
rocconess13..............230.0...........222. 0............8.0
roxiegirl42.................210.0............ 186.0...........24.0
rufus_k......................159.5........... .156.0...........3.5
sadinplaid..................205.0............ 191.0...........14.0
shanasedai................200.0............18 4.3...........15.7
shaye1984................245.0
southernstar1976.....259.8............256.8.. .........3.0
sugarmuffin414.........128.0
sunshine25...............176.0............174 .9...........1.1
supertemptdonna......167.0
susiesher...................158.5...........1 52.0...........6.5
sweetoniongal...........
thatgirldina................207.5............ 201.5..........6.0
tp_junk......................149.6........... .151.6.......... **
trcyh..........................265.0......... ...264.4...........0.6
unique1193...............143.0
vaiolet.......................156.7
vettiez.......................
vfh8404.....................178.8...........1 73.6..........5.20
victory0322...............271.0............26 0.6.........10.4
xcathyxx....................182.0............ 180.0.........2.0
xoxo..........................178.0
zarinan......................178.5........... .166.0.........12.5

TOTAL LOSS TO DATE:  322.15 pounds

WEEK 10: MEASUREMENTS & HOW DO YOU FEEL? http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-aug-sept-ft142539-39#793 

WEEK 9: THE POWER OF PROTEIN http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-aug-closed-ft142539-36#734

WEEK 8: WATER YOU WAITING FOR??? http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-aug-closed-ft142539-34#700
WEEK 7: CHANGE VS TRANSITION http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-aug-closed-ft142539-32#653
WEEK 6: MIND OVER MATTER http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-july-aug-ft142539-30#611
WEEK 5: MY REWARD http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-july-aug-ft142539-27#550
WEEK 4: LET'S GET PHYSICAL http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-july-closed-ft142539-23#473
WEEK 3: SUPER SUPPERS http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-july-closed-ft142539-20#403
WEEK 2: MY FOOD WEAKNESS http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-july-closed-ft142539-13#276
WEEK 1: MEASUREMENTS, THE BEST THINGS ABOUT ME & WEAR IT WITH PRIDE http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-i i-week-june-july-ft142539-8#164

 

For more info, check out the original Schmooze & Lose Group: http://caloriecount.about.com/schmooze-lose-w eek-june-closed-ft135821

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START June 25-27: 160.0

Week 1. July 2 - 4: 159.8

Week 2. July 9-11: 158.0

Week 3. July 16-18: 157.0

Week 4. July 23-25: 159.2

Week 5. July 30 - Aug 1: 157.6

Week 6. August 6-8: 156.6

 

I have not been doing very well keeping up with the mini challenges. The past two weeks I also have not been doing well keeping up with logging food, or staying consistent at the gym. I try to sneak in little things throughout the day, like taking the stairs or going for a walk at lunchtime, which I suppose is good in its own way because its teaching me to learn the lifestyle and not just a temporary change. Somehow this morning when I stepped on the scale, through all of this, I have hit my lowest mark so far! Maybe it has something to do with mind over matter! ;-) When I get frustrated, or lose motivation, as in these past few weeks, I think the key difference is that I'm letting myself. I'm letting myself stop logging and take a break from the structured routine at the gym, but instead trying to do a better job of selecting healthy options and listening to my body when I'm hungry. And I think that's the most important part. Ultimately, I think it will help me in the long run, because as I said, I am teaching myself a new lifestyle and not just a temporary solution that I will back out on later.

START     June 25-27: [217.6 pounds]
Week 1.   July 2 - 4: [216.7 pounds]
Week 2.   July 9-11: [215.0 pounds]
Week 3.   July 16-18: [212.2 pounds]
Week 4.   July 23-25: [210.4 pounds]
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1: [209.2 pounds]
Week 6.   Aug 6-8: [206.1 pounds] (-11.5LBS)
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

Start   June 25-27:      &nb sp;  247
Week 1.   July 2 - 4:      245.2
Week 2.   July 9-11:      247.8  BLAH this sucks
Week 3.   July 16-18:     247.6
Week 4.   July 23-25:       243.8
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1:   242.2 

Week 6.   Aug 6-8:        ;   242.6
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

 

Keeping my mind motivated is putting into perspective how long it took me to put all this extra weight on.  It has happened over 10+ years.  I have always struggled with my weight but after having my kids and getting set in life I kinda quit worrying about it.  Then about 2 years ago I really started feeling it and had a health issue that brought it all forefront.  So it has been 18months since i really started working at this and in that time I have lost 33lbs.  I started at 275 my heaviest ever. That is more then I weighed when I was pregnant and both my girls were over 10lbs at birth. Averaging it out that is 7lbs per year gain so right now 16.5 is my yearly average loss so that keeps me motivated.

 

I think all of us should put it into perspective and we would all find it similar.  Keep up the good work everyone.

START     June 25-27:  242.5
Week 1.   July 2 - 4:  240.5
Week 2.   July 9-11: 243
Week 3.   July 16-18: 245.5
Week 4.   July 23-25: 246
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1: 245
Week 6.   Aug 6-8: 243
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

Finally getting back down to where I started!  Hopefully now that all the vacations are over I will be able to finally get back on track and stay there.  The kids start school on Wednesday which is my day off from work so I'm hoping that I will have a chance to spend the day doing something for me - ie go for a long walk, hop on the bike, get out into the garden.

START     June 25-27: 237
Week 1.   July 2 - 4: 233 (-4.0)

Week 2.   July 9-11: 230   (-3.0)
Week 3.   July 16-18: 228   (-2.0)
Week 4.   July 23-25: 226  (-2.0)
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1: 226 (0.0)
Week 6.   Aug 6-8:       223  (-3.0)
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

Hi everyone...sorry that I didn't post last week but was away on vacation.  This is probably the first vacation in my life where I actually watched what I ate - not that I denied myself a lot but I avoided sugars and sweet things and focused on lean protein and veggies and fruit.  It's only now that I am realizing how far I have to go in terms of losing all of the weight that I want to, but I think I just have to enjoy having my clothes fit a little looser on me and being able to wear some things that I haven't been able to wear in a long time.  Also, I have a huge old hooded sweatshirt that I used as a "coverup" for a long time because I thought it hid my bulk...the zipper finally broke on it this week and I realized that it was actually way too big for me now and I needed to lose it, along with the weight I've been shedding.  It was too wrecked and worn to donate to charity, but it was a real pleasure to put it in the trash!  Best of luck to everyone and I am hoping for a successful week for all of us...

START     June 25-27: 210 - 212
Week 1.   July 2 - 4:  205
Week 2.   July 9-11:  204
Week 3.   July 16-18: 202
Week 4.   July 23-25: 200
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1:198
Week 6.   Aug 6-8: 195 (-15)
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

Wow! I am shocked! I ate 4 pieces of Papa John's mushroom pizza last night... I really kinda expected to see a higher number. 195! I am so proud! Today is treat day... New walking shoes for me!

START     June 25-27: 271lbs
Week 1.   July 2 - 4: 269.0 (-2.0)
Week 2.   July 9-11: 266.6 (-2.4)
Week 3.   July 16-18: 267.6 (+1)
Week 4.   July 23-25: 265.8 (-1.8)
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1: 266.2 (+.4)
Week 6.   Aug 6-8: 263.0 (-3.2) That's 30 pounds since I started in May!!!
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

START     June 25: 159.5
Week 1.   July 2:    159.0
Week 2.   July 9:    158.5
Week 3.   July 16:  157.5
Week 4.   July 23:  157.5
Week 5.   July 30:  157.0
Week 6.   Aug 6:    157.0
Week 7.   Aug 13:

Stayed the same but I'm not surprised.  I ate fairly close to maintenance all week.  Sometimes a little above, sometimes below.

START     June 25-27: 265.0
Week 1.   July 2 - 4:  264.6
Week 2.   July 9-11:  263.0
Week 3.   July 16-18: 262.2
Week 4.   July 23-25: 262.4
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1: 261.4
Week 6.   Aug 6-8:  260.8
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

Week 6.   Aug 6-8: 188

Same, Same....(sigh)  I guess my week has been very inconsistant, and then when "Aunt flow" dropped in I totally binged one day and ate 5 brownies...so I guess same is good.  8 more pounds till my next goal, trying to hit it by Sept 16th. Wish me luck!

Me weight this week 179.2

Good luck with that mini-goal Marlyken.

Congrats on being in the 70s vfh8404.

 

This week's schmoozer is shanasedai who suggested this week's challenge from a forum post that she made back in July! I great suggestion! Thanks!

WEEK 7: CHANGE VS TRANSITION

Here is shanasedai's forum post. Give it a read and then answer the question...What is it time for me to let go of?

http://caloriecount.about.com/time-change-tra nsition-ft145289

It's time for me to let go of my excuses!

I'm eating for 2  . . . my daughter is 17, I'm on appetite increasing meds . . . not since I was 36, I don't have time to exercise . . . as I sit online, you're SUPPOSED to pig out at holidays . . . really?, I can't swallow my vitamins without pop . . . yeah LOL, my family likes chips and snack foods in the house . . . too bad! I'm not buying them anymore, I can't afford a gym membership . . . who needs a gym to be active?, I don't like to sweat . . . seriously, who does?  ever heard of a shower?

Just a few of my many "reasons" for not doing this a long time ago.

Reasons = Excuses

POOF!  Be gone! :P

Off to the lake for 6 relaxing (and active) days.  Hope everyone has an awesome week!  See ya Friday! 

START     June 27: 165.5
Week 1.   July 4: + 5.7# = 171.2#
Week 2.   July 9: - 2.4# = 168.8#
Week 3.   July 17: + 5.7# = 174.5#
Week 4.   July 24: -3.5# = 171.0#
Week 5.   Aug1: -0.2# = 170.8#
Week 6.   Aug 6-8: -1.6# = 169.2#
VFKF Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
V0ZX Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
V0ZT Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

V0Q0

START     June 25-27: 146
Week 1.   July 2 - 4: 144.5
Week 2.   July 9-11: 143.4
Week 3.   July 16-18: 143.4
Week 4.   July 23-25: 141.4
Week 5.   July 30-Aug1: 140.6    
Week 6.   Aug 6-8: 139.6
Week 7.   Aug 13-15:
Week 8.   Aug 20-22:
Week 9.   Aug 27-29:
FINISH.   Sept 3-5:

Woohoo!  In the 130s baby!  I don't even remember the last time I was in the 130s!  I'm beyond motivated now.

Week 6. Aug 6-8: weigh in 223.2

Week 6 Mind over matter
I consistently remind myself that I am making lifelong changes, not short-term. That I am strong enough to really do this!! I also look at other success stories. Regardless of how they got there, I realize I can be happy and healthy if I stick to it! I also wear anything that makes me feel good, like old pants that used to be tight or a new blouse that I couldn’t fit before. Sometimes I also fish for compliments, because it feels good and makes me feel confident.

Week 7 challenge
Change vs. transition
I realized in order to continue to successfully lose weight; I need to stop emotionally feeding myself. I have spent years in therapy to learn how I respond to things and how to reaction differently, healthier. Now it is time to change my eating reaction. First I identified that I eat when I’m bored, anxious, and tired. Then I researched about intuitive eating. And for the past 2 weeks I have practiced only eating when I am hungry. It’s hard, but I am strong! I continue to transition, meanwhile I believe I have broken my plateau and lost another 3 pounds!!

Week 7 Challenge-

I did make a transition to good behaviors and watched my eating before - at least to get significantly down in weight to where I felt healthier and happier. And it was not such a sacrifice.  What got me back out of line could have been an emotional issue where I realized I probably would not end up with the "normal life" like most people have with a significant other and a family to call my own.  I  slimmed down and had more confidence that led to a string of brief relationships where I mostly got hurt by ultimately being dumped.   But, deep down, I have begun to realize that since I am the person that I rely on that I have to treat myself better and I prefer to live it healthier.  Like the article stated in this challenge, I may not like the "change" and I guess I am trying to give up viewing myself as abnormal for living a single life.

Week 7 challenge: What is it time for me to let go of?

For me I'd say my biggest thing would be cigarettes. I've been working on becoming healthier but all along I've been making excuses for not giving up smoking for good.  I can go for 2-3 days and not eve think about having a cigarette. Then when I'm around someone else that is smoking I feel this desire to have one. I've gone from having 1-2 on occasion to smoking around a pack a week. Not as bad as it could be but if I can make it for 2-3 days then with a little more work I can turn that into weeks, months years.  I had quit for almost 10 years only to start up again about 2 years ago after some stressful days at work.  If I really want to become a healthier person then I need to start by giving up the cigarettes for good. The smoking inevitably leads to my sacraficing the healthy changes I've made in my life: ie exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, controlling portions. 

So, it's time to really focus on getting rid of the cigarettes for good in the hopes that my healthy habits will follow. I think that once I can transition back into the smoke free lifestyle I will be able to concur the others areas including the emotional eating and of course if I can breath easier I will be able to exercise more and get back to where I really enjoy it.

 

Hey I'm the schmoozer!!  Cool

I'm still hacking away at letting go of all the things that do not serve me and others.  I think the next mini-hack is on my mental image of myself.  I'm ready to let go of thinking of myself as chubby, overweight, or fat.

Angie952: I like your "POOF! Be gone!" to excuses :)

Comomo72: Congrats on the plateau breaking!

Clinder: I hope you can give up that view of yourself, and I really wish I could help in some way.  I have some friends that have similar views of themselves for different reasons, and it hurts to watch them hurting.

Augette: That's awesome that you can go 2-3 days without even thinking about smoking.  Best of luck on ditching them entirely.

 

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