Hi...I've been doing CC for a couple of weeks and seeking some weight loss buddies to motivate me. I'm 38, 5'6", 215. I've lost about 90 pounds so far and am hoping to lose at least 50 more. I'm having trouble staying motivated! Anyone else having this problem? Hope to hear from you soon!
I am back on the wagon and need all the motivation I can get. I am 43, 258 (probably a bit lower factoring in PMS, but as of weigh in yesterday) and 5"4. I just got back into the swing of things yesterday and don't have anyone who is struggling with weight like me in my life, so could use a buddy. Work stress causes me to basically give up to be honest, back to crap food and no work outs. I have started back with the exercising since yesterday and just logging food right now to see how far off target I am. Anyway, I am here if you are interested.
Hey, Beacher! Thanks for your reply! I think part of the reason I've lost motivation is because I hit the dreaded plateau I had success with Weightwatchers but stopped losing...for 2 months! And then my eating habits started going south, so I knew I had to do something! I am now trying this to see how it works for me!
Anyway, I'm going back to zumba class tonight...I sprained my ankle last fall and I think it has finally healed. We will see how it goes!
Hi fookitty and beacher!
CC has really helped me keep perspective on my eating habits! I'm 32, 5'5.5" and 231.2 currently. I started at 265 about 6 months ago and stumbled onto CC at the end of January and it's been great!
I love Zumba! I have the DVD's and they are the reason I lost some weight before starting on CC. I know someone from church who is a certified Zumba instructor, but I'd like to lose a little more weight before taking my moves public :) I also had lots of success with Turbo Jam and have added it back into the mix, along with the kettlebell. I'm hoping to order the Turbo Fire set next week to intensify my workouts even more.
I'm here too if either of you are interested! I figure there's no such thing as too many buddies! They are the real motivation and encouragement here!
Hi again Kitty:
Good for you for keeping going in a two month plateau!!!! From everything I have seen and read, they recommend changes things up a bit with diet and exercise when you hit the plateau. I hit a plateau in a previous weight loss and changed around my calories (lowered them) and started gaining weight! Argh! I read a particular article and thought, hmmmm, I'm going to try INCREASING my calories and sure enough, wham, scale started going down again. It is really tricky if you have been a bit of a yo you dieter (as I have). You have to start paying really close attention to your body thinking it is going into starvation mode and getting overly protective of the fat, ha ha. Anyway, long and short, is good for you.
Zumba looks like an excellent workout. I don't know anyone personally who has done it, so would love to hear how it goes. I got the EA Sports Active 2 and started doing that yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised that it is actually a workout, sweat and all. Aching muscles this morning. I had bought some other Wii workout programs and nothing. This one is actually challenging. For me personally, I need extra special help with motivating me to workout. As soon as I hit some particularly stressful time at work, I cocoon and become a massive couch potatoe. I set up a goal with the sport thing, so I really have to keep going to meet it and that is good incentive. I also have this week off work, so lots of time to do it without excuses!
I just started tracking my food on CC recently to see how far off the mark I am and what an eye opener! Congratulations on your weight loss! That's fantastic! I haven't done the zumba as above, but I have done the turbo jam and it kicks my butt. So, what is the key to your success? It is always great to hear from someone who started where I am and has had success. That is amazing motivation!
Looking forward to more chats ladies!
I survived zumba last night! I was really worried about my ankle, but it's not bothering me today and I should be able to go back tomorrow night. I didn't realize until after I was there how much I really did miss it! You should really give zumba a shot! I think you'd really enjoy it!
Congrats on your weight loss! That is fabulous!!!!
At the zumba class I go to, one of the rules is, "Leave your shame at the door!" There are people of all weights and shapes and sizes and nobody cares what anyone else looks like. We are all there to have fun and get some exercise. I was really worried about what others would think when I started but quickly realized that I didn't have to worry...nobody cares what you look like.
But anyway, I did really good with my calories yesterday and today I want to eat everything that's not nailed down. I believe my full button is broken today. I guess I need to start chugging the water and hope that it helps! Do either of you have days like that and what do you do to keep yourself in check?
Have a great day, Beacher and GB!
Congratulations on the Zumba! It is fantastic to find an exercise that you love and that gives you a good workout. To be honest, I have yet to find such a thing. Tried volleyball and belly dancing/hip hop classes, the gym (HATE THE GYM, find it torturous and boring, lol) and some aerobic classes. I like the tapes at home or walks on lunch. Those things I can do without cringing too much, lol. I am currently infatuated with the Wii Active Sports 2 and I am proud to say I survived another Wii Active 2 1:04 minute workout this morning. It is amazing how much you can accomplish and how well you can eat when you aren't working all day, lol. Made myself a lovely hummus and had that as a snack with some Finn Crisp Caraway crackers (which by the way ROCK with the hummus and give you an amazing fibre boost).
I did horrible with my calories yesterday but today is a new day and so far, so good. I also have days like that where you just want to eat everything in site. I am learning to pick snacks that will actually satisfy me and am trying very hard to learn to eat only when hungry and not out of boredom or whatever the emotion. I would suggest a snack like I just had with a big glass of water or something else that will fill you, like oatmeal. Also pick something that you are craving, if you know what I mean. Like if you want something crunchy, get some celery and a little peanut butter or maybe you want comfort food, so maybe some soup. It's hard to figure it all out, but you learn as you go (I am). I have a voracious appetite on a good day, so for me, I am just logging it all and seeing how it works out. Water is a good thing, but I find if I am really hungry, forget it, it is not going to cut it at all.
Going to go and put in my recipe for hummus and see what comes out. I added just hummus on here, but want to see if the ingredients can be found on here to get the perfect rating :) It really is easy, so will share if it is not a horrid calorie count.
P.S. I just ordered the Zumba for the Wii. Not much of a class person, but you gave me the incentive to get it :)
A- 32 18g
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Ingredients (Makes 44 servings) 19 oz can chickpeas
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup tahini
1 tsp sea salt
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Directions Drain and rinse chickpeas. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend well. Serve on crackers or veggies. Nutrition Facts Serving Size 11 serving (18.1 g) Amount Per Serving Calories 32 Calories from Fat 1414 % Daily Value* Total Fat 1.6g1.6 2%2 Saturated Fat 0.2g0.2 1%1 Cholesterol mg % Sodium 83mg83 3%3 Total Carbohydrates 3.6g3.6 1%1 Dietary Fiber 0.8g0.8 3%3 Protein 1.1g1.1 Vitamin A % • Vitamin C 2%2 Calcium 2%2 • Iron 2%2 * Based on a 2000 calorie diet
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Ok, not sure how this is going to translate in this post, but it is 32 calories per tablespoon and well worth it as a great snack!
I'm so glad you mentioned the hummus beacher!!! I'm putting it on my grocery list right now! I've been meaning to get some and I get home from the store and always forget it. I'm gonna try your recipe!
I've chatted with a few people on here since I started in Jan, 2 regularly, and I would definitely call them friends now! So very nice to meet more who are actually close the same level I am. Height too :) almost
It's incredible how much you've lost fookitty! You're such an inspiration! My ultimate goal is around 160, give or take a few...wherever I feel the healthiest! I'm to the small side of medium framed, but very curvy. So skinny is not, and will never be my goal.
I drink almost a gallon of green tea (made like sun-tea) a day, and my brother is almost 10 years older than me and we both started drinking coffee about 1 year ago (separately, out of the blue). It actually seems to help with hunger (though I don't drink any after 3pm). I don't drink soda but on the very rare occasion, so I'm not too worried about caffeine. I only drink 3 cups of coffee (that's what I tell people)most days, then my husband tells them my favorite cup holds 1/3 of a pot...oh well, it hasn't given me any problems, I only drink it straight black. It's actually helped, to each their own I say.
I still have problems with going over on sodium most days. Some days more than others. Eliminating processed foods (for the most part) has really helped there. I have my daily caloric goal set at 1500. But I don't kick myself if it gets to 1700. One BIG thing that has been my best help is not giving up my favorite foods. I allow my desserts, I indulge (not overly, but I don't restrict either) if we go out to eat (which is only about once quarterly). Portion control has been my main challenge, and it's been goin very well since I started logging on CC. (I married a very good cook) :/
I have a Wii and was disappointed in the Wii Fit program ( the sports one however will kick your butt, especially the boxing!!!). It's nice but not enough to really get me/keep me going. I love the obstacle course! Let me know how the Wii Zumba goes would ya? I still love Turbo Jam and I mix it with Zumba. I've had the Turbo Jam series since 2006 (before my wedding) and though I haven't used it much since it first got me almost to my goal, I'm really excited to add Turbo Fire to it with the HIIT workouts. I need a good mix of intense wo's to blast through my plateaus.
I'm sure at some point I'll get brave enough to go to an actual Zumba class with my friend from church. I know most people could care less what other people look like( then others get on the computer and talk "anonymously" about some person they saw in class or at the gym). I'm working on my mental blocks :/
I usually keep a bag of walnuts/pecans or almonds in the freezer to grab as a snack. (also good to fill ya til your next meal) Or the occasional Fiber Plus bar (I tend to stay away from bars cuz it's usually a whole lot of calories and not much flavor/satisfaction), but these have great flavor!
I'm adding you both as buddies! Message me anytime! Talk to ya soon! :)
I just read through your posts and found myself quite inspired. I was hoping I could join in? I just joined recently (about a week ago) and am logging my calories as accurately as possible, but can not seem to commit 100%. I feel like you 3 would really help motivate me, especially with the exercising portion...which is pretty much non-existant at the moment. Hope you have room for one more!
Always!!! Welcome!!! :)
What kind of exercise do you think you'd enjoy?
To be honest, I'm not really sure because I haven't tried a ton of things.... I use to enjoy volleyball, swimming, and dancing back when I was in high school. I did have a gym membership for about a month almost a couple of years ago and found that I really enjoy listening to music while I workout. Joining a gym is really not something I'm looking for right now though for various reasons. The biggest one is my 2 year old.
I was thinking about checking into the zumba videos you guys were talking about- I didn't realize you could get videos, I always thought you had to take a class. I have some old exercise tapes that I use to do that I could break out....hip hop aerobics, paula abdul's get up and dance, and street heat I think? Anyway, I am open to all suggestions. One lady recommended these workout videos that includes your little one and I may look into that too. I just feel like he would be so uncooperative and I would just get really frustrated more than anything.
Any and all insight is much appreciated and thanks again for the welcome! Always a positive feeling.
I'm sure chasing after him is a great workout in itself! :) Collage Video has an online site( I get a catalog) they have a bunch of different exercise DVD's of ALL kinds. I've gotten quite a few from there. (I'm a DVD junkie, but I have my favorites)
Right now I'm not a gym/public class person either (we're also a 1 working car family so I'm kinda stuck) but I loved Zumba, and actually I ran across a new Zumba DVD set called Exhilarate or Exhilaration, they look pretty good too, more options. But I'm still leaning towards Turbo Fire ( I love Turbo Jam) great music , kick-boxing/dance, REALLY kicks your butt!!! I hope to be able to order it soon...$$$. At least now, for the money you get a ton of different workouts!
I had some Kathy Smith latin dance on VHS, but she (for whatever reason) really irritates me. Along with Tae Bo and Tony Little etc. but, of course, now my VCR doesn't work.
We don't have any children yet, but that's one reason I'm trying to get into the best health I can.
Definately going to look into Collage Video. It's a good starting point. Oh yes, money, that lovely little thing that always seems to get in the way. LOL about Kathy Smith irritation. I find it funny that people have aversions to others like that.
That is a fabulous reason to get in shape! I went many years without getting pregnant for a multitude of reasons. Contraception not being one of them. One big one was my weight though and I didn't realize it until I lost some and viola...my son. I wasn't trying to lose weight and it wasn't the way anyone should (starvation- not by choice....well it was my choice to stay in an environment where no food in the home is considered acceptable). In any case, I was at my highest weight, 250, when I got into that situation and then dropped down to 200 and conceived. I don't remember how much weight I gained during the pregnancy...not much. What I do remember is that almost immediately after giving birth I was down to 215. In the course of two years I have managed to climb back up to 250 and just recently started creeping down again, in a much healthier fashion.
Well anyway that's quite a bit of background about me. What about you?
I didn't always feel that way about Kathy Smith, I loved the latin dance video I have, it also helped me get in shape before my wedding. It's just like - do you really have to make your own version of every possible workout video out there? =/
My husband and I have been together since 1998 but he didn't propose til 2004 and we got married in 2006. He doesn't jump into anything quickly. Contraception is not one of my reasons either!
I was very active in sports as a child and into my teens. But was plagued with the occasional long lasting migraine, and they got more frequent into my sophomore year of high school. I didn't realize how much they were affecting me. About 1 quarter into grade 10, I got one that wouldn't go away. I literally had it for almost 2 months straight. My doctor referred me to a chiropractor friend who did x-rays and found out my cervical spine (due to a few dare-devil childhood moments that started early) had been forced and adapted its muscles in the shape of a lightning bolt. So that put a huge wrench into my physical activities for a while. I'm still pretty messed up and have to see him fairly often. But it helps.
So I gained, went up to 235. Then before I got married I busted my butt with Turbo Jam and Kathy Smith and Tony Little etc. and got down to 193, and was very happy. Then I got married to a man who's Sicilian ancestry contributed to his general awesomeness in the kitchen =D So I went then into a phase I call the 'Portion Distortion'. Ballooned up to 265. 6 months ago I decided that if I ever want to have a baby I'd better get into shape, and now I'm at 231.2! I still eat his cooking, I just eat the same amount I used to in one sitting over several days :).
CC has really helped me get a handle on my intake. I have plenty of work still to do, but I know it's doable! And I strongly feel that the more friends we make and that stay with us on this journey, the easier it gets!
I'm losing it slowly, but I'm really losing it. And my jeans have been a better indicator than the scale!
Hey, 240! Glad you joined in!
I am at the point now where I think I need all the support I can get. I have come so far but I am getting so frustrated! I am so stuck it's driving me crazy! I'm doing everything I should be doing, started back with zumba, calorie cycling...maybe I need to start up some weight training. Maybe I need to start drinking more water also...I have a hard time getting all of it in every day. I don't know. I'm hoping my frustration doesn't cause an eating binge. Anyway, I hope all of you have a great day! I'm not sure if I"m going to make it on here any more today...it's going to be a busy one for me. Have a good one!
Hi 240 and welcome! I think the first step, at least for me, is getting the motivation and time to do it. I am lucky as I am off work this week, so eating right and exercising is not a problem. I have a plan this weekend to kind of prep my food for the week, so I don't go too horribly off course with it. The exercising is going to be a challenge, but I think if I just get my head around it, that it is just as important as eating and so on, I can stick with it! Will definitely need you ladies to keep me on the straight and narrow.
My weight issues started about 10 years ago. I got involved in a relationship that was on and off for 10 of the last 11 years. I am almost a year free of that nightmare, so now I have decided it is time to concentrate on me and move forward. Years of mental abuse got me so low I didn't think I was worth anything, but now, realize I am, so, hence the new eating and exercising (not going to use the word diet, hate it). I yo yo dieted for the last 11 years and that did some damage, so I expect to have the plateaus kitty is speaking about (very common with yo yo'ers). But, I have read a lot and how to overcome plateaus, so think that although they will come, you adjust and move on. As for the weight training, yes kitty, that is a good thing to do. From what I have read, the more muscle, the more muscle, the higher your resting metabolic rate, the higher your resting metabolic rate, the more calories you burn, so incorporating weight training may be exactly what you are looking for.
The Turbo Sculpt (part of the turbo jam series) is an excellent video and although it is mostly slow, it is one hell of a workout (be prepared for pain initially). It is weights and a lot of squats and lunges. Will tell you how the Wii Zumba is gb ;)
Cost is always a dang factor in everything. Luckily, I HATE the gym, so that expense is out for me. Blessedly, I get the videos/wii things sporadically and add it to the repetoire. It mixes things up and keeps me motivated.
I don't have any kids (endometriosis) and am single, so cannot comment much on workouts with a child, but why not start with taking your toddler out for a long walk? Pushing a stroller and walking is a workout in and of itself. Also, costs nothing. If you have videos, pull them out, dust them off and when your wee one is having a nap, throw it in the player. A two year old would probably lose interest in an hour video, but I am sure they have shorter videos for moms with kids. I don't know so will stop commenting on that.
Ok, off to log brekkie and get to my workout. Having a friend for dinner tonight so likely to go over my calories (lasagna) but going to add an extra workout today and do a light lunch, so hoping that will counter it :)
So happy to have found you guys! Nice to chat with women in similar situations!
Thanks for the welcome gals! I will definately lend all the support I can.
Gb, I hope that didn't come off as a personal attack at all. I find it funny because I am so similiar. Mine is Miss Jillian Michaels. Bleh. I have always been a biggest loser follower but this season I only watched the first few episodes for random reasons but in any case, that woman is EVERYWHERE. I just feel like saying.... you sell out. LOL! Anyway glad to hear you got an answer to your migraines, I know some that still haven't got it figured out. I am all too familiar with Portion Distortion- in fact, it's a battle just about everyday. I will get there though.
Sorry to hear you've hit a wall fookitty. Sounds like beacher has done her research and has some sound advice. The only thing I can add is perhaps your sleeping patterns could be adjusted? Maybe you are getting too much, not enough? Just an idea. I weighed in 2 pounds heavier today and know that a lot of it is lack of sleep. In fact, that is just one of today's goals- go to bed earlier.
Good to hear you closed the door on that unhealthy relationship beacher. My son's father and I were together on and off for years like that (up until I had my son). It was basically like, I didn't think I deserved better, so I always went back. When my son came along though, I knew he derserved better. It was a good thing. In fact, last month his father was arrested for leaving 3 children, 3 and younger, alone in a house while he left to presumably go smoke meth. They tested the children's hair and were tested very high to meth exposure. So I'm thankful everyday :)
As for exercise with the little one, he is SO full of energy but not much of it is focused. When he was unable to walk (2 summers ago) I always took him for long walks in the stroller. Now that he can walk, and run, and explore though, he refuses to go in the stroller. I wouldn't mind except he walks soooooo slow lol and when he gets tuckered out, I then have to carry him. My resolution, for now, is to take the stroller, let him do his thing until he gets tired, and then hopefully he will want to ride in the stroller after that. When I have more energy I will enjoy carrying the extra 30 pounds- but right now, just the walking alone is a challenge.
Wow, sorry guys, I realize this is long even for the most patient of people. I will make an effort to keep them much shorter from now on. Hope everyone is doing well today :)
No need to keep them short, well for me anyway. I read through it in a millesecond, so no worries there.
I was thinking about the portion distortion thing and I am guilty of that. I am often amazed at how much is considered a normal size and have always indulged in far more. I am also a very fast eater and also like my food hot. I tried the put the fork down and rest, drink water etc... after every bite thing and I just suck at it. Within minutes I am back to my normal habit. I really have to work on that.
Glad to hear you got out yourself. My ex was just an ego destroyer even though in reality he was nothing to be impressed with at all. He did have issues with drinking (seemed to get collosally drunk every time he would drink) but I think maybe 3-4 times in the 10 years I knew him did he drink, so, that wasn't much of an issue. He just despised himself so wanted everyone to self loathe and made sure he said enough things to make me feel bad about myself. Anyway, he is over and done with and I am onwards and upwards.
Good plan with the stroller and walking. Then you can pick up your pace so it is more of a workout when he gets tired.
I am a diagnosed insomniac, so completely agree with you on the sleep phenomenon. I always get very discouraged when I start gaining weight (always happens when I start exercising). My doc says it is because I am replacing fat with muscle but it still gets you down.
Ok, I have to get this house in shape for dinner and get an advil into me. Major storm on the way here and have a brutal headache (not anywhere near the pain of a migraine, just weather related).
Talk to you later folks!
Good morning, ladies.
I know how it feels to be in a bad relationship. I had actually lost a lot of weight when my ex was deployed to Germany, only to have him tell me that I was "too skinny and needed to put some weight back on" when he got back. Like a fool, I listened. And then I went on to put all of that weight back on plus 50 pounds! There was a lot of stress involved there...he was constantly cheating and was abusive. I was stupid for putting up with it for so long. I feel I have come a long way in the last few years and took some time to "find myself". It was then I was able to actually enter a relationshp and now I feel fortunate now that I have a good man in my life. I think I had to realize first that I didn't have to have a man in my life to be happy. You may think this sounds strange, but even though I love my husband dearly and I would rather not live with out him, I know that I can function independently just as well.
My "exercise guru" aversion is Denise Austin. Her voice makes me want to scream! And I agree...Jillian Michaels has sold out. I can't believe all of the crap she's selling now. It makes me wonder, are all of the people on the Biggest Loser taking those supplements she is peddling?
As far as sleep goes, I have a pretty bad case of obstructive sleeep apnea and use a CPAP machine nightly. It has made a big difference in my life and is a big part of my weight loss success. I had reached a point where I was falling asleep during meetings, while driving, and I couldn't sit down to at all after work because then I would sleep until it was time to go to bed. Since I started treatment, I've had a lot more energy and feel a lot better. I could probably use a little more sleep each night...I average between 6.5 to 7 and sometimes more on the weekends if I get to sleep in. I should try to go to bed earlier I suppose.
Anyway, I went to zumba last night and had a blast! The scale still has not moved, though. :( I suppose I just have to keep pressing on.
Good morning ladies!
I am having a very, very rough morning. I had a doc's appt yesterday morning and he gave me a new pain med for my endometriosis. Well, I took it last night after my company left and have been sick as a dog ever since. It initially started with feeling kind of woozy. Then I started getting nauseous, then really itchy, then the puking started, then coughing. Called the pharmacist who told me I am having a reaction to it, to take benadryl, gravol and a cough syrup and lay down. If my breathing was affected to go to emerg. Well, luckily not breathing issues, but with limited sleep and massive upchucking for the night, I sit here this morning a mess.
I decided to give myself a break today and just take it easy. Don't think with the constant upchucking that bouncing is going to be a good idea for me. As sick as this is, no worries on calories today because I cannot even hold down water at this point.
It's amazing how we all seem to have been involved in nasty relationships. What an a**hole to tell you to put weight back on. I swear, they do that to keep you with them. My ex did something similar when I had lost weight. I am at the point foo where you were, I am just learning to find myself again and rebuild the tattered self esteem. I also believe my ex cheated on me, something he vehemently denies, but I think he did. Just the things he said and did made me feel "less than" and I am learning to feel "better than" now.
I seem to have an aversion to Kathy Smith for some reason. I have some of her workout tapes and they are top notch. From warm up to explaining good form to cool down they are really good but I think just her talking drives me insane. I suppose it is meant to be motivating but she just pisses me off. So those dvd's are collecting dust. Also the fact that everyone seems to have the perfect body. Not everyone doing the exercise video is in top shape, so I think that they should have some not so perfect people there. Even the turbo has a chunkier chick on there missing the 6 pack abs. I like the Biggest Loser workouts because I see people my size doing the workouts.
I agree Jillian Michaels is selling out. I saw an infomercial with her yesterday about joining her website. I have the 30 day shred and couldn't do all the exercises. Too advanced for my fitness level. I also think if I were a contestant on the biggest loser and had her screaming at me, she would get popped in the noggin. I don't take kindly to someone yelling in my ear. They try to show her abusing them to get to some deeper issue, but seriously, I would knock her out. I do, however, find the show motivating, just seeing people of a bigger size get down. But, from everything I have read and seen, that is the worst way to go about losing weight. Oh well, it entertains me.
Ok, off to veg today. This pill is supposed to be a 24 hour pain med and the pharmacist said he thinks it will be out of my system in 18 hours, so somewhere around 5pm, I should be back to normal (please God). I am seeing Billy Elliot tonight at 7:30pm so I seriously hope the upchucking stops. Not fun.