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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!

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Does anybody have specific New Year's resolutions?

Mine is to exercise at least a little bit each day, no matter how busy the day is. 

Crunch Fitness has good workout videos that I can stream from Netflix into my home office.  I put my hand weights on my desk to remind me to do a 45 minute video once in a while. 

I'm doing 10 days in a row of bikram yoga (there is a special introductory rate at a local studio: $15 for 10 consecutive days.  I tried it for the first time today and really liked it!  But then I binged on cookies at a work meeting. :)  But then I had just salad for dinner and counted all my calories on the iPhone, including the cookies, and came out at about 1450.  Not too bad.  I can do better at resisting the cookies next time if I think about how much better it would feel to be skinny than to eat the cookies.   Or, I could think about how much better it would be to have a real meal for dinner instead of wasting all my dinner calories on cookies.

I signed up for 10 consecutive days of bikram yoga.  Today was my first class and I liked it a lot!  The 10 days is an introductory special for new students, otherwise I would not be able to afford to attend regularly, but I'm hoping it will give me a boost and motivate me to try other new kinds of exercise. 

I'm also having better success with staying within my calorie count if I plan ahead.  I imput my food log a couple of days in advance based on what I have in the fridge.  Sometimes I have to make adjustments, but at least I can go into each mealtime with a plan instead of guessing what would work and then counting the calories later.  Or, like today, if I have to add in an unplanned meal (like cookies) I know I have to delete something else from a later meal (like my entire dinner). 

Thanks for the vote of confidence when the scale was moving in the wrong direction.  I've lost a pound since my last post (and that was before the bikram yoga, so I know it wasn't just a pound of sweat). 

Good morning all:

catnipster - afraid I suck.  Yesterday, in desperation to get away from this "underwater/clogged" feeling, I went to shoppers drug mart, bought some supplies and tried to syringe the wax out of my ears myself.  BAD MOVE.  I ended up being so nauseous and dizzy, I was laid out the rest of the day.  So, I am better today, have learned my lesson and WILL do some form of exercise today, but yesterday I just couldn't manage it.

ju - I think I am due for some good stuff in my life, that is for sure.  It seems it has been a ton of bad lately and gotten progressively worse.  I realize that the smoking cannot be helping my health and since a lot of my issues are health related, I must at the very least make a very concerted effort to give that up (or shaddup about health problems).  On day 3 now and quite miserable, but still going strong.  A bonus this time around is how tired I am.  It could be all the other problems, but I am really sleeping well.  Go figure.  So sorry to hear you are sick again.  As the reigning perpetually sick lady, I know how horrid it is and wish you a speedy recovery.

I did get some lovely cards/letters but believe I failed to thank people.  I received from Dori, Mal and Marion and thank you very much.  Look forward to receiving yours Ju!

Hi Ken and welcome - I would check out the tools on here to see if you are getting the proper amount of calories as I am fairly certain that is too little for your weight.  If you have the workout equipment at work, that is fantastic.  I would suggest you have a protein snack ready for when you finish.  As for the size, I think your body knows what is right and will shut down or slow the weight loss on it's own, also, you have eyes, so you will know from sight what is right for you.  Don't worry about what it suggests, do what is right for you.

marion - I am with you and no more excuses today.  I have to get back into working out or at least attempting it.  I know I can't do anything that would move my head into weird positions, but I still haven't done the treadmill or stepper.  I suck and that is it, I am going to do something after breakfast, period.  I don't know if you have been thinking about it, but you have had some pretty rough emotional stuff to deal with lately and perhaps with all that going on, you are turning to food to cope with it.  Also, there might be a bit of self sabotage as you achieve so much and get closer to your goals.  Only you can figure that out for you, but I am here hons and accept and love you 100%!

amanda - woot woot on the program!  Very excited to hear all about it.  As for me, weekdays I always have the packaged oatmeal (one regular and one low sugar - usually the peaches and cream - with toasted almonds, craisins and cut up dried apricots).  I actually really enjoy it AND it keeps me full pretty much until lunch.  At home on weekends, I always have one big breakfast, but the other day it is poached eggs on toast.

xizzi & mandybradley - welcome

OMG!

There are home made chocolate chip cookies on the desk next to me AND 2 cakes at another coworkers desk for the noon office celebration - the bosses bday!

It is bad enough we have donut day every thursday but this is not what I expected when I reaffirmed my committment to lose weight in 2012!

So far no cookies for me but it is a minute by minute challenge.

I need to keep remembering how hard I worked out last night...

You know what works for me, I think of the calories in whatever it is I want to eat and then think about how LONG AND HARD I have to workout to burn those calories.  That sure keeps me away from it.

Thanks beacher. putting a note on my office computer to remind me! Cat

Amanda - I have cream of wheat shipped in because it keeps me full for so long.  I make it with powdered skim milk instead of just water so I get some calcium in and a pat of butter.  While not the strictly healthiest, I don't always get to eat lunch until late and it keeps me full.  Good luck with your plan.

Dale - Walk carefully!  I do think sleep is key though.  So that is definitely working in your favor.

Catnipster - I've found that if I need something, I can normally fit one sweet thing in a day.  That sometimes means waiting until the very end of the day before taking that sweet thing though, so that I don't open the floodgates.

timshel280 - I'm running a marathon in April and I think training for it is my resolution.

Marion - I can totally see eating properly being harder than a lot of things (I mean, I'm evidence).  Mostly because you can't give up food.  Dale is right though, and it might be because of something else. Either way, we'll get through it.

Ken - I'm with the others, I'm not sure 1500 is quite enough for a guy, but I really don't know enough about it.  I think it's good that you have a shorter term goal.  It definitely helps.

WO - 80 min exercise class.  17 women came today (plus six small children) and I had to split the class into two.  Eventually that will mean two hours, but since I didn't tell them when to come I just made each class shorter.  Also, just fyi, water does not make you fat!  And you should drink it while exercising.  I'm having so much fun with this.

Hey all!

I am finally back into it.

WO - 1/2 hour wii stepper, 45 minutes wii sports with student keisuke, 20 minute walk!

It's all stuff that involves no real head movement, so went well with no dizziness, but I am back in the game and feel good about it.

Bad craving day for me folks.  Had to cut my walk short because very tempted to buy cigarettes.  You're right Ju, sleep is important for me on a bunch of levels and I am kind of hoping this sticks, since I think it will improve my health overall :)

Okay, by some miricle= my computer is working again !!!!! YAY !! I don't know if this is only temporary or not though. I am thinking that I will just stay positive about it and be greatful for each minute of it. lol

I did 3 hours on the wii fit plus last night. I also ate a bunch of bad food though. So I really don't think it was too good or bad.

Dale= You are inspiring me to be more active and a better me. Thank you !! I only wish that I was able to be more supportive of you.

amanda= I actually like multi grain cheerios, almond milk and a banana for breakfast. Either that or old fashioned quacker oats made with almond milk instead of water and then sprinkle with brown sugar twin and spray with I can't believe it's not butter spray. (that is what I had this morning)

 

ROFLMAO, come on sister who did 3 hours on the wii fit plus last night?  THAT is motivational!

Dale/Marion-No kiddin' motivational!!! I got in 35 min of zumba 2 yesterday and 45 today. Shooting for an hour most days. The only reason it doesn't happen is if my hubby comes home early and refuses to find something else to do, which doesn't happen too often so no excuses for me!

Amanda/Juju- LOve cream of wheat! Ma and Pa make it every saturday (coco variety no less) I don't always have it, but I do enjoy it! Walmart has the great value brand of single serving oatmeal too which is nice with an apple cut up in it and an added scoop of bran buds for tons of fiber.

I have been eating a fiber packed snack which is not too bad. I cut up an apple or a pear in smallish bites add 1-2 scoops of bran buds (about 12g fiber per scoop) then I add a single serving pack of sweet lava fat free caramel dip. Caramel dip may not be the best choice overall, but the fat free saves about 100 cals per single serving. It's good enough for a breakfast or lunch meal, specially if you add a little lean meat on the side (I put the carn in omnivore).

Dale- hope you can keep your head from going wonky while you sleep! Glad you can get to moving again!

catnipster-I'm lucky cuz I'll get my birthday over with this weekend, I can say no to most cake on other people's birthdays. This weeks trigger was Lindor truffle balls though...I can't seem to have just one. Good thing they only put 12 in a regular bag!

timshel-I find too that if I eat the same healthy dishes often enough it makes for easy logging which takes the aggravation away.

Ken- I'm with the others on 1500 may not be enough for you. I'm 5'5.5", female and about 227, my cal goal is set at 1700 right now and it seems to be doing good there. It was a lot of trial and error for me though, too much and I don't lose, not enough and I stall too. Try health-calc.com, it gives a pretty good idea about how many calories you may actually burn during an average day and other calculations too. You might be very surprised, I was!! I've checked a few different sites an averaged the info a bit to get a better idea of where I should be calorie wise. The best advice for any of us I think, is to find what works for you, what you enjoy and what you can reasonably do for the rest of your life without feeling deprived.

WO-45min Zumba 2  (yesterday 35min)

WO= 2 hours of Wii Fit Plus (Free Step)

Sorry I haven't posted much (honestly, I'm almost always creeping around since I'm on the computer a lot) but I wanted to wait until I started to see some improvements to avoid being a grumpy pants.

gb4e - That's how I saw it last week - the more of the bad stuff I ate, the less there would be for me once I'm trying to be good.

catnipster - Well at least hummus is pretty healthy so it's okay to go a little over on a good thing sometimes.

beacher - Managing anything with vertigo is an accomplishment! Good luck with the cravings! My weakness is always salty things... and maybe booze although I don't usually crave it.

ju - It's too hard to keep track of the time anyway because I usually take breaks between songs. Luckily the game gives me an idea of how many calories I've burned anyway. But so far it's been easy to do it for at least a little bit everyday. And if I start getting bored I better find another game. Hope you feel better soon!

ken - Welcome - I'm pretty sure men need minimum 1600 cals a day, although it might be 1500. I would recommend upping it. It can become hard to keep going on that little, not to mention if you go too low your body will go into starvation mode and you will stop losing weight. Judging by your height I probably wouldn't want to go much below 200 really. But just see what weight you're happy at.

marion - I'm sorry to hear you are having a difficult time getting back on track. I was too initially. However I live alone so I have full control of the food in the house. Maybe make a list of reasons why you want it. What I've done is collected a folder of photos of people with bodies I admire so when I lose motivation I look at them for inspiration.

amanda - I tried C25K once...but as usual with any workout routine I started I got shin splints and 'had to' stop. As for breakfast, I usually just have oatmeal crunch cereal with milk and sometimes a glass of orange juice. When I have m ore time I still have eggs and bacon. Have you had boiled eggs before? Boil them then mash them up with a bit of salt or flavouring. They say its good to get your carbs in in the morning, because then you burn them off by the end of the day. Also they say that a big breakfast is good because it helps you eat less at dinner (apparently).

timshel - I try not to make New Years Resolutions usually, because I almost always set myself up for failure. Although I'm also trying to exercise a little bit each day. I still have to look on netflix for the workout videos. And I know what you mean about the scale moving the wrong way. So frustrating!

My weight finally dropped two pounds overnight. Here's hoping that it keeps happening until I'm back to where I was before Christmas. If I don't get it down soon then I'll end up retaining water for my TOM and then I'll be really beaten down by it. :S My goal was to lose 10-15 pounds by Valentine's day... kind of hard to do when you weight goes UP lol.

WO - 30-40 mins Just Dance 3

Good Morning gang,

I had a rude awakening this morning:

I have a digital scale that registers pounds and ounces. There are spots you press with your toes to turn it on. It has more than one button because it is prefigured for people of different heights to do various calculations(?) that I dont use. Turns out the left button for 5.3" people shows a ~2.0 lg greater weight number than the right button for 5.6" inches height. Hence part of the fluctuation in my weight may be due to not always using the same button reflecting a consistant calculation of lbs and ounces. So I will always use button one for 5.3" from now on and it shows I am about the same instead of down 2 lbs LOL Glad I realized this.

It reminds me that my consistant lifestyle change is a healthy main goal (but of course I want to see lbs lost for quick feedback and motivation;)

Great news! I didnt eat any cookies or cake yesterday! Then I went home and tried a new dish with curry. It was good easy and fast. A little higher in calories than my normal dinner but I did not eat a snack before bed so I was OK. I am so tired of my go to chicken dishes that I got motivated and researched indian cuisine. My mom always said "if you can read you can cook". It took me decades to motivate and prove her right. She's a great lady and I am so lucky to have my parents still with me.

Reminder that today is Thursday Krispy Kreme donut day complements of a coworker. LOL and I have my sign on my cube: "One donut = 1 hour of moderate cardio" (all I can do with my feet condition) and

Drink Water

The sign really helped yesterday so let's see about today.

Let's keep moving forward through our challenges and successes.

Best, Cat 

gb - I finally did something yesterday and don't get off the hook today either.  Even logged my food this morning and y'all know how much I hate that.  Have got to get myself on the straight and narrow here.  I can't get an appt with my doctor, lmao, he is booked solid for the week, so after a different appt today, going to try for a walk in clinic.  See if they can take a peak in my ears and tell me if they are clogged with wax or swollen due to infection.  Woot woot on the workouts (P.S.  Lindor or Lindt cannot be resisted.  I have to keep them out of the house or they creep into my mouth and position themselves on my butt)

marion - woot woot on the working out 

sehmicor - congrats on the loss.  Scales are evil and do not reflect the work you put in, so I give them very little attention.  Woot woot on the workout.

catnipster - good to have figured it out, but a little sad not to get the immediate gratification, but come on, you made it through the day without touching anything tempting and that rocks socks!  When I do a workout and am dripping sweat and huffing and puffing and it was like 389 calories burned and I see a piece of cake or a burger or something that is the same or more calories, it is more than enough incentive for me to pass on it (normally).  I just hate working out, so for me, I want to avoid extra workouts as much as possible.

Yesterday sucked cigarette craving wise.  I went to bed early and slept well again (even woken up by my student this morning, surprise, surprise).  If this sleeping thing sticks, that in and of itself is kind of motivation to quit smoking since I have been an insomniac since 6 years old.

Dale

catnipster - I got the giggles when I read your post about the cookies at work.  A couple of days ago I was in a negotiation and had to keep leaving and re-entering the meeting room over and over again, and each time I went in and out I had to pass by a catered buffet.  Terrible!  I walked by a plate of chocolate chip cookies about 10 times that night, and only ate 5.  50% success rate!  Better than 100% failure!  I just logged the cookies in my food journal and had salad for dinner. :)

Fookittty - Your're obviously doing something right if you've lost 90 pounds!  Great work!  I too need motivation.  We can motivate each other. :) I need to keep exercising and that's my biggest challenge.  It sounds like you have a long-term goal, but do you have any shorter-term goals?

Does anyone out there understand about BMI and why it is important for weight loss?  I keep hearing about it but don't know what it means.

So I just bought a regular scale a few weeks ago...but what do you think about this one?

http://reviews.walmart.com/1336/14311188/tayl or-glass-body-fat-scale-reviews/reviews.htm

It apparently shows your water percentage and body fat percentage... I saw it at costco yesterday for $30 I think... but I didn't want to get it until I looked into it to see if it actually worked.

Hey guys,

Just saw this feature and thought if throw in my 2 cents. I myself have gained 65 lbs in the last two years. I've tried dieting and various exercises and have had little success. I have used the 30 day shred as well. I can't do the jumping jacks and the push ups do to a back injury and had to buy an extra padded mat to get down for some of the exercises. I ended up lending it to two of my friends who both lost 30 lbs using it on level 1, which is awesome for them but just made me feel crappy for being stagnant. I bought a rowing machine and have been trying to use it. It's a great workout if you can manage. My dogs always try to sit in my lap when I use it. Very frustrating. I bought Zumba DVDs and it turns out I am white and can't dance. The rumors are true...

I turned 30 last june and decided enough is enough! So I bought myself a year membership to my zoo! It's a few miles long with different terrain and steep hills. (Phoenix zoo). I've been walking everyday for 3 days so far. Today I managed 10 miles (according to my pedometer) and burned around 1000 calories. I get to be outside and see amazing animals and smell amazing food that I don't eat. I'm going to try to walk 5 days a week since its close to me. So much cheaper than the gym and safer than walking around the city.

Good luck to everyone. It's good to know I'm not alone! :)
Hey guys,

Just saw this feature and thought if throw in my 2 cents. I myself have gained 65 lbs in the last two years. I've tried dieting and various exercises and have had little success. I have used the 30 day shred as well. I can't do the jumping jacks and the push ups do to a back injury and had to buy an extra padded mat to get down for some of the exercises. I ended up lending it to two of my friends who both lost 30 lbs using it on level 1, which is awesome for them but just made me feel crappy for being stagnant. I bought a rowing machine and have been trying to use it. It's a great workout if you can manage. My dogs always try to sit in my lap when I use it. Very frustrating. I bought Zumba DVDs and it turns out I am white and can't dance. The rumors are true...

I turned 30 last june and decided enough is enough! So I bought myself a year membership to my zoo! It's a few miles long with different terrain and steep hills. (Phoenix zoo). I've been walking everyday for 3 days so far. Today I managed 10 miles (according to my pedometer) and burned around 1000 calories. I get to be outside and see amazing animals and smell amazing food that I don't eat. I'm going to try to walk 5 days a week since its close to me. So much cheaper than the gym and safer than walking around the city.

Good luck to everyone. It's good to know I'm not alone! :)

What a great idea to walk at the zoo!  Sounds like something you will stick with because it's fun.

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