|Weight Loss||If you have ever given up sugar/sweets...How long did it last?||Mar 30 2010
My name is Joan and I'm a sugar addict and have been for at least 50 years. It isn't a joke. One taste of sugar and I'm off to the races. Peanut M & M's are my drug of choice.
On rare phases of control I have been able to go for months and months without candy, cookies, cake, ice cream and every other sugary concoction. But let me have just one taste and I'll be off on an uncontrollable run for week consuming enough chocolate/licorice to make myself sick. I can eat an entire 42 oz bag of peanut m & M's in one day. That's sick.
There is no moderation for me when it comes to sweets, especially chocolate.
It took me 15 months to go from 175 lbs down to 120 and only 15 months to go from 120 to 197.
Some people can have the occasional sweet treat successfully. I am not one of them. Some people lose their cravings for sweets after awhile. I am not one of them. For me, it's all or nothing.
I've recently taken control again but I know I'm just one tiny piece of chocolate away from disaster. Let's see if I can drop 75+ lbs and get back to where I want to be!
Good luck to all you sweet-aholics :)
|Motivation||Back again at 278, 31 years old......this sucks||Jan 28 2010
I'm right there with you! Literally worked off my butt 2007- April 2008...went from 178 to 120....but it didn't last long...Gained it all back plus a bunch.
But we know we can do this....we've done it before...problem is we can't seem to maintain it...something always gets in the way
I think that something is US!
I'll be here for you in whatever way I can. Let's make this be the last time we have to ever think about losing wgt!
I've gotten back on board and there's plenty of room for you...Hop on and let's see where we can take this :)
|The Lounge||Biggest Loser episode Tue||Jan 27 2010
Everybody knew Melissa was game playing....she wasn't fooling anybody...she just didn't want to admit it. I think she's more concerned with winning the $$ than shedding the wgt. That's not necessarily a bad thing financially speaking.
But what good is the $$ going to do her if she dies from heart disease or some other complication of obesity?
There have been times I haven't had 2 nickles to rub together but I wouldn't sacrifice my health for a dollar, or even $250K....
If you will notice, not much camera attention is being paid to the Pink team and even less to the Orange team because there isn't any drama around them.
Yes, the gum, Subway, and Jenny-O are paying sponsors but for those who are serious about wgt loss, it's good information on healthier options.
I like the show but mostly for it's entertainment value. It's really not a very healthy way to lose wgt.
|Motivation||Help Injured!!||Jan 20 2010
I know the agony of being injured and unable to exercise. It's so easy to sit and feel sorry for yourself and try to soothe yourself with comfort foods.
The problem is, the injury will heal but you will have packed on quite a few lbs that actually puts unnecessary strain on a recently healed body. The chances of re-injury with added weight is quite high.
Try to visualize how you will look when you recover if you continue to snack while injured. Do you really want to go there?
Since you can't do the type of exercise you want to do, make yourself try something else, even if you don't like it, at least you will be moving, working your muscles and away from snacking.
I suggest you lower the incline while your knee is recovering. Why put more stress on something that physically needs rest just because your brain is telling you to do more.
Tell your brain to shut up and listen to your body. I'm sure it will tell you, "I need rest, not junk food if you want me to heal."
|Recipes||Anyone have any recipes using the Walden Farms ingredients?||Jan 20 2010
I've used the "cocktail sauce" as the liquid in a shrimp/chicken stir fry. Tastes pretty good.
I use the "chocolate" syrup everyday in my protein shake. That I can't live without.
Have you tried their website?
|Motivation||Teetering on the edge||Jan 19 2010
Step away from the scale! The daily weighing will drive you to insanity. It could just be taking your body to decide to drop lbs. Don't worry about it.
Right now just concentrate on eating healthy and exercise. The rest will take care of itself. Be patient :)
|Motivation||140/130 club||Aug 20 2009
Hi all...Just stopping by to say hello...I have absolutely no right to be a part of this group since I gained back all of the weight I had lost last year plus some. Jan 2007 I was 178....April 2008 I was 121...Now I'm somewhere around 178-180. I won't get on the scale.
Brigitte, I'm sorry my in box was full and you lost everything you wrote to me. I've also had to get rid of my yahoo email because it was compromised and a virus got through that caused me all kinds of trouble. I'll pm you my new gmail address. Glad to see you're still hanging in there. I had that same problem with the shoulderblade thing and yes it was from the way I was sleeping....side sleeper popping the shoulder forward.
Hi Sherry! I'm glad to see you're still hanging in there too! You may not have reached your goal but at least you're staying at a healthy stable wgt. How is your Summer? both the season and your daughter :)
Cassie, I just knew you'd still be running! How are your kids? Any new tats?
Sorry I don't know the rest of you but this was always a fantastic group with lots of supportive ladies.
I'm still living with my father and he's needing more and more care. I don't get to the gym because I have to go right home after work and make sure he's ok. I really suck at being a care giver...
My eating habits are awful. I've given up cooking completely because of the way my father destroys the kitchen everyday and I got weary of having to clean before I could cook. There isn't enough time. I hate this. I use to be a fanatic about healthy eating.
Oh well I'll get out of my pity pot and move on.
Keep it healthy ladies :)
|Motivation||140/130 club||Mar 31 2009
Sherry...To get started with the weights, use a comfortable weight. something not too heavy that you can't do at least 12 reps and nothing so light that you can do 12-15 reps without blinking an eye. It's going to take awhile for your muscles and nerves to learn to work together. Doing light weight/lots of reps does nothing for fat burning muscle growth....it only increases endurance. But there is no need to kill yourself either. I'm sure you're alot stronger than you think you are! Happy Birthday Friday!!!!
Cassy...did I hear right that now you're getting snow on top of the high river? Mother Nature sure is picking on ND!
My battle continues. One step forward, 12 steps back....I desperately need my own place.
|Motivation||140/130 club||Mar 29 2009
Cassy....glad to hear things have somewhat improved. I'm sure the pics don't do the actual sceen justice. Thanks for sharing them. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
|Motivation||140/130 club||Mar 28 2009
Cassy, I'm glad to hear your in a safe area of town but I still can't help but worry. The news on tv paints a very scarey picture. I pray the sand bagginging holds and all is well....Take care of yourself.
|Motivation||once I start, I can't stop!!||Mar 25 2009
I've tried those 100 calorie packs and I found I was eating the entire box in one sitting!
I am a sugar addict. I find that "moderation" is not in my vocabulary and that I can never stop at just a taste.
So, for me, the only alternative is to avoid it completely. If I have 1 cookie, the box is gone. Candy is even worse. One small pkg of m &m's is too much and the entire candy aisle in the grocery store isn't enough.
One taste of sugar will send me on a 2 week uncontrollable binge.
Some people can have a "taste" now and then to solve a craving. Some of us are better off avoiding certain foods at all costs.
I hope you find a solution that works for you!
|Motivation||140/130 club||Mar 17 2009
Cassy: You're amazing woman! How long have you been running now? A year or so right? YAY on your daughter's group getting gold! Of course you aren't biased...I bet all your walking/shopping/running/pooling counter acted all the drinking...Hey ya gotta have fun along the way too.
Sherry...thanks for the butt kicking and you're right I get go sliding all the way down that huge hill....Good job on organizing...keeps you busy and not snacking.
Karey...I love your new pic! You look so sweet :) And you're right about all the sugar making me feel like crap. That's about all I was eating...Have you decided on which dress yet?
Today I said, "No thank you" to chocolate layer cake with chocolate mouse filling and icing....a co-worker's birthday cake....Too many times in the past weeks I've over-eaten sugar to the point of feeling sick... I got up this morning determined to get back on track. Since I'm such a true sugar addict, I must avoid it completely or I go on an uncontrollable binge... It's kind of like being an alcoholic where one drink is too much and the bottle isn't enough...I even brought my gym bag into my office so I could change before leaving....But unfortunatley today was another one of my 11 hr work days...I got home exactly 12 hours after I left this morning....I know I'll be going in early again tomorrow and staying late and I was just too bleary eyed and hungry to go to the gym...But at least I have 1 day of controlling my food under my belt....which hopefully will help get rid of the "muffin top" that's sprewing over my belt!
Thank you ladies for your support and the butt kickings. It really means alot to me. I'm going through a really tough time and sometimes I just get overwhelmed and let go of the things I can control....
Have a healthy night!
|Motivation||140/130 club||Mar 11 2009
I know of a really nice house by the ocean in NC that's for sale! It never snows there!
Going through a really rough time here ladies. My spirits are about as low as they can go. Most weekends I don't even bother getting out of bed except to brush my teeth...then it's right back to bed. I'm getting fatter and fatter and mostly living on sugar. All I want to do is go home from work and go to bed. Even my anti-depressants aren't working for me now.
Maybe when my job really becomes my job and I can get a place of my own I'll be ok. This move has been so much harder than I thought it was going to be. I spent the last 40 years of my life out on my own and to suddenly be back living with my father and having absolutely no privacy and always having to clean the kitchen before I can cook has been more than my nerves can take.
At the rate I'm going, there will be no beach for me this year....not unless I don't mind all the little kids sitting in the shade behind the fat lady.
I hope you all are doing well....keep warm.
|Motivation||140/130 club||Mar 04 2009
Karey...deadlifting 125 is excellent! If you take a look in my journal you'll see that I don't lift really super heavy any more....In fact, you're deadlifting more than I am now....Aging has taken its toll on my joints! Silly me for not thinking of telling you to accessorize the black dress! I love going crazy with unusual accessories...gotta keep the funk in it ya know! Garlic bread and ice cream???? I don't feel well just thinking about it!
Really feeling like a load has been lifted knowing I probably won't drop dead from my leaky heart valves! And knowing that it's just a matter of time for my job to become perm....And I found a great apt complex that has everything I'm looking for (1st floor, direct access garage, washer/dryer in unit, fireplace, upgraded kitchen/bath, pool, the rent includes heat and hot water, AND they allow cats and dogs!
Now if I can just get myself back into the gym! Soon, very soon!
Take care all :)
|Motivation||140/130 club||Mar 04 2009
Hey Karey...I'm a color person so I like the yellow/black dress...although you can never go wrong with a classic black dress. But I think the yellow one would be a bit more festive on your cruise.
Cassey...I'm not going to say a word about it being cold here but I sure do miss my 70* March temps at my beach house.
Cardiologist says not to worry about the insufficency of my mitral and tricuspid valves. He says I'm in really great shape and there are millions of people with the same valve problems and since I have no symptoms of there being any problems he's not gonna worry about it. I do have to go for a stress test on the 18th...LOL so I guess between now and then I have to become a runner! LOL I'm built for endurance, not speed. but they said I have to run full out for 4 minutes so they can check my heart/lung systems. If Iend up huffing and puffing at 4 min there could be a problem. I told him that after 4 min of flat out running there is going to be a problem...with my ankles and feet!
He did tell me to lay off lifting heavy because it's really not healthy for anybody because it causes the veins and arteries to constrict which puts pressure on the heart. I told him that I didn't know if I could give up lifting and just do the treadmill, elliptical, and bike....my muscle would completely disappear. He said I could lift, just not heavy. Hmmm do we go by the pink dumb bell theory of what's heavy or my ability to lift stuff most women don't even look at? What I think of as light, somebody else might consider heavy.....so it looks like "heavy" is very subjective.
Well, I haven't been sleeping well, worse then usual, wasting time and energy on worrying about that cardiologist appt today that turned out to be nothing! LOL I'm actually healthy...or at least til the stress tests says differently...
Ok, ladies, keep safe, warm, and on track :)
|Motivation||140/130 club||Feb 26 2009
Sherry....Keep at it girl!
Karey/Cassie...I think that food demon has a twin or triplet cause I'm off on another one of my sugar binges!
Cassie...I'm so glad you're keeping at the running. You really have found your nitch.
Karey that's quite a workout to do before work! I have enough trouble just making my way to the shower!
I had a dr appt the other night and it seems that what was a mild tricuspid heart valve problem 3 years ago is now severe. I see a cardiologist on Tuesday. Hopefully it will be an easy fix.
Well that's all from me for now. You ladies seem to be all doing pretty well. Keep up the good work!
|Motivation||140/130 club||Feb 19 2009
Awe Sherry...those squiggly lines are known as a migraine "aura"....for me they look like an arch of flames...then my lips start to tingle, and my tongue gets numb and feels "thick" and my face sags on one side or the other. When I have them, a quick injection of Immetrex usually helps but I don't have any on hand. I'm so sorry you had this happen...They can be caused by almost anything...hormones, caffene, dairy, cheeses, and chocolate (the caffene in it)...Sometimes vomiting is involved and an extreme sensitivity to light and sounds. Hopefully it's over for you now. You did the best thing possible..take a pill and try to sleep! Feel better :)
|Motivation||140/130 club||Feb 17 2009
Sherry & Cassie....sounds like you 2 had fun weekends! Good for you. How did you make out caloriewise or dare I ask?
Karey...I had to add a couple of exercises to TNROLFW...2 sets of pushups just weren't enough to maintain my pecs so I added a couple sets of dumbell chest press. Also added a couple of sets of front deltoids.
I did really well on food all week, inspite of all the Valentines goodies that arrived from the various hotels wanting our business. By Sat I was down 3 lbs for the week. I don't know what happened after that...no cheating and the wgt went back up 2.2 lbs by Monday...can't explain it.
Totally blew it yesterday...had 2 uncalled for protein bars and chocolate I had brought home from work for my father....I still haven't gotten my emotional eating under control...
Well today is a new day and another chance to get it right.
|Motivation||140/130 club||Feb 12 2009
Hello Ladies....yes a "voice" from the past!
Good to see so many of you still around and so many of you still fighting the same battles, as am I....
I wish I could spend more time chatting in this room but my job is ever so busy....it's still a temp job but there is a definite rumor that my boss is trying to get it to be perm. I still love my job.
Started getting back with the program AGAIN!!!! Am doing a new kind of workout, one that I've never done. For the first time in 40 yrs I'm not doing a bodybuilder's workout. Bought the book The New rules of lifting for women and am doing it's workouts. So far I've only done 2 and they are killers. But on the positive side, I'm in and out of the gym in 45 min and no need to spend more than a few minutes on the elliptical for a warm up. The workout keeps my heartrate between 147-171 the entire time. that's enough cardio to keep my heart strong.
Anyway, I don't want to take up any more of your time. I hope you don't mind if I pop in every now and again. Colleen and I have become accountable to each other via email. We both need to shed 20 lbs!
Take care ladies and keep it healthy!
|Motivation||140/130 club||Jan 06 2009
Headed to the gym tonight...haven't made it there since New Years Day...Between the wake, funeral, and an echo-cardiogram last night, there hasn't been any time.
But keeping my food controlled has helped the scale be kind to me...down to 145 this morning...9.8 lbs in 8 days and I'm getting all my calories in, all 1200-1300...Must be water wgt...dont' care so long as it's gone.
Cassie: good to see you back. I think a bunch of us took a break for awhile. Brigitte hasn't been around except for once in ages. -5*! You're crazy! I'm having a hard time adjusting to the harsh NJ winter...Lucky you to have good equipment. Now that You've got a better handle on it, I'm sure your marathon time will go down...good luck!
Karey: get those hormones under control...It will help your weight...hopefully that 5 lbs will do the trick for your gut!
Sherry: I hope you're able to get on track soon...Seems like you spent most of last year trying to get on tracK! Come on girl, you can do it!
Ok, gotta get back to work...
Take care everyone and be healthy!