Andrea! Nice to see you back! I am really excited about this challenge! My starting weight is 165lbs. My goal is to go down to at least 140 or 145. My ultimate goal is 125lbs, but its easeir if I start out small! . I am joining the gym next week! I got all summer and its time to get my rear in gear. Good luck to everyone else!
*sigh* I'm getting so bad at this! After having such a good summer with losing weight last summer and losing so much weight, I just went all downhill since Christmas and I just haven't been able to get back on track. I was doing Atkins for the last month and was doing really well. I didn't get any exercising in really, but I had lost weight. During this last week, I cheated beyond belief and gained back all the weight I had lost in the previous month.
I am so sick of this! This really has to be it! I don't know how many times I've said that since Christmas, but I mean it this time! I need to lose this weight in the next year before I get married. I have 90 pounds to lose......and I need to get serious right now or else it will be next June, a month before I get married and I'll still have all this weight to lose. I'm not gonna do this!
Sorry......I just had to let that off my chest. This is it for me! I AM GOING TO DO IT! My goal for this challenge is going to be atleast 30 pounds. I'm hoping for 40, but I'll be happy with 30.
Melissa - PLEASE exercise this time when you diet. That is going to be the only successful way you are ever going to keep the weight off long-term. I know exercise for the most of us isn't much fun, BUT I feel you are wasting your time dieting and losing weight if you don't incorporate exercise.
Hello all! I just got my head in order today. After bombing on Mayo, I got a little discouraged. I just read the summer challenge history and the very last post I read before replying was by the old house regarding exercise. That is the element I am missing and the bad thing is I have a gym in my house. Taebo tapes, etc.
My 13 year old son lost a whole person and it has changed his life dramatically. He did it with the workout equipment and basketball. I think I will start looking at him as my motivation.
The surprising thing is that I helped my son. First, I managed to get him unaddicted to the Computer and Playstation 2. I literally had to put him out the house and told him to play outside on his own basketball goal that the neighborhood kids had claimed.
He also followed two suggestions I made to him regarding food (as if). I told him to drink more water, and right when he is ready to eat... eat half.
He took the words religiously and that is how he eats. Now, I feel like a backsliding preacher "Do as I say do and not as I do!" Lately, he's been asking me to exercise with him. I'll have to take him up on it today. I can play a mean game of basketball.
Anyway, my son has met new friends and the girls are calling on the telephone. The latter I think is his current motivation.
Typing this morning has given me new motivation... THE CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN!!!!!!
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DP I hope you have a spare room I may just need it if we keep getting more rain here...lol
Welcome back girl...
Well they have chenged the rain from 7 days to now only rain on saturday...Its still raining here.Grrr weather men..
Well I have alot to do today and all I want to do is climb back in bed with the window opened a little and sleep,I sleep good when it rains.
But I cant do that I have to go pay bills and do some shopping my boys need new summer clothes.And I am going to paint my little ones room.I thought it was going to rain all week and I knew I wouldnt be able to get out and walk so I planned that.I will check back later...Have a good day
Melissa: dont feel bad hon-I've been in your shoes! That's one thing I found with Atkins- it's so easy to gain the weight back again if you resume eating high carbs following the Atkins WOE. That's why I decided to give counting calories, carbs, fat, and protein a second chance. Plus, I just couldn't seem to lose any significant amount with Atkins. Regardless of the eating plan you chose; please don't give up! You are worth more than that. Don't just think of being fit for your wedding; think of becoming a healthier person.
Has anyone ever eaten anything "just because you're tired of looking at it"??? Well, yesterday I stayed within my limits and when I got home from graduation; the pumpkin pie was just staring at me from the fridge. I wasn't even really hungry but for some strange reason thought I had to have a piece. This is at 9:30 at night, mind you! So, I ate a rather big slice with some whipped cream on top! What possessed my; I don't know. But I'm not getting too upset over it; I remember a time when a slice of pumpkin pie would just be the beginning to an all out bingefest! And I have been doing well for the past 4 days since I started. I'll just be extra careful of what I eat today (no treats--even if they are within my limits) and be sure not to skip exercise!!! Life is full of obstacles and this is an easy one to overcome!
I also started keeping a half gallon jug of water in the fridge. I have a 24 oz. tupperware cup that I usually put my water in; but I add so much ice to it that it's hard to keep track of what I'm really drinking. So, I figured if I pour my water from the jug instead of the water button on our fridge--I can easily tell what I've consumed. My goal is for 64 oz. but more is better!!!
I hope everyone is in good spirits today. They are calling for heavy rain again today---maybe it will be our first summer in a long time without a drought!!! I haven't even gotten my garden planted yet; my hubby seems to think we should just forgo it this summer. But, I love working in my garden and since I'll be starting school in the fall--next summer I may not have time for a garden. We'll see--maybe we'll get some hot days so the ground can dry out!
Well, hate to rush but things to do! I'll check in later--hopefully by then I'll have exercised! I have the baby today so it's usually touch & go when he's here! I taped yesterdays episode of Dr. Phil (Getting Straight with your Weight) and plan on watching that while I hit the tready!!! Good day to everyone!!
Good morning! Hope you're all doing well. And I hope you don't mind if I vent a bit. I'm already having a not-so-great day. Haven't cheated on my diet, but I just have this feeling it's gonna happen today. I'm in a crappy mood, my "little friend from Ireland" is visiting this week, I'm starting to stress over preparations for this big party at our house this weekend... and to top it off, we're having this huge employee fair at work today (mandatory attendance) where there will be tons of popcorn, ice cream, peanuts, candy bars, soda, and who knows what else. I'm either going to have a heck of a time staying away from the stuff, or I'm going to give in. This is NOT going to be an easy day - wish me luck!
Kelligirl - good luck with the procedure next week! Positive thoughts coming your way!
Melissa - You can do this! Theoldhouse is right, you need to add some exercise. You'd be amazed at how much easier the weight loss is, even if you just start doing some walking a few days each week! Add a cardio video or some strength training, and the pounds will just drop from you if you stick to it. YOU CAN DO IT, GIRL!!!
Itsmyturn - congrats to your son on losing a person... wow! What great motivation, right before your eyes. Have fun with the basketball!
Have a great day, everyone!
"If there are no [mastiffs] in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
good rainy day! sounds kinda down on the board today, just blame it on the rain, not the best day for me either! i have been taking zantrex for 5 days now and i guess i was expecting too much out of them, i have also had what i think was a virus and spent alot of time on the potty! so i've been drained!... no energy!!!i have only lost 1 pound since the 1st, but hey, its better than none, huh? we need someone to pop up on here to cheer us all up!!! houdini))) have you ever watched the movie"the waterboy" ? try his strategy...visualize those candybars and bad things at the work thing as "talking foods" and they are telling you how many pounds they can give you...LOL i must be bored huh? well you guys have a nice rainy day. Mtn.
I had to respond because I got a chuckle out of you, jennielynn when you asked if anyone has ever eaten stuff just because you're sick of looking at it. Well, yes, I have. In fact today I took a drastic measure. Last night my husband needed to stop at the drug store on his way home. So he called up to ask me what kind of snack I wanted. I told him a snickers bar. Heck, only 200some calories and I've hit goal. So he comes home with a huge WHOLE BAG of them bite size snickers. OK, I can't have them in the house. Just a few minutes ago I took the bag and threw them as far as I could into the cornfield. HAHA!
Houdini, you know what I do when I go to them parties where everyone is eating goodies? I watch what the fat people eat.... I even do that at the grocery store. I watch what fat people put in their cart. It sure helps keep you from eating all that stuff when you see someone else pigging out. I make it like a game in my head of just how good I can be compared to all the people around me. It'll make you proud of yourself. Eat just one small thing (heck it won't kill ya) and keep a mental eye on the other people.
Well, I am still at 135. AF came today, so maybe I will loose a little as PMS wears off.
I went out to lunch AND dinner last night, but I was good- salad for lunch and fish w/rice for dinner.
I went to an aerobics class last night- we used 2 benches!! It was wild!
I also want to share this really cool game for Playstation 2. It's called DDRMax and you buy these things called "Beat Pads" (I think). You do aerobics-type dance moves on the Pads to play the games. It's great for coordination! It has a "workout mode" that tracks your time, calories burned, etc.
It's really neat!! I have found, though, that it makes my ankles sore because you can't wear shoes and therefore have no support.
Hope this made sense- this has already been a hard day!!! I am holding a day-long meeting and had to take a break for lunch.
Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I'm feeling pretty good about this diet still. It's only day 3, but hey.....I'll take what I can get. I worked all day yesterday on my feet walking around, then went for a half an hour walk with my dad last night. I also drank 2 litres of water yay me. Anyway, I have to get going, but thanks.....I'll check in later
Having a lousy day here. Started off really good too. Last night before going to bed, I stood in the mirror and was pleased with what I saw. The stomach was almost flat, the love handles hard to see, and my waist was down to 30 inches. Today I woke up and biked for 1 hour. It caused me to be late for work, but I was proud that I managed 1 hour at 18 mph. Then I got to work and got swamped with stuff to do. There's so much on my plate that I'm feeling the need to snack. And I've already had 2 candy bars. It may not seem like much, but it is to me cause I was doing so well. I know it's work that's causing me to eat, but the way things are going, work is going to continue piling up for the next few weeks and I can't keep snacking like I did today.
I am VERY new here, but have been very encouraged by all you guys have been saying. I began on the first...like most of you. I have no idea what kind of goal I should set for myself by summer's end. Maybe some guidance from some of you would help me. I am 50..almost 51(yuck)...5'6"...175 pounds (gulp)..and pretty healthy with average build. It seems like I have always struggled with my weight, and I don't even know what is realistic for me to weigh at this point. Your thoughts??? Please... keep it up ladies...you are awesome.....Libby
This is posted on 2 threads...are there rules about that?
You wanna know what stinks??? I had this long reply all typed out and the baby pushes one lousy button on the keyboard and presto--everything has magically disappeared. If only weightloss were so rapid.....LOL!
Other than that; I'm having a great day. I did 50 minutes on the treadmill; usually 30 minutes kills me! I just get bored too quickly. I watched Dr. Phil (from yesterday) and it was a great show! Made me think about why I'm not giving 100% to my weightloss efforts when i give it to everything else that I do!
Donuts: sorry to hear about all the stress you are having; I visit there frequently!!! Just remember; that candy bar isn't going to do your work for you nor is it going to lighten the load. So, basically, it's useless. And where do we put the useless stuff??? Either in the garbage or we don't purchase it in the first place, right??? If you must snack; get yourself some nuts or raisins. They're just as easy to eat and carry less guilt!!!
Linderella: I can picture you tossing that bag into the cornfield, LOL! You go girl!!! I've thrown stuff away in the past too---just not outside!!! It was always junk that nobody would touch anyway so no harm done! There is still some pie left; but I'm over that now!
Well, I'm proud to say that I've reached my water intake goal for the day (64 oz) and I'll be receiving a lofty bill from the sewage company when they come to empty my tank!! Just kidding--we have our own septic system!!! But, I have been in the bathroom alot today! As a matter of fact; heading ther now! Ever hear that commercial for overactive bladders....
GOTTA GO, GOTTA GO, GOTTA GO RIGHT NOW. GOTTA GO. GOTTA GO. GOTTA GO!!! That's me--later guys!!
Hello, I am new here, on weight loss, I've been over on the inner ear issues. Anyways, Andrea- get me up to speed on this "Summer weight loss challenge". Jennielynn- I too like Dr Phil. He has a lot of good ideas. Especially the one "Only you can change" and that we choose to be fat. It is true for most of us. We choose not to go to the gym or go walking. I started getting off of the couch, stopped going to the drive through and lost 20 lbs in 2 months. I have to work at it. But it is a choice. I worried about my heart and all the fat and who knows what that is in the fast food. I want to live without being tired, I thank god that I did stop. I take the time out of my day to make healthy food. It might be boring sometimes but I know that I am doing something good for me. I wasn't givin' this life to be fat and to eat food that I know that is not good for me. It has worked. I hope that others can get to that point in their journey that they can really love and respect their bodies. Thats what its all about. Living a healthy life . P.S. I am 33 now and in alot better health than I was right out of high school. I am 5' 11", and 250. I have a ways to go but I am doing the best I can everyday. Good luck to all of you.