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8/4/12 4:28 P

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That is wonderful, CASSIE!
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Now, if we (meaning YOU) can put some distance between you and having to add that thing to beam scales for when we're over 200, then you won't have to worry about returning to the 200's ever again. Knowing how we think, I suggest extra caution about avoiding celebrating this victory with food. Why not buy yourself some flowers?
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You deserve a reward.

Poor planning got in my way this past 10 days. I sat down to tell yinz about it and do my report a few minutes ago, and now the DH is chattering, which means he wants me to drop everything and "attend" to some need of his. Fine. I'll be back when I can concentrate. Yes, I am cranky.
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8/4/12 6:54 A

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Weighed on at 199.8 at weight watchers yesterday.......will focus on making sure I do that again!


“The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.” ― Pema Chödrön



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8/4/12 2:10 A

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Yay Ruby!

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8/3/12 10:28 P

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I think most of my weight gain was water weight!! emoticon

I'm aiming to get in shape enough to be able to hike to Havasu Falls, AZ by the summer of 2015! I hope to become a certified personal trainer and/or a nutrition coach someday!

Life doesn't come with a remote, you have to get up and change it yourself.


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8/3/12 1:54 A

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Just a quick note to let YINZ know I'm here. Will do final report tomorrow or Sat. Love YINZ. Just behind schedule.

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Congratulations, everyone! Just entering this challenge, and trying, makes us a step ahead of where we would have been otherwise! This challenge is over, but let's not give up on our long-term goals!

My final report:

If I could just be more consistent, I'd have a reliable weigh-in. On Sunday night, I had a binge. Binges are rare for me, but I think the higher calorie deficits have cost me some of the control. I know that control is a bad word but what is a binge if not the loss of control? Realizing the cause of the binges, I changed my deficit goal to 300 calories, at the end of the challenge. Anyway, my weigh-in on Tuesday, and then Wednesday, were probably not accurate. I know I'm making excuses, that's just how my mind always works! The important thing is, I tried, and I mostly was able to do what I set out to do. I think I only had 2 days that I didn't meet my 500 (and now 300) calorie goal!

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*I'm going to keep it simple like last time. I just want to have a 500 calorie deficit every day. I will see how that affects my weight by weighing in every Tuesday." Changed goal to 300 calorie deficit on Monday...
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8/2/12 10:05 A

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Final report:

Reporting my Thursday morning weight --

7/12/12 -- 175.5
7/19/12 -- 178 (!!shrug/questions/exasperation!!! - and a few 4 letter words!)- I think it's the bacon I had with my salad yesterday.
7/26/12 -- 177.5 (a relief after weighing 181 and 182 two days this week!)
8/2/12 -- 177.25

No weight loss, but I have accomplished my goal of following NoS and reinvigorating my daily habits, from exercise to stretching to flossing to training my dog!

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8/2/12 12:34 A

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It sounds like overall everyone moved forward. Ruby, you made it through a stressful time, I hope things even out for you so you can hit that even keel, so to speak.

My challenge was not as scary and challenging (Notice I avoided the pound goal? Those kinds of goals TOTALLY freak me out and I don't do them....), but I think it did well for me.

1) 3 recipes: Herbs de Provence (not a recipe,but definitely a cooking tool to keep), Asian salmon burgers (good on a sandwich thin or on top of a big bed of lettuce), and lamb/summer squash kabobs on the Foreman. I'll be revisiting all three of these. Also "discovered" spaghetti squash. This will find its way into my shopping cart on a repeated basis.

2) Be active every day: I am very proud of myself on this one. I have been doing great with activity and it feels wonderful. I am less achy (oh, what a relief to be getting LESS stiff....), am about to reduce therapeutic massages to once a month rather than every three weeks, and treated myself to a bike. Which I love. I am now able to be active OUTSIDE. Three cheers for cool morning air.

Overall I've lost 13 pounds since July 1. I'm feeling good. One month down, about 20 to go.

I love your idea, Cassie, of a "love yourself" challenge.

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8/1/12 5:40 P

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My goals for this challenge were:

To be at 170lbs and to finish the virtual 5K in under 50 minutes.

Congratulations to everyone.

Well, I met the weight goal. I had some gain a pound/lose 3 pounds flucuations which are unusual for me. But it was an unusual time with work and auditors.

The real life change came when I decided to become a runner. I'm reading Jeff Galloway's Run Until 100 and following the run/walk/run plan. I've slowed my time on the treadmill and am working on endurance. I can now run for 4 minute intervals (slowly).

So I won the image of me as a runner and I lost some weight.

Looking back I see this challenge was extra good for me. What's next?

This is the last time I'm losing this weight.


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7/31/12 9:04 P

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My goals for this challenge were:

1. To drink 40 oz of water a day - I really struggle with this
- Did this pretty consistently :)

2. To work out at the gym at least 5 - 6 times per week.
- All but this past week I met this goal

3. To make good food choices. Salad vs. fries, 6' sub vs.12' sub, etc
- Did this most of the time. I had a couple of "cheats"

4. To lose 4 lbs
- Met and PASSED this goal. Despite the off week I just had I lost 5.6 lbs this challenge :)
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7/10 - 180.4
7/18 - 178.6
7/24 - 176.4
7/31 - 174.8


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7/31/12 8:56 P

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I was doing really well. Had to take an emergency trip to Texas last week. Did lots of stress eating. Gained 6# in Texas. So overall, I gained a pound since the challenge began.

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I'm aiming to get in shape enough to be able to hike to Havasu Falls, AZ by the summer of 2015! I hope to become a certified personal trainer and/or a nutrition coach someday!

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7/31/12 8:15 P

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Ok friends. After riding back up to my July 4 weight of 203 I weighed in at 200.4 for the last day of our challenge. I am getting used to this pattern of living living in 5 lb ranges..so now its 198-203 got over 700 fitness minutes. And today o broke down and had a small cup ofcoffee.......and it was good:-)


Editrd to say my August 1st weigh in on the wii is 199.7. My goal is to weigh in at weight watchers the next two fridays under 200. That will require me to stay away from junky carbs and and the succession of snacks I sometimes fall into at night. I will also drink more water than I have been!

My focus for August will be to stop myself when I realize I am criticizing my body.

I was thinking of it as a a late summer "love yourself" challenge. I want to celebrate all that I do rather than focus on where I think I am falling short.

Edited by: CASSIES at: 8/1/2012 (07:06)

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omg....is today really the last day of the challenge? I could have swore that I had another week to tackle my goals! Oh well.

So. I didn't meet my goals but I definitely got close.

I didn't track my food electronically every day, but I DID make a point to tally everything up daily.

I lost 2 and a half pounds. *sigh* I'm still happy with that since I've finally started to see SOME change in the scale again after several months.

I got SO close to reaching 30 miles on Saturday!!! I was feeling good for the first 20 miles and then my rear started hurting and I had a headache from the heat. I went through 48 oz of water and I was still thirsty. I made it 26 and a half miles and had to call it quits. I think I did the right thing. I had a headache and felt thirsty the rest of the day, no matter how much I drank. Bleh! I plan on trying for 30 miles every weekend now until I reach it. I may have to get up and ride in the dark hours of the morning though if I'm going to survive it. ha!

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7/31/12 10:24 A

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Good work everyone!

Here's my status for the week:

*Reestablish all my good habits by using my iPhone tracker app again for 21 days!!! Most of the habits are ingrained, but some have gotten lax, so 21 days should remind me. --- COMPLETED! emoticon
*Follow NoS 100% for 21 days -- actually all of July. (starting today) I'm doing vanilla NoS with only two mods: one low carbohydrate meal per day and no nuts on NoS days. -- COMPLETED! emoticon
*Weigh once a week and report it here. Probably Thursday mornings. This one scares me a little, but it might be good for me. -- COMPLETED! emoticon -- Next weigh-in is Thursday.

Keep up the good work everyone!

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7/29/12 9:13 P

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Kathleen - Congrats on the 2lb loss. I also had a coworker noticed my weight loss yesterday. This is very motivating for me!

ZERELDE - Congrats on being active! I have been considering a bike purchase for awhile. I just want to be sure I am going to use it before I buy it. I rarely do things by myself. I need a partner like you found!

BARBARA_BOO - WTG on the walking! Thank you for the constant support and encouragement you give to the group!

I have had a bit of a lazy week - only worked out at the gym 4 days this past week. Hope to make up for it tomorrow and Tuesday before weighing in.


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7/29/12 1:19 A

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I find the 10,000 steps a day to be very impressive. I hurt when I walk like that (hence the bike....). And every day but one... well, that's a pretty sweet trend.

Herbs de Provence is a classic French herb blend, so you can just pick it up at the grocery store in the spice/bakery section. I suppose that "serious" cooks may like to create their own, but I'm not quite that hardcore. I like to make yummy meals, but I'll happily use spice blends (especially if they don't have salt in them....).

And Oooooh, IDEBORAH! I can't wait to hear about your running journey. And oh, yay to the lack of auditors. That has to be horribly stressful.

One more day in the weekend. Oh, how I wish weekends were THREE days. We'd all be much happier for it.


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7/28/12 10:37 P

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I'm so happy for you, ZERELDE!

When I saw that you had gotten your bike, I had to run over and congratulate you. You certainly have earned it. You have had a great month, being active every day. It's so good that you are feeling sexy and seeing the weight drop, too.
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Is the Herbs de Provence your own recipe? Or one of SparkPeople's? We had fresh salmon on the grill and salad tonight. Delicious!

I'm proud of my progress this month, too. I have walked less that 10,000 steps a day on only ONE day since June 14th, despite the hot weather.


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Happy update!

So recipes. I'm taking 1/3 so far: The Herbs de Provence is a snappy winner, mostly because it is another way to do up veggies without butter. It's just a spice blend, really, but with my (significantly!) ramped up vegetable intake, I need more ways to prepare it - ways that don't involve butter. Oh, I love butter! But I also love the idea of eating lavender (yup, that's part of the blend). The lentil spinach salad was not a winner, especially when it came to leftovers. Blech. Bummer, because all the other weight-loss metrics were there.

Tonight: making salmon burgers, from an actual salmon filet, not premade. I hope it's tasty, because it's crazy-good in re: calories and health. And, we're trying spaghetti squash tonight. We'll see how that goes. Tomorrow is Feta and Sun-Dried Tomato stuffed chicken breasts with a side dish of mushroomed barley. Will let you know how those taste!

Activity: I am super proud of myself on this one. I've been active EVERY DAY, which is a huge accomplishment for me (ok - one day I was not active, but I believe in being reasonably generous with myself). I'm feeling crazily motivated and strong and - dare I say it? - sexy, and I want to keep this vibe going.

THEREFORE, I decided to indulge my latest obsession: I got the bike! I am in two-wheeler love right now. It's sporty and zippy and oh, so pretty. I think that for the next while I will be having little problem getting activity in. My neighbor instantly asked if we could go on bike rides together, so I'm thinking that I have gained more than a bike, but a possible biking companion as well.

I weigh in tomorrow; my scale says I've lost two pounds, but I simply don't believe it. I'll wait until the Weight Watchers scale pronounces the verdict.

In any event, I think this month has been a great success for me, for a thousand reasons. This group is one of them.

Happy Saturday!

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7/27/12 5:54 P

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It's always fun when people notice the results of our work.
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I've been working hard at eating healthy and exercising. I've lost two pounds (from 172 to 170) and had a co-worker ask me this week if I've lost weight.

Kathleen in Canada

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7/26/12 2:33 P

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Love it that everything in sight was healthy, IDEBORAH.
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Feeling sheepish is not a problem. You are among friends who are slip-sliding around, staying on track when we can and as close as we can. If this was easy, there wouldn't be so many of us, right?

Congrats on your planned celebration of the November birthday with the zero in it. I know you can do it.

One of my books I haven't read yet is "Biking Until You're 100". That seems cool to me. Being stong and active for the birthday with TWO zeros must have universal appeal.

I have a friend who still performs and is a great dancer. In May, she celebrated her 8-zero birthday and I celebrated my 7-zero birthday. My DH can tap dance with the best of the younger dudes, leaping all over the place, and he's 76.

I smiled warmly when my considerate friend JAZZ, making DANG sure she didn't hurt my feelings, inserted (Boo is an eternal teenager) after her phrase, "friends, new and old". I appreciate the thought, though I am not self-conscious about my age. I'm working to stay strong, fun-loving, and mentally (somewhat) all there. Old and frail would bug me.

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I forgot to check in and maybe I was just hiding out. It has been a rocky week. I go sick with a summer cold while work went into overdrive with the auditors being onsite. My nutrition has been good except for Sunday when I wanted to eat everything in sight. Fortunately for me, everything in sight was healthy. So I went over my calories but at least it was not refined carbs!

Fitness: good news/bad news
Since adding extra hours at work and feeling sick I have no fitness minutes to report. I think the treadmill might have forgotten who I am.

Good news: I have a big birthday (ends in zero) coming up in November and I have decided that I want to be a runner for my birthday. I've reached out to a couple of Spark friends and am reading Galloway's Running Until You're 100. This is a sea change for me. But if I can run on the treadmill, I can run in the world. And it is a fitness regime that I can take with me anywhere. Next week (auditors gone) starts me becoming a runner (run-walk-run).

Thanks to Barbara for checking in on me. I feel sheepish that I was too embarassed to post.
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7/26/12 12:28 P

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Does anyone know what is happening with THRU-HIKER (Ruby)? I stopped by her page to see if she needed us and found lots of condolences for her loss, but no details.
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I miss her and I'm hoping one of you have seen a post she may have made about what has happened. It sounds like it was something sudden and unexpected.

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Looks like the fluctuations are levelling off, JOL. My gains earlier in the week (I know what caused mine) are gone, too. The downward trend continues.


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7/26/12 9:33 A

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Reporting my Thursday morning weight --

7/12/12 -- 175.5
7/19/12 -- 178 (!!shrug/questions/exasperation!!! - and a few 4 letter words!)- I think it's the bacon I had with my salad yesterday.
7/26/12 -- 177.5 (a relief after weighing 181 and 182 two days this week!)

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7/25/12 2:51 P

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Here's my Tuesday update for this week: I was so active yesterday that I wore out my brain and fingers and had to sleep before I could think and/or type.
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*10,000 steps or more daily--averaged over 12,000 steps daily for the week
*10 flights of stairs or more daily--averaged 11 flights daily for the week
*Log my dang food daily--I have done it 2 days in a row. WooHoo!
*Weight--169.9 by end of July
7/8--172.1
7/17--174.3 (gain of 2.2 lbs)
7/25--171.2 (loss of 3.1 lbs)

We all had quite a day. I loved reading all of your updates. I like it that you called us a "wonderful collection of women", ZERELDE. We only have one more week of this July challenge. I'll need to think up some quickie project for us to work on together in August that won't stress us out and yet will still give us a reason to come together at least once a week. Even though you have lost 9.6 in July, ZERELDE, we still need to find a way for you to earn your bike. And Herbs de Provence? Need to hear more about THAT! Yum!

We have to keep you in reading material, right, ANGELARUTHIE? That's so cool that you read the thread, even when you don't have time to post your thoughts. It was so good to read about the successful surgery of COSMO'S daughter and how COSMO coped.

JAZZ, we will miss you while you are internet-less. Your comments about your son and Michelle's Hannah are much appreciated. The parents who turn their children out of their homes and the suicide rates Michelle mentioned are both very sad.

When you said "...one thing I know...we have to be who we are. And who we are is not a choice. It just IS", I was reminded that that applies to us, too. We are all unique.

On that subject, my granddaughter told me about how sweet one of the boys she works with in her job is. He has been diagnosed ADHD and autistic. She was assigned to observe how he is with his family. During the time she was there, he and his sister were painting sets of nestling dolls as gifts for their grandparents. The sister told him his painting wasn't always inside the lines, and he told her that his were unique, like him. How great that he can see that!

Let's all keep pushing and turn it around, as CASSIE said. Thanks for helping us keep the rock going up the mountain, JOL and SUSAN.
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MICHELLE, thanks for sharing this with us. You didn't hijack the thread. We are aware of how hard this must be for you, and we want you to know that we are "with you" 100%.
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I have been out most of the day, and I'm pooped. I think I will turn in and catch up with YINZ in the morning.
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Thank you Susan and Jazz for your support - it really means a lot. I feel like I need to "fill up" with all the support from everyone in order to deal with all the back lash that is sure to occur.

I don't know much about Mormonism but I grew up in a Conservative Roman Catholic family. It wasn't until I was in my mid-teens when I began questioning religion. My father's side of the family is more open-minded. However my mother's side of the family is very conservative. I haven't discussed it with them yet but I know it is not going to go well :( I am sure they will be attempting to pray it all away. I am very prepared to draw a line though. If they can't be supportive then they won't be involved.

Your son sounds very lucky to have you as well. So glad you came around :) According to the bible Jesus taught "Love one another" but unfortunately that seems to get lost on a lot of Christians :( They only want to pick out the negative stuff they find there.

Okay done ranting. Sorry to have hijacked this thread!

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Mommarini, in a somewhat similar circumstance I can relate to your story as my son at age 11 came out to us as gay. And we were, at the time, all Mormons. It was devastating news. At the time.

At the counseling center where he ended up after a severe depression, we met many kids, both gay and transgender. It broke my heart to learn how many of them get turned out of their homes by parents. As shocked and upset as we were that he would "choose" to live this way (I grew up in Mormon Utah, what can I say? I now know better.) I would never, ever abandon him or love him any less.

My heart goes out to you as you are in the midst of this, but one thing I know...we have to be who we are. And who we are is not a choice. It just IS.

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I'll have more to add later. Need to leave for an appointment shortly. Just wanted to quickly say, "I am proud of all of us and I am grateful we have found one another."


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Hang in there Cassie, and Mommarini! We can always count on things changing, hopefully for the better. emoticon

Here's my weekly weigh-in, I thought it would be better. I do have to say that I forgot and ate breakfast before weighing, so I waited a couple more hours. Anyway, the weight isn't necessarily accurate.

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*I'm going to keep it simple like last time. I just want to have a 500 calorie deficit every day. I will see how that affects my weight by weighing in every Tuesday."
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I'll chime in support, Mommarini - I have several connections with the transgender world and it is not right that people cannot be how they need to be. Hannah is lucky to have a parent who strives to understand and achieves support.

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Thank you JOL1KEY2BOL3 and ANGELARUTHIE for the support :) As a parent, I feel it is my responsibility to do what is best for my kids. Hannah needs to be allowed to be Hannah. I feel so bad for those kids who don't have accepting families. The suicide rate for transgender kids is an alarming 41%.

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Wow, way to go Mommarini for already meeting your goal....AND for being such an awesome and accepting Mom to Hannah.

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Hang in there Mommarini. Life happens and this weight stuff is important, but sometimes other things are more important! You're doing great!

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I am really happy I found this group :) I am sorry that I am not more active. I have had a lot of plate lately. My 11 yr old son Sebastian within the past year has came out to us as transgender. We are in the process of transitioning Sebastian into Hannah. This is quite an overwhelming experience for me. I have been fortunate to find a great online support group and most of my energy the past week or so has been to researching and connecting with people regarding this. I just wish I could wave a magic wand and make everyone tolerant (or better yet, accepting) of those who are different then them!

The scale has rewarded me this week for not obsessing over it. Today's weight is 176.4. I have already met my 4lb weight loss goal for this challenge!

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Good work everyone!

Here's my status for the week:

*Reestablish all my good habits by using my iPhone tracker app again for 21 days!!! Most of the habits are ingrained, but some have gotten lax, so 21 days should remind me. --- COMPLETED! emoticon
*Follow NoS 100% for 21 days -- actually all of July. (starting today) I'm doing vanilla NoS with only two mods: one low carbohydrate meal per day and no nuts on NoS days. -- COMPLETED! emoticon (My NoS day yesterday felt grrrrrreeeat!!)
*Weigh once a week and report it here. Probably Thursday mornings. This one scares me a little, but it might be good for me. -- COMPLETED! emoticon -- Next weigh-in is Thursday.

Keep up the good work everyone!

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Morning, All!

Quick check in -

So I did try a recipe, a lentil-spinach salad. It was okay but not awesome, so I turned it into a lentil soup. This is much more awesome. I love making soup from my own stock. I'm taking it to lunch along with some turkey wraps (found some great "one point" whole wheat tortillas!). Also made lamb kabobs on Saturday. I'm loving the kabobs concept - the meat is stretched out so your healthy portion lasts so much longer, and of course those yummy veggies just make it better. The Foreman Grill makes it very, very easy. I'm "discovering" Herbs de Provence. So that goal is moving ahead.

I've been active every day except yesterday. I had an excuse, but I honestly could probably have worked out ten minutes without dire consequences. I'm not worried about one day, though. I'll be back on the elliptical today. I "balanced" it out by researching bicycles. I'm gonna get one, once I've decided I've earned it.

At weigh-in on Sunday, I lost another 1.8 pounds, for a total loss of 9.6 pounds since July 1. Of course my first week was dramatic, but I'll accept 1 1/2 - 2 pounds a week, for certain. I DO think my scale lies, because before I went in my scale said I'd not lost anything significant. And since I wear roughly the same clothes to weigh-in each week, the loss isn't due to fabric difference! I'm gonna continue working hard and enjoying the first part of my new eating patterns, while the weight loss is bigger.

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I'm so grateful to have found this group. You all are so amazing and I'm learning so much from being a part of this group. Even though I may not comment much, I always read what everybody has to say. I grew up steeped in fundamental christianity and I'm still learning how to react to life's struggles outside of religion. I love that we have this group where we can share struggles and successes.....and I'm so glad that you all are here!!

Mkay.....so checking in.....

I lost a pound. (barely)
I tracked daily (even though I didn't track electronically, I tracked in a journal)
Got a few bike rides in even though the heat here is ridiculous.

ACK! Gotta go....time to clock in at work for the daily grind. Ugh. Hope everybody has a FABULOUS Tuesday!

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I have been up since before 4am today. Went to bed early with a headache last night. I have had a dessert the past four days.

Today I want to stay within my weight watchers point allotment and go cold turkey on the sweets. I will reach for fruit and distract myself by moving if the urges get to strong. A quick walk around the block or a water break at work if I want to eat for nonhunger purposes is my plan.

Got to turn it around today.

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Love your update, Cosmos. It's sounds like you handled the variables of last week in a way that supported yourself while you were there for your daughter. So happy her surgery went well. Hope she continues on to a wonderful recovery.


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So I think I was supposed to check in last Tuesday regarding my 21 day challenge but I was on vacation and it didn't top my list of "to-do's". After 10 days of vacation, eating out A LOT, and being somewhat sedentary as I sat with my daughter who's recovering from surgery, the bad news is, I didn't lose any weight. The good news is, I didn't gain any either. And while I flopped on my goal of doing yoga 3x/week, I did make good food choices and I did take my supplements. All told, I feel pretty good about the whole thing. And best of all, my daughter's surgery was really successful and I am grateful for that.

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What a great group of people here. Cassie, your honest post was so touching and I send you love. You are dealing with a lot of issues, but you are so wise to keep moving and have a plan. I'll just add my "what Boo said", because she always says it perfectly.

Jol, I'm happy to see that you're feeling good today! You also are an inspiration to me.

My goal here was simple: To track the dang food. I've done it about 50% of the time. This weekend, starting Friday afternoon just as the weekend was about to launch, I came down with a fever, chills & yuck. Only this morning as I'm back at work, do I feel like I can function again. Needless to say, no tracking occurred the last 3 days. I didn't leave the house either, but I am caught up on Downtown Abby, Season Two. That is my only accomplishment.

July 23rd is a new day: emoticon If I track from today until the end of the month, I can log 9 whole days. emoticon . A good portion of that time will be at a beach house on an internet-less corner of San Juan Island. My phone tracker doesn't need internet, so I hereby vow to go ahead and track the dang food. I'll report in when I get to town and have 21st century technology.

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Thank you everyone!!!! Your remarks always help me!!! I had a great Sunday and followed my plans. Water retention is still on the rise, but that will level out I hope soon. I'm feeling good today!

Cassie - Thank you for sharing your job issue and other stuff. You and I often travel the same path, I find. emoticon

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What Boo said... yes, yes, yes.

And let me add, I am so thankful that I have found this group, you people, this page. What a wonderful collection of women.

So my two cents: Weight loss is so much more than simply applying the "calories in, calories out" equation; it is unfair to expect that it's so basic. All those emotions, fears, anxieties... it's all connected. The loss of a job (or, I think, even more challenging, not KNOWING what the job status really is...), sorrow over a child's struggles, balancing medical issues and goals.... these make managing food so much more difficult.

A few days ago, during the Scale Conspiracy discussions, Boo made a comment that I have thought of many times since. It boiled down to perspective: looking at it (life, weight, health, wealth, whatever "it" is right now) day by day is nearly unavoidable (for me, anyway), but what matters is the long-term vision. Today, this week, this month, things may zigzag all over the place. What matters is what the long term trends are.

Something what I like about this little group is that when a bad period comes, we can pour it out and have someone say, "That sucks, let me know if I can help, and stick with it." The rocky period will smooth out; it always does, even when, at the moment, the storm seems too big to escape.



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I'm so happy you found a real computer, CASSIE. I wouldn't have wanted to miss what you had to say.

One-finger typing on a phone is a real pain in the butt. Auto-correct makes it even more difficult. It keeps guessing the wrong words for what we are trying to say. Grr!

What you wrote is a great demonstration of the value of sharing our thoughts, good and bad, with people we trust. I'm glad you are feeling better and are working on the "little" things around the house that you can control. I always feel better after I get my thoughts written down (and not racing around in my mind looking for food---the medication we have gotten used to using). And as you realized, watching sad events on TV, worrying about the difficult events in our lives and the lives of people we love, and remaining on our couches keeps us in a downward spiral.

Some things we can't control. I'm sorry that your job is in limbo. I'm especially sorry that your beautiful daughter has a rough time of it. I'm sorry that all of us have to deal with the events in Colorado. I am saddened by the wasted lives of the victims (through no fault of their own), the wasted potential of the young man who took their lives, and the anguish that both the families of the victims and the young man's parents suffer.

All we can do is be kind to ourselves, lean on one another for comfort, support and acceptance, and continue to solve any real-life problems that we can. Food is too temporary to be of much lasting help. It leads us down the path to re-gain weight and have to lose it again and again. We can be proud of ourselves when we stand up, face what we have to, and continue to lose weight, to put us in a better position to bounce into better situations. Remember how bad we feel when we miss an opportunity because we think we're too fat.

Getting through hard times relatively unscathed requires anticipation of what could be coming and planning for how we can deal with the unfairness of even harder times, disappointment, discouragement, and deprivation. Some people do it with amazing strength, and we feel really proud for them. Learning not to crumble starts with the honesty of your message to us, CASSIE. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They help us all.
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I look forward to giving you a personal tour of Nashville when I get through all of the crap it will take to get re-located.
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JOL, it takes time to unlearn our habit of attaching so much importance to what the scales say. If we can pull it off, it's a powerful skill for our future. It's part of loosening our rigid personal rules about being such high achievers to something more reasonable and realizing we can still respect ourselves.

If we can begin to look at the numbers, either up or down, as part of a scientific experiment, to view the effects of certain foods, behaviors, medications, days of the month, etc, the anxiety is no longer necessary. Look at it as a fact-finding initiative. The facts can be useful for future planning, to assist in maintaining a general downward trend in the weight until we find the weight that is most easily maintainable for us, long-term.

The main thing is the anxiety. So much of my weight gaining over the years has had something to do with anxiety. Taking the emotions out of the weigh-in and making it part of a routine, like brushing our teeth, showering, etc, can help us to manage the anxiety.

You didn't say that you would do anything besides "record" the weight. No "miracles" or pretty weigh-ins or explanations will be expected on Thursday. Just the facts. A number for the laboratory charts. It's like another custom 4DW that you do for the "Live the Hell Out of 2012" ongoing challenge. That's all it is. Nothing bad will happen, relative to Thursday's reading on the scale.

Even if you were to decide, "I'm not doing that right now", nothing bad will happen.
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Hi All,

I feel such an emotional heaviness today. For one the colorado thing has really got me down. My mind keeps playing out the horror it must have been to be entrapped in that.

I went to a barbecue yesterday ate more than I would have liked. It certainly took on the form of a binge. Friday night was like that too. It started with noodle soup and then I went to a french bakery and bought an amazing butter cake...cup cake size and a brioche with a cheese and cherry filling.....and went on to eat microwave popcorn and almonds. I was definitely not hungry at a certain point, but had decided I was not going to employ any methods to stop.

I am also feeling down about my daughter. At the bbq yesterday there was a girl her age...she was hanging out with her brother's high school friends. My daughter has speech impediment and cognitive delays. Seeing her not being able to do what typical kids her age do saddens me to no end. I guess that is what I am really hurting about most today.

One other thing I have not shared is that I am actually laid off from my job of 20 years at the moment. As of September I do not have a job, but there is a strong chance I will most likely be called back. Every year they lay teachers off and then call them back. That always happens in my and usually the newest staff go through it. Well, this year on the last day of school I found out there was a second wave of lay offs and I was a part of it. I am fifth on the list to be called back.

I am basically going through all the stages of death and dying. And just like weight loss they are not linear. I was feeling acceptance last week...now I have gone back to depression.


An interesting note is that two weeks back I was having a similar day feeling really down. That day I started the day with oatmeal and that led to a lot of carb eating. Since Friday I have had a lot of carbs, and now I feel depressed again. I feel it is definitely connected.

Doing the detox back in June has really helped me to see how food affects my mood and energy.

Today I am starting the weaning process again. Have lots of chicken and vegetables on hand which help to satisfy and energize me.

I walked this morning for over an hour, did grocery shopping and am doing laundry. Its a struggle.....I am dragging, but even if I move slowly I want to move.......I could very well just be on the couch watching t.v., but then I know after a few hours of that I would just sink lower because I would be in the mist of my messy house.

I luckily got to a real computer..I do every thing from my phone these days. Writing to yinz, especially on sunday mornings has always been a big help.

For my goals, I was back up to 202 pounds yesterday. But, that's o.k. I am used to the fluctuations of the scale. I will drink lots of water and only eat my alvarado bread this week. No more white carbs for the rest of the month. I reached my 500 minutes of fitness so will shoot to go over 700 by July 31st. I am staying away from coffee still which is huge. Now that I am so down my mind is trying to suggest that some coffee will pick me up.

I have a green drink called "renewal green" after these carby days. I also drink daily detox tea which is very satisfying.

I am feeling much better now. Gonna get back to laundry, clean bathroom, cut up fruit and then shower. Being present with my feelings is so helpful then stuffing them down with food!

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Hi all, I hate to admit, but the writing my weight down here is causing me a lot of anxiety, especially since right now my water retention issues are really acting up. There is some weight gain too from being more on a maintenance diet, but this morning I was showing another 5 lb gain from yesterday due to eating some salty nuts on my "free day". It usually takes awhile to "unbloat".... and I'm already stressing about Thursday weigh-in for this challenge. Well, I do keep my word, and it will probably not be pretty Thursday, but we'll see. Maybe there will be a miracle!!!! emoticon

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I have always wanted to visit nashville!


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Logging dang food today---I eat less when I track, even if I do hate doing it.
*Still getting my walks done---it's becoming a habit.
*Working on checklist to make sure I get my SP fix daily, while I am really busy getting ready for my next rummage sale and removing more stuff, so the house will be ready for the painters to do the interior after they finish outside. I have a tendency to let things slide and not take care of me, when I'm being a house drudge.

House goes up for sale in the early spring. Downsizing big time. After sale of house, Nashville is the current choice for our new downsized life. I'd like to enter that phase with my body downsized, too.

CASSIE, I will need to hustle, if we are to hit that 100-off mark together, you at 185 and me at 138. Oooh! That idea excites me. Let's do it.


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Had a carb attack today. I am sure I am in the upper end of my current range. But, the good news is I am not freaking out or mentally flogging myself. I am looking forward to getting up early and moving tomorrow as I have been doing whenever I can in the early AM.

Heard about a free pilates class I might try to make at 8am tomorrow. I had better be getting to bed.

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NO NEWS on the GREAT SCALE CONSPIRACY!. emoticon

Unfortunately (or fortunately) my ONLY scale tattles. Every time I step on it, the number goes straight to my SP ticker. That means I can't really do cool gymnastic tricks on it, like SUSAN, without everyone knowing. For those of you who have several, it makes good sense to pick the one you like best on any given day. It all evens out, because all we need is a downward trend, over time, or a line on a graph with few zigzags (for maintenance). So, pick a scale, any scale.
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IDEBORAH, MOMMARINI and CASSIE got good news from their scales this week.
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Congrats on the sexy new sandals, IDEBORAH. Keep training and enjoying the sandals. I'll have to read up on the Virtual 5K's again, but I recall it being OK to take more time training, by just re-scheduling your Virtual event. I'll go find a link, in case someone else wants to try them.

Here's the link for Virtual 5K or 10K races.
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You compete against yourself or against others, and it's free.

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It says you may prefer to walk your first 5K. I prefer to walk ALL of mine.
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Nice, Boo! You're rocking the goals.

I think it's time we all investigate this great Scale Conspiracy.

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My turn to report late.

ATTENTION, EVERYONE! ---I hereby change our weekly check-in day to any day that starts with a "T".
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Here's my belated Tuesday update for this week:
*10,000 steps or more daily--averaged over 12,000 steps daily for the week
*10 flights of stairs or more daily--averaged 11 flights daily for the week
*Sleep at least 7 hrs nightly--averaged 6 hrs 55 minutes nightly for the week
*Log my dang food daily--I had great difficulty with this one.
*Weight--169.9 by end of July
7/8--172.1
7/17--174.3 (gain of 2.2 lbs)
I think it has something to do with my not logging my dang food and eating too much of it, JOL.
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Looks like some of us are in deep doo-doo together, with the food thing. Great. I love your company. Don't forget, though, that many of us are also doing great with exercise and other habits that we are trying to strengthen. We can feel proud of all of our efforts, even the effort it took to check-in.

Forget the shame, JAZZ. I'm excited about your little grandbaby, Log the dang food when you can. Holding the baby is top priority.

Thanks for sharing the noS info with the group, JOL. We need options. There's more than one way to skin a cat (I hope my cats aren't listening).

ZERELDE, congrats on increasing your activity. Your kitchen being out of commission part of the time may actually HELP you move around more. Lemonade out of lemons, right? And RUBY, you go, girl, out there taking long bike rides, playing in the park, swimming and having an ice-cold beer at the pool. Kudos to you, too, ANGELARUTHIE, for giving the doggies nice long walks and for doing the grueling exercises that will result in gorgeous arms.

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 7/20/2012 (00:50)
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Reporting my Thursday morning weight --

7/12/12 -- 175.5
7/19/12 -- 178 (!!shrug/questions/exasperation!!! - and a few 4 letter words!)- I think it's the bacon I had with my salad yesterday.

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Susan: The answer to your question: yes, you are. I think this is a big club.

....and I am TOTALLY trying that in the morning. I like your style.

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In response to the scale issue, I have several scales, too. I like my WW scale because it does 0.1 lb increments. Unfortunately, it also resists change. I think you have to be quite a bit different weight for it to tell the truth. So, I get on the scale twice, the 1st time I hold onto something to make it think I lost a lot of weight, and the 2nd time I do a real weight. It weighs me accurately (I think) when I do this. Am I neurotic, too? emoticon

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Thanks for the NoS info! Seems like it's working for you - yay!

Scales. Right now I just want mine to reflect how GOOD I've been! Soon. It'll catch up soon! But yeah, it's always nice to hear that I'm not the only one somewhat obsessed with that dang device!

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I was curious about the NoS thing too.....that sounds like something I could do, and sort of already do other than the no sugar which has only been an issue recently.

Congrats on the new grandbaby!!! How exciting!

Nice to see that I'm not the only neurotic one about the scale. I only have one now, but I really like mine. It's digital. My weight fluctuates a lot throughout the day. My "official" weight is always done in the morning before breakfast and I only record it once a week. I like to weigh several times a day though, just out of curiosity. It's amazing that just eating a meal, having a full bladder or wearing clothes can be 3 pounds on the scale.

Wishing everybody a happy and healthy week!

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Zerelde - I bought another scale also - convinced mine was defective. Now I am so neurotic I weigh myself on both scales! My old one won't fluctuate for days (sometimes over a week) and then show a loss. The other one fluctuates every time I step on it - up and down. Today my original scale showed the lower number so I went with that! LOL

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Checking in on Wednesday, for the first time (hangs head in shame).

Haven't tracked the dang food (hangs head in shame).

But I've been busy! My new role in life involves making as much time as possible to see my now 6 day old grandbaby! (Lifts head in joy!)

LIfe is good. Now to track the food. Restarting again today!

Cassie, emoticon ! You know you are one of my favorite people on planet earth, and I'm so pleased for you! emoticon

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Zerelde -- NoS is the simple, non-tracking plan created by Reinhard Engels at www.nosdiet.com/ . I've been tired of tracking for ages and really like his approach (it surely isn't a "discovery", but he has written it down and shown how to implement it.) It is simply:

* No Snacks
* No Sugar
* No Seconds
* Except (sometimes) on days that start with "S"

The 4th bullet lets you have more liberty on Saturday, Sunday, and Special days.

I have binged for most of my life, but after a lot of work with Martha Beck's 4 day wins, I've reached a point where this is perfect for me! I still spot check my calories once a week and do 4 day wins on other good habits.

There is a NoS team on Spark if you are interested as well.


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Hey, I'm loosing ounces right now, too! I hope things pick up... I've been eating great and yet my scale refuses to acknowledge my efforts. This morning I told the Mr. that we need to get a new scale. I think ours lies.

Really. I think it's defective.

My challenge so far has been 50/50.

I've been active every day, have even begun stepping it up a notch. Not where I'll eventually be in re: activity, but right now my goal is simply to be active every day. I feel like I'm doing okay on this one.

The kitchen works right now, so maybe will be able to try out a few recipes this weekend; we'll see - currently we're expecting company, which will put some kinks in the plan. May just have to focus on making sure I'm making good choices despite temptations. Luckily our guest is not a big eater....

Soon the kitchen won't work (again), so the three new recipes may just have to be held over to a new challenge. Maybe my kitchen will be fully functioning by then!

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Yesterday was a nutty day so I didn't get a chance to check in.

My tracking habit was horrible. I'm not sure what my deal was this week but I ate like I was a human food disposal. GAH! It seems like every time I join a challenge the first week or two *something* has to happen to throw a part of my plan off kilter. Self sabotage maybe? Nevertheless....

I'm at the low end of my current weight....so I'm losing ounces? LOL! That's exactly where I want to be weight-wise. It seems that I lose/maintain better when I do it ridiculously slow.

I didn't get my bike miles in but I made up for it with some super long walks with the dogs and some grueling weight training. My arms are still sore from 3 days ago!!!

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I didn't get a chance to post yesterday and I like the scale better today so I am going with that - LOL. Down almost 2 lbs this week :) I have been meeting my goal of 40 oz of H20. Made it to the gym 5x last week. And two times this past week I resisted the urge to get unhealthy food while treating my kids. Rewarding myself today with a trip to the hair salon - can't remember the last time I had it done!

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7/18 - 178.6
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I've had a bad week because my 500 calorie deficits were blown when I got a respiratory track infection and decided it was more important to get well than to achieve my goals for now. But, it's going on too long and I'm gaining weight instead, so I got back on my wagon. I had a 478 calorie deficit yesterday, and I'm working on it today. I'm just going to take my vitamins and drink lots of water. Two more weeks to see a difference in the scale.

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*I'm going to keep it simple like last time. I just want to have a 500 calorie deficit every day. I will see how that affects my weight by weighing in every Tuesday."
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The big change. I'm missing/longing for non scale victories. I lost 3 pounds, so no complaining.

However, what I noticed was fitting into pants I couldn't wear last month. And I broke down and bought a pair of comfort sandals, so I can walk around as much as I want over the weekend. I got the strappiest pair I could find, but I still feel like a hundred years old.

I am really struggling with the training for the virtual 5K. I decided to repeat week 3 and try for better form and more endurance. Because time is not as important as doing it with good form. I am trying to be fit not just finish a 5K.

All in all a good week. Congrats to everyone who met their goals.

This is the last time I'm losing this weight.


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Hey, what is NoS?

...and congrats on hitting all your goals!

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Hello! Great posts. Good work everyone!

Here's my status for the week:

*Reestablish all my good habits by using my iPhone tracker app again for 21 days!!! Most of the habits are ingrained, but some have gotten lax, so 21 days should remind me. --- COMPLETED! emoticon
*Follow NoS 100% for 21 days -- actually all of July. (starting today) I'm doing vanilla NoS with only two mods: one low carbohydrate meal per day and no nuts on NoS days. -- COMPLETED! emoticon
*Weigh once a week and report it here. Probably Thursday mornings. This one scares me a little, but it might be good for me. -- COMPLETED! emoticon -- Next weigh-in is Thursday.

I weigh on Thursday because, for some reason, I notice my body retains water from the weekend for several days after.


Keep up the good work everyone!

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Thanks for your support guys. I just want to mention to some of yinz that I have not known for long that my top weight was 285. I changed my ticker this year to the weight I was on Jan 1. I felt I was resting on my laurel of getting to that point and was actually gaining.

My major goal is to hit 185....I am hoping by the end of the year.

I am so proud of the weight loss and all that I have accomplished.

Glad everyone had a good Sunday and that there is action hete.


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Awesome job Cassie & Mommarini! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Did a 6 mile bike ride, played at the park, went swimming with a beer by the pool. Wheeeeeeee!

I'm aiming to get in shape enough to be able to hike to Havasu Falls, AZ by the summer of 2015! I hope to become a certified personal trainer and/or a nutrition coach someday!

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I loved your post, Cassie. You have every reason to brag, and I'm glad you did it on here.

Your three-year journey back to "yourself" is just the kind of thing I need to hear. I am beginning a long-term journey to find myself... to see what I'm like when I'm fit, healthy... not lugging around a "dead weight" Zerelde along with the vibrant, brilliantly shining one.

Your post reminds me that it's possible. It'll happen, if I make it so.

Nice Sunday, eh?

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If we were to have an "amen" corner, I would be in it right now. Your comments really speak to me, CASSIE.

You have reminded me about the "thinking" that goes on during a walk. I was accustomed to getting much of my exercise from dance practice and/or class (which I love) or gyms (when I could get myself to go). The walks add something different. That's when I do my best thinking about what I want and what I like. It's like the "edit button" that usually hides stuff from me gets reset and it becomes safe to explore my hopes and worries and what I do or don't appreciate. This habit is growing on me.

EDIT TO ADD;
Almost forgot to say "yippee" about the good news you both received about your weight, CASSIE and MOMMARINI.

Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 7/15/2012 (13:19)
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I have to brag.

Up at 4:30am, meditated, food shopped and cooked 4 family dinners for the week.

My weight on the Wii was 200.3. I am back to a weight I have not seen since 1990!

As I was walking this morning I was thinking about the 85lbs. I gained over the past 19 years. They represent stress at work, some really tough relationships and having a child with special needs, to just name a few things.

Loosing those pounds over the past 3 years has been such an amazing, hard, frustrating and liberating experience.

This is all finally beginning to feel like me.

I just have to say that even though I always wanted to lose the weight fast, I really get the slow and steady process of it all. And the habits we reinforce along the way really do replace many of our old ways which don't serve us.

That's it for now.





Edited by: CASSIES at: 7/15/2012 (20:44)

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Scale started with 17 this morning instead of 18 :) 179.8 - not far from 180 but I will take it! emoticon

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Yes, I'd like a ticket to the gun show, please. I'm a pushover for sexy arms.
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Weight fluctuations are fun, aren't they? Ignore the pound and a half, and it will go away. It's just looking for attendtion, RUBY. Keep up your good work and to H3LL with the scale. Some things we can't control.



How nice that your enjoyment of the peaceful, early morning walks, among the flowers, with birds singing, is the thing that is taking you to your coveted 199, CASSIES.
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Almost there. As they say in Delivery Rooms, just a few more little pushes.

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SONOFABISCUITEATER! emoticon
I gained a pound and a half!! This is not what I had in mind when I said that I was going to slow down with the weight loss. emoticon
Hopefully it's all muscle mass!
Anyone want tickets to this gun show? emoticon

Edited by: RUBYROOTS4YOU at: 7/15/2012 (01:37)
I'm aiming to get in shape enough to be able to hike to Havasu Falls, AZ by the summer of 2015! I hope to become a certified personal trainer and/or a nutrition coach someday!

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