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  1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions on how to handle my trip. I really do want to have a great time and not be a Martyr about having to "watch" what I eat. I just have to remind myself that wearing a Petite size 6 feels better then any food can actually taste.


    Denise... what kind of Puppy did you get? I had a Shih Tzu that was my "son" for 19 years, and a 12 year old, 3 pound Yorkie that was a rescue after having 5 homes. Both are now in Doggy Heaven and I really miss them. I'd really love to have a female Apricot Malti-poo puppy, but I think I'll wait till I retire and have the time to spend with her. Between work, the gym and dancing.. I'm rarely home and it just wouldn't be fair to have a dog that would be alone most of the time.


    Kimberly... so sorry about the allergies. Wish I could offer some advice, but I just tough them out since none of the meds seem to work for me effectively anyway. I can rarely breathe through my nose.


    Cindy... sounds like you're back on track and hellamotivated.


    Laura... Welcome to DF


    Jen... like everyone else suggested.... more protein.


    Laurie... I'm so jealous of you running. I used to love to run but since my knee surgery I can't. I never found out how you liked Zumba? Have you been going? I've already checked out classes in Seattle and Honolulu. I'm going to try to get to at least one at each destination. I'm a "Zumbafied" addict.


    I decided not to push my luck and risk reinjuring my rib half way through the healing. I'm skipping Turbo kick boxing tonight. I'm going to go to the gym later this evening and do the elliptical while I watch Dancing with the Stars. GO GILLES !!!


    I haven't started packing yet, but I've made a list of everything I'll need so I don't forget. It's going to be difficult packing for 2 different climates. Seattle's wet and in the 50's, and Honolulu is sunny and in the 80's. I haven't even researched Portland or Vancouver yet.


    Have a good evening everyone... Peace out

  2. Good Morning DF. With only 5 days left till we leave on vacation and 2 and a half weeks into healing my broken rib I sneezed several times in a row yesterday afternoon. I felt absolutely no pain so I decided I'd go to Zumba last night. I've really been taking it easy since I hurt myself, just walking and holding on to a "noodle" in the pool and kicking my feet in all different directions. It was raining all day so I couldn't go out for a walk or to the pool so I thought I'd give it a shot. I felt no pain throughout the class but I'm sure I didn't give it 100% effort. After class I did the elliptical machine with no arms for an hour. My T shirt was wet with sweat for the first time in 2 and a half weeks. It felt great !!!!


    My plan is to try Turbo kick boxing tonight. If I feel any discomfort at all I'll quit. I'm half way through the healing process and my rib is now fused, so I think I'll be OK. (I just can't tell Ed, he wants me to "take it easy"). My food choices have been great. Up until my injury I was really hitting it hard. It was effective though, I managed to lose 20 pounds in the last 9 weeks (since we planned the Hawaii, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver vacation). I didn't reach my goal, but I'm well on my way. All Ed has been doing is talking about the restaurants he wants to go to on our trip, and I keep telling him I want to come home in the same clothes I leave in. "NO MU MU'S". He's a real "Foodie", so I'm really going to have to make some wise choices where food is concerned. I hate not being able to prepare my own meals, but I'll do the best I can, and try to get as much physical activity as I can.


    Any suggestions of how to handle this trip will be greatly appreciated. We'll be gone 14 days.


    Have a great day everybuddy !!

  3. Just checking in.... been spending more time at the gym and less on the computer. The scale finally moved under the 140 mark. Yeah !!!!!

    I was hoping to get back to goal before my vacation, but unless I get lipo in the next 3 weeks, that's not gonna happen, but oh well, at least I can get back into some of my old clothes. The most I can hope for is another 5 pounds if I'm lucky.

    My Hawaii trip has really helped with motivation to stay on track with my food and exercise. Now I keep telling myself I have to come home in the same clothes I go in, and since they're my old "skinny" clothes, they're pretty tight. I don't want to deprive myself while on vacation but it would be awesome to come home after a week in Seattle and a week in Hawaii without a weight gain.

    Take care y'all.... Peace out.

  4. I'm here you guys.... I've just been really busy and not spending much time on the computer except to check emails and lurking here quickly just to stay in contact. I've been doing great, and hitting it pretty hard at the gym, trying to lose as much weight as I can till I go on vacation. I've got a closet full of clothes I'd like to fit into. 14.5 more pounds to get back to goal. I'd like to do it in 4 weeks, before I leave. I know it's unreasonable, but if they can do it on "the Biggest Loser", I can try my best.


    I'll try to catch up on the posts this weekend, starting with this one. Looks like I've missed a lot. Take care y'all.

  5. Congratulations !!! You've done wonderfully. I swear.... getting back to goal is wayyyy more difficult then getting there initially. (at least it has been for me). I've still got a ways to go, but I've really been hitting it pretty hard for the past month or so. I'm going to Seattle and Hawaii in 4 weeks, and I've been trying to get as close as I can. I've still got a closet full of clothes I'd like to get into so I don't have to go out and buy all new clothes for vacation.

  6. There was a time when I considered Bypass surgery, but THANK GOD my insurance company turned me down. Everyone I know that's had the surgery has had problems. I was able to lose my weight slowly with Atkins (first 60 pounds) and then Weight Watchers (84 pounds). I too was able to maintain my weight until I broke my foot and it interfered with my exercise. I also got very depressed and began binge eating again. I gained back 45 pounds and it seems like it's taken forever to get that weight off again. I just don't seem to have the same motivation. The last 25 is taking forever..... up and down the same 5-7 pounds. It's me, not the program.

    I looked into gastric banding to help stop my binging. I thought if I had that procedure done I physically would be unable to binge (seemed like a good idea to me). I thought it would work as a forced behavior modification. (binging = puking). I checked into 3 options for the surgery. 2 Docs in Orlando turned me down because I didn't meet the criteria. My BMI was too low. I thought I was a good candidate because I didn't have any medical risks, but they said the company that provides the band prohibited it. I certainly wasn't about to gain another 60 pounds to meet the criteria. The only place that agreed to do the surgery was a clinic in Mexico. I chickened out and decided to keep doing what I know works. Weight Watchers !!!

    Now, if I can just stay motivated I'll get back to goal. Stopping the binge eating is still a daily struggle, but the binges are fewer and further apart. It's not easy, but I think it's worth it. Surgery isn't in my future, so I'll keep on keeping on till I get back to goal.

  7. Jill Leigh... I think you're the little sister in this group. I think I'm the oldest (56). Trudie is right. We are a strong, supportive, successful group. To me... I feel like you're all my sisters and we're a big extended family.

    I feel like a whiner.... most of you are up north with temps in the teens or below, and I hate getting out of bed if the temp dips below 50. It's 40 degrees this morning with a wind chill of 32. That's freaking freezing. It's a long walk from the parking lot to the clinic I work in at the jail and it's like walking through a wind tunnel. I sure hope this is the last cold spell of the season. It was 80 on Saturday and 40 on Sunday.... that's crazy.


    Well... now that I've done my complaining for the day, I'm off to a hot shower. I'm planning an OP day. Strength training and cardio at the gym this evening. I hope everyone has an awesome day.

  8. I'm planning on hitting it harder in March too. February was pretty much a wash for me as far as weight loss. Up and down the same few pounds. My plan is to increase my fitness plan, add more strength training and add 20 min. on my elliptical machine at home 3 mornings a week in addition to my time at the gym. I'm also going to stay within my point range EVERYDAY!! Using no more then my target & AP's. I want to be POP for the whole month of March and not sabotage my efforts by binging.... (not even once). Screwing up with weekly binges kept me from progressing at all in Feb. One "bad" day a week completely stopped my progress, and no amount of extra exercise made up for it.

    Today I did a power sculpt class in addition to Zumba, so with 6 AP's for the day I'm off to a good start. We're either going to a movie tonight or going dancing, so if it's the later I'll rack up a few more AP's. I really have to recommit again and quit playing around. I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. The weather is perfect outside. I think I'll go take a walk around the lake while I have time.

    Peace out....

  9. Here I am, a day late, catching up on the posts.


    Denise.... I'm so proud of you for sticking to your plan on the cruise. A few years ago I went on a Ballroom Dance Cruise. I went to the gym every morning, danced during the afternoon and also at night and still gained 10 pounds in 7 days. I just wasn't used to eating 5-6 meals a day. I was careful about what I was eating the first day... then blew it big time. I just ate what everyone else in my group was eating (lots of pizza and ice cream between meals and late at night... sushi before dinner, and desserts at every meal). It was like being on a floating troth (sp?). I love cruises, but frankly I'm afraid of going on another one because I just don't trust myself around all that food. I've been on 3 cruises, and gained on each one.


    Laurie.... I'm so excited that you're going to Zumba!!!!!! Next you'll be getting certified as an instructor. The workshop was so much fun and well worth the $195, even if you never teach a class. I taught for more then a year till I broke my foot. I started with a small group in my condo and then a larger group at work. At $5 per person, per class (or $20 for 5 classes), I was making enough money to pay for my own Ballroom dance classes. Plus, it was a committment to show up for classes 3 nights a week.


    As usual.... I'm now running late for work. Gotta jump in the shower.

  10. Just checking in.... I've been reading the posts most mornings while I'm having my coffee, but not enough time to type anything of value. My weight has been fluctuating the same 2-3 pounds the last week or so.... I'm usually like that. I'll "hover" a week or two and then I'll have a real loss. My Doc has been trying to adjust my Thyroid meds. I was taking Cytomel along with Synthroid, but I asked her to switch it as my insurance won't cover the cost of Cytomel. I've still got a few weeks before I get my TSH checked again. I'm thinking I'm not getting enough Synthroid because my energy level isn't what it was before I discontinued the Cytomel. I've been slacking on my exercise routines and for the past few weeks have just been walking, doing Zumba and my other dance classes. I'm planning to step things up a bit starting Saturday. I'm off this weekend, so I'll have no excuses.


    Kimberly... glad to hear your husband's doing well.

    Trudie... hope your Dgd is feeling better

    HD... I'm waiting for a rainy weekend afternoon to see Slumdogs

    Jill-Leigh.... I live with the same "bathroom issue" as you. You've got my sympathy.

    Everyone else...... take care and have a great OP day.

  11. I thought I had posted Monday morning on the weekend thread but didn't see it this morning. Hummm....

    Just checking in to catch up on yesterday's news. I came home yesterday afternoon and took a nap, then went to Zumba, came home, cooked dinner and then watched TV till I fell aleep. I was zonked after our busy weekend.

    I hope to have more energy this afternoon and will be back to post. Gotta get ready for work. Have a good day y'all.

  12. Happy Valentines Day everyone.... Ed sent me a beautiful flower arrangement that was delivered yesterday afternoon when I got home from work. We got up this morning early to go to the farmer's market. He's off to martial arts and I'm going to Zumba. I have been craving a "real" bagel and "real" cream cheese. I gave in this morning at the farmer's market, but it was probably a better choice then the huge pecan cinnamon roll I was eyeing while we were standing in line. Tonight we're going out to dinner so I've decided I'm just going to enjoy myself, not feel deprived and then get back on track. We're planning a long bike ride tomorrow, and we're going swing dancing tonight, so that should take care of at least a glass of wine and a shared dessert. The rest I'll work off the rest of the week. WW is a lifestyle and sometimes we impulsively "blow it", and sometimes we make a conscious decision to indulge even if it means exceeding target + AP's + WPA's. I know it's not bootcamp behavior, but sometimes it's worth a week in the brig. (staying only at target, and earning extra AP's and not using them). I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow, but today it doesn't seem like a bad idea.


    Well, I'd better change clothes and get to the gym. Have a good day y'all.

  13. Use ALL your points throughout the week including AP's and WPA's. It really helps me to write everything down, and keep track of my points balance. It keeps me focused and I don't forget anything. Make sure you're getting in all your water... that really helps too. Good Luck.

  14. I'm off today. I took the time to fix myself a yummy breakfast of Orange french toast instead of the usual oatmeal or yogurt and bran buds.

    I have an appointment to get my taxes done, then I'm going shopping at Costco as it's close to the accountants office. I have to be careful about buying stuff in bulk (especially snack stuff) as they're often a trigger for me and once I start, I can't stop. I no longer buy the 100 calorie cookie packs as I've had trouble stopping at one. If I've got a box of 6 in the house it's safer then a box of 30. I tell myself I'm not going to buy them EVER again, but then they go on sale (BOGO) and I can't resist. Lately my snack indulgence has been Fiber One bars. They're really chocolaty and satisfying.

    Tonight's Hip Hop class. The instructor is really motivating. You can tell she really loves her job. She's enthusiastic and really makes it fun. Last night I did a "Burn" class. Barbell and Dumb bells, squats and lunges with repetitions till every muscle burns. When I got home last night my biceps ached as I lifted my arms to shampoo my hair. I'm still a little sore this morning when I rotate my shoulders back.


    Cindy.... I'm glad you're having a good time, and so happy the weather's been perfect since you got here. If you're looking for a really great place to eat that's points friendly... Try Season's 52. It's not far from your Hotel and you can mapquest directions. Forget Valentine's Day though... Ed tried to get reservations 2 weeks ago and they were booked.

    I'm saving my WPA's for Valentine's Day. We're going to go to Landry's at Lake Buena Vista. It was our 4th choice, but the only place we could get reservations.


    Have a great OP day y'all.

  15. Kimberly... sorry to hear about your DH... OUCH!!!


    Looks like everyone else had a great day. It's finally warm here again. I'm so glad the weather got nice for Cindy's visit. When I got home from work I decided to take a walk around the lake for an hour. The park was so crowded, I was dodging kids, dogs and baby strollers. I decided to leave the park and just walk around the neighborhood. I live a block away from the historic district, so there are some beautiful old homes and large oak trees. I had my I-Pod, walked to the beat of the music and probably did 4 miles in an hour. It was a beautiful afternoon.


    Ed was at my house when I got home. I showered and made dinner. Chicken and black beans with onions and peppers wrapped in low fat tortillas with salsa. It was sooooo good, quick and easy.


    Welcome Kelly... Delta Force rocks !!! You'll love it here.


    Well.... my dance instructor gave me a flash drive filled with about 300 West Coast Swing danceable (is that a word?) songs. I've got to try to figure out how to get them into my I-Pod and also make a few CD's. I am electronically challenged. I've spent hours trying to do things correctly with my I-Pod. I do have songs loaded, but it happened by accident. I have no idea how to do it correctly. It's so frustrating....


    Have a good night y'all. Take care.

  16. Jill-Leigh... I've got the same problem as you do and I still haven't found a solution that doesn't include laxitives. (prescription and over the counters). I've tried the natural remedies, drink lots of water, exercise, eat lots of fiber, fruit and veggies. I do have problems getting in my oil everyday as I only get 20 points, and I'd rather have more carbs and protein then use my points for oil. I do try though most days.


    Trudie... I was an OR Nurse for about a minute. I worked Psych for almost 30 years and decided I wanted to do something different. I took the OR course for 13 weeks, oriented in the OR for 6 weeks, then worked about another 3 months hoping I would start to like it. I felt like a hostage. The mask, hat, gown, gloves, not being able to have a bottle of water in the OR, it was freeezing in there... I hated it. No real patient contact except for the ride from pre-op to getting them on the table. Then trouble shooting equiptment... it was more like being a mechanic for me then a Nurse. I was really tired of doing Psych though... I'd also worked Urgent Care and then was a Director for an Adult Day Care Center for seniors with Alzheimers and other forms of Dementia. About a year ago the Hospital corporation decided the Center wasn't a money maker so they dropped it. Another company took over, but I lost a lot of my benefits, etc. I had worked in Tampa and California jails in Psych, so I went to a job fair here in Orlando and took a job in the Orange County Jail. There were no Psych positions, so I'm working in the Clinics there. I'm usually in the female detention center (Where Casey Anthony currently resides), but I work with the men also when they need me to. I love it, never a dull moment. It's a huge facility with 2 infirmaries and 7 Urgent and chronic care clinics. We do sick call, physical assessments, handle emergencies, etc. It's fun.


    Cindy... I'll give you a call this evening to welcome you to Orlando. I hope we can get together while you're here.


    Laurie and Denise.... Remember when the "old board" was still up and running there was a meet up in Orlando? A group of us met for dinner out near Disney. I can't remember the names of everyone that was there, but it was fun to put some faces to names and meet everyone.


    Laurie.... sorry about your Zumba instructor. I'm surprised, they usually dress very trendy and "hip" in Zumbawear (you can purchase Zumbawear from the Zumba.com site)... Too skimpy for me... and expensive. With the loose skin that I have, I don't ever wear anything sleeveless or expose my tummy.


    I've got to get moving or I'll be late for work. Have a good day everyone.

  17. OP day for me.... I'm just cold, I hate this weather. We've got a West Coast Swing lesson tonight. I think I'll take a nap for an hour. I haven't been sleeping well. It's funny, I have to take a nap to get the energy to work out. My plan is to do an hour on my elliptical machine before I have to get ready for class. The dance class is 2 hours long, but it's stop and go and not very fast so I don't earn AP's for it. The cold spell here should be over by the time Cindy and her family get here. (it's supposed to be in the 70's this weekend). Yeah !!! I can't wait.

    Kimberly.... your baking sounds wonderful. I still have problems with having things like muffins around me. They're a trigger and I sometimes have trouble stopping at one. I do have some WW blueberry and banana nut muffins in my freezer, but they're not very good so they're safe.

    Have a good evening everyone... My fleece blanket is calling me.

  18. A pound of fat weighs exactly what a pound of muscle weighs..... 16 ounces. The difference is a pound of muscle takes up less space. That's why your measurements may change, and you may lose inches when you're working out, but you're weight may stay the same or go up a bit. That's why you can't always use the scale as a measurement of your progress. If you're staying 100% OP, if you count all your BLT's (bites, licks and tastes) you can't help but lose weight and inches. It just might not happen at the same time or as quickly as we'd like it to. Plateau's happen, but if you just wait them out, you'll eventually get the results you want. I've been doing this for so long and I've made every excuse, and at times rationalized my behaviors, but the bottom line is IT WORKS !!! WW is the most sensible and easiest diet anyone can do. Just trust in the process.


    The girl on the silver team last night was not a team player. She obviously didn't care about her partner, was selfish and her attitude was pretty cocky. I'm terrible with names, but I'm really hoping the other girl doesn't get discouraged and stays on task with her diet and exercise regime. If she does, she'll come out a winner. She's definitely got my vote.


    JMHO (just my humble opinion)


    I came home feeling tired this afternoon. I was planning on going to a power lift class before Hip Hop, but I just don't have the energy for both. I'm gonna do the hip hop class and do weights tomorrow evening.


    Since I haven't been around in a while I never found out from Laurie how she liked Zumba.

    Zumba used to be my favorite class, but Hip hop has got it beat. I just wish I wasn't 20 something or more years older then everyone else in the class.


    Have a good night y'all. We're having a hard freeze in Orlando tonight. I HATE IT !! I don't know how you guys survive in the snow. I'll never complain about the hot summers in Orlando again.

  19. I've been out of touch lately. Things are going well, I just haven't had time to read or post. Good to see everyone is doing well. Denise... those plateaus are a B---H. I finally broke mine, but it's taken a month to lose 1 pound. My weight had fluctuated between 148 and 151 for the whole month of January. Finally the scale read 147 this morning.

    Take care everyone..... I'm going to try to catch up on the posts.

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