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  1. WOW, you look SO different.. congrats! I am sure you are really proud of yourself and a little bit relieved that you have finally reached goal -
  2. wow, you look great!! thanks for sharing and WELL DONE YOU!!!
  3. Firstly, I would just like to thank you all for your wise, encouraging, supportive and most importantly CONSTRUCTIVE advice. It is great to hear a combination of views/opinions that all send the same sort of message. I think you are all right.. I know I am doing my best at the moment and I know that it is not going to happen overnight.. I need to focus on patience, persistence and focus (our company motto funnily enough ) I know that I am fortunate to be young enough to get my body back into shape and if I start now, I am setting myself on the right path for the future. I would have loved to have felt this way BEFORE i lost weight so that I could have started sooner.. but since I am now so close to goal, I have only recently got the confidence. I was always way too embarresed to join a gym.. I tried a couple of times but I looked around at the fit people (fit BECAUSE they were at the gym of course) and the intimidation was too much! I dont think I am alone in that feeling.. I will definitely be posting here in future to keep you up to date on my progress! Sumorunner, I have lost 31 pounds.. not that much I know, but fortunately I managed to take control of my weight before it got totally out of hand.. I had been steadily piling on the pounds since I met DH (typical!)! So although it is not a huge amount, this weight loss journey has been exactly what I needed to inspire me and raise my self esteem, knowing that for the rest of my life I DO have the ability to drop the pounds as and when needed.. I have proven that much to myself by doing this! So I dont have a excess skin problem as such.. I just seem to hold the excess fat in the usual problem areas.. tummy and arms! and those damned love handles lol! I am going to continue with the interval running/walking until I feel that I am ready to take the next step in pushing myself gradually.. You'll be pleased to know that on note of the advice given here, I took a break from resistance training and core exercises today. Jen, I alternate my crunches using a weight held in "front" of my tummy.. learnt that in body resistance class.. its a great tip! I am quite weak on the sit up front so I also use 4kg weights in each hand, raised from above my head and over in front of me as I sit up... really helps a lot! Am hoping that within a few weeks I will be able to do them without... Thanks again everyone!
  4. Hey everyone, Although I am a regular BCB-er and have been on the WW program for months now, but I have only recently gotten around to doing proper exercise and I am struggling with feeling a mixture of - being unfit not knowing if I am doing it right trying to absorb on the info I am getting on exercise and using it correctly! I am not that heavy anymore (5'6 and 129 pounds), which means nothing really when it comes to fitness.. but I guess you sort of assume that when you lose weight you "gain" in fitness and it just isnt true.. but reading your running posts etc. I feel so daunted.. I cannot imagine ever running 6 miles! Admittadly, I have only been working for the last week.. I did start spinning in the summer but only for 6 weeks.. (i live in a remote area and work random hours which makes attending classes difficult) so I have a treadmill and some of my own equipment. So far, I do between 25 and 30 minutes on the treadmill, doing between 2.4 and 3 miles usually. To be honest, only about 6-8 minutes of this is spent actually running.. I really struggle with it! I have to do 2-3 mins running, 2mins walking, 2-3 mins running and then power walk the rest of it. I feel like I am pushing myself, but I am really shocked at how hard I find it and not convinced that I am doing it to everyone else's standard. which is sorta demoralizing. I do resistance exercises afterwards, using pilates bands, and a mix of tummy toning exercises (sit ups, crunches, bicycle moves) which only total about 80-90 reps. I have done this 5 times in the last week. I clearly do not expect to have become an athlete in that time but I could really do with some direction, tips etc. from everyone.. How long did it take you to build your fitness? How did you go about it? What have the results been? My personal goals are not muscles or to run a marathon.. It's actually all to do with my arms and stomach (those good ol' areas!). I just want a toned, flat stomach, smaller waist, and no "wings" on my arms LOl. Not much to ask right?! So any one who has ideas/proof that this is achievable please share... I read that you burn more fat if you do aerobic/cardio exercise at a low intensity for a longer period because your body needs oxygen to burn fat cells.. but if you do it at a high intensity (or "anaerobic" I think it is called?) , you burn more carbs (and usually more calories).. Is that true? I am aiming for fat cells as opposed to calories so this would be good to know!
  5. amazing...! I love seeing photo's - really helps me keep OP on those tough days, and these will be my inspiration for the rest of the week... Keep up the good work, you are so close now!!
  6. Wow!!!! 75 pounds is AMAZING!!! you must feel so proud!
  7. Ok I thought I would finally post some before and after... I have a camera phobia and cant seem to find any full body shots of me before... I am kicking myself for not taking more pics when I first started WW to document my weight loss.. I have compiled various "upper body" shots in the hope you can see some difference... I find it hard to look at photographs of myself and see a change.. but I can see it in my clothes, having gone from a US size 12 to a US size 8.. BEFORE (taken last year at various points) 161 LBS [/img] [/img] [/img] AFTER LOSING 31.5 POUNDS.. 129.5 LBS [/img] [/img] [/img]
  8. Wow that is a truly great achievement... thanks so much for sharing and CONGRATS!!!! Even if he can't yet show it, I bet your son is grateful to have such a fit and healthy mom!
  9. wow, you are truly an inspiration Blake! It must feel great to know you are now a fit and healthy dad for your little one:bcb_bigsm
  10. a new twist on "canneloni", you are substituting the pasta for eggplant - To make it quicker, you could have the filling mixture ready in the fridge and you could use a jar of tomatoe pasta sauce instead of making your own - serves 4 points value - 2 2 whole eggplant, trimmed, sliced lengthwise into 4 1 tsp olive oil 3 clove garlic, sliced 800 g canned tomatoes, chopped 2 tbs fresh basil, torn 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped 1 whole zucchini, finely diced 150 g low-fat ricotta cheese 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbs fresh basil, chopped 3 tbs grated parmesan cheese, chopped 1 whole whole egg, lightly beaten Preheat the oven to 230C. Spray a baking tray with oil and set aside. Lay the eggplant in a single layer on the prepared baking tray and spray with oil. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once or until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. To make the filling, spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil and place over medium-high heat. Add the onion and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onion starts to soften. Add 1 clove garlic and cook for a further minute. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside to cool. Meanwhile combine the ricotta, parsley, basil and 2 tablespoons parmesan in a seperate bowl. Stir to combine. Add the cooled onion mixture to the ricotta mixture, then add the egg and season well with salt and pepper. To make the sauce, place the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining garlic and saute for 2 minutes, or until light brown. Add crushed tomatoes and stir to combine then reduce the heat to low. Add the basil and season well with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes then remove from the heat and set aside. To make the eggplant rolls, reduce the oven temperature to 210C. Spoon 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce into the base of a 20cm square ceramic baking dish. On a clean chopping board place a slice of eggplant. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the ricotta filling at the narrow end and roll up. Place in the prepared baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining eggplant slices. Arrange rolls in a single layer in the dish. Spoon over the remaining 1/2 cup tomato sauce and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Notes These can be made a day ahead of time and stored in an airtight continer in the fridge. They are best reheated in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes, however if you are short on time, reheat them in the microvave.
  11. wow.. great job!!! you look great..!
  12. wow such a difference... you are an inspiration.. keep up the good work! You look so much younger now .. I am sure you must feel it too!
  13. thanks guys.. my hubby ate all the PBC before i got near the last two so I hope they were only 2pts each! The lucky charms seem to be quite light so I can enjoy them too..!
  14. I dont have the packaging.. I will just have to look at them and not eat them
  15. Ok well how many pts are they in the US? I just need a rough idea.
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