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  1. Hi Kim Welcome to BCB. Congratulations on your prior weight loss and for getting back on track. 15 lbs is a great start.
  2. I went to one meeting of last year's program and have attended a few with this new program which certainly doesn't make me an expert. If you want the real goods I would suggest going to at least one meeting but here's things that I've noticed: fruit is free as are most veggies (I do Simply Filing so I don't worry too much about points), you get less points per day, I think you get the same number of weekly points. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
  3. That burger does sound good. I have become "one of those people", you know the kind... they ask lots of questions about the menu and how food is prepared, what the "secret" ingredients are, etc. I've always been a bit of a special order queen but that's only been made worst in recent months since I stop eating meat/ seafood and dairy. Now, I pretty much have to make healthy meal choices at every restaurant I go to. I recently went to a French restaurant. The French are certainly not known for their light fare and every item on the menu was cooked in cream and smothered in butter. I ended up having a portobello mushroom (cooked without the cream and butter), substituted a few fries instead of mashed potatoes (full of cream and butter which I avoid) and veggies. My mom and friend probably eat 1000+ calories in their main entree while I ate far fewer, got to experience the new "hot" restaurant in town, and left feeling satisfied. I guess what I took out of that experience is that I can eat at any restaurant and still eat healthy as I've never been to a restaurant that objects to making a few simple changes to keep their customers happy. This is a very good lesson for me as I prepare for 3 weeks in France this summer.
  4. I really lost my weight in little chunks over many years and through that I was the only constant so I can't name 2 influences to my ww success. That said, my sister is the reason why I keep the weight off and I continue to choose healthy food and regular exercise. When she was 33 years old she had a heart attack. The heart attack was actually just a symptom of a much larger issue with the arteries in her heart and within 2 days she went from being a healthy, vibrant mother of 5 to a quadruple bypass patient on life support. For a short time we thought she might need a heart transplant so the doctors grilled us about every lifestyle choice known to man as they were trying to decide if she would qualify for the transplant list. Did she smoke, did she drink, what was her diet like, did she have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, etc? I remember feeling so grateful that she was the healthy sister (I have another one that is very overweight and smokes). Then I thought to myself, if I'm ever in that position I want the doctors to say that I'm the perfect candidate for whatever they are offering. Above all else, I decided then and there that good health is not to be taken for granted and WW helps keep me on the right track.
  5. I think exercise is really important for keeping the weight off. It makes me feel good about myself and on the days I exercise I feel like eating better. When I don't exercise I just don't feel like I'm on the program. I also like the flexibility exercising gives me. I always count points but like others have said, exercise just gives me a little extra flexibility in my eating (AP's). All that said, I do think it's important for people to remember that exercise alone won't drop the weight or even keep the weight off.
  6. I'm like Luanne. I keep them for awhile thinking that I might need them to look back for a points value or a meal idea but I rarely do. Eventually I toss them.
  7. I once had a receptionist make a face when I came back after a few month break and I had gained weight (maybe 10 lbs?). It was hard enough to go back in the first place but that made the whole experience awful. I stopped going to meetings and it took years to go to another meeting. I'm over it now, or just confident enough to say something if it were to happen again, but I would have thought that would be part of "WW Receptionist 101"- don't make the members quit.
  8. I've heard the same thing about people sticking to eating mainly the same things day in and day out and how that seems to bode well with weight loss success. I would tend to agree. My diet is rather routine. I love my soup and salad for lunch, pita/bread with peanut butter for breakfast and a bit more variety for dinners. I might switch up breakfasts for a week or so but usually go back to the routine. Then I might get a little bored with my salad and add some nuts or cranberries. Yep, I'm pretty wild! I was just joking with my co-workers that my regular, boring salad is going to be all glammed up next week. Thinking about pulling out the artichoke hearts again
  9. Thanks for posting the link. I agree that keeping the weight off is very elusive. I identified most with #5. I've "failed" many times since I first reached my goal weight in 1995. I was in my early 20's and picked a very low goal weight. Needless to say I didn't stay at goal for long. I've gone through shame about regaining weight and tried lots of other weight loss diets and programs. I always end up back at WW. Over the years I've learned to be kinder to myself about gaining a little weight. What used to be shame about regaining weight has been replaced with pride. It's not easy to stick to anything for all these years and I am proud of myself for my stick-to-it-ness. For me, never giving up has been my biggest key to success.
  10. CrescentBeach: Thanks for the encouragement. Looks like we have lots of similarities.... live on the westcoast, struggling a bit, same start weights and the same end goal. Good luck to you too. Peggy: Good for you for joining the challenge. Good luck getting back to goal. No progress to report for me on the weight front. I don't plan to weigh-in until Moday.
  11. Hi everyone- I'm joining a little late but I need this right now so count me in! Since late January I've been on track,then off-track.... sometimes even in the same few minutes. I'm not used to struggling like this and it's really getting discouraging. My goal is to get down to 140 lbs before the official start of summer. It's the last 10 lbs though so it seems much like it's war... me against the last 10! My body may have won the battle so far but I will win the war:bcb_mad2 Starting Challenge Weight: 152 March 28- 152 lbs April 4 - April 11 - April 18 - April 25 - May 2 - May 9 - May 16 - May 23 - May 30 - June 6 - June 13 - June 20 -
  12. You're not the only one to ask this question! I did a google search and went here (http://www.sportscomet.com/Running/199171.htm). Issues brought up included germs being circulated that could be bad for you but otherwise, all seemed to agree it's fine. I like to run outside but I also have a TM. I have a fan directly in front of me that I turn on when I get too hot. It allows me to run longer inside than I normally would so I think it's a great thing.
  13. Oh boy, time to get back to exercise. I went to a strength and conditioning class with a friend last Thursday. The class was great, lot of personal attention but he really pushed us hard. My friend said he was actually going easy on us because there were 4 new people but my abs, hamstrings and glutes would disagree! Now, 4 days later and I'm still not pain free. I rested on Saturday, walked in nature on Sunday, and then walked a bit on my TM this morning.... I haven't been sedentary but certainly not as active as I had been. My plan for today is to run on my treadmill for 30 minutes before I head out for the evening. Dinner and a movie planned with a friend.
  14. DS had hockey so we were up at 5am. Usually I just go back to bed but today I decided to get a little exercise so I walked on my TM for 30 mins. I also have my gym clothes in the car so will head straight there after work. Probably running, weights and abs again.
  15. Love, love, love the new running shoes. In fact, I don't even want to take them off. I ran for 40 mins and even increased my speed a little and my feet don't feel at all sore. I really feel like I'm back in the saddle with my running. Yah me! Moe: They are Adidas Adistar Salvation 2. It's the only time I've ever bought Adidas but they're perfect for my sickly feet. Lots of support (I pronate), plus flexible fabric at the big toe side and little toe area (I have bunions). I should probably stop running with all these issues I can't find anything that makes me feel so great after a relatively short amount of exertion.
  16. I found a pair of the runners that I wanted and they were on sale! Saved $40. Now I'm on the way to the gym to try them out!
  17. I made it to the gym yesterday as planned but I couldn't do much cardio because the TM is in front of a large window and the sun was shining directly in my eyes... blinding me. I have my sunglasses in the car for next time! I did do some weights though and an ab workout. I'm heading back to the gym again today and it's cloudy so I should be able to get some running in. I'm thinking I might need new runners. I read that a certain pair of Adidas have really good cushion and a wide toe box- perfect for bunions- so I need to try to find those. I think it's possible but may require making a few phone calls. Once I get the new runners I will make the transition to outdoor running again.
  18. Hello everyone. So far March has been a great month for me. My goal for the month is to be active for at least 30 mins per day and so far so good. I'm working on building up my running again after my bunion surgery with the plan of doing a 10k race the 3rd week of April. I'm not supposed to run on hard surfaces yet so I've been sticking to the treadmill, will progress to trails in a few weeks and then the road by early April. I ran for 45 mins (almost 4 miles) on Friday and was so exhausted I had to have a nap after! A year ago, 4 miles would be a warm-up for me. Plan for today is cardio and weights.
  19. I will join you in the challenge. I would like to lose 5 pounds this month. Hopefully we'll have a few others join us. Come on people, the more the merrier!!
  20. Seems like February was a quiet month for exercisers. I am still recovering from my foot surgery but was able to run a little bit on the treadmill these last few days. Funny thing is my foot feels fine but I keep getting "stitches" in my side at the 5 mins mark that I can't run through. I did ask the trainer a simple question about ab exercises yesterday and he ended up spending 45 minutes with me going through a variety of ab exercises! I'm always game for a little free advice! I'm looking forward to progressing in my running in March and hopefully being able to run outside on harder surfaces.
  21. I used to post in this thread but have been away from BCB for several months. I'm back and getting focused again. I am a runner but not able to run due to foot surgery in December. The day the doctor gave me the okay to exercise though I was back at the gym. I'm trying to swim, do some some cardio machines (bike, eliptical, etc) and lift light weights but it's frustrating because I'm not able to exercise at the same intensity I'm used to and as a result my weight loss is very slow. Running really gives me the best bang for my exercising buck. Today I will go to the gym to do 40 mins of cardio and then swim 800m.
  22. Hi Susie- I'm familiar with Prader-Willi Syndrome so I can understand your desire to want to create a system that would work really well for both your daughter and yourself as food and weight will be lifetime challenges. I think it would be difficult to calculate an exact calorie count per point due to the fact that fat, fibre, etc are used to calculate the points. Sometimes I've heard it's about 50 calories per point but I also know that isn't 100% true. As much as counting calories suck, it may indeed be the best long-term solution for your daughter. Every new system takes a bit to get used to but once you've used it for awhile I bet it will become second nature. Good luck with your daughter.
  23. I agree with Jack's suggestion about starting out slow. You really do need to strengthen all the muscles needed for running in order to avoid the aches and pains that end of making you think you can't run. I would like to add that groups (walking, learning to run, and running groups) are also an good way to get into running. The time passes faster when you're with others and it also distracts you from the aches and pains. I usually feel aches and pains of varying degrees for the first 10-20 minutes of my runs but find they go away... eventually. Finally, good runners are very important but you may also want to get the doctor or a physio to look at your foot, knee, hip alignment to make sure everything is in order. I wear orthotics for running and it does my hips a world of good.
  24. I also have a sweet tooth but last year decided to cut-out artificial sweetners and eat more "real" foods so I find the package snacks don't work for me. What's been filling my sweet cravings lately has been..... dates! You actually get a few pitted dates for your points, they are incredibly sweet, are very delicious and are "real" food. I love em!
  25. As of a year ago, I went out of my way cut out all artificial sweetners from my diet. It took me some work as I realized much of the food I ate and beverages I drank included sweetners. I had been watching what I ate for 2 decades and incorporated many "diet" foods into my food plan in my continual attempt to lose weight. The strangest thing happened however when I stopped eating artificial sweetners.... I lost more weight than I ever imagined possible. I put a small amount of sugar in my tea, add some honey or brown sugar to plain yogurt (and a banana and maybe some vanilla), drink water instead of soda, etc. I consider myself excellent proof that WW can be done (and for me, it was way more successful) without artificial sweetners.
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