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  1. Thanks for the explanation. I'll fix it later when I have a bit more time.
  2. I routinely update my signature to reflect weight loss to date. However, I've tried to edit my signature at least half-a-dozen times today and it keeps going back to my signature before I edited it. I can't seem to make any changes and have them stick. I'm doing it the same way I always have, clicking on "Settings," then "Edit My Signature" in the left hand column. After making the changes, I have tried just clicking on save or first previewing and then saving. Either way, even though it looks like it's correct, when I check again it's defaulted back to the previous signature information. Can you help me?
  3. Lillie, Yes, at first I was falling into the trap of using too few points. I just used my daily points and rarely, if ever, used any of the weekly allowance.Then I started tracking my food online and saw how few calories I was consuming. I knew that couldn't be healthy over time, nor would it be sustainable. That's when I started thinking about how to vary my food intake points/calories. Luanne, After some time trying out the Wendy plan (or my variation of it), I came to the same conclusion you did. I found that I was often "trading" the points I had one day for another day, mostly because there was something coming up on my schedule where I would probably want/need to spend a few more points than the day I had originally planned to be a higher day. Now I just look at the week as a whole and keep it balanced, with some lower (but not too low) days and some higher (but not too high) days. Now that I'm within 9 pounds of goal weight it's coming off more slowly but I still see some downward trends over time. I suspect I'm going to want to go ahead and lose another 10 pounds when I hit my goal weight, but I'll wait and see how the next 9 pounds go first.
  4. Peggy & Linda, Congratulations on your staying focused, despite temptations and trials to deal with. I've started getting a little exercise each day now, but the two of you would run rings around me. I try to do strength training (very, very easy---I'm just learning) with weights 2-3 times a week and to do at least some cardio each day. I do more on the days I don[t do the weights. I would highly recommend the Strong Women Stay Strong video if you are interested in doing some light weight training and haven't had any expereince with weight training before. It's a very gradual, easy program that really focuses on form for just a few simple exercises. I've started adding a little to the workout from other sources, and what I learned from the Strong Women video has helped me to understand how to do the lifting. I'm keeping it pretty simple and I'm only using 5 lb weights so far, but hope to increase somewhat from there. I want to do enough to get some benefit but not be at risk for injury. So far, I've checked out a number of videos (i.e., Jane Fonda, Kathy Smith, Denise Austin [a bit too fast for me, but mostly doable], and even one belly dancing video) and have continued with Leslie Sansone. The site where I track my food intake has a message board frequented by a lot of 30-somethings who are either super fit or trying to become super fit, so it's a bit intimidating to read about how they are lifting really heavy barbells, doing dead lifts and squats, etc., but I just keep puttering away with my light weights and I'm seeing modest improvement. I'd love to get outside and walk or bike like I used to, but it's just not an option these days, so I'm grateful that I have other options open to me. Anyway, it encourages me to read about how you both are doing so well. Good job ordering that Asian salad a while back, Linda. Was that Applebee's? I love their Fiesta Chicken Chopped Salad on their lunch menu, but I have to eat only 1/2 at a time, as it's not as WW/calorie friendly as others. Peggy, I hope the foot continues to feel good and get stronger again. I admire your persistence in getting back to riding when you were able to do so.
  5. Hello, Mark. Good to hear how well you've been doing. It must be nice to have your spouse join you working toward the same goal. How is your wife doing so far?
  6. Twenty miles---fantastic. That means you averaged 20 mph!!! I'm impressed. I used to have a bike and would get up early in the morning and ride, but never more than 3-4 miles. I don't have the bike anymore, as I can't leave my child to ride, so I stick to mostly indoor stuff. I did the basic weight training (Strong Women DVD) today, plus I did 1/4 of a very, very old Denise Richardson video (it's broken into 4 parts, which are 15 minutes each), for a total of about one-hour of weight training. I'm only using 5 pound weights at this time; since I've never really done anything with weights before, I'm starting slowly and gradually learning the proper form.
  7. Jen, Nice to have you back. I also came back after a four-year absence just a month ago, and it does feel good. I hope you'll keep posting.
  8. Wow, Peggy, 4:45 a.m.? I could probably stay up until 4:45 a.m. and exercise, but get up then? No way! I applaud you. I wish I was a better morning person. Too many years being up in the night with kids or working have reinforced my already present night owl preferences. Also, I may get up at 8:00, but it takes at least an hour before I can even think about exercise. I'm happy to say that I walked another hour using one of Leslie Sansone's DVDs, then did four basic core exercises. After that, I previewed an exercise DVD I want to try out soon and practiced some of the steps---it wasn't sustained exercise, but it was some extra movement.
  9. Hi, Mark. Great results. How is your wife doing? It must help a lot that you are both working together on losing weight.
  10. Weather has been cold and rainy, but I managed to get OUTSIDE between rain showers and walk for 3/4 to 1 mile. I don't often have the opportunity to walk outside, so it was a real treat.
  11. Ahh, I'm glad Misha has you to feed her and doesn't eat the poor little rabbits. She sounds like a great exercise partner---encourages you to keep going and keeps your spirits up. Good job.
  12. I walked one mile today, in twenty minutes, with a walking video (Leslie Sansone). Not a lot, but a start.
  13. Thanks, Peggy. I almost didn't post it, but it's a big step for me. It's hard to carve out that time when I'm home and have so many other things to do. Plus, I'm finally able to start doing some light exercising. I should warn you that this video is very basic. If you've done other weight training, it might be too easy for you. I haven't, so I really need to start at the beginning and learn a few basics. I was able to get the video at my library, so you might look there if you're interested.
  14. Today I did some very light weight lifting with the video recommended by Kris, Strong Women Stay Young. It seems to be a pretty basic, short program of lifting light weights (I just started with 5-pound weights), not very advanced, but excellent for someone like me who has absolutely no experience with weight training. It really concentrates on just a few exercises and the proper form. I'm going to plan on doing this twice a week and see how it works. According to the book, I should gradually increase the weight over time.
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