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cjohnson728 07-27-2010 02:00 PM

5-15 Pounders Weekly Check in for 7/27
Hi Ladies, how goes your week?

cjohnson728 07-27-2010 02:05 PM

Gonna do my check in early; leaving for the beach with no internet (don't think, anyway) in a couple hours. The five days at family's were okay, some overages, some "underages," but I think I evened out. Had the free fun size chocolate bar at Hershey Park and a burger for dinner, but lunch was Subway and the rest of the day was pretty good.

On Sunday I ate 16 steamed blue crabs for lunch and dinner. Protein was 61% that pie chart's never looked like that!

Been in the hard candy dish a few too many times and skipped a workout, but I doubled up yesterday, so that felt good. And since when did my mom fix friench fries every other night?! Overall I feel like I'm maintaining.

Beach begins today and I know I will splurge and also that I won't be logging, so I guess it is like taking the training wheels off. As long as I have my head in the right place, I think the rest will follow.

Hope you all had a great week, and that this one is good for you, too :)

agarfield 07-27-2010 02:39 PM

Cassie, It sounds look you are having fun and are doing a great job while on vacation. I hope you have fun at the beach.

I'm stuck. I weigh the same again. I have never stayed at the exact same weight so long and it is a bummer. I'm glad I'm not gaining weight but I'm not losing. I'm getting so tired of thinking about losing weight but I can't seem to stop thinking about food, calories, and my body. Grr! I'm having a downer of an attitude so I am trying to snap out of it. I should listen to my husband's pep talks and be proud of what my body can do and how healthy I am because I am making good choices. I also realize that I need to work harder on my diet if I want to see results. I try to look at the positive but I am having a harder time.

I don't mean to be so down. I hope you all have a great week.


MichelleKoren 07-27-2010 02:39 PM

Good morning everyone!!

I lost a pound with half inch lost in waist, hips and thighs, no loss in boobs!! Whew, that's probably next, though. Seems to cycle that way. What I did was I dropped my calories to 1145 to 1200 within the last 5 days. I noticed a difference in my performance, yesterday, even though I ate a pb&j 2 hours b4 kung fu. I was fine on the days I didn't exercise. So I am wondering if my maintenance level is supposed to average to about 1500 to 1600 a day. My average with the drop ended up being 1371 (with exercise 4 days a week).

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Have a great vacation Cassie. If you were that good at Hershey, you will be fine at the beach.

mambogirl81 07-27-2010 04:00 PM

Cassie- Have a great time at the beach! Thanks for still stopping in to keep us accountable today.

Amber-I am with you. The scale isn't moving for me either (or it heads in the wrong direction). I am trying to make peace with a new digital scale that I bought that weighs me two pounds heavier than my old one. When it is so hard to lose weight already, looking at two "extra" pounds is a bummer:(.
We can do this though. I went to the gym to workout today and realized I am stronger than I was a few months ago and that is a step in the right direction. If I just give up, I will only be unhappier and weigh more, so why not keep on doing what I know is better for my body and get my mind out of the thinking that it has to look a certain way or be a certain size. I will be thinking about you because I know just how you feel. Let's both try and eat better this week and we can report in when we weigh in again next week.

Michelle-Congrat's on the losses. Good for you! I still can't figure out what my calories should be on workout days and non workout days. Maybe that's part of the scale not moving. Wish it were easier......

blackrhino2 07-27-2010 04:25 PM

Hi Ladies,
Cassie, keep up the good work!!!! You are doing amazing well at maintaining and you are an inspiration!

Michelle, congrats on busting through the plateau you were on and losing weight and inches. I'm glad you have figured out the calorie range that suits you.

Amber and Mambo, I'm sorry to hear you are having downer weeks regarding the scale. Although, it seems like Mambo you are having non-scale victories like increased strength!:D

I'm not going to WW this week bc I feel incredibly bloated from my period. I had a great week last week regarding staying in control, although this weekend I indulged Friday night-Sunday night. Today and yesterday I have been back on track. I kind of never want to get on a scale again and just go by how I feel, as well as how my clothes fit. I might change my mind on that next week or something, but for now I just don't want to see the number be higher than 125 and then feel like I've "failed."

The thing with WW is you have to go 1 time per month for it to continue to be free as a life-timer. So I have to go soon. Or just completely drop out, which I'd probably regret. I don't want to buy a scale bc I know I would be tempted to jump on it every day and I'd go insane because my emotions would be tied to a number on the scale and if I was above it I'd be really bummed.

Mambo and Amber, what about if stay away from the scale for a week and try to just track your daily eats and exercise? Would that be a relief for you, or do you think you need the scale to stay on track? It's a relief for me in the sense that the number on the scale doesn't have power over my emotions. I also feel more empowered by my own sense of what my body feels, without knowing if the scale agrees.

mandab1 07-27-2010 05:48 PM

Cassie- Hope you have a great time at the beach!

Michelle- Great job on sticking with it through your plateau and finally seeing results!

Julia- Glad you had a great week. We all have to let ourselves indulge every once in a while. I know how you feel about not wanting to get on scale while you are on your period. The bloating is the worst. I've been on mine for about a month, it finally decided to away yesterday, thank God!

Amber & Mambo- I know how you feel with being "stuck". It's sooo frustrating!

Mambo, I was thinking about getting a new scale not too long ago. Before I left the house I weighed when I got to the store the scale that I liked and the 1st scale that I tried weighed me 10lbs heavier.:eek: I very quickly put it back on the shelf and left!

As for me, I have been back and forth between 129 lbs and 132 lbs for at least a month. The up and down is driving me nuts! But I'm not beating myself up too bad about the fluctuation on the scale because I have managed to lose another half inch around my waist! :D I think it's all the hooping I've been doing to help "widdle" away that waist!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

agarfield 07-28-2010 02:16 PM

Hello ladies. I am happy to report that I have picked myself out of my moodiness and am feeling better. Thanks for your support. I started off yesterday morning in a horrible mood (even during my workout) and after reading your encouragement I started to feel better. I know I am not alone in how I am feeling. Yesterday afternoon, I decided to stop feeling so negative and think about the positives. I made a list of things I am grateful for, including my body and all the many things it can do, and after I was in a good mood. I have realized all that I have accomplished in a month, including a month without Mexican food (my favorite) or other fattening foods, margaritas, and desserts.

Mambo- you are absolutely right. If we stopped doing this, we would feel worse. Most days I feel great and when I have a strong mind I can stay positive and accomplish many things.

Julia, Manda, and Michelle- congrats on your good weeks, weight loss, and inches lost.

Take care everyone.


Built 07-28-2010 09:18 PM

Hi Everyone! I'm a day late, but I still weighed myself yesterday following a week's worth of unhealthy eating at the beach:o And the scale showed it with a 2# gain. I have a hard time controlling what I put in my mouth when others stock the place with so much crap. I did lots of walking and there's a great gym on Hattarras Island that I visited every other day (I consider it a treat). I took the attitude of "well, I'm not gonna stress it." It is good to be home though and "in control" of my kitchen! Today I'm back at 119#.

Cassie, in case you DO have access to a computer, hope you have a wonderful time with the family at the beach!

Congrats to Michelle and Mambo! Loss of inches and gains in strength mean so much more to me than what the scale says.

Hang in there, Amber! I agree with Julia about focusing on my efforts rather than the scale. Water weight and regularity play a big role in the reading of scales which can be so discouraging if that's my only form of measuring progress.

Julia, hopefully the bloating will pass quickly...lots of water and decreasing sodium usually helps me.

It's good to see that you all are still here! Hope everyone has a great week ahead:)

Built 07-28-2010 09:26 PM

Well, my brain is not online yet. I got Manda and Amber's posts confused. Congrats Amanda on your great week AND Amber, I'm glad you are feeling better about you!:)

blackrhino2 07-29-2010 02:24 AM

It's great to hear from you Beth! I'm glad you had a nice vacation and that you already are back on plan.

Today I had a little slip up with cashews and raisins. I think I'm at 1700 for the day but I have to double check. My goal was to be about 1300 but I was SOOO hungry. So i ate. i'm trying to be okay with it, even though I was hoping to keep the cals low until Friday. Such is life....I have to just stick with my overall plan of trying to eat clean, exercise, and laugh lots. :D

blackrhino2 07-29-2010 02:34 AM

jeez, i actually had 430 cals from cashews and raisins. i'm closer to 1900 for the day, not 1700...:(. time for a walk!

mambogirl81 07-29-2010 04:26 PM

Julia, I liked your post about not worrying so much about the scale numbers. I do let that dictate how I feel for the day, and I don't want to be controlled by it anymore. So, today I am focusing on how I feel overall and that I was able to put more weight on the squat bar this morning and how I ate a healthy breakfast and the positive things, not some number flashed at me by a piece of technology. There must have been something in the air last night, because I was so hungry too! I too ended up higher calorie wise than I wanted to, but like I tell myself all too often "Today's a new day". Hope you have a good one, and don't let those cashews and raisins call your name to loudly. Of course, I would have put some chocolate chips in with mine.:D

Beth- Glad you are back.Hope you enjoyed your vacation. It's really hard to be out of your own environment and to be surrounded by things you wouldn't normally eat, but it sounds like you did well by walking everyday and not stressing over it too much. Good for you.

blackrhino2 07-29-2010 07:46 PM

Mambo, I didn't actually listen to my own advice since I jumped on a scale this afternoon at a WW meeting. I decided to go to a meeting when I realized that I can't make it next week bc I'm in a conf. in Pittsburgh all week. Plus, I was feeling less bloated so I went for it. Well I am up 2.2 lbs. I was really surprised and I felt a bit defeated too.:(

All I can say is that I'm not giving up on continuing to (try to) eat healthfully and feel my best. Eventually, even though it will feel like an eternity, my weight will hopefully drop down if I exercise, don't binge, and make healthy food choices.

Sometimes more than others I struggle with being happy with my weight. Even if I weighed 10 lbs less I'd be struggling with feeling good about my body. I'd be self-conscious that people thought I was over-dieting. It's so hard to find the middle ground. I really need to be more flexible in terms of what I think a "success" is. I think that staying in the healthy weight range for the last 5 years is a success. I used to be over 150. I'll weigh-in again in two weeks...until then, there is no scale in my life, just my own judgment!

yehudit45 07-30-2010 04:55 AM

Newbie here
I'd like to join this group--I've lost 12 pounds in the last 8 months (family problems distracted me for several months in the middle), and I have 8 more to go.
Starting weight: (in November) 155 :(
goal weight: 135
today's weight: 142 :)

agarfield 07-30-2010 05:25 PM

Welcome Yehudit.. Only eight more pounds, that is great!

Julia- I know exactly what you mean. My husband is always telling me that I will never be happy with my body because once I reach a goal, I want more. I obsess about having a stomach and being 130 when I know am I healthy now and have stayed below 150 for two years (my heaviest weight was 200). I am trying to work on my idea of success as well. We can encourage each other in gaining positive outlooks. Not being proud of myself has caused me to sabotage my efforts several times and has put me on this 10 pound coaster for a year now. I'm tired of it and want to be proud of who I am everyday. It's a battle to change my thinking but I am taking it on. We can do it!

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