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back on the diet wagon... :o)
September 23, 2006
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Just want to say hi and I hope everyone is doing well.

Shaney, you're right, every day is a new day, a chance for a fresh start. I love that idea!

At my Weight Watchers meeting today our leader was trying to encourage us by talking about the tortoise and the hare story...a reminder that "slow and steady" is the way to go, and that consistency is the key to reaching any goal.

Hb, my friend has done the Body for Life and when she was on it she said she felt better than ever and she loved the way she looked. I bet it is a good program to follow. I'm not there yet, I'm still taking baby steps with the exercise. I got in some pilates and treadmill walking this week, which is a big deal for me. I'm a pretty sedentary person. That can change though! šŸ™‚

I found out today that I lost 6.2 lbs this past week....I cannot believe how much I lost. I was hoping for 4, so 6.2 was incredible!

I tell myself that I won't always have a week where I lose this much weight though. It does motivate me when the scale reading goes down (of course!), but I think the important thing isn't always what the scale says but for me to remember that eating healthier and exercising more is important, even if I don't lose weight.

Let's all hang in there....hoping for a good week for all of us. We can do it!! Let's keep posting and offering encouragment, or asking for it if we need it! šŸ™‚

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September 24, 2006
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That is a good theory...Tomorrow is a new day and if you screwed up on your diet, then start again the next. Don't go back and be negative on yourself, instead, jump forward to the next day and start off with a positive.

September 24, 2006
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DOES ANYBODY KNOW OF A GOOD YOGA CD? HAVE TO DO SOMETHING

September 24, 2006
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CDK,

If you are looking for a DVD or video of a yoga workout, I can recommend one that I like. I'm pretty sedentary, so it's definitely at the beginner level! It's called Yoga For Dummies. The instructor leads you though a series of poses, and explains each one. I like it and have used it several times.

I can also give you a website of a company that sells exercise videos, and they have a yoga section you can click on. They give detailed information about each video they sell:

http://www.collagevideo.com

I haven't ordered anything from them, but I'm thinking about getting a dance video for something fun and different to workout to. Haven't decided which one I want yet though.

Has anyone gotten a dance DVD or video they like and would recommend?

t2Bb

September 25, 2006
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It seems that I'm the one that kind of disappeared.

I use my ab lounger and my glider daily. I've alos started walking everyday with a coworker.

I eat better except on the weekends. I am bad about sabotaging myself.

I made myself accountable by asking my doctor's office if I can come by on Monday's and weigh myself.

I am down 12 pounds from where I started. Losing about 2 pounds per week, which is great. Still have a few to go before I reach my first goal. When I do that, I will buy myself a new outfit as my reward.

Keep posting everyone so we can all progress together.
LFM

September 25, 2006
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Hi LFM!

Congrats! 2 pounds a week is likely to stay off and not ricochet back to ya.

Give yourself at least 1 "junk" day and the other days are made sooooo much easier.

I lost 22 pounds in late '04 and only struggle with 5 in the up/down mode.

Keep writing to us!

September 25, 2006
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Okay, I am still down only 4 pounds. I do walk a mile 3x's a week. I know that is not much, but physically that is all I can do now, Two girls at work who are losing the most weight are on Weight Watchers. Is it expensive? Is that point system hard to follow? I am not doing well on my own apparently, but I will NOT give up. Let's go Shaney, we can do it!

Congrats to all of you have been successful!

September 25, 2006
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Just wanted to say my hats off to all of you striving to lose weight and get fit. I know it ain't easy.

I was finally able to lose 55 pounds and maintain a total 78 pound weight loss through Overeaters Anonymous. We all have to do what works best for us and that's what worked for me after years of cycling between binging, starving, being dependent on food for all the wrong reasons. Not to mention all the surrounding frustration and shame from it. I also discovered food allergies that contributed to my weight problems.

Anyway thumbs up to you all and keep up your good work šŸ™‚ Beauty is mostly within but it's an awful nice bonus to be able to look in the mirror and say d*** I look GOOD today!

September 26, 2006
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I'm only down a measly 3 pounds this last month... sigh...

September 26, 2006
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Confused,

My husband's doctor told him once that even a couple pounds a month is okay, it's still progress. In fact some people have more success keeping the weight off long term going that slow.

So don't beat yourself up over this, especially if doing so tempts you to binge. Look on the bright side, it IS coming off, even if it's not as fast as you like, and if you keep persevering it will stay off. Hang in there!

September 26, 2006
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I have just started reading this thread and CONGRATS to everyone!! I started a diet program in August and lost 9 llbs. the first month. I go to the Dr. today, but this month I haven't done so good! With the stress and everything. It is hard for me to find time to exercise. Whether that be walking or going to a gym. My kids are very involved in sports.

Any ideas on what has worked for anyone that they can do at home? I don't have a treadmill or anything.

September 26, 2006
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Don't laugh but they've come up with "deskercise." It's small exercises you can do while sitting at a desk or at home. If you do a Google search you should find a few sites with suggestions.

Also there's light barbells you can get, Wal-Mart and Target carry them and I've seen them in thrift stores. You can do arm curls while watching TV, things like that.

Have you tried checking out your local library? Many of them have exercise videos you can check out and you can rotate what you do so it doesn't get boring.

September 27, 2006
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Good morning everyone. Congrats to all who have lost weight--regardless of how much. It isn't easy, but it really is about lifestyle changes. I am fortunate that I have a great boss who allows me time to walk during the day. Me and a co-worker walk 2 miles every day. That makes us both feel better. She doesn't need to lose weight, she is just going with me for support and because it does make her feel better. This thread is sort of like a "buddy check". We all want to be healthy and look better to ourselves. Keep in mind that the little victories mean the most. Long term goals are great to have, but I have found that by setting obtainable goals, I get to reward myself more often. I've also learned not to deprive myself of anything. If I want to eat popcorn and M&M's, I allow myself to do that. I just don't eat the whole bag of M&M's. It satisfies my cravings and doesn't set me back on what I am trying to accomplish. Everyone please hang in there and keep posting so we can all feel better!!!!!
LFM

September 27, 2006
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I'm back on board guys - hand me some duct tape and strap me in.

I have had enough of abusing my body in the name of laziness - my body and mind deserve better - I am not treating me the way I should be.

I know how this all happened - same mistake as I have made before...I just have to correct it and make a better effort to not do it again.

I have gained some of my hard lost weight back, but intend to lose that and then some.

September 27, 2006
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way to go rising. welcome aboard!!

September 27, 2006
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Looking Forward, I agree about not depriving yourself of anything. That is one reason I picked the "diet" plan I did - because I can eat whatever I want - I just have to account for it. It's teaching me that what I call a "serving" is really more like 2 or three servings.

A positive attitude is (I'm guessing) at least 50% of what it takes to lose weight and to have a healthier approach to eating. If so, I'd say we all have that going for us. We can do it!!

Remember, *any* pound *lost* is better than a pound *gained*.

t2Bb

September 27, 2006
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Hi all!

Hiya Rising! Good to see you.

I'd just like to throw in 2 cents....Even if you say, "geez, I blew it, so I might as well eat _________ now, DON'T. It's never too late to say "halt". You will save calories.

HAVE your junk day or days (no more than 2) and stay on your regime the rest of the week. Make trade-offs, "I'll have half a cheeseburger because I'm going to die without it, so tonight it's Lean Cuisine and extra veggies".

BTW,has anyone tried the new L.C. Chicken and Garlic Brick Oven Style Pizza? Lawdy, I just tried it last night and it's DANG good! I put a little extra fresh garlic on it and didn't even need parmesan cheese! Cooked it a bit longer than needed to, though. I'll stop at 3:30 or 3:45 next time. Not friggin bad for 270 calories! It's big, too!

September 28, 2006
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ok ya'll, the weather here held out for me to get my walk in today. I always feel so much better after a good walk. I'm up to 2 miles a day while at work and I use the glider at home for another mile. I'm doing better on my eating as well. The L.C. meals are pretty good. Especially their lasagna. And not really that expensive either. Everyone keep haning in there. I go weigh in on Monday afternoon so I will let ya'll know how it goes.
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September 28, 2006
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I am going to give you all a very healthy meal that you may be able to do. It is an experiment I did the other night that turned out great, (in case you haven't read my thread I am pursuing a cooking career) so here it goes,

To start,
Salad:
Fresh Romaine lettuce, blackberries, mango chunks and walnuts with a balsamic vinegarette dressing

Then:
Veal Kabobs, Get red potatoe cut up, pearl onions, chunks of veal, and whatever veggies you fancy, then marinate them in a mixture of olive oil, nutmeg, garlic salt, pepper and salt and bake in the oven covered with foil for approximately 20 min or until tender and done. Its great and healthy.

September 28, 2006
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Sounds wonder-mous, LB!

Blueberries are FULL of antioxidants, etc. soo good for you. You know I'm in the land of mango...:0)

September 28, 2006
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Anything you can suggest instead of the Veal, lean cuts of beef fine? Veal seems almost impossible to buy at the stores here these days.

September 28, 2006
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I would think any lean beef, perhaps pork tenderloin, or even chicken breast would work.

September 28, 2006
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Right,

Rising has a good idea. Tenderloin (lowest fat) will be your best bet, either beef or pork.

Make sure your marinade is really strong so it really flavors the meat and veggies.

I agree, Confused. I don't eat veal, but if I did, it's even worse ($$) than Orange Roughy, here and that's super duper high priced.

Hey, Rising, you're an awesome cook! Throw out some ideas, girly!

September 28, 2006
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I am NOT, repeat NOT, an awesome cook.

sorry, nope, not me.

mom might be, but not me.

I have NO imagination whatSOever. I can follow a recipe verbatim, but REFUSE to improvise, if I don't have all the ingredients and I can't find an guide to acceptable substitutes, I don't do it.

how could I recommend substitutes here? cuz I just figured what would make good kabobs - most kabobs I have had are shrimp, lean beef chunks or pork tenderloin. Just going on what I saw previously.

I can bake - but again, can't improvise.

I am a tried and true virgo - that's why I suck at this - creativity is NOT a strong suit of mine.

September 28, 2006
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I don't know. You tossed out some great stuff when cooking with your friends for 26!

I take you at your word...hey, I'm totally (almost) improv. Whatcha say I cook and you bake :0)?

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