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10 December 2008 @ 06:49 pm
Hmm, it has been quiet around here for a while.  Well, I am back at it again and what did I find when I logged on, but there is a new program called the "momentum" plan.  It sounds like flex, but they highly encourage eating core foods.  The main difference I see is that you can bank your activity points until the end of the week instead of having to use them on the day you got your booty movin'.  Anyway, here I go again.
27 February 2008 @ 09:09 am
When you're on a weight loss plan I think setting goals are really good. Obviously you have your main goal weight, but smaller, more achievable goals along the way help a lot. What kind of goals and rewards have you set for yourself?? My next goal is to be back down at the lowest weight I've hit since starting Weight Watchers (which also happens to be the lowest weight of my adult life, back in August 2007). I am currently still at -44lbs lost since I started the plan, but this means I need to lose -26lbs to reach my next goal. There, I said it. That's how much weight I have gained back and forth for the last 6 months. Sad and scary, but I really want to change it. I've done it before, I can do it again. I want to lose this weight by the end of May. Because of the timeline my reward will be: a new bathing suit! I haven't bought a new bathing suit since I've lost any weight, so I think it's high time I do.

What is your next goal?!

Tip: Always give yourself some kind of reward for reaching your goals, but make sure the reward doesn't really have to do with FOOD! That's a trap!
11 February 2008 @ 09:26 am
Interesting article and something I'd wondered about. There's got to be something shady about those artificial chemical sweeteners.
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17 January 2008 @ 03:14 pm
Hey gang! It's a brand new year, and for a lot of people that means a new diet or a new start in general. Just wanted to check and see how everyone is doing so far. I have been back on track for REAL since the day after New Years and I am happy to say I have lost -10lbs of the lame stress/holiday weight I gained since around October. I'm very happy! I kept true to my word last fall and signed up for a 'walking for fitness' class at my local community college. We met on Tuesday and outlined, and today is the first time we actually walk together. There are lots of other chubby people in the class, so I don't feel awkward at all. YAY! I should have more positive things to report to you soon. I need to lose -19lbs more to get back to my lowest adult weight ever. Seems kind of daunting, but I know I can do it. It's enough of a push knowing that right now I am at a lower weight than I graduated high school at 9 years ago! haha.

I have a couple delicious, low-point, filling dinner suggestions for you. At Safeway they have Signature brand soups in plastic containers. Their minestrone is 7pts for the whole huge bucket, with TONS of veggies! It's VERY filling, especially with 2pts worth of fat free crackers to dip in. It has pasta in it as well, so it's a great winter meal. Also, if you are okay with fake meat, there's a pouch by the tofu section called "Smart Chili", that has nearly no fat and tons of fiber. You can heat it right in the pouch! I put a little onions and 2% cheddar cheese, grab some celery and carrot sticks with light ranch on the side, and you have another filling, nutritious dinner for under 10points (about 6pts, actually, so this could be a great lunch also!).

Hope everyone is doing well. WE CAN DO THIS.
12 January 2008 @ 09:48 am
Hey all, my name is Nic (short for Nicole).  I'm 29 years old and I turn 30 in September (on the 18th to be precise).  And what I want more than anything this year is to be more fit at 30 than I was at 20.  Time is slipping away from me and I'm just ready to be done with the if only's and the self deprecation.  I am learning to love myself and I'm realizing sometimes that means being hard on myself in a constructive way.  No, I can't eat chili dogs and pizza every night.  If that's what really makes me happy, I wouldn't be here, right? 
So, on to my weigh in

Starting Weight: 230.5 (1/5/08)
Current Weight: 226.0
Weight Lost:          -4.5

It's not the 5 pounds that I had hoped for, but 4.5 pounds in one week is freaking excellent.  One more week on South Beach phase 1, then it's time to start integrating in fruits and grains.  I'm nervous about that.  Right now there's this strict list of what I can have and although it is hard, it keeps me on track.  I can say no to the things I'm offered because I can't have them.  But after next week I start a plan that's more in keeping with how I will need to eat for the rest of my life, and I'm worried about that because it means that I will have to allow myself small amounts of my favorite foods.  I know I don't have to do it immediately, but I always get so out of control.  I'm at a point in my life where I have to fight for every pound lost and I've lost this weight so many times before!  I'm afraid that I will slip up and give up again, and I really don't want to do that.  I'm so tired of being exhausted from walking up a flight of stairs or having to sit down after being on my feet for only a little while.  I'm so tired of walking by stores and seeing cute outfits in the window and not even bothering to go in because they either don't have my size or it's in my size but twice what I would pay if I wasn't obese.

09 January 2008 @ 05:49 pm
hey...i'm new on here so i thought i'd introduce myself.

i've been doing ww's core program since september. i would follow it and then eat whatever and then follow it. soo, i think at this point i'm up like 5lbs since i started. oops.

but of course i have new years resolutions to get healthy which involves losing a bunch of weight (i'm technically like 120lbs over weight, but i'd like to lose about 100lbs).

i moved to d.c. from philly about eight months ago. it's been a big adjustment. i'm a social worker. i'm queer. i have two really awesome dogs.

hope everyone is doing well!

08 January 2008 @ 08:40 am
I tried one of their new Zero Point soups last night, and I found the recipe a bit odd...

03 January 2008 @ 02:13 pm
The first day of the year I ate pretty shitty as I was coming back from an LA road trip, but yesterday I was right back on track after months of waivering. I went to the store last nite and got so much NEW healthy stuff that I'm excited to eat. I love finding new things I can work into my eating habits, because getting stale with food really pushes me towards badness. I also got a bunch of stuff for easy dinners that also make good leftovers and that really helps me. A dry sandwich or frozen meal is NOT something I want to eat every day for lunch, bleh. So I'm feeling good! I also signed up for a "Fitness Walking" P.E. class at my local college, so I'll be doing that twice a week starting on the 15th. I feel good about being back on track! w00t!
20 December 2007 @ 11:27 pm
Today was the first truly horrifyingly tempting day of the 'season'. I got home and was feeling icky - like I had been eating all day long - but the more I think about it - I haven't!

My work group had a luncheon complete with Baja Fresh and gourmet cookies the size of a large man's hands (fingers spread!).
I managed to have just one taco, one fajita (without any beans and only a little rice), and one cookie during lunch. Of course all of our vendors are sending us chocolates and fruit baskets - and all the little marthastewartnewlywedwannabees in the building bring fudge and pies and cookies galore. I had one piece of peppermint fudge and an apple. After work the marketing department had their holiday party complete with all the trimmings. I had 4 pieces of sushi, a few bites of cheese,  a plate of veggies and maybe 5 thin pretzels. Oh and 2 small glasses of wine (because who in their right mind can tolerate an office party COMPLETELY sober?)  I came home to clean house and pack my car. I made sure to clean out the perishables from the fridge so I dont come back to a goopy mess in early '08. I'm now sitting down with a peanut butter sammich and a glass of milk.

I would say on the whole - I didn't eat that much.  Maybe it was just LOOKING at food all day long that made me feel like I'd been consuming? I don't know its kinda weird. Never had this sensation.  Anyhow... On the numbers side of things - I am 17 weeks in - and 37 pounds lighter. I feel good! (nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!) You knew that I would, now!

14 December 2007 @ 11:12 am
Always on the look out for new food-bars (my usual breakfast) I spotted these high-fiber Gnu bars at Trader Joes last night.
I thought they would taste of shoe as most bars do, but the orange flavor was pretty good.
A little orange peeley tasting (slightly bitter) but not bad, and only 2 points with 12 grams of fiber (1/2 your daily dose).
I love that the picture of the gnu on the front has gears in his guts- subtly saying; hey, this makes you poop.

(click for nutritional info and stuff)
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