Introduce yourself, please

CAMPRMAN - 1:41PM PDT, May 7th 2012

camprman
Iowa

Hi Toni,

Tomorrow is weigh in day, so I will change my current then. My SW is what ye olde scale said last Tuesday.

I have a long ways to go, but I am closer than I was 2 weeks ago.

-James

SW: 473 :sad2:
CW:
GW: 199

Down Pounds since 5/1/12!!!!


Failure is not an option!


TMOORE1 - 5:19AM PDT, May 8th 2012

tmoore1

Good luck on the weigh in James! We'll be thinking of you.

Toni

"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 4:37PM PDT, May 8th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Hi James, and welcome aboard! :wave1:

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

May start = 259.7 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 7:11PM PDT, May 13th 2012

tmoore1

A couple of people have recently joined this group. Don't forget to stop by this thread and introduce yourself!

Toni

"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


ITAZURAH - 10:29AM PDT, May 19th 2012

itazurah
Virginia

Hi! I've posted a little bit about myself in the forum already and it needs no repeating, I'm here to lose 110-130lbs and I've put a small dent in it so far, but have a long way to go. The weight is coming off slowly, I'm glad I found this group because I feel I am among people who understand the challenges I am facing. I'm married with no kids yet, and I want to get to 199lbs before I start trying to give myself a better level of health so that is my main reason for wanting to lose, along with the health and self esteem issues being big is causing me. I'm 26 but I've lost and gained again enough times to be a bit fearful of the journey ahead. I get a lot of inspiration from the forums and reading the personal stories, I'm glad to "meet" you all. *wave* hello!

CKSW:257
CW:242.1
IGW:225
GW:150


JULES62 - 6:11AM PDT, May 20th 2012 View users public blog View users public diary

jules62
Ohio

I have been on CK for about a month now. I would like to achieve my goal weight or close to it about a year from now.
I work at a job where I sit all day in the same spot. I have not had any real exercise in years! I started walking before I joined CK. Every other day I walk for an hour, which covers about 3 miles or so for me at this time. I bought a new bike a week ago and managed a 4 mile ride at 8mph! It's a start. I will have to start using my treadmill with the ac on and a fan when the summer heat sets in! I don't do heat and start worrying when the temp hits 75! Even when I was rail thin I couldn't take the heat. As long as I keep moving I'll drop that weight bit by hungry bit.
I have alot of tweaking to do to my eating habits. I need more control after I get home from work, what I have for dinner, and what I eat on the weekends. These three of my biggest hurdles will always be a problem for me I fear! :cross3: Also if I watch my darn alcohol intake I could do alot better. I have my wine on Fri. and Sat. now. Before CK I would drink too, too much during the week. Wine is a big contributor to my obesity.
I am getting ready very soon to go down a pants size from 20 to 18. Those 20's are getting baggy and I have to hike em up alot the last few days.
I am glad I found this forum and hope to get in here alot! :wink3:

If you don't start now, this time next year you'll wish you had!

HW274 CW262 GW155


TMOORE1 - 5:22PM PDT, May 20th 2012

tmoore1

Welcome Jess & Julie!

Jess - I'm twice your age. I can't tell you how much I wish I had gotten serious about my health when I was only 26. You're going to do great, I can tell.

Julie - I love biking. It's the only exercise I do that I just plain enjoy. Time at the gym is essential, but boring. For me. Everybody's sensitivity to temperature is different. At my biggest, I was hot all the time. Ugh. Now that I've lost quite a bit, I find myself getting cold, for the first time in my life. You'll just have to pay attention to your body and learn how to adjust.

Nice to meet you both.

Toni

"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 5:32AM PDT, May 21st 2012

deeann
Illinois

Hi Jess & Julie,

Nice to meet you and welcome to the group!

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

May start = 259.7 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TAINATLC - 8:23AM PDT, May 29th 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

Just realized I have joined this forum and not introduced myself.

I have been a yo-you dieter all my life. My first diet that I could remember was Weight Watchers(WW) back in 1972, I was in the 5th grade. Over the years I think I have joined WW 20 times. Every time I joined my starting weight was higher then the starting weight before. Every year WW changes the program on January 1, and by Feb 1 I would lose focus, learning new programs every year was my downfail.

When I step away from the WW program I tried other programs that were less successful. One's that now sound rediculous, pills that made me feel bad, Richard Simmons DEAL-A-MEAL (did this one 3 times), and more. I was successful with WW in 1990, reaching 140 pounds by losing over 120 pounds. My goal, imposed by WW was 115 pounds. I was the same height then, as I am now. CK says my goal should have the upper limit of 133. After fighting to get into the 130's then for over 6 months, I gave up....and in 3 years I gained back the 120 pounds plus 20 more.

After a while I figured out that this 'Weight Loss' Industry is just that...an industry. A way to continually make money off of ME. In 2005, I have had enough....so I looked into another investment for myself. I had great thoughts that this one will work....all of the positive results...and medically it made a lot of sense. Surgery....but my insurance would not cover it. So I plan to financed it. I could not afford the gastric bypass which the doctor recommended because my BMI was too high for the LapBand Surgery. So I went on a liquid diet to get my BMI down to a number where the doctor believed will get my BMI low enough for the Lapband surgury (which I could afford to finance).

I remember that I had to get my weight down from 310 to 290 before I could have the surgery...I was focus and made that happen. Well I did not figure in the cost for the adjustments to the lapband as well. This put a financial strain on the family. I did not get the last adjustment but got down to the 280's before I lost hope once again. The surgery was working for everyone else....not me. I was not losing quickly at all, lucky to see a pound or two. Today I know why, eventhough I could only eat 1/2 cup per meal, and had to eat 6 meals a day, it was hard to determine what a 1/2 of food was....I did not want to smash my food into a measuring cup to figure that out. Second, the food quality mattered. I could get a Baby Ruth bar to fit in half a cup. Third, my body stayed in starvation mode, the stress was not on how many calorie to be eatten. I have never learned how to eat right with all the different diet plans I have been on...who would know.

This failure played a lot with my emotions. To the point where I declared to take time off indefinitely. I was so tired of all my focus being on my weight, and watching my weight go in the wrong direction day in and day out. While I was on diet vacation, I would weigh in every week, then I noticed that if I weigh in everyday, the weekly increases slowed down. Hence now I believe in everyday weighing.

Early this year my doctor stated that my diabetes was getting worst. I was complaining about back and knee pain, and I could not walk 500 feet without a need to sit down. The doctor stated that he will need to increase my meds in 3 months, if I did not make any improvements with my weight, he stated that the next step would be insulin shots. OK...that woke me up. That ended the 'diet vacation' attitude, I need a life-style change on a program I can afford because I am also working on becoming debt free.

Well as you are aware, the choice I made was CK. One of the best decision I have made. I am happy that I found this method. No tricks, affordable, and it is working. On my 3 month visit, my numbers have started to improve all the way around. I can walk a futher distance before back pain. The knee pain is being worked on.

Again I am happy to be here. My real goal is to not be obese for the rest of my life and to be healthier than I have been in the past. Retirement is about 12 years away, I want to be outgoing when I retire, not complaining about aches and pains. =D

Taina
I can do this...I know I can. It takes time & patience.

HW :326.3lbs,
SW: [2/9]:320.0lbs,
Feb: -6.6, Mar:-6.1, Apr: -7.1 [300.2], May: -1.0
CW [5/29] - 299.2
6/1-50lb - 292
IW[10%] - 282
GW -130

Last Edited: 8:28am PDT, May 29th 2012

TMOORE1 - 11:07AM PDT, May 29th 2012

tmoore1

Hi Taina. I think we all know you from your other great posts, but it's nice to have your story all in one place.

Wow. I can't imagine enduring all the things you've gone through. You were in WW in the 5th grade? Wow (again). I didn't get fat until I was an adult, although I was big - tall & ungainly- as a kid. I had an "I don't fit in" mental image of myself. I've always thought that that contributed to my getting heavy as an adult. I sort of made myself into my childhood mental image.

I agree 100% about the weight loss industry being a business. Lots of people out there just trying to make money. Let's all stick together and help each other.

Toni

"You are what you repeatedly do."
HW390 CW238 GW180


DEEANN - 11:59AM PDT, May 30th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Wow Trina, you have been through it all! I've tried lots of things... but not to the extent you have. But I can say that I've done better at CK than anywhere else. I really believe that my weight gain began when I contiplated leaving CK after a rate increase and tried to manage two sites instead of one.

And yes... everyone wants into the 'industry' to make their 'buck' off our struggles. We CAN and WILL do this by living healthier lives and working to get fit.

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

May start = 259.7 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


VNEISWONGER - 4:55PM PDT, Jun 25th 2012

vneiswonger
Clarion, PA

Hi my name is Vicki. I am 47 years old. I have 4 grown children, have 5 grandchildren and 2 more on the way. I am a diabetic and have 100 + lbs to lose.

I joined CK in hopes that if I have to pay for this and need to enter in everything I eat that I will be able to lose the weight and be able to get my BS levels down to where they are supposed to be. Right now my latest A1C was 7.1 and I really need too get it down.

I am HAPPY to say that since joining CK and following what my dietician has told me that I have lost 27 pounds in the last 30 days. Now I know that this will not continue(too bad) but it is a great start.

Blessed Be.Vicki the bookwitch


VNEISWONGER - 7:54AM PDT, Jul 17th 2012

vneiswonger
Clarion, PA

I sypathize with you and know just where you are coming from. I am 47 years old and wore a size 13 when i was 16. Then at 18 i got pregnant with my first son and it was all downhill after that. I had 3 boys in 3 years one right after the other. I gain 60 pounds with the first them only lost 12, then 4 months later I was pregnant again and again when that child was born I got pregnant again after 4 months and that was it for me. I had all 3 by C-section which didnt allow for exercise and with 3 children no time for exercise and then as the years and the pounds go by here I am with half of me , as you say, to lose. i have been with CK for 2 months now and I have lost 30 pounds.nI find that if I have to pay for it Im going to use it . And I have always been one to write alot of things down for myself, but it gets me in trouble because I dont do it for the things that I should. You could try getting a cute little journal and put it beside your bed and convince yourself that this is one of your nightly rituals, like washing your face.Also if you have joined CK again the diary is very easy to use. And remember that it is not a diet, but a different way of eating. I got rid of all the cookies and junk from the house and now stock my basket with low carb things like Kashi bars and 100 calorie packs. One of your troubles I just thought of could be that you are trying to count Calories. why dont you try to count carbs instead. It is much easier. My dietician tells me that if you stick to your carbs, then the calories will take care of themselves. I am on a 249 carb ,1800 calorie plan. Now I wont say that at times I go WAY over the calorie amount and I cringe, but then I look at the carb amount and Im still good. I have changed the way I eat alot. I eat more fruit and vegetables and I read all food labels. Im doing pretty good if I do say so myself. I have lost 30 pounds since the 6th of June. And I can say I feel alot better. My doctor is going to do a happy dance when i go see him tomorrow. Anyways GOOD LUCK. and if you need a buddy I am more than happy to be one of them.Vicki the bookwitch


TMOORE1 - 11:40AM PDT, Jul 17th 2012

tmoore1

Wow, Vicki, 30 pounds since June 6th is awesome! I hope you're celebrating by being pround of yourself. It won't always come off that fast, of course, so don't be disappointed when it slows down. Listen to your body. If you just keep up the great work, you CAN do this.

<high five>

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."


TMOORE1 - 7:53AM PDT, Aug 21st 2012

tmoore1

Hi everybody - I'm posting here again so that this thread will be pushed to the top where people can see it. (It's supposed to be "sticky" and stay at the top, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'll try to figure it out.)

Welcome, newcomers to the 100+ group. This is the place to introduce yourself.

Scroll through the other posts and you can get to know everybody.

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."


WOODSANDWIND - 8:22PM PDT, Aug 28th 2012

woodsandwind
Up nort'

I'm 60. Almost divorced. Weigh 248. Ugh.

I am fat.

I'm tired of being fat. Really tired of it. I see pictures of other people in different forums and oh, how I wish I was that thin. I used to be. I can remember thinking I was fat when I was 160!!!!!

All I want for now is to get to 200. That's 48 pounds. But I've lost 12 since January. I hurt my back jsut as the weight started coming off in July and am now feeling better but am still cautious.

I'm not going to go into my diet background. I can just put "Ditto" after what Taina wrote. And I am pre-diabetic. I've kept my numbers at 119 for about 10 years now. But I don't want to be taking shots either. So I HAVE to get serious. Amazing how easy it's been to say, "Tomorrow".

Not tomorrow. NOW! I am recording everything I eat NOW. I am drinking my water NOW. I am losing weight NOW. But it is 10pm and I have to go to bed. Walking will start early tomorrow. Seriously!!!!

Good to be here.....if you know what I mean. Among friends. Not proud to be here, but if I have to be somewhere, this is a good place to be.

Ev

May we all be filled with sisu - the tenacity to keep fighting the good fight!


TMOORE1 - 10:10AM PDT, Aug 29th 2012

tmoore1

Welcome Ev. Nice to have you in the group.
As you've already noted, we all have similar issues. Yet every person's situation is unique. We can help each other.

I like your attitude about focusing on the NOW. That helps me a lot.

Again, nice to have you here.

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."


ITAZURAH - 12:56PM PDT, Sep 1st 2012

itazurah
Virginia

Welcome Ev!

Jess

CKSW:257
CW:232.1
IGW:225
GW:150


TAINATLC - 6:53AM PDT, Sep 3rd 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

Ev Welcome:wave1:

I have noticed you in a few threads, you will find lot's of support here. I hear the frustration in your self-introduction and I want you to know that we can relate. We are here to help you in your journey.

Taina
Let Go .... Let God
HW/SW: 326.5
Feb-Jul -24.4,Aug-2.0[293.6],Sept -1.0
PAW[9/3] 292.6 20/200 {SW 293.6}goal 10/1 286# 200 min
PANT[8/28] 294.2 {SW 292.2}goal 10/31 278.2#
IW- 282
GW -130


HIKINGAZ - 9:23AM PDT, Sep 7th 2012

Hi everyone,

My name is Tom and I live in Tucson, AZ. I work at the University of Arizona and my job is pretty sedentary, but I do try to find time to work out at the Y and go hiking in the beautiful mountains here. I have also recently started playing volleyball in some community leagues.

I have been up and down in weight my whole life and I need to get a grip here. I started at 367 a couple of weeks ago and I am hopeful that I can make this work. I am already losing a bit, have some more energy, and finding myself changing some of my daily food habits. I am a bit unnerved by the length of time that I know it will take to get to my goal weight of 210, but I think I can do it.

It's nice to have this group and to know that I am not alone!


ITAZURAH - 7:24AM PDT, Sep 9th 2012

itazurah
Virginia

Hi Tom! Welcome! It is unnerving when you think about the end goal. The only thing that keeps me sane is forgetting about the final goal and instead focusing on reaching each small milestone. I'm currently working towards getting to 225, the end goal can look after itself until I'm closer.

Jess

CKSW:257
CW:232.1
IGW:225
GW:150


TOOTSIE45 - 9:41AM PDT, Sep 9th 2012

tootsie45
Long Island, NY

Hi,

My name is Tootsie, I just joined. I'm 67, a widow for many years, Mom of 3, & 7 grandkids, I have 2 cats that rule the house. I've been heavy most of my adult life, on countless diets like so many of you. Ran into big medical problems because my weight was a factor, I've had 2 heart attacks that I wasn't aware of and then 4X by-pass surgery, that was 8 years ago. and just a few months ago was diagnosed with diabetes. Well, with a number of false starts I am actually ready to get real. One of the hardest thing to deal with is I lose very slowly and this gets to be discouraging for me. I have 150 lbs to lose but I try not to think of the big picture, just baby steps.


TMOORE1 - 10:41AM PDT, Sep 10th 2012

tmoore1

Hi Tootsie!

Do you really live on Long Island? What a cool & exciting place.

I want to let you know that it CAN be done. I've been backsliding lately, but if you measure from my all-time high weight, about 3 years ago, to now, I've lost 130 pounds. I must've been much bigger than you to begin with, because I still around 80 to go.

If I can do it, you can too.

As a lot of people around here have mentioned, try not to get overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. Just focus on what you can do, what you can do today. Make today a good day.

Welcome to the group,

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."


TOOTSIE45 - 5:36AM PDT, Sep 11th 2012

tootsie45
Long Island, NY

Thanks for the welcome Toni and congrats on your weight loss. We are human so we have to accept that there will be highs and lows. I got off to a shaky start but OK for today. As a diabetic and counting carbs, I love the food diary. I realize that I was having more carbs than my body can handle. It is great to see it all broken down into numbers and %.

I have lived on Long Island for most of my life, and love it. Today being 9/11 however I was reminded that my daughter lived in the Chelsea area of the city, right above 14th st. and I could'nt get in touch with her for hours and then we heard all bridges and tunnels were closed. When we finally got thru to her she managed to get home from work, she had to walk but they were allowed in their apartment, authorities had closed every thing from 14th st down to the battery.

Anyway, I will choose to have a goodd day today, it's a most beautiful day and it's good to be alive.

Tootsie


TMOORE1 - 10:54AM PDT, Sep 13th 2012

tmoore1

Hey Tom - I'm in Tucson Arizona too! I worked at the U for many years.
What do you do for exercise? Maybe we can get together for a bike ride or something?

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."


TMOORE1 - 10:57AM PDT, Sep 13th 2012

tmoore1

Tootsie - I can't even imagine what it must've been like to live in NYC on 9/11. Glad you and yours were all okay.

FYI, I'm a high school teacher and my students, 16 year-olds mostly, requested (on their own) to have a moment of silence on Tuesday. Even though they were all little kids when it happened, the day is still meaningful to them.

I'm not diabetic (yet... that's one of the reasons I got on the weight-loss journey; it runs in the family) and so I don't quite understand the "carb counting" thing. Can somebody explain it? Maybe start a new thread about it?

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."


HIKINGAZ - 2:33PM PDT, Sep 13th 2012

Hi Tootsie!

I tried biking in Tucson...gasp. Didn't work out for me.

I hike a lot, when it's not summer. Maybe we can meet up for a hike? :-) I have recently started playing on a rec volleyball league, and I actually like going to the gym (so long as I have my iPod).

Tom


TMOORE1 - 10:00AM PDT, Sep 14th 2012

tmoore1

Tom, I think you meant to address the comment about biking to me, Toni, not Tootsie.
Tom, Toni, Tootsie... a lot of T's going on here! :-)

I *love* to bike. It's the only form of exercise I do that I actually like. I ride a recumbent that my husband built. I don't think I'll get on a traditional bike - with those little teeny painful seats - ever again. And as to the heat; I start reeeeealy early in the morning this time of year. 'Couple more weeks though, and it's civilized to be out later.

I walk a lot too. Slowly. Meeting up for a hike sounds like a great idea. Are there any other Tucson CK's around?

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."


DRAGONGIRL - 1:05PM PDT, Sep 16th 2012

dragongirl
West Chester PA

Hi, I'm again new to ck. still have the same weight to lose, over 100 pounds. very quickly I un-motivate myself. On Jan 1 2012 I retired. While I am very happy to be retired I am feeling somewhat lost. At first my grown kids kept me busy but gradually I am more and more on my own. Scary. I feel like I should be busy every minute of the day however I'm not. I avoid doing stuff.

Last week I started two 10 week courses at Widener U, Lifelong Learning courses, watercolor painting for beginners and a Literature discussion class. For many years I have belonged to a wonderful gym, ACAC and I go to Longwood Gardens once a week. I live close to LG. Because of my weight and spinal stenosis I use an electric scooter when I go to LG. This upsets me to use a scooter and this past week I have started using a cane to walk.

I find it scary to lose weight. I can rationalize why losing weight is good - healthy, looking better, I'll be able to fit into clothes. but I seem to refuse to allow myself to lose weight, I try to avoid mirrors, I don't seem to have high expectations for myself. DragonGirl

Last Edited: 1:23pm PDT, September 16th 2012

HIKINGAZ - 10:28AM PDT, Sep 17th 2012

I'm up for a hiking meet-up...anyone else in Tucson?


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