Introduction

LENIEGURL - 5:21PM PDT, May 26th 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

Hello, my name is NeeNee, and I need to lose about 90 pounds, it has been a very long roller coaster ride with me and weight. I am a teacher and I feel that sitting so much grading papers ect has not helped. At this point, I am just focusing on staying within the 1600 calorie requirement eating healthy and exercising 4-5 times a week. I will be very honest, the weight loss has been very slow and I have become a little frustrated. When you need to lose a large amount of weight it can really, really get you depressed and its so easy to give up and go to Dairy Queen. But, I will not do that again, I used to do it and at the end of the day I realized I just created more of a problem for myself. Now, I am trying to change my lifestyle, I want to talk to people in the same situation and learn how all of you are coping with the situation, I read somewhere that bonding with people in the same situation is a major help.


DEEANN - 5:34AM PDT, May 27th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Hi NeeNee and welcome to the group. I can relate to everything you said. It is very overwhelming to compare where we are to where we want to be at goal. I did very well and lost avoer 150 lbs a few years ago, but have let 2/3 of it creep back on over the past 5 years, ugh! But what I found myself doing at that time (and am TRYING to do again), it to just focus on the next short term goal. At that time it was always the next 5 or 10 lb mark. If I was in the 250's, I'd focus on hitting 248; somehow getting to the '8' made me feel more secure about being out of the current range. Anyway, I also focused on health (fat, fiber, protein, exercise), which also seem to keep me distracted from the long road ahead.

There is no 'one-size-fits-all' on this journey, but if we share what works for us, then someone else might find a tidbit here or there that might help them. I'm glad you're here and look forward to seeing you around.


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 - 6:04PM PDT, May 27th 2012

tmoore1

Welcome NeeNee. I'm a teacher, too, and I agree, the job means a lot of forced sedentary time. No giving up! It will be so worth it when you get there.

Toni

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


LENIEGURL - 6:49PM PDT, May 30th 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

Dear all,
thank you for responding, I agree wholeheartedly with both of you about setting small goals. Honestly, I have tried to analyze why I have overate and even went on binges, I am also trying to address why I have sabotaged myself. I was happy today, I did weigh myself and I have went from 245 to 236, I am NOT going to check the scale again for a few weeks, that also creates a lot of problems. By the way, I totally agree with the fiber, fat, and carb reduction, not Atkins but healthy carbs, another issue for me and I do not know about the rest of you is portion size, I like a LOT of food and that is another struggle. However, I am noticing that it gets easier and easier every day to turn down seconds. Also, I teach at a small college and it seems that there is always a "Food event" someone's birthday, or a wedding, or an anniversary, last week there was really nothing but they had an ice cream social! So, that is always a challenge too, to walk away from eating events. Thanks a lot, I hope to hear from all of you again very soon,.


DEEANN - 6:09PM PDT, Jun 1st 2012

deeann
Illinois

NeeNee, you off to great start! WooHoo!

As for LOTS of food... that's the great thing about whole foods... they give you more bang for your buck.

As for food events; yep, they're everywhere. And we each have to handle them in our own way. I usually do best if I don't touch the 'cake' (sweets/trigger foods), telling others that I'm full or not that hungry (even if I am). But I do eat the cake, etc. sometimes, and sometimes I do well... and other times... uhm.. not so well, lol.

It takes a lot of experimenting to figure out what works. Hang in there.

Oh, and when you figure out what works for you.. share it with us, it might help us too.

Dee

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

June start = 250.1 :rolling1:

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


ITAZURAH - 2:53PM PDT, Jun 2nd 2012

itazurah
Virginia

Hi! I understand how frustratingly slow it is. I'm right there with you. I agree that sometimes its easy to give up and go to dairy queen. I'm glad to share my experiences with you and we can all be each others cheerleaders and support team :)

CKSW:257
CW:241.0
IGW:225
GW:150


LENIEGURL - 12:15PM PDT, Jun 7th 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

Thanks, I agree 100 percent about being each other's cheerleaders, because I really do not have any support at home.


TMOORE1 - 1:30PM PDT, Jun 7th 2012

tmoore1

<hugs> NeeNee. Support is a necessary part of the process. Maybe that's what you were missing in the past?

Ditto here. My whole (blood) family is grossly obese, and none of them see it as a problem. At 250 pounds, after having lost 150ish, I am now the thinnest person at all family occasions. I'm the weirdo. My husband is not that big, but he's sort of a hapless enabler. Love him, but he just doesn't get it either.

So I'm on my own too. I think that's why I'm struggling. Let's work on this together.

Toni

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


DEEANN - 4:17PM PDT, Jun 7th 2012

deeann
Illinois

I'm pretty much on my own too. My husband is overweight and continues to gain, gain, gain. He's diabetic with other health problems as well, but eating healthy is something he's really not all that interested in - or so it seems. He might SAY he wants to do better, then before he can even put the slightest effort into it, he's headed for a gas station to get a huge fountain soda pop! Ugh!

I've been watching my sodium lately. As long as I eat whole foods, I can do fine, but even a little processed stuff can make a huge difference. And with a hubby who doesn't really care, it's a real struggle.

Dee

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

June start = 250.1 :rolling1:
6/3 = 60/600 minutes

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


RAINBOWGAL - 2:57PM PDT, Jun 8th 2012

rainbowgal
Pacific Northwest

Hi, all. I am pretty new here, this time! Did this before a few years ago and lost 30 pounds. Gained it all back and more...usual story. I lost 20 pounds on my own but realized I need some structure and support if I am to continue. So here I am with 126 pounds to go....glad to support all of you and to be supported!


TMOORE1 - 4:53PM PDT, Jun 8th 2012

tmoore1

Welcome Krysta! I love your username "rainbowgal" :-)
We're all in the boat here - everybody just needs a little help.

Glad to meet you.

Toni

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


DEEANN - 4:31PM PDT, Jun 9th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Hi Krystal :wave1: Nice to meet you

Dee

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

June start = 250.1 :rolling1:
6/3 = 60/600 minutes

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


LENIEGURL - 9:07PM PDT, Jun 15th 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

Welcome Krystal


JPSKITTS - 8:15AM PDT, Jun 18th 2012

jpskitts
Dallas, NC

Hey guys,

It's taken me a while to get turned around and moving back down the path of better choices and smaller clothes!! Glad to see each of you here. We can do this, for sure!

~Leslie Fay
HW: 385
CW: 371
GW: 200


LENIEGURL - 10:22PM PDT, Jun 23rd 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

Hi everybody, sorry to be out of sight for awhile, the summer semester is heating up and getting very busy. I am doing pretty well staying on track, I am really taking it one day at a time, Two weeks ago, I was really frustrated with what I thought was very slow weight loss, but I t spoke with two of the nursing instructors and they told me it is exactly how it is supposed to be, the reality that I have to face is that this weight did not appear in a day, a week, or a month, this was a very long process which took yrs to build and its not going to just go away quickly. I also realize it is a life time process. As far as eating events at the college, I no longer attend, I either go to Subway or I bring my lunch. The only bad thing is last week I brought a weight watchers meal that I hated, I ate 3 bites and threw it away, that was a mistake because I had no food for 6 hrs. Not good at all. So, what is the lesson, make sure you like what you bring to lunch, it sounds simple but, I screwed up, I will do better next time. Ok, sorry for long posts you know how teachers are..LOL

highest weight: 249
Current Weight: 231
Goal: 150-160

Last Edited: 10:24pm PDT, June 23rd 2012

TMOORE1 - 5:01AM PDT, Jun 24th 2012

tmoore1

Sounds like you're doing great LeNie. You're absolutely correct: It's a process, and it can't be done quickly.

I don't think you should be so hard on yourself about the bad WW meal. I mean, it was not good that you went 6 hours without eating, true. But other than that, you made good choices. You tried something NEW and healthy. That's good thinking. When you didn't like it, you threw it away! That's good too. I can't tell you how many times I've eaten something I didn't really like and/or want because... well for some reason I thought I had to. That's just plain silly thinking, and I try not to do it any more. You're already there.

When the lunch didn't work for you, you did NOT go and find something junky to replace it. High five! - that's a big step!

Plus, you learned from the mistake and set up a new rule for yourself: make sure to have something you like at hand. A great learning moment.

How does it feel if you think of the incident like that, instead of "something bad"?

Those of us who have too much negativity in our lives sometimes have to practice re-framing our thoughts like this.

Good job, keep it up.

Toni

"I can do it. I will do it."
HW390 CW238 GW180


ITAZURAH - 11:01AM PDT, Jun 24th 2012

itazurah
Virginia

Hi neenee! Great to hear from you. It sounds like youre doing so well, great changes to your lunches, its a slow process but it will happen :)

CKSW:257
CW:239
IGW:225
GW:150


LENIEGURL - 5:19PM PDT, Jun 24th 2012

leniegurl
Illinois

Yes, the workplace brings different and new challenges that we normally do not have to address at home because home is for the most part a pretty controlled enviornment as opposed to being at work with hundreds of other people. It does feel good to be able to assess and evaluate eating situations, in the past to be honest I really did not even think about it very much, I would think I should not have had the brownie sundae at D.Q but than I would just sort of blow it off, now I would never consider eating that because I realize that would be like a drug addict going back into their addiction. As a matter of fact, the grand-kids were eating Smores, something that I really love and my husband kept saying one smore will not hurt you why don't you eat one, and I was thinking as he was saying this that he knows one smore will lead to more and than tomorrow I will be at KFC and drinking milk shakes at M. Donald's. I basically said, yes, one smore is a major problem I cannot put that in my mouth because its a gateway drug for me. I ate some cherries instead, so yes, I am happy that this is a way of life for me now and I am thrilled beyond words that I have a real support system because clearly I do not have one here at home. Thanks ladies, I really appreciate you.

As far as frozen diet meals, I no longer even use them for lunch, I just bring a lunch and I know I Like it. ... LOL, yes in the past I would have went straight for the vending machine and loaded up

Last Edited: 5:22pm PDT, June 24th 2012

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