Where is everyone?

DEMIBRIX - 5:45PM PST, Jan 4th 2011

demibrix
Northern California

I was sure this would be an active group, but no one is posting. Anybody home? :hi:


BBENNETTFNP - 8:41PM PST, Jan 4th 2011 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

I am here. was a frequent post-er but the Holidays got in the way. But I'm back. How long have you been with CK? Where do you live? I live in a small town near Seattle, called Silverdale. I live with my husband and a small 18 yr old tabby cat called Murphy. I work 4 days a week as a nurse practitioner and am a housewife the other days. If you want to add me as friend, please feel free. Betty


PATTYINSC - 6:19AM PST, Jan 5th 2011

pattyinsc
Upstate SC

I am a newbie at the groups, been using CK for about 4 months now.
I live in upstate South Carolina, with my Husband and my Mom who lives with us.
I work full time as an Accounting Analyst.
We have a small farm and a newly planted vinyard.

Demibrix, I see you holding a chicken in your picture....??

BBennettfnb, how long have you been with CK?


MECHDONNA2 - 10:08AM PST, Jan 5th 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

Hi,

I just joined this group recently. Since Jan. 1, I have been posting on the January Green Check Challenge. But, I enjoy this group, too, so I post every few days.

Donna


DEMIBRIX - 10:49AM PST, Jan 10th 2011

demibrix
Northern California

Hi Everyone: You ARE here! Let me respond to some of your questions & comments. I live in northern California, about an hour from San Francisco. I live with one husband, one disabled adult daughter, 3 black labrador retrievers, one elderly cat and 6 young chickens who generously provide us with about 4 eggs a day, give or take.

My favorite diet related books are those by Judith Beck because she focuses on behaviors. Her work is compatible with whatever diet program you choose -- they deal with the nutrition, she deals with teaching thoughts related to eating. I'm learning what to say to myself when I'm tempted to eat something that is not useful to my greater goal of becoming thin.

I don't walk nearly enough but have linked exercise with my love of public parks and blog about it almost every day - http://northerncaliforniablogist.blogspot.com and my personal blog is at http://demibrix.blogspot.com so I'm accessible and welcome visitors. - Barbara


MECHDONNA2 - 11:08AM PST, Jan 11th 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

Nice to hear from you.

I live in Virginia with my husband, two dogs, and one cat. I am presently taking classes part time in culinary arts. I hope to be finished this summer.

I love walking in the parks. The closest one is very small, but I enjoy walking there with my little dog. The big one gets exercise running around the yard. And, the big one gets car sick.

It has been very cold here, so I am not walking enough.

Donna


DEMIBRIX - 8:55PM PST, Jan 12th 2011

demibrix
Northern California

Hi Donna -- it is so much harder to get enough exercise, even simple walking, when the weather is cold, wet and uninviting and the sky is dark! If I can get through another month or so without gaining - that would be a success - then I can walk more regularly with the longer days. I'll take advantage of the days that are more inviting....


BBENNETTFNP - 10:36PM PST, Jan 17th 2011 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

You need an alternative for bad weather days. Of course, I live in the Northwest where rain is the order of most days and if we waited for sunny days would never go out. do you live near a shopping mall or Walmart? these large stores have a perimeter that is pretty impressive. try to go when there arent many people there and you can get a work out. My perference is a treadmill. that way I can do it as soon as I get up and brush my teeth. then I can shower and get on with the day. somehow, if I eat breakfast the day is shot as far as exercise goes!


MISSJOANY - 12:36PM PST, Jan 24th 2011

Hello I just joined the group today. I joined Calorie King last month. I have lost 46 pounds so far since August, and then my nutritionist recommended I join CK. Most days I am fine, but there are other days when I want to eat all day. So since Dec I have gained and lost the same 2 lbs several times, and can't quite get to the 50 pound mark. Still struggling but at least I have recognized I do have a problem. Will start reading everyone's posts and hopefully get some suggestions. I am almost 60, have 2 lovely maine coon kitties, and am mostly sedentary, but hope to change that as I have signed up for my first cruise in August.:wave1:


OKIELADY32 - 7:28PM PST, Jan 26th 2011

okielady32
Oklahoma

Congratulations on your weight loss. I, too, have days when I want to eat all day. I think boredom plays a role on those days. You will really love your first cruise. I have been on only one cruise but loved it. However, food will be EVERY where you go. You mentioned that you are mostly sedentary. I have noticed a big difference in my body and mental state since I started going to the gym. A person doesn't have to go to a gym but I think I worker harder there than if I stayed at home. If I miss working out for several days, I notice I don't feel near as well mentally or physically. Good luck on your weight loss.


MECHDONNA2 - 9:13AM PST, Feb 2nd 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

Hello,

I have been on two cruises. I enjoyed one, but the other was not so great. We encountered rough waves. But, you do take that chance. My sister and I are going on a cruise to nowhere in Oct. I am using this trip as my motivation. I want to be looking good in my clothes! My sister is nine years younger than I am. She already looks good, but I want both of us to be looking good.

Let us know all about your first cruise.

Last Edited: 9:13am PST, February 2nd 2011

AELDER2259 - 8:47AM PST, Feb 3rd 2011

aelder2259
Seattle, WA

I've been on two cruises, too, and there were vastly different. I was bored a lot on the cruise to Alaska. It was too cold to get in the pool or hot tub and nobody was in the club for dancing (most passengers were over 65 and I was 44 at the time). I can only stand so much bingo and silly "let's make your spouse look stupid" games. My second cruise was last May and I went with my aunt to the western Caribbean (Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel) and loved it. I spent most of my time off ship and in the water, snorkeling with sting rays and swimming with dolphins. I even got up and did water aerobics in the ship's pool. The cruise line makes a difference, too. The first one was Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and all the free food was buffet style with just ok food (I'm spoiled and a food snob living in the Pacific NW...Country Buffet is beneath me and this is what the food was like). If I wanted good food, I had to go to a specialty restaurant and pay extra. The second cruise was Royal Caribbean and they had a huge, 3 deck, open dining room, with wait staff and great food (lobster, shrimp, steak).

My husband and I are going on a short cruise this coming Nov/Dec to the Bahamas where I plan to do a lot of snorkeling. I may look like a beached whale in my bathing suit, but there's always someone that looks worse, so I don't think about it and just have fun.


MISSJOANY - 9:17PM PST, Feb 6th 2011

Hah, I love the attitude that someone else will look worse!! Thanks. I just got my passport in the mail, now looking for luggage. OK it took me two months to lose 4 pounds but now I am at 49 lbs, and breathing down at the 50 lb mark. I started working with a trainer last week, and my second session is tomorrow as well as my checkup with my nutritionist. I guess I will need to force myself to work out before going to work. I work the evening shift and am tired most of the time, but as some of you suggested, in the long run I will have more energy. CK is really helping me track my protein. Darn, thought we were done with the snow, but expecting another snow event on Thur. I will get out my treadmill and start on Tues, I promise!!


MECHDONNA2 - 5:42AM PST, Feb 7th 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

Yes, you will have more energy soon after you begin exercising. Also, I have drinking juices that are recommended by Dr. Oz. They help speed up your metabolism and give you energy. I have a juicer, and I add an orange, apple, blueberries, spinach. I add fruits that have lots of water in them. I also add a little honey. I used to add a banana, but it is better to use a blender for a banana.

Donna


OKIELADY32 - 10:17AM PST, Feb 7th 2011

okielady32
Oklahoma

Did anyone survive the Super Bowl without going crazy on food? I did fairly well but it was hard to resist some of the goodies that friends brought over. I hope to get back to the gym today. I did not record calories for the last two days -- life got in the way. LOL -- and it sure shows on the scales.


BBENNETTFNP - 9:54PM PST, Feb 9th 2011 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

I agree about the juicing. My husband and I have a large blended serving of vegetables made in the blender with juice for the liquid. I actually use Fuze slenderize. has a sweet taste but few calories.

Superbowl was OK until it was over. then, snack attack to drown my sorrows!


MECHDONNA2 - 8:16AM PST, Feb 12th 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

I watched the Super Bowl alone while my husband stayed with his mother in another city. She just got out of rehab at an assisted living center. Not the rehab for drugs. ;) The one for recovery from a fall.

She is presently doing better. Course, don't know what the future holds.

I did not do well that day, even though there was no party. That is the only day I did emotional eating. So, I guess I did get caught up in overeating, after all.

Donna


MECHDONNA2 - 8:18AM PST, Feb 12th 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

Have you noticed an increase in your energy level as a result of juicing?

I read about tossing kale in olive oil, salt, pepper and cooking it. It is supposed to be crispy.

Have you tried that?

Donna


MCDPHNURSE2 - 6:41PM PST, Feb 13th 2011 View users public diary

Hello, you know I have had a problem with anyone responding. I would like to stay with this group. I live in Phx, I am a RN. I have been on CK X 1yr but only committed for about 2days again. I will try to post everyday if other will post. Thanks for starting it again. :wave1:


OKIELADY32 - 10:12AM PST, Feb 14th 2011

okielady32
Oklahoma

HOw are all the over 50's people doing out there? Is anyone else having as much trouble staying focused as I am? I can be an impulse eater, and really need to work on this. I can pop 500 calories in my mouth without even thinking that . . . wow, I didn't really need to do that. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you work with it??


LAUREN95 - 5:06PM PST, Feb 14th 2011

lauren95
New Choices = New Outcomes!

Hi Okielady32... regarding focus and impulse eating. I find that if I go too long without eating that I am more at risk for 'impulse eating' or just mindlessly popping something in my mouth. What has worked for me lately are planned treats throughout the day that are healthy. I might make some sugar free butterscotch pudding and put it over a diced apple with a tablespoon of granola on top. Smoothies are also a good treat. Having a double batch of sugar free jello on hand is also helpful. I'll have it with a little sugar free fruit coctail and a dollup of free whipped cream I also find that planning the meals and snacks ahead for the day in my journal helps me to stay more focused. I hope that helps.


LAUREN95 - 5:11PM PST, Feb 14th 2011

lauren95
New Choices = New Outcomes!

Hi MCDPHNURSEII! I'm here! Sometimes people just get caught up and don't respond or they only read posts and don't have anything to say. Welcome to the site. Maybe if enough people see the post that you made regarding the lack of posts on this group... people will hopefully jump in with something to share! I too would like to see more feedback from people in this fifties age group as to what's working for them. We all need encouragement and support. Hopefully, some buddies will join in on a regular basis. Anybody out there???


OKIELADY32 - 6:02PM PST, Feb 14th 2011

okielady32
Oklahoma

Thanks so much for the food ideas. Yes, planning really helps, and I am going to improve in that area.


BBENNETTFNP - 8:59PM PST, Feb 14th 2011 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

MCDPHNURSEII Hi there. Glad to hear you are still in the ballgame for 2 days. make it three, then 4 then.... you get the idea. one day at a time. sometimes choices have to be made 1 minute at a time.

For me, being part of a group is really helpful. I made my blog and stats open so I know that I can be "spied on" and will potentially have to answer for choices. I know the group is too polite to do that, but the point for me is that someone could. so when the it really starts to unravel, that accountability is my fallback position.

So, by all means, stay close. Because of time constraints some of us dont post every day, but we are with you in this! make me a friend if you want to send direct messages. these I usually do get to daily. :hi:


OKIELADY32 - 8:08AM PST, Feb 15th 2011

okielady32
Oklahoma

Yesterday was good for focus (as I have stated before, focusing is my biggest problem). I logged everything, and that certainly helped me to keep the Valentine's candy down to two pieces. That was great for me. Also made it to the gym. You are so RIGHT that choices have to be made minutes at a time. I am a global learner who likes to see the "big picture," therefore, I sometimes have a difficult time breaking goals down to smaller pieces. Thanks for he wonderful insight.


MECHDONNA2 - 12:59PM PST, Feb 15th 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

Okielady32,

You are not alone. We are all having trouble losing the extra weight. I had a CK buddy who lost 30 lbs, while I just lost a couple of inches off my hips. She did great, but she is back with CK, since she gained it back. We have to be aware that this is a lifestyle change, and that means from now on. When I get to my goal weight, I will keep logging and do everything I can to keep the weight off.

Notice I said, "when I get to my goal weight?" We have to think positively. My next goal is 169 lbs. I think that goal is small enough.

Donna

Last Edited: 11:13am PST, February 17th 2011

BBENNETTFNP - 9:11PM PST, Feb 15th 2011 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

How was anybody's day? I had a great day. anyday I can walk away from 1/2 of a yummy entree was so empowering! Husband bought Domino's Breadbowl pasta - chicken alfredo. he did not get the bowl, it came in a foil dish. And I only ate 1/2 of it! small victories pave the way for victory! :thumbu2::thumbu2:


OKIELADY32 - 11:26AM PST, Feb 16th 2011

okielady32
Oklahoma

Small victories are huge motivators!!! It feels good to be in control.


MECHDONNA2 - 11:17AM PST, Feb 17th 2011

mechdonna2
Virginia

Good for you, Betty!

I have been exercising, but I have not been keeping my calories as low as is needed for weight loss. Only one day of emotional eating this month. That is pretty good for me.

Let's keep each other posted.

Donna


BBENNETTFNP - 10:43PM PST, Feb 17th 2011 View users public diary

bbennettfnp
Silverdale Wa

that is a great victory! not stress eating or eating to soothe emotions is fantastic. Stress and fatigue are my biggest triggers for falling away.

the exercise piece, well I do it as soon as I get the cat fed. if I have a chance to think about it...... well you know.


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