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Mo' Mojo, part 3 - The Baggy Pants Club

Posted by sweeby (My Page) on
Tue, May 16, 06 at 15:07

Got to keep this Mojo thing going... And please consider this a loud and clear invitation for new members -- if you've thought about joining us, NOW is the time.

Also - It's absolutely not just about what we weigh or how physically fit we are. It's about getting our personal power back -- becoming stronger emotionally, repairing the cracks, dents or gaping chasms in our self-esteem, about loving ourselves the way we are, and about being brave enough to take a few little steps to becoming the people we want to be.

And now, at long last, I'm happy to report that I've finally joined the 'Baggy Pants Club'! My 'fat pants', which didn't fit at all when I started the first Mojo thread, and fit me a bit snugly a few weeks ago -- are now Baggy! That deserves a big fat chocolate brownie ;-) OK, maybe some new kitchen towels...


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Yay, Sweeby!!! Way to go.

I'm stuck. I've hit a plateau, that looks like it's stretching for miles. (Yes, I live in Kansas and am a flatlander, but this is ridiculous.) Apparently, I'm reading I need to vary my routine a bit. My weight loss has been really slow, since last December, so I'm into a deep groove here. Would anyone like to kick me out of my rut?


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Hello...peeking in since the thread is still short...

I haven't read the other Mojo threads but wanted to. I couldn't bring myself to do it, which shows how much I need to be here!

Well, let's see. I need to lose about 10 lbs gained over the winter. I can't seem to get my energy recharged - I'm so tired all the time. I was sure I had low thyroid but the doctor checked it and said it's fine. I am always tired and cold. I always feel like I'm in a fog and I miss the sharpness and energy I had before. I'm also very klutzy lately. I posted on another thread that I have given notice at work and will no longer be a lit teacher but a full-time SAHM. I am at such a turning point - I was a single working mom from age 28 to age 44. I remarried 6 years ago and had our dd followed by our twin dds.

I really want to get my energy back, discover my niche, and go back to looking ahead to the next goal instead of wallowing in what I can't do now.

Big congrats to the Baggy Pants people! And Claire, the fact that you've reached a plateau does in itself show progress. I aspire to hitting a plateau, LOL.


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Okay. I'm in and this time I really mean it because I start my thyroid medication tomorrow. I need accountability, and not just to the doctor every three months.

I could CRY, I weigh 181 pounds!!!! How could this have happened? (easy, bum thyroid). Aaaaaaaaanyway. Will start eating sensibly again (not that I haven't been but I could be better) and working out again (which I had given up on. what was the friggin point of killing myself when I was just gaining and tired all the time). I will report everything, successes, failures, side effects. Oy. Will bore the hell out of all of you, you can always just pass over and not read if it gets really bad.

So, here we go! T minue 35-40 pounds and feeling ALOT better.

Let's go ladies!
Ivette


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Hi. I'm a bit frustated this week because I've stuck with my program and gained a fraction of a pound, vs. losing anything. I know weight loss isn't consistent, especially with WW, but it is annoying to be so careful and write down and count everything I eat, with no visible reward! Especially as the prior week, with the same behavior, I lost 2 pounds!

I think someone on the other mojo thread asked when I'm getting married---August 12th is the big day!


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And the crowd chants "Swee-BY! Swee-BY! Swee-BY!" I'm so happy that your pants are baggy!

LOL -- well, for me it IS all about how much I weigh & how physically fit I am. That's a huge project as it is. Focus on one thing at a time -- I'll work on the rest of me later! Besides, I have to focus on my sons too much to devote all my energy to a self-overhaul. Anybody else agree or disagree about self-focus & parenting?

Claire, you've been very sick, remember? I'm sure that slowed your weight loss. Please don't get discouraged. You've lost 30 lbs., and that's a significant amount. Bet your exercise increases as you start to feel stronger.

Yeah, right, Pirula, you're so boring (rolls eyes in sarcasm). Seriously, your presence will be a delight! You've always got something interesting going on.

Seekingadvice, you also have a full plate. Work on one thing at a time, and don't beat yourself up because you don't have it all together.

Perseverance, robin, perseverance... You didn't gain this week, and you're living healthier. That's good. Plateaus are perfectly normal. Your body's just adjusting, getting ready for the next round of weight loss.


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Seeking and Ivette (and all you others who, I hope, will be posting soon), WELCOME! Glad you're joining us! When I saw that the Getting Fit thread was nearing 150 posts, I hoped that might happen.

Well, for me it's MOSTLY about losing weight and getting fit, but it's also "what Sweeby said": getting out of my comfort zone, taking some chances, developing physical and emotional strength, and setting my house in order (literally and figuratively).

Since we had our Mojo moment, I've lost about 7-1/2 pounds and started walking almost every day. Weight loss has been going pretty slowly, with the inevitable ups and downs, but I think that's attributable to my slow metabolism. I need some way to jack it up a notch. I'm still thinking about joining a gym, so I can get more exercise.

Sue


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Sweeby - very good intro for Part 3 - I like the part about taking steps to becoming the people we want to be. Here are my thoughts on that - to divert from the usual health and fitness talk.

There are three things I keep telling myself I need/want to do - and this has been going on for a few years - to be the kind of person I want to be.

1. Take better care of my health - eat right, exercise. I have been doing really well with this since my Jan 25 epiphany.

2. Pay more attention to my relationships with my friends and spend less time on my job. I would say family too but aside from DH (we have no kids) I have only one remaining immediate family member - brother who lives out of town and has issues that make a close relationship a bit difficult. DH and I are in good shape and I pay alot of attention to him but I need to do more with other people. His immediate and extended family have "adopted" me so I'm not entirely family-less. Anyway, I've been doing better in getting back in touch with friends who have been busy with their children's lives for the last 25 years while I've been busy working too much. Making a real point to get together, have them over for dinner (and use my new kitchen), etc. - this has been a great thing.

3. Go to church more. This may be a bit weird but I do feel truly blessed to be alive - having survived 34 years since being diagnosed with a type of cancer (including a recurrence 24 years ago) that I had only a 20% chance of surviving. I do feel like there must be some reason I'm still around - like I should be doing something good with my life. Going to church does help me look at things from a less self centered point of view. I've been doing better on this as well.

So there ya' have it - my entire mojo summary!! I'm glad Sweeby keeps reminding us of the meaning of mojo - it reminds me to keep all of these things in mind.


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LOL! Oh yeah, I've always got something interesting going on! What a sweet thing to say really it is!

Today's interesting thing though (sorry to focus on ME so much, but darnit I've had a bad day) I need hearing aids!!

Yessereee. Ivette has the ears of a 64 year old (um, I'm 42). Isn't that special? I've noticed over the past year or two that I'm having to have things repeated alot, the TV has to be on louder just for me, and now recently I have trouble hearing at meetings. Since both my grandmother, my mother and my uncle had or have serious hearing loss I suspected a genetic "thing" so went to see a specialist today. Sure enough...

So, I got fitted for a "listening enhancement device" (barf) for my right ear today. We'll see how it goes with that and I may end up getting one for my left ear as well (it's slightly less deaf). It's amazing how this sneaks up on you.

So, does anyone have some cheese for my WHINE???

Had a good laugh with the doctor, I've had bad myopia since childhood and wear contacts, now I need a hearing aid. I'm deaf and blind. I bet DH wishes I was mute too! LOL! You gotta laugh you know?

Okay, enough about ME! Back to our regularly scheduled programing of MOJO enhancement.

Ivette


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Sweeby - Way to go!! Keep up the good work!

Claire, Robin & Sue - I am a bit stuck too, but have noone to blame but myself. Although I am down 7 pounds, I have been dragging for a week...all this rain we have had is a real downer. My eating is going ok, but exercise has been non-existent. Gotta get back on track.

Ivette - welcome back! Getting going is so hard. Start with the first 5 pounds as a goal....looking at the overall picture can be overwhelming.(at least for me)

Seeking - Welcome! I wish you all the best with your decision to leave your job. You did not specify why you were leaving, but if it is due to high stress that could definitely contribute to your fogginess and lack of energy. I bet Sue can attest to this as well. It took me about 6 months after leaving my job to feel "normal" again.

awm - your question is an interesting one. I guess it depends on what you mean by self overhaul. Trying to do too many things at once can be overwhelming. I think you are smart to focus on getting fit since that is your first priority.


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OK, one more passenger for the Mo' Mojo train--

Congrats to all whose trains are under way. I've always done the weight thing on my own. Maybe part of getting my Mojo is taking the journey with you all. Weight, eating, have been nasty little secrets in my life.

I went shopping Mothers Day-- having lost 20 pounds, my pants were baggy, too-- and it was fun. Even though I've got a WHOLE lot more to go, it was great to have confirmation that my change in eating habits and (thus far somewhat sporadic) exercise regime are beginning to pay off.

I've found that my spiffy new kitchen makes it more fun to cook. Now, everything has a place and I have a pantry. I hope this goes on once the novelty of playing in my new space wears off.

My goal is to lose weight slowly by eating and exercising in a manner I can live with over the long haul. I've gone the "spend all my mental energy on planning, monitoring, reviewing" route a couple of times and it doesn't work for me (I lost over 100 pounds each time, only to have it come back with extra pound buddies). There are so many things I want to do but I don't want them to be excuses for not taking care of myself.

Whew!!

Didn't mean to melt the wax in your online ears...

Naya


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Oh, Ivette! Well, at least your sense of humor is still fully functional!

But *Good For You* for first, having the guts to get tested, and second, actually getting a hearing aid. So many people resist and resist and resist for years, frustrating the people who love them and pulling away from social gatherings because it's too difficult to participate. Facing a possible problem head-on, then tackling it the way you did -- that is mojo working!

My DH recently had his hearing tested, and the results were a hearing loss somewhere between 'severe' and 'profound'. But then his vanity kicked in, so he won't do anything about it... I have to admit though, I'm pretty sure he agreed to the hearing test by accident anyway, only pretending to hear me - serves him right for faking it! ;-) But it is getting annoying... The third time I have to repeat something, my tone of voice isn't exactly pleasant -- and yet, that's the first time he's heard things, so he wonders where *that* came from and thinks I'm hormonal. And now he's yelling at everyone because he can't hear how loud he is. Sensitive subject for him...

Guess I need some of that cheese, too ;-)

Glad to see you here Seeking! And I know what you mean about those hormones. Seems like they take a looooong time to bounce back after babies past our 20's... If the doctor who did your thyroid test is a GP or gyno, you may want to try an endocrinologist instead. I had similar symptoms and also had a clear thyroid test, but it turns out in my case it was some other hormones that were screwy. Most doctors probably wouldn't have found the imbalance, and one who really isn't a good listener wouldn't have even bothered to look.

Thanks for the kind words Amy! And I hear you about our kids taking up our time. But please carve out a little something for yourself -- Who says you need a whole "overhaul" anyway? Just one little step in the "Amy's important" direction...

Gibby - that's an amazing story. And I think it's fabulous the things you're doing to be sure your life has meaning and balance. I really need to do a much better job of keeping close to my 'real life' friends...

Well, it's time for Boston Legal now, so I'm off for my daily dose of American trash culture ;-)


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I've been busy lately since I started back tutoring (for all those finals), and also been working as a sub 3-4 times per week. However, I'm glad to report that though I was exhausted some days, I did continue going to the gym 2-3 times per week, and would walk the other days at least 3 miles. Also making sure to eat lots of salads and veggies, and stay away from chocolates (my weakness).

Good to see most are doing well and now wearing baggy pants!!! Way to go Sweeby :-)


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Um...baggy pants? That would be a consummation devoutly to be wish'd...

I've been blowing up like a blimp, can't control it, and it's suddenly been 3 months since my last period. I'm not pregnant. I can't figure it out. And I'm just gaining like a pig, no matter what I eat/exercise (o.k., I've gone through a few baking phases and a few attempts to cool it, but nothing seems to make a difference). It's kind of scary.

I'll tell ya, I have really lost my mojo. Nothing like not recognizing your body when you feel it to make that mojo head for the hills. :(

Could you pass the cheese please, Ivette? I'm on the Zone as of last Saturday, so it's o.k. to eat cheese, as long as it's lowfat...


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Fly - Get thee to a physician! If you haven't been in the last month or so, then make it your #1 priority today to pick up the phone and make that call. That's one 5-minute chore that can get you back on the mojo train.


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flyleft, I want to echo sweeby's suggestion of seeing your doctor. Even if you are the right age for menopause, it sounds like a hormone imbalance. Since I've been going through it, it's not pretty or easy. Sometimes we need all the help we can get!

I wanted to say Welcome to the newbies here. Seeking, I'm always glad to see you! I hope you can gain some strength from the group, while you're finding your lost mojo.

Ivette, good for you for getting your hearing checked! Hearing loss is hard on the person who has it, and hard on the people they live with. I always said that when I lost my hearing I would be the first to get hearing aids. My Dad couldn't hear the last years of his life and he really disconnected socially. Whatever you need to invest in your hearing, please do. You're worth it.

awm, you're very positive! Thank you for reminding me. Now that I feel better, I've forgotten where I've been.

Gibby, it sounds like you're thinking in a good way. I'm trying to make the second half of my life better than the first, in terms of health and well being.

mariposa and naya, sounds like you're on your way!

robin, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! It will come off, it will come off.

neverdone, my exercise has been inconsistent. I vow to step up and step back down again. I'm climbing on again today, and trying to join Sue in walking everyday. Good going, Sue!


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Hey, all! Good to catch up and see the progress continues for most. For those who feel stuck, this train *is* moving, even if it doesn't feel like it.

We are back from a very, very soggy time on the coast of New Hampshire/southern Maine. Yikes. Literally a hundred year flood. One foot of rain, mostly pelting, cold and horizontal! Flooding everywhere, roads washed out, what a mess. Interesting trying to get the rental car back with the highway closed (route 1 & 128, for those familiar with greater Boston)

My great plan to walk a mile each way to meals didn't exactly work out. Niece's wedding was wonderful, except for the leaking roof at the reception - they say rain on your wedding day means good luck, so I guess they are maybe the luckiest couple ever! And I always love to see my sibs.

Tried to eat well. Bought some All Bran, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, sliced turkey, etc, then had to drag all that around once washed out of out B&B. Little exercise - does dancing count? But back on the bike today already.

I'm not going to weigh myself for a couple days.....


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Just checking in: another successful dieting day; rode 8.5 miles. That includes our own local version of the Alpe d'Huez (notorious mountain stage in the Tour de France). Not only did I climb the hill more easily, but I did it in a higher gear. Going out of town for the weekend, unfortunately. I'm so close to breaking through to the 160s and don't want to move further away from that mark by eating restaurant food for a weekend.

Hope you all have a fruitful weekend.


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Thanks, sweeby & Claire. I think I'm delaying for the absolutely dumbest reason: the last time I went in for one thing, it turned out I had a melanoma that required *rather* deep excision as well...I'm kind of putting my hands over my increasingly fatty ears right now. I know, completely DUMB.

The bright side: I'm on the Zone since Saturday and I feel better...is anyone else doing Zone-inspired nutrition? Also trying high-dose fish oil. Anyone else doing that? Exercise was *going* to be great, since my DH's workplace opened its health club to nonmembers for a week, but my poor DD fell and scraped her *elbow* really badly, so no pool for us. I'm trying to work up the interest in going by myself.

Anyone else love swimming here? It seems to work me out like nothing else.

And awm, a local Alpe d'Huez? Must be a sight to see :)


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Thought everybody'd taken off for an early Memorial Day. Thanks for the welcome, Claire- I was kinda scared to join a group that seems to know each other so well already.

Congratulations on the wedding, and hang in there Robin! You're doing what you need to do, so you'll get to your destination.

Ivette, aren't those the hardest times, when ya have to keep going pretty much on faith, because the evidence of the hard work isn't showing yet?

Ditto to Flyleft what everyone else said... after all, getting your Mojo means taking good care of ones self, doesn't it? (She says, staring at the lab order for her own cholesterol, thyroid, etc. tests..)

And a big Mojo "Hi!" to everyone not mentioned.

I exercised tonight; had to push, but I finally got myself out the door to the gym. I also took tomorrow off to work in my garden and do fun stuff since the weather is so absolutely gorgeous right now. Part of me getting my Mojo back is to keep my job in proportion-- there will always be something not finished, but life (at least my life) is not all about work.

Naya


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welcome nayasabrina!

good work on the baggy pants club, everyone!

unfortunately, I am in the tight pants club right now. eek.

I just cannot get back to eating right and the rain has kept me inside for over a week (I'm in Mass, so I know what you were going through last weekend, celtic!)

last night was my book club, and all I did was graze for 3 hours...bacon wrapped dates sound weird, but they are to die for...

I really like South Beach style of eating, and I felt great the one time I did it religiously for 8 weeks, but with picky kids and running around this time of year, it is hard to have the time to cook that way...I should look into the Zone, because that makes a lot of sense to me too..

I finally got out to work out yesterday, but now we are having a thunderstorm. I hope it dries out a little for tomorrow as I have another competition.

since it seems we are all of the female persuasion here so far, do you find that your cycle affects your weight?? Not in a water retention sort of way, but I find that I just can't stop eating everything in sight a week before my period...I'll gain 5 lbs and then drop it over the next two weeks

And when did they resize all the clothes? when I was 140 15 years ago, I was a size 12...now I am hovering about 165 and I tried on 12 jeans the other day that were too *BIG*!!!

ok, now i am just rambling...today is another day and I will attempt to eat better...


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Bad flu/bronchitis here from that New England monsoon last weekend. Don't want to move. Don't want to eat either.

Welcome Nayasabrina!

Namabafo, you're not nuts. Clothes sizing has changed. Today's 12 is the 14-16 of times past. Anything to keep the buyer happy and buying I guess.

And I definitely gain premenstual weight and drop it a week later. Which at 53, I am getting a little tired of already. But then I fear my weight, waistline *and* mood may get permanently stuck in that awful premenstual place forever. Now that is really scarey!

Have a good weekend all!


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Cripes, still sick as a dog here.

And now I'm a thread killer too? Noooooooooooo....


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Welcome nayasabrina - boy, your last paragraph has a few things that sound a lot like me. One of my favorite things is taking a day off work to work outside in the spring. And I hear ya' on work/life balance situation.

Celtic - so sorry to hear you are still under the weather. What's up with that - are you getting any better?

Namabafo - yes, isn't it crazy what they've done with the sizing of clothes? It enables us to neglect ourselves - it's ridiculous.

Here's something that will crack you up. DH and I don't buy each other gifts much for our birthdays - sometimes we do but not always. We always get each other a birthday cake though. I like white cake/white frosting - your traditional wedding type cake. So what does he do (for the second year in a row) - buys one of those giant cakes from Costco.

Talk about a heart attack in a box - I can almost feel my arteries clogging up. We've taken some to work but needless to say I have had a few pieces. I ask why he gets such a giant cake - half the price of a cake half the size at another store. This is one of the few times I could use a fridge bigger than a 42" SxS - though I can manage to cram it in there if I crush the box slightly.

Aside from this cake binge I've been doing okay. Did my exercise routine only four times this week. We went to our lake cabin this weekend so I blew off one day of bike riding to work outside in the yard. I figure that wasn't too bad since raking, digging, and pulling small trees out by their roots is a reasonably good workout.

How's everyone doing?


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Hi everybody,

Celtic, hope you're feeling better soon!

Gibby, after my daughter's bat mitzvah, we were left with about two-thirds of a large and delicious cat/ballerina sheet cake. I cut it into sections and froze them in separate packages. That way, we didn't need to finish it up quickly because we "had to," and we enjoyed it more after a few weeks' respite. The cake survived the freezer unscathed.

Well, I've tried to make it a personal policy to be in a positive frame of mind when I post to this thread. I don't want to turn it into a sob session or a wallow in self-loathing. I wrote last week that I was AHEAD of schedule in reaching my short-term goal, but sadly, I was being too trusting of my bathroom scale. I've had a "bounceback" of a pound and a half, and now I can't seem to shake it off again. I don't think my eating has gone off-track (at least, not in a major way), but last week was rainy, cold, and blustery, and I didn't do much walking.

Now, I'm getting ready for my trip up North (I'm attending my 40th college reunion and then visiting my sister for a couple days). I'll just have to make the best choices I can with regard to the food that will be available during my trip, but I do want to enjoy the class banquet, picnic, and whatever my sister cooks up. I just hope that I can break even and not do too much damage to my weight-loss program. Otherwise, I'll just have to "get back on the horse" when I get home. One good aspect is that I ought to find lots of opportunities for walking during my stay on campus.

While I'm away, I probably won't have access to email and the internet (how did I ever survive without it?!). But I'll check in with you when I get back. Hope you all have a great week!

Sue


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I'm ready to hop the train! My pysician today told me I have high cholesterol - I am 58 and not terribly overweight, but out of shape.

My 86 year old mother has diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, etc., etc., etc.. She, like me, had no medical issues until her late 50's. She wore a size 12 (after 3 children) until diagnosed with diabetes. She is now a 3X and most likely will not ever be able to lose the weight that would be beneficial for her heart health. Diabetes is hereditary so I am very concerned about this issue....

This revelation today has scared the **** out of me!!! Until a year ago, I worked out diligently, ate healthy, etc.. August 30 '05 I left my long term career (travel burn out) to be at home at night with DH and near my Mom. I have been a "slug" for the past 6 months - working on the remodel and eating anything and everything in sight, not working out on a regular basis (almost never) and in general, not taking care of myself.

My DH is overweight and eats very poorly - unable to do much exercise and participate in sports due to a herniated disc. He avoids doctors like the plague but I have finally arranged for him to have a physical - his first in 30 years - which is very positive.

You have all inspired me! Thank you! I plan a long walk tomorrow morning to greet the day..........


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Welcome Andi! Happy to have you here. And turnaround is our whole point here at Mojo...

Well up until a few minutes ago, I was having a really great week. Down 4.2 pounds this week at my WW meeting, not a regular occurance, but a very happy occasion.

And we're finally getting rid of this old flat roof and putting on a brand new, standing seam metal roof. Low slope, passive air-channel cooled -- a beauty. And DH, (bless him) agreed to bring in some contractors to speed things up. A whole 10-day forecast with no rain -- Life is good.

So where in the %^#@ did this freak thunder storm come from! The one that just poured buckets full of rain into my whole house? Including my just-finished kitchen? (which is on the first floor...) The living room with Oriental rugs and leather sofas? My closet? I just finished bailing, mopping and drying (round 2), and thought I'd whine a bit before starting on round 3...

DH just finished rolling out plastic on the rooftop and is steaming mad. He asked the subs first thing this morning to remove the protruding nails on the section they'd finished so we could roll out plastic (just in case) -- Of course, they didn't do it. And that's where the flooding was worst. Then there was the one crew member who stood under a tarp while the rest of us worked frantically trying to either cover stuff up or bail water. I can't imagine doing that! And I don't imagine we'll see him back on our job.

Oh well -- adventures in remodeling... Wonder how many activity points I get for battling water damage?


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Oh, Sweeby, that's terrible! It sounds like you have grounds to take legal action (or at least, collect insurance), if your loss was substantial and the crew didn't take the proper measures to protect your home from water damage. I hope your carpets, cabinets, and furniture aren't ruined. There are "disaster" companies that can help with the drying out process (bringing in heavy-duty fans, etc). Good luck!

Andi, welcome! I retired last fall (also mostly because of burnout) and have had a sluggish winter, too. I really needed to relax and recover, but I guess I was a little too permissive about what I ate, and staying at home, I got very little exercise. This thread has energized me to break out of my doldrums. You're not doomed to have diabetes, even if there's a family history; I think if you keep your weight down and follow nutritional guidelines, you won't necessarily develop it. When I lost a lot of weight 10 years ago, my cholesterol level and blood pressure also decreased dramatically.

OK, now I really AM signing off for the week!

Sue


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sweeby--what a pain in the you-know-what!! We've had tons of rain here in MA, luckily I'm not where the flooding is...and today was gorgeous if a little cool.

andi-welcome to the train!

celtic--feel better!

gibby--you poor thing! those cakes are huge!!! dh and I have b-days one week apart (his was last Wed, mine is this) so we have major dessert around now...I made him an apple pie this year and the kids ate most of it! I'm safe from pie as I don't care for it much...

I had my competition on Sat and didn't do as well as i had hoped, though I came in 3rd out of 4 women...Since Sat I've dropped 3 lbs...(mostly cause I stopped my period binge eating) I had a small workout today including about 12 minutes on the bike, some lifting and lots of core work!

Sue, have a great time at your reunion. I'm skipping out on my 20th reunion on June 3rd as I have yet another competition...what's your alma mater?

well I need to go feed the kids...


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I've been on Zone for two weeks now, following it conscientiously, exercising lots (racewalking and swimming--did a PR wrt length on Friday), and:

I've not lost a single ounce. At least I have not gained any more, right? In the midst of my hormonal chaos?

But compared to having rain in my new kitchen, I'm doing fine. ((((Sweeby)))) Well, we do have to learn what to do about some carpenter ants we can no longer ignore, and fix some of that fungus that leads to dry rot that has been discovered under the house after the sprinkler system leak that was also discovered, but other than that we're fine...

andi, do you know about the Leslie Sansone walk tapes? They're really *great* -- you can personalize them infinitely and no matter what you do, as long as you keep taking steps at the beats you'll know you've walked 2 miles when it's done, or 3 or 4 etc...If you're feeling energetic you can really work your arms and get a *serious* workout, I mean it. And you can do it just in the family room. Easy on the knees, too. You can just do half a mile, even. It's SO easy to start with, but it can grow with you along the way.


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What a bummer, sweeby! (But all that mopping and bailing should help keep those 4.2 pounds away :-)

The weather sure is freaky. While it's absolutely nothing compared to what New England has suffered, we had about half an inch of rain in the San Francisco Bay area on Sunday. That's unheard of this time of year.

Thanks, gibby, I was glad I got to play in the garden Friday because it was cool and windy and rainy the rest of the weekend.

Welcome, andi!

Tell us how the reunion was when you get back, Sue.

And celticmoon, be well and know that we all feel like threadkillers some times.

Does anyone have any medical/scientific understanding of "the bounce"? It's sure frustrating-- for the first time in ages, I exercised three times in a week (40 minutes on the elliptical, 5 minutes of crunches, 10 minutes on the machines), worked in the yard a couple of hours pulling weeds and turning sod, ate moderately, yet have had a 1 lb bounce up. Any hot theories of what's going on?

Naya


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I've always heard muscle weighs more than fat?

so all that working out is making muscles stronger (and heavier)?


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namabafo, I meant to ask you about South Beach...I glanced at the book today and it seems to allow a *lot* that Zone doesn't, e.g. bread, chocolate...it was really still effective for you? The Zone isn't exactly melting the pounds away, iykwim. And South BEach seems to have more delicious recipes all worked out than Zone with his "cottage cheese with everything" approach...bleeeccchhh...

Although my husband just remembered that the last time we did Zone (back in 1997), he started seeing results in a week, and it took me a month. I was moping around pretty much the same way I am now and then *bang* it started to kick in...hoping for a similar day soon...


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Hi, everybody. Looks like the train is roaring down the tracks. Glad to see so many passengers.

Just wanted to chime in quickly about the "muscle weighs more than fat" theory. Think back to the riddle when you were a kid, "what weighs more, a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?" A ton is a ton. A pound is a pound. The saying comes from muscle being more DENSE than fat (takes up less space). So, if two people both weigh 150 lbs, but one has 15 more pounds of muscle than the other person, the one with the extra muscle will look more fit. That's why you will see female bodybuilders who weigh 125-130 lbs but are extremely lean, less than 10% bodyfat. They're a tight package of muscle.

Sadly, muscle is VERY hard to gain. Most women can't gain more than 1/4 to 1/2 lb of muscle a month. At least not without supplements.

Many women stay out of the gym because they don't want to bulk up. This is very hard to do. Don't ever worry about that. Muscle is a good thing. One of the biggest jobs of muscle is to burn fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat you'll burn (faster, too).

Okay, sorry about the science lesson. LOL

Keep up the good work, everybody!!!


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flyleft--I have the orginal diet book and the cookbook. It seems like a few things changed between the two in the intervening years...

orgianlly you were allowed very little dairy on Phase 1, some veggies were out in Phase 1 like carrots and tomatoes...

I cooked quite a a few recipes from the orginal diet book and everything was pretty flavorful...I actually found it easier to banish all carbs than try to regulate them...I didn't realize they wre allowing bread...that must be phase 3--I think they allowed whole grains then..

I lost 16 lbs in 8 weeks when I followed South beach--8 of it came off in the first two weeks of Phase 1. Best part was, I was never hungry and had tons of energy. I've slowly put most of it back on in the last 2 years, basically because I gave up...I have 2 picky kids and a picky dha dn I get tired of making more than one meal...(my son has sensory issues and some foods truly make him gag--not worth it to me to fight that battle! He is slowly adding foods he will eat)

it's even pretty easy to eat out on south beach--even fast food--most places have at least a grilled chicken topped salad...many restaurants have veggies or a salad to substitute for the potato or pasta or rice...

basically you start out with lots of lean protein and veggies--very few carbs for 2 weeks.

then you can slowly start to add in "good" carbs, fruits and some whole grains in Phase 2...

Phase 3 adds even more whole grains and is the "maintenance" phase....


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sweeby, SO sorry about your inside flood. Water belongs OUTSIDE the house, in the sink, or diluted with scotch.

Are you drying out yet?


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Hmmm, namabafo, so maybe I should get the cookbook instead? I just checked and I see that the cookbook just came out last year. It sounds promising--thanks for the details. I'm sorry to hear about your son; I know a little girl with similar issues and it's a burden to bear, to be sure.


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Sweeby, how awful!!! Hang in there.

Wecome Andi, you found the right place. Jump on and go with that Mojo flow to turn things around.

Back when this thread started, I posted a site for playing with recipes to tweak them in to the Zone. Sometimes it is worth the tweak work so you can go with the stuff you are used to eating. It is fun and free, trial is fully functional. I'll post it again below.

My illness is waning, but I'm still sore and tired and hacking. DH is a couple days ahead and he is back to work, so I'm hopeful. I have a conference down in Chicago next few days, then DH's family reunion cross state on the Mississsippi for the weekend. (and Maine last week, this is way too much travel for me!! I'm a homebody ususally.) Eating fair, but no energy to work out. Still in survival mode.

Hope the rest of you are doing well.

And once more: (((((Sweeby)))))

Here is a link that might be useful: fun Zone recipe tweak tool


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celticmoon, that looks so cool, thanks! I wasn't "here" when the thread started; I just downloaded the trial and will start it when I am free to reboot. Looking forward to it. I hope you feel completely better soon.


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Ay yi yi, Sweeby. How are things today, are you drying out yet?

Down to 170.5 lbs. today. Hope to break into the 160s next week. Can't imagine what that's like to be so "skinny."


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Hi eveyone,

Welcome Andi. Hopefully the high cholesterol will be a wakeup call for you as high blood pressure was for me - and I'm only 49. I also have slightly high cholesterol at times but other times it's back down to normal. I too was not really overweight but not eating very well and my level of exercise had decreased to about 1x per week. I've now been exercising 5x a week and eating much better for the last four months. It's been very gratifying in ways I never expected - including baggy pants! Hope you will find encouragement here to make the lifestyle changes you think are important.

Sweeby - what a nightmare. How are you recovering from that disaster????

Sue - thanks for suggesting freezing some of the cake - why didn't I think of that - didn't think of putting it in smaller packages that would fit in my narrow freezer! The last time I put cake in the freezer was the top of my wedding cake - believe it or not I still have it in my freezer - 28 years later! Just hate to part with cake I guess....

celtic - glad to hear you are finally starting to rally from being under the weather. Hope you're back to your old self soon.

awm - you are doing so great!! It kind of keeps you going when you start feeling "skinny" doesn't it. I bought a new pair of jeans this week - first time in 23 years that I've downsized my jeans. It caused me to rush home and jump on the exercise bike.

I am going to my lake cabin for a six day weekend! I had to stock up on healthy snacks. We always have alot of food around there for us and whoever stops by - typically chips, salted nuts and other such stuff I vowed to avoid. Now it's fruit, unsalted nut/dried fruit mix, and various Kashi snacks which are whole grain, lower salt, no hydrogentated fat. Fortunately DH likes healthier stuff too - any visitors may be disappointed however.

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Hooh, what a day! Went to Dallas for a quickie business trip and had a very successful meeting. But tiring --

The house is 99% dry again -- Thanks All for your concern and cyber-hugs. DH is just worried about wet insulation, and I can't say I blame him. Actually, he's worried and stressed about *everything* and I'm reminded once again why it is he does his own building and doesn't hire subs... All he does is complain about how they don't care and how they aren't doing as good a job as he would do, and how hard it is to find someone who does top quality work for a fair price... Enough already!

On the bright side, we have some roof framing up. On the annoyance side, we asked for and specified 30-inch overhangs, and it looks like they're framing for 20 or so. (So why didn't DH stop them and get them to fix it?) Oops, I didn't say that... Anyway...

Good science lesson Lori. I guess the better cliche should be muscle works better than fat, and it looks better too.

A 6-day weekend sounds heavenly Gibby -- Enjoy!


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Ah crud, sweeby! That's a bummer. Glad things are drying up and sorry about the overhangs, sigh. Remodeling just sucks sometimes.

Has anyone heard of "adrenal fatigue?" I don't know if it's real or one of those gimmes for women like me, but I sure fit the profile. I don't want to be the target of some bogus marketing scheme to get me on a bunch of homeopathic cures so I plan to take the advice above and see an endocrinologist.

I also have an appointment on Friday with a cardiologist. I'm still having chest pains (off and on since my doctor tried me on a beta blocker for migraines and I quit cold turkey - oops). I don't think there's anything wrong with my ticker but the doctor won't try any thyroid meds with my complaint of chest pains so I suppose it's a good way to get me to go.

Hope everyone else is doing well. Here's hoping for graceful aging for all.

Here is a link that might be useful: adrenal fatigue and thyroid website


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Oh yeah, seeking. My adrenals are so shot. Partly because of the mitral valve prolapse syndrome that releases adrenaline so easily. I've had EBV, too. Interesting page you posted. I'm not type A blood, and there are a few other things (like the severe anxiety stuff) that don't fit, but in general that profile holds true for me (although doesn't everyone past, say, 35, have vertical lines on their finger pads?)

I just can't bring myself to take actual adrenal gland -- yuck -- but I do take and do other things that help. Have you been checked for mitral valve prolapse? Maybe you can ask your cardiologist about it...?


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Pirula, how are you doing? Is your medicine making a difference yet? Hope you're feeling better.


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I achieved a major Mojo milestone this week. It's funny, it's sad, pitiful really -- but I know you guys will understand ;-) I am happy to report that as of this week, my thighs no longer rub together in shorts when I walk. Since it's so hot and humid here, that's a very, very nice change...

The roof is coming together, and DH has found a way to make peace with the subs. He was on the verge of firing them the other day, and they were so ticked at him that they were throwing the rafters down onto the roof deck right over my head. (VERY unnerving -- had me shaking and in actual tears, which is totally not like me.) But a few words of appreciating and case of beer went a long way... Now the major framing is done, the roof overhangs are acceptable, and life will clearly go on.

How's everyone else doing?


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Sweeby, That's a HUGE Mojo moment!

Well, I've gained three pounds. (sigh)


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Sweeby, that's good to hear -- attagirl to you.

Claire, don't worry about those three measely pounds. You've been very disciplined. I'm sure you'll lose them quickly.

Seeking, did you have a fruitful doctor's appointment today? Hope everything was good news.


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oh, sweeby, how lucky you are about the thighs! I just started having that happen recently with this weight gain and I HATE it. I want it to go away. It's horrible. and glad to hear about the peacemaking.

Major news flash: I *may* have lost one pound. Don't know. Can't tell for sure yet. Will know tonight LOL...but if it stays off tonight, that will mean that the trend has been broken. I also got a real period a few days ago, for the first time since February. I'd been on Zone for two weeks and a couple of days. Coincidence? I don't know...the only time I was able to hold a pregnancy (for years, literally) was after I'd been on the Zone for one month. Maybe my hormonal imbalances were being exacerbated by my "nutritional choices"? Still haven't been to the doctor. I know.

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Good news! My heart is in terrific shape. I passed my stress test with flying colors and the doc said I have practically no chance of developing heart disease. Yay!

He speculates that the chest pains are a result of acid reflux and he gave me some samples to try (Protonix). Way better than a heart problem, but I hate it when my body has dumb things wrong. I will now look into seeing an endocrinologist.

Sweeby, that is HUGE!!! I hate the thigh rub - how exciting to have bid it adieu.

flyleft, sorry if you already explained this, but what's the Zone? It sounds like it really works for you!

Awm, thanks for thinking of me!

Sorry about the 2 lbs, clare.

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Sounds like a great day all around, three pounds notwithstanding. (Sorry Claire!)

Hormones and nutrition are definitely related, Fly. And there's a HUGE connection between the gut and the brain that seems to only now be getting any scientific respect. I guess we are what we eat... Which makes me a tomato? Hey, at least I'm not a Twinkie ;-)

Great news about your heart Seeking! That's got to be a relief. Here's hoping you can find a great endo who will make everything right for you. I've got a Marcus Welby here in Houston if anyone's interested. Takes a few months to get that first appt., but you get a whole hour, and he actually listens to you. Nice.

Our whole house renovation's going pretty well today -- Got the chimney 'stoned', the roof's looking like a roof, and met with some architects about the front facade, which has been giving me fits. I've finally got a drawing I like that complies with our setback requirements and only kills one tree (a pine). They may come up with something better, but if not, I like where we're headed -- we'll see. I've posted a link to my Extreme Makeover thread, and all suggestions are welcome!

Here is a link that might be useful: Extreme Makeover thread


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Wishing everyone a happy and mindful Memorial Day weekend.

That's good news, seeking! And sweeby, that is not pitiful or anything else, that's MAHVelous.

I'm thrilled that this morning I reached a new low weight-the "bounce" left and took a pound with it. I really needed it, too, because work was stressful the whole week. In the past I'd have headed straight for the frig; on Thursday (the worst by far) I headed for the gym instead.

What is most stressful to me is setting boundaries. Everyone has too much work and too little time to do it in. While I know this in my mind, I'd carry a huge guilt burden that I couldn't get everything done. Not good for emotional health.

I've gotten better at triage and saying no. Now I'm working on feeling OK about saying no-- and sticking to it. While eating more healthily. And increasing exercise. And redecorating the living room, dining room, and family room.

Um-- was somebody here talking about setting limits?????

Naya


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Whew...(pant, pant, pant)

Made it through Day 1 of Memorial Day weekend without blowing the diet: stuck to 3 oz. of grilled steak & 1 corn on the cob (lots of asparagus, grilled eggplant, sauteed mushrooms + 16 oz. of Crystal Lite lemonade). Had enough leftover calories for 1 cup of Breyer's sugar free ice cream (not bad; 6 g. of fiber in 1 cup? Where's it come from?).

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Most of you are doing so well!! New lows, nonrubbing thighs, healthy hearts...inspiring!

Lord knows I need inspiration. I hit a 2 year weight *high* this morning. Wrong direction. DH says it is just a little edema from the motorcycle trip (600 miles Saturday and yesterday). I'm guessing it was the beer and carbs at the family reunion too...

We both still have a lingering cough. What a bad bug this has been. So much running around the last few weeks didn't help recovery. Not great for diet or exercise either.

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Celticmoon, it sounds like you have what I did. I'm sorry for you if it is, since it took a long time to get over. I hope you can take some time to rest and start feeling better soon.


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Hi all - I'm back from my extended holiday. What a treat. Hot weather in Minnesota on Memorial Day. I did pretty well with my "program" while I was gone. Kept up with my exercise frequency and didn't eat too bad. The season is now here for another fun form of exercise - kayaking - went for an hour yesterday.

Sweeby - I love your recent victory on the thigh rub - that is just great!!

Nayasabrina - I've had that situation you describe - at work. Taking everything on and feeling guilty if I don't. Well, over the years I've watched other very successful people NOT do this. While I slave away 12 hours a day, they don't but still advance in their careers. I finally took a lesson from them and set some limits - reminding myself that my health, family and friends are much more important than my job. It's worked out quite well. Some stuff just doesn't get done in a timely manner and we all get by in spite of it. Hang tough on that!

Seeking - good to hear your heart is in good shape!!

Celtic - hope you shake that nasty bug soon.


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Hi everybody, I'm back, too! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday and are getting back on track (if you strayed) with the exercise, healthy eating, or whatever program you've set for yourself.

I had a WONDERFUL time at my 40th reunion! There were lots of hugs from old friends (it means a lot that we still feel such a bond, even if we only see each other every 5 or 10 years). It felt so comfortable to "take up where we left off," and the years melted away as we laughed, kidded one another, and even shared a few tears as we remembered dear friends who are no longer with us. At our age (early 60s), we all facing major transitions (retirement, in particular). This phase is sometimes called the "third age," a stage of life when we can be productive and creative, although (and perhaps because) we are no longer raising families and involved in our careers. We are free to choose new directions and develop new passions (or devote increased time to old ones). Maybe we should call ourselves the "Mojo Generation"!

Before I went to this reunion, I sometimes felt that my life was almost over (not that I'd stop breathing, exactly, but that I could no longer make much of a contribution to my family and the world). That was why the theme of the reunion, "creating change," struck a chord with me. In one of my workshops, I learned of a model of transition (developed by William Bridges) that starts with an "Ending," moves through a "Neutral Zone," and emerges at a new "Beginning." Fascinating concept! One phase of my life (the job of 24 years) is over, and I've been slogging through the Neutral Zone for several months now; this is a temporary period of refocusing, shifting patterns, developing new strengths, and regaining energy. It's sometimes uncomfortable but important to go through this process. I'm not quite ready for the new Beginning, but I feel very energized by the awareness that this transition is almost universal and by the idea that a meaningful life is still to come and Im developing resources to help me deal with it.

During the past week, I was also able to spend a lot of time with my daughter and sister and their spouses, and I hosted a favorite professor (long since retired) at the class dinner. I also did lots of walking and managed to stay sane with my eating (although I did have some desserts ... and enjoyed every mouthful).

And, to top it off ... I've lost another 3-1/2 pounds!! (Hope they don't bounce back tomorrow.)

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mt, what a refreshing post! I'm so glad you're discovering new attitudes towards life. You're an excellent role model. I'm also happy you had such a nice time at your reunion. And of course I'm happy about those 3.5 pounds. Big attagirl to you.


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sweeby--yay! on the anti-rubbing thighs...I could use some of *that* mojo...and hope you are all dry and not moldy!

mtnester--sounds like a grand time at your reunion. It is 20 yrs for me this year, but I have to miss it for a competition...and good on you for the 3.5 lbs!!!

celtic hope you are feeling better!

naya--glad to hear bye-bye bounce and good riddance to that extra lb..

seeking--glad to hear your ticker is in such great shape!

sorry if I missed any other updates---

I gained about 5 lbs in the past few weeks, but am happy to say I am down 3.5 of those. I've been working out lots--riding the stationary bike, throwing things, and now that the pool is open, I hope to start a consistent pool workout.

Because I've always worn contacts, I never really learned how to swim correctly--I can get from point A to point B, but not with any sort of finesse....I planning on doing lots of laps with a kickboard--working my lower body, and trying for some plyometric low-impact stuff in water to work on my explosiveness in throwing...

off to swim---

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It's raining, it's pouring, I just feel like snoring...
Seriously, all this rain is making me sleepy! It's been raining the last 5 mornings in a row, and I just feel sluggish and unmotivated. Plus a pound I thought I'd lost has crept back on and looks like it wants to stay...

But lots of good news from you all! Nice to hear about the reunion and competition -- cool stuff.


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I had pizza & ice cream for dinner tonight! Except it was my homemade pizza recipe -- 1/4 pie is the serving allowance and it's about 450 cals if you add extra mozzarella. Mine was loaded with veggies. And the ice cream was Breyer's Sugar Free Neapolitan -- 176 cals. a cup with 6 grams of fiber (?!) -- not bad stuff. Later I worked out on the elliptical for 45 minutes. Kinda strange to have had pizza & ice cream & feel like I did a good job dieting today, LOL!


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mt - loved your post. Inspiring Mojo.

Y'alll remember me giving away all my fat clothes last month? Could have been a huge mistake......


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Well, lost maybe 2 pounds total from my high so far, but I've been exercising, and today I did an *all-time* personal record for number of lengths (25 meters) swum at one shot: I've never done above 40 before, but today I did 48 and lived to walk to the showers! I know some folks can swim a mile at a time, and I have that as my goal (the 48 is 2/3 mile), but I have to take it step by step. Not bad for a fibro-girl :)

And just had to say, mtnester, how cool to spend time with a professor at your 40th reunion!


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I'm so proud of all of you! Truly, I am. I hope you're keeping photos of before and after! =0) Just for us. I get motivated when I can see people in 'my state' and how they progressed.

Again, Congratulations on losing your weight. I would get rid of your fat clothes ASAP.


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20 mile bike ride today. And a little gardening on the side. Anybody else get a good workout in this weekend?

Thanks, sherilynn. It's so nice of you to chime in with support. How's your health & fitness these days? Are you able to work off your kitchen remodeling stress? Hope so.


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I spent 7 hours yesterday throwing heavy objects. In the pouring rain. It was the most fun I've had in weeks...


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Way overexercised yesterday...took lots of aleve and spent the day spraying joists and pilings under the house. I must have lost at least 3 lbs. of sweat and anxiety.


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Hi everyone, nothing very exciting is going on with me. This weekend was the usual exercise bike and ball routine - rather boring. We had some neighbors over for dinner at our lake cabin and I made shimp kabobs on the grill - first time I've ever made such a thing. They were great - and healthy - from Cooking Light.

I would like to have walked since the weather was so nice but I have a bit of a walking dilemma now. As most of you know, I am an above knee amputee. Well now that I've lost 10 lbs with my new healthy lifestyle my prosthesis is getting way TOO BIG. It's held on by suction so when it gets too big it falls off which of course causes all kinds of problems. I'm going in this week to see if it can be shrunk up to fit without having to get a new one made. Hopefully it can since getting a new one is a major ordeal.

Next weekend I have something more interesting planned. I'm spending two days learning to play golf!! There is a national amputee golf association that is sponsoring the course. Should be interesting - there are some very good golfers missing a variety of arms and legs - some with multiple missing limbs. I played a few times when I had two real legs. Never enough to be any good - other than the very first hole I played which I par'd. I never par'd another hole after that. Does anyone here play golf?

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Hi, and congratulations to all you incredibly active folks. Gibby, you're amazing!

Sherilynn, I'm not emotionally ready to ditch recent clothes. Just before starting my remodel I got rid of a lot of historic skinny clothes to make room in the back closets. Maybe when I'm down another size...

Lots of highs and lows this past week. I came down hard on my knee on Tuesday- now it sounds like Rice Krispies (snap, crackle, pop). I nursed it until Saturday, went to the gym, was fine on the eliptical, but am still a little stiff, though thankfully not sore. Weight is flat.

The first of our summer interns arrived today. Having young and enthusiastic students energizes a (ahem) mature work environment. It's a lot of extra work, but I so much enjoy having them here. It's the part of my job that makes me feel like I'm making a difference.

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Sweeby - how are ya doing out there? I thought about your message tonight. It's not raining or pouring but I was so sleepy I felt like snoring. Thunderstorm and heat/humidity kept me awake too late - nothing like your heat and humidity of course!

Seriously though - I really did NOT feel like doing anything but taking a bath and going to bed early. But I took last night off so I had to do some kind of exercise tonight to stick with my rule of not taking more than one day off in a row. Fortunately the resizing of my prosthesis today was successful so I could get out for a walk. It was so nice - and now I'm so glad I did it instead of just conking out early.

namabafo - I can't believe you spent SEVEN hours throwing heavy objects. How do you feel after that - do you have any aches and pains?

Naya - what kind of interns do you have - what do they do?

Celtic - hang in there - it'll be worth it.

How's everyone doing? Any other interesting mojo things going on?


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Late check in here for the weekend. Still eating less than optimal and avoiding the Y. And it shows. Oh well.

Last Sunday DH and I signed up with some family for a bike ride fund raiser. 15 miles. 8000 cyclists, lengths to 75 miles. Never did anything like that, but I figured I could do 15 miles even in my un-MoJo state.

Well (youngest) BIL and nephews pressed to skip the u turn and go for 25 miles.

Whew. Made it, and I'm now sure I never, ever went 25 before! Last couple miles was absolute Mojo cause my legs were done! Fun time though.

It would seriously be worth it to be in better shape. Proud of you all who are sticking to it!


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sweeby--I am thinking of you. It is raining again in New England...Flood watches and all...expected to rain through Sat...

gibby--I hope you are able to get your prothesis adjusted! that would be a bummer if you had to get a new one!

as to the 7 hour thing...we are not throwing *constantly*, we have a few warmups, then 3 attempts at each event...takes about an hour to run through all the athletes at each event, one attempt at a time, so there is some resting going on. The events we did on Sat were Braemar Stone (13.9lb stone (for women--men throw heavier) from a stand), 9.3 lb Open Stone (with an approach), 28lb weight for distance, 14 lb weight for distance, 16lb Scottish Hammer, 12lb Scottish Hammer, Caber, 28lb weight for height (over a bar)

I'll put a link to some photos of the Heavy Hammer taken on Sat by a professional photog. I'm one of the women...
:-)

Celticmonn---that is GREAT about 25 miles on the bike!!!! How is your posterior feeling??? that is always a bummer *groan* after a long ride... I really need to get myself a new bike--my old heavy bike with knobby tires is actually pretty hard to ride...

naya--OUCH! on the knee--feel better

awm--great on those bike rides!

flyleft--how you feeling?? take lots of vitamin I...(ibuprofen)

well, I'm heading down into the basement to ride teh exercise bike and lift a little..
keep it going everyone!

Here is a link that might be useful: HG photos


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I'm still here, and still watching my diet and exercise, and still slowly losing weight. As the mornings get hotter and more humid, it gets harder and harder to talk myself out of bed every morning... DH likes his morning cuddle time and hates it when I jump right up, but if I don't jump right up, it's so hard to drag my butt out of bed. Any great ideas for curing that problem?

And we're up to our eyeballs in roofing... We replaced our existing flat roof with a sloped hip roof, and the framers really did a poor job. Really poor. DH is so house proud and does such good work himself that he's been beside himself with stress and anger. Ended up firing them before the job was complete, and now we're in a bit of a pickle. A roofing crew can take it from here, but again, it's all about finding a crew that will do an excellent job...

Loved your event photos Namabafo! Which one are you? Gotta admit, there's just something sexy about a big burly man in a kilt... ;-)


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I am here too, evidently having broken through a support level and moving consistently to the downside :) I do not yet dare try my old clothes on yet, but another couple of weeks or so (maybe a month, just to be on the safe side) and we should be good for a foray into the shorts of last year :)

Namabafo, way to go! I am taking vitamin A (aleve, although in the generic) mostly :) I am working toward doing a 5K racewalk (pathetic, I know, but a girl has to start back somewhere--*long* gone are the days when I walked 30 miles one Sunday for my local library literacy program) for the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Challenge later this year.

And gibby, I was out of the loop on your walking situation...so great that your prosthesis was able to be fixed. I remember someone explaining that those prostheses can be rather painful if they fit badly. A lot more involved than buying a new pair of jeans...

and seeking, Zone is working quite well for me, although sometimes I have a lot of trouble coming up with dinner (well, I always did before, too--I did my gourmet stint back in the 80s in my 20s--I should use that Zone tweak tool) but we are eating much more healthfully and taking fish oil and other vitamins...the Zone is one of the earliest programs that balanced out protein, fat, and carbs to an optimal combination for fat burning and consistent blood sugar levels. It was formulated by Barry Sears (and a few other people), first book published in 1995. Since then, lots of other books too, including the omega rx zone...believe it if you want or not...I am giving it a try and so far it is working. It has been 3.5 weeks and I have lost 5 lbs, and definitely gained some muscle (I am odd in that I have a body type that does indeed bulk up easily. Built like a sprinter or a gymnast, not a long distance runner :)) I also honestly think that using the Emerita Pro-Gest again (I had been kind of spotty wrt regularity on it before) has helped reset my hormones so I am not way-estrogen-dominant anymore (viz. John Lee, _What Your Doctor May Not Tell you about Menopause_ series) I

So in general, I probably owe the changes to the combination of the diet, the pro-gest, and exercise.

And the love of a good man, of course :)

But *NOT* to the local subcontractor community. They have brought not much but stress recently. Sure hope that turns around soon! I feel like your husband does, sweeby--although I am surprised that a crew would do a bad job for a *contractor*, but then again I sure do love the company in my misery...


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sweeby--that is such a bummer about your roof!!! our remodel went mostly fine as I hired a jack-of-all-trades carpenter type who worked alone...no crews to mess up, etc...I do understand your frustration as my brother had one of those 2+ years, 4+ contractor stories...I always said they should have canned the project when the first guy they were going to hire died before they could sign the contract...

as to the morning cuddles--can you get up waaaay before him and come back for the cuddles??? (she says as she's been up since 6 and her dh is *still* sleeping at 9 am...gotta love flex-time)

and I'm not telling which one I am in the pictures! Internet predators and all that---LOL!! like somebody would mess with a woman who throws weights for fun...:-)

gibby---I missed that your got your prosthesis re-sized with little hassle--yay!

yay flyleft on the downside! I caught a bit of a Scientific American show with Alan Alda last night where they had a group of people on all different diets to see which ones worked...only about 5-6 lost weight--and 2 had surgery! Alan Alda did WW and lost about 20 lb, and the woman that lost the most did Zone...

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Busy, busy week!

gibby, I work in an industrial research laboratory and we have several internship programs for undergraduates. They get a chance to experience research early enough to help make an informed decision about their future careers (we hope, anyway). This was the first week of the program I direct- lots of administrative stuff, getting people to where they need to be, while still doing my own technical work. But also so delightful to engage with students fresh and eager to try something new.

namabafo- that looks like tremendous fun, but awfully hard work. My knee is better, thanks.

flyleft- congrats on your way to last summer's shorts! As for walking, ya start where ya got to start and you already have a goal. Six years ago I did a five day walking tour averaging 15 miles a day. I probably couldn't do 15 miles in five days right now. You can be my inspiration to set an intermediate challenge.

And... crossed a decade marker on the scale this morning! I don't know why that feels like such a milestone, after all it's only a half a pound less than it read yesterday.

Hope everyone has exactly the kind of weekend they want.

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Congratulations Naya! Crossing a decade marker IS a big deal. I'm hoping to cross a big one in a day or two myself - cross your fingers.

And congratulations to you too Fly, for breaking through your plateau. It won't be long before you're feeling shorts-worthy.

Well, the roof is going a bit better. New crew started today, and so far, DH is not upset, which actually, says quite a lot! ;-) Stone mason comes back tomorrow to put up a stone wall, the first of not-quite-sure-yet how many, and he does good work too. The architect is coming by in a few minutes with a draft for our addition -- I SO hope I like it!

Things are busy at work and with the kids and step-kids (talk about drama!), so I'm pulling my hair out and not eating right. Between that and my birthday (dinner + brunch probably) it'll be a miracle if I manage to lose anything this week... But as long as I can keep my attitude intact, I'll survive an up-weight week.


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Hi all - not much new here other than I went to my golf class this weekend. The main two guys teaching it were bilateral leg amputees - one below knee and one above knee. Both very good golfers so of course made me think there is no reason I can't play this game if I want to. There was also a golf pro from the golf club where it was held. It was not as hard as I thought it would be - or as I recall it being from the last time I attempted to play. Of course some professional instruction works wonders. It was quite fun - other than the cold, rainy, windy weather - which of course I was not dressed properly for having had about a month of beautiful, unseasonably warm 80-90 degree weather.

Otherwise I'm still sticking with my 5x per week routine - biking or walking. I haven't done my ball routine as much as I'd like which is about 3x per week. I've been down to one or two times. It just doesn't seem like there are enough hours in the day to do it all. Diet still pretty good - no more of the high salt junk I used to eat. I did have a run in with some Ben and Jerry's frozen yogurt that got kind of out of hand.

I also relegated a few more pairs of pants to my "off season" closet. I wore them to work but realized I looked like I was wearing a large gunny sack. It's kind of nice - I used to ask DH if I was getting a wide a$$ - since I can't really see myself from the back. Now I'm asking him if my pants are too big to wear to work anymore. I'm keeping all the baggy pants so far - though of course I really hope they'll never fit again in the future. I'm even wearing some underwear I'd written off before as it used to ride up uncomfortably. It's weird.....hope I can keep 'er going.


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50 lengths!!!!

I don't think I could have done any more. Aching ALL over today, but it's a good ache :)

on the downside: technically I'm entering the second phase of this completely weird cycle I'm in now and I suddenly blew up like a edematous blimp between Friday night and Saturday morning. Can't control it (probably why I swam so much on Sunday) no matter what I do. I've "regained" about 3 of the 5 pounds I'd lost, and I've still been exercising and keeping to my Zone plan. :( I hate premenopausal hormones.I sure was hoping that I would be spared the hormonal hades this month, because of having been on Zone for about a month now, but unfortunately not. But I still feel way better than I did last month. I can only hope that it lasts only 2 weeks out of every month. It's like some other force is completely controlling my body. :(

But enough about me :)
Gibby that's *so* cool about the golf. It's amazing to me what people can do when faced with movement challenges. It sounds like it was especially encouraging to see guys with double amputations teaching you. I'm asking, since you brought it up, and I'm thinking about doing sports with prostheses--do you ever reach the point that the prosthesis becomes "transparent", as it were? That you kind of integrate into your body movement naturally? With so many folks running marathons, etc., I imagine there must be ways to do that without creating intense chafing etc., but even more, to get to the point where it's conceptually part of you the athlete...? And I bet you were nowhere near as laughable as I was when I tried to play golf that *ONE* time...are you thinking of taking it up?

And in the amazing responses to movement challenges department: not an amputation issue, but last weekend we were at a public square, and we saw the *coolest* wheelchair we've ever seen. This guy wheeled in going about 20-25 mph, no kidding (bit of a public menace, actually--good that the space was so open), with one of those racing/sports chairs (the wheels kind of angle in, very tight construction), taking the curves like a Le Mans racer, BUT with an *extra gear-handle-pushing-kind of thing up at arm level in the *middle**. It was a wheel with a pedal on each side that he turned with his hands that made the big wheels go, instead of having to have his arms separate working the wheels directly. Imagine like a Big Wheel attached in his lap area, except instead of alternating hands the hands went around together. So he *whips* over to the bicycle parking area of a coffee shop, expertly disengages the upper big wheel, somehow locks it to the bicycle lock area, and wheels himself in to the shop in the usual way. People were in awe--I don't think any of us had ever seen such a *cool* self-moving transport device of any kind!

And wonderful about the pants. Wow. Are you thinking about the maintenance part yet or are you still wanting to lose/reshape a lot more?

Sweeby, do you mean I'm alone again in my contractor irritation? :) And HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance! Do whatever makes you feel best and don't look back, is what I think. If that means keeping to your plan, do that. If that means celebrating with a huge piece of chocolate cake for once, do that.

namabafo, I went and looked up the SAF episode you mentioned. The way they describe Zone is kind of strangely hostile...I'm not sure who would get less than 1K calories a day. I certainly don't. But whatever. People need to read it and decide about it for themselves. The experience of the woman who did it is very like mine. You just feel *better* on it. (unless your $#(*&%$ hormones are acting up)


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Exercise really is a major key to feeling and looking better. I just got my lab results from my physical and was able to get my sugar down to 86 from a pre-diabetic reading the last 5 years or so! I upped my workouts adding weights, and alternating between walking and the stationery bike. My cholesterol dropped significantly though it was never too high to begin with, but did creep up a bit. So, do realise that even if you don't drop too many pounds at first, the benefits of exercise might just show up in your lab work!!

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I'm glad to see so many of you are staying committed to your programs, whatever they may be. Ive "strayed" a little, but Ive continued to read this thread, and your progress and achievements are really inspiring. I want to say "our," not "your," but I will have to earn back my place in this group.

The day after my return from my reunion trip, my 11-year-old car died. The expense of repairing it was more than the car was worth, so for the past 2 weeks, I've been preoccupied with researching cars on the web, taking test drives, getting quotes from dealers, disposing of the old car, etc. (By the way, we are now the proud owners of a dark blue beauty of a new car! It has good lumbar support for my back, and it gets great gas mileage. Hopefully, it will last another 11 years or more!)

Meanwhile, with no fresh fruits and veggies in the house and no way to get to the supermarket, I went into "starvation mode" and ate whatever I could find in the pantry: peanut butter on a spoon, corn cakes, raisins, etc. I guess I was feeling sorry for myself, frustrated at my weakness, and too embarrassed to post a message. I didn't entirely fall off the wagon, but I slipped back into some bad habits and let go of some good ones, like taking daily walks.

I think I'm back on track now with my eating plan... but I need to get out and walk more. Ive come too far to give up now! This experience has taught me that, even when Im doing well with my diet and exercise, Im walking very close to the line, and its easy to slip out of the healthy zone. Any strong wind can blow me over to the dark side. :( And then, it's very hard to get back in control again. Also, I see how much my moods affect my eating: when Im emotionally stable, its easy to be "good"; but when Im under stress, I look for shortcuts and find it difficult to resist comfort foods and "quick fixes." In essence, I do better by being rigid ("I NEVER eat X") than being moderate and flexible (as if only one spoonful of peanut butter were ever enough). And I must keep my fridge and pantry well stocked with fruits, veggies, salads, and other "safe" options.

I'm not sure if this makes sense to anyone else; if you don't eat/overeat for emotional reasons, I'm probably speaking a foreign language to you. But if you've been in my shoes, I'd love to hear how you've learned to control yourself during the "bad" times.

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Hi Sue, and everyone else. I've been experiencing a bit of a backslide and finding that I need to be on a pretty straight/narrow plan myself. I started eating a little bit of sugar (OK, chocolate and not too much but enough that I have little cravings) and realized that I wasn't eating enough protein. So between planning ahead for the protein portion of meals, along with plenty of vegetables, I'm making more of an effort to figure out what's going to happen in my kitchen. Now that it's summer, I'm more interested in fruits and cool foods so in some ways it's been more of struggle. I also found out I was overexercising and setting myself back, so I'm upping the intensity and keeping my time to 30 minutes. Everything in moderation...

(Sue, peanut butter is good for you!)


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Sue,

I've never had that response to stress (eating for emotional reasons). I'm the opposite; I actually lose weight because I don't care to eat. However, I know the feeling of having nothing terribly healthy in the house, and slipping up now and again. We also go on frequent short trips for weekends and I almost always have stuff I wouldn't have at home, but we're so active that I think it balances out sometimes.

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Claire, remember when I had that hypoglycemic episode and you explained what had happened to me? Well, I would think of that as *not eating enough carbohydrates before exercise* rather than as *overexercising*. But I guess it amounts to the same thing: too much exercise in proportion to available carbohydrates. Is the duration of exercise a greater factor for you than the intensity? I thought that they were inversely proportional; that is, exercise at a higher rate for a shorter period burns the same number of calories as a certain amount of less intense exercise for a longer time. But maybe the two types of exercise affect blood sugar levels differently. I really need to learn more about metabolism and physiology.

Yes, ONE spoonful of peanut butter is good for you, but not when it sets off a binge and you can't stop yourself. Letting myself get started makes it easier for me to get MORE out of control. I start feeling like a zombie, a machine. I hear that little voice in my head, telling myself to stop, but I yield to the craving. That's why, in my rational moments, I identify certain foods as problem foods and others as safe. I shop carefully; I measure portions. I know I can't have "just a taste" of the problem foods because they're addictive, and I try to keep them out of the house. But I've rationalized that PB is good as an "emergency" food (e.g., if we lose electric power in a storm). Guess I should just throw away the rest of the jar. Done!

Sue


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Nothing aggravates me more here than typing a long post and losing it. Alas, I tread on, though, for your occasional "Lori's blah..blah...blah post"... ;)

Sue, a shorter duration with harder intensity is, generally, the quicker way to burn calories. A better way is interval training. Basically a combination of the two methods. You can do it with any exercise. Let's say you choose walking.

Warm up by walking a comfortable distance at a comfortable pace. This will obviously be different for everybody. Once you've warmed up, walk quickly from one telephone pole to the next. Then go back to your comfortable pace for the distance between the next two poles. Then fast again. Alternate between fast and slow between telephone poles, or any other even distance/time. This will spike your metabolism for a longer period of time after your walk/workout is done. If you genreally walk 3 miles at a time, use the first 1/4 to 1/2 mile to warm up. Remember to cool down after your workout (walk slow to end it).

You can do this with any exercise. I use the eliptical in the same manner: warm up, 30 seconds fast; 30 seconds slow, etc.

As far as peanut butter, that is ALWAYS an emergency food, electricy or not! :)

Be healthy, everybody! :)


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Sue, I get it. We've had some ''trigger'' foods in my house the last few weeks and I had to abolish them. Your peanut butter is my Almond Thins. (I thought I could manage them because they were thin. Ah well.)

Lori described the exercise portion perfectly. I finally figured out that amount of exercise I was doing was inflammatory to me...a bit what flyleft is describing. Being tired is one thing but hurting is another. What I realized was thirty minutes is just as effective for me than working out for 45 minutes or even an hour. Endurance is good; inflammation Bad...


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mtnester, I sure hope this thread doesn't become a shrine for Mojo saints. There will be times I'll sorely need a hospital for lapsed Mojo seekers. It's when we need the support most that it's hardest to reach out. This is our (which includes you) group and I hope it always includes those who are struggling.

I'm not sure if this makes sense to anyone else; if you don't eat/overeat for emotional reasons, I'm probably speaking a foreign language to you.

Hoo no, Sue, I'm unfortunately completely fluent in that language. I'm sad, I want to eat to soothe myself, I'm celebrating, let's go eat! I'm bored, food is interesting. I'm angry, stuff down those feelings with food... etc etc etc.

But if you've been in my shoes, I'd love to hear how you've learned to control yourself during the "bad" times.

I haven't. Trying to "control myself" is a set up for failure. For me it isn't a matter of discipline, but of recognizing what I truly need at the moment and doing something that will really fulfill that need. Not easy after a half century of using food as a panacea. Sometimes I've hit the food before I've realized what's really going on inside. But I feel more empowered and positive when I do identify what's going on, go do something to directly address it.

I went for a series of hypnosis sessions for relaxation and weight loss. The relaxation process has been very helpful for me to reinforce the positive changes I want to make and has given me a tool to deal with some of the stresses in my life.

It also helps to have a list of actions/options you can take when you're at risk of emotional eating-- a list you've written when you're not under stress. Then, once you identify what's going on you have an immediate alternative to eating. It does require practice in identifying what's triggering the desire to eat.

I personally have a part of me that rebels when I define this struggle as being between "good" and "bad". As for being rigid, that only works for me for a time before the rebel breaks out. Then I feel bad, which makes me want to soothe myself in the old non-functional ways, which furthers the breakdown of the good habits I'm trying to establish. Or I come to believe that it's all hopeless, bringing on total collapse.

So I work on turning this into a process, treading that fine line between self acceptance and wanting to change.

Please believe that I'm not sharing this as a "success story". But I have found that the above has made the past six months of improving my eating and exercising habits go a bit easier than in previous attempts.

So, I hope we'll hear from you both when you're celebrating Mojo milestones and when you need a Mojo booster shot.

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Thanks for the encouragement, all you Mojo saints and sinners alike!

Naya, your words rang true for me: "treading that fine line between self acceptance and wanting to change" ... "empowerment" ... "hopelessness." I'll start working on a list. Thanks for the "booster shot"!

I wasn't really afraid I'd be kicked off the Mojo thread ... rather, it was that I view this thread as representing our taking charge of our lives, so the backsliding made me feel, for a while, that my attempts were futile. I was really discouraged and mad at myself. I remember that, during an earlier period of weight loss, 10 years ago, I found that success breeds success---when you're "in the zone" of healthy eating and exercising, you start to think like a thin person---but the contrary is also true.

At my checkup today, my doctor prescribed an antidepressant that also may have some beneficial effects on my back pain. I've never taken an antidepressant before, and I don't think I have a major problem, but then again, maybe it's something I just don't recognize after having these feelings for so long. I'm curious to see what effects it will have, especially on my outlook and motivation. Mojo in a bottle?

Lori, thanks for the suggestion about interval training. There are plenty of telephone poles around here, so I think I'll give it a try. I've been trying to figure out a way to boost my metabolism. My weight loss has been frustratingly slow (averaging 1/2 to 2/3 pound a week), even when I'm scrupulously sticking to my eating plan.

Claire, what is it about peanut butter and Almond Thins that makes us go nuts? :=)

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There's a theme going on here in the last few posts - that this whole thing is really quite a fragile and delicate balance - keeping the mojo going. I am still doing okay but I do fear anyone of these things you all describe - as I've had all these things happen at some time or other.

Life gets crazy busy like Sweeby and "poof" you're off track. Or your hormones get out of whack and it throws you off course. Or you get out of your routine when you're out of town and your car conks out and then there's no decent food in the house so you slip into a dismal eating abyss. Or you get in a funk and suddenly it seems as if someone else is controlling what you do and eat instead of you.

It's really difficult to make these life changes with all this other stuff going on. I hope everyone can hang in there - don't give up even if you have a temporary lapse. Every little thing you do that is good for yourself is a victory - it's still worthwhile even if you slip. Hopefully people can forgive themselves if they get out of whack and get back on board.

Sue - I've had major periods of time in my life where my eating has been VERY emotionally driven. I haven't been like that for quite a while but I have NO idea what has changed. The only thing I can think of is that I think I have also grown to be more accepting of myself and content with my life as I've gotten older - not as hard on myself and maybe generally less "emotional" than I used to be. Maybe it's just a hormonal improvement with age - but does that improve with age?

Fly - in answer to your question - yes having the prosthetic leg is pretty much transparent to me most of the time - I don't really think about it. When you do something new you haven't done before - like play golf - then you realize you have to adapt to this and figure it out. Though I guess you do that anyway if you learn something new with two real legs. I think I'm very fortunate compared to many people that I don't have much trouble with this. And yes I AM going to take up golf. I went to the driving range last night. It's very frustrating but my goal is to just practice this summer so I can hit the ball well enough that playing on a par 3 course by next year might actually be "fun".

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Hi everybody. Glad we're talking about trigger foods & emotional eating. That's been on my mind a lot lately, being something I've succumbed to for years. It's a behavior & attitude that I'm working very, very hard to change. But I'm losing patience with my co-workers, in a way. Guess I'm afraid they'll undermine my efforts to change myself. My colleagues keep chocolate on hand at work: bowls of it. I swear if I hear them make one more comment about "needing chocolate to deal with stress" I'll go crazy. I mean, I love it as much as anybody. But don't you think you'd reach a point where you'd say "I need to find a better coping mechanism than eating chocolate" ? Or you'd say to yourself "that bad habit is really doing me no good' ? Anyway, the chocolate-as-pacifier thing is beginning to make me very rebellious. I was describing a small work snafu, really more humorous than annoying, to a colleague, and her response was, "doesn't it make you just want to dive into a bowl of chocolate?" I had to leave the room to hide my annoyance. Sorry if this sounds harsh. I need to get to sleep soon and am typing this quickly, so it's not well thought out.

But just what is it with this chocolate thing? I don't recall our mothers being like that. Emotional eating in their generation, sure, but chocolate in specific? Our generation can afford chocolate candy, it's more readily available, and somewhere along the line we got the idea to pop it into our mouths whenever we hit a glitch. My coworkers have all gained weight this year. Wonder why?
Well, as I said, I'm starting to rebel. I don't want to be like them. Apologies again for the harshness, but sometimes anger is good for getting in yourself in gear. Thanks for letting me rant.

LOL! At least I'm not dealing with this frustration by eating that chocolate at work :)


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Hey all, haven't been posting cause I haven't been very good - no MoJo sainthood here that's for sure...

My bad eating run this last month was just capped off by a weeklong visit from my youngest brother. He has some cognitive limitations and we are close, as I kind of raised him. And like a good "parent" I have tried to instill eating well, but he has the *worst* diet on the planet: chips, soda, pastries, pizza, burgers, fries - the more transfats the better. And since the grocery is a half block away, he kept going and getting the evil foods. I am weak, so....next thing I know we're eating ribs, potato salad, Chinese, pasta, chocolate, anything and everything with fat and refined carbs. Dietary junket from h*ll.

I am up six pounds. And since I've lost muscle not working out I'm wearing it like 10 pounds. At least. And my fat clothes are gone! Yikes!

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Well life here is still crazy, and I haven't been eating right -- but between all the crazy hard physical work and skipped meals, I am still managing to lose weight. I dropped below the 150 mark this week (YAY!) and feel like I have some 'bounce' back in my step -- the good kind that comes from muscles, not the wobbly Jello bounce I had a few months ago ;-) I even managed to squeeze my backside into some size 8 shorts, though I wouldn't wear them in public yet.

That's not to say I haven't been eating emotionally, because I definitely have. But what I have done is to mentally allow myself the splurge, (in my case, it's been salt & vinegar potato chips) but then to call it a meal, not a snack. Not the best nutritional strategy, but I figure as long as it's a "fling, not a lifestyle," that by allowing myself to do that occasionally, I can avoid feeling like I've failed. Kind of like 'playing hooky' as compared to getting a bad grade or failing a class. Hey - Mojo is about choice. So I figure we can choose to eat emotional foods some of the time, and if we can consciously limit those foods or make other tradeoffs, we're still in control and balancing our needs for health and fun...

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Wow Sweeby - squeezing into a size 8 is impressive!!

I do what you describe sometimes too. If I want to indulge in something unhealthy - or should I say gorge myself on something unhealthy - I just consider it my meal and move on to a better day. I think you are right that it's easier to just write that "meal" off and not feel like a failure or like quitting the whole "program" completely.

I like that - it's a fling, not a lifestyle. I think you need a fling now and then to be able to stick with the lifestyle long term.


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Sue I hear you on the emotional eating--guilty as charged!

sweeby--that is GREAT about those size 8s! soon it won't be squeezing into them...

I'm trying to take cues from my 5 year old! She only eats when she is hungry, small snacks/ meals several times a day...while she loves her junk foods (donuts and chocolate and doritos....) she is just as likely to reach for fruit or vegetables--she loves any kind of chicken (she keeps asking when I'm making Sol's garlic chicken again!) and fish...and she stops eating when she is full!

she is very active and has the most amazingly defined leg muscles!

So, I am holding steady with my weight, still up 25 lbs from where I would like to be--Tues rode the stationary bike for 20 min and did some lifting, did some throwing one of the days it wasn't raining. Yesterday I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike, some weights and core work. My legs are definitely getting stronger! yay!

I find I am trying to be more active in my everyday life--I take my stairs at home 2 at a time to work my glutes (I am up and down at least 25 times a day!). I vaccum the pool with the manual vac instead of the automatic sometimes to work my upper back...when I'm weeding, I try to stretch long....I try to park far away form the stores...

keep going, mojo crew!

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namabafo, we're getting our daughter on a modified Zone (much less refined carbs [still bread every so often, just for filler--the girl's on a growth TEAR]) and she's being an inspiration too!

gibby, thanks for sharing your experience on life with a prosthesis--I'm really glad to hear that it gets naturalized, almost, after a while, but it sounds like maybe, since you said you're lucky, that this doesn't happen for everyone. I wonder whether the sudden increase in demand for prostheses (from Iraq) may bring about some good tech development in the livability aspect for more folks...

claire, your little mention of the aching was interesting--I've gotten so used to aching from the fibro that any aching from exercising seems minor in comparison, and can be addressed with Aleve, whereas the fibro pain can't...although maybe, I'm thinking now, by my constantly pushing myself (I like to challenge myself to do more each time) I'm doing some more fibro-inducing damage as well? But what to do? Not "overdoing" is just not me LOL...at any rate, very thought-provoking for me; thanks. But

mtnester, how is that new prescription going for you? I remember my MD tried an antidepressant on me before we realized it was fibro--I got *SO* sick on the first day I called him and said "NO MORE! I'm just not depressed! I'm sad because I ache all the time, not ache because I'm sad all the time!" There's a big difference, even though supposedly some of those antidepressants can work on muscle pain as well...I hope you find *something* to address your back pain too. The oddest thing, reminded me of this board: we had a plumber out last weekend to look at our bathroom project. He came with his wife, with whom I'd had some very nice conversations over the phone already. I mentioned that the bath remodel was necessitated because I need a tub for a "medical condition"; she hesitantly asked if it had something to do with muscles and within about 45 seconds we were talking fibro, tramadol, premenopause...it's ENDEMIC, this kind of set of issues. She had finally just been prescribed tramadol for the same set of symptoms I'd had, and we were exchanging doctor names, websites, etc. (The OHSU Fibromyalgic Clinic website, myalgia.com, is great for information, btw)

Anyway, if I don't send this, I'm going to lose it like I lost the last long post I tried to send...

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The great thing about this group is that everyone is so supportive, and it helps to know that we all have these ups and downs and challenges.

Gibby, speaking from the other side of the Big M (menopause), I can say that the hormones do stop raging eventually, but then you've got a new set of problems--not the least of which is the feeling that you're "over the hill." I wish I could say I was better at handling stress now, but I'm not.

Celtic, glad you are getting back on track. Hope it's easier this time.

awm, my office didn't have a "chocolate thing," specifically, but there were always plenty of treats and snack foods on the table outside the pantry, and every month or so, there was a sheet cake for somebody's birthday or other special event. And yet, I'd say that 75% of the group was overweight--if not obese; the job was very sedentary. There was a kind of mob mentality, or peer pressure, as if eating sweets was OK because other people gave you permission and encouraged you to participate. When I started my diet 10 years ago, I decided that I did not have to *eat for other people* and I was not going to sabotage my own efforts! I sought out the fruit salads and healthier choices, or I simply abstained, and nobody else really knew or cared. (Now that I think about it, this was a Mojo concept: I don't have to follow the crowd; I can set my own terms and make the choices that are best for me.) More power to you for fighting off the dark forces of chocolate!

On the other hand, I agree with Sweeby and Gibby that you can sometimes indulge, when it's something special or a "fling," just because you CAN choose to--and then you should savor every morsel without feeling guilty! But that's because you have made a conscious choice; that's not the same as yielding to temptation to eat what you don't really want to, just because it's there, and setting yourself up for a binge.

Nancy, it sounds like you are learning important lessons by observing your daughter. I once tried eating the same as my daughter when she was a teenager. But she was a slender dance student and a vegetarian, and even in the same household, our needs, activity levels, and preferences were very different.

Flyleft, I didn't know you had fibromyalgia; I know that's very hard to live with. Thanks for asking how I'm doing on the new medication. It's too soon to know whether it will work for me; it takes about 3 weeks to become effective. But I'm dealing with the side effects: nausea, sleeplessness, and lack of appetite; at least that keeps me from doing more than minimal cooking and eating, so it's somewhat beneficial. It's supposed to get better after a few days.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Here's my MoJo life decision of the week. Minor yet major.

Horrible confession: somewhere along the line we turned into chronic TV tray eaters. Here I am scratch cooking healthy every night, then we plop on the sofa and mindlessly chow watching Raymond. Ashamed to even admit this. Hate it. So.....

No more eating dinners off trays in the living room! Enough! Terrible habit we fell into and I'm ending it. I don't want to be someone who eats like that. I love food and I love my kitchen and my table there.

So far, 3 for 3 dinners at the table. Yay. DH tried whining out of it last night. I said, cheerily, he could eat in living room, but I would eat at the table because I really want/need to. Course, he joined me. Heh, heh. The dog is still perplexed over what the heck is happening.

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It's the accumulation of all those "minor" changes that lead to longterm major change, isn't it? Bravo to you, celticmoon, on returning your meals to the table.

Awm, mtnester, I think the chocolate thing is about creating common ground based on a stereotype (all women love chocolate). We had a women's group at my job that included technical and non-technical people. The focus of the meeting always was food, including the dreaded chocolate. I finally gave up going because I was in a d*mned if you do d*mned if you don't situation. Being one of the aforementioned obese I didn't need to eat chocolate but not enthusing about it put me outside the group dynamic.

My little Mojo life balance victory was taking steps towards establishing a new friendship. One of my goals is to expand my social network- the flip side to deemphasizing work. What seems to be effortless for some is extremely difficult for me. But I'm working on it.

Weight- ah- let's just say that I played my "reset" relaxation tape this weekend and will resume my healthy eating habits. I've still kept my exercise routine, though.

On the decorating front, (hey, this is That Home Site!) I've been abandoned by my decorator. He'd cancelled the last appointment because he was sick. I called to follow up and was told he's no longer with the company. His back-up (the second designer for my kitchen remodel) is in the middle of getting ready for her wedding. I really want to finish the living, dining and family rooms, but I'm going to put the old stuff back so at least I have the appearance of living in a finished space. Good thing I hadn't given it all away!

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Nayasabrina - you sound kind of like me. I have historically spent too much time at work and not enough time on friendships/social things. That combined with many of my friends being busy with their kids for the last 20 years had caused me to lose touch with them. I have been making a serious effort to change this - part of my mojo too! It has been very fun and successful! Everyone has been so happy that someone (me) took the initiative to get us back together.

I'm really in the groove on my healthier lifestyle now after five months. I'm trying to find more fun and interesting forms of exercise. I kayak in the summer at our lake cabin but usually too leisurely to be considered exercise by my definition - equivalent to my walks or exercise bike. I decided on Sunday that I was going to kayak hard enough to call it exercise - "full strength" the entire way around the 600 acre lake.

It started out just fine and I didn't have to think long about keeping up the effort when the gale force winds picked up. I had to paddle like crazy the second half of the journey just to make forward progress. I made it with nothing worse than a couple blisters. Not sure I would have been in shape to do this before my epiphany - it was very gratifying.

On the decorating front - I also hung some drapes at the cabin. I like not having any on the lakeside but decided I needed something just to close when I'm not there to keep the sun from fading things. DH does very little in the home handyman department. A while back I purchased my own drill for my personal use. He has two superduper rechargeable drills that are never charged when you need one so I got a simpleton drill with a cord. Cranked 'er up and installed my own rods. I've given up on him ever doing stuff like this so I'm going start collecting my own power tools!! Seriously - I think I'd like doing stuff like this when I retire! DH is a wonderful, funny guy who I love dearly but his response to the idea of hanging drapes was that he'd rather have someone "just take me out back and shoot me".

Anyway, it was an interesting weekend with a couple of small victories. I always love accomplishing some new little feat - no matter how small. It's weird because I often don't exactly like trying new things but I really like it when I try do try something and complete it successfully. You'd think I'd learn not to dread it.

And on one final positive note - I did get confirmation that my high calcium and high blood pressure are NOT caused by hyperparathyroid disease. Someone may remember me talking about that in other posts. Calcium was lower on last check but internist still wants to check again in a month after making sure I'm not taking any calcium supplements. My blood pressure is normal again - as a result of medication and maybe the diet and exercise help as well.


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Gibby, good for you on the power tool thing. And I'm sure your healthy MoJo lifestyle has been a factor in your blood pressure normalizing.

Sweeby, I hope your new roof is keeping out all that Houston rain!

6 for 6 on suppers at the table here. Dog remains confused. I pointed out to DH this is a great opportunity to extinguish her begging. New spot, new rules. Mo' MoJo.


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Helloooooo out there -- Anyone still here?

I'm still watching my diet and my weight -- but this week, it's like watching paint dry... But I'm more focused at work and taking care of lots of little odds and ends of personal business, so that's good mojo. Had some nice outings with my girlfriends and have gotten in touch with some old friends -- That's always really nice, and becoming a more important part of my life, which is good.

Who else has news, little or big?


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"Watching paint dry" LOL!

Hey Sweeby, still here. My weight loss has stalled a bit. Only 2 pounds lost this month. Probably has to do with menopause finally making it's appearance. My diet program was allowing lots of calories earlier this month, but now it's cut me back to under 1400 a day. When the weight loss kicks in again, I'm sure I'll get to eat more. In the meantime, still watching my diet, still biking. I feel thinner at least.


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Well, my weight is down to a 20 year low. Only cause I've had a GI bug for the last 4 days. This spring has been my body's time to be ill - I went decades taking only a couple sick days. Never got sick. First respiratory thing last month, now this. Sheesh. Enough already.

Meals continue to be at the table. Yay. Almost 2 weeks now. And DH is finally "getting it" - said something last night about it feeling better this way.

Gibby and Sweeby - your reconnecting with friends is a good thing. This morning's paper cited a recent Duke study that most people have no one to confide in...we are getting too isolated and withdrawn. Excellent MoJo theme to buck that trend. I will commit to at least one reach out this week. Anybody else in?


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Ahh, voices in the wilderness... :-), sweeby.

Celticmoon, hope you feel better soon. I saw that article, too and was saddened. With all the new communications tools people feel more alone. I see people on their cells, talking with people they already know and not interacting with the people around them- I wonder if this contributed to the change?

I'm certainly in for reaching out more. Gibby, I hear you about friends being busy with family. The sort of natural interactions through, school, extracurricular events. etc aren't there when you don't have children. I just have to work harder... Sigh.

News, I'm at a new low weight this morning. The gym is paying off in stress reduction and losing inches. I need to take in some clothes- hot weather arrived with a vengeance and all my stuff from last summer is too big. (That is not a complaint!)

I'm going away for part of the long 4th of July weekend. I am not taking anything work related with me. A many year first.

Good to hear from everybody.
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Hi everyone,

Nothing much is going on with me - I'm pretty much in the groove with my exercise routine. I'm getting a new tennis racket so I can add that to my exercise options. Today I went for another one hour kayak trip - paddling hard so I can count it as my exercise for the day. It was awesome. Also went sailing today - not a whole lot of exercise involved in that but it was sure fun. Had some fun inlaws over for dinner at our lake cabin on Saturday. DH grew up going to the lake in the summer with aunts/uncles/cousins. Now several of us all have places on this same lake where his family has been since the 30's. It's quite fun - and a great means to get friends and family together when you otherwise wouldn't think to do that.

Naya - you sure sound alot like me. I usually take several days off around th 4th of July - rarely a whole week though. I'm taking Mon-Wed off - thought I may not be able to take Weds but I'm going to. One of the gentlemen who came over for dinner was kind of joking about what it was like when he retired. He thought someone would call and ask him about things at the office after he left and nothing - no one called about a thing. It was a great message - we think we're so important at work that they can't get along without us - but they can. That clinched it for me - I'm taking Weds off!!

Glad to hear from you all awm, celtic, sweeby.....


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Hi everybody! I've lost a few more pounds, for the worst of reasons: I've had a foot infection, and the illness and medications made me lose my appetite. After a week of bed rest at home, I was hospitalized for a few days of IV antibiotics. Now I'm back home, still on bed rest, so I can't sit at the computer for very long. I miss you guys!!

Fortunately, I wasn't in too much pain. It really wasn't so bad to have a long bed rest, complete with meals, TV, flowers, books, and sponge baths! The nurses were wonderfully kind, patient, and helpful. My roommate was a very sweet woman with medical problems that were far more serious than mine, so that put my own problems into perspective. I gave her some emotional support when she had to decide whether to undergo an emergency operation, and we became good friends. If it wasn't for the needles and the interrupted sleep, I would have called it a great experience!

I've just skimmed through the last few entries on this thread. It sounds like some of you are making amazing progress! Inside every sedentary overweight person is an athlete trying to get out! :-)

Celticmoon, I hope you're feeling much better by now.

For those of us who are going through trying times and setbacks: hang in there! Treading water is better than sinking!

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Oh Sue, that sounds awful. Not MRSA, I hope. How long before they let you up and around?

Me, I'm good now. GI bug finally left after 5 days. I feel much better. Tackling stripping and restaining our deck. That's new for me. Big job. Big deck (650 sf). I've decided it counts as exercise. Ow.

Still eating at the table. Well, except once when I was so tired from the bug I sent DH for Chinese and we ate on the couch. He ate. I picked.

Did touch base with two friends. I confess they called me, but that counts, right? I will call another. I think I tend to be too isolated.

Naya, have a good weekend. Gibby, once around the lake for us. How are the rest of you?


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Is the group dwindling - or is everyone off working on their mojo? claire, fly, mariposa, pirula, robin, neverdone, namabafo??? What are you all up to?


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Gibby, I'm here. I haven't been checking in since my progress hasn't been very good. I'm back on the treadmill (last night) after a hiatus (20 days). I know this because I keep a journal and know how long it's been... My weight is creeping back up; not by much but it isn't going the other direction!

I'm finally ready to move off the plateau. I wasn't, but now I am. I've been having some hip pain, thinking I was giving it a rest, but am thinking now that I'm having it because I haven't been exercising. I've also noticed my resting heart rate is faster than it was, and that absolutely needs to change. I've been feeling like a total blob, and need endorphins!

Heading to the kitchen now to make a platter of healthy foods with protein for grazing on, and will jump on the treadmill after that. I really didn't want to post again until I'd finally made some progress, but I guess the progress is to begin again. One good thing I noticed last night during my ''walk'' is that I really like my exercise room and was glad to get ''reacquainted''. At least that's positive!

I keep wondering why it is, that when you seem to be doing well, the effort doesn't always sustain itself? The small, continual weight loss was satisfying, but when I got stuck I lost interest. Am I sabotaging myself so I can see a big difference for a big rush when I begin again?


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I'm here too, just a bit embarrassed by having written so much earlier so I'm trying to keep a lower profile.


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Still here too. Has anybody done step aerobics? Thinking about getting a step bench just for a change in routine. Also, the Tour de France starts Saturday, & watching the riders burn off 6000 cals a day while I'm sitting on my butt makes me feel guilty! So I thought step aerobics would be nice to do while watching. My elliptical trainer is in the basement with the crummy TV, & it's too cumbersome to bring upstairs by the good TV. How hard on the knees are step work-outs?


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How hard on the knees are step work-outs?

yikes...awm, as one who always has to take precautions, especially when stepping down, that would just completely freak me out. If you think it would work for you though, why not? I just had a hissy fit last week about there being too many things parked on the edges of our garage steps, so it would get cleaned up. I really want a hand rail, but have been using the door's handle instead. I have a big fear about tumbling down those brick steps and breaking something while DH is out of town. I wish my knees would hold me up better.

flyleft, I'm always happy to hear from you, verbose or not. Lift that profile please!


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CdL, it's only a 4 inch step. Anything higher than that would affect the aging knees for sure!

The boys have some hand weights too. Hmmm, this is sounding better & better. Wish the car weren't in the shop today. Why is it I only get the urge to shop when I can't get out?


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Gee fly - if quantity of writing warrants embarassment it is certainly some of the rest of us who should be hanging our heads in shame - not you!! Good to hear from you!


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Well o.k., then, I'll raise my profile just a little to tell you it's getting slimmer :)

I've officially joined the baggy pants club! In fact this week I just bought my first pair of thinner capris because my pants were *insufferably* baggy! :) I think I've actually lost more than what it says now, because it's been hot and I've been holding onto every drop of water I consume, so when the heat breaks (it's started to already), I'll be in even better shape.

And ready for some "awwww" news: my DH has decided, and I can't stop him, to stop drinking Starbucks at work so that I can join the health club at his workplace that has the chlorine-free pool and swim whenever I want...he's not going to join because swimming isn't his thing, so he arranged with them to let me be the "primary member" so I can join at the lower rate and swim to my hearts content, without chlorine or public pool kids' accidents or anything. He says that seeing me get to swim makes him happy, esp. because since I've become a SAHM, I just can't get out to do exercise like he gets to every day, and like he knows I used to love to do. I'm SO excited--they also have a great whirlpool, sauna, and steam room (I use the whirlpool and sauna mostly).

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Oh, Good for You flyleft! (And good for him too.) Looks like you might be havin' some fun while you're at it...

I'm wearing my baggiest pants today. I wish the darn things would fall off...but not in a public place.


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Hi ladies!

I have not fallen off the face off the earth. But instead of the "baggy pants club", I am more like the "losing slower than molasses club!" I am down about 8-9 pounds, but have not been religiously watching my intake. Love all the fresh fruits & veggies, but along with summer also comes potato salad, pasta salad,....eeeeek!

I have been checking in here every few days, and you ladies are truly inpirational. I guess I have felt a little intimidated because don't have great results to report.... I do have you all to thank for keeping me conscious of my eating. I feel like I am staying in control, but do not have the ambition to buckle down right now. Does that make any sense??

Sue - so sorry to hear about your hospitalization. I'm sending hugs for a speedy recuperation :)

Keep up the great work everyone! Tomorrow I am off to our cottage til Wednesday for the holiday. I love this time of year because I am a firework freak!! I will be checking in when I come back. Have a safe & happy 4th everyone!


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i'm back!

haven't been on the computer much, as we've had some sunny days and we've been in the pool!

I haven't lost a pound since I got on the train...maybe even gained...but I am in the best phsyical shape I've been in in years...

I had another competition last Sat and pulled off 4 more PRs...some only by inches, but one by over 2 feet (throwing the 14lb weight for distance)...

My eating habits are getting worse rather than better...I try to wait for dh to come home before having supper, but he generally doesn't get home until 7 and that is too late for the kids, and me! So we are starving at 5 and grab some quick snacks like crackers...so I fill up and then still eat a full meal when dh gets home..

SOmetimes I wonder if my digestion has changed completely since I was younger...it feels so sluggish sometimes...

I'm really sick of food. and always coming up with meals for everyone, when they are really picky...my 13 yo is driving me crazy. In an attempt to get him to eat more foods, I've involved him in shopping--he says he'll try X so we buy it and then he decides he doesn't want it when I make it...or he eats X and *loves* it and then never will eat it again...

We've stocked up on fish (TJs flash frozen) but dd would eat it every night if I let her...she's 5 and shouldn't eat much of the fish she loves--tuna, etc...due to the heavy metals...

ok, enough whining!

I have one more competiton on July 15 before I leave for Scotland on the 19th. This is the first time leaving the kids for more than 1 or 2 nights...eek. I am busy getting everything ready and thinking of *every* contingency....and back up plans for the kids...we'll be out of the country for 8 days! Looking forward to some serious reconnection with dh--our 15th anniversary is in Nov, and we'll have been together for 20 years in Jan.

I'm glad to hear of all your successes--flyleft, claire...

Sue sorry to hear about your foot--heal quick!


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Sue, how on earth did your foot get infected? Are you on crutches now or can you walk on it? Hope you are feeling a lot better today.


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Thanks, everyone, for your concern and good wishes! The infection was Staph, but not MRSA, thank goodness! (MRSA is the kind that is resistant to most antibiotics.) I don't know exactly how the abscess got started, but I've had these infections a couple times in the past (the last one was 10 years ago), usually as a huge blister between my toes. I have venous stasis disease, so poor circulation is probably a major factor.

Anyway, my foot is still swollen, but less so than before. I can now wear a slipper. I'm supposed to keep my foot elevated, and the antibiotics make me sleepy, so I spend a lot of time in bed with my foot propped up on a sofa pillow. I'm a lady of leisure! I even have a box of "bonbons," which were sent to me at the hospital---soooo tempting, but I'm trying not to give in.

My DD, who lives across the country from me, is coming to my city on business next weekend, so she's going to stay with us on Thursday and Sunday nights, and my DS will join us for dinner, too. Normally, I would already be cooking and cleaning by now, but this time, I just need to take it easy and let the chips fall where they may. My kids already know (all too well!) that their mom is not the perfect housekeeper and cook. I'll keep it simple--maybe Chinese takeout one night.

On the bright side, although I'm not really qualified to join the Baggy Pants Club yet, some of my clothes that were too tight 3 months ago are fitting me now! If I can only shrink the spare tire around my middle, my clothes will look so much better.

Funny thing: I can't WAIT to get back to my daily walks!

Have a great Fourth, everyone!

Sue


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mtnester/Sue, I'm so glad to hear it's getting better. It's amazing how those infections can just come alive. They don't need an exterior cause like a cut, sometimes :(. I discovered I have some strange fragile-woodland-flower-type of circulation-related ailment too--discovered them because I got infected blood blisters on my feet this winter. YUCK! (TMI, possibly, we're all friends here, right?)

Are you doing anything like those compressive hose or even compressive inflating wraps around your leg? To get the blood flowing again? Or is that *not* recommended?

And can you (if you want :)) maybe do some arm exercises or tummy exercises, just to minimize the loss of muscle tone from the bed restriction...?

Hoping you'll be back and walking asap (look into that wonderful Leslie Sansone for an easy introduction back into it :))


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Flyleft, yes, that's the strange thing: it just seems to pop up out of nowhere! I didn't have any cuts or broken skin, that I know of---it just started feeling swollen one day, and my foot was hot and red. One of the hospital docs advised me to see a vascular specialist when this thing subsides. I did see one, 10 years ago, and he advised Jobst stockings, but I couldn't tolerate them. However, I wore the kind of support hose you can buy in the supermarket until...come to think of it...I retired last fall, and didn't need to wear skirts, so I stopped. Maybe I should start wearing the support hose under my pants, though. Fortunately, I didn't need compressive wraps in the hospital.

I've been doing my PT exercises for my back and ab muscles. Will check into Leslie Sansone--thanks for the recommendation!

awm, I forgot to answer you: I'm not on crutches. I've been limping/hobbling around, and now I can walk more or less normally, except that my foot won't fit into a shoe. Ah, someday, life will return to "normal." I just hope I'll appreciate all those normal things, like walking outdoors, that I used to take for granted!

Namabafo, are you competing in the Highland Games in Scotland, or just going there for a vacation? Sorry if I missed this earlier. I'm in awe of your strength! Imagine! You can throw tree trunks around, and I have trouble carrying my laundry basket!

Neverdone, please don't ever be intimidated to come back and post to this thread! Nobody here is judgmental, and in case you haven't noticed, we've all had our occasional episodes of backsliding and temptations. Life happens. The great thing about this group is that it motivates us to "get back on the horse" and renew our commitment and efforts. And, as a Mom, I can't help advising you to be careful with those fireworks!

Sue


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Oooh, the step aerobics are going to be a great supplement. After 15 minutes I'm sweating & huffing & puffing.

Down to 164.5 lbs. today after having stalled in June in the 169-167 range. When I get down to 164, my BMI will be in the normal range. It's mind boggling, considering it was in the obese range last January. Starting to feel lithe...


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Happy 4th everyone!

awm--way to go!

flyleft--yay on the the skinny capris!

sue--glad to hear the foot is healing up--

and yes, I *am* competing in Scotland at the Inverness Highland Games. They are host to the Masters World Championships this year--first time they have been held outside of the US. In Scotland, it is almost exclusively young guys that compete--I don't even think women compete much at all. I guess a few old Scottish guys are dusting off their cleats and joining us. I am one of 5 women, all from the US, ranging in age from 40-61. (I'm 42) There are at least 70 men competing, too. I'll link to some pictures below of my last competition.

first pic is of 28lb weight over bar. I am :: this close to getting 11 feet, but have only cleared 10 so far.

second 2 are caber--this one is about 14' long and 45 lbs--I haven't turned one yet, but I am getting better at picking them up and not dropping them all the time...

4th is 16lb Scottish hammer

5th is all the women competing that day. I only beat the 17 year old (and not by that much!) I'm on the far right. The woman just next to me is the #1, the woman in bright blus shirt is #2 masters woman in the US. They throw things at least twice as far as I do...

sorry, don't mean to go on so, but I just love this sport and can't stop talking about it!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Highland Games Pics


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Ohhh what cool pix! Thanks for sharing those, namabafo. You know, that does look like a fun way to do strength training. (And you get to wear those cute skirts at the same time!) You look so fit & healthy in your pictures. I'm so glad you shared the pix -- now I'm excited about your trip to Scotland. What an accomplishment! But I understand about leaving the kids.

Well, 4th of July was a 3100 calorie day for me (2 slices of great double crust blueberry pie on top of all the other cookout goodies). So I've got some work to do over the next week. Boy, that pie was good though!


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Well, I've just been treading water for the past few weeks -- better than sinking, I guess, but NOT impressive... You guys have been great!

Namabafo - Those pictures are wonderful, and yes, it does look like fun! What a cool way to work out. Makes me want to throw a hammer...

And AWM - I'm with you on those summer goodies. It's that parties that have been getting me. Lots of wine (my favorite), and yesterday, some incredible green salsa (salsa's good, it's just the chips.) and blueberry cheesecake... But congratulations on breaking through your plateau.

Hope your foot's all better MTNester. It's tough staying fit whne it's your foot that's acting up!

And Fly - It's nice to hear from you again. Glad you're still with us! So how's that bathroom?


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I'm back from my long weekend and happy to report I did very well with my eating. My biggest downfall was probably too many cocktails! I'm not normally much of a drinker, but sitting out on the patio in the beautiful weather called for cocktails!! We had lots of company, but I really had a good balance of activity and R&R.

namabafo - loved the pics! I am so envious that you are going to Scotland...be sure to share your pics. I can really relate to your problem with cooking with picky eaters. I like to cook, but hate coming up with what to make and shoppping for ingredients. DD has allergy issues with dairy products and DS will not eat any seafood (and isn't big on meat). Nothing can aggravate me faster than spending hours making a nice meal, only to have the kids turn up their noses at it....grrrr! Thankfully (and smartly), DH will happily eat anything I make!

Sue - Glad to hear your healing is going well. Enjoy your time with your kids! Did you say your DD is in Seattle? Also, just to let you know...we were not doing the fireworks. We have them in our city and can watch the show from our yard. It was great as usual. It was really cute, because my friend's son insisted that none of the mothers in the group were allowed to use the word "pretty" to describe the fireworks. It was funny listening to us trying to come up with alternate words because your natural reaction is to say "ooooh, that one was pretty!"

awm - Congrats on your great success. Lithe is a great way to feel!

Sweeby - You are entitled to tread water...you have done so well and should definitely be proud of yourself! I also have to say I am cracking up visualizing you out in your backyard throwing a hammer..LOL!! Just be sure you don't take down the neighbor's dog!!

Hope all is well with the rest of you. I'm going to be outside swimming today...LOVE this weather!


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Hi everyone - I was gone for a few days over the 4th - holiday and a couple days of vacation. It was really nice to get away. But it's nice to be back and hear what everyone is up to!!

Congrats Fly on the thinner pants - that is a great feeling isn't it?

Sue - that infection thing sounds a bit scary!! Seems like it is a good idea to see the vascular specialist if that would help prevent this. YIKES!

namabafo - your feats are just amazing and I can't believe you're going to Scotland to compete - how cool is that!

neverdone - good to hear from you. Don't give up even though progress is slow - any efforts you are making are good for your overall health and well being.

sweeby - treading water is okay - sometimes I think you have to do that to stick with a lifestyle change long term.

Man, there are alot of temptations at this time of year aren't there? We went to our lake cabin over the 4th and there is all kinds of eating, drinking and socializing going on. I don't drink alcohol anymore so I spared myself all those calories but I drank way too much diet soda - in my opinion too much of that stuff is not exactly good for you. And I managed to continue to abstain from tortilla chips - though they were plentiful. I did gorge myself on some kind of fattening dip with pita chips - and I'm not sure how much better they are but they were definitely lower salt than other kinds of chips.

And then there were brownies, pie, ice cream.......I did manage to keep up with my exercise routine and I guess that's what prevented me from gaining any weight. I was really amazed as in the past I would have come home from a long holiday weekend like this with an extra five pounds.

I've been exercise biking, walking and kayaking. Haven't yet gotten my new tennis racket in action but hopefully this weekend. This coming weekend I am getting together with a former coworker - staying in touch with friends is my other mojo project along with living a healthier lifestyle.

Hope everyone had a great 4th and have a nice weekend coming up!


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DANGER! Walking wide load! hee hee hee

I am joining the baggy brigade! ((((YEAH ME)))))

I have lost lost lost heaps... but now my weight sits sits sits. Grrrrrrr!

I thought if I post my efforts it might motivate me.
I am on school break here, so I am resolved to walk twice a day instead of once a day. My plan is to shift my wide load into gear. I find that if the weight actually goes down (even an itty bitty bit) that motivates me enough to stay away from those sweet beckoning treats.

Today (so far): 1hr brisk walk, salad for lunch.

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2nd walk achieved!

Go Em... I did my second walk! (Just my 'standard' walk) which takes about 50 minutes.

Mid afternoon- small tub of unsweetened peaches.
Dinner- lean roast beef, pumpkin, carrots, heaps and heaps of broccoli and a handful of peas. Dessert was pears and small amount of low fat icecream (yes, I know- still high sugar!)


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Welcome aboard Em! Two walks a day -- wow, that will really rev up your fitness. Good for you. How much weight have you lost?

How do you serve the pumpkin? I only know it as a pie filling, but as it's loaded with vitamin A, sounds like it would be a good veggie to add to the menu.

Low fat ice cream: not much of a calorie savings there, but every little bit helps. My husband thought he was doing me a favor by buying low fat pistachio ice cream -- something I can't resist. I managed to work a daily cup of it into my calorie budget, but it meant sacrificing healthier fare. Sugar free ice cream, on the other hand, is easier on the diet: 80 cals a 1/2 cup, & tastes great. Plus 3 grams of fiber (that's suspicious -- what's in it that you can't digest?) Flavor variety is limited.


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I just found this thread today even though I've been lurking on THS for months. Thank goodness!

I'm working to improve in many areas. I *used to be* athletic, energetic, and much more organized. It took several years and two life-changing events to bring me down to a new level, and thankfully I began emerging from that low about a year ago after some therapy and a reconciliation with my DH. I am currently ~80 pounds above my "comfortable" weight where I used to feel healthy and happy with myself. There were several attempts to lose weight via WW over the past year, but I just hate counting points and meetings. I took good care of myself before on my own, and I'm trying to do it again.

I began a lifestyle change last Wednesday and so tomorrow will be 1 week. I've been on many, many diets in the past and I'm throwing them out the window. I am going to track my progress, but instead of it just being a weight tracker, I want to track other things like clothing size, BF measurement, and energy level in terms of my physical health. I also want to track progress in areas like relatinships, organizing, work, and taking care of my home. My goal is to get out of the danger zone in terms of my health and strive to improve areas of my life where I don't feel satisfied with my own efforts (work, organizing, parenting, marriage).


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Forgot to mention I'm down to 164 now. My BMI is no longer in the Overweight range!!! At the beginning of the year, it was in the Obese range. This is so hard for me to believe...

67 minutes of lah-de-dah biking today: to the post office, the bank, the garden center, a loop around the lake, a loop around the neighborhood just to see what everybody's doing with their homes & gardens.

My new step aerobics DVD should come in the mail today.


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Welcome Em and learn_as_I_go!

I had a wonderful 4th of July weekend at Asilomar (on the Pacific Coast just south of Monterey, California). I really love that place; so beautiful, gorgeous sunsets, it made walking such a pleasure. It was also conducive to talking with new people at the common breakfast table and at the 4th of July BBQ. I have to make time to go there more often.

I also went out to lunch with some of the members of my quilt guild on Saturday, so I'm doing OK on the social front.

I know I overdid it but not five pounds worth, I didn't think. Hmm, BBQ, lunch out... If I hadn't been walking, who knows what the scale would read. I'm very frustrated. Sigh.

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Thanks awm!!!!
I have lost slightly more than 110lbs, and am finding the last 8 lbs really slow. In my dream laa laa land I would loose another 18lbs.

My goal for the school holidays- 4.5 lbs! Maybe unrealistic but I am aiming high.

Pumpkin is an absolute staple for me- heaps of Aussies eat it as a savoury food. Down under we peel it and chop it about 1/2 a potato size and roast it exactly like a potato. You can also boil it or microwave it (cut the same size as above). I don't eat potato, but if you do it is great mashed with potato.
I LOVE shepherds pie, so I boil 1/2 sweet potato (I think you call them yams?) and pumpkin- then mash (no butter) with a little salt and pepper and use instead of potato- YUMMY!
Small roast pumpkin is yummy in salad made with rocket and balsamic dressing. Chunks of cooked pumpkin can be added to a quiche dish. BTW- I went to my dads birthday and had a piece of pumpkin pie for the very first time ever! Yummy, but there won't be an encore any time soon- pastry is not my friend!

TODAY:
My standard walk x 2
Second walk begged me to make an excuse as it started raining- but I grabbed my rainbird and went anyway.

Food diary
Vegetmite and low fat cheese toast x2
apple (YUMMY! sweet and crisp)
small salad roll- lots of salad
fish with warm zucchini and spinach salad (sort of like a stir fry almost)
unsweetened stewed apple
trim low joule custard

Resisted: choc chip biscuits, licorice pieces, pikelets


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It's working!!!!

I had a reasonable day Wednesday...
Only one 'standard' walk as I was catering a dinner for the inlaws and simply ran out of time. 2 hrs a day of walking is a big chunk of time!

Big resist of the day: MIL brought chocolate jaffa cake and I said "That looks so yummy, I'll save a piece for tomorrow, I am so full after dinner." (needless to say I won't eat it).

Today:
Keeping on healthy diet.
Have done a walk to local shops for some fruit and veg shopping- 45 minutes.
Weigh in: have lost 3lbs! (But I know how my weight goes, just as likely to magically reappear again tomorrow- but sure is a motivator!)


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Help! I've fallen and I can't get up...
OK, I guess I can, but my determination is flagging, and the junk food is looking awfully good. (Despite having a kitchen full of fresh peaches, cherries and rasberries, my favorite fruits, all at the height of perfection.)

Em - Wow! What a perfect solution to your MIL's food-pushing -- a lovely way to accept-yet-refuse.

My new motto -- You can have potato chips or weight loss -- Pick ONE.


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Oh yes you can get up, sweeby!

Is there something in the air? something that's weakening determination? Or perhaps there's something like "the Five Stages of Mo' Mojo"? Enthusiasm, Treading Water, Relapse, Rededication, Long Term Success!

I'm happy -- well, that's too strong-- relieved that three of the "5 of July" pounds have gone back from wherever they came from. I've been hitting the gym something fierce; my calf muscles are screaming at me even as I sit here. Luckily tomorrow is massage day.

Hey, where is everybody?

Naya


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Hi Naya - I'm still here. Not much is going on. I'm still doing my 5x per week exercise but I've been slacking on my ball routine and I can tell the difference in how fit/trim I feel and look. I'm not sure I have been quite as good about not eating things that are bad for me but still pretty good - no junky, salty stuff and not as much chocolate as before but I had a cinnamon roll this morning at work. We have food to welcome new employees and I skipped breakfast in order to partake. I decided this didn't look too much worse than a bagel and maybe better than a deep fried donut.

Oh Sweeby - I'm so sorry to hear your mojo is draggin'. Do you allow yourself a small treat once in a while? I don't feel like I could stick to a generally healthy lifestyle unless I let myself indulge in a few unhealthy things once in a while. Does the hot weather have anything to do with your outlook? I know you were so active in the spring and it's gotta be beastly hot now - maybe that doesn't bother you like it does me. It's in the mid-90s here now and humid - yuck! I can't stand it and no walks for me until it cools off. The thing I tell myself to stick to my "program" is that I want to be healthy and able to do things as I get older. That is what is most important to me - not what I look like or what size I wear. I remind myself that I don't want to end up incapacitated due to poor health at an age when my mind still wants to do things. So when I want to grab a handfull of salty, high fat tortilla chips I ask myself: are those chips more important to you than being able to go for a walk when you're older? Nope - though I gotta say my mouth literally waters looking at a basket of chips. It's bizarre. I have to admit I have had about five chips since January 25 - just to see how they taste. One at a time though - that was it - too salty. Is there anything we can do to help you get 'er goin' again?

And welcome koala em and learn as I go. Koala - 110 lbs - holy cow!! You are quite an inspiration! Learn as I go - it sounds like you are undertaking many changes in your life. How are things going this week?


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I look at this as a journey, and tempation is a stopover

My diary:
Yesterday I managed the second walk- and boy was it a power walk as I was trying to keep up with DD13 on her skateboard! LOL!!! Still keeping junk free!

(((Sweeby))) keep strong! I hope this will help you motivate and get perspective:
One thing that has kept me going through my weight loss and new healthy lifestyle is that I think of weight loss like a long car journey.
Yes, the 'quickest' way to travel is to get in the car and zoom from A to B. BUT, you soon get fatigued, bored and tired- especially if it is a long journey. Everyone else in your car (the family) get sick of it and complain too.
Instead, sometimes when you pass through a town (an 'event' like the 4th of July, Christmas etc) you take a 'detour' through the town: it is part of the journey, you stop and look at a few of the local sites, get out and stretch your legs, you take a break.
YES, it takes longer to get from A to B, but it refreshes you, gives you a break and some fun! The important part is knowing when to stop the sightseeing (event/ temptation eating) and get back in the car (your diet) and keep driving (workouts) until the next town (event)! Some towns (events) have more sightseeing (eating temptations) than others- some towns you can drive right through, others (like Christmas) you might stay a night or two!
But remember, this town is not your destination, you still need to get back on the road to complete the A to B journey.
Destination: a healthy happy YOU!
So Sweeby, buy that last postcard, take the last snapshot and get back on your road!

Gibby: thanks, it was hard work. When I look back at (the minimal number) of old photos I am amazed at myself even. This is a good week, as I am on school holidays and can do more walks...
You use a fit ball? Do you find it tones well? I want to do something with my pathetic abs!


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koala - yes fitness ball/balance ball/stability ball - whatever you want to call it. It is very, very good for the abs and the rest of the core/torso. I've never done anything previously that was so effective for this part of the body. I'm just having a hard time doing 40 mins of walking or stationary bike PLUS 40 minute ball routine after I get home from work - plus grocery shopping and whatever other errands and chores need to get done. I could do better on the weekends though.....


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What a fabulous analogy Em! (And yours is truly an inspiring story.)

Well, yesterday, I ate only healthy foods. Fresh peaches, cherries, tomatos, a few nuts, fish and veggies. And it was good -- really good. DH bought a bag or chocolates and I hid it in his office, far from my pantry snack zone... I haven't walked in a while, but the rains have stopped for a bit, so I need to get back out there...


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Sweeby - congratulations on your good day yesterday. WAY TO GO!!

And I second that on the analogy Em - that is very good!


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Sweeby, see, you are already back on track.

Em, a belated welcome! Great analogy.

I've been reading but not posting. I've been unwell, and writing about that is tiresome. I think am finally in range of normal (but I said that a month ago). Very strange to have been so sick lately. I've always been healthy as a horse. Well, a horse with bad skin and teeth. LOL.

My new MoJo adventure is a figure drawing class I started last night. It's been over 30 years since I did any artwork. Wow, time flies....

Hope everyone is having a good summer.


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Thanks celtic, sorry to hear you have been sick. Art class? That sounds so awesome. I love art. I have tried folkart painting and ceramics over recent years, but am currently hobbyless (according to DD13 kitchens are my hobby- perhaps she is right LOL!)

Sweeby- your on the road! You rock!!!!! Good for you!

My last day: 2 x 'standard' walk. Tried to pick up pace a bit and powerwalk/jog bits.
Food: On target
Weigh in: hovering lower (+ or - .2 of a kg)

Sat: (today)
Karate day: had an absolute muscle workout. At end of session DS14 flipped me onto the ground (no mat) and now my back is sore. But will still go walking.
The big excuse maker is the weather: it is POURING like a shower out there. In Australia it's winter so it's cold, wet and generally miserable day. But I will don my rainbord and go.

DIET: I will have to be careful this afternoon as a friend I haven't seen for ages has invited me for a catch up for AFTERNOON TEA!!! DANGER TIME!!! CAKE AND SWEETS ALERT!!! My plan is to refuse food and claim I had a late lunch and am too full. If really pushed I will choose one item (whatever looks healthiest) then cut it in half and eat it very very slowly, leaving some if possible.

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OK. I never come to conversations. I only check in at Kitchens to see if anyone needs comments on sink colors or faucet size. I may even chip in a bit with granite talk. I've missed all the Mojo. But I think I have a little bit of a clue with this thread. So, you guys can all see me through your computer screens right??? Do you really think the 40lbs I've put on in the last 10 years are unhealthful??? What about my heel problem? (plantar faciscia) If I really can't walk too far, should I still exercise? Do you think my arm flab hangs down too far, or is 3-4 inches still the norm? I get on a plane at the end of August to go visit my mom in Georgia. She already made an email weight comment after a photo I e'd her. (She is just like that, she's 85, and fortunately, I am not a particularly sensitive person.......) So I was wondering, do you think that I could get Mojo, Lose Mojo, re-acquire Mojo, or find a new recipe for Mojo, in 6 weeks? Should I??? Throw me a low-fat bone here.

p.s. I have also pulled (I don't bite) all my fingernails off down to the point where they barely exist. Is there a cure for that??? I used to have nice strong nails, and if they are not rough and short, I don't fool with them. I never see anything about this problem (addiction/anal/compulsive disorder/phenomonen/problem/etc) in anything written or on the net. Pharmacy has nothing for me. So........Mojo THAT if you can............

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Red,
I am a 'newbie' on this thread. But not to reclaiming my mojo! I hope you feel welcomed and reclaim RED!

((((((GO! GO! RED MOJO!!!!!!)))))

How do YOU feel about the weight you have gained? IS it compromising your health? Attempting to reclaim that healthy gal inside is only something you can do for YOU, and only when you are really ready.

If this is a path you want to explore, then #1 is see your GP first, they will be a great guide as to how and what changes will reignite your RED MOJO!

With pain problems walking can seem like a real chore- have you ever tried water based workouts- aerobics/ swimming? They may help as there is not the pressure and impact.

Oh... and on the arm flab thing... don't talk to me about that!! Whaaaaaaaa! : ( Mine are like empty PJ bags, or wings or some such. NO amount of muscle will fix them (well maybe Arnold Swarz size arms... but not sure if that's a good look on a short lady! hee hee hee)

As an ex nail biter and picker, I think it is definately a habit. Each time you catch yourself at your nails choose to stop, do something else to occupy your hands- I made a habit of painting nail strengthener each day. While I can grow may nails long (eg if I have an upcoming event) I choose to keep them a practical length-just past the tip of my finger. They annoy me less that length too.

I think a great MOJO activation method is a new hairstyle and a set of clothes- you can get off that plane and see your mum feeling good about yourself. There is more to being a great person than what you weigh and how long your nails are. Oh and to your mum- if she comments on your weight, say 'It's amazing how genetics play such a part in your chance for weight gain' and smile sweetly :)

Em


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Ah, Red. Only a matter of time before our collective drew you in.

You are so MoJo! Totally spunky.

This thread is all about stretching that in whatever direction *you* want to go. Welcome!

PS: Lee press-on nails? Do they still exist?


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Hey Celticmoon...
I loved the link you put on the "Italian man" thread. The wabi sabi concept.
I keep thinking about it... and how it contrasts with commercialism and the western push for artifical perfection.
Thanks for that link, I really appreciated it.

Em


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hey mojo-gang!

welcome to em and redbazel.

celtic--glad you are feeling better...did you find out what it was? I am playing wait and see if I have Lyme disease as I pulled a deer tick off me 3 weeks ago. I've had the sweats since, but it could be this heat (or peri-menopause?) and some joint pain, but I've been working out so it could just be normal pain...

Had my last competition yesterday before I leave for Scotland on Wed...and I hurt my back!!!! I have no idea what I did--probably didn't stretch enough but it should be better by this weekend...funny thing is, it hurts when I sit too long, but didn't hurt at all while I was competing in my events!! I did manage to pull off 2 more PRs picking up a foot or so in the 13.8 lb stone and 3 feet in the heavy hammer (16 lb)

keep the mojo going and I'll "see" you all when I get back...


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Well, this thread's about to top out, and we're still out here making progress. To use Em's analogy, I suspect many of us are getting a bit bored and antsy with the length of the ride. But hey - some of us have a long journey...

I'd like to lose another 17 pounds (well, 22 would be even better...) and improve my business management skills. I'd also like to take the initiative to call up a few friends with whom I'm in danger of losing touch. That'll be my next Mojo Challenge --

As CelticMoon pointed out -- This thread is not all about diet and exercise. It's about whatever we need it to be about to improve our places on this earth.

As the Mojo thread originator, I'd like to invite Koala-Em, one of our newest members (but HOW INSPIRING!) to start the next chapter. How about it Em? Got any more fabulous inspirational messages for us?


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