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June 2, 2012 6:02 PM

I'm doing this for the first time. I've lost 109 lbs and hope to make it to onderland this weekend (0.7 lbs to go). I'm 52 and had lap band surgery 9/20/11. It's helped me a lot but there is still a lot of hard work that goes into it. I've been overweight to obese (morbidly obese) pretty much my entire life. I have had periods where I have lost weight and been normal BMI but soon regained. I am disabled with an neurodegenerative illness and while I can walk some (balance issues make me fall), I have to use a wheelchair to get around outside of the house. I recently fell and suffered a costochondral separation (rib separation) so my exercise is very limited now. I can use all the supportive and nice friends that I can get on here!
I'm hoping to exercise on my recumbent stationary bike 20 minutes a day
continue reading the 17 day diet book
log in every day barring emergencies
June 2, 2012 6:34 PM
flowerforyou Went for a "walk" with DD (and grandson in stroller) that turned into quite the hike. Man, oh man (or woman for that matter) an hour and a half later of up and down trails....noway noway noway

the reason why this was soooo enjoyable was because of my DD and lil grandson!!! bigsmile bigsmile bigsmile

Eureka...that's the an activity because you enjoy it. I need more of that.

Rennyheart heart
Edited by RebelRenny On June 2, 2012 6:35 PM
June 2, 2012 6:43 PM
Kate - you have awesome goals. You can do it, of that I'm sure.

welcome kathyszoo, gill_L, Sue, carefulkate, Mary. queencreekpj, NEgirl, milove and diana

Kathy - You and your family are in my prayers, especially your father

jb - most of the time I snack during the day. Sometimes I think it's more out of boredom than anything else. But I know that that also helps to keep your blood sugar up. Now Vince only eats when he's truly hungry.

chrisfarmer - congrats on quitting smoking. That's one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Did an hour of yoga today, then stopped at this one store on my way home (unfortunately, I forgot to get cottage cheese for the manicotti that I want to make for Friday), came home and baked a cake (BTW-the new beater is wonderful. Things got mixed quite well. I'm very happy with it) Tomorrow I'll do an hour of balance games on the Wii

Nancy - WTG girl on buying those bras!!! What a wonderful guy you have there!

Rebel - what works for me is to log every bite that I eat. It doesn't work for me to eat (carbs especially) at night.

welcome back Rose! We missed you.

liselyn - oh to be able to make cookies and not have a taste! I made some butterscotch oatmeal cookies for the gal who is going to ice the cake for me for Mexican train. She just told me that she'll come by Mon. Anyway, I HAD to try some of the cookie dough. BTW - I'm absolutely loving this new beater on the KitchaenAid. hopefully, the novelty will wear off, but in the meantime I'm just loving it. Just wish there was a way that I can put the beater to the side and then add the ingredients. But oh well.....

Jenni - HOA = Homeowners Association. Some can be real "mini-Nazi's" and others very laid back. Or you can get one in the middle.

diana - I don't know how many are "officially" in this group, many times people are here for a while then have to take a hiatus for one reason or another and then come back.

banded - you've certainly been dealt a handful! Looking forward to "talking" with you more. You've come to the right place for motivation.

Better take a shower then get to bed. Hope everyone has a great evening.

June 2, 2012 7:58 PM
Twice in one day! I have to stay up extra late to pick up my son after an outing, so here I am staying awake!

Sousanna - I just read that you and your family are coming to Montreal! I live quite far out of town, but work there and would be glad to give you some ideas and maybe meet while you are there. Let me know, ok?

I also just had the nice experience of having enough calories "left over" at the end of the day to have a snack to get me through this extra long evening. Fresh strawberries and blueberries in some nonfat plain yogurt -- mmm. Felt good to eat this late!

Banded -- oof! I had a costochondral infection and it was horrible - a separation must have been brutal. I hope it's feeling better. Good work to get so far!

Michele - just lower the beaters into the water. go ahead, no need to lick them first, you can do it... laugh

have a great night all -

June 2, 2012 8:04 PM
Hi All, I am new to MFP and would love to participate in your discussion for mutual support and encouragement.

My June Resolutions:
Log in and record food every day
Drink 8 glasses of water per day
Walk 5-6 days a week

Have a healthy June!
June 2, 2012 8:11 PM
Hello everyone,
I am trying the "Eat more, 2 weigh less". I upped my calories almost a week now, while keeping my net carbs around 100 and have not gained, in fact I lost a pound. It is so great to eat more. I am eating about 1800 calories now instead of 1300-1500!

Eating all those exercise calories does help.
Edited by beth40n2 On June 2, 2012 8:11 PM
June 2, 2012 11:59 PM
smile Hi

flowerforyou Welcome back Kathy (Plantlady) I remember you from when I first started on MFP. Sorry to hear about your dad, you and your family are in my thoughts. heart

heart Jeannie also sending prayers your way, check in with us whenever you can, we are here for you.

Has anyone heard from chicklet recently, I know she was going through a bad time last I heard from her, I often wonder how she is. Hope she is okay.

It is a typical bank holiday weekend here, raining - I hope it clears up by tomorrow when there's lots of parties planned for the Queen's Jubilee it would be such a shame if they were all rained off.

flowerforyou Welcome to all the new people, look forward to getting to know you.

laugh It's such a horrible day that I am going in to work to do some overtime. Might as well earn a "little extra" we don't often get the chance to do overtime so until we get these files sorted it is on offer. It was quite nice to get a extra money in my May wages. Plus I have next week off work to catch up on chores etc.

Look at the time I still need to do my exercises before going off to work, won't get a lot done there, mainly sitting down at the computer. Trying to get at least 12,000 + steps everyday for the Global Challenge that we are doing at work again this year, and only just scraped in yesterday (12,864).

Hugs to all who are struggling with family issues heart heart heart

Chat soon
June 3, 2012 12:51 AM
Just started back up on mfp. I have gotten quite disgusted with myself. I know how to lose wait, but I am doing everything to gain weight. Not exercising and eating junk. I have now gotten to my highest weight ever and I do not like it. I have lost weight before and I knot the drill: expend more calories than taken in.

My goal for June will be to faithfully record what I eat each day. I find that when I keep track of what I eat I am a little more selective in my choices.
June 3, 2012 2:34 AM
Good morning ladies - was just about to do a big post when DH said it's time to go out, so I'll be back later x
June 3, 2012 3:57 AM
Hello Ladies,

I turned 50 last summer (WOO)! Life's been slinging mud at me for some years and I have pretty much found the bottom of the mudpile! It's time to take back my life, live it to its fullest, and be the woman that I was created to be!!

I've been lurking on MFP since mid-April.

I think the best thing that has helped me most is just tracking calories. Along the way I've cut out lots of things I love, but have also increased exercise (for now, it's just walking).

I have a new, short-term goal for June though and I'd love some encouragement!

My son, who just graduated from college with his Master's degree in Music Education, will be leaving on July 3 to teach music for a year in Sweden! How exciting, right? Well, I get to go with him!! Even more exciting!! But I want to take at least another 10 lb off before we leave! That'll put me in the low 180's and with almost 20 pounds gone I'll have the energy to keep up with him as he finds his way in his hew hometown!!

So, anyone will to take on the challenge of helping to keep me motivated? I realize I have my page set to private (many personal reasons for that) but I'll open it to you if you ask! Thanks for the support group! Being 50 is great, but it also has its challenges, doesn't it?? tongue
June 3, 2012 4:53 AM
Hi ladies! I`m 53 and pretty new to the site, started May 20th and I`ve lost a bit over 10 pounds now (I am so excited about it). I`m also pretty new to posting, so i really dont know too much about it, hopefully it won`t take too long to learn. I`d love to be a part of your group. My goals for June are:
try to eat all of my calories
walk outside more often
be supportive of anyone needing motivation
June 3, 2012 6:09 AM
This sounds like a very supportive group! I recently lost over 60 pounds but am finding the last 10 the hardest!

Goals for June: Zumba class 2 times a week
Gym for strength training/cardio 3 days a week
Kayaking at least once a week
Rediscover quilting
June 3, 2012 8:11 AM
Congratulations on the loss! smile I too am new to this . I have lost over 60 and still have about 10 to go.
June 3, 2012 8:46 AM
Happy Sunday from cloudy, cool Portland. Great lettuce-growing weather, and peas! love

My friend made this goofy hat out of her lilacs and plopped it on my head a couple weeks ago at her birthday party, lol. We were being silly girls. bigsmile

I rode my bike for the first time in 7 years yesterday, noway about a 7 mile, very hilly round-trip. Really fun, quite challenging going uphill, had to use the brakes while going down steep hills (too scary!) and oooh-wee is my butt sore this morning. laugh

Michele, it makes perfect sense about keeping the blood sugar up by eating several times throughout the day.

Well, lots to do, off to work in the garden. Welcome everyone new. I wish you all a great day.

smile jb
June 3, 2012 11:08 AM
Stepping on the edge today laugh salad with cottage cheese and left-over grilled asparagus for breakfast! Whoowee.

I wonder if I could get my bike (cycle, not motorcycle) going this summer? Jb and others, you are inspiring me. Perhaps a July goal? I am using the elliptical stepper at the gym because I can do it without putting a lot of weight on my fore-foot, it feels good to get some aerobic exercise in. Just 15 minutes at a time because I get really tired, it’s been six weeks since I did anything really strenuous. On the other hand, my arms & shoulders are looking great, that’s the result of hours on the “krank” machine. Does this mean I am going to continue using it on a regular basis? noway Not likely!

Our formal dinner was a lot of fun. It was a “Titanic” theme so everyone dressed in their best approximation of 1912 high fashion. Unfortunately I had to leave before DH and his barbershop buddies sang because my foot was just too sore. I got the best of the food, though – filled my plate with veggies and (can you believe this?) drinker skipped the buttered rolls altogether.

Today I am back to planning my food and logging everything in advance except water and exercise.

Liselyn, I was trying to think of a goal around alcohol consumption, and I think you got it right “limit alcohol and eat the calories instead”.

Goals for June:
At least 4 aqua fit classes - something new to shake up the routine.
24 hours of exercise including weight training
Get the routine chores done – no procrastination!
Act the way I want to feel. Be kind.
June 3, 2012 11:38 AM
Happy Sunday, everyone -

It is a quiet day, dim and wet out, housecleaning and desk work getting done. Exercise next! Luckily, my son just started playing some video game in the living room that makes him shout and carry on -- excellent inspiration to GET OUT!

Nancy - get on the bike! It is great fun and won't kill your foot. I am biking more since my leg with IBT syndrome is still very cranky, and it is wonderful. Of course, the lush greenness everywhere is delicious to bike through this time of year.

Welcome to new person with the trip to Sweden coming up! I'll certainly send you a message - I have been to Sweden many times, am a music educator myself, and would be glad to help any way I can to meet your goals!

have a good one, gang --

June 3, 2012 12:45 PM
flowerforyou Logging my food again. The tricky part is during the week when I am at work. Not so much the eating, but the logging. (The tricky part for the eating is on weekends.) bigsmile bigsmile

drinker I've just booked a trip to Holland again to go see my mom and sisters. Yay!! It's been over a year that I was there. My mom is 89 and MIL is 88, so it is high time for a visit, while I still have them. This time I am going in September for 2 weeks. So excited. My bicycle will be waiting for me again. I never gain weight while I am over there, since I ride a bike daily. Love it.

Have a great Sunday. Off to do shopping and laundry.

heart Renny
Edited by RebelRenny On June 3, 2012 12:46 PM
June 3, 2012 12:56 PM
I wish you success I did pretty good each month I usually lose 1lb per week take a little or give a little for a moment I got stuck and I think I had increase my activities and decrease my eating.
June 3, 2012 12:57 PM
Sounds good Rebel!
June 3, 2012 1:57 PM
Well, I did a stupid thing last night. My Husband made us mocktails last night (like crystal light margharitas) and put salt around the rim of the glass. SO I enjoyed the salt and today, I am 1 lb heavier from water retention:( I know, I'm a disabled RN and I have a history of Chronic Kidney Disease so I should have known better. Just goes to show you what eating too much salt can do to you.

So I'm going to continue with a healthy diet and not overdo the salt anymore tho I did enjoy it yesterday and the mocktail!

Hope to get below 200 this week!
Hope my ribs will heal a little more so I can exercise more
Hope to start on the 17 day diet with my husband next monday!
June 3, 2012 5:47 PM

June 3, 2012 6:04 PM
Hi there, Three weeks so far on MFP and I like it a lot but need to reach out for support. I hope to lose ten pounds. Goals for June:
work out 3x or more a week
strengthen those leg muscles so I can do squats without worrying about my knees!
stay on the calorie counting
I've really enjoyed reading the posts here! Thanks, all, for being there.flowerforyou
June 3, 2012 6:45 PM
saying Hiohwell
hope everyone has a good weekflowerforyou

Very hot in AZ.....will be indoors till Novembermad

June 3, 2012 8:08 PM
bigsmile I have read every post and would love to reply individually but there's no time tonight.cry yawn

bigsmile the line dance workshop was awesome---I learned about eight new dances and got to enjoy the personal satisfaction of feeling smart and competent.and being able to learn bigsmile bigsmile bigsmile there was a lot of free dance time and I knew more than half the dances so I got to be on my feet a lot.

flowerforyou I took two days off from logging food and exercise but didn't stray far from my usual behavior (huevos rancheros and more fruit than normal and extra isagenix bars for snacks were my big detours) HRM so I don't know how many calories I burned but I carried my pedometer and logged over 20,000 steps each day.bigsmile bigsmile bigsmile

I've seen a bit of the Queen's Diamond Jubillee on TV and it looks like an amazing event.bigsmile bigsmile

bigsmile Hubby and the poodles were glad to see me home again......the dogs were glad to go for a walk for an hour and hubby came outside and worked in the yard with me and told me all about what he did while I was gone (I was gone for 29 hours but it seemed a lot longer than that laugh )

flowerforyou flowerforyou flowerforyou if you are new to this thread, I hope you will come back often and join in the discussions, ask questions, and tell us about your successes and frustrations.

drinker flowerforyou Rose, I'm so glad you are back bigsmile

flowerforyou kathy (plantlady) best wishes to you and your dad, you are so right to stay in the moment.......we are all here for you

yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn early to bed for me bigsmile
June 3, 2012 8:09 PM
just saving my spot will read all and catch up soon

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