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Old 01-20-2014, 08:52 AM   #721
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Hello! I'm still struggling to get back on track. I have a few good days and then I'm off the rails again. Still trying though! My office makes it really hard with folks bringing in baked goods, donuts and everyone going out to eat at lunch. My willpower just ain't what it used to be! I wish it would come back and last more than a few days!!

Shelly, sending hugs! I'm so happy you were able to quit smoking and I'm praying your weight gain will go away soon! Hang in there!

Laura, sorry to hear you've been struggling too! Life surely makes things harder sometimes!!

Bonny, I'm 41. I've struggled with my weight since my late 20's (started right after the birth of my first child). It sure gets harder the older I get!!

Mthergoos, congrats on the size 6 jeans!! Wow! Truly my hero!

Congrats to everyone else doing so well this month. You all continue to motivate and inspire me.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:26 AM   #722
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Well, I had a NSV today... I got dressed this morning and my size 14 seemed pretty lose. I can fit two hands in at the waist and still not tight. So I tried on all my 14's same thing. I only have one pair of 12's and they need to be washed. But as soon as they are I am guessing they will fit nicely.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:29 AM   #723
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Oh such good news Missy. Let us know.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:35 AM   #724
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Congratulations Missy!!! That's AWESOME!!!
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:37 AM   #725
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Mthergoos, Great job on the loss! Can I say we told you so?! LOL

MissyDee, What a great feeling it must be to move down another pant size! (Or is it two? I never figured that one out.)

Julie, I wouldn't have any willpower if baked goods were in front of me all the time too. Hence my disastrous December. Do the best you can, when you can and eventually you'll find yourself doing better more often.

Bonny-Jean, A loss, no matter how small, is a victory! Off topic, but we're supposed to get a couple of inches of snow tomorrow night. Gunner, our lab, hasn't been in snow at all. I don't think his last family ever played with him but this area hasn't had a good snowfall in years. I'm so excited! (And yes 2 inches is a good amount for us beach folks! LOL)
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:58 AM   #726
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Gunner, our lab, hasn't been in snow at all. I don't think his last family ever played with him but this area hasn't had a good snowfall in years. I'm so excited! (And yes 2 inches is a good amount for us beach folks! LOL)
Firstly, you're right.. any loss is a good loss!!

Secondly, I LOVE GUNNER!! He will find the snow quite interesting, I'm sure.
God bless you for taking him in and loving him the way he deserves. I think there's a special place in heaven for people like you.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:04 AM   #727
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BulldogMom, my girls are such desert dogs that they won't even go outside in the rain! LOL They just stand there and look at me like I'm stupid for expecting them to walk outside in the rain, I can't even imagine what they would do in the snow!
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:10 AM   #728
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Oh, you guys... I too have a princess that doesn't like going out in the rain and SHE'S A WATER DOG, for God's sake!!! LOL.

Not only that, if I don't shovel a path and a large "bathroom" area for her, she poops on my deck!!! OMG.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:27 AM   #729
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Nice NSV Missy!! Love it!

Thanks bulldogmom! I know it's the mental game that I'm losing. I can start a day really strong, be faced with a stupid temptation, make the wrong decision then blow the whole day (one cheat usually throws me off the whole day, sadly). Also, we are supposed to get 3-6 inches of snow tonight! One tough winter this year!!
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Well, I had a NSV today... I got dressed this morning and my size 14 seemed pretty lose. I can fit two hands in at the waist and still not tight. So I tried on all my 14's same thing. I only have one pair of 12's and they need to be washed. But as soon as they are I am guessing they will fit nicely.
Great news! Well done!
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:08 PM   #731
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Think I might cut back on the drumsticks as it's quite easy to eat lots of them and being quite high in fat I'm guessing my calorie intake is high. I know I'm not suppose to worry about calories (according to the book) but lots of people do count them. Do you guys find that counting calories helps and if so how many do you allow?
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I don't count my calories, but I have sometimes entered them into an online tracker just to see where they're at. I usually come in around 1200 or so per day. Or somewhere right around there. If you're losing well without having to count them, then I wouldn't bother. The high fat and high protein foods do tend to fill us up much better than the carby processed foods. As long as you're listening to your body, eating when you're hungry, and stopping when you're not, then you probably won't have to worry about it. If your weight loss stalls for a long period of time, then cutting calories might be something you'll want to look into
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:03 PM   #733
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Had a piece of sugar-free cheesecake yesterday for my son's birthday. Cream cheese does not like me! Will be under 10 carbs today, shooting for under 5 for the rest of the week!
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:17 PM   #734
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wow, you ladies are all shrinking.
So the road trip never happened which left me with a can of sardines, a pickle & olives for lunch. Ended up having my pepperoni stick & cheese that was suppose to be a snack but for the most part, that managed to hold me till now.
Obviously, somethings working
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:50 PM   #735
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KEMP and CdnPaleoGuy: Please disregard the following statement..........

Well, I already told you how OLD I am and I started gaining weight in 1997. I went off the pill and gained 10-15 lbs a year. I went back on and my weight stayed the same, sometimes for 4 yrs or so. Then I'd go back off and the weight would climb again. I did this 3 times over the last 20'ish years so I know my weight gain had more to do with that than my diet (which has always been bad). Nobody will believe me!!! I've told a couple of doctors and they looked at me like I've got 3 heads!! Can't blame having babies cause I was slim to average build till I was like 47'ish. I'm not crazy but don't know how to fix it? I can't go back on the pill cause I'm over 50 and smoke (85% chance of stroke now)
All my hormone levels are optimum and I'm surprising healthy so I guess I just have to live with it but it would be nice to know if this happened to anyone else???
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Bonny, th eonly time I gained like that was with the Depo shot. I gained 65lbs in 3 months !!! Got off it and never took it again.
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Bonny, I have PCOS and find that I need to be on the pill for multiple reasons. The few times I went off it there was dramatic weight gain as well as very irregular miserable periods. I also got terrible migraines when not on the pill that coincided with TOM. I still get occasional migraines but not nearly as frequent. Hormones are certainly a wacky thing!
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:02 PM   #738
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See. I knew it. There's has to be "something" in the pill that was regulating my weight??? I have this drop dead gorgeous, 30 something doctor who I don't want to complain about anything below my neck!!! LOL. Oh, I'm so not kidding girls. He's like a young George Clooney!! I don't think I'll ever find a doctor willing to look into it. If I was 25 and gorgeous it might happen, they might take me seriously but now pfft ............ forget about it!!!
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When I strained my neck a few years ago at work and had to go to physical therapy, I had worked with a physical therapist and a man in his early 20's who was almost done with his degree and doing an internship with the practice. I did look at the kid once and said to him "Are you sure you want to be a physical therapist? You really might want to go to Hollywood."
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Firstly, you're right.. any loss is a good loss!!

Secondly, I LOVE GUNNER!! He will find the snow quite interesting, I'm sure.
God bless you for taking him in and loving him the way he deserves. I think there's a special place in heaven for people like you.
Thanks so much! He's a great guy that ended up with a family that didn't appreciate him and left him in a crate all day long. Their loss and our gain. I feel lucky we found him. I'll get pics Wednesday of his first romp in the snow.
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BulldogMom, my girls are such desert dogs that they won't even go outside in the rain! LOL They just stand there and look at me like I'm stupid for expecting them to walk outside in the rain, I can't even imagine what they would do in the snow!
My bulldog won't pee in the rain unless I'm standing out in it with him. And the little jerk takes his time about it! LOL
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Bonny-Jean, I think my lab is broken. He's the only water dog that I know that hates getting wet.....mud is okay though. I think you are on to something when it comes to the pill. Hormones can wreak havoc on our bodies. When I was going through infertility treatments, I would gain weight like crazy. Actually the bulk of the weight I need to lose is from the infertility treatments and not pregnancy itself. I gained less than 15 lbs with each pregnancy.

Makemeslim, I don't worry about calories. If I can't get results by tweaking what I eat, then I start looking at amounts.

Gypsy, did you make your cheesecake? I mixed hwc with sugar free cheesecake flavored pudding mix. It was good but too much hwc stalls me.

PaleoGuy, great job sticking to plan!
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You are definitely back in the groove Laura!
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Congrats Laura! KUTGW!!
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BulldogMom, I just soften up 12 ounces of cream cheese and beat it with a little vanilla and 3 packets of Stevia in the Raw. Then I beat a cup of heavy cream and fold it in. Spread in a pie plate and put it in the fridge for a half an hour. Enjoy. It's pretty good. The only dairy I usually consume is cheese and butter. And not too much cheese. Heavy cream in the occasional recipe.

I have been meaning to ask this: Why do people use HWC instead of heavy cream? When I read the labels in the store the heavy cream has fewer carbs than HWC. Is it just because there isn't that much of a difference carb wise and the HWC is cheaper? Just curious.
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Gypsy: where do you find heavy cream? I've only seen milk, half & half and hwc??
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BulldogMom, I just soften up 12 ounces of cream cheese and beat it with a little vanilla and 3 packets of Stevia in the Raw. Then I beat a cup of heavy cream and fold it in. Spread in a pie plate and put it in the fridge for a half an hour. Enjoy. It's pretty good. The only dairy I usually consume is cheese and butter. And not too much cheese. Heavy cream in the occasional recipe.

I have been meaning to ask this: Why do people use HWC instead of heavy cream? When I read the labels in the store the heavy cream has fewer carbs than HWC. Is it just because there isn't that much of a difference carb wise and the HWC is cheaper? Just curious.
I didn't know there was a difference? I've never used hwc until recently so I'm not that familiar with either one. Good question!
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heavy cream vs hwc

So what I've found is:
Heavy cream is the richest type of liquid cream with a fat content of at least 36%, while whipping cream contains between 30% and 36% fat.
The final difference is that heavy cream has 5 more calories per tablespoon than whipping cream, and it costs 5 to 10 cents more per pint.
So for the most part, they sound very similar but the hwc has less calories.
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In the grocery stores in my town, the quarts of Heavy Cream are right next to the quarts of HWC. Heavy cream does cost about .60 more per quart here than HWC. I just use it for some cooking and DH uses it in his coffee. I figure the more fat, the better!

I do live in a high dairy area, maybe that's why it's more readily available where I am? When people hear I'm from New York, they think of the City and I have to clarify that I am 4 hours away from NYC and there are a lot of cows up here! And vineyards. And apple orchards. It's very agricultural in my part of the state.
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