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Old 02-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #271
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Hi Everyone,

I am back.....and so tired even my fingers hurt to type.
The event was a HUGE success, and this makes me so proud.

We are already close to $1.1 million this year and we still have post drop next week and another mini event next Saturday. OUr event year does not close until April 30th, so I am really hoping to hit my 1.2 target. We had a TON of media and even a reporter in LA called to talk about it and said they would be airing it in the states, so we are pretty pumped.
More money, means helping more kids!

I have to say I am so proud of myself, it was a tough day as we have alot of goodies brought in for the volunteers and I stayed away. I did not eat enough, but found it hard to take time to eat, it was a 20 hour day and not to much time for food.

It been a day of bed rest of movies and sleep today and I wont be doing much more tomorrow. We have a photo shoot in the afternoon but other than that...not doing to much.

Well I am going to settle back on the couch with the kiddies and watch a movie and then head to bed.

I hope you are all doing well, I was catching up on reading and it looks like some of you have had a few stuggles and some are doing great. I pray those of you struggling have a easier day tomorrow.
Always in my thoughts and prayers,
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:19 AM   #272
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Good morning!

Lynn---sounds like you are doing great---and wow on all the other benefits you are experiencing! So I read the JUDDD stuff that I found on the Dr's website but I can't remember anything about other benefits. Does he talk to that---specifically does he explain the science behind it? I love reading about the science behind weight loss/health related things....not sure why cause I hated science in school!

I agree with you about needing support here to have success. I feel accountable to you all---plus you guys understand my crazy eating issues---something I haven't found with my IRL friends.

Liz---glad you are OK but hope you get back to feeling more like yourself soon. How funny on DH....hope he doesn't starve to death!

Jaiyce---I would call that a HUGE success! I think you will meet your target without any problem--how wonderful! Good for you for staying away from the junk. So after this project---what's next? Hopefully whatever it is you have some time to kick back and take care of you for a bit.

Linda and Sweetie Pie---sounds like you are successfully working through those nighttime demons.


I was reading some stuff on spices in a health food magazine and found a couple of interesting uses that I thought I would share.

1. sprinkle ground nutmeg on broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage--I would have never thought of trying that but now I will
2. cardamom---I don't know much about this spice and don't have any currently but it says it's good sprinkled on sweet root veggies, which I eat a ton of....so I will be getting some

Another morning awake at 3am. On my 3rd load of laundry and planning to get as much done this morning as I can as the last 2 days I have been completely pooped by early afternoon.

Have a great day everyone! And we are missing some peeps---please check in soon!
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:20 AM   #273
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Oh and Jaiyce---who is that pink fluffy head in your avi?? How cute!
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Sorry been MIA - actually had a busy work week last week, and my days off were busy as well. My eating has been up and down this past week. Started off eating two no-bake cookies and two small cheesecake squares on Wednesday for a baby shower, then a serving of tortilla chips w/cheese dip on Thursday and later a bagel w/cream cheese just because it sounded good! Saturday was my worst day, I had a chicken fried steak w/white gravy with french fries, peanut and plain M & M's, a package of over-sized sweat tarts, and Burger King chicken sandwich and fries . We were at my son's basketball tournament, had everything packed (celery sticks, carrots, ham, cheese) but then the family wanted to eat out instead. I was feeling it about midnight - I had acid reflux really bad and this morning woke up again with a very sore throat and nasty taste in my mouth still. So mad at myself!!!!!

so back to the drawing board AGAIN. Since we were at a basketball tournament yesterday I didn't get my normal baking/cooking done, so I stopped at the store today and picked up: salad mix, cottage cheese, chicken strips, shredded cheese, peanut butter, frozen green beans, frozen broccoli, and frozen meatballs. I also brought from home some celery, fresh packaged grean beans and almonds to snack on.

Laura: AWESOME job on the 6.8lbs and 15 inches!!

Theresa: thanks for the tough love!!! I wish I would have read it on my days off, maybe it would have worked!

Linda: You are definitely being tested by God in so many ways I hope your little pooch is doing better.

Steph: I am on the same cycle/roller coaster ride you are on! I do really good for a few days, then off, then back on and so on and so on. I need to take it one day at a time, and then think before acting upon. I love what Linda prayed about!

Well gotta get back to work and hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their Sunday!
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How everyone is having a good day.Its a beautiful day here 71 degrees.Enjoy your day.
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WINIFRED...I'm glad you're having gorgeous weather!

FONDA...WTG for planning and stocking up on healthy foods.

TERESA...
sorry you're having sleep issues. Have you tried a carby snack a couple of hours before bedtime?

thanks for sharing the spice info! I love nutmeg. I keep whole nutmegs in my refrig and micro grate them into various foods/teas. I especially love it with sautéed spinach (with a dab of cream cheese). I have read that ground nutmeg loses its potency quickly but the whole nutmegs will keep for years in the refrig. I think I got mine from penzeys. One thing I've learned is that a little bit goes a long way.
Here is something I read from health magazine re. nutmeg:
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1. It zaps zits: Got a blemish? Mix a little milk with ground nutmeg to form a paste, then aply it to the trouble spot. Its ant-inflammatory effects will help reduce the redness and puffiness.

2. It soothes tummies: Sprinkle a little on top of your morning oatmeal--it can can help regulate your GI tract, say experts.

3. It may help you catch more zzzs: Drink a glass of warm milk with a dash of nutmeg--the perfect sleep-inducing cocktail says Micahel Murray, ND, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.

4. It helps relieve tooth pain: Nutmeg oil on the gums may help reduce tooth aches and sore gums, say experts.

5. It can get you in the mood: While there's little research to support the claim, sex therapists have long recommended cooking with nutmeg to increase sexual desire. (Try adding it to sauteed spinach!)
JAIYCE.... I'm so thrilled to learn about your project's success!!! That is so awesome! I hope and pray that you surpass you goal!


I also hope that you have a very deserved restful day with your family!

AND...please do tell who is that adorable pink haired pooch in your avatar??

STEPH... I hope you had a good night. I love crystal light but I have found that it triggers me. It makes me crazy hungry. I especially like the orange sunrise flavor that reminds me of OJ.

LINDA
...how are you doing?

LYNN....
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Ladies, I have to tell you I don't think I would have been able to find my groove with JUDDD without you! My typical behavior is to get jazzed about a new diet, start and when things are hard, or I don't loose fast enough, or I'm bored, a loose interest. You have reached out and challenged me, caused me to think things through, and provided lots of motivation - support you can't get from anywhere else. THANK-YOU dear sisters
I'm so happy that you are sharing your journey with us! Your positive energy and dedication is inspiring! KUTGW!

VICKI...please check in when you can! We are here for you.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #277
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Hi-
Liz-glad you are through the surgery but sad to hear you are having a problem with nausea. Hope that resolves soon and your healing goes smoothly.

Linda-hope you also are healing well from your surgery. I can so relate to your being angry and wanting to go get binge food. I found I am an emotional eater ESPECIALLY when I am angry or upset (seems like every time I talk with my soon to be ex husband I want to go binge on carbs or have carby cravings very badly.)

Yes, I am also an emotional eater and I struggle so much sometimes. Eating cleanly helps to break the addiction. When I had bread in the house or sweets, I found I would be heading for them on autopilot or mindlessly start to eat something carby after I got upset. I know in my head that eating carbs won't help the situation but once, a long time ago, I visited a doc who theorized that from the time we are babies, we get conditioned that food comforts us (baby crying=bottle put in mouth many times) and so that idea of something to eat or drink being used as a comfort can start really early and quite unintentionally. The trick is to start identifying what the triggers are and then, like was said, have a plan on how to modify and cope differently and in a more healthy way. I am working on that-sometimes I succeed and sometimes not but the percentage of times when I don't choose food is getting better. It is frightening to think sometimes how often I was stuffing down emotins or just using carbs to go off into a carb induced mental fog/sleepy zone out. I'm also trying to identify foods that are gateways to carb binges or triggers such as I think the new flavor drink mix pwders I have been using are one-but the stores around me stopped carrying it and I think I can only get it by the case online which means I'm not likely to order it and maybe that's a good thing. Aside from emotional upheaval being a trigger eating breads, chips (potato, pita, sweet potato and even baked carrot chips) send me on a binge so I have to not bring those in the house. Also seeing or tasting anything little debbie-ish gets me so I have to stay out of those even when they are the dollar store brand. I also cannot watch the food network or spend a lot of time looking at food pics (some call it food porn *L*) so I don't get cravings.

Teresa-hope you are doing well. Thanks for the spice info. How is your sleeping. Have you tried melatonin or are you stressed out about some issue in particular. My doc says if you keep waking up at the same time at an unusual time you are probably doing it in response to stress and/or depression. I know I kept waking up at 4am and I really think it has to do with a Keith Urban song about breaking up because in the song he talks about it being 4 am and every time I hear that song, I wake up that night at 4am and it was getting a lot of airplay when I was going through the breakup at first.

Winifred-yay! for great weather-it was gorgeous here too!

Jaiyce-congrats on the good eating and the success in the fundraising!!!

Fonda-WTG on good healthy food planning and the stocking up-it is so important to have the right stuff right on hand when you get hungry/at mealtime.

Steph-hope things are going well.

I did give myself to indulge this weekend and I have. Back on track hard and fast on Monday, though. My indulgences weren't that bad this weekend either-lunch was a salad and some chicken pot pie and dinner was 5 fried chicken strips and a couple of spoonfuls of mac and cheese, 1 piece of some cheesy bread and 3/4 of a little chocolate lava cake from dominos. In the past it would have been all that stuff I ate AND all the food people brought but I resisted having any pizza or chips or brownies or banana muffins or cupcakes, or ice cream sandwiches or chinese dumplings that people had brought to the superbowl party I attended. So, all things considered, I feel like I did ok with what I ate since I gave myself permission to go off plan but didn't go on a carb bender.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:12 AM   #278
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Good morning! Well, it's Monday so maybe not so good.

Fonda---stuff happens. No need to look at it as starting over, it was just a bump in the road so pick yourself up and keep going! I laughed when I saw the sweet tarts---I thought I was the only adult who loved those stupid things!

Liz---so how are you feeling? Thanks for the info on nutmeg. I just use the already ground kind but I suspect you're right that it's better freshly ground. I have put off buying one of those micro grater thingy's because I always figure it would be just one more thing sitting around not getting used. But actually there have been several times that I wished that I had one so maybe I will get one.

Nope, no carby snacks at night for me. I had been sleeping decently for the last few weeks until the end of last week. I really should start a sleep journal and figure out if there is some kind of pattern with this. I do know however that in gradually trying to wean myself down to start a new plan today I have allowed myself to get into ketosis so that always makes my sleep horrible.

Winifred---ahhhhh, 71 degrees....can't wait until spring! We're in the 20's and 30's for pretty much all of this week. But really, that is pretty good weather for us this time of year.

Laura---I have tried melatonin, st johns wort, valerian root, chamomile, 5htp, l-tryptophan.....basically if it's natural I have tried it! Several things I've tried will work for awhile but then stop. Overall for the last year I have been sleeping better than the previous 3-4 years but I still have these bouts---which I hate! I'm not sure if it coordinates with stress or depression---although I have certainly experienced both the sleeping issues sometimes come out of no where. Right now I suspect that my eating last week and getting into ketosis over the weekend are probably the big contributors but I sometimes wonder if it might not be hormonal. I kinda wish I would just start getting some hot flashes or something and then it would all make sense!

Very good point on identifying your triggers. I can actually eat a lot of carby foods, especially if they are whole, but certain things that are often less carby can set me off---especially if they are more than minimally processed. Our bodies are definitely very interesting things.


I have a project that is coming to completion the end of this week. Unfortunately that means treats and/or meals every day. But I have a plan so it will go just fine....I think. The worst day will probably be Thursday when I'll have to stop on my way in to work and pick up several dozen donuts---you know, warm fresh and filling my car with sugary goodness smells. But I've certainly done it before without a problem. Next week is V-Day so there will be candy and treats galore---holiday candy is my BIGGEST weakness. Not exactly sure why but would guess it goes back to childhood associations or whatever. So I will be coming up with some kind of plan this weekend to deal with that. Considering making some homemade candies this weekend if I can figure out how to keep the ratios right for current plan. I'm pretty clever at making things happen if I want it bad enough so I suspect I can come up with some tasty goodies!

So here's my little victory for the weekend. Like I mentioned I have been trying to wean myself off of certain food that aren't going to fit very well into my little experimental plan this month. At the health food store I found myself wanting to get several treats from the bulk bins---usually I just get 1 single serving of something and eat it with lunch or dinner over the weekend but I was trying to convince myself that I could just get a little bit of 3-4 different things. Then it hit me---my head is going into 'diet mode' and the 'last supper' kind of thinking. Even once I identified it I started to justify that it was OK however after walking around for a bit I realized that this could be the 'beginning of the end' kind of moment so I decided I wasn't going to get any treats. I finished up my shopping and was feeling a bit...I don't know but I think maybe a bit deprived---seriously I get a treat every weekend when I go to the health food store, it's become a ritual. I decided to stick with my normal routine and get 1 treat. So I went back, got one serving of the treat I most wanted, and enjoyed it greatly with no regrets on not getting more and no guilt for having it. You know, this head work is seriously the hardest stuff and definitely the thing that trips me up the most. So I really enjoy when I can see it for what it is and pull away from my all or nothing thinking.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:04 AM   #279
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Good morning Ladies!

Well I am posting my stats to hold me accountable to my WOE and keep my head in the game! (BTW, does anyone want to join me?) Here we go:

Here are my weekly results:
1/9/12: 187.6
1/16/12: 183.4 (-4.2)
1/23/12 182.8 (-.6)
1/30/12: 183.0 (+.2)
2/5/12: 181.2 (-1.8)



That's a total of 6.4 lbs for 4 weeks. Which is amazing for me, being such a slow loser. Historically, I loose patience with my WL plan because the effort is so great and the progress is so slow! Going forward I will be happy to loose 1 pound a week!

Also, when my husband came home this weekend, the first thing he said was "You've lost weight!" He usually never notices until I've lost a substantial amount (20lbs). And yes, my clothes are looser!

Okay for those of you that want to know more about JUDDD you can find it right here! It's under Weight Loss Plans and has a very active following. I'm not endorsing this program cuz it is hard to get started! And if you don't follow the rotations pretty closely, you probably won't have any WL.

As to the benefits! Yes, there claims that there is more than just WL!. These come from being on a calorie restriction (CR) diet, and from activating the SIRT1 gene. Usually, I am cynical about these types of claims, but I started reaping some of the benefits myself. Only time will tell for SURE!

Teresa: Yay for you for thinking before acting!

In the past, if I could identify what was going on in my head, I could stop it before impulsively acting on it! WTG!

Sound like your starting your new WOE! Yes, I think making a treat for yourself so you won't feel deprived makes a lot of sense. Those are definite challenges coming your way! Maybe pland to reward yourself for getting through them. I do best with LC candy type treats like a coconut bark, or some fudge. I try to limit bready types of foods because they can be dangerous.

If you are into spices and intriguing tastes, you might enjoy the book, The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andres Dornenburg. I really like the flavor matching charts that lists food and the spices that go well with them!

Linda: You and exercise, WOW! That is fantastic! You have really worked hard to become an instructor and losing all that weight! You have the skills and the experience. I bet those skills can help you now, try to tap into your past successes!

Steph: Take one day at a time, one meal at a time! Relax! You can do this! Don't be hard on yourself, if you slip! It's a learning process! When I was dealing with all my food issues, when I slipped I tried to learn something from it! I thought about my issues alot and how I could do better. I read some books that made me start thinking and thinking and thinking. And then I started doing better and better! Losing weight is much MORE than just the eating element, it's also dealing with the psychological issues that got you there in the first place. I messed up plenty of times but I just kept going on promising myself I would do better! Love yourself, and ask GOD to tell you how to stay on plan! He knows you the best!

Liz: I hope you are on the road to feeling better (and experiencing appetite suppression)! Sounds like you pamper you husband since he didn't know where the plates were!

I hope YOU are getting some well deserved pampering now!

Fonda: Maybe if you have something that you really like to eat (yes, legal treats), it could help you stay on plan. There are some wonderful recipes on this board you could tap into! And don't be mad at yourself, be gentle. Believe me dieting is not a all or none situation. You will slip, have bad days but you need to learn from them going forward. How can you learn if you are mad at yourself? Just some suggestions!

Winifred: Thanks for checking in! What I like about this time of year is that we start to have more sunshine and more daylight hours! Sunshine makes me happy!

Jaiyce: Great Job! Congratulations on your success! And great job staying on track. You are unstoppable! You GO GIRL!!!

I'm glad that you get to spend some well deserved time with the family and relax! Welcome Back!

Well Ladies, that's it for me today! Off to a good start with my DD so far! We can do this!
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Okay a few notes on sleeping problems:

Through the years, I've had some major sleep issues too!

In my perimenopausal years I especially had problems sleeping. I was working 80+ hours a week so I'm sure that contributed to it too. I became sensitive to caffeine. Couldn't drink any cafeinated beverages after 2 pm. I'm sure hormones played a part. I tried lots a natural remedies and like Teresa, no lasting results!

In my postmenopausal years sleeping got much better. I was treated for adrenal fatigue (cortisol cycles were off) and that helped. Now if I can't sleep, it's becaused I'm not relaxed. So what puts me in the relaxed mood:
  • Having some down time before I go to bed.
  • Listening to a hypnotic CD. Right now, I'm doing a WL one that is really positive and I love the new age music that it incorporates. There are lots available. Some just go through a routine of relaxation but I like the ones with music.
  • Fifteen minutes in my massage chair puts me in sleep mode.
  • Eating something!
  • Hugging something soft and fury.
    (If hubby is away, I have a soft smallish pillow from Brookstone that does that trick)
Anywho those are my sleep strategies. I'm sure other ladies will come up with more!
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Good afternoon ladies! Made it through yesterday with no slips ups, probably ate too much legal foods but I am ok with it. Today has been good so far. Just found out from my husband that my son is going to be playing in different basketball tournaments for the next 5 weeks. I told him that for future games we are going to pack lunch/snacks/ and drinks and we will not be going out to eat!!! Too expensive and wreaks havoc on my eating!! One of the tournaments is going to be in Tulsa, OK so we will have to have overnight accomodations. The coach is trying to get us a group discount on rooms so hopefully we will get a good deal on the price, as well as a good area!!!! The other tournaments are close enough to the house so we will drive back and forth on Sat/Sun. I am looking forward to the experience for my son to play with better and more competitive players but don't want him to get discouraged or burned out either!
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I have been MIA and I think I have caught up on the posts. Too many to personally address. I went back to OA a couple of weeks ago. I now remember what I struggled with when I went before. Maybe I am misinterpreting some of their principles, but they want abstinence from compulsive overeating which is similar to not drinking (sobriety) for the alcoholic. Now, each person needs to determine what their abstinence entails. There is a brochure that has some eating plans as suggestions, and eating or diets is NOT the focus. However, my interpretation of abstinence = food plan. But, because I focused my abstinence on food and eating, if I wasn't perfect, I wasn't abstinent which meant I was a failure which in turn set me on a spiral downward.

Over the years that I have been a member here, my food plan has evolved somewhat. At times, not for the better either. But, I look at it as a form of an experiment. So, when I went back to OA and perused the literature, I didn't want to be tied to any particular plan of eating (they don't promote this anyways). Therefore, my abstinence is 85% of the time I will refrain from any thing that causes me to continuously worry about weight, body image and dieting. This means avoiding eating behaviors that lead to overeating (grazing/sugars/wheat flour or whites), exercising like a fanatic (this has gotten easier LOL, hence the reason I returned Tony Horton's P90X twice) and buying every book that comes along about an eating plan (Paleo, Veganism, Atkins, etc.). The latter has simply driven me crazy because of the conflicting research and view points.

So, now I feel as though I am rambling. I have defined my abstinence yet when I walked in the door tonight I polished off the rest of a bag of trail mix Hmmmmf.

Well, I did say 85% of the time. No, seriously, this is where the spiritual part comes in where I need to rely on other tools to maintain my sanity and that would be getting on here and typing out what I want to eat (it would get my mind off of eating) or I can call someone, keep on walking through the kitchen, or brew some tea and relax.

Anyways, that is my two cents worth for the day.
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Hey, Vicki

I'm new to posting on this board, but definitely not new to struggling with and confronting my weight issues!

To me it sounds that your definitely conflicted about what plan to follow! So instead of jumping in to a food program with both feet, why not take it slower and inch your way in until you get a rhythm for something your comfortable with. Take a breath, relax and go easy on yourself! We all stumble trying to find our way in this world of FOOD! Trust me, no one is 100% on plan not even close. But some how we find our way but it does take effort.

IMHO, if you want to start back on the road, then you need to give it some head space everyday. Maybe think of a topic, post and get opinions from us.

Think about your approach one day at a time! You can do this if you want. Make it official and give yoursef a start date!

Whatever you decide, we'll be here posting! Why not join us in our struggle?

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Hi everyone,
The pooch in my picture is my bosses dog wearing my work coat..lol
His name is F.R.E.D- Family Run Event Dog- He is coloured pink each each year with food colouring for the event. He is the most sweetest dog about and very popular!

Good News, I saw 224 today- so down 2 pounds for a grande total of 38!

So today was the day I added the apple- I took your advice, Teresa, and ate a half, and someone (sorry cant remember who) said to try adding a fat...so I added no carb Peanut Butter. It was very good- I really enjoyed it....but I am very hungry and it did add some weird sounds to my tummy! I am feeling a bit sad about it as I hope one day I can add it but I dont want to feel this out of control. Right after I ate a cheese slice and 2 pepperoni's and then an hour later had dinner with Pork Chops, Cauliflower Mash and Salad and have still felt hungry all night. So I am drinking water and going to bed with a growling tummy....I think I will give it a few days and try something else, I am not sure what. Any suggestions? I cant believe a half an apple caused this much havoc!
I hope this is not my life of no fruit! I have been in induction since Nov 21 and really would like to add a small amount of fruit each day....but not at the cost of this....
Sorry for the quick post, still really tired and recovering from such a long day...one more day off before back to it.. although I do need to work about 4 hours tomorrow, so I guess thats not a full day off.

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Jamie-Can you add berries like strawberries or blueberries as a type of fruit to the plan you have for eating? Also Cantelope/musk melon is often a good choice for fruit depending on your way of eating...


I'm tired and a nervous mess and just messed up with my eating because of the stress getting to me.... got set up for a blind date tomorrow with a cousin of one of my closest friends... Not too sure things are going to go well and I'm wracked with hesitation-we spoke tonight and he was talking and talking and kept name dropping as well as mentioning the skinny, athletic, well connected women he's dated and how he used to be a football player and very muscular...I felt intimidated and like geez..what will he see in me...he did mention that he uses a cane and has since 1979... and name dropped more about doctors for sports figures who he might go to and how he dated this runner who had been on the cover of running fitness magazine twice and was roommates with Tommy LaSorta's Niece and blah blah blah.... my friend mentioned it was hard to get in a word edgewise with him and she was right so then I mentioned that I'm a BBW (big beautiful woman) and he got quiet..and then didn't say anything... *sigh* then he mentioned if he gets to town "too early" for lunch we could just meet for coffee and conversation..sounds like he is already having second thoughts I haven't even met him! and so I took an ego/self esteem hit... ugh! He mentioned he wasn't sure why his cousin wanted us to meet and how he had taken himself off the internet dating sites etc.... now I'm not sure I want to meet him and he seems kinda like a narcissist since he never really asked me anything about myself and then I tell myself there's nothing wrong with making a new friend...but stilll it hurt when he got quiet and didn't say anything even remotely reassuring about my being a BBW....makes me wish I hadn't said anything at all......apparently he's a car buff and did motorcross (said he knocked out some teeth when he was younger) and I keep thinking ok so he's thin, past middle aged (he's 55), toothless, never been married but was engaged 3 times so I wonder what is the issue and he has a cane so what am I worried about...(btw, I'm sure he got some dental work done and has teeth) but the scared, unsure, inadequate-feeling fat person in me is just TERRIFIED now about meeting him, about what to wear...about still being so fat...etc. can anyone relate? anyone got any advice?


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Jaiyce...or should I call you Jaime? I'm sorry your first try with an apple didn't go well ----but please don't give up or assume you can't eat fruit (or other carbs)! That is what so many people do and it's just not the case. I suspect that apples will work just fine for you in the future, and if for some reason they don't, plenty of other things will. It sounds like you will need to start slower which is really what Atkins recommends so I say let's go with the expert here! I agree with Laura---low carb fruits like berries would be great. Have a dish of strawberries (or whichever berry) with some heavy cream/whipped cream for dessert. I would not eat them even with the cream for a snack at this point, eat them after a full meal that has plenty of fat and protein. OR---you could start instead with a carbier veggie. Carrots, spaghetti squash, brussel sprouts...something like that. Again, 1 serving with a full meal. Seriously though---please don't let this scare you off. So many people do that and then convince themselves that they have to stay super low carb forever...and many of them ultimately end up failing because that just doesn't suit most of us. I've had many 'failed' experiments along the way. I have found that most foods that didn't seem to work for me at first work just fine now. I either had to build up to them or just eat them in a different way---like with different foods, more fat, etc. There are a few things my body just doesn't like---corn is one (I bloat with it), some forms of barley (makes me feel congested) and blueberries---which I have the same reaction to them as you did to apples. I can actually eat them now in really small amounts but unless they are in something (like this cherry berry mix that I buy) I don't go out of my way to eat them, it's just not worth it when there are so many other great things to eat! One last thing you have to keep in mind---your body has had minimal carbs for over 2 months. You probably ate 50% of your normal carb intake in one tiny piece of food---your body didn't know what the heck was going on!! So I think it's just going to be a matter of 'training' it. Although I don't think you need to rush into anything...I always kind of cringe when people wait for months to start adding things back in because I suspect the body becomes more and more resistant which will make that training process more difficult--and thus adding to people thinking that they just can't eat carbs and giving up.

Laura---so did you like the guy? If you weren't interested and didn't feel any kind of chemistry personally I would say don't waste your time. Life is too short! If there is something about him that makes you want to get to know him more--than go for it. Personally I would be calling my friend and asking why she/he thought I would be compatible with this person. It sounds like the guy is very insecure so possibly there is more to him that you couldn't read through his nervousness during that call and your friend can fill you in a bit more on what he is really all about. Whatever you do---come up with a plan today to keep yourself safe from emotional eating--no one is worth that.

Vicki---if I'm reading that right, then it sounds like you are thinking OA would be a good thing for you? From how you've described it, it sounds like something right up my alley....abstinence from overeating through discovering what really works for you. Please keep posting!!

Lynn--- fantastic results!!! I will definitely join you on tracking results! Next Monday will be a week for me so hopefully I will have something good to report. I'm going to have to go back and read some more about JUDDD, it sounds like some of the benefits are similar to what I've read about IF. Thanks for the info on the spice book---I really need to get a better understanding how to use them and how to diversify a bit so that book sounds like a good one!

On the sleeping thing---I am horribly caffeine sensitive, always have been. So I stick with herbal and caffeine free teas although I do have some regular green teas in the am which I believe have some in them. My problem in my 20's and 30's was getting to sleep. Once I was asleep I could sleep for hours and hours and on the weekends I typically would sleep 9-12 hours a night. I suspect my weight and eating played a part in that. But since starting lc and losing weight I rarely have any problem falling asleep---it's just staying asleep. I have done much better with that during the last year, especially since majorly increasing my carbs, but I still go through these little bouts of several days or even a few weeks when I will wake up at 3 or 4 am and can't go back to sleep....it really stinks! I function just fine for several days like that but once it passes a week I really become exhausted and not all that functional. I'm on day 5 of this right now so if something doesn't give soon I will be a big ole mess by the weekend. I suspect that lowering my carbs is playing at least some part in this whole thing since this bout started soon after I started reducing them last week but I want to try to hang with this for awhile longer and see if it will work itself out.

Fonda---yay on a good day back on plan! Packing lunches and snacks will definitely help save you from eating junk and you're right--so much cheaper! Hope your DS enjoys his new league!


So far so good with staying away from all the goodies at work....although it's only been one day so far! And did you know they have chocolate filled twinkies? Luckily that one didn't even sound appealing to me.

Still working on finding a yogurt maker but it looks like all of them will require some prep work....so not sure if I will get one or not. Maybe I will just go back to straining my full fat Dannon yogurt. It's not hard, just a pain. But it would be quite a bit cheaper considering how much Greek yogurt I go through.

Watching the news right now and one of the local gyms that is well known for their killer work out programs has added a program for those who are chair bound, morbidly obese, limited mobility, etc. Very very cool. They were interviewing a woman who was well over 500 lbs when she started a few months ago and now is in the 400's for the first time in over 13 years and is doing things she never dreamed possible. I didn't get to hear the whole piece but apparently some surgeons are now requiring an exercise program before they will do WLS which is what she was seeking and how she got involved in the program. Now she feels like she can do it without surgery. Wow!


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Oh, and one last thing.....I will be making this very soon! I made it a few times awhile back and had somehow forgotten all about it. With homemade whipped cream---this is heaven.

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Good morning Lovely Ladies!

Yesterday, a DD, went well! Not saying I'm completely hungar-free though! I think it's mostly a head thing. I try to distract myself, and then if I must, I take a couple of sips of a prepade protein drink. That stops it cold for now anyway.

Now a UD! Gonna have to make sure I don't go above my calorie limit. Also, this week I plan to limit my UD to 1 fruit and 1 grain and see what affect that has. Don't want to limit too much though!

Teresa: SO glad your going to join me on posting your results. It helps me stay accountable!

Well, The Flavor Bible was published in 2008. I checked Amazon online and they have some used ones definitely cheaper. I checked a couple other places online and Amazon had the best deal!

I've seen the Rich Brownie Pudding recipes many times before and have been tempted to make it but never did! Now that you recommend it, I think I'll give it a second look! Today I'm tempted to make the George Stella's Fruit Scones. It makes a small batch, but it's a bread thing so I don't know.

I'm so sorry you are having sleeping issues, it can be a real drag!
When I wake up in the middle of the night it is usually because I'm stressed about something! Could that be your case? Have you googled for any ideas?

Jaiyce: WOW 2 more pounds! GREAT! I do agree with others that maybe it's time to slowly add a fruit. It will give variety and a "treat" and may ultimately keep you on plan! Since you've been strict for 2 months your body doesn't know what to make of the "new food" so I would try again! Even my strictest WOE allowed for 1 apple per day. It shouldn't stall you at all!

Fred is so cute! I lost my poodle this past July and it still is hard!

They are such a wonderful breed, so gentle and loving. I miss my baby every day. Now we have the puppy in my avatar and quite a handful! Very mischievous and hard to pottie train!

Laura: My gut tells me Not to bother with the guy! I mean, what does he have to offer YOU? I hate it when things are so one sided. Are we suppose to put up with that? I think NOT! You deserve better! Keep in mind this is my gut reaction. I'm mature (older) and very secure in myself these days but of course do what you want!

Fonda: Wonderful news about your son being in those basketball tournaments. Everyone must be really jazzed! I also like how you're thinking of how to stay on program during this time! Yes, planning! Sounds like you are getting into a groove with your program! Yay!

Well that's it for me Ladies! Off to homework and then this afternoon I'll tackle my 5th grade homework!

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Good morning ladies! Day two down - eating was on plan. We ended up getting busy at work yesterday afternoon, so I was only able to get 100 oz of water in, whereas I usually try to get 120-150oz. I weighed this morning just out of curiosity, and the scale was up! I think I may be retaining water though because my wedding band is tight again. I have been eating a lot of frozen meatballs and deli ham meat.....I need to probably check the ingredients and nutritional info on the meatballs, it is amazing some of the things they put with meat that shouldn't be!!!

My husband left a bag of candy corn on the counter last night and it was so tempting to grab some last night and again this morning after the scale went up and not down, but I didn't! I have asked him to put his and the kids sweet stuff in the cabinet so I don't see it, but apparently he forgot about it last night.
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Fonda-wtg on resisting temptation especially with the gain-I tend towards self sabotage when I get frustrated with the scale so WTG and KUTGW!

Lynn and Teresa-thanks for the advice and input.

Well...I went to meet him and...he just was NOT all that! He still talked about himself then talked about other guys he could introduce me to and then mentioned he doesn't date women who aren't unencumbered/uninvolved (i.e. that would be me trying to get divorced). Anyway, he didn't impress me-no sparks and he was chatting up the bartender/server right in front of me and left her a $10 cash tip for the $18 bill-guess he was trying to impress her. He did buy lunch but after his behavior it was the least he could do. He chose to sit at the bar and made sure there was a chair/bar stool between us. He never turned to face me during lunch but did follow the bartender and name dropped and yapped about himself constantly. Guess it is a good thing I didn't feel any spark or attraction. It is difficult to explain but he just looked like someone's dad and he seemed so old. I guess I can't wrap my head around seeing/dating middle aged men who look and walk/act old and without any energy. He yapped about his work and then kinda insulted me and tried to one up me about everything-his security clearance, his work is super technical and I probably wouldn't understand what he was talking about, he knows cars and has helped guys learn about them but not too many girls since most of them have no clue about what is going on under the hood anyway...etc. I just wasn't feeling it or him.... oh well...time to release this fish and see what else is out there. I feel good because I went and tried this out and found out that nope, this guy was a bad match so let's see who might come along that will be better for me! *crossing fingers, hoping and praying*

Thanks again for the support everyone!

Congrats to those eating well and exercising and losing weight and *hugs* to those struggling to hang in there!

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Happy Hump Day!

Laura--well, it sounds like he was the same in person as he was on the phone.

Fonda--yeah, definitely sounds like you're retaining. I think our bodies get confused when we change our eating or go back and forth and it will sometimes hold onto water for dear life! Just keep doing what you're doing and it will let go and start doing some serious fat burning! Now---give your hubby a beating for leaving the candy corn out and tell him next time it's going in the trash!

Lynn--thanks for the info on the Flavor Bible, I will definitely check into that. I'll see if I can find it this weekend at the Half Price Bookstore and if not I will order. I loved the brownie pudding and remember having it warm with whipped cream! Now I just have to remember what 'tweaks' I made to it.....I rarely make anything with the same ingredients listed. And I often don't even do the same tweaks twice! I do think I'll replace the almond flour with peanut flour.

On the sleep--nope, not stressed, not thinking about anything, not having bad dreams. Stress or really emotional issues have kept me from falling asleep before and if it's something really bad it might wake me up during the night but I will wake up thinking about whatever it is and often have bad or at least weird dreams---but none of that is going on. I have done a lot of reading on sleep issues and there are tons of things about not being able to fall asleep but not as much about this. The things I have seen either don't fit or vary greatly and the remedies don't work for me. I'll talk with my Dr about it this spring. My last Dr just asked a ton of questions but when he couldn't figure it out offered me sleeping pills---but I have no interest in that. My new Dr is much more progressive and at least somewhat into natural remedies so I'll see what she has to say. I just have a sneaking feeling that hormones or something is out of whack and I think she would be willing to do some testing. I think you mentioned adrenals before---that could be it. I know I've looked into that before and quite a few things fit but I've not really delved too deeply into it as lots of it could fit with nutritional or weight issues--or actually one could lead to the other....basically I just don't have a good grasp on that whole concept! Think I will do some more research on that.

OK, need to get back to work. Busy busy couple of days but really it's all kind of fun stuff so I don't mind. I do have to say that yesterday my eating was pretty bad. Oddly enough I didn't dive into any of the goodies provided, it was other stuff not fitting with what I had planned for the day at all. But I have a plan again for today and just need to do a better job with executing it! Progress not perfection---right.
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Good Morning Ladies!

UD yesterday went well and I'm on plan today with a DD. The cycles are becoming easier.

My Vent: Yesterday, I decided to make something with almond flour. It's been about 2 years since I've attempted anything with almond flour because two years ago I had a blood panel done and it turns out that I was highly sensitve to it. The idea is that if you abstain from a food that you are sensitive too, you should normalize again!

But me? Not the case! I made fruit scones that had almond flour, mixed fruit, eggs, sweetner with 125 calories each. After I had one, I got massive hot flashes and tummy upset! So almond four is out for me!

Luckily, I can still do coconut flour, oat flour, PB2 flour, flax. I should be fine but I will miss my almond flour.

Teresa: I'm sorry about your sleeping issues. Now, I'm not a doctor and this is NOT medical advice, but have you had your cortisol cycles tested? Only a more progressive doctor will check this and it's done via a saliva test taken 4 times during the day! Waking up in the middle of the night regularly can be a symptom of this problem. Adrenal glands, hormones, perimenopause, it's all connected. Maybe you can google for more information.

My cortisol levels and cycles were off. For me I was so tired at my core and getting extra sleep didn't help any. Nine months earlier I had gone through a period of extreme stress (mother passed, job problems, moving) and I knew something was OFF! When I went in to get my test results, the first thing the Doctor said was, "You're a very tired person aren't you?"
Anyway, much better now! Sleep, no problem. Tired at the core feeling gone!

Laura: Yup, about what we expected! Not for you! The trick is to blow this off and not let it bother your self-esteem or eating! You have so much more to offer than this guy does AND he seems very insecure to me! Onward and forward! There are so many more out there!

Okay ladies, have a great on-program day!
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Good morning ladies. Nothing really to report getting ready to get off work for my 3 1/2 days off, so I probably won't be online because I don't have internet at home. Hope everyone has a great rest of the week, and I will be back online on Sunday. Oh, btw, the scale went back down - I really hate the flucuations.

laura: what a loser!!! at least you got a free dinner out of it!
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Hi all, it has been a busy week at work. I have been too tired to post. The last two nights I woke up in the middle of the night stressing over some work related stuff and read for an hour. That really doesn't help me much. I hope for a night of uninterrupted sleep tonight.

Even after announcing what I thought my abstinence would be, I still haven't refrained from anything yet. Well, I guess I haven't bought any magazines or diet books. LOL

I am breaking in a new computer too. The old one was running really, really slow. heck, it only had 2GB of RAM. No wonder.

Well, off to sleep.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all the help and that totally makes sense. I made an effort to eat more veggie carbs today and so far so good...see what the scale says tomorrow...I did buy some berries as well to try tomorrow. Thank you so much for all the feedback and ideas because I was feeling a bit depressed about this.

Teresa- you can call me Jaime...I sure hope you sleep better tonight...maybe try melatonin? A higher dose? I stuggle with sleep issues as well and know how frustrating I can be!

Linda- hope you continue to feel better!

Got2get moving- congrats on the scale drop!

Laura- yikes, what a jerk! Still it must have hurt for him to act that way- I am sorry- good for you for trying...think of it as you using that jerk as practice dates ( free meals are good too...lol)

Vicky- Hi, good to hear from you, wishing you a peaceful sleep!

Lowcarbme- your puppy is adorable! We have a brat of a golden retriever that we love to bits...but lots of work! We also have a 15 year old greyhound, Lisa...she is my buddy and I am so worried everyday about what it's going to be like when the day to let go comes.(and it's not far I am afraid ..I am sorry for your loss...dogs sure only have short life spans compared to ours but boy do they leave a imprint on the heart!

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Good morning and happy Thursday!!

Jaime--glad more veggies worked out OK, hope the berries do too! So have you hit your $$ target yet?

Vicki---hope you got a good nights sleep. Hey---not buying anymore magazines is a start! I really have found that I don't have much interest in that kind of stuff anymore. I also can't watch the Biggest Loser or for that matter read much on these boards---it all just gets me thinking all kinds of restrictive diety kinds of thoughts and those have been my downfall all of my life! There is no magic bullet, and all the time we waste looking for it we just get ourselves in deeper and deeper I think.

Linda---take it easy with the exercise! I can relate with the going back to work after surgery. I always think I'm ready and just want to get back to normal life, etc. and then reality hits and I realize I'm not quite as 100% as I thought! Just go slow and before you know it you will be back to normal!

Fonda---enjoy your nice long weekend!!

Lynn--wow, that stinks on the almond flour!! I actually don't use it anymore---just don't like the texture most nut flours give unless I use them in really small quantities. I'm so glad your cycles are becoming easier!!

So tell me more about the 'cure' for the cortisol/adrenal stuff please! I did some more reading yesterday and I *think* this might be it! I didn't realize there was such a connection between adrenal stuff and thyroid---which I'm hypothyroid. Since early fall I've been thinking maybe my meds were off but after being tested in Dec they're not...but the symptoms of low thyroid and of some of the adrenal stuff are very similar and sounds like somewhat 'entwined.' Anyway, the sleeping issues, the major lack of energy, feeling cold, feeling the blues without any real reason, can't lose weight even when giving it a good effort....all of that stuff fits both of these issues. Of course the thing that I think makes it tricky is that all of those symptoms can fit so many different issues. Hmmmm. Well, I do believe that my Dr would be willing to do some testing around this. Like I said, she is pretty progressive, into alternative treatments, into women's health, more into root cause than treating the symptoms, etc. so I hope she doesn't disappoint me on this! But anyway---what exactly are they treating you with and/or what are the types of treatments available? I tried to look at stuff on the net but haven't gotten too much past the symptoms at this point. Also---any good websites you can point me to? Gosh, I would be so happy if this were the answer. I just am not willing to 'give in' and chalk all of this up to age yet.



Eating yesterday sucked, eating today has already sucked. Let's see if I can end this day on a more positive note than I started it. On the plus side---I got a great night of sleep last night.....but eating lots of junk pretty much always does that for me.
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Yay Thursday! Hi Everyone!

Yesterday was suppose to be a DD BUT I had a very stressful midterm and I just couldn't face it feeling hallow (that's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it!)

My eating was a bit of a MD and today I will do a MD to get me back on track for a DD on Friday! So life happens!

Teresa: I went to an anti-aging doctor because I was feeling "off". Very tired even with enough sleep! Sleeping cycles off too. I too am hypothyroid and my temperature never made it to 98.6 more like 98.1 (that's my rough gauge on how I'm doing thyroid-wise).

So after the Cortosol tests, my cycles were off and overall very LOW. Pretty severe so I first had to do a 6 month round of Prednisone. Just to get my adrenals working again. (As a side note, some additional symptoms are Low blood pressure and loss of body hair). I was also given some supplements during this time. At the three month mark, adrenals were starting to function and feeling better. At 6 month pretty much back to normal.

My body temperature did get back to 98.6 after treatment. But, I think I'm still prone to having this problem. If my temperature starts to dip, (I know because I also feel off or I get that tired feeling again) I do a round of supplements or I take 1/2 tsp of unrefined sea salt in a glass of water daily for about a week. THIS is NOT a RECOMMENDATION FOR YOU, just what I do to help me.

While I'm sure there are some good websites, there is ALOT of hype out there. The one book that helped me was: Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Centruy Stress Syndrome. It recommends supplements and lifestyle changes.

Anyway, your symptoms sounded so familiar to me. So I thought this would be worth looking into for you! I pray you find your way!

Linda: I'm glad you checked in to say hello! Please go slow with the exercise and work your way back up. Before you know it, this surgery will be a distant memory and everything will be back to normal with the results you wanted!

Vicki: Also glad to hear from you! Bringing a new computer up is a PAIN but well worth the effort! I hope you get the rest you need!

Liz: Come back we miss you!

Jaiyce: I'm glad you are considering additional food options! In the past when I felt deprived about my food options, it wouldn't be long before I would stop the WOE and go back to my old habits. You've worked so hard so don't let this happen to you! We are more than happy to suggest options to you!

Ladies have a wonderful on-program day!
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hey everybody!

Sorry I've been MIA. I've been staying busy and making progress on my New Year's resolution to do things out of my comfort zone and to become more social! :jump joy:
I had a social meeting yesterday with a group who does investments called diversified divas. great group of ladies! I almost skipped it because I'm struggling with a post-op drain/balloon thing (messy and painful!) and don't feel too good.
I'm so glad I pushed myself to go because I had a great time and ended up going to lunch with the group and then shopping.

I got an awesome deal at Coldwater creek!! They had a clearance rack marked 50% off with an additional 50% off AND 25% off if you spent $100!
I got a gorgeous coat originally priced $129.99 for $29!!! YIPPEE! I love to get good clothes at a good price!

I have a bad tendency to isolate when I'm feeling bad, feeling depressed or my eating is out of control. It only makes me feel worse and makes my eating 100001% worse.

TERESA....I'm sorry you're still struggling with sleep issues I hope you find an answer soon. That adrenal/cortisol stuff sounds interesting. Please keep us posted on what you find and how it works for you.
I'm glad you found a progressive doctor who will work with you! That is awesome! I haven't run across many of them which I think is unfortunate.
I don't blame the docs. They are held to standards of care/ evidence based medicine (especially in certain specialties like cardiology) and can actually lose their licenses. lose hospital/surgical privileges or face serious malpractice if they think too much outside of the box. It is a sad fact that doctors must practice defensively.
Sorry I didn't mean to go off on a rant
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On the plus side---I got a great night of sleep last night.....but eating lots of junk pretty much always does that for me.
Since that always works for your sleep issues is there a way you could incorporate something healthier with the same effect? Did you ever try the sweet potato a couple of hours before bedtime? Or any kind of complex carb with protein?

JAIME...
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I made an effort to eat more veggie carbs today and so far so good...see what the scale says tomorrow...I did buy some berries as well to try tomorrow. Thank you so much for all the feedback and ideas because I was feeling a bit depressed about this.
I always do well with veggie carbs (the lower glycemic ones). I don't get the ravenous hunger that I get with certain fruits even if the calories/carbs are similar.

I can eat certain apples with less of a problem..like the granny smith green ones. I think it is because they are less sweet I do well with a few slices of a green apple with cheddar or dipped in PB or cream cheese

I also do well with blackberries and raspberries. Strawberries can trigger hunger if they are overly sweet.
Teresa gave me the idea of a banana. (she's such a wonderful source of great ideas!!!) She consumes them without a problem ...I think with PB. I was shocked to discover that they did not trigger the hungries like apples.
I read that they contain a certain type of starch...resistant starch which may explain why they don't trigger me.
mmmmmm....now I want a banana with PB!

Anyhow...please don't get discouraged or depressed. You're doing great! You will figure out what works and what doesn't work well for your body.


VICKI...I'm glad to see you posting! Sorry you're having work stress and sleep problems. I hope you are able to get some good restful sleep.


LINDA....lifting a prayer for you for recovery, healing and joy Please be gentle with yourself. what are you doing special for yourself? You deserve it.......

LYNN....
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That's a total of 6.4 lbs for 4 weeks. Which is amazing for me, being such a slow loser. Historically, I loose patience with my WL plan because the effort is so great and the progress is so slow! Going forward I will be happy to loose 1 pound a week!

Also, when my husband came home this weekend, the first thing he said was "You've lost weight!" He usually never notices until I've lost a substantial amount (20lbs). And yes, my clothes are looser!
F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C!!!! I'm so excited for you and proud of your efforts!!!!
How awesome that your husband noticed!!! KUTGW!!!
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UD yesterday went well and I'm on plan today with a DD. The cycles are becoming easier.
BRAVO!

I'm so sorry for your loss of your fur baby.

LAURA... Gah, your blind date was a total jerkwad. You deserve SO much better! Sorry you had to suffer through that. I had some HORRIBLE dates before I met my DH. It made me appreciate him more.
And it gave me a few laughs along the way.


STEPH.....hey there! Thinking of you and hope you are doing well! Please check in when you can
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