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Old 02-28-2011, 06:55 AM   #841
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I posted in the Feb thread. I ran my 13.1 miles today in 2:56. My goal was to come in under 3 hrs so I was thrilled! I would have NEVER been able to do this pre-Medi!
Lins, that's great! You are officially now one of my Medi heroes (heroines??)
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:22 AM   #842
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Question for those of you who exercise a lot. As per the NP and my clinic I ate pizza on Saturday night before my race on Sunday morning. I had 2 slices of pepperoni pizza as my "carb load" pre race, but that is the only thing I had different on Saturday. The Sunday morning I drank a full Carb protein shake, with 220 calories, and throughout the race I ate "shock blocks" which are full of carbs, but only 100 calories for 3 of them (which is what I had). The NP was fine with all of that, she knew I would need the Carbs for indurance. Then after the race I drank a large Gatorade and a banana. And then for dinner I was back to "Medi friendly" foods. According to my heart rate monitor I burned 3550 calories during my race. Here is my queston. My weight on Friday was 140. My weight this morning was 144. Is that just water retention? There is no way even with the few Carbs that I did have that I gained 4lbs of fat in 36 hrs. So I am just looking for reassurance that, I had water gain, and/or muscle gain? I am curious to see what tomorrow's numbers are. I'm not "worried" just curious. I go back to the clinic on Friday. And I am back to "week one" eating today, I know it will come back off, just wanted to know your thoughts.
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Lins - My opinion is that you have some inflammation going on in muscles, tendons, etc and therefore are third-spacing some fluid. I know it's not fat gain....not with burning over 3,000 calories and taking in fewer than that as extra carb load. Your body is trying to recover. Things would even out in about 4 to 6 days I'd suspect. Definitely drink a lot of fluids the next few days so your body doesn't think it has to hang on to fluid in your body....your body doesn't know any better, it thinks you were being chased by a hippo/bear/or tiger or something and that rest, calories and water may not come again for days! Make sense?
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Question for those of you who exercise a lot. As per the NP and my clinic I ate pizza on Saturday night before my race on Sunday morning. I had 2 slices of pepperoni pizza as my "carb load" pre race, but that is the only thing I had different on Saturday. The Sunday morning I drank a full Carb protein shake, with 220 calories, and throughout the race I ate "shock blocks" which are full of carbs, but only 100 calories for 3 of them (which is what I had). The NP was fine with all of that, she knew I would need the Carbs for indurance. Then after the race I drank a large Gatorade and a banana. And then for dinner I was back to "Medi friendly" foods. According to my heart rate monitor I burned 3550 calories during my race. Here is my queston. My weight on Friday was 140. My weight this morning was 144. Is that just water retention? There is no way even with the few Carbs that I did have that I gained 4lbs of fat in 36 hrs. So I am just looking for reassurance that, I had water gain, and/or muscle gain? I am curious to see what tomorrow's numbers are. I'm not "worried" just curious. I go back to the clinic on Friday. And I am back to "week one" eating today, I know it will come back off, just wanted to know your thoughts.
And to think I've been pouting about one pound. I have been at the same weight for months. Then it went up about a pound. No big deal first time -- as I know weight can go up and down.

But after several weight checks, it still hasn't gone back down a pound after extra care in not eating anything from out or unhealthy.

Really annoying there are a lot of factors in weight. Considering I've kept it at this number for so long... it's scary because I don't want to be stuck at the new number... then another number ...
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:06 AM   #845
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I am dealing with the mental side of weight loss today. Yes I am back to acute and trying to loose another 5lbs to hit my original Medi low, and another 7lbs on top of that. But at the same time. I currently weight 137lbs, and I am wearing a size 6 in everything (jeans, dresses, skirts, Capri pants....) And this is pre-TOM week. But this morning as I was getting dressed I "felt fat". Logically I know that is not true. I have a BMI of 25.1 I can run for over an hour at a time. I KNOW I am healthy, but there are still days that I FEEL fat. How do you deal with this? I went a little over on the calories yesterday (due to eating out), but stayed on plan and am still in ketosis this morning. Plus I didn't get in enough water yesterday and feel bloated today. But I need to learn how to not beat myself up on a day that I FEEL differently even though nothing else has really changed. KWIM? Any advice?
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I am dealing with the mental side of weight loss today. ... But I need to learn how to not beat myself up on a day that I FEEL differently even though nothing else has really changed. KWIM? Any advice?
When I feel like this, I look at some Before pictures to put it all in perspective. Then I have some tea and go try on shoes.

If you do something that makes you feel better, would you please post it here?
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Lins - I wish I had an answer for you, because I have those days too. My goal was to fit in size 12, wishful thinking had me hoping for 10's....yet here I am wearing all size 8's and the being smallest I have been in my adult life. I look forward to daily walk/jogs, going with my friends to our weekly zumba class (where I somehow am the most in shape of us that go together). My list could go on and on. Yet, I have those days where I still feel as if I am still that fat girl. I don't know why, I don't know what triggers it. Then I listen to my mom who at a size 0-2 has them too, she lost 75 lbs about 15 yrs ago and has always maintained it even now at 50 yrs old and still runs and walks everyday. I wonder if it's something that is just programmed in our heads?

Usually if I can fit in an extra walk that day it does help, and I try to make sure I eat 100% on plan that day too....which at least helps me feel better the next day

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Just wanted to add it's not only us 'former weight challenged individuals", I have a close friend who is 5'6" and who in high school weighed 95lbs., now she weighs 106lbs. I get an occasional call when she is complaining about being fat. She can eat anything she wants and never gain an ounce (I'd hate if she wasn't so nice) but she has those days too. I think it's more about the poor self-image we women tend to have. I know I have never heard a man stand in front of the mirror and complain about the size of their butt.
Unfortunately I believe it it starts so very you, Keri and Lins you both have young girls Have you heard your girls making weight references? I remember my daughter doing it early in school like 1st or 2nd grade and it broke my heart. Now at16 I walk a narrow line with her. I want her to be concious of what she eats and the amount of exercise she gets. I just don't want her obsess on it.
I don't have any solutions either except to do what it is that makes you feel better. For me a late bike ride works wonders.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:05 PM   #849
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No I have never heard my girls talk about their weight or their bodies because I never complain about myself in front of them. I just say "I am trying to eat healthy to make my body work better". But I don't complain about my size in front of them. My mom always did and she wasn't overweight by that much and I just remember thinking she was nuts. So I made sure to not to that to my girls.
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No I have never heard my girls talk about their weight or their bodies because I never complain about myself in front of them. I just say "I am trying to eat healthy to make my body work better". But I don't complain about my size in front of them. My mom always did and she wasn't overweight by that much and I just remember thinking she was nuts. So I made sure to not to that to my girls.
I've always made an effort to NEVER talk about my weight in front of my daughter because my mother never did and yet, I became obsessed and did stupid things in high school. Imagine what a daughter will do if she hears her mother saying stuff like that. Didn't matter -- she became obsessed on her own.
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We really try to talk about healthy eating and how it makes our bodies stronger (for things like playing outside and soccer, etc). My 5 yr old also did a unit in kindergarten this year about "healthy habits" and they are encouraged to eat healthy snacks/lunch each day which helps. Both my girls are tall for their age (DH is 6'4") and skinny - and people always comment on how tall & skinny they are and how "lucky" they are (which I try to emphasize how healthy they are because we take care of our bodies so we have lots of energy). I'm hoping that since they are only 5 & 2 they wont remember how
unhappy I was with myself before. They do know my daily walk is very important to me, and that I am trying to run more and more.....when they ask about my walk I tell them how it makes me feel stronger inside.

I do think that as women we tend to have strong senses of self-criticism, and I really hope to enable my girls to grow up with a great self-confidence. I try to be very careful with what I say/do in font of them.....my mom was always complaining about being fat, then lost a lotof weight and it became her thing she focused on - whether it was her daily run, or what she ate (or rather how little of it she ate then) and I do NOT want my girls to get that from me.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:34 PM   #852
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I started the C25K program with my 8 yr old who wants to run a 5K REALLY bad. It's our special mother/daughter time.

Luckily my girls are healthy eaters. They love fruits and veggies. I've never been one to keep junk in the house pre-Medi. They have always thought about sweets as a "treat" that we got once in awhile, but not something we have at home. It's been YEARS since I bought a bag of chips or a box of cookies. My weight came from 3 pregnancies, lack of exercise and large portions. Oh and my addiction to Soda . My husbands family is natrually skinny and although they eat healthy they wouldn't gain weight even if they did. My hubby is 5'9 and weights about 135lbs, and has had TONS of tests run with the conclusion that he has "super high metabolism" and has to eat high levels of protein several times a day to maintain 135lbs. He eats 1600 calorie protein shakes for breakfast....seriously...LOL So I think my girls will be fine. I didn't think twice about my weight until after my first child was born. I was always skinny.
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I think alot of the influence on my daughter actually came more from the girls in her classes. No matter how much you monitor them when their with you they are still around other kids 5-6 hrs a day whose parents think 6-7 year old should dress and act like Brittany (maybe Miley now), Guess we all do the best we can and in the end I think Mom end up being a stronger influence. She is definitely following my eating habits now and is so proud of my accomplishments
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I'm so thankful we can all be honest here. I'm realizing that I did make the mistake about talking about my weight aloud with my daughters, and my most "sensitive" daughter (youngest DD) who is built most like me had a plumper appearance from 4th thru 8th grade, though definitely not overweight and was active, ran, jumped on the trampoline, was in cheerleading, etc. She had a growth spurt in her freshman year of HS and grew like 4 inches which spread things out well, but at the end of her freshman year two of her girlfriends were conscious of "weight" and though all three were completely normal being about 5'4" and about 125 lbs they decided to increase their exercise. One even had problems with body image and starting cutting (so sad). My daughter did not do that but she did decide to cut out poor eating choices and ate well frequently but changed WHAT she was eating. So instead of a can of beefaroni after school, she'd have bran flakes and an apple. Due to exercising so much more (because she'd added pilates) she lost about 18 lbs in less than 3 months. She got down to a size zero. That was too much. She was never anorexic or bulemic, but just very disciplined over exercise. She threw herself into hypoglycemia unintentionally by losing the weight so rapidly and overexercising and has slight hypothyroid issues, she also lost her period (just to name a few of the problems). We took her to specialist and we're still taking her to specialists now to make it all good. She is at risk for developing diabetes someday. She has to take BCP just to even make her have a period. Add on top of that: Meanwhile, I had been having intermittent sinus infections from the time I was pregnant with her (now nearly 25 years ago!!) and currently I've been on antibiotics for over a week for a sinus infection and just realized today that the stress I've been feeling from the assignments I have to work on and the carb cravings is partly due to having knocked out some of my good intestinal bacteria from the antibiotics and I'm in full ice cream and root beer mode. Not good!! I tend to get those cravings (which then packs on the fat and lbs) when I'm on antibiotics. Add stress and a submission to previous bad eating choices and it makes me feel powerless in the good intentions of restraint. Please pray for me!! I have 1 1/2 days of antibiotics left. I have 4 wks of this grad school class left, and then I'm off for the summer. I just gotta get through the next several days and then take a breather...So it's just been a mess that she's grown up with a mom in control, gets an infection and then gets cravings, got out of control, developed insulin resistance (me) and then got frustrated that I couldn't even keep up with the family when we'd go on walks (back then). NO WONDER she is finishing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and thinking of specializing in Eating Disorders, and NO WONDER she teaches aerobics 5 days a week at various gyms. I cannot feel guilty (too much) because God took what she was exposed to and is going to use it to help others, she is in a very healthy place herself. Meanwhile, over 3 years ago, she got completely healthy and is now about a size 6 to 8. She has given me permission to discuss these kinds of things if it will help somebody else. I'm just putting it all together how her entire life my problems with sinus infections and being on antibiotics triggered further cravings. Have any of you had problems with food cravings when taking antibiotics? You just never know what kids listen to and how it will affect them. I'm thankful my DH has always had good eating habits and doesn't have a sweet tooth, and that our old DD took after those ways too. I'm also just so thankful that youngest DD is confident and will be able to help others, truly understanding them as we works with them. Like Losing in Ftm mentioned, I think the most negative influence was from my daughters peers in that freshman year of high school, and once she saw that she liked her size 2 and size zero look she felt she had a means of "control" to keep it there. But it wasn't healthy for a growing body. In fact, as she finally gained weight in the past 2 to 3 years, she actually triggered the completion of her frozen in time adolescent maturation and developed the bustline and curves she had been lacking all along. The other two girls? Through her I know that they are both married, the one that used to cut is still a size zero and thankfully was able to bear a child; and the other is married and about a size 4 to 6. None were ever truly overweight. None ever required hospitalization. Though all three, I believe, did receive counseling for their behaviors. This is such an issue for todays young women.

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I'm so thankful we can all be honest here. I'm realizing that I did make the mistake about talking about my weight aloud with my daughters, and my most "sensitive" daughter (youngest DD) who is built most like me had a plumper appearance from 4th thru 8th grade, though definitely not overweight and was active, ran, jumped on the trampoline, was in cheerleading, etc. She had a growth spurt in her freshman year of HS and grew like 4 inches which spread things out well, but at the end of her freshman year two of her girlfriends were conscious of "weight" and though all three were completely normal being about 5'4" and about 125 lbs they decided to increase their exercise. One even had problems with body image and starting cutting (so sad). My daughter did not do that but she did decide to cut out poor eating choices and ate well frequently but changed WHAT she was eating. So instead of a can of beefaroni after school, she'd have bran flakes and an apple. Due to exercising so much more (because she'd added pilates) she lost about 18 lbs in less than 3 months. She got down to a size zero. That was too much. Never anorexic or bulemic, but just very disciplined over exercise. She through herself into hypoglycemia and hypothyroid issues, just to name a few. Meanwhile, I had been having intermittent sinus infections from the time I was pregnant with her (now nearly 25 years ago!!) and currently I've been on antibiotics for over a week for a sinus infection and just realized today that the stress I've been feeling from the assignments I have to work on and the carb cravings is partly due to having knocked out some of my good intestinal bacteria from the antibiotics and I'm in full ice cream and root beer mode. Not good!! I tend to get those cravings (which then packs on the fat and lbs) when I'm on antibiotics. Add stress and a submission to previous bad eating choices and it makes me feel powerless in the good intentions of restraint. Please pray for me!! I have 1 1/2 days of antibiotics left. I have 4 wks of this grad school class left, and then I'm off for the summer. I just gotta get through the next several days and then take a breather...So it's just been a mess that she's grown up with a mom in control, gets an infection and then gets cravings, got out of control, developed insulin resistance (me) and then got frustrated that I couldn't even keep up with the family when we'd go on walks (back then). NO WONDER she is finishing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and thinking of specializing in Eating Disorders, and NO WONDER she teaches aerobics 5 days a week at various gyms. I cannot feel guilty (too much) because God took what she was exposed to and is going to use it to help others. Meanwhile, over 3 years ago, she got completely healthy and is now about a size 6 to 8. She has given me permission to discuss these kinds of things if it will help somebody else. I'm just putting it all together how her entire life my problems with sinus infections and being on antibiotics triggered further cravings. Have any of you had problems with food cravings when taking antibiotics?

Debbie, I have been suffering with sinus infections all the time. Every cold would end with sinus infection and antibiotics. Then I started using NetiPot (it comes with saline packages) every day and many times a day when I get a cold and my last few colds did not end up in sinus infection. I would highly recommend to get one and start using it right away.
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You are right. I have done this intermittently for YEARS!! I've even done it as recently as daily the week prior to having to finally sucuumb to antibiotics. I've had lots of instrumention done to my sinuses and it makes for more hidden areas to deposit infection....I've had 2 right maxillary sinus surgeries, surgery on my turbinates, a left maxillary sinus surgery, and finally a deviated septum repair (5 surgeries overy 24 years!) plus have allergies to most of the weeds, trees, grasses, milo, dust, mold, etc in Kansas and take daily allergy medication and Mucomyst!
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I have about 15 pounds to join you *LOL* so how is it and how is it different
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I am right there with you Nickii .. I have heard that you go to once a month... I am so ready to try maintiance.. I have lost 98.6 in six months... never would have dreamed it and I was a diabetic taking 120 units of unsulin u=in my pump a day with 200 blood sugar *L* no meds at all now that is worth a million..
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ok i have about 15 pounds to go .... I am sooo excited... I hope I can keep it off this time.. I lost 110 pounds with weight watchers in on year and gained it all back!! I don't want to do that again. I want to go on maintiance but I am scared too. I dont want my bloold sugar to go back up and I dont want to gain it back. I don't trust me... I am close but scared to death
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My personal experiance is that I didn't use this WOE and over Thanksgiving/Christmas I tried to be "good" but still ate way to much sugar and processed foods, and ended up gaining 15lbs, but the GOOD news is that I went right back to the clinc and I am back down and currently trying to lose 10 more. So keep going to the clinic once you hit maintance, because even if you do gain a few pounds, they will work with you, and help you get right back on track so that you don't gain it ALL back.

On that same note. I am 134.5lbs today. My original Medi goal was 135lbs. So I am below that again. It's still a bit shocking. I want to get into the 120's so I have about 5-10lbs to go. And I'm still motivated so I am really excited about seeing the 120's pop up on my scale.
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My personal experiance is that I didn't use this WOE and over Thanksgiving/Christmas I tried to be "good" but still ate way to much sugar and processed foods, and ended up gaining 15lbs, but the GOOD news is that I went right back to the clinc and I am back down and currently trying to lose 10 more. So keep going to the clinic once you hit maintance, because even if you do gain a few pounds, they will work with you, and help you get right back on track so that you don't gain it ALL back.

this is exactly what happened to me although I am waiting to go to the clinic until I lose 9 more pounds.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:41 PM   #862
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Hello everyone. I have been on medi since January 4th. My starting weight was 167 and I am now 134. I am really wondering if I should change my goal weight. I am 5'4. I am now in a size five jeans, which was really my main goal. I know I could lose more, bit not sure I want to be as small as I was in high school. I still have a little belly which bugs the crap out of me, but after two kids, I don't think it will ever look the way I want. Just wanted to get some opinions on how you all determined your goal weight and how u decided it was time to go onto maintenance.

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Hi everyone - long time! Ready for a big ol' long vent??? UGH.

Thought I'd check in after realizing in horror that the scale reads 131. Technically I'm up almost 10 lbs from my lowest point on Medi. I am way way way out of control right now due to stress, not paying attention to what goes in my mouth, and not exercising. I feel like I hit the ground running and do not stop stressing until my head lands on the pillow. And even then, it's fitful rest with nightmares.

In the last month, my grandmother (whom I was extremely close to) went downhill. I was commuting about an hour back and forth every day to be with her until she passed (I was with her). Then the out of town funeral. Then the memorial locally.

On the day of my grandmother's memorial, my 16 year old son fell on his knee (in a nasty creek bed no less), got plenty of stitches, 4 antibiotic shots, and it's now infected so we go in today for more shots and to see if he needs to see a surgeon. This is week 2 of being out of school and he depends on someone to help him with every single step he takes. Literally.

We're opening a new studio and it's all DIY. We just had to push back the opening date from May 1 to June 1 because of all of the above. I have got to open my doors because I'm already paying rent and it's not done!!

There's plenty more work-related catastrophes and my husband working until late late and not able to work on the studio. Plus all of these end of year school things that I'm missing out on and my kids not doing well because I'm unavailable. I'm afraid I'm not being a good mommy/wife/daughter/friend these days...

My husband and I were talking last night. In our 10 years of marriage, this past 4-6 weeks has been the absolute busiest and most stressful time in our lives. I really need to figure out a way to remain healthy physically while dealing with all of this. Seeing this kind of gain certainly does nothing for my emotional well-being let alone physical. ALL of my clothes are tight right now and we are stretched financially so that alone puts me in an emergency state!

I've been reading and taking notes though. Going to the store and saying "no" to the pizza and fast food we seem to be eating on a daily basis. I just can't continue down this road.

Thanks for listening to me whine...
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Hi everyone - long time! Ready for a big ol' long vent??? UGH.

Thought I'd check in after realizing in horror that the scale reads 131. Technically I'm up almost 10 lbs from my lowest point on Medi. I am way way way out of control right now due to stress, not paying attention to what goes in my mouth, and not exercising. I feel like I hit the ground running and do not stop stressing until my head lands on the pillow. And even then, it's fitful rest with nightmares.

In the last month, my grandmother (whom I was extremely close to) went downhill. I was commuting about an hour back and forth every day to be with her until she passed (I was with her). Then the out of town funeral. Then the memorial locally.

On the day of my grandmother's memorial, my 16 year old son fell on his knee (in a nasty creek bed no less), got plenty of stitches, 4 antibiotic shots, and it's now infected so we go in today for more shots and to see if he needs to see a surgeon. This is week 2 of being out of school and he depends on someone to help him with every single step he takes. Literally.

We're opening a new studio and it's all DIY. We just had to push back the opening date from May 1 to June 1 because of all of the above. I have got to open my doors because I'm already paying rent and it's not done!!

There's plenty more work-related catastrophes and my husband working until late late and not able to work on the studio. Plus all of these end of year school things that I'm missing out on and my kids not doing well because I'm unavailable. I'm afraid I'm not being a good mommy/wife/daughter/friend these days...

My husband and I were talking last night. In our 10 years of marriage, this past 4-6 weeks has been the absolute busiest and most stressful time in our lives. I really need to figure out a way to remain healthy physically while dealing with all of this. Seeing this kind of gain certainly does nothing for my emotional well-being let alone physical. ALL of my clothes are tight right now and we are stretched financially so that alone puts me in an emergency state!

I've been reading and taking notes though. Going to the store and saying "no" to the pizza and fast food we seem to be eating on a daily basis. I just can't continue down this road.

Thanks for listening to me whine...
Erin, I wanted to write to you all morning. First of all, I'm so sorry about your grandma. I lost my grandma about three years ago and would have done ANYTHING to have been with her in her final moments!! You are so blessed to have shared that time with her! My grandma was my favorite person on the planet and it was really hard losing her. I'm sorry, Erin.

I'm also really sorry to read about your son's knee. I hope there's no need for surgery. As for you and your weight, I know you're stressed about that, but you will get that right back where you want as soon as you are ready and able. You inspired so many of us on this board and know what you need to do to take care of yourself. You've just been so busy taking care of everyone else AND your business, that you've put yourself on the back burner. As soon as you can catch your breath, I have no doubt that you'll be right back where you want to be - which is even lower than your goal weight (and probably too thin anyway).

Until then, we're here for you, Erin, and we've missed you. I'm so sorry for everything you're going thru!!
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I don't have time to read so please forgive me. I skipped my weekly weigh-in because I have a HORRIBLE migraine. I was on day 3 of this nasty migraine and finally went to the doctor today and it has turned into an ear infection and sinus infectin. I haven't been able to do much of anything for several days. I've eatten nothing but oatmeal (the only thing I can stomach), and drank regular coke for the caffine. I called the clinic and they said not to worry about it, to just get better, without going overboard, and we'll work through it when I am feeling better.

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I'm sorry, Erin.

I'm also really sorry to read about your son's knee. I hope there's no need for surgery. As for you and your weight, I know you're stressed about that, but you will get that right back where you want as soon as you are ready and able. You inspired so many of us on this board and know what you need to do to take care of yourself. You've just been so busy taking care of everyone else AND your business, that you've put yourself on the back burner. As soon as you can catch your breath, I have no doubt that you'll be right back where you want to be -
Hi Erin I agree with Lea's comments. We all have times when overextensive stress tries to blow us over, but eventually we can get back on track. I know your clothes are tight and you feel miserable missing out on time for yourself and the discipline of exercising (that's how I've felt the past 2 1/2 months or so)....but we are so blessed to have the accountability here and a WOE that works to get those extra lbs off. Yours was 10 lbs....mine was a little over 20 lbs! I have one pair of pants and my scrubs that fit. (And a stuffed closet of size 6 and 8 that is too tight!) It makes me glad I gave my other/larger clothes away as I lost the weight, but it makes me self conscience wearing my one size 10 pants.... I just cannot allow any more inches and pounds to pile on!!!! So I know how you feel in that regard. With the cooler weather and my grad school schedule, I haven't been out to jog in months. I have six more days of the current class and then I'll be OFF for the summer!!! Youngest DD and her boyfriend are coming for Easter and I will be at least 7 lbs lighter by then, I just HAVE to be so that I can fit into clothes!

I'm sorry for your stress and feeling like you have to do the studio stuff alone, that's not fun; especially when you really just want to be with your kiddos instead. I'm so thankful you were able to be there for your Grandma, that speaks volumes to your kids, and they know that this time of studio stuff and mommy going six directions at once will be short-term. Hang in there. I'm so proud of your resolve to say no to the pizza . We're here....

I am concerned about your son's knee. Hope it gets well without complications. Is he going to have to have IV antibiotics at home? Make sure you really have your questions answered to your satisfaction, Erin. You really have SO much on your plate.

Hugs and prayers. You take care of you, cuz your family needs you!! Take some time to do something YOU want to do, relax, go to a Zumba class, have a hot cup of tea, sit in the tub....

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Thank you so much for the kind words. You guys know exactly the right things to say! . I started today on the right foot but my son's dr sent us to the ER at his 10:30 appointment this morning and by 6:30pm he was admitted for IV antibiotics and we're here for probably tue weekend. Of course I didn't eat anything at all so my husband brought me a Starbucks with whipped cream, pretzel m&ms, and cheese flavored Combos. (wth?).

So I'm looking forward to starting week 1 as soon as this nightmare is over. Hopefully soon!!!

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Hi Erin,
I'm so glad that your doctor picked up on the need and that your son is in the hospital right now for IV antibiotics. This is a time when nurses should definitely be wearing gloves, alcohol foaming in and out of the room, changing his dressing carefully, and teaching you everything that they do. Ask questions. Don't be surprised if they expect you to take over what they are doing when he is dismissed. What a rotten time for all this to happen, but don't blame your son. I'm concerned that he doesn't end up getting a bone infection, joint infection, or blood infection from all of this due to that terrible initial injury. MRSA can develop as well as other infections, so it's vital that he be treated carefully and safely. Insist if you see someone starting to touch his wound or his IV that they wear gloves and don't worry about being too cautious or "bothering" anyone. You are his BEST advocate! Don't worry about the WOE too much right now, we are totally understanding and not looking at you as a bad example or anything. Good grief....you have been under SO much lately and truly haven't had time to plan your meals or even keep your head above water! I have been back to my week one (almost week 2) WOE for the past 6 days and I can tell that I'm feeling more in control and hopeful that I can get this excess weight off. But I also literally know that I have about 6 days left of the main stressor I've been under and then can foresee a time for a break from that!! In all your stress just don't let your own negative self-talk add to your pressures. Say a prayer, commit to be as good to yourself as you can to get through the day, and then just take a day at a time. You'll get there eventually, Erin! Wish I could help in some way!! Prayers and love, Debbie

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Debbie, thanks for the advice. My son is doing much better. He has about 4 more weeks before he can return to normal activities though. It's been one thing after another and my husband and I both have agreed that I'm being tested big time. But... at the same time, I am so blessed! His leg could have been much worse. I have a beautiful studio in the location of my dreams. I have a wonderful family and wonderful friends. I don't know why I can't just snap out of this funk. It's stupid, really, to use food as a crutch when I have so much support to lean on.

I guess after reading your response, I will start on week 1. I will admit... I hate the idea. I'm scared. Truly, it makes me want to cry right now at the very idea of eating only 500 calories a day. It's like my best friend is being taken away from me. My mind is just not right and I'm completely spiraling.
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What is going on that we are all under so much stress lately? It seems to be almost epidemic everywhere.

My own situation is getting difficult, as we are having to deal with 4 hours of mandatory overtime now every day...well almost every day...sometimes 3 hrs sometimes 2 but usually 4...and OT as well on our first day off in many cases. The 12 hour days are tough. We are beginning our third month of overtime tomorrow. Stress builds up release of cortisol and that makes maintaining/losing extremely difficult. I have had to limit my walks to shorter distances due to the work time constraints and an overwhelming need for sleep. Two of my friends have lost their Moms in the last month, and I lost a beloved co-worker within the last two months...things are rough all over.

And I will not allow myself to go into Trader Joes at the moment, as I have an outrageous craving for the Australian Licorice Scottie Dog candies. I KNOW exactly where they are in the store, and simply cannot go there right now. This is a craving that came right out of nowhere...a very very old tape being rewound in my head. Stress has brought it on for certain.

Through it all, I see us hanging in there, knowing and using the tools we have learned. Some days are better than others. I try very hard to concentrate on the good ones.

Blessings to all!

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