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 July 03, 2008 5:40 PM

I know it has been way too long not posting..but my change of eating has been ongoing, slow but sure.

I am now down to 153-ish. I am determined to make it a constant in my life. To at least maintain and continue to NOT gain.

With that mind set, I think I can keep my cholesteral down and my size 14 pants, that are loose, on!

Hope all of you are well.

Jacki ( I so miss our Marty!! )

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anonymous  July 26, 2007 11:26 AM

I am so proud of you!!!† I am losing some water weight†as the doctor put me on diuretics because of swelling and my blood pressure being way to high...198/ I am in the bathroom

Be sure to read the report I am posting today regarding how your friends affect your weight....interesting...

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 July 25, 2007 4:49 PM

I have now gone from180 to ..... drum roll please.....

169!!!!!!!† 11 pounds gone!!!

ME a happy camper.

Sorry I have been so long getting back to you..busy week.

Hope all of you are well.

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anonymous You are doing so great!!! July 17, 2007 10:54 AM

†for the first week!!!!

no star but a thumbs up for maintaining while on vacation

† 3rd week success

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 July 16, 2007 7:17 PM

I weight in today....ANOTHER 2 lbs a total of 7 off.

And I am having Non Fat ice cream tonight for a treat.

I still get hungry often. But I accept that hungry feeling is not something to act on...beverages of zero points, well I try to grab for those to fill up a bit on.

IN the fall I will get cup of soup from Campbell's, I love the tomato, as it is only 2 points and fills me a bit.

YES, I can have chocolate on WW..just have to watch how much.

Funny, but I am in that mode that as added veggies to the plate. I never did much of it, but if one is vigilant and uses it to an advantage (to fill up on) it can do wonders for filling out a meal.

It is a state of mind and a mind over matter kind of thing.

NOT easy, but it so feels good when I see the numbers go slowly down.

WW is not a quick lose. But it can work.† I have to watch out for that period of time that it sort of stagnates..must increase on water and activity.† Part of the reason I want to get a dog or two is to get into training and walking them. That I know will help a lot.

ONWARD my friends!!!!

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anonymous WOW! July 12, 2007 8:26 PM go girl!† A 5lb loss for the first week is great. Pat yourself on the back †† You deserve it!† ~hugs~ Judy  [report anonymous abuse]
anonymous  July 12, 2007 7:23 PM

That is great Mad!!!††Eating out can be difficult...but these days I think restaurants are doing a much better job at offering healthier choices....  [report anonymous abuse]
 July 11, 2007 9:12 AM

Well, considering that I went on a mini vacation last week, it is a wonder I didn't gain weight.† I didn't gain, but I didn't loose either. which is better then gaining I guess. So, this week I am behaving myself!

Hope all of you are well.

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 July 02, 2007 3:04 PM

Marty, dear lady, I know how hard it is to stop smoking...took me three times to do so!!† And you are helpful and kind and all that so no prob. The second time I stopped smokin' was too easy. I was in my second month of pregnancy with my twins and the morning sickness make it easy to quit...absolutely no withdrawl symptoms!!!† But four and a half years later, wham, marriage was in a rocky state and I started again...In 1991, Mar 12, I quit cold turkey with my hubby on the first day throwing me the money to get a pack of smokes at me, cuz I was such a b!tch. Well, I just looked at him, put the money in my pocket and said NO! and got through it.

But I know it is not easy and that there are few if any people that do not know it is bad for you, but just haven't gotten to the point that they are able to.

The first week of WW is the biggest losing period, Deb. IT is mostly water loss....NEXT week, I will be lucky to lose 2 lbs, as long as I fight temptation.

The thing I like about WW is that there are NO foods you can't eat. Just have to push yourself to weigh everything and to understand perfection is not possible. You just keep it going.

Deb. Have a real sit down with you man. Tell him you CAN'T eat junk. Or you can if you have the discipline to messure it. But if you can't , you can't have it in the house. He loves you, right?....then he will understand. My hubby hasn't brought anything in that I will eat. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are a God send. 2 points only and really good.

I am talkin' your ears off, but it helps me to be able to write this as well here. It picks up my spirits.

I have figured, I feel hungry all the time, but I don't have to act on my feelings. They get me in trouble every time.

Water...must go drink water. That is one thing I am having trouble pushing myself to do more often. Drat!

† to you both! and to Judy toooo.

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 July 02, 2007 12:41 PM

wow! 5 lbs in less then a week? thats awesome! ive only lost 5 lbs (had lost 10 but fiancee keeps giving me junk so gained 5 back) and thats in a month Thursday. its hard to diet when you depend on others to feed you (stuck in my room for a week due to surgery) and when i get my next surgery ill be stuck in my room for 2 months yikes. and dieting without exercising is hard
good luck, hope you lose all you want to the ounce!
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anonymous  July 02, 2007 8:49 AM

That was not very helpful,,,congrats on the weight-loss and I am sure you will be fine while on vacation...I need to join in with you....  [report anonymous abuse]
anonymous  July 02, 2007 8:47 AM

Good luck Mad!!!!†† I once had stopped smoking for a three month period...went on vacation to the coast and wham...started lighting up again....  [report anonymous abuse]
 July 02, 2007 7:57 AM

My first weigh in.....drum roll please.

I lost 5 lbs!!!

Now, to keep sane on our three day vacation on the Oregon coast!!!!

See ya Friday!!!!

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anonymous  June 28, 2007 6:44 PM

Hey you two...posted this at the diabetic group regarding portion control...found it interesting....

Portion-Control Dishes May Help Obese Diabetics Lose Weight

June 2007 - A plate and cereal bowl with markers for proper portion sizes appear to help obese patients with diabetes lose weight and decrease their use of glucose-controlling medications, according to a report in the June 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Between 1960 and 2000, the proportion of U.S. adults who were obese increased from 13.4 percent to 30.9 percent, according to background information in the article. Most cases of type 2 diabetes can be attributed directly to obesity. Restricting calories has been shown to improve blood sugar control in diabetics, partially by contributing to weight loss. "The increasing prevalence of obesity is paralleled by increasing portion sizes in the marketplace," the authors write. "Portion sizes are an important determinant of energy intake; the number of calories ingested by subjects at a meal has been directly correlated with the serving size offered."

Sue D. Pedersen, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., and colleagues at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, conducted a six-month controlled trial of commercially available portion control plates and bowls in 2004. The plates were divided into sections for carbohydrates, proteins, cheese and sauce, with the rest left open for vegetables. The sections approximately totaled an 800-calorie meal for men and a 650-calorie meal for women. The cereal bowl is designed to allow a 200-calorie meal of cereal and milk. Half of 130 obese patients with diabetes (average age 56) were randomly assigned to use the plate for their largest meal and the bowl when they ate cereal for breakfast. The other half of the participants received usual care, which consisted of dietary assessment and teaching by dieticians.

At the end of the six-month follow-up, 122 patients remained in the study. Individuals using the portion-control dishes lost an average of 1.8 percent of their body weight, while those receiving usual care lost an average of 0.1 percent. A significantly larger proportion of those using the dishesó16.9 percent vs. 4.6 percentólost at least 5 percent of their body weight. "This is important, as a 5 percent weight loss has been shown to be clinically significant in terms of decreasing morbidity and mortality associated with obesity-linked disorders such as cancer and myocardial infarction [heart attack]," the authors write.

In addition, more of those in the intervention group vs. the regular care group experienced a decrease in their use of diabetes medications after six months (26.2 percent vs. 10.8 percent).

"In conclusion, the portion control tool studied in this trial was effective in inducing weight loss in obese persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus comparable to that seen in investigations of weight loss pharmacotherapy," the authors write. "This simple, inexpensive tool also enabled obese patients with diabetes mellitus to decrease their hypoglycemic medication requirements. This intervention holds promise for use in overweight populations with and without diabetes mellitus."

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1277-1283

This study was sponsored by the Stewart Diabetes Education Fund. Portion control tools were donated for use in the study by The Diet Plate.

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anonymous  June 28, 2007 6:18 PM

Jacki, weight watchers is a good choice. When I was following the points plan I felt almost empowered because I was finally doing something. I still drink alot of bottled water to this day because I feel it helps with everything in your body. I'm sure you'll do great! ~hugs~ Judy  [report anonymous abuse]
 June 27, 2007 8:50 PM

Judy, I sympathize†with you for the struggle you have had. I am on my first day and I have †been so kranky! Diet is a four letter evil four letter nasty word.† But I feel WW has the best thought out plan and it is something that makes sense to me. No food is off limits, just the portions have limits.

I did do meetings years ago, but didn't quite have the patience or time to go. I do the online version and it sort of organizes me.

I may have the same problem you had or not. we will see.

Thank you both for your support here. You both have been so great to me. I am blessed to have you both on my side.

Darn, if we all didn't live so far away from eachother....wouldn't it be great to meet? I think so.

Blessings to you both.

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anonymous  June 27, 2007 8:31 PM

Jacki I felt the need to tell you I too went to weight watchers for almost a year. I was doing well then all of a sudden the scale wasn't going down but slowly creeping up. What frustration! I finally called it quits. Only 20lbs loss in 7 months. Which isn't too bad but for one reason or another I was gaining again. Which takes me to now....I will have gastric lapband surgery in Aug. It took a long time to come to this decision but I feel confident it's the right choice for me. My joints aren't holding this weight well and for other health reason's I'm doing this. It's not by any means the easy way out cause I will need to watch my food intake and diet . Anyway, it's a safer way to lose because there's no cutting of the stomach, only banding. ~hugs~ Judy  [report anonymous abuse]
anonymous  June 27, 2007 6:13 PM

If you feel that you are backsliding...come in here and I will personally set you kidding tho...if you need some moral support you know I am here for you...hugs dear friend  [report anonymous abuse]
WELL MY DEAR MEMBERS June 26, 2007 9:56 PM

It has been over a year and will power NEVER entered and stayed.

Tonight, I enrolled online for Weight Watchers.

I am, by my scale, 183 lbs. I do carry it well, as I don't look as big as I feel, but I have always carried it without it being obvious...but I feel it and it feels awful.†† I am on Lypitor, so that has really prayed on my mind.

This girl is back on the scale!! and counting her points!!!

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 June 10, 2006 6:10 PM

What can I say. My will power sucks. I just can't seem to get started. One excuse after another and a stomache that isn't getting smaller.

I am trying to eat more fruits and veggies, but those other evils still plague me.

all for now.

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Sometimes talking about what I should do, does not make me DO IT!

Diet is an evil word to me. It means changes and even caged animals fear changes to their cages!

But should I allow this fear to keep me from attending a meeting at Weight Watchers (my prefered change of attitude and food consumption).

Do I allow my hubby's lack of will power by importing the very things we shouldn't be eating into the house. If it is in the house I WILL EAT IT. NO IF'S AND'S OR BUT'S.

I am going to throw out the excuses and all those things that have been making me lazy, starting May 30th, my darling twin's 22nd birthday, when I bring out the kitchen scale and officially start WW!

I feel the significance of my babies BD will inspire me. I want to see them start thier careers, family's and soo much more. If I do not have the chance to watch the possible grandkids grow and know me, I will miss what is truly important to me. With my kids so far away in the first place, I don't want to hinder the future by shortening it by bad eating habits.

All for now.

More later.

In respect and with fingers crossed,


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