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Thread: September Weight loss challenge

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    Hi Everyone,

    Wanted to report in-- yesterday was my weigh in day. I did have a good week-- 2.5 lbs gone. I'm only 8 lbs away from being in my "ideal" weight range. That is very exciting to me, I can hardly believe it! I still have about 26 lbs to go to my goal but I'm feeling pretty positive about it. I've been considered overweight or obese my entire life-- even though I'm pretty active. I think I'm at my lowest weight since 5th grade. (Edited to add, I've lost about 50 lbs since January 1, just so you know where I'm coming from.)

    Right now DH and I are training for a big 60 mile bike ride/charity event on October 4, so it's motivating me too. We ride to and from the event, so it ends up being about a 75 mile day all told. Tomorrow I have a "gym date" with a friend who wants me to show her how to use one of the machines there. Every time I go to spin or to the gym, I just think about this ONE GIGANTIC HILL (affectionately known among cyclists as THE WALL, for good reason) on the big ride. I just envision myself climbing and climbing and climbing it until it's over. Last year I walked it-- I want to do better this year. :-)

    Oh yeah, and I have to get that darn Halloween quilt off my rack this weekend so I can think about my other projects!!! :-P

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    I received a beautiful pink FQ from PenniF yesterday. I was doing really well this week on my eating, until this evening. We were supposed to go out to dinner to the restaurant of my choice for my birthday. Well Dh got home late and we had somewhere else to go afterwards. We ended up with hoagies from the local pizza place. Still not too bad as I had planned for the extra points for dinner. Well they had popcorn where we went next and I had a bunch. Still not too much overboard. My Dh gave me a big bag of peanut M&M's for my birthday, opened them and left them on the table next to me. Even after I asked him not to. Well one led to another and I was soooooo bad. Back on the wagon in the morning. I really need to grocery shop.

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    Happy Birthday, Pat!! Hard to ignore peanut M&M's when they are staring you in the face. Tomorrow will be better.

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    Happy belated Birthday Pat!!! Peanut M&Ms are one of MY weaknesses too...Growing up my kids only ever had the plain ones in the house...those i can walk right past - no problem...but i can NEVER the peanut kind.

    Nice thing about WW to me - every day is a day to start over....you're working on a life style change, not a "diet".

    Also - when i successfully did WW in the past i gave myself "No points days".....Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, my birthday - for that one day i don't count points - I need that one guilt free day every once in a while. And the next day it's back on program --- too much "depriving" makes you act nuts i think. Beside, i find i can't eat as much as i used to anyway.
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    Just checking in - - feeling much better and back to work this week (that was hard). I am now at 175 lbs. and I am 5"7" - - really would like to loose another 10 lbs. My daughter is getting married Valentine's Day 2015 - - so I want to be able to fit into a cute red dress. Wish me luck
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    I received a FQ today from Jeanne. My birthday is today. I am going to spend the evening sewing. My kids at school didn't know it was my birthday but they were pretty good today. My student that is a pain and they are planning on moving to the emotionally disturbed class was really good today. Actually answered a couple of questions in social studies. I had to give him the answer but he spoke loud enough for the teacher to hear him.
    I bought myself a ticket to the Jenny Doan trunk show next weekend. There is also a quilt show.My DH gave me some money I will buy myself something with it. Probably some more fabric I don't need.
    I have been making a bag for myself for weeks. I'm not making much progress. I finally have it cut out. I am going to sew it tonight. I have a quilt I made for my brother I need to bind. I need it finished by the beginning of October.
    I need to go take my SIL dog for a walk and wear him out so he will sleep tonight.

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    Happy Birthday Pat! I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend. As for the Peanut M & M's I second the others in this post. There is something about them that calls to me. The only ones worse for me than the Peanut M & M's are the almond ones. Yum. I cannot have them around here.

    Just thought I would let you all know that I became a first time Grandmother on Saturday, Sept. 6th. My grandson weighed in at 9 1/2 pounds and was 21 inches long. He is so beautiful and I am counting down the days until I get to meet him. I need to work on his quilt in earnest now. I plan to bring it to MN with me when we fly out on Oct. 1rst. I work the next four days 12 to 15 hour days, but then I will be off for a few days and should be able to finish off most of it. Any hints on machine quilting will be appreciated. I was going to hand quilt but someone pointed out to me that if I want it to be used and loved, the machine quilting may be better due to frequent washings. Any thoughts?

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    Mateoh, can you post a pic of your quilt?
    Yesterday I got to spend a few hours in my sewing room. It's going to take many, many hours to get everything organized. I babysit this weekend but then I don't have my DGD until a week from tuesday. I hope to finish my room and then do some sewing.
    I have been so bad with my eating and also not exercising much. Today I decided to start tracking my food again. So far so good.

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    Ok girls. We have to stop the pmm talk. I was at the grocery store tonight and thought I would buy a small 1 serving size package. Scanned them on my cellphone. 7 WW points +. I didn't buy them. But I still want them.

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    I weighed in this morning. Down 4.4 pounds. Finally the scale is moving in the right direction again. Still a long way to go. I did count the bad things I ate on thursday. I do need to have a treat now and then.
    This week at work is going to be hard. I can't remember the reason but we are having food every day. Monday is sweets, Tues we are ordering lunch and people are bringing cool drinks. I can't remember what Wed and Fri are but Thurs is football snacks. I might have to eat lunch in my car.
    My DH gave me money for my birthday. I bought myself a fitbit and a ticket to see Jenny Doan next weekend. I will probably spend the rest at the quilt show. I decided to skip the local shop hop this year as I knew I would just buy too much. I really enjoy them. I went to the grocery store today. I plan on heading up to my sewing room for the rest of the afternoon.
    Pat

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    Good for you, Pat. I went out tonight with friends and one of them is doing WW. She's having trouble losing but is glad she's not gaining. She has started a salad club at work. There are 4 of them in the group and they each bring a salad once a week to share. What a great way to try new salads and help motivate each other. I have never done a shop hop and don't know if I'd like it or not. The row by row seems so popular around here, is it where you all are?
    I'm planning on the gym tomorrow morning.

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    Shop hops are a lot of fun. Each shop has snacks and a pattern for their version of the quilt. Some years they have special fabrics. I think there are 10 shops in the hop this year. One year they all made a star block out of the same fabric and you could get a block at each shop. I just end up with way too much fabric.
    They are doing the row by row at some of the shops here. I collected a couple of the license plates. One says "batik freak" I had to have that one. I only bought the kit from one shop. It is a storm at sea row. That is a pattern I have been wanting to try. It is also gorgeous colors. It will make a nice table runner. I just don't have time for another project.
    I made salted caramel chocolate shortbread bars yesterday to take to school on Monday. They are calling my name from the kitchen. I have never calculated the WW points in them. I am sure it is a lot as they are loaded with butter. It is a gorgeous day here 52 degrees. I have a friend coming to pick raspberries today. I only pick a few to eat. We have enough. Everyone enjoy your weekend.
    Pat

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    I am in, I like to take challenges.

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    Congratulations Mateoh on your new grandson!!! I promise you...this grandma gig is the best thing EVER !!! We are blessed !!!!
    No idea on my weight change - IF ANY --- i can't bear to get on the scale til the 30th because if it hasn't moved i will get so discouraged. Don't know if it was turning 60 - or the lack of nicotine - but i have not been able to lose since the beginning of the year. Trying to be SO good this month to get it going.
    Good for you Pat - 4.4 pounds is nothing to sneeze at.
    I remember from 30+ years ago when i did WW back then - our "teacher" would put a Land o Lakes butter box and a Crisco can on the table - just to show you what one pound and three pounds of "fat" looked like. I thought it was a great visual.
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    Pat- Belated Happy BD to you!!!!!!
    I cannot believe all that canning and produce!!!
    We don't have any down here in hot as hades Texas. I grew up in Chicago and I miss that. My father had a huge garden and I used to help my mother with canning. Also miss just sitting outside and feeling a breeze on my face!

    Not doing well. Not journaling.
    Someone kick me in the rump and get me started!!!!!
    "Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver." Barbara De Angelis

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    Awwww - come one Pete.....we want to cheer not kick. GIT 'ER DONE !!!!
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    kicking Pete in the (Y). That is certainly what it takes to get me going sometimes. At any project.
    Rob lost his fitbit 4 days ago. I think he has walked at least 50000 steps looking for it.
    I ordered him another one yesterday. Putting it on really sets our intention for healthy ways of living.

    Mother moved to the memory care center on the 9th. I've been so busy since, trying to catch up with some of the things I haven't had the energy to do. Today is the first time I've set down to my sewing machine in the quilt room since and immediately my shoulders hunched up and my teeth clenched out of habit, her voice carried so and she was so seldom happy. But I made myself relax and have made good progress on putting together the string blocks and wonky flying geese I've been making for the last year, something I didn't have to think about.

    Am eating carefully and drinking my water and walking, all 'its a good thing' things.
    hugs to you all.

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    I have had a rough week at work, food wise. It is school spirit week.That means food. I think I have pretty much stayed within my WW points so far. TOmorrow is football tailgate food day. Oh my that will be a problem. I love appetizers. I am out of my extra points. I will have to behave myself. I bought myself a fitbit with my birthday money. I have 12 steps so far. I just activated it. I am curious how many steps I do at school on a regular day. Do I need to sync it to my stride length?
    I have been drinking my water pretty well this week. I just need to get thru lunch tomorrow. I am going to the Jenny Doan trunk show on Saturday. I can't wait. I doubt that my weight is down this week but hopefully I maintained.
    Pat

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    when you register it you put in your height and weight and it calculates your stride and calories burnt on that info.
    Pick up a couple of extra batteries, they last 5 or 6 months. Fitbit sent me a note yesterday saying mine was low. Rob's got a little flashing battery icon when his got low.

    The first time I put mine on I ran up and down the driveway to see how the fitbit and the website worked. As I went tearing down the drive way my brand new first time meeting her neighbor was driving by and she screeched to a stop, thought I was having an emergency
    On the other hand I'm pretty pumped by the fact at 62 I Can run!

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    Hi All, Regarding the Fitbit: Our hospital actually had a promotion allowing us to invest in Fitbit products with a great discount. Of course many of us took advantage of it. The only problem is that it seems to track better in my pants pocket instead of on my wrist. Although I knew that I was running around the unit , there were some days that I knew I had walked at least 10000 steps but my fitbit would disagree. One of my co-workers told me she tried putting hers in her pocket and immediately started doing much better on her steps. I tried it this week and sure enough I am tracking 13,000 steps at work. I know there is a way of setting up your stride if you don't think the Fitbit is tracking accurately, it does involve walking around a track and then reprogramming the Fitbit. The instructions for that are online. I found it easier to just put it in my pocket. Have a great week all.

    On another note, I leave for Minnesota to meet my grandbaby on October 1rst. I am so excited.
    Maureen

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    I was curious how many steps I did in a normal day. No exercise just walking around the house and school etc. I have about 7000 steps just from doing a regular day. I was probably a low day today. Maureen that will be great seeing your grandbaby. Send pictures.
    With all of the appetizers at work today I did ok. Not great. I figured I didn't have any WW points left for dinner. I had a bunch tomatoes and some melon. I wasn't really hungry but I figured if I didn't eat I might go crazy later.
    I need to do some exercise.

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    I received a FQ from Jims Gem. So many pretty pinks. We had better behave ourselves.

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    A friend of mine lost 70 lbs in the last year. I met her for lunch a couple of weeks ago. She walked to the restaurant - 4 miles. After she walked home her daughter was going to her house so they could go for a run. They run a 5K every month so they are constantly training. She said she typically gets in 20,000 - 30,000 steps each day. Not many people can spend as many hours a day working out as she does. Not that many would want to. She is retired.
    I am getting ready for a quilt retreat this weekend. It's 11:30 and I still need to make some chicken salad and a cucumber salad. Guess I will be up for a while.
    I hope to get out for a hike or 2. We will be in a cabin on a river. Have a good weekend!

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    I have the cheapest fitbit, the zip, and it clips to my bra. really clips, I have to pull at it to get it off. regular pedometers are always getting knocked off.

    Pam, I admire your friend, one of my worries is, I've been up and down and up and down, and up is always because I've let healthy habits slide back out of my life. Here in the NW it rains 9 months of the year. I know I will need to watch the sky and when it isn't pouring GET OUT AND WALK. I've often carried a parasol against the sun this summer, how much harder is it to carry an umbrella?

    How much time do we have to devote to walking? I've probably said it here before, but I ALWAYS park on the back side of the lot. I always take something and put it away, rather than wait until I have a pile. I often make it a point to run up and down the stairs just because I'm going by. When I walk out to commune with my chickens I walk the whole yard to get there rather than the 20 steps to the pen from my back steps. This isn't advice, it is what I'm trying to drum into my head every day, and the fitbit zip helps inspire me.

    I think I'll be getting my car back today. Funny all the places you can think of to go when you can't get there, and how few places you want to go when you can

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    Just checking in - hope everyone had a great week.
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