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  • Weight Watchers

    118 posts, 39 voices, 3135 views, started Sep 13, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 by Mary Clark

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    • Has anyone tried Weight Watchers or doing it now?  I am currently in it and doing okay with it.  My dr. says it’s the best plan out there.  I have to change my lifestyle....for good!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Yes, there are several people here on ww. They have a really good online program. There’s a group in the weight loss after 40 section in the groups called “in need of help”
          Some nice people and good suggestions. Check it out.

          best
          Cynthia



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          Kimmie02 wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Yes, I’m doing weight watchers now too.  It has worked for me in the past, and I’m hoping it will work for me again.  There are some other sites that I use when counting points.  The first site I use is called...Dottie’s weight loss zone...www.dwlz.com.  It gives you point values of many restaurants.  The second site I use is [Link Removed]   this site gives you point value on everyday foods.  It’s very helpful too.  My other favorite site is www.skinnyweek.com.  You can share recipes, join groups etc.  The recipes are really pretty good too.

          Good luck,
          Kim


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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Thanks for the websites and groups!  I will definitely check them out.



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          Cookofdeath wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • i lost 20 pounds on ww 5 years ago and it’s still off!



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • That is great to hear...and “good for you“.  Do you still follow the plan?  What tips do you have in keeping it off...even though I no where near my goal.  It’s just good to hear the success stories and the how to’s.



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          Cheryl Phillips wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • I need to lose 15 lbs....everyone says I look “fine” but with the 10 months of inactivity (2 major knee surgeries as well as a broken tibia bone), I feel like a slug. I used to go to the gym 3 mornings a week. I now have hand weights and ankle weights at home and do physcial therapy for my knee...however, they only let me go 1 mph on the treadmill (how sad) and that’s only once a week because I can’t stress the joint.

          I’m a healthy cook and have always been a good eater...however, there’s a certain amount of “Feeling down” that I’ve had over the past few months and I know that I eat the WRONG things at the wrong time. I have insomnia so my internal clock is all screwed up.

          Truthfully, I’ve always been able to eat whatever I wanted and my size would never change. I was a VERY active Mom.

          Any ideas for how to lose the weight without being able to do cardio or is that impossible???  I have surgery 3 coming up soon and I want to get ahead if I can!!!!



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          Cookofdeath wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • I weigh myself weekly and if I gain 5 pounds, I do the program for a week, lose it,  and that generally carries me for at least two or three months. My dad lost 80 pounds on weight watchers around the same time and he has kept it off as well. Funny thing about him is , he refused to drink the water. I don’t think my father has had a glass of water in his entire life, lol. So I guess you can lose it anyway.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • My 80 year old mom never drinks water. My dad used to call her “my little camel.” She does eat a lot of vegetables and she snacks on fruit when she’s hungry. We always had a big bowl of fruit on our table, apples, bananas and oranges were snacks for us as kids. Not drinking water seems to have no effect on her health.

          What I like so much about weight watchers is it’s really food not something created in a lab. And, it’s also something one can do for their entire life, it has no beginning and ending point. I like your point of view, cookofdeath. Very balanced! And you‘re living proof that the overall lifestyle of weight watchers works.



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          Cookofdeath wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • My highest weight ever was when I was 20 and just gave birth to my first child. I was 120 pounds when I got pregnant with him , but by the time I had him I had balloned to 212 pounds!!! When he was three I decided, “Hmmm, maybe this isn’t baby weight.” and I dieted down to 140. When I was 35 my weight had krept up to around 170, that’s when I joined weight watchers , lost my middle age spread and made it my mission to remain a healthy 145 to 150 (I’m 5‘9” tall)at a size 8/10 I have wiggle room.
          I recommend WW to at least learn portion control. I use corelle “rice bowls” as our bowls , they hold one cup perfectly. For dinner we use their “lunch plates” they are about half the size of dinner plates. For ice cream/pudding/etc... I have their new 1/2 cup bowls. I find it EASY portion control for the entire family!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • Yes, I’m glad you said that! Do you realize that the size of a dinner plate now is equal to a charger of years ago? I, too, use very small plates and bowl for everything. I serve my soup with a 1 Cup measure cup, I even use the small utensils. I believe wholeheartedly that it really works in controlling portions.

          I did an experiment with my husband. He insisted that a bottle of wine has only about 3 glasses in it. Nonsense. I went to a clinical nutrition textbook, looked at the serving size of a glass of wine, took my husband’s glass and poured his wine into a measure cup. He was drinking 3 servings! And he’s a weight watcher’s person. I agree that smaller bowls and plates are a great idea.



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          Cookofdeath wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • lol, sounds like my sons. When they eat chips I put them in the 1 cup bowl and put the bag away. Eat the chips, just less of them. I didn’t know about the plate sizes. What about glasses and cups?! With 4 boys I bought a case of 6 ounce jelly jars. They can’t break them and the house doesn’t flood if they spill them. Portion sizes are out of control. I go to McDonalds and get a hamburger happy meal. It really is enough food.



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          Camie Dunbar wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • I have been wanting to lose those last 10 pounds for awhile now.  My son will be 3 in November...so I decided to try WW because it is real food and not a packaged program.  I started online 5 weeks ago, and I have already lost 7 pounds.  Good luck with losing your weight!

          Camie



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • Well..I weighed in this afternoon.  Not good.  I gained .8 and after a month....I’ve had one week of a loss.  I really think my hormones are truly screwed up.  In years past when I did WW...I always lost.  So I’m not sure what is wrong.  I will admit..the past two weeks I have not been as faithful in journaling and counting every little thing..nor have I walked like I should.  I’m going to give msyelf one more week on the Flex plan and if this coming week doesn’t prove to be any better then I’m changing to the Core Plan.  Maybe I need less choices.  Anyway.....say a prayer that I stick better to it...and that I implement a good plan for the harder days.
          Thanks for everyone’s input....I can use all the support I can get.  Hope you all have a wonderful week as well.



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          Kimmie02 wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • Hi Maryclark,

          I know how you feel.  Don’t get discouraged, plan your meals ahead of time, write down everything and if you need that something extra...try a vitatop muffin.  They are yummy and full of fiber.  They are 1 point.  

          Good luck the rest of the week, and know that your not alone and that we are all in this venture together..



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          Cookofdeath wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • I love pita pizzas!!!!



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          Meljoy08 wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • Has anyone ever checked out/heard of the Transitions Lifestyle program?



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          Cookofdeath wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • no, what is it?



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          Meljoy08 wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • It is a web-based weight management system that offers personal coaching, exercise tips & healthy eating following foods that are on the low glycemic index.



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          Lajane wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • i was on my way to losing weight on ww, and i somehow fell off the bandwagon.  i think i was just so hungry from working out doing bootcamp and running.  i am determined to get back on it starting tommorrow...seriously...and i want to lose at least 30 pounds.  however, after 40, i can’t seem to go below a certain weight no matter what i do!  i guess i just have to stick to ww much longer?



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          Yana Berlin wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • I think I’m going to join once again tomorrow.

          It’s a real shame how the lbs, are just piling on... I have twenty plus lbs that need to go...NOW....I think I should just stop bitching and stop eating...



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          Cheryl Phillips wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • This is really inspiring. I’m going to go to the WW Site today and sign up. I just received an email giving me 7 days free—-is that a sign? Portion sizes make so much sense. I know I over-do it. My downfall? Eating standing up! We always eat together for dinner but I end up eating at the counter before I even get to the table some nights—-because I’m up and down getting things. So instead of enjoying the meal, I eat it quickly and then have a “little big more” before I sit down with everyone.

          I also am a chronic insomniac...go figure, it’s 330 am and I’m doing laundry. I’ve been this way for more than a year since my car accident. I heard that insomniacs tend to gain weight because “the clock” is off. Grrrr..



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • After a not so good weigh in yesterday...I woke up this morning and had a conversation with myself.  Obviously I’m not being truthful here about what I am eating and I am definitely not measuring and counting out as I should.  So today I’m going to get with the program.  I was going to do the Core plan this week, but backed out and decided to give myself one more week on Flex.  It’s time to step it up a notch....I can do this!!!  Good luck everyone......



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • I like to cook and I like to eat. I usually have a pot of “free soup” around for times when I just have to have something in my stomach. It’s called free soup because from a weight watchers perspective, it has nearly 0 points depending on what you put in it.

          In a large soup pot I put in 28 oz. can chopped tomatoes, some garlic, 1/2 an onion, several carrots, a couple stalks of celery, 1/2 a zucchini, about a dozen mushrooms, 1/2 head cabbage (I like the milder ones like the asian varieties), and, just about any other vegetable you like and whatever seasoning you prefer. Sometimes I make it Mexican with some cumin, chili powder and peppers, sometimes I make it Asian with fresh ginger, cilantro, soy sauce. Then I pour 1 quart of low sodium chicken stock over it and start it on a boil. It looks like there’s not enough broth in it but, once the veggies cook down, it takes on the consistency of a hearty vegetable stew. If, after an hour of simmering it’s still too thick with vegetables, just add a little water until it’s the consistency you like. I sprinkle it with salt and pepper and add a couple tablespoons of dried herbs.

          My husband and I eat off this pot of soup for a week!



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          Yana Berlin wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • Today was the day I made myself go to WW and join.

          I'm hoping this will turn out to be one of the best days of my life, when I look back months, years from now. Because this was not how I felt today. As I weighed in on the scale and the lady discretely wrote my weight down on my WW passport, I thought I was going to faint.

          WOWOWOWOWOW when did this happen, how could it be???

          169.4 lbs. at 5.4 1/2 that's enormous.

          So I had two choices, I could go home and cry, call my mom or my girlfriends to bitch, or go to the gym.

          I refused to let the weight keep me depressed, I will loose it because I no longer like the feeling of my stomach in between my legs....ok...it's not that bad yet, but it will be. If I learned one thing in the last few years, it is that the weight has no limits, it just piles up if you don't control what you are eating. Yes exercise helps, but 70% is the FOOD.

          The love hate relationship I have with it has always been an issue for me. There is just no excuse for it anymore.

          I'm going public and I invite you to join me.

          I'll post frequently of my success, because failure isn't on my vocabulary list any longer.



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          Meljoy08 wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • If any of you get tired of counting points or are just hungry...check out Transitions!  The program focuses on losing the weight as fat & re-building your lean muscle (because “muscle dictates metabolism“)



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          Momwtwins2 wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • I did WW before I got preg. in 2003 and lost 25 Lbs. then got preg. May of 2003 with twins. I did get back to my normal weight after the babies where born. I’m sure I lost it because I was not sleeping or eatting well that 1st year. Stress started in 2006 with husbands drinking and now he has been 6 months free of alcohol. In the past two years I have gained....40 Lbs I KNOW I have to do something but this time doing WW the time is not my own since I have 4 1/2 year olds. I know when there is a will there is a way.
          Kristin 5‘11 now 220 Lbs.



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          Breezee wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • I am on WW now and have been doing pretty good.  I have been on 3 weeks and have lost 6.8 pounds.  One BIG downfall for me is chocolate, so I found the WW chocolate muffins/cupcakes (3 pts.) at my local Walmart and they are great.  WW also has some Chocolate Mint crunch bars (2 pts) that are to die for.  An area that I lack is exercise.  I don’t like to do it alone and I live clear out in the boonies.  I have way more energy after 3 weeks than I’ve had in a very long time.  I have to be responsible and write down every single item that goes into my mouth and that keeps me on track.  I drink 4 qts. of water daily and that is very helpful as well.  I love the WW entrees; so many choices and they are tasty too.



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          Yana Berlin wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • It’s been a hard day.

          My kids were all asking me: “Mom, what’s wrong“? so an hour ago, I said:

          What’s wrong????I“m hungry and I’m angry!!

          But it’s almost nine and if I don’t do anything stupid I will make it to bed perfectly content with the result of my first day on WW.

          Just thought I’d share.

          Yana



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          Lisa Kendall wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • Yana - you go girl.  Weight watchers works! (not that you need it, because you‘re fabulous and gorgeous)



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • Yana...don’t give up....you’ll get through it....you’ll have days like that.  At my meeting on Sunday...a lady said she had a day that she was starving and nothing satisfied her.  Our leader said that the days you have that happening are the days you are really burning the fat.  In that case...she said to eat some protein....that will help.  Just a little tidbit I learned.  I have found myself eating too many 2 and 3 points snacks and not enough vegetables like carrots or celery for snacks or fruit.  And.....writing it down.  If you are on Etools you can track your points on there...but as my leader said...there is something about actually writing it down on paper.  So...I best get to writing.
          Hope you have a successful WW day.....WE CAN ALL DO THIS!!



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          Breezee wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • One thing that I always tell myself when I am doubting myself, is that the weight didn’t come on over night and it certainly won’t go off over night either!  It will take time, be patient and best of luck in your weight loss journey. :)



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          Coco27 wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • This is a great subject for me now, as I just went jeans shopping. You know the rest of that story...size shock/pit of self-loathing/vow to change my ways right now/ reach for nearest diet book...

          Only this time I’m not going to try to “loathe” myself thin. I’m going to remove self-loathing and feel better eating smaller portions. I’ll keep checking back! I’ll let you know if those new jeans I bought get too big.



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          Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • Try 182 lbs at 5‘2“!!!! I have now lost 29 lbs by walking and watching what I eat. I don’t deprive myself of anything but eat in moderation.  I realized a long time ago that the second my brain hears the word “diet” I want to eat EVERYTHING in site. I hate sardines, but would eat two cans of them if I was told I couldn’t!!!!! It has taking me 10 months to lose this weight but they say the slower you lose it the harder it is to come back and your body adjusts better.



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          Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • Oh I almost forgot, though I am not on WW I have tried their little ice cream cups and they are delicious. They are two points each and have choc mint chip, chocolate fudge brownie and choc chip cookie dough. MMMMMMMMMMM



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          Camie Dunbar wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • All of you on WW can do it!!!  The key is to make sure you eat all the veggies/fruits required and tally them and drink your water!!!  And, make sure to EXERCISE - even if it is just cleaning the house - you get activity points for that too.

          Some yummy treats with low points include teh Fiber 1 Bars - 2 points
          Chex Mix Bars - 2-3 points
          This site too...
          [Link Removed]

          I am 3 pounds away from my goal, and I have been doing WW for just 5 1/2 weeks.

          We are all in this together, and we can do it if we are honest with each other and ourselves about what we are really eating and our activity points.

          Let’s go you fabulous women!!!!!!!


          Cddunbar, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 16, 2008
        • If I don’t get my exercise activity points out of the way in the morning, I just don’t do it. I just finished 3 activity points so I’m happy about that. And, I’ll be chasing a 3 year old around all day! That’s got to count for something besides a sore back.



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          Yana Berlin wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • 3 days later and 4 lbs down I still feel hungry, but so much more happier.

          I know it’s only water weight, but that’s okay....my only worry is the weekend, but with Monday’s weight in I hope it will keep in check.

          How’s everyone else doing?



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • Haven’t weighed since Sunday, but went to my ob/gyn dr. yesterday...his scales weighed me 3 more pounds.  I told them they were wrong...they of course disagreed with me.
          My hormone levels were good, but he said he still thought something was going on with me.  

          Encouraged me to do continue with WW but to add in a little Sugar Busters as well.  Instructed me to walk at least 30 minutes a day.  Watch the carbs....drink plenty of water....and red wine as well for the cholesterol.
          I had a great lunch today.....a nice salad. I did get hungry this afternoon, but it will pass. I also walked two miles last night....FAST. I was pretty proud of myself.
          It has turned a little cooler (81 degrees)and it’s nice outside to walk.
          Great for you Yana....keep up the good work....hey..weight is weight....



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          Breezee wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • Had WW lastnight and am down a total of 8.6 in 4 weeks.  Not so bad, I don’t think!  We can do this ladies, we really can!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • I’m not weighing anymore. The scale and I are enemies. My old levi’s 501’s however, and I are becoming acquainted again. I attempt to slip them on every couple of days and they‘re getting closer and closer to fitting like they used to. I feel more uplifted using the pants as my guage rather than my scale. Whatever I’m doing I’m going to continue doing it even though the scale says otherwise.



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          Cookofdeath wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • I like the pants idea. I fit in my size eights but they accentuate my middle age pot belly, lol.



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          Mezzo65 wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • If you have a hard time getting out of the house to work out, I have found this fabulous new site - online Gym.  You pay for a membership and it has lots and lots of classes for you to choose from.  You don’t have to go to a gym at certain times to get the classes you want.  Anything you want is there when ever you want. Step, yoga, strength training,.....
          Some people need the accountability to be with people.  I home school 7 kids so I need time more than anything else.  Here is the website.

          [Link Removed]

          It has been great for me.  I roll out of bed, exercise, shower before I even greet the kids in the morning!
          Just a thought.


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          Nevadeva wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • I will be starting WW at Work on Tuesday.  Did it last year and lost 12lbs then starting eating like I did before losing the weight. I find that I must be consistent, eat right and exercise.  My goal is 30 lbs. if I  lose 2 lbs per week I will reach my goal.  Our WW at Work Program is for 17 weeks.  I’ll keep you posted.



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          Andiescheele wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • I have done WW for 15 years. I lost 65 lbs and have kept it off for all this time. I think its the healthiest and easiest plan out there. The hard part for me sometimes is the exercise. I WISH I was one of those people that loves exercise..haha. I have to make myself, but afterwards I feel great!



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • I had a pretty good day today.  A long day.....worked until 4pm at my work....then I volunteered to work for the credit union I work for at the ARts Festival in Augusta.  I sold beer and wine tickets...for four hours.  Its was fun and the weather was awesome.  So....I didn’t have the opportunity to eat much at all today.  Did great drinking my water though.....tomorrow....I am really going to drink it...and get that walk in.  I weigh in on Sunday....oh I pray that I have lost something.  

          Hope you all have a good weight loss weekend.....keep up the good work.  YOU CAN DO IT......



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 20, 2008
        • Today has been good...so busy.  But right now..I want chocolate.....and I’m sleepy...I’m tired.....oh yeah..its not October 1st...Bitch Day....let me shut up.  

          Tomorrow is the official weigh in....pleasssssseeeeeee pray that I lose........



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          Luvmylab wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • I have been on weight watchers since January 2008, It is a great plan. I have lost 50#’s so far. I am loving it! It is an amazing program. I have not been good about journling lately. I need to get back on track with that. But I do follow it the best I can lately. Best of luck on your journey.



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • Well....I didn’t go to WW today to weigh in.  I think I was just afraid  that they were going to tell me that I gained AGAIN.  Actually I do feel that I’ve done better this week and my clothes  tell me that as well....but I’ve screwed up so with it so far this time...I just didn’t go.  I’m going back....not giving up..just didn’t want to hear the rejection today.  I didn’t go to church either ...or my journey team meeting tonight for church.  I just didn’t want to leave my house.  I’ve done absolutely nothing constructive today accept sit at this computer and surf...post...and read the paper.  I did take a shower.  Just one of those days I guess.  Tomorrow will be better.  

          Maybe I will get a chance to run by and at least weigh in tomorrow evening....

          Good job luvmylab.....what an accomplishment...



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