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Fitness and Weight Management > Postpartum Weight Loss- November
pacificbliss's Avatar pacificbliss 11:42 AM 11-02-2011

 

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We are glad you found this thread. We are a group of Mamas trying to get back in shape postpartum. We have varying amounts of weight to lose and and are trying a variety of strategies to do so. Welcome.
This is our official accountability thread!
If you want to be added to the roll, let me know your info and I will get you listed. And of course, let me know any changes you want made to your listing by posting in bold. We want to share your success with you!
If you have any links to tips, recipes or exercise you want to share, I will post that too.


Current Hot Mama's-
2happymamas- Current Weight- 179 lbs, Goal Weight- 135 lbs, Total Lost- 6 lbs!
addiesmum- Current Weight- 183 lbs, Goal Weight- 155 lbs, Total Lost-
amaayeh- Current Weight- 145lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost- 7 lbs!
Amandamanda- Current Weight- 133lbs, Goal Weight- 130lbs, Total Lost- 87 lbs!
Amy@STL- Current Weight-177lbs, Goal Weight- 140lbs, Total Lost- 7 lbs!
AnnieMac- Current Weight- 110.5lbs, Goal Weight- 100lbs, Total Lost- 31 lbs!
BaileyB- Current Weight- 158lbs, Goal Weight- 148lbs, Total Lost- 32 lbs!
Carley- Current Weight- 130lbs, Goal Weight- 130lbs, Total Lost- 26 lbs!
Chloe'sMama- Current Weight- 143lbs, Goal Weight- 135lbs, Total Lost- 22 lbs!
Decafmom-Current Weight- 122lbs, Goal Weight- 110lbs, Total Lost- 29.5 lbs!
Earthy Mama- Current Weight- 195 lbs, Goal Weight- 145 lbs, Total Lost-
Geigerin- Current Weight- 208lbs, Goal Weight- 140lbs, Total Lost-
Gobecgo- Current Weight- 211lbs, Goal Weight- 175lbs, Total Lost- 20 lbs!
Greenlea- Current Weight- 180lbs, Goal Weight- 140lbs, Total Lost-
guatemama1- Current Weight- 179lbs, Goal Weight- 165lbs, Total Lost- 6 lbs!
Hollymommy- Current Weight- 131lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost- 17 lbs!
Hollyrose 114-Current Weight- , Goal Weight- , Total Lost-
homemademom-Current Weight- 153 lbs, Goal Weight- 130 lbs, Total Lost- 8 lbs!
ibusymomto5- Current Weight- 136 lbs, Goal Weight- 135 lbs, Total Lost- 18 lbs!
Ihugtrees- Current Weight- 156lbs, Goal Weight- 130lbs, Total Lost- 16lbs!
ILoveMyBabyBird- Current Weight- 183.8lbs, Goal Weight- 155lbs, Total Lost-
JAntoinette- Current Weight- 145lbs, Goal Weight- 132lbs, Total Lost-
Jess_paez- Current Weight- 181lbs, Goal Weight- 150lbs, Total Lost- 23 lbs!
KittyWitty-Current Weight- 152lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost- 17 lbs!
lapoli- Current Weight- 124 lbs, Goal Weight- 115 lbs, Total Lost-
Laylasmomplus1- Current Weight- 252lbs, Goal Weight- 205lbs, Total Lost
lifeguard- Current Weight- 220lbs, Goal Weight- 190lbs, Total Lost- 43 lbs!
LoveLife- Current Weight-130 , Goal Weight- 112lbs, Total Lost- 16 lbs!
Lovemore- Current Weight- 124lbs, Goal Weight- 115lbs, Total Lost-31 lbs!
Loveneverfails-Current Weight- 162lbs, Goal Weight- 160lbs, Total Lost-10 lbs!
mamaboss-Current Weight- 157lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost-
Mamacatsbaby-Current Weight- 185lbs, Goal Weight- 140lbs, Total Lost- 10 lbs!
mamaofprincesses-Current Weight- 181lbs, Goal Weight- 150lbs, Total Lost-
mamapigeon- Current Weight- 231lbs, Goal Weight- 190lbs, Total Lost- 5 lbs!
MamitaM- Current Weight- 121lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost- 39 lbs!
Mammab21- Current Weight- 160lbs, Goal Weight- 130lbs, Total Lost-
Mandica- Current Weight- 134.5lbs, Goal Weight- 134lbs, Total Lost-68 lbs!
Mauraa629- Current Weight- 121.5lbs, Goal Weight- 122lbs, Total Lost- 32.5 lbs!
Melissa- Current Weight - 155lbs, Goal Weight 135lbs, Total Lost-
Mylilmonkeys- Current Weight- 172lbs, Goal Weight- 170lbs, Total Lost-25 lbs!
OneWithTwo- Current Weight- 200lbs, Goal Weight- 150lbs, Total Lost-
Oregonicmama- Current Weight-, Goal Weight-, Total Lost-
Pacificbliss- Current Weight- 169lbs, Goal Weight- 140lbs, Total Lost- 19 lbs!
Pittnurse08- Current Weight- 135.5lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost- 70 lbs!
Poorlittlefish- Current Weight- 163lbs, Goal Weight- 150lbs, Total Lost- 4 lbs!
prone_to_wander- Current Weight- 155lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost-
RaeRae91-Current Weight- 145lbs, Goal Weight- 130lbs, Total Lost- 28 lbs!
Sandrine- Current Weight- , Goal Weight- , Total Lost-
Snapdragon- Current Weight- 143lbs, Goal Weight- 120lbs, Total Lost- 7 lbs!
SpuglyRoo- Current Weight- 125lbs, Goal Weight- 125lbs, Total Lost- 59 lbs!
StellaNuova - Current Weight- 141lbs, Goal Weight- 130lbs, Total Lost- 39 lbs!
Sunsetdancer- Current Weight- 233lbs, Goal Weight- 153lbs, Total Lost-
Taryn237- Current Weight- 226 lbs, Goal Weight- 160 lbs, Total Lost- 5lbs!
Theoldmommers- Current Weight- 129lbs, Goal Weight- 115lbs, Total Lost- 38 lbs!
Tracymom1- Current Weight- 120 lbs, Goal Weight- 110lbs, Total Lost- 25 lbs!
transylvania_mom- Current Weight- 150lbs, Goal Weight- 130lbs, Total Lost-
TrekkinGirl- Current Weight- 194lbs, Goal Weight- 170lbs, Total Lost- 10 lbs!
Upnorthmama- Current Weight- 208lbs, Goal Weight- 140lbs, Total Lost- 15 lbs!
Valid28- Current Weight- 195lbs, Goal Weight- 135lbs, Total Lost- 4 lbs!
Wendylynnn- Current Weight- 150lbs, Goal Weight- 135lbs, Total Lost-


mylilmonkeys's Avatar mylilmonkeys 12:21 PM 11-02-2011

Thank you, Pacificbliss!  I am starting November at 177!  Woohoo!  When I don't accidentally expose myself to my allergens, I feel great!  The last few days have been rough, though.  I ate something with casein over the weekend (when it says "may contain traces of milk" they're not kidding).  That causes a pretty quick reaction, but it is usually gone within 18h.  Two days ago, dh brought home some brats to share after class.  He was reading all the labels and they were the only sausage without corn derivatives.  But he didn't realize they had lactate in them.  I should have read the label myself.  Apparently lactose takes longer to react to and much longer for me to clear.  I've felt like I've been run over by a truck for the last two days.  Remembering my 6th pregnancy when I was having serious dairy issues, it took me three days to clear dairy, so I think I should be back to normal tomorrow.  Today is better than yesterday, but I'm still having muscle pain.  Friday I'm going to do a gluten challenge, provided I've completely cleared my most recent reactions.  I haven't yet determined if I'm actually sensitive to gluten.  I'm tired of missing communion at Church though.  I figured I'd just wait until I knew for sure one way or the other to talk to my priest about receiving the Precious Blood only.  

 

I've been able to get about 90 min of exercise for the last few weeks.  Hopefully, I'll be able to increase that.  WiiFit rocks! :D


homemademom's Avatar homemademom 07:31 PM 11-02-2011

I'm here. Geez, I frittered away the past month and not done a single thing but maintain my weight. I am having a hard time staying motivated.  There's entirely too much candy and birthday cake lying around. Ugh. I'm going to throw it all out tonight.

 

mylilmonkeys, I read an article once about how people have dealt with the issue of communion and gf.  Here it is. Maybe it has some tips for you.

 

Would you guys mind sharing what you eat for breakfast and lunch? I have such a hard time coming up with quick meals, so I just end up eating crap.  

 

Breakfast for me is eggs or sausage and an apple. I find it has the right amount of protein and carbs to keep me full, but if I wait too long for breakfast, I throw myself off.

 

Lunch is a green salad with chicken or beans.  I think I'll go and cut up vegetables and lettuce tonight so it's ready to go tomorrow.


mylilmonkeys's Avatar mylilmonkeys 07:59 PM 11-02-2011

I usually eat several breakfasts.  I eat A LOT of food, but I'm nursing twins.  I will grab a quick bowl of rice chex (GF) and almond milk, or spread some PB on some rice cakes, sometimes sprinkle with raisins, or cinnamon, or a touch of honey.  Sometimes I'll make a smoothie of protein powder (pea protein, now), almond milk, frozen fruit and/or banana, sometimes a spoon of PB.  The babies usually fall asleep sometime around 10:30-11, and I'll make some eggs or some GF hot rice cereal (Bob's Red Mill).  The cereal tastes a lot like rice pudding, actually.  I usually throw some frozen fruit or raisins into the cereal to add some more nutritional content.  I used to eat yogurt before I went dairy free.  Or cottage cheese with some fruit on top.  Basically, my mornings tend to consist of a protein and a fruit with or without some form of rice. 

 

ETA: thanks for the article!  I'm Catholic, so it'll probably be wine only if I fail the gluten challenge.


mamapigeon's Avatar mamapigeon 09:02 PM 11-02-2011

Ugh, just maintaining my weight here. Popping in here so I'll feel guilty enough to exercise more! I did go on a nice long walk this evening though.


pacificbliss's Avatar pacificbliss 12:11 PM 11-03-2011

Awesome weight loss mylilmonkeys! I show you at a 20 lb loss!

 

homemademom I hear ya. I am having a hard time getting back into it after my vacation and my weight crept up. I love those morningstar farms veggie sausages for breakfast.  I usually just grab 1 and then snack mid-morning on veggies in yogurt dip.

 

mamapigeon I struggle with getting enough exercise. When I do it though I find that even just sneaking in some squats and running around makes a difference.


Snapdragon's Avatar Snapdragon 07:53 PM 11-04-2011

Down from 150 (when I joined this thread a couple months ago) to 143 ! Finally some progress. My last update had been 146 but now I am seeing 143 on the scale :) Goal 120 - tho that may be unrealistic- but at least 130! Slow but actual progress.


mylilmonkeys's Avatar mylilmonkeys 11:05 AM 11-06-2011


 

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Down from 150 (when I joined this thread a couple months ago) to 143 ! Finally some progress. My last update had been 146 but now I am seeing 143 on the scale :) Goal 120 - tho that may be unrealistic- but at least 130! Slow but actual progress.



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2happymamas's Avatar 2happymamas 07:50 PM 11-06-2011

After posting my intro, I gained four pounds in one month despite logging 800 minutes of cardio in the month! I decided to start counting calories and lost 4.5 pounds in about a week and a half (plus upped exercise). Overall, I have only lost 1/2 pound since joining this thread, but hope to see improved results soon. Counting my calories was VERY eye-opening. I had no idea how much I was really eating. Especially the snacking in between meals. And I had 320 calories in half and half in one day. Heh.


homemademom's Avatar homemademom 10:21 PM 11-06-2011


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After posting my intro, I gained four pounds in one month despite logging 800 minutes of cardio in the month! I decided to start counting calories and lost 4.5 pounds in about a week and a half (plus upped exercise). Overall, I have only lost 1/2 pound since joining this thread, but hope to see improved results soon. Counting my calories was VERY eye-opening. I had no idea how much I was really eating. Especially the snacking in between meals. And I had 320 calories in half and half in one day. Heh.



I hear you!  I honestly don't know if I'll ever NOT be able to count calories. I'm not very intuitive (obviously, or I wouldn't be stuck at this weight!) about my eating, so I've got to monitor it somehow.

 

I've got a goal to lose 7 lbs by Thanksgiving. I'm walking 4 miles 3x a week and counting calories. I need to add some resistance/weights on the off days, like planks, push ups and squats. My current weight is 157, which is down 2 from my starting weight.  


trekkingirl's Avatar trekkingirl 10:58 PM 11-07-2011
At the moment I'm not even sure where my scale is living in transition is tricky.I'm having to use my phone for internet too. So for now I'm just subbing


Valid28's Avatar Valid28 10:58 AM 11-08-2011

Alright I have finally gotten down to 195!  I'm excited to see progress but I have been really taking it way to easy these last few weeks.  My 21month old son is starting to sleep better.  I can't wait until he starts sleeping and waking on a more predictable schedule.  He sometimes still wants a bottle or a cuddle in the middle of the night and that makes it harder for me to wake up earlier to exercise.  These last few days he has been battling against a reasonable bedtime.  He would like to go to sleep after ten and I of course want to put him down before nine. Sigh. I really need him to have a predictable routine so that I can get my exercise in in the morning.  I'm to wiped and distracted to do it successfully in the evenings.  I would be thrilled to take off just another ten pounds by the end of the year. 


pacificbliss's Avatar pacificbliss 12:56 PM 11-08-2011


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Originally Posted by 2happymamas View Post

After posting my intro, I gained four pounds in one month despite logging 800 minutes of cardio in the month! I decided to start counting calories and lost 4.5 pounds in about a week and a half (plus upped exercise). Overall, I have only lost 1/2 pound since joining this thread, but hope to see improved results soon. Counting my calories was VERY eye-opening. I had no idea how much I was really eating. Especially the snacking in between meals. And I had 320 calories in half and half in one day. Heh.


This is what has been good for me about weight watchers. Even when I was counting calories I would tend to make poor choices. Some chocolate candy over a piece of fruit because a calorie is a calorie right? Ugh

 



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I hear you!  I honestly don't know if I'll ever NOT be able to count calories. I'm not very intuitive (obviously, or I wouldn't be stuck at this weight!) about my eating, so I've got to monitor it somehow.

 

I've got a goal to lose 7 lbs by Thanksgiving. I'm walking 4 miles 3x a week and counting calories. I need to add some resistance/weights on the off days, like planks, push ups and squats. My current weight is 157, which is down 2 from my starting weight.  

I think I will always have to track or at least check in and make sure portions have not been creeping up. My goal is 10 lbs by New Years.
 

 



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Alright I have finally gotten down to 195!  I'm excited to see progress but I have been really taking it way to easy these last few weeks.  My 21month old son is starting to sleep better.  I can't wait until he starts sleeping and waking on a more predictable schedule.  He sometimes still wants a bottle or a cuddle in the middle of the night and that makes it harder for me to wake up earlier to exercise.  These last few days he has been battling against a reasonable bedtime.  He would like to go to sleep after ten and I of course want to put him down before nine. Sigh. I really need him to have a predictable routine so that I can get my exercise in in the morning.  I'm to wiped and distracted to do it successfully in the evenings.  I would be thrilled to take off just another ten pounds by the end of the year. 


Yay for the loss! I am thinking of weaning my 18 mo DD for the same reason. She wakes in the night and then I am the binky for the rest of the night.

 


tracymom1's Avatar tracymom1 01:37 PM 11-08-2011
Oh mamas, I have been absent for so long! We started the fall with a round of terrible colds and lengthy recovery, but everyone seems to be healthy again. I have just been so busy trying to figure out how to live life with 3 children ages 4 and under. I am tired and spent!!!

But, the good news is that I am 121#!!!!!!!! I am only 1 pound away from my goal!!! I would love to get down to 110 in the long-term, but I feel great where I am now and will hopefully continue on my healthful path. I am running around 35 miles a week and am right on course with my marathon training. Totally loving it!!

Congrats to all those with losses! I am not actually counting calories, but I have seriously altered my diet over the last few months and don't think I could reasonably cut out anything else at this point. My little one is only 4 months old and drinking up the mama's milk, so I am trying to maintain a decent calorie intake for that. I am only losing about a pound a week and I think that is a healthy way to approach this while breastfeeding.

Homemademom, As far as lunch goes, I pretty much eat the same things... gardenburger patty with salad, chicken salad (nonfat mayo and pickles, shredded chicken - usually leftover from the previous night's dinner) on crackers, 1/2 peanut butter sandwich and an apple, hummus and carrots, boiled egg with toast, etc... easy things like that. I almost always have a yogurt as a snack in the afternoon just before the little ones get up and that helps tremendously with my craving for sweets.

Breakfast is always the same - hard boiled egg, piece of fruit and 1/2 peanut butter toast. Every day. I am so boring orngtongue.gif
2happymamas's Avatar 2happymamas 08:44 AM 11-09-2011

Apparently counting calories, in addition to exercise, is the way to go! I lost 7 pounds in one week. Weighed in today at 182!


tracymom1's Avatar tracymom1 01:09 PM 11-09-2011
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Apparently counting calories, in addition to exercise, is the way to go! I lost 7 pounds in one week. Weighed in today at 182!

Woo-hoo!! Way to go, mama!! That is awesome news joy.gif


homemademom's Avatar homemademom 02:19 PM 11-09-2011


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Apparently counting calories, in addition to exercise, is the way to go! I lost 7 pounds in one week. Weighed in today at 182!



Congrats!!!

 
I decided that I need a low-carb kick in the pants. I need to detox from all the candy and grains I've been bingeing on. I feel tons better today after vegetable frittata this morning and salad for lunch.


mamapigeon's Avatar mamapigeon 03:34 PM 11-15-2011


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 I decided that I need a low-carb kick in the pants. I need to detox from all the candy and grains I've been bingeing on. I feel tons better today after vegetable frittata this morning and salad for lunch.



I think I may need to lower my carbs too. I've been living on toast with nutella, delicious but I feel kind of sick now whenever I eat.  I think I'm going to make a bunch of small portion meals and freeze them. I'm going nuts portion wise.

Congratulations on all the weight losses!


tracymom1's Avatar tracymom1 01:14 PM 11-16-2011
Oh Nutella! That is one of my great weaknesses!! I could just scoop it out of the container and eat it all day eat.gif

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!

As of yesterday, I have officially made my goal weight of 120#!!!!!!!!!!!!! joy.gif

I then promptly set a new goal of 110!

I am so darn proud of myself!
ibusymomto5's Avatar ibusymomto5 12:13 PM 11-17-2011
Wow, congrats to all those who are losing so well!!joy.gif

I haven't posted in a while, but I've been sticking with eating healthy, running and lifting weights. I'm down another 3lbs since last posting.

My weight today was 136lbs which is only a pound away from my goal!!joy.gif I think I still might need to lose another 5lbs or so, but at this point I'm really more interested in continuing to improve my running/strength training and find myself not caring so much what the scale says... although I'm mildly curious where I'll end up at.
mylilmonkeys's Avatar mylilmonkeys 01:02 PM 11-18-2011

joy.gifCongrats to those nearing and reaching their goals!  How exciting!

 

I'm down to 173 this week.  I didn't even manage to find time to exercise, because I spend almost all my time in the kitchen cooking everything from scratch these days.  I was put on a total elimination diet by my GP to weed out whatever it is I'm still reacting to.  It's been intense, but I'm dealing with it.  The kids aren't too happy because I'm mostly putting them on the same diet at home.  They still have milk and a little bread because we get those through WIC, but my next appt is first week of Dec and hopefully I'll get on an allergy friendly plan.  I've lost just over 10lbs since going gluten/dairy free.  I'm also comfortably fitting into my smallest pair of pants.  I'll need to go shopping soon if this keeps up. ;)


Amy@STL's Avatar Amy@STL 08:54 PM 11-18-2011
I have been away for a long time. But I am restarting my weight loss efforts. I am down to 177. Sloww and steady , thats my new mantra.
2happymamas's Avatar 2happymamas 08:02 PM 11-22-2011

I weighed in today and lost a bit more. I have now lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks and weighed in at 179. I am really excited about this and actually fit comfortably into a pair of pants that I could not even get buttoned a month ago!


homemademom's Avatar homemademom 09:02 AM 11-23-2011

Way to go, ladies!!  

 

I'm moving along more slowly than I'd like.  Even with low carbing, it's not coming off very quickly.  The good thing is that I'm not constantly hungry and feeling like I must eat everything in sight, but still.  Dh is eating low carb with me, which makes it easier to stick to. We're going to low carb through Thanksgiving (we're not big fans, so it won't be too difficult) and then reassess.  I'm down to 153, which is just 4 lbs down from when I started 2 weeks ago. Calorie counting would probably have yielded better results. . . but then, I'd probably be a lot hungrier, too.


mylilmonkeys's Avatar mylilmonkeys 01:30 PM 11-23-2011

Finally figured out my last food sensitivity.  I'm pretty sure  it's refined sugar.  The kefir recipe I was following used white sugar, so I was drinking it every morning and reacting with  sore glands in my throat and a headache.  Course, the evening after I cut out the sugar, I come down with a cold with a sore throat.  It's starting to subside a little today.  I weighed in at 172 this morning, too!  I hope next week I can get back to exercising a little.


pacificbliss's Avatar pacificbliss 03:29 PM 11-23-2011

joy.gifjoy.gifjoy.gifCongratulations to all of you at or near your goal!

 

Also, I am loving all the activity on this thread. Sorry I have been absent. We had a stomach bug tear through the house. The good news is it got me back down to the weight listed here. We will see if it sticks or is just water. Can't recommend that path to weight loss though. Ick


tracymom1's Avatar tracymom1 01:02 PM 11-26-2011
Sicky mamas, I hope you are feeling better!!

How was Thanksgiving? Did you guys indulge or calorie restrict for the holiday? I definitely indulged, but I also ran 8 miles on Thanksgiving and 7 miles yesterday and today. I had to show my metabolism that it can overeat a little and I will make up for it with exercise! It will become increasingly hard, though, as the holiday season gets under way and people start making all sorts of delicious treats. I am getting a little nervous!

Any tips for coping with the holiday eating frenzy?!!
pacificbliss's Avatar pacificbliss 01:24 PM 11-26-2011


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Sicky mamas, I hope you are feeling better!!
How was Thanksgiving? Did you guys indulge or calorie restrict for the holiday? I definitely indulged, but I also ran 8 miles on Thanksgiving and 7 miles yesterday and today. I had to show my metabolism that it can overeat a little and I will make up for it with exercise! It will become increasingly hard, though, as the holiday season gets under way and people start making all sorts of delicious treats. I am getting a little nervous!
Any tips for coping with the holiday eating frenzy?!!


Well, I was going to go for a run today but I ate a turkey sandwich and stuffing instead. That was after the pumpkin pie for breakfast. Honestly, I think the only strategy that works for me is tossing out the sweets. Allow myself the day, enjoy it, then send it all packing.

 


mylilmonkeys's Avatar mylilmonkeys 07:04 PM 11-28-2011

I managed to lose almost 1.5 pounds over the Thanksgiving weekend. !  I was very satisfied with my elimination diet approved Thanksgiving, though it seemed my mil was a little put out that I brought my own food. "What, couldn't she have eaten the Turkey?"  Yeah.  Dh made me a gluten free pumpkin pie custard with honey and maple syrup instead of sugar.  I'm almost to my first goal weight!


trekkingirl's Avatar trekkingirl 11:31 PM 11-29-2011

quick update here. We went a few weeks in the RV without a fridge. We just recently got a mini fridge from a freecycler. I need to figure out where to take the RV into so it can be repaired. Not having the convenience of a full kitchen has left me feeling slimmer. Since my scale is currently in storage I'm not sure how much I weigh. Congrats to everyone who is reporting weightloss!


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