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Friday, March 10th, 2006
10:55 pm
Especially to those of you that are seeing this for the third time.

But I really hate horizontal scroll...
Friday, February 17th, 2006
2:36 pm
so I'm finally actually seriously committing to the whole loosing wieght thing. I have lost roughly 4 pounds given the lapse over the holidays, but in the last two weeks, I have only not gone to the gym 3 times. The ellyptic rocks my world. I ahve also been lifting weights
2:27 pm
tickers are fun
This has taken me almost two years, though there has been lots of slacking and backsliding along the way.

I haven't really exercised in about two months so I'm making a new commitment. I have a doctors appointment on March 20th, so I am looking to exercise everyday between Monday, Feb. 20th, and Monday March 20th. It will be good times and a small personal victory should I achieve it.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
7:26 pm
Happy Valentine's day, fellow gym phobics!
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
10:07 am
RE raylette
I had lost 9/10 lbs but gained it almost all back because of a knee problem and Thanksgiving. Oh well so I have officially lost about 3lbs since August I guess.
9:37 am
The incredible shrinking Tabitha

Its taken me almost a whole year to lose that much weight. Granted, I haven't been entirely trying that hard, either.

How is everyone else doing? I know we have some new members... where y'all at?
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
7:49 pm
So today I almost passed out at the gym again. That would make the third time since June that I have had to sit down with my head between my knees and drink gatoraid. Apparently my diet... the only thing I have really given up is cokes, and I'm moderating sugar intake....is sorely unbalanced so... I have to actually eat right and at the right times. Today I had cereal and toasted raisan bread with cream cheese at 10:30 am and then a banana and a glass of milk at 1:30 before going to the gym at 2. by 3 I was pale and seeing the black dots invade my vision. BURN. It is so embarassing. And I feel bad for my trainer dude too. One of the other trainers walked by and said "Congratulations Eric, you're the first trainer to make his client pass out today." Gah and he won't let me pay for the gatoraids either. I think this requires a christmas present which might involve a bag of quarters.

Current Mood: aggravated
Monday, November 7th, 2005
11:55 am
google does it again

I saw this mentioned somewhere, not sure if it was in any of the WW communities, but I didn't take the time to look into it until it came in the HungryGirl newsletter last night.

You can use this tool, powered by Google, to map and measure your walking route (for people like me who don't have a fancy pedometer). There is also a calorie-burn calculator that you can turn off or on by clicking a link inside the box on the left side. To learn how to use it (not obvious), look below the box on the left side "Usage Instructions".

I wouldn't use the calorie-burn feature myself, because some days my walk is more leisurely (and how would they know that?), but you could use it to measure your distance and then calculate your activity points based on the data it provides.

You can also make a tinyurl link to the routes you've charted so you can recall the information later, without having to rechart it.

cross-posting to several WW communities
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
11:30 pm
Hello Gym Phobics
I have recently started doing Leslie Sansone's walk away the pounds DVD's. Its really fun, and actually intense... perhaps its because I'm so unfit, but I really like doing it. I bought the walk-away weights, which aren't nearly as cute in person as they are in the videos... but then again, nothing looks as good when you have it as when its on TV. Except maybe a perfect body...
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
6:20 pm
free, unofficial WW-friendly cookbook
I'm not involved in this project at all and don't profit anything from it, but I have a friend (mentioned in the final paragraph) who has self-published a volume of poetry, and while I was at the site downloading her book, I browsed through the other offerings.

This one caught my eye, and we all stand to profit from it, though not monetarily.

The Knot.com Low-Fat Crockpot Cookbook
134 pages, includes nutrition information and WeightWatcher Points for each recipe.
FREE to download a .pdf file and print for yourself.
USD$7.21 + shipping or postage (your choice) to purchase a printed, bound copy.

"A collection of recipes gathered by members of theknot.com specifically for crock-pot cooking. Recipes range from Albondigas and Alpine Chicken to White Chili and Wiener Bean Pot. Each recipe also includes serving size, calorie, fat, protein, carb and cholesterol count, as well as the Points value for various diet plans. Not to be missed, this cookbook allows busy moms, wives and soon to be Mrs.'s, (as well as the other members of their family) to prepare and serve delicious and healthy meals, quick and easy!"

A WARNING if you're downloading and printing for yourself: if you don't mind a one-sided book, go ahead and print pages 1-134. If you want to print it two-sided, like a published book, you need to monitor the printer so pages don't misfeed, you don't run out of ink, you don't end up with upside-down printed pages, pages that are out of sequence, etc.

I chose to print two-sided, 10 pages at a time. I first printed pages 1-9 (odd pages only), then re-inserted the stack in the correct direction into my printer. I then printed each even numbered page individually (2, 4, 6, 8, 10) to make sure the pages fed into the printer without jamming or taking two pages at a time. ALSO NOTE if you're printing in this fashion, the page numbers don't make sense after the index. The index is numbered 1-6, and the recipe pages start renumbering 1-128 (another reason I chose to print in small batches). If you're a real whiz with Adobe AND your printer, go ahead and do the whole thing at once. I chose the time-intensive route to make sure my book printed out with the pages all in order. It took about 45 minutes to do it that way, but my book is in order and my printer didn't run out of ink on me, leaving me with a confusing mess of paper. Of course, you can always just save the .pdf file without printing it, but that's not terribly handy unless your computer is in the kitchen. If you choose not to print the cookbook, I suggest at least printing the 6-page index for convenience in looking things up, as the index includes WeightWatchers Point values for each recipe..

A tip of the hat to daisydumont for turning me on to Lulu where you can find lots of free or inexpensive downloads, or order printed copies of self-published books. daisydumont has a small volume of poetry there you may enjoy, Vicki and Words.

You can also explore publishing your own works through Lulu.

cross-posting to all the ww communities I read
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
10:37 pm
Welcome to our new member
Welcome to the new member, xfushiax.

So... lets get posting, ladies... and I think we may have one gentleman.

Right now my getting healthy routine has pretty much fallen to shit...I hope some one out here is doing better than me!!
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
1:56 pm
I jumped on the bandwagon with raylette and have started Weight Watchers Core. I'm on day two, starting at 175 lbs (at 5'4"). (Working at an ice cream store for two months hasn't helped my weight.)

I'm liking it a lot so far. I'm eating a lot of bananas. I've racked up a lot of activity points from walking and karate. I'm not getting hypoglycemic during physical activity. And my waist is already back down to what it was when I weighed 167. This diet truly owns. :P

raylette and I have tried South Beach and the WW Points system without a whole lot of success, so Core has been quite a find. I'm pretty sure that refined sugar makes me hungrier, and they cut a lot of it out, but allow complex carbs like brown rice, red potatoes (only one meal a day) and unlimited grits, oatmeal, etc.

If you're interested, it's not nearly as expensive as meetings to sign up for Weight Watchers online. And this way, all of the information is at your fingertips whenever you need it. And should you have the urge to try the Points plan, you can switch back and forth easily. The message boards give a lot of good ideas, such as setting goals. I think I'm going to try to lose twenty pounds by the end of the year or something. Which is a feasible, almost lazy goal if you don't factor in the holidays.

Also, I found a greenway near my house with lots of shade trees that's about two miles one way (four back and forth). I hope to get some use out of it regularly. It's 100 calories per mile plus building lean, fat-burning muscle, so you can't really go wrong with walking. :P

Hope everyone else is doing well with their plans.
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
9:41 pm
We here at gym phobia are growing!! And with that growth I expect to see posts ;-)!

I have found that I really enjoy Leslie Sansom's Walk Away the Pounds. Its a pretty intense workout for people who aren't very much in shape... AND... you don't have to go to the gym!! Woo!

I must publically apologize to my dear friend, who's LJ name is hard to write, for not going to the gym with her... sorry, I'm a loser!! Just remember, you're going to be thinner than me for ever and ever if I keep blowing you off ;-)
Friday, September 30th, 2005
8:15 pm
So I have lost a total of 9 pounds at this point, and have been at that mark for about 2 weeks now. it is kind of frustrating to have such a great start and then plateau. HMMM. New strategies. New strategies.

Current Mood: determined
1:38 pm
I'm so sorry!! Gah, I'm an idiot, I wondered away from the computer.


I'm an online member.

I'm SORRY ;-)
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
3:18 pm
SO I was early for my training session at the gym today and decide ti dink around and ended up weighing myself. now I hadn't weighed myself since Tabitha and I said we were going to do hte weekly check in thing, so I was kind of surprised when the weighty thing wasn't doing right. so I went from 250 to 200 and then up from their, and I've lost SEVEN lbs. How 'Bout that. Thought the dress I wore on Saturday was a little breezy... and then of course working out blew. I don't think I'm getting enough of some kind of vitamin... I was pretty shake-y today. Women's one-a-day here I come.
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
3:30 pm
More short term plans
8/14-9/14 2005- Lose 8-10 lbs



Clensing diet- follow the first two weeks of SBD. No calorie limit; eat until satisfied

8/29-9/13- follow 2nd phase of SBD, using WeightWatchers points system to limit caloric intake.


Week 1- 30 min walking every day
Week 2- 1 hr walking every day
Week 3- 5 sessions cardio/ 3 sessions weights/ 2 sessions deliberate stretch (yoga/sessions dedicated specifically to stretching
Week 4: Add jogging into regular routine.
11:47 am
okay so I'm game
my theory
work out six days a week, one day weights one day cardio
drastically reduce refined sugar intake
up veggie and water intake
wraps instead of sandwiches for lunch
no mayo

- 30lbs by x-mas and reevaluate
- 50lbs by spring break and reevaluate
- 75lbs by aug 06 and reevaluate

I think bi-weekly check ups are in order. raylette here we go...

Current Mood: determined
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
10:53 am
hot fun in the summertime
so...the joys of moving in 100 degree weather...to a second story appartment... ok my question is: I know this is not a "cardio" workout, but I feel like I've gone up a lot o stairs recently and sweated excessively... hum... is this as good as a workout? comments opinions?

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
10:56 pm
Hello, everyone.

Name: Bizzarbara
Location: Huntsvegas, Alzbekistan (Azkaban's assbuggering cousin)
Height: 5'4"
Current weight: 165-170 (leaning toward 170 atm)
Goal weight: 130-140
Health issues: Possible prediabetes + hypoglycemia action. Strong family history of type 2 diabetes; diagnosis pending.

Plan: Probably just exercise more and hope it boosts my metabolism and turns my composition into more muscle. And moderate bad (refined, fatty) foods. I've tried diet plans (South Beach, Weight Watchers) only to be hindered by some pretty bad hypoglycemia. So I need carbs, and I need more food than the average dieter. (Convenient, eh?)

I'd love to get an elliptical trainer. They burn monster calories, and are relatively impactless. Failing that, I suppose I could play a ton of DDR. :) And drive to the mile loop in my new-old car, Sally. (I hope no one minds that I do not currently have a gym membership. Times have been hard since September.) But yeah, it's a lot harder to be a runner with 30-40 extra pounds on you. :P

Current Mood: sick
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