OMG ~ Discussions Starting 1-11-16 and Beyond



  • cindyr619
    cindyr619 Posts: 717 Member
    Good Morning all- Happy Monday
    Regarding changes for my healthy lifestyle- I have been much better at walking or riding my stationary bike- most days- It is helping me refocus on me. Still struggling with eating my stress but that is getting better too. I'm staying off the scale for now- taking a page from patti's book. It doesn't do any good to mess with my head seeing the number bounce around like a rubber ball. I am tracking and that is helping me stay within daily calories.
    Sorry I've been MIA a bit- some home stuff has me totally focused elsewhere. I know you can all understand.
    Karla- sounds like Fat Tuesday is a AL holiday- nice.
    Myra- thank you for keeping us on track with our mini goals
    Patti- hope your having a blast
    Janet- are you completely healed and off antibiotics?
    Lisa- How are you coming with your plan- I know your exercise is on track- how's the food portion
    Bert- still walking and increasing steps?
    Vikki- how are things going for you over the weekend?
  • cindyr619
    cindyr619 Posts: 717 Member
    MaryLynn- The review went well- Out of 7 points I have 3 exceeds and 4 fully meets- no one every gets an overall exceeds... but the boss is pleased so that's good.
    Jeanette- how was dancing over the weekend?
    I'm not sure if I have missed anyone or not- if I did I will catch up soon.
    Need to run to Chico's tonight- a sweater Rick gave me for Christmas was a tear in it on the seam- I'm not sure if I can get another one- I love it but I will not just fix it- he paid full price. GRRR.
    See you all later and have a wonderful day.
    Oh- if anyone wants to FB me too- I'm friends with Karla-
  • 68myra
    68myra Posts: 975 Member
    ROSTER and OMGs (revised 2/8/16)
    Karlalm58 - Karla - AL(gulf coast)- NO EATING BEFORE 11AM
    Jp_in_Ky - Janet - KY - NO EATING BEFORE 11 AM OR AFTER 9 PM!
    Smack59 - Suzi - OK - TRACK IT ALL!
    bertevans - Bert - IN - drink water, eat less
    LCUConley - Lisa - ON - Track No Matter What
    68Myra - Myra - NC - TRACK IT!
    Blessed Beyond- Vikki - VA - workout 4 days a week, 4 days cardio, 3 days strength training; come in under calorie goal 5 days this week
    Xjsjaguar - MaryLynn - VI, BC - -CARDIO 90 min x 6 days, WEIGHT TRAINING 30 min x 4 days
    LivLovLrn - Jeanette - OR- LOG EVERYTHING I EAT
    tedwards - Tracy
  • 68myra
    68myra Posts: 975 Member
    Janet- i have plenty of duct tape to share. I hope it works better for you than me ;) i also must confess i haven’t tracked for a few days, hence my OMG going back to TRACK IT(dammit). All i remember of Paula was seeing her name once or twice…. I hope she does come back to our group :) on another note, Cam wasn’t smiling so much last night. Happy for Peyton, and looking forward to watching Cam’s career going forward. your new ring sounds gorgeous :) and a MUCH better treat than food, any day!

    Bert- congrats on the great Dr visit….. good luck with the substitute teaching this week!

    Beth- here is a much belated WELCOME! fyi: I typically update the OMGs early on Monday morning (ET), so it would be best if you could post any updates you’d like on saturday or sunday, please. Like others, i’m very impressed that you make time for exercise given your hectic work/home life! kudos!

    Jeanette- I will keep that rolling pin idea in my back pocket! thanks for the tip. I hope you recover from your cold ASAP. I enjoyed the embedded video of the dance. i wish i could move like that and make it look so natural!

    Suzi- I’m glad something i shared is helping you with Jessi. :) I appreciate your support here. depression sucks, but I remind myself frequently there are worse illnesses (IMHO) HAHA to people envisioning me running inside my closet ;) I wish running wasn’t the only “key” to ameliorating my depression, but such is life. at any rate, i’m sorry you are having rodent issues. i saw some living in my backyard last summer (EEK) and i’m seriously considering Diane’s ultrasonic advice! Your dream of a farm house resonates with my sentimentality :)

    Diane- your baby shower theme sounds SO cute and creative! I have read dr. seuss books countless times! thanks for the mouse repellent tip… our old style traps just didn’t cut it last summer. btw, i enjoyed your story about “colors”…. i’ve only seen it on TV.

    Cindy- hope your performance review went smoothly, and congrats on surviving the dentist! I’m staying off the scale for a while too.

    Karla- I’m so glad to hear you had a wonderful visit with family :) your Joe Cain Day sounds like a LOT of fun! I read about it when i googled “mardi gras in mobile” :) your upcoming vacation plans also sound great! (disney with Izzy and panama city) congrats on your weight and inches loss!

    TT: to be blunt, my journey is stinking. i know the general consensus is that diets don’t work, and they don’t, but…. the more depressed i get, the more i revert to old thinking patterns: black/white, all or nothing, etc. so it might be time for me to go on a temporary very strict “eating regime” just to get over this hump. this week, i will get sugars and grains down to <10% of my overall calories.

    TT#2: i am a HUGE queen fan, so my favorite might just have to be those singing sheep. my kids seem to like the puppymonkeybaby, LOL. as much as i have a love/hate relationship with doritos…… that birthing commercial made me cringe!

    whew. i THINK i’m all caught up now! I’m at the orthodontist’s office with my 11 year old. she’s had braces on the top teeth for about 6 months, and now she’s getting the bottom ones on too. WOOHOO to free wifi.

    thanks for hanging in there with me, ladies. I’ll get my act together…. it’s just a matter of time.
  • KarlaLM58
    KarlaLM58 Posts: 1,590 Member
    Can I say I'm starving?????

    I may have to change my time to 10a since I usually get up at 5am. 11a is just sooooo long to wait. But, I am burning my own fat reserves right?? :D

  • 68myra
    68myra Posts: 975 Member
    oops.... i missed cindy's report on her review, so....

    Cindy: congrats on your great review! a pleased boss is a wonderful thing :)
  • xjsjaguar
    xjsjaguar Posts: 300 Member
    Good morning ladies,
    The start of a new week is a great opportunity to "tweak" our programs, based on what we are learning about ourselves. Interesting that when I consistently challenge myself in fresh ways, it seems to shorten inevitable "plateaus". Planning to incorporate some new moves to tone abs while hiking and walking this week, after reading Prevention's "Tone Your Abs While Walking" article. Here's a few highlights for those interested in playfully mixing up moves:

    Move Your Arms - "The movements required to propel the body forward, for instance, don't begin in the lower body, but in the core—the abdominal region. Simply placing one foot in front of the other activates the psoas muscles—the deep pelvic core muscles—required to move the thighs,"

    Up Your Incline - Adding any sort of resistance to your walk can help up your calorie burn and increase lean muscle mass. "Increasing your lean mass can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories at rest, resulting in a smaller waist,"

    Punch It Out - "As you punch, contract your abs and hit with power; draw your arm back and engage your upper back."

    Draw In Your Waist - "The key to activating the transverse abdominis—the muscle responsible for a flat tummy—while walking is to gently draw in around the waist as you lift your rib cage away from the pelvis,"

    Use Your Knees - "As you step forward, bring your opposite hand behind your head with your elbow pointing out to the side. Rotate your abdomen and touch your elbow to your opposite knee."

    Try Straight Legs - "Walking with straight legs puts more emphasis on your lower abdominals than walking normally because you are lifting up your entire leg rather than just from the knee up."

    Have a great day and week ahead!
  • JP_in_KY
    JP_in_KY Posts: 1,247 Member
    Hello all. Great defensive game with Panthers offense stinking up the joint. But who can begrudge Peyton this win Certainly not I -- have always liked him and the Broncos. Really liked the halftime show too.

    Favorite ads were the sheep, puppymonkeybaby (though they could've done a MUCH better job on the creature with a non-pug head and more contrast) and Christopher Walken, who always cracks me up. Gotta choose the sudden-diarrhea ad for least favorite. And of course the Clydesdale ad got to me.

    Starting anew here today. One of my friends sent me a link to HareInTheMoon, which had this today (in part):

    “It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday" John Guare.

    Become a freedom fighter on your own behalf.

    Look at your own rules and break the ones that keep you small and unhappy.

    Your rules are ones that start with " I should, I ought, I must, I always...”

    Catch yourself each time you say/think “I can't..." and ask “What if I could...?"

    Refuse to settle for too little.

    Surprise and delight yourself by doing something you've secretly desired.

    Cindy, I knew your review would be stellar. (oh, how I hated Performance Review Theatre, during which the boss generally showed a total lack of understanding of what I actually did)

    Myra -- I'll join you in rededication as of today. Going to avoid a lot of things for a bit while I get my sealegs. Will eat very healthily and leave out some things that are OK for me and that I like, but which tend to call me toward excess.

    More later, perhaps. If I stay away until tomorrow it's only because I need some quiet time for myself today. Hugs to all.

  • Java_Mom115
    Java_Mom115 Posts: 43 Member
    Apologies for the late goal update. I'll try to post any goal updates over the weekend!
  • luzingg
    luzingg Posts: 1,678 Member
    Home again, safe and sound!!!!! We had a wonderful weekend with the best people in the world. We ate way too much, drank way too much but it was just what I needed in the middle of winter. We shopped, cooked and laughed until our sides hurt. Spent time with all 3 of their grandkids 16 months-7 years old. The game was the crown on my jewel of a weekend. Out of 30 people, only 3 of us were rooting for the Broncos, so the win was that much sweeter. Everyone at the party was good-natured about our win. Such fun was had by all. It rained the entire weekend but it just didn't matter. The drive home was fine until we hit Virginia. We were in and out of snow from then on and that was about 7 hours of our 11 hour trip. My little car does poorly in snow/ice because it weighs next to nothing and has huge tires. Add to that we were down a cyclinder, so the car was running poorly and the hills were really challenging her poor little motor. The last 2 and 1/2 hours was in heavy snow, very poor visibility and in some places only 1 lane clear on the road. Let's just say I am going to be in serious pain tomorrow from every muscle in my body being clenched so tightly. Edd is a perfect driver and did his best to try and calm me but I was a wreck and could have kissed the ground when we pulled in the driveway.
    Enough about me. I have read all your posts and can in no way respond or do personals at this point. I will be back to that tomorrow. Starting fresh.
    Janet, thank you so much for the quotes. I especial like the first one. I think I need to print that one out and frame it. I also really like the 3rd one. They all spoke to me and I am going to reread them a few more times.

    Haven't eaten or had anything to drink since about noon so better go do something about that.
  • xjsjaguar
    xjsjaguar Posts: 300 Member
    Good evening ladies,

    Karla: It sounds like those parades and festivities continue for you. How nice to reconnect with friends and family during these times of creating new and lasting memories for everyone! Congratulations on the significant changes to your measurements and continued commitment to walking it off! Your smile comes through as you consider your travel planning for 2016. As a past globe trotter, I guess I'm a bit "travel weary" at this point, but your enthusiasm is truly contagious and I'm so happy for you! Hope your shingles flare-up is subsiding somewhat for you. I'd been pretty good until a couple of days ago, with that recognizable nerve tingling on the left cheek (the one I sit on)! Using coconut oil topically seems to shorten the duration.

    Myra: Thanks for your dedicated updating of our goals and roster. Congratulations on your commitment to tracking! While the personal accountability is helpful, so are the reports that show your personal long term trends, including any deficiencies or excesses. That has helped me to identify what to "tweak" or where to focus a bit more attention to get over a "hump" in the road on our journey to a balanced and healthy tomorrow. Please be gentle with yourself.

    Janet: Appreciate your sentiments and the need for some reflective quiet time. Re-dedication to a healthy combination of foods can mean many small adjustments and is generally positive. Thankfully we need not strive for perfection and are wise to leave that heavy baggage behind. That quote about breaking the rules that "make us feel small or unhappy" resonates for me. You are such an amazing woman and I'm so thankful to have this chance to get to know you.

    Patti: So glad that you had such a wonderful time connecting and relaxing with friends and that you ARE home safe and sound, especially considering that harrowing road trip! Thankfully your Edd is so understanding and competent to get you through the ordeal. Myron too is a great driver, especially when I've been known to be pretty "white knuckled" through nasty conditions such as heavy snow, especially on hilly or mountainous terrain. Good to be home and in your own bed again no doubt. Hope you get a great sleep tonight!

    Cindy: Nice to have you back and hear how well things are progressing for you in so many areas of your life. Wonderful results from your review, which is always an encouragement! Refocusing on yourself during activities is one of the bonuses I often fail to appreciate. Thanks for reminding me to do just that! You sound positively energized, so I encourage you to keep doing whatever you are finding is working so very well for you! Have a restful night.

    You are all in my thoughts many times throughout the day and I hope you sleep tight tonight.

  • bertevans
    bertevans Posts: 1,277 Member
    Good Morning, Ladies......very cold here today. This morning my cleaning lady comes and then I'm heading to the gym for the first time since my surgery. I'm allowed to ride the stationary bike, do the elliptical, and also can lift 10 lb. dumbbells. Of course I'm not going to do it all today, but it's nice to have a variety of options rather than just mall walking! :o)

    KARLA: I would love to sync my Garmin to the website. RIght now I sync it to my phone, I'm not sure how to do that, so if you could help, that would be fabulous! The Garmin is giving me lots of information. Congrats on inches lost! That's amazing!

    I just paid our cable bill and it has risen $20 in one month, What do you ladies have? I was at UPS yesterday to mail Valentine's gifts to the grand-kids and there were two people returning Direct TV and also Comcast devices. I know that cable is becoming archaic, so I'm wondering what to do at this point.

    TT: (Feb. 8 - I'm so far behind) I know that 2016 is going to be a great year! I have lost almost 5 pounds since my surgery! This week, I want to concentrate more on vegetables. This has always been a challenge for me.

    TT#2: My favorite commercials are always the animals; however, the worst was the Pug/Monkey/Baby commercial. I have a pug, and love her to the moon and back, but definitely wasn't impressed. My favorite were the singing sheep!

    MARYLYNN; Great advice on exercising. Very educational on what part of the body becomes engaged when completing an exercise.

    Have a great day!

  • cindyr619
    cindyr619 Posts: 717 Member
    Good Morning Ladies-
    Patti- welcome home- glad you had a great time and got home safely.
    Karla- if you don't eat something after you exercise your body might think it is starving and slow your metabolism- be careful with restricting your calories earlier in the day- you are up very early.....
    Janet- loved the quotes- refuse to settle.... love it
    Beth- how old are you children?
    Myra- thank you for keeping us focused on updated each week. You will get in the groove.
    MaryLynn- thank you for the exercise tips I never knew so specific many muscles engaged with different motions
    Bert- doing the happy dance for the move to the gym and you're doing great on your focus- start slow and you'll do fine today/yesterday
    Karla- My tweak is to add some strength training/ free weights for upper body strength. I added 5 exercises and will commit to 4 times this week. The weights are 4 pounds and it's a start. I'm concentrating on form first and will increase the weight once 3 sets are relatively easy. I also stretched on my foam roller after I was done for 5 minutes.
    I need to get moving- but I did send the back cover for Ready to Soar out so I can get the cover up on the website and try and generate some interest- reading book 3 for the contest and the new book outline is coming together in my head- can you tell I love to juggle. Which that was the topic of my blog this past Sunday.
    Off to the day job- see you all later.
  • 68myra
    68myra Posts: 975 Member
    MaryLynn- thanks for the movement tips… and the encouragement. i do struggle with the gentle part ;)

    Beth- no big deal. in fact…. whenever you have determined what “next week’s” goal will be…. post it, i’ll make a note of it, and it will appear on monday morning :) (i know how weekends with kids can be!)

    Patti- SO glad to hear you had a fabulous time and made it home safely. happy for your team, but sorry you had to come home all tense after that drive!

    Bert- you are doing SO very well…. with recovery plus a five pound loss to boot! keep it up!

    Cindy- thanks for the encouragement. yep, i’ll get there. btw, what is your “day job”? just for fun, i’ll join you in that upper body strength training :) (i use small weights too)

    Janet- It’s good to know i’ve got company in the rededication thing. OH, how i hate the winter months (mood wise) but things are looking up! I tracked everything yesterday, even though i was over my calorie goal. i had more sugar than intended but it was from prunes, so i’ll call that a win. ;)

    Jeanette- i hope you are feeling better ….. or at least see the light at the end of the tunnel!

    I’m glad you all appreciate the updated goal list every week, but there’s no need to thank me :) I keep it in a note doc and cut and paste. easy peasy!

    have a good day “y’all”
  • luzingg
    luzingg Posts: 1,678 Member
    Good morning, so happy to be home and got a great night's sleep in my comfy waterbed. Frankie was happy to be home and snuggling with us as we slept. We got about 3 inches of snow here and I will be staying in until time for the gym. Tomorrow I have lunch with the Yayas and then a hair appointment. Edd is planning on working on my car tomorrow and he is pretty confident it is not an expensive fix. Did not get on the scale and will not until next week. I don't need that kind of negativity in my life, lol.

    Karla, I know how much you enjoy this time of year with all the parades and family time. I agree with Cindy that eating so late in the day may well backfire on you.

    Janet, I hope you find the right combo of timing and things to eat. I know your metabolism is "wonky" and that you know it better than anyone. Hope by now all your wounds are healing and you are starting to feel more like yourself again.

    Myra, thought of you as we drove thru Raleigh (the weather was fine then) We were stuck in that Nor'easter all weekend and thought we would have smooth sailing all the way home. Add a bit of handweights is a great idea.

    Cindy, love hearing about the progress on the book. You seem to be finding a way to deal with your stress and adding your exercise back in must be helping you in some way.

    Jeanette, I loved the dance video. I hope you enjoyed your night of dancing. I would so love to find a class like that around here but doubt I will.

    Hi to everyone else, need to get my day going. Unpack and scrounge thru the freezer for something to fix for dinner. My cupboards are seriously bare but have no intention of going out if I don't have to.

    Until later,
  • KarlaLM58
    KarlaLM58 Posts: 1,590 Member
    Good morning my chatty and enjoyable peeps!! This, coming from your clumsy member.
    I took a fall at the church after stopping to walk their track. I was coming down the stairs and missed the last two steps, went flying across the floor and landed hard flat on my face!! Ended up in the Urgent Care with stitches and a broken pinkie finger. Geezzzz.

    I better send this, I am getting red lines under everything????

  • LivLovLrn
    LivLovLrn Posts: 577 Member
    Good morning ladies. I am feeling a little better; enough to join the cyber world anyway. The victory in getting this cold is that for many years I was too ill for my body to pay attention to any kind of infection so I have only recently begun to get sick again. I'm not quite up for personals yet but I am thinking of you

    Karla- I would love to find you on Facebook. I am Jeanette Richards and my profile pic is a cross with a gray background

    Prayers today for my daughters' custody/divorce hearing would be greatly appreciated
    Grace and Peace to you
  • xjsjaguar
    xjsjaguar Posts: 300 Member
    Gorgeous good morning to you all. Basking in the early hours here, as seen in this view from our deck looking towards the Strait of Georgia. Enjoy your day ahead!
  • xjsjaguar
    xjsjaguar Posts: 300 Member
    BERT: So pleased for your progress and the new options opening up for you at the gym! It's encouraging how quickly you are recovering, even though it may feel like a late start for 2016. I'm with you on continuing to add more vegetables; we've been focusing on that here too with plenty of fresh produce like carrots, leeks and cauliflower in the fridge at the moment, all cut up and ready to grab or use in soups and sauces. Sometimes it can actually be tough to get in enough calories when so much of the menu is produce (1/2 the plate) with meats, poultry or seafood much smaller secondary portions. Creating new combinations becomes colorful fun! Wow on your 5 lb. weight loss accomplishment since surgery! Enjoy your gym time today!

    CINDY: I'm with you on increasing upper body strength. Focusing on form first is so wise and allows us to train towards our goals without injury. Sometimes I think a mirror would help to see that I'm not sacrificing form in order to get more "reps" in. If I'm in our weight room at night with lights on, I can look at the reflection in the window to check on that, so that helps. Today is "lifting" day for me and I try to get in 4 x per week too, but often get just 3 times. Juggling is certainly a forte for you, my friend as you finish off cover details for one and outline for the next, fit in your fitness and nutrition, nurture your family and yourself, review other books and still find time to encourage the rest of us. Thanks for being such a positive influence in my life! Have fun with the day ahead!

    MYRA: Glad you enjoyed the movement tips, some of which would make us look like a sketch from "Monty Python's silly walks" or a scene from "Rocky"! Still, a girl needs to have fun, right? Well done on tracking everything yesterday! It helps to remember that these are guidelines and calorie approximates to lead us towards enjoying a wide variety of foods, as we become more aware of what and when we eat. Fruits (especially dried) can really send the sugar numbers way up there so quickly, but I would count that as a win, too! This has happened to me with apples or bananas especially (my go-to fast food with unsweetened peanut butter). Thankfully we can focus on fitness and healthy choices and don't need to sweat small stuff.

    PATTI: Wow, 3" of snow for you this morning after driving through that nor'easter would almost convince me to crawl back into bed until it melted! I wouldn't blame you for just staying in as long as possible today. That comfy sleep for you in your waterbed was probably SO refreshing and welcome! You sound well rested and ready to tackle the day ahead, including searching that freezer for dinner ideas. I'm guessing that the Yayas are a group of ladies who "lunch" regularly? (a la Yaya Sisterhood?) Wonderful that Edd is able to get to the bottom of the issue for your little car without too much problem! You are truly blessed!

    KARLA: Goodness girl! That was one nasty tumble you had! So thankful you were able to get the injuries attended to quickly. Are you back at home and hopefully getting some R&R to help with the healing process for your poor face and finger?!! Hope too that Glenn can give you a hand with whatever needs attention for awhile. Yikes, that is scary stuff, my friend! Take it easy and let others care for you, even if that is hard to do, okay? Speedy recovery!

    JEANETTE: I'll be praying for your daughters divorce/custody hearing today and for you as you continue to feel the concern on her behalf. May you find an island of peace within the chaos and feel wrapped in loving arms. This is so hard to watch those we love go through a battle and we hurt when they do. Praying for wisdom on the part of the judge, for calmness for her and for justice to prevail as the lives of so many are impacted by decisions made today. Your body is an amazing creation indeed and the fact that it is now responding differently than in the past during the darker days of illness is strangely encouraging, no doubt. Grace to you.

    Well, friends, that is enough for now, time to go get lifting something other than my cup of coffee here. May you find your way through the day with a positive and hopeful heart.