WaistAways-July Chat 2021
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I'm Courtney aka PlaneMonkey. I used to fix airplanes but now I'm a full time desk worker writing aviation policy, working from home until at least 2022. I LOVE working from home, I gained an hour and a half per day of commute time that I'm able to use for exercise, meal planning, or home renos (which are never ending!)
I was very athletic in my youth and once adult life arrived and sports weren't an everyday thing, I failed to adjust my calorie intake to match. I've yoyo'd several times, but I'm back down at my smallest adult size now due to the motivation of this group and the ease of calorie tracking on MFP. I've plateaued a bit now because it's summer, which means more relaxing and cocktail drinking along with being really happy with how I look, even though I could stand to keep losing another couple of dress sizes. I've printed my new July Habit Tracker calendar and I hope I'll be able to get back to colouring in boxes for motivation.
@KellyBgetsfit we took 5 days off work for the deck demo/build and it took from Thursday June 10th until 2pm on Sunday June 21st to get it done. We worked a minimum of 6 hours per day on it, as the old one had to be demolished and carried out by hand to our truck, we had to carry in bags of rocks to build a new foundation for the footings as the old wooden ones had rotted away, and there was an ancient crumbling concrete pad under there that we broke apart and hauled to the driveway. There is zero way we would have gotten it done without complete dedication to it. We were behind schedule from day 1 on the project as my husband twisted his back as we were removing the patio set and had to make 2 visits to the chiropractor during the build week to sort himself out. I didn't log a single calorie or read a single post all week. Hubby is a hard task master and I was barely allowed to use the bathroom, let alone eat regularly to keep my blood sugar up! Regardless, after 11 days we finally have a deck that is safe and structurally sound.
I spent 2 and a half hours last night catching up on everyone's posts. I've missed you all. Welcome back @MandiSaysHey.
I hope your ribs are on the mend @Terytha
Love the photos @conleywoods
I'm glad @jugar and @ashleycarole86 had a great visit.
I can't go back without losing my post so sorry for everyone else I'd like to mention but am blanking on.
July is a new month, I'm nearing the one year mark of my journey, I want to keep trending in the right direction. Cheers to Team WaistAways!5
Good morning all.
Weigh in today 218.2
I will reintroduce myself a little later. Running late for work at the moment.4
Hi WaistAways -
Nearly July - I read a daily newsletter about business news and today's pointed out that June 30 marks the "halftime" of the year, and a good time to hit reset! I like that idea. Crazy that half the year is gone, though.
I'm Kay, 26, living in Boston and working in finance downtown (although I have been WFH since late March '20, and currently doing work for July from the Catskill Mtns in NY). I was a runner and a dancer all my childhood through high school, and totally dropped regular activity in college. Add in an unlimited meal plan and a general dislike for vegetables, and I gained way more than the freshman 15. I consider my start date for this weight loss to be Feb 2018, when I moved out of my parents' house and started my first post-grad job. I am very big on getting my steps in - thinking about adding some running back in.
I love home workouts almost exclusively for strength, cardio, hiit, etc. (currently doing Caroline Girvan's Epic I on youtube, 60 day program [but it'll take me a bit more than 60 days]) and I follow Yoga with Adriene on youtube for my daily yoga practice. My biggest struggle with weight loss is bingeing on weekends and emotional eating when I get stressed/frustrated, especially on a bad workday. I joined F2F in August 2020, took a brief break for April & May 2021 (was not a great idea, I stopped tracking everything to see how it would feel to be a little less numbers-focused... yeah, I gained a big chunk of a nearly-50 lb loss back so that was unfortunate.)
Monday motivation - I only have 1 meeting today and my workload gets very light before the end of the quarter so I have plenty of time to study for an exam at the end of August. And plenty of time for a workout in the afternoon!
Hi all, I'm Mandi. I'm in my 30s and live in the Chicago suburbs with my 11yo son. I work in retail management and have always had jobs directly on the sales floor but in May I started a new role that falls under the HR branch and now work with hiring, payroll, hours budgets, compliance reporting, etc.
I have always been overweight but it got really out of control when my son was young. I was a young single mother on a limited income with limited cooking skills and varying work schedule. I often found it easier to eat fastfood or frozen dinners and just gained a lot of weight. I bounced up and down with the same 40 lbs for a couple years. Last year, when I was getting dangerously close to being back at my highest weight ever, I took control of my eating finally and lost over 60 lbs. Earlier this year I gained back about 14 of it between stress at work, switching from a job that involved tons of walking to a job that is mostly done at a desk, and starting a new relationship that included more dinners out than usual. My boyfriend and I spent the weekend in St Louis last weekend and I told him when we got back I needed to get back on track with my calorie counting, so here I am.
I will also join back in the steps tracking. My goal will be 7k steps per day.3
Happy Hot Monday!
I am catching up on all the garden and yard work, and somehow thought that it was not as hot as yesterday. Until I started working - the sun came out full force, and... I burned a lot of calories, I'm sure!
It is good as always to read the introductions and enjoy the beginning of the month energy. Already the weigh-ins are looking great! Let's try to make this month the exception and keep those beautiful green numbers happening for ALL the weeks, ok? Slumpless July! OK - that does not have much of a ring to it, but hopefully we can make it happen anyhow.
@ashleycarole86 and @MandiSaysHey
You're on the step/exercise team and off we go! Be sure to include your other exercise times as well if you do them. It really adds up. Ashley - you'll be thrilled with the numbers for yesterday. The swim earned you 7800 steps, yoga 1100, and all together you clocked 17,452 steps!
We're running away from home. It's too hot. I was too ill from the heat to eat breakfast today and there's no way to cool our old, poorly insulated townhouse.
I'll be in an air conditioned hotel until further notice.
I feel really guilty about abandoning my cat though, poor guy. All I can do for him is lots of ice water.6
@Terytha we have limited AC in our apartment, too. I keep a fan oscillating near the cat’s bowls and that helps them a lot. Since it’s going to be even hotter, they will all get the “water treatment” - gently rubbing water into their hair to the skin to help with natural air-cooling.
It’s lucky that we have a basement where the kitties can be cooler.
I hope everyone and their critters are doing all right - it is even too hot for the old horse who is the principal task of my daughter's mini-mule, so they are both inside a stall during the day now. I don't think that mule has ever been in a stall in his life, but if his job is to be with his buddy there, he is OK with that.
@Terytha smart move to go to an air-conditioned hotel if you have a roasting place to live. We are lucky here in the forest - at least the ground floor of the house stays quite reasonable. Fans take care of it - but some older buildings with poor insulation really challenge our internal body cooling systems.
Quick reminder for weigh-ins due through tomorrow:
I have to say that it is wonderful to have both Grace and Kay back with us after a break that turned into some weight loss reversal. Now we also have @MandiSaysHey and others who have returned, and some who are needing to tune up a setback. Even though logging, counting, thinking about food, and all those things are a bit of a pain and a misery, they sure beat the misery of gaining and staying out of shape, right? I think we can all connect with those who are on a great surge of energy with wonderful (however small!) losses every week. Read the posts, get inspired, and review every day for success and spots for improvement. Go for it!
If you need more inspiration and a space to jot down your daily reflection and plan for the next day - head on over and enjoy:
So who wants to hear about our record Low Highs??? 🙄 We have had record highs the past two weeks but the monsoons started on Friday and we were supposed to only reach 72 today and tomorrow. It's usually in the 90s. We has been in the low 100s.
Hi! I am Kelly. I teach Kindergarten. I am currently on summer break and I have been trying to balance it all. Did I mention I have 4 kids? They are ages 1-16. My oldest is a varsity cheerleader, but thankfully she can drive herself this summer. She also works at a local restaurant. I have an 11 year old volleyball player, a 5 year old swimmer/soccer player, and then there's my baby. I am taking two classes this summer to get my early childhood license (I have a Prek-12 Special Education license). Oh, and I run a fairly successful online business. I have been doing really well with my workouts. My eating is getting better, but I need to clean it up a bit. My July goals will be to get 10,000 steps, stay within calories and hit my macros, and reduce processed food.4
I feel like I accomplished something today. I cleaned my porch, worked in the yard, fixed a couple things. My water has been good. Sweat a lot working outside. My calories are under goal. So I’d say that’s a good day.
Oh and my daughter has an interview for the job up north on Wednesday morning. She’ll zoom. NS we’ll watch the little one. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼 for her sake. It’s a great job at the school she went to. If she gets it, then we will all move. Look at this beautiful library she would be the director of.
I'm posting this here - @micki48 you put this in the June chat thread which is now closed! It is fantastic - and I agree, that is some gorgeous library. I hope it woes well
And I agree, you had a GREAT day.4
Steps Sunday 6/27 7601
Steps today 6/28 7611
I went a little over my calorie budget today because I had a special dinner with some girlfriends. It could've been way worse though, so I'm okay with it.4
Monday exercise 06/28 -
yoga (18 mins) low intensity
@PlaneMonkey Sounds like the deck project was quite the job! Glad it's done and it will be nice to enjoy for the summer I'm sure.
@micki48 Hope your daughter's interview goes well... looks like a great opportunity!
@Kali225 Yoga with Adriene is what I do as well.. I like her videos a lot.
As @Terytha and others have alluded to, it's HOT (for here). There were activities that I wanted to do tonight that I just didn't feel were safe. So, I stuck to my walking (early night and before bed) and did a yoga session as well. Best I could do.
I got my second vaccine at lunch today. Off to put myself to bed early so I can get up for another early morning walk session.4
I'm Kristi and I'm 38, married mom of 3. Currently I am on summer vacation from my job as a therapist in the schools. I have been on my weight loss journey for about 2 1/2 years and have gone from 255lbs to the mid 220's! I gained weight initially when I was first married from a birth control that was quickly pulled off the market. Then having 3 babies and just eating too much. I'm really good at getting my exercise and generally have a pretty healthy diet. Evening snacks are my biggest challenge lately. I get started with something small which leads to many more snacks. I'm also struggling with overeating when we go to the lake. We play hard and then I eat way too many calories.
I live in the USA in Washington state so we are pretty hot right now too. I got up early and walked the dog for almost an hour at 6 AM. Then I got my outdoor kitchen set up and hooked up the propane for my outdoor oven. Cooked breakfast for everyone and then closed the house up and turned on our window AC. Hung out inside all day. My son helped me make dinner tonight because he really wanted to use my tiny outdoor oven. Put the kids to bed and then my husband and I hung out at our screen tent. Stayed in my calories and skipped late night snacks today! Tomorrow it will be 108 degrees but in 2 weeks we are going to the Oregon coast for our ocean vacation. It is only going to be 64 degrees there and we are going to freeze our rear ends off for sure! Ha5
I'm sorry you guys are struggling with the heat - stay hydrated!
I've lost the water weight from yesterday overnight - had to happen the day after weigh day of course. I think the next few months will be measured in which pair of jeans I'm wearing, as my comfy pair are starting to wear out between the thighs. My next smallest pair (same size as current, but Levi's quality control sucks) are virtually brand new so they'll last a while, but the two pairs after that already have signs of chub rub and I'll get through them quite quickly I think.
I'm so close to starting lifting that I need to bite the bullet and begin. I was thinking Thursday or Friday (whichever day I'm not running) as I'll take new progress photos on Thursday with it being the start of July. I need to put the squat rack together which is a 5 minute job, and we need do to another tip run, but I can manage for space to begin with. I had, however, forgotten how tight it was in the garage with the 7ft bar; I'll be working with a few inches clearance. This is good for encouraging perfect form but there's a high risk of breaking something (looking at you, lawnmower) should I mess up. I don't want to drop down to a 'ladies bar' as then it makes going back to a 7ft bar harder; the 6ft ladies bar (as well as being 15kg instead of 20kg) has smaller circumference so it's easier to grip with small hands, and you really feel the difference going back up. Will see how long I last before opting to go train in a gym instead.
After my anxiety on Friday, I started doing my Bloody Good Life (mindfulness) course again. I've completed module one, which has you plotting satisfaction in areas of your life, and how much responsibility you feel you're taking for those, on a wheel. Then you come up with an action plan for increasing satisfaction with a few key areas, so that's what I've done and it's scheduled in the diary. Yesterday felt very productive but was not overwhelming so off to a good start.3
I’m Gary, I’ll be 50 the 15th of July, and I live in the USA in Florida. I’m down 45+ pounds since the end of December and this is my 4th month in the group. I’ve been struggling with plantar fasciitis the last month so I haven’t been exercising like I was previously and I’m following a keto diet. After 19 years home with two kids my youngest is driving now and I’m using my new found time to take care of myself! My weight was keeping me from living life to the fullest so I appreciate the motivation and support I get here to help me get back to the best me! It’s not easy but it will be worth it! Good luck to all!2
We flicked on the TV last night and a weatherman for somewhere in the US said, "Are you ready for 100 degrees at 8 am? No, no you're not!"
And we laughed really hard but as we left for work at 6:30 this morning it was already sweltering and honestly, no. We are not.
As I walked upstairs into the bedroom to pack some clothes, it felt like walking into a fire. I was up there 10 minutes and left shaking, sweaty and pale, that's how miserable our house is.
The hotel AC was nice, and they're doing this little boxed breakfast that has two cold hardboiled eggs, a bunch of grapes and a couple pieces of cheese, which honestly is basically my ideal breakfast. I don't have much appetite in the morning so cold, non-greasy foods are best.2
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