Let's Get REAL!

Hi this is a new group, "Let's Get Real", (r-responsible, e-eating, a-accountable, l-lifestyle)

If you are ready to stop all the excuses, and get in the game of life, let this be your group. All that is ask of you is commit to us and yourself, and post daily. Share your feelings, recipes, new discoveries, and progress.

Here you will find support and encouragement and make friends, because we never have to go it alone. For any program to be successful it takes support . Your plan has to be what you can live with, and begin to feel natural, and part of your everyday routine, but it takes work. Planning, Journalling, Tracking, Choices, & Devotion.

To make it happen I designate certain days of the week as "Special Days", example:
Monday-Planning Day
a. this day I plan out my week of meals (make a menu, put it on the refrigerator)
1. the benefit is it takes all the guessing out of meal planning and saves me time each day

Tuesday-Weigh-In Day
a. I weigh myself and journal my thoughts, what I can improve, what I learnt from the past week

Wednesday-Me Day
a. this day I set aside 30 to 60 minutes out of my day to do something "Just for Me"
1. paint my nails, have lunch with a friend, get my hair done, engage in a hobby, (whatever makes me feel good)

***you get the idea. Having a routine over time makes it easier to stay on track and gives us something to look forward to throughout the week.

Each day I promise to provide as much encouragement as I can, and all I ask is that you share with me what works for YOU. Its a give and take, but think about it, "we had fun putting on the weight, let's make it even more fun-taking it off-for Good!!!!

Again, Welcome to LET'S GET REAL........Debbie
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  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Hi this is a new group, "Let's Get Real", (r-responsible, e-eating, a-accountable, l-lifestyle)

    If you are ready to stop all the excuses, and get in the game of life, let this be your group. All that is ask of you is commit to us and yourself, and post daily. Share your feelings, recipes, new discoveries, and progress.

    Here you will find support and encouragement and make friends, because we never have to go it alone. For any program to be successful it takes support . Your plan has to be what you can live with, and begin to feel natural, and part of your everyday routine, but it takes work. Planning, Journalling, Tracking, Choices, & Devotion.

    To make it happen I designate certain days of the week as "Special Days", example:
    Monday-Planning Day
    a. this day I plan out my week of meals (make a menu, put it on the refrigerator)
    1. the benefit is it takes all the guessing out of meal planning and saves me time each day

    Tuesday-Weigh-In Day
    a. I weigh myself and journal my thoughts, what I can improve, what I learnt from the past week

    Wednesday-Me Day
    a. this day I set aside 30 to 60 minutes out of my day to do something "Just for Me"
    1. paint my nails, have lunch with a friend, get my hair done, engage in a hobby, (whatever makes me feel good)

    ***you get the idea. Having a routine over time makes it easier to stay on track and gives us something to look forward to throughout the week.

    Each day I promise to provide as much encouragement as I can, and all I ask is that you share with me what works for YOU. Its a give and take, but think about it, "we had fun putting on the weight, let's make it even more fun-taking it off-for Good!!!!

    Again, Welcome to LET'S GET REAL........Debbie
  • Dave198lbs
    Dave198lbs Posts: 8,810 Member
    having fun is very important,,,,,good luck
    Dave:smile:
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Morning Everyone; I read a quote today that I want to share with you, along with a motivational thought and new discovery.
    "You are the architect of your own destiny".....by Swami Vivekanada

    So what is that desired destiny? When you started this journey, what did you long to see happen?

    For me this is what I want and I'm making a check list!!!
    I want to buy my first bathing suit in 20 years
    I want to wear sleeveless tops and shorts again
    I want to throw out all the stretch pants and wear jeans and cordoroy
    I want to fit in a booth comfortably and not have to request a table at a restaurant
    I want to fit in an amusement park seat and ride a ride with my daughter
    I want to participate in a marathon
    I want to improve my current heatlh conditions
    I want to dance at my grandchildrens weddings
    I want to go on a cruise one day with my family

    When I was making my list, I thought of that movie "the bucket list", and I saw it a few weeks ago. If you haven't seen it, its a keeper. It will make you laugh, cry, and its a real eye opener....really makes you embrace life. So I encourage you to make your checklist and pursue your dreams with me!

    bbl have a great day everyone!!!! Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Hi Dave, thanks for the warm wishes. Hope you'll visit often and share your success with all that post daily.
    Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Morning to anyone stopping by. TGIF!!!!! How is your week going? What did you do this week that contributed to your success? What have you learned on your journey?

    Quote of the Day:
    "Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true".....Leon J. Suenes

    This is so true. We love our friends those who don't have a weight problem. They love us for ourselves and sometimes to be with them is difficult because we find ourselves challenged to get off track. I read such an article and it encouraged us to "Get Excited About Our Journey". When talking to friends and family, share the excitement of what your doing and how good you feel. Sale them on your new found lifestyle!!!!! Try it and get them involved so you don't fall short of your goals, and have them participate in your journey~~~~Invite them on your WalK!!!!!! Just a thought!!

    bbl Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Quote of the Day:

    Quote of the Day:
    "When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
    When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
    Life is odd with its twists and turns,
    As every one of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about
    When he might have won had he stuck it out;
    Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
    You may succeed with another blow,
    Success is failure turned inside out--
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
    It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
    ~ Unknown

    I have heard this quote before and their is a lot to be said for what message it sends.
    All of us that diet, or want to adopt a lifestyle change will face challenges and obstacles...sometimes we give into the guilty pleasures of life.....but its just one time, one situation, one day.....when this happens we cave. We are ready to call ourselves a loser and give up. When you feel this way...STOP~ Think~Ask Yourself, What about all the days I did something RIGHT? The rights will out-weigh the wrong, so forgiveness is in order and keep striving for your Goal.

    If any of you are experiencing the lows, plateaus, and getting bored with your routine, then try a new food, get engaged in a new form of exercise, instead of walking the treadmill, go walk at a local park, instead of doing the stairmaster go to a football stadium or fairgrounds and walk the track or climb the bleachers, go for a hike in your local state park...get in touch with nature.....think about it!

    Debbie
    wishing the best of health and happiness to all that visit here, share your journey, make friends, and start enjoying your life!!! God Bless
  • Georg
    Georg Posts: 1,728 Member
    Thanks for posting that. Very inspirational.
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Hi Georg and all that follow, you are very welcome.
    Any book lovers here? Any of you like to read Self-Help books? I am reading a book right now called, "The Slow Down Diet" by Marc David. Though I don't totally agree with everything he says, he has motivated me and enlighted me in my weight loss journey with some very real facts and our approach to succeed. I encourage you to request it at your local library and read through the first few chapters if nothing more.

    Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Sunday Morning to all visiting.
    Quote for the day is a simple one: :wink: "After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile"..old english proverb

    I remember my grandmother doing just that when I use to go and stay with her and grand-dad in the summertime. Not only did they eat healthy (home grown veggies and fresh berries picked growing wild), but they also got plenty of exercise daily. I seldom remember them with even as much as a cold, they led healthy lifestyles. So I am following their examples, hubby and I are tilling up for a garden this summer, and making walking every other day part of our routine. We are having fun and getting fit!

    What about you? What form of exercise do you do? How often? Don't you notice how much better you feel?

    bbl Debbie
  • Georg
    Georg Posts: 1,728 Member
    I feel SO much better after a walk. Hubby & I walk in the evenings, I go to the gym 3-4 days a week & we bought a recumbent bike, which I love. I usually do 2 of the above, once in a while all 3.

    Yesterday a friend & I went out. She's been going to Jenny C for almost a year. It's the only food plan that's ever worked for her & she's tried everything. As we were seated, she reminded me that the last time we went there, the booth was so uncomfortable she was miserable the whole meal. Yesterday it was just right & we made some really good choices that we both felt good about!
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Hey Georg.....good to see you today, and kudos to you and DH on the exercise. I too have a recumbent bike and love it., was given to me, now how sweet is that!!! :flowerforyou:

    That is great supporting your friend she is so lucky to have you. I know what she means about the booths being uncomfortable. As I packed on the pounds I too was uncomfortable and was embarrassed asking for a table. Even in my little truck I was always into the steering wheel to drive and adjusting the wheel made no difference. I felt I was growing out of everything. Since beginning my journey end of January I just now am seeing the progress at work, and fitting more comfortable into booths and behind the wheel. So I can only say......great job!!!!!

    Please do me a favor and invite your friend to join us here, doesn't matter what plan we're on, we all have a common goal..........a healthy happy lifestyle!!!:flowerforyou:

    So what's cooking today? DH and I are going to watch Nascar in Bristol, and I am making Grilled Pork Fajitas....new recipe so I'll let you know what we think. For anyone wanting to try it in your week, here's the recipe:

    Grilled Pork Fajitas
    Serves 8 people

    1 Tbsp. chili powder
    1/2 tsp. oregano
    1/2 tsp. paprika
    1/4 tsp ground coriander
    1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    1 lb. pork cut into strips 1/2" wide and 1/2" long
    1 sm. onion sliced
    1 bell pepper cut in thin strips (optional)
    8 whole wheat flour tortillas, about 8" in diameter ~ warm in microwave
    1/2 cup shredded sharp or mild cheddar cheese
    4 medium tomatoes, diced
    4 cups shredded lettuce
    1 c. salsa

    Preheat grill, or oven 400 F

    In a small bowl, stir together well, chili powder, oregano, paprika, coriander and garlic powder.

    Dip the pork (rinsed off after cut into strips) in the bowl of spices and cover well all sides.
    Place pork strips and onion in baking dish or in cast iron skillet and cook turning several times til browned on all sides about 5 minutes

    To serve spread equal amounts of pork, onion, peppers on tortillas warmed from the microwave,. Top each with 1 tbsp. cheese, about 2 tbs. tomatoes, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 2 tbsp. salsa. Fold in both ends of tortilla up over the filling then roll to close. Serve Immediately.

    Nutritional Information:
    Each fajita=234 Calories
    Protein 18 gms. ; Carb 23 gms.; Total Fat 8 gms. ; Saturated Fat 3 gms. Monounsatured Fat 3 gms. Cholesterol 45 mg. ; Sodium 309 mg; Fiber 5 gm. Potassium 508 mg. Calcium 115 mg.

    Enjoy...great served with a toss salad, tortilla chips and salsa, refried beans

    Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Hey there, its been a beautiful day here in central Ohio. About 60 degrees and sunny. Well watched the nascar race and didn't go as I hoped, but hey was a good one. Had a great dinner this afternoon of grilled pork fajitas and they were yummy!!!! Low cal and gets in all the food groups in one dish, can't beat that.

    The family all just got in from riding bikes. While they rode, I walked 3,260 steps, over 1 mile., just on my walk. Was wonderful to be out in the open and lots of people were out taking advantage of the good weather. Some were picnicing, some fishing, feeding the ducks and geese at the lake, joggers and walkers and bikers and elderly walking their dogs and pushin their babies in strollers, just enjoying the afternoon. Good to see so many exercising and exploring, glad to be a part of the active community.

    Well hope your day has been good for you, and tomorrow is weigh in, planning day and journalling for me.....I have names for my days of the week.....Manageable Monday.....Temptation Tuesday.....Wacky Wednesday. (my "all about me" day)....Thrifty Thursday....TGIF Friday....Simply Saturday....Senseable Sunday.....each day is designated for different aspects of my journey.

    Manageable Monday is my planning for the week, recap of last week and journal, menu plan for the week
    Temptation Tuesday: whatever is my temptation (crave for the week) I make on Tuesday, perhaps its beef, pizza, tacos, lasagna, a real special favorite
    Wacky Wednesday: is my Me day. I take one hour out of my day and do what will make ME feel good, happy....read a book, scrapbook, embroidery, crochet, sew, do my nails, pedicure, just for me
    To Do Thursday......coupon clipping, shopping list, clean house, laundry, ....gear up for the weekend
    TGIF "Family Night"......shopping in the day, family movie night
    Simply Saturday......simple meals .....simple pleasures
    Sensable Sunday....sensable eating for weigh in tomorrow :)

    whatever works and its working.......something you might want to try....make each day count....
    Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Evening Everyone, still going strong, I set a personal goal tonight to walk 35,000 steps by the end of the month, so to date since the 13th of being here at this site I have gotten in 9,930 steps. So if I complete it this month I will have walked a total of 17.5 miles this month. So we'll see if we can get this little train movin on down the track this week.

    Well everyone, have a wonderful night, and see ya bright an early in the A.M. :smile: Debbie
  • July
    July Posts: 239
    Book Lover here! And I love to take suggestions!
    These are my two favorites:
    Mindless Eating: Why we eat more than we think. So good! He's got a website, too. The book is scientific study about little changes we can make in our environment to help us eat healthier (and eat less)
    Skinny *****. Geez, this book is funny. But despite the funny get-your-*kitten*-in-gear writing, it's actually has a wealth of information and cites very reputable studies.
    Would love to hear of other suggestions!
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Monday Morning All,
    here is a Quote for you today:
    "You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first" ....by Fredrick B. Wilcox

    Well today is going to be another great day here in Ohio and I plan on making the most of it.
    Weigh-in for me was today and I maintained. How do I feel about that ...."well at least I didn't gain!"
    Took my measurements and since last month I am down 12 5/8 inches so I know if the inches are gone, so too the pounds will fall. So we are hangin in there!

    What about you? How are you doing?
    bbl Debbie
  • Georg
    Georg Posts: 1,728 Member
    What a cute idea - using your ticker for step goals.
    I'm resetting my calories back down to 1200 this week to see if I can dislodge an extra pound or 2.
    My b-day is coming up & I want to feel good about going out & enjoying the weekend.
  • tjones7
    tjones7 Posts: 306
    Hello all,


    I do most of the things that were suggested but I am all about support and helping others and myself so I will join this group.

    um. I'm currently in other challenges too. So I'm not weighing until the 1st
    but I journal everyday (or every other day if I forget) :happy:

    I have a question. in this group are we suppose to log food with each other or just ourselves?

    keep pushing
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    TJ welcome. To answer your question, we track our own food on our food diaries here, as everyone is on different plans, but we all share a common goal, responsible eating and accountable lifestyle.

    I am so glad that you have chosen to join us. I have also started a group here called "Inches Away!
    What inspired the idea was that many base the success of their week solely on the #'s on the scale and our focus for the group will be quite simply "measuring". We will discuss portion control....and weighing and measuring and make it fun, (so we aren't guessing, and sneaking in more calories than what is being counted). Many today were discussing in the msg. boards all their hard work and then only to be disappointed at the scales. I maintained this week, but in 1 month I discovered today I lost 12 5/8 inches (3 inches in my hips), so that encouraged me and helped me except the maintenance of weight this weigh-in. If this appeals to you your welcome to join us there as well.

    Love your quote:
    Motivation and Inspiration and friendships made here is what's keeping me focused and on track.
    Again Welcome!
    Debbie
  • Georg
    Georg Posts: 1,728 Member
    Wow!
    3" off your hips????:love:
    Good for you!!!!
    :flowerforyou: :flowerforyou: :flowerforyou: :flowerforyou: :flowerforyou:
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Morning Georg, TJ, Dave, and all that follow, Beautiful Morning here in the Buckeye State this morning. We are to have a high of 62 degrees today. Going for my walk today when DD gets out of school.

    So what's on your agenda?

    Todays Quote:
    "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going"...by Jim Ryan

    Tip for Today:
    Don't get in a hurry! To form healthy eating and exercise habits take time. Keep in mind each day you have ate properly and exercised you have made Progress. You may not see your results immediately----but you will clearly see them as time goes by.....

    So have you all taken your measurement? Let's begin if we haven't and once done tuck it away somewhere and in 2 wks. or 1 month....we will be measuring ourselves....you can expect and be prepared to see a change....I promise you

    So....how many weigh and measure their food? When preparing a dish do you eyeball things or get out the measuring cups and spoons and make sure it is correct? This week lets get out the spoons and cups and keep them handy when measuring out ingredients and portions. I haven't done it for awhile myself to be honest....but its good to check ourselves. The truer we are to our program the better the results will be!!!!

    have a great day, bbl Debbie