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Glad to have you both back!! I have sent out a few requests for the other Diamondz to come back, but no takers yet!! We are a good team and I think the aeorbic garage exercise sounds like a good thing for me to do also!
nb
(10-06-2010 02:30 PM)wiyaga Wrote: [ -> ]Glad to have you both back!! I have sent out a few requests for the other Diamondz to come back, but no takers yet!! We are a good team and I think the aeorbic garage exercise sounds like a good thing for me to do also!
nb


Hey! I'm goin' the wrong direction and you diamonds are losing #s fast. What can I do?

Got my supplements yesterday and hope they will help me help my team.
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This is just the weigh ins... None of the weight any of us lost in the last 3 weeks even counts for our team.. BUMMER!! We have all been struggling lately (last couple years!) Not sure I have much to offer, but a sounding board. I am exceeding happy that I have maintained the majority of my original loss, but I could not do it with out the accountability to the Diamondz and the Crushers.
nb
(10-07-2010 11:47 AM)wiyaga Wrote: [ -> ]This is just the weigh ins... None of the weight any of us lost in the last 3 weeks even counts for our team.. BUMMER!! We have all been struggling lately (last couple years!) Not sure I have much to offer, but a sounding board. I am exceeding happy that I have maintained the majority of my original loss, but I could not do it with out the accountability to the Diamondz and the Crushers.
nb

I understand completely.

I noticed that when I read posts here and contribute it makes me feel that I'm not alone in this fight.

Thanks,
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Yeah, this is a life long committment and struggle. I cannot thank the Diamondz enough for having me. This really is a wonderful place to be!
nb
Nora were we weighing in yesterday? If so put me at 226 Sad
Yesterday was kinda crazy. Dad was suppose to stay in hosptisl foe surgery but after tests & since they found polyp they want to wait til after results come back. So I had to run back up to Houston to pick him up. I really need to lose this weight!!! Tired fighting with it!
Debby
Debby!!! We are so happy to have you back!!! sorry to hear about your Dad!! keep us posted on the progress!!
nb
BLC – 2010 – Focus on Fall – start week

HOT PINK DIAMONDS:
Arkansassy – 240
GlitterGal – Can’t quit cheering!!
DebbyG - 226
Heyitsdenise – 210
LowCarbKiwi – Got lost in the Outback – hopefully will check in
Suep57 – 233
Wiyaga – 210
Total – 1118

24K CARB CRUSHERS:
Swatkins –228.4
Miss Christine – 375
Poo123 – concentrating on maintaining
Reluctantexan – 162.2
Scoble - 411
Total –1176.6

Here we are looking at fall already… Where did the summer go? Are we all ready for the holidays to come? Time to concentrate on ourselves as well as others! Stay strong, my friends!

Let the challenge begin!!
nb
Ok since I was neck & neck with wiyaga my goal right now is to get 16 off & catch back up with her & Denise!!!
Come on, girl, you can do it. I'm glad to see you back!
Tomorrow I'm ending my dairy-free week. I am delighted to say that eliminating dairy absolutely did not help my joints a bit. However, I have found something that does: gelatin. I read about it here:

http://holdthetoast.com/content/gelatin-blowing-my-mind

and thought it was worth a try. I had some Knox packets in the back of the cupboard, and started with one packet a day. Within a day I could tell a difference--riding with my son to get lunch I just noticed that my neck and shoulders weren't so stiff and turning my head was easier, painless, and smooth and quiet (as opposed to that cricky, crackling noise it normally makes). It's been 4 days now and although I haven't noticed improvement in my knees, I have noticed improvement everywhere else. I have increased to 2 packets a day--one in the morning dissolved in my coffee, and another at night just before bed dissolved in a cup of hot herbal tea. I find it easier to take it in a hot drink than any other way--I never liked Jello (don't like eating things that wiggle, a personal problem, I know; I'm not a fan of egg whites for the same reason) and just the thought of taking it dry makes me want to gag.

I have also noticed the increased energy levels that she reports, and while sleep wasn't particularly a problem before, it's certainly good now. In fact, I have not found a down-side (with the possible exception of the taste, which is pretty easily disguised by almost anything else you put it in). One packet is low in calories (23), zero fat and carbs, moderate in protein (6 grams), and does not seem to affect my blood sugar. I'm going to add another packet a day (which will bring my total to 3, each packet is 1/4 oz.) and dissolve it in some broth and have it before dinner (as a sort of soup course, let's say). It has not negatively affected my weight loss, although I don't know that it has positively affected it, either. I just ordered a pound for $8 and change from netrition.com because I plan to keep up my experiment for as long as it keeps working. The packets are handy and would be great for travel, but the pound is a lot cheaper. And I am also hoping for the traditional benefits to my nails and hair.
(10-08-2010 12:12 PM)Heyitsdenise Wrote: [ -> ]Tomorrow I'm ending my dairy-free week. I am delighted to say that eliminating dairy absolutely did not help my joints a bit. However, I have found something that does: gelatin. I read about it here:

http://holdthetoast.com/content/gelatin-blowing-my-mind

and thought it was worth a try. I had some Knox packets in the back of the cupboard, and started with one packet a day. Within a day I could tell a difference--riding with my son to get lunch I just noticed that my neck and shoulders weren't so stiff and turning my head was easier, painless, and smooth and quiet (as opposed to that cricky, crackling noise it normally makes). It's been 4 days now and although I haven't noticed improvement in my knees, I have noticed improvement everywhere else. I have increased to 2 packets a day--one in the morning dissolved in my coffee, and another at night just before bed dissolved in a cup of hot herbal tea. I find it easier to take it in a hot drink than any other way--I never liked Jello (don't like eating things that wiggle, a personal problem, I know; I'm not a fan of egg whites for the same reason) and just the thought of taking it dry makes me want to gag.

I have also noticed the increased energy levels that she reports, and while sleep wasn't particularly a problem before, it's certainly good now. In fact, I have not found a down-side (with the possible exception of the taste, which is pretty easily disguised by almost anything else you put it in). One packet is low in calories (23), zero fat and carbs, moderate in protein (6 grams), and does not seem to affect my blood sugar. I'm going to add another packet a day (which will bring my total to 3, each packet is 1/4 oz.) and dissolve it in some broth and have it before dinner (as a sort of soup course, let's say). It has not negatively affected my weight loss, although I don't know that it has positively affected it, either. I just ordered a pound for $8 and change from netrition.com because I plan to keep up my experiment for as long as it keeps working. The packets are handy and would be great for travel, but the pound is a lot cheaper. And I am also hoping for the traditional benefits to my nails and hair.

That is truly exciting! I'm going to try the gelatin. Why not?
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Awesome Denise! Thanks for sharing, I will read the article and probably pass it around!

Here is a tidbit from: http://lowcarb4life.sugarbane.com/lowcarbtips.htm. I thought we could use a refresher on our plan... Just a gentle reminder of where to start!!

Basically you can eat all the meat, eggs and cheese you want to (pigging out is not recommended, just eat when you are hungry until you are not hungry anymore) and then restrict your veggies and salads to no more than 1 cup of regular veggies a day and 1 or 2 small salads a day for the first 2 or 3 weeks. Then increase the amount by a 1/2 cup a week for the next several weeks and stop increasing the amount when you see you are no longer losing weight. Then go back to the level where you were still losing weight and eat at that level from there on out. When you have lost what you need to, then increase your veggies and salads to your maintenance level to maintain your weight loss. If you go back to eating high carb foods you will regain all your weight and more. This is a way of life, not a diet. It requires a full time commitment to maintain your weight just like any other way of eating (be it low fat, vegetarianism, low calorie etc..).

nb
Shoot, I missed the start of this challenge. Can I still join?

I really, really need it. I'm wearing my fat jeans today and I feel like a sausage! Sad The good news is that 2 weeks ago I couldn't get them over my hips.
YES, YES, YES!!! Please join us again!! Just send in your weight and I will adjust the numbers!!!

Welcome back my friend!!!
nb
Oh, Sue, I'm so glad you're back! We missed you!
Got you back on the list SUE!!! welcome back!!

Hey Denise, how goes the Gelatin? I started yesterday... Nothing noticed yet, not even increased energy. I did have a bit of a problem sleeping last night. I do not like trying to take it straight and dry... It is better in a cup for chicken boullion... Let me know how you are feeling!!
nb
Nora, I can definitely tell a difference in my joints. It did take a day or so, though. I think broth is the ideal way to take it, but I'm looking for something else for first thing in the morning. I've been taking it in my coffee but I can detect a bitterness and would rather have my coffee with just cream. I'm not usually up for broth that early. I considered capsules but it would take a lot and be much more expensive, and some of the comments on the article on Dana Carpender's blog mentioned that the capsules didn't seem as effective. It's impossible for me to take it dry, and almost as tough just dissolved in water, so I'm still looking for a solution.

Coincidentally, yesterday when I was in Costco a lady was handing out samples of some collagen tablets and she gave me a couple of samples. You're supposed to take 6 a day, and the samples contained 3 each, so that would be 1 day's worth. I took some a little while ago (you're supposed to take them between meals) and will take some more later and see if I can tell any difference--I may try a bottle of them, also (they were $23.00 for a bottle of 250 which would be a bit over a month's worth). I'll see how it goes today although one day is really not enough time to tell a difference with much of anything.

In the meantime I'm making some bone broth in the crockpot to take my gelatin with. I've been saving bones for a few months and figured it was time to get them out of my way as they were beginning to clutter up the freezer. I had some gelatin in a cup of it yesterday and it was delicious. I've figured out that freezing broth in my silicone muffin pan gives me a great way to keep it so it's in portion sizes--I can dissolve my gelatin in a 1/4 cup or so of water in a coffee cup and just pop in a broth "muffin" and nuke it in the microwave for a quick pick-me-up while I'm fixing dinner--keeps me from eating it all before I get it to the table, too. Or it's a good afternoon snack.

I'm trying to hang on to my few pounds lost for tomorrow's weigh in, how are you doing?
Not noticing much of the benefits yet, but the weather here is definitely turning... Could be causing additional joint pain. I have been taking one packet each morning early and 1 at night before bed since Sunday... I am still hopeful! However, I am probably going to have to breakdown and order some on line, not much of an online shopper - like instant gratification!! Anyway, I am down a bit and I have not been eating completely on plan... I am hopeful for tomorrow weigh in. I will say that taking the gelatin in a cup of broth in the AM has definitely curbed my grazing appetite, which is good!! I have not gotten the energy up to try to make my own broth. I am not a huge fan of homemade soups, so I may have to stick with boullion cubes!!
nb
flying by to report in at 239 (down one)! After having the big loss last week, I was afraid that I would probably have a slight gain this week...whew, I am definitely happy with another pound gone! That puts me in at the -99 pound mark...hopefully next week, I will officially be able to say that I've lost 100 pounds (again)!!

good luck all....diane
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