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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL YOU BEAUTIFUL MOTHERS OUT THERE!
First let me say HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO US ALL!!! What we put up with and what we do..! We need a year's celebration....

Also..I had a lousy week on this diet. barely ate and gained....what the fruitcake!!!! I feel like porking out with everything in sight I swear!!!!! I am frustrated beyond belief with all aspects of life in general.. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....ok off to make some low carb recipes for my dinner tonight....have a good day everyone...
(05-08-2011 10:58 AM)Phoenix Wrote: [ -> ]
ONEDERLAND


When I looked at the scale this morning all I could do was read it and weep--tears of pure joy. I can hardly wait til that day comes for each of you and you get to feel the same rush of excitement and pride and unadulterated joy.
Oh, yes it is, Linda, my little pet Phoenix! Happy Happy OnederDay!

I am so excited for you, I got teary eyed reading your post! Come sit here beside me! So happy I can't sit still.

I love the bluebonnets picture! Tell me, Miss Texas, did y'all get your baby picture taken in the bluebonnets, naked. Like all true Texas Gals? lol

When you were a baby...maybe now would not be such a good idea! lol

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy! I knew you would do it soon! YAY YAY YAY YAY![img][Image: AAAAC0q91cIAAAAAAEj5Sg.jpg?v=1241540809000][/img]

Here is an appropriately exotic Phoenix pillow! We shall sip tea Moroccan style (w/o sugar) and feast upon roast partridges, lamb, and recline in indolent style. Rest on those laurels for awhile, sweetie pie! YOU DESERVE IT!!
(05-08-2011 01:12 PM)Cal_Cutie Wrote: [ -> ]Also..I had a lousy week on this diet. barely ate and gained....what the fruitcake!!!! I feel like porking out with everything in sight I swear!!!!! I am frustrated beyond belief with all aspects of life in general.. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....ok off to make some low carb recipes for my dinner tonight....have a good day everyone...

Mel! Melly! Melinda! Mel! Mel! Melllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!

Look here little lady, ya gots ta eat! You can't NOT eat and not get the craves! You need some fat, some protein and some soothing, it sounds like! We loves ya in here and want you to be pleased with your little self. So, just do it, dammit! I KNOW you can. What are you making for din-din? Drink all that water. You'll pick yourself up and dust yourself off and get back in there. Hug Hug Hug!
(05-08-2011 10:58 AM)Phoenix Wrote: [ -> ]
MATH FOR LOSERS

78.2 pounds lost MINUS 32 inches taken off EQUALS

ONEDERLAND


That's where I'm spending Mother's Day this year, all of you wonderful, beautiful Peeps--Onederland!!! Don't know where they went or why they finally left, but thank God and Greyhound those pounds are gone. I can hardly believe it. When I looked at the scale this morning all I could do was read it and weep--tears of pure joy. I can hardly wait til that day comes for each of you and you get to feel the same rush of excitement and pride and unadulterated joy. Trust me...it's been worth every day of the struggle. (Don't I sound like the person who finally quits smoking and then evangelizes that everyone else should quit, too, because it feels so great to be nicotine free? TongueTongueTongue) As of today, I'm down 78.2 pounds from my lifetime high of 277 pounds, and I've taken off a total of 32 inches from my bust, waist and hips.

Thank you all for helping me make this day happen. On many a day this forum has been the knot at the end of the rope that kept me hanging on. (By a thread and a laugh, sometimes, but hanging on all the same.) TT, is my pillow ready? Big Grin

Linda

OMG Linda, this made my day to hear about your change of address to One-derland!!! WinkCoolSmile I plan to move there someday and Miss Kathy probably has view of it from where she is now. I have plans to move in by Christmas of this year, so see if you can find us all a nice place in the neighborhood. No pink, purple or pastels for me; I want a manly-man kind of place...a man-cave if you will. Big Grin

Maybe you can kind of give us a preview of what it's like in that One-derful place. I know you probably 'bout wet on yo'self when you seen your weight start with a big ole ONE! I know I'll have to change my Sponge Bob Pull-Up if I ever see the ONE come up as the first number! Big Grin

I'm so darn proud of you and your victory I don't even know what to say (I'm sure you believe that). I'll bet you feel like your got your groove back and I can just see you jumping off those scales and doin' the Macarena! Big Grin Woo-Hoo!
(05-08-2011 11:36 AM)Phoenix Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-08-2011 09:02 AM)FormerDonutJunkie Wrote: [ -> ]Sunday AM Weigh-In: Zero loss/gain for the week. Scale said 246.0 this morning for a total loss of 42 pounds lost from my highest lifetime weight of 288.

My first week of zero-zilch-nada since I recommitted to LC 11 weeks ago. So, I plan on me and my body having a little chat today! Cool

Ouch! Been there, done that, and already outgrew the tee shirt. Some weeks are just like that--no rhyme, no reason, it just is. And when you're having that little mano-mano chat with your body do remember to praise it for your 8.6 pound loss this past four weeks. You don't want to come across like the Daddy who tells their child on report card day, "If you got an A-, you could have worked harder and gotten an A+." That kind of negative reinforcement creates an "I'll never be good enough" mentality, and you, dear Ron, are more than "good enough;" you're the best. (Ask anyone on the forum.)

I'm not beatin' myself up over it cause I know I did my best and I'm aware that our bodies have to catch up to everything and are constantly changing. And at my age there's more changing that I really want or appreciate. I just wish the gravity thing would lighten up a little! Know what I mean?
(05-08-2011 11:56 AM)Heyitsdenise Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-07-2011 12:15 PM)FormerDonutJunkie Wrote: [ -> ]The subject of inflammation, or lack thereof, is certainly one that interests me. It was joint pain in my bum ankle especially that motivated me to recommit to LC 3 months ago. It has gotten much better but I still have some days it seems to flare up, mostly due to stress and strain in my job. I primarily do VLC, not by design so much, but due to the fact I'm not a big veggie fan and so I can exist primarily on meat, eggs and a little dairy. The dairy being butter, a little HWC occasionally, cottage cheese and some hard cheeses. I eat no sugar, no grains and no vegetable oils. I am a moderate user of artificial sweeteners, primarily Truvia with some occasional Splenda; these are mostly used in my lemon water I drink.

Anyhow, I'm hoping joint inflammation continues to improve with more weight loss. Down 42 pounds from my lifetime high weight of 288, so I'm hoping to see 188 someday. That'll be a load off for sure!

Yes, the joint pain was why I gave up grains, although it didn't really seem to make that much difference in reducing my joint pain. However, after about 3 days of no grains I had the most amazing experience--I felt as if a fog had lifted, one that I had not known was there. My vision even seemed clearer, I felt like I could think more clearly, it was (and still is) fantastic. And that's the reason I continue my no-grain policy (I think it's been almost 2 years).

What has made the most significant difference in my joint pain (and that's how I gauge my inflammation level) has been fish oil, vitamin D3, and gelatin. Forgive me if I've posted this here before, but this article changed my life: http://holdthetoast.com/content/gelatin-blowing-my-mind

I now have 3 tablespoons of gelatin every day, usually dissolved in my coffee-with-cream. I started seeing improvements in just days, definitely less than a week, and now it's been over 9 months, and I'm still seeing improvements. It seems to be cumulative, too, because I will catch myself doing something I haven't done in a while, that used to be very painful, and it doesn't hurt as much as I was expecting, and I think, "It's working!" Of course losing weight (I'm at the same 40+ pound lost place that you and Kathy are, by the way) will help, too, and I keep researching and reading on the internet and library for more information about other things, but when I went to the doctor about it (years ago, when I had insurance), all he did was prescribe Vioxx (which made my stomach hurt so much I could not take it, thank goodness).

Congratulations to all the losers here!!! I'm in at 217 this morning, no gain from last week but up a pound from my start weight here. I'm ok with it, as I've stayed on plan (although I'm thinking the plan needs to be reviewed). I wish you all whooshes!!!

Thanks for the encouragement and for the info on joint pain. I follow Dana on her blog and have read with interest the thing on the gelatin but haven't implemented it yet. One thing I am really curious about is what does it do to the texture of your hot coffee with cream? I can stomach a lot of things but I just don't want no gross texture stuff if you know what I mean.
(05-08-2011 01:25 PM)Turnip Truck Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-08-2011 01:12 PM)Cal_Cutie Wrote: [ -> ]Also..I had a lousy week on this diet. barely ate and gained....what the fruitcake!!!! I feel like porking out with everything in sight I swear!!!!! I am frustrated beyond belief with all aspects of life in general.. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....ok off to make some low carb recipes for my dinner tonight....have a good day everyone...

Mel! Melly! Melinda! Mel! Mel! Melllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!

Look here little lady, ya gots ta eat! You can't NOT eat and not get the craves! You need some fat, some protein and some soothing, it sounds like! We loves ya in here and want you to be pleased with your little self. So, just do it, dammit! I KNOW you can. What are you making for din-din? Drink all that water. You'll pick yourself up and dust yourself off and get back in there. Hug Hug Hug!

Thanks TT.. I guess I am just out of my mind today...maybe because I miss my own mother, maybe because yesterday my son choose to start the biggest argument...I don't know...

I am making Paula's marinated tomatoes.. but I add other veggies...I am making some chicken and steak, baking chicken.. hub will barbecue the steaks...sauteed zucchini for them.. , mushrooms sauteed in butter for me...then I am about to try my hand at making a low carb almond pound cake...to have with my carb smart ice cream.. like 2 teapsoons...or I could take the cream and coco powder and sweetener and use as a topping...then a carb for sonny boy....
I have a moment so decided I need to let my friends know what is happening.

Last Monday I left on my 1400 mile annual roadtrip - everything went as planned and I arrived late Tuesday at my mother's house. Wednesday morning we drove into town to buy my groceries and I was all set.

Snag.

Late Wednesday DH called and turned my world upside down.

He was headed for heart surgery.

I flew back home Thursday, leaving car, clothes and dog in Texas.

We are waiting.

Tests still taking place to make certain all his body systems can withstand valve replacement scheduled for this coming Wednesday.

Although I've hardly eaten since Monday, stress holds on to the pounds so I have no expectations of weight loss in the near future. I will be satisfied with holding firm and staying healthy so I can care for DH.

DD will be driving my things and my sweet dog back to me sometime this upcoming week.

All positive energy, prayers and good wishes anticipated and accepted.
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G..I am so sorry.. My thoughts and prayers of course are with you....good wishes your way....
(05-08-2011 11:06 AM)BikiniBoundInTx Wrote: [ -> ]
Congrats to PHOENIX

for reaching

ONEDERLAND

... and losing 12.2 lbs in the past 4 weeks!

Big Grin YOU are a HUGE LOSER!!!! Big Grin

Thanks for the congratulations, Kathy. It really means a lot. Who better than someone who wants it so much for herself to understand what reaching ONDERLAND means to me? I see that cloud of dust you're kicking up not far behind me: I'm leaving the gate open so you won't miss a stride when you come running through. Big Grin
Phoenix!!! HOW wonderful you big loser!! BIG HUGS of Congrats!!!
(05-08-2011 03:50 PM)reluctantexan Wrote: [ -> ]I have a moment so decided I need to let my friends know what is happening.

Last Monday I left on my 1400 mile annual roadtrip - everything went as planned and I arrived late Tuesday at my mother's house. Wednesday morning we drove into town to buy my groceries and I was all set.

Snag.

Late Wednesday DH called and turned my world upside down.

He was headed for heart surgery.

I flew back home Thursday, leaving car, clothes and dog in Texas.

We are waiting.

Tests still taking place to make certain all his body systems can withstand valve replacement scheduled for this coming Wednesday.

Although I've hardly eaten since Monday, stress holds on to the pounds so I have no expectations of weight loss in the near future. I will be satisfied with holding firm and staying healthy so I can care for DH.

DD will be driving my things and my sweet dog back to me sometime this upcoming week.

All positive energy, prayers and good wishes anticipated and accepted.
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I know from personal experience what a bunch of prayer warriors this group is when it comes to one of our own and their loved ones. We're on it.

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OMG Linda, this made my day to hear about your change of address to One-derland!!! WinkCoolSmile I plan to move there someday and Miss Kathy probably has view of it from where she is now. I have plans to move in by Christmas of this year, so see if you can find us all a nice place in the neighborhood. No pink, purple or pastels for me; I want a manly-man kind of place...a man-cave if you will. Big Grin

Maybe you can kind of give us a preview of what it's like in that One-derful place. I know you probably 'bout wet on yo'self when you seen your weight start with a big ole ONE! I know I'll have to change my Sponge Bob Pull-Up if I ever see the ONE come up as the first number! Big Grin

I'm so darn proud of you and your victory I don't even know what to say (I'm sure you believe that). I'll bet you feel like your got your groove back and I can just see you jumping off those scales and doin' the Macarena! Big Grin Woo-Hoo!

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I guess I was too stunned to think of that myself, Ron; had I let go I probably would have made it down to an even 198 pounds with all the water I've been drinking. Tongue As for the big moment--I cranked up the ole balance beam scale to an optimistic 203, gingerally stepped up, and nothing happened. I slid the small slide over to 202--still nothing. A little more to the left, down to 200, and nary a movement of the beam. I got off, leaned against the wall, broke into a sweat, took a deep breath, and for the first time in 22 years, put the bottom weight on 150 instead of 200, and the little slide on 50. A little wobble of the beam, and then it balanced at 198.8, which I then nervously confirmed on the digital scale. That's when the tears started.

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Like I just told Kathy, congratulations coming from someone who wants to reach ONDERLAND as much as I did mean a lot. I'm leavin' the porch light on for you...no need to RSVP, just get here as soon as you can. Big Grin
(05-08-2011 01:21 PM)Turnip Truck Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-08-2011 10:58 AM)Phoenix Wrote: [ -> ]
ONEDERLAND


When I looked at the scale this morning all I could do was read it and weep--tears of pure joy. I can hardly wait til that day comes for each of you and you get to feel the same rush of excitement and pride and unadulterated joy.
Oh, yes it is, Linda, my little pet Phoenix! Happy Happy OnederDay!

I am so excited for you, I got teary eyed reading your post! Come sit here beside me! So happy I can't sit still.

I love the bluebonnets picture! Tell me, Miss Texas, did y'all get your baby picture taken in the bluebonnets, naked. Like all true Texas Gals? lol

When you were a baby...maybe now would not be such a good idea! lol

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy! I knew you would do it soon! YAY YAY YAY YAY![img][Image: AAAAC0q91cIAAAAAAEj5Sg.jpg?v=1241540809000][/img]

Here is an appropriately exotic Phoenix pillow! We shall sip tea Moroccan style (w/o sugar) and feast upon roast partridges, lamb, and recline in indolent style. Rest on those laurels for awhile, sweetie pie! YOU DESERVE IT!!

Thanks so much, DeeDee. And will we use those gold-embellished glasses with all of the magnificient jewel tones shining against the amber of our tea...and will we be served by lithe and gorgeous men while still others fan us with peacock plumes and ply us with their masculine favors? And will you have 911 on speed dial for when I keel over in earthly ecstasy (with a smile on my face, as they say)? Tongue

The pillow is lovely and so deep and cushy. But I'm afraid to get comfy. I confess to you that as much as I want to savor this moment, I am terrified that it won't last and that I will bounce right back across the border. But then I have you as an example--once you flashed your passport at the portal to ONDERLAND, you just kept moving forward.

Thanks so much for the congrats...the next sound you hear will be the fireworks when TT hits the 180s, and that's coming soon!
(05-08-2011 03:55 PM)Cal_Cutie Wrote: [ -> ]Phoenix!!! HOW wonderful you big loser!! BIG HUGS of Congrats!!!

Thank you so much for the cyber hugs and the congrats, Mel-a-licious. I can't wait until I get to return the favor to you. Tongue
(05-08-2011 11:56 AM)Heyitsdenise Wrote: [ -> ]Yes, the joint pain was why I gave up grains, although it didn't really seem to make that much difference in reducing my joint pain. However, after about 3 days of no grains I had the most amazing experience--I felt as if a fog had lifted, one that I had not known was there. My vision even seemed clearer, I felt like I could think more clearly, it was (and still is) fantastic. And that's the reason I continue my no-grain policy (I think it's been almost 2 years).

Sounds like a gluten intolerance. I get the same symptoms plus a few when I eat gluten.
Congratulations Phoenix
{{hugs}} reluctantexan
Phoenix! That is so awesome about ONEderland!!! I'm very close, can you see me in the distance?? Down 4 lbs since I last checked in.
Updating my ticker and I hope to be here with more frequent checkins....
PHOENIX!!!! YAY FOR YOU!!! DOING THE HAPPY DANCE HERE!!! (kitties are looking at me weirdly...)

It is so awesome to celebrate you reaching a goal that you so much deserve! What a milestone. Take a minute and just soak in your awesomeness, my friend. Don't let any negative thoughts sink in....just be and congratulate yourself!!!

I'm so happy for you. YOU GO GIRLY!
Congratulations Miss Phoenix, so proud of our favorite cheerleader! You are amazing...basque in the afterglow and keep up the great work! Hugs...wow my arms went right around you and there was plenty of room there!
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