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Monday, January 30th, 2006
11:43 am

i lost my copy of the points of foods. can someone send me a copy...or does anyone have an ebook they can send me??? i have the slider....but i need the list of foods like bananas, carrots, etc. thanks in advance to whomever can help me.

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
2:03 pm - New Member

Hi Everyone,
I am Sarah, 25 and in Buffalo, NY. I lost 30 pounds on WW and hit lifetime on September 1 (3 days before my wedding). I still go to meetings every Sunday, track my food and follow core. Thanks to my WW journey I am headed back to school to be a nutrionist.

*Waves, hello!

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Thursday, July 7th, 2005
4:06 pm - Community Birthday

Happy birthday tomorrow to lifetimeww!

I am pretty close to my goal weight once again, though not from counting points. Just staying really active (running a lot) and not eating a whole lot of carbs. Mucho protein! being in love with an athletic stud doesn't hurt, either. In the past month I have discovered the true joys of beef jerkey while working. It might be my secret!

How are you doing?

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Thursday, January 6th, 2005
4:58 pm - Getting back on track

I weighed in today for the first time since last July, when I was four pounds over my goal. Today I was ten pounds over. I look at this as no big deal, trying to remain positive. I am definitely committed to getting rid of these ten pounds though, because I just don't need them (heh) and I will feel a whole lot better when they are gone.

Here's to new beginnings! *raises glass* (of water)

I don't know what the new WW program is like, and frankly, don't much care. I am just going to do everything I did before, with perhaps a little bit more exercise. I hope to get back to goal weight within about three months.

Last year I ran a half-marathon and although I am not currently in nearly as good physical shape, I am considering run/walking another in about one month. Not for competitive purposes; just to show myself I can do it, burn a bunch of calories, and get moving again.

Hope all you other "lifers" are doing well this New Year's! If not, now's the time to get refocused.
We can all do this, we know, because we've done it before.

current mood: determined

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Thursday, June 3rd, 2004
11:18 am

doesn't look like this is a super active community, but I thought I would try anyways.. hopefully someone is out there who might have an answer for me

background: I have been on WW for 2.5 years and made goal 3 weeks ago. I am six feet tall and I made my goal 148 (lowest recommended weight).
I have only used online WW, never attended a meeting, but was able to lose over 150 pounds from the 300+ range I was in in 2001-2002 to the 140's where I am today.

since making goal I have had a hard time maintaining weight. I lose about a pound a week no matter how many points I add back in. First week I ate around 24-26 points a day. second week I tried 26-28. last week I tried 28-32 and still lost 1 pound.

I don't know if it will just take time to get out of the "loss zone" or what, but I do not want to lose any more at this point, and I am looking for any advice you may have on stopping the loss cycle. I am currently at 144.6 and I would like to stay here or get back up to 148, even 150 would be acceptable.

I have had bad side effects from the weight loss including hair loss, migraines, fatigue, and last night a trip to the ER gave me a new one to add to the list.
Costochondritis - inflammation of the connective tissue in the breastbone caused from being thin and breathing. When you don't have a whole lot of fatty tissue there it can cause strain and pressure on your heart when you breathe.. not life threatening, but really painful.. feels like I sprained my chest.
They said it would heal in 3-6 weeks, and to try to gain a few pounds back and to definitely NOT lose any more. I wish it were that easy. I have been under doctor supervision since January when the hair loss and migraines started. I have followed all his advice (which hasn't gotten me very far) but at the very least we were able to slow down my loss but not stop it completely. Jan-March I was losing on average 2.5-4 pounds a week.

So that's my story.. thanks for listening... and please let me know any advice you may have for stopping the weight loss.

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Thursday, May 27th, 2004
12:15 am - Newbie!

Hi :) I just joined this community and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Beth and I'm 25. I'm 5'6 and when I graduated from college, I was 135 pounds. If I was really active one month, I'd drop down to 130. And if I was drinking a lot one month or really stressed out (think finals!) and eating pizza every other night, I'd go up to 140. But for the most part, I was happy with how I looked and was able to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

All of that changed in 2002 and 2003 when I was hit with some personal trauma. I didn't handle it well and gained quite a bit of weight in a very short period of time. I'm not sure what my highest weight was because I stopped stepping on the scale once it hit 165 but I wouldn't be surprised if I hit 170+

Anyway, I just relocated to a new city and since I haven't found a new job yet, I had some spare time today to look at some old pictures on my computer. I was so surprised to look at pictures from last summer and last fall and then compare them to one that I took yesterday! If anybody's interested, I have them posted in my journal. :)

I haven't reached my final goal of 130 yet, but I'm close and in some ways, I feel like I've already made it. Yay!

current mood: awake

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Friday, May 21st, 2004
1:38 pm - Hello!

So it finally occured to me to check for ww communities, and here you are!

My name is Sara and I've been on ww for about seven months. I started at 175.5 and as of my last weigh-in am now about 138. I became a lifetime member about two months ago.

I have a question for your lifers... do any of you work for ww? Or have you applied? I'd like to become a leader but I'm looking for a full time job and I don't know if they have full-time positions. I just moved to New Haven, CT... today. So I haven't scoped out the local centers yet. Any info would be great, thanks!

Oh and I'll be promoting these communities to all my friends on ww!

cross posted to: club_ww_recipes, lifetimeww, ww_users

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004
10:50 am - A dent from Lent

Just a quick update for all you lifers out there. Ever since I cut out chocolate at the beginning of Lent (just over a week ago), I am finding myself losing weight again. I'm otherwise not doing a whole lot differently. I guess those small bits of chocolate (kisses, fun bars, treasures) have more fat and calories in them than I thought. I used to have at least one after lunch. Now, nothing. I am actually finding my trouble spot - the lower belly - responding especially well to this new regimen. It's flattening out again. Sit-ups are helping, but I'm telling ya, it's the chocolate. The lack thereof.

I'm not saying that I LIKE it, this crazy "living without chocolate" thing, especially at this time of the month! But it's nice to know that, if only for selfish reasons, my sacrifie for Lent is paying off. :)

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004
3:58 pm - Still a work in progress.

I AM in control. Those Krispy Cremes looked real good, but I passed them by, cursing my way out.

I will NOT steal chocolate from any candy jar. I will sacrifice my love for chocolate in the name of Jesus for the next 38 days. It will be hard, but it must be done. (Yes, for selfish reasons; Not just my love for Jesus, but my love for the skinny bod I am capable of having but don't currently have. Some Catholic, eh? Vanity rules.)

I WILL keep track of my points in my own quasi-journal. A small, hand-held notepad, accessible at the nearest Sav-On. No excuses. No negotiations on this one. It's the only thing that works.

I WILL show up at weight watchers meeting every week that I can afford to do so until I am reasonably within goal weight range again. Being 10 pounds over is not acceptable.


How are you doing?

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004
2:09 pm - We have seen the light!

"In the beginning there were calories, and butter and steak were upon the face of the land. And the Lord (tm) said "let there be Lo-Cal". And there was Tab, and Fresca, Sweet n' Low and saccharin. And the people spent money. And it was good.

But the people kept dying of heart disease. "It is the cholesterol." said the Lord (tm). And there was margarine. And eggs were banished from the land.

But the people still got fatter. "It is the fat." said the Lord (tm). And there was pasta, non fat milk, fat-free cheese and Olestra.

But the people kept dying of heart disease. "It's the saturated fats." said the Lord (tm), and the sat fat begat trans fat and new tubs of margarine-like ooze were perpetrated on the masses. And Canola oil flowed throughout the land. And the people spent money. And it was good.

And Lo-Cal begat Sugar-Free and Diet soda begat bottled water, and saccharine begat Nutra-Sweet and aspartame begat Splenda.

But the people kept getting fatter. "It's the carbs", said the Lord (tm)And the Lord (tm) said "Let there be Atkins". And there was beef and lamb, and low-carb everything on the face of the land. And the people spent money. And it was good. Until..."

~Brought to you by the brilliant mind of igferatu

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Friday, December 19th, 2003
4:54 pm - Ack!

I have gained seven pounds! I mean, I am seven pounds over my goal right now. It sucks. Next year I will remember that it is not worth it. I said I would just kinda relax over the holidays and get re-focused in January - not worth it! I can feel the fat on me. Yeah, seven pounds isn't that much, but oh, it is there, and what I would give for a week of 0.8 pounds lost!

It really puts it all in perspective for me, as if I never got it the first time. Weight Watchers is a LIFESTYLE, not a trend or hobby. I want to be healthy, slender, and fit, and am perfectly capable. But right now I am munching and snacking on a little of everything that makes its way through the office.
Today it was Kahlua cake. oh. my. god. It was soOoOoOooOo good.

But worth the points? I think not! Then again, I'm not even tracking points, so what's the use of even thinking about them?

Can I just confess that I really don't like the new journals WW is giving out- the ones that look like checkbooks? I like the old ones with the check boxes at the bottom for water, protein, and milk. I understand the concept of deducting points like money, but I really preferred the old way of journaling, and find it annoying that I can't buy a new old journal. What a pathetic excuse for not keeping track of what I'm eating, though, huh?

Anyway, as of January 1, like the rest of the world, I'll be getting back on track. Last year I lost 28 pounds. This year I can easily lose the seven I need to lose to keep my money in my wallet every month, and on top of that, I'd like to shed another three, and make my new personal goal 137 pounds. It'll look killer on me.

Hope everyone else is managing to have more control through the holiday season. Lord knows I blew it long ago!

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2003
5:02 pm - Paging a member...

Oh eicnan, have you hit your goal yet?

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1:31 pm - Back at Goal Weight!

I weighed in for October today and I was so happy to see that I am finally back within my goal weight range!

Ever since my vacation in August I haven't been at goal weight and have had to pay at meetings. I was only four pounds over at my worst, but what a difference that makes on the wallet after you hit your goal. It's a great incentive to stick with it. Today I didn't have to pay, so I rewarded myself by buying their new cookbook, "In One Pot". It was only $9.95, so I bought two, and I'll use at least one as a Christmas gift for one of my sisters (they're both on the program now). You guys should check out this book the next time you hit a meeting. It has some GREAT receipes, especially if you like cooking soups, meats, or using a crock pot.

Anyway, just wanted to share my update with you all. It would be great to hear about progress on your end! Who's still at goal weight? Who's ignoring the program or struggling to get back down?

current mood: happy

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2003
11:10 am - 5 Weeks in...

I'd posted this as a comment to another entry, but thought I'd make it a full post so more people see it. Just the story of how I'm doing at the moment:

I've been on maintenance for five weeks now, and am eating three extra points a day. Last week I had my first ever 'gain' week. Big deadline at work followed by a 4 day conference with food provided. So I decided that I wouldn't count point religiously, and would allow myself to eat over-points if I felt I wanted to. In the event it was much easier than I thought to keep on track, and I did at most meals. I had one large dinner at the end - three courses with a massive dish of chocolates with coffee.

The real problem is that for the next few days, when I got home I ate badly. Worse than I had during the days I'd planned to go crazy. Overall I gained 2 pounds over that week. I've been back on track for about 5 days now, and I seem to have lost that 2 pounds, and a bit more to boot. My scale isn't very reliable, but it looks like at least 1 or 2 pounds less than I was before I went away. Go figure!

I'm finding maintenance a little discouraging, because I'm so used to seeing a loss on the scale as my reward / boost for the hard work. Maintaining each week is not really as exciting. I've also started to think I want to lose a little more. Rationally I know I'd rather lose it through exercise at a slower pace than the WW way - once I've got properly to my maintenance way of eating, but secretly I'd like to do it in a few weeks as I now know how to ;)

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Thursday, August 7th, 2003
3:23 pm - Newbie

Hi, I've just reached my goal last week, and am starting out on the 6 week maintenance plan. At the moment I'm planning to stay with WW for the long haul. I might try to lose 5 or 10 more pounds when I've maintained for a bit.

I'm finally starting to think about how I can keep this up forever. There are a few things I've been putting off really tackling till I get to this point. For example portion control. I've had large portions all the way through, just choosing low point options, but I think if I do that in the long term more calorie dense food will start creeping in.

There are other things I've been doing that I don't think I'll be able to keep up forever. One is journaling. At the moment I write down everything I eat. I've got 10 weeks left of the journal I'm in now, and I'll certainly finish that, but I don't think I want to keep journaling forever. On the other hand I'm not sure how I could do without it. I use my points in different ways all the time, and some days eat a lot more bulk of things - 4 or 5 big veggie meals, say. If I don't write it all down I quickly lose track.

How have other people handled journaling once you get to maintenance? And how has the way you eat changed from when you were actively losing?

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Thursday, July 17th, 2003
6:00 pm - Extreme self-consciousness

Since my weight loss journey hit the space where today I stand (at goal weight and looking better than I have in years!), I find myself feeling more self-conscious than ever. I've always been the kind of person who cares how she looks, and even puts effort into looking good. People have often asked me "Why are you all dressed up? What's the occasion?" and there usually hasn't been one. I just like to look good.

When I started putting weight on after high school, I still managed to usually look good and wear my weight pretty well. But I secretly realized that the world around me may not have agreed. I got less looks, less whistles on the road, and while it may seem petty and desperate, I missed those, and noticed their absence. I wanted them back. As disgusted and violated as I once felt at their reception, I quietly longed to hear those jeering remarks - however lustful and superficial - once again. I shamefully admit, it was a barometer for my dolling-out of self respect.

I can't say the hooting - or lack thereof - was my source of inspiration for finally jumping on the weight-loss wagon in January, but it was a distant influence. No; the source of my need to finally get rid of those 30 pounds was my own self-perception. Every time I looked in the mirror, what I saw just wasn't right. The round face wasn't me, and I was tired of looking at it, and dressing it up nicely when I knew it didn't look as good as it could.

Now that it's over, and I'm on my thirdsuccessful week of maintenance, I am finding everything on the outside back to normal. I look in the mirror and THAT'S the face I expect to see. It's like, I'm me again.

BUT - I am not used to the attention I am receiving from the outside. So the inside still isn't quite right. I suppose I have to grow into my new self. How ironic is that?

Last night Brian and I went to a bar, and there was only one other woman there, who smelled and spoke homeless. I was receiving attention from at least 30 male hormonal sources, and I was in hyper-self consciousness mode. I couldn't help but worry about how I was sitting, walking, drinking, and talking. I was so worried that I didn't look right, when in reality, I must have looked right, REALly right, because all eyes were on me. I was so thankful when other women finally arrived and the room cooled down significantly. The experience was all at once great, satisfying, and terrifying; nerve-wracking.

But I'll get used to it, in time.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2003
4:12 pm - God Bless Trader Joe's!

I would just like to show everyone what I have been buying at Trader Joe's ever since I started weight watchers in January. I think I owe a lot of my success to that store! If you aren't one of the lucky ones with a neighborhood store near you, I'll tell you that Trader Joe's is not all nose-in-the-air health food or even particularly expensive; it's just gourmet, extremely tasty, and generally more healthful food!

Oh, and I keep this list stored on my computer so when I need to go shopping, I just highlight the things I know I need and I'm off. Of course, there's always five or six items that end up in my cart that I simply couldn't refuse. If I like what I buy, the list gets longer. Works for me!


Bruschetta topping
Cheese - lowfat cheddar
Chicken Noodle Soup - lowfat
Coffee - Italian Roast
Crackers - Savory Thins
Dressing - Lowfat (Basil or Ranch)
Egg Substitute
English Muffins - Fat Free
Frozen Chicken Breasts
Frozen Chicken Shu Mai
Frozen Fish
Frozen Pot Stickers
Frozen Scallops
Frozen Shrimp - uncooked, de-veined
Frozen Shrimp with Vegetables
Frozen Vegetable Enchiladas
Hummus - Tomato and Basil
Olive Oil Cooking Spray
Pine Nuts
Salads - Ready to Eat (shrimp, caesar, greek, SW)
Spaghetti Sauce - Garlic
Veggie Canadian Bacon
Wheat Bread (fat-free)
Wine - Champagne - Asti
Wine - Shiraz - Crocodile Rock
Wine - Zinfandel - Cline

current mood: hungry

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Friday, July 11th, 2003
5:49 pm - Successful post-goal weigh-in!

I just want to quickly report that on Thursday, at my first weigh-in since reaching goal, I was actually down 0.8 pounds! I couldn't believe it. I mentioned before that I had a really bad week after hitting goal, because I sort of subconsciously let go. Well, it seems I was perhaps being too hard on myself. (I've done that a lot on WW.) I mean, I wanted to lose the weight once and for all, and I wasn't going to let anything stand in my way, especially not myself!

current mood: satisfied

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Thursday, July 10th, 2003
2:18 pm

my story:

I was a chubby kid, but not FAT. I was a cute little pudgy girl. I just had a lot of baby fat that when i grew , it disappeared. So I gradually got thinner and thinner. By 8th grade, I was pretty much thin. Then high school hit, and my mother decided we all needed to hop on board the no fat bus and we did the macdougal diet. Basically, this meant we ate like no fat for 2 years. I got skinnier and skinner. She lost 20 pounds. By 10th grade, I was very tiny, about 98 pounds. I am only 5ft tall, so it was ok. Then I went on the pill, gained about 10 pounds, panicked, but today realize I was by no means fat at all. I lost 5 of it, and stayed super little and skinny with very little effort due to the fact that we owned no food with fat in it.

Then I went off to college. I gained 10 pounds the first year, only went up one size and still wore some 2's and 4's, and didn't think i looked bad. Second year, 30 pounds in 6 months due to depression, a mean boyfriend who ate giant horrible meals all the time and so did I, hating myself, and depo provera.

Third year- Leveled off, lost 10 pounds, then gained 25 back.
4th year: lost 10, gained back 25. Are we seeing a cycle here?

5th year- By 2001, I weighed around 160 to 170 pounds. I lost 10 on my own and joined weight watchers at 151 pounds.

A year and 4 months later, here I am, about 110 pounds and healthy as hell!!! and my mom did it too, and she's lost like 30 pounds!!! :)

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10:05 am

suesheeme asked me what my WW story is and I suppose with this new community getting on it's feet rather then reply directly I'll post a new message. =)

I've always been on the chunky side since about puberty. After college the chunky became fat and it wasn't so attractive anymore so I went on a diet and lost 100 pounds (a diet much like Atkins). I loved being skinny but I also loved food so of course some of the weight came back on.

And then I got married and unfortunately it was a miserable marriage. My ex did all the cooking with the deep fryer he just had to register for. Factor in his cooking and my unhappiness and I was right back to where I started; F-A-T.

We got divorced and I was slowly losing weight but still mentally not myself. I got tired of the weight slowly coming off and started WW in July of 2001. This diet worked much better for me. It taught me healthy eating habits and still allowed me to have "bad foods" once in awhile.

I think it's a must to have those bad foods along the way. It keeps you sane, keeps you from blowing it and cheating big time. For me it's also taught me how to have those bad foods in moderation.

Now a year later and 92 pounds later I feel great! The old me is back, I have self esteem, I'm not afraid to try new things. I don't dread going to the mall to buy clothes anymore. I don't feel self conscious working out at the gym anymore.

I'm actually glad this is not the first time I've lost a lot of weight. This has taught me that maintenance is an essential part of my daily routine. Just because I'm at a nice healthy weight DOESN'T mean I can eat whatever I want. My biggest fear is gaining all the weight back and I want to try my hardest to make sure that doesn't happen. I love the way I look and feel mentally and physically. I don't ever want to get back in to that insecure state of mind and become reclusive again because I'm uncomfortable with myself.

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