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September 9th, 2004, 12:26 AM


It ends January the 6th. 17 weeks!

Since summer is over and I didn't do to well..going away tomorrow for a week and going away in October..will make it harder for me ......................(I know.NO excuses)
Since we cruise on January 16th week after pledge is over.......................
I Pledge to LOSE..15 to 20 lbs! So my clothes will look better on or better
still have to buy new ones.

Good Luck Everyone! Luck and the HARD work you have to do to LOSE!

September 9th, 2004, 02:30 AM
For me this is step one to losing before we cruise next June. I pledge to lose 20 to 25 pounds by the end of this pledge. I'm fortunate because I already started an excercise program about 2 weeks ago - with a couple of great work out buddies! For me it's eating right that is always the challenge.

September 9th, 2004, 06:41 AM
Since this pledge is for 17 weeks, I will pledge to be at goal. This means an 8 lb. loss. However, I will be going on Voyager of the Seas in October, so this will be a challenge!

September 9th, 2004, 08:15 AM
I'm only going to pledge to lose 5 lbs. My goal is to lose 15, but with this pledge being over the holidays, I'll never make that....so, 5 lbs. here. :)

September 9th, 2004, 09:01 AM
Okay, I am going out on a limb here. I am going to pledge 20 lbs. Thinking of the holidays, this is scary, but I am motivated and pumped for this. I know I can do it.


September 9th, 2004, 09:11 AM
Since I have not done so well with the other pledges, I am going to keep this fairly simple. I pledge to lose the 6 lbs I gained on my cruise and to keep it off over the holidays.

I will be going away in October and November to see my son in boot camp, so I will be eating out alot. I should also pledge that I will try not to keep making excuses for myself, such as the one I just made above.:rolleyes:

Good luck to all of us with our pledges.:)


September 9th, 2004, 09:12 AM
Angie, you did so well on the other pledge, I bet you make this one! ;)

September 9th, 2004, 09:40 AM
Rose - LOL - Your funny!!

Once again I pledge to just keep the scale going down, so I'm not setting a goal for a certain number of lbs.

I am about 15-16 lbs. from goal, so who knows maybe I'll make that goal by the end of this pledge!! Hey, anything's possible!! :p

Ginny :)

September 9th, 2004, 11:09 AM
I'm another one who doesn't do well with the pledges. Most of them were gains except the last one where I stayed the same. We have Christmas at the end of this pledge. That will make it a lot tougher. So, I'm going to keep it conservative and say 10 lbs.


September 9th, 2004, 12:11 PM
Well, apparently I have been living like I used to because all the weight I lost over the last two years is creeping back on. I am up 10 pounds from my low last Spring, and that was not at goal. So, back to reality. I pledge to eat better, exercise more, and increase the water. Will go for a 10 pound loss by the end of this pledge. That will at least get me back into cruising clothes. We do not have one planned, but hope to do so soon. Thanks for letting me join you again. Suzy

September 9th, 2004, 05:02 PM
Well, I would love to actually be convinced that I could drop 34 in 17 weeks ;) but I know me. I think I'll say 25. That would put me halfway to my goal.


September 9th, 2004, 05:39 PM
Tami.. I want to say 34 pounds too and I HOPE I can! But I think 25 is more realistic for me. I already lost 17 pounds in 5 weeks, but I know I can't keep that up. So... I'm going for 25!


September 9th, 2004, 05:50 PM
Count me in - I will pledge 20 pounds, half-way to my goal. My first pledge so here's hoping it helps.............

September 9th, 2004, 06:10 PM
Count me in for 20 pounds too. End date is one month pre cruise, so i will be starting to look for new clothes.....hope that will keep me honest! Good luck ( actually it isn't luck at all is it?) to all!!!

September 9th, 2004, 07:39 PM
Count me in Too. I pledge to loose another 15 more pounds which is 5 pounds more to loose than my original goal. I am only 10.5 pounds away from that I really think by January I can loose another 15. The hard part will be maintaining thru the Holidays and keeping it off by my March 13th cruise.

My first goal is to get this other 10.5 pounds off by my November 13th cruise.

September 9th, 2004, 07:50 PM
I pledge to lose 12.4 pounds by 10/21 and to then lose another 10 by 12/9

September 9th, 2004, 07:56 PM
D- I pledge 20lb. Big goal, but that is only less than half of my final goal
E- here's the big one for me: I pledge to do at least 20 min 3x a week (i hate exercising)
W- at least one glass a day. Another challenge! Some days I'm good, others I'm not.

How often do we check in to see how everyone is doing?

September 10th, 2004, 12:45 AM
I'd like to join this challenge as well I just started the 6 week body makeover today and so far so good.

I pledge the following:

D: I pledge to lose 30lbs and not gain over the holidays
E: 45 min 4x a week cardio and 2 days of body sculpting
W: I pledge to drink 100oz of water everyday

September 10th, 2004, 06:33 AM
I meant to say one quart a day, not one glass a day for water!

September 10th, 2004, 11:29 AM
Diet - I pledge to stick to my WOE. (I've been trying to stick to 1600-1800 calories per day for the past week and am seeing good results! I'm still applying Zone principles and eating only HEALTHY food. I've given up sugar, caffeine, fried foods, soda, etc.)

Exercise - I pledge to continue to walk 20 minutes up and downhill each day (at least 5-6 x's per week) and I have a goal to add weight training very soon.

Water - I've been getting in about 2+ liters of water per day (drinking water and flavored sparkling water), so I pledge to continue to drink at least that much.

I pledge to lose at least 20 pounds, with 30 pounds actually being my goal, by January 6th. If I continue to lose 2 pounds a week, I can do it! :D

I also pledge to donate all of my current size 30/32 clothing (and HOPEFULLY all of my 26/28's!) before December 31st. Out with the old, in with the new! Here's hoping the new is at least a 22/24 by then! ;)


:) Shauna

September 10th, 2004, 01:17 PM
I'm currently about 10 pounds above my goal weight and pledge to be there in 17 weeks. However, I'm cruising Oct. 30 and want to be below goal when I step foot on the ship. So I'm also pledging to lose 17 pounds by October 29.

I exercise three or four days a week so that's no problem.

And I just started getting back into my water drinking this week (that's the hardest for me).

Cruise Miriam
September 10th, 2004, 04:16 PM
Here's wishing everyone very good luck on their DEW pledges. I didn't do so well on my last pledge -- I was trying to stay the same. So, my DEW pledge is to try to keep my weight close to where I am now if not gain a couple of pounds. I know, that's kind of werid, but two years ago, I wanted to lose at least 25 lbs. and I've lost way more than that.

On a side note, we have someone who sometimes posts here who was here last weekend. We hadn't seen each other in two years. She has lost a lot of weight and looks so great!!!

September 10th, 2004, 04:25 PM
I am one of those people who weigh daily. With that said I was excited when I stepped on the scale this morning. I dropped another pounds since yesterday. Too bad today was not Thursday ;) So One pounds down against my 15 pounds pledge, but I guess I should really wait till next Thursday because I could really blow it this weekend:eek:

September 10th, 2004, 05:48 PM
So One pounds down against my 15 pounds pledge, but I guess I should really wait till next Thursday because I could really blow it this weekend:eek:Don't do it Lisa. I'll put out an APB for you at all Olive Gardens.:D

September 10th, 2004, 06:15 PM
I'd like to join this challenge as well I just started the 6 week body makeover today and so far so good.
I am looking at this program; Have you been happy with it?

I'm in. Pledge to lose 17. Hope that 1 lb/week is doable. Would really like to go for 34 (need to lose 70:eek: --haven't really admitted that before--looks scary to see it written down!), but don't want to get discouraged. Good luck to everyone.

September 10th, 2004, 06:46 PM
I'm new to this group and I pledge to lose 17 pounds. That was my goal anyway and we leave on the Caribbean Princess on January 8. Good luck everyone! :)

Susan in Minneapolis

Gym Girl
September 10th, 2004, 08:47 PM
God bless ya, Belle, for coming up with great pledge names, and for being such a wonderful cheerleader!

Ladies, count me in! I have lost 25 lbs. since June, but have gained some back. I pledge to lose 3 lbs. In addition, I pledge to workout at least 3-4 days per week, to continue with my 40-50 min. of cardio each workout, and to limit my carbs.

JY, welcome to the board! My husband was born in Allentown, and lots of his relatives still live there and in Emmaus, PA. When is your wedding???


September 10th, 2004, 10:02 PM
I am new to this group and I pledge to lose 20 lbs. I have lost 58 pounds on weight watchers since January. I walk 2 miles a day during the week I pledge to walk 2 miles a day on the weekends. I also quit smoking 3 years ago on the 15th of September and have never cheated. Good luck to everyone. Remember to take one day a time.

September 12th, 2004, 04:55 AM
A few days late - but I'm in. After losing 62 lbs the weight is coming off slower -- so I pledge 8 lbs. Good luck everyone!!!

September 12th, 2004, 07:32 AM
I've been away from here for a little while, but I need to get back at it. I pledge to lose 20 pounds-that will put me 2-3 pounds below my goal.

September 13th, 2004, 01:07 AM
Betsy: What a small world :) I personally hate allentown lol I want to move back home to West Virginia or to Lousiville where my family is mostly from but I know that will never happen.My wedding is June 11th and our cruise is June 14th as it gets closer I have no motivation to do wedding things.

cruisintwinsmom: I wrote you back on my original thread :) keep me updated if you get the kit or not. Have you gone to the provida website and taken the body type test? I'm a type A maybe if you don't get the kit I could try and get some info together for you about what you should eat etc. if you take the body type quiz.

~Lisa S.

September 13th, 2004, 10:13 AM
I've been around the cruisecritic boards for quite a while now (Princess threads) but am a newby here. I find sharing the experience of weightloss to be motivating and inspiring to me. Yesterday morning I finally said "enough is enough" and dug out my old WW books - and started the Freedom Plan (my favorite of all the programs and the one that worked the best for me in the past). I have exactly 13 weeks from today till the ship leaves the dock and believe I can lose the recommended 2 lbs./week, so here's my commitment to lose 26 before I sail. Wow, that's going to be tough, but with enough water and exercise (treadmill here I come!), I can do it. That will leave me 24 lbs. from goal. Geez, I hate to have to admit that but as they say, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step -----

So, here's to DEW (and by the way, I don't think you can overstate the importance of Water, for whatever reason, it always seems like the magic ingredient to me).


September 14th, 2004, 05:46 PM
It's almost our first weigh in day I'm so excited I wish everyone a great weigh in!

September 15th, 2004, 10:59 AM
I must start off by confessing that I have been lurking (interpreted - taking inspiration from everyone but not really giving anything back - bad me!) on the Lose Before You Cruise board for almost a year now. But I have decided that I really want to become more actively involved so here I am.

To give a brief history, I am 52 and have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life. 32 years of marriage to a wonderful man who has one of the world's best metabolism has been very bad for my eating habits. I am the Queen (or surely rate Princess status at the very least) of yo-yo dieting. I started married life at 120 pounds (I am only 5'2" so while I was certainly not over weight neither was I a rail). I immediately started gaining when I started eating and snacking with DH. And since that time I have been as heavy as 226 (that I know of - I don't always weigh myself when at my largest) and as low as the 120 where I started. And I have traveled the numbers in between numerous times. I have clothes from size 6 Petite to Women's 24-26. Sigh..................................

Anyway, to try and make a long story short, the past year started out as a very difficult one for me. I sent my youngest child off to college and found empty-nesting very difficult at first. Seeing how I was struggling, this wonderful DH (short of that nasty metabolism thing I already mentioned), told me that the problem was that I had spend the past 27 years always focusing on everyone else and now I had earned the time to focus on me. That I needed to treat and pamper myself until I decided where I wanted to focus my time and attention now. So I took him up on the offer. I started eating right again (I had gained through my daughter's Senior year and last summer home before college - I call it my pre-imptivie comfort food/stress eating). Began exercising. And actually started getting manacures and pedicures (yes, I got very decadent). And I started coming here for encouragement and 2nd hand pep talks.

I can't believe how helpful reading everyone else's stories/struggles/ successes was - it really pumped me up when I was feeling weak.

So now it is a year later and I have sent DD off to school again. And I weigh 121 pounds and walk 4 miles at least 5 days a week. But I have yo-yo'd so often that I am terrified of gaining the weight back - AGAIN!

So I want to join the DEW pledge:

Diet - 1) maintain my WOE and keep weight stable
2) keep a food diary so I will notice if changes start to creep in
Exercise - 1) Continue walking
2) Start some weight training so I can build more muscle mass for
general health and to burn more calories
Water - Try to start drinking water. I drink too much coffee and Diet Rite. (OK, I guess that was too easy,) So I pledge to drink at least 3 glasses of water a day. I know I need more but I want to really do whatever I pledge so
I will start small.

Thanks to all for listening. Good luck to all of us!

September 15th, 2004, 11:22 AM
Well well well. You never know who you'll run into over here. Welcome to the fold Mellow. :D You already know most of the folks, so you know how supportive this place can be. You'll like it here, now that you're out of the closet. :p Are you following any particular plan?


September 15th, 2004, 12:58 PM
Hey 2, and yes, it is a small world. ;) Needless to say, I have read your posts here over the past year. I can always count on your sense of humor to pick me up - I think we must share some humor gene because I do enjoy where your mind goes quite often.

As to my WOE (kinda find that particular set of shorthand initials rather daunting), I kind of do my own thing that has come from finding what works best for me from all the years of "dieting". This past year has been the easiest and best yet which is why I do have some glimmer of hope that I might be able to actually make this a WOE for the long haul. Basically it is somewhere between South Beach ideas and Adkins ideas. It is more like South Beach because I love fresh fruit and think the antioxidents, etc they provide - to say nothing of satisfiying that need for sweet flavors - are worth their carbs. I do try to lean toward the lower carb ones. I splerge on the grocery bill to always have fresh berries (red raspberries, blue berries, strawberries) for breakfast almost every AM with Splenda and a touch of half and half. That along with a hard boiled egg gets my day off to a good start. My grandparents grew fresh berries and so I find them very much a comfort food as well as a "sweet".

However, I am more like Adkins in that I do not do sugar sweets or higher starch items at all really. No breads or regular potatoes or pasta - even whole wheat products yet. I have learned that I am VERY sensitive to blood sugar/insulin swings that lead to terrible sweet/starch cravings. The more I eat, the more I want to eat. When I used to try low fat dieting, I had to fight the fridge/pantry ALL THE TIME! Temporary will power was not an issue. I could lose. But I was irritable and wanted to eat all the time. And as soon as I stopped "dieting" back would come the weight. But if I stay away from foods that "increase blood sugar followed by too much insulin followed by more eating" then I found that I didn't have those desires to eat/cheat all the time. So now I use tomatoes, sauted in olive oil mushrooms, and sweet potatoes as my "potato/pasta" substitute. If I maintain for 6 months to a year, then I might feel brave enough to start adding small amounts of whole wheat but for the moment I am still gun-shy of anything that I think might start a negative spiral.

The other thing I have done this time is make sure I treated myself often with really good food and dinners out. Instead of small amounts of $$ on fast food every other day (OK, every day sometimes) as I would have previously, we go out to a really nice dinner at least once a week. Expensive yes, but really good chefs can provide spices and tastes that minimal cooks like me can only dream of creating. So I can get really good salmon or crab legs or steak, a baked sweet potato (I have started bringing my own mixture of yogert butter subsitute that has no transfats with a touch of brown sugar twin and cinammon), a salad and a good glass of wine. And the servings are always so big that I immediately cut the meat and potato in half to take home for dinner the next night. Those dinner dates have really helped to keep boredom out of the new WOE (and the date part is nice too :))

Wow, aren't you glad you asked a simple question? Sorry, but short stories are NOT my strong suit.:(

September 15th, 2004, 02:15 PM
Your plan is basically what I've been doing except mine leans a little more toward Atkins. I know myself well enough to know that I really don't tolerate carbs very well. And I have such a weakness for them. It's been a long time since I've had a slice of bread. Isn't it amazing how efficient these bodies of ours are? Bet you never thought of yourself as a finely tuned machine. :D Art is always commenting on how little I eat but how little weight I lose. If he didn't make my lunches and do the week-day cooking, he'd guess that I had been cheating and eating out. Not so. Besides I'm paying for the Reali-Tini cruise, so no extra $$$. :p


September 15th, 2004, 02:27 PM
I feel your pain. I knew we were genetically connected. I cannot eat much over 1000-1200 calories a day and lose weight. I should be so efficient in any other area of my life! Or I should say and lose noticable weight. I might lose 10 pounds a year with a higher calorie count but if I want to lose 8-10 pounds a month - even when I am considerably above my ideal weight - I have to eat less.

Since younger DD and I had to cancel last week's cruise because of her summer intership at UC, DH and I do not have a cruise booked until Brilliance 10 night Panama at end of February 2005. So I have the holidays to work through but vacations won't be an issue for almost 6 months. That's why I thought this would be such a perfect time to try and work out a matenance statagy that works for me. Then maybe the cruise won't do me in - hope, hope, hope, (crossed fingers emoticon - if I could find one)

September 15th, 2004, 02:41 PM
The front office staff keeps coming into my office and asking questions. Darn, don't they know that I'm busy? :p

Years ago I did the Richard Simmons Deal-A-Meal. (A very good plan BTW) It's very much like WW only more visual. Hey - I needed all the help I could get. I'm 5'2" also and found out then that if I'm going to count calories 800 / day was the max. The only other way was to exercise. :eek: Remember that I'm the girl who uses her treadmill as a clothes hanger. Well Lunyma does too. ;) Be careful with that exercise. You don't want to go and ruin that manicure of yours. LOL!


September 15th, 2004, 03:38 PM
Well, you will note that my "exercise" consists of walking only. I don't like to sweat - perhaps an explanation of my non-existent matabolism lies in here somewhere. And I am too uncoordinated for anything very stenuous. However, even I can walk and maintain a manacure at the same time.

As for the treadmill, as long as you are hanging your GOLF clothes on said treadmill, then I think it still counts as exercise. I did take golf lessons earlier this summer but then my surgery put that on hold for the latter part of the summer. I found that I was a really bad golfer, but I do like being out on the course when we are at our lake condo. It's almost as good as sitting on the screened porch with a glass of wine after the round of golf.

September 15th, 2004, 03:41 PM
I've got the designer clubs, bag, shoes and clothes. I look darned fine on a golf course. But my swing still sucks! :D


September 15th, 2004, 03:52 PM
You say that as if there is a problem somewhere there........ I obviously need to teach you to approach the sport with your priorities back in line!:D

September 15th, 2004, 05:12 PM
OK, so what does WOE mean? Usually can figure out these shortcuts, but I'm baffled. Thanks.

September 15th, 2004, 07:23 PM
Way Of Eating - or type diet/plan. Needless to say, the concept is suppose to encompass looking at our eating habits as permanent changes, not just "diets". Unfortunately, I find myself thinking "Woe is me!" too often when I see it written. :o Someone needs to come up with a more upbeat shorthand for the easily influenced such as myself.......

September 15th, 2004, 09:14 PM
I'm new, but I've been lurking for a few weeks;) my dh and I are going on our first cruise in December. I bought a really cute bathing suit, so I wanna look good in it. I really need to be held accountable, so checking in with you great people will help me a lot (I hope:p )
Ugh, I haven't shared this before.. here goes- I'm 5'4", 186lbs and would like to be around 145-150. So I will pledge to lose 18 pounds by the end of this round, and work my fanny off in the hopes of losing more:rolleyes: .

D.. I will make better choices for all my food intake
E.. I will be trying for 45 minutes 4 times a week (combo of walking/running, cardio, pilates, tai chi)
W.. 2 quarts per day

Just getting out there and moving is what I really need to do...now where are those running shoes?


September 15th, 2004, 09:17 PM
Stacey you are one brave woman posting your weight. I don't tell anyone. And sometimes I even lie to myself. :D


September 15th, 2004, 10:18 PM
Stacey you are one brave woman posting your weight. I don't tell anyone. And sometimes I even lie to myself. :D

LOL! I know, I figure that I'll feel better when I post my pounds lost, it'll look way more impressive if I say I'm down to 170 from 188, then I lost 18 pounds eh? I am actually down 9 pounds from about 2 months ago--duh, I should have posted that too huh:p

September 16th, 2004, 07:05 AM
Thanks, just couldn't figure it out.

September 16th, 2004, 01:03 PM
Linda~ Been reading your posts. Can't believe you "lurked" for a year before posting. Glad you joined in. I can sure relate to your "story". You sound a lot like me. I am only 7 weeks in to my new WOE and down 19.5 pounds so far. Hoping to drop another 60.5. I seem to have a ZERO metabolism too and I, like you, don't like to sweat! So walking is my choice of exercise. I recently bought my 1st Walk Away the Pounds tape too and plan to do that once the weather here in WI is too cold or snowy to walk outside.

Congrats on your success and continued success to you! You have a great attitude and sense of humor! :D


September 16th, 2004, 01:37 PM
Well I must confess, I posted last Friday that I had lost a whole pound from the Weigh In day before. Unfortuately I gained it back but at least I am a Stay The Samer this week.

I too am not afraid to tell every one what I weigh. I started this weight loss journey January 1st weighing 192.5 I am 5 ft tall (barely) As of this morning I weighed 145.5 The amazing part is because I have exercised so much (daily since January) I actually look smaller than I weigh. People at work think I will blow away if I loose any more. I am wearing 10 petite pants and blouses are a size 8. I even tryed on a dress this past weekend that was a 10 petite that was way too big (they did not have an 8). My formal cruise wear is all way too big so with less than 60 days I need to start shopping for new dresses:p I just hate to buy too soon but then I doubt if I do manage to loose another 10 to 12 if the dress would be that much bigger and I do have to leave room for the weight I gain by the last formal night:eek:

September 16th, 2004, 01:47 PM
Wow Lisa! That's GREAT! Sounds like you've been doing super to come so far! And exercising every day!!! I NEED to get to that next step! What type of exercising are you doing? Keep up the good work!

I need to step it in to gear if I want to be at or near goal by my cruise in March. You all have been such a great incentive! This board has made a HUGE difference this time around... I've hung in there 7 weeks so far. I know I can do it this time! Thanks to all!!!


September 16th, 2004, 02:26 PM
Jean, I started out with just a small amount of exercise every day because I was so over wieght and not in shape. I have a treadmill and a Healthrider. I would do just 3 minutes on the Healthrider and 5 minutes on the treadmill. After I lost about 15 pounds I then started doing floor exercises like situp, leglifts, twists and touching my toes/floor. Now my rountine is 10 minutes of floor exercise, 5 to 10 minutes on the Healthrider and 12 minutes on the Treadmill with 3 to 4 minutes running. At least that is Monday thru Friday on Saturday and Sunday I increase the Treadmill to 30 minutes and the Heathrider to 12 minutes. The big key is to start out with just a few minutes daily of exercise. It was so hard in the beginning, I really dreaded it but as I kept doing it it just became part of my everyday thing. I have only missed it a few times since January and now actually feel really guilty if I do not do it.

September 17th, 2004, 06:45 PM
Is it too late to do the DEW? I'm new to this section of the boards, and this looks like something that could keep me motivated (along with 2 upcoming cruises!). Since I'm 1 week behind, in 16 weeks, my goal will be 20 lbs. I started WW 3 1/2 weeks ago, and lost 10 lbs in the first 3 weeks. If I lose the 20 lbs I'm pledging, I'll be at goal!

September 18th, 2004, 12:41 AM
To the..

Glad to see so many of you getting on the Pledge!
Good Luck to you ALL! It takes that sometimes
but it mostly takes hard work..as YOU KNOW!


Hope Everyone Makes Their PLEDGE!

PS Betsy Thank You.

September 20th, 2004, 05:39 PM
Hi everyone,

Is it too late to jump aboard?

Just booked our first cruise ever yesterday (Mariner of the Seas, January 9, 2005). I'm so excited about it! I don't want worries about how I look (or which clothes can I squeeze myself in) to spoil all the fun, and I want to be able to be sane about food and enjoy the cruising experience without guilt.

So, my pledge is 20-25 lbs. Wish me luck everyone!