Ok, so I hope this isn't too random of a question, but tomorrow I plan on getting my first massage.  I weigh about 240 (down from 260...I joined Weight Watchers!), and have been having some severe back pains.  It started about a month ago when I started the Couch 2 5k running program.  The doctor said I was having muscles spasms, and put me on muscle relaxants and pain killers.  She also said I should stop running, but keep moving (ie. walking).  The pain went away for awhile, but not it is back in full force.  The doctor now suggested getting a massage, but I'm SO nervous, because, like I said, I've never had one before.  I'm pretty self-conscious about my body, and I'm worried about looking like a lump of fat on the table.  Has anyone here ever had a massage?  What was your experience like?  Do I have any reason to be worried?

One more thing, is anyone doing the C25K running program?  Should I stop if my back pain is so severe?  Will it get better once I lose weight?

Thanks for your help!


Ok, I have something to talk about, and a request. I'm not sure if the request is even allowed on here, but I thought I'd try. First, I was on Weight Watchers a couple years ago, and was really successful. I was down about 40lbs, almost under 200. I stopped going to meetings, and since then have been up and down in my weight. I am now at my biggest (about 250lbs), and am miserable. I look in the mirror and hate myself, yet I can't find the motivation to get myself back in gear. For a couple weeks I had been using my Wii Fit everyday, but then I had to have a minor surgery on my toe, and that stopped completely. I feel discouraged, ugly, and disgusted with myself. Any suggestions about how to get my motivation back?

My request is this...I'm not successful in my weight loss, but I feel pretty successful in my job. I'm a teacher, and my students don't have much. They come from tough homes, and I try to support them as best they can. However, I'm not made of money! There is a website, www.donorschoose.org where teachers can post projects, and people from around the world can choose to donate money to buy the materials requested by teachers. Right now the fast food restaurant Sonic is funding projects that get a lot of votes. If you wouldn't mind, I'd love some help! I'm looking to fund a project for books that talk about cultural differences, bullying, being confident, and just being different than other people. Here is what you have to do:

1. Go to http://www.limeadesforlearning.com

2. On the left side, click on "find a project"

3. In the middle of the page it will say, "Add a filter". Choose "location"

4. Then choose "Minnesota"

5. My project is called, "Celebrate our Differences". A picture of kids laying down in a circle will be there, too. Once you find it, vote for it.

6. An email will be sent to your email address that you need to confirm.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

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I haven't posted in this community for ages. I thought I would start again as I am again trying to lose weight. Originally I was up to 261 pounds and then by October 2008 was down to 148 pounds. 113 pound loss.

After that, I gained again because I got pregnant. I just had my baby July 10, 2010 and I'm now back around 195 pounds or so (haven't checked in over a week). So here I am again. I'd like to lose 55-60 pounds.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

I know oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast and, with a lot of sugar-free syrup, I generally enjoy it. But then it gets boring and I'd rather have less-healthy cereal or pizza or ice cream.

On that note, I've discovered banana nut bread oatmeal:

Slice up a banana, sprinkle some crushed walnuts on top, then add instant oatmeal and water and microwave.

Two minutes to a delicious breakfast. Hell, today, I didn't even use syrup! The bananas add such a wonderful flavor/texture that really breaks up the monotony of plain oatmeal.
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Hello all -
I do not think I've ever posted on this page but its on my friends page and I read it reguarly. It took me over a year to loose 65lbs and I'm very pleased (no alcohol, sweets/sugar, and exercizing daily). I'm less now than I was in high school (although in HS I was overweight...I still have atleast 70lbs more to go).
For the last 3months I have been loosing and gaining the same 5lbs over and over. I know I've hit a plateau and have read/researched on how to get past it, but nothing is working! I've tried eating less carbs, changing up exercise, etc etc. Any other pointers?
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Here we go again

I joined Weight Watchers again. This is the bazillionth time I think? This time, I have to stay committed and NOT give up. I'm lucky to have my sister doing this with me. She doesn't have as much to lose as me but I'm glad for the support. Also, I decided to do WW online for now then later on maybe try meetings. So, wish me luck on this journey!
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Monday weigh-in (Week 2)

Starting weight: 250 (Feb 1)
Last week's weight: 248
Current weight: 243
This week's loss: -5
Total loss: 7
STG: 220
LTG: 130ish

Wow I'm relieved. I know I won't be losing that much every week, or even in a month for that matter but it just feels good for a start. I thought I'd also keep track this way so I'll know about making any changes along the way. Figures are approximate, I try not to get too OCD on Fitday.

Week 1: Calories: 1936 Fat: 140g Carbs: 22g Protein: 139g Exercise: 6 days Result: -2

Week 2: Calories: 1909 Fat: 143g Carbs: 27g Protein: 125g Exercise: 4 days
Result: -5

So the water was the biggest challenge. I didn't realize till I was really counting that I wasn't drinking nearly enough. My aim of 2 litres last week was a struggle, but I made it each day.

I missed two days at the gym, one planned, one not. Made up for one so I got up to 4 days instead of 5. Still feel very accomplished.

One day of eating 2700 (!!!) calories. Darn those bunless cheeseburgers! But overall week's average was under 2000.

This week I'm all about maintaining the momentum, will tweak my goals depending on the results and how my body feels.

1- Continue drinking 2 litres daily
2- Continue 3 days on, 1 day off at the gym = 5 days this week
3- Stick to just under 2000 calories, 25-30 carbs, tracking on Fitday
4- Daily weigh-ins, regular posts.

How is everyone?

Monday weigh-in and starting over

Last week's and starting weight: 250 - my heaviest.
Current weight: 248
This week's lost: -2
STG: 220
LTG: 130ish

I am tired of bouncing up and down and UP like this. Tired of the guilt and the food obssession which of course makes me eat all the more. I feel like I've been doing this my whole life. I'm 33 and need to get my act
together for goodness' sake. If I don't do it now, my metabolism going to make it all that much harder - it's already a challenge now. I just want to be THERE you know, THERE and done with the losing and the struggling. It scares me to think that I could struggle with this for the REST of my life. So here I am. Does anyone else feel that way? What do you do about it?

I've been good for one whole week - though I don't like to think of it in terms of good/bad behavior. How about I say that I've been eating well for one whole week. It's been a long time since I've said that. I exercised six days last week. I haven't been able to say that for ages either. I'll take that 2lb loss even if I'm thinking that it should be more MORE.

So I am trying, no, going to be accountable this time.
My plans for the next week are:
- Drink more water and keep track
- Continue with my gym schedule - I do three days on and one day off, so that'll make five times this week.
- Continue to eat properly
- Continue to weigh myself daily - I like to see the fluctuations, they remind me that I have down days and up days and it's slowly going down
- Continue to eat properly and key in all my food intake into Fitday
- Check in here and post again on Monday if not before

Thank you for reading. Thank you for being there.