WW Clubs and Groups - Thursday Chatters for the New Year

01-01-2007, 04:21 PM
Hi, :newyear:

We welcome anyone that wants to join our group. We all at one time either weighed or thought about weighing Thursdays :) We are a fun and supportive group!

I am going to start doing monthly goals. My goal for January is to lose 10 pounds. My trainer has other goals for me too ( losing inches). I am going to seriously count my points and stick with it and see if I can start making headway.

I didn't make any resolutions! I just plan on taking better careof myself. What about ya'll?

01-01-2007, 04:26 PM
Thanks a lot for starting us off, Susan.
New Year's Resolutions----yes, I always seem to make the same ones. :lol:
I want to lose 10 pounds this month. I guess that could be a doable resolution.
David is happy to have a job.

I hope everyone is having a great day. We just ate our black eyed peas for good luck. I always fix some ham, too. Today I'm not counting points but am not eating sweets. In fact, nearly every sweet has been thrown out of our house!


01-01-2007, 06:04 PM
Monthly goals sound good. I agree about taking better care of myself. I think my weight loss goal for January will be to hit 20 pounds, so I have 8 to go. I know that I did better over the holidays than I thought I would so that's a good thing!! Very lazy day today. I'm hurting from the fibro, so I've spent most of the day in bed or kicked back in the recliner. Maybe I overdid it on our Michigan trip and doing so much yesterday during the day. We had a pork roast and saurkraut for lunch for our good luck for the new year.

01-02-2007, 03:02 PM
Count me in. I think 10 pounds for January is a great goal!

01-02-2007, 10:16 PM
IT sounds like a January Goal is what everyone wants to do. Great!

Tammy, hope you feel better. You had too much holidays.
That's what I had.
Today I've been really sick with a sore throat and congestion. It came on me last night. I was feverish all night. I hate when that happens. You're so tired but just feel so lousy.
My voice is about to leave me right now. Not fun!!!

Dee, how are you and your son doing?
Wildcat, it's great to have you with us.
Susan, how was exercise?
Where are Amy and Sis and Leeann?

01-02-2007, 10:39 PM

Tina, you have what I had. Sore throat at first and then congestion. I hate to say it but it's going to stick around for several days. I ran a low grade fever and would get hot and sweaty and then cold so I know I had one. Hope you feel better!!! Get LOTS of rest!!!!

Tammy, when do you go back to school? I go tomorrow! BOO!!!! I would like another week of vacation.

I went to WW today and was down 3.6 pounds. That's been in 2 weeks. I figure that's a start so I am happy. I work out with my trainer tomorrow. I've been really stick to everything.

01-03-2007, 09:32 PM
Wildcat, welcome to the group!

Tina, I hope you are feeling better today. No fun to start the new year being sick, and not being able to talk is not fun anytime!! I agree with Susan, get lots of rest. Maybe I'll rest for you too!! I'm not as sore as I was the past couple of days, so that's a plus.

Susan, we went back to school today too. I could have used another week just because Tim is still home. I guess I can't complain too much since I'm not even going every day. Good for you on the weigh in!! I think 2007 is going to be the year for all of us!!

Tonight was the first water aerobics class for this session. We have a couple of new people, and I think they already figured out that the rest of us are crazy. We do have fun!!!

Where is the rest of our group?

01-03-2007, 10:52 PM
Hope everyone had a great day. I started the day off going to the ENT for my 6 month checkup... don't have to go back for a year! Then ended the day with going to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned....

Then I went to work out. Mitch worked me hard. I was done to my last 3 minutes on the treadmill at an incline of 15 and I was praying to be finished. He kept saying "You can do it". He is so sweet and encouraging.

Who has tried the 2 pt. Lemon bars from WW? You get them at the meetings. They are a MUST!!!! I am going to swing by a meeting tomorrow and pick some more up. I loved them. They are chewy but a little crunchy and only 2 pts.

Tammy, isn't it funny how we are never ready to go back to work?

Tina, How are you feeling?

Maureen, how was skating?

Wildcat, how are you doing?

Where is everyone? Dee, LeeAnn, Amy, Mimi????????

01-04-2007, 01:06 PM
Hi Girls!

I uploaded a pic on the pic thread. Best I could do. Still trying to get better. Tired of being sick and tired. KWIM?

School starts next week, the kids are not thrilled. Oh well, such is life. DH will have to deal with that. I am going bye bye. ;)

Tammy got your pm, and I replied.

I think I caught you all up in my last post. Haven't been out in a while, will try today. Have to run errands, haven't felt like doing anything. I haven't even taken my tree down yet. :(

Has every one put away their xmas things?

01-04-2007, 10:01 PM
Susan, that's great you don't have to go back for a while! That's great that you like your trainer. He sounds very supportive. I love the 2 pt. lemon bars! Yummy!! I bought the cinn. bun ones (or whatever they're called), and I really didn't care for them. We received a sample of the pretzels tonight at our meeting, but I haven't tried them yet. I don't think any of the teachers were ready to be back to school yesterday.

Dee, I'll have to go check out the picture. Maybe being in Ohio will make you all better!!! Our large tree is still standing in the living room, and Tim is going to take it down tonight. Still a few things to put away, and I'd like to get it all done before he goes back to school on Sunday.

I was up 1/2 pound at weigh in tonight. I really need to get strict and start writing things down again and drinking the water.

01-04-2007, 10:03 PM
Dee, I just checked the weather forecast for next week. It looks like during the day it will be in the upper 30's and lower 40's. I know it sounds cold, but for us that's pretty mild for January.

01-05-2007, 12:48 PM
Hi Everyone, I don't usually post in here too often, but I thought I'd stop in and say hi.

I am feeling a little down right now, I've quite possibly had the worst 2 days of my life. My little puppy Cleo, has been diagnosed with Patellar Luxation, so we have to bring her to a specialist for surgery on Tuesday. She's only 8 months old. To top it off, the surgery is going to cost us $3000 (that we don't have) and then on my way back to work yesterday after lunch, the breaks on my truck went. Great day!!

I know this probably isn't the best place to be posting this, but you gals are always so great for support, and I'm feeling quite distraught. My poor dog isn't going to be able to walk for 2 weeks, and then it's going to take her an additional 2 months to recover. She's just an innocent puppy that doesn't understand what is wrong, and it's breaking my heart!

Thanks for letting me get that all out!

01-05-2007, 02:31 PM
Chantal, oh, my, my heart just aches for you and your puppy.
Yes, this is the place to post this information. We are always here for one another.
I don't know anything about Patellar Luxation but it doesn't sound good.
I know all about the high costs of vet care. Our beloved Smokey (cat) costs us a lot of money before he passed away. However, you want to do what's best for them.

Again, we are here for you. Please keep us posted on Cleo's progress.


01-05-2007, 03:24 PM
Thank you Tina! I really appreciate that.

I should've explained the Patellar Luxation. I've done a lot of researching lately and basically Patellar luxation is a dislocation of the knee cap either toward the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) of the leg. The patella and its ligament normally rides in a groove in the center of the leg.

Apparently, it is one of the most common abnormalities in dogs and Boston Terrier's are prone to this.

Anyway, I went home for lunch today and she seemed alright, my husband stayed home from work to be with her. He's definitely taking this harder than me. He was literally in tears at the vet yesterday, it's heart breaking. The biggest challenge is keeping her from jumping up and down. We've been confining her to a cage when we're not around, but when we're there we let her stay on the couch w/ us.

Thanks again for letting ramble on. I just feel so drained emotionally, it's hard to be strong for all three of us.

I'm attaching some pics of Cleo, so you can understand just why this little puppy tugs at our heart strings.

The first 3 are when we first went and saw her at the breeder's. The last one is the most recent.

01-05-2007, 03:36 PM
Cleo is a doll. Your husband isn't half bad, either. :lol:


01-05-2007, 03:43 PM

I am so sorry your pup is going thru all that trauma! I know this sounds crazy, but I have insurance on my pets. Do you have this option to maybe help with the costs?

She is super cute!!

01-05-2007, 03:44 PM
LOL Tina! Yeah, he's not bad, I think I'll keep him around for a while. :)

However, if I had to choose between him and the dog...


01-05-2007, 03:46 PM


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01-05-2007, 04:10 PM
Thank you Dee.

Oh the insurance...here's the story...when we brought Cleo in for her puppy check up at six weeks, they gave us the forms but informed us that we couldn't submit the policy until she was 8 weeks old. When we went back in for her first shots, it wasn't mentioned again, and my husband and I had completely forgotten. When we brought her in, we submitted the policy right away, however, they will not accept it b/c it is considered a pre-existing condition. So, too little, too late for us. We did get approved for a pet credit card, so that will cover the cost of the surgery, with a 20% interest rate.

01-05-2007, 05:47 PM
Chantal, Cleo is adorable! Sorry you have to deal with this. I had never heard of Patellar Luxation.

Dee, even with those temperatures, we probably won't be having any snow. If we do, we could have a snowball fight! Where are you staying while you're up here?

This was only a 3 day week, and we were all pooed out this afternoon.

I'm really not looking forward to Tim leaving on Sunday. The dorms open at 9 that morning, and he plans to leave here before noon. Wants to beat the rush. I know it will be crazy. In his dorm complex, there are close to 2,000 students. He went to Arby's today and talked to his old boss about working there next summer. The manager told him no problem at all, and he's looking forward to having him back. A couple of the other people working there were excited about it too.

I thought we had all of the Christmas stuff put away until I looked on top of the refrigerator. My ceramic tree is still there. Bad thing is, I think I threw the box away that I normally keep it in. I also forgot about the wreath on the back porch. The lights on it reminded me this morning when I got up. We did pretty good though getting the rest of it put away.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

01-05-2007, 10:58 PM
Hey Everyone,

Chantal, I'm sorry about your puppy! She is a cutie!! I too lost my 34 year old horse and my cat recently. It's hard watching our animals hurt. I thought it was funny when you said if you had to chose between your husband or Cleo........ I say the same thing :)

Tammy, I don't know about you.... but I'm tired and I'm ready for a vacation. Our tree comes down tomorrow... :( I dread it. I have all of the ornaments off of it and everything else taken down. I keep looking around and finding things that need to be put up.

Dee, Now you rest up for your trip!!!! You and Tammy don't get into too much trouble because Tina and I will have to come up there!!!!

Tina, what's new with you?

maureen kempster
01-06-2007, 10:33 AM
Hi everyone-I hope you all had a great new year. Tammy and Dee I second what Susan says about staying out of trouble-instead of snowball fights if it snows, make snow angels!!! Or I'll have to join up with Susan and Tina. Wouldn't that be great if we could all meet up somewhere. Chantal, sorry about your Cleo, she sure does look like a sweetie. Where in Ontario are you? I grew up in Ottawa and I'm now living in Edmonton. Well, it's saturday and I have the weekend off so I'm going to make my list and head out to the malls.

Have a great weekend everyone and be good to yourselves you're worth it.


01-06-2007, 12:04 PM
Susan, I'm sorry to hear about your horse and cat. You're are so right, it is absolutely the worst watching your animals in pain. Right now I just focus on keeping her in the cage as much as possible, b/c she loves to jump all over the place.

Maureen, thanks, she really is a sweetie, so darn cute with those little eyes. I am from Toronto originally, spent my first 18 years there. I currently live in Windsor ON, and I imagine this is where I will be staying. My mother lives in Mackenzie, BC.

01-06-2007, 01:16 PM
Hi all,
I am feeling much better now.
We took down our tree and outside decorations on New Years Day.
I have put most of the inside stuff in one spot, in the computer room. All the stuff goes in a high cabinet that I have to stand on a chair to reach. Until I feel better, that can wait.
I still have a large basket filled with silk red and white poinsettias in the living room. I hate to get rid of it. It's beautiful! (I actually put it together, and I'm no good at decorating.) :D
Okay, I'm going back to the sofa and rest.

01-06-2007, 10:11 PM
Susan, were your students tired on Friday? Our kids were almost like zombies by the end of the day. Everyone was ready for the weekend!

Maureen, what kinds of goodies did you buy at the mall?? I decided that I need to go to a mall sometime and just wander around. We don't have any malls really close, so it would be an all day adventure for me.

Tina, glad you are feeling better!! Take your time getting the Christmas stuff put away. Feel even better first.

We had planned to put stuff up in the attic until we got to looking around up there. There really isn't any actual floor space. Our furnace is up there. Lots of rafters running all over the place because of the different styles of ceilings in the house. Lots of blown insulation when would make everything dusty that would go up there. We put down some boards that we had, but still haven't decided about putting things up there. I think we are going to Tim's John Deere pedal tractor and wagon up there. Also his wagon that we used to pull him in. I was hoping I could keep Bob from selling those at the auction. Tim can use them with his kids in the future.

I'm sure Dee and I won't get into any trouble. I am sweet and innocent, and I'm sure she is too! I never thought of snow angels! Now that would be fun. Of course I'll have to have someone help me up off the ground once I get down there.

We met Bob's SIL for supper tonight. Bob's brother passed away in 83, and we rarely see Marge. She moved back into the area recently into an apartment in an old school building. There are 31 apartments in it, and they've done an awesome job on the place. Bob went to school in that building from Kdg.-4th grade, so it brought back lots of memories for him when we stopped to check out her place.

I tried to be good at supper. baked white fish, baked potato w/sour cream, salad w/ lite dressing, slice of homemade bread and a pat of butter. No dessert, but boy were we all eyeing the pies!!! With what I had eaten earlier today, I sure had alot of points for the day. Good thing we get the extra 35 for the week, because I dipped into them.

I'm still looking over the information about Core. I guess I should give it a try for a week and see what I think. I know they said at a meeting not to go back and forth from one plan to another, to give it at least a week. What if after a few days I don't think it's for me? Do you think it would be ok to go off Core and back to flex?

I wanted to talk to the leader about that on Thursday, but we had so many new members! There had to be at least 15 new members there. New Year's Resolutions I guess.

Tim leaves in the morning. He said he thinks he's leaving about 11. Yes, I've cried already, but he hasn't seen me. I'm sure he will though.

01-06-2007, 11:03 PM
Alright, maybe Tammy and I will get into trouble just so you all have to come there!!! LOL.

Of course I looked at the weather just now, and they are forcasting 'flurries' for Monday. I am so lucky.

Well girls, you behave and if Tammy remembers to bring her camera, maybe she will post a pic for you!

Take care, I will try to get online and check in. Tammy...I will be calling you soon.

01-06-2007, 11:59 PM
Well the news said today would be "blustery and cold". It never happened!
While we were out today, I wore just short sleeves. I went to exercise late this afternoon and stopped at the store and picked up chicken and veggies and mashed potatoes for Pat.

Tammy, YES the kids were tired!!! I had 2 absent. When you have 6 kids and 2 are absent it makes a big difference. Then another one left at noon, so I was down to 3. We played with the guiena pig some. They loved it.

Dee, have fun on your trip! I can't remember how long you will be gone. Give Tammy a hug for us!!!

Maureen, I'm glad you are off this weekend. Did you buy us anything at the mall?

Chantal, how is Cleo? Like everyone has said, she is adorable. We looked at puppies today at Petsmart. They were there from some agency. There was one that was all white with a gray circle around his eye. He was so cute.

Tina, I'm glad you are feeling better. Keep taking it easy because it takes a while and then one day you will wake up and feel better.

Have a great evening, at least what is left of it.

01-07-2007, 04:22 PM
I will try to remember the camera for when Dee and I meet!! It isn't the digital though because Tim has that at school. I'll have to see if I can find someone to scan a picture or send it to one of you to scan.

Just WHEN are we ALL going to be able to meet. Tim went back to school, so you can all come here and share his bedroom if you want. lol Boy would that be crowded!!!

Susan, do you think you might get a puppy?

I need to go the grocery and stock up on some healthy foods now that the holidays are behind us and Tim is back at school. I told Bob that we are on our own for meals, because his idea of healthy is different than mine. It's raining so it is making me not want to go out though.

Hope you all are having a nice DRY weekend. I'm tired of rain again.

01-08-2007, 12:07 AM
:carrot: Hello to all, I am new at this....just registered tonight. Was on weight watchers and lost 60lbs but guess what????That was 30lbs ago. I am so ashamed at myself. I'll need all the support I can get. As of tomorrow morning I am going back full force(I hope..lol). The real problem will be my work (I was on days and now afternoons...yuk). I work at 1 of the Ford plants that's closing, so my nervers are going to be a factor too. I am hoping for the best!!!!!!!! Happy New Year All

01-08-2007, 08:04 AM
Welcome TBTA!! This is a great place for support. I just started back to WW in October. The holidays were interesting, but I think we're all back on program again. Don't beat yourself up about the 30 pounds! Just join right in with us in our chats back and forth. We discuss many different things on here, so don't be shy. We also have a Thursday weigh-in thread you are welcome to join. We don't all weigh on that day, but we either used to or thought about it. lol

I'm in Ohio too! I live northwest of Dayton.

I'm home today. My back isn't cooperating this morning. Taking medicine and going back to bed for a while.

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

01-08-2007, 02:26 PM
tobethin, welcome, welcome, welcome!!! :wave:

I hope everyone has a great week.

Chantal, be sure to let us know about Cleo tomorrow.


01-08-2007, 02:43 PM
Hi And thanks for the reply. Well I got up this morning weighed myself with night gown on, wrote down what night gown and slippers so I'll be able to have the same thing on next week....hope it works. Any way I weight was 161lbs. Ok I want to to get to between 135/140, this is where I felt my best. I found my points finder andgetting started book and as for today I have every thing wrote down for the day to eat (I work afternoons). I haven't told anyone except my stepmom (she's also a weight watcher lady) so I'll also have her to help me.

Sorry about your back.....hoe your feeling better

Have to go to work soon so Have a Happy Day


01-08-2007, 02:54 PM
that is subpose to be (hope your feeling better..lol) and i forgot to tell you that i live in the Toledo/Maumee are of Ohio.

01-08-2007, 04:44 PM
How tall are you? Again, glad you are "with us."


01-08-2007, 10:29 PM
TBTA, good for you for finding the materials and getting started on your own. I had the materials from the past, but I just didn't do it. Joining and having the same leader that I had years ago in another town is helping me to stay focused this time. She saw me at my highest weight which is 36 pounds heavier than I am now, so she knows I can do it if I put my mind to it.

As the day progressed, the pain did too only to all parts of my body. Came to the conclusion that it was the fibro and not the arthritis that was causing my problems. It's colder so that makes a difference.

Toledo is less than 3 hours from me! We go to Michigan quite a bit and buzz through your area on I-75. I'll wave the next time!!

Went to water aerobics tonight because I thought it would help. It did! I felt so much better while I was in the water. There were only 2 of us there other than the instructor, so it was very relaxed. I think the rest of the class was getting ready to watch the Ohio St./Florida game.

I think I'll go start a new book. I love to read, and I think that will be my main thing that I do after retirement. (only 35 more school days!!!)

01-08-2007, 11:24 PM
Hope everyone is doing well tonight. We are watching the game. I went to exercise and then ate. I didn't get in the shower soon enough and now I'm cold and can't get warm. Someone today said "you've lost a lot of weight!" I was thinking not really, less than 5 pounds but I just said "thank you" and went on. I can tell the exercise is working. I told Pat tonight that for the first time I feel like I'm getting things under control.....

When I ran into WW last week to pick up the lemon bars, my old leader was there on Thursday (at lunch time). I think I'll start going when she is there. She hugged me and I told her if I knew she was there I would come to her meeting but would have to leave early since I only have 30 minutes for lunch and have to get back to school. Luckily, my planning period is right before my lunch so I have time to get there. We'll see how it goes this week.

TBTA, welcome to the group!!!!!

Tammy, I'll say it again "I"M SO JEALOUS"!!!! I'm sorry that you hurt tonight. I've heard other people say that the cold affects their fibro. Does any meds help?

Tina, how are you my friend? Is it cool down there? It's chilly here.

Dee, hope you are having fun on your trip!!!

Mimi, where are you "Honey" we miss you!!!!

01-09-2007, 12:23 AM
Hi Susan! That's neat that you saw your old leader and might be able to go to her meetings. I was thrilled when I walked into mine and Sue was the leader. I'm sure you look like you've lost weight because of all of the workouts you are doing. You are toning up girl!! By the way, I love those lemon bars.

How many years of teaching do you have in? I know one of the 5th grade teachers is so depressed right now because she wants to quit. She's had health problems, her husband passed away a few years ago, and her mom passed away over Christmas break. She was also moved into a new position when our administration got stupid a couple years ago. I didn't deal with the switch very well, and she hasn't dealt with it very well at all.

The cold definitely affects the fibro. The rain does too. We had rain for so many days, then it turned cold all of a sudden. I have some different meds that I can take, and really none of them completely ease the pain. I have a prescription for Vicodin, but I only use 1/2 of a pill when my lower back won't respond to anything else.

I don't think Tim going back to school yesterday is helping matters any either. lol I have talked to him already though. He called yesterday to say the dining halls weren't open, so they all went out to eat. He called today to say that he bought his last textbook for one of his criminal justice classes. It was $112!!!! Then he called later to tell us he had received a letter from the university saying he is officially a sophomore, so he will now have an advisor in the Criminal Justice Dept. His advisor is one of his instructors this semester, so I thought that was great.

I can't believe I am still up. I know I'm not going to school tomorrow, so I guess I think I can stay up.

I've just started figuring out how to do the Activity Points that we can use. Do you all eat those points, or just do the exercise and stick to you points plus the flex points?

By the way, I thought I'd start Core today. I blew it at breakfast when I wanted Kashi cereal. I'm pitiful!!!

01-09-2007, 01:46 AM
Hello all, Well I made it through my 1st day and stayed 1 pt under. Can't believe it. My husband is a supervisor at the same place I work , only he works midnights and is going in as I am leaving....any ways tonight he brought me over a VERY RICH looking piece of cake one of his people brought in and............................................... ........I refused it. YEA FOR ME, but it was sooooo hard to do. So I got through my 1st day and 1st temtation. I really feel good about it.

Tina, I am around 5'6" and not real big boned.

Tammy, I'll be waiting for that wave..lol. Where do you go in Mich.? Have you been to there Cabela's? It's great.:wave:

Auntie, From what I hear it sure wasn't much of a game. Oh well my Buckeye's are still a winner in my eyes.:cheer2:

When I was on WW before they told me to never have more than 2pts carried over per day so if you exersise you shoudn't skip the pts.

Now a question for all you ladies...........how do you get yourself to exersise? I hate it, I think about it and I get tired.lol lol lol lol. What kind of things do you do to get started. I can find all kind of excuses not to do any, so maybe you have some thing easy I could start with. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:carrot:

01-09-2007, 10:00 AM
Welcome TBTA!! This may not be the case for everyone, but when I first started WW, I wasn't focused on exercise right away. I found that after the first few weeks, as I saw my weight drop, I was more motovated to get moving. I knew that if I started walking, all that exercise would help me lose more on the scale. It keeps you motovated. I started by just taking my puppy for walks...then we would walk half the time, and run half the time. I try to get out for at least a half hour, 3 to 4 times a week. It also helps if you find something you enjoy. I love to swim, so I started taking aqua fit classes at the gym. It's not fun at first, but it gets easier. Hope that helps!

So, I am at work right now, and I am done at 12. Dave and I have to have Cleo in London (about 2 hours from Windsor) at 4:30. We finally get to talk to the specialist and have all our questions answered. She'll have the surgery tomorrow. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for thinking of me gals! :hug:

01-09-2007, 11:47 AM
It looks like the last time I checked in was 12/21/06, so I've been here, just invisible. :ghost: Anyway, I've been reading December and January posts for the last hour or so and catching up with all y'alls lives.

Sue--looks like your hubby is back in shape--when I read he spazzed out on you, I was ready to come "train" him. Good for you for sticking with it--I think maybe he's insecure 'cause a young, hot, muscular trainer is making you sweat. :devil:

:tread: Okay, this made me laugh so hard picturing it, I almost peed my pants! But only because I could see myself doing the same thing. Glad your sense of humor is there to cushion the fall!

DEE--in regard to the CFS, if I may offer some advice---definitely get a second opinion, and NOT from just an MD. Find a nutritionist, a chiropracter, a natural or holistic practitioner. One of the problems many of us have today is that our systems get overloaded with toxins. Has your child had vaccinations recently? Thimerserol, which contains mercury, is hard for the body to process through. Also, food additives and preservatives might be a culprit, either in overloading, or contributing to actual food allergies. I would venture to have him tested for food allergies, and find someone who does adrenal system testing to see if his adrenals are fatigued. Here's the problem: most of this is NOT covered by insurance, so you'll end up paying out of pocket. BUT the medical treatments for CFS or other autoimmune disorders CAN worsen the problem, including--and I say this without the intent to offend anyone--antidepressants (which, while helpful for some people, in most people, can really mess with your adrenal system and brain chemistry and cause longer term problems down the road. That being said, I know there are people posting who take ADs--please take it as a "something to think about" and NOT as a criticism or judgement on your decision. I definitely am not Tom Cruise beating up Brooke Shields!!!) I guess your best plan is to research, research, research and make the best judgement call you can.

The other factor that is so important is nutrition. Trying to stay as close to a whole food diet as possible in order to eliminate the excess sodium, artificial colors, sweeteners, fats, etc., so that your body doesn't get overloaded with toxins is important. I realize that this is difficult when we're so busy, and believe me, I fall far short of a purely whole food diet myself.

But I've taken other steps, too, to try to protect my son (who has an Asperger's Syndrome (high-functioning autism) diagnosis) from things that are thought to be toxic-loading. It's hard to control his food at school, but at home, we eat a good whole-grain carb, a fruit & vegetable, and a good protein for supper, or for all meals during the weekend. He doesn't receive vaccinations any more, because of the mercury content, and we're slowly working on eliminating the bad things in our soaps, toothpastes, lotions, etc. Actually, we're moving away from dairy as well--I'm developing a lactose intolerance and he's always had problems with constipation--and getting calcium from better, more easily digested sources (like beans, broccoli, etc.) And definitely staying away from things like Splenda, fat-free sour cream, anything artificially altered as much as possible. We eat sugar & butter, but in small amounts on certain things (corn-on-the-cob, Dad's apple crisp) that are occasional parts of the diet.

I'm really tired of fighting with my body and feeling like crap. About a month ago, I got the puking flu and my body purged itself of EVERYTHING I tried to put into it. The day I got sick is the last day that I had diet Coke--god, I crave diet coke right now--but I know it make me feel sick, so it had to go. Actually, was concerned that I might be developing fibro myself, but since quitting my soda habit, I'm not as tight or as sore, so I'm hoping it's helping. Today is my third day of 1 gal+ of water--wish me luck, cause I'll be in the bathroom processing it!!!

Anyway.....that's my ramblings for the day. Good to "see" you all!!!

01-09-2007, 05:09 PM
TBTA, I don't think I would have the willpower to pass up cake. Way to go for doing that!! Yes, we've been to Cabelas. We took a weekend trip in the fall and stayed at Dundee. We also took a trip to Monroe and went to the Henry Ford Museum. That was nice too. Over Christmas break my son and I went to Frankenmuth for a few days. I could have been waving to you all those times! Usually during the summer we head for Mackinaw City.

Exercise isn't an easy thing for me either. I do water aerobics a couple nights a week at the Y. I started last year this time, and I do enjoy that. My other exercise is just walking. I try to remember to wear my pedometer every day. The doctor wants me to aim for 6,000 steps which is 3 miles. He knows with the arthritis just getting in that much can be a challenge for me. I don't do it all at once. My steps go throughout the day.

Chantal, we'll be thinking of you and Cleo!!

Jody, good to hear from you girl!!! The new water aerobics instructor was talking about all the toxins that we have in our bodies. She talked about a colon cleanse that she does every spring and fall. She said it's kind of like house cleaning! lol I should get more information on that. Do you know what she might be talking about?

I had a boy in my class a couple years ago with Asperger's. He's one of my favorites. He and I got along great, but other teachers haven't been so lucky. I guess my personality just went right along with his. Sorry you had to have the flu. I've lucked out so far this winter.

Hope you are all having a good day!

01-10-2007, 12:22 AM
JOOOOOODDDDDYYYYY!!!!! Hi Girl!!!! I'm glad I could entertain you with my spill off the treadmill. I was laughing about it today again. Yes, my trainer is something to look at and I enjoy it :) I've decided not to talk about him so much. I think Pat might be a little jealous. Thanks for having my back :D What are friends for!!!!!!

I also have worked with Asperger's. I am a true believer that different foods and things in our environment effect us.

One of the local chiropractor's is doing the toxin foot baths. I'm wondering if it really works. I've also considered going and trying it.

Tammy, This is my 19th year. It's hard to believe it but it is. I keep thinking now that Texas changed the retirement age + years of service for teachers, I'll be much older, I could have retired at 53 but now it will be almost 60. I remember when the admin did all that stupid stuff!!! I know you really hurt with your fibro.

Chantal, you and Cleo will be in my prayers. Keep us posted on Cleo. I've been to Windsor before. It's beautiful there!!!

TBTA, I have just recently really gotten into exercise. I joined a new gym and have just made it a routine. I also got a personal trainer. He is very motivating and has really helped me get over the hump. I go about 6 days a week.

Tina, you are quiet today!!!!

Tammy, I forgot to answer your question about the activity points. I don't use them. I figure it's an added bonus for me if I don't count them. I'm addicted to those lemon bars!!!!

Well, I guess I better head to bed. I have to get up early in the morning. I took my car in to the shop and it wasn't ready when I left school. I got a loaner car so I have to go pick up my car and pay a fortune. It's all stuff that needed to be done but I really hate to pay the money. :(

01-10-2007, 05:34 PM
Thank you Tammy and Auntie for keeping my Cleo in your thoughts. I haven't heard from the vet yet, but I assume the operation would have been done by now. I'll post more when I know.

Auntie, was it Windsor Ontario you visited? I don't know if I'd describe this city as beautiful, but it is definitely home. :)

01-10-2007, 06:23 PM
Chantal, remember me----I care about Cleo, too.
Be sure to tell us how the surgery went and how long she'll be at the vet's.

01-10-2007, 09:47 PM

Hope everything goes well with Cleo. Now don't laugh!!! But for some reason I was thinking Windsor England. Not Canada..... I knew you were from there but couldn't figure out why you were going that far to take Cleo.


01-11-2007, 10:22 AM
Sorry Tina, I just scanned over the posts really quickly. Thank you for thinking of us.

I talked to the vet last night when I got home and they told me that the surgery went great! Cleo was resting very comfortably in an incubator with a little pillow and blanket. The vet tech told me that the only thing we should worry about is someone kidnapping her b/c she is so cute. Apparently, she made many new friends at the hospital. I'll find out today whether we go pick her up today or tomorrow. I kind of hope they keep her until tomorrow, I feel comfortable knowing she's there and well looked after.

The support from you all has been very touching, and has helped me get through all of this. I have a long road ahead of me with Cleo's recovery, but I will keep you posted. I'm going to take some pictures when she comes home and I'll post them.

Thank you all again!!

01-11-2007, 10:23 AM
Auntie, I knew you couldn't have been referring to Ontario. lol

Don't get me wrong, Windsor is not a bad city, I just don't think I'd refer to it as beautiful, although we do have a great riverfront. lol

01-11-2007, 10:03 PM
Chantal, glad to hear about Cleo!!

Not much going on here. Starting to rain AGAIN!! Glad tomorrow is Friday, but I always am glad!

01-11-2007, 11:10 PM
Good for Cleo!!!!

We are to have sleet on Monday or Tuesday. Boo

Little Sis
01-12-2007, 01:35 AM
Well Ladies the missing sister returns.:wave:

I have been spending the last couple of days just trying to catch up on the posts that I have missed. You have been busy without me.

Tammy and Tina, has by spoiled sister been behaving? Wait a minute... I am the spoiled and cuter one. :D Yes Sue.. Dad does say I'm cuter

2 weeks ago i went and started working out with a trainer at the gym and I am feeling better than I have in years. When I would go workout, I thought I was doing good but now I know that I wasn't.

For those of you that are new... welcome!
I am Amy, the younger sister to Auntie (Susan). I'm the fun one!

01-12-2007, 03:17 PM
Hi Everyone,

Just here to update...as I type, little Cleo is curled up in a blanket on me sleeping. We picked her up yesterday. The vet said that she is doing great. She has even been taking a few steps. She's got these bright red bandages on her legs, they look like casts. I have to take a few pictures, I'll post some later.

Thanks again for the well wishes and support. It's going to be a long six weeks ahead of us, but I'm starting to feel like I'll make it through.

01-12-2007, 05:51 PM
Hi all,
Amy, you have definitely been missed. Welcome home!!!!!
Chantal, I'm so happy that Cleo is back with her mommy! I know you feel better that she's home. Keep us updated.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay warm!

01-12-2007, 07:07 PM
Chantal--glad to hear Cleo is doing well!! I get stressed when my kitty has to go to the vet just for a check-up--she hates to ride in cars and won't eat or pee until she's safely back at home!!!

Well, all you girls and your personal trainers have inspired me. I've signed up for *5* exercise classes through the local Community Ed. No, not all at once.... Starting Feb 7th, I'll do "Awesome Arms" and "Butt Blaster" for 6 weeks on Wednesdays, then March 21st, I'll do "Awesome Abs" for 6 weeks. Also, I signed up for "Dance Something or Other" which is an aerobic-sort-of-class beginning in late March, also on Wednesdays, and the following Monday, I'll do "Salsa Dancing for Beginners" for three weeks. My son has to be in town to do martial arts/spiritual mentoring with his guru-type person on Wednesdays anyway, so this will keep me out of the restaurants, eh?

So the OTHER reason for all this :barf: exercise is that I'm directing "Grease" this summer for community theater, and I intend to work my little teeny-boppers HARD. My goal is to be able to be working hard with them, as inspiration and motivation. And I'm SO not about walking in 5-degree-with-20-below-windchills weather. Brrrrr.....and NO, it doesn't work, shivering the weight off.

(and I've been so good---I've journaled AND been on points since Monday!!!!) :dancer:


01-12-2007, 07:40 PM
Amy, it is about time you got back on here! Susan has been nothing but trouble since you aren't here as often. don't tell her that I said that though. lol Good for you for having a trainer!

Chantal, that has to make you feel so much better having Cleo home with you.

Jody, I'm glad you aren't taking all of those at the same time! I got tired just reading them!!! I love Grease!!! Maybe we should all come to visit so we can see it. Do you have room for all of us at your place?

Cold and rainy, and it's supposed to be like that all weekend. I think we're going to Muncie on Sunday to visit with Tim and take him out to eat. Jessica is coming home for the weekend, and Tim's roommate is also going home. Tim has to workout tonight and tomorrow night. He doesn't have classes on Monday.

32 more days.

01-12-2007, 10:34 PM
I haven't heard from Dee yet. I'm sure she is just loving this Ohio weather. NOT! Well, at least it's a little warmer (low 50's today), but the rain is getting very old.

I think I'm going to end up being in bed by 10. I can hardly keep my eyes open. Going to my nephew's basketball game in the morning.

01-13-2007, 08:49 PM
Well it's wet, cold and starting to ice up here in North Texas. We are suppose to have about and 1-3 inches of ice. We are prepared with firewood incase we have no electricity again.... it's been several years since we had an ice storm that downed the power lines.

Jody, You go girl!!!! on all of your classes!!! Directing Grease!!!! Maybe we should all come try out??? :D

Amy, you know you really shouldn't be lying to them!!! We all know 'i am Daddy's favorite" He just feels sorry for you! But you were right, you are spoiled!! :) I'm proud of you getting a trainer too.... but my trainer is cuter than yours!!!

Tammy, Amy has bumped her head or something!!! It's too cold here, I can't believe that it's so cold there. Hope Dee calls you. You know that WE would for sure!!!!!

Tina,We have a 3 day weekend, so I am glad that it is planning on doing it while we are off. I don't want to miss any school.

Dee, I know you aren't reading this but I hope you are having fun!!!

I'm flying down to San Antonio next Sat, Daddy has surgery on Monday. I figure I would go down for some comic relief and distractions. I plan on staying until Wed.

Oh yea, my assistant is quitting. She was going to wait until this other girl comes back from surgery (6weeks) but she is actually only giving her 2 weeks notice. She'll leave when I get back from my trip. It will be a good thing for my kids. So I'll really be short handed for a while.

01-13-2007, 11:36 PM
Yuck to an ice storm!! We're hoping that it misses us. LOL to Amy bumping her head. I'm sure your family will appreciate the comic relief that you will give them!! Did you know ahead of time that the assistant was quitting?

I took a 3 hour nap this afternoon. Boy did it feel good. I can't believe how worn out I get. I know I should probably be heading to bed soon so I'll be up in time to go to church in the morning. I haven't been there for a couple weeks. I need to talk to the pastor because I think I'm going to look for a church closer to home, especially during the cold wintery days.

01-14-2007, 12:03 AM
Hey, I feel like I'm the only one without a trainer. :( I would love to join a gym but Larry has a membership and we can't afford two of us going. :( :( :(
Jody, you are going to be trim and fit by the time your play starts. Good for you!

We are expecting sleet here on Tuesday night. The news media is having a field day, since we hardly ever have bad weather.
Susan and Amy, we hope your dad does great during the surgery. Our prayers and thoughts are with him and y'all.
Tammy, I needed a long nap today but cleaned the kitchen instead.


Little Sis
01-14-2007, 02:17 AM
Today must have been the day for naps. I am right there with you Tammy, I too took a 3 hour nap. At least it wasn't a "3 Hour Tour" with Gilligan driving. This morning we had a basketball game, both of the boys are playing on the 4-6 year old team at school and Rob is coaching. They are so cute to watch because the don't even understand dribbling yet. My "Jumper" who is 6 scored 6 of our 10 points in the game.

As for Sue's comment about bumping my head... well she should know, she did it. To show you how much my older sisters love me. When I was little, 4 or 5, Lu and Sue were teenagers. They taught me, their loving baby sister to sing B. I. N G O. But they taught me that it was W. I. T. C. H. (change the W to a B) they wanted me to get in trouble.

Well its off to bed for me.

Plus, it is starting to get colder. The ice storm is suppose to hit here late Sunday, Monday and early Tuesday morning. Yuck! I hope not. Texasans don't know how to drive in rain needless to say ice.

01-14-2007, 03:07 PM
Happy Sunday!!

As far as Texans not knowing how to drive, they have closed just about everything up here. Churches even closed. It has been coming in waves but mostly our trees are covered in ice. It rains off and on. I'm glad we are off tomorrow. Can't remember if I said, but Pat went and got a little more fire wood since where we live we often end up with no electricity. That wood burning stove cranks out the heat!

PLEASE DON'T BELIEVE Amy!!!! My older sister Lu and I would NEVER do such a thing. :D We thought it was so funny, until Amy started to sing it. Like she wouldn't. We still laugh about it

As ya'll can tell, I'm the spunky one that often stirs the trouble and keeps the laughs coming by just being me. I teach all of the kids all kinds of things and then I take the blame so they don't get in trouble. What are aunts for?

Tina, Thanks for the prayers for Dad. I might call you after his surgery so you can post it. I think I have your number. Tina, I'll train you :)

Tammy, You do need to find a church closer to home. I'm sure your minister will certainly understand. A 3 hour nap sounds good. Any word from Dee? How long was she going to be gone.

As for my assistant, I knew she wanted to quit and was trying to find something near Houston. She kept saying she would stay until the other got back from surgery.... guess not. My boss said "now why did you believe her.... she hasn't done anything she says she is going to do." Oh well, I do think that she does trigger my kids some. We will see. It's just going to be a tough couple of weeks.

Chantal, how is Cleo doing?

01-14-2007, 07:38 PM
I just got off the phone with Dee!!! She has been busy studying. She'll be calling me on Wednesday after her classes, and we're making plans to get together next Sunday. She'll be in this cold awful place for a total of 3 weeks.

Tina, I want a trainer too, and I also want you to come and clean my kitchen.

Amy, you and Susan are so funny! My cousin and I are like that with each other. We drive our hubbies crazy when we're together. (our kids too!!)

Susan, you have to admit that the trees are pretty with the ice on them, right? I always enjoy looking at them, and I have several pictures over the years of all of our ice storms. So far it looks like we are going to luck out. Still raining, but it's supposed to turn to snow, not ice. I can do snow. I talked to Rev. Tim today, and he suggested a couple churches here in town that he thought I'd be comfortable with. The pastor of one of them is a friend of his. The other pastor has two churches, and he told me which of her churches he thought that I'd like. He told me that he definitely understands, and he just wants me to be in church somewhere. He even said I'd probably be able to get more involved in a church that was closer after retirement.

Spent time with Tim today. Went out to eat and visited for a while. I hate to think about how many points I've used today, but I'll dig into the extra ones if I have to. Bob and I both agreed that tomorrow we are back on track after the weekend. One thing about it, even though I've eaten more, I've written everything down and written down the points. At one point in time, I would have just said forget it and just pigged out without doing the points.

01-15-2007, 07:33 PM
Tammy, that's what I did this weekend, too. Although I wrote down Saturday and Sunday afterwards, like this morning. Hmm....maybe that's how I ended up 20 points over for the week. Stupid Special K bars!!!

But....I DID keep track EVERY day last week, and that was my goal for last week, so YEAY!!! My goal this week: get to meeting and be OP every day!!! Go me!

01-15-2007, 09:22 PM
Jody, I used quite a few of my 35 flex points over the weekend, so I'll have to be good the rest of the week. Good for you for keeping track!! I do believe it makes a difference, even when I know I'm eating way more than I should. I can see it in black and white then (before I see it on the scales). Your goal sounds good for the week, so maybe I'll do the same thing.

Just returned from water aerobics. I need to mark that on my tracker for some activity points. We had 3 new members tonight! The suit that I'm wearing was brand new the beginning of last session. It is already faded and wearing thin. Do any of you know where to buy suits that are more chlorine resistant? I'm not the only one having the problem.

01-15-2007, 10:21 PM
Yea for writing everything down. Don't worry, I used almost all of my flex points in the first 2 days. I try not to use them too much.

I do have a question for you..... do you use your activity points? I never eat them but wonder if I should..... maybe it would help.

Jody, those bars are dangerous. I love the Strawberry ones. I finally quit buying them because I could eat the whole box. WW has lemon bars that are 2 points (more expensive) that are really yummy. If I eat too many of them, I have terrible gas.....:o so it keeps me from eating that many.

Tammy, I have to think of the website that sells suits, etc..... If I think of it, I'll email you. I had that same problem when I was doing water aerobics. I just decided to buy a suit at Target instead of getting a nicer one.

Hope everyone has a good Tuesday. My goal is to write everything down and to get to the gym. Haven't been because of the weather.

01-16-2007, 10:33 PM
Susan, I have rarely used the flex points either. As for the activity points, it depends on the day if I use them or not. Most of the time I would say that I don't. Maybe I should? I really like the WW lemon bars! I don't care for the Cinnamon Swirl ones though.

I checked out Junonia.com for swimsuits, and they have special ones for chlorine. I guess I'll order one and give it a try. The one that I've been using I ordered from Roamans. I think I'm going to write to them and tell them how it is fading and the material is thinning. It was too expensive to just wear it for 1 1/2 sessions.

At the Junonia site, they had some suits that had longer legs, like the old-fashioned swimsuits. I think they were called aquatards, and they are especially for aerobics classes. I'm considering getting one of those, but I know the women would die laughing at me!! I'll save the pretty suits for vacation when I get another one.

I'm under on points today. We had homemade pizza for supper, so I ate very little for breakfast and lunch. Wanted to save points for the pizza!!

Hope you are all staying warm!

01-17-2007, 12:12 AM

How is everyone doing tonight?

Tammy, I'll have to check out that website. I would definitely write Romans because they need to know about their suits.

I'm going to ask my leader about using the activity points. I looked through the materials but didn't really see the answer.

I don't know if I am going to a meeting this week. I feel cramps coming on and I think I have extra water weight.

Well, my aide quit today. She never really said anything to prinicpals or my supervisor. I called my supervisor first thing this morning to give her a heads up. I was almost in tears because I said "I just needed her to be here until I get back from SA." My supervisor said "YOU ARE GOING, and everything will be fine." She assured me that my team leader would come help. I've talked to one of the mom's and she is probably going to keep her daughter home especially since my aide quit. The girl has medical needs and I worry about her.

Oh well, guess I better head for bed. I laid in bed last night worry about everything under the sun....things that I have no control over. My aide quit, so now I can move on and I think my kids will be fine. I have to explain to them tomorrow. She didn't even say goodbye to them. One less thing to worry about.

Tina, did ya'll get ice or snow? San Antonio is shut down!!!!

01-17-2007, 10:22 PM
I didn't go to the Y tonight. I started off the day hurting, and it just got worse as the day progressed. When I came in the door, Bob took one look at me and told me to take medicine and go to bed. I listened to him. I still hurt pretty bad, but I wanted to check messages before I take any more medicine and go to bed for the night.

I emailed Lands' End to see if they have suits that are chlorine resistant. Received a message back already that said that they don't. I'll have to make a decision on the Junonia suit and get it ordered.

Susan, I can't believe your aide didn't really talk to anyone and didn't say goodbuy to the kids! I agree that you ARE going!!!

Not expecting a loss tomorrow. Even though I used the extra points over the weekend, I've done great every other day. I just don't feel like I've lost.

01-17-2007, 10:41 PM
You are never going to believe this. School was cancelled today because of the weather. They never mention anything about it last night. I was 10 minutes away from leaving the house when they called. We have ice and snow in the forecast all the way through Saturday morning. I'm just praying it doesn't on Sat. so I can get out of here.

I emailed my team leader and asked if she would come by and check on my kids. I also talked to the girls moms. I think I said that last night. One is for sure staying home.

I'm skipping weigh in myself. I have cramps and feel like a HOG tonight.

Tammy, smart thinking on email Lands End. I'm sorry you didn't feel good today.

Tina, how are you?

01-18-2007, 09:22 PM
Hey! We haven't cancelled, and I'm in Ohio!!! Of course, we don't have enough snow to even cover a blade of grass. Haven't had ice either. Lots of rain and flooding though.

I received a message from Roamans about my suit being such a mess. Basically they said nothing. They do all kinds of quality testing on their clothing. blah , blah , blah. Their swimsuits are very inexpensive compared to other companies (not the ones that I've seen!).

When I got out of bed this morning, the first thing that I did was take pain meds. I hate it when I have to do it, but I guess I hate the pain even worse. I'm going to school tomorrow (against Bob's suggestion that I stay home). I'll take medicine after I get to school. Can't drive if I take it.

I haven't heard any more from Dee. I know she is very busy with classes. I can't remember what she's doing on Saturday. I think I'll call her tomorrow night or Sat. night and try to make arrangements to get together on Sunday. There is a very nice museum at the air force base, and it would be good to see, but I really don't think I can walk that much. I hate it that I'm hurting like this when she's up here. I hope we can at least get together, go out to eat, and talk about all of you!!!

01-20-2007, 11:11 AM
Hi everyone,

I know I haven't been around in a little while, I've been busy w/ Cleo. Her recovery is going great! I can believe how quickly she's bouncing back. She's already had her bandages removed and she is not on the Codeine anymore. All in all, she's doing great.

I wanted to attach a few pics of the little one that were taken last weekend. Thanks again for the ongoing support, it has been so wonderful! :hug:

01-20-2007, 06:32 PM
I'm not going to be online much because I've pulled a muscle in my right shoulder.....Not Fun

Tammy, so sorry you hurt so badly. Hmm....I don't like meeting people from online because they talk about me with others. :dizzy:

Chantal--it's so great that Cleo is healing so well. The pictures are great!
Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!:woo:


01-21-2007, 01:51 AM
Hi ya'll

Tammy, sorry you are hurting!!!! Boo!!

Tina, how did you pull your shoulder? Hope it's a quick recovery!!!

Chantal, Glad Cleo is doing better! She sure is cute.

I'm now in San Antonio. Daddy's surgery is Monday morning. Have to be at the hospital at 5 in the morning.

I've had a headache all day long. So I'm off to bed.

01-21-2007, 05:59 PM
Chantal, Cleo is so cute!

Tina, I'm feeling a little better today. Maybe the medicines that I've taken all week are finally working? When (if) Dee and I get together, we will be gentle when we talk about all of you!! Now what did you do to hurt your shoulder? Maybe Larry could massage it for you and make you all better.

We had planned to get together today, but that's not what Mother Nature wanted. We have snow, ice, freezing rain, and just general yuck. We're going to try again on Wednesday night. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
Kramer doesn't like the weather either. He went out a while ago and proceeded to slide on his belly across the sidewalk. His feet had no traction at all. It was kind of funny actually, but I'm sure he had a cold belly!!

Susan, I figured you were in SA. We'll be thinking about all of you with the surgery. Let us know how it goes. Hope your headache is gone.

I need to get out an atlas. My friend in Arizona wants me to come to visit after I retire. Bob and I have never travelled there, so we thought we might do that sometime. I know that Texas is out there somewhere, and we've always talked about visiting Texas. Might have to check out the map to see where some wild women I know live. lol

Tim called earlier. The summer session classes are online, and he has decided that he is going to go full time the first summer session. He'll live in the dorm. He thought he could get some classes out of the way that he had trouble scheduling this year. It's only about 5 weeks, and he'd start May 14. He'd have plenty of summer left until he has to do percussion tryouts on August 10 or 11. So much for working at Arby's again though.

If there aren't some drastic improvements with the weather and the roads, I think we could be closed tomorrow. I told the supt. the other day that I need some snow days before I retire. He laughed. Mayb I'll get my wish!

01-22-2007, 07:58 PM
Hi, all!

Just thought I'd check in quick....my weekend was NUTS and getting more so in the next six weeks. Ah, well....

Had not-so-good weekend, probably due to ovulation. OR due to using ovulation as an excuse to make poor eating choices. But, man, them McD's cheeseburgers were GOOD!!!

01-23-2007, 07:24 PM
Jody, nice to hear from you. It's been a pretty quiet group. I have to agree with you about the cheeseburgers at McD. If I get a sandwich there, that's what I always order. I like their Asian salads too.

Just stocked up on Smart Ones meals. I had a coupon for them, and the store had them on sale for 3/$4.00. Quite a savings with the coupon. Our freezer looks very "Smart" now.

Tina, how is your shoulder? I think you need to take a trip somewhere to make it feel better.

Hope Susan's father's surgery went well yesterday.

Still hoping that Dee and I are able to get together before she leaves for home on Saturday. This crazy weather didn't help us at all.

01-23-2007, 07:30 PM
I forgot! You guys would have cracked up last night at water aerobics. This swimsuit is very faded, wearing thin, and stretching like from one side of the pool to the other (while I'm still in it). Anyway, I climbed up the ladder and it felt so weird. My suit was hanging down halfway between my knees and my ankles! You should have heard everyone!!!!! I was afraid to go in the whirlpool. I didn't know what would happen to it in there. Oh my. It is definitely time for a new one. I bought that one from Roamans Catalog sometime last fall. I'm seriously considering mailing it to them and asking them if that's what their swimsuits are supposed to do. I'm just glad that no one had a camera!

01-23-2007, 11:02 PM
Dee and I are meeting tomorrow!! I'm heading to Fairborn when I get out of school, and we are meeting at a mall. I have the camera beside my purse, so hopefully I won't forget to take it with me!!

Have any of you tried any of the WW cereals? I like cinnamon, so I bought the cinnamon something or other. I am throwing it out. I really don't like it at all. I've been eating Kashi or Cheerios, and I think I was much better off. Back to them. I just realized that it's 10:00 already! I think I'll head for bed and read for a while.

Sure hope someone else posts sometime!!!

01-24-2007, 12:19 AM
I'm Baaack!
My shoulder is healed but I'm being very careful. I'm not getting on the computer much yet.

Tammy, you really should send back that suit. Then let them tell you that it doesn't fade.....or stretch.
I have not tried the WW cereals. I like Special K Vanilla Almond. Once in awhile, it's on sale and I buy a couple of boxes.

It's cold and raining here. It's perfect weather to walk on the treadmill.


01-24-2007, 09:26 AM
Tina! I'm so glad that your shoulder is better!! PLEASE be careful and don't undo what good has been done.

I told Bob that I'm thinking about sending the suit back, and he agreed. I plan to write a nice letter to enclose with it.

I've never tried that Special K V A cereal. I been like the Kashi, but I wanted to give the WW a try. Learned a lesson. I should get advice from others first. I may have to give the Special K a try. I like the Smart Start too. Bob bought some of that for himself, and he rarely eats it. Sometimes I mix cereals together.

We're in the lower 30's today, so it's almost a heatwave after some of the days that we've had. I'm sure Dee has enjoyed this lovely Ohio weather. Ha!

I'm not going in to school until noon, so I think I might take a short nap before I go jump in the shower.

Have a great day everyone!!

01-24-2007, 05:50 PM
Dee called and left a message on my cell. She had to cancel for tonight because of a family emergency. PLEASE KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYERS!!

01-24-2007, 07:01 PM
That's terrible about Dee. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. :(

Hey, it finally stopped raining!!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

01-25-2007, 07:04 AM
I hope Dee lets us know how things are going when she gets a chance. Maybe someday we can ALL meet. Party at Tina's house???

Hooray that the rain finally stopped! It gets monotonous, doesn't it? We're supposed to get more snow today, but not too much.

I don't even want to go to weigh in tonight. I feel so bloated, so I'm sure it will be a gain of some kind.

01-25-2007, 10:13 AM
Where are all our members?????
Come on y'all, I came back.....:D :D :D :D :D

Miss Tammy, what are you doing up so early today?


01-25-2007, 11:23 AM
I was up so early because the short fuzzy critter that lives at our house decided at 5:30 that he needed to go outside to potty! I did go back to bed for a while later though. This is an "off" day, so I can be lazy. lol

I ended up weighing on our scales, and I am up 2.5. I know it's that TOM any day, but that still doesn't help. I almost cried. I'll go to the meeting tonight but I'm not getting weighed.

01-28-2007, 12:15 PM
I'm back!!!!

Daddy's surgery was good. He is home now. He got home on Friday. I came back on Wed. I spent the night up there Monday night with my mom and then we went home for about 2 hours and took a short nap, then back to the hospital. My brother stayed that night. It was funny, because my Dad would say "Susie, I need a drink of water" "Susie, I need...." Susie, I itch.... I never did get to sit down. My older sister works in the hospital so she would come before she went to work and then at her lunch and at the end of the day. She was laughing! The nurses on that floor were not real attentive so we did a lot. My mom and sister talked to the head nurse before they checked out on Friday. They told them who was good and who wasn't.

I got home Wed. I have been SO tired since I think the entire time I was there I got about 6 hours sleep. I have pretty much done nothing but go to work and sleep. To the point Pat is a little frustrated with me. Oh who cares!!! :) His band played last night and I stayed home. I really wanted a cheese burger with bacon, so I sat down in the chair and thought I'll go in a few minutes. 2 hours later after a little nap, I thought nah it's too dark. I fell back asleep until 10. I decided it was time for bed and slept until 7 this morning. Feed the dogs and then back to bed until 9. I would hope I am rested now.

While I was gone, we had to put our other horse down. His feet just were not getting any better. I think part is from grieving from Boss, but the vet said it was not going to get better and he would always be in pain. The horseshoer agreed. So we now have no horses. I don't know what we are going to do or if we will get more a little later. I'm sure we will.

So in the past couple of months, we've lost 2 horses and one cat. It seems to be dangerous to be an animal at our house. That's what happens when they are all about the same age!

Enough about me......

Tina, take care of that shoulder!

Tammy, I started laughing about your suit. I would send it back to them. Let them know how embarrassing it was, etc.....

Dee, You are in our prayers!

Jody, those cheese burgers will get you everytime.

Daddy was on a clear liquid diet for 3 days. He kept telling me... I want a hamburger!!! He finally got one on his last day in the hospital.

I missed you all. I was doing so well until I went to SA. I have gained. Had 2 strawberry milkshakes (comfort foods) Then really didn't watch what I ate when I did eat. Oh well, I'm back on track today.

01-28-2007, 03:54 PM
Susan, I'm so glad your dad is home and things went well.
You have every right in the world to rest all you can. You were under so much tension, even before going to SA. Then, being there was very stressful. You'll get rested up, some time. ;)
I am so sorry about your other horse. It's just not fair that our animals have to die.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. After two days of sun, it rained here yesterday morning. But, that ended in the afternoon and today it's back sunny (but colder). I would not do well in cold weather like some of y'all have. I'm afraid I'd eat to survive. :o


01-28-2007, 09:52 PM
I would like to have one more day off. I'm still tired! I went grocery shopping and it took forever to put things up. I think it took longer putting up than it did buying it.

I even cooked dinner. I did a roast and mashed potatoes for Pat. It was pretty good.

Tammy, we are suppose to be getting cold weather later in the week with possible icing again.

Hope everyone had a good day.

Little Sis
01-30-2007, 04:26 PM
it is so funny the way people deal with stress. Sue's comfort food is ice cream, mine is pinto beans and rice. I have eatten so much mexican food in the last week, I think I am turning into a pinata. (No Sue you can not take a swing:D )

Dad is much better every day. Thank you all!

Well I need some advice... Everytime I have tried to lose weight I have completely focused on WW and what I eat. Well I thought I was going to go back to meeting after I started working out. Which now I am up to 4 times a week. I have lost 7 pounds and am starting to really feel good. I am aware of what I eat, but just MUCH smaller portions. (For example, today Rob and I went to lunch at a cajun restaurant and I have 1/2 of a bowl of chicken a dumplins and 1/4 of a biscuit. Before I would have finished all of it)

I am not sure if it is that my abs hurt,that I don't want to eat or my stomach getting smaller. Should I jump back into meetings or wait until I plateau? What do ya'll think?

01-30-2007, 05:08 PM
Hi all,
I hope everyone is having bearable weather.

Amy, Do not pass go, Do not collect $100.....go straight to a WW meeting. :D
You will get so much support from all the people, not to mention the leader. Again, do not wait any longer. And, I would love to be at the Casa Rio right now having a plate of Mexican food. :)

Okay, I have to tell y'all what I started doing this week. I took the Special K Challenge. You eat SK cereal for one meal, one of their protein bars for another and a healthy supper. You eat fruits and veggies for snacks. I have incorporated that into my flex plan of points. I've lost the 3 pounds that crept back up on me. Hopefully, on Thursday I can move my tracker.


01-30-2007, 11:14 PM
Susan, that is great news about your dad's surgery!! I'm so glad that you were able to be there. It sounds like you needed some sleep, and deservedly so!
I am so sorry that you have lost another horse. I'm sure that he was grieving. You hear of that so often. I'm a vanilla milkshake person myself.

Tina, I think I am eating to survive in this cold weather. I was about 11 this morning when I left for my dentist appointment. That is just way too cold! Good for you on starting the Special K Challenge!! Maybe I should start a Kashi challenge since I just bought a box of that. Hmm. My lunch tomorrow is left over pizza and a clementine. I think I blew the challenge already.

Amy, I think my comfort food is ice cream and Mexican. I like it all!! I do agree with Tina about getting to a meeting.

I have been out of control with my eating since last Friday. I know I've been nervous about the tests that Bob had done on Monday, and I'll probably be that way till we get the results when he meets with the doctor on the 9th. I am dreading going to weigh in on Thursday night, but I'm looking forward to the meeting portion.

Tim was home over the weekend, but he had to leave earlier than we expected on Sunday. The weather started getting nasty, and we all decided that he needed to get back to Muncie before it got any worse. He'll be home again the last weekend in February, but Bob said we may drive over and take him out to eat sometime before then. He is working more hours this semester, and I'm kind of nervous about it. I know that he is studying and staying up with his assignments, but I know how tired he can get especially working in the middle of the night. He sure likes those paychecks though!!

I now have 20 days left, but I won't be there for all of those of course. I think I'm starting to get nervous (and excited!!) about this retirement. Is that weird?

Tina and Susan, how far are you from each other?

Dee, hope things are ok with you and your family!!!!

01-30-2007, 11:53 PM

Amy, you are doing a great job! Go to a meeting! Even if you go once or twice, you will still be on the right track. You are on the right track! I'm really proud of you. Are you sure I can't take just one little swing "Amilita the Pinata"? :D

Tina, how is your shoulder feeling?

Tammy, Tina and I are about 4 hours away from each other. Amy and Tina are about an hour and 1/2 away from each other. Oh, did I tell you I AM JEALOUS!!!! I'm so glad you only have 20 days left!!!!

01-31-2007, 12:20 AM
Tammy, you must have talked to Dee again. What's going on with her family? Can you tell us? I hope things are better now.
And, what kind of tests did Bob take? I must have missed that post.

Susan, my shoulder is okay now. But, I'm really staying away from the computer, most of the time. It just aggravates it.

Maureen, where are you girl? We are missing lots of members.


01-31-2007, 07:33 AM
Susan, it seems so weird knowing that tomorrow is Feb. and I'll be retiring at the end of the month.

Tina, I haven't talked to Dee since she left the message on my phone that she couldn't meet that night. I have her cell number, but I didn't know if I should call her or not. What do you think?

Bob had to have some bloodwork done and a liver biopsy. His liver enzymes were elevated, and they aren't sure what is causing it. His dad had liver problems, so we're trying to find out what is going on. I know he didn't want to do the test, but now that it's done I think he's glad that he did. We'll know what we're facing a week from Friday, and hopefully it will be something simple.

Well, I'm off to the shower. I think I might wear my long undies today. Since I'm in the hallway for some of my groups, it might be a bit nippy. It's only 10 degrees this morning. I don't like to be cold!!

01-31-2007, 10:48 AM
Hi, I am back.

My 12 y/o was missing. He didn't show up at school. Turns out he ran away, claimed that he is an abused child. WHICH HE ISN'T. When a child alleges that there is abuse, your whole world can go to $hit in a nano second.

I am taking him to counseling. He is going thru puberty, CFS and getting over mono.

False allegations can take your kids away & career away.

Sorry Tammy, I wouldn't have been good company. I was so worried about where he was.

I will be in touch soon.

Thanks for your prayers, keep em coming please.

01-31-2007, 11:27 AM
Dee and Tammy, y'all are in my prayers.
Having to wait for test results is so stressful. I'm hoping that the enzyme elevation was just a fluke!

12 y/o's can be a handfull. You are very wise to get him into counseling.

On a happy note-- The sun is out and the rain is gone for a few hours. It's a good day and I'm not going to exercise. :cool::cool: :cool:

01-31-2007, 10:17 PM
Dee, I definitely can understand how upset you had to be that day. I felt like I wanted to do something, but I knew there was nothing that I could do to help you. You've been in our constant prayers. Glad that you are getting him into counseling. Keep us posted, and know that we are with you through whatever you are going through.

Thanks for the prayers Tina. The enzyme elevation was there a couple years ago, and Bob wouldn't go for further testing at that time. Stubborness runs in his family. I was afraid that he was going to cancel this appointment too, but he went.

I've been eating way too much lately, and I'm sure it's the stress thing going on. I told Bob that I had wanted to get to 20 pounds by the end of January, but I really wanted it to be Jan. of 2007, not 2008. My new goal is to hit 20 by the time we leave for Georgia on March 10.

Hooray for sunshine for you!! It was cloudy today, and it never did warm up very much.

Tim emailed that he thinks he is considering becoming a probation officer now. He had thrown that idea out about a year ago, and now in one of his classes he is learning more about it. He's thinking about it again. The father of one of his HS friends is a juvenile probation officer, and he wants to give him a call and talk to him about it. I think I like this idea better than drug enforcement, and other things that are more dangerous. I worry!!!!

02-02-2007, 12:08 PM
It stopped raining!:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

Susan and Amy, is your father doing okay?

Sis and Maureen, if you are out there-------post, please.:^:

Tammy, how is Kramer doing in this cold? I'm sure you get your exercise taking him outside. How fast can y'all race around? :)


02-02-2007, 10:09 PM
Can you believe that it's Feb. 2 already?

I'm going to start a Feb. thread!