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02-02-2007, 11:07 AM
:carrot: :welcome3: We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on even when the odds are against us. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
(for Lin and Lauren)

02-02-2007, 11:18 AM
Hi Turtles,
I'm doing better by drinking plenty of water, the weight gain is almost gone.
Egads! :goodscale: I want my weight to go down, not up==but at least this time it was a fluke. However, in the past I would have said, "What the heck? Even doing the right thing I gain weight, so what's the use. And I would have 'treated' myself to something high caloric." This time I stayed ontrack and even got on the :tread: last night for a short time. :bravo:
So-=====onward and downward.

Here are the smilies I like the best: Some are self-evident and some will be fun surprises when you type them. Have fun! :cheer:

all of them start with a colon and end with a colon: angel, balloons, beach, bravo, bubbles, carrot, cb, cheer, chef, cloud9, comp, cp, dance, dancer, ebike, eek, faint, flame, gift, goodscale, hat, hb, high, idea, jig, joker, lol, love, spin, stress, strong, tantrum, tread, wave, welcome, welcome3, wizard,
wl, woo
I love using these and thanks for asking, Ariana, because it made me get out my list and remind me of some adorable ones I haven't been using. :eek:

Kerri==good luck on your weekend WI.
Chris--let us know how you're doing.
Bandit--how's the weather?
Princess--it' tough to have a house crowded with people and stuff, but I so admire your persistence in getting everyone tothe table for dinner each night.
Good for you! :chef:
Everybody: have a great weekend. I expect Princess to chime in any moment and remind us that it's Friday, her favorite day of the week! My plans for the weekend got canceled and that's a good thing for me. I've got a healthy dinner planned for my dh and me and I hope a fire in the fireplace.
Take care, be well, be happy! :goodvibes:

02-02-2007, 05:15 PM
All: Good afternoon. Work has been crazy this week, so I'm stressed out, but one of our project managers asked me -- "why are you doing that"? :eek: And I realized that, once again, I was demonstrating what we call "Max" syndrome. In other words, I was taking on more work than I should have, stuff that wasn't my responsibility, because it was involved with my node, the Colorado project. So I started re-delegating today and I feel less stressed out. Tonight I'm going to spinning, so that should help too. Then a friend and I are going to dinner. Tomorrow I'll work OT for 4-8 hours (I don't know yet how long I can take it.) Saturday night I have a jewelry show and a girl's night out -- I only have time to go to one, but I think that the GNO will get cancelled.

Anyway, nothing else to say. Have a good weekend, ladies, and take care! :)

Kerri: Yep, maintenance is very frustrating, but better than a gain. How exotic. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water and don't wait too long between meals. That should help minimize weight gain. And sure, have your treats, but eat smaller portions of them. And walk a lot; that should be easy. Focus on the fact that the pleasure of a trip is in the new sites and people and cultures, not the food. As a culture, we tend to associate vacation and other rewards for food treats, but not all treats are food, and the association isn't a necessary one.

Judy: I'm glad the weight is going down. It's very frustrating when it goes up like that. But your reaction to it is just as important as the WL itself -- as you said, in the past you would have gotten frustrated and -- let's be honest here -- self-medicated (I do it too!) But now you express your frustration and then just keep going. That's a very important step in WL and maintenance. :bravo: Re weekend plans -- there is nothing wrong with a healthy dinner and relaxing before a fire. I think people in general tend to fill their days with either too little or too much stuff, and sometimes we need to balance things out and have some basic down time.

Thank you so much for the smilies. They are awesome! ;D

02-03-2007, 02:02 PM
Hi turtles:

Sounds like everyone is doing great.

Ariana - have a good evening, you deserve a nice night out with friends.

Judy - hang in there, you will win the battle with our "baby steps"

Kerri - nice you are going on a trip. Such fun. Ariana had such great advice so I hope you follow it.

As for me it is freezing up here. Minus 10C this morning but sunny, which really makes a difference in even wanting to go out.
I was down 1.6# this week so was very pleased with that. My friends & I have a 10# challenge going on so now I am down 4.4# towards that challenge.

Just finished a yummy lunch - felt like comfort food. So had tomatoe soup
and grilled cheese with green onion sandwich. It was good - nice lunch for a cold Sat afternoon.

That is so terrible about Florida - those poor people. How do you ever recover from something like that? My thoughts are with all of them & their families.

Sometimes we don't realize how lucky we are all.

Anyway have a great OP weekend.

02-03-2007, 02:51 PM
Good afternoon to you all....:carrot:

Well I am bumbed out as I went to my weigh-in and guess what I was so holding fluids today and was up 1.4...I should have found the time yesterday as my scale had me down 2 #s ..I could not put it off either as this is the last day for weigh-in...I over did the green olives yesterday and I should have known....

Ariana thank you so very much, that was great advise as I am in count down now...8 days left...:sunny:

Bandit we all feel that way..The weather can be a beast...Hope you will stay warm and cozy...

Hope you all are having a wonderful week-end....

02-03-2007, 03:12 PM
Do you ever feel like I'm abandoning you gals??? :( I've been super busy and all with my homework and other obligations. Today I am helping host a baby shower for my niece who had her little girl a month ago. I'm hoping all goes well today. I'm such a shy person and this is like the equivalent of going to the dentist for me. :)

The countdown is on. I go to the doctor on Friday to see if we can figure out anything about me. I'm going to see if I can get on a different anti-depressant. I just don't function well off of them. My main problem with being on them is the side effects. To put it blunt-the sexual side affects kill my relationship with my husband. Zero libido.... I don't want that and yet I can't find a pill that will let me have a life. I also want to find out why I feel so run down all the time.

Okay...gotta go get the baby shower prizes wrapped. Check back after all this is done for the day.


02-03-2007, 06:04 PM
Hello, turtles. I'm at work doing overtime, and I have a few minutes, so I thought I would write you guys.

I had a shock last night -- I came out of the gym after spinning and cleaning up (a friend and I were going to dinner) to find the right front window of my car gone< and glass all around. When I look into the car, the window was in pieces on the front passenger seat. The car had been rifled through -- my WW points books and my nutrition info handouts (which I kept in the center console) were strewn all over the car, the baggie of safety pins that I normally keep in my glove compartment were on the seat, and other stuff had been moved around. The only thing they got away with was my emergency money ($20-$25) that I kept for parking, etc. -- little expenses where they don't take credit or debit cards. I think someone tried to take the car itself, though, not the pocket change they actually stole from me. I think that because there was nothing visible from the outside of any value, and the only thing that set the car apart was that I had it cleaned that day. But they didn't get the car, and I think that was partly due to the fact that I had an auto-lock on the car, which is not impossible to cut, but is probably difficult to remove, unlike clubs. Anyway, it was very unsettling. That kind of thing has never happened to me before. :eep: :eep: :eep:

I went to my local Honda dealer and had them look at the car. They said the only damage appears to be the window, and I was able to get somebody to come fix it for me. That is a big relief.

That's my big news for the weekend, ladies.

On a smaller note, I worked out 5x this week (the 5th time because a friend wanted to hang out with me Friday night, and we always workout and then go to dinner together) I also ate an all-bran bar before we went to dinner, so although I ate more at Sweet Tomatoes than I would have wanted to (the buffet I mentioned before that my friend loves), it wasn't terrible, and I keep getting better at managing buffets.

I got a lot of work done today, and earned some OT pay. I actually feel very productive, when it's quiet and I'm alone.

Well, ladies, time to go. I have to leave soon for the jewelry thing. Have a good night, ladies. Take care.

02-03-2007, 08:54 PM
Ariana, OMG! I would have been so freaked out if my car was broke in to. Sorry it happened but glad that it wasn't worse. :)

Good job on the workouts! You are such an inspiration to alot of us weight loss wonders...(more or less "wondering" when the weight will wander off my body). You go girl! It's awesome how you just keep pluggin right along and doing what needs to be done, even if you have a bad time with stuff. I really admire you for that.

Well the baby shower is done and hopefully all had a good time. Now I can devote even more time to studying. I got a letter of commendation from the chancellor yesterday congratulating me on my 4.0 for last semester. Gotta keep that grade point average in my "over-acheiver" area. :D

Gonna go to dinner with the family. Check back later.


02-05-2007, 09:52 AM
Well I was home on Friday with a bad sinus headache so I am out of the loop a bit but will try and get back on line later to get caught up. It is sooooo cold here today -4 below and -25 on the wind-chill... it is so cold that it hurts just going outside. I stayed awake for about 2/3rds of the game last night but could not make it to the end... I am such a light weight when it comes to staying up late... I was very happy to see that the Colts pulled it off though so the city is going crazy today... should be fun to watch, from my TV at home of course! There is no way I am going down town for the parade and parties that are taking place this afternoon and evening.

Ariana: I had my vehicle stolen when I lived in New Jersey... they ripped out the steering column, smashed the windows, you name it! They also stole everything that was not bolted down... My vechile was found in the gettos of Trenton later that night... I was told "You should be glad that you even got your vehicle back!" I guess most don't get theirs recovered but I was not glad... they bent the steering rod and did damage that was never fully repaired and I had to fight with the insurance company every step of the way... I know how you feel though... I came out from work that night and could not find my car... the only thing that was left was a pile of shattered glass... very scary feeling!

Well I have to get caught up since I was out on Friday... I will check back later on.

02-06-2007, 04:03 PM
Hello to all you Turtles....

That is so awful about your car Ariana.....:hug:

Susan You are right, who wants the car back when its that bad...and insurance Co..s are the Pitt's...You pay in every month and then God forbid you ever put in a claim...

Well I am still trying on clothes from my closet and deciding what to pack for my trip..I have a massive closet with about 4 sizes in it as I never can get rid of anything so its a collection from years and years....:rollpin:

Wow its quiet around here...

I am going to get weighed this week on Thursday so I can pack Friday and Saturday....:running:

02-06-2007, 05:23 PM
Hi turtles:

Still cold up here but at least sunny. I am just plugging along trying to keep warm. Today I had a flat tire - thank goodness it was while I was at work so
had help getting it to garage for repairs.

My friend is coming over for our usual Wed dinner tomorrow. We are making "lower fat" quiche so that should be interesting. If it is good I will forward the recipe. I made chili on weekend & have been having that for my lunches.

Does anyone else have the new ww scales that calculate the points as well?
It probably isn't new for you in the States but we got ours yesterday, so will have to see if that makes a big difference on portion control.

Hope you are all doing well & keep up the good work.

02-07-2007, 10:12 AM
Cold and snowy here today... we had a snow storm blow thru here yesterday and it dumped about 7 inches of snow on us... not too bad but there were tons of accidents and some of them really bad. You know, you would think that snow in the mid-west would not cause the panic that it does but for some reason it always does. After my ordeal last year when it took me 6 hours to make the 10 minute drive home during one of those snow storms I vowed never again... now I am on my way home by the time the second snow flake hits the ground... my employer knows it and does not give me a hard time, I use PTO time or make up the time to compensate but I leave way before it gets ugly and get home and off the roads. I guess I am just too old and don't handle that kind of stress anymore but that kind of weather just brings out the worst in people and I just can not deal with it. But the sun is out today, kind of anyway, and no more snow is predicted... it is still very cold and below zero here but that is ok with me for now.

The scale has gone way up the last few days... not sure what the problem is but I will get back on track and figure it out.

How is everyone else doing?


02-07-2007, 03:38 PM
All: Good afternoon. This week is better than the last, but still stressful. I slipped just now and ate half a bagel with a very thin shmear of cream cheese. I usually don't eat them at all, but I didn't get around to eating my 10 am fruit on time, so I was ravenous. That'll teach me to not eat my snacks on time, huh? At least I only ate half, and only had a little cream cheese. It could be worse. :D Tonight I'm going to a Thai restaurant, which reminds me, I need to pick out something for dinner before I go, so that my hunger doesn't beat my self-control. :eek: Workouts are on track for the week, and although I'm going to miss my Wednesday night weight lifting, I am going hiking on Saturday, so it should even out. I'm going to eat out twice Saturday, so that will take more control, but I'm working on it. Everything else is going well. How are you guys doing?

Chrily: Thanks. It was unsettling, that's for sure. I'm glad the car was still there. Why thank you! I appreciate that you find me inspiring and admire me. That's very nice to hear. You know, you can be a person who keeps plugging on in the same way -- but you have to do it long enough for it to become a habit, and you need to believe, really believe that not only can you do this, but you will do this. Congrats on your letter of commendation!

Princess: Sorry you have been feeling unwell. Having your car stolen is a very scary thing, I imagine. Before I was born, my mother had to go to the hospital for neck surgery, and when my Dad came to pick her up, their car was gone. I think they ended up walking home because they didn't have money for a cab back then. This was Brooklyn, which probably isn't surprising. If we had weather like that, I would do the same thing. With my job I could work from home. I don't know how I'd deal with being in the car for six hours, but I'd definitely keep my embroidery, a headset, batteries and an audio book with me at all times. I can't stand to sit like that, it drives me crazy. I just don't idle well. Re insurance companies: actually, I have Allstate, and they are very good. They were there when I called Friday night at 8 pm, and they helped me the next day; I have glass coverage, so I didn't even have to pay a deductible. When my car lost a tire on the freeway and caused $3,000 of damage to the car, Allstate was very helpful and didn't fight us on it at all. I have no experience with any other agency, and I probably won't leave, even if another agency is cheaper; I trust Allstate, and that's worth a little extra money to me. Oh, and sorry it is so nasty cold out there.

Kerri: Thank you (re the car). I say get rid of any sizes that you are too big for you, and do it ASAP. Take them to a clothing resale place and get credit or cash to get new clothes, and take what the resale place won't buy and gift it to thrift. Say it, repeat it, believe it -- you are not going back to that weight, so there is no reason to keep those clothes around (exception -- I would keep one piece, so that you can have a before and after photo in the same outfit. I wish I'd kept the dress that opened my eyes to just how big I had gotten -- I would love to have a picture of it today, with the new me in the old dress. But only keep one piece, maybe two. The rest must go!

Bandit: Sorry about the flat tire. Yes, let us know how the quiche turns out, I'd make it. I have found a tasty lasagna recipe (5 or 6 points), I just have to get around to typing it. I have never even hear of those new scales. How do they work? That sounds cool. I do have a food scale, but not from WW. I'm always using it to control portions.

02-08-2007, 09:33 AM
Well it is another cold day here but that is fine... spring will be coming soon... the groundhog says so :D

I am really struggling with the scale this week... I need to review and regroup I think... I have really laxed in the cardio exercise area over the last week and have basiclaly just been doing Pilates so I am working on getting back on track in that area.

I have to run but will check back later on.


02-08-2007, 11:36 AM
Hi Turtles,
I'm going to try and respond to all that's going on here. :goodvibes: to us all!
Last night I went to WW's and didn't WI. I knew my weight was still up, can't deal with that, but knew I needed a mtg. My leader understood and I listened and have a good attitude again. My dh is working on watching his weight and has things in the house that eaten in small amts. are healthy for you. However, they are trigger foods for me and I'm having a heck of a time.
Sooooo, I have to grow up and work on this. In any case, I'm back on track.
and hoping for a weight loss next week. Oh, this gets old sometimes. I also think that the real cold of winter triggers craving responses and that's also what I am feeling. On the positive side, I have gotten on the :tread: for 4 of the past 5 days. :cheer: Enuff about me and on to you!

So sorry about your auto. :eek: It's a real feeling of violation, but I'm glad you weren't hurt and that your car is fixed. :hug: Also glad about so much that you're doing right now. You figured out how to "un-max" at work, are handling the buffet much better, and enjoy the smilies. Weigh to go!

:bravo: for your weight loss and working on a challenge with your buddies. Having a Wednesday dinner with your friend and figuring out healthy foods to eat is so smart. Ordinarily getting together with a friend could be a reason to eat poorly and that sure doesn't make any sense. Yes, the new WW digital scale calculates points according to weight of the food. A friend of mine thought the scale was off when a pork chop came to 10 points for one chop.
But truthfully, the scale was right. No sense in thinking you're eating a 3point chop when the weight is so far off that it really calculates as 10 points. It's very easy for sizes of food portions to creep up. We all know this. Glad you had a :goodscale: experience.

You must be so excited about your upcoming vacation and trip. Have fun, keep Ariana's good suggestions in mind, and let us know how it all works out.
:goodvibes: :cb:

Good luck at your doctor's appt. tomorrow. We're all pulling for you and sending you a :grouphug: Glad you gave a successful shower. :hat: Good for you!

feel better soon. That must have been horrible having your car trashed. These automobile episodes are too much. I don't like to drive in the snow either. Here in NY we have so much traffic that any little mistake or skid can result in an accident. ugh. I'm sorry that your weight is up, but I find that being sick often does that for me when you think the opposite would happen.
I know you'll get right back on track and do well. Here's a :bravo: for all the good hard work you've accomplished so far.

Okay, I've gone on a long time. Take care, be well, and keep on keepin' on.

02-08-2007, 04:07 PM
Ladies: Good afternoon. How is everyone? I didn't WI last night because I had a social group event. I'll try and remember to do it tonight, but I'm a person of habit, so I may forgot. Everything is okay, work is very busy. I'm trying to un-Max myself again. Workout out is going well; I got a pair of spinning shoes for the first time, and they've really cut down on the joint pain that I get from spinning (that's important to remember if you try and it hurts your knees.) I bought FlyLady's book at Amazon.com, and I'm going to try to work my way through it and use her routines. I also got a paper piecing quilting book, which I am looking forward to trying. This weekend I'm going hiking Saturday and then lunch, then a movie and dinner with a friend. Sunday will be a day off to be by myself and recoup (or possibly work 4 hours of OT, come home and relax. I haven't decided yet.) Nothing else is new. How are you guys doing?

Princess: balance in all things, right? Keep up with the cardio, and it might help with the WL. Also, cardio is an excellent stress reliever, and if you're a stress eater, cardio might help there too by cutting down overall stress. You might also need to vary your type of cardio or your intensity level. I did the elliptical for a long time -- and my body got used to it, I think. Switching to spinning, which is both different and more intense helped me kick off my WL again, I think.

Judy: I can understand being unable to weigh in when you know your weight is up -- as long as A) it doesn't become a habit (I would never do it more than 2 weeks in a row) and B) you face that you need a change -- strategy change or recommitment to WL or maybe just tracking your points more closely or exercising more. It's okay to skip a WI once in a while, IMHO, as long as you recognize that things need to change and you work on them. If you skip WI and don't change the things that caused you to gain weight, then I think you're just avoiding the issue. Does that make sense? Re the car: Thanks. It stunk, and it did feel violating -- as though the car is part of my territory. What an animalistic response, but no less genuine. Re: un-maxing: Yeah, I'm working on it. It's very easy for me to slip back into it, but I'm working on the issue. Re buffet: Yeah, I'm pretty proud of that too. :D

02-09-2007, 10:19 AM
well my favorite day has finally arrived :D

Ariana: That is what I was thinking also so last night I stopped by the gym on my way home and did 2 miles on the eliptical and then I walked for a half a mile on the tread mile... I wanted to do more but ran out of time since I had to run home to feed the family before my pilates class... it was a easy throw together meal though... we do "coney night" with FF hotdogs, FF Cheese, and a chili sauce that is not too bad in points and then add some diced onions and mustard... yum! It is not too bad and I either do a "coney night" or a "grilled cheese night" once a week... I love grilled cheese too and you can do them for really low points which makes it even better! Hope you have a great weekend! I am so jealous! You are going hiking! I would love to get outside but it is just sooooo cold and snowy here that it makes it too unpleasent to even attempt it. Oh well, spring will come!

Judy: I know you will get back on track... me too! I am eager for summer as I think that is such an easier time to lose weight for those of us that live in the northern parts... the cold weather, comfort food, etc all adds up to hard times on the scale.

Kerri: Have a great time on your vacation! I am sure that you will have a wonderful experience!

Chris: How are you doing?

Bandit: How is everything going with you? Do you have big plans this weekend?

All: Best wishes for an awesome weekend!

I have to run,

02-09-2007, 03:43 PM
Ladies: good afternoon. I did my WI last night, and I'm down .8. :goodscale: That means that if I can lose 1.8 pounds by the end of February, I'll meet my February goal. Today is an okay day -- I plan on working a few hours of OT tonight, then treating myself to subway for dinner. Tomorrow I'm going hiking as I mentioned, lunch, and to a movie and dinner. I am contemplating forgetting my house chores and working for six hours on Sunday so that I can get more done and most important of all -- earn more OT cash. But we'll see. I may not be able to muster the go in on Sunday. OTOH, though, I am taking half of Thursday and all of Friday off to go home and see my family, so I can't earn any OT next week. I made an extra $200 these last two weeks in OT, and most of it can go straight to my credit card (except for the money for spin shoes, part of which was outside of my budget -- with clips and taxes, they were $100. :eek: ) I am really excited about the paid OT prospect, both because it cuts down on my stress at work by allowing me to get more caught up and because it puts more money in my pocket to pay off my credit cards. I don't want to push out the "paid off" date any further. Anyway, nothing else to report. Back to work, ladies. Have a wonderful afternoon.

Princess: Great minds think alike, huh? :D Coneys sound interesting. Have you ever cooked hot dogs in beer instead of water? It makes them taste even better. :D I love grilled cheese and tomato soup. I like to make mine with the 2% american imitation cheese (processed cheese) just like the kind in the cafeteria when I was a kid which, oddly enough, I loved. :D Well, you can take comfort -- even though you are jealous now, I will be jealous come summer, when it's a 118 degrees outside in AZ...

02-10-2007, 11:00 AM
Hi TUrtles, :cloud9:
Ariana, :bravo: on your weight loss and being on track for February. You're showing us how to do this a month at a time with weight going down!
As far as skipping WW mtgs., this month has been full of all sorts of doctor news (I'm your parents' age) and doctor visits, etc. but I hear you loud and clear on skipping meetings. I'm on track and need to stay there. I learn more and more about myself each year and I am commited to losing weight.

so glad you mentioned a nice easy dinner. It sounds delicious and although it isn't Core, which is what I'm doing, it's a nice low point feast. Thanks! :chef:

Everybody have a good weekend.
Last night I made a veggie burger from scratch. Not hard with a food processor: 1/4 cup of each: carrots, celery, onion, and red pepper. finely minced. Then add an egg, and mashed 2/3 cup of cannelini beans together, add in the veggies. Saute in a tiny bit of olive oil to cook through. I adapted the recipe a bit and baked the burgers in the oven, turned them over, added tomato sauce and a little reduced fat shredded cheese. Hey, they were good. Makes 4 patties for 2 points each. :chef:

Have fun this weekend, drink your water, and stay active. I'm looking forward to hearing about good WI's.

02-12-2007, 09:41 AM
Well I actually blew off W/I on Saturday becuase I knew the scale was not going to be kind to me... I never do that but I did it this one time and stayed in my PJ's instead.... kind of felt good since we normally go at 7:00 AM for W/I.

They are calling for a large snow storm to hit some time this evening so I would imagine that my Pilates class will be cancelled tonight but time will tell.

Ariana: Congrats on the loss! That is awesome!

Judy: Thanks for the veggie burger recipe... they sound great!

I have to run but will check back in later on.


02-12-2007, 04:08 PM
All: Good afternoon, ladies. Did everyone have a good weekend? I went hiking Saturday (3 hours round-trip -- it was a paved trail, so it's more like a walk with incline than a "real" hike) and then went out to lunch, came home and crashed. I was so tired I didn't even want to sew. I slept about 11 hours, woke up Sunday, still exhausted, did my house chores and still didn't have the energy to sew, my favorite pasttime. I don't know if I'm getting sick or what. I just feel funked these last few days. I'm going home to Phoenix Thursday. Maybe that's what I need -- some family time. <sigh> Anyway, my boss interrupted me during the draft of this message, and I just spent a big chunk of my lunch hour discussing update options for a police department in CA, and I'm out of lunch time now, so I have to go. Take care, ladies.

(written earlier...)
Judy: Thank you! I think doing it a week at a time, then a month at a time, is the only way to do it. Long-term it's too overwhelming. In Spinning, I focus on getting through the current song or 5-minute segment (usually about the same), and I only allow myself to look at the clock at the end of each song. Then I keep reminding myself -- you can do it -- you can make it for 15 more minutes, 10 more minutes, etc. I did the same thing with the elliptical -- I did interval training, and I focused on getting through that two minutes of high intensity so that I could enjoy the two minutes of low intensity. WL is like that too. I focus on getting through each week at a time, and before I know it, a whole month has gone by. :D I'm glad to hear that you are commited and on track -- it sounds like you have the "meeting mentality" even if you didn't go to your meeting.That sounds like a super-tasty veggie burger. I may just try that. I bet that would be good with mashed potatoes...

Princess: As I was saying to Judy, it's okay to skip a meeting once and a while as long as you recognize that you're skipping it because something needs to change, and you don't use skipping it as an avoidance mechanism. It's very important to strategize and analyze and understand why you're going up (it sounds like you do) and to not beat yourself up, because that achieves nothing but unhappiness. I think you have a handle on it. :D Re the loss: Thanks -- I wasn't as thrilled, because I wanted to see more (don't we always?), but it was better than maintaining or gaining, both of which I have plenty of experience with from the past. I think I'm also getting more toned from the spinning and weight lifting, so that is awesome.

02-12-2007, 11:20 PM
I'm not going to try to catch up on everything. I've been sick as a dog for the last few days. Ended up in the ER one night with chest pains, and have been freakin out. But after careful consideration of my symptoms...it was all because of an allergic reaction to yeast. I'm highly allergic to the stuff. I was eating sourdough bread because the package said no added yeast...(they didn't add any..sure..but it was loaded with it). I quit eating the stuff and my symptoms are going away. I still feel yucky but at least I don't feel like I"m dying. My heart races, I get super dizzy, am short of breathe...and feel awful when I get too much of something. So long story short..I'm getting better.

I'll check back when I feel better...

02-13-2007, 02:55 PM
Hi everyone:

Ariana - congrats on the weight loss, keep it up.

Princess - did you get that storm? We are suppose to be hit with a storm starting later this afternoon, so the drive tomorrow will probably be bad enough I go with the fellow from work.

Chris - scarey stuff! Hope you are feeling better.

Judy - hope you are well.

I stayed the same this week at my ww. Had a few outings so was glad for a maintain. Staying focussed this week so far. Have a "red hat" dinner tonight and hoping there is grilled salmon on the menu with a salad. So we'll see how that goes. Just trying to stay warm up here & hoping most of the storm misses us.

Anyway, have a good one.

02-13-2007, 04:45 PM
Ladies: Good afternoon. Work is still very busy, but I feel like we actually got somewhere today, which is a big improvement. These last two days, I've been feeling like a hamster in a wheel. I'm feeling better psychologically too, not so down, which is good. Other than that, nothing else is new. How is everyone?

Chrily: Sorry you've been so sick! I'm glad it was nothing life threatening though, even though it made you miserable. Food labelling should be much better, IMHO. It must be scary for people with allergies. Hope you feel better soon!

Bandit: Thank you. I am working on the WL. Hey, maintaining is good when you've had several outings? Salmon? Blech. Grilled chicken is good though. :D I hope the storm misses you too.

02-15-2007, 08:40 AM
Hi all, well we sure got a storm and a half here... I am back to work today after being off for two days... it was pretty bad for a while there my biggest concern is that we would lose power since we have no fireplace or any other means to heat the house other then the furnace. But we are fine and all dug out for the most part. We got about a foot of snow with a about 3 inches of sleet on top which always makes for fun shoveling... the hardest part was the drifts... they were about 3 feet high in the yard and drive way. I am tired of shoveling and ready for spring. The two days home was nice but I hate using my vacation time up so soon in the year. Oh well, better home and safe then stuck out on the roads.

Chris: So sorry to hear about your illness, best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Ariana: I am just trying to get back on track... being home and off of my normal schedule it is hard to not over eat and there was only shoveling for exercise so I missed my cardio for the week but I am going to try and make some of it up.

Judy: How are you doing? I hear our storm headed your way! Yuck!

Bandit: All is well here, the storm has come and gone, how are you doing up there?

Kerri: I guess you are still on vacation... lucky lady! I was dreaming about the warm weather yesterday as I was butt deep in snow drifts :D

I have to run but will check back later on.

Have a great day!

02-15-2007, 12:50 PM
Hi everyone:

Yes, we got some of that storm as well - but most of us made it into work anyway. I get a ride when it is really bad, otherwise I would have had time off too

My dinner was really good. Had something called Chicken Sonoma Valley Salad which was a meal. Really nice salad with citrus dressing & raisins & nuts with grilled chicken & of course, lots of greens. You can also get same salad with shrimp or salmon. Had 2 glasses of white wine as well. But counted pointes as best I could.

Princess - glad you are dug out. I had lots of shovelling last night as well.
Ariana - nice you are feeling better with your work stress.

Hope everyone else is doing good. It is very cold up here - looking forward to spring.

Have a great day.

02-15-2007, 07:09 PM
Hi Turtles,
I'll just jump in where I am. We were hit with the ice storm last night. Lost our electricity for about an hour or so, and although we still have ice, the roads are passable.
I don't know if it's hibernation fever or what, but I am overeating and not loving it. I am trying to keep all your words of advice in my head and that should help.
Best wishes to everyone.
Chris, hope you're feeling well.
Bandit, looks like good choices!
Princess, I don't envy you shoveling out.
Ariana, you're always on the go!

02-16-2007, 10:47 AM
Well it is Friday and I am glad as always :D

I am doing something fun this evening, I am going to a Physic party... I guess it is like a tupperware party but with a lady that is supposed to be a Physic and will tell your fortune. Now I don't believe in most of that stuff but it should be a good time and a bit of fun never hurts. It is being hosted by a lady that works at my husbands company and this is the first time that I have been invited to one of their "girls" nights so I am really looking forward to it. All of my really good friends are still back on the east coast where I grew up and even though I have some female friends here I have never made that connection with anyone here and it is never like the ones that you have had for years and years and I miss that sometimes. I still have faith that some day I will meet a fellow female out here and we will click and have that great "girlfriend" connection so the more things I expose myself too the greater chance I have.
The gal that is hosting sent me the menu as she knows that I am on WW... and almost nothing on it is plan friendly so I have an extra big lunch with me today since the party starts right after work and I will take a bottle of wine with me and my bottle of water that I am never without and hope for the best. She is serving nachos, margarita's and shrimp so I will nibble on some shrimp and have a bit of wine and lots of water and that should be fine. I WW in tomorrow morning so that should be enough to keep me on track.

Judy: Glad your power is back on! That is my biggest worry about those storms.

Ariana: How are you doing? What are your plans for the weekend?

Bandit: I don't know about you but I am sure ready for Spring :D

Chris: How are you feeling? Better I hope!

Kerri: Still on vacation I guess... must be nice... and I am sure it is well deserved. I can't wait for my vacation time to arrive...

Have a great weekend all!

02-16-2007, 01:27 PM
Hi ladies:

Princess - sounds like you are in for a fun evening. That is nice to be invited to something different with new people. Maybe you will make some good connections for some new friends. Great you are planning ahead for the food part. Shrimp is low in fat & calories so that should be OK. I sometimes put soda in my wine to make it go alittle further. Anyway have a great night & enjoy yourself.

Had my w/i today & was down .4# so want to do better next week, so better stay on track over the weekend. That is my biggest problem.

Hi to everyone else and have a great weekend!

02-17-2007, 09:31 AM
It's great to get out there and see your work colleagues in a new light. I think a friendship could develop out of that. I'm sending you good vibes becauseI hear how much you'd like a real gal pal. Early friendships over the years are so wonderful and hard to match. Maybe you'll meet someone who could come close.

good luck over the weekend. Glad to see you had a loss :goodscale: and I know this week coming up you'll do even better.

I hope you're feeling well now and are able to get to your internist to see what's going on. :idea:

Ariana, have a good weekend. I think it's so great that you're enjoying wonderful weather right now while so many of us are dealing with snow and ice. My ddil says that when she lived in Phoenix, it was just opposite NY. That their summers required them to stay indoors in the AC while our winters keep up inside. And then the rest of the year was fabulous---just like here.
I take the cold better than the heat, so I guess it's good I ended up here!

Kerri, enjoy the nice climes and let us know how you're doing. :beach:

Yesterday was a good day for me. This weekend will be filled with two birthday celebrations. I got on the :tread: yesterday and ate well. Today I'll get on the :tread: again and watch what I eat at the party. It's a big affair
with catered food, etc. Tomorrow we're taking our family out to celebrate a family birthday, then back home for snacks and presents. It should be a good time and if I am on my toes, I should do alright. :hb: I needed an attitude adjustment, and I got it. I also journaled about what was bugging me and I feel better. Also--my doc visits have all been maintenance stuff and I've got most of them behind me.

Have a good and healthy weekend. Drink that water! BAby steps: we are doing this!!!

02-17-2007, 11:07 AM
Judy - good luck with your celebration challenges this weekend.
That is always tough to be around so many temptations. As you said,
baby steps, will get us all at goal.

All you turtles - have a great OP weekend.

As for me, I am off to the gym and am really going to focus on eating well all weekend. That is my goal & I am sticking to it.

Have a good one.

02-19-2007, 11:25 AM
Well it was a short weekend but an uneventful one and that is good. We got my oldest son moved but that was interesting since it snowed all day Saturday and that U-Haul truck ramp was so slippery it was a like a slip and slide going up and down it... not fun but at least I did not fall and since I lack grace and agility that is a good thing :D The house is quiet already and I miss him and it has only been a day and half... but he is only a few blocks away but I like to keep my distance and not crowd them as they have their owns lives. I got his room put back into a spare room so that when my mom comes to visit she will have a place to stay and be comfortable.

I went to W/I on Saturday but I stayed the same, no loss and no gain, I will take it I guess and keep going. I did not get in any cardio last week due to the snow storms but I did get all of my Pilates classes in. This week I am back on the cardio and all of the Pilates, I really think that cardio makes a huge difference with me. I think I will switch it up a bit and do more time on the treadmill with an incline and less on the eliptical and see if that helps a bit.

How was everyones weekend?


02-19-2007, 12:43 PM
Hi turtles:

Princess - a maintain is better than a gain. You are right, maybe switching up your exercise will give you a kick start again.

I got to the gym over the weekend so was pleased with that.

My daughter got back from Cuba yesterday & said they all had a good time.
Mostly the weather was good but cool 2 days & rained 1 day. But they still had fun.

My goal this week: gym 3 times stay OP all week.

How about everyone else? What are your goals for this week?

02-19-2007, 01:04 PM
Hi Princess,
Glad you are intact after helping your son move. I was out in the ice this weekend and it's not fun! Glad he's nearby and you can still be in touch. Staying the same is fine, and this week you'll see another loss. :goodscale:
So happy you're getting an adjustment to your :tread: You and Bandit and Ariana are inspiring me. I've put a bright sticker on my calendar each day that I've gotten on the :tread:. You're doing fine and this week will be even better!

Glad your daughter is back and had a good time. Soooo glad you got to exercise over the weekend. That's a wonderful commitment. Glad you've posted your goal for this week.

My goal is to get on the :tread: at least 4x this week: Monday to Monday. I know I can do it and simply need to get on within an hour of waking up. I also want to concentrate on drinking more water since I imagine that I drink more than I actually do~ Had a great eating time at the party and then the party and back home. Didn't get on the scale, but if I am up--and I don't know that I am--it will be only because of salt since I was verrrrrrry careful.
1. :tread: 4x this week
2. 6 glasses of water daily this week.
Onward and downward.
Kerri, are you back? Chris, how are you doing? Ariana, did you get to quilt this weekend?

02-19-2007, 03:38 PM
Hey Turtles,
We're at 33 responses which is when I start a new thread. jSee you at 178!

02-19-2007, 04:16 PM

Good afternoon. How is everyone! I have been busy, busy, busy. I weighed in Wednesday night, and I'm down 1.2, which is great. ;D :D :D If I can keep that off and lose .6 more, I'll be at my cumulative goal for February (Feb and Jan together.) I drove down to see my family Thursday afternoon, and I got back Sunday afternoon, then I went to get new workout clothes (I haven't bought new ones since I was 165-170, so the workout clothes I had were quite loose.) I had a wonderful time with my family, I just wish I could have stayed longer. It was very restful and relaxing.

The highlight of my weekend was buying size 12 clothes at NY and Company (formerly Lerner's, my favorite clothing store.) I haven't bought size 12 clothes since 1999.
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

This is a tremendous victory for me, because one of my WL goals was to be able to wear size 12's again -- the size I was when I left for college in 1998. By 1999, I was having to wear 14's, and I went steadily up, throughout and after college, until I weighed 206 and wore size 22 pants; at that point, I could not longer shop at my favorite store (NY & Co) and I had boxes of clothes in the garage that were too small. I am now down to two boxes of clothes that are too small (some 12's that are still too small and some 10's.) I just fit into the 12's, but when I get down to goal, they should be quite comfortable, or I should be a 10. That is tremendous, incredible, awesome. I am so happy and thrilled. I had to share it with you guys. :D

Now, on to each of your posts since I posted last...

Princess: Sorry about the weather troubles. You will get back on track. I have faith in you! I went home for the weekend, to see my family. That was really nice. Re making new friends -- yes, put yourself out there -- also, do you know if MeetIn (http://www.meetin.org) or MeetUp (http://www.meetup.com) have groups in your area? Both are free social organizations, MeetIn is a volunteer-run social group, and the only cost you pay is for the events you choose to attend (there is no membership fee); MeetUp is a website that links you with other people with the same interests in your area; it is also free. You might check those two things out. I'm an active member of my local meetin, and I've met quite a few people that way. I'm glad you didn't hurt yourself. Sorry you maintained, but if you think about it, when you miss all of your cardio for a week and you're stuck at home with all kinds of temptations, maybe maintenance is a good thing? Always remember, maintenance can also be thought of as not gaining. I'm sure it is hard to have a kid move out, I remember how rough it was on my family and on me, when I went to college, but it gets easier. (PS: I think you mean Psychic party, not Physic party. Was it fun?)

Bandit -- if it's not too much trouble, maybe you could post that recipe? (Chicken Sonoma Valley Salad) .4 is still good, so congrats on that. I know that the weekends can be hard. Hang in there, you can do it. My goals are workout 4x, plus 12 hours of OT this week. I'd like to lose .6 this week and get to my February goal, but I realistically expect to maintain, because I only got to workout 2x last week and I went home this weekend -- I ate more than usual, but not too much, I think. We'll see.

Judy: That's exactly what our weather is like. We hide inside from June to September, and then the rest of the year is quite nice. When it's hot, it's really, really hot, but the cold is mild. I prefer the intense, quite dry heat to a humid heat any day. Since I've lived here so long, I handle heat better than cold weather, so it works out. Sounds like your situation works for you, as aggravating as it is now, it will be beautiful soon. In a couple of months, it will be nasty here. I am not looking forward to it. It sounds like you are handling the festive occasions well, and that you've got a good attitude, and that you are adjusting to your overeating problems -- you are taking the right approach, picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and going right back to the track. That's key; if you persist and adapt, success is inevitable; failure is only inevitable if you give up or refuse to change. Yep, I'm always on the go. It's a skill. ;o I think the sticker on the calendar for the days you get on the tread is a great idea, what a nice positive visual reinforcement. I'm glad that we inspire you! No, I didn't get to quilt. I went out at bought new workout clothes at my Mom's insistence (the ones I had were loose -- I haven't purchased new workout clothes since I weight 25 more pounds, and they're quite loose.)

You probably won't hear from me again for a few days, unless I get an extra few minutes. I have a lot of errands to run this week.