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CJ
10-26-2001, 01:00 PM
Hello and welcome to the Thin Group! We are a great group of ladies (but men are welcome if there are any who care to join us) who have one thing in common. We are all working together toward our goal of being healthier in our daily lifestyles and to lose weight in 2000. There are all different ages and backgrounds here and we all have different ways of losing our weight. We all love to have fun and laugh, but we also give a lot of support, encouragement and motivation for one another. Please feel free to post with us - just jump right in and believe me, you will be welcomed with open arms. The more the merrier!

Please feel free to check out our website and learn more about us at: www.geocities.com/hotsprings/sauna/4797


Love, CJ


sweet tooth
10-26-2001, 01:22 PM
CJ, I must have posted when you were starting up the new thread. Something very funny happened, so I am moving my post to the new thread.

I'm here and have been watching your posts today. I just haven't had time to put anything into my head yet this morning. Anything that would make any sense.

Last night was the recognition of long service employees - hubby has been working here for 25 years and I have been here for 15 years. It has been a hectic week...two days in Calgary, with a day in Edmonton in the middle. Lots of driving this week, and another 3 o'clock morning today to get to Calgary for 8:00 am.

Didn't do very well at the reception last night - too many tempting foods and stuff, so that makes the third day this week that I have been over my point allocation. Monday's weigh-in will not be pretty. I will try to be good for the next 3 days to see if I can re-coop some of my naughtiness.

Sounds like you are settling in back at home again. I love to go away, but love to come home to my little old house. Shopping? I loooove to shop. One of the fellows that travelled to Thailand with hubby and me has started a rumour at work that he doesn't think anyone can beat me at shopping. Funny thing is, hubby went to China last year. The lady that he went to China with told me afterward that I must fortunate to have him. Her words are: "He shops like I girl. I loved to go with him." Of course, that was 31+ years of training. They don't come in 20 year old models. CJ, go for it...and hurry.

Just a comment for everyone - please keep my daughter in your prayers. When we arrived home from the Middle East, she informed us that she was being sent to New York - Ground Zero to do crisis counselling. She has sent a few emails describing some of the events happening in the Red Zone that haven't hit the news. It has certainly had a great impact on her and will stay with her for always. She also has a 5 month old baby that she had to leave at home with her hubby. She was not weaned when out daughter left and would not take a bottle. Dad has been at home coping with this while she is gone, too. Thanks.

Gotta go. That darn work thing is calling again. I just hear it faintly, but the noise is getting louder...

Sassy
10-28-2001, 10:18 PM
Hi guys,
We got back last week, but haven't been able to post, but I have been reading everything posted. So anyways, we had a great time in Florida visiting daughter Tracy and her graduation from Leadership school was sure a big doing. There was around 350 people at that hall, besides the graduates and their guests there were tons and tons of Air Force high brass. The room was a sea of blue uniforms and it made me feel so safe to be there with all the wonderful spirit of America those who chose to defend our country had. Tracy looked beautiful and I will attemp to see if I can add a picture to this post at the end.

On the weight front, I went back to my WW meeting after 2 weeks and had a 2.2 lb gain, but that is not so bad considering I was on vacation and we had a wonderful all you can eat crableg dinner on the Gulf Of Mexico when we went there. I think I can safely say I did eat AT LEAST 2.2 lbs worth. But am back on track again with the program and exercising too.

So first of all I guess since CJ the Queen started # 65 I guess I should give her the Royal Brat salute. LOL So this is for you CJ.

You are a BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT BRAT
for starting the new thread and beating me so TAKE THAT! LOL There I feel better already. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
But you probaly don't eh CJ? Awwww admit it, you love when your get BRATTED don't you? I know you do!

Carolyn-So glad your weekend with your friend went well in Bloomington and you did so well program wise too. Hey Carolyn did you go to Bloomington, Indiana-my state or does Kentucky have a Bloomington too? We are pretty close to Bloomington from Columbus. Maybe 45 minutes or so, Indiana University is there and since my daughter was there for a few years I have been there many times. Beautiful place isn't it? Very cultural with all the different nationalities going to the University there. So very sorry about your favorite girl student who was killed in the car crash. Don't worry about you program with all that stress you are going through. It may not be the time right now. Don't put even more stress on yourself, just do your best and I know you will.

Kim-Hang in there Kim, things are bound to get better if Chad gets on his meds and keeps on going to therapy as well. I know you are glad at least there is a diagnosis though. At least you know now what you are dealing with and what to expect too. (((((((((((((KIM))))))))))))) My gosh girl what you are going through with Hannah and all her accidents sound familiar. Kids are always doing something to themselves whether it be falling, getting their head stuck in a chair, getting ahold of some medicine or shoving marshmellows up their nose. Ahhhhh how well I remember those days. You will laugh about this someday, but not right now. My email address is kenshaney@earthlink.net for you and anyone else who wants it.

Judy-Wow good for you going in the right direction indeed. That's great losing those 2 lbs. I have faith in your that you will keep on going too. You are really keeping busy, between your new quilt classes you will soon take, teaching your former sis in law how to embroider and got a new car too. Hooray for you, you are getting back to life and doing great at it too.

Mary Kay-So glad your birthday went well and I know you enjoyed those 2 cakes too but talk about sugar overload! Happy belated birthday! I know you sure must be so happy those tournaments are all over too. Hope things get back to normal for you now.

Sam-Glad you are doing well and back to work to. I am glad you have Charlottes day care figured out so well and it is working out so well too. Gosh I can't believe that your daughter is 6 months old already. What is a naming day? I have never heard of it. Is it a custom in your country?

sweet tooth-Hi Peggy and welcome home! It seems that your trip went well indeed. You even lost weight too. I know you are happy about that. It was great too that you got to spend your 31st Anniversary in London too, lucky you. Oh yes, congratulations on making your Thanksgiving Challenge Goal too. Yes I will keep your daughter in your prayers that everything goes alright for her. How wonderful that she is willing to go and help those people who need it there.

Sylvia-I am so sorry about your Mother in law (and Chad's Uncle too) and hope they both get better soon, but how wonderful of you to help out in the family. That was great of your husband to give you those roses and baloons too. Kind of picked up your spirits didn't it?

Kolika-Thanks for the insight into your name. How lucky you were to live in Hawaii. Wow there is a haunted bridge in Columbus? Do you know where? I guess I need to ask my son's, they would know, cause they always know where all the haunted houses are around here. LOL Sounds like your camping trip might have been fun, inspite of all you went through to get there and the rain when you got there didn't help did it?

Sandi-That is great that Spence will be able to retire really soon, like in a few days. That will be great for the 2 of you, now you can really travel and enjoy life to the fullest. That is also great that they have hired a new girl to help you out and lighten your load too.

cherrycoke-Hey Mavis you seem to be doing really well with your weight loss efforts, Wow you have lost 42 lbs! That is wonderful. Keep up the good work. How did your weigh in go for you?

Jello-Your Las Vegas trip sounds like it went great for you guys. Good luck at your weight loss, let us know how it went. Hey now that you are back from your vacation why don't you go ahead and start the Small Sucesses thread? I'll bet you will get a good reply. With the holidays coming we all need this.

CJ-Hey there, how you doing? You sure are one busy girl arn't you? Can't wait to see you and Dick again. Only 11 more days than pass the Buttershots! By the way, WHAT IS THE SURPRISE? You outta know that I can't stand it, not knowing? LOL Oh well I guess if I gotta wait than I gotta wait. I will work on getting back on ICQ too and let you and anyone else that wants my ICQ # when I do.

Gail-Hi Gail, I miss you so much on this thread and it is great to keep on hearing from you. I just love your emails so much and you know I think about you so much and hope one of these days you will pop in here and say hello too. MISS YOU!

Chrissy-Hi sis in law, thanks so much for the great email, I will answer soon. Your daughter Ellie just wrote me a great email and it warmed my heart that my niece wrote me that wonderful special email. Glad to hear that things are going great for her. Say hi to her and to Emily too. Love you Chrissy, will answer you soon. I know you are busy going to school and working and everything else. I will miss you at Thanksgiving when we go to Michigan, but understand and think it is great that you are going to your sister Cynthia's in Virginia. Don't worry, my Dad, Papa and brother Jerry will not be alone for Thanksgiving, cause the Scobel clan invited him to come to Ken's brother Don's in Monroe so I will fill you in when I email you.

Miss everyone else to who hasn't come back. COME ON BACK ALL YOUR THINSTER'S. MISS YOU!!!!!

Attached is a picture of Tracy at her Leadership Graduation with her boyfriend. Brett.

Take care guys and remember I love you and missed you all.

Love ya, Sharon :love:


Sassy
10-29-2001, 06:44 AM
Hi Guys,
I was just thinking that I should show you the whole brood so here is another picture of all of our kids.

That's Tracy, 23, again on the bottom left, out of uniform, than above her is Kelly, 25, who is in college and will graduate in May, after many years, with a degree in teaching, elementary education, than next to her is Alan, 18, who has decided to follow his sister's footsteps and is going into the Air Force at the end of April, than below him is other son Dan who is 20. That's the group guys, hope you enjoyed it.

Talk to you later, love ya, Sassy Sharon :wave:

sweet tooth
10-29-2001, 01:35 PM
Yahoo!!!! Boss thought I was crazy jumping up and down and dancing on his desk. The WI this morning shows that I lost 3.25 pounds this week. Of course I am thrilled to have reached one of my mini-goals - finally reached the 30 pounds lost category.

I hope to do well this week and lose another 1.5 pounds. That is what I must do to reach the next mini-goal of "halfway there." I'm soooo excited, I just had to go out and buy new clothes. Hubby quietly shakes his head and brings out his wallet...

I have a weight loss hint for everyone this week. It actually comes from watching my husband over the past 31 years. I am working on this one and am trying to get better at it. Since most of you do not know my husband, I will describe him as a very thin person, who eats what he wants, whenever he wants it and doesn't gain a thing (I'm jealous). However, in watching his eating habits, I have noticed that when he is full, he quits eating. Period. There is no way people are able to cajole him into second helpings, or even dessert when he is full. He just simply stops. When I ask him how he can do that and not eat his favorite dessert. He says that if he ate the dessert he would feel bloated and stuffed and that is worse than eating the dessert.

I know that is hard for most of us, including me, but I have tried to copy this pattern and have found that I am able to lose weight the more that I practise doing this. I am getting better at leaving food on my plate when I am full and not overeating, but not always perfect. Keep thinking of how you feel after you've eaten too much. Thanksgiving is coming, one of those times that I think we all overeat. Maybe this year will be better if we take doggie bags home for the next day and don't overeat on the day, itself.

I'm jumping down from the soapbox now. I've had my say.

Yesterday I had a really hard time to not binge. There were nanaimo bars and other sweets sitting on the counter and I really, really craved having one, or two, or maybe the whole container. Hubby had to go to work to clean up some expense reports from our trip, so he wasn't there to be my conscience. I compromised...I made the WW garden soup, had two bowls full, a diet pop (to satisfy the need for something sweet) and then I was too full to have anything else. It's hard, but I am getting better at resisting those temptations. I think that yesterday the motivation was that I wanted to reach the 30 pound mark so badly, I didn't want to jeopardize doing anthing that would affect it. Other days, I don't have the same strong motivations. I find that very difficult, indeed.

What do the rest of you do when you are really tempted to eat something that you shouldn't? I would really like to start to use some of the strategies that others use to resist those acute times of temptation. Please share...

Sassy - so good to hear from you. You have such a lovely looking family. You must have been so proud of your daughter at grad. It's a great opportunity to be there with her. Sorry about the weight gain. It is so difficult to maintain good eating habits while on holidays. It wasn't a very big gain, so that will come off really fast when you are back OP. We'll see next week, maybe.

Hope everyone has a down week this week. Take care.

sweet tooth
10-29-2001, 03:32 PM
I'm sending another note that I just received from a co-worker. If you apply it to your weight loss program, or any other aspect of your life, you will eventually see a tremendous change.


THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE....

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday, " I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!"

My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother."

"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.

"I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car."

"How far will we have to drive?"

"Just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."

After several minutes, I had to ask, "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!"

"We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils."

"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around."

"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand-lettered sign that read, "Daffodil Garden."

We got out of the car and each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns -- great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue.

There were five acres of flowers.

"But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn.

"It's just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline.

The first answer was a simple one."50,000 bulbs," it read.

The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain."

The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

There it was. The Daffodil Principle. For me, that moment was a
life-changing experience.

I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun -- one bulb at a time -- to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top.

Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable (indescribable) magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time -- often just one baby-step at a time -- and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.

It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?".....Author Unknown

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.

Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire. The truth is there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with... and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting...
Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die

Jello
10-30-2001, 08:43 AM
Hi all! Just a quick check-in. Don't seem to have much time these days. What's up with that? Am I getting old or something?? Nah. Can't be that.

Spent last night stuffing candy bags for Halloween. Every year the VFW fills bags of candy for the local police department to hand out to kids for Halloween. We broke our old record by stuffing 1200 bags in 44 minutes. What a mad house!!! And I'm pleased to report that very little of it ended up in my mouth! :lol: Couldn't help myself in some cases. There was some candy there that I used to eat as a kid and didn't even know they made it any more! There was a photographer from the local paper there so I'm waiting to see if I'm famous. :cool:

Sweet Tooth, thanks for the great story!! I'm going to borrow that for our company newsletter I think. I'm just about done this month's issue and needed something to fill a bit of space on page 4. This will work great. And I'm going to take a bit of advice from it for myself too. I can just picture all those daffodils!! Hm, starts me thinking about next year's gardening too.....

Meanwhile, I've been mapping out plans for a new kitchen. Poor Rich didn't know what he was in for when he agreed to redo the kitchen. We've got plans to knock out a wall and a few other "minor" changes. ;) Could be frightening. I've borrowed some books from the local library on painting and decorating. This could get very very interesting (and messy!!).

Well, as I said, I'm swamped here so I'm going to sign off. Some of us are going out for Chinese food today at lunch so I'm already drinking gallons of water trying to combat all that sodium. Hope it helps.

Hope you all have a great day!
Much love, Jo

CJ
10-30-2001, 01:41 PM
Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't been around much - so many things to get done before we go to Kansas next week (by way of Indiana to stay with Sharon for a few days)!! Our daughter's wedding is November 17th. Still have to "drag" hubby to the store to get hime a new suit. He has to look "smashing" to walk her down the isle - not that he doesn't always look smashing to me - but he really needs a new suit! He's putting it off as long as he can - I'm giving him a couple more days, then am putting my foot down!!!!! LOL

Sharon - as I've said before, your daughter is beautiful - you should be proud! Cannot wait to see you and Ken - soon, very soon! This next week will go by so fast!

Peggy: Got your email - great job on the weightloss! We were at one time almost the same wt but you are passing me by so fast! But that is great - I'm just taking the slow route! LOL

I'm hoping by Thursday monring I will weigh in at 169 1/2 (or less!) ... I've been sitting at 170 for the last 2 weeks ... 169 1/2 will put me at 15 lbs down!

I have a great soup recipe if anyone is interested! I found it in Womans World magazine - it's called a diet miracle soup - but it is really healthy and good! That is, if you like watercress or brussel sprouts. Here it is, in case you are interested:

1 largeonion, chopped
1/4 + 6 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 potatoes, cut into 1" pieces
3 bunches watercress (1 1/4 lbs)or 2 boxes (10-oz) brussels sprouts, thawed
sall & pepper, to taste

In large pot, over medium heat, simmer onion in 1/4 cup broth until most of the liquid evaporates and onion is tender, 10 minutes. Add remaining broth and potatoes; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes. Stir in water cress or brussels sprouts; cook until wilted, 4 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool slightly, 10 minutes. In blender, in batches, puree soup until smooth. Add back to same pot; heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

Makes 9 cups. Per 1 cup serving: 94 cals; 4 g protein; 0 g fat; 20 g carbs; 465 mg sodium; 3 g fiber; If you are on WW - just 2 pts per cup. AND IT TASTES GREAT!!!

We used to have a recipe thread here ... maybe we should start one again for low cal foods, snacks, etc. What do you think?

Well, need to go now ... talk to ya all later ...

Love, CJ

KimV
10-30-2001, 03:22 PM
hi

Finally, something good to deal with. Met Hannah's new speech therapist yesterday. I really likes her, and felt comfortable with her from the beginning. She's probably in her mid 40's to mid 50's (i am soooo terrible at figuring out someones age), and has alot of experience working with kids. Found out she trained Hannah's first speech therapist (we've had two, and they have quit for better jobs). Hannah wasn't that crazy about her, and clung to me most of the hour, but that's Hannah. Lisa and I spent the hour mainly just getting to know each other, and a chance for Hannah to get to know Lisa. Lisa made a fast friend, though, when she sang "Itsy Bitsy Spider" to Hannah. That is Hannah's favorite song, and she usually comes up to me doing this thing with her hands that looks like a mini-wave/break dancing kind of move, and that's how I know it 'spider time.' Anyway, after we sang that half dozen times, Hannah at least got out of my lap, and played near Lisa. That is a start with her.

Chad and I are at least talking. I'm still real weepy, and worried how to pay the house payment this month. Not only was the loan blown, this weeks paycheck is going to be about the only income for two weeks. Chad only worked one day last week. I'm getting so sick being blamed for him not wanting to work. He took Mon. off because of me (i went to go get car ins. because we got cancelled, and spent an hour there, only to find out the down pay. was about 60 dollars more than quoted, plus had my friend little girl for a couple hours while her mom and dad was at the dr--her dad burned his hand very badly in a grease fire last sat, and had daily dr. checkups, and that is something a 4 yr. old doesn't need to see). Anyway, because of that, he couldn't go to work, so he went to a friends house until about 3 am (works 3-11, and I assumed when he wasn't home at 11:30, he worked over). Tues. he had the first appt. with the therapist, and I knew he would have to take a half day off for that. Instead, took the whole day off. Somehow that's my fault, too. House is too messy, or I didn't cook for him, or something.

Thurs. was the day we got into it about a bill I forgot to pay, so he took that day to blow the money we got from a loan to pay bills with. Again, my fault. Fri, and Sat he sort of took the blame. Just didn't want to go in. But in a way, turned out to be my fault, of course. I have taken days off from the house before because I didn't feel like messing with anything. I know my house is far from perfect. I let dishes pile up, and if I don't do laundry every couple days, it piles up real fast. plus with toys all over the place, it's crowded, and messy. plus, no one but me knows how to pick anything up, or take anything to the kitchen. Anyway, just had to blow some steam. Really don't have anyone to talk to. Mom is too critical of Chad, and gets too huffy. I just want someone to listen, don't really feel like getting a lecture from someone else. It's my prob. and we/I have to figure out the solution. I feel like leaving, but that isn't going to solve anything, plus don't have any where to go, and no job. I'm hoping getting him on the meds will help, and I want to at least stick around through that.

so, now that i've cheered everyone up, how's it going :D

guess i will go now. got some laundry that needs put away, and if I don't do that as soon as it comes out of the dryer, I leave it in the baskets forever.

till later,

kim

aivlys
10-31-2001, 12:42 AM
:wave: Hello Ladies!

I hope you are all doing well. I'd like to thank all of you for sending happy thoughts and prayers my way. Things seem to be getting better. My Mother in law can lift and bend her left leg and move her left arm and is being transferred to another rehab place for "intensive" rehab. Her brother is also doing better and is being transferred to the same place where my MIL is. I've lost some weight ( I don't know how much) I've gotten a few compliments ... that's always good for lifting spirits! A bit stressful at work, big board meeting today to determine "organizational consequences" ... what the h*ll does that mean? Hopefully I'll still have a job by Thanksgiving time. It's a good thing I'm half way done with my Christmas shopping.

Sharon- You have some good looking kids!!! By the way, who's Chad?

Kim- Hang in there sweetie. Please, feel free to vent here anytime you want.

Jo- Did you have any luck in the casinos?

Well ladies, I'm off to bed. I need all the beauty sleep I can get!!! :^:

I hope you all have a great day!

Sylvia

Jello
10-31-2001, 08:47 AM
BOO!!!!

Did I scare you? No? Oh well. That's it for me and Halloween. Didn't buy candy to give out. Didn't dress up (we have visitors coming in at work today). Didn't even wear orange or anything. Bah Humbug!

Nah, I don't really mean that. I'm just feeling icky. My period came on like gangbusters yesterday afternoon. I ended up OD'ing on Midol and going straight to bed when I got home. (Thank goodness Rich was driving.) Tossed and turned all night long. Was awakened by flashing lights about 1AM and watched as an ambulance carried off my next-door neighbor. Then I started thinking about how I hardly know any of my neighbors and it's not like it was years ago when everyone knew everyone and neighbors were close, etc. Then I got all melancholy.... :cry: Oh it must be all those raging hormones.

Anyway, I told Rich he could buy candy and hand it out if he wanted to but I'll be upstairs in the bedroom watching TV and trying to keep Watson calm when the doorbell keeps ringing. Just keep all that candy away from me!!! :o Of course, I got up this morning and stepped on the scale and, even after skipping dinner last night, I was UP half a pound from yesterday. :mad: I just don't get it.

Kim, I'm still thinking only good thoughts about you. Hannah's new teacher sounds great. I'm sure Hannah will come to love her when she gets used to her.

Sylvia, I'm glad to hear your MIL and Uncle-In-Law (???) are doing better. You're in my thoughts too.

CJ, sometimes you have to drag men kicking and screaming to the store. They're just like big kids. :lol: Soup recipe sounds good. I was one of those strange kids who always liked brussels sprouts.

Sharon, meant to tell you how much I liked your photos. Nice looking family there, girlie! Can't wait to get some reports on you and CJ getting together. Just stay out of trouble ... if possible.

Gotta run. Sounds like those visitors are at the front door. And my boss isn't in yet so I guess I have to babysit. Cream and sugar, gentlemen? Sheesh! Four years of college for this?!?!

Much love to you all!
Jo.

kolika
10-31-2001, 12:29 PM
Happy Halloween!!!
Hope everyone is well. I've been sick and manage to loose another 2 lbs, so now I've lost 4 lbs!!!
I took a tour of the old Waverly Hills Sanitorium here in Louisville, Kentucky. Most people went because it was haunted. But I went because I love old building, houses and the architecture. This building was erected back in the 20's and has a lot of history in it. It's a beautiful old hospital and it's ashame they let this decay to what it is today. It sits on top of a hill and one could see many miles of Louisville. Luckily someone is trying to restore it to what it use to be.

CJ- we have a travel trailer, but we have yet to winterize it. We were suppose to go down to Mammoth Caves this past weekend for our last camping trip but I got sick Friday. Gave it to hubby and we stayed in bed until Sunday! We enjoy camping alot! But my husband says he experiences to much wind when pulling the trailer and it sways alot. He is wanting to turn our van in to get a duelie. Maybe before next summer. The fifth wheels always tell us they dont' experience the swaying.

Peggy-beautiful poem and it's so true!!

Sassy Sharon-Beautiful family. If I run across where that bridge is I'll let you know. A little age has made my mind a little forgetful now and then!!!lol.

Sweet Tooth -congradulations on the weight loss. I do agree with eating until your full. That is hard to do and I too have gotten better at it. Especially at restaurants. My husband gets upsets when I ask for a doggie bag. But I don't care. I usually only eat half then I save it for later or the next day when I do feel hungry. And I find I eat a lot less in the day.

Kim-hang in there. But most of all don't let anyone let you take the blame for something that isn't your fault. It's not your fault if he didn't go to work. As a mother, I guess I can understand why your mother worries. But that's just a part of being a mom. Money matters do make a lot of couples argue. Maybe there's a family counselor or sometime of support group that might help you too or perhaps your church. I know when I was going through a divorce many years again, my church said they would help if I needed groceries or rent money.I just think you probably have a full plate to deal with right now and trying to keep sane at the same time. It's hard doing it alone.

I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween! My little one, Christian is Cinderella two years in the running. I think I am taking her to my boss's church for games and stuff. So have fun everyone.
always kolika

sweet tooth
10-31-2001, 02:04 PM
Happy Halloween, everyone. This is a very busy time of year for me. My grandfather's birthday is Oct. 29, my mom and son's birthdays are Oct. 30 and my grandmother's birthday is Oct. 31. I have been trying to get all my birthday presents in the mail and phone calls made. Then, must try to arrange for candy and stuff for the kids tonight and study for another stats exam tonight. Whew! Today's the last day and I can hardly wait. I know that I gain weight when I am under stress, but some weeks the stress doesn't stop.

Jo - Read your post and wonder how you get everything done that you need to do. I admire you for all the community service things that you do. They make a difference. About the kitchen - you really want to do this, do you? If you are having second thoughts, I could send you a picture of my kitchen - cupboards in the middle of the floor, cupboard contents laid on anything that will hold them, a layer of drywall dust on everything (gives a gritty texture to everything we eat), piles of wood in the family room, etc. We didn't have much choice with a water leak, but decided to do the whole thing at once. It is truly a disaster area at the moment. Good luck in your reno and keep us informed.

CJ - I had to chuckle when I saw your post with the soup. The night before you posted I picked up the magazine because of the diet soup advertised on the cover. I got detoured at the Christmas truffles and individual cheese cakes. Haven't tried the soup, but I am going to do so this week. I'm glad you have given it great reviews. I have tried and few other diet soup recipes that have not been all that favorable.

You mentioned before that we were once at about the same weight. I should let you know that I have a weight problem related to stress. When I started gaining (about 15 years ago), I had a terribly stressful job and would put on 10 pounds in a day, then another 10 pounds a couple of days later. I was unhappy at the job, so changed jobs after about 30 pounds. I was totally baffled by the big weight gains, in particular, when my eating habits had not changed and I had never had any kind of weight problem before. Over time, I discovered that the gains coincided with stressful times that I was unable to control, unfortunately that was when I was carrying 66 extra pounds and feeling a whole lot like a blimp. Thennnn, I read an article about some people who produce a chemical that shuts down their metabolism when they are under stress. I took the article to my doctor, who has done some research on the subject over the past two years and in the past year discovered that I am one such person. I joined this web site a year ago, but was not mentally committed to the pains required to lose weight until this past July. Something just clicked that gave me this great desire to be a normal weight once again. Once I was truly ready to commit to a weight loss program, we decided that WW would be the best for me. One of his conditions is that I check in with him immediately if I am under enough stress that the weight gain starts up again.

Well, this week has not been good in the stress department, but I have egged the problem on with a buffet that I went to last night. By this morning, I am now 5 pounds higher than Monday. I'm not feeling very good about it, but will be going to the doctor if I notice any more weight gain this week.

I think with the weight gain associated with large amounts of weight gain, I also think that the same problem, once under control, has contributed to being able to lose large amounts consistently. I have been lucky, but must constantly watch what and how I eat.

KimV - So glad to hear that you and Chad are at least talking. Hopefully, you will be able to work things out and sort out some of the problems. You do need to seek professional help to decide what is best for you and Hannah, though. When a child is involved, it makes the problem more complex. Hugs...

Sylvia - So good to hear from you. Glad your mother-in-law and her brother are doing better. It takes a load off when you know that things are working out. Glad to hear about the weight loss - let us know how much as soon as you weigh in.

Hope everyone has a great Halloween, and eat an apple if you feel the urge. LOL

Jello
10-31-2001, 04:06 PM
:lol: LOLOLOLOLOL!!! Sweet tooth, I just had to write a quick post regarding your kitchen story. I am sorry about the water leak, of course, but you put such a humorous spin to it. Especially the "gritty" food. Yum. Fiber!

Anyway, you can't scare me. ....Well, not much.... I fully expect our kitchen to look like yours sounds in the near future.

... Wonder how many calories in sawdust???

Jo.

sweet tooth
10-31-2001, 06:44 PM
Jo, I haven't been including the dust in my point count. I bet that's why my weight has skyrocketed this week...

Jello
11-01-2001, 08:23 AM
It's morning!! It's a new day!!! Jo's back on track!!! This I swear!!!

Last night I got into the Halloween candy. Oooh, girls, it was an ugly thing. Chocolate washed down with a beer. But it was a Light Beer so it doesn't count, right? ;)

Anyway, I was really bad last night. Rich handed out the candy while Watson and I stayed upstairs watching TV. Gotta tell you. My dog was SUCH A GOOD BOY!!! :smug: He used to get so excited and bark, etc. when the doorbell rang or he heard people outside but last night he was so good. Guess he's mellowed in his old age.

Well anyway, we stayed upstairs except for a few sneaks downstairs to steal some candy and dog biscuits. Would have been better for me to eat the dog biscuits!!! I was sooooo bad. This morning I got on the scale, queasy stomach and all, and nearly died.

So the leftover candy came into work today and is sitting in the cafeteria for OTHER PEOPLE to eat. I've had it. Starting today, November 1, I'm staying on program! I'm counting points and keeping my journal and drinking my water. No more candy (unless I can fit it into my points range), no more hanging at the VFW drinking beers. The only good thing I did last night was walk a mile on the treadmill before I started in with all the candy, etc. After that, all was lost. :mad: I'm so ticked off at myself. I'm trying to kick myself in the butt but it's not easy. Need your help with that. Repeat after me: BAD JO!!! BAD!!!! NOW STOP THAT THIS INSTANT!!!! BEHAVE YOURSELF, YOUNG LADY!!!!!!

Whew! Notice how I had to throw that "young lady" thing in there? ;) Hey, can't be too hard on myself. Strict ... but kind. It's a good thing.

Well, I'm off to fill my water bottle and my coffee cup. Water and decaf, respectively. And I'm going to walk the long way to the cafeteria and avoid the "candy table" where everyone's leftover goodies are starting to gather. I DON'T NEED IT!!!! NO!!!!! (Wrist slap!)

I WILL DO THIS!!!!

Standing proud ... but whimpering a little inside,
Jo.

sweet tooth
11-01-2001, 05:59 PM
I'm just sending a quick note. If you don't feel like reading it, that's OK, I just really need to have a place to vent today.

Had to go to a funeral this afternoon, so told "the boss" that it startred at 1:00 and I had to leave at 12:00. That went well, I thought, even though I explained to him that I had never met the man who died.

Then I started getting problems ALL morning. I had to take a couple of them to him, because, with the chain of command, the people that needed to be reprimanded work directly for him, in an adjoining unit. I could do it myself, but he wants to know when there are competence issues involved and likes to be the heavy hand, anyway - great big man, loud voice.

By the fifth one today (please know that we are lucky to have 1 of these every six months), I was stressed out. When I took it to him, he started arguing with me and told me that it had nothing to do with our department. I've learned to stand up to him so told him that we have a philosophical difference on the issue and that I disagree with him. Anyway, finally at 12:15, he said "Go to you funeral and come back after to discuss this." Real nice.

So, I went to the funeral, cried all the way through it, and headed back to work. I was so upset, that I didn't eat, so at this point have not eaten all day. When I got back, there was an apology on my email, and he came and told me that he had lunch with his significant other and she gave him heck because I was right on the issue. Sheesh....men!!!!!

P.S. At the funeral, I saw 6 of my friends who had never met the deceased, either. Are you curious? Well, his daughter and son-in-law go to our church and are very good friends. I am still feeling bad because the death was very sudden, her dad is not very old and she is terribly upset. I feel so bad when my friends are hurting.

OK, I feel better now, especially when I have 7 minutes to go til home time. The boss just walked by the door with one of the counsellors that works here and popped his head in the door. With a big smile he told me that he had to go get his own personal consellor. Hmmmm....

Jello
11-02-2001, 08:28 AM
Sweet Tooth (Peggy), looks like it's just the two of us here these days! :?: Don't ever apologize for venting here. We all do it. And I'm glad things worked out with your office situation. There are too many bosses and people who think they know everything around most offices (I speak from experience) that would never admit to being wrong nor apologize for anything. Trust me. I know.

Well, you guys (if you're all still out there!!) I'm on Day Two of being back on track. Yesterday, I ate within my points range, journaled, drank water, exercised... Oh, it's such a burden being perfect. ;) Speaking of exercise, you should have seen me!!! I got on the treadmill but instead of just setting a speed and incline, I decided to use one of the preset programs. Half an hour of changing speeds and inclines, etc. Holy Cow!!! When it got up to 4MPH at a 20% incline, I thought I was going to die! Then it said that segment would go for 5 minutes!!! Yikes!! So I was thumping along, trying to keep from flying off and Rich comes upstairs to find out what all the noise is. I didn't have the breath to tell him to stop chuckling and go away! :lol:

Well, I DID IT!!!! It finally slowed to 2MPH at a low incline for the cooldown period at the end and it almost felt too slow. (I usually walk at about 2.5 or 2.6 MPH.) I was sweating and breathing a little heavy but I felt WONDERFUL!!!! Thinking of doing it again tonight. :o How's that for weird?

OK, enough rambling. Boss is already in and I'm hoping that means he has to leave early today. TGIF!!! Weekend is going to be full of rewiring (Rich) and pulling down panelling (Jo). That is, after a stop at the local church's Christmas craft bazarre. And maybe a little other shopping. And then.... Well, you get the idea.

Hope you all have a great weekend.
Much love, Jo.

CJ
11-03-2001, 10:03 AM
Sorry, this is just a quickie post to say hello to everyone! I have been so busy with chores to get done before we leave this Thursday morning! I have been unpacking all our clothes from our up north stay, doing laundry and getting all our clothes ready to pack for Kansas .. plus getting our clothes ready for the wedding. We finally got hubby's suit (a challenge in itself)! but I have to say he was very cooperative! It's having alterations so have to pick it up on Monday. I also have been getting my daughter's xmas gifts wrapped to take with us so I can avoid mailig them out at xmas time (which is not to far away) and we are going to be at the cabin for the 1st 2 weeks in December! So not much time to prepare for xmas - have most of my gifts taken care of - just need to get them wrapped! I had weigh-in on Thursday ... scale did not move! Still at 170 (14 1/2 lbs lost) ... next Thursday I AM going to be into the 160's come **** or high water! I AM! I AM! I AM!

Sorry this is such a "me me" post .. I will post again soon when I am not in such a hurry ... Have a great weekend everyone!

Love, CJ

MK
11-03-2001, 11:55 PM
HI everyone! It is finally November. It seemed like Oct just dragged this year. Not that I am wishing the time to go by, I was happy to get past Halloween. Now I can look forward to Thanksgiving. Nothing special is happening, just like it. Of course I am not ready for Christmas . I am crocheting dish towels for all of the ladies at work and hubby's work too. Instead of having buttons, velcro to ties, the tops will fold down and go through a hole and form a flower. At least people can use them.:)

Haven't been doing much. My schedule has changed and am trying to adjust to it. I work different shifts. Sometimes I work daytime and others I work at night. Actually when I work at night , it helps me with my eating. I will eat anywhere from 7 to 8 pm. After that I don't eat anything else. I don't get home until late so I don't snack then. I need to weigh myself. Maybe Monday moroning I can. I don't like to do it when other people are around.

I too saw that soup receipe in womans world. I think I am going to try it and see how it tastes. Will let you know. I will probably use the brussel sprouts. I like them.

Sharon: You have a great looking family.:D


Jo: Your kitchen will turn out great. Will you put the finished pictures on here for us to see?

KimV: So glad you have found a teacher for Hannah. I bet Hannah is sooooo cute when she does the itsy, bitys spider.

Well, good luck ladies on keeping OP> You are all doing great. Take care . Mary Kay

CJ
11-04-2001, 09:00 PM
Hello out there - anyone home? OK .. just got out of a nice hot tub bath and am now going to relax some more and watch a movie with hubby. Just about got all my stuff for our trip ready to pack - now have bunch of errands to run tomorrow and Tuesday ... working really really hard this week to get rid of that 1/2 lb that is going to put me to 15 lbs down and get me into the 160's!!! We'll see come Thursday ..

OK, movie's on - see ya later .. hope you are all having a great weekend.

Love, CJ

Sassy
11-05-2001, 08:45 AM
Everyone have a Happy Halloween? Man that candy was hard to resist wasn't it? I admit to having a bit of it, but tried to control myself. Thanks for all the compliments about the pictures of the kids. I think they are a beautiful bunch myself, and was glad to share the pictures with all of you's.

On the WW front, I was mad that I had another gain last Monday, of 1.8 lbs. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR I really was trying last week so all I can say it is either all the exercise I have been doing, I have started my Tae Bo tapes and doing them a couple of times a week in addition to my walking or my Leslie Sansone Walk Aerobics tapes, so maybe I am building muscle. OR maybe it was just my Florida/crab leg trip catching up with me and this is the rest of the weight coming at me. So here I thought that the 2.2 lb gain wasn't too bad for 2 weeks and here goes the 1.8 lb gain. So I guess maybe it might have been a 4 lb delayed gain. LOL Anyways I am not giving up, I have really tried hard this week and will see when I go to my WW meeting today. I will keep my fingers crossed that some of this weight gain comes off. All I can do is try my best and head back in the right direction.

Sylvia-Sorry meant to say Marcil, and I think this is your husband's name am I right? But somehow had KimV's hubby Chad on the brain. So glad that both your Mom and her brother are doing better now. I know you are under enough stress with worrying about your job too. That is so great that you have lost some weight, heck of a way to lose weight though, thru some stressful times.

Mary Kay-I see you are still the busy lady, how do you like working different shifts at the bowling alley? That is great with the night shift that you eat less. That is one benefit of that shift. That is a great Christmas gift, those towels that you are making. I have some of them made my Mother In Law and they come in really handy when I am in the kitchen.

Sandi-Hi there, hope all is going well for you with your job and your travels ect. Is Spence retired yet? I know that will be a real big change in your life, but a welcomed and wonderful one. Miss you! Post when you have a few and update us on what has been happening in your life.

Jello-Good for you getting back on track again. My gosh that is great how you are using your treadmill too. Isn't it a good feeling to use it for something other than a clothes rack like you said you used to do? I know that was a wonderful feeling when you stepped off of it. Keep up the great work! Good luck with your kitchen renovating. Hope it goes well.

sweet tooth-So sorry Peggy about the problems with the boss, but I am glad that he admitted to being wrong. Even though it was his wife who made him see the light-it takes a woman doesn't it? But the important thing is that he admitted he was wrong and that had to make you feel much better. Thank you so much for that wonderful story "The Daffodil Principle". I tell you that story really hit home for me and hopefully for the rest of The Thinsters too. I mean we all tend to keep putting things off "UNTIL" and if we all keep on doing that than we never get to do what we hope and dream to do. Good for you making that WW soup instead of all those goodies. I am proud of you. You ahd asked about what we do when we are tempted to eat. Well it depends, if it is something I REALLY want than I might just have a bit or two of like my husbands or one of my sons. I don't deny myself when I want something because other wise I tend to eat everything in sight and THAN I will finally get to what I really want and eat that too. So I feel like I might as well eat what I want in smaller quanities and skip the other calories.

Kim-Glad things are looking up a bit for you in life. Hannah's new speech teacher should work out great for her. She is so well qualified from what you said. We are here for you and I am glad you can talk to us and don't worry if you need to vent. But I too think that you shouldn't blaime youself for things with Chad. I know it is hard right now but hopefully when he gets on his meds things will be for the better. We are here for you Kim!((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))) )))))))))

Kolika-Sorry you have been sick, but that is great about your 4 lb weight loss. It is a hard way to go to lose though. How did Christian like your bosses church with all the games ect? I'll bet she looked so cute in her Cinderella costume. Don't worry about not remembering where that bridge is in Columbus. I am the same way, I forget alot too.

CJ-Hey girlie, pretty soon and you will be here. I can't wait till Thursday to see you again. I will get the Buttershots for us. Don't worry I know Ken said the other day when I had a shot that he was telling you, but believe me I only had that one shot and there is plenty left. LOL Thanks so much for posting that soup recipe for everyone. I will make it and have put it in my recipe folder on my email. I know you are a busy busy lady getting ready for your trip to your daughter's wedding, but am very happy that you will spend a few days with us.

Judy-Are you out there anywhere? I know you are being a busy lady going here and there and teaching your sister to enbroider ect. That is good that you are keeping active and getting out. Come on back and post and let us know how things are going for you.

Gail-Miss you girl and hope things are still going well for you. Thanks for the email and there is one back at you.
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Chrissy-Where are you? I know busy busy with your work and school now. I got a nice phone call from your Ellie the other day, it was so nice to get that phone call from my wonderful niece and godchild too. She missed me and just wanted to talk to her Aunt Sharon. Glad you enjoyed watching that video I sent from when we went camping this summer. Come on back and post with us, miss you.

Carolyn-How are you doing? How is the WW program going for you lately? You are doing so well and hope you post with us and let us know how-weither good or bad, we are here for you.

Come on back everyone that is missing in action and post with us. WE MISS YOU GUYS!

Take care and I will talk to you later, love ya, Sharon :cool:

sweet tooth
11-05-2001, 10:47 AM
I'm on my way to weigh-in. I was over points twice this past week. One time wasjust about triple the allotted points :smug: , the other was over by 1 point. I'll be happy if I haven't gained any weight. Any loss would be welcome.

...wish me luck.

CJ
11-05-2001, 12:26 PM
Good luck to you Peggy on weigh-in! I'm being really strict with myself this week cuz I want to be in the 160's soooooooo bad! 1/2 lb away from it .. Let us know how you do.

Sharon: It's Monday and do you know what that means? 3 more days before we leave here to come to your house! Yea! Then, off to Dawn's (really excited to get there!) See ya soon! Good luck on weigh-in today! Let me know!

Ok, off to more errand running ... had to stop and eat something.

Later....
Love, CJ

sweet tooth
11-05-2001, 01:07 PM
Hi Everyone,

Just got back from WI. It wasn't great, but it was good enough. Lost another 1.25 pounds this week. Whew! What a sigh of relief that is. Need to lose another 1/4 pound to reach the halfway point in my weight loss. I'm counting on that for next week.

Over the weekend I looked back in my food diary. I noticed that I have not had a complete week of being OP since I went on holidays on Sept. 18. I'm sure that has contributed to not losing the weight that I want. I vowed that this week is to be completely OP. I may even start an exercise program (so far procrastination has been to blame). I have no excuses this week...no times that I need to eat out, no buffet dinners to attend. Therefore, I have planned my eating to be OP all week.

CJ - I know you can make the 160 mark. I'm pullin' for ya girl. It would be soooo nice to go away with that milestone behind you. Good luck this week.

Sharon - Hope your visit with CJ is super. It sounds like such fun for you.

MK - You are so energetic to make all those tea towels. I have been trying to wrack my brain to think of something that I feel like making this year and nothing seems to pop up. Sooooo, I went out and finished all my Christmas shopping on the weekend, rather than making things this year. Wrapped it all yesterday, put in boxes for mailing and now I can sit with my feet up. (hehehe). I've improved on the Christmas thingy, though. I used to get in a panic when it wasn't finished and wrapped by the beginning of July...

Hope everyone has a great week. I'm staying OP, I'm staying OP, I'm staying OP...

Dreamer
11-05-2001, 07:39 PM
Well hello everyone. I'd best stick a smile in now because I'm afraid I may vent a bit and the smiles will not be prolific :) Firstly:

Sylvia, glad things are getting a little better for you. What stress,
you poor thing.

Jello - your kitchen renovations sound like fun! We've finally finished painting our house, now we have to do the yard, urgh...

KimV - so sorry to hear about your and Chad's troubles. Financially my bf and I are pretty stuffed too, just bought our house in August after being on one income while I was on maternity leave, and we both have a personal loans and a credit card with lots of $ owing and then, weekend before last, our car blows up. Needs a new engine. Yeh, right.

CJ - Good luck on getting into the 160's!

Sassy - I agree with the others, what an attractive family you have girl! And yay on Tracy for graduating, so cool :)

sweet tooth - good work on the weight loss!

Okay so my vent. I'm in the office by myself today, and in four weeks I'll be here by myself EVERY day. Yes, they are not replacing my boss and my other colleague is moving interstate and so finished work last Friday. In the 'medium term', they are closing my office, ie. Sam get another job so we can close it down. Not happy.

Weight-wise not going very well, but only because I eat like a pig! Finding time to exercise can be a bit difficult too, what with working a 4 days in the office plus my casual job (which is partly exercise, but still) and looking after Charlotte.

Speaking of Charlotte, we have a word (she is 6.5 months old now). And it is...... Dada. Urgh! I mean it's sweet and lovely to hear her say anything we understand, but although he loves her, I work my butt off and he hardly does anything for her (or the house, or me), and he gets the first word? Sheesh. We started baby swim classes on Sat and she loved it :) Looked so cute too. She still doesn't roll or crawl, but sits very well and can support her weight standing for a little while (with us still holding on, she's not that good yet!)

Am trying to convince myself to go to the gym at lunch. The class is BodyAttack. I did PUMP yesterday (weights class) and now my thighs and biceps are sore :) Bf is going to pump my tyres for me at some point on my bike as I want to start riding. Need to get in shape. I've a wedding on Sat and nothing fits, ahhh. Want to be feeling beter by Christmas...

I'll stop whingeing now!! Apologies...
Sam
176 (9months pg)/150/130

Jello
11-06-2001, 09:07 AM
Hi all. I'm back. Weighed in on Sat. AM with a 0.6 lb loss. Not bad for only being back on program for 2 days. Unfortunately, I undid all the good work over the rest of the weekend. :mad: Why do I always do that!?!?!

On to the good news... 11 of us from the VFW went down to Philadelphia (Adams Mark Hotel - Beautiful!!) for the M.S. Society award banquet and luncheon. What a great event! Lots of very very inspiring people in wheel chairs and with canes and walkers. Hardly a dry eye in the house through most of the speeches, etc. We won 2 awards including the top honors for fund-raising. Very nice.

In the lobby before the luncheon started, Jo had an "incident". The master of ceremonies was a man named Larry Kane who is the anchorman for the Phila. NBC news station every night. Local celebrity. Well, I was trying to side-step a man in a wheelchair and "bumped into" Larry Kane. Hard. Darned near killed the man!! Then, of course, I realized who he was and started stuttering and stammering and "Wow, you're Larry Kane...!" etc. (as if he didn't know who he was) :rolleyes: Poor man. I think I frightened him into thinking I was a lunatic. But he was very gracious anyway. (Although our table was up near the front and he kept looking at me strangely throughout the ceremonies.)

On the food front, the luncheon wasn't bad. Just turkey sandwiches on croisants and a little pasta salad, fruit salad and water and coffee. OK, I did indulge in a LITTLE piece of carrot cake too. Yum. The problems came later when we all went back to the VFW to "celebrate" our trophies and plaque. Ooh, too many beers and too many munchies.

Wasn't that me who said I'd be good?? Well, then it must have been my evil twin last night. Yikes! :devil: Got on the scale this morning and ... well, I guess I don't have to tell you what happened. :cry: Well, I'm back again trying to undo all the damage.

Spent a good part of Saturday tearing down old panelling in the kitchen while Rich moved the phone lines, electric lines and thermostat to another wall so we could tear down the one between the kitchen and dining room. Good Lord, you should see the color that kitchen used to be!!! :o What would you call that color!?!?! Cross between green, yellow, brown and who knows what else! What were the people who used to live there thinking!?!?! Guess that's why they put up the panelling ... which by the way wasn't the world's greatest color either. Anyway, spent Sunday shopping instead of working on the house. Got some Christmas presents anyway.

Well, I've rambled on long enough. Have to get some work done now. We've been having trouble with our home computer so I haven't been able to get on line at home. Hopefully, "my computer guy" will get it fixed soon. :^:

Hope you all have a good one!
Much love, Jo.

Blunder
11-06-2001, 09:10 AM
Had to cancel my trip to OKC this week. One of my friends hurt her back and another hurt her foot! Oh well, some other time, I guess. I was really looking forward to going.

Did I tell you that I bought a car? Can't remember if I told you or not. Anyway, it's a '98 Nissan Altima, beautiful car! Everyone keeps telling me to just get in it and start driving! I have never gone anywhere over 100 miles by myself in my whole life. The thought just scares me half to death! My sister wants me to come to Arkansas to see her (about a 5 hr. drive) and my son, Dean wants me to drive to Houston (about 10 hrs.) what a scary thought!

I'm avoiding the scale again. Haven't weighed myself in weeks! Seems like I want to eat all the time! I've been doing a lot of crocheting, not moving around very much, house is really dusty and cluttered. Boredom perhaps? Or just lazy?

I'm getting estimates from local contractors on re-doing my living room. Cal and I were planning on getting it done but when he got sick everything came to a sudden stop. I want to gut the whole room, and insulate, and replace the windows, new ceiling and walls, crown moldings and base boards, new drapes and carpet. Whether I get it all done or not will depend on how high the estimates are! Maybe a little at a time. Will just have to wait and see.

Still haven't heard anything from my daughter. I know she is still here in town. One of her friends stays in contact with me and tells me when she sees her. This woman is not my daughter. Oh, she looks the same but the daughter who was my best friend, my heart, is no more. Every material thing she owns is stored in my garage, she has no job, her car was re-possessed,
her daughter is safe with Dean in Houston, she never tries to contact them, and she never comes around here or calls on the phone. My heart breaks for her but no-one can help her until she wants to help herself. I know she is severely depressed and using drugs. I wish she would seek the help that she so desperately needs. I can't do it for her.

My grandaughter, Allura, will be 12 yrs. old this month. The new grandaughter, Kaitlyn, will be one yr. old next month! What happened to my babies? They're growing up way too fast!

I guess I've rambled on long enough this morning. I need to get myself moving. Need to go to the grocery store for a few things. Wish I could learn how to buy only the items I need instead of ending up with a shopping cart of unnessary things that just add more calories to this fat old body of mine!

Love to all.
Hugs, Judy

sweet tooth
11-06-2001, 10:21 AM
Hi everyone. I decided last night to take another step on the weight loss journey. Yes, that's right, it's the beginning of an exercise program. I got the treadmill out of mothballs a few weeks ago, and it has been sitting in the family room (now covered in drywall dust from the kitchen reno), unused. Last night, the urge finally hit. I dug out my power walking tapes and decided to go for it.

About five minutes into the tape, the little puppy came running with his leash. I put the leash on him, thinking it would satisfy the need for a walk. He jumped on the treadmill with me and ran along. I don't know if any of you have tried a treadmill carrying a leash, working with those arm things, and sharing with a dog, but this exercise thing is NOT going to be easy.

And yes, I have been completely OP since last Thursday. My plan is to stay completely OP, no slips, for the entire week between WIs. That will be until next Monday.

We finally received a call from our daughter. She returned from New York this past week. She said that what she saw and experienced was far worse than anything she had been expecting to encounter. She has been counselling the policemen, firemen and volunteers that have been working at the WTC. She said that when she left, they were expecting to hit a pocket any day now where they anticipate they will find 400 - 500 bodies. Several bodies were being pulled from the rubble everyday, but they are trying to prepare themselves emotionally for finding a large group. Keep them in your prayers.

Sam - So sorry to hear about the work problems and the overwork at home. I can remember the times when the children were small and we often wondered where we would get another ounce of energy from. All of us who have been through it know what you are going through, and feel for you. When you were talking about shutting down your office, is there a possibility of lay-off for you? I'm hoping that things work out for you.

Jo - The weight loss is super. I'm sending you some motivation (--> --> --> motivation <-- <-- <--) to stay OP for the rest of the week. Good Luck. I can empathize with you and the disaster in the kitchen. It just isn't somewhere that you like to hang around these days, is it. We have finished repairing the drywall in our kitchen and I will need to paint and wallpaper this coming weekend. I'm having estimates on replacing the railings, the counter tops and the flooring this week, so we are hoping that we will have all those installed before Christmas. Good luck on your reno and let us know how it is coming.

Judy - It is good to hear you back chatting with the group. You have so many things you are doing. My goodness. I dragged our some crocheting this week and spent a couple of hours making snowflakes. I usually make about 120 every year and include them in my Christmas cards. I have all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done, so thougt I might make snowflakes to keep me busy this month. I also have 3 university courses that need to be finished before Christmas, so I have been burning the midnight oil lately to keep everything in balance. Trying not to become stressed, because that is when my metabolism shuts down and I start gaining weight again. I am seriously trying to control it, so that I don't undo what I have accomplished so far.

It sounds like you will soon be joining Jo and me in the reno process. We are truly in a mess at the moment. I don't wish that on anyone, but if you persevere, the results are outstanding. Yours sounds like it will be a major undertaking, but end up to be wonderful.

Sorry to hear about your daughter. I know that it is traumatic having that happen to your best friend. Unfortunately we want to continue to fix all the hurts that our children encounter, no matter what their ages, but sometimes we need to let go and let them make their own bad choices. I will keep you and your daughter in my prayers. Take Care.

Well, I guess I better go now. I rambled just about long enough. I came in early this morning to play on the puter, but it seems it has moved into work time. Have a great week. Take Care.

CJ
11-06-2001, 06:47 PM
STOP!!! Do not post any more on this thread ... please go to #66


Love, CJ :):):):):)