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CJ
11-06-2001, 06:45 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


CJ
11-06-2001, 06:53 PM
Sorry just couldn't help myself - just got home from my brothers house (sister in for quick visit from California) and thought I would check my mail and the forum before packing some more (seeing that I spent the day at my brothers that I was planning on packing and getting ready) but that is ok cuz I don't get to see my sis too often!

I'll be back in a bit to post longer. I just saw those numbers on the last thread being posted and thought that Sharon was out and about trying to start the new thread (LOL) ... for the newbies, there was a time when it was a race to start the new thread ... would you believe that one time I beat Sharon by just seconds? Remember Sharon? Fun times!

OK ... later

Love, CJ

aivlys
11-07-2001, 12:22 AM
Hello Ladies,

I hope you are all doing well.

I've been pretty depressed the past few days. My company laid off 25 people yesterday ... Luckily, I wasn't one of them. The stress was pretty bad. I kept thinking "what if I'm pregnant and get laid off ... I'm not even on my husband's insurance (will be soon) how the h*ll are we supposed to pay for it?" All I thought about for a couple of weeks ... my period is 6 days late but I'm not pregnant ( took two preg. tests). My clock is really ticking ( I'mm 33) and today, I found out my sister and her boyfriend are trying for #2. This really got me upset ... the guy is a total loser and she wants to have another baby. I know I'm probably over reacting but I just want a baby. My periods were finally getting regular and now all this stress has thrown my cycles out of whack. I'm sorry for rambling like this, I'm just venting. My poor husband is trying as best he can to calm me down but I can't help the way I feel.

Thanks for listening.

I'll write more tomorrow when I am in a better mood.

A big hug to all.

Sylvia


Sassy
11-08-2001, 09:57 AM
Hi guys,
How is everyone this morning? Hope well. Just thought I would post while I have a few minutes. CJ and her husband Dick are coming sometime this afternoon. I can't wait to see her. Don't know what time though, but have to go to my friends house and watch her little one while she goes to an appointment this morning.

Anyways went to my WW meeting and finally lost 1.2 lbs, but the scale isn't doing too well at the moment. Just been busy busy and grabbing this and that. I will try to be good while CJ is here, and won't get stressed about what I do or don't do.

Sylvia-So glad you wern't one of the ones laid off. I will send you some good vibes that you get pregnant too.
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((VIBES)))))))))))))) ))))))))))))))))((

sweet tooth-That is great that you lost another 1.25 lbs, every loss helps to get the bigger numbers for you. Only 1.4 more lbs to get to your half way mark. YOU CAN DO THIS PEGGY! Good Luck! Oh and that is a funny story about your puppy going on the treadmill with you. I would have loved to have seen it. LOL That is great that you are doing all this exercise. Keep it up and the scales will be so kind to you.

Dreamer-Gosh Sam how well I know that we do most everything for our kids and what the heck is their very first word, DADA doesn't it just burn you. LOL Don't worry, now that she is talking, MAMA won't be far behind. Sorry they are closing your office, like you don't have enough on your plate being a Mom. Good luck on the job search and hope you get a great one.

Jello-Good for you on that .6 lb weight loss, that is better than gaining and that just shows what you can do when you get back on track too. That is great too that your group won those awards for fund raising. I always knew you were the queen on fundraising. Good job Jo!

Blunder-Your car sounds beautiful Judy. I know you love driving it too don't you? So you daughter still is not coming around? Well I guess when she is ready to get some help she will contact you. I know it is the drugs doing this Judy. At least Allura is safe and sound and that is a postive thing.

CJ-You big BRAT. LOL So you thought I was gonna start a new thread did you? HA HA I probaly wasn't anywhere around to start this thread. But you didn't know that did you? I can see you know trying so hard and so fast to start # 66. But you had no competition here. Boy do I every remember when you beat me be a couple of seconds and than I called you on the phone and we agreed that the earliest time got to start it and I had to delete my new thread. LOL Those were the days. Hurry up and get here so I can see you. Can't wait, better be on you way or else. LOL Yes I will have the Buttershots in the fridge chilling. See you soon and drive safely.

Miss you GAIL AND CHRISSY! Miss you too Carolyn-Chglenn, Sandi, Julie, Trish, Zoe, Sherry, DebbieA, Vicki, and Joanna, her sis, Carolyn/Regency too and Kerri, Angel Eyes, Katie, JudyD, Kelly, KCT-Karen, Kelster, Gina, LizZ and the other Liz from Rhode Island, Sabriny and everyone else who hasn't posted lately. WE MISS YOU COME ON BACK TO US!

Take care guys and will talk to you later, knowing CJ she will try to HOGG my computer like she always does, like she accuses me of. HA HA HA

Well guys, everyone have a great day today and an even greater weekend, which will be here tomorrow.

Love you guys, Sharon

Jello
11-08-2001, 12:27 PM
Just a minute or two to say hello. Queen *itch here in the office and I are going at it at the moment. I'm winning because, well, I know what the he** I'm talking about and she doesn't. Boy, I hate that stupid, self-important broad. Good thing I'm smart and she's an idiot.

Whew! Sorry to vent to you guys. Sometimes the morons just wear you down. On to better things...

Well, my sister, mom and I are all going Christmas shopping on Saturday. We're starting out early so I'm going to weigh in on Friday morning before work. I'm a little worried because I'm still recovering from last weekend. But I think I'm even more worried because I always tend to get a little out of control right after weigh-in. This gives me an extra day to go crazy. Just what I need. :^:

Have to go now. It's gotten suddenly real quiet over on the old bag's side of the department. Guess she's finally realized that I'm right and can't quite bring herself to face me. What a loser. :mad:

Humph.
Jo.

Jello
11-09-2001, 09:12 AM
Hello?? Just me again. Weighed in this morning and was up a pound. :( Oh well, so much for doing well for the rest of the year. I just cannot seem to break this stupid plateau. Anyone have any suggestions?

Came in to work and was too depressed to eat anything at all. Hmmm... Could we have something here? :dizzy:

Tomorrow's the big Christmas shopping day for me, my sis and mom. Hoping to get all/most of it done. Then there's just the wrapping to do. But I've got time for that. Instead, time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Next Friday, our company is handing out its annual turkeys to all the employees. Heck, Rich and I still have one of the turkeys we got here LAST Thanksgiving in the freezer! Will probably donate one or both of them this year to a charity or the VFW.

Have to run now. TGIF and all that.
Have a good one!
Jo.

sweet tooth
11-09-2001, 11:57 AM
I don't have much to say today, but wanted to check in before the weekend to see how everyone is doing.

Well... It's been so quiet. Carol and Sharon must be having a good time. There hasn't been a word from either of them. Hope they're staying out of mischief. Is that possible?

I have managed to stay OP all week. Three more days to go before WI, so I know I can do it. Hoping to make the halfway to goal mark by next week. I'm trying to be so good.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Talk to you later.

Sassy
11-09-2001, 07:40 PM
Hi everyone! This is Carol posting from Sharon's house! We just got home a while ago from Little Nashville - a real neat town with lots of different quaint shops. We got here yesterday evening around 5:00 pm. Played a real neat trick on Sharon too. We pulled up in their driveway and I called her on my cellphone and told her we got a real late start and are only about 1/2 way to her house and would probably be another 2-3 hrs yet before we get there. Told her it was a long story, and I would fill her in when we get there, and we will get there asap! Then, we went to the door and knocked - and knocked ... and then just walked in when no one answered and yelled "doesn't anyone answer the door around here"??? ... hahahaha - you should have seen the look on everyone's face when they saw us! Sharon was completely surprised, so was Ken and Sharon's girlfriend was standing in the kitchen with her mouth open completely astounded ... but broke out in laughter when she realized what we did! Sharon says "she owes me" but it's gonna have to be a really good one to top that.

Peggy, way to go on staying OP all week! I did too actually, but still weighed the same on Thursday! And today I am just gonna scratch off the journal as I had some ice cream and am having pizza tonite ... tomorrow is a new day!

Jello: Good idea to give the turkeys to charity if you are not going to use them. I'm sure it will be appreciated!

Hey Sharon - I'm here, did ya notice??? hahahahahahahaha Wonder what neat trick I can pull on you tonite?? hmmmm, have to think on that one. hee hee hee

Slyvia: So glad you weren't one of the ones layed off from work! Keep my fingers crossed you are pregnant! We can have a on-line baby shower!

Well, just wanted to let you know Sharon and I are having fun - so is Dick (my hubby) and Ken (Sharon's hubby). We'll keep you informed of our comings and goings for the next few days.

Sharon says hello too!

Love, CJ

Sassy
11-09-2001, 10:27 PM
I have something on my mind that has been bothering me for quite some time. And now that I have some time with Sharon and have been able to talk to her in lengh about this, I find that she too feels the same way. So here goes ...

When this group was first started it was about a group of women bonding together to offer support and motivation and encouragment in our weight loss efforts. Over time we all grew into a very close knit group with many many members. But somehow the original concept has been lost, and it does not seem to be a support group for weight loss any more. We have had many new members join us because they were looking for the support and encouragement they needed to help them on their weight loss journey, but they have joined other groups and left this group because that support and encouragement was not there for them.

What can we do about this situation? We need to get The Thin Group back to where it was. We used to post almost daily about our ups and downs on whatever diet program we were following and looked to our members for answers and suggestions. We used to have a large input from all of the members. They used to share with us their inner thoughts like how they were feeling about their weight, what they were doing to overcome these feelings and challenges, and others in return would offer their suggestions. We just had so much more input from all members and now it seems hardly anyone posts, let alone about weight issues. I know we have lost a lot of members because of the lack of participation. Imagine yourself for the first time clicking on The Thin Group looking for a "home", a place you can come to for support and help in your new weight loss journey. This person would be looking for (1) Encouragement (2) Suggestions (3) Articles of various interests pertaining to some kind of weight loss (4) Participation from it's members (5) Friendship (NOT a problem here) (6) Support and Motivation.

In viewing some of our most recent threads, would you want to join our group? Would you read all the posts and say "Hey, this is the place that's going to help me the most to lose my weight!" ?? Answer this honestly girls. I feel that this group has lost it's meaning in some areas. Yes, we are good on-line friends, some of us have met and become good friends. But, as far as a weight loss group offering support and motivation, I think we could improve.

Suggestions: We could still keep our regular numbered discussion threads, and of course include, besides weight loss, any family situations or doings. Of course, we don't want to make this into a strict weight loss thread where one could not post about anything except weight related subjects - that is not the intention. We still want to keep this a warm and fun loving group! But maybe we could make separate mini threads also for various subjects such as; any special weight loss challenges or any personal situations that may arise in your life. This way you can have more personal input from the members on the specific situation or challenge.

We could have a low-fat recipe thread again as well as an exercise thread, and a journal thread if you would like. Jello mentioned at one time about a thread called Small Successes ... anyone of us could start a thread like that also or any other thread that you would like about weight loss OR any subject not weight related - such as, "How did the Sept 11 disaster affect you and/or your weight loss?" - "Totally off-topic: What are your plans for Christmas?" - "Anyone struggling with gift giving suggestions?" - "HELP! My in-laws are coming for a visit!" - or if you have a certain specific subject for which you just need to vent or you are stressed out about anything. All topics do not need to be weight-related topics only. What I am saying is, we need to bring our group "back to life" so to speak and get more involvement from everybody! We were a swinging group at one time and we can be again but it takes everyone's input! This group does not belong to just one person, this group belongs to all of us! Let's make this the best group on the 3 Fat Chicks website!

With Much Love, CJ

IMPORTANT! I meant to also say that I would like your input, suggestions, comments, feedback, etc ... remember - THIS GROUP BELONGS TO ALL OF US!

sweet tooth
11-11-2001, 10:15 PM
I normally don't post on the weekends because I am so busy that I don't struggle with my weight loss program. I am posting tonight, though, because I have had a great deal of difficulty this past two days. I have had such cravings for sweets and protein that I am having trouble containing myself.

This isn't the only time, but is particularly bad today. My attempt at overcoming the craving today is to come and post while I drink a bottle of seltzer (sugar free, of course). Soooo, that's what I'm doing. Please forgive me if I ramble, I'm just keeping my nose out of the frig.

CJ - I have to admit that, as a newcomer, I was looking for a place to receive support for my weight loss. I read many of the other groups and decided on this one based on the welcome message at the beginning of each new thread.

At the same time, I have been wondering over the past two months why nobody discusses their weight loss programs or weight loss, their struggles or exercise very much. I monitor other threads to see if there is any difference, and find that many of them never mention any kind of weight loss program, let alone struggling over weight lost issues.

I guess my perception of the Thin Group was that the weight loss was secondary to friendship. Unfortunately, weight loss is my main purpose for being part of this group and I have been selfish enough to pursue the encouragement that I got from this list to achieve my own means. For that I will always be thankful to the people here. I have often wondered, though, what the purpose of the group is in the minds of the others who post. I am glad that you have brought this subject up. It is well worth the discussion.

As a relative newcomer, one of the things that has bothered me the most is who the members of this group include. I am familiar with a few names - maybe 7 or 8 - but not that many. I have looked on the web site that is listed in the welcome message and have never seen posts from many of the names listed there. Maybe that would be a starting point for some of the newcomers.

I also agree that a recipe thread and exercise thread are great ideas. Small successes is another. We all have them and should be bragging about them. We also need a place where we can discuss our trials and temptations. Your ideas are great and I would love to see them here...and hope to participate if I have anything valid to add.

OK, that's my 2 cents worth. I'll be going now, the seltzer is just about finished. Tomorrow is WI and I am hoping to be down to 153 pounds - halfway to goal. This week will be a challenging one for staying OP, especially since I have already planned to be off program on Thursday. I'm just saving up my points this week to spend on Thursday. I'll check in tomorrow morning and let you know how the WI went. Bye for now.

Dreamer
11-12-2001, 12:05 AM
I am certainly one who is guilty of coming here just to chat - usually vent, rather than chart how my weight loss is going. Perhaps one reason is when I first joined here I was 119 pounds trying to get down to 114.

Humph!

I'm now 150 and trying to lose this baby weight with a much more realistic goal of 130 pounds. One of my problems is a continuing eating disorder (hence the enormous swings in my weight), emotional eating and at the moment I am breastfeeding my (almost) 7 month old daughter so I cannot diet too much or my supply is affected. That said, feeding her burns calories so I should be losing anyways!

I joined the gym again on the weekend and I'm getting serious about this. I want to feel good about myself again. I want energy. I want to eat heathful foods that fuel my body.

Also CJ, can you please take my bio of the website? When I wrote it I was 23, single, living by myself and single. I'm now 26, a Mum with a mortgage and many additional pounds. Time to write a new one.

Lets get back to basics,
Sam
176/150/130

Jello
11-12-2001, 09:06 AM
Good morning. Let me start by saying that I took CJ's post to heart. I agree that sometimes we get off track here. I usually try to at least mention something about my weight, weight loss or my weigh-in in each post but I'm as guilty as anyone. The thing is that EVERYTHING in my life seems to revolve around weight and weight loss and food, etc. When something goes wrong at work, I stress eat. When I celebrate my birthday, I talk/think about what I'm going to eat. When I plan for the upcoming holidays, I think about food first and everything else seems to come secondary. Do you know what I mean?

But as I said, I'm guilty of getting off the subject and I'm going to try to get back on. You're right, CJ, when you said that newcomers looking here are looking for weight loss issues, ideas, support, etc. and they might not get that. We always try to welcome new people personally but I can see how someone coming here for the first time might feel left out and not know who/what we're talking about when we talk about our personal issues.

Having said that, I had a TERRIBLE weekend :( involving ice cream, chocolate, pasta, Burger King, this fabulous french onion dip and lots of other no-no's. :nono: I was completely out of control. Part of the reason ("excuse") is that I was celebrating something in my life. I'll get into that in a moment. But I have to tell you that I'm scared of how and what I ate. I guess I just don't understand why I do it. I'm certainly not hungry and what I grab out of the fridge/freezer/cabinet doesn't even really appeal to me. But I shove it in my face anyway. I'm wondering if I have some kind of "real" eating disorder and not just a weight problem! :( And, more importantly, I'm wonder just what to do about it.

I think I mentioned that I weighed in on Friday morning with a 1 lb. gain. At the time, I was, of course, disappointed but not panicky or anything. In fact, I even mentioned to my WW leader that I was looking forward to the holidays and the challenge of eating right, etc. Somehow that changed during the weekend and I found myself just not caring. WHY!?!?! :?: And how do I keep it from happening again??

OK, I feel a little better for just having said it. Especially since I said it to you guys and I know that my brilliant friends will have some input and ideas for me. And, even better, that you'll understand and support me.

I do have good news (the celebration mentioned above) to end this message with. I got home from work on Friday and found a letter from my lawyer. As of October 29, 2001, I am ... DIVORCED!!!!! :D It's official after battling in court for 2-1/2 years. I read the letter and the official decree and burst into tears. I just have to call my lawyer today to dot the i's and cross the t's but I am a single woman again!!!!! I am free!!!!!

... Maybe I can use this as a new start for my weight loss efforts too..?????

Ever hopeful,
Jo.

sweet tooth
11-12-2001, 03:30 PM
Well, I'm back this morning, fresh from WI. Yes, yes, yes, I lost another 2 whole pounds. Yahoo!!! That means I am more than halfway through this weight loss program. Yippee.

The next mini-goal I have is to lose another 1.25+ pounds and then I will be both under 150 and also on the last range level at WW. Hopefully, I will be able to report that success next week.

I committed last week to staying OP for the entire week between WIs. It was a struggle, but I did it. This week, I am planning to stay OP every day except Thursday. I have another buffet to attend and am saving points this week for that. I know that I will still be over even the saved points, but I'm planning to enjoy every mouthful. LOL. The only condition I am putting on myself is to stop eating when I am full, not after I'm stuffed.

Jo - Congrats (is that what you say?) on the divorce. It must feel so good to have the barrier behind you. I don't blame you for celebrating this past weekend. BUT, today is the day to start back on program. We all have a lot of work to do and I know you can do it. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the obsessions that we have when we eat for no reason. Maybe we could all put in some suggestions on what we do to stop pigging out on food when we don't really need it. I don't have the answers because it is something that I struggle with all the time. Maybe others in this group have some suggestions.

Sam - I know the weight gain is a big problem after pregnancy. My daughter has a 5 month old and is struggling with weight. She has much more to lose than you do, I'm thinking, but called a couple of months ago to say that she had joined a program called curves. Iunderstand that it is an exercise program. I'm not sure if there is an eating program with it. She reported a 10 pound loss her first month. Have you heard about this program? I don't know much, just what she has told me.

Well, it's back to work. I just had my salad for lunch, a diet soda, some fruit and water. Tonight I have to make some garden soup to bring for lunch tomorrow. I'm not really a salad fan, so wouldn't mind a bowl of soup with my lunch tomorrow.

Have a good week. Cheers.

sweet tooth
11-13-2001, 12:50 PM
OK, I'm back again... Is anybody else out there?

Managed another day OP. Just 2 1/2 days left until the buffet. I'm trying to be sooo good til then.

I am actually posting this morning because I read an article last night about the importance of drinking a lot of water. The article is by Kathie Smith and I am including an excerpt. Jo, this one is for you (hehehe).

"When we stay properly hydrated, we have more energy, an improved sense of well-being, greater stamina and endurance during physical activity and better digestion and elimination (one of the most common causes of constipation is dehydration). Good hydration also tends to reduce overeating, since people often grab something to eat when they actually need something to drink."

It also explains to me why my cravings stopped after I drank a bottle of seltzer the other night. I'm going to have to try that one again.

Hope everyone is having a good week and staying with their weight loss program. If not, this is a good day to start again.

Cheers,

Jello
11-14-2001, 08:23 AM
Gee Peggy, looks like it's just you and me. Where'd everyone else go do you suppose??? :?:

I've heard that before about the water and how you can think you're hungry when you're actually thirsty. Sometimes it seems to work for me, sometimes not. Trouble is I don't eat because I'm hungry and that's why I end up feeling really stuffed and sick instead of just satisfied.

Speaking of water, yesterday I had a full bottle (it holds about 3 cups) and it was 2:00 so I told myself (mini-goal) that I was going to empty this bottle by 2:30 and then refill it. Well, I got busy and when I looked again it was 2:25 and I still had a full bottle. So I drank it ... in 4 minutes and had a minute to spare. I mentioned it to a coworker who immediately said he knew where I'd be running to soon. :lol:

Made the mistake of getting on my scale this morning and had one of those "...but I didn't eat anything wrong so why is my weight UP!?!?!?" moments. :mad: Don't you hate that? Well, I'll just have to work extra hard today ... and tomorrow ... and the next day .... Sigh.

Better run now. Thinking of trying to swing tomorrow afternoon off to run over to the local mall. I have coupons for several stores and never seem to get to this mall because there's another one closer to home (a better one). Since I'm in this part of the area only when I'm at work, I should shop while I'm here, don't you think? Sorry boss. It just makes sense that I shop instead of work. Can't be helped.

See ya Peggy! And I hope to hear from you other guys!!!! :^:
Much love, Jo.

sweet tooth
11-14-2001, 10:19 AM
Hi Jo,

I don't know where everyone else disappeared to. Looks like we are left.

EVERYBODY----Jo and I are really lonely here. Where are you all?

I have really struggled with the water drinking. I don't like plain water, so have had difficulty in drinking enough everyday. I started buying sugar free seltzers in August and really like them. The WW material that I have says that sugar free seltzers are a substitute for water. Well, that just makes my water drinking easy. I drink 2, sometimes 3 litres of these at work during the day and try to drink 1 at home in the evening.

I get busy on weekends and forget to have anything, so that is where I was starting to get the cravings. The seltzers are also sweet enough to take the edge off my sweet tooth, so I don't crave desserts and sweets when I am drinking them, either. It has been a good substitute for me. The bonus is that I seem to drop waaay more weight when I am drinking them than if I don't. Gee whiz...how can that be?

I am really having difficulty finding clothes to wear. I have a few clothes in every size, but not enough clothes for the winter season. I put on a pair of pants this morning (bought 2 of them at the end of the season last year for $150 each), and they just hang on me. I have them cinched up with a belt right now and they are still falling down. When I walk down the hall it takes 5 minutes for them to catch up. All my clothes are in about the same condition. I am going to the mall this morning to see if I can buy something that will fit... Jo, don't tell my boss that I'm skipping out, OK? He's away this week, so I'm the boss right now...hehehe. I can spend lots of money in the few days left.

How did your Christmas shopping go last weekend? I'm glad that mine is finished. I want to be able to enjoy the season this year. I guess I shouldn't say that too soon, though It seems that when I plan ahead, and actually execute the plan, something happens that spoils the whole thing. I'm hoping this year will be OK.

Hope the rest of you come back and post. Hear from ya soon.

Luv,

CJ
11-15-2001, 09:51 AM
Good morning everyone! Am finally here at daughters home in Kansas ... got here Tuesday nite (9:00 Kansas time, 10:00 Michigan time) - long drive from Sharons! Didn't get to post yesterday - we ran around all day doing errands for the wedding. You should see my daughter's gown! ABSOLUTELY OUT OF THIS WORLD GORGEOUS! I'll take pictures!

Have not been staying OP for the last week, but did weigh myself today (this would have been my WI day but obviously am missing a meeting) the scale says I am the same ... so am getting myself back OP today! Haven't journaled in a few days - have to start that today too - or I will totally get off track!

Peggy: Try putting lemon in your water - makes it tastes better than plain ... That is another thing I got a way from last couple days - not drinking my full quota of water and I can tell the difference in the way I feel! So yes, the water DOES make a difference! Way to go on the 2 lbs - you go girl!

Jo: Congrats! finally on the D-I-V-0-R-C-E!!! It's been a long time coming hasn't it?

Sam: Send me a new bio and we'll get it updated... I need to do a few changes on the website anyways ... it needs some"updating" ...

Sharon: Where the heck are you girlfriend? I thought you would have posted by now ... See ya next Tuesday - will let ya know if plans change.

Well, gonna go and take a shower and wash hair ... Then help Dawn with some little things around here ... check back later - or tomorrow.

Stay OP everyone, and drink your WATER!!!

Love, CJ

sweet tooth
11-15-2001, 04:14 PM
Hi CJ, so good to hear from you again. Been thinking about you this week and hoping all the plans for the wedding are going well. Good to hear that you haven't gained over the past week with all the partying going on at Sharon's. :nono:

I have managed to stay OP up to now (that will make 2 complete weeks). However (there's always that 'but'), hubby and I are going to a dinner theatre (buffet dinner) tonight and I'l be prancing around in the size 10 clothes that I bought yesterday. Yahoo.

My eating action plan includes being over my my allotted points, but I have saved points this week to be able to indulge a bit. We were at the theatre a few weeks ago, so I am already journalling what I am going to eat tonight. Yes, it includes a couple of scrumptious desserts, and I'm going to enjoy every mouthful. I have made a commitment to taste and try what I want, but to stop when I am full. Wish me luck...

Back to being OP tomorrow, though. I am hoping to be under the 150 pound mark by WI on Monday. That gives me three days to do damage control after tonight.

I'll check in tomorrow to let you know how it goes. Have a great day, everyone. Talk some more later.

Sassy
11-15-2001, 10:33 PM
Hi guys,
Have been meaning to post here, but last couple of days I haven't been home. Spend the night at my daughters on Tuesday night, went to the mall with her. my niece and another friend Wednesday and have been running running with this and that today. :dizzy: So thought I would do this now.

CJ left on Tuesday morning and we all had a great time going here and there and acting silly. Ken and Dick as usual just went along with whatever we decided to do and where ever we wanted to go. LOL Those two are both really laid back and just go with the flow. LOL Her and Dick are stopping back on Tuesday night on the way back to Michigan to spend the night and get some rest. Than Wednesday when we all get up we will have a caravan and both head back to Michigan and stop for lunch all together, Ken, myself, Alan, and Dan too. We are going to Detroit area to spend the holidays with our families. So looking forward to traveling together. We should have some walkie talkies to know when to stop, but I guess we can always pull along side our cars and motion. :?: LOL

My gosh we are really doing great with our Thin Group haven't we? So glad everyone so far agrees and want to make this group the best ever. Let's all keep on posting on whatever we need help with like we are all doing. I love the new format and I think it is really great that we have this push to carry us throug the holiday season. I don't want to just give up and say the heck with it. Because let's face it guys, Thanksgiving is ONLY one day and so is Christmas eve and Christmas day as is New Years eve and New Years day too. We still have the rest of the week before and after to try to stay on program. :)

Well I went to my WW meaning on Monday and CJ went with me and I had a 3.4 lb gain :mad: but we really did alot of eating out and even though I did try it was really hard to get all that water down sometimes when we were in the car and other places. I mean I go to the bathroom enough and when I drink so much water I practically live in the bathroom. LOL I didn't do my usual exercise video tapes or make my trip to the gym, but we tried to walk plenty at the mall and around downtown Columbus.

Jo-Congratulations on the divorce. I know that feels great doesn't it? You have been waiting a long time for this. I know how you feel when you say that sometimes you wonder if you have an eating disorder because I too at times can feel that way. I mean why is everything in our life always revolve around food. We can't have a holiday without that good food we love and when we are with people it somehow ALWAYS involves food doesn't it? Well I think we will NEVER get away from that so all we can do is learn to control what we eat and I am a firm believer in not denying yourself either when you really want something. You had said that you want to keep from happening the fact that at times you try so hard on your program and than suddenly just like that you don't care. I am here to tell you that we ALL do that at times. Me more than I care to admit. I think the only thing we can do Jo, is just to try to focus on what we are doing and let's give ourselves some credit for what we have accomplised. Jo you have done so very well and when you want to indulge maybe you can think of how far you have come and tell yourself that you CAN have a bit of what you want and it will always be there tomorrow. If you just get yourself through the day and stick to your program than tomorrow will shine even brighter for you.

Peggy-Wow whee, you have been doing an awesome job being on your program for two straight weeks now. I know you will do your best at your dinner and like I told Jo. The same advice to you, when you are at the dinner just think of how far you have come too. That is great that you have saved points too so enjoy your dinner and I would say you have earned it girl. Good thinking with those seltzer waters, much easier to get down I would think. Thanks for the imfo on drinking water. Just what we need to see how important water is to our program and everyday life too.

CJ-Hey girlfriend. Miss you already, got your email and one back to you too. Hope you are having a wonderful time at Dawns and I just know she loves so much having you there helping her out. Remember to take pictures and send them to me. I can't wait to see you Tuesday night when you stop in on your way home from Michigan. It will be fun!

Sam-What a good move joining a gym to help your out. Don't worry, you will lose your weight, from having the baby. I know having 4 myself that having babies really do take it's toll on your body. But you are going about the right and healthy way and you will be where you want to be in no time at all. Just wait and see! I am proud of you for what you are doing.

Hey I see so far we have a recipe thread and a Small Sucesses thread too. Feel free to post on them and if you want to start a thread of ANY subject please go on ahead and start one. This will help us all out to have lots of threads about any subject your heart desires. Weight related or not. GO FOR IT!

Take care guys and let's keep up the great work with our group. WE CAN DO THIS!

Love ya, Sassy Sharon :wave:

Jello
11-16-2001, 09:01 AM
TGIF!! It's going to be a loonnnnggg day but I'm going to hang in there. Lots of garbage going on here in the office (meaning: stress eating for Jo) but I will persevere. I'm making notes for my annual review which will be in late Dec./early Jan. Oooh, some things are going to have to change around here!!! :mad:

Sorry. Just needed to vent briefly. Actually, I'm pretty much chained to my desk today. It's bad because I can get someone to fill my water bottle for me but I can't get someone to ... well, get rid of the water for me. It'll get interesting. But it's good because today's the monthly birthday cake. We have cake once a month to celebrate birthdays off all employees for the month. If I can't leave my desk, I can't get a piece of cake, right? That's my plan anyway.

Peggy, I just wanted to tell you how much I admire you!! 2 weeks OP is a distant dream for me. :^: And banking points for a future event!?!? I want to be just like you!

Sharon, thanks for the words of wisdom. I realize that we all have times when all we want to do is eat eat eat. I just wish there was a quick fix out there for us.

Sam, I still can't believe Charlotte's almost 7 months old already! Seems like just yesterday you were telling us you were expecting. Congratulations on your wise decision to go back to the gym. I've often considered it but I think I'll just stick to my treadmill. That way it can sit there and call to me and shame me into getting on it.

Speaking of getting on the treadmill, I did just that last night. I was flipping through the channels and came across an hour long interview (film clips, music, etc.) with Aerosmith. Now I've recently developed this crush on Steven Tyler. I have to tell you. There's nothing like an interesting man and lots of loud rock and roll music to keep you moving on a treadmill. Stayed on almost the entire hour!!

Have to run now. Darn phone's been ringing off the hook already today. Have to find someone who's heading back to the cafeteria to fill my water bottle for me. And, Jo, repeat after me: "No, you don't have to get me a piece of cake, thank you, just the water will do". Hope that works! :^:

Much love to you all!
Jo.

sweet tooth
11-16-2001, 12:45 PM
Today is a new day, right? Well the damage is in for the buffet that I went to last night. Yesterday was a (ssshhh) 55 point day, complete with a 2 1/2 pound gain. Oh well, three days to WI, so I will need to do some damage control. The bread pudding at this restaurant is to die for... I don't even really care for bread pudding, but my mouth waters when I think of this. My son works as a bartender in this hotel, so I will have to see if he can get the recipe for it. I won't post it here because it is waaaay toooo high in calories, fat and everything else you can imgaine.

The damage control started with forgetting my lunch at home today. That leaves two choices - wait until tonight to eat, or buy something pizza/sub/hamburger, etc. at the cafeteria. I think I will opt for the first choice and eat some apples that were left over from a previous lunch this week. That should keep me until I get home to have something proper. I am also helping some students with a project at noon, so will be busy enough that I don't think about food too much.

Gotta go. Work is calling. I promised myself that I would get my filing caught up this week. It's down to the wire, so that means I better get my act together.

Have a great weekend everyone. I'm being your conscience here.....remember, Thanksgiving's Day is Thursday. Start to plan today for how you will manage.

Luv,

CJ
11-17-2001, 09:06 AM
Good morning all - just checking in real quick to say hello. Today is my daughter's big day! I thought I would check my mail while having my coffee - then we have to start getting ready. It's going to be a beautiful wedding!

Have not been staying too much OP - then again, have not been too bad either ... weighed myself this morning and am still at 170 ... I think once we get going home I will be able to start fresh and really get strict with myself.

Well, hope you all have a great weekend ... I'll post again before we leave here (Tuesday morning) .... going to go to the updates now..

Love, CJ

sweet tooth
11-18-2001, 07:37 PM
Just checking in with everyone at the end of the weekend. It was a really stressful weekend for me, consequently, my metabolism has shut down again and will need to see the doctor to get a kick start tomorrow. This is the first time, since the beginning of July that this has happened. If I don't do something about it right away, all the work that I have done so far will be gone before Christmas. It also means, no weight loss for me this week - this morning it is looking at about a 5 pound gain.

Got home on Friday night, let the dog out for a moment and he took off running as fast as he could. Ran across the street and got hit by a truck. I was watching the whole thing, powerless to do anything about it. Spent Friday night at the emergency vet clinic, and came out, mucho dollars lighter. Fortunately, there were no broken bones, only minor injuries - small gash above the eye, bleeding nose, some trauma behind the eye and a potential concussion. His medication this weekend seems to have taken the swelling out of the eye, and he is responding to it very well. This is the same dog that walks on the treadmill with me... I just can't believe that he is still in one piece, but am very glad that things worked out.

At the same time that we were at the vet clinic, I got a call to respond to a bomb threat at work. Fortunately, it wasn't too far from the vet clinic, so I spent several hours running back and forth. By Saturday morning, my head was so heavy and tired, I was beginning to wonder why there has to be weekends. No, no, no, I shouldn't be thinking that nasty thought!

The weight loss has suffered, though. Oh well, that's the least of the worries this week. I took the opportunity to bake my Christmas cakes today while I was in the weight gain mode, and started a bit of other Christmas baking. Hope to finish next weekend. Hubby is away for three days, so I will be able to get quite a bit done while he is gone. Might be able to keep some of it, to boot.

CJ - Was thinking about you yesterday. How did the wedding go? Can't wait to see pics. Send as soon as you can.

Well, gotta be going. I have a meeting in a few minutes, so better be getting my act together here. I'll check in tomorrow and let you know the bad news. Take care.

Luv,

sweet tooth
11-19-2001, 01:17 PM
Just got back from WI. The news is not good. This week it is a 1 pound gain. I'm feeling so depressed because I really wanted to break the 150 mark this week and worked so hard to achieve that goal. Oh well. I'm still OP since Friday and will have to wait until next week to see if there is any difference.

Have a good week.

Jello
11-19-2001, 04:44 PM
Hey you guys! What's up with this? Why have we gone to 2 pages already? Hmmmm, very strange.

Peggy, don't worry. It's "only" 1 lb. You've done so well already. One little lousy pound can't stop you now!! I realize it's disappointing not to reach your mini-goal (believe me, I know how it is!!!) but I'm sure you'll persevere.

I'm so sorry to hear about your little dog! :cry: It must have been horrible to watch. But I'm so glad he's going to be alright. Just what you needed with all the other stress, right?

Well, everyone. Jo is once again recovering from a horrible eating weekend. Chinese food! Yikes!! :o I gained how much!?!?!?! I'm hoping it's mostly water weight because I didn't get in my water over the weekend. Took a bus trip to Atlantic City and spent lots of time walking up and down the boardwalk. It was such a beautiful day and there were lots of people trying to get in one last day before it gets too cold. It's tough to walk fast through all those crowds. But at least I didn't spend all my time sitting in the casinos or (heaven forbid) at the food court!!!

Have to go now. It's almost quitting time, thank goodness. Almost one day down and only 2 more to go this week. I still have time to plan a strategy for Thanksgiving Day.

Hmm... should I start a new thread....?? Could happen. :s:

Much love, Jo.

Dreamer
11-19-2001, 11:10 PM
Hello one and all

Sweet tooth, don't you worry, I bet you're already back on track!

Jo - I understand why you need water to lose water, really. Doesn't mean I don't think it is strange! I've never been good on the water thing, but trying..

Haven't gymmed in a week. Really overate at the naming day and yesterday and I am SO rundown. I know the first few years with a child and working are like this, but it is really hard. I'm always tired, my glands have been up for 5 weeks now, so you can imagine how I feel. All the extra stress of work closing and being broke etc is just too much and I'm such an emotional eater.

These few days just trying to maintain and recover. Tomorrow is my day off, yay. Plan to rest. Thursday I plan to head back to the gym.

Where is everyone? CJ, how was the wedding? I bet she looked amazing!!!!
Sam
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Sassy
11-20-2001, 07:31 PM
Hi guys,
Just thought I would post while I have a few. Waiting for CJ and Dick to come back here and spend the night and tomorrow we will all head back to Michigan and do the lunch thing together. She should be here anytime, she called a couple of hours ago and said she was a couple of hours away.

Anyways:

Peggy-Don't give up sweetie. I know it is rough when you are so close to your goal and than you go and have a gain, but it is alright and not a real big one. I know you will get it off in no time at all. Just keep doing what you were doing with your program. YOU CAN DO THIS, YOU ARE SO CLOSE! Also sorry about your little doggie, but am so glad he is going to be alright.

Sam-You hang in there too, being a mother is really stressful how well I know. Life is so different when you have someone else to care for. You will get there, just give it time and think what a wonderful baby daughter you have there. Keep on going, you will do this!

Jo-I know that gain is from the chinese food cause I have done that. The trick is to keep drinking water till you think you can't drink anymore. It always works for me and it kinda flushes out all that excess water you are holding.

On the weight front, I did good this week at my Weight Watchers weigh in. I lost 4.4 lbs :) and that is good cause that makes up for the 3.4 lbs I gained last week with eating out all the time, plus down another pound for good measure. I will keep on working on this.

We are heading to Michigan to family tomorrow and I will try my best. Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving and see you when I get back. Where is everyone lately? Hope we get more after Thanksgiving, we will need to lend encouragement and support to each other. WE CAN ALL DO THIS GUYS TOGETHER!

Love to all, Sharon :wave:

Sassy
11-20-2001, 10:42 PM
I am at Sharon's now .... just got here a little bit ago and we all went and got something quick to eat. I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving - going to make this short as I am really tired from being in the truck for 12 hours! I promise I will post again asap! Don't stress out on what you eat Thursday - just enjoy and start being good on Friday!

Jo - whatever are you talking about - 2 pages??? Hahahaha - just kidding with you cuz I noticed the other day that we had gone to a second page - but now we are once again on one ... don't know what's up with that?????

Dreamer - got your updates and new bio. Will put you on the updates tomorrow nite before we head up to the cabin for Thanksgiving. I will re-do your bio just as soon as I can - ok?

Peggy: Don't worry about that 1 lb - you are doing so well, you should be proud of yourself. I have not journaled since being in Kansas - will start again tomorrow!!!

Sharon: Well, I will get done posting here so we can chat a bit before we go to bed! Good job on the 4.4 lbs!!!

The wedding was a huge success - beautiful! I will post pictures when I get them ... And tell you more when not so tired.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - and remember, don't stress on the food - just enjoy! Remember, Friday is a new day!

Love, CJ

Jello
11-21-2001, 08:14 AM
I don't know, CJ. My 'puter's still showing 2 pages!! :o Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo.... (Twilight Zone music.)

Well, I'm totally behind as far as Thanksgiving planning goes. I'm going to be up half the night making the WW cranberry sauce and cutting up veggies and making fat free dip, etc. Oh well. It'll keep me out of trouble. ;) Just hope the boss has a heart and lets us go home early.

Have no time at all but I just wanted to wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!!! :love: Everyone be careful (driving, EATING, drinking, EATING, travelling, EATING....) I'll talk to you all on Monday!

Much love, Jo.

sweet tooth
11-21-2001, 10:58 AM
Just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Tomorrow is the big day and I'll be thinking of you all while you are celebrating. For me, it's business as usual, but I think I will join you and enjoy a virtual Thanksgiving feast. That's a little easier on the weight loss.

Sharon - Congratulations on the weight loss. You have done a superb job this past week and the effort is showing. You also have a great plan for Thanksgiving. Way to go! I have always found it better to plan in advance what I will do in situations where I know there will be a lot of food. Even if the plan doesn't follow your program to the letter, you will still eat less than if you have no plan. Have a great visit with family and enjoy.

CJ - So good to hear that the wedding went well. Can't wait to see the pics - I love wedding pictures. Must be the romantic in me. Have a great Thanksgiving up at the cabin. Sounds like just the kind of weekend that I would love.

Jo - You are doing so well with fixing stuff for the holidays. Keep up the good work. Sharon is right about drinking water after the Chinese food. I went out for Vietnamese food on Monday (pigged out), and drank water the rest of the day. My weight was back to a normal by the following monring. There really is something about this drinking water that makes a difference.

I have talked to the personal fitness trainers here at work and that is one of the things that they harp on all the time - drink water, more water and more water. Sometimes you get so sick of hearing that, but it really does work.

Dreamer - I am feeling so bad that you are going through all this stress. It is difficult enough having the responsibility to look after and provide for family, but the added stress of your office closing can be too much. It is no wonder that you are worn out and tired all the time. Take each day, one at a time. That is difficult with added worries, I know. Take care of yourself and be sure to take care of your health. I'm thinking of you.

Time to go now...work is calling. Have a great weekend, everyone.

P.S. Don't forget to fill in you Thanksgiving Day Challenge results.


Lotta luv,

CJ
11-21-2001, 06:14 PM
Hi all ... just now got home from our long long trip! Goiing in to take a shower and wash hair - then re-pack for our trip to the cabin in the morning! I'm gonna be up late tonite. Sharon is in Monroe now - we had lunch with them on the way home. I'm going to go start #67 now - then will come back later and post again! JO: I don't know what is going on - at Sharon's house last nite it didn't show 2 pages ... now I am home and on my computer it does! Hmmmmm ....

OK ... later

Love, CJ

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