Support Groups - Weighty Issues #54: Let's Get Back to Sexy

07-02-2007, 02:35 AM
:welcome3: to the July 2007 Weighty IssuesThread. Summer is in full swing!!! Are you looking and feeling as hot as the summer temps? It's smokin' hot where I live but my body image needs to catch up. I want to change the term "lazy days" of summer, we should be focusing on exercising, eating right and making the most of our sexy selves. Do we want to feel great and show it off? Or will we be kicking ourselves for not taking control? Fake it til you make it, I say. We can do this together and bring sexy back!

Hey newbies out there, need some new inspiration? We're a group of wonderful women from different walks of life, spread out from the East Coast :coolsnow: to the West Coast :shocksn: and the sunny Pacific :sunny: :rain: .

We support :cheer2: :congrat: :cheer2: each other through the highs :high: and lows :( of every day life--it's not just about weight loss :goodscale , it's about LIFE :dunno: . If you have something to say :gossip: or need a shoulder to cry on :cry: , come on in, :comp:
grab a chair and stay awhile :cofdate: . You'll be glad you did.

07-02-2007, 02:42 AM
Hey ladies, first things first!

Happy Birthday to
:lucky::twirly::hyper::queen::high::dancer::dance: :idea::hat::jig::joker::spin::wave::rolleyes:

07-02-2007, 02:49 AM
I'm having a little trouble posting.... but I couldn't let this day go by without letting my "sisters" celebrate and offering my b-day wishes. Hope you had a great day!

As for the rest of ya, you know I love you gals. I'll post more tomorrow when I'm back in the office. This computer sucks (laptop!). Aloha!

07-02-2007, 03:29 AM
I hope this works. I've downloaded a few pictures on photobucket. The following link should take you right to it. :crossed::crossed::crossed:

Again, I hope it works.


07-02-2007, 03:41 AM
I'm putting in a couple of pictures that I'd spoken about before, but couldn't get them to post. Two are of the tile we had put down last year, and one is of our dog, Tucker...he was smiling (he greets me like this every morning), and another of Tucker laying next to the back door. :)


07-02-2007, 10:52 AM
Noelle, Thank you so much for your gift. It is perfect for me thanks. I cant wait to try some of the recipes in it now.

My Mom had her lump removed and they told her that all of the tissue around it was clean so she was expecting to go see her doctor to set up her appointments for radiation. When she got there she was told that she needs chemo now because she has some gene that shows that she will definately get cancer again sometime within the next 5 years if she doesnt do chemo. So that is where she is. She will start chemo and be out of work until at least February.

Life is quiet at home right now. Everyone seems to be getting along well so I am happy. I havent gotten back on track yet. I want to but it isnt working out that way. :lol: We sold our pool. The kids dont use it and Jay doesnt like taking care of it so we decided to get rid of it and make a little water garden area where the pool used to be.

07-02-2007, 12:19 PM
Hello Ladies,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEMPY and ANGIE!!! :bday2you: Hope your day was great!!

Noelle, Good to hear from you. How are things going for you?

Cal, I just went over and checked out your pictures.. WOW!!! They are some really fantastic photos there. I never did get over to see my brother when he was living on Kodiak Island and now he is back in Carterville, MO. Sounds a little like Mayberry!!!:D

Where is everybody?? Hello to all and will check back and see what is going on later.
Take care, Karen

07-02-2007, 12:21 PM
Angie, So glad things turned out good for your Mom. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. We were loking at several home in MO. that all either had above ground pools or in ground. I know they are a lot of work but I sure would like to have one.

07-02-2007, 04:27 PM
Good morning ladies, we had a busy weekend. Rick's been going out fishing a lot these days (much to my dismay) and he actually caught a nice sized Mahi-Mahi (dolphin fish) so we cooked that yesterday. We also went bowling and I took Michael to see the movie Ratatouille, it was cute and the animation is getting really good. We are also looking at getting Rick a new truck for work since the Dakota is on it's last legs. We're leaning towards a Ford diesel since gas is so freakin' expensive here.

Cal, I loved all your travel pictures. You guys are so lucky to be able to travel so frequently and see the world, I know Ashley will remember all of these trips for a lifetime. America (and Canada) is BEAUTIFUL! Tucker looks pretty ferocious in an adorable kind of way :lol:. My sister had a dog Buffy that used to smile like that too, it was kind of creepy at first, but it does grow on you. :D The tile looks great. Did your brother in law do it? or was it just the painting? Looks really nice.

Karen, your grandkids are beautiful, of course, they have good genes right? Congrats on your weight loss! I am so proud of you for sticking to it. :bravo: You are my hero.

Angie, I'm praying for your mom and her therapy to come out strong and healthier than ever. You're welcome for the cookbook, I know you will use it. So did you guys celebrate all the July birthdays this year?

Virgo, YES I love Alan Rickman, mostly as the Snape character, but he's just a sexy man overall :love:. My sister bought my son a Snape t-shirt and I was so jealous :lol: I told her I was going to buy one for me and wear it inside out :devil: so he can be near my heart :rolleyes: So how are you? I see you're still progressing with your weight loss, good for you! I've kind of lost my footing but I know I will find it again one day soon.

Kempy, you're welcome for the cookbook as well--I know you lurk here, just not posting much. That's ok, I still love ya. Come back and say hey OK?

Now where is Dips? and CW? I hope you are all doing well. I have to get to work right now, before I change my mind. Have a good one ladies. :grouphug:

07-04-2007, 11:44 AM
Just a quick hello and hope everyone is having a great week.

Noelle: Great to talk to you yesterday. I sent the email. The tile in our house was put down by Lowe's Home Improvement, not my brother in law. Alaska was beautiful and much colder than the last time we were there.

It's very hot here right now. I can't believe some people will be out today at activities for the 4th. It's supposed to be 117 degrees. I don't even go outside to watch fireworks when I'm here in AZ because it's too hot. Of course, I can watch them from my house, if I'm upstairs.

Have fun this 4th, but be careful with the heat.


07-04-2007, 11:53 AM
Hey guys! Long time no post. Sorry!

Cal your pics are awesome. I never knew how pretty it was up there. I guess I just always thought it was snow covered. I want to go now.

Thanks for the happy b-day. It kind of sukced since mother nature thought it wa a good gift for me to have. I guess it was better than the alternative. At least right now it is.

It is raining right now and I don't think we will be able to swim today. I just hope that the sun comes out this weekend. Karen are you guys moving? I havn't talked to you in so long I feel lost. Is your hubby working again?

I now this is a short post but I should take this day off and get some cleaning done. I hope everyone has a great 4th.

07-08-2007, 03:14 AM
Our 40th reunion was a great success! We paid the caterer for 140 people, tho of course, some were unable to make it. But it was a good crowd, and it was great to see so many people I hadn't seen in so long. It was a little crazy at first when everyone arrived & were signing in, but that part was only about 40 minutes, tho it sure seemed longer at the time! I only wish the friggin' DJ more properly understood that a little less volume is called for when folks are REALLY more interested in catching up with each other than yelling over the music. Not that we didn't dance or have a good time! But it's a real pet peeve of mine. (And I wasn't alone in feeling as I did.)

I looked pretty good, too, for an older broad! I found this really nice two-piece top (tank top & jacket), white with wavy black pinstripes--and silver glitter! It may sound hokey, but I got lots of compliments on it, & even wore it to a very nice wedding today. I wore a straight black skirt I already owned, and felt FABULOUS!! Of course I felt better knowing I was down to 198 from the 211 I was 4 months ago! And yes, I would've felt even better had I gotten to the 187 I was hoping to reach. But y'know what? I had a great time, both at the reunion and today, and ate pretty sensibly at both. Thanks to you all for your encouragement since March 21st!

I must say, I had some whipped cream in my first after-dinner coffee this afternoon at the reception--and it was somewhat unpleasant to me, for the first time. That's good! I reverted to regular cream, and less of it, since I was aware my taste buds/health awareness had changed. We didn't know many of the other people at our table (my hubby did, since the groom had been a co-worker at a previous job), and were seated next to a couple with two daughters, a fifth-grader & HS sophomore. They were delightfully well-behaved, intelligent, interesting girls, and they & their parents were a lot of fun to talk to & get out on the dance floor with. I think I may have had a little more fun at today's wedding than the reunion two weeks ago--cuz I wasn't responsible for anything other than having a great time!

But things are still gonna be busy around here: my sister's coming in for a visit in less than a week, and then we're going to visit our daughters in NY.

So love to everyone, thanks for thinking of me, and in the meantime, I hope each and every one of you is doing well in your own situation. And I include you in my prayers. Best wishes for a good summer,


07-10-2007, 09:43 AM
Just a quick hello. I hope everyone is just out enjoying the summer days. It's a little quiet here.
I was in Calif for a few days helping my sister pack. They're moving here in about 2 weeks. It's been so hot that it's really hard to do anything but lie around (in) the pool. Of course, sometimes it's too hot for that as well.
Hope others come out to post. Have a great day everyone.


07-16-2007, 01:50 AM
Hello to everyone. It's soooo quiet. I hope everyone is doing well.
My nephew is visiting us from Italy. It's interesting having an 18 year old in the house.
Next week we're going to drive up to Zion Canyon NP in Utah. We're taking about 4 days to do a circle tour of some of the canyon lands in northern AZ and southern UT.
Take care everyone.


07-16-2007, 09:58 PM
Hello ladies, hope you are all doing well. Summer is winding down over here and next week the regular school year starts so it'll be back to a more regular work schedule for me. We have had some trouble with our dogs, Chloe (the newest lab mix) attacked Lena (the little Chihuahua/terrier) last week. They were fighting over some food that my dad had thrown to them--dumb move on his part. Anyway, Chloe grabbed Lena and shook her, and broke her left front leg just below the elbow. We rushed her to the vet and we had to make the decision to amputate her leg. We felt this was much more humane, given her age (8 years old) than to try and repair it where the odds were not very good in terms of her being able to use it again and the chances of infection were really high because of the way the bone way broken. Financially it would've been considerably higher if we had tried to save it. It was such a difficult decision, but in the long run we felt that it was better to get her out of pain and on the way to recovery. She will be one-week post-op tomorrow and already she is getting around pretty quickly. It will take some getting used to having a 3 legged dog though :(
We are trying to see if someone will take Chloe into a home without any other dogs because she is getting more aggressive with the others. We think it's because Kai is getting old and no longer the alpha dog, she is trying to establish herself even though she is the newest member of the pack.

Today I had to go and try to get a building permit for a job we're doing, I waited 3.5 hours in the building department, there was only one clerk working and after 2 hours of the dept. opening, they had only served one customer--I was number 13. Then in the middle of serving client number 6, the clerk tells the client she has to go to lunch and will be back in an hour! That's the City for you! It's ridiculous. I went back toward the office but had lunch instead. I never went back to the permitting dept and never returned their number card :lol:. Guess I'll have to go and waste more time over there tomorrow because we need this darn permit. Oh well, at least I'm getting paid to sit around. Tomorrow I will bring my Harry Potter book, and I'll probably be able to read the WHOLE THING before they call my number. Anyway, just had to ramble a little. I miss you guys. Hope you're have a great week.


07-19-2007, 01:19 PM
Hello Ladies,
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile--- still trying to sell the house, the 5th wheel RV, the boat and the tractor!! Why do we always get so much STUFF??? I called a couple different realtors this morning to see what their plans were. One is a flat fee and one is a 1% deal. Still waiting on calls back from them. We've advertised in papers and posted flyers on bulletin boards in stores, Have a big sign out front For Sale and have put the 5th wheel out on the corner of our property where the highway goes by. Had a lot of people look and all that but still no solid bites.

Noelle, Sorry to hear about Chloe and Lena :cry: I imagine that you were so hurt when that happened, I know I would feel terrible. But I'm sure that Lena will recover wonderfully and I hope that you can find someone who will take Chloe into their home. I'm sure she is a good dog but sometimes dogs just need to be an only dog!

Cal, it sounds like you have been pretty busy. I'll bet you enjoy that pool too. We looked at several homes in MO. that had pools and I would love to have one. BUT we still have to get everything sold here first. I keep going to real estate websites and find really neat places but can't do much yet! Darn It!!

Well, I have some stuff that I need to get done but just thought that I needed to get on here and say Hello to everyone. I'm still trying to lose this weight but it sometimes just seems so hard to keep working at it, But I do. Just need to better organize my time now and get s specific time set up for me to exercise and that is that!

Take care everybody and I'll check back later. Karen

07-20-2007, 12:22 PM
Just saying hello to everyone.
I went to to foot doctor yesterday because I've been having some pain in my right foot for quite some time. I couldn't believe it when he said that I had a stress fracture on my foot. I'm back in a soft cast and the boot for 6-8 weeks. It's strange because I've been able to walk fine, I just had some pain when I moved my foot a certain way. I actually thought that my foot might not have healed properly. The dr said that the bones in my foot turn toward the inside and should be turned toward the outside. He said he's not surprised at the fracture because of that. He said the fracture could have happened just by walking. Go figure!!

Kempy: I loved your email!! No wonder my sister always talked about moving to Houston!!

Noelle: I'm sorry about what happened with Lena and Chloe. My brother has a dog that is best as an only dog. They had 2 dogs, Shelby and Tasha. Shelby (the younger dog) attacked Tasha (the older dog) and broke Tasha's leg. She never recovered and my brother decided that it was best to put Tasha down because she was in so much pain all the time and just getting worse. He had someone else take her to the vet; they'd had Tasha for 16 years. I'm glad Lena is healing well.

Angie: I hope everything is going well with you. We miss you here.

Everyone else is missed as well. Come out and play!!!


07-26-2007, 06:36 PM
Hi, Ladies. Writing from out of town, here, visiting our daughters in NY. Mele, sorry to read about your dogs. Hope everything goes better with your chihuahua, and that Chloe finds a good (other) home. There are two Rotties here, very protective of the kids, and real members of the family.

On the night of 7-20, four of us went down to Manhattan by train to attend the Harry Potter event at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Union Square. There were two 52' trucks parked in front, decorated with Harry Potter pictures, obviously the source of the thousands of new copies of Book 7 about to be sold after 12:01 a.m. We arrived about 9:00 pm, and were already too late to get into the store. The fire marshal told us the building was already too full; the only way we could get in was after some other people left. Since there were events going on inside & the book wasn't available for another three hours, it was all too clear we weren't ever going to get in unless we camped there for 4 or 5 hours, after which we'd have to wait even longer to buy our copies. No, thank you, we decided. So we did other stuff, instead. The next day we went to the Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, no line, no waiting, just in & out! I stayed up till 4:15 am that night, went to bed, woke up five hours later, finished the book in the next hour & quarter.
What a book! I strongly recommend it--or getting into the entire Harry Potter series, if you have not already done so! Truly, it's destined to be an ongoing children's (and grown-up's) classic--very well written.

Back to vacation! (I'm afraid I've been a bad girl, dietarily speaking). Talk to you soon, ladies!

08-01-2007, 11:55 PM
I'm a little saddened to see that no one is posting.
I hope everyone is doing well.
I'm back at school now. Teachers went back for the first day today. We don't have our kiddos until Monday, Aug 6. I am looking forward to this year though.
Hope there are more posts soon.

Kempy: The pics of your pool are awesome. It looks beautiful.


08-02-2007, 12:29 AM
Hello Ladies,
Sorry it has been so long since I've posted anything. Things have been kind of hectic around here. We did sell our boat and the tractor but still have the 5th wheel and the house.
We had a young couple stop by Sunday after seeing the For Sale sign and wanted to know if they could see the house. Sure glad that I had everything clean and straight!!! Anyway. it was the man his wife, who is expecting another baby, and a young boy about 3. They went through it and really seemed to like it a lot. Her parents live up behind us a ways back. They were gone just about 10 minutes MAYBE and she called me and asked if it was OK if she brought her daughter to see the house. She said her daughter wanted to pick our her room first!! She is 8 years old. So she and her daughter came back along with her Mom. She said they were going to check in to getting financing on Monday. So yesterday evening she called and said that she had someone working on it and hoped to know something by the first part of this coming week. Their lease is up on their apartment on Sept. 1st. so maybe this will be a god thing!!
I went to the Wal-mart orientation but decided to put that on hold. After finding out that you can't transfer to another store for 6 months and if you quit you can't reapply for 1 year. So after talking with them we all came to the conclusion that it would be best to hold off and see just what would happen with the house. So they put me back into the computer as "rehirable" and that way if the house sells then I can go and reapply when we get back to MO. if I want to. And they seemed to really appreciate the fact that I told them about it now instead of waiting until the day they open the new store. Which is September 13.
So that is what has been happening here. I haven't been doing very good with my eating or exercise! I don't think I'm eating real bad but I'm not paying as much attention to it as I should be.
So how is everybody doing? I imagine everyone is getting ready for the schools to start again. I can't believe the grandkids start school here on Monday!! Seems like it gets earlier and earlier every year.
Sure hope all is going well with everyone and hope everyone is just busy and will be back to posting soon. Just wanted to pop in and say HI!

08-02-2007, 10:07 PM
Back from oblivion...

Life has been incredibly crazy in the apple. For one I broke up with my boyfriend which really hurt me and put me into a state of depression. Then I'm taking another ex to court because i have to sue him to get money he owes me. Then i may be moving to a bigger apartment (which is actually good news) then the job is tense since some employees got arrested for stealing money.

I finally got some stability right now so now I'm actually sane enough to check in with my girls. I have to go back and catch up on all the posts but i should be more available now. Ofcourse in all this madness I gained weight but I'm back on the down hill slide from that.

So much drama:dizzy:

08-13-2007, 12:44 AM
I don't know what's happened with everyone. I miss all of you.

Dips: Congrats on your new apartment. Be sure to give us your new address.

Hope there's some new posts soon.


08-13-2007, 01:04 AM
Hi Cal,
I'm hoping that are posts pick up pretty soon, I imagine after school starts things will pick up. We're still here trying to sell the house. It probably won't sell until the middle of winter and then we will have to try to get across Kansas in nasty weather.
How are things going for you? Have you had all the really bad heat there too? I know that yesterday it was 102 in MO. where my family lives.

HEY DIPS!! Where are you? Did you get moved? Are you liking a bigger apartment-- I'll bet so.

Well, I hope to hear from everyone soon. Sure hope everyone is OK.

08-26-2007, 12:49 AM
Hello, ladies! Hope the weather in your neck of the woods is better than it's been here in the Midwest. We in Chicago got the unusual on Thursday: a tornado watch for the city itself! The weather dynamics (of flow & updrafts & hot air & cold air masses, all that stuff) are usually voided out by the placement of Lake Michigan. Yeah, there's been tornadoes in the suburbs (where it's flat, easier for those air masses to battle it out)--but generally not here within the city itself, right by the lake. WELL, GUESS AGAIN!! This Thursday there was so much rain, so quickly, and so long, that the ground was sodden; trees got uprooted in the suburbs. Lightning struck others, knocked down huge branches about a mile from me, here on the north side. I actually heard the newsradio station warning people IN THE HIGHRISES DOWNTOWN (unheard of!) TO STAY AWAY FROM THE WINDOWS! Turns out we were supposed to have gotten a formal tornado warning for the city itself, but didn't--heads are supposed to roll for that--we'll see. I was SO glad DH was home from work, he just beat the worst of it home. Our power was out for nearly 4 & a half hours. Between my hoard of candles & a couple powerful flashlights, we were okay. We had sandwiches for dinner. One thing about the power being out: it's so quiet. Only then does one realize how much noise pollution we have all around us, even in our homes.

Anyway, we were among the lucky ones. I feel absolutely awful for those unlucky folks in Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin & other places that had so much terrible flooding. And then this is the second anniversary of Hurrican Katrina; New Orleans & Mississippi still aren't right. Those folks were given settlements nowhere approaching the replacement costs of their homes. Aaagh--I'm just feeling kinda blue today. Hope things are better for you all.

Cal, how's your foot doing? Did the doctor say your feet were pronated? Will you have to wear orthotics from now on, to keep them properly in place? How's teaching? (How's teaching, with a sore foot?) Hope you're feeling better.

Karen, sorry to hear about the problems selling your house. With some luck, maybe the family whose little girl 'picked out her room' will get the financing needed to buy it! Hopefully, you'll be able to relocate BEFORE the cold weather hits; there is still a good 4-6 weeks before fall really comes. At least you're still eating pretty well. I know how that goes. Let's face it, it's less effort to pay attention to eating right, than it is to actively exercise. My stationary bike is right behind me here, but I haven't been on it in weeks. Now that I've actually written those words (and am abashed to admit it), maybe I'll get off my duff and just ride the silly thing!

Dibs, so nice to see you write us again--keep it up! Sorry you & your boyfriend had to part ways, but don't you worry. You're too fabulous to stay down for very long! Besides, this way you can concentrate better on your studies. I know from my own youth that once I was involved with someone, my better study habits flew out the window! So buckle down & get that piece of paper--THEN you can get that piece of....MIND! (What did you think I was gonna say??!! Hah!):D

Angie, I hope everything's going better for you. I think of you & how hard it must be to stay "good" while you're surrounded by temptation there in a bakery, and I think good thoughts for you.

cw, Have you had your yearly physical by now? Did you have your doc check your bloodwork, just to make sure all those little endocrine organs are doing what they're supposed to? If they aren't, you might not be losing weight, and it's not your fault! Check it out, I tell ya!

kempy, How's that awesome pool you keep dangling in front of us? Are you swimming your li'l heart out/swimming your lean muscle mass into ever-greater density (losing fat in the process, you lucky one!)? Hope you're having lots of fun with it!

Mele, I miss your Professor Snape avatar, but I understand there's more to life than Harry Potter! Actually, I miss you--here it is, August is only one week away from being over, and you didn't start us on it--and September's almost here! You're our main cheerleader y'know. This thread just isn't the same without you, lady! C'mon, back, now--do!

Okay--ball's in your courts, ladies! Let's "Get back to sexy!" again!

Love to you all,


09-02-2007, 02:40 AM
I miss you guys. :(