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12-13-2007, 12:59 PM
:carrot: :welcome3:
We are the Turtle Group here at www.3fatchicks.com. We welcome you to join us as we work toward good health and fitness in a persistent manner. As our inspiration we use the race between the turtle and the hare where the turtle was the victor because he didn't give up. We believe in keepin' on even when the odds are against us. We believe in giving each other support. Good luck to us all!
(for Lin and Lauren)

12-13-2007, 01:00 PM
Hi Turtles,
Check back on page 5 in thread 190 because there's some news there. I started a new thread because we had gotten long.
Happy Holidays and Good Tidings to you all.
Judy :cool:
234.6/217.2/thinner into onederland :cool:

12-13-2007, 02:36 PM
Hi turtles:

Judy - Congrats on your loss this week. Good for you!

Hope everyone is doing well. Right now it is snowing up here & hoping my drive home will be OK. Pretty organized at home with decorating & really not too bad with the shopping. For my dd I can keep shopping forever (same as all parents, I guess) I still have a couple of people to do, but thats it.

My gf is coming for our weekly dinner tonight & we are having pork tenderloin with a fruit gravey type thing (she is making this) rice, broccoli & spinach.
And of course, some wine. Last night was my company dinner & that was really good. Not point-friendly whatsoever, so for rest of week I have to be extra cautious in my choices.

Princess - hope you are finding something to help with your pain.

Have a good "turtle day"

12-14-2007, 09:23 AM
G,day turtles hope everyone is well.

INVU sorry your little prince is,nt well I wish him a speady recovery, hey I didn,t know we were neighbours either until you mentioned it I,m not very observent at times, things are fine downunder a bit of weather with thunderstorms and hail and so forth but it is the festive season and life is good.

Princess hope your copeing with your pain.

Bandit sounds like you enjoyed yourself at your company dinner and that is the main thing I,m sure you will be very diligent for the rest of the week and it will all balance out OK.

Judy way to go on your loss this week awesome every little bit counts.

Have a great weekend everyone take care and keep well.


12-14-2007, 07:22 PM
Bandit, I love that you get together with a friend for a homemade dinner once a week. It sounds so friendly and cozy. You are doing great with shopping et. al. Merry Christmas!

All goes well here. My dd and dgs will be spending many nights here early next week because she's getting her bathroom done over. I realized that that means a three year old (albeit darling) will be underfoot and I had better get some Christmas baking started. I purposely put it off this year so I wouldn't be as tempted as in the past. I've got it just about half done and will try to do more tomorrow before we head out to a party.

NEWYEARNEWME--thanks for chiming in. :goodvibes: Hope the storms stop. We've got snow showers here and you're warm---also our New Zealand pal, INVU is opposite in weather to the other Turtles. I love that we're in different spots on earth and can communicate and help each other out.

Good weekend everybody!

12-16-2007, 10:38 AM
:hug: G,day Turtles hope everyone is well.
I agree Itryharder it is good to talk to people from different parts of the world and to reach out and give encouragement and a helping hand, I have met some lovely ladies since I have been here at 3fc it is great to talk to people who don,t judge you and understand just what you are going through at times.

Take care all

12-16-2007, 10:35 PM
Hi Turtles,
Don't worry i am still here and reading all the posts.
Judy - Thanks for letting me know there are ones thinking of me. I got my
medicine adjusted on Friday and so hopefully it will be a change for the
better. It sure would be nice to get my motivation back.
Princess - *hugs* I hope that you are ok.
Bandit - I hope your dinner plans go well. It sounds good.
INVU - I hope your little one is feeling better quickly.
To anyone i forgot - HI

12-17-2007, 12:19 AM
Hi everyone:

Well, we got hit with a big storm - there is alot of snow. We got 25cm overnight and it stopped snowing a short time ago. So, today I decided to wrap all the presents I have bought & most of them are now under the tree.
I am getting ride in with one of the fellows I work with since they are saying that it will be very windy with more snow & lots of drifts. Tomorrow when I get home I will deal with shovelling off my car. The drive & walkways are all done, thank goodness. And to think it isn't even offically winter.

Anyway, hope you all had a nice weekend!

12-17-2007, 03:53 PM
Good afternoon ladies. I have *finally* returned from a long hiatus. OT is over at my company (for now), so no more working through lunch (my primary 3FC time.) That's good, because it means less stress, and bad, because it means less financial freedom -- I used to be able to work OT to make extra "fun" money, but now I can't. I'll admit, I'm bad at managing money, but I'm working on it. I've paid off my ($8,000) credit card debt, but I racked up $800 again. But it stops there. I'm not going back up again, it was too hard to get it paid off. I've been working on better budgeting and expense tracking, but I shop compulsively like I eat compusively, so it's an uphill battle, and more stress.

But enough whining. :) I'm down 68 pounds total, which is awesome if I do say so myself. :) I have one gift left to buy (a gift card), then I'm done with my holiday shopping. I'm leaving for home Saturday morning, and I'll be home until January 1st, so that will be an eating challenge, but a wonderful vacation all the same. I moved into a quieter place, and I adore it. I have an extra room for sewing/an office, and a great big kitchen to cook in, and my neighbors have dogs that I can spoil with treats and affection.

Things are generally good here in my end of the world. I hope you guys have been well while I was gone. I'm sorry I went away for so long, but, seeing as I'm not good with money, the OT was necessary to balance things out. ::hugs:: Talk to you soon ladies!

12-17-2007, 10:17 PM
Hi Turtles,
BAndit, I'm so glad you've got someone to help with your driving. That much snow is not at all fun. We've got snow on the ground, but in comparison there's nothing to complain about.

Ariana, I am soooooo happy to hear from you. Your weight loss is awesome.
It's thrilling to have you back because you always have good ideas and input to help Turtles tweak their progress. :bravo: Hey, here's a :cp: for knocking off your credit card debt. I remember how hard you worked to take care of that. You're smart to limit your new bills to $800 since it's extremely easy to let the totals climb and start all over again. :welcome3: back ==good to hear from you. Enjoy your visit home. It's so cozy there.

Cherry, I've got my fingers crossed that your meds help you out and you start feeling the way you want to be. Here's another :hug: to help you on your way.

Princess, we're all pulling for you and sending you :goodvibes: I hope your doc can find a way to relieve the pain.

INVU--here's hoping your little buddy is well on his way to mending now and those pox are fading.

Today was a tough day for me. I 'm baking for Christmas and the stuff is darn yummy if I have to say so myself. I've got it all in the basement freezer so that if I want something, I have to get into the cellar which is not all that much fun. LOL. Anyway--here's a :grouphug: to all of us to get through these days enjoying friends and family and putting food into a secondary position. Good luck to us all!

12-18-2007, 10:31 AM
OMG, Ariana! I am so glad you are back, I have been thinking about you a ton lately! Great weight loss!

I went to the doctor and it seems that the nerves are very pinched by the bulging disks... I got the spinal injection (ugh, lets not talk about them!) and have started physical therapy, starting to get some relief but it will be a long climb back I fear.

I skipped W/I on Saturday as we got hit by a bad snow storm... busy trying to get caught up on holiday shopping,etc.

I will check back soon but have to fly to a doctors appointment right now.


12-18-2007, 03:38 PM
Okay Princess, thanks for chiming in. I hope the shot works and please try not to do too much to get caught up. Okay--why did I say that? Of course you're gonna "catch up"
It's really great ot have our succaessfyl Ariana back, isn't it?

12-18-2007, 04:15 PM
Judy -- awww...thank you! It is great to be welcomed back so enthusiastically. :) I feel very loved and appreciated with all of the nice things you had to say, thank you so much! :) Yes, I'm thrilled to have the credit cards down, not happy about the $800, but it could be so much worse.

Christmas baking is so hard, I buy what I need wherever possible. I don't have the willpower. If I will be baking, I make sure that it's out of sight, out of mind, or better yet, out of the house. :) I like the cellar idea -- the farther it is out of sight, the harder it is to get to, the better.

Princess -- why thank you! How sweet of you. :) I am sorry to hear about your health problems, and I hope that it gets better very soon. What awful timing, being in pain during the holidays. :(

As for me, ladies, I'm proud of myself -- I tried step last night, and made it through the whole intro class. I'm horribly uncoordinated, so there were some embarrassing moments, and my good friend kept having to stop to explain new moves to me, and it was hard work, but the bottom line is that it's a good work out, and it's a change, which is important. I stopped working out for about 1.5 months -- I had to give up caffeine for two weeks in preparation for a blood test, and it just knocked me out. They found out that I have a kind of hypothyroidism, which is why I feel so tired so often, so you can imagine what it was like going without coffee. And then I went to New Orleans for a week on business, and it was so hard to get back into gear. But I'm working on it. I know that, once it becomes a regular habit again, it'll be much easier. I'm tricking myself into going to the gym by agreeing to just do 30 minutes on the elliptical, and if I feel like it, I'll do something harder and longer, like step or spin -- the hard part's getting in the door! I have found that psychological tricks like that help with the "startup" anxiety and dread of getting back into working out. And if all I manage is the elliptical, well, every little bit helps...

Tomorrow is my WW meeting during lunch. We had our holiday party Friday, and I was Not Good, so I'll be thrilled with maintenance. Thursday I'm having lunch with a friend so that I can give her a Christmas gift, so I will try and chime in Friday, and when I'm gone in Phoenix if possible. I have a feeling that the holidays will make it a bit quiet around here.

Anyway, back to work. ::hug:: to my turtles!

PS -- I found a "before" picture of me from 2002 that's sharper and more telling (it shows more of my weight gain), and I'm scanning it. I'll have to show it to you guys with my latest "after" picture, it's amazing. :)

12-19-2007, 03:02 PM
Hi TUrtles,
Just a quicky about me. Went to WW's WI this morning and stayed for the mtg. but skipped the scale. Bumped into a gal I had known 31 years ago where we both participated in a program. We both lost all the weight we needed to, and then had no idea how to maintain. Now here she is at WW having lost 114# over the past two years and she's older than I am so it can be done! What an inspiration to me. I came home, had a Core lunch and have planned out core foods and menus for the upcoming week with 35 points to use sparingly for Christmas treats. I'm really up right now and I'm so glad I bumped into her. No coincidences is what I think!!!! She usually attends a mtg. on Tuesday at another location but the mtg. place was closed because their heating system broke down! How weird that of all the mtgs. she could have attended, she showed up at mine this week. Thought you'd like the story.

Good luck and best holiday wishes to you all.

12-20-2007, 03:25 PM
Judy -- that is a great story! Inspiration is so important, and I'm glad that you are feeling so pumped up. That's wonderful. :)

As for me, I weighed in yesterday, and I'm up 1 pound. Not at all surprising, considering that I didn't work out last week, and ate a bunch of junk on Friday and didn't track. I know I should, but I think I'm scared to face up to the points, so I don't. Cowardly, maybe. But I noticed an interesting trend -- I felt too tired to workout last week, but that really reduced my willpower when it came to food (I'm a big stress eater, so without working out, my stress had no outlets.) So I have to keep working out, even if it's only 30 minutes on the elliptical because I'm tired. I've worked out 2x this week, and I'm going to try for a third Friday. My calves still hurt from step on Monday. I worked through it last night, but I still hurt a lot, so I think I need a night off tonight.

So, what's your plan for making it through the holidays, ladies? I'm going to track, go out and buy a bunch of fresh fruit and make healthy muffins for a snack (I have a great recipe for muffins that are delicious, 2 points for regular size, 1 points for minis, and they freeze very well.) I also plan to work out as much as I can at night during the week. I hate to workout in the morning because my energy levels are so low that I'm ruined for the rest of the day. So it has to be morning.

Anyway, that's the news. Hope you ladies are having a good day. Talk to you soon!

But, well, it's the holidays, people make silly mistakes...my goal now is to maintain until New Year's. And I'm going to track every day BEFORE I eat it. Even if I go over my points, that keeps me conscious.

12-20-2007, 04:16 PM

Well things are about the same here... but my eating is all off track, but I will be back on track tomorrow, no excuses...

I can not exercise at all right now and I think that along with the pain, meds, etc that is a huge reason that the depression is starting to get to me.

I went back to the specialist on Tuesday, he felt that I needed another injection so we did that... by Tuesday evening I was in horrible pain and ready to ask DH to take me to the hospital or run over me several times with a very large vehicle :^:, no joke, I was just in tears and the pain meds were not helping. The spinal injections are painful themselves but afterwards is when it really gets ugly. I called off from work yesterday and spent the day in bed. The pain was so bad that I was blacking out at one point. Better today but I have to say that this whole thing has really taken it's toll. I am ready to get back to my life but it will be a long way back I fear.

I have off from work all next week and do not have to come back until the 2nd of January... what a blessing as I just need some down time and not have to worry if I can make it to work let alone get through a whole day.

I will check back later on... Ariana... I am so happy that you are posting again... it is like a long lost friend has finally returned.


12-20-2007, 09:48 PM
I'm so sorry you're in so much pain. Thank goodness you have some time off.
I'm sending you good healing :goodvibes: and a :hug: but mostly I'm praying for you that you feel better.

All Turtles, keep well and happy.

Ariana, I love your plans for the holidays. I'll chime in tomorrow with some ideas too.

12-21-2007, 11:40 AM
Happy Friday ladies!

Well this is my last day of work until after the new year but I will be checking in from home to see what is going on. I will go to W/I Saturday morning but it will be ugly ugly ugly! I just don't have the strength to worry about it that much. I am back on track with food today and plan on keeping it that way. I can not exercise but I can control the food, I just need to not let the depression that I am feeling these days push me into doing something that I know is wrong and will push me further back on my path to better health.

Thanks to all for the kind words and well wishes... I truly appreciate them.

Happy holidays everyone!

12-22-2007, 10:58 AM
You are right. This is a huge challenge and I know how good exercise has been for you, but you can control the food. You're dealing with a lot, but I know you can come closer to eating the way you want and you will do that.
The pain will be controlled and you will feel your normal healthy self. I am confident about that. :grouphug:

Ariana, I love your preparation for the holidays. I've got goodies in for my grown children and dh, but I also have some substitute goodies for me. I've got Cool Whip and pumpkin to make a low fat sf pumpkin mousse. I also have ff plain yogurt for a base for dips. I've got green and red apples for festive dippers and I only bought one box of crackers for the crowd. I also have raw crudites which will work out well since I like their taste and they're filling. I made a Core meatloaf using very lean beef and oatmeal as the carb and it's really good. We're in countdown mode here since my family will be in early on Christmas Eve and will stay over to celebrate. I'm really looking forward to it.

Bandit,Cherry, INVU, Newyearnewme, Happy Holidays to you all. I know it's a very busy time of the year, but chime in when you can. I've eaten more Christmas "fatballs" (cookies as my WW leader calls them) than I'd like, but yesterday was a better day. I found going on Core this week was a very bad idea for me. It didn't work at all because that's not the food I want to eat right now, so I'm backing off on criticizing myself and counting points and that should work a lot better.

12-25-2007, 12:17 PM
Hey Turtles,
:dizzy: Things have been crazy but seem to be getting better. With my medecine being adjusted i feel like i can focus better on my Healthy eating.:D Thanks for all the support i have gotten from you ladies.:hug: I hope to be posting more as i try to climb back on the wagon.

12-27-2007, 10:25 AM
Cherry, welcome back to feeling better! Here's hoping your meds help you and 2008 is a very good year for you.

Sending :goodvibes: to all our Turtles. Take care, be well and happy.

12-27-2007, 11:17 AM
Ok so i haven't been as focused as i thought. I got out my journal and i am setting a small goal of journaling for 3 days in a row wether what i have eaten looks good or not.

12-27-2007, 08:38 PM
Happy Holidays, Turtles!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Mine was great - really enjoyed time with friends & family. I am off work until Jan 2nd so that is a nice long break as well.

As for coping with holiday food I am trying to behave, but it is hard.
I know I am up - you can just feel it. Most of my visiting is over until New Years but there are still lots of treats in the house. My dd has gone back to her apt for a couple of days since she is working & having company party so she took lots of stuff with her which helps.

My gym membership is up end of Dec & I am not renewing at that gym.
Overall I didn't really like the atmosphere there so will look around & try to find something more suitable for myself. In the meantime I will get my Walk Away the Pounds tapes - I really like those.

How about everyone else? New Years resolutions ?(other than not making any)

My main ones are:

Get back on track with my eating & recommit to WW
Exercise regularly
Stay away from "toxic" friendships (that sounds harsh, but I have people in my life that continue to hurt me, so I have to let those relationships go so I can get on with more positive things)
Stick with new budget

Have a great day!

12-28-2007, 11:45 AM
Lets see my goals for this year:

To take time for myself
Stick to a healthy eating plan
Learn to enjoy exercise

12-29-2007, 12:56 PM
Guess Who???? I think I'm back. This has been such a rough year for me, and for that my weight and body have paid. I need to get on track and stay there. I have gained 30 lbs since Dec. of last year. Not good.

Anyhow, this year I've been dealing with marital probs, ex hubby probs, my mother in law spent most of the year in and out of the hospital and passed away in August. I've been going to counseling, dealing with my rheumatoid arthritis, severe back pain, going to school (still) and my sister added a new baby to the family. Busy, hectic, and stressful.....OH YEAH!

Now I've decided I need to take care of me, which I should have been doing all along. Please help me get back on track. I'm having a hard time getting started. What can I do to help with that and please gimme some ways to keep me motivated. I sure missed being online with you gals.

12-29-2007, 05:58 PM
Hi everyone:

Chrily - I think we all need a game plan that will work for each of us.

Some things that help me are: journalling, having prepared food on hand in individual servings, having a bottle of water with me at all times, meal planning day before & planning my night-time snack. So I guess key thing is "planning"

Also having supportive friends/family.

You sound like you have had a tough time - well, its a New Year so put some of it behind you & focus on positive changes. Baby steps!

Hang in there & hope everyone else is doing great!

12-29-2007, 08:51 PM
Hi Turtles,
Chrily, it's great to see you back. You're an old friend of ours. I echo Bandit for helping get started. I guess I'd add that one good trick is to just make believe you're doing it. And then you do it! Don't make it hard on yourself.
Take baby steps--drink your water, write down everything you eat (like Cherry is going to do) and pretty soon you'll be eating the right foods for you and keeping away from the stuff that makes us fat. Good luck and I'm so glad you're back. :grouphug:

I hear you on your resolutions. This Christmas has been tough for me. I had baked for Christmas and New Year's because my dds and families were with us for Christmas and then my ds and his df were coming down so we could all be together. Well, today he called and they are all sick again and won't be able to make it for New Year's. Ugh---hey--last year I gained 8 pounds in the first three weeks of January and I refuse to do that again. I've moved the enticing foods into the basement freezer and now I've got to get on top of my sadness that's making me eat. I'm so disappointed and it just doesn't seem fair. I'm hoping they'll be able to get here in Jan. so the little kids will have their presents sooner rather than later, but gosh. And as I write this I know this is a very small problem in comparison to what so many of you are going through. I'll give myself a :goodvibes: to :cheer: myself up.

I've been exercizing these past few days and I think it helps.
My resolutions include finding new interests aside from eating
Exercising at least 5x a week
Getting outside more to beat this encroaching depression.
:bravo: to us all
Princess, you're in my thoughts as you come through the pain you're in
INVU and NEWYEARNEWME you're doing great==chime in
Ariana, hope your family vacation was good and that you did well.
Love and good cheer in the NEW YEAR!

12-30-2007, 01:59 AM
Bandit and Judy--This has definitely been a heck of a year, but I can say the one positive thing that did happen for me was being more forgiving of myself in school. I always kicked myself down really hard if I did not get straight A's in all my classes. I did the best I could but didn't stress about my grades and actually pulled off 3 A's and 3 B's. Now I only have one more year left, then I have a BSBA degree. Sawweeeeeettt!

I know one of my problems (a very bad habit) is that I have made diet pop my drink of choice, then I don't drink enough water. I know the salt content is way up there. I guess I could get some Crystal Light and liven up the water a bit and start weaning myself of the diet pop.

Do you have any suggestions about exercise? My new year's resolution is going to have to include journaling, by far my worst enemy. Cherry-you journal and I'll journal, okay? :)

Well ladies! Off to bed with me. Tomorrow is a busy one and I'm thinking I am going to have to wipe this computer out again. Thank God for my notebook and the business computer. This one seems to be cropping up with problem after problem....driving me nuts! :dizzy:

Nite ladies....


12-30-2007, 08:54 PM
Anyone have ideas on how to deal with emotional eating. I will just eat and eat sometimes and i know i am not hungry but i don't feel like thinking about anything. Does anyone else deal with this?

12-31-2007, 12:29 AM
Cherry, I also am an emotional eater and have been previously diagnosed as a binge eater by the hospital's weight loss clinic. I too, would love some answers. It's kind of creepy but I did notice that whenever I am around my mom, I just nibble on everything, even if I'm not hungry. I don't know why she is a trigger of mine. I eat when I'm bored, eat when I'm upset, eat when I am happy, or depressed. If I stay busy, I don't focus so much on food, but it is sooo hard to stay busy enough, except when I'm working on my homework but then I'm not exercising either. (working on my Bachelor's degree in business) To top it all off a bit, I work for my dad and he owns of all things.....a candy warehouse. Big trouble sometimes! When I eat though, I don't go for the sweet stuff, I'm a starch lover. Gimme chips, salty crackers, etc. Not sure if you're like that or what you nosh on but those are my foods of choice. It is sooo hard to sort this weight loss stuff out for me. I wish it would all click into place and I could get healthy again. I have rheumatoid arthritis and the more weight I pack on, the worse I feel. Kind of hard when you have 3 little girls to chase after and run around all day.

In a nutshell, my main advice would be to stay busy and try to find out what triggers your emotional eating. Someone also told me to try NOT to walk by the fridge so often. Take a different route through the house. (weird, though...)


01-01-2008, 11:03 AM
Yeah--I deal with emotional eating all the time.
Here are some simple tips:
1. Before you pop anything in your mouth, ask yourself if you're hungry.
2. Write a list of at least 5 things you can do instead of eat when you're not
hungry==do them!
3. When around your MOm, have an anchor in your pocket that you can
touch to remind you not to eat--anything--a rubber band, a paper clip.
4. Drink some water=--you'll be amazed at how this distracts and works.
5. Get moving! Exercise is a great distractor
6. I also find playing cards or crocheting gets my mind off food--even if I
play a card game on the computer.

And finally--keep telling yourself that your long term goal is so much more important than these short term pulls to food that you're having. So much of what I do is mindless and I know I need to keep on top of my emotions.
:goodvibes: :bravo: Turtles--we can do this!

Princess, I hope you're feeling better and the docs and physical therapy are helping you move toward healing . I'm sending :hug: and :grouphug: to you.
You've been on my mind this whole holiday season. Take care and feel well soon.

To all the Turtles--I love your honesty and helpful support and good questions asking for help. We've got a great group here so :cheer: to us.

01-02-2008, 09:52 AM
Greetings and Happy New Year to all.

About the same hear, I go back to the specialist on Friday and I want to know what the next step is as I am still in pain and really ready for this to be over with.

I did go to W/I on Saturday morning, was up 1.8 but I was not to unhappy with that considering everything that has been going on.

My goal is to go to W/I every single week no matter how bad I think it is going to be and also to stay for the meetings.

Hope all is well with everyone!

01-02-2008, 11:58 AM
Happy New Year, Turtles!

Chrily - I too love the starchy/crunchy snacks. Try slicing a cucumber & add salt & vinegar & munch on that. I know too much salt isn't good, but you have to have somethings. Also I have a magnetic mirror on my fridge, so I have to look at myself everytime I open it up.

As Judy mentioned, I find crocheting while watching TV helps with snacking.
I think lots of times, it is idle hands that get us in trouble. I found this a really big help when I quit smoking.

Princess - good luck on Friday, hope they get you all fixed up.

So, ladies lets really get our butts in gear & get focussed for our new year!

01-02-2008, 07:35 PM
Bandit and Judy, I have no idea how to crochet....:D I have thought about hauling out my cross-stitch stuff and doing that. I can only do it in little bits at a time because of that stupid rheumatoid arthritis, but I used to LOVE doing it.

Princess-I have been gone so long... so can I ask, why do you have to go to physical therapy?

So get this ladies-I actually exercised for an hour today with my sister. We did the Method All-in-One Pilates workout. It is an excellent workout. There isn't a lot of fast movements but you really work the muscles. It is basically intervals-10 min of warm ups, and then alternates between 5 min low-impact aerobic sections and 5 min. weight-training sections. It really works you and you don't have to have a dance degree or be majorly coordinated to do the workout. The moves are very simple and really really affective.

Baby steps all the way! I'm going to go out and get me a pretty journal to write my diet stuff in-maybe I can do that tonight. Talk to you soon....


01-02-2008, 07:44 PM
Do you like my new avatar?????

01-02-2008, 10:07 PM
Happy New Year Turtles :D
All the best for the year to come

01-03-2008, 09:42 AM
Morning all, oh my word it is sooooo cold here! I am ready for summer again :cool:

Chris: right after thanksgiving I guess I moved the wrong way in pilates class or something but I was in a huge amount of pain and went to the doctor... they thought it was a pulled muscle but after more pain and a few MRI's they found that I have a serious bulging disk in my neck that is pressing on nerves and multiple protruding disks in my spine. I have had a few spinal injections and am going thru physical therapy now... but for me it is not really working and I have to see what the next step is to get this taken care of or at least to a level that I can live without pain med's numerous times a day. I go to the specialist again on Friday and am hoping for some answers.

All: I feel off the wagon big time yesterday being back to work with all of the left over holiday cookies and treats but am back on today...

2008 is going to be my year to hit goal... I have to focus on that and get my butt in gear. Even if I can not exercise yet I can still watch my food and I need to stop using my pain as an excuse to just eat mindlessly.

I will check back later on.

01-03-2008, 11:37 AM
Chrily - I think your avatar is so cute.
INVU - like your avatar to
Princess -I a so sorry you are in pain. It makes me want to cry for you. I hope you can find a way to manage the pain.
Bandit -Keep that focus
Judy - thanks for all the tips. it is nice to know i am not alone

01-03-2008, 11:40 AM
Looks like we're hopping here! Yay. :cheer:

Chrily, love your new avatar and am so happy for you that you did your intensive workout with your sister. Weigh to go!

Princess, sounds like you have a plan to get relief. Being up 1.8# is miraculous in my mind with all you've been through. Being back at work with the goodies is tough, but I hope they'll all be thrown out very soon.

Bandit, I know the crocheting helps me and keeps me from being bored which always triggers a hunt for food. Good luck with your resolve!

INVU--yes, this is going to be my year also! I am promising myself exercise, losing a pound a week, and putting myself at the top of the list. I realize now that just "being on the list" isn't enough because there are many demands on me and I really do have to put myself first. I've got the time and I've got to make the effort. I can do this!!!!! :bravo: :dance:

I was up quite a bit --in two weeks I gained 3.8#. It's really easy for me to do. Now I've got the cookies out of the house and in one day it looks like I've dropped almost a pound already. The trick is to keep it off and make the scale go downward. What is exasperating is that I really did a million good things during the holidays--made a sf/ff dessert that was yummy, exercised, etc. But as my leader says, "It's not just want you don't eat; it's what you do eat." And I know the amount of cheese and sweets were higher than I can manage. Anyway, I went to my meeting yesterday and had a visit with my df who goes to the mtgs. with me. She has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and is distraught. She's going to get a second opinion, and I'm hoping for the best. It's got me upset and I don't have anyone to talk to about this, so I hope it's okay that I vent here. Thanks for your great support.

ONward and downward in 2008!!

01-03-2008, 05:20 PM
Princess-Ouch! That's sounds painful from where I'm sitting. I have been having probs with my back too. I get this pinching pain between my shoulder blades and in my lower back, I have a ton of pain (not excruciating though). My legs always go numb too. When I saw my rheumatologist, he recommended a chiropractor, physical therapy, or massage therapy. Mine is at a tolerable level though,not at all like yours. I am really FEELING for you. I hope they get you figured out. My brother had a bulging disk in his back and it blew out. He had back surgery. He said even the surgery didn't help as much as exercise and building up his muscles. Anyhow, please keep me posted on your back.

Well I played hooky from work today. Nicole (my littlest one) was sick and didn't want to go to kindergarten. She gets cold and then her asthma kicks in and that just makes things worse. Oh well. She looks like she's feeling better.

Well back to the laundry. My hubby's friend called last night to tell us his daughter got lice from a sleep over she was at. Of course they were over on New Year's Eve so we are on a massive washing spree and bagging up all their stuffed animals and pillows. I hate this stuff. Creep crawly little gross things. Okay...gotta go.

Check back later.


01-04-2008, 09:10 AM
Good morning, turtles!

Well, it is freezing up here but have sunny breaks so that is nice.

Made through the last 2 days completely OP and went for 20 min walk before having my lunch. Usually I don't work Fridays, so I am home today.
So, basically on weekend mode which sometimes is a challenge.

My plan today is to grocery shop and get prepared for next week's meals.
I find having food prepared ahead really helps me out.

Any suggestions for supper meals?

Keep warm!

01-04-2008, 01:15 PM
Hi All,
I'm going to open a new thread. We're doing great!
Judy :bravo: