Support Groups - Join the Worldly Chicks Jubilantly Jogging in January




MELODY525
01-01-2008, 09:15 AM
WELCOME TO JANUARY ALL YOU JUBILANT CHICKS!

:ebike: WE ARE OFF TO A MONTH FILLED WITH THE CHALLENGE OF EXERCISING... DOING THE EXERCISE OF OUR CHOICE!

:lifter:THE CHALLENGE THIS MONTH IS JUST TO GET STARTED MOVING AGAIN.

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Ruthxxx
01-01-2008, 10:02 AM
Good morning and happy first day of 2008.

Celebrating New Year with my three lads was just great - lots of fun and laughter and no sloppy midnight kissing although I did collect some hugs.

Big Mel is still asleep - stats are 6'5" and almost 300 pounds. He's a real teddybear. I suspect he'll want a big bacon,egg, homefries breakfast so may throw on some bacon and see if the aroma wakes him up. No real plans for today but I do know we'll be indoors as it's snowing like crazy right now! The roads are still not ploughed so I may not be taking in our Mayor's official NY Levee today. Mel wants to learn to make a coconut cream pie from scratch so that'll take up part of the day. His mother, also named Ruth, is my age but never did much cooking. I wonder how she managed that!

A very happy 2008 to all of you. My NY resolution is to meet more of you. The score for 2007 was Shad, Hollyhock and Carla. Let's see who I can corral in 2008!

MELODY525
01-01-2008, 10:25 AM
LET ME TELL YOU MISS RUTH...NOT-SO-LITTLE MEL (with stats of 5' 2 1/2" at 185.5lbs) WOULDN'T MIND THAT BREAKFAST EITHER! :dance:


Hollyhock
01-01-2008, 10:41 AM
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Happy, Happy, New Year!!!!!!!!!!

Such a good time last night. I was up til 4am tho. yaaaaaaawn. Coffee is dripping thru. Ds was the only boy to 9 other girls but he survived. We played games, laughed, listened to great music, ate way too much yummy food, shared some wine and champers.

I will definitely be taking a nap later. I have the fixins here for brunch. DS is up. Oh...theres' DD.

I am up for more moving!!!!! Sounds great. And for meeting more worldly chicks.

HUGS!!!!! and best wishes for the New Year!!!

ceejay52
01-01-2008, 01:48 PM
So we are jogging through January. I have on my pedometer and am trying to go for the target range that Mr. Greene has set for me which is 6,000 to 9000 steps. Yesterday I managed 7300 steps.

Ruth
save me some coconut cream pie. yummy

Holly
Sound like an all night party to me. Did your dd have a bunkin party?

Mel
Thanks for starting the new thread. I weighed this morning on the new scale at 184 pounds. I've been having some intestinal problems which I think is due to diverticulitis.

Happy, Reenie, Carla, Madcat----It's time to get up. Wish I had a whistle to blow.

Blessings to each of you. Have a good day.

happy2bme
01-01-2008, 01:55 PM
Good morning chicks and a happy new year to all! Wishing everyone a very great 2008!

Love, love, LOVE the new thread Mel. Thanks for setting it up! I think it's a great idea to have something to remind us of good habits every time we come here. Glad Ritchie and Jen made it home safe and sound.

I am motivated to move and I'm going to do everything in my power to make this a better year than last.

We had a quiet new year's. Watched some TV but everything seemed to originate out of Times Square. I thought that kind of sucked because the network stations seem to treat those of us in the midwest as if we are the poor red haired (no offense Madcat :lol: ) step children. They had one show from Las Vegas but it was for the uber young kids and tho I knew most of the acts, it was not for me. Did watch Lenny Kravitz in NY - I like that dude! The ball is NY did not live up to the hype they gave it. When the ball dropped in NY at 11 our time, Ryan Seacrest was standing on the platform with Carrie Underwood, Miley Cirus and the brother she is touring with. NONE of them knew the song Auld Lang Syne. I mean, ok - so they are all just past their diaper stage but that is THE traditional New Year's Song. They just looked awkward standing around on the platform. :dunno:

I guess today I will take the Christmas stuff down. Didn't put much up this year so that should be a quick job. I think I will do one of my PUSH videos today as well as maybe some jogging on the rebounder in honor of Jogging In January ;)

We're heading to Las Vegas at the end of the week. Can't wait for that! Will probably set aside everything to pack. Trying to take less stuff including toiletries as we'll only be there for a long weekend. Wish I could stuff 3 Tshirts, 3 pairs of undies into a duffle bag like DH and be done with it! :lol:

My resolutions are at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, making better food choices and doing one declutter project a day. Declutter can be as big as a room or as small as a shelf - just get it done!

I am ignoring the fact that Ruth is talking about coconut cream pie - **fingers in ears LA, LA, LA *** good thing she lives across the border way up north :rofl:

I'm going to go make lunch and get busy - half the day is over already.

Make the most of your day too.

Shad
01-01-2008, 06:25 PM
Morning all - and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you lovely people.

Yes I am back at work and not happy about it. Yesterday DS2 and I went for a long walk in the park, took photographs and generally lazed about until it was time to take him to the airport and say goodbye. Now I am back to just me and the cleaning of which there will be a great deal since I am out of here by the end of the month. DS2 was in a state of suspended animation on Monday - he had his work accident on the day before Christmas and on the last day of the year another young person was killed on the job. There seems to be little in the way of safety procedures in that place. I guess it will be another bit of stress to live with until he finds some other work or begins the apprenticeship he keeps telling me he wants.

I haven't caught up with all the posts from the demented December yet, but it was good to catch up with all the doings from those I did read. Sounds like you've all had fun and laughter, good to see Carla posting regularly too. I had a chat with her, one of us was underwater - or that's what it sounded like anyway. Since the temps here are dry and 30C, the flood must have been in Canada.

Anyway, I'd better go catch up with what is going on around here. I'll be back later.

carla49
01-02-2008, 01:29 AM
Nice job on the new thread, Mel! But until I saw the photo of you in your jogging outfit I had no idea you were in fact a skinny blonde!!! ;) Good news that Jen and Richie are home safe and sound.

Ruth, I too had a very nice evening with my friend. We ate delicious leftovers, watched the fireworks on parliament hill from his balcony - chilly but gorgeous! - and then did our laundry together. My life is so exciting... :rofl: :rofl: Actually, it was one of the best new year's eves I've had in the last few years. :shrug: Your breakfast really did sound good. But I'm eternally grateful that I don't really like coconut cream pie.

Happy, I'd forgotten you were off to Las Vegas! Are you looking for a job there as a dancer? :lol3: :lol3: Will you gamble, or see the shows? I'm way too cheap to gamble, but do have friends who enjoy casinos.
Your prime rib dinner with DH sounded lovely too, so nice to have a good man in one's life.

Ceejay, like you I've got the pedometer out. So far it doesn't seem to be working right - only recorded about 300 steps when I went for a 15 min walk. Maybe my coat was holding it too still to feel the footsteps or something. I'd really like to get one that can just sit in a pocket instead of being on the waistband. And thanks for the wake-up whistle this morning!

Shad, we were beginning to think you'd deserted us! At least I was. Good that you enjoyed your time with DS2, although that was bad news about his co-worker's accident. :( He really should be looking for some less dangerous work, not that young men usually feel all that vulnerable to danger.
And you're counting down the days until you can escape back home. Do you already have the next job lined up, or will you take some time to regroup? Maybe you'll get lucky and there'll be something for you in Brisbane this time.

Madcat, good to see you dropping in, complete with the new red hair. I think Happy's a redhead too - maybe you should go with her to Las Vegas, the two of you could get a job as a sister act. :D Okay, I'll stop with the Vegas dancer stuff before Shad's job decided we're a porn sight again. :dizzy:
Happy 2008 to you too!

Today was a good start to the new year. Slept late, had a very pleasant chat with the SM (!!), found an email from Mel in my spam filter, erased all the emails offering me Viagra at cut rates that the spam filter missed, ate properly all day and entered it into FitDay, tried a short but successful session on the rebounder, went for a quick walk... The back is almost back to normal, sore only when I sit too long and then try to get up, so no more excuse to avoid exercise, and maybe a nice long walk tomorrow. I have snowshoes I've never used - the modern metal kind - and since we had another dump of snow today I might look for a spot to try them out. I'll probably last about 15 minutes before I quit in a flop sweat, but 15 min is better than the usual 0. I've also put my spending on a diet, trying to work out a way to retire sooner rather than later. So it's cash only from now on, apart from major or planned expenses, which does seem to make me think twice before giving in to whims. I wonder how long this new regime will last!

Well, fellow chicks, time to hang up the laptop for tonight. I'll just adjust the ticker :eek: :yikes: :faint: :eek: :yikes: :faint: :eek: and then sign off.

Hello :wave: to those I've missed!

happy2bme
01-02-2008, 09:30 AM
Good morning chicks,

It's freezing out there this morning. Was quite cold in the house. Hard to get out of bed. I didn't get up early to exercise so that means I have to do it when I get home. It's ok. Got the DVD player loaded with 2 Biggest Loser Bob workouts from the PUSH TV series, a balance ball routine, a pilates routine and a yoga disk. Enough variety. And there are non machine cardio routines on the PUSH dvd's so I can get that in too while the treadmill is covered up as DH sands the walls in that room.

Woke up this morning with a partially busted tooth. I think it's the crown that the dentist recently put in. I had the same problem with a crown my dentist did in Illinois just before we left. About a week after he set it, the thing cracked off on one end. We were rushing to get everything done before we had to move so I just left it. That one settled down but this new one, another piece broke this morning. Going to see if I can get to the dentist today - just don't want the thing to fall apart when I'm away.

I opened the door just now to take a look out - it's very cold but dry and in the distance a bird was singing his spring song. Winter here is basically December and January so it was refreshing to hear that little guy singing away. Spring will be here soon hard as it is to believe. And thanks again Canadian cousins for the shot of cold again! We're just above the jet stream so we're getting it too. Supposed to be cold in Las Vegas this weekend too.

Carla - yeah, I'm going to get a job in Vegas. As a tassle twirler :rofl: I think at this point I'd have to do it laying face down on a narrow board :lol: I love to play the casinos. I have a budget, always stick to it and look at it as my cost of entertainment. The thing I truly like about it is that it's one of those places where you can totally get lost and forget about everything else in life. Your new years eve sounds nice up to the point that you did laundry together - :lol: certainly a different way to spent the evening tho I can see that as another opportunity just to have a nice, comfy cozy evening together chatting with a good friend.

Gotta pause here - DH said he has to reset the network box and I don't want to lose this.

MELODY525
01-02-2008, 09:41 AM
HOLLY~ GOOD ...LET'S KEEP MOVING THIS MONTH!!

CEEJAY~ YOU CAN HELP US KEEP UP WITH YOU BY POSTING YOUR STEPS!! :rofl: THAT SHOULD BE A GOOD MOTIVATOR :running: BY THE WAY, I LOVE YOUR AVATAR...LOOKS LIKE US JUST BEGINNING THE NEW YEAR!!!

HAPPY~ LOVE YOUR AVATAR TOO!! WE WILL DRAG EACH OTHER TO BETTER HEALTH THIS YEAR KICKING AND SCREAMING IF WE HAVE TO!! :rollpin: :tantrum:
HOPE YOUR VEGAS VACATION IS A GREAT TIME AND IT WILL BE GOOD FOR JUST THE TWO OF YOU TO GET AWAY!!

SHAD~ WELL YOUR JANYARY 27TH COUNTDOWN HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN! :cheer: GUESS THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS. I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE COWORKER OF DS2. HE MUST HAVE BEEN HARD HIT WITH THAT NEWS. ESPECIALLY AFTER HIS FINGER OPERATION. SO SAD. :hug: I AM GLAD THAT THE TWO OF YOU WERE TOGETHER AND HAD TIME FOR EACH OTHER.
SENDING GOO THOUGHTS TO YOU BOTH!

CARLA~ I THOUGHT YOU GOT LOST!! I WAS GOING TO GO BACK AND LEAVE A BETTER BREADCRUMB TRAIL!! OR COOKIES! OR WINE GLASSES! ANYTHING SO YOU WOULD FOLLOW US HERE!! :dance: LOVE MY NEW PHOTO? I JUST HAD TO POST IT HERE AND BRAG! BLONDE, SKINNY AND WALKING!!! SEE...MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: I KNOW....I'M BEING BAD!!! :kickcan:
I AM GLAD THE BACK FEELS BETTER BUT DON'T START IT OVER AGAIN WITH OVER-USE OF SNOWSHOES!! BE CAREFUL!!!:rollpin: ALSO GLAD THE WSM LIKES THE TV!!! GREAT CHOICE YOU MADE THEN!!! IT'S A GREAT YEAR ALREADY!! :celebrate: BTW, YOU AND I NEED TO CHASE AFTER CEEJAY...SHE WEIGHS LESS THAN WE DO!!!

I TOOK A PASS ON THE FOOD SHOPPING. VERY GUSTY WINDS AND THE TEMPS ARE LOW. FEELS BITTER COLD OUT. I ALSO HURT MY SHOULDER A BIT WITH OUR FRONT DOOR ON MONDAY. THEY PUT SOME KIND OF NEW FANGLED HINGE ON THE 2 DOORS SO THEY STAY SHUT IN THE WINDS AND THEY'RE BOTH HARD TO OPEN. I FORGOT AND BENT MY ARM BACKWARDS TO MY SHOULDER....I HAVEN'T GOT GOOD FLEXIBILITY SO YOU KNOW THE REST. THEN I DID IT AGAIN WITH THE ELEVATOR DOOR!!
NOW IT SPREAD TO THE OTHER SHOULDER AS USUAL BUT THIS TOO SHALL PASS. JUST NO UPPER STRETCHING FOR ME. ON THE UPSIDE...I HAVE DECIDED TO DO A "WALK TO RIVENDELL" (PART OF THE HOBBIT STORY) AND EACH 20 MINUTES OF CYCLING MAKES 1 MILE. I HAVE DONE 4 SINCE SUNDAY. THERE ARE 458 MILES TOTAL. SO IT SHOULD KEEP ME BUSY. IN CASE ANYONE WANTS TO TAKE A PEEK:

http://home.insightbb.com/~eowynchallenge/Walk/walk.html

I NEED TO MAKE A REPORT FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS AND AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ANY OF THEM THIS MORNING! THEY ALL CAME INTO THE NEW YEAR CRANKY!! :rofl:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND HAVE A GREAT DAY! :moped:

MELODY525
01-02-2008, 09:45 AM
HAPPY...IF YOU GET THE JOB TASSLE TWIRLING BE CAREFUL NOT TO THROW YOUR BACK OU!!!!! WE DON'T WANT YOU LAID UP AND UNABLE TO EXERCISE WITH US THIS MONTH!! :rofl: :rofl: ALSO...WE DON'T NEED TO GO NUTS AS WE START OR WE'LL ALL BE LAID UP!!!
I WAS THINKING OF SPRING LAST NIGHT. WISHING IT WAS NEAR! AND OUR WORST, AS YOU KNOW, IS YET TO COME!! Brrrrrr! HAVE A GREAT DAY! :hug:

carla49
01-02-2008, 11:49 AM
Happy and Mel, I don't know that you can blame Canada for sending you the cold weather, at least not this time. As far as I can tell, we've kept it all right here. Brrrr. :brr: With the wind chill, it's a very chilly -30 out there today. Which is much the same thing in Fahrenheit and in Celsius, so no conversion necessary. Not much chance of me doing any snowshoeing in this, although I might bundle up for a walk. I have a black balaclava (the kind of face mask bank robbers like) which will keep me toasty. The tough part is keeping the fingers from freezing off.

One advantage of the cold sunny weather is that peregrine falcons come to sit on a ledge of the hotel across the street from me. They are quite beautiful, and fairly rare, at least around here. At last glance one of them seemed to be having a mid-morning snack, probably fresh pigeon, although my binocs aren't strong enough to be sure. People staying at the hotel must think our building is full of voyeurs, all staring at their windows with binocs. :lol3: :lol3:

Happy, is it possible your dentist didn't adjust your bite properly after putting in the new crown? Any high bits are particularly fragile. And if you don't wear a night guard, you may be grinding away all night. I had trouble adjusting to wearing one, and finally manage with the bleaching tray from my tooth whitening kit, sometimes the top, sometimes the bottom. (The process didn't make my teeth much whiter, just more sensitive, so I'm glad I found a good use for it...) Anyway, some kind of mouth guard might save you some costly dentistry in the future, especially since you don't really love your job and frustration makes us all clench and grind. Which is good practice in case you get that Vegas job, or would that be bump and grind? Oops - we just went porno at Shad's work again. :rofl: :rofl: I do seem to remember that you weren't impressed with the dentist you were seeing, maybe next time you visit your mom you should line up some appointments with someone you trust?

Mel, you could go on the 'can't make it to the shops' diet! Just eat less and less until it's warm enough to go for groceries again. :D You'll have that Ceejay (Hi Ceejay! :wave: ) on the run pretty darn quick! ;) It's the race to the 170's!! Seriously though, take care of those shoulders. It's a good thing you're motorized so you can still get around. Enjoy the trip to Rivendell, :running: and don't overdo it!

Shad
01-02-2008, 06:15 PM
Moving, moving, moving. I did my 30 minutes on the exercise ball this morning and yesterday, so am feeling particularly virtuous if not very slim! I hope to report some loss by end of month however. I'm aiming for the same as last year 10% of my body weight over the year - which is 7.8kg. I didn't make it last year. Was doing well until I came home from the States and came over here. Right now, all I feel is tired. Must be getting old.

Carla - I think they have too many problems at the moment to turn us porno. A thingy blew up in Karratha on Tuesday and that means that no gas or oil or LNG is being produced therefore the State has a power shortage. Yep this company provides the majority of the gas to make energy in WA State. So we are looking at rolling black outs today and it is supposed to get to 40C :yikes:. I have the feeling that their training will be cancelled next week because they will be too busy fixing things.
I'm not sure the photo was of Mel, it could be Jen!! :rofl:

Happy - Not the tooth!!!!! Oh no. Such a nuisance. Good going on the Push DVD's - seems that we are all up for moving it this month. Maybe Feb will be for FITNESS!!!!
What colour is the DH going to paint my gym??? What with tiling the floor, new doors and the painting he will be a renovation junkie just like me. I hope he doesn't take on the floor like a bull at a gate because his back will be sore!!!! :nono:
Spring already - well why not. Haven't you had enough of winter yet??

Mel - There is a parcel coming to your door in the next couple of weeks. I will have to post it before I leave here - or before I start packing. Sort of early Birthday present. And talking of birthdays - doesn't Ruth have one soon???
Glad to hear you are looking after yourself and not going out in the gusty winds. I think I may put you and DS2 in a room together to keep you both safe from harm and self injury. Your shoulder and eyes and skin, his arm, leg and fingers. What next!!
Glad to hear that Jen and Richie are back safe and sound. That father of his is a right nutcase! What and idiot.

Urghhhh - my abs hurt and my shoulders ache - Good job I don't have to like exercise.

So I'd better go sort out the last of the courses yet to be finalised. Put a rocket up the a--se of a bloke yesterday. Now all I need is to go see where he landed and what information he has for me. I'll be back.

MELODY525
01-02-2008, 06:18 PM
Time until Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 11:59:00 PM (Perth time)
24 days
592 hours
35563 minutes
2133832 seconds

Alternative version
It is 24 days, 16 hours, 43 minutes and 52 seconds until Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 11:59:00 PM (Perth time)

CARLA.... IT WAS A GREAT IDEA.AND I TRIED BUT I AM NOT PC SMART. I CAN'T GET THE COUNTER HERE OR PUT IT IN MY SIGGIE BUT SHAD.... THIS IS THE ADDIE:
http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=1&day=27&year=2008&hour=23&min=59&sec=0&p0=196

ceejay52
01-02-2008, 06:19 PM
:Winter Brr: Carla didn't know that this little guy exsisted. I just can't get warm today.

Happy
Have fun in Las Vegas. I've always wanted to go there. Maybe I should put it on my "bucket list".

Mel
You need to keep us motivated. If I'm not exhausted when I get home I'll put in a denise austin dvd.

Every one else have a good day.

MELODY525
01-02-2008, 06:35 PM
OOPS...SHAD GOT HERE BEFORE I CAN FIGURE IT OUT. 3FC TELLS ME THE FILE IS INVALID WHEN I TRY AND INSERT IT INTO THE SIGGIE. :rofl: :rofl:
PROBABLY CAUSE IT'S PERTH TIME!! :lol3: :lol3: CAN'T READ THE TIME FROM OZ!! OMG I AM CRACKING UP I THINK AND GETTING SILLY OVER HERE!!

CARLA~ THANKS BUT I LIKE MY PATCHES BETTER SO YOU CAN KEEP THE YEAR'S SUPPLY OF ASPARTAME!! :rofl:
SEND ME SOME SNOW!!! IT REALLY SNOWED IN WEST VIRGINIA...A FRIENS SENT ME A SNAPSHOT....LOOKED WONDERFUL!!

CEEJAY~ GET TO THE EXERCISING WOMAN!! I AM TAKING NOTES ON ALL THOSE THAT AREN'T MOVING AND GROOVING!!! OR BUMPING AND GRINDING AS CARLA IS DOING!! :rofl:

SHAD~ CARLA HAD A SWELL IDEA BUT I AM NOT SAVVY ENOUGH TO GET THE CLOCK HERE AND HAVE IT KEEP TICKING!! :lol3: BUT IT WAS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTED. THANK GOD YOU HAD NO RECKETS IN YOUR LUGGAGE WHEN YOU WERE HERE....ME POOR BUM!!!!:yikes: WILL KEEP A WATCH OUT FOR THE PARCEL!!

RUTH'S BD IS THE 10TH??? I FORGET AND WILL HAVE TO CHECK!! I HAVE MISPLACED MY 3FC CALENDAR!!!! :faint:

MELODY525
01-02-2008, 07:05 PM
http://www.wishafriend.com/countdown/retirement/retirement1.php?month=0&day=27&year=2008&event=Drinks+With+Igor%21%21

TRYING TO GET THIS ONE HERE...NOT WORKING EITHER

Shad
01-02-2008, 07:54 PM
I think I got it there. Now to see if it works. It will only show the addy and not the actual ticking clock.

It works. Just click the URL on my signature and you will see how many days left in Purgatory. I love it.

Ruthxxx
01-02-2008, 08:02 PM
&&&%%$^%$_()*^$ etc! Mel installed a new laser mouse for me and I can't the damn thing to work right. I'm really tired after driving to Right now I'm ready for bed as more company, Cousin Cathy, comes tomorro Ottawa and back. I did break the trip with a visit to Shirleyanne for a late lunch/w. Cc

See it's all crapped up. I'll try again tomorrow when I'm rested

MELODY525
01-02-2008, 08:25 PM
OH HSHAD AT LEAST THE ADDIE IS IN THE SIGGIE!! :cheer: :cheers: I TRIED EVERYTHING!!! ROFLMAO AT LEAST WE CAN CHECK ON YOUR SIGNATURE NOW!!! :rofl: :rofl: SMALL THINGS STILL AMUSE ME:faint:

RUTH...:hug: HOPE THE MOUSE WORKS OUT IT'S KINK. FEED IT SOME NICE CHEESE!!! AND SENDING EVEN MORE HUGS FOR ALL THE "CRAPPY" STUFF :hug:

Shad
01-02-2008, 08:26 PM
She must be tired. Read the second line

Shad
01-02-2008, 08:27 PM
We're posting together now

carla49
01-02-2008, 08:44 PM
There must be a virus going around, Ruth. Your mouse is on the fritz, and my main laptop died this afternoon, along with everything on the hard drive, I'm afraid. I guess I should have backed it all up, right? Grrr. Oh well, I'll call the techie and offer him vast sums to retrieve what he can, especially all my work-related stuff, emails, including contracts and such-like. I'm such an idiot sometimes!! First, I shouldn't have even suggested I was going to get the spending under control. Second, I really should retire, then I wouldn't have contract info to lose.

More later, if I get the chance. Still contemplating a walk in the cold :brr: to get that extra exercise.

:wave: to Mel and Shad and Ruth and Ceejay, as well as to all those who will no doubt post later.

Only 24 days until Shad is free at last, free at last, etc.!

carla49
01-02-2008, 08:47 PM
Shad, I just checked the counter. Shouldn't you be in bed???

carla49
01-02-2008, 08:48 PM
Mel, every time I look at your avatar I get an urge to go out to buy M & M's... :drool:

Shad
01-02-2008, 09:12 PM
Carla - go down and have a look at the current time. The time at the top is the Woopee lets go :woohoo: time. Current time is 10.19 (am) or there abouts.

Wish I was in bed ;)

carla49
01-02-2008, 10:34 PM
Oops!

Shy Moment
01-02-2008, 11:04 PM
Just thought I would stop in to say Hi. Have to get the second half of my resistance training done or it won't get done tonight lol.

Ruthxxx
01-02-2008, 11:33 PM
Darn mouse! It shifts things around so I don't make sense. It's too slow. Of course it would help if I read the frassing manual. However, it's bedtime and I am going to bed right now!!

Night all.

Madcat
01-03-2008, 12:06 AM
Hey I thought I had managed to actually post to this thread and I went back and no post from me... So I just imagined that I had posted.

Thanks for setting up the fab new thread, Mellie!! Yes, January will be a month for jogging – though for those of us with lousy knees or other cooperative body parts the jogging may have to be metaphorical or replaced by {insert favourite effective activity here}. I, too, have started the year with some body injuries from the gym – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Happy~ have a great time in Vegas. It is such a surreal place but so much fun – in a loud blinky kinda way. Give my regards to Caesar’s!! Hope you can get that tooth fixed before you go. I agree with Carla it could be a height thing with the new tooth and the rest of your teeth.

CeeJay~get that video done! You know you want to.

Shad~ You’re not old, my friend, so you must be tired. I hope that once the bottle rocket in the guy’s caboose went off everyone took a moment to enjoy the pretty fireworks!

Carla~ How lovely that you can watch the peregrines. There are a set that nested on the building across the way from us all summer on one of the other ban buildings. They really are magnificent. I hope they know how to keep warm. How’s your back doing?

Mel~ Ow. I hope your shoulder feels better already. Nasty doors. On your walk to Rivendell don’t spend too much time with Tom Bombadill.

It’s cold as a polar bear’s ear muff out there today. I’m dreaming of Mexico in march already. Booked the trip the other day so I guess the DH and I will be on our way. Now if we just make it through the next two months in the cold and the dark. At least it was sunny out today. Oh pooh. I think I am finally coming down with the dread cold that everyone around me has been passing about for the holidays. I better get to bed. G’Night to all the chicks!!!

Shy Moment
01-03-2008, 01:31 AM
Mad
Same thing happened to me :(.

Happy
Darn sorry to hear about the tooth. That a pain when you have other things to do.

Ruth
You may need to go in and calibrate the mouse. That will pick up the speed of how it works.


Carla
Oh I am so sorry. Back up back up back up, that is the answer. Retire is always a great idea for everyone. Wish everyone could do that if they wanted to. I retired years ago before I had anything to retire from lol.

Shad
Needs vacation time lol.

happy2bme
01-03-2008, 02:18 AM
Hello to Shad who just got off and to Rennie who is still on and like me should be going to bed!

Glad you've booked a trip for you and TB/TH Madcat. Something to look forward too- will you be visiting IGOR? (If so, don't tell Mel or Carla ;) )

Carla I so CAN blame you guys for the cold. They said on the weather channel - Canadian air mass... tho today they are blaming the artic so you are off the hook. How cool to be able to watch the falcons. Enjoy them for me too - just not when they are eating :barf:

I'm with Ceejay today - just canNOT get warm. Brrrr. Hot tea, fleece jacket, warm socks. Nada. Supposed to warm up to be kissing 60 degrees by Monday. What rollercoaster weather we've had. The stars were brilliant tonight.

Shad I love the countdown ticker. Wish you could go back home to sleep too :lol: everyone is talking about how much harder it is to come back to work after each holiday :lol:

Did you hit the pedals today Mel? I love the idea of you peddling across the world again.

I have followed suite with the new thread and did my exercise video today. I bought a new one - The You on a Diet Doctors - Stay Young exercise video. I forgot about it until I saw it reviewed on the home page here. Nothing like a new exercise video to remind you how much bulk you're trudging along. I got through it and let's say there is room to improve! Also tried the dong chi / ding dong / yoga type workout they have too. After getting used to the moves I think I will like it. I had my workout shoes on for the workout tape, that was better done in bare feet so I took them off. Then did the dong chi which I thought would favor no shoes and dang, needed the shoes. Oof duh.

One more night and we're off to Las Vegas. I am looking forward to it. Will probably be kinda busy tomorrow so I won't be able to chat much. Hope you ladies have a nice weekend. I will get out and walk more in the spirit of keeping up with you with exercise. They will probably confiscate my exercise bands if I try and bring them with me. Got to get to bed now. Good night all. At least the cold is good for one thing - sleeping soundly!

Shad
01-03-2008, 02:22 AM
Have a wonderful holiday and how about just keep flying west and south instead of east on the way back. I'll be here waiting for you.

Keep safe and keep well. Enjoy Vegas.

Well, I have done practically nothing today. Can't get into a lot of the things and places in the system that I need. Gotta love projects. If it can go wrong, it will - presumably at the wrong time and wrong place.

See you later. Now go to bed.

Shad
01-03-2008, 02:25 AM
Crikey Happy,
It's after midnight your time - get to bed. You too Rennie. Go NOW. You will never get up in the morning!!!!

Shy Moment
01-03-2008, 03:24 AM
Shad
I don't have to get up in the morning. lol I have to get up when I want to get up. My kids are 17 and 20 I don't have to take care of them per say.

happy2bme
01-03-2008, 09:08 AM
Morning chicks,

See --- I got out of bed. Albeit not too willingly but that had more to do with it being cold outside of the warm, snuggly bed more than anything. First thought was ugghh - will have to get up REALLY early tomorrow to get to the airport on time. Also have to get there early as this airline puts everyone in the middle row seats and then charges you extra to move to an aisle seat. I'm sure the flight is totally full and which means one of us will be in a middle seat anyway. Guess I have to beat DH getting on the plane :devil: :lol:

Shy - I live for the day when I can get up when I want to. :cloud9:

Thanks for the good wishes Shad. Believe me, if DH and I could tolerate the crazy long flight, we'd be knocking at your door. Would love to see your part of town. Not even sure I could manage it in a first class seat. I know, I know, check with you - you have lots of ideas to occupy one's time when sailing through the air in a long metal tube at 500 miles per hour :lol: At this point in your project, don't bang your head on the wall - do what you can and be done with it. I hope these last few weeks are tolerable for you. Scurry the chickens :D

Madcat - we are staying next door at the Mirage. I will wave to Ceasar's for you as we go in the door. :wave: Hope you are feeling better with your cold. Hard to avoid getting one with the extra contact over the holidays - particularly those who are out and about who should be quarantined! Did you have a redhead worthy New Year's?

Ruth - Hope your PC problems clear up. Rule number 1 - don't let people touch your PC - :lol:

Carla - sorry that your laptop broke and that you want to eat Mel's avatar :rofl: As we speak I am looking over at the external drive DH bought for each of us, thinking - I SHOULD be backing this puppy up. But like all good I.T. people, I will cuss it out when it breaks down. Hope your aches are easing up too.

I'd best get out of here - drive all the way to work, stay there a few hours and drive all the way back and see the dentist at 11. Then I am home free until Tuesday. Well actually running like a crazy woman getting all the last minute tasks done but it's for a worthwhile cause :D

Hello to Ceejay and Holly. :wave:

Have a good one chicks of the world.

MELODY525
01-03-2008, 09:25 AM
THEY SHOULD BOTH BE IN BED...BUT GUESS RENNIE CAN SLEEP BUT NOT HAPPY! :lol3:

SHAD~ I AM GLAD THE TIMER IS WORKING! LOL YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN ME TRYING TO GET IT HERE. ROFLMAO I AM SURPRISED THAT 3FC SITE DIDN'T THROW ME OFF HERE FOR THAT MANY ATTEMPTS. AT ONE POINT I LOST AOL....:lol3: WISH WE HAD A "GET OUT OF JAIL CARD" TO SEND TO YOU!! :hug: WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!!! HAPPY SHOULD FLY EAST...THEN PICK ME UP AND THEN WE WILL FLY SOUTH!!!! BRING THE RAMP!!!!


CARLA~ NOW TELL THE TRUTH...YOU'RE REALLY WATCHING THAT APARTMENT WITH THE GUY THAT DOES EXERCISES IN HIS FRUIT OF THE LOOMS WITH THOSE BINOCS, RIGHT? YOU CAN TELL YOUR SISTERS THE TRUTH. YOU KNOW WE'LL BELIEVE WHATEVER YOU SAY AND STAND BEHIND YOU !

RUTH~ DID MEL INSTALL THE MOUSE WITH A CD ALSO. ONE OTHER THING....IF THE BATTERIES AREN'T GOOD THE MOUSE GOES NUTS ALSO. HAD A FRIEND WHOSE BATTERIES WERE NEW OR SO SHE THOUGHT....BUT WHEN SHE CHANGED THEM THE MOUSE WAS FINE. TRUE TOO THAT I HAD TO GO INTO THE PC AND SET THE MOUSE TO MY OWN SPEED. IT WAS SET TOO "SENSITIVE" FOR MY HAND. GOOD LUCK!!

MADCAT~ I AM ENVIOUS OF YOUR GETTING TO SEE IGOR!! AND IN MARCH TOO! HOW WONDERFUL AND A GREAT THING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!! MAYBE HAPPY WILL WIN ENOUGH MONEY IN VEGAS AND FLY US ALL DOWN THERE :beach:

JUST THINKING OF MEXICO MAKES ME FEEL BETTER.
AND BEFORE I FORGET....NO M&M'S CARLA!!!! I WILL FIND A NON-FOOD AVATAR!!!:rofl: DAMN IT'S COLD OUT. THE WIND WAS TRYING TO RIP OFF THE SCREENS LAST NIGHT. I FEEL FOR THE POOR CONSTRUCTION MEN. MAYBE I SHOULD BRING THEM ALL IN AND HELP ALL MY FELLOW MEN TO GET WARM :love:
CAN'T BELIEVE WE ARE ON PAGE 3 ALREADY EITHER. HOPE I REMEMBERED EVERYONE AFTER I TURNED THE PAGE. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE LIKE ME SHOULD "GO ADVANCED" :rofl: THEN YOU DON'T MISS ANYTHING OR ONE.
NOTHING NEW SINCE LAST NIGHT AND NOTHING TO DO UNTIL LATER ON SO I BETTER GET A GRIP ON THE CLEANING. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, , AFTER 3 1/2 DAYS OF THE LAUNDRY ROOM BEING SHUT OFF FROM ALL THOSE PEOPLE AND THEIR HOMEMAKERS, IT'S BEEN PACKED!!!
SOMETIME THIS WEEKEND IT SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND BE BACK TO NORMAL. THAT'S OK WITH ME. GIVES ME AN EXCUSE TO WAIT TILL NEXT WEEK! :dance:
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

MELODY525
01-03-2008, 09:26 AM
:wave: BYE MISS HAPPY AND GOOD LUCK IN THE DENTIST CHAIR!!!!!:hug:

Hollyhock
01-03-2008, 10:33 AM
So far I have done nothing but contemplate my weight and what I should do about it. Itís been a couple of years since i have actively tried to do anything about. Too much other stuff to keep on top of. This is the first time in 9 years both hubby and DS are in a good space. Do ya think I might be able to take care of me for a bit?? Something beyond basic survival?

I ,sadly, dont know where to start or feel like I really have the motivation. I just know the insane amount of angst here is less and I am not scrambling to keep everyone else stable.I still have a HUGE work load here.
I find it interesting that my boss at the shop is is lazy and needy. It is easier to have boundaries with her. But she does not clean a damn thing, ever. I always go 15 min early to clean up her mess from the night before so I can do my own clients. She is the poster girl for what not to do when raising your kids, LOL! Her parents still do EVERYTHING for her ( age 23) and cant understand why she is irresponsible. When I was 23 I had lived on my own for 6 years and worked my way thru hairdressing school and then 3 years of college. And my parents thought i was immature and lazy. LOL!!

I do have a plan, as of yesterday, to log my food intake( and finances) daily. I know I need to move more. I KNOW all the basic stuff. It is doing it that is the problem. During the day I am pretty good with food intake. I pack lunches for work that are balanced. Breaky is either a scrambled egg or cream of wheat and fruit. Late night is my issue. Always has been. It is the cheese.Beautiful cheese. Never met a cheese I didnít like....
Cheese is expensive. I could save lots of $ if i didnít eat cheese.

For this week( well til Sunday) I will log everything I eat. I will not eat cheese after 7pm. I will do some kind of intentional exercise every day. Even if for a few min.

Shy Moment
01-03-2008, 02:12 PM
Holly
That is a good start. Sitting down and deciding that has to be done today, what is important and when do I make others take care of them selfs is hard. Many of us wake up years older and are no further ahead on some of those decisions. Don't buy cheese lol that might be another helpful thing.

Happy
Your avatar makes me smile. It is so full of energy.

Melody
Was colder here than a Witches..well you know what. Thought the darn house was going to fall down on me with the winds hitting it.

MELODY525
01-03-2008, 03:43 PM
RENNIE I CAN IMAGINE HOW COLD IT IS THERE! :yikes:

HOLLY THAT A GOOD A PLACE TO START AS ANY.
BABY STEPS WHILE YOU ENJOY THE PEACE OF MIND. GOOD LUCK!!

I THOUGHT THINGS WERE GOING TO WELL FOR JANUARY SO I DECIDED TO EAT LUNCH AND CRACK MY MOLAR. IT'S THE LAST ONE ON THE LEFT BOTTOM TOO! DANG! NOW I HAVE 2 CRACKED TEETH. THE DENTAL SCHOOL CAN TAKE ME MONDAY AT 2PM. LET US HOPE IT DOESN'T ACHE BEFORE THEN!! I SAID TO THE GIR...OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO DO FOR 4 DAYS! SHE SAID EAT BABY FOOD!! :rofl: :rofl: TOMORROW I AM GOING TO THE STORE AND GET SOUPS AND BABY FOOD!:bb:
AND I AM LUCKY BOTH ARE ON SALE IN PATHMARK THIS WEEK :lol3: :lol3: MAINTENANCE WILL BE HAPPY...I CANNOT TALK WITHOUT CUTTING MY TONGUE TO RIBBONS!! BUT I CAN STILL USE MY FINGER!!!:rollpin:
I TOOK AN EMORY BOARD AND TRIED TO GENTLY FILE THE ROUGHEST PART. IT WAS STABBING ME.
THIS IS A GOOD LESSON IN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET PROCRASTINATION RULE YOUR LIFE :moped:

happy2bme
01-03-2008, 04:14 PM
Howdy chicks,

Quick sneek in while DH goes to get his haircut at the cheap place that cuts it crooked. His regular barber could not take him today. And I just wasn't up to giving haircuts today.

Glad you like the avatar Rennie. I've had it for a long time. 3FC relaxed the rules on avatars. When I first got it, it was too big to post on the site. Glad to see it fits now. Stay warm. I hear relief is on the way as the weekend moves in.

Mel - just cuz we're sisters separated at birth and just cuz I broke a tooth doesn't mean you have to go and break two :yikes: are you empathizing with me or trying to OUTDO me :rofl: Got mine patched up - I'm grinding my teeth again - must be so happy to be back at work. Back to the night guard for me before I need to remortgage my house for my teeth. Ouchie, ouchie Mel -the idea of filing your own teeth - ouwwwwww. There's this dental caulk stuff that I've used before. You can't eat with it but it does cover the tooth from air and your tongue constantly going over it. And what's up with that????? You kinda cover the tooth and then you can take it out when you eat or sleep. Hope you get fixed soon and that it's not too costly, here it looked like you were just getting on your feet again.

Just because right now I can say this to you GO TO BED SHAD. Actually, you're about an hour or so from waking up as I post this. :lol:

Holly - all I can say in response to your post is the same harsh lecture I gave myself New Year's eve. And it rings true with everyone who is posting successes on this forum today and yesterday when comparing last new year's to this one. You have to get over yourself. You have to stop making excuses. You have to just accept that change needs to happen. You have to stop telling yourself it's ok this one time, that you'll start tomorrow, that you deserve this bad thing you want to eat or to spend 30 minutes on the couch or whatever the enabling habit is. The solution is simple - make better food choices, eat less of it, move more and breathe. Like it or not, there is no substitute for regular exercise - even standing on your feet for 8 hours or chasing toddlers doesn't do it right. Until you accept that, nothing will change. So when I'm thinking about exercising and I'm finding ways to procrastinate, I go to the TV, turn on the video and get my routine behind me. I had to dump the cheese, painful as it seemed to waste. I love cheese too like you do and outside of the light spreadable flavored cheese for bagels, won't eat the low fat stuff. Would rather have 2 dice worth of a good cheddar with an apple than a bag of the low cal stuff. The boards are full of success stories. What makes them different than me? They chose to step up and do something about it. This is the year I stop making excuses too. So far so good. And that's the way it is.

One thing I'm also doing this year is making a list of things that need doing so I can feel some sense of accomplishment each night. So now I'm going to go mend those 2 shirts and a pair of socks while I contemplate what to pack.

Have a good weekend chicks. Take care :wave:

Shad
01-03-2008, 07:11 PM
So Happy is flying away to Vegas but not yet! Airline charges you extra to move seats???? Crikey, I can check in over the internet 24 hours in advance. I can move my seat from the allocated one to the one I choose and print out my boarding pass before I leave for the airport - no queues for this chicken - except at &^%&* security. Since Qantas already have on file that I prefer aisle and then window, I usually get aisle but fairly often down the back of the plane. I then shift myself up to a seat behind a bulkhead or in the overwing exit row where there is more room for my junk and me!!!
I don't have a lot of ideas for a long flight in the metal tube. I just try to sleep as and where I can, and it helps if the person next to you is polite and friendly - time goes faster then. Also pays not to go to the movies for some months before you fly otherwise you will have seen all the inflight entertainment. Air NZ have games machines on their individual tv's in the back of the seats but they are fairly mindless. I wish they would put crosswords or sudoku on the menu. I always have a couple of books to read - one mind boggling and one mind numbing so I can match whatever mood (going home is mind numbing reading) I am in. Anyway, if you can make Vegas and make a fortune - charter a flight with a gym installed in the plane - next to the loo!! You can then run all the way!

Mel - so we are page 3 girls already? My word the January jogging is working well. Come south - have ramp, will fetch from airport! - but not Perth airport - too many stairs and escalators here.
Glad you have changed your avatar for Carla. We can't put temptation in her way. She must do a spin class before any M & M passes her lips.
Bring in the Construction workers - yeah!!!!! Shall I come over and make them witchety grubs and huhu bugs for supper??

Holly - well past time you took a deep breath and said 'this time is mine'. I agree with the others that much as I love cheese, it is not a good idea to have it in the house. Too much temptation that way - ditto icecream. Much as I love both. Choose to have food in the house that always requires preparation - other than salad veges and fruit. That way you will lose interest in eating before you get to the food itself. Keep the bread in the freezer - or in the case of Canada, you could probably bury it on the deck for a month or two. You'll forget about it in the time it takes to thaw out.
I'm going back to my old mantra - if you are hungry, have a large glass of water. If you are still hungry after 20 minutes - eat. Really works.

Rennie you are so right about not keeping the foods that cause you angst in the house. Lucky you to be able to just do your own thing in the mornings!

I'm not bashing my head around over this project any more. I have two courses to finish and I can't finish them until someone else supplies some information. I have asked, I have requested, I have demanded, yesterday I threatened and today I will be going down there and sitting with the person until I have the answers I require. I may not be back for a week. It will not be my head you hear banging up against the walls.

Last night I went to the Hopman Cup Tennis. Watched Serbia play Argentinia. It was fun but ended up not getting home until midnight and it was very hard to get out of bed this morning. Lucky it is Friday hey!

And with that I'm off to murder and generally cause mayhem among the population down on the fourth floor.

carla49
01-03-2008, 09:14 PM
Hello there. This may be a short one ..

Happy, enjoy your trip. If you win really, really, big, you'll be able to quit the fun job, retire where you want to be, fly home to see mom once a month, pay the extra for reserved non-centre seats, hosting (and financing) a week-long gathering of all worldly chicks at a fully accessible spa somewhere... My fingers will be crossed until we hear from you again. :crossed:

Shad, I think you must have a few extra privileges with Qantas as a frequent flyer. I know that here we pay extra to reserve a seat when we book, except at higher fare rates.
Your idea of water if you think you're hungry is a good one, as is doing a few minutes physical activity, which often takes the edge off my appetite. I also find, although I hate to admit it, that entering everything in FitDay does help somewhat - keeps me so busy I forget to eat. :lol:
As for your job, I'd be tempted to send out one more request for the info, and then sit and do Sudokus and post on 3fc until it's time to go home. ;)

Holly, I'm with you on cheese. Somehow it just seems to be the perfect snack. Like Happy I always opt for the real stuff too, and try to keep the quantities down. Of course if I have lots of :censored: (chocolate) around the cheese is completely safe with me.

Mel, you didn't have to change your avatar! I just thought it was funny, sort of a subliminal ad for the candy that doesn't melt in your hand. But I quite like the new avatar too.
What the heck were you eating that did in your tooth?? Many years ago I broke a molar eating Smarties, a Canadian and British candy similar to... M&M's. I think there's a theme emerging here... Anyway, if you can borrow a little denture adhesive or sugar-free gum or something and just daub it over the sharp bit, that might save your tongue from getting scratched. But do not try to file it down. You could end up breaking a whole wall of the tooth off. Bad Mel!! Bad!

Shy, I still have hope that the stuff on the laptop can be salvaged, including all my digital photos, but I'm avoiding dealing with it for now. Very careless of me to keep so much on a single hard drive! As a firm believer in closing barn doors after horses long gone, I've dug out a flash drive and am copying anything new to it.

Ruth, have you conquered that skittish mouse yet? Do we have to start looking for a better mousetrap?

If I have to wait until after I've done a spin class before munching on Mel's previous avatar, it may be a long wait - the back is only okay as long as I'm careful, and I think I'll wait until Monday before risking a spin. Maybe a walk instead?
Trying to work with my tiny screen is tiresome, so I'll say bye for now.

Shy Moment
01-03-2008, 09:44 PM
carla
I sure hope they can retrieve everything for you. that is just terrible when that happens. I was in the middle of converting vhs tapes of home moves to dvd and had about 15 of them done when I lost my drive. Oh my gosh it had taken me hours to do that stuff. was a lot of work. I sure back up each one when I am finished now.


Shad
You need to take it easy a bit. You let them get to you. I do my thing all day long and make everyone else do my thing too lol. They are finding, as they get older. If you do Mom's thing you are done and have the rest of the day free lol.

Happy
Yes it is suppose to be in the low 40's this weekend. I am the queen of lists. I have a master list of the lists I make for everyone else. I don't go to bed until everything on my list for the day is done. It is the only way I can stay organized. I feel a sense of accomplishment when everything is checked off.

ceejay52
01-03-2008, 10:08 PM
Reenie
You've done it again. One more pound lost. This time I found it. Congratulations.

Happy
Enjoy Vegas

Holly
We all should take care of ourselves first. Who will take care of you?

Shad
Work must have wanted you to still to be on holiday. Enjoy the silence.

Carla
To bad about the laptop.

Mel
Invite those poor dears(construction workers) inside for some warmth.


Finally bought my laptop today. Ruth and Madcat please don't send any viruses. I should get it in 3 to 5 day's. I can't wait.

Just completed 40 minutes of exercise. It feels good and I'm pooped so maybe I can go to bed after I clean up the kitchen.

Hello to all I've missed.:wave:

Shy Moment
01-03-2008, 11:52 PM
cee
Thank you.
With all that exercise I have no idea how you have time to gain a lb lol. Bet it is just fluctuation you will see it is back off next weigh in.

Madcat
01-04-2008, 12:00 AM
Lucky for Ceejay that the only virus I have at the moment is the one sitting in my throat and sinuses! I hate this part where Iím getting sick but Iím not actually sick yet. Iíd almost rather just have the stupid cold.

I did go to the gym this morning and psyched myself through a weight workout. Not sure Iíll make it there tomorrow. I really feel like pooh and I canít seem to get warm.

Happy~ That your new videos sound good. Maybe that is part of the recipe Ė just trying something new.

Holly~ Thereís always another crisis around the corner. You need to make sure you take time for yourself instead of always having to be the strong one for others. This could be your year. There is no sin in looking after yourself.

Carla~ You should probably let your back rest, but a nice walk would be a good substitute. Bundle up, kiddo, if you go outside. Itís cold out there still.

Mel~ Sorry about your tooth. I know that when my friends had rough tooth and braces problems there was this dental wax that they could get that allowed them to protect their mouth from the edges. Could you get someone to get you something like that? I think it was called dental wax.

Shad~ Your approach to flying sounds about right. I generally buy magazines because they seem to be good flying reads. One of the airlines here, WestJet, has individual satellite TVs in the back of the sets and allows you to pick a channel of your own. The only problem with talking to seat mates is those rare occasions when you wend up next to some self-involved fool who wants to yammer on about mergers and acquisitions or their eggcup collection or some such thing. Tennis sounds fun.

My ears are starting to hurt so Iím going to have to call it a night. Sorry that is all I can manage.

G.night chicks.

Shy Moment
01-04-2008, 12:07 AM
Mad
Oh I wonder if I have the same thing. Not sick but don't feel well. Can't get warm, don't feel like eating ( did make myself eat a couple good meals today but it has taken me all day to eat them ). Made myself straighten the house and did my two walking/aerobic videos today but that is about it. Just no energy. Hope you feel better soon.

happy2bme
01-04-2008, 01:08 AM
Hi chicks,

last check-in before I have to get up in 5 hours to get ready. No where near going to bed yet. At least I'll sleep on the plane.

Shad - when I lived in Chicago and had a good choice of flights I could use the airlines that don't squeeze you to death. And get better flight prices too. Actually DH and I will pay more for comfort and convienience. But since we have moved to Podunk Tennessee, we go from about 20 choices a day for flights down to 3 unless we want to spend 12 hours getting there zig zagging the country on connecting flights. I think we'd have better choices if we lived in east Tennessee near Nashville. Anyway I do miss the convienence of travelling out of Chicago even if it is a case that the airport is busier. And there are only 2 airlines that fly direct to Memphis - the one with 2 flights is the one that charges for seats. Next time I think I'll just fly from Memphis to Chicago and out that way. Anyway thanks for letting us know you might disappear for a while - always good to know those things ahead of time. Good luck wrapping up your stint.

Shy - hope you feel better.

You too Madcat. It's that time of year for sinus flare ups. Do you have a sauna or steam room at your gym? Might help with the stuffiness and aches.

Ceejay - new laptop sounds like fun. Hope it comes quickly!

Carla - if I win big, you bet we'll be spa'ing together :D Hope you can get all the stuff off your ailing drive.

Holly - hope you realize I was not "hollering" at you. I was just reiterating what I told myself. Because I'm a bad girl and don't like to listen to me ;)

Ok - REALLY have to go now. Have a good weekend. I hope to be lucky. :lucky: Will talk more next week. :wave:

MELODY525
01-04-2008, 09:23 AM
:wave: GOODBYE MISS HAPPY!!! HAVE A WONDRFUL TIME!! MAYBE YOU'LL SEE MANY ELVIS'S THERE!!:rofl:

SHAD~ SOME OF THESE GUYS LOOK LIKE GRUBS AND BUGS....OR AT LEAST WOULD BE HAPPY TO EAT THEM :hun: MAYBE A TENNIS MATCH WASN'T A GOOD IDEA TO GO AND SEE...IT'S WILL GIVE YOU IDEAS ON JUST HOW TO GET THE NECESSARY INFO YOU SO DESIRE FROM THESE UNWILLING SODS :lol3: :Lol3:

CARLA~ I HOPE SOMETHING CAN BE SALVAGED FROM THE LAPTOP AND KEEPING FINGERS CROSSED. TO BE HONEST...I THOUGHT IT LOOKED LIKE AN M&M EVERY TIME I LOGGED ON TOO. NOT A GOOD IDEA FOR OUR JUBILANT JANUARY!! :rofl: :rofl: YOU ARE RIGHT...WHATEVER YOU DO...DON'T START THE BACK OFF AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

RENNIE~ CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER POUND KICKED TO THE CURBSIDE :cheer: YOU'LL BE FINISHED IN NO TIME!

CEEJAY~ GOOD WORK WITH THE EXERCISE. BET THE LAPTOP CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR YOU TO GET TO PLAYING WITH IT!! :cb:

MADCAT~ GET WELL SOON AND HOPE THE EARACHES DON'T GET WORSE :hug: GOOD THING YOU GOT TO THE GYM FIRST:lol3: BUNDLE UP MISSY!!!

COCKATIELS ARE GREAT IMITATORS AND ONE OF THEIR "THINGS" IS TO BANG WITH THEIR BEAKS ON THINGS AND MAKE DIFFERENT SOUNDS. IF I TAP ON THE TABLE WITH MY FINGERNAILS, HE TRIES TO FIND SOMETHING NEAR HIM THAT WILL PRODUCE THE SAME NOTE. BECAUSE HE CANNOT IMITATE THE MEN OUTSIDE, I THINK HE HAS FINALLY GIVEN UP! :rofl: I AM WATCHING HIM EAT AND DRINK AND IGNORE THE FACT THAT THERE IS BANGING GOING ON!!! POOR BIRDY.
ONE DAY DOWN AND 3 1/2 MORE TO GO TILL BUZZ TIME IN THE DENTAL CHAIR. :faint: .
I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEY WILL AT LEAST DO SOMETHING TO HELP ME AND NOT SAY "Hmmmmm" FOR TWO HOURS AND SEND ME HOME WITH AN APPOINTMENT WITH THEIR STAR STUDENT OF THE YEAR. :lol3:
THESE ARE THE TIMES I REALLY HATE THAT THE DENTISTS OF MY CHOICE ARE INACCESSIBLE:tantrum:
WELL I BETTER JUST GET OVER IT OR I'LL BE FRETTING FOR THE WHOLE TIME.
I NEED SOME BREAKFAST AND PEDALS AND A SHOWER. BEEN A LAZY SOD THIS MORNING. JEN AND RICHIE ARE PICKING UP A FEW ITEMS FOR ME. MUCH NICER OUT BUT THIS WEATHER IS NUTS. LAST NIGHT IT WAS 13 DEGREES AND IN A FEW DAYS IT WILL BE IN THE 50'S?!?!
I MEAN WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? BUT I AM LIKING THIS MILDER WINTER SO FAR!! OUR ELECTRIC COMPANY GOT A 30% INCREASE AND ALL THE BILLS HAVE NEAR DOUBLED DURING THE COLD SPELL. :yikes: SO MILD IS NICE!!
FORGOT TO TELL HAPPY THAT I AM FULLY COVERED FOR DENTAL WORK OF ANY KIND. THIS ISN'T COSTING ME ANYTHING. AND TRANSPORTATION IS FREE ALSO.
ASHAMED TO ADMIT I HAD NO REASON NOT TO GO A LONG TIME AGO!!! :rofl:

HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
01-04-2008, 01:23 PM
CARLA~ DR DOUG HAD SOME GOOD IDEAS TODAY HUH? DID YOU READ IT? I'VE BEEN TRYIONG TO ALSO REFRAIN FROM THOSE WORDS IN A LOT OF STUFF IN MY LIFE.
I LIKE THIS GUY. :hug: THANKS

carla49
01-04-2008, 03:08 PM
Mel, I just read it, and I agree with you! I may try to post it later, I think we could all benefit from his positive attitude.

No time to chat right now - off to the vet with my poor neurotic cat.

Shy Moment
01-04-2008, 05:56 PM
Happy
Thank you, I am feeling much better.

Melody
Thanks, sure glad this didn't turn out as hard as I thought it was going to be. Just seems to be melting off lol.

Carla
You have a neurotic cat to huh lol. Winkie rules the roost and makes sure everyone knows it every second of the day. When my daughter lets the rabbit in the house, you would think Winkie has encountered an alien. He doesn't like that rabbit at all lol.

MELODY525
01-05-2008, 09:07 AM
OH THE POOR NEUROTIC CAT!! OFF TO THE VET AND MORE BAD FEELINGS! POOR CARLA TOO! :rofl:
HOPE THE TRIP WENT OK!!! I DON'T KNOW WHY I JUST DIDN'T BRING THE E-MAIL HERE. I SHOULD GO AND LOOK FOR IT.

RENNIE~ WAS IT A VIRUS TOO? IF SO GET WELL SOON.

TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE YAWNING DAYS. I NEED TO GET RIGHT OFF HERE AND GO EAT. WOKE UP A BIT LATE AND HUNGRY. I HAVE DONE A TOTAL OF 7.5 20 MINUTE MILES ON THAT WALK AND I AM SEEING HOBBITON FOR THE LAST TIME. :lol3: I REALLY NEED TO WATCH THOSE MOVIES. I FORGET THE BOOKS EXCEPT FOR FRODO, HIS RING AND A FEW ASSORTED CHARACTERS. :wizard:
OK GOTTA RUN TO THE KITCHEN.
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :moped:

MELODY525
01-05-2008, 10:23 AM
I FOUND THE POST CARLA...IN MY "OLD MAIL" SECTION.
I THOUGHT I LOST IT. IT'S A GENTLE REMINDER THAT SOME DAYS JUST AREN'T GREAT ONES AND THAT'S OK TOO:

"With the New Year, people may be making 'resolutions,' or setting new goals for themselves. All of this is great, but with weight loss, you are looking at a daily behaviour change for the rest of your life. If you set a goal that is too demanding or rigid, you may set yourself up for discouragement since it's impossible to eat perfectly all of the time.

Be careful if your goals use 'imperative words.' These are words that imply urgency and no room for error. Examples of imperative words are: "always," "must," and "never." If you are like most people, your vocabulary may be peppered with imperatives. Using these words can pave the path to trouble.

Examples of these kinds of statements might be:

"I will never eat more than 1200 calories."

"I must never eat cookie dough ice cream again."

"I will eat a salad for lunch every day."

"I will always say no when I'm offered a muffin at work."

"I will exercise every day."

These thoughts can float around in your mind waiting to take pot shots at your control. If you exceed your calories one day, you can recover from the extra calories if your control stays intact. However, the imperatives can get a clean shot at you if your mind cranks out thoughts like, "I should never eat more that I'm told." When this happens, it could lead to trouble. Disappointment occurs, and one can lose sight of positive accomplishments because of a few mistakes.

Replace imperative statements with ones that allow some flexibility. For example, if you've said: "I will exercise every day;" change it to: "My goal is to exercise daily, and I will try my best to reach it. When I can't, I will try harder the next day."

You must be appropriately realistic about changes in eating and exercise habits. You are trying to achieve a mental attitude that will carry you through for a lifetime; not just a rapid shock to the system over the next 12 weeks. So, work on visualizing what you want to feel like, what you want to look like, and then think about what you will have to do to become that person. For some, it will be simply working on stopping the mindless grabs of food we do throughout the day; for others, it will be about learning to eat smaller portions, and realizing that smaller amounts will not leave you feeling hungry. Still others will need to find some activity they like to do, and do it regularly. Yet, to do these things, you must continually be aware of what you want to feel and look like.

This journey is hard, but surprisingly fulfilling one once it's started. Don't be harsh on yourself if you aren't perfect; that is life and we cannot predict situations that will impact on our decision-making about food.

Keep trying; don't ever give up because I know you can do it!

Dr. Doug

carla49
01-05-2008, 12:23 PM
Thanks, Mel, for posting Dr Doug's weekly email. I, of course, read it and decided to start being imperfect right away. :rofl: :rofl: Probably not quite what he intended, but yesterday was a bit of a tough day. My poor neurotic cat is not going to get any better as long as he's forced to live in a condo. He needs to be an outdoors cat, with more people around, and one less feline sister. He grooms obsessively when he's bored, which is most of the time, and as a result has bald areas covered in sores from all the licking. Cortisone shots help, but not enough. So he's going to be going to a new home soon. I'm lucky because I have two options available, a friend of a friend and now my vet who is smitten with him and lives in the county. But it sure won't be the same without him around here, and I feel like a bad mother who wants to send an unsatisfactory kid back to the orphanage. :cry: :( :cry:
Mr Neurotic woke me up at 6:24 this morning :dz: and since last night was a bit slack on the consumption front, I decided to stop finding excuses and actually went off to a spin :ebike: class at 9! And of course the back was perfectly fine all the way through - I guess I've milked that excuse for all it's worth. :rofl: :rofl:

Shy, the pounds may be melting off of you, but I can assure you that's pretty unusual, especially for those of us with ingrained bad habits and food addictions. Now if only all the sweat pouring off me at spin class were fat, I'd be a sylph! A phenomenon!!

Ceejay, you'll love the new laptop. :dancer: I'd never go back to a desktop and mouse again.

Happy, here's hoping Lady Luck is sitting on your shoulder this weekend. A big win would send us all to the spa, which would make us all just as happy as you are! :D :D :D

Shad seems to be missing in action again. Maybe we should be taking up a collection to bail her out of jail for trying to beat some sense :frypan: into the idiots she works for? ;) :lol3: :lol3:

Shad
01-06-2008, 01:05 AM
Just pushed the wrong button and lost my post. Grrrrr.

Happy is now well on her way to Vegas - should even be there and sitting at the tables earning a fortune. Have fun and don't get into mischief.

Madcat - sorry to hear you are not well. Sounds pretty horrid whatever it is you have. Look after yourself. Dash off down to the St Lawerence markets and get some Active X honey from the NZ Honey Shop in the basement. Guaranteed to make you feel better along with lemon juice and hot water. Dash of Scotch doesn't go astray either. But that isn't vital - just makes you a sufferer with a happy cold.

Rennie - same for you. Look after yourself - although I know you will. I won't suggest the scotch to you!!!!

Mel - Tennis racquets and balls will not affect this place too much. You need Devils marbles and a steam shovel to get them to move. I've lost interest anyway. Using my Ticker as a screen saver .
It is 21 days, 10 hours, 5 minutes and 34 seconds until Sunday, 27 January - but then who is counting?
You are right about the cockatiels being great imitators. My friend in Townsville had one that sounded like a truck backing down the driveway and also could sing/ whistle telephone rings - from the normal phone or their mobile phones. Considering some of the ring tones DS2 gets on his phone - I would suggest he doesn't get a cockateil.
Nuts on the dentist. Hope everything went well.

Carla - no need to feel like a bad Mother. The cat was not a kitten when you got him and he is used to other things. You've done your best to help him and he just can't adjust. You've also kept him out of the charnel house, which may well have been where he ended up and you are not sending him back for the same sort of treatment. Opt for the Vet. What a life he will have! Or if you decide on the friend - then you can alway claim visiting rights.
I knew the spin class would be okay for you. See mother knows best!!!!! I'm not missing in action, just on a weekend off, although I did come in here specifically to see what you lot had gotten up to over the weekend. Thought you had gone porno again, but it finally decided to let me in.

Now I should go and see if it lets me into the places I should be in - since last week it shut me out from everything that I should have been doing. Like I said, I really don't care anymore.

It's only It is 21 days, 9 hours, 54 minutes and 15 seconds until Sunday, 27 January

Roseblush
01-06-2008, 08:54 AM
Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!!
I am back from my 1500+ 2 week vacation....with today still to go....yeah!!!! Hope this finds everyone well and happy and glad to be on the journey we face.....and some of it we get to face with each other helping us along........I like that little fact!
Here is a funny one for ya....my mom, bless her heart, called my ex that I am trying to distance myself from on New Year;s Eve...chatting away and then asking for me..... he replied Sheis not here....then realizing it isn't the right number. They had a good old chat about the breakup..geez!
I had a good trip and saw so many people and one of the highlights was meeting and getting to know my oldest son's new girlfriend and her 2 yr old daughter. That was special and I am thrilled at how together this young woman is and how intelligent she is about her life and expectations of their relationship... very good. We all just want the best for our kids...and hope they make the right decisions..... and learn from their mistakes.
I am learning more about my laptop and I am trying to learn how to download music onto my mp4 player.... it is so fun. Next is getting the books downloaded on it from the library.... maybe it is possible to teach old dogs new tricks.
WEll, facing new challenges again for the new year is always a good way to start the new year..... best of luck to everyone no matter how small or large your goal is that set before you.....
BLessings and Peace for a Great YEar,
Nae

MELODY525
01-06-2008, 09:00 AM
SHAD~ WELL IT'S NOW ONLY
21 days
506 hours
30368 minutes
1822136 seconds RIGHT NOW SO THE TIME IS FLYING BY :angel: HANG IN THERE LIL SIS AND IT WILL PASS QUICKLY!! TOMORROW(MONDAY) IS THE DENTIST SO I WILL TAKE THE GOOD WISHES WITH ME!

CARLA~ SORRY ABOUT MR NEUROTIC. IIT MUST BE A TOUGH DECISION BUT IT IS MUCH BETTER FOR HIM. HE CANNOT HELP HIS DESIRE TO BE OUTSIDE. NOT ALL OUTDOOR CATS CAN BE TAKEN IN. SENDING :hug: FOR BOTH OF YOU. GOOD FOR YOU AND THE CLASS!! :cheer: MAYBE SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL RUN OUT OF EXCUSES :rofl: :rofl:

I JUST HEARD THE WEATHER WHILE I WAS TYOING AND HAD TO TURN AROUND....TUESDAY IS SUPPOSED TO BE 58 DEGREES. YESTERDAY THEY SAID 53 BUT THE JET STREAM IS SQUIRMING AROUND LIKE A SNAKE. POOR FLORIDA WITH THEIR SNOW FLURRIES. ALMOST LOST THEIR ORANGES WITH THE COLD SNAP THEY JUST HAD.
I AM BEGINNING TO REALLY APPRECIATE SUNDAYS. BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY DAY THERE IS NO BANGING GOING ON. EVEN THE GRANDSON SLEPT IN AND SEEMS TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD. I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY GOT PERMISSION FOR 6 DAYS A WEEK. MOST SITES IN TOWN WERE ONLY MON-FRI. AND THEY AREN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE FOUNDATION! :lol3:
OFF TO HAVE CEREAL AND DO SOME PEDALING.
HAPPY SUNDAY. PEACE BE WITH US ALL TODAY....ESPECIALLY OUR SHADDIE :hug: :moped:

PS~ HELLO MISS NAE!! HAPPY NEW YEAR RIGHT BACK TO YOU!. TOO FUNNY ABOUT MOM AND THE EX :lol3: ONLY A MOM COULD GET AWAY WITH STUFF LIKE THAT!! LOL HAVE FUN WITH THE LAPTOP!!

Shy Moment
01-06-2008, 10:17 AM
Shad
Scotch would kill me lol. Wolf wants to know if he drinks it for me, will that help lol.

Carla
You are not alone in bad eating habits. Drinking tons of pop was a real thing I had to kick. Not eating enough food was another along with eating to much of the wrong things. I looked at getting this weight off the same way I have looked at everything else in my life. If you want to do it, you just do it. It isn't like I am losing fast, 1lb a week sure isn't fast lol. I am always telling my children, excuses get you no where. Well, I tell myself the same thing every time I want to put something in my mouth I shouldn't or not do my exercises. I feel so bad for your cat. I am sure he will be very happy someplace where he can go outside. You are being a good mother not a bad mother. We all want what is best for those we love. Winkie THINKS he wants to go outside. When he gets out he walks around a bit, complains about the grass and then cries to get back into the house lol. You have heard of pavement people, they don't like the country life, they need the bussel and pavement of the city. Winkie is a carpet cat lol. I was reading about spin classes, they sound really fun. Hope you enjoy them.

Melody
You are so right. You will never hear me say. I will never...

Drink mountain dew
Eat sugar cookies
Sit around in sweats all day
Eat green olives
or
Enjoy pizza hut pizza lol
Never going to happen, might as well not say it lol.

My goal is to do 40 min resistance training every other day. Well, Friday I did 20 min, my legs felt like lead balloons. I said forget it. If I can only get my leg 8 inches off the ground because my knees are yelling at me lol it isn't doing me much good ( my leg is suppose to be raised behind me parrell to the floor ). Will rest the poor tired things and try again tomorrow.

What do you think? Wolf says I might be doing to much. 3 miles walking/aerobic videos a day and then 40 min 3 times a week of resistance training might just be to much for my knees. Wonder if I should go and have them looked at. I have a bit of trouble with them from time to time but nothing like I am now. Wonder if it could be the exercising? Must have just been a bug thing I had. Never was really sick just didn't feel good. A nice hot bath, a good book and laying in bed and watching tv for the evening seems to have done the trick. Thank you for asking.

Ruthxxx
01-06-2008, 04:55 PM
Drat! I am getting a cold and have been pampering myself all day. I still have it despite ginger tea, Vit. C and zinc lozenges.

Today has been very quiet around here. I skipped Church and have been working at my desk most of the day. Early bed tonight.

Crazy weather - we're at 40ºF and the snow is melting. I expect to see my snowdrops in bloom at the edge of the walk later this week. That's why I chose one for my avatar.

Shad
01-06-2008, 06:23 PM
Morning all,
Dang colds going on all over North America!!!!

Rose - too funny about the ex and the mother. Wonder what made her slip a cog at that point. Your Mum is pretty much on the ball I thought. Glad to hear that you've had a good holiday and that all is well on the kid front for the time being.

Hiya Mel - How long is it now for me to wait and gasp and hang in there with all the idiocy going on around me? Oh yes, it is 20 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 23 seconds until Sunday, 27 January but who's counting.
I brought the parcel in today, now I just have to find the address again.

Rennie - No doubt the poor man needs the scotch from time to time. Just give it to him. Glad to hear that you are feeling better.

Ruth - Snowdrops already? It's only January!!! Hope you feel better soon. Keep smiling. Happy Birthday, etc etc. By the way that is a good picture of you on your profile!

Nothing new hear. Did a bunch of cleaning yesterday to kickstart the end of the lease stuff in my apartment. Starting to pack up the stuff I will not use before the end of Jan as well. Hope I can fit it all in the cases!!

And that's about it from me. Have a good day.

Shy Moment
01-06-2008, 11:04 PM
Shad
lol I get him a new bottle of single malt for christmas every year.

PainterWoman
01-07-2008, 12:56 AM
Surprise, y'all.
Glad the gang's all here, even if I missed most of last quarter.
DD and I are back on track weight wise... that is, she's trying to get to goal weight (and be in shape to run 1/2 a marathon) and I'm trying to my 1st 10%.
My friend Tamara took up a lot of my energy for the past 5 months. She was optimistic and a trouper, but she succumbed to all the problems that came with the melanoma on December 15.

I've been more responsive to my meds, and plan to add walking and yoga... but not until February. THIS month, it is "just" a matter of recording all my food. And reminding myself that it's ok to be hungry, ok to have an appetite, and ok to want things. And that there's always a choice about whether and what to eat (or buy)!
Happy New Year, all!!

Shad
01-07-2008, 06:25 PM
Geez quiet in here today isn't it??

Hello Painter - Happy New Year to you and yours. Your ticker is moving, thats great. It always helps when you have someone to help you move and groove. Good on the DD. Let us know when she runs the half marathon.

Rennie - Don't care who drinks the scotch - you will have the cold, he will get happy. Who knows what will happen then.

Okay - it's another day and whatever, it's gotta be better than the last one. Although Mel might not think so. She's gone to the dentist. She'll be back with the owies (as Meadow might say) in the mouth later.

I was watching the NBC morning show on TV at 5.00am this morning. One of the male hosts was in Vegas. He was saying that all the celebritiess were there doing things - people like Michael Douglas, Tony Bennett etc. He didn't specifically name Happy2bme but she's there as well. Didn't know she was a celeb did you??? Hope she is having a great time. I don't always watch this show, just so happened I was up and had finished off my exercise video by 5.00am and so sat and watched a bit of it while I cooled off somewhat.

Going out to dinner tonight with a friend from the project. It could be interesting or it could be a disaster. I'll let you know tomorrow. Anyway the meals sound nice. I'd better not eat too much. I'm carrying too much as it is. Glad the doc hasn't put me on the scales lately. I'd better get rid of some of it before he does!!!

So another glorious day here. Apparently we had a thunderstorm overnight, but I never heard a thing. I was tired. It's tiring doing nothing but stirring up recalcitrant people you know.
I'm looking at some work for the future and with this, I may be able to work from home. Depending on the terms and conditions, if the pay works out, then I would love to work from home again. It requires discipline, but you can work the hours you want, you don't have to get dressed up, and if you want time off to watch a program on TV or go shopping, you just go and do it. Fingers crossed that all the boxes get ticked. I'd better get my cv up to date.

And with that I am gone :genie:

ceejay52
01-07-2008, 07:03 PM
Painter Woman
Good to se you this year. Sympathies for your friend's family.Congratulations on the 9 pounds lost.

Shad
Hope the job a home pans out for you. It would be nice if I could work from home.

Carla
Poor cat. Hope he like his new home.I have bad habits that I need to break also.

Ruth
Feel better soon.

Mel
Your bird is to funny. You are doing great on the pedals also.

Had a good week end but it just wasn't long enough.




Reenie

MELODY525
01-07-2008, 07:36 PM
PAINTER~ I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR FRIEND. SHE REALLY WAS A TROOPER. SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR ALL OF YOU THAT LOVED HER :hug:

I WAS ON MY WAY HOME FROM THE LOCAL STORE AND FOUND OUT MY DEAR FRIEND AGNES PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING. THERE I WAS...WOMAN IN THE STREET CRYING MY HEART OUT ON SOMEONE'S CAR. POOR WOMAN WHO OWNED IT JUST STOOD THERE. DIDN'T EVEN SEE HER TILL SHE SAID COULD SHE HELP! I MUST HAVE BEEN A SIGHT!! LORD...WHAT IS NEXT??
BUT I AM HAPPY FOR HER AS SHE HAD COLON CANCER. SO IT WAS FAST AND A BLESSING.
THE DENTIST: THEY GAVE ME A MEDICATED FILLING ON TOP OF THE MISSING PART AND SENT ME HOME. BUT NOT BEFORE SETTING ME UP WITH A SPECIAL CASES CLINIC THAT DEALS WITH WHEELCHAIR PEOPLE AND THE FACT THAT IT WAS PAINFUL TO BE UPSIDE DOWN IN THE DENTAL CHAIR!!! :yikes: MUCH TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON MY NECK AND SHOULDERS!! WOW!! EVEN I WAS SHOCKED. WITHIN 5 MINUTES I COULD FEEL LIKE CRYING THE NECK WAS CAVING IN! :faint: BUT I AM HOME SAFE AND SOUND AND WILL HAVE BETTER ATTENTION IN THE NEW CLINIC. I BEGIN ON THURSDAY AND THEY'LL SET UP A SERIES OF APPTS FOR ME. ROOTCANAL AND CROWN ETC. SAVING THE TOOTH :cheer:
I AM JUST TOO TIRED TO READ RIGHT NOW. JUST HAPPENED TO SEE PAINTER'S POST. WILL CATCH UP TOMORROW AFTER FOOD SHOPPING.
LOVE TO ALL :moped:

1day@atime
01-07-2008, 10:27 PM
Hello Ladies,

I've been MIA for the past two weeks... I can't believe how fast the holidays came and went.

Started my living healthy program. It's really hard to get back on track. The exercise is there, just have to get my eating under control.

Shy Moment
01-07-2008, 10:39 PM
1day
You will do it. Sometimes we slip a bit but getting back on track is important. Nice that you have kept the exercise up. Just take a deep breath and get it done. Might be a bit hard for the first few days but you will be so proud of yourself, it will be well worth it.

Melody
I am so sorry about the troubles you are having. It is bad enough to have problems with ones teeth but you have even more. Hope they can take care of you and you don't hurt to much.

Cee
Hi. Hope things are going well.

Shad
Hope it works out for you so you can work from home.

Painter
So nice to see you bad. Very sorry about your friend. Sending my best wishes and prayers to everyone that knew and loved her. Please don't be a stranger and let us know how things are going.

Madcat
01-07-2008, 10:45 PM
Oh Mel ~ I’m sorry about your friend and so sad to have it sprung on you all at once. Good news at least that the dentist types will try to make your life a bit easier. Hang in there.

Painter~ Great to see you again. I’m so, so sorry about your friend. She fought a brave fight and it is sad. This month is a good rev up time. Be kind to yourself and stick around if you can.

Shad~ I’ve got my fingers crossed for you for your future job possibility. I think you deserve some time in your own house surrounded by all your stuff and fussing over Sunday. Enjoy your dinner. Hopefully it will be a success not a scary disaster. Hey, if nothing else enjoy the food.

Ruth~ Have some more ginger tea and stay warm.

Ceejay~ Weekends never seem long enough, do they?

Rennie~ I have crappy knees too and I find it’s important to give them time to heal sometimes. If you are going to do weights be really careful of any lower body movements that put strain on your joints. If it hurts, don’t do it.

Hi Nae~ Good to hear that things are going so well for your family. All we can hope is that any of us can learn from our mistakes.

Carla~ I’m sorry about the kitty but it would be better for him to be in place where he can go out and cause mayhem in the great outdoors. You are being a good catmom by putting his desires above you own.

Hi 1day! Amazing how those holidays can winq by so soon. Welcome back.

I’ve been trying to get back on pace. I even worse my pedometer today and - well, it didn’t work. I can’t get the thing to count properly and it cut out at it was at about 3419 steps before I left work, and then I walked home the 5 k and it reads 3500 steps. WTF??? Stupid thing. My plan is to continue to go to the gym, adding in some more weights, and walk home when the weather allows. I’m also going to track what I eat – though I haven’t decided if It’s go with Fitday or stick to WW. I’m leaning towards Fitday and I may do it for the next two weeks and then make the call at that point. Eating better and moving appropriately is what I have in mind for now. Now if I could just get my water consumption back up :lol:

Shy Moment
01-07-2008, 11:56 PM
Mad
I am only doing 1 1/2, 2lb and 3lb weights depending on what exercise I am doing. Use them for upper body toning and firming. I do use the stretchy cords with and without handles to do the lower body. They are much easier on the joints. Knee lifts seem to be the hardest for me. Things like that and squats and lunges. I have to so them slowly and many small sets instead of a lot at one time and I can't do them everyday except in the walking/aerobic videos.

PainterWoman
01-08-2008, 03:44 AM
You all do such an amazing job of individualizing the messages. Is there a trick to doing it FAST? (I'm over my New Year's computer-hours-per-day allotment!!

Mel: Glad you found a kind lady's car to cry over... so sorry about the unexpected/shocking news regarding your friend. Hope the medicated dental filling "works" and that you are all of a piece.

I am up to question 31 on a 202 question year end review and new year planning work book. Maybe I'll get the questions answered before 2009!
So far the best motivator has been:
What would most make your life easier in 2008?
Getting to goal weight. D'oh.

Let me know if you want the link.
Glad to see you all!

happy2bme
01-08-2008, 09:12 AM
Good morning chicks,

I am back safe and sound and much poorer. Well let's say I used up my budget. When they renovated the casinos they tightened up the machines. The table limits were so high that DH only played his favorite game - craps - for about an hour the entire trip. They are squeezing out the little guy. Highlight of the trip was seeing the Circque de Soleil performance of Love - set to the music of the Beatles. It was FABULOUS!!!!! And no Shad, I neither saw nor hob nobbed with any celebrities - perhaps they were hanging out at the newer casinos or were at the huge Consumer Electronics Show Convention that tore into town just as we were leaving.

I'm a bit out of sorts. Too much change in the last 3 weeks I think and my body is rebelling. Tryiing quickly to catch up with y'all and I don't have much time to comment this morning as it's right back to work.

Mel and Painter - so sorry to hear of the loss of your friends :hug:

Mel - didn't realize till you mentioned it that sitting in the dentist chair will not be good on the poor body. :yikes: Hope they can accomodate you!

Did I understand correctly - HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTH!!!!!! :hb:

Shad - hope the work from home deal works out well for you - sounds like you could use a change of pace - even if just for a bit.

Carla - don't fret over the cat - you are a loving owner to give up a friend to a better environment for him :hug:

Got to hurry along right now. Will come back tonight. :wave: to the rest of the chicks - sorry I couldn't comment to all at the moment.

MELODY525
01-08-2008, 09:35 AM
RENNIE~ I BELIEVE WHEN THE BODY SPEAKS WE SHOULD BE LISTENING. GET A DR'S OPINION IS A GOOD THING AND START SLOWER AND RAISE THEN RAISE THE TIMES. A GOOD ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MIGHT BE IN ORDER JUST TO EASE THE KNEES TILL THEY GET LOOKED AT.

SHAD~ I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO BE OPENING IT!! TOLD JEN I AM MEANT TO BE WEARING A PARCEL SOON! :rofl: :rofl: IT'S NOW ONLY
19 days
457 hours
27463 minutes
1647827 seconds
SEE HOW THOSE DAYS ARE SHIZZING BY US!!!
I WOLL SAY I HOPE THAT IN MY NEXT LIFE I AM LIVING A LOT CLOSER TO YOU! NOT NECESSARILY WITH THE FLAMING GECKOS AND ALL THE GRUBS AND BUGS BUT NEARBY!! :dance: I AM THINKING THAT HAPPY MIGHT HAVE PAID THE ANNOUNCER NOT TO MENTION HER NAME....SHE'S PROBABLY out there DOING SOME VERY
UN-CHICK-LIKE ACTIVITY OR SOMETHING WHILE OUR FROM UNDER OUR SCRUTINOUS EYEBALLS!!!! :belly:

RUTH LOVE, FEEL BETTER SOON :hug:

CEEJAY~ I WAS THINKING THE SAME...SEEMED THE WEEKEND FLEW BY US!! NEXT WEEKEND I WILL MAKE THE BEST OF IT :beach:

PATTY~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE HEALTHY LIVING!! WE'RE KICKING BUTT IN JANUARY!! JOIN US!

MADCAT~ VERY MOTIVATING POST! GOOD FOR YOU! WTF IS RIGHT!!! WHAT KIND OF PEDOMETER READING IS THAT? NEXT THING YOU KNOW IT WILL BE GOING BACKWARDS!! :rofl:

PAINTER....GO AHEAD AND POST THE LINK. WE LOVE LINKS HERE :lol3: :lol3: GIVES US ALL SOMETHING TO DO BESIDES EATING AND HOUSEWORK IN OUR "SPARE" TIME :rofl: HOPE YOU GET THE ANSWERS RIGHT!!! LOL

FOR A MINUTE THERE THIS MORNING I DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT OF BED. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE THERE IS AN OUTSIDE FORCE THAT KEEPS ADDING CRAP ON TOP OF ME TRYING TO BREAK ME. BUT I CANNOT AFFORD MYSELF THE LUXURY OF DWELLING ON THAT AND FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF. SO I THREW OFF THE BLANKETS AND GOT DRESSED! I NEED TO SNAP OUT OF THIS FUNK THAT'S HANGING OVER MY HEAD LIKE A THUNDER CLOUD :rain:
I AM GOING OUT FOR A RIDE WITH A FRIEND. SHE WANTS TO GET IN AN EARLY WALK WHEN SHE GETS HERE. ALSO, JEN AND RICHIE ARE GOING FOOD SHOPPING SO I GAVE THEM A VERY SMALL LIST. DON'T WANT TO BUY TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. JEN IS RIGHT...I MIGHT BE ON SOFT FOODS FOR AWHILE SO NO USE BUYING THE WRONG STUFF AND THEN HAVING TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. I WILL KNOW MORE AFTER THURSDAY'S APPT. IF YESTERDAY IS ANY INDICATION IT WILL BE SOFT FOODS. WOW I AM SOOOO OUT OF SHAPE FOR THIS KIND OF STUFF. JAW, NECK AND SHOULDERS! OUCH!! WISH THERE WERE EXERCISES FOR THIS!! :

MELODY525
01-08-2008, 09:36 AM
:welcome: HOME HAPPY!!!! WE MISSED YOU OF COURSE!! GLAD YOU'RE BACK SAFE AND SOUND. I CAN IMAGINE THE BODY REBELLING. HOPE YOU GET BACK TO "SORTS" SOON! :hug:

I BELIEVE MISS RUTH'S BIRTHDAY IS THE 10TH BUT SHE IS HIDING IT ON HER PROFILE :rofl: :rofl: :hb:

MELODY525
01-08-2008, 04:05 PM
IT IS JUST AMAZING WHAT SOME FRESH AIR AND SHUNSHINE CAN DO FOR A PERSON :sunny: THE WEATHER IS GORGEOUS. WINDOWS ARE OPEN AND I DID SOME DUSTING AND HOOVERING JUST LIKE SPRING CLEANING!!!
IT'S LIKE BEING ON SPRING VACATION!! :beach:
I HOPE THE SUN IS SHINING FOR ALL THE WORLDLY CHICKS!

carla49
01-08-2008, 05:03 PM
Mel, how lovely to see you feeling better. Even your avatar is jumping about like a mad woman! (I confess the last one also reminded me of M&M's, but then maybe right now everything would...) I was feeling so bad for you, what with the tooth and your poor friend and that annoying cloud hovering over you all the time. Let's hope it was just a hang-over from 2007, and is now gone for good. :hug:

Madcat, you've got a new avatar too! Maybe I should change mine as well, since the 'horrible snow cat' doesn't really like being in all the rain :rain: and snowmelt puddles we've got along with the weirdly warm weather! And speaking of cats, my blue boy is much better since his Depo shot last week, the sores where he had licked through the skin are drying, and he's much calmer. From previous experience, this will last a few weeks before the licking starts again, and that's when I may bite the bullet and send him to his new outdoors home.

Happy, I wondered if you'd get to a Cirque du Soleil performance. I've always wanted to see one, but haven't yet. Too bad about the table minimums increasing, it spoils the fun for recreational gamblers. Take care of that out-of-sorts feeling - you don't want to lose the benefits of your Vegas getaway!

Shad, you were right about my laptop! The tech came to get it this morning, and just called to tell me all is fine, and I really must avoid those illegal shut downs... :o All the files are safe, and he's just going to tidy it up a bit and bring it back in the next day or two. :dance: :dance: :dance: Such a relief! :D
If you get the at-home contract, will it be a nice long one? Sure hope it works out!

Painter, nice to see you dropping in again, and sorry to hear about your fiend. :( I'm not much good at the individual messages either, what with no short-term memory and poor typing skills, but I do try when I have enough time.

Ceejay, I know what you mean - weekends are never long enough!

1day, Shy, keep up the good work with the exercise!

Last night was one heck of a demanding spin class! :ebike: Quite exhilarating, actually! In fact this week has been a pretty good start to the year. FitDay does help with the food control, although there have been a couple of minor food porn incidents. And there's been some kind of exercise every day since the back spasm left. My spare room is crammed with the rebounder and the Gazelle, barely room to get from the door to the window, and I've actually used them!! Considering joining WW and gym, but because of putting my budget on a diet have decided to do things gradually for once instead of paying for stuff I'll never use.
Ten more days before it's back to work. This semi-retirement stuff is great!

MELODY525
01-08-2008, 06:09 PM
CARLA...LET ME TELL YOU SISTER, I WAS BEGINNING TO WORRY ABOUT ME TOO! :dizzy: BUT SOMEHOW I AM BACK TO BEING MEL AGAIN. MY MOODS SEEM TO COME AND GO SO QUICKLY 'ROUND HERE! :rofl: GLAD YOU GOT IN THE EXERCISE AND THE LAPTOP IS SAVED FROM A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH.(OR BEING THROWN UP AGAINST THE NEAREST WALL/OR OUT THE NEAREST WINDOW) :yikes: GOOD FOR THE TECHIE!!! :cheer:
THEY ARE A BREED THAT STANDS ALONE!!! GOTTA LOVE A MAN WITH ELECTONIC KNOWLEDGE!! GIVES ME HOPE THAT SOME MEN ACTUALLY READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUALS!! :lol3: :lol3: YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT DRESSING UP YOUR EXERCISE ROOM SOMEHOW AND MAKE IT MORE INVITING!! :ebike: THEN MAYBE YOU WOULD SPEND SOME TIME IN THERE WITH ALL THAT LOVELY EQUIPTMENT!!!! LOL HOPE YOU ENJOY THE NEW WORK!!

I WAS BROWSING SOME 3FC FORUMS AND FOUND THIS WEBSITE POSTED ON ONE OF THE "YOU: ON A DIET" THREADS. HERE IS A SAMPLE OF BREAKFAST IDEAS FROM REALAGE.COM AND ALSO THE ADDIES
:
9 High-Energy Ways to Start the Day
Morning madness can make you feel like food is a time-luxury you can't afford. But research shows that breakfast eaters are slimmer and healthier than their coffee-only counterparts. One reason: People who start out empty are more likely to overeat later. Need something to eat almost anywhere? No problem. Fuel up with these 10 breakfasts -- they've got lots of fiber to control cravings, protein to trim appetite, and a dab of healthy fat to keep you full for hours.

Brown Bag
What to take along for the car, bus, or train: A stick of string cheese, a slice of whole-wheat bread, and a cup of seedless red grapes.
212 calories, 10 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 17 g sugar, 3 g fiber

Blender Bliss
Throw everything here into the blender and whip up a delicious smoothie: one small banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed oil.
357 calories, 15 g protein, 71 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 47 g sugar, 5 g fiber

Grab and Go
On even the craziest mornings, there's still time to prime your body with this fast-and-healthy food: a pear or apple, a handful of almonds, and seven low-fat Triscuits.
392 calories, 10 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate, 18 g fat, 18 g sugar, 12 g fiber

Desktop Parfait
Not ready to eat first thing? Take something for later. At home, alternate layers of low-fat vanilla yogurt (1 cup) with 1 cup sliced strawberries in a clear plastic container. Put 1/4 cup Grape Nuts cereal in a baggie and sprinkle on top when you get to work.
253 calories, 10 g protein, 53 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fat, 28 g sugar, 7 g fiber

Morning Mini Meeting
Even if your meeting’s casual enough to eat while you work, think quiet food: half a peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread, a banana, and a half-pint carton of skim milk.
349 calories, 17 g protein, 50 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 28 g sugar, 6 g fiber

Before or After Workout
This simple homemade trail mix will get you going: 1 cup Cheerios, seven walnut halves, 2 tablespoons raisins, and a sliced medium apple.
317 calories, 5 g protein, 55 g carbohydrate, 11 g fat, 23 g sugar, 8 g fiber

Convenience Stop
Even mini-marts have some healthy options. Snag a low-fat yogurt, a small orange juice, and a single-serving box of whole-grain cereal.
316 calories, 11 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat, 25 g sugar, 5 g fiber

Chill Chaser for Warmth
Get stick-to-your-ribs goodness by mixing 1 cup hot oatmeal with one diced apple, eight chopped pecan halves, and 1 cup skim milk.
365 calories, 14 g protein, 56 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 28 g sugar, 4 g fiber

The Drive-Through Dash
Not a first choice, but better than nada. At Dunkin' Donuts, get half of a wheat bagel (they're huge), a small OJ, and a half pint of 1% milk.
343 calories, 18 g protein, 70 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 24 g sugar, 2 g fiber

Slow Sundays
At last, there's time to savor the day -- and the meal. Start with half a grapefruit. Scramble a large egg with some sautéed veggies and crumbled turkey sausage. Serve with a slice of whole-wheat toast. Relax.
355 calories, 19 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat, 12 g sugars, 6 g fiber

FOR THE BREAKFASTS ABOVE:
http://realage.typepad.com/food_bites/2007/06/9_highenergy_wa.html

FOR THE REALAGE SITE:
http://www.realage.com/ct/eat-smart/recipe/

MELODY525
01-08-2008, 06:16 PM
AND THE ADDIE FOR THE DOCTORS ideas from their book:
http://www.realage.com/ct/shape-up-slim-down/you-on-a-diet/

Shad
01-08-2008, 06:41 PM
This year is already turning out to be crappy.
There's Mel in a melancholy mood, and her tooth hurts and she is thinking of wearing a parcel - sorry Mel the box is not that big. Let's see if the lady was right - 10 working days and I posted it on Monday - so that means that somewhere around 21st of Jan, you should be wearing the box on your head or feet. Let's just see how good they really are.
Hope the tooth comes right soon. I'm told that the good baby food (in jars not tins) is very tasty these days (and probably low fat as well)

I am sorry to hear of the passing of both Mels and Painters friends. Specially since they both had forms of cancer - a disease that seems to be on the rise in many places these days. The number of young women presenting with breast cancer over here is staggering. It seems the age is dropping from around 52 to around 30.

Ceejay - is there ever a weekend that is long enough?? No matter how many days, we still want more.

Hi Patty - Happy new year to you. I hope you are ready for the big push this year.

Madcat - Thanks for the crossed fingers. Now you can uncross them and get on with peeling the potatoes or whatever. Very hard to do these common daily chores with fingers crossed. I am meeting with the director of the company on Friday. Still trying to find my c.v. DS2 is going to send it to me, but he has drama's of his own at the moment. Good friend tried to overdose last night. He will be okay. Apparently we (well DS2 anyway) has inherited the dog for the time being. Wonder what the cat will think about that. Have you tried changing the battery in the pedometer? Silly question but it happens. Otherwise go invest in a new ped.

Rennie - I would suggest that you lay off the squats and lunges and any leg presses for the foreseeable future. They put an awful strain on the legs. If you have a heated pool nearby then walking or runnin in water up to the top of the chest is very good exercise and one the physios suggest for knees and ankles. We put a huge amount of stress on these joints just by standing or kneeling on them.

Painter - Generally speaking I used the Go Advanced button which gives me the last fifteen or so entries and I work from that. Sometimes I just read through and make notes about what I am going to burble on about. Sometimes I just address a couple of people if I am in a rush and say :wave: to the others. It's all about timing and we just don't have the time to sit on the computer these days. If you want to use the smileys - you can print out the list and then just type in the code as you need it. Beats scrolling through the list and missing the one thing you wanted to find.

Happy - shame you didn't enjoy it as much as you thought you would. Okay - I wonder - are they trying to get rid of the little bloke because he causes more trouble or just costs more to cater to?? Seems that they will lose the bread and butter if they only cater to the high rollers - but then what do I know?? I hate those places.
Glad you enjoyed the Circque de Soleil. Sounds like a lot of fun. Beatles music??? Well well.

Okay - times gone again. I'm out of here. The natives are restless!!! and whinging. Better go see what they have to squawk about.

MELODY525
01-08-2008, 06:44 PM
WOW! JOINING THE WEBSITE IS FREE AND THEY EVEN GIVE YOU A 20 MINUTE WORKOUT AND 2 WEEK PLAN FOR MEALS AND SHOPPING LIST. WHAT OTHER BOOK AUTHOR EVER DID THAT?? WISH BOB GREENE WOULD HAVE! HE MADE ENOUGH MONEY OFF HIS BOOKS AND OPRAH WINFREY!! :rofl: MAYBE THESE 2 GUYS CAN HELP ME LOSE MY BELLY FAT!!!:preg: GOD KNOWS I HAVE TRIED FOR YEARS TO DELIVER THIS BABY!! :bb:

Shad
01-08-2008, 06:55 PM
I guess i did the don't turn the page trick because I see Carla and Mel on the up and up again.

And I still better go because the natives are still restless and with no training today, they will be looking for something to do. Well they won't but I will be finding something for them to do!!!

carla49
01-08-2008, 06:59 PM
Only 18 days until Shad's liftoff! Sorry to hear about DS2's friend. I hope he'll be okay both physically and mentally. And thanks for the tip about printing out the smilie page - it had never occurred to me, and so much better than just tossing in 'lol' all the time!

Madcat, I forgot to mention that I have two pedometers right now. One was like yours, undercounting my steps. :tantrum: I thought maybe it was because my coat was keeping it too still to count the steps. So I wore the other one at the same time, and got much more satisfying results. A little too satisfying - I finally checked it out and realized it was counting many, many more steps than I actually took. :( I'd be happy to send the generous one on to you if you'd like it... :rofl: :rofl: I'd like to get one of the kind you can just put in a pocket instead of wearing it on the waistband. In fact I saw one advertised (not sure if it's available in Canada yet) that's about the size and thickness of a credit card, and I really, really want it. :drool: Yes, I am a gadget junkie. :dunno:

Mel, thanks for the breakfast suggestions. I do get a little tired of the same old latte and smoothie every day, but it tastes good and can be stretched over quite a long time. (I make them very thick.)

Gotta go. :wave: :wave: to all.

Shad
01-08-2008, 07:39 PM
http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=104453

This is the Choice Magazine's (part of Australia's consumer watchdog) survey on pedometers and tests on pedometers. You may find it interesting.

Shy Moment
01-08-2008, 07:45 PM
Went to the doc and she looked at my knees. Said just strain on them, to make sure I am doing more of a cool down and more stretches wouldn't hurt either. They are feeling better everyday. I have switched around how many of things I do so I don't do so many at one time. Spent a few hours cleaning up the yard today since it was so nice out. Lots of bending and stretching nothing very hard on the knees. My body feels pretty good now.

Painter
The answer to that question would be not to have to do anymore 202 questionnaires lol.

Ruth
Happy birthday, don't want to forget you.

Happy
Glad you had a nice time.

Melody
I pop a couple of Tylenol once in a while but I am not a big pill taker. Pretty much the doc just said take it easy and go ahead and do the knee lifts and such just don't lift the knees so high until they aren't bothering me anymore. Hope you are feeling better. I love your avatar. It is so happy and upbeat. Baby food isn't so bad lol I had to eat just about nothing else for months at a time.

My gosh it was so beautiful over 67 today, that my yard looks like I did all the work that I usually do in the spring. Bet it makes getting the yard ready for mowing in the spring much easier.

Shad
01-08-2008, 08:54 PM
Not sure whether Mel's avatar is from the acrobats at the Circque de Soleil or it is Mel in a happy mood getting in her exercise!

Madcat
01-08-2008, 11:57 PM
Thanks for the link to the ped tests, Shad. The one I have isnít in the list but that may be because it is a local brand. Itís fairly new so I doubt itís the battery. Itís wasnít an expensive one so Iíll just do a bit more research an then pick up one that does see to work better. Funny, but just wearing it for a day (even at its inaccurate best) made me more aware of the walking I did in the day. And thatís a good thing.

Carla~ I love your horrible snow cat (or HSC as we will now refer to him). It always stuck me as a cat out of a Dali landscape. So interesting.

Welcome Back Happy~ Glad to hear that you had a great time. Vegas really is starting to go upscale again, no longer the grotty, cheap and cheerful den of sin of old. :lol: . The Cirque show sounds so great. Travelling is nice but it does take a toll on the system, doesnít it? Be nice to yourself and reset for a new start.

Rennie~ I had a physio guy who told me that people with bad knees should never do squats unassisted. Itís too hard to keep your knees over your toes and way too easy to blow out a joint out. Of course he may have said that because Iím a klutz. Still, there are other exercises you can do. Your dr.ís advise about stretching is really good.

Mel~ Look at that dancing avatar! Makes me tired just looking at it. Itís amazing what a bit of warmer weather can do for the mood too. I feel a bit of ďSpringĒ in my step too. Wow, this is a cool website you posted. Thank you, Iíve bookmarked it to look at in greater detail later.

Shad~ Youíre right Ė I just canít type with my fingers crossed. Consider them metaphorically crossed. Sorry about your DSís friend. I hope he recovers and gets help if he needs it straighten out. Does the ďtried to overdoseĒ implies this could be a cry for help? If so, I hope he finds it.

K, today as a weight day and that went well and I did manage to walk home. There is still a bit too much crap food floating around the office though I have managed to avoid most of it. One of my friends brought in these odd Japanese tempura-battered seaweed snacks. I only had a couple Ė they were interesting but a bit spicy for me. I am still having stomach issues which is actually a GOOD thing since chocolate is one of the things that makes it worse so it makes it easy to avoid the boxes and boxes of chocolate.

Ok, I think itís bedtime guys. Hope everyone has a lovely night.

PainterWoman
01-09-2008, 05:42 AM
Greetings...
Here I am up in the middle of the night... all excited because I did some painting. This art stuff is enervating... And I didn't eat since an early dinner.
If you want to answer 202+ questions the link is:
http://SNIfiles.com/docs/101Questions.doc
(http://SNIfiles.com/docs/101Questions.doc)
I'm surprised that the link works if you aren't "paid up" but it did for me.
Even though there's a lot of repetition in the questions, sometimes writing the same answer over and over really helps get it through my thick skull that somethings ARE priorities.

TTFN.

MELODY525
01-09-2008, 09:08 AM
SHAD~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRIEND OF DS2. THE SAME JUST HAPPENED TO OUR MAINT. MAN JIMMY'S COUSIN. 28 YEARS OLD BUT HE DIDN'T MAKE IT. THE WEEK BEFORE, HIS OTHER COUSIN 38 DIED OF ALCOHOL COMPLICATIONS. SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF WASTED LIVES. I JUST WISH THEY WOULD ASK FOR HELP BEFORE THINGS GET SO OUT OF HAD AND DESPERATE FOR THEM. SAD. HOPE DS HAS A BRIGHTER WEEK. POOR KID HAS HAD A LOT THESE LAST FEW WEEKS. :hug: AS FOR YOU LITTLE LADY:
18 days
434 hours
26059 minutes
1563585 seconds :angel: FLY LITTLE SECONDS FLY!!!

CARLA~YPUR PEDOMETERS CRACKED ME UP. MAYBE YOU SHOULD WEAR BOTH AND TAKE THE DIFFERENCE AS THE AMOUNT OF STEPS :rofl: WISH THEY MADE ONE FOR THE WHEELCHAIR!! :lol3: THIS WEEK I HAVE HAD A LOT OF SMOOTHIES!! :rofl:

SHY~ HOPE THE KNEES FEEL BETTER EVERY DAY. GOOD YOU WENT TO THE DOCTORS. MAYBE WE CAN START A NEW FAD....THE GERBER DIET....OR THE BEECHNUT DIET :lol3: I AM NORMALLY NOT A PILL POPPER EITHER. STOMACH HATES PILLS. BUT MY ALEVE SEEMS TO KEEP ME GOING:moped:

MADCAT~ THE OFFICE IS STILL LOADED WITH JUNK AND IT JUST KEEPS POURING IN. I CAN SMELL THE SUGAR IN THE AIR!!! HOPE THE TUMMY FEELS BETTER. AND IT'S NICE TO BE ABALE TO READ YOUR TYOING NOW THE FINGERS ARE UNCROSSED!! :lol3:

PAINTER~ THE PAGE FINALLY OPENED BUT IT ASKED ME FOR A NAME AND PASSWORD FIRST. I JUST CLOSED THAT LITTLE WINDOW AND THE PAGE FINALLY OPENED.
I'LL PRINT IT AND CHECK IT OUT. DIAL-UP IS A REAL PAIN TO LOAD STUFF. THANKS FOR THE LINK.

PINK SKY, PINK CLOUDS, EVERYTHING LOOKING AND FEELING VERY EERIE OUTSIDE. RED SKY IN THE MORNING IS A SAILOR'S WARNING! BUT WHAT ABOUT PURPLISH-PINK??? :rain: I WAS WATCHING THE CONSTRUCTION MEN AND THEY'RE ALL LOOKING AROUND UP IN THE AIR. I SEE IT RAINED AND AM WONDERING WHAT'S GOING ON. BUT I HAVE NO TIME TO PONDER THIS. THERE IS LOTS TO DO TODAY FOR THE DENTIST TOMORROW.... ANOTHER LONG DAY. SOMETIMES I WISH I HAD A VALET TO TAKE WITH ME OR A WELL-MUSCLED GOOD LOOKING MAN TO DO ALL THE LITTLE THINGS THAT WOULD MAKE LIFE EASIER. JEN USED TO COME WITH ME BUT SHE'S TO FRAGILE FOR THE "HEAVY" STUFF. THE HOSPITAL IS SUPPOSED TO ACCOMODATE ME BUT WHEN SHE WOULD COME THEY EXPECTED HER TO DO EVERYTHING. :faint: SO "SHE WHO TRAVELS ALONE" TRAVELS FASTEST. THE ATTENDANTS THERE DO THE EXTRAS AND IT GETS DONE FASTER. :rofl:
I BETTER GET GOING. I'M IN ONE OF THOSE "SLO-MO" MOODS. HARD TO GET GOING TODAY.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY AND HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

:wave: I MAY AS WELL SAY HELLO TO HAPPY CAUSE I AM SURE SHE IS NEARBY!!! HAVE YOU RECOVERED FROM ALL THE HOLIDAYS AND TRAVELING? I HOPE THIS WEEK WILL SEE YOU SETTLED DOWN MORE. :hug:

MELODY525
01-09-2008, 09:19 AM
PAINTER...:rofl: :rofl: GOOD THING I HAD A REAM OF PAPER SET UP IN THE PRINTER:lol3: :lol3: CAUSE IT JUST PRINTED OUT A MANUAL!!! :lol3: :lol3: WELL THIS SHOULD KEEP ME BUSY IN MY SPARE TIME!!! I JUST SAW #17 AND IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO PICK JUST ONE ANNOYING THING!!!! :lol3: :lol3: I FEEL BETTER ALREADY AND I HAVEN'T EVEN BEGUN!! :dance:


PPS~ OMG!! I JUST HEARD THAT MY NOT FILLING MY CLOSETS WITH STARBUCK'S HAS CAUSED THE COMPANY'S STOCKS TO PLUMMET 50% OVER THE LAST YEAR!!! AND THEY HAD TO BRING IN THE OLD CEO TO BE THE NEW CEO!!! AND HE MAY CLOSE DOWN SOME USA BRANCH STORES AND INSTEAD CONCENTRATE ON OPENING MORE NEW STORES OVERSEAS!! THAT'S RIGHT STARBUCKS....SEE IF YOU CAN "WIRE" THE ENTIRE WORLD UP!! :dizzy:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

happy2bme
01-09-2008, 09:58 AM
Good morning chicks,

First of all a great big THANK YOU for all of the motivating things you guys have posted over the last week. I haven't had a chance to look at everything yet but what I've seen has been very helpful to kickstart the brain on the right track!!!

Mel - I knew you quitting Starbucks would eventually ripple down to company problems but at least we don't have to holler at you to get off the caffiene anymore :rofl: Hope everything goes well at the dentist tomorrow. Ugh. :hug:

Painter - so glad to hear you are painting again. That always seems so therapudic (sp?) for you. Thanks for the list of questions - I think that's just what I need.

Madcat - I didn't know Cirque originated from Canada. The show was just incredible. I think I got into it more than DH or my friends - there's so much going on that you have to see it more than once. Hope you're feeling better soon. Have the sniffles moved to your tummy?

Shy - just like Mel said - didn't the warm weather make you feel WONDERFUL??? Be careful with those knees.

Ceejay - are you ok? Heard on the news yesterday that there were tornadoes and high winds in your town. It was an ugly storm that passed through.

Carla - have you tried and eliptical at the gym? How does it compare to the gazelle? I tried a gazelle once - it seems wierd. I would love to get an eliptical for home but it just takes up too darn much space. And just what do you do on the rebounder? Guess I could look up exercises on the internet but it's easier to ask someone else :D

Shad - sounds like you're winding down at work. :crossed: hoping that things work out for the work at home gig.

Hello Patty, Ruth, Holly :wave: Another day of on the run. Later chicks :wave:

Ruthxxx
01-09-2008, 09:58 AM
Mel, I wish I had your constant and uplifting enthusiasm. I'm dragging a bit and can hardly wait to get this damned knee fixed. Today it won't bend without pain so I'm icing it and hoping I can drive Hershey and me to Pet Therapy for noon. She also has her "annual" at the vet later so I must get mobile. Good old Aleve may help.

I've not been in much and barely have time to read let alone post personals. So stupid but I have a ton of stuff to get done before my operation on the 24th...newsletters, AGM reports and tax crud to gather and get started. And then there are the newbies in South Beach and the new Medifast forum.

More pre-op stuff yesterday when I met with the admitting nurse and my cute anaesthetist. He is going to give me a spinal so I can admire him during the operation! :lol: A McCutie but looks about 15! All is well except for my weight but I dropped two pounds last night which means I'll be 26 pounds lighter by the 24th - I wish!

Take a look at our new home page at www.3fatchicks.com. It's looking good. Suzanne pilled an all-nighter.

By the way, my birthday is the 14th. I'll be 69 which is one of my favourite numbers. They don't call me xxx for nothing!

It's still mild but very windy. The thud I just heard was a wicker porch chair blowing over. I never did get them put away this fall but they were handy for the Christmas Eve smokers. The porch is covered.

Gotta limp outta here.

Shy Moment
01-09-2008, 03:03 PM
Ruth
Are you saying you are a tart? lolololol. Why does Hershey go to therapy? Sorry about your knee, you know won't be long and it will feel so much better.
Happy birthday in case I forget. Nice going on the weight loss. That has to make you feel good.

Happy
The warm weather was wonderful. I spent 2 or 3 hours cleaning the front and back yard. It was so nice to be outside. I didn't do the two mile walking video because I did so much in the yard. I know I walked at least 2 miles lol.

Melody
I don't drink star bucks, most gosh that stuff is expensive lol. I have a yucky tummy. Is getting much much better since all those darn meds are gone. I would go months that all I could eat was baby food. You know you get quite use to it lol. Poor kids they need spices to their food is all I can say lol. The fruits and deserts are quite good aren't they lol. I have probably lost weight just getting rid of all the baby food lol.

Painter
Glad you got some art done. I know it is good for you.

Mad
She said squats were ok but since I do two of the walking/aerobic videos a day I shouldn't do anymore than what are already in the videos and to take it easy only lift the knee as high as it wants to go. Let is get better before I bring it up to my chin lol. Chocolate is one of the things that really messes with my tummy two so it was something I never ate much of. Well, so does mountain dew but that is another story. A week without mountain dew is a week without sunshine lol.

ceejay52
01-09-2008, 03:52 PM
Mel
Did I miss the link or did you just mention the fact that you had new exercises to do.

Happy
It got a little scarey yesterday. Looked outside once to see bluish green skies. Guess this is when the smaller towns got hit. The boss called me and had me to pump out the back wash pit. It's under ground. I told him I would not go down in that hole but he over ruled. This is where all the yucky stuff from the filters go after a back wash procedure. This building has stood other tornado's. I'm glad the tornado sirene did not go off.

Reenie and Ruth
Hope your knee's are better.

Carla, Madcat, Shad,Painter Woman and any others that I've missed Hello, :wave:

Not much is going on. I started phase two yesterday. I think I'm ready to start counting calories again. If not I'll go back to phase 1. My calorie range will be from 1400/1600 and fat grams 40.

Hollyhock
01-09-2008, 05:04 PM
Helloooooooooooooooooo!!!

Shad
01-09-2008, 06:33 PM
Morning all,

Another day in the windy city. Anyone who tells me that Wellington is windy, I will refer them to Perth. I even think it would beat Chicago as well, together and at the same time.

Ticker is counting down. I actually changed mine to 5.00pm because I shan't be anywhere near the office at that time.

Exercise this morning was to go up and down the apartment block stairs. Last time I did it, I managed 8 times in 30 minutes - 97 steps up and 97 down (now there's a surprise), today I managed 10 times. I don't actually think I have stopped sweating yet. Last time I did this, the legs ached for about three days. I'll let you know how this one goes. Good cardio that!

Painter - back painting. Hallelujah. Well done. I might take a look at the questions later. I just did a right brain, left brain quiz sent by my friend in Arizona. I am (just 55% to 45%) right brained. I have excellent non-verbal skills, my verbal skills are not good. Am I in the wrong job?????

So Mel - you've caused Starbucks to tumble. Sorry, I didn't like their stuff anyway so it's not a problem for me. Still I don't like seeing companies go under but I think it has more to do with the US economy slowing and mortgage rates etc increasing so people can't afford expensive coffee's anymore.

Happy - please uncross your fingers. It's very difficult to do even the basic things with fingers crossed. Back on the treadmill of work again?? Never seems to end does it.
Thanks for thinking of me with this job. I've sent them my CV and will meet the MD and Training boss on Friday for coffee. I hope it will lead to being able to work extra rather than just working from home. It's the sort of job that you can take with you provided you can get Internet access from wherever you are. And working from home will be an added bonus though I will have to get cracking and set up a room for my computer. It won't be able to live in the bedroom as it does now.

Ruth - hope that leg/ knee comes around to your way of thinking. Bet you can't wait to get it fixed. Does Delta have a hospital or do you have to hit the big smoke to get it done. We'll send Carla up (if you go to Ottawa) to get you moving on the rebounder and Madcat over (if you have to go to Toronto) with her bike - that'll get you moving!!!! :lol3:
Better put Rennie out of her misery and tell her about Hershey's therapy. A more well adjusted dog we've yet to meet (well apart from the sleeping on the foot fetish that is). If you lost 2lb last night, will you lose 3lb tonight???

Rennie - look after the knees. Otherwise you might end up like Ruthxxx

Ceejay - hope they provide you with protective clothing to go down into the bilges. What a yucky job!

Hollyhock :wave:

Okay, that's it. I'm moving along. Lots to do today, people to hack off again. Found 3 things wrong in the system yesterday. Will dig a little harder today and see if I can break it again.

PainterWoman
01-10-2008, 05:09 AM
I love all the feisty avatars you guys have put up!
Apologies to all or any who just pressed PRINT without checking to see how long the manual is. Like I said, I'm only up to question 30 in my journal! (AND it's helped me stay more on track.)

Glad you Missourans/Chicago'ns et al didn't get blown away by tornadoes or bopped on the head with the big hail. Who heard of such a thing in JANUARY?

MCat- sorry to hear about your tender tummy (and knees).
Ruth- hope your surgery is easy peasy and that the MD lives up to your expectations. (And that the PT folks do the same.) You are a scamp, not a tramp!

Shad- You are such a hard worker. Glad both sides of your brain are working!

I am current on my WW food tracking!:D
And willing to consider resuming physical activity!

MELODY525
01-10-2008, 08:58 AM
:bday2you: :bday2you: :bday2you: :bday2you: :bday2you:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS RUTH!!!
:celebrate: :bday2: :celebrate: :bday2: :celebrate: :bday2:



I WOULD RATHER BE WRONG AND HAVE THE WRONG DAY THAN MISS YOUR BIRTHDAY. SORRY I FORGOT TO REMIND THE OTHERS AGAIN YESTERDAY!! HOPE YOUR DAY IS A SPECIAL ONE!!

MELODY525
01-10-2008, 09:00 AM
No Time For Chit Chat Gotta Run. If I Get Back Early I'll Stop In. And Food Shopping Is Tomorrow In The Morning Also. :)

Ruthxxx
01-10-2008, 09:08 AM
Well! It's nice to get Birthday Wishes early! I actually took down the outside Christmas lights this morning, something I usually do on the 14th. It's springlike out there and I even felt I should be gardening.

Rennie, my Hershey is very well-adjusted and works as a therapy dog in nursing homes, clinics and hospitals. We do about six hours most weeks at three different places. It's for Thera Paws (www.tpoc.ca) and is very rewarding for us both although tiring sometimes.

Gotta dash as I need to be in town for a haircut by 9:30 and need to scrape the manure off my boots before I go in. I wouldn't want them to think I was from the country! :rofl:

happy2bme
01-10-2008, 09:28 AM
Howdy ladies,

Sleepy morning today. Thunderstorms outside. Achy sinus head inside :headache: :yawn: 60 degrees now - 40 degrees on Sunday. What rollercoaster weather we have.

Ruth - guess nuttin' says country like poopy boots :lol: Where'd you get manure this time of year? :dizzy: Oh and the new home page looks FABULOUS - kudos to Suzanne once again :carrot: :broc: :carrot: :broc:

Happy shopping Mel. Pick up the good stuff!

Painter - good to hear you're on the WW tracking. I find it's a good first step and my first resolution is to just LOG and not be critical about it. Keep up the good work. I do agree that answering some of the questions on the list keeps you focused. :write:

Shad :cp: on doing ALL of those stairs. Whatta woman!!!! That is fantastic exercise. I can see why you'd be looking like you rode a horse too long afterwards :rofl: Just keep stretching in the shower.

Hello back at yah Holly

Ceejay - are you doing phase 2 of South Beach or Best Life? Notice they changed the wording on SB and are calling it South Beach Living. The new 2008 trend is to not use the word Diet. No diet soda, no diet meals. Always a gimmick.

Rennie - doesn't Mountain Dew have tons of caffeine in it? I thought it was one of the highest. I know what you mean about it feeling good to be outside in the warm air :D

Sending some get well lovin' to the Madcat. And a cup of feel better juice to spinnin' Carla and her sore back. Hope you ladies feel better soon.

Time to run. Have some fun today. :wave:

Oh and I did go out yesterday at lunch and walk the walking path around the little pond at our office complex. It was hard - I am so out of shape but I told myself the first time is the worst and it will get easier after this. Did pretty good on my eating too. Opted for a serving of cooked carrots over french fries with my chicken salada at lunch. Breakfast was oatmeal.

happy2bme
01-10-2008, 09:34 AM
Geez, I guess it is the 10th already. Wow is time flying.

Happy Birthday Ruth :hat::celebrate::bday2you::celebrate:

annie175
01-10-2008, 01:49 PM
May I too, join you girls on this thread? I have been reading you for about 4 months and just love it. I know Holly from another thread. Hi Holster!

happy2bme
01-10-2008, 01:53 PM
Hi Annie - :welcome:

Just be forewarned that we let you in but we never let you leave :rofl:

Shy Moment
01-10-2008, 02:24 PM
:welcome3: Annie
Watch out for Happy she is our crazy one.

Happy
I drink the caffeine free kind. Walking gets easier. I promise.

Ruth
Nice to hear that. I thought there was something wrong with the poor thing. That is so nice. I bet you both bring lots of joy to people. You have a happy birthday.

Shad
The doc had me go to a sports doc today. He said I pulled a hamstring and trying to compensate for it was making the rest of my leg hurt. I knew it wasn't the knee itself it was below and above it. Told me no exercise for at least a week and if I couldn't listen to him lol to at least take it very easy. Be nice to people there thought put sweet n low in your coffee lol.

I need some different exercise anyone have any ideas? Right now they better be upper body. I want to leave the legs for the walking videos and other than that, give them a rest.

ceejay52
01-10-2008, 02:25 PM
Welcome Annie
Join right in.

Happy
I have a sinus headache today as well. January is usually colder than this. Woke up at 9 this morning and still dark outside. I didn't hear any thunder. Must of been sound to sleep.
I've been using th Best Life but thinking of switching to WW on line. I'm suppose to have a life membership there now. I've used the BEST LIFE to get into good habits again.
Good for you on walking the path yesterday.

Reenie
Mountain Dew's are loaded in caffiene. I'm making the switch to diet sprite because they have no caffiene or phosphates. I do drink a couple of zero carb cokes.

Must of missed the posts about Madcat and Carla both being ill. Get well soon.

I've set a goal this morning to lose 15 pounds by May 17. This is when my nephew is getting married. Also had a small nsv this morning. My size large sweat pants are to big.
Food yesterday was not bad but I did have some food porn last night. Exercise consisted of 8582 steps, burned 231 calories and walked 2 miles.

Mel, Painterwoman, Hello :wave:

I need to run some errands.

carla49
01-10-2008, 03:10 PM
:welcome: Annie! Always a pleasure to add a new voice to the mix.

Ceejay, I haven't actually been sick, just bothered by a nasty spasm in my back that immobilised me for a week and which continues to send out aftershocks. What I really need to do is strengthen my core, but I don't enjoy the kind of exercise that would take. I'm much more of a cardio queen, which instead of helping the core makes everything less flexible.
Your goal of 15lbs by mid-May seems quite feasible if you can hit your stride and maintain a 1 lb a week loss like Shy.
Good luck with losing that sinus headache, and bravo on the pants victory!

Happy, I partially share your uncertainty about what to do on the rebounder. There's the health bounce, where your feet don't actually leave the mat at all, and which is supposed to be good for the immune system and is easy on the joints. Then there's the strength bounce, where you do bounce up off the mat, and which will burn off some calories and work up a sweat, again without much stress on the joints because the mat absorbs the shock. Then you move up to twisting and turning and kicking, which ups the cardio effect and does work the core muscles a teensy bit. But I have no idea how you're supposed to jog or sprint on it - the bounce seems to make it impossible to do either very fast. If you do start using it, go gently at first until you feel you've got your balance. Good luck!
As for the Gazelle, it takes up a lot of room, but does let you work up a sweat, again without stress on the joints as there's no impact. It's mostly like the nordic ski machines they came out with 15 years or so ago. One advantage is you can work your arms as well as the lower body. One caveat: for anyone with very large hips it might be a bit of a tight squeeze through the hip/thigh area. I don't carry my weight in my lower body, and I've only got a couple of inches clearance.

Mel is off at the dentist - here's hoping they're treating her like the precious jewel she is. Sending :goodvibes:

Shad, you may end up inspiring me with your stair climbing. Maybe those of us with sound knees should start a challenge, amybe who can climb a mile the fastest. (Landings wouldn't count, downhill either?) But how do you manage it in the heat over there?

Went to another spin class yesterday, that makes three since I decided to stop using the back as a get-out-of-exercise-free card. The next one is Friday night, and it's a 90-minute doozie. Yesterday was also a great day in that my laptop came home good as new! Not a single file or photo was lost, and I've sworn to stop those darned illegal shutdowns no matter how frustrated I get... Apart from that it's all same-old, same-old. No excitement, no problems, no sample-munching while at costco. And no wine. :cry: :rofl:

Gotta go - laundry and lunch are calling my name.

:wave: to Ruth, Madcat, Holly, Shy, Painter and any lurkers looking in. :)

Shad
01-10-2008, 06:12 PM
Morning all and welcome to ANNIE from Indi'annie'polis. Nice to see you. A lurker I see, well we all do that from time to time. You know Holly from another thread?? Well we are not all like her you know!!! (Holly knows I am joking!) but join in and feel free to offer advice and know-how tips. The rest of us do - all the time. And tell us a bit about yourself.

Jeez folks - Ruth's birthday is the 14th. Let's not make her any older than she is. Mel will be uncontrollable if we let her celebrate before the 14th - and besides I reserve the right to be first to wish Ruth happy birthday since I get there first!

Painter - I am pleased with the idea you are now considering exercise. Please start slow (don't try climbing my stairs now) and work up. I well remember how badly out of shape I was when I started at the gym and how I suffered the agonies. I'm off to look at that questionnaire shortly - sounds inviting!!

Ruth - how is the knee today. Bet you can't wait for the 24th. How long will you be in hospital and whats the estimated time of recovery?? I'd wear the boots, let 'em know you are from the country - both by sight (straw in mouth, distant expression, leaning on fence posts, long slow speech with pauses) and by the olfactory sense (pooooooooooooh, where's she been?)
What are you doing with the Hershey while you are incapacitated?

Happy - good to hear about the walking around the pond. Anything that moves anything is good (oh, apart from the jaws muscles chewing) and the benefits will come - although not fast enough. I still after all these years wonder why it is so easy to put on and so hard to take off.
The stairs and the effects of them are not so bad this morning. Getting out of bed was a tedious exercise but once on the feet all is well. Todays exercise is the stability ball. Great for the core - things are a bit easier than on the floor but they burn the muscles twice as much. Hope the headace eases soon. Water, more water and a couple of panadol should do something

Gotta post this and run. Be back later. Breakfast calls

Shad
01-10-2008, 07:12 PM
Well that was a waste of time, breakfast didn't call 'cos none of the team were there. I know I was late but not so late that they wouldn't be there. Maybe it was called off and they forgot to advise me! Hmmm. Message in there somewhere?

Carrots over fries???Well done Happy

Rennie - so you went to get another doctors opinion. Were you hoping it would be the same as yours?? Don't need sweetener in my coffee. I'm sweet enough as it is!!! :rofl: Seriously though you do need to let up on the legs for a period of time. Go to the library and see what you can find on non-weight bearing exercise - if swimming is a non-starter, try leg raises and core stuff from lying on the back or front. If you have a stability ball, try using it to support the hips while you raise and lower the legs. Too much damage in all different areas may lead to permanent damage where you least expect it.

Ceejay - 15lbs is doable. We should all get in there and support you with this. Let's just try for one pound a week and see where it gets us. It seems to work for Rennie. Yeaaaaaa for the sweat pants.

Carla - how many steps to the mile? Don't actually know how I am going to do this exercise when I get home, there aren't any steps in my place and I would have to go find a hill with a park at the top with steps etc. Can't think of any at this time. As for doing the steps in the heat. Coolest time of the day is around 4.30 to 5.30 so guess when I do my exercise. Actually it hasn't been really hot since Christmas day here. Sort of around the late twenties to early thirties. Quite pleasant if windy. But it threatens to get hot this coming week - according to the long range weather forecast which is not often correct. Brisbane will be hot and humid when I get home, so I am going to have to go to the gym - at least that will be air conned.
Good day for you yesterday it seems, computer home, food good, no grog. Remind me to tell you about defragmentation - puts all the illegal shutdowns away and files things in their proper places. It should be routine part of housekeeping computers really.

With that, I'm off again. I know there was something else I was going to say but I've lost the plot and can't find it again.

ceejay52
01-10-2008, 07:38 PM
Shad
I defragmented my uncles computer about a month ago. It took 45 minutes just to do that one thing. No one had shown him how.
Thanks for your support for losing these 15 pounds. Reenie has motivated me to losing 1 pound per week.
:wave: See your egg light glowing.

Carla
I feel for you on the muscle spasms.



Just to clarify what I said about going down to the pit. I didn't have to have to do anything manual when pumping out the pit. We have control switches
to turn the pumps on and off. The pit is dark and I'm claustraphobic

MELODY525
01-10-2008, 07:54 PM
:welcome: ANNIE NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

RUTH WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY??

WAVING TO HAPPY AGAIN!! I CANNOT GER PAGE 8 TO LOAD....IT TURNED OFF MY AOL TWICE NOW! :rofl:
SORRY THIS IS SHORT BUT I GOT HOME LATE AND THEN REPAIRMEN SHOWED UP AND THERE WAS ONLY ME. WE JUST GOT DONE. HOT WATER HEATER AGAIN :faint: ANOTHER ELEMENT WENT. WATER EVERYWHERE.
ANYWAY...THE DENTIST NIS A DOLL. BOTH FACE WISE AND PERSONALITY. VERY NICE. WE HIT IT OFF RIGHT FROM THE START. HE IS TAKING ME ON PERSONALLY AND SAID NO MORE "STUDENT" DOCTORS FOR ME JUST GRADUATES. THEY WILL TRY AND SAVE THE TOOTH, HE WILL GET ME AN ORTHODONTIST FOR THE ROOTCANAL (PROVIDING THE MEDICATED TEMP WORKS), AND HE WILL SEE THAT I HAVE 45-60 MINUTES PER DAY ONLY, (TO AVOID PHYSICAL STRESS) CAUSE HE WATCHED MY BLOOD PRESSURE, AND HE SAID IF HE DOES NOT SEE IMPROVEMENT INM MY EYE HE WILL PERSONALLY WALK ME ACROSS THE STREET OR DRAG ME IF I DON'T COME WILLINGLY AND HE WILL MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE EYE CLINIC NEXT THURSDAY. HE GAVE ME A WEEK TO GET IT "RIGHT" HE SAID. :lol3: GOTTA LOVE A FORCEFUL MAN. I AM LUCKY HE TOLD ME THAT I HAVE ONLY ONE OTHER CAVITY AND NEED A TOOTHCLEANING FOR SOMEOM=NE WHO HAS NOT SEEN A DENTIST IN OVER 10 YEARS. :faint: HE ALSO PUSHED FOR ME TO START WITH A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR'S UNIT WHEN HE IS FINISHED WITH ME. HE'S LIKE TO SEE SOMEONE WATCHING OVER ME AND CALLED MY OTHER DOCTORS LAX IN THEIR EFFORTS TO KEEP ME REGULAR IN VISITATIONS. HE WAS RATHER SHOCKED THAT NO ONE HAS REALLY SEEN ME IN OVER 2 YEARS AND WAS VERY VOCAL ABOUT IT. BUT NICELY SO. NOT PUSHY OR NASTY. THEN WE MET IN THE HALL AND HE WAS SWEETLY KNEELING DOWN ON THE DIRTY FLOOR HOLDING MY HAND AND TELLING ME IT'S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF ME. THIS GUY HAS GREAT INSIGHT AND I TOLD HIM HE MISSED HIS TRUE CALLING....MENTAL HEALTH.
I TOLD HIM TO PLEASE4 GET UP BEFORE SOMEONE THINKS YOUR PROPOSING MARRIAGE TO A SHORT, FAT, UGLY WOMAN IN A WHEELCHAIR. HE CRACKED UP AND LEFT FOR LUNCH. I LOVE THIS GUY ALREADY!!:dance:
I KNOW HE'S RIGHT AND I HAVE BEEN BS'ING MYSELF AND THE DOCTORS AND NEED TO BE MORE REGULAR IN GENERAL CARE. SO I WILL SURPRISE HIM NEXT WEEK AND TELL HIM THE APPOINTMENT TIME AND DATE FOR THE EYE DOCTOR. I WILL CALL FIRST THING TOMORROW. THEY WERE CLOSED WHEN I GOT HOME AFTER 4.
ALL IS WELL HERE AND FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW.
WAVING A HAND AT WHOEVER IS ON THE NEXT PAGE.
WHEN I POST THIS IT SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY BRING ME THERE....I HOPE!!
SWEET DREAMS :cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE :sunny:

MELODY525
01-10-2008, 07:59 PM
I CAN SEE I AM HOPELESSY BEHIND IN READING. IT WILL HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY OR TWO. I JUST CAN'T FOCUS ON IT. BUT I LOVE YOU ALL AND HOPE ALL IS WELL. MAYBE JEN CAN HELP ME OUT THIS WEEKEND. :hug: TO ALL!

Shad
01-10-2008, 08:10 PM
Oh Mel - I'm so happy for you. Sounds like you've found someone who actually cares. GREAT STUFF

Hollyhock
01-10-2008, 10:33 PM
Aw it's Annie!!! HUGS!!!!!! Glad you are all being so nice to her. Be gentle now.

Looks like we need to send Ruth a hot stud muffin for some acrobatics for her BDay. *wink*.

Glad Mel is getting some good dental health.

We are all okay here. Doing the work/mom/wife trying not to go bonkers thing.Been making better food choices and been doing squats and wall pushups at work. Gotta be better than nothing.

HUGS!!!

Shy Moment
01-11-2008, 01:05 AM
Holly
Will send the Chip N Dale dancers right over to Ruth

Melody
A good dentist is worth their weight in gold.

Cee
You are doing great. I am so happy for you. Why don't you motivate me to lose 2lbs a week without dropping calories. I can't afford to drop anymore calories or fat. I can understand that. I am claustrophobic too. There are just somethings I could not do unless a hungry wolf was chasing me lol. Going into a pit would be one of them. Hasn't any of you people heard of caffeine free mountain dew lol.

Shad
No the doc wanted me to see the sports doc to make sure there wasn't more wrong than she thought. I have been taking it easy.

Ruthxxx
01-11-2008, 09:00 AM
Hey~! Nobody should be on Page 8! If you are, you need to reset some of your profile options to display 40 posts per page.

1. Go to User CP in the purple band at top left of your screen.
2. Select Edit Options.
3. Scroll down until you get to Thread Display Options.
4. In Number of Posts to Display per Page, change the number to 40.
5. Scroll to the bottom and remeber to SAVE the change.

Rushed this morning but will try to get back later.

happy2bme
01-11-2008, 09:16 AM
caffeine free mountain dew :?: That almost sounds like sugar free chocolate as in what's the point - :lol: Seriously tho, I've seen Diet Mountain Dew but don't recall seeing the caffeine free stuff. Althought I think the new diet mantra is "don't drink your calories" since I seem to hear that everywhere I turn. Except how does work for keeping up on the dairy - low fat milk is as many points as a Coca Cola :(

I'm with Rennie that no one is getting me into a dark pit. I shiver just to think of it. I didn't even like the hallway in the hotel. It was long and narrow and creepy looking if you thought long enough about it.

Just keep doing what you're doing Rennie - it works well for you. Glad you are resting the knee a bit - don't want to do something to take yourself out of the game for a week or two.

Holly - where do I send the money for Ruth's stud muffin? :rofl: I think I have at least 7 dollars in Canadian money up in a drawer somewhere in the house.

Mel, I am thrilled to hear that you have found a doctor who cares about getting you well and keeping you there. You can be WELL MEL :rofl: :rofl: Come take my hand sister and commit with me to making this the year we take care of us. Ok?

Ceejay - good for you for getting in the pits. Ick - could NOT do that. Even if tornadoes were charging down the street :yikes: I think you have a bit more variation with WW over Best Life. Of course if you don't plan properly you can slip too many treats into the WW plan - guess it depends on how disciplined you are. I find once I start logging on a regular basis, I'm more hesitant to eat the bad stuff, although weekends are my downfall with erratic schedules and eating out. There was a dreadful line of storms this morning that stretched clear across the country. I caught it on the way to work and had to pull over at one point because it was raining so hard and flash flooding that I couldn't see out the window. Of course the crazies are driving 50 mph with no lights on. :rolleyes: :no: The sinus headaches seemed to pass as the weather cleared up.

Shad - good question you asked about how many steps in a mile. I can't seem to find the answer to that. Nearest I come is that it's the same amount of walking steps (approximately 2,000 based on the length of your stride). However, s.Stair climbing burns even more calories than regular walking, so you might consider this a turbo activity - and that is supported by the calories expended charts. Not quite sure that just a 1 level aerobic step would be the same as a flight of stairs. We just have to get you working in a multi-level office building when you get back home. And thank you for the support :D :hug:

Carla - I spent some considerable time yesterday trying to find exercises online for the rebounder. Just about all of the Google hits are advertising videos to buy but I did see a few short clips on You Tube which gave me some ideas. I thought you just jumped on the thing but there's way more you can do. And apparently it's wonderful for cleaning out the sludge in the lymphatic system. Thanks for bringing it up :hug: OMG WOMAN :eek: you're one of those illegal shutdown peeps. :nono: :nono: :nono: DON'T BE DOING THAT!!!!!! As you found out, you can mess things up big time. Windows is better at handling that but still, it's like punching yourself in the belly 10 times randomly throughout the day. :yikes: And a 90 minute spin class? :ebike: Wowie Kazoweee - am torn between who I'm more in awe of at the moment - you spinning for an hour and a half or Ceejay in the pit. **bows to you both** No wonder that's such a good fat burner. Kinda makes bouncing on the rebounder kind of a "weenie" task, does it? :o

As for other exercises Rennie, are you doing weights already? You don't even need dumbells at first - filled water bottles, good size soup cans will work. Tell Wolfie to buy you a resistance ball as there all all sorts of exercises you can do on that one - particularly working on the center "core". Pilates will also give you a good workout while you're resting the hamstring. There's lots of online places that give free exercises Shape.com, ***********.com - just some suggestions.

Well ok, I just jumped on the bandwagon when "Well Mel" - (tho I think I like Swell Mel better tho - not to imply you are bloated or anything :rofl: ) got so excited about Ruth's birthday. I thought it was yesterday also tho truth be told all I really remember is her saying how she liked being 69. :lol: :^:

Are you SURE you want to join up with this lot Annie? We WILL corrupt you :rofl:

Good stuff in that questions document Painter, thanks again for sharing it. Don't be such a stranger woman, y'all hear?

Ok, one more day in the office - best get it over and done with. Have a good Friday chickees.

happy2bme
01-11-2008, 09:17 AM
Thanks for the tip Ruth - didn't know we could do that. I'm resetting now.

Updated --- geez, what a difference. Makes it easier to catch up if I get behind in my reading too. Also I have turned off displaying people's signatures so if any of you put something interesting in yours - let me know so I can sneak a peek. Some of the people on the boards go way overboard with the signatures - gets very annoying after a while even if the mods remind people to do some clean up.

MELODY525
01-11-2008, 09:42 AM
RUTH~ MY # OF POST CHANGED WHEN I WENT TO ENORMOUS PRINT :rofl: AND I LEFT IT LIKE THAT CAUSE THE OTHE WAY MADE LOADING WITH DIAL-UP IMPOSSIBLE!! :faint: HOPE YOU LIKE THE STUD MUFFIN WE ARE SENDING!! :love: TAKE PICTURES!!! :belly:

SHAD~ :hug: BACK TO YOU! WTF HAPPENED TO BREAKFAST!!! I DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO FEEL BAD OR LAUGH!! MAYBE THE ENTIORE TEAM SLEPT IN!:cloud9:
SINUS HEADACES ABOUND EVERYWHERE I THINK WITH THIS STRANGE BUT WELCOMED WEATHER!! HOPE YOURS FEELS BETTER :hug:

CEEJAY~ I READ WHERE YOU WENT INTO THE PITS OF DARKNESS, FIGHTING FOR THE FREEDOM AND SAFETY OF YOUR COMPANY...HOW BRAVE OF YOU!!! :dance: GOOD LUCK WITH THE 15 LB GOAL FOR MAY!! YOU CAN DO IT!!
:cheer: GO CJ GO!!!! :cheer:

CARLA~ DON'T :cry: MY NORTHERN SISTER!!! WE'LLL FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE OTHER THAN THE VINO!!! :rofl: GREAT EXERCISING!! AND TODAY IS 90 MINUTES!! GOD BLESS!!! :lol3: :Lol3: :lol3:

HOLLY~ TAKE CARE OF THE "MOM"!!! GOOD GIRL!!

RENNIE~ HOPE THE KNEES LIKE THE CHANGE :hug:

I AM OFF TO MAKE AN EYE APPOINTMENT IF THEY WILL HAVE ME WITHOUT A REFERRAL. IF NOT THEN I WILL GET ONE FROM THE DENTIST. :lol3: I AM NOT DOING ANYTHING TODAY. FEELING GOOD BUT A WEE BIT DEFLATED. AT LEAST I COULD READ THIS PAGE TODAY. WITH ALL THE FLORESCENT LIGHTING AT THE SCHOOL, I WAS GOING CROSSEYED LAST NIGHT :dizzy: MAYBE A PAIR OF LIT=GHTLY TINTED LENSES. I'LL ASK AROUND AND TELL JEN TO KEEP A LOOK OUT. RICHIE IS GOING TO THE STORE FOR BOTH OF US. JEN IS DOWN WITH WHATEVER VIRUSSY THING RICHIE HAD AND GOT TOM LAST NIGHT. POOR KID HURTS ALL OVER AT EVERY END!
NOTHING NEW HERE SO I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY FRIDAY AND A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. HOPE WE ALL GET SOME SUNSHINE ALONG THE WAY :sunny:

Shy Moment
01-11-2008, 10:05 AM
melody
My knees are fine. It is my darn nose that is driving me crazy. I wish it would just get cold and stay that way. Every time it starts to warm up there go my allergy and cold symptoms. I feel like yuck and it is " all in my head " lol.
I have a bad eye and I have to wear tinted lenses because of the darn florescent lights. They told me what was wrong with it. You know, used words <---------------------------------------> long. What it comes down to is I can't see lol. Why don't they just say, you are blind in one eye and can't see out of the other lol. They keep talking about a couple different surgery's that would pretty much fix my eyes. Oh ya, I can see it now. They pop my eye ball out and are fiddling with it. The doc says ooooooops, well she couldn't see out of it very well anyway lol.

Happy
First off, I went from 6 to 8 cans a DAY to ONE every 5 or 6 days. I don't take in any more calories now than I did then but now I am not drinking them all lol. No one takes my dew lol. Do you know there are more calories and crap in the star bucks everyone drinks than in my little can of dew lol. I figure this can of pop into the things I allow myself. Plan my whole day around it. I don't drink diet anything YUCKKKKK.

I have been using light weights since September. Started with bottles of water which were 1lb each. Now I just use very light weights 1 1/2lbs and 2lbs going to get some 3lbs for curls. Nothing very heavy. They are doing a great job at toning. I thought if I tone right along the journey, I will be toned when I get to the weight I want to be or at least sure in better shape than if I wait until I have dropped all the weight. It seems to be working I can see definition in my arms and in the rest of my body. I have an upper body workout I do three times a week. Nothing very difficult. I also do Shapely Secrets In 7, 7 Minute Workout Greer Childers. I do this everyday. You wouldn't think it would do any good. I sure didn't. But the difference I am seeing in my arms and legs really does show. Since wolfbainbreath knows all about this stuff. I had him watch me do those 7 little min of exercises. He said they are great. Use your own muscles against each other. Better than using weights. Who knows. I am starting to see the bat wings go away lol.

happy2bme
01-11-2008, 12:33 PM
Mel - you might want to try yellow tinted sunglasses. Someone at work recommended them to me for night driving as I was having a difficult enough time with the headlights but the new ones they are putting on cars now are really blinding me. Now I drive at night with my yellow safety glasses and look like a crazy woman but who cares - it really helps cut the glare. And the yellow ones don't make things any darker which sunglasses sometimes do.

Rennie - a few posts ago you asked for other suggestions on exercising while you were resting the hamstring but apparently you already have some other options so I'm not sure what it was you were asking for and I will consider myself chastised over the Mountain Dew remark.

annie175
01-11-2008, 01:32 PM
Hello All and thank you for the kind welcomes.......a little about myself......

Let's see... 47 years young, divorced 3 years and very happy about that. Most people lose weight when they divorce, I gained cause I was so happy about it, thus Bariatric surgery on 2/12/07. Total loss 142 lbs. and hope not to lose any more. Have two beautiful, great, well-adjusted kids. DD is 22 and DS is 19, both live at home with me. I finally got my act together after the divorce, and bought a house this past June. Just the right size for me and kids. 3 br, 2bath, 2 car garage, small fenced yard for my baby Bella or Belle for short. She is a Jack Russell with all kinds of energy. She will be 8 yrs old Feb 26, but acts like a crazy wired puppy. Has a ornery streak about her too. Both kids are working full time, DD at a mortgage co, DS at a plumbing co.

All is pretty good in life right now, but was long hard struggle 3 years ago when divorcing, lost my job of 23 years, had to sell home of 16 yrs. I feel very blessed in life at the moment.

You all sound so wonderful and fun. Thanks for letting me join in.

Hey Holly!!

(((Hugs)))

Annie

MELODY525
01-11-2008, 01:39 PM
YAHOOOOO MOUNTAIN DOOOOO!!
REMEMBER THAT COMMERCIAL?
ANYWAY...CHASTISING HAPPY IS FORBIDDON ON THE 3FC CHANNEL :tantrum: :tantrum: SO DON'T WORRY HAPPY...I'LL SAVE YOU!!! :scooter:
I'M ON THE WAY!!:rollpin:
OH AND HAPPY....I WILL LOOK INTO THE NIGHT DRIVING GLASSES. WE MIGHT EVEN HAVE AN OLD PAIR AROUND. GREAT IDEA....THANKS!

HERE IS DR DOUG'S WEEKLY E-MAIL LETTER AND BTW HIW WEBSITE IS FREE AND SO ARE THE NEWSLETTERS IF INTERESTED:
This week, I thought I would share two articles with you that we discovered in the Nutrition Action Newsletter. The first discusses the idea that the size of our dishes and cutlery affects how much we eat. We always talk about the importance of portion sizes; however, it is difficult to gauge proper portions when we are eating out of large bowls or plates. Something to think about!

The second article discusses the effects of exercise on abdominal fat. For those individuals who incorporated exercise into their weekly routine, abdominal fat cells literally SHRUNK in size.

Have a great weekend, and remember: never give up on yourself or the goals you want to achieve! Keep on trying, no matter what life throws your way.

Dr. Doug

BEWARE OF BIG BOWLS

If you want to eat less, try using smaller bowls...maybe even smaller spoons. At Cornell University in New York State, researchers asked 85 people, (nutrition professors, graduate students, and department staff members), to serve themselves ice cream. Each person either got a small (500 mL) or large (1 litre) empty bowl, and either a small (60 mL) or large (90 mL) serving spoon.

The participants who received a larger bowl served and ate 31 per cent more ice cream than those who got a smaller bowl. (All but three people finished all of the ice cream they served themselves.) However, based on a survey the people filled out after scooping out their ice cream, the large-bowl recipients didn't think they had served themselves more ice cream than the small-bowl recipients. Guage

Participants who got the bigger serving spoons served themselves more ice cream than those who got the smaller spoons, but the difference was not statistically significant. However, people who got a larger bowl and a larger spoon ate 57 per cent more ice cream than those who got a smaller bowl and spoon.

What to do: If you're trying to eat less, use smaller plates, bowls, and spoons.

EXERCISE AWAY BELLY FAT

What's the best way to lose belly fat? Exercise and diet may work better than cutting the same number of calories by diet alone.

Researchers assigned 45 sedentary obese women aged 50 to 70 to either a low-calorie diet or the same diet plus either high or low-intensity exercise. Both exercise groups walked on a treadmill three days a week. However, the low-intensity group walked for 55 minutes at a slower speed (1 to 2 miles per hour), while the high-intensity group walked for 30 minutes at a faster speed (3 to 4 miles per hour).

After 20 weeks, all three groups had lost about the same weight (19 to 24 pounds). However, abdominal fat cells shrunk only in the two exercise groups.

And losing belly fat doesn't just slim your midriff. Belly fat raises the risk of diabetes and heart disease more than fat on hips, thighs or elsewhere.

What to do: If you're overweight, cutting calories and exercising are critical. These women burned only about 60 calories a day on the treadmill, but it was enough to shrink their fat cells. Other studies show that exercise can cut the risk of diabetes even if you don't lose a pound.

:hun:THIS MAIL REMINDED ME THAT I HAD RUN OUT AND BOUGHT ONE PLACE SETTING OF SMALLER PLATES WHEN I BOUGHT THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET BOOK. THEN JUST AS QUICKLY I DROPPED THEM ONE BY ONE AND NEVER REPLACED THEM. I THINK I WILL LOOK FOR SOME SMALLER PLATES NEXT TIME I GO TO THE MALL. THEY REALLY MOTIVATED ME TO EAT SMALLER PORTIONS.
HAVING A QUIET DAY SO FAR. A FRIEND JUST GAVE RICHIE AND JEN A LOVELY HIDE-A-BED SOFA IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH A BRAND NEW MATTRESS STILL IN THE PLASTIC! IF I HAD THE ROOM I WOULD HAVE TAKEN IT MYSELF! :scooter: :moped: :scooter: :moped: :lol3:
I AM OFF TO FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH THIS PEACEFUL DAY. STILL DARK AND DREARY BUT THAT'S OK WITH ME!! :cool:

MELODY525
01-11-2008, 01:45 PM
ANNIE...SEEMS WE POSTED TOGETHER! WHAT A GREAT COMEBACK STORY!!! GOOD FOR YOU :hug: SO I WILL SAY A BIG CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WEIGHTLOSS AND TAKING SUCH GOOD CONTROL OVER A LIFE THAT SEEMED TO GO SPINNING OUT OF ORBIT!! SO GLAD THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR YOU AND THE KIDS. YOU DESERVE A BIG OL' PAT ON THE BACK!! :congrat:
WE ARE WOMEN HEAR US ROAR!!!!:yay:

happy2bme
01-11-2008, 03:46 PM
Mel - I think the idea of using smaller dishes was the best thing I got out of the Sonoma Diet book. First we go down from dinner plates to lunch plates. From lunch plates to dessert plates. And from dessert plates we go and dig out Jen's old tea set and eat off those :rofl: Call me when the tea party is on - seems more appropriate to hold it in your end of town than mine :cofdate:

Annie - I'm sorry you had a downer time there for a while but WOW lady - what success you have had. Congrats on turning your life around woman :yay: :hug:

If you don't mind my asking, I have always been curious with the surgery how you STOP losing the weight when you get to an appropriate goal? Is it because your stomach eventually expands a bit and you move to a regular diet? Will you always have to chew extensively for the rest of your life? I don't mean to pry - just have been very curious about it. My DH's cousin had it but we don't keep in touch and I have a friend who had it but she seemed to blow away every concept and rule I heard about life after surgery.

Carla :hug:

ceejay52
01-11-2008, 06:47 PM
Afternoon chicks

I've been to the dermatologist today but he rescheduled me for minor surgery for a huge skin tag that couldn't be burned off. While in Jonesboro, I ate lunch at Ryan's and went shopping at Kohl's. Kohl's had some good sales.

Happy
Are you thinking about having the surgery done?

Annie
Congratulations on your weight loss, and turning your life around. This is great.

Mel
I sure do like your happy spirit. It is a lot easier to use a smaller plate for portion control.

Reenie
I use the 3 pound weights for toning. I have the 5 and 8 pounds also but they are heavy for me to use. I quit going to the gym because I would over do with heavy weights.

to all the rest. Hello :wave: Everyone stay motivated. We can do this.

MELODY525
01-11-2008, 08:37 PM
I'LL LEAVE YOU WORLDLY CHICKS WITH THIS THOUGHT BEFORE BEDTIME.....OR IN SHADDIE'S CASE DAWN!!

CALMNESS IN OUR LIVES
I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all
use a little more calmness in our lives. By following simple advice heard on
the Dr. Phil show, you too can find inner peace. Dr. Phil proclaimed, "The way
to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have
never finished."

So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and
before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot,
a bottle of White Zinfandel. a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, a bottle of Kahlua, a package of Oreos,
the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake,
some Doritos and a box of chocolates.

You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.

Please pass this on to those whom you think might be in need of inner peace.


CEEJAY~ SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT SHOPPING DAY!! NOW STAY OUT OF THOSE DARK PLACES WHERE THINGS GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT!!!
GOOD LUCK WITH THE SKIN SURGERY.

happy2bme
01-11-2008, 11:51 PM
Wow Annie - I looked at your profile - you're a real cutie!!!! You do look like you are in a happy place in the shot. Glad to hear you are on the high road of life now. Those Jack Russell's are fun dogs.

A little about me since you're sharing. I'm 53, will be married 31 years in March. No kids. We are cat people. Cats find their way to our house and we take care of them. We have a scaredy cat named Boo who was a neighborhood stray that decided one day we were safe (and suckers :lol: ) There is also a male Feral cat that has taken up residence in the cat bed in the porch outside and will sit patiently and wait for us to notice him and come out and feed him tho we will never get closer than about 10 feet to him. Boo does not like Mr. Feral. I was born and raised in Chicago and lived there all my life until 4 years ago when my company got bought out and I relocated with the parent company to Memphis. This is not the place I want to spend the rest of my life but it will do for now. One nice thing is that winter is only 2 months long (if that). This morning as I left for work the sun was shining and the birds are all coming back and singing their spring songs which is just lovely to hear. I've always had issues with weight but it has been more difficult it seems over the last few years with quitting smoking, 2 job changes, moving away from friends and family to a new place which does not feel like home at all. My husband keeps telling me that it is not this place that is so bad as much as the world has changed, people and surroundings are different and I must learn to adapt as I will never find the "good old days" again. I do not feel sorry for myself and I have made a promise to myself that this new year I am trying to take a positive attitude, see the good around me and work hard at getting healthy again and making positive changes in my life. Again, welcome to the group.

Gee Ceejay - good luck with the skin tags. I had a big one on my back which was smack dab on the bra line. It was REALLY irritating me so one day - get ready to get squeemish - I just had DH sterilize a pair of manacure scissors and he took it off for me. It only hurt for a while. But I asked him to do it and he made me laugh about us now moving to an old peoples' version of "playing doctor"- unlike what me might have done in our 20's :o so I kind of forgot about it hurting. I'm probably lucky I didn't get a really bad infection or something :dizzy:

You're right - Kohl's does have good sales. Particularly if you can hit the clearance racks or sales right at the start of the sale.

Cute joke Mel - I saw that one before. I hear Dr. Phil is in trouble for violating a the Brittney Spears family confidence and going on national morning TV and blabbing about her breakdown last week. I can only take him in small doses. The one thing of his that I carry with me is at the start of his show where he is talking to a young, troubled man and says "I want you to get EXCITED about your life". For some reason that just really rings true with me.

Perhaps if I sit on my rebounder and bounce on my butt I can get excited. That is until I try to stand up from sitting 6 inches off the ground :rofl:

I guess this is my post for Saturday. I'm getting up early (ugh) and DH and I are going out for breakfast (yumm). Then we are heading south of the border to Mississippi to look at some tile for the front hall and a new front door. I don't know why, but it is terribly difficult to find a door here outside of just what they carry in the home improvement stores. It's time to get focused on the home improvements lest Shad come back and realize we have the same paint and wallpaper as we did the last time around. ;)

Have a good Saturday ladies, make it a productive one.

Shy Moment
01-12-2008, 12:39 AM
Cee
I remember when I started using 1lb weights for over my head I thought they were heavy. Then 1 1/2 lb weights then 2. 3lb weights are great right now, heavy enough but not so heavy I can't get a decent amount of reps in. I use each of them for different exercise. Think I am going to go to 4lbs for curls. I have strong arms and boy are the muscles starting to tone and show up real nice. Now to just get rid of the bald eagle wings lol. Why do other people notice the difference and we don't? My daughter told me I didn't have bald eagle wings anymore, just small bat wings lol. I don't use the bow flex because I always over do it. Better for me to stick to hand weights and stretch cords with and without handles.

Melody
The knees feel good as new, just this darn hamstring I am bothered with. It is much much better but not 100% yet.

Happy
I can always use more exercises lol.

Heck I should write a book. How did I know it was written down somewhere to use smaller plates. That was the first thing I did when I started to eat differently and lose weight. How did I know there was a recipe to use spray oil on a pan and bake chicken. I just did it, had no idea there was a recipe. I bet I have a book full of idea that someone has written about and to me are just common sense lol.

PainterWoman
01-12-2008, 03:11 AM
Greetings to "old," new and the soon to have a birthday!:welcome3:
I actually WENT to a WW meeting this am, and by "only" tracking food (rather than actually making a big, impossible promise to make drastic eating changes, I was down #.6 since before Christmas. So that's encouraging.

Shad: You're right about gradual increase/approach to exercise. (And SO sorry about your torn hamstring.) I'm still taking post-chemo meds to keep the joint/muscle pain to a minimum. Except I skipped doses yesterday and was definitely waddle-y-er than usual today. But I doubled up, and DH and I actually schlepped around the block before dinner. Weather was nice (temporarily). Next week is the big "stock show" (as in cattle, not IPO's) in Fort Worth, and the tradition is that it rains buckets. We'll see.

Happy: Thanks for the good (?) news about your skin tag. DH has asked me do perform the same service on him. I'm not sure if I can. I rather liked that the dermatologist used local anesthetic and that I didn't feel anything. I suppose my lovable lunk of a husband doesn't care about PAIN. ;)

Annie-- (welcome!!)-- Congratulations on surviving and then thriving! Divorce + job change + house change + surgery is a LOT OF CHANGES. Will you need post-weight loss surgery, do you think? DH's previous gf had a Jack Russell. I think the one on Frasier is awesome, but the gf's was neurotic, allergic to grass and tended to leak whenever he got escited. Is that true of MOST Jack Russells? Do you know if there is a "calmest" terrier? Or is that an oxymoron?

Glad to hear y'all talking about exercise. We have a Bowflex imitator... I could definitely do that for my arms. What exercise do you do to get the "Eagle wings" reduced to "Bat wings"? A lady at WW said she'd bought some kind of squashy disk/pillow that was supposed to strengthen your core just by sitting on it. (I think it doesn't look quite as odd at a desk as an exercise ball would...) Have any of you heard of such a thing? I'm good at sitting, and wouldn't mind a bit of challenge added to that. :dizzy:

Night all.

Hollyhock
01-12-2008, 08:43 AM
I can see you are all figuring out that Annie rocks!!! She is an amazing mom too.
7 more hours of work and then i am off til Tues morning. Yippee!!!! I really need to kick house butt. (and take down Christmas decorations)
Right now I am enjoying the Sat morning solitude cause everyone else is still sleeping. Imagine only making breaky and packing lunch for oneself and no one bickering in the background. Bliss.
Been mostly focusing on my finances and clearing out my office. Shredding stuff is quite releasing. I still had baby care/emergency files for every kid I had in my home since 2001. Right now i am recording every penny we spend and, everything we earn. Writing down every cent you spend every day is really scary but helps. Probably should do the same with my food intake. I am getting there.
As always, it is great to see you all.

MELODY525
01-12-2008, 09:12 AM
HAPPY~ I AM WORKING ON GETTING "EXCITED" :belly: MAYBE WE CAN BOTH LEARN THAT TRICK THIS YEAR :lol3: HAPPY TILE HUNTING!!! I FEEL THE SAME ABOUT DR PHIL. WAS WAITING FOR HIM TO BREAK A CONFIDENCE CAUSE HE IS JUST TOO CONFIDENT!!!

PAINTER~ I AM GOOD AT SITTING TOO...MAYBE I SHOULD GOOGLE IT AND SEE WRF IT IS!! :rofl: CONGRATULATIONS ON LOSING WEIGHT OVER THE HOLIDAYS!!! WOW!! THAT MUST BE ENCOURAGING. GOOD LUCK WITH THE WW MEETINGS!I LIKED THEM FOR ACCOUNTABILITY.

SHOOT....THE SMOKE ALARM IS GOING OFF. GOTTA RUN. ALL IS WELL OVER HERE THOUGH AND WE'RE GETTING READY FOR THE SNOW THAT'S COMING OR NOT COMING...DEPENDING WHICH CHANNEL YOU WATCH :rofl:
RICHIE IS GOING TO THE STORE TODAY. GOOD BOY.
BETTER GO AND TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS.
HAPPY SATURDAY! :moped:

Roseblush
01-12-2008, 09:44 AM
Morning All, Thanks Ruth for the tip on the site...that is very cool and makes for less searching..... Happy Birthday is soon upon you all the best. Your surgery will soon be here and my thoughts go out to you .... working with people who get replacements is a rewarding task but truly requires determination on the part of the patient....remember Ruth.... you need to get the knee straight.... straight straight....... your bend will usually always come. Good Luck and I hope you receive good therapy afterwards......
Welcome Annie, this is a terrific place to come and visit any time....wonderful women on this site.... comedians most of them..... jokesters.... encouraging always.
Winter is here and seems to reamin at my house on the hill when the snow melts down below which makes me happy. My turtles survived my extended away vaca quite well. Sparky the largest turtle is very determined to get my attention now as often as he can.... fascinating how much he responds to me... so much fun. Teeka held up so well on our 1500 mile journey from south to north...she is amazing in that 3lb body of hers.... 13 and still pimps for food like a pirannaha!
Hope everyone is well I have so much rearranging to do and getting rid of stuff.... trying to make each corner and space more zen like and refreshing.... my 2008 project is to eliminate all this stuff that has been left behind from ex... and sons who are now on their own. I have a difficult time sorting through it all by myself but time to get on with it.... so you may hear complaints from me from time to time about it..... less is more!!!!
Blessings to all!
Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
01-12-2008, 10:07 AM
NAE GOOD MRONING!! JUST GET A LOT OF GARBAGE BAGS AND TOSS, TOSS, TOSS!!! IT CAN BE SAD AT FIRST BUT I FOUND IT VERY INVIGORATING AND CATHARTIC!!! IN THE END I WAS LOVING IT :dance: YUEARS OF "WEIGHT" JUST MELTED AWAY FROM MY MIND....IN FACT I FOUND I ACTUALLY HAD A MIND!!! :rofl:

I CAME BACK TO BRAG. A MAN IN THE LOBBY ASKED IF I WAS ON A DIET "WITH THE REST OF THEM" I SAID I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO LOSE THE REST OF THIS WEIGHT. HE SAID I WAS DOING A GOOD JOB THIS MONTH. SO I FLEW UP AND I WEIGHED IN AT 183.5....THAT'S 3.5 LBS SINCE THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER. I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!!!
SEE WHAT A CUTE DENTIS CAN DO?? :lol3:
SPEAKING OF WHICH...I NEED HIS REFERRAL TO MAKE THE PROPER APPOINTMEN SO I WILL GET IT ON THURSDAY WHEN I GO IN.
OFF TO THE KITCHEN. CLEAN. CLEAN. CLEAN. BEFORE THE ACCOUNTANT COMES IN.

:wave: TO RENNIE & HOLLY!

Madcat
01-12-2008, 11:12 AM
Morning chicks! I'm in a bit of a move and purge mood too. I'm in the middle of laundry, paying bills, doing a budget/cashflow for the year, and tidying my home office. It feels so good to be able to walk into my office without feeling swamped with papers. The DH is off at school and, if the dust doesn't get me, I may even tackle some other cleaning. The floors need to be washed and the bathroom is a mess. I like Mel's idea of a a big garbage bag as a good place to start. :lol: There is something cleansing indeed about a good cleanout.

Ok, the timer went off for the laundry so I have to go fluff and fold. I'll be back later to comment and chat.

ceejay52
01-12-2008, 12:54 PM
Holly and Madcat
I need to take heed to all this finance stuff and clean off the computer desk.

PainterWoman
Taking a walk around the block is getting started in the right direction. Congratulations on that .6 pounds lost. If you did that over the holiday think what you can lose now.

Mel
Congratulations on your 3.5 pounds lost. :woohoo: Yeah for the compliment.

Did the Biggest Loser dvd sculpt last night for 60. It's a 5 minute warm up, 20minute session, and 5 minute stretch. I did it twice. Jillian did level one. She and Bob are just to skinny in my opinion. These two dvd's are set up for 6 week's.

ceejay52
01-12-2008, 01:04 PM
Rose
Sometimes I need to make myself purge some stuff. I tried to get rid of a 40 year old metla shelves last spring and just could not bring myself to do it. This was something my parents bought me when I graduated High School. I also need to pack up what little Christmas decrations that I had out.

MELODY525
01-12-2008, 01:08 PM
OK I'M GONNA CLEAN OFF MY COMPUTER CENTER TOO. IT COULD USE A DUSTING. I THINK THE LAST TIME I CLEANED IT WAS WHEN SHADDIE CAME :rofl:
I DID BOTH MY FEDERAL AND STATE TAXES. IT'S A WHIZ WITH MY INCOME :lol3: THE IRS FIGURES OUT MY REBATE. I EVEN PAID THE BILLS CAUSE JEN BROUGHT UP THE MOUND OF MAIL IN OUR BOXES!! :faint:
THE DAY IS JUST GOING SO WELLLLLLLLLL :sunny:
:WAVE: TO MADCAT AND CEEJAY WHO ARE BUSY CLEARING OUT STUFF AND MAKING BUDGETS!! I NEED THAT TOO.:dance: HAVE A GREAT DAY YOU 2.
WAY TO GO ON THE BL DVDS CJ!!!

carla49
01-12-2008, 07:43 PM
Well, all you de-clutterers have had a good effect on me too, although I had a bad moment when I thought Ceejay's "making herself purge" meant she was going bulimic on us! Spent much of the day clearing out bins under the sinks (still full but tidier :rofl:), organizing a few of the things trailing here and there that belong in the tool chest which still needs to be cleaned out, and even turfing the old burnt-out printer that was waiting to be recycled I know not where. Just what are we supposed to do with piles of old screws and hinges and hooks and cables and outdated extension cords and stuff like that anyway? I just keep thinking that someone somewhere could use them... Next stop: some more books (and bookshelves) really need to go, although I've done a good job on that stuff over the past year. And some clothes purging would be a good idea too. Also, time to prepare a tax payment.

Last night's 90 minute spin class :ebike: went well - I'm really starting to see a difference in my stamina. There's even a tiny chance I'll squeeze my many rolls and lumps into a sturdy black swimsuit and go to a deepwater aquafitness class and a lane swim next week. Desperately hoping I won't run into any of the skinny spinners and runners and triathletes I know from my past as a runner. So many of them are mutants with 12% body fat... they'd be horrified to see what age and fat can do to the bod under the clothing. Especially now that feeling fitter is doing wonders for my body image - I do know what it looks like, but I'm accepting it better.

Sorry that this post is all about me, but there you are, that's the way it is. ;) I'll get back to the rest of you lot soon. :wave:

Shad
01-13-2008, 01:29 AM
Happy Sunday all,
Came in to see if a man had sent me some mail - he hadn't - nothing unusual in that. I spend my life waiting for one man or another!!!!

My job interview went fine on Friday. I'm to get in touch when I am ready to go back to work. They tell me they have plenty - it's not all training, and not all doco. Wonder what else they are going to ask me to do. Take Photographs?????

Annie - good to see you came back. Many don't. And I re-iterate the words happy came up with - you are looking great. Jack Russells are always hyperactive. Actually we had a wee Chinese lady on this project - who was nicknamed the Rottweiler, until we took another look and decided that Rotties were too laid back for her - she then became Mrs Jack Russell. She thought it was funny (thank goodness) Life might niot have been interesting if she hadn't!!!

So much to catch up on. I'll only do a bit because it is too hot to stay in here for long.

Carla - you hould be happy that Annie has joined up - she belongs in the land of the giants as well. Some times our posts have to be all about us. It just happens. Don't get excited about it. Lots of people never comment on anything other than their own little corner of the world.

You may have heard that us Kiwis lost a great New Zealander on Friday. Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first to stand on top of Everest and whose typical kiwi laconcic comment - yeah we knocked the ******* off - sent a few shock waves around the radio world - passed away at the age of 88. He was an extraordinary man who never believed he was extraordinary. I met him many years ago when he was doing a speaking tour of NZ and he got lost in the wilds of the Wellington Town Hall!! I had to tell him where to go. Most of you know I am quite good at that - but anyway we had a good conversation and he dragged $10 out of me as a donation to his cause.

Okay - I am out of here to go home and do some more packing and cleaning. I'm trying to debate how to move this furniture for the carpet cleaners coming soon.

Back to comment properly tomorrow.

carla49
01-13-2008, 03:51 AM
Just 14 more days, and our Shad will be free at last!!!

Annie, if you're looking in, don't be offended by Shad's 'giant' comment. Almost everyone on this thread is vertically challenged , so normal height women seem like giants to them... I often feel like Gulliver in Lilliput, and I'm only 5'8".

Dratted computers! The laptop has just been brought back from the brink, and now there's something wrong with the plug-in for the power cord. So back off to the computer hospital it goes... Grrrr. :tantrum:

Madcat
01-13-2008, 06:49 AM
We’re not vertically-challenged; the floor is just built too close to our heads! Now can you reach something down from that top shelf for me?

MELODY525
01-13-2008, 08:37 AM
YES MRS MADCAT IT IS TIME WE HAD THE FLOORS IN THIS DAMN PLACE REDONE!! I'M TIRED OF NOT BEING ABLE TO REACH THINGS! THANK GOD FOR GRABBER BARS (AS I CALL THEM). YOU AND CARLA REMINDED ME OF ONE OF MY PET PEEVES. PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED.
I THINK OF ONE MORE PERSON SAYS THAT TO ME I AM GOING TO PUT MY FOOT UP HIS/HER BUTT. FOR SOME SILLY REASON THOSE 2 WORDS PISS ME OFF :tantrum:
LIKE IT'S SOME KIND OF TEST OR GAME OF PATIENCE... WTF!! LET THEM TRY PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED AND SEE HOW THEY LIKE IT :rofl:

OK OFF THE SOAP BOX. HERE COMES THE SNOW!! LOTS OF LOVELY WHITE STUFF IS ON THE WAY. BUT NOTHING LIKE OUR NORTHERN SISTERS GET. WILL MEL GET TO THE SUPERMARKET TUESDAY? WILL SHE GET TO SEE THE CUTE DENTIST THURSDAY?? ONLY THE WINTER WARLOCK KNOWS THE ANSWER. :wizard: STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES ON THE PERILS OF MELLIE.:scooter:
MADCAT AND CEEJAY WERE CONTAGIOUS YESTERDAY AND I AM LOOKING AT A MUCH CLEANER AND NEATER CENTER!! :cheer: NOTHING ELSE NEW HERE. WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

CARLA~ YOU ARE BECOMING THE SPINNING QUEEN :queen" GO GO GO!!! NICE TOSSING SESSION YOU HAD ALSO. I WONDEWR WHERE NUTS AND BOLTS GO TOO? OR WAS IT LOCKS AND HINGES? ONE OF THE MAINTENANCE MEN LOVE WHEN TENANTS TOSS OUT STUFF LIKE THAT. HE SAVES EVERYTHING!! MOTA DOES NOT EVEN HAVE THE WORD DECLUTTER IN HIS VOCABULARY!!! :rofl: NOW STRAP ON THAT BLACK BATHING SUIT AND GO KNOCK THEIR SOCKS OFF :swim:

SHAD~ DOES THAT JOB OFFER MEAN THEY HAVE WORK FOR LIKE "FOREVER"?? THAT WOULD BE NICE...YOU COULD PICK AND CHOOSE ALL THE TIME :dance:
YOU'D MAKE A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER!! TELL THEM TO SEND YOU BUTTERFLY HUNTING!! HOPE THEY HAVE SOME GOOD JOBS FOR YOU! :hug:
SEEMS LIKE I SPENT MOST OF MY LIFE WAITING FOR A MAN...EITHER TO GET IT UP OR DOWN :lol3: :lol3:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING TO ALL THE WORLDLY CHICKS!!

Madcat
01-13-2008, 09:48 AM
Mel~ Thanks for posting these neat articles. I thought about that yesterday when I was having some leftover Chinese food and decided I’d just have it on a small side plate. I think it did help with the portion control. Big plates make food look lonely! :lol: Look at how well you are doing. Go Mel!!! Congratulations. Enjoy the fluffies falling from the sky. Should we get the floors lowered, do you think?

Annie~ Welcome to the madness! Really, we hardly ever bite and our bark really is harmless. You are a true comeback story. Good work! It reminds me that when things get tough we just need to hang on and rebuild.

Are we sharing? We should remember to put some sort of link back to that long series of intro posts we did a while ago. Anyway my vital stats: I’m 46, married for a little under two years (my first and only marriage) to a terrific man, and we live in Toronto. I was born and raised here though I did have an unfortunate 7 years in the wilds of suburbia (no offence to any suburbanites out there). I work as a freelance tech writer just to keep my two cats in the manner in which they have become accustomed.

Ceejay~ Good luck with the coming surgery. Is this an outpatient surgery or will you have to be in hospital for a bit? I agree with you that I think both Bob and Jillian are a tad extreme in their lack of body fat.

Happy~ I really admire people who have the guts to pick up and leave everything they know behind and move to a new city. Not sure I would have the courage, but you managed it, so, as Shad would say, good on ya. As for the lost good times, life ebbs and flows like that. We make changes and we have to adjust. Your DH is wise. Hope your tile hunting expedition was a success.

Painter~ Wow, it seems as if you might be on the right track. That’s great. I’ve heard good things about those balance pillowy things too. Apparently they do activate the core muscles. If only I knew what bat wings were…

Rose~ Good luck with the purging. It is good for the soul.

Carla~ Good work on the spin classes and the results you are seeing. Nothing so good as actually feeling results. 12% body fat? So I probably have more fat in one leg than they do in their whole bodies.

Shad~ Congrats on lining up the next gig. Sir Edmund Hillary was a really interesting man. He climbed and then spent the rest of his life trying to make the lives of those in Nepal better. That’s so cool and I had never really heard that much about his life other than the climbing achievement.

Hi to Holly and Rennie.

Not sure what is on the agenda for me today. DH is off at school. I’ve been invited to a friend’s place this afternoon. Contemplating either more laundry (linens), more cleaning or going to the gym before that. Not sure which seems like the best idea since they all need to be done. Decisions, decisions. Everyone else have a good day.

MELODY525
01-13-2008, 10:59 AM
MADCAT~ YES LET'S GET THE FLOORS LOWERED!! FOOD LOOKS LONELY :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: BUT YOU ARE SOOOO RIGHT!!! HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE FRIEND'S HOUSE.

I AM BREAKING OUT THE SNOW TIRES :lol3: THERE IS AN ALERT FOR 8" :dance: :dance: :dance: AND THEN SOME CAUSE MORE IS BEHIND THE FIRST STORM!
UNLESS OF COURSE IT ALL TURNS TO :rain:

FOR THE WINTER MONTHS ESPECIALLY: LET'S US NOT FORGET TO WASH OUR HANDS. THERE ARE MANY VIRUSES AND FLUS OUT THERE NOW AND SOME ARE DRUG RESISTANT. ORDINARY SOAP AND WATER CAN KEEP US ALL HEALTHIER THIS WINTER. TOO MUCH ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP IS NOT A GOOD THING!
:bubbles: SO WASH, WASH, WASH! :bubbles:

http://www.aolcdn.com/aol-body/person-washing-hands-348a122807

happy2bme
01-13-2008, 11:51 AM
Good morning chicks,

DH and I spent the day doing life size puzzles. Blasted tile! We spent quite a bit of time at the tile store - saw a pattern we liked and thought would work in the front hall and spent what seemed like forever waiting on a quote. OMG - on the price :eeek: They did tell us that 90 percent of the price was labor. So DH is rethinking about doing this himself. We got home and I didn't like how the colors worked in the hall. You see, the floor buts up against dark wood in the dining room and there is a different kind of dark wood on the stairs in the hall. The trim is all painted white and the room is a bit on the dark side as it faces north east and the door is set within an alcove thus cutting off even more light. You don't really notice these things unless you're trying to change it out. The tiles that I thought were an acceptable color are large - 17 by 17 inches and I thought they were too big for the size of floor space we are working with. On our way home, I suggested we stop at the hobby shop and pick up an artist's newsprint sketchbook as well as a piece of poster board to make a template and cut out pieces of paper to simulate the tile sizes so we could figure out a pattern. That turned out to be a good idea more than we ever thought. We cut out strips of grocery sacks for the dark contrast tiles and DH started laying them on the floor. The foyer has 4 door entrances - the front door, a large open double doorway to the living room/office as well as 2 entry ways - a wide one to the dining room and a narrower one to the family room. We'd lay a pattern on the dining room side and when we got to the family room side, the narrower pattern made it look off. We laid "tile" straight in a grid, on a 45 degree angle as a diamond shape pattern, this way and that. We tried about 6 different patterns and would always get to a point where we'd realize it would not work or he'd have to cut so many tiles that it would be very difficult. Due to the way that the light plays in the room as well as the dark woods we have to work with, I feel you really need some contrast in there. So we are trying to work with 2 tile colors, either as a border or accent pieces. I never realized this would be SO HARD :tantrum: I am very glad that we did it though because we finally did come up with something we think will work - a neutral color floor and a simulated "rug" of tile in the center with a contrasting border and perhaps even a 3rd different color of tile. I think we will be alot happier with this. A designer at the store could have laid out the pattern and estimated the amount of tiles, but we would not have known the difficulty of it until we we to go put the tile down ourselves. This way we not only know precisely what sizes, colors and amounts, but we also have the pattern laid down and numbered so when he does go to lay the tile, it's all figured out, including the cuts. Now that I see what an ordeal it was, I don't feel quite so badly about stalling this for over a year. But that's how I spent yesterday. Today will be consumed with meal planning, grocery shopping, laundry and in the spirit of you ladies - some decluttering myself.

Oh Mel - I heard there was a n'easter headed your way. Hope you don't get the whole 8 inches! Get those snow boots on woman. Good advice on the hand washing. Be sure to lather up and wash for at least 30 seconds. Clean under the fingernails as those get overlooked. I read in a magazine a while back that the reason kids pick up germs is because they are always "picking" at things with childlike curiosity, germs get under the fingernails, they wash hands but mostly clean the palms and then go and stick their fingers in their mouths, thus neatly transfering the germs. I thought wow - that makes sense so now I make sure to wash everything thoroughly, particularly as Mel says this time of year. Make sure you finish it off with some nice hand cream. Am I the only one who finds my hands get very dry and sometimes to the point of cracking up this time of year? Congrats on the weight loss for the month - that's WONDERFUL!!!!! :yay:

Madcat, pity you don't know what bat wings are - I'd be glad to lend you mine for a bit :lol: I am encouraged to see that arms, unlike tummies do tend to shrink down in size when you lose the excess weight. Loved your remark about lowering the floor :rofl: You have a very witty brain! Have a good visit with your friend and then put some extra oomph into the housecleaning to double as the gym workout - deep kneebends, marching in place to the cycle running out, etc and there - you've multitasked. Sundays always seem to be so full of too many choices. I am always amazed by single people who get up and move to a new city - totally by themselves, knowing no one. THAT'S pretty incredible. And sometimes scary too as what happens if you get sick or hurt and you only have yourself to rely on. At least I have DH.

Shad - forgive me but I can't get the image out of my head that not only will you do doco and training but they will expect you to get on the big mining equipment and demonstrate how you run the big rigs too :rofl: I can see you with a hardhat, miner's light and driving a big back hoe - the one's with the tires that are twice as high as you are tall! :lol: Glad the interview went well - sounds curious. I won't cross fingers per your instructions but will be hoping for good things to flow your way. Thank you for the bit of background on Sir Edmund. May he find new heights in the next world. *salute* Gosh, climbing Everest in 1953. Can you IMAGINE how very difficult that must have been? Wow. And so great that you got to meet him - AND he pandered you - :lol3: Now there is someone devoted to his passion :D

Carla - you have reminded me that we too have an old color printer sitting upstairs in the attic storage. It's a perfectly good, working printer tho you probably can't get ink cartridges for it any more. Shame to just pitch it out - along with the box of cords and screws :lol: Although I have to admit that my email box at work is at the limits and I was intending to delete all the email I carried over from the old job when I got not 1 but TWO calls last week from former co-workers desperate for some answers to some tricky support calls. Was it convienient that the people on support "didn't know anything" about what they once worked on but in both cases they said - maybe you should call Happy and ask her about it. It took a while but I did find the fix to both of their issues buried in those emails I was about to purge.

Sounds like you have a variety of exercise routines all set up for you Ceejay - I think that makes it easier to just pop the DVD in and away you go. :jig:

Looks like my coffee cup is empty - time to refill and have a second cup while I go sort the laundry.

Hellos to the rest of the crew - sorry I couldn't get to everyone. Enjoy your Sunday!

MELODY525
01-13-2008, 12:11 PM
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A PIC OF THE SIR EDMUND.....AND WHAT A CUTIE CLIMBER HE WAS. TOO BAD HE MISSED SCALING THE HILLS OF MOUNT MELODY. MAYBE IN OUR NEXT LIVES! :love: NO WONDER SHAD GAVE HIM THE $10....I WOULD HAVE TOO!

HAPPY~ I WILL PROMIST TO WIPE ME "FEET" BEFORE ENTERING YOUR NEW HALL TILES AFTER YOU AND DH GET THEM ALL ARRANGED. I WAS JUST THINKING OF A GREAT IDEA READING YOUR POST. THERE ARE SO MANY DECORATED TILES OUT THERE THAT LOOK LIKE AN ORIENTAL CARPET WHEN YOU PUT THEM DOWN WITH A BORDER......OH THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS:dance:
GOOD LUCK!

carla49
01-13-2008, 12:13 PM
So, Mel, now you're calling me a grabber bar? :snooty: Sheesh! Will the insults never cease?!! :crazy: :rofl:

Shad
01-13-2008, 06:30 PM
Morning all,

For those interested, try this link http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080111/ap_on_re_au_an/obit_edmund_hillary Should give you some idea of his life and times. No he didn't just climb Everest!! :lol: I reckon he'd'agot a giggle out of that one. Good on ya Happy!

For those of us vertically challenged (not physically, just vertically) it's not only the floor that they build too close to our heads - have you ever noticed that when you drive up to a ticket slot in the parking lot, they park those things so far away you have to undo the seat belt, take the car out of gear, maybe put the handbrake on (some of THEM are so vicious that they put the out of reach ticket thingy on a slope) and physically get out of the car to put the ticket in the slot? And then you have to jump back in and drive off as fast as possible before the damned arm comes down again. You then spend the next five minutes getting yourself back into drive mode!!! It's not a lot of fun you know!!!!!

Happy - Wonderful idea, and all that playing around on hand and knee should give DH a taste of how his back will feel after the tile job is finished. I forget - what is down there now?? Do you have to smash up and lift a whole floorful of tiles?? I think the Rug effect - oriental or otherwise is great and it does solve a whole range of tile cutting - job that I hate with a passion. Mind you the anglegrinder made life a whole lot easier than that rotten so called tile cutter thingy!

Mel - yeah Sir Ed wasn't a bad looker in his time. Lost a bit of it when the first wife and daughter were killed in a plane crash and he went on an almost two year bender.
Snow?? Eight inches of the stuff?? Yikes :yikes: Hope the parcel arrives soon then. Should be next week according to the lady at the Post!! :rofl:

Madcat - Stand with your arms outstretched at shoulder height and then just jiggle them a bit. If there are some wobbly bits where the triceps should be, you've got batwings. If not, you are an exceptional person!!! Hope you worked out the dilemma between housework, gym, friends etc.

Poor Carla - while the computer is away on holiday again, you can spend your time squeezing into the little black item. Good going on the spin classes and the resulting 'feeling better about me' attitude.

Well it was a quiet weekend for me. Bits of cleaning interspersed with long walks and some other exercise and a fair amount of downtime with a book. I have 10 more days of work and 21 more day altogether before I fly out of here. I doubt that I will need to work any weekends.
Tomorrow night I am out with friends - we are going to the Sopranos Spaghetti House for Italian something. On Thursday (some) of the team here are going to a Tapas Bar for drinks and nibblies. I'll be well fed this week.

And having said that, I'd better go and get on with it.

Sorry for anyone I have missed - not intentional. Just happens from time to time.

ceejay52
01-13-2008, 09:57 PM
Just popping in to say hello :wave:

Got to get the exercise done then it's bed time.

Shy Moment
01-14-2008, 01:11 AM
Cee
I like to exercise before bed. Exercise, nice shower, lay and watch tv. Perfect ending to a day.

Shad
The world isn't set up for short people it also isn't set up for left handed people.

Carla
At least no one makes fun of your ticker. They make fun of my egg lol.

Happy
Remodeling can be incredibly fun and incredibly frustrating. I do understand. Have been working on my house for 8 years lol. Have another 8 years to go lol.

Melody
Please don't lower the floors. I can't reach the top two shelfs in my cupboards as it is lol.

Mad
Hello

Shad
01-14-2008, 02:30 AM
Actually I think the apartment I have now was made for Goliaths - or is that Grabber bars - I can only just reach the second shelf in the overhead cupboards. The other two are stepladder stuff.

MELODY525
01-14-2008, 09:10 AM
CARLA....IF THE BAR FITS THEN WEAR IT!:lol3: :lol3: :lol3: ONLY YOU COULD THING UP SUCH A THING :rofl:

SHAD~ WHY THE 21 DAYS? IS THAT TO MAKE SURE THE PROJECT IS UP AND RUNNING?????? DO WE NEED A NEW COUNT DOWN LATER??:rofl: THE SOPRANOS ARE FAR REACHING HUH??? WONDER WHEN THEY WERE CREATED IF THEY EVER DREAMPT THEY WOULD GO ALL THE WAY TO OZ?!?! I HAD A STATE INSPECTOR ONCE ASK ME WHAT USE ALL THE HIGH CABINETS WERE TO ME...I SAID IT'S GOOD FOR ALL MY DAUGHTER'S EXTRA STUFF THAT DOESN'T FIT IN HER OWN APARTMENT!!:rofl:

:wave: HELLO CEEJAY JUST POPPING IN!

RENNIE~ I'LL SEND GRABBER BARS OUT TO ALL!


WELL OUR SNOW STORM WAS A BUST!! IT'S WET AND ICY OUT BUT NO SNOW. MAYBE TODAY'S STORM WILL BRING SOME FLUFFY STUFF. I WENT TO BED AND ALL THE FORECASTERS SAID WE'D WAKE UP TO A MINIMUM
OF 5" :cry: NOW I WANT A REFUND!! :tantrum:
I HAVE SOME ANNOYING CALLS TO MAKE. THIS IS THE 3RD TIME AN AGENCY IS TELLING ME I DIDN'T SEND IN THE PROPER PAPERS FOR MY ELECTIC AID. I HAVE SENT THE SAME PAPERS TWICE ALREADY :rollpin: I WISH THE PEOPLE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HIRE IN MY AREA COULD ACTUALLY PASS SOME KIND OF INTELLIGENT TEST.:faint:
SO I AM OFF TO COLLECT PAPERS AND SEE IF THIS ONE WILL LET ME FAX THEM INSTEAD!!!!!
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY :moped:

:WAVE: TO MISS HAPPY!!! :wave:

happy2bme
01-14-2008, 09:39 AM
Mornin' chicks,

And a chilly one at that. Brrr....

:wave: back at you Mel. Glad you didn't get a ton of snow. Very frustrating on the paperwork. I think they do that on purpose because the papers pass through so many hands including the one person whose job it is would be to LOSE the carefully filled in paperwork.

Shad - I think the newer the building, the higher the ceiling and therefore the higher the cabinets. Got me one of those one step stepstools which gives just the right amount of extra height to reach things. As for the hall floor, we have ugly 1970's terra cotta tile in there now. It's not laid even so if you walk with bare feet you run the risk of bruising your heel if you catch it on an edge. Ugly AND painful. Actually all the floors in this house are hideous. Must have been a special on ugly tile with the builder :lol: Hope you last few weeks on the job cruise by quickly.

Shy - I think remodeling is like housework - you've NEVER quite done. LOL

Mornin' Ceejay - did you get the exercise in?

We'd better be nice to Carla or she will sneak into our houses in the middle of the nights and rearrange all our cabinets putting the frequently used stuff on the top - out of reach shelves. :rofl:

Quick post for me today. :wave: to the rest of the chicks. Happy Monday.

ceejay52
01-14-2008, 10:58 AM
RUTH
Happy birthday to you
:bday2you: :woo:

Happy
Yes ma'am got in the exercise. I have to have a 2 step ladder to get in the second shelf at home. It's a different story when I'm at my uncles. They are both tall.

Mel
To bad on the snow. I'm epecting it to snow here on the 17th. My predictions
come because each year my sister has snow on her birthday. It's the 17th.

Reenie
Exercise seems to get rid of the stress for the day. Follwed by a hot bath I'm good for 8 hours of sleep.




I'm up 2 pounds this morning but food was not good last week. This week shall be better.

189/184/135

carla49
01-14-2008, 11:56 AM
:hb: :cheer2: Happy Birthday To Ruth :cheer2: :hb:
:balloons: Happy Birthday To Ruth :balloons:
:celebrate: Happy Birthday Dear Sister :celebrate:
Happy Birthday To You!
:cheers: :bday2you::bday2you: :cheers:

annie175
01-14-2008, 01:09 PM
Good Morning Ladies.........

I am hard to scare away and can laugh with the best. and sometimes I do feel like a giant, especially today, I have on my stiletto heal boots so am probably 6 ft tall. She's an amazon.....

Mel...Calmness in our Lives, absolutely love it. Rock on...as she finishes off the bottle...

Happy...thank you for the wonderful compliment. Woowee the tile project sounds like a doosy. Thank G you have some help.

Painter, yes Miss Belle does get excited when people come to the house, right when you walk in we start saying, "don't talk to the dog, don't talk to the dog" she will p-p. Once you are in the house, all is good. She does love to play ball and will drive you bonkers with it.

My DD and I start Zumba classes last week. We go on Monday nights for an hour. It is exercise to salsa dancing music. It was the longest hour last week, came out sweating like a dog. However it was so much fun. Going to hit it tonight too.

Hello to everyone....have a marvelous Monday, it is half over, yeehaaa.

Hugs

Annie

annie175
01-14-2008, 01:32 PM
Krike, I forgot to answer Carla's questions about the WLS (weight loss surgery).

I am down 12 lbs more than my docs goal, however should level out soon. Your stomach does expand, very slowly. Problem is the more you eat the more you poo, so it is difficult to slow the role on losing. I have slowed down quite a bit. Doc gives tips on how to slow or stop the weightloss. Example: switch back from skim milk to whole milk, start eating a few carbs (bread, potatos) altho you feel too full once you eat starches. Stomach does expand little by little, in the beginning I could only hold about an ounce of food per sitting, now I am up to about 6 ozs. Doc would like for us to level out at about 8-10 oz meals. I have very little "hanging skin". My thoughts on that is, if you have been heavy all your life, likely you will have more than norm hanging skin, if you have only been heavy later in life, not so much hanging skin. My tummy is about like when I had kids, and I have a very little about under my arms. I am not vain about it, if I should hit the lottery some day I might have a tummy tuck, otherwise, like me or lump me as I am.

Thanks for asking, I don't mind talking about it at all.

Cheers!!

MELODY525
01-14-2008, 02:28 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR RUTHIE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

:dance: :hb: :balloons: :cheers: :cheer: :cb: :carrot:

MELODY525
01-14-2008, 02:40 PM
HAPPY....GOOD IDEA!! I CAN JUST SEE CARLA STICKING MY COFFEE UP IN THE OVERHEADS!! :rofl: HIDE!!!!!

CEEJAY~ IF YOU GET THE 17TH SNOW STORM THEN SEND IT UP NORTH!! :hug:

ANNIE~ NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE TO ZUMBA WITH!! HAVE FUN!! :belly: I THINK YOUR ATTITUDE AND GOAL ARE STUPENDOUS!!!! WTG!!!!

I HAVE LOTS OF GOOD NEWS:

1~ MY OZ PARCEL ARRIVED :hohoho: AND I WENT DOWN WITH MY FUZZY LILAC PONCHO AND SHOWED OFF!!! :moped: AND I WILL PEDAL TO THE DVD OF AUSTRALIA'S SPIRIT!!
I AM SOOO EXCITED....THANKS SHAD!!! :hug:

2~ THE AGENCY DID LOSE MY PAY STUBS... SO OUT THEY WENT FOR THE 3RD TIME. HOPEFULLY THEY WON'T MISPLACE THESE!! :faint: AND IT ONLY TOOK ME 2 HOURS TO GET THRU ON THE PHONE!!!! :rollpin:

3~ I CALLED THE PHARMACIST AND TOLD HIM WE HAD SEVERAL DEATHS HERE. HE LIKES TO UPDATE. ASKED ME HOW I WAS AND I TOLD HIM...HE IS SENDING THE DROPS FOR MY EYES FOR NOW AND HE HELPED ME GET AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE 28TH. HE CALLED FOR A REFILL, THEY SAID NO, HE SAID THEN GIVE ME A DATE FOR MY FRIEND TO SEE A DOCTOR. THEY GAVE HIM ONE FOR FEBRUARY 28TH, HE SAID IT WAS UNACCEPTABLE AND THEY SAID THE 28TH OF JANUARY THEN. :cheer: WHAT A GUY HUH??? THE DROPS WILL BE EXPENSIVE BUT THEY ARE WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD AND I DON'T MIND PAYING FOR THEM IF THE DOCTOR DOESN'T WRITE OUT THE CORRECT SCRIPT IN 2 WEEKS. :love:

SO ALL IN ALL IT HAS BEEN A GREAT DAY!!

happy2bme
01-14-2008, 03:27 PM
Since I can't spin with Carla, I want to Zumba with Annie :cb::carrot::broc::dance: But my days of stilletto heels are long gone. At this weight I think I exert about 87 megatons of pressure on my poor tootsies :headache: Can you salsa dance in a slinky dress and orthopedic -- umm I mean "comfortable" shoes :lol3:

So Mel - did Shad send you an Australia DVD or a lilac poncho or both??? Just make sure you put some skivvies on UNDER the poncho - don't go Brittney on us :rofl: Wanna see my poncho :s: :devil: Oh my - can't believe I just said that :o

Annie - thanks for answering the questions. That's the first I heard of long term post surgical stuff. I think it's very interesting.

Ceejay - no snow, no snow NO SNOW. DH said they were talking on the news about snow here soon. Nothing on the weather channel TV. The internet says maybe next Wed. Accuweather says it should be bright and sunny if not just cool. What do they know??? I am ready for spring and temps in the 60's. Lots of household projects this year. I'm sure you'll get those 2 pounds off in no time. Just a temporary blip.


Happy Birthday Ruth Is it finally the RIGHT day?? :lol: Hope you have a lovely day

:congrat::celebrate::bday2you::celebrate: :congrat:

Shad
01-14-2008, 06:39 PM
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Happy Birthday to Ruthxxx
Happy Birthday to Ruthxxx
Happy Birthday dear Ruthxxx
Happy Birthday to you

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And lots of singing and dancing to come.

Mel - 20 days now and 9 days of work. Since I am only working weekdays I have four days of this week and 5 of the next.
The 20 days includes the following week as well since I have to get the cleaning finished, the carpet cleaned in the flat, have inspection done, have the gas and electricity read etc. I decided I would have the next week doing all those things and take a flight home on Monday 4th at midday. The weekend before the flight I will probably rent a car, drive around the state a bit and see a few things before I go home - that way I don't get to mess up the flat or dirty the carpet. Actually they had wanted to do an inspection today (Tuesday) and I rang them and told them I was vacating. They said they would cancel it and do the Thursday before I left which was fine by me. I hope they did cancel it, because the place looks less than wholesome at the moment. I've cleared all the cupboards and drawers and the stuff is sitting on tables and chairs and benches until I either pack it or heave it. They will be less than impressed if they go today. I had better ring them and confirm I guess.
Glad to hear the parcel arrived before the given time and that you like the stuff. Don't wear the box on your head!!!! :rofl:

So Happy - is the tile stuck down? or do you just lift it?? I'm thinking of the poor DH's back and knees here! Or is there a way to get the buzzards up without all the muscle power apart from a jack hammer? :chin:
Yeah I sent Mel an Aussie DVD and a Poncho. Unfortunately she can't use the DVD since it is on a PAL system and not the normal. Poop. I'll now go down and sink my teeth into the person at the ABC shop!! I won't ask about the skivvies and poncho statement!!!!

Annie, I didn't realise you had had surgery - was it the stomach staple? It has certainly worked for you. Have fun with the Zumba. I wish we had classes like that here. Probably do, but you have to know where to go or know someone who goes. Sometimes this town is like a secret society. You have to know the password to get in with the crowd. Or be gay!

Okay - well I've been here too long already and haven't said half of the things I wanted to say but I'll be back as time permits. This lot haven't seen the last of me yet, I have a few opportunities to make my presence felt some more and as I said to Ruthxxx, they will live with me for many years to come since my name is all over their documentation and short of re-writing it, they will have to live with me for a while yet! Such power.

shaker
01-14-2008, 09:30 PM
Hi ladies, I just popped in to say hello, happy and shad you are such lovely ladies to still be around all this time, I was a worldy girl some 4 years ago and fell off the world travelling path only to find my weary way back again !!

I am going to read a bit of the thread so I can catch up (yeah right!) on some of the news and things.. is summer here as well, like Shad, I take it you are still in Ozzie - so I am off out to enjoy the sun.

I did a rejoin on ww last week or so and have had my first weigh-in which was great.. anyway I hope to talk on a more regular basis these days!!.. hi to all the others that I hope I will get to know as well.. ka-kite ano...

Shy Moment
01-14-2008, 10:07 PM
Cee
I was able to do my first 3 mile walking/video today. I have never been able to do more than 2 miles my lungs have always given out. I am still smiling I am so proud of myself. You just stick with what you know works. That weight will come right back off and then more.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTH

Shad
01-14-2008, 10:13 PM
Shaker - great to see you again. That's really great, funny I was only thinking of the girls from the past the other day. You, Kiwi Annie, Teel to name but a few. Yaa hoo. Shakers back.

Rennie - Well done. 3 miles is fantastic. :dance:

Hollyhock
01-14-2008, 10:57 PM
Hello ALL!!!!

Happy Birthday to the Good Witch of the East!!!!

My office is finally sorted out. Many, many, many hours of sorting, shredding, tossing and filing. It is looking and feeling great!!!
Took All the Christmas decorations down today too.

HUGS!!

PainterWoman
01-15-2008, 01:56 AM
Best wishes to all--
I'm still reading about self-shame and body shame. No wonder I've been eating for comfort for all these years.

Ruthxxx
01-15-2008, 08:19 AM
Thanks for all the birthday wishes, Worldlies. I actually decided to start celebrating when MEL first "birthdayed" me and had a really great weekend. Dinner at my friend Claire's place was great - she mad tiny butter tarts which she served with a wee scoop of ice cream and a single candle. (Claire and Doug say "Hi" to Shad and Hollyhock.)

The merry-go-round of my life is spinning faster and faster these days with tons of stuff to do before the Big O day on the 24th. I'm outta here in a few minutes to drive to town to meet with "Mark" in rehab services. He is going to show me all the stuff I'll need to do after the operation. This is certainly going to take up loads of my time so I'm planning nothing until March! I'll keep my usual journal for future reference.

Have a super Tuesday. I'll pop in when I can.

Hollyhock
01-15-2008, 09:04 AM
A small NSV. I picked up groceries last night and did not buy the huge family block of cheese, just a little 250g one and I did not but any cream cheese, sour cream, gouda, feta, harvarti........... I wanted to . I even twitched a little in front of it. For a snack last night i had some low fat refried beans on a wrap with hot sauce. So much better than 10 oz of cheese and a pack of crackers.

MELODY525
01-15-2008, 09:49 AM
:welcome: SHAKER!!! NOT SURE IF YOU REMEMBER ME OR NOT...THE CRAZY YANK AS SHAD CALLS ME. WELCOME BACK!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE WW PLAN!!!:cheer:

SHAD~ I TRIED TO WEAR THE BOX ON MY FEET BUT THEY WERE TOO BIG. THE FEET I MEAN. :rofl: I FINALLY GET THE 9/20 DAY THING. THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT THEY WERE HOLDING YOU HOSTAGE! I CAN CONCEAL QUITE A BIT UNDER THAT PONCHO AND GOT OUT MY SIX-SHOOTER TO RESCUE YOU!
SOUNDS LIKE A NICE WAY TO END THIS JOB WITH A LOOK SEE AROUND THE STATE. HAVE FUN!!!

HAPPY~ I HAVE A NEW LINE FOR THE MAINTENANCE MEN...WANNA SEE WHAT'S UNDER MY PONCHO? :lol3: :lol3: THEY WILL CRACK UP!!! THANKS FOR THE IDEA :rofl: AND YES, BOTH ITEMS WERE IN THE BOX. QUITE A SURPRISE!

I HAVE TO POST THIS SO I CAN GET TO THE NEXT PAGE...BE RIGHT BACK...WAIT FOR ME ON THE OTHER SIDE NOW.....

happy2bme
01-15-2008, 09:51 AM
Good morning chickies near and far :coffee:

Pats on the back all around this morning I see. :cp:

To Holly for skipping over that yummy cheese :cp:

To Rennie for finishing a 3 MILE tape - 1 hour straight - good on yah :cp:

To Ruth - for taking the time to plan ahead for her surgery and what it will mean afterwards :cp:

To Painter for starting to come back to the fold on a more regular basis :cp:

To Shad - a bit of cheer :cp: for all the work that you'll have to do cleaning out the flat. I didn't realize til you mentioned it but I do suppose that you accumulate some things to make life a bit more comfy but then what do you do with them - is there a pile of people's "stuff" that floats from contractor to contractor as one comes on and another signs off? :lol: And tile is not laid down yet - not even picked out actually. First we work out a design, then we figure out what sizes we need, then we find tile that comes in those sizes, then we pick a color and buy it. All going backwards :lol:

And a big hello to Miss Shaker :wave: :hug: boy, it's been a good long time. When we last saw you, it was your sister's wedding I think and you had that pretty blue dress. How is your life? Glad to see you back again. Welcome to the fold.

Shaker was one of the original worldly chicks when we started up many, many years ago. Hard to believe we've been doing this for going on 6 years now.

Good morning Mel - I feel you peeking at me ;) :hug: Pity about the video - I'm sure it would have been lovely to pedal to.

Ok, can't stay long. Time to go earn my 50 cents for the day :rofl: Have a good one chicks. Hellos to Ceejay and the rest of the lot.

happy2bme
01-15-2008, 09:53 AM
Mel - I'm sure the maint guys will get a big laugh out of your new line. But the stunned look on their faces when you first say "wanna see what's under my poncho???" will be priceless :lol3:

MELODY525
01-15-2008, 09:56 AM
RUTH, YOU KNOW ALL OUR GOOD THOUGHTS WILL BE WITH YOU ON THE 24TH :hug: :hug: WE WILL SEND ALL KINDS OF HEALING VIBES FOR THE BIG O DAY AND LOTS OF LOVE :love:

RENNIE....NICE EXERCISING!! 3 MILES! :running:

HOLLY~ GOOD SHOPPING!! LOVE THOSE NSV'S!!!!:cheer:

PAINTER~ I SEE THE 9LBS LOST IN YOUR SIGGIE :cheer:
GOOD LUCK WITH THE STUDYING!!:hug:

MELODY525
01-15-2008, 10:07 AM
:wave: TO MISS HAPPY WHO SNUCK IN BETWEEN MY POSTS! YES THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACES WILL BE PRICELESS. I'LL DO IT SOON! :rofl:

IT WOULD BE HARD TO TOP THE DAY I HAD YESTERDAY. SELDOM DO THEY BEGIN OUT ANNOYING AND END UP RUNNIN G SMOOTHLY FROM ONE TASK TO ANOTHER. MY FRIEND AND I EVEN DECORATED THE LOBBY FOR VALENTINE'S DAY. SHE BOUGHT LOTS OF NICE STUFF AND IT LOOKS VERY RED!!!
DOES GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE WHCHAIR COUNT AS EXERCISE? IF IT DOES, THEN I HAD MY QUOTA ALREADY BEFORE DAWN. I BOUGHT SOME TURKEY BREAST AND MADE A SAMMIE. ATE IT LATE. THEN WOKE UP JUBILANTLY JOGGING BACK AND FORTH TO THE LOO STARTING AROUND 4:30AM!! :scooter: GOOD THING THE BATTERIES WERE FULLY CHARGED!! IT WAS VERY SALTY AND I AM SUSPECTING THE USE OF MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE. (SP) MSG....THE DEADLY KILLER OF MELLIE MEL :devil:
BUT I FEEL MUCH BETTER RIGHT NOW BUT WILL TAKE A PASS ON RIDING THE BUMPY BUS TODAY!!! :faint:
BESIDES I HAVE ALL THE GROCERIES THE KIDS BOUGHT SUNDAY. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

Madcat
01-15-2008, 10:14 AM
I am, as my dad used to say, "A day late and a dollar short":

Happy Birthday Ruth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:bday2you:

I'll be back later.

annie175
01-15-2008, 01:11 PM
Morning All You Wonderful Ladies........

Left work yesterday and it was dusting snow, it was so dang pretty, just wish people would learn to drive in it, or better yet, stay home if they are that chicken.....

Holly - great job on the cheese, I absolutely love cheese and it is a staple for me since surgery. My very first job at 16 yrs was at Hickory Farms, back in the good ole days when they had tons of cheese and sausages and soups and samples to boot. Yum Yum.....I still eat cheese every day, I think it equals out cause I don't eat carbs or sugars.

Shad...my surgery was done laproscopically and they cut my tummy in two then stitched both halves shut. THen stapled also. I have no scars but stretch marks from having babies to make up for it. Tons of those.


Ruth, the very best for your surgery day and happy belated BD.

Rennie - good job on the exercise, I need to tone up, but really don't like exercising much at all and it takes all I have to even move my hieney.

Mel..goodluck with the doc appt. Amazing what a little clout from a pharmacist can do.

Got my W2s today, getting taxes figured tomorrow. I should get a refund of some sort which will be great as the community association fees are due end of month.

Zumba was fun last night, then took a hot bubbly and went and tanned, I slept so sound last night, it was so wonderful.

Had a piece of leftover meatloaf, greenbeans and sauted mushrooms for lunch today, was quite tasty. I am now stuffed and need to move. Cottage cheese for breaky. May still be too full for dinner and just eat something lite.

Hello to everyone....

Hugs

ceejay52
01-15-2008, 03:31 PM
Ever had one of those days when you are at work and just do not want to do anything. That's me

Welcome Shaker.

Seem's like we are all doing well on nsv's. Let's keep it up.

Reenie
Way to go on finishing the 3 mile tape.

Happy
See your egg light on. :wave:

PainterWoman
What book are you reading? Bob Greene stated the other day our weight problem is a symptom of somthing that is bothering us. This is so true.

Hello to the rest. Since the security camera's are on I'd best not sit in front of the computer any longer.

shaker
01-15-2008, 03:50 PM
Hello ladies, thanks for the welcome back.. shad I still keep in touch with kiwi annie she is in Sydney now, I will tell her to get her butt back on here!:devil:

Hi happy, that was my best friends wedding and I managed to sell that dress not long after I wore it, ha ha got the drycleaning money back anyway, and certainly don't htink I wuld fit it at the moment, have a few kg to go to get back to that weight, I have some jeans that I wore that w/end too so I am aiming to fit them in about a month or so, guess that depends on the motivation :hyper:

Just a quick question what is a nsv - I think the v means victory but only came up with non-smoking for the other two letters.. ???? :o And also Annie, what is Zumba some sort of dancing?

Yay for the good restraint on the cheese, must say I like it too and we have such good cheese down here, goes nicely with a few dozen crackers so I avoid it :( My biggest weakness is bikkies and every Wed at work is Biscuit Wed - oh darn, and to make it worse the lunchroom is right next door to me, I need to imagine the bikkies stuck to my hips and try and stay away, this is only my 2nd week of resisting them - I love all bikkies except those belgium ones, they are cinnamon softer bikkies stuck together with raspberry creamy icing... what the ?????????

Good luck with the big O Ruth, hope it all goes well - and a big HELLO to the crazy yank, I see you are just as crazy as ever, I will have to read daily so I can keep up with your expeditions!!!!! Have a great Wed everyone when you get there for some.. it is very overcast today and cooled off a bit which is fine with me, means that after my exercise this morning my beetroot red face returns to normal a bit quicker :wave::wave:

Shad
01-15-2008, 06:54 PM
Morning all,
Another bright sunny day here in Perth. 8 working days and 19 days overall and it's back to Brissie for this little black duck. I honestly think I am allergic to the West! My nose is running again. Slept in this morning again and I only had some gnocchi and some Tiramisu and a glass and a half of wine for dinner last night. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the weight is up again this morning, but I think that has more to do with a lack of fluid tablets and exercise rather than food. No time for breakfast this morning and I will have to buy lunch - poop.

Shaker - nsv is a non scale victory. The type of victory you have when you pass on biscuits or the cheese or the ice cream or when you managed to fit into something you have previously not be able to even think about squeezing into. Yeah I like the Kiwi cheese too. However as second best, I will go to King Island stuff or Margaret River stuff which being very southern has a higher fat content (which means taste). I remember when we first moved over here and the kids refused to eat the local cheese so we had to buy Mainland - which at the time was expensive. I used to grate it up with the local stuff and mix it together. How times have changed, now I grate it up and mix it with the lo fat stuff (which also has no flavour) :rofl: It would be good to hear Kiwi Annies dulcet tones in here again.

Annie - I hear you on the stretch marks. I have them too. Lots and lots of them. Glad you enjoyed the exercise night - sounds like fun.

Mel - :hug: for the jaunts to the throne room. Exercise is exercise, take it where you can get it. Gotta admit that some of that deli stuff is not as good as it looks. I have found through pain in both pocket and backside that you have to find a really good deli or go without. A good one will be expensive, but worth it. I've yet to 'talk' to the man at the shop about the video, but I'll get there probably in the week I have 'off' when I'll have to come down to the city to post some stuff home. I doubt that Qantas will allow me and all my stuff on the same plane. Or maybe I will just buy another suitcase and be done with it. Pay the excess baggage and all that jazz.

Happy - there has to have been something about this - what's under my poncho. Obviously the joke hasn't gotten here yet or maybe it just by-passed this body. But I think I probably get the gist of the story.
Actually I meant the tiles already on the floor - do they have to come up, are they stuck down? That is a job in itself. We jackhammered the ones in the bathroom up. Took a fair amount of effort but worth it because of the size of the bathroom. In the hall by the front door, I chiselled them out by hand - that was a sh*tty job and one I won't do again. There has to be an easier way!

Holly - well done on the nsv and the cheese. I believe the decision gets easier as you go along. I have a tendency to go for the cheese as well so I only keep a very small amount in the house and as I said before if I grate it and mix it with the non flavoured non fat stuff then I can have taste and lower calories. But again one has to be careful.

Ruth - we all understand about the amount of stuff which you have to do before this op. Actually you will have lots of time after it, so we will expect a blow by blow account on the other side of the 24th! Are you bringing a bed downstairs for the first few nights? You may have some problems getting up and down for a time! At least Lucy won't be trying to trip you up as she did me!!! You only have to step over the Hersh! We hope you can manage to get in a couple of times before then, but I wish you the best in case you don't.

Painter - it is amazing the amount of emotional baggage each and every one of us carries around for years and years and years. Then at sometime, a statement, an action, a word or a work or art will somehow trigger off something in our psyche and we are freed. You sound so much more positive this week.

Hello - I'm missing someone - I haven't seen Rennie in this morning. I hope she hasn't overdone the 3 miles.

And that's it from me. I'm outa here, the office is starting to buzz - well in a sort of wind down mode, but maybe that is why it is louder than normal :lol3:

Shad
01-15-2008, 06:59 PM
Morning, afternoon, evening Ms Madcat and Ruth - I see you little lights a shining

shaker
01-15-2008, 07:56 PM
Shad nice to hear Perth is good, my BIL lives there and is getting married in March so DH and DS are goign to the wedding, I have never been there but due to other committments we can't afford for us all to go. DD is in a cheerleading squad that will be going to the Worlds in Orlando April 2009 so I will be going over there with her since she is only 10, so need to save up for that ..!!

Thanks for the nsv that is cute !!! Hope I can have some fo them, guess not eating the bikkies is one already :D

Shad
01-15-2008, 08:43 PM
Perth is fine but expensive. I personally would not like to live here for long. The mining boom has forced up prices to close to Sydney prices and I hear that Perth is now the least affordable city in Aus. Only 9% of houses available for sale are under 350K. And that is disgusting seeing some of the places I've seen from time to time.

Anyway - you will enjoy Orlando more I'm sure.

MELODY525
01-16-2008, 09:09 AM
EITHER MY COMPUTER OR THE REMOTE KEYBOARD DO JUST WHATEVER THEY WANT. I MUST BE HITTING COMBOS OF KEYS THAT SEND ME EITHER BACK OR FORWARD ON PAGES. :faint: ANYWAY....
FEELING MUCH BETTER BUT A BIT BEATEN UP INSIDE. WHATEVER IT WAS, IT'S GONE NOW. MUST HAVE BEEN A TINY VIRUS CAUSE IT LASTED WELL INTO THE NIGHT. ADIOS BUG!!! I THINK TODAY I WILL JUST TAKE IT EASY. NO ROAMING AROUND. MAYBE FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW. GOOD THING I CANCELLED THE DENTIST. I AM A BIT TOO WEAK FOR ALL THAT. I NEED SOME OATMEAL AND MY EXERCISE!! SO I AM OFF TO PEDAL WHILE THE CEREAL IS COOKING.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

SHAKER~ ORLANDO? AS IN FLORIDA,USA? THAT'S A TRIP SHE WILL REMEMBER!! SEND THE RASPBERRY BIKKIES OVER HERE :rofl:

SHAD~ IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE I EVER EAT DELI MEAT AGAIN! I HAVEN'T HAD IT IN YEARS. BUT I THINK IT WAS A BUG. DON'T FRET THE VIDEO. I NEED TO FIND A RETURN BOX TOO. HOW IS DS2? I THINK THE WEATHER WORLDWIDE IS NUTS! OUR POOR SINUSES CANNOT ADJUST. ONE DR TOLD ME LAST YEAR THAT THE WHOLE WORLD HAS CHRONIC RHINITIS!! :lol3:

MADCAT~ DON'T WORRY ABOUT BEING A DAY LATE....I STILL DON'T KNOW WHICH DAY WAS THE RIGHT ONE. NEXT YEAR WE'LL START ON THE 10TH AGAIN AND LET RUTH HAVE LOTS OF TIME FOR CELEBRATING!!! :rofl:

ANNIE~ WE DIDN'T EVEN GET A DUSTING HERE....I AM JEALOUS!! I LIKE THE MUSHROOM/MEATLOAF IDEA. THANKS. HAPPY TANNING!!

CEEJAY~ DON'T GET CAUGHT ON TAPE!! CAN THEY READ OVER YOUR SHOULDER?? :rofl:

HELLO MISS HAPPY!!! YOU MUST BE HERE BY NOW!!

happy2bme
01-16-2008, 09:36 AM
Good morning chicks,

I needed a little bit of extra sleep this morning and since everything is a trade off, I had to give up my computer time for a little more shut eye. Will have to come back tonight or at lunch time.

Have a good one and get those bikkies out of your mouth :lol:

Roseblush
01-16-2008, 10:01 AM
Good Morning Chickies, Well, we had a terrible wind storm and I lost my carport that just went up in Oct. It actually torn the metal pipes in two...... The entire top was wedges so forcefully into the snow that it still had tension bowing it when I went to move it.... oh well maybe I will use the roof tresses for a low green house thingy I don't know. My little car was liking the protection at night....
My purging last two full days last weekend with successful removal of lots of stuff....still so much more to do but it felt fabulous to move some of my craft stuff into its own space. I have been trying not to have my cold brews since the first of the year ...small glass of red in the evening instead.... little changes right.... 2lbs down from last week..... yeah....
A shout out to Shaker from coming back....nice to see ya. We are missing a few more faces from down under too... hope all is well. In the purging running across newspapers from my trip down under ....during the 2000 olmpics... still haven't parted with them.....
Hope this finds everyone well and determined to make this a terrific year of better choices.....
Peace,
Nae

Hollyhock
01-16-2008, 10:07 AM
I did not snack at all last night. I do, however, have a terrible headache. Could it be cheese withdrawal. LOL!!!

annie175
01-16-2008, 12:28 PM
Morning Ladies........

What a sunny glorious day we are having. However mighty cold 20 degrees when I left for work this a.m. Burrrrrrrrrr, I am not fond of cold weather and cannot figure out why I live in Indiana. Could be family, friends and a great job.....hmmmmmmmm.

Shaker....Zumba is exercising to salsa music with salsa dance moves mixed in. Quite fun and funny to see me doing it.

Mel...glad to hear the bug has gone and you are on the road to recovery. Nasty ole buggers anyways.

Rose..Thank G it was only your carport and you are ok. Carports are replaceable.

Holly...Nice job on skipping the snack. I bet you do have the DTs from missing snacks which resulted in your headache. I usually blame the BC pill for everything, however I have taken that since my 20s. haha

This weekends high is only 13 degrees F. I think I will rent some movies and hole up inside.

Have a wonderful Wednesday Hump Day.

Hugs

ceejay52
01-16-2008, 02:25 PM
Brrr it's cold outside.

Nae
Good for you that you got some of that purging done. Makes one feel better.
Also, congratulations on those 2 pounds lost. So sorry to hear about the shelter for your car. Just be thankful itwasn't your roof or yourself.

Annie
I bet you do well at salsa dancing. One of these day's I'm going to learn how to dance.

Holly
No cheese last night. :woohoo: Hmmm, cheese with drawels!

Shaker
Your daughter will love Orlando. That's one place I want to put on my list of travels.

Shad
Are you still counting the day's?

Mel
Glad you are feeling better today. Not sure if the camera can read what's on the monitor. It's just the thought that everything goes to the plant manager's office.

Happy
I wanted to stay in bed a little longer this morning. We may have to turn the electric blankets on this week end. Temperatures are suppose to go down to 13 degree's.

Reenie
Are you still losing a pound per week?

Hello to Madcat,Carla, and PainterWoman. Have a good day.

I've made up my mind this morninig that I'm not going to Paragould this week end. I told my aunt and uncle a couple of week ago that if the weather goes below 25 I would no be there.

Food was bad yesterday. I was bored.

I found on this websight that 26-30 points is in the calorie range that I had chosen for myself at the first of the year. Today food is better. Only had breakfast and lunch. Rode the bike for 30 minutes while watching the Biggest Loser then completed a 30 minute upper body routine.

Shad
01-16-2008, 07:26 PM
Short note. I am here, but I don't feel up to posting big posts. I'm really having a down day and it's hard to get excited about anything.

Having said that - have a good day and take care

shaker
01-16-2008, 09:42 PM
Hi ladies, yes Orlando will be fun we are lookign forward to it, hecen the slimming down, getting on top of it all.

Zumba sounds fun wish I could do something like that, I tried to talk DH into dance classes once, can't repeat the words but told him the look on his face was enuff :rofl:

Is a cloudy day, but still very humid, maybe a bit of rain tomorrow yuk... although nothing like that storm you had Rose that sounds terrible losing the carport.. is that a usual occurence for your area?

Shad hope you get on the up and up, least you will be home soon :D Have a great thur everyone, mine is half over.. I spend the evenings watching the Australian Open Tennis but goes on a bit late, so sometimes I settle for the highlights while on the t-mill in the morning.. bye..

Madcat
01-16-2008, 11:24 PM
Iím sore today. I did a few new things in my workout yesterday and then this morning the elevators were out so I had to walk up the 5 flights of stairs to the gym before I could do my weight workout. My legs are really stiff Ė I think itís from the incline walking and the lifts with the 5k medicine ball. Sore is good though. Sore means something is actually happening and I am challenging myself. I tend to work out with heavy weights anyway (for instance, shoulder press with 10 to 12 lbs) and Iím trying to really push these days. Temporary soreness is a small price to pay.

Shad~ Hope you are feeling ok and that the doldrums are only temporary. Hope thereís nothing wrong. If not, just go hide in a corner for a bit. {Hug} hope your down day goes away soon.

Ceejay~ Boredom is my big downfall in eating too. But at least you didnít let it carry over more than one day. Good work.

Annie~ I agree that cold weather is highly overrated. Family, friends and a great job is pretty good incentive for tolerating though.

Holly~ Hope your cheese hangover doesnít last long.

Rose~ Wow, too bad about the carport. Good thing there wasnít more damage and no one was hurt. I assume it was empty at the time?

Happy~ We completely understand the importance of that extra sleep *sniff* we donít mindÖ

Mel~ Glad you are on the mend. At least the illness was brief. Look at you back on the pedals though.

Ok, I better post this or once again a day will go by with me reading but never getting around to posting. Hi to everyone I didnít get to comment on~ ! :wave:

happy2bme
01-17-2008, 01:55 AM
Hi chicks,

Aw Shad - are you feeling sad over finally getting away from this bloody frustrating account? I'm sorry you are feeling down. Can kind of understand how you feel. Please don't feel bad because it is too hard to say Sad Shad particularly 3 times fast without sounding drunk. Of course you know I am trying to get a smile out of you :hug: Try to think of 3 things - non work related of course - that you are happy about in your life. Let me suggest - 1) you have friends all over the world. Some of them move periodically so that when you come to the states to visit, you can see different cities ;) 2) Despite a bit of glumness, you have good health. And that means alot. Particularly if you don't have a date with a colonoscopy hose or an orthoscopic surgical tool too soon in your life :D So come on, give us a wink and a smile please???

Ok, about Mel's poncho. It was a silly moment on my part. I don't know why but when she posted about going down to the office to show off her poncho, it came out sounding as if she was wearing nothing BUT the poncho and I made a joke. I'm sure it's a lovely garment. And Mel would never be flashing the maintenance guys - even if they did show up in fireman's uniforms - right Mel? Forgive me if I offended anyone.

And as for the tiles, there are some rather thick, 1970's terra cotta type tiles on the floor right now with some heavy grout. The tile girl "thinks" they might pop up but not sure what's on the floor underneath or if they will have to smooth it out with backer board/underlayment. DH does not seem to be too concerned about pulling it up. Said it would not be nearly as hard as when we pulled the linoleum off the kitchen floor in Chicago which had a black spongy backing stuck to the previous layer of linoleum they laid it on top of. THAT was a nasty job getting it off. I daresay my wrist could not handle that again. I guess we will see when he starts pulling the first tiles up. I just made him PROMISE me that it won't get started and then lay idle for 5 years or so. :lol:

Madcat - that was quite the workout you got on the stairs today. And heaving around 12 pound dumbbells. I'm impressed. I'll bet you feel the burn. Remember to stretch alot and drink extra water to get that lactic acid out of the muscles.

Shaker, you bring alot of international character with your posts. I had forgotten the Kiwi habit of only using half of the words :lol: Sounds so cute. That's exciting that you'll be coming across the pond here next year. Keep plugging at the savings, will be here before you know it.

You bet it's cold Ceejay. I put the fleece jacket on today and I'm thinking of pulling out the winter coat by the time the weekend rolls in. Hard to believe it was 70 degrees when we got home last week. I thought spring was here and DH said I cursed it. Sounds like you had a great workout routine today!

Annie - the best thing about moving down south was getting away from the long, cold midwest winters. It might be 39 here but not for long and we don't allow those "teener" temperatures down this way :lol: Hope you find some good movies for the weekend. Glad to hear you love your job too. Not so many people can say that anymore.

Still giggling over the cheese withdrawal Holly. Hope you head gets better :hug:

Rose - that's horrid about losing the carport! Hope it's repairable/replaceable.

Miss Mel - take 'er easy and get back to the clean eating again, lest we send Miss Carla over to clean out your cabinets. Very true what you say about sinitis. They even have it out in the desert. Shows how the world had changed. How far have you gotten on the pedals yet? Let me know when you're just around the corner from me and I'll pull out the smoothie maker. Guaranteed to make you say yum but no bad after effects. :beach:

Hellos to Rennie, Painter and Ruth :wave:

I'm very tired so it's off to bed for me. Goodnight ladies.

Shad
01-17-2008, 02:12 AM
Funny - you want something funny??? Try this URL. It's worse than the Possum nipple warmers we had a while back.
http://www.australiagift.com/scrotum_shop/collect_more.htm

Shy Moment
01-17-2008, 03:53 AM
Cee
Yes lol.

Sorry lost hard drive last night. Just got back on line a few hours ago have to reinstall everything and do all those darn updates. Will be back on tomorrow to chat. This is what I get for taking the old junk and giving the kids the good stuff lol. I had to replace a floppy drive, a CD drive and a hard drive. Guess they weren't going to use that college fund anyway lol.

happy2bme
01-17-2008, 09:25 AM
Funny - you want something funny??? Try this URL. It's worse than the Possum nipple warmers we had a while back.
http://www.australiagift.com/scrotum_shop/collect_more.htm

Oh boy :carrot: DH's birthday is next month. He wanted a guitar book but THIS is so much better. Wow. Thing is, how can I measure him without him becoming suspicious? :rofl: :lol3: Once you've sacked 'em up, then what do you do with them? :lol3:

Dang woman, I almost spit my coffee all over my computer screen and keyboard. Will be giggling about this all day long, no doubt at the most inappropriate moments.

And I completely forgot about the possum nipple warmers. :D I could put those on, stay warm and dust the desk at the same time just by shifting a bit.

Sorry about the computer woes Rennie. Good luck putting humpty dumpty together again.

Nothing new here. Still cold. Had lunch with a friend yesterday. Dinner with another friend last night. Lunch with 2 friends today. I guess I do have some friends here after all :)

DH bought a steam mop yesterday. Not as good as they advertise. It got the floor clean but left alot of water on the floor and he said it doesn't push out as much steam as it should. The floor almost needs to be mopped after the steam mop to pick up the excess water which takes 3 times as long to dry and leaves streaks all over the floor. He did do the terra cotta tile in the hall and tho you can't "shine up a turd" as they say, the floor does look a bit different.

Alright, guess I am full of silliness this morning which is not necesarily a bad thing tho I does make me feel like I'm leaning to being bi-polar - please tell me no Painterwoman. It's off to giggle in the showers for me.

Have a good one, thanks for the laughs this morning. Sure glad I didn't check out Shad's web link at work :o

MELODY525
01-17-2008, 09:26 AM
NAE~ SO GOOD TO GET RID OF THE OLD STUFF!! NEW YEAR AND NEW HOUSECLEANING!! CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WEIGHT LOSS!! :cheer: SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CARPORT!!

ANNIE~ MY DD WAS JUST SAYING THE SAME ABOUT THE DVD WEEKEND. TOO COLD TO DO ANYTHING.

CEEJAY~ I LOVE THAT BL SHOW ON TV. BUT THEY ARE GETTING NASTIER THIS WEEK HUH? ESPECIALLY THE MOTHER AND SON!!

HOLLY~ CHEESE WITHDRAWALS :rofl: BUT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

SHAKER~ I DO THE TV AND PEDAL THING TOO. MAKES THE TIME FLY BY!

MADCAT~ YOU GOT A WORKOUT BEFORE THE WORKOUT!! GO MAD GO!! :cheer:

HAPPY~ WHO COULD POSSIBLY BE OFFENDED? I SAT HERE LAUGHING LIKE A HYENA FOR 2 DAYS OVER THAT....BUT THEN GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE RIGHT???:rofl: :rofl: I HAVEN'T YET DONE THE PONCHO TRICK YET. SAVING IT FOR WHEN THEY ARE ALL HERE.
I'M PUTTING ON MY FLEECY JACKET TOO AND PEDALING CLOSER TO YOUR FRONT DOOR. I DON'T WANT TO MISS THE TILE LAYING JOB!! :lol3: BUT IF IT TAKE HIM 5 YEARS I HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO GET THERE :beach:


SHAD~ HAVE I MISSED SOMETHING? POSSUM NIPPLE WARTMERS? AND FOR THESE POUCHES...DO YOU CUT THEM OFF FIRST? OR JUST ATTACH IT TO THE MAN OF YOUR CHOICE?? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW :dance: SENDING MANY WARM HUGS TO MY SOUTHERNMOST SISTER :hug: :hug: ALL WILL BE RIGHT WHEN YOU GET BACK HOME AGAIN. IT'S CALLED HOMESICKNESS FOR A GOOD REASON!! WE ALL NEED TO TOUCH BASE TO KEEP OURSELVES CENTERED IN THIS NUTTY WORLD. YOU NEED YOUR "THINGS" ABOUT YOU. :hug:

RENNIE~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PC. I HATE COMPUTER PROBLEMS HAVING CRASHED TWICE IN TWO YEARS :tantrum:

THE KIDS HAVE OFFERED TO FOOD SHOP TOMORROW. IT'S COLD AND I FEEL A BIT WEAK. LOTS OF STUFF TO KEEP ME BUSY IN THE MEANTIME....LIKE PUTTING AWAY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!! :hohoho: OR I COULD JUST LEAVE THEM UP. AFTER ALL IT'S ONLY
342 Days 6 Hours 38 Minutes TILL HO HO HO TIME :hohoho:
THE SENIORS ARE COMPLAINING THAT THE COMMUNITY ROOM LOOKS BARE WITHOUT THE TREE. I TOLD THEM TO GET SOME RED PAPER AND CUT OUT HEARTS. SO FAR THERE ARE NO TAKERS!! :rofl: I AM OFF TO GET THE PEDALING DONE FIRST WHILE THE ENERGY IS HERE! :ebike:
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY CHICKIES :moped:

happy2bme
01-17-2008, 09:26 AM
Whatever happened to Diyana? Is she off with Patty?

MELODY525
01-17-2008, 09:30 AM
HAPPY~ I CAN JUST SEE YOU MEASURING THE DH AND HAVING HIM WONDER WTF IS GOING ON!!! HAPPY NIPPLE DUSTING....NOW DID YOU MEAN AT HOME OR THE OFFICE???? THAT SHOULD MAKE A GOOD DAY FOR YOUR COWORKERS!!! :rofl: I KNEW YOU HAD FRIENDS!!! JUST DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD SO MANY !! :lol3: CAN I BORROW SOME? I COULD USE A GOOD LUNCH OUT!! :hun:

MELODY525
01-17-2008, 09:31 AM
NOW YOU MENTION IT?? WHERE DO PEOPLE GO??
DON'T THEY THINK WE WILL WONDER WHERE THEY ARE?? :lol3: :lol3:

happy2bme
01-17-2008, 09:31 AM
Good morning Mel, she snuck in and out while I was laughing here. She must be in stealth mode. Take an easy day Mel and let others help you for a change. Rest up sis.

happy2bme
01-17-2008, 09:35 AM
Mel - you're welcome to come with us to lunch today. I think we're doing the Chinese buffet tho with taco fixings on the hot table, not sure how they consider that Chinese. I'm going for the beef and peppers myself. And maybe some chicken and mushrooms. The food is not that great so I don't have a problem over eating. One plate with a bit of this and a bit of that on it. Of course these guys will just talk about work so you and I may have to sit at another table.

MELODY525
01-17-2008, 10:00 AM
CHINESE TACO!!! YUM YUM!!!
NOW WHAT EXACTLY IS THAT?? :rofl: :rofl: BUT A DAY OUT IS A DAY OUT!! we'll both sit at another table...I'LL BE RIGHT DOWN! :scooter:

Madcat
01-17-2008, 10:24 AM
Funny - you want something funny??? Try this URL. It's worse than the Possum nipple warmers we had a while back.
http://www.australiagift.com/scrotum_shop/collect_more.htm

I am sitting here with my mouth agap!!! :lol::lol::lol:Thanks, I needed that

You know, if we buy 1000, they're cheaper!

Roseblush
01-17-2008, 10:33 AM
Morning all, thanks for the concer over my car support... it was about a quarter of a mile away and I brought it home in pieces...oh well....... that is what I get for living ontop of a mountain.
I am off on an adventure today with the gals from work. My co worker is Mormon and there is a new temple in Rexburg we have tickets to tour it.... my boss Nan and I asked her if the walls would collapse if we went in to it....she didn't think so.... so we will go see it and have agreat lunch ..... some shopping and then home...it is 2and half hours each way so it will be a long day....my dogs get to ride along.
Hope all is well with everyone.......
Peace,
Nae

MELODY525
01-17-2008, 02:36 PM
http://www.butlerwebs.com/jokes/images/Little_Girls_small.jpg

I AM THE ONLY PERSON I KNOW WHO CAN GAIN2.5 LBS AFTER HAVING BEEN IN THE LOO FOR 19 HOURS!!!

NAE~ GOOD THING I AM NOT GOING WITH YOU....OR SHAD FOR THAT MATTER....THE WALLW WOULD DEFINITELY FALL DOWN....OR THE ROOF!!! :rofl:

Shad
01-17-2008, 05:54 PM
Ummmmm - last time I went to church it rained for (nearly) 40 days and 40 nights and the last time my Dad and I went to church together, there was a earthquake which devasted Kawerau and the Urewera and then it rained for (nearly) 40 days and 40 nights. Not looking to go back anytime soon.

NO Mel - you are not the only person who can gain a kilo a day. I've been doing it for the last week. If I get any bigger I will pop!

Nae - enjoy your tour. Don't know what the Mormon temples are like but I went to a Buddhist temple in Wollongong. The Temple was just lovely and so serene and peaceful (even if it was in the middle of a busy industrial estate) and the food in the cafe was exceptional - vegetarian and very cheap! No tea or coffee, but the fruit juice was great. So sorry to hear about the car and carport. Hope you are insured!!!

Happy - Chinese Taco - is that much different from our Indian pizza? or Thai green curry risotto?? Things people do!!!
Actually the bags are made from the scrotum of old man Kangaroo, and you don't have to measure up the old guy!!!! :rofl: Do you go round and measure diameter or depth or the length of hang?? They are money pouches more or less and it is interesting to note the variety of sizes and styles of the lil darlings! One wonders whether the human race has such a range of shapes and sizes. :lol3: Perhaps those with DH or DS or DF could submit pics??
Now I am getting sillier! Put it down to stress!

Okay - it's Friday - time for breakfast and then a course which I wrote, which has not yet been proofed, and I have to do train the trainer on it today. Hope they are not expecting life to be grand. More like interesting. Just as likely the BI Portal will break down in time for the off and I will have to wing the entire performance. Oh such joy.

I'll be back later.

happy2bme
01-17-2008, 06:00 PM
Shad - please don't go to church anymore. We will pray for you instead! :lol3:

carla49
01-18-2008, 12:13 AM
Sorry for being MIA again. No really good excuses, just another fit of procrastination. But as always, I have been here lurking...

Shad, it's good to hear you sounding a little more chipper. If you're off work this weekend and next, am I right that you have only 5 days work left?? Youpi!! Any more news on the work-from-home contract? Fingers crossed all across North America that it works out. Enjoy the next two weeks of dietary misbehaving - we'll be getting out the prod once you're back in Brisbane.

Mel, while I have at times gained 2.5 lbs in a day, it was never after an all-nighter on the porcelain throne! You silly thing - you were supposed to wear the poncho, not eat it!!! Sheesh! :lol3: :lol3:

Happy, I loved your expression, can't shine up a turd. Can't wait for the chance to unveil it at some perfect moment. :rofl:
I must say I admire your ability to attack house reno projects. I seem to have some kind of mental block when it comes to finding contractors and making the decision to go ahead. I try to blame it on being an indecisive Libra, but no one's falling for that any more.

Madcat, somehow I can't seem to get myself into doing weights or stretches. But your example may be the inspiration I need at last. Or not.

This has been my last full week off work for a while. I'm not complaining, but I sure could really get used to this retirement thing. I went to spin class on Monday and Wednesday, actually went for a half-hour of laps at a local pool on Tuesday, and will be spinning again tomorrow night. Today was supposed to be the pool again, but instead I did errands and goofed off.

Had an nsv today: went to a doctor's appointment, and all the results of recent bloodwork were very good, and my BP had gone down again, this time from 124/80 to 104/80! :D:D Must be all that spinning...

As for the laptop, it had no sooner come home from hospital than the power cord connection went from dicey to kaput. :tantrum: Enough is enough, and now I'm waiting for Dell to deliver a replacement. Meanwhile, I was able to copy most of the stuff on it onto a flash drive, and the tech will move the rest once the new baby is here. I'm quite excited, and can't wait to be using a normal-sized screen again. (This laptop is only 10", and my fingers are too fat and my eyes too weak to use it all the time.)

Shaker, hello! I wasn't around when you were here before. Shad discovered me on another thread and thought I'd enjoy this bunch of lunatics. She was right.

Annie, I've always admired people who can do dance-based exercise classes. When I tried aerobics I was always the big one at the back looking uncoordinated and sweaty...

Ruth, if you look in, I hope the prep for the big O is progressing smoothly. Since my fingers are already working on Shad's contract, I've called the toes into service to be crossed that there's no postponement.

Ceejay, don't worry too much about one day off-program. It's the weeks and months off project that do the real damage. And enjoy your weekend with no travel!

Rose, that must have been one heck of a wind! At least nobody got hurt - someone in this area was killed last year when a carport collapsed on them from the weight of the snow they were trying to clear.

Well, my eyes are getting rather fed up with me trying to work on this tiny screen. I think new glasses are definitely on the to-do list... Hello to those I've missed: Holly, Painter, Shy, and anyone else out there. :wave: :wave:

happy2bme
01-18-2008, 12:58 AM
Hello Carla-

Reach out and touch someone - *reach, reach, touch, touch*.

As well as that other saying, I find that I use "oh... you must have forgotten to LISTEN / AND OR /CARE" an awful lot. You will know when it's appropriate to use.

I know what you mean about the tiny laptop monitor. Sometimes I am allowed to work from home but I do admit that it's a pain on the laptop screen. Don't have the driver handy for this funky wide aspect monitor I have.

Now we must both go to bed and dream of sweet retirement when we can spend out days doing what WE want to do.

Gimme 16 tons, whadda get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Oh St. Peter don't you call me cuz I can't goooooo. I owe my soul to the company store... Vintage Tennessee Ernie Ford there. Even before my time I think.

Goodnight ladies.

Shad
01-18-2008, 02:49 AM
Reach out and touch
Somebodys hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebodys hand
Make this world a better place
If you can

(just try)
Take a little time out of your busy day
To give encouragement
To someone whos lost the way
(just try)
Or would I be talking to a stone
If I asked you
To share a problem thats not your own
We can change things if we start giving
Why dont you

Reach out and touch
Somebodys hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebodys hand
Make this world a better place
If you can

(just try)
If you see an old friend on the street
And hes down
Remember his shoes could fit your feet
(just try)
Try a little kindness youll see
Its something that comes very naturally
We can change things if we start giving

Why dont you
Reach out and touch
Why dont you (why dont you)
Reach out and touch somebodys hand

Reach out and touch
Somebodys hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebodys hand
Make this world a better place
If you can

Now that Happy has opened the mind cavity, I couldn't stop singing it (in my mind) all the way through my training session - although I have to admit that the touch might have been a fraction hard if I had done what I was contemplating.

Carla - one of my favourites - to those suffering from verbal diarrhea (sp) is: - And your point is??????????? Then move on.

I'm not sure I would classify people like Roseblush as a bunch of lunatics..... oh you weren't talking about 'Nae?? Don't worry, shaker has been known to suffer from flights of idiocy and stumbles into the undergrowth from time to time. I seem to remember there was a hilarious story about chasing and catching the dog at one time, although that may have been Kiwi Annie. It's a long time ago.

Anyway - it's nearly going home time on Friday - gotta love that day. But.... here's the rub. I'm back tomorrow because I have some changes to make for the trainer delivering my course on Monday. I need to get it up and running for him. So I think I will go home early tonight and come in early tomorrow - don't really want to be working on Sunday!

Happy - Sixteen tons by T E Ford - 1955. But...... (isn't always a but....)

"Sixteen Tons" is a song about the misery of coal mining. Although generally credited as being written in 1947 by U.S. country singer Merle Travis, it has also been claimed that the Travis version was actually a rip-off of an earlier song called "Nine-to-ten tons", written by a singer called George S. Davis in the 1930s]. A 1955 version recorded by 'Tennessee' Ernie Ford was on the b-side of his cover of the Moon Mullican standard, "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry". However, it was Ford's "Sixteen Tons" that reached number one in the Billboard charts, besting the performance of the competing version by Johnny Desmond. Another competing version by Frankie Laine was released only in the UK where it gave Ford's version some stiff competition on the charts. On October 17, it was released and, by October 28, it sold 400,000 copies. On November 10, a million copies had been sold. The record had sold two million copies by December 15.

There you go------- information you didn't need to know.

I'm off. Yeah I know....

PainterWoman
01-18-2008, 03:37 AM
Shad-- Thanks for the music appreciation lesson!! Random facts come in handy. I hope you don't go too nuts waiting for your current contract to end.

Mel- Glad to know you are still full of beans. Oh... maybe that's the wrong thing to say!! I'm sure anyone would be glad to see your poncho, too.

I don't know about the Kangaroo sacs, though. If any of you want me to send you the photo of a mother-daughter team who were "banned for life" from DisneyLand, pm me and I'll send it. It's probably too daring for the moderators.
I can't believe how little I got done today.
It was actually pretty divine. As was yesterday.
Painting class, grocery shopping, nap, reading, a little cooking.
Might actually have to do some scheduled things tomorrow... like get tires I ordered (on line) installed at "our" garage, go to WW weigh in (eeek), and get car inspected.

Hope you are all well.

MELODY525
01-18-2008, 09:12 AM
SHAD....GOOD TO HEAR I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE!! YOU KNOW HOW I HATE BEING ALONE :rofl: :rofl: BUT AT LEAST YOU HAVE A BETTER REASON!!! LOL YOU ARE ALMOST FREE!!! COUNTDOWN CONTINUES!! :cheer:
REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE IS WHAT OSAMA BIN LADEN'S SON OMAR WANTS TO DO...CAN YOU JUST SEE HIM AS A PEACE ENVOY....BRITISH WIFE, DREADLOCKS AND ALL??? HE CAN'T EVEN GET INTO ENGLAND!!!:lol3:

HAPPY~WHEN CARLA WAS TALKING OF SWIMMING, I THOUGHT OF YOUR POOL AND LITTLE UMBRELLAS! :beach: MY MIND WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!

CARLA~ SHALL WE SAY :welcome: BACK???
PROCRASTINATION IS MY WORST ENEMY...OH WAIT...I AM MY OWN WORST ENEMY! :rofl: AT LEAST YOU ARE SPINNING AND SWIMMING!!! THAT'S A GOOD SIGN!!

:wave: TO EVERYONE ELSE.
I HAD ANOTHER "ATTACK" OF WHATEVER IT IS THAT AILS ME. JOHN IS NOW SICK AND ALMOST FAINTING, TWO OFFICE WORKERS WENT HOME EARLY. ONLY TWO ARE LEFT FOR TODAY. THE KIDS AND I CANCELLED PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND. NO SENSE IN PASSING THIS BACK THEIR WAY. NOT MUCH TO SAY. FEELING PRETTY BEAT UP. WILL CHAT TOMORROW.
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY :moped:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

happy2bme
01-18-2008, 09:48 AM
Howdy chickies of the world,

Yippee it's Friday. We have a 3 day weekend too. Even better tho I may spend a part of it working to catch up on some things. My choice tho. I say if Shad can do it, then I shouldn't complain either :lol:

Thanks for the Reach Out and Touch lyrics Shad. That's actually a very pretty song. Now I will have it in my head all day. The world would be a better place if we behaved like that. I have a fleeting memory of Ernie Ford singing that song on fuzzy black and white TV. It was his signature tune. Can't imagine him singing You Don't Have to be a Baby to Cry in that deep baritone of his. I remember a girl group singing that.

Mel, you are welcome to come to the pool but it is covered for the winter and it's getting quite cold out here. We are in for a cold snap and it's going to be in the 20's at night so that will be quite a chilly swim. Dark too under the tarp but if you wanna ... :swim: Take care of that bug you picked up.

Painter, I am jealous of your day. Someday, someday, someday. Me too. :crossed:

Going to sign off now. I promisded myself I'd get to work a little earlier today. Hellos to the chicks :wave:

ceejay52
01-18-2008, 10:43 AM
You chicks are makiig me laugh so that's a good thing.

Mel
Sick again. Sigh. Feel better soon.(hug)

Shad
The url is to funny. I'm still laughing. Thanks for the song. Brings back memories.

Happy
So does Tennessee Ernie Fords song of 16 tons. I can remember my dad playing his guitar and singing this song.

Painterwoman
Sounds like you are keeping busy.

Carla and Reenie
Both are having computer problems. I'll be glad when my new 17 inch laptop arrives. Carla did you upgrade your computer?

Nae
Wow I knew tornado winds could take things and drop thinigs in different area. It was lucky that you found the pieces.

Madcat, Shaker, Annie and 1dayatatime hello

Went to the district meeting in Jonesboro, AR yesterday and did some shopping which took up most of my day. Seems like I can get more shopping done for myself when I'm not with my aunt. It's all about her when I'm there, but that's okay.
Called my sister in MO to wish her a happy birthday. They got a dusting of snow. She and her dh had been out shopping for rehearsal dinner for my nephew's wedding in May.
Also called my aunt and uncle last night around 8.30 p.m.and they were already in bed. But I should have known that. They are the most scheduled people I know of.

annie175
01-18-2008, 12:42 PM
Good Morning Girlies.......

Getting ready to leave work, taking a half day off to get hair colored and cut. Me time....altho son is going with to get his hair cut also. DS got laid off from plumbing job so he is going to go to Lincoln Tech for mechanics. He was all bummed, but I told him things happen for a reason, get happy and get on with life. He just stared at me. It is all about your attitude....

Cold but VERY sunny today. ALmost fools ya till you get outside. High 13 this weekend low will be -5. Yikes.

Everyone have a marvelous weekend, we get Monday off for MLK day. We get the same days off as the stock market. Good and bad....

Hugs

Annie

MELODY525
01-18-2008, 02:05 PM
IS PORTION CONTROL A TOUGHIE OVER THE WEEKENDS? HERE'S SOME "FOOD" FOR THOUGHT:

Visualize yourself 10 or 20 pounds lighter over the next few months. You must then work on mental toughness to realize that smaller portions and less snacking will ensure you achieve what you desire. You can do it.
Dr. Doug Bishop


PAINTER~ SEND THE PIC!!! I COULD USE A GOOD THOUGHT TODAY!! AND GET THAT CAR STUFF DONE AND BE SAFE!!! :scooter:

CEEJAY~ GOTTA LOVE A DAY OF SHOPPING AND GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE!! :dance: LOVE THE AUNT & UNCLE STORY :rofl:

HAPPY~I CAN THINK OF LOTS OF STUFF I WOULD ENJOY DOING UNDER A TARP BUT SWIMMING IN ICY WATER IS NOT ONE OF THEM! :lol3: SO I WILL WAIT FOR THE WARMER WEATHER!!! BY THEN SHAD WILL HAVE COLD WEATHER AND I'LL DRAG HER ALONG!! :moped: HAPPY LAST DAY OF THE WORK WEEK!

ANNIE~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DS BUT I FEEL THE SAME....THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON AND THIS MIGHT BE A GREAT ONE!! WISHING HIM WELL WITH THE TECH!! :cheer:

Shad
01-18-2008, 06:46 PM
We don't do colder weather over here Mel. Well at least not in Brisbane - although I have to admit to wanting to stay under the covers during the odd day of July and August. Brisbanites of course know better, they get the winter woollies out when the temps dive below 20C (about 70) But this little black duck, not being a local can actually swim in June and July. It's just not that bad. But swimming under the tarp might be a hassle - how does one come up for air??? Bin Laden stopped terrorising the neighhourhood long enough to have a son?? It's amazing the son hasn't been dragged kicking and screaming into the organisation - one day son, this will all be yours!!!!
Get rid of that bug its not doing you any good you know!

Painter - sounds like you have had a happy day. I'm due for some of these shortly. I'm having problems waiting for the 'shortly' to happen.
Hope the weigh in is fun too!

Happy - never do things just because Shad can do them. I'm doing mine for a different reason - one more thing finished means faster turnaround time for the week after next. Who knows I might be able to change the flight to an earlier one!!!

Ceejay - glad you got a giggle out of the website. I'm thinking of them for Christmas presents for next year - (oooh look DS1 - you Mother's given me a scrotum pouch for Christmas - I mean is your Mother okay???? Oh it's okay, its got a Gucci label. I love it!!!! and from DS2 - I went and tried them on Mum but they don't fit!!! can I swap for a danglier size??) Yeah well maybe. If I can think of a thousand people I can cut the price in half - now there is a saving (and a thousand kangaroos have bitten the dust)!!!! Now before you get too upset about Skippy and his danglers, the fact is that thanks to mans interference on Planet Earth, the conditions are right for a plague of wild 'roos. They eat the grass and leaves of trees which hold together the fragile soil and when the wind blows or the rain falls there is massive run off. Smiths Family farm moves to Wilsons family farm which shifts into the next State. Roo's may be native, but they are definitely not endangered and they breed easily and quickly. At least shooting them is a little more humane than the poison we inflicted on rabbits some years back. Doubtless it would be even better to let nature control the population, but farmers will fertilise and chop down forests and think they are doing humankind a favour! :soap:

Annie - Sorry to hear about the DS's job, but opportunity knocks. There are other things he can learn and do as you say. And if he takes another practical subject (such as Electricity or paving etc) he can be a home handyman and come live near me. I can keep him employed for the best part of the next year and I have friends who find it impossible to get someone to fix anything. We have a real shortage of tradesman - and you are right. Attitude is everything.

Right - gotta go get this course under control. I'm trying to get people to understand the BI/ BW area of SAP. Happy will understand what I am talking about. So far it is blank stares and uncomprehending statements. I'm keeping it simple (because basically that's what it is) and they are trying to complicate it. So let me go whack a head or too and I'll check in during the day and see how you progress.

MELODY525
01-18-2008, 07:08 PM
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Hollyhock
01-18-2008, 07:57 PM
Boy oh boy you gals are long winded. All caught up with y'all now!! Everyone seems quite chipper. I have had a wee bit of feta but it is not in the house. The restaurant across the road from work has a new owner. She has added FRESH food to the menu. Everything before was fried. She has a traditional greek salad, all veggies, no lettuce, with black olive and feta. I LOVE salad but hate making it. This is worth the $5.00. I usually get 2 meals out of it!

A shortish day at work. A good day. My headache is gone today. Still have very achey shoulders. Stress, I am sure.
DS had a good counseling session. I am quite certain I get as much out of it as he does. We had a good talk there and back. No radio on. 40 min drive each way. Picked up chicken for supper.

To DO tonight
- clean the kitchen- total disaster, no clean plates or pots to cook in, hence the chicken
-clean both bathrooms
- make grocery list
-finish writing proposal for boss re renting my chair
-make list for office/biz supplies for work

HUGS!!!

carla49
01-18-2008, 09:11 PM
Mel, I think I know what your problem is: your GI tract was looking at the thread when you wrote down the challenge for this month, "get moving" and has been desperately trying to do as ordered... :rofl: :rofl: Seriously though, I hope the bug works its way out of your system soon. It sounds like there's something nasty going around your building - please don't share it with us over the ether!

I see Shad's little egg lit - howdy podner! Last night I was watching Biggest Loser Australia, and of course thought of you, especially when one big guy named Wal said hello to all his mates in Townsville...

Holly, what luck that there's clean food available so close to work! It does make it easier. And if you're going to eat cheese, feta is a pretty low-fat option.

Hmm. I'm still hungry - posting didn't take my mind off food after all. Time to go look for a stick of celery or something. Not.
Another terrific 90-minute spin class tonight, so a few more calories won't do any harm.

Shy Moment
01-19-2008, 02:07 AM
Sorry I haven't been around, computer problems. See you all have been so worried and asking every 5 min if anyone has seen me lol. Hope everyone has been doing great. If you haven't, just remember tomorrow is a brand new day.

Shad
01-19-2008, 02:24 AM
Oh dear, not still more computer problems. Must be the season

MELODY525
01-19-2008, 09:19 AM
WHILE RENNIE WAS HAVING PC PROBLEMS(AND BY THE WAY I MADE NOTE OF THAT IN A FORMER POST OF MINE....SO THERE!)
CARLA IS OUT SEEKING A CELERY STICK OR SOME OTHER FORM OF HEALTHY EATING....LIKE WE WOULD BELIEVE THAT!! :rofl: BUT THE SPINNING CONTINUES WHICH IS A GREAT THING!! GO CARLA GO :cheer:
THAT LEAVEs SHADDIE GETTING MUCH NEEDED REST AWAY FROM DRILLING SAP STUFF INTO UNWARY HEADS!! :lol3:

:sunny: THE SUN IS OUT AND THIS IS A WORKING WEEKEND. SEEMS THE ACCOUNTANT IS STILL TRYING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET....WITH NO HELP[ AT ALL FROM THE OFFICE WHO IS STILL SPENDING MONEY LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW. THEY HAVE A REAL CASE OF COMPULSIVE SPENDING. THEY THINK IT WILL MAKE THEM HAPPY IN THEIR JOB BUT THEY ARE MISERABLE SODS AT HOME TOO. :faint:
SO LONG AS THEY HAVE A CHECK FOR ME IN MARCH, THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEIR LITTLE HEARTS DESIRE.
AS FOR ME, I FEEL OK BUT MY PLUMBING IS NOT ON TRACK. CAN'T FIGURE WHAT WENT WRONG AND HOW TO GET BACK TO THE "NORM"....NOT THAT I HAD A GREAT "NORM" TO BEGIN WITH. SIGH.
OUR COLD FRONT DUE HERE IN JERSEY WAS DELAYED BUT IT'S ON THE WAY...SO THEY SAY. I THINK IT STOPPED OFF NEAR CEEJAY AND HAPPY FIRST. PROBABLY LIKED THE WARMER WEATHER THERE AND DECIDED TO STAY A BIT LONGER :lol3:
I NEED TO PEDAL SOME THIS MORNING AND TRY TO KEEP TO THE PLAN EVEN IF I DON'T FEEL 100%. BECAUSE IF I DON'T...THEN THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW I'LL BE EATING JUNK FOOD!!

HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY! :moped:

MELODY525
01-19-2008, 09:21 AM
Ps To Carla....what Channel Carries The Australian Biggest Loser? I Wonder If We Get That Channel In The States?

happy2bme
01-19-2008, 10:50 AM
Chilly morning ladies,

It's going to be a very brrr weekend. Barely getting above freezing. Everyone find a nice warm blankie and settle in.

Mel, it seems that the people who have the dish satellite network with a bazillion and 4 channels are the ones who get to see shows like the Australian version of Biggest Loser. Those of us with routine cable get the kareeoke channel instead :lol: I'm glad you are keeping up with the pedals my friend. I am exercising but not to the degree I should be. At least I am getting back into habits again.

Rennie - it appears you have changed your name to REGISTERED USER lol. Haven't seen you posting on BL, figured you had computer problems again. If you are online better tell your team leader. They are pretty unforgiving if you don't weigh in on time.

Why does it seem so appropriate that some guy in Australia's name would be Wal? Short and sweet. Not Wally, Walter or Vadju (Walter in Polish :rofl: ) Just Wal. Kinda cute. The name, not Wal since I have regular cable I can only guess what the contestants look like.

Congrats on another 90 minute spinner. I'm very proud of you woman.

Annie - I know exactly what you mean about looking outside at a gorgeous blue, clear day and thinking it's so nice out there. That is until you open the door and the cold assaults your nose and turns your blood to ice in an instant. Must be a midwest thing. :lol:

70 degrees and people are pulling out the winter coats Shad????? Geez, I don't put a coat on until it's 35 degrees out here. I might have a warm long sleeved sweater but no coat. I have noticed a difference being down here. I'm in the car more so I just carry the coat with me. And thank goodness for the heated seats in DH's car. :D Hope your BW training went alright. Things are not going so well at my place. I am glad to be distanced from it. Spent the afternoon purging my cube yesterday to make room for new stuff and out went 2 years of training and notes on the entire SAP suite. Buh bye baby :lol:

We are supposed to go to a new store today to look at tile - I think we finally decided on a pattern we both like and can work with. If I can get out of here this morning, we'll go today and then I can work on some of my catch up work from the office on Monday which would be better. Still need to shower up and the store closes at noon so I'd better get off here.

Hellos to Ceejay (stay warm and no going in the dark pit which HAS to be very cold now too), Painter, Holly, Ruth, Patty, Madcat and forgive me I know I'm missing more but DH is giving me the hairy eyeball and asking when I'll be ready so :wave:

Shy Moment
01-19-2008, 11:13 AM
Happy
I weighed in. Thanks, did it on the 16th.

Melody
I am excited. Can't wait for the new computer parts to come in :). I am like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to Tiger Direct lol.

ceejay52
01-19-2008, 07:04 PM
Happy
It's cold outside. I'm with her on putting a coat on till it reaches a certain temperature. 45 is perfect weather for just a sweat shirt or a sweater. Stay warm today.

Shy
Can you install the new computer parts or will the repair man do that? I know some things but not enough.

Mel
How do you feel today? Hope that bug stays away for awhile. You may have picked it up again when you went downstairs.

Carla
You have my permission to go veg but nothing else.

Holly
Are you staying away from the cheese?


I'm been on plan today. Quite pleased yesterday because I stayed with in my allotted points. WW gives me 26 points but I give myself 26-30 points.
Slept late this morning. It was almost 10:30 when I rolled over. I've felt grawgy all day from this.

I found something new to me yesterday. Weight Watchers has several different kinds of candy. Wow the fiber you get with the serving amount. This has limited me to just one per morning, one per afternoon and one per night. So far it's been satisfying the sweet tooth.

Hello to Madcat, PainterWoman, Annie,and the rest. :wave:

Shad
01-19-2008, 07:57 PM
You can always go to the website and look and listen to the last series Mel. The one Carla is watching was Series 1 and the Wal from Townsville she referred to was a Fireman. He looked pretty spunky all thinned down, but I heard he has put it all back on again - very easy to do that up north.
The website is http://ten.com.au/ten/tv_biggestloser.html - you have to search to find the first series and there isn't much in the way of photos, but if you search Google under Wal biggest loser australia - you will get to see the man.
Biggest loser three is set to arrive on our screens this week I think - maybe even tonight, but I think more likely next Sunday.

I've been searching through the cupboards for food, there isn't an awful lot left - enough veg for a couple of days, enough breakfast for a week or so, enough meat for the next week as well. Then there is a whole range of flavourings - Thai red curry paste and Indian Tandoori and all that jazz. It should be a couple of interesting weeks eating and I think some of it will be spent eating out.

And that's about it for the time being. It is Sunday and I am at work. This job is going to go out with a bang!!!! No peace for the wicked. I have around 10 things left on my desk to do. I am not accepting too much more at this point, it will probably take this week to do those properly.

So I'd better go get on with it. It is getting close to Ruthxxx's operation. Hope everything is hanging together for her.

See you

MELODY525
01-20-2008, 09:11 AM
SHAD...I WAS JUST THINKING OF RUTH ALSO AND WONDERING IF EVERYTHING WAS "IN PLACE" AND READY FOR THE 24TH. I WILL LOOK AT THE WEBSITE AND SEE IF I CAN WATCH ANYTHING. ON MOST SITES, IT WILL START TO LOAD AND THEN I CAN'T KEEP IT GOING. HOPE THIS LAST WEEK FLIES BY. I CAN IMAGINE HOW MUCH THEY WILL TRY AND TOSS YOUR WAY AS THE DAYS DWINDLE!!
HAPPY EATING!! :hun:

HAPPY~ ENJOY THE TILE PICKING AND THE NEW STORE.
JEN AND I JUST SAID WE NEED A WARMER CLIMATE AND NO WINTER COATS!! BUT THEN SHE HATES THE HEAT :faint: LOVE THE KITTY AVATAR!!! FUNNY YOU SHOULD PUT THE FROG HAT ON....WHEN I THOUGHT OF THE POOL THE OTHER DAY I DID THINK OF THE FROG :rofl: SISTERS SEPARATED AT BIRTH :bb:

RENNIE...HOPE THE PC WOES GO AWAY WITH THE NEW STUFF!!!

CEEJAY~ RUSSELL STOVER ALSO HAS SOME CANDY BUT IT COMES WITH A WARNING. IF YOU EAT TOO MUCH YOU GET THE RUNS!!! :yikes: I AM GLAD YOU FOUND SOMETHING THAT CAN FEEL LIKE A TREAT WITHOUT THE GUILT! ENJOY! :encore:

YESTERDAY WAS THE PITS. RICHIE AND I WERE BOTH SICK AND HE IS VOMITING TOO. JEN DID THE FOOD SHOPPING BY HERSELF AND THANK GOD SHE FEELS OK EXCEPT FOR HER STILL GROWLING STOMACH. LOOKS LIKE RICHIE AND I TRIED TO EAT "NORMAL" FOOD TOO SOON AND UPSET THINGS OR GOT A RELAPSE. THE FUNNY THING IS...WE HAVEN'T BEEN NEAR EACH OTHER AT ALL. JEN AND I DROP THINGS OFF AT EACH OTHER'S DOORS RING THE PHONE AND LEAVE. JOHN IS STILL VERY ILL AND HIS DIABETES IS ACTING UP AS A RESULT.
I SHOULDN'T EVEN COMPLAIN...I HAVE NOT BEEN SICK IN AGES!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT I NEED TO FIX THIS TOOTH BEFORE THE TINY TEMP COVERING FALLS OFF!!! :tantrum:
ENOUGH WITH THE WHINGING.
MY 20 MIN PEDAL MILES TOTAL 22 AS OF TODAY. SO AT LEAST ONE THING IS GOING WELL. I AM OFF TO EAT SOME CLEAR LIQUIDS AND PEDAL SOME MORE :ebike:
HAPPY SUNDAY :angel:

Hollyhock
01-20-2008, 09:19 AM
Been having a great weekend. Lots of hockey and skating. I set my alarm so I would have time to do stuff this morning. I have dishes to do, laundry to finish and a bath to take and a darn dining room table to sort out! Church and skating later. And then I invited 9 people for dinner. Well, 5 of them are kids. I made all the food last night. Need to cut up veggies and make garlic bread later. I have veggie chili, meat chili and turkey noodle soup for after skating.Oh, and low fat banana bread.
DH was out very late last night, unless he came in and fell asleep on the couch. -16C here and we got snow.
I have decided to "rent my chair" at the shop. Which means I will be self employed again. I have my proposal almost ready and I set up bookkeeping a bit yesterday. I have 2 months of marketing in place. I need to make MORE money. No work tomorrow so I can work at work stuff all day. Feeling excited about it. HUGS!!!!!

Hollyhock
01-20-2008, 09:20 AM
ps Mel- sorry you aren't feeling well.

MELODY525
01-20-2008, 01:36 PM
HOLLY~ THANKS AND ALL THE BEST ON YET ANOTHER WORK ADVENTURE!!! :cheer:


50 FAST, EASY & EAT WELL RECIPES FROM WOMENS DAY MAGAZINE.
THERE ARE NO MEASUREMENTS BUT THEN WE ARE ALL EXPERIENCED COOKS AND CAN HANDLE THIS :rofl:

TODAYS:
MIX GROUND TURKEY WITH SEASONED BREADCRUMBS, MOISTEN WITH JELLIED CRANBERRY SAUCE AND SHAPE INTO THIN PATTIES. BROIL OR PANFRY. MEANWHILE STIR SOME MAYONNAISE WITH A LITTLE CURRY POWDER AND LIME JUICE. SPREAD ON WHOLE WHEAT BUNS, ADD THE PATTIES AND SOME ARUGULA OR ROMAINE.

ceejay52
01-20-2008, 02:49 PM
Holly
Think we could all use the extra money. Good luck with the proposal.

Mel
Good job on the 22 miles you've accumulated.

Last night did a 50 minute beginner's Yoga dvd. I could do most of the moves but I'm still not limber enough for some of them. I didn't feel like I'd done much but I'm a little sore today. Food yesterday was better. Stayed with in the 26 WW points. However I was up a pound this morning. Must have been the banana nut cake I ate to much of.

I need to venture outside to go get some kind of meat for the soup I want to make for next week. And drop some things off at the post office.

Shad
01-20-2008, 06:18 PM
Morning all,

Back at work again but at least it is the LAST week. We are down to 5 days and counting.
Another beautiful looking day out there although there is a cool wind blowing and it evidently blew quite hard during the night as most of my washing was on the balcony floor this morning and there are lots of tree leaves and small branches around the streets. The winds of change are definitely blowing so you lot can look forward to spring coming soon. It's not light as early in the morning as it was either.

Happy - Wal is actually Vladimir believe it or not. Just went to see if I could find a pic but they are all fat ones. I don't believe I can't find a skinny gallery even tho I do understand he has put weight back on.
The BW training went fine thank you. I like the course, well I should do I put it together, and it is very easy and simple to use (BW not the course). Of course by the time the training team have Woodsided it, it will no longer be simple or easy to use. Who cares. I'm done with stressing over things here.

And I had now better go and do some more bits and pieces. I'm trying to clear the desk. Not too much of it to go now, and it is only It is 4 days, 9 hours, 41 minutes and 30 seconds until Friday, 25 January 2008 at 5:00:00 PM (Perth time)

shaker
01-20-2008, 06:51 PM
Hi Ladies, shad that was a bit stink about Wal putting it all back on again, I did watch that series as well, has been long gone here though, waiting for the next!

I am pleased to say I survived the w/end diet wise, and will go and weigh in tonight at the meeting. The leader is on borrowed time, my time that is, I don't find her very motivating or personable so I am giving it a few weeks before I change meetings, am ever hopeful she is just filling and will be replaced, mean I know but not all of us click that well do we, and I like to be inspired. One thing that does inspire me as she would have 3-5 rings on each finger !! yes and the pinkies, so I think maybe that was her 5kg reward as she has lost a lot of weight

The w/end was good, I do have a puter at home but have to wrestle the kids to get on it, I had Friday off and then sports with the kids on Sat. I did however do my t-mill all last week, and this is week 3 of the c25k which I managed today and are quite pleased with myself.

It is raining today but still humid, hopefully that will go away by tomorrow as DD has a cheer camp to go to for 4 days, ahhh the peace and quiet :jig: :jig: I still have DS but he spends most of his time annoying Dh. I have promised myself that each week I have a loss on the scale I am allowed to buy a Womans Mag, that can be my treat as I luuurrvee the gossip mags.

Happy how much more winter do you have to go? Perhaps you need a tracker for those dates Shad ;) FIL came over yesterday and offloaded the rest of the banana muffins the kids had made, they are selling up and moving to Melbourne with the rest of DH's family, will only be us left in NZ, never mind we are happy here.

I was a bit late this morning I have some foster babies again 4 of them about 7weeks old and they are the biggest time wasters, very cute kittens though. I like having them but when they go I think man not again for a while!.. have a Motivating Monday everyone...

Shy Moment
01-21-2008, 12:51 AM
shaker
Glad you did well over the weekend. Hope the weigh in goes well. Sometimes people just don't click.

Shad
It is COLD here. Do you understand COLD. Were you born in Alaska lol. Spring is no where near us and isn't going to be here for about 4 years as far as I can tell today lol.

cee
You do know weight fluctuates. Give it a week and weigh in again. Glad to hear you stayed within your points. I build them myself. Heaven help me lol.

Holly
Glad you are excited. Hope things went well today and you had a great time.

Melody
I have never built one of these duel cores lol. Oh it is going to be fun lol. Looks like it it pretty cool, duel video cards :) I am worth every penny. Wasn't that expensive since we were going to get my son a new one for his 21st birthday ( new parts and rebuild his ) and he said all he wanted was my old one lol. What I got for myself cost half what I was going to buy for him lol.

happy2bme
01-21-2008, 02:16 AM
Hi chicks,

Had quite a bit of trouble getting in here this weekend. Could get to the main page but after that things just hung. And yes, I did pay for the subscription where I don't get ads except for the main page. Didn't help this time.

Shad - just one more week! I can feel your excitement all the way over here. :dance: Apparently you must have outside clothes lines to hang the laundry in your flat. Haven't seen those here in a good long time. I rinsed out a shirt in Las Vegas and after 2 days hanging in the closet it was still damp so I had to use the hairdryer to help it along - silly thing finally dried the night I packed to go back home. :lol: Hope yours didn't get all dirty again being blown about.

I am always fascinated as things shift from one side of the world to the other. You spoke of days getting shorter, last week I cheered the evenings getting a bit longer and I am almost out of the woods having to drive home when it's dark in the evening.

Shaker, winter for us here is about another month. Then we get the spring floods, I mean rains. By March all the spring flowers will be in bloom and it will be lovely here. Sneezy but gorgeous and colorful with feel good temperatures, perfect for being outside. Bit of a bummer that the whole family is deserting you across the pond. Or is that just DH's family that has all moved out? You have little kitties? :love: :love: ooooh I bet they're so cute :hug: kitties, kitties, kitties. I love kittens.

I think you have to take Biggest Loser with a smirk and a grin. After all, it's not about losing weight - it's a contest. I got very turned off when I heard about the tricks they used throughout the show, particularly during the end to get the weight off - NOT. No wonder so many gain it back again. I started to watch this season with the couples but I lost interest and decided my time was better spent marching in front of the TV instead of sitting in front of it. I have cut my television time down drastically since the new year.

My favorite show - The Amazing Race - ended it's latest season tonight. Phil Kehogan, famous Kiwi makes a great host. The team I was cheering on won and I was soooo very happy about that. I like to see nice people win instead of the schemers and cheaters. Phil was talking about this couple's ability to stay "CAM" under pressure. His Kiwi accent was peeking out. :lol: So now I think I'm down to one evening a week for TV which is great.

Mel - the turkey burger sounds yummy. I will have to try that. My sister told me about a free magazine that Kraft Foods puts out. Kraft is a HUGE company that makes all sorts of food products. This magazine has all kinds of recipes that are quick and easy to make with - you guessed it - Kraft products. DH mentioned that some of the recipes looked good so I let him pick out the ones he thought he'd like and from those I picked a bunch and that was last week's menus. Surprisingly, they were all good. And they were fast and easy and not too rough on the diet either. One was a pasta with veggies cooked with a bit of Zesty Italian salad dressing - just a bit for flavor. There was a stir fry with pork, veggies, hoisin sauce and some Balsamic Vinagrette dressing that was very yummy and I don't like stir fry. One of my favorites we had for a light supper with fresh fruit but you could have it as a breakfast sandwich too. Take 2 pieces of cinnamon raisin bread and lightly butter each side - or you can use the spray butter to cut calories. The buttered side will be the outside of the sandwich. On the non buttered side put some very thinly sliced apples - I used Fuji's and top the apple with shredded Cheddar. (Oh there's that darn cheese again ladies). Put the other slice of bread on and grill up the sandwich on the buttered side to the pan. Cook gently as the first time the pan was too hot and it didn't melt the cheese. Yum, yum. We both enjoyed that. For some reason the store had HUGE Fuji apples - I've never seen one so big - almost as big as a cantelope melon. I was afraid it would be grainy but it was delicious and one slice took up the entire bread.

Ceejay - that Whitman's WW chocolate is very good. It's quite pricey - about 50 cents for 2 tiny pieces. Mel's right about not eating too much - I think it's the sorbitol or sweetner that can cause gastric issues. I tend to like the WW chocolate mint bars (also pricey) or a Jello LF pudding cup if I'm craving chocolate. Good for you for sticking to your points all weekend. I find that if you're going to be successful over the long run, you HAVE to plan out your food and be good about tracking it.

Guess this will do for my morning post tomorrow. Hello to the rest of the chicks. I see you peeking in here Shad :wave:

Ruthxxx
01-21-2008, 08:09 AM
Darling Worldlies, I'm still here but Life has been pretty hectic. Most of my ducks are in a row now.

This morning I take my darling Hershey to the Pypers' farm for two weeks or more. This is the only day it works for us all for the transfer. She'll have a ball there with Bailey (Lucy's littermate) and the two teens. I believe they ever have squirrel hunting on the agenda. I really will miss her furry presence beside me on the couch for the next three nights.

Harry had yet another fall on Saturday and yet another major cut to his head. He also broke his glasses so I need to get them replaced over the next two days! The crazy thing is, they are NOT his glasses. :lol: Things get a bit mixed up in nursing homes. The good news is that he only needs them for driving which hasn't happened for four years. When he reads they are on top of his head. I may just get a drugstore pair.

My new puppy was born yesterday afternoon - a little boy! He was the only pup in the "litter" so will be thoroughly spoiled and fed with no competition at the milk bar. He is dark like mum and dad and did well on the "doggie Apgar".
It'll be two months before I get him so there's lots of time to figure out a name - suggestions welcome. He's a Tsvetnaya Bolonka, a rare breed much like a Bichon, and will always look like a puppy so Igor won't suit him. :lol:

So sorry i can't get in here often enough to do personals but I DO read and really hope to keep my status as a Worldly although it's sort of difficult in Delta. Having a Portuguese and a Russian dog may help.

Gotta throw on some warm clothes (-13F here!), pack Hersey's stuff and hit the road. Yes, she does take her own bed, dish and food when she travels.

MELODY525
01-21-2008, 08:58 AM
:cheer: GO GIANTS GO!!!!:cheer:
I AM NOT NORMALLY A FOOTBALL FAN OR SPORTS FAN OF ANY KIND BUT....I LOVE BOTH THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AND NY GIANTS. YESTERDAY EVERYONE WAS LAUGHING AT ME CAUSE I WAS SAYING "GO GIANTS" GUESS THEY WON'T BE LAUGHING ANYMORE! WHETHER IT'S A FLUKE OR ELI MANNING OR THE GIANT'S DEFENSE...THEY ARE HEADED FOR THE SUPER BOWL!! EVEN IF THEY DON'T WIN, THEY GOT THERE!!! :encore:

DAMN IT'S COLD OUT THIS MORNING. WE HAD TEMPS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS WITH THIS LOVELY WINTER WIND. ALL RADIATORS ARE ON HIGH AND WE ARE SNUG AS BUGS IN RUGS. THE GRANDSON LOOKS LIKE HE IS 5 X'S HIS NORMAL SIZE WHEN HE SLEEPS. BEAK TUCKED INTO HIS BACK BLOWING WARM AIR INTO HIS FEATHERS THAT ARE ALL FLUFFED UP. WISH HE HAD A LITTLE JACKET OR BLANKET. I AM FEELING 10X'S BETTER THAN I HAVE BEEN. RICHIE IS TOO AND WENT TO WORK. BALA IS COMING AND I NEED TO GET READY.
HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
HAPPY MONDAY/TUESDAY!! :moped:

SHAKER~HOPE THE LADY IS A FILL IN OR YOU CAN FIND SOMEONE MORE MOTIVATING.

CEEJAY~ YOGA AND TAI CHI ARE SURPRISINGLY EFFECTIVE IN MAKING SORE MUSCLES!! I REMEMBER WHEN I BEGAN SITTING TAI CHI..THOUGHT TO MYSELF HOW BAD COULD THIS BE. DID A BUNCH OF EXERCISES AND FELT GREAT....TILL THE NEXT DAY!!! I COULD BARELY MOVE FOR THE PAIN!! :rofl: I LIKE THAT YOU TRY SO MANY THINGS! GOOD VARIETY.

SHAD~ HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THE SPRING!!! GOOD THING THE WASH WAS ON THE FLOOR OF THE BALCONY....WOULDN'T WANT YOUR BLOOMERS FLYING LIKE KITES AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD!! :yikes:
4 DAYS AND COUNTING!!! :dance:

RENNIE~ I WAS LUCKY AND SOMEONE BOUGHT THIS ONE TO ME AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT A FEW YEARS AGO:cb:

HAPPY~ JEN AND I GET THAT MAGAZINE!! I HAD FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT IT. WE USE SOME OF THE RECIPES IN THERE WHEN WE EAT TOGETHER. I DON'T REALLY BOTHER WITH "FANCY" STUFF FOR ONE PERSON! :lol3: IT'S A GREAT MAG FOR FREE!!
I BEGAN WATCHING THE BIGGEST LOSER NEAR THE END OF THE LAST YEAR. SO I BEGAN WATCHING THIS ONE FROM THE BEGINNING...BUT THEY ARE NASTY TO EACH OTHER ALREADY AND I AM LOSING INTEREST. WITH THE OTHER YEAR, IT WAS GOOD TO WATCH AND PEDAL!! I GOT GOOD MOTIVATION! :ebike: THOSE SANDWICHES SOUNDED DELICIOUS!! :hun:

RUTH...WE'LL LET YOU SLIDE FOR NOW WITH THE PERSONALS :rofl: YOU JUST GET YOURSELF READY FOR THE BIG DAY AND THEN CONCENTRATE ON YOURSELF AND HEALING!!!:hug: YOU HAVE SONETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO NOW WITH LITTLE IGOR HAVING BEEN BORN. :lol3: :lol3:

HAVE A GREAT WEEK LADIES!!!

:wave: TO THE LURKING CHICKS!! SENDING :love: AND :hug: TO YOU ALL!!!

Hollyhock
01-21-2008, 09:05 AM
I love,love,love Monday mornings!!!

Kids will be launched in 1 hour then i am blessedly alone for 7 hours. ahhhhhhhhh The house to myself. I work my butt off but I can do it alone and listen to cool tunes......
Yesterday was almost perfect. Quiet morning, did a bit of housework, we went to church, home for a quick lunch and then we went skating with 2 other families. invited them back here for supper. Homemade chili, soup, bread and banana bread was consumed. Mostly the company was very good. Then it was bath time for the kids and then I snuggled into bed and watched The Queen. Perfect!!

Todayís plan is to eat clean, do some WATP and then I have lots of office work to do. DD has dentist at 4pm. DS has hockey at 6:30 and I have a school meeting at 7.
Right now I need to feed these kidlets and get them to school. It is freakin cold out. -23C which is about -9F.

MELODY525
01-21-2008, 09:05 AM
RECIPE #2

RUB THIN-CUT PORK CHOPS WITH EITHER MEXICAN SEASONING OR CHILI POWDER.
BROWN THE CHOPS IN A NON-STICK SKILLET.
SERVE WITH A MIXTURE OF RINSED AND DRAINED CANNED BLACK BEANS, DICED AVOCADO, CHOPPED RED ONION, CHOPPED CILANTRO AND OIL AND VINEGAR DRESSING.
**WE ADDED CHOPPED TOMATOES THAT HAD BEEN "DE-SEEDED" FIRST. AND IN PLACE OF CILANTRO I PUT IN A RSMALL AMOUNT OF PARSLEY.

carla49
01-21-2008, 11:30 AM
Yumm, Mel, that recipe sounds delish, and I happen to have a pork chop in the fridge... not sure if there are any black beans on hand, or cilantro, and I'd have to use cajun seasoning instead... oh well, maybe next time. :lol: It's great to hear you're finally on the mend - did all that 'moving' finally translate into:goodscale?

Ruth, the puppy sounds adorable! And even if Igor as a name is 'too big', what about Iggie? My brother's Great Dane was called Iggie, and I always thought it would be a perfect name for a small dog. Or, if he speaks French, he could be Milou like Tintin's dog, or Pitou which is the canine equivalent of Minou. Of course in English Pitou sounds a bit like you're spitting out something unpleasant... (Shut up Carla, you're babbling.)

Shad, here we're not allowed to use our balconies to dry clothes at all. In fact, there's a part of greater Ottawa where clotheslines are banned as well! Silly, I think. Things dry much nicer outdoors.
I can hear your countdown clock ticking louder and louder...

Happy, a funny thing happened yesterday: when I read your post, I was distracted by the cute new avatar, and for some reason thought I was reading Madcat. The funny part is that I managed to make it all fit! I was convinced that she and her DH had decided to follow your example and change some flooring, I was going to send her a PM to let her know what channel Australia Loser was on, I agreed that there was no need for a coat until well under 35, I wondered where she had lived before moving "down" to Toronto... I'm such an idiot sometimes. Like you I really enjoyed Amazing Race this time. I would have been happy with any of the three final couples winning, as long as the rude, stupid, argumentative ones who got bumped last week didn't. Unlike you I still watch junk like BL and American Idol, although I'm getting a little tired of all the whining and sniveling on BL. On the Oz version the teams are downright nasty to each other. Besides Wal, they have a man called Reg, one called Adro and another called Artie (pronounced Attie).

Well, the weekend was a very bad weekend consumption-wise. Saturday actually involved baking - all evidence now stowed away in Carla's vast belly. Then Sunday afternoon involved a cocktail party with way too many glasses of :censored:, a huge assortment of food porn, and a giant slice of :censored:. Which I did enjoy, of course, but this morning the scale and I are not friends. So it's time to get back on track. On another thread I lurk on, one of the posters suggested they try to work on a reasonable goal of losing 10lbs instead of trying to attack the whole amount. I think that's what I'll do too. So for the next ten weeks, I'll be aiming for a pound a week. I'll set the number goal tomorrow once yesterday's excesses have worked their way out of the system. Anybody care to join me?

Oops, nature is calling rather loudly (sorry, TMI) so I'm off. Hello to those I've missed. :wave: to Holly, Ceejay, Shaker, Shy, Madcat, Painter, Rose...

happy2bme
01-21-2008, 01:46 PM
Howdy chicks,

Imagine the Madcat's surprise Carla if she would have gotten your email :?: :lol: That's ok, I am easily confused with someone else. Must be as there is another poster who routinely gets me mixed up with someone else. :dunno:

I was kind of hoping for the goth couple to win Amazing Race. This season more than ever, karma came into play. I'm glad the annoying people got shut down, especially in the first few episodes. The first couple was so obnoxious that it would have been difficult to watch the show if they had been on for a long time. I wonder what a couple of easy going hippies will do with a million dollars (probably more like 500 or 600 thousand after taxes.) They are going to be on one of the morning shows tomorrow - I'm taping it. I did not like Grandpa or the Dad from the other 2 teams so I was cheering and shouting and crossing fingers for TK and Rachel throughout the show. They hit a couple of snags and I thought for sure the daughter / dad team would have kept their lead. Interesting that for the climb up the ice crevice challenge, the weaker partner seemed to do better. Except for TK who ran up the thing - I was waiting for the daughter to fall in the water because it seemed like that's the way it was going. Brrrrrrr. Anyway enough about the show.

I had taped one Oprah show where she had some people with big weight losses. The one tip that one lady who lost 170 pounds said was that she kept setting 10 pound goals. It's very daunting to think you'd loose 60 pounds and still be "big" so she approached it in small increments. I've heard that from others too and was thinking of that myself Carla so I'm in if you want to have a goal challenge. I doubt I'll have a much of a drop after next week's "clean out", and I know even if I do it will be temporary. Was talking to someone last week who suggested eating lightly for 3 days prior to the bowel prep. Then it's not quite so harsh on the system and delicate body parts. That made sense so I'm going to try it.

PACKERS FAN? MEL? Oh :no: :no: :no: :no: :no: NO :nono: I did feel sorry for them playing in the extreme cold. Told DH I thought it was idiotic to play without sleeves. He said it was MACHO (laughing). I said I'd think if you were that close to the playoffs that you'd want to keep yourself in the best shape/health and that included not peeling your skin off as you slid and tackled on frozen, rough ground. Men :dunno:

DH's Patriots are in the playoffs and will probably take it he says.

Good luck with the surgery Ruth. Hope all goes well. :crossed:

Holly - I didn't understand your comment about renting your chair. Thought that it was your bosses shop and that she was renting a chair to you. Or are you "subletting"?

Time to go figure out some meals for the week. I have the day off but I do need to get on the computer and spend a few hours catching up with some work items. Also have to get outside in the cold and go get some food for the week. It doesn't get done sitting here :comp: so off I go.

:wave: to the chicks

shaker
01-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Morning ladies, Carla your comment had me laughing this morning :rofl: "one called Adro and another called Artie (pronounced Attie)" it was the ponounced Attie bit, they sure must sound funny to you because we pronounce it Artie ha ha.. anyway was a nice chuckle this morning thanks for that :cool:

I had a good weigh-in and lost another kilo which is great, and the leader had changed again, which was nice but the current one is not permanent either so guess we will have to wait and see. They are obviously having trouble filling it, I heard her say that they pay you a pittance to do a meeting and for all the hard work they do sometimes isn't worth it. They have shut down quite a few meetings in our area so you would think someone would offer, there was around 50 ladies weighing in, took forever :yawn: maybe I had better get to goal for a year then I can do it :woohoo:

We do get a bit of NFL here, but I dont really understand it and some games take 5hrs, they seem to break a lot.. ??!!!! I am a bit of a tennis fan and love that Ozzie open at the mo, mainly because it isn't on to late so I can watch it, the other grand slams are always the middle of the night so I only get highlights.

The kittens are great, is hard to believe they are all the same litter really, one ginga, one tabby, one fully black, one black with a bit of tabby (actually she is a bit unfortunate looking) but they are very mischevious and having a great time.

:egg: Are these out in the shops over there yet?.. we have a few little ones popping up in some of our shops, terrible (only because I love chocolate!) I will have to do some ww points of them all to figure out what is the best bang for the buck so to speak :easter2:

Have a great Tuesday all when you get here.. DD is going to :cheer2: camp today so won't see her till Friday, DH is going away to another town for a few days for work, and DS is going to stay at the inlaws while he is gone so I can get to work, oh the bliss, 2 nights, me, the tennis, rice crackers, salsa.. :hat::dancer::corn::encore:

MELODY525
01-21-2008, 06:17 PM
I THINK SHAKER SHOULD PUT THE KTTENS INTO THE EASTER BASKETS AND LEAVE THEM ON THE NEIGHBORS DOORSTEPS!!! :rofl: :rofl: I HAVE NOT SEEN EASTER CANDY YET BUT THEN I HAVEN'T BEEN IN A STORE FOR AWHILE....GOING TOMORROW AND I WILL LET YOU ALL KNOW!!

CARLA YOU XCRACKED ME UP!! EVERY NOW AND THEN WHEN I READ POSTS I SEE "NOTES" TO THE WRONG PEOPLE AND SITH HERE IN A DAZE! :lol3: :lol3: BUT THEN I AM EASILY CONFUSED!!! NO I DID NOT LOSE ANY WEIGHT BEING SICK. FOR SOME REASON I NEVER DO!!!
HOPE THIS WEEK IS BETTER FOR YOU AND YOUR BELLY!!

HAPPY~TELL THE DH I HOPE WE GIVE HIM A RUN FOR HIS MONEY!! GO GIANTS GO!!! (THIS FROM A WOMAN WHO HAS NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON AS I PASS ALL THOSE SPORTS CHANNELS....ROFLMAO) BUT IF HE BBQ'A SOME RIBS AND CHICKEN I'LL ROOT FOR THE PATRIOTS! I AM EASILY BOUGHT :dance:

ONE ACCT CALLED IT OFF TODAY. HE SAID HE WANTED A HOLIDAY BUT I THINK THIS VIRUS SCARED HIM. THE OTHER IS LEAVING SOON. TOMORROW I WILL ANSWER PHONES IN AN EMPTY OFFICE AND HAVE THE ACCT STAY LATE AND I NEED TO FOOD SHOP. SO I MIGHT BE MIA!!
IF I AM HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW. IT SUPPOSED TO WARM UP I NJ!! :encore: THAT REMINDS ME....I NEED TO MAKE TRANSPORTATION FOR MONDAY'S EYE DR!!! I FORGOT!!! YIKES!
SWEET DREAMS WHEN YOU GET THERE :cloud9: AND GOOD MORNING SUNSHINES!! :sunny:

Shad
01-21-2008, 06:39 PM
Morning all,

Ruth - If Igor doesn't suit (what??? - you mean he doesn't fetch or carry??) maybe Boris or Ivan, or Sergei or Marat or Alexandrov or Vladimir or.............. may just Babuskin - Rasputin, Tsar, Romanoff, or Tchaikovsky, Lenin or Marx. Okay off all things Russian. You might like to name him after a chocolate bar as well - or the name of a well known mop!!!
Best of luck for the 24th. Hope it all goes well for you and you heal well and quickly. Love ya!
Keep the phone beside the couch - you never know who is gonna call! :rofl:


Shaker - sounds like you are doing well with the t-mill and exercise. Keep it going. You'll be back to the old Shaker in no time. DH & DS's have a habit of locking horns in the growing stages. DS's think they know everything by about age 13 sometimes younger and DH's know they know everything from the time they were about ...... 3. It's the story of the old bull and the young bull and they need to find something in common to argue constructively about. Some do, some don't, that's life.
I haven't been to the shops in a while, but they had Hot Cross Buns out on Jan 2 - I was horrified. Nothing nicer than a hot Hot Cross Bun with butter. Yummo. But no......... I digress.

Rennie - I do understand cold. I've been there and done that. Lived with snow in the South Island of New Zealand for many a year. Lived with the bitter hoar frosts of inland Canterbury and the not so nice effects of snow in the wilds of Central Otago as well. Cold I understand. Now I live in a place where they don't do cold. It makes me giggle that they all go out and buy winter coats (Queensland style) which would not keep a flea warm in any place further south and they wear them for less than 1/2 hour per day and they pay a huge price for these useless articles. 1/2 hour is the time it takes for the sun to warm up our less than frozen landscape on any given day between end of June and beginning of September (average morning temp around 10C or 50F which ever you prefer). They wear boots to keep the toes warm - some of those boots must be pretty ugly by the time they get home because our daytime winter temps are a very pleasant 24 to 26 degrees most days. And it rarely rains during the winter either. Only in summer do we get rain (when we are not in drought that is)

Happy - my outside clothes line is an airer thingy stands on the ground and folds up when not in use. I refuse to use the dryer since it shrinks all my tee shirts and jeans no end (it's got nothing to do with the 4 Kg I have put on):nono:. The balconey is quite sheltered and doesn't usually get the wind like that - I was worried that the cushion covers I had washed had blown away but I found them down behind the barbeque - phew!!!
I didn't know the Amazing Race guy was a Kiwi!!!! I've never even picked it and I can usually pick the accent a mile away. You live and learn.
Cam??? Attie? We must sound kinda funny at times. I won't begin on noice and peeeeople. I guess we get used to the American accent between TV and Cinema, whereas you have to go foreign to get used to us.

Mel - so glad to hear you are feeling so much better. Gotta love the feeling when you realise you aint gonna die and you might even enjoy living! Hope the poncho is keeping you warm. Glad to hear the others are getting better too. I suppose the dentist will be calling now that you are not declared dead???

Holly - was that The Queen with Helen Mirren starring as the Queen? or a rock band you were watching? I did enjoy that film. Well enjoy probably wasn't the right word for it but it was good. She looked so like the queen it was spooky, but it took a while to work out who the old girl was (Queen Mum)

Carla - not allowed clotheslines on balconeys here either, maybe it would look too much like China or Hong Kong!! However my balconey has a plexiglass screen frosted sort of creamy yellow and it hides my airer/ dryer thingy. Most people do the same. Power is so expensive in Perth that you only use the absolute necessary.
10lbs - one a week is a good idea. Rennie already does something similar with her little emoticons - one for every 5LB. I'd like to join in, but can't see much happening until I get home and get settled.

And that's about it for this marathon entry. I need some coffee and then better start on that drastic thing called work.

ceejay52
01-21-2008, 07:35 PM
Official weigh in was this morning. I'm 182.6 so that means I've lost the 2 pounds I gained last week. I'll take it.

Happy
I like the mint in the WW candy. They seem to sastisfy. Planning does help alot. Are you ready for the wintry weather that is being forecast?

Mel
The recipe sounds good. Glad you and Richie are feeling better.

Shad
Don't blame you for drying your clothes on the line. Some things I dry on a hanger in the bathroom on the shower rod. I'd dry outside in the summer if it weren't for the birds.

Ruth
Take it easy. Wish I was close enough to come and help you out.

Shaker, Carla, Madcat and the others hello.

Need to get up and get things ready to go home. I've had a busy day today.

happy2bme
01-21-2008, 09:14 PM
Ceejay - what winter weather? **dashes off to check out the weather channel** Ah buggers. Cold rain is moving in. Brr and yuck. Still, I refuse to pull out the winter coat. Am carrying my fleece jacket around. Thanks for the warning tho. Cheers on the 2 pounds down :congrat:

Ok Shad, I get it now. I can understand a clothes rack and the idea of the T-shirts shrinking. Someday I'll wear t-shirts again and worry about that kind of thing :lol: I'll bet you're happy to be heading back home again. Thanks for the education on the down under cold. I'm going to work Hoar Frost into my next password :lol: actually those are quite pretty in their own way, aren't they?

Oh Mel - so easily bought for grilled meat? :rofl: It's too cold to grill right now and if Ceejay's rain comes, we'll be doing something from the oven. I'm sure you'll like it anyway.

Have to go work for a while. Back later.

Madcat
01-21-2008, 11:07 PM
The sad thing is that if Carla had sent me a message I would have probably figured that I had missed something.

Carls~ Pitou always reminds me of the first French phase I ever learned (and one of the few I remember) "Pitou, Pitou, donnez-moi le poulet!!” I think it was from a grade 3 reader. Doesn’t come in that handy on the street of Paris, I have to say – although it might work in a restaurant in a pinch.

Happy~ I really liked the Goth couple too, though I have to say that the father/daughter couple has grown on me. The father really did seem to learn something. I so want to go speed boating in Alaska.

Holly~ Nice that you had some great me time. Yeah, I was hoping it was the movie, The Queen, you were watching rather than a private command performance.

Shaker~ Oh kittens! It’s the unfortunate looking ones that often need the most love. 2 nights of "me time" sounds divine! Enjoy. Good work on the weigh-in.

Mel~ The pork chop recipe sounds great and I love black beans. Do you feel better yet?

Ceejay~ Good work on your loss this week.

Ruth~ Good luck this week! Sending good vibes your way. I think you should call the puppy Stolichnaya (Stoli for short). That’s a good Russian name and a pretty decent vodka to boot.

Shad~ Hot crossed buns toasted with butter indeed. Gotta be toasted. Toronto is talking about lifting the ban on clotheslines before this summer. It is so much more environmentally friendly to use solar drying.

Just got back from the hospital visiting my friend. She’s developed pneumonia and they’re keeping her in, pumped full of antibiotics, until she feels better. We have to wear gowns and masks and now my nose is itchy. Hospitals always make me feel as if I should shower afterwards. Some figures crossed for her recovery would be good. It’s not been a good couple of days for other people’s health, but that’s enough on that subject.

Alright I need to wander off and get some sleep. I haven’t lost any weight this week but I feel as if I’m getting back on track. My thing for this week is more veggies. And back to Fitday. I like the idea of emoticons for each 5 lbs.

Waves to everyone I didn’t get to.