Alternachicks - Alternachicks Chat - February 2008

02-01-2008, 08:39 AM
My goodness, look at me, forging ahead to the new month.

It makes me feel that I should write a tad more positively than my original intent upon logging in. Probably a good idea...

So, it's February now. I lost 3 pounds last month. Of course, not nearly what I wanted, however, what with the thinking positively and everything, it's better than having gained. So I'll take it and own it. :halffull:

I've been in a terrible funk. Last weekend I dislocated my shoulder for the first time since having surgery on it in 2004. I was able to manipulate it back in place, fortunately. It hurts like a m*er f*er and has severly curtailed my activities. (Much to the disappointment of my dogs. In protest, Fritz chewed up The Buddha yesterday. This cannot be good for his karma!) I made a fast appointment with the surgeon who "repaired" my shoulder. He made a nasty face and has referred me to a colleague. I feel like I was shunted to the "problems" department, or sent to the vice-principle.

I have also discovered that I am apparently one of the very few people who experience a rash of red bumps on my face that itch like crazy in reaction to the sleepy drug Lunesta. Oh, it's lovely. But hey, I shall embrace this as an opportunity to learn something new about myself.

Goals for this month: focus, lose 5#, complete a couple of projects around the house, ace job interview next Monday, feel wonderful, stop scowling, spread cheer, conquer the universe etc.

How are you guys doing?

02-03-2008, 09:57 AM
Happy February!

I've learned from the last month - which I suppose is 1/2 the battle. I'm moving forward and making up for not hitting goal last month by taking on those extra pounds into this months goal. A total of #10.2 to lose this month (#9.4 to go!) I have aggressive mini goals this month - I have to meet them! I know that if I stay OP the next 11 days and work my butt off (literally) I can do it! I set my mini-goal ticker to Valentine's day - but truly I want to be out of the #180's on my birthday - the 10th. If I stick with it I will be!

Heidi - keep at it. GOOD LUCK at the interview!

02-03-2008, 10:50 AM
Yea, I only lost 3 lbs instead of the original 10 I wanted. I give up around dinnertime, so its back to the baby steps of planning out every single meal and snack. I even wrote up a checklist schedule with my snacks and exercise times on it and worked my school time in there, too. So, lots of positive thinking ladies, and bright blessings for this month!

02-04-2008, 01:41 PM
gaia - I understand - i lost 3.8 of the 7 that I aimed for last month. I have a bad problem of punishing myself - which is now why I ahve to take and add those unto my goal for this month. It's still not unreasonable - but I have to really focus and work my butt off! I'm pushing myself hardcore this week - to get out of the #180's for my birthday (10th) We'll see.

I did a 10 min power yoga this mornign first thing - it really helped. i'm planning this as part of my schedule now - to do a 10 -15 mins. of focus every morning and a longer full body in the evening. (30-60 mins) We'll see how this all works out;)

02-04-2008, 05:23 PM
I lost 5 pounds in January and am trying more raw foods in my diet. This morning I lost 3 more pounds -- OH JOY!

no sig yet


8 pounds lost, 13 pounds to go.

02-05-2008, 10:26 AM
Hi guys!
hope everything is going well for y'all! I got the inspiration I truely needed last night at the gym. There are two ladies who come in and work out together and I have said hello to them, I am shy in foreign territory. Last night they were doing I dont even know, they were in a sling thing with their arms and then bringing their knees up to their chest. Anyway I made the comment that was my new goal to be able to do one of those eventually. The one girl chuckled but seriously said we all started off there. I went back to what I was doing, and a couple of minutes later she came over to me and asked if I was on a program and if I wanted some help. She told me that 2 short years before she was the exact weight that I am now and I was truely amazed because she looks awesome. Strong and very healthy and I am guessing approximately the same age as me.
I thanked her and they both offered to help me .

Mrs Snark
02-05-2008, 02:02 PM
Great story, Ginny, I love it when someone reaches out like that! Those ab crunches they were doing are HARD, too!

02-05-2008, 03:21 PM
Tyler - I love the concept & the catch phrase! I don't believe I've seen you around these arts before - so :welcome: - and if I've just been oblivious then I'm sorry. :P

Hope all is well with everyone today - i'm doing good - staying on plan today quite well..

Talk to you all soon!

02-05-2008, 04:19 PM
:wave: Hello gals! So I haven't posted in a little over a month and guess what? I haven't lost any weight either. I think there is something that can be said from this. I believe it was a combination of the holidays, a really busy schedule, and the winter blues, but I am back and ready to do this thang. So a big hello to all you I don't know and to the ones I recognize still (Enygirl glad to see you are still working hard at it). I've been comfortably maintaining, but am about to dive right back in to my workout videos....and these threads if you all will have me.

Cheers :D

02-05-2008, 10:35 PM
Hey everyone! :wave: I am finally back on-line! :cb: Boy was I suffering from withdrawal as I can't even check in from work. :(

I am happy to say that I have lost 5lbs since January 1st -now I just have to keep myself motivated to lose more.

Heidi - I've been in a bit of a funk too - I think it is SAD, I've been trying to get out of the office to take walks at lunch but this past few days has been freezing rain or snow so no sign of sun.

Glad to see you back ollie! :)

02-06-2008, 11:49 AM
Ollie & Mauv - WELCOME BACK! I'VE MISSED YOU! Hope all is well with you - nothing new to report - other than it's My Birthday week - so I'm celebrating all week long!.

I'll check back later. :dust: for all!

02-06-2008, 10:44 PM
Thanks any girl! Well, I blew it tonight by having wings and beer. But I will be exercising tomorrow so hopefully it will all balance out.

Zen Pharmacy
02-07-2008, 12:03 AM
Oh man, school is already getting to me and we haven't even had an exam yet this term.

It's hard not to fall into the habit of not eating anything but a snickers bar or something from the vending machine when I remember I have to eat to live.

02-07-2008, 12:48 AM
Thanks, Enygirl and Mauv! I had a coupla beers tonight but a good day so my cals weren't too far over. Just gotta move my arse around and I'll be fine. But like Zen, schools gettin to me. Mainly the schedule. It takes time to steam veggies and cook couscous and it's so easy too order a pizza and wait while I do homework. I feel good though. Looking for the groove, looking for the groove.

Tis good you found the inspiration, Ginny. I'm searching for it. Had it then it went somewhere. Hmmmm....

Night guys. Check back in on the morrow.

02-07-2008, 07:17 AM
Well today is weigh in day at work, think i did well but not sure. I sure have been working hard, drinking lots of water and watching my calories so should be good. Working 8am to 12pm and then off to Halifax with my daughter and two other girls for two nights. Going to see Hedley! Will be fun even if I am taking 3 teenage girls.
Hugs to all

02-10-2008, 05:56 PM
Hello Everyone:

My most excellent terrific fantastic news is that I have found a new job!! I interviewed on Monday and was asked back Friday to meet with the staff I'll be working with. Apparently, I didn't scare them too much because they hired me! I am so excited and terrified.

Thursday I signed my divorce papers and Friday I got a new job. Now I just need to sell my house, lose the weight and learn how to be this fabulous new person I have the opportunity to become! Yeah, that's all.

I did lose a pound last week though. Running's been near impossible given our weather the last week, but I think I burned calories by being a basketcase.


02-10-2008, 09:42 PM
Congratulations on the new job Heidi! :cb:

I had a fun weekend - went shopping and out for Dim Sum and celebrated Chinese New Year. I bought myself a Jack Skellington umbrella - I don't think I will ever grow up! :lol:

02-10-2008, 11:40 PM
Jack Skellington umbrella?!?! Awww, I want one!

02-11-2008, 12:26 AM
:cheer2: Yay Heidi. I know the divorce must be bittersweet, and selling a house is chaotic at the best of times, but it's good to have all these new things coming at a time when you need and want to change into the new you.

We rang in the Year of the Rat with a Chinese feast. We had a really fun dinner party - you know it's a successful party when you make waaaaaay too much food and buy waaaaaay too much wine, then when it's over you realize there are no leftovers!!

I love leftovers, but this wasn't really the best food to have hanging around in the fridge when you're trying to lose weight :hun:


02-11-2008, 03:16 AM
aaah appartment! ::GLEEEEEEEE!:: We're all moved in, it's just heavenly... there's a biiiig bathtub that i can actualy FIT in, and a FREAKING BALCONY! ooh i'm a happy mango!

02-11-2008, 10:26 AM
Heidi, so many new things, this truly is a new year for you! Congrats on all your possibilities.

And Mango, kudos for a big arse tub and bubble baths that cover it all:)

It's nice to come here on a Monday morning and read good news. Even the rad new umbrella is music to my hears on what otherwise would have been a better day if I could have slept in. I heart Jack...and Tim Burton for that matter.

Swell, here. Lost a pound and a half on my first week back in full swing. But didn't exercise. I still haven't gotten in a groove with this new semester. My schedule is wack, yo. I am so so hoping to make time to do a few workouts this week, because I feel so much better when I do.

But I finally got all of my grad school apps finished and now am playing the waiting game to hear where I will be moving in four months. Who knows? I could be coming to a theatre near you.


02-11-2008, 10:56 AM
Hi there, people! Ginny, thanks for sharing that story - it's stuff like that that keeps me going! Fantastic! Heidi - you go, girl! This is a real time of new beginnings - congratulations on the job!

The frail vehicle of the English language is inadequate to express my envy of the Jack Skellington umbrella.

Tyler - LOVING the name, the avatar and the tagline. You win at the Internet.

02-11-2008, 02:21 PM
Hi girls! I've been away for a while but decided to jump back into posting...

Sorry if I don't know everyone's names... but I really hope to get to know you all better and soon!!

02-13-2008, 08:49 AM
Hi everyone!
Sure looks like you have all been very busy with your lives. Had a fantastic time with the girls, shopping, laughing and going to the concert. Hedley was awesome as always. Heard the Johnstones for the first time then too and thought they we fantastic. Thurday marked my one month for not smoking, 4 weeks at the gym and 5 lbs lost that week. Pretty exciting day for me! Wishing everyone a wacky wonderful Wednesday.

02-13-2008, 09:14 AM
Well, I went to a Guatemalan marimba concert last night for my Music World Cultures paper (strangely, no one playing was actually Guatemalan). It wasn't the most thrilling concert ever, every song sounded like something out of a Disney movie, but the meringue at the end was upbeat.

I ate almost a whole pound of mozzarella cheese last night. Wow. Was dutiful and put it in my food journal but wow... I am scary when I'm bored or stressed. :(

Zen Pharmacy
02-13-2008, 09:52 AM
Oh man, I'm in the middle of my first **** week of the semester. That's what we call it when we have three exams in a week. We also have a paper due and a lecture series to attend (which I have the pleasure to ask one of the top cardiologists in the country a question).

This also means I survive off caffeine and granola bars and no sleep.

02-15-2008, 10:47 PM
Baaaad week to try to get back on track . Not only am I in midterms (here, here for granola and coffee), but I have been sick and immobile for three days, only moving to take tests. So much for exercise and deucing it up in the kitchen. Feeling better today. Fever's gone, but energy is still lacking.

Monday we will try this thing again. (That's the royal we).

Zen Pharmacy
02-16-2008, 10:15 AM
I made it through the week with no horrible screw-ups.

Well not, really. There was a day that I had a snickers for lunch, but it was all I had to eat at school all day that day.

My biggest complaint plan wise about the week was the lack of exercise. I only did about an hour of cardio this week. Too bad stress out and pouring over textbooks and journal articles doesn't burn extra calories.

02-16-2008, 10:31 AM
So I love our new appartment, because there's actualy ROOM for me to do my workout videos. But we have no curtans. and in addition to the other mess of issues that come up with no curtans (i'm a big fan of being nekkie :p) There are always lots of kids outside, and they can see me when i work out. I can not, CAN NOT do an exorcise video if I know someone can see me. So i havent exorcised sense we moved. I'm going stir crazy and i feel soooo guilty for neglecting my body. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to get over it because we're not getting curtans for another week or so. blah.

02-16-2008, 11:17 AM
My husband is paying for 1/2 of my next tattoo if i make my goal of 175 by May 10th!!!


Zen Pharmacy
02-17-2008, 11:41 AM
It's official, I have the flu.


02-17-2008, 10:09 PM
Zen- hope you are feeling better soon!

Daisy- good luck on getting to your goal!

Mango - I have the same curtain issues - LOL! I can't workout at home knowing the neighbours can see me. DH thinks I'm paranoid. :rolleyes:

Ollie- I had a bad week too so I will be joining you on the dieting wagon on Monday, save me a seat. :D

Gaia & Ginny - those concerts sounded like fun!

I spent several hours this afternoon going through a box of paperwork and shredding or organizing them, very boring and somehow mentally exhausting - but I am determined to get every aspect of my life cleaned up an organinized by the end of the year. :yes:

02-18-2008, 11:37 AM
morning, alternachicks! :hug:

Zen--hope you feel better:) i just got over a...i don't know what that was, but it sucked.

Mauv--so far so good. and good luck with getting organized this year. that's something that is on my perpetual to do list.

The window thang--i know this much is true! i was exercising in our spare room and then my g-parents gave us an extra bed, so my spare empty room turned into a guest bedroom. the only other option for me was the living room, which is complete with a HUGE window facing the street and sheer curtains. so, today, i am chunking the extra bed to the garage (we moving in a few months anyway) and reinstating my workout area. it's time to do this dam thang.

on a brighter note :flow2: my buttercups are blooming :D meaning spring is coming!

02-18-2008, 06:18 PM
Well, my weekend was great until about 3 hours ago. I hit a bookstore, picked up all the Sherrilyn Kenyon books I've been missing, along with Vegonomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (I don't eat a whole lot of cupcakes or sweets, but I have a niece and nephew, and a vegan cake book is always a good investment for when I have kids of my own). I hit Miami with my sisters, my mom, and my sister's friend. We spent Friday through today there, shopping and spending time with my grandmother who pouted whenever we wouldn't let her pay for a meal. But overall it was fun, especially when we stopped in Orlando and had lunch at Disney. :D

02-19-2008, 06:19 PM
Gaia What was so bad about 3 hours ago? Hope everything is okay. I read a little of your blog. Sorry you are going through so much! Definitely doesn't help with the lifestyle change. Stay strong.

Doing well so far this week. Haven't exercised yet, but I am hoping to get a little balance ball and yoga in tonight. I'm also going to make a huge pot of vegetable soup when I get home to eat all week. Yummy.

02-21-2008, 12:11 PM
Hey there everyone! I haven't been online properly for what seems like an age! My working hours and the fact I look at a computer screen all day mean the last think I wanna do when I get in at 10:30 or 00:30 is get online, but yay, I'm catching up now :)

I started off well, losing around 8lbs by the 1st week of feb, but the week after saw me put on 3lbs(?!) in alcohol and silly junk food choices. I've jumped back on the healthy eating wagon, but my exercise is still lacking. I'm SO tired all the time I find myself sleeping till the last minute and going to work, coming home, winding down for a bit and sleeping again! I started running at the start of the year, only to find my right knee was too weak to cope, so I donned a support, which then just seemed to make my ankle hurt... my final conclusion is that running = pain and I can just about afford a gym membership so I'm scouting about for the best deals around town :)

I'm really excited because I just bought a pair of walking/hiking shoes in the sale for my holiday in the summer in Namibia. This is one of my biggest motivators at the moment. It's going to be a pretty active holiday, we're moving almost every other day to a diff part of the country and doing a lot of walking and activites so I want to be in tip top shape so I don't miss out on anything :)

I hope all the alternachicks are having a good february and if not, it's nearly over ;)

02-23-2008, 06:17 PM
One thing after another!

I haven't weighed myself for nearly two weeks, so I've no idea what's going on there...and last night was the first time I cooked for myself in who knows how long. As for exercise, well, there was a long dry spell in that area as well.

In the last two weeks, I have been to the emergency room once, my physician twice and my allergist once due to a freakish (oh, and I do mean freakish!) outbreak of inexplicable hives. It has been very frustrating because I cannot pinpoint a cause. Originally I believe it began as a reaction to Lunesta, which I only took 3 times. I can discern no pattern to the recurrence however. My allergist says that sometimes happens as hives are usually a response to several things in combination and tend to spin out of control for awhile. I don't like that answer. It's too much like a shoulder shrug to me. But I have been off the steroids now for over a week and haven't had an outbreak for 2 days.

Oh and please don't say it's stress or I'm likely to reach through the bandwidth and strangle you.

I know it's not stress, and my physician(s) and therapist have concurred, because I am actually feeling quite on top of things. Also, I'm taking a meditation class and have joined a meditation group and am feeling rather great about the direction my life has taken lately.

My only problem is these lovely pink blossoms spouting willy-nilly over all my bits!

02-23-2008, 09:36 PM
I haven't been around all week either due to work and getting everything set up for a conference which went really well but thank goodness it's over and I can get back to my normal routine. I haven't been eating well because of all the extra work and running around.

I am in desperate need of restocking the fridge but will have to wait until Monday to do that.

Heidi - ugh! Sound like you are having a rough time of it. Hope the hives clear up soon!

Hope everyone else is having a good weekend!

02-23-2008, 10:41 PM
I'm at my parents' house right now- and loving every minute of it! My mom is like a fun-loving hippie confidante; confused as to why I'm going vegan and a little frustrated, but supportive nonetheless. Today was the first day of true veganism, and I feel pretty good, except for, as mom put it, "doing something to get your butt in gear."

02-24-2008, 09:46 AM
Woke up this morning and thought I should apologize for saying I'd strangle people over the internet. not nice! As you may have gathered, I'm a bit sensitive to that as every little old lady who's seen me in full bloom as said "oh honey, that's stress." Rather condescending I'd say.

So, sorry. I'm really not a beeotch.

02-24-2008, 12:30 PM
Its cool. I break out randomly all the time, no one knows why. For me it just goes away if I don't scratch it, but then, I'm am the perpetual definition of odd and unusual. And lovin' it, btw. ^_^

Zen Pharmacy
02-24-2008, 03:27 PM
Oh man, so with the flu they decided to go ahead and run a full blood panel (glucose, cholesterol, the works).

Apparently my TSH level was around 15 and so an ultrasound and some other hormone checks later, I am now the proud owner of a bottle of levothyroxin.

It does make me feel better because some things I've been equating to stress are actual symptoms of hypothyroidism.