Support Groups - The vernal equinox approacheth: Time for Faire Queens to sashay to the Spring Palace

02-16-2008, 02:54 PM
Come one and come all Royal Personages (and you KNOW who you are!) Let your spirits be light and your journey pleasant as we saunter, slim and sashay towards the Spring Palace.


Come in and make whatever kind of commitment you want. What will float your boat? What will enliven your days and bring you joy? Let's do it!

The vernal equinox approacheth. Avanti!
:belly: :lucky:

02-16-2008, 02:58 PM
Ahhhh! Here we are again in the Spring Palace. So happy to be back!

My commitment is to:

* Follow the Core program to the T
* Do mind/body every day (meditation plus at least one of: yoga, tai chi, qi qong -- or Pilates if I ever manage to get started on it)
* Drink at least 2 liters of water a day
* At least 3 high-intensity aerobic sessions per week
* 3 circuit training sessions
* At least 7 fruit/veggie servings a day
* Have some FUN every day

02-16-2008, 05:20 PM
Yay, verily, Royal Starter of Threads, a comely job you have done and I'm feeling better already.

Ready to restart (tho it be for the thousandth time) and to make progress. In a sense I have (though not weight wise). One gent was here already to give me a price on the tree job (and though weight-y, was not as bad as I had told me it might be) and I've also talked to the last fellow who painted a room for me. I will of course get more estimates but that's faire progress for something I just decided to get moving on when I was sleepless last night.

So must have me body faire as the kitchen and yard will soon be ;)

02-16-2008, 10:00 PM
...don't mind me, I'm just moving my things over into the Spring Palace...

Lovely! I can almost smell the lilacs blooming!

I'll be back in the morning after WW, to report in and to state my plan for the next phase of this pilgrimage.

'Night all!

02-17-2008, 01:03 PM
Well, of course it's actually still winter here but we're on our way! I've got over 8000 steps in -- a little stroll will get me over my 10k -- and yoga. Feeling a little tired. I woke up at 4. Sevenish hours sleep but I feel like I could use more. I feel like tucking myself into bed with books and a heating pad (cold in the royal bedchamber) and I think that's just what I'm going to do :yes:

I'm getting excited about the performance, although v. grateful that it's over a month off yet. The music is just so amazing and so much fun to sing (once you get any kind of a grasp of it). And I think I'm starting to get a little bit more of a clue about reading music, mostly just by staring at those funny little sqiggles while I sing.

Anagram, progress indeed! It seems to take me forever to make the smallest steps (phone call, for example) towards getting things done but once that's done it never seems like THAT big a deal. Looking forward to getting some stuff done around this corner of the Palace. I should just bite the bullet and have cleaners in -- I think if I had the house cleaned once a month I could keep it up. What's holding me back? I feel like I need to regrout the tub and toilet downstairs first. :dz:

Kat, there's nothing like spring flowers. We've got a local grower who sells tulips so I've usually got them in the house. Plus I've got some well-chilled tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs that I'm intending to bring in and force (sounds so cruel but actually, won't they be happy to get out of that cold porch and into a cozy pot of dirt!)

Looking forward to your report!

02-18-2008, 09:52 AM
Yes, that little chick in my ticker is loving the feel of that spring grass under her feet as she ventures forth into ... virgin territory! Yes! It's been years since I got down this far. Funny how those darn years get past :chin: I was thinking 3 or 4 but it's probably more like 6. But I'm moving! 215, my goal for Friday, is totally within reach. I'm officially excited!

Has anyone been following the discussion about the relationship between clutter and fat? I know a number of us have noted it before but it's interesting to see someone formalizing it. This guy wrote a book called "Does this clutter make my butt look fat?" He says that it seems to work both ways: when people lose weight they get control of their clutter and when they get control of their clutter they seem to lose weight. Eureka!

Well, it really seems to be the case: gaining control over one area of life helps one get control over others. Hey, we're going to be slender AND have well-kept houses (my apologies to other queenly personages, who probably do have nicely kept homes. For me, though untidiness and weight go together.)

So. I've gotten well over my 10000 steps three days in a row. It's raining out there today so I guess I'll haul out my :trampo: to get the numbers up today. I've done the walk to and from gym, :yoga: and 11 flights, baby!

Looking forward to some day going for a :swim: (Plus I really love that lil' swimmer and wanted to use it. ;)

Queenlies all, have a fabulous day! And c'mon in and post so I can respond to ya!

02-18-2008, 10:01 AM
Good morning to my fellow :queen:s.
I am so ready for a new challenge! I had to look up the date of the Vernal Equinox to set my goal; it shows up as March 20th. That leaves me with 4-5 pounds for my goal--I'm shooting for 5. To hit that, I'm going to need to keep on doing what I'm doing, but I'd like to incorporate a few more small things into the mix.

To date I've been:

Making sure I have fruits and/or vegetables with every meal and most snacks.
Cutting back on fats (removing skin, trimming meat, cutting oil in recipes)
Cutting back simple carbs (changed to brown rice, and loving it!)
Eating more complex carbs (see above :) )
Moving more

I'd like to add:

Specific movement, aka exercise, 3 times a week.
Daily vitamin/mineral supplement (I forget almost every day!)
Drinking more water--anything more than 64 oz. a day will count

I know it doesn't sound like much, and they are all things I KNOW I need to do anyway, but putting it in a list like this ups my chances of actually doing what I am supposed to be doing.
Here's to the Spring Palace! :cheers: I'll see you all there!


02-18-2008, 10:26 AM
Hey Arabella :) Grats to the little chicky stepping out into virgin territory! You've been working hard, and you really do deserve to be there. :D
The clutter and fat discussion makes absolute sense to me. When I feel good about myself it is reflected in every aspect of my life. When I came to my senses and began to back out of my previous marriage, it was terrifying to realize how much clutter and just plain old crap I had surrounded myself with. I was literally living in the chaos inside my head. It is embarrassing to admit, but we moved truckloads of trash out as I (and my girls) came free. Every available space was crammed with things we didn't need, but we didn't have the clarity to understand and admit that to ourselves at the time. Right now I'm realizing I was doing the exact same thing to my body as I was to my surrounding environment. I was filling up every space inside me so I didn't have to face the void.

Anagram, grats on all the fresh starts in your life! I am always such a chicken about making those first calls, and I was really impressed at how you just did it. :)

Kat, I am just about dying to read your post announcing your new job. It sounds like everything really is coming in its proper time for you. :) I think I should be offering grats on your son getting his driver's license as well, but I'm too busy thinking my 17 year old needs to get hers... I know, I know... can't hold on to them forever, must let them spread their wings. We're talking about doing it this summer. Wish me luck!

Got to run now. The up and coming :queen:s are moving around outside, and there will soon be a clamor for the royal breaky. I do love holiday Mondays!


02-19-2008, 09:18 AM
And if this is Tuesday, there must be sound :yoga: I've already done the quiet kind and put in a half-hour on my :trampo: I'll walk over to sound yoga at lunch, which will give me my 10000 steps.

Choir practice last night which, as often happens, kept me awake until getting on for midnight. Which is late for folks who get up at 5 a.m. :yawn: I'm not sure what the solution is. Maybe Reiki. It usually works...

Wow, Mozart's Requiem is glorious! :encore: The more I learn the music, the more I love it! Thrilling, thrilling music to sing. :)

Andria, it's funny. I can go a long time (and just demonstrated this) trying all the time but just not trying hard enough to actually lose weight. Always conscious of trying to lose weight, putting in effort. Just not ENOUGH effort. And then, when I kick it up a notch, I'm kind of surprised to see that it works :rolleyes:

Re: filling up spaces -- this thing works on so many levels. I feel, on the one hand, like the weight just glommed onto me when I wasn't looking :dz: But on another level, I truly believe that I created this fat shell to insulate myself from life.

I remember meeting a dear friend I hadn't seen for a while, during which time I'd gained about 30 pounds and having the thought pop into my head as we embraced: "Oh, but I didn't want to make myself further away from YOU!" As if I was protecting the me inside by putting fat between me and other people.
Huh. Heavy stuff, man, and I guess we've got to work it out.

I felt like I had caught a cold yesterday and could feel that some part of me wanted to be sick, just to have an excuse to slack off. But I made a concentrated effort to focus the part of myself that wants to be well and energetic, gave myself some Reiki and felt pretty much better right away.

Well. I think I'm going to have to maintain that attitude. Off I go! Love to all -- I miss you!

02-19-2008, 09:32 AM
just a quick note to say hi and i'm still kickin'. thanks for starting the new thread, arabella. so good to hear how everyone is doing, and it sounds mighty good indeed. fresh start for me definitely. i will have to keep tweaking food plan, since weight seems to have been at a standstill for a while. will keep up with regular exercise plan, and do more with meditation cd's, and remembering to have fun. well, that's it mostly. need to rush off to doc appointment, but at least wanted to say how happy i am to be in the spring palace with all you lovely royals. have missed you. take care.

02-19-2008, 09:39 AM
Oh, so much good, good stuff here to ponder and comment on and I just CAN'T right now. Getting ready to head down to mom's with my sister and 2 of my brothers...we're taking her out to would have been my parent's 53rd anniversary. :cry: We just didn't want her to be alone today.

Still no word on the job...tho' they did say I'd hear by "the middle of the week." Close enough in my book! CALL ME. I'M READY.

My weigh in was not what I wanted to see, but I really have to work on how those silly numbers affect my attitude. Their scale showed A (as in ONE, UNO, SINGLE) pound off, which is good, to be congratulated and celebrated, but my scale said THREE lbs off and I wanted my stars, dangit! I was kind of droopy all day because I was so excited at the prospect of... what? hearing someone else tell me I've lost a certain amount of weight? I know what I'm doing and I am making progress, so I really need to be patient and accept that this is a process...a long term commitment. :yes:


Okay, moving on.

On a more positive note, my underwear are fitting better! :cp:

I'd better get moving, my sister is picking me up in an hour and a half and I wanted to sneak in a catnap first. :yawn: I'll try to get back in later...I really need to discuss this body fat/clutter business!

Have a good day, :queen:s!

02-19-2008, 10:15 AM
Happy Tuesday weigh-in day for me! Yeah, I know Tuesday is an odd day, but it works. I think I have too many superstitions built up around Monday WI's. :lol: Anyway, things are looking good! I've been hanging pretty steadily with 1 lb. a week, but this week the scale said 3. :carrot: That makes my first 10 lbs. off! I know it is slow, and part of me is getting anxious to get this off faster, but I can be good with steady. I've done fast before. This isn't a crash diet--this is my now and forever lifestyle.
I have to sub this afternoon, and my honey is home today, so I'm going to run off and spend some time with him while I can.
Have terrific days!


02-20-2008, 09:08 AM
Tired today! :tired: I'm going to take the laptop and work from bed this morning I think. Because I can. Anyway, done the walk to the gym and circuits, :yoga: Only managed 9 flights today but I guess that's the way it goes. I will get the rest of my 10k steps as gently as possible :yes:

Getting DGS this afternoon, so I must marshal my forces!

We had a spring day yesterday and then woke up to the winter wonderland again today :snowglo: Still... one has hope!

WSW, YAY!!! So nice to see you in the Spring Palace! :hug: Steady weight over the winter is a triumph, in any case and now we head into the season of new beginnings. :)

I bumped into Cerise 'round the Internets and she was asking about you. I've been trying to lure her back to the Palace but so far to no avail.

Andria, Honey... 3 pounds off is not what we call slow -- that's fabulous! Major grats, you crunkster you! :balloons: Hope you had some nice quality time with your guy.

Kat, congratulations on the loss -- the rest of it will likely show up next WI :yes: And besides -- underwear don't lie, right? Even if we might occasionally construct a lie involving it. :chin: "Shrank in the dryer" anyone? Aaaanyway, better fitting underwear indicates better than a pound loss. I've had the same thrill, here, actually :D

Okay, now where's my Anagrammy and :queen:s Kaylet & Ceara? I would send out the St. Bernard with the lil keg of brandy but I know if one arrived at MY door I'd be tempted to just snuggle up with that big ol' doggie and drink. :s:

Dahlinks, have a wonderful day! Mmmmmmmmwa!

02-20-2008, 10:27 AM
good morning, royals!

kat, andria-congrats on the losses! woo-hoo!!

kat-your new job possibility is so exciting. hope you find out officially very soon.

arabella-kudos for doing all that exercise already, especially when you were so tired, and not feeling that great yesterday. what you said about overweight being like insulation from the world resonated with me. i think it has definitely been the case fo me at different times in my life. i also thought the clutter/fat connection is an interesting notion. i saw the author of that book on oprah and had a bit of an "aha" moment myself. again, at different times in my life that had proved to be true for me, fortunately much less so now than in the past,at least. on that same track, procrastination can be one of the things i struggle with. i have a lot of detestable paperwork that i had been putting off for a while, but am now tackling. even though i hate doing it, at least i am feeling much better now that i am working on it than i did when it was just staring at me. for the most part, though, for quite a few years now, i am much better at keeping my home de-cluttered consistently and not procrastinating with aggravating paperwork, so basically i have been going in the right direction, and plan to remain on that path. it sure is a process, though, and i am most definitely a work in progress!

hi anagram, kaylets, and to all our lovely royals, mentioned or -un.

oh and speaking of the right direction---i am staying op and keeping up with exercise, and will continue to tweak food plan until it seems a little more weight loss-producing. may i just say, though, that i hate plateauing (sp?). ah well, speaking of that noble effort of wading through that annoying paperwork, i'd better get back to it. well, lovely queens, have a pleasant day.

02-20-2008, 06:37 PM
Hello lovlies... I'm beyond excited to inform you all that I just typed up my resignation and will, once again, be a member of daylight society effective March 10!


Must go shopping...

Back later, celebratory dinner scheduled with family this evening. :wave:

02-20-2008, 08:57 PM
Hello all!

Thanks for the new thread! Its been wild and crazy with weather, work and etc. But believe it or not, just this morning, I began a DAY 1, wrote it down on a "GOAL" Sheet and somehow, everytime I was tempted today, remembered what I had written....

So. Here I am, knowing that this is the right place to be.....

How is everyone?

How's your weather been ? Our is like this:

Ice storm ( translate--3 hr drive home)

Next day--50 degree temps

Next Day--70 degree temps

Next Day-- Below freezing

Next Day---Warmer but pouring rain

Next day- Flurries making things slick....

Next day-- you get the picture.....

And of course, DH needed a trip for another eye procuedure... went well, things are improving but very stress filled....

BUT-- Day 1, very limited sugar and NO candy or Girl Scout cookies ( I GAVE THEM AWAY TODAY!!) .....

I did good.

I win!



02-21-2008, 09:16 AM
I had to drop in really fast for a quick dose of the palace. Today feels like one of those days that remembering you are a queen first thing in the morning is a good thing. Ok, not that it isn't every day, but I'm about to head out to sub for the evil 9th graders again, and I'm trying to pool together any resources I have. This time I'm adding Tylenol to my arsenal so I don't come home with a migraine. :lol: This is the group of students who also have decided I'm ultra cool... makes me wonder what they do to subs they hate!?! Still, today should be better since they are more familiar with me.

So, plans for the day are to get up from here and make myself a beautiful salad for lunch. I'm going to pack a yogurt, an apple, and something crunchy for snacks today. I haven't decided on breaky yet, but oatmeal is sounding good and relatively fast. Dinner is up in the air, but it is definitely feeling like something easy tonight. Oh! That reminds me! I made a really easy/yummy dinner last night.

Orange Curried Chicken

• 1 cup orange marmalade
• 1 tablespoon curry powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup water
• 4 bone-in chicken breast halves, with skin

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a small bowl combine the marmalade, curry powder, salt and water. Mix together. Place chicken pieces, cut side down, in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish and spoon marmalade mixture over chicken.
3. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, spooning sauce over chicken several times. (Note: If sauce begins to stick to the baking dish, add an additional 1/4 cup water).
4. Remove chicken from baking dish and skim fat off of the sauce. Serve sauce hot with the chicken.
(Found this recipe on

I ditched the skin on the chicken, and I also used a sugar free marmalade. We added extra curry powder because we are curry fanatics here. The recipe was really good and super easy. Next time I might marinate the meat in the sauce before cooking, but it wasn't 100% necessary.

That's it for today. I'd better run, or that salad won't happen!


02-21-2008, 01:46 PM
kaylets-so good to see you! glad dh's eye procedure went well. we too have had whacky weather, as so many places have. there is an ice storm due tonight, and i am certainly not looking forward to that one. we get power outages kind of easily when we have ice storms and i am cold just thinking about it.

kat-hope you enjoyed celebratory dinner last night. very exciting that you will become a day-timer soon!

andria-hope subbing went well today.

and hello to all our lovely royal court. i have several afternoon appointments so must away, but i wanted to check in and say i'm still hanging in there on newest challenge. ploughed through a lot of that nasty paperwork yesterday, and although very stressful, i kept at it. i am very proud of myself. well, take care, all.

02-22-2008, 01:54 PM
Working away frantically to get out of the office and stay out for the next week. Plus the usual Friday assorted chores. Mostly I just want to make sure the house looks reasonably tidy for my own personal satisfaction.

Which I didn't really get from WI this morning. .4 of a pound off. I was a pound and a half lower than this on Monday :dz: Almost discouraging, considering that I've put a lot of effort in this week. Nevertheless, I must soldier on. Next WI might make it up to me... :crossed:

This is my seventh day of at least 10k steps and I've been very well-behaved all 'round.

Kat, HUZZAH, HUZZAH, HUZZAH! :balloons: :cheers: I'm so happy for you! Life is just going to seem so much easier. :)

WSW, you inspire me, as always! I'm going to follow your sterling example and get some of my nasty paperwork out of my life. You're so right that procrastination is a big part of the whole ball of wax. :yes:

Andria, your chicken recipe sounds great! I wonder if I can find sugar-free marmalade...

Kaylets our weather has had a similar pattern but not quite so extreme. Oh, spring can't come too soon!

K, Queenies -- must be back at it. Love to all -- let's make it a good one!

02-22-2008, 03:49 PM
arabella- .4 down most definitely counts (!), even if it feels a bit discouraging. i say, good job with all your hard work, and it will absolutely pay off.

i actually slept better last night than i had in a while, and was grateful for that. today showed good results in my "big dig" paperwork effort, and that certainly feels good. i continue to plateau, but i think some of this is from stress and not as much from my food plan which seems pretty well-tweaked now. ---not that i am feeling patient about it, but more hopeful, definitely. weather is certainly icky here today, and i too am sooooooo ready for some nice spring temps.

have a good afternoon, royals, one and all. take care.

02-23-2008, 02:01 PM
I've been pretty darned productive today -- baked bread, made soup, did two loads of laundry, cleaned all external parts of the stove. And am also within a hundred steps of my 10k. :yawn: Time for a nap now, I think.

Had the mystery pound gone again when I woke up. Of course. :dz: Another .4 and I'll be back to where I was last Monday. Aw, I bet I get a good payoff this week. :yes:

We're going out to dinner at our best friend couple's this evening. She generally makes something light-ish, so I just have to avoid too much wine and the potato chips they generally serve (along with veggies and dip) beforehand.

WSW, a decent night's sleep makes so much difference, doesn't it. I always find it hard to accomplish much and also very hard to stay on the wagon when I'm tired. Although yesterday, I'm proud to say, despite being exhausted I was perfectly OP all day. I did have thoughts of chocolate but that's as far as it went. I reminded myself that I wanted to lose weight and that, sadly, eating more doesn't tend to be the way to accomplish that goal. :dz:

If I don't see :queen: Anagram in here soon I'm sending out the search party. It's not like her to be gone from the Palace so long.

Hope all Queenies are having a lovely day and will report in on it! Love to all...

02-24-2008, 03:46 PM
The Prodigal slinks in via the back door, head bowed. I can't believe I've been away so long. I don't know if I haven't checked in because I have been so derelict in diet or if I've been derelict in diet because I haven't been checking in. Either way or both ways, I have been bouncing on and off the wagon with great regularity.

Bravo for the productivity, arabella. And kudos on the resignation - one more step on the new road, kat. And the chicken recipe does sound great, andria. So does sugarless marmalade and I too must look for that - just because I love marmalade and that would be a treat even if I never make the recipe.

Glad to hear from you, wsw. Hope you got out and about. I too have been in Kaylets weather pattern. Ice, snow, sleet, ice, snow, sleet. But it's sunny today and only a little cold. To have two teasing, maybe springlike days coming up.

I am in the spring mode though. Have gotten several estimates for tree trimming and kitchen painting. For good measure, I've asked for living room estimates too. Licking the paperwork pile too. Have also been productive.

I'm sleeping better, enjoying more, feeling better. Spring MUST be close. Eager to walk outside. Not as brave as our Wood Nymph ;) Still doing PT at home so that's SOME exercise every day but needing the fresh air. Lots of flu going around here and hoping to stay healthy in that regard.

I think I'd have enjoyed the brandy (w/the St. Bernard) but glad you saved it. We may need it for ceara. How is Cerise generally or didn't you get that far in your contact w/her, arabella? I surely miss her and Punkin and Eydie and Empress A. However, I'm mightily glad to have the Royals in the new spring palace and shout out a "howdy" to ye all.

I've got about 45 minutes before I'm to leave again so I think I'll take a semi-snooze or just generally be a layabout for a bit. That's a good sign - that I think I have time to do that. :belly:

02-24-2008, 05:06 PM
I'm a little weary. :chin: Might have had a little too much wine last night, might have been over-active yesterday (although I always hate to think that a busy day will tire me out for the next day it does seem to happen sometimes. Ah well. My theory is that the fitter I get the less fatigue I'll have. Makes sense to me.)

I've got my 10000 steps all wrapped up today, 9th consecutive day over 10k. :cp: :cp:

Also had a sliver of lemon tart last night and some rice crackers (not high-cal but salty and white rice). Today's been stellar, though, and I do seem to be getting better at having the occasional little exception and getting right back OP immediately. I've been forcing myself to only eat at the table when I'm alone and that makes a huge difference to me.

Anagram! :hug: I'm so glad to see you back in the Palace! Yeah, that brandy does sound good, doesn't it ;) Sounds like you're making good spring strides. Every single improvement just feels so much better, doesn't it.

Cerise is doing well, doing a lot of singing I think. I've only had a brief interchange with her and couldn't (apparently) lure her back to our collective bosom. But maybe one of these days :s:

I haven't made any contact with our :queen: Punkinseed. Wonder how she's doing... I've seen that Eydie and Amarantha are keeping active in yon Palace but now I do wonder about Ceara.

Mmmm... snoozy day here too. Dinner's in the oven and I'm just going to laze for the rest of the day :)

Hope all :queen:ies are enjoying lovely weekend!

02-24-2008, 09:00 PM
hi all

good to see our anagram!

i had a very pleasant afternoon. i went to an afternoon symphony concert. one of my friends plays the violin for the symphony, and i enjoyed the concert very much. there was a children's choir which sang also, and they were very good too, and the littlest ones were so cute. the weather was pretty miserable, though, so when i got home this afternoon, i headed directly for the tea pot and my favorite afghan which my grandmother had crocheted (sp?). i didn't get all my exercising in for today (though most of it), but did stay op, and since i am tired after my big adventure today, i am going to crawl in to bed now and watch the academy awards. hope everyone has a good evening. take care, all.

02-25-2008, 09:21 AM
Fresh start cards all around -- they're right beside the teapot. :)

I had a pretty successful weekend and am now on my first official day off. I've got my feet soaking for a pedicure right this minute, with some wonderful-smelling Dead Sea salt in the water -- really smells like the ocean, only nicer.

Did the walk to the gym, circuits and nine flights of stairs. I've done the first part of my :yoga: and am going to do the other two sections through the day. Choir practice tonight and the plan is that I'll walk there. I want to start getting in a little walk after dinner every evening. So good for the digestion! I hate feeling like dinner's just sitting in my tummy for a couple of hours and then I'm off to bed.

I'm resisting the impulse to try to get everything done today. I do have to do the recycling, because pick-up is tomorrow. But I've scaled down from getting tub and toilet recaulked/ cleaning basement/ decluttering china cabinet and so on.

WSW, your Sunday sounds just wonderful! I need to emulate.

K, :queen:ies, I'm going to... um, maybe finish the Saturday paper. Love to all. Let's make this a good one!

02-25-2008, 01:53 PM
Hey all... Not much to say other than, will SPRING please arrive soon? We're having one of those teaser days that make you hopeful, only to find out that it will be followed by predictions of more rain/sleet/snow... :p I have every intention of getting out there today to get a good walk in before the sun leaves once again.

This past week has been somewhat screwy...dh's car decided to shut down one night on his way to work...on the the pouring rain. My son and I drove up there to hand over my car so he could continue on to work, while we waited for the tow truck. Ever since, we've been jockying cars like crazy around here... hopefully today's the day we get his back. After spending half our tax refund to get it fixed. :p :p :p

Other than that, all is well. I'm down to only eight more night shifts! Must start gathering together appropriate work outfits...(I wear scrubs to work presently) how exciting! I don't want to get too crazy spending $$$ on new clothes since I don't plan on being this size much longer, but I need some basics to flesh out what I have, and I definitely need shoes!

I slept right through my alarm yesterday and missed my WW meeting. My scale is showing good things though, I just hesitate to change my stats without an "official" number. :chin: are such an inspiration with all your steps and activity! I keep saying I need a pedometer... today is the day, I think!

Anagram...glad to see you back! Since I generally bounce on and off the wagon also... I, too, know well the feeling of I haven't checked in because I have been so derelict in diet or I've been derelict in diet because I haven't been checking in. Coming here regularly DOES help me stay on track!

wsw... your afternoon out sounds like a lovely way to spend a day, surrounded by beautiful music! I snuggled up with my afghan too, last night, and watched the academy awards. I made a list, as I watched, of all the movies that I need to see! The closest I came to "seeing" any of the nominated movies was to read Atonement!

Andria...your recipe sounds good...and EASY. My favorite kind of recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Kaylets! Good to see you back among us! This IS the right place to be!

Okay, lots of chores to be done today that are not getting done sitting here! (though this is more fun...)

02-26-2008, 08:47 AM
Seems hard to get my 10k in some days but I've got 12 days in a row now, I think. Was tempted to wimp out yesterday but... :dance: :dance: I walked to choir practice which put me over 11k. Huzzah! Still waiting for the drop to let me move ticker but I'm down a pound from WW WI anyway. And I really should have some more progress on :devil: scale by Friday, I really should. :yes:

Did yoga so far today but the fireplace guys are coming at some undetermined time this morning so I can't get out for a walk. Might do a little :trampo: and then fill in the missing steps with a walk later. I HOPE they get here in time for me to go to sound yoga but they couldn't say for sure.

I was feeling a bit wonky yesterday, and tired. Didn't accomplish much, nor yet did I do any special self-indulgence thing, like going back to bed or watching a movie. I've got to get better at that.

Kat, only 8 nights left? Whooo-hoo! And then do you get a little break before your new gig starts?

Yuck -- your car trouble sounded miserable!

K, Queenies -- let's make this a good one. Love to all...

02-26-2008, 09:26 AM
***DISCLAIMER*** This is not my most positive post ever. Please don't read it if you are looking for a Spring Palace pick-me-up.

I've stayed out of the palace for a bit because I couldn't get myself into a positive enough space to be in here with you all. Of course, I read what Anagram had to say, and I read the responses, and I know they are all right. I do better when I am here than when I am not.
I'm just frustrated with weight loss. I'm frustrated with myself. And I don't want to go face my scale this morning. I know it is going to be bad even though I can't pinpoint anything I've done horribly wrong this last week. I'm sick of salads, and I'm sick of soups, and I'm sick of "lite" food. I want to eat like every other person I see around me and not have to worry about whether it will ruin my WI for the next week.
I want to exercise. I really do. I love how it makes me feel, and I love the clarity in my head. I feel so alive when I'm exercising regularly. But I've let myself get so big that I can't do anything for more than a couple of days in a row without severe pain. I had to stand a lot and walk around a lot while substituting last week, and I'm still paying for it this week. I stood up once yesterday and had such stabbing pains in my feet that I thought for a moment that I had broken bones in both my feet.
I want the weight loss so bad, but I'm still struggling with the demons inside me--the little, niggling doubt that says I've failed so many times now that there is no use in keeping up this battle. And there is the part of me that says if I really wanted the weight loss, I'd be willing to do more--I'd deal with the pain, and I'd deal with the deprivation, and I'd do whatever it took to get me there.
I've got to get my head back in the game.
Right now I'm going to go make breaky for the princesses. I'm going to be honest with them about the tear streaks down my face (just did that, actually. The heir apparent came in and asked me what was going on). I'm going to weigh myself and try to remember that the number is fluid and should have no real impact on my daily life. And I'm going to move on.

Believe it or not, I actually do feel a bit better now. Thanks for letting me get this out.


02-26-2008, 10:50 AM
:hug: Andria, Sweetie! I think we can all relate to those feelings. Be gentle with yourself! And, please remember that coming in here is absolutely the thing to do when it's not going well or we're getting discouraged. Kudos to you for coming in!

Sometimes it seems like I don't want to eat anything that I'm "allowed" to eat and that there's not a single thing that would satisfy. Those times, for me anyway, are often like the alcoholic's "One drink's too many and a thousand not enough" -- starting in is like opening the floodgates.

But you're doing so great! The emphasis on healthy food is the way to go, no question.

As for the exercise dilemma, I've been there and still am. I have foot trouble from being overweight a long time and having been a waitress for a long time too. It's a real challenge. One thing that makes a big difference for me is wearing good, supportive shoes all the time. I've even had to stop wearing my slippers around the house. I try to wear my running shoes now when I'm walking any distance. And, honestly, I think I need to go to a specialist and get orthotics or special shoes.

You'll have to also be gentle with yourself about exercise and not try to do more than your body's ready for.

I also know the self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. I just recently fully realized that there's a part of me that just wants to remain stuck, not face up to things. But the reality is that that wouldn't take me anywhere I want to be. If I want to escape from time to time, I'll have to pick a better way to do it. ;)

:grouphug: Anyway, your post sounds like you're in crisis mode and sometimes you've got to get through those to make the changes you want to make.


02-26-2008, 11:47 AM
Andria, my friend... you have taken such a HUGE step just coming here and getting those feelings out! Always remember that you will get nothing but love, support, a sympathetic ear and an empathetic hug here. We have ALL been there at one time or another and know all too well those feelings of despair. You have been doing so well...try to remember to rejoice in those small changes and continue to just keep doing what you've been doing. Don't be afraid of the scale...use it to keep yourself on track.

**It's funny...I'm saying the exact words to you that I should be able to say to myself when I'm feeling the same way** There's a lesson to be learned here. :chin:

Where was I? Oh yes... I've had to learn to stop berating myself for what I have done to my body by getting to be so big. I'm facing forward. No regrets or recriminations. I've spent a lifetime being angry with myself for being fat and it's only gotten me fatter, so this time I'm being kind to myself and it's working.
S L O W L Y, but it is working. Every teeny little positive step that we take will get us to where we want to be. We deserve this!

Now get out there and be that totally crunk sub that we know and love!


02-26-2008, 06:57 PM
Thank you :grouphug:
This might sound a bit too 12 step, but admitting I was having problems really did help today. I've been toying around the edges too much, and I'm just not strong enough yet to withstand that kind of pressure. Last week we bought really good chocolates at a post-Valentine's sale, and I've been trying to limit myself to one a day. Opening myself up to the sweets at all has been like fighting back a flood with a paper towel. I keep trying to come up with ways to cheat another one or to have something else, and all the while, the sense of futility builds. I would be able to sneak in a regular treat if I could exercise more, but I just can't do it right now.

Kat, thank you for the reminders, and thank you for being gentle with them. And since I haven't had a chance to say it yet... CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you and the new job!

Arabella, you truly hit the nail on the head. I've been focusing too hard on all the things I can't have instead of the items I can. I need to get back to treating myself like a queen instead of someone on a death march. I do have really good shoes and some decent inserts, but I think my inserts must finally be breaking down. I was an idiot and turned down a podiatry referral at my last doctor appointment. I kept thinking that I could lose weight and save out on the $300+ for orthotics. After this last week, I think the money would be well spent. I want to be able to get in 10k steps too!

wsw, the afternoon concert sounded lovely! Following it up with tea and a nice afghan sounds even better. I'm so glad you are able to get out and about again. The weather must be improving dramatically. :)

anagram, good to see you! Definitely sounds like you are hitting the spring sprucing up mode. Can you send some of that paperwork vibe my way next? I've been letting some things pile up around here, and I definitely need to get all aspects of my life uncluttered.

Kaylets, hope your weather has been improving. Ours is back and forth, and I have no idea if this is usual or not since this is our first year here. For some reason, it has been rainy, sun, 40s to 80s, and avoiding anything that the weatherman says it should be doing. And thank you for the fresh start card!

Well, that's everyone showing on this page, and I've got to get making dinner plans. Of course, the eldest princess just informed me that there is a MS fundraiser at CiCi's pizza tonight sponsored by her school. I wonder if it would be totally wrong to drop the family off there and go scout out something else for myself. If I recall, they do have a bit of a salad bar and at least one soup, but I don't think I need to be facing down a ton of pizza tonight--especially the dessert pizzas.

Take care all, and thanks for leaving a candle in the window. :)


02-26-2008, 08:54 PM
andria-sounds like you are feeling better about things now. as everyone has said so eloquently, we can all understand those difficult feelings. be sweet and gentle with yourself, as you deserve. i'm sending you a big hug. i have to remind myself to do these things too all too often.

kat-it's so exciting that there are so few nights left on your old job and with the new one coming up! :)

hi kaylets, anagram, arabella, and to all our lovely royals. i am feeling better about the baby steps i have been taking with healthier, smaller portions of late. i am definitly consistent with exercise, too, but i can do better with more regular use of my meditation cd's, so will step up that pace. really pleased that i stayed op today, because had quite a few temptations which took some oomph to resist. well, hope everyone has a good evening. take care.

02-27-2008, 10:17 AM
Not the loveliest out there -- 'twas a winter wonderland, trees all heavily laden with snow, when we walked over to the gym but now high winds and freezing rain with regular ol' :rain: forecast for this aft. We've finally got our propane insert so there's a cheery fire burning in the fireplace and I'm going to have a cozy "not doing anything I don't wanna" day. Still feeling a bit under the weather. But I'm going to try to at least get in my 10k steps. Did circuits and :yoga: Skipped stairs this a.m.

Andria, 12 steps makes sense. This really is an addiction we're dealing with here, which I tend to be forcefully reminded of any time I start to feel like I've got it licked. :dz: One chocolate a day would be too hard for me!

Kat, I'm trying to make a switch in my attitude towards my body. Working on being appreciative of all it does for me, all it has done for me, and for keeping it together as well as it has given the amount of abuse it's taken. This morning I was apologizing to it for the mistreatment, vowing to take better care of it. :crossed:

WSW, thanks for the reminders: meditation, smaller portions. I'm going to add them to my list.

Hope all :queen:ies have a lovely, self-nurturing day!

02-27-2008, 04:38 PM
arabella-i love that phrase you said "have a lovely, self-nurturing day." :) i hope your day is/has been one of those, and that you are feeling much less under the weather as your day has worn on.

i have been keeping up with my paperwork now since i got through my big back-log, and that feels better too. i needed to get my hair colored, which i did yesterday, and it was nice getting rid of some of those grays that had the audacity to peek through. it amazes me how much something little like that can make such a difference. i am probably the only one who even notices, but it makes me feel prettier, so that's what counts. well, royals, i must away. take care, all.

02-28-2008, 08:27 AM
:wave: I've been rather busy...sorry for not stopping in. Among the work, home and dog fronts, there is little time for me some days!

I have been back on the wagon firmly for 2 weeks...until last night. The dreaded munchies...and I know why. I was angry so I ate. How silly. But today, back I go.

I have had a healthy applesauce/carrot muffin for brekkie...146 calories, whole wheat...very yummy, and coffee. Think I should get a fruit and then hit the road. I need to walk off the binge!

Am still catching up on the threads....Congrats on the "day" job Kat....:cp:, Arabella you seem to be flying along with that 10K/day! Andria, how about light weights....even if you do upper body, that will start to build muscle, which has a higher metabolic rate....hurting feet are not fun! Hi more dogs please, and not St. Bernards. Don't know how to groom them :lol:
Hi wsw! And Kaylets...sounds like life is keeping you going too....

So, Off I go...must find my long johns....

02-28-2008, 10:04 AM
Ack - Thursday has rolled around already. How nice to come back to the posts that I needed. Yes, they were directed to andria but SO pertinent to me at the moment too. I've been analyzing - somehow I think I DESERVE to be able to eat all I want, to put off exercise, to be derelict and still think the weight will go down. I'm upset that this time I've PUT ON and I'm higher than I've been in close to 7 years. Just a few pounds but isn't that always how it starts?

We had the "teaser" day too, kaylets, and I felt great and got a lot done that day. Not as much since and feeling that old "fatigue". Hopefully next week will be better - at least a day or two.

A couple of new things to flesh out the wardrobe will give you lots of get up and go for the new job, kat. I AM so sick of all I have. Well, most of it anyway. Except for the two blouses I bought recently. One was perfect for the one Valentine themed luncheon I went to. The other is a more spring-y one so is still unworn. And unfortunately I know the foot pain too well. Wish I had had orthotics long before I did (and I've had one kind or another for a long time). New shoes are on my agenda too but I know it will be a discouraging safari.

The symphony sounded loverly, wsw. I find I do need treats like that too. Going to an Irish Cabaret tomorrow with Sis/DBIL - staying over at their place too as there's a possibility of snow/ice/slush once again. I'll feel good after that and then that afternoon there's a birthday party for the DBIL who's been battling cancer. Sort of a victory (at least for now) party as he's currently "cancer free" too. So both sort of uplifting things coming up.

I confess I've tried the one piece of candy too and, nope, doesn't work for me. Tried it a lot in January as a matter of fact and that's probably why I've gained. I do want to note my peanut butter Easter eggs are still intact in the freezer (together with three more). So are the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and nut roll I baked in recent weeks (well, except for what I've given away). So I can report at least one tiny NSV.

Good to hear from you, ceara, and glad things are ok enough. Sounds like you're holding well if you're at two weeks. An inspiration.

Glad your gray is gone, wsw. I've been toying w/idea of a temporary color for a while to have me "outside my box". Back and forth about it and don't know why I don't just jump. It's been ten years or so...........Sheesh! Maybe as a reward if I ever loose some weight.

Glad your fireplace install is working well, arabella. I'm sure you'll be pleased. I did look into it and don't/can't figure out how to place the propane tank to meet the requirements. Just off by a little but ................

So it's cold today and I'm not going out until afternoon. Still must get dressed and be up and about. It was great getting back to the palace.

02-28-2008, 01:18 PM
I'm actually feeling a little energy return. And I think it's because I've started doing things from my list instead of just feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of things I want to get done. I've got a real problem with that and it totally saps my energy. I feel like I can't get out of my own way. But... baby steps. I made a hair appointment yesterday and immediately felt a bit of a lift. Today I retackled my taxes (and I will get them done -- bear in mind this is 2006 taxes :rolleyes: which I've paid already in installments but haven't reconciled and filed.)

I felt like I should have gotten interviews done for the book, other stuff written for an upcoming literary contest, the house cleaned, taxes done, people visited. Plus total relaxation and pampering :dz: No wonder I wanted to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head.

Today I nipped out to Old Navy and bought some really cute jeans -- railroad stripe -- and a pink sweater and beautiful deep Indian-y pink tunic-type blouse with a ruffled v-neck and pin-tucking, all for $30-odd. The pants need me to lose about 10 pounds and the blouse maybe 5 but they were so cute. And I do feel a little incentivized :s: Luckily DH is so down with incentivizing me that he didn't even complain.

Anagram, I'm ultra-impressed that you've managed to keep those goodies in your freezer! I can be going along really well and then something -- stress, fatigue: pick your poison -- and the recollection that I've got treats in the house is like a big, fat light bulb going on over my head. I've been forcing myself to only eat at the table when I'm eating alone and that really helps me control it. :crossed:

Ceara, 'twas I who threatened to sic the St. Bernard on you. Welcome back! :hug: And kudos on the two weeks -- that makes for a pretty firm grasp, I say.

I was beginning to fear you'd moved over to the other palace and weren't coming back. Hope you find some nice Ceara time soon!

WSW, you can tell spring is coming what with all the wardrobe and hair energy in the palace again. I'm getting a clear glaze on my hair today. My hair is dark with steaky gray and I kind of like it. But I think I may get temporary color some time just for a change.

K, Queenies, I must be off. I'm going to get some extra steps in on my way to the hairdresser. (New pants, here I come!) Love to all -- mmmmmwwwwwa!

02-29-2008, 08:21 AM
Alright...the walk did not happen yesterday...although the dog got bathed and blown.

I am off to try this again!


02-29-2008, 09:38 AM
Ok, so I got some exercise in yesterday. Did ok on food in morning and at noon but I need to get a better evening plan.

Have painter coming Monday to do kitchen, living room. I was only going to do one room now, other later. But in an excess of spring fever or something, I decided to do both. Painters still in a slower period here so felt price was pretty good (and the fact that he could come Monday when I just called Thursday is a fair indication he's not too backed up).

To have more snow again tonight. I liked my hair too when it was dark with gray streaks and still like it now that it's mostly "streaks" but it's the basic call of the wild - just want to change SOMETHING. I'll see if the new walls count. (For inquiring minds, kitchen will go from a daffodil yellow to a "butter up" yellow and L.R. from pink to an off white called "welcoming white" - I liked both names, hope that's not why I picked them ;)


02-29-2008, 11:35 AM
So. I'm at the hairdresser's and he's coating my hair with a glaze called "pure shine." No color. He wraps me in saran wrap and sticks me under the dryer. I'm relaxing with a magazine. He pulls me out and takes me to the sink. We get to back to the chair and I'm thinking there's a weird yellowish cast to my hair and it looks lighter. It dries as he's cutting and eventually I can see that the "no-color glaze" has STRIPPED MY NATURAL COLOR! I was nonplussed, I must say. My hair was a mix of light brown and yellow instead of very dark brown with white accents. :eek: We eventually decided to put a brown on top and see how that went. It's not bad but a bit light and a bit redder than I like it. There must be something wrong with that shipment of glaze, it's got to be bleach.

I've got to run -- meeting a friend for lunch and I've got to put the groceries away yet.

I got to move my ticker again, though, and according to WW I've lost 2.4 this week. :dance: :dance:

Have a fab Friday, goilies!

03-01-2008, 03:38 PM
hi ceara! so nice to see you.

hello arabella-congrats on the 2.4 down! huzzah!

anagram-the colors you picked do sound lovely. it is nice that the painter can come on monday, and that your palace will be all ready for spring.

and greetings to kat, kaylets, andria, and all our royal dwellers.

i have been sticking with the healthier food choices, and am pleased about that, and proud of myself too. i have been so stressed about financial matters (which is on-going) but since have had even more added expenses of late, it has been feeling mighty scary. anyway, i bring this up to say that i am proud of myself for not diving in to the food head first over all this, but instead i have been meeting the challenges as they arise, to the best of my abilities, no matter how stressful. sometimes, of course, it is with a little more grace than at other times, but for the most part, i would say, i am doing pretty darn well! :)

my birthday is on tuesday, and for a while i admit i had kind of thought no one remembered, but nay not so. tomorrow, a couple of friends are taking me out to brunch at one of my favorite restaurants to celebrate. another friend is taking me out for dinner on monday night, and then on my actual birthday, another couple of close friends are taking me out for dinner-my choice of restaurant, but i just haven't decided where yet. i am not good at advertising when my birthday is, as some of my other friends do, so these were all invitations from folks who remembered on their own. it is looking like it is going to be an excellent birthday. i will be 55. there, i said it, and happily as it turns out, that didn't hurt a bit! :)

well, i hope everyone has a good weekend. thinking of you, one and all. take care.

03-01-2008, 04:07 PM
I'm close to 10k already and have put in a good practice for the performance. Plus visited with DS & DGS, lolled in bed this a.m. with papers and tea. No yoga yet, which may not happen but... doing good, I say.

Yesterday, what with one thing and another, I ended up over 14k :cp: :cp: Had a lovely, leisurely lunch with my friend with lots of laughter. (La-la-la-la, linoleum, as Bert would say.) My to-do list seems more manageable despite the fact that I've barely scratched the surface.

We're supposed to be getting another little storm here. My son was telling me that the Farmer's Almanac forecasts that we're to receive over 150 cm of snow over a 3-day period in March. Prolly not, I think.

Anagram, I love the sound of your color choices. I think I've actually seen "welcoming white" and thought it looked very nice. Anyway, kudos to you for getting those painters in. :cb:

WSW, I see you're to be feted -- lovely! As I recall, similar happened on another birthday, didn't it? We're close -- I'm going to be 53 this year. May your $ issues dissipate!

Ceara, hope you got your walkies!

Anyone else around? Hope all Queenly folk have a loverly weekend!

03-02-2008, 11:26 AM
Enjoyed Irish Cabaret Friday night, BIL'S b.d. party yesterday. Today's "get ready for painter" day. Waiting, waiting for new baby next door. She's to be called Ellie - so nice it will be to add a new little princess to my fave little boys.

So wonderful on the steps and wt loss, arabella. How are you liking the hair color today? Maybe sometimes an accident has a good outcome - hmm, maybe? I think I've mentioned considering changing color - well, yesterday at the birthday get together, I joked about it and nieceinlaw says "no, no". Just when I was getting more serious ;) - she was a hairdresser before she went into nursing so I was treated to an impromptu haircut (as part of the entertainment?). Still not out of my mind as a temporary thing later though.

wsw, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! bil's is the next day - and maybe Baby Ellie will joint us then. How lovely to have such nice friends, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Did take a nice walk w/the expectant Mom yesterday. Supposed to be nicer today so hoping for more of same. Talked to another neighbor yesterday about his walking poles and how he likes them (another thing I've been considering). Turns out he made his own and he offered to do same for me. Another spring thing to look forward to.

So - off I go. I've been putting off that shower way too long today.



03-02-2008, 03:52 PM
I guess we're going to get one. I should have stipulated that it was another week OFF that I wanted. We're having another snow storm here :rolleyes: Yuck. Wind's howling and whipping snow around. I'm feeling a bit disgruntled and must see how to pick up my gruntle quotient. :yes:

I've got my steps in already and am on my third load of laundry. Also getting recycling ready AGAIN -- did it last week, even took it to the curb before DH reminded me that THIS is recycling week. We've got so much junk to clean up in the basement, which sort of has to be done before the guy comes to build the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in DH's study -- it's one of those situations where to do A you've got to do B and C first. O, 'twill be good to have it done, though. I guess I'll go down and see what I can get done if I devote a half-hour.

DH went down to flatten boxes to be taken away but many of them had stuff in them and rather than sort it (recycling, compost, trash) he just dumped it all in a big pile on the floor. Men. Can't live with 'em and can't shoot 'em.

Anagram, your Irish cabaret sounds like a lot of fun (and I'm loving the way your little belly dancer is cavorting with the leprechans ;) )

The hair? It could be worse but I'd prefer it back the way it was. And the fact that it's not temporary is annoying. Means I'll have to deal with roots, for example. I can't believe I paid the hairdresser for the color catastrophe -- I think I was just stunned. But anyway, it looks okay and the cut is good. Whatever, I say.

K, I'm off to see what I can do to be sparkier. Hope all queenlies are having a good day!

03-02-2008, 11:32 PM
Went to cemetery and had a brisk walk around the circle a couple of times - then walked Wal-Mart less briskly. I'm "painter ready" and sore of shoulder from moving even light stuff around. Should be an interesting couple of days. And another Fresh Start Monday rolls around.

03-03-2008, 08:53 AM
And it hath arrived. Still cranky, here and I think it's because I want more time off. I'm going to have to work on my attitude, for sure. Hate that! I may have to do something special for me today because I've got especially yucky chores to do -- cleaning up junk in the basement (recycling has to go out today) and doing my expense report from the meetings. :p

I've got over two weeks getting at least 10k steps a day and 5 out of the last seven I was between 11-14k. :cp: :cp: It WILL pay off, IS paying off. Did the gym, circuits, yoga, walk. I'll get in another little walk after lunch and then walk to choir practice tonight. That oughta do it...

Congrats on the walks and being painter-ready, Anagram! We've got a heck of a lot of work to do to get DH's study ready for the guy to put up shelving. Gotta take down all the bookshelves that are in there now, box up and move the books, remove the furniture. :rolleyes: I'm ready to go back to bed just thinking about it.

AND DH is going away next week. We'd better contact the guy to make sure he's not planning to come before DH gets back to give me a hand preparing.

Ok. I am going to TRY really hard to get myself into a better frame of mind.

Let's make this a good one!

03-03-2008, 11:50 AM
Yes, Fresh Start Monday is a good thing! Last few days have been stressful and my food intake has parallelled accordingly. :p Work has been the absolute pits. Absolutely. Knowing that I'm leaving it behind very shortly has been the one bright light in a string of dismal days. My son is making me crazy with his extreme lack of interest in school...barely squeaking by with his grades...perfectly capable of excelling, but L A Z Y in the extreme, and just isn't handing in assignments and homework and the grades are plummeting and the teachers are asking me what's wrong. That's just it... I DON'T KNOW! I'm really really at a loss and not sure how to get through to him. He's not on drugs, friends are decent... he is just so completely unmotivated... I don't know what to do.

I shouldn't assuage my frustrations with food, but that's exactly what I've done this past week, adding to the frustration is the knowledge that I'm going to undo all the good that I have done. I didn't go to WW, was afraid to face the scale. Haven't been on my own scale either, I know that could send me into a tailspin if the number isn't good...

I DID, however, get a grip this morning. Clutching my Fresh Start Card, I climbed back on to the wagon. Gaining weight isn't going to make him a better student and it isn't going to get me through these last FOUR days/nights any faster!

So that's where I'm at. Gonna do some food shopping today and get things in order around here. FOCUS.

Anagram...I'm jealous of the painters sorely in need of fresh paint around here. Cabaret night sounds like it was fun...I love Irish music!

Arabella...Because of you, I'm getting myself a pedometer, TODAY. You are my 10K step muse! :running: I could use some of your calm nature too...I would have been ballistic about the hair thing!

wsw...Happy (pre)Birthday! :celebrate::bday2you: :hb: :gift: :bday2:
Sounds like you have a great group of friends who really care! (along with us, of course!)

Andria...Nothing wrong with 12 stepping, my friend! I admit that I am totally powerless over chocolate! :chockiss: I am weak and worthless when it comes to resisting their powerful charms! :faint:

Ceara! So good to see you're still with us! How very well I know the feeling of "I was angry, so I ate." Always room up here on the ol' wagon...

Kaylets...I'm playing my Fresh Start Card today, thanks for the handout! What's new?

Okay, I have to get my butt out of this chair, lots of things to do today! Coming in here and "confessing" really helps and gives me the boost I need to get back on track.

Have a wonderful Monday, all! Remember to be kind to yourselves!

03-03-2008, 03:14 PM
Jumping in really fast to say hello to all :) The sun is out, the sky is blue, and my outlook on life has improved dramatically.
I spent the weekend being rather busy doing not a whole lot. Somehow those seem to be the best of days. We took the girls to their first visit of 6 Flags; it was a special opening for season pass holders. It is funny how the season passes are cheaper than visiting the park twice. We live so close that we figured it would be a bargain in the long run. Last year we did the same thing for SeaWorld, and we visited it at least a dozen times as a family, plus the girls went different times with their friends. The part I like the most is that there is just a ton of walking, and we do it without thinking of it as exercise. We also avoid the food in the parks because it is so spendy, and we stick to drinking water when the temp warms up, so the trips are usually nice and healthy. We get to have fun without it centering around food like so many other family situations.
The only bummer about 6 Flags was finding out that I can't even begin to fit on most of the rides. In my head I already knew that would be the case, but my heart was hoping otherwise. I decided to take it in stride and use the information to encourage instead of discourage. That's a huge shift from last week, huh!
Overall, I'm feeling much better about life again. I think one of the biggest problems was that I had let things get out of balance. I was working too hard on "diet" and not enough on what I really believe this journey is about for me--living a healthy life to the fullest extent possible. The more stressed and obsessive I became about what I was putting in my mouth, the more likely I was to choose something I probably shouldn't, and I would rationalize the choice into oblivion.
I just had this image come to me of a gymnast or circus performer standing in the center of a teeter totter. At first the board moves up and down radically, and the performer must make constant adjustments. If too much force is exerted in either direction the act is over, and the performer tumbles to the ground. But if the performer remains calm and centered, the performance takes on a graceful ease and the appearance of simplicity. In reality we know they are still working, but the effort has changed, and energy can be brought to bear on another activity. That is where I need to be to make this work.
I'd better get outta here. My teaching certificate finally arrived this weekend (Wahoo!), and I have to deliver copies to HR for the school district I want to work in. They begin interviews soon for the new high school opening up in fall, and I want to be part of that crew!

*Signing out as she accepts her fresh start card*


03-04-2008, 08:32 AM
Morning, all

I'd say good morning, but I didn't sleep well, and we had to get up at 4:30. I'm sure it will become a good morning eventually, but right now it is still a "Tell me again why I'm awake?" Wandering around the palace seemed like a good way to wake up and get myself off on the right foot for the day. :)

Kat, I'm sorry the last few days of your work have been awful. My last job was the same way. The women I worked with were all unhappy I was getting married, leaving, etc., and they made life miserable. My Night Watch supervisor even wrote me up for something ridiculous and made sure I signed it before leaving. I hope you aren't dealing with that petty kind of stuff. You are right to keep in mind that it will be over very soon. And even though learning a new job has its own stresses, they are all the good kind. You will pick up on the little nuances of the new position quickly, and your sunny disposition will help you fit in immediately. I am so excited for you!
About your son--he sounds like he has Senioritis, but isn't he a junior? I'm seeing more than one student his age starting to melt down a bit under the pressure. Their teachers are piling on work as the year progresses, and the students are trying to get everything together for their senior year. SAT scores are part of almost every conversation. So are AP tests and tryouts for varsity teams. There is an immense amount of pressure for things to be done that used to be handled senior year only. He might just be responding negatively to that pressure. He sounds like a good kid, and if it isn't drugs, alcohol, or girl problems, he should bounce back. Keep the lines of communication open, and if he won't talk to you, find someone he will talk to. When my eldest gets into a grand funk, sometimes the only person she will talk with openly is one of her aunts.
Ummm... that turned out kind of long. Sorry!

Arabella, you are a walking goddess! I'm so happy your hard work is paying off. Nice loss! You really deserve it! :D

Anagram, the paint choices sound wonderful. If the colors come anywhere near matching their names, your home is going to look gorgeous! So, any advice on convincing my DH to let me paint something a color besides beige in our house? Someone made the mistake of telling him this is the best color for resell value, and I haven't managed to convince him yet that we can always repaint if we decide to sell. I'm living in BLAH land!
Take care of your shoulder. I remember my physical therapists telling me that pain was sometimes a gift; it reminds us when we are pushing too hard.

wsw, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :celebrate::bday2you::celebrate: Sounds like you will have a wonderful day. I'm so glad you have loved ones who know to treat you like a :queen:
Also, congratulations on facing the paperwork demon. I have been trying to follow your lead, and I got through some papers that I have been unsuccessfully avoiding for weeks now. It feels so good to get it done!

Ceara, thank you for the reminder about light weights. I keep a set of weight balls both upstairs and down so I can use them whenever I'm just sitting around, but I haven't used them consistently for a long time. I can definitely do those even if my feet and knees are hurting. And do you have a recipe for those delicious sounding muffins?

Ok, I've just hit the outer limit of my time here. I'm off to face middle schoolers in a Family and Consumer Science (Home Ec) class for the day. Wish me luck!


03-04-2008, 02:39 PM
And a big shout-out to the universe for bringing you to us! :cheers: :hb: :hat: :cheer:


I'm enjoying the image of you being treated like the royalty you are today. :)

Ahhhhhh... just back from sound yoga. It was a good one! Started the day with 30 minutes :trampo: followed by :yoga: Walked over to sound yoga, so I'm well on my way to 11k. I see the letter flashing that means it's time to download to the app again so I can compare with the previous month's data. Last time I was just around 7100 steps, average, and I've been over 10k a day for more than 2 weeks now... I don't want to download until the end of the day, to make sure I get credit for every step :s:

Kat, good for you coming in to make your report! Absolutely the thing to do. :yes: You know, a few days off the rails won't have a lasting effect but if we let it slide... well, that slope is very slippery.

I've seen a lot of teenagers go through a "cocoon" stage where it seemed like they were totally stagnant. All got through it. But I've seen it so many times that I think it's pretty common. Not sure what you can do except talk to him about it. He may not have much more idea than you do what's going on, though.

Ceara, I've lost my marbles -- blame menopause (why not.). In the interests of full disclosure, I've realized it was, actually Anagram who suggested we might sic the St. Bernard on you. (I get us mixed up all the time!)

Andria, I concur -- 4:30 is bally early. I'm going to turn the alarm off for the whole week while DH is away :cloud9: I'll probably still wake up early but maybe not quite AS early? :crossed:

Re: beige -- is it possible we're married to the same man? I get around mine slightly by selecting muted, light colors and calling them "beige." :lol: Yes, I am bad, thanks for noticing.

Anagram, how goes the Palace painting? Hope your painters are nice and not too much underfoot!

K, :queen:ies. I'd best get some work done. :rolleyes: Love ya!

03-04-2008, 09:51 PM
Happy Royal Birthday, wsw. Hope you enjoyed all the friends and activities.

kat - so sorry your last days are not pleasant. Sometimes they are the hardest to get through.

And Andria - congrats on the certificate coming through.

On junioritis, I concur on all sorts of levels. With both my kids, that and senior year were hard. Esp. w/son. I always felt it was the Lord's way of making me ready to let them go (happy to let them go?). As long as they don't get into the really troublesome...............And I agree - my daughter was fortunate to have two of my sisters who could (and still can) talk to her in ways she won't get into with me. Boys are tougher that way though. I don't know who would really have gotten through with mine. Fortunately he ran with a good crew and they pulled each other through pretty much. None hesitated to tell another when they had gone too far. At least that's the way I saw it.

Re beige, I read that that's the new "in" color (I didn't know it wasn't always) together with sky blue. So all you have to do is throw around a few sky blue things and you've got it. I haven't had anything beige for a long time but am going to the off white as it will be more saleable than my pink. I have no definite plans to move but it's there in the back of my mind and guiding all my decisions. Painter should be done tomorrow, kitchen is pretty much back together (a couple of wall things to go back up should I decide they will). Then I'll take my time on getting l.r. back together too. Should be real happy with it all, I'm thinking. Painter is very nice, neat, methodical and I asked him for an estimate for hall and foyer. Then we'll see if I owe Uncle Sam or he owes me and make the next decision.

Hope you got lots of "yucky" done, arabella. And it would be nice to sleep in, wouldn't it? How's the new fireplace doing? Making life more pleasant?

Tulips, daffs poking up heads. Finally cut forsythia and brought in to force. Raining like crazy all day and supposed to continue all night. Keep checking basement. dry so far. Sigh.....

Oh, almost forgot - went out for dinner again last night with the single,divorced, widowed group. Enjoyed again. Trying to recover what social skills I thought I once had. Glad I took that little step out of the box. Looking for another.

Going to check on the basement again. Fingers crossed - it is like a moat around parts of my personal palace.


03-05-2008, 08:43 AM
Morning again :)

I realized that I didn't change my ticker yesterday (see what sleep deprivation does to you!), so I had to get it in and shifted this morning. I re-lost two of those three pounds, so I am thankfully right back on track again. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I didn't feel bad about not having dropped all three and then some for this week. Ultimately, I've moved forward to meeting my goal, and I'm exactly where I planned to be. 1 lb. at a time is painfully slow, but I can do it while maintaining balanced changes in my life.

My sweetie and I were having a discussion along those lines while at dinner the other night. I was trying to explain my concept of bringing everything into balance in my life to achieve my weight loss goals, and he said it makes perfect sense to him. He has done a lot of research into diet--he even researches out new diets for me--and as a doctor, he can access the behind the scenes data most of us can't get. He also has the perspective of seeing the long-term results of poor eating and living habits on the body. When I was having such a hard time last week, he told me that he was really proud of the work I'm doing, and that even if I never hit my goal weight, the things I'm working on are going to serve me well. For all we hear about the damage we are doing to our bodies by being overweight, he sees more people who are thin and have taken their outward appearance of good health for granted. On one of his rotations, he was surrounded by plenty of thin people who were dying of heart disease, while the morbidly obese were a much smaller number in comparison. So, the whole conversation boiled down to the fact that every positive step I take moves me in the right direction. Even if this slow rate will take me three years (yeah, it really is that long) to hit goal, I'm becoming stronger and healthier the whole time. I guess sometimes I forget that I can be healthy before I hit my goal weight, and I can feel good about myself now without feeling guilty.

In case you couldn't tell, I am a morning writer. That whole waking up at 4:30 thing this month will at least be good for that. Thoughts are a lot more clear first thing, and no one is asking me to do anything. My royal consort is off to work, and the princesses are still dreaming of dancing slippers. Heck, the dog even has enough sense to have fallen back asleep beside me. Of course, now that I can't actually do it, the urge to curl up in bed with some Jane Austen beside me is becoming overwhelming. Hrm... maybe 10 minutes wouldn't hurt... I should probably go drink some water and do some light weights instead!

Anagram, grats on stepping out of your comfort zone :) The dinners really do sound like a lot of fun. Your going out like that made me think about how I really should find a way to begin making friends here. I miss getting out of the house every once in a while. Maybe that will come when I get hired at a school?
The flowers sound wonderful! As a wannabe gardener, I'm having a lot of fun trying to find out what grows here and how to get as much of it past our HOA as possible.
Good luck on keeping dry! I'm not sure when the rainy season hits hard here, but I'm sure you will all be hearing from me once it does.

Arabella, I'm stepping vicariously through you! Is it funny for me to be so eager to hear what your average steps were last month? :)
And as far as beige goes, we might just be married to the same man. :lol: The funny thing is, he isn't really sold on the no color thing as much as he has let it be drummed into his head that it is all about resell value. Ugh. I've been threatening of late to paint something brick red with no warning if he doesn't let up a bit. Haven't decided if I'm all talk still, or not. :devil:

:hug:s to everyone else! Have a great day! :)


03-05-2008, 12:21 PM
Which will call for increased vigilance so I don't eat to "make myself feel better." Why can't I be one of those people who loses their appetite when ill? :shrug:

Nevertheless, stepping must continue. We went to the gym this a.m. and I did yoga, although I skipped my stairwell. Freezing rain out there so I'm going to do some :trampo: at an easy pace while I watch TV to make up the difference.

Andria, my average for February was 9,903 steps per day. It was mid-month before I committed to the 10k and I see that I'd only hit it 3 times in the first half of the month. 100% since then, though.

I'm totally happy that you take an interest! :)

Balance is crucial! And how much better is it to gradually lose the weight at a rate that you can manage than to blitz it off and then regain everything +?

Anagram, yes, it's very cheery having a fire -- the fire's real, even if the logs aren't. And it puts out a nice heat. Oh, flowers coming up! How sweet!

We've got freezing rain today after a mild day yesterday and then arctic temps last night -- it's been that kind of a winter. Very slippery out there, which is why I'm going to grab that mini tramper as soon as I finish here.

Kat, hope things are looking up!

WSW, how was the big day?

Ceara, has busyness eased off any?

Kaylets... Kaylets?

K, Kiddlies, I'm off.

03-05-2008, 01:45 PM
Oh, I forgot to say -- I did get my yucky chores done on Monday. Next up: making a list of things I've been putting off.

03-05-2008, 04:06 PM
thank you so much for my lovely birthday wishes!!!! they really made me feel good! :)

i had a loverly birthday! the festivities began on sunday, when a couple who took me out for brunch had also planned it as a small surprise party. when we got to the restaurant, i was indeed surprised. there were 6 of us, and it was delightful. there were vases of beautiful flowers on the table, including tulips, which i love. my condo still smells divine from all my flowers. i really was completely surprised, and i had a blast. oh yeah, i got good presents too! monday evening, another good friend took me out for dinner, and then yesterday, on the official birthday, i got lots of long distance calls, and then another couple of friends came over and took me out for dinner. so---- i went to three of my favorite restaurants in the past 3 days with my favorite friends. i felt very celebrated, and it was wonderful!! i received several books and a sweet blue and white design teapot, plus a lot of stationery. everyone knew just what i like. it couldn't have been a nicer 3 day birthday celebration if i had planned it myself. how lucky i am to have such wonderful friends.

---and speaking of lucky, i am so grateful for all of you! i am smiling just thinking of you lovely royals. i was actually very good with the food too, and maintained my weight, and ate quite healthfully. i did indulge in some birthday cake, which was divine, by the way, but i had planned for that, and am glad i held steady. now, though, cake is back off my list, and my portions were smaller again today. i kept up with exercise each day too, so i have felt good about staying on track.

arabella-sorry you caught a cold. :( it is impressive you are doing your exercising today despite that. believe me, i understand about having to gurard against eating too much when sick. i swear i thought i was the only one who doesn't seem to lose my appetite when sick. averaging all those steps for february is pretty amazing. you inspire me to no end!

andria-it's great your certificate came through! congrats on the 2 lbs. down!

anagram-glad that the painter was nice and things went well with painting the palace. it is always a pleasure to have a change in colors. i know what fun it was to pick colors for my condo when i moved in 4 years ago. it is neat that you have attended the 2nd dinner with that group. good for you for stepping out of your box. i need to take your lead and contemplate how i can do some of that for myself.

kat-sorry that the final days at your job are such a pain. ah, on to bigger and better things for you very soon, as you so richly deserve! hope things with your son become less stressful a.s.a.p. i remember when i was in high shcool. i definitely didn't confide in my parents (and it wasn't because they wouldn't have listened) when things were not going well for me. i usually talked more to my friends, and was also lucky that i had a wonderful physics teacher who made a great sounding board for me. she was the one who helped me get through some rough times.

hello ceara. how is it going?

hi kaylets-thinking of you.

hoping all our royals, mentioned or -un, are having a good afternoon. take care, all.

03-06-2008, 09:05 AM
Oh, I have so much to time right now. Fellow night staffers are taking me out to breakfast this AM...awww.

Thanks to all for the encouraging words...they mean so much and are truly helpful. :love:

Back later...

03-06-2008, 01:06 PM
Feeling just awful today. I'm hoping it's that one really bad day that often happens before a cold gets really messy but doesn't feel quite so bad.

My resolve was getting a little iffy last night. I was thinking about "treats" but managed to hold on. I did have 2 small pieces of whole grain baguette with my veggie chili last night. Calorically, not bad. And today eating doesn't seem like a big deal.

I'm going to go get my walk in and then maybe work from bed the rest of the afternoon.

WSW, your celebrations brought a smile to my face! Pressies are always nice too, huh. And flowers! :cloud9:

Kat, I'm glad to hear your co-workers are giving you a bit of a send-off. And so soon you'll be gone. I was wondering whether your stress last week might partially be response to upcoming change? They say change is always stressful, even if it's a good change.

Oh -- forgot to say I got to move my ticker again. Tomorrow's official WI :crossed:

03-07-2008, 10:36 AM
Probably helped just having cereal and soup yesterday :chin: But WI had me down 2.2 from last week. Which is a big weekly loss for me. I remember, years ago, seemed like I could drop 30 pounds in no time. Well, those days are gone but ... I'm making progress.

Sick as a dog but I had to take DGS to school and stopped in to get credit for the loss while I was out there. The cold has settled into my chest.

Well, that's my report for the day. Hope all goes well in other corners of the Palace.

03-07-2008, 01:10 PM
B]"]kat-hope you had a nice breakfast with your fellow staffers.

arabella-sorry you are feeling so crummy. take it easy and rest, rest, rest. congrats on the lbs. down.

i finally lost a lb. i was kind of hoping it would be some huge drop after a woefully long plateau, but after being a little wayward at the beginning of the week, i'll take it. yesterday, was warm and i loved it. by evening, it was pretty chilly again, and had to blast heat on again, but these tastes of spring are delightful. so far today i have had pretty healthy and dainty portions, which i will continue through to the end of the day. well, take care, one and all. [/B]

03-08-2008, 09:29 AM
Rainy Saturday morning - no new baby next door yet. Played with 5 year old buddy yesterday morning while Mom checked in with doc. Then had a weather related headache in the afternoon that ruled out any "thinking' work.

Two rooms look nice. Going to spend morning on slow grooming. And watch weather. Blah! May start into spring clothing search before I head out to see what's in stores. Big occasion coming up in May that will require Grandma to look "nice". Lots of things I never wore all winter.

Congrats, Arabella and wsw on losses. Hope your cold is soon bette, A. Pro friend did my tax return this year again - I'm getting rebate so must go spend it. Just must. Though foyer/hall paint job is planned for it too.

It's now six trips to Princessville on the books for the next two months. Gas price aside, I'm looking forward to them and have decided they're my hobby.

In between raindrops, am cleaning up flower beds a little - have neighborhood kid lined up to do it but I enjoy it in little bits. Finding those tulips, etc is always a kick.

It's official, eh, kat? You're unemployed this weekend? Good timing for job change what with time change and all. Have fun - and hope your breakfast was tres pleasant too.

andria, the health concept is my goal too more than actual loss - though I'd love that too. Over my near seven years at this, I KNOW I've made me better than I would have been - not PERFECT, long way to go, but the "healthy" keeps bringing me back.

As do the lovely Royal friends.


03-08-2008, 10:42 AM
The cold has loosened up a bit so I don't feel as wretched as the last two days. I'm religiously using the zinc lozenges, which are supposed to lessen severity and duration.

We've got people coming to dinner this evening. Yesterday I was thinking of cancelling but I think we'll go ahead. I know they come in contact with everything anyway so I don't feel like I'm putting them at risk. And it won't be too difficult: somebody's bringing an app, someone else dessert. I'll just put out a veggie tray and serve reliable old chicken, rice and salad.

I think I'd prefer a do-nothing day but I'm planning to make tomorrow a "home spa" day after I take DH to the airport noonish.

WSW, congrats on the loss! That's a nice bonus on a birthday week :) Also, kudos on the dainty portions -- definitely an area I need to improve on.

I did manage my 10k yesterday and I feel better today than yesterday so... onward! I'm almost at 3k now, just from puttering and shopping. Hope it clears up soon so I can get in a walk around the harbour.

Anagram, how lovely to have your rooms spruced up! I'm looking forward to painting the wainscotting in our downstairs bathroom and getting it perked up with a decorative outer shower curtain, etc. Such a small room -- I should be able to tackle it. Visiting Princessville sounds like a nice new hobby.

:rain: here too. Supposed to get an extended period of freezing rain tonight, though.

Andria, congrats on getting your certificate! :balloons:

Kat, a big WHOO-HOO! for putting that job behind you. :cheers:

K, Lovelies, DH is out of the house and I'm going to make a nice pot of Earl Grey and relax. Have a blissful weekend!

03-09-2008, 09:28 AM
I'm done with the night shift... ahhhhhh...

I'm not sure that the reality of that has quite sunken in yet, but I imagine that bright and early tomorrow morning, as I dress for my NEW job, the realization will take hold!

I had several "going away" parties this past week, many cards and even some gifts. It was very nice, but in between all the partying, I still had to work (the nerve!) and it was busy, and I didn't want to "go out" on a note of "Oh, she's leaving, so she's just going to slack off her last nights..." so I worked hard and was, therefore, exhausted when all was said and done and spent most of Saturday sleeping!

I'm all caught up now! Apparently I missed nothing more than a day of rain, rain, and more rain. And wind! My god, the WIND! I dread going outside and seeing all the branches downed by our monsoon.

Thanks so much to all for your kind words about dealing with teenagers. Really helped put things into perspective for me. And! You'd never know it's the same kid these past few days. He assured me last week that he was getting caught up on and turning in that which was overdue. :crossed: He and dh have been busy with scouting events and they've also been hard at work preparing for son's Eagle project, which will commence sometime this Spring. Come to think of it, he's been busy with another school group project, he's involved with the Jazz Band (trombone) at school, plus plays the guitar with friends and plans to perform at school's 'coffee house' next week.

"He's a teenager," my wise beyond her 22 years daughter likes to remind me. Yeah, yeah...lighten up, Mom!

Okay! Okay!

Arabella...I'm glad you're feeling better! I hope your dinner went well last night. And! a home spa day sounds heavenly! Enjoy! (I'll be right over!)

Anagram...Princessville visits sound like a wonderful hobby! And your home improvement projects have me evaluating what needs to be done around here. (a LOT!) I'm happy to hear that you're getting out into the social 'groove' again!

wsw...your birthday celebrations sound wonderful! I'm so proud of you for sticking to your plan, allowing for treats, and getting right back on track. Sadly, I wish I could have done the same... <hangs head with shame> Back on track today, though!

Andria... Wow, your post really put things back into perspective for me... Yes, the process is painfully S L O W but it's good to be reminded that weight loss is not the only benefit of the changes we are making. Be sure to thank your darling doc for me for his support and encouragement!

Hello out there also, to our wayward travellers...Hoping all is well with you too!

Okay. I have to go plan my outfits for the week. And get my nails done. And a massage if I have time. (to have someone pummel out the last of my night shift cobwebs!) Gotta spend the gift $$$ on something!

Have an awesome day, all! Here's to new beginnings! :cheers:

03-09-2008, 10:25 AM
Good luck on your fabulous New Beginning Monday, kat. Be kind to you as you adjust to everything new and fantastic.

wsw, I'd like that "dainty portions" secret too, please. Nothing dainty about me, I'm afraid.

glad the cold is easing, A. Nothing worse than feeling miserable, all round. Hope your guests enjoyed your efforts.

I sort of started out doing a spa day yesterday and it was going well. Then a friend called and asked if I wanted to check out the new casino near here. Well ----I'd been planning to at some point and it was a lousy, gray day, etc., etc. So off I went - being spontaneous as all get-out. Enjoyed well enough, didn't lose a lot of money (not a gambler at heart).

So here's today. Sunny but cold and none the worse for the rain/storms/wind (thousands still w/o power, I hear). Not feeling up and at 'em but clocks changed so I just need to go with the flow. Debating a shopping jaunt just for kicks but may not. Some paperwork has found its way to my d.r. table again but hey, what's unusual about that?

Did try my new walking poles between rainstorms this week and they do seem to help destress knees, etc. Expect they'll be a big help as long as I remember to use them.

So - wonderful Sunday to all Royals -

:flow1: :flow2: :flow1: :flow2:

03-09-2008, 11:23 AM
I don't think I'm any the worse for the party last night and it was lots of fun. Didn't drink too much wine, didn't eat bread or dessert. I did have maybe 5 nacho chips with dip. Slightly under ticker this a.m. so that's a v. good sign.

We played "Violence" after dinner. Here's how it goes: Everyone writes the names of people that they might assume would be familiar on slips of paper and the group breaks into teams.

Round 1: People draw slips and take turns describing, in words, who the people are. They get through as many as they can in a minute. Teams alternate until all the slips are done. The slips go back into the hat for

Round 2: Same as above but can only use a single word + any kind of pantomiming.

Round 3: Same as above but no words allowed.

It's really a lot of fun, fast and lively. The second two rounds are easier than they sound because people know what names are in the hat (if they've been paying attention).

Everyone had a really good time and professed to have enjoyed the dinner, although it was very simple.

I'm taking DH to the airport in a few minutes and then spa day commences.

Kat, what a totally brill idea to have the leftover work toxins pummelled out of you. I'll be keeping the towel boys warm here...

Anagram, the walking poles are supposed to be hugely beneficial. I haven't seen them but I remember that Amarantha used to use them.

We woke up to a thickish coat of ice on everything out there. Walked anyway -- the roadways were navigable and it was early so not a lot of traffic. Now it's raining and blowing big chunks of ice down off the trees in flurries. We'd put the cat out before it started to do that and she was a little freaked out (or a little more freaked out than usual).

K, 'bout time to go. Love, love, love...

03-10-2008, 08:58 AM
Sounds like pretty much everyone is getting some wet weather. I have the window open here so I can listen to it rain while I get my head ready for the day. Where did last week go? Did I have a weekend? It can't possibly be Monday again... can it? But then, Mondays mean fresh starts, and I could use a little bit of a fresh start/fresh attitude.

Kat, Happy New Job Monday to you! And a big WAHOO! for teenagers too busy to be depressed or whatever it is with them. :D

Anagram, I've heard how wonderful walking poles are for feet and knees, but I haven't been able to talk myself into a pair yet. Do they take much getting used to? Inquiring minds... :)

Arabella, sounds like a cold isn't going to slow you down. It wouldn't dare! Ugh for the ice--Bravo for walking anyway! No wonder you are doing so well at the scale every week. :)

wsw, Congrats on losing the pound! Isn't it funny how occasionally juggling around our diet plans a bit loosens up a plateau? I really wish I understood how that worked. Glad you had a terrific birthday. You absolutely deserved it. :)

Ok, no more putting it off. Time to stop listening to showers and go get one of my own! Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go...


03-10-2008, 11:17 PM
Finally, a good food day.

I've only tried the walking poles once but thought they were good. These were made by neighbor and are not the ones I had priced a couple of years ago but seem to work as I'd imagine the others did.

DBIL in emergency room several counties removed - they were away to celebrate DSis b.d. today. He'll be ok but it was "phone central" here today. If talking is exercise, I got a lot today ;) Did PT for the first time in a few days. Taxes taken care of - one less thing on list. Medical insurance decision on my plate for tomorrow. One thing at a time.

Anyway just a double handful of days left until the V. E. I'm really going to try hard to make some progress this time.

Forsythia blooming in house-veddy nice.

So sleepy - so off to bed so I don't get tempted. Tired/sleepy a big trap.

:flow2: :flow2: :flow2: :flow2: :flow2: :flow2: :flow2:

03-11-2008, 11:11 AM
I foolishly let up on my "no eating on the couch" rule and ended up immersed in a food fest, culminating in a big plate of nachos for dinner last night. Weight's up nearly 5 pounds today -- well, I know it's temporary but... UGH.

Still sick and didn't even walk yesterday for the first time. I'm back on track and planning to walk out to visit my mom later. I'll take a long route and get in my steps so I don't have to worry about going out again if I don't want to.

Andria, I love the sound of rain, too. An old boyfriend had a house where you could hear the rain on the roof from the bedroom and I used to love to lie there and listen to it.

Anagram, thanks for the reminder! I'm back to pushing for V.E. success, pulling self up by bootstraps. Oh, the forsythia must look so lovely and spring-like -- such a beautiful yellow! I've got a big forsythia that I planted a few years ago to mark the grave of a beloved cat gone to the eternal pantheon of great cats.

I'm cancelling stuff this week -- choir and sound yoga are out of the question. I'd invited my mom and a friend and her mom for dinner tonight and have cancelled that. Tomorrow night's writing group... I hope I'm up to it but if I'm not better than today I don't think I'll do it.

How are all other :queen:lies?

Can't wait to hear a report from Kat's new job!

WSW, how are you?

Ceara? Kaylets? :wave:

Let's look after ourselves today!

03-12-2008, 08:52 AM
Good morning!
I tried to get in yesterday, but the site kept freezing up on me. I don't have time to do anything this morning other than shift my ticker 1 lb. and wish the rest of you a great day.


03-12-2008, 09:17 AM
OK - got in a second good day. And somehow seem to have lost a lot of water weight I've been hauling around. Less discouraging that way.

Late yesterday was fairly nice and I did a tiny bit of yard cleanup. If I did only fifteen minutes a day, it would come about but some days even fifteen minutes is hard to find. But I enjoyed what I did. And the vase of forsythia is calling to me with Spring's lilting - I'm beginning to feel it.

Congrats on the ticker shift, andria. Arabella, I hope you are feeling better. Yes, please take time to rest. I know it's disappointing when you have so many things planned for DHs absence but really, resting can be a big accomplishment as well and it sounds like what you need for the moment.

Lunch out today = fingers crossed. But absolutely need to do as much of this type activity as I can - at least until weather is pleasant for neighborhood walking (interrupted by neighbor chatting). Winter, though not yet as drastic as many of ours, is still too long. We've had a lot of rain and ice storms but not nearly our normal quota of snow.

Up and at 'em - how about a Wacky Wednesday this time?

:flow1: :flow1: :flow1: :belly: :flow1: :flow1: :flow1:

03-12-2008, 11:26 AM
And I will not take it for granted when I feel well again :no: I managed to get my steps in yesterday and will again today. I think I'm up to my writing group this evening. It's usually very salubrious. :)

Not much to report, actually. Back on track again after Monday's tumble off the wagon. I haven't been able to manage :yoga: yet but I'll get there.

Anagram, you know -- I get sick so often when DH goes away that I think there must be a reason. Not sure what :chin:

Your yard work sounds good. I often think if I just did a few minutes on the yard (or the house, for that matter) every day that it would work wonders without being too demanding.

Andria, congrats on the ticker move!

K, I'm outta here. Let's do our best with this one, huh.

03-12-2008, 01:34 PM
You guys are busy! Spent the past 30 minutes just catching up!

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to wsw....sounds like you had celebrations suitable for your royal status!

It is March Break here...the kids are out of school, and programming is on...a few extra hours there...a lot of people are sick here too...with colds etc..not me, but people coming into the branch. Yeesh! I'm going through a lot of had sanitizer....

So, I've had lunch...Spinach, chick peas, tomato, celery, pine nuts and renee's caesar dressing...light of course. Such a yummy slad. Andria...I will cut and paste that muffin recipe....when I get a minute. The dial-up is slow, and the little guy is bored I gotta go!

Will be back...that is a threat!

03-13-2008, 08:45 AM
ceara, good to hear from you. Hope you carry out your threat.

Well, I've done day 3 but, in my usual pattern, it wasn't as good as days 1 and 2 but much more stellar than I'd been. Eating out is always just a bit more difficult.

So will work hard on today again - will be hitting grocery store for more fresh fruit, etc. this morning. To be very nice outside today so I want to take full advantage of that.

Ah, yes, Arabella, doing things bit by bit is always my plan - I'm just not great on the follow through ;) Did no yard work yesterday - but will today. Neighborhood kid supposed to help but hasn't called me back. I know it's not spring yet for him - but there are other neighborhood kids (useless threat as I really like this kid). Have done no followup yet on painting last week - nothing back on walls yet, etc. It'll come. When the mood strikes.

And the Jolly Weekend of St. Patrick approaches so I must go through the closets this morning to see what'll work.


:luck2you::luck2you::yes::yes::broc: :broc::cupgold::cupgold:

03-13-2008, 09:05 AM
I had another biggish day yesterday -- baklawa in the freezer exerted a magnetic pull. Once more, I think that feeling less than well and a few frustrations were factors but it would be nice if I could change my coping mechanisms to something that didn't immediately translate to thigh insulation.

On the bright side, I did manage to get in my 10k steps. And I was thinking that last winter when I got sick I probably fell off the wagon more and definitely exercised less. So... I'm filing under "progress, not perfection."

And here we have a fresh new day with no mistakes in it yet ;)

I'm going to wrap up and head out for a walk. I thought of doing the :trampo: but the fresh air won. And it IS fresh out there today. :shocksn: I can't help but feel that life would be much easier if it just wasn't so darn COLD out there.

Ceara, your hand sanitizer is your friend! I regretfully stayed home from my writing group last night to make sure not to pass this on to my friends. I think we're winding down here with the symptoms.

Anagram, enjoy your nice day there! We're still well-below freezing here and gusty too. You've inspired me with that reminder of the 15 minute thing. I've got lots of nagging chores around here that could be taken care of in 15 minutes and lots of other ones that could be accomplished in a few bouts. Maybe I'll actually manage a spring clean this year!

K, Queenlies -- I'd better get going. The last couple of days I've intended to walk in the morning but got sidetracked and ended up doing it later. Feels much better to get it out of the way early.

Let's make it a good one!

03-13-2008, 10:27 AM
YUP, I'm back! Again.

Kat when does the new job start? Or has it? Inquiring minds need to know! :lol:

I am slowly getting a momentum going....a few good days in a row and then a minor crash, and then a few more....I guess that is life. A series of crashes. However, just drinking that water is a chore for me some days...although I have noticed a co-relation between thirst and having done a walk...I'm more thirsty and less "cruise the pantry" if I have walked. Hmmm.

Watched a newsy show the other of those Canadian consumer things whose name is excaping me this instant. Maybe Marketplace. Anyway it was on the calorie counts in restaurants who don't post them...Swiss Chalet, Montana's...the mid-chains. It was mind boggling and quite disturbing just what the counts actually were....a whole days' calories in one appetizer? 1400? It surprised me but not really. One chain had a veggie burger...over 800 calories, and that is without fries. You could have food from the "bad" fast food chains with fewer calories. And they post their counts! I think I'll eat at home. Cheaper.

Ok off the :soap:. I'm with Arabella...I need fresh air...and every day if possible. That being for brekkie and a walk!


03-13-2008, 03:36 PM
ceara-hi! it so amazing to me to think how many cals. are in some restaurant meals. i have been trying to check out restaurant menus before i go there, so can decide on what i'll have before i get there. i really did that pretty well recently, and now just have to remember to keep up with that. definitely much easier to eat at home, though. so true, too, nothing like good 'ole fresh air. i was stuck inside yesterday due to ms "technical difficulties" and it looked so nice out---i was a little jealous i couldn't be out among 'em. nice out today though, too, and was able to get out, so really can't complain at all.

arabella-hope you continue to feel better. love the idea of "fresh new day with no mistakes in it." so reassuring. :) i was thinking about what you said regarding your handling things better this year than last year, and i know what you mean. the "progress, not perfection" notion is also so reassuring.

anagram- 3 good days in a row--huzzah! love the st. patrick's day icons. they made me smile.

andria-congrats on moving ticker downward!

kat-hope first week at your new job is going great!

hi kaylets, and to all our lovely royals out there in the spring palace!

have to get moving and do some boring but necessary errands. tomorrow is my regular yearly physical. i wish somehow i could lose a ton of weight by tomorrow, but at least i know that have been doing pretty well, even if scale is not so reflective of that. ok, so on to my errands. at least it will be in nice weather. tomorrow, bad storms are expected for the next couple of days. wish i could use that as an excuse to cancel my appointment for tomorrow, but don't think it will fly. ah well. good afternoon, all.

03-14-2008, 09:06 AM
:yes::lucky::lucky::yes::drinkup:ok - four days - but each one a tad less stellar. Must try to tighten it up a bit today. Did a little yard work yesterday again - stressing little. No walk though so that sounds good for today - between expected raindrops. But fairly warm again - will drop tomorrow.

Waiting for decision from DD about whether I go to Princessville today - would return after watching P. 11s Irish Dance troup march in a St. Pat's Parade.

One BIL to be discharged from hospital today - other went into ER last night again and I'm waiting for word. Sis got her staples out yesterday - family discount anywhere? And I feel like "communication central" - which is ok because that's always been my role and I'd been given a lot of slack since to much of the communication for a while had been about me or my family.

OK, Winsome Women of Willowy Wealth and Wisdom - IT'S FRIDAY! A gala long weekend of mirth and merriment to ye.

kat, hope your first week went well. Phew!

03-14-2008, 09:32 AM
Morning! I am off for a supply shift, so this is short and well, short.

Congrats on the days in a row Anagram...some are 'way better than none.

Hi :wave: and bye :wave:!

Be back later..........

03-14-2008, 11:22 AM
Fly-by :wave: I've got to get some work done and then I've got a ghost story interview at lunch. Hope to get back in later for a good visit! Happy Friday, y'all!

03-15-2008, 01:04 AM
Really quick check is Spring Break, so the girls and I are home for an entire week! Wahoo! We also have our very first real house guest, one of my sisters, so we'll be entertaining her until Monday afternoon. I am so happy she is here; I've been missing my family desperately. Of course, entertaining means I'll be more scarce here than usual on the weekends. Just wanted you all to know I hadn't fallen off the face of the earth, plus, I figured checking in might keep me a lot more mindful about my eating as we are out and about. Thank goodness my size 6 sister is working on quitting smoking, so she is also watching what she eats.
Got to get some sleep. 4:30 a.m. was a long time ago.
Have a great weekend!


03-15-2008, 08:58 AM
Wow! That week flew by! I'm not scheduled to work but I could get a I need to be quick and get off line!

Didn't manage a walk yesterday, and I had at least 3 I should go for a long one to wear some of that off. I did shovel ditches so they'll run today, so I did get rid of some of it!

Plans for the properly, walk, get the dogs out, do some grooming, and then we have a block St Patty's Day party tonight!

Maybe I'll even do a bit of tidying! :carrot:


03-15-2008, 01:07 PM
still sticking with the dainty portions, which i am pleased about. also staying consistent with exercise. hope everyone has a good weekend. take care, all.

03-16-2008, 12:01 PM
Wow...what a busy week it was! This is my first chance to actually sit down at the up on what I've been missing...and reply!

My new job is going quite well. The people are all very friendly and welcoming and the job itself hasn't sent me into fits...yet. It's very quiet in my new area, which actually takes some getting used to! They assure me that it's really not quiet, but I don't think too many of them have spent too many Saturday nights working in the ER. I am coding ER charts, so it's fun to see names that I'm familiar with; "frequent fliers" we call them, and it's interesting to go through the process of what's done for each patient without hearing the screaming, cursing, moaning, whathaveyou, that sometimes accompanies the ER visit!

I just read that back and it seems somewhat callous and I mean no disrespect to any patient (well, most patients, anyway) that come to the ER, but you do develop a thick skin after a while, with no small amount of jaded cynicism! We get a LOT of obnoxious drunks and drug addicts it seems, and my sympathies are generally reserved for those who are truly sick and need/want help, not just a place to sleep it off or to score some good pain meds.

See? I told you I was jaded! I AM better off in my quiet cubicle!

Eating well has been pretty easy this week. For the most part. I've been trying to have a bowl of oatmeal in the morning before work, yogurt at my break and a salad with tuna fish at lunch. On the days I haven't had breakfast, I'm RAVENOUS when I get home and eat whatever's not nailed down. Thank goodness I don't keep snacky type things around here or I'd be in serious trouble!

My first two days of work actually began with me getting outside and walking the dog for about 25 minutes before I hit the shower. What a wonderful way to start the day. Then... not sure what, but I seemed to be struggling to get up early enough to do that. Will try again this week. Preparing my outfits and getting my food together ahead of time will help. (kind of pricey to buy lunch each day, but I DO love someone else making my salad for me!)

Sleeping for 6-8 hours in a row has also been an adjustment for this tired ol' hag. I was waking up every two hours, looking at the clock, thanking God I didn't have to get up, and going back to sleep! :faint:

I do run into some of my night shift co-workers as I'm hustling in which is nice, but there's no time to chat, as I'm trying to not be late, since I now have to park out in the boondocks! My mini workout, twice a day, is my long walk to and from (from and to?) my car.

I am going to rethink my Sunday a.m. WW meetings. I am not getting up that early if I don't have to anymore! I slept "in" today til 8, my meeting starts at 8:30. :no: Also have to get back on some sort of gym schedule... :chin:

ANYWAY...enough about me.

Ceara! So good to see so much of you lately! I think digging ditches more than qualifies as exercise. Can I come to your block party? :drinkup:

wsw...If I had a nickel for every time I uttered these very words: tomorrow is my regular yearly physical. i wish somehow i could lose a ton of weight by tomorrow I'd be a very rich woman! I'm sure your doc was pleased with your progress though!

Andria...I hope you have a wonderful week off with your sis and the girls! What's on the agenda?

anagram...Looks like a great day for a parade tomorrow! (Sunshine predicted 'round these parts) I love St Paddy's Day parades! Love the bagpipes and the step dancers. Came I come over? After I get home from ceara's party? Oh, that's right. I'm working days now...never mind!

Arabella...I love the feeling of a fresh day with no mistakes in it...yet! Must strive to keep today just that! You are a stronger woman that I'm am to resisit the strong magnetic forces of the baklava... I actually had some last night. <hangs head in shame> Hub and I went out for greek food. My intention was to have a wonderful greek salad and a bit of spinach pie. I split the spinach pie appetizer with dh... :T :) but ordered a gyro instead of the salad. HOWEVER! I did not finish it. WHICH! compelled me to have the delightful dessert with my oh so wonderful greek coffee. I didn't share. :no: (he got his own dessert) So...about that fresh day? Here I am!

Well, I've rambled on long enough and the sun actually seems to be trying to peek through the grayness, so I'm going to get dressed and get outside for a walk. I might even get a wee bit of yard clean up started...mostly picking up the branches that blew all over the place last week. Whatever gets you huffing and puffing, right?

Thanks bunches to all for the good wishes for me and my new job! They really helped!

Here's wishing every one a Happy St Pat's, a wonderful Spring Break, a blessed Holy Week, and a victorious Vernal Equinox! (still a few days left to lose a lb or two before Spring!)

03-16-2008, 12:03 PM
Good grief, that was a long post...

03-16-2008, 02:29 PM
hi kat. so glad new job is going well! it certainly is well-deserved!

anagram-did you go to princessville?

andria-have fun with your sister in town!

hi ceara!

greetings arabella!

and hello to kaylets, and all who dwelleth in spring royal palace!

it wasn't until after i got home from my physical that i realized i had lost 8 lbs. since last year--not gained. :carrot: ---and every tiny bit helps!
i am also making healthier food choices, and also pleased about that.

well, before heavy storms yesterday, i was able to get out for a little while. of course, i did get caught in storm on my way home, and i did look a bit like a skinned rat by the time i got inside, but was glad i was able to enjoy my brief outing before that. well, i hope everyone has a good remainder of their weekend. take care.

03-16-2008, 03:49 PM
Still running to catch up! I was out walking around the harbour at 9:30 Friday evening to make sure I got my steps in. Yesterday I had choir practice in the morning and then was having my family in for a dinner party in the evening. Afterwards four of us -- sisters -- put on old music and danced all night. Seriously! It was so much fun. :) I had a bit over 10k steps in at 6 p.m. and almost 19k by 11:30. :tired:

Now I've got to get some work done for tomorrow and then hie me out to the airport to pick up DH. Looking forward to a sensible bedtime tonight!

Oh, sorry for the me-me-me-ness. Love ya!

03-17-2008, 09:36 AM
And boy, do I need it! :yes: I haven't been way off track, for the most part, but it sure all adds up. Yesterday afternoon found me plunked at the kitchen table eating scads of crackers with spinach dip.

Wheat + fat + salt = TGIFSM I hope I can get below ticker by Thursday :crossed: But if I don't... well, I'll know why.

Walking's been good. Only one day in a month that I didn't hit my 10k. My average for March should be well above. I'm hoping for 11k average, at least, and then I'm going to aim for 12.5k which is, apparently, considered very active. My feet have been better since I got some arch supports for my no-support boots and have been trying to remember to wear shoes around the house instead of moccasins. I'm going to get myself a pair of Birkies, I think. DH has a pair and they seem to support everything.

WSW, that's great that you had a nice loss since last time! :cheer: And I so admire you for those dainty portions. I find, when I cut back portions, that I'm usually satisfied -- but it takes a strong woman not to load up. Kudos!

Kat, I don't think you could possibly escape being a little jaded and cynical after working in ER for so long. My BIL used to go out there thinking he was having a heart attack on a regular basis. And seeing people "working the system" for meds or whatever wouldn't help.

Sounds like you're adjusting to your new job. I think it's great that you can sleep anyway -- very hard to shift your schedule, even if it's an improvement.

Anagram, your yard work sounds good (actually, going back to bed sounds good, but in theory...). It's really cold here, not supposed to get up to freezing this week until Friday, when it's supposed to rain. That's the day of our performance :hyper: Hope my voice is all the way back by then.

Oh, how sweet to see P 11 in the parade. Parades just slay me anyway. I find them almost unbearably touching, all those people out there representing. I'd be in tears for sure!

Qsilver, have a lovely break with your girlies!

Ceara, that's very brave of you to stay off the line so they can call you and make you go to work. I'd be tempted to stay online all day :s:

Happy St. Paddy's Day, all!

:luck2you: :irish: :drinkup::lucky::lucky::drinkup: :irish: :luck2you:

Let's make it a good one!

03-17-2008, 10:48 AM
happy st. patrick's day, dear royals!!! :) :grouphug:

03-18-2008, 12:57 AM
Yes, I'm still up...I'm just putting the finishing touches on a couple of cds that I burned for work. I'm going to politely ask the nice guy who has a cd player filled with every bad pop song from the '70s if he minds a few new tunes. I played it safe with the Beatles, thinking that, since he appears to be firmly lodged in the past, they might pass muster. And they don't make me want to put a gun to my head after the 11th time I hear "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" opposed to "The Night Chicago Died." :club:

Other than that, things are going very well. I'm starting to "get it" and the pieces are falling into place. :cp:

Must get my beauty rest now. Gym bag is packed, I'm heading over there right after work. :exercise: :swim: :tread: I need to get moving again!

Hi and hugs to all...Hope St Patrick was good to everyone!


03-18-2008, 08:45 AM
Oooh - happy mornin' aft St. Pat's. I had a goodish one - but didn't go to P'ville. As wsw might say - "tech diff" but RA - also sore shoulder from the mite of yard work I was doing. Guess rotator cuff not fully healed yet, after all. Young man to come help Wed but guess when it's scheduled to be raining.

but the leaves are off the tulips, hyacinths, daffs so they are poised to bring Royal Joy. The forced forsythia are blooming merrily in family room and are a delight. Maybe should start a few more sticks so they'll be ready to take over.

Lots, lots, lots of steps there, Arabella. And glad the dancing sisters night worked out so well. DH back already? Good night for an early bedtime ;)

Happy the job is working so well, kat. Hope your CD ploy works.

ceara, me too. I'd be tempted to stay online forwever. Glad you're made of sterner stuff. And it shows in your ticker.

wsw. you drenched rat, you, glad you got out - it does make a difference and so does 8 pounds. Hooray!

Well, plotting day. RA not happy so am being slightly gentle with me lately. We'll be having more rain but hope to get out (at least in the car) for a little bit before it gets bad. But first the usual to be done. Big Deal for the day is taking down my paltry St. Pat's decs and getting out the bunnies. Don't like having to shift so quickly but the calendar dictates.

So, meds, shower, music - here I come. Blithe springlike days are on the way..........

:easter2::bunny2::bunny2::easter2::bunny2::bunny2: :easter2:

03-18-2008, 09:30 AM

Anagram! I loved those marching bunnies so much that I had to go advanced and load up the icons to do them!

I did work a few hours last Saturday...12:30-5. Someone was I picked up 8 extra hours for the week....over the week that is.

This week-end is Easter...amazing. We are having rain the next couple days and then it is supposed to be nice for the week-end. Yeah! I will be in doors most of the is our local show and I work it.

So things are plugging along. I have to look for a new team in the far away land....the one I went over to has migrated again and it is lonely in that palace. Not that I'm here because of that only...I do like this palace. I don't like the slowness of dial-up and have to make choices all the time!

So I must be off and get the dogs out between raindrops. I am feeling more inspired to do some yard work after reading about those gardens in PA, but until the snowbanks melt I am restricted.



03-18-2008, 03:10 PM
Could not get to sleep last night after choir practice so I'm going on five hours, which is not enough for this chickie. It's been over a week since I got a full night's sleep but I have my hopes up for tonight. :tired:

I made it through the day yesterday OP, though, and am determined to make it through today too. Registering 2 pounds up from ticker which does not please me. :no:

Oh, the wind is wild out there and it's cold. Shall bundle up and toddle around the park to sound yoga at lunch time.

Ceara, they've migrated AGAIN? Well, I suppose some :queen:s have a nomadic tendency. I'd love to have all past and present royalty under one palace roof but... I don't have the authority for the decree ;)

Yup, I'm liking the sounds of those PA gardens too. All frozen solidly here, though. :rolleyes: Spring will probably sneak up on me and suddenly announce itself while I'm semi-hibernating. :s:

Okay, have toddled, yodeled and returned. Still have nearly 2k steps to go tho, so must do something else.

Anagram, DH did arrive home Sunday night but I bet we don't manage an early bedtime ;) until the weekend. I admire you for putting up the decorations, however minimal. :irish:

Kat, I hope your coworker will relinquish some control of the DJ gig. I would go mad listening to the same thing over and over -- and then you never know what might happen :chin:

WSW :wave:

Kaylets? Yoo-hoo?

K, better apply nose to grindstone. Stay warm, Lovelies!

03-19-2008, 03:10 PM
Shoot -- lost my post and now no time to recreate. :wave:

03-19-2008, 06:55 PM
Rain, rain, rain. And still not up to spring warmth. Just hours to go but forecast seems to indicate we're not done with winter yet. Brrr!

HOWEVER, daffs are budding. And one of these you said, it will sneak up on us. And in less than 8 hours or so, it will be official. 'Twill be the VE - ta ta ta. :welcome3:

Doing ok today but one day doesn't cut it - nor do four days here and four days there. Nonetheless I could have done worse - and would if it were not for the Palace.

Yes, lots of room in the Palace for olde and newe Royals. Hear that, Lurkers (aka Potential Royals)?

Had to replace water heater today. More $$$$ I had not planned to spend. But the old one had given more than 20 years of faithful service so I guess I shouldn't complain - except I had planned to spend that $$$$ elsewhere. C'est la vie.

Going to cuddle up this evening (alas, alone) and just relax. Need to be rested to welcome Spring. No, Arabella, no need to be awake at that time. Get your much needed good night's sleep.


03-20-2008, 01:49 PM
I'm bushed! :tired: Partially haven't fully gotten over my cold and partially just need to stop and get more rest. I've been pretty much OP -- had more popcorn and nuts yesterday than I should have but not bad otherwise. And keeping up the stepping religiously :angel:

I invited our best-friend couple over for dinner after the performance tomorrow. Seemed like a good idea at the time :dz: Which was before I caught the cold. This'll be the third party I hosted since I got sick two weeks ago :chin: Hmmm... wonder why I'm slow recovering. :p I need a handler.

I did the shopping with DGS this morning and what a light-fingered Louie! He kept picking up candy and I had to keep surveying the cart to make sure it wasn't loaded up with chocolate bunnies.

Anagram, too bad about the water heater! I hate spending $$$ on practical things. Although I suppose hot water is fairly essential... Cuddling tonight sounds good. And sometimes it's easier to cuddle alone -- my DH is not the cuddly type. His idea of cuddling would be opposite ends of the couch, reading our books companionably (and quietly).

The final choir practice before the performance is tonight, going until 10 pm :faint: Hope I rally! At least there's no 5 a.m. alarm tomorrow, so that's a blessing.

Well, I've still got 65k steps to get in so I'd better move it. Going to run out and buy me some Easter flowers. Orrrrr maybe... I'll buy them for DH ;) Yeah, that's the ticket.

Have a lovely VE, :queen:lies!

:bunny2: :bunny2: :easter2: :bunny2: :bunny2:

03-20-2008, 06:47 PM
happy vernal equinox! it really is a gorgeous spring day here.

arabella-hearing about your little dgs in the grocery made me smile. hope your cold will be all gone for good a.s.a.p!

anagram-what a pain to have to get a new water heater. it sounds like it was a trooper though.

i love the dancing easter bunnies. hope the holiday weekend is a pleasant one for the palace dwellers. i have been sticking with my food and exercise plan, but portions not as "dainty" today as they could have been, but not too bad. well, greetings to all our lovely queens. take care.

03-21-2008, 10:33 AM
Hello all!

My post from last night isnt here now! And I'm not sure I remember everything I said!

I do remember this!

I hope everyone is well. Many apologies for being so, so "MIA"....

Its been the same "Make hay while the sun shines" at work, DH had a business trip this week and the first day he was gone I locked myself out of the house.... Next day water main break meant no water Tuesday morning....

My brother has been in town converting a screened porch to a sun room for my sister... We spent an entire afternoon just catching up and that was wonderful.....

I am newly motivated with spring and of course, the Royal Court to try again.
Get on with it.
Just do it.

Let me see.... What do I always say???




And how is everyone?? I hope well.

PS>... Did I tell you we are planning a real vacation?
1st week of May???


PSS.....No donkeys for this queen!


03-21-2008, 11:21 AM
:coffee: Chugging coffee now to try and get energized. Practice was late last night and I woke up at 5 anyway :shrug:

Coffee is good! I'd stopped having it regularly (and may get back to that) but... YUM! :T

We've got to be at the church at 1:30. It will be nice to be finished early, though, and be able to have a nice dinner with our friends and still have a relatively early night. I'm slow-roasting a leg of lamb, serving with basmati rice, roasted lemon-garlic asparagus and a salad and a nice multigrain baguette for those folks who eat wheat. I bought a lemon meringue pie for dessert :o Which I might indulge in. (Shouldn't I, at this point, be saying firmly "which I won't touch?" Hmmmm... :chin: )

I'm close to my 10k steps today already and -- may I say -- I get extra brownie points for these ones (not to be redeemed for brownies, however). The wind is brutally cold out there and the streets and sidewalks are treacherous (sp? Ceara?). I actually wiped out once, but landed on my nicely padded haunch.

Kaylets, nice to see you in the Palace! Let's have a cuppa. :) Oh, the grand canyon sounds exciting. We're going to Colorado in July but I don't know if we're going to be close enough. I'd love to see it if we were...

K, Dollings, I'd better shower, prep for dinner and get my outfit together for the performance.

Blessings to all!

03-21-2008, 12:29 PM
Just sneaking in really fast. This week has been so busy, but at least it has all been the good kind of busy. Had a great visit with my sis (the River Walk was beautiful!), have been having a blast with the princesses (3 trips to 6 Flags this week!), and we even celebrated the 12th birthday of my youngest (made my first checkerboard cake :D). I told you it was going to be a busy week!

I'm supposed to be down making an incredibly late breaky for us all, and then I'm spending the rest of the day creating lesson plans for teaching Macbeth and Julius Caesar all next week. Yeah, I've kind of been putting that off (rather successfully).

What I dropped in for was to shift my ticker one more pound which is a :), and to sadly announce that I didn't get in the extra little bit necessary to hit my VE goal, a :mad:. Ah well. I was darn close, and I did keep to my week goal, which makes me incredibly happy! This is my lowest weight in a really long while, and I'm feeling very upbeat about it.

Oops, this was supposed to be fast, and the princesses just came in to check in on the ETA of breaky. I'd better run!


03-21-2008, 08:24 PM
I have so much to say and much to reply to and no time at the moment... Well, maybe 5 minutes~

I celebrated the VE by attending a new Weight Watchers meeting. I hadn't been to the other one in three weeks. Sunday mornings are not going to work for me now! ;) At my gym, however, they do have one nicely situated right after the Thursday step class I like to take. I went last night and lo and behold, it was the same leader and weigher! So, I'm movin' on over to Thursdays now. Good news/bad news: I gained 2.8 lbs since last weigh in, BUT I'm thinking that might be skewed a bit since it was a night time WI, as opposed to an early morning one, so it's really a negligible amount. Whatever, it will be gone next week! :cp:

I am pumped for Spring! My daffys are budding too, anagram! I have a few brave straggly hyacinth that just couldn't wait and are freezing their little blossoms off, but they make me smile anyway!

Okay, must run, but I'll be back...

03-22-2008, 09:25 AM
Good morning, Royal Ladies -

So good to see you, Kaylets. And the Grand Canyon trip in May is going to be wonderful. Wishing you a good trip to CO in July too Arabella.

Hope concert was all you hoped for as well.

Checkerboard cake sounds fun as does lemon meringue pie. Congrats to all who held to their plans. I've not lost weight - seem swollen again. But I have not eaten a peanut butter egg from the cache that's been in the fridge - nor did I touch the nut roll - but I did this week have several of the choc chip cookies that have been there for a while. Didn't touch the GS cookies yet either not even the mint ones.

So I'm off this morning to Pville where I'll have the joy of spending Easter with both my kids, both kids-in-law, grandkids and nephew and his family. Going out to an Italian restaurant (same as last year) - will do my best. Been walking a bit too even though it's cold (but certainly NOT as cold as Arabella's been braving - sorry about the wipeout).

Ditto with my hyacinths. But they'll come through, I know it. Brought more forsythia in to force when the first group fades.

So now it's time to pack and get moving. See you Monday.

Wishing you all a Royal Weekend Without Peer.

:bunny2: :easter2: :belly: :easter2: :bunny2:

03-22-2008, 10:54 AM
Okay, I was browsing around the boards, looking for something new and exciting, (which I think I may have found!) but first I came across a thread in which was posted an excerpt from The Daring Female's Guide To Ecstatic Living by Natasha Kogan. It sounded familiar, (did we post this before?) Anyway, it's certainly not anything we don't already know, but I love the message and wanted to post it for all royal folk to share and perhaps look to as a starting point for the rest of our lives ~or at least the next thread~ Here goes...

1. Dare to find what makes you happy & do it for 10 min a day.
2. Dare to learn something new everyday.
3. Dare to look forward more often than you look back
4. Dare to stop frustration with action
5. Dare to have a life wish list and cross something off every year
6. Dare to bite off more than you can chew, but learn how to spit
7. Dare to be the person you dream of being
8. Dare to love your quirks and imperfections
9. Dare to learn how to do something amazingly well and show it off
10. Dare to have outrageous amounts of fun!

Another good thread I stumbled upon was a "Biggest Loser" type thread. I did see that new teams are starting up again in April. We already have a great team here, I'm thinking... anyone feel like getting a little competetive? Might just be the kick in the ol' kazoo that we (certainly I) need! I'm going to investigate a bit over there... check out the thread, The Biggest Loser - Winning by Losing

I have an outrageous amount of housework to do today and it's not getting done sitting here... :comp:

If only all the dust around here was :dust:

Happy Saturday all... Happy Easter too!


03-22-2008, 12:36 PM
Well, four pounds off for that challenge. I had lost a pound the day before that too, so ... I`m calling it five-ish. And now time to get moving again. Had I not gotten sick at the same time as DH left I think I could have hit goal. But it would be nice to be able to get through things like that without going off the rails...

The performance was good yesterday -- all that preparation and then... WHOOOOOSHHHH!! It`s over... Oh my goodness, though, the music is so thrilling to sing. And while I didn`t practice quite as much as I would have liked to, I did pretty well I think. :)

We had a lot of fun after the performance, too. Our best friend couple, DH`s sister and husband and my mom came back for dinner.

I`m tired today, but going to enjoy a mostly non-productive kind of a day. I have to do a little work but I swear that`s ALL I intend to do.

Kat, I LOVE that list! I don`t think I`ve seen it before but I`m going to print it out and put it on my bulletin board.

And the idea of competition seems to be piquing my interest. Hmmmm... Shall check that out. You`re right -- we`ve got an awesome team. I think a little friendly competition might get me going again, too.

Andria, congrats on your loss! You`re doing great. :) Let`s keep on going and we`ll be sure to get there. :yes: Sounds like a nice week, even if busy. Mine was the same. But I`m looking forward to not feeling wiped. Maybe tomorrow...

Anagram, have a lovely Easter in P`ville! It sounds just about perfect, incl. dinner at an Italian restaurant. How often does one do such like anyway. (For some reason, I can`t make question marks today. They`re turning out like accented Es :shrug: ) I`m loving the image of your forsythia -- it`s such a beautiful yellow. We`ve got a watercolour that MIL painted of forsythia, at the bottom of our stairs. DH is allergic so I don`t want to bring the actual branches into the house, much as I would love to have them. Ah well, guess I`ll just have to keep buying lovely pots of bulbs ;)

Love your little dancer frolicking with the bunnies!

Kaylets, I hate losing posts -- I accidentally closed the page when I was in the middle of writing one the other day. No retrieving those ones!

K, guess I`ve got to get a move on. Must walk :bunny2:

I`ve also got to go rescue a cat -- I`m looking after my neighbour`s Rosie while she`s visiting her daughter this week. And I`m relatively certain that Rosie`s food dish must be quite empty. I think I`ll bring her over here to see if she can get along with our cat for the week.

Happy Easter, Chickies!

:egg: :bunny2: :easter2: :bunny2: :egg:

03-23-2008, 09:51 AM
Happy/Hoppy Easter! :easter2:

Poking in for a moment to wish you all a terrific day, then I get to hustle back and finish filling baskets before the princesses wake up. Yeah, I know they know all about the Easter bunny, but... it is still so much fun for us all that I can't quite resist. :easter:

Arabella, the concert sounds like it must have been wonderful! I'm glad you got well in time to be able to perform. Also, grats on the progress during our VE challenge! You did really well, especially considering you were sick for a good portion of the time. Bravo for your daily steps!

Kat, the list is beautiful, and I haven't seen it before. Thanks for posting it. :) Sounds like you are adjusting nicely to living in daylight hours! And you are probably right about the shift in weight being a non-gain because of WI times. When I had to do afternoon WIs before, I just made sure to eat about the same foods on those days so I knew what to expect after a couple of weeks. BTW, I had to laugh at your description of working ER. I swear, I heard most of those complaints from my sweetie after just a few days while he was on that rotation; you have to be a saint to have dealt with that position for so long.

Anagram, hope you have great fun in Pville today! And wow, do you have Willpower oozing out the pores, or what? I didn't even dare allow Easter candy in the house until yesterday; it definitely wouldn't have made it into those plastic eggs!

Kaylets, your vacation plans sounds wonderful! The Grand Canyon is so near my old stomping grounds that I have to admit being a tad jealous. If you decide to see Zion National Park as well, make sure to let me know. I'll get you some insider info on the where to go/what to see. :)

wsw, keep up your "dainty portions" and share that secret with me while you are at it. I'm still busy convincing my head that I will not starve if every inch of plate is not covered. Thank goodness for vegetables! :)

Ceara, did the rain ever let up? Haven't heard back from you since then. Hope the internet powers-that-be aren't keeping you from us.

Ummm... so about those Easter baskets... I'd better get back to work, huh! Have a really terrific day, everyone. :egg: Spring is upon us here, and wow, is she looking good!


03-23-2008, 11:01 AM
Happy Easter, all! It's a glorious day here, the sun is shining, the birdies are singing, and the sky is oh, so blue! Family is all still sleeping, so I'm heading out the door for a good walk with my four legged walking partner, Molly. Hoping to offset any future eating transgressions before they even happen. NOT that they will necessarily happen, but one must be prepared!

We're heading down to Mom's today. (still feels funny to just say "Mom's" instead of "Mom and Dad's") I think this will be the first time we've all been together (brothers/sister and their families) at her house since the funeral, which makes me a little teary just thinking about it. But I know Dad will definitely be there in spirit! We'll get together and laugh at so many stories in his honor...he'd be proud!

Andria...I made up two small Easter baskets for my two way beyond believing in the Easter Bunny kids. It is fun! They got a few $$$ inside the plastic eggs and a chocolate bunny each...oh, and some chocolate malted eggs. They will be instructed to HIDE their goodies if they value those delicious chocolatey ears! I also bought a small box of sugar-free chocolates for my diabetic honey. I figure if I must have a teeny bit of something, his basket would be the best one to pilfer. (No basket for me, I bought myself a pot of begonias!)

Arabella! Five lbs off is an amazing accomplishment! You have showed such determination and it really paid off. Every single day you have inspired me, by example, to do better and to try a little harder... THANK YOU and congratulations! :D:cp::bravo:

Anagram...I'm hoping your time in Princessville is as wonderful as it sounds!

Kaylets, so good to see you back in the Palace! I'm envious... I'd love to go to Colorado one day! By the time I do, I should be the right size for the donkey ride!

wsw...I'm totally stealing your phrase 'dainty portions' and making it my mantra. Makes that small amount of food, er, I mean normal portions, WAY more appealing! :nono:

ceara... I'm always happy to see you in 'our' Palace... your suite is always ready for you! Sending some sunshine your way to melt those snowbanks! I'm itching, too, to get out and do some yardwork!

Well, I'm out of to seize the day. I'm going to try to use the "list" as a guide each day, so with that in mind... today I'm going to dare to do what makes me happy... instead of taking the dog around the block, like we always do, we're driving over to a trail that I love, to walk along the bay and watch the egrets and the gulls, smell the salt water, and soak in the sun. ahhh...

Good thing it's close...:yikes: look at the time! Gotta go!

:easter2: Have a great day, friends!

03-24-2008, 10:37 PM
Hello all!

Just because all of you are Royalty, I am going to post tomorrow's Good Morning Thought now.... so you will all be in the know.... and will have extra time to think about the Question of the Day:

Thought of the day:

"Stand for something or fall for anything."

Question of the day:

"Share a time you were embarrassed by a slip, fall, or just embarrassed in general....."


Yes, a competition would be exciting! We can alert the media, sound the trumpets, MAKE SOME NOISE!!!

Lets do it!

Andrea, we're taking a 2 day tour from Vegas.... as for me, the trip is all about the Grand Canyon ... Vegas is just the way to get there.... BUT part of the tour is Zion.... Monument Part, Bryce Canyon.... I am especially interested in the Anasazi ruins....

Any tips would be greatly appreciated about Zion!


Glad to see everyone is having some fun. When you think about it, I guess thats right up there near t he top of the list....


I am off to bed. Lullabye and goodnight.....



03-25-2008, 03:46 PM
I seem to have been burning the candle at both ends lately, whether work or play or some combination of the two. I swear I will not work tonight, though, and will get myself on an even keel ASAP.

:wave: Queenlies -- hang tough!

03-25-2008, 07:50 PM
arabella-here's to getting on an even keel with work and play. i am sending "no working tonight" vibes in your direction. congrats on the lbs. shed! glad to hear your concert went well.

hi kaylets-so good to see you. your trip this summer sounds like it will be a fun one. the grand canyon is so amazing.
when you said "lullabye and goodnight," it reminded me to have some of my favorite tea ("sweet lullabye.")

kat-hope you had a good holiday at your mom's, and that knowing your dad was there in spirit meant that you didn't have too many moments of sadness, anyway. i love that list you posted recently. i made a copy of it too, and it is a helpful little list to have around. it is such a neat message. when you talked about a little healthy competition, it got me to thinking too. i usually hate to ever set number goals for myself because i lose so slowly and inconsistently, no matter how consistent i am op, but when i wrote down some possible numbers, it was kind of motivating, instead of depressing, as i thought it would have felt. so thanks for that idea too.

anagram-hope you had a delightful time in princessville.

andria-congrats on the loss. glad you had fun with your sis in town, and with the princesses.

hi ceara! how's it going?

and to all our lovely royals, helllooooooo.

i wasn't able to get out the past few days, but was very happy to get out among 'em today. i had lunch with a good friend, and it was nice to have the chance to visit live and in person.

i hope everyone has a good evening. take care, all.

03-25-2008, 11:04 PM
Hello all.....

Big annoucement at work about nearly 1/2 of my dept now being shifted to Operations. At this point, it may not effect me at all.
OR..... perhaps more shifting to come....

So, even more motivation to continue to make hay while the son shines and continue to build that rainy day fund.

I too very much liked your list Kat.... I might post it on my desk as a reminder.

WSW-- I know, sometimes it really makes you wonder "Why bother?" when the pounds just want to stick. Because.... we know we really do feel better, more energetic, easier to get around....

Yes, I needed to remind myself of that too.

On the Dr.Oz radio show, I heard an interview with a lady PHD who had written a book about cancer. Much of the discussion was in how many other things we've been misinformed for years and years ( Other than cigarettes)
What I found very interesting was another study done by Italian women researchers and aspartame. They had only done a few studies and saw a clear link to aspartame increasing appetite. Once the researchers realized the impact, they all stopped using aspartame. Very quickly, they averaged 10 lb losses.

At this point, I'm ready to try stevia again or even ration myself with real sugar. It would be an interesting experiment.



Thought of the day:

"In tennis, losing one point isn’t the end of the world. It happens to the best of them. In fact, if you can consistently win a few more points that you lose, you may end up in the hall of fame."
From Spark

Question of the day:

"Do you carry a wallet?"


Lullabye and goodnight.....

Remind me tomorrow to talk about what Dr. Oz's other guest said about sleep.


03-26-2008, 07:20 PM
i'll be interested to hear what dr. oz's other guest said about sleep, kaylets. sleeping is definitely not one of my best events.

well, i was able to eat daintily today. tomorrow, i am going out for dinner with friends before a barry manilow concert (which should be fun.) i was told what restaurant it is too, so i will look at the menu online and can have an idea of what i will order tomorrow night, so i can plan it in to my cals for the day. i am getting better about paying attention to such things, so i don't have to use that as an excuse to plunge off the wagon. well, good evening, all. take care.

03-26-2008, 11:29 PM
I'm here! Heard the spring peepers today...a sure sign of spring. We had the all-breed show this past went really well, and I am so impressed with the members of the club. We are actually still talking to each other, and believe me, in past years with slightly different membership, that wasn't the case. So it was a really long week-end...up at 5 am and into bed at 10 or a long day in public relations so to speak. I am still bushed. I have sprained my foot at class last night and my manager at work is a controlling, negative freak. I need to ice my foot and hug a puppy. That will help...I'm sure.

Anyway it is nice to log in here and find refuge in the comfort of the palace! I'll be back tomorrow!

03-27-2008, 01:02 AM
I can't believe that I haven't posted since Sunday! Where does the time go? I was shocked to realize that today is Wednesday already...(not for long!) Sunday was fun with the family, not sad at all...Dad was there in spirit, I'm sure. Lots to eat, but I managed to control myself with 'dainty portions.' I had a great walk beforehand and since I hate to "ruin" it's good effects with too much macaroni salad, I remained in control!

Work is going well, I'm slowly putting the whole thing together and getting more comfortable each day. Still marveling over what a difference (mentally, for me) a new department makes and how laid back the offices are as opposed to the rushrushrush environment I came from. AND! Friday will be my first "new" paycheck...can't wait to compare: $$$

Kaylets, your trip sounds awesome! We went to Bryce Canyon and Zion Nat'l Park about 10 years ago... it was a great trip and I always say I'd love to go back. Prepare to take a zillion pix!

Ceara, sorry to hear about your sprain, but I'm glad the show went so well! There is always refuge in the palace for you, love! I can't think of a thing better than a puppy hug to put a smile on one's face!

wsw...Excellent planning ahead!

Arabella...Hoping you got the rest that you needed!

Anagram, Andria... :wave:

Tomorrow night I have WW... I've had a rather good week, and am hoping for the reward of a good WI... :crossed:

I'm going to (one of these days) jump in on the Biggest Loser thread, so that I can keep up with when the new teams form. I think it will be fun!

Okay, time to hit the rack... 6am comes awfully early!

love to all!

03-27-2008, 08:27 AM
:yawn: Same old, same old here. This whole week has been just insanely frantic. I've been working until 8 or so and back into the office by 7:30 in the morning. :tired: Today I'm seeing a friend who's visiting but have to drive a couple hours each way. And to tell you the truth, I'd rather just go back to bed. Not that that would be an option if I stayed home.

But I'm sure we'll have a nice visit.

Tomorrow I'll be trying to get everything done for the weekend so I might finally have a chance to unwind. :crossed:

Sorry to be "all me, all the time."

Love ya! Let's make this a good one!

03-27-2008, 10:15 AM
ceara-glad the all-breed show went well! sorry you sprained your ankle, though. definitely, some ice and a puppy hug sound like an excellent prescription.

kat-glad you had a good time with your family. kudos on those dainty portions. nice to know your work is going well.

arabella-hope you have a nice visit with your friend today.

and hello kaylets, andria, and anagram!

i woke up much too early this morning (very unintentionally), but since i couldn't get back to sleep, i got up and did a few chores around the house. i wish i could take a nap before the concert this evening, but a friend is stopping over for lunch this afternoon, and another friend is picking me up at 4pm to have a leisurely dinner before tonight's concert, sooo----i'd better get moving and clean up my condo before all the festivities of the day begin. also need to get in some exercise and meditation too, so i must away. have a lovely day, royals.

03-27-2008, 10:42 AM
Things always look better in the daylight! My foot is 'way is marvelous stuff. Cody-kisses were great! And I have friends coming to visit, so I must be off....will check in later!

03-27-2008, 10:03 PM
Hello all!

Wow WSW, Barry Manilow sounds like great, great fun! I wonder if he'll sing
that song about Massachusetts. or Boston... Its a real, real tear jerker....
Sounds like lots and lots of fun....

As for Dr Oz's guest who spoke about the sleep studies....
Not enough sleep ( and we all know how much we really do need.... some are good with 6 hrs, others 9.5, etc), really does make you hungrier.
The deep REM sleep is the key. A study was done where the subjects were woken with buzzing noises every time they went into REM sleep. Come morning, the subject was shown a breakfast buffet ....all you can eat.... the amount of food consumed was significantly higher to the amount he ate other times when he was allowed to sleep. Test after test showed the same results.
Subjects especially craved sugar.

Funny, I always, always, always feel starved when I'm very, very tired. My trick is to stuff lots and lots of protein.

So.... Friday is upon us! And a cold, wet one here in my kingdom!

Here's Friday's thought:

Thought of the day:

"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth--
not going all the way, and not starting."

Question of the day:

"Which six words would you use to describe yourself?"
( eg: "Don't stop till you're good enough" or
"Born to work;choose to shop "


Lullabye and goodnight!


03-28-2008, 12:28 PM
Blah... I came home from work early yesterday, feeling like absolute death warmed over. Went right to bed and slept (when I wasn't in the bathroom :o ) the rest of the day. Feeling marginally better today, but I stayed home anyway. Blecch. Missed WW last night, but I'll go tomorrow morning. One bonus about all this is the LOVELY number I'm seeing on my scale! I'll wait for official WI before I change my ticker...

I 'm thinking about making some tea now, watching some cheesy TV and then maybe going back to sleep. :chin: Sounds like a plan...

PS...the Barry Manilow concert should be fun, wsw! I can't wait to hear the details tomorrow. I have his greatest hits CD, LOVE it, and can sing every song! (they all mock me around here for doing so, but I don't care!)

Happy Friday, :queen:s!

03-29-2008, 07:28 AM
Wow, another week gone by already. Several days in P'ville, several days of the P's here and it goes. Bouncing on and off wagon all week.

Sorry about the ankle, ceara (and also re the negative freak). Hope the concert was as pleasurable as anticipated, wsw. kat, sorry your week ended on a punkish note - hope you're feeling better. Glad you found peace in your Easter visit. My empathy to your Mom as I know for her life is still very tough.

What a week, Arabella! Hope the visit was most pleasant. And hope your weekend is more restful.

Kaylets, I too notice relationship between food, sleep. All parts of me need to be in balance and that happens so seldom.

I actually had one day recently when it seemed like all the points of my universe converged and everything seemed really well. I took time to note it all and appreciate it all and am aiming head on on getting back to that place again and again and again - of course, all sorts of things (mostly small, this time) have caused the TILT sign to be on most of the time since that day.

Up a tad too early today but feeling good and looking forward to a more relaxed weekend. Mostly of "catching up" but two "situations" to be thought through or thought on a bit - one pleasant, one not. Will take notes on both time and time again until resolved. No big rush on the "pleasant", only moderate rush on the unpleasant so course of life will depend on the weather and how much "outside" time I manage to garner.

Love to all Royals = absent or present in the palace.

03-29-2008, 07:44 AM
Andria, how did MacBeth and Julius go? Sounds like fun - I'd like to be the fly on the wall ;)

And congrats on checkerboard cake and 12th of your youngest. Looking forward to another teenager, eh?

:carrot::carrot::flow1::flow1::flow1: :belly: :flow1: :flow1::flow1::broc:

03-29-2008, 09:57 AM
Ahhhhhh! Feeling better and less harried. All in favor of Saturdays :yes: And I did manage to get the house semi-presentable (no more than that, but hope springs eternal!) so I can enjoy being here. Had brekkie and I'm in my sweats, having a cuppa before I head out for walkies. I may even do yoga when I return...

DH is off for a physio session and then a trip to the gym so I've got a few hours to myself, to do as I please. :cloud9:

I had a lovely visit with my friend on Thursday, despite being frantic all week. She's a single 40-year old, facing the possibility that she'll never meet a man she wants to marry and exploring the potential of a baby anyway. She works with young children in a sort-of theater-based enrichment program for day care/school so I think she has a fair idea of what she'd be in for and she'd be a lovely mummy. Nevertheless, I hope she actually meets a man that is right for her.

She's still hoping to fall in love and has just come to realize that people that get married haven't necessarily fallen in love, at least in that "thunderbolt" kind of a way. I don't know how often that happens.

Anagram, I've been on and off the wagon for a couple of weeks now. I've just got to swear off sugar and wheat again -- it makes it so much harder for me to control myself, not least of all because it makes me feel crummy.

Sounds like a lovely time with the Princesses and now some blissful recovery time.

The TILT sign!!! :lol: That just says it. My TILT sign was flashing madly most of last week. :rolleyes:

Kat, hope you're feeling better, at least up to that "got to take it easy and pamper myself" level, you know, where watching cheesy tv and movies or reading novels while lolling (between naps) is all one is up to.

Barry Manilow... :lol: 'nuff said. Enjoy!

Kaylets, fatigue is my absolute nemesis. I don't think it's a coincidence that the first three letters are FAT. It's so important to look after ourselves and give our bodies what they need. I bet if we totally focused on that and didn't even think about trying to lose weight, that we would.

Thinking about the six words -- maybe they'll come to me when I'm out walking.

Ceara, spring peepers! I'd love to be able to hear them where we are, not that I'd be hearing them yet anyway but what a nice sign of spring. I have noticed, though, that there are some spring-like bird sounds out there. They always sound like renewal to me. And I saw geese returning from points south... so I guess spring might happen here sometime too.

WSW, concert, lunch with a friend, nap, meditation -- some days just are not long enough, even when we wake up early. I AM going to meditate today -- thanks for the reminder. :)

Andria... yooo-hooooo! :wave:

K, Lovelies, enough talk -- time for action :dance: :dance:

Let's make this a good one!

03-29-2008, 10:01 AM
Just popping in to show off... I FINALLY moved my ticker down into a lower "decade!" :cp: :cp: :cp: :cp:

Still not feeling 100%, but better well enough to drag my self over to the gym for the 8:00 WW meeting. Only it's at 9. #%$@ website! I weighed in and said I'd be back. The plan was to run over to Shop Rite, (right down the road) stock up on some essentials and head back in time for the meeting. The powers that be must have been watching over me and saved me from the embarrassment of loading up a cart with groceries and then having no check card on me to pay with! (For whatever reason, I checked my wallet before going in and realized it's in another bag) :rolleyes: So I came home.

I'm still feeling a bit queasy, but also hungry. Must find something nice and bland for brekkie.

Lots and lots to do around here...housework like you wouldn't believe! I may use that as my exercise for today, but if I finish early enough, (and by finish I mean put a large dent in) it looks like a good day for a long walk...

Anagram, thanks for your warm wishes for Mom... She really is doing well and keeping busy, but I know she's terribly lonely for her guy. :cry: I'm glad you had a good week with the P's! I loved your description of all the points of my universe converged and everything seemed really well. So glad you took the time to appreciate it... I try to do the same thing on the rare occasion that it happens. Makes for a good "happy place" memory! :yoga:

Kaylets, Six words to describe myself, eh? Why is FAT the first one I think of? Need some mental rearranging there. I really need to ponder this...

WOW, is my brain going...I just realized I left the car running when I came in here, 15 minutes ago, to get my card!! I just thought of another one of those six words: FORGETFUL! (are they gonna be ALL "F" words?)

Gotta run!

03-29-2008, 11:11 AM
Well, FRIENDLY is an F word too! And Fair. And Fanciful. And lots of other good F words to describe you, kat. Glad you're feeling somewhat better AND were saved embarrassment.

And am so glad to hear you're relaxing more today, Arabella. That's really a necessity of life - like air and food and water. We just forget, don't we?

I did my Forceful thing and tackled the unpleasant part of my two chores. I started on the pleasant one first but then really spent time, energy on the unpleasant one. Done enough for today on that so now I have the rest of the day to dilly-dally and do things but in any way I'm in the mood (or not) to do them. Sometimes discipline does help me enjoy more and I'm glad I did it that way. House is more in order (after the visit) and it's to be warmish later so the day holds all sorts of promise. Waiting for "possible" visit from handyman person but may not wait too long. Just long enough to sort out a few more little chores. Certainly not much longer than "Curb Appeal".

At any rate, things aren't quite "converged" enough today but they're getting somewhat close ;)

:broc::broc: :belly: :broc: :broc:

03-29-2008, 12:50 PM
Just so you all know, I really did survive this last week! It was a lot of fun actually being the teacher instead of only babysitting for a day or two. I couldn't find too many ways to make Julius Caesar entertaining, but we did have an awfully good time in the Macbeth classes. The 3 Weird Sisters and that crazy Lady Macbeth tend to keep everyone interested. Whiny Romans just didn't have the same appeal... go figure.
Unfortunately, the lack of sleep combined with the extra stresses started to tattle on me again. I bounced straight up on the scale and have been sitting somewhere between 3-5 pounds higher. I had to have a serious conversation with myself to determine if there was anything I was doing to have the scale moving that direction, and while I denied it at first, the truth had to come out--I wasn't anywhere near on the plan I have set for myself. Top that off with a much lower amount of daily exercise (no 6 Flags or hours of strolling along the River Walk), and I was setting myself up for failure. I was hurried, so I wasn't eating more than a smidge of fruits and vegetables this last week. One day I didn't even drink 16 oz. of water. I have only been getting about 5-6 hours of sleep a night. My life was completely out of balance, and there was no denying it. I've been trying to get myself back to an even keel, and I'm hoping the extra poundage goes its own way before next Tuesday (my WI). I know it is mostly water weight because it is physically impossible to put on a true 5 lbs. overnight, but that doesn't mean I want to see it when I get on the scale! Besides, I have a goal to meet, and people are starting to take interest and ask if I'm still losing my pound every week.
So, that was all about me... ummm... I have some serious catching up to do around the palace! I'll be back in to do that properly before the weekend is done. :)
*HUGS* to all! Thanks for keeping the light on. :hug:


03-29-2008, 03:10 PM
The light is always on, darlin'! :flame:

03-30-2008, 09:13 AM
That's one of the many loverly things about the Palace. Light's always on - candles in the windows - gentle breezes wafting - and all low-caloric foods.

It's sort of interesting how we all drift for a bit and then, often at the same times, come back together. Life happens, I'd say ;)

So, a lovely sunny Sunday morning after a fairly good Saturday. Seems one of those days filled to the brim w/possibilities. Hmmmm - one thing I know. I shan't totally waste it. Upcoming week looking very busy so I'm determined to do an outdoor lollygag or two today. And maybe an evening lollygag on the loveseat/recliner to savor whatever was good in the day.

So - off to make it happen -- Sunny Sunday to Ye Sweet, Svelte, Sexy, Sophisticated Sovereigns.

:broc: :broc: :belly: :broc: :broc:

03-30-2008, 11:16 AM
You know, it is all rainy outside, and the sky has been cloudy like this for days, but the non-existent sun actually seems to be shining. As Anagram put it, "Seems one of those days filled to the brim w/possibilities." :)
I've just dropped my girlies off at church, and the husby is on call, so I'm going to take some me time and have a nice walk outside.
It is crazy. I didn't sleep well last night-in fact, I finally gave up trying at 3:30-but I feel very much at peace with myself, and I want to get outside and do a bit of harmonizing with nature. Do you ever have those days when you feel so much bigger than your own self? I just feel like I'm vibrating on some sort of cosmic/universal level. It feels good to be inside my skin today. :)
I'll be back later!


03-30-2008, 02:27 PM
I've been doing a lot of thinking this morning...inspired by :queen: Andria's comments... and have realilzed that it's time to reassess. What am I doing? What's next? It has taken me 4 months(ish) to lose twenty lbs. While I feel the "weight" (haha) of that accomplishment, I realize that it can certainly be improved upon. I took a good, hard view of what I've been doing...what's working, what's not.

What's working:

Consistent exercise
Planning ahead, keeping what I need stocked
Following WW/going to meetings
Coming here to share my thoughts and learn from yours
Keeping a positive outlook

What's NOT working:

Eating what I want on weigh in day. :o
Allowing that laisez faire attitude to slip into the day after weigh in day!:devil:
Skipping exercise when I'm tired/it's too late/too cold/etc...
Being unprepared
Allowing myself to get too hungry
Wasting time searching the Web for the answers that I am already quite aware of
Avoiding the palace when I'm floundering
Doubting myself

I do understand that it's nigh on impossible to be 100% true to plan all the time, BUT! It's time for me to ramp up my efforts and strive for more than the lackluster 60/40 I've been giving.

So. There are 83 days til Summer Solstice. 12 weeks. The thought of sunshine and flowers and days on the beach is so tantalizing. The thought of being somewhat lighter and able to wear cute summer outfits whilst enjoying the above? Ahhh... I'm going to try to keep those thoughts forefront in my mind as I journey on with renewed hope and spirit and determination.

Sorry for the me me me post, but this post has taken me, literally, hours to write! (see: time posted/opening line) I kept getting distracted or sidetracked, but I wanted to get my thoughts down before they slipped away, so I just kept coming back and adding more. I think I'm done now!

Time for me to join Anagram, in spirit, for an outdoor lollygag or two...

Here's hoping that everyone is enjoying their weekend!
:hat: :dancer: :cloud9: :twirly: :bubbles: :kickcan:

03-30-2008, 05:00 PM
Good analysis, Andria. And good weight loss too.

So far, I've done some yard work, shopped Wal Mart and toured a one story home that's for sale. Actually liked it. Not really ready yet but, one step at a time. Would actually prefer one that's been lived in, preferably by a handy guy who has done all sorts of little things to it that I'd never get around to doing. But these aren't bad at all.

After picking up the yard things that took me to Wal Mart I cruised by clothing - not expecting to find much. But, voila, I found a two sided skirt (long & cheap), had a top already to wear with the one side, bought one to go with the other. Tried them on when I came home and they work. One side I can wear w/white blazer and the other w/black sweater. I'd call it my Easter outfit but Easter's over. Anyway, I had been planning to look and look and look at all sorts of other places and this just jumped into my cart.

So going back out to do a litle more yard work. My boy came one and got some done but so much more needed and he hasn't been rushing to do it. May need to find another. Sigh - this one was so good last year - but as teens grow and get busier..................

Ok, back to outside lollygagging.

:broc: :belly: :broc:

03-30-2008, 07:12 PM
Greetings, Dear Queens! I was in the neighborhood.....:hug:

03-30-2008, 07:51 PM
Although it's been a pretty slow day -- 5-mile walk this morning and then nothing much else all day :o Poking around the net, flipping through magazines. I tell me I need some down time and mayhap it beith true. I'll wrap it all up with an early bedtime and a novel. Tomorrow is another day, and Fresh Start Monday at that. :)

Andria, sometimes I think of it as the difference between "trying" and TRYING -- you know, hit-and-miss but never really not trying -- I can go along that way for quite a while but... I don't lose weight. Then, lo and behold, when I actually put in the effort, it works :faint: You're doing great!

Kat, for me one of the biggies is social occasion "exceptions" that then spill over into the next day, week, and so on. No more! I'm officially OFF sugar and gluten for the duration!

Anagram, I love the sound of your two-sided skirt! And the idea of outdoor lollygagging sounds delightful. :cloud9: Months off here, but it will happen :crossed:

Eydie, great to glimpse your slender form flitting through the Palace!

K, :queen:lies -- have a blissfully restful night and we'll hit it again in the a.m.


03-31-2008, 07:34 PM
So far it's been a great day! Although a bit grayish and now drizzling. But that's ok as I put grass seed on some of the many bare spots.

Nice to see you, Q Eydie! And your dear quote from whence came most of our "royal" status way back when,

Hope you managed your restful day, W.N. I certainly did. Feeling better than in ages. That Spring feeling, you know........................

:broc: :broc: :broc: :belly:

03-31-2008, 10:11 PM
hELLO Royals,

Monday in this kingdom was beautiful at dawn but this Royal woke too midday it was very dark, very rainy and continues.....

All in all, not a bad Monday.

I am still in experiment mode with as little artificial sweetner as possible. I am using real sugar in my coffee and am just realizing today that I didnt even think about the vending machine today. Or at least, it was just a passing thought.... once about 15 minutes before lunch, and the other time about 10 minutes before quitting time. Which is a far, far cry from craving something sweet 10 minutes after eating my lunch....hmmmmmm.....

Silver....School daze.... how interesting! I have enormous respect for teachers and am a bit jealous too....

Wsw.... How was Barry?

Anagram... A house on one level makes me jealous too......

Kat.... GOOD FOR YOU !! Well done... A lower decade is great!

Ceara.... how goes it your way? Did you get any of that snow I saw in MN?

Wood Nymph... Getting a handle on things?? I can SOOOOO relate to everything hitting at once....

Who am I Missing?

HI EYDIE!!! How goes it ? Are you still in your mountain kingdom?

Here's Tuesday's thought:

Thought of the day:

"In every difficult situation is potential value.
Believe this, then begin looking for it."
Norman Vincent Peale

Question of the day:

"Do you own a printed telephone book?"


Kay's six words:

"Too important to be taken seriously"

Fantatstic, Fun, Fabulous, Famous, Fit, Fierce.....:kickbutt:

04-01-2008, 09:23 AM
Well, still damp outside but to reach 60 today, they say. All good for my little grass seed patches.

Bro fm Alaska, nephew fm GA to visit today(with retinues), I hear. So they'll be my day brighteners. This is bro who had gastric bypass on Nov 2 and was down 100 lbs by 1/1. No idea how much he's lost in total in total 5 mos - hope I'll recognize him ;) I'm sure he was happier about his flight.

Tree man coming tomorrow to top lots of hedgelike shrubs. Bit by bit, things ARE getting done. Not fast enough but nonetheless.......

Short on sleep again but should be able to manage one day as I've been doing fairly well with that. I just should not stop to play solitaire when I go to shut down my computer for the night.............


:belly: :broc: :belly:

04-01-2008, 10:12 PM
hi royals! i had sooo much fun at the barry manilow concert last week. my friends took me to dinner first at an excellent italian restaurant. we arrived at the arena in plenty of time, and while we were outside waiting to enter, there was an announcement that "barry wants the temperature at 64 degrees, so if you need to go back to your cars first to get jackets, now is the time." they weren't kidding. it was so cold in there, i thought i would cry, but my friends and i nestled in and laughed a lot before the concert began, so we survived. it was warmer outside though when we got out afterwards, and it did feel good to warm up. anyway, the sound system was pretty bad, and it was verrrry loud, but despite the cold and the reverberating sound system, it really was fun. i was surprised at how well i remembered so many of the words to all the songs, and barry's voice still sounded good. the negatives were that he is definitely too old to be on the jumbo screens where you can see a lot of bad plastic surgery work. he had a good sense of humor about his age, though. it was really cute to see all the old folks ( i should talk---since i am one of them!) in the audience rocking out and swaying their glow sticks to the music. i was one of the "young kids" in the audience at 55 years old, if that gives you any idea. most of the ushers too were in their 70's. my friends and i really got a kick out of the evening, and we were humming some of the songs on the way out. it is his las vegas show, so it was very fun, corny, and glitzy, including one actual piano change from a black one to a white Liberace-like piano while the lights were out briefly. my friends are such wonderful sports and have such good senses of humor and it all made for a lovely evening. i got home at 11p that night, which was a verrry late night for me, and as i fell into bed, it was with a big smile on my face.

i have had a cold the past few days, but have stayed op pretty well, despite thinking i should eat more because i am sick. what can i say?! i hardly ever lose my appetite. well, i need to get back in bed now, but i wanted to say hello. thinking of you all, dear royals.

04-01-2008, 11:07 PM
Hello all!

Tuesday .... dark with sheets and sheets of rain and I spent nearly the whole day looking at spreadsheets but when I left at 6:30, the sky was clear.
Sun was beginning to set and as I drove the "back way" through the State Park, the fields really did make me think of Sting's "Fields of Gold"....

well, I am suprised to be suprised but the "Anti Artificial Sweetner" Experiment is really working. How interesting. I will try to continue. And now, the trick will be to find things without artificial sweetners. Which will mean, unprocessed foods. Hmmmmm...A Wizard of Oz moment... I always knew it......


Tonight we watched Legend with Will Smith. Interesting. Almost enough to make you very nervous about what we're doing with science and medicine but it takes you along so you don't have time to think of anything other than where the story takes you. It might be very old.

Here's Wed's Thought:

Thought of the day:

"Do your little bit of good where you are;
its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
ArchBishop Tutu

Question of the day:

"Have you ever had a fish (as a pet) ?"

Lullabye and goodnight.....


04-02-2008, 06:46 PM
I had a goldfish that I won at a fair, by bouncing ping pong balls into his bowl. I don't recall that he lived a long life...

Just in from work. I'm really amazed at how quickly the week goes by, working Monday to Friday. I thought for sure that I would go mad working so many days in a row! I can't believe that Wednesday has already flown by. A bunch of night nurses stopped in for a visit this morning...they were shocked at how "nice" I looked. (their words!) Didn't I look nice at night? I asked... :? I guess I'm just more awake with less bags under my eyes now!

I'll be moving into my actual 'cubicle' on Monday. It's not really a cubicle... just my own space in a room with two or three other people. Nice folks, as far as I can tell. One guy, which is nice. I've worked with mostly women for forever. When you get a guy thrown in the mix, it adds a nice dynamic. A different perspective.

On the weight loss front: I'm up a few lbs from the other day. :( I should have expected that, weighing in right after not eating for three days! No matter, I'll just keep plugging along.

Sounds like the concert was a good time, wsw! Barry must be trying to remain embalmed with temps like that, though!

Interesting about the artificial sweeteners, Kaylets! I was thinking I should cut them out then, also, but I don't really use any, except for a very occasional diet coke. No, I do put Splenda in my oatmeal. Is that considered artificial?

Hope you're enjoying your visitors, anagram, and that your weather is a lovely as it is here!

Hi to you too, Arabella, Andria, ceara, Eydie! I hate to cut this short, but I need to get out of my work clothes, into my play clothes, and get outside while there's still sunlight!


04-02-2008, 08:48 PM
Hello all....

Today was definitely in the dictionary under "whe S**T hits the fan"....
Even I had a pounding headache by 8 am and the real beginnings of other stress related symptons by 9.... Luckily, I finally got pointed in the right direction by lunchtime ...

Tonight, early, early lulabye and good night.

Funny one Kat about Barry wanting to keep fresh in the cold ......
Its true, some people are always, always warm. Maybe that's why he needs it colder.


I heard a really crazy story about 3rd graders in GA bringing handcuffs and duct tape to school in a plan to hurt their teacher. Amazing.

Sorry to be so short but my eyes are very bloodshot and tired.... I think the best thing is this: Close them.

Here's Wednesday's thought of the day:

Thought of the day:

"Truth is like the sun.
You can shut it out for a time, but it's not going to go away"
Elvis Presley

Question of the day:

"Have you ever seen an Elvis movie?"

OK, my Royal friends.... Lulabye and goodnight....


04-03-2008, 09:25 AM
Mornin'! Sun is shining, birds are singing, the world is as it should be!

Am off for a walk shortly....dogs are fed and need to go out agin...and I have a lot to do. It has taken me quite a while to go through the thread...very interesting chat. So enlightening and inspirational! Weather has just been rainy...saw worms on Monday!

Still have dial-up woes...nothing new just that I think I am less patient at waiting these in the midst of laundry that needs to be hung damp from dryer, that is why I managed this this morning!

Can't reply to all....but I am glad you are all doing well...lots of food for thought, and I intend to ponder some of these posts again...jeese Kat...thought provoking and resonating with me...what works? what doesn't....hmmm.

:wave: I'll be back!

04-03-2008, 10:51 AM
Fly-in fly-by :wave:

Continuing busy here but I've started to get a grip after fluctuation between good/bad days. A couple of good days and I'm slightly under tracker; a bad one and I'm a couple of pounds up from it. WI tomorrow, wherever it is :yes:

What helps:
WI every day, no matter what
10k steps every day, ditto
No gluten, no sugar, no artificial crap
lots of water
eating only at the table when alone

What doesn't help:
Loosening up on any of the above. If I did nothing but stick to those, I'd be good. Sooooo... that's the plan. I also want to meditate every day, do yoga, have fun, and so on. But the list above is the bottom line.

Ate two plates of nacho chips with cheese, salsa and sour cream the other day. You can bet I wouldn't have done that sitting at the table. Some days I can control things anyway but some days I can't and I've got to adhere to the ban to save me on the bad days. :yes:

Sunny but insanely windy here today. I'm planning to get out there soon anyway.

Lovelies, I must go but I'm thinking at ya! :love:

04-03-2008, 09:05 PM
it has been cold and rainy for a lot of this week. so, what happened to spring? my throat still hurts, so have been downing a lot of herb tea-all my favorites(peppermint, sweet lullabye, and good earth original.) all this has reminded me that when i feel better, i think i will plan a little afternoon tea get together some weekend in the not-too-distant future. i haven't done that in a long time, but remember it was fun the last time.

i was thinking too about how inspired i am by all of you and how much i have learned from you, so thank you, regals. :) some of what works for me is sticking to a simple food plan, writing down what i eat, continuing with my regular exercise program, regular meditation, and not to get discouraged when i plateau. what doesn't work is when i don't plan ahead, do not remember to eat daintily,when i add too many salty things back in to my diet, or use plateauing as an excuse to jump off the wagon. there's more of course, but these are my basics which keep me on track. well, nighty-nite, all. take care.

04-03-2008, 09:43 PM
Hello all!

Yes, indeed, what works, what works what works......

For me....

Being prepared....
Knowing that I do have something waiting that I usually enjoy......

Not expecting perfection

No guilt.....

Being here ....

Friday's thought.................

Thought of the day:
"The days are too short even for love;
how can there be enough time for quarrelling?"
Margaret Gatty

Question of the day:

"How many times have you been in a hospital overnight?"


Have a good evening all!


04-03-2008, 10:14 PM
Question of the day:
"How many times have you been in a hospital overnight?" too many times-yuck! i've been in the hospital 6 times for stays lasting from 3 days to 3 weeks+ in the past 8 years. needless to say, hospitals are not my favorite places to be. ok, now i am really going to bed.

04-04-2008, 05:04 PM
I really do feel like I'm sneaking in through some side door into the palace! I'm currently on the most odd sub job ever. I haven't had afternoon students at all the last two days! I'm substituting in a Cosmetology classroom (they actually are licensed cosmetologists by the time they graduate), and because most of the girls are off at a competition, the rest decided to ditch class. I haven't had more than five students in the morning, and no one at all has shown up for the afternoon session. Unfortunately, I have to sit here in case someone happens to show up. Well, actually, since I remembered to look up my 3FC password today, it isn't so unfortunate--I actually have free time to post, and I have a student computer at my disposal! Wahoo!

My week has been a good one. Tuesday there was an educators' job fair, and I had two really great interviews. I'm guaranteed a second interview for the one, and the other said they would definitely be calling me for future interviews as English positions came up. Exciting stuff!
Also on the the positive side of things is the fact that I've pulled myself back into the right frame of mind, and I'm losing weight again. :D I haven't made up for missing last week, but I have moved down this week. I even made sure it said the same thing three days in a row because I didn't want to move the ticker unless I was positive. Yes, feel free to laugh! :lol: The very good thing about this is that I have a very near reminder of what five more pounds feels like on my body. The difference on my feet is just amazing. Five pounds less means I can walk at least 2,000 steps more each day without crying that night because they hurt so much.
Oh yeah, I bought a new pedometer! It isn't anything cool or fancy, but the eldest princess asked me to pick out the one on the shelf that came as a "buy one, get half off the second." She wanted to use the other one, and you know I couldn't say no to that. I made her a deal that every day she hits 10,000 steps I'll do the dishes for her. She has been working hard, but she isn't quite there every day. I'm lucky she can't wear it in her dance class! I'd be doing dishes every night.

Now, for my What Works for Me list...
Not letting myself get hungry
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables
Portioning out snack foods
Getting lots of fiber (from food and supplement)
Moving as much as I am able any given day
Reminding myself of Non-Scale Victories
Saying my mantra over and over when the negative talk surfaces

What Doesn't Work for Me...
Giving up/giving in
Snacking mindlessly
Letting myself couch potato out, especially with unhealthy snacks!

Hrm. I have to go for a bit. I'll try to get in again later.


04-06-2008, 08:45 AM
Hope all queenly folk are having a blissful weekend. I'm doing pretty well, despite being crippled. I woke up a couple of hours after I went to sleep Friday night with extremely sore knees and one sore hip and was awake with it for hours. Can't move at much more than a shuffle so 10k steps is not much of a likelihood, despite the short steps I'm taking. Two of my sisters reported that they've had similar so I'm thinking it's likely viral.

And, really, it's just enough to remind me how deeply grateful I should be for being normally pretty able-bodied, despite the abuse that I've visited on my poor frame. I'm very lucky that this is almost undoubtedly something that will be better before terribly long.

I seem to have gotten over a hump of some sorts, one of those facing stupid reality ones -- went back to WI on Friday even though I knew I'd be up -- and I was, 1.6 -- from the last time. I'm having an enormous party today (my family is so big it couldn't be otherwise) for my son's 30th birthday and the birthdays of two of my sisters today. It will be crazy but fun. And I will remember to be grateful for my many blessings instead of wishing that I could lie on the couch and watch movies instead! Thinking if I had something terminal instead of a sore hip, I'd want to see my loved ones rather than veg.

Anyway, my point was that I feel ready to forego wine and "treats" tonight, which I haven't been at the last few get-togethers I've been to. Part of it is thinking that if I can't get my walking in I'm going to have to keep intake lower. But I often don't have that clarity of thought and intent.

I'm making 4 casseroles of lasagna, have people bringing salads and apps, bought a couple of nice baguettes and made and iced two carrot cakes. Paper plates -- I don't have enough for the mob!

Kaylets, QoDs -- "Always trying to figure it out" "Golfish, alternating with turtles for quitting sucking our thumbs (can you say 'oral fixation?' :rolleyes: )" "Only when I gave birth to my son"

I hope that stress-inducing sh*t has been resolved! It's so hard to retain our calm center when we have to deal with ... sh*t. :hug:

Ceara, I think dial-up would drive me mad. Of course I do work online and work from home. Then again, maybe it would be a blessing in disguise if it meant that the computer and I weren't joined at the hip..

Andria, my pedometer is my best friend! Well, maybe not but I'm very fond of it. Looking forward to getting my steppage up again. Average for March was 10,724 per day. I'd like to go higher again for April but I'll have to see how it goes with this infirmity. I may try the bike, even if I'm not sure it registers on the pedometer.

WSW, the concert sounded like a blast. I guess I was thinking the cold was to keep his pancake makeup from sliding off his face. ;) It's so life-enhancing to have that much FUN. K, there's a reminder for me again. Will be actively seeking fun for my life again. :yes:

Kat, sounds like you're making the transition to daylight time pretty well. I did wonder a bit if it would be hard for you to switch your sleeping hours. You were probably so exhausted from all those years of nights that your body was going to take any opportunity it got. :yawn:

Anagram, hope you had a nice visit with your bro! How's he doing after his surgery and how much has he lost in total? Sixty sounds lovely! We've actually moved above freezing here too and I've got two bouquet-like bunches of crocuses coming up next to the foundation -- one bunch purple and the other those sweet purple and white stripey ones.

K, :queen:lies, I want to go give myself some Reiki and have a hot jacuzzi before I do more party stuff. I feel like things are pretty much under control but these things can be deceiving :s:

Let's make this a good one!

04-06-2008, 07:01 PM
Well, I don't think I've had a restful weekend YET, but am looking forward to some in the future! Thankfully, the weather hasn't been too spectacular yet, that I feel I'm missing out on anything. ;)

My son, with his merry band of men (& boys) completed his Eagle project yesterday. They installed a walkway over a particularly swampish bit of trail at a nearby park. After they had finished, they were just hanging out, eating the sandwiches I had brought, when a hiker passed through and wanted to thank each one of them personally for "fixing" his trail. That was nice. Yesterday's weather was much better than rain, lots of sunshine, but a bit on the coolish side. Better cool than hot, what with all the hiking up and down hills they had to do to get to his location....loaded down with tools, lumber, cement blocks, etc. I was the designated "gofer" and went back and forth, providing sustenance for the hungry workers. All in all, a good day!

In keeping with the Scouting theme this weekend, we attended an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony for one of DS's fellow scouts. I had never been to one before, and was actually quite moved by the whole thing. The young man has gone all the way through scouts with my son, they were only first graders when they started! Lots of good memories revisited...

So...on to business at hand...

What Works For Me:

Planning ahead. Having something ready to bring to work with me, also keeping a running menu in my head for easy to fix, healthy dinners. Measuring out my water at the beginning of the day.

Definitely not letting myself get too hungry!

Daily exercise. I emphasize daily, because if I miss a day, I'm more likely to miss another day...and so on. If I just do something, I feel so good I want to do more!

Positive self talk. Letting go of guilt. Staying focused.

Checking in here as often as I can. Even if I don't post, someone always has left words that inspire me and spur me on to do better.

Speaking of daily exercise, I haven't done that yet today... Must go find my iPod and the leash. Molly loves when I'm being diligent!

Sorry, no time for individual replies... just know how much I appreciate all of you and how much strength I draw from your experiences! Makes this process that much more enjoyable! :cp:

PS...4 overnight hospitalizations for me: two C-sections, one gall bladder removal, (the old fashioned way!) once with a broken leg after a car accident, and once for sepsis from a post partum infection :p Not to mention staying overnight at the hospital when my son was there for open heart surgery @ 20 months. Oh! And! All those nights I was there simply to work... :yes:

04-07-2008, 09:43 PM
Hello all!

Glad to see everyone is still in it for the long haul....
Sorry some of us have been under the weather, hopefully, that has improved.

Yes, Anagram, how is your brother doing ? I am very on the fence about the gastric surgeries ...but I am a very medical skeptic.... After all, most of the doctors are only human.....
So I wonder, how your brother is doing. And of course, you too, how are you?

Funny, I never thought about Cosmetology teachers needing time off....I would be a total loss.... they'd want to give me a make over!!

DH is away for a class.... Good news is I know exactly where my keys are. Although I nearly forgot to set the alarm. That's usually "his" job. I woke up at 2 and realized so I didnt oversleep.

Most of fan stuff has settled down to be just sludge.... but you know how much fun it is to walk in sludge... Hoping I can get the big pressure washer and make a real clean sweep of things before the next hit of the fan......

Here's Tuesday's thought:


In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"


Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.


The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.


Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


Coca-Cola was originally green.


It is impossible to lick your elbow.


The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:



The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)


The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400


The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:



Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar


111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.


Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace


Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession


Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand


Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.


Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey


Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day


In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.

When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."


It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."

It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"


Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.


At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!



Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?



1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~

NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to!


Nighty night!

04-07-2008, 11:36 PM
I have a real job interview tomorrow! It is at the school where I did my student teaching and do most of my sub work, and I would be very happy to teach there. My old mentor teacher heard through the grapevine that I had a job interview coming up (she knew before I did!), and she had all my students write letters of recommendation to pass on to the department head. She showed me one of the letters, and it had me near to tears.
I'm really excited about the interview, but it appears that the allergies I thought I had are actually a decent little cold, and I'm not excited about that part at all. I took some cold medicine to help me sleep tonight, so maybe I'll feel a lot better in the morning.
I know this was all about me, but I had to get in here to share my good news before I pass out.
*HUGS* to everyone. I'm getting kind of dizzy and my fingertips feel funny. Guess that means time to go to bed.


04-08-2008, 10:24 PM
Here's my second time thru... don't know what happened to my first post.....

QSilver.... I know you will have a fantastic interview, no matter HOW you feel.....Just go in and KNOCK THEM DEAD....
I will send "Must have QSilver" Vibes to all the interviewers you meet tomorrow just to make sure!


I am off to bed myself... I am waking up a lot w/ DH away to make sure I set the clock....
Tonight... its already set.

Hoping whatever sleep I have, at least I feel rested when I wake up.

Here's Wed's Thought:


Thought of the day:

"The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."

- James Crook

Question of the day:

"What type of job have you worked the longest?"


"must hire QSilver, must hire QSilver";););)

04-08-2008, 11:45 PM
:crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed: :crossed:


Not that you will need it...they'll be lucky to get you!

Kaylets, you are a veritable font of information...Thanks for sharing!

Quickie Hello and Good Night to all... no time to write more since it's almost my bedtime. :yawn:

All is well here. I had to buy new batteries tonight for my scale, but I won't get on it til the AM to see what's new there.

That's about all from my neck o' the woods.

Nighty night...


04-09-2008, 09:16 AM
The interview went well! They said they would let me know in a couple of days. The one truly hilarious thing about this positions is that I would have to be the cheer sponsor. I can't stop laughing at that thought!
Cold tipped the scale in my favor. Hope I get to hang on to the changes!


04-09-2008, 10:04 AM
Still not up to speed here but content and up for making the most of my day/life. :) Last night was the first time that I didn't wake needing painkillers in the middle of the night. Definite progress. I'm still hobbling a bit but I think I might manage a bit of a walk today. It's a lovely spring day here, sunny and warm. I've got the sheets and my nightie out already -- they'll smell so GOOD tonight! :cloud9:

I had a nasty scuffle with the binge :devil: on Monday (lost). But back on track yesterday and today. Enough maintaining (I almost typed "maingaining" which is more like it -- bouncing up 2-3 pounds from tracker and back down to it.) I do hope to have a loss on Friday :crossed:

Andria, congrats on the good interview! Two-four-six-eight -- who will they appreciate? ANDRIA!!! :cheer:

Kat, are you loving your new job/schedule? I thought it was pretty neat that your coworkers noticed how nice you looked -- I hear sleep helps with that...

Kaylets, hands down -- waiting on tables. 18 years.

And where is our Anagram? :belly:

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

04-09-2008, 10:48 AM
Good luck Andria! congrats on the downage....

Glad you are feeling better Arabella...I'm sure you will be on the road shortly. That ol' binge :devil: is there a lot some ever continuing battle for us all!

I am in Whittington IL for the next few days...very nice resort. I am helping with a National so this is a perfect way to see the country. We are planning on the sight-seeing today and then workity, workity for the next few days. There are lots of wineries :) and antiques in this area!

I have the laptop with me and of course, wireless fast hook-ups here....what a relief!

So...will keep in touch more likely....

04-09-2008, 01:03 PM
Well, lucky ceara - think of us while you're enjoying all those pleasant things - but by now, maybe you're into the worky worky.

Glad interview went well, Andria. Fingers crossed.

What a busy weekend, kat - I'm sure all that trekking helped the scale a bit.

Arabella, hugs to you. Hope all those achies go away.

I HAVE been naughty. Was at Princessville over the weekend and had a great time. But that was 3 days ago. Also went to dinner with the social group and still patting me on the shoulder for joining up.

Sun out today but hadn't been for a while. I've been doing a little Soul Searching. I had held pretty steady weightwise through lots of stressful things (including the holidays) but since January, I've been just going wild in the evenings and the scale has been inching up to territory I had not seen since 2001. So I talked to me a lot and have acknowledged some stressful situations I think I've been trying to deny. I've taken steps to bring one major one to an end, hopefully soon. And I've now got one decent day behind me. As ceara said before - one is better than none.

I also had overdone yard work a bit (though it wasn't really much) and shoulder had been unhappy. So I'm making strides to get that back in shape.

Anyway, I think I'm in a better place since I've had my heart to heart with me and I hope to do better with the day to day of my life. Just must find a way to deal with the evening binges.

:broc: :belly: :broc:

04-09-2008, 06:38 PM
Realized I didn't answer queries re my bro. All those well intended plans fell apart as there were too many people to see in too many directions. So I have not seen him yet. He is planning to come to my place tomorrow.

04-10-2008, 10:16 AM
Forecast was for :rain: but the sun's out there. I should go for a hobble before it clouds over. Still recovering, still enjoying life anyway. Still extremely grateful that this is (unless I'm sadly mistaken) temporary and regularly scheduled programming will resume before long.

I've been OP again, sticking to my "table" rule. Which, I have to say, would probably do it for me if I had no other rules at all :chin: That bears thinking about.

I took my mom out yesterday and was struck by how very slowly I was walking. Seemed to take forever to get a couple of blocks. It was a little humbling, thinking of how I usually (in comparison at least) breeze along. More gratitude due soon.

Ceara, spring and sightseeing, antiques and wine? :cloud9: Enjoy!

Anagram, those heart-to-hearts are so important, aren't they? I so often feel like I've got different factions clashing within. One needs to get through to the "heart of hearts" to get on the right path.

Have a lovely visit with bro!

:queen:lies, I must be about my business. Love ya!

04-10-2008, 09:57 PM
Hello all!

I swear, I was here last night and thought for sure I had posted....
I guess I more distracted than usual w/ DH out of town this week....

And I will be glad when this week ends!

Glad you are able to move along some Wood Nymph....

I need to lay down as I suddenly felt the "crash" sensation.....

Hugs to all ...
sorry to be so short and vague!


----Friday Thought:
"What we need is a cup of understanding,
a barrel of love and and an ocean of patience."
St. Frances de Sales

Question of the day:

"Who do you use for your cell phone service?"



04-10-2008, 10:00 PM
just a quick check-in to say hi. finally lost a pound. every ounce is definitely like pulling teeth.

arabella-hope your hobbling is soon a thing of the past.

hi to ceara, andria, kaylets, anagram, kat, and all our lovely royal palace dwellers. thinking of you all. will write more when i am not so sleepy. off to bedy-bye. take care, all.

04-11-2008, 12:14 PM
Ah, yes - gratitude - it's what always pulls me back together.

Brother report - Gosh, he's a good looking fellow ;) Since the surgery on Nov 2, he has lost 160 pounds. His doctor thinks it's likely he'll lose 40 or so more. He's looking at 30 as good. With his doctor's ok, he's still eating at the 2 mo-after-surgery stage. He wants to lose all he can before he starts adding more food (even small amounts) and things like restaurant eating. He says they think he needs to exercise more to lose faster but he's still losing at 20 a month or so. It's expected to slow down each month.

Frankly he never looked as big to me as he must have become. He's tall and large framed, etc, so carried well. He didn't have to have two airline seats this time or First Class and he mentioned how well he could get out of a chair. He was a large boned 10 1/2 lb baby who looked 3 mo old when he was born and has always been very physically active but recently felt he couldn't do a lot of things that he had been doing - he's 51 now.

Anyway, his plan for next year is to go hunting in Africa. He didn't use the term "reward" but I was thinking. They're also going to build a new home starting when they get back to Alaska. He stressed he's learning a new lifestyle and really isn't hungry so far. He flew to Arkansas on Monday, back on Tuesday so other brother could see him. He's done a LOT of research, is in an online support group and has been urging AK brother to do something about his weight. That bro's insurance doesn't cover the surgery and I'm not sure I'd want him to do it but would like him to do something. Not that he hasn't in the past - at least twice has lost like 125 pounds - but it's all come back and brought company.

Yesterday was a GORGEOUS Spring day here -into the 70s with hyacinths, daffs, tulips, forsythia and lots of blossoms blooming. Similar today but no sun and cold weather coming back.

Time for me to get back to work on project aimed at diminishing stress in my life. Will spend time on it this weekend too. But am determiend to have some FUN too.

??? - Prepaid something or other. Not really into cell phone that much but others look lots more interesting than mine and I like when Princess just about 12 sends me pics from hers.

Sorry it's so me, me (or bro, bro). But sending lots of Spring Sunshine to all.

:broc: :belly: :broc:

04-12-2008, 11:28 AM
andria- glad to hear your interview went well.

hi ceara-hope all is going/went well at the national in il.

hi kat. how's it going?

arabella-hope you are feeling back up to snuff a.s.a.p. hope the recent party you had was pleasant for one and all.

anagram-it was interesting hearing about your bro's journey with wls. i know someone who is thinking about doing it, in fact. it's not even an issue for me because of lack of insurance, but i can't say for sure that if i had the means, i would not do it. anyway, since it is a moot point for me, the old-fashioned way will have to do. glad to hear your bro is doing so well.

kaylets-hope things will get happily back to normal for you when your dh is back in town.

and to all our regals, salutaions. hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. i am hanging in with dainty portions. i need to get out and complete a few errands now, so must away. take care, all.

04-12-2008, 02:26 PM
Popping in quickly to say "hi!" and fly~
So much to do, so little time....
I should be back tomorrow with a decent sized post...

04-12-2008, 09:51 PM
I am finally holding still long enough to write a post! It feels as if all I've been doing lately is running back and forth to jobs, taxiing princesses around to different activities, getting resumes out and about, and trying to keep up with the basics of a house. By the way, the house does look like it has been last on my list. Ah well. I have been moving an awful lot, though. That couple more pounds off is making a huge difference for my feet and knees. It is amazing how such a little bit can change so much for me. Today I've walked 8600 steps, and it isn't even the end of the day. I'm also not sitting on the edge of the bed crying because it feels like the bones in my feet are going to break if I stand up. HUGE difference! I'm looking forward to the next few weeks and seeing what changes those bring for me. :)
I haven't heard about the job yet. I guess a couple of days doesn't mean the same thing to them that it does to me. :lol: Part of me really, really wants that job, but the other part of me is terrified about being Cheer sponsor. Everyone keeps telling me that Cheer sponsor has absolutely no life until after football season is over. After football the cheer competitions kick into high gear, and the sponsor pretty much looks back at the busy football season as a fond memory when there was at least time to breathe. That isn't exactly what I need for my first year out as a teacher! Not to mention the fact that I actually like my family, and I would love to see them once in a blue moon. But I need a job, and I'm not sure I have the luxury of waiting around to see if something better comes my way.
Huh. Reading that last bit over shows me just how conflicted I am about that position. I wish they would just let me know one way or the other!

wsw, Congrats on the lost pound! May you never see its like again! :D

anagram, Loved your description of the heart to heart. I've had to do a lot of it recently as well, and there is nothing like a dose of honest self-talk to help get the ball rolling again.
I also have a problem with evening/right before bed binges, but I read something the other day that kind of stuck in my head and has been helping. The article was talking about letting your body do its dieting at night when you don't have to work so hard at it all. The suggestion was to eat a decent, filling evening meal and then let your body get to work. If you wake up hungry in the morning, it is a good sign. I've always fought the "never eat after 6" diets, but the way this guy put it made sense to me. Try to stop eating a couple of hours before you know you will be hitting bed, and know you are doing your hard dieting work while you sleep. I know it sounds simplistic, but it made sense to me, and I've been having an easier time not diving into the cupboards right before bed. :)
Loved hearing about your brother! I can't even imagine what it will feel like when I have that much weight off my body.

Kaylets, I do love your Questions of the Day. :) I use Sprint for my cell service. We chose it because my husband already had his set up, and we all wanted to be able to call each other without eating minutes. Before that I had a pre-paid because we didn't live in an area that had service, and it didn't make sense to pay for something I only used a few hours a day while traveling back and forth to the school I was attending.

Arabella, Are you out of pain yet? I was amazed to hear how hard it hit you, but I am so grateful you take good care of yourself because it sounds like it would be even worse if you didn't.

Ceara, Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Hope you had tons of fun at Nationals as well as the other activities. :)

Ok, I took a really long time writing this. Just goes to show me it is easier to keep up than try to catch up!
I'm going to go downstairs and spend some quality time with my royal consort and the princesses. We plan to be quiet the rest of the evening, but tomorrow my sweetie has promised me we will be planting flowers! Wahoo! I also think I managed to get him to concede to letting me have a lime tree in the back yard. He might not remember fully (he might not even have been completely awake), but he did promise. I'll let you know how that works out. ;)


04-13-2008, 12:42 PM
And I seem to be almost 100% :cb: :cb:

I've got my 10k steps in already and am thinking about nipping out later to try to get it up to 12.5 k. Maybe doing a set of tai chi... Life is so much better when I do the mind/body thing.

Had a nice slow Saturday, went out for my first walk since whatever this is struck. Browsed a book store -- could have stayed there for a lot longer if DH hadn't been getting antsy. He raked all last years leaves off the lawn and beds so the grounds are looking much more respectable. And I'm thinking if I can just get in a few minutes every day out there I can get them up to snuff ... time for a new obsession -- food just isn't working out for me. Can't say I haven't given it enough of a shot :dz:

Grey and drizzly and just above freezing but ... it's spring! We had wet flurries yesterday but they just dissolved on the ground. :)

Andria! 8600 steps is AWESOME!!! And I bet you hit 10k by the end of the day. You know, I really think that could totally do it :yes: And congrats on your less poundage and the effects of less poundage on your feet.

My problem isn't eating at night. Afternoon is my downfall but I need to make sure I don't eat too heavily at dinner because we go to bed so early.

Most convincing reason I know of not to eat before bed is that it makes me feel CRAPPY the next day. My body's got to put too much work into digestion (especially because I'm lying down) and I don't get my proper rest. And then when I feel tired and crappy I'm much more likely to fall off the wagon and then... you know how that goes.

As far as the job goes, sounds like there are good points and bad points, so I hope you either get it or you don't :lol:

WSW, the old fashioned way is the best as it is for so many things, to my mind ;) And so much better to change our habits so that we become healthier all the way along. I'm almost speechless with admiration over your dainty portions. Ah, maybe some day I'll manage. I can tell you, though, the day I can do that is the day I'll come in here looking for a ticker tape parade! :lol:

Anagram, sounds like your visit with your brother was good. A safari? My goodness! Wow -- what an amazing spring day, almost worth putting up with winter for ;) I'm enjoying it vicariously. We'll get something like that in May. Nevertheless, I'm happy enough with the slow progression here, the little daily thrills in the flower beds, warmer temps and the occasional sunny day.

Meanwhile, it's cool and drizzly and there's a fire going, I've already walked and I've got a good coffee and the NY Times from last Sunday. :) Life is good.

Kat, hope the busy-ness is all fun! Are you doing much gardening yet?

Kaylets, I actually don't use my cell phone. I got one a couple of years ago but lost service when I had to get a new credit card and just never started it up again. It would be handy to have once in a while but I'm mostly just as glad that people can't get ahold of me any time, any place.

Ceara, I guess you're back home again? Looking forward to a report on your trip.

Lovelies, have a splendid Sunday -- MMMmmmmwwwwwaaa!

04-14-2008, 08:59 AM
And time to get on it for the solstice challenge, methinks. Just about 10 weeks left. It occurred to me this morning that I could get to Onederland by then. Oh my! The only thing that's been stopping me is me, so if I get out of my way... I'm THERE!

I may have overdone it a smidgen yesterday. 13k steps + an hour weeding and raking. A bit tired today so I think I won't try to get more than 10k steps. Walked to the gym and did the circuit. Did a little yoga, may try to do a set of tai chi and a wee bit of gardening.

I think I'll pop back in later to post the solstice challenge, so think about what you want to do and how you want to do it.

Let's make this a good one, :queen:lies!

04-14-2008, 09:30 AM
good morning, royals! i am ready also for a new sprint to the solstice challenge, and the hope of a new day. well, i need to get ready for a doctor's appointment, but just wanted to get the chance to say top 'o the morning to all you lovely palace dwellers. talk to you later, gators. bye.

04-14-2008, 03:39 PM
Just a quick wave for the moment as I need to get out and water some grass seed (it may already be too late) and it is SO cold out there today. But 'tis sunny and all the bloomin' things will cheer my heart and soul.

Be back.

04-15-2008, 09:40 AM
Sunny and cold here today too but supposed to get warmer and warmer until Friday, which is supposed to be warm enough to enjoy a G&T on the deck to celebrate spring/the weekend. :)

My master plan is going great guns. Stellar day yesterday. I'm successfully getting out of my own way by keeping in mind what it is I really want. I'm also thinking ahead to the solstice, like connecting the dots between now and then, and picturing me with my goal achieved.

I'm going to try to get the new thread up later today.

Off yodeling at lunch :yoga:

Have a lovely one, :queen:lies!

04-15-2008, 06:30 PM
cold and sunny here today too. supposed to be even colder tonight than last night, and last night was awfully cold--brrr! i did a really thorough spring cleaning yesterday (which was good), but paying for it today, physically. i still have some more organizing of a few shelves, but am mostly done, and glad to have that taken care of. well, good evening, one and all.

04-15-2008, 10:25 PM
Hello all....
Came home sweating because I still had my coat on....
YIKES.... I need some kind of a wardrobe !

Even have to find some kind of walking short to wear in 3 weeks on vacation.....

Am in the count down, trying to get lots done every day to clear the desk... so naturally, what's arriving in the IN BOX are much, much larger in size than average... go figure....

Glad to hear folks are feeling better, having spring like weather and "we must have Silver, we must have Silver....".... You do the same thing I do.... I think I try to find all the "bad things" about a job so I don't feel disappointed....


Thought of the day:

"No matter how big, bad or scary the problem seems, you're always just one thought away from turning it into an opportunity for change, growth and progress." Dean Anderson, Spark Motivation

Question of the day:

"Do you believe in weight loss surgery?"

( Thanks Anagram for the inspiration!)

Lullabye and goodnight....

04-15-2008, 11:05 PM
I am definitely in the mood for a new challenge! I also like the idea of getting out of my own way. Sometimes I can be a royal pain and my own worst enemy. :lol: Time to change it up! Besides, I should be out of the 300s in the next 10 weeks, and that sounds awfully good to me. :)

Kaylets, I think you caught me! :lol: Have fun getting through that inbox. Hope they ease up on you soon. And shopping does sound like your next move. I have to get some serious shopping going on as well. The weather here is steady in the 80s now, and I am still wearing spring type sweaters to work. Maybe I'm hoping to sweat off a pound or two?
As for weight loss surgery, I'm kind of torn. The number of people who have serious complications from the surgery is high, and I don't want to take that kind of risk unless I'm knocking at death's door without it. I've talked about it a lot with my sweetie, and we want to keep anything like that as a serious last resort. I've had several friends who have had WLS and are quite happy with the results, but none of them suggest it lightly. One of them came far too close to death afterwards, another can't eat pasta or drink a glass of wine without becoming ill (and she is Italian!), and the other had a very tricky, high-risk pregnancy to deal with a couple of years after her surgery. Oh yeah, and there is no guarantee the weight you lose will stay lost. You still have to work hard to keep it gone.

wsw, I need to follow your lead and get the spring cleaning done!

Arabella, Congrats on the stellar day behind you already! I like the image of connecting the dots and finding yourself. :) Sounds like you are ready to go!

Kat, You are just loving the daylight, aren't you! I noticed your life sure hasn't been slowing down. :lol:

Ok, I think I've caught up with the most recent royals; means it is time for this :queen: to get to bed. I have a third day in a row of middle schoolers tomorrow, and I seriously need to get some rest tonight. Haven't been sleeping well since that job interview, and I still haven't heard one way or the other from them. Guess "a couple of days" doesn't mean the same thing to them? :dizzy:

Take care!


04-16-2008, 03:28 PM
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