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04-01-2008, 07:07 AM

True to form, April showers here. We may get up into the 70s this afternoon, though, so no whining from me! :)

I'll probably be at home until sometime after lunch today. Cindy is going to call me and let me know when they can bring Maggie home after her surgery. It's a routine procedure, but I'm still sending up prayers that all goes well. Maggie was actually excited about it yesterday. We went to the library and picked out a stack of books to read during her recovery, and I told her she could keep on her nightie all day and lay on the couch and watch TV. That sounded better than Christmas to her! :D

04-01-2008, 08:22 AM
Aw! Big hugs to Maggie this morning! Hope all goes well for her. And thanks for the reminder that it's April Fools, Linda!

Just back in from a run, where I barely was sprinkled upon (whew!), and am getting ready to hop in the shower and get on with the day. Luckily, we've got nothing big on the plate today - nowhere to be at any particular time - so the thunderstorms they're predicting aren't too threatening. I took the kids to get their pictures done yesterday and they came out AMAZING! I got the one set back already and the others I have to wait two weeks for. I usually get the kids pictures done a couple times a year, but with all the moving around this past year I didn't get them taken very often.

I was all grumpy yesterday when I weighed and realized I'm up five pounds since last month, but then this morning I started my period so at least I have a reason for that nasty bloating I was feeling last night. Maybe it'll even out over the next few days and I will have just maintained. That's at least better than gaining five pounds! I only have myself to blame, really though. Poor food choices earlier this month, although I have been back on track for a couple weeks now.

I'm trying to get the one picture to upload into my photobucket account so I can share it, so I'll post that when it comes up. Happy Tuesday!


04-01-2008, 08:24 AM
OK, here they are. My little cuties, all in their Easter finery.

Avery (will be two in May), Connor (6), and Kadyn (3)

04-01-2008, 08:46 AM
April showers here too but at least it's warm! (by our standards anyway :)

Cottage - I hope Maggie has an easy time with it today. Sounds like your positive attitude will really help her through her convalescence.

Kara - Okay, they are just too adorable :) Thanks for sharing.

We are off to the vet in a few. Our girl kitty has a bladder infection and is very whiny and her buddy is very upset. He is he most empathetic cat I've ever seen. He gets genuinely distressed whenever she is upset about anything. :crossed: that it's just the usual kitty issues and nothing more serious.

I have a weird question for anyone maintaining. Did you have trouble increasing your calories to a maintenance level? I've been trying to slowly increase to figure out what works but I find I just don't want to eat that much and I definitely don't want to add more fat to my diet. I know I could keep losing past my revised goal but I don't know if I want to. I've probably got a couple of months to figure it out and maybe things will just slow down on their own.

Have a good day Chicks!

04-01-2008, 08:48 AM
Cottage, give Maggie a peck on the forehead for me. Sure it will be a stressfull day for everyone.

Kara, the kids are just adoreable! That picture is great now, but will be even more special in the future when you look back at your babies!

Me, nothing special..same old same old. Got up at 4 and worked for an hour, then fluidity, then bath etc. Off to get a turkey/spinich flat out wrap for breakfast, then start the laundry and dishwasher, then out the door to school. For real exitement after school, I may go get a new sticker for my license plate which I realized was expired. Is my life filled with exitement or WHAT???

On a good note, I mentioned something about cooking for my dogs since one of them had severe allergies. It seems to be working and he's not a red raw dog right now. Either chicken or ground turkey (boiled) then I add brown rice, a bag of frozen peas and carrots, a little salt and let it cook in a big pot on low for about an hour. yuk...but they LOVE it.

Cyndi, we were posting at the same time...hope kitty is better very soon. As far as maintainance, I'm pretty much eating the same as phase 2, but have something "nauty" every now and then.

04-01-2008, 08:56 AM
Good morning sunshines....

it's warm and raining (well i'm close enough to cottage that whatever her weather it's usually mine too)

today was my monthly weigh in.. and through sheer brute force I stayed the same.... I'm ok with that. I did buy new bras yesterday 42DD considering i was 48DDD when I started this journey 2 years ago I've got NO complaints...

CAT I may have to cook for my dogs... seems bagel is chewing his paws and hannah's neck is all torn up we thought from her collar...

Cyndi good luck at the vet and on finding your maintaince level. I fear i will never be able to maintain (oh wait i did it this month)

Kara you do nice work.. those are gorgeous kids...

cottage: have the best day with maggie...

04-01-2008, 09:02 AM
Nessa, I've been meaning to tell you for a while thanks for introducing me to quinoa. I just love the stuff. Instead of my planned breakfast, I saw some leftover beef/wine stew that we had over quinoa that was left over in the fridge ( I threw a handfull of spinich over it and nuked it...strange but wonderful breakfast!)

04-01-2008, 09:06 AM
We used to cook for our dog the last few years (she was about 20 when she died). I used to throw chicken, brown rice and canned pumpkin or squash in the crockpot then add suggested vitamins to the mix after. We ran into a friend at the grocery store one day who was very surprised to see chicken in our basket (we are vegetarian). the things we do for our animal friends :)

Cat - thanks for the info. That's what I was thinking. I already have my ocean trip cheats planned. I love whole clams and they have to be fried. I figure if I eat them once a trip I should be okay and I won't feel totally deprived.

What does everyone think about goal weights? I keep coming back to just sticking with a healthy eating pattern and letting my body settle where it does. I've spent most of my life being obsessed by the number on the scale and wonder if I should just let that go and trust my body to know what works best?

04-01-2008, 09:20 AM
Nessa, I've been meaning to tell you for a while thanks for introducing me to quinoa. I just love the stuff. Instead of my planned breakfast, I saw some leftover beef/wine stew that we had over quinoa that was left over in the fridge ( I threw a handfull of spinich over it and nuked it...strange but wonderful breakfast!)

ya know spinach is like a gift from G-D! i buy frozen chopped spinach and eat it by the bagful...

04-01-2008, 09:22 AM
Cyndi, someone posted a link to an article awhile ago that gave some kind of formula for "perfect weight". I think it had been in Prevention magazine. It told me my perfect weight was 127, which actually seems like a pretty good number for me. Well, really it said 132 if I'd had kids or 127 if I hadn't but I thought I'd shoot for the 127 anyway.

Cat, I've been getting in a bit of a rut with breakfasts lately and I'm thinking about "branching out" to dinner-ish foods sometimes for a little change-up. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nessa, yay on the new bras! And thanks for the compliments on the kids - I grow 'em good! Avery's the only one that resembles me in the least. Connor and Kadyn are spitting images of Tom! And I am a huge spinach fan, too! I'm having some in my eggs this morning!

I'm still waiting on Avery to wake up so I can get clean clothes to change into after my shower. I should really learn to put an outfit out the night before I run so I can jump in the shower right when I get home. I finally learned to leave my shoes by the door so I don't have to creak the closet open every morning and risk waking her...


04-01-2008, 09:22 AM
Cyndi, it's weird. I probably weigh 20lbs more than I did the last time I was in a size 6/8 (which was about 16 years ago) So to me the numbers are just stupid. I go by how my clothes fit and how I feel and right now, I'm ok with both. I would like to flatten out my tummy more, but with the exercising it is going down slowly...but I can tell it IS going down by how my pants fit even though I'm not losing any more weight according to the stupid stupid scale.

04-01-2008, 09:44 AM
Kara - your kiddoes are adorable. I'm having some trouble seeing YOU in them, though. Do they look like Tom? Sorry about the weight gain, but you are so strong that I'm sure it will come back off with all your exercise and hard work. (I see you answered this later)

Cottage - I hope everything goes well with Maggie. Keep us posted!

Cyndi - my thoughts are that if your body is still losing and you're not hungry or feeling deprived (assuming you don't have any eating disorder issues) that it's still a healthy loss. When you get to your optimal weight, your body will hover there. I think your new attitude about weight is a good one: focus on health, not a number.

Cat - it's a lot of work to do that cooking, but a lot of work worrying about a sick dog as well. I hope the trade-off is good for you.

Me - well, here I am. I've been eating things I'm not supposed to, ignoring what I know to be true. And what happens? Last night I woke up in the middle of the night so nauseous and sick-feeling that I couldn't go back to sleep. I was up most of the night, so now I feel hung over between the headache, tired and blech. You'd think I'd remember this and just be a good girl... but no. *sigh* Now the only thing I have for BF that is OP is eggs, and they make me yucky on a good day. Oh, what to do?

On the positive side, I get to put my new truck on the road today. My total loss for March was 4 lbs - one pound short of the 5 that I had actually lost, but that's still pretty good considering I was off plan for half the month.

04-01-2008, 09:50 AM
Your children are almost as cute in the picture as they are in person, Kara! Simply adorable! :love:

04-01-2008, 10:07 AM
Hiya chicks! It's suppose to be a beautiful day here today which is good since we are going to the baseball game after work.

Cottage my thoughts & prayers are with Maggie :hug:

Kara what beautiful children - you are truly blessed

Congrats to all those with NSV's for the month of March and a big CONGRATS to those who lost weight this month or even made there monthly goal - me I gained 2lbs :dizzy:

Be back later...

04-01-2008, 10:10 AM
Good Morning Chicks! It's a day of everyone in the office and the dreaded first of the month meeting. ICK! Yesterday was a nonstop stream of people through the door, so much for being caught up!

Quick personals today, :hug: to Maggie, Kara the kids are adorable!

Cyndi I just let my body decide for itself where it wanted to be, I set my goal at 115 and my body decided on 5 more over a 3 month span putting me at 110 where I have been hovering for about a month.

Nessa ah the incredible shrinking boobs! My daughter called me mosquito bumps this morning :?: yes even an A cup is too big for me now!

Cat & Fluffy hope you have a great day, and a great day for all chicks yet to check in!

Gotta get a fresh cup of Joe and get myself ready for this meeting. Is it snacktime yet? I have greek yogurt and fresh strawberries YUM!!!!

04-01-2008, 10:26 AM
Good Morning all. Linda, Give Mag a hug for me ! poor thing.

Kara, how adorable they are! sort of make me want to start over.... yesterday the boss brought her son, 6 weeks old, in... I thought "I want one", then reminesced at the late night feedings, the worry over fevers, the diapers... nah.. enjoy them while they are young!

Cyndi, Sorry for your kitty, hope she's alright. I miss mine!

Ladybug, congrats on the losss so far! so you maintained this month, as did I. Keep plugging away, your looking great!

as for me... I've started what I call a "control journal". This is a soft cover three ring binder with pockets for stamps, pens, dry erase, etc. I have dividers labelled for calendar, family, address, projects, home maintainance, and yes, a health section where I'm keeping tract of my progress and diet, blood pressure. I'm going to add in one for Jade (joe already has a spot). Right now it's working, of course everything seems to for a week or two.

But I had to start P1 again, cause I'm simply maintaining for oh, 5 months or so. I was up to 194, got down to 184 again, and can't seem to move it. I tried curves, but the budget (another divider in the binder) doesn't allow for curves, so Jade and I picked up our jogging to two times a day, we went for 25 mins this am. She's loving it, but my knee is bothering me this morning.

With that, back to work.

04-01-2008, 10:48 AM
I can't think of what devious thing I should do, but I should do something. A few years ago I dipped packing peanuts in one will eat anything I give them on this day anymore.

Well, I've been busy with spring cleaning the last few days, even though it snowed yesterday.

Eating has been on plan! Ya! Day 9 of phase 1.

Linda, hugs to Maggie!

Kara, darling kids! Way to get your run in. Sounds awesome.

Pacer, hope you survive the meeting.

Gonnabe, baseball game? Sounds fun, just can't imagine it here with this snow.

Fluffy, congrats on the WL, 4 pounds is 4 pounds!

femme, what are you doing to flatten the tummy? crunches? Got a secret exercise to share.

Nessa, congrats on the smaller bra! Gotta love that!

Cyndi, I need to think less about the scale and more about health. Sounds like you are pondering a good thing.

Cottage, HI

Well, I'm off to the skin care clinic today for a long day of pampering women and their skin. I only do that one day a month for now but maybe soon I'll cut back in the ER and do more at the non-stress job.

Hope everyone has a great first day of April! Lets get some sunshine my direction....and Ruthies too, she's got some serious snowdrifts!

04-01-2008, 10:53 AM
Kara! The kids are insanely cute. Avery looks like she's up to something. :)

Hi everyone. Need to get to work but thought I'd wave as I fly by.

04-01-2008, 10:56 AM
:) Maggie just came out of surgery and all went well. Thank God! I haven't been able to concentrate on anything around here!

04-01-2008, 11:08 AM
Great news Cottage :hug:

Jessie my thoughts & prayers are still with you and your growing baby

04-01-2008, 11:09 AM
Good morning ladies. No sticker for me for yesterday. :( It was not horrible, but I ate a piece of bread I shouldn't have. It was a long, exhausting, stressful day, and it was rainy and my ankle was hurting, and I had a sinus headache all day, and I'd bought some French Bread for DH and kids and it was still warm! - so it was a moment of weakness. Oh well, I got a good night's sleep last night and I am home all day today. I know today will be on plan. I only need four more stickers before I can progress to Phase II, so hopefully by the weekend I'll be adding some oatmeal and fruit. :carrot: I still haven't lost anything, and despite my couple of stumbles, I have been 95% on-plan for the last eight days and spot-on with my exercise for the entire month, exceeding my goal by 400 minutes. So I'll wait it out and if that scale hasn't moved in another two weeks, I will officially consider this a plateau and try some different things to shake it up. Hopefully April will be a stellar month, and I will get my butt into the 180's.

The kids are expecting a special April fools dinner tonight. Last year I made meatloaf in muffin cups and "frosted" it with dyed mashed potatoes to look like cupcakes, along with "grilled cheese sandwiches" made out of pound cake slices and orange frosting. Tonight I'll make them a meatloaf out of cocoa crispy marshmallow treats, and mashed potatoes and gravy with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. But this year I am feeling guilty for feeding them junk. They would be so disappointed if I didn't do it though. I should make their meatloaf out of liver or something and turnip mashed potatoes - that would be a real April Fool's joke!

Adorable picture Kara! thanks for sharing.
Hugs to your kitty Cyndi! Sounds like she's got a great feline DH! My goal weight is just an imaginary number. Something to shoot for, but I figure my body will let me know what it should really be when I actually get there.
Cat, you are the one that got me started on dinner breakfasts. I never would've thought of it on my own, but it is a great way to start the day, and gives me lots more options. Isn't it great how we all get to share our brilliant ideas and finds?
Nessa is the one that got me hooked on Goddess dressing! And yes, spinach can just go in everything!
Nessa's weather and cottage's is my weather too! Hugs to Maggie today!
Fluff, got any cottage cheese or Ricotta to make a smoothie? That always goes down okay for me when I am queasy in the AM. Feel better :hug:
Good morning Stephanie, Jessie, and Gonna! Have a great day!
LoriAnn, sounds like you have been talking to flylady! I have a binder too, but haven't been too good about using it lately... It's very helpful though.
RNMom, the packing peanuts are a great idea - I may have to borrow that one.

Okay, I've written my usual novel now, so better get back to work! Good thing I am a fast typist.

04-01-2008, 11:18 AM
Schmoodle, that April Fools dinner is spectacular! I think you should make regular meatloaf and grilled cheese! That would be hilarious because they'd be expecting something silly!

Gonna, have fun at the baseball game. I'm grumpy about baseball after the Phillies blew their season opener last night.

Stephanie, good luck at the meeting!

Linda, glad to hear Maggie's OK.

:wave: Jessie!

RN, I'm :rofl: about your packing peanuts joke!

Loriann, your journal sounds like an excellent idea! You'll have to let us know how it goes!

I'm finally showered (you're welcome) and have a load of laundry in. Thanks for all the compliments on the kids! (Krystal, they do look just like Tom. I always say it's a good thing I cooked 'em for nine months because, otherwise, you wouldn't know who their mother is!)


04-01-2008, 11:22 AM
Fly-by for me! I'm in the middle of Appraisal Notices and it's got us pulling our hair out! Hope that everything is going well!

Kara, the kiddos are gorgeous!

Hugs to Maggie, Cottage!

04-01-2008, 11:27 AM
Schmoodle, that April Fools dinner is spectacular! I think you should make regular meatloaf and grilled cheese! That would be hilarious because they'd be expecting something silly!

I agree! Then you could watch their faces as they eat, with them wondering what you put in it! :D

04-01-2008, 11:40 AM
Hi all! Kara, the kids are adorable, and making me rethink my stance on children in the near future. And then I remember my nephew, who cried and cried when I held him, and I realize I need to wait a while.

I leave for Seattle this evening, for the worlds craziest business trip ever, and I'm pretty sure I've got the tools to stay on plan. I've packed cheeses, apples, and some cucumber, so when I get to the airport, I can hopefully avoid temptation.

Boy, I'm tired. Green tea isn't quite cutting it this morning for waking up.

04-01-2008, 11:44 AM
Schmoodle that is too funny what you do to the kiddos dinner, very creative. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

04-01-2008, 11:48 AM
Quickie as I had to be at the garage for 7:30 to get my snowtires OFF! I ended up at Bob's Diner with the local lads and can't tell you what I had for breakfast or it'd be censored as food porn! Donna is actually here and we are doing the sewingroom. I'll pop back in later.

So glad wee Magge is out of surgery. Now :cheers: to a speedy recovery.

04-01-2008, 12:19 PM
ola chicas!

spring hath really truly sprung, sunshine and gentle breezes pervail. but weather forecast says snow and hail on the weeken. ugh. we'll see

cottage-so glad maggie is all good!

kara- ur babies are sooo cute! when exactly are ya'll moving out over here?

cyndi-wish ur kitty all the best, boo tazer is going to have surgery this week so i share ur pet/mommy angst

cat-glad ur pet is doing better:) and thnx for the brekky inspiration

nessa-congrats on the new boobs!

fluffyk- can totally relate..since i've been sick i have indulged in reeses pieces and had the same icky symptoms but, hey--congrats on the 4 lbs

loriann-i think u've inspired me to get organized

schmoodle- ur april fool's dinner is da bomb:D

usarchie-goodluck on withstanding tempation whilst on the road

moi? had another doctor's put on different antibiotics for another 10 days as my symptoms had returned. as mentioned above felt so poopy i had some reeses and otherwise haven't managed to keep up what with the prep and cooking and all. it just feels as if my body needs more good carbs than i'm giving it..thinking of toning down sbd while i'm this a good idea?? or one born out of frustration? :(

04-01-2008, 01:01 PM
Kara-gorgeous children, I heard it said by a mom of one of my premie patients, "You know you are going to love your children, but I never knew I would fall in love with them."
I like that sentiment. I still am "in love" with my 23 year old daughter.
Cottage-glad Maggie is out of surgery, hope she has a quick and easy recovery.
Hello everyone else!
Have a happy April Fool's Day!

04-01-2008, 01:13 PM
Karla, it's so true. Although their antics temporarily make me forget it sometimes...

US, anytime you need a reminder why you don't want children yet, just come on over! :lol: They really are mostly good, but they have their moments of course! Have fun in Seattle! We lived there for three years and loved it. Tom just heard there's a job right up his alley on Whidbey and we're hoping to get an in for it after he retires.

Kim, good luck getting everything done today!

Jan, we're leaving at the end of May. Are you anywhere near where we'll be?

Ruth, yay for sewing room clean-up! Glad Donna finally made it!

I was feeling hungry and then just realized it's about fifteen minutes past when I usually eat lunch! So I spent the whole morning NOT thinking about food! That's a first!


little chick
04-01-2008, 03:19 PM
Hello chicks, Happy April Fools day. No tricks here. Just stopping in to say hello. Kara your children are beautiful.

04-01-2008, 03:48 PM
Thanks, LC!

Schmoo, I'm totally stealing your idea for dinner. We were going to have veggie burgers, so I'm just going to crumble them up in the muffin tins! I can't wait!


04-01-2008, 04:11 PM
I am freaking sick AGAIN. I have had it worse this winter (now spring) than I have in years. 3 weeks of influenza A, ovarian cyst exploding, now I have an awful cold. I left work but I'm going to the store before I feel worse because I AM starting Phase 1 tomorrow. I figure the cold came just in time, so maybe I won't notice the sugar cravings and ickyness of the first 4 days of Ph1.

Kara, your children are cuter and cuter with every picture I see of them.

Ugh I'm going to lie down while I wait for Tommy to come home so we can go to the store. Hope you girlies have a good day.


04-01-2008, 04:17 PM
:getwell: Lisa

04-01-2008, 05:48 PM
Lisa, send that boy to the store FOR you and get some rest! Be better soon, lady!


04-01-2008, 06:10 PM
Kara-cute children. They are adorable.
schmoodle-what an idea for an april fool's dinner. That is such a good idea since I am a baker and cake decorator. It probably would fool me.
Lisa-I've had an ovarian cyst on my right side. Didn't know it till I got my tubes tied and they took pictures of it. I had to go in for an internal ultrasound and it was completely gone. I for some reason didn't have any pain. The doctor asked me if I had any abdominal pains within the 2 weeks prior to the ultrasound and I said no. Weird. She said that it busted and it is completely gone. They say it's normal though for women to have ovarian cysts. They said that most women have it and don't even know that they have it. Just plain weird. The doctor was even amazed at how I didn't feel any pain or had any type of symptoms. Good luck and get some rest.

me-this one is a quick one. Got lots to do even in the middle of the day. Gotta make some chocolate fondant for a church thing tonight and gotta get the kids ready to go and get dinner ready and get my hair done. Geez, I might have to just let my hair go, I may not have enough time. Everyone, have a good april fools day.

04-01-2008, 06:52 PM
femme, what are you doing to flatten the tummy? crunches? Got a secret exercise to share.

Share that secret, Girl!!!
I've been doing all kinds of stuff...well, basically they are crunches of different types that are used in fluidity and callenetics. I'm doing the advanced fluidity now and you have a ball between your knees.

04-01-2008, 08:52 PM
Stress and chocolate that isn't dark enough are a bad combination. We had to leave the kitty for an ultrasound and now she's home still feeling horrible. She has to go for surgery Tuesday - she has a bunch of stones in her bladder. Just 1-2 years ago we lost all three cats to cancer and kidney disease so my stress level was very high when she was at the vet. And there was chocolate near me all neatly broken into squares (I allow myself one small very dark chocolate square per day. that's one of 15 in the bar). It was bound to happen but I still feel pretty weak. 72% is just sweet enough that I can eat more than one while 84% is really too dark to enjoy the second square. Darn. Okay, back to plan!