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04-01-2008, 08:21 AM
We had a terrific run on the 40's chat thread, but it's time to reintroduce ourselves : I'm the mother of 4 beautiful children. Two daughters 14 and 11 and two sons 12 and 8. They and their activities really keep me busy, but it's a great kind of busy. So, I'll talk about singing and plays, soccer, baseball. basketball, dance, art shows, etc....cuz I think everything they do is cool.
I work just a few hours a week helping my husband in the family business. So, if I write about making delivieries that means I'm travelling to a farm to deliver bagged feed. My hubby custom mixes and bags according to a heards specific needs and away we go.
I'm the Cub Master for my son's Pack. I've been doing that for 5 years. I started when my oldest was a Tiger Cub. I'll write about that too.
I lead my churches Youth Group. Yep, I'll let you know what's going on there too. I also sing in my church's choir. I'm an ok filler voice, but my daughters can really sing and if mom's going they don't mind and the choir really needs young beautiful voices.
I'd also been a yo-yo dieter for 28 years. I went on my first diet at 12 y/o. I dropped over 50# in less than 3 months and the cycle had begun. Starve...look hot for about 2 months and then binge my way back up during sweatshirt season only to start again come April so yep, I could look hot again.... for 2 months....(which I never believed anyway, go figure)
Anyway, On my 40th b-day, August 2004, I said, "enough is enough." I quit dieting, I quit exercising, I just plain quit making looks a part of me. I did a lot of reading and a lot of journalling to help myself through some painful childhood experiences. By May of 2006 my head was in pretty good shape, but my body was falling apart. I was not quite 42 and my back hurt so bad every morning I couldn't unload the dryer and pick up the laundry basket. My youngest child had learned to ride a bike and we could all finally go have fun together except I physically slowed everyone down. I'll be honest, I was very fearful of starting any kind of diet. I was finally liking me, what if I started mixing up my body image with who I am again????
So, since May 2006 I've been making small changes and keeping focused on fit and healthy not the size of my pants. I started by just walking 1-2 miles every day, 2 quarts of water every day, a fruit and some veggies every day. Those were my only rules and still pretty much are. Except I walk a lot more now and have added yoga, which I love. In the nearly 2 years I've gradually lost 34#, continued to really like me and my children are learning moderation and good health habits.
I also really like to chat at 3FC, because I've met some really awesome women and men here who help me do all the things I want to.
I know this was long. It's one of those kinds of days, but I'm hoping you'll join me and let me know all about you. Maybe we can help each other make the life we're living the best one possible.
Have a terrific Tuesday!

04-01-2008, 09:29 AM
Good morning girls.

Lovn told me to do a short bio :) Here we go.

I'm 48, originally from Scotland. Married 22 years and have 3 girls age 20, 16 and 11. My youngest has special needs and had gone through a lot in her 11 years. I have been fighting the battle of the bulge since about age 12. I lose and gain have never got to goal. My husband retired from the air force last year after 26 years. We live 30 minutes from St.Louis hence the reason I'm a huge Cardinals fan. I just got into baseball 3 years ago but I love it. I trained as an RN but have not worked since my oldest was born. I volunteer on base 2 days a week.

Short but sweet. Keep it going.

Diane that game yesterday I was wishing they had got to the 5th inning.

04-01-2008, 09:43 AM
Now, I didn't mean short. I want to know it all and I can't see you from my back porch. Ha Ha lol

04-01-2008, 11:26 AM
I just so admire you all! I look at all your tickers and bios and see how much you've lost and it's absolutely inspiring and lifesaving to me.
I'm a 47 year old single mom (separated for a year. no divorce yet) of 5. The last few years of my marriage were very painful. My husband basically was cheating and lying and stealing, and I was choosing to look the other way under the assumption that it's best to keep the family together. Eventually, I couldn't take the hurt anymore and decided (with the help of family and friends and clergy) that my husband was spiraling downward and I had no obligation to go down with him. I could choose to save myself and children, and that's what I have done.
It's funny how since the separation I feel like my marriage belonged to a different lifetime. Now I am here, free! And a new beginning. I finally have made the decision to get healthy. I feel closer to my children. I take risks I never did before.
And I ramble. Well, that's me in a nutshell.

04-01-2008, 11:31 AM
I am glad you started a new thread since I joined so late in the game last time. I am 41 years old and the mother of 3 - daughters age 16 and 14 and a son age 12. I am a Realtor but doing that very part-time now. I am too busy running the kids and trying to stay up on the laundry and cleaning. I have been struggling with weight since my son was born. I joined ww a couple of months ago to get back on track. I also found this site around then and find it helpful that so many of us are in the same crazy routine at this point in our lives. My husband is great and very supportive - although he very tall and thin and can eat anything which is hard!

I am really wanting warmer weather and more sunshine - I love the first couple of snowfalls but over 100 inches was excessive this year!!!:dizzy:

I am looking forward to being part of this from the beginning.

04-01-2008, 11:36 AM
Wow Avi -it is good that you made that decision. My sister had to make a similar decision about two years ago and she has 4 children and she is doing very well and I am so proud of her.

I am also inspired by how much weight shows on the tickers - it gives me hope and I am going to plug along - I figure it took me 10 years to put it on so it will not go away overnight.

I have problems fitting the excercise in on a daily basis - any suggestions from anyone?

04-01-2008, 12:12 PM
Avi, First, I'm sorry for your loss. The decision you made had to be difficult. I'm glad it is working out for you and your children. Congratulations on making the decision to get healthy. It really sounds like you've left the old behind and are moving forward. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

4mykids, My hubby too is tall and slender. Always has been, but I still have more hair than him lol We're coming up on that time of year when getting outside is finally at a comfortable stage. With all the rain we got yesterday my sump pump is running on and off. I just am thankful we have it! The exercise trick that works for me is mapping it out a month in advance. I know it sounds daunting, but it's worth the effort IMO. This being April 1st I sat down this morning with all our monthly calendars, scouts, church, school, sports, etc.....I go to calendarsthatwork.com and make one calendar with EVERYBODIES activities on it and print it out (it's free). I then make another calendar for my exercise. I can easily see in advance which days are going to be overloaded so those are my rest days and I plan from there. Too, like this summer when baseball practice is scheduled I committ to riding my bike with the kids to practice. It's 6 miles round trip and we have a safe trail to take. Presto, I've exercised, spent time with the kids, and probably visited with other moms. The 30 min or 1 hour workouts I plan are my committment to ME. Of course life happens and I don't always keep all my committments to myself, but most often I do, because on that other calendar I can so easily see how much I'm giving to others. We all deserve to give to ourselves as well. I hope that wasn't overwinded for you.

04-01-2008, 01:27 PM
Lovin, thanks for the new thread! Sorry I was MIA there for a bit. Things got a bit out of hand.

Me -- 47, single. Long story short but I'm the backup support for my niece (now 19 at UCLA) and my nephew (soon to be 17). Good golly they can be a full time job! I made the commitment to be there for them as they were growing up, which sort of put dating and relationships in the deep freeze. Ought to be interesting when the youngest leaves for college! Me time! Primary support and care for my folks, Dad is 71, a non compliant cardiac diabetic. Mom is 70, arthritis, back problems, feet, knee and hip problems, a permanent tracheotomy. Mom and I quilt. (Just got a TV for my sewing area - happy, happy days!) Most of the time I leave the house around 6, 6:30 AM for work, go to the gym and the folks house after work, get home between 8-9 PM. You'd think if I'm only really home on the weekends my place would be neat as a pin, GUESS AGAIN! Anyway, always been overweight. First diet at 7. No kidding. I am of short stature with huge bones (I had an x-ray with me at the office once. A co-worker held her arm up over the x-ray. Her arm and sleeve fit within the outline of my two lower arm bones. I'm a Clydesdale!) I have degenerative discs in my lumbar region. Turns out that's not unusal for people in their 40's. Just found out yesterday I may have a slightly borderline thyroid problem. Not enough for a diagnosis, but enough to cause problems. Ya THINK!? Oh, super sun sensitive and I'm to put on shorts and a tank top and sit in the sun without sunscreen for 10 minutes every day at noon. Seem's we're supposed to test out between 50-100 for vitamin D, I'm at 13. The sun is the fastest way to increase vitamin D. Going to have to think about that one. I'm not just pale, I'm neon, ghostly, glow in the dark white. I'll scare the office half to death the first time I try that! Pretty sure I've left stuff out. Have to think about it. It will come out later, I'm sure!

It's a beautiful day today, hope everybody has a great one!

04-01-2008, 01:41 PM
Ok, my turn. I am a married (for 21 years) 44 year old mother of two - a girl, 13, and a boy, 11. They are extremely active in sports, so I spend a lot of time at their events: baseball now but also volleyball, basketball, and football. My husband is a self-employed contractor who keeps insanely busy, and I work a full time job outside of the home, in insurance. Life is a bit full right now, but I have fun. My house is not as clean as it should be, but I'm at the games and helping my kids, so I feel it is justified! We live in the country on some acreage, so we have animals. Horses, cows, geese, chickens, ducks, turkeys, dogs, cats, fish, birds, and a lizard. We love hunting, fishing, camping, and riding the horses, so nice weather is our favorite! I really love yardwork, but I don't do it as well as I used to because the kids' sports have taken over our lives. :) I used to read a lot...

I absolutely love sports... well, most sports. My favorite is probably football, but close behind is baseball. I've come to love volleyball because of my daughter and basketball is fun to watch, too, although I'm not very good at it. You will hear me talk about taking the kids out to the park to work on whatever sport they are in at the time. Oh, and I love Nascar and rodeos, too.

I put on my weight in college and when I had my kids. I have always continued to be active, but I felt that I needed to make some changes if I am going to continue to be healthy. I did very well at first, but then winter hit and little sicknesses here and there, so I'm behind on what I wanted to do. But, I'll bounce back. I hope to see some weight losses very soon. I have been lucky to be as healthy as I have been, and I want that to continue. Getting rid of the weight will definitely help with that. I do have ticker envy sometimes, looking at those with much less weight to lose, but I realize that everyone struggles with this, whether you have a lot to lose or just a little. We're all in this together and I love the support on this 40-something thread.

Clyde: I haven't heard if they rescheduled the game or not. I think it was a little rude for the Cardinals to start playing before the Rockies even showed up. At least I think that is what happened in that first inning!!! I just hate slow starts!!

Ok, that's probably enough for now. I'm glad to be hearing more about everyone!

04-01-2008, 01:44 PM
Just read Kappy's post. That is one thing I really want to do someday when I get some "me" time. Quilting!

04-01-2008, 01:51 PM
I remembered! I have a 17 year old Siamese cat. Well, the proper phraseology would be she has me. I don't think humans can "own" a Siamese. She's gone from being totally stand-offish to wanting a lap available 24-7. With a nice, warm quilt to pad over the dips and bumps. Kinda hard to get much done (other than reading) when you have "assumed the position" and she has taken up her preferred spot. If you don't "assume the position" she starts stomping in circles. She has some kind of brain issue, she really does walk in circles until you want to scream. Trust me, cats can be quiet as stealth or stomp like freakin' elephants. When you are not where you belong, she stomps. And talks. Man oh man, do Siamese talk. Nag is more like it. And it turns out, I'm allergic to cats. So I promised, when she goes, that's it. Don't know what I'll do then. Probably have to get a dog, can't imagine being totally alone all the time!

04-01-2008, 02:11 PM
OMGsh, I'm so glad we started a new thread. I thought I knew you all pretty well, but I've learned so much more already.

Kappy, Good luck getting the vitamin D up. Let your freak shine or whatever it takes ;)

Diane, who cares about clean houses. Go sports!!

Shy Moment
04-01-2008, 02:21 PM
Winkie is a mix. Part Persian and part Manx. The little man sounds like an elephant walking around the house. I totally understand. I am allergic to cats too. I will have a cat my entire life if I have anything to say about it. Don't know what I would do without one around the house. I just have to keep him out of my face and off my bed and I can breath enough to survive lol.

Indians had their opener at home last night. Was a great game.

04-01-2008, 02:22 PM
helloooooooooo everyone and happy april fools day...spring is in the air!

i love spring when everything is beginning to bloom again and showing signs of new growth...:flow1:
i love the seasons...and i love how life imitates the seasons...even each day...as we awake from the winters sleep...to jump start the day into spring...and then have our mid day flow into the summer of the day...only to slowly transition into autumn and then into the lull of the night before we settle into winters sleep again.

perhaps our weight loss is like that...perhaps some of us are in our spring...newly beginning either the first time, or beginning again...either way, its a new start....:congrat:
a fresh spring...time to focus on what can give us life..
perhaps some of us are into our summer of losing weight...and we had a splendid spring :flow1:and now, are enjoying the warmth of success that got us to this point...soaking up the rays of sun...:flow2:
some of us are in the autumn of our weigh loss journey...:flame:having lost all or most of the weight we need and are gathering all the information we can, and relying on all the advice from friends, and encouragement, and successes that we have in order to parlay us into the winter of maintenance.:coolsnow:
no matter where YOU are in your season of losing weight, know this...that everyone here cares for YOU and longs to give you the lift you need at any given moment...know that you can lean on us! :hug:No matter your season…reach out and find friendship among all these posts.:comp::grouphug:
Cheeriooooo to all of you:dust:
Thank you for all your love and support and encouragement.

Shy Moment
04-01-2008, 02:28 PM
Wondered where you had been. Nice to see you back.

04-01-2008, 02:42 PM
:cheer2: Lots of people showing up for the new thread.

Diane I used to read a lot as well :) The game is on tonight.

Rainbow good to see you again.

:welcome3: Avi welcome aboard.

04-01-2008, 02:46 PM
thanks clyde..been super busy...but always lurking when i have the chance and happy to see how everyone is doing!

04-01-2008, 03:10 PM
Rainbow you're doing really well on your weight loss :cp:

04-01-2008, 03:52 PM
Rainbow, Loved your metaphor. Really nice to hear from you and see how awesome you are doing!! Smiles to you girl.

Clyde, Game vs TBL....which one wins your view?

04-01-2008, 03:59 PM
Rainbow! Good golly, girl, welcome back! I know, sometimes it is easier to read and lurk than it is to stop long enough to post.

When I grow up I want to be more like Rainbow. Positive and cheery. Hey, I have a GOAL!

04-01-2008, 04:12 PM
Rainbow, Loved your metaphor. Really nice to hear from you and see how awesome you are doing!! Smiles to you girl.

Clyde, Game vs TBL....which one wins your view?

I will be watching 3 things at one time :D I can multitask. American Idol tonight as well. Biggest Loser I will watch later on TIVO. I think one of the brothers will be going home tonight, don't know which one though.

04-01-2008, 04:16 PM
Kappy how does your mum manage with her tracheostomy? My youngest had a trach for 6 years.

04-01-2008, 04:37 PM
Clyde, Ahhh the world of the advanced :)

04-01-2008, 06:58 PM
I'm Chris and I'm 48! I've never really had what I consider a problem with my weight until the last few years. Up until I was 30 I weighed 120 lbs or less, in my early 40's I weighed about 130 lbs or so and then perimenopause hit and there I was at 148 lbs. What a drag.

I am married for almost 23 years now, no kids, no pets. Just hubby and me, fancy free. We are extremely active with inline skating, cycling, walking (him), kickboxing (me) and travel a fair bit skating and cycling. In fact we've so far got 5 events planned between now and October to attend with 4 of them out of province & country.

We enjoy travelling and have visited many places including islands in the Caribbean-Barbados, Anguilla, St. Marten, St. Eustatius, Saba, Turks & Caicos 5 times, Carriacou, Grenada, Bequia and Dominican Republic. For our inline skating events/races we have been to LA & Long Beach-California, St. Pete's & South Beach-Florida, Duluth-Minnesota (6 times), Montreal-Quebec (5 times). We also enjoy going to the theatre although we normally just choose comedies and really try to support local small theatres. We usually go on weekend getaways where we attend a play and go for a light dinner after -- if it's out of town we normally stay over at a small hotel. Keeps life & marriage fun.

I love books, music and cooking. I'd love to write a cookbook -- perhaps someday.

We work together and own a business in the accounting sector and this time of the year is pure he!! for us. But, we always survive.

That's about it --- sorry it's such a long winded introduction.


Shy Moment
04-01-2008, 07:08 PM
Daughter has decided I am going to take tennis lessons with her this summer. I have decided to trade daughter in on another model lol.

04-02-2008, 08:20 AM
Chris, it was nice learning more about you. Just me and the hubby fancy free sounds like a life time ago and away. I'll be 55 when my youngest graduates high school. That's why I have to keep fit and active. I want some romping the world time with the ole man!!

Clyde, How is your youngest now? Do you you care to share any of that? What did you think of all the crying last night? They probably made the right choice, game wise, by sending Mark home, but personality wise I'd have kept Jay around. The way Mark and Aly acted for most of last night's segment if I was his wife I'd be kicking his arse around for a while!! It was cool to see Jay and his wife working out together though. I could never get my hubby to do that.

Rennie, I think you gotta keep the ones ya get.

Shy Moment
04-02-2008, 09:29 AM
Isn't that the truth lol. I was a little happy hehehe. She decided yesterday she was going to do a 4 mile video with old mom and show me how easy it is lol. There she was through mile one and two just going at it, showing old mom she could squat down lower than I could while doing side to sides and kick backs. Mile three came along and the poor young thing was getting tired and quit a few min before mile 3 was done. Old mom went on to complete mile 4 lol.

04-02-2008, 10:55 AM
kappy you always crack me up.
please say a prayer for me especially this week

04-02-2008, 11:32 AM
Rennie, I keep telling my kids, "the difference between a good athlete and a great athlete is conditioning." You have to be able to make it for the long haul. Great job!

Rainbow, I'll ask God to give you peace and strength in all you do. That should cover most anything you're going through. Take care.

It's beautiful here today. I've gotten the bathroom cleaned, one load of laundry on the line and another swooshing, made the hubby a big brkfst well, and me too ;) Now it's off to work for a couple hours anyway. Planning to walk with M about 1pm. Should be a great day. Choir practice at 7:30pm. A good busy? Well yes, it's mostly all for me. Wha ha ha ha!
Hoping your day is awesome too!

04-02-2008, 01:39 PM
Good to see so much posting going on! Woo hoo!

About TBL: I could not believe the ridiculous amount of crying with the guys last night. How stupid. I thought it was funny that Mark's wife told him to toughen up. I don't know how excited I would be if my husband were acting like he was last night with Aly. I was really glad to see one of the brothers go, though. I don't know who I am rooting for at this point, but I didn't want both of them to go to the very end. I think it is amazing how much better everyone looks now, though. Truly an inspiration.

Clyde: I know I enjoyed the baseball game last night... I'm assuming that you would have rather had them play in the rain and finish on Monday! I guess there are 2 more games with the Cards. I'll be watching!

Rainbow: Hope everything is ok with you. I'll send a few prayers from my direction to you, too.

Better get going. Hope everyone has a great day!

04-02-2008, 01:49 PM
Clyde, Mom has had the trach since January of 92. Metal, with a separate insert part with a speaking valve. She can't have the plastic ones, they're just too bulky and don't fit right. Not the ideal situation, but it was get a permanant trach or die so we deal with it! She inhaled a thread while we were on our quilting vacation, couldn't stop coughing until she could get it back out again. Nothing like a Mom who can get hair balls!

Rainbow, I got your back! Prayers and wonderful, hopeful thoughts coming your way!

Work is in transition. Which is a polite way of saying keep your head down, don't look anybody in the eye, keep on keeping on until further announcements are made. That's a really depressing way to spend the day! Have to go find something positive and uplifting to do, otherwise a normal workday seems to take about 36 hours. So while I'm off hunting for opportunities and busy work, you all have a great and fantastic day!

04-02-2008, 02:08 PM
Hi guys! I have been avoiding you because I went on a 4-day eating binge. It is over now and I have an extra 5 pounds to show for it. Workouts have been good, as usual.

I am 43 years old, and I stay home with my 5 1/2 year old daughter and 4 year old son. Before kids I worked for a large beverage company headquartered in Atlanta. I was very career driven and never in a million years expected to end up a homemaker.

I have yo-yo dieted for my entire adult life. I have always enjoyed working out, but I have also always had issues with binge eating. I got into the best shape of my life right around when I turned 40. I never liked to run, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted from walking. I did the couch to 5k program and never looked back. Then I had some injuries and I have had to really scale the running back.

Then last year, despite working out almost daily, I fell back into bad eating habits and gained back almost everything I had lost. I started journalling food again in January and have lost about 15 pounds so far. I would love to learn to eat like a normal person, ie - only eat when I am hungry and stop when I get full. I hope I can get to that point someday because it always seems like I am on the way up or on the way down. It's exhausting.

I love TBL - I heard this today: Cry on 3. Cry on 3. 1-2-3 CRY! LOL

I hope you're all having a great day!

Shy Moment
04-02-2008, 02:21 PM
She will either give up or she will listen to old mom and pace herself. Why is it mom never knows anything lol.

Please don't avoid us. Each of us needs the support we find here. None of us go through life with each day being perfect. Today is a new day. Time to get back on the wagon and go in the right direction. Nice to have you back.

I hate days that go on forever. Hope you find something to do that give you a bit of a chuckle.

04-02-2008, 02:40 PM
Kappy, Does your company have downsizing fears or something? What an awful way to spend your day. Good luck finding busy work and I hope you don't get a stiff neck from all that looking down.

Ward, I know exactly what you're saying about either being on the way up or on the way down. I lived just like that for 28 years and it is terribly exhausting. I hope you can find your "small" changes or whatever it will take to find a comfortable weight and just stay there. Like Rennie said, don't avoid us. If you had come on and asked for help earlier maybe someone would have said just the right thing to stop the binge sooner. Some of the ladies here give remarkably good advice that makes me think, "why didn't I think of that?" You have a good day now.

04-02-2008, 04:18 PM
Hi girls.

Just got back from shopping with hubs. He starts a new job Monday and needed to get 2 new suits. So off we went to the mall. He got 2 nice ones in Penney's. He's off now until Monday.

My youngest was born with a laryngeal cleft and had the trach from birth. She had 3 repairs done on the cleft with no success and then we went to Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia. It was there that they were able to the repair and they closed the trach when she was 6. That is a wonderful hospital they do great work there. She had a g-tube as well and she got that out when she was 7. She is doing well but has other issues that she has to deal with. She's a very happy child and is growing like crazy.

Kappy sounds like your mum is doing well to have the trach that long. It used to drive me crazy the equipment we had to carry with us everywhere we went.

Biggest Loser last night enough of the crying guys. I think Ali looks great and I'm hoping the 2 girls make it to the end. Mark doesn't have much more to lose so he could fall below the yellow line next week. I think Roger will make it to the finale.

Diane the baseball last night grrr. There's a lot more games to go. Don't know about tonight's game Wellemyer might do OK. We need hits and runs.

Rainbow I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Ward don't avoid us even if you're having a hard time.

Rennie tennis lessons fun.

I need to go haven't got anything done yet today.

04-02-2008, 05:01 PM
Hello everyone,

There is hope today that we might be able to enjoy some spring weather. I love the way it smells a nice spring day. I was actually inspired to take my dog on a walk.:)

Rennie - my daughter also plays tennis - I played with her last summer and I need lessons!!! I am hoping I will be better this summer because I hope to lose more weight - I was impressed with your tracker - and your weight loss - any advice?

Ward - I was on Spring break for 14 days and I came home and realized I was up about 5 lbs. - I thought I did better then that but I am working hard this week to get it back off and my goal is to be back where I was by Friday when I weigh myself. So do not get down - get back on it - you can do it.

Well, off to pick up kids from school.

04-02-2008, 05:40 PM
Let me add my 2 cents, Ward. Keep posting and talking to us. I haven't been doing well with weight loss these past few months, partially due to being sick but also because I really got off track and it is hard to get back on. No excuses. I'm just faking it until I make it... again. Stay with us!

Clyde: That's really good news about your husband's new job. I know that it has been a long road for you guys, so hope this will be great for you! And, with baseball, we have lots of games to go. Who knows what will happen next!??

Kappy: Work is hard enough when things are going well. I hope it turns around for you soon.

So, I went walking at lunch with my friend. We saw a teenage girl get handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. That really freaked me out. I don't know what happened, but she was put in there. It kind of floored me that she showed absolutely no emotion. I would think that if you are getting arrested or whatever, wouldn't you be freaking out, just a little?? Nope, no tears, no emotions, nothing said. I can't imagine getting a phone call like that either. "Your son/daughter has been arrested." OMG! I have enough trouble if I hear that they have acted up at school (which doesn't happen often at all). Just let me stay in my very sheltered life!!

Back to work....

Shy Moment
04-02-2008, 06:41 PM

Hi again. Advice. You know so many things work for different people. So my way is sure not the only way. I am on what I call the " Rennie plan " lol. I stay within general ranges for myself 1200 to 1400 calories, 30 to 35 grams of fat, 180 to 210 carbs. ( All of this was broken down from what is allowed on a 2000 calorie diet. The doc, dietitian/nutritionist said those were great numbers for ME. Doesn't mean they would be great numbers for anyone else. I eat the required amounts of the four basic food groups a day ( ok, so sometimes I only get 3 or 4 of the bread/cereal group in instead of the 6 we are required ) I admit it. I don't do without a thing but I do know if I have a yummy today ( mountain dew or m&m's for example ) I have to wait until tomorrow to have another yummy AND if I don't have the left over calories, carbs and fat to cover that yummmy I can't have it. Believe me when I plan out my tomorrow menu tonight I will plan my yummmy. Can't do without my caffeine free mountain dew a couple of times a week lol. Oh ya, I use fit day and plan out my tomorrow menu tonight. This does take time because I think about what I want to have. I find doing this no different than taking out meat from the freezer for dinner tomorrow which I always did.

I do walking/aerobic videos and resistance training. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I do at least two 3 miles walking/aerobic videos a day and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday i also do about 40 Min's of resistance training. Tuesday and Thursday I do at least 8 miles of walking/aerobic videos. I really try to do my 1 mile at a time walking/aerobic video marathon on Tuesday or Thursday lol and I try to get in 10 miles. None of this is written in stone 9 times out of 10 I do this but if the knee or the hip is hurting I might slack off a bit and do less or just not do everything as intense as I do when I am not hurting. I think last month I averaged 2 hours a day.

For me the big thing is planning. I know what I need to do and I do it. The way I eat, the way I exercise is just another thing on my to do list for the day and I don't go to bed until that to do list is done.

There are a few in here that put me to shame with the amount of exercise they do. I have no idea where they get the energy. Lovn is one that just lovesssssssssss to walk lol.

More personals later, have to get my video done lol.

04-03-2008, 08:50 AM
Clyde, Congrats from me too on hubby's new job. I can't help but think you must be one very strong woman. I'm glad to hear you found a wonderful hospital to help your daughter. God's blessings your way.

Diane, I too, feel so shelter and much blessed here in my little town. My children are known by their first names by everyone from the librarian to the post lady. We have maybe one teen arrest a year and it's usually underage drinking or smashing mail boxes. When you look around and see how some children are being or rather not being raised it's a wonder any of them can show emotion! I'm glad you were able to get a walk in and with a friend, even better.

Rennie, I'm kind of getting into yoga now. Not that I'll give up my walking, but the yoga's kind of cool and I can feel a difference in my upper body strength.

4mykids, It was absolutely beautiful in WI yesterday. I got in a 4 mile walk with my friend and for the first time we met a lot of other people out walking and running too.

Today I do not have to work. I got my housework and laundry done yesterday. DD doesn't have to be at dance until 3:30. What to do???? I'll probably surf a lot of 3FC. I rarely get out of 2 threads and then maybe I'll spend some time with my mother. I haven't since Easter.

04-03-2008, 09:27 AM
Morning girls.

My weigh in and I'm down 3.5lbs.

It was a good day yesterday. We beat those Rockies ;) and daughter got 3 hits and a run at her softball game. They won 6-4. I got a good walk in as well.

Got to go volunteer day will check in later.

04-03-2008, 09:40 AM
Clyde: You are awesome! Look at you drop that weight! Just another 2 pounds and you're in onederland! How cool. Big celebration time for you!
Oh... and congrats on the game. I had a feeling that the Rockies would lose that one. Hopefully they can get the last one!

I have a test to take at work today. Oh joy. I will need to study a little bit this morning and at lunch, before I take it in the afternoon. So, I'm sure that will be fun.

Have a good day everyone!

04-03-2008, 01:02 PM
Greetings all!

Clyde, congrats to hubby and the new job! Mom doesn't have any equipment with her trach. We got lucky there. For those of you who don't know (I didn't!), your vocal cords determine if you are breathing (open) or talking (closed & vibrating). Mom has paralyzed vocal cords. Meaning they never really open, for her it was the equivilent of breathing through a cocktail straw. The trach is below her voicebox, a permanent direct path to her lungs. Good news/bad news. She can breathe now, but can't exercise. We can open our mouths if we need more air, her mouth/nose do not contribute to what's going to her lungs. She also can't use hot tubs, swimming pools, is to completely stay off boats and water. Showering is a bit of a game too. Some people have to take extra equipment with them to help their lungs and breathing. We're lucky, we don't have that issue. Yet.

Dian -- the teenager with no reaction to being arrested. At the rink they used to have a payphone. Parents bring the siblings in, visit with their adult friends and the kids are running around doing whatever the heck they want. No rules, no manners, rude, out of control beasts. Did you know 911 works if you use a coin or not? The darlin' pups were playing on the phone. After so many calls in one day/time period, the cops would come anyway to see what was going on. HOW DARE THEY INTIMIDATE THE CHILDREN LIKE THAT! Who did they think they were dealing with, hoodlums?! No respect, no reinforcement of the rules, we're going to have a very interesting future in this country!

Rennie -- on your cardio days try adding in intervals. Something to shake up the routine. Maybe only one day a week, warm up for 5 minutes, increase the intensity for 5, slow down for 2, more intensity than the first time, slow down for 2 again, keep it up for about 30-45 minutes. If you have a way to measure your heart rate it's amazing how fast you can adjust to doing it and how hard it can be to get your heart rate up higher each time. You can do it in 3 minutes increments, but then only slow down for 1 minute. That is much harder. Anything to break up the usual and throw your body a curve.

The job -- they're talking offering early retirement and layoffs. They supposedly want to lose between 1.4-2.6K. Only in some groups, others are supposedly fine. The problem is some groups have already started handing out 60 day letters (get a new job in 60 days or be laid off), they didn't even ask for volunteers to retire first. So it's kinda hard to figure out exactly what the overall company attitude is. The other problem is we just went through a major reorganization on 3/5. The group I was supporting went in literally 6 different directions. So who do I support now? No idea. My "new" overall organization is nationwide. Am I responsible for all of them? Some? One subset? No idea. Meanwhile the person who is supposed to be telling me what the expectations for the year are keeps asking me to tell him! Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Guess I'm going to go clean out some vacated cubes for now. At least I can results for the day's activities that way!

Hope you all have a fantastic day. Have fun!

Shy Moment
04-03-2008, 02:46 PM
Some of the videos I do have interval training in them. My lungs don't handle it to well but I do as much as I can of them.

I am doing better on the yoga now. I don't fall over as much lol.

Glad hubby got a new job. You know we don't realize how fortunate we are in our lives until we hear of others with worse problems. Hope thing go well for your daughter.

04-03-2008, 03:53 PM
Kappy, Good job vibes comin' your way.

Rennie, Does Leslie Sansone have a yoga dvd too or do you like another for your Yoga. I've been using Total Circuit training with Alan Harris and whatever I can get at the library. I just bought 2 Rodney Yee dvds. I've done each one just once. I like them both even though they are very different. One moves through the poses very quickly while the other moves more slow and controlled. Like I think of traditional yoga, but what does a hobunk from small town WI know about yoga? lol

04-03-2008, 04:00 PM
Thanks very much for your support and what you guys said makes a lot of sense. It's just that binge eating is a very shameful behavior for me, and it's something I do in secret. It is hard to me to talk about it even here, where no one knows me. I hope being more open about it will help me conquer it.

I have had great workouts all week - I think I am becoming addicted to spinning. Today I cut the grass for the first time this spring. Well, the weeds I should say. It was chilly and misting rain, but it needed to be done today while both kids were in school.

Saturday we are leaving for Disney World so I am in full panic packing mode. I am sure I will be eating lots of stuff, but we'll be doing tons of walking and swimming so I am not going to stress over it. It's the kids' first time and I know they are going to love it!

Hope you all are having a great day!

Shy Moment
04-03-2008, 07:56 PM
Yes she has one called you can do yoga. First she shows you all the moves and then you do it with her. It is a nice video. I am sure it is not very advanced but then, I am not very advanced lol. Someone sent it to me so if you would like it pm me an address and I will send it to you. I got another copy in a bunch I bought at a moving sale not to long ago.

Hope you have a wonderful time.

04-04-2008, 09:40 AM
Rennie, thanks for the offer. I'll think about that.

Today is the complete opposite of yesterday. I'm working for at least 4 hours and then making that ever necessary trip to Wal Mart. I haven't done a good shopping since right before Easter so, I'm probably not going to want to see the bill. It's beautiful here this morning. Loads of sunshine and we're suppose ti hit 58*. I'll probably be skipping the yoga in exchange for a walk. DS has been invited to attend The Junior Youth National Leadership Convention in Washington D.C. this summer. He was nominated by one of his teachers unbeknown to us. They expect me to send my 12 y/o across country alone and spend 5 days and nights in D.C. ALONE. All for the low low price of $1900 w/o travel expence. My husband did the same thing, but as a Junior in high school, which seems much more ok to me. We have until May 16th to figure out travel that I'm comfortable with or he will not be going. I'm sure it's a good opportunity, but not having all my hair turn white in 6 days is pretty important to me too.

04-04-2008, 12:57 PM
Hello all - Happy Friday - this has been a long week for me. I think it was coming off a very restful vacation but I can not wake up - although my whole family has been tired this week which makes me feel better. I felt bad for my DD because she had to take finals this week - I never could have done that!!!

Kappy: I hope all goes well with your job. My husband's company was sold last year and it was stressful for everyone not knowing what was going to happen. Lucky for all of them that they kept everything the way it was and no one lost their jobs.

Ward: have fun in Disney - enjoy every minute of it.

Lovn: Good luck with the decision on the trip to DC for you son. It would be a great opportunity but it would be a long way away. I have a son turning 12 in May and I could not imagine him going that far away (although, that is probably why he was not nominated!!! - he is very shy and quiet) He is going to a basketball camp about an hour away from our house and I think that will be hard for him - ok and for me;)

Going to lunch with my daughter - she only had 1/2 day because of finals - we are going to celebrate. Take care all of you.

Shy Moment
04-04-2008, 01:02 PM
My daughter was given that same oportunity. With the way things are these days I am not sending her anywhere.

04-04-2008, 05:22 PM
Wow, I've worked, walked and shopped. Where is everyone?

4mykids, hope you had a nice time with your daughter and that finals went well. My DD signed up for her freshman (HS) classes today. It was a little confusing on how the credits were listed, but I'm pretty sure she was going to be able to take all her requireds, continue in both band and choir, get the first year of Spanish and still have time for art. If we figured it right that's a total of 8 credits. If the Spanish upset the time frame for the painting class she was going to be upset, but she promised she would do the right thing and take the Spanish. All the colleges she's interested in say 2 years of a foreign language, but when you look at who they are admitting the students have had 4 years so.....Spanish it is. At least she has a jump on math!!

DS spent the day on campus in LaCrosse today. They held a college for kids and he and 4 others went with their teacher. One class he was taking was in television production and he was really excited. I never knew he was even remotely interested before. He's arriving back in town too late to ride the bus home so I'd better toodle so I can pick him up. Tomorrow is solo and ensemble for DD. Her duet is at 8:10am. Thankfully, it's being held just 4 miles away. The trio is at 9:10 and her solo isn't until 11:20. We'll probably have time to come home between the trio and the solo. I bought her Halls Fruit Breezers today. She'll be surprised I remembered, but I know she likes how they make her throat feel. With all the streap throat and flu that's been going around the girls haven't gotten near the practice they would have liked, but I'm sure they'll do fine.

04-04-2008, 05:25 PM
Hi all. Clyde, where are you? I thought you'd be giving me a hard time about the Rockies falling to your Cards! Ha! Glad they are home today.

Lovn: My 11, soon to be 12, year old boy is going on a field trip with his class to Denver (about 4 hours from here). THAT is pushing my comfort level. It would be understandable if you didn't agree with the Washington DC trip. I am with you that it would be appropriate for a high schooler, but not a middle schooler. I am sure you are proud that he was selected, though!

4mykids: It is hard coming back to normal life after a nice vacation. Hopefully you can get some sleep this weekend and get rested again!

I just got back from an awards assembly. This one was for my son's class. He made honor roll and had perfect attendance. It was fun to see all his buddies and how much they have all grown! Amazing. My daughter had one this morning. She had perfect attendance and I went to that one too. She is getting better, but not quite to honor roll level yet. It does, however, make me glad to not be a teacher. Too darn many kids!! ha!

Should be a fairly quiet weekend. No baseball games yet. They're still practicing. It looks like my son might pitch some, but he'll be catcher most of the time. He might also play 1st base. Did I mention how cute he is??! My sweet baby boy. :)

Well, I better get going. Have a good weekend all!

04-04-2008, 06:45 PM
Hello again,

Lovn - it sounds like your DD is on the right track. My daughter is a sophomore now so we just signed up for her Junior year classes. You are right about the Spanish we were told the same thing - to have 2 years at least. My DD wants to do Spanish 3&4 next year and then AP Spanish - that really suprised me her first year all she did was complain about it:dizzy:. We have block scheduling at our school which will allow her to take both in one year. We had solo and ensemble at the beginning of March so we are done with it!!

Diane - I love awards the awards assembly that my kids have - I also think it is fun to see how great they are doing in school and how they support each other. My DS struggles a little more then my DD's did so he works twice as hard as they ever had to - although he seems to be the most coordinated in sports so I guess there might be a trade off.

I am excited that our weather is supposed to be good this weekend or at least tomorrow. My DS has a basketball tournament all day so maybe I can get out and walk between games. He has this one and one more next weekend and then we are done for the season. My DD was supposed to have on also but she dislocated her kneecap and is out of commission.:(

Well, everyone have a great weekend.

04-04-2008, 07:17 PM
Hi girls.

I'm here my girls were off school today, teacher institute or something like that.

Diane how about those Cards beating the Rockies ;)

I'm a very happy camper. Hubs new work gave him paperwork for a drawing for Cardinals tickets. They have 2 tickets for every homegame and you had to select 3 games you'd like to go to. Well we're going to the Phillies game at Busch Stadium on June 15th. I'm so excited my first major league baseball game.You all will probably hear more about this before the big day!!

I just watched Oprah, heartbreaking those poor dogs. Amyone else see it?

I have to go pick up the pizza and my delicious salad from our local Italian. They make the best salads. Will check back later.

04-05-2008, 08:44 AM
Diane, It sounds like your children are doing awesome. That's a huge testamony to the good job you must be doing!! Yes, you have mentioned how cute he is...that's how I know you are too. That pride thing just makes us mommies GLOW.

4mykids, My children all have a very easy time in school. We have been very blessed. The only problem we have at all is our youngest doesn't always work up to her potential. Example : She got a B in Social Studies this quarter ( I know, what kind of **** mom gets upset over a B? ) but, when you check her grades on line her daily work is all B-, C+, D+ etc... and her tests and quizes are all A's. Hmmmmm, that spells l-a-z-y to me. Sometimes it is a curse to be little bitty, blonde and blue eyed. It isn't always difficult for her to get her way or the things you want. Well, if she wants to play softball this summer the grade will be up. Our oldest daughter was sadly dissapointed choosing classes yesterday. She has so many required classes that she actually can not take band and choir both the entire year if she's taking the Spanish...so there moving one of her requireds to her sophomore year to allow for both musics. I'd actually like to let her quit band so she can have an art class, but the hubs says, "no way, you work when you're a fresh and a soph so you can chill later." My thought though, she'll be taking so many AP courses later there isn't going to be any chill time. The guidance councellor said it would actually help to show she's more diversified by dropping the band and going into art. Ugh.. Thanks for listening! Hope you enjoy the basketball tourney and get a little walking in too.

Clyde, How awesome for you, have a great time at the game in June.

Well, DS had an awesome time in LaCrosse yesterday and DD is now up and showering for solo and ensemble. She wasn't even crabby when I told her it was time to get up. Woo hoo, that's the first sign of a good day coming. Isn't it?

Happy Saturday all!

04-05-2008, 12:12 PM
Clyde: How fun! Going to a major league game. I never have been to a major league game, so I'm anxious to hear about it! We see a lot of college games... and, of course, little league games :)... but haven't made it to Denver to see the Rockies. It used to be pretty easy to get tickets, but after last year, I heard that they are much harder to come by. I'm pretty sure I'll get in lots of little league games.

Lovn: I know what you mean about the lazy kid syndrome. Both of my kids could do better. My daughter struggles more than my son, but if she were to put in more effort, I think she could get A's and B's. But, she typically has some C's, too. She actually had a terrible report card for 2nd quarter, but brought it back up for 3rd quarter. My son could probably get straight A's if he would put a little more effort into it. So, I keep pushing! It's my job, you know.

4mykids: That's cool about your daughter taking all those Spanish classes. I know that when she is looking for a job, that ability could really help her. Right now in our office, we don't have anyone who can speak Spanish and it can be a problem sometimes. I took French in school which is of no help whatsoever!!

No sports yet for me. We'll be working on getting stuff done this weekend. Soon the games will begin and we'll be busy. I'm anxious to see how my son will do this year. He just seems to be a lot more confident.

04-05-2008, 03:47 PM
Well, I weighed in, and I am at 167.5! And, I am on Spring break. My weight is down 4.5 pounds from last week. I don't know what my starting weight was, because I did not weigh myself initially.

04-06-2008, 10:24 AM
TRimom, Terrific, have fun on spring break!

Diane, I have a smile from ear to ear right now. Our school district is so tiny that Spanish is the only foreign language class it offers. DD wanted to take French on line. We told her that was fine, on her own time and own dime, but for the real world Spanish is what she needs. We had a huge discussion on the importance of Spanish and how it's the language of so many speak etc...Of course she's not stupid so she gave in and is saving her OWN dimes for now lol It will be nice to show her what you wrote UNSOLICITED. The grade thing. I have moms who think I'm just awful, but my kids love and respect me and we have terrific relationships, but when push comes to shove I firmly believe it is not my job to be their friend. It is my job to give them the tools to be all they can be. As an 8th grader myself my parents ignored Freshman orientation and my subjects were picked for me. No advice for the future at all. Heck, I was in school 3 weeks before I knew there was a choir I could belong to!!! Hello, my kids are not going to be left floundering through life on their own like that. Soap box away now. Have a great day!

Yesterday was awesome. DD and her friend received a 1st on their duet. Those two plus another received a 2nd on their trio and DD received a 1st on her solo. It was very beautiful. The only negative comment the judge had was to make her ending letter sounds more crisp. Pitch , delivery, even eye contact were all terrific. I wanted to kiss the guy after he was done talking to her. I sould see her self asteem meter rise as she was standing there!! Since she sang class B this year, as an 8th grader, and received a first she can sing class A as a Freshman. You only get to state if you sing class A you know?! After all that I came home and did a long hike with my two youngest children and made a yummy stir fry for a sit down meal. It was 62* yesterday and I did not waste a minute of it. (for a change) lol I sure hope you all had a great day too!

04-06-2008, 12:00 PM
Lovn: Glad I could help... without even knowing it! I agree with what you're saying about helping our kids make good choices. I, too, was left floundering in picking my classes when I was in high school. My parents didn't go to college and they didn't have the insight on what I needed to do. Thankfully, I was friends with a bunch of other kids who were college bound and we all figured it out together. My kids will get every bit of insight I can give them. They can make their own choices... to an extent... but they will get my help.

TRI - Sounds like you're having a good spring break! Glad to hear it!

Well, I got all my running around chores done yesterday. Now I need to get stuff done around the house. It's cloudy outside, but still pretty nice.

04-06-2008, 01:06 PM
Morning girls.

A gorgeous day here. I'm about to go out and do some weeding so as I can get some plants in. Haven't bought the plants in need to get the dirt cleaned up first. I had a great year last summer with tomatoes and hopefully I'll get more this year.

Lovn congrats to your daughter, you must be very proud.

I went through my closet this morning and tried on all my spring summer collection :D There were quite a few success stories of things that I could not get on last year that now fit. Of course I still have my section of clothes that will fit when I lose 10 more pounds.

It's a lovely day I need to get outside my youngest is going to help me!

04-06-2008, 02:26 PM
Clydegirl - I'm jealous! Weeding and trying on summer clothes (and :bravo: by the way, on your success there!). We still have lots of snow here. However, they are announcing weather over 10 C (over 50 F) all week, so that white stuff should melt! :sunny:

Lovnmom - If it's any comfort to your daughter, French and Spanish are very similar so once she has Spanish under her belt, French will be easy if ever she still wants to pick it up later. My son grew up with both French & English, and is now taking Spanish in high school.

Today's a great, sunny day here. My son is at a soccer game (which I can't go to 'cause it's in a dome -- migraine alert for me :mad:). When he and my husband come back, I'm hoping to go out to one of the numerous trails around here and see if anything has melted down enough to walk on (I don't want any cross-country skiers snarking me!) If that doesn't work, we'll just walk around the neighbourhood, as the streets are clear. :dancer:

04-06-2008, 10:40 PM
Diane, Hope you had a great day! My church is taking ticket orders for the Brewers vs. Rockies game on July 10th. It'd be a great time, but I'm sure my son has a game. If he decides he'd like to go though, we're in.

Clyde, Awesome job. Your weight has been dropping steadily. Did you get your dirt ready?

SeaWave, Hope you had a great day.

I did! I joined the new cooking group that formed a short time ago at our church. Today we made Cuban porkloin, a delicious rice w/ black beans dish and some really mm mm good burritos we topped w/ chile verde w/ pork. Yummy, each dish was easy and delicious. For $20 I brought home food for two meals that were interesting and tasty. Plus, I spent a nice afternoon with some lovely ladies. Had time to see Horton Hears a Who with the family too. I absolutely loved it. No exercise today, but oh well!!!

04-06-2008, 11:48 PM
Lovn my right lower arm is sore from digging in the dirt. We also went to the park with my youngest for a little while. It was a really nice day here today. Baseball against the Rockies you should go. Those Brewers are tricky we will be playing them next week here.

We saw Horton 2 weeks ago good movie.

That sounds like some good eating. I love rice and black beans.

04-07-2008, 09:41 AM
Clyde, Now that I understand the concept of the cooking group I will definitely be going back. You're suppose to let each other know what healthy recipe you'd like to share and then each woman puts in an order for how many servings she would like to take home. Each person brings enough ingredients for her own recipe to make the number of servings needed for everyone. You also bring those disposable tinfoil pans w/ the lids so each woman can fill her pan and take it home to bake on whatever night she would like. Doing it that way no one has to pay. It's a nice afternoon and everyone gets meals for the week. This week there were only 3 women there and I didn't know how they'd been doing it, but they were cool with that. Since it's a brand new group it's gone like that most weeks. It would be really nice to end up with 5-7 in the group so ever other week I could have the entire week's meals cooked all in one afternoon. The best part though. Last nights meal and tonights, someone else chose WHAT to make. Since it was only us 3 one woman ran next door to her mothers and brought back 2 tiny bottles of chardonay and pretty glasses. We relaxed, had a small glass of wine and prayed before coming home.

04-07-2008, 09:42 AM
Lovn: If the Rockies keep playing the way they have been playing, the Brewers will have no problem with them! (Sorry, I'm a little disappointed in the Rocks very slow start.) Those meals sound very tasty! Yum!

SeaWave: That's true, French could come in handy if you live in Canada. Maybe that's where I should have gone to keep up on it! ha! Not much French spoken in Colorado!

Clyde: You're amazing! Good for you! You've really had a great start in losing weight this year.

We had a fun day yesterday, but I didn't get much done. It seems like we either get to have fun, or I can get my stuff done around the house. You can't have both! Oh well.

04-07-2008, 09:54 AM
Hello chickiedees...:hug:
Sorry I have been AWOL lately. I have been so obsessed with a project that is just consuming my thoughts and time. On the good side, I am OP and had a great week, and a totally AWESOME weekend...picnic's on both days! The weather was fabulous.

well....I finally hit two goals I have been striving for since the beginning of the year.:bike2:
1. Saturday I biked just over 20 miles! in one stretch. 20.7 I was so elated and I can't believe I can even do that! If you would have told me at Christmas time when I got my bicycle that I would soon be able to bike 20 miles I would never have believed it. I started out with 3-4 miles and just kept adding a little more each week.
2. One of the most amazing thrills of my lifetime! Sunday, I BIKED THE BRIDGE...the bridge I mentioned earlier in the year. The ride down was sooooooooooooooooooo worth the ride up. I will try to attach pictures. The bridge is quite steep and the beginning incline is ugggg HARD, but then it got a little easier. Coming down was freakin amazing. I hit about 47 MPH before I got a wee bit nervous and slowly rode the brakes! OMG....what a thrill! Nigel was right there beside me the whole way, bless his heart! (only he didn't come down so fast!! haha) He is such a great supporter. I had originally set a goal to bike the bridge on my birthday last week but it was raining so we had to postpone it a week. I don't care, it was amazing.

I say to anyone who says they can't....just TRY...you might amaze yourself!

Welcome all the newbies, and love to all my friends....hopefully within a week or so I can get back to posting everyday.
hugs and cheerio

this is the bridge, to the far left, where the tall white railing is, that is the bike path. The bridg is 13,200 feet long.

we did it!

after we rode the bridge we rode to a park area, and had a picnic, and this is the bridge in the distance.

slash....i know what you mean....its not a hard choice...go have fun...ride bikes...picnic....OR vacuum, do laundry and finish taxes! hahahaha

thank you everyone for your prayaers for my son and myself...all is well, just a special prayer for a special purpose.

My little container garden is coming along....i hav little yellow blossoms on my tomato plants now...woohoo i hope for tomatoes before the 4th of july!

hugs and cheeriooooooo
rainbowsmiles :rain:

04-07-2008, 10:03 AM
:cp: :cheer2:

Rainbow congratulations that's fantastic. Were your legs like jelly when you were done?

04-07-2008, 11:50 AM
clyde...actually no...i have strong leg muscles!! We were out and about riding most of the weekend and I didn't think about putting on sunscreen, so now we are both dealing with too much sun exposure on our face and arms! yikes!! still, it was an amazing ride!

04-07-2008, 12:15 PM
Oh Rainbow, that is so cool. You look totally amazing, healthy and alive. You are my new hero!!!

Diane, Having fun with the family outweighs getting things done every time on my scale. I should post pics of my living room right now to prove it. Everybodies' stuff is everywhere, but we had a great weekend. So, who cares!

04-07-2008, 04:39 PM
Rainbow! That is an awesome bridge. Good for you and your strong legs! I'm totally impressed.

Lovn: That's what I'm talking about! Have some fun, enjoy life a little. Does anyone, except me, care that the house is a pig sty? No. However, I do need to work on it a little bit this week! Maybe do a little each day. Not too concerned. It always stays there until I get to it!!

Rennie: What's up? Haven't heard from you for awhile!

Shy Moment
04-07-2008, 06:41 PM
Hi, have just been so busy this weekend doing nothing lol. Every have weekends like that? The weekend was gone and I have no idea what on earth we did that kept us so busy lol. Things are just the same old same old around here. Clean house, eat, exercise get a my monthly shower :). Nothing special. I am working on a new hook rug but that isn't interesting to anyone but me lol. Lets see, oh my son poked my daughter so she slugged him, the cat has decided he likes to sleep on the bowl of apples and I am having to kick him off the stand every few min, what is up with him lol. See, told you nothing exciting lol.

That is terrific congrats. You couldn't even get me on that bridge with medications lol.

The group sounds like a real fun time.

Sounds like you are doing really well.

Until it is nice enough to walk outside maybe you could get some walking videos. The snow is finally gone here and I get to see my beloved squires again. Was a lovely weekend for us.

Sorry I didn't get to everyone in my post today. Trying to catch up some of my posting since I didn't post all weekend. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a great day.

04-07-2008, 10:19 PM
Hello, I can not believe how fast the weekend went. We had beautiful weather - although I did have to spend the majority of Sat. at a basketball tournament.

Clyde - My son was just on the computer and said the Brewers were tied with the Cardnials and I thought of you - it will be great when they play each other.

Rainbow - those pictures were awesome - thanks for sharing - I do not think I could have done that on my bike - I probably would have had trouble in my car.:)

Lovn - I agree on the whole house thing - I am always staying I have to clean and finally someone asked me why I clean so much and I had to explain that I really just say I am going to clean I actually always find something else to do and it really does not get done. There is always tomorrow for cleaning.

I will catch up more tomorrow.

04-08-2008, 10:30 AM
Just a boring day here yesterday. A little housework and laundry. A little exercise and Cub Scouts. That's about it. I did do a lot of 3FC surfing though. It's dreay and yucky after the lovely weekend we had. It's pretty much sapping the umpf right out of me. I plan to walk to the library this morning before it rains. That's a 6 mile round trip. I'm hoping that will help drag me out of the dumps. If that doesn't do it.....there's always TBL tonight!!!

04-08-2008, 10:56 AM
hey chickiedees....
thanks for all your encouragement and praise! i tell you what, you guys are amazing!!!! let me say that again....YOU GUYS ARE TOTALLY AMAZING!

as for cleaning...uggg....i make most things a "game" haha i'm such a kid still. and i nevermind asking Nigel for help and he always is helpful. maybe it's the britishness in him....because his dad is so helpful to his mum. anyway, i love watching my favorite tv shows, especially reality tv, like the biggest loser, and survivor and american idol. soooooo, i "commercial" clean! i know it sounds crazy, but you will be amazed at what you can clean while a commercial is on! heehee i get the vacuum out, and the dusting supplies, etc...and the commercials are getting longer and longer! rofl so the next time you think you ahve no time to clean....try a little commercial cleaning!


lovn....wow! i still can't walk a mile...because i still have too much weight to carry, but one day i hope to be able to walk longer distances. walking 6 miles....THAT FREAKIN FANTASTIC!!

4mykids...thanks for the compliment. i wish i was more like you and organized in my cleaning but hey, i can't do everything! hahaha

shy....hahaha a bowl of "capples" rofl....are you scared of heights? i love bridges!

slash....aww thanks for that....sometimes i amaze myself! Nigel says i limit myself and that if i really want to do something, i can. i wish i believed that!! sometimes i do! other times, well, maybe not! haha i can't wait to go back and bike it again, just to come down fast! it was soooooooooo amazing coming down!

clyde....yummmm on the rice and beans....how do you make yours?? i think i'll make that tonight!

seawave....i love that name! snow??? snow?? omg....i don't know if i could handle snow this late in the year...its a blessing to get the warmth early in the spring in the south, but a somewhat of a curse later, when its so hot, and muggy, there seems to be no relief.


Shy Moment
04-08-2008, 12:20 PM
Lets put it this way. I was about 4 car lengths from being off a very large bridge one time and there was an accident in front of me. No one could move. I am so afraid of bridges that I had a panic attack ( on bridges I freeze and just can't move if not in constant motion and even then it is hard to be on a bride for more than a few min ) . As the police officers were going car to car to let people know it would be awhile before they could move one of them saw me. Took me out of my car and walked me to the other side of the bridge. When they could get my car moved he moved it for me.

04-08-2008, 12:34 PM
Good morning,

Diane - I just backed up and read previous messages - I am glad my DD wants to take that much spanish also. She will be a junior next in HS but really does not know what she wants to do so if she has an interest in spanish she will be that much further ahead.

Does anyone have any good excercises to strengthen your knees - it has to be without weight -my 2nd DD is growing fast, loves sports and is very active but she has dislocated both her kneecaps within the last year so we are going really slow this time and I am open to suggestions. She actually has gone to PT twice but that obviously has not helped. She is 14 years old and 5'8 (she is not done growing yet either or so they say) - She is also very thin 110 lbs. (she eats plenty she is just growing so it burns off as fast as she eats - we have tried protein bars and shakes with not change) so she and I are on polar opposite sides!!!:) I can't believe I gave birth to her!!!:)

She is a little bummed out that she pasted on last 6 weeks of activities. She goes to the YMCA with me and does the treadmill and bike (very slowly).

Anyway, everyone have a great day. My DH called to see what I was doing and of course I said cleaning the house - as I was online with all of you!!;) But I am going to tackle my son's closet today - I do it about once a year and today is the day - Lord help me and give me patience!

04-08-2008, 01:34 PM
4mykids: They just had an article in our local paper about a special program they have for teenaged girls in sports because they are so susceptible to knee problems. They said that girls are even more prone to those problems than the boys. I didn't read it too closely, but I guess it is a significant problem here with all the soccer girls. Hope you can get some help on that.

Rennie: So, tell us about the hook rug! It isn't boring, we want to hear from you, so tell us about that!! We miss you when you don't post, so I am sure that we'd love to hear about your projects. I am not very good at crafts, but I love them!

Clyde: Hey! The Rockies actually won a game last night. woo hoo!

Well, I went to a baseball meeting last night to get the new scorekeeping updates. They are changing quite a bit this year and making it much more of a learning environment. I think that is good overall, but it will really be different than the competitiveness from last year. I was a little disappointed in the board members that were there. They were really into complaining about how hard it is to be on the board, how much time they put into it, etc. While I am sure that they do put in an outrageous amount of time, it is a volunteer position. They aren't inspiring anyone to join the board when they tell everyone how hard it is. I just kept my mouth shut. :) I have no intention of joining any boards right now, so I'll keep quiet!

Well, have a great day everyone! Looking forward to seeing TBL tonight!

04-08-2008, 04:54 PM
Amazing, the drug that is supposed to help with pain management and possibly also help me lose weight has me hungry all the time. Not good. Worse, I'm back to the exact same weight I was at when I started the drug. Gotta figure this mess out!

Somebody, don't know exactly who yet, posted my nephews car for sale last night on Craigslist. Long story short, Mom was driving him home in his car when his cell phone started going nuts. Over 50 calls in about a half hour, all asking if the car was still available. I haven't heard the resolution on this nightmare yet. I know a listing can be marked as fraudulent, but I won't get to talk to the kid until later tonight so no idea what's happened since we left him last night. He was not a happy camper.

I've gotten three cubes completely cleared out, I'm almost done on three more. Amazing AMAZING amount of crap that gets collected and left behind. Just to make life exciting, I put what we have way too much of out in the hallway for other groups who may need it. We have a clerk in our group, danged if she's not pulling it all back! Binders where the cover is ripping off or previous contents have stained the cover, hanging file folders (3 drawers full of them, we don't need any more!), floppy disks (there isn't a machine in the building that can read them anymore!), the list goes on and on. Frustrating. One cube, no kidding, grapes with stems still attached had been on the floor for so long they'd turned to raisins. Sort of. It's just plain sad.

Which is a long way of saying I've lost my optimism, lost my momentum, and good golly, why does it have to be such a fight all the time!?

04-08-2008, 08:01 PM
Evening girls.

A busy day. Volunteer work this morning, out for lunch then home and cleaning out my youngest's room. I can get rid of a lot of junk when she is not around. I might do a yard sale next month. That's a big might.

Kappy hang in there it will get better.

Diane those Astros are tricky I always get worried when we play them. Good to see the Rockies getting a win when we're not playing them.

4mykids did you get your son's closet cleaned out?

I saw a few of us are signed up for Gary's 5k at the weekend. I will do mine on Friday.

Shy bridges make me a little nervous. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a long one and I was always glad to get off there the few times we've driven over it.

Biggest Loser tonight should be good we get to vote who is the 3rd one in the final 3.

Shy Moment
04-09-2008, 01:04 AM
Going to have to take some pics of this last one. It is a couple of wolfs, you know how I love wolfs lol. It came out real pretty. The new one is really pretty. Making it to go under a coffee table. Has a pretty bunch of flowers in the middle and then flowers and greenery along the outside all around the rug.I agree with what you are saying about the board members. I remember when I was team mother for the kids teams when they played summer sports. It was a ton of work but fun too. When my kids were done playing and I turned the position over to another person. I sure didn't tell them how much work it was lol. I just told them how much fun it was. Hey, lets be fair, no one told me how much work it was lol.

I bet you talk to your pharmacist and you will find that drug can cause weight gain. Don't they all. Oh my gosh, who on earth would do that about the car. Had to be a practical joke that really went wrong.

Everyone use to laugh at me when I would say bridges fall until last year we had that bridge go down. No one laughs at me anymore.

04-09-2008, 09:49 AM
Rennie: That sounds like a cool looking rug. Do you keep them for yourself or do you give them as gifts? I've always thought that they look good as wall hangings.

TBL was really amazing. I was shocked at how much weight they lost in this last week. (My husband thought it was rigged!) It should be interesting to see the final show now. Those women did an amazing job. I think that Kelly, in particular, has really slimmed down over the past few weeks. I wish we could all go on that show! It would be way too hard for me to be away from my family that long, but to have the ability to only concentrate on yourself and losing weight would be amazing.

Clyde: Well, the Rockies won another over the Braves. Maybe they'll get back on track now. I think the Cards just scared them!!

Kappy: Boy, it just sounds like you are going through a tough time. I'm sorry to hear that. Working isn't always that much fun anyway, but when you have added stress like that, it makes it that much worse. Hang in there. Hope you can get the meds worked out.

04-09-2008, 10:07 AM
Morning girls.

Biggest Loser last night amazing. I was shocked at the ammount of weight they lost but then remembered last week they all did not do well. Also they had a long flight and jet lag. Maybe the final week was more than a calendar week! The girls did so well. I was really happy they made it to the finale. I felt that I could relate to Ali when she was talking about her weight and how she put herself last. She does not have much more to lose so Kelly could do well.

Diane I'm enjoying the baseball some good games.

Have to go to PT will check in later.

04-09-2008, 01:10 PM
Wow - I do not see biggest loser very often but I caught it last night and I saw it probably 6 weeks ago - I could not believe the difference. I did not recognize 3 of the 4 of them from the last time I saw it until I saw the before pictures. I agree that Kelly may win because she really looks like the only one that has a little more weight to lose.

I emerged from my son's closet later yesterday afternoon - it took longer then I thought!! It sure looks good now and he promises to keep it that way - yeah right - he says that everytime but he does do well for awhile. Now my girls are waiting for their turn!!

Clyde: I think we are going to the Brewer game on May 9 - when they play the Cardinals - should be a good game. Just waiting on whether we will get the tickets or not - my DS birthday is the day before so it would be for his birthday - he loves the Brewers and baseball or whatever the sport of the season is. I think he has watched all the games on TV that he could although he usually does not see the end - he falls asleep.

Kappy: What a terrible joke to have played on anyone - I hope he gets it worked out without too much trouble.

Well, I am actually at work - I better get back at it. I am pretty much self-employed and work with my dad so it is pretty flexible. I do not think I would be able to work any other way with all the running and keeping up with my kids.

Shy Moment
04-09-2008, 01:11 PM
Out of the hundreds of those rugs I have done over my lifetime lol. I do not own one of them. I never get to keep one. People start putting in their orders for rugs for Christmas presents at our family and friends Christmas party lol. A friend just bought a new house so the one I am making now is going to look so pretty under her coffee table. I really had to hunt for it and I have changed the colors a bit from what was in the kit so they will go great with her furniture and curtains. She was complaining about how the carpet in that room is a tan color and makes the room look drab. This rug will put a nice splash of color into the room and bring out all the colors in everything else.

04-09-2008, 01:43 PM
Rennie: That is so cool that you can do that. I actually can do rugs, but I give up way before they get done. Short attention span, I guess.

Just had to come back and make a comment about Biggest Loser last night. Maybe I just missed it before, but they showed a picture of Bob without a shirt. Wow! He is hot! I love his personality, but seeing him without a shirt put him in a whole new light. :whoo:

Ok, back to work.

04-09-2008, 04:42 PM
Blaming it on a guy keeping me busy. but thankfully away from the table.

Doing ok - that time of the month so feel fat and icky - and holding water but this too will pass.

Good to see everyone still here - that said I think I'm the only one that doesn't watch TBL - maybe i should start.

Shy Moment
04-09-2008, 08:44 PM
I don't watch it either lol. Glad to see you are doing well. Water does pass lol.

I go from embroidery to rugs to embroidery again. Wish I knew how to knit. Always wanted to learn but no one every had the time to teach me. I have tryed from books but I just can't understand lol.

04-09-2008, 09:28 PM
you are doing awesome on your journey here - congrats on all those pounds lost - keep up the good work!

04-10-2008, 10:07 AM
Wow, so much activity on here yesterday. Awesome!
Let's see.

Kappy, I'm praying your stress level will be on the decline soon. Hang in there girl. We're all here for you.

Rennie, The rug for your friend sounds beautiful. I'm glad you shared that with us. I write and write about so much stupid stuff, because I want to hear about everybodies lives. Keep sharing girly whirl.

Clyde and Diane, Biggest loser was pretty amazing this week. I tend to side with Diane's hubby that a little rigging was going on. 11 pounds is an awful lot for a very thin woman to lose in one week. Also, this is the first season when I've thought some of the contestants look "less than helathy." Ali and Mark both look hagard in their faces making me think nutrition has gone out the door. Mark was even breaking down about being beat. I don't think that had anything to do with baby brother being gone. He's just beat. All of this of course is IMO. Also, I don't think it's right to let viewers decide. The girls earned the right to choose. Why should that be taken from them? Anyhoo...

Clyde, what kind of volunteer work do you do? Share, share, share.

Diane, Stick to your guns. You are already the team mom. Someone else can run the board. Your current members will have a hard time convincing anyone to take their places if they go about it in that manner. Of course it feels like a burden right now. Everything is in high gear to get ready for the season. Are they planning less games that makes you feel it will be less competetive? Two years ago we joined no league and baseball and softball both were just fundamentals. By doing that the school got a nice grant for summer school kinds of things. It really wasn't as bad as we all anticipated, but the coach hated it!!

4mykids, My DD dislocated her knee cap 2 1/2 years ago. My advice would be to really encourage your daughter to do the exercises at home that the therapist gave her to do. My DD didn't and is still having trouble. I hope you get the Brewer tickets you want!

sillycat, Have a great day!

As for me. DH and I spent a nice day together yesterday. It started with work, but then shopping and lunch out. It did us both good. We've had some financial set backs lately, because of corn prices etc...we're not headed for the poor house or anything, but changes for our farmers have to be made so they can afford to feed their animals. It falls heavily on my DH shoulders to get them and us through these times. The rest of the world has no idea how ethanol is having an adverse effect on so many. (Diane, you've probably seen your feed prices increase. Imagine if your animals were your livelyhood) Anyway, we had a nice day together. Thankfully, because I had to miss choir practice due to DD being pretty sick with an ugly throat. At least the snow that was on the ground yesterday is gone today. No, I'm not having a pitty party the blessings are still outweighing the adversities!!

Have a great day ladies!

04-10-2008, 10:09 AM
:mad: My weigh in and I'm up 2 lbs. I only have myself to blame, went out to lunch Tues and Wed. Plus I've been on a chocolate binge this week.

This is a challenge for me when I get close to 200. I always have a hrd time getting under 200. Must do better this week and no lunches!

I have my daughter's annual review, IEP, today. Always emotional. Should be interesting to see their plans for her next school year as she's is going up to middle school.

It's pouring rain here. Where's my brolly. Got to go.

04-10-2008, 02:49 PM
Lovn: Oh I can very much relate to what you are saying about feed issues. Granted, I don't have as big of a burden with the few animals we have, but I feel for the farmers. There is give and take everywhere, so with ethanol, there will be less corn for feed. There goes the food prices. It is all connected and I don't think I've ever seen farmers get a break!!! It's a great life, but it is definitely a tough life.

Oh, and I also agree with you about TBL. I think Mark has lost too much weight now. He doesn't have good muscle tone. Ali has better muscle tone, but Mark is looking almost sickly. It's probably time for it all to be over so they can get back to being healthy and fit, rather than just trying to drop pounds.

Clyde: Hang in there. You'll get under that 200 mark. You're doing great, and we're all proud of you. (I can't be proud of myself right now, so I'm proud of you!) Let us know how it goes with your daughter. I am sure that is stressful for you.

Rennie: You make me laugh about the knitting. I tried to teach myself to crochet by reading a book. Didn't work out so well! That's another thing on my "to do" list... someday when I have more time. Quilting and crocheting are the two crafty things I want to learn.

Kind of a blah day today. We had a bunch of rain last night and today it is windy and cold. It makes me irritable. I wonder if my tulips will ever bloom with all of this cold. Enough already. I think that I'm in a blah mood because of my lack of progress with losing weight. It is my own fault (that and being sick so much this year), and I'm just struggling trying to take it one step at a time. I'm afraid to weigh myself because I don't think I'll like the number. I plan on making myself face the scale on Monday, though. I just need to keep going, I know, but I'm just so uninspired. Just feeling overwhelmed because of the goals I made at the beginning of the year and how behind I am on all of them. I think I need to forget the goal sheet and just try to do what I can do. Sorry - I'm whining today.........

04-10-2008, 03:47 PM
hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: KAPPY :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

04-10-2008, 05:03 PM
Hi y'all! We are back from Disney. I missed you.


We had a lot of fun, but I am ready to get back into my routine. I went to a spin class today and thought I would die. Did I mention that I signed up for a 3-hour spin-a-thon on April 19? ack!

I just finished watching TBL - I am so happy for Kelly. I hope she wins.

Bye for now - the laundry is waiting.

Shy Moment
04-10-2008, 05:49 PM
Ok, you can all yell at me after I post lol. I went to a friends house for dinner last night. She measured everything out for me. Knew exactly what I was eating and had everything written down. Now that is really supportive don't you think lol. This was all great. I went home and put it all into fit day. She didn't think about sodium. WOW my sodium for the day was 6000. Can you believe that 6000. I just did a weigh in yesterday and was down to 144 Yeaaaaa me. I had to go today and pick up some paper work so did another weight in ( hey why not ). OH MY GOSH I am up 2 pounds. Now I know that can't be real gain but I changed my ticker anyway. My ticker is how I am honest with myself. It changes when I do a weigh in at the docs office no matter what. I am sure that will come back down at my next weigh in but it sure taught me a lesson. I am going to have to be even more careful when I go to someones house to eat. She called today and laughed and asked how my second weigh in went ( she knows me lol ). When I told her ( and now I feel bad ) I thought she was going to cry. I said oh forget it, it will go back down. At least she sees how much sodium they take in all the time. Something good came from it. She said she is going to start watching the sodium intake of her family. I feel like crap today, wonder if it is all the sodium? I feel bloated and pudgy and just not feeling to great all around. Have a terrible headache too. I usually keep my sodium around 2400 to 2700

You all look so happy. Glad you had a great time. Yes, it takes a bit to get back on track and exercise seems soooooooo much harder than it was when we get back to it.

I just couldn't understand. I saw the pics ( saw some videos too ) and those people were doing all that with two hands. I couldn't figure out how to do it if I had 10 hands lol. It has been a rough year for a lot of people with all the sickness going around. All you can do is regroup and set new goals. Yesterday doesn't matter and neither do the goals we made. Today is what matters and what we can do for our tomorrows.

I have my sons iep coming up too. Doesn't get any easier as they get older, he is 21 and might get to graduate this year. We put him in a school for adhd and asbergers a couple of years ago. The school really has helped him the last couple of years. This is the same child that the regular high school told us would NEVER be able to pass the state tests and we should be glad he could be let go from the tests. I was expecting to much from him and them I was told. I said bull wacky, life doesn't just let you get out of things and they were not going to teach him to do less than his best. He has passes all but one test now and he just took that one again. What did they know.

The gas prices have effected so much. I see the farmers around here and know they are having a tough time. I know family's that aren't feeding their children like they should because they have to spend the money on gas to get back and forth to work. Will keep you and the hubby in my prayers. It is a tough time for many and a really tough time for the farmers. When times are rough we really do find all we have is each other and as long as the wolf isn't at the door, ach other is really all that is important. Glad you and hubby had some time together.

I am going to rant a bit lol. Someone made a post on the site one time about how I don't have a life because I spend so much time keeping my house so clean. I am sure the people in the soup kitchen don't know about this since they get so many of my hours. Or the old people I bake for, or the help I give to the meals on wheels, or all the other things I do. Ok, I am having a poor pitty me moment and I deserve it. The comment not only hurt my feelings but it ummm ticked me off. I am very organized with my time and I am sorry if others can't organize their time. Heck I kept my house this clean when I worked 10 hours a day. When I went to college full time with two children to take care of under the age of 5 and when my father was dieing and I had to run back and forth to hospitals and doc appointments everyday. Ok I feel better now.

04-11-2008, 09:42 AM
Ward: Great picture! Glad you're back. I know what you mean about getting back in the swing of things. It's always fun to go, but awfully tiring to be out of the routine. Good luck on the spinning! That is one tough exercise!

Rennie: Sorry you were hurt by something that was said on another post. No one should make judgements on what is important to someone else. Glad you feel better now. I have to take exception to one thing you said, though. I don't feel that I am "unable" to organize my time because my house is not spotless, although time is a factor because I work those 9-10 hour days. It is a matter of what is important to me. Having a really clean house is not important to me. I like it to be comfortable and not completely trashed out, but ultra-clean is not a big deal... to me. It is a matter of choice. There is no right or wrong in this, it is just a matter of personal preference. I hope that doesn't tick you off... I just had to defend myself a little! It is obvious in what you have written in the past that you are an incredibly generous and giving person and no one should question your hard work within your community as well as within your house. We all should be so lucky to have a neighbor like you.

04-11-2008, 10:10 AM
Morning girls.

Well the rains have stopped. We had so much water around here, we were pumping water out of our crawl space for 4 hours last night.

Rennie that is good news about your son I hope he gets to graduate. H is going up to middle school after the summer. It's a new school, teachers, therapists, you know how that is. I don't know what will be ahead for her once she gets to high school and thereafter.
It's amazing the ammount of sodium there is in foods. Those 2 pounds will be gone soon.
:hug: to you Rennie don't let one comment upset you. I hope you're feeling better this morning.

I'm going to do my 5k this morning :dizzy: . I hope I make it around this town.

Will check in later.

04-11-2008, 10:23 AM
Rennie, All I can say is, whoever made that post obviously doesn't read your posts very carefully. You are as busy and off in the world as any of us. Plus, most of the time you are out giving of yourself to others. I'm sorry your feelings were hurt. We come here to receive support. I hope at this thread you feel supported. Great job on your weigh ins and your attitude. Yes, water weight will go away! That's terrific how you went to bat for your son. The rest of the world can be so patrinizing. Do they think we don't know our own children? Really, it's all about what's easiest for them. Your efforts have given your son opportunities. You go mom!

Diane, Try not to be hard on yourself. Maybe new goals are in order. You accomplish so much in your every day life. You work both inside and outside your home plus, you are a rockin' mom who is always there for her children. You're still in the game. That's what's important. This darn weather is getting to a lot of us. Hang in there.

Clyde, I hope all your daughter's tests went well. Do you know if we're suppose to post times for the 3FC 5K or just join or just post that we did it?!?!

Ward, Glad you had a good time. Good luck on your spin off. I've never tried spinning. I have no idea if there is even anywhere close to me that I could try it. Living in the middle of nowhere has it's advantages, but it's disadvantages as well.

Yesterday was pretty dull. Rain, rain, and more rain. That's what today is suppose to be like too. So, yesterday was all about laundry, dishes and cooking. DD throat is feeling much better. Thankfully! She is playing in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament tomorrow. I don't expect them to do much, but they will have good time. Neither my husband or I care for 3 on 3's, but she really wanted to do it with her friends sooooo. DS finally goes to state for the Knights of Columbus math test tomorrow too. He hasn't studied a bit so, I'm thinking it doesn't really mean much to him. My day will be spent running around. DH will be taking off work early, I'll be running DS to him so they can be on their way. A friend will be picking up DD and taking her to the tourney. SIL is going to watch her first game and I will be back in time for the second ahhhhh. Take me away! I thought the running was over until June. Pooo!
You ladies have a great day!

04-11-2008, 10:32 AM
Diane, I was posting at the same time as you. I too agree it's all about our choices and we should choose what works for us. Whether it's about housework or whatever. Some days I'm spot on and some days I aint. That's just the way it is and I can live with that, but everyone is always welcome here, clean or messy. That's what I care about.

Clyde, Water in the basement here again too. Your daughter's tests must have gone well. That is one of the advantages to small town life. My children will actually attend school in the same building with the same principal, councellors, etc 4K - 12th grade. I hope the new school works out for the best.

04-11-2008, 10:54 AM
Hey everyone! Newbie here, gtmerritt. I see that all of you seem incredibly sweet and dedicated to whatever life throws at you and I'm inspired by that. I live in Brunswick, GA where I have 4 children, 3 step and one of my own, but they are all my kids. I've raised my husbands children from small children and now they're all grown up. My oldest son is 25 (who blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter), My son is 22, my next son is 20 and my youngest, a girl, is 19. But you know what? They all come home now more than they did when they lived there...hmmm.

I've been overweight all my life and get it genetically from my mother. My mother has always been extremely heavy and had me dieting from the time I was in 4th grade...even though I really didn't need to be on a diet. I try not to think about all of that. But I've recently joined MRC and so far am pleased. I'm on my 4th week and have lost 12 pounds so far. My goal is 140 lbs. and they say it can be done by July 17th...so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. As you have probably figured out...I'm joining this forum to gain support and strength as I go through this difficult process. It's a lifestyle change and I'm up to the challenge. I started off at 193 and I'm currently 179 so it seems to be working..plus I joined a local gym and work out 3 times a week in the mornings prior to going to work. I've found that doing that helps me get it over with and not dredding it in the afternoon. My husband and I ride bikes in the evening together and he's be greatest support. I'll tell you more about him later - it's a true "Oprah" story.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

04-11-2008, 11:31 AM
Welcome gt, I look forward to getting to know you better too!

04-11-2008, 11:36 AM
Thanks Lovnmom.

04-11-2008, 12:07 PM
:welcome2: Hi Gt nice to meet you.

04-11-2008, 12:09 PM
Lovn I just got finished, actually did 5.2K. The weather is really nice this morning so it was lovely walking. Took me an hour. Looks like people are posting their times.

04-11-2008, 02:51 PM
Hey all. Just to keep everybody updated. One department at work got their 60 day letters yesterday. Rumor has it a total of 1,400 nation wide. They have 60 days to find a new job or be laid off. My department sent out letters today, we have one week to decide if we'd like to voluntarily leave the company or not. After that they'll decide how many get 60 day letters. So it's a lot more of waiting. Can't make an educated decision because nobody is saying how many total from the company or each department is being let go.

Meanwhile I'm making a killing cleaning the office. We had packages of stickers so old they no longer stuck to the paper they came on. Rolls of typewriter address labels. Couldn't even begin to tell you where or if we have a blessed typewriter. We have dictation tapes but no dictation machine. Unopened mail from 1999. Why, WHY do people insist on keeping popped or rusted paper clips? It's not like tossing one is going to break the bank! I'm taking a break, if I keep finding this stupid stuff I'll pop a blood vessel.

Meanwhile I'm way behind at home. Need to fix the kids taxes tomorrow. For whatever reason I get home, sit down and wake up hours later. Then I have a bunch of housework I have to get through. Definitely not a natural when it comes to house cleaning, I have to really, really work it. I'm trying. Signed up for Flylady, sometimes it helps and other times it's just another level of stress. I don't know why sometimes it seems stressful and other times helpful. Which is sort of a long way of saying a whole lot of stress from multiple sources and not a whole lot of stress relief yet!

Hope you all have a great day, it will be a great weekend!

04-11-2008, 05:09 PM
Oh Kappy. Hang in there! :hug: You've really got some stuff going on in your life. It is amazing what you find when you clean out in an office. The things that are never thrown away here are the binders. We have tons. Like we'll ever use them!!! I had to laugh at your thoughts about flylady. I thought I was the only one who found it to be an additional source of stress.

I hope you can find some peace soon! It's hard on you to constantly have stress.

Oh! Welcome to GT!!!

04-11-2008, 05:54 PM
Who's flylady?

04-11-2008, 06:06 PM
(( hugs )) for you Kappy.

I think it's funny you all call flylady a stresser. I've never even logged onto the site. Please, I have a chore list taped inside a cupboard in my kitchen. It's got like one chore per day on it and I find THAT to be a stresser. :)

Clyde, Flylady is some kind of web site that sends you reminders of housework you should be doing or something like that anyway.

Shy Moment
04-11-2008, 11:13 PM
Those 60 day letters can sure cause stress. Those poor people. Work isn't that easy to find, at least it isn't around here. Hope your position is nice and safe. The things you find when you clean out places.

Nice going on the 5k. Thank you, I do feel better now. I am not the kind of person to let things bother me once I get them off my chest. AND when in the heck am I going to get rid of this chest. I have lost about 50 pounds and have only gone down from a 42d to a 38d/40c. Little hard to tell since I have my bras make for me. Only have a couple of store bought bras. The lady that makes them said I have gotten a bit smaller but not that much for over 50 pounds lost lol. Enough is enough this has to go lol. Heck I was only a 34 b when I started to gain weight lol.

Hello, nice to see you here in our little part of the world. You are more than welcome to join us. You will find everyone here very supportive. Never be afraid to ask for a bit of advice and please we want to hear about how you think about things too.

It is so hard to see the parents in the school systems that have no idea where to turn or what their children's rights are. They believe everything they are told. Most of the teachers are great but just getting your kids into the system can be very hard. I had someone at a friends church tell me she wants to pay me to come to her house and help her get it cleaned out. Then she wants me to help organize her and the family. I kind of laughed and said keep your money I will enjoy doing it. BUT I have done this before and very few people stick with what I set up. You don't stick with it and I am going to bring all the junk back to your house and toss it all over the place lol.

Oh I don't take any offense and I sure didn't mean any please believe that. I am talking about people who go on and on about how they hate how their house looks but just don't have time. Please, we have time to exercise, we have time to pick up the house and we have time to eat well. Why? Because we don't have time to trip over things, we don't have time to let our body's be stooped over and out of shape and we don't have time any longer to be fat. I have friends that I go to their house and push stuff off a chair to find a place to sit. Heck, they want to live that way doesn't bother me a bit as long as they don't have bugs lol. I demand one thing when I go to someones house. A clean glass to drink out of and that is it lol.

04-12-2008, 12:03 AM
Good Friday Night - we made it through another week. Welcome to GT.

Kappy - I hope things get better at work - It is not easy at this time and I hope that you get through it ok - I will keep you in my thoughts.

I had no idea what flylady was and now I think that is actually quite funny - I think I would find it stressful if the computer poped up telling me what to do. Oh-well. I did accomplish a few things this week - I cleaned out my 3 kids closets - It probably doesn't sound like much but wow - they were something.

Clyde - good job on the 5K - I really have to increase my excercise. I have been making many changes but the excercise seems to be the last. I did workout 4 times this week which is an improvement.

It has been so cold and rainy here it is really hard to get motivated to do anything outside. I think it is officially the longest winter that I can remember.

Well, it is getting late and I can finally take home my DD friends. She had friends over tonight and the hardest part of the whole deal is staying awake on a Friday to take them home!!

Take Care Everyone.:)

Shy Moment
04-12-2008, 01:32 AM
Oh my gosh, cleaning out kids closets is a huggggge job lol. What do you mean, might not sound like much.

04-12-2008, 01:31 PM
I haven't been able to check into this thread for about a week, so sorry about the long post! As usual everyone's posts are so interesting. Strangely enough, even if your support is targetted to one person, I'm feeling it here. Just goes to show what strength we have in numbers, and how many people we can affect positively with good messages. :grouphug:

lovn - The cooking group sounds great. I'm thinking of doing something similar here, but with a company that prepares everything ahead of time and you just go and cook. I'm going to try to get my 14yo son to come with, as an outing and teaching him to cook something more than KD and tacos. Won't be until May earliest, though, because of my treatments at end of April.

Rainbow - contratulations on reaching your goals! And yes, we can surprise ourselves if we just try. My family went to Old Quebec City a couple of years ago and did a walking tour. I didn't realize we would be walking back up the escarpment (very steep), and worried when we started. I was wheezing by the time we got to the top, and we stopped for a bit. But I caught my breath much sooner than I expected, and I remember that whenever I'm afraid to try.

Shy - that's an awful experience on the bridge. I'm lucky at not having any of those types of fears (my sister is deathly afraid of heights, so I know a bit of what you go through!)

4mykids - I used to have knee problems that sent me to therapy, and they had me riding a stationary bike (with all the hockey and football injured guys -- I was 17 and loved it!) So if she's biking, that's likely one of the best things. If weight-bearing exercises are a problem the elliptical bikes are better.

kappy - I'm so sorry you're having med-related problems. My pharmacist was very helpful in that regard when I experience something similiar (I think Shy mentioned that too.) And combined with the work situation - ugh. Hang in there! :hug:

Clyde, Shy - 2 lbs isn't that much -- don't give up! I'm sure many of us have been there with the fickle weight (I know I have) but it's the long-term you have to keep in mind! :goodvibes:

WardHog- a 3-hour spinathon If that were me, people would worry about my sanity. I look forward to hearing how it goes! And yeah, Go You Girl!!! :cp:

Rennie - great news about your son, another example of what support, determination and perseverance can do. You're a great Mom! :queen:

I've been busily taking care of my own son this week, who's had a migraine. I always feel guilty because it's likely inherited -- I've suffered from them horribly in the past, not as much anymore.

Aside from that, they're forecasting a really icky week-end here, so our focus is to busily finish off some inside tasks, so we can get outside when it is nice :dancer:

I hope everyone has a great week-end (even those that are gardening already -- I'm terribly jealous!)

04-12-2008, 02:09 PM
Hi girls.

Seawave I put the gardening on hold. We have a freeze warning tonight. I'm so glad I didn't buy any plants this week.

Rennie there is a very large closet upstairs that I'm dying to clean out but I have to restrain myself. It's middle daughter's and she keeps everything.When my oldest moves into the apartment at end of this semester I will do hers. I do enjoy clearing things out. I think it's from hubs being in the military for 26 years and having to move so often.

We are off to the mall hubs has to get a pink shirt for work! They wear pink shirts on Thursdays.

04-13-2008, 11:41 AM
SeaWave: Great post. I love it when people have lots to say!

Clyde: There was a company rep that came in on Friday and he had a fairly bright pink shirt on. He really looked good in it. I don't think my redneck husband would be able to pull it off, but I think they can look good.

4mykids: I know what you mean about having kids over. It is not my favorite thing at all when it is a sleepover or they come over at night. Until they learn to drive, then you have to stay up or if they are there in the morning, you might have to get dressed and going before you really want to!! But, they have fun... so we do it!

Having a good weekend so far. I'm getting a lot done and the weather is better. FINALLY!

04-13-2008, 10:16 PM
My 8 y/o and 11 y/o completed the First 3FC 5K with me today. We had a lot of fun. The 3 on 3 tournament was a bust for DD yesterday. They lost all three games. Two games were lost by 1 point and the 3rd game was lost by
4. She had a great attitude and got 2 new basketball t-shirts so all was good anyway. DS did not place at all at state in the Knights of Columbus math challenge. After winning state last year I did not expect a repeat, but it would have been cool. Our water heater died. That's going to be about $800. So, not much was cool about yesterday. Except, if that's as bad as it gets Ill keep counting my blessings!!!

Hope you've all had a great weekend.

Diane and Clyde, My husband would not consider wearing a pink shirt. Both his jobs are very "blue collar." Although I think he'd look great in it if he would!!

04-13-2008, 10:38 PM
Hey 40 somethings, sorry I haven't posted here in a while. I'll confess -- I've posted a bit on the "crazy canucks" forum -- the people from Canada. Really sorry to you all.

Not much happening with me -- down 8.5 lbs so for. Hoping it'll be 9 lbs in the next few days. I did the 5k challenge on the treadmill with a combination of walking/running in 45 minutes. I know its really slow but I just hate the treadmill. Have been out skating a bit (skated 3 days last week, 15 km each day) and my legs really suffered. I actually missed my kickboxing classes because I knew that I wouldn't be able to lift my legs high enough to kick. So I made do with the treadmill and rowing machine. I'll get back on track tomorrow night (Monday) when I go back. We've got plans to skate again Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday because the weather here looks really promising.

That's all I have for now. Other than to say to everyone that I do read all the posts and I am not ignoring any of you by not replying to each of you individually but quite honestly I find it really hard to do so. To quote another member from another thread --- it can be "overwhelming". So don't feel slighted. Hopefully with time I'll be able to include everyone in my posts.

Will check back in soon.


04-14-2008, 12:58 AM
I need to go to bed but wanted to let you know we got the pink shirt!

It's so wierd he has worn military camoflague uniforms for 26 years and now he's having to wear suits, shirt and tie. The pink looks good with the dark suit. Thursdays are pink day!

Chris that's ok just remember to check in every now and again.

Brr it's been cold here this weekend.

04-14-2008, 08:37 AM
Clyde, Is there a reason for pink on Thursday? Is it in support of breast cancer awareness or is it just for fun? I think it's a neat idea no matter what. I would think it would be a morale builder plus a lot of men are being opened up to a whole new style of fashion!! A safe, because everyone is doing it, chance to "step out of their box" so to speak.

seawave, I'm glad you are finding support here. We try!

4mykids, Better weather is coming. The sun is shining just beautiful in my part of the state this morning. It was a bit windy yesterday, but better. Were you able to take advantage and get outside at all?

04-14-2008, 03:48 PM
Hi guys! It sounds like lots of us had fun doing a 5k over the week-end. I have the Komen race coming up in May, so I need to keep it up.

There's not much going on here today. The kids went back to school so we had to get up early. It's nice to be getting back into my routine, though.

I hope you are all having a good Monday.

04-14-2008, 04:19 PM
I'm alive. Stomach bug again. Going to Seattle on the 24th with my daughter to go see my eHarmony match (um, he's AWESOME). He spent a week here and we had a great time. Then he emailed 2 tickets for us to come visit. Hoping I feel better by then.

I feel horrible, but it's a great thing I'm in such a good mood.

Wishing you all well. I'll catch up soon. Just haven't been online much and sleeping lots. Big hugs to you all!!!

04-14-2008, 06:13 PM
Hey all. Don't know why but there are days where I swear I deserve a prize if I can get logged into this site and actually manage to post! It starts to change screens and just stops, drives me batty. Like I need ANY help in that department!

Hotter than Hades here over the weekend. Forget spring jump straight to mid July. Yech! Fog came in last night and cooled the whole area down again, thank heaven. Gotta tell you folks, if you aren't familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area. It can be 90 during the day, but if that fog rolls in you'd best have sweaters, sweatshirts, blankets available because the temperature is about to plummet. When we really start griping and complaining is when the fog doesn't come in and cool us off, which is what happened Friday and Saturday nights.

Nothing new at work, we're all holding tight until the final volunteer responses are turned in on Friday. Then we hold our breath and hope the worst is over. I somehow doubt it. I did find out the folks that get the 60 day letters actually have 5 business days to make a choice of their own. Stay and look for a job or take a severence package and walk away right then. Parking should be getting a lot easier as summer approaches. Sick way of putting a positive spin on a horrible situation!

Funny thing about Flylady, she's always saying "you aren't behind. Just jump in where you are." Pardon me while I just beat myself up some more. She's right, mornings are better if you picked out your clothes the night before and got lunch packed, yada yada yada. Wake up on the sofa at midnight and try running around to do that! No clue why I cannot stay awake in the evening, the minute I sit down I'm out. It doesn't matter if it's 9:30 or 7:30, I'm gone! What's that, only finished half your workout? Oh, well! Either do the rest at midnight or it goes in the undone pile with the rest of it. I'm beginning to suspect the situation at the office has a lot to do with everything that's going on. It's a sinister, sneaking, underlying kind of stress that is seeping into everything. Spend all day long finding stuff to do, get home and look at what needs to get done and it's overwhelming and depressing. Have to spend some time exploring that, it could answer a whole slew of questions. Maybe like an addiction once you admit it you can move past it . . . it's worth a shot!

Hope you all are having wonderful weather and a better time than me. JaneZoe it's time to get out in the sun and get better, girl! Can't get much better than a prepaid ticket to travel! Chin up, thoughts up, GO!

04-14-2008, 06:30 PM
Hey everyone. This thread moves so fast that I keep saying I'll introduce myself at the beginning of the next one. Then the next one comes and I'm already behind. :) But I've been reading and lurking for a while, so I'm just going to jump in, if that's ok!

I can't really think of anything to say about myself, really. Ok, the basics: I'm 40, married (but separated), no kids, one cat, one townhouse, one photography business, 5 computers ... more cameras than you can shake a stick at.

Weight-wise, I'm stuck at 168-174 where I've been hanging out for several months. Mostly that's me having a very crowded schedule, doing lots of travel, not eating as well as I should, and skipping the gym too often. I'm working on it.

Anyway, I'm saying "hi" and hope to keep up with you all! :)


Shy Moment
04-14-2008, 07:55 PM
Hello. One townhouse and one cat. Does the cat let you live there lol. I am lucky the cat lets me live in my house. He thinks he owns every bedroom and every other room in the house lol.

It is always good to find a bright side to any situation. Sure better than being down in the dumps. I was like that when I got off work. I made sure I did everything and anything I had to do before I took my shoes off and sat down. Once I sat down nothing was going to get done lol.

Oh I hope you feel better soon. What nice news to go and get to see him again. Hope you have a wonderful time.

Had a great time doing the 5k over the weekend BUT next time I am going to walk behind hubby with a whip. Oh my gosh, it took us an hour to walk 4 miles. He walks so darn slow I had to keep slowing down to let him catch up. Everyone at the mall just laughed when I kept telling him to COME ON our hamsters could walk faster than that lol.

Way to go on the weight loss.

Sorry to hear the kids didn't win but they are such great kids I bet they still enjoyed them selfs. Nice going on the 3 and 5k with the kids. Now if they would just clean their rooms huh lol. Pink, all the hubby wore was black yuck, I now having him wearing mauve and purple and a few other colors. The man is never going to do pink or yellow lol.

I clean the rest of the house all the time lol. The kids room is a once a week thing. I look over at their side of the upstairs at night and know something is going to crawl out of their room and eat me lol. It is almost time to clean out their closets again.

I am the most hated mother in the world today lol. I make them work like SLAVES, SLAVES I TELL YOU. he hehehe

04-14-2008, 10:51 PM
Hi everyone!

Just a quick post to keep in touch -- a bit crazy at work today as there's this mean bug going around. Someone comes back from a month off sick, and the next person takes off.

Kappy : I was right where you are a couple of years ago (re: falling asleep on the sofa). I think you're right that it's strees related - it certainly was in my case. Recently, I've discovered a book called "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. Might not be your bag, but might be worth taking a peek. In any event, hang in there!

04-15-2008, 09:15 AM
JaneZoe, Hugs to you so your tummy feels better, but hats off on the match. It sounds like he's really something. I hope you and your DD have a blast travelling!

Kappy, Your stressers at work have been going for so long they're bound to be taking a toll on you physically. Hang in there. Maybe you could get some help from your sister and her children. You seem to be there for them when they need you. You don't come across like the type to ask for help, but possibly it's time you reach out and let them know you could use a pick me up. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Photochick, Welcome. I'm looking forward to getting to know you!

Rennie, Ya, ya, ya you keep saying what a mean mom you are...we ALL know better. My DD is thinking I'm mean. When she got home from school last night I asked her to take a box of newspapers and a box of plastics out to the garage. We have no garbage or recyclable pick up so we store it until Saturday and then go to the dump. I know I'm making a short story long...anyhoo, she could have carried them in one trip and I still got the, "why do I have to do it," crud. SHe did it, but when she wanted to instant message her friends she got the, " why should I let you use the computer? " I didn't give in. I'm so mean too! Bite me... lol

SeaWave, Keep washing your hands before you're the next one home ill. It's sunny and beautiful here today..how is the weather in Canada?

It was close to 60 here yesterday and is suppose to be even nicer today. I got in a nice walk with my friend. It was kind of a grumble fest for both of us, but we all need those at times too. The plumber hooked up the hoses on the hot water heater backwards....I'm sure they're plenty embarassed, but that means another day of waiting around. I'd best be first on the list this morning!! I'm sewing stoles today. My DD confirmation class will wear white robaes and stoles they design themselves. The kids pick a symbol and a Bible passage and decorate the stoles with fabric paints. They look really nice and make a nice keepsake.

You all have a great day!

04-15-2008, 10:52 AM
Hey everyone...GT here. I've been away from the computer for a few days but I'm back. I work in radio so it's hard to stay at the computer all day long. I'm on the road constantly and only can sit down in the mornings and afternoons before I drive home. I weighed in yesterday and dropped 2 more pounds and now I'm beginning to see a difference in my body. Based on previous dieting experiences, once I start noticing the changes, that's what kick starts me into high gear because I want MORE! I'm going on a cruise (my first ever) in November and hope to be at least 145-150 by that time. I'm working out 3 times a week at the gym with 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes on weights. Do you guys think this is good? Or is there something else out there I should be doing to help maximize my workouts?

Thank you all for listening. Any advice you can give would be GREAT!


Shy Moment
04-15-2008, 11:07 AM
Nice to see you back. Hope you fit your goal by cruise time. If you have time some walking would fit nicely into your exercise plan. Way to go on the weight loss.

My son, yes yes I know he is 21 went to a friends house for the weekend. Said he would be home by noon. Ok, so plans were made to have him help hang a cabinet in my bathroom. She rolls around the house at about 11 pm. I said thats it. You live in my house, you live by my rules. You are inconsiderate and you could have been dead for all I know. You are grounded for the week. I am horrible, he is an adult, he couldn't call home because the cell phone was dead ( my gosh I thought those things charged ). I just don't want to hear it. The kid has got to be responsible. Drives me nuts. He is fine until he gets around people who say don't let her tell you what to do, you are over 18 she can't tell you what to do. Heck I would call my mother if I were suppose to be there and I wasn't. It is called respect and being responsible. You should have called a union plumber and if you did I would be calling the local and complaining lol. Your daughters outfit sounds great.

It is terrible when stuff is spread around. Happens at work, at school, at church. I should live in a bubble.

04-15-2008, 02:42 PM
Glad there are so many mean moms out there. I wouldn't want to be an endangered species. :)

GT: I think you have a great workout plan there. As long as it continues to work, you should stick with it. But, if you find that your weight loss stalls, you might need to mix it up a bit. Rennie is right (we say that all the time!), walking would be a great addition.

Photo: Welcome! Yes, this thread moves quickly sometimes. It's just that we all have a lot to say!!!!

Jane: Keep us posted on the new man. Those of us who have been married forever need to live vicariously through those who have brand new relationships! Fun to hear about it!

Sea: Keep healthy!!! Hope you can avoid any more sicknesses. It can really get to you after awhile.

Lovn: That's really great that you're sewing those stoles for the confirmation class. What a great idea! I can sew, but I'm pretty limited in creativity.

Kappy: I just hope things get a little more mellow for you. Living in high stress is just awful.

Well, I have finally admitted to my being off track and having gained weight over the past 3-4 months. In a couple of other places, I have posted that I just had to be accountable and say that I've drifted off plan. It happened with being sick and having crappy weather here. That's no excuse, but that's the reason. I am disappointed that I couldn't get back on track more quickly, but I'm not going to let that get me down. One day at a time... once again. I even updated my stupid ticker to show that I have gained back almost all of the 16 pounds I lost last year. I have to be honest and show where I am. Then, hopefully, next weigh in, I can change the numbers and get back to that wonderful feeling of losing weight. I am NOT asking for sympathy, I am just trying to be honest here. I can't try to fool myself into thinking that I'm doing ok. From here on out, I am getting back on track, working out the soreness of actually exercising again, building back my endurance, and getting control of meal portions. I've kept with eating healthy, but I've been eating too much of a good thing. I admit it... and now I'm changing it.

Thanks for listening!

04-15-2008, 02:55 PM
Hi girls.

Nothing much going on at the minute. I'm thinking about going for a walk as it's a nice day.

Diane I hear you , one day at a time. Sounds like you have it all worked out what you need to do.

Photochick welcome :welcome2:

Biggest Loser tonight would love to see one of the girls win. They have a better chance with Mark than Roger.

I'm off for my walk will check in later.

Shy Moment
04-15-2008, 02:58 PM
Shy walks around holding a sign that reads " Mean mothers of the world unite "

This journey we are all on isn't always easy. Life gets in the way sometimes, so do excuses. You have done exactly what you need to do. You confronted the problem, accepted the responsibility and now have gotten back on track. I am so sorry things have been so rough for you. You have done one of the hardest things there is to do. Be honest with yourself. I am so proud of you and you inspire each and every one of us to do the same thing. Something must be in the air. While I have been on plan, I haven't been eating as well as I should be. You really helped me out. I know not to let things slip any further than I have. I have to get back on track if I want to see results.

Shy carry another sign in her other hand that reads " I didn't say you did it, I said I was going to blame you "

04-15-2008, 04:41 PM
Just got back did another 5.2K. I always feel good when I get done.

Diane you have inspired me to stick to the program. I've been wavering the past couple of weeks.

Shy Moment
04-15-2008, 08:32 PM
My latest hook rug

04-15-2008, 09:42 PM
Hi everyone. Thanks for the welcome!

It's jumping right into my busy season, so I'm finding it hard to keep up with 3FC as a whole, but I'm gonna try to follow along here! :)

Shy - the cat definitely owns the house and everything in it. I'm just here 'cause she lets me stay as long as I provide food and a lap once in a while! :)

Diane - my sympathies on the gain and having to restart. I have a similar set of reasons for slacking off (not excuses, just reasons) but I gotta get my act together here. I've gained back 7 lbs (and no, I haven't updated my ticker, but I should!) and I am just sick about it. I am working on motivating myself more, but too much work, not enough time, and a messy house are dragging me down. *sigh*

This week, though, I'm giving myself a little personal motivation. I'm getting my hair cut and then going to the spa for a wax on Friday. I think maybe something to make myself look nice will help me some.


04-16-2008, 08:55 AM
gt, Great job on the loss and the enthusiasm. As long as the weight is coming off and you are not getting bored then your exercise is right on. Don't be afraid to shake it up when the time comes.

Rennie, I have to click to see your rug. I'll comment on it later. I'm really glad you shared it though. Mean, mean, mean I don't mind it. To me it's me caring and not taking the easy road of parenting!!!

Diane, You've taken the first necessary step. No war is won with just one battle keep fighting lovely lady!!

Photochick, A good sprucing up always motivates and gets me going too. Have a good time.

As for me busy, busy, busy today. Work all morning and then I'm at the school all afternoon. Honor Role awards for my 5th grader, then the spring concert which my 2nd, 5th and 6th grader are in and then back to the 5th grade room to see their science projects. I have choir practice tonight too. I'm really hoping to get a walk or some yoga in, but it's not looking good!

Have a great day!!

04-16-2008, 09:42 AM
Rennie: That rug is beautiful. Lots of work in that! How long does it take you to finish something like that?

Lovn: Well, at least it is good stuff that you're busy doing today. As the school year winds down, the awards and concerts pick up! Have fun!

Photo: That's good that you have something nice to do for yourself. Sometimes we need a little pick-me-up. Have a great time getting that done!

It is supposed to be much cooler today, but then it bounces back into the nice weather tomorrow. It was so windy yesterday! Just that strange spring weather!

04-16-2008, 10:28 AM
Wow Rennie - the rug is beautiful...how long did that take to finish? I used to do latch hook when I was a lot younger..but did enjoy it when I did it. Thanks to you all for the advice. I think I've hit a plateau but if I continue to loose 2 - 3 pounds a week, they say I can hit my goal by July. Keep your fingers across.

Can you guys believe it was 34 this morning in Brunswick, GA? That's only 20 minutes from the Florida border..very unusual. We're normally cranking up our A/C's by now looking forward to the Dog Days of Summer...My husband and I have a farm in a small town called Alma Georgia and we planted 35 rows of silver queen corn, peas, pole beans, squash, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, tomotoes and much more and now we're freaking out that they could've froze this morning! Headed that way this weekend to seek out the damage. You guys keep your fingers crossed!

I hope everyone luck, love and happiness.

04-16-2008, 10:29 AM
Can you guys tell me how to get a ticker???

04-16-2008, 10:29 AM
Morning girls.

Biggest Loser so glad to see Ali win. She looked so good last night. When they voted her out she told them she would be the biggest loser and she did it :carrot:

It's always good to see them all at the finale and see how much weight they have lost. Good to see Bernie win the 100,000.

Inspires us all to keep on track.

04-16-2008, 12:14 PM
Rennie, Your rug is beautiful. I had forgotten you were working on a wolf. My oldest daughter would just love it.

Clyde, Ali was never one of my favorites, but it was good to see a woman win. The Final show is always kind of a let down for me. A little tiny applause for Bernie and then on with the show. An even tinier shout out for the couple who did it at home and won. Then they announce Ali the winner and the show is over. So antichlimatic (spelling?). For me anyway. I thought it was weird that they showed her eating several flavors of frozen yogurt in the middle of the night. It just seemed like a set up for a set-back series or something. I know, I'm reading stuff into it.

I've been having that kind of week. I've really had to keep my mouth shut a lot this week in fear what I'm really thinking just may come flying out. I can't blame it on PMS I just feel like nearly everyone is not doing their job right. I know, who died and made me boss! It's probably just because this time of year is so hectic and so many things need to be wrapped up etc...I'm praying and breathing a lot, because I know next week I probably won't feel the same way about many of this weeks "issues." Keep your fingers crossed I don't alienate anyone at the spring concert today, because my beef for today is that a teacher is singing the solo part for my 5th graders song. She's not even the music teacher. My feeling is, people take off work to hear the children perform. If the song is too difficult for the kids then a different song should have been chosen. I know the 5th grade girls feel upstaged so to speak. This is their time to shine not feel like background. Ok, there I've had my session. Thank you all for listening. Breath...in with the good out with the bad...

04-16-2008, 12:23 PM
Oh my gosh. It was cold this morning. It's mid-April in the South ... what the HECK?????


GT - I think you need to have been here 30 days and make a certain number of posts before you can get a ticker. Once you hit those requirements, the option comes up in your User CP.


Shy Moment
04-16-2008, 01:59 PM
Everyone here keeps trying to steal it lol. I said, this isn't ours I am doing it for someone else and they are giving it as a Christmas present. Hubby said ohhhhhhhhhhhh well darn make me one. He has no idea the person my friend is giving it to for Christmas is him lol. I had no idea either until I showed it to her. She was having it made for her husband lol. Picked another one for me to do for him. I do know how you feel. I see that at my daughters school too. This is suppose to be their moment in the sun. Let the adults go somewhere else lol.

Hello. Once you have been here for 30 days and have posted enough you will be able to get a ticker. Darn that is cold for down in that neck of the woods. Took me a couple of months but I was lazy and didn't get my workouts done sooner in the day many times so I didn't get to work on the rug. Now, that is how I make myself get my workouts done lol I want to work on my rugs. 2 to 3 pounds a week loss WOW I am happy to get 1 pound a week lol. What secret weapon do you have to lose that much lol.

I think mine would make me sleep outside if he could. He runs the whole darn house lol.

Thank you, I really enjoy doing them. Have a few more to get done then I can start to embodier my table cloth and napkins. Hope I get to keep this one lol. It really can depend on how big the rug is and how much time I can find to put into it lol. Sometimes not a lot but I try to have my workouts done by 10 pm so I can work on it for a few hours each night while I watch old tv shows on my computer. This one took me a couple of months.

04-16-2008, 03:02 PM
Lovn: I feel that same way about the final show of biggest loser. I actually had never watched it until this season, but I thought that the ending was just blah. It kind of freaks me out about Mark and Kelly though. What I mean is that Mark was at 156 pounds. 156 pounds??? for a man??? That just seems way to thin. And then when Kelly was so upset that she couldn't exercise like she wanted because of a herniated disk. What? Sure the money would be great if you win overall, but at what cost? I just thought that they were being crazy about playing the game and they aren't thinking of staying healthy. I was glad to see a woman win, and I think Ali looked awesome.
Oh, and I can't believe that they would have a teacher sing a solo. Are you kidding me? It isn't about the teachers or adults. It's about the kids having their time in the sun. (Of course, today is a day for me to be on a soap box. I actually made the comment to my Mom that I didn't think that I like anyone here at work today. I'm a real ray of sunshine.)

GT: I think it is 30 posts, too, that you have to make before getting a ticker. I hope that your farm is ok. That just sounds like such a great thing to have all of that produce. I don't even have a garden right now because I just can't take the time to take care of it. Fortunately, we have lots of farmers markets around here.

Photo: Getting sick of the cold air here, too!

Clyde: I agree that TBL keeps us on track. I look at where Kelly started and it isn't that far from where I am. She looked awesome last night. Maybe I can do it too!! Wish I could go away for a few months to work on it, but that just isn't possible. I really doubt that I'd have a job when I came back!

04-16-2008, 03:04 PM
Oh I wish we had more farmer's markets here. I have a small patch in my back yard where I put a few tomatoes and peppers every year (and thank heavens I didn't plant last week when it was warm!) and I have herbs out front, but I'd love to have room for a real nice sized veggie garden.


04-16-2008, 03:30 PM
morning all! Beautiful rug, Rennie.

Two hours to donate whole blood this morning. I'm a hard poke and apparently she wanted to be extra slow and cautious. Good grief. I forgot about the appointment and didn't exercise this morning before work, so in that regard I'm a bit screwed since I can't do it now tonight. Oh, well. Look at the silly calendar next time!

Gal here at the office is on her third recurrance of breast cancer. It's in her pelvis and spine this time, they have her on oral chemo. I have no idea, she's hardly in the office because apparently it makes her hands and feet hyper sensitive. Anyway, turns out her brother was in South Africa, visiting a friend and doing shark diving. The boat capsized, he drowned. I thought I had stress, guess it's time to shut up and suck it up! I have found since I admitted I was probably unconsciously stressed it has gotten better. Acknowledgement works, who knew. Now to turn it to my advantage . . .

04-16-2008, 06:05 PM
PhotoChick, I use to do a really nice big garden and canned or froze everything we didn't eat fresh, but then one year I had 3 children playing fall sports and almost everything went to seed. I felt so bad I didn't plant another for 5 years. Finally, this past year we planted a small garden so much wouldn't go to waste and we had terrible growing weather. lol I think we're sticking with just flowers this year.

Kappy, Way to get your chin up!!!

The program was very nice today, but the teacher did so upstage the children. It was a beautiful piece with a powerpoint of American Tears running at the same time. I just think it would have been more appropriate for Veteran's Day or something when many adults are involved and the subject matter more suited. There were a lot of non dry eyes in the house though so.....and she hit enough flat notes to make the grouch in me happy! Really, I'm not a bad person I just play one in my pretend life lol

04-17-2008, 09:45 AM
I could have a garden, I have the room, but for now I think I'll stick to making sure the existing plants and grass stay green. And... I'll continue to blame it on the kids and their busy little schedules!

Kappy: Sometimes hearing what others have to go through really puts our lives in perspective. I feel sorry for myself occasionally and that usually puts me face to face with someone who has much more to worry about than what I must deal with!

Lovn: It's ok to have evil thoughts. Sometimes we have to keep them to ourselves, but it's ok if they stay on the inside!!

04-17-2008, 09:58 AM
Lovnmom - Why was everyone crying? Was it a song that just hit that certain area of your soul that everyone can relate to? Just wondering.

Kappy - Wow - your really brave to give blood in the first place. I've never done it but wanted to so many times. The last time I tried, they wouldn't take it because they said I didn't have enough iron in my blood but that was about 15 years ago. Maybe I'll get brave enough to do it again soon. I was A LOT skinnier then, say about 125lbs. Those were the days!

PhotoChick - what kind of herbs are you growing and are they in the ground or in pots? I'd love nothing better than to grow my own herbs. Any suggestions on how to get started?

Slashnl - It really is great to have such a large garden. You see - I've actually never had a garden before last year. My dad passed away last year and I inherited his farm in Alma. Since then, my husband and I have tried to keep his dream going by growing this garden. You see, when he lived at the farm, most of the people in that area were farmers and slowly, the farmer's wives were becoming widowed, so what he would do is grow these gardens and make sure all the "widow women" had plenty to keep them fed in through the winter. So that's what my husband and I do too, so everyone has enough fresh veggies to eat. It keeps me close to him. Like I said - didn't know anything about it, but do now! I've learned pretty fast.

ShyMoment - I'm on the Metabolic Research plan - nothing else has seemed to work for me - but this one seems to be keeping me on track.

Hope everyone has a good day - wish me luck - it's weigh in night! I always weigh more when I weigh in the afternoon - Yuck!

04-17-2008, 03:16 PM
Diane, You know it really isn't an excuse. That's just life. We both are very actively involved with our children and there are just going to be things we put on the back burner others may feel are for sure a front burner priority. Don't make excuses, be proud your priorities are so lined. You good mommy you!!!....as for the being mean on the inside, thankfully, my best friend and I think pretty much the same about most things. We are each other's safe outlet. We let it rip knowing it won't go any further thus avoiding ulcers!! ;)

gt, Yes, the song is called American Tears and there is a power point presentation that goes with the song. The pictures are of 9/11, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Neil Armstrong etc...many of our greatest and saddest moments in American history. I believe it has gone around on the internet. Like I said, it's a truly moving piece just not my thing for the elementary spring concert. More in keeping with Memorial or Veteran's Day...on to you. I think what you are doing with your garden is monumentally cool!!! You are helping others while keeping your father's memory alive. Were you two very close? You must have been for you to honor him in this way. Neat!

Got out for a nice long walk with M this morning. Glad we got going sooner than usual, because it's raining now. I put a new meatball recipe in the crockpot we'll be enjoying them on hoagie rolls broiled w/ mozzarella..I've eaten very little today so I can enjoy tonight!! My dishes are washed and 2 loads of laundry are done. I can so here my book and a cup of coffee calling my name.

Hope you're having a terrific Thursday!

04-17-2008, 04:29 PM
Afternoon girls.

Just got in from a nice long walk. It's gorgeous here today in the 70's. I had to get my sunblock out and put on my capris for the first time this year. I have very fair skin and can burn easily in 70 degree weather.

My weigh in today lost 2 lbs. The two I gained last week ;)

I'm thinking about getting some plants and flowers tomorrow. Need to get some colour around here. My friend and I looked at flowers last week, lovely hanging baskets.

Need to get some laundry done and get tidied up before my gang come home.

04-17-2008, 04:56 PM
GT - I live in a townhome and have a patch of yard in front and a patch in back that's "mine" (i.e. not maintained by the HOA and that I can plant what I want).

In the front planted directly into the ground I have:
Lemon Thyme
Basil (this is an annual, so I reseed/replant every spring)

In the back in the ground I have:
Creeping Rosemary (more ornamental than for food)

In pots on the back patio I have:
Sweet Marjoram
Catmint (for the cat)

I also grow garlic around my rosebushes.

Herbs, IME, are the easiest things to grow. Seriously, all I did was put the rosemary, lavender, and sage into the ground and let them do their thing. The oregano will take over if you let it (and i almost did) so I wound up digging it up and moving it to a more restricted part of the yard. I might wind up digging it up again and movign it to a pot.

Right now my rosemary is about 4 ft tall and blooming like crazy. I will cut it back in about a week and peel the stems to use as skewers for grilling. I let the sage get to leggy this fall, and whacked it all off at the base, so it's just now starting to send green shoots out again.

But seriously ... I abuse my herbs and it seems the more I abuse them, the better they grow !:)


04-17-2008, 05:05 PM
Hi everyone! I am new this website/forum/thread, and I'm glad I found it...it might be what saves me from going NUTS!

By way of introduction, I'm 45, married, one 11 year old child (on the spectrum for autism). I live in Connecticut but am a born 'n bred New Yorker. I work full time.

Obviously I have weight issues. In December of 2006 - the day after Christmas, although I'm Jewish, so it was a quiet day for me - I had a heart attack. Long story short, I made a good recovery and it set me on the path to changing how I live. Of course I was overweight at the time, and had a cholesterol level through the ceiling. After recovery and cardio rehab, I managed to get my cholesterol way down (thank you, Lipitor!), and after about 10 months, lost 15 pounds of the 50 I wanted to lose.

I see my cardiologist 2x a year, and at my last appt. back in October, he told me to lose 10 pounds by my next visit...which is next week. Didn't happen; instead, I gained 10. I'm now just a few pounds lighter than I was when I had my heart attack.

I'm ready to give up. I've changed my diet quite a bit (it's not perfect, I know, but it's much improved) and I exercise vigorously, between riding horses and pretty good treadmill sessions. It makes no difference, it seems. Short of simply not eating, I feel as if it's just never going to happen. And part of me is almost ready to just accept it...which I know I can't do.

Anyway, I tend to internalize all my negativity and now realize that I have to let it out somewhere or I will go mad. Between the stress of having a challenged child, a full time (albeit great) job, running the household, dealing with a horrible mother...I'm at wit's end!!

So - thanks for letting me vent. I promise that future posts will not be so negative - believe it or not, I'm actually a pretty fun and upbeat person. I'm just in some dire straits right now!

04-17-2008, 06:43 PM
:welcome2: LetsGoMets, don't think about the big number just take it one pound at a time. Don't give up you will get lots of support on here. Are you keeping track of what you eat or are you maybe not eating enough?

I understand how you feel having a mentally challenged child myself. There are days I want to eat everything in sight.

Wish you luck at your doctor's visit next week.

Keep on posting.

Shy Moment
04-17-2008, 10:48 PM
Nice to have you with us. My son had adhd and asbergers. I do understand what you are going through a little bit. It can be very stressful. The weight loss is going to happen for you but it might not be overnight. For some of us it takes time. One day at a time and one pound at a time. Make sure you are eating all the things you need for a healthy body. Exercise is great for us, maybe try different kinds. You just keep with it. Everything we are doing is great for the body.

Glad to see you lost that weight. Now you can feel good about yourself and keep moving forward.

There are never enough hours in the day to do everything we want to do lol. Sometimes we have to pick the most important 1,000 things to do and let the rest wait lol.

As long as a plan is healthy I don't think it matters what plan is used. Different things work for different people.

04-18-2008, 08:57 AM
Morning girls.

My first earthquake. What a strange feeling.

Did you feel it Rennie?

04-18-2008, 09:05 AM
Thanks for the kind welcome, it's much appreciated!:D

I managed to snap myself out of my funk yesterday and really pushed hard on the treadmill for an extra 10 minutes (listened to "Abbey Road" in its entirety, which helped; thanks, John, Paul, George, & Ringo). Also - I had to have bloodwork done this morning - in anticipation of my cardio appt. next week - and thus couldn't eat after 7:00 p.m. Lo and behold, when I got on the scale this morning, I'd dropped 2 pounds. Now let's just hope I don't gain it back this weekend - Passover starts tomorrow night, I'll be at my inlaws, and there will be a mountain of food.

Anyway...I'm feeling lots better today than yesterday. I know my cardiologist is going to be ticked that I'm not at the weight he wanted, but...it could be worse, I guess! :dizzy:

I also decided to stop weighing myself every day; I think that's just setting myself up for disappointment. So once a week will be it. How do you all deal with the scale?

Glad it's Friday; hopefully the office will be quiet today and I can plow through all the stuff on my desk. And after work - it's pedicure season! I find I want to start wearing some open toed shoes and sandals, so here we go (I let it slide during the winter). Welcome spring! :cp:

04-18-2008, 09:43 AM
Welcome LetsGo: I think you'll find that this is a good place to vent, to have some fun, and get lots of support. It's hard to stay positive in this weight loss adventure because it just isn't a natural thing for us. I know I'd rather go out to lunch than to walk and eat my salad!! Oh, as for the scale, I only get on it once a week. More than that can be frustrating for me, but less than that and I lose focus.

Clyde: An earthquake?? That's strange for Illinois, isn't it?? I remember one in the Denver area when I was in college. It was really a strange experience.

Well, today is my daughter's 14th birthday. She's all excited about today. She started talking about what she'll need to do for her 16th birthday. I told her not to worry about it because I may not let her live that long. ;)

Potluck at work today. Give me strength!!

04-18-2008, 09:48 AM
PhotoChick, I'm so jealous of your fresh herbs right now!!! It must be wonderful to just go snip what you need for your favorite recipes. I've always said I'd like to have an herb garden, but have never taken the time to find out what grows well in my climate etc...I think you have inspired me to get my "rear in gear."

LetsGoMets, Clyde gave some really good advice. I too hope your appt goes well. Post often. I don't think your post sounds negative. You sound like most of us in the beginning! The first step is to commit to continue trying until you find what works for you and it sounds as if you've done that. I don't think any of us on this thread work the same program so to speak. Every body is different. Hang in there and spout whenever it feels necessary!Glad you're feeling better today. That's what it's all bout....one day at a time.

Clyde, I knew you wouldn't keep that two pounds. Great job! My hubby mentioned maybe being able to take the day off today. That has me nervous because I know he'll want to eat out. Lunches out he prefers chinese or pizza buffets. Either are so laden with sodium that I feel just awful after. I'm hoping I can convince him to have lunch at home and then a movie. It's raining here again anyway.An earthquake??? I hope everything's ok!

Diane, Awww it's her birthday. Do you have plans with her friends or is this a family birthday? My 11 y/o is still waiting for her friend party. Her b-day's in Jan and we're just too busy with basketball and everything then. Soon she'll celebrate, soon I promise. I hope you two can have one of those wonderful days when mother and teen get along splendidly!!!

Rain rain go away is all I can say this morning. Last night I drank Celestial Seasons "Sleepy Time Extra" at bedtime. It has chamomile and valerian in it. I always conk right out from it and I hadn't had any in a LONG time so it really did the job last night!!! Since Kappy mentioned she was going to get waxed and painted etc..I've been thinking I too should do my lip and eyebrows well, those thoughts combined with the tea lead to the funniest dreams last night. In one I did wax...not my lip, but my chin and neck!! In the dream my chin was huge..like resting on my breasts huge with tons of hair..when I was done waxing I still had hair that was like 4 inches long right in the adam's apple area lol too funny ! I just woke up all, "where'd that come from?" There's your insite into my crazy mind for today. ;)

Hope you all have a great Friday!!

04-18-2008, 10:43 AM
Hello Everyone !! Happy Friday - I had my weigh in last night (which is a terrible time for me to weigh in because I always gain 2 - 3 pounds!) and was pleasantly please that this time I only gained .01 lbs. WOW - That means (I hope) that on Monday morning when I weigh in it will be a loss. Wish me luck. They also did measurements and I've lost 10 inches in 1 month and 14.5 pounds total. I'm pretty please...but didn't eat breakfast this morning so I'm about ready to gnaw my left arm off. Gotta go get something to eat - just didn't have time this morning...

Everyone have a great weekend!

04-18-2008, 03:30 PM
Hair cut this morning - can I claim 1/2 lb for the hair she took off? :)

Wax this afternoon (ahem - I don't think *that* hair counts).

I'm so incredibly sleepy today. I am pretty sure part of it is dehydration. I have't been drinking as much water as I usually do and I can feel it in my skin and my lips especially.

So onward and doing better this week! :)

What are everyone's weekend plans?


Shy Moment
04-18-2008, 03:46 PM
Oh my gosh how did you lose that many inches in one month. Please let me know. I will incorporate what you are doing into what I am already doing.

And you all think I have crazy dreams about giant green olives chasing me and screaming eat me eat me lol. You have me beat.

Oh I do understand. We are talking about what we are going to do for my daughters 18th birthday in October. Not sure she is going to see that day the way things are going lol. We didn't feel the earth quake, thank heavens, I have felt one and it is a very scary thing. Maybe because we just don't get that kind of thing in Ohio to often. Last one I can remember was probably 20 years ago and it was only bad enough to knock my crystal bells out of their shadow boxes.

Everyone has a bad day from time to time. Even me and I never let things get me down. We are just the people you want to rant to. Everyone needs friends to rant to from time to time.

We didn't feel it. I did see it on the news. 5.4 wasn't it? That is a pretty big earthquake for around here. I live up in NE Ohio. Was to far away for us to feel. Nope you didn't have any damage from it and it didn't scare the bagoobies out of you.

04-18-2008, 04:07 PM
What are everyone's weekend plans?

Getting a pedicure tonight after work...going to my inlaws' tomorrow afternoon for the start of Passover. It's a very food-centric holiday (as many Jewish holidays are!). Luckily, Passover desserts are often disgusting, since the use of flour and the like are prohibited during the duration of the holiday. I don't observe any dietary restrictions, but my inlaws do. But...it's actually a GOOD thing! It will not kill me to not to have dessert!!

Sunday...I ride (horses) on Sunday. My passion!! I've been riding since I was 6. Don't currently own a horse but that is on THE LIST. My son's 11 and a half, but at some point, he will be up and out of the house...and that's when I intend to get more serious about the horse situation. Till then, I have to settle for my weekly lessons, which are a great workout.

And just when I'm all relaxed, it's back to work once again.

04-18-2008, 04:10 PM
PhotoChick, Any measurable loss is loss. No matter where it comes from!!!

Shy Moment
04-18-2008, 05:24 PM
If it doesn't rain we are going to wash windows. The one real big job I have left to do lol. If it does rain we are going to clean the solarium which is where George ( lop eared bunny ) lives. Takes forever to clean the Windows 5 sets of sliding doors. One on each end and three down the front. Then scrub the carpet and get the furniture and George put back. Glad he is litter box trained and I thought to put down vinyl table clothes in the end where he lives. Makes it all so much easier to clean.

04-18-2008, 06:41 PM
What a nasty day here. It's been pouring rain,windy and damp.

We also had quite a few aftershocks. Hubs called at 10.20 this morning and asked " Did you feel that one?". I was driving at the time and did not feel it. There are 2 fault lines here in Illinois. We are near to the New Madrid one. The one from this morning is east of here.

My friend and I went out looking for flowers. Not a good day weather wise to be looking for flowers. I got 2 large plants for my front door. Sunday is supposed to be nice so we will all go out and get the plants then.

04-19-2008, 08:25 AM
It rained hard all day here yesterday. No time for being outside at all. It was so nasty that even though hubs took most of the day off we just got food to go from a local restaurant and watched a rented movie. Maybe not too exciting, but it was nice. We had some alone time. He got some much needed rest and I was able to avoid a buffet line!!! I ordered just a cup of clam chowder. Not a soup I normally would order because of the high calories and sodium, but compared to buffet I figured what the hey! More rain for today so housework is on the to do. DS goes to Bible camp this morning. He's going with his Sunday school class and their teacher. He'll be home by mid afternoon on Sunday. This is his first time to Bible camp and having been a scout since he was 6 he finds it funny that they will be sleeping in a dorm and are required to bring pjs. That's not camping. I'm pretty sure he and his dad have come back from long weekends w/o having changed at all lol Guy stuff I guess!

Clyde, Some in Milwaukee and as far up as Madison reported feeling their bed sway. Many didn't realize what it was until they saw it on the news. Some were much relieved to find out it hadn't been paranormal. LOL A dentist, on the news, said he was on the throne at the time and the water starting sloshing. I'd have been up so fast thinking "snake" or something!!! I'm really glad there were no fatalities and that you and your family are ok!

Rennie, You must have a huge house to have so many sliding doors!!! I hope the sun co-operates and you get everything done you want to!

LetsGo, Hmmm, a pedicure what a novel idea. I hate to admit I have just that tiny line of polish left on my big toe, because it's been so long since mine were done that's all that's left!!! My DD does really cool designs on her own maybe I'll ask her to spruce ole mom's toes up. Flip flop season is a comin'.

Have a great day all!

04-19-2008, 08:36 AM
Good morning all! That's so weird about the earthquake. We had one here in Atlanta about 5 years ago and I had no idea what was going on until I heard it on the news the next day. My husband slept through it.

Today is the day of my 3-hour spin. Wish me luck. :)

04-20-2008, 11:43 AM
Good luck today, Ward. That sounds like a big challenge! You'll have to tell us how it all goes.

Well, we made it through my daughter's 14th birthday. It was a good time. I took her and her friend to 10000 BC. Interesting movie. Then yesterday we went shopping. I envy her love of shopping. She loves to try on everything and just totally enjoys it all. I cringe when I have to try stuff on. Oh well, I guess that could be because of the difference in the sizes of clothes she looks at compared to what I look at! It was a great mother/daughter time, though. What a cute girl!

Today, I have to go out shopping again because I forgot to get the supplies for the science project for my son. Darn. I wanted to stay home. We're building a weather station.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

04-20-2008, 06:42 PM
mixed emotions on that one - happy for her, a bit worried for her, but mostly miss my dad who passed away 3 years ago this June 2nd.

down to 139 first time under 140 in well over a year so that I guess is progress.

earthquakes and all - geeez - glad everyone is ok.

Nasty weather here in the northwest too.. snow in late April - set a record - not the kind we like to set though.

((hugs)) to all.


04-20-2008, 10:44 PM
I know, I know, it's been a long time. What can I say?? It's tax time and I am in the accounting business. In Canada we have until April 30 to file our returns. Things have been crazy around here. Working a lot, skating a lot and not losing any weight. Still at 139.5 --- it is driving me nuts. But, at least I'm not gaining.

I am reading the posts, just don't have a heck of a lot of time to post myself. Glad everyone seems to be keeping well and are always upbeat. It is great to see that.

Hopefully I'll be able to get back into posting soon.


Shy Moment
04-21-2008, 03:45 AM
Nice to see you back again.

I do know how you feel. My mom remarried about 2 or 3 years after my dad died. I was happy for her of course. Nice going on the weight loss. Smile, let yourself feel good about that.

04-21-2008, 08:20 AM
Ward, Hope your class went well.

Diane, Sounds like everyone had a great time. I hope you found some time for yourself this weekend too:)

sillycat4, Hugs to you. There must be a lot of emotion that goes along with the remarrying of a parent. Kudos on the weightloss.

Chris, You're active, you'll lose.

Rennie, What's shaking with you????

DS had a good time at Bible camp, but came back grumpy from lack of sleep. Our weather has been just beautiful. Sadly, I got no yard work done though...I just walked and played this weekend. Naughty! We had another cooking get together last night. I shared Greek Chicken and Vegetable Ragout....potatoes, carrots and chicken cooked in chicken broth, white wine, and loads of garlic in the crockpot. To finish you add artichoke hearts and a sauce made from lemon juice, egg yolk, and dill. I've never made it before, but I saw the recipe in the Eatingwell Magazine and it sounded yummy. Plus, it's heart healthy!!! Maybe I'll get that yard work done today.....

04-21-2008, 10:04 AM
Good morning to all.

Well, celebrating Passover at my mother in law's on Saturday took its toll. Could not fit into a particular pair of pants this morning, but I'm not surprised. Back to the drawing board - again! *sigh* At least I had sense enough not to weigh myself - why pour salt into the wound?

Did not get suffiicient sleep all weekend; it seems that in the past few months I've become an extraordinarily light sleeper. If a hummingbird in Japan flaps its wings, I hear it in Connecticut and wake up. I can get back to sleep but it's ridiculous to keep waking up 5-6 times a night every night. I only get about 6 hours of sleep a night if I'm lucky - weekends as well - so this is an annoying development.

It seems extra hard to get moving this morning here at work. I've got a great job with wonderful people but boy oh boy, it's rough today! I'm not a coffee drinker so I can't use that to get me going! Oh well, onwards!

04-21-2008, 11:26 AM
Letsgo - Hopefully it's just some water retention from eating rich/salty foods! Don't let it get you down ... you'll get back on track. The holidays are hard, I know!

Lovnmom - wow that recipe sounds great!! I love artichoke hearts and garlic and all those things. Would you mind sharing the recipe?

Silly - Hope your mom's wedding went well. I know how you feel - my dad remarried 9 months after my mom died. I photographed the wedding. ;) It was an odd mix of emotions, I must say!

This weekend was busy busy busy. 3 sessions on Saturday, plus a lot of errand running. Then Sunday I couldn't take it any more and decided that the downstairs WILL get cleaned ... so I tore the house apart. Took the drapes down and washed them, dusted the baseboards and crown molding, moved all the furniture and vacuumed under, polished the wood floors, etc. About 7 hours of hard cleaning work and I'm exhausted and stiff this morning - but I can finally walk into the house w/out shuddering. :) And everything smells so fresh and clean and *not* dusty or covered in pollen.

Now ... the upstairs is next! :)


Shy Moment
04-21-2008, 02:52 PM
Since I have lost this much weight there is very little shaking with me hehehehe. Nothing special going on around here. I have a nasty sty on my eye if anyone is interested lol. Makes reading hard lol. I am in a bla mood. I have been doing my walking but not putting my heart into it. I seem tired and everything seems so hard the last few days. My eating is good so I am not worried about that except maybe that I am not eating enough. The scale isn't moving like it was and I think that has to do with not eating enough. Everything is just day to day so that is a good thing. Nice to have no commotion going on for awhile. Bible camp was always fun. I don't remember ever getting enough sleep there lol.

04-22-2008, 12:18 AM
Hi girls.

LetsGo I'm having a terrible time sleeping the past few months. It seems to be getting worse. I think a lot of it is hormonal and my husband sounds like a freight train when he snores. I'm a very light sleeper.

We had another aftershock just after midnight.

Lovely temps at the moment. Got my walk in today 78 degrees not too hot the way I like it.

04-22-2008, 08:25 AM
LetsGo and Clyde, I too am a "6 hour a night" club member. I'm actually ok on the 6 hours IF the 6 hours are straight through. The nasty nights are when you sleep from 10:30-1:30 and then lie awake until say 4 or so and then sleep until 7. Those wipe me out mentally and emotionally as well as physically. What helps me sleep from 11pm-5am is having a handful of walnuts about 9-9:30pm. About a month ago I read an article that they induce sleep and they do seem to help. When I do wake up at an odd hour and feel the "roll over and overs" coming on I drink Celestial Season's Sleepy Time EXTRA. I'm back out in like 30 min. The EXTRA is valerian and it really works for me as long as I don't drink it too often. Good luck. Sleepless nights wreak havoc with everything.

Photo, That's how my house was right before Easter it's back to almost needing a full overhaul. Our weather has just been glorious so I'm outside as often as I can be and with 6 of us it doesn't take long for the mess to build. What's a session consist of for you? Do you have a studio or do you go to homes for family photos or both??? I'll PM the recipe. Even my kids ate it up. It had a really clean spring taste not overloaded with flavors. My daughter and I both thought the sauce needed something until like the third bite and then we changed our minds. Nope, it's good the way it is.

Rennie, Too bad about the stye. Are they painful? I've never had one, but they look painful. You get that strapping man of yours to waite on you!!! I know how you feel when you say the oomph just isn't there for the walking. I go through that too. That's when I get brave and shake it up with some old Richard Simons' tapes or do more yoga or whatever until I get my groove back. Most important, you haven't stopped. Bravo for you!!! I'm calling you to the mat too girlfriend. You quit saying things like, "if anybodies interested." Yippee skippe we're interested. You're a part of this little community we got growing. Aren't any of the rest of us writing about saving the world or anything...your life is interesting and important too...besides it has to be nearly binocular season lol

Woke up this morning pleasantly surprised. I'd left 2 large windows open in the kitchen all night. With no furnace running it's still 65* in here this a.m. Whoopee! I don't care for the thunder I'm hearing right now. I'd like to walk to the library today. A farmer friend of our's raises red angus. On Sunday he had a cow birth twins. She seemed to not even realize she had had the second and just ignored it for the first 8 hours of it's life. That's when we got it. Our friends children are grown and gone and he and his wife both work out so they have no time to "save" this little guy. I got him to eat some yet Sunday night, but he wouldn't stand. I got him to eat a little more yesterday and was able to hoist him to his feet, tentatively. Finally late afternoon yesterday he walked some. Maybe 12-14 ft or so. Enough that I'm feeling confident he will make it. It was just what I needed. Even though my children are 8,11,12 and 14 some days I feel like they really don't need me. This little guy needed me. Now tell me, how weird is that?!?

Have a great day you awesome chicks!!

04-22-2008, 09:12 AM
Good morning to everyone.

Lovnmom, I'm going to pick up some walnuts next time I'm at the supermarket, and will see if they help in the sleep department. It's ridiculous, I've never had this problem! My husband also snores horribly, although at least it's not every night. Last night, both the dog and the cat decided they needed their bodies draped over mine in order for them to sleep...so their weight and shifting kept me up. Now, I could've just booted them, but...I didn't have the heart!

I found it especially hard to get through my treadmill session yesterday. I will do a minimum of 30 minutes, ramping up the incline and speed at 5 or 10 minute intervals, and when things are going well, I'll keep going well past the 30 minutes. Not last night! I hopped off the split second I hit 30 minutes. But, I did work up a good sweat so it was better than nothing.

Weather's looking pretty darn nice here today in southwestern Connecticut...sunny and mild. My son's got his first Little League game of the season later today - just an exhibition game actually, playing a team from a few towns over. It should be quite nice to hang out for a few hours in this nice weather, I'm looking forward to it!

04-22-2008, 09:26 AM
Morning girls.

Lovn I'm going out to buy some walnuts and celestial seasonings. Last night was just ridiculous. I get up so as I don't wake up hubs and try to sleep somewhere else. Then I wake up and go back to bed.

Got to go.

04-22-2008, 09:52 AM
Thanks for understanding about my Mom. I'm happy for her - it's just sad for me & sis too.

Last night fell of the wagon and ate too much spaghetti.. but back on today - one night isn't too bad.

Anyway - back at it - and thanks too for the tips on natural sleep help - been struggling with that too - bed at 10 up at 2 then at about 4:30 fall asleep have to get up at 5 and man is that hard... ick..


04-22-2008, 11:33 AM
clyde - EARPLUGS!!! :) Seriously the soft kind that go in your ear will make a huge difference. I wore them when my guy was just out of surgery and snoring like crazy (which he usually doesn't do). They took a day or so to get used to, but after that, they saved my life.

lovn - All of my sessions are outside right now. With the gorgeous spring weather and the dogwoods in bloom and the fuschias in bloom, I couldn't bear to be stuck in the studio. :) Mostly right now it's a lot of engagement sessions - it's that time of year!

Sleep. Oy where to start. When you own your own business, sleep is optional, I think. :) Also I've been slacking going to the gym lately, so I know that's affecting my sleep patterns. One thing that really helps me is to take a warm (not hot) shower before bed. It just helps soothe me and settle me down for sleep. I also swear by chamomile tea - any brand as long as it's pure chamomile.

Failing that, there's always a shot of vodka! ;)


04-22-2008, 01:26 PM
I've been away for a week, and have just read through pages of posts - you've all been very busy! Unfortunately, my response was gobbled by the computer, and I don't have the heart to re-type it all. Suffice it to say that I'm glad everyone is doing so well, and I :hug: :hug::hug: to anyone having trying moments (remember they don't last!!!).

We've skipped spring and gone straight into summer here, and it's been encouraging me to get out and more active. I've been able to get out on a couple of trails. There was rumour of a couple of pairs of nesting cranes, but I didn't see them :( To my knowledge, it would be highly unusual for this corner of the world, so I was hoping! I did get some great shots of a flying wild turkey (only because they don't fly high or far :lol: ) That was totally unexpected.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

Shy Moment
04-22-2008, 01:44 PM
I have had that happen to me and I really hate it lol. Type a post to everyone and then poof it is gone. Oh a nest of cranes would have been great to see. Glad the weather is nice and you are able to get out.

I tend to be the sleep when I can lol. I go to bed and will have nights I sleep for about 6 hours but that isn't usual. Usually wake up every 3 hours or so. Is so much better since I have lost some of this weight. Use to wake up every two hours like someone set an alarm clock.

04-22-2008, 02:30 PM
Hey everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend. My was a long but enjoyable one. Spring has sprung here in SE Georgia and I must say it's my favorite time of year. Things are blooming and blossoming everywhere and to my shagrin, POLLEN! It's everywhere! You can't even wash your car without it being "yellow" by the end of the day. Just have to grin and bear it, and bring plenty of Kleenex.

I have my weigh in yesterday and I've lost a total of 15.9 pounds, 35 more to go. I'm pleased, but want to get to the halfway mark so I can really be excited. I have my waist (somewhat) back and I feel better than ever. I can't remember who asked, but whoever did, I'm doing MRC (Metabollic Research Centers) and working out with 20 minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the elyptical, and 20 minutes of arms, buttocks, and leg weights. Just trying to build that muscle back. I do this before work on Tues, Weds and Fridays. Anything more than that is just too tiring for me by the end of the week.

Last weekend was uneventful (thankfully!) and it was overall relaxing. It's the first weekend in a long time that I didn't have to go in to work at least for a couple of hours on Saturday, so I welcomed the time to relax. I slept a lot and feel much better today. Not so tired. Kewl!

Does anyone watch American Idol? Who do you guys like or who's do you think will win it all? I have to admit, I'm hooked on it and have been watching it since the first one aired. My husband can't stand it but bless his heart, he watches it with everyweek and critics just as bad as I do.

I hope everyone has a great week and I'll look forward to talking to you tomorrow! Until then....keep your chins up and your eye to the sky!

04-22-2008, 02:41 PM
hey all. Haven't been able to get in for awhile, I don't know what the hitch is. Been reading the posts, and have to say the kids I help with are my younger brother's not my sisters. Long story.

We now know how many employees will be leaving the company, we just don't know yet how many volunteered, how many of them will be accepted, and how many more will get pink slips. We have another week while the powers that be try to figure that out. Meanwhile I went to the gym yesterday and my resting heart rate was where it's supposed to be after 15 minutes of exercise. I think it's getting to me just a tad!

I have a conference call in a half hour, they want to know how I plan on making sure my job is done, people are covered, we stay in compliance, yada yada yada. As soon as somebody, ANYBODY, tells me what the heck my span of control is and who on earth I'm reporting on I'd be glad to answer that question. Yahoos. I can hear them now in November, "we had this conversation back in April, why didn't you jump on it then?!" Because nobody made up their minds about span of control until June perhaps?

Going off topic -- went to Sweet Tomatoes last night for dinner. Basically a soup and salad buffet kind of place. Watched 6 teenagers walk in past the cash registers, grab food and start eating. Then they got loud and obnoxious when they were kicked out for not paying. Had the police been called to throw them out I'm pretty sure the parent's would have backed the kids and filed a suit against the food place. They definitely had brass.

had a fire drill at work this morning. Everybody pouring out of the stupid building. Guy driving in. Probably one of those that doesn't arrive until 9:30-10 but stays until all hours of the evening. One of the building volunteers stuck her bullhorn up against his window and yelled "FIRE DRILL! You aren't supposed to be in your car! I will report you if you do this again!" Brain dead idiot didn't realize he hadn't come out of the building, he had no blessed idea what the heck was going on. He wasn't trying to leave he was trying to come in.

I drive a small SUV, Mom drives a minivan. Purposely purchased because minvans were too big, a truck would have had to have a double cab which would have been complete overkill, and with Mom and Dad's health issues they can get in and out of tall vehicles easier than regular cars. I'm getting nasty notes about my gas guzzling, environmental disaster vehicle yet I get better gas mileage than the stupid minivan which isn't targeted or harassed. What the junk?!

I am in serious need of a Rainbow optimistic power boost because right now I'm not finding a whole lot to be positive about!

04-22-2008, 02:46 PM
Lovn I went and bought some walnuts and the tea. Couldn't find the 'extra' one. I got the sleepytime one. I will give that a try tonight.

I may have to resort to earplugs with regard to hubs snoring. I swear it's got worse the past 6 months. Normally I could nudge him and he'd turn on his side but that doesn't work now.

GT I'm a big American Idol fan. My fav now is David Cook. I did like Michael Johns. I reckon it will be the 2 David's in the finale.

04-22-2008, 02:52 PM
Clyde - I'm so glad you watch! Now we chat about it after it airs to see who did what and why. My favorite is David Cook also, and I did like Michael Johns also. David Archuletta seems to do the same thing (ballads) every week and I must say is becoming boring...but the little girls love him and he is very talented. I just like when they change it up a bit and surprise everyone and are still exceptionally good!

I think I will try the tea too! Sounds like it would help us sleep better!

04-22-2008, 03:17 PM
Kappy I hope everything works out OK at work :hug:

Who is sending you nasty notes about your SUV? That's just immature.

Haven't seen Rainbow in a while I'm sure she's lurking somewhere ;)

Gt they are singing the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber tonight. I wonder what David Cook will do? He's never afraid to take a chance.

04-22-2008, 05:41 PM
LetsGo, I have the same problem with my two cats. We have 3 cats, but luckily 1 has no desire to sleep with the hubby and me. Since I moved my bed my chubby dog can no longer sleep with us. She needs a good running start to jump that high lol

Photo, I know more exercise helps me sleep better too. It's usually a double wammy....I'm too busy to exercise AND what's making me too busy is also stressful so sleep is not an option. Yet, men seem to sleep through everything!!

SeaWave, I live smack in the middle of two crane foundations. One in Baraboo, WI the other in Necedah. This time of year you can't go anywhere w/o seeing sandhill cranes. Sometimes we see types we can't even identify. Both places have done a terrific job and are very interesting to visit.

GT, Hee hee keep our chins (plural) up!

Clyde, Hope you get some good sleep.

Shy Moment
04-22-2008, 06:27 PM
I have to wonder if that isn't what is wrong with a lot of kids. You have the one group who's parents are afraid to do anything with them because so many parents don't want to take care of their kids so laws have been passed do they don't have to. This makes it real hard for those parents that do want to make their kids live good lives make them do what they are told. You have the other group who's parents stand up for them no matter how wrong they are. There is so much to be positive about. We have a whole group of kids in this world that care about the environment, they care about other people, they care about the direction the world is taking. We have people out there that help each other, they volunteer to do jobs that get no pay, no praise and yet have to be done. We have the proof of God's love each day we see a flower grow or a squirrel run across the yard. It is easy to get down with so much going wrong in the world. Sometimes we just have to take the time to find all the good things that are happening all around us.

I love this time of the year. Things are staring to come alive. I get to watch the squirrels and chip munks acting up in the yard. I don't like the golden rod the neighbors planted along their fence because it keeps me out of the back yard unless I am doing yard work because I am so allergic even the shots don't keep my eyes from swelling closed but that is life.

04-22-2008, 11:36 PM
Lovn I just had a few walnuts and am drinking my tea as I type :)

I will report back in the morning as to how I sleep.

Gt what did you think of AI tonight?

I enjoyed Syesha, David Cook and Carly. There was an eerie silence when Paula was talking to Brooke. I felt bad for her.

04-23-2008, 12:46 AM
Tonight I started Hight Intensity Intervals (HIIT) .... whoa! I love them. Ok, I know that sounds weird, but I really do. I did 24 mins on the elliptical w/out even realizing I"d done that much. Then the next step in the NROLW workout and I feel great.

I'm off to bed. Tomorrow I"ll just do regular low intensity cardio and then another lifting/HIIT day.

I think I'm finally back on track.


04-23-2008, 10:00 AM
What's wrong with me that I'm finally over 1/2 way there and now i'm cheating myself???

Resolved - I will come here and write before i snack.

04-23-2008, 10:13 AM
Photo, glad you're back.

sillycat, hang on. This is a speed bump you can get past.

Mmmmm, I grilled Wisconsin's favorite, brats, for supper last night. I had to eat carefully all day to have night time calories for them, but they were worth it. Then me and my two youngest went for a bike ride. I just love spring. It was rainy and yuck yesterday morning, but ended up sunny and in the low 70's. This morning the sun is shining bright and they're promising 70's again. Our calf is hopping around like the spring calf he is. I'm so glad he's going to make it.

Diane, I'm missing you!!

Clyde, Hope it helped

04-23-2008, 10:25 AM
Good Morning all! Hope everyone had a peaceful, restful night. I slept like a rock. I think getting up at 5:00 am has something to do with it! I was out like a light after AI was over. Speaking of that....

Clyde - I'd have to say Sayesha was my favorite tonight. She really did a good job, while the others seemed to struggle a bit. I can't figure out what Simon or why Simon has it in for Carly so bad. I think she did a great job last night and was so natural. I know he gave her positive thoughts, but I think that was the first time in a long time. Does he not like her personality, tatoos? or what? Anyway....David Cook is still my favorite and like yourself, I felt bad for Brooke. She seems so fragile anyway, anything you say to her I feel she has to weep about it. I think she's going home this week.

I have gotten into reading books again and that seems to help me sleep at night also, except when I find a book I'm really into, it engulfs me a point to where I can't put it down. I just finished reading "Losing It, One Pound at a Time" by Valerie Bertinelli. It was really good and inspiring as to what she went through with her marriage to Eddy Van Halen. I can somewhat relate to that because I've been through similar times with my ex husband too. Anyone that wants to read a good book, it's really easy to read and very entertaining. I highly recommend it.

Well girls, I have to get to work...Everyone have a good day!

04-23-2008, 12:44 PM
I'm sore this morning! Yay. Whoda thunk that I'd ever be happy to be sore from working out. Hah!

Lots of other stuff going on and I'm feeling stressed at the moment. Gotta remember to eat and eat healthy, rather than not eating until I'm starving and then just putting whatever in my mouth.


Why can't life just be easy???


04-23-2008, 04:23 PM
Afternoon girls.

It's hot out there. Just got finished a 45 minute walk. 81 degrees right now and I'm hot.

I had a pretty good sleep last night. Slept in my bed , didn't have to get up and only woke up once. That's pretty good for me. So I shall continue with the sleepy time tea.

Gt I don't know why Simon is so hard on Carly, maybe he has a soft spot for her and always wants her to do better. I think it will be Jason and Brooke bottom 2 tonight.

I went shopping this morning. I needed to get some new t-shirts. Went to Target which I love. I was getting so frustrated. I tried on 14 tops and bought one. I hate spandex. It seemed everyrthing I tried on had spandex in it. I am very well endowed in the boob area and everything I tried on all I could see was boobs!! It always takes forever for me to lose weight from there. Anyone have any hints.

So I got a t-shirt, sunglasses and some sandals.

Then I came home and dug out my shorts that I could not get on last year and they fit so that was a nice surprise.

Need to go my house is a tip.

Shy Moment
04-23-2008, 05:06 PM
Nice going on the walking. Yes, it is in the 80's here too. I actual broke a sweat doing my Resistance training today and I never do that. I hate spandex too for the same reason. No one sees me just the chest coming lol. I thought I was the only one with that problem lol, I have lost the least in my chest. Wish the darn thing would start going away. I love the sleepy time tea, really helps me rest.

That is the big question lol but think of the alternative to life lol. Yes, that is one big thing we all have to do. Not only eat healthy but remember to eat several times a day. We do not want the tummy to think the throat has been slit lol. What are these high intensity things you are doing?

I have gotten into that habit again too. I happen to like Joan Hess ( Claire Mallov Mysterys ) series. Now it is just making myself put the book down lol.

See, that is what planning does for us. We don't do without a thing, we plan so we can have those things we want. Nice going.

Oh my gosh, that half way mark is a curse lol. I found I was doing the same thing. Not big time but a bite of this or a bite of that. I had to straighten myself back up and get back on track.

04-23-2008, 11:36 PM
High Intensity Interval Training ... it's out of the New Rules of Lifting for Women book. Instead of doing straight cardio, you cycle one minute of extremely high intensity work (sprinting or the like) with 2 mins of much lower intensity recovery time. It's supposed to be much better for weight loss than straight steady cardio.

Today was a really bad day - not food or exercise wise, but personally. A very special person in my life was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Survival rates for this kind of cancer are not good and median survival time from diagnosis is 6 months. The doctors haven't said anything about a time line, but much of what they've talked about is pallative and not curative. I've cried off and on all day today. I'm trying to stay positive for his sake and not cry around him and it's taking everything I've got. I'm just so lost tonight.


04-23-2008, 11:50 PM
:hug: Photochick I'm so sorry to hear about your friend.

Shy Moment
04-24-2008, 12:57 AM
Sounds like the kind of thing they do in a few of my walking/aerobic videos. You do, I think, 3 min of fast walking and then 2 min of jogging ( I can't do the jogging it kills my knees ) if you can't do the jogging you walk even faster lol. I am so sorry about your friend. When those that are dear to us fall ill and the chance of recovery isn't good it seems like the floor just falls from under us. I will keep both of you in my prayers.

04-24-2008, 10:31 AM
gt, I'm a reader too. I can't say I have any favorite authors. I read everything from Christian fiction to Steven King. I'm like that with my music too, my mood rules!! Afterthought, I read a 2 diet bloggers, Pasta Queen and The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl, both women have books that are ready to order. I'm betting both will be really good.

Photo, I caught myself at the stress eating thing last week and kept on going. Not my finest moment. I knew exactly why I was eating the VERY LARGE cookie, that didn't really taste very good, but ate the entire thing anyway. Blah. Hang in there.My stress eating comments seem so silly now that I've turned the page. I'm so sorry for your pain. I pray you will be given the strength you need to see your friend through this. God bless.

Clyde, Glad you got a good night sleep AND were able to wear shorts you couldn't last year. Bravo for you!!

Rennie, I've just the opposite problem of you and Clyde. My boobs are the first to go!!! I'm still not a fan of spandex though.

Rainy and blah here today. I'm hoping there will be a break at some point so I can walk. My mom is 75 today. We've planned a nice dinner for her on Sunday. She thinks just my family is taking her to dinner when in fact all of us are going to be there. Even the great gandchildren can make it. DD has her picture taken for dance recital tonight so it's all about hair and makeup and glitz tonight. Fun, fun, fun. Ya think? I'd never make it as a stage mom.....sweats and t's for me!!

Have a great Thursday!!

04-24-2008, 10:49 AM
Good Morning!

You know, the first thing to go on me is my boobs! I've lost one bra size already, not that I'm complaining...I don't like them HUGE! Anyway, I had a hard time getting up this morning...I get up at 5am and drive for one hour to go to the gym which is close to my work so I've just incorporated that into my schedule. But by Thursday, man..I'm dragging. But I got up and did it anyway, but didn't do the full workout I had intended. I did as much as I could though, which is better than nothing.

Headed to the farm tonight which is only about 15-20 minutes from my work, so it's actually closer to where I live. I don't mind that. We'll stay til Sunday. We're going to put in an irrigation system in the garden because it's starting to dry out already. There never seems to be enough rain during gardening season in south Georgia.

Photo - I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I totally understand though. At least you have time to say and do everything you want to before the inevitable. I didn't get that chance with my Dad...which I yearn for every day.

AI - Carly is gone home...I have to admit - I couldn't stay away through the entire show and had to read it on the web this morning to see who went home. I was totally surprised that Brook or Jason didn't make it to the bottom two. I like Brook, but Jason I can do without. Who knows?

I hope everyone has a good day and stay positive! More weight to loose!


04-24-2008, 12:43 PM
Photo: Let me add my support to you, too. It is a tough thing to face. Keep coming here for support. We have your back!

Sorry I've been away for a couple of days. I've just been overwhelmed lately. Work has been insanely busy and then baseball and school projects have taken over at home. Why is it that the first thing to be sacrificed is the stuff we do for ourselves??? Oh well....

My son had his first baseball game of the season last night. Having seen his team at practice, I didn't have high hopes, but they played fairly well. They lost 5-4 to a team that had played earlier in the week and had a 10 run rule win over another team, so I am sure they are good. It was just a good game. We're playing on new fields this year that aren't quite done yet. Boy, was it dusty out there. They won't be planting grass this year until after the season is over. They actually barely got the fences up and the dirt leveled in time for our games. Construction! Fun stuff.

That's about it for now. I hope everyone is having a great week!

Shy Moment
04-24-2008, 04:35 PM
I have gone from a 42 D to a 40c-38d. Kind of hard to judge because they are hand made for me. The last one I bought was a 40 d and it is to big now. I wish half of the rest I still have would go away lol. The lady that makes the bras for me said they have gone from really big to an overfull hand full lol. She said when she was making them for me before I put on all this weight they were a handful lol.

04-24-2008, 05:25 PM
Hi girls.

Weigh in day I'm up half a pound.

Thought I might have lost this week as I've walked every day this week.

I volunteer on Thursdays and one of the girls is doing weight watchers. she came in today and decided to tuck her t-shirt into her jeans. She looked really good and said she had gained yesterday at her weigh in but decided she wanted to feel good about her weight loss so far so in went her t-shirt. I noticed her whole body language changed. She looked like a different person.

Diane my daughter's softball team is not doing so well this year. They still enjoy playing that's the main thing.

04-24-2008, 08:06 PM
Bra sizes are the bane of my life. Right now I mostly wear a 38D ... mostly. Depending on the brand. I'd love to get back to a 36C or so, but that'll be a while. I hate bra shopping worse than bathing suit shopping! :)

Thanks for the good thoughts and support and prayers, guys. It's going to be a roller coaster ride over the next few months, I know. I'm just trying to make sure that whenever I fall apart, it's not around hm!


Shy Moment
04-25-2008, 12:46 AM
I dream of being a 34 B again. The hubby dreams of me not losing anymore chest lol. He can dream on I sure hope.

Sorry about your daughters softball team. Hope they are still having fun. I hate weigh in's. What if it is the day your weight is up? Weight fluctuates so much.

04-25-2008, 09:38 AM
Hi all. Well, I have to side in with those that hate bra shopping. I am only in a B cup, but I really have trouble finding comfortable bras. The thing that drives me crazy is when the sides cut in or fold over. I don't know what would work to stop that from happening. I think that it has to do with my weight, because the fat wants to be free on the sides, so it escapes over the top. Swell.

We have our 2nd baseball game tonight. I heard it is supposed to be windy again. So, I'm afraid we'll be in the dust bowl. We'll see how they do tonight! I'm with all of you, though. I'm glad they are having fun!

Glad it is Friday!!

04-25-2008, 11:29 AM
Good morning all! Yesterday was uneventful except I totally blew my diet. But the good thing is when I do, I'm right back on track the next day. You see, I had a remote yesterday, that's when we go on location to a business and broadcast live from there...and I'm the one who always has to provide the free food and drinks. In order to do that, I have to do trade with local restaurants to give us food at no cost and to make sure I have enough so that everyone gets something. So yesterday was the dreaded Papa John's Pizza day. I have two small square of pepperoni pizza and for lunch I decided to go to Wendy's and have a side salad and a small chili. But I didn't eat the saltines that came along with it. By the time I got home last night...I was feeling like I could eat the refrigerator! Bad mistake....but I'm back on track today. Why does this happen that the will power just takes a break every now and then? Especially when I've been so good. Oh well....and to top it off, my husband did the grocery shopping last night and had chicken breast, mixed grilled veggies and all the good stuff I'm supposed to eat waiting and ready to be cooked. He was so proud of himself. I had to break the news to him that I had blown it and I couldn't have anything for dinner. Being the wonderful man that he is, he just said "Okay...I'll fix it for you tomorrow night". What a trooper that man of mine is!

Speaking of my husband...he always tells everyone that I've lost weight and I'm on a diet and I'm looking good. It kind of bothers me because I don't tell anyone. I just wait and see if anyone notices because once that starts, I'll know I really do look a little thinner. But no...he has to tell everyone (and I know it's because he's so proud of me) but then when they do see me they probably feel compelled to say how good I look and that I look like I've lost weight....ok.....enough rambling about that.

Putting in that irrigation system this weekend with my hubby at the farm...Maybe I'll add to that farmer's tan I'm so proud to show off. I'll probably wear a tank top this weekend to get the lines off my arms.

Everyone have a great weekend....stick to those diets!


04-25-2008, 12:13 PM
Hi everyone! I've been meaning to post all week, but it has been NUTS here at work - in a good way, to be sure, but crazy.

Well, I was supposed to have my semi-annual cardiologist appointment today...the one whereby I was supposed to be 20 pounds lighter than I am now. All week I'd been dreading it. My doctor is the head of cardiology at our hospital, he's a big deal in the community and while I'm not scared of him or anything, I knew how disappointed he'd be. I felt as if I'd completely let us both down.

However...I've dodged a bullet because the appointment got cancelled this morning! Hah! Seems that when I had blood drawn last week the lab didn't take enough and thus couldn't run the tests my doctor had ordered! I am now scheduled to go in on June 6th - my birthday. I know I won't be 20 pounds lighter by then, but if I can at least get back to where I was the last time I had an appointment, I'll be thrilled!

Everyone is cracking me up with all this bra talk. In 1993, I had breast reduction surgery. I can't remember my specific size but it was definitely an E cup. After the surgery, I was around 36-38C. Currently I'm a 40D, much to my dismay, but I know that as I lose weight, my bra size will change as well, and that's fine. I'm a lot older than I was when I had the surgery so I don't expect to ever be that small again but it would be nice to be back to a C cup.

Shy Moment
04-25-2008, 03:55 PM
Well at least you got a bit of a reprieve for the docs appointment. Oh my gosh have blood taken again because they didn't take enough. You should come to the woman I go to. I swear she keeps a drack in the back room. The woman could drain you dry and you wouldn't even know it. I keep telling her I need to keep some of that blood lol. With heart problems it is real important to keep the weight down. I am sure he will say something about it but at least you are trying and that is going to help I am sure.

Things can happen that we eat off plan. Don't let that get you down. You are back on track which shows you are in control. I don't think the saltines would have hurt you lol. Your hubby is proud of you and telling people is one of the ways he is showing that. Sometimes we just have to live with them just as they are lol. Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned. Make sure you put that sun screen on. We don't want burnt skin.

I have never found that many store bought bras that fit well. Pretty bras are nice but they don't seem to have any support at all. I personally need armor to support these puppies. I am sure glad I still have someone to make mine. Hope you have a beautiful day for the game and the wind isn't to bad. Dust bowls are no fun.

04-25-2008, 08:06 PM
Photo - just :hug: :hug: :hug: Been there too many times to count. Remember we're here to listen whenever you need it.

re: bras. For me, it's not bra shopping, it's shopping for body armour. I don't think the alphabet goes as high as my cup size :lol:

My week has been filled with trips to the hospital for blood work - I don't have good veins, and they have to use the butterfly tubes to take it (5 tubes this morning!). I had my full body scan today. But they had problems with the scan and all the blood work hadn't arrived so I'm not getting results until Monday. I'm just trying to not worry about it all week-end, as normally I would have had results and spoken to the Doc right away :stress:

So not starting the SBD until later on.

Aside from that, been enjoying the good weather - had a bit of a walk today, and it felt great. The daffodils and crocuses are blooming, birds twitting about, I love it! :flow1:

04-26-2008, 10:45 AM
Seawave: Hang in there this weekend! I am sure it is no fun waiting for results. Try not to stess out about it too much though. Unfortunately, you have no alternative but to wait. Hard to do!

Rennie: That's good that you have someone to make your bras. I actually have never heard of anyone making custom bras, so that's a good deal.

LetsGo: Isn't that funny that we are so happy when our doctors appointments are cancelled or postponed!?? I'm the same way. I had to reschedule this most recent one and I was thrilled that she didn't have an opening until June. Now... mess with my hair appt... I'm not so thrilled!

GT: I remember watching Biggest Loser and they said that the people there would have one day when they could eat what they really wanted. I don't think they could just pig out, but they could have whatever kind of food they wanted, like a free day. They said that it actually was good for their metabolism to shake things up. So, maybe the pizza was ok? Just trying to help!

Lovn: What's up with you?

Well we lost our baseball game last night, but again, it was a good game. My son had a little meltdown after striking out. I told him that while I understood why he was upset, that he wasn't setting a good example for the younger players on the team. He needs to understand that baseball is baseball and he needs to keep it in perspective.

Hair appt this morning with my daughter. I'm in need of a change, so we'll see what I come up with. Hope everyone else has a good weekend!

04-26-2008, 12:58 PM
Diane, It's freezing here and I'm having a hard time not getting ornery about it!! By freezing I mean 20+ mph winds and barely above 30*. It was 73* and sunny on Mon and we've steadily gotten yuckier every day since. It rained Wed, Thurs and Fri, but I got up and did Yoga Burn, fed the calf, got DD hair cut, now we're off to deliver some goat feed and then Culver's for lunch and some mild shopping at W-Mart. Lots to do, but a blah day. My children won't even start baseball practice until school is out in June. I though that meant easy weekends. Not so....I'd rather be at a ball game!!! Glad to hear you and Clyde are out there enjoying your's. Sleep update : The Sleepy Time Extra can be hard to find, but I know it's velarian root that is the Extra so, I looked for it at Wal-Mart the other day and it comes in a capsule form. I took just one capsule, rather than the recommended 3, last night and slept like I haven't in forever. Weekends my hubby leaves for work at 1am and typically I have to read to go back to sleep after he leaves. Last night I just rolled over and went right back out. I remember waking here and there, but I never stayed awake for any time. I am not a Dr of course so look it up for yourselves. Maybe it's right for more than me.
Have a good weekend!

04-26-2008, 05:42 PM
Lovn I just looked up valerian root on google, looks like that I could use it as I have a lot of these symptons :D . Check it out

Symptom: Sleeplessness/Insomnia, Anxiety, Fatigue, Nervousness, Stress, Ulcers, Menstrual Cramps, Muscle Cramps, Pain, Spasms, High Blood Pressure

I don't have ulcers or spasms but the others, yeah.

04-27-2008, 09:41 AM
It's not warm, but the sun is shining this morning. Alas, it's not to stay, but I'm going to enjoy it for now. Off to church this morning. The choir is singing a really nice rendition of Amazing Grace this morning. I'm looking forward to it. My mom thinks just my family is taking her to lunch to celebrate her birthday, but in fact all my siblings and some of her's will be there. This will actually be the 3rd "surprise" she's had. Now, if we can all play nice it'll be good!!!
Have a lovely Sunday and pray I have control at the buffet. Thanks!

04-27-2008, 11:48 AM
Very cold morning here today. The last couple of days have had really cold mornings. It is supposed to warm up quite a bit today and over the next few days. I hope so. The cold mornings have really taken its toll on my tulips. Oh well. At least they bloomed!

Had a pretty good day yesterday. Today I'm taking my son to the batting cages. We're going to have a talk about keeping sports in perspective. I don't want him to stress out over baseball. Football, yes... baseball, no. (I'm just kidding!!!!!!)

Then, I'll be working on laundry and cleaning up a little. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

04-27-2008, 12:37 PM
woo-hoo! I have lost 8 pounds in 5 weeks, and according to my scale, I am at 164! 29 pounds to go! (135 is my goal)

04-27-2008, 01:26 PM
I get most of the weight off and then start losing control of myself.

I'm going to get back to the 2 workouts a day again next week - less time to eat if i'm exercising.

Lovin - I love your dancing snoopy - that is too cute. Reminds me of our beagle wilson - weather there sounds rough - yesterday here it was sunny & warm - today kinda cloudy..

Gotta get off my tail and go mow the lawn before it rains..


04-27-2008, 02:08 PM
It's raining and gray here ... but warm. Welcome to late spring/early summer in the South! :)

Congrats on the weight loss, TRimom - I'm stuck at 170 right now ... but that's mostly my careless eating habits. :) Gotta watch those portions again.

I shot a wedding yesterday and it kicked my ... ahem. :) I got home at midnight and it took me a couple of hours to wind down. I woke up a little before noon and I'm sooooo stiff and sore. Even my fingers (and especially my camera hand) are stiff. I think a warm shower and something high protein and yummy for lunch might help.

But ack!! This is the beginning of my season - I have 8 more this month and it just keeps going from there. I gotta get back into shape for these or this will kill me!!!


04-28-2008, 12:14 AM
Wow I went to see "Jersey Boys" today at the Fox theatre in St.Louis.

FANTASTIC. What a great show, the music was amazing. I was in the pit 3 rows from the front. Loved it.

Shy Moment
04-28-2008, 02:36 AM
Glad you had a nice time.

Oh I bet those are time consuming. Just watch what you are eating and I bet things will go in the right direction. Maybe do a little warm up and a bit of light stretching before you go on a shoot. Might make you feel nice and limber.

I say the same thing about working out lol. If I am working out, if I am doing a hook rug I don't have time to eat lol.

Nice going on the loss. You are well on your way to that goal.

I had a couple of days of beautiful tulips and crocuses and then the cold did them in. I don't know if anyone else still does this. The lady that makes them, her daughter does also, has been making them for me all my life except a short time that she stopped because her hands were hurting to much.

Amazing Grace is one of my all time favorite songs. Hope the get together went well and you all played nice.

She use to make me lovely bras. Now they are defeated balloon holders lol.

04-28-2008, 09:17 AM
Diane, All that's bloomed here so far are crocus and daffodils. Neither of which have I, but my tulip leaves are up. I hope this crazy weather is over before they open. The batting cages sounds like fun. I have a feeling this summer will be the summer of stress in baseball. My son has opted to play Little League and Senior League both. Most of his peers had to move on to senior because of their age, but DS falls right in between the cut off.. Which means he'll be playing L.L. on a "not so good" team. (Last year's team went un defeated until tournament) I'm hoping he handles the losses well!!!

Trimom, great job! What else have you been up to?

Sillycat and Photo, My most recent plateau was Jan and Feb. I didn't drop a thing for two months straight. For me I know it's the fear of maintenance. Once I'm at goal how long will it take to start going back up? That's why I'm taking it so slow. I definitely want these changes to be lifelong. I don't want to start snarking up boxes of cookies and pans of brownies 2 days after hitting goal. Hang in there. Slow and steady wins the race?!?!

Clyde, That sounds like so much fun. A friend of mine is treating me to "A Mid Summer Night's Dream" on July 23rd. She's taking me to Spring Green, WI to the outdoor theater. The name is escaping me, but it's very popular. Very close to the House on the Rock. It's awful to be 43. Just as soon as I log off the name will come to me or maybe this afternoon when I'm thinking about something else!!!

Rennie, It was such a beautiful style. The congregation clapped when we were done. I'm not sure if that's appropriate, but we just chalked it up to everyone loving that particular song. Have you been doing any singing since all your Christmas caroling? We did all play nice and I didn't have to worry about overeating. The food was not that good, but my children enjoyed the breakfast foods on the buffet so I didn't feel like I waisted my money. My mother was very surprised and very pleased.

Today is all about housework and Cub Scouts and then the rest of the week is pretty much dance recital related. By the end of the week DD and I both will be glad it's over!!! I ordered her a cool gold medal. It's a spinner type with a hip hop dancer in the middle. I had the back engraved with C ____ Rocked "Smooth Criminal" 2008. Of course she'll have to have flowers and stuff too, but the medal will be a keeper that really surprises her. Well, time to get the masses off to school.
Have a great Monday!

04-28-2008, 09:47 AM
So, I had a malfunction yesterday with my clothes washer hose and filled some of my mud room with water. Well, that's where my scale is and now it isn't working. While I don't mind not seeing the numbers, I hate to have to buy another scale. I took it as a sign that I shouldn't weigh myself today. Maybe next week!

No baseball games until Friday this week. I have an ice cream social to go to with my daughter at the new school she will attend next year. She'll be in 8th grade and they put the 8-9th grade in a different school, mainly due to overcrowding. That will be fun to see.

Glad everyone had a good weekend.

04-28-2008, 03:09 PM
Hey all. Just a quick check in, we won't know more about the situation at work until Thursday. Rumor has it they got enough volunteers, just not necessarily in the locations they wanted. Which could mean some volunteers are told no, they have to stay and others get the dreaded 60 day layoff letters. At this point I just want some kind of positive action already!

BTW, for those of you who diligently track your calories and are wondering why things don't seem to be working out as well as they theoretically should be . . . check your supplements. Not necessarily your vitamins, your supplements. My Fish Oil (4xday) are 25 calories each. The Flax Seed? 15 each, I take 2. The liquid Chondrotin is 20 . . . For me that's 150 calories a day I wasn't aware of. Because of their make-up, if you're taking either fish oil or flax seed do not consider taking Alli. Not a good combination. The things we learn when we have to slow down and look at stuff!

Shy Moment
04-29-2008, 02:14 AM
Hope things get straightened out soon.

Oh what a mess that must have been. You have fun with your daughter.

No, I haven't been singing. I am just involved with the kids at Christmas time. A few times a year I sing with the choir but just for special things.

04-29-2008, 08:30 AM
Diane, It's nice the kids will get a chance to look around the school and familiarise themselves a little before they have to actually attend. You and your daughter will enjoy that time together and maybe some of her fears about changing schools will be lessened.

Kappy, You make such a great point about the supplements. Especially the fishoil. I would bet very few people ever read the label for calories on anything in pill form. I enjoy canned salmon on wheat crackers for lunch and eat about 1 can a week so I do not take the supplement. In my 30's I took calcium, fishoil, and a daily vitamin...in my 40's I haven't been taking anything, but I should probably rethink that. I hope you get good news at work soon.

Today DS is off to the "Batte of the Books." The 6th grade class is given a list of 50 books at the beginning of the school year. They read as many as they can and then compete amongst their class. The top 3 go on today to compete against 12 other schools. DS says they haven't got a chance of winning, but they get to eat at a Culver's on the way home so it's all good!!! Tonight DD has tech rehearsal for the dance recital. That's the easiest one. No makeup, costume or hair required. Well, I'm not sending her bald, but you know what I mean. As for me...I've gotten another red angus calf. He's smaller than the first one, but much healthier. His momma was taking care of him, but something went wrong with her milk production. This morning's feeding should be interesting. I'll be alone with only one bottle. I'm betting the fight will be on. It's suppose to be in the 50's here today I should probably exercise it's been a while!!
Have a nice Tuesday!

04-29-2008, 09:42 AM
Awww Lovn... you're a mama again! At least with this species, you don't have to worry about diapers! ha! I'll bet they are cute. We have 2 calves, but thankfully, their mom's are good caretakers. They've been through this a lot, so they know the drill.

Kappy, I'm sure you will be so glad when you finally get some answers. I think that the waiting and wondering would be very stressful. Good point on the supplements. I haven't taken anything for a long time, but that's a good point.

Seawave: Any news yet from your doctor?

Well, I think my scale might be working again. I put it where I thought it might dry out, and it seems to have some life. I'm going to let it "rest" for awhile now and see if it will work.

04-29-2008, 11:08 AM
HI all...Hope everyone is doing well...

Kappy - Thank you so much about the supplements - I take Flax and several others everyday - that could explain a lot of things...except they want you to take them because they're good for body function. Do we stop or do we keep taking them? It's always something isn't it?

Well we're looking forward to the 45th annual Shrimp Festival that will be her this weekend in Fernandina Beach, Florida. I've been doing to that since I was a small child and they start on Friday night and go through Sunday afternoon. I'll be hanging with my friends who have a charter fishing boat docked at the main dock all they time, so we're going to have a cocktail party on Friday night with lots of food and drinks, and then we'll just hang out downtown looking at all the wonderful arts and crafts and entertainment provided for the rest of the weekend. My brother still lives there, so we're going to bunk with him for the weekend.

Wish me luck on sticking (somewhat) to my diet!!!!!

Shy Moment
04-29-2008, 03:32 PM
Sounds like a wonderful time. Have fun, and kind of stick to your diet plan lol.

Glad to hear the scale lived lol.

Hope your daughter has a nice time. Oh go ahead, let her go with no hair. You know how that will go. Within a week all the girls with want to go with no hair lol. Are you going to eat the new addition?

04-30-2008, 08:42 AM
Diane, I would be a raving lunatic if my scale was broken.....which is really saying I am a raving lunatic.....but I lunatic quietly so nobody knows.....is that the same as raving?!?!?!

GT, enjoy the fun. Remember vodka has less calories than other booze and shrimp is real low cal as long as you avoid the fried kind...or just eat whatever, it is only one weekend!!!! Again, have a great time!

Rennie, actually we are not going to be eating either of these. We have a really sweet deal going with the farmer. The plan is for us to raise them until fall and then he will buy them back at market price. Which will be a tidy little profit for us, but he's looking at it as he would have lost 2 red angus that typically sell for $1500-$2000 a piece full grown. So, he's still way ahead also. They are really cute, but fiesty little guys. I had to force the bottle in the new one's mouth at both feedings yesterday. Actually, we had to pin him against a round bale and then force him to take the bottle. Apparently niether I or the bottle remotely reminded him of his mother. I'm hoping today he'll just come to the gate with the other one.

Well, I've a lot to do today, but none of it exciting. I took a really long walk through the fields yesterday. I found dug roads that lead to other fields I didn't even know existed. I got IT yesterday so my legs are swollen and not happy today. Making me quite pleased that I did lose my measly pound in April. I had completely changed my exercise program and was nervous. I've walked far less, but included a lot more yoga. I counted the slow bike rides I take with my children and things I normally wouldn't "count" because the heart rate doesn't get up there like with "real" exercise. Don't ask me to explain...these are long lived by rules that the crazy diet lady who lives in me goes by....slowly I am kicking her to the curb. This month I won. Yippee!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

04-30-2008, 09:51 AM
Lovn: You're on a roll today. Made me laugh even before I've had coffee. I know how difficult those baby calves can be. We have had some in the past that fought you even when you were trying to help them. But, they come around. And it looks like the scale will be ok. It didn't come up with a magical low number for me, so it must be back to normal.

GT: That sounds like a really good time! I'm a little jealous!! Have a great time and don't worry too much about weight loss and such.

Well, had a good time at the ice cream social last night. It was highly unorganized and not extremely beneficial in trying to learn about the school. I was about to get a little ticked off about the lack of organization but then decided I would just enjoy talking to some other parents that I haven't seen for awhile and just relax. I guess everything doesn't have to serve a purpose. Oh, and I guess it isn't wrong just because it isn't the way I would have done it. It never fails to just blow me away when I see how much these kids have changed. The boys, in particular, are growing so much and getting so darn tall! I also noticed that some of the boys that used to talk to me now avoid eye contact. I think it is a teenager thing. It could be because they'd now rather talk to my daughter (who is gorgeous, in my opinion!). Anyway, she had a good time with her friends, too.

04-30-2008, 02:44 PM
Lovnmom - Thanks for the good advice - that just might fix everything (regarding the Vodka) and since I'm not a big fan of hard liquor it just might be the key! Thanks again.

Well I have weigh in tomorrow and I have to tell ya, I think I've hit a plateau. Although I hear plateau's are good for the body, they're not good for the mind. I've been losing about 2 - 3 pounds a week, but on Monday, I only lost .04 pounds - not even a half! I was so disappointed...but I've really worked out hard this week and I've followed my diet strictly. Hopefully I'll have a good loss tomorrow before I go out of town. I'd really love to reach that 20lb. mark soon!

Spoke to my son yesterday, he called. He's 22 and lives in Connecticut and I've not physically seen him in almost 2 years. He promises me all the time he will come home for holidays but for one reason or another something "comes up" at the last minute and he can't make it. I told him yesterday that if he doesn't come down this summer like he promises, I'm on the first flight to Connecticut to see him! I'll probably do that anyway....I miss him so much.

My dad passed away last year in February suddenly and I've been ok ever since except for lately. For the past couple of night's I've been dreaming of him and the dreams are all where he's about to die - and I find myself whaling in my sleep. My husband woke me early this morning and told me I was crying. What's up with this? I know I miss him, but I missed him from the very beginning and it wasn't like this. Will I ever get through the mourning process?
Just thougth someone may have some insight on this for me.

Well I'll let everyone rest for now - I look forward to hearing from you all soon. OBTY - American Idol was so borning last night I thought I was going to fall asleep...and what was Paula thinking? WOW!


04-30-2008, 03:35 PM
sorry I'm not exactly being very supportive these days. Finally found a description of the office during this wonderful period. It's a bit like being in Edgar Allen Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum. It's swinging lower and lower, we can feel the air moving over our heads, but as of yet it hasn't sunk low enough for contact. Yesterday they announced 3rd level job alignments, and the resulting "retirements" for those not placed. We have to wait until tomorrow for the rest of the announcements.

Needless to say my stress eating is through the flippin' roof, I know exactly what's going on but since I'm still in my "normal" zone I'm not going to add worrying about that to the list. I'm getting my cardio in, but not my weight training. It's all back burnered for now. May be kicking myself by Friday, but for now it's just not an issue.

Regarding the supplements and vitamins. I have very fine, very thin hair. The kind where nearly every barrette or hair pretty just slides off. Long story short one or more of the vitamin or supplements I'm taking is helping my hair out. Don't know which one, don't really care. It's getting thicker and by golly although you can still see the scalp at the top of my head it is getting better. Slow as molasses, but then I didn't notice the thinning until it was seriously advanced. It's good news and by golly these days it's something to celebrate!

04-30-2008, 05:35 PM
gt, It must be very rough to have not seen your son is such a long time. I truly hope one of you can commit to visiting soon. I also hope you will have more pleasant dreams soon. It sounds like a good time weekend is just what you need. Let your hair down and have a grand ole time on the waterfront!!

Peace to you Kappy.

Shy Moment
05-01-2008, 01:10 AM
I have noticed if I don't have enough fat in my diet my hair suffers. I have a lot of hair since I am a Blonde but it is very fine. Sure can't get hair clips to stay in it. My fat goes under 23% and I can tell just by the condition of my hair. Your job is secure isn't it? This isn't a worry you have to face is it?

It could very well be you didn't let yourself grieve. I lost my father a few years ago. He was very ill and on the one hand I was glad he finally got to be with Jesus, he was in such pain. On the other hand it was hard for me and really hard for my kids. It took awhile for it to really start to bother me. I had to let myself feel bad he was gone instead of just being happy he wasn't in pain anymore. My kids complain because they haven't seen their half brother in about 10 years. He talks to them on the Internet and tells them all the time he is coming up but never does. He was suppose to come up this summer with his sister in July and now he tells them he doesn't think he can. Hard for them to understand even at their ages you can't just leave your job. For now it is the Internet and web cams.

Isn't it nice to see how kids change as they get older. One of my sons friends that hasn't been to the house in a 5 years came into town. I looked at the kid and wondered where the little boy I remembered had gone to. Oh things not being organized really drives me crazy. I really have to step back too and just enjoy seeing the people that are there.

Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

05-01-2008, 08:28 AM
More rain on the way today. DD got the lawn mower stuck twice mowing in the front last night. The ground is so sacherated we really do not need more rain. Farmers have not been able to get in the fields at all our fall soccer season is even in jeopardy. The city snow removal dumped on the fields and they're all torn up, but yet can't get them smoothed and reseeded because they have standing water in them. One crazy year!
I have to work this morning and then this evening is all about dance recital again. Dress rehearsal starts at 4:15. I'm selling tickets from 4-6 tonight. Fun, Not! It's quite the busines, first we paid nearly $500 for the classes and now it's $9 a head to see our daughter dance. I hope it's all worth it. Oh I sound so whiney. TOM is really getting to me this month, but that too shall pass, right? Please say right.
Well, you all have a happy Thursday!

05-01-2008, 09:47 AM
GT: Sorry to hear about the dreams. That has to be hard. I hope you can get past that soon. It is hard to relive the tough times when you want to remember all the good times.

Kappy: I am so hopeful that all of this stress will be over for you soon. It sometimes gets to where it is just debilitating. Hang in there.

Lovn: I always have that little whine, too. You pay how much to have them in whatever activity, but there is always something else that you need to pay for. Keep in mind that someday, TOM will go away forever. And, what if you miss it? Ha! Not!!!!

Rennie: I just think that if someone is going to have an event, they need to make it worthwhile. I don't mind social events, but even those need to have some organization!!

We have some rain/snow here this morning. We've had some beautiful weather this week (except for the wind), but a cold front is moving through today. Not thrilled!!! I guess we needed the rain, but could do without snow.

05-01-2008, 10:05 AM
Good Morning everyone!

I worked out this morning even harder than I ever have. I did 20 minutes on the elypitcal and then hard weight training for 40 minutes, then went back to the elypitcal for another 10 minutes. I feel great....but I haven't lost anymore weight. But my clothes are loose, so I may just think about inches, not weight. Sometimes that helps me through.

Rennie - I think your absolutely right - I've just tried to be too strong. Sometimes I break down but everyone knows me as a very strong person. What they don't know is I'm a very weak person when it comes to personal matters. World matters, I can pretty much stand up for anything. I'm sure some of you can relate. I just can't stand feeling sad! I was sad for so long that I just don't except sadness as a part of my life anymore. I have everything I could ever want (great husband, house, family, job, etc.) so what is there to be sad about?

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. I'm off this afternoon and headed that way. My husband is meeting me there tomorrow. So I guess I'll talk to you all next week!


05-01-2008, 10:12 AM
and your dad - hang in there sweetie. I too lost my dad suddenly a while back - this June 2nd will be 3 the 3 year mark. I still sometimes - altough less frequently have those dreams from time to time and am put right back into that gut wrenching feeling of complete and total loss.

I think sometimes when we lose someone - especially suddenly our bodies sort of meter out the grief because we couldn't deal with it all at once.

I believe and have talked to others and they feel too that when you lose someone slowly it sucks more for them and when suddenly more so for those left behind. That is - so far the only consolation i have found.

Take care sweetie and just let yourself go through it - do not think that something is wrong with you or that you shouldn't feel the way you do.


05-01-2008, 02:05 PM
Happy May to all. Although here in Connecticut, it feels more like late March...33 degrees this morning, with frost. Aren't we getting closer to the sun?? Where is the warmth??

Anyway, I've now just about regained the entire 15 pounds I lost since my heart attack. Just 2 more pounds and I'll be back where I started, 194, and I am sorely tempted to just go nuts and purposely hit 200 pounds, just to see how bad I can feel about it. At this time last year I was in such a better place! Not trying to make excuses - the blame falls squarely on myself. At this point, I am trying to take things a few hours at a time and look for the smallest victories wherever I can.

Do you ever punish yourselves? Today I'm wearing pants that are tight and uncomfortable...as if I'm trying to remind myself how bad it feels to be this heavy.

Tonight's a business dinner at Paul Newman's restaurant in Westport. I was able to look at the menu online and luckily, it is not a heavy, rich type of cuisine. I find that I am much more controlled at these types of gatherings because I don't want to look like a pig in front of my colleagues. It should be fun and I welcome a break from the usual routine.

Anyway, are there any horse lovers out there? Is anyone following the Kentucky Derby?

Shy Moment
05-01-2008, 10:21 PM
I am sorry you have been having a hard time with your weight. Pounds that have been gained can be lost again. Get back on the plan that was working for you and you will start to feel better about yourself as you get more healthy and the weight comes off.

Talk to most people that think they know me and they will tell you I am a very together person. I am the person everyone can count on and they can tell me anything and it will never go any further than my ears. They would never believe the bouts of blue days and anxiety disorders I have gone thru. Makes it even harder when you are the one that has to keep things together all the time doesn't it.

I totally agree. There are a few things I was doing that I have stopped doing. The disorganization was just to much for me to deal with after awhile. They were worthy projects but so much money was wasted and so much time was wasted because people were in charge that either had no idea what they were doing or did everything so slap dash that they made the events so much harder on all the people that were trying to do the actual work. I am a stickler for organization so sometimes I think I just expect to much from others.

I thought I was going to laugh. My daughter is in choir. They were having a big do at the school 9 dollars admittance. Do you know the kids IN the choir had to pay to get in too. I couldn't believe it lol. Hope things go great for the dance recital.

05-01-2008, 11:56 PM
Hi girls.

I'm late posting today, my weigh in. I'm up 2 pounds.

Kind of figured that would happen.

Busy week will try and post tomorrow.

05-02-2008, 12:29 AM
I"m down this week ... yay ... but I worked my ... ahem ... off to get there. Had a fellow photographer in town from up North and we were shooting models for a book. 3 days of 12 hours of shooting in 8 different locations around town.


I dropped him off at the airport at noon today, came back home, and collapsed on the sofa for a 3 hour nap. My legs are a bit sore, but my right arm and shoulder are killing me from toting around the camera, flash, etc. for 3 solid days.


05-02-2008, 09:46 AM
LetsGo: I love to watch the Derby, but I don't follow the sport as much as I do others. We have horses, so that's the draw for me. I love to look at how beautiful they are. I actually like the horses they use to lead the racing horses to the gate. Should be a fun race!

Clyde: Don't worry about the weight gain. You will get it! You've done so well this year, so don't get discouraged.

Photo: I would think that carrying the cameras around would be the tough part. I'm sure they get a little heavy after awhile. That's where my creativity (if I had any) would go out the window!

I've done better this week with getting my exercise in. I won't weigh until Monday, so I hope I see a loss. It's really cold this morning and was cold yesterday. Hopefully we'll bounce back out of this!!! Baseball game tonight, so I'm hoping for no wind!

05-02-2008, 11:25 AM
Slashnl, I am insanely jealous that you have horses. I adore them. I rode from 1st grade up to the end of high school and then had a long hiatus...college/law school/living in NYC...but finally got back to it when I moved to Connecticut. Sadly, I only ride once a week. It's all I can afford time-wise and budget wise. I could actually buy a horse, but the upkeep would not be feasible, not if I need to still put food on the table!! At any rate, I did hunters for many years but in the past 5 months have shifted to dressage/centered riding. It's so different but I am enjoying it.

A good friend of mine is a bigwig for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and needless to say, he's been down in Louisville all week. He's my link to the world of racing and I always get some good behind the scenes info from him during Triple Crown season.

I know if I could ride 3x a week, this weight would coming off like mad. It's such a great workout for me - even doing a hour of hard core trot work, I'll lose a pound or two. *sigh* My goal is to FINALLY get a horse when my son is done with high school. He's 11 1/2, so it ain't happening tomorrow! And perhaps that's foolish...there could be college tuition at that point, so how would I then justify getting a horse? :dizzy: But I cannot imagine life without one, so...we'll see.

Meanwhile, the business dinner last night was great. I tried hard not to overindulge...was not completely successful, but at least I did not finish my apple cobbler dessert!!:D

Rainy here in CT and way too cool. Very doubtful that my son's Little League game will happen this evening. Grrr!!:censored:

Shy Moment
05-02-2008, 07:54 PM
When weight goes up we don't let it get us down. We just look at what we have been doing and get things back in order.

Sounds like you need a nice long soak and a good book.

05-02-2008, 09:53 PM
I've had a very busy week.

Middle daughter came home last week and said her friend had asked her to prom. He's a senior, she's a junior. Prom is tomorrow night. So we've been looking for dress, shoes etc. They also have a softball tournament tomorrow and have to play 3 games. I don't know what the coach was thinking doing this on the day of prom.

Also my oldest is moving into a house tomorrow with 3 friends. They are moving off campus. She broke her toe on Tuesday at dance class and has been on crutches. I have been going through all her stuff here, packing it up, moving furniture around. Getting stuff that she needs to move with. So we will drive up there with her furniture from home and unload it then go on campus and pack up her stuff there. It's going to be an all day thing. She will come home with us and decide what else she wants to take. Then on Sunday she will leave with the car and middle daughter willl not have the car to use. She was not too happy about that but my oldest needs to work and has to have a car.

Yes it's been a fun week :dizzy:

05-03-2008, 10:46 AM
LetsGo: I would really miss my horses if we didn't have them, but if it wasn't for my husband, I don't see that I could take care of them myself. He does most of the feeding and if there is a problem, he takes care of that, too. (Keep in mind that I do the majority of the kid stuff and running around) He takes care of all of our animals and I take care of the house, kids and yard. It works for us, so that's the good thing. They can be expensive little critters, too! Our horses are not specially trained. We used to do some roping, but we just are so busy now, we don't invest the time into that anymore. We mainly use them just for pleasure riding. They come with us when we go camping and hunting.

Clyde: Sounds like you are going to be terribly busy this weekend. It's nice that you can help out your daughter, though. It would be a little difficult to move boxes while on crutches! You'll definitely get your workout in this weekend!

Photo: Are you getting rested up now? Hopefully you are getting a chance to put your feet up for awhile!

Kappy: How are things going for you? Anything getting settled at work? Hope you're getting past the stress.

GT: Same question for you: Are you feeling better now? I hope that you are getting a little peace!

Rennie, Lovn, Sillycat: Whassup? (Ok, I almost deleted that... I can't pull that off.) So, how's it going? :)

Had another baseball game last night. They lost again, but this time by a lot. We were missing one of our best pitchers, so I think that had a lot to do with it. My son only had one at bat and he struck out. The other team's pitcher was good, but I think our team was just way off. Oh well. Another game on Monday. Let's hope they do better.

It is supposed to be nicer this weekend than it has been for the past few days. I hope so!!

05-04-2008, 10:17 AM
Photo, Your life sounds very exciting albeit exhausting. Rennie has great advice, but I'd add a glass of wine with that soak and book!!!

Clyde, Hoping the best for both the move and the prom. Your children are keeping you hopping this weekend. Breathe deeply!!

Diane, That must have been a rough one for your son. I hope he didn't take the strike out too hard. If he only got one at bat plenty of his friends must have been in the same boat. At that age it's really tough for a team to adjust when someone is missing. Better luck next game.

Dance recital is done. It was a success. DD looked totally awesome and new her part well. It was exhausting for her uncle. He's single and came up from Madison to watch. Her dance was #35 of 36. That's a long time of watching other people's children. I myself love it. D, not so much! He was a very good sport though. My hubby took her alone yesterday and then daughter and daddy went to dinner after. All very special like, but I'm glad it's done for another year!!!
Off to church this morning. Oldest daughter has to acolyte and I'm serving communion. I've planned to share another crock pot dish with the cooking group today. "Orange Chicken with Sweet Potatoes" It's going to be hard to go though. We have the first sunshine this morning since Tuesday!! I'd rather be out and about, but it's always fun once I get there.
DS has been camping in rainy ick weather all weekend. They're scheduled to leave for home at 9am this morning. I bet they're wishing they were staying now!!
Diet's ok, exercise zilch since Fri.
Have a great Sunday ladies.

05-04-2008, 12:11 PM
I hope everyone is doing well this weekend! Sounds like everyone is busy - moving and dance recitals and all kinds of crazy stuff.

Lovn - I wish my life was half as exciting as it sounds! :) I had a wedding last night; another 8 hour one. The bride was so not into the photography which makes it hard. Her husband was and he was a sweetie-pie. I get the feeling hiring me was all *his* idea. But it was a good party and her grandparents were adorable so I took lots of photos of them! :)

I lost 2 lbs again - but I know this is mostly from exertion last night. I might keep 1 of it off. I do tend to lose weight in the wedding season, though. But MAN. I gotta get back to the gym. Carrying this gear around is killing me.

Ok, off to run errands. Grocery store, IKEA (yay), drop off my house payment, etc.

Have a good Sunday afternoon, ladies. I'll check in later! :)


Shy Moment
05-04-2008, 01:31 PM
Sorry the wedding wasn't as much fun as it could have been for you. Sounds like the hubby and I. He loves having pics taken I hate it lol. You have to get exercise just carrying all that stuff around lol. Nice going on the weight loss. Each pound gets us closer to where we want to be.

Glad things went well. Yes, it isn't always as fun for others to sit and watch our children lol.

As long as you are happy with how your household is ran that is all that matters. I give everyone less and less chores around here to do. Did you know washing dishes burns calories lol. If it is going to help me keep the weight off I am going to do it. We are going to get me a push mower because riding a lawn mower around here doesn't help one lose weight or give one exercise lol. I figure, as they are getting older they aren't going to be here so I might as well get back to doing things myself. They do have certain things they have to do just because they should do something. I am not going to clean their rooms or take care of their animals and I make them help out a lot on the one day a week I really clean house top to bottom. I remember baseball and other things the kids were involved in. It was hard when they lost even thou they were good losers. Maybe next time the game will go better.

It is hard when living situations change and there aren't enough cars to go around. Since the daughter was in that accident and the car was totaled we are still looking for an extra car for the family. I am the one that is tired of going to get my car and she is at work with it lol.