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03-04-2002, 07:20 PM
I just realized that I rolled over onto the 2nd page!

Good Afternoon, Flowers!
The sun is out and it has "warmed" up to 33 degrees. The wind is still blowing so it feels like 24 degrees. Thought you would enjoy that piece of information!

Sharon -- We are arguing with the IRS over $70 some dollars that they want to charge us in interest. We had gotten a previous letter several months before saying that we were paid in full for the year! Of course you never get to talk to a real live person after jumping through their "push 1 for Enlgish", "push 1 for personal returns", etc., etc. So we made a copy of the first letter, attached it to the second and sent it back. Haven't heard any more from them but I'm sure they will tack it on somewhere else this year. Makes me so !!!!!!!!!! I haven't eaten artichokes either, not that I know of anyhow. Bill will be much happier staying OP with you!

Maggie -- OK, I'll second Gail's question. How do you pronounce jicama and what is it? Maybe I will ask for it at the local store. That should give them something to think about! Good luck at WI although I doubt that you need it. You have been one OP FOCUSED gal!

Gail -- Our new minister won't arrive until sometime in June; that's when our church moves the ministers around. I am hoping that she won't be gun ho on the contemporary changes that are taking place. She is pretty young to come into a church of our size. We have 3 services now: a casual traditional service on Sat. night, an early (8:30) traditional service on Sunday which includes the special music of the choir, bells, adult singers like DH, etc., and a contemporary 11:00 service. I call that one the "dog and pony" show because they have the band; people drift in and out, and talk during the service. That service has attracted mostly the younger people with young children who seem to like the chaos.

Has anyone heard from Lorraine? I sent her an email but haven't heard back from her.

We are going out to eat with some friends tonight. Not the best plan for the night before WW but the guy is a nurse and works a rotating schedule.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Jean -- checking in from Iowa!

03-04-2002, 11:53 PM

Howdy folks ~ weigh in report is that I lost 0.6 this time. I will gladly accept anything that keeps my graph going the same direction.:D

Jicama is pronounced hick-a-ma. It is called a Mexican potato to some. It is sweeter than a potato and I love it pealed and eaten as a raw vegetable.

Have a great day tomorrow everyone....

03-05-2002, 05:12 PM
Hi everyone!

My day is going okay. Kind of sad for my daughter. My daughter has worked at this place and seen it develop for 6 years. It was a one girl office and is now three girls. Well, the other two are :devil: They are being as nasty as possible to Chris. She came to the house at noon crying. It is sad. There is a lot to the story. Know this though, not just a mother talking, she does not deserve this garbage. She is going to start looking into doing medical transcription again. She stopped because her boss wanted her to work for him and put in more hours. He is not now backing her up, but part of the problem is that there is too much family in the company and he really can't back her up. Dense male that he is, he doesn't think she will quit. I think there is going to be a big surprise for him soon. I know she can make it with her transcription work.

Other than that, I have been on program. (Too upset for her to really eat much anyway). The weather is beautiful and the guys are working on the new front lawn. It will be so nice when it is done.

Take care!:(

03-05-2002, 06:28 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers!
It is 50 degrees and the snow is melting FAST! :D I have WI in a few minutes and have no idea what to expect since this week has been a "so-so" week.

Maggie -- again, CONGRATULATIONS on the loss! Any loss is a GREAT loss as far as I am concerned. Thanks for the jicama information -- I'll just bet I might be able to find it if I were to go to the Mexican food store here in town. :smug: I love raw potatoes! I like the idea of the heart markers!

Sharon -- I can feel for your daughter and you as the mom! My daughter went through the same thing before Christmas; she was put in a temporary position over some others that had been with Gateway longer. After the first of the year, they made the position a permanent one and made everyone go through the interview process. Well, she got the job and some coworkers were in a real snit until the manager told them if they didn't like it, there were plenty of people who would gladly take their jobs. Beth didn't have any more trouble after that and most have come around to at least being civil to her. We had some :cry: over the phone though. Tell her good luck with her job search!

Time for me to leave! Have a wonderful Wednesday, Flowers!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

03-05-2002, 09:15 PM
Jean, part of the frustration is that she was there first. Like I said the bosses hands are tied. He can't fire family to protect Chris, whether he wants to or not. She just doesn't deserve it. She has worked very hard for him. Gone out at night to answer alarm calls. Been there for him when his mom was near death. Stuff like that and he can't or won't back her up. Chris' husband Dave works there also. He is doing okay. His skin is thicker and he can ignore the idiots he deals with.

03-06-2002, 01:45 AM

We just finished watching Traffic which is a good movie. I joined a DVD rental clup over the net and it is surpurb. No shipping charges and no late fees and you can keep them as long as you like....for a monthly fee....and you can rent as many as you want during that time. They are quick to get them out to you also. Anyway since we don't have TV reception here watching DVD's once in awhile is as good as going to the movie. This was an 18 point day and YIPEKIO it wasn't a hungry day so it wasn't that bad as some of these 18 point days have been to get through.:p

JEAN burrrrrrr you need to get into Spring mode. You may be able to find jicama in your regular market in the produce section. It has been in markets for a long time now and it was even in the ones in TN.:lol: If you want I will send you that salad recipe I have that I like so much that has it in it.

SHARON that is too bad for your daughter. Those kind of situations can sure tear at a perosn and I sure hope she does find a place to work that she is better treated. How is your program going this evening?

Have a good nights sleep:yawn: everone.

03-06-2002, 09:36 AM
GOOD MORNING MAGNOLIAS It is Wednesday and as I expected the news was not what I wanted to see. I maintained! New resolve that next week will be better. I am disappointed but not down and out.

MAGGIE You go girl! Another loss and from how you sound, the low days are not as difficult. That is really something. I havn't seen 'Traffic' but it is on the list of those movies I want to see.

JEAN What a crazy winter we have had in all parts of the country. We are cold one day and warm the next. I am listening to the weather as I type and they are saying "Snow flurries this AM but bright sunshine later".

SHARON Sorry to hear of your daughter's problems at work. It is a difficult time for her (and you) but sometimes these things have a way of working out even better than you think. There may be an even better job for her in her future.

Gloria in MA....off to start an OP day.

03-06-2002, 11:55 AM
Good Morning!

Thanks for the sympathy. I just feel so bad for her and it hurts me so much to see her and not be able to do anything. I would love to get my hands on those people. I am still on program. This did not throw me off. It was tougher last night though.

Gloria, congratulations on the maintain. That is better anyday then going up.

Hi Maggie, sounds like a good deal with the DVD's.

03-06-2002, 06:37 PM
Good "BRRRY" Afternoon, Flowers!
It is that damp cold with the wind blowing, cloudy and gloomy out today. I am ready for spring to be here!

Maggie -- I haven't been to the store yet but would like to have your recipe please. I am going to turn up the heat and snuggle under a blanket tonight -- I should be going to a meeting but the program didn't interest me, I'm tired, crabby, and I have a headache. :( I lost another 1# last week -- slow but sure, I guess.

Sharon -- It's hard to work in a family business . . . DH has been that route. I hope that your daughter is able to find a job that is "bigger and better"; I know that changing jobs can be stressful. :eek:

Gloria -- A maintain is a "keeper" any day and so much better than a gain. You will probably make up for it next week. :)

Have a terrific Thursday, Flowers!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

03-06-2002, 07:55 PM

I am so happy ~ it is raining now. Supposed to keep it up till Firday. Sure hope it does. :D I am doing fine this day on program.

GLORIA CONGRATULATIONS on that maintain. I know how disappointing that can be when you have tried so hard during the week but if you keep your FOCUS it will come off next week along with some friends.

JEAN CONGRATULATIONS on that 1 POUND lost. That is the magic number that we all strive for.:cool: The recipe will be in your mailbox.

SHARON you are such a big help to your daughter during this time just being there for her. Just remember, no door closes but that anohter opens and usually in a job situation it is a much better one. It is hard for her to see that right now though so support is what she needs and you are giving it to her.

Everyone have a good OP evening. :wave:

03-07-2002, 10:16 AM
Just checking in...to let y'all know that I'm alive and well...but am extremely stressed out and tired. I will be back to catch up.

Congrats to those that have lost. Y'all are such an inspiration to me. I wish I could say the same for myself.


03-07-2002, 01:13 PM
Maggie, congrats on another loss this week! :) We need rain terribly in my area--we are on a drought warning. :( I remember when you said y'all were going to buy a DVD player...so you did! Good! Aren't DVDs so much clearer? And all the extra things that come with the movie now!

Jean, I don't mind the contemporary services; however, I don't think I would like it with a lot of talking and distraction. I don't think I could go that far. I'm really more of a traditional type of gal myself. With too much talking and coming and going how can anyone get anything out of the sermon? At least your church has both kinds of services. And you lost another pound? Great! Congratulations!

Sharon, I'm sorry about what your daughter is going through at work...but you know that as I emailed you. I'm really proud of you for getting back to the program so quickly. You're doing wonderful!

Gloria, this has surely been a strange winter for us too. Way too warm! With us not getting any snow has really done some damage to our water levels. I hope its not going to be a dry spring. We NEED rain.

Well, really not a whole lot has been going on with me. Just a lot of work. I go home and I'm so tired at night. All I do is want to veg out. But the week is almost over with...


03-07-2002, 01:37 PM

The rain has stopped and the sun is out but hopwfully this will let the water soak in good and then the rain will come back. Gotta to to town in a bit to buy an electrical box. Someone tore the one off one of the bathrooms and it has to be fixed pronto. It boggles my mind why folks do stuff like that.:?: My program is clicking right along...going down the road to thin. I really notice it in my watch, it used to fit snug and now it is a bracelet.:p

GAIL {{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}}} that mean ole stress can sure wear a gal down. The weekend his almost here where you can just kick back and do nothing that you don't want to do. Just do your thing and enjoy the quiet time. And don't forget to BREATHE. Make yourself a nice cup of blackberry tea and sit back and just breathe. We really like the DVD player - lots of movies we haven't seen out there.

Have a good day all you FLOWERS

03-07-2002, 02:00 PM
Hello everyone...

I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I will try to make this a regular thing to get make my motivation back on track. Thanks to Maggie I'm hanging in there.

I used to be know as Canadian but please call me Brenda!

Have a great day all :)


03-07-2002, 04:43 PM

BRENDA how very nice to see you here again. Thank you for the nice compliment but you must know that you have been such an encouragement to me that I am indebted to you. I look at what you have lost so far and I wanna be there.;) I will get there I know and it is hard work but we all need to keep our FOCUS and everything else falls into place. We can do this walk easier if we all stick together going down this road to thin. Have a great afternoon my friend.

03-07-2002, 08:08 PM
Well...I am feeling more like my ol' self now...the work week is finally winding down and things are not so stressful there...and I actually cooked myself a healthy meal tonight. I'm busy guzzling water (almost got 64 oz. in me) and I'm feeling a lot calmer and optimistic about the program. :)

Hi Brenda! :) Okay...you gotta spill your story! So...if its not too rude of me to ask (and you can feel free to tell me I'm being rude, btw)...just how much weight have you lost? :s:

Maggie, awwww loose watch bands! :D I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Will doesn't replace that for you one of these days when you least expect it! ;) Thank you sooo much for that hug--I tell you by Tuesday evening I was just about in tears I was so tired! Just a rough week. Know what I'm gonna do this weekend? :s: Get my hair re-highlighted. Found my FOCUS! Know where I found it?! It was right inside of me all along...and with a little help from you and from Sharon, I found it again! :joker:

BTW, I was reading the March issue of GOODHOUSEKEEPING magazine and guess what I read?! Now...I don't know if any of y'all eat "Pirate's Booty" but it seems there have been a major mistake on the nutritional information! Instead of 2.5g of fat per serving; its 8.5g of fat per serving! :( THAT is one snack I can cross of my list to buy! Kind of makes you wonder how many other mistakes on nutritional information on foods are out there! :s:


03-07-2002, 09:35 PM
Good Evening everyone!

I usually don't get on the computer in the evening but Bill is outside enjoying the longer days and the sun is shining. But it is cold out there.

Gail, thanks for the warning about the Pirate Booty. We do like it. Guess I will not get any for a while. I was glad to give you the boot you needed. Thank you for having a good evening.

Maggie, people do strange things. Why they would want to steal an electrical box is beyond me. Just vandals. Wasn't that rain a beaut. Really strange up here. Pouring one minute and then the sun out the next.

Brenda, good for you for hanging in there. We all have rough spots. The main thing is to not quit completely. Maggie can be an inspiration.

I haven't heard much from my daughter today. She has her hands full. Her bosses mother passed away at 11:30 last night and his stepmother passed away an hour later (in another state). I feel sorry for them. Chris will keep things going until he is back to normal. That is the kind of person she is. She has always been there for him when he needed her. Too bad he can't be there for her and stand up to his family.

I am on program. It has been really close the last couple of days. I find when I have had something not on program, I am looking for ways to cut back for the rest of the day. That is not something I used to do.

I guess I will fix dinner. Just soup tonight. Bill just came in and is building a fire. Talk to you soon.

03-08-2002, 01:33 AM

GAIL my watch is one that Will bought me for Valentines day a year ago and it is Montana Silver with gold. The band has two hearts on each side of sliver with a bit of gold filigre and the rest is made up of silver rings. After I lose a bit more maybe I can toggle up to the next ring. Thanks for the heads up report on that "Pirate's Booty" for when I read some of the gals on the boards talking it up and saying how good it was we went looking for it. Good thing now we didn't find any.:p It is good that you have regained your FOCUS. Enyoy your weekend.

SHARON your daughter sounds like a real nice person that you are proud of. What a neat reflection on you. I sure hope her boss realizes her worth. Good for you for sticking to your program. Feels good to be in control doesn't it. The rain here was off and on all day - liquid sunshine. It is supposed to get cold tonight. Would be great if it got cold enough to kill off those peskey little black flys that buzz around your face about an inch away from your eyes. :(

Well everyone have a nice restful night. I am putting to bed a 19 point day and looking forward to my big point day tomorrow.

03-08-2002, 10:00 AM
Good Morning All!

Well Maggie is right, a friendly bunch of folks to be found here.

Here is a brief recap of my story.

Been overweight as far back as I can remember with many big and small weight loses and gains along the way. I'm 45(ugh) married mother of 3 nearly grown kids. On Sept 12 2000 my 15 year old asked me to join weight watchers with her. I knew I needed to but didn't think I was ready. Well being a mom, I went to work the next day and thought how can I not support my daughter who was feeling bad about her weight(about 25 lbs over). Well we went to WW that Tuesday night and really lucked out with a leader that is certainly more supportive and motivational than I have ever had (and I have had many). There was no turning back. I started losing and meeting people at this site and others, had great support at home, work and with friends and family. I started this final journal to good health and self happiness at 430 lbs (I knew I had gained but was shocked at the number). Well by May/June of 2001 I had lost 100 pounds. Since then lots of things have been happening in my life and for whatever reason I started getting more slack and less disciplined and I have put back 10 pounds. The posititive thing is the fact that I really have maintained this 90 or so pound lose for 6 or 7 months. In the past I would have totally given up and gain most if not all of it back by now. So for that I'm very grateful and for the continued support of folks like Maggie and many others I'm extremely greatful..... WELL SO MUCH FOR THE SHORT STORY! :)

To everyone that welcomed me thanks, and I will take some time this weekend to read everyones post and try to get to know you and respond on a more personal note than.

Have a great OP day and week-end everyone.


430/340/170 when it comes :)

03-08-2002, 11:42 AM

Maggie, your watch sounds beautiful. It is cold here but sunny. I hope we have a few days of this.

Brenda, you have done well in not giving up entirely. You should be proud of yourself. Now you can get going again and you won't be relosing a bunch of weight.