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melekalikimaka
05-03-2008, 01:48 AM
:welcome2: to theMAY edition of the Weighty Issues Thread. Spring is here and the sun is shining :sunny:.... at least where I live ;). Now we find ourselves 5 months into the year. Do you need to get your motivation back? or are you on a fantastic downward curve? Let's lose those extra pounds and get back into our skinny jeans, or maybe into a fabulous new wedding gown??? Maybe things aren't so easy, but we have each other to lean on, so let's get going and lose the fat.

:coach: Hey newbies out there, need some new inspiration? We're a group of wonderful women from different walks of life, spread out across the U.S.

We support :cheer2: :congrat: :cheer2: each other through the highs :high: and lows :( of every day life--it's not just about weight loss:goodscale , it's about LIFE :dunno: . If you have something to say :gossip:, need a friend or just a shoulder to cry on :cry: , just jump right in :comp: and stay awhile :cofdate: . We'll be glad to have ya.


melekalikimaka
05-03-2008, 02:33 AM
haha! I am now under my freakin' driver's license weight! :dizzy: And to think that I fudged that number by 20 lbs :lol: So it goes like this: I gain last week, but lose 4.6 this week--I'll take a minor gain to have a major loss like that any day. Geez louise, stress must be a HUGE calorie burner for me. Not that I like stress, but I have it anyway.

How's everyone else doing? Have a ROCKIN' weekend!!!

Karen31
05-03-2008, 09:26 PM
Hey Noelle!! :congrat::cheer2::cheer3: It's got to be a good feeling to be below your drivers license weight!! I can hardly wait! I weighed in yesterday and I lost another pound so I was pretty happy with that! I've got to get back into my walking!!!! I did do the Gazelle for 30 minutes last night and I'm going to do that again tonight. Tomorrow I'll get back on the treadmill if it is still to darn cold and windy to walk outside. I'm really hoping to lose at least 20 pounds by the end of June---we are having a family reunion back in Enid, Oklahoma and I would just love to have lost a total of 50 pounds by then! I've lost 30 so far.

Well, I hope everyone has a good weekend and I'll catch everyone later.


PhotogirlTX
05-05-2008, 02:35 PM
Hey everyone~

Noelle.. first of all.. you ROCK!!! The license weight thing is sooooo freakin' cool! One of these days... I might do that!

Karen... I am sure you can lose the 20 pounds.... just keep working!

Well.. sorry I've been MIA. Last week was long and hectic. It started out the last weekend in April... when I had to really start studying for my PHR exam. I am so sick of reading, and re reading, and studying ... that is all I did last week. That is all I did that weekend, and every single night until Thursday. Friday, I had my 4 hour PHR test, and I finished it in under two hours... and I PASSED!!!!! So I am now a Professional in Human Resources... I am SO thankful that is over, and that I passed.

Right after I got finished with that... I got a call from a teacher at Hannah's school.. it was actually Megan's teacher that called me. I've been having such a problem with Hannah and Megan with them not listening to me, not cleaning their room etc... They had a book fair this past week and they both wanted money to buy something. Well, since they never got their rooms cleaned, I didn't give them money. Well.. after I had my PHR test.. I got a call that Hannah had been caught stealing from the book fair. :-( I've had a REALLY tough weekend trying to deal with that... but she doesn't seem to realize how bad of trouble she is in.. and I STILL can't get that room clean.. so this afternoon, I am going in and first take all the electronics.... and then I may get a box and pick up everything that is left on the floor.. and just throw it away... and see if she finally gets it that I am upset and that I mean business. We will see.

Three weeks and 5 days til the wedding.. and I still haven't lost weight.

I want to EAT. That is all I want to do. This SUCKS.

Anway... I just wanted to check in really quick.. I haven't forgotten about everyone.. it was just a bad week!

I'll check in tomorrow!

PhotogirlTX
05-09-2008, 12:17 PM
TGIF everyone!!! It is Friday.. and I am about to get out of here and go to Eueuka Springs for the weekend. My girlfriend is taking me for my "bachelorette" party... it should be fun. I am going to try to get lots of walking in... and window shopping!

I have three weeks til the wedding.. all the flowers and leis were ordered this week. Just working on the final stuff right now.

I hope everyone is doing well... I'll talk to you all soon! Probably Monday! Have a great weekend!

calnative
05-11-2008, 12:44 PM
Hello One and All,

Sorry I've been quiet lately, but the end of the school is coming upon us very quickly. I have been so busy.:dizzy: The kids are really testing the limits.

I just wanted to make sure to wish everyone a very Happy Mother's Day today. :yay::val3:

Noelle: Ashley did very well on her Hawaii report. She also did a report on France; her teacher said it was done so well that she wants to go now.

Cherie: I can't believe your wedding is only 3 weeks away. The time has really flown. I can't wait to see pictures of you and your beautiful daughters.

Karen: I know you can get down to what you want by your family reunion. We're also having a family reunion the second week of June. It will be the first time I've seen my mom's brother in over 20 years. Some of my cousins I haven't seen in over 15 years, and many of them live right here in the Valley.

I have only 14 school days left. (It's actually 17, but the last 3 are half days and for 8th grade, no kids.)

Cal

PhotogirlTX
05-12-2008, 02:44 PM
Good Morning Everyone!

Hey Cal! Its great to hear from you! Sounds like our countdowns are about the same.. end of school and wedding! Have I said that I am so ready for June??

This past weekend my friend Cathy took me to Eureka Springs, AR for a girls weekend. It was great. I had a lot of fun, and we even went on a ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel.. one of the most haunted hotels in the US. I didn't see any ghosts.. but it was cool to hear about the history and tour the hotel.

Today, I got Alan's wedding band in. It's so pretty. Titanium with Hawaiian Koa wood inlayed. I hope he loves it as much as I do!

I am in the countdown now.. T minus 44 hours til I get my braces off!!!! Wednesday is the big day!

I hope everyone had a great weekend... I'll check back later!

Karen31
05-12-2008, 09:39 PM
Hello everyone. Hope you all had a nice Mother's Day. We stayed home and just did nothing but be lazy! We did get out the calendar ---- we decided to leave here on May 31 and pretty much take the whole month of June to visit my Dad and family in MO. and then go on to PA. to visit Tim's Dad and family there. Then we will make it to the family reunion in Enid, Oklahoma the end of June before we come home. Sure would be nice to have someone make an offer on the house before we leave but if not maybe while we are gone!!

Cherie, How are you doing? Has any of the bad weather been hitting you? We watched the tornado coverage from Seneca, MO. over the last few days. Pretty scary!! Your date is coming up soon.. I'll bet you are getting excited about it. I will be looking forward to seeing pictures.

Cal, my goodness it seems like the school year has really gone fast this year. I can't believe that it is almost out for the year.

Noelle, I hope things are starting to feel a little more comfortable with your work now. I still like comparing your temp. to mine--- I prefer yours!! They are talking about maybe 4 inches of snow for us tomorrow!! Can you believe that? This morning we had hummingbirds so I hung out the feeder for them. Tonight I will have to bring it in so it won't freeze!

Well, have a good evening everyone. I'll check back later.

PhotogirlTX
05-19-2008, 11:31 AM
Hey everyone. Sorry I've been gone a week. My step brother, Skip, died last Monday. It was unexpected and I was gone all week going home for the funeral and stuff. One good thing did happen and I got my braces off..

Anyway.. 12 days til the wedding. I haven't lost any weight.. and my dress will still probably be too tight. :-(

Karen.. it looks like you are losing weight! 157!!! Woo Hoo.. that is fantastic! As for the snow... It's May.. I think you can have it!

Noelle... how are you doing?? How is the two jobs going? Getting any easier?

OK.. well, I am catching up today.. I have to run payroll on Thursday of this week.... so lots to do. I'll check back in later. I hope everyone had a great week, and a great Mother's Day....

PhotogirlTX
05-22-2008, 12:31 PM
After a major melt down on Tuesday when I tried on my dress, and couldn't get it zipped... I am doing much better now. I am on phase one of Southbeach, and I am working out .... I got my dress to someone that does alterations, and even though yesterday I could get it zipped.. I am still asking her to let it out as much as she can....

I go back on Tuesday to try it on, she will then work on the hem, because I am going to wear lower heels... and because she said it was uneven.. I couldn't tell that myself.

So.. 9 days and counting til the wedding. so much to do!

I'll Check back in tomorrow!

melekalikimaka
05-22-2008, 08:53 PM
Hey ladies, I got myself back in here finally... I've been going through some really rough patches w/Rick lately and it's been really getting me down. We are working through some issues but I think this is the closest we have ever come to calling it quits. It's not what I want and I want to work through this but it seems as the years go by and we get older, we reach a certain impasse and want to say "f**k it" , I'm not changing for you. :( But for now, we are alright :crossed:.

Cherie, I am still excited for you and your upcoming wedding. I have something I need to send to you and I want to get it out this weekend. At least you have a seamstress and new determination for the next 9 days--I know you can do it girl. Did you get your boxes OK and all dressed up?
I'm sorry to hear about your step-brother's passing :hug:

Karen, congrats on your pounds lost! :bravo: I hope you have a wonderful vacation and family reunion. That sounds like fun. We will be having a family reunion of sorts in July for my parents' anniversary party as well.

Hi Cal. Michael only has 4.25 days of school left and then it's summer vacation! :eek: How about you?

Well,I should be getting back to my office. I have to reconcile the HUGE bank statement. Where's the Advil when you need it? :lol:

calnative
05-23-2008, 01:32 AM
Hello Everyone,

I've been so busy. Ashley's last day of school was today. I've been working with my sister and neighbor to watch her for the next week because I'm still in school, and Alberto is working days and taking a class at night. It's getting really crazy.
My last day of school is June 4. Next week we have only 4 days; Tuesday is final exam, Wed is a field day, Thur is promotion practice, Friday ???? (Haven't planned that far yet). June 2-4 are half-days; June 2 is promotion practice, June 3 is promotion at 9am, June 4 is clean up. It is going so fast.

Cherie: I'm so excited for you and your wedding. I can't believe it is so close. The time has just flown.

Karen: You are such an inspiration for me. I haven't done well in the weight loss arena. Just stuck on a plateau for awhile.

Well, I have to finish the test I'm giving next week. I'll have to make copies tomorrow.
Have a great Friday.

Cal

calnative
06-08-2008, 12:15 AM
A couple of days ago I came online, but found the site being worked on. I finally got the chance to get online again today, but found that the most recent posts were gone. I do remember Cherie sending a quick note from Hawaii announcing that she's married now, but it's not there anymore.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am out of school now (as of last Wednesday), and I have been just resting the past couple of days. I have some plans for next week (cleaning house, etc), but I'm in no hurry. We have 3 weeks before we go on vacation.

Hope there are some new posts soon.

Cal

Karen31
06-08-2008, 12:28 AM
Hello Everyone! Just a quick note to say HI!! We are in PA. at Tim's Dads right now and will probably be here through the week before heading back to MO. to my Dads. We made it through the last 3 days of traveling without hitting any storms. WHEW!

It was HOT here today!! The thermometer read 97!! That is quite a change from the 60's and 70's that we have been used to!

The trip has been going pretty good so far. we did break a spring shackle on the 5th wheel (darn pot holes) and had to get that fixed on Thursday morning before we could continue on but the guy took us in right away and just about 3 hours later we were back on the road!

Well, I wanted to pop in and say Hello to everyone. I will try to get back on tomorrow. Take care!

PhotogirlTX
06-09-2008, 11:24 AM
Good Morning everyone! I am home.. and back at work.

I did post last Sunday... but as someone said earlier.. it's now gone. :-(

Hawaii was awesome.... Kauai was just gorgeous... it was a lot different than Oahu was last year.... I didn't want to come home.

The wedding went great.... I haven't seen any pictures yet... but once I do, I'll try to post some!

I hope everyone is doing well... I am sleepy, and trying to catch up here at work!

Noelle... thinking about you.. hope things are going better for you and Rick...

PhotogirlTX
06-12-2008, 12:31 PM
I hope everyone is having a great week. I am leaving work early today to go pick up my little people. They were begging to come home last night.... so I am going to meet my SIL halfway and bring them home.

This weekend is my company's summer event... the girls will be happy that they get to go. Sunday is Father's Day. I am not sure what I am going to get for Alan, but I am sure the girls and I will try to figure something out.

Noelle.... Alan and I are throwing around the idea of moving to Hawaii. Crazy right? :-) He is going to start looking for jobs. If he can find a job that will relocate us... then we are there! :-) We'll see. I am not sure how serious he will be looking... but we are talking about it!

OK.. gotta get back to work! Hope you guys check in soon!

calnative
06-14-2008, 03:13 AM
Hope everyone is doing well. It's been quiet here.

Cherie: I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to see pictures of the wedding.

Noelle: I hope things are going well for you.

Karen: Are you home yet? I can't remember if you said how long you'd be gone.

We'll be leaving for vacation in 2 weeks. We're going to be flying to Boston then driving up to New Brunswick; we'll be visiting there as well as Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City, Montreal, and more of New England. I'm looking forward to seeing green for awhile.

Cal

calnative
06-14-2008, 10:49 AM
Cherie: Could you PM me any changes in your address, last name, or email addresses? Thank you.

Karen31
06-14-2008, 11:13 AM
Hello everyone, We're still in PA. right now. We got here on the night of the 6th. We are planning on heading back to MO. on Monday and have Father's Day with my Dad next Sunday. So far it has been a pretty good trip except for the broken spring shackle on the 5th wheel! We had to get that fixed after hitting a BIG pot hole! But thank goodness the guy was able to get us right in and get it fixed.

We won't be back home until after July 1st. At this point we are still planning on going to our family reunion in Enid, Oklahoma on the 28th and 29th of June. That should be a stop on the way back to Colorado.

I hope everyone is doing good. Cherie--- looking forward to seeing pictures. WOW! Moving to Hawaii-- that sounds like it would be so nice.

Noelle,---- Hope things are going good for you. Haven't heard from you in awhile.

Well, we are getting ready to run to the store. Planning on a cookout (if it doesn't rain) tomorrow for Father's Day.

Take care everyone.

PhotogirlTX
06-16-2008, 11:57 AM
Hey everyone~! I hope you guys had a nice Father's Day with your spouse and or dad!

We had a really nice one.... the girls and I got Alan an ice cream maker. Too bad we didn't get it on Saturday (I was busy with my company's summer event and he was away with his son at a car thing)... so once we got it yesterday, we realized that it had to be placed in the freezer for over 6 hours to totally freeze. So.. no homemade ice cream for us.... we did go over to his dad's place (however his dad and step mom are in North Dakota working) and took advantage of their swimming pool. One of Alan's sons came over.. the other said he had things he needed to do... whatever... He said he may try to get together with us next weekend.

Anyway... we swam, bbqed burgers and had a really nice time.

Today... back to work. Youngest son is staying with us til Thursday.... I need to get more comfortable with him around. I wish we had a bigger house. Right now, he has to sleep on the sofa in the living room.... and my house is a total wreck.. has been for a few months now... so I just feel so cramped!

No more plans have been discussed for Hawaii.... right now.. we just have to take things one step at a time. Selling his house is the first. We thought we had some one who was interested back around the wedding and then last week, but we still haven't heard anything. We lowered the price a little... so hopefully someone will bite soon. Alan has submitted his resume to several online job places, and a few head hunters have given him a call.... We will see if anything comes out of it. I am not looking into us moving for at least a couple of years... but I could be surprised. And that move could be anywhere... here, Colorado, Hawaii.... who knows. :-)

Well.. I am back at work again... I finally got a day to sleep in yesterday and it was so nice. I am looking forward to this next weekend! Nothing planned... and we can relax!!!

OK.. back to work.. hope everyone had a great weekend!

PhotogirlTX
06-17-2008, 10:37 AM
We are finally getting a taste of what the central states are getting... talk about some RAIN this morning. My neighborhood was flooded, there were stalled cars everywhere on the interstate this morning.... wow.. just a lot of rain this morning!

My step son is staying the week with us. I hate to say it, but I don't think I said anything to him last night other than hi. I came home, and immediately started on laundry. I haven't been able to do laundry since before the wedding. Then we had to go to the store to get groceries.... came home.. dealt with a problem with Hannah and then started dinner. SS didn't eat dinner with us... instead... he went to sleep on the couch.. and that was the last I heard of him. Guess he stayed up all night the night before playing on Alan's xbox 360. I am not sure how to handle the new family dynamics... so for now, I am letting it be.

Nothing exciting is happening right now.... and that is GREAT! I am looking forward for this weekend to be able to relax a little more. I am hoping to be caught up on laundry by then.... (good luck with that....)

:-) Right now... back to work. Hope everyone is doing well!

PhotogirlTX
06-19-2008, 11:31 AM
OK.. it's official.. I have a new last name! I spent the day yesterday at the social security office, at the DMV and at the tag agency getting my name changed. I then visited my two banks and got all of that changed as well!

We took the girls to see Prince Caspian last night... and it was a very good movie! I really enjoyed it, as much as the first one.. maybe more.

I am still not very motivated to get back to exercising... hopefully soon!

I better get back to work.. Check in everyone!

PhotogirlTX
06-20-2008, 12:43 PM
TGIF everyone! I am SOOOOOO happy it's Friday. This has been a very long work week. Not much is going on this weekend, which is GREAT!.... tomorrow.. we are finally going to go over to our friend's house and pick up/clean up the stuff from the wedding... and Sunday, we are going back to Alan's dad's house to swim and have a BBQ. Tonight... we are meeting with some friends to have dinner.. and tomorrow MORNING... I am SLEEPING IN!!!!

Last night we watched a good movie.... P.S. I Love You. Hillary Swank... and Harry Connick Jr. (which is why I watched it, but he played a dweeb... ) and Kathy Bates.. and some other nice looking men! :-) Nice sitting at home movie. We also made blackened Ahi Tuna fish tacos.. and I tried my hand at a mango-habanero aioli sauce... it turned out OK.. but I need to try again, I had a little to much cilantro and red onion and not enough mango habanero taste.

My jeans are getting tight on me again... so I am going to have to buckle down and start doing something about it. So... I am going to try to get my laundry sorted and done, and my house picked up this weekend.. and try to start on the ellipitical again on Monday.

OK.. back to work here.... have a great weekend everyone. I'm thinking about you guys.

PhotogirlTX
06-23-2008, 12:33 PM
Good Morning! Its Monday, and I could think of may other things I could be doing instead of working!!!

I had a great weekend with the family... went out to dinner with some friends on Friday, and spent yesterday at the pool BBQing... it was over too soon!

Hope you guys are having a great summer! I am starting to consider getting back on the diet wagon... but not quite there yet.

:-) talk to you guys later....

Karen31
06-23-2008, 12:54 PM
Good Morning! I thought that I would take a few minutes this morning to let you know that I'm still around! We are in MO. right now and will probably leaave here on Friday to go to Enid, Oklahoma for the family reuinon. Then be home on Monday.

Like you Cherie, We had a cook out yesterday with family at my brothers. Here are some pics. The first one is my Dad and me, then the next is my Aunt, my brother Mark, My brother David, My Dad, me, Tim and my cousin Becky. The next one is Sissy and me, then Ginger and me, and the last is just me.

I still keep bouncing back and forth between 153 and 156 But I know I need to get back to exercise! I did sign up for Gary's 3FC- 5K for the july 4th again so I will do that and get back on track!

I haven't heard from Noelle in awhile.. Sure hope all is going well for her. I worry when I don't hear from people after awhile.

cal-- good to hear from you too.

Still no news on our house but I've found several here that I would like to make offers on if we had something going on ours. Bummer!!

Take care everyone and I'll try to get back later.

calnative
06-24-2008, 10:36 AM
We will be leaving next Sunday for 2 weeks. I'm really looking forward to getting out of this heat. It did cool down yesterday...only 109!!

Karen: What great pictures. It looks like you're having a great time.

Cherie: Sounds like you are having a great time as well. Looking forward to the wedding pics.

Noelle: I hope you are doing well. Please check in soon.

Have a great day everyone. I'm off to the dentist.

Cal

Karen31
06-24-2008, 11:34 AM
Hi everone! WOW! Cal---109 as a cool down! Of course it is supposed to get to 91 here today--- back in Colorado it is supposed to get up to 76!

I am really going to miss my brothers pool when we go back to Colorado and the rest of the family too ;) My Dad likes to go out to lunch everyday so it has been a challenge for me but I'm still staying between 153 & 156. I think for the last 7 days of this trip I'm just not going to worry about it so much (not go overboard either) but just enjoy the rest of the trip. Still have the reunion to get through!

Oh this picture is me holding a baby skunk! This was at Cheney Reservoir in Cheney Kansas our first night out on the trip. She had four baby skunks that she was raising since the mama got ran off. They had just opened their eyes the day before. Of course, I couldn't resist holding one!!!

Well, hope to hear from everyone soon. Cal, where are you going? Have a safe trip and a good time!!

calnative
06-28-2008, 01:36 AM
Karen: We are flying to Boston on Sunday, then we are driving up through Maine to New Brunswick. We're going to spend about 3-4 days there just seeing the Province as well as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. After that, we are going to spend 3-4 days in Quebec (my husband is looking forward to being able to speak French again), then back to New England for 3-4 days before we fly back home the second week of July.
I already spoke with Angie and we might be able to meet up for a short visit; we'll have to wait and see.

Cherie, Noelle, and everyone else, have a great weekend.

Cal