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06-07-2008, 06:44 PM
Hi all. I'm 43 and am trying to be healthier at 50 than I was at 30. I love to chat about my progress, children, my friends, my church....ok I like to chat. I hope you will join me.

Today was a scary day in my neck of WI. Tornadoes everywhere. We spent about an hour in the basement listening to the radio, until it went dead!, and texting family and friends back and forth. My DS was camping with the scouts and I got no word about him until it was long over. Thankfully, God was willing to listen to me or I'd have been sick with worry. It's over now and we lost nothing except a couple branches. Phew!!

I did get out early this morning and did 6 miles on my bike and a 4 mile walk. I'm feeling pretty good overall about my eating and my exercising.

Hope this posts and finds all of you having a terrific Saturday!

06-07-2008, 10:01 PM
Evening girls.

Well I'm 48 soon to be 49 yikes. I'm trying to get healthier and doing all right. I got under 200 lbs for the first time in over a year on Thursday just there. Also I had my cholesterol re-checked by my doctor last week and it came down 30 points. So he said I've to continue what I've been doing and he will check it again in 6 months. I was so pleased as I did not want to go on medicine. It's still borderline high.

Lovn we had bad weather yesterday. Our sirens went off 3 times.

I'm going to see "Mamma Mia" tomorrow with my friend. Looking forward to that.

All you new girls post again so as we can get to know you.

06-08-2008, 08:22 AM
Clyde, Wow, your cholesterol has dropped 30 points?!?!?! I've never heard of anyone actually doing what it took without meds. I am so proud of you. I know you'll continue to lower it. You've been doing just awesome and I know you're only going to do better and better.

More rain last night, but the winds have quit. We have flash floods all around us. Neighbors and family had huge trees completely uprooted. Something flew through my brother's window at his auto shop. His little town had no electricity (4 miles from us) and since he's the village electric guy his own troubles had to waite. Thankfully, it wasn't his home or that he'd been in front of the window at the time. Our home sits at the base of a bluff and it fully protected us. The hubs watched the edge of a tornado swirl directly above the bluff and we lost nothing!! Nothing from the bluff even ended up in our back yard. He was at our store next door when it hit and wasn't smart enough to take cover. Idiot!!! That was at 1pm yesterday and another one hit less than 10 min from us at about 6pm on our way home from church. They just kept popping up. I don't suppose the fields will be ready for practice tomorrow!!
Have a great Sunday!
Hey, my avatar hasn't shown up since the "crash" did you guys have to go in and redo yours???

06-08-2008, 08:51 AM
Good morning 40-somethings! I am 43, and a stay at home Mom to a 4-yr old boy and a 5 1/2-yr old girl. I also have a husband and a cat. We live in the suburbs of Atlanta.

I am a lifelong yo yo dieter and I am trying to break the cycle. I am also a stress/emotional eater with a tendency to binge. I count calories (and I am doing calorie cycling) and go to the gym just about every day. I do weight training three days a week, with a little cardio on those days; I do heavy cardio the other four days. I don't really have a weight goal; I am just trying to fit into my clothes. I am getting close!

Lovn, that's so scary. I am glad everyone is ok.

Clyde, great job on the cholesterol!

06-08-2008, 11:16 AM
I'm Diane, 44, married and mom of a 14 year old girl and a 12 year old boy.

Clyde: That is totally awesome! I love the fact that you can do something positive like that to avoid having to take the medication. My mom was in the same boat. Even though she is at a good weight, she wasn't getting much exercise and she liked to indulge in a bowl of ice cream every night. She was going to have to go on cholesterol meds, but asked the doctor to give her 6 months to work on it. She cut out ice cream and started walking every day. No meds for her!

Sorry to hear about all of your rough weather! We had some rainstorms move through a couple of days ago, maybe that's what has turned so ugly for you guys! Now it is really nice, so we're pretty lucky.

My son's baseball game was cancelled on Friday because they didn't have enough players... again. This season is going to kill me yet. We only have 3 more games, if we have enough players. He is really frustrated.

06-08-2008, 11:33 AM
Hello Everyone,

I am 41, married, no kids, 2 dogs and a cat (and an empty fish tank but that's another story....). I have had weight issues most of my life, the first diet I remember is when my dad bet me I couldn't get down to the weight on the chart for my age/height at 15. I did it but it didn't last long. I then worked at McDs in college and they gave free food and since I was working to pay rent and food.... I gained about 20 lbs that year :( Another big chunk of weight came on in my mid-20's when I went thru clinical depression and put on about 50 lbs in 4 months :eek: I have lost and re-gained many times since, until I hit my high of about 265 in 2004 but I seem to get stuck at 230. This time I'd decided to take it slow and easy and not worry about numbers but how I feel, and it worked pretty well I lost 40 lbs (it took about 2 years....) but then I got tired and quit journaling and paying attention and I've crept back up from my low in Sept, so I need to buckle down and get back on track. Hopefully, I can become a regular on this site again, the support always helps.

As far as what I do...right now not much which is a big part of the problem. I can't decide what I want to be when I grow up. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but I didn't like it, so I worked for a while as a historical presenter in a museum, but it didn't pay well...so now I'm at home trying to figure something out. I do read, quilt, photography, bike riding and right now I'm working on a web page for a friend's business, but mostly I don't do much....

Oh well, I'm starting to depress myself and that's not how I wanted to introduce myself. :o

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I can enjoy it.....


06-08-2008, 01:44 PM
Tech, are you an alum of Georgia Tech, per chance? I am. :)

06-08-2008, 06:19 PM
Nope, Michigan Tech. Much smaller and waaaaaay north.

06-08-2008, 06:46 PM
Well, looks like we're starting over in a new thread, so hello again, everyone. This is Andrea here. I just turned 46 this past Friday. I'm married and have a son who's just finishing 5th grade. I'm trying to lose about 40 pounds, and am a heart attack survivor as well.

I can relate to all the cholesterol talk. Two days after my heart attack, while in the hospital, I was put on Lipitor and have been using it ever since (Dec. 2006). I just had it check on Friday and it was at 154, so my dr. is keeping me on it since my body reacts so well to it. However, he was not happy about my weight - I'd gained 9 pounds since my last visit in October. He mentioned that his bariatric patients - those who've had the lap band surgery, etc. - usually end up not needing many of their meds. While I am not a candidate for that type of surgery, he just wanted to drive home the fact that the more weight I lose, the better things will be. Which is obvious, but...well, we all know it's easier said than done.

Anyway - my exercise consists of using my treadmill, which I love. I also ride (horses) but sadly, only once a week. I am finding it very, very difficult to exercise regularly, as my work/home schedule can be nuts. However, with my son's school year coming to an end, I am hoping to get back on track, and get myself MOVING at least 4-5 times a week. That seemed to work very well for me in the past.

Anyway - looking forward to more chatting here!! I live in the glorious Nutmeg state of Connecticut, where we are currently experiencing a heat wave - in the 90's and humid, which is not typical for us. My son was supposed to have baseball practice at 6:00 this evening, but it's been cancelled - too hot, and now there are threats of sever T'storms/hail/wind! Yikes!

Have a lovely evening and here comes a new week!

06-08-2008, 10:26 PM
Hi Everyone

I'm am 43, married no kids but a puppy and 2 cats.

I have been a repeat offender at WW for many years, never getting to goal. My goal this time is to get to goal. I know I have to lose the weight to get there but I really want to get to goal without quitting again.

I look forward to meeting and chatting with all of you.

take care

06-08-2008, 10:49 PM
Welcome Littlerozzee. I had to look twice as you have the same avatar as Diane and same name. I hear you about getting to goal . I never made it all the times I went to WW. I'm doing it on my own now and saving my money.

Also welcome Tech to the first day of the rest of your life.

Well I just got back from "Mamma Mia". What a great show . I love the music of Abba so I was singing along and doing a dance at the end, so good.

Very hot here today. Summer is here with a vengeance.

Summer school starts tomorrow for my youngest. She just goes mornings for 6 weeks. It helps to break up the long summer vacation as well.

06-08-2008, 10:56 PM
Is this the new official chat thread?

I'm PhotoChick. I"m 40, live in Atlanta, earn my living as a photographer. I'm married, but separated (long story), have no kids and one very spoiled cat.

It's been a long couple of weeks for me - I was absent from the last thread for a while. I wound up having ot go to the hospital a few Monday mornings ago and was diagnosed with walking pneumonia. I've been taking a variety of meds, including prednisone which is really screwing with my weight loss. It's messed up my appetite and it's causing me to retain water in a big way! Bleah.

I'm still dealing with the insurance company on replacing all the gear that was stolen from my car three weeks ago ... so very annoying. I'm still down one camera and one lens and the money I'm spending on renting gear for weddings is just pissing me off. But I just can't buy any more until the insurance pays up.

And it's just been too HOT to move here. The temps were 97'F today ... just miserably hot. I wanted to eat outside on my new patio table (yay!) but even at 7 it was too warm to sit outside.

Ok, but whining aside, I have managed to keep below 170 even while on the meds. I haven't given in to cravings and eaten an entire bag of chips, although I really really wanted to the other day. I did eat Triscuits and cheese, but I'm refusing to feel guilty about it.

I also managed to clean the kitchen top to bottom the other day and now I keep walking into the room and just enjoying having a sparkling clean room. :) Now to get the rest of the house done. Hah!

Ok, that's my update. I'll try to be around more. :)


06-08-2008, 11:15 PM
Hi ho ! Im Renee, have been posting on a couple other boards, calorie counters, 100's and binge eating - was lurking over here, thought I would introduce myself...I will be 45 in gosh next week ! lol I have 6 kids, and a dog named Marley, a puppy really (I recently lost my dog of 14 years and my hubby bought me Marley) which takes me to - yup Im married. and I am going to be a Grandma for the first time any time now!!!

I had a hysterectomy some 19 years ago for health reasons, I battle depression over my weight, (have panic attacks too - will get to that) I think I could be classified as a binge eater, I had a heart attack and heart bypass surgery at age 27 - genitic thing and of super high cholesterol. (started having panic attacks after my heart surgery) Iwas doing ok maintaining my weight at just below 200 for a long time, then this Jan. I quit smoking and OMG I have balloned up to 225 - 230. I am so uncomfortable with how I look It takes my breath away to look in a mirror! You would think that alone would be incentive enough to put the fork down. but nope - instead of smoking Im eating.

Anyway - just thought I would come out of the closet and say hey!!!!

06-08-2008, 11:29 PM
Hey Diane, Sorry the players didn't show again!!!

Techalum, looking forward to getting to know you. There are some great women who give terrific support on this thread.

Rozzee, Nice meeting you too. I love the, " I'm a WW repeat offender," good sense of humor. Support is abundant here.

Clyde, the show sounds like a great time. I think you and I would get along well...I too sing and dance!

Photo, so sorry to hear you're ill. I'll keep you in my prayers. I hope your insurance check comes through soon.

Renee, welcome to our little thread. Remember, you are not what you look like. You've battled depression and quit a dificult addiction. You're winning at two really hard things. Look at making changes to better your overall life rather than just what size you are. That new grandbaby, when he or she arrives, is going to think how awesome it is that your happy and excited that he was born. He's not going to care how much you weigh. Give yourself a break and check in here for support whenever you need to.
The flash flooding has turned to actual flooding. Whole town 20-30 miles from here have been evacuated. Some homes in my hometown, just 4 miles south, have been evacuated because the town 5 miles west had to release their dam. It's just crazy. Luckily, the hwy and the bike trail seperate our home from the river. So, I'm not too worried unless our sump pump quits. It's running every two minutes. The water is running along my basement floor. I'm so thankful that we're blessed enough to be able to be prepared. Without the pump in place in advance my basement would probably near the top of the steps. We've had more than 9 inches of rain in the last 33 hours. I'm good, but keep my neighbors in your thoughts.

06-08-2008, 11:48 PM
Welcome Renee. Gosh you've been through a lot between your heart attack/ heart bypass and hysterectomy. Congratulations on quiting smoking very difficult thing to do. Pop in every day and chat, we're a friendly bunch.

Photo I was on prednisone 18 months ago and it made me nauseated constantly. I was surviving on tea and toast. Needless to say I lost weight on it and then gained it all back when I finished the course.

Lovn crazy weather and rains. You're so lucky if it's that close to you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and hope you don't have to leave your home.

I'm still singing "Mamma Mia". i will get my Abba Gold CD out tomorrow and crank it up. Now where did I put my platform boots :D

06-09-2008, 09:45 AM
Wow, lots of new people! That's so great! Welcome to all!

TechAlum: I have a chemical engineering degree, but I work in insurance marketing... go figure! I don't know how you are supposed to know what you really want to do in life when you're 18, coming out of high school. Back in the day, if you were good at science and math and you were female, engineering was the big push.

Littlerozzee: You freaked me out a little bit there! I saw the avatar and the name and wondered if I really did have a new puppy. Ha!

Renee: I've seen some of your posts on the 100+ site. Glad you're over here, too! I can relate to what you say about how you look, but honestly, we just have to keep working at it. To me, there isn't an option. Even though I am in a current slacker status, I try to take it one day at a time until I get back on a roll!

Lovn: I saw some of the flooding on TV. Nasty stuff! Stay safe!

Clyde: Did we really have platform boots? Oh yes, we did!

I had a good weekend. As usual, I didn't get done everything I wanted to get done, but that's typical. I've got the kids geared up for some projects to do this week since they don't have any camps. We'll see how they do. They want to make some money, so I've given them some ideas on what to do.

06-09-2008, 01:00 PM
Hello all :wave: I'm Violet. I had introduced myself on the other 40's chat right before the crash, so I thought that I should introduce myself again. I am 40 and am a work from home mom. I have two teens, DS is 18 and DD is 14. They are the reason that I work from home!! The past year has been a roller coaster with the two of them, one is the angel child and the other the :devil: then they switch roles. I am lucky enough to have the support of my hubby, we have been married for 20 years this year!

Right now, I am calorie counting and exercising daily. I had started out just exercising and at first that really worked. But then my body plateaued and I started calorie counting. It was amazing to see how much I was eating and now I am learning to eat better for less calories.

Enough about me, I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone. I have enjoyed reading everyone's posts this morning. You are all amazing!

06-09-2008, 01:14 PM
I took many shots of the flooding in my area this morning.

The first is a picture of the bike trail I walk or ride nearly every day.

The second is actually part of the golf course that's located next door to me. When I took the picture I was standing on the hwy less than a tenth of a mile from my home. My house sits to the left at the base of the bluff you see in the pic.

The third is the bridge that would've been directly behind me when I took photo number 2. There is usually enough head space under the bridge that kids fish from under it.

You see why I feel so fortunate. The sump pump in my basement has been running every 2-3 minutes for more than 48 hours now. Each time it runs it empties approximately 5 gallons of water. Had we lost power or the pump had failed for any reason we surely would have been a wash. Of course there are no summer schools or summer rec practices or anything for today. I live in Juneau county. Juneau, Vernon and Sauk all border each other and we've all been deemed "a state of disaster."

06-09-2008, 01:26 PM
Welcome Violet. This is a great site post. A lot of support and caring here!!!

06-09-2008, 02:52 PM
Hello All,

Well I have one day on program under my belt :D But today I think is going to be hard. I took DH in for some tests today and the news does not look good :( so now I just want to curl up with a bottle of wine and a bag of chips and stress eat/drink. But I'm not gonna. Maybe if I can breathe a little later I'll take the dog for a walk. It is so hot and muggy out right now I can't believe it's only June. It's supposed to be better later in the week, so hopefully wed I can get in a good ride. I haven't ridden in a week because it's been so ichy out. No way I could live down south!

Lovn - Thanks for the welcome. Pretty scary when the water comes that close isn't it. :crossed: that you keep power and pump.

Slashnl - yup that's pretty much what happened. Plus the school was in state and 5 hrs from home.....but that's another story. I know a lot of people in the same boat.

Renee - wow! You have been thru a lot. Is your puppy a yellow lab? Did you name him after the book? One of our dog's is a 13.5 yo golden retriever and I'm not sure how much longer we'll have him with us. He's doing well for his age but man he's getting worse in the last year.

Photo - Hope you're feeling better :). Insurance companies can be a real pain can't they.

Clyde - now you've got that song running thru my head :o

littlrozzie- I'm a repeat offender too. This time we'll make it! (well I've gotta go back first :o)

Mets - happy belated b-day!

Well, I should probably do something constructive. Have a great day everyone.


06-09-2008, 06:37 PM
Afternoon girls.

Well my middle daughter has tonsilitis and feels like :censored:. she's on antibiotics and looks pretty awful. So I've been administering to her today. she's really miserable.

Lovn it looks pretty bad up where you are. I hope you haven't had to evacuate fingers crossed.

Hello again Violet.

Tech sorry to hear about the bad news you received today. I hope things get better for you and your husband. :hug:

Mets you kept that quiet about your birthday :bday2you:

Did you do anything nice?

I'm going to a potluck leaving luncheon tomorrow at the place I volunteer. I have made cucumber salad and will make sweet and spicy meatballs in the morning. There's going to be a lot of food hopefully most of it will be heathyish. A little piece of each dish should be enough.

06-09-2008, 09:00 PM
Thanks for the great welcome!!!!

Marley is a black lab - and yea - I read the book lol. Its so hard to loose a pet, I cried like I lost my best friend - and then blamed myself for not doing more - sigh...but i know it was his time.

The flooding looks scarey! couold you imagine needing medical attention and not being aboe to get help!!! Scarey

So far today has been an on plan day!!! yea!!!! And I have planned a snakc for tonight so Im ready for the muchies attack!

06-09-2008, 09:33 PM
TechAlum, I hope you hung in there. I know it can be difficult to hear bad news about the ones we love. If you take care of you you'll be in better shape to help him. I know that sounds so easy, but I have faith in you. Thanks for your thoughts on the water. I'm feeling really blessed. In Lake Delton (WI Dells) just 30 miles south of us the dam gave way and entire homes were washed into the lake. I can take the pumping. No complaints here!!

Clyde, I'm so sorry to hear your daughter is ill. Thankfully, she has you :) Our next door neighbor had to be evacuated. She owns the golf course and her house is in the middle of it, but we're still pumping and doing good....You've been doing so well lately I'm sure you'll taste but not overdo tomorrow. Enjoy the party.

mom, Great job today. Planning is our bestest friend. Once again, great job!!!!

06-09-2008, 10:11 PM
Good evening, ladies. Welcome to all the gals who are "new" to this thread! I look forward to getting to know you all through the wonders of cyberspace or whatever it's called!

Clyde, thanks for the lovely birthday wishes. I had a very nice day, such as it was. I went to work but afterwards, my husband and son took me out to dinner - nothing fancy, just a local joint, but it was really nice. They each gave me the cutest cards, those new musical ones, as well as a scratch off lottery ticket (didn't win!). My big present was this laptop. After dinner we went out for ice cream (but I behaved and got a very small serving). I got some nice cards, emails, and phone calls, so it was indeed a nice day. Let's face it, turning 46 is hardly a milestone - not like 40 or 50. I tend to keep my birthday pretty mellow.

Lovn - I'm sure the photos you attached don't even begin to really show the severity of the situation. Please be careful - and I hope your neighbors will be OK.

I'm a single mom for most of this week as my husband is down at a conference in Orlando. Hah, we're both having the same weather - in the 90's and humid. My son's school is not air conditioned, so they had a half day, along with 4 other elementary schools in our town (the 2 middle schools and the high school all have A/C). Since there's a heat advisory forecast for tomorrow, he'll have a half day again. It's no biggie, thank goodness. At this point, they're not doing any substantive work anymore. Just parties, Field Day, and the like.

I worked at home today, which was weird for me. It was too, too quiet. At least the cat and dog kept me company. But I'm used to the hustle and bustle of folks around me at the office, and I missed it.

Weight wise - I did my treadmill tonight and as always, felt the better for it! I really want to get back on track for the summer. Last year at this time, I was 13 pounds lighter than I am now. I'm trying to remember how good it felt and use that feeling to stay "on the wagon," so to speak.

Alrighty, that's it for now. I know some of you ladies are going through some tough times but keep your spirits up...as my dad always says, what cannot be avoided must be endured. You'll get through it!! :hug:

06-09-2008, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the welcome everyone

Diane- That is too funny about the avatar The funny thing is I use to have the same ticker as you. I guess Great Dianes think alike.

Lovnmm- oh my goodness You are so lucky you are Ok

Tech your right and we will fight back. I weighed in tonight and lost 1.2 pounds, not great but it is in the right direction. I am sorry to hear about your DH, I hope that things don't turn out as bad as you think, your quite strong I would have that bottle of wine finished by now.

06-09-2008, 10:58 PM
Renee- Last May 2007 I lost my 14 year old lab cross. It was the worst. I got my Molly (Cockapoo) this past January. I never relized how much I missed My Carter untill I got my Molly.

take care

06-10-2008, 08:18 AM
LetsGo, It sounds like you had a really nice birthday. I prefer to celebrate with just my family like you did. I see your picture is there. How did you resize it and small enough to post, but still have the larger image for us to view? By the time the "manage attachments" allows me to attach mine are down to thumbnail!!!

Rozzee, I lost my Reggie 3 years ago at Easter time. We'd only had him for 7 years, but 7 years of late night breast feedings and everything that goes with being pregnant or having a tiny one in the house. We both gained 20 pounds one winter from eating peanuts in the shell. (Never buy them in the 25# bulk, yikes!) He was my constant. Every walk I took he took. I don't think I will ever not miss him.

Shy Moment
06-10-2008, 11:56 AM
Ok people stop Changing the name of the thread lol. You change it, it takes me days and days to find it again :) Back in a few to chat

Shy Moment
06-10-2008, 01:48 PM
You are doing so terrific on exercise. I cut mine way back. Think I burnt myself out doing 10 miles a day. Only doing 4 miles a day this week and then next week I will add a mile a day and every week add a mile. Probably end up burning myself out again and the cycle will continue. We haven't really had bad weather around here at all. Rain once in a while but thats about it. Glad everyone is safe and sound in your neck of the woods. Not you, you don't like to chat and chat and chat lol. Good think I do too. Thanks for the message.

I think it is terrific how well you are doing getting that cholesterol down. Seems everyone is getting this bad weather. Well, it is the time of year for it. Keep that weather radio on and things stocked just in case.

You are doing great. I tell people, you eat a healthy diet, you exercise and the side effect is weight loss. What more could a person want. Welllllllllll, maybe fat free, carb free M&M's lol that taste just as great and have no artificial sweeteners in them. I know, I live in my own little world don't I. Hey, we all can dream.

What has happened to all the players? It is very hot out. Do you remember when we were kids. 900 degrees in the shade and we were all out playing baseball in the fields lol.

Oh I would love to work in a museum. I have no idea what I am going to be when I grow up. I had to be a grown up when I turned 13 and now, I have decided I am never going to be a grown up again lol. I do understand the weight gain from meads. I put on about 80 pounds that way. It is tough but we can take it off. One day at a time, one step at a time. It isn't the fast way but it is the permeate way. You keep going you are going to get where you want to be.

God has sure been with you and blessed you with another chance after a heart attack to do great things with your life. Sometimes I think that great thing we are put here to do is make someone smile. You don't have that much to lose and I know if you stick with a healthy diet you will get where you want to be. Did I read that right? Your cholesterol is at 159 and they still have you on meads for it? My doc is thrilled with 195 and doesn't have me on meads at all. He doesn't even want mine to go under 190 said the body needs cholesterol. You live in a lovely state, I have been there several times. I love the east coast.

Hello and welcome. We have a great group of people here. They do try to hide from me but I find them lol.

I wish the insurance company would get their stuff together and get your money to you. I don't know they expect people to make a living when they drag everything along like they do sometimes. Sorry to hear you have been ill. That is one nasty drug and it does cause weight gain. Darn it is happening fast for you since you only just got on it. Now is the time to really pay attention to what you are eating because that mead can pack on the pounds pretty darn fast. Been real hot here too. I am so glad I have some weight off this summer. I can enjoy going out and walking in the parks and swimming.

Hello hello, I see you around in other threads I chat in. You are another one that God has blessed. Such problems at such a young age. God must have special things in store for you. Haven't we all thought just what you said? If I wanted to be thin why should it be so hard to put down the fork lol. Isn't always that easy is it? I think there are a great deal of us that meads put a great deal of our weight on us and that isn't the same as just eating and packing on the pounds. We just have to stick with it. We will all get where we want to be but it is one day at a time. Sometimes the journey is slow going. Thats ok, we can enjoy the scenery while we travel to the place we want to be.

Hello :)
My name is Dawn Renay ( Rennie is a nick name ) won't even go into why I have a nick name since I hate them lol. I will be 46 in November. My daughter laughs because I have been saying I am 47 for months lol. Hey, I worry early to avoid the rush lol.

I too have had boughts of depression that meads just couldn't help because they made me so sick. I have kind of panic attacks from time to time. For me, the way to get through life is to be very organized. I have come a long way with God's help and an understanding husband. He told the kids one time. When Mom is having a day. Do what you are told not what you want to do. If she wants you to sweep the floor from left to right then sweep it from left to right. Makes the whole world spin better for her.

I have two beautiful children ( Ummm they look like me hehehe ) I tell them I allow them to bask in my beauty lol. My daughter will be 18 in October and my son turned 21 in January and just graduated from high school ( a school for adhd and asbergers students ) last Friday. We found a wonderful college for him. The people there take one class and one class only for a month. Take their final and then take another class the next month. They are the same classes as at the normal college just only one class at a time. Lots of people go here that don't have problems. When we went to check out the school there were a lot of working adults there that only taking one class was going to be so much easier for them with their busy lives. We will see how this goes. My daughter plays tennis and is good at it. She is also in drama and choir and very involved in church. Broke all the school records for tennis her freshman year and this was the first year she ever played lol. Yes, she is a bit cocky about her ability's but I am very proud of her. She is as gracious a winner as she is a noble looser. She is a pistol and way to much like her mother. How two people can be so much the same and so different is a mystery to me but that is what she and I are like. My son is fantastic. He is considerate ( except when he wants to kill his sister, loving except when he tied her to a tree in the front yard and put a free sign on her ( true story ), and helpfull when I can find his hiding places lol ). I am of course the most horrid mother in the world and I couldn't possibly understand what it is like to be their age, no matter what age that is. Guess I was born 45 with teeth, hair and a vacuum lol. I don't care lol. If they like me at this time in their life I figure I am doing something wrong lol. They can like me again in 10 years.

I have a wonderful little dog ( **** Tzu) named Bella. Hubby got her for me after I had to have our beloved lab Pepper put to sleep a couple of weeks ago. We have a very spoiled cat named Winkie who runs the house. The dwarf rabbit George and Bella are becoming good friends while Winkie can't stand the rabbit. We have 1,000's of dwarf hamsters or at least it seems that way lol.

I am a Christian and try to help people out all I can. I am teaching my children it isn't what you take with you when you go. It is what you leave behind. We all have the responsibility and the obligation to touch as many lives in a positive way as we can. I have a college degree in accounting and computer programing but like many woman I never went to work. I was and am a stay at home mom, which I thought was what I should do. Now, the degree is worthless because of no experience I can't find a job anywhere in those fields. I have off and on for the past 30 years I guess, ran warehouses for a living when there is work. Right now you are lucky to find a part time job at mc Donald's around here. I have been married my whole adult life and can't imagine not being married. Hey, nice to have someone to yell at lol.

I was very sick for a great many years and meads packed on about 80 pounds. Just a little over a year ago the doc told me the meads were finally just about out of my system ( because I said THAT IS IT I am not taking any more meads ) and said I could TRY to lose weight. What I did was change how I thought about, looked at and ate food. I am on the " Rennie plan " which means I don't do without a thing but I have to keep portion sizes where they should be and I stay within some general ranges of calories, fats and carbs for myself. Come on, if a woman can't have a mountain dew from time to time life just isn't worth living right lol. I exercise every weekday. Walking/aerobic videos 5 days a week and Resistance training 3 days a week, basically that is my pan. I did burn myself out for a while doing 10 miles a day and I had to back down. Doing 4 miles a day now. Will add a little bit little by little until I think I am doing enough but 10 miles was just to much and took way to much time to do.

I love to go camping and when we can arrange it we spend the weekend at the camp grounds. To me it is the best vacation. Doesn't cost much ( oh did I say I am really into not wasteing money lol ) and it is peaceful.

One of the great things that has happened for me and this weight loss is that my cholesterol went from 255 to 195. The doc is thrilled and said I am in a nice healthy range now. I no longer have sleep apnia. The meads, oh lets go on about meads. Phenomena every year for 8 to 10 years. The meads help you breath, they put on the weight. You can't breath because of the weight. What a cycle that was.

I was in a car accident many many years ago and was told I would never walk. Would never be able to do anything I could do before the accident. I had to learn to walk, talk, read and just about everything else again. Within a year I was almost back to normal. My memory is terrible but hey who needs a memory lol. With God's love and the power of prayer I showed that doctors know nothing when it comes to the power of God. I do tend to, sorry in advance, get a bit snappish when people complain and complain. We never look at what we have. We, as humans, seem to look at what we don't have. There was a man who complained he had no shoes until he saw a man who had no feet. That is of course an old saying but it is so very true. What I am saying is that with determination and sometimes hard work. We can accomplish what we set our minds to. We are the only ones that can stop putting food into our mouths. We are the only ones that can stop making bad choices. God never said he was going to make things easy for us. He said he would be there with us for comfort and support.

When you think you are all alone on this journey. When there isn't a person in site to give you the support you need. Remember, God is right there beside you. Usually yelling, put down that candy bar. All we have to do is listen.

06-10-2008, 04:33 PM
Rennie what a wonderful post :hug: .

I know you're very proud of your son. I wish him all the best in the future.

You're very inspiring.

06-10-2008, 04:40 PM
Had to take my daughter back to the doc. She had a horrible night. Could not swallow, high temp, lots of pain and really miserable.

He put her on steroids, gave her an im shot of more antibiotics and gave her some strong painkillers. He also did some bloodwork. Her tonsils look really junky. I feel less worried about her now.

So I missed our luncheon today. One of the girls brought me a plate with a tasting of all the food, which was nice.

06-10-2008, 06:39 PM
AH, HA! Miss the computer for a few days and what do you ladies do?! Won't work, I still found you!

So, long story short. Fortyseven now, soon to be 48. No kids of my own, just heavily involved in both of my brother's kids (2 nieces, 2 nephews). Also primary care for my parents who seem to be determined to test every medical service available in the state. I also have a sister, one year married now. Oh, and a 17 year old Siamese cat. I don't "have" her, she definitely "has" me! When I can I quilt. Always, always been overweight, guess the good news is I have huge bones so I "carry it well." That would be pure BS, but whatever! As a result somewhat always been on one diet or another. Right now I'm trying to just hold on, I'm a major stress eater and if things don't start improving at the office I'm going to weigh a ton. Literally!

Niece and foreign exchange "niece" graduated from HS on Friday, a mere 255 miles south of here. (Oldest nephew graduated from the JC as well, but he chose to skip it to attend the girls ceremony instead). I'm the only one in the family to still have the blessed sunburn from the ceremony. I'm not really kidding when I say I can get a moonburn.

Found out on Saturday I'm driving to LA this Thursday to help my oldest niece move out of the dorm and back home for the summer. Gave up and have reserved a trailer to get everything back without my impatient dad (he's a non-compliant diabetic cardiac patient) going nuts on us. For a mere $15 it's worth every penny in temper it saves us from. She can't pack until we show up with the suitcases (there are three students to a room in her dorm. There isn't room to store suitcases!). Of course Thursday is my dad's bowling day, so the question is can we drive down (345 miles), pack the room, pack the trailer, and drive home (another 345 miles) in time for him to make it 30 miles away for his bowling league. We're sure going to try, it isn't worth the fuming and pouting that will take place if we don't pull it off. We have Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on CD already loaded into the CD player. If nothing else we'll enjoy the story while we chug up and down the blessed freeway!

Be safe everybody.

06-10-2008, 08:28 PM
Hi ladies, and good evening.

Before anything, I have to just say WOW, Rennie, what an awesome post. I actually went back and re-read it a few times because there was a lot of meat on the bone. I really focused in on the stuff about your son. As I've mentioned, my son is a special needs kid. His "official" diagnosis is Autism which is debatable, but - that "label" opens a lot of doors. He's eligible for many wonderful services at his school that would not be available otherwise. His actual diagnosis is really PDD (pervasive developmental delays), since that covers everything under the sun. It's so complicated.

As for college - he's only just finishing 5th grade but the years will go by in a blink and before we know it, he'll be in 12th grade. Our goal is to make sure he is able to live on his own and support himself, and I think that will happen. In a few years we will certainly start researching the same types of colleges Rennie's son attends - something with very small classes, for people who can't carry a full college load all at once. It took me a while to accept that - I needed to grieve for the fact that my son wouldn't have the same college experience my husband and I did but after getting over that, I am now excited to know that he can and will have a fabulous experience no matter what. He dreams of being a sportscaster, and I think he can do it. He's so highly verbal - his reading comprehension is off the charts and his attention to detail is amazing. So...when I read about Rennie's son, my heart soars, because yes, there is something out there for everyone!!

But back to the present. Our heat wave continues but is supposed to break tomorrow. No Little League tonight - too flipping hot. Game's been rescheduled to Saturday.

Rennie, yes, my cholesterol is 154 and I am still on Lipitor. The thing is, my body produces cholesterol like a demon, and this runs in my family. My maternal grandmother basically ate nothing but hot water with lemon (I'm not kidding, she was sooooooo thin), yet her cholesterol was through the roof. Same with my mom. I could live on air and my cholesterol would be over 250. It's just genetic. So I'm happy to stay on Lipitor as long as my liver allows me to, and after almost 18 months, Mr. Liver is doing just fine.

Clyde, I hope your daughter is doing better, the poor thing! Doesn't matter how young or old your kids are, we hate for them to be sick in any way.

Alright, time to see what to have for dinner. It's just me and my son, my husband is still out of town on business (home tomorrow night). Neither of us have a huge appetite tonight. Last night, we had cereal for dinner!! Can you tell I am not a cook? I hate cooking, can't be bothered, just not interested at all. I'm happy to clean up the kitchen and do all the food shopping but I simply have no interest in making it happen! My husband's the chef in the family; when we got married and went to register, he picked out all the fancy pots and pans. So when he's out of town, eating gets interesting! I've got a bunch of Weight Watchers entrees and Lean Cuisines as well, so that's probably what I'll have.

Off I go! Have a great evening, everyone.

06-10-2008, 10:56 PM
Letsgo - I have been a liscenced theraputic foster parent for some years now - actually our liscense will expire the end of this year, but we havent taken any children in for oh about 9 months now - sonedays I miss it others Im sure i could not do it anymore --- anyway, we have an adopted son, James, who was one of our foster kids, after he moved in with us we found out he had a sister, and took her in for almost 4 years (we had planned on adopting her as well but it didnt work out) she had pervasive developmental disorder! What a small world

Shy Moment
06-11-2008, 12:34 AM
I lived in a foster home for awhile. Talk about bad child hood and I haven't robbed anyone, killed anyone, rapped anyone nor do I beat my kids nor molest them. I guess not everyone has to use our childhood as an excuse huh lol. Foster family's are very special people. Glad you gave your time and all the effort it took to do what you did. Those kids will remember you and love you forever.

You don't ever give up on that son of yours and you MAKE people do what they are suppose to do. He is not a number, he is a person that deserves the very best education in the world. My son is adhd, asbergers, Touretts and a few other things. All from the wonderful meads they gave me to keep me out of labor for a week which didn't work anyway. Thank heavens they don't give those meads anymore. When my mother was expecting me docs were giving meads to help with morning sickness. Guess I should be glad my parents were to poor to be able to afford them. Those meads caused all kinds of problems for the kids who's mothers took them. I think that is why they call it PRACTICING medicine. That runs in my family too, thank heavens I don't have it. My uncles, and I wouldn't have believed it but I saw the paper work, was always over 400 and I swear all the man ate was air lol.

I told them to hide better next time lol.

I am so sorry she is sick. Will keep you both in my prayers.

06-11-2008, 09:42 AM
Hi everyone. Glad to see we're all making it back to the thread and getting some new people to post with us! Fun times!

We had a baseball game last night and the boys lost. My son had a darn good game. He was catcher for awhile and he threw some kid out at 2nd. He has a good arm. Then, he was on 1st base (with his new "1st base" glove that he just bought with some birthday money) and he got a ground ball to get one kid out at 1st and then tagged the other kid out who should have gone to 2nd. Unfortunately for that kid, he was confused and didn't know to run to 2nd anyway. But, it looked good for my son. So, we're still stuck at 1 win and a bunch of losses. Only 2 more games and I think we're all ready for this to be over. I found out that football registration is July 26th, so not a lot of time to have off from sports. Must hurry to get the fishing and camping in!!

It was so windy and dusty last night! I'm still sneezing this morning. We're getting new baseball fields and they can't put the grass in until after the season is over, so it is a dust bowl out there. Oh well!

06-11-2008, 01:58 PM
Happy Wednesday Everyone,

Well, I now have 3 days OP, although Monday was pretty iffy. The weather finally broke here yesterday so it was nice and cool and we took the dogs out for a walk (dropping the old man off after only a 1/2 mile) for about 2.5 miles. Then today I took them to the park to meet my parents to walk. I think the young one is passed out behind me. My dad takes him and walks farther and faster than my mom can (she has heart problems) so I walk with her, while the old dog sleeps in the car (that won't work for long once the heat kicks in), I was going to leave him home but he squeezed out the door past me....

Slash - sounds like the game was fun even if they lost. Hope you get over the dust quick.

Mets - Too funny about dinner, I love to cook, sometimes I'm sad it's just dh and I 'cause I love cooking for a crowd. Of course my mom hated cooking so I started cooking for the family when I was a teenager... It sounds like your son has a great mom.

kappy - nothing wrong with big bones :lol: A large frame does help hide a lot although I'm still heavy theres no doubt about it. Why exactly does your dad have to come with you to move your niece? You're a great aunt for helping out that way.

Clyde - Hope your daughter's doing better.

Rennie - I love to camp too. We went to KY before Memorial Day, and are supposed to go again the end of July, but I guess that'll depend on DH's surgery etc. I can't imagine walking 10 miles a day, even 4 would take me too long.. I shoot for 40 -60 min. of exercise 6 days a week and consider that a great achievement.

Rozzee - congrats on the loss!!! I didn't have any in the house or I might have finished it. I did stay away from the chips we had though (my big weakness along with fast food).

Well, I should go find something for lunch. DH is picking up sushi for dinner :D. So I don't have to plan that.

Have a great day everyone.

-Tech :bike2:

06-11-2008, 01:58 PM
Good morning everyone! Thanks all for the warm welcome. Even though we all have many things in common, it can be a bit intimidating to join a new group.

Rennie-wow! Thank you for posting your story. It really puts my life in perspective. You have overcome so much :hug: You should be proud of yourself and your family.

Clyde-hope your daughter feels better soon.

Kappy-enjoy your trip! Should be an interesting one. :devil:

Mets-glad that your cholesterol is under control. Hopefully that lipitor will stay away from your liver. I also hope that you continue find the support and maybe some answers concerning your son. BTW, if you do the shopping and clean the kitchen, I would be happy to cook :D

theycallmemom-:cp: Being a foster parent takes a special person. Thank you for doing that!

Slashnl-Good to see that your son got to play. It can be disappointing to have a losing season. Hopefully he will have a better football experience. I just remember the football season seemed soooooo much longer. (I think because their practices and game days were longer!)

This is the last week of school for my kids. :carrot::carrot: The elementary schools were out last week, but the high schools are still in session through Thursday. My DS is set to graduate Friday nite. He has been a handfull for the past 1 1/2 years, so if it really happens, it will be a reason to celebrate. DD is on the high school's cheer competition team for the next school year, so she (or should I say we??) will be busy all summer.

Ok, I better get back to work. DH will complain if I spend my work time playing here! :cool:

06-11-2008, 02:00 PM
techalum-:bravo: 3 day OP is great. Just keep it up!!

06-11-2008, 02:32 PM
Hey everyone! Lost you there for a while. But I've been offline for a while and now I'm back. Wow - I can't believe the action we've had on this link since I've been away. Welcome newbies!!!

Rennie - thank you so much for your post. Must've taken you a long time to write all that down. Your an inspiration to us all.

Tech, Ms.Tigger, and Theycallmemom - welcome! You'll fit right in here. Everyone is wonderful and great to "chat" with.

Photo - welcome back. Sorry you haven't felt well in a while, but also glad your feeling better. You were definitely missed.

Clyde - hope your daughter feels better soon! She's lucky to have you!

Mets - congrats on your cholesterol! I hear that it is herititary, along with high blood pressure, which I inherited from my father. I've been in HBP meds since I was 27 years old when I became very ill and almost died, that's that's another long drawn out story. Thankfully I didn't and now I'm 45 and still kickin. The good news is since I've been dieting and exercising like I have been, I've down to taking my HBP meds only 3 times a week. If I take it more than that, I get very fatigued and can't function. My HBP has never been better!

Went to the farm last weekend and it was so blazing hot here that we couldn't spend any time outside. It was 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday with a humidity level over the top, so I just told my husband that the weeds would have to stay put for now. He complied so we ended spending most of the weekend indoors. Only bad thing is that our A/C went out on Sunday so we'll have to deal with that another time. We just packed up and went home.

My husband and I are going to his 30th high school reunion this weekend. It's to be a fun time I hope going back to our home town and seeing folks we haven't seen in years. Utimately, we'll make our appearance and then catch up with our friends that still live there. Just an excuse to go home and spend time at the beach.

Why is it that when I was working at my previous job 6 to 7 days a week I never had time for any social time with the family and now that I'm working 5 days a week, M - F that I'm busier than ever.....still trying to figure that one out!

Going to Connecticut next weekend to see my son, who says it's been awefully hot in those parts as of late. Hopefully it will cool down by the time I get there. I'm really looking forward to it.

Guess that's it for now - I'll be able to keep up better from now on.

See everyone tomorrow!

06-11-2008, 04:26 PM
Wow I take a morning off and I come back to a short novella. WOnderful!

Clyde, I hope the extra meds will fix your DD up. It can be so scarey when they're ill. That was really nice of your friend to bring the sample plate. Very thoughtful. My prayers are with you all.

Hi Kappy, We didn't try to run away. The site crashed a few days ago and a lot of the posts were lost, so we decided to start fresh once again. Sounds like all "your children" are doing pretty good. Now if you can just get dad back in time for bowling all will be good. Nice to hear fron you!

LetsGo, I love to cook, but my kids think it's great when we have cereal night. Probably because it's usually hand in hand with "eating in front of the tv night" ;)

Rennie, Ya know I think you're a great mom.

Diane, Sure glad to hear enough boys showed up to make a team!!!

Tech, Great job staying OP!!

MsTigger, Congrats on the up coming graduation. Have fun with your DD.

mom, That's wonderful that you and your husband are willing to be foster parents. That's areally giving life.

Gt, too bad about the a/c. Hope it isn't too costly to fix. Sounds like you'll be having a good time with old friends and during that long awaited visit with your son.

We had our own minor disaster yesterday. DD was helping her dad load feed for a delivery and dislocated her knee. So, off to the hospital in the ambulance we went. She kept appologizing to the emts (all volunteers in our area). She knew they had been very busy helping with all the flooding. They were so nice. They insisted they would rather help a pretty girl than continue going from basement to basement with the portable pumps. The doc popped it back in. She has to wear a brace for 2 weeks and then start PT. She did the other knee 3 years ago so she's handling it well. M has been very busy with work lately so most of my walks have been alone. It seemed pretty miserable going it alone again today, but I got 4 done. My weight hasn't budged in 2 months again, but I'm trying to stick with it.
Have a great Wednesday!

06-11-2008, 05:02 PM
Hey lovn! Dad has to go "because." Which means find the best way to work around it and take a lot of patience with you.

Question -- the news paper ran an article yesterday about women who are choosing to go gray instead of coloring their hair. Choosing to not spend the time and money trying to hide or disguise it. They were saying if the person has a positive attitude and is "together" in other ways that gray hair is not a negative feature. What's your take on it? Color or let it all hang out? The reason I'm asking -- I'm a natural blond. Gray on me shows up mostly when I'm outside. Inside it's rather hard for others to tell. Doesn't matter, for me each lovely gray strand is like a screaming neon light. But I've yet to find a way to keep the hair around my face colored for as long as it holds on everywhere else. Which has me wondering why bother when the gray I notice the most is still visible.

Don't you just hate it when something happens and it's like a spotlight was just on an issue you hadn't really thought about? Now I can't stop considering it!

06-11-2008, 05:31 PM
I have lots of grey hair (and my hair is dark, so you can really see it), and I don't plan to color it. I guess I am just too lazy, but I don't want to have to keep it up, plus it's expensive.

My Mom had chemo and lost all her hair. It grew back in salt and pepper and looks great - she had colored it before but now she's leaving it as is. My mother in law, on the other hand, is almost 80 but still has this flaming red hair - it doesn't make her look a bit younger. I think it looks silly on her, (just my 2 cents).

06-11-2008, 05:53 PM
I have a lot of gray, but my hair is dark blonde and for the most part the gray looks like highlights - unless you look closely.

As of right now I have no plans to color it ... ask me again when there's more of it and it's more noticeable! :D


06-11-2008, 06:09 PM
At this time I am very lucky and have only a few white hairs here and there. I will probably color my hair when the time comes. Hubby says he doesn't want me to--I keep telling him its my hair and I could go blond if I want to :p! (Not that I would, I have thick black hair!) I figure that as long as it looks natural on me and I am happy with it, why not?

06-11-2008, 10:16 PM
Hi everyone. Holy cannoli, we are very prolific bunch of writers, aren't we??? I love it!

I have dark brown hair and it's beautifully highlighted by Mother Nature herself, with various gray hairs. I love it! I have absolutely NO plans to ever color it. I cannot be bothered. Every time my mother sees me, she always tells me how bad it looks (I do not have a good relationship with my mom, but that is a whole other VERY LONG story). Even more reason not to color it, it ticks off my mom!

So...this has been a crazy, crazy week. Due to the heat wave we just finished, the schools that didn't have A/C had half days. Since my husband's been out of town, I'm on duty to be home when my son gets off the school bus. So I've been leaving work early, coming home, getting my son situated, and then continuing to work at home. It's been a bit whacky but mercifully, my husband will be home tonight. Just a lot of running around!! I take my hat off to all single parents; it is NOT easy.

Mstigger, just give me your shopping list and I will take care of the groceries!! And clean up is my forte. My kitchen is the central spot of our house, since it's an open space that just flows into the eating area and family room. I take great pride in keeping it "just so." Sometimes it gets out of control and I rip it apart and re-organize it all over again. So - come on over to Connecticut and start cookin'!

Baseball continues tomorrow night. The playoffs have begun. It's a round robin format, so the kids will play 3 more games, no matter what. Diane, I am very impressed that your son threw out a player at 2nd while catching - that is so, so difficult. Even the mighty Mike Piazza, a Met for 7+ years, could barely do that on a regular basis. Kudos!!

Lovn, I hope your daughter's knee is doing better. That is so cute that she apologized to the EMTs! She sounds like a very nice young lady...who's got some great parents.

Oy, it's 9:00 p.m. and I'm now just sitting down for the first time this evening. Had to exercise, "make" dinner (mac + cheese for the boy, Weight Watchers entree for me), clean up kitchen, make the boy's lunch for school tomorrow, pay bills, fold laundry. You get the idea. Then my parents called; wasn't in the mood for them but I remained civil and calm and managed to get off the phone in 10 minutes. So it's nice to finally RELAX for a few minutes!! The boy and I are watching "So You Think You Can Dance." We've never watched it past seasons, but decided to give it a whirl this year. It's great! Anyone else watching it? We also watched "Nashville Star" for the first time. So far, so good.

Okey doke, gotta go let the dog in...have a great evening, ladies! Keep on writing!

06-12-2008, 12:45 AM
Hi girls.

Well I have a few gray hairs but I don't colour my hair. My friend asked me the other day if I had got highlights. It's natural from the sun. I always get much lighter during the summer, sitting at the pool.

My daughter is feeling much better and suddenly has her appetite back. She has been making up for the 3 days she didn't eat.

Kappy I hope you manage to get your neice moved out of the dorm. That is hard work when they are moving in or out. It always amazed me the ammount of stuff that a person could get in a dorm room especially when they have to share.

Lovn hope your daughter is doing all right with the brace.

It is so weird here. There is no corn growing due to all the rain we have had. The farmers have not been able to get any planted. Usually by this time it's all you can see around here.

Love to see everyone posting.

06-12-2008, 09:53 AM
Ok, I'm going against the trend. I have a lot of gray hair and have had it for a long time. It started in my 20's and I have dark brown hair, so the first one showed up very clearly. I color my hair and probably always will. I don't treat myself very often and that is one thing that I love to do. My mom has always colored her hair and she looks fabulous at age 70. However, she also has changed the color as she has aged so that it matches more with her skin tone. I feel like color was created so that I could have fun and change my look every so often. I generally go with a brown/reddish color and then add highlights. My hairdresser is wonderful and she can do amazing things with color. I recently added a darker color underneath and I really like it. I work in a very conservative environment, so I can't do anything really crazy (not that I would). For me, I didn't want to go with gray starting at age 20ish. And, with as much as I have now, I think it would make me look much older than I am now. But, that's just me.

LetsGo: It is so interesting that your kids are still in school while mine have been out since the end of May. Funny how the different schools operate. We go back on August 18th, so that might be earlier than you do, too. (And, yes, I was insanely proud of my son's throw from home plate to 2nd. He did it once before, too.)

Kappy: I hate moving, so I'm sending good thoughts your way. We'll be moving a lot of my mother-in-law's stuff in a couple of weeks. I need to find my patience pill before we do that!!

Clyde: I always feel sorry for the farmers when that happens. Things are slow around here, too. The corn is planted, but it is very short yet.

GT: Good luck with the air conditioner fix! That's no fun.

Lovn: Hope your daughter gets healed up soon! Too many girls have trouble with their knees when they're doing sports. Poor thing!

Well, another baseball game tonight and then we only have one more. Maybe we won't have the wind tonight and it won't be such a dust bowl. I just realized that I didn't get my son's uniform washed. Oops. I guess I'll have them work on it today while I'm at work.

Good to see all the posts!!

06-12-2008, 11:24 AM
kappy, I think if coloring your hair is right for you and makes you feel better then you should do it. I personally know a number of women who do not color. Pretty much like the article indicated. Those that have a positive outlook and are fun...it just doesn't take from them. They're still lovely. It really is the beauty from within that others truly see. Sometimes we just need help in seeing it in ourselves. For myself. I'm also a dark blonde and do not dye, but I do pluck the really course ones that seem to stand up straight AND kinky on the top of my head!!!!

Letsgo, Finding more and more things you and I have in common. I don't color my hair, my sons love baseball and mac + cheese, and I have an awful relationship with my mother. Very trying, but I believe it's helped me be a better parent. Hold on 'til your hubby gets home.

Clyde, I'm glad to hear your DD is feeling better. The rain is here again too!!! They have estimated that Sauk county (it borders us to the south) have lost 5.5 million dollars in corn and soy beans alone. I haven't hear Juneau counties estimates yet, but probably very similar. Devistating! I hope you all are safe and evrything is fine.

Diane, If I had had gray hair in my 20's I'd be posting a response much like your's!!! Have fun at your last game.

It's raining again. More sand bagging and more worry. I have some arial shots and stuff I will share, but not until I get them burned at their larger size. What awful news about those Boy Scouts who were killed in a tornado. I can't imagine. Too sad for words.
Have a good day. Stay dry and safe wherever you are.

06-12-2008, 11:35 AM
kappy, I think if coring your hair is right for you and makes you feel better than you should do it
I totally agree. You know, I don't color my hair, but I pay obscene amounts of money to the spa to wax hair from my body. :D Other women couldn't care less about it and are quite happy to shave - or even not shave. And that's great too.

I think we all have things we do that make us feel more attractive, more self-confident, more comfortable. And I say as long as you can afford it and it's not hurting anyone else ... go for it!


06-12-2008, 11:46 AM
I totally agree. You know, I don't color my hair, but I pay obscene amounts of money to the spa to wax hair from my body. :D Other women couldn't care less about it and are quite happy to shave - or even not shave. And that's great too.

I think we all have things we do that make us feel more attractive, more self-confident, more comfortable. And I say as long as you can afford it and it's not hurting anyone else ... go for it!


I have to agree. As long as you are happy with the coloring or waxing, that's what matters. The majority of my friends here color their hair. My mom has also colored her hair for years. I think that is why I just assume I will when the time comes.

Photochick-don't know if I could wax. That always sounds painful! :fr:

06-12-2008, 11:52 AM
Ya know ... I'm a big wimp about pain, but I don't think it's that bad. Then again, I've been doing it for so long, that the hair is thinner and finer and all of that. So I suspect at this point it is less painful than if I were to have it done for the first time again.

OTOH, I remember joking when I got my tattoo that my Brazillian hurt worse. I think I made the tattoo artist choke a little! :D


06-12-2008, 11:58 AM
Mets-as soon as airlines get their act together and stop nickel and dimeing everything, I'll be out to cook! I haven't been to Conneticut before, it should be fun-hehe! I watched the Dance show once, it was very entertaining.

Clyde-glad your daughter is on the mend. It is interesting that your kids are out of school. My kids finish today and my DD will start about the same time as yours.

lovn-looking forward to seeing those pictures. Here in Cali, we are in a drought. Hasn't rained out here since February. We're looking forward to a long fire season. I did hear about the boyscouts. I can't imagine.

My kids are finally out of school today. DS has his last final and is out at 10am. Does that mean I will see him-nope! It has been interesting having an adult child. Now if we can get him to get his act together and finish registering at the local community college......

06-12-2008, 12:00 PM
Brazilian! ouch! :fr:

You are a brave woman!!!! :D

06-12-2008, 03:13 PM
This is really going to give away how I live in no where ( I am in the middle of everywhere though) I would have to drive 30 miles to get a Brazilian or really any waxing other than facial.....facial waxing, now that's a must for me....DS just mentioned in the car yesterday (darn that sun and side view) how I might want to do my mustache since it looked pretty much like his...oh honey, I love you too....but he was right and I knew it!!

06-12-2008, 03:28 PM
Afternoon girls.

A hot one today. I think I might go in the water today at the pool. I'm so hot.

My weigh in and I'm down 2.5lbs :) Glad to see it go down again.

LOvn maybe it's time to get the wax. I hate when they make comments like that and you know that they're right.

06-13-2008, 08:26 AM
Clyde, Another 2.5 pounds down. YGG!!! You have just been kicking it these last few weigh ins. Awesome!!! My son is right and I'll wax before I leave the house this morning...for anywhere!!!

My SIL is coming home from MNPLS today for a short visit. She has to be back to work at 10pm Sat night, but she wants to see Kung Fu Panda with the kids. So tomorrow is all about movie and shopping fun. I have no idea about today. It rained all day again yesterday so I have no idea about field conditions yet. The flooding and tornadoes have been so crazy and so wide spread that one of the weathermen on channel 27, out of Madison, actually asked crew members what day it was yesterday while he was live on tv. They are exhausted from keeping watch so they can keep us updated.
Have a terrific Friday!

06-13-2008, 09:36 AM
Hi ladies. Happy Friday the 13th. I am not a superstitious person, so I feel that today will be a very nice day. It's also the birthday of a good friend of mine, so how can it be bad?

Lovn - I am glad to find a kindred spirt, what with the basseball, mac 'n cheese, and our mothers. I will agree - the type of person/parent my mother is makes me very aware of what I say and do around my son. I am the polar opposite of my mother, and am glad for it.

So the Little League playoffs have begun. Our team won last night!!! It was a spectacular game. Not only did we win, but we shut out the other team, 8-0. I am really not one to single out my kid but he had a MONSTER HIT that drove in several runs. Our pitching was beyond belief...one boy, Joseph, struck out the side twice in a row with about 15 pitches. This kid has actually been scouted...and he's only going into middle school. So it was just a wonderful evening. All we need to do is win one more game of our round robin (there are 2 more games left) in order to advance to the next round. I hope the boys can do it. They are really peaking at the right time and are working like a well-oiled machine. However...if they don't make it, that's good, too. Each boy has made such awesome progress. They have so much to be proud of, no matter how far they advance.

This promises to be a hectic weekend. Tomorrow, my cousin's son is being bar mitzvahed. The service at the synagogue starts at 9:00 a.m. It's about a 45 minute drive from where I live, so I'll be up and out early. After the service is over, I have to dash back home to catch my son's next ball game. The reception for the bar mitzvah is later on in the evening at a country club, so it'll be another drive - lots of gas will be consumed tomorrow!! Oh well. It's been a while since my whole family has been in the same place at the same time so it will be nice to see everyone. Hopefully the food will be good!

Sunday - Fathers Day - my husband and son are off to the Mets game. I have some hard core shopping to do - various June birthdays and Fathers day presents. We'll be gathering next Sunday at my sisters to celebrate all the birthdays and the dads. I also need to get some work done - it's just so busy here at the office that I find I am bringing work home more and more often. I really do like my job, thank goodness, otherwise I'd be very resentful.

Otherwise...I hope Mother Nature calms down a bit, what with the flooding and the tornadoes. What gives??

I was going to step on the scale today but thought the wiser of it. I was a little naughty yesterday and did not have a chance to exercise, what with rushing to my son's ball game after work. I really wanted to be down a few pounds before seeing my family members at this bar mitzvah, but oh well!!

OK, time to earn my paycheck. Have a great day!!

06-13-2008, 09:44 AM
Lovn: That weather just won't give up, will it. One of the companies that we work with was totally out of commission yesterday because they are paperless and they had no computers. Although their office is in Denver, their home office is in Cedar Rapids and the server for the Denver office is usually there. As of yesterday, though, it was in the back of a truck somewhere else because the office was flooding. All I could picture is a pickup truck with a server in the back parked at some farm in Iowa. :) I'm sure it isn't like that, but that's what I have pictured.

Clyde: You are amazing! Good for you and your weight loss.

Well, we had our baseball game last night and had 5 players show up. Thankfully, the other team gave us some so that we could scrimmage. It is sad how this season has gone. Lots of disappointment and many are glad it is almost over. Maybe next year! We'll find out about All-Stars at the next game, which isn't until next Friday. I'm glad we can just have some at home time next week.

My daughter had fun last night, though. Must have been all the cute boys hanging around. Funny how that can make the baseball game that much more interesting to her. ha!

06-13-2008, 12:10 PM
Good morning all!

Clyde-great job! 2.5 lbs is an accomplishment! :carrot:

lovn-have fun with that waxing! Isn't it just lovely the things we do for beauty? Have fun with SIL this weekend.

Mets-Glad that your son's team is in the playoffs. That's wonderful that your son had a great hit. You sound very proud of him and have every right to be. Have fun with your busy weekend.

Slashnl-At least the boys got to play! Sounds like a very frustrating baseball season for your son. Hopefully next year will be a much better year for him and you never know about All Stars. Glad to see that you daughter is enjoying the game-tehe :D

So happy that it is Friday! My son graduates tonight! :woohoo: Of course, they are having ceremonies outside and it is suppose to be 100 today. Why do they do that? We have no big plans for the weekend here. Just going to clean house and my office.

06-13-2008, 02:50 PM
Hi I am Terri ;)
I joined yesterday this is my third post. I have been looking around and I really like what I have seen so far.
I am in my 40's and have been trying to make better choices and taking better care of myself since Oct. 07. I am looking forward to getting to know others here and I love to see all the inspirational stories.
Terri :flow1:

06-13-2008, 04:21 PM
Hi Terri and :wel3fc:

06-13-2008, 04:41 PM
Welcome Terri!!

mstigger: A graduation! How fun. Is he graduating from High School? (maybe I missed that somewhere)

06-13-2008, 05:56 PM

Welcome Terri. This is a nice friendly bunch lots of support and chat.

I've just been upstairs and tried on a bunch of clothes that didn't fit me 2 months ago. They fit me now :carrot: Some of them still have the tags on them from 2 years ago.

My daughter is a bit better. She went out with me this morning for about an hour and she was shattered by the time we got home. That's the first time she went out since getting sick. I think she will be on the couch for the weekend.

Diane is that your turn as team mum over? It's a lot of work.

Tigger, your son is graduating, have a wonderful time tonight. It's always nice when they do it outside but that might be a bit toasty.

Lovn my youngest went to see "Kung-Fu Panda" last weekend with her dad.They enjoyed it.

Big weekend for me. I'm going to see the Cardinals on Sunday. My first major league baseball game :carrot: I'm so excited. I need to get a new shirt to wear. I have a Jim Edmonds shirt but he's playing for the Cubs now so I want to get a new one. It's gonna be a hot day. Our seats are in the first base field box. Go Cards.

06-13-2008, 06:16 PM
:wave: Hello Everyone!!

I will start my post by admitting that i only read the first page of posts before skipping to the last page so i've missed lots of people's posts, but i only have so much time at the moment. I'm determined to get to Curves :lifter:for a 3rd time this week before i have to pick my daughter up from school. I promise to return and read all the posts so i can be up to speed.

I joined in May and following the big site crash i found that i could create a weight sig tracker and signature and was thrilled to do so. I'm 48 and will be 481/2 in July,can you tell i have a young child? Actually my dd is 9 1/2 and not so concerned with the 1/2 stuff anymore. I guess i just haven't let go of that young kid lingo yet. In addition i have a husband, an almost 14 yo male cat and an almost 1yo golden retriever puppygirl.

We are originally from St. Louis, Mo. and a big chunk of our family and friends are there so all of you midwesterners are in my thoughts and prayers with all of the intense weather you've been having. We moved out to Western, Wa(Auburn to be more specific, which is about a 45 minute drive south of Seattle)coming up on two years this July. My hubbie, a commercial photographer, was laid off from his job in St. Louis and in the midst of trying to get an interview for a position in Wisconsin saw a notice for a photographer position with REI. He applied, they flew him out and interviewed him and hired him all over the course of a few weeks. Whew!! a whirlwind experience. :stars:

Sadly, though i've been a Curves member for about 3 years, i gained quite a bit more weight after moving here. I guess i'll chalk that up to stress and grief eating on top of poor eating and exercise habits. My daughter was born when i was 38. I was already overweight when i got pregnant,:preg: didn't gain more than the absolute minimum during pregnancy(due to a lot of indigestion and poor appetite). However after the benefits of breastfeeding ran their course my weight continued to creep up. I'd try some sort of a plan for a few days, take an exercise class here or there but was never able to stick to anything. The whole time i continued to read and learn more about what eating and exercising well meant, but wasn't ready somehow to build the habits that would lead to the kinds of changes i wanted. :woops:

I guess getting close to 50 and having my older siblings (11, 15 and 16 years older) get older, has brought home to me the reality that i'm not getting any younger. I, too(as another poster wrote) am determined to be healthier at age 50, or as healthy, as i was at age 30.

So here i am, continually thrilled by all of the wonderful support available at 3fchicks, and still looking for my home forums. I'm calorie counting, logging my foods, reforming my eating habits:broc::carrot:
and working towards a habit of 3workouts a week at Curves and 3 30 minute(for starters) brisk walks a week. :exercise:

:thanks: everyone for sharing. I'm excited and happy to be a part of the 3fatchicks community.

"Seeya" soon:sunny:

PS just love these smilies-can you tell;)

06-13-2008, 09:49 PM
Hi Terri, Hi Alley! Welcome to our little group. You will find such great support here, not just for your weight issues, but everything else inbetween.

So...my son is on his first sleepover tonight! This is a big step for him. One of his autism-ish issues is the ability to make friends. It does not come easy for him. He's had to work so hard at making conversation and doing all the little things that you do to engage someone and get along. We non-challenged people just take it for granted...but for those kids who are "on the spectrum," it's behavior that has to be learned.

Anyway, in the past few weeks, he's really connected with one of his classmates. Not that they haven't been "friendly" all year in the classroom, but it's escalated recently, and now, DS is at this nice boy's house! I am SOOOO nervous but excited and happy. I sent him off with his overnight bag, and will have my heart in my mouth until he gets dropped off tomorrow morning. I don't think I'll sleep too well.

Clyde - congrats on attending your first ball game! It's a very different experience from watching it on TV. But I bet you'll enjoy it. There are so many sights and sounds to take in. I love going to Mets games. I can't wait to hear all about it! Are you going early enough to see batting practice? Make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen, and drink plenty of water. It's going to be great!

06-14-2008, 12:09 AM
:welcome2: Welcome to the 40 somethings Ailey.

Mets I don't think we will see batting practise. There is a lot going on at the game Sunday. It's a tribute to a Cardinals employee who died earlier this year.
This game tonight is a nightmare.

06-14-2008, 02:45 AM
:welcome3: Welcome to our group Ailey! I like the smilies too :) Thanks for opening up and sharing with us. :hug:

Slashnl-yes, my DS graduated from high school tonight. :carrot: I will have to tell everyone of how my son almost didn't graduate, but not tonight. It's a long story. We just got home from the ceremony and now everyone is too amped up to go to bed! :dizzy:

Clyde-so glad that your daughter was able to get up for a while, even if she has to spend the rest of the weekend on the couch. Have fun at your ball game. It'll be hot, but the game will be so much more fun to watch that the heat won't be as bad! :hot:

Mets-that is so great for your son! I completely understand why you are nervous and excited at the same time. This is a big step for him. Try and get some sleep!

Good nite all! Tomorrow is a family shopping day. Should prove interesting.

06-14-2008, 11:23 AM
Ailey: Welcome!! I am so glad you joined us. If you want to read all the other posts, that's great, but don't feel like you have to. None of us have that much time either, so we'll understand! We can repeat ourselves. I do it all the time!!! Ha! (Maybe that's because of my teenager who can't seem to hear what I say the first time....) Love your avatar, by the way.

Clyde: You are going to have a great time. I hope they win!! I'll be watching for the score and you'll have to tell us all about it.

Letsgo: That's really great about your son. I know that we all take things for granted that come easy for us but it can be a real challenge for others. I can't wait to hear how much fun he had!!

Tigger: My sister is struggling with getting her daughter through high school. It has really been a tough one for her and she still has 2 years left. I have to push my kids some, too, but I know it is a heartbreaking thing to have your kids struggle, regardless if it is grades, behavior, or whatever.

I need to do some grocery shopping today and then later on, we're going to my mother-in-law's old house to clear out the rest of her stuff. We need to get that place sold and get her stuff to her. She had a stroke awhile back and is living with my sister-in-law. When it became clear that she wasn't going to be able to live alone anymore, we started packing and sorting. Now comes the moving. It isn't a lot of stuff, so it won't be too bad. She lived in a trailer, so I'm hoping that it will sell easily. Our housing market is still strong here, so I think it will go fast. We're not expecting to get a lot out of it.

Have a good weekend everyone.

06-14-2008, 12:37 PM
Hi Everyone - My name is Donna, I'm 42 mother of 2 boys - 8 & 4.

I LOVE this site and I've been reading posts for the past 2 months or so and thought I'd say Hi :D

It sems my entire adult life i've been up and down with the same 30 pounds...i'm currently battling my way back down the scale and up the fitness ladder...I'm working out with a trainer twice a week and doing 45 minutes of cardio 5 -7 days a week. I've been successful since late April - i hope to be able to make this a permanent part of my life.

Thanks for listeneing I look forward to being part of the family :carrot:

Shy Moment
06-14-2008, 12:42 PM
I hope things go well for your son. Oh I do understand the things parents take of granted and some of us don't see as easily. My son was the same way. The asbergers on top of the adhd made it very hard for him to socialize. He just didn't get and still doesn't get most of the time social ques.

WELCOME, we have a great group of people here full of support and inspiration. Thank you for sharing something about yourself with us. You will find we love to chat and hear what is going on in each other lives.

Glad she is feeling better. Yes, I bet she is a bit wiped out and needs a rest this weekend. Hope the game turns out great. I use to love to go see the Indians. 2.5 pounds gone. That is terrific.

Hope to hear from you often. We love new people around. Our old stories become new stories again :)

congrats on your son graduating

I have noticed, while my daughter always enjoyed watching sports, she seems to enjoy the nicer aspects of it these days like the mens body's lol. I told her you just wait until football season this year. SIGHHHH football hasn't been the same since Montana quit playing, that man had a nice tush lol.

I am in the middle of no where and yet in the middle of everywhere. I have to drive about 30 min to get anywhere and yet that isn't really that far. Nice to not have anything right on top of us. At least we do have a giant eagle and a few other stores within about 20 to 30 min drive of us.

06-14-2008, 02:46 PM
Happy Saturday Everyone,

Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of days. The news was bad from the dr we expected it but still were being hopeful. So we've just been kind of burrowing in. DH has a CT scan tomorrow to see how big the tumor is, then we take the results to the surgeon and go talk to him. Not exactly the way I wanted to spend my summer.

On a good note even w/o exercising as much as I like to I was down 1.2 lbs this morning :D I loose really slow (and TOM is looming) so I'm really happy. Today we're going to a car show so that should be fun. I need to get up and get my potato salad made, we're taking a picnic dinner for my in-laws, who show their car there. Sort of a modified Father's Day thing.

Clyde - :cp: Congrats on the loss. Have fun at the game!

Letsgo - Hope your son had a fun night, and that you got some sleep.

MS - Congrats on your son graduating :D

Ailey, Donna, and Terri - Welcome

Shy - Guys are always a good reason to watch sports. Where I ride my bike the college guys run shirtless. Always a nice distraction (even if I'm old enough to be their mother :eek:)

Well, I've gotta go. Have a great weekend everyone.


06-14-2008, 04:28 PM
Hi. I'm new here, and I hope it's OK if I just jump in. I'm Carol, I'm 46, single, and live in New York (where it's back to hot and humid again today, oh joy!).

I want to lose about 50-60 pounds, which is a bit scary. I finally got motivated about a week & a half ago, and since then I've lost 8 pounds (if only that kind of progress could be ongoing!).

Mostly I'm just fed up with being overweight. I have no good excuse, other than using food for comfort and/or boredom way more than I should have, and having a love for carbs, fatty foods, and soda. I work with people who are about 10-20 years younger than me for the most part, and it's bad enough being the older one, but being the fat one too...that's hard. To make it worse, I work at a ballet company, and have tiny ballerinas walking around all day too! I tend to be very sarcastic, and there's a lot of irony in being obese at a ballet company, but I'm having lots more trouble laughing it off than I used to.

So here I am. This seems like a really supportive place, and I'm glad to know there's an area for people our age. And to add to one of the current topics, I do color my hair. But I've actually been doing it in some form or another since I was about 16 (rebelling back then with a few streaks of pink). Now I do it to cover the gray, and to give it more pizazz.

Anyway, it's nice to meet you all! I look forward to chatting more!


06-14-2008, 04:49 PM
Well hi to everyone and thanks for the welcome. I have a question that im sure someone can answer...
I created my weight tracker a week or so ago and now i need to change it as i've lost another lb-yipee-but i'm not sure what to do. Do i just make a new one reflecting my weight change or is there something special i do to edit the current one? If there is someplace else i should be asking this question just type the word and i'll go there. Thanks so much.

Shy Moment
06-14-2008, 04:51 PM
Nice to have you with us. There are many reasons people gain weight. All that matters now is that we are together on this journey to a more healthy thinner person. We will be with you all the way as you find out you have more will power and determination than you think you have. Nice going on the weight loss so far.

I hope thing go well for your husband. Will sure keep him in my prayers. I think eye candy is the best reason to exercise. I find I do a lot more of the Leslie Sansone videos that have Jim in them than any of the rest of her videos lol. Hubby hears the music and yells, " ARE YOU WATCHING THAT MAN AGAIN LOL?" I yell back, "YES I AM!"

06-14-2008, 08:17 PM
Dang, I should join a new gym. There aren't any cute guys at mine, mostly a bunch of Moms like me with their kids in the child watch. ;)

06-14-2008, 09:05 PM
Letsgo, Wow, that mustve been a great game!

Diane, Very dissapointing for your son. It was nice that the other team agreed to scrimmage though. Don't cute boys make most things better?

mstigger, I hope the graduation ceremonies were lovely. I got the waxing done. My DS was sooooo right!

Ward, Ah ha, you're here too! Hi!!!!

06-14-2008, 09:53 PM
Teri, A big welcome to you. You'll find plenty of friendship and support here. That's for sure.

Clyde, You have so many good things happening. I am so happy for you. You are such a huge fan I can hardly believe tomorrow will be your first game!!! I'm wondering if Father's Day is going to be even more fun for you than your hubby ;) I too, thought "Kung Fu Panda" was LMAO funny!

Ailey, First welcome, welcome, welcome! Second, it sounds like you've learned a lot and have a pretty good plan. We're all here for support while you're executing that plan!!

letsgo, that sounds so nice for your DS. I hope all went well and you at least got a little sleep!

Diane, I did grocery shopping today too. Expensive, but we're good to go for a while now. My mother had a stroke 3 years ago Memorial Day weekend. It was a nightmare when we moved her to the apt. She and my dad had lived in the same house for nearly 40 years. You wouldn't believe the things we found. I hope it all went well for you.

valareha, Welcome. There are many a former yo yoer here. This can be your last time down. Believe in yourself.

Rennie, I absolutely agree. When you write "30 miles" away it seems terrible, but really I can get 30 miles a lot faster than many city people can travel 10. I love the city for visiting, but living rural is for me. Probably because I grew up here, but it's still for me.

Tech, Congrats on the loss. I sincerely hope you get better news after the CT scan. I hope it's ok if I keep you in my prayers.

Carol, Welcome. You've made a terrific start and you'll find a lot of support here. It is nice having a spot for us 40 somethings. I think this is the decade when we really start to notice, "wow, I'm getting old!" I'm hoping by 50 to be all "adjusted" lol

AIley, just go into "edit signature" and you'll be able to find your numbers in the midst of a bunch of URL stuff. Just put your cursor in there and erase your old numbers and then put in your new. Simple dimple, but it took me a couple tries when I was new too.

We had plenty of excitment here yesterday. With the interstate being closed traffic was re-routed between LaCrosse and Madison right past my house. Finally, after a day of close calls someone tried to pass a semi right in front of my house just as someone pulled out of our store parking lot. Ahhh, the car that had pulled out hit the ditch (drove out onto the neighbors driveway) the car that was passing tried to duck back behind the semi but went under the back of the semi instead. He was crunched and flung into the opposite ditch! My two youngest were in the yard and saw it all. They were just shaking. Luckily, the passer did not have a passenger because that side of his vehicle was demolished. (I never thought to take pictures until just now!!) Unbelievably, no one was injured. Just all very shook up. For my own excitement, I lost my cell phone!!!! It rang like crazy when I'd call it, but no one would answer. I checked my options and it was free to de-activate that one and re-activate my old one. Both were freebie phones with very similar options so I just did that. I hope it will still show up, but I had left it by the ball field when waiting for my son at weight lifting. I suspect some kids found it and used it all night last night. Oh well, it was 8pm when I lost it and my free weekends kicked in at 9pm last night. Live and learn...We went to Kung Fu Panda today ( I love that Jack Black), chinese buffet and Wal-Mart..I bought myself a big floppy reversable yellow and white hat, a baseball cap with a little bug on it that says "Don't Be a Litter Bug" ( I'll give you 3 guesses to figure out who has a little trouble with sun NOT AGE spots on her face) and a great purse...I realised I'd been carrying the same purse for 3 years. Gracious, it was time. What'd I get the hubby for Father's Day? Same as he got me for Mother's Day lol It's ok though, we don't do gifts...SIL is gone home again already, but we had a terrific visit. I sure hope we can get to MNPLS to see her yet this summer too.
I hope everyone has had a terrific first half to their weekend. It's great to see so many people reaching out to each other!

06-14-2008, 10:15 PM
Hi everyone

I have not been on in a few days and wow did I miss alot, I think that I better check in daily, I miss too much if I don't.

Ailey - Hi and welcome I am sorry I can not helop you with your tracker. I have gained weight since I started mine and I have not changed it.

Lovnmom- You have more go on in one week then I do in a year. I think that I woul lose weight from all the excitement/stress that you have been dealing with.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend

06-14-2008, 10:28 PM
Evening girls.

:welcome3: :wel3fc: :welcome3:

Welcome to all the new girls. It's great to see so many people posting.

Tech :hug: so sorry to hear about your husband's bad news. I will keep you in my prayers.

I am all set for the game tomorrow. I bought a new shirt today number 24, my man Ankiel. I'm hoping for a good game. I will report back tomorrow :D

06-15-2008, 12:14 PM
Clyde: Looks like you had a winning game! Can't wait to hear about it.

Lovn: How scary for you and the kids. I'm glad no one else got hurt who live near you. I wish people would slow down a little and have some patience. They think they are invincible in their vehicles and that's how those big accidents happen. Sorry about the cell phone, too!

Carol: Welcome! Glad to see you posting! We all understand that frustration that comes with battling weight, so you're in good company. Working with ballerinas? ouch! I work in an office with all age ranges and body types, so I'm not too far out there by myself. That would be tough to be in your situation!

Tech: I'm so sorry about your hubby. I'll send some good thoughts and prayers your way for some good news.

Donna: Welcome! Glad you are not lurking anymore. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

Rennie: Yes, those daughters find out too quick how nice some of these boys look in their sports uniforms. In my case, I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.... Yes, I am old enough to be their mother, but they are still fun to watch. Actually, part of the fun is listening to them. What comedians!

Well, we loaded up my mother-in-law's stuff. We'll take it over to Denver next weekend. Oh joy. It has to be done and I'll be glad to have it over with. I was kind of ticked off yesterday when I saw what all we were loading up. My sister in law packed everything without us there and then we'll do the delivery. Why in the heck she is keeping half of what she is keeping is beyond me. There were two boxes marked "yard sale". WHAT??? Can we just give this crap to Goodwill or Salavation Army?? We really need to take up space (and use the fuel) to move boxes of stuff that you might make $20 on at a yard sale. Idiocy. My husband wasn't much happier. If this was priceless stuff, it would be one thing, but most of it is just average stuff that could easily be replaced. I'm going to have to be careful next weekend to keep my mouth shut and let my husband deal with his sister and mom. I know she had a stroke and I should be kind, but she was a nasty old woman before this happened. I have a hard time getting past that. And her daughter has no regard for the little amount of free time my husband has with owning his own business. We aren't sitting over here waiting for something to do! He doesn't have enough time to spend with the kids, let alone catering to her. Deep breath... Well, we'll get this done and then get the place sold and maybe we'll have a little peace from them. (wishful thinking)

What a crabby I am today! :)

Today should be a good day. Just doing stuff around the house and celebrating father's day. Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

06-15-2008, 12:21 PM
Clyde: Sorry, I just realized that you are going TODAY to the game. I thought you went yesterday. Have a good time!

06-15-2008, 01:43 PM
:welcome: Hello Carol and Donna! Glad you are joining us!

Slash-Let your sister know that it will get better with her teen! I really despaired over the situation with my son, but he has finally graduated and is looking forward to college. :) I am sorry to hear about having to move your MIL. I know that can be stressful, especially since she wasn't the most pleasant person to deal with. You are most definitely entitled to your feelings!

Tech- :hug: I'm sorry that you and hubby have received distressing news. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted!

Shy-I agres with Tech-guys are always a good reason to watch sports! :D

Wardhog-let me know if you find that new gym-tehe ;)

Lovn-Wow! you have a lot going on around you! I am so glad that you and your family are safe. Have to admit, you have the best stories.

littlerozzee-Good to see you!

Clyde-today's the big day! Have fun at your game!

Went shopping with the husband and both kids yesterday. We went mainly to get DS some new clothes as part of his graduation gift. I was surprised at how much fun we had. Hubby rarely shops for the kids-that's my job. He didn't complain once! DS is so use to shopping with me and looking for sales that he was in shock when Dad bought him something regular price! DD was on her best behavior and spent most of her time helping us find things for her brother-I was starting to wonder who these kids were!

Later that evening, both kids were out with friends. Instead of having a date night, hubby and I laid out the flooring in our basement (we're finishing the basement to make a separate storage area and wine cellar). My MIL (she lives with us) was shocked to see that we were home instead of out. We told her after a day of shopping with the kids, we needed to stay home-so this was our date!

Today will be a cleaning day. I will BBQ for Hubby tonight (he prefers for me to BBQ, says I do a much better job). Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!

06-15-2008, 03:54 PM
Rozzee, We're here, join us!!

Clyde, I can't waite to hear about your day!

Diane, Ooooo, you posted for your 15 hundredth time. Did it feel alike an anniversary lol OMGsh, you're SIL sounds like my SIL Jen, she'll drive 40 miles away to purchase something she saw advertised in a garage sale add. She then resells it for say $10 more than she paid and brags about her "profit." The way I see it there is no profit. She's got $8-$9 in gas plus 2 hours of her time. Like I said, no profit. Plus, she too has no problem asking for favors from those of us who have no time to give and never seems real appreciative either. See, I'm crabby about my SIL too. Thankfully, we have this safe place to come and complain!! Hope you're enjoying today!

mstigger, I don't know if my stories ar "the best," but I am a little delusional and think everyone wants to hear about my crazy days lol soooo, I do tend to share! It sounds like you had a wonderful family day yesterday. It just makes you feel good all over when everyone is co-operating with each other and even putting other's wants before their own, like your DD did. That is just icing on the cake!! I do the BBQing in our family too. I'm not sure my hubby would even know how to light the grill. It's not his thing and that's ok with me, because I love to cook. A wine cellar sounds lovely. Most of my basement is original from when the house was built more than 100 years ago. Needless to say our basement is storage only!!

It's a beautiful sunny day with blue skies and fluffy clouds. Me and the kids went to church while DH was at work and then I came home and rode my bike for 10 miles. That's the farthest I've gone this year. Maybe any year?!?! I had to carry my bike over a couple of things still left from the flooding and much of the trail was washy in a deep washboard way, but it felt just challenging enough to be enjoyable. Now I'm going to grill my hubby a big juicey burger and snuggle in and watch "The Bucket List" I heard it was sad. I hope it has enough funny to balance it out. This has all the makings of a wonderfull Sunday. DS doesn't even have basketball, because the gym they play in is being used to house evacuees (spelling). Just another reminder of how much I have to be thankful for.
Hope you all are enjoying your Sunday as well.

Shy Moment
06-15-2008, 09:32 PM
I haven't really been around the last few days. I have been in a lot of pain and I don't really feel like chit chat when this kind of pain hits. I am doing much better. Today I am just taking it easy and trying to get house work done. I have been doing my exercising but I am not counting it to wards any goals because I have because I haven't been putting my all into it. Figured moving the body was better than not moving at all. Hopefully I will be all caught up tonight with housework and laundry and start the week fresh tomorrow with exercise. Haven't had to worry about eating to much because I don't feel like eating at all lol. Good news is the lungs are doing pretty good so I am off the dreaded Prednisone. Haven't taken the pain mead Percoset all day so hopefully tomorrow my head will be clear lol.

Hello to all the newbies. Chat with you later

06-15-2008, 10:32 PM
Hi girls.

I'm back from the game. What a great day. They won 7-6 in the 10th inning.

It was so hot today. I watched every second of the game. What a lovely stadium. It's really weird it looks so much bigger on TV.

I enjoyed everything about it from the organ music to the clapping to the fun between innings. I drank a lot of water and ate the nachos supreme with the works yummy.

They had a special tribute to a Cardinal's employee who died earlier this year and they gave every adult a voucher for a free ticket, so I will get to go again :D

The only bad thing Yadi Molina was injured at home plate in a collision in the 9th inning. He was stretchered off the field with a neck brace on. It was so quiet when they were attending to him. As they drove him off the field everyone was chanting Ya-di Ya-di. It looks like he suffered a concussion.

I swear I had goosebumps when I walked in there and saw the stadium.

Next time we go I hope to see Pujols play.

The good thing was we won the series against the Phillies :carrot:

My daughter is going to the Mets game with her friend at the end of the month. She got the tickets for high honor roll the whole school year. I keep saying to her "Do you not want to take your mum? I'll be more fun!"

So my first major league ballgame, a great day. Priceless.

06-15-2008, 11:11 PM
Thanks for the welcome everyone. I'm happy to be here.


06-16-2008, 05:19 AM
Hello to Everyone--:flow2:

Thank you lovnmom for the instructions for editing my weight tracker.

For the most part i'll be keeping things general until i get "to know" you all.

I must make a comment to Clydegirl though as you spoke about a place that holds fond memories for me-Busch Stadium, although now that i'm writing this i seem to recall that it's a new and improved one from when i went as a child. So how are the Cards doing this year? One of the downsides of having relocated to the Seattle area is the baseball team that comes with the city. The Mariners appear to be a pretty pathetic team, so they're not much fun to follow. I'm glad you had a good time at the game. Hope you get back for the Mets game with your daughter.

Our weekend was really pleasant weather wise, for a change, as it's been unseasonably cool and grey, grey grey. I'm thinking about, and feeling for the folks in the midwest, Iowa and Wisconsin in particular, and wondering what the consequences of all that flood water flowing down the Mississippi is going to be for folks in Missouri and other places along the river.

As for me I ate more than my allotted calories today. My DD and I made blueberry muffins for DH today for Father's Day. There was some tasting of batter( a little bit, but it's amazing how quickly those calories add up) and i had two muffins and they were yummy. I'm pretty fortunate, i don't think binging is a problem for me. For the most part just logging my foods and keeping track of how many calories are in things works pretty well to keep me within my limit. I've tried really strict diets, i can't manage them for more than a day or so. I'm really trying to approach this in a reasonable fashion, tracking what i eat and cutting back 500 or so calories from what i've calculated it takes to maintain my weight. I'm getting results but they're coming slower than i'd like, but i know i'm only willing to limit my eating so much, at least at this point. I've already made such improvements in my food choices. I'm learning that a little of what i used to eat however much i wanted of is enough. I'm also learning that even a little of other things just uses up more calories than i'm willing to spend. And i'm learning that if i go long enough without drinking a regular coke, a diet coke actually tastes good. And i also guess i'm learning, although this is harder, that choosing to eat a couple of blueberry muffins may mean that i didn't stay within my goal for the day, but that doesn't mean i've blown it, because i've only blown it if i stop working at this completely. So my rate of weight loss will probably be slower than other people who eat fewer calories daily or just stick to their plan every day or exercise more but i'm making improvements in my eating and that's something to be proud of. I also got to Curves 3x last week, the first time in a long time. I'm very jazzed about that. :exercise::lifter: The other exercise piece is the goal of 3 brisk 30 minute walks a week(the non Curves days). That will be a work in progress for a while, but i'm just thrilled to be back on the Curves wagon and i think there is a momentum that gets going with these things. One week of 3x down, many many many more to go. All of this stuff is for life(until i get too old many many years down the road;)) so i'm determined to do it in a way that is sustainable.

So thanks for reading my little novelette. :o
Having folks to share one's successes and frustrations with is so absolutely essential. Thanks for welcoming me ladies and thanks for being here.

Take care all and have a good Monday. :wave:

06-16-2008, 09:23 AM
Rennie, Sorry to hear you're not up to snuff.

Clyde, Your day rocked, awesome!!

Carol ,Glad you're here!

Ailey, It sounds as though you and I are following much the same plan. I do lose slowly..far too slow for many, but I weigh 35 pounds less at almost 44 than I did at 42..that's progress I can live with..I'm not going to the prom next week or anything. I'm just trying to get more fit than I was before. Hang in there. It sounds like you have the right attitude. Two muffins are certainly no reason to throw in the towel. I'm glad you enjoyed Father's Day!

It's off to baseball, hunter's safety and pottery today. Many trips into town, because of course nothing starts at the same time. I'm hoping Mel can walk the 4 mile loop since our children are in some of the same activities. If not, I'll be going alone, again, but I'll be going! I'm planning to set our pool up today. We aren't suppose to see rain again until Fri. I should finally have enough time to get it filled and covered. The hot weather will be here and I want to be ready.
Have a terrific Monday!

06-16-2008, 09:53 AM
luvnmom - sounds like you have a busy day!

Ailey - welcome - I'm from western WA too - been here since early this year - down 32lbs since then - yea!! slowly it's coming off - the last ones slower than the earlier ones - your 2 muffins are no reason to quit - it's just one day at a time - lord knows how many times I've fallen off the wagon..

Doing well - we finally got some nice weather over the weekend here - played a bit - went to a friend's graduation party - she's been at it for a loooonnnnggg time but finally got her bachelor's in communication.

finally dipped below 135 - and blew the food thing this weekend - but back on that wagon today!

Have a great day all!

06-16-2008, 01:35 PM
Morning girls.

Hi Ailey :wave: Yes it's a new stadium, very nice too. The Cards are doing well at the moment. They have a lot of injuries especially amongst the pitchers. Pujols is on the Dl for 3 weeks. Still a good ball team.
We went on metro yesterday and I noticed the Mississippi is high and has not crested yet. It is covering the street at the Arch at the bottom of the stairs. It's to be higher by the end of the week.

Just got in from my walk and went to PT this morning and walked up the stairs instead of taking the lift. Every little helps.

Not as hot today low 80's. Much more comfortable.

Ailey don't beat yourself up over the blueberry muffins. Today is a new day.

Have a good day everyone.

06-16-2008, 02:06 PM
Hello Chicks,

Thanks for all the warm wishes. We won't know any more until he gets in with the surgeon he was referred to. He'll take him the test results (blood/ct/x-ray) and get an apt. The surgeon will decide if he needs chemo/radiation first or he can go ahead with the surgery. So right now we're just pretty much in a holding pattern it's kind of hard to wait but, we don't really have much choice.

This weekend was pretty fun, the weather Saturday was beautiful. We took dinner to the village and ate with my in-laws while we watched the cars drive by. We did walk over and split a frozen custard, they are soooo good I could eat one every day, but I try to limit myself to 2-3/year and then they are more of a treat. Yesterday we took the dogs out for a walk, it was pretty muggy and I had a hard time. Today is supposed to be better, so after lunch I'm going to go for a bike ride. Haven't been on my bike in a couple of weeks, if I don't get moving I won't be able to ride the 39 mile ride in July like I want to.

Clyde - Sounds like you had a great time. I love going to ball games, we took my dad to a AA game for fathers day (a week early), I like being that close to the game.

Rennie - Hope you're feeling better soon. :hug:

Ailey - I used to do Curves too. It's a nice place. I quit to join the local civic center gym, so I could go with DH, plus they have a pool which I love. Sounds like you're doing things the right way, this journey needs to be a lifestyle change, not just a diet or we're setting ourselves up for yo-yoing.

Lovn - Sounds like you have a busy day today, and a good ride yesterday. Ten miles can be a lot if you're not used to it.

mstigger - sounds like you had a fun day. DH and I need to get back to date night, we were doing well, but then spring yard work, vacation, sickness...all ate in. It can be fun, but just working together to finish something can be just as much fun.

:wave: to everyone I missed, I need to go grab lunch and get on my bike....

Have a great day everyone.

-Tech :bike2:

Shy Moment
06-16-2008, 02:10 PM
Glad you had a great time. I love to listen to baseball on the radio or go and watch. I don't care to watch it on tv.

Glad to have you with us.

Many of us lose slowly. About a pound a week if I am lucky is all I am seeing. I haven't lost any for awhile. I just stick with what I am doing and sooner or later the weight will come off. Sometimes, we have to look at how far we have come.

This journey we are taking to a more healthy thinner body isn't about doing without. I eat the required amounts of the four basic food groups each day. It takes me from the time I get up until the time I go to bed most days to eat all that has to be eaten to meet those requirements. There is no time to be hungry. I stay within some ranges I have set for myself of calories, fats and carbs. If I had to never have a mountain dew I would just say forget it. We need to exercise.

Healthy professionals tell us just to maintain a healthy weight we need 2 miles 30 min of brisk walking 3 times a week and 30 min or some kind of resistance training twice a week. If that is just to maintain. Most of us need to step up the exercise we do to lose weight and tone the body.

There is a great saying on someones ticker.
It is hard to lose weight. It is hard to maintain weight loss. It is hard to be fat. Pick your hard.

I say:
I don't have time to be fat so I have time to eat right.
I don't have time to be out of shape so I have time to exercise.

06-16-2008, 03:46 PM
morning all! I hate being absent for days at a time, there's too much to keep up on!

The niece is home from school and good golly what an adventure that was. Running up and down the blessed freeway for hours on end is doing quite the number on my ability to get my daily water intake in. Don't dare drink it just in case the output comes at a terribly inopportune time! I have a stack of stuff in my little condo, it's the stuff she won't need until she goes back to school. Still have two boxes in my car to carry in.

So anyway, my weight is up. Trying to get back into a semi normal routine with drinking water. All the travel is hopefully done for a long time. And the hair is going natural. Not going to keep messing with it if the dye won't stick to the problem parts! Nice to have that decided.

Hope everybody has a great day!

06-16-2008, 05:34 PM
Good Day Everyone...

:thanks:s for your words of encouragement. They are much appreciated:sunny:

TechAlum- Your husband, you and your family are in my prayers :hug: Where did you find the exercise ticker? I think that would be a nice little motivating graphic for me to add. Yeah i like to swim too but have never been good at doing it enough to consider it true exercise. I'm grateful for my Curves, the wonderful owner and the great members. It's one less thing i have to worry about structuring for myself.

Shy Moment-Where did you find your guidelines for your serving sizes? I'm wondering about that especially when it comes to vegetables, but with respect to all of the food groups. You mentioned the four basic food groups: protein, grains veggies and fruits? That just seems like such a sensible way to focus and structure your eating plan. Have you posted any recipes you can point me towards? And as far as exercise goes i know--you are so on the mark. :dancer: I'm working at improving in all of these areas gradually, and i am improving. Otherwise i get overwhelmed and discouraged with all i'm supposed to be doing and tend to give up :( and i'm not willing to do that anymore. So i continue on and tweak and improve as i go.

Sillycat Where did you move here from? How exciting to have a fellow Washingtonian posting here. Are you liking your new home? :congrat: on all the weight you've dropped already. I spent my first two years here (almost)stressed and basically continuing with the same unhealthy eating and exercise habits. But for whatever combination of reasons i'm ready for transformation and am on a new road-:carrot::dancer::broc:

Well Ladies- I'd better get up from here and get on to other things-lunch, dishes, Curves, planning dinner, :blah::blah::blah:

Great Monday to all of you. :flow2: :congrat:to everyone on your progress and dedication. We can and are doing this!!

thin nurse
06-16-2008, 05:59 PM
HI I am new

I am a nurse in Seattle. I am 41. I decided to lose weight when I was 40 as I was 210 lbs. I thought of the scence in Animal house when he said fat drunk & stupid is no way to go through life. So I lost weight LOL I quit drinking and well...... I am 10 lbs from my goal & I am looking for cheerleaders & also to cheerlead

06-16-2008, 07:22 PM
Hi all -nope havent disappeared!! Been somewhat hectic around here, and havent felt real well this past week, but have lurked and read some....now need to catch up on you all - so off to read!!!!

06-16-2008, 07:27 PM
HI I am new

I am a nurse in Seattle. I am 41. I decided to lose weight when I was 40 as I was 210 lbs. I thought of the scence in Animal house when he said fat drunk & stupid is no way to go through life. So I lost weight LOL I quit drinking and well...... I am 10 lbs from my goal & I am looking for cheerleaders & also to cheerlead

Welcome, Thin Nurse (from this old-timer who's been here a whopping two days!). Congratulations on all you've accomplished in such a short time!

06-17-2008, 09:21 AM
sillycat4, Sounds like you had nice weekend. Good for you!

Clyde, Glad to hear PT went well. Are you in any danger when the Mississippi reachest it's peak? I pray not. Take care.

Tech, I really enjoyed the ride, but it would have been better with frozen custard waiting at the end for me ;)

Rennie, good advice.

Kappy, don't fret over 3#. More regular days are coming and you'll get back on track. Glad to hear you got the niece moved all safe and sound like.

Ailey60, good morning.

thin nurse, thin, thin, she's our girl. If she can't do it no one can. gooooooo thin nurse!

mom, hope you're feeling better.

carrie3146, Have a great day!

Youngest DS has his first Minor League (pitching machine) game this morning. He's not nervous. He does have natural talent and having a hard working older brother has helped him develop skills early. Now, if he loses I hope he has developed the "gracious loser" attitude. We shall see. It's 70* and sunny a great day for baseball. My two older children have practice this afternoon so I'm planning to walk then. The principal went through the film from the security camera at school and saw an elderly woman walking her dog during the time my cell phone went missing. Our police chief knew who it was and went and asked her if she'd found a phone. Sure enough. No one asked her why she hadn't turned it in or even answered it. I thought it was odd. We do only have a population of 1,000. I bet it shook her socks when the cops showed up asking questions. She was probably thinking, **** gov with their eyes everywhere!!! Hee hee, but at least I got my phone back!!!
Have a lovely day!
Diane, Where are you??? I'm a missing you girl!

06-17-2008, 09:54 AM
Ailey - just looked at my post I've been in this area for about 30 years for the most part - traveled a LOT for work but that's slowed down - meant been on this site since beginning of this year - LOL - funny how when things run together they take on different meanings - looks like we have another new washingtonian in Thin Nurse

Thin Nurse - Welcome and congrats on all that weight loss - I applaud you on that - but man I love my glass of wine with dinner - not sure I'm ready to give that one up.

Tech Alum - you & your husband are in my prayers - honestly the waiting part to find out what the plans are are the hardest part - but tell your dear husband that he can and will get through this - from a fellow cancer survivor.

Hope everyone has a great day - I'm off to get my exercise this morning then to work... where change is hard... really hard for some folks.



Shy Moment
06-17-2008, 02:00 PM
I posted and posted yesterday and there is nothing lol. Oh well, here goes again.

I had mine highlighted. That mixed the white in with the rest real well lol.

http://www.weightlossresource.com/resources/food-pyramid.cfm here is a nice site to see portion sizes. When I can't find it here I type in portion size and the food and usually it comes up in a search. There is a new food pyramid for those that don't eat or drink animal products. The one I gave you is the tryed and true old one. Meat 2-3, Dairy 2-3, Fruits 2-4, Veggies 3-5, Bread 6-11. I thought my gosh that is a lot and talked to the dietitian/nutritionist about it lol. How was I going to eat those top numbers. She laughed and said everyone should eat the bottom numbers. Depending on how much you need to take in is when you get to the upper numbers. I have a hard time getting enough of the bread group in. She told me at least 3 a day and average the 6*7 = total of 42 through out the week. Some days I may have more of that group, some days less.

Congrats on doing so well. The journey is well worth the dedication it takes to get to where we want to be.

Take a deep breath. Now, things are going to get back in order and you are going to see that weight come back off.

Isn't it a darn shame when life gets in the way of things we want to do lol.

Thats great. Good things come to those who work for them

I knew things couldn't keep going so well lol. After ( 4 weeks ) of being on Prednisone and a couple of other meads ( 6 weeks ) the scale ( I got a new scale ) showed no weight loss but no weight gain and yet the clothes were not fitting quite the same. My last two weigh In's were at home on my new scale. I got the answer this morning. I had to go to the doc again and there it was 6 pounds gain. My new scale is 6 pounds off. I weighed myself before I went and it said 140 I did my weigh in at the docs and it said 146. I am not upset about this. I know that was not reasonable to think I was on a few meads for a few weeks with no weight gain at all. I can handle the weight gain from the meads. The meads are gone again and the weight will come back off. I have to stop back in tomorrow for some prescriptions they, of course, didn't give me. I really should check shouldn't I. So I will do another weight in then and change my ticker. I really am sorry this is going to mess up red teams weigh In's. I have come a long way. Those very same said meads put 80 pounds on me and I was at the end of my leash. I was not only not healthy physically but mentally I was a mess. Now I can just smile and know it will come back off and not let it get me down. Think I am going to stick to weigh In's every two weeks at the docs office. I am better off that way. I was ranting about how this scale was right on when I got it and now it is 6 pounds off. My son said. "It wouldn't hurt it if we tryed to weigh my boxing bag on it would it?" HEAVY SIGH. I said what did you do drop the darn thing ( has to weigh at least 400 pounds ) on the scale? He said, " Well Mom that darn thing is heavy, it took two of us to get it on the scale."

06-17-2008, 06:15 PM
;) yea sometimes life just gets in the way all the way around !!!

Sounds like everyone is doing super duper around here!!! Well as super duper as you cal lol....

Still waiting on that Granbaby of mine to be born - due date is technically June 21 so technically not late yet - but I am not a very patient person and want it here NOW!!! lol Ineed a vacation from work too - and as soon as he makes his appearance I am flying to FLorida for a week or so and I cant think of a better vacation then cuddling with my first Grand!!!! :D

My puppy Marley is doing good, definatly a Mamas dog, he follows me all over! He is doing great housbreaking, has an accident here and there but he is getting it.

As for me, I have been under the weather, cant really put my finger on it - but had a wee bit of chest pain over the past weekend - called my cardiologist and have an appointment on Thursday. Its probably nothing, more tummy related (irratable bowel kind of stuff) but better to be safe then sorry

Anyhoo - so far so good this week - no binges no getting off track!!! yeah me! and yeah to all of you too!!! :p yup here he comes the dancing hotdog!!! ------> :carrot:

06-17-2008, 06:34 PM
Afternoon girls.

What a lovely day. Low 80's and not humid. I love it.

My youngest and I have just made 30 banana bran muffins and 2 banana bran loaves. They're in the oven and smell delicious.

Mom how exciting your first grandchild. That will be a nice trip to Florida. Hope all goes well with your cardiologist.

Lovn we are not near any of the flooding. It should not affect us.

06-17-2008, 10:37 PM
Hi everyone

Went to weigh in last night I was down 1 pound :?:. I guess one pound at a time is better then not losing at all.

Hey Rennie- Hope that you are feeling better soon.

Hey thin nurse- Welcome and good for you almost to your goal. Did you do it on your own or did you follow a specific diet. I go to weight watchers.

Ciao- I love my wine as well.

Theycallmemom- get yourself better soon

Take care


06-18-2008, 08:38 AM
callmemom, Have agreat time in FL. My prayers your grandbaby arrives safe and sound and on time.

clyde, mmm muffins. I'm making strawberrie pie. It's our 14th anniversary today and a sweet treat sounds good.

rozzee, a pound is a pound is a pound oops that makes 3 pounds...that's exactly what will happen at 1 pound at time. Good job.

DS #2's game went terrific. More games for older kids today. DS #1 is being asked to pitch Little League! First time he's ever pitched. This is a re-grouping year for the team. I think the coach knows he can handle the emotional pressure pitching can hand out and is hoping he can pull it off physically. I'll be white knuckling it all the way for him while trying hard to not talk to the ump at all. DD is catching. Right where she wants to be.
have a great day...still missing you Diane...come out come out wherever you are!!!

06-18-2008, 09:28 AM
Lovn: Ok, here I am. It's been hectic here lately and I've totally given in to feeling pressure and overwhelmness (I don't think that is a word). Normally I can deal with it, but it got to me for a couple of days. (Could have been the TOM) I feel like summer is slipping away and I'm not getting to the things I wanted to do. And really, I'm not asking for sympathy, I'm on my way back out of the blues. Summer goes insanely fast and I just love this time of year, even with our high heat! I've been reading, just not posting. "Too busy to write..." :rolleyes:

We're just about done with baseball. One more game on Friday. My son has a bunch of camps this summer to keep him busy, but that means I have to run before and after work to take him there. My daughter has a volleyball camp next week, too. So, she'll be tired! It really kicked her butt last year, so I think she'll be tired this year, too. Good for her!

Glad to see so many posts! 40 can be fun. :D Whatever!

06-18-2008, 02:14 PM
Greetings all!

Re: hair coloring. At my younger nieces HS graduation there were two ladies sitting below me to my right. At one point both had taken off their hats. Same hair color, same hair highlights, with the blessed highlights appearing to be in the same exact color and same places in their hair. My jaw dropped. Didn't think that was remotely possible, but in retrospect I can see how that can happen. Anyway, two days later the article came out about to color or not to color. The combination got me thinking. I'm planning on skipping my next coloring, we'll see what happens. May like it, may not. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Mom and dad thought they'd lost their washer, water leaking down the hallway and making a huge mess. Turned the water off to it, still water on the floor. So they figured somehow some water was still in the machine and it would have to keep dripping. I was taking a load of laundry home every night to make it easier on them. Then last night they discovered it's not the washer, it's the water heater (located on the other side of same hallway). Why not. So they (and my niece & nephew) will be showering at my house until it gets replaced. Dad has said when this one went he wanted to replace it with one of those on demand kinds of water heater instead of the big old regular tank style, I've heard there is extra installation cost for those so as yet I don't know what they'll do. They just got the problem identified at 10 last night, we'll work it out tonight probably.

My last boss, the one that I had prior to 5/1, is in the hospital. Has been for two weeks now. Seems the gal (late 40's, early 50's) has two aneurysms. One was dianosed early on, but in trying to do something for that they caused a small stroke. Today they're supposed to be doing something about the second aneurysm. They can't do physical therapy for the stroke until they get the aneurysms under control, just standing up raises her blood pressure and they can't have that yet. She keeps telling everyone she'll be back in 4 weeks. There's no way to know for sure until after she's released from the hospital. Why is it the good folks are the ones hit by things like this, and the nasty monsters carry on without so much as a hitch?!

I have two of the three pounds gone again (water can do that). Just working on getting the rest and more to disappear. Obviously with me being a stress eater I need some serious diversions that don't include calories!

06-18-2008, 09:55 PM
Hi everyone hope everyone is doing well.

Hey Diane I know what you mean about summer going by so fast. Last weekend I wanted to be outside and enjoying the weekend but I was stuck with grocery shopping and house cleaning. I have to find a way to organize my evenings to get the work done so that when the weekend comes I can lay back and enjoy them. If you think of it summer has not even started yet ( a couple more days):carrot:

Kappy-thats terrible what your boss is going through, I hope she is OK.

Lovnmom- thanks for the ecouragement. I noticed that with all the stresses that you have been going through you are always upbeat and motivating everyone. You rock girl:)

Take care

06-18-2008, 11:41 PM
Evening girls.

Just had a good walk with my youngest. We started walking together last night. I don't have to say much she talks non stop :)

06-19-2008, 09:34 AM
Diane, I am sorry to hear of your overwhelmedness. This being a mom thing is not easy. I'm glad you've stopped by here for even just a minute. I'm sending you a big ((((hug)))) and a prayer for strength. We think the summer is going to be our time with the kids and then the summer's gone and we miss them again. Hang in there.

Kappy, Sorry to hear about the hot water heater. We just replaced ours about a month ago. $1,000, but it's a real big one for our large family...good luck having the showering company. I'll say a prayer for your friend. Great job on the loss!!

Rozzee, I have 4 healthy children and a husband who loves me. 'Nough said. Have a great day!

Clyde, How old is your youngest? That's terrific. It's giving her an opportunity to open up and really learn she can trust you with things and bounce things off dear old mom. You'll both benefit so much. I'm happy for you. When Mel and I walk it seems we take turns. One walk she's got a lot to talk about or to sort through and then the next time it'll be me. It works.

Yesterday was a terrific baseball day. DS #1 ran with the big boys at Senior League. He got 3 at bats 2 walks and a strike out and got to play center and left field. He is the youngest player and expected to get little to no playing time so he was very happy. They won 1 - 4 inning game and tied the other. He pitched the first 4 inning game for his Little League team. He walked just one batter and we won the game 3-0. He played first base the second game and they also won that game 3-1. DD #2 played her first Little League game and had an awesome day too. She caught the first 4 inning game..whipping her mask off to make a play at home. Cool. 3 at bats that game 2 singles and a double. The second game she played short stop. Only 1 at bat and she was walked....I was just amazed that both my children played all 8 innings. It usually doesn't work that way. They both really work hard so I'm very proud of them. Also, DS did no bragging after pitching his first game. Just took it all in stride. Like he did it every day. Today my husband is finally 40 and I think he's feeling it. Luckily the kids have an easy schedule today so he may get some attention yet.
Have a terrific Thursday ladies.

06-19-2008, 09:36 AM
Clyde: Boy, I can understand that one. My daughter has lots to talk about... well, most of the time. With my son, I have to drag conversation out of him. He gives me this look (similar to his dad's) "what do you want me to say?" Oh well.

Diane: (ha, seems like I'm talking to myself) I know I'm way ahead of myself with summer slipping away. I tend to look ahead at all of the stuff we have planned or what we still want to do and the deadlines seem a little too close. I'm back on track today. Just have to have my moments.

Well, I'm going to the doctor today. Just a physical and mammogram. I'm so excited..... NOT! My daughter asked what a mammogram is and I told her about it. She said, "They don't do that! You're kidding." I told her not to worry about it, she didn't have to do it for a very long time. My son also asked what it was and I told him he didn't want to know. ha! Anyway, I get to face their scale. Not an exciting thing at all. But, I'll get it over with and move on.

Boy, did it get hot here! It seems like we went from nice 70-80 degree weather and flipped a switch to the mid to high 90's. But, that's ok, I like summers!

06-19-2008, 12:34 PM
Hi All,

Its been a bad couple of days diet wise, TOM came and I just went with it. But today I will be back on track!!! Drink my water, not wine, and no chips.

I got a bike ride in on Monday, it felt good :D. And Tuesday I met my folks and we walked. My mom has heart problems so we walk a little slower than I do by myself, but its nice to see them once a week (they live about an hour away we meet at a park between our houses). To the people who mentioned talking on walks, my mom and I seem to take turns this week was my turn, I don't think she had to say much (dad takes my dog and walks faster they're both happier that way).

Slashnl - Have fun at the doctors :D And summer doesn't even start until tomorrow. I didn't even finish my garden planting until yesterday. I'm hoping I get something.

Kappy - we've been thinking about an on demand water heater when ours goes too (it was new when we moved in though so that should take a while). My sister has one and they like it, my sil was going to get one but her city said they couldn't use the one they bought :?: so they went back to the traditional. Too funny about the water tho.

Lovnmom - sounds like you had fun at the baseball games. How was your anniversary?

Rozzi - Yea on the pound. When it seems like its not much or the journey to long in front of you, find something that weighs what you've lost (even if its a 5 lb bag of sugar) and carry it around for a while, you'll feel better, trust me.

Clyde - mmmm....baking. I've been feeling like that myself, probably because its cool a cloudy out. How did they turn out?

callmemom - good luck at the cardiologist. And it sounds like a fun vacation, you sound like my mom when my sister was about due, she just couldn't wait. Course then they moved in with her and things were never the same....

Shy - Great attitude about the gain, and too funny about the scale, I can just picture it.

Aily - I think you're who asked about the exercise ticker, its from ticker factory, the same as the weight tracker. You just put in different measurements. Click on your weight tracker and then pick to create a new tracker, and follow the steps.

Well, I've gotta go. I'd like to get in another ride today, and I'm thinking I may make lasagna for dinner, for some reason I've been craving it lately....

Have a great day everyone.

-Tech :bike2:

06-19-2008, 03:09 PM
Hey guys! I am kid-free today, so just checking in. I took them to my Mom and Dad's for a sleep-over. They love going to grandma and grandpa's because they get to do whatever they want to! I really want to get some things done around the house today, but when I look around I realize that there is just too much to do! So, here I sit, trying to decide if I should strip wallpaper or get some yard work done. Maybe I'll take a nap instead. :p

06-19-2008, 03:39 PM
Afternoon girls.

My weigh in and I'm up 2 lbs :( Oh well it'll be better next week.

Lovn my youngest is 11 years old. She likes to walk and we've increased it each night. She is my special needs child and needs extra attention. However she loves to talk and she covers an amazing range of topics :)

Tech maybe those muffins and banana bread helped with the 2 pounds.

Wardhog do what you want to do. It's your day. Have fun.

We're off to the library.

06-19-2008, 07:31 PM
I finally found this thread! I have had a pretty good week. I belong to a TOPS group and we weigh in on Fridays. I am excited to see how the scale says I did. I usually am not excited, just so-so. I do have wonderful friends there though. I do not like the heat so I am a night owl in the hot part of the summertime. My kids are mostly grown and I have 3 grandkids. One of the reasons I want to get this weight off is so I can do fun things with them. My kids only remember me not being able to do fun things so I will have fun with them also. I will post tomorrow after I weigh in!

06-19-2008, 11:16 PM

Welcome mother to our corner of the internet.

I did TOPS years ago. Takes me back.

06-20-2008, 04:12 AM
Good Morning Everyone-(As in 12am ish western time)

Today is my daughter's last day of school. My nephew and a friend are coming into town for a day on their way to an Alaskan cruise. It's been a busy and kind of a sad week(dds teacher will not be returning next year and she is a true gem)I had a good cry this evening about a book my daughter and i were listening to and it's past my bedtime but i wanted to check in with you all./

Thanks ShyMoment for the serving amounts. I think the way you are losing makes so much sense.

Tech Alum thanks for the instructions for the exercise ticker. I really like seeing the progress i've made with my weight so far and adding the EX ticker will be good motivation right in front of my eyes everytime i post.

Welcome Thin Nurse and congrats on all your weight loss so far. You're practically there! How exciting!!

Everyone take care and i'll "see you" again soon.

06-20-2008, 10:04 AM
Techalum - I hate that time of the month and now that i'm mid 40s ... it's not regular at all any more - worse yet than just knowing when / why I lose control of eatint and blow up like a balloon... Hang in there and remember one day is just one day.

Ailey - man up at midnight how on earth do you get up in the am to get to work??? - i'd need to sleep till noon!

slashn - I know that the time for those bifocals is coming for me too - but being near sighted all my life i've got another year or so before I have to go there - i can get away with it anyway.

last 2 days bad food wise for me - had 3 good days before that - still under 135... i have a feeling that I'll be here forever because even when I reach my goal I know it'll always be a day by day struggle to stay there - i feel like i need to join something like "food anon" and stand up and introduce myself "Hi, I'm silly and I really love food"..

ugh.... metabolism's aren't fair just the way we're made!

06-20-2008, 12:09 PM
Good morning all! Sorry I haven't been around. Everytime I try to post here, I get interrupted-the joy of working from home during the summer!

Everything is going well here-been sticking to plan and exercising. It is starting to get hot-mid 90s yesterday, should be around 100 today. But, we have low humidity, so the heat isn't unbearable especially with A/C!

I hope to post more later....just wanted to check in and say hi to everyone!

06-20-2008, 12:33 PM
Hello All,

Just wanted to pop in real quick before I head out for a bike ride and then clean house :dizzy: Ended up not going yesterday just didn't feel up to it, but I did go to the gym with DH when he got home from work even though I really didn't want to. For some reason all my muscles are sore even though I really haven't done anything to warrant it :?:

Silly - Mine have never been regular except when on b/c. Which I'm still on to help regulate hormones, dh is really glad for shorter/less intense mood swings (as am I). I tried overeater's anonymous once, it just didn't fit me I think but it was interesting.

Clyde - sorry about the 2 lbs. Banana bread can definitely be :devil:.

Mother - welcome.

Wardhog - how was the nap? Just kidding, I'm pretty sure that's what I'd do though.

Well have a great day everyone.


06-20-2008, 01:03 PM
I didn't end up taking a nap yesterday, but I was pretty productive. I weeded through the kids' projects, pictures, etc. that are lying around all over the place and decided what to keep, then tossed the rest. Don't tell them. :^: I also grilled some chicken breasts, roasted some vegetables and cut up some fruit to have around to quickly grab out of the fridge. I also did a little weeding in the yard. That **** wallpaper is going to be there forever, I fear.

Since the kids won't be back until this afternoon, I stayed extra long at the gym today. I did 25 min on the elliptical, then a Group Power class, then a Group Centergy class. My arms and legs are shaky now - I might really regret it tomorrow. :dizzy:

Whenever I read about someone's TOM, I just silently say a little prayer of thanks for my Mirena IUD. I havent' had a cycle for about four years. I love it!

I hope you guys have a great week-end!

06-20-2008, 06:38 PM
I was Right! I did Good! My diligence has been rewarded. I weighed in this morning at my TOPS meeting and had a loss of 4 pounds! Now I have met one of my mini goals, the one where I am below the lowest weight I had been for the last 5 to 6 years. I just got my new pants in the mail today too, and they fit perfectly, down two sizes since I started this whole thing. Life is right now, not when I am done losing weight.

Shy Moment
06-21-2008, 01:50 AM
the mother
TERRIFIC, you are doing great.

lol wallpaper. I still have two rooms to wallpaper and it is sitting there ready for me to pick up and get started. Now if my hands were just as willing as the paper I would be good lol.

Don't you hate when life gets in the way of chatting lol.

I am going to be 46 and except a few times a year my DOT is 28 days like clock work. By the time we get to the maintaining weight part it shouldn't be that hard. We will be so use to eating right that it will just be something we do.

For me it is the only way to go. I don't even think that much about eating anymore. I use fit day and plan out what I am going to eat tomorrow, tonight. This is just how I eat, doesn't bother me at all. I just do it. I do still measure many things out. The only person I am cheating when I eat over a portion size is myself. Even measuring things or weighing things doesn't seem like that big of a deal. It is just something I do.

2 pounds is a big deal and yet not a big deal. Weight does fluctuate. If we see a gain and it stays around or we keep gaining now that is a problem. If you have a gain and then it is gone in a week or two, that isn't a problem.

My son didn't think it was funny when I made him pay for me a new scale out of his money lol. What fool thinks you can drop a boxing bag on a scale, HEAVY SIGH.

I took my daughter with me the last time I had a mammogram. I didn't want her to be afraid because the first time I went I had no idea what to expect and I was afraid lol. She went with me last time I had a pelvic too. She didn't, of course, see what he was doing but he explained through the whole thing what he was doing and why he was doing it. I was telling her what I was feeling and how it didn't hurt but was embarrassing and uncomfortable. Now she isn't afraid of either procedure.

You have raised some terrific kids. I have raised animals that are barley house trained lol. Mine were fighting yesterday. My sons girlfriend called and my daughter told her he was talking to another girl on the phone the other day. Well, this was true enough she just didn't say they have been Friends since first grade. He in turn, told her boyfriend she looks at porn on the internet every change she gets. You have to understand how funny this is because she is almost physically ill that woman let men look at them like they are pieces of meat. I just shook my head and stayed out of it. My son was planning with Bella how to get back at her. She was planning his death with the cat lol.


06-21-2008, 02:06 PM
the mother - congrats on your mini goal!!! and I LOVE what you said at the end life is now not when i'm finished losing weight! So true!

wardhog - sounds like you were very productive - much more than me - I love my naps when i can get them as for the wallpaper it's there for another time - there is always so much to do just do what we can and make sure to find time to have some fun too.

Just got back from a run - feeling ok - did pretty well eating last night even though it was hard being out with friends when they all wanto to share appetizers - so just did well controling my portions.

going out with same group tonight but I'm going to eat a healthy salad before I leave and just not eat out - that way I can save myself before I get into it.

((hugs)) to all & have a great weekend! Down to 132.8 will update ticker later!

06-22-2008, 12:34 AM
Hi, all!

I'm trying again to get this weight off. I'd lost a good 20 pounds a few years ago when I was hanging out here (not in this 40-somethings board - I don't think it existed then). I ran into some health problems, my knee collapsed and I couldn't walk, my favorite form of physical activity, so I stopped losing, stopped dieting, gained it all back and am now starting all over again.

I'm 48, and all this weight is too much for me now. I'm beginning to develop back problems, which I'm sure are weight related. Energy level is low for several reasons, but golly gee, mightn't carrying around an extra 150 pounds be a factor in that????

I have some medical problems, need some tests, but I'm afraid the fat is a problem re affecting how I do under anesthesia. Also, doctors can't see things easily because of all the fat. I have got to lose at least a chunk of this weight.

My knee has finally recovered to where I can manage short distances, like 1/2 mile at a time. I can't tell you how good that half-mile feels! Doing a mile is sometimes okay, but sometimes it strains the knee and makes me unable to walk for days on end, so I'll stick with the half-mile for a time until I weigh a bit less.

Most diet pills don't help, and I must have help with appetite control or I just don't stick to a diet. My doctor prescribed Meridia, which isn't exactly an appetite suppressant and takes time to kick in, but I'm willing to try it.

At any rate, the plan is to eat balanced, low-fat, low-calorie meals with 5-6 servings of veggies/fruits each day, which I know I can manage. The rest of the plan is to cut the junk food, which is harder, but getting in veggies does help with the appetite control.

06-22-2008, 10:58 AM
Hi Siena! Sounds like you have a good plan going. We just need to keep going and even if it is little by little, we'll keep making things better.

Well, I am making a trip to Denver today (and back) to help my husband take his mom's stuff to her. She moved there with my SIL. This won't be fun, but we have to do it. At least it is one more thing that is done. We put her trailer on the market yesterday, so hopefully that will sell soon. I've had enough of all of this, so I'm ready for it to be done. I know my husband feels the same way.

So, hopefully everyone else is having a great weekend!

06-22-2008, 09:57 PM
Diane, have a safe trip!

Siena, Glad to see you back, I too have a bad knee and like to walk. I am confident I will be able to walk more when more of my weight comes off. Keep plugging away!

06-23-2008, 10:00 AM
Daine/, Get it it? Diane slash. Ok, so you don't get it. I tried. I hope all went well at your dr. appt. and delivering MIL stuff. I didn't have a good weekend either. We can cry in our "beer" together.

Tech, It sounds like you're gettting plenty of exercise to get a few sore muscles. Great job!!

Ward, when my children were small I usually opted for the nap. Hope you enjoyed your day. Sounds like you got a lot done. I too went through my children's papers this week and tossed some. My housework is still waiting for me too. Don't worry it won't go away!!!

Clyde, A walk with one of my children right now sounds awesome. We've been too busy with outside activities lately. I'm feeling a little of Diane/'s overwhelmedness myself. I'm glad you're finding time to enjoy with your dd. Those 2# will be gone before you know it too. Hang in there.

the mother, I'm glad you found us. There are some really terrific supporters here! Sounds like your attitude is terrific. Keep up the good work.

Ailey60, Good morning to you too. I'm just a day or two late!!!

sillycat4, You sound as enthused about dieting as I feel. I'm half tempted to raise my goal and be satisfied. So far I'm only half temted though so don't follow me down this poo poo pitty party path. Hang in there! ( That was my response to your previous post) This is to your latest = Sounds like you're doing much better since your last post. Good for you!!!

mstigger, Hi to you too!

Rennie, Thanks for the compliment. You're children are awesome too and you know it! I write about the good things my kids do, because no one has time to read the pages and pages of bad things they do lol I wish I still had a 28 day cycle. I've been running every 23-24 days and it's no lighter than when I was younger. Annoying!!!

Siena, Welcome to the 40's thread. Back pain is what got me motivated to lose. There are a lot of wonderful people here to talk with that really understand. Post often. It helps.

I got nothing done this weekend I wanted to. The blues grabbed me and drug me off. I'm going to claw my way back to happy land today. I'm making a promise to myself. The only bright spot this weekend was my DS acolyting in church for the first time. It was wonderful to see him so reverant and involved. Dieting is the last thing I want to do. Exercise is the second to last thing I want to do, but I know they are two things that will drag me out of sadsville.
Hope you all have a great day today!

06-23-2008, 02:16 PM
Hello All,

Well had a pretty poo poo weekend here too. But I'm back on track today (I hope) I wanted to go for a ride and strawberry picking this afternoon but pop up t-storms keep popping up. I'm not kidding it's blue skies one minute and pouring the next weird. So I think I'll make up the shopping list and go there today, tomorrow is supposed to be better weather so hopefully I can go out then.

Slash - hope you have a safe trip.

Lovnmom - I got it. And the problem with the stiffness is I hadn't done anything for a couple of days and got stiff. Feeling better now tho thank goodness. I know what you mean about sadsville, exercise is definitely the last thing you want to do but it does help. Hang in there.

Siena - Welcome!

the mother - :eek: 4 lbs :eek: congratulations.

Wardhog - I started taking down the wallpaper in my bathroom last Oct (its the one thing I really wanted to get rid of when we bought the house 7 years ago) and I'm still only half done, so don't feel alone....Sounds like you had a nice day by yourself.

shymoment - Good idea with your daughter, my mom was always very open about that kind of stuff and I think it really helped when I hit those stages.

sillycat - Appetizers, they are my downfall. Sometimes I'll just eat them and a salad, no dinner. How did your second night out in a row go?

Well if I'm gonna get my shopping done today I need to get moving. Have a great day everyone.


06-23-2008, 03:27 PM
Afternoon girls.

Gosh we're all a bit down today :( I'm feeling like that too. This is the 30th anniversary of my mum's passing and it still upsets me. I was only 18. I can't believe it's been 30 years. I'm sorry it helps a little bit to type this.

Anyways Diane I hope your Sunday was not too stressful. A big weight off your shoulders to get that done.

Lovn we have been walking every night and she is doing good keeping up with her mother :) She sometimes runs off in spurts but I catch up with her. I do not like running.

Went to PT this morning and this one tech is always very good. I always feel a difference when he does my stretching. He gets my arm to a certain point where it tightens , holds it for a second and then it goes further. It makes a difference. I'm still going twice a week, slowly but surely it's getting there.

Went and saw my oldest yesterday she is doing a summer theatre programme at her school. They did "The Boyfriend". It was very good she was one of the friends of the main character. I didn't know she could dance that well. That money we are paying is paying off ;)

My youngest came home from summer school today with not a good report. She was playing up and her teacher was not happy. So she is not going to the pool today.

Talking about cycles I used to be regular as clockwork, then they were coming every 20/ 23 days. Now it's much longer than 32 days. I suppose it's all part of the "change".

Thanks for listening, have a good day.

06-23-2008, 05:08 PM
I'm sorry that so many are having those dragging down days. I totally understand it, and I know that we'll all be back to happy before too long. Sometimes, life just takes over and you get bogged down.

Our little trip to Denver went well. It was a long day and a little stressful, but I was glad to be done. And so happy to come home. Little by little, we're getting things done. We listed my MIL's trailer and have already had an offer on it, so it looks like we'll be able to get it sold soon. Yay!

Lovn: I didn't get it until you explained it, but I'm moving slow today. Anything I can do for you or cheer you up, let me know! We can't expect you to be happy all of the time, but we like it when you are!

Clyde: I'm sure that losing your Mom is something you'll never get over. I am sorry you had to go so long without her.

Tech: We had those t-storms when we were coming home. At the top of Vail pass it was 45 degrees! Brrr! But that's over 10,000 feet there, so not too surprising. By the time we got home, it was 85.

The mother: Good for you with your weight loss! That's awesome!

Ok, better go. I'm at work! Shhhh!

06-23-2008, 08:25 PM
Tech, It's hard to get anything done when the weather won't co-operate. Hope tomorrow is better!

Clyde, I'm sad to hear about your loss. I'll keep you in my prayers. That's wonderful that you were able to see your DD perform, but too bad the other was "performing" at summer school. Take care.

Diane/L, Is that better??? I'm feeling much more up now. DD and DS both played baseball 4.5 miles from home. I rode my bike there and back and it helped my outlook a great deal. I'm glad everything went well with the move and you've had an offer on the trailer already.

Hope everyone is good.

Shy Moment
06-24-2008, 01:18 AM
Glad things are going well. I get a ton done when the weather is bad lol don't feeling like being out running around so the house is the place to be.

Sorry the weather got you down. I go months and months and months 28 days then all of a sudden 21 days for a few months then back to 28. Heck I go just as hard now as I ever did lol. I wright about my kids because I figure everyone needs a laugh and truth is funnier than anything you can make up when it comes to kids.

Getting the required amount so the four basic food groups eaten eat day is a whole lot of eating lol. You break everything down you need to eat a day into 6 meals and you don't have time to be hungry. You have a ton to eat and it seems you are eating all the time.

nice going on the loss

06-24-2008, 09:30 AM
Lovn: What is funny is that my name comes from our brand (you know, the brand you put on cows and other livestock). It is \NL. I've used it for user names for a long time because... I can remember it!! Anyway, little trivia.

By the way, where is the other Diane??? :) We're actually missing quite a few posts from our 40 somethings over the past few days. I guess everyone is busy with summer!

Rennie: I know what you mean. It gives you an excuse to be inside anyway, so you can get stuff done! Oh, and I hear you about the kid stories. I've got a good one for you, but I need more time to type it. Amazing what they come up with to give us gray hair.

Busy week this week just with getting kids to and from their camps. I'm glad I work so hard so that I can pay for my kids to go to these great camps and have fun! That's a little sarcasm for ya! Actually, they are having fun and getting better at their sports. That's a good thing.

06-24-2008, 10:11 AM
lovenmom I think you are doing fabulously with your loss - I know that I feel stronger and better and have more energy than I did when I started this journey. Go ahead and take that 1/2 temptation!!

TechAlum - I LOVE apetizers - they are always the best tasting - them and a salad are what i do frequently when it comes down to it after you eat them you're not really "hungry" dinner just seems like it's the next thing.... Anyway - 2nd night out had a pulled chicken barbeque salad with low fat honey mustard dressing - so did pretty well!

Course then sunday i ate junk at home... oh well - one day..Yesterday drove to portland and back - all day meetings down there but did well on eating!

breakfast special k - lunch 1/2 turkey sandwich (sourdough so it was more like if at home a whole one) - dinner lean cuisine and glass of wine..

Slashn - hope your trip wasn't too bad and safe

Clyde - they are our parents no matter how long they've been gone they are still such a huge part of our lives - i don't think that the grief process ever ends just one part of us that helps make us who we are. Take care sweetie

Sienna - welcome back - this time you will stick with it and reach your goal!

off to exercise everyone have a great day

06-24-2008, 10:36 AM
Hi everyone! I've been so terribly busy these past couple of weeks I've not been able to post.

I'm still exercising and losing slowly, and everything is great.

Gotta go to work - I'll post later.


06-24-2008, 07:09 PM
Rennie, Glad to hear you got a lot done.

Diane\NL, Cool, I love trivia.

sillycat, Thanks for the vote of confidence. I've gotten a lot of exercise the past two days and am feeling much better about everything. Hope you had a great day.

Gt, Glad to hear things are going well.

Had a great day watching my youngest play baseball. He really did rock. Nothing got past him on 2nd and he batted really well even getting a "clean" triple. I got in a 4.5 mile walk and played 20 min of tennis. I'm still not losing, but my heads back out of my butt!!!

06-25-2008, 08:37 AM
More baseball and strawberry picking for me today. Hope you all are doing just peachy!

06-25-2008, 11:29 AM
Good morning!

Lovn-glad that you are having fun with your kids at baseball. Looks like to you get some good exercise in too! You're so close to goal! I am sure that you will get there.

Hi GT-thanks for stopping in!

Hi Sillycat! Nice that you got some 'date' time. I love to go out for salad and appetizers too. I can never eat a full entree if we get appetizers, so it's just more fun to have those instead.

Slashnl-I remember sending my son off to football camp. Those were always fun for him and expensive for us. I am sure that they appreciate that your hard work so that they can have fun at camp.....well, they will in the future!!

DS turns 19 this Saturday! Wow! Time sure does go by quickly. I can't believe that my baby boy will by that old....makes me feel old!

No outdoor activities for us. I live in Northern CA and all the wildfires have turned out air quality to 'very unhealthy'. The fires are not close to us, but our air is fill with smoke. It smells like there is a fire nearby and the sky is overcast, but it is all the smoke and soot from all the fires in the area. They are saying that it will be like this for the next few days. We are hoping that there will be a Delta breeze soon to clear all of this out, but so far nothing. At least I can exercise inside. I just have to keep the dog and cat in all the time!

06-25-2008, 04:31 PM
mstigger, How awful that your air is affected like that. I'm glad your not in immediate danger. My oldest DD will be 15 soon and entering high school in the fall. Not that it's making me feel old so much, but I am feeling the, " she's almost gone," bell tolling. It's so hard to imagine she's nearly an adult. I see where we are on our weight loss journey and where we want to end up are pretty much the same. I'll try help you if you stumble and I hope you'll hang in here with me too.

DS first game of the day went well. No berries picked yet, but most of the housework is done. For today! Phew, DS has another game at 6pm. Since I watched the S.L. game this morning and his dad will be at his L.L. game tonight I may walk during tonight's game. It's too blessed hot to go right now anyway.

06-25-2008, 05:49 PM
lovn- yeah, the air really is awful. Had a sore throat over the weekend and thought that it was a cold coming on....nope, it's the air quality. I know what you mean about the "almost gone bell" as DS starts college in the Fall. But, he will still be living at home for the next couple of years as he is going to the Jr. college nearby. DH despairs that he will live at home forever! We really are close in height and weight, aren't we? We will have to make sure to encourage each other. Hope you get that walk in tonight! If not, have fun at the game.

06-26-2008, 12:49 AM
Saw the news of the fires and air quality this evening mstigger, how awful to have to stay inside. We had to last year and a few years before that from our fires.
My youngest daughter just graduated from High School! I am older than some, younger than others. I am getting anxious for them all to leave, I want some time alone with my husband. We still have three living at home though, those alone days are a ways off.

Shy Moment
06-26-2008, 01:58 AM
Just a fly by. Was about 12:30 before I stopped tonight. Am almost done. Only have one side of a page from a steno book left to do. Taking me longer than usual because I am taking it easy on the back and shoulders. Sorry to see there are some of us having problems. Hope you have a better day tomorrow.

06-26-2008, 09:28 AM
Not much to say today... I overslept a little. We are having a baby boom here, we're up to 11 baby ducks. So cute. We also have 3 baby pheasants, but they're a little older and they think they are BIG! They are working on their little voices.

Have a great day everyone.

06-26-2008, 11:06 AM
Hi from Florida!!! Yup - watching my baby hold her baby - its sureal!!!!! I am so in love with this little guy!!!! I am so not looking forward to going home :(

As far as sticking to diet - hmmmm - well I think I could be doing worse! But Im certainly not doing as well as I would be, were eating alot of take out, and grab and go foods....but Im not binging or pigging out so hopefull I at least wont gain any - kind of afraid to get on the scale!!! :dizzy:

Have not been able to keep up with everyones posts so pardon me if I missed anyones congrats, or Im sorrys or Im thinkin of ya!!! (a lil pre occupied lol)

Anyhow - just wanted to stop in and say hey - have a great day everyone

06-26-2008, 01:55 PM
Morning girls.

My weigh in I'm down 1.5lbs.

I don't have much to say today, not much going on.

Enjoy your grandson. It will be hard to leave.

06-26-2008, 02:10 PM
mother-the orange haze in the sky could be gone by Saturday or Sunday! Weatherman is hoping that we get some cooler air and wind coming in from the South to clear out the air. That's the good news. The bad news is that instead of cleaning out the air, the wind could make things worse for the fires and we may get more dry lighting strikes to cause more fires. Not enough rain here and too much rain elsewhere!
Congratulations on your youngest graduating! :cp: I can understand you being ready for the empty nest. Our neighbors just had their youngest graduate from college and they have been traveling and spending much deserved time together! I look forward to those days....just not ready for that to happen yet!


slashnl-how exciting about the baby boom! Are these animals yours? or do they live around you?

mom-Congratulations! You deserve to be preoccupied!

clyde-great job on the loss!

So far this week, I have been OP. DH and I have a wine dinner to go to tonight. Hopefully, I will be able to control myself and just have a little of everything instead way too much of everything!

06-26-2008, 10:18 PM
Holy cow, I haven't posted in almost TWO WEEKS! I am so relieved to finally be back here, and to see some new names along with some familiar ones. In the interest of speed, I admit to not reading the past couple of pages but I'll try to do so.

Anyway, life has been a whirlwind. Complete insanity!! How can I explain? Well, let's see...I think the last time I was here, I was freaking out but happy that my son was sleeping over at a friend's house for the first time. This was a MAJOR milestone for him, as he is a special needs kid and has to work so, so hard to make and keep friends and be a socially adept person. Well, I'm happy to report that the sleep over went just fine. He had a blast.

And then there was Little League. Although DS' team had a rocky regular season, suddenly at the end, they began winning everything in sight. All teams make the playoffs, but then they all had to play a round robin consisting of 3 games. They were the only team out of eight teams to win all three of their round robin games, one of which was a shut out! It was incredible - beyond description - the joy, the amazement, the comraderie. The last of the three games took two nights to play - it started on a Monday but got rained out, so we picked it up 3 nights later, only to go into extra innings.

In between all of DS' baseball was his elementary school graduation. Now, you might say, what's the big deal about graduating from 5th grade? Well, true, it's not exactly grad school, but...it was special and emotional. As the principal pointed out, you spend the most time in elementary school than any other school - middle school, high school, college, even law or med school. The ceremony was lovely - and DS got a huge round of applause when, upon accepting his diploma from his (male) teacher, the two of them did a chest bump like the two athletes they are. The crowd loved it.

Back to Little League - the team moved on to the championship game, which, alas, they lost...by ONE RUN!!! Still, it was an extremely exciting game. Tons of people came - relatives, friends, etc. The night before the game, I took a big white sheet and made a big banner which I ended up hanging on the bull pen fence. The boys took their loss in stride. They never dreamed they'd make it that far and they made the other team earn their victory. Below is a picture of DS with his runner-up trophy.

After the game, we had a great pool/pizza party and it was an awesome way to end the season.

So, now that both school and baseball are over - not to mention a few family functions (a bar mitzvah, some birthdays, Fathers Day) - life is finally calming down. We're back into a semi-normal routine, as DS is attending day camp locally and my husband doesn't need to travel for work again til about August. For the first time in weeks, I have been able to exercise every single day! Yay!:carrot: As most of DS' games were in the evening, we'd fallen into the routine of going out to eat afterwards - not great for either the wallet or the waistline! I feel as if we really spun out of control. However, we're all back on track and not a moment too soon. I'm down about 2 pounds from earlier this month.

Anyway - I think this post has gone on long enough! It's good to be back, and I look forward to catching up with everyone.

06-27-2008, 09:06 AM
mstigger, No walk for me on Wed night. DS pitched the second game and I did not want to get back from walking late and miss any of it. It was his second time on the mound and I feel like DH and I are moral support. Even though DS takes it all in stride. I did get in a nice walk with another mother yesterday during baseball practice. We actually have two children each in the same grades together at school. We've always talked and gotten on well. I think this may be the year we take our "freindship" to the next level.

Rennie, I have no idea what you're doing with the steno book. I'm lost, but I hope you get it done and take care!

the mother, I have days when I wish it were just me and the hubs, but I know it will all happen too soon and I will miss them so much.

Diane\nl, Baby duckies are the sweetest. I hope all is well with you and your's.

mom, enjoy that grand baby!!

Clyde, DS pitched his second game Wed night. He really rocked. He walked one and one got a single the rest were strike outs. Cool. The walked batter was on 1st when the hitter got his single DS chose to throw out the lead runner...his coach asked him why he made that choice? You as a baseball lover knows had he thrown to first rather than second he would have had a "no hitter." DS' response, "winning the game is more important than my record." Our teams play two 4 inning games and each pitcher is allowed 4 innings per day...our other pitcher pitched the first game and the opposing teams pitcher got a home run off him...my son struck the same boy out...on the ride home DS asked me, "You know that little man that lives inside your head and tells you what to do?? When I struck out their pitcher mine little man was jumping up and down yelling, "Oh yeah I got you I got you!" " I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. I just told him that he'd met his conscience and it was nice for me to know that they both new how to act in public, because my son never even like pumped his arm and said yeah..he just reset for the next batter.. Glad to see your weight was down again..great job!

More baseball today, but just a Senior League game. DS is the youngest on the team and usually only plays left or center for two innings, but is in the batting rotation. These are easy games, no stress. Have a terrific day all!!

06-27-2008, 10:18 AM
Morning girls.

Lovn sounds like you have a good kid there. Pitching is such a hard position to play. There is always a lot of pressure to get those outs. My middle daughter was a reliever for 2 seasons when she was in middle school. I would get so anxious when she was on the mound. I'm glad she doesn't do that anymore.

Letsgomets your guys will be here Monday for 4 games. My daughter is going to Monday's game, don't think she will take me ;) Sounds like your son's team did very well.

I can't believe we're almost into July. This month has flown by.

Have a good day everyone.

06-27-2008, 12:58 PM
Mets-good to hear from you. Sounds like you are having a busy summer. Congratulations on DS's graduation. His baseball team did very well too. Making it to the championship game is quite an accomplishment.

lovn-it was important to watch your son pitch, so it makes sense that you missed the walk on Wed. Good that you got one in last night. Looks like you may have a walking partner too. That makes it much easier to get those walks in. You son sounds like quite a character with a good head on his shoulders.

Clyde-time is certainly flying by. Before we know it, Fall will be here!

A friend of mine had her third baby last night. This last pregnancy of hers was very stressful as her second child was stillborn....delivered in her eighth month. They scheduled the induction for yesterday and she had a two hour delivery! Mother and baby are fine. So, I get to go and visit her in the hospital today and see a newborn! Been a while since I've seen one of those!

DD and I are going to visit a couple of catteries today. She wants another cat, so I told her that I would look with her today. Her birthday is next month, so she may get one for her birthday. All of our other cats have been adopted or, like our current kitty, stray kittens that we have rescued. I told her this time, I wanted to go more for temperment than pot luck! Although we will probably go to one of the rescues and get a kitty there.

Skies are still smokey here. Looks like fog in the morning. My house smelled like smoke for most of yesterday.

Have a great day everyone!

06-27-2008, 07:02 PM
It is supposed to get super hot this weekend and I will stay in with the fan! My daughter was going to bring the grandson (5 yrs.) but he is sick so if she comes, she will be alone. That could be fun too as we never see just her. Sounds like you all are busy this summer, games, vacations and just home life. I am ready for a little getaway to tell ya the truth. Just the price of gas is keeping us home.

06-27-2008, 08:21 PM
Wow - you all sure have a lot going on!

Going out with a girl friend tonight - date tomorrow night - it's my 45th birthday! (man i'm getting old) but it beats the alternative!

Have a good day girls - it's gorgeous outside off for some fun! And I'll try to lay off the appetizers..

Shy Moment
06-27-2008, 11:48 PM
45, I am 45. I don't feel old. I don't think I look old. I will start to get old in another 5 years. I said start lol.

the mother
The only place we go is the camp grounds and that is only because it is about an hour away and we don't have to pay to stay there. Gas is just to darn high for us to be able to afford to go anywhere else.

Glad you figured out what I was talking about. lol from the days of short hand I fell in love with the steno book and they are basically all I use.

So glad the sleep over went well. We with special need children have hurdles that others don't understand or even think about. Nice to hear about your loss. I haven't lost anything but at least I didn't gain to much with all the meads. I know I am not eating enough. Sure glad things have calmed down for you. A nice routine is always great.



Congrats on the grandchild

You enjoy those babies.

06-28-2008, 12:32 AM
I've been to Cold Stone Creamery tonight :o

Middle daughter and I went and got our nails done and then I suggested going for ice cream. It's been a while.

Hi Rennie :wave:

06-28-2008, 08:55 AM
Clyde, I was less nervous for his second game, but his first pitching I was in a dither!! I pitched my freshman year of H.S. and ended up not playing softball at all after that. I couldn't take the pressure. Thanks for the compliment. He's a great little man. Sounds like you and DD had a great time too. You go mom!!

mstigger, How wonderful for your friend this time around. I hope you cuddled until your heart was content!

the mother, Enjoy your weekend with or without visitors.

sillycat4, Happy Birthday. Sounds like you have a great weekend planned. Enjoy!

Rennie, Have a great weekend.

My best friend turns 35 today and yesterday I was naughty! My friend and her hubby had been fighting all week. About what? Sex of course. Don't we all go through that from time to time? Well, I just thought they were both pouting and being silly. I'm so much older and wiser you know? Well, older anyway LoL Anyway, back to the naughty. After the ball games yesterday I invited their children to come home to our house. I could see my friend was aprehensive about letting them come over, because her husband was off work and she was thinking they should all do something together ya da ya da. Then I gave her her b-day present...of course a funny "Maxine" coffee mug, but also a huge bottle of "Hot Sex" (like Bailey's Irish Cream mmmm) I shoved them both toward the car and said pick the kids up when you're feeling better. I have no idea about the details, but the kids were here for almost 7 hours and they walked in arm and arm. I sure hope they enjoy her b-day today too!
Have a great weekend ladies.

06-28-2008, 10:58 AM
Lovn: Sounds like you are a very good friend! That was nice of you to recognize what would help. With age comes wisdom!! ha!

Clyde: Mmmm. Cold stone creamery. That's some good stuff there!

Rennie: We're the same way. We're planning a big camping trip, but we only go about 1 1/2 hours away. It is my favorite place to go, but it also is good that it is close.

Sillycat: Happy Birthday!! I'm not too far behind you. I'll turn 45 in December. It's ok, 45 is the new 35... or something like that!

The mother: We're supposed to get really hot here, too. Close to 100. I don't mind it too much. The winter was just a little too long.

MSTigger: What breed of cat are you looking for? I love cats. My sister breeds Norweigan Forest Cats, but I don't get those (she gets a lot for those little critters!). I go for the charity cases at the shelter.

Theycallmemom: I hope you are enjoying that new grandbaby. What a great event for you! I can't imagine it right now, but someday it will be something I'll treasure!

LetsGo: Sounds like baseball ended up to be a great season for you. Ours ended like it started... more losses. I was glad to see it end. My son didn't make the All-Stars, which was ok. They didn't have as many All-Star teams and they tend to fill the teams with the sons of coaches. That sounds like sour grapes... and maybe it is... but there were several boys who didn't make it that should have. But, my son was ok with it. He's looking ahead to football now, so we'll start working on that. Actually, for now, he just wants to go fishing! (love that kid!!!!)

GT: Glad you posted awhile back. Glad things are going well for you.

Just a shout out to Kappy, PhotoChick, Ward, Tech Alum... and anyone else I've missed. Hope all is going well with you!

Shy Moment
06-28-2008, 05:20 PM
We love this place. It is real close and there aren't many kids there. More for older retired folks. They have a nice little play ground for little kids and putt putt golf and a nice pool but that is about it except for the pavilion that has some video games, a music box and a pool table. Nice to not have all the teens around. My kids don't go with us much anymore. Not much for them to do but hang out with the old folks lol. I never dreamed at age 45 I would be considered one of the old folks. Heck, I never thought a person even started to get old until they were 50 when I was my kids age lol. Seems these days it is horrible to have most teens around. You can't leave anything lay or they take it, they walk through your camp site ( don't parents teach their children any camp grounds educate anymore ) and you catch them smoking and drinking in the rest rooms all the time lol. Last year our friends kids came down with their children. They went camp site to camp site telling us to let them know if we saw the kids smoking. Heck, I leave my kids at home so I don't have to keep an eye on t hem lol. I don't want to have to keep an eye on anyone else's kids lol.

NICE lol We fight because he laughs when the kids pound on the door and tell us to knock it off. I tell the kids I brought them into the world, I can take them out and bring two more in that look just like them lol.


06-29-2008, 04:26 PM
Hi all - still in Florida for another week - though I suspct i will be smuggling baby into suit case right befor I board the plane!!! lol and here I thought there was no greater love then that of mother and child!!! Nope its Grandma and Grandchild !! Will totally be having a hard time leaving

Trying to keep up with you all is a full time job!!!! So just wanted to say hey to everyone and keep up the good work!!!!!

Shy Moment
06-29-2008, 07:14 PM
Happy you are enjoying your time with your grandchild.

06-29-2008, 07:23 PM
Love that photo.

You are going to have a hard time leaving.

06-29-2008, 09:05 PM
That is such an adorable baby in your signature theycallmemom. Like others have said, you are going to have a hard time leaving. I don't think I'm ready for a grandchild yet (that would mean one of my daughters would be a mom and I don't think any of them are ready for that), but I'd have another baby if it didn't involve 9 months of hades-pregnancy for me.

Babies are soooo sweet. Even the waking at all hours to feed, etc. Loved it. My body just doesn't handle pregnancy well.

06-29-2008, 10:29 PM
Hi everyone. Hope you all had a pleasant weekend.

DH and DS went to the last of the Mets/Yankees game today, and hooray, the Mets won. So the teams split their series 2-2. Clyde, yes, the Mets are headed your way. This is a very important series for them. It's been such a tumultuous season so far. Way too much drama, if you ask me! But we are devoted fans, through thick and thin.

Was so hot and humid today. Feels more like August than late June. We get our rain every afternoon...you'd think this was Florida. However, everything is so lush as a result. Now all the tiger lilies are in bloom. They're glorious. I wish they lasted longer than they do.

Not much else going on. This was the calmest weekend I've had in 3 months and it was wonderful. I think that's one great thing about summer; the pace just slows down rather nicely.

So, does anyone have any special plans for the Fourth? Hard to believe it's just about here.

Time to get DS upstairs for a shower and to bed. Feeling pretty sleepy myself and tomorrow it's back to work. I think after DS goes to bed, I'll do the same!

I'm looking forward to another solid week of exercising. It's so great to get home from work and not have to rush off to a Little League game, help DS with his homework, etc, etc, etc. Another one of the perks of summer.

06-30-2008, 08:53 AM
Diane\nl, and how are you doing???

callmemom, Now that's a beautiful baby. Enjoy your visit.

Hi to everyone!!

DS played basketball last night and shot more than 80% He came home just stoked. The Sunday night league is like an hour drive away so I usually just send hime with his coach. I support the actual basketball season, but this is glorified practice so I usually only go once throughout the summer. I had a nice relaxing Sunday myself. My Children's Sermon went well, then a 6 mile walk, and then we watched 10,000 BC (I liked it) then a nap with the hubs. I needed the relaxation to get prepared for today...Practice for youngest DS 8:30 -10am, practice for oldest son 10-11:30am, oldest son and youngest DD L.L. games at 1pm (I'm hoping they can both be held at home, the flood is still wreaking havoc on the boy's field) and then youngest son has a game at 6pm 30 min from home....DD is suppose to have V.B. tonight too and DS is suppose to have weight lifting too...we'll see, but I'll have time to walk during the practices and I finally dropped a pound this monthe woo hoo
Have a great day!

06-30-2008, 09:36 AM
Hi all. Had a pretty good weekend even though my husband was sick. He couldn't believe he could have body chills and fever in the summer. He's outside a lot in his job and doesn't come in contact with a lot of people, so it was a little baffling. But, he's better now. I told him he needed to get better before the 4th. We're going camping on the 5th and staying through the 7th.

It is hot here, though. I still am not complaining, too much. But the heat is on with us.

06-30-2008, 01:09 PM
Woo hoo!!! Scale actually said 129.6 today - but putting in 131 in my ticker because of fluctuations.. and the fact that i kinda pigged out yesterday - we had a party to celebrate myself and a friends birthday!

Anyway - back on wagon today - success makes it easier.

Theycalmemom - what a cute picture!

Sounds like we all had great weekends - short week for me at work this week!



07-01-2008, 01:27 PM
:wave: Hi All,

I've been here reading but haven't had much to say. I'm bummed right now, you're all talking about camping and I just had to cancel our camping reservations because they fall in the middle of DH's radiation treatments, so he can't be there and go in each morning for the treatment. We're thinking we'll try to reschedule for the beginning of Sept when he has 4 weeks between radiation and surgery. I know it's wishing my life away but I really can't wait until next April/May when this is all behind us (:crossed:).

theycallmemom - what a cute baby. My mom says the same thing about my nephew :D. Enjoy your visit.

slashnl - hope your dh is feeling better, summer colds are the worst!

Rennie - enjoy your trip. We generally camp at the less popular state parks and don't seem to have a lot of problems. We have more problems with people who are early risers (we are not) who talk really loud at their sites.

C - Congrats on seeing the 120's that's a number I'll never see, right now I'd be happy with the 220's again :^:

the_mother - did your daughter make it?

lovnmom - sounds like your kids are in everything. Enjoy.

Clyde - :wave:

Well I should get moving. House cleaning on the agenda this afternoon :woohoo: Have a great one everyone.


07-01-2008, 01:40 PM
Morning girls.

My good freind and her husband and 2 dogs are arriving this afternoon. So I'm really excited to see her again. They're moving from Mass to Utah, we're their stopping off point. So I'm busy cleaning and cooking. They're only staying until Thursday but we will enjoy the time.

Tech sorry to hear about your camping trip. You will enjoy it all the more when this is behind you.

Letsgo nice win for the Cards last night but 3 more games. Anything can happen.

I have to go make cucumber salad.

Enjoy the day.

07-01-2008, 05:43 PM
Hey all. First off, the fires have life out here just a bit hazy and depressing. The haze is clearing, but as soon as another high parks itself off the coast it will close in again. Going to be a very, very long summer in California.

Second, I was just notified this morning that I'm once again in a group that is being evaluated for "potential streamlining." AKA job reductions/eliminations. Very selective group this time around, not a major corporate announcement. Aren't I lucky? Details to follow, we will have all details and information by the end of September. I just completed 3 months of "do I/don't I", now 3 more months. I'll easily weigh about 300 pounds by the announcement.

God bless stress, I think I'd collapse if I didn't have any.

07-01-2008, 05:52 PM
Diane\nl, It's pretty hot here today too. Definitely swim weather. Stay cool and have good vacation.

sillycat4, Congrats on the loss. woo hoo!!!

TechAlum, My prayers are with you and your family. Try not to look at it as "wishing your life away." This is the season you're in right now. By the grace of God you will reach a happier season soon.

Clyde, Have a great time visiting with friends.

Kappy, Sorry to hear that you have to start with that stress all over again. Hang in there.

Another good couple of days of baseball. My youngest son plays minors and they use a pitching machine, but when they arrived in a neighboring town last night they were told they were not using a machine. Ok, scramble time. No one's even practiced pitching!!! Two older boys were brave and gave it a go. The first game they lost and then the second game they played their 4 innings and had a score of 0-0. Boys are only allowed to pitch more than 4 innings a day. The coach asked another older boy and he was like, "no way." My 8 yr old pipes up, "I'll do it." Away he went. He walked 3 and even hit one of those boys with the ball!!!! But he struck out the rest and we won the game by 3 runs. So, his first pitching experience he was a closer and got the win. I'm so glad DH and older DS had taken him. I'd have probably thrown up from nerves. Another 2-4 inning games today and both were wins. They are having an awesome season. I even got a 4 mile walk in today too. Woo hoo.
Have a great night.

07-01-2008, 09:00 PM
Hi y'all (I'm watching my recording of "Nashville Star" from last night and I guess I'm feeling a little country...even here in Connecticut!).

Clyde, not a good game for our Metsies last night. We were watching the game and I kept thinking, "Oh Clyde must be loving this game!" It sure has been challenging so far this season, but we aren't fair weather fans. Still, it would be nice, just one season, to be able to support a team that's just blowing everyone else out of the water. Someday, someday!!

Once again, I've been able to exercise everyday. I love it and just look forward to coming home and jumping on the treadmill with my iPod. Yesterday at work, our department went out to lunch to welcome a new employee and my meal was so filling that I never had dinner last night! Not that I even ate such a gigantic meal but it was just really, really filling. So I skipped dinner. I can't remember the last time I've done that! It was quite strange. Sadly, the numbers on the scale did not change today, but...at least the numbers weren't higher, so I'll take it and run.

The weather is looking a little iffy around here for the Fourth, but who knows. I sure hope it holds. We're invited to a BBQ in the afternoon - some new friends, a couple we met through Little League, their son was on our son's team. We just hit it off. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't make friends that easily. I'm not shy or anything, but for some reason, I haven't been able to find a good friend here in our town (we moved here 6 years ago). My two dearest friends are ones I met in college but they both live in Michigan. So, I'm looking forward to this BBQ and the chance to get to know these folks a little better.

OK, the Mets are on now...let's see if they can make something happen!!

Shy Moment
07-01-2008, 09:09 PM
lol We are early risers. We do try to keep the noise down because not all are early risers. When everyone is there it is kind of hard. Sometimes we might have 10 adults and 15 kids there for breakfast. No matter how hard you try to be quiet, that many voices make noise lol. We don't have to many problems. More things like peoples children walking right through the middle of the camp site. You don't walk through someones camp site anymore than you would walk through someones yard lol. I well imagine those are the same children that walk through peoples yards. One of the big problems with noise is that sound carries.

I am down to my last couple of days of being busy. Tuesday I am going to sleep in until 8 am lol. I deserve to sleep in.

That is great. How nice to make new friends. My best friends all live out of state. All of my other friends live at least 3 hours away lol. We have lived here about 9 years and I know a lot of people from the kids schools and church and so forth but I wouldn't really call any of them friends, just friendly acquaintances.

07-02-2008, 11:05 AM
First of all, I am The Mother with a name change! I have lately realized I am way more than just mom or mother and wanted to reflect that in my name. My first name is Toni and my middle name is Elaine, which translates to Light. So, I am ToniLight.
theycallmemom, the picture of the baby is super sweet, I know how you feel about not wanting to leave them, I have 3 grandkids and love spending time with them.
Snapless, I saw your progression pics, you are doing so great and have come so far, I can't wait to see a difference in my pictures. My daughter is taking some once a week for me.
Slashnl, Have fun camping! My husband and I have not been camping together in years and it is something I am really looking forward to doing when I can be more comfortable in a tent.
TechAlum, Hang in there, this time will pass too, you will be able to be together doing things you love.
Clydegirl, Have a great visit with your friends, I haven't had many come visit me from my old stomping grounds. The drive from San Diego to Northwest Montana is not a casual trip.
Lovnmom, You are doing great with the walking, I will be able to walk again as soon as more weight is off. Right now I am unable to walk much at all. My hip and knee don't like it.
I had a hard time saying no to food last night. At least I just ate more of dinner instead of sugary crap or super carb bloat food. I had extra venison stir fry instead! Love those red pepper strips and onions! I really am excited to go to my TOPS on friday to see if I made it past the 40 pound loss mark.

07-02-2008, 11:30 AM
Letsgo, Sounds like you're doing awesome. Good luck with the BBQ. Making new friends is not easy for me either. This is a pretty busy time in our lives, raising children and all, some days I just don't feel I have the time or energy it takes to be a good friend. I truly hope it all goes well.

Rennie, You go ahead and sleep in. You deserve it.

ToniLight, I too have thought about changing my name, but then just didn't because I was too lazy. lol It sounds like you made some good choices last night. Is there a hunter in your family that you have venison? They say it is a very lean healthy meat. I used to eat venison as a kid, but now the men (or women) in my life do not hunt. I do have lamb in the freezer and that kind of reminds me of venison. It has that "gamey" taste. When we bought our first lamb, at the fair, I was afraid my children wouldn't like it, because they've never eaten meat other than beef, pork or chicken. Turns out they absolutely love it, but lamb isn't healthy like the venison lol I eat it anyway!!! Have a great day. Sorry to have rambled on you!!!!

DS's senior league game just got called due to rain and now little league is called too even though the rain is done....hmmmm, sounds like some coaches want the day off. What will I do now? Clean house????? Read a book???? Leaning toward the book. Hah hah!

07-03-2008, 09:30 AM
Toni - Glad to see you and your new name! Isn't it true that we sometimes let ourselves forget that we're individuals, not just moms! I constantly struggle with that. You end up putting yourself last all the time. Not good!

Well, today is our Friday this week. That's always a good thing! I would love shortened weeks. If they were like that all the time, I'd probably want it to be even shorter!!

Hot, hot, hot here! This is probably how it will stay for quite awhile. That's ok! That's the way it is supposed to be. It makes it fun to go to the mountains to cool off.

07-03-2008, 09:36 AM
Hi to all! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend :flow2: !

Clyde - whatta game last night! Thought our Metsies would pull it off, but alas, it wasn't meant to be:shrug:.

The office is closing at 2:00 p.m. today, hooray, but that means there's much to be done this morning. So on that note, I'll sign off for now.

Have fun, be safe! Cheers!

07-03-2008, 10:32 AM
Morning girls.

My friend just left, we had a nice time just catching up.

I weighed in and was up half a pound, not too bad considering I've had some drinks the past 2 evenings.

Letsgo great game last night.

Enjoy the day.

07-03-2008, 01:58 PM
TechAlum - this treatment thing with your husband will pass - I know it's hard and you're not wishing life away - just wishing to be through a rough spot for the both of you. Hang in there!

ToniLight - LOVE the new name - very cool and you are so right we are all more than one dimensional people

Kappy - so sorry about the job thing - but you know.. the company i'm workign for is doing a huge downsizing too - better than 60% - so remember - there is always something out there and good things can come of change too - so hang in there

it's heavy thunder and lightening here - which is cool - i like thunder storms.

((hugs)) to all going to go get some exercise for a bit - C.

07-03-2008, 03:05 PM
I just got back from my chiropractor appt., she doesn't crack me, just deep muscle poking. It hurts so good and I can keep it together for another 3 weeks. I had to go twice a week at first but could hardly function at that point. I am feeling so much better than when I started. I even walked to my appointment this morning, only 2 blocks, but that is 2 blocks farther than if I hadn't! Got to go make lunch for hubby, he is working two houses down so he comes home to eat. See ya!

07-03-2008, 03:59 PM
ToniLight sorry I'm a bit slow on the uptake today. Didn't realise who you were.

I saw bison for sale in our local store. It was very expensive. I've never tried it. I love lamb as well.

We had some wicked storms last night.

07-03-2008, 05:24 PM
Clydegirl, that is ok, I should've put my old name under my new name as my slogan or whatever it is called.
I have never had bison, it is expensive. I love antelope more than venison though. I am getting sort of tired of venison. I like it canned though, it is like roast beef w/ gravy in a jar. Great for folks like me who forget to take stuff out of the freezer.

07-03-2008, 07:39 PM
Good morning!

The sun is shining (for now), it's 7:30 AM July 4 and I'm heading out to the gym to try and get my cardio in early.

Rain is predicted for the day. We plan on heading to the USAF base festivities as soon as I'm showered after my workout...hopefully it won't rain until later.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, and if you celebrate (US) Independence Day, enjoy those fireworks!

Shy Moment
07-04-2008, 02:36 AM
I say I am going to sleep in. Probably won't happen. After about 4 to 6 hours asleep my peppers pop open and yell I AWAKE might as well get up lol.

07-04-2008, 09:48 AM
:wave:Happy Fourth of July (to all in the US) :wave:

It's been a so-so week, for some reason I've been really tired so I've been sleeping a lot, if I didn't know it was 2 weeks away I'd swear TOM was here. I think it's just allergies, I've had a raging headache most of the week too. Anyway we'll see how WI goes tomorrow, yesterday I was down but the one I track is Saturday (I usually check 2-3 times a week).

"Wishing my life away" is something my grandma used to say when ever I'd whine that I couldn't wait for school/summer/finals week whatever to end, and it just kind of stuck to get me out of a "woes me" attitude :halfempty

Well, I should get a move on we're having my SIL and family over for a bbq this afternoon, we're trying smoking ribs for the first time wish me luck.

Have a great weekend everyone.


07-04-2008, 11:32 AM
I am excited to weigh in today! I will be going to my TOPS meeting and then will post with the results. At my last weigh in, I was 2.25 pounds from losing 40 lbs., I hope I make it to that little goal!
EDIT: I made my goal! I have lost exactly 40 pounds! (big smile here)

07-04-2008, 12:27 PM
Happy 4th of July everyone!! Wishing you all a great day, filled with whatever makes you happy.


07-04-2008, 12:58 PM
Happy Independence day everyone!

In the proud tradition of our founding fathers...

I am declaring my Indepenence today...

From overeating!!!!

07-04-2008, 09:47 PM
Shy: You're describing how I sleep. My husband could sleep for 14 hours straight through a hurricane...I wake up after about 6.5 to 7 hours even if I'm in the deepest of sleeps and can't ever fall back asleep.

Tech: Hope you feel better. Maybe try some allergy medicine and see if that helps?

Toni: :congrat: That's awesome! I'm so happy for you!

It's another sunny morning and instead of hitting the (already) hot gym I think I'm going to do my Sunday yoga today instead - I'll do weight training on Sunday. Still trying to get over the nasty sugar spike/downer feeling from yesterday anyway. For anyone who didn't read it, this (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=145515) was what happened to me on July 4.

Have a wonderful day all!

07-05-2008, 10:27 AM
Great declaration, djay!

Had a great 4th. We were just getting everything ready to go camping today. We'll be gone for 2 nights, so I'll look forward to hearing from everyone when I get back!

Have a great weekend everyone!

07-05-2008, 10:41 PM
I did overeat yesterday but I did it with great thought and not impulsively. Maybe that makes a difference to a binge eater, it feels like it was a different overeat, yet still too much food. I didn't have any sugary crap or anything, it was a decision to eat way more steak than I really needed. So now I will be more careful for the rest of my week.

07-05-2008, 10:57 PM
Hey everyone. This has been a really good holiday weekend so far. ToniLight, I completely connected with what you wrote. I, too, have overeaten this weekend, but not in an out of control manner - rather, not paying attention to portion control...as you said, just more food than necessary. So, I will make every effort to get back on the wagon yet again. I'm somewhat disappointed in myself, because I felt so in control last week. However, you can't unring a bell, as the saying goes, so I'm not going to beat myself up over something that has already happened. Instead, I'm acknowledging that I goofed and I'm moving on.

Beyond that, I slept over 8 hours both Thursday night and last night. This is not normal for me!! I usually get between 5-6 hours of sleep a night. Oddly, even with more sleep, I have darker circles than usual under my eyes. Also, our mattress is 10 years old and while it's not sagging or anything, it's probably not as supportive as it used to be, and my back has been uncomfortable the past 2 days. I think my body just isn't used to spending that much time lying down!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone!

07-06-2008, 01:50 AM
Got my weights in today at the gym even though I didn't get there until 10 AM. Soooo hot.

The cardio room on the other hand was virtually empty and fairly cool, so I did a 30 minute run after the weights.

I think I might do my cardio run (1.5 hour) outside tomorrow if it is pretty like today. :) Okay...maybe that's an excuse to avoid the stairmaster and elliptical...and the hot gym...but I'm still probably going to do it. :p

07-06-2008, 10:17 PM
Hi, 40-somethings! I'm 47 and new to 3FC. Just joined today. I'm trying to set mini goals and looking forward to the rewards that go with them. My first is to be into a nice size 18 by August 21. I'm going to a concert that day would love to me a little more comfortable in the chair for the concert than I am now at a 20-22.
I'm married, have 3 grown kids (233/21/19) and 9 cats/kittens. I retired from the Navy after 20 years in 1998 and now work as a civilian Marine (that's what they call us) and live in Virginia.
I'm excited about this site and the new friends I'm hoping to make on here.
Can someone tell me who to get those neat little trackers that you have at the end of your emails?

07-07-2008, 12:20 AM
Welcome poofie!
What did you do in the Navy? I was in from 1980 to 1988. I was an AC.
You can get a tracker after 29 days and 20 posts. An option will show up on your CP to edit Signature. Then you can go in and create one.

07-07-2008, 12:57 AM
Welcome Poofiemittens :welcome2: We have a great group here, lots of support.

07-07-2008, 04:37 AM
Hello to Everyone and Welcome to Poofiemittens:wave:

I've had a kind of sloppy last couple of weeks. My daughter and i visited a friend in the Portland area last weekend and i switched to trying to eat reasonably mode rather than counting calories(my approach of choice). It worked briefly but after a bit i found myself slipping into grazing mode, which i accepted for the weekend. Then Tom arrived late Monday, after our return, and i thought maybe i would get into a better space for planning meals and counting calories, but was pretty low energy and unmotivated for most of the week. In the meantime i started reading "The Portion Teller" which focuses on limiting portion sizes and eating the recommended number of servings a day of the different food groups. So i've been studying the book and trying (kind of ) to transition over to this approach, which seems more sustainable, but i think i should be sticking to calorie counting until i have this other way figured out better. So i've been pretty sloppy with my foods, heavier on the refined carbs and sugars, lighter on the veggies and absolutely no tracking my foods.

Oh well--i'm sure glad 3fatchicks is here, with all of you in it for the long haul. I have no excuse to throw in the towel and now i know too much to go back, too much about healthy eating, so nowhere to go but mostly forward(as in 2 steps forward, 1 or 2 or 3 steps back) The "honeymoon" is over, so to speak but i have so many good examples here of people who continue on, sometimes quickly, sometimes not as quickly, but determined nonetheless and here i am.

I'm wondering do any of you have buddies that you report to as a way of helping keep you on track and honest? I'm wondering if that would help me.

Later to you all--:flow2:

07-07-2008, 05:31 PM
I'm wondering do any of you have buddies that you report to as a way of helping keep you on track and honest? I'm wondering if that would help me.

At first I thought I'd want to go it alone, but I think having a few people who know and encourage you is really helpful. I talk to my sister, and also to someone at work. I don't know if I'd say I "report to" them, but...I feel like they help keep me honest with myself.

07-07-2008, 07:12 PM
Hey all! Didn't do too bad over the nice, long weekend, didn't do too well either. Most of the situations were out of my control, I consider the results to be rather remarkable considering!

I wanted to sleep, OMG am I dragging bottom or what. Could NOT get to sleep last night to save my soul and now I'm sitting at work yawning the day away. Good grief.

Last week my youngest nephew announced he knew I'd written something because my handwriting is "all loopy." I hope he means that in a physically descriptive way and not a literal one!

07-07-2008, 09:18 PM
Well, I have been back home 2 days and getting back on dieting track - didnt do to terribley aweful when I was at my daughters - even managed to loose a few pounds though Im not real sure how lol!!!!

Had a very rough first day back on Saturday - but am feeling better today. Went back to work - blah - but its good for me lol!!! I would be way bigger in the rear I think if I wasnt working - cause I would sit on my butt all day playing on line!!!!

Anyway - the humidity here is getting the best of me - I hate it!!! Cant hardly walk from the door to the car without melting!! (which might be a good thing if I could stand being outside lol)

Just wanted to say hey - will be trying to catch up on posts but from the looks of all I missed there is a good chance I will have to start over lol!!!

07-08-2008, 08:40 AM
Rennie, I'm exactly the same way...my eyes open and I get up. I've been kind of MIA from 3FC, I hope all has been well with you.

Tech, Hope you're feeling better. The older I get the more allergies bug me too.

ToniLight, That's awesome!!! 40 pounds is a reason to celebrate!! Choosing to overeat steak and then rearranging your plan for a few days is a responsible way to indulge in something you know you're going to enjoy. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Carol, I hope your 4th was terrific too.

poofiemittens, Welcome. Clydegirl's right. There are a lot of really nice supportive people here.

djay, Here's to independence!!

snapless, I think that's what it's all about...changing up and making allowances for weather and moods...it sure beats throwing in the towel instead. Great job!!!

Diane, Hope you had a great time camping.

Ailey, Continuing to take those steps forward is what it's all about. They add up to success. I have not had a confesssional buddy, but I do think it could be helpful. 3FC is what's made it possible for me to succeed. I have a number of people on this site that I feel like I know and they are always supportive. Keep posting. It helps me a lot.

Kappy, Nice to hear from you.

theycallmemom, Wow a visit away and you still lost. That's terrific. It's super hot here too. DD and DS played baseball in 87* and 100% humidity yesterday. I don't know how they do it. I was miserable watching from my comfy chair with plenty of cold water to sip whenever I wanted.

I had a terrific vacation. It started with a huge b-day party for my DH, BIL, and FIL...free beer, food and dancing. I hadn't had that kind of fun in 7 years. The last time I did was at my niece's wedding...the weekend just continued in fun mode until yesterday when it was back to reality. DS turns 13 tomorrow. Oh my...Thursday it's a Brewer's game with the entire family to celebrate. Hope you're all havin' a rockin' Tuesday!

07-08-2008, 09:43 AM
Hi all, I'm back in town today. It is a Monday at work for me... oh boy. We had a great time camping and rode the horses a lot, so I'm a little sore today.
Really tired, but I better get moving!

07-08-2008, 04:25 PM
Greetings all!

I'm a "signs" kinda person. As in when the press is all over the annoucement that food diaries can help people lose weight faster . . . it's in print, on the TV, on the radio. OK, I get it already! That means it's time to get back on FitDay and get serious about what's going on this time. It's butt kicking time and mine is first in line!

Very, very hot today, and the air quality is beyond awful. Saturday you could see a yellowish haze at the horizon, today you can see the haze within about 10 miles. Still trying to get Mom to go over to my place during the worst of the day and hang out in the ac, it's like trying to move a mountain. She has things to do! Funny, I consider breathing to be at the top of the list and she can do that better at my place. Maybe by Thursday she'll start to listen.

Nothing new on the job, still largely doing whatever I can find. Today it's on-line training. No wonder they want to "streamline" again!

07-08-2008, 06:14 PM
I was an Ocean systems tech first, then converted to a Navy Counselor while I was a recruiter. I was in from 1979 to 1998.
Where were you stationed?

07-08-2008, 09:45 PM
Hi to all! Glad to see Lovn back - I always enjoy your posts so much.

Not much to report from the Nutmeg State. Today was HHH - hazy, hot, and humid. And yet, what came in the mail but an LL Bean Kids catalogue, chock full of back to school heavy sweaters, snow boots, mittens, etc. Yeesh!

Over the weekend, we finalized our vacation plans. We'll be spending a week at the beach once DS's day camp program ends. I'm looking forward to that very, very much, although once we go, it will mean that summer's almost over. We always go to the beach...both my husband and I grew up with easy access to the ocean. We always joked when we were first married that if we ever had a kid who didn't like animals or the ocean, we'd send him back! Luckily, DS adores both and thus we don't need to return him...

Of course, the beach = bathing suit. At this time last year, I was almost 15 pounds lighter so I'm kinda disappointed in myself. However, my goal is to be 5 pounds less by vacation - August 18th - than I am now. I'll be thrilled if I can do that!

Must focus on Mets game...they're winning in the top of the 6th!

Shy Moment
07-08-2008, 11:42 PM
Hi. Things are good. Finaly starting tomorrow morning things will be back to normal.

Sorry I haven't been around everyone. Finally all caught up here, doing laundry still tonight. Tomorrow is back on the normal schedule. I can't wait. This not being on a schedule has been killing me. I love routine.

07-09-2008, 09:55 AM
Rennie, I'm with you on routine. While I love going on vacations and having some fun, when I get back, I want things to return to normal as quickly as possible. I have another 4 day trip to my parent's house in a couple of weeks and then we'll be done with vacations. Then, we'll just do weekends with fishing or riding horses. I'm actually starting to wish the kids were back in school!!!

Kappy, you felt the same way I did when I heard the news story on keeping a food journal. I have fought that as much as I can, but maybe it is time to give it a try. I don't like having to take the time to write stuff down, then go to the computer to put it into fitday or whatever other program. But, maybe that will make me think first about what I'm eating! So, I'm with you. I'll be second in line for the kicking butt!

Got some sleep last night, so I think I'll be doing better today. I was really tired. After riding horses and hiking, I'm kind of sore and tired, and it certainly takes longer to get over that than it used to!!

LetsGo: Good luck on losing the 5 pounds. I'll bet that you can do it! Then, you'll have more fun on the beach. Cool!

Lovn: Glad you had fun with vacation!

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

I'm having my wisdom tooth out this morning :eek:

I don't like dentists.

Diane it's a long summer roll on August.

Fingers crossed, will check back in later.

07-09-2008, 11:20 AM
Hang in there, Clyde. Whatever pain and discomfort you might feel, it will eventually pass, and it should be worth it in the long run!! Take care of yourself!!

07-09-2008, 12:33 PM
Greetings all!

Hate food journaling, pain in the tuckus to try to figure some items out. But it is what it is, I fumble on!

Question about an observation in northern CA -- what's up with the folks who stop at a stop light or stop sign a full car length back from the white line for the intersection? Or two car lengths back from the car in front of them? When did this become the norm and why are more and more people doing it? I was taught that as long as you can see the back tires touching the pavement of the car in front of you, you're fine. Have enough room to manouver out if they stall or whatnot. But now traffic is backing up and blocking movement because two or more folks have decided for safety's sake they need a semi's distance between them and the car in front while stopped. Or they stop so far back from the line that they aren't on and haven't tripped the road sensors for the blessed light to change causing long delays. It started out being just one or two folks a day, now it's two or three per stop. What did I miss?

07-09-2008, 03:57 PM
Well I'm back.

What a strange experience. He did it under local! Injected me up came back 15 minutes later and asked if my bottom lip and tongue were numb. To which I said no. He said let me have a look and before I could say ouch it was out!!
One suture in place. Thank god that's over.

Shy Moment
07-09-2008, 06:14 PM
I always stop way way back. If someone hits you in the tail end you are less likely to hit the person in front of you if you are way way back. If you can only see their tires, you are going to hit them.

I can't survive without routine and a to do list. I just don't understand how people can live in constant uproar

07-10-2008, 09:46 AM
Clyde, glad the tooth pull went well. My daughter is going to have to have her's taken out, too. Maybe next summer, but we're waiting now to get her braces off.

Kappy, I don't know about the extra room taken between cars. I've seen it some here, but not much. In California, I would think that it could be a big problem with causing a bunch of back ups behind those cars. Our biggest issue here is the number of cars that still go through the intersection after the light has turned red. It is RED people!! Oh well.

Had a little controversy at work today. It's a really long story, but boils down to one woman got her feelings hurt and went to the boss (also a woman... who wants to be everyone's friend). We had to go into a meeting and be told that we all need to be nicer to each other. We need to work in a supportive environment. Whatever. I thought we were there to work, not to play middle school games. I had to really focus to keep my eyes from rolling back into my head. So, I'm taking head phones today just so I can keep myself out of the loop. 30-40-50 year old women! Acting like children. Arrrgggghhhh!

07-10-2008, 11:17 AM
Morning girls.

Lovely day. I'm feeling good, no problems with my tooth.

Weighed in this morning and I'm down 1 pound. So I can't complain.

I've been cleaning out my youngest's toys and books. She has been very good about getting rid of a lot of old toys and junk. We also have a big pile of things she wants to sell in a yard sale. She had toys in there that were 20 years old handed down from her sisters.

Need to go grocery shopping.

Have a good day.

07-11-2008, 02:20 AM
Clydegirl, some of those old toys can be collectors if in good condition, check ebay!
Tomorrow is my weigh in day, am anxious about it. I want to weigh in but get nervous about not losing.

07-11-2008, 11:30 AM
Hi guys,

Things are going pretty well here. Finally got on my bike and went for a 10 mile ride last night. Tomorrow is a 30 mile ride I've signed up for, hopefully it doesn't kill me. I need to go out now and take the dog for a walk before it gets too hot and humid. Glad I don't live in N CA, I don't think I could handle the smoke, kudos to those who can.

Toni - good luck at wi :D

Clyde - glad your dentist apt went well. My BIL is my dentist and last time he filled a cavity w/o any pain blocker :eek: I was nervous but he said it was small and it went well.

Kappy - I hate when they stop back and then creep forward, I have a manual transmission and I it's hard to creep forward. Running lights is definitely more of a problem here tho.

Slash - an unhappy work place always makes the day last forever. Staying out of it if you can is a GOOD idea.

I've gotta go. Have a great day everyone.


07-11-2008, 09:22 PM
Thanks Techalum,
I lost another pound and three quarters so I am hap-hap-happy today!

07-13-2008, 11:35 AM
Morning girls.

It's my birthday and we're going out to eat. Don't know where yet. I will make good choices :dust:

Hope everyone has a good day.

07-13-2008, 11:47 AM
Happy Birthday Clyde!!! I hope you have a great day. You've had such a successful year so far, I wish you the best in this next year. Have fun today!

Good job, Toni! You're doing well on the weight loss!

TechAlum: How did the bike ride go?

Lovn: Where are you??? I'm missing your posts!!!

I'm having a pretty good weekend so far. This is kind of a catch up weekend from having been camping last weekend. My favorite produce farm has closed down, so I've been looking for a new one. I've found a couple, but I really miss the other one. I don't like when they import veggies, I can get those at the stores. Give me what you can in local produce! Everything is behind because the spring was so cool. Oh well.

07-13-2008, 06:17 PM
Hey all!

Clyde - you have a GREAT birthday - or hope you did - anyway do something fun!

Toni - congrats on the weight loss - you are doing fabulously!

Tech - hope you had a wonderful bike ride

Slashn - man - trust me a downer work place makes the days go like quicksand! - I know all too well these days - but at the end of the day the check cashes & we all work to live not the other way around. - so hang in there!

Work is no place for drama..

Lovn - where you been? course i'm one to talk - been enjoying life - staying busy - dropped another pound scale pretty reliably reads 128.8 - so getting there!

((hugs)) to all and have a great day!

07-13-2008, 08:48 PM
Hi All,

Just popping in quick before I go make bean burgers for dinner. The ride yesterday was ok. Unfortunately a "scattered shower" poured on us about a half hour into a 3.5 hr ride :rain: So it made the rest of the ride kind of squishy, I think my shoes might be dry now they weren't this morning. So we took a short cut at then end and shaved off about 7 miles (still did 23). My dad looked like he was dieing and he's the kind who will never admit he's had enough so I said I had and we quit, it was just easier that way, plus I was pms'ing and when I bend over (like riding a bike) I get kind of nauseous so it was a good excuse.

Toni - Congrats on the loss :D

Clyde - Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you had fun going out.

Sillycat - Yea on your loss too. :D

Slash - I walked the dog down to a new farmer's market that just started in our town on Fri, I didn't bring $, just wanted to check it out, and next Fri I think I'll go earlier and bring cash. I love fresh produce. Was pretty happy to see tomatoes and eggplant in my garden can't wait till they come in.

Well gotta go. Have a great day everyone.

-Tech :bike2:

PS Yea I passed the 100 mile mark!!! I think I might get close to that 500 by Oct.

07-13-2008, 09:42 PM
Today was my daughter's birthday dinner and she wanted lasagna. Pasta, especially lasagna is especially hard for me to make as it is a trigger food for bingeing with me. I was able to have a good chunk though as I had really counted my calories carefully today and saved up for it. It was a little hard to figure, if it weren't for my math-able husband, it wouldn't have happened. We added up all the calories of all the ingredients and split it into ten portions like we always split the pan up. I was able to have a full tenth instead of a twentieth. Yay! Still was good on the count at 1212 calories for the day.

Shy Moment
07-13-2008, 10:10 PM
That is terrific. This isn't about doing without. The journey we are all taking is about eating right.

Happy birthday

Sounds like you had a great ride besides the rain. Sometimes we have to take care of others as we take care of our selfs. That was nice of you to say you had had enough.

Looks like you have been doing great with the weight loss.

I have always hated working with woman. Would much rather work with men. I have not taken some good paying jobs because I can not deal with the office crap that one has to put up with when you work with a office or factory full of woman. At least the jobs I have had. I do not go to work to make friends, have fun, talk about people or anything else, I go there to work and earn my pay check. I always ate by myself, took my breaks by myself and did my job. Then I went home. Anytime I find another job I really try to make sure I either work alone or work at a place that I don't have to put up with all the drama everyone brings to work. I have a hard time not rolling my eyes at everyone lol.

07-13-2008, 10:27 PM
Evening girls.

Well we didn't go out to eat. Hubs bbq'd instead. I had all my favourites. Baked beans, corn on the cob, brocoli salad and potato salad. Had a cheeseburger on the side 93% lean. Next year is the big one.

07-14-2008, 02:19 AM
Shy, I agree completely. My husband has been a lot of help this time. He used to just look at me and say," Should you eat all that?", now he helps me figure stuff out and cooks with me. It is much more fun than having him sit there like a judge.
Clyde, My husband is the bbq king in our house. I do not cook on that thing at all. I love the food he makes on it though.

07-14-2008, 08:32 AM
I have always been comfortable with my weight and with who I am. I knew I had to lose but I still was okay with it. However, now that I am in the middle of 46, I realize all my weight is shifting to my bottom. I actually am beginning to get a shelf on the back-side. I realize, I cannot keep eating the way I am without consequences. It is time to take control of this. I have such a wonderful life, wonderful daughter, good friends, money to travel, and a good job. Why do I want to go through life with all this extra weight?

I must start showing my daughter that eating right and excercise is a must. She is 9 years old and aware of her surroundings. "Mommy, I love you just the way you are" While sweet, it is code to.....I realize your are bigger then most mommies but I love you! Which is still a wonderful sentiment.

I am a single Mom, with one child. I have no support from her father and I have sole custody. I have a hard time finding time for myself but I realize I have to. This is what I will concentrate on.

I have to make this a lifetime decision. This week I am giving up sugar and trying to eat better. I will go to the gym at least 3 times. The sugar part is good because at our shop, the boss brings in doughnuts and normally I would never buy them or eat them, and now I find I grab two and go. No more. I will grab an apple!

I look forward to getting to know many of you......I need support, ideas, and people who are know what I going through.


07-14-2008, 09:32 AM
Welcome to Amknorton! Boy, that is the struggle, isn't it? Finding time for ourselves. I'm sure it is even worse when you are a single mom. My husband is self employed and works a lot of hours, so I do a lot of the kid stuff (girl, 14 and a boy, 12). It is fun, but it also eats up the hours in a day. Too bad I have to work!! When I've been really good about staying on track was when I made exercise a part of the day, something you always just do, like brushing your teeth. I've been having trouble getting back to that mindset, so this is more of a "do as I say, not as I do". :)

Clyde, glad you had a good day for your birthday! Sounds like you were able to make good choices.

Rennie, you haven't said too much. I'm sure you're able to be on the front porch now, but maybe the neighbors aren't entertaining this year! Ha!

Tech, sounds like a good ride anyway!

Sillycat and Toni, good job on your losses!

07-14-2008, 01:50 PM
Clyde, you're a crab? Me too. Matter of fact, the great birthday crunch starts Friday, another on Tuesday, then Thursday, then the following Thursday and the following Wednesday. There are two wedding anniversaries in there too.

One of my brothers says I'm the only reason he can give any credence to astrology because he says I AM a crab, through and through. At least I'm not a bull headed Taurus like he is!

Anyway, the thing about people who stop waaaaay back. Out here I am waiting, I can see it happening, it's just a matter of time. Somebody who got stuck in traffic, starts to go around and sees one of those holes. One of these days somebody who is driving by say, the turn lane is going to decide screw that, there's a spot and try to dart in to fill the gap. Maybe I've been lucky and just haven't seen it yet. The way the folks around here try to jump the line when traffic is moving it just seems inevitable that they'll try to jump the line when it's stopped too!

My weight is almost back up to my all time high. I gained three pounds in one day eating less than 1500 calories. It's stress, I know it's related to the job situation (can anybody explain why these people pleasing ninnies who know nada about the job keep getting promoted to make the rest of us worker bees miserable with their rah-rah 'positive attitude' inane, inappropriate bs?). I found a way to stay busy, it involves going over to another group and volunteering. It's a good 15 minute walk with three secure doors between here and there. Going to make for interesting days as I bop back and forth between the two places, but heck, they're dying for help and I'm desperate for work to do. Maybe having something of value to do will help with the stress and the weight. Maybe! Can't hurt to try.

07-14-2008, 07:38 PM
Kappy - hang in there! You'll get this all under control and finding work to do that is adding value is never a bad thing - maybe they'll transfer you over there! As for promotions / etc - I've observed similar - I think it's just corporate america these days..

Toni - good girl!!! Congrats!

amknorton - you have come to a good place for support and help - and it sounds like you are in a good space inside too - you can do this!

How are you doing shy? you've been quiet - hopefully out enjoying the summer!


07-14-2008, 08:25 PM
Glad you are here amknorton, you will find encouragement and friends aplenty!

07-14-2008, 10:32 PM
Hey everyone. I've been meaning to post for the last week or so but just have not had a moment. But here's my moment, finally.

So everything was going pretty well, food-wise and exercise-wise, but I fell off the wagon over the weekend. We went to a Mets game and I indulged in a pack of M&Ms and a medium sized bag of kettle corn. Pretty bad.

Yesterday I had a wicked earache that came out of nowhere and was painful beyond belief for about 3 hours. So I didn't sleep well and was really running on fumes at work today. I thought that I'd rest for a bit when I got home and then exercise after dinner. but that didn't happen. When I got home, there was a message on the answering machine from my OB/GYN (I had my annual chekcup last week). Her message said she had test results. I'm assuming she means my pap smear and truth be told, I think she's got bad news, since usually, if the test is normal, they just send a postcard saying such.

So I am pretty nervous. Of course her office was closed by the time I got home so I can't call her til tomorrow. Now, I'm trying very hard not to put two and two together and get five, but this does not bode well. But I won't know until I talk to the doctor so there's no sense in getting all worked up just yet. It's like my mammogram; every time I get one, they call me back for another go around, because I have some scar tissue in my right breast from reduction surgery I had in 1993. So I've learned not to get bent out of shape when they call and say they see "something" on the mammo. I'm trying to do the same for this.

Anyway. Sorry to be such a wet blanket.Everyone else sounds like they're doing great, staying in control, and that is helpful to read.

07-14-2008, 11:01 PM
Hi Andrea,
I'm new here... still mostly lurking and trying to figure everything out at this site.

Just wanted to pop in and let you know I hope your test results are not serious. I agree that a phone call is scary - but like you said, it could be for something silly. That happened to me recently, and they just wanted to know if I'd had my period very recently - and I had just finished it. I guess it affects the results. I don't know why they didn't just look at my chart and see that i'd written my last period was just a few days before. I don't think medical people realize how upsetting an unexpected phone call is, expecially when they just leave a message to call back, and it's overnight or even over a weekend before you can!

Try to relax tonight - there's no point in stressing over something you can't control, right? And we all know what stress can do to trying to eat well!!

Prayers are coming your way - let us know what you find out.
Tru :hug:

07-14-2008, 11:35 PM
Evening girls.

Andrea fingers crossed everything goes well with your test results.

I had my mammogram today fun times. Mind you the technician was very good and I didn't have any discomfort.

Kappy yes I'm a true crab. That hard outer shell and very soft inside. Funny thing is my oldest is Taurus and she's the most bull headed person I know!

Went out for lunch today with my friend. I had gyros with extra tzatziki. I love that stuff. There was only one pita but quite a bit of meat. No idea what the scale will say this week. We'll see on Thursday.

Shy Moment
07-15-2008, 10:06 AM
I never found mammograms to be painfull at all except that I am to short for the machine and the edge of it sticks me under the arm lol.

Hi and welcome. You are so very right. I remember one time I got a call from a nurse at the end of her work day, after the doc had left. She gave me some test results that I didn't understand and told me to call my gyno on Monday. I was so upset and worried all weekend. My gyno called my doc and just ripped her up. The results were nothing and he said NO one should ever call anyone with results and have no idea how to explain them.

Don't worry early to avoid the rush lol. It could be nothing. Docs offices are wonderful about that kind of thing.

Hi. Have been doing well just busy around here with 5 extra people in the house. Things are going well.

Keeping busy does help with weight loss. If our hands are busy we can't put food into our mouths lol.

Nothing going on around here. Two of my neighbors have died and one is sick. I am going to miss all the older people. Going to be time to move as the younger move in because they just don't have the same ( standards ) as older people lol. Would rather have the older nuts than the younger snobs any day of the week.

It can be tough with being a single mother. There is never enough time in the day. I wasn't a single mother but their father wasn't much of a help as I cooked and cleaned and went to school full time with two little ones. Schedule is the answer. You will find you have more time than you had before. This journey we are all on to a more healthy thinner body isn't always easy. Take one step and one day at a time. Change things slowly. These changes will last a life time.

It is amazing how much someone being there to support you matters. Just the " are you sure you want to have that " really makes a difference.

07-15-2008, 12:22 PM
Hello Everyone,

I am completely new to this forum and I am so glad to have found it! I have been gaining weight rapidly since the loss of my best friend (ovarian cancer) at the end of January. Just this summer alone I have gained about 8 pds. I am 5'2 and about 142. It's all in my butt so proportionally it doesn't look purty! I would really like to get down to between 120 and 125 since I am very petite and small boned. It's just that I have no motivation since my friend has died. I have been eating non-stop and not really exercising. I am impressed by all of you and hoping that I will find the motivation I need by reading your posts and blogs. You all seem like an awesome group of strong women! I hope I can muster up the strength to get myself together and stop eating and start exercising!!!!!!! Thanks!

Shy Moment
07-15-2008, 12:33 PM
All of us have had reasons why we gained weight. For some of us it was all the meads we were on. For some it was hardships and losses we have had in our lives. For some, eating is fun lol. It comes to a point that we tell our selfs enough is enough I AM going to do something about this not just think about doing something about it. You have come to the right place for support and a few laughs.

07-15-2008, 01:23 PM
Happy Tuesday, everyone, and welcome to the newcomers.

So here's the scoop: I called my doctor's office and was of course put on hold as soon as I explained why I was calling. Eventually the receptionist came back and said that the dr. was in with a patient and would have to call me back. Well...I got a bit huffy and said that after leaving such an ominous message on my answering machine and making me squirm overnight, I wanted to talk to her right now. I guess I sounded a little whack-o because after holding a few more minutes, the doctor came on the line. Turns out the pap smear was fine, but (and there's always a but) I have the HPV virus and will need to go for another smear in 6 months. The doctor explained that the majority of the time, the body's immune system takes care of the virus and that's that, but there is the very real risk that the virus will affect the cells in the cervix, which in turn might become pre-cancerous. So instead of waiting a year for my next pap, I'll need to go again in January to see if either the virus is gone, or if something else has happened. While I"m relieved, I'm not thrilled. As soon as I got off the phone, I immediately Googled "HPV virus" and read all sorts of info. I'm not sure if that helped or hurt. I'll need to do more research and then let it stew for a bit, but at least for now, the doctor is saying that nothing need be done til January. WHATEVER.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to my treadmill after work tonight. I simply couldn't muster the will to do it last night. Thanks to everyone for the support, it was very much appreciated. :sunny:

07-15-2008, 02:14 PM
Andrea - the internet can be great at times like this but it can also be VERY bad - stick to sites sponsored by hospitals like MD Anderson and Sloan Kettering or things like WebMD - they are all good reliable sources of information that don't try to sell you on expensive supplements to "help" in times like these. Take care - and we'll all be hoping that it just goes away!

CO - welcome - you have come to a great place for support - What is your goal?

Kappy / Slash - how's work going? Hopefully better...

Ok - it's been 2 years since I've dated anyone - just started this "internet" dating thing.. So far it's been fun met several new people.. Not sure that any of them are quite right for me but keeping an open mind and heck even if it's just a bunch of new friends I'm ok with that too. (pushed to do this by my friends who tell me I'm too "great a gal" to not be with someone)... that said... I think I might be ready now because I've finally become happy alone. Does that even make any sense?

Anyway - off to work again...


07-15-2008, 03:59 PM
Sillycat - thanks for the good wishes. I am limiting my "research" to legitimate sites, as you've suggested. There is so much garbage out there in cyberspace! Makes you wonder sometimes!

As for what you said about being ready to "be" with someone because you're happy alone - THAT is what most people absolutely NEVER grasp, when it's actually the MOST important thing of all! It sounds like a cliche, but if you don't like yourself - how can you expect someone else to do so? We are all in charge of ourselves - that means we're responsible for our making own happiness, our own sense of well-being and all that good stuff. Once you've got that nailed, well, then you really have something to offer! So I think it's GREAT that you've reached that wonderful point. When you do meet that special "someone," you will really be bringing something to the table! So, go for it, and enjoy!

Meanwhile, is anyone going to watch the All Stars game tonight? Clyde? Most of the time, I'm not interested but it's literally the only game in town. The Mets are SMOKIN' hot right now, so I can't wait til regular play resumes!

07-15-2008, 05:42 PM
Thanks Andrea - I appreciate your take on things - you articulated exactly how I feel.

As for some of those sites out there I truely believe that there is a special place in **** for people who try to exploit people with health issues - it really bugs me. But you are approaching it right and I'm sure that it will be all right.

07-15-2008, 06:09 PM
Hey everyone. Quick little post while I'm at work!

COMomof2: Welcome! I'm a CO Mom of 2, too! I think you'll like this forum and this thread in particular. Great group we have here!!

Sillycat: Work is back to normal, somewhat. Got the others talked off the ledge for now. There is one who kind of instigated the big blow up and she's been awfully quiet for now. I think once she figured out how mad everyone got and they knew it came from her, she decided to sit and do her work. Amazing concept! When things start to get stupid around here, I just put in my headphones.

LetsGo: I agree with what you said. It always amazes me when people jump from relationship to relationship without really getting their head on straight about who they are and what they want out of life. The lady I mentioned above for the job situation is like that. She was in a relationship way before she ended her 20+ year marriage and then once the divorce was final, she took about 2 months to get married again. Not that there's anything wrong with that, if you are really ready for it. But, here they are, about a year later and they're wondering why they have so many struggles.

Rennie: So if all of your old neighbors are gone, you'll just have to ship your banana bread to me. :)

Clyde, glad you liked your gyro, but I have no idea what you are talking about with the tzatziki. What is that? (I live a sheltered life here in Colo!)

07-15-2008, 06:10 PM
Hi girls.

Mets glad to hear the news wasn't too bad. They are keeping a close eye on it which is good.

As for the All Star Game I will watch some of it. Big Brother is on tonight so I will jump back and forward. Your Mets are smoking at the minute. I hope the break cools them down because we will be up there soon for a series ;) I'm going to get tickets for another game, not sure which one yet.

My girls have been arguing all afternoon so they are both in the doghouse.

Sillycat as long as you are happy that is the main thing.

07-15-2008, 10:11 PM
I had the tastiest lunch today, here is the "recipe".
1 cup or 3 oz. broccoli, carrot and purple cabbage slaw mix (bagged, no sauce)
half cup low fat cottage cheese
quarter cup plain nonfat yogurt
five pepperoncini rings, cut up
2 oz. cut up cold chicken breast
mix up and eat. Only had 262 calories leaving me plenty to have a good dinner. I seem to have a hard time leaving enough calories for my dinner so I was jazzed today.

Shy Moment
07-15-2008, 10:55 PM
The ones that are gone are the ones that were fun to watch lol. There are still a few left. I have been to busy to play Miss Marple lately. Going to have to go out on the porch with my binoculars and " bird watch " again soon lol.

07-16-2008, 02:12 AM
Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome!

ToniLight - your recipe sounds great for lunch. When I watch my calories I always am almost out by dinnertime so your lunch one sounds filling and low in cals -- so I could actually eat at dinner!

07-16-2008, 07:29 AM
Hi to everyone, I've missed hearing about everything you've all been up to. We had a bad storm last Fri that put my computer down for 3 or 4 days and then life just stepped in and got in the way of my posting fun. We went to the Brewer game last Thursday and had a blast. Brewers won 11-1. The kids, and me, got to enjoy everything Miller Park has to offer. We all really thought the dome opening and closing was really cool and of course Hart and Hardy both had home runs so we got to see Bernie Brewer slide down from his dugout...alot of baseball watching going on here. Oldest son has 3 games again today. I've been walking a lot, but my nutrition has been awful. So far I'm holding my own.

I big welcome to COMomof2, You'll find a number of warm supportive ladies here. Glad you could join us.

ToniLight, Your lunch sounds like just what I need...some veggies!!! Great job!

Clyde, I watched the first 6 innings of the game last night and then kicked all 4 of my kids out into the pool. They were being to noisy, and arguing like your girls, but then I snuck off to bed with a book and told hubby not to forget they were out there lol So, I've no idea how the game ended.

Rennie, Yes do get out the binocs. I'm in need of a good funny. How's Bella today???

Have a terrific Wednesday all!!

Shy Moment
07-16-2008, 10:06 AM
Sounds like you are busy as usual.

Bella is a bit better but not good. Fever is down to 101.9 and she still isn't eating or drinking. Poor little thing won't play or anything.

07-16-2008, 02:18 PM
Hi All,

Okay -- so I am preparing myself to start my new "healthy lifestyle" (aka diet) on Monday (I will then post my current weight and goal weight). Why Monday? Well I go back to work after having 5 weeks off (I work at a school) and I thought that would be the best time to begin when I was more on a schedule. I tend to pig out when I am home for too long (yes, I did drive to McDs today and get a egg mcmuffin on my way to grocery shop - I'm really bad). So, I have been planning my new eating schedule. I am a very hungry girl all the time so I was thinking I should eat 5 meals a day rather than 3 larger ones and each meal should be no more than 250 calories and should always have some sort of protein involved. Does this sound like a good plan? I see most of you have had significant weight loss and I really want your opinion! Of course, I will include exercise at least 5 times a week and at least for a half hour each time. I'd love your opinions on this plan! Thanks!

Shy Moment
07-16-2008, 02:31 PM
It takes me 6 meals a day to eat all the required amounts of the four basic food groups. I eat from the time I get up until I go to bed lol. Sometimes I am sick and tired of eating. Breaking your main meals up into more meals is a great idea. There is no time to get real hungry if you are eating several meals a day. You keep your portion sizes under control because you aren't starving and you can mix and match all the things you need to eat for the day anytime you want to eat them. Exercise is real important. I don't see where all the exercise I do a day really helps the weight come off faster BUT my body is looking better and better everyday with all the toning that is going on. Start slow and work yourself up to the amount of exercise you need to do. Sounds like you have a great plan for yourself. This journey we are all on to a more healthy thinner person isn't about doing without. This journey is about eating healthy and taking some control of what goes into our body's.

I didn't change how I was eating to lose weight. I changed how I was eating to get healthy. I didn't start to exercise to lose weight. I started exercising to get toned. Better eating and exercise have this terrific side effect WEIGHT LOSS AND A TONED BODY :)

07-16-2008, 03:29 PM
Shy -- Thank you so much for your response! You are very wise. Your last paragraph is exactly what I want to do -- get healthy first. I've been shoveling food in my mouth for comfort but it's been completely the wrong food and at 44 I am really feeling the effects.

07-17-2008, 08:12 AM
COmomof2, The first thing to do is pick a start date and plan toward it...you've done that. Woo hoo!!! You haven't said how much you weigh so I can't judge your calorie choice of 1,250 cals a day. That could be too low for you to stick with for the long haul. The suggested is 10% of your weight...so if you weigh 170# 1700 cals a day + exercise should net you a 1-2# loss a week aprox...I just know that cutting cals way back right away can end up being a deal breaker, because it's such a change....the rest sounds good...smaller meals more often combined with exercise works for most people. I was a yo yo dieter my entire life and didn't get it right until, like Rennie, I started doing it for my health. I don't make any food a no no. If I eat something I know is high cal or high fat etc, I walk more that week or eat less at the next meal or two. I try to keep it all balanced. Protein at every meal is a good rule. It really does keep you running longer. Fruits and veggies and whole grains are really important. It really helped me to just clean all the junk from the house for a while. Since I do the shopping the rest of the family just had to live with it!!!!...I'll be 44 in Aug and am 5'2"...we may have a lot in common. Post often and get the support you need. I think it's terrific that you've taken the first steps to a healthier you.

DS's teams won both their Senior League game and their Little League game yesterday...the 6pm game was called off due to another thunder storm...by this time in the season even DS didn't mind!!! In the Little League game my BIL's son pitched against us. My DS and this boy were very close when they were young, but now baseball is pretty much all they have in common...his first at bat my DS gets a home run woo hoo. Cousin's 1st at bat my son catches his fly ball...now I feel sorry for my nephew...my DS 2nd at bat cousin strikes him out and all's back to being good lol Today's an easy day my little guy has a game at 9am and my older just has practice this afternoon...now if it doesn't rain I can get in 4 miles during L.L. practice...why is it that I just won't get on the TM in the summer...oh, that's right...cuz I hate the darn thing!!!