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04-07-2002, 09:48 AM
Hello and welcome to the Thin Group! We are a great group of ladies (but men are welcome if there are any who care to join us) who have one thing in common. We are all working together toward our goal of being healthier in our daily lifestyles and to lose weight in 2000. There are all different ages and backgrounds here and we all have different ways of losing our weight. We all love to have fun and laugh, but we also give a lot of support, encouragement and motivation for one another. Please feel free to post with us - just jump right in and believe me, you will be welcomed with open arms. The more the merrier!

Please feel free to check out our website and learn more about us at:

Love, CJ

04-08-2002, 09:38 AM
Hm, I guess I should have been the one to start the new thread??? I, uh, I was leaving it for Queen CJ. Yeah! That's it! I swear!! ;)

Well this weekend was a wash out. I know it's all a good cause, etc. but spending both Sat and Sun at the VFW almost every week is starting to get real old. Never get the house done this way! And we lost an hour this weekend!!!

But Jo still had plenty of time to eat, it seems. We had the Family Feud fundraisers on Sunday and there was plenty of food. I tried to be good, really I did. :( But it's so tough when you're there for 5 hours and the food just keeps appearing magically! :(

This morning I overslept big time so there was no treadmilling (although I did do half an hour at a pretty good clip last night). If I'm going to do any good on this latest challenge, I'm going to have to recover first and then be very very good.

Here's some good news: I got my income tax refund!!! Now the dangerous part - I'm off next Monday and going to Atlantic City. Yeah, I know I said I wasn't going to go until I hit the 42 lb. lost mark but I'm going anyway. I'm just going to do my best and call that a success. Actually, Rich is even talking about taking Monday off too and getting himself a ticket and coming with me. Should be a fun day. And he'll help me stay in line as far as eating and doing a lot of walking, etc.

So the game plan for this week: treadmill, water and low points. Are we all in!?!?! :D

Gotta run. Have a good one!

04-08-2002, 09:40 AM
Good Morning!

I'm just taking time for a quick post to share a bit of good news with all my friends!

My scale said 238.5 this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been sick with a bad cold and my weight will probably go back up when I get to feeling better but........for now I'm rolling in clover!!!!!!!!! I haven't weighed this little in many years!

Hugs, Judy

04-08-2002, 09:44 AM
Blunder ~ WAY TO GO! I am sooooooo proud of you ~ you keep it up girl! You're gonna do it this time, I just know it! WHOO HOOOOOO!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend ~ going tonite to have our taxes done ~ wish us luck!

Love, CJ

04-08-2002, 06:43 PM
:wave: Hello Ladies!

Remember me? I'm just popping in for a quick hello!

I know, I haven't been posting as often as I thought I would now that I'm unemployed. I've been going through unemployment h*ll. My lovely ex employer didn't report my earinings correctly so it is affecting my unemployment compensation:mad:. Hopefully, it will be resolved next week when I go to an unemployment seminar.

You know how sometimes you need a kick to get your weight loss program in gear .... well, I received the results of the blood work I had done after I got laidoff. Not good, I have very high levels of estrogen which means I'm at risk of diabetes. Needless to say, I was freaking out. The way I figure it, I have no choice now ... since I hate needles, I need to lose weight :strong:. I have started doing a low-carb diet and am doing the Body for life program. We shall see what happens.:shrug:

I hope you are all doing well and are succeeding in your weight loss endevours!!! Remember, one pound lost is better than one pound gained!!:joker:

I will pop in soon!



sweet tooth
04-08-2002, 09:13 PM
Happy Monday...even though it is almost over. This week promises to be a very looooonnnnnng week for me. I need to finish a stats course by the end of the month (last month of the final extension for the course), so I thought that I better start it last weekend. LOL.

Saturday and Sunday were marathon study days. Hubby cooked and cleaned and shoved food at me at various intervals. I did 14 hours on Saturday and about 9 yesterday. My head hurts soooo much, but I still need to go home and do 3 or 4 tonight. You'd think I would learn not to procrastinate, wouldn't you. However, I like to view it as the challenge of working under pressure.

Anyway, the happy news this week. I lost 2 pounds. Yippee! I also just came back from a session with the personal fitness trainer and am hoping to lose at least another pound this week. I have decided to change my WI day to Friday. The weekends are getting sooo much harder to cope with and I am not being very good. If I WI on Fridays, then I am able to keep OP Mon - Fri. and relax a bit over the weekends. We'll see what THAT theory buys me. :D

Jo - I know what you mean about the food being such a temptation over the weekend. I can relate to that. But, today is a new day, keep OP for the rest of the week, and see if we can budge that 1 pound. That's all you need is just 1 pound this week. You can do it.

Judy - BIG congrats to you, girl. Way to go. What an awesome weight. Keep it up and you will soon be down to the 225 mark. Just a couple more months for that. Stay with it.

CJ - Good to hear from you again. Did Dick get home yet? I was thinking about you over the weekend and hoping that you weren't by yourself. Take care.

Sylvia - Nice to see you back. Sorry to hear about your EI woes. Do you call it unemployment insurance, or employment insurance. They changed the name in Canada a few years ago to emplyment insurance. I don't know why, but they think the cost involved in the switch was meaningful. Go figure. Hope everything works out. I know what it can be like to be counting on something, then find out that the barriers make such long delays. Keep plugging at it and hope that it works out soon.

Hi to everyone. I'll try to check back tomorrow, but this week is alreay promising to be busy - both at work and at home. If I don't get time, then I will be sure to check in on Friday and let you know if my strategy for changing WI days works. Take care, everyone. Talk later.


04-09-2002, 11:32 PM
I did not make it to WW tonight. I will try on Thursday night or Sat. morning. To many things got in my way tonight.

Jo - I have been meaning to ask you, where did the name Jello come from? Knowing you it was something funny. Week-ends seem to be killing us all. Be careful next Monday. I got part of my taxes back and it looks like I'm going to have to buy a new lawn mower. Grass is getting very tall and neighbors are giving me mean looks. Just what I wanted to spend my money on!!!

Judy - Great number!! That should give you motivation to stay on task. Hope your cold is better.

CJ - Taxes!! That could send me on an eating binge. They make no sense to me.

Sylvia - Good to hear from you. I wish you good luck. Diabetes is no fun to live with.

Peggy - Is your stats course part of a degree program. WI on Friday night might be a good idea. Mine is on tuesday and I probably need it more towards week-end. Let us know how it goes.

Have homework to do for tomorrow. Everyone have a great week.

04-10-2002, 09:52 AM
Happy Hump Day!

.... uh, it is Wednesday, isn't it?? I can't keep track any more. :?: It's very strange. I've overslept every day this week. The time change and getting up in the dark never used to effect me this way. Could I be getting ... old???? :o Nah.

Had another boring, useless meeting at the VFW last night. I know this is a good project (Community Day parade and block party) but I'll be soooooo glad when it's over. It's on May 5 and we all plan to spend May 6 recovering and burning mylar balloons and cheap plastic kiddie prizes in effigy. The girl who was supposed to be handling the games and rides (remember I told you about her and our phone argument?) once again didn't show up or give anyone any information. So now Rich and I are going to have to spend the day calling vendors and asking THEM what they're supplying US!!! :mad: Last night, the chairman put us in charge instead of her. All well and good but I didn't want the job in the first place!!! But I'll do it.

And here's something. Oh the games that Jo plays on her own mind... I've decided to stay on program as long as I have to be on this project. I'll consider staying completely on program as a reward for all the hard work I'm going to have to do. :o Yes, I did say "staying on program as a REWARD"!!!! What kind of thinking is that!!?!

In other news, there are a couple gals here at work (built like me I might add and not like some 95 pound spandex princess) who've joined a local gym and love it. They're trying to get me to join too. It's only 25 bucks a month and they go 3 times a week. My biggest problem is TIME!! But I'm thinking once this VFW project is done, I'll join them too. I'm using them as my guinea pigs to see if they still love it in another month. ;) Wait and see....

Carolyn, hate to disappoint you but it's not that funny a story. I got the Jello name while I was still married and my initials were JLO. Just made sense. But I did make sure everyone knew it was SUGAR-FREE JELLO!! Anyway, even though those aren't my initials any more, I decided to keep the name everyone knew me by. BTW, we need a new lawn mower too! Or at least will have to have the old one fixed. Either way, it's going to wait until I make my millions in Atlantic City ... yeah, right. :rolleyes:

Peggy, well so far I'm not doing great on the challenge. :( I'm still doing that really bad thing of getting on the scale every morning and I'm not liking what I'm seeing. But I don't know why!! :cry: But I'll keep plugging along!!

Sylvia, I'm glad to see you here again!!! Sorry about the unemployment stuff. Guess most everyone knows how bad that can be, either first hand or through someone else.

OK, I have to go now. Boss is hovering and I think he suspects I'm doing something other than work here. Go figure.

Have a good day everyone!
Much love, Jo.

sweet tooth
04-10-2002, 10:59 AM
Hi everyone. This morning I can barely keep my eyes open. Hubby is teaching on the other side of town this week, so dumps me off at work 1 1/2 hours early every morning. I brought the toothpicks for my eyelids this morning, so I can still read the messages here. :)

For those of you who are moaning about lawnmowers...I could only wish. We still have 1 1/2 feet of snow. Had to get the snowblower out to clean the driveway after the dump of snow last weekend. But I think there is lawn somewhere down there. :D

In preparation for spring, though, I bought a new patio set for the deck. We changed the siding on the house last year, so the present patio set doesn't match anymore. Men just don't understand the concept of matching things, do they? I'm still hearing under the breath mumbles, :smug: but I can take them.

I can't believe the difference that the working out has made. I have been working with a personal fitness trainer the last few weeks and am losing weight at a fairly consistent pace. Welll, except for Easter. The thing that impresses me is that I really haven't been good keeping to my points allottment, but I am still losing the 1 or 2 pounds each week. My last session with the trainer is today, so I will be on my own after that. I think I might have hubby convinced to come to work an hour early to work out a few times every week, then we really won't be taking any personal time out of our schedules.

We are really fortunate that the fitness centre is a perk on the job and there is not cost to use the centre, and always have a staff member on hand to help out. Unfortunately, we just haven't taken advantage of the perk. It's almost like, because it is free, it doesn't have any value. In addition to the fitness centre, we have a swimming pool, sauna, raquetball and squash courts, an indoor and outdoor track, skating rink, etc. How many times in the past 5 years has Peggy used the facility....0. However, starting right now, I am using it.

Jo - Stick with the program. I know you can do it. All you need is one little pound by Saturday. Stay with the program and you will eventually succeed. YOU REALLY CAN DO THIS!!!

I have to tell you all a funny story about taxes. Two years ago, hubby went to China for two weeks at exactly the time that taxes were to be filed. I took a day off to go to the airport with him, then went home and did the taxes. When I finished the taxes, I filed them over the telephone and, voila, a week later, had the refund cheques in hand (his was around 3500 dollars). I deposited them in the bank account, spent all the money and then he came home... Can you figure out what happened after that? :D

Carolyn - About the stats course. Yes it is one of the final courses towards my MBA. I am actually on a tutoring site for stats, and I posted a question to the site on Monday. Only Peggy could have the tutors arguing about the answer. :?: The nasty things they were writing to each other yesterday would make your hair turn grey. I can hardly wait to have the program finished. Hopefully will graduate June 2003. What studies are you doing?

My boss is looking for another job right now, so I am in line for his position. I have never even applied for the position before, because the Director of the department has made many statements that he would never have a female manager in his department. To preclude me from applying in the past, he has stated that a police background is mandatory for the position. My boss is an ex RCMP, and his expertise has never been used on this job, so he is having that taken out of his job description as required. The other bonus is that the organization has decided that, with the number of retirements that will be coming up in the next 10 years, it is important to do some succession planning. We have never done that before. Also, we have just gotten a new Director, who wants some female presence in his managers' contingent. I have been working the past few years, for such an opportunity - I had a B. Comm, then completed a Corporate Security Management Program (the closest to the policing stuff that I can get), and now trying to finish the MBA. That sets my up perfectly for the time that the Manager's job becomes vacant. :smug:

Anyway, I guess I should run. It's time to start work...

04-12-2002, 01:49 PM
What's this!?!? No one here!?!? Well, this will never do. I need you guys!!! :( I have to weigh in tomorrow morning and I think I'm going to fail in the very first week of the new 1-pound-a-week challenge!!! :cry: I'm still overdoing things. Not as badly as in the past, granted, but still not quite on program.

Having said that, I did 40 minutes on the treadmill last night. :strong: You know, it's amazing how much energy that gives you!!! I was shocked! :o I actually got some chores done instead of parking my butt in front of the TV and "vegging" all night long. But I'm afraid it might be too little too late to salvage this week. Still, I will try to persevere. :^:

I have to go. Big government contract has to go out Fed-X tonight and it's still being worked on by the very slow company big-wigs. :rolleyes:

Hope you all have a great weekend!!
Love, Jo.

sweet tooth
04-12-2002, 03:01 PM
Jo - I'm still here. Yahoo for us! You are soooo good to be getting on that treadmill. I admire you for that. I just can't get any motivation to do the aerobics thing. I don't know what it is with me, but the treadmill sits in the middle of the floor and I just never use it. I wish that I had the motivation for the workouts that you do.

However, I have been working with the personal fitness trainer and getting more brave in the weight room. I actually went ALL BY MYSELF before work this morning. Theeeen, I weighed in because I want to change my WI to Fridays, and have lost another 2.25 pounds this week. Now that seems good on the surface, but it really isn't. That just brings me down to the weight that I was at after the Valentine's challenge. I have been in such a funk since then, but hopefully can pull myself out now. Even gives me some motivation for the weekend.

Hope you have a great weekend and the iron monster is good to you. A few extra minutes on the treadmill?????


04-15-2002, 08:54 PM
Hope everyone is enjoying beautiful weather like we are. Sat. was great and Sun. was a little cloudy but today was beautiful. I've gotten some yard work done. Does that count as exercise? It will have to because it's as close as I've been lately.

Peggy- sound like classes are keeping you busy. You will be so glad when you've finished. It will be worth it. If I have talked about classes here, it's probably one I teach at church. I teach a Divorce class for those going thru divorce. Each one last 13 weeks and they really wring me out. I have one more session in this class and I am ready for a break. I am also an elementary librarian at a small school here. I am retired but back working part-time. I love it and being just 3 days a week, I consider it perfect.

Tomorrow night I WI. I didn't go last week so I will have to lose 2 lbs. to keep up with our lb. a week. I've been pretty good except I just haven't exercised. I've got to make time to do that. It is so hard for me. I guess I'm lazy. No guess!! I am lazy.

Where is everyone? Come back girls. We need support.
Later, Carolyn

04-16-2002, 01:54 AM
Peggy - way to go on the study and the exercise! Excellent work.

Sylvia - lovely to hear from you. Tell me about unemployment, I mean I have been redundant now for 8 weeks and I am choosing to stay home with Charlie rather than look for work but it still is a big mental adjustment. I went to Uni for a week and everyone is like 'so what do you do'. Tell a bunch of Masters students (who are all a few years or many older too) that you are a stay at home. Felt like I was nothing :(

Jo - how exciting about your trip! Also gee you have got the treadmill into your life haven't you? It is excellent how you get on it so many times a week - well done!

Blunder - Glad your cold is passing, love that low number on the scales! hope it stays that way :)

Well girls, Charlotte turned one yesterday!! It was a lovely day, though stressful, all the family politics etc. Sunday we had an afternoon tea for 30 people. Talk about work! She is still a little girl, only about 18 pounds and still in 6-9 month clothing. Petite, you know? Actually I should email CJ a photo.

Pregnancy is gonig well, 17 weeks along tomorrow. Have only gained about 3 pounds so far and am not showing yet. Unlike last time my butt and legs haven't got huge yet, so I'm still in my normal clothes, yay. Sure a lot of is because Charlie is still breastfed. I've not been exercising much - so tired and have been ill. Plus I find the hormones of pregnancy takes some adjusting - I get quite depressed. We have an ultrasound in 2.5 weeks and we'll find out the sex of the baby if we can. So exciting!!!

Best go,
Pre-pg 138/now 141/hoping to stay under 160

sweet tooth
04-16-2002, 11:02 AM
Happy Tuesday. Sorry I didn't post yesterday, but we were hit by a snow storm Sunday evening (over 6" of snow :dizzy: ), so was busy coordinating snow removal on the campus that i work at. What a job when noone is expecting it.

I did get to the gym to workout yesterday before work. Dragged hubby along because he is starting the routine, as well. He doesn't have much choice because we drive to work together and if I come early to workout, he does too. Was glad that I met my boss at the gym - just gave me an excuse to be late for work :D .

My weekend was not good. I was over points every day over the weekend, and also yesterday. The snacking at night really gets to me. I just can't seems to control myself, or maybe it's that I don't want to control myself. However, I didn't gain any weight through that, but will need to stay OP for the rest of the week to meet the 1 pound challenge this week.

Sam - So good to hear from you again. I bet Charlotte was so cute on her birthday. We were able to celebrate our granddaughter's first birthday over Easter. The kids are soooo cute at that age. Our daughter had to wean the baby last October because she was sent to New York to do some counselling at Ground Zero. The baby has not yet adjusted to eating properly. They have really struggled with her and she is promising to be fussy. You are so fortunate to be able to breastfeed through your pregnancy. Keep us informed about the new baby, too. Hope to hear from you soon.

Carolyn - Well, all I can say, is that we are NOT, NOT, NOT enjoying nice weather. We had minus temps and still about a foot of snow until the latter part of last week. The weather on Saturday was wonderful and melted most of the snow that was remaining. We were actually thinking that we would be able to get out into the yard by the end of the month. Theeennnn, the unthinkable happened. A dump of snow that has left everything in a mess. The snow is so wet that it is almost impossible to clear with the weight of it, then it still freezes at night. Walking in to work this morning was treacherous....of course, I only had a pair of little shoes on. :) I think they call that contributory negligence if I should slip and fall.

Let us know how the WI goes. We're waiting to hear.

Take care, everyone. Hope to hear from the rest soon. We miss you all.


04-16-2002, 12:12 PM

I hope all had a good weekend.

I've beeen sick again. Don't know what's wrong this time. Woke up yesterday feeling like I was on a cheap drunk! Couldn't even lift my head off the pillow without feeling nauseated and the room was spinning. I stayed in bed most of the day. Had a looooong night's sleep last night too. Feel much better this morning.

My daughter is still in jail, court date is May 6. I hate to leave her there but I have taken care of her for 40 years, now it's time she learned to take care of herself!

I have rented out my spare bedroom to a friend of the people across the street. He does lawn work for a living. So in exchange for the room he will do my lawn upkeep and build flowerbeds that I have never been able to get anyone to do for me. All I have to do is buy the plants, landscaping will be free! I think it's a pretty good deal.

Have been eating all the wrong foods this week, so I'm afraid to get on the scales. Hope I haven't blown it completely! I won't get discouraged if I have a gain, I'll just get back on the wagon, and yell "Gittyup!", and start all over.

This site is really getting to be a Ghost-town! Everybody get back in here and let us all know whats new!

Hugs, Judy

04-16-2002, 01:57 PM
Puff puff!!! Whew!! Just jogging on in here really really quick before the boss gets back from lunch. Due any second now! :o

I promise to write again soon and let you know how Atlantic City was yesterday (beautiful breezy day on the boardwalk - yes, I did get out of the casino long enough to see it ;) ) and how the week's been going and address some of you more personally.

But for now I just wanted to let you know that I weighed in on Sat. and just squeaked by with a 1.2 lb. loss. Whew! :^:

Uh oh. Gotta run!

Love you guys!

sweet tooth
04-16-2002, 04:35 PM
Let the Bands play and the Crowds roar...Do you hear them????? Way to go, Jo. I knew you could do just 1 pounds a week. I'm so proud of you. Yes! Let's see one more this week. You can do it.

Judy - Nice to hear from you. You didn't tell us about the 'date,' though. How did that go?

I'm sorry to hear that your daughter is still in jail. I know, as a mother, you feel like you should be doing something because that is our perception of what motherhood is...the mender of all ills. What you are doing, though, is more difficult than making things better for her. I applaud you and think that you are taking the right approach - she is an adult and needs to learn that she must either fix the problems that she creates for herself, or pay the consequences of the actions. Think of you often and pray that things will eventually work out for the best. Keep your chin up, girl.

Sooooo, a live in gardener. I could only wish. We have about 5 acres landscaped and keeping on top of the lawn mowing and weeding is more than we can do. We have often envied the house down the street that has the gardening company come in to do their thing every week. We could certainly use a boarder like yours.

Hope everything is going well. Where are all the MIAs? Come back soon. P.S. If you can't write....draw :D


04-18-2002, 09:55 PM
Hi all ...

I'm sorry I haven't been posting hardly at all lately ~ guess I'm just in a anti-social mood! Seriously, I have been going thru some kind of a slump period lately ... I'm not depressed, but just have not felt like posting anywhere .. it's like a chore it seems. I don't know how to explain myself really ... I have been down on my weight tho, gained 6 lbs from the end of the year, and now am stuck at one wt, and won't budge either way (altho, down is definately preferrable to up)! I do read the posts every day tho, so you guys are always on my mind.

I've also been dealing with some personal family matters lately too. Our youngest daughter is in Colorado, raising her 9 month old son by herself, and having a hard time dealing with life right now! She has not been taking her medicine she needs for a chemical imbalance, so she actually "flipped out" the other nite. Very hard when she is there and we are here. Dick and I were all set to drive out there and pack them up and bring them back home but, she does not want to come back to Michigan to stay! I talked to her a little while ago tho, and she is now back on meds and sounding a lot better. Still insisting on staying out there tho ... Boy, a few days ago I thought we were going to be raising our grandson ... at least for a while anyways - not a problem if it happened ... would welcome the job! Hopefully Denise will be ok now ... but of course, will keep in constant contact with her.

Well, need to go ~ just wanted you all to know that I check on you all daily, and will be back soon ~

Love you all!

04-19-2002, 09:38 AM
{{{{{CJ}}}}} Hugs to you CJ. :( I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time. Sometimes when it rains, it pours, you know.

Seems like a lot of us are not in the posting mood these days. Me included. I simply cannot get back on track to stay. I keep feeling like something's got to happen soon to kick me back onto program but that something never materializes. I'm starting to wonder if I'm ever going to get through this. I find myself thinking like I used to - trying to convince myself that I'm fat, have always been fat, will always be fat and I might as well accept it and learn to deal with it. I mean, heck, they have a lot more nice clothes for us plus size gals out there now than they did in the past. Guess I can live with that, right?

Wrong!!!! I WANT TO BE THIN!!!!! But I just can't seem to do it!!!!! Whine! Whine! Whine!

The Community Day block party I'm working on is May 5. We have a follow up meeting on May 7 and I've ALMOST :rolleyes: decided to join my two coworkers at the local gym after that. I'm hoping my life with calm down just a little after this event. I need that!

Sam, I'm glad to see you posting! I can't believe Charlotte is one already! And now you can look forward to her little brother or sister. Do you want to know the sex of the baby? I don't know if I would or if I'd want to be surprised.

Judy, I've got a spare bedroom too!! Can you send "your gardener" my way?? Oh, yeah. I'm sure Rich would love that. :rolleyes: Still, it would be handy....

Peggy, thanks for the cheerleading! :) I think I need more!! Rich has been good about "ordering me" to the treadmill and eyeing my food while I eat but he just doesn't have the cheerleading skills. What do you want, he's just a man after all. ;)

BTW, I had a wonderful time in Atlantic City on Monday. Rich did come with me and we had to keep arranging to meet up at certain times because we kept losing each other and didn't want to spend all our time searching for each other. At one meeting, I found him all sad-looking and depressed saying he was done gambling for the day and thought he'd just wander the boardwalk for a while. I figured he wasn't doing well. :( Then he proceeded to tell me about the royal flush he got on the poker machine for $1000. :o Humph! Why can't I do that?? Still, it was a beautiful sunny and breezy day and I had a great time ... and didn't lose too much money. :^:

Gotta run. Time to start the day. TGIF and all that. Company quarterly luncheon today is chinese food. Could be trouble but I'm drinking at least a gallon of water before and after. Hope to hear from all you guys again soon. And if anyone talks to Ms. Sassy Sharon, tell her tax season is over so she'd better get her rear back in here!!!

Love you guys. Have a great weekend.
Much love, Jo.

sweet tooth
04-19-2002, 11:06 AM
Well, I just got back from the gym. That 6am workout three times a week is exhausting. After the workout, I went to WI...only .5 pounds this week. Buuuuut, that meets one mini-goal that I have been trying to break for the last 2 months. Finally, finally, finally, I am under 130 pounds (129.5 :D ). That was even being over points every day this past week but 1. :o

This gives me a bit of incentive to be good for the next week and see if I can get well into the 120s. I am soooo close to goal, I can taste it.

I was talking to one of the fitness people here at work (we really are spoiled at this place), and she told me that she has been trying to bring WW at work in. However, they don't have any facilitators to send, so we are taking some WW losers that work here and paying to have them trained as facilitators. We will soon have WW here and I will be able to go to meetings on lunch break. I did not actually join WW this time (although I am a lifetime member from years ago) because I am not very good at packing up, driving into town and making a special point of attending a meeting. I know that I would eventually quit because I resent the extra time that I put in to going to meetings, JUST to lose weight. Working on my own has been successful so far, but I do need the occasional kick. You guys have been great for that. Thanks.

Jo - What a great opportunity to go to Atlantic City. I have never been there, just read lots about it. Sounds like you and Rich had a great gettaway day...profitable for some, too! Keep up with the weight loss. Your weight loss last week was great. You can keep it up. Your plan for lunch today is great. I think the planning is what helps to stay on track, or at least not to stray too far away from track. Wishing you the best for lunch...

CJ - So good to hear from you again. Wish I was there to give you a big hug. You have been through a lot lately. It is sooo difficult to deal with children who are at arms length. For me, I always have visions of their problems, and not being there is so hard because it is more difficult to be a support for them. Hope everything works out for your daughter, but it sounds like she is back on track with her meds. Thinking of you and praying for you. Take care.

On a sad note, our community is realing from the deaths of the military personnel in Afghanistan. I live just a couple of miles from the base that they are stationed at, and several of them live in my immediate community. It has been very sad here trying to cope with such a tragic accident.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay OP, drink lost of water and exercise. For me, it is another marathon study weekend. I need to finish this silly course by next Wed. (final exam), so will be working through. Take care.


sweet tooth
04-19-2002, 12:23 PM
Just read about a new calendar that has been developed. Jo, this might be of some help...

8 7 6 5 4 3 2
16 15 14 12 11 10 9
23 22 21 20 19 18 17
32 30 28 27 26 25 24
39 38 37 36 35 34 33

This is a special calendar for handling rush jobs.
All rush jobs are wanted yesterday. With this
calendar a job can be ordered on the 7th and delivered
on the 3rd.

Most jobs are required by Friday, so there are three
Fridays in every week.

There are eight new days added to each month to allow
for end-of-the-month panic jobs.

There is no 1st of the month - thus avoiding late
delivery of the previous month's last-minute panic jobs.

Monday morning hangovers are abolished together with
non-productive Saturdays and Sundays.

A new day - Negotiation Day - has been introduced keeping
the other days free for uninterrupted panic.

04-20-2002, 10:59 AM
Peggy, I love it!! I'm making a poster of that calendar for my office. It's perfect. :lol:

Me, I'm not so perfect. :( Weighed in this morning with a dismal 0.2 lb. gain. So much for a pound a week, right? Overdid the chinese food yesterday and "underdid" the water. Where did all my great plans go? Down the tubes!

I'm at the office now, printing out posters for the block party. Shhh! Don't tell the boss or management. It's a quirky printer/plotter at best and I've got about 25 posters to print. It's going to be a long morning...

Best part of it is that I have no change or $1 bills so I don't care how loudly the vending machines call to me, I can't respond. :^:

OK, last set of prints is almost done so I'd better go. Hope you're all having a good weekend!

Love, Jo.

sweet tooth
04-22-2002, 11:28 AM
Happy Monday morning, everyone. I spent the weekend in another marathon study mode and have finally finished the course, so can write the final exam. :) However, my head was soooo tired this morning, I didn't get up to go to the gym
:nono: . I just have to make it up tomorrow morning.

Jo - Sorry to hear about the gain this week. But, it was only .2 pounds and considering you were into the Chinese food on Friday, you have done well. This week will be better.

You know, I love any kind of Asian food and find that when I indulge, I just can't lose the same way that I usually do. Hubby and I have spent a lot of time in Thailand, Korea, China and Viet Nam, so love to eat the food from those countries. We have found a Viet Namese restaurant that is absolutely yummy. The food is authentic, so we try to go there frequently. BUT, I have a lot of trouble with weight loss when I eat there - the portions are large and I think it makes me retain more fluid. I usually drop the weight quickly after, I eat there, but the next couple of days, I know my weight is up. I keep wondering how Asian people stay so thin when I gain weight eating their food?????

Hope this week is good to you, and remember, to start again. You will lose that gain from last week. I know that you can do it.

sweet tooth
04-23-2002, 11:56 AM
Well, today I am really angry. Woke up to more snow today. When will this ever end? It's already April 22 and we haven't been able to get out into the yard yet this year. It's still too wet, where you can see through the snow and also waaaay toooo cold. I'm just plain tired of this whole thing.

Ok, I'm finished whining today. :)

I did get up this morning and go to the gym before work. Didn't much feel like it, but I did it anyway. I am committing to going to the gym 3 times each week. Hubby is coming, too, so that makes for some company.

Hope everyone is doing well today. Seems I am talking to myself these days. Where are you all? Hope to hear from you soon.


04-23-2002, 02:20 PM
I'm here Peggy - we're at the cabin tho and have been doing many many errands - had to order (and pay for)! our trusses for the garage (hubby's playpen - 40'x90) ... ouch! that hurt!

Am keeping myself OP - every day - thank goodness! I think maybe I am getting back on track - will be missing WI this week, but will weigh on my scale here - hopefully will be down.

Snow??? Yes, we also had snow here Sunday nite and yesterday - almost 3"!!!!!!!!! But, it is melting now, it's beautiful out. In fact, am shutting down as soon as done here and going outside. Maybe walk down to the mailbox down the road ...

I check here every day ... soon hope to be posting a lot more.

Love, CJ

sweet tooth
04-23-2002, 02:24 PM
CJ - Great to hear from you. The snow is beautiful, but I think I would rather see the tulips. :D Also, our weather is terribly cold - cold wind and blowing. This we can do without.

Great to hear that things are going well and that you are managing OP. Keep us informed how you are doing. Miss 'ya.


04-24-2002, 03:08 PM
Hello. I'm here. Haven't posted lately. I'm very sad. :( Got home from work on Monday and found my friendly little parakeet looking very sick. Looked like he had a stroke, his little head was all twisted sideways. He ended up just huddled on the bottom of the cage. I didn't expect him to make it through the night. But he did so I left him alone because it was pretty clear he wasn't going to get better. When I got home Tuesday, he was lying on the bottom of the cage, eyes closed, looking very peaceful. I, of course, stood there and wept for a long time. I'd had him for smething like 10 years. He was just a sweet little chirpy bird, never did any tricks or talked or anything but loved to make sweet little birdie noises especially in the morning when the sun came up. So Rich and I dug a hole in the backyard and wrapped him up and put in his little mirror (that cute little bird friend he was always watching and kissing) and we buried him. I'm going to make a little cement stone for him.

It sounds so dumb when I tell people how upset I got over "just a parakeet" but I just loved that little guy. :cry: I'll miss his little noises and singing. Even this morning I got up and went in to feed him and the cat and it was almost surprising to not find him there. And of course I'm feeling just a little guilty about the fact that I'm glad he died and isn't still suffering. I thought I might have to call the vet and see if they could end his suffering.

Whew. I'm sorry to go on like this. It's just that I know you guys will forgive me. I promise to post more about weight-loss and all the stuff that we started this forum for in the first place. It's just that right now my mind keeps wandering.

Talk to you all later.
Love, Jo.

04-24-2002, 06:25 PM
Jello: I am sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved parakeet - and I don't think you are silly - it was your pet and you loved him/her. It will take a while I'm sure to get used to him being gone .. are you going to get another one? And, believe me, you don't always have to post just about weight loss! We are friends here, not just weight loss buddies!

Love, CJ

04-25-2002, 11:49 PM
Hello Ladies,

I felt really bad about our rainy weather, severe storms last night but after hearing about snow I take it all back. At least I can get out in the yard between storms to pretend it's spring. Is this hopefully your last snow of the year?

WI on Tuesday (drum roll please) 2.8 lbs lost! That made up for the .6 lb gain last week. I was very happy with this loss but there have been 2 days of special parties for various things at school and you would think I had never heard the words Weight Watchers in my life. I have probably ruined my chances of a loss for next week.

CJ - Glad to hear you are back on track. I knew you would get there. Keep up the good work.

Jo - I know how you feel about those pets. Ten years is a long time to have a parakeet.

Peggy - I know you feel good about getting that studying over. Good for you. Do you get to take a break now?

Must run. Be back later.


04-26-2002, 10:39 AM
Good morning everyone ~ just having my coffee so thought I would say hello ~ we are getting ready to pack up the truck and head for home ~ we will be back up here tho in a couple weeks for the long haul, most of the summer.

Carolyn ~ good job on the loss. I'm so proud of you ~ I weighed myself on my scale here at the cabin (is usually pretty close to WW scale) and it says I am a lb down ~ missed WI this week so we will see next week ~ but I am definately back OP! Took me a while, don't exactly understand what happened to me, but hopefully will stay OP now for the duration!

Had snow again nite before last ~ about 1 inch ~ then it got nice and sunny and it all melted again. Was snowing for a while last nite, almost like a blizzard, then it stopped and the sun came out again and all was nice. Crazy weather!

Well, got to run ... catch ya later - tonite maybe.

Love, CJ

sweet tooth
04-26-2002, 11:06 AM
Hi everyone!

Yesterday was a VERY stressful day. Had to take the day off to study for the stats exam last night. Not sure it helped, though :rolleyes: I think if I pass this one, I will count myself lucky...

And yes, as I was driving home last night, the snow started to fall - again. By the time I got home, it was mini blizzard conditions, and they are continuing today. On top of that, our son and his girlfriend were coming for the weekend (13 hour drive for them). They were supposed to leave after work last night, stop halfway, then finish the trip today. They just forgot to stop, so drove through this bad weather all night and arrived at 5 am. By the way, the monster dog came with them. I will have to watch when they leave and make sure that he goes, too. The last time our son left, we were away and came home to find that he had left the dog for us to look after. :D

I also missed going to the gym this morning when the kids arrived. Soooo, I am trying to figure out how to fit a workout in over the weekend.

I need to WI today, but haven't had the time yet. Will do later and report how it goes.

CJ - Way to go on the lb. It is a ne start for you and I know you can make it a continuing one. Keep it up and let us know how you are doing.

Carolyn - Woohoo. Way to go on the weight loss. Here's hoping that the partying isn't going to affect your weight loss next week.

Jo - So sorry to hear about your bird. Having recently put down our old cat, I know exactly how you feel. Don't worry about what others think about your attachment to your pet...they are a part of your family and bring you cheer in ways that humans just can't fulfill. It is hard to let go of the pets that you have loved for so long, but you also know that when they are suffering it is not pleasant for them. Thinking of you. Take care.

Well, I will pop back later to let you know how the WI goes. Have a happy weekend.


sweet tooth
04-26-2002, 03:53 PM
Well, I'm posting again to let everyone know how distastrous my WI was today. Last week I lost .5 pounds and was OP for 1 day out of the 7. This week, I gained 2 pounds and was OP for the past 5 days.

However, knowing how stress affects my metabolism, especially since I know I did not do well on my exam last night, I should be thankful that it is only 2 pounds. If my weight increases over the weekend, I will definately need to go back to the dr. Monday for a 'stress' shot. :) Hopefully, by next week I will be down under the 130 pound mark again. I just can't seem to get there and stay there. :shrug:

Be going now. I have a project to do today and I want to go home early this afternoon. I've just plain had enough of this week.

Have a good weekend. Talk on Monday unless I get a chance this weekend.

04-26-2002, 09:21 PM
Peggy - Stop take a deep breath and count to 10. You've had a bad week. Stress can do many things to us. Don't let it get you down. I had a great loss this week and then have done nothing since then except eat!!!!! I don't know why except like you I think it's stress. I think I need a "stress" shot too. What is a stress shot????
Maybe the snow will go away and you can get out more and feel better. I hope so. Take care.
I'll be back later ....................Carolyn

sweet tooth
04-29-2002, 12:09 PM
Happy Monday. The weather here is still cold, but the sun if shining. Snowed again last night, but at least we didn't get too much. :)

This weekend was disastrous once again. Our son arrived on Friday morning, so the food this weekend was out of control. The other son came over last night (with on of his roommates) for supper. They like to sponge a good meal once in a while. Usually they eat out of a can, or order in.

BUT, this morning I woke up bright and early, went to the gym for a workout (even though I didn't feel like it), and am ready to stay OP for the rest of the week. Still need to get my stats assignments done by midnight tomorrow, so the pressure is still on. That shouldn't be too bad though, they are just about done.

Carolyn - I have a problem with stress where I produce a chemical that shuts my metabolism down when I am under personal stress. Work stress doesn't bother me, just personal stress. When I am under stress, I can gain 10 - 20 pounds over night and not eat anything. When this happens, I get a shot from the doctor that counteracts the chemical that I produce. I just call those my stress shots. :D

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and and great OP week ahead. Take care.


04-30-2002, 11:42 PM
Good Evening Ladies - I'm not even going to tell you the weather here, except I'm thinking about building an ark. Lot of tornadoes in the neighborhood. My DIL works for Red Cross and she has been sent to Providence, KY for the week.

Had WI today and lost 1/2 lb. After a good loss last week I am not unhappy with this. I've been on plan for awhile now and have finally lost all the weight that I had gained over the last 3 months. Hope I can keep it upl

Peggy - I had never heard of those shots but I wish you well with them. Stress plays lots of games with us. It's one of those things that makes me mad because I can't control it.

Have to go and get things ready for school tomorrow. Everyone stay healthy. Carolyn