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04-30-2002, 11:31 AM
The Featherweights is a small group who support each other down the road of life. We help each other over the bumpy parts, and celebrate the smooth stretches.
New members always welcome!!

Well, ladies, I have an announcement. After all the hurdles I have made it through the past 6 months, I have finally made it to the point of being ready to eat healthily again. I sat down with the family after Sunday dinner and asked for their help. I told them of my motivators and asked them to remind me of them when I begin to slip. I need your help and encouragement too, okay?

Carree, how is your pet? What did the vet say?

Hi to Kat and Ruth.

Later, ladies. :wave:

04-30-2002, 03:10 PM
Jana, you are more than welcome to all the support and reinforcement I can offer. :)
I could use a bit myself, as I'm back at square one in terms of my own weight. What would be most helpful for you?

04-30-2002, 11:31 PM
I stumbled across this in my net wanderings and just had to share it...

not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach *lol* (http://www.catenema.com/cat1.html)
But WELL worth a peek.:lol:

05-01-2002, 12:09 PM
Hi all,

Kat - WHAT'S worth a peek? Did I miss something? I didn't see an URL...
I guess what I need help with is just plain old encouragement. I have SOO much to lose, and know I have to take it a pound at a time. The journey will be a very long one. So far so good. My family is such a supportive group - it really makes me feel good. Knowing that you are starting over helps a lot, too.

Do you guys remember the charms I bought for motivation? I was going to add one to a bracelet for each 10 pounds I lost? I got them out of the drawer last night, and looked them over. I had forgotten how pretty they are, and want to earn them! DH said I should reward myself for each 5 pounds lost. I have to admit that would make it more do-able for me. I am wearing the empty bracelet now.

Ruth, how's the studying?
Carree, where are you? :shrug:

I am having fun in the craft room. I totally finished the comforters for the baby shower. They are so sweet and soft. DD is 28 weeks along with the twins now. She and her hubby have the nursery almost finished, including a rocking chair that was my mother's - DD is named after her.

Gotta go get busy. Have a great Wednesday!

05-01-2002, 04:56 PM
Click on the words "not for the faint of heart" in my post above...they will highlight and are actually a link...why they don't show a different colour is anyone's guess, but they do work. :)

05-01-2002, 07:03 PM

Thanks for asking about my cat. The vet said that he definitely has arthritis in his hip, but he also has a large mass as well. He said he would send his x-rays to a specialist and get back to us by Thursday. I know we will hear from him because he hasn't sent us his bill yet. I don't think it will be good news though.

I recently got some colored paper clips and started making a chain of all my OP days!

How's that for some motivation?

Kat, keep up the good work! I am so proud of you!

05-02-2002, 12:16 AM
Yayyyyy...the semester is over and I have my grades:

Medical Assessment A
Anat. & Physiology B
Med/Surg. Nursing A
Pharmacology A

The summer plan is to work, and to taketwo classes--an online psych course that is a degree requirement and an independent study in Advanced Studio Art: Painting. I can't wait to have an excuse to paint and buy more canvas,etc.:smug:

05-03-2002, 12:31 AM
Hi Ladies,

Kat, way to go on the grades!!!!!! I am very proud of you, too.

Carree, our older beagle has arthritis, and it is hard for her to get around sometimes. This is Thursday - what did you hear about the mass? By the way, I LOVE the idea about the paper clips. I think I'll do that, too.

Ruth, hope you are doing well.

I'm looking forward to the weekend. It's supposed to be nice here in Indiana, so I want to spend some time outside.


05-04-2002, 03:22 AM
Way to go, Kat! Your future is so bright you need sunglasses to look at it!

No word yet from the specialist on my cat. Called the vet; the specialist is on vaca.

My daughter's dog had puppies this afternoon! Five in all! Three males and two females. They are so cute.

Added another colored clip to my chain. ;) ;)

Have a great weekend all!

short & sassy
05-05-2002, 04:31 PM
Hey girls, can't stay long, just wanted to say hello to everyone. Most of my time has been studying this last week and finishing up a couple of class projects. I have 2 test on Tuesday and 2 on Thursday. I currently have A's and B's, I'm desparately hoping that my finals turn my B's to A's. Oh well, all I can do is my best.

I haven't walked as much as I needed to last week. I'll probably go this afternoon. Once test are over, I will have 3 weeks to really focus on staying op!!

Talk later,
BTW, congratulations on the grades KAT, that is awesome!!


05-07-2002, 01:50 AM
I have a splitting headache that I've had most of the day.:(

I ran all my errands this morning and got to the shop early to pick up my trip info for a sports trip I was driving--no problem. The bus checked out--1/2 quart low on oil, but thats not a big deal. Well, when I went to pull out of my squishy parking spot I managed to rip the side mirror off of the bus next to me. I felt horrible! Luckily the damage was fairly easily repaired and all they had to order was actual mirror glass (They unbent the mirror frame and repainted it) but I felt like a moron. Of course the big boss had to come look at the damage...surprisingly he didn't yell at me--just told me to pick up an incident report for after the trip.

I picked up the softball team without incident, but it seems they weren't sure of exactly where they were going (all I had for ditrections from the company was the town name) and they had me take a wrong turn--not to worry, I had driven in that area and knew just where to easily back my bus into a side road to turn around. Well, the bus decided to stall several times--this is HIGHLY unusual. I did get it started alright and got back onto the main road. On a hill and blind curve the bus decided to stall again, so now I'm driving a fully loaded 26,000+lb bus with NO power steering or brakes and a sterring wheel that suddenly weighs a ton. I safely pulled over to the side of the road in a safe location and let the coach know what was up, and then radioed the station to let them know the problem. After many tries I got the bus to run again and got the team to their game 15 minutes ahead of schedule. A total stranger pulled his school bus up after I had unloaded the kids and tried to troubleshoot for me (he had heard the radio chatter) but wasn't able to figure out the problem either. (He was very nice and pretty dam*ed cute to boot though-looked to be early 40s ;) ) Three hours later the game was over and I got the bus to run by leaving the throttle half out (normally you only use the throttle to keep the bus running whilst warming it up.) We made it back without incident and I did earn quite a bit, but man, it made for quite the evening.

05-07-2002, 11:02 AM
Good Morning Featherweights!!

Kat, sounds like you need a Calgon moment after your day on the bus. I think you deserve an award just for putting up with all those kids, let alone a funky bus.

Ruth, good luck on your tests today and Thursday. I have lots of faith in you. Let us know how it goes, okay?

Carree, can a have a puppy?? I need one for the grandbabies when they get here. Congrats on the addition of another paperclip. How many in a row do you have now? I am 10 days on program and feeling great. Colored paper clips is on my Walmart list.

DD's baby shower was so nice. Lot's of people showed up and brought double everything. The one thing they didn't get was receiving blankets. Remember how we got about 4 dozen of them for our first babies? :)

As I said to Carree, I am still on program and feeling fine.

05-08-2002, 11:50 AM
The next day I had a nother trip on a different bus and it went fine, aside from lasting almost 9 hours. I was beat when I finally got home!

They calledme into the office at the bus co. but to my surprise, instead of getting yelled at (though the other drivers and the mechanics all called me "Crash") I was given a regular full-time route. Hooray, guaranteed income! As for the nickname, technically I would be stuck with it until the next accident, but the same day a different driver backed into someone's car--it wasn't even another driver's car (mine has been hit in the lot, though the damage was minimal)it was a "civilian" car. Glad it wasn't me...he will get the nickname for a lot longer than I did. *grin*

short & sassy
05-09-2002, 12:04 AM
Congratulations Kat, on the full-time route. Things seem to be looking up for you. Oh, did I congratulate you on your grades? Isn't the greatest feeling to make A's and B's.

I should finish the semester with 3 A's and a B. I really goofed on my Algebra. I took a remedial last semester that was not counted toward my grade point average, it was just Pass or Fail. Well, the algebra I took this semester was not counted toward my degree, so I assumed it was remedial. Wrong!!! I found out last night that it counts toward my grade point average. I didn't study and spend as much time on the class, so instead of possibly making an A, I will end up with a B (or maybe even lower). I am really aggravated at myself for not paying more attention.

JANA, when is the baby due? Baby showers are so much fun!! Hopefully, I won't have to be going to anymore anytime soon. My youngest grandbabies are 10 months and 4 months.

Hey Carree, what type of puppies are they?

Well, I'm gonna run, I was up late last night studying for my last two test today, so I'm off to bed.

BTW, I'm still walking regularly and drinking my water, I just know that anyday now the scale will show a loss.


05-09-2002, 12:01 PM
Hiya Featherweights!

Ruth, you have done so well! We are all so very proud of you. I know you are looking forward to a break. My DH is prof of Earth Science and Conservation at the colege here, and he is officially done til second session summer school in July. He always counts down the days til the break just like the students! BTW - the babies (twin girls) are due July 23, but I understand twins almost always come early. You are so lucky to already have some grandkids!

Crash...er, Kat, so glad you got the job! When one door closes another one opens, right?

Carree, where are you?

You guys should just take me outside and shoot me. I have fallen off the wagon and can't get up. It started when I felt real woosy with low blood sugar, and had an unplanned snack, and has gotten worse. Not terrible, but worse. I think I'll just go hang out at the more2hug.com website all the time. ( I really am a member there, but the message boards aren't nearly as cool as these.)

I should be back before Mother's Day, but just in case I miss someone, let me say now:

Happy Mother's Day!!


05-11-2002, 09:16 AM
Hi Gang,

Our vet called yesterday with the results of our cat's tests. Wouldn't tell us about it on the phone. Wants us both to come in to the office and bring the cat! Can't be good news. So today we have a 1:00 appointment. Trying to prepare myself.

On the positive side I keep adding more and more colored paper clips to my chain. I found this better than adding up OP days. Somehow seeing the colored clips on a chain growing and growing is encouraging....and, of course, so is the weight loss.

The puppies are a week old today and have doubled in size. They are Chihuahuas!

Happy Mother's Day to all,

short & sassy
05-11-2002, 11:53 AM
CARREE, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Pets become part of our family if anything happen to my Gizmo, I'd be a basket case. Please let us know how it went at the vets office.

Congratulations for staying op. Where do you keep the chain of paper clips?

JANA, don't beat yourself up to much. Hey I was off track for over 2 months. I'm finally getting back to where I was before I started goofing off.

KAT, where are you? Hope to hear from you soon.


05-12-2002, 09:40 AM
Happy Mother's Day to Everyone!

I received the report from the doctor who read our cat's x-rays. Kat, I would need your help in decifering the language. The vet was very non-committal in the diagnosis. The only recommendation was another x-ray. There really isn't anything that can be done for him except to give him steroids for the arthritis. Although the vet would not say so, I believe the cat is on borrowed time.

Funny thing is that somehow the cat new we were taking him to the vet. Don't ask me how he knew. But about a half hour before the appointment, he burrowed himself under our bed. We had to go to the appointment without him. Enough of that!

Everyone, let's enjoy our day. My DH gave me the most precious gift.....seven gift certificates for him to make dinner on nights I don't want to. :love: :love: :love:

short & sassy
05-13-2002, 10:18 AM
Morning ladies,

I hope that the three of you had a wonderful Mother's Day. My mother lives almost 2 hours from me, so I went to visit her yesterday. I don't make the trip as often as I should, so yesterday we didn't rush to get back as we normally do. After I visited with Mom, I visited my dad, then stopped by a cousins home on the way out of town. All in all it was a very nice day.

CARREE, cats have an unusal way of sensing things at times. The last cat I had was full grown when I got him, in fact, I never new how old he was. I had him for five years before he disappeared. He was both an indoor and outdoor cat. He would come in to eat and sleep, then go back outside. He wasn't real affectionate and he never would just jump up in your lap to be loved. Well the months prior to his disappearance he would get in our laps to be loved and to sleep. This wasn't in his nature, so when he disappeared I am convinced that he left to die. As I said, they are very smart.

Well, I better go, hope everone else is doing great.


05-13-2002, 06:11 PM
Hi ladies,

I have been without the net for 4 days and have been having withdrawals symptoms. My server still is out, so I changed servers. (Call me a fair-weathered customer) Anyway, it sure feels good to be back.

Carree - your cat is so lucky to have you. You are a very caring and loving person. Alos, I am so proud of you for adding up all the paperclips!

Kat - where are you?

Ruth - I'm glad you had such a nice Mother;s day. My mom's been gone since '84, and I sure do miss her.

I had a nice day, too. The kids were here, and DH cooked
a big meal - ham, potatoes, brocolli-rice casserole, corn, crescent rolls and frosted brownies. It was really good, and he said he took all the calories out. :)


short & sassy
05-15-2002, 01:07 AM
JANA, your dinner sounded wonderful. Can I borrow your "cook". I hate cooking, would love for hubby to do the cooking. He does manage to take me out to eat pretty often. I guess he is trying not to starve!! Just kidding!!

Well I got my grades in, I actually pulled off another 4.0. I was totally shocked. My reward to myself was a new monitor for my computer. Now I can see so much better.

KAT and CARREE, where are you?


05-15-2002, 11:55 PM
Hi guys.

I've been scarce because I've had a number of 11 hour workdays lately and then have mom stuff to finish the day. The topper is that I caught a nasty cold and have been sleeping every spare moment. :( Of course, I'll have some good paycheques coming up and they should help me catch up financially.

Carree...if you post the exact terminology for me, I would be more than happy to translate it into real English. How are you doing otherwise? At the moment we have one of our pet rats loose in the house, which is a problem since we also have two cats. I hope we can find her before she gets into trouble. *sigh*

Ruth--stunning grades! Way to go!!!! I got mine officially today and my semester GPA is 3.76 . The cum (picking up from my previous degree) is only 3.43 though. :( It was a 4.0 until organic chem and physics (Ochem=B in the 1st half and a C in the second, while I got a C in physics--those together dropped my GPA a LOT)

short & sassy
05-16-2002, 12:09 AM
KAT, I hope you're feeling better. Having a nasty cold can really slow you down. I know you'll enjoy the extra money coming in. Lord knows, you deserve it!!

As for my grades, if I were taking the subjects that are you are taking, I wouldn't have a 4.0. Your grades are awesome with the curriculum that you are taking. Keep up the good work. It will pay off down the road!!

Hope you found your pet rat before the kitties did!!

JANA and CARREE, hope you girls are having a good day & week!!


05-16-2002, 12:38 AM
Hooray! I found Caramel (the errant Ratty girl) INSIDE the sofa arm. We played a game of catch me if you can around the partially extended sofa-bed until I got s spoonful of peanut butter and plopped down on the livingroom floor. Sure enough, Caramel came out of hiding for that and happily munched away--I grabbed her and then settled her back into her cage (with LOTS of extra twisty ties to keep the door shut) with extra snuggles and kisses, not to mention goodies. She was thirsty and hungry but none the worse for wear.

05-16-2002, 12:11 PM
Good morning ladies,

First off, big CONGRATS to Ruth and Kat for such good grades! You guys rock.

Carree - where are you? Hope your cat is doing okay.

DD was in the hospital again with contractions. Her doc has sent her home with a shunt and needle that administers meds to keep the contractions away. Doc said that at 30 weeks the twins would have a very good chance of survival, but an additional 3 weeks would aid in their learning capabilities down the road. Amazing what modern medicine has come up with! Her cervex is thinning, though, so I don't know how long she can wait. Those babies are in a big rush to be born and see Grandma, right? :)
Please keep her in your prayers - her name is Mary.

Later tater,

05-17-2002, 12:43 PM
*ROTFLMAO* The following is an entry my eldest daughter (aged 15) wrote in her online journal yesterday. By way of background, we have had no heat and no hot water for a bit over two months, and only just got hot water back last night. We have had to heat all our water on the stove and wash in a large pot placed in the bathtub...

7:29 pm - Shower the people...
Oh my god, I can't believe it!! This is sooo great!!I just took a shower!! As in above freezing water!! As in it could be considered hot!! In my shower! The one in my house!! In my bathroom in my house!! I was about to boil water to wash my hair, and I ran the water. Guess what?? It was warm!! I don't have to spend three hour boiling water for a bath anymore!! I can just take a shower. In my house. With warm water. Oh, life is good.

We all felt that way...it was positively decadent to just stand there immersed in all the hot water we could ever want. *grin* As a matter of fact, Imay just have to go take a bubble bath now--in more than two inches of water!


short & sassy
05-17-2002, 11:00 PM
KAT, so happy that you have hot water again. Your daughter's entry definitely put a smile on my face. I remember one time when our gas had been turned off, my husband would attach propane to the hot water heater to heat the water inside, then we could take our bath. Thank heavens that was only for a week or so. It's a wonder we didn't blow the house up. LOL

JANA, Mary and the twins are in my prayers and thoughts. Please keep us posted on the progress.

CARREE, hey girl, hope you are doing okay. Stop by to say hello.


05-18-2002, 09:20 PM
Hi Gang,

I've been missing in action without internet access for five days. Now I will have to read all of your posts so that I can get caught up.

Thanks for thinking of me.


05-19-2002, 10:20 AM
Hello everyone. Well its been such a long time since I have visited all of you. I thought the 3fc site had closed. I was just messing about the other day and found you are still alive and kicking. I am still here fighting the battle of the bulge. I am back on my scenic route of losing weight. I forgot to say I used to be called jojo. I have currently lost 1 stone 12 pounds. I have a target to get to 12 stones by December. I am pleased to say that I have sorted out my differences with my Mum in Australia and we are all going down under for Christmas. My little lad Jake is now 4 years old and a pleasure to live with. I hope that you are all doing okay. I will keep in touch. Cheerio for now...;)

short & sassy
05-20-2002, 08:46 AM
Hi JOJO, Welcome Back. You must have joined the group while I was on one of my sabaticals. I've been a member here for over 2 years, but at one point I was "missing in action". I had gotten off track and regained the weight that I'd gotten off. I've relost that and I'm diligently trying to take off the rest.

Hello CARREE, KAT & JANA, hope everyone had a great weekend.


05-21-2002, 08:58 PM
Hi All.

A big WELCOME BACK!!!!! to Jo Jo.

Well, Mary's contractions finally got stopped, but not til she went to the big hospital about 50 miles away. The OB unit there is state of the art, and she had a very knowledgeable doctor. Hopefully the twins will hold off for a few more weeks. I got to see them on ultrasounds, and think they look beautiful!!!! Spoken like a true Grandma, right? One is right in the birth canal, and her sister isn't far behind. They are 3pounds 6 ounces, and 3pounds 4 ounces right now. The doc said that they can gain up to 1/2 pound a week now. Thank you all for your prayers!!

Hope everyone else is doing fine and dandy.

Talk to you soon,

05-22-2002, 10:50 PM
Whew...it was a looooooooooooong day.

I took my eldest to the Shriner's hospital today and discovered it was quite a bit further away than I had been told. :( We finally arrived, and the appointment took 4 hours...it was *very* thorough. Her scoliosis has worsened somewhat, but we came away with a physical therapy regimen that will hopefully lessen her pain. If it doesn't, they will implement some other (more intensive) form of therapy in 6 months. I did get some great pics of her next to their WONDERFUL larger than life stuffed Big Bird and Sully (MOnsters Inc) toys.:D We had to haul a*s to get back home in time for her concert tonight, but I got her there with about two minutes to spare.

When I finally got home I found that one of the cats had been skunked. My littlest told me that she put rose perfume on the cat, and now she "smells like a skunk getting ready for a hot date". *LMAO* Time to go buy some tomato juice!

05-26-2002, 07:10 AM
Hi Gang,

Jana: So glad everything is going well for Mary. How very exciting to have twins! Keep us posted!

JoJo: Welcome back! Nice to see you posting again.

Kat: Thanks for offering to decifer my cat's report. I know what's happening even if the vet didn't have the heart to tell me. That was sweet of you, though.

Have five glorious days off from work and plan on just catching up with a lot of things around the house.

Hope everyone has a very peaceful weekend.


short & sassy
05-26-2002, 11:44 AM
Hello ladies,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial weekend.

I haven't been on the computer much in the last few days, I've just been kinda hanging out at home doing absolutely nothing at all. My three weeks of free time is almost over, one more left, then it is back to school for two months this summer, then I get another three weeks off before fall semester begins.

I did manage to get some cleaning done around the house and I've watched a lot of TV. I guess I better get back to business with my weight loss, I haven't walked in a few weeks!!!

JANA, I'm glad that Mary is doing better. Keep us informed and we will keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

KAT, I hate to hear that your daughter has scoliosis. Shriners is a great hospital, we have one here in Shreveport.

CARREE, enjoy your five days off. How is your cat doing?

Well, I better run, I'll check in with you guys later.


05-26-2002, 02:05 PM

Just stopping in for a minute. One of the meds that they gave Mary to stop the contractions unfortunately caused a decrease in amniotic fluid around one baby. So she is still in the hospital, being monitored closely to make sure Twin A doesn't go into stress, which can cause brain damage. Mary will be 32 weeks tomorrrow, and the doc said she will deliver her at 34 weeks unless the baby is in danger beforehand. So I will be spending the next 2-3 weeks driving back and forth to the town where she is. I will check in here when I can, okay?

Have a good holiday, everyone.

05-27-2002, 07:48 AM

My prayers will be with Mary and her precious twins.


05-30-2002, 11:40 AM
Hi guys...

I'm going to go ahead and start a June thread...
How are mom and the twins, Jana?